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Vol. XXXIV, Number 41 N July 12, 2013

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Home & Garden Design

Families find a new balance by unplugging from digital devices PAGE 14

Transitions 11

Spectrum 12

Title Pages 18

Eating Out 23

Movies 25

Puzzles 57

NArts Two worlds reected in paintings, sculptures

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NSports Stanford soccer scores with nation’s best

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NHome See how others grow edible landscapes

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Local news, information and analysis

U.S. agency investigates peer sexual harassment at Paly In aftermath of student magazine’s ‘rape culture’ story, inquiry focuses on school district’s policies and actions by Chris Kenrick federal civil-rights agency is investigating whether Palo Alto High School has complied with legal requirements designed to ensure an “educational environment free of sexual harassment, and whether it responds promptly and effectively to complaints or other notice of sexual harassment.�


and Terri Lobdell In a June 3 letter to Palo Alto Superintendent Kevin Skelly, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) said it had “received information that (Paly) has not provided a prompt and equitable response to notice of peer sexual harassment, including peer harassment related to sexual assault.�

Unlike five other recent or active Office for Civil Rights investigations of the district, which were opened in response to individual complaints, this inquiry apparently was initiated by the federal agency and is a broad compliance review not focused on a particular case or student. Although the notification letter does not mention them specifically, the events reported April 9 in a sixpart story in Paly’s student magazine, Verde, will almost certainly be

a part of the investigation. The articles included anonymous accounts of two alcohol-fueled, off-campus sexual assaults of Paly students; interviews with victims of rape and other Paly students; discussion of Paly students’ attitudes on victimblaming; and an editorial criticizing the mainstream media’s “sympathetic� portrayal of high school rapists in Steubenville, Ohio. In one of the Verde articles, an alleged victim said she felt socially

ostracized at school after she told her parents and police what had happened. After talking with the student and her family, staff of the nonprofit Adolescent Counseling Services who worked at Paly filed a police report on the student’s behalf, but she chose not to press charges. “Everyone was making me feel like just a lying slut who got herself in this situation,� the teen told Verde. (continued on page 8)


SFO airline crash puts Stanford hospitals to the test From mobilizing surgeons to helping with lost glasses, Stanford executes disaster plan by Chris Kenrick

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Meeting their match Young tennis players work on their serves Thursday at the Nike Tennis Camp, held at Stanford University’s Taube Tennis Stadium. The camp trains players age 9 to 18 through mid-August.


In secret, school board weighs not cooperating with federal agency Board vice-president says Office for Civil Rights is ‘strong arming’ district into adopting new policies


alo Alto Board of Education members and their attorneys have discussed in closed session and in emails how they might challenge the legal authority of the federal Department of Education to impose on the district new policies on bullying and other issues and possibly even to conduct investigations, the Weekly has learned. The possible strategy, a far cry from the cooperative and collegial relationship described by district officials and their attorneys in public

by Palo Alto Weekly staff session, was revealed in emails written by school board Vice President Barbara Mitchell and school district attorney Chad Graff of the Oakland law firm of Fagen Freidman and Fulfrost dated June 7 and June 10. Mitchell’s email, directed to board President Dana Tom, Superintendent Kevin Skelly and the attorneys representing the district, expresses her view that the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is “strong arming policy ‘agreements’ at the

school district� and asked questions about what legal means the district might have to counter it. “Your perspectives on this information would be valuable as we plan next steps,� Mitchell wrote. “Please share responses with all board members in ways you see fit.� She asked what could be done to protect the district from “expansive federal requests for information or investigations, and/or protections (continued on page 8)

ithin minutes of Saturday’s crash-landing at San Francisco International Airport of an Asiana Airlines flight carrying 307 passengers, employees at Stanford University’s two hospitals prepared to execute their long-rehearsed “mass casualty plan.� When the first patients arrived by helicopter and ambulance at 1 p.m., about an hour and a half after the crash, medical teams — including eight surgeons and dozens of other physicians — had rallied to treat an unknown number of crash victims potentially on their way. Nobody yet knew how many would come or the extent of their injuries. Ultimately 55 injured passengers were brought to Stanford University Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, drawing not only on medical resources but on translators, social workers, chaplains, the Red Cross and government agencies — and testing the hospitals’ joint plans for a range of disaster scenarios. “We have to continually be ready and prepared 24/7 for any of these types of events,� said registered nurse Melva Scott Averhart, an administrative supervisor at Packard Children’s Hospital, who regularly has trained for such “mass casualty� situations over her 36-year nursing career. Some Mandarin-speaking children arrived at the hospital separated from the adults they’d been traveling with. And since passengers had not cleared customs on the international flight from Seoul, U.S. agents came to the hospital to check on immigration issues. FBI agents and representatives of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security — as well as officials from

the Chinese Consulate and Asiana Airlines — also showed up. To “avoid getting caught up in the chaos, there’s an organized dance that we do,� said David Spain, chief of trauma and surgical critical care at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Hospital & Clinics. “We have a very systematic, orchestrated way of evaluating patients, finding the most life-threatening injuries first and moving down the priority list,� Spain said. “That’s basically what we do every day — on an individual patient none of this was new or different. What was different was that instead of doing that for a few patients, we had 55 patients in six hours.� Available floor nurses were sent to help in the Emergency Department. Medical receiving teams were assembled outdoors in the ambulance bay to facilitate rapid intake and return ambulances to the crash site. Patients who had been in the emergency department prior to the crash either were admitted to the hospital or sent home to make beds available. All told, about 150 staff members mobilized for the disaster. Stanford Hospital first learned of the crash moments after it happened, when an emergency-room nurse noticed photos on the TV screen in the waiting room. She told attending physician Eric Weiss, who also happens to be medical director of Stanford’s Office of Service Continuity and Disaster Planning. At 12:06 p.m. Weiss issued a “code triage,� paging about 900 employees that the hospitals were (continued on page 6)



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on January 14, 2013 the Fire Chief of the City of Palo Alto ďŹ led with the City Clerk of said city a report and assessment on abatement of weeds within said city, a copy of which is posted on the bulletin board at the entrance to the City Hall. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that on August 5, 2013 at the hour of seven p.m. or as soon thereafter in the Council Chambers of said City Hall, said report and assessment list will be presented to the City Council of said City for consideration and conďŹ rmation, and that any and all persons interested, having any objections to said report and assessment list, or to any matter of thing contained therein, may appear at said time and place and be heard. DONNA J. GRIDER, MMC City Clerk

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Thank God we had interpreters. — Lori Durand, a Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital social worker, who helped victims of the Asiana Airlines crash. See story on page 3.

Around Town

CIVIC ENRAGEMENT ... Palo Alto has been awash in neighborhood events this summer, with block parties, foodie gatherings and emergency-planning exercises all coming on board thanks to the City Council’s recent decision to subsidize these events through a “neighborhood grants� program. But the two neighborhood parties set for this Sunday were sparked by another council decision — its June 28 vote to rezone the site at 567 Maybell Ave. to enable construction of a 60-unit apartment complex for low-income seniors and 12 single-family homes at the former orchard site. In approving the project despite major opposition, the City Council has succeeded beyond its wildest dreams in sparking civic engagement, promoting democratic participation and bringing neighbors together (albeit in opposition to the council). On Sunday, July 14, opponents of the rezoning decision are hosting two events geared at getting the needed signatures to bring the decision to a November referendum. From 4 to 6 p.m., there will be a wine and cheese party (it’s still Palo Alto, after all) at a residence at 1121 Harriet St. Those who prefer lemonade and cookies can attend another referendum party at Mitchell Park, near the East Meadow Drive side. That event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. REPRESENT ... Palo Alto has no shortage of opinions when it comes to the rail issues. In recent years, the city has been one of the state’s most vocal critics of the proposed high-speed rail line even as it remained a staunch advocate for Caltrain improvements. The city’s Caltrain station on University Avenue is the second-busiest in the entire system, and the council has been increasingly requiring developers to prevent new traffic problems by buying Caltrain passes for their tenants. But when it comes to having an actual say in Caltrain policies, the city’s voice has been muted by the agency’s bureaucratic structure. Neither the city nor its neighbors in the Midpeninsula have any representatives on the nine-

member Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, which owns and oversees Caltrain. While the board includes three representatives from each of the counties Caltrain serves — San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara — none of the current members representing Santa Clara County are from the northern part of the county (they are Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager, San Jose City Councilman Ash Karla and Gilroy City Councilman Perry Woodward). Now, Palo Alto hopes to change that. To that end, Mayor Greg Scharff has written a letter to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, which appoints members to the Caltrain board, asking the agency to devote at least one of the three spots within its purview to the northern part of the county. “There is no representation for Santa Clara County north of San Jose despite over 75 percent of Santa Clara County boarding north of San Jose.� CANCELED FLIGHTS ... Surf Air, the “all-you-can-fly� airline service that was supposed to take off from the Palo Alto Airport instead made a flyover, putting down wheels at the San Carlos Airport. Santa Monicabased Surf Airlines Inc., or Surf Air, is the Netflix of air travel, but it’s aimed at serial travelers rather than couch potatoes looking to binge on serial dramas. It offers its members unlimited flights between smaller airports — in San Carlos, Santa Barbara and Burbank — for a monthly fee that will run you a tad more than a Netflix episode binge — $1,650. Surf Air CEO Wade Eyerly said he liked the Palo Alto Airport, but practical matters made him decide on San Carlos instead. “The runway was 500 feet longer, and that turned out to matter,� he said. “Plus it kind of splits the difference between the Palo Alto crowd and downtown San Francisco crowd. It’s a little easier to go four miles south of SFO, where the airport itself and facility is.� He said the upcoming transition of ownership from Santa Clara County to the City of Palo Alto didn’t have any bearing on the decision to switch airports. N

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Family files claim against school district Precursor to lawsuit, claim asks for compensation for student’s mental and physical injuries by Terri Lobdell


he family of a Palo Alto special-education student who was previously the focus of an Office for Civil Rights investigation and finding of civil-rights violations against the Palo Alto Unified School District has filed a claim for damages against the district, a legal step required before filing a lawsuit, the Weekly has learned. The June 21 claim alleges a pattern of peer bullying and harassment of the student and the failure of the school and district to protect the student, starting in 2008-09 when the student was in elementary school, according to the claim, a copy of which was provided to the Weekly by the family. The claim states that it arises out of the district’s “knowing, intentional, deliberate, and negligent failure to provide (the student) with access to critical special education programs to which (the student) is entitled by State and Federal law and to intervene promptly and effectively to stop unlawful disability-based harassment of which the district had notice and actual knowledge.� School board President Dana Tom and Vice President Barb Mitchell both declined comment, and Superintendent Kevin Skelly was leaving on vacation earlier this week and unavailable for comment. The claim refers to “PAUSD’s repeated failures to ensure (the student’s) safety and well-being.� It alleges “continuous, pervasive and extreme physical and emotional abuse, discrimination, harassment,

violence, intimidation, and bullying� and injuries including “significant deterioration in (the student’s) mental and physical health, pain and suffering, loss of society with family, denial of access to a public education, and denial of critical special education programs.� As a result of these injuries, the student “will need continuing care and services and seeks punitive and compensatory damages,� according to the claim. A damage amount is not specified but is alleged to exceed $10,000, the maximum range permitted to be stated on the claim form. The school district has 45 days, or until Aug. 5, to either deny the claim or attempt to settle it, according to William Abrams, lawyer for the family and a senior partner in the international corporate law firm of King & Spalding. The district has not yet responded to the claim, Abrams told the Weekly on Monday. After 45 days, the law permits the claim to proceed to a court lawsuit; if a lawsuit is filed, it will be in federal court, Abrams said. Abrams told the Weekly that he and his firm are representing the family in this matter “pro bono� (without charging fees for lawyers’ time). The firm is also advancing costs. “This case involves very serious issues for the student and our school district. We took the case pro bono because the student’s family doesn’t have the financial resources to hire counsel to protect the student’s rights and obtain the relief to which the

who engaged in harassment. The district is in the process of carrying out trainings and developing improved policies and procedures under the direction of the Office for Civil Rights, after Skelly initially tried to keep the public from learning about the investigations’ findings and the resulting settlement agreement (signed last December). The claim covers events that go beyond the Terman school year investigated by the federal agency, including events at a Palo Alto elementary school (which the student attended prior to Terman) and at a Palo Alto middle school attended after Terman. During these several years, the claim alleges, the student was bullied, harassed and emotionally abused by other students, thus subjecting the student to a “hostile environment based on (the student’s) disability and as a result of PAUSD’s negligence and reckless breach of its duties (to the student).� The claim also references difficulties the family encountered in bringing these issues to the attention of the schools and district, citing the “disregard of PAUSD for the efforts of (the student’s) parent to notify PAUSD of (the student’s) need for protection and entitlement to services and care, causing and exacerbating (the student’s) injuries and damages.� The claim also charges the district with “failing to meaningfully engage with (the student’s) parent and family.�

READ MORE ONLINE A copy of the family’s claim has been posted with the digital version of this article on

student is entitled,� Abrams said. According to the King & Spalding website, Abrams “has handled a number of high-profile pro bono matters through the U.S. and California Supreme Courts� involving education, rights of children and youth, foster care and children’s welfare. Abrams also is a Palo Alto resident and Stanford University consulting professor teaching “Children, Youth and the Law� and working on disability law cases with the Stanford Youth and Education Law Clinic. He is also a faculty adviser to the Stanford Students with Disabilities. King & Spalding’s local corporate clientele include Google and HP, and it employs about 800 lawyers according to its website. The student’s experiences at Terman Middle School during 2010-11 were the focus of a Office for Civil Rights investigation, in which the agency found that school and district administrators had failed to take timely, effective steps to stop the bullying. The agency also found that school officials did not have good procedures and systems for addressing complaints, understand federal discrimination laws, conduct a thorough or impartial investigation of reported bullying incidents or take disciplinary action towards students

The claim contains an enumerated list of additional district failures, including failing to “create and implement proper procedures expected and required of a district to provide meaningful ability for (the student) to obtain relief and address (student’s) needs,� “conduct any thorough and impartial investigations of incidents reported,� and “take disciplinary action on students who engaged in harassment, intimidation, and bullying of (the student) or violence against (the student).� The claim specifically names Skelly, Associate Superintendent Charles Young, Director of Special Education Holly Wade and others whose names were redacted as knowing, or having reason to know, that the student was “suffering injuries and damages as a result of bullying, harassment, and physical and emotional abuse.� According to Abrams, the claim seeks damages and other relief to address the student’s ongoing need for care, including appropriate placements and financial support for continuing remedial medical and educational services. The student is currently placed in a residential facility at district’s expense, according to the family. The student has been there since February as part of the student’s Individual Educational Program. Any resolution of the case needs to account for the continuing damages the student is suffering, including after the student “ages out� of the public educational system at age 18, Abrams told the Weekly. N


Discount grocer to open shop at Alma Village Grocery Outlet signs lease on grocery space in Palo Alto formerly occupied by Miki’s Farm Fresh Market


rocery Outlet, a chain specializing in extreme bargains, will take over the Alma Village market space that has been vacant since early April, when Miki’s Farm Fresh Market went out of business. When it opens either late this year or in early 2014, the new grocery store will signify a radical departure from Miki’s, which specialized in local, artisan and high-end produce. According to John McNellis, who developed the plaza near East Meadow Drive, Grocery Outlet will offer Palo Alto something new: discount merchandise. The store will move into a site that has been the subject of intense community controversy in recent years, a debate that began long before the City Council voted in 2009 to approve a

redevelopment of what was previously known as Alma Plaza. The project, which faced scrutiny and opposition, also includes 37 single-family homes and 14 below-market-rate units. The closure of Miki’s, a grocery store that for the city represented the primary “public benefit� of the redevelopment, briefly reignited the controversy, with many residents and some council members pointing to the project as an example of a poorly planned retail site. In an interview Monday, July 8, McNellis said he rejects the notion that a grocery store cannot succeed at Alma Village. The problem with Miki’s, he said, was that it entered a crowded field. Palo Alto and its neighboring cities already have a slew of highend, organic grocery stores, includ-

ing Whole Foods and the recently opened Fresh Market at Edgewood Plaza, McNellis said. “What this site needs is a great value proposition. Someone needs a reason to go there,� McNellis told the Weekly. “To be offering something that isn’t in Palo Alto, in this case bargain groceries, is great.� McNellis said he reached out to other high-end, organic grocers after Miki’s closed, but they declined to lease the space. Grocery Outlet, whose nearest store is in Redwood City, reached out to the developer, he said. McNellis said he was pleased with the grocer’s decision to open in Palo Alto. “Anyone who doesn’t want to pay absolute full price now has to go to Costco,� McNellis said. “There’s a niche here that hasn’t been filled,

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Grocery Outlet, a discount market, is slated to move into the space recently vacated by Miki’s at Alma Village by the end of the year. and Grocery Outlet will be great for the city.� McNellis noted in a statement that Grocery Outlet’s internal sales studies and forecasts for Alma Village have determined that almost all of its sales will come from Palo Alto and Mountain View and that the traffic generated by the new store will be approximately the same as that of Miki’s. The Berkeley-based chain brands itself as “the largest ‘extreme-value’ grocer in the U.S.,� with close to 200

locations nationwide. MacGregor Read, co-CEO of Grocery Outlet, said in a statement that the company is “excited to bring Grocery Outlet to Palo Alto.� “We received many requests to open a store in the area, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer Palo Altoarea residents the opportunity to save up to 50 percent on groceries and other merchandise,� Read said. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@



Online This Week

These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online throughout the week. For longer versions, go to or click on “News� in the left, green column.

Rose Scott, 12, dines at the White House Rose Scott, 12, and her mother just returned to Menlo Park from dining at the White House, where President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama congratulated the 54 winners of the “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.� (Posted July 11, 9:01 a.m.) Crews from the Santa Clara Valley Water District will remove 2,000 cubic yards of sediment — enough to fill 250 dump trucks — from Matadero Creek between U.S. Hwy. 101 and Louis Road. (Posted July 10, 3:13 p.m.)

Suspicious object at train station causes delays A suspicious object that was found at the Palo Alto Caltrain station Monday morning caused a scare and resulted in train delays as police examined the item. (Posted July 10, 11:26 a.m.)

Stanford team unveils solar car for race A group of Stanford students will send their newest creation, Luminos, a 375-pound solar car whose hood is nearly entirely covered with solar panels, on a race through the heart of the Australian Outback to compete in October’s World Solar Challenge. (Posted July 10, 9:54 a.m.)

Thieves tamper with pumps, make off with gas Thieves were able to fill up multiple vehicles without paying a dime when they tampered with gas pumps at the Valero station at 3972 El Camino Real on July 1 and 3. (Posted July 9, 12:01 p.m.)

Record number of marriage licenses for county Santa Clara County is gearing up for another week of same-sex marriages days after what is believed to be the county’s busiest day ever for issuing marriage licenses, officials said. (Posted July 9, 8:41 a.m.)

Stanford Blood Center calls for donations With many of Saturday’s Asiana Airlines plane crash victims being cared for at Stanford Hospital and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, the Stanford Blood Center has announced an urgent need for type O-positive, O-negative blood donors and platelet donors. (Posted July 8, 12:48 p.m.)

SFO plane crash shuts down airport A Boeing 777 aircraft crashed on the runway at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday morning, injuring at least 61 people. Two people are confirmed dead, according to a spokesman from the San Francisco Fire Department. (Posted July 6, 2:38 p.m.)

Man struck, killed by train at Atherton station A man was struck and killed this morning by a train at the Atherton station, Caltrain has confirmed. (Posted July 5, 12:06 p.m.)

Possible road rage turns into shooting A 32-year-old man was shot in the face in the early hours of July 5 in what police said was a possible road-rage incident. The shooting occurred in East Palo Alto just after a night of illegal July 4 celebratory fireworks throughout the city had died down. (Posted July 5, 9:27 a.m.) Want to get news briefs emailed to you every weekday? Sign up for Express, our new daily e-edition. Go to to sign up.

Corrections The story “Letting the dogs out� in the Weekly’s June 21 edition stated that 25 percent of Palo Alto dogs are licensed. Palo Alto Animal Services has updated that calculation to 41 percent. To request a correction, contact Editor Jocelyn Dong at 650-223-6514, or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302.

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Stanford Hospital set up tents outside of the emergency room July 6 so incoming plane-crash patients could rapidly be assessed for injuries.


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on preliminary alert for a full disaster response, said Brandon Bond, who directs the office of emergency management for both hospitals. Bond had been doing housework in San Mateo when he got the first page and drove immediately to the hospital. At 12:47 p.m. — after learning that the San Francisco Fire Department was “triaging 290 patients� at the crash scene and that at least four were already headed to Stanford — Weiss and Bond activated the hospital’s “full mass casualty plan.� A logistical command center sprang up in a specially equipped conference room on the hospital’s third floor. “It has a tremendous amount of additional technology and communications equipment, allowing us to monitor the response and communicate with all our public-safety partners,� Bond said. Both Stanford Hospital and Packard Children’s Hospital were represented in the room full of staff from various hospital departments, all on their laptops tracking bed availability and other aspects of the emergency. Spain, the trauma chief, had just walked the dog and had lunch with his wife at their Palo Alto home when he received the initial “code triage� standby page. Flipping on the television he saw fiery photos from the crash and guessed that “we weren’t going to get many patients (because) there weren’t going to be many survivors. “Then it said the fire broke out later, that people were able to get off. I called in, and they (the hospital) said we were going to be getting a bunch of patients.� Spain was at the hospital by 12:30 p.m., ready to help ensure that enough staffing was available. He found that a number of oth-

ers were already there — a trauma surgeon who had been on call and another surgeon who had been caring for patients in the Intensive Care Unit. A colorectal surgeon who happened to be in the hospital came downstairs to help. The head of pediatric surgery came in. Two other surgeons who recently arrived at Stanford for extra training — including U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jennifer Gurney, who has been on active duty in Afghanistan — also were on hand.

‘The biggest challenge was just making sure we kept track of which patient was which, what the results were, what was still pending and what the unresolved issues were.’ —David Spain, chief of trauma and surgical critical care, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Hospital & Clinics An additional 10 surgery residents — including four who arrived at Stanford as new interns two weeks ago — also came to help. “The biggest challenge was just making sure we kept track of which patient was which, what the results were, what was still pending and what the unresolved issues were,� Spain said. “It’s rarely what you know that gets you in trouble — it’s what you don’t know. So we spent a lot of time making sure we knew what we knew about people, and what we didn’t know.� Professor Ann Weinacker, chief of staff at Stanford Hospitals & Clinics, described the scene after walking through the emergency department:

“There was not a lot of drama. It was almost like business as usual, only there were many more people.� Of the 55 patients evaluated and treated Saturday, 18 were admitted — 11 of them to Stanford Hospital and seven to Packard Children’s Hospital. As of Thursday morning, all had been released from the hospital except for two adults, one upgraded from critical to serious condition and the other listed in good condition. Viviane Vanderwoud, who practiced pediatrics in Brazil and now manages interpreter services at Packard Children’s Hospital, was having lunch at a restaurant in Town & Country Village Saturday when she got the “code triage� page. Since it was a Korean airline, Vanderwoud first assumed she would most need her single Korean interpreter, who happened to be out of the country. (Most of Packard’s 38 round-the-clock staff interpreters are Spanish-speaking.) When it became clear that Mandarin was needed, she enlisted help from an outside agency as well as from the main hospital’s staff of interpreters. The South Korean government said 141 passengers carried Chinese passports, 77 South Korean passports and 61 U.S. passports and that the rest of the passengers were other nationalities. “The good part of having both hospitals so close together is we help each other mutually,� Vanderwoud said. “Stanford offered to help us if needed because they have more inhouse Mandarin interpreters as staff members.� At 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Packard Hospital social worker Lori Durand was paged to come in to work with the children from the crash. “Thank God we had interpreters,� said Durand, who helped coordinate needs such as clothing, lost glasses and locating responsible adults. It was breakfast time and nurses were searching for “comforting



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A Stanford Hospital medical team receives a victim of the Asiana Airlines crash, who was transported July 6 by a Napa County ambulance. food, like they’d have at home,� Durand said. Someone remembered that congee, a rice porridge, was available in the hospital cafeteria and brought it up for the kids. “A couple of kids had lost their glasses. One of the nurses had a similar prescription as one of the children so she let him borrow her glasses for the day,� Durand said. “My partner social worker was in touch with the Red Cross, who gave them vouchers to take to an optometrist to get replacement glasses.� A Chinese Consulate official came to help, and an airline representative offered to try to locate the children’s luggage. Durand said she tried to caution the children against listening or watching accounts of the plane crash, which would hinder their recovery from the trauma. “We used interpreters to call the parents back in the children’s home countries,� she said. “Luckily, they’d already talked to their kids and knew they were safe, and we just reassured them that the kids were doing well and being taken care of.� Durand worked with parents to locate responsible adults to whom the children could be released. “One adult was at another hospital with a couple of other kids he was in charge of. He said, ‘Can I send so-and-so,’ but the parents had never heard of that person, so we said, ‘No, we can’t just have anybody.’ “Eventually we were able to lo-

cate a teacher the father was familiar with, and he said it was OK,� Durand said. All seven children were discharged from the hospital by Sunday night. In the end, both hospitals were prepared to handle more patients than the number who came Saturday. “The Emergency Department remained fully open to accept trauma unrelated to the plane crash,� Bond said following a debriefing session about the crash response held Tuesday. Other points from the debriefing session, Bond said, were that “international relations with China remain strong and were further developed as a result of the response.� Medical staff “remained in constant communication with the (Chinese) Consulate,� he said. The hospital call centers fielded nearly 1,000 calls in four hours Saturday. Bond said Saturday’s alert was the largest Stanford hospitals have faced at least since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, and he has been unable to find anyone who remembers what the hospital was like on that day. “We learn from every response,� he said Thursday. “We are developing a comprehensive after-action report, which will result in continuous improvement to our emergency operations plan.� N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com.

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council has no meetings scheduled this week. ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The commission plans to discuss the design of the proposed reconfiguration for the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course. The board also plans to review 1601 California Ave., a proposal by Stanford Real Estate for demolition of about 200,000 square feet of existing office space to be replaced with 185 housing units, including 67 detached single-family homes and 118 multi-family units. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

Interest rates are at a two-year high and heading higher. The recent spike in rates has left buyers and sellers alike wondering how higher mortgage rates will affect the real estate market. Rising mortgage rates may ďŹ nally be forcing many hesitant buyers into the market. NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), which is based on home purchase contracts, in May reached its highest level since late 2006. NAR also announced it was upgrading its price forecast for 2013. It appears some of the rise in contract signings could be from buyers wanting to take advantage of current mortgage interest rates before they move higher. This implies a continuation of double-digit price increases from a year earlier, with a strong push from pent-up demand. Home prices are not going down any time soon unless the economy or other

fundamentals change the direction of the market. Although interest rates are at a two-year high they still low in comparison to previous years. As inventory levels have dwindled over the past year, the growing ranks of buyers have helped propel dramatic price increases. As long as our inventory remains low and demand is high, interest rates should not have a meaningful effect on the market especially given that a signiďŹ cant number of offers in our area are cash offers. Multiple offers will continue to be the norm although the total number of offers received on a listing could decrease. For the ďŹ rst half of 2013, the median sale price increased 25% for Palo Alto (from $1,726,000 in 2012 to a record high of $2,150,000), 15% for Menlo Park (from $1,325,000 to $1,525,000), and 12.5% in Atherton (from $3,200,000 to $3,600,000).

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from subsequently discovered ‘violations’ unrelated to the complaint, or when there is no complaint at all?� (The timing of Mitchell’s email coincides with the notification by the Office for Civil Rights that it was launching a compliance review of the district’s policies and procedures on sexual harassment and discrimination, which was initiated without a complaint. See related story on page 3.) Her email also reveals that the district has made its own Freedom of Information Act request to the Office for Civil Rights for all the evidence compiled, including the agency’s written records of interviews in all the civil-rights investigations it has conducted in the district. Mitchell’s email was forwarded on June 10 by Skelly to other board members, with her name removed, along with an email from Graff, indicating they were “in preparation for our discussion tomorrow� (June 11) in a closed meeting of the board. Graff’s email said he would review Mitchell’s questions and “bring them into Tuesday’s discussion of the District’s steps to question OCR actions that are not legally directed and to obtain oversight of OCR actions that are overstepping their authority.� He also indicated his law firm had been “pressing OCR for concrete identification of the legal issues that are the bases for their investigations.� The emails, which were post-

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“Even though I know that’s not what happened, that’s how people were making me feel.� It is also likely that investigators will look at how the school responded in January when officials learned of sexually explicit gossip and harassment of several students on an anonymous blog called “PA Gossip Girl� and then spread to Facebook. At the time, students notified police and Paly principal Phil Winston, but gossip and peer harassment (including reference to a sexual assault) continued both on and off campus and on social media, according to several students interviewed by the Weekly. At a May 7 school board meet-

ed on the district’s website June 26 along with dozens of others among attorneys, board members and staff at the school district, were labeled “Privileged & Confidential Attorney Client Correspondence� and were intended to be redacted from public view, according to both Mitchell and Skelly, who learned they were visible when the Weekly sought their comments on Tuesday. Mitchell and Skelly both responded by email stating that the emails were “inadvertently� posted on the district’s website and requested that the Weekly “refrain from reviewing and/or using these communications for any reason� and delete or destroy any copies. By late Tuesday afternoon, copies had been removed from the district’s website. Mitchell, Tom, Skelly and a spokesperson for the Office for Civil Rights in Washington, D.C., all declined to comment on the contents of the emails or the district’s strategies. It is unclear whether a board majority has authorized the district’s lawyers to research ways the district might challenge the authority of the Department of Education, what legal actions were under consideration and what decisions, if any, were reached by the board. Board members Melissa Baten Caswell and Heidi Emberling both told the Weekly they support cooperating with the Office for Civil Rights and working with it to improve district practices. They would not discuss the June 11 closed session nor speak for the board as a whole. Camille Townsend was uning and in an email to members of the Board of Education, Stanford Law School Professor Michele Dauber asserted that the Verde articles should have triggered an investigation by the school district as to whether the alleged victims faced a “hostile environment� at Paly due to the assaults and because of the victim-blaming recounted in the articles. Dauber, who developed Stanford’s current sexual-harassment policies and co-founded the parent group We Can Do Better Palo Alto, said she believed the district had failed to meet its legal obligation to look into the matter, which is required under Title IX even if the alleged sexual assaults occurred off campus and even if no complaint is made to the school. Later in May, Skelly said the dis-

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Palo Alto government action this week

City Council The council did not meet this week.

Planning and Transportation Commission (July 2)

3159 El Camino Real: The commission held a site and design review for 3159 El Camino Real, a four-story development that includes 48 housing units, office space and a restaurant. The commission voted to approve the project. Yes: King, Martinez, Michael, Panelli, Tanaka Absent: Alcheck, Keller


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available for comment. In an email to the Weekly, Tom stated that the board’s June 11 closed meeting was proper. “The board’s closed session discussion on June 11 of two cases with significant exposure to litigation was properly agendized, and the board’s conference with legal counsel was in complete compliance with the agenda item,� Tom wrote. The posted agenda for that closed session stated the board would discuss two cases of “anticipated litigation� that involved facts and circumstances that the district believed were not known to the potential plaintiffs, one of the allowable reasons for a closed session. Jim Ewert, general counsel of the California Newspaper Publishers Association, speculated that this stated exception could be based on reasoning that if the district were to decide to renege on one of its resolution agreements with the Office for Civil Rights or refused to cooperate with current investigations it could expose itself to legal action by the federal government. Since the district voluntarily entered into a settlement agreement that committed it to developing and submitting discriminatory harassment policies for Office for Civil Rights approval, it would appear

READ MORE ONLINE The Office for Civil Rights letter to the school district about the Title IX investigation has been posted with the digital version of this story on Palo Alto Online.

trict was conducting an inquiry into the matter. The district is “reviewing what we knew (and) what steps we took to address the concerns� raised by the articles, Skelly told the Weekly May 15. There has been no report on the results of that review, and Skelly declined to comment about it via email this week. In the June 3 letter from the Office for Civil Rights notifying Skelly of the federal investigation, Regional Director Arthur Zeidman said his agency is “a neutral fact finder, collecting and analyzing relevant evidence from the recipient and other sources as appropriate.� Opening an investigation in no way implies that the Office for Civil Rights has made a determination with regard to the issue’s merits, he said. The Weekly obtained the letter from the agency, which released it in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. School officials had kept the existence of the notification letter secret from the public by excluding it from public copies of communications with school board members, asserting it was a confidential student matter. In an email Tuesday, July 9, Skelly asked the Weekly not to publish

the district’s primary option would be to stop complying with the agreement and essentially force the government to either back down or cut off the approximately $5.3 million in federal funds received by the district each year. Another possibility is that the district is considering not cooperating with a new federal investigation into how Palo Alto High School has complied with laws dealing with peer sexual harassment and assault. Terry Francke, general counsel, of Californians Aware, a public-access advocacy group, questioned the appropriateness of the closed-session discussion. “What I think makes the case for hush-hush discussion particularly weak is that this is a controversy purely of law. ... There are no surprise witnesses, experts or evidence to be kept under wraps. And the district’s legal theory is precisely what it will lead with, possibly even fully articulating it in a letter to (OCR) announcing its intention to withdraw (from a resolution agreement) if things get that far,� Francke said. Former school board candidate Ken Dauber, co-founder of the parent group We Can Do Better Palo Alto and a regular advocate of more transparency in the operations of the school district, said he found the emails “very distressing.� “The reason that We Can Do Better Palo Alto has been calling for full, prompt, transparent and public discussion of this issue is precisely in order to avoid this kind of inappropriate behind-closed-doors discussion. It now appears that the board is telling the public that it is

cooperating with OCR, while at the same time planning in closed sessions to evade federal civil-rights law. The board and district leadership should instead be focusing their attention on ensuring that all of our children receive the fair and equal treatment that they are entitled to,� Dauber said in a statement. In her email, Mitchell suggested that the federal agency didn’t currently have the legal authority to mandate district policies on discriminatory harassment because there are two pending bills in Congress that would create that authority with little chance of passage. “If the prospect of these bills passing is as slim as speculated here, it could explain the interest OCR has in strong arming policy ‘agreements’ at the school district and state level. It also provides a highly legitimate reason for school districts to avoid acting on policy language before Congress does,� Mitchell wrote. A review of the two bills Mitchell referenced, however, shows that they are unrelated to the legislative authority under which Office for Civil Rights operates. They would enact requirements for bullying policies and grievance procedures to protect all students. Under current federal law, the agency’s jurisdiction is limited to allegations of discriminatory harassment based on gender, race, national origin, disability and other so-called “protected� classes. The Palo Alto district’s dealings with the Office for Civil Rights have all revolved around cases of discriminatory bullying and harassment. N

information about the new investigation and implied it focused on a single student and could harm the alleged victim’s “progress in her educational program that may come from public discussion.� The district has not taken this position with other Office for Civil Rights complaints (except to redact names and identifying information, of which there were none in this latest letter, since it wasn’t based on an individual complaint). “The District and OCR have been working together to protect the student’s privacy and to confirm the district’s compliance with Title IX,� Skelly said. Nevertheless, the Office for Civil Rights released the letter to the Weekly without redactions. Neena Chaudhry, an expert on Title IX, said it is common for victims to face a “hostile learning environment� following an alleged sexual assault, at both the high school and college levels. “The effects are serious; there have been grave injuries to students,� said Chaudhry, senior counsel with the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C. In conducting an investigation into this sort of situation, Chaudhry said, the Office for Civil Rights probably will look first at what the school knew or should have known, what its policies and procedures were, and who the Title IX coordinator was and what actions were taken. (In Palo Alto, school principals are the designated site coordinators, and Associate Superintendent Charles

Young is the district’s coordinator.) Paul Kandell, Paly journalism teacher and Verde’s adviser, said Thursday he is “not in a position to know whether the (Title IX) law was followed at the school administrative or district level in any particular case at Paly.â€? “I am confident that I do not have any unresolved mandatory reporting obligations related to the Verde ‘rape culture’ story. Any I might have had I resolved promptly and completely,â€? Kandell said in an email to the Weekly. “I appreciate and respect the Title IX law and the intent behind it.â€? Chaudhry said it is not unusual for the Office for Civil Rights to initiate its own investigations based on information from media reports or elsewhere. The agency’s investigation reflects a “guidance��€? memo the office issued in 2011 to all school districts reminding them of the need to fully investigate and take action in cases of peer sexual harassment. Recent cases in Saratoga and Steubenville, Ohio, where student victims of sexual assaults were teased and harassed by their peers (the Saratoga victim later died by suicide), have increased concerns over how school officials address on-campus behavior stemming from off-campus activity. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick and freelance writer Terri Lobdell can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com and Lobdell is married to Palo Alto Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson.


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With bigger budget, Palo Alto tackles street repairs The City of Palo Alto is slated to begin work on many street-improvement projects this month, including sidewalk replacement along school routes, concrete repair on 40 city blocks and preventive maintenance on 31 miles of public streets, according to a press release. These improvements are backed by a $3.3 million increase in the annual funding for street maintenance and repair that went into effect July 1, raising it from $1.8 million to $5.1 million. The city also received an additional $2.5 million in federal grants over the past two years for street improvements. Broken concrete slabs on 40 blocks, including sections of Cowper Street, Addison Avenue, Lowell Avenue and Emerson Street, will be repaired or replaced starting this month. The work is expected to last for four months, the press release stated. Heavily used sidewalks within a half-mile radius of 11 Palo Alto schools will be repaired to make them safe for walking and biking. Work closest to the schools is set to be completed before school starts in August. The remaining work will be completed by the end of the year. Work this summer also includes preventative maintenance of 31 streets currently in good condition. Ten miles of Palo Alto streets will also be repaved with new asphalt, including much of Forest Avenue and the Southgate neighborhood. N — Elena Kadvany

Planning commission lauds ‘true mixed-use’ project A proposed mixed-use development at 3159 El Camino Real that has drawn attention for its high ratio of apartment units to commercial space won the support of the Planning and Transportation Commission, which voted to approve a set of requests from the project’s developer Wednesday night, July 17. The commissioners lauded the project, which would be located on the block between Portage and Acacia avenues, for its “true mixed-use� characteristics. While many mixed-use buildings are composed mostly of office space, with minor residential and retail areas, the proposed development would include 48 rental units — largely studio and onebedroom apartments for young professionals — a restaurant, the existing Equinox gym around which it would be built, a corner plaza and an underground parking garage. With commissioners Arthur Keller and Michael Alcheck absent, the commission voted 5-0 to recommend that the City Council approve the requests, which would allow the developer — the Silva family of Menlo Park — to skirt some city requirements for the project. Among the requests was permission to exceed the building’s maximum 1-to-1 floor-area ratio by 0.06, increasing the square footage of the buildings from 69,503 to 74,112. The increase would allow for five below-market-rate apartments to be included, the developer stated. Another request would allow the developer to exceed the maximum building height limit of 50 feet by an additional 5 feet to allow mechanical roof screens and apartment roofs to go together into one consistent design element. While commissioners held some reservations, they were generally enthusiastic about the project. Vice-chair Mark Michael called it “an excellent proposal� that is sensitive to the city’s land-use guidelines, the Comprehensive Plan. Others expressed concerns about exacerbating traffic and parking problems. Commission Chair Eduardo Martinez was supportive of the project, saying it’s a sign the city is “starting to get it right — higher-density developments along El Camino Real.� N — Eric Van Susteren

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Maybell project opponents race against deadlines Critics circulate two petitions to reverse approval of Palo Alto Housing Corporation’s development by Gennady Sheyner pponents of a recently approved development on Maybell Avenue in Palo Alto are heading into crunch time in their drive to overturn a City Council decision to allow construction of 60 units of housing for low-income seniors and 12 homes on a former orchard site. The coalition, led by residents of the Barron Park, Green Acres and Green Acres 2 neighborhoods, is circulating two petitions to hold referendums. One would specifically overturn the council’s approval of the project and one would nullify a recent change in the city’s Comprehensive Plan, which is designed to guide land-use decisions. The change effectively made the Comprehensive Plan compatible with the project proposed by the Palo Alto Housing Corporation. In each case, the group needs to collect 2,298 signatures within 30 days of the council’s decision to bring the issue to a November vote. The decision on the project itself wasn’t officially made until June 28, when the council voted on a “second reading� of its earlier approval, giving the group until the end of July to file its petition. The deadline for the Comprehensive Plan petition is much tighter because the group got a late start in gathering signatures. The council’s vote to change it was made June 17, making the deadline July 16, but the group only decided to circulate the second petition after consulting an attorney last week, said Bob Moss, a Barron Park resident. Though Moss said he believes the first one would suffice to reverse the council’s approval of the proposal for 567 Maybell Ave., he and other supporters of the referendum decided to circulate the second one “to be on the safe side.� “Since the council had passed two separate resolutions, (the attorney) thought it was best to referend both of them,� Moss said. Information about the referendums is available at paloaltoville. com, the group’s website. Hundreds of opponents had also attended recent council meetings and submitted letters and emails arguing against allowing greater density at the 2.4 acre site, which is near a popular corridor for commuting to schools. Opponents had also formed two separate groups, Maybell Action Group and Coalition for Safe and Sensible Zoning, dedicated to reversing the council’s decision. “We care about these referendums because they go to the heart of overdevelopment in Palo Alto, leading to traffic congestion, lack of parking, densification of neighborhoods, downgrade of quality of life in Palo Alto, and other symptoms of poor


land use planning,� Coalition for Safe and Sensible Zoning, a smaller group that has focused more on technical land-use issues, wrote on its website. The grassroots move to reverse the council approval of the project gained some momentum last week when the Barron Park Association released survey results that showed members supporting the referendum of the project by a three-toone margin. Furthermore, 117 of the 177 respondents said the association should contribute up to $1,000 for the referendum effort. Though the signature drive for the

referendum on the Comprehensive Plan is facing a deadline of next Tuesday, Moss said he’s seen a high level of interest from the community. He also noted that the second referendum package has an advantage over the first one in that it is only five pages long and can thus be easily emailed to people (the first one is about 60 pages). Even with the tight deadline, Moss said he believes the needed signatures can be gathered. “There’s an awful lot of people collecting signatures,� Moss said. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

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A weekly compendium of vital statistics

POLICE CALLS Palo Alto July 3 -11 Violence related Armed robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Arson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Assault w/ deadly weapon . . . . . . . . . . .1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .8 Hit & run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Lost/stolen plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Misc. Traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Vehicle accident/mnr injury. . . . . . . . . . 13 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . . .9 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

Miscellaneous Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Indecent exposure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . .6 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Possession of stolen property . . . . . . . .3 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .6 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Menlo Park July 3-11 Violence related

Bernard Robert Tanner June 8, 1924 – May 22, 2013

Bernard (“Barneyâ€?) Tanner, 88, former longtime resident of Palo Alto, passed away on May 22nd at The Los Gatos Meadows, where he had been an active resident since 2001. Barney grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, son of Lear and Hazel Tanner. He was an active Eagle Boy Scout in his youth and was a lifelong dedicated bird-watcher. Barney is survived by his four sons, Bruce (Santa Cruz, CA), Douglas (New York, NY), Gavin (Palo Alto, CA) and Stuart (Sunnyvale, CA), his daughter-in-law, Carol Scilacci Tanner (New York, NY) and by his three granddaughters, Lauren, Wynn and Leigh. Barney served in the Army Air Corp during WWII, where he was a meteorologist in the South PaciďŹ c Theatre. He graduated from Stanford in English Literature in 1948 and became a high school teacher in the Palo Alto School District, where he taught for over 30 years, including many years as head of the English Department at Cubberley High School. He

was active for more than 20 years in the amateur dramatics in Palo Alto with the Palo Alto Players and the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. Barney was a John Hay Fellow at Columbia University in 1962 and the 1972 recipient of the National College of Teachers of English Teacher of the Year Award. After retiring from teaching, he worked at LSI Logic in Silicon Valley for 8 years as a technical writer. He had a lifelong passion for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and wrote two books on the subject, including “Joycean Elements in F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby: Aspects of Burlesque, Shadowing, Dichotomies and Doublingâ€? (2007, AcademicaPress, LLC). A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday Aug. 3 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 13601 Saratoga Ave. Saratoga. The family requests that in lieu of owers, donations be made to The Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, PA I D


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July 3-11 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Vehicle related Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Vehicle accident/mnr injury. . . . . . . . . . .3 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Alcohol or drug related Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Miscellaneous Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .2 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

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Carroll Edwards Beckett June 20, 1920 – June 23, 2013

Carroll Edwards Beckett passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on June 23, 2013 in Palo Alto. She is survived by her husband, Charles Beckett; her sons, Kai, Mark and Chris from her previous marriage to Paul Ammen; and her grandchildren, Christine, Greg, Mike and their spouses and families. Born in 1920 to Paul and Georgina Edwards, Carroll was inf luenced by her father’s career as a prominent newspaperman and by Stanford University, providing the foundation of Carroll’s principles and critical thinking. When she was a young woman attending Stanford University, the events of WWII started her on a lifelong commitment to world peace. She was a dedicated supporter of organizations promoting peace through communication and understanding, becoming active in The United World Federalists and The Ploughshares Fund.

In 1942 Carroll married Paul Ammen and raised a family. Their extensive travel gave her a rich understanding of the world. After Paul’s death in 1981, Carroll devoted herself to writing, which she continued throughout her life. In 1987 she married Charles Beckett and shared a life rich with their families and world travel. Carroll shared what life had to offer with keen observations. Her critical thinking and devotion to peaceful resolutions are the legacies she has passed on to her sons and grandchildren. Please join us for a Celebration of Life, Friday, July 19, 2013, 1 p.m. at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, 695 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. The family requests in lieu of f lowers contributions to Ploughshares Fund to support her lifelong commitment to peace. http://www. ploughshares




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Donald Frank Koijane Donald Frank Koijane, 82, died on Wednesday, June 12, at Tahoe Forest Hospital Extended Care Center in Truckee, Calif. He was a previous Palo Alto resident. Don was born Feb. 14, 1931, in Chicago, Ill., to Edward Ignatius and Lillian (Lill) Koijane. He had one brother, Edward Vernon Koijane (1926-1977). He married Minna Alicia Grace Burrell in Darien, Conn., on March 8, 1958. They were married for 39 years until her death in 1997. He grew up in Riverside, a suburb of Chicago, in a brick home his father built. After he graduated from Riverside Brookfield Township High School, he attended Purdue University where he received his Bachelor’s in electrical engineering in 1949 and was a member of the Beta Sigma Psi fraternity. He participated in the R.O.T.C. program and then served in the United States Air Force for several years. In 1965, he earned his MBA from New York University. After working as director of marketing with Fairchild Semiconductor, he struck out on his own in a variety of enterprises involving the emerging technology of Silicon Valley including GPS, satellite antennas and computer chip technology. His primary interest was the history of technology and electronics. He worked for many years contributing to the Foothill College Electronics Museum and served as president of the Perham Foundation. He created several displays including a

large traveling exhibit on the history of the vacuum tube and spent time learning about early radios, televisions and other technology. He enjoyed reading, especially a good book on technology, world history, or military as well as biographies. Airplanes, golf, swimming, family history, painting with water colors and visiting museums were some of his interests. He discovered a love for the great outdoors, camping, whitewater rafting and kayak building while serving as a leader in the Boy Scouts with his son Andrew as a scout. He met Alicia on St. Patrick’s Day and they watched the parade from her office window in the Fifth Avenue RCA building in New York City. They bought their first home in Huntington in Long Island, N.Y., where their first child, Jeannette, was born. After moving to Oyster Bay, their second child, Andrew, was born. They moved to Palo Alto, Calif., in 1967 where their third child, Margaret, was born. He is survived by his three children, Jeannette Koijane (Markus Faigle) of Honolulu, Hawaii; Andrew (Renee) Koijane of Homewood, Calif., and Margaret (Michael) Nehorai of San Jose, Calif.; and six grandchildren: Mitchell, Matthew, Michelle, and Morgan Nehorai and Bergen and Anders Koijane. A public memorial will be held in his honor on August 10 at 11 a.m. at the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 5700 Comanche Drive, San Jose, California, 95123. The burial will take place at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto.


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Mary Durkin Kearns Piersol September 20, 1921 – June 20, 2013

Mary Stewart Durkin Kearns Piersol was born in Brooklyn, New York, September 20, 1921 to Mary Stewart BushďŹ eld of Goshen, NY and Joseph Stephen Durkin of Newburgh, NY. Her father was a CPA for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She grew up in Chevy Chase, MD and Washington, DC with her brother, Joseph Stephen Durkin, Jr., and was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson high school and Trinity College in Washington, D.C. Fluent in French and Spanish she served in a division of cultural cooperation of the State Department during World War II. During this time she also worked as a liaison with Chinese students. She was married January 26, 1946 to 1st Lieutenant Thomas F. Kearns USMC, a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, at The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. They made their home in Salt Lake City, Utah where Mr. Kearns was Vice President of Kearns Corporation, owner of the Salt Lake Tribune. They had 6 children together but were divorced in 1955. Mr. Kearns died in 1967. In 1963 Mary Durkin Kearns married a widower, Frank W. Piersol, of Atherton, in Carmel, CA. Mr. Piersol was an executive with Stanford Oil Corporation in San Francisco for over 50 years. He died in 1982. Mary worked as a realtor for Finn & Hunt and Cornish & Carey. Mary was an Atherton resident for 50 years, a member of the Junior League, Atherton Dames and Church of the Nativity Catholic

Church. She was a member of the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton for 41 years. Mary enjoyed travelling all over the world, but especially being at the ocean. She loved music, dancing, playing the piano and her garden. She is survived by her six children, Mary Kearns Coffron of Menlo Park, Kathryn Kearns Gould (Chris) of Atherton, Patricia Kearns Kehrer of Dillon, MT, Thomas F. Kearns IV of Reno, NV, Carol Durkin Kearns of Spokane, WA, Michael J. Kearns (Miriam) of Salt Lake City, UT; ďŹ ve grandchildren, Tamara Coffron Nurisso (Fred) of Redwood City, CA, Brock Coffron (Lynn) of Stevensville, MT, Whitney Gould Topping (Henry) of New York, Christopher K. Gould (Aly) of Hong Kong, Judge Thomas Kearns of Salt Lake City, UT; nine great-grandchildren, and one niece, Victoria Durkin Moser (Karl) of Zurich, Switzerland. Vigil will be held Wednesday, July 17, 7pm at Crippen & Flynn, 400 Woodside Road, Redwood City, CA. A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday, July 18, 11:00 a.m. at Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park, CA. In lieu of owers the family requests donations be made to Sequoia Hospital Foundation, Dr. Bruce McAuley - Cardiac/Pulmonary Dept., 170 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City, CA 94062 or Ocean Medicine Foundation c/o Dr. Andrew Newman, 750 Welch Rd, Suite 104, Palo Alto, CA 94304. PA I D


Therese Elisabeth Oxford Therese Elisabeth Oxford (Terttu Tellervo Toppola) passed away peacefully at her home in Palo Alto on June 20, 2013. She was 92 years young. Therese experienced the world through the eyes and soul of an artist and never lost her youthful imagination or delight in beauty. She could not however escape the stresses of war which played a major role in determining her fate. Born in Helsinki, Finland, May 12, 1921, Therese grew up in a country recovering from civil war. An only child, she was independent and curious and shared her mother’s love for theater. Her gift for piano playing led to an early career on the National Children’s Radio Program where she recited poetry and played piano for seven years before “retiringâ€? at the age of twelve. Therese never tired of being an “entertainerâ€?, as she called herself. Later, after three months at college, war broke out in Finland in November 1939. With her father at war, Therese and her mother managed the family’s food store in Helsinki while doing night-time air raid duty. Before completing college, Therese began to work as a translator for the Japanese Embassy in Helsinki. Gifted in languages, she already spoke Finnish, Swedish, and Russian, and had studied German and English at school. Following two interrogations by occupying forces, she journeyed alone to Sweden before a third interrogation. In Stockholm, Therese met Sven Odberg at a party, and after a whirlwind courtship, they wed in 1946 and were married 43 years. With the wars behind her Therese resumed training as a classical pianist at the Swedish Royal Academy and started performing. By the time her ďŹ rst child, Heidi, was born in 1949, Sven and Therese had decided to immigrate to California to join Sven’s brother. In 1951, they came to Palo Alto, and she now continued oil painting scenes of country life, often including children and wildlife. Her second child,

Danilo, was born in 1958. While raising her family, Therese taught at Berlitz Language School, provided child care at the Co-op in Menlo Park, taught folk dancing at the Palo Alto Children’s Theater and MayďŹ eld School, performed Scandinavian dances at many community events, including Stanford University, and was a regular ice dancer at Palo Alto’s Winter Club. Never afraid to try something new, she studied belly dancing in her 50s. Music however is where she left her mark. In addition to music festivals, Therese played piano at Avenidas Senior Center for 25 years until she was 89, as well as the Rosener House, and Menlo Park Convalescent Home. Therese pursued life with gusto and always believed that time was better spent going to a good movie or taking a drive in the country rather than cleaning house. Although she never had a driver’s license, she seldom lacked transportation. She was a champion of bus services for the elderly, humane care for animals, and wrote numerous letters to her congresswoman Anna Eshoo. As she aged, she yearned for the countryside of Finland and made almost daily visits to the wildlife and horses residing in the Baylands and foothills of Palo Alto. She was passionate about her homeland and didn’t want the world to forget that Karelia belonged to Finland. Finally, she revered the innocence of children and wanted her own children to stay young as long as possible. Therese is predeceased by her husband Sven. She is survived by her children, Danilo (Ana), and Heidi; her grandchildren, Eric, Anela and Linda; and by greatgrandson, Alex. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, July 13, 11:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s Chapel in the Hills, 26140 Duval Way, Los Altos Hills. PA I D



Editorial Our unsolicited PR advice With both the city and school district hiring ‘communication specialists,’ can the public expect more transparency or simply better PR?


here are two ways of looking at almost simultaneous decisions by Palo Alto City Manager Jim Keene and school district Superintendent Kevin Skelly to hire senior-level help with communications and public outreach. On the one hand, there is more than ample evidence that both the city and school district are struggling with transparency and with developing effective strategies for engaging the public on controversial issues. Good for them if they are acting with these motivations. On the other hand, delegating “communications� to a staff person can be a futile, unproductive exercise and a waste of money if policymakers aren’t already committed to transparency, honest communications and public outreach. It does the community no good to have a city or school staff person with the job of trying to make sure the public sees only what the public agency wants it to see about its operations. Effective communications professionals view their job as being strong advocates for full disclosure and transparency, not as experts in shaping the message to make their employers look good. The challenge and need could not be better illustrated by events of the last week in the Palo Alto Unified School District, which faced three significant news stories and was not prepared to address any of them, in spite of each being known internally for weeks and intentionally kept from the public. First, there was the filing of a formal claim by the family of a disabled former Terman Middle School special-education student who was bullied and harassed for years and which led to findings by the Office for Civil Rights that the district failed to properly address the problem. The claim was filed with the district on June 21, yet the district made no announcement nor was ready with any comment when asked by the media two weeks later, when the family released the document to the Weekly. Next was the revelation that contrary to all public indications, the school board and its attorneys are discussing in closed sessions how it might challenge the federal government’s legal authority to conduct investigations or impose policies on the district. One such discussion took place on June 11, and the only reason the public is aware of it is that the district inadvertently put “confidential� emails on its website. When asked for comment, instead of explaining to the public why this strategy was under consideration, the reaction was to ask that the emails be destroyed or returned and that they not be read or used. Finally, news surfaced of a sixth civil-rights investigation, this time over how the district has complied with Title IX and its response to alleged peer sexual harassment among Palo Alto High School students relating to rumored off-campus sexual assaults. The notice from the Office for Civil Rights was received by the district on June 6 but was kept under wraps from the public until the federal agency released it to the Weekly in response to a routine request for information. When asked for comment, Superintendent Skelly requested that no story be published in order to protect the privacy of those involved, even though the investigation is a broad inquiry into district compliance, not in response to an individual complaint or case, and no personal information is contained in the notice from the Office for Civil Rights. These examples illustrate why decisions on whether or not to release information proactively are so important. As city Chief Information Officer Claudia Keith and school Communications Coordinator Tabitha Kappeler-Hurley settle into their new positions, we urge them to study the philosophy and practices of the late Bob Beyers, the head of the Stanford University News Service for 29 years until 1990. Beyers set the gold standard for how an institution’s communications officer should operate. His mantra was “Candor pays. Maybe not in the short term, but always in the long term.� When Beyers died in 2002, former Stanford President Richard Lyman said: “Beyers never saw himself as engaged in public relations, always as a journalist. He lived by the highest standards of that profession: unflagging energy, total integrity, insatiable curiosity and unsparing candor.� Perhaps the most useful observation under current circumstances is the approach Beyers took to “bad� news, as related by Spyros Andreopoulos, his long-time friend and colleague, in a tribute published in the Weekly after Beyers’ death ( “He believed the best way to handle bad news was to tell the truth. Bob was the inventor of the pre-emptive press release. If something bad was going to happen, Bob put out a full news release before the press found out. His theory was that in getting the story out first you defused it, and spared yourself from having to explain later not only what happened but also why it was covered up. Potential scandals that could cling around in the media for weeks or months would go away in a few days.� There are many more challenges than how to handle bad news or news that is destined to result in controversy. But given the many occasions over the last year when following this advice would have helped the school district or the city, it’s not a bad place to start. N


Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Encouraging students Editor, Joy Helsaple’s guest opinion, titled “Terman: A caring place for kids in a complicated world,� was refreshing to read. The author was not only a product of PAUSD, but also a current employee. She pointed out the importance of adults on campus — teachers and staff who recognize almost “invisible� students for few brief moments during the hectic school day. I believe such adults are the unsung heroes who keep the ship afloat in troubled waters. Having taught at Palo Alto High School for 34 years, I’ve witnessed a decrease in student resiliency. We do live in a frantic world, but I feel the school campus can offer a slower pace where the possibility exists for students to work through some of their concerns on an informal basis. Students need to PRACTICE overcoming adversity and adults can help. A teacher’s “hello� or a “follow-up� question can make a student’s day. A staff member just listening contributes to rebuilding student confidence. I applaud teachers and staff who take the time out of their scheduled day to encourage students to “get back up and try again — maybe a hundred times more!� Marilyn Mayo Oxford Avenue, Palo Alto

Palo Alto’s scourge Editor, The scourge of Palo Alto is not the vehicle dwellers at Cubberley. I have lived in Greenmeadow since March 1988. There are usually a few vehicle dwellers there. This does not threaten me. I have spoken with several of them. They spend money at Piazza’s Market and probably other places, too. Some have attended PA schools. They are not criminals, nor is “lewd behavior� confined to them. I raised two daughters in Greenmeadow. Their safety has not been compromised by Cubberley’s vehicle dwellers. To my knowledge, no Cubberley vehicle dweller has been prosecuted or been suspected of any of the dozens of burglaries in Greenmeadow. Nor of the car-jacking(s), muggings or vandalism. Nor, even graffiti. What do the city council and their supporters expect to accomplish by the ban? What problem will such a ban solve? Would Greenmeadow property values have increased more without the dwellers? From whence will the required police resources be re-directed? Where will the dwellers go? They

will be spending their money a long way from here. The scourge of Palo Alto is the incessant drone of hundreds of “leaf� blowers, lawn mowers and trimmers, 24-7. “Leaf� blowers are now operating at Cubberley and/or Piazza’s Market between one and four. They wake me up. They must annoy the vehicle dwellers on whom resources will now be spent evicting from our city; resources that were supposed to be allocated to enforcing the gas-powered leaf blower ordinance of 2005 that is ignored with impunity by the “gardeners� and those who hire them. E Breht Napoli Adobe Place, Palo Alto

Ban on car camping Editor, I’d like to offer my opinion in regards to the potential ban on car camping. I need to ask: “Just where do we (the more fortunate) propose that the campers go? � It’s already illegal to camp on the streets of Palo Alto. There’s little room on private and/or church land now. And any support has

been negligible and uninterested in this societal problem. So keeping in mind that shelter and hygiene are basic human survival rights and not some doled out privileges that seems to be the prevailing philosophy here: Do we let the negativity of a few bad apples color our natural desire to help and promote a philosophy of “NIMBY-ism�? This is our societal problem that won’t go away. Lorin Krogh Encina Avenue, Palo Alto

Floral shop closing Editor, Repeatedly voted “Best Florist in Palo Alto� for several years now, Stanford Floral Design will close at the end of September due to loss of lease. What a pity this high-quality, friendly and community-minded shop with over 19 years of service will be forced to close. The face of Palo Alto is ever-changing — but not always for the best. I, for one, am very sad about this impending change. Caryn Huberman Lincoln Avenue, Palo Alto

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Is there a ‘collaboration’ gap in Palo Alto education, society? by Jay Thorwaldson ongtime Palo Alto area architect Terry Beaubois is returning full-time to the Bay Area after part-time absence for the past seven years. While away from the area, he was engaged in teaching architecture at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. But he had a high-tech twist: For several years he still had to be in Palo Alto to meet with clients and maintain contacts he had built up over several decades. So with a weekly class to teach, he signed up for the Second Life virtual world on the Internet (think avatars) and had his students do the same. When he was in Montana, they had regular classes. When he was in Palo Alto, they held real-time but virtual classes via computer using avatars for each student. “You mean you had giant lizards or Valkeries sitting around the virtual classroom?� I asked him during a conversation shortly after the film Avatar hit the theaters. No, he said. Each student had to create an online avatar that looked more or less like the student. Beaubois’ avatar, for instance, sports a mane of white hair, like the real-world Beaubois. But the online-classroom experiment was not without some eye-opening challenges, starting with the name of the course he planned to teach: Digital Collaboration in Architecture. An administrator at Montana State called him immediately upon seeing the course outline and said he could not use that name. Why not? “Because last semester we caught and sus-


pended two students for collaborating,� the administrator replied, Beaubois recalled. Beaubois patiently explained that “collaboration� has a positive meaning that outweighs the euphemistic mushing of “cheating.� There might also be some deep-level negative holdover from the World War II “Nazi collaborator� term. But that was a long time ago, and more has changed than being able to hold a virtual class in real time with avatars instead of in-classroom students. Today, for instance, the Palo Alto-based IDEO and its innovative — even revolutionary in some cases — designs derive from its founder’s belief in collaborative brainstorming involving persons with different backgrounds, training and perspectives. The Institute of Design at Stanford (IDEOled) is also demonstrating how breaking down the often-rigid academic walls between disciplines can result in entirely new ways of looking at problems and devising effective solutions. Similar experiences abound in other fields, notably Harvard University’s multidisciplinary research three decades ago into minimizing or preventing emotional impacts in women who have breast cancer. Beaubois’ own successes with collaborative approaches in architecture underscored his astonishment at the negative response his course name received from the Montana State administrator. As he thought about it he began to realize that “teaching collaboration� and its rewards are virtually non-existent in schools, where feeding facts and testing for fact-assimilation has been the dominant classroom model for decades, if not forever. And he wants to do something about that vacuum, to broaden and balance the educational process from early grades through high school

and into community colleges and universities. “The core of any good product is collaboration,� Beaubois said, whether the product is a house, a business complex, environmental sustainability or NASA’s high-tech space and earth-science work. “I have the feeling a lot of solutions are all around us,� regardless of the seeming complexity of longstanding problems or challenges, societal or technical, about which “there is a lot of jawboning� but slow progress. “I don’t think you can make people collaborate,� Beaubois said, based on personal experience. But he believes the misunderstanding and misuse of the term “has taught a fear of collaborating� that infects communities, governments, businesses ... and schools. “We’re in 37th place in the world in education,� largely because of a weakness in collaborative skills — a kind of illiteracy in itself. In working with business leaders on projects, Beaubois noted a sharp irony in what business leaders are seeking in employees versus what schools are teaching students. It’s simple to describe: “100 percent of all businesses are looking for graduates who can work with others,� he said. Collaborate, in short. Beaubois was in full-time architectural practice for 40 years, 30 of them in Palo Alto, starting “before Silicon Valley was Silicon Valley.� He worked with the Edward Durell Stone firm and consulted with the Town of Woodside, among a wide range of clients. He’s currently seeking ways to build an awareness of the strength and value of collaboration in improving how things are designed and, well, done. “I’m back in the Bay Area because I think this is the place to do that,� he said. He cites its traditions of innovation and invention and investment in new ideas and approaches — even

though collaboration is as old as societies themselves. Ask any mammoth hunter. Beaubois doesn’t pretend to have all the answers about how best to develop a collaboration-based culture to overlay the competitionbased, test-based educational systems, or the often-divisive community and local-government systems of planning and approving developments and transportation systems. A take-home lesson from his teaching experience in Montana was that few young persons read much these days, at least not the thought-provoking books such as Robert Heinlein’s description of a fully automated house or Malcolm Gladwell’s futuristic “David and Goliath.� Another take-home was that in academia many teachers and professors exist in their own silos and find it difficult to open up and venture out. And there are a lot more silos out in the professional and community worlds — not the kind where livestock feed is stored, either. So a huge challenge will be how to penetrate the academic world, gently raising awareness that there may be an important gap in the education being offered to the next generation to help them thrive, or survive, in a world economy and society. Anyone want to sit down in a multidisciplinary brainstorm session to explore collaboratively just how to do that? I’ll happily forward any emails to Beaubois, and even host a session or two. Finally, something he forgot to say in our last conversation: Collaboration is just a lot of fun. N Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at jthorwaldson@paweekly. com with a copy to He also writes regular blogs at (below Town Square).


Does the SFO plane crash impact the way you feel about flying or how often you will fly? Why or why not? Photos and interviews by Karishma Mehrotra. Asked on Cambridge Avenue.

Dominic Francassa

Reporter Montesito Avenue, Mountain View “I do not think it changes my opinion on flying at all. Thousands of planes take off and land safely everyday. ... I think it’s still a statistically safe way to travel and we shouldn’t let our opinion be swayed by an unfortunate accident.�

Jean Olmstead

Retired West Charleston Road, Palo Alto “It’s a very rare event. We don’t fly very much ... anyway. I don’t think there are going to be any more accidents like that. I certainly hope not.�

Charlotte Coqui

Artist Sierra Vista Avenue, Mountain View “I believe it’s safer than being in a car still. I think statistically that’s accurate.�

Helen Walter

Retired Park Boulevard, Palo Alto “No, no. The accidents are rare. ... I don’t think we have a way of assessing whether one airline is better than another.�

Susie Khosla

Homemaker Barron Park, Palo Alto “Whenever I landed in San Francisco, I thought, ‘Oh my god. Are we going to make it onto the runway?’ Because I see the water below. So it definitely has crossed my mind many times. But we always made it. There is nothing you can do about it. You have to land.�


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Digital Families find a new balance by unplugging from electronic devices by Sue Dremann, Rye Druzin and John Brunett


hen Mallika Ranjan’s oldest son, Ankit, began playing Runescape at age 8 on the family laptop, she and her

husband knew they had to make some rules. Having worked in high tech for a combined 25 years, they worried about Ankit’s engrossment, she said. “He was obsessed by it. ... That’s all that he talked about. That’s all that he wanted to do — and that didn’t seem healthy to us,� she said.

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Mallika Ranjan and her children Ashvin, 6, and Ankit, 14, visit the Santa Monica Pier in southern California, a break from their digitally plugged-in lives.

Like many other parents, Mallika and Peeyush Ranjan have found it challenging to keep their two sons, now 6 and 14, away from technology. But a growing number of Palo Alto parents are inserting old-fashioned, non-technological fun into their children’s activities, especially during the summer, they said. The respite from electronic stimulation has improved their relationships and broadened their off-screen interests. Children and their parents have found ways, from summer camps to family retreats in the woods, to unplug from electronics, if only for a little while. And they came to a surprising conclusion: They didn’t miss their electronic devices, they said. There is real value in unplugging or at least managing screen time, researchers say. Being too plugged in can lead to irritability, social isolation and aggressive behavior. (See sidebar on page 17.) For the Ranjans, unplugging completely isn’t a goal, and it might prove hard. Ankit is an active programmer who has created one start-up and worked on a few others.

But the Ranjans are all too aware of the downsides of constant technology use, due to their own careers. “We worked really hard for a couple of years, and then you wake up one day and go like, ‘Oh, I’ve gained weight. I have not gone for a walk, I’ve just been in here.’ And when we got that realization is when (we said), ‘OK, we better keep an eye out on our kids,’� Mallika Ranjan said.


alo Alto parents vividly recall moments when they knew that overuse of technology was robbing their kids of their childhoods. Arriving home one night, Kat Gordon found her two sons — Ben, 15, and Henry, 11 — parked in front of the TV and also using their iPhones. “It was the lowest of lows a mother can have,� Gordon said. “It’s not just the time they are sitting vacantly in front of the screen. It’s a very one-sided experience. It’s all of the hours they are missing that they could be using to discover something else they love,� she said.

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Lee, from left, Melissa, Lainie and Cas Caswell work on a puzzle sprawled across their living-room table. Puzzles, as well as board games and construction projects, are part of the family’s strategy for unplugging from electronics. Melissa Baten Caswell, a Palo Alto school board member, has seen a loss of childhood creativity caused by too much plugging in. For a fundraiser, she auctioned building a robot out of recycled trash, and the kids who came to her home were excited, she said. But once they were in her basement amid the mounds of recycled materials, they were at a loss. “Where’s the kit?� she recalled them asking. Technology is also profoundly changing how kids relate to each other, said Jim Politis, the director of Mountain Camp, a traditional summer camp at Lake Tahoe as well as the rural Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley. He and his wife saw those changes firsthand in their daughter. She and another girl were having an argument on the bus by texting back and forth — all while sitting side by side. It was easier than talking face to face, their daughter had explained. Raising children who are born into the Digital Age comes with a special challenge, agreed Melissa Anderson, a Palo Alto mother of three. “They want it so much. They want to be on their phones; they want to be watching Sportscenter. (They want) all kinds of electronics. So we constantly have to make parameters about what’s acceptable, and then there’s always negotiation,� she said.

Parents aren’t the only ones concerned. Gordon’s son Ben has learned to use the Internet judiciously, he said. But some of his friends are constantly plugged in. Their choices of what to view have sometimes had a negative effect on their personalities. “The Call of Duty video game is the most popular video game. It is totally violent. People get so attached to that game. They get irritable. If parents don’t step in, it becomes an issue. It is not a benefit to their general health,� he said. Ben has seen how seductive electronic devices can become, even when there are plenty of other creative and fun options. He has attended Mountain Camp for several summers. Electronic devices were an option during rest periods until five years ago. “Nobody turned them off. Everyone had iPods and played games like BrickBreaker,� he said. Now the camp has banned electronic devices altogether.


arents are trying several strategies to lure their children away from the siren song of electronics, they said. The Ranjans impose strict rules about technology use during the school year. Ashvin, their younger son, cannot use any technology during weekdays, and he is only allowed one hour of playing time on the Wii on Sundays. Ankit has fewer restrictions than his younger brother because of his involvement in pro-

Cas Caswell, 14, plays his hand during a game of cards in the Caswells’ backyard in July. Card games are part of their effort to unplug from electronics as a family.

gramming. His computer curfew is 10 p.m., at which time it automatically shuts off. But Ranjan worries about how pervasive technology can still be “after hours,� particularly with Ankit’s iPhone. “We can shut off his computer at night, and we’re like, ‘OK, now we’ve gone out. Is he online?’ “When you have a smart phone, people take it to the restroom. They have it in their bed at night. There’s a lot more that goes on,� she said. Politis and his wife focus on family movie nights and other unplugged times together. They limit the number of devices in their home. Their four children share an iPad that was purchased with pooled Christmas money, working out their own schedule for personal screen time, he said. The Andersons try to balance electronics use based on each child’s ability to handle it. Ethan, 17, has more freedom to use technology than his younger siblings, twins Brian and Kate, 13, mainly because he has shown he is mature enough to use it well and not get distracted, Melissa Anderson said. “He’s a good student, so in some ways we let him get away with a lot. And we tell him all the time, ‘We allow you all this independence and this responsibility as long as you can handle it,’� she said. House rules include a ban on cell phones in the younger kids’ room after 9 p.m., and television privileges only after all homework is done. The rules are more relaxed during the summer — as long as the kids are active in sports and outside play, she said. The Gordon household also has rules. The children view television 30 minutes a day and the family keeps the computer in the kitchen to monitor its use, Kat Gordon said.

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Addison Kraus, left, Ellie Wheeler and fellow day campers enjoy a dance party with camp counselors before lunch at Mountain Camp Woodside.

nplugging, or at least controlling use of electronics, benefited her family, Baten Caswell said. The family takes an annual vacation to New Hampshire, and Internet reception is poor where they stay. So the entire family is device-free. They take hikes, swim and sail together. “It’s nice to be unplugged and where there is no access. It’s a relief,� she said. At Mountain Camp, Baten Caswell’s children began playing board games, which they have continued to do at home. The face-to-face time has helped them to develop in ways they don’t when interacting via technology, she said. “You have to learn to have a conversation with other people,� she said. Having some boredom during the summer is a good thing too, she added. “You have to use your creative energies. I

see my kids are so much more creative when they have more time.� In his backyard on Monday afternoon, Baten Caswell’s son, Cas, 14, was building a beanbag-toss game board. He cut a hole into the wood and planned to paint it blue-gray with a red, circular bull’s-eye, he said. Since adopting activities such as the board games, croquet and other outdoor games, Cas said he is using his digital devices much less frequently. “Before I was playing online games and watching TV. It’s not too hard to unplug. There are so many other things to do,� he said. Creativity bloomed after the children who came to build the auctioned trash robot got over their shock, Baten Caswell said. Without a kit, they were forced to think outside the box. By the end of the session they were running all over the place with the hot-glue gun, she said. “They really had a great time.� The Ranjans took both boys on a trip down the California coast this summer, en route to the Johns Hopkins Camp for Talented Youth in Los Angeles. The trip was ad hoc, and much of the time was spent talking to Ankit. “We would drive down the coast and camp. It was one of those things where no reservations were made. ... And we talked,� Mallika Ranjan said. While Ranjan and Ankit spent time together, Ashvin had an iPad with movies to watch during the drive. When the family arrived in Los Angeles, the roles switched. Ankit, who doesn’t enjoy Disneyland, caught up on his device time, she said. Ashvin unplugged. “He’s there jumping on rides, looking for Mickey Mouse,� Ranjan said. The point of getting away from technology is to create real-life memories, she added. “When you are 21 and you look back and you remember things that stand out in the summer you’ll remember that we went camping at Pismo Beach and there were fireworks at 10:30 at night. I don’t expect my 7-year-old to remember his score at Angry Birds as much as he remembers his Disneyland trip,� she said. The power of experiences to enrich one’s life also recently surfaced for Kat Gordon. Flipping through her high school yearbook with son Ben recently, she recalled his reaction to the book’s candid-shots pages. “I wish I was in high school at your time instead of mine. It looks like you guys are having so much fun and there are no technology distractions,� she recalled he said. Ben confirmed that sentiment recently. “I wish I could be going to school in the (continued on page 16)


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ver-saturation of technology is a systemic issue that goes beyond kids, however, and parents bear part of the blame because they, too, are under the devices’ spells, Politis said. “I see parents in the morning drive in, and as I’m helping to get their kid out of the car, the parents are sitting there looking at the navigation screen and talking on the phone with the Bluetooth plugged in. The kids say, ‘Bye, Mom and Dad,’ and the parents just nod. It’s harder on the kids. They can’t get their parents’ attention,� he said. Even the most diligent parents are affected. Anderson views technology as an aid and a tool, but she conceded it can have too much influence over her life. “There’s a lot of good about it, but there’s also a lot of bad about it. It’s like a bug to a bug light. You can’t not look at it. It’s hard to ignore,� she said. There are times when Anderson finds it hard to get off email or Facebook, and her iPhone is essential to everyday life, she said. “I’m a typical Palo Alto mom. I’m running around, doing normal family errands. I read email on the fly, send messages to my kids reminding them of certain things. It’s a tool, and I would miss it if it was gone.� Last week Politis witnessed a scene that gave him hope. He recalled when a mother drove up to unload her young son for the Mountain Camp day session. As the boy ran to join the throng of happy campers, the mother shouted: “Play hard today! Get a bull’s-eye!� N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at Editorial Interns Rye Druzin and John Brunett can be emailed at and

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hile some kids are attending camps to unplug, one summer camp at Stanford University is creating hands-on, out-of-the-classroom experiences with an emphasis on the latest digital tools. The week-long program in June, Newsroom By The Bay, gets high school kids out into the outdoors to become reporters who gather information, conduct interviews and develop communication skills. This year the students took the “rolling newsroom� — Caltrain — to San Francisco the day before the Supreme Court’s two historic gayrights decisions. When they got back to Stanford that night, student Jacob Cader led Rebecca Dolan, from left, Caroline Binley, April Martin-Hansen the charge to set up a WordPress. and Mebeyatt Betre edit their video on an iPad during their “iPad com blog to report on the events. reporting� class at Newsroom by the Bay. The next day they covered reactions and developing news after the court announced its decisions. and deeply engage in using a vari- efficiency of the technology user ... The students used much of the lat- ety of hardware and software tools, when the cell phone goes away and est technology, from smartphones but they are doing it in an environ- the mind is able to completely reto iPads to report, write stories and ment focused on responsible use group and recollect,� she said. design the website. and very high purpose. You can use Student Jeff Hara sees it both “Obviously without technology, it social media to the lowest common ways. Technology is a kind of drug, would have been impossible. I think denominator. But that’s not what he said. looking forward into the future, we’re about. We are about just the “It’s something you can easily particularly as journalists, technol- opposite,� he said. get hooked onto. But on the other ogy is very much embedded in our It isn’t just a world that the camp- hand, technology is something that world. So knowing how to use those ers should want to enter; it is some- can revolutionize industries. Drugs tools effectively is pretty essential thing they will need to enter, he maybe have a connotation to it, but to having success later in the work- added. they are also medicine, right? ... It place,� said Simon Greenhill, one of “It would be terrible to box kids has to be used in moderation and not the main editors of the website. out from the technology that will indiscriminately,� he said. Camp Co-Director Paul Kandell be their ticket to the future. What a Even Kandell, someone who sees explained the concept. crazy idea. We have to teach them great worth in technology, tells his “It wouldn’t be right to son to unplug every once say it’s a tech camp. It’s in a while. a camp for humans who “I think there’s im‘It would be terrible to box kids want to be empowered, mense value in taking and we know that digital that time also. And then out from the technology that will journalism has the tools there’s a time for learnto empower,� Kandell how to deeply dive be their ticket to the future. What ing said. in and engaging with the Medline Ottilie, a stutools of the future, too. a crazy idea. We have to teach dent from San Diego, You have to have both has re-envisioned the parts to be successful.� them how to use those tools well.’ way she uses technolMotamedi calls that ogy since coming to the time “still moments.� —Paul Kandell, camp co-director camp. Her phone used be She has found many of the center for Facebook, them even in her camp. Snapchat and Instagram. Now, she how to use those tools well.� At a keynote address by fiction Pusees it as a way to record interviews, It is more dangerous not to teach litzer Prize winner Adam Johnson, publish stories and broadcast video, kids how to use technology tools in she didn’t see an iPad or laptop in she said. the right way, Co-Director Beatrice sight, she said. Greenhill agreed. Motamedi said. And schools that “People were just listening. It “It’s not about whether technology limit students’ technology place does all begin and end with story. exists. It’s about how you use it. You them in “intellectual cages� that will And the kids know that.� are always going to be influenced by hinder their future, Kandell added. Parents teach kids to drive even it. You can make that influence a reBut Hailey Waller, camp leader, though they understand the risks, ally great thing ... or you can waste said watching kids bring their phone she said. your life playing Doodle Jump,� he to dinner “deeply bothers� her. “What’s the difference with digisaid. “I think technology, as amazing tal tools?� she added. Those two worlds have nothing to as it is and as much as it did allow us Even if the students start playing do with each other, he added. to do that website — it is important games and other not-so-productive “Yes, a lot of kids and teenagers to take time completely away from activities on their iPads, Motamedi are using technology and spending technology,� she said. defends that time. way too much in front of a screen Waller is in charge of an hour“If you have a car, you need to doing really zone-out, unproductive long “down time� schedule each know how to turn on the windshield things. But that’s not a product of day, when campers play games such wipers, the left directional signal. the use of technology in a produc- as kickball, steal the bacon and soc- You need to take it out for a spin. tive sphere,� he said. cer. I don’t think there is anything you Kandell agreed that passive con“It’s nice when people come out don’t learn from,� she said. N Editorial Intern Karishma Mehsumption does not engage critical- and they have a ball in their hands thinking skills. instead of an iPad. It’s really re- rotra can be emailed at kmeh“Campers are going to come here freshing, and I think it improves

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‘50s. That would be ideal. Life was simpler; electronics makes everything so rushed,� he said. But living in Silicon Valley, using technology is considered a must, he acknowledged. It plays into the cultural expectations of the valley, where everyone is supposed to become a doctor or engineer. “It’s just another thing that makes things more complicated instead of just growing up simply — as kids are supposed to be growing up,� he said. Ben started doing more of the simpler things at 9, when he began attending Mountain Camp, which takes kids ages 5 to 14. He returns home from camp each year feeling more relaxed, he said Since unplugging there, the world has “become a lot bigger. You realize there is more to summer and life,� he said. Ben has had time to develop additional interests. He began playing golf at Palo Alto High School a year ago, and he now has a passion for the game. He targets his time online to educating himself about golf, rather than indiscriminately Web surfing, he said. He doesn’t have any games on his phone, and he only uses it for communicating, he said. Mountain Camp has opened the world up for both her sons, Gordon said. “What appealed to me is that they are getting a lot of free time to decide what they want to do. It’s all about people — being with other kids. They come home filthy. Their feet are black. They have such a good time,� she said. When son Henry stepped off the bus after his first year at the camp, “The very first thing he said was, ‘May I please go again next year?’� she said. At the Portola Valley camp on a recent afternoon, dozens of children gathered outdoors. With faces flushed from the afternoon heat, the children took up crafts under the trees and skidded along the 100-foot slip-and-slide in the playing field. There were quite a few bull’s-eyes in the archery range. “Play is a skill that is being lost,� camp owner Don Whipple said, looking on.

These days kids live in an era where every minute of every day is structured by activity or goals. But at camp the focus is on being “in the moment,� Politis said. Campers design their own schedules and choose from a variety of activities each day, ranging from scientific discovery to arts, swimming, movie making, mountain biking and outdoor survival. “It’s good, old-fashioned play before batteries were around,� Politis said.

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How digital consumption is changing the way kids develop Experts warn of the dangers of excessive screen time


‘Teachers complain that digital media are so stimulating and responsive that students don’t listen well when someone simply speaks in front of a classroom.’ —Holly Pedersen, director at Jewish Family and Children’s Services’ Parents Place

Robinson’s research has also focused on family rules about media access. When parents are asked if they have rules at home, 80 percent say they do, but only 50 percent of kids say they are restricted at home, he said. “Parents think they have rules, but kids have to know (the rules) exist,� he said. “Kids do best when they have limitations on them — when they know the rules. It’s a child’s job developmentally to find out what is acceptable and what isn’t.� Unfortunately, 70 to 80 percent of kids have a television in the bedroom, away from parents’ eyes and ears, he said. Studies show a link between the amount of screen time, social development and scholastic scores. Robinson said that could be significant. “What’s scary is that studies show ethnic minorities and lower-income kids are more likely to have the tech-

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ike Robbie the robot in Isaac Asimov’s 1940 science fiction book, “I, Robot,� digital devices may be today’s nursemaids for children. And as a result, some kids are becoming more interested in playing with their computers and smartphones than with other children, according to researchers. Kids who reach for the tablet, smartphone or video-game controller for easy entertainment can become more socially isolated, aggressive and heavier and score lower on standardized tests, Dr. Thomas Robinson, director of the Center for Healthy Weight at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, has found. The influence of media on children’s behavior has been studied since the 1950s. Adolescents who are exposed to more media tend to drink at a younger age. Those who watch more violent fare are found to be more aggressive when given punching toys, Robinson said. Conversely, according to recent experiments, children who spend less time on electronic devices are less aggressive on the playground, he said. Though most studies have focused on television, Robinson said he expects similar findings with digital media.

Holly Pederson teaches classes on the effects of digital media on child development at Parents Place, run by Jewish Family & Children’s Services, in Palo Alto. nologies in the bedroom. In many ways, it’s creating a greater disparity, an even wider educational gap,� he said. Digital media is also shifting kids’ understanding of how to connect, said Holly Pedersen, director of community education programs at Jewish Family and Children’s Services’ Parents Place, which offers classes on child development and the use of digital media. Teachers complain that digital media are so stimulating and responsive that students don’t listen well when someone simply speaks in front of a classroom, she said. “You’re not having flashing lights that reward you. Teachers say they have to be an entertainer now.� Some studies found excessive screen time could lead to delays in the development of language and grammar skills, she said. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under age 2 have no exposure to any screens, she added. As children move through adolescence there are other concerns. Digital media raise issues about how children are learning the meaning and development of friendships: “What does it mean when someone is ‘liking’ your post?� she said. Susan Stone Belton, a family coach and motivational speaker in private practice, teaches classes at Parents Place on breaking free of electronic devices and setting limits. Kids — and adults — become addicted to electronic devices for different reasons at different ages, she said. “As tweens and teens, they’re really addicted to connections. Teens are so afraid they will miss something,� she said. Digital-media use should have a context, Pedersen said. Devices should not be babysitters because kids are cranky and have nothing to do. Parents play a big role in regulating their child’s exposure to media, including the amount of control a child can have over content and screen time.

“Parents do need to be monitoring what kids are doing, at least through early high school. Make it a condition of using the device. Tell your kids, ‘I’ll be monitoring what you are posting,’� Pedersen said. Parents should be clear about the rules and stick with them, Belton said. “Your child will say: ‘All of my friends have a cell phone,’ or ‘None of my friends are being restricted.’ “That’s when you say: ‘Then it must be hard to be the only one your age, but in our family you’re not getting a (fill in the blank). That’s the rule we have in our family.’ “Validate it, but be empathetic,� she said. N — Sue Dremann

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Book Talk CROWD-EDITING ... Palo Alto resident Keith Raffell, who has published two mysteries through a traditional publisher and another two as selfpublished ebooks, has a new twist for his fifth: He’s asking his readers to “join with me in publishing my fifth novel, ‘Temple Mount,’ a thriller set in Jerusalem, by signing up on Kickstarter ( projects/1488262238/join-me-in-publishing-temple-mount-my-5th-novel) to pre-order. ... They can join me at the launch, help name characters, or even take out their red pencils and edit the book. I am figuring that crowd-editing will work better than any single editor ever could,� he wrote in an email. By July 11, 117 backers had pledged $12,165, with 14 days left to reach his $18,000 goal.

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A PALO ALTO MYSTERY ... John Orr, a writer, musician and Daily News arts and entertainment editor, has written and self-published a mystery/sorcery/ thriller called “Someone Dark Has Found Me, a George Siofra Story.� With its Palo Alto setting, readers will quickly resonate with the references to the local coffee shops, parks and homeless characters. The book is available through Amazon and local bookstores. Information:

BOOK LAUNCH ... Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto hosts Meg Waite Clayton, who will read from her latest novel, “The Wednesday Daughters� (July 16, 7 p.m.), and Chris Bohjalian, author of “The Light in the Ruins,� a re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet at the end of World War II (July 19, 7 p.m.). Books Inc., Mountain View (301 Castro St.) will host Mac Barnett, “Count the Monkeys,� an interactive children’s book (July 20, 4 p.m.); and Richard Kadrey, reads from the latest installment of the Sandman Slim series, “Kill City Blues� (July 31, 7 p.m.). Information: N

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n “The Orphan Master’s Son,� North Korea comes to life in the form of a fiction novel, a medium befitting the country’s aura of illusion. Adam Johnson, whose novel was recently awarded the Pulitzer Prize, immerses the reader in the North Korean world of the book’s protagonist, Jun Do. Jun Do — a man in a country tyrannized by its “Dear Leader� Kim Jong Il — is one in a citizenry asked to sacrifice his individuality and own pursuits for the good of the country at large. In his book, Johnson illustrates a place in which Jun Do, a model citizen, is not immune to the horrors of a life where asking questions and partaking in introspection are crimes worthy of torture, prison and death. Having lost his mother to a statesanctioned kidnapping and growing up in an orphanage run by his father, Jun Do is considered an orphan by the government and, in accordance with North Korean bureaucracy, is destined to serve in North Korea’s military. The concept of choice is foreign to the book’s characters, Johnson explains. “In the United States, we have narratives; each of us is supposed to be the central character in our own story — we are supposed to look inward, to grow and change and become a better self.� “In (North Korean) society, there’s a notion of a state-sponsored single narrative.� Jun Do’s narrative is ostensibly straightforward even though his occupations range from kidnapping Japanese citizens to working as an undercover spy (listening for “enemy� radio transmissions) on a North Korean fishing boat. An associate professor of English at Stanford University, Johnson presents a vivid description of North Korea and its people’s daily lives, which should have been challenging for someone who says that it would be difficult for just about anyone to know what truly goes on in a country that isolates itself from the rest of the world.

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AUTHOR AUTHOR ... Upcoming authors at Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include Adam Johnson, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Orphan Master’s Son,� in conversation with Anthony Marra, author of “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena� (July 12, 7:30 p.m.); Bertrand M. Patenaude, “The Sun Never Sets: Reflections on a Western Life: Memoirs of L.W. ‘Bill’ Lane� (July 16, 7:30 p.m.); Scott Johnson, “The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, A Son, and the CIA� (July 17, 7:30 p.m.); Nina Schuyler, “The Translator� (July 18, 7:30 p.m.); L. Tam Holland, “The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong� (July 23, 7 p.m.); Ivy Pochoda, “Visitation Street� (July 24, 7:30 p.m.); Katie Hafner in conversation with Abraham Verghese, “Mother, Daughter, Me: A Memoir� (July 25, 7:30 p.m.); Robin Chapman, “California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley� (July 30, 7:30 p.m.); Andrew Sean Greer, “The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells� (Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m.); Tracy Guzeman in conversation with Ellen Sussman, “The Gravity of Birds� (Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m.). Information:

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Adam Johnson “It’s such a mysterious place that the word ‘expert’ doesn’t quite apply,� Johnson says, though he seems to have become more of an expert than not. Johnson, who teaches fiction writing in Stanford’s Creative Writing Program, says that before he began writing his book, he had no direct ties Pulitzer to North Korea. Johnson’s inPrize-winning terest in North Korea and its people began in 2004 when he first read a book titled “The novel gives Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean a voice to Gulag,� a nonfiction account Kang Chol-hwan, a surviNorth Korea’s of vor of one of North Korea’s prison camps and defector mysterious from the country. Subsequently, Johnson becitizenry gan combing through online North Korean news sources and even a blog dedicated to the “Dear Leader� and found himself immersed in a sea of propaganda; the only thing coming out of North Korea is an idealized version of their country and its people, many of whom take great pride in their communist ideology, he says. Johnson experienced some of North Korea’s bizarre

Title Pages view of reality firsthand when he visited North Korea in 2007 on a state-sponsored trip, during which he was chaperoned and presented with a romanticized version of the country and its people. “You can’t talk to a human. You can’t travel where you want and you can’t design any aspect of your trip — they’re in total control.� After Johnson arrived at an airport about 30 kilometers north of Pyongyang and was whisked away into a vehicle, he saw his first striking image, which he later adapted in the novel. “On that lonely, strange drive, one of the first things that I saw was a dump truck filled with citizens of Pyongyang being transported to the countryside.� When Johnson asked his North Korean guide where the people were going, she replied, “’Oh, they’re volunteering to help with the harvest.’� “I looked at those people in the dump truck wearing suits, lab coats — who would wear a suit to help to volunteer with the harvest? “I said, ‘They’re volunteering?’ And she answered, ‘Everyone must volunteer.’� “Volunteering isn’t voluntary in

North Korea,� Johnson points out, delivering a paradox that underpins the book. While North Koreans are starving and lack adequate healthcare, one of the book’s narrators, the voice of propaganda, describes its country as having bountiful crops and says that North Korea gives aid to less fortunate countries like South Korea and the United States. In his novel, propaganda is just one of a few narrators that Johnson employs. Johnson utilizes a shifting narrative voice, which serves to disorient the reader and gives them a sense of the loss and distortion that plague North Korea’s populace. At one point, the narrative voice of propaganda relays an account in which Kim Jong Il was giving an inspirational speech to workers when “many doves were seen to spontaneously flock above him, hovering to provide (the) Reverend General some much needed shade on a hot day.� Though Johnson says he generally relies on humor in a lot of his writing, the amusing aspects of the outlandish propaganda help offset the brutality that befalls some of the book’s characters. In addition

to reading the daily news coming out of North Korea, Johnson spent a lot of his time reading personal stories told by North Korean defectors. “I could just read the raw stories of the North Koreans, and that human dimension in literature was what was lacking.� That human dimension — the inner thoughts, struggles and desires of North Korea’s citizens — is created by Johnson when he breathes life into a country often seen as being one-dimensional in its search for status and power. The narrative of North Korea, Johnson notes, has one main char-

acter: the Dear Leader. In the book, Kim Jong Il’s presence permeates many scenes. His image and ideology is everywhere, from portraits to the “state-sponsored single narrative,� which comes in the form of closely-monitored arts, academics and media broadcasts. But in “The Orphan Master’s Son,� Johnson fills out some of North Korea’s “23 million secondary characters� and thrusts them to the forefront of the story. “North Koreans are just like us. They want the same things out of life: safety, security and better things for their kids,� Johnson says. And in a world where dominance

is maintained through propaganda, the most dangerous thing of all is something that Jun Do must do: look inward and break from his statemandated role in order to find love and determine his own destiny. N Audra Sorman is a local freelance writer who teaches literature at Foothill and De Anza colleges. What: Adam Johnson, in conversation with Anthony Marra When: Friday, July 12, 7:30 p.m. Where: Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park Information:

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Above: Julie Heffernan’s painting “Self-Portrait Moving Out� looks at the dangers of consumption. Below left: Shenny Cruces has cast donated heirlooms in porcelain and turned them into assemblage sculptures.

Two exhibits, two world views Artists bridge past and present in detailed paintings and sculptures

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f this is a warning about the dangers of consumption, it’s the most generous of caveats. In Julie Heffernan’s 2010 painting “Self-Portrait Moving Out,� two women drag their worldly goods across a rickety bridge. True, some of their possessions are falling into a chasm, but in a festive way. Flags wave above; the sky is all glorious peaches and blues; the buildings below are beautifully formed and vaguely Tuscan. Many of Heffernan’s paintings have a European flair. The lushness of the landscape feels familiar, like a Baroque or Renaissance canvas. “Self-Portrait Moving Out� and its cohorts, now displayed at the Palo Alto Art Center, are works informed by the past but immersed in the

present. In turn, they can provide bridges to the future by warning about growing dangers, albeit picturesquely. This summer, the art center has paired Heffernan’s figurative and landscape paintings with work by another artist who draws on the past. Across from the main exhibit, “Sky Is Falling: Paintings by Julie Heffernan,� is “Community Heirloom Project� by Bay Area artist Shenny Cruces. Members of the Palo Alto community have contributed their own pieces of the past to these assemblage sculptures. Cruces put out a call for objects that were meaningful — but not so meaningful that people would object to having them cast in porcelain. The artist worked

the items, or porcelain reproductions of them, into sculptures filled with repeating patterns: rabbit ears, doll faces, clock pendulums and a piggy bank shaped like a pineapple. There’s humor and a curious grace in this rebranding of familiar objects. “They’re tightly packed,� curator Lisa Ellsworth says of the assemblages during a tour, “and the more you look the more you find. She’s very deliberate.� Ellsworth points out a repeating motif of arcs: both in the curves of the bunny ears and in the way that delicate plates are arranged on one wall. Ellsworth finds the pairing of Heffernan and Cruces a natural one. Besides bridging the past and present, both artists also share a love of

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details and layered elements, she said. Heffernan, a New Yorker who grew up in Marin County, is presenting her exhibition as a midcareer survey, though most of the works are from the last five years. Born in 1956 in Illinois, she earned a bachelor’s degree in painting and printmaking from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a master’s in painting from the Yale School of Art. She has exhibited in galleries from Tokyo to San Francisco to New York. “This is my first show in Palo Alto and I’m thrilled because when I was in high school we would steal my parents’ car and come out here to hang out on Stanford campus and pretend we were college kids,� Heffernan says in an email interview. “So now legitimately to be hanging out here (at least virtually!) is in a sense a way of things coming back around!� Heffernan’s cheerfulness is reflected in her paintings. Dark motifs and scenes dwell side-by-side with optimistic images: dead birds and fruit bursting with ripeness, ample flowers and loosely woven net bags that barely keep their contents from falling. Heavy topics such as conspicuous consumption, war and climate change blossom in her work, thanks in part to the National Public Radio programs she listens to while painting. “Self-Portrait Moving Out,� Heffernan says, is absolutely about consumption. “The pile in ‘Moving Out’ is all the extra useless stuff we haul around throughout our lives that provide, I guess, some kind of psychic ballast for us, but really just holds us down.� She mentions the large letters interspersed among the women’s possessions in the painting: H-E-L-PD-U-N-K-L-E. “’Hell’ means ‘light’ in German, and Dunkle means dark, but hell is also that place down below, and when merged with the falling letter P is a cry for ...� Heffernan writes, trailing off. “I want some of the stuff the women are hauling to function as the words they don’t have, their cries in the wilderness.� Other aspects of the painting have double meanings. While the flags flying above the possessions look celebratory, they are also of the nations that will be hit first by sealevel rise, Ellsworth says back in the gallery. The Tuscan-esque buildings down below are starting to be submerged in water. Then again, there are ways out: Pathways and ladders create a network through the painting. Ellsworth smiles, pointing out their lines. “She creates room for hopefulness and redemption in her work.� Another dramatic painting in the show is placed at the front of the main gallery, welcoming visitors in with a frank gaze. “Self-Portrait in the Cross Hairs,� from 2006, is one of Heffernan’s many canvases depicting women in giant headdresses and skirts, scenes both luxurious and unsettling. Here, the lady has her head adorned with chandelier crystals piling up to the top of the canvas. Her skirt is a bouquet of round objects, mixing stone fruits with glowing orbs that could be glass balls or grapes. At her feet are dead fish and dead birds, and two

A visitor in the Palo Alto Art Center looks at the Julie Heffernan painting “Self-Portrait as Broken Home.� Another painting, “Picking up the Pieces,� is to the right. rodents in fisticuffs. Ancient scenes of war rage in the background. “There’s a precariousness to life,� Ellsworth says. All of Heffernan’s works in the show are oil paintings on canvas except for one. “Self-Portrait as Intrepid Scout Leader,� from 2012, is a many-layered archival pigment print incorporating museum board, glass jewels, gold leaf and other materials. It’s one of her only prints. A thousand stories dwell within “Self-Portrait as Broken Home,� a 2008 oil of a peculiar sort of apartment building. Rooms are stacked in an organic shape with intriguing actions going on inside: white birds fluttering around a TV, a woman shooting someone, a Christmas tree that spans two rooms through a hole

in the floor. There are countless stories waiting to be told by a viewer, and that’s an artistic approach that Shenny Cruces can appreciate. In her “Community Heirloom Project,� viewers must craft their own interpretations for the sculptures. Who ate from those dainty plates, wore the kid glove, played with the iron rabbit? The artist, who works as the ceramics manager at the Richmond Art Center, didn’t know what bounty she would reap when she put out the call for the heirlooms. The plastic pineapple piggybank was a treat when it arrived, as were the old meerschaum pipes. To cast the items, Cruces made a plaster mold of each piece and then poured liquid porcelain inside. “You

get this casting, just like a chocolate bunny during Easter,� she says in a phone interview. With the porcelain version, “you don’t have to have all the details and colors of the original object,� she said. “It gives you a hint about what’s going on.� Some items were left alone rather than being cast. A pair of hornrimmed glasses, for instance, looked better as is. A chair is still made mostly of wood, except that Cruces has repaired its broken spindle by creating a new one from porcelain. In some places, she’s added gold lacquer. As Ellsworth noted, Cruces created many repeating arcs in her installation. “I really wanted it to look like a sacred space, like a cathedral,� she says. “These objects were obviously important to someone.� As for the pineapple, Cruces isn’t sure what it meant. But she enjoys speculating. The bank was from Waikiki Beach, with a hole that could be used for a drinking straw (presumably, before any coins were put inside). “Maybe it was on their honeymoon,� Cruces muses. “Maybe it

was the most beautiful place they’d ever been, and this was their souvenir of it.� N What: Paintings by Julie Heffernan and sculptures by Shenny Cruces, at the Palo Alto Art Center Where: 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto When: Through Sept. 1. The center is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Cost: Free. Info: Interactive parts of the exhibits feature porcelain keys by Cruces that visitors can take home, and an area where visitors can make collages of patterned magnets that resemble Heffernan’s paintings. A closing talk with Shenny Cruces is planned for Aug. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. For more, go to artcenter or call 650-329-2366. Cruces plans to include some of the stories behind her sculptures at communityheirloom.blogspot. com.


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Cellist Laurence Lesser gives a solo concert at Music@Menlo on Aug. 4. Debussy, Tournier and Franck. On Aug. 6 and 7, many musicians will take on the master’s final work, “Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue).� Lastly, “The Solo Voice� looks at Bach’s music for solo instruments, with his Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, and pieces by Schubert, Mozart and Mendelssohn. Performance dates are Aug. 9 and 10. Also at Music@Menlo are the Carte Blanche Concerts, which allow individual festival artists to curate their own recitals and single out pieces that have particular meaning to them. Percussionists Christopher Froh, Ayano Kataoka and Ian Rosenbaum will be featured on July 20, followed by violinist Soovin Kim the next day. Colin Carr presents “Cello Evolutions I� on July 28; he performed all of Bach’s cello suites at the festival in 2004 and will play two of them as part of the new program. Violinist Jorja Fleezanis will be accompanied by soprano Elizabeth Futral and others in her “Into the Light� program on July 28, looking at how music gives voice to the human condition. Cellist Laurence Lesser follows on Aug. 4. Meanwhile, classical-music scholars will be presenting “Encounter� lectures. The schedule is: “In the Beginning ... There Was Bach� with Ara Guzelimian on July 18; “Keyboard Evolution: How Bach’s Instruments Became the Modern Piano� with Stuart Isacoff on July 26; “The Art of Late Bach: Exploring ‘Musical Offering’ and ‘The Art of Fugue’� with Michael Parloff on Aug. 4; and “The Passion According to Sebastian Bach� with Patrick Castillo on Aug. 8. Other talks and student-musician concerts, as well as master classes, will be held throughout the festival, with a Music@Menlo open house on July 20. Music-inspired paintings by Sebastian Spreng will be on exhibit. N Info: Tickets for mainstage concerts are $55-$77 ($20$35 for those under 30), and Carte Blanche Concert tickets are $40-$75 ($20-$35 for those under 30). Encounter lectures are $45 general and $20 for the under30s. Performances by musicians in the Chamber Music Institute are free. For a complete schedule and ticketing details, go to or call 650-331-0202.

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(Guild) On a scale of one to 10, Steve Carell’s jerk of a character rates his girlfriend’s glum 14-yearold — stuck in the way, way back of the vintage Buick station wagon — a lowly three. Ranking much, much higher is Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s sweet and funny coming-of-age film, their directorial debut that makes a small splash within the sea of big summer blockbusters. The Oscar-winning co-writers of “The Descendants� have crafted a quirky little comedy that delivers life lessons in an endearing way. The ensemble cast really sells each and every character of the East Coast beach community where Trent (Carell) has a vacation house. They look like real people, not Hollywood actors, of all shapes and beachwear. And although the actors look like they’re having fun with their roles, they never allow their characters to become cartoonish. Liam James perfectly plays Duncan, the awkward teen who thinks tagging along with his single mother (Toni Collette), her cocky boyfriend (Carell) and his daughter (Zoe Levin) will be anything but fun. He’s right. Carell has transformed from a lovable 40-year-old virgin to a controlling 40-something, spouting off his rules and easily manipulating Duncan’s mousy mother to cater to his needs. Duncan’s loneliness is palpable, and you can feel his pain of being an outsider. Expressing his feelings primarily through subtle facial expressions and body language, James maintains a dour demeanor until a magical moment. In the garage, Duncan finds a girl’s bicycle — pink with handlebar streamers and a basket — and pedals off furiously, an exhilarating rush of freedom coaxing a smile from his pursed lips. It’s a defining plot point in the narrative, as Duncan discovers the Water Wizz amusement park and its goofy, goodhearted employees who will become his surrogate family. Sam Rockwell steals the show as Owen, the slacker manager of the park. He has a quick wit, droll sense of humor and the inclination to turn every situation into a joke — except when it comes to Duncan. Owen immediately empathizes with the unhappy kid and knows exactly what to do to boost his self-esteem and give him a home away from home. Writer-directors Faxon and Rash, as well as Maya Rudolph, are such likeable Water Wizz characters, particularly in contrast to the adults (including Amanda Peet and Rob Corddry) behaving badly at the beach. Allison Janney takes tremendous risks playing Trent’s neighbor as a talkative lush. Her daughter (AnnaSophia Robb) shares Duncan’s sense of loss over their broken homes and absent fathers, whereas her eye patch-wearing son adds to the wildly unpredictable aspects of the movie. Familiar without veering into the formulaic, “The Way, Way Back� has a generosity of spirit that reminds us what friendship and family truly mean.


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/ The human fighters tasked with defeating deadly sea creatures in “Pacific Rim.� delivers its action on a massive scale while paying homage to the Japanese monster flicks that inspired it. On the surface, “Pacific Rim� seems like little more than “Transformers vs. Godzilla,� but undertones about teamwork and del Toro’s deft touch keep the picture from drowning beneath its own weight. This sci-fi spectacle takes place in the not-toodistant future, when deadly creatures (think dinosaurs on steroids) begin emerging from the Pacific Ocean. To battle said beasts (appropriately dubbed “kaiju�), human beings develop life-sized robots (called “jaegers�) operated by pairs or trios of compatible fighters. One such fighter is Raleigh Becket (“Sons of Anarchy� heartthrob Charlie Hunnam), whose expertise in a jaeger is unparalleled. A tragedy quickly forces Raleigh to rethink his career path, until military leader Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) urges him back into the jaeger biz. Raleigh will have to click quickly with rookie Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) to help defend against a kaiju onslaught while researcher Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia�) and mathematician Hermann Gottlieb (Burn Gorman) hunt for a scientific solution. “Pacific Rim� belongs in the discussion as one of the most visually impressive films ever made, from the kaijus’ textured hides to the jaegers’ robotic gadgetry. The ho-hum script is less encouraging with its unimaginative dialogue (“Oh my God!� and “Let’s finish this!� are commonplace). The acting is more varied, with the always excellent Elba commanding the screen and funnyman Day delivering needed comic relief. Hunnam — who looks the part and tackles the martial-arts choreography with aplomb — may not be quite ready to carry the leading-man torch. He doesn’t bring much nuance or subtlety to his role, shifting between charming rogue and defiant soldier. “Pacific Rim� is often too big for its own good. Kaijus rip through skyscrapers as though tearing papier-mache, and jaegers wield ocean liners with Barry Bonds-esque enthusiasm. The intimacy of those suffering on the ground gets lost during the visual slugfest, with the exception of a subplot involving Mako Mori. But del Toro handles “Pacific Rim� with the same enthusiasm Peter Jackson brought to his “King Kong� remake and J.J. Abrams lent “Star Trek.� He infuses this monstrous undertaking with just what it needs — a little heart. Rated PG-13 for intense sci-fi action and violence, and brief language. Two hours, 11 minutes. — Tyler Hanley



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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 a super-villain plotting to unleash a mutating serum. Gru reluctantly partners 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. Rated PG for rude humor and mild action. One hour, 38 minutes. — P.C.

The East --1/2 Are we headed in the wrong direction? A collective called The East thinks so, and its members believe corporations are taking us there through “worldwide terrorism.� And so, The East commits eco-terrorism against Western corporations. That’s the setup for suspense thriller “The East,� directed by Zal Batmanglij and co-written by Batmanglij and star Brit Marling. Marling plays Jane Owen, a fomer counter-terrorist agent for the FBI who now lends her expertise to the private sector. As an operative for the private intelligence firm Hiller Brood (headed by Patricia Clarkson’s Sharon), Jane infiltrates eco-terrorist groups and gathers intelligence to share with law enforcement as they dismantle the groups. That’s all well and good for the ambitious and devoutly Christian Jane until she gets in with The East, whose anarchism seems more reasoned to her the longer she spends in their company. This is a form of Stockholm Syndrome, yes, but perhaps something more as she sees the legitimate appeal of the group’s intimacy and depth of belief, and the undeniable, unanswered crimes of the corporate executives they target. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence, disturbing images, sexual content and nudity. One hour, 56 minutes. — P.C.

Back to the Future (1985) (PG) Century 16: Sun 2 p.m. Mon 2 p.m. Century 20: Fri 2 p.m. Sat 2 p.m. Sun 2 p.m. Mon 2 p.m. Tue 2 p.m. Before Midnight (R) Aquarius Theatre: 2:30, 5:30, 8:30 p.m. Despicable Me 2 (PG) (( Century 16: 9:15 & 11:45 a.m. & 2:30, 5:15, 8, 10:35 p.m. In 3D 10:45 a.m. & 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:35 p.m. Century 20: 10:20 & 11:45 a.m. & 12:50, 2:20, 3:15, 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 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 10 p.m. Grown Ups 2 (PG-13) Century 16: 9 & 10:15 & 11:30 a.m. & 12:45, 2, 3:15, 4:40, 5:55, 7:30, 9, 10:20 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 11:30 p.m. Century 20: 10:45 a.m. & noon & 1:15, 2:30, 3:45, 5, 6:15, 7:35, 8:50, 10:15 p.m. The Heat (R) (( Century 16: 11:10 a.m. & 1:55, 4:45, 7:45, 10:40 p.m. Century 20: 11 a.m. & 1:45, 4:25, 7:20, 10:20 p.m. I’m So Excited (R) (( Palo Alto Square: 2, 4:30, 7:25 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 9:45 p.m. The Internship (PG-13) (( Century 16: 10:50 a.m. & 4:50, 10:20 p.m. Josh Groban Live: All That Echoes, Artist Cut (PG) Century 20: Fri 7:30 p.m. Sat 7:30 p.m. Sun 7:30 p.m. Mon 7:30 p.m. Tue 7:30 p.m. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (R) Century 20: 10:40 a.m. & 12:40, 2:40, 4:40, 6:40, 8:40, 10:45 p.m. The Lone Ranger (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 9 & 10:40 a.m. & 12:20, 2:10, 3:50, 5:25, 7:10, 9:10, 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 10:25 & 11:15 a.m. & 12:15, 1:40, 2:35, 3:35, 4:55, 6, 7, 8:20, 9:25, 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. Monsters University (G) (((1/2 Century 16: 9:25 & 11:55 a.m. & 5 & 7:30 p.m. In 3D 2:25, 10 p.m. Century 20: 10:30 a.m. & 1:10, 3:45, 6:25, 9:10 p.m. In 3D 12:05, 2:40, 5:15, 7:55, 10:35 p.m. Morocco (1930) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Fri 7 p.m. Much Ado About Nothing (PG-13) (((1/2 Aquarius Theatre: 2, 5, 8 p.m. Now You See Me (PG-13) (( Century 16: 7:35 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 1:45 p.m. Century 20: 10:55 a.m. & 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:55 p.m. Pacific Rim (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 11 a.m. & 2:15, 5:30, 8:45, 11:45 p.m. In 3D 9:15 a.m. 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 10:35 a.m. & 1:35, 4:35, 7:40, 10:45 p.m. In XD 12:15, 3:15, 6:20, 9:25 p.m. Roberta (1935) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Sat-Sun 5:35 & 9:25 p.m. Shanghai Express (1932) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Fri 5:55 & 9:15 p.m. 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 10:50 a.m. & 4:45, 10:45 p.m. Swing Time (1936) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Sat-Sun 3:40 & 7:30 p.m. This Is The End (R) ((1/2 Century 16: 10:30 a.m. & 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 9:55 p.m. Century 20: 12:10, 2:45, 5:25, 8:05, 10:40 p.m. The Way, Way Back (PG-13) (((1/2 Guild Theatre: 2, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55 p.m. White House Down (PG-13) ((1/2 Century 16: 9:10 a.m. & 12:24, 3:25, 7:05, 10:05 p.m. Century 16: 9:10 a.m. & 12:24, 3:25, 7:05, 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 10:35 a.m. & 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 10:35 a.m. & 1:35, 4:35, 7:35, 10:35 p.m. World War Z (PG-13) Century 16: 9:45 a.m. & 4 & 7:15 p.m. In 3D 12:50 & 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 2:25, 8 p.m. In 3D 11:40 a.m. & 5:10, 10:50 p.m.

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Former Stanford pitcher off to good start in the minor leagues by Rick Eymer

she’s one of the best in the country. We’re really excited that she’s coming to Stanford.� At Stanford, she’ll join a frontline that returns all three starters, including its top two scorers — fifth-year senior Courtney Verloo (10 goals, 11 assists) and junior Chioma Ubogagu (5 goals, 11 assists), an All-Pac-12 first team selection. The Cardinal finished 21-2-1, reached its fifth consecutive NCAA College Cup and won its fourth consecutive Pac12 title.

tanford grad Mark Appel was a popular figure in his brief stay with the short season Single-A Tri-City ValleyCats. He figures to grab just as much attention when he makes his first start for the Quad Cities River Bandits on Sunday in Davenport, Iowa. Appel, who was chosen by the Houston Astros as the first overall pick in this year’s First-Year Player Draft, made two appearances, pitched a total of five innings and recorded a pair of no decisions as he launched his professional baseball career. The ValleyCats, who play in Troy, N.Y. in the New York-Penn League, held a press conference with Appel on July 4. He made his first start the next day. Before his next start, a solid threeinning effort on Tuesday, Appel was kept busy with appearances and autograph signings at the park. The River Bandits, part of the full season Single-A Midwest League, are also home to 2012 overall No. 1 draft pick Carlos Correa, who will be playing in the Futures All-Star Game on Sunday. Quad Cities reported it will be the first time that consecutive No. 1 overall picks will appear on the same roster in Minor League baseball history. Appel, who threw 106 innings in 14 starts for the Cardinal during the spring, is working on a pitch count and could have his season end early as he becomes adjusted to pro ball. In his latest start, Appel threw three scoreless innings, striking out five, in a game eventually won by the Aberdeen Ironbirds in 10 innings. He has yet to walk a batter in five professional innings. Appel will make the start against Dayton in the Quad Cities ballpark on the shores of the Mississippi River.

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Taylor Uhl (left), who was the nation’s leading scorer in women’s soccer last season with 21 goals and nine assists while playing for Minnesota, will bring her scoring talents to Stanford and play for the Cardinal this fall.

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Cardinal women’s soccer team welcomes NCAA scoring leader Taylor Uhl from Minnesota by Dave Kiefer Stanford Athletics/


aylor Uhl, the nation’s leading scorer last season while playing for the University of Minnesota women’s soccer team, has transferred to Stanford and be immediately eligible to play this fall. As a sophomore in 2012, Uhl scored 21 goals and had nine assists for a national-best 51 points while leading the Golden Gophers to an 11-7-2 record and a berth in the Big Ten Conference tournament. Uhl scored or assisted on 68 percent of the team’s 44 goals and was named

an NSCAA third-team All-American. On Monday, the last of the paperwork was completed, including the receipt of a waiver from Minnesota that allow Uhl to be immediately eligible. Unlike football, basketball, and ice hockey, there is a one-time transfer exception. This means that if an institution has no objection, the student-athlete does not have to sit out a year. “It was a huge need for us,� Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. “We’ve been looking for a goalscorer and a prominent forward, and


Stanford’s Gibbs receives wild card into tourney by Keith Peters eing a two-time NCAA singles champion does have its perks. Stanford’s Nicole Gibbs learned that on Thursday as she was given a wild card into the main draw of the 2013 Bank of the West Classic. It’s the second time in as many years that Gibbs has received a wild card after winning the NCAA title. Gibbs was not alone in the gift-receiving department as



Daniela Hantuchova also received a wild card into the main event, set for July 22-28 at Stanford’s Taube Family Tennis Center. Gibbs recently completed her junior year by leading the Cardinal to the NCAA team title while capturing her second consecutive NCAA singles title and earning All-America honors for the third time. With her team and individual titles this (continued on next page)

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OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Menlo School’s Austin Marcus and Jack Redman have been named to the Cal-Hi Sports all-state baseball team. Marcus, a catcher, was named to the first team for small schools while Redman, a pitcher, was named to the second team . . . The Stanford Girls’ Water Polo Club 18U team finished 10th at the US Club Championships last weekend in Southern California. Stanford opened bracket play with a 13-10 loss to Huntington Beach and followed that with a 10-4 loss to Xtreme. A 12-10 win over San Jose Aquatics moved Stanford into the consolation quarterfinals. In its fourth match, Stanford handed Foothill an 8-2 loss. In the semifinals for 9-12th place, Stanford posted an 8-4 win over the Los Angeles Water Polo Club. In the game for ninth place, Stanford was beaten by CHAWP, 9-6. Competing for Stanford was Katherine Moore, Sami Strutner, Courtney Batcheller, Caroline Anderson, Lauren Lesyna, Allison Larko, Tayler Peters, Jessica Heilman, Carla Tocchini, Cathy Cantoni, Niki Reynolds, Rachael Vaughn-Hulbert, Emily Fong and Keri Clifford. The Stanford boys will be sending a contingent of teams to the US Club Championships this weekend, also being hosted by the Inland Empire at Corona, Ramona, Norco and Santiago high schools plus the RCC Aquatic Complex.

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GIRLS’ LACROSSE . . . Menlo School girls’ coach Jen Lee coached the West team and had four local players competing for her at the Under Armour All-America Girls Lacrosse Classic last weekend in Towson, Md. Playing for the West team was Alyssa Sherman of Menlo plus Caroline Cummings, Brigid White and Libby Muir of Sacred Heart Prep. None of those players are yet committed to college. “Sherman was outstanding on defense,� Lee said “and Muir fared the best, garnering all-tourney honors in midfield. �The West team posted a great win over Midwest (10-8), and challenged Philadelphia’s team in a hard-fought game, outscoring them 5-3 in second half before dropping a 10-7 decision. The West also lost to Long Island and Washington, D.C. Next up will be the 2013 Girls’ Champion All-American Showcase, July 21-23, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Recent Menlo graduate Michaela Michael, who missed the regular season with an injury, is back healthy and will participate again. She was the MVP of her team last year in this tournament. Michael will be joined by Cummings and Palo Alto High grad Nina Kelty. Menlo grad Ali Kim was going to attend, but had a conflict with her Brown University camp. “The Florida event is also extremely well done, and there are only four teams and roughly 80 girls,� said Lee. “Nice honor, invite and opportunity.�


Former Stanford All-American Mallory Burdette will have to qualify to reach the main draw in the Bank of the West Classic.

Menlo School’s Price will chase Pan Am berth in Canada Before running at National Junior Olympics, she’ll compete in the 200 and 400 for a summer trip at the Canadian Junior National Championships by Keith Peters


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year, she became the first player to win both since former Stanford standout Amber Liu in 2009. Gibbs, who has given up her senior year in order to turn pro, advanced to the second round of last yearĂ­s Bank of the West Classic before falling to eventual tournament champion Serena Williams in straight sets. Hantuchova, who was once ranked as high as No. 4 in the world, is an eight-time winner on the WTA tour including a victory this season at the AEGON Classic in June. Hantuchova has competed in the Bank of the West Classic in years prior, making it to the semifinals in 2007 and the quarterfinals in 2005 and 2009. In other news, world No. 17 Sabine Lisicki has been forced to withdraw from the Bank of the West due to a wrist injury. Lisicki made an impressive run at this yearĂ­s Wimbledon Championships advancing to the final before losing to Marion Bartoli. Bartoli, along with fellow Wimbledon semifinalists Agnieszka Radwanska and Kirsten Flipkens,

200, but a prelim in the 400 forced her to scratch those plans. So, she’ll run only the 400 at the Junior Olympics. Price finished her high school season ranked No. 6 in the state in the 400, but was the fastest junior. She was also one of only six runners to break 55 seconds this past season. Meanwhile, Chen had 14 athletes

qualify for the Junior Olympics last week as all finished among the top five in their respective events. “But, we are only taking Zoe Enright and Lizzie Lacy in the 3,000 -they came in first and second at regionals — and, of course, Maddy.� Elsewhere, 10-year-old Raymond Price III (no relation to Maddy) of the East Palo Alto Greyhounds is

keeping very busy in two sports this summer. The St. Elizabeth Seton School student not only is running track, but is playing basketball for the Peninsula Sports Academy Vikings. The squad will be competing at the AAU West Coast National Championships in Las Vegas, set for July 19-21. The team qualified by taking second in its age division at the Coca-Cola Nationals in Los Angeles in June. Two weeks ago, RP III competed in track and field at the AAU West Coast Junior Olympics in Reno, where he won the long jump (14-4), shot put (27-6) and took fourth in

the 100 (a PR of 14.16) in his age bracket to qualify for the AAU Nationals from July 29-Aug. 2 in Detroit, Mich. This past weekend at Diablo Valley College, RP III was on the winning 4x400 relay team in addition to taking second in the 400 relay and finishing third in the 100. That qualified him for the National Junior Olympics in Greensboro, which he’ll likely miss due to his other competitions. To help fund his various trips, a web site has been established at eXQOc. N

Stanford’s Carter a finalist Stanford junior Kori Carter, the reigning NCAA women’s 400-meter hurdles champion, was named one of three finalists for the 2013 Bowerman Trophy, collegiate track and field’s highest annual honor, by the by U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches

Association on Thursday. Joining Carter as finalists for honor of being named the most outstanding women’s collegiate track & field student-athlete of the 2013 season are Arizona high jumper Brigetta Barrett and Clemson hurdler Brianna Rollins. N

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enlo School senior Maddy Price will find out if her track and field season will come to an end before August when she competes in the 2013 Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships this weekend in Sainte-Therese, Quebec. Price, who will run the 200 and 400 meters, needs to finish among the top two in either event to qualify for the Canadian team that will compete at the Pan Am Junior Championships in Medellin, Colombia (Aug. 23-25). If Price misses out on the Pan Am Games, her final action of the season likely will be the National Junior Olympics set for July 22-28 in Greensboro, N.C. Price is ranked No. 2 among Canadian juniors in the 400 (54.78), trailing only Sage Watson (53.54), who runs at Florida State. Price also is No. 8 in the 200 (24.50). While she already has surpassed the ‘A’ qualifying standard in the 400 (55.30), she needs to run under (24.20) in the 200 in order to qualify for the event at Pan Ams — should she finish first or second. Price will run in the 400 semifinals on Friday and (most likely) the finals on Saturday. The 200 semifinals and finals will be Sunday. Price, who runs during the summer for the Menlo iGreyhounds Track Club, easily won the 400 in 56.87 at the Region 14 Junior Olympics Championships qualifying meet that finished up last weekend at Diablo Valley College in Concord. “She’s been hitting mid to low 56s very comfortably and without any competition,� said Greyhounds’ coach Jorge Chen, who also coaches Price at Menlo. “So, I’m predicting that she will set a new PR very soon — hoping this weekend, obviously, and probably in the 200 as well, since she’s looking really strong.� Price had hoped to also run the

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Menlo School senior Maddy Price needs to finish first or second in her events to qualify for the Pan Am Junior Championships. will face a Bank of the West Classic player field loaded with former Grand Slam champions. Those currently entered in this event include three-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova, 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur and 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone. The Bank of the West Classic will also host several up and coming American stars who are already accepted into the main draw including Madison Keys, Jamie Hampton, and Varvara Lepchenko. In addition, fellow Americans Christina McHale and Mallory Burdette are currently in the qualifying draw. Qualifying begins July 20 and is free and open to the public. The qualifying list will include some household names that tennis fans surely will recognize. Burdette returns to her alma mater where she posted a 60-8 overall record in her three seasons at Stanford and helped lead the Cardinal to the 2010 national title. Burdette reached last year’s main draw where she was ousted by Bartoli. One of the bigger names competing in qualifying this year is Kimiko Date-Krumm, who five career titles to her credit and reached the third

round of both Wimbledon and the Australian Open this year. Last year’s runner-up, Coco Vandeweghe, will be making her third straight appearance at the Bank of the West Classic. In 2012. N Complete list of Bank of the West qualifying entries: Kik Bertens, Netherlands Mallory Burdette, USA Christina McHale, USA Marina Erakovic, New Zealand Olga Govortsova, Belarus Kimiko Date-Krumm, Japan Olga Puchkova, Russia Yulia Putintseva, Kazakstan Sharon Fichman, Canada Coco Vandeweghe, USA Maria Sanchez, USA Melanie Oudin, USA Alison Riske, USA Sesil Karatantcheva, Kazakstan Michelle Larcher de Brito, Portugal Casey Dellacqua, Australia Alla Kudryavtseva, Russia Vera Dushevina, Russia Elena Baltacha, Great Britain Grace Min, USA Sacha Jones, Australia Petra Rampre, Slovakia Sachie Ishizu, Japan Ivana Lisjak, Croatia Gabriela Dabrowski, Canada Samantha Crawford, USA Strom Sanders, Australia

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“I expect to come in and earn my spot and earn respect,� Uhl said. Uhl is a 5-foot-9 forward from Eden Prairie, Minn., and was a four-year letterwinner in basketball and soccer, and also earned three in lacrosse and one in track at Eden Prairie High. She was the Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year for soccer and was spotted by Ratcliffe at a regional tournament and contacted by the Cardinal coach, but already was too far along in the recruiting process and signed with the Gophers without visiting Stanford. But Uhl, a biomedical engineering major at Minnesota, reconsidered and asked for a release from her scholarship in mid-April. “Stanford is obviously a top academic and athletic school,� Uhl said. “That was something I was looking for.� On the day that her release went through and she was allowed to contact other schools, Uhl e-mailed

Ratcliffe. “I remembered her straightaway and I contacted her immediately,� Ratcliffe said. “Once I got the release in hand, I e-mailed her as quickly as I could. I always remembered, I always liked her, and I followed her through her career at Minnesota. She’s had a phenomenal first couple of years and we’re hoping her last two will be even better.� This time, Tayor and her parents, David and JoEllen, made the trip, which clinched the deal. “I loved the campus and the atmosphere,� Uhl said. “It was, honestly, too good to be true in my mind.� It also almost seemed too good to be true for Ratcliffe, who had been seeking a high-scoring forward since the graduation of 2011 Soccer America Player of the Year Lindsay Taylor. “It’s very important in the game,� Ratcliffe said. “You can have a good team, but if you don’t have natural goal-scorers, that can prevent you from competing for a national championship.� In two seasons with the Golden Gophers, she scored 36 goals and


passed for 13 assists. In addition to her All-America honor last year, she was named NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region, and to the All-Big Ten first team and Big Ten All-Academic team. At Stanford, her role will not change. “My role is to score goals,� Uhl said. “I feel I can get behind the defense for breakaways and use my speed to my advantage. I know how to put the ball into the back of the net. The goals may not always be pretty, but that doesn’t really matter.� Ratcliffe described Uhl as “a dynamic, powerful forward. Hopefully, she’ll be similar to (Stanford national players of the year) Christen Press, Kelley O’Hara, and Lindsay Taylor, who were scoring 20 goals or more in a season. “She’s fast, skillful, and, most importantly, she scores goals, which is like gold.� Uhl prides herself on her composure in front of the net. “For me, everything slows down,� Uhl said. “For others, it speeds up and they tend to panic. The mental

aspect is such an important part of scoring goals.� Uhl already has completed the spring semester at Minnesota and is spending the summer playing for the Ottawa Fury of the semi-pro WLeague. She has never played with anyone on the Stanford team, but has gotten support since announcing her transfer on Twitter, including a “Welcome to the team! So stoked!� response from goalkeeper Emily Oliver. “I’m happy we’re getting a second chance,� Ratcliffe said. “Not many times in life you can say get a second chance. And this is a second chance for me to coach her and a second chance for her to come to Stanford.� Uhl, who will major in bio engineering at Stanford, will join her new teammates in reporting to fall camp on August 6 and will first introduce herself to Stanford fans at a home scrimmage on Aug. 17 against Grand Canyon. “Taylor’s a fantastic person,� Ratcliffe said. “She’s going to be a great fit for Stanford, both academically and athletically.� N

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Stanford gets top recruits Cardinal women receive commitments from No. 2 and No. 5 swimmers by Rick Eymer


tanford women’s swimming coach Greg Meehan is quietly putting together a prized recruiting class that could be No. 1 in the nation. In a Pac-12 Conference overloaded with swimming talent, that’s a good thing. Meehan, who just completed his first season, received commitments from two of the top 10-rated recruits during the first week of contact for high school seniors. Janet Hu ranks as the No. 2 recruit out of the class of 2014 (some say she should be No. 1) and became the first swimmer of the group to make a commitment. Stanford has been her first choice all along. Lindsey Engel, who will be a senior at Crean Lutheran South High in Irvine this fall, committed to Stanford a few days later. She’s rated the No. 5 recruit by swimswam. com (No. 10 by Swimming World Magazine), and also one of the most versatile of the class. Hu, out of Oakton High in Vienna, Va., swam lifetime bests in the 50-meter free (25.63), 50-meter fly (26.98) and the 100-meter fly (1:00.11) at the Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis last month. She had three top-16 finishes. “I’m so excited to have made my decision to commit to swim for Stanford,� Hu told Swimming World. “It has always been my dream school. Two years ago, I was there for Summer Juniors (2011) and I loved the campus and the pool. I’ve also gotten to know the coaches, Greg and Tracy, and I’m really looking forward to working with them.� Hu’s top yard times are 52.07 (100 back), 52.03 (100 fly), 22.13 (50 free), 48.67 (100 free) and 1:46.74) (200 free). She set National Age Group records in the 50 free and 100 fly last December. Engel has recorded solid longcourse times in the 50 free (26.25), 100 free (56.56) and 100 back (1:03.73). She’s also looked strong in the 200 free (2:03.25) and 100 fly (2:00.93). “Stanford University has an amazing swimming program as well as amazing academics,� Engel said. “It felt like the perfect fit for me.� Engel made national headlines in May when she broke a 28-year-old CIF Southern Section Division III record in the 50 free (22.53) that had been held by the legendary Dara Torres (22.69 in 1985). That effort earned Engel a spot in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd.� Engel has gone 22.24 in the 50 free, 48.96 in the 100 free along with 53.34 in the 100 fly and 53.27 in the 100 back. N


The 13s also will play Sunday, either at 11:30 a.m. or 5 p.m. The NorCal State Tournament winners will advance to regional competition in Tucson, Ariz. (15s) and Vernal, Utah (13s). After that will be the World Series in both divisions. The Palo Alto 13s opened District 6 action with a 14-4 win over Bel-Mateo, but fell into the consolation bracket following a 4-3 loss to Mountain View last Friday. Palo Alto bounced back to eliminate BelMateo, 16-3, on Saturday to force Sunday’s games. Chris Cook got the win in Sunday’s first game as he struck out eight and walked just two. Kyle Pruhsmeier got the win in Game 2, allowing just one hit over his four innings of work. Sean Young and David Clarke each had two hits and two RBI in the title game while Jake Rittman had three hits in Sunday’s opener. Other members of the 13s include Brett Anchartechahar, Ole Erickson, Tim Goode, Jonathan Gottlieb, Matthew Gursky, Tony Masetti, Nico Rollandi, Sean Shufelt, Bradley Smith and Zachary Weseloh. In Little League action: Palo Alto National and MenloAtherton both lost in their respective divisions to close out their respective seasons in the District 52 Majors All-Star Tournament action

Sunday. In the 11-12 tournament in Belmont, Palo Alto National saw its run through the consolation bracket end in a 12-1 loss to Redwood City East in a game shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule. Palo Alto managed just two hits, both by Max Jung-Goldberg. One of his hits was a solo home run to lead off the third inning. It was his third home run of the district tournament. Palo Alto, however, trailed by 8-0 before the solo blast. Palo Alto gave up 13 hits and committed three errors. A day earlier, Palo Alto eliminated city rival Palo Alto American, 6-5. Joshua Kasevich pitched five no-hit innings of relief and George Welch hit two home runs for the winners. Michael Panitchpakdi hit a threerun home run in the top of the first inning to help PA American grab a 5-0 lead. Isaac Hart-Skaife and Seattle Hmelar singled ahead of Panitchpakdi’s bomb over the center-field fence. Hart-Skaife’s single drove in Spencer Rojahn for the first run and Hmelar scored on a wild pitch. Kasevich came in to start the second and faced two over the minimum the rest of the way in gaining the win. He struck out eight, including four in a row at one point, and walked two. PA National got three runs back in the bottom of the first. JungGoldberg walked ahead of Welch’s first home run, a drive that sailed over the right-field fence. Shiva Bucklin doubled and later scored on an error. In the 10-11 tournament at Red Morton Park in Redwood City, Menlo-Atherton’s season came to an end in a 4-0 loss to Belmont/ Redwood Shores. N

All-Star Futures Game, scheduled for Sunday at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. On Wednesday, Major League Baseball released the rosters for the 15th edition of the Futures game, which will pit the top American minor league prospects against those from other countries. Though the game does not have the same ramifications as its major league companion, making the 50man cut is a sign of future success. Ninety-nine players who have competed in the minor league adaptation have gone on to make an MLB All-Star roster, and 233 players who played in the Futures game are now in the big leagues. Pederson, 21, is hitting .299 with 14 home runs, 19 doubles, 60 runs scored and 38 RBI in 82 games for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts in the Southern League. He has also stolen 25 bases in 28 attempts and has a .522 slugging percentage. Pederson is in the top five of five offensive categories in the Southern League. He’s third in runs and hits. Tied for fourth in doubles. And he’s second in homers and stolen bases. “I don’t really look at my numbers at all. I just try to put a quality atbat together for the team,� Pederson said. Added Lookouts’ manager Jody Reed: “I think if anything the power

numbers are a little surprising. But with his hands and his bat speed. Now all of a sudden he’s hitting with power, that takes him into that fivetool category, and it’s exciting.� Pederson last played on July 3 — he went 2-for-5 with a double a home run — and reportedly has been sidelined with a strained oblique muscle. Pederson has only missed three games, thanks to a series of weekend rainouts in Chattanooga. Pederson is the only member of the Dodgers’ organization playing in the Futures Game. Last year, the only member of the Dodgers in the game was former Stanford pitcher Chris Reed. Reed and Pederson are now teammates in Chattanooga. As of July 10, Reed had a 3.42 ERA in 19 games and 97.1 innings pitched. He has 75 strikeouts with 34 walks. He and Pederson also were teammates last season at Rancho Cucamonga in the California League. In addition to the Futures Game, Pederson also has been named to the North Division team for the Southern League’s Midsummer Classic on Wednesday in Jacksonville, Fla. Pederson is one of seven Chattanooga players on the North roster. Elsewhere, Palo Alto High grad B.J. Boyd was hitting .359 for the Vermont Lake Monsters before Wednesday’s game in the Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League. In his past 10 games, Boyd is hitting .385. N


Palo Alto Babe Ruth champs face new tests NorCal State Tournaments will offer difficult fields for 15s and 13s following their District 6 titles by Kevin Macario


he Palo Alto Babe Ruth 13and 15-year-old baseball allstars have taken the first step in the postseason by capturing District 6 Tournament titles. Now, their task gets much more difficult. Both squads will open NorCal State Tournament action on Saturday, with potentially more games and certainly more difficult competition. Each team advanced by topping foes from Mountain View. The 15s posted a 7-5 triumph on Saturday while the 13s took the tougher route and needed 8-1 and 16-0 triumphs on Sunday to move on. The Palo Alto 15s will open the NorCal State Tournament with a game against Antioch at Mountain View’s McKelvey Park at 10 a.m. A second game is guaranteed on Sunday. After that, who knows? Team members for the 15s are Blake Carbonneau, Andrew Daschbach, Evan Easton, Max Gardiner, Daniel Gasiewski, Matt Hennefarth, Brian Knapp, Jamie Kruger, AJ Lemons, Jared Lucian, James Roake, Michael Shames, Alexii Sigona, Shane Stafford and Ryan Voltattorni. The Palo Alto 13s will have to travel to College of Alameda for their opener, which closes the first day there as Palo Alto faces host Alameda at 5 p.m.

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“I think by the end of the summer we’re trying to get up to five or six innings, but I’m taking it dayby-day,� Appel told’s John Parker. “It depends on what the coaches and front office want. I have faith in the Astros’ development team, and I know they don’t want to be overly aggressive or try to rush things prematurely.� Tentative plans call for Appel to reach Double-A Corpus Christi by the end of August. Those plans, of course, will have a lot to do with Appel’s results along the way. “The big difference for me was that there was less adrenaline,� Appel said. “It wasn’t a big deal like my first start, it was more businesslike, and I think that’s part of the reason it turned out better.� Appel pitched two innings in his professional debut last Friday night, giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits for the ValleyCats. He did not walk anybody and struck out one. Appel was 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA for the Cardinal. He recorded 130 strikeouts and walked just 23. Opponents hit .203 against him. He was named a first team All-American. In other baseball news: Palo Alto High grad Joc Pederson is still listed on the roster for the

2013 BABE RUTH NORCAL STATE TOURNAMENTS 15s at McKelvey Park, Mtn View

13s At College Of Alameda

SATURDAY Game 1 — Palo Alto vs. Antioch, 10 a.m. Game 2 — Novato vs. Tri-Valley, 1 p.m. Game 3 — Del Norte vs. Alameda, 4 p.m. Game 4 — East Sacramento vs. Mountain View, 7 p.m. SUNDAY Game 5 — Game 1 loser vs. Game2 loser, 10 a.m. Game 6 — Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 1 p.m. Game 7 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 4 p.m. Game 8 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m. MONDAY Game 9 — Game 8 loser vs. Game 5 winner, 5 p.m. Game 10 — Game 7 loser vs. Game 6 winner, 7:30 p.m. TUESDAY, JULY 16 Game 11 — Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 5 p.m. Game 12 — Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 7:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 Game 13 — Game 12 loser vs. Game 11 winner, 6 p.m. THURSDAY, JULY 18 Game 14 — Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner, 5 p.m. Game 15 — Challenge game (if necessary), 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY Game 1 — Washington Manor vs. Woodland, 9 a.m. Game 2 — North Bay vs. Tri-Valley, 11:30 a.m. Game 3 — Eureka vs. Antioch, 2 p.m. Game 4 — Palo Alto vs. Alameda, 5 p.m. SUNDAY Game 5 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 9 a.m. Game 6 — Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 11:30 a.m. Game 7 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 2 p.m. Game 8 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 5 p.m. MONDAY Game 9 — Game 8 loser vs. Game 5 winner, 2 p.m. Game 10 — Game 7 loser vs. Game 6 winner, 5 p.m. TUESDAY, JULY 16 Game 11 — Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 2 p.m. Game 12 — Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 Game 13 — Game 12 loser vs. Game 11 winner, 5 p.m. THURSDAY, JULY 18 Game 14 — Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner, 5 p.m. FRIDAY, JULY 19 Game 15 — Challenge game (if necessary), 5 p.m.


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