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Private developers to pay for public art City Council committee to consider Tuesday how program would work by Elena Kadvany


alo Alto’s Percent for Art Program could soon require private developers to chip in 1 percent of construction costs for public-art projects. The City Council’s Policy and Services Committee on Tuesday, Oct. 8, is set to flesh out the details of the new requirement, which the

council endorsed in April. Since then, the city’s Public Art Commission has been discussing the central issues of the program, including how to make it appealing to developers, creating a streamlined process that spans multiple city departments and ensuring that art projects are

in line with the city’s overarching vision for its public art. With future private development projects (excluding tenantimprovement projects) over the next three years valued at an estimated $275 million, developers could contribute as much as $2 million toward public art, according to a new staff report. Percent-for-art programs involving private developments are in place in major California cities, but they have not always

gone over well. Menlo Park launched an ill-fated program in 2002, when the City Council enacted a Percentage for Arts ordinance that required developers who build a commercial, industrial or municipal project worth at least $250,000 to allocate 1 percent of construction costs for an exterior, publicly visible artwork. But early developments stirred controversy. The first two projects to come under the new law were proposed renovations to a Chev-

ron gas station on El Camino Real and the 7-Eleven on Oak Grove Avenue. Both owners objected to spending 1 percent on art and to the requirement that they find an artist to design and implement the art on their own. Months later in response, the council voted to add an in-lieu option, which allowed developers — instead of including public art on their buildings — to contribute money to a public-art ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£Ó®


City to Castilleja: Shrink enrollment, pay $300K School violated enrollment cap for 12 years, planning department says by Chris Kenrick



Eye spy A great blue heron peeks through branches at the Palo Alto Baylands Preserve on Sept. 25.


Open Space District unveils sweeping regional ‘vision plan’ More public access to district lands, focus on families are priorities by Sue Dremann


ay Area residents could gain access to much more open space, including more family-friendly areas, according to a new Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District “vision plan” unveiled Wednesday night. The district’s long-range plan encompasses its 62,000 acres of mountainous, foothill and bayland open-space preserves and considers how it should approach buying and managing new properties. The open-space district preserves and encompasses natural areas from Half Moon Bay to Los Gatos, including Palo Alto and surrounding cities. The preliminary Vision Plan Project includes outdoor and

recreational opportunities, enrichment experiences such as education and interpretive centers, the improvement of plant and animal habitats, maintenance of coastal agriculture to provide jobs and locally grown food, and protection of culturally significant areas that are at risk of development. The Community Advisory Committee, a group of consultants, nonprofit organizations and members of the public, developed the plan over 14 months and identified 74 potential projects in specific open-space areas in order of their priority. The district will hold a series of community meetings to gain public input in

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astilleja School needs to reduce the number of students it admits, pay a $300,000 fine and cut back on the car traffic it generates, according to a “notice of noncompliance and request to abate” issued last week by the City of Palo Alto. The independent school for girls, located on a residential stretch of Bryant Street, has exceeded its city-imposed enrollment cap for 12 consecutive years, the city’s Advance Planning Manager Steven Turner stated in a Sept. 25 letter to Head of School Nanci Kauffman. Rather than ordering Castilleja to summarily slash headcount from the current 448 to the permissible maximum of 415, Turner said the school may reduce attendance “through natural attrition and voluntary measures, such as acceptance of fewer new incoming students.” In addition, it must pay the fine by Oct. 25 and enforce a trafficreduction program that will be verified by the city in unannounced visits, Turner said. Castilleja’s Kauffman said the school this fall launched a morning shuttle service that serves 40 to 60 students from Woodside and Los Altos, added parking spaces on campus, and dedicated staff members to monitoring school traffic in the morning and throughout the day. “Castilleja School takes full responsibility for its nonconformance and for exceeding the enrollment limit,” Kauffman said Monday. “Going forward, the school remains committed to working with

the City of Palo Alto to resolve the nonconformance. At the same time, the school will continue to implement transportation demand management (TDM) programs, designed to mitigate the parking and traffic issues in and around the neighborhood.” Kauffman said the school will confer with city officials to work out details of its plans to reduce traffic and attendance. Turner said the city’s fine against Castilleja was calculated at a charge of $500 a day for the 600 school days since 2010 that the school has been in violation of its enrollment cap. Though the violation goes back to the 200203 school year, “The city is only permitted to go back three years in assessing penalties,” he said. Castilleja’s enrollment cap of 415 dates back to a “conditional use permit” issued by the city in 2000, when the school sought to grow beyond what was then its maximum of 325 girls. The use permit — which the school obeyed for the first two years — came with a host of conditions, including that the school hold twice-yearly neighborhood meetings and maintain a transportation-management plan. Kauffman has said enrollment crept up gradually over the years as more girls than anticipated accepted Castilleja’s offers of admission. Kauffman announced in July she would seek a new growth cap of 515 but has backed off from that plan pending resolution of the current violation. It was at that time that she said she realized the school was out of compliance and ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iʣή

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Around Town

MIDTOWN BEAR IN PARK ... The new family moving in on the block at Hoover Park this week may give some residents pause (or paws) — it’s a family of four bears that are making the park their home. Fortunately for residents, they don’t have any known affinities for porridge or pic-a-nic baskets. They’re bear sculptures, designed by Missouribased artist Beth Nybeck. The bears are the product of a yearplus-long process during which the Public Art Commission collaborated with the Midtown Residents Association and local residents to find a piece of art suitable for the park and neighborhood. A selection panel decided that Nybeck’s mother bear and three cubs, placed at the park entrance on Cowper Street, were the perfect new tenants. “We are happy these adorable and touchable bears with distinct personalities have found a home in Hoover Park,” Annette Glanckopf, vice chair of the Midtown Residents Association, stated in a press release. “Thanks to the Palo Alto Art Commission, these bears will bring smiles to those who pass them; a happy seat for kids to sit on; and a wonderful surprise to those who discover them.” A picture of the bears is posted on

CAT’S OUTTA THE BAG ... The City of East Palo Alto has become the newest city to join the Peninsula crusade against plastic shopping bags. The ban began on Wednesday and joins Redwood City’s, which started on Tuesday. The East Palo Alto City Council approved the measure in April, but deferred enactment to allow businesses time to gear up for the transition. Palo Alto officially banned the bags citywide in July. The gist of East Palo Alto’s law is the same as Palo Alto’s bag ban: Paper bags cost 10 cents, so people are “encouraged” to bring reusable bags when shopping. THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE, THEN AND NOW ... “How many of you are from families where your parents are immigrants?” California Board of Equalization member Betty Yee asked a room packed with sixth graders at Belle Haven School in eastern Menlo Park. Most hands shot up. Yee, who spent much of her childhood behind the counter of her parents’

San Francisco laundry and dry cleaning business, began to draw parallels. With barely an elementary education, she said, her father immigrated to California at 14. “He came to San Francisco with a couple of bucks and learned the laundry business,” she said. What immigrants at the time did, she said, “like many of your parents, they either went into business for themselves or went to work in communities that were accepting of them.” As a child, Yee said she was embarrassed that her family of eight lived in a one-bedroom apartment, and she missed out on school activities because she had to go home to work. “But today I say to you, be grateful for the opportunities you have and, more importantly, really benefit from them. Be proud of the fact that we’re children of immigrants because that’s what this country is built on.” Yee, a UC Berkeley sociology graduate who worked as a deputy budget director for former California Governor Gray Davis before being appointed and later elected to the state’s tax-administration agency, was photographed during her school visit by a member of her campaign staff. She’s running for State Controller in 2014 and announced last month she has the endorsement of the California Federation of Teachers, representing more then 120,000 employees working in education. Yee was accompanied on her tour of Belle Haven and Costano schools by Gloria Hernandez, superintendent of the East Palo Alto-based Ravenswood City School District. BOOK HIM, CHIEF ... Palo Alto Police Chief Dennis Burns doesn’t mind keeping a public profile, often showing up at events such as this year’s contentious City Council meetings on banning vehicle dwelling. Next week he’ll be at an event that’s decidedly less contentious, but perhaps a little more surprising. Burns will speak at a book-signing at Books Inc. for “Burying Ben” the debut novel by Ellen Kirschman, a 30-year police and public-safety psychologist. The book follows Dot Meyerhoff as she settles in as psychologist for the Kenilworth Police Department and gets more than she bargained for when troubled rookie, Ben Gomez, commits suicide and lays the blame on her. N


Palo Alto to ask residents for ‘value’ judgment City Council to seek community input in determining official ‘core values’


hat are Palo Alto’s core values? If you understand the question and have an answer, the City Council is all ears. Council members agreed on Monday, Sept. 30, that “core values” should be enduring, if not “timeless,” and that they should guide all council decisions. But after an hour-long discussion of this lofty question, the council balked at actually adopting any values and instead kicked off a community exercise aimed at harnessing the wisdom of the crowd. The issue of values came up thanks to the council’s decision in February to decouple abstract and idealistic concepts like “financial sustainability” and “youth wellbeing” from its list of annual priorities and to redefine “priorities”

to mean actionable items with a shelf life of one to three years. Core values would be far less ephemeral and a little more global. Earlier this year, Mayor Greg Scharff, Councilwoman Liz Kniss and City Manager James Keene drafted a preamble that defines core values as “foundational and ongoing (timeless)” and which would “inform the Council’s decisions and staff actions every day and in every applicable encounter.” They proposed a list of five core values: quality of life; safe and healthy communities; stewardship (financial and environmental); open government and civic participation; and innovation and entrepreneurship. The council quickly agreed on Monday to set aside the list in favor of a more inclusive approach.

by Gennady Sheyner Members reasoned that adopting “civic participation” as a core value without any civic participation in the decision would be an unfortunate irony. With that in mind, the council voted 7-0, with Kniss and Councilwoman Gail Price absent, to reach out to the people for help and to revisit the question early next year, at the council’s next annual retreat. This outreach was proposed by Councilman Marc Berman, who pointed out that it’s the “core values of the community” that are being adopted, not “the core values of the council.” Berman proposed using an online tool that allows residents to submit their ideas on the city’s core values. Outreach could also include a whiteboard set up in the City Hall lobby, Berman said. The exercise, he said,

will give the council “a unique and awesome and exciting opportunity to engage the public.” Councilman Pat Burt agreed, though he suggested that expecting these values to be “timeless” is a little over the top. “Enduring” is more like it, he said. Setting these values, he said, will require “in-depth discussion” among council members and with the community. Councilwoman Karen Holman proposed that the city adopt as an overarching “bedrock” principle the idea that the council serves the will of the people. She cited a placard in front of City Hall with the Henry Clay quote, “Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees; and both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.” Her colleagues took no issue

with this idea. By a 7-0 vote, they directed staff to come up with an outreach plan to the community, which would include language describing the purpose of the exercise — to gauge the will of the people. Staff is scheduled to present this plan to the council in November. Keene, meanwhile, emphasized the need to reach out to a broad spectrum of the community before adopting the values. “I think if we’re going to do this, we ought to do it in a way that tries to capture a lot of attention, so we don’t have just the people who know how to access City Hall to be expressing it — that’s a limited perspective,” Keene said. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@


City weighs subsidizing housing for homeless After banning vehicle dwelling, City Council to consider $250,000 in aid for homeless


$250,000 for programs to support the city’s homeless population, which a recent Santa Clara County Homeless Census pegs at 157. The program would target the most at-risk homeless individuals, those who have had contact with the criminal-justice system and have a high chance of recidivism. The county offers grants to provide “permanent supportive housing” to these individuals, which includes ongoing rental subsidies and a case manager who will steer their clients toward permanent, non-subsidized housing. The city’s contributions,

by Gennady Sheyner $125,000 a year for two years, would pay the case manager’s salary, supplies and travel expenses and create a “flex fund” used for such things as bus passes, application fees, cell phones to enable connection between the manager and client, interim housing options, security deposits and move-in assistance, according to a report from the Community Services Department. The staff recommendation was based on discussion with the recently formed Palo Alto Homeless Services Task Force, a coalition of nonprofits including InnVision

Open space

a provision to work with cities on wildlife corridors in urban areas and to locate and save more open space within cities. Making improvements to open space, such as interpretive centers and other educational features, is important, but director Larry Hassett cautioned against creating too many facilities that would detract from the core value of open space: creating open, free green corridors. General Manager Stephen Abbors said the plan’s concept of additional “facilities” means designing more family-oriented spaces such as trails that lead to open fields to allow children to romp freely — adding “trails and a bench — not gazebos.” Board members agreed. “This is an area of different cultures. Families aren’t four people anymore; they are 20 people getting together for gatherings,” Director Jed Cyr said. The board also considered the

pitfalls of too widely expanding the district’s role. A vague definition of what the district would protect as “culturally significant” could quickly lead to confusion. While most people would agree to preserve a Native American burial ground, deciding which structures on acquired properties would be saved or razed is a more complex issue, directors said. The workshop will continue on Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. with directors reviewing the 74 specific projects. A series of public workshops begins on Oct. 21. Workshops take place as follows and will focus on preserves in these specific areas: Oct. 21: San Mateo Coast/Half Moon Bay regions — Hatch Elementary School, 490 Miramontes Ave., Half Moon Bay, from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28: Los Gatos Foothills and Sierra Azul regions — West Valley College, 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 4: Cupertino Foothills


the Hawthorn area of Windy Hill with new trails to the Portola Valley trail system; improving access to the Spring Ridge Trail at Windy Hill; reopening closed areas at Russian Ridge and increasing access to vistas and other areas through new trails; reopening a closed section of Alpine Road as a regional trail connection between Portola Valley and Skyline Boulevard; improving trail connections and completing the Bay Area Ridge Trail near La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve; fully opening La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve to the public; developing new El Corte Madera Creek trails at the parking area; improving baylands trail connections with East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Palo Alto; and working with East Palo Alto on its Cooley Landing project. The directors suggested adding

Shelter Network and the Community Working Group. It uses a “housing first” approach, which prioritizes stable shelter for the person, after which a case manager would coordinate or provide “mental health, social work, educational, health care, vocational, housing, transportation, advocacy, respite care and recreational services, as needed.” Each case manager would be charged with locating and assessing a client, arranging for a housing voucher and preparing a client for housing, according to the staff report. The case manager would

then find a landlord willing to rent to the client despite the possible extenuating circumstances and then either help to “stabilize” a client in housing so that he or she can hold on to the housing despite the various obstacles or help transition the client to a non-subsidized housing. These obstacles, according to the report, include substance abuse, mental-health issues, disabilities, hygiene, past evictions, criminal history and lack of additional income. The council meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. N


ith Cubberley Community Center now off-limits to Palo Alto’s vehicle dwellers, city staff is proposing a program that would offer long-term shelter and case management to at least 20 homeless individuals. The proposal, which the City Council will consider Monday, is a response to the council’s decision on Aug. 19 to close Cubberley at night and a separate decision earlier that month to ban people from living in their cars in Palo Alto. In approving the Cubberley restrictions, the council also committed

Woodside Priory students hike the summit of Windy Hill Open Space Preserve in May 2012. Among the top priorities of the Midpeninsula Open Space Preserve District’s vision plan is opening up the Hawthorn area of Windy Hill with new trails to the Portola Valley trail system. and Skyline regions — Graham Middle School, 1175 Castro St., Mountain View, from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 16: Cupertino Foothills and Bayfront regions — Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Road, Redwood City,

from 1 to 4 p.m. More information on the project is available at www.openspace. org/imagine. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

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Measure D sides spar over impact of Maybell development

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Proponents say measure will lead to senior housing; opponents say it will lead to dense developments throughout city by Gennady Sheyner


pponents and proponents of Measure D all say they are in favor of more senior housing in Palo Alto. What they clashed over during Sept. 28’s debate in City Hall was whether senior housing is what the measure is really about. If approved by the voters in November, Measure D will uphold the City Council’s June zone change of land at the corner of Maybell and Clemo avenues, which would enable the nonprofit Palo Alto Housing Corporation to build 60 units of senior housing


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and 12 market-rate homes on the orchard site. During a two-hour debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters, supporters of Measure D focused on the details of the project and argued the development would both provide a sorely needed amenity and protect the neighborhood from the greater impacts of housing that could be built under existing zoning designations. Opponents countered that the ballot measure isn’t about senior housing but about zoning. Specifically, it’s about the city’s willingness to revise the zoning code to allow dense developments that threaten the character of singlefamily neighborhoods, argued Bob Moss and Tim Gray, who represented the opposition in Saturday’s debate. Moss, a land-use watchdog who helped lead the successful petition drive to put the referendum on November’s ballot, noted that this will be the first project offered by the Palo Alto Housing Corporation that includes a market-rate component. This setting of precedent, he said, makes approval particularly dangerous. “We’ve been told once this goes through it’s going to start happening all over Palo Alto because it will be taken as a model for how PC zoning can be put in anywhere it can be fit in,” Moss said. Moss told the audience of about 100 that if they like the kinds of developments that have recently been winning approval throughout the city, they should support the measure. “If you want to keep Palo Alto the kind of neighborhood and community that we all treasure — low intensity, low density, safe for kids in the schools — vote against Measure D,” he said.

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Supporters of the measure — Mayor Greg Scharff and former Mayor Jean McCown, a board member for the Palo Alto Housing Corporation — disputed this characterization and argued that the new homes would be completely consistent with the surrounding neighborhood. The new singlefamily homes would have 48-footwide lots, very similar to what other homes in that neighborhood have, Scharff said. The development, he told the crowd, will have “a singlefamily feeling” once built. Providing housing that allows Palo Alto’s low-income seniors to remain in the city is “simply the right thing to do,” Scharff said. The project, he said, is consistent with the values of a “compassionate community.” He also said he believes the Housing Corporation’s proposal “does a better job of preserving the single-family feeling of surrounding neighborhoods of any project that is likely to get built if this doesn’t go forward,” an assertion that project opponents vehemently disputed. Existing zoning would allow construction of up to 35 or 46 residential units on the 2.46 acres, with the exact limit depending on whether the developer will provide below-market-rate housing. Opponents of Measure D argued that existing zoning should be respected because it provides specific guidelines for things like lot ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ££)

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he Palo Alto Little League is making a fourth attempt to welcome a cell tower at its ballpark on Middlefield Road, this time proposing to add the antennas to a 65-foot-tall light pole that would also illuminate the playing field. The proposal, which has met with significant opposition in the past, will come before the city’s Architectural Review Board in November, Palo Alto Little League President Mark Burton said. The plan would add two light poles in the outfield and a backup emergency generator. One pole would have two antennas. Together with a second, 60-foot pole, the lights would help illuminate the lot’s back corner, which is currently dark and unusable at night, he said. The league would reap $2,100 a month for five years from the arrangement, enough revenue to make improvements to the 60-year-old facility, he said. Some neighbors who live across from the field oppose the plan, however. Verizon and the Little League are ignoring health studies that indicate the radiation poses a health risk, said Willy Lai and Jason Yotopoulos. They also oppose additional lighting, which they said will shine light into neighboring homes. The league first proposed an arrangement with AT&T to add a tower to the ballpark. But stiff neighborhood opposition caused AT&T to withdraw the proposal in 2010. Verizon Wireless previously proposed a cell tower disguised as a tree, which would have been located at the front of the property, City Senior Planner Russ Reich said. Neighbors opposed that project, and city staff rejected it. Verizon has now submitted a revision that makes considerable improvements, he said. The proposal ditches the fake tree and moves the backup generator to the rear of the property. Encased in a concrete wall, the generator would only run during power outages and during occasional testing, he said. Verizon and the Little League held a public meeting Sept. 27 and about 20 people attended, Burton said. Half favored the towers, and half opposed them, he added. Resident Ken Allen, president

of the Adobe Meadow Neighborhood Association, said he supports the plan. “As a person who is involved in emergency communications, we need a very robust infrastructure for communications. Better and more robust cell coverage is a part of this. AT&T and Verizon have very poor coverage in this part of town. There is a black hole,” he said. Verizon spokeswoman Heidi Flato said the company does have a significant gap in network coverage around East Meadow Drive and Middlefield. The tower would serve homes and motorists between U.S. Highway 101 and El Camino Real and Page Mill Road and Rengstorff Avenue. A search did not find alternative sites for the tower, she said. The Adobe Meadow association has not taken a position or a vote on the tower out of respect for members with differing opinions, Allen said. But the association hosted a forum last year with Verizon’s contractor, NSA Wireless, and the company followed residents’ suggestions of moving the facilities away from Middlefield and getting rid of the ungainly


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A Palo Alto Little League player pitches during practice in August. Verizon Wireless is proposing adding a cell tower at the Middlefield Road ballpark, which could bring in both night lights and funds to improve the 60-year-old facility. faux tree, he said. Allen called opponents’ fears of excessive radiation unfounded. He personally commissioned an SRI electrical engineer to measure the signal emissions from two Palo Alto cellular poles, he said. The results showed that cell phones themselves put out as much as 25,000 times the signal strength of that emitted by the towers at ground level, he said. The 2011 tests measured signals from a Sprint PCS tower at the fire station on Middlefield and East Meadow and a cell-tower tree in the Barron Park neighborhood. Several readings across the street from the Sprint pole — about 50 meters from the base

of the tower and 52 meters from the antennas — showed a peak strength of about 30 to 34 dBm, a measurement used to define the power of radio, microwave and fiber-optic networks. Other measurements showed similar readings, including while driving near Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School, according to the report, which Allen provided to the Weekly. But readings of cellphones showed surprising results, he said. A Sprint PCS cellphone gave off readings 100 to 1,000 times higher than the signals from either of the two towers at ground level. The higher reading was when the 4G system was

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News Digest Big bucks fuel Maybell ‘Yes’ campaign Opponents of Measure D might have the signatures, but it’s the supporters who have the funds, campaign-finance statements released Sept. 27 show. Palo Altans for Affordable Senior Housing, a group working to uphold the City Council’s approval of a housing development on Maybell and Clemo avenues, raised more than $104,321 for its campaign between Jan. 1 and Sept. 21, records show, though almost half of the money came from the organization looking to build the project. The amounts both raised and spent by the pro-Measure D campaign dwarfs the campaign chest of the measure’s opponents, Palo Altans to Preserve Neighborhood Zoning. Opponents of the measure raised $7,588 in cash and received another $586 in non-monetary contributions relating to website services. While the Barron Park Association kicked in $1,000 to support the opposition, the remaining checks came from individuals, many of whom are residents of Green Acres, Green Acres II and Barron Park neighborhoods. By contrast, the pro-Measure D campaign is receiving the lion’s share of its backing — $50,000 — from the Palo Alto Housing Corporation, the developer behind 567 Maybell Ave. A little more than $10,000 in cash came from other sources. The remaining $44,000 came from monetary contributions, from former mayors, nonprofit volunteers and housing advocates. The project, which the City Council unanimously approved in June, includes a 60-unit apartment complex for low-income seniors and 12 single-family homes. Full financial statements are posted at — Gennady Sheyner

Council seeks more polls before ballot ruling Palo Alto has a generous menu of options when it comes to tax measures that may appear on the November 2014 ballot, but with a little over a year left until elections, officials are still struggling to figure out which money-raising path to pursue. The City Council’s Infrastructure Committee, which is tasked with recommending a ballot measure to pay for infrastructure fixes, on Tuesday once again declined to choose an option. Instead, after discussing different funding mechanisms, including Mello-Roos districts and hikes to the city’s hotel and sales tax rates, the committee agreed to pursue further polling of Palo Alto residents to inform the decision. The Tuesday afternoon meeting was the committee’s third indepth discussion of funding options and like the two prior meetings, it produced no decisions about the 2014 ballot. Creating Mello-Roos districts, which would assess downtown’s commercial property owners a tax to pay for new garages, would require approval of a two-thirds majority from residential taxpayers, a threshold that the city’s pollster, Fairbanks, Maslin, Maullin, Metz and Associates felt was too high. Staff shared the pollster’s skepticism. Mayor Greg Scharff directed staff to look for the “lowest possible amount” the city can tax residential parcels, a formula that would leave the business owners carrying most of the cost burden for the new garages downtown and around California Avenue. The new round of polls will be conducted in the next two months, and the issue is expected to return to the council for consideration in early December. — Gennady Sheyner

Shutdown impacts NASA, USGS Several government operations, including some local branches, ground to a halt at midnight Monday after Congress failed to pass a budget in the culmination of a bitter battle over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The first government shutdown in 17 years has not closed the Department of Veterans Affairs or U.S. Postal Service, but NASA and the Menlo Park office of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) have been affected. Besides furloughing employees at Mountain View’s NASA Ames Research Center, visitors cannot even access NASA’s website. Other impacts at NASA include evicting interns who normally stay in dorms there and canceling a NASA Ames blood drive benefiting the Stanford Blood Center set for Oct. 2. USGS spokesman Justin Pressfield said that nearly all of the more than 8,600 full-time USGS employees were furloughed as of Tuesday. Only 43 employees nationwide, most of whom are in the “hazard mission” area dealing with earthquakes, volcanoes and floods, will not be furloughed, including three at the Menlo Park office. The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is remaining open for the time being but only because it’s being supported by a reserve of carryover funds from 2013, SLAC spokesman Andy Freeberg said. Freeberg said there’s no word on how long those funds will hold out. U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo said her offices in Palo Alto and D.C. remain open. — Eric Van Susteren and Andrea Gemmet

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sizes and setbacks. Supporters countered that most of the homes that would likely be built on the land should Measure D fail would have two or three bedrooms. Scharff said the total number of bedrooms in the Housing Corporation proposal is 103, compared to 161 that could be a part of a housing development under existing zoning. Gray, treasurer of the group Palo Altans to Preserve Neighborhood Zoning, and Moss both said they don’t object to senior housing at the site, as long as it’s under existing zoning, which would allow 41 units. There’s no reason, Moss said, why senior housing couldn’t be built under existing zoning. McCown countered that the economics for such a project wouldn’t work. The proposed 60 apartments and 12 single-family homes are needed to finance the subsidized housing for seniors whose income is in the lowest category. “You cannot achieve the affordable level we’re shooting for on such a low density” of 41 units, McCown said. “A ‘no’ vote will lose that opportunity and will likely result in a marketrate development with far greater impacts on the neighborhood.” She later added that the proposal’s density is “absolutely in common with all the other senior projects you think of when you look around the community.” While opponents occasionally waded into the details of the Maybell project, they saved their fiercest criticism for the process used by the City Council to approve it. Gray and Moss both highlighted the city’s loan to the Housing Corporation of $5.8 million last year, months before the project was reviewed and approved. The game, they said, was rigged against the neighborhood. “It was clear this was a done deal before it was ever taken to the neighbors or taken to the general population of the city,” Gray said. “We’re reverse engineering and trying to create the look of a

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democratic process to back into a predetermined solution.” Scharff countered that the loan the city offered came from a fund specifically devoted to affordable housing and that it in no way committed the council to approving the project. The council ultimately approved it on June 17 by a unanimous vote. Scharff also disputed allegations from opponents that the Measure D vote is about “planned community” zones citywide. While Gray called the Maybell proposal the “tip of the iceberg” and warned that if approved, it will lead to other high-density

projects taking over single-family neighborhoods, Scharff disagreed unequivocally. “This is about this project,” Scharff said. “That’s what you’re voting on. Do you want this particular project?” N Opinion pieces by the Measure D proponents and opponents are printed on page 16 of this week’s edition. Websites for the two sides are at and A video of the debate has been posted by the Midpeninsula Community Media Center at

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CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Palo Alto City Council will hold a public hearing at the special Council meeting on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. or as near thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, to Consider: Adoption of Eight Ordinances: (1) Repealing Chapter 16.04 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code and Amending Title 16 to Adopt a New Chapter 16.04, California Building Code, California Historical Building Code, and California Existing Building Code, 2013 Editions, and Local Amendments and Related Findings; (2) Repealing Chapter 16.05 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code and Amending Title 16 to Adopt a New Chapter 16.05, California Mechanical Code, 2013 Edition, and Local Amendments and Related Findings; (3) Repealing Chapter 16.06 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code and Amending Title 16 to Adopt a New Chapter 16.06, California Residential Code, 2013 Edition, and Local Amendments and Related Findings; (4) Repealing Chapter 16.08 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code and Amending Title 16 to Adopt a New Chapter 16.08, California Plumbing Code, 2013 Edition, and Local Amendments and Related Findings; (5) Repealing Chapter 16.14 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code and Amending Title 16 to Adopt a New Chapter 16.14, California Green Building Standard Code, 2013 Edition, and Local Amendments and Related Findings; (6) Repealing Chapter 16.16 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code and Amending Title 16 to Adopt a New Chapter 16.16, California Electrical Code, 2013 Edition, and Local Amendments and Related Findings; (7) Repealing Chapter 16.17 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code and Amending Title 16 to Adopt a New Chapter 16.17, California Energy Code, 2013 Edition, and Local Amendments and Related Findings; (8) Repealing Chapter 15.04 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code and Amending Title 15 to Adopt a new Chapter 15.04, California Fire Code, 2013 Edition, and Local Amendments and Related Findings. DONNA J. GRIDER, MMC City Clerk ÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ"V̜LiÀÊ{]ÊÓä£ÎÊU Page 11


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fund that could be pooled to support larger art projects. But in August 2004, in a surprise move, the Menlo Park council repealed the public-art law, with some members denouncing the required fee as an added burden for local businesses. The entire Arts Commission resigned in response and is still inactive. More than 48 cities in California have a percent-for-art requirement for private developers, said Elise DeMarzo, staff liaison for the Pub-

lic Art Commission. Santa Monica, which is similar in population to Palo Alto, recently structured its program to apply to commercial projects larger than 7,500 square feet, residential developments of five units or more and remodels larger than 25,000 square feet. Los Angeles requires that the owner of a commercial or industrial development worth $500,000 or more fund public art according to a fee formula, rather than a percentage, that takes into account square footage and type of project — office, retail, hotel, manufacturing or warehouse. The staff report to the Policy and

FOOTHILL-DE ANZA Community College District Board of Trustees seeks applicants for its Measure C Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee Candidates appointed to the independent, volunteer Measure C Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee review and report to the public on the district's Measure C bond expenditures. Applicants must reside in the district’s service area, which includes the cities of Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale and portions of San Jose, Santa Clara and Saratoga. Applicants may not be an employee, contractor, consultant or vendor of the district. The Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee bylaws are available at or by calling (650) 949-6100. Currently, four committee members are needed for two-year terms in the following categories: s4AXPAYERSASSOCIATIONREPRESENTATIVE s!T LARGEREPRESENTATIVE s"USINESSORGANIZATIONREPRESENTATIVE s&OOTHILL $E!NZAAUXILIARYORGANIZATIONREPRESENTATIVE This committee is responsible for reviewing expenditures related to the district's $490,800,000 general obligation bond, Measure C, approved by the voters on June 6, 2006. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter detailing their qualifications, and noting which of the above categories they would represent, to any of the following: E-mail: Mail: Office of the Chancellor Foothill-De Anza Community College District 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 &AX (650) 941-6289 Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. For more information, please call (650) 949-6100 or email

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Services Committee recommends that Palo Alto’s requirement apply to any new commercial development, addition or reconstruction that is more than 10,000 square feet and valued at $200,000 or more. Houses of worship, historic-preservation sites, affordable housing, Palo Alto Unified School District projects, repairs due to natural-disaster damage and seismic-retrofit projects are exempt. Hospitals and Stanford property within city limits are not exempt. A well-known public-art piece produced as a collaboration between the city of Los Angeles and a developer is the Chiat/ Day building, also known as the Binoculars Building. Advertising agency TBWA/Chiat/Day commissioned two Swedish artists to create a four-story sculpture of binoculars outside the entryway to the agency’s West Coast corporate headquarters in Venice. San Francisco, like many other cities, includes an in-lieu option. Palo Alto also plans to allow for an in-lieu fee, said DeMarzo, who spoke to the commission on Sept. 19. “Some (developers) I spoke with even said: ‘I would rather contribute funds to something off site that’s more impactful than try and wrestle with putting artwork in my development when the square footage is so precious. So that seemed to be a common theme,” she said. Palo Alto’s in-lieu fee will be calculated at 0.95 percent of estimated construction costs. Striking a delicate give-andtake balance between city and developer is central to the success of the percent-for-art program. DeMarzo told commissioners that staff has been in discussion with developers to find out what’s important to them, namely establishing clear guidelines, starting the process early, allowing developers to have a voice in choosing the art and having the in-lieu option. If a developer does choose to privately commission a piece of art, it is the developer’s responsibility to maintain the artwork, DeMarzo said. Public-art maintenance is a significant issue; numerous cities, including Berkeley, San Jose, Oakland and Santa Cruz, have increased their municipal requirement to 1.5 or 2 percent, to set aside funds for routine maintenance. Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff and three city council members wrote a memo in April arguing that Palo Alto should do the same. A public-art master plan is also in the works and would delineate Palo Alto’s public-art priorities and mission to make sure developers’ art choices are aligned with the city’s vision. Developing the plan would engage the public in discussions about the future of public art in Palo Alto and ensure there is a clearly outlined planning process for developers, DeMarzo said at a special public-art commission meeting on Sept. 23. Developers would have to come to the art commission multiple times through the process for review and approval.

Various public-art commissioners have expressed interest in considering architecture as public art, but DeMarzo told the commission on Sept. 19 that including architecture is too complicated at this stage of planning. The program will be reviewed after it’s been in place for about 18 months, and the architecture element reconsidered at that time, said Darlene Katsanes, city program assistant. Palo Alto has long made attempts at increasing public art, setting aside a percentage of cityfunded construction costs since 2005. The municipal percent-forart program has funded projects such as an 11.5-foot-high, granite arch-like sculpture by Bay Area artist Bruce Beasley, recently in-

stalled at the renovated Mitchell Park Library and Community Center; the fantastical tree mural by Jeff Petersen inside the Palo Alto Children’s Library; and “Streaming,” a modern art interpretation of water streams, created in aluminum by Ceevah Sobel at the San Francisquito Creek pump station on East Bayshore Road. In the next three years, a $150,000 budget will be divided among and spent on six identified art projects, according to a staff report. The Policy and Services Committee will meet at 6 p.m. on Oct. 8 in City Hall. Its recommendations will go to the full council for review at a later date. N Editorial Assistant Elena Kadvany can be emailed at

CityView A round-up

of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Sept. 30) Values: The council discussed the city’s “core values” and directed staff to craft an outreach strategy to get the community involved in the discussion. Yes: Berman, Burt, Holman, Klein, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd Absent: Kniss, Price

Council Infrastructure Committee (Oct. 1) Polls: The committee directed staff and its consultants to conduct more polling on various revenue-raising measures that could go on the 2014 ballot, including increases to sales- and hotel-tax rates. Yes: Unanimous

Utilities Advisory Commission (Oct. 2) Water: The commission discussed a potential transfer of the city’s water-supply guarantee. Action: None

Architectural Review Board (Oct. 3) 180 El Camino Real: The board discussed a proposal by Simon Properties for a construction project at Stanford Shopping Center, which includes four new retail buildings and renovation of five existing storefronts. Action: None

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to hold a joint session with the Human Relations Commission. The council then plans to discuss the revised Environmental Impact Report for Edgewood Plaza, 2080 Channing Ave.; and consider a $250,000 allocation for intensive case management and housing subsidies for the city’s homeless. The joint session will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave). The rest of the meeting will follow in the Council Chambers. COUNCIL POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee will consider revisions to the application process for boards and commissions and discuss proposed changes to the “percent for public art” program. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board is scheduled to vote on architectural designs for a new indoor athletic facility as well as additions to the science building. The board also will hear reports on the district’s programs in special education and professional development. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the boardroom of school district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.). PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to continue its discussion of revisions to the Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan and consider a proposed “on-street accessible parking space” policy. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hear a presentation from the InnVision Shelter Network as part of its housing learning series; discuss the “MadeIntoAmerica” program; and hold a debriefing session on its joint meeting with the City Council. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).


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A billion-dollar year for Silicon Valley foundation A contribution worth $500 million from Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg helped propel the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to a record-breaking year in amassing charitable funds — $985 million altogether, officials said Tuesday. (Posted on Oct. 3, 9:50 a.m.)

Car burglaries spike in September, police say Palo Alto police are warning residents about a rise in car burglaries throughout the city over the past month. (Posted on Oct. 3, 9:44 a.m.)

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told neighbors and city officials about the problem. Kauffman has said the school needs to grow slightly to gather a critical mass of girls to participate in cutting-edge programs in subjects like digital fabrication, robotics and Mandarin, which she said are important offerings for 21st-century learning. In addition, she said, there’s been intense demand for spots at the school, where tuition is more than $36,000 a year and about 20

percent of students get tuition assistance. Stan Shore, who has lived across Kellogg Avenue from Castilleja for more than 20 years, praised Turner and the city staff for taking the time to “craft a comprehensive enforcement plan” to address the school’s violations. “It appears that during the first full month of the school year the school is doing an outstanding job of mitigating traffic and parking problems,” Shore said Monday. “If Castilleja had been doing what they are now doing for the preceding 10 years, a significant portion of the previous years’ traf-

fic and parking problems would have never happened.” At the same time, Shore said: “No one should lose sight of the root cause of all the parking and traffic problem — too many students — resulting in too many cars for this quiet residential neighborhood.” Shore said he would have preferred a doubling of the city’s fine of Castilleja — from $500 a day to $1,000 a day — to give the school “additional motivation to reduce enrollment to the agreedon 415 students.” N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@

‘Random’ knife attack injures one A man suffered moderately serious defensive wounds Saturday night as he tried to protect himself from what police are calling a random attack by two men, one of whom wielded a knife. (Posted on Oct. 3, 8:54 a.m.)

Yelp opens offices on California Avenue California Avenue businesses have a new big-name neighbor in the online user-review company Yelp, according to a company blog post. (Posted on Oct. 2, 9:58 a.m.)

Study: 22 percent of California in poverty The sky-high cost of housing in California is pushing many families into poverty, according to new research by the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and the Public Policy Institute of California. (Posted on Oct. 2, 9:50 a.m.)

Facebook partnership to build 394 apartments One question that quickly arose when Facebook decided to relocate to and then expand in Menlo Park was, “What about employee housing?” The social media company answered that question on Tuesday by announcing its partnership with St. Anton, a real estate developer, to build a 394-unit apartment complex on 10 acres of land off Marsh Road. (Posted on Oct. 2, 9:16 a.m.)

At Paly, education scholar blasts testing culture Diane Ravitch, a former Bush education official who radically broke with her past positions, said an obsession with standardized testing and the school-choice-oriented reforms advocated by people such as Bill Gates are contributing to a dangerous privatization of public education. She spoke at Palo Alto High School before addressing a Stanford University audience Monday. (Posted on Oct. 1, 10:48 a.m.)

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A three-alarm fire destroyed a home in the 900 block of Colonial Lane in Palo Alto Monday morning, fully engulfing the two-story wooden structure and sending plumes of thick smoke 100 feet in the sky. (Posted on Sept. 30, 9:21 a.m.)

Glass pumpkins dazzle A display of more than 8,000 glass pumpkins drew up to 5,000 visitors on Saturday and Sunday at the Palo Alto Art Center. (Posted on Sept. 29, 6:12 p.m.)

Strong-arm robbery occurs near downtown A woman walking near downtown Palo Alto was the victim of a strong-arm robbery on Saturday afternoon. She sustained minor injuries, police said. (Posted on Sept. 29, 12:54 PM)

SLAC develops ‘accelerator on a chip’ SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory researchers have successfully used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology — and in a glass chip smaller than a grain of rice. If researchers successfully refine the laserdriven particle accelerator, the 2-mile-long linear accelerator at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory could become a thing of the past, they said. (Posted on Sept. 28, 2:01 p.m.)

Stanford’s endowment grows to $18.7 billion Stanford’s endowment grew by 9.7 percent in the 2013 fiscal year, increasing its value to $18.7 billion, the university announced Wednesday. (Posted on Sept. 28, 9:55 a.m.) Want to get news briefs emailed to you every weekday? Sign up for Express, our new daily e-edition. Go to to sign up.

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Sept. 25-Oct. 1 Violence related Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suicide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle related Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . . 2 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Vehicle accident/mnr. injury . . . . . . . . . 3 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . . 1 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . 2 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 3

Menlo Park Sept. 24-30 Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Spousal abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Domestic dispute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Residential burglaries 11 Vehicle related Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . . . 9 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4





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Atherton Sept. 24-30 Violence related Theft related Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Vehicle accident/mjr. injury . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle accident/mnr. injury . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . . 3 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Vehicle/traffic hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Recovered stolen vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 2 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2


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David J. Goerz, a Palo Alto resident, died of cancer at the age of 79 on Sept. 25 in Palo Alto. He was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sept. 25, 1934, to Magdalena and David J. Goerz, Sr. He graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in physics. He also received a Master’s in applied physics from Stanford University and worked there as a research assistant, research associate and a member of the Academic Council. He also headed several departments in the development of the Stanford Linear Accelerator. He went on to found Vactite, Inc., a manufacturer of ultra-high vacuum systems for the testing of space components and the production of semi conductors. He also worked as an instructor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at UC Berkeley, teaching ultrahigh vacuum technology. His career continued forward when he joined the Bechtel Corporation,where he spent 25 years, eventually rising to the position of vice president. He held senior management positions in

marketing, business development, research, financing and management of major programs, many with operations worldwide. In 1992 he formed Goerz & Associates, Inc., a technical and management consulting firm providing services to industrial and utility companies. In 2010, he founded another company, then called Fuelina, Inc. and now, Fuelina Technologies LLC, to develop and manufacture alternative fuels. He served as chief executive officer and president. He also held seven patents and has five pending patents, both U.S. and international. He enjoyed the family’s homes and garden as well as traveling for business and pleasure with his wife, Mary Elizabeth Larsen Goerz, who he married in the Stanford Chapel on Jan. 26, 1962. He also served as a trustee, deacon and elder at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife of 51 years; their three children, David J. Goerz, III (Kristin), Karen Elizabeth Goerz Preston (Michael), Julie Anne Goerz Hayes (Jerry) and seven grandchildren: Lauren and Ashlynn Goerz, Danny and Steven Preston, Savannah, Madelyn, and Olivia Hayes. He was predeceased by his parents and two grandchildren, Jason and Jennifer.

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Herbert Altneu Herbert Nathan Altneu, a resident of the Palo Alto area for over 50 years passed away on September 13, 2013 at 90 years old. Born in New York City, he lived through the depression, and fought with decorated valor in Europe in World War II. Educated as a civil engineer, he later returned to Europe to assist in its rebuilding via the Marshall Plan. He met his wife, Gloria in Germany during that period, returning to the U.S., in 1952, and ultimately moved to the Palo Alto area in 1960. There he and Gloria raised their two children Stephen and Stephanie. He was a founding member of Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto, and an avid chess player and stamp collector. Mr. Altneu leaves behind his two children and three grandchildren. Sinai Memorial Chapel 650-369-3636 PA I D


Anthony L. Back, MD Balancing Hope and Reality: How could physicians do better? Anthony Back, MD, is Professor of Medicine at University of Washington in Seattle. He is Director of the Cancer Communications and Palliative Care Programs at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC). He is board-certified in Medical Oncology and Palliative Medicine, and his primary research interest is doctor-patient communication. Dr. Back was a Faculty Scholar on the Project on Death in America, and PI for the Oncotalk and Oncotalk Teach Programs. He received the American Cancer Society Pathfinder in Palliative Care award in 2011, and the American Academy of Palliative Medicine Leadership award in 2012. His latest dissemination work involves a new non-profit, VitalTalk, which launched the first iOS app for communication skills in 2013.

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Karen Ann Robinette 1960-2013 Karen Ann Robinette passed away on September 21st after living for three years with cancer. She is survived by her two sons Nathaniel (Nate) Coombs and Nicholas (Nick) Coombs, whom she loved and cherished more than life itself. She is also survived by her mother, Elsie Robinette, her sister, Janet Allen (Bill), her brother-in-law, Daryl Shaw, her nephew, Ryan Shaw (Nicole), her nieces Melissa Roth (Brandon) and Michaela Allen and grandnieces and nephews Gabrielle and Kian Roth and Steve and Anna Shaw. Karen was preceded in death by her father LaVern W. Robinette and her sister, Linda S. Shaw. Karen was born and raised in Spokane, WA. She attended the local public schools and graduated from Shadle Park High School in 1978. She was a violinist, both in the school orchestra and in the Spokane Junior Symphony. She was also active in the ASB during her high school years, serving as VP her senior year. She earned a BA, cum laude, in both psychology and special education from Seattle Pacific University in 1982 where she was also a member of the orchestra and a women’s service group, the Falconettes. In 2006, she earned a MA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. Karen was an elementary school teacher at St. Gabriel School (San Francisco) and St. Joseph School (Mountain View) during the 1980’s. She enrolled her two sons at Bing Nursery School, Stanford University in the late 1980’s and found her calling there as a teacher shortly thereafter. She remained at Bing Nursery School until 2013. Early childhood education was both her livelihood and her passion and she spent many years enjoying the children and parents she saw come and go at Bing. Karen was also active in teaching adults and held an instructorship for courses taught to Stanford students, at Bing, as

well as presenting to many professional groups that included organizations for early childhood NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), CAEYC (California Association for the Education of Young Children) and CKA (California Kindergarten Association). Karen adored spending time with her sons, throughout their lives, and was an active volunteer in their schools, a Cub Scout leader and an avid spectator during their many years of participation in several sports. She loved the San Jose Sharks and the San Francisco Giants and enjoyed attending games with her sons. Karen enjoyed traveling and spent her 50th birthday in Paris, fulfilling a lifelong dream to visit there after being introduced to the “Madeline” books as a child. She also loved visiting her friend, Kelly Winkleman Prudek, at her home in Prague. Kelly and Karen met each other in kindergarten and remained lifelong friends. Karen often traveled with her extended family or with her closest friend, Kay Ingalls. Her trips held some of her most treasured memories, in particular, a fourcity baseball park trip (along with Cooperstown) that she took with Nathaniel following his graduation from Woodside Priory School. Karen was a member of the Thomas Merton Community at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Palo Alto for many years and found a stronghold and support within this group that she treasured. She served on the board of the Child and Family Institute in Menlo Park, a community who shared her passion for strengthening children and families. A memorial, in Karen’s name, may be sent to Bing Nursery School, Woodside Priory School, The Child and Family Institute or The Thomas Merton Center since all were near and dear to her heart. PA I D


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n Nov. 5, Palo Alto voters will be asked to vote yes or no on Measure D. A yes vote will support the unanimous decision made by the City Council on June 17, 2013, to Greg Scharff allow the nonprofit Palo Alto Housing Corporation to build 60 affordable senior apartments at Maybell and Clemo Avenues in Palo Alto. That decision also approved 12 single-family lots to subsidize the costs of the affordable senior apartments. The City Council was unanimous in its support of the project, and the council is rarely unanimous on controversial land-use decisions. I am 100 percent confident that the council made the right decision and that the community should stand behind this project and vote yes on Measure D and approve 60 affordable senior apartments for our local seniors, who need a safe, affordable place to call home in Palo Alto. Opponents have tried to link Measure D to citywide issues about development, “PC” zoning, increased traffic, pedestrian-safety issues, or just a general frustration with traffic and parking. Please do not be influenced by the rhetoric and false accusations, or allow unrelated complaints to influence your judgment about Measure D. Measure D is about one thing and one thing only — if you agree or disagree that Palo Alto needs more affordable housing for our senior residents. Right now there are hundreds of senior citizens on waiting lists for affordable homes in Palo Alto — people who want to live in the community where they have lived and/or worked for many years. Your yes vote on Measure D will allow us to address this unmet need with 60 more affordable one-bedroom apartments and reduce that waiting list in a meaningful way. I voted for this project because it is a better alternative for the neighborhood than the existing zoning in terms of traffic, safety, parking and preserving the look and feel of the single-family neighborhood. This project is a far less dense alternative than the existing zoning and will generate less traffic and other impacts. Seniors do best when they can stay in their community and maintain their support networks. We need to protect and support our seniors as a community and this project does that. Opponents claim the project is too dense for the location, that the location is not a good place for senior housing, and that increased traffic will put school children at risk. We listened to the input from citizens through the hearing process and we learned of the concerns about traffic, especially on

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he “Vote against D” residents Maybell. We came to the conclusion that this project would have lower impacts on summarize our the neighborhood than any project that position as follows: could be built under current zoning. Our opposition A private developer building under the existing zoning would likely construct 46 to the ordinance residences, all of which could be three- to is not about senior four-bedroom homes. Common sense tells housing. We are not opme that 46 families will generate more trafJoe Hirsch fic and impacts on the surrounding neigh- posed to developborhood and in the neighborhood schools ment of senior apartments on the Maybell than would 60 affordable one-bedroom se- site if developed within the current RM-15 zone. nior apartments and only 12 families. We are against high-density rezoning in The traffic analysis and experience with existing senior residential facilities in Palo residential neighborhoods, particularly by Alto confirm that there will not be any sig- the Planned Community process, which nificant increase to traffic or increased risk creates problems for all Palo Altans. Palo to bicycle or pedestrian safety by adding Altans concerned about high density, parking, traffic and child safety need to send a seniors to this neighborhood. The project is located next to two existing clear message to the City Council that this apartment complexes — the 100-foot, eight- rush to higher and higher density in the story Tan Plaza apartments and the Arastra- name of “public benefits” must stop. For dero Park Apartments with 66 affordable us, the Maybell rezoning is symbolic of family units. The Maybell affordable senior what is happening throughout Palo Alto apartments will be set back more than 100 and, if confirmed by the voters, will set a feet from the Maybell and Clemo sidewalks. bad precedent for more bad development that violates historic All of the mature healthy zoning protections. trees on Clemo will be Bottom line: 41 seMaybell housing project preserved to provide adnior apartments can be ditional screening of the built on the Maybell site project. within the current zonThe Palo Alto Housing ing. Rezoning is not reCorporation manages the quired. A vote against is neighboring Arastradero a vote to stop high denSenior Park Apartments where housing sity rezoning in residenthey offer many social, Single-family tial neighborhoods (ours health and wellness, and homes today, yours tomorrow). educational programs for The language of Mearesidents. These programs sure D on your ballot is will also be available to misleading. It was draftthe residents living in the ed by the City Attorney Maybell affordable senior Cle who refused two written apartments. A shared van mo Ave requests to make it more will also be provided to Briones accurate. This is what decrease car ownership. Park we think it should say: Opponents claim that Shall the Palo Alto this project was not propMunicipal Code be erly studied, lacked public amended to rezone the review, and neighborhood The Maybell project would property at 567-595 concerns were not taken include 60 units of low-income Maybell Ave. from R-2 into consideration. This is senior housing, as well as 12 Low Density Residenjust not true. market-rate, single-family Beginning with a City homes along Maybell and Clemo tial and RM-15 Low Density Multiple Family Council study session in avenues in the Barron Park Residential that permits September 2012, more neighborhood. 4 single-family homes than nine months of and 41 affordable senior public discussions took place before final City Council approval on apartments to Planned Community OverJune 28, 2013. The project was reviewed lay Zone having 12 single-family homes numerous times by the City Council, the and 60 affordable senior apartments? This shows the two true choices: (a) vote Planning and Transportation Commission, the Architectural Review Board, and pub- against, as we urge, and allow 41 senior lic comment was taken at every step. Addi- apartments, or (b) vote yes and allow 60 tionally, before the final City Council vote, senior apartments, but greatly burden our the Palo Alto Housing Corporation held at neighborhood. The zoning chapter of the Palo Alto Muleast three voluntary community meetings in the neighborhood, allowing residents to nicipal Code states: “RM-15 low-density multiple-family ask questions and provide input. They also had numerous one-on-one meetings with residence district is intended to create, preserve and enhance areas for a mixture of single-family and multiple-family hous­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£Ç)

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ing which is compatible with lower density and residential districts nearby, including single-family residence districts. The RM-15 residence district also serves as a transition to moderate Cheryl Lilienstein density multiplefamily districts ...” The highest multiple-family zone in the code is the RM-40 High Density MultipleFamily Residence District, which reads: “RM-40 high density multiple-family residence district is intended to create, preserve and enhance locations for apartment living at the highest density deemed appropriate for Palo Alto. The most suitable locations for this district are in the downtown area, in select sites in the California Avenue area and along major transportation corridors which are close to mass transportation facilities and major employment and service centers ...” The Maybell site isn’t within the RM40’s “The most suitable locations ...” sentence quoted above and thus wouldn’t be appropriate for an RM-40 designation. Yet PAHC intends to sell off more than half of the site to a for-profit developer for 12 single-family, market-rate homes on small, substandard lots leaving just 1 acre for the 50-foot high, four-story 60-unit senior building with only 0.6 resident parking space per unit. PAHC is thus creating an RM-60 zone, one that doesn’t exist in the municipal code. What’s higher than “highest density?” Most highest? In a residential neighborhood? We are also against Measure D because we think Palo Altans need to send a clear message to the City Council that we expect development applications to be reviewed under the current zoning. What has been happening is that the City Council has repeatedly allowed the use of Planned Community rezoning that sweeps away long-standing site development restrictions protecting residential neighborhoods and Palo Alto in general. In other words protecting you. This results in Miki’s at Alma Plaza built out to the sidewalk, sticking out like a sore thumb and three-story houses built on extremely small lots, which is another example of poor land-use planning approved by the city. Planned Community zoning has become the de facto zoning for projects downtown. The four-story Gateway Plaza at Lytton/ Alma is the latest in a pipeline of projects that have been approved with inadequate on-site parking adding to the huge — and growing — deficit of parking spaces plaguing commercial and residential areas bordering downtown (Downtown North, Downtown South and Crescent Park), as well as Southgate and Evergreen Park near ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£Ç)

Letters Enough already Editor, It is now widely agreed that almost all the large-scale developments in the last 10 years (zoned PC = Planned Community) provide few, if any, real benefits for Palo Altans. Developers have used this loophole to extract more dense developments throwing out the existing zoning code by offering a bench, a metal sculpture or a patio that soon gets taken over by a restaurant. Now the Maybell/Clemo Project, planned by the PAHC, is trying to use the same strategy to quadruple the allowed units (RM-15 allows 15 units per acre) and build a dense, 4-story, 60 unit, 50-foothigh fortress-like building in a residential neighborhood. For comparison, 801 Alma has 50 units. Also check out 725 Alma, 106 studio units. Keep crammed tenement-style buildings out of residential neighborhoods. Vote No on Measure D! Kerry Yarkin Clara Drive, Palo Alto

A biker’s perspective Editor, I am writing as a strong proponent of bicycling and a member of the Barron Park Green Team, which sponsors Bike Palo Alto (set for Oct. 13). The Palo Alto Housing Corporation made several design changes to the 60-unit affordable senior housing and single-family project on Maybell (Measure D) to make it safer for kids commuting on bikes and on foot. Also, the traffic studies show that, even with fewer units, market-rate housing (larger houses, more cars) allowed under the existing RM15 and R2 zoning, will generate more traffic than this project. Low-income seniors don’t do much driving and don’t own many cars. In a June letter to the City Council, the three PTA Council Traffic Safety representatives noted that the Housing Corporation had re-designed the project to increase the setbacks on Maybell, widen the sidewalk, and move the single-family home driveways off Maybell to reduce potential points of conflict between kids and vehicles. The PTA representatives also recommended a sidewalk from Coulombe to El Camino Real and prohibiting daytime parking on Maybell, both of which became conditions of project approval. The Housing Corporation will contribute $200,000 to the sidewalk. For more on why you should vote for Measure D, go to www.yesondpaloalto. com/index.html. Lynnie Melena Barron Park, Palo Alto

We’re fed up Editor, I see from the local papers, 9/27 and 9/28, that the Palo Alto Housing Corporation, developer of the Maybell project, has raised $104,320 in support of Measure D. That is 13 times more money than by the local residents who oppose the Nov. 5 Measure. What can explain such a vast difference? I suggest the critical element is a loophole in the City’s zoning law that allows developers to avoid zoning restrictions. Hard fought for zoning restrictions designed to make Palo Alto a more livable place for its residents. The loophole is called Planned Community (PC) Zoning.

Originally, Planned Community Zoning was supported by liberals and conservatives alike to make an exception to the zoning laws when a project developer had an idea that would benefit the whole community. Now, every project that comes down the pike requests a PC variance. Often it relates to parking spaces, height or density usually to the detriment of the poorly represented residential community. The city council usually votes for the interests of developers, builders, Realtors, and the professional community. Measure D provides a vehicle for you to tell City Hall that you are fed-up with them for turning this once quiet community into an ugly, traffic-jammed, free-for-all money trough for developers. Vote AGAINST Measure D on Nov. 5. Bob Roth Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Need for senior housing Editor, In Saturday’s debate on Measure D, opponents claimed that it is not about senior housing, but rather about using PC zoning to allow dense developments all over the city. Nothing could be further from the truth. While there is legitimate concern about density in recent commercial projects, affordable housing for seniors is different. There is a serious need (Lytton Gardens recently held a drawing for 5-7 available low-income units, and there were 458 eligible applicants); the Maybell location is a rare if not unique site for it, and PC zoning is essential to financing it. Also untrue is the claim that the senior housing could be built under the existing zoning. Housing Corporation Board Member and former Mayor Jean McCown explained that financing difficulties preclude affordable housing with that zoning, so a “no” vote would not only kill any possibility for such housing there but also “likely result in a market-rate development with far greater impacts on the neighborhood.” For a detailed analysis of all issues, see Frequently Asked Questions about Maybell on the City’s website. In addition, the loan to the project before zoning proceedings began did not make it a “done deal” as alleged. The housing group could not have even started its application without such financing, and the loan documents expressly enabled the City to recover the funds if the project was not approved.

Finally, the unanimous vote, including residentialists Holman and Schmid, indicates the decision will actually enhance the neighborhood over existing zoning. Walter Hays Parkside Drive, Palo Alto

Contradictory claims Editor, The Maybeller’s news developer has claimed the Maybell site is one of the few sites in Palo Alto available for low-income housing. They have also claimed that if Measure D loses they will sell the land. But these two claims are contradictory. If the land is that perfect for this use, why won’t they respond to a NO vote by negotiating a better proposal, one more consistent with the current zoning? If Measure D fails, it will create a new opportunity to reach a compromise, a win-win that can provide senior housing on Maybell while helping to heal the divisiveness in the city. For example, the 41 apartments the property is zoned for now, could become 60 units of senior housing, without even redrawing the existing plans. This could be accomplished through a density transfer that would keep the rest of the land as open space. The pending lawsuits would become moot. This compromise could be fast tracked and approved in time to break ground before the next City Council election. This can only happen if Measure D is defeated. Please vote no on Measure D. Margaret Fruth Ventura neighborhood, Palo Alto

Reckless recommendation Editor, Suggesting the city should not renew the lease and let the school board sell the parcel if they want to, is a reckless recommendation. Your comments about the current functions of Cubberley show that you have no clue about the amazing services to the community Cubberley center provides. You may start by reading the Advisory Committee report to the city, about Cubberley future, published by the city in February 2013. Michael Bein Dake Avenue, Palo Alto

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neighbors to address concerns. I personally participated in a 10-hour negotiating session with PAHC and neighborhood leaders that led to the elimination of three market-rate homes, plus numerous site and design changes to further address traffic, safety and aesthetic concerns while still maintaining a financially viable project. We also are aware that many Barron Park and Green Acres neighbors strongly support Measure D — including people who live across the street and in close proximity to the proposed site. For me a no vote would be a lost opportunity to provide needed affordable housing for Palo Alto seniors and to protect the neighborhood from the impacts that will occur if a project is built under the current zoning. If you agree we need more affordable senior housing, then I urge you to vote yes on Measure D. I will be voting yes on Measure D. I hope you’ll join me. N Greg Scharff is the mayor of Palo Alto.

California Avenue. The massive multi-story development on the former Palo Alto Bowl site is, as with Alma Plaza, built out to the sidewalk with no pleasing setback from the street, packing in as much as possible. These developments bring massive traffic jams throughout the day, not just during peak-period traffic. The Jay Paul project on Park Boulevard, if approved, would create further traffic jams at Oregon Expressway and El Camino Real with long lines of cars waiting to get through highly impacted intersections. Drivers cutting through residential neighborhoods jeopardize the safety of children going to/from their neighborhood schools, which is of particular concern to us on Maybell Avenue, a designated Safe Route to Schools, with four schools nearby. These developments will continue unless a clear message is sent by residents to the City Council that enough is enough. The council needs to be told that we expect them to follow current zoning that has, until recently, protected our residential

World Vegetarian Day and World Day for Farm Animals on Oct. 1 and 2, continuing with National School Lunch Week on Oct. 14-18 and World Food Day on Oct. 16, and culminating with Food Day on Oct. 24. World Day for Farm Animals Day (www., on Oct. 2, is perhaps the most dramatic of these. It celebrates the lives, exposes the abuses and memorializes the slaughter of billions of sentient animals raised for food. Recent undercover investigations showed male baby chicks suffocated in plastic garbage bags or ground to death, pigs clobbered with metal pipes, and cows skinned and dismembered while still conscious. Moreover, a recent Harvard study of more than 120,000 people confirmed once again that meat consumption raises mortality from cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Animal agriculture accounts for more water pollution than all other human activities. A 2011 United Nations report recommends eating less meat to reduce greenhouse gases. The good news is that our meat consumption has been dropping by nearly 4 percent annually! Entering “live vegan” in a search engine brings lots of useful transition tips. Pete Atterboro Encina Avenue, Palo Alto

Big Brother Editor, Surveillance systems that will be of unimaginable scale and character. And of course now data can be collected endlessly. In fact Obama supposedly has a data storage system being constructed in Utah somewhere where all kinds of data are being poured in. Who knows what? Probably all your emails, all your telephone conversations, someday what you’re saying to people in the streets, where you’ve been lately, you know, who do you talk to, probably a ton of stuff like that will be there. Poor Orwell, if he’d walk into the world today and see just what it’s really like, he’d probably die of fright! In his day it was all science fiction, a make-believe story to entertain people, but now it’s reality — one that’s not going to go away. Big Brother wants to keep an eye on you. He believes in being his “brother’s keeper,” but it’s not for any sort of benign purpose — or at least it won’t be in the end. It’ll end up being for the purpose of control! Ted Rudow III Encina Avenue, Palo Alto neighborhoods and, frankly, all of Palo Alto. If we do not do so now, this trend of using Planned Community applications that remove protective site restrictions will escalate. (Think of the huge 27 University Ave. project proposed for the MacArthur Park site). We will have no one to blame but ourselves, as more and more huge projects are built and gridlock on our streets remains commonplace. The Palo Alto we know and love is slipping away, project by project. In summary, we are against Measure D for two principal reasons: (1) It allows high-density development on the Maybell site that is harmful to our single-family neighborhood, as 41 senior apartments could be built on the site under current zoning in a way that would be consistent with our neighborhood, and, (2) To send a clear message to City Council to stop the incremental degradation of Palo Alto by approving Planned Community zoning that sweeps away protective site regulations to our collective detriment. Vote against Measure D. Joe Hirsch and Cheryl Lilienstein are among the leaders of the Vote Against D residents who live near the proposed senior housing project.

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Generally, she writes in her bathrobe, between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. “Henry’s trained not to speak to me,” she said, referring to her husband of many years, retired communication professor Henry S. Breitrose, who established Stanford’s graduate program in documentary film and television. Breitrose grew up in the southeast corner of England — Winnie the Pooh country — tromping around Ashdown Forest just like Christopher Robin. After graduating from Cambridge University, she worked for the children’s magazine “Robin” and as a writer and director for the BBC before following her husband to Stanford, where they built their house in 1970. With two children and a parttime writing career — for many years with the Stanford Heart Disease Prevention Program and later as a ghost writer for others — Breitrose always told herself she’d write her own book if she had the time. But once she finally sat down to try, around 2000, she found, “I really didn’t know how to do it. So I taught myself.” “It’s pretty hard getting a children’s novel accepted — it’s murderous,” she said. “Agents tell me that they take on maybe 1 percent of people who apply to them, who want to be their client. I was very

lucky.” Breitrose’s first queries to “a bunch of agents” in 2002 met with silence, except for one who did want to see the manuscript. “He didn’t take it on but never told me why and I was too shy to ask, because I really didn’t want to know,” she said. “I guessed what was wrong in his mind and I rewrote it, sent it back to him again. And again he didn’t take it and didn’t tell me why, but he did hand it off to a junior who got in touch with me. “She told me what was wrong and I adjusted it but she still didn’t like it. She liked the mice, but my humans weren’t coming alive for her. So I rewrote it three times, each time a little better. “And each time I sent it off to agents and guessed what was in their minds, because they didn’t tell you.” Breitrose said a turning point came in 2007, when she and her husband were traveling in Holland and met with a former student of Henry’s. “She’s very new-age and she asked, ‘What would the mice actually do if they had the power of computers behind them?’” Up to that point, Breitrose’s manuscript did not have the environmental angle, only that the mice would use computers for the general good, to help out humans. “But at the time she asked that, I was very environmentally agitated — it was just after ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ came out — and I said, ‘They’d fix climate change.’” That theme seemed to add the magic touch. Breitrose returned the manuscript to the first agent she’d approached back in 2002, who passed it to a colleague who sold it “with not too much trouble” to Hyperion. Now mulling a plot for book five, she’s considering a fictionalized version of the Keystone Pipeline controversy and “something really big — really major — that the mice will take on.


ith her first book published at the age of 77 — and a second out this month — Prudence Breitrose, at 79, finds herself on the receiving end of fan mail from 12-yearolds. “I get letters with 76 exclamation marks,” the writer said. One child wrote, “I’m seriously in pain waiting for your next book.” Breitrose’s books, “Mousenet,” published in 2011 and “Mousemobile,” out this month, — aimed at 8- to 12-year-olds — concern an adventurous girl who allies herself with a nation of computersavvy mice to spread the word about climate change. Getting her first book published was “murderous,” she said, but after nearly a decade of submitting and rewriting, “Mousenet” came out under the label of Hyperion Books, part of the Disney Book Group, in 2011. With two published books — and a third accepted just last week — Breitrose now has her eyes on a series. “They (the publishers) have book three, book four I’ve just this minute finished, and I’m trying to think of a plot for book five,” she said. After a long career of writing and editing for others, mostly in the field of health education, the British-born Breitrose relishes writing books of her own. “I’d always thought I wanted to write something. I thought maybe it would be a detective story of the English model, but that didn’t happen, so I tried a children’s book,” she said. Recalling that her now-adult daughter had been a reluctant reader — “it was torture getting her to read anything,” — she aimed to write something that would get the attention of such children today. Breitrose finds she does her best work, conjuring up plots involving intelligent mice, a feisty girl and the challenges of climate change, at the kitchen table of her longtime home on a quiet cul-desac of the Stanford campus. “One problem with age is that I

can’t work all day,” she said. “My brain works in the mornings, but after two hours I find that the edge is gone and it’s better not to bother because what I write is not going to be my best stuff.”

Prudence Breitrose, author of “Mousenet” and “Mousemobile,” with a third novel recently accepted by her publisher, stands in the study in her Stanford home. “I have an ending scene, but I have to somehow get up to it,” she said. “Climate change? It’s a little hard to think that far ahead because that could be four or five years from now, but I think it probably will still be with us.” Breitrose will discuss her latest

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n one film, a massage therapist donates an organ to a stranger. In another, an 11-year-old boy and girl in India become community leaders fighting for access to clean drinking water and polio vaccinations. They call themselves the “Dakabuko Club,” dakabuko meaning to “have the courage of a daredevil.” “Dakabuko” could easily be the theme for this year’s United Nations Association Film Festival, which begins Oct. 17. The documentaries focus on different kinds of courage displayed by people from various parts of the world and periods of history. “It’s about having these rare stories about very interesting people that are changing our thinking about the way how we live and also inspiring us,” said festival founder Jasmina Bojic, a Stanford University lecturer and film critic. She brought the festival to Palo Alto 16 years ago, on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The 10-day film festival features 70 films, with screenings scheduled in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Stanford, Atherton and San Francisco. This year’s films expand the notion of what constitutes a human-rights issue, touching on more common topics — environmental issues, health, women’s rights, poverty — along with some unexpected ones: cyberbullying, altruistic organ donation, the science of human enhancement, the life of criminal defense lawyers. The films come from far and wide, but some of the filmmakers are local. In “Perfect Strangers,” Jan Krawitz, the director of Stanford’s M.F.A. Program in Documentary Film and Video, shows the drawn-out pain — physical and emotional — of kidney disease through Kathy, a hospice nurse who has polycystic kidney disease. The film shows Kathy doing home dialysis: a complex, intimate procedure in which an intimidating machine set-up transforms her living room into a hospital room five nights a week for hours at a time. Kathy’s husband, Jim, is the dutiful partner and doctor, trained on the machine that cleans her blood as her kidney fails to do. Jim is not a match for Kathy. Ellie Edwards, the massage therapist from San Luis Obispo, is a self-described “heart bleeding” liberal with blonde hair died pink at the tips. But she is not radical or hard to relate to but instead rational, kind and insightful. Krawitz describes her as an “every woman” who is not proselytizing or giving an organ away for anything except altruistic reasons. After taking a community-college course

and meeting a student with kidney disease who tells her about the need for donors, Edwards decides to look into the issue. She heads to Matching Donors, an online database that matches patients and interest donors for transplants. “I kept looking at those profiles and thinking, ‘If not me, then who?’” Edwards says in the film. The film is punctuated with statistics that remind viewers of the gravity and breadth of the issue in this country: More than 350,000 people in the United States are on dialysis. Forty-two percent of patients on the transplant list will die within five years if they do not receive a kidney. Last year, 4,500 people died waiting for a transplant. In making the film, Krawitz told the Weekly: “I ultimately wanted to speak to greater issues of altruism and make the viewer sit there and squirm a little bit and say: ‘Is this something I could do?” The film will screen on Oct. 26 at 2:40 p.m. in Annenberg Auditorium at Stanford. A Q&A will follow. Another UNAFF film directed by Stanford-affiliated filmmakers follows a group of Indian children from Rishi Aurobindo, a slum in Kolkata, over several years. “Revolutionary Optimists” is very different from “Perfect Strangers” in subject matter but follows the same theme of individuals finding ways to effect larger change. “Revolutionary Optimists” is co-produced by Maren Grainger-Mosen, filmmaker in residence and director of the program in bioethics and film at Stanford’s

In the film “Revolutionary Optimists,” Indian children walk through a slum announcing polio vaccinations. Center for Biomedical Ethics; and Nicole Newnham, who has a master’s degree in documentary film from Stanford. In it, the viewer meets 11-year-old Salim Sheikh, an inquisitive, confident leader who already has the wisdom of an adult. “To work in this community, you have to have courage,” he says in the film. His friend and female co-conspirator, 11year-old Shikha Patra, march through the slum with homemade megaphones, advertising about upcoming polio vaccinations. Rishi Aurobindo, one of 5,500 slums in Kolkata, is a place of impossible odds for children like Salim and Shikha. The nearest water tap is a three-hour walk. Vaccinations are seldom accessible. Outside the slums are enormous brickfields where millions of children make and stack clay bricks instead of going to school. Used to years of government inaction, most community members have become apathetic. But because of one man, many children are trying for better. Amlan Ganguly, a lawyer who has dedicated himself to empowering and educating children, is a charismatic presence in the slum. His organization is called “Prayasam,” meaning

The film “Extreme By Design” follows Stanford students on a trip to Indonesia, where they apply design approaches to issues such as water storage.

“their own endeavors.” Prayasam is a multifaceted program, with Ganguly at the center: He teaches children English, instructs them in job skills, leads a dance-theater class, starts a school within a brickfield and helps the children turn a garbage dump into a soccer field. He takes tough love to the next level, asking the children hard questions. The girls are challenged to want more than to have a family at a young age; all of them are encouraged to counter their community’s ever-sinking “aspiration level.” “What’s really interesting about (Ganguly’s) work is that he’s not trying to rescue any of the kids,” Grainger-Mosen said in an interview. “He’s trying to really get them to become change agents and take ownership for the slum where they live and change it.” Prayasam is a multi-faceted organization, Grainger-Mosen said. “That is how I think real change happens. You can’t just do one thing. ... And then the other part of that, which is also that he’s really in it for the long haul.” She recalls a scene in the film where young Priyanka, whom the viewer meets as the 16-year-old leader of Prayasam’s dance troupe, is no longer involved in the program. To evade abusive parents and their inevitable decision to marry her off, she has married her boyfriend, leaving her education and Prayasam behind. In the scene, Ganguly runs into Priyanka at the dance troupe’s final performance. She watches with clear longing and sadness, singing the words to the song they dance to under her breath. “And then his response to that is that he’ll be there for her children,” Grainger-Mosen said. “That’s what it takes, though, to really make change. It’s hard to do. ... The goal has to be to be willing to be there for the long term and watch change be incremental.” Grainger-Mosen and Newnham themselves became a part of the effort, launching a digital project called Map Your World, inspired by Shikha’s desire to literally put the Rishi Aurobindo slum on the map. (continued on next page)

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The project, still in a beta-testing phase, allows youth anywhere to use cell phones to collect data on any topic (How many people live in one house? Where is the

nearest water tap? Where is the closest market with fresh fruit and vegetables?) and then upload all that information, along with photos, to an online map. Since then, the individual has gone universal, with groups of

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kids in the Philippines, Philadelphia, Oakland and Seattle getting on board with their own mapping projects. “The film makes kids here feel a little ashamed sometimes — (they see) what these kids can do with so few resources and then what are they doing with more?” Newnham said. “And in other cases, there’s really strong identification and parallels with communities that may be here but share similar problems: social disenfranchisement, poor education, lack of government action. It’s nice to have the film be able to be universal enough that people can relate it to their own situation.” “Revolutionary Optimists” will have two screenings: Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 4:10 p.m. in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford; and Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m. at Eastside College Prepatory School in East Palo Alto. Another UNAFF film, “Submit the Documentary: The Virtual Reality of Cyberbullying,” brings the need for change-makers closer to home. The documentary, directed by Les Ottolenghi, is an expose on the world of cyberbullying. Interviewees include middle and high school students, school administrators, parents of children who have committed suicide after being cyberbullied, psychology professors, law enforcement, lawyers, Congress members and the direc-


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be screened at Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton on Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. with a panel discussion following. Other films of local interest include “World Peace is a Local Issue,” the documentation of a 1983 Palo Alto City Council decision to endorse a nuclear-weapons freeze, by longtime Menlo Park filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman; “Tesla: Master of Lighting,” which tells a comprehensive story about the life and work of Nikola Telsa, drawing on the 20th-century inventor’s writing; “Extreme By Design,” which follows a group of Stanford design students on a trip to Indonesia, where they apply various design approaches to issues such as water storage. N Info: The United Nations International Film Festival runs Oct. 17-23, with screenings on the Peninsula and in San Francisco. Tickets are $10 per film session general admission and free for seniors (62+) and students with a valid ID. Free admission to the three films in Session 1 (“Eleanor Roosevelt: Close to Home,” “Timbaktu” and “Alias Ruby Blade: A Story of Love and Revolution”) on opening night. Free admission to UNAFF & Kids program on Oct. 18. Free admission to all panels. The full festival schedule is at unaff. org/2013/films.html.

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tor of engineering at Facebook. “If what was going on online was happening in the real world, there would be people marching,” Mary Kay Hoal, founder and president of Yoursphere, a youth social-media platform, says in the film. “There would be real change.” But there hasn’t been yet, and the film tries to explain how and why. Students express how common cyberbullying is, how easy it is to hide behind an anonymous computer or cell-phone screen to bully others, how ineffective they feel their schools’ efforts to help are and how little their parents understand the cultural changes that come with technology. Parents who have lost their children because of cyberbullying tell their stories. Experts discuss the lack of accountability in cyberbullying and the devastating effect of the bystander who sees all but does nothing. As the film progresses, the question emerges: Where’s the solution? The answer seems to fall directly in line with the UNAFF theme: Look beyond the usual efforts — enacting new legislation to deter kids, telling parents to monitor their kids’ internet activity, trying to prosecute cyberbullies — to the simple. Choose to speak out. “Outnumber the bullies,” one young man suggests to a crowd of his peers in the film. “Submit the Documentary” will

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Rated PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language. One hour, 30 minutes. — Peter Canavese

Runner Runner -(Century 16, Century 20) One thing you’ll learn from the poker-themed thriller “Runner Runner�: The odds of hitting a “runner runner� flush (in Texas Hold ‘Em) are “roughly 4 percent.� Coincidentally, those are the same odds you’ll be satisfied with your purchase of a ticket to “Runner Runner.� Sadly, there’s no actual running in “Runner Runner,� or anything else that might threaten to raise your pulse (with the possible exception of brief glimpses of the fleshy bits of Justin Timberlake and Gemma Arterton). On paper, Brad Furman’s movie looks like a good investment: Furman’s last movie, “The Lincoln Lawyer,� was a snappy mystery, and this one comes with a well-researched script by the same duo (Brian Koppleman and David Levien) who penned the 1998 sleeper “Rounders.� That film, too, was set in the world of high-stakes poker — specifically, underground poker clubs — and starred Matt Damon. “Runner Runner� showcases Damon buddy Ben Affleck as Ivan Block, the amoral offshore proprietor of an online gambling site called “Midnight Black.� Despite the sexy name, Midnight Black dabbles in racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud, all while hustling a sweaty clientele that Block proudly notes can play poker in their underwear thanks to him. Affleck’s alpha-male villain is the shadow to the film’s hero, Princeton graduate student Richie Furst (Timberlake). Af-

ter being swindled out of his tuition money on Midnight Black, Richie boards a flight to “gambler’s paradise� Costa Rica to infiltrate Block’s outfit. Clever lad that he is, Richie has no trouble doing so — and immediately becoming a cliche from a million moneyed thrillers. Taken under Block’s oily wing, Richie ponders all the Faustian temptations attendant to the $30 billion online-gambling business, from yachts and kept women to pride in a job well done (or what the semi-seductive Block calls “everything you ever thought you wanted when you were 13 years old�). Even as he falls in with fellow employee Rebecca (Arterton) — who’s Block’s ex, natch — Richie must contend with a party pooper, FBI Agent Eric Shavers (Anthony Mackie), who wants to flip Richie and nail Block. Did I mention Richie’s dad (John Heard) is a gambling addict? Even at 91 minutes, the inaptly named “Runner Runner� plods, and any ensemble in which Affleck does the best acting can’t be all that impressive. I kid the ‘Fleck, but he does a creditable job of blocking this movie’s old hat and wearing it well. The same can’t be said for Timberlake, who usually seems, in movies, to be pining for the day he’ll hit puberty. “Runner Runner� does reveal some of the scams that have led online gambling into so much trouble with federal authorities, but more often than not your eyes will glaze over at the increasingly muddled details. A nonfiction account would be a lot more compelling than this faint echo of dozens of better movies.






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(Century 16, Century 20) “At 600 km. above the Earth,â€? we’re told in the new film “Gravity,â€? “There is nothing to carry sound. No air pressure. No oxygen. Life in space is impossible.â€? And yet, there we are. The evocation of Ridley Scott’s 1979 “Alienâ€? (“In space, no one can hear you screamâ€?) is apt: “Gravityâ€? is a bit like “Alienâ€? without the alien, replacing it with existential despair that’s just as likely to take a fatal bite out of the heroine. Here the heroine is Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a medical engineer sent via space shuttle to assist in repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope. In the film’s first sequence — a bravura 12-minute segment crafted to appear as a single camera shot with no cuts — satellite debris shoots at the shuttle and the telescope, causing a fatal accident that threatens to strand and thereby kill Stone and shuttle commander Matt Kowalski (George Clooney). Dwindling oxygen and thruster power threaten their survival, as does Stone’s natural panic due to the circumstances and her inexperience. And then there’s the thornier question of just how much Stone even wants to live, given the loss of her 4-year-old daughter. Though she deadpans at one point, “I hate space,â€? Stone has little love for the “gravityâ€? of life on Earth, which she has gladly escaped to be in the remote void (“the silence — I could get used to itâ€?). With long stretches of time alone with her thoughts, Stone goes to some dark places. In a way, “Gravityâ€? is a cinematic stunt, carried off with impeccable narrative formalism and filmic techniques, including 3-D that amplifies the effect of zero-G fire and tears. Taking the baton from George Lucas’ virtual “Star Warsâ€? sets, director Alfonso CuarĂłn advances the art with astonishing precision of wall-to-wall special effects that convincingly place the movie stars into outer-space environments — sometimes in a spectacular action-adventure mode, and sometimes in a lyrical vein taking after “2001: A Space Odysseyâ€? (artful poses that turn a space capsule into a womb). Look past the phenomenal eye candy and “Gravityâ€? is pretty corny at its base, co-scripted by CuarĂłn and his son Jonas. But it’s also potentially stirring as a call-to-action allegory about

those tempted to disconnect depressively from society. And “Gravityâ€? moves us closer to an art-house/blockbuster-hybrid paradigm that could be Hollywood’s salvation (CuarĂłn’s “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkabanâ€? was a good warmup). All audiences will be able to agree that “Gravityâ€? is thrilling, with its relentless pace and nearunbearable tension as a survivalist adventure that captures the primal terror of present death while exploring the will or won’t to live. As Clooney’s character puts it, life is “one hell of a ride.â€? So is “Gravity.â€?



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Baggage Claim (PG-13) Century 16: 11:55 a.m. & 2:25, 5, 7:50, 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 12:10, 2:35, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55 p.m. The Big Sleep (1946) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 7:30 p.m. Sat & Sun also at 3:30 p.m. Blue Jasmine (PG-13) ((( Palo Alto Square: 2:15, 3:30, 4:45, 6, 7:15, 8:30 p.m. Fri also at 1 & 9:45 p.m. Sat also at 11:45 a.m. & 9:45 p.m. Sun also at 1 p.m. Century 16: Sat 7:25 p.m.

Captain Phillips (PG-13)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG) Century 16: 10:35 a.m. & 1:05, 3:35, 5:55, 8:20 p.m. In 3D 11:45 a.m. & 2:15, 4:50, 7:15, 9:50 p.m. Century 20: Fri-Sun 11:15 a.m. & 12:05, 1:45, 2:45, 4:15, 5:10, 6:50, 7:40, 9:20, 10:10 p.m. Fri & Sun in 3D 12:55, 3:25, 5:55, 8:25, 10:45 p.m. Sat in 3D 10:35 a.m. & 12:55, 3:20, 5:40, 10:50 p.m. Despicable Me 2 (PG) ((

Century 20: 11:40 a.m. & 2, 4:30 p.m.

Don Jon (R) (( Century 16: 10:40 & 11:50 a.m. & 1, 2:10, 3:20, 4:30, 5:40, 7, 8:10, 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:50 a.m. & 12:50, 2:15, 3:15, 4:35, 5:35, 7:05, 8:05, 9:30, 10:30 p.m. Enough Said (PG-13) ((( Century 20: noon & 2:25, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 p.m. Guild Theatre: 2:30, 5, 7:30 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 9:55 p.m. Sat-Sun also at noon. The Family (R)

Century 16: 9:25 p.m. Century 20: 3:50, 10:05 p.m.

Gravity (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 11:20 a.m. & 4:20, 9:40 p.m. In 3D 10:30 a.m. & 12:10, 1, 1:50, 2:40, 3:30, 5:10, 6, 7, 7:55, 8:30, 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m. & 1:55, 4:15, 6:40, 9:05 p.m. In 3D 12:10, 1:20, 2:30, 3:40, 4:50, 6, 7:15, 8:25, 9:40, 10:45 p.m. Sat-Sun also at 10:20 a.m. In XD 12:45, 3:05, 5:25, 7:50, 10:15 p.m. Sat-Sun also at 10:20 a.m. Inequality For All (PG) Aquarius Theatre: 2:30, 5, 7:30 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 9:55 p.m. Insidious: Chapter 2 (PG-13) Century 20: 11:45 a.m. & 2:30, 5:15, 7:45, 10:35 p.m. Instructions Not Included (PG-13) Century 16: 10:50 a.m. & 1:45, 4:45, 7:40, 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m. & 2:10, 5, 7:55, 10:45 p.m. Lee Daniels’ The Butler (PG-13) ((1/2 7, 10 p.m. Century 20: 12:45, 7 p.m.

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The Met: Eugene Onegin (Not Rated) Palo Alto Square: Sat 9:55 a.m. Wed 6:30 p.m.

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Prisoners (R) ((1/2 Century 16: noon & 3:45, 7:05, 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:55 a.m. & 3:20, 6:45, 10:10 p.m. Pulling Strings (Not Rated) Century 16: 11 a.m. & 1:55, 4:40, 7:35, 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:30 a.m. & 2:20, 5, 7:50, 10:35 p.m. Guild Theatre: Sat midnight

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R)

Runner Runner (R) (( Century 16: 12:05, 2:45, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 12:50, 3:10, 4:30, 5:30, 6:50, 8, 9:20, 10:25 p.m. Sat & Sun also at 10:30 a.m. Rush (R) Century 16: 10:45 a.m. & 12:15, 1:40, 3:15, 4:35, 6:15, 7:30, 9:15, 10:35 p.m. & 1:25 a.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m. & 12:35, 2, 3:30, 4:50, 6:25, 7:50, 9:25, 10:40 p.m.


The Third Man (1949) (Not Rated) Wadjda (PG)

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here are perhaps better things a retired hospital CEO can do at 6 a.m. on a Tuesday morning than comb every street of a neighborhood, block by block, and count parked cars. For Downtown North resident Neilson Buchanan, this has become a monthly ritual. Buchanan, the former CEO of El Camino Hospital, lives on Bryant Street in Downtown North, ground zero of Palo Alto’s parking wars. He began this labor of love a little more than a year ago, just as the angry chorus from residents, tired of parked-up neighborhood streets, was hitting its high note. While the city is weighing a wide range of solutions to downtown’s parking crisis, Buchanan and his small group of volunteers are focusing on the problem. You can’t manage what you can’t measure, they say. So they count cars. First in Downtown North. Still to come: Crescent Park and Ventura. Today, it’s Evergreen Park, near the California Avenue business district. Shortly after 11 a.m. on Sept. 24, Buchanan visits Paul Machado, a Stanford Avenue resident, to explain the methodology. He pulls out his maps of Downtown North, color-coded by parking saturation at various times of the day. The morning map is mostly yellow and green, which means more than half the spots are empty. By noon, redness spreads like measles as every available space and then some gets filled up. Some blocks are maroon, creating an existentially puzzling predicament in which there are more parked cars than parking spaces. Drivers, it seems, get creative about sharing. “This is the real color of Palo Alto,” Buchanan says, pointing at the red on the map and making a joking reference to a publicart project that had determined the “average” color of Palo Alto was green. Then the surveying begins. Machado and Buchanan drive down every leafy block of Evergreen Park and count every car on either side of the street. Things get off to a rough start. As they drive west on Stanford and approach El Camino, a black sports car abruptly zips out

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Top: Cars are parked bumper to bumper on Ramona Street near Lincoln Avenue in the Professorville neighborhood of Palo Alto. Above: As downtown continues to develop, parking shortages are expected to worsen. (Note: All projects do or would comply with city code.) of its spot, prompting Machado to slam on his SUV’s brakes to avoid a collision. The two then settle into a routine, with Machado tallying the left side and Buchanan counting the right. Buchanan then jots down the numbers on his map of the neighborhood. The map also features city data on how many parking spaces each block contains, numbers that are usually accurately but occasionally puzzling. The east side of El Camino, between California and Cambridge avenues, has three available parking spaces even though city data indicates there should be five. Driving up Sherman Avenue, Machado counts 22 spaces filled by 22 cars. “And a motorcycle,” he observes. “But he is in between the cars, so we won’t count him.” Once completed, the exercise will produce data inevitably showing that Evergreen Park, much like Downtown North, is overfilled with cars. The situation is expected to further deteriorate in the coming years as planned developments spring up in the area of El Camino Real and Page Mill Road, bringing more workers looking for a place to park their cars all day.


ewind the clock to 2009. Palo Alto was climbing out of the recession, and Professorville residents were mad as hell. They were, and continue to be, the victims of Palo Alto’s economic success. As more office workers entered downtown, the historic neighborhood to the south found itself inun-

dated with cars. Downtown’s busy commercial core — host to chic retailers, real-estate firms, financiers and an ever-changing assortment of high-end restaurants — had two-hour parking restrictions. The multi-story parking garages generally had three-hour time limits. Professorville and Downtown North had none. As a result, hundreds of downtown workers routinely used the neighborhoods’ blocks for parking, leaving residents — many of whose houses lacked garages — frustrated, annoyed and space-less. The intruders into the neighborhood are a varied lot. There are the T-shirted tech types from downtown’s densely packed startups; the business-casual professionals employed by the area’s many banks and law firms; and service workers who bag groceries at Whole Foods, paint toenails, make frozen yogurt and serve organic kale salad at local restaurants. Some are willing to walk a distance for free, all-day parking. Buchanan said he recently observed an employee from Lyfe Kitchen, a restaurant on Hamilton Avenue, park near his house on the northern tip of Downtown North — a good 15-minute walk. Others are Caltrain commuters who drive downtown, leave their cars on the residential blocks and proceed to the station, avoiding the daily fee for using the Caltrain parking lot. (continued on next page)

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Randy Popp, an architect with an office downtown, said at a November City Council meeting that he often sees Caltrain commuters “park on the side streets and then walk or ride scooters to the station.” “The result is that my clients and I often cannot park within blocks of my office,” said Popp, who serves on the city’s Architectural Review Board. “I have clients asking to meet me elsewhere to avoid the frustration.” The parking shortage isn’t a new issue, but everyone agrees that things have gotten much worse in recent years. The rhetoric has heated up accordingly, with many people arguing that the very survival of neighborhoods is at stake. At the Sept. 25 meeting of the Planning and Transportation Commission, Professorville resident Ken Alsman — who has been calling for relief since 2009 — accused the city and downtown businesses of “destroying a nationally registered historic district which is referred to as Professorville.” In March, Michael Hodos, also of Professorville, told the council that when parking restrictions went up in the downtown core in 2004, officials warned the move could impact the neighborhoods. The prediction bore out. Residents face the daily problem of cars “routinely blocking our driveways and ignoring pedestrians while racing down the street at breakneck speeds to claim their parking spaces,” Hodos said. And last November, Buchanan asked the council to consider the question: At what point is a neighborhood no longer a good residential neighborhood? “We’re getting close to some sort of benchmark that says it is no longer a reasonable residential atmosphere in Downtown North,” Buchanan said. Faced with massive pressure from residents and the City Council, city planners have been working on a wide range of solutions, including new garages; valet parking at existing garages; and elimination from the Municipal Code of parking exemptions for developers. They are also putting together what many consider to the be the Holy Grail of parking solutions: a Residential Parking Permit Program (RPPP). The term’s bureaucratic flavor belies its power to engage, and at times enrage, downtown’s parking-starved populace. On Sept. 24, dozens attended a meeting at City Hall during which city staff members unveiled their first stab at a permit program that could be a model not just for downtown but throughout the city. If things go as Palo Alto officials plan, the council will adopt the criteria for the permit program this year, and new parking restrictions will go into effect in downtown the first quarter of 2014, City Manager James Keene told the Weekly. That’s when residents like Buchanan and Alsman can expect to see the curbside parking lots outside their homes clear. After that, other

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The proposed Residential Parking Permit Program would cover the downtown area, effectively expanding downtown core’s existing color-zone system, which prevents people from re-parking in the same color zone that day once a two-hour time limit has elapsed. neighborhoods throughout the city will have a mechanism of opting into a similar program, provided the majority of that neighborhood’s residents approve. “We’re at a point now where there are a number of initiatives and actions that are converging,” Keene said, alluding to the permit program, the city’s consideration of new garages and the soon-tobe-developed “Transportation Demand Management” program that will offer incentives to employees in Palo Alto’s central business districts to switch to mass transit, shuttles, carpools and other means of commuting while leaving their cars at home. “From a staff perspective, clearly there is light at the end of the tunnel,” Keene said. “Help is on the way.” The council is fully behind this effort. Since 2009, council members have been forced to listen to

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angry residents rail about the city’s “horribly mismanaged” planning process and informed that they “should be ashamed.” Last September, a sympathetic Councilman Pat Burt spoke for most of the council when he said that while it’s not reasonable for downtown residents to “expect perfection” when it comes to parking, it’s also “not reasonable to get flooded with a steep increase, which seems to be the pattern we’ve seen in the last few years.” This year, at its annual retreat in February, the council unanimously adopted “Downtown and California Avenue” as one of its official 2013 priorities, with parking and traffic issues at the top of the agenda. At the meeting, Councilwoman Liz Kniss agreed that the issues are of high concern: “I don’t think there’s anything I heard more about than downtown parking and the issues that have

arisen from that.” In his most recent monthly newsletter, Mayor Greg Scharff also declared traffic and parking to be the city’s top issues. For council members, the problem of parking hits close to home both politically and literally. A March meeting on downtown’s parking shortages resembled a game of bureaucratic musical chairs, with council members (and, at one point, Keene) leaving the council chambers during certain parts of the discussion because the proposed solution involved an area close enough to their property to constitute a “conflict of interest” under state law.


he idea for a parking-permit program isn’t new. In 1983, the city created a six-month pilot program for a section of Old Palo Alto, an affluent neighborhood that stretches from Alma

Street to Middlefield Road and from Embarcadero Road to Oregon Expressway. The program ultimately fizzled because it could not pay for itself as the council had instructed, Interim Planning Director Aaron Aknin said recently. Officials tried again in 2000, with the same result. Now, things are different. Finances are no longer a major goal. Cost recovery, Aknin said, is “a component and a detail, but not the bottom line.” Keene told the Weekly that in his opinion the parking problem is “significant enough” to warrant a permit-parking program. “Revenue neutrality is not essential,” Keene said. So what will it look like? Very colorful, for one thing. The proposed parking program has almost the entire downtown — from Alma on the west to Guinda Street on the east, from the Menlo Park border on the north to Embarcadero Road to the south — divided into color zones. Almost every zone would have a two-hour parking limit for everyone who doesn’t have a colorspecific permit. The only exception would be a section of Downtown North, including two blocks of Alma and High streets, which would have a four-hour limit. The concept effectively expands downtown’s existing color-zone system, which prevents people from re-parking that day within the same color zone once the twohour time slot is up. The city also presented on Sept. 24 an alternative based on the 2000 parking-program proposal. The concept is the same, though it includes a larger number of colored zones — 17 versus 10. Up to two color-specific permits would be available per residence. Each permit would be specific to a color zone and would hang on the car’s rearview mirror, allowing residents and commuters to easily swap them among vehicles. Residents would also be able to buy additional permits for guests. The program is a work in progress and will be carefully monitored and refined as needed, Aknin told a crowd of about 40 residents on Sept. 24. The city isn’t expecting to get it “100 percent right” on the first go-round. But the stakes to get it right are high. Once the program is in effect, staff plans to make the downtown program a template for other areas of town. Neighborhoods like Evergreen Park will have a chance to apply for their own parkingpermit program. Like their downtown counterparts, they would have to submit surveys showing that more than 50 percent of the neighborhood’s residents support such a program. “If all goes as we’re thinking it could, in the first quarter of next year (residential parking-permit program) districts would be established,” Keene told the Weekly. Equally important, the program would circumvent the need for the city to respond to neighborhoods’ parking woes on a case-by-case basis, as has been the city’s practice in the past.

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Case study: College Terrace City’s only Residential Parking Permit Program offers reminders for downtown by Gennady Sheyner


ollege Terrace once had its own parking crisis. Nestled between the rock of Stanford University and the hard place of Stanford Research Park, the neighborhood with street names such as Yale and Princeton was once a de facto parking lot for students and workers seeking free parking. Today, it is Palo Alto’s only neighborhood with a residential parking permit program. Soon it may have plenty of company. Much like in downtown, College Terrace’s parking program was a grass-roots affair, the product of years of neighborhood meetings, passionate arguments and deep, deep frustrations with the lack of parking spots. “There was absolutely no place to park, ever,” said resident Doria Summa, recalling the time before the program began. “It got to the point where I’d come home, and people would be parked in front of my driveway. Yes, if you drove around and looked, you’d eventually find a spot. But that’s not the expectation of a residential neighborhood in a suburban or small town — driveway to driveway, bumper to bumper.” Things started getting hairy around 2000, shortly after the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved Stanford University’s general-use permit, an agreement that allowed the university to develop 2 million square feet of academic facilities and 3,000 housing units. Among the conditions was a requirement that commuter traffic to and from Stanford not grow from what it


the Marguerite to their campus destination.” In response to the memo, the council directed staff to launch the permit program on blocks where more than 50 percent of the residents supported it. People’s embrace of the program was by no means unanimous. Some blocks balked at paying for something that had always been free and that now incurred the risk of getting a ticket. Then, in 2009, something happened that effectively settled the debate: Facebook moved to California Avenue. “The straw that broke the camel’s back was Facebook moving in,” Tanaka said. “Basically, you had three parts of the neighborhood — Stanford Avenue, where the campus is, then you have the neighborhood near El Camino Real, and then the other side where Facebook was. You had the neighborhood being impacted by all three locations.” The city conducted surveys of every block and made sure that at least 51 percent supported the program. It negotiated the details of the program with the residents association. One option would have prohibited parking for cars not displaying residential permits. The one they ultimately chose allows two-hour parking for those without permits and unlimited parking for those with them. The issue the city was wrestling with at that time is in some ways simpler than the one unfolding downtown, said Shahla Yazdy, a transportation engineer

Parking in College Terrace, where two-hour parking limits are enforced, is starkly different from that of Evergreen Park, which lies just across El Camino Real and where there are no parking limits. who helped establish the College Terrace parking program. The area was smaller and more clearly defined, Yazdy said, with Stanford on one side and California on the other, between El Camino and Amherst. It also didn’t have as many competing stakeholders as downtown. Plus, it had $100,000 in funds from Stanford, thanks to the agreement with the county. Still, it took some effort to develop and roll out. Frustrated downtown residents who point to College Terrace and accuse the council of preferential treatment underestimate the many years it took to get the program up and running. “The Residential Parking Permit Program in College Terrace was not something that happened overnight,” Tanaka said. “It took a long time — seven to eight years.” After the three council members penned their memo, the city hired a consulting firm to do occupancy surveys and parking counts to clearly understand the problem. Ultimately, blocks

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aking the citywide approach has its drawbacks, though. For one thing, it’s taking a long time to implement, pushing to the limit the patience of residents in neighborhoods across Palo Alto. Earlier this year, residents in a section of Crescent Park along the East Palo Alto border urged the city to give them a parking-permit program. Droves of tenants of East Palo Alto apartment complexes had started parking every night in the neighborhood. The idea, however, was rebuffed by Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez, who said a Crescent Park permit program was “not something we can move forward with in near term.” Rather, he said, staff wanted to come up with a more comprehensive solution. The decision to take the broader approach was prompted by staff’s failure last year to bring a parking program to a small section of Professorville. Formulated after a year of meetings with residents and business people, the proposal was shot down by the council last No-

was in 2002. Stanford expanded its shuttle service, paid for Caltrain passes for employees and raised parking costs. Students began to leave their cars in College Terrace and bike to campus, said Greg Tanaka, a member of the city’s Planning and Transportation Commission and former president of the College Terrace Residents Association. Initially the problem mainly afflicted the portion of the neighborhood near Stanford Avenue. Other sections of College Terrace encountered the problem later, due to different causes. The portion of the neighborhood near El Camino Real started to have people who parked and lived in cars along their blocks. The residents association conducted extensive block-by-block surveys, held countless meetings and lobbied the council to initiate a residential parking permit program setting time restrictions on cars not belonging to residents. In July 2007, then-Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto and former councilmen Bern Beecham and Peter Drekmeier described College Terrace’s “growing problem” in a memo that urged their colleagues to initiate a parking program in the neighborhood. “Students and employees of the university and other nearby employers regularly park on neighborhood streets to avoid the cost of permits or because of convenience,” the memo stated. “Increasingly, as Stanford works to discourage commute trips onto campus, more people park nearby and walk, bike or take

Transportation Commissioner Michael Alcheck drew applause from a crowd when he criticized the city for forcing the neighborhood to wait until downtown’s problems are solved. Many people “are really upset and are not satisfied” with the length of time the process is taking, Alcheck said. “We should not accept the notion that we need to wait for downtown Palo Alto to figure it out,” he said. A month later, Alcheck repeated his frustration, saying he was “astounded at the pace our city implements parking solutions.” He called the wait for a comprehensive parking plan “a moratorium on parking-strategy implementation.” “I’d much rather be able to say that, after a year of hearing about parking issues in downtown, we implemented something and it failed than to be able to say that we didn’t implement anything,” Alcheck said. Another challenge with the one-size-fits-all approach is that it assumes that a similar program

throughout the neighborhood opted into the system. Since then, some households have requested to drop out, though no block has met the 51 percent threshold to reverse course, Yazdy said. Today, some 1,000 residents hold parking permits. Since the program was launched in 2009, the number of complaints has dropped. Initially, she said, people called to say they were unhappy about having to buy and display permits. That, however, has changed as people have grown accustomed to the program. “It’s become really smooth,” Yazdy said. “I haven’t even gotten a single request to opt out this year, whereas I had in the past.” Summa said the area still gets its fair share of commuter cars, but the situation is what she called a “very nice mix.” “Sometimes, it’s half-and-half between residents and business people, sometimes a lot more business people. Sometimes there’s almost no parking spots, and sometimes there’s a lot,” Summa said. “It has a natural flow without being too crowded.” N could be successfully adopted by neighborhoods with very different problems. College Terrace, the only neighborhood in the city with a parkingpermit program, struggled with an influx of Stanford University students and car campers. In downtown, the focus is on employees. Crescent Park residents were mostly concerned about cars from East Palo Alto. (Crescent Park residents have since received the go ahead for a temporary overnightparking ban, with residents able to buy permits to park.) The new approach also comes with its own set of glaring unknowns. Will the high number of color zones prove confusing? Are the boundaries of each zone too restrictive? How many permits should downtown business owners get for their employees, and how much should these cost to meet the area’s supply-anddemand objectives? And what will be the effect on employers and on service workers who can ill afford to run outside every two ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê˜iÝÌÊ«>}i®

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hours to move their cars? At the Sept. 24 meeting, several members of the public, including former Councilwoman Dena Mossar, argued that the proposed program could cause problems for businesses that rely on “lowcost employees.” “I’m concerned that we’re going to drive that sort of service business out of the downtown area by doing this,” Mossar said. Palo Alto’s major business organizations have yet to take a stance on the proposed programs, though it’s safe to say many individual business owners will oppose it. In late July, a group of business owners and downtown landlords co-signed a letter blasting the proposed permit program and arguing that it would lead to an “exodus” of businesses from downtown. The group, which includes developer Chop Keenan, Whole Foods, Peninsula Creamery and Watercourse Way, alleged that many of the parking problems in the South

of Forest Avenue area (which includes Professorville) are caused by the neighbors themselves. Many residents, the letter asserted, have garages but choose to use them for storage rather than parking. Others have more vehicles than they have had in the past, which also contributes to parking shortages. The letter predicted that downtown’s decline will be “slow and not noticeable in its initial stages. “As employee parking becomes difficult and office building leases expire, office/technology companies will leave the downtown one-by-one for more attractive areas,” the business owners wrote. “This, in turn will reduce the supply of customers for restaurants, retail and service businesses. By the time the economic effects of the exodus are noticed, it will be too late to reverse.” This week, an alternative, business-favorable solution proposed by a group calling itself the Committee For Fair Parking recommended the city provide designated street parking spaces

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING of the City of Palo Alto Architectural Review Board (ARB) 8:30 A.M., Thursday, October 17, 2013 Palo Alto Council Chambers, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review filed documents; contact Diana Tamale for information regarding business hours at 650.329.2144. 636 Waverley Street [13PLN-00262]: Request by Hayes Group Architects for a Major Architectural Review for the demolition of a onestory, 1,406 sq. ft. office building and construction of a new, 10,228 sq. ft., four-story mixed use building with commercial uses on the first and second floors and two residential units on the third and fourth floors, on a property within the CD-C(P) zoning district. Environmental Assessment: Exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) per CEQA Guidelines Section 15303. Item Continued from 09/19/2013. 3225 El Camino Real [13PLN-00344]: Request by the Hayes Group Architects on behalf of De Anza Properties for preliminary Architectural Review of a new four story mixed use building with one level of below grade parking on an approximately 29,962 square foot parcel. Zone District: Service Commercial (CS). 101 Lytton [11PLN-00045]: Request by Ted Korth of Korth, Sunseri, Hagey Architects for Minor Architectural Review Board review for minor rooftop revisions to the previously approved four story mixed use building. Zone District: PC 5158. Exempt from the provisions of CEQA per 15301. 301 High Street [13PLN-00335]: Request by Hayes Group Architects, on behalf of California Skin Institute, for a Minor Architectural Review to allow exterior modifications and a 200 sq. ft. addition to an existing 6,255 sq. ft. commercial building and grandfathered facility. The request includes a Design Enhancement Exception to allow a 14-foot encroachment into the side yard daylight plane for a new roof top equipment enclosure. Zone District: Residential Multiple-Family (RM-30). Environmental Assessment: Exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental quality Act (CEQA) per CEQA Guidelines Section 15303. 1700 Embarcadero Road [09PLN-00175]: Staybridge Suites Hotel on Mings Site: The Site and Design Review application was approved by Council by Record of Land Use Action. The Board had recommended approval of the project (4-0-1-0) with an additional condition to return to the ARB Subcommittee to review revised plans, but revisions are extensive enough to warrant a review by the full ARB. Amy French Chief Planning Official The City of Palo Alto does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation for this meeting or an alternative format for any related printed materials, please contact the City’s ADA Coordinator at 650.329.2550 (voice) or by e-mailing

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Evergreen Park resident Paul Machado, left, and Downtown North resident Neilson Buchanan plan a route for counting parked cars on Sept. 24. for residents. All the rest of the street parking would remain free all day to the public. The number of designated spaces a household would get would be the number of adults in the home who own a car minus the number of parking spaces on the property (the garage or, presumably, the driveway). The group is gathering signatures on a petition to push its idea, which is posted at Concurrently, the planning commission is scheduled to discuss on Wednesday a staff proposal to allow residents to apply for on-street parking in front of their homes. The protesting businesses do not, however, speak for everyone. Russ Cohen, executive director of the Downtown Business and Professional Association, said his group is not opposed to the idea of a permit program, though it has concerns about the way it is being implemented. He noted that business owners last year “came together with the residential community to put together an RPPP program that was ultimately not approved by the City Council.” “I don’t think it’s necessarily accurate to say the business community would be against the RPPP,” Cohen said. “We simply want a collaborative process to take place.” He called last year’s limited Professorville program a “collaborative process that we fully endorsed.” Today, by contrast, “We’re talking about wholesale change and an implementation of RPPP zones in many parts of the city. “Frankly, we would’ve hoped that the business community could have been more involved in giving more input in implementing it,” Cohen said. “There are some businesses that are located within the zones that are being proposed for RPPP. So what are the unintended consequences of that?” Others see the new proposal as too accommodating to business interests. Among them is Doria Summa, who used to live in Professorville and who worked with the city to set up Palo Alto’s first and only residential parking-

permit program in her current neighborhood of College Terrace. By allowing some businesses’ employees to buy permits to park in residential neighborhoods, as the new proposal has suggested, “It is carving away into neighborhood streets for office commuters and workers, which is antithetical to what RPPP is in my mind.” “What it amounts to then is another parking exemption for developers (who don’t provide sufficient parking for their buildings) because they can count on there being neighborhood parking,” Summa told the Weekly. Shahla Yazdy, a transportation engineer who worked on the College Terrace permit program, said that what makes the downtown program particularly complex is the sheer number of competing interests. In College Terrace it was pretty much “all residents and a few Stanford homes.” “In downtown you have a mix of employers, employees and residents, which really complicates things,” Yazdy said. “Downtown does have a variety of stakeholders, and you really have to take their needs into account and try to pick the options that would at least satisfy most of them.”


f parking evokes nearly primal reactions from people, there’s a reason for that, says Donald Shoup, a UCLA professor of urban design. The author of the highly influential book “The High Cost of Free Parking,” Shoup describes the dynamics of parking policy in biological terms. “Thinking about parking seems to take place in the reptilian cortex, the most primitive part of the brain responsible for making snap decisions about urgent fightor-flight choices, such as how to avoid being eaten. The brain’s reptilian cortex is said to govern instinctive behavior involved in aggression, dominance, territoriality, and ritual display — all important factors in cruising for parking and debating about parking policies.” This analysis is unlikely to

shock anyone who has attended recent public meetings about parking. Now, Buchanan and his Downtown North neighbor, Eric Filseth, are trying to lower the volume and bring some clarity to the discussion through a typically Palo Altan approach — an interactive software that predicts the impact of new developments on parking. On Sept. 11, they crossed the residential-business divide and demonstrated this tool at a meeting of the Business Advocacy and Public Policy Forum, a policy discussion hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce. The program uses city data about existing and upcoming developments and allows users to adjust the default assumptions about things like how many commuters take mass transit and the number of office workers who will fill the new buildings. The picture it shows isn’t pretty. If things pan out as envisioned, the city’s current “parking deficit” would nearly triple by 2016, extending the flood of cars that has already washed over Professorville and Downtown North to new neighborhoods, including Crescent Park and parts of Old Palo Alto. In the future, the red semi-circles on the map that signify near-total parking congestion would expand to adjacent neighborhoods like radioactive clouds. Even if the numbers are off, no one disputes that the problem will get a whole lot worse once the latest crop of new office buildings go up — a group that includes 135 Hamilton Ave., 240 Hamilton Ave., 636 Waverley St. and the “Lytton Gateway” building on the corner of Lytton and Alma, bringing hundreds of new employees to downtown. Using city data about existing and projected parking shortages, Filseth and Buchanan estimated that the deficit will go from about 900 spaces today to 1,366 in 2014, to 1,858 in 2015 and to 2,500 in 2016. The presentation to Chamber officials included photos of Filseths’ block in Downtown North during a typical weekday. Each side of the street featured an unbroken line of

Cover Story cars, which reduce the width of the street to a 15-foot lane resembling a one-way street, which it isn’t. Filseth noted that the street is frequently used by children on bikes (including his two children) and wondered as to how a fire engine would squeeze through. This type of situation, he said, is what concerns Downtown North residents. The parking shortage creates an atmosphere that is not appropriate for a residential area, Filseth said. He then juxtaposed the photo with one from College Terrace, whose residential permit program was a product of years of lobbying and funding from Stanford (see sidebar). The College Terrace photo showed a calm street with a few parked cars and plenty of open spaces. “We want to look like College Terrace,” Filseth said. The Chamber, like the downtown association, has not yet taken a position on the proposed parkingpermit program. David MacKenzie, the Chamber’s CEO, said there is currently no consensus within the group on this subject. He told Filseth and Buchanan that he will let Chamber members know about the parking model, review the organization’s prior stances about permit programs and then come up with “some positions.” “It’s probably the biggest issue we have right now and something we want to get involved in and work on soon,” MacKenzie said. Cohen told the Weekly that one

of his concerns about the broad new parking program is the lack of data about existing conditions and the changing dynamics downtown. Traditionally, for example, office buildings were assumed to have roughly one employee per 250 square feet of space. Today, thanks to the startup culture, that allotment is likely much different — possibly one employee per 100 square feet. “Who really knows what the formula is anymore? There probably isn’t any formula,” Cohen said. At the same time, there are downtown residents “who aren’t using garages as they were intended to be used” and households that have more than two cars per family, he said. One reason his organization supported the pilot program in Professorville last year was because it would allow the city to gather some data before making broader decisions. Though he didn’t go as far as to say the program will lead to a business “exodus,” he suggested that if the city isn’t careful, it could create new problems for residents and businesses. “If you make things difficult for residents or for the business community, something has to break. Something has to happen,” Cohen said. “Either residents will say, ‘It’s not worth living here. We’ll have to move,’ or businesses will say, ‘We’ll go elsewhere.’” N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

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Questions. For any questions regarding the above items, please contact the Planning Department at (650) 329-2441. The files relating to these items are available for inspection weekdays between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This public meeting is televised live on Government Access Channel 26. ADA. The City of Palo Alto does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation for this meeting or an alternative format for any related printed materials, please contact the City’s ADA Coordinator at 650.329.2550 (voice) or by e-mailing *** Aaron Aknin, Interim Director of Planning and Community Environment

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Home Front FOR THE BIRDS ... AND PLANT SALE ... Master Gardeners Cynthia Butler and Vera Kark will talk about “Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Beneficial Insects to Mediterranean Garden” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive. The free talk will be preceded (from 9 to 9:45 a.m.) and followed by a vegetable plant sale (broccoli, chard, spinach, cilantro, lettuce, ruby streak mustard, golden frilly mustard and peas), all $2 for a six-pack. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://

SEEDS AND COLOR ... Mimi Clarke, former lead horticulturist at Filoli and now owner of Fiddle Fern Landscaping, will teach a couple of classes on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Filoli, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside: From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. she will talk about “Seed Collecting and Preserving” ($40 for nonmembers, $35 for members); from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., she will lead a hands-on workshop on “Fall Planting for Spring Color” ($60 for nonmembers, $50 for members). Participants plant a pot of annuals to take home; bring gloves and bottled water. Information: 650364-8300 or ■ Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or email Deadline is one week before publication.

Palo Alto Commons residents gather around giant game boards built by fellow resident Bob Deal a few times a month. They play Scrabble as teams.

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ob Deal has been making things out of wood for much of his life. So when he moved into Palo Alto Commons seven years ago, it made sense that he’d find something to build out of wood for his new community. Deal, 93, had been a journeyman carpenter who taught woodworking for 60-some years, mainly at Columbia College, a community college in Sonora. He even served as dean of the vocational programs, which included hotel and firefighting training.

But a double hip replacement — including a badly infected one — brought him to Stanford Hospital for treatment, and he decided to move to the assisted-living facility nearby. Very quickly he saw a need for large, painted wooden game boards. “They had Jeopardy but no Wheel of Fortune,” he recalled, so his first project was to create a giant-sized wheel to spin. Next came Scrabble. Deal has built a series of 8-foot-by-8-foot plywood boards for playing old standards like Scrabble and Chinese Checkers, as well as lesser-known Sequence, Triominoes and Quirkle. Each comes with its own set of proportional painted, lettered “tiles” for Scrabble or shapes and colors for Quirkle, for example. Chinese Checkers tokens are tennis balls; another game uses colored CD disks instead of poker chips. To play a horse-racing game, he’s built (and painted) a racetrack, complete with two handicaps — blue mirrors to represent water and a stone wall. “Hit one and you lose a turn,” he said. Of course, the horses don’t actually “run”; instead, participants roll the dice to determine how far their horses will go. As for that spinning Wheel of Fortune, he said: “I built one half size for my grandchildren. They took it on a camping trip, and it

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OLIVE FESTIVAL ... The 16th Annual Arts & Olive Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, at Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City. More than 80 vendors will offer olive-related products, olive and olive-oil tasting, as well as artwork and gifts. The event is free, but a $5 scholarship donation is suggested. Information:

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COMMUNITY DAY ... Gamble Garden will open its paths to young and old for a free Community Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Activities for kids include making flower arrangements (with the help of The Garden Club of Palo Alto) to take home; climbing on a fire truck or police car; or enjoying story time and crafts courtesy of the Palo Alto Children’s Library. Adults can wander around the gardens on their own or with an “Explorer” map for kids. A plant sale will be held, featuring iris, succulents, succulent containers, salvias and more, all grown on site. Hungry? A Speedy Panini food truck will be there, but people are encouraged to bring their own picnic. Information: 650-329-1356 or

In addition to creating the large-sized game boards, Bob Deal works on his layered wooden artwork, as well as a shed design, in his apartment at Palo Alto Commons.

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and Deal’s larger-than-life game boards. Since his hip replacements, Deal uses a motorized scooter to get around. He’s still able to get to a lumber yard to choose his materials, but has the larger pieces delivered. The large game boards are stored in the Palo Alto Commons basement. Upstairs, in his one-bedroom apartment, Deal is constantly creating. He’s working on a series of artworks made of painted, layered plywood that depict the Golden Gate Bridge (two layers, one for sky, the other for the bridge) and Half Dome at Yosemite (seven layers, representing trees, rocks and sky). On his easel is a work in progress: Yosemite Falls, with different layers for the sky, falls and boulders. “I don’t know what to call it (my multidi-

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h a t is it about a long-time privately owned nursery that stays in your memory? Is it the friendly personable way the staff treated you, the quality of the plants that were on display, the rare or old specimen plants available or maybe the grounds so carefully tended? I remember writing a check at Roger Reynolds Nursery (1919 to 2013) and reaching for my wallet to show my driver’s license as proof of who I was and the gentleman behind the counter saying, “You don’t have to show me that; gardeners don’t write bad checks.” I will never forget that endorsement of the humanness we gardeners have, not only for our gardens but of each other. I am encouraging master gardeners, designers, architects and even some grandmothers to become

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“garden coaches.” There are plenty of gardens for everybody. As small family and privately owned nurseries are going out of business we are witnessing the closing of an era. I would like to encourage prospective nursery owners to consider starting up new ones. It is not going to be easy though. I have looked into what the start-up costs would be myself and gave up hope. What we can do is support those nurseries that remain and thank them for all the good they do. Here are some that are still in business on the Peninsula. 1. Central Garden Center, 408 9th Ave., San Mateo; 650-340-8850; 2. Golden Nursery, 1122 2nd Ave., San Mateo; 650-348-5525; www. 3. Yerba Buena Nursery, 12511 San Mateo Road (Hwy. 92), Half Moon Bay; 650-851-1668; 4. Half Moon Bay Nursery, 11691 San Mateo Road (Hwy. 92), Half

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Moon Bay; 650-726-5392; www. 5. Bongards Treescape Nursery, 12460 San Mateo Road (Hwy. 92), Half Moon Bay; 650-726-4568; www.bongardstreescapenursery. com 6. Wegmans Nursery, 492 Woodside Road, Redwood City; 650-3685908; 7. Redwood City Nursery, 2760 El Camino Real, Redwood City; 650368-0357; 8. Carlmont Nursery, 2029 Ralston Ave., Belmont; 650-591-6845; www. 9. Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto; 650-493-6072; 10. Yamagami’s Nursery, 1361 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino; 408-2523347; Good gardening. N Garden coach Jack McKinnon can be reached at 650-879-3261, by email at jack@jackthegardencoach. com. Visit his website at

East Palo Alto 2150 Oakwood Drive D. Robinson to C. Madriz for $339,500 on 8/22/13; previous sale 9/06, $600,000

15 Shorebreeze Court B. Johnson to O. Zaretski for $740,000 on 8/23/13; previous sale 1/08, $817,000 1761 Tulane Ave. P. Penaloza to

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Los Altos 46 Bay Tree Lane Hanavan Trust to Apfelberg Trust for $1,900,000 on 9/11/13 10609 Creston Drive T. Nguyen to V. Agarwal for $1,404,000 on 9/5/13; previous sale 12/10, $900,000 84 Doud Drive J. Salter to WooDinh Trust for $2,725,000 on 9/5/13 521 S. El Monte Ave. G. Iaccarino to S. Dharmasanam for $1,750,000 on 9/11/13; previous sale 5/04, $1,165,000 1700 Esberg Road Lindsell Trust to S. & J. Kim for $2,650,000 on 9/6/13 529 Los Ninos Way G. Levin to M. & A. Delingat for $2,105,000 on 9/5/13 1101 Seena Ave. Kim Trust to P. Galatin for $3,065,000 on 9/6/13; previous sale 3/08, $1,550,000 1071 Suffolk Way Chatterjee Trust to E. & S. Manor for $2,200,000 on 9/6/13; previous sale 6/01, $1,395,000 295 Vernal Court K. & C. Cadwell to R. & J. Sik for $1,950,000 on 9/11/13; previous sale 7/08, $1,781,000

Los Altos Hills 13811 Ciceroni Lane Y. Wei to Martin Trust for $3,000,000 on 9/10/13; previous sale 2/10, $666,500 24911 Prospect Ave. P. Chou to J. Chiu for $3,100,000 on 9/6/13; previous sale 8/05, $2,867,000

Menlo Park 32 Iris Lane L. & M. Phan to S. Ayyar for $850,000 on 8/21/13; previous sale 4/00, $450,000 520 Sand Hill Circle J. Borel to J. Hong for $1,300,000 on 8/22/13; previous sale 12/00, $1,200,000

222 Semicircular Road M. & C. Ting to C. Tsui for $652,000 on 8/26/13; previous sale 3/10, $380,000

Mountain View 938 Clark Ave. #5 Lopez Trust to M. Bitondo for $615,000 on 9/6/13; previous sale 4/09, $477,000 255 Easy St. #12 H. Sakoda to K. Michallik for $450,000 on 9/6/13; previous sale 4/08, $385,000 91 Eldora Drive MurphyGagliasso Trust to N. Elvitsky for $750,000 on 9/10/13; previous sale 4/04, $730,000 1250 Gretel Lane Grubb Trust to S. & L. Grubb for $1,000,000 on 9/11/13 298 Laura Lane P. Hayes to F. Juge-Boulogne for $1,150,000 on 9/10/13 2184 Leland Ave. Sarhad Trust to S. Goldberger for $940,000 on 9/6/13; previous sale 8/06, $450,000 2556 Mardell Way Young Trust to Coe Trust for $940,000 on 9/6/13 135 Margo Drive #10 P. Venerable to N. Xia for $563,000 on 9/9/13; previous sale 4/97, $203,000 100 E. Middlefield Road #1d Alderdice Trust to D. & E. Nardo for $505,000 on 9/6/13; previous sale 10/09, $410,000 2545 W. Middlefield Road Fairview Park to Classics of Fairview Park for $1,057,500 on 9/10/13; previous sale 10/11, $7,400,000 550 Ortega Ave. #A108 Turner Trust to C. Mui for $688,000 on 9/6/13; previous sale 11/95, $537,000 437 Rhone Court I. & I. Gai to J. Rappleye for $780,000 on 9/10/13; previous sale 7/99, $390,000


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Palo Alto 101 Alma St. #105 O. Sugimoto to Saraswat Trust for $823,000 on 9/10/13; previous sale 4/05, $461,000 737 Center Drive Welch & Lewnes Trust to Lee & Valenzuela Trust for $3,350,000 on 9/6/13 978 Moreno Ave. C. & E. Chase to Tsui Trust for $1,780,000 on 9/5/13 3238 Waverley St. Shao Trust to J. & E. Fedder for $3,450,000 on 9/6/13; previous sale 12/05, $965,000

Redwood City 513 Breakwater Drive T. & L. McQuillen to D. Zhong for $1,260,000 on 8/23/13; previous

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Listing Provided by: David Kelsey, Tom Dallas, BRE#01242399, 00709019,

Listing Provided by: David Kelsey, Tom Dallas, Greg Goumas BRE#01242399, 00709019, 01878208

Listing Provided by: David Kelsey, Tom Dallas, BRE#01242399, 00709019

707 Westridge Drive, Portola Valley

24680 Prospect Avenue, Los Altos Hills

25 Oakhill Drive, Woodside




Listing Provided by: Dana Cappiello, BRE#01343305

Listing Provided by: Renuka Ahuja, BRE#01783141

Listing Provided by: Dana Cappiello, BRE#01343305

10800 Magdalena, Los Altos Hills

96 Heather Drive, Atherton

187 Atherton Avenue, Atherton




Listing Provided by: Cutty Smith, Melissa Lindt, BRE#01444081, 01469863

Listing Provided by: Dominic Nicoli, BRE#01112681

Listing Provided by: David Kelsey, Tom Dallas, BRE#01242399, 00709019

451 Portola Road, Portola Valley

12861 Alta Tierra Road, Los Altos Hills

25349 La Rena Lane, Los Altos Hills




Listing Provided by: Linda Hymes, BRE#01917074

Listing Provided by: Greg Goumas, BRE#01878208

Listing Provided by: David Troyer, BRE#01234450

2331 Crest Lane, Menlo Park

23121 Mora Glen Drive, Los Altos Hills

12171 Hilltop Drive, Los Altos Hills




Listing Provided by: Greg Goumas, BRE#01878208

Listing Provided by: David Troyer, BRE#01234450

Listing Provided by: David Troyer, BRE#01234450

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3776 La Donna Ave. PA LO A LTO This spacious 5 bedrooms 5 baths home has been recently remodeled and expanded extensively in 2010, creating a thoughtfully designed and flexible floor plan for the way we live, work and play today. Quality amenities and designer details add the finishing touches to this lovely home. A large guest suite and a study room with hallway bath downstairs. Master suite and 2 bedroom suites upstairs. Formal living and dining room with cherry wood floor. Remodeled chef’s kitchen includes a central work island with light pendants, cherry wood cabinets with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances. Nice, quiet Barron Park friendly neighborhood. Award winning Palo Alto Schools. House is total 2348sf. (2080sf living space and 268sf garage)

Offered at $1,898,000

Catherine Shen 650.862.5268 BRE#01279633

120 Garbada Way, Portola Valley Open Saturday & Sunday, 1:30-4:30pm Beautifully Remodeled Mid Century Modern in Ladera

BEDS 3 | BATHS 2 | HOME 1,780± sq ft | LOT 8,600± sq ft | OFFERED AT $1,699,000

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38 ADAM WAY, ATHERTON Classic Nantucket Style Shingle Home in West Atherton $6,299,000

BEDS 6 | BATHS 8.5 | HOME 6,884± sq ft | LOT 45,925± sq ft


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Menlo Park Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 Call for price 1160 Deanna Dr Just listed! Sharon Heights cul-de-sac with amazing curb appeal and floor plan. Las Lomitas schools. 4 BR/2.5 BA Billy McNair BRE #01343603 650.324.4456

Atherton Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $3,695,000 71 Encino Rd New listing! Enjoy sophisticated indoor/outdoor living at this updated home with a desirable address. 6 BR/5 BA The Dore Team BRE #00621176/01155772 650.324.4456

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Portola Valley By Appt $1,990,000 Only Unique opportunity to build your dream home in Blue Oaks! Tranquil setting with views. John Alexander BRE #00938234 650.323.7751

Menlo Park Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $1,695,000 2 Hallmark Cir New listing! Bright & spacious Sharon Hills townhome with open floor plan. Las Lomitas Schools. 3 BR/2.5 BA Hugh Cornish BRE #00912143 650.324.4456

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2140 Santa Cruz Av #B105 Sun Coldwell Banker

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245 Miscellaneous

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Land Rover 2006 LR3 HSE - $17500

original ringtones

Toyota 1998 Avalon XLS - $4600

Stanford music tutoring

202 Vehicles Wanted

130 Classes & Instruction

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210 Garage/Estate Sales Mountain View, 1637 Lee Drive, Oct. 5, 9-1 Mountain View, 184 Espinosa Lane, M - Sun, 9-6 Palo Alto, 2135 Williams Street, Oct. 5, 9 - dark VOTED BEST YARD SALE Huge multi family sale. No early birds.

Instruction for Hebrew Bar and Bat Mitzvah For Affiliated and Unaffiliated George Rubin, M.A. in Hebrew/Jewish Education 650/424-1940 Musical Theater Class Kids/Teens

Palo Alto, 895 Melville Ave, Oct 5, 9-2 Garage sale. Lots of teak furniture and household items.

133 Music Lessons

San Carlos, Citywide Garage Sale, Oct. 5, 9 am - 4 pm

Christina Conti Private Piano Instruction (650) 493-6950 Enjoyable Piano Lessons Young, old, beginners, advanced, enjoy the special pleasure of playing the piano in a relaxed setting. Dr. Renee’s Piano 650 854-0543 Hope Street Music Studios In downtown Mtn.View. Most Instruments voice. All ages & levels 650-961-2192 www. Piano Lessons in Palo Alto Call Alita at 650.838.9772

240 Furnishings/ Household items

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201 Autos/Trucks/ Parts

Airline Careers begin here - Get FAA approved Maintenance training. Financial aid for qualified students - Housing available. Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 877-804-5293 (Cal-SCAN)

Cash for Diabetic Test Strips Don't throw boxes away-Help others. Unopened /Unexpired boxes only. All Brands Considered! Call Anytime! 24hrs/7days (888) 491-1168 (Cal-SCAN)


Pregnant? Thinking of adoption? Talk with caring agency specializing in matching Birthmothers with Families Nationwide. LIVING EXPENSES PAID. Call 24/7 Abby's One True Gift Adoptions. 866413-6293. Void in Illinois/ New Mexico/ Indiana (AAN CAN)

SV: 552 S. Murphy Ave., 10/4-5, 9:30-4 Semi-annual vintage sale. Lace, linen and more for your crafts. x-El Camino

215 Collectibles & Antiques ANTIQUE SACRISTY ARMOIRE - $ 620Antique Welsh Dresser - $500 Antiques: No Junk! Bonsai Sales and Service COACH JEWELRY DISPLAY TRAY - $75-

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260 Sports & Exercise Equipment NordicTrack Elliptical; HangUps Trampoline - $25

Kid’s Stuff 330 Child Care Offered EXPERIENCED NANNY

340 Child Care Wanted Looking for part time nanny Looking for a part time nanny from 2:45pm to 5:45pm daily. Your primary job is after school care involving driving. Only confident drivers with a valid CDL need apply. Call: (408) 879-7724

345 Tutoring/ Lessons English Writing Tutor 6-12 th

EnglishAntique Tables and Chairs $500

355 Items for Sale

Voice Lessons

Jim Beam Decanter Phone / Trade $45.00


135 Group Activities

Nice! Replica Wood Radio / Trade $65.00

3DVDsBlues CluesX2,Max&Ruby

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Rich and Famous by John Guare Thanks to St Jude

220 Computers/ Electronics Server, Desktop, VHS, Phones

SAMS CHOWDER HOUSE PALO ALTO JOB FAIR, all FOH and BOH positions JOB FAIR October 10, 1-4pm 185 University Ave, Palo Alto Email resumes to:

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560 Employment Information

470 Psychics Ellen Singleton, Psychic Ellen Singleton, God-Gifted Psychic. Helps relationships, stops divorce, cheating, solves severe problems. Free 15-minute reading. (832) 884-9714 (AAN CAN)

475 Psychotherapy & Counseling Bette U. Kiernan, MFT Counseling Services Mental Research Institute clinics offer low cost counseling services by appointment for individuals, couples, families and children in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. Location: 555 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto. For information, call 650/321-3055

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Jobs 500 Help Wanted Finanical Administrator

Business Services

General Help GOODWILL Stores in Palo Alto and Mtn. View are hiring. If interested, apply in person at the store location where you want to work. Mtn. View Store: 855 El Camino Real. Palo Alto Store: 4085 El Camino Way. No phone calls, please

Newspaper Delivery Route Immediate Opening Route available on Fridays to deliver the Palo Alto Weekly, an awardwinning community newspaper, to homes and businesses in Palo Alto. Newspapers must be picked up between 6AM and 8AM in Palo Alto and delivered by 5PM. Pays approx. $100 per day (plus $20 bonus for extra large editions). Additional bonus of approx. $200 following successful 13 week introductory period. Must be at least 18 y/o. Valid CDL, reliable vehicle and current auto insurance req’d. Please email your experience and qualifications to Or call Jon Silver, 650-868-4310 Operations Research Analysts oDesk Corporation seeks Trust and Safety Management Analysts. Gather and org. user data on Trust and Safety problems and procedures; Analyze data to dvlp solutions; Dvlp Trust and Safety rpts to ID and track problems and improvements; Prfm algorithmic analysis to define and enforce mktplace strategies and to apply targeted conseqs. for violating policies; Manage a team; Quantify and prioritize problems and opportunities in Trust and Safety through statistical analysis and software. Job site: Redwood City, CA. Resumes, 901 Marshall Street, #200, Redwood City, CA 94063. Details: Sales Associate

3DVDsBobTheBuilder,Thomas,Sesame DisneyDVDsSingAlongSongs$10

Driver New trucks arriving! Experience pays - up to 50 cpm. Full benefits + quality hometime. CDL-A req. Call 877-2588782. (Cal-SCAN)


604 Adult Care Offered Private Caregiver Available I would like to work with you as a pvt. caregiver. 15+ yrs exp. working w/ elderly, disabled in home. 650/630-3981

615 Computers My Computer Works Computer problems? Viruses, spyware, email, printer issues, bad internet connections - FIX IT NOW! Professional, U.S.-based technicians. $25 off service. Call for immediate help. 1-888-865-0271 (Cal-SCAN) Computer Problems got you down? I can help...Repair, Upgrades, Installations, and much more Call Robert 650-575-2192

620 Domestic Help Offered Experienced Parenting & Family Help! Will meet/work at your home your schedule 5 to 10 sessions or as needed! First session free. See details on Call for more information today! 650-533- 0704

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636 Insurance Save on Auto Insurance from the major names you know and trust. No forms. No hassle. No obligation. Call Ready for My Quote now! Call 1-888-706-8325. (Cal-SCAN)

645 Office/Home Business Services

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Home Services 710 Carpentry Cabinetry-Individual Designs Precise, 3-D Computer Modeling: Mantels * Bookcases * Workplaces *Wall Units * Window Seats. Ned Hollis, 650/856-9475

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STYLE PAINTING Full service painting. Insured. Lic. 903303. 650/388-8577

775 Asphalt/ Concrete

Leo Garcia Landscape/ Maintenance Lawn and irrig. install, clean-ups. Res. and comml. maint. Free Est. Lic. 823699. 650/369-1477.

Mtn. View Asphalt Sealing Driveway, parking lot seal coating. Asphalt repair, striping. 30+ yrs. family owned. Free est. Lic. 507814. 650/967-1129

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Roe General Engineering Asphalt, concrete, pavers, tiles, sealing, new construct, repairs. 35 yrs exp. No job too small. Lic #663703. 650/814-5572

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783 Plumbing

Real Estate Mountain View, 2 BR/1 BA - $1,995

Owens Construction Thank you SF Bay area for a great 25 years of building! CA Lic 730995

Sunnyvale, 2 BR/2 BA - $2195/mont

759 Hauling

805 Homes for Rent

803 Duplex Redwood City, 2 BR/1 BA - $2,500.00

LA: 2BR/2BA Secluded, immac. townhome. Attached 2 car gar. Desirable Toyon Farms. Fresh paint and carpets. $3,750 mo. Avail. 10/1. 650/804-4422 or 650/234-8001 Mtn. View - $4500/mo.

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Palo Alto Home, 4 BR/2 BA - 5000. month

Arnie Henrikson Painting Quality Interior & Exterior work Free Estimate & Color Consultation Call 650949-1498 Lic. # 727343 Glen Hodges Painting Call me first! Senior discount. 45 yrs. #351738. 650/322-8325

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781 Pest Control

Mountain View, 1 BR/1 BA - $1610

771 Painting/ Wallpaper

850 Acreage/Lots/ Storage

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Mountain View, 1 BR/1 BA - $1545

BAY AREA RELOCATION SERVICES Homes, Apartments, Storage. Full Service moves. Serving the Bay Area for 20 yrs. Licensed & Insured. Armando,650-630-0424. CAL-T190632

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801 Apartments/ Condos/Studios

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Cardinal begins a tough stretch of Pac-12 tests

GOLF CHAMP . . . Palo Alto’s Michelle Xie, representing The First Tee of Silicon Valley and Champions Tour professional Kirk Triplett, clinched the Pro-Junior title Sunday at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach while finishing at 18-under. Triplett also successfully defended his title in the event. “It’s kind of crazy,” Xie said after finishing the 18th hole. “It’s overwhelming and I really can’t even put this week into words. Kirk was an incredible partner and really kept me afloat the last round especially. The entire experience was awesome.” Xie and Triplett shot 65 in the best-ball format on Friday at Del Monte Golf Course. They followed that with a 65 on Saturday at Pebble Beach to earn a berth in Sunday’s final round, where they won by two strokes. Xie is a junior at Palo Alto High where she plays on the girls’ golf team. The Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is a unique Champions Tour event that pairs 81 junior golfers with 81 professionals. Xie was one of 23 junior golfers who made the cut to play the third and final round.

ON THE AIR Friday Women’s soccer: Arizona at Stanford, 4 p.m.; Pac-12 Networks Prep football: Sacred Heart Prep at Woodside, 7 p.m.; KCEA (89.1 FM) Women’s volleyball: Stanford at USC, 8 p.m.; Pac-12 Networks

Sunday Men’s soccer: Oregon St. at Stanford, 3 p.m.; Pac-12 Networks Women’s soccer: Arizona St. at Stanford, 5:30 p.m.; Pac-12 Networks

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Stanford’s Tyler Gaffney (25) helped protect quarterback Kevin Hogan during last weekend’s 55-17 victory over host Washington State as the Cardinal remained undefeated this season.



Milestones for Menlo at the state level Shine earns 400th career win while his girls tennis team takes a shot at 200 consecutive league victories by Keith Peterrs t will be quite a week of milestones for the Menlo School girls tennis team and its coach, Bill Shine, should the Knights continue their winning ways as expected. On Tuesday, the Knights opened their West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) season with a routine 7-0 blanking of visiting Crystal Springs. While the victory moved the Knights to 10-1 this season, it also marked the 400th triumph of Shine’s career with Menlo, now in its 18th season. The 59-year-old Shine is now 400-74. He is only one of two girls’ coaches in state history to have at least 400 career wins. The leader, according to the state record book is the late Robbin Adair, who had 484 for Coronado from 1967-2006. Adair retired in 2007 and passed away in 2012 at age 67.


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Menlo, meanwhile, won its 199th straight league dual match. The Knights went after their 200th straight on Thursday against visiting Harker. No girls team in the state of California has ever won 200 consecutive league matches. The state record for the boys is 204, also held by Menlo. “It’s nice,” Shine said of the 400th win, which he will rank behind the 200th straight league win this week. “Two hundred is more important because all it takes is a hiccup, a few girls getting sick or injured to end it. The 400 (wins) is just longevity; you’ll eventually get there if you’re running a decent program.” The Knights, of course, have been good for a long time. The league win streak started in 1994 and since has grown into a state record for most consecutive league dual victories, according to


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by Rick Eymer tarting this week, Stanford embarks upon a series of football games that likely will make or break its season. First up will be No. 15 Washington for a nationally televised (ESPN) Pac-12 Conference contest on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Huskies (1-0 in the Pac-12, 4-0 overall) are the first of four ranked opponents the fifth-ranked Cardinal (2-0, 4-0) plays over the next five weeks. Stanford will be a little better equipped to handle Washington and its star quarterback, Keith Price. At least, that’s what coach David Shaw would like to think. “We’re probably more athletic than we were defensively,” Shaw said. “It’s the same guys a year older. Offensively, the personnel is different and having mobility at quarterback is big. When you don’t have a quarterback capable of scrambling it’s tougher.” Stanford players, coming off a 55-17 road victory over Washington State last week, remember what it was like after losing to the Huskies last year. “It was disappointing,” cornerback Alex Carter said. “It felt like we had given up an opportunity to make a statement. The entire team was upset.” Don’t think the Cardinal allows those thoughts to creep into its collective consciousness this week though. The idea of revenge has been shoved into the closet for all the good it will do Stanford. Shaw deflects those kinds of thoughts. It’s


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LOCAL NOTES . . . Four Menlo School players are finalists for the United States Tennis Association’s junior sportsmanship award. David Ball, Vikram Chari, Lane Leschly and Liz Yao are candidates for the Bill Talbert Sportsmanship Award, which will be presented in July at the International Tennis Hall of Fame Ceremony in Newport, R.I. Andrew Ball, David’s brother who now plays for Harvard, was Menlo’s last winner (2011). The four national winners will be announced in mid-November. The award recognizes junior players who exemplify the finest qualities of sportsmanship in tournament play and the finest traditions of the great sportsmen of tennis past and present . . . Menlo senior Jaye Boissiere, who has committed to play at Stanford, is ranked ninth in the country by the IMG Academy . . . Menlo sophomore Gabriel Morgan will receive a U.S. Squash Scholar-Athlete Award on Oct. 13 during the U.S. Open Squash Championships at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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Menlo School coach Bill Shine (second from left) high-fives Claire Willig prior to the Knights giving Shine his 400th win with the girls’ team. Menlo actually surpassed the previous state record of 191 — by Garces High (Bakersfield) from 1980-1998 — last season with its 192nd straight, against Harker. This season the Knights are merely adding to their total. Should Menlo reach the 200th

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ophomore setter Madi Bugg maintains a tenacious grip on her position through willpower and constant practice with the Stanford womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball team. She credits hanging out with Karissa Cook, who spent the past four years playing the position at Stanford while dealing with constant adversity. Cardinal coach John Dunning said thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also something in knowing that a freshman waits with the willingness and the talent to move in at any time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I learned a lot from Karissa,â&#x20AC;? Bugg said after the seventh-ranked Cardinal beat host UCLA, 25-17, 25-15, 25-16, Wednesday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the spring I worked so hard on technique that I thought I had carpal tunnel syndrome in my wrist.â&#x20AC;? Bugg helped Stanford (3-0, 10-2) remain undefeated in Pac12 play heading into a crucial televised (Pac-12 Network) showdown with host USC, ranked second in the nation, on Friday at 8 p.m. She recorded 42 assists and 10 digs, her third double-double of the season, for the match. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We talk about being limitless,â&#x20AC;? Bugg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to set a goal and have that be a limit. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how good we can be. We want to keep getting better every day.â&#x20AC;? Stanford senior Carly Wopat recorded 13 kills, six blocks and

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a different group. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new year. Stanford emerged from losses to both Washington (17-13) and Notre Dame (20-13 in overtime) to win the Pac-12 championship and, eventually, the Rose Bowl. Last year, the loss to the Huskies was just one of 10 contests played that were determined by a touchdown or less, including three decided in overtime. Stanford survived then and is expecting to do the same this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They did a great job against the run and we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make them pay for it with the pass,â&#x20AC;? Shaw said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They out-executed us and played harder.â&#x20AC;? Lessons learned rather than seeking any satisfaction from avenging a loss. Stanford is a team built as much in the study room as on the practice field. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an experience I never want to have again,â&#x20AC;? Stanford offensive lineman Andrus Peat said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play to our standards and they came out with formations we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prepared to play.â&#x20AC;? Linebacker Trent Murphy gave Stanford its only touchdown on an interception return, putting the Cardinal ahead, 13-3, in the third quarter. Three big plays later, one by the Huskiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; defense, and it was all over. Stanford will be better prepared, if only in going against Price, whom Shaw considers one of the top quarterbacks in the na-

a .667 hitting percentage against the Bruins, who won the national title in 2011. Sophomore outside hitter Jordan Burgess finished with 12 kills and nine digs, while sophomore Inky Ajanaku hit .500 (9-0-18) with three blocks. Senior Rachel Williams had seven kills, including the 1000th of her career, and 11 digs. Sophomore Brittany Howard also reached a milestone, posting her 400th career kill in the match. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lacrosse Stanford lacrosse coach Amy Bokker will return to the U.S. National Team, as its begins its quest for the 2017 World Cup in Surrey, England, U.S. Lacrosse announced Wednesday. Bokker, heading into her sixth season at Stanford, was an assistant coach during the Americansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; run to the 2013 title in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. The U.S. went 7-0 on the way to winning its second consecutive and seventh overall world championship. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer Every time the Cardinal steps onto its home field, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big deal. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because the team has a 72match unbeaten streak at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. Nationally No. 2- ranked Stanford (1-0, 8-0-1) will be looking tion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He looks healthy like he did two years ago,â&#x20AC;? Shaw said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playing with a healthy offensive line. Their style fits him. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in control, he plays smart and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try to force things.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secondary will be in better shape with the possible return of Barry Browning and Ed Reynolds no longer restrained for a half. Browning convinced the coaching staff to make the trip last week and Carter, for one, was appreciative. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We call him â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Coach Barry,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; because he knows more about offenses than anybody,â&#x20AC;? Carter said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He can explain to us what is going on and how to stop it.â&#x20AC;? Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game, meanwhile will provide an intriguing quarterback matchup, as Price ranks second in the conference with a 173.6 pass efficiency rating. The only one better is Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Kevin Hogan at 174.6. Price has attempted 25 more passes and completed 26 more passes, with one fewer interception than Hogan, who averages about 22 pass attempts a game. Hogan has attempted the fewest number of passes (87) than any of the top 11 quarterbacks in the Pac-12 and still has thrown for 10 touchdowns. Only Oregon Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sean Mannion (21) and Arizona Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taylor Kelly (11) have more. All-American lineman David Yankey, who spent last week with his family in Georgia, also returns to bolster the offense. N

to extend that streak and its conference win streak of 43 straight matches when it plays host to Arizona (0-1, 5-2-3) on Friday (4 p.m.) and Arizona State (1-0, 6-3) on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Both matches will be televised live by the Pac-12 Networks. Stanford had a pair of players honored this week. Cardinal freshman Maddie Bauer earned a spot on Top Drawer Soccerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Team of the Week after standing out defensively in a 2-0 win over host Colorado to open the Pac-12 season. She also assisted on the game-winning goal.

Meanwhile, Cardinal freshman keeper Jane Campbell was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for her performance in the Cardinalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win at Colorado. She earned her second shutout and improved to 6-0-0 since taking over for senior All-America Emily Oliver, who retired for medical reasons. Hall of Fame Eight new members of the Stanford University Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted on Friday, adding to a long and distinguished list of individuals honored at the

school known as the Home of Champions. The inductees will be Lauren Fleshman â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;03 (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track & field), Jeffrey Hammonds â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;92 (baseball), Keith Jones â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;84 (menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball), Glyn Milburn â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;92 (football), Anthony Mosse â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;88 (menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swimming), Olympia Scott â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;98 (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball), Logan Tom â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;03 (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball) and Brenda Villa â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;03 (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water polo). The class will be introduced at halftime of Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s football game against Washington on Saturday. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. N

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at that time. That total remains as the state record. In Tuesday’s win, Menlo lost only seven games total in singles as junior Liz Yao, senior Christine Eliazo, freshman Alice Yao and junior Allie Miller all won easily in straight sets. Menlo’s doubles teams lost only nine games total. In another WBAL Foothill Division match, Castilleja opened league play with a 6-1 win over Notre Dame-San Jose at Rinconada Park. Paulette Wolak dropped

the No. 1 singles match for Castilleja, but her teammates swept the rest in straight sets. April Chien, Celeste Woloshyn and Rosie Crisman combined to lose only 10 games in singles. Also in the WBAL, visiting Sacred Heart Prep dropped a tough 4-3 decision to Harker as the Gators (0-1, 4-4) were swept in singles. In the PAL Bay Division, defending champ Menlo-Atherton fell further out of the title picture following a 6-1 loss to visiting Carlmont. The Scots moved to 5-0 in league (7-0 overall) while the Bears dropped to 3-3 (5-8).



M-A’s lone victory came at No. 3 doubles where Camilla Calmasini and Julia Chang prevailed, 6-3, 7-5. In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto kept its perfect season intact with a 6-1 triumph over visiting Los Gatos in SCVAL De Anza Division action Wednesday. The Vikings were 5-0 in league (12-0 overall) heading into a match Thursday at defending Central Coast Section champ Monta Vista. Senior Aashli Budhiraja once again led the Vikings with a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles. Felicia Wang (6-2, 6-1) and Avanika Narayan (6-2, 6-1) followed suit at No. 2 and 3 singles. Paly swept the doubles, even though the No. 1 tandem of Caroline Nore and Sam Dewees had to battle for a 7-6 (10-8), 6-7 (7-9), 10-6 victory. Last year after 12 matches, Paly was 8-4. Palo Alto started the week with a 5-2 victory over visiting Lynbrook. Elsewhere in the De Anza Divi-

sion, Gunn dropped a 5-2 decision to host Los Altos and fell to 1-4 in league (1-7 overall). Girls golf Castilleja remained atop the WBAL Foothill Division standings following a 206-246 victory over host Notre Dame-San Jose at windy San Jose Muni. The Gators (5-0, 5-1) were led by junior Chloe Sales, who shot a 2-over 38. The remaining scorers included junior Danielle Mitchell’s 40, sophomore Paris Wilkerson’s 41, senior Ellie Zales’ 43 and a 44 by senior Frances Hughes. “The roster continues to evolve in an effort to get as many team members as possible into the matches,” said Castilleja first-year coach Donn S. Levine. In the SCVAL, Gunn remained unbeaten and atop the standings with a 201-386 win over Wilcox at the Santa Clara Golf Club. The Titans (8-0, 9-0) won their 18th straight league match as senior Jayshree Sarathy and junior Anna Zhou led the way with matching



Joint meeting with the Human Relations Commission CHAMBERS CONSENT ITEMS 2.

Approval of Agreement with PAHC Housing Services, LLC for Administration and Consulting Services for Up to Two Years in an Amount Not to Exceed $175,000 Per Year for the Below Market Rate Housing Program 3. Approval of a Contract with TBD in the Amount of $TBD for Clara Drive Storm Drain Improvements, Capital Improvement Program Project SD 06104 4. Approval of a Purchase Order with Priority One Public Safety Equipment in the Amount of $287,782.65 for the Purchase of Six Fully-Outfitted Police Patrol Cars 5. Submittal of Mitchell Park Library and Community Center BiMonthly Construction Contract Report 6. Rejections of Bids for the Administration Building Electrical Systems Upgrade Project at Regional Water Quality Control Plant Capital Improvement Program Project WQ-80021 7. SAP Maintenance Contract Extension 8. Approval of Contract for the Downtown Development CAP to Dyett & Bhatia Urban & Regional Planners in the Amount Not to Exceed $200,000 9. Approval of Amendment Number Two to Contract S13149314 with TruePoint Solutions, LLC in the Amount of $495,000, to Provide Deployment and Transition Support for Accela Citizen Access and future Blueprint enhancements, for a total contract amount not to exceed $652,800 10. Council Member Price for City of Palo Alto Nomination 11. Finance Committee Recommendation to Approve Fiscal Year 2013 Reappropriateion Requests to be Carried Forward into Fiscal Year 2014. ACTION ITEMS 12. PUBLIC HEARING: Edgewood Plaza Shopping Center Consideration of 1) Approval of a Resolution Certifying a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report, 2) Adoption of An Ordinance Amending Section 18.08.040 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code (The Zoning Map) to Approve an Amendment to Planned Community (PC-5150), Edgewood Plaza Shopping Center Mixed use Project, to Allow Reconstruction of One of Two Historic Eichler Retail Buildings (Building 1), and 3) Approval of a Final Map to Subdivide Two Commercial Parcels Into Eleven Parcels to Include a Commercial Parcel with a Public Park and Ten Single Family Properties, for a 3.58 Acre Site Located at 2080 Channing Avenue. * Quasi-Judicial 13. Recommendation for one-time additional allocation in the amount of $125,000 a year, with a minimum two-year commitment, for support of intensive case management in connection with housing subsidies to be provided by the County of Santa Clara for Palo Alto’s homeless STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS The Policy & Services Committee will meet on October 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM to discuss: 1) Provide Direction Regarding Proposed Public Art Program For Private Developments, Public Art Master Planning Process, And Staffing Approach To Support Enhanced, 2) Revisions to Board & Commission applications

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Palo Alto City Council will hold a public hearing at the Council meeting on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. or as near thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, to Consider Adoption of Parking Exemptions Code Ordinances: 1. Ordinance to Repeal Ordinance 5167 and amend the Palo Alto Municipal Code to delete Sections 18.52.060(a)(2) and 18.52.060(c) related to Parking Assessment Districts to eliminate the “Exempt Floor Area” parking exemption which allows for floor area up to a floor area ratio (FAR) of 1.0 to 1.0 to be exempt from parking requirements within the Downtown Parking Assessment Area and floor area up to an FAR of 0.5 to 1.0 to be exempt within the California Avenue area parking assessment district. 2. Interim Ordinance to amend Chapters 18.18, Downtown Commercial (CD) District, and 18.52, (Parking and Loading Requirements) to make the following changes to be effective for a period of two years: a. Delete Sections 18.18.070(a)(1), 18.18.090(b)(1)(C) and 18.52.070(a)(1)(D) to eliminate the 200 square foot Minor Floor Area Bonus and related parking exemption for buildings not eligible for Historic or Seismic Bonus. b. Delete Sections 18.18.090(b)(1)(B), 18.52.070(a)(1)(B) and 18.52.070(a)(1)(C)(i) to eliminate the parking exemption for on-site use of Historic and Seismic Bonus. c. Amend Section 18.18.080(g) to remove the on-site parking exemption for historic and seismic transfer of development rights up to 5,000 square feet of floor area to a receiver site in the CD or PC zoning districts. d. Amend Section 18.18.120(a)(2) and (b)(2) related to Grandfathered Uses and Facilities to clarify that a grandfathered use may be remodeled and improved, but may not be replaced and maintain its grandfathered status. e. Amend Section 18.52.070(a)( 3) related to remove the sentence allowing square footage to qualify for exemption that was developed or used previously for nonresidential purposes but was vacant at the time of the engineer’s report. These actions are exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) under Section 15061 and 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines. The Planning and Transportation Commission recommended approval of both ordinances. DONNA J. GRIDER, MMC City Clerk

1-under-par rounds of 35. Sandra Herchen and Lianna McFarlaneConnelly each shot 43 while Tiffany Yang finished with a 45. On Wednesday, Menlo School’s Jessie Rong earned medalist honors with a 4-over 38 as the Knights posted a 220-278 victory over Mercy-Burlingame in WBAL at Palo Alto Muni. Lauren Yang shot 40, Nicole Henderson and Christina Schwab each had 47s and Erin Broderick shot 48. Girls volleyball On the heels of a monumental week where Menlo defeated nationally ranked Sacred Heart Cathedral and Valley Christian, the Knights continued their standout play by defeating host Castilleja, 25-17, 25-22, 25-15, in a WBAL Foothill Division opener on Tuesday. The Knights (1-0, 14-4) featured a multi-dimensional attack with Maddie Huber and Maddy Frappier each finishing with 11 kills. Morgan Dressel posted 10 kills with a .624 hitting percentage while Elisa Merten distributed 30 assists. Melissa Cairo recorded 22 digs while Kate Gilhuly and Sloan Cinelli boosted the serving and defense. Castilleja (0-1, 9-7) got 11 kills each from Madeline Johnson and Katya Scocimara while Jessica Norum provided 13 digs. Jennifer DiSanto added 26 assists and Elle Kass finished with 10 digs. In another WBAL Foothill Division opener, visiting Sacred Heart Prep defeated Harker, 2521, 26-24, 21-25, 15-25, 15-13. The Gators (1-0, 10-5) got 29 kills and 22 digs from Victoria Garrick while Ara Peterson added 10 kills and eight blocks. Megan Lamb finished with 12 kills, Natalie Marshall contributed 42 assists and Mamie Caruso finished with 29 digs. In San Francisco, Priory lost a hard-fought match to host MercySan Francisco, 25-22, 18-25, 2523, 25-11, in WBAL Foothill Division action. The Panthers (0-1, 13-3) created plenty of opportunities defensively with 71 team digs, but weren’t able to capitalize. Offensively, Priory was led by Marine Hall-Poirier and Jane Ross with 18 and nine kills, respectively. Hall-Poirier also had 33 digs and five aces. Freshmen Nadia Faisal and Daniela Vivacno put in solid performances in their WBAL league debuts. In the PAL Bay Division, defending champion Menlo-Atherton remained atop the standings with a 25-14, 25-14, 25-22 win over visiting South San Francisco. The Bears (3-0, 9-3) got 24 digs and 12 kills from senior Pauli King, nine kills and seven digs from junior Ally Ostrow, and 24 assists from freshman Kirby Knapp. In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Gunn suffered its first league setback of the season while falling to visiting Los Altos, 25-19, 25-19, 25-22. The Titans (2-1, 6-7) were led by Meghan Mahoney’s 10 kills. N



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The junior setter provided 85 assists, 26 digs and five blocks as the Knights defeated nationally ranked Sacred Heart Cathedral and Valley Christian by 3-1 scores in two huge nonleague volleyball triumphs.

The junior scored three goals, including the winner, in a 10-7 win over Bellarmine before tallying 20 goals during a 4-0 water polo finish to help the Gators defend their title at the NCS-CCS Challenge.

Honorable mention Mehra den Braven Pinewood volleyball

Morgan McCracken Sacred Heart Prep water polo

Marine Hall-Poirier Priory volleyball

Sarah Robinson Gunn cross country

Chloe Sales Castilleja golf

Jayshree Sarathy Gunn golf

Will Conner Sacred Heart Prep water polo

Jack Heneghan Menlo football

Brian Keare* Menlo-Atherton football

Mason Randall Sacred Heart Prep football

Winston Rosati Palo Alto water polo

Coby Wayne Gunn water polo * previous winner

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Maddie Tarr had seven saves for the Gators (4-1, 8-5), who will visit first-place Menlo-Atherton next Wednesday (4 p.m.) in a showdown for first place. The Bears (5-0, 8-3) tuned up with a 12-4 win over visiting Burlingame. Jessica Heilman tallied five goals and Sofia Caryotakis added four for M-A. In the SCVAL De Anza Divi-

sion, Palo Alto new head coach Aileen Delaney saw her team decisively beat host Lynbrook, 14-2. Olivia Scola scored four goals to pace the Vikings (2-3, 4-9). In Los Gatos, Gunn avenged a tough loss to the Wildcats last season with a solid 16-5 triumph. Caroline Anderson led the Titans (4-0, 8-3) with a season-high 10 goals. N

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING of the City of Palo Alto Historic Resources Board [HRB] 8:00 A.M., Wednesday, October 16, 2013 Palo Alto Council Chambers, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review ďŹ led documents; contact Diana Tamale for information regarding business hours at 650.329.2144. 1027 Bryant Street [13PLN-00291]: Application by Fergus Garber Young Architects, on behalf of John Tarlton and Jennifer Dearborn, for Historic Resources Board review and recommendation regarding an extensive proposed redesign of a multi-family residence at 1027 Bryant Street, a contributing building, originally constructed in 1898, located in the Professorville National Register Historic District. The project includes the following proposals: (a) reconstruction of the original conical turret on the front façade, (b) removal of the long second-ďŹ&#x201A;oor porch that was added to the front façade before 1949, (c) coordination and harmonization of additions that have occurred over time, (d) replacement of several existing windows with new windows, (e) modiďŹ cation of the existing roof design, (f) re-surfacing of the roof in wood shingles, (g) repair and replacement of siding to match existing siding, (h) extensive redesign of the rear elevation, and (i) addition of a long new eyebrow attic dormer on the roof of the south (right) elevation. The project would require a Variance for (1) protrusion of reconďŹ gured portions of the roof into the daylight plane, (2) projection of the restored turret above the 30-foot height allowance, and (3) protrusion of the new attic dormer on the south elevation into the daylight plane. Zone District: R-1 Steven Turner, Advance Planning Manager The City of Palo Alto does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation for this meeting or an alternative format for any related printed materials, please contact the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ADA Coordinator at 650.329.2550 (voice) or by e-mailing

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TOM LEMIEUX 650.329.6645 BRE #01066910

396 ATHERTON AV $13,500,000 HANNA SHACHAM $12,000,000 3 levels plus a cabana, all built w/extraordinary This luxurious contemporary home is highlighted by 650.752.0767 a 9,508 sqft main residence with 3 stories, 6 BR/9.5 detail & craftsmanship. Gorgeous lot with heritage BRE #01073658 oaks & ultimate privacy. Las Lomitas schools. BA in the prime Palo Alto Hills neighborhood.


$7,775,000 LYN JASON COBB 140 ELEANOR DR Totally updated home with breathtaking views to 650.464.2622 San Francisco! 6BR/6.5BA home w/expanses of BRE #01332535 lush level lawn, pool, English garden, and vineyard.

10 ARBOL GRANDE CT $3,150,000 Rooms of gracious proportions. Formal, yet easy flowing floor plan w/ skylights. FP in living, family & mstr bdrm. 2 suites up + main lvl bdrm & bth. BRE #00787851 BRE #00870112

630 WOODSIDE DR $2,398,000 Views on a huge parcel! 1.8-acre lot with 4bd/3ba+ home, pool, western hills views & privacy with tremendous upside. Best value in Woodside Hills! BRE #00585398

582 SAND HILL CIR $1,280,000 Good price for this 3BR/2.5BA Sand Hill Circle townhome with golf course views. Inside laundry, 2-car attached garage, eat-in kitchen.

BRE #01230766


6 MONTECITO RD $2,750,000 71 ENCINO RD $3,695,000 JANET DORE JOHN SPILLER This hillside sanctuary is secluded & convenient on Enjoy sophisticated indoor/outdoor living at this 650.766.7935/483.8815 updated 6BR/5BA home with a desirable address. 6+/- acres. BRE #00621176/01155772 Lush & secluded acre in renowned Lindenwood. BRE #00884747



ERIKA DEMMA 650.740.2970 BRE #01230766

17 COLTON CT $2,999,000 LISA SCHUMACHER & CHRIS ISAACSON This fully remodeled and updated home has it all, 650.888.5244/352.3430 5BD/6.5BA, over 6000 sf on over a half acre with pool, spa and cabana. BRE #00799335

ERIKA DEMMA 650.740.2970 BRE #01230766

MARGOT 20 PATROL CT $2,198,000 52 MORSE LN $1,595,000 LOCKWOOD 3BD/2.5BA Wonderful Woodside retreat with Charming French Country Cottage on sunny level 650.400.2528 amazing panoramic views! This fully updated home 1+ ac. 3BD/2BA, pool, jacuzzi, gas fire pit, lovely on 2.4 acres is one of a kind. garden areas. 4 car garage. 2 add’l storage areas. BRE #01017519


2118 VENTURA PL $820,000 Remodeled, Move-In Ready! One of Largest Lots in neighborhood! 3BR, 3 NEW baths, two are en-ste, BRE #01384482 hardwd flrs, approx. 12,600sqft lot, landscaping! TINA KYRIAKIS 650.947.2260

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525 ELEANOR DR $2,895,000 Lovely one level 4BD/3BA home on quiet culde-sac in a private setting. Must see this gracious home with large rooms.




DEANNA TARR 650.752.0833

275 JOSSELYN LN $8,900,000 Privately situated property of nearly 9 acres of land. Breathtaking views of the Western Hills and is just minutes to town.

GINNY KAVANAUGH 650.400.8076


SEAN FOLEY 650.207.6005

ERIKA DEMMA 650.740.2970



NANCY GOLDCAMP 650.400.5800



TERRIE MASUDA 650.917.7969 BRE #00951976

6099 SALIDA DEL SOL $598,000 This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has been updated throughout. Conveniently located near shopping and restaurants and easy access to Hwy 85.

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