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Vol. XXXIV, Number 40 N July 5, 2013

Urban project proposed for El Camino block Page 3

Companies bring health care to the workplace page 16

Transitions 12

Seniors 19

Eating Out 28

Shop Talk 29

Movies 30

Puzzles 49

NArts Digital art hits the streets of Palo Alto

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NSports Paly’s Chryst makes his college choice

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NHome Behind Palo Alto’s clay and glass show

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Urban development proposed for El Camino block Building would add 48 apartments, restaurant, offices around Equinox Fitness by Gennady Sheyner


quaint, eclectic and sparsely developed block of El Camino Real near Fry’s Electronics in Palo Alto could get a hefty injection of urbanism. The city is about to launch a review of a mixed-use project at 3159 El Camino Real, a four-story build-

ing that would include a restaurant, office spaces and 48 apartments targeting young professionals. The development, pitched by the Silva family, would occupy the block between Portage and Acacia avenues — currently occupied by Equinox Fitness and We Fix Macs. The land

once housed the low-slung Pet Food Depot and the cubic Banana Records. While a proposal to build about 70,000 square feet of development on El Camino Real is unlikely to confound council members or landuse watchers, the specifics of this project could surprise them. Most “mixed-use� proposals that the city has evaluated in recent years have consisted largely of office space, with a few residential units or a

small retail component added in to sweeten the deal for the city. (The planned College Terrace Centre on El Camino Real and the Lytton Gateway building near the downtown Caltrain station are two notable examples.) This proposal, by contrast, will include 48 rental units — mostly studios and one-bedroom apartments designed for an “urban lifestyle� — along with a glassy restaurant on the corner of El Camino and Por-

tage, a corner plaza, office space on the third floor and an underground garage that will connect to existing parking. The project is unusual in several other ways. The underground garage will stack cars in mechanical lifts and allow owners to retrieve their vehicle by using key fobs. The mechanism, which functions a bit like a gumball machine, is already (continued on page 9)


Cases of whooping cough rising in Palo Alto Public-health officials issue alert in Santa Clara County by Sue Dremann he spread of whooping cough It is “too early to say whether the in Santa Clara County, includ- recent increase in cases reported in ing many cases in Palo Alto, Santa Clara County and the Bay Area has prompted officials to issue a herald the next statewide peak,� said health alert. Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, county chief The number of cases is three times health officer, who sent a June alert greater than those reported last year to physicians and hospitals. to date. It has been doubling every Many other states had epidemics month for the last three months, ac- in 2012, health department officials cording to the Santa Clara County said. California experienced a perDepartment of Public Health. tussis epidemic in 2010, with more Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a than 9,100 reported cases. severe bacterial illness characterized Santa Clara County had 101 cases by long coughing fits that often end as of June 21, compared to 46 for all in a whooping sound when the pa- of last year. tient breathes in. The illness is spread There were 461 in 2010 — the through respiratory droplets and can most recent epidemic year — and last weeks to months, ranging from 169 in 2011. six to 10 weeks. Coughing can be so Only 32 cases were reported in severe that it interferes with eating, 2009, according to county records. drinking and breathing. Treated with Palo Alto Medical Foundation antibiotics, pertussis can nonetheless be fatal to infants, officials said. (continued on page 8)



Summertime, and the learning is fun Summer school students catch up, or get a jump start on something new by Chris Kenrick


dents got an early taste of high school by taking summer classes at Gunn High School due to construction on Palo Alto’s three middle school campuses. At the high school level, located this year at Palo Alto High School, this week was semester break. The program — attended by 500 the first semester and an expected 400 the second — is focused mainly on “credit recovery,� with fewer elec(continued on page 10)

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Around Town DEMOCRACY IN ACTION ... The Palo Alto City Council generally doesn’t schedule meetings for late Friday afternoons, particularly during the week leading up to its summer vacation. Bob Moss, a land-use watchdog, said he hadn’t seen a Friday meeting in his 45 years of following the local political scene. Yet that didn’t stop Moss and a few other residents in Barron Park and Green Acres neighborhoods from going to City Hall to ask the council to reject a zone change for 567 Maybell Ave., which would enable 60 units of housing for lowincome seniors and 12 single-family homes. Not that the pleas had a chance. The council had already approved the project earlier in the month and the Friday hearing was for a “second reading,� largely a formality. After minimal discussion, the council approved the project by a 7-0 vote, with Councilman Larry Klein and Councilwoman Liz Kniss registering their votes through the speakerphone. That, however, is not the end of the story. The council’s decision to approve the proposal by the Palo Alto Housing Corporation has prompted a push for a referendum by residents opposing the densification of the former orchard site. In their notice to circulate the petition, project critics Rosemarie C. Dufresne, Kenneth D. Scholz and Ruth A. Lowy of the recently formed “Maybell Action Group� wrote: “The City Council’s action establishes a bad landuse precedent and abandons the city’s promise to preserve singlefamily neighborhoods. We support affordable senior housing provided for under existing zoning.� The group now needs to collect 2,298 signatures to attempt to repeal the council’s decision, according to City Clerk Donna Grider. AN APPLE A DAY ... One month after they officially unveiled the city’s new smartphone tool, PaloAlto311, city officials are pleased with the response from the community. As of June 29, the mobile app has been downloaded 440 times, according to Mayor Greg Scharff’s newsletter. That’s good news for the city, which was hoping to reach 500 downloads within three months of the app’s release. The app, which is still being beta-tested, is loaded with civic tools, including the City Council’s calendar, the library index and a

feature that allows users to instantly send photos of potholes or graffiti directly to City Hall. The download data also makes one thing clear: Even with Samsung preparing to take over Varsity Theatre on University Avenue, Palo Alto remains largely an Apple town. Of the 440 downloads, 336 were done using an iPhone or iPad, while 104 used an Android-based phone. LIBRARY ‘EXPANSION’ ... The construction of Mitchell Park Library and Community Center won’t be completed until at least the end of the year, but bookworms in south Palo Alto have at least one consolation prize. The temporary library set up at Cubberley Community Center is once again using the Link+ service, which allows local library users to tap into a network of more than 40 libraries in California and Nevada. Residents can order books and other materials through the library catalog on the city’s website and pick up these materials at the temporary Mitchell Park library in two to five days. “The Palo Alto City Library has access to a wide range of items through LINK+,� Library Director Monique le Conge said in a statement. “These books can help complete personal research, satisfy academic needs, and support lifelong learning. This service is one that is popular. People know it by name and have been eager to have it resume.� HOT STUFF ... Trendy Palo Altans love to flock to the latest and greatest, and they made no exceptions during the recent heat wave. Fans of the ice cream sandwich and other frozen treats waited up to an hour in line last week outside of Cream, downtown’s newest ice cream shop, located on University Avenue. “It’s cheap. You can get an ice cream sandwich for about $2.50,� one young woman said, explaining the allure of her goal. Those who’d already purchased their sandwiches enjoyed the cool treat in the heat. But a few others expressed exasperation. “This is ridiculous. I’m going to Fraiche,� said one passerby, referring to the yogurt shop six blocks away. N


Era of plastic bags comes to an end in Palo Alto

Bike crash spurs $17 million claim against City of Palo Alto

City’s ban on plastic bags at retail locations kicks in; restaurants have until Nov. 1

Family of 12-year-old boy hit by driver disputes road’s safety

by Gennady Sheyner


or Palo Alto shoppers, the question “Paper or plastic?� officially became an anachronism Monday, as the city’s new ban on plastic bags took effect at all retail locations and paper bags became a commodity. More than three years after the city prohibited supermarkets from using plastic checkout bags, the ban is spreading to all retail locations thanks to a decision the City Council made in March. The new ordinance also means that retailers will now have to charge customers at least 10 cents for a paper bag. The law also bans plastic bags from local restaurants, though that provision isn’t kicking in until Nov. 1. Unlike other businesses, food establishments will have the option of providing paper bags free of charge. They will also be allowed to use plastic bags to carry soups and other liquid products. The goal of the ordinance is to reduce litter in local creeks and the Bay, according to the city’s Public Works staff. Officials point to a recent study from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, which reported that plastic de-

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bris in the Pacific Ocean grew a hundredfold over the past 40 years. Plastic accounts for 60 percent of the litter in local creeks, according to Public Works. “Last year we found about 350 bags during two local creek clean-up events and a separate one-month tally of bags found in the lower watershed. In addition, local photographers have also provided staff with photos of birds impacted at the Baylands. So we’re trying to address this global problem at a local level,� Julie Weiss, the city’s project manager for the ordinance, said in a statement. Assistant Public Works Director Phil Bobel called the expanded ordinance “the next step in eliminating plastic bags in our creeks and San Francisco Bay.� The ban is expected to eliminate 20 million single-use plastic and paper bags annually. The city recommends that customers remember to bring their own reusable bags by putting them near their front doors or in their cars and keeping foldable bags in their pockets, backpacks and purses. N


Embarcadero Road gas station robbed at gunpoint Man with handkerchief mask holds up Shell station near 101


he Shell gas station on Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto was robbed Tuesday morning, July 2, by a hooded man in a handkerchief mask who police said wielded a semi-automatic pistol. The robbery occurred shortly after 11 a.m. at 1161 Embarcadero, near U.S. Highway 101. Palo Alto police said the man drove into the gas station and walked into the clerk’s booth. He pointed a gun at the three employees in the booth — a man and two women — and demanded money from the cash register, police stated in a press release. After they complied, he returned to his vehicle — described as a gray Acura MDX sports-utility vehicle — and drove east on Embarcadero Road. He was last seen entering

the on-ramp of southbound Highway 101. There were no customers at the station during the robbery, according to the police. No one was hurt. The suspect was described as a black male, about 6 feet tall with a thin build. He wore a black sweatshirt with a hood over his head, dark pants and a white handkerchief over his face. Because his face was obscured, the victims couldn’t estimate his age. They described his gun as a gray semi-automatic pistol. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Palo Alto police at 650329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984. N — Gennady Sheyner


he family of a 12-year-old boy who was struck by a vehicle while riding on the 2500 block of Park Boulevard has filed a $17 million claim against the City of Palo Alto for negligent design of the bike route on the road. Sebastian Lerrick suffered a traumatic brain injury after being struck by a Nissan Quest driven by Luis Felipe Hau of Sunnyvale on Nov. 5, 2012, at 7:19 a.m., according to a police report. Attending paramedics found Lerrick with a leg and wrist fracture, a broken jaw, broken teeth and brain swelling. The vehicle struck Lerrick from behind, breaking his bicycle frame in two and damaging the Nissan’s front bumper, hood and windshield. Parts of Lerrick’s bike and his school supplies were strewn across the road. Hau told police the crash occurred as he was driving south on Park, through a construction area, on his way to East Palo Alto to pick up supplies for his employer, Izzy’s Bagels. He said the sun was in his eyes, and that he was driving between 25 and 35 miles per hour. He did not see the bicyclist but heard the crash. He noticed his windshield was broken and immediately stopped to investigate, the report stated. Lerrick, a Hoover Elementary School student, had been riding his bike south on Park but had left the bicycle lane to get around the construction, according to the report. Hau’s Quest struck Lerrick as the boy veered back into the bike lane. The impact flipped Lerrick onto Hau’s hood and windshield. Lerrick was taken to Stanford Hospital in critical condition and was transferred to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital’s pediatric intensive-care unit. He still suffers traumatic brain injuries, resulting in physical, cognitive, psychological and emotional issues, according to the family’s claim. A toxicology report of Hau’s blood found that he had methamphetamine in his blood at the time of the collision,

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according to the police report. Hau told police during questioning that he had a previous addiction to methamphetamine, but he had not taken any in a while. He gave police a blood sample. He said he had been in a bad car accident some time back, and he had been in a coma for a while. Palo Alto Police Agent Cindy Kono on Feb. 13 recommended that Hau be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and causing injury. Police also recommended that Hau be prosecuted on counts of driving at an unsafe speed, and driving with a suspended license and causing injury. Cindy Hendrickson, Santa Clara County supervising deputy district attorney, said Hau has not yet been charged in the incident. The lengthy investigation into the crash is typical because investigators and the DA’s office want to make sure nothing has been overlooked, she said. “Before a final decision we meet with the family of the victim. An investigation followup Agent Kono did was completed in the last day or so,� she said Wednesday. “We need to have those meetings with family before we can announce a decision.� The $17 million claim states that “a substantial factor that contributed to this incident is the City of Palo Alto’s negligent design, construction, maintenance, signing, operation and control of the roadways.� Attorney Todd Emanuel filed the claim on April 19. If the city rejects the claim, the family can proceed to file a lawsuit. George Ellard, who is representing Lerrick through Emanuel’s law firm, did not return a call for comment. Hau could not be reached by the Weekly’s press deadline. N Updates on this case will be posted on as they become available. Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at

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At Stanford, 3-D printing breaks new ground by Elena Kadvany ufacturers to make a range of items such as Legos, musical instruments, whitewater canoes and some small kitchen appliances. “When (3-D printing) first came out, so many people were just using it for tchotchke stuff — I can print Yoda’s head or whatever you can come up with,� said Jesse Harrington, a program manager at Autodesk, a leading 3-D design software company headquartered in San Rafael. “Now, we’re really starting to see usable things.� The resolution of printers has improved exponentially, according to Wang’s colleague, postdoctoral research fellow Jeff Caves. One machine at Stanford can print down to 30 microns, or 30 thousandths of a millimeter. “Even though the basics of these tools have been around for maybe 10 years or more, it’s just the gradual, incremental improvement is really resulting in something that is becoming exponentially more useful,� Caves said. In the Stanford Biodesign building one recent afternoon, Wang and Caves pointed at a 3-D-printed plastic replica of a human heart sliced open to show minuscule anatomical details. “What we’re trying to do is understand the anatomic, structural elements and constraints that are offered by the heart as we design new tools for treating heart conditions,� Wang said. It starts with Caves designing these tools — which are often no

CityView A round-up of

Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (June 28) 567 Maybell Ave.: The council voted to approve on a second reading a proposal for a “planned community� zone at 567 Maybell Ave. to accommodate a 60-unit development for low-income seniors and 12 single-family residents. Yes: Berman, Burt, Klein, Kniss, Price, Schmid, Shepherd Absent: Holman, Scharff

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council has no meetings scheduled this week. PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss 3159 El Camino Real, a request for concessions for a fivestory, 75,042-square-foot building replacing an existing 900-square-foot building. The project includes 48 residential units as well as office and retail space. The commission will also discuss the scope of the environmental impact review for 395 Page Mill Road, a proposal by Jay Paul Company to build 311,000 square feet of office space and a new public-safety building. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hear presentations from the Palo Alto Housing Corporation and from the Palo Alto Housing Authority as part of its “Housing Learning Series.� The commission also plans to discuss ideas generated from the HRC County Breakfast and discuss its upcoming retreat. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

bigger than a few millimeters — on CAD. He can then export the file to one of Stanford’s many 3-D printers and, by the next day, hold the printed part in his hand. “It’s literally like designing a house and then building it in front of your eyes,� Wang said. “It’s that kind of feeling. It’s really very cool.� They make tools that are precisely designed to match the contours of the heart’s chambers. They then have a device that they can test, redesign and improve. “It really allows us to do things that I think we were pretty imperfect in terms of doing before,� Wang said. “It’s that ability to really translate the concept into practice that really is a revolution.� Previously, specialists handmade custom parts at such a small scale that getting a working model could take months, hugely slowing down the design — and redesign — process, Wang said. “Jeff can design this on the computer and overnight we get something we can test,� he said. “So you can imagine how that accelerates your process and your ability to look at different designs. The first design naturally needs to be adjusted and so you could do that on a daily basis rather than wait a few months and try it again — and it’s very costly.� The cost of 3-D printing itself is going down, with many printers becoming accessible to people beyond engineers and designers. Makerbots, the industry’s leading desktop printers, sell for $2,199 a pop. The printer looks like a small, futuristic microwave that prints using its version of “ink,� a spool of plastic that feeds into the machine. New materials are also being experimented with, such as nylon and wood. 3-D printing “is on the downside of the hype cycle but on the rise as far as usability,� Harrington said. “It’s been on the market forever, but on the consumer level, really the last five years.� A longtime player in the printing industry, the Palo Alto Research Center, located in the Stanford Research Park, is also experimenting with 3-D printing. PARC’s focus is printed electronics. Just as regular printers use ink in different colors, PARC uses chemically synthesized ink to print semi-conducting materials with different functions, such as circuit boards or sensors. One recent project, born out of a request from the U.S. Army, culminated in the creation of a “smart� label printed with memory and sensors that can process information about what happens to a soldier in the field. Janos Veres, who manages PARC’s printed electronics team, is excited about adding intelligence and functionality to products. It’s a chance not only to reinvent a dying printing industry but to increase innovation. “When you think about it like that, the potential of this is way beyond being able to make just a smart label.

Marlo Kohn, associate director of the Stanford Product Realization Lab, pulls a completed 3-D model from the Project HD 3500 printer, which uses wax to print hollow models. ... You look back at the early days of computing, (when) people weren’t exactly sure what computers could do for you. Is it really going to go in your mobile phone? Is it really going to go into your eyeware? And now it has.� It’s the same thing with 3-D printing, Veres said. “Will this technology literally come to your desktop? ... Will it go and help people who are in the printing industry do something way more complex? That’s the thing: All of those are possibilities.� Another group of researchers exploring 3-D printing potential is at the Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music Acoustics (CCRMA), an interdisciplinary institute where composers and researchers collaborate on the latest in music technology. 3-D printers there are being used to create customized

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eople involved with 3-D printing in a vast array of fields — techies printing their own computer parts, doctors printing human organs, artists printing jewelry, entrepreneurs making printers that are more and more accessible to consumers — all agree on one thing: The revolution has arrived. “It’s beyond, really, your imagination,� said Dr. Paul Wang, a cardiovascular medicine and bioengineering professor at Stanford University who has been using 3-D printers to create models of human hearts as well as devices such as coronary catheters, valves and stents. Though the first working 3-D printer was built in the 1980s, advances in technology in the last few years have propelled the process forward, redefining the way things are made and the speed with which they are produced. The 3-D printing process begins with a digital model of a 3-D object, which is typically designed using software such as computer-aided design, or CAD. Files are then exported to printers, much like clicking “control-P� prints a document. The actual printing process is additive, meaning layers of material — usually plastic — are laid down on top of one another successively in different shapes to create an object. The two main plastics used by today’s 3-D printers are PLA, or polylactic acid, which is made from corn, and ABS, or acrylonitrile butadiene styrene. ABS has been used by man-

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Dr. Paul Wang’s 3-D model of a human heart is used to help design tools for treating heart conditions. wind instruments, such as flutes. With wind instruments, the resonator — the element that creates sound — is the air itself, so the material is less important than it would be for instruments in which the material itself vibrates to create sound. John Granzow, a doctoral candidate and teaching assistant in Stanford’s Department of Music and CCRMA colloquium coordinator, has been building instruments for years the traditional way. When he started researching auditory perception at Stanford about two years ago, a professor prompted him to find out if they had access to 3-D printers on campus. They did and soon began experimenting with printing instruments and devices to test and explore acoustics. In August, Granzow is co-leading a workshop titled “3-D Printing for Acoustics,� a collaboration between CCRMA and Stanford’s Product Realization Lab. The workshop is the first of its kind at CCRMA. Students will model instruments on CAD, either modifying 3-D scans of pre-existing objects or creating their own, Granzow said. At the end

of the workshop, a composer will lead a concert using instruments printed by workshop participants. “This is part of a phase in 3-D printing where a lot of peoples’ concept projects are happening,� Granzow said. “People are wondering: ‘Can we print something that looks, sounds and feels like a real flute even if doesn’t last or suffers from some quality problems? Or can we print a real acoustic guitar, like Scott Summit did?’� It turns out they can, and Granzow has. But he said he and his colleagues are more interested in the experimental side of 3-D printing. “We don’t want to replicate necessarily nearly perfected instruments. We would rather use the tool for what it’s good for: producing geometries that are very different and have yet to be seen and seeing how they resonate in certain ways. Or more simpler, using it as a tool to test acoustic predictions with geometry.� Granzow said that 3-D printing also allows for a re-imagining of instruments’ structures, combining tradition with high-tech. For example, one could design a printed guitar bridge (the piece that the strings are attached to), which are traditionally made out of bone. Or, a kalimba, also known as a thumb piano, which can fit in a person’s hands and has historically been made out of wood or bamboo, could be made with a printed body and bamboo tines, which are plucked to make sound. From catheters to clarinets, being able to leverage 3-D printing to experiment and redesign overnight is nothing short of revolutionary — but it’s still just the beginning, according to the researchers. Wang and Caves said they are far from achieving the possibilities within their field — tailoring parts to individual patients, printing a model of a specific patient’s heart or implanting printed devices in patients. They currently use CT scans, which are layered and then reproduced by the printer. Wang called the process “still relatively labor-intensive.� “When that becomes a lot simpler, more straightforward, then we can look at the whole range of different disorders, heart sizes, body sizes, everything,� Wang said. “That’s definitely the promise, and I’m totally convinced that we’ll be able to do it.� N Editorial Assistant Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@



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has had approximately 60 cases confirmed by laboratory tests, Dr. Charles Weiss said. “Santa Clara County — and in particular Palo Alto — has a lot of cases. I don’t know why. One peculiar feature of the disease is that it comes back every three to five years, so the timing is right,� he said. Palo Alto High School had an outbreak in 2006, he said. The epidemic in 2010 “was the worst we had seen in 50 years,� he said. This year, it’s middle school kids who have been getting pertussis, Weiss said. The average age has been about 13. A newborn and a 90-year-old patient also contracted the disease, he said. So far there have been no severe cases, to Weiss’s knowledge. Most years, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital sees five or fewer children with pertussis. The majority of cases are under 1 year of age, said Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, chief of the division of pediatric infectious

diseases at the Stanford School of Medicine and Packard Hospital. The severity varies. “Any infant under 3 months of age diagnosed with pertussis should be hospitalized, and this is based on an American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation. Usually, the very youngest infants, under 3 months of age, are most severely affected and can be hospitalized for some weeks,� she said in an email. Local medical providers have been focusing on preventing infants’ exposure. Infants receive a series of vaccinations (DTaP) that protect against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. A booster shot called “Tdap� is given to pregnant women, Weiss said. Fenstersheib said every pregnant woman should receive a Tdap shot at 27 to 36 weeks. The booster gives the mother protection and provides antibodies to the baby in his or her first six months of life, he said. But recent studies indicate that immunity from DTaP and from contracting pertussis wanes within a few years. The Tdap booster shot should be given at age 11, according to pub-

lic health experts. Preteens, teens and adults should receive the Tdap booster if they have not had one. So far, health officials are not recommending people get additional pertussis boosters if they’ve already had one, he said. The health department recommends that any patient who has the following symptoms be tested for pertussis: sPAROXYSMSOFCOUGHINGMULTIPLE coughs in a row without a pause for a breath in between coughs); or sWHOOPINGSOUNDMADEWHENTAKing a breath at the end of the coughing paroxysm; or sVOMITINGAFTERTHECOUGHINGFITAND s NO OTHER EXPLANATION FOR SYMPtoms, such as cold-like symptoms that typically precede a cough; fever is usually absent. Any pregnant woman in her third trimester who has an acute cough illness more than five days without other explanation should be tested. Infants younger than 6 months old with pertussis might have no apparent cough, but there could be episodes when the infant’s face turns red or purple. N


News Digest School district names communication coordinator Palo Alto school district Superintendent Kevin Skelly has hired the former public-information officer of the Santa Clara Unified School District to fill a new position of communications coordinator. Tabitha Kappeler-Hurley was an English teacher and vice principal at Santa Clara’s Wilcox High School before moving into the district’s publicinformation role in 2004, where she also directed career-technical education and a program to promote female participation in math and science. She will join the Palo Alto Unified School District in mid-July, reporting to Skelly at an annual salary of $129,957. Kappeler-Hurley said she views her role as making district affairs “clear and concise for everyone,� whether they be “school events, big things they’re doing, curriculum implementation or difficult things to explain. “I’ll do a lot of outreach and listening to make sure everybody’s clear on the various efforts,� she said Monday night, July 1. “As much as I can help the administrative team do that, it will be a good service.� The Palo Alto Board of Education in March allocated $150,000 to create the communications job, saying the position was needed to handle the many requests for information directed at an understaffed district office. Critics said the position was unnecessary and that district officials should speak for themselves. Palo Alto has employed a full-time communications officer in the past, but the position was eliminated in budget cuts. Santa Clara Unified is a K-12 district with an enrollment of 15,000; Palo Alto’s enrollment is 12,500. The Santa Clara district has recently suffered an exodus of the superintendent, several other top staff members and six principals amid allegations of micro-management and intimidation by school board members. N — Chris Kenrick

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Palo Alto has hired its first director of the new Office of Management and Budget, the latest addition to the city’s expanding leadership team. Walter Rossmann, who most recently served as assistant budget director in San Jose, will oversee the city’s $460 million budget, officials announced Tuesday, July 2. The Office of Management and Budget is a recently created subset of the city’s Administrative Services Department, which puts Palo Alto’s budget together. The city’s pool of senior managers has been growing. Earlier this year, City Manager James Keene hired the city’s first chief communications officer, tapping Claudia Keith for the post. Other recent hires into newly created positions are Chief Information Officer Jonathan Reichental and Airport Manager Andrew J. Swanson. The city is also about to hire its first chief sustainability officer. In addition to handling the budget, Rossmann will be in charge of the city’s “performance management framework� and will “contribute to highly complex citywide initiatives and projects,� according to a statement from the city. Rossmann began his duties in mid-June with an annual salary of $172,432, according to the city’s announcement. Chief Financial Officer Lalo Perez praised Rossmann’s background in finances, which includes 15 years of budget experience in local governments, and called him “the right fit for our organization.� N — Gennady Sheyner

$151 million gift to Stanford tops all others Stanford University announced on Monday, July 1, a new gift of $151 million from Silicon Valley landowner and developer John Arrillaga, a member of Stanford’s class of 1960. The largest single gift ever from a living individual will be used over time on a wide variety of projects, university officials stated. In 2011, Robert King, a Silicon Valley investor who earned a Stanford MBA in 1960, and his wife, Dottie, donated $150 million to create the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies. King was an early investor in what became the Chinese Internet search company Baidu. Arrillaga’s new gift is the latest in a long history of contributions to Stanford from him and his family, for whom numerous campus buildings are named, including the Arrillaga Family Sports Center, the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation, the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center and the Arrillaga Family Dining Commons. Arrillaga gifts also made possible other buildings that do not bear his name, including the Graduate Community Center, the Physics and Astrophysics Building, the rebuilt Stanford Stadium and other facilities to which he contributed anonymously, according to the university. Scholarships endowed by the Arrillaga family also support nearly 50 Stanford students each year. A previous Arrillaga gift of $100 million in 2006 was the university’s largest single gift from a living individual at that time. Arrillaga, who grew up in southern California, came to Stanford in 1955 on a basketball scholarship. He made his fortune, along with his business partner, Richard Peery, developing commercial real estate in Silicon Valley. N — Chris Kenrick


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The proposed mixed-use building at 3195 El Camino Real would include 48 “urban lifestyle� apartments, a restaurant, offices and an underground garage. El Camino is to the left.

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common in Japan and in Oakland, though it would be relatively new for Palo Alto. The new building, unlike other major projects, is not requesting a change in zoning. Requests for “planned community� zoning have been particularly contentious recently. Furthermore, the construction itself represents a novel challenge. The development would leave the 6,600-square-foot Equinox intact while construction of all the other components of the development, including the garage, would take place around the gym. Heather Young, a partner at architects Fergus Garber Group, told the Weekly that the gym had expressed interest more than a year ago in expanding toward El Camino Real. The design for the expansion, Young said, included a seismic improvement to that structure, including shoring that would enable it to be “safely maintained during construction and excavation.� The project team engaged a team of engineers and soil specialists to work through the challenges so that Equinox would be able to maintain operation should new construction take place, she said. Young, a former chair of the city’s Architectural Review Board, said the proposed development looks to address the city’s well-documented housing shortage. Because the 48 units will target “urban professionals� rather than families (only one apartment would have two bedrooms) they are unlikely to affect local schools and public facilities. The development’s location, within walking distance of California Avenue and close to the prominent and busy intersection of El Camino and Page Mill Road, is another plus, Young said. “It is a good location. It’s close to some of our stronger urban centers, with California Avenue being nearby, but it’s also close to Stanford Research Park and a lot of the financial and venture-capital institutions,� she said. The project will also be well-

linked to transit, Young said, with proximity to both Caltrain and to the city’s two major north-south and east-west corridors — El Camino Real and Oregon Expressway, respectively. Young said the development will, if anything, affect parking positively. The underground garage would create space for long-term parking for residents and employees. The underground lot would connect to an existing two-story garage on Portage, as well as to an existing surface lot, which would be used by patrons of businesses for short-term parking. “You’ll have few-to-no all-day parking� on the surface lot, Young said.

‘We never see this in mixed-use projects — where they’re building small, relatively affordable units and providing housing stock that is rare in Palo Alto.’ —Russ Reich, senior planner, Palo Alto

Another major concern that designers tried to address with the project is the building’s distance from the road, a sensitive topic when it comes to El Camino Real. The city’s zoning ordinance requires a setback of 8 to 12 feet from the thoroughfare, and recent developments along El Camino, most notably the Arbor Real townhouses near Charleston Road, have faced heated criticism for being both too massive and too close to the street. To meet the city’s guidelines and lessen the visual impact of the added mass, the new building would feature a small corner plaza at El Camino and Portage, a “dining arcade� along El Camino and a central courtyard. These design elements, Young said, would address the City Council’s recent concern about narrow sidewalks on El Camino. Most of the area around the devel-

opment site hasn’t been developed in more than half a century, Young said. For the Silva family, one complication to expanding and redeveloping the site around Equinox was the fact that it did not own several adjacent parcels, including that of the 900-square-foot “We Fix Macs� building and a vacant lot on Acacia. To enable the project, the Silva family had to reach a land-swapping agreement with the Robert Wheatley Group, which owned the adjacent lots and which formerly owned the nearby property housing Fry’s Electronics. The next big challenge will be Palo Alto’s approval process. Even though the proposed development is consistent with the underlying “service commercial� zoning, the number of residential units means the city will have to conduct a site-anddesign review, with hearings in front of the Planning and Transportation Commission, the Architectural Review Board and the council. The planning commission is scheduled to discuss 3159 El Camino Real next Wednesday night. Planning staff, meanwhile, sees plenty to like in the new proposal. Senior Planner Russ Reich said the project offers a rare example of a mixed-use project that really includes a real mix of offices, retail and housing. He noted that the retail part would consist of about 15,000 square feet, and that offices would make up another 16,000 square feet or so. The number of residential units, he said, is the maximum allowed by the zoning code. “We never see this in mixed-use projects — where they’re building small, relatively affordable units and providing housing stock that is rare in Palo Alto,� Reich said. “It’s really kind of exciting to see that kind of combination of studios and onebedroom apartments.� The project, Reich said, is consistent with the city’s vision for this part of El Camino. “City guidelines encourage buildings that create that urban edge, with more mixed-use in this area, so it was kind of a good opportunity,� Reich said. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

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A man was shot in the head during a struggle with a robber on Monday afternoon on Fairchild Drive, police said. Officers failed to turn up the suspect despite an extensive search, according to a Mountain View police spokesman. (Posted July 2, 9:39 a.m.)

East Palo Alto celebrates its 30-year anniversary When East Palo Alto resident Vicki Smothers was born in 1954, East Palo Alto was unincorporated land governed by San Mateo County. Residents did not have much of a voice in the decisions made for the area. (Posted June 30, 9:49 PM)

Girl dies after Saturday accident on Highway 280 An 11-year-old girl died from injuries sustained in Saturday’s rollover accident on Interstate 280, according to the California Highway Patrol. (Posted June 29, 8:48 PM) Want to get news briefs emailed to you every weekday? Sign up for Express, our new daily e-edition. Go to to sign up.



8:30 A.M., Thursday, July 18, 2013 Palo Alto Council Chambers, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review ďŹ led documents; contact Diana Tamale for information regarding business hours at 650.329.2144. 1875 Embarcadero Road [13PLN-00103]: Request by the City of Palo Alto Public Works Department on behalf of the City of Palo Alto Community Services Division for Site and Design Review of the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course reconďŹ guration project. The meeting will serve as a public hearing for the review of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course ReconďŹ guration and Baylands Athletic Center Expansion Project. Zone District: PF(D). 1601 California Avenue [13PLN-00234]: Request Chris Wuthman of Stanford Real Estate on behalf of the Board of Trustees of Leland Stanford Jr. University for preliminary architectural review board review for the demolition of approximately 200,000 square feet of existing R&D/ofďŹ ce space to be replaced with 185 housing units which includes 67 detached single family homes and 118 multi-family units as part of the 2005 MayďŹ eld Development Agreement. 537 Hamilton Ave [13PLN-00087]: Request by Korth Sunseri Hagey Architects, on behalf of Smith Equities III LLC, for Architectural Review of revised plans addressing conditions of approval for a previously approved project to allow a new 14,557 square foot two-story commercial ofďŹ ce building. Zone: CD-C(P). Environmental Assessment: Exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) per CEQA Guidelines Section 15332. 1730 Embarcadero Road [13PLN-00245]: Request by Alan Cross on behalf of Carrera PRB Company for Preliminary Architectural Review for additions and renovation of the existing Audi car dealership, including a new 7,380 sf showroom, 3,139 sf drop-off area, and a 1,036 addition to the service area, along with associated site improvements and landscaping changes. Zone District: PC-4846 zoning district. Amy French Chief Planning OfďŹ cial


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tives than the number offered for younger students. Summer school can be a chance to pick up a new skill, prepare for a new subject in the fall, make up lost credit or just have fun. At Gunn this week, each of about 25 middle schoolers played on a large screen in a darkened room in Maureen Willis’ class in Multimedia, Internet and Web Page Design. The students used HTML coding to build their own poetry websites and experimented with software programs. “Typically I teach them something the first hour and the second hour is their chance to learn something new,� said Willis, who has taught in Palo Alto middle schools for 15 years, most recently at JLS. “Some students become experts in their chosen fields, and they teach the others.� A seventh-grade boy named Vinay proudly showed off his Photoshop drawing of a character chopping down a tree. On the other side of the room, seventh-grader Angel called Willis over to see her turkey with flashing colored feathers, which she had created with Adobe Fireworks animation software. A few students figured out how to add music to their websites, and soon the information had spread to the whole class. “They went out on the Internet and dug until they figured out how to do it,� Willis said. “It’s so much fun to see the knowledge start in the corner and travel around the room.� Sometimes, kids don’t even realize they’re learning programming, she said. “They just think they’re teaching dragons to fly.� In the math department, kids worked in small groups either in

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Teacher Heather Stone looks over the work of first-graders Liam Hoole, left, and Austin Krawcdyk as they do math exercises during summer school at Ohlone Elementary School. intervention classes for students needing extra help or skill-building classes for student who want to sharpen their math skills. The Teenage Gourmet class was going on in the Gunn kitchen, where students were preparing seven-layer cake. Sixth-graders Aria and Tyler listed the ingredients: marshmallows, Oreos, white chocolate, chocolate chips, sprinkles, condensed milk and confetti cake mix. “It’s not the healthiest, but this is the last day of summer school so they get sugar on top of sugar,� said teacher Erica Goldsworthy, a Jordan Middle School science teacher during the regular school year. Earlier the teenage cooks had mastered some healthier options including pizza, veggie platters, French toast and pasta salad, Goldsworthy said. In the music room, teacher Teresa Merchant conducted six young violinists in the American fiddle tune “Devil’s Dream� as well as “America� and the “Star Spangled Banner� in preparation for a concert for parents scheduled for Thursday. In a “jumpstart� class, Terman Spanish teacher Margarita Mendez used music to prepare middle school students who will take Spanish 1 this fall. For teachers, summer school is an opportunity to create new curricula or practice administrative roles. At the elementary schools, Jennifer Segall and Arcia Dorosti, who normally teach, respectively, at Escondido and Barron Park elementary schools, were principals at Ohlone and Nixon. The middle school principal this summer and last summer was Keith Rocha, who has taught history and social studies at Jordan Middle School for the past six years. This fall, Rocha leaves Palo Alto to become assistant principal at Kennedy Middle School in Cupertino. High school summer school principal is James Lubbe, Gunn’s dean of students during the regular academic year. Segall and Dorosti completely revamped elementary summer school and began planning intensively in January, with help from Director of Elementary Education Kathleen Meagher and teacher coaches. Rather than having a single, fourhour block as students did in the past, the students’ day was divided

into three, 55-minute segments. They could choose instructional blocks in math or literacy, or any one or two of 14 electives. Instead of segregating the students who needed math or reading intervention, students were mixed in classes and taught in small groups. Rather than staying in one classroom all morning, students — even 6-year-olds just entering first grade — moved between classes. To build executive functioning skills, students were expected to organize their materials into “traveling portfolios� and carry them from class to class. “Every aspect of what we did differently this year we did very purposefully,� said Segall, who has taught at Escondido for the past 10 years and recently earned an administrative credential at Santa Clara University. “We wanted a fun experience for kids, so we have the elective piece, and they move between classes.� Teachers were invited to submit proposals for electives. Tara Hunt, who normally teaches third grade at Walter Hays Elementary School, offered an elective on all things Titanic. Nixon teacher Mary Blazensky gave a course in American Sign Language, with help from a classroom aide and a high school student volunteer. On Wednesday, 20 students stood up and silently signed to recorded music of “It’s a Wonderful World.� Elementary summer students began and ended each day in homerooms, where they discussed and wrote about the summer’s eight “theme words,� which were posted all over the campus: evidence, predict, explain, observe, compare, analyze, support and reflect. In academic subjects, students took pre- and post-assessments to measure progress, data that will be reported to parents and next year’s teachers. In another feature new this year, academic teachers met daily in a 55-minute block while students were in electives. “The embedded collaboration is huge,� Segall said. “It gives the teachers time to really look at the student data and use it to drive instruction, looking for progress toward goals and thinking about next steps. “It helps for the teachers to feel empowered, and heard.� N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com.


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POLICE CALLS Palo Alto June 27 - July 2 Violence related Child abuse/Physical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Bicycle recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .7 Driving w/ out a license. . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Hit & run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Lost/stolen plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle accident/mjr injury . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle accident/mnr injury. . . . . . . . . . .6 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . . .9 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Drug paraphernalia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Open container. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Animal call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Brandished weapon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Court order violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . .1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .1 Trespassing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .1 Threats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Welfare check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

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Violence related Battery on spouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Theft related Attempted burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .5 Hit & run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle accident/mnr injury. . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . . .4 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Sale of drugs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Miscellaneous Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Disturbing phone calls . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Domestic dispute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Info. case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Possession of stolen property . . . . . . . .1 Probation hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Probation violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Resist arrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

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Janet Leigh Roselle, a previous Palo Alto resident, died in Chico, Calif., on June 4. Born in Palo Alto to Daniel and Alice Stone, she attended Palo Alto schools, at one of which her father was vice principal. Her parents helped to establish the First Congregational Church campus on Lewis Road. She graduated from University of the Pacific (UOP) of Stockton, Calif., with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After working at several companies, she started working at the A.C. Neilsen Co., then of Menlo Park. When the company relocated to Fremont, Calif., she followed by commuting daily. She worked as a graphic artist and later as manager of their copy center. In 1974, she married Stephen Roselle. They established a home in Mountain View and lived there for 37 years until moving to Chico, Calif., in January 2012 for health reasons. They have no children, but many nephews. In retirement, she volunteered as a docent and later was on the board of directors of Deer Hollow Farm & Educational Center of Mountain View for many years. Her hobbies included gar-

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Above left: Facebook employees write comments on a wall at the health center, just as they do throughout the rest of the company. They can also enjoy surf videos while waiting. Above right: Nurse Practitioner Kelly Sanderson pulls up a patient’s records at the HP Health Center, which is run by the vendor Take Care Health Systems, a Walgreens subsidiary. by Ranjini Raghunath anice Posa knew something was wrong with her elbow when it became swollen, red and painful to the touch. But the HP employee, based in Houston, also knew that getting a doctor’s appointment wasn’t going to be easy during her twoweek business trip to company headquarters in Palo Alto. Then, one of her colleagues told her: “Oh no, you don’t have to go anywhere; there’s a health clinic here on-site.� She waited just 15 minutes before the staff doctor saw her, diagnosed her symptoms as a bacterial infection and prescribed testing, treatment and an X-ray follow-up. “They even followed up with phone calls to me on both days I was still there, making sure I was alright and did not need anything,� she said. The doctor “sent all my information to my primary-care doctor. When I got back to Houston and followed up with him, he had everything he needed.� The clinic that helped Posa out was set up in 2011 on HP’s Stanford Research Park campus on Hanover Street to provide health care for the company’s 5,000 employees and their families. Run by Take Care Health Systems, a Walgreens pharmacy subsidiary, the clinic is one of three at HP campuses; the other two are in Plano and Houston. The local clinic provides primary care, first aid, flu shots and physicals, as well as urgent-care services and procedures such as biopsies and joint injections. The clinic is open to all employees with HP health insurance, according to Dr. Archana Dubey, the Palo Alto site’s supervising physician, who is also medical director of all three HP health centers. On-site clinics have evolved over the past 80 years. Originally offering first aid for workplace injuries, they are now corporate health care hubs aimed at giving employees timely access to medical care during the work day. Most manufacturing and service-oriented companies have always provided some sort of on-site care. As far back as in the 1930s, Kaiser created health care centers for the railroad camps on the West Coast, said Larry Boress, executive director of the National Association of Worksite Health Centers. By the 1980s, companies added “holistic wellness� programs offering smoking cessation, nutrition, and stress and weight management, according to the book Worksite

There are employers who hire their own medical staff, while many outsource the centers to third-party vendors — such as Take Care Health Systems — in the rapidly growing corporate health care market. About 1, 200 firms currently operate onsite clinics across the country, a 2009 Fuld & Co. paper estimated. Cisco’s LifeConnections Health Center — also operated by Take Care Health — was one of the first centers in the Bay Area. Facebook, Lockheed Martin, Apple and Google also offer health care clinics.



Bay Area employers bring health care to the workplace with on-site clinics Health Promotion. “Many employers had developed their own centers around the late 1980s to early 1990s, hiring their own people, building their own sites. But they got away from it, mostly because of the economy, concerns about liability, malpractice insurance problems, problems with the local medical communities and a variety of such reasons. It seemed not to take off,� Boress said. Interest in on-site centers is again growing, however, as health care costs rise and physicians become busier, especially when 30 million more people are soon expected to start getting health care access under the federal Affordable Care Act, he added. Today, an employee can walk into an onsite health center for flu shots, blood tests, vaccinations, physical therapy, acupuncture or chronic disease management. Some centers also have radiology labs, vision care,


dental services and a pharmacy on-site, depending on the space available at the company, its number of employees and the costs involved. Skin and breast cancer screenings, blood drives, “lunch and learn� educational seminars and health workshops are also organized, sometimes in collaboration with local hospitals. More than 300 employees attended a skin cancer screening organized last summer at the HP clinic. Companies with as few as 200 employees can provide some sort of on-site services, ranging from “having a nurse practitioner coming in for 10 to 20 hours a week to a full-blown, 50,000-square-foot operation,� Boress said. “Sometimes, in a high-rise building, the owner might open up a health center for the offices, just like a gym, so that multiple employers can use it.�

nside the colorful and airy Facebook health center in Menlo Park, decorated with a surfing motif, patients are checked in with an iPad at the reception desk. The center — operated by Californiabased Crossover Health Medical Group — has a small waiting room, two exam rooms, two rooms for acupuncture treatment and a separate room for physical therapy and chiropractic care. Employees have scribbled their feedback on one wall, similar to walls in other buildings on campus. “We do everything from primary care to women’s health, travel care, flu shots, physicals, allergy shots, occupational health, breast cancer awareness, mindfulness seminars and skin cancer screening,� said Nina McQueen, director of Global Benefits at Facebook. Physicians are also on call after working hours for urgent medical needs. For new employees who don’t have enough information about local health care, finding a community physician can be challenging — one of the reasons why the center was opened last fall. “We realized that a lot of our employees move here and might be coming from universities, off their parents’ health plan or from different parts of the country, and they didn’t have relationships locally,� McQueen said. About half of Facebook employees have been treated at the health center so far, “which is a really high percentage considering we just started in August,� she said. More than 2,000 Facebook employees work on the campus. Zahan Malkani, a recent Facebook hire and native of India, found it easier to visit the center than go through the unfamiliar route of finding a local physician. When he recently injured his elbow biking down Bryant Street in Palo Alto, he was

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Katie Kennedy, a physical therapist, sits in the room at Facebook’s health center where employees can get physical therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic care.

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hile company officials tout the costs they save by providing health care to their workers, limited information is available on how those savings are tracked. Johns Hopkins researchers who studied a 700-employee workplace in North Carolina found that operating the on-site clinic cost only half of what the company spent when workers got health care off site, a figure that included the loss of productivity. The actual cost of setting up a health center varies depending on the size, utilization, staffing, hours of operation and types of services, plus other expenses such as malpractice insurance, benefits and vendor fees, Boress said. Seventy-five percent of operating costs are related to staffing, according to a 2010 Mercer report. Hiring one mid-level practitioner with a receptionist/medical assistant can cost roughly $350,000 per year. Clinics with full-time physicians and additional ancillary services, such as Xrays, a pharmacy, vision care and physical therapy, can cost considerably more. There are, however, some ways to track both long-term and short-term benefits. “You could measure whether or not you’ve reduced the number of people who use hospital emergency rooms, and the cost of that, the percentage of people who get flu shots or biometric screens, the number of people who use the health center as opposed to going outside — you can identify some of those basic cost-savings within 12 months,� Boress said. Dubey acknowledged that all of the above statistics are taken into account — as well as patient waiting times and patient satisfaction surveys conducted via a third party — in the quarterly returnon-investment (ROI) calculations for HP, although the actual methodology and numbers are proprietary information, she said. “In general, it may take 18 months from the time of setup to reach the ‘tipping point,’ to see positive results,� she said, adding that a company must have at least 1,500 or more employees to get a good return on investment. The National Association of Worksite Health Centers is looking into developing standard methods to measure on-site centers’ performance.

Dr. Archana Dubey, medical director of all three HP health centers, stands inside an exam room in Palo Alto.

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treated at the center within an hour — and without an appointment. It would have taken at least two to three days to get an appointment at the Stanford University clinic he went to as a graduate student, he said. At the Facebook clinic, “they seemed very ‘on the ball’. ... I was in and out pretty quickly,� he said. He thinks the clinic would probably be most useful for either urgent care or minor ailments. “It’s the same reason that there’s a barber shop on campus — letting you avoid that one-hour detour,� he said. Improving employee productivity by reducing absenteeism is one of the top three reasons employers invest in on-site clinics, a 2012 Towers Watson survey reported. Reducing health care costs and creating an integrative center for wellness programs are the other two reasons. According to Dubey, employees try to put off doctor’s visits until they are very sick in order to avoid missing work. She helped set up the clinic at HP after having worked previously at Stanford Family Medicine and later at Google’s on-site clinic. The patient outcome at the HP clinic was “phenomenally different and much better� than in a community health setting, she observed, from her experience at both. “You attend to your medical situation quicker if it’s at work, and get your preventative care a lot more proactively,� she said. With employees frequently traveling abroad for work, on-site health centers also focus on prophylactic care and travel-related illness, she added. They offer the appropriate shots before the trip and prompt post-trip care, should the employee have fallen ill while traveling. Some employers may charge a minimum co-payment for services — between $10 and $30 at the Facebook health center, for instance, according to its website — while some, such as Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, charge no fee. One of 26 countrywide Lockheed Martin centers, the Sunnyvale wellness center has provided first aid for its 6,000 employees for decades. Two years ago, the center was remodeled and additional staff hired to expand the services to urgent care, health coaching and vaccinations. Lynne McNeil, a recently retired Lockheed Martin employee, found her experience there comparable to that of her regular doctor the times she dropped in, once for a cut in her eye and the other for a mild cold. “I thought it was super-convenient and a really good thing for employees. ... You don’t want to take time out of your work to go to a doctor’s clinic for a 15-minute appointment and end up being there for two hours,� she said. Dr. Dan Azar, Lockheed Martin’s regional managing physician, said the centers can treat employees the same day or, at latest, the next. “We have employees who walk in through the door, and we’ll see them that hour. We also have more time than some of our peers in private practice to answer questions for employees,� he said. “Maintaining a productive workforce and a high quality of life among its employees� are the reasons the wellness center was set up, he said. Last year employees visited all 26 Lockheed Martin wellness centers a total of 78,000 times, according to Azar.

Dr. Dan Azar, regional managing physician, and Registered Nurse Laurie Melrose, team lead, provide an overview of services to Lockheed Martin employees visiting the on-site Wellness Center in Sunnyvale. The center provides health screenings, flu shots, minor acute care, health education and physical activity incentives, at no cost to employees. ĂœĂœĂœÂ°*>Â?ÂœÂ?ĂŒÂœ"˜Â?ˆ˜i°VÂœÂ“ĂŠUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂ•Â?ÞÊx]ÊÓä£ÎÊU Page 17

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hen renewed interest in onsite clinics started to take off, questions arose in the medical field as to how they would affect established local health care providers — and their revenues, Boress said. But rather than cut-throat competition, longtime medical groups appear to be collaborating with companies and their workplace clinics, at least in the Bay Area. “In the beginning, there was this impression that we might be stepping on each other’s toes,� said Dr. Ronesh Sinha, lead physician for

Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s corporate outreach efforts. “But now we find that health care is so complex, and for a busy employer, we have to figure out ways to partner and make it simple and convenient for the employee. “Our hope is that it will probably offload our burden, and we’ll have more availability and take on more patients,� he said. The medical foundation’s involvement with on-site centers has evolved from customized lectures to mobile clinics and other services, he added. Some hospitals do compete with private vendors to establish their own on-site clinics, but large em-


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ployers like Cisco or Apple prefer to hire health companies that can easily scale up to provide services nationally, or even worldwide, according to Sinha. Hospitals and on-site centers, however, work together at times to organize seminars and refer employees to specialists. A dermatology telehealth program launched by Stanford Hospital & Clinics in collaboration with Cisco, for instance, allows employees to consult with a Stanford dermatologist while in Cisco’s Health Center via videoconference. Stanford Hospitals also recently conducted lectures and blood-pressure screenings in May at Qualcomm for more than 200 employees, according to Stanford’s Dr. Sumbul Ahmad Desai, associate chief medical officer for strategy and Innovation. “We have seen no impact on primary care providers. ... Our goal is to facilitate increased collaboration across the health care continuum,� she wrote in an email. Stanford Hospitals also run its own on-site clinic at the Redwood City campus of DreamWorks Animation, operating since September 2012, where about 500 employees get access to a primary care doctor three times a week. Palo Alto Medical Foundation doctors also provide monthly lunchtime lectures, biometric screenings, health risk assessments and consultations for Marvell Semiconductors employees. By partnering with on-site clinics, doctors at local hospitals can access health information gathered during a patient’s on-site visit or refer the patient to an on-site clinic for follow-up visits, according to Sinha. “If a PAMF patient has a chronic condition like diabetes, for instance, and we know ... they have to follow up for an exam or a vaccination, we can refer them to the on-site clinic,� he said. rivacy concerns have surfaced as one area of concern to potential patients of on-site clinics. So employers are trying to address privacy by establishing clear boundaries between the clinic and themselves. “We have some employers who don’t even want their names or logos anywhere near the health center; they just have the vendors’ logo — like

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having a McDonalds in your cafeteria — to make sure that people know that this is a third party and they don’t have anything to do with it,� Boress said. “Employers still get aggregate reports, so they know what’s going on, but they never get individual reports.� HP’s clinic, for instance, uses separate Internet and phone lines to maintain appropriate boundaries. When looking to the future of onsite centers, workplace health professionals predict that the service will add to a company’s lure in attracting more employees. Conveniences such as letting employees access their own health information in real-time and

make appointments on smartphones could add to the allure. “When people start looking for jobs, they are going to be asking, ‘Is there a health center available on site?’� Boress said. Some employers, like HP, have already extended their services to employees’ families, while others plan to. “It’s certainly our hope to do that,� Facebook’s McQueen said. “Since it is such a tremendously successful program, we would love to offer it to our (employees’) families in future.� N Ranjini Raghunath is a Palo Alto area freelance writer.

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Barbara Zimmer, an Avenidas volunteer, helps Vera Parker shop for groceries at Trader Joe’s in Palo Alto. Parker has trouble seeing due to macular degeneration, so Zimmer often helps her read small labels and choose the foods she’s looking for. Avenidas offers grocery-store runs every Tuesday.

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by Chris Kenrick etired Palo Alto teacher Peggy Foiles loves volunteering at the information desk at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, where she fields a range of patient queries from missed transportation to fetching babies out of accidentally locked cars. But when vision problems forced Foiles to stop driving, that volunteer job and other regular activities were threatened. “You don’t realize how much you depend on your car,� said Foiles, a Palo Alto resident since 1968, who taught at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital School run by the Palo Alto school district before she retired in 2005. “It was hard to give up driving.� Her decision to let her license lapse in 2006 — and later the onset of orthopedic and mobility problems —


put Foiles in the unfamiliar situation of having to depend on others to get around. Today she pieces together transportation options to maintain her active life — including the volunteer job at PAMF. Volunteer drivers from Avenidas transport Foiles to and from that weekly obligation, as well as to and from her twice-weekly exercise classes at Cubberley Community Center. For other transportation she sometimes relies on friends. “But you don’t like to keep asking people,� she said. “My friends are very busy — they travel a lot — and I don’t want to overdo that.� Beyond taxis, public buses, Palo Alto’s free shuttle, private medical(continued on page 22)


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NETWORKING FOR SUPPORT ... Got a spouse or parent with Alzheimer’s? Parkinson’s? Struggling with a difficult life transition? Support groups on a variety of topics are at Avenidas through the summer. An Adult Child Caregiver Support Group meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. An Alzheimer’s Spouse/Partner Support Group meets the first and third Monday. Also available is a Parkinson’s Support Group. On summer hiatus are Better Breathers, for people living with lung disease and Stanford employees who are caregivers. For more information contact Paula Wolfson at pwolfson@avenidas. org or 650-289-5438 or see the Avenidas website. FRIENDS AND FITNESS ... The two keys to successful aging are friends and fitness, says gerontologist Esther Koch, who consults on Medicare and other aging advisory services through her firm Encore Management. “First and foremost is building and maintaining a social support network, which is primarily for most people in the family, but it can also be family by choice,� Koch told Stanford Business Re:Think, an online publication of the Graduate School of Business. “Your spouse is your most important relationship, but you can’t ignore other people in your life,� Koch said. “The other thing that is key is physical exercise. Exercise is so beneficial to your physical, mental and emotional well-being. It’s the best prescription for health that a doctor can give you. But the social network is really the elixir of life.�

CELLS AND AGING ... Some secrets, at the cellular level, of the aging process are explored in a study recently published by Thomas Rando, a Stanford professor of neurology and neurological sciences and chief of the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System’s neurology service. A chemical code scrawled on histones — the protein husks that coat DNA in every animal or plant cell — determines which genes in that cell are turned on or turned off. Rando’s team identified characteristic differences in “histone signatures� between stem cells from the muscles of young mice and old mice. The team also distinguished histone-signature differences between quiescent and active stem cells in the muscles of young mice. “We’ve been trying to understand both how the different states a cell finds itself in can be defined by the markings on the histones surrounding its DNA and to find an objective way to define the ‘age of a cell,’� said Rando, who is also director of Stanford’s Glenn Laboratories for the Biology of Aging and deputy director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. The study was published June 27 in the journal Cell Reports. N Items for Senior Focus may be emailed to Palo Alto Weekly Staff Writer Chris Kenrick at

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Volunteer Barbara Zimmer opens the door for Vera Parker as they head into Trader Joe’s in Palo Alto. Avenidas provides a door-to-door driving service for local seniors throughout the week.

transport companies and the federally-funded OUTREACH vans for seniors and low-income residents, local volunteer-run transport options include two programs run by Avenidas. The Door to Door program offers transportation within an eight-mile radius of downtown Palo Alto for non-wheelchair-bound individuals. The fee depends on the distance: four miles or less is $7.50; five to eight miles is $10.50 and nine to 12 miles is $15. “Not only is that significantly less expensive than a cab, you don’t have to pay at the time of the ride,� said Phil Endliss, a retired businessman and Menlo Park resident who is transportation coordinator for Avenidas. “We bill at the end of the month for all the rides you take.� If needed, drivers help passengers with their seat belts and escort them

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Sumit Vishwakarma’s “Rain Walk,� which he created on an iPad, is part of the new “Taking Digital Art to the Streets� show at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto.

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n a recent afternoon at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, students in a painting class perched on stools in front of tall wooden easels, using brushes to paint on white canvases. In the room next door, two men vehemently explained how using pressuresensitive styluses to paint on iPads is the art world’s next big thing. Seth Schalet, the Pacific Art League’s executive director, and Sumit Vishwakarma, a hardware engineer from India with a passion for mobile art, were discussing plans for the art league’s newest exhibition, which is composed of artworks created on mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones or Android tablets. The show opened earlier this week. “What you see as art and what somebody else might see as art

could be a pretty big disparity,� Schalet said. “We want to be able to actually shed that entire image. We want art to be whatever art should be, which is the process of creativity and some end product.� “Taking Digital Art to the Streets,� a convergence of traditional and new media, is the result of a partnership between the 92-year-old Pacific Art League and Vishwakarma’s Mobile Art Academy, an art-education venture that teaches classes, workshops and webinars on mobile art. On display from July 2 through July 31, the show features 50 pieces of art created on any mobile device that were submitted online by artists from all over the world and then judged — also online — by a panel of jurors. The final submissions include

In Pacific Art League show, tablet and smartphone replace canvas and sketchbook

an almost photographic black-andwhite recreation of the Brooklyn Bridge lit up at night and an eerily lifelike portrait of a man whose shaved head is tattooed with stripes. His fingers, also tattooed, cover his mouth, leaving his green eyes staring directly at the viewer. The portrait was done by Anat Ronen, a Houston mural and street artist who was initially wary of mobile art. Then she bought a tablet and started to explore. “I just started challenging myself more and more and trying how to do different stuff to see if I can do the same thing I do with real paint, stuff that I don’t usually do. ... It’s been a great adventure.� She drew the portrait of her friend, another Houston artist, freehand using an application called Sketch-

Book Pro on a Samsung tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1. Schalet said that as far as he knows, the Pacific Art League’s platform-agnostic exhibit, accepting art created on any mobile device rather than a single one, is the first of its kind. Vishwakarma also said that an essential aspect of the exhibit is to understand the distinction between mobile and digital art. “People always question me, ‘Why is mobile art different than digital art?’� Digital art, created on desktop software such as Photoshop or Adobe, has been around for decades. It’s expensive and requires a lot of know-how. “In a nutshell, if you ask a digital artist to draw something, then he’ll say, ‘I need a desktop, I need

a professional tablet and I need professional software like Photoshop.’ Everything on average is $1,000, so it’s a $3,000 proposition just to create a single piece of artwork,� Vishwakarma said. But with tablets, smartphones and applications becoming ubiquitous, mobile art — much more consumer-friendly than digital in cost and accessibility — has taken center stage. To judge the submissions, the art league and Mobile Art Academy planned a three-tiered process meant to draw from both camps of art experts, traditional and high-tech. Jurors were Sue Diekman, chair of the Cantor Arts Center Director’s Advisory Board; Pacific Art League Ex(continued on next page)


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Local actor’s Cinderella story Nick Spangler plays the prince on Broadway by Elize Manoukian


Spangler directed his energy in a very different direction. Nick and his sister Starr were cast in the 2008-09 season of “The Amazing Race,� a globe-trotting reality show, and Spangler immediately began preparing by exercising and studying maps. Spangler found that the skills he developed for acting were very similar to those required of the television show. “In order to compete in a race around the world, you have to be very outgoing and ready to confront any problem that comes at you, which I think is very similar to being onstage,� Spangler said. Twenty-three days and more than 40,000 miles later, Nick and Starr crossed the finish line in Portland, Ore., in first place. Spangler attributes their milliondollar victory to his family’s “competitive spirit,� which motivated the pair to constantly be aware of their surroundings and always “keep a guard up.� Their excitement in winning, however, was tempered by the sensation of total relief. “Once my sister and I finally had a moment without microphones and cameras on and other contestants around, I looked at her and I said, ‘It’s awesome that we won, I’m really happy with how this all turned out, but I’m so glad that it’s over.’� Life after “The Amazing Race� continued as usual for Spangler, who now lives in New York City with his wife and their dog. After rejoining the revival cast of “The Fantasticks,� Spangler then per-

formed in the Broadway production of “The Book of Mormon� before landing a part in “Cinderella� in the ensemble and as the understudy for Prince Charming. Spangler received a three-week notice that he would be performing the role when the original lead went on a scheduled vacation on June 22. However, a week before, Spangler’s stage manager called and informed him that the other actor was sick, and that Spangler would need to perform in two hours. “I had never performed it, never rehearsed it with the full company, never rehearsed with the actress who played Cinderella, never waltzed with her,� Spangler recalled, still seemingly in disbelief. Spangler barely had enough time to rehearse the intense, 10-minute waltz and practice a few costume changes before it was time to go on. Despite the immense pressure, the show was a success — or at least Spangler thinks it was. “The parts that I do remember seem really good,� Spangler joked. The next week, Spangler performed the part two more times as scheduled, this time fully prepared and with his whole family there to support him. “Because I had already done it once under such crazy circumstances ... I felt really comfortable on stage. I’m ready for the next time I get to do it.� N Info: Nick Spangler is on Twitter at @Nick_Spangler. For more about “Cinderella,� go to

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or Nick Spangler, stage fright is not an option. “I’m being watched all the time,� Spangler said. “When you’re on stage, no matter how small your role is, somebody in the audience could be watching you at any given moment, so you can’t ever relax.� While many would crumble under the pressure, Spangler thrives on it. It’s safe to say the Los Altos native seeks it out, from his work on reality television to roles in a number of productions on and off Broadway, culminating in his recent debut as Prince Charming in the Tony Award-winning adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella� currently on Broadway. Spangler has felt at home on stage since he was a munchkin playing a Munchkin. When he was 5, his mother signed him up for a Los Altos Youth Theatre production of the Wizard of Oz, marking his theater debut as one of the story’s famous small-statured characters. “When I was growing up, doing shows was my after-school activity,� Spangler recalled. “Instead of sports, my mom would drive me to wherever I was doing a play or musical.� Spangler, whose family owns a chain of mortuaries on the Peninsula, moved to New York to attend New York University, where he received a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theater. His first major role was the character of Matt in an off-Broadway production of “The Fantasticks.� When the show ended in 2006,

Los Altos native Nick Spangler in costume to play Prince Charming for the Broadway production of “Cinderella.�

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hibition Chair Jo Kileen; renowned mobile artist Susan Murtaugh and actor-artist James Franco. Kileen did a first look at the 250 submissions and narrowed them down to 100, and then Murtagh further narrowed them to 50. Diekman chose the top five submissions, and Franco picked a bonus top five pieces of art. “I just looked at it as though I was looking at a group of 50 paintings and picked out the ones that I responded most to, that I would like to see in my house, perhaps,� Diekman said. “I was amazed at how painterly they look.� The final 50 submissions will be printed and hung on one wall of a room of the art league’s temporary home on Forest Avenue (next door to its original building). On the opposite wall will be a separate exhibit: 40 photographs, drawings, prints and sculptures. The top five mobile-art submissions, plus a few pieces by Vishwakarma and Caroline Mustard, will be on display in a conference room in the front of the building. Vishwakarma, who compares his extensive use and exploration of art apps to getting a Ph.D., said he loved drawing as a child, but took

a different career path, heading to the United States to study electrical engineering at Arizona State University. He first experimented with a drawing application when he bought his first iPhone in 2011. He soon needed a bigger canvas and graduated to an iPad, on which he now produces a range of painted pieces: a couple walking arm-in-arm down a rainy street lined with psychedeliccolored trees; Spiderman crouching in the foreground, clad in his iconic red spider-suit with the Empire State Building in the background; the black shadow of a son jumping into his father’s arms, set against a blue-sky backdrop. Besides creating his own digital art, Vishwakarma has taught classes on it at local libraries, and given TED Talks and led workshops. He said that he sees tablets and apps as conduits for “infus(ing) creativity.� “Tablets are more considered consumption devices,� he said. “So if you go to a restaurant, you see kids playing video game or doing Facebook or social media. But you can engage them in doing some creative stuff just using a tablet.� Paper, a free iPad application, gives users a digital, portable canvas where they can use pen, pencil, felt pen, brush and a color mixer to (continued on next page)

Arts & Entertainment it enters its second century of existence with the opportunity to merge artistic tradition and innovation under one roof. “At some point — not today — but at some point, digital art will have all the respect that the traditional art mediums have,� Schalet said. “It’s not going to happen overnight, but we hope that the things that we’re doing will help gain that credibility.� Mustard agrees. She’s partial to wondering what iconic artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent Van Gogh would have thought about digital art. “Can you imagine what Leonardo would have done?� she asked. “He

would have been into this.� N Editorial Assistant Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@ What: An exhibition of mobile art by various artists Where: Pacific Art League, 227 Forest Ave., Palo Alto When: Through July 31, with a reception set for July 12 at 5:30 p.m. Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free Info: Go to or or call 650-321-3891.

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draw as they please. It’s also has a social-media component; users can follow other artists whom they like and scroll through their portfolios with a swipe of the fingertip. Another popular sketching and drawing software, Sketchbook, works on Windows and Apple desktops as well as iPads. Vishwakarma said Sketchbook stands out because of its recording capability: When you start drawing, you can hit record and the software documents the entire process of creation. “With digital art, there’s a question of credibility,� Vishwakarma said. “People always question, ‘Maybe you just downloaded it from Google or just copied it from a site or used Photoshop.’ So this app takes this to the next level.� He added that the recording option is also useful for teaching students how to draw on Sketchbook. Caroline Mustard, a 67-year-old woman with a slight British accent, broad smile and infectious enthusiasm for all things technology, is the other half of Mobile Art Academy. A trained artist with a degree from the University of Brighton in England who now teaches digital-art classes to middle-schoolers, she sees herself as the yin to Vishwakarma’s yang. “He’s like a techie with a passion for art, and I’m an artist with a passion for tech. So we match.� While working as a painter in England in the 1960s, Mustard said, she attended an exhibit at the Tate Gallery, Britain’s national gallery of international modern art, about “these new things called computers.� “It was like an epiphany for me,� Mustard said. “I went: ‘What am I doing, doing these oil colors? ... I

want to do that.’� She switched gears and began a new career in graphic design and advertising. After her son gave her an iPad with Paper downloaded, she became a digital convert. She created a portfolio of her work on Tumblr and joined artist social networks, such as the Mobile Artists Collective. She soon got in touch with one of the group’s administrators, Vishwakarma, and their shared passion for art, technology and education led to the creation of the Mobile Art Academy. Mustard, Vishwakarma and Schalet all share a vision of a world where art is returned to the individual creator. “The goal is to bring this emerging form of art and bring it to the masses,� Vishwakarma said. The three plan to do this by going beyond the exhibit with education. The art league has already begun hosting digital-art workshops led by Vishwakarma and Mustard, and more are in the works, as well as after-school programs and evening classes for working adults. They also hope to bring digital art directly to working people by offering on-site classes to companies. “If you’re in marketing and your

A & E digest BAEZ BENEFIT ... Joan Baez, Jackson Browne and Emmylou Harris are teaming up for a common goal: a benefit concert benefiting the Downtown Streets Team, which employs homeless people and has offices in Palo Alto and San Jose. The show is set for 7 p.m. July 27 at the San Jose Civic Auditorium at 135 W. San Carlos St. For details, go to



job is to create products, it’s fairly similar to the process of starting a blank canvas,� Schalet said. “You have a concept, an idea, you do a few iterations, maybe you toss it, throw it away. It’s the process of evolution. We think we’ve got a great vehicle to go into corporations and use this to help them with team collaboration.� These plans for expansion go hand-in-hand with the renovation of the art league’s home on Ramona Street. Construction will add about 5,000 square feet to the three-story building and is estimated to be complete by May, Schalet said. The mobile-art exhibit comes at a turning point for the art league, as



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ithin minutes of the beginning of our conversation, Dave Classick makes his intentions plain. “Our whole function here is to create a distilling family dynasty,� he says, standing behind the bar of the small kitchenette inside the Essential Spirits Alambic Distillery. Classick runs the distillery out of a warehouse near the intersection of Dana Street and Whisman Road in Mountain View. He is the “master distiller,� and his wife and co-founder, Andrea Mirenda, takes care of the business end of things. Son Dave Jr. holds the title of “distiller� and handles IT, and daughter Audrey works at shopping the brand around when she isn’t in school. Though small in size, Essential Spirits is global in reach and vision. Classick uses a hand-hammered copper still from France to produce rum made of Hawaiian molasses; the Italian drink grappa; and a German spirit not familiar to many Americans: bierschnaps, a distilled spirit made from beer and possessing a distinctly beery aroma and aftertaste. Essential Spirits was founded in 1998, but Classick and his wife began working on the business a few years earlier. Classick had been working in the software industry for decades and had become dismayed with the increasing emphasis that was being placed on speeding up production. He was looking to start a business and leave the fast and frenzied life of high-tech behind. After tasting the brandy produced by well-known Mendocino County distiller Hubert Germain-Robin, he and his wife got to thinking. “We looked at that and thought, ‘You know, coffee roasteries are happening; micro breweries are happening; we live in one of the biggest wineand fruit-producing regions of the world,’� Classick says, explaining the reasoning that led to the founding of Essential Spirits. After making his way through a web of red tape with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and jumping through hoops to assure the Mountain View City Info: Essential Spirits Alambic Distillery is at 144 S. Whisman Road in Mountain View; products can be bought locally at the Whole Foods Market in Los Altos and at Ava’s Downtown Market & Deli in Mountain View. Go to essentialspirits. com or call 650-962-0546.

Council that he could operate his still safely, Classick got ready to produce his first batch of spirits, which he originally thought would be a vodka. He went to ask a local brewer for some help and advice, since the process of making vodka begins much the same way as brewing beer. “The guy who was working over there happened to be a Bavarian, and he said: ‘Oh, it’s too bad you can’t make bierschnaps like we used to get over in Bavaria.’ And I said: ‘Bierschnaps? Tell me more!’� Classick recalls. Classick began producing bierschnaps — at one point partnering with the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company before the brand grew larger and ended its affiliation. Unlike Sierra Nevada, Classick says he has no intention to grow the company much beyond its current size. However, after following up his bierschnaps with another somewhat obscure product — grappa — he decided he ought to try his hand at a more mainstream liquor. But even in his effort to go mainstream, Classick insisted on taking an alternate route: producing rum, which is not as popular as vodka or whiskey, and choosing to make it with molasses from Hawaii, not from the Caribbean, where most other rum is sourced. The Vietnam veteran says he developed a special bond with Hawaii over the course of his deployment. “On the way to Vietnam, I went through Hawaii and then I came through Hawaii on my way back, and just fell in love with the islands.� When he began looking into producing rum, he came to understand that due to the island’s long history with Christian missionaries, rum production had long been discouraged in Hawaii. Classick insists that his rum, with its hints of volcanic soil and Pacific Ocean sunlight, is unlike any other you will taste. Whether a discerning palate can detect those qualities in the rum — named Sergeant Classick’s in honor of the distiller’s military rank — all of the products produced at Essential Spirits are quite evidently made with care. Sergeant Classick’s rum is smooth and evenly toned; the vodka he produces for the Tahoe Blue label has little bite, even at room temperature; and the bierschnaps has a zesty, hoppy finish that any pale ale fan will likely enjoy. While Classick is willing and proud to accept some of the credit


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David Classick, the owner of Essential Spirits Alambic Distillery in Mountain View, holds one of his rums. for his product, he also insists that his still deserves recognition. “It’s the only still like it in North or South America,� he says, explaining the inner workings of a filtration component called an “analyzer,� which

catches impurities and pulls them out of the steam during the distillation process. Many small stills don’t have one, and the ones that do rarely work the same way his does. He explains the trick in language

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chemical, and mechanical process. There’s a lot of science you can bring,� he says of the distilling process. “But it’s still an art craft.� Classick shared stories about the mythology and history of distilling, explaining how Benedictine monks would age their brandy. Later he pulled out a pen and pad, giving an impromptu lesson on the physic of distilling. “It’s like cooking,� he says. “You can give someone a recipe book, and they can follow a recipe, cross all the T’s and dot all the I’s — step by step, slavishly — but that doesn’t guarantee they’re going to get a result.� There is a humanity to Classick’s method, and it’s apparent in the quality of his products and the passion he displays in talking about his craft. You might just say his spirit comes through in his spirits. N

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eucalyptus-infused steam sauna, and multi-jetted spas ranging from hot to ice-cold. Our spa is geared toward wellness,� said Kwon, who has an extensive background in holistic treatments, massage and acupuncture. “We chose Palo Alto for our location because we felt there was a void for this type of comprehensive wellness treatment.� Immersion, which opened July 1, is the newest occupant in the small strip mall, which also includes Baja Fresh, Jamba Juice and C2 Education Center, a tutoring service. KNOW KNEW BOOKS RELOCATES ... The on again, off again closing of Know Knew Books at 415 California Ave. in Palo Alto now looks like it is definitely on, at least in the current space. The bookstore’s last day of business in Palo Alto is Aug. 19. It’s scheduled to reopen in September at 366 State St. in Los Altos.

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(Century 16, Century 20) Inevitably, Disney’s new-millennial “The Lone Rangerâ€? is a mass of contradictions, just like the country it’s about. But it’s hard to shake the feeling that director Gore Verbinski and executive producer Johnny Depp are getting away with something. Again. Like their collaborations on “Rangoâ€? and (albeit to a far lesser extent) the “Pirates of the Caribbeanâ€? movies, “The Lone Rangerâ€? flaunts eccentricity and edge not commonly found in big-budget studio movies. Verbinski, Depp and screenwriters Justin Haythe and Ted Elliot & Terry Rossio draw on a wide range of influences to create an action blockbuster that’s as disturbing and melancholy as it is fanciful and fun. With a pointed framing device, the movie initiates its own conversation of making a postmodern Western. In 1933 San Francisco, before the backdrop of a half-constructed Golden Gate Bridge and an escaping red balloon of innocence, a little boy (Mason Elston Cook) walks into a Wild West exhibition and up to a display labeled “The Noble Savage in His Natural Habitat.â€? The image before him is no wax dummy. In a bit of magical absurdism (by way of “Little Big Manâ€?), it’s a 100-yearold Tonto (Johnny Depp), who tells his story to a confused child who is the audience’s surrogate. In 1869 Texas, an action sequence shackles (Ă  la “The Defiant Onesâ€?) Tonto to John Reid (Armie Hammer, well cast). He’s the man who will become The Lone Ranger — but not before we see him reading John Locke’s “The Treatises of Governmentâ€? and averring, “This here’s my Bible.â€? Reid’s arc will be one of disillusionment, passing through greed and corruption to arrive at the conclusion “If men like him represent the law, I’d rather be an outlaw.â€? This pop-culture reboot — an example of Hollywood’s current default position — operates in large part as a deconstruction of its source material, including the Lone Ranger’s historical trust in government, and Tonto’s nickname for him, “Kemo Sabe.â€? What used to mean “trusty scoutâ€? now means “wrong brother,â€? a gag that punnily evolves in mean(continued on page 31)


All showtimes are for Friday through Sunday only unless otherwise noted. For other times, as well as reviews and trailers, go to Before Midnight (R) Guild Theatre: 2:15, 5:15, 8:15 p.m. The Bling Ring (R) ((1/2 Century 16: 9:45 a.m. & 3:45, 9:50 p.m. Despicable Me 2 (PG) Century 16: 9:15 & 11:45 a.m. & 2:30, 5:15, 8, 10:35 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 12:01 a.m. In 3D 10:45 a.m. & 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:35 p.m. Century 20: 10:05 & 11:45 a.m. & 12:40, 2:20, 3:10, 4:55, 5:40, 7:30, 8:10, 10, 10:40 p.m. The East (PG-13) ((( Palo Alto Square: 1:30, 4:15, 7:15, 10 p.m. Fog Over Frisco (1934) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Fri 6:10 & 9:05 p.m. Grease Sing-Along (PG-13) ((( Century 16: Sun 2 p.m. Mon 2 p.m. Tue 2 p.m. Wed 2 & 7 p.m. Thu 2 p.m. Century 20: Sun 2 p.m. The Heat (R) (( Century 16: 9:25 & 11:10 a.m. & 12:15, 1:55, 3:10, 4:45, 5:55, 7:45, 9, 10:40 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 11:50 p.m. Century 20: 10:50 a.m. & 12:20, 1:40, 3:05, 4:25, 6, 7:25, 8:50, 10:20 p.m. (Sun no 12:20, 3:05, 4:25, 8:50 p.m.) I’m So Excited (R) Palo Alto Square: 2, 4:30, 7:25, 9:45 p.m. The Internship (PG-13) (( Century 16: 10:50 a.m. & 1:45, 4:50, 7:35, 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 10:55 a.m. & 4:40, 10:10 p.m. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (R) Century 20: 10:30 a.m. & 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:35, 8:40, 10:45 p.m. The Lone Ranger (PG-13) Century 16: 9 & 10:45 a.m. & 12:20, 2:15, 3:50, 5:30, 7:20, 9:10, 10:45 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 11:40 p.m. Century 20: 10:15 & 11:15 a.m. & 1:35, 2:35, 4:55, 6, 8:20, 9:25 p.m. In XD 12:15, 3:35, 7, 10:25 p.m. Man of Steel (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 9:05 a.m. & 3:55, 7:15 p.m. In 3D 12:35, 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 1:25, 7:40 p.m. In 3D 10:20 a.m. 4:30, 10:50 p.m. The Met: Armida (Not Rated) Century 16: Wed 7 p.m. Monsters University (G) (((1/2 Century 16: 9:30 a.m. & 12:30, 3:30 p.m. In 3D 11 a.m. & 2, 5, 7:55, 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 10:20 a.m. & 1, 3:45, 6:25, 9:10 p.m. In 3D 12:05, 2:40, 5:15, 7:55, 10:35 p.m. Much Ado About Nothing (PG-13) (((1/2 Aquarius Theatre: 2:15, 5:15, 8:15 p.m. Century 20: 2, 7:25 p.m. Now You See Me (PG-13) (( Century 16: 12:45 & 7:10 p.m. Century 20: 10:45 a.m. & 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:55 p.m. Of Human Bondage (1934) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Fri 7:30 p.m. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R) Guild Theatre: Sat midnight. Star Trek: Into Darkness (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 10:05 a.m. & 4:05, 7:25 p.m. In 3D 1:05, 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 1:50, 7:45 p.m. In 3D 10:40 a.m. & 4:45, 10:45 p.m. This Is The End (R) ((1/2 Century 16: 10:30 a.m. & 1:20, 4:10, 7:30, 10:15 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 12:01 a.m. Century 20: 12:10, 2:45, 5:25, 8:05, 10:40 p.m. To Be or Not to Be (1942) (Not Rated) (((( Stanford Theatre: Sat-Sun 3:45 & 7:30 p.m. Unfaithfully Yours (1948) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Sat-Sun 5:35 & 9:20 p.m. Unfinished Song (PG-13) (( Aquarius Theatre: 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m. White House Down (PG-13) ((1/2 Century 16: 9:10 & 10:55 a.m. & 12:25, 3:25, 5:05, 7:05, 8:30, 10:10 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 1:50 p.m. Century 20: 10:30 & 11:55 a.m. & 1:30, 2:55, 4:30, 5:55, 7:35, 9, 10:40 p.m. World War Z (PG-13) Century 16: 6:45, 9:45 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 11:15 p.m. In 3D 11:15 a.m. & 2:10, 5:10, 8:15 p.m. Century 20: 10:35 a.m. & 1:15, 4, 6:45, 9:35 p.m. In 3D 11:40 a.m. & 2:25, 5:10, 8, 10:50 p.m.

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ing from distrust to “brother from another mother�-hood. In sun-cracked white face paint and with a dead crow perched atop his head, this Tonto is both a typically oddball Depp creation, and an embodiment of the sane insanity of the unfathomably victimized: If he’s a fool, he’s a holy fool. Plenty is wrong with Verbinski’s movie, which goes on far too long while still shunting women to the margins. Depp’s talent aside and the actor’s unverified claims of Native American heritage to the contrary, I wouldn’t blame anyone for taking offense at what might be called “redface.� But the ethical ironies don’t quite seem lost on the filmmakers. Along with the shovelfuls of sugar that are some pretty spectacular action sequences, this “Lone Ranger� prompts “The Cosplay Kid� of the Comic-Con era of cinema to swallow the sins of our forefathers and the ones we countenance today. Rated PG-13 for action, violence and suggestive material. Two hours, 29 minutes. — Peter Canavese

Despicable Me 2 -(Century 16, Century 20) The bad guy who “Gru� into blissful domesticity returns in “Despicable Me 2,� a

CGI-animated sequel that consistently chooses the road more traveled. While the original “Despicable Me,� from 2010, wasn’t exactly one for the ages, it had provocative undertones courtesy of its antihero, Gru (Steve Carell). Since the first film’s arc arrived at a nice Gru who embraced single-fatherhood with three little girls, there’s little point in blandly extending the story. Then again, though you can’t squeeze blood from a turnip, you can squeeze lucre from a hit movie by sequelizing it. And so Gru finds himself recruited by the Anti-Villain League to root out an undercover super-villain plotting to unleash a mutating serum. Gru reluctantly partners up with AVL agent Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig). Before long, Lucy’s positioned as the potential mother Gru’s cute daughter Agnes (Elsie Fisher) has been pining for. The courtship of Agnes’ father gets “Despicable Me� into some uncomfortable territory, with distasteful women browbeating and/or boring Gru until he realizes the woman for him has been under his nose all along. Unfortunately, Lucy’s a thinly developed character gradually reduced from a suffer-no-fools professional to a passive damsel in distress. “Despicable Me� gets by on such stereotypes. The writers take Carell’s comical invented Eastern European dialect as license for not-so-comical ethnic stereotypes: bad-guy candidates Floyd Eagle-san (Ken Jeong, who’s built his career on braying, thickly accented Asians) and Eduar-

do Perez, an obese Mexican restaurateur who may be luchador-styled super-villain “El Macho� in disguise (Benjamin Bratt inherited the role from Al Pacino, who walked off the film just two months ago). Carell and Wiig know their way around funny line readings, and “Despicable Me 2� throws a fair amount of diverting nonsense at the screen, from jelly guns to fart guns. But even kids happy to be out of the house may smell the creative laziness and waywardness. The defining cliche of the last decade of animated movies involves breaking into an ironic music video for a pop tune that’s become a wedding dance-floor standard; the “Shrek� franchise did it every time, inspiring plenty of copycats. “Despicable Me 2� culminates with a double-music video finish designed to see audiences out in a pop-narcotic laughing-gas daze. As a tactic, it’s a poor substitute for a satisfying story. The sequel retains a hint of the Euro-flavor and Dahl-lite tone of its predecessor, leaning heavily on Gru’s babbling, Twinkie-lookalike minions for crowd-pleasing CGI slapstick. Those minions get their own movie next Christmas, plugged in this movie’s credits. Too bad the creative team didn’t just skip right to that spinoff, bypassing this passable but rather limp adventure. Rated PG for rude humor and mild action. One hour, 38 minutes. — Peter Canavese


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I’m So Excited -(Palo Alto Square) Writer-director Pedro AlmodĂłvar returns to broad comedy with “I’m So Excited,â€? a wacky, candy-colored allegory for modern life. Unfortunately, a plot about a plane that has trouble making a landing could just as well be a metaphor for the movie itself. With its 1960s color scheme and cheeky comic sensibility, “I’m So Excitedâ€? takes off promisingly before literally and figuratively flying in circles. With its suspiciously phallic name, Peninsula Air is just the outfit for a story that sets out to prove its own internal observation: “Give ‘em sex and booze and they’ll be happy.â€? A brief prologue on an airport tarmac amusingly allows Antonio Banderas and PenĂŠlope Cruz to be responsible for screwing up the plane’s landing gear and trapping passengers, pilots and flight crew in a Sartrean limbo. AlmodĂłvar very deliberately marginalizes the coach passengers as drugged sheep, opting to spend most of the film in the only superficially classy first class. There, a trio of gay stewards (Javier CĂĄmara, Carlos Areces, RaĂşl ArĂŠvalo) wait on the morally compromised elite, including a scandalized banker (JosĂŠ Luis Torrijo), a suspiciously terse mystery man (JosĂŠ Maria Yazpik), a pair of newlyweds (Miguel Angel Silvestre and Laya MartĂ­), an actor/lothario (Guillermo Toledo), and a dominatrix (Cecilia Roth) to the rich and famous. They’re joined by one interloper from

economy class, a cheery virgin psychic (Lola DueĂąas) for whom knowledge is power. What follows amounts to a perverted comedy of manners, with the characters spilling drinks, secrets and sperm in a haphazard, fearful response to potential sudden death. Almodovar merrily doses his characters with mescaline-laced Valencia cocktails, while the bisexual pilots (Antonio de la Torre and Hugo Silva) carry on a comic soap opera with the stewards. But while the film isn’t aimless, exactly, its plot feels that way as the director loses his grip on his audience. “I’m So Excitedâ€? is as beautiful to regard as any AlmodĂłvar picture, and he remains distinctively funky in his approach, but there’s a tone-deafness to too much of the material here, from a rape sequence played for laughs to a musical number that painfully falls flat. And so the film insistently plays at being transgressive, growing curiouser and curiouser, but coming more from a place of “I’m going to make my dolls kiss. Won’t that be naughty?â€? than one of productive social satire. Yes, the distractions of drugs and sex will always distract us from the other defining social forces — and, yes, as per an amusing running gag, we’ve given up on privacy — but AlmodĂłvar effectively endorses it all, concluding we might as well have fun with it. Rated R for strong sexual content and drug use. One hour, 30 minutes. — Peter Canavese

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The chase for Chryst is over

LACROSSE HONOR . . . Palo Alto High grad Jonny Glazier has been named an All-Academic honoree by US Lacrosse. A total of 101 players were named to the academic team while another 206 were named All-American. A US Lacrosse AllAcademic honoree is a player who exhibits exemplary lacrosse skills, good sportsmanship on the field, and represents high standards of academic achievement in the classroom. This player also should have left his mark beyond the lacrosse field and the classroom by making significant contributions of service to the school and/or community.

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Palo Alto senior quarterback Keller Chryst can concentrate on the Vikings’ upcoming season after making his college choice last week by announcing that he’ll continue his career at Stanford University next fall.

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Stanford grad Seidemann adds to her player of the year awards by Rick Eymer he year just keeps getting better for recent Stanford grad Melissa Seidemann. The two-meter standout was named ACWPC Player of the Year to headline six Cardinal women’s water polo players selected to the organization’s AllAmerica teams. The announcement marks the third straight year that a Stanford player has claimed the ACWPC’s top player honor, as Seidemann follows Kiley Neushul (2012) and Annika Dries (2011). Seidemann and freshman Maggie Steffens were named first team All-Americans, Dries and Neushul were selected to the second team while senior Kate Baldoni and junior Kaley Dodson earned honorable mention. The six players helped lead the Cardinal



to a 29-3 record and a fourth straight trip to the NCAA Championship Game, where Stanford fell 10-9 to USC in quadruple overtime. For Seidemann, who earned her fourthcareer All-America honor, it completes a sweep of national player of the year honors as she earned the Peter J. Cutino Award June 1. In 2013 Seidemann led the Cardinal with 75 goals which brought her career tally to 239, tying her with Lauren Silver ‘09 atop Stanford’s career scoring list. She netted 15 hat tricks among her 23 multi-goal games and was named to the All-MPSF First Team and to the National Collegiate All-Tournament Team. Steffens, also a first-team All-MPSF pick, (continued on page 34)

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VOLLEYBALL . . . Stanford sophomore Jordan Burgess was one of three U.S. players to record 10 points as the women’s junior national volleyball team finished the FIVB U20 World Championship with a 25-15, 25-22, 25-18 victory over Puerto Rico on Sunday to finish 17th in Brno, Czech Republic. Stanford incoming freshmen Merete Lutz and Kelsey Humphreys also contributed as the Americans ended their stay on a three-match winning streak. They were 4-4 overall at the world tournament . . . Stanford grad Alix Klineman will join fellow Cardinal grads Kristin Richards Hildebrand and Cassidy Lichtman when the U.S. women’s national volleyball team meets Japan in the USA Volleyball Cup, a threematch series between July 10 and 13 in three different Southern California venues. Klineman, who has been playing in Italy since graduating from Stanford two years, joins a team that includes six players with Olympic Games experience. The U.S., ranked No. 1 in the world by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), begins the series with No. 3 Japan on July 10 at UC San Diego, followed by a July 12 match at Long Beach State. The series concludes on July 13 at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano. NET NOTES . . . Stanford sophomore Nolan Paige earned a chance to qualify for the U.S. Open last week and will participate in the U.S. Open National Playoffs at Yale beginning Aug. 16. Paige beat 35-year-old former pro Jayman Crabb, 6-4, 6-4, in the finals of the Section Qualifying held at Yale. Crabb, from Australia, has a 232-201 career record. Paige could run into Menlo School grad Andrew Ball, who won the Northern California qualifying tournament with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over York School senior Joshua Pompan in Salinas. Stanford grad Bradley Klahn, a former NCAA singles champion, started the week with a career-best ranking of 178. He lost his first-round qualifying match at Wimbledon, 6-2, 1-6, 9-7. Stanford products Mallory Burdette and Nicole Gibbs, who have a combined four NCAA singles and/or doubles titles to their credit, also opened the week with their career-high singles ranking.

by Keith Peters alo Alto High senior quarterback Keller Chryst is spending some quality time these days in Wisconsin. He’s not participating in another football camp, rather he’s on a family vacation. Chryst likely is enjoying the time away from football, now that he’s made one of the most important career choices of his life — which university he’ll be attending. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder made that decision last week when he verbally committed to Stanford on Tuesday and then made it official to the public on Friday. “It just kind of hit me,� Chryst told ESPN of his decision to announce. “I just thought might as well do it right now. It was the right time to make a decision.� Chryst actually had Stanford No. 1 on his list all along, despite the fact it had been reported that Alabama, Pitt and USC were also on the list. Stanford and USC were the top choices. “We knew all along that Stanford was his No. 1,� said Paly football coach Earl Hansen. “It was just a matter of his grades. It’s still not a done deal.� Hansen, of course, pointed out that Chryst still needs to keep his reported 3.7 GPA in good standing if he wants to make the short trip across El Camino Real to perhaps become another in the long line of standout Cardinal quarterbacks. “It feels great,� Chryst told Phil Murphy of in a video interview. “I’m just honored humbled to have the opportunity to play at such a university like Stanford. I’m just really excited to play for those guys.� Former Stanford and current

Recent Stanford grad Melissa Seidemann has been named the ACWPC Player of the Year.



Survival is crucial in playoffs

The season continues in Europe

Little League, Babe Ruth teams battling to stay alive in the postseason

U.S. Championships send top local athletes to Spain and Russia

by Kevin Macario

by Rick Eymer

t this point in the season, it’s all about survival when it comes to youth baseball playoffs. Local Little League teams are in the one-and-done mode at three area District 52 tournaments while Babe Ruth squads will be wrapping up District 6 all-star events this weekend. In the District 52 Little League tourneys, no local teams remain in the winners’ brackets. Thus, it’s a day-to-day kind of life. For the 11-12 Majors at the Belmont Sports Complex, Palo Alto National met Menlo-Atherton on Thursday morning while Palo Alto American and Alpine/West Menlo faced elimination games later in the day. All three needed victories to reach Saturday’s next stop in the consolation bracket. In the 10-11 tourney at Red Morton Park in Redwood City, MenloAtherton will play Half Moon Bay while Palo Alto American faces Belmont/Redwood Shores on a joining fields on Friday (5:30 p.m.) in consolation action. The winners will play Saturday at 12:30 p.m. In the 9-10 all-star tourney hosted at Burgess Park and La Entrada School, Alpine/West Menlo is the lone remaining local team and next will play Half Moon Bay on Friday at La Entrada (5:30 p.m.) following a 7-2 win over Pacifica American on Tuesday night. In Babe Ruth, Palo Alto has three all-star teams playing this week at three different sites. The 15s are hosting the District 6 Tournament and will open Friday against either Bel-Mateo or Mountain View at 4 p.m. Should Palo Alto win, it will play for the title on Saturday at Baylands Athletic Center at 1 p.m. The Palo Alto Babe Ruth 14year-old all-stars advanced to the next round of the District 6 playoffs with an 8-7 victory over Mountain View on Tuesday night at the

he Phillips 66 U.S. National Swimming Championships came to a close Saturday as Palo Alto High grad Jasmine Tosky recorded the best finish of any local swimmer. She placed seventh in the 200-meter individual medley, swimming a 2:15.00, at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. Tosky will be taking a trip to Kazan, Russia for the World University Games next month. Maybe not on the same level as dream destination Barcelona, but still an international meet among her peers. She’s eligible to compete in the 50, 100 and 200 fly. Stanford’s Maya DiRado will be going to Spain for the FINA World Championships, which begin July 19, and is tentatively scheduled to compete in the 200 fly, the 400 IM and the 800 free relay. She scratched out of the 200 IM on Saturday. Stanford grads Eugene Godsoe and BJ Johnson are also on the way to the world championships. Johnson will swim the 200 breast while Godsoe will go to Spain as the American champion in both the 50 fly and the 100 fly. “It’s not something I quite expected,� Godsoe told Swimming World magazine. “I’ve been nipping at everybody’s heels for three or four years now. Every year I could be there, I could get there.� Godsoe, who said he was going to swim through at least 2014 after a strong showing at the Arena Santa Clara Grand Prix, is talking several years, as in 2016, following his achievements in Indianapolis over the past week. “I moved back to Stanford and I have great coaching and a great environment around me,� Godsoe said. “I think all the pieces are finally coming together. I’m excited not only for what I’m doing here but what I could do in the years to come.� Palo Alto grad Liv Jensen (50 free, 400 free relay), Gunn grad Rachael Acker (400 free relay), and former PASA swimmer Adam Hinshaw (200 IM, 400 IM) are also on the WUG roster. Stanford’s Andi Murez will swim on the 400 free relay in Russia, taking over for Catherine Breed, who withdrew due to injury according to USA Swimming. Meanwhile, PASA swimmers Curtis Ogren and Andrew Liang are among those being considered for the U.S. team that will compete in the World Junior Championships in Dubai beginning August 26. Selection for the team is based on results from the U.S. National Championships, US Open and U.S. Junior National Championships. The full team will be announced no later than August 12. N



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The Palo Alto National Little League 11-12 all-stars were hoping to be hanging out together as a team this weekend in the District 52 Tournament in Belmont, but needed to beat Menlo-Atherton on Thursday to remain alive. Belmont Sports Complex. Palo Alto played host Bel-Mateo on Wednesday night, needing a victory to advance toward Friday’s championship gme at 4:30 p.m. Ryan Klapper had two hits and scored three runs while picking up the pitching victory with six innings. Angus Stayte and Jack Molumphy each drove in two runs for the winners. The Palo Alto 13s opened Thursday night at McKelvey Park in Mountain View, needing a victory to reach Friday’s winner’s bracket against host Mountain View at 7 p.m. The championship game is Sunday at 1 p.m. The NorCal State Tournament in each age bracket gets under way next week. Some of Palo Alto’s top Babe Ruth players were busy over the past week at the annual City Tournament, which took an extra game to decide as regular-season champ Alhouse Realty wound up as the overall champ after defeating Guy Plumbing and Heating, 8-4, in the finals on Monday at Baylands. Alhouse, undefeated in tournament play, needed only to win the first game to wrap things up. Guy Plumbing, however, ruined those plans with a 12-8 victory — forcing the challenge game. A four-run rally by Alhouse in the bottom of the fifth wrapped things

up in the second game. Andrew Daschbach’s double tied the game at 4 and Matt Henefarth’s single put Alhouse on top for good at 5-4. Sean Clark made it 6-4 with a sacrifice fly and a fielder’s choice by Ben Simon pushed the advantage to 7-4. Jamie Kruger added a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth to put the finishing touches on the victory. Owen Plambeck contributed five RBI in a losing cause. Simon and Alexii Sigona combined for the pitching victory, which went to Sigona. He allowed five hits and three walks in five innings. In the first game, it looked like Alhouse would make it an early evening after being Guy Plumbing twice in three games during the regular season. Alhouse manager Jeff Voltattorni and coach Rick Carbonneau were pleased with their team’s performance heading into the finals. “The key with this team is chemistry,� Voltattorni said. “They really like playing together, and it really makes my job, Rick’s job, coaching this team pretty easy. The way these guys play, they all work with each other, teach each other, they’ve been that kind of group as young kids. I love coaching these guys.� Kruger, Alhouse’s ace, opened up the game throwing hard with some nasty curve balls. Guy Plumbing brought its bats though, opening

up the first inning with three runs. Evan Easton led off with a single, followed by a walk to Angus Stayte. Winning pitcher Max Gardiner ripped a laser to right-center for a double, scoring the game’s first run. Guy Plumbing followed up with a couple of singles to bring two more runs in. The game looked like it was going to be a slugfest right from the start. Alhouse led the bottom of the first inning with a single, followed by stolen bases and then an RBI single by Ryan Voltattorni. Another run came in as Guy Plumbing had trouble handling Alhouse’s speed on the base paths. Guy Plumbing scored another run in the top of the second, and then ripped the game open in the top of the third inning with seven runs. Stayte had a two-run single for an 8-2 lead and a double by Plambeck drove in two more as Guy Plumbing grabbed an 11-2 lead after three. Gardiner pitched well for Guy Plumbing and shut down Alhouse after the first inning. He also added some clutch hits and RBI to help out the scoring. Easton was the spark plug of the offense, as he got on base his first three at-bats and scored multiple times. Both teams made adjustments mid-game to prepare for the second game, as Guy Plumbing was up nine runs until late in the game. N

NCAA champion Stanford women have No. 1 tennis class Two Cardinal women will play in field hockey’s Junior World Cup for U.S. and Canada


resh off its 18th national championship (17 NCAA, 1 AIAW), the Stanford women’s tennis team appears wellpositioned to defend its title next season and continue its dominance as the sport’s top program. The Cardinal’s three-member recruiting class is ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to spring rankings from through the month of June. Arriving on The Farm next fall is the stellar trio of Taylor Davidson (Statesville, N.C.), Caroline Doyle (San Francisco) and Carol Zhao (Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada).

Stanford’s lineup will look different next year, with the early departure of junior Nicole Gibbs (turned professional) and losses of seniors Natalie Dillon and Stacey Tan to graduation. But the Cardinal returns key regulars Kristie Ahn, Krista Hardebeck and Ellen Tsay, along with the arrival of its seventh consecutive top-10 recruiting class and first group to be ranked No. 1 in the country since 2009. Davidson and Doyle check in as top-five fixtures in the recruiting rankings, compiling numerous wins in national championship and ITF tournaments. Davidson posted a 4-0 record at last summer’s Na-

tional Team Championships, while Doyle reached the Round of 16 in the 2012 US Open Juniors. Zhao, Canada’s top player who captured this year’s Australian Open junior doubles title, is ranked No. 15 in the ITF juniors with four wins in 2012 grand slam events. Field hockey Stanford’s Kelsey Harbin and Maddie Secco have earned roster spots with their respective U21 women’s field hockey national teams and will compete in the Junior World Cup in late July. Held every four years, the Junior World Cup represents the top inter-

national event for elite field hockey athletes under the age of 21. The tournament runs July 27-Aug. 4 in Monchengladbach, Germany. Harbin, a rising junior who was a member of the third-place USA squad at the Junior Pan American Championships last September in Guadalajara, Mexico, is one of 18 players on the U.S. team. A sophomore-to-be, Secco locked up a spot on Canada’s roster, following an intense preparation period that included performances in the National Identification and Development Camp, U21 Argentinian Training Camp & Test Series and Senior Nationals.N



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Water polo

named to the first team. Her teammate, Katy Schaefer from Los Altos, received honorable mention. earned her first All-America nod afIn other news: ter finishing second on the team with Six local water polo players have 60 goals in 2013. A 2012 Olympic been named to the U.S. National gold medalist with Seidemann and Team travel roster for the 2013 FINA Dries, Steffens posted nine hat tricks World Championships this month in among her 20 multi-goal games. Barcelona, Spain. Of the 14 players Dries, who earned her third All- selected, 13 will be chosen to comAmerica nod, scored 35 pete with one serving as an goals including five hat alternate. tricks and 10 multi-goal The roster includes Silgames despite missing the ver. Seidemann, Dries, first month of the season Neushul, Steffens and due to injury. Sacred Heart Prep/UCLA Neushul followed up grad KK Clark of Menlo her 2012 national player Park. of the year campaign with The 14 athletes selected 50 goals in 2013, including feature eight returners nine hat tricks, and being from the team that won named to the All-MPSF Maggie Steffens gold at the 2012 Olympic First Team. Games. The rest of the Baldoni finished her Cardinal team showcases established vetercareer as the anchor of the MPSF’s ans with National Team experience top defense, averaging 7.53 saves a alongside up-and-comers from the game and leading the MPSF with college game. a 4.57 goals-against average. ComFresh off a bronze medal at the bined with the rest of the team’s 2013 FINA World League Super Figoalie corps and its field defense, nal, the team will travel to the NethBaldoni helped the Cardinal to a erlands to compete in an exhibition team figure of just 4.59 goals al- tournament before heading on to lowed per game. Barcelona. A big part of that field defense was Team USA will open competition Dodson, who was a key member of at the FINA World Championships the Cardinal perimeter. Dodson, against Greece on July 21. It will who earned her third All-America then meet Canada and Great Britain nod, also scored 31 goals including to close out group play. The United three hat tricks in 2013. States finished sixth at the last World The NCAA Division III team in- Championships in 2011. Team USA cluded Sacred Heart Prep grad Sarah has won three FINA World ChampiWestcott of Pomona-Pitzer. She was onships (2003, 2007, 2009). N (continued from page 32)

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San Francisco 49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh compared Chryst to former Cardinal All-American and Heisman Trophy runner-up Andrew Luck in a report on Twitter: “Honestly, he reminds me of what Andrew Luck looked like when Andrew was his age in school,� Harbaugh said. “They look very similar in how they play the game, their physical tools and skills. I don’t think I’m going out on a limb saying that.� If Chryst can accomplish some of what Andrew Luck did with the Cardinal offense he should be able to contribute early on.� Chryst’s father, Geep, the the quarterbacks coach of the 49ers. Keller Chryst, meanwhile, said he had a chance to talk briefly with Stanford head coach David Shaw, who has been on vacation. “He was really happy,� Chryst said in a video interview. Chryst told ESPN that he chose Stanford over Alabama, USC and Pitts because “I just felt Stanford

was the best fit for me overall. Every school had something good about it, but I felt Stanford had the most of everything. It’s one of the best academic institutions in the world and they’ve had a great football team the past few years.� Chryst’s college choice was announced at the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in Beaverton, Ore., site of Nike headquarters. Trent Dilfer, the camp host and a former NFL quarterback, said of Chryst on SB Nation: “Keller has been Steady Eddie. He showed more life today. He’s very cerebral and has a calming influence, but shows some fire and excitement. Keller is a very artistic passer. He’s a graduate-level passer. He changes speeds and trajectories. He really needs to work on throwing to his left. That’s something he needs to work on.� Chryst is rated as high as the No. 21-ranked player in the country. He took over the No. 1 pocket-passer ranking from David Cornwell in the new ESPN rankings released last week. Chryst competed 134 of 265 passes last season for 2,489

yards and 28 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. He was named to the Junior All-American Team by MaxPreps. Chryst later played on the Palo Alto basketball team, but suffered a bad ankle sprain late in the season that derailed the Vikings’ postseason run in the NorCal playoffs. He showed his fitness in the late spring by running workouts with the track team. Chryst’s announcement not only will take pressure off him, but Hansen as well. Had Chryst delayed his decision, Hansen would have been deluged with phone calls while trying to prepare his team for the 2013 season. “They (football recruiters) can call him only once a week,� Hansen explained. “There’s no limit to them calling me.� That’s why, Hansen said, “We wanted to get it done, before summer started, so he (Chryst) could have a more peaceful summer.� Palo Alto’s first day of school will be Aug. 15, with the first football practice scheduled for Friday the 16th. The Vikings, who finished

8-3 last year after losing to Serra in the CCS Open Division playoffs, will open their season on Sept. 13 at home against San Benito. Perhaps fittingly, Paly has new, larger stands on both sides of the field to accommodate potentially larger crowds for home games against perennial CCS powers like Mitty and Palma. Meanwhile, the likely scenario for Chryst at Stanford would be to redshirt the 2014 season. His first active season would be 2015, when current Cardinal QB incumbent Kevin Hogan is a senior. Chryst is part of a Stanford recruiting class that includes threestar running back Isaiah BrandtSims of Wenatchee, Wash.; three-star cornerback Alijah Holder of Oceanside; three-star cornerback Alameen Murphy of Fort Washington, Md.; three-star fullback Daniel Mars of Mission Viejo; four-star running back Christian McCaffrey of Highlands Ranch, Colo.’ and four-star safety Brandon Simmons of Arlington, Texas.N – Rick Eymer contributed to this story.

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