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Vol. XXXIV, Number 38 N June 21, 2013

Council green-lights Maybell housing project Page 3

Legal Limbo Undocumented ‘Dreamers’ await passage of immigration legislation that would change their lives Page 19

Transitions 13

Spectrum 14

Worth a Look 26

Eating Out 27

Movies 30

Puzzles 65

NArts ‘Linsanity’ at the Windrider Film Forum

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NSports Stanford grad hopes to fill the Phelps void

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NHome Tree houses make comeback as play spaces

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Contentious Maybell development wins approval City Council green-lights plan for 60 units of senior housing, 12 single-family homes by Gennady Sheyner fter several false starts, Palo The council’s approval of the Alto’s bitter and deeply emo- “planned community� zone allows tional debate over a proposed the nonprofit Palo Alto Housing housing development on Maybell Corporation to build a 60-unit Avenue finally reached its conclu- apartment building for low-insion Monday night, June 17, when come seniors and 12 single-family the City Council unanimously homes, three fewer than the develgranted a zone change that would oper had initially proposed for the make the project a reality. Barron Park neighborhood site.


Seven of these homes would be along Maybell and five would be on Clemo Avenue. The council’s unanimous vote, which included a list of conditions and design changes, belied the deeply divisive nature of the proposal. Over the past month, as the controversial project had made its way through public hearings of the council and the Planning and Transportation Commission and had galvanized area residents, prompting the

formation of two grassroots groups, threats of lawsuits over the project’s environmental analysis and plans for a citizen referendum should the project pass. Seeking to cool the temperature, the council on June 13 scheduled a weekend summit facilitated by Mayor Greg Scharff that included representatives from both the Barron Park and nearby Green Acres neighborhoods and from the Housing Corporation.

The closed-door retreat was a stark departure for a city where council members like to talk about transparency and where the planning process is often criticized for being too thorough and inclusive. Scharff, who spent 10 hours on Friday and Saturday working with the parties, got high marks from both sides. Mike Lowy, who attended the meeting on behalf of (continued on page 9)


Palo Alto to consider design contest for new bike bridge With bulk of funding secured, City Council to discuss next steps for building 101 overpass by Gennady Sheyner

J Veronica Weber

Howard Hoffman, founder of Palo Alto Dog Owners, plays catch with his labradoodles Franny and Merlin at the Hoover Park dog run on June 18. The group plans to lobby for more open space areas for dogs to run off-leash.


Letting the dogs out Palo Alto dog owners form group to lobby for greater share of public space by Sue Dremann


group of Palo Alto dog owners want the city to create an open area in a park for frolicking, off-leash dogs. Their model is Menlo Park’s Nealon Park, where off-leash dogs can roam in a fenced area on weekday mornings. Up to 100 dog owners and their pets turn out every day. At the Palo Alto Dog Owners’ inaugural meeting last week, its members also discussed lobbying for a small part of a Palo Alto open-space preserve where dogs could run free. Leaders said they hope the organization will give them more clout.

Daria Walsh, a dog owner and former Palo Alto Parks and Recreation commissioner, said securing more public space has been an uphill battle. She said she worked to get additional dog areas for six years, “but every time it was shot down.� Part of the problem was that dog owners have not shown their numbers at meetings, she said. “When you can say you have 1,000 people who want something, it carries some weight,� group founder Howard Hoffman said. Hoffman’s two labradoodles, Merlin and Franny, lounged at his feet during the meeting. Hoffman said the city’s three small dog runs

— at Greer, Hoover and Mitchell parks — aren’t sufficient. The three total 0.75 acres. The dog runs are often crowded and inadequate, especially for large dogs, he said. Franny, the larger of Hoffman’s dogs, can jump the low fence at Hoover’s dog run whenever she chooses. He takes the dogs to Menlo Park or to Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve in Redwood City a couple of times each week so they can work off their energy. Palo Alto’s limited spaces have led to tensions between more dominant animals and anxiety (continued on page 11)

ust two years ago, Palo Alto’s proposed bike bridge over U.S. Highway 101 was a pipe dream, one of the most expensive components of the city’s new master plan for bicycle and pedestrian improvements. Now, with a generous influx of grant funds bringing the $10 million project to the brink of reality, city officials are delving into the details and preparing to open up the design process to a wide spectrum of architects. On Monday night, the City Council will consider a proposal to hold a design competition for the new bike bridge, which would be located at Adobe Creek and span Highway 101 between south Palo Alto and the Baylands. Once built, the bridge would replace an existing undercrossing that is typically closed for six months every year because of flooding. The project, which is seen as a critical east-west connection in the city’s rapidly evolving bike network, received a jolt of momentum in November, when the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a $4 million grant for the bridge as part of a broad package of improvements lobbied for by the city and Stanford University. Earlier this month, the city received another $4 million for the bike bridge, this time through the One Bay Area Grant program administered by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. Another $1 million for design work could come from the funds allocated to the city by Stanford University Medical Center as part of a development agreement that allowed Stanford to greatly expand its hospital facilities, according to a new report from the Public Works Department.

With the funding nearly secured, the council will discuss various options for moving ahead with design work and consider a staff proposal for an “invited design competition� managed in part by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Under this approach, staff would work with AIA on design criteria and solicit proposals from about 20 local, regional and national architecture firms. A jury would then select three or four for interviews and invite the finalists to submit designs sometime in early 2014. Their designs would then be reviewed by the city’s Architectural Review Board and Planning and Transportation Commission before the council makes a decision on a design contract in spring 2014. If all goes according to the plan, construction would begin in fall 2015. “Given the wide range of bridge options and configurations, the possibility of a bridge design competition provides a venue to vet many designs simultaneously in the least amount of time and funding,� the new report states. While the council has yet to discuss the design competition, the city’s Architectural Review Board has already endorsed the concept. During a February discussion, several members expressed enthusiasm for a competition, with board member Randy Popp saying there are “only things to be gained from it and nothing to be lost.� His colleague, Lee Lippert called a competition an “incredibly good idea,� and board Chair Clare Malone Prichard encouraged an “inclusive� process for designing the bridge. The council will also weigh on Monday the merits of a traditional (continued on page 10)



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We play a high-brow-culture game in Palo Alto’s last dive bar. — David Matheson, co-founder of Evermen, on the men’s group’s tradition of playing Go weekly at Antonio’s Nut House. See story on page 7.

Around Town A WAKE-UP CALL ... Palo Alto’s effort to ban vehicle dwelling within city borders has featured all the elements residents have come to love and hate about the famously thorough city — focused community meetings, long public hearings, deep divisions, frequent revisions, heavy outreach, considerations of alternatives, reconsideration of the whole process and, ultimately, a reversion to the original proposal. This week, the city will head into the final stretch of the long and unpleasant journey when the City Council’s Policy and Services Committee reviews the vehiclebanning ordinance that it directed staff to draft last month. If it votes to approve the ordinance, the law would then head to the full council for final approval. Even if the ordinance becomes law, as now seems increasingly likely, Palo Alto officers won’t exactly be rushing out to bang on the car windows of vehicle dwellers. Under a plan prepared by the department, the city would embark on a “robust notification progress� about the new law; personally reach out to known vehicle dwellers to couple them with social–service providers; devote 60 days to “education, outreach and transition� and give warnings for additional 30 days. Even after this leniency period ends, enforcement will be complaint-based and will “generally not have officers selfinitiate contacts for violation of the ordinance,� Assistant Police Chief Bob Beacom wrote in a memo. “As current practice dictates, officers will continue to provide affected parties with referrals to social–service agencies. The goal will be to assist these individuals, who violate the ordinance, to find appropriate social services and utilizing the judicial system only as the last resort.� WITH HONORS ... When South Palo Alto’s newest housing development opens its doors at the former site of the Palo Alto Bowl, it will include as part of its design a direct link to the city’s past. Monroe Place, as the housing portion of the development is called (there will also be a fourstory hotel), will feature three new interior streets. Under a proposal made by the Palo Alto Historical

Association and scheduled to be approved by the City Council on Monday, these streets will be named for three Palo Alto officers who died in the line of duty: Lester Cole, Gene Clifton and Theodore Brassinga. “We have heard from the Police Department about their interest in having streets named for police officers who had died in the line of duty,� city Historian Steve Staiger wrote in a letter to the city. “We support this desire.� The only obstacle is that Palo Alto already has a Clifton street, which bears no relation to the fallen officer. After discussing this issue with Police Chief Dennis Burns, the historical association accepted his suggestion to name the street “Gene Court.� The other two streets would be Cole Court and Brassinga Court. HERE COMES THE SUN ... For years, Palo Alto has been looking far and wide for green sources of electricity, from dams and wind farms to geothermal plants and methane-burning landfills. Until recently, solar energy has been in short supply. That changed last week, when the city signed three 30-year solar contracts that between them will supply 18 percent of Palo Alto’s energy needs once they come online in 2017. The three contracts with Elevation Solar, Western Antelope Blue Sky Ranch, and Frontier Solar, which will cost the city about $350 million, are the latest installment in the city’s quest to make its electric portfolio completely carbon-neutral. These days, most local electricity already comes from renewable sources, with the remainder offset through purchase of “renewable energy certificates� that support greenenergy projects in other parts of the state. By 2017, the city expects to go 100 percent carbon neutral without buying the certificates. “Palo Alto has bought the entire output from these three new projects, which are being built right here in our home state,� Jane Ratchye, director of the Utilities Department’s Resource Management, said in a statement. “People can go gaze upon the fields of solar panels and know that’s exactly where their electric power is coming from! I find that pretty cool.� N


Feds find ‘insufficient evidence’ of racial discrimination School’s search of student for missing $20 didn’t violate federal civil rights law


ederal investigators found insufficient evidence to support a conclusion of racial discrimination in the case of a Palo Alto middle school minority student who was searched by school officials in November 2012 after a substitute teacher accused the student of stealing $20 from her purse. In a letter dated June 14 and released by the school district Tuesday, June 18, the federal Depart-

ment of Education’s Office for Civil Rights said it could not establish a violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act by a “preponderance of the evidence� after conducting interviews with the student and school staff and reviewing documents provided by the district and the student. Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin. In its complaint, the family asserted their child was

READ MORE ONLINE The Office for Civil Rights letter has been posted at Read the Weekly’s investigative series on Office for Civil Rights investigations of the school district in “Out of the shadows,� posted on Palo Alto Online.

illegally singled out because of the student’s race. According to documents obtained by the Weekly, the district acknowl-

edged that two minority students were questioned and searched after the teacher said they were the only two who had access to the locked classroom and the purse after the teacher gave them the key to return to retrieve a notebook. The missing $20 was not found after searches of both students and their school lockers, and neither student was disciplined, according to the documents. The Office for Civil Rights letter,

with extensive redactions made by the school district to protect the privacy of the student, noted that the middle school’s administrators had conducted nine searches of students of various races and national origins during the school year. Superintendent Kevin Skelly reported on the Office for Civil Rights conclusions during his update at the beginning of Tuesday’s regular school board meeting. N — Palo Alto Weekly staff


Palo Alto High School principal resigns After recent brush with ‘life-threatening illness,’ Winston seeks work-life balance by Chris Kenrick


alo Alto High School physically closer to the center of Principal Phil Winston student activity. announced Monday he has The former special-education resigned from the job he’s held teacher and assistant principal at for the past three years, saying Gunn High School was named to he needs to guard his health. the Paly job in 2010, at 33. A recent brush with a “lifeWinston taught special eduthreatening medical illness,� cation for six years in Milpitas, which he did not name, caused where he grew up and now lives him to re-evaluate his priorities with his wife and two children, and seek greater work-life balance, before joining the Palo Alto disthe 36-year-old principal said. trict as a special ed teacher at Marilyn Cook, a former prin- JLS Middle School. cipal of Paly, has agreed to step “A piece of my heart� will alin as acting principal pending the ways be in special ed, he once hiring of Winston’s replacement. said. The search already has begun, Winston attended Mission Superintendent Kevin College and earned a Skelly said Tuesday. degree in psychology “We appreciate from California State (Winston’s) deep University at Haydedication and strong ward (now Cal State service to our comEast Bay). He earned munity in this role,� a teaching credential Skelly said. at Santa Clara UniIn an email to the versity. Paly community sent A hallmark quote, late Monday night, which adorned his ofWinston said the illfice wall at Gunn and ness had caused him to Phil Winston Paly — and which reconsider his personal he read aloud three and professional goals. weeks ago at Paly’s May 29 grad“At this stage in my life, spend- uation ceremony — is from 18th ing time with my family, protect- Century English Parliamentarian ing my physical health and hav- and abolitionist Thomas Foxwell ing a better work-life balance are Buxton: “With ordinary talent my top priorities,� he wrote. and extraordinary perseverance, Winston said he has asked to all things are attainable.� be reassigned as a teacher. When he was hired as the Paly Skelly said Winston has “done principal, Winston said his goal a great job with kids and parents was to “understand the community (at Paly). (and) keep it student-centered.� “He’s just worked really hard “Student-centered� means “conon the environment at the school. tinuing to process decisions and His smiling face on the campus, how the school functions based on his approach to the work has what is best for our students in all been really positive.� areas — academics, student life, Winston is known for his vis- culture, social, emotional, guidibility around the high school ance, support and extracurricular campus. He recently proposed to activities,� he said at the time. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick move the principal’s office to the school library as part of a school can be emailed at ckenrick@ remodeling project so as to be

School board backs Skelly in annual review Despite criticism over U.S. investigations, superintendent earns satisfactory rating


alo Alto School Superintendent Kevin Skelly emerged from his annual performance review with a satisfactory rating, Board of Education President Dana Tom said Thursday. “We discussed strengths and areas to develop, and he got a satisfactory evaluation as he has in the past,� Tom said of Wednesday’s session in which board members met for closed-door deliberations. Skelly’s compensation was not discussed, Tom said. Skelly came to Palo Alto as superintendent in 2007. He has been under fire recently from some parents, most visibly the group We Can Do Better Palo Alto, for not promptly and fully disclosing to the board and to the public a

federal investigation that resulted in findings against the district last December in a middle-school bullying case, among other criticisms. Skelly later apologized for the misstep. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights concluded that the district’s failure to control the bullying, which was related to the student’s disability, created a “hostile environment� that rose above a social or discipline problem to become a violation of the student’s civil rights. The district is in the process of revising its bullying policy and reporting regulations as a result of that case. In the meantime, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating two other cases filed

against the district. The agency cleared the district last week in a separate case, which had alleged racial discrimination in a middleschool discipline case (see article, “Feds find ‘insufficient evidence’�). The district, including a board subcommittee, is still working on final language for the new bullying policy and accompanying regulations and plans to ask staff members at the California School Boards Association and the California Department of Education to review it before it’s proposed for approval by the full Palo Alto board. “I know everybody’s anxious to get this but we want to do that piece right,� Skelly said Tuesday. N — Chris Kenrick


Terman principal named to district job Katherine Baker, whose school was investigated for civil-rights violations, nominated to post as director of secondary education


erman Middle School is searching for a new principal following an announcement Thursday that the school’s current head has been nominated to become the Palo Alto school district’s director of secondary education. Superintendent Kevin Skelly said he will present Katherine Baker, principal at Terman for the past three years, for approval by the Board of Education at the board’s next regular meeting, on Aug. 27. Baker replaces Michael Milliken, who held the secondaryeducation post for two years before announcing last week he is leaving to become superintendent of the K-8 Belmont-Redwood Shores School District. Terman came into the spotlight earlier this year for its staff’s handling of a bullying case involving a special-education student in 201011, Baker’s first year on the job. The student’s family publicly dis-

‘We look forward to Ms. Baker continuing her outstanding service to the district and its students in her new position.’ —Kevin Skelly, superintendent, Palo Alto Unified School District closed that a federal investigation had been conducted and resulted in a December 2012 finding by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights that the school district had violated the student’s civil rights. Baker worked for 16 years as a teacher, middle school assistant principal and elementary school principal in San Jose’s K-8 Oak Grove School District before coming to Palo Alto in 2010. She holds a

bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s in education from San Jose State University. “The process of finding a new principal for Terman is underway with the goal of having a strong replacement for Ms. Baker well before the start of school (Aug. 15),� Skelly said Thursday. “We look forward to Ms. Baker continuing her outstanding service to the district and its students in her new position.� Most recently Baker was a member of the district’s Safe and Welcoming Schools Task Force, which was charged with re-evaluating, refining and fortifying efforts to “ensure that all students feel safe and connected at school.� The district is in the process of revising its bullying policy and reporting procedures as part of a settlement in the Terman bullying case. N — Palo Alto Weekly staff



Local teens make video tutorials for fellow students in ‘Club Academia’ Short videos, to ‘watch between classes,’ aim to re-create epiphany moments


group of Gunn High School students is meeting daily this summer to create academic tutorial videos and boost their new website, Club Academia. Inspired by the online Khan Academy, the loosely organized, year-old Gunn group aims to offer something similar in the peer-tutoring area by having high school students explain subjects for fellow students. “We’re trying to capture (what) we call the epiphany moment that goes away after you know something for a while,� Gunn senior Shilpa Yarlagadda said. “Sometimes if you understand a concept, you take it for granted and forget to emphasize the points that are crucial to people when they’re learning it for the very first time,� she said. Thus, the students seek video-tutors for whom the learning is fresh. Before posting, they ask teachers to review the videos for accuracy. “We try to re-create the thought process,� said Joyce Wen, also a

Gunn senior who has contributed a series of videos on music theory. Club Academia originated last year after Yarlagadda and her friends had struggled with understanding redox reactions for a chemistry exam. “We’d find online video tutorials but we found it more useful to turn to peers taking the same class,� Yarlagadda said. “They had originally struggled too, and they could explain it in a way that made sense. “So we decided to make video tutorials by students.� Last fall she secured a $20,000 award for the group from the Westly Foundation, which makes grants to students who come up with “creative solutions to community problems.� Asking for help from teachers — including Gunn social studies teacher Ronen Habib and Palo Alto High School journalism and English teacher Esther Wojcicki — led the students to other resources, including licenses for Camtasia software, which they use to record and edit their products.

“We can paint, draw — things like that — and talk at the same time, and it captures everything on the screen,� Yarlagadda said. The teachers also helped them get on the programs of various educational technology conferences, including one in Florida in January and another in Boston this summer. The students brainstormed to come up with a name for their startup nonprofit, running through with “Mindblown,� “Mindstruck,� “Brainblast� and “Club Creativa� before settling on “Club Academia.� “We wanted to make it sound really fun so we liked the ‘club’ part,� Wen said. “And it’s educational, so we chose ‘academia.’� The students gained IRS nonprofit status with help from a friend who has a law office in Fremont. “They made us write a paper about our vision, what we were trying to accomplish,� Yarlagadda said. Added Wen: “A lot of our parents help us out, too — they have skills they can offer.�

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by Chris Kenrick

Club Academia member Nikhil Kumar works on a tutorial focusing on lipids and steroids as part of a series of videos he is creating to help students prepare for the MCAT. This summer, their days are part work, part social as they gather, usually around 5 p.m., at a Peet’s cafe to plan videos and strategy. “Some of us have other jobs,� Yarlagadda explained. One member of the group, Gunn senior Karan Thapar, is working on a mobile app. “It will just make the videos more accessible and easier to watch,� Thapar said. “I also want to add more features, like letting people make their own playlists and saving certain subjects they want to watch for later.� Yarlagadda chimed in: “Our videos are so short — like two minutes

— that you can watch them between classes.� Wen said: “You can watch them, like, right before the final so it’s fresh in your mind.� Last week, the high-school students had put together a list of several websites offering video tutorials, including Schmoop, Coursera, Udacity, and Khan Academy. “We were just looking at other company’s in the edtech space and trying to figure out where we’d add value,� Yarlagadda said. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com.


With little fanfare, Palo Alto adopts housing vision City Council approves long overdue Housing Element by Gennady Sheyner


or Palo Alto, the new Housing Element is at once an expansive vision document, a catalog of future housing sites and a homework assignment from hell. Years overdue, this chapter of the city’s Comprehensive Plan is the only one required by state law. It represents the city’s response to a regional mandate to plan for 2,860 units of housing in the planning horizon between 2007 and 2014 — a period

for which planning is tricky because it’s almost over. The document has undergone numerous reviews, delays and revisions as the city officials tried to persuade the Association of Bay Area Governments to lower the mandate (it didn’t) and scoured every nook within city borders in search for possible housing sites. More revisions had to be made in the 11th hour, after residents outraged about a proposed development

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on Maybell Avenue learned that city planners included the yet-unapproved development in the Housing Element inventory. So when the City Council unanimously voted Monday night to officially adopt the housing vision, it did so with a sigh of relief rather than a cheer of celebration. Councilwoman Liz Kniss said she found the process “frustrating� and said the city will not be able to meet the regional predictions for needed housing “without actually going high-rise.� “It is for me just maddening that a state agency can absolutely impose on us and punish us in the end for not attaining the numbers that someone has come up with,� Kniss said. Councilwoman Karen Holman sounded a similar note and said the process is “anything but local control.� “This is definitely top-down and not how I think good governance happens at local levels,� Holman said. Councilman Greg Schmid said “congratulations are in order.� He then pointed out that the city is now in the seventh year of the plan’s eight-year period and called the process of adopting the Housing Element a “long, hard slog,� a phrase famously used by Donald Rumsfeld to describe the war in Iraq. Such was the adoption ceremony for Palo Alto’s chief policy document for housing, one that lays out the city’s vision with the statement, “Our hous-

ing and neighborhoods shall enhance the livable human environment for all residents, be accessible to civic and community services and sustain our natural resources.� The document includes incentives to encourage affordable housing; focus developments at sites near transit centers; encourage more mixed-use buildings featuring apartments; and encourage development at sites currently underutilized. The Planning and Transportation Commission, which helped midwife the document through the long and difficult process, lauded it as “excellent� and “impressive� at a review last month before approving it by a 6-0 vote. The council was far less enthused on Monday night, having just experienced first-hand the challenge of building affordable housing in Palo Alto, where property values are among the highest in the nation. The vote on the Housing Element came just minutes after the council approved a zone change to enable a development for 567 Maybell Ave., which includes a 60-unit building for low-income seniors and 12 single-family homes. Vice Mayor Nancy Shepherd pointed to the Maybell vote to illustrate the complexity of zoning for additional housing in Palo Alto and local resistance to housing mandates. She suggested that the council’s Regional Housing Mandate Committee further consider

the city’s response to mandates and ways to communicate to residents the city’s strategy for housing. “I think this community would like to have a little more of a destiny with its own vision of how we want to incorporate our zoning and build for what we want,� Shepherd said. Councilman Larry Klein, a longtime critic of the regional housingallocation process, lamented on Monday what he felt was a lot of wasted effort involved in putting the housing inventory together to meet regional projections. He said he felt sorry for whoever in Sacramento will be reviewing these documents for each California city and called California’s housing program “misguided.� Klein said he had considered not voting in protest against the process but ultimately decided to go along with his colleagues. “I will reluctantly vote for it because I don’t think we have any choice,� Klein said just before the vote. The city’s triumph, such as it is, isn’t expected to last long. With the planning period almost over, Palo Alto is facing a deadline of December 2014 to have its next Housing Element completed. N

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CHILLIN’ WITH CHILI ... Got a burning desire for chili? Palo Alto will hold the 32nd Annual Summer Festival and Chili Cook-off on Thursday, July 4, from noon to 5 p.m. at Mitchell Park, 600 East Meadow Drive. The chili tasting begins at 1:30 p.m. While there, anyone with a hankering for emergency rescue lessons can meet neighborhood folks who are involved in the city’s Emergency Services Volunteer Program. They’ll have their own booth. A list of upcoming emergency-training classes can be viewed at, then click on the “calendar� link. MOVING PIECES OF HISTORY ... The Palo Alto Historical Association archives have relocated to temporary quarters at the Cubberley Community Center, Room H5, due to closure of the Main Library for renovation. Historian Steve Staiger will continue to staff the archives on Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. The Palo Alto Historical Association builds and maintains the collection on behalf of the City of Palo Alto, which owns the material. Visitors to the archives will share a room that is occasionally used for city Human Resources training. N

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KNOW THY NEIGHBORS ... The City of Palo Alto’s pilot neighborhood grants program has been inundated with applications, according to the city. The $25,000 program gives neighborhood groups up to $1,000 to fund events and projects that help foster a sense of community. Grant recipients have included a block party at Palo Verde Elementary School to build emergency-preparation kits, a week-long neighborhood camp in the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood ending with a block party, a Downtown North food-truck social at Johnson Park, and a crime prevention and safety fair in Leland Manor. Upcoming events include Palo Alto Yoga Day on Friday, June 21, at Rinconada Park, an Emerson Street block party on Sunday, June 23, and a summer social on June 29 in the San Antonio Road neighborhood. The city expects to have awarded all grants by mid-summer, with events continuing through the fall. More information is available by visiting the city’s website at

David Matheson, left, co-founder of the Evermen, plays Go with Philippe Alexis and others gathered at Antonio’s Nut House in Palo Alto. The weekly game includes men from nearby Evergreen Park as well as enthusiasts from beyond the neighborhood.


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n a balmy Wednesday evening, a half-dozen men stood expectantly outside Nathan Moroney’s Evergreen Park home, awaiting news of his fate. “Is Nate here?� they asked his wife, who answered the door. “Can he play Go?� “Drink beer?� they asked. Moroney obtained the requisite thumbs-up for a night free of domestic responsibilities and headed out the door. Smiling broadly, members of the Evermen, a neighborhood men’s group, were on their way. They headed to Antonio’s Nut House on California Avenue for the guys’ version of a neighborhood book club, only this one doesn’t have any reading materials, they said. Male residents of the Evergreen Park neighborhood, which is located just north of the California Avenue business district, formed the social group eight to 10 years ago. No one remembers exactly when, but they

do recall the reason: The women of Evergreen Park had started a book club, and the men got “jealous,� they said. As they walked through the neighborhood knocking on doors to gather more participants, the guys jokingly recalled dubbing the women’s group the “Nevermen.� David Matheson, one of the group’s founders, had stumbled across the book club one evening and got scowled at, he said. Over hours of watching their kids play at Peers Park with nothing for themselves to do, the men had pondered the kind of group that would attract a crowd, they said. A book club for men did not sound promising. “What’s the book club equivalent for men?� Steve Godfrey said they had asked. “Bowling is so 20th century,� Matheson added. So they came up with the idea of

a weekly social gathering as freeflowing as Antonio’s beer, centered around the ancient Chinese board game, Go. “We play a high-brow-culture game in Palo Alto’s last dive bar,� Matheson said. Roger Carpenter came up with the idea of playing Go, a nearly 3,000-year-old board game of strategy known for its elegance. The game involves surrounding an opponent’s pieces, or stones, with one’s own for capture. It is an intricate game with simple rules that hinges on one’s skill at seeing patterns. The outings are a chance to unwind from high-pressure, high-tech jobs and family responsibilities and to delve a little deeper into relationships that strengthen the neighborhood, Matheson said. Think of over-the-backyard-fence conversations with peanut shells on the floor. Matheson said the group tries to develop relationships that are supportive and build true friendships. “There are all kinds of social barriers, and you try to find a trick to break those down. You’ve got to get

to the next level,� he said. The Evermen have about 30 to 40 members signed up on their Yahoo email group, but not everyone comes out each week. But the group does schedule other events, chief of which is a five-day Labor Day weekend backpacking trip that includes their families. Godfrey said the group gives him an opportunity to do new things he has never tried before, such as backpacking and skydiving. Carpenter, who is a kiteboarder, got some of the men to try the sport. He also organizes neighborhood ski trips. There was a kite-surfing trip in Mexico one year. And Matheson went skydiving for his 50th birthday. But there are some things the wives overrule. Moroney couldn’t go on the skydiving adventure. “I tried to use the Evermen pitch, but the Everwomen got wind of that,� he said. The Go group also attracts other (continued on page 11)



News Digest School board brainstorms ideas for 2013-14 The need for Palo Alto teachers to be able to share ideas more emerged as a theme Tuesday, June 18, as members of the Board of Education gathered for their annual retreat. With a new union contract requirement that teachers participate in “professional development� and budget support for it, Superintendent Kevin Skelly said teachers will now have more opportunities to collaborate. Skelly recently named teacher Kelly Bikle to a new position of “coordinator of professional development,� where she will be charged with identifying what teachers need and planning activities. Board members spent six hours Tuesday brainstorming over a host of proposed district goals for 2013-14, covering multiple topics, including anticipated curriculum changes that will come with the Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by California as part of a push by the nation’s governors and state school chiefs to align curricula with what they say are 21st century knowledge and skills. Board member Camille Townsend said the new standards will require replacement of the K-5 mathematics textbook Everyday Mathematics, which was adopted by the board in a contentious 3-2 vote in 2009. Skelly noted that Palo Alto teacher Anna Kearney has been named to a state committee to review K-8 math materials to determine whether they are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. As the school “inclusion� movement brings increasing numbers of students with disabilities into regular classrooms, teachers need more help in educating them, board member Heidi Emberling said. She also said she wants more consistency in the anti-bullying curricula used across the district’s 17 campuses. Board President Dana Tom said he plans to switch school board agendas starting in August to place the “public comment� period at the beginning of meetings, around 6:30 p.m. N — Chris Kenrick

‘Landlords from hell’ plead guilty in four felony counts A husband and wife dubbed the “landlords from hell� for a series of escalating actions and threats made against their tenants in a San Francisco apartment building several years ago have pleaded guilty to multiple felony charges, prosecutors said Wednesday. Palo Alto residents Kip Macy, 38, and his wife, Nicole Macy, 37, were recently extradited from Italy for a case that began when they wanted to evict tenants out of a six-unit apartment building they owned in the 700 block of Clementina Street in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood. The couple pleaded guilty Tuesday to two felony counts of residential burglary, one felony count of stalking and one felony count of attempted grand theft and face up to four years and four months in prison when they are sentenced on Aug. 22. Starting in August 2006, Nicole Macy sent an email from an account she created pretending to be a tenant to fire an attorney who was representing the tenant in a civil matter against the Macys, prosecutors said. She also sent another fraudulent email to her own attorneys, pretending to be the tenant and threatening to kidnap and dismember the attorneys’ children, prosecutors said. The next month, the Macys twice cut holes in the floor of one victim’s living room with a power saw. They also cut sections out of the joists below the victim’s floor in an apparent attempt to make the floor collapse, prosecutors said. The couple also threatened to shoot the building manager and burglarized other tenants’ units, prosecutors said. The Macys were charged in 2008 and indicted by a criminal grand jury the following year. In 2010, the Macys fled the country. They were eventually taken into custody in Milan, Italy, in May 2012. Assistant District Attorney Kelly Burke said the Macys had wanted to evict the tenants to renovate the apartments and sell the building. N —Bay City News Service


City floats parking-permit plans to residents Palo Alto staff discusses different approaches to solving downtown’s parking problem by Eric Van Susteren


he City of Palo Alto is considering instituting permitparking in a residential neighborhood — its second in the city — to ease parking problems in and around the city’s congested downtown. The programs would work by selling parking permits to residents and downtown employees, imposing time limits on parking in the blocks surrounding the downtown area and setting up “buffer zones� that don’t require residential parking permits on the blocks closest to downtown. Parking problems in the downtown area, where street parking is often taken up by downtown workers during the daytime and restaurantgoers during the evening, have been growing, according to residents who have becoming increasingly vocal about their dissatisfaction. One possible concept, which Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez discussed this week with residents in the Downtown North and University South neighborhoods, would be to implement residential permit-parking zones on one side of streets near downtown, with hourly parking on the other side of the streets, and a buffer zone of hourly parking on streets nearest to downtown. Michael Hodos, one of about 40

Rodriguez suggested that parking permits could be sold to residents at a relatively cheap rate. The city would then sell the remaining spots to businesses or employees. people who attended the meeting, said that a permit-parking system that allotted spots for downtown workers should be spread out in the neighborhood — or else workers would simply choose the spots closest to the downtown area, which would put those residents at a disadvantage. Rodriguez suggested that parking permits could be sold to residents at a relatively cheap rate, giving the example of $30. The city would then sell the remaining spots to businesses or employees under a tiered system in which spots closer to downtown would cost more, possibly between $250-300. Hodos suggested the parking plan be implemented in phases, increasing the scope gradually to gauge its

effectiveness. Another idea floated by Rodriguez would not require parking permits but instead set up areas in the neighborhood with time limits, possibly of four hours, to ensure that downtown workers wouldn’t be able to park the cars in the same spot for the entire day. That plan, however, was met with a cold reception from meeting attendees, several of whom didn’t like the idea of having to move their own cars to avoid a citation. Many of the neighbors said parking permits would not fix what they feel is the real problem: large downtown developments that don’t provide enough parking for the traffic they bring to the area. Resident John Hackmann stressed the immense value to the city of street parking near downtown and said it shouldn’t be given away for free to employees working at large developments downtown. Instead he suggested what he called “market-based approach� that auctions off some of the most valuable spots to nonresidents. The costs of implementing a parking-permit program would include installing signs, setting up permits and the ongoing administrative and police staffing, Rodriguez said. (continued on page 10)

Residents of a flood-prone neighborhood in East Palo Alto can rest easier now that the first phase of repairs to the San Francisquito Creek bank have been completed. The creek overflowed in December 2012 and sent mud and debris onto Woodland Avenue, damaging homes and threatening PG&E infrastructure and closing a portion of the roadway to traffic. The damaged section of Woodland Avenue has since been resurfaced and reopened, and the exposed slope of the creek bank has been shored up with mesh, rock and installation of a new concrete dike, community development director John Doughty said. The repair project cost a little more than $165,000, Doughty said, though additional work is needed along the waterway. A bridge over University Avenue needs to be reinforced, and repairs need to be made to “boilsâ€? or weak points on the creek levee where high water seeps through and weakens the structure. The eventual cost of the project could reach $2 million, and the City of East Palo Alto is continuing to pursue financing options for the remainder of the work, Doughty said. N — Bay City News Service Page 8ĂŠUĂŠĂ•Â˜iĂŠĂ“ÂŁ]ÊÓä£ÎÊUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂœĂœĂœÂ°*>Â?ÂœÂ?ĂŒÂœ"˜Â?ˆ˜i°Vœ“

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Neighborhood spotlight The Evergreen Park neighborhood, which is north of the California Avenue business district, holds an annual block party. This year’s event took place on June 16 and featured Steve Koehler, aka “Mr. Horsefeathers,� who juggled five balls in the air while performing for children at the event. The Evergreen Park Neighborhood Association works to build a sense of community and has helped address problems. It has curtailed cut-through traffic and planted street trees. Issues the association plans to tackle include spillover parking from the retail district and weighing in on the California Avenue Streetscape Project and overall redevelopment plans for the business district. The neighborhood-association contact is David Schrom, 650-323-7333. Spotlight your neighborhood! Send information about events and issues to Neighborhoods Editor Sue Dremann at



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the residents’ group, called him an “honest broker,� echoing comments of others. Elaine Heal, another neighborhood attendee, said she “left this weekend much more optimistic than when I went in.� But while the weekend meetings succeeded in educating residents about zoning issues and the complexities of developing affordable housing, they did not bring about the resolution the council was hoping for. The residents at the meeting wanted to reduce the number of houses to eight. The Housing Corporation, which is using the single-family homes to finance the affordable housing, argued that this would not be economically feasible. On Monday, the council received a memo recapping the meetings from Scharff, the Housing Corporation and the residents who attended the meeting. All parties agreed that while the meetings were educational, agreement was not achieved. Some residents on Monday continued to express their frustration with the process. Art Liberman, a Barron Park resident who attended the weekend meetings, said he remains unconvinced by the developer’s assertions that the amount of housing cannot be reduced. He asked the council to make sure the new project is consistent with the character of the neighborhood, which is composed primarily of single-family homes.

The Palo Alto Housing Corporation got the go-ahead to build a 60-unit low-income senior housing project, as well as 12 market-value, single-family homes along Maybell and Clemo avenues in the Barron Park neighborhood. Opponents of the rezoning also continued to argue that the project would be too dense for their neighborhood, which includes a busy school corridor and suffers from heavy traffic congestion during morning and afternoon commute hours. Project proponents stressed the need for building affordable housing in a city with a graying population and sky-high real estate values. Former Councilman John Barton was in the latter camp. “Clearly, the shotgun wedding

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet at the Cubberley Community Center for familiarization with Cubberley’s facilities, programs, services and tenants. The council will meet at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 24, in Building T-2 at Cubberley, 4000 Middlefield Road. CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session to discuss a claim against the city by Chuck Fong and Grace Wood; hold a study session to discuss preliminary survey findings on the city’s infrastructure; consider amending the 2013 Management and Professional Compensation Plan; approve new contracts for the Utilities Managers and Professionals Association of Palo Alto and for the Palo Alto Police Managers’ Association; discuss a possible design competition for the Highway 101 bicycle and pedestrian overpass; and hear a status report on high-speed rail. The closed session will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 24. The rest of the meeting will follow in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). COUNCIL POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss adopting a vehicle habitation ordinance and discuss the guiding principles and approval process for the Stanford University Medical Center development agreement fund. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course reconfiguration project. The commission will also discuss 3159 El Camino Real, a request by Heather Young on behalf of Portage Avenue Portfolio LLC for review of a five-story 55-foot tall, 75,042-square-foot building to replace an existing 900-square-foot commercial building to include 48 apartments and commercial and retail uses. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the library budget for Fiscal Year 2014 and discuss the library logo and branding process. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

didn’t achieve a progeny, didn’t develop a wonderful solution and that’s unfortunate,� Barton said, before he encouraged the council to vote and approve what he called the Housing Corporation’s “compromise position.� Residents disputed that building 12 houses rather than 15 is a “compromise.� The list of conditions attached to the council’s approval aimed to improve the design of the development. These requirements include varying the distance of homes from the property lines, with a minimum of 20 feet, and making sure the Maybell project shares services and staff with the nearby Arastradero Park Apartments facility, which is also managed by the Housing Corporation. Council members agreed with residents that they have a traffic problem during the morning commute hour, though they reiterated that the new development would have very little impact on this situation. A traffic study commissioned by the city and widely disputed by neighborhood opponents of the project stated that the development would bring 16 and 20 new car trips to the neighborhood during the morning and afternoon peak hours, respectively. Councilman Greg Schmid said the city’s method for measuring traffic impacts is inadequate because it measures the incremental impact of each new project without considering the cumulative impacts of several developments. He called for the city to re-examine its policies for measuring traffic impacts. Immediately after the vote on 567 Maybell, the council unanimously accepted Councilman Pat Burt’s suggestion that staff work with the school district to evaluate possible traffic-calming and pedestrian-safety measures on Maybell. Council members also stressed on Monday that the Maybell site is unlikely to remain undeveloped for long, regardless of the council’s decision. Existing zoning on the orchard site would allow construction of 34 homes, which staff and council members argued would bring in more traffic than the senior apartments. “If we reject this proposal, Palo Alto Housing Corp. could turn around and sell it to a private developer,� Councilman Marc Berman said. “No private developer who pays $16 million or more for a plot of land wouldn’t maximize the profit from this development. This end result is as good as it can get.� Councilman Larry Klein also argued that the difference between the residents’ position and the Housing Corporation’s isn’t all that big. It’s a matter of 12 homes versus eight homes, he said. “It seems to me it is an issue that’s hardly large enough to cause lawsuits, referendums and things of that nature,� Klein said. “I don’t think that’s where our community ought to be.� N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@





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Techie charged with Silicon Valley burglaries An information-technology consultant has been charged with a string of Silicon Valley office burglaries that shut down business computer networks and might have cost companies millions of dollars in losses, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office announced today, June 19. (Posted June 19, 3:40 p.m.)

Skelly moves to fill school vacancies Palo Alto School Superintendent Kevin Skelly said he has extended a job offer to a prospective communications officer for the school district and also has chosen a finalist to replace departing Director of Secondary Education Michael Milliken. (Posted June 19, 9:19 a.m.)

Stanford University’s Larry Horton to retire Larry Horton, Stanford University’s longtime senior associate vice president and director of government and community relations, will step down at the end of this calendar year, he told the Weekly Tuesday. (Posted June 18, 5:15 p.m.)

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In 2009 the City Council voted to implement a residential parkingpermit plan in College Terrace, the neighborhood bordered by Stanford University and the Stanford Research Park. But the startup costs of that program, about $100,000, was covered by Stanford as a condition of the university’s 2001 general-use permit with Santa Clara County. Tuesday’s meeting was one of several meetings planned by the city. Rodriguez was careful to say that the ideas were not set in stone but that the drafts were being proposed to gauge the community’s response prior to staff presentations to the City Council. Rodriguez said he hopes to have a permit-parking plan for the area for the council to vote on by the end of the calendar year. He said the plan would need the support of at least 70 percent of the residents, a number that many at the meeting balked at. N Online Editor Eric Van Susteren can be emailed at evansusteren@


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The board of directors of the Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo announced Monday that it is partnering with the Peery Foundation to create a matching-gift challenge to help rebuild the museum and zoo as part of the Master Planning project for Rinconada Park, according to a press release. (Posted June 18, 9:38 a.m.)

Palo Alto bids farewell to popular planning director Palo Alto on Monday gave an emotional sendoff to Planning Director Curtis Williams, whose mild-mannered leadership, passion for community engagement and encyclopedic knowledge of local zoning laws won praise from even some of the city’s most vehement land-use critics. (Posted June 17, 9:32 p.m.)

Oshman Family JCC selects new CEO Zack Bodner has been selected as the new CEO for the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, succeeding interim CEO Ric Rudman as the head of the local community organization. (Posted June 17, 1:02 p.m.)

Firefighters extinguish weekend residential fires Palo Alto firefighters put out two residential fires in Palo Alto this weekend, one on Friday afternoon and another Saturday. (Posted June 17, 9:26 a.m.)

‘Harness Stanford’s spirit of innovation’ New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg today, June 16, urged Stanford graduates to harness Stanford’s spirit of innovation to pursue the American dream for themselves, and to help extend it to others. (June 16, 3:54 p.m.)

At 90, Palo Altan looks back on service Herb Kaiser, World War II veteran and a medical philanthropist, celebrated his 90th birthday on Saturday, June 8, at his midtown Palo Alto Stanford students dressed as home with neighbors, family and a bananas dance for the crowd white sheet cake that read “90 wow!� during the Wacky Walk prior (June 16, 12:26 p.m.) to commencement on June 16, 2013.

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among more skittish pets and owners. Some dogs become anxious when on-leash. Owners have taken to illegally letting their dogs run off leash at parks and schools, group members said. But other park and field users aren’t happy with that. Some dogs are aggressive; others are friendly but exuberant and frighten people, group members said. “The status quo is not a good situation,� Hoffman said. Hoffman is a former soccer coach whose children played in Palo Alto parks. He has witnessed the problem from both sides since 1988, he said. The group wants a collaborative rather than adversarial approach to the problem, he added. “It’s not just about ‘my dogs’ or ‘our dogs’ but the whole community. We have to have more off-leash options that comply with the law. I don’t expect it will eliminate all of the violations, but it will greatly reduce them,� he said. At Nealon, a fenced baseball field is accessible for off-leash dogs Mondays through Fridays from 8 to 10 a.m. The off-leash gatherings have become one of Menlo Park’s strongest community activities, according to The Dog Owners Group of Menlo Park (DOGMA) website. Each weekday, dog owners congregate to share stories and neighborhood news and to meet others. But even a larger park won’t stop problems if an owner isn’t responsible, though. A woman who was maimed by a German shepherd filed a lawsuit Dec. 4 against the dog’s owner, who allegedly dropped off and left her dog unattended while she talked on her cell phone outside the fence. The victim said she was bitten after she tried to separate her dog from the shepherd, which had grabbed her smaller dog around the throat, according to the Weekly’s sister paper, The Almanac. Palo Alto Dog Owners members

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players who are not from Evergreen Park. Stanford students and others often show up to play Go in the back room at Antonio’s, alongside where the Evermen meet. Amid the graffiti-covered walls and under a Go poster the group tacked to the wall, Moroney was ready to settle into a game after a second beer. “To take the edge off losing,� he said. James Brown music pumped in the background, and the guys settled into the games. Casually, they alternated fingering Go stones and popping peanuts, adding shells to the ever-growing collection on the floor. Matheson took in the scene, looking relaxed. He bobbed his head to the music and smiled. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at

said everyone must act responsibly, and rules should be in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable space for everyone. And that includes picking up after one’s pet. Users at Nealon organize a “clean� sweep of the field after each session, searching the park sector by sector to remove any animal waste, according to DOGMA. Les Ezrati of the Palo Alto group suggested following the Nealon Park example. Randy Hoffman recommended that when people register for a dog license, they could make a volunteer contribution to pay for a professional field-cleaning service. She also said using a park early in the day would not conflict with other users’ needs. “If the dog park is open between 7 and 9 a.m., it wouldn’t interfere with soccer, baseball or camps,� she said. Palo Alto advocates have sought a dog park in the northern part of the city, which has none. A designated area in El Camino Park was under consideration, but that plan is in jeopardy. The city’s Planning

and Transportation Commission in April recommended against the dog run due to lack of space. The dog owners are also eyeing the city’s upcoming “Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Master Plan,� which is expected to be ready for public study by December 2014, according to Greg Betts, director of community services. The plan will identify gaps in programming and city facilities. Betts said dog areas exemplify the need for a master plan. Currently, the city might try to shoehorn a dog area into a park where it doesn’t serve anyone well. “It’s so small that it’s more of a dog closet than a dog park,� he said. Currently, there are 5,600 licensed dogs registered with Palo Alto Animal Services, according to Connie Urbanski, the interim superintendent. That figure might represent about 25 percent of the city’s dog population, she added. So far, about 80 people have signed up on the new group’s website,, according to Hoffman. N

CityView A round-up of

Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (June 17) 567 Maybell Ave.: The council voted to rezone a site at 567-595 Maybell Ave. to “planned community� to enable construction of a 60-unit apartment building for lowincome seniors and 12 single-family homes. Yes: Unanimous Housing: The council approved the Housing Element for the 2007-2014 planning horizon. Yes: Unanimous

Board of Education (June 18) Budget: The board approved a budget for the 2013-14 school year, which proposes $171.3 million in operating revenue, mostly from local sources, and $169.1 million in spending, mostly for staff salaries and benefits — up about 4 percent from last year. Yes: Unanimous Garland lease: The board approved an extension of the Garland School lease to the independent Stratford School until June 30, 2015. Yes: Baten Caswell, Emberling, Tom, Townsend No: Mitchell

Architecture Review Board (June 20) Mayfield: The board held a study session on the 2005 Mayfield Development Agreement. Action: None 2500 El Camino: The board held a preliminary review of a proposal by Stanford Real Estate for a four-story development with 70 units of housing. Action: None

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Edward Chalmers Wood 1923-2013

Edward Wood, 90, of Palo Alto passed away June 11, 2013, at home. He was born and raised in Arizona and was a long-term resident of Portola Valley. He served in the Army Air Corps during WW II, completing 31 missions as a B-24 navigator in the European theater. He then completed his engineering degree at the University of Arizona in Tucson. While tutoring at the university, he met Obdulia Victoria Doan “Vickie�, and they married shortly thereafter. She was his life mate until her death in 2006. Mr. Wood became an expert in nuclear energy while working for General Electric in New York, Washington, and eventually California. His development of an improved reactor fuel cell set new standards for stability and safety, and was used in the first dual-purpose reactor that produced both plutonium and electricity. Like all good engineers, he enjoyed fixing what was wrong. Dissatisfied with school policies, he ran for the local school board in Richland, Washington, and served for several years, championing stronger academic standards. He finished his career with General Electric in Sunnyvale, California, as a public spokesman for nuclear safety. He was preceded in death by his brother David Holtz, his sister Katie Wood, and his grandson Brian Wood. He is survived by four children: Edward C. Wood (Janice) of Morrison, CO; Lesley Nelson (Gordon), of Ashland, OR; Frances Wood (Brian) of Durham, NC; and Alyson Illich (Jim) of Portola Valley, CA. He is also survived by five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. They plan a family service in Tucson, Mr. Wood’s place of birth. PAID



NOTICE OF PREPARATION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) will be prepared by the City of Palo Alto Department of Planning and Community Environment for the project listed below. The agency and public comment period for this notice will extend from June 21, 2013 to July 22, 2013. A copy of the Notice of Preparation is available to be reviewed at the Development Center, which is located at 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA. 94301. If you have comments or questions regarding the preparation of the EIR, please contact Jodie Gerhardt of the Planning and Community Environment Department via email at 395 Page Mill Road and 3045 Park Blvd [11PLN-00374]: Request for a Planned Community zone change and Comprehensive Plan Amendment to allow redevelopment of the properties at 395 Page Mill Road (9.86 acres) and 3045 Park Boulevard (1.41 acres) in the City of Palo Alto. The project includes retention of the existing three-story ofďŹ ce building at 395 Page Mill Road and construction of two new four-story ofďŹ ce buildings totaling approximately 311,000 square feet. The project includes demolition of the existing one-story light industrial building at 3045 Park Boulevard and construction of a three-story Public Safety Building (about 44,500 square feet) for the City of Palo Alto, a multi-level parking structure, and future subdivision of this property. The proposed project requires amendments to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning designations (from Research, OfďŹ ce and Limited Manufacturing (ROLM) and General Manufacturing (GM) to a Planned Community (PC)) to accommodate the proposed mix of uses, development density, and maximum building heights. It is anticipated that the proposed project may have the following environmental effects: land use, aesthetics, air quality, greenhouse gas, geology and soils, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, noise and vibration, cultural resources, transportation, utilities and service systems, biological resources (e.g., trees), and public services. The project site is part of the California-Olive-Emerson (COE) Study Area - bounded by California, Olive, and Emerson Streets – where monitoring and remediation of a chlorinated volatile organic compound (VOC) groundwater plume is on-going with oversight by the Regional Water Quality Control Board (San Francisco Bay RWQCB Case#43S0053). CURTIS WILLIAMS, Director of Planning and Community Environment In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, listening assistive devices are available in the Council Chambers and Council Conference Room. Sign language interpreters will be provided upon request with 72 hours advance notice.


A weekly compendium of vital statistics

POLICE CALLS Palo Alto June 13-19 Violence related Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Theft related Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle related Abandoned bicycle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Driving with suspended license . . . . . . .3 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle accident/property damage . . . 10 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Drunken driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Possession of paraphernalia . . . . . . . . .2 Miscellaneous Animal call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Arson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Public incident . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .6 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

Menlo Park June 13-19 Violence related Armed robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Assault with a deadly weapon . . . . . . . .1 Assault . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Theft undefined . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Driving with suspended license . . . . . . .6 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Unlicensed driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/property damage . . . .1 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Alcohol or drug related Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Drunken driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Miscellaneous CPS referral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Gang info. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Info. case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . .1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Probation violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Warrant arrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

Atherton June 13-19 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Vehicle related Parking/driving violation . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/property damage . . . .3 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Miscellaneous Civil matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .4 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . .3

VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto Unlisted block Bibbits Dr., 6/15, 11:35 p.m.; family violence/threats Unlisted block Hamilton Ave., 6/17, 1:02 a.m.; domestic violence Unlisted block Ramona Circle, 6/18, 11:30 a.m.; domestic violence

Menlo Park Chilco St./Rr tracks, 6/14, 7:41 p.m.; assault with a deadly weapon; on 6/12 two coworkers were involved in an altercation; the suspect hit the victim with a piece of wood El Camino Real/Middle Ave., 6/14, 9:08 p.m.; battery; an unknown suspect threw a water bottle at the victim 700 block Pierce Rd., 6/15, 9:26 a.m.; battery; victim reports being pushed but was uncooperative with police 1300 block Willow Rd., 6/15, 5:45 p.m.; robbery; an unknown suspect used a gun and took cash Hamilton Ave./ Chilco St., 6/16, 1:34 a.m.; assault

Milford Reynolds (“Mil�) Pribble March 27, 1919 - June 12, 2013 Mil Pribble of Palo Alto, a retired court reporter, author and editor, passed away on June 12 at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View following a period of congestive heart failure that was, mercifully, relatively brief when compared with his preceding 94 years of hard work, restless curiosity and vigorous pursuit of all that matters most in life. Always challenging himself to master new areas of knowledge, Mil earned degrees in liberal arts from Chapman University and in divinity from Yale and studied educational psychology at Stanford. His wide-ranging career included serving as pastor of First Christian Church in Tempe, Arizona, several years as a private investigator (elements of which he drew upon for his as-yet-unpublished suspense novel) and finally, court reporting in the Solano County, Federal Bankruptcy and Santa Clara County Courts. Following long service as a court reporter, in 1994 Mil entered an active retirement featuring frequent forest cabin and camping retreats and travel across the United States and abroad, including an oceangoing cruise around Cape Horn and tours in Canada and China. He also did extensive journalistic and editorial work on California Retired Public Employees Association (RPEA) newsletters and authored two cookbooks, and his short stories were published twice in the Fault Zone anthologies of The California Writers’ Club. His tireless championing of the rights and interests of State retirees, which included stints as RPEA Board member, Director of Communica-

tions and the chairmanship of the Member Services Committee, earned him recognition as 2012 RPEA Member of the Year. Mil is survived by Sarah, his wife of 26 happy years; by children Ron, Shirley (Brooks) and David; by stepsons George and Steve Neil; by grandchildren Jarrell Moore, Megan Cherry and Ethan Pribble, Collin and Logan Brooks and great-grandson Miro Moore; by sister Helen Francis and her children Carol, Joe, Tom and Jane; and by numerous nephews, nieces and other extended family members and devoted friends of long standing. He was predeceased in the 1970s by his first wife and mother of his children Ella and by their firstborn son Fred. His panoramic interests ran from history, genealogy and politics to nutrition and health, quantum physics, music and literature. He will be long remembered and forever missed as a loyal friend and family patriarch, bon vivant, spellbinding storyteller and gourmet chef, who for nearly a century shared with the world a generous and unfailingly loving spirit, an incisive yet open mind and a gentle and disarming wit. A celebration of Mil’s life is scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 22, in the Main Social Hall at Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. In place of f lowers, Mil’s survivors request that donations in his memory be made to The Cardiac Therapy Foundation of the Midpeninsula, 4000 Middlefield Road, Suite G-8, Palo Alto, CA 94303-4739. Such donations are tax-deductible. PA I D



Transitions Births, marriages and deaths

Barbara Decker Viand Barbara Decker Viand, a previous Palo Alto resident, died on Friday, June 14, in Santa Barbara, Calif. She was with her daughters at the time. Born in Indianapolis, Ind., on Oct. 19, 1917, she went on to live in many places, including Saint Louis and Pasadena — where she was high school tennis champion — as well as the Universities of Maryland and Wisconsin. She graduated with a degree in journalism. She met her first husband, Bill Decker, while working for the Chicago Sun. They lived in Virginia, Md.; Old Greenwich, Conn.; Amherst, N.Y.; Northfield, Ill., and settled with their three daughters in 1960 in Atherton, Calif. They divorced in 1968 and she began work first as a bridal consultant at the former Bullocks and then in real estate in Menlo Park, where she met her second husband, Maurice Viand. After living in Palo Alto and Menlo Park, they lived in La Jolla, Rancho Bernardo and Vista, Calif., before settling at Maravilla Adult Living in Santa Barbara. Barbara was preceded in death by Bill in 2005 and Maurice in 2006. She is survived by her daughter, Jan Fisher (George) of Menlo Park, and her daughters, Stephanie (Tef) Decker and Christina (Tina) Long (Jeff) of Santa Barbara, her grandchildren in Menlo Park, Mountain View, Italy, Los Angeles and San Francisco as well as five great grandchildren. Services have been held.

Robert W.F. Jones Robert W.F. Jones, a Stanford University graduate and Menlo Park resident, died on June 7 from complications associated with leukemia. He was predeceased by his mother, Lura, father, Tom and infant son, Thomas. He is survived by his wife, Ellen; children Marcus (Jean), AÔda and Lura; grandchildren Cassius, Griffin, Calvin, Nora, Leland and Annette. He was born in Columbia, S.C., on June 23, 1935 and moved to Hollywood, Calif. as a toddler, then to New York City and eventually

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Westfield, N.J. During a stint in the Army, he was sent to the North Pole. At the time, he became a guitar and piano player. After the Army, he graduated from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. He then went to graduate school at Stanford, where he supported himself by working at the Oasis in Menlo Park and betting on the horses at local race tracks. After earning his master’s degree, in 1960 he accepted a student teaching position at Menlo School. He did not leave until his health forced him into retirement in 2000. At Menlo, Bob became the Dean of Studies while coaching track, football, golf, wrestling, basketball, among other sports; he taught a variety of subjects including Latin, English, Spanish and creative writing; and, for many years he led the Drama Club, the annual Ugly Man Contest and was the faculty adviser to the student paper. “Bob was and remains a legend in the Menlo community. Even today when graduates reminisce about what made their experience so memorable, Bob Jones tops the list. He was a brilliant teacher whose dedication to his students literally knew no bounds,� wrote Norm Colb, Menlo’s Head of School. He was also a golfer, musician, St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan and collector of horror movies. “We live in an age that doesn’t believe in heroes and makes fun of people who do. Mr. Jones was my hero,� added Paul Guay, Menlo School class of 1975. Friends and family are invited to a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday June 29, at Douglass Hall (aka Stent Family Hall) at Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave. in Atherton.


Joseph and Melissa Oliveira, Palo Alto, June 5, a boy. Benjamin and Jessica Galbraith, Palo Alto, June 6, a girl. Raj and Shealan Singh, Palo Alto, June 10, a girl.

Vivian Kay Hamilton Duncan Mallery


Vivian Kay Hamilton Duncan Mallery of San Diego, California, passed from this life on May 20, 2013. Kay was born on July 27, 1935, the eldest daughter of Clifford and Alta Hamilton of Canaan, Indiana. As a young woman, Kay moved first to Norfolk, Virginia, back to the Madison, Indiana area for a short time, and then across the country to California. In California she made her home, raised her family and continued her education. Kay is survived by her son, David Duncan, his wife Jennifer Duncan, and their children Abram Duncan and Analise Duncan of San Diego, California; her step-daughter, Cathleen Duncan Findley and her husband David Findley of Palo Alto, California and their children, Caitlin Findley Kelley and Gaelin Findley. PA I D

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Jean Clark November 14, 1919-April 10, 2013 Jean Yuill Clark, resident of Palo Alto and Portola Valley for 89 years, died quietly on April 10 at the Sequoias, surrounded by her extended family. Jean was born on November 14, 1919, in Los Angeles to Ruth Carson and Peter Yuill. Just months before Jean’s birth, her father was diagnosed with a recurrence of childhood TB and was only allowed to see Jean through a glass doorway, before dying when she was just 15 months old. Her mother Ruth, with baby Jean, moved to the San Francisco home of her parents, Minnie and Ed Carson. Minnie, the eldest daughter of pioneer John D. Daly, formed a close bond with Jean, caring for her during her early years. Jean was the ďŹ rst great grandchild of John Daly, successful rancher and businessman whose dairy ranch became Daly City. Jean was proud of her Daly lineage, especially that her Great Grandfather delivered free milk to the children of San Francisco and opened his ranch to those left homeless after the ’06 earthquake. When Jean was four, her mother married banker Charles Judson Crary, famed for giving Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard their ďŹ rst business loan. The couple settled in Palo Alto, then a small college town of 13,000, in a colonial house on Coleridge Street and soon added four children to the family. Jean attended Addison, Walter Hays, and Palo Alto high school. The Crary family also built a redwood cabin on the remote, then unpaved Old La Honda Road where they spent many summers, swimming daily at Lake Searsville, in lieu of showers, when the springs ran dry. In her junior year at Paly, Jean met the love of her life, William H. "Bill" Clark, who had recently moved to town after his parents’ deaths. Senior year, Bill, a natural politician, was elected student body president while Jean became Commissioner of Girls Activities. She liked to say that together, they ran the school. This began a long and happy partnership that lasted until Bill's death in 2011, just short of their 70th anniversary. In 1936, Jean enrolled at UC Berkeley, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Social Welfare. She was an Alpha Phi, while Bill lived close by in the Delt house. Their relationship blossomed. With the uncertainty of war, they decided to marry in September 1941, living in San Francisco while Bill completed his studies at Stanford Medical School.

Jean worked for Alameda County Charities until she became pregnant with David, the ďŹ rst of three sons. The following year, her daughter Carolyn was born in August 1945, one day before Bill left for a year in China in the U.S.Navy Medical Corps. In 1947, Bill became a partner at the Palo Alto Medical Clinic and they returned to Palo Alto. By 1952, two more sons, Peter and Bruce, were born. Jean loved family life and felt fortunate to raise hers in an era when large families were the norm. Jean always felt they lived in Palo Alto during its golden years. Besides devoting her time and energy to her children and later, her grandchildren, Jean was an active partner, supporting Bill’s years on the Palo Alto City Council, and also as Chief of Staff at Stanford Hospital. She was a gracious hostess orchestrating innumerable gatherings of Palo Alto leaders, family celebrations and as well as housing foreign students. She was active in the Stanford Medical Auxilliary, Children’s Health Council, PEO, and the Palo Alto Garden Club. Jean’s love of nature, redwoods and the Jasper Ridge area developed into a lifelong interest in conservation and a passion for birding that she shared with Bill. They were in the ďŹ rst docent training group when Stanford transformed Searsville Lake into Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, and together, they founded the birding program, maintaining the bird count list until Bill’s death in 2011. Birding and family also focused much of Bill and Jean’s travel which included multiple trips to Europe, Africa, Hawaii, the Southern Hemisphere, and extensive exploration of the mountains and waterways of California and the continental United States. Jean was always known for her kind, loving and gentle way and was referred to as “Serene Jeanâ€? by old friends. Even during a long struggle with Alzheimer’s, she never lost her digniďŹ ed grace, cheerfulness, and spirit of gratitude. Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, in 2011 and by her sons, David Clark and Peter Clark, in 2012. She is survived by her children, Carolyn Clebsch and husband, Bill , of Menlo Park; Bruce Clark and wife Debbie Christman Clark, of Novato; nine grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren as well as two sisters, Eleanor Crary, of Portola Valley; and Carolyn Nowell, of London. Memorial donations may be made to Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. PA I D




Lessons from Maybell Council’s last-minute efforts to assuage neighbors couldn’t make up for a process that failed months earlier


f there was one lesson that anyone involved in Palo Alto policymaking should know, it is never to assume that something can be quietly approved by keeping it under the radar of affected neighbors and holding back on full transparency. That is one of the mistakes made by the Palo Alto Housing Corporation, city staff and the City Council as they attempted to quietly pilot a very significant housing development through an unusually complicated bureaucratic process over the last year. In hindsight, one can easily see the misjudgments that led to the drama of the last two weeks, where the City Council chambers overflowed with upset residents and housing advocates, and the council twice postponed voting on the project. The Housing Corporation, a well-respected and well-connected nonprofit agency dedicated to providing affordable housing for low-income individuals, families and seniors in Palo Alto, was venturing into newly charted territory. It found itself with the opportunity to purchase two properties totaling 2.5 acres, including a large, undeveloped orchard across from Briones Park and four existing homes on Maybell Avenue, in order to build an apartment building for low-income seniors. The plan was to tear down the existing homes and replace them with 15 narrow two- and three-story homes that would be sold at market prices to defray the costs of developing a 60-unit subsidized senior apartment complex behind them. But to accomplish that goal the Housing Corporation needed two things from the city: $5.8 million in loans to help buy the property and approval of a “planned community� zoning change to enable it to build a project that didn’t conform to the current zoning. The city staff and council members early on provided reassurance that they supported the plan, leaving the Housing Corporation with the job of getting buy-in from the neighborhood. A few small neighborhood meetings were held, as well as several meetings of the Planning Commission, Architectural Review Board and City Council, and things seemed to be on track for smooth approval. At meetings last November and this March, the council approved the loans, essentially making the city financially tethered to a project that had not yet been approved by the Planning Commission or the City Council. But by this spring the neighborhood had awakened, especially to the traffic and visual impacts of cramming 15 single-family homes with tiny setbacks on Maybell and Clemo. The appropriateness and legality of the council making a financial commitment to the project, which needed the zoning change to be viable, before it had approved the zoning change raised serious questions about the council’s bias and ability to impartially hear concerns of the neighborhood. Like many in the immediate neighborhood, we support the Housing Corporation’s goal of building a low-income senior apartment complex on the site. But it handled its outreach to the community poorly, was not nearly transparent enough about the project and the financial constraints, and sought to take advantage of a neighborhood without much historic political influence and the council and staff’s affordablehousing sympathies to push the project through. No one anticipated the neighborhood would mobilize so effectively or become so outraged by the process. Last weekend’s 10-hour closed-door session led by Mayor Greg Scharff helped to bridge the communication gap between the neighbors and the Housing Corporation, but had this project been handled differently from the beginning it could have had a more favorable outcome. First, the Housing Corporation and the city should have been upfront from the beginning about what could be developed on the two properties under the existing zoning, with no city approvals required. That would have given the neighbors and others a way to clearly evaluate the impacts of the project being proposed by the Housing Corporation and assess and negotiate the trade-offs. Second, the city should have proactively addressed the severe traffic problems on Maybell created by cars diverting to it after the narrowing of Arastradero Road. Arguing that the new development would not significantly worsen traffic, whether supportable or not, is of no comfort to a neighborhood that already feels it is facing a traffic crisis. Finally, the Housing Corporation should have been very clear with neighbors about its funding strategy and invited other alternative solutions. Having never before attempted this sort of development (relying on the sale of market-rate housing to partially finance subsidized housing), the Housing Corporation should have involved neighbors in the formulation of its development plans by sharing its needs and constraints. Barring a lawsuit challenging the city’s process, a slightly scaled down project (12 homes instead of 15) will now be built and a new traffic analysis will be done for Maybell. And a neighborhood is deeply embittered by its experience. The result might have been no different if this project had been handled better from the start, but the neighborhood would have felt respected, informed and involved. The Housing Corporation and city are right to pursue opportunities for low-income housing, but their handling of this proposal will make the next one all the more challenging.


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Uncoordinated disaster Editor, So two members of the council support a project giving away rights to city land, and costing $1.5M, in return for 23 new parking spaces??? I thought Liz Kniss was an intelligent and dedicated public servant. Let Mr. (Charles) Keenan pay to put parking into his own space, or let his employees find their way to work without cars. Downtown Palo Alto has far too many cars as it is. This is an example of the total unplanned, uncoordinated disaster that the city has created. Jayna Sheats Downtown North, Palo Alto

A parking plan Editor, Whenever there is a resource with high demand and low supply, the solution is clear: Use the market to price the resource correctly to decrease the demand. As with all such scarce resources, continuing to give parking in downtown Palo Alto away for free will only exacerbate the shortage. Parking meters can raise money to invest in the downtown area. Modern parking meters can charge variable prices at peak hours to ensure that there is always parking available. This type of paid parking has been found to INCREASE downtown business in Pasadena, Truckee and other California cities. Eventually Palo Alto will have to charge for parking anyway, so we should take this opportunity to create a comprehensive plan. This plan must include neighborhood parking permits to further encourage people to come to Palo Alto without their cars. Elaine Haight Cowper Street, Palo Alto

Missed opportunities Editor, The Palo Alto Process has met its match with the exigencies of federal grants. Palo Alto has always given people time to present alternatives before doing what it intended to do, on the off chance that somebody, some time, might give some compelling reason not to. This time, the Housing Corp. dreamed up an innovation: Use its influence with the city to break the R1 zoning in exchange for money from a developer. They presented the proposal with a deadline — the date for applying for the big grant. So the Palo Alto process was scuppered. What a pity! There were better ways to get the land. The city could have swapped some property, like a parking lot in downtown Palo Alto, enhanced by permission to build 10 stories of offices. With no parking. There could have been a public subscription to save the orchard allowing the seniors to build on it. The city could have acquired the land

for its social needs, like the child care center, a senior nutrition center, rooms for classes and lectures and a pool, and the apartments could have gone on the upper floors. This would have improved chances of getting the big grant, because it would promote interaction between seniors and community. They could have split the building with seniors not poor enough to qualify for assistance.

The worst is, their bargain may kill the grant. “Planned Community� would have allowed 90 units, but they downsized to 60 to leave some for the developer. The granting agency won’t like 600-squarefoot units when the norm for private units, like in Channing House, is 375 square feet. Stephanie Munoz Alma Street, Palo Alto

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City floats permit-parking plan to residents Posted June 19 at 9 a.m. by Halt Growth, a resident of the Downtown North Neighborhood: Halt growth or accept it Unfortunately if Palo Alto is going to continue to urbanize, I believe it makes the most sense downtown. The idea of parking in front of your home in a city is the disconnect. Either we keep Palo

Alto small and suburban and halt all this uncontrolled growth, or we accept that we are urbanizing as a city. Residents will need to purchase parking spots if they don’t have a driveway (one spot just sold in San Francisco for $82K). This is where we’re headed. Continuing to develop downtown into an urban center makes more sense then pushing random dense develop(continued on page 18)

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Downtown ‘parking overflow’ could double/triple within four years by Jay Thorwaldson verflow parking into neighborhoods f lanking Palo Alto’s commercial areas could double or triple within the next three or four years, according to preliminary projections being developed by a group of residents. And that’s even including adding some new parking and increasing the number of employees using alternative transportation — if that’s even possible. The projections, carefully drawn and conservative, are stark: A current “parking deficit� of 901 spaces for downtown Palo Alto alone (meaning people park in neighborhoods) could explode to 2,390 by the end of 2016, according to the projections. That is well above city staff projections in a March 18 report that foresee an increase in the deficit by 665 spaces for a total of 1,566. (available at filebank/documents/33531). The new estimated impacts are based on some limited city studies and on a survey of parked vehicles in the neighborhoods that was done in April. Developing the cumulative projections is still a work in progress, according to Neilson Buchanan, one of several residents involved in raising the concerns. He says the projections are flawed but on the conservative side. He has used 20 percent as an estimate for alternative transportation usage, for instance — well


above estimates of actual use. The residents are pushing for direct city participation in developing a cumulative model for growth in downtown that would also serve as an approach for other business districts, such as California Avenue and some major thoroughfares. A partnership, in other words. There are three neighborhoods most impacted: Downtown North, University South and Crescent Park. North and south residents have experienced heavy overflow parking for decades, but the problem is relatively recent for the upscale Crescent Park area. The impact reaches well beyond the neighborhoods themselves. It is actually part of a broader issue of traffic — a political bugaboo in town for more than a half century. The overflow also impacts the several thousand employees who work in downtown Palo Alto and the thousands of persons who head there to dine, shop or do business with the attorneys, financial institutions and other enterprises. The fact that Palo Alto and Silicon Valley communities (from Cupertino to Menlo Park) seem to be leading a national economic recovery doesn’t help with the parking problems, according to the residents. Downtown Palo Alto is one of the hottest points of the growth-demand surge, with several large and medium-size developments working their way through city reviews and expected approvals, in one form or another. Representatives of all three neighborhoods met with City Manager James Keene May 31 to outline concerns and try to get a stronger city commitment to looking at the cumulative impact of new developments and increased

intensity of use for downtown Palo Alto. Developing cumulative projections is a huge challenge for city planning staff, usually neckdeep in keeping up with day-to-day demands. The pending retirement of Planning Director Curtis Williams at the end of June just adds to the overload on remaining staff, especially on Acting Planning Director Aaron Aknin. A national search for a new “permanent� director will continue the overload. But the absence of a cumulative approach to planning and growth has been a frustration both to journalists and residents for decades. And it’s no longer good enough for Palo Alto to bounce along from project to project, according to Buchanan, who once was chief administrator at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. He and Ken Alsman, a former planning official in Mountain View and Downtown South resident, and others want to develop a partnership approach with the city to come up with a solid projection that would lay the groundwork for specific steps to alleviate the overflow. The draft of their preliminary document cites 25 specific actions by city staff that would increase parking intrusion into neighborhoods versus five actions that would reduce the parking-space demand. In addition to specific development or redevelopment projects, two factors are expected to boost the deficit: (1) increased density of employees in existing buildings due to the high cost and shortage of office space downtown, increasing the deficit by 120 spaces (if 20 percent of employees use alternative transportation); and (2) an increase in the “development cap� for downtown that could add 320

to 400 spaces to the deficit (again depending on use of alternative transportation). A half-dozen large projects and several smaller developments are listed with estimated deficits, including: (1) a hotel at the old Casa Olga site at 180 Hamilton Ave., adding 73 spaces to the deficit; (2) an office/ retail project at 500 University Ave., adding 66 spaces to the deficit; (3) an office/retail project at 278 University, adding 55 spaces; (4) an office/retail project at 135 Hamilton, adding 46 spaces; (5) a new skilled-nursing unit to Channing House, adding 40 spaces; (6) a general increase in retail and restaurant employees downtown, adding 40 spaces. Lesser sources of increased deficit include opening a community history museum at 300 Homer Ave.; reconfiguring the former Apple Computer store at 451 University; additional outbound Caltrain passengers; re-use of the historic post office at 380 Hamilton; office/ retail at 101 Lytton Ave.; and even the office towers and homes proposed in Menlo Park by developer John Arrillaga. The question of whether the city staff can, or will, collaborate with the residents to develop a solid, confirmed base of information remains to be seen. Such joint efforts are rarities, locally and elsewhere. They can be significant time sinks. But having a firm foundation of fact on which to build community decisions might be well worth the effort. N Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at with a copy to He also writes regular blogs at www.Palo (below Town Square).


Do you have advice for recent high school and college graduates? Interviews and photos taken by John Brunett. Asked on California Avenue and in Peers Park.

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Judy Kincaid

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Administration Alma Street, Palo Alto “I would advise them to listen to their heart and listen to their parents.�

Software engineer Duveneck/St. Francis, Palo Alto “Try to find a job.�

Engineer El Camino Real, Mountain View “Work hard, don’t drink because it’s easy to and be a part of the community you live in.�

Dollhouse miniaturist Evergreen Park, Palo Alto “Don’t worry if your first job isn’t something you love. Do that job well, but keep looking.�

Operations manager San Mateo “To fail quickly; don’t waste your time and move on from things you don’t like.�


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Contentious Maybell development wins approval Posted June 18 at 5:33 a.m. by Douglas Moran, a resident of the Barron Park Neighborhood: Predictable result The result was very predictable and in line with what Council has done as long as I can remember. Council will approve a bad project with a few minor changes. Developers have learned to present projects to Council that demand outrageous concessions from the community and expect that “the compromise� will be to reduce those concessions from outrageous to extravagant. That said, what was different about this time was the weekend “summit� as an attempt to do slightly better. What I don’t hear is any concern about the broken process that allowed that proposal to reach Council in a form they felt they needed to approve.

Posted June 18 at 2:44 a.m. by longtime Palo Altan, a resident of the Green Acres Neighborhood: One of the better ones As someone who is very much at odds with Williams now, and how it seems like staff has been engaged in advocacy for one side in the Maybell project, I agree with Bob Moss. Williams knows how to treat everyone with respect so people are really engaging and not just being humored, even when he disagrees. He is willing to say he disagrees and provide information, rather than being manipulative. I respect that. I also like him personally, even while I hate what he is doing! It’s a difficult job, and I think he’s been one of the better ones.

sided political speech on their graduation day from someone who is undoubtedly campaiging for his next office due to term limits! He would never get my vote for President, so don’t even attempt it. I couldn’t believe his references to Palo Alto, and Stanford hangouts — very obvious he attempted to cram about the area. The immigration campaign was way out of line for a graduation speech. He could have simply made reference to the challenge, and left it at that — instead, he went on, and on about the issue. Alas, Steve Jobs had the best and most memorable speech thus far in recent times. Stanford, go for Mark Cuban next year — much more inspirational!

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Posted June 18 at 9:30 a.m. by Chris Gaither, a resident of another Palo Alto neighborhood: Campaigning at graduation? Very poor choice for a speaker. Who wants to listen to such a one-

Posted June 20 at 6 a.m. by Wow, a resident of the Adobe-Meadows neighborhood: Surprisingly high profile So from the article, my understanding of the case is that a substitute teacher thought that two kids, and only a particular two kids, had opportunity to take $20 from her purse,

and insisted they be searched. These facts, and only these facts, were the basis for a civil-rights investigation — is that possible? And having found that kids of various nationalities/races had been searched, the claim was not upheld? Troubling that such a minor incident can trigger such a high profile investigation. Absent a pattern of racial discrimination, it is hard to see why this should be taken up by a federal agency. Posted June 20 at 6 a.m. by Tony Putulin, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood: Surprisingly high profile Why on earth are we wasting our time bringing down Dr. Skelly and the PAUSD board members? We elected the board members via our democratic process. The Board hired Dr. Skelly. Shouldn’t we, the people, be the one to blame for all these mess? What gives? We should focus on the issues, not the personalities. Palo Altans, including me, are a spoiled lot. We think we know how to run the school system but we don’t. Why don’t we “recivilize� ourselves.

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In-depth article: Civil- rights investigation changes the way schools approach Posted June 17 at 5:22 p.m. by Laura Hershey, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood: Incredible amount of investigation This series of articles represents an incredible amount of investigation. Children with disabilities are not the only ones bullied, but they are often the most targeted. By clarifying what has happened in the past, definitions so we are on the same page as a community (and state and country), understanding the present conditions, and trying to bring us together on the same page, this reporter has done an excellent job creating a series to move us forward. While some may focus on what could have been, and worked to vilify the victims, it is clear that what we should do at this point is figure out what leaders understand the positives and negatives in our system and how to take a step forward. Rather than pedaling backwards, and using political power to demonstrate a greater knowledge or vulnerabilities of a particular case, the repeated acts of trying to solve the situation which were not solved, whether there was intent to harm individuals, whether there has been intentional intimidation and anxiety caused by the district to victims or secretiveness around these cases — find a solution and move forward. Every person has a flaw. Every person has strengths. It is up to us as an educational community to find strengths and every child, including children with disabilities, or gifts, or aspirations, and help them find a way to succeed. Transparency. Accountability. Respect. Community. Posted June 14 at 12:46 p.m. by Dean, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood: Bullying isn’t new Again, in the interest of full disclosure, I’m a former resident of Midtown. Bullying is not something new in Palo Alto. Back in the mid-60s at Wilbur I remember being singled out by a tough guy and his “friendsâ€? along Louis Road on the way home. I was burnt on the arms with a cigarette — I suppose because I was a little “differentâ€? (introspective). Later, I whipped that guy in an intramural wresting match at lunch. ‌ Did I report the incident? No ‌ just toughed it out and manned up. I bear no scars physical or mental, but it made more more compassionate for those who are less fotrnatunate than me and my family and probably led me to give back to those in need. No community, no matter how liberal or kind-hearted, is insulated against hate. Compassion has to be taught at home or through the church/synagogue. The schools, no matter how elte, can’t inculcate those positive beliefs and traits.

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Undocumented ‘Dreamers’ await passage of immigration legislation that would change their lives by Elena Kadvany


Veronica Weber

Edgar Soto, a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant, sits in his room in his Palo Alto home on June 18.

Katie Brigham

Irving Rodriguez, a rising sophomore at Stanford University, holds a sign for The Dream Is Now campaign, which supports comprehensive immigration reform. He is the campaign’s campus representative for Stanford.

or the first time since 1986, the U.S. Congress is poised to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws. The Senate is set to vote on a reform bill by the July 4 weekend, as the House continues to internally debate its own version. If the bill were to pass, Laura Tovar, a 22-yearold undocumented paralegal working at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, would be able to keep her recently acquired driver’s license, her job and her plan to go to law school in the fall. Irving Rodriguez, an undocumented Stanford University sophomore who is passionate about biology and immigration reform, would be able to put his degree and talent to use in the United States when he graduates. Edgar Soto, a recent Henry M. Gunn High School graduate with no papers, ID or Social Security number, would eventually be able to obtain all these things and pursue his dreams of becoming an architect or police officer. Above all, the proposed bill would create a 13-year path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally, finally putting Tovar, Rodriguez and Soto on a path out of the legal limbo they have been in since coming to the United States as children. The “Gang of Eight,� the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan immigration-reform team, filed the 867-page bill in April. As it is, the bill would strengthen the nation’s borders, create a mandatory system to ensure employers verify employees’ legal statuses and outline a path to citizenship with many criteria for the estimated 11 million immigrants currently living in the United States illegally. Tovar’s future has long depended on the promise and passage of immigration legislation. She found out she was undocumented in 2008, her senior year at Menlo-Atherton High School, when she needed a Social Security number for college applications and financial aid. “My world turned upside down, honestly,� she said of her discovery. The California Dream Act — which allows aspiring college students who are undocumented to apply for state and institutional financial aid — had not yet passed. So a private scholarship helped Tovar pay for her four years at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she majored in politics combined with Latin American studies and a minor in literature. As graduation loomed last year, she was still without papers, a Social Security number, a driver’s license or a work permit. Her dreams — to take the bar examination, go to law school and live without fear of deportation — again hung in the balance. Meanwhile in Chicago, Rodriguez, too, had to learn how to live without a driver’s license, figure out how to pay for college and cope with the fear that speaking out about his legal status could lead to his parents’ — and possibly his own — deportation.

“Several of my friends had their moms and dads deported,� Rodriguez said. “They’d be left with nobody else to stay with. They’d basically have to move back, too, because they had no other choice. “So I went through that, and I never really found a way to help impact a movement or do anything for the (federal) DREAM Act.� “DREAM� stands for “Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors.� His freshman year at Stanford, Rodriguez found out about “The Dream Is Now,� a documentary and campaign dedicated to supporting the DREAM Act and comprehensive federal immigration reform. He got involved and became the campaign’s campus representative for Stanford. If the federal immigration bill does not pass, Rodriguez will face the same fate as Tovar did when she graduated from college. Rodriguez could be eligible for a federal program that allows certain undocumented immigrants to apply for a work permit, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But the program is in jeopardy, as the House voted to cut its funding on June 6, and might not exist when Rodriguez exits Stanford. Soto, who came to the United States four years ago, is starting classes at Foothill College this summer. The likelihood of either of these hopes becoming reality without an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws is small. But Soto hopes to carve out a life for himself in the United States as best he can under current limitations.

Laura Tovar


he same day Laura Tovar graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, last year, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Deferred Action allows undocumented youth who were brought to the United States as children to obtain work permits if they meet certain criteria. Tovar, meeting all the requirements, submitted her application and was granted deferred action status in October. This meant she could work full-time — legally — at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, where she had been interning since her college graduation. It also allowed her to finally apply for her driver’s license; she took her driving test in late May and passed. Before, she was driving illegally to and from work, as using public transportation from Sunnyvale, where she now lives, would take almost two hours. “Now that I have my license, I feel more secure,� she said. “Before I was just scared to drive with friends or family members in the car. I offer to take them everywhere now. I’m not afraid any(continued on next page)


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Veronica Weber

Laura Tovar works with a Community Legal Services client to see if he qualifies for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which he is hoping will grant him a work permit. (continued from previous page)

more. I’m like, OK, there’s nothing to hide.� Tovar, a soft-spoken, shy but eloquent 22-year-old who came to the United States illegally 10 years ago, said that growing up, she always thought she was “the same as anyone else.� “And then I wanted to work, to apply for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and financial aid. The college adviser would tell me, ‘You cannot apply for FAFSA, you cannot apply for this scholarship because you don’t have a Social Security number.’ “I would run to Mom and ask, ‘Why do I not have a Social Security number?’ And then it’s like, ‘Oh yeah, you’re undocumented.’� Tovar said her parents decided to

leave Mexico because they felt unsafe there. “It was the corruption that was going on. There’s not a lot of security; the police don’t do much around that area,� she said. “My family felt very insecure.� Tovar’s family paid someone to bring them — her father, mother, 10year-old sister and 4-year-old brother — across the Mexico-Arizona border. She said her family drove to the border and stayed in a small house full of strangers — other immigrants waiting to cross the border. “Our time came when my mother said, ‘It’s our time to cross.’ I remember hiding in the bushes with my two younger siblings and mother. My mother and the other people that were with us were telling us that we needed to stay quiet. I thought that

Immigration reform in dollars and cents


he Center for American Progress, an independent nonpartisan think tank, published a paper in March analyzing the 10-year economic impact of immigration reform under three scenarios. In the first scenario, in which undocumented immigrants are granted legal status and citizenship this year, U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) would grow by an additional $1.4 trillion cumulatively over the next 10 years. According to the paper, Americans would earn an additional $791 billion in personal income over the same time period and on average, an additional 203,000 jobs would be created per year. Five years down the line, undocumented immigrants would be earning 25.1 percent more than they currently do and $659 billion more from 2013 to 2022. Earning more also means paying more local, state and federal taxes. Legalizing California’s 2.5 million undocumented immigrants, the Center for American Progress estimates, would lead to a cumulative Gross State Product increase of $125.5 billion and an average of 18,200 newly created jobs each year. The other two scenarios — one in which undocumented immigrants are granted legal status in 2013 and citizenship five years later and in the second scenario 10 years later — produce similar estimates, but the numbers decline as the time required before citizenship is lengthened. This week, the Congressional Budget Office released estimates that the Senate immigration bill would decrease federal budget deficits by $197 billion between 2014 and 2023. Revenue would largely increase from new income and payroll taxes, according to the report. N — Elena Kadvany


Laura Tovar, sixth from left, with her second-grade class in Mexico.

we were playing hide and seek. I remember not taking it too serious. I remember seeing a big border right in front of us. I remember jumping through the border into the other side. My brother asked what we were doing, and my mom told him that we were looking for rabbits and that he needed to stay quiet so we wouldn’t scare them away.� Once they crossed the border, Tovar said she and her family hid inside a fruit truck for two hours, standing upright in between boxes of fruit. She remembered being scared of getting separated from her family, who where hiding elsewhere in the truck. She was surrounded by strangers. “It was ... a very risky experience,� she said. “My parents were very brave to put us in that type of situation. They cared about our future! We had left everything behind — my teddy bear, friends, family, our home.� Once in the United States, Tovar and her family stayed with relatives in Redwood City. Tovar started school at the McKinley Institute of Technology, a public middle school in Redwood City that offers bilingual programs. She ended up moving to Adelantes School, a dual SpanishEnglish immersion public school in Redwood City, where she finished sixth grade. She then transferred to the Girls’ Middle School in Palo Alto to be at the same school as her younger sister. She went there on a scholarship provided by the school. Like many other young immigrants, Tovar faced a huge language barrier in her new schools. “There wasn’t anyone that I could relate to in the school or that even spoke Spanish other than my Spanish teacher,� she remembered. “I didn’t know how to get around or how to talk to professors. It was difficult.� Tovar had to repeat seventh grade because of her difficulty learning English. But once she was ready for high school, she applied to many private schools in the area. She said that she had eventually come to like the atmosphere at her small, private middle school and wanted the same for high school. She was accepted at a high school with that kind of environment — Notre Dame High School in Belmont — but her fam-

ily couldn’t afford the tuition, so she went to Menlo-Atherton. M-A is where she realized what that 2002 trip across the border meant for her future: Without a Social Security number, she was blocked from applying for Cal Grants and other state aid. She said she ended up applying for more than 20 private scholarships and was eventually granted one by the Peninsula College Fund. Tovar thrived in college — taking on three concentrations of study, getting interested in going to law school, starting L.E.A.D (Legal Education Association for Diversity), a club whose mission is to help minority students get the resources and information they need to go to law school and, as a result, make law schools more diverse. Tovar was inspired to create L.E.A.D. her senior year, after she approached multiple UCSC advisers for help in the law-school application process. She said they all responded in the same way: that they did not know how to help an undocumented student from her background pave his or her way to law school. Tovar was also involved with Students Informing Now (SIN), a UCSC student activist group that provides information, resources and support for undocumented and documented immigrant students. She first got involved with SIN her sophomore year, in 2009, and it wasn’t until then that she felt comfortable enough to publicly state her legal status as undocumented. Sophomore year of college was also momentous for Tovar in another way: Her mother, who had married an American citizen in 2008, had to go back to Mexico to request a waiver as part of her application for residency. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services allows immigrant-visa applicants who are spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens to apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers. These waivers permit applicants to leave the United States, go back to their country of origin and obtain a waiver of inadmissibility (“It’s like you’re saying, ‘Sorry that I entered the U.S. illegally,’� Tovar explained), which is necessary to apply for an immigrant visa. Through Tovar’s stepfather, her

mother, brother and sister were able to apply for green cards and obtain residency. But because Tovar was older than 18 years, she was ineligible. Her family returned to Mexico to go through the waiver process, leaving her alone for a year. (Until March of this year, immigrant-visa applicants who are immediate relatives of a U.S. citizen could not begin the waiver-application process until they left the United States, and many immigrant family members became separated for long periods of time.) And as graduation quickly approached and most other seniors were making post-graduation plans, Tovar said she feared that after graduation, she would be back at square one. “I thought to myself, it was so hard just to get to this level, getting to college and be able to pay for tuition and stay here. Then, I asked myself, ‘Now what?’� With no Social Security number, papers or work permit, a college diploma would mean nothing. She said she considered “doing what everyone else does,� getting fake identification so she could work. “I was just thinking of extreme circumstances. I needed work. I didn’t have any other options.� But with the announcement of the Deferred Action program in June 2012, she could legally work at Community Legal Services. Tovar also plans to take the LSAT in October and hopes to go to the Santa Clara University School of Law or UC Hastings College of the Law, a plan contingent on the existence of deferred action and the passage of the Senate’s immigration bill. But Deferred Action is true to its name — it’s a two-year postponement of action on her illegal status, a temporary bridge over the seemingly insurmountable mountains standing between Tovar and her dreams. After two years, she will need to reapply. “There’s no guarantee that Deferred Action is still going to be around two years from now,� she said. “If it ends, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to work and practice law in a few years.� When asked what she would do if Deferred Action ends or the

Cover Story bill doesn’t pass, Tovar sighed and paused, searching for a response. “I don’t know what I would do,� she said. “I don’t want to go back there (to Mexico). My life is completely different. I grew up here. My family is here; they’re resident citizens.�

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Edgar Soto

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dgar Soto became the first in his family to graduate from high school on May 29. Soto’s mother, Theresa Canares, spent most of the graduation ceremony at Henry M. Gunn High School walking around the perimeter of the event without regard for her high heels, searching for her son so she could place a lei around his neck. She finally found him as he was about to walk on stage and receive his diploma, clearly excited. Just four years ago, Soto was with his older brother and sister-in-law somewhere near the Mexico and U.S. border without food or water, hoping to get to the United States. Soto was born in Hidalgo, Mexico. His mother moved to the United States when he was a child to escape Soto’s father, who he said was abusive. Soto and his older brother stayed with his father, who made them work in construction starting at 8 years old, he said. “One day (my brother) told me, ‘Let’s go to the United States’ (to be) with my mom. And I said yes, because my father ... it was bad.� He said he also has a difficult relationship with his older brother, miming punching with his hands, explaining that their father taught them to fight instead of communicate with each other. On a recent afternoon, two weeks before his graduation, Soto sat on a bench at Gunn, telling his story. One of the most striking things about Soto is the contrast between how he expresses himself in English and Spanish. When he speaks in English, his words are disjointed, confusing, unsure. In Spanish, he is eloquent, smooth and confident. He remembers his journey from Mexico to the United States well but had to switch between his still-broken English to Spanish to fully explain what happened. He said he and his brother paid a coyote to take them across the border. “We tried six or seven times (to cross), but once we crossed. After we crossed, the coyote abandoned us. He left us alone in the middle of the desert,� he said in Spanish. Soto said they walked three nights and two days without food or water. They stumbled upon a train and decided to climb on top of it — not knowing if it might take them back to Mexico. They eventually found themselves in Arizona. “We see everything in English,� he remembered. “We say, ‘Oh yes, it’s the U.S.’� They slept in the back of a church that night. The next morning, they met a man from El Salvador who took them to his home and let them shower, change clothes and eat. Soto called his mother, who he hadn’t spoken to in 13 years and was living in Palo Alto with her second husband. Soto’s stepfather drove from Cali-

Edgar Soto holds his diploma, with his mother and stepfather behind him, at Henry M. Gunn High School’s graduation on May 29.

fornia to Arizona to pick them up. It was the first time they met. “He’s a Mexican like us,� Soto said of his stepfather. “But he’s a good person. My real father, he was aggressive ...� he trailed off, searching for the right words to express himself in English. “I come here. ... It was difficult to change my life.� Soto moved in with his mother and stepfather on Emerson Street in Palo Alto and attended JLS Middle School, which has an English Language Learners program. But Soto said his first two years were difficult because he didn’t pick up English easily. The grammar was hard, he said. He went on to Gunn, where he continued to struggle with his English, said Rick Jacobs, a teacher who spent three years with Soto in Gunn’s English Learner Program. Jacobs said he has recommended “over and over� that Soto enroll in an intensive English program for his first year at Foothill College next year. “He understands that’s what he needs to do,� Jacobs said. “If he doesn’t, he won’t be able to do much more than work in a restaurant.� Soto said some classes at Gunn have been hard, due to his problems with English. But he has high hopes for himself, especially to help his mother, who works at a local catering company. “(My mother) works hard,� Soto said. “I want to give a little bit. I want to learn English and be better than my father and my brother. My mom, she gave me a better life.� He said he’s not sure what he wants to study, but one of his dreams is to be an architect. “I want to make a new world,� he explained. “I want to do a different world.� “I want to study and help people who need help,� he added. “I want to increase my level because my mom doesn’t finish middle school, and my

father either. I want to be the first one who helps others.� Soto said he’s enrolled in three smaller-unit classes at Foothill for this summer — “The Road To College Success — More Than Just Books,� “Introduction to College� and “Lifelong Learning Strategies� — to prepare for the fall. He will pay for his Foothill tuition in part with a $3,000 Gunn Foundation scholarship he was awarded this year. The scholarship is need-based, given to graduating seniors whose annual family income is less than $100,000, to help them pay for their next step in education. Soto also received a financial aid package under the California Dream Act. He could also benefit from Deferred Action but until recently was unaware about the legislation and is unsure how to apply. When asked what he thinks about the debate over illegal immigration, Soto again switched to his native language. “Can I say it in Spanish?� he asked. “If (immigrants) want to make their dreams come true, they need to believe in themselves and believe that they can do anything they want.�

Irving Rodriguez


rving Rodriguez is a rising sophomore at Stanford University. He’s on a full-ride scholarship, studying physics and considering adding a minor in economics. He’s a member of Stanford’s club soccer team, Stanford Coaching Corps and the Society of Physics Students. He’s also in the United States illegally — and he’s broken through the fear to state that publicly. “My name is Irving Rodriguez, and I am an undocumented immigrant,� he posted on his Facebook page on (continued on next page)

The federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, implemented in June 2012, allows undocumented immigrants who meet certain requirements to live and work in the United States. Requirements include that they came to the United States under the age of 16, have lived continuously in the U.S. for five years prior to the implementation of the Deferred Action policy, are currently in school or have graduated from high school, have obtained a general-education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and have not been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor. Deferred Action status is subject to renewal after two years. The first week of June, the House approved a homeland-security spending bill that cuts funding for the program. It would not be critical for Deferred Action to continue if the Senate and House pass reform bills as currently proposed.

California Dream Act The California Dream Act, passed in June 2011, is a two-part package of state laws. It allows undocumented students who meet certain criteria to apply for and receive a range of financial aid: private scholarships through public universities, state-administered financial aid, university grants and community-college fee waivers. The criteria are laid out by AB540, a law passed in 2001 that allows students to pay the same tuition and fees as resident students at California public colleges and universities. Eligible students must: have attended a California high school for a minimum of three years; graduated from a California high school, pass the California High School Proficiency Exam or get a GED; enroll in an accredited California institution of higher education; and have filed an application (or an affidavit stating their plan to file) to legalize their status as soon as they are eligible to do so, if they are without legal status. To get a Cal Grant, they must also meet all other Cal Grant eligibility criteria.

Federal DREAM Act The federal DREAM Act (an acronym for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) is a proposal to provide legal status to undocumented youth who entered the United States as children, graduated from U.S. high schools and attend college or en-

ter the military. It would remove a federal penalty against states that provide in-state tuition without regard for immigration status, according to the National Immigration Law Center. The legislation was first proposed in August 2001 and last introduced in Congress in May 2011. It has yet to pass.

Current immigrationreform legislation The proposed Senate immigration-reform bill (Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act) was released on April 17. It offers three main updates to current legislation: a 13-year path to citizenship for immigrants who have been living in the United States illegally, an increase in border enforcement, and a nationwide mandatory requirement for all employers to check the legal status of new hires. It would also allow immigrants who came to the United States as children to become citizens after five years. The bill’s path to citizenship is marked by many requirements and phases of eligibility. Six months after the bill is enacted, undocumented immigrants who meet these requirements would be able to apply for registered provisional immigrant status. They would be able to work and travel legally. The bill proposes they spend a minimum of 10 years with this status. Immigrants with provisional status would not be eligible for any federal benefits such as Medicaid, food stamps or federal housing aid. Other provisions include: ■ A revamped green-card process that includes a program that awards points for applicants’ skills, education, family ties and the amount of time they’ve lived in the United States. ■ An increase of the nation’s annual caps on temporary, highskilled visas, or H-1B, allowing more employees in technology and science fields. ■ The creation of two new guest-worker programs, one for farmworkers and another for low-wage laborers. ■ The elimination of a provision that allows siblings of U.S. citizens to apply for green cards. ■ A provision that allows immigrants who have been deported for noncriminal reasons to apply to return, if they have spouses or minor children in the United States. A bipartisan group in the House has been working on its own version of a comprehensive immigration bill, which has yet to be introduced. N — Elena Kadvany


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April 23. This was the first time Rodriguez, one of fewer than a dozen undocumented students at Stanford, publicly announced his illegal status. He did so immediately after attending a screening of “The Dream Is Now,� a documentary that tells the stories of four Dreamers, each of whom utters the same line: “My name is ‘blank,’ and I am an undocumented immigrant.� The documentary is linked to a campaign of the same name that supports comprehensive immigration reform. A conversation at the screening with one of the film’s Dreamers, Alejandro Morales, inspired Rodriguez to publicly come out as undocumented and also to commit himself to the Dream Is Now campaign as its Stanford campus representative. The campaign coordinates documentary screenings across the country, lobbies Congress and serves as a resource on immigration legislation. “At that point, I think it impacts the community more if you’re able to be a leader through that way and not just an ally,� he said of his decision to announce his status on Facebook. “It’s much more powerful if you’re a Dreamer.� He added that he hadn’t been publicly open about his status before out of fear for his parents. “I didn’t really know what the consequences of publicly saying I’m an undocumented immigrant would be. With the whole campaign and the way the (federal immigration) bill is looking now, I just realized it’s better for all of us if I stand up and say, ‘Yeah, that’s part of my identity, and that’s who I am.’�

Rodriguez, now 19 years old, was born in Coahuila, Mexico, which borders Texas. He remembers an early morning in July 2001 when he was 8 years old: He was awoken by his mother and got on a Greyhound bus instead of going to school. He thought they were going to visit his father in Alabama, as he had done with his mother and two older siblings many times before. “I was mostly puzzled at the suddenness, but I accepted it because I had no idea that would be the last time I’d be home,� he said. “About halfway through the trip, I recall looking up to see (my brother) glancing through the window. I made it a habit to pick up cues from him when I was little. Our eyes locked, and I could tell from his expression that this would be a polarizing experience. Neither of us fully understood what was going on, but that exchange has stuck with me.� Rodriguez’s father had been living in the United States since 1989, working at a restaurant. Rodriguez’s mother decided to move the family to Chicago, where an uncle was living, after Rodriguez’s paternal grandfather died in 2001. His parents immediately tried enrolling him and his older sister and brother in school so they could learn English. As an 8-year-old, he said, he found that picking up a foreign language was easier for him than his older siblings. “In the end, though, we all managed,� he said. “We had to. Language was just another obstacle.� He described his new life in the United States as “normal� and without problems until high school, when most of his friends were getting their driver’s licenses. He told close friends about his illegal status but became ac-

customed to making up excuses for why he couldn’t drive a car. He said the “bigger emotional impact� for him was not his own struggles but rather other undocumented immigrants’. In his neighborhood in Chicago, there were two high schools — one more affluent and distinguished and another much less so. Rodriguez attended the former but lived in the same neighborhood as kids from the latter high school. He said Dreamers in the neighboring high school were often racially profiled and insulted in school because of their status. “They also had a tougher time going through high school because they missed out on the opportunities that make the experience more personal,� Rodriguez added. “They couldn’t get jobs, a driver’s license, and had little to no help during the college application process. They even faced adversity back home because a few of them had close family members under deportation.� This inspired him to get involved with the Dream Is Now campaign, to fight for change on behalf of himself and others. He applied to serve as the campaign’s campus representative for Stanford. When he was offered the position, Rodriguez said he jumped up and down and accidentally knocked over a friend’s laptop in the excitement. “I’ve always wanted to help out on this issue but never had a concrete way of doing it,� he said. “I felt really empowered when I found out that I could have a true impact, especially in communities I was involved in, not just nationwide but around people that I care about in Stanford and Chicago.� Depending on what kind of bill Congress passes — or doesn’t pass — Rodriguez might graduate in three years with Deferred Action as his only option for putting his Stanford degree to use in the United States. He received his Deferred Action

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Edgar Soto hugs his mother, Theresa Canares, who he reunited with after immigrating to the United States four years ago. papers this week and is waiting for his Social Security card to arrive in the mail. He said the first thing he plans to do with it is to get his driver’s license. “I like Deferred Action,� Rodriguez said. “It gives us something at least that we can do. ... Go out and work and get driver’s license(s) and use that for whatever (we) need for (our) daily lives. “But it’s not a permanent solution. It shouldn’t be the only way that we have to get work authorization in three years.� He said the Senate bill is a crucial improvement on current policy like Deferred Action or the repeatedly proposed federal DREAM Act. “(The bill) reaches a higher population, a broader population than just the 16-to-25-year-olds that are here now and looking for work and studying,� he said, referring to the DREAM Act. “That way you can capture all

the kids who aren’t fortunate to be going to school because of their family situation, all the parents who are outside the window the DREAM Act offers.� For a 19-year-old whose own future is currently being heatedly debated in the House and Senate, Rodriguez holds a surprisingly reasoned opinion of the government’s handling of immigration reform. “My big thing with the government is that they never handle things with rational decisions. At least that’s what it seems like to me. So if they actually sat down and started analyzing the economic costs and benefits of passing something like comprehensive reform, then they would pass it immediately.� For now, though, Rodriguez said he feels “the glass is half full.� He’s at home in Chicago for the summer, spending time with his family and doing some studying on his own — he casually wrote in an email that he plans to learn a computer programming language and read up on physics. He also plans to continue his Dream Is Now involvement by coordinating screenings in local churches and schools and keeping his community updated on the status of the federal immigration bill. “If (immigration reform) doesn’t get done this year, then in coming years the pressure is just going to be huge — too big to ignore,� he said. “At this point, I think it’s only a matter of time.� N Editorial Assistant Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@ Far left: Irving Rodriguez, right, plays basketball with his friend Jujhaar Singh outside of his Stanford University dorm. Left: Irving Rodriguez works on a paper in his dorm room.

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Laura Tovar shows off her new driver’s license and work permit, which she received through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program about a month ago. Photo by Veronica Weber.

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Local film festival returns with tales about basketball, Internet romance, dancing trash collectors BY SAM BO RSOS

eremy Lin is back in the Weekly — this time in the arts sec tion. The documentary film “Linsanity� is screening in town next week as par t of this year’s Windrider Film Forum, a festival with local roots that’s now in its four th year. Lin, a Palo Alto High School graduate, rocketed to national fame last year when he was given the opportunity to play star ting point guard for the New York Knicks. Filmmaker Evan Jackson Leong tells Lin’s story and looks at life in the National Basketball Association, where AsianAmerican players are rare.


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“This is such a feel-good film at a time when people are really hungry for good news,� said Terri Bullock of Atherton, co-founder of the Windrider Film Forum. “It’s not just a story of a basketball superstar. It’s universal — everyone has some sort of a dream. Maybe your dream is basketball, maybe your dream is to create the next Facebook, maybe your dream is to cure cancer.� The “Linsanity� film, she said, was recently purchased by a distributor, meaning it will be shown in theaters sometime this year. The film screened at both the Sundance Film Festival and the South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals this year. Overall, Windrider will screen a diverse group of six films between Thursday, June 27, and Saturday, June 29, at the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School. The three feature-length and three short films are intended not only to entertain the audience, but to inspire reflection on issues from Internet romance to human trafficking. The other full-length films are “Not That Funny,� a love story that stars Tony Hale (who plays Buster on the show “Arrested Development�); and “Trashdance,� which sheds light on the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.� In “Trashdance,� to be shown on the second night of the forum, a choreographer changes lives in a community with a one-night dance performance involving two dozen Austin trash collectors and their

trucks. Andrew Garrison, an associate producer of film and digitalmedia production at the University of Texas at Austin, directed and produced the documentary, as well as acting as its cinematographer. “You leave that film and want to say ‘Hi’ to your garbage men and recognize them as the important part of the community, rather than how wonderful it is that your garbage is collected,� Bullock said. The three short films are: “Love Hacking,� about Internet romance; and “Thief,� about an Iraqi boy who confronts his past from 45 years ago. The topic of human trafficking appears in the 15-minute short film “Hark,� directed by Santa Clara University professor Jonathan Fung. “My film ‘Hark’ doesn’t provide answers for the viewer,� Fung said. “It takes the viewer on a personal journey and raises questions and breaks stereotypes along the way. I would like the viewer to recognize that human trafficking happens in our backyard and we can all take part in stopping this horrific nightmare for

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the victims if we choose to.â€? Besides offering screenings, Windrider also schedules Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. The films are chosen by three founders of the Windrider Film Forum who travel to the Sundance, Heartland and Palm Springs film festivals to seek out options and meet with the filmmakers. “Our films tell a story, they tell a point and a message. The audience participates in that journey,â€? Bullock said. The complete list of films and show times: s h.OT 4HAT &UNNY v AT  PM Thursday, June 27. The director and screenwriter, Lauralee Farrer, will be at the Q&A session. s h4RASHDANCE v AT  PM &RIDAY June 28. The discussion features producer Andy Garrison, director and choreographer Allison Orr, and Ivory Jackson, who appears in the film. sh,INSANITY vATPM3ATURDAY June 29. Producer Chris Chen will discuss the film after the screening. s 4HREE SHORT FILMS AT  PM Saturday, June 29: “Harkâ€? (Jonathan Fung, a Santa Clara professor who created the film, will be there to discuss it); “Love Hackingâ€? (Jenni Nelson, a Stanford graduate and Santa Cruz filmmaker, will discuss the film); “Thiefâ€? (Filmmaker Julian Higgins will attend the Q&A session following the screening). N Info: The Windrider Film Forum takes place at the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Individual tickets are $10 general and $5 for students and seniors. A forum pass for all three days of screenings is $35 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. Go to

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Up, up and away

What: “Boeing Boeing� by Marc Camoletti, presented by Palo Alto Players Where: Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto When: Through June 30, Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Cost: $16-$29. Info: Go to or call 650-329-0891.

The Players are off and running with an entertaining, frothy farce by Karla Kane


he year is 1965. The setting is an attractive flat near Paris’ Orly Airport. The comings and goings of the various occupants of the flat, especially playboy architect Bernard (Michael Rhone), form the basis of the frothy farce “Boeing Boeing,â€? presented by Palo Alto Players at the Lucie Stern Theatre. Bernard has a very active love life. Thanks to his proximity to the airport, he’s become acquainted with a series of lovely flight attendants (or “air hostesses,â€? in retro parlance) from all over the world. Three of them, in fact, have become his fiancĂŠes. Saucy TWA stewardess Gloria (Damaris Divito) flies in from New York; Italian siren Gabriella (Nicole Martin) comes and goes via Alitalia; and German bombshell Gretchen (Robyn Winslow) proudly serves on Lufthansa. Because of his careful studies of air routes and timetables, Bernard is able to woo all three ladies while making sure each is unaware of the others — with some help from his sharp-tongued but invaluable Parisian housekeeper, Berthe (Mary Moore). This tangled web of romance begins to unravel, however, as weather conditions, the introduction of faster jets, and the surprise arrival of childhood friend Robert (Evan Michael Shumacher) conspire to create a big mess out of Bernard’s intricate arrangement. The action takes place entirely in one day and within the confines of Bernard’s apartment. The audience — and Robert — is introduced to each international paramour in turn. Once the characters and situation are established, the plot turns to Bernard’s, Robert’s and Berthe’s

THEATER REVIEW desperate attempts to keep the increasingly suspicious women from finding out about one another, with escalating slapstick scenes and histrionics from the cast. The central concept/gag of Bernard frantically juggling his “harem� is not hard to grasp. The keys to the play’s success or failure, then, are the script, the pacing and the cast’s execution of the screwball antics. The Players mostly do well with this, although several scenes are belabored and drag on for longer than necessary. A brisker pace would keep the audience’s attention from straying. All of the actors have good comic chops. None of the roles call for restraint or understatement, and the players embrace their chances to mug, shriek, stomp and pose. Luckily, they remain likeable throughout, albeit cartoonish. Even though Bernard is a cad, the play — and audience — take it all in good fun. People presumably really do sometimes get into situations like Bernard’s, although it’s hard to imagine he really could hope to get away with it for long, or, even more unbelievably, that the women could possibly remain unaware of each others’ presence with all the shouting and doorslamming that goes on. But that’s all part of the charm. Shumacher, at first seeming a sidekick, actually carries the most stage time as the naive but fastthinking Robert. Moore has perhaps the most fun role as Berthe, the allknowing maid who gets many of

the best lines. Though their roles are somewhat one-note, each fiancĂŠe manages to make her character her own. They’re all so over-the-top passionate and affectionate that you can see why Bernard finds it exciting (though surely tiring) to woo all three, and why Robert has designs of his own. Rhone’s Bernard is fairly bland, and you might wonder what the women find so irresistible (the Paris flat can’t hurt), but his transition from calm ladies’ man to panicked fool is well played. The characters of Bernard and Robert were originally written as French, which would make more sense. Their being American doesn’t seem to serve much purpose. The script for this production is that of a recent Broadway revival, based on the 1960s version, translated from Marc Camoletti’s original French by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans. Jeanie K. Smith (a Weekly theater critic) directs. I’m not sure if the play was refreshingly modern/scandalous when it debuted, or how it might work if set in current times, but as it is, the swinging ‘60s setting works in its favor and helps make the silliness more embraceable. Patrick Klein’s cheeky mod set design is an important part of this, with lovely details such as the apartment’s doors and decorative flowers matching the colors of each woman’s striking airline uniform. Within the first few minutes of “Boeing Boeing,â€? the audience has a pretty good idea of what it’s in for, and if lightweight, slightly risquĂŠ but basically harmless farce with a throwback vibe is your cup of tea, you’ll find a very suitable evening of entertainment here. Stick around for the inexplicably goofy (even for this show) curtain call, and you’ll leave with a smile. N



(TENTATIVE) AGENDA – SPECIAL MEETING – COUNCIL CHAMBERS June 24, 2013 - 6:30 PM CLOSED SESSION 1. Potential Litigation STUDY SESSION 2. From Infrastructure Committee: Preliminary Survey Findings CONSENT 3. Approval of Monroe Place (formerly Palo Alto Bowl) Motor Court Names 4. Approval of a Record of Land Use Action approving a ďŹ nal one-year extension of Council’s June 21, 2010 Site and Design Review approval for the construction of a new single family residence located at 805 Los Trancos Road 5. Approval of Amendment Number 1 to Contract in the amount of $290,000 with The Planning Center | DCE to Provide Additional Services Associated with the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Project for a Total Not to Exceed Amount of $1,140,000 6. SECOND READING: Adoption of an Ordinance Approving and Adopting a Plan for Improvements from Eleanor Pardee Park 7. SECOND READING: Adoption of a Park Improvement Ordinance for the San Francisquito Creek Bonde Weir Fish Passage Improvement and Channel Stabilization Project 8. Approval of an Agreement Between the City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto UniďŹ ed School District of Santa Clara County Concerning the Public Use, Brokering, and Maintenance of District-Owned Athletic Fields, Tennis Courts and Basketball Courts Jointly Used by School Students and the General 9. Technology and Connected City Committee Recommendation to Develop Work Plan to Evaluate the Feasibility of Building a Citywide Fiber-to-thePremise Network in Palo Alto and Request the City Manager to Appoint a Community Advisory Committee to Assist Evaluation 10. Review and Approval of a Draft Letter to Valley Transportation Authority Board Chair Pirzynski on Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board Representation 11. Review and Approval of the Palo Alto City Council Rail Committee Guiding Principles ACTION ITEMS 12. Recommendation from Finance Committee to Adopt a Resolution Amending the 2013 Management and Professional Compensation Plan and Adopt a Resolution Amending the City of Palo Alto Merit Rules and Regulations (continued from June 17, 2013) 13. Adoption of a Resolution Implementing Terms for Utilities Managers and Professionals Association of Palo Alto Pursuant to California Government Code Section 350 (continued from June 17, 2013) 14. Adoption of a Resolution Approving Terms for Palo Alto Police Managers’ Association (continued from June 17, 2013) 15. Highway 101 Bike and Pedestrian Overcrossing at Adobe Creek Project Update and Design Competition Outline 16. Status Report on Current High Speed Rail and Caltrain ElectriďŹ cation Issues Submitted for Council Review and Comment

(TENTATIVE) AGENDA – SPECIAL MEETING – COUNCIL CONFERENCE ROOM June 21, 2013 - 2:30 PM STUDY SESSION 1. Discussion with Tony Oliveira Regarding Economics and California’s Future Including a Comprehensive Look at the Public Employee’s Retirement System.



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LATEST TWILIGHT LINEUP ... Good news for fans of patriotic music: Organizers of Palo Alto’s Twilight Concert Series had been saying that the the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West might not be able to play the first series concert, due to the sequester. Now the Air Force band is indeed confirmed for June 29, promising a 7 p.m. concert of family-friendly rock and jazz at Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Road. Another addendum affects the July 13 concert. The Foxtails Brigade is still scheduled to perform chamber-pop music, only now it will be a 6:30 p.m. show followed by folk musician Nancy Cassidy at 7:45 p.m., also at Rinconada Park. Overall, the weekly concert series runs through Aug. 10. For a full rundown, go to


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STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS The Policy and Services Committee will meet on Tuesday June 25, 2013 at 6:00 P.M. to discuss: 1) Review and Recommend an Ordinance Prohibiting Vehicle Habitation that is Complaint Based and Included Gradual Outreach, Referral and Enforcement Procedures; and 2) Discuss Guiding Principles and Approval Process for use of Stanford University Fund Allocations and Consider Recommending Approval.

(TENTATIVE) AGENDA – SPECIAL MEETING – COUNCIL CHAMBERS June 28, 2013 - 5:00 PM CONSENT 1. Second Reading: Adoption of an Ordinance of the Council of the City of Palo Alto Amending Section 18.08.040 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code (The Zoning Map) to Change the ClassiďŹ cation of Property Located at 567-595 Maybell Avenue from R-2 and RM-15 to PC Planned Community Zone (PC________) to allow a 12 unit Single Family and 60 Unit Affordable Rental Development for Seniors, including Two Concessions under State Density Bonus Law (Building Height and Daylight Plane). (First Reading June 17, 2013 - Passed 9-0)


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Chamber Music Seminar Chamber music takes center stage at Stanford University this month, with concerts, film screenings and talks in Bing Concert Hall and Campbell Recital Hall in the Braun Music Center. It’s all part of the Chamber Music Seminar hosted by the St. Lawrence String Quartet, who have been in residence at the school for several years. Georges Zeisel, who heads the European Centre for Chamber Music, will be showing his documentary film “The Musicians of the String Quartet,� which explores music history in such depth that the four-hour film will be screened in segments across four days. A Q&A with the director will follow each showing.

The free screenings are planned in Campbell Recital Hall: “Vienna, The First Movement (1760-1828)� at 2:30 p.m. June 22; “Variations on a European Theme (1820-1930)� at 7 p.m. June 22; “Largo Desolato: The Exile (1900-1945)� at 7 p.m. June 24; and “Last Movement: The Revival (1938-1988)� at 7 p.m. June 26. A separate doc will also get a free screening: Josh Aronson’s “Orchestra of Exiles,� set in the early 1930s, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. June 28 at Campbell Recital Hall. Meanwhile, popular speaker, composer and conductor Rob Kapilow will give the free keynote address, “Instructions for Living a Musical Life,� at 2:30 p.m. June 23 in Campbell Recital Hall. Several concerts at Bing are also free, though tickets must be picked up at the venue up to an hour be-

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violinist and cellist Fewer and Chris Costanza, and pianist Prutsman at noon June 26; and percussionist Mikael Ringquist and pianist Prutsman with the St. Lawrence at noon June 28. Various musicians will also be spotlighted in group concerts at 7:30 p.m. June 29 and 11 a.m. June 30. For more about the events, including details on master classes (enrollment is closed, but the public can observe), go to

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The folk-blues musician Mokai is in his element in a coffeehouse. He’s been singing his songs, accompanying himself on fingerstyle guitar, for years in cafes — and at nightclubs, benefits, house concerts, shelters and hospitals. The San Franciscan has also been known to play a radio station or two, such as KPFA and KALW. Along the way, Mokai has buoyed his music with such influences as Bob Marley, Woody Guthrie and Paul Simon. He’s fond of likening his songwriting style to the “poetic irreverence of Ani DiFranco.� The musician will bring his sound to the Peninsula on Saturday, June 29, playing an 8 p.m. gig at Red Rock Coffee in downtown Mountain View. One never knows what a musician will be inspired to perform, of course, but his recorded songs have included “Holy Guacamole,� “Any Distraction’ll Do� and “Hayes Street Blues.� Red Rock Coffee is at 201 Castro St. For more information about the coffeehouse’s upcoming schedule, which also includes the honky-tonk music of Bennett Jackson on June 22 and poetry and improvised music on

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Summertime, and the theater is breezy. Especially for the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre and Peninsula Youth Theatre, who present familyfriendly shows under the open sky every summer. In Palo Alto, the Hot Dog Suppertime Shows play out on the Roy Ginsburg Magic Castle Stage at the children’s theater, 1305 Middlefield Road. Audiences bring picnics or buy hot dogs and burgers (or veggie burgers, of course) on the spot to create dinnertime theater. Shows are about an hour long and intended for ages 4 and up. Now playing: “Pippi Longstocking,� the beloved Swedish tale of the rabble-rousing girl with the braids. Remaining performances are June 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28 and 29. “HONK! Jr.� comes next, spinning its modern take on “The Ugly Duckling� from July 10 through July 27. The third show, “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,� is a parody of the classic, in which the Big Bad Wolf gets put on trial for his alleged misdeed. (Audience: You’re the jury.) This show is performed by the older Wingspread Company (ages 14 to 24), July 31 through Aug. 10. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for kids. Go to or call 650-463-4970. Meanwhile, Peninsula Youth Theatre puts on free performances of family stories, mostly fairy tales, outside at various parks through Aug. 9. All shows start at 6:30 p.m. Upcoming performances include: “Thumbelina� at Rengstorff Park, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View, on June 21; “The Princess King,� at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts’ ParkStage at 500 Castro St., on June 28; “Murder in the Knife Room,� at Cubberley Amphitheatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, also on June 28; “Beauty and the Beast,� on the ParkStage on July 5; “Treasure Island� at Rengstorff Park on July 5; and “Stone Soup� at Cubberley, also on July 5. For a full schedule, go to pytnet. org or call 650-988-8798.


Crazy for craft beer by Dale F. ever ask Ted Kim a simple question about beer. If you do, you’re in for a discourse on the qualities of craft beer, its history and nuances, the growth of the industry, and the subtle differences between an IPA and a Belgian dubbel. The man is encyclopedic and passionate about beer. Kim opened Steins Beer Garden in downtown Mountain View in March in the space lastly occupied by Villa 8 Buffet. It has a mammoth, 8,000-square-foot interior with an additional 4,000 square feet outdoors, seating about 300 in all. Steins is reminiscent of beer halls in Europe with its vaulted ceiling, festive atmosphere and first-class eats. Inside, it’s noisy with long tables suited for groups, but there are small-


Bentson er tables and booths as well. Conversation is possible at smaller tables even when the place is busy. Adding to the din, large flat-screen TVs abound — showing sports, of course. The decor has a contemporary feel, polished woods with pale walls that reflect light as well as sound. An Lshaped bar anchors the room. Kim defines Steins as “a modern American beer garden.� With 30 beers on tap, the choices are not quite overwhelming. Some beer halls have more than 100 beers on tap. Unless one is an aficionado, the tendency would be to simply order something familiar. Kim has authored a thoughtfully composed beer menu that describes, in detail, (continued on the next page)

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Monsters University ---1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Move over, “Animal House.� From now on, the first college movie that leaps to mind may well be G-rated. That’d be “Monsters University,� the Pixar prequel to 2001’s “Monsters, Inc.� Weirdly, since its presumable core audience is made up of kids, “Monsters University� may be the most thoughtful and, in social terms, realistic film ever made about the college experience. I apply “realistic� flexibly, of course, because Monsters University is just what it sounds like: the esteemed institution where young monsters like Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and “Sulley� Sullivan (John Goodman) matriculate. These BFF characters from “Monsters, Inc.� have yet to meet when “Monsters University� begins: The film recounts their initial dislike, teamwork under duress and eventual bond of friendship. Mike and Sulley correspond to college archetypes that make them “natural enemies�: the studious nerd and the “legacy� jock/fratboy. Given the love for the first film, there’s an element of risk in making the best friends antagonistic for much of the film’s running time, but it’s one of several challenges to assumptions the prequel productively makes. Mike and Sulley both find themselves in the elite School of Scaring, but they can remain there only by proving themselves (to Helen Mirren’s fearsome Dean Hardscrabble). Prefiguring their need for each

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other, each has something the other lacks: pea-with-legs Mike has nurtured mental discipline, while the hulking, roaring Sulley has the natural capacity to scare. When both see their dream slipping away, they reluctantly team up, joining the outcast fraternity Oozma Kappa in the hope of winning the campus Scare Games. Their frat brothers compose a humorously motley crew: middle-aged student Don Carlton (Joel Murray), nervous Scott “Squishy� Squibbles (Peter Sohn), upbeat Art (Charlie Day), and conjoined siblings Terri Perry (Sean Hayes) and Terry Perry (Dave Foley). Their polar opposite is Roar Omega Roar, the jerky jock frat headed by Johnny Worthington (Nathan Fillion). Comparisons to the first film will likely find this one underrated. The originality and novelty of this world may be old news, but the plotting here is surprisingly inventive, perhaps because the fresh Pixar talent involved — writer-director Dan Scanlon and his co-writers Daniel Gerson and Robert L. Baird — is eager to score with this first bigleague at-bat. A (college) sportsmovie structure provides a framework for setpiece after setpiece but also the opportunity to surprise with a nice, big, genre-shifting twist into a G-rated homage to summer-camp horror flicks. While fairly all-around impeccable, from its sight gags to its super-fun Randy Newman score, the film most impresses with its perfection as a friendship story and its breadth of considerations about the value and meaning of college, which the film acknowledges but most certainly does not take for granted (remember: onetime Pixar CEO Steve Jobs was a college dropout). The film engages in student ethics and notes the truth that learning, at least at this level, comes more from experience and peers than the classroom. Devaluing the desperation to be cool and hide feelings, and valuing education, teamwork and friendship, “Monsters University� is exactly the sort of movie one hopes kids will beg to watch over and over. Rated G. One hour, 50 minutes. — Peter Canavese

The Bling Ring --1/2 (Palo Alto Square, Century 20) Ripped from the headlines — or rather Nancy Jo Sales’ “Vanity Fair� article “The Suspect Wore Louboutins� — Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring� delivers true crime with a dash of social satire. Yes, the names have been changed (more to protect the filmmakers from lawsuits than “to pro-

tect the innocent�), but the setting and characters all correspond to real-life figures implicated in what came to be known as “the Bling Ring� (or “the Burglar Bunch�). The film opens in Calabasas, Calif., circa 2009, as a group of teenagers commit a robbery. In a classic Sofia Coppola touch, the “alarm�ing rock of Sleigh Bells’ “Crown on the Ground� kicks in as the teens trespass. Flashing back, the film establishes young Marc (Israel Broussard) as a misguided but sympathetic protagonist. An implicitly gay outcast, the newly transferred Indian Hills High School student happens into a friendship with one Rebecca (Katie Chang). They bond over their interest in celebrity fashion and clothing design. Rebecca teaches Marc how to “check cars� for joyrides, petty theft and/or shopping sprees with found credit cards; soon, they’re chasing the high by letting themselves into a home they know will be empty. Coppola’s screenplay captures the casual escalation, the seeming inevitability that this perfect storm of disaffected youth and celebrity worship would lead a widening circle of friends (including characters played by Emma Watson and Taissa Farmiga) to start pillaging the homes of celebrities when the gossip sites report they’ll be out shooting movies, attending events or living in other residences. The justifications reflect common and historic reasoning behind theft, from shoplifting to bank robberies: The victims can afford it, and they deserve it (Paris Hilton, whose person and home appear in the film, would leave her key under the mat). The material is a good match for Coppola, who has a talent for locating the pulse of wired-butunbound modern youth culture. Coppola conveys the euphoria of acting out and becoming “in,� and she has lived what Marc calls “the lifestyle that everybody kind of wants.� The latter point is a double-edged sword: Coppola risks the impression that she’s either eating her own (the subjects of TMZ) or condescending to the proletariat (the consumers of TMZ). And despite Coppola’s admirable sociological data mining, there can be a disconcerting “hall of mirrors� effect, as in the scene that recreates a moment from the scripted “reality� TV show “Pretty Wild� (“Girls!� Leslie Mann’s blinkered mother yells. “Time for your Adderall!�). With the help of late cinematographer Harris Savides (who established a look for co-credited Christopher Blauvelt before having to step back), Coppola remains mesmerizingly stylish, but her film is skin deep: superficial characters (continued on the next page)

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portrayed superficially in a shallowpool reflection of shallowness. Rated PG-13 for sexuality and drug use. One hour, 30 minutes. — Peter Canavese

Fill the Void -(Aquarius) Given the socioreligiously loaded subject matter, discussing “Fill the Void� feels like tiptoeing through a minefield. To hear writer-director Rama Burshtein tell

it, the film’s raison d’etre is to give voice to her ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community, providing at last an insider’s view to what has been a commonly closed community. The story is straightforward enough on its face: 18-year-old Shira (Hadas Yaron) faces pressure — mostly from her mother (Irit Sheleg) — to marry the husband (Yiftach Klein) of Shira’s recently deceased sister. Unfortunately, the pace and mood with which Burshtein develops her story is dirge-like, with a couple of wry exceptions of “observational humor.� The action begins in a supermarket, where a would-be matchmaker points out a potential husband

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Century 16: 10:35 a.m. Century 20: 12:05 p.m.

Before Midnight (R) Century 20: 1:50, 7:05 p.m. Guild Theatre: 1:15, 4, 7, 9:45 p.m. The Bling Ring (R) ((1/2 Century 20: 11:05 a.m. & 1:20, 3:35, 5:50, 8:05, 10:20 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 2, 4:30, 7:25 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 9:50 p.m. Drum Corps International (DCI) tour premiere (Not Rated) Century 16: Mon 6:30 p.m. The East (PG-13) ((( Palo Alto Square: 1:30, 4:15, 7:15 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 9:50 p.m. Epic (PG) ((( Century 16: 9:10 a.m. & 2:25, 7:30 p.m. In 3D 11:50 a.m. & 4:55, 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 10:50 a.m. & 6:55 p.m. In 3D 1:30, 4:05, 9:25 p.m. Fast & Furious 6 (PG-13)

Century 20: 11 a.m. & 1:55, 4:50, 7:50, 10:45 p.m.

Fill the Void (PG) ((

Aquarius Theatre: 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:15 p.m.

The Great Gatsby (PG-13) (( Century 16: 10:40 a.m. Fri-Sat also at 5:30 p.m. Century 20: 6:15 p.m. In 3D 11:45 a.m. The Internship (PG-13) (( Century 16: 11:05 a.m. & 1:50, 4:50, 7:45, 10:30 p.m. Century 20: Fri-Sat 10:55 a.m. & 2, 4:45, 7:40, 10:30 p.m. Sun 7:40, 10:30 p.m. Iron Man 3 (PG-13) (((

in the dairy section. Later, a woman relies upon the kindness of her rabbi for help in buying a stove. The rest of “Fill the Void� — composed entirely of conversation after conversation about who’ll marry whom — can be terminally dull, like some kind of purgatorial coffee klatsch to which outsiders have been mistakenly invited. One take on the film is that Burshtein refuses to judge (or overstate); another is that she is too close to the material to be productively critical of the culture on display, resulting in a “Hallmark Hall of Fame� simplicity. In her “Director’s Notes,� Burshtein also attempts to contextualize the film as an homage to Jane Austen. “I love Jane Austen,� Burshtein writes. “She’s romantic, intelligent, and full of humor. ... The parallel is also quite obvious in that ‘Fill the Void’ takes place in a world where the rules are rigid and clear. The characters are not looking for some way to burst out of that world. Instead, they are trying to find a way to live within it.� Fair enough, but unlike, say, “Pride and Prejudice�’s intentional Elizabeth Bennett, Shira doesn’t much seem “a r ational creature speaking the truth from her heart.� Rather, Shira comes across as temperamentally battered by her mother and her potential husband, who is himself slow to see the wisdom of marrying Shira. Especially in our time of politically correct sensibilities, the meaning of the film and the degree to which Shira

makes a choice free of duress will be in the eye of the beholder, but in being so respectful of ultra-Orthodox tradition, including de facto arranged marriages, Burshtein appears to be drinking anti-feminist Kool-Aid. The film is undeniably a celebration of community, but on Shira, one gets the disturbing whiff of Stockholm Syndrome. In an early scene, when Shira feels like screaming, she’s told, “Scream to God.� The entire film is suffused with a pale glow that implies the omnipresence of God, working through the narrative to protect and guide the community to an implied good fate. The film’s seeming moral? God is good, your

mother is good, and put your unconditional trust in them. Indeed, the film gives the mother the last word, just before a title card dedicating the film to Burshtein’s husband (or does it all amount to a stealth unhappy ending, the equivalent of the old fortune-cookie gag “Help! I’m Being Held Prisoner in a Chinese Bakery�?). It’s odd to say, but one suspects “Fill the Void,� like its heroine, would be better off by being confidently selfish. Rated PG for thematic elements and smoking. One hour, 30 minutes. — Peter Canavese







Century 20: 3:30 p.m. In 3D 9:30 p.m.


The Kings of Summer (R) Century 16: 9:40 a.m. & 12:05, 2:30, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20 p.m. Man of Steel (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 9 a.m. & 12:30, 2:05, 3:50, 7:15, 8:50, 10:40 p.m. In 3D 9:50 & 11:30 a.m. & 1:20, 2:55, 4:40, 6:20, 8:05, 9:50 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 11:30 p.m. Century 20: 10:35 a.m. & 12:20, 1:45, 5, 6:40, 8:15, 9:55 p.m. In 3D 10 & 11:10 a.m. & 1:05, 2:20, 3, 4:15, 5:35, 7:30, 8:55, 10:45 p.m.

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The Met: Il Trovatore (Not Rated) Century 16: Sun 7 p.m. Mon 7 p.m. Wed 7 p.m. Monsters University (G) (((1/2 Century 16: Fri-Sat 9 & 11 a.m. & noon & 2, 5, 8, 10:45 p.m. (Fri-Sat also at 12:01 a.m.) In 3D 10 a.m. & 1, 3, 4, 7, 10 p.m. Sun 10 a.m. & 1, 4, 7, 10 p.m. Century 20: 10:20 & 11:20 a.m. & 1, 3:45, 4:35, 6:25, 9:05 p.m. In 3D 12:15, 2, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 p.m. Much Ado About Nothing (PG-13) (((1/2 Aquarius Theatre: 1, 4, 7, 9:45 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m. & 1:55, 4:35, 7:20, 10 p.m. Now You See Me (PG-13) (( Century 16: 10:20 a.m. & 1:30, 4:15, 7:20, 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 10:50 a.m. & 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 10:10 p.m. The Purge (R)

Century 20: 11:15 a.m. & 4:25 & 9:50 p.m.

Roman Holiday (1953) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 7:30 p.m. Sat-Sun also at 3:15 p.m. Sabrina (1954) (Not Rated) (( Stanford Theatre: 5:25 & 9:40 p.m. Schindler’s List (1993) (R) Century 16: Sun 2 p.m. Century 20: Fri 2 p.m. Sat 2 p.m. Sun 2 p.m. Mon 2 p.m. Tue 2 p.m. Star Trek: Into Darkness (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 1:05, 4:05, 7:25 p.m. In 3D 10:05 a.m. & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 1:40 & 7:45 p.m. In 3D 10:40 a.m. & 4:45 & 10:50 p.m. This Is The End (R) ((1/2 Century 16: 9:15 & 11:55 a.m. & 1:25, 2:45, 4:05, 5:25, 7:05, 8:20, 9:55 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 11 p.m. Century 20: 11 a.m. & 1:35, 2:45, 4:10, 5:25, 6:50, 8:05, 9:40, 10:40 p.m. World War Z (PG-13) Century 16: 11:10 a.m. & 2:10, 5:10, 8:10, 9, 11 p.m. & 12:01 a.m. In 3D 10:10 a.m. & 1:10, 4:10, 6, 7:10, 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 10:30 a.m. & 1:15, 4, 6:45, 7:15, 9:35 p.m. In 3D 10:05 p.m. In XD 11:40 a.m. & 2:25, 5:10, 8, 10:50 p.m.

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Stanford’s all-time strikeout leader signs with Houston by Rick Eymer


After finishing third in the 200 fly and missing a trip to compete in the London Olympics last summer, Stanford grad Bobby Bollier will attempt to make the World Championship team next week in Indianapolis.

The job of replacing Michael Phelps Stanford grad Bobby Bollier hoping to fill some of the big void left by Olympic star by Keith Peters hen Michael Phelps officially stepped away from the pool following the 2012 London Olympics, he took with him a legacy of unrivaled success. There were those 18 Olympic gold medals for his career, 13 of them individual, and a total of 39 world records — three of which he still holds in individual races. Most of all, Phelps took with him the title of the most-decorated Olympian of all time. That’s something you just don’t replace. USA Swimming, however, is looking for a new poster boy. Actually, given the fact Phelps left his mark in 11 events, there are many ‘new’ faces that need to fill the considerable void left by the world’s greatest swimmer. Phelps’ best event was the 200-meter butterfly. He was pretty good in the 100 fly, as well. Those are two big reasons why Stanford graduate Bobby Bollier will be competing at the Phillips 66 National Championships next week in Indianapolis, Ind., instead of being retired as well. “It’s my events Michael Phelps is leaving behind,� Bollier said this week. “U.S. Swimming is looking for fast people to fill that in.� Bollier, for one, is a bit relieved that Phelps is no longer taking one of two berths for every major swim meet. “It’s not like he was a distraction,� Bollier said. “If anything, he was a motivating factor. But, his departure provides opportunities for people like me.� Bollier is scheduled to swim the 200 fly, 200 free, 100 fly and 400 free at the national championships, which serves as the qualifying meet for the FINA World Championships July 28-Aug. 4 in Barcelona, Spain. Only the top two finish-


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Appel is home with Astros

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ON COURSE . . . Atherton resident Jonathan Garrick remained alive in the 102nd California Amateur Championships with another impressive golf effort in the Round of 16 on Thursday at the Dunes Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club in Pebble Beach. Garrick, who earned the final berth in the 32-man field for match play after winning a seven-player playoff on Tuesday, eliminated two-time NCGA Amateur Match Play champion Jon Catlin of Gold River, 3 and 2. Catlin was seeded No. 17 while Garrick is No. 32 and now just two wins from playing in Saturday’s 36-hole championship match. In order to do that, he would have to win his quarterfinal and semifinal matches, both on Friday. Against Catlin, Garrick started the day just like the day before by winning the first hole when Catlin bogeyed the 410-yard par-4. Garrick bogeyed the second but went 1-up again with a birdie on the 370-yard par-4 third. A bogey by Garrick at the sixth squared the match before Garrick took advantage of Catlin’s bogey on the 403-yard par-4 eighth to go 2-up. Garrick then came up with a career shot as he double-eagled the 484-yard par-5 ninth by holing his second shot from the fairway to go 3-up. Catlin gained a stroke back with a birdie on the 13th, a par-5, but he bogeyed the next hole as Garrick went 3-up. The two halved the next two holes to give Garrick the victory. Garrick advanced to the second round with a 4-and-3 upset of co-medalist and No. 1 seed Xander Schauffele of San Diego on Wednesday. The only other player to reach match play was Sacred Heart Prep grad Dalan Refioglu of Foster City, the No. 6 seed. He was eliminated on Wednesday by No. 27 Pace Johnson of Fresno, 2 and 1.


With Michael Phelps retired, Bollier is among the favorites in the 200 fly at nationals.

tanford grad Mark Appel became a local hero in Houston on Wednesday when he agreed to terms on a contract with the Houston Astros. The Houston native’s enthusiasm for playing with the Astros have helped lift the spirits of their fans, who feel like their team now has a future. Appel, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s First- Mark Appel Year Player Draft, was part of a press conference at Minute Maid Park that introduced him to the Houston baseball community. “Growing up in Houston I came to games at the Astrodome and at Minute Maid,� Appel said. “That was the dream. It was every kid’s dream to play for your home team and now it’s a reality. It’s still surreal. I don’t think it’s sunk in.� While terms were not announced, it is believed Appel received a $6.5 million signing bonus. The contract also carries a provision that he will be invited to spring training in February. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, who drafted shortstop Carlos Correa with last year’s No. 1 pick instead of Appel, called it a “significant investment.� Appel grew up an Astros fan. He started his baseball career in Houston as a Little Leaguer. He moved to the East Bay at the age of 12. “It’s been quite the road and I guess I’m home,� Appel said. “It’s an honor be here. So many emotions are running through me right now.� When the Astros passed on Appel last year, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him with the eighth overall pick. Appel turned down a $3.8 million offer and returned to Stanford for his senior year, where he was 10-4 with four complete games and a 2.12 ERA. He recorded 130 strikeouts in 106 1/3 innings and held opponents to a .203 batting average. Appel, the Pac-12 Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, finished as Stanford’s all-time strikeout leader with 372. He’s sixth in school history with 28 career wins and fourth with 377 2/3 innings pitched. “Drafting and signing Mark Appel was a top priority for our organization this year,� Luhnow said. “We are an organization focused on winning championships in the future and we expect Mark to be a big part of that effort.� (continued on next page)



Carter sets her sights on Worlds

Nation’s best player will play for Cardinal Incoming freshman pitcher Carley Hoover struck out 338 in 138 innings with just a 0.15 ERA her senior year

All she needs is a top-three finish for trip to Moscow


by Rick Eymer


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t already has been a long season for Stanford junior hurdler Kori Carter, but she’s looking forward to stretching it out as long as she can. Carter will attempt to keep her season going at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The meet got under way Wednesday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Carter’s race, the 400-meter hurdles, starts with the first round on Friday evening, and then jumps to the semifinals on Saturday and the finale on Sunday. Carter’s goal is to get to the World Championships in Moscow in midAugust, a goal that is within reach. All she has to do is place among the top three, since she already has the qualifying mark. The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro aren’t that far-fetched either for Carter. “I just want to focus on the present and get the job done now,� Carter said. “I had a cool freshman year and have all the hurdles record. Now I’m going to make those untouchable.� Carter, named as a semifinalist for The Bowerman, collegiate track and field’s highest annual honor, is not only the NCAA champion in her main event but also owns the fastest time (53.21) run in the world to date. That, however, carries very little weight for Carter. “Having the best time or the thirdbest time doesn’t matter until I get to the worlds and race against these people,� Carter said. “I have to do it when it matters.� She’s been racing like it matters all season, going undefeated in the event while competing against an Olympian and shaving more than three seconds off her personal best. “This is why I’ve intensified my work ethic in a lot of different areas,� Carter said. “I’ve been hitting times in practice and doing the little things.� It’s been those little things that helped Carter become Stanford’s first NCAA champion since Erica McLain won the women’s triple jump in 2008. Carter’s name will be added to the Walls of Fame, which features every Stanford collegiate champion, and is on display at Templeton Plaza, located on the west end of Cobb Track and Angell Field. In addition to Carter, Stanford will have three other current athletes competing in Des Moines: Michael Atchoo in the men’s 1,500, Brianna Bain in the women’s javelin and Amy Weissenbach in the women’s 800. Former Cardinal men entered include Russell Brown (1,500), Chris Derrick (5,000 and 10,000), Brendan Gregg (10,000), Elliott Heath (5,000), Garrett Heath (5,000) and Jacob Riley (10,000). Sara (Bei)

Stanford’s Kori Carter will take the world’s fastest time of 53.21 in the 400 hurdles into the first round of the national championships Friday. Hall will represent the former Cardinal women in the steeplechase. Stanford recruit Valarie Allman will compete in the women’s discus, where her qualifying mark is 184-2. She’ll also compete at the U.S. Junior Nationals, which are being held concurrently with the senior meet. Weissenbach also will go in the junior meet. Other current Cardinal athletes entered in the junior meet include Kevin Bishop (1,500 and 5,000), Justin Brinkley (1,500), Will Drinkwater (1,500), Thomas Graham (5,000), Megan Lacy (5,000) and Claudia Saunders (800). Incoming freshmen entered include Dylan Duvio (pole vault), Sean McGorty (1,500), Thomas Rigby (800) and Megan Glasmann (javelin). Women’s volleyball Stanford sophomore Jordan Burgess and incoming freshmen Kelsey Humphreys and Merete Lutz were among the 12 players selected to the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team (WJNT). The squad will compete at the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship being held June 21-30 in the city of Brno, Czech Republic. Burgess, who was an All-Pac-12 Conference and All-Freshman selection in 2012, will serve as the team captain. Stanford associate head coach Denise Corlett also will be making the trip as the team manager. The Junior National team would love to repeat what the national senior team accomplished in Lima, Peru last weekend. Stanford grad Kristin Richards Hildebrand recorded a team-high nine kills to help the USA successfully defend its Pan American Cup title on Sunday. The Americans beat the Dominican Republic, 25-12, 25-20, 25-18, for their second straight title and third overall. Stanford grad Cassidy Lichtman, who produced six kills in the Americans’ semifinal win over Brazil, was

a substitute in the final two sets. Men’s water polo Stanford junior Alex Bowen scored twice in regulation and again in the shootout as the United States men’s national water polo team dropped a 13-11 decision to Montenegro in the bronze-medal match of the FINA World League Super Final in Chelyabinsk, Russia on Sunday. The U.S. will compete in the FINA World Championships beginning July 22 in Barcelona, Spain. The Americans are scheduled to play Croatia, South Africa and Canada in the preliminary round. Michael Rosenthal scored with a second remaining in regulation to force the shootout. The U.S. missed its first two penalty shots, allowing Montenegro to take the advantage. Bowen scored to draw within 2-1, but Montenegro scored again and clinched when the final U.S. shot failed. Bowen scored the Americans’ first two goals, both in the first period. Rosenthal led the U.S. with three goals. Men’s basketball Stanford’s Dwight Powell recorded a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds and the Canadian men’s national developmental team beat Latvia, 93-38, in Wuji, China on Tuesday to complete the Four Nations International Invitational Tournament with a 9-0 mark. Team Canada next plays at the FISU Summer Universiade (a.k.a. World University Games) , with men’s basketball competition scheduled to begin July 6 in Kazan, Russia. Powell , who averaged a team-best 14.9 points and was second with 8.4 rebounds per game this past season, could see a pair of Stanford teammates in Russia. Josh Huestis and Chasson Randle were invited to the World University Games Team training camp, scheduled for June 24-30 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. N

tanford incoming freshman the few kids legitimately in the uppitcher Carley Hoover has per 60s (mph). I think she’s a great been selected the Gatorade kid and she’s tough, too.� National Softball Player of the “She’s been the kind of kid since Year, the organization in collabora- she was little who saw something tion with USA Today High School and set goals and wanted to achieve Sports announced it,� Jolene Jordan this week. Hoover, Carley’s “It literally can’t mother, told Greenget much better than “I this,� Hoover said. “I remember her readcouldn’t have written ing an article in myself a better endSports Illustrated ing. This is pretty about some kid who perfect.� had all these troHoover, a standout phies, and she (Carat D.W. Daniel High ley) didn’t have one, in Central, S.C., was so she set out to get surprised with the trophies.� news by Olympian Hoover has acand Stanford alum quired her share Lauren Lappin. of awards, but she “It felt great to surdidn’t know this one prise Carley with the was coming. news and invite her Carley Hoover She was told to into one of the most prestigious leg- come to the school Tuesday mornacy programs in high school sports,� ing because she was to be intersaid Lappin, a former U.S. National viewed for a USA TODAY story, Team elite member. “Gatorade has and the interview was to be conbeen on the sidelines fueling ath- ducted by Lappin, a member of the letic performance for years, so to 2008 Olympic silver medal-winning be recognized by a brand that un- USA softball team. derstands the game and truly helps In the middle of answering one athletes perform is a huge honor for of Lappin’s questions, Hoover was these kids.� interrupted by a representative carHoover, a 6-2 right-handed pitch- rying the Gatorade trophy. er, led Daniel High (24-4) to the “I know what it looks like. Class 3A state championship as a I’ve seen the trophy before,� said senior in 2013. The state’s return- Hoover, who played travel ball with ing Gatorade Softball Player of last year’s winner, Georgia high the Year, she posted a 16-4 record school pitcher Geri Ann Glasco. “I with a 0.15 ERA and 338 strikeouts was like, ‘This isn’t real.’� in 138 innings this past season. A The award, which recognizes not four-time all-state selection and the only outstanding athletic excellence, High School Sports Report Class but also high standards of academic 3A Player of the Year, Hoover bat- achievement and exemplary charted .500 with four home runs and 45 acter demonstrated on and off the runs scored. court, distinguishes Hoover as the Hoover has maintained a 3.84 nation’s best high school softball GPA in the classroom. She also was player. a volleyball standout and president A national advisory panel comof her senior class. prised of sport-specific experts Hoover joins former Cardinal and sports journalists helped sepitcher Maureen LeCocq (2000-03) lect Hoover from nearly 373,000 as the two Stanford softball players high school softball players nationto earn the Gatorade National Player wide. of the Year honors. Hoover is now a finalist for the “I think she’s the next great pitch- prestigious Gatorade Female High er at Stanford,� said Derek Allister School Athlete of the Year award, of OnDeck Softball. “She’s the kid to be presented at a special cerwho can get them to the World Se- emony prior to The ESPY Awards ries. She throws gas. She’s one of in July. N

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Appel reports to extended spring training, along with all other signed draft picks and free agents, at Houston’s spring training facility in Florida next week. His first destination appears to be at short A Tri-City. The Astros have signed 23 of their 40 draft picks this season, including seven of their top 10. If Appel shows he’s ready, he could move quickly up the organizational ladder, possibly finishing the season at Double-A Corpus Christi.

“This is what we believe is going to be a high-impact addition to our organization,� Astros’ amateur scouting director Mike Elias said. “He is someone who has the potential to be a front-line starting pitcher for a very long time.� Stanford grad Jason Castro is Houston’s starting catcher. Stanford players Brian Ragira (San Francisco Giants) and Austin Wilson (Seattle Mariners) also have signed. Stanford’s Lonnie Kauppila (Seattle), Garrett Hughes (San Francisco), and Justin Ringo (St. Louis Cardinals) are unsigned. Palo Alto High grad Tyger Pederson is also unsigned. N



Qualifying for Junior Olympics kicks off summer season Stanford Water Polo Club will be busy this weekend with its boys and girls competing in Pacific Zone tournaments by Keith Peters busy summer of age-group water polo is officially under way with the Pacific Zone qualifying tournaments for the 2013 National Junior Olympics. One local team already is in, and many others should join it this weekend. The Stanford Water Polo Club has one of its 16-under boys’ teams qualified for the Junior Olympics this summer in Orange County. Two others, meanwhile, will have another opportunity following the first weekend of action. The Stanford 16&U Red team won its qualifying tournament in the East Bay last weekend, topped by a 7-6 victory over Lamorinda in the championship match. Stanford earned the No. 6 seed for the Junior Olympics that will be held July 2730 in Orange County for the boys. The Stanford 16&U White squad finished fifth, losing only to Lamorinda in the quarterfinals, 7-5. The 16&U Black team finished 11th out of 26 teams. The Stanford 16&U Red team is coached by Sacred Heart Prep’s Brian Kreutzkamp and includes Nick Bisconti, Will Conner, Sean Elmurib, Grant Harvey, Patrick Kirk, John Knox, Nelson PerlaWard, Jack Pickard, Trevor Raisch, Max Somple, Michael Swart, Benoit Viollier, Spencer Witte and Christopher Xi. The 16&U White squad, coached by Tim Norton, features Wes Avery, Finn Banks, Will Crouch, Cade Curry, Patrick Duffy, Andrew Goodenough, Kevin Hansen, Andreas Katsis, Eric Lee, Thomas Reed, Winston Rosati, Gabriel Sleeper, Alex Stratton, Ari Wayne and Christian Znidarsic. Matt Sorgenfrei coaches the 16&U Black team that includes Nikhil Bhatia, Justin Cooper, Max Elfrink, Leonardo Franco-Munoz, Jared Gencarella, Nikola Kapamadzin, Samuel Lichy, Will Lowdon, Eric Luxenberg, Miles Mackenzie, Mitchell Martin, Teagan Nibbi, Nicholas Russell, Anup Sankarraman and Quinn Vitakis. The 18&U Pacific Zone qualifying tournament for JOs will be held this Friday through Sunday at Acalanes High in the East Bay. A total of 15 teams will be competing for 11 berths in the Junior Olympics. The 18&U Red team is coached by Colin Mello and includes Eric Bakar, Michael Blach, Stephen Cho, Zach Churukian, Brayden Curry, Brendan Duffy, Harrison Enright, Harrison Holland-McCowan, Zoltan Lazar, Reid Lazzarini, Cory McGee, John Raineiri, Will Runkel, Jack Turner and Shawn Welch. The 18&U White squad is coached by Terry O’Donnell and


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has Nick Bisconti, Will Conner, Jose Gonzalez, John Halet, Rishabh Hegde, Chris Hinrichs, Scott Jollymour, Evan McClelland, Nelson Perla-Ward, Brandon Plihal, Riley Preston, Alex Swart, Benoit Viollier, Coby Wayne and John Wilson. Also qualifying this weekend will be the 14&U Red and White teams. The 14&U Red team, coached by Clarke Weatherspoon, features Niko Bhati, Nikolas Caryotakis, Andrew Churukian, Jackson Enright, Miller Geschke, Quinn Hamilton, Andrew Jozefov, Kyle Leung, Nathan Puentes, Chris Rowland, Kyle Rumptz, Gabriel Sleeper, Maximilian Untrecht, Alan Viollier and Ben Wagner. Aaron Johnson and Matt Heagy are coaching the Stanford 14&U White team that includes Jackson Clevenger, Giorgio Fatica, Sean Ferrari, Frank Lozinski, Gary Marston, Andy Maxwell, Andrew Penner, Thomas Phillips, Luke Rohlen, Nicholas Russell, Michael Sonsini, William Steinback, Ryan Toulouse, Alec Vort and Diedrich Welling. The Stanford girls, meanwhile, also will be busy this weekend. The 18&U Red team, coached by Kyle Utsumi, will begin its JO qualifying at Miramonte High in Orinda on Friday at 1:35 p.m. The Stanford 18&U Red squad includes Katherine Moore, Allison Larko, Caroline Anderson, Emily Fong, Courtney Bacheller, Bridgette Harper, Keri Clifford, Cathy Cantoni, Jessica Heilman, Caitling Stuewe, Carla Tocchini, Sami Strutner, Kristen Denney and Morgan McCracken. The Stanford 18&U White team, coached by Mark Hernandez, will open Friday at Miramonte High at 4:45 p.m. The roster features Tayler Peters, Amanda Chinn, Sela Obot, Rachel Vaughn-Hulbert, Rebecca Koshy, Claudia Macedo, Stephanie Flamen, Lauren Lesyna, Kathleen Keifer, Elizabeth Wall, Megan Bordy, Nicole Reynolds, Rea Brakaj, Natasha Batista and Shelbie Higginson. The Stanford 14&U teams, coached by former Stanford standout Kelsey Holshouser, will be playing this weekend at Las Lomas High in Walnut Creek. The Red team features Zoe Banks, Sephanie Chiang, Lauren Dillon, Sara Donato, Izzy Mandema, Nadia Paquin, Anna Rajaratnam, Camille Russell, Allison Sullivan-Wu, Olivia Tobin and Layla Waters. The White Team includes Clair Billman, Simcha Bradski, Sabrine Hall, Savannah, Kazemipour, Issy Kelley, Jenna Kotcher, Madison Lewis, Maddie Maxwell, Kayleigh Peterson, Ria Sonecha and Alex Stout. N

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ers in each event are eligible for the USA team. Bollier knows the pain of not finishing among the top two after taking third at last year’s U.S. Olympic Trials. He went into the final having clocked the fastest times in the prelims and semifinals, but his personal record of 1:55.79 in the finals left him behind Phelps and Tyler Clary. “I put everything into that race,� Bollier said. “I have no regrets. Even though it would have been awesome to make the team, I got everything out of it that I could — even though I didn’t get the icing on the cake. “Trials were a huge mix of ups and downs. Short term, I’d say it was definitely a negative simply because I didn’t make the Olympic team. When you get third at Olympic Trials, it’s really humbling. But, long term, it’s just something else that happened in the past. I learned a lot about what’s important to me, what defines a swimming career, and what makes the whole swimming experience so enjoyable.� Following the Trials, Bollier took nearly two months off from swimming. But, because his family had tickets to the London Olympics, Bollier made the trip with them, “I went to London to see some events and got to explore the city, something I wouldn’t have done has I made the team,� Bollier explained. “It was an alternate Olympic experi-

ence and a good way to get closure on not making the Olympic team — just seeing there were other ways to enjoy the Olympics without competing in it.� Bollier met up with Shannon Vreeland, a former teammate of his with the Kansas City Blazers’ club. She earned a gold medal on the 800 free relay team. They had lunch together after her relay win. “I had a lot of friends on that (Olympic) team,� said Bollier. Fortunately for Bollier, he had made a fortuitous decision back in March of 2012 that he’d swim at least through 2013. “I made the decision in advance because I didn’t want the Olympic Trials to be the deciding factor on my career,� he said. “I was very happy with that decision, It took a lot of pressure off me at Olympic Trials.� The 23-year-old Bollier, who graduated from Stanford last June, eventually got back to training in September of 2012 and rejoined a small group of his former teammates with Stanford Pro Elite. The post-grad team trains with Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics with Tony Batis and at Stanford with head coach Ted Knapp and assistant Scott Armstrong, who ironically used to help coach Phelps at the North Baltimore Swim Club. Bollier’s teammates include Eugene Godsoe, Chad La Tourette, Jason Dunford, Geoff Cheah, and B.J. Johnson. Godsoe, La Tourette and Johnson will be swimming at nationals next week, as well.

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Stanford grad Bobby Bollier (center), who was an assistant for Menlo-Atherton head swim coach Lori Stenstrom (right) this season, put on a USA Swimming-sponsored clinic at M-A on Tuesday afternoon. Bollier is seeded No. 2 in the 200 fly, La Tourette is No. 2 in the 800 free and No. 3 in the 1,500 free, Johnson is No. 3 in the 200 breast, and Godsoe is No. 3 in the 50 and 100 backstrokes plus No. 5 in the 50 and 100 flys. Bollier said he’s “optimistic� about his chances next week. “I’ve had a good year,� he said. “I’m in good shape right now . . . The swimming perspective is interesting, as well.� Along with training with his friends and high school swimmers with PASA, Bollier served as an assistant swim coach at MenloAtherton High this past season

under former Stanford All-American Lori (Heisick) Stenstrom. She shares a special bond with Bollier — she finished third in the women’s 100 breast at the Olympic Trials in 1988. “My experiences have definitely given me a renewed attitude about the sport,� said Bollier, “and I’m excited for the rest of 2013 and beyond.� The Phillips 66 National Championships should be a good one, with many of the 2012 U.S. Olympians returning to re-establish themselves while many up-and-comers are looking to make a splash. The top PASA entrants include

Palo Alto High grad Jasmine Tosky (No. 4 seed in 200 fly), Sacred Heart Prep’s Ally Howe, Curtis Ogren of Menlo Park, Gunn grad Rachael Acker and Paly senior Andrew Liang. The Stanford men will be led by junior David Nolan while the Cardinal women have Maya DiRado and Felicia Lee, among others. Palo Alto High grad Liv Jensen (50 free) and Stanford grad Randall Bal also will be among the talented fields that include more than 30 members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. The meet runs Tuesday through Saturday at the Indiana University Natatorium. N


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