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Newell bridge options to be discussed Thursday Officials to seek residents’ guidance on selecting from eight plans
by Sue Dremann ight alternatives for replac- between the two cities, but some ing the 102-year-old Newell Palo Alto residents are pushing to Road Bridge, which con- completely remove the bridge and nects Palo Alto and East Palo Alto, close off the access point. will be discussed at a community Palo Alto officials have said meeting in Palo Alto on Oct. 17. the decision on the bridge’s future What to do with the narrow, aged must include input from citizens concrete bridge has been contro- in both cities. versial. It spans San Francisquito The city must complete an Creek and allows people to travel environmental-impact report
with traffic and parking studies for each of the eight alternatives. But at Thursday’s meeting, officials hope to whittle down the list to the truly feasible options, and they plan to ask residents for criteria that would help eliminate plans that would not be included in the environmental review, according to Brad Eggleston, assistant director of public works. Newell Road Bridge is part of a complex puzzle of flood control along San Francisquito Creek. Sev-
eral aged bridges along the creek create bottlenecks: Newell, University Avenue, Pope-Chaucer and Middlefield, and in years of heavy rainfall with high tides, the creek has breached its banks, flooding neighborhoods in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. The San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (JPA) has been working to solve flooding problems along the creek, and rebuilding the bridges by 2015 is part of an overarching flood-
control plan. A Caltrans-funded project will also restructure the bridges on both east and west sides of U.S. Highway 101. By December 2015, the work should result in protection against a flood almost equal to that of 1998, at any tide. The Middlefield and University bridge projects would then be constructed to accommodate a larger, so-called 100-year flood. The new bridges VÌÕi`ÊÊ«>}iÊ£Î®
Betty Wright Aquatic Center pool shuts down Aging Palo Alto facility’s pool can’t be repaired, nonprofit states; other venues sought for services by Jocelyn Dong
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Lee Stone, NASA Ames research scientist and president of labor union Local 30, protests the federal government shutdown with colleagues at NASA Ames Research Center’s main gate, on Oct. 9.
NASA researchers protest government shutdown Workers say furlough could delay some research for a year by Daniel Debolt
ore than 70 NASA employees and their supporters gathered in front of Moffett Field’s main gate in Mountain View on Wednesday to protest the federal government shutdown that has kept them from their jobs since Oct. 1. “We want to get back to our data analyzing and researchpaper writing!” said Lee Stone, president of local 70 of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, to the crowd, which began chanting: “We want to work! We want to work!” All but a skeleton crew is now working at NASA Ames
Research Center on important missions. As one scientist said: “Ninety-seven percent of us are not going through that gate.” “I’m supposed to be looking for planets, but I’m not,” said Kepler mission scientist Natalie Batalha, whose words inspired the crowd to begin chanting: “We love Kepler! We want Kepler!” She added that she would even volunteer her time to continue her work, but she can’t. The crowd also cheered for Brian Day, education and public-outreach lead for LADDEE, the lunar atmosphere and dust environment explorer, when he said LADDEE had “just entered
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he Betty Wright Aquatic Center pool in south Palo Alto has closed due to irreparable problems with the facility, Abilities United, the nonprofit that runs the center, has announced. A fixture in the community for 45 years, the indoor pool on Middlefield Road featured 93-degree water and wheelchair access. People with disabilities received therapy there, and members of the general public, from toddlers to seniors, took swim lessons and exercise classes at the center. It was even credited by some with helping people with disabilities to learn to walk again. “Due to age-related structural and engineering issues that can no longer be repaired, and after exploring all possible options to keep the pool open, we regret to announce that the pool must be permanently closed effective Oct. 4, 2013,” the nonprofit announced in a press release. As recently as 2010, supporters of the center had launched a major fundraising campaign, “Project WaterWell,” which had aimed to raise $425,000 to fix the facility. At the time, staff told the Weekly that a boiler that heated the pool was near to failing, the building’s ventilation system had to be revamped and new sliding glass doors were needed. The campaign did raise about $500,000, according to Wendy Kuehnl, Abilities United’s director of marketing. All of the Project WaterWell projects — solar panels, boilers, ventilation system and windows to replace sliding glass doors — were completed
and installed. “Even with these repairs we could not have foreseen the irreparable fracture and the plumbing leaks that resulted in health and safety concerns and the closure,” Kuehnl wrote in an email. Leaking underground pipes were discovered and repairs attempted. After the entire pool cracked in the middle, was repaired and cracked again, the staff called in soil, structural and pool engineers, Kuehnl confirmed. Their unanimous conclusion was that repair was no longer possible. The new solar panels, boilers and windows will be saved for possible use in any new facility that might be built, Kuehnl added. The center dates to the 1960s, when Betty Wright, for whom the pool facility is named, and community members worked to build the only indoor, warm-water pool in the area. Throughout its history, the center has provided warmwater rehabilitation, fitness and recreation to tens of thousands of people in the Bay Area, according to Abilities United. Although the center’s pool is closing, Abilities United is launching a planning process to “find a permanent solution to meet the aquatic needs of the community.” The nonprofit will host a meeting Oct. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. to address concerns, answer questions, offer options and hear thoughts on how it can plan for the future. The meeting will take place at the Betty Wright Aquatic Center, 3864 Middlefield Road. In addition, the staff of the cenVÌÕi`ÊÊ«>}iÊ£Ó®
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POWER TO THE PEOPLE ... The City of Palo Alto’s Utilities Department invites residents to rock out this month with a new video of singing utilities employees. The musical video was created by student intern Tyler Murphy and shows employees singing to the Beatles’ song “Let It Be” but with their own utilitiesrelated lyrics. “There We’ll Be” features lines such as: “When you find yourself with sewer trouble or smell gas that you can’t see, all you do is call us — there we’ll be.” The video is part of a month-long celebration to bring attention to the benefits of community-owned utilities, including having local control, fairer rates and generating support for other city services such as libraries and public safety, utilities spokeswoman Debra Katz said. The celebration is part of national Public Power Week and Public Natural Gas Week. Palo Alto owns and operates its own gas and electric utility and provides its own water, sewer and fiberoptic services. Local control has resulted in decisions to have a 100 percent carbon-neutral electric supply; an upgraded emergency water-supply system; water, gas and sewer-main replacement programs; efficiency programs and personalized customer service, Katz said. Additional events for the month-long celebration include a Halloween hoopla at a Haunted EcoHome on Oct. 30. A full list of October events, with links to the video can be found by clicking on the Power to the People box at www.cityofpaloalto.org/utilities. SIRENS OF CAPRICE ... Move over, Crown Victoria. The familiar “cop car,” a longtime fixture on the streets of Palo Alto and just about everywhere else, is about to make way for the Chevrolet Caprice. The City Council on Monday gave the Police Department the green light to spend $287,786 on six new Caprice vehicles, each of which would replace a Ford Crown Victoria with mileage ranging between 91,000 and 105,000. The switch was prompted by Ford’s decision to discontinue the popular (at least among officers) police vehicle. The new Caprice bears little resemblance to the long and stylish gas-guzzler that made its debut during the lowrider days of the mid-1960s. Now, six generations later, it is sold
exclusively to police departments and includes custom features to accommodate officers’ equipment belts and other accessories.
FOOD FOUL ... These are trying times for those concerned with food safety. Reports of contaminated chicken swirl about, and some fingers poke toward the federal government shutdown of the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service for missing the outbreak. Luckily for the germconscious, local government is stepping up its food-safety efforts even as the feds flounder, and it’s taking a lesson from soccer referees. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors directed its staff to create a series of placards that could be displayed at restaurants that would tell patrons whether their favorite greasy spoon has been cited for a major code violation recently. These include employees not washing their hands, employees working while ill, inadequate food storage or cooking temperatures and sewage, animal or insect contamination. Yuck. A green placard would mean the business had one major violation that was corrected or mitigated during the inspection and a yellow would indicate two or more violations and that a second inspection would take place within three days, according to county staff. A red sign would tell the public that the health department had ordered the business closed as a danger to public health and safety. The board also asked the health department to prepare a way to assign a more-precise numerical score rating for each restaurant inspected that would be posted on the department’s website. A DEPARTURE FROM THE NORM ... Just in time for its 150th birthday this year, Caltrain is joining the 21st century. The commuter rail service finally launched a real-time departure system on its website this week. There’s now a red “Real-time Departures” box on the right-hand side of Caltrain’s home page, where riders can select a station and view when the next three southbound and northbound trains will be leaving. Impending departures auto-refresh every minute and of course, and there’s also a mobilefriendly version for smartphones and tablets. Here’s to at least being able to check online how late you’re going to be to work today. N
Special education: numbers down, ‘inclusion’ up
Palo Alto Online launches new design
As K-12 students mark ‘Unity Day,’ special ed director reports on trends
Expanded features, new bloggers highlight new look of PaloAltoOnline.com
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by Palo Alto Weekly staff
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arly and aggressive efforts by teachers to help young children with learning problems has led to a significant drop in the number of Palo Alto students who later need special education, officials said this week. In Palo Alto, about 9 percent — 1,115 students — officially qualify for special education — less than the national average of 10 percent. As schools across Palo Alto observed Unity Day with a range of anti-bullying and “inclusion” activities, Palo Alto’s Director of Special Education Holly Wade reported Tuesday to the Board of Education on trends in special ed. Special-education parents, who organized Unity Day activities Wednesday on nearly every one of Palo Alto’s 17 campuses, said they were encouraged by Wade’s report but noted that many problems remain, adding that the district needs to do a better job communicating its policies and plans to parents. Wade told the school board that the number of students identified as needing special education has dropped by 150 over the past three years. “We’ve been doing really, really targeted intervention starting in preschool and elementary school, and that intervention work has allowed us to serve students in ways
JLS Middle School students Divya Tadimetti, center, and Neha Tallapragada, right, staple anti-bullying messages written by fellow students into paper chains for hanging around school during Unity Day on Oct. 9. so they don’t need special education services,” she said. She also described aggressive “inclusion” efforts to educate many special-ed students — who in prior times might have been segregated — in regular classrooms. At Palo Alto High School, for example, 11 classes in subjects like math, English, social studies and science are co-taught by a regular teacher and a specialeducation teacher. “We’ve used the co-teaching,
inclusion model for three years now,” Paly Principal Kim Diorio told the board. “We have many sections now, as does Gunn. “It’s been a complete shift in our model of how we’re delivering education. Enthusiasm has really caught on as teachers talk with one another about how successful this model is.” Diorio said “higher expectations” in the co-taught classes (continued on page £È)
driveways and not yielding properly at intersections. In other Walk & Roll activities this week, elementary students made bike-themed sidewalk murals and competed for “golden sneaker” awards. “Palo Alto is one of the most bike-friendly and environmentally conscious communities in the country. I can think of no better way to start a morning than a healthy, zero-emissions trip to school or work,” said school district Superintendent Kevin Skelly, who bikes to work and around to school campuses daily in a helmet resembling a watermelon.
Third-graders are targeted for bicycle education After 20 years of ‘bike rodeos,’ cycling to school reaches historic highs
bicycling rates to historic highs. Fifty-one percent of Palo Alto’s middle school students, 43 percent of high school students and 13 percent of elementary students typically ride their bikes to school, according to bike counts on campuses taken last month. “Third grade is the age where children are developmentally ready to be stable on a bicycle, and we have a good chance to affect their lifelong bicycle skills,” said Kathy Durham, a City of Palo Alto employee who has marshaled legions of parent volunteers to work on bicycle safety for two decades. At Hoover Elementary School Tuesday, lead parent volunteer Zainab Jamal kept time and blew her whistle as 70 third-graders rotated among six different biketraining stations, including one that offered a tutorial on helmet fitting. Blue tape was laid down on the
playground to simulate bike lanes, and parent volunteers holding signs pretended to be cars. Large sponges stood in for “broken glass.” Kids practiced their skills by biking around the circuits. At one station, a uniformed Palo Alto police officer used real cars to teach kids how to peer around parked vehicles to make a safe exit from their driveways. The bike rodeos focus on “targeted risk-reduction rather than scaring children or talking about how dangerous it is,” Durham said. “Yeah, it’s dangerous, but there are ways you can reduce the risk by being predictable, visible and aware of what’s going on around you.” The third-grade training is honed to address some of the top causes of bike accidents in Palo Alto, which, according to Durham, are cyclists not braking properly at stop signs; swerving out of bike lanes; coming out of
Across Palo Alto’s 17 K-12 campuses, 31 percent of all student trips are by bike, compared to a national figure of 17 percent. Free bike inspections, safety tips and route maps will be available Sunday, Oct. 13, at Bike Palo Alto!, a family-oriented event from 1 to 4 p.m. at El Carmelo Elementary School, 3024 Bryant St. (at Loma Verde Avenue). Families can depart from El Carmelo to explore three bike routes that highlight easy ways to get around the city to avoid traffic. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@ paweekly.com.
by Chris Kenrick ig enough to balance on a two-wheeler but little enough to still be impressionable, third-graders long have been the focus of intensive bicycle education in Palo Alto schools. This week, 8-year-olds across Palo Alto brought their bikes to school for “bike rodeos,” in which they took over the playgrounds to practice skills like how to steer around broken glass, what to do if a garbage bin is blocking the bike lane (look and scan over your left shoulder before steering around the obstacle) and how to navigate intersections. The rodeos were among many bike-related events to mark Palo Alto’s “Walk & Roll Week,” celebrating ways to get around town by means other than the family car. Organizers say the third-grade bike-safety program — a staple of Palo Alto’s elementary curriculum for 20 years — has nurtured a bike culture and helped propel school
out,” Johnson said. Additional tweaks and improvements will be made in the weeks ahead. Readers are encouraged to provide their feedback and suggestions, as well as report any bugs or problems. Comments can be emailed to editor@ paloaltoonline.com In addition to the new design, the website features a number of new blogs by residents, who will discuss local politics, parenthood and other topics. They join staff blogs on food, arts and the community. More blogs will be added in the future. N
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Upfront Proposed updates at Stanford Shopping Center
Final phase of Stanford Shopping Center rebuild to bring major changes
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The central walkway, running parallel to Quarry, would become the center’s new “main street,” with each of the remaining interior streets designed with distinguishing characteristics. Though a detailed landscaping plan hasn’t yet been unveiled, renovation would also update the shopping center’s popular landscaping, featuring a simplified at-grade scheme with different themes for four distinct areas — outdoor rooms, the main avenue, luxury shopping and areas for families and kids. The southeast entrance to the center, next to Neiman Marcus, would be redesigned to accommodate events such as concerts and gatherings and would include a circular water feature with a pedestrian bridge. Rows of Italian cypress trees along the primary entrance of the center at El Camino would be planted. In all, the shopping center is proposing to plant 78 trees and remove 38 throughout
which at 133,600 square feet currently dominates the center’s northeast corner, facing El Camino. Each building will house multiple small shops, though Simon Properties Co., the company that manages the center, stated in an email to the Weekly that it couldn’t comment on which stores might occupy the new space. There will be two, 1-story buildings and two, 2-story buildings, one of which will house office space on the second floor. The four buildings, which tenants would customize with their company’s “look,” would be visible from El Camino and Quarry Road. The final phase of the renovation also includes plans that would impact the feel of the entire shopping center, which was founded in 1955 and has been renovated several times. To modernize and create a more cohesive appearance, the lighting, pavement and signage throughout the site would be updated to differentiate between the center’s streets and pedestrian paths.
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by Eric Van Susteren larger entrance with a circular fountain, a driveway lined with towering Italian cypress trees, and four new buildings that will stand in place of the massive Bloomingdale’s department store await Stanford Shopping Center after it gains City of Palo Alto approval for the final phase of its redevelopment. The initial phases of the upscale shopping center’s transformation included constructing a new building in the parking lot along El Camino Real for Fleming’s restaurant and the upcoming move of Bloomingdale’s to a new, scaleddown, three-story building located at the former Fleming’s site. But the third phase, which the Palo Alto Architectural Review Board considered last week, would include some of the most dramatic changes the center has seen in its three-year remodeling effort. Most notable would be the construction of three retail buildings and one mixed-use building on the former site of Bloomingdale’s,
Reshuffling of Bloomingdale’s, Fleming’s makes room for four new buildings
The third phase of Stanford Shopping Center’s redevelopment would include four retail buildings (one with office space on the second floor) on the longtime Bloomingdale’s site. Each building would house multiple small shops. A new, smaller Bloomingdale’s is under construction. the site. They would include valley oak, southern live oak, callery pear and gingko trees. Stanford Shopping Center currently has 5,826 parking spaces, but the proposed project would
eliminate 260 spaces, leaving the center with more than the required number of 5,284 spaces. N Online Editor Eric Van Susteren can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
tract from the broader effort of developing a Residential Parking Permit Program (RPPP) for neighborhoods suffering parking shortages. The program, which staff hopes to put in place early next year, would restrict parking to two hours for drivers without residential permits. Panelli invoked the old adage: “The path to hell is paved with good intentions.” “This could be a step toward the first level of Hades,” Panelli said. Tanaka’s criticism focused on the program’s potential impact on other homes on the block and noted that designating an area as a disabledonly spot would further exacerbate the already steep parking shortages. The city, he said, should consider other efforts, such as encouraging construction of driveways at homes that currently don’t have them — an option that Rodriguez said would cost homeowners “tens of thousands of dollars.” “In general, I support the spirit of trying to help our disabled residents. That’s a worthy goal,” Tanaka said. “I don’t know if this is necessarily the right solution. “I can see the battles brewing with this coming online. Especially in areas where people really have problems with parking.” Commissioner Eduardo Martinez took the opposite stance. Given the very limited nature of the proposed program, he said he had no problem recommending its adoption. Waiting until the broader program is in place would unnecessarily slow down a very limited program that would
impact only a handful of parking spaces throughout the city, he said. He disagreed with Tanaka about the potential for neighbors to fight over the disabled spot. “Neighbors become very accepting toward things like this,” Martinez said. “They know their neighbors. They know they have a need toward accessibility.” Chair Mark Michael agreed. “This is something that Palo Alto, in addressing the needs of all its residents, should be prepared to do,” Michael said. Commissioner Carl King proved the swing vote in the discussion. After initially agreeing with Alcheck that the item should be deferred and aligned with the comprehensive parking program, he ultimately voted with Martinez, Michael and Vice Chair Arthur Keller to adopt the new program. The vote came after an emotional plea from Rodriguez, who said disabled residents have been asking him for help for more than a year. Even once the residential parkingpermit program is in place, this program would offer a valuable tool for needy individuals, he said. “It really kills me that I can’t help the community when they ask me for help,” Rodriguez said. The city might get one application for this type of parking spot or it might get none, he added, but if it does, at least it will be able to help. “We’re pushing off one tool that I really think the community can strongly benefit from,” Rodriguez said, just before the vote. N
Program for disabled parking moves ahead Split planning commission votes in favor of program that would allow residents to pay for disabled on-street spots by Gennady Sheyner
roposals to solve Palo Alto’s notorious parking problems always cause a stir, even if the solutions would apply only to a handful of the city’s neediest residents. So even after the Planning and Transportation Commission signed off on Wednesday on the latest parking program, which would allow disabled residents who lack a garage to apply for designated on-street parking spots next to their homes, it did so only after an emotional debate and by a razor-thin margin. The proposed policy, which the commission supported by a 4-3 vote, would allow a resident with permanent disabilities to buy an onstreet parking spot for $250 a year. This spot would have to be located directly in front of the applicant’s home and would apply only to areas where demand for parking on evenings and weekends is not excessive. An applicant would have to show proof of permanent disability (a state-issued disability plate and a matching registration address), proof of public-street residence and proof that they don’t already have a usable garage space. Commissioners Michael Alcheck, Alex Panelli and Greg Tanaka all dissented. While each
called the goal of providing parking to disabled residents laudable, they criticized staff’s specific proposal and favored sending it to the commission’s parking committee for further refinement. The new policy isn’t expected to deliver the kind of relief from overall parking congestion that residents around downtown and California Avenue have long complained about. It aims instead to cater to the small number of residents who are particularly vulnerable to the steadily worsening parking shortages. Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez said Milpitas and Portland have similar policies already in place. Rodriguez said the city has received four or five requests from disabled residents in north Palo Alto neighborhoods asking for designated on-street spots. One Professorville resident on Addison Street has recently succeeded in convincing the city to install an accessible on-street parking spot, a project that Rodriguez said had been successful. The goal, he said, is to have a framework in place that would allow other residents to apply for such amenities without doing everything on a case-by-case basis. “We want to close this loophole,
so when people ask and have a demonstrated need, we could respond,” Rodriguez said. The parking spot wouldn’t be limited to just the person who applied for it, but any other driver with a disability. The applicant would also have to demonstrate that a private driveway is unavailable. The proposal encountered a wave of criticism on the commission, with Alcheck leading the way. Alcheck pointed to the empty Council Chambers and noted that not a single resident who would be eligible for the program was in attendance. The “irony” of the commission talking about this policy while Downtown North residents are counting parked cars to get a better grip on the parking problem in their congested neighborhood is “offensive,” Alcheck said. Residents in older homes without driveways should be able to request curb cuts to prevent others from parking in front of their homes, he said. “If you’re hearing passion, it’s because we have real problems with parking in the city, and this is not one of them,” Alcheck said. “I can’t imagine that we’d spend more time on this topic.” Panelli also warned against adopting the new policy and, like Alcheck, argued that it would dis-
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From FLY speck to mighty force for good Stanford Law grad Christa Gannon receives Kiwanis Angel Award for work to end youth crime
t started out as an idea in the minds of incarcerated boys 13 years ago. But Christa Gannon turned a fly-speck of a program into a $3.7 million nonprofit powerhouse that has helped thousands of at-risk kids stay out of jail and get onto a good life track. Now the work Gannon has done as founder and executive director of Fresh Lifelines for Youth, Inc. (FLY) is being honored with a Kiwanis Angel Award from the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto. The Kiwanis award is given to an individual in the Palo Alto area who has had a significant, positive impact on local children and youth. Gannon, of Mountain View, will receive the honor on Oct. 24 at a reception at the Sheraton Palo Alto. While a Stanford University law student in 1996, Gannon started an education program for law students to teach inmates in Santa Clara County’s Juvenile
by Sue Dremann Hall about the legal system. It was not work she had ever considered doing, she said. “I wanted to be a criminal lawyer. I thought I wanted to be a district attorney and a criminal judge. For me, part of the reason I wanted to be a DA was that I wanted to help make the world a safer place. If you said to me that I would be working with people who had already been incarcerated, I would have said, ‘That’s crazy,’” she said by phone this week. But Gannon saw that her incarcerated students were more than their criminal records. “I realized these were just kids under the thick veneer. ... Some of them were looking at spending many, many years behind bars. It seemed like such a tragedy,” she said. Many of the youth did not have positive role models. Most grew up believing that by the time they turn 18 they will be in jail
or dead, she said. So Gannon asked the inmates to help design services to prevent juvenile crime. Today FLY offers legal education (so teens understand the law and consequences of crime), leadership training and one-on-one mentoring by role models to youths on probation. When FLY began, it had one staff member, five volunteers, 25 clients in East San Jose and a budget of $32,500. But now it annually serves 2,000 teen boys and girls in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties for one-tenth the cost of incarceration, according to the organization. Each year, 1,000 kids ages 15 to 18 who have been in trouble and 1,000 at-risk middle school students receive services. FLY now has a staff of 37 and 150 volunteers in offices in Redwood City and Milpitas. Gannon has seen young people take up the challenge thousands of times. They graduate from
Critical downtown study off to a rocky start Palo Alto officials balk at approving contract because of concerns over 27 University Ave. by Gennady Sheyner
long-awaited study that aims to assess downtown Palo Alto’s capacity for growth got off to a shaky start Monday night, when the City Council balked at approving a contract for the analysis because it failed to include one of downtown’s most critical sites — an area that developer John Arrillaga is eying for a towering officeand-theater complex. The proposal for 27 University Ave., which currently is the site of MacArthur Park Restaurant, fostered much community consternation last year, with critics calling the development far too dense for an area already undergoing an economic boom and associated growing pains. After flirting with the idea of a citywide vote on the Arrillaga proposal last year, the council ultimately decided in June to launch an extensive community-outreach process for the site, which would include numerous
public meetings. Given the magnitude of the proposal and the significance of the site, next to the downtown Caltrain station and along the border between downtown and Stanford University, Councilman Greg Schmid was surprised when he saw the scope of the city’s “downtown cap study” and noticed that the map excludes 27 University Ave., which is just west of Alma Street. Instead, the study proposed by staff would be bounded by Alma on the west, Middlefield Road on the east, and Palo Alto Avenue and Embarcadero Road to the north and south, respectively. The proposed borders were predetermined by a law the city adopted in 1986 as part of its revision of the zoning code. At that time, the city had set a 350,000-squarefoot limit for new development in the downtown core (excluding housing). It also specified that the city was to conduct a “downtown
Corrections The Oct. 4 article “Private developers to pay for public art” incorrectly attributed a quote about reviewing the city’s percent-for-art program to Darlene Katsanes. The person who said it was Rhyena Halpern, assistant director at the Community Services Department. The Oct. 4 article “Verizon tries again for Little League cell tower” incorrectly stated the peak strength of signal emissions. The correct range is -30 to -34 dBm. The Weekly regrets the errors. To request a correction, contact Editor Jocelyn Dong at 650-223-6514, email@example.com or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302.
cap study” once new development reaches 235,000 square feet. A recent surge of applications, including new commercial buildings at 101 Lytton Ave. and 135 Hamilton Ave., pushed the total development to about 250,000 square feet, triggering the mandatory study. The implications of the study could be of huge significance, given the emergence of traffic and parking as Palo Alto’s most critical issues and the council’s highest priorities. Once completed, it is expected to guide the council in considering changes to downtown zoning, parking programs and traffic measures. On Monday, in an intricate legislative dance, the council approved and then retracted its approval of a $200,000 contract for the first phase of the study, which was to look at downtown’s existing traffic and parking conditions. The contract was placed on the council’s “consent calendar,” which typically includes non-controversial items that get approved in bulk, without discussion. Schmid and Councilwoman Karen Holman both urged the council to remove the item from “consent,” an action that requires three council members under a procedure adopted earlier this year (previously, it took only two council members). Their colleagues
high school and attend college eligible high school seniors grador get training in mechanics. uated or received a GED. Whatever their path, it is one Gannon encounters the posithat leads away from the revolv- tive fruits of her labor wherever ing jailhouse door. she goes. At a recent fundraising “The most important thing is event in San Jose, the building’s that young people see they are so security person was a former much more than their past mis- client; then the sous chef came takes,” she said. out of the kitchen to say she had The number of jail-bound and graduated from the program in incarcerated youth is significant. 2009. Prior to her experience In Santa Clara and San with FLY, the chef had Mateo counties, 12,000 spent years in incarcerkids are cited for a juation, Gannon said. venile offense each “I thought, ‘Oh my year; more than 6,250 gosh — there’s a beautiare on active probation. ful example of our orgaThe two counties spend nization,’” she said. $68 million annually The Angel Award for juvenile incarceraevent, of which the Palo tion, according to the Alto Weekly is a sponorganization. sor, will raise funds for Christa A study of local inKiwanis InternationGannon carcerated youth found al’s Eliminate Project, that 83 percent have which partners with no basic life skills to resist peer UNICEF to eliminate tetanus, pressure; 78 percent experienced a disease that kills mothers and significant trauma and 91 percent 60,000 newborns annually in the have no positive role models, world’s poorest regions. Locally, Gannon noted. Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto raises But last year 75 percent of funds and provides volunteers for youth in the FLY leadership a variety of community events. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann program did not commit a new crime and 85 percent enrolled in can be emailed at sdremann@ school. Seventy-seven percent of paweekly.com. declined to support this decision and voted to approve the consent calendar, with Schmid and Holman dissenting on the contract approval. Minutes later, after hearing Schmid and Holman explain why they voted against the contract and receiving a last-minute written response from staff, Councilman Pat Burt led the council in passing a “motion to reconsider” and then joined Schmid and Holman in removing the item from consent and scheduling a fresh hearing on the proposed study at the next council meeting. Schmid noted that in discussing the downtown cap study at prior meetings, council members had asked staff to return to the council for a discussion about the scope before an agreement is signed with the consultant. “Development is a critical issue in front of us now,” Schmid said. “To use the consent calendar to exclude the council from being involved in the scope of services is a major pre-emption of council policy.” Holman brought up a similar issue in a series of questions she emailed to planning staff Monday morning. “Why is the 27 University Ave area not included in the scope of work?” Holman asked. “An artificial boundary that eliminates that potentiality will only partially measure the future of the Downtown.” At the meeting, she brought up another concern. The city, she said, should be looking “backwards” in addition to studying the existing conditions to assess how well it’s been evaluating projects in recent decades.
“For there to be any real analysis and functional use for Phase 1 data, we need to know where we have come from,” Holman said. In a response to Holman, which was hand-delivered to the council during the discussion, staff explained that even though 27 University is outside the downtown boundary set in 1986, the traffic around the area would be studied under the first phase. “This ensures that the existing conditions on and around the 27 University site are captured as part of Phase 1 to help guide future Phase 2 policy discussions regarding land assumptions for future year scenarios,” staff wrote. Planning staff also explained that they did not return to the council for a discussion of the study’s scope because of timing issues. The “window of opportunity to collect traffic data for the project is limited to ‘normal traffic conditions’ when school is in session (including Stanford) and pending clear weather,” staff wrote. “If the work scope were delayed for the initial data collection later in the fall, the data collection was be delayed to the early spring,” staff wrote in a response. The council voted 7-1, with Mayor Greg Scharff absent and Councilwoman Liz Kniss dissenting, to reconsider this item. It then re-approved the consent calendar with all the items except the study contract, which will now be taken up on Oct. 14. Staff is proposing to award the $200,000 contract to the firm Dyett & Bhatia Urban & Regional Planners. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.
Two Stanford scientists are Nobel laureates Thomas Sudhof and Michael Levitt take prizes in Medicine, Chemistry
tanford University is home to two more Nobel laureates after structural biologist Michael Levitt and Thomas Sudhof, professor of molecular and cellular physiology, won the awards this week. Levitt, a professor at the School of Medicine, is receiving the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He uses computer models to study biological phenomena, specifically focusing on the structures and interactions of large molecules called macromolecules. Sudhof won the prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research on how brain cells communicate. With the induction of Sudhof and Levitt, the university is now home to 22 living Nobel laureates and nine deceased, according to its website. Levitt — who shares the $1.2 million prize with Martin Karplus of the University of Strasbourg in France and Harvard University and Arieh Warshel of the University of Southern California — has researched the intersection of disciplines of computer science and biology since the 1960s, when computers were programmed using holes punched into cards. “(Levitt) was interdisciplinary before it was fancy to be
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Thomas Sudhof has won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work in synaptic trafficking. interdisciplinary,” said John L. Hennessey, president of Stanford University. “He was a computer hacker when it was cool.” “My day started at 1 a.m. when I went to sleep,” Levitt said Wednesday. “And then I was awoken 10 minutes later,” by the phone call from Sweden. “My phone never rings,” he added. “Everyone sends me texts and emails. So when the phone first rang I was sure it was a wrong number. When it rang a second time I picked it up. I immediately heard a Swedish accent and got very excited. It was like having five double espressos.” The South African-born Levitt, who holds U.S., British and
Palo Alto preschool teacher wins award Teacher Tra’Shell Reese leads Pre-K students Blake Mallet, far left, Brady Babinaeu, center, Liam Uyue, right and Ryan Junkin-Pisani, top right, in a play exercise in which the students play bingo using each others’ names and faces. Reese, who lives in subsidized housing in Milpitas and uses a free VTA bus pass to get to work, is one of 12 teachers across the country this year to win $10,000 awards from the Children’s Creative Learning Centers (CCLC). CCLC is a division of the globaleducation company Knowledge Universe, which operates 3,000 schools in five countries, including preschools at Stanford University, on the campuses of technology companies like Electronic Arts and Cisco and before- and after-school care at local schools including Nixon Elementary School. The $10,000 prize money, she said, will allow her to finally finish her early childhood education credential, perhaps at Mission College near her home. “I really just love this job,” she said. N — Chris Kenrick
Israeli citizenship, joined Stanford’s Department of Structural Biology in 1987. His work in determining the structure of important molecules contributes to understanding their function within the body and also how they might interact with pharmaceutical drugs designed to treat disease. “Molecules work because of their structure,” he said. “And cells worked because of where things are placed inside. The only way to interfere is to first learn their three-dimensional structure. If you wanted to change a city but had no idea of where the buildings are, you would have no idea where to start.” During a Wednesday press conference he recognized his wife of 46 years, Rina, an artist, for supporting him. “I am a very passionate scientist, but passionate scientists often make very bad husbands,” he said. The couple has three sons and three grandchildren. He also credited the computer industry for much of the work he accomplished. “There is a very clear computational aspect in this prize,” Levitt said. “One of the problems I suppose with computer science is there is no Nobel Prize for computer science. This award is recognition of the importance of computation in biology.” Thomas Sudhof got the call that he had won the prize as he was driving from Madrid to Baeza, Spain. He shares the prize with James Rothman, a former Stanford professor of biochemistry who now works at Yale University, and Randy Schekman, who did his doctoral work at Stanford and now works at the University of California, Berkeley. The prize acknowledges the individual contributions of the three scientists to the body of research identifying the biochemical mechanisms by which brain cells, called neurons, bridge physical gaps, called synapses, to communicate information from one cell to another. Communication across synapses happens because of the function of special parts of neuronal cell walls, called synaptic trafficking proteins. Synaptic trafficking proteins enclose around other molecules, enabling them to be released for travel to a second neuron. Sudhof’s research focused on the attachment of synaptic trafficking proteins to neuronal cell walls. Knowing how the brain wires itself could help determine how and why connections become dysfunctional, which instead has
Michael Levitt, Stanford University professor of structural biology, has won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. implications for treating brain dis“I am not sure about simulateases such as mental health dis- ing the whole brain with comorders, Parkinson’s disease and puters. To be honest, I am not Alzheimer’s disease. even sure that is a particularly But the research that remains is important goal right now,” he daunting, in part because of the said. “My hopes and feelings of massive scale of the brain, which success would be much easier to is made up of more than 80 billion satisfy: if we could find a pathneurons. Each one connects to way that causes synapse loss in thousands of others, and Sudhof’s disease. Maybe we should be a research shows that even a single little more humble towards the synapse is complicated. enormous wonderful organ that “A synapse is not just a relay is the brain.” station. It is not even like a comSudhof said he is very optimisputer chip, which is an immutable tic about the possibilities of future element. Every synapse is like a work translating into treatment, nanocomputer all by itself,” he in spite of the hugeness of the restated in a press release. search questions. The entire brain is often com“I think we can do it,” he said, pared to a complex computer. Mod- “but at the same time, it is a really eling brain function is an active difficult problem.” N Editorial Intern Kimberlee area of research, and Sudhof said he believes simulating portions of D’Ardenne can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. what the brain does is possible. PALO ALTO CITY COUNCIL CIVIC CENTER, 250 HAMILTON AVENUE BROADCAST LIVE ON KZSU, FM 90.1 CABLECAST LIVE ON GOVERNMENT ACCESS CHANNEL 26 ********************************** THIS IS A SUMMARY OF COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS. THE AGENDA WITH COMPLETE TITLES INCLUDING LEGAL DOCUMENTATION CAN BE VIEWED AT THE BELOW WEBPAGE: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/knowzone/agendas/council.asp
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could also reduce the need for insurance, Joint Power Authority officials said in a report. Fixing the Newell bridge must occur before completing work upstream, Eggleston said. If the Pope-Chaucer bridge were expanded first, the increased water flow during heavy rain would cause flooding downstream into Palo Alto and East Palo Alto neighborhoods. The Newell bridge is also obsolete when it comes to handling traffic. It was built in 1911, and two cars can barely fit passing in opposite directions. If large vehicles are crossing, only one can pass at a time. A blind curve on the East Palo Alto side creates a hazard, as evidenced by the many scrapes on the concrete of the bridge’s northeast corner. The bridge also does not have a dedicated lane for pedestrians and bicyclists. But replacing the bridge, which was supposed to start in 2014, has been delayed by a year in part because of neighborhood protests. Residents calling themselves Palo Alto for Responsible Bridge Development conducted a survey last November that showed many in the neighborhood did not believe the bridge contributes to flooding. Early renditions proposed by engineers envisioned a 75-foot-long, 32-foot-wide span to replace the 18-foot-wide bridge. Two designs aligned the bridge with Newell Road in East Palo Alto, which currently jogs north. Residents thought the alignment would create a roadway that would add to speeding and endanger pedestrians, bicyclists and others. More than 200 people attended
a January community meeting, and residents signed a petition to slow down the process. As a result, City Manager James Keene paused work by the project’s consultant, and a full environmental-impact report was ordered. The traffic analysis will examine 14 intersections, including two in East Palo Alto, and nine residential streets during peak traffic hours. The analysis will include scenarios for 2013, estimates for 2020 and traffic projections for 2035. The analysis will study potential use by bicyclists and pedestrians. The environmental report will add an estimated $200,000 to $250,000 to the $539,000 already earmarked for a consultant’s design and environmental assessment, according to city estimates. Four alternatives will be analyzed equally, according to a March 11 report. Caltrans agreed in late May to cover the costs of the environmental review with additional funds in proportion to its 89 percent share of project costs. Santa Clara Valley Water District, which is paying 11 percent of the project costs, will cover the remaining amount, city officials said. Thursday’s meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at Lucie Stern Community Center, Children’s Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The alternatives, as outlined by the city, include: No project: The old bridge would remain in place. Flooding would remain a risk, particularly if bridges are widened upstream. Continued unsafe pedestrian and bike access. The blind curve and narrow access remain. Removal of existing bridge without replacement: Eliminates car access and could increase traffic on University Avenue and Embarcadero Road. Emergency
vehicles would no longer have access. Loss of state funding. A new bicycle/pedestrian bridge, but without vehicle access: Eliminates car access and could increase traffic on University Avenue and Embarcadero Road. Emergency vehicles would not have access. Loss of state funding. Potentially a 16-foot-wide roadbed for bikes that includes a pedestrian path separated from the bike lane. A new bicycle/pedestrian bridge with limited emergencyvehicle access: The same as the previous option, except that emergency vehicles would be able to cross the bridge.
New two-lane vehicle bridge using the existing bridge alignment: Potential 28-foot-wide bridge, vegetation removal along the creek to accommodate the expanded bridge. Could change some roadway aspects on Woodland Avenue. Accommodates bicyclists and pedestrians. Potential changes to bridge length and height. New two-lane vehicle bridge that lines up with Newell Road in East Palo Alto: Potential 28-foot-wide bridge, vegetation removal along the creek. Trafficcalming devices to keep cars from speeding along the straightened road. Bike and pedestrian access.
Potential changes to bridge length and height. New two-vehicle bridge with a partial realignment: Potential 28-foot-wide bridge, vegetation removal along the creek. Trafficcalming devices added. Potential changes to bridge length and height. New two-directional, onelane vehicle bridge with traffic signal control: Presumed to be the same as for the other bridge constructions. Traffic changes due to stop light. More information and city reports are available online at www. cityofpaloalto.org/newell. N
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have led to better performance by special-ed students, and generaleducation teachers have learned from special-education teachers how to better gear their instruction to students at various levels. At the elementary level, Palo Verde Elementary School Principal Anne Brown told the board, including more special-education students in regular classrooms “has made our team at the school very cohesive. “You wouldn’t notice who the children are,” she said. “We have one child in particular who came to us speaking only one-word sentences. He’s now up to two. “I urge you to keep us going in this direction,” Brown said. “It’s also benefiting our regular-education students who are learning more about compassion, differences and unity.” Jordan Middle School Principal Greg Barnes said the school has offered inclusion-oriented, professional-development classes “not just in the special-education department but for all our teachers. “As we ask our students and teachers to embrace this (inclusion) vision we need to put in structures to support it and make it successful,” Barnes said. Jordan Assistant Principal Grant Althouse said the school has made changes to its master schedule to better include special-education students in general classrooms. For special-education students not able to be mainstreamed, the district continues to offer separate classrooms, including high school classes focused on “functional skills, life skills like how to navigate in the community, how to navigate a social situation and how to get around campus,” Wade said. “We also put in a social-sexuality curriculum so our students can be happy healthy adults living in the community they choose,” she said. The district also pays for private residential education for 43 students. “We do have therapeutic support classes, but for students with more significant mental health needs where we can’t mitigate it in a school setting, some are in residential settings at this point,” Wade said. “Our residential numbers are up, and we continue to provide support to those families. I see that as something that over time will go down — and we have students going in and out of residential as well.” Parent Christina Schmidt, who chairs the all-volunteer Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC), said she was encouraged by Wade’s report but expressed some skepticism. She urged the district to offer more information on reasons for the reduction in special-education numbers. “Are these students who have graduated out? Have they been taken out of our system and Page 16ÊUÊ"VÌLiÀÊ££]ÊÓä£ÎÊUÊ*>ÊÌÊ7iiÞÊUÊÜÜÜ°*>Ì"i°V
moved somewhere else, or have their services been reduced? I’d just like to have more information about exactly how these numbers are reduced,” Schmidt said. Despite greater efforts in the past three years to keep special-education students in their neighborhood schools, Schmidt said they are still being moved around too often. “Moving a child from school to school — and it does happen in this district — is not necessarily the best for the child,” she said.
“If we’re going to have these inclusion classrooms, are they being developed across the board in all schools so a child starting in kindergarten can continue on in that school? “I think the community at large should have a greater understanding of what this means,” Schmidt said. “There are still so many questions from parents. “Parents need to see the long vision so they can understand the changes,” Schmidt said. N
CityView A round-up
of Palo Alto government action this week
City Council (Oct. 3)
Transportation management: The council directed City Manager Jim Keene and City Attorney Molly Stump to research transportation-demand management programs and return with a report in January 2014. Yes: Berman, Burt, Holman, Klein, Kniss, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd No: Price
City Council (Oct. 7)
Edgewood: The council approved the revised Final Environmental Impact Report for the renovation of Edgewood Plaza and imposed a $94,200 fine on the developer, Sand Hill Property Company, for demolishing a historical building at the plaza. Yes: Berman, Burt, Holman, Klein, Kniss, Price, Shepherd, Schmid Absent: Scharff Homeless: The council approved a $250,000 allocation to partner with Santa Clara County on providing permanent housing for up to 20 homeless individuals. Yes: Berman, Burt, Holman, Klein, Kniss, Price, Shepherd, Schmid Absent: Scharff
Council Policy and Services Committee (Oct. 8)
Art: The committee recommended revising the city’s “percent for art” program to include private developments. Yes: Unanimous
Planning and Transportation Commission (Oct. 9)
Transportation: The commission recommended approving the revised Transportation Element in the city’s Comprehensive Plan. Yes: Unanimous Parking: The commission recommended approving a program that would allow individuals with permanent disabilities and no garages to request designated on-street parking for an annual fee of $250. Yes: Keller, King, Martinez, Michael No: Alcheck, Panelli, Tanaka
Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council has no meetings scheduled this week. HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 1027 Bryant St., a proposal by Fergus Garber Young Architects on behalf of John Tarlton and Jennifer Dearborn for a redesign of a multi-family residence in Professorville. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). SCHOOL/CITY LIAISON COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to hear an update on school-traffic safety and student use of transit services; and discuss the Safe Routes to School program, the enrollment report and common challenges on medical benefits. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, in Conference Room A at the Palo Alto Unified School District headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.). ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 636 Waverley Ave., a proposal to construct a new four-story building with commercial uses on the bottom two floors and two residential units on the third and fourth floors; 3225 El Camino Real, a request by Hayes Group Architects for a new four-story mixed-use building; 101 Lytton, a proposal for minor rooftop revisions to a previously approved four-story building; 301 High St., proposed exterior modifications to a commercial building; and 1700 Embarcadero Road, a review of revised plans for a hotel at the site of Ming’s Chinese Cuisine and Bar. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PUBLIC ART COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hear an update on the “public art in private development” ordinance, discuss artwork in the City Hall lobby and hear an update on the online database of the city’s collection. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).
Committee asks: â€˜What IS art?â€™ A program that would require private developers to contribute 1 percent of construction costs to public art won the unanimous support of Palo Altoâ€™s Policy and Services Committee Tuesday night, though members also expressed concerns about the programâ€™s complexity. The Percent for Art program for private developments would apply to any new commercial development that is more than 10,000 square feet and costs $200,000 or more. Developers are required to either commission a piece of onsite art or pay an in-lieu fee, which is pooled in a public-art fund that will support larger art projects. Councilwoman Gail Price spoke to the need for having bigger and more impactful public art in Palo Alto. â€œI think one of the things that many cities suffer from, especially smaller cities, is sometimes the artwork tends to suffer from punyism,â€? she said. â€œAnd because of the diminutive nature of some of these art pieces, they really arenâ€™t making the kinds of statements that may be appropriate.â€? But having in-lieu funds also means saddling the city with the difficult choice of selecting larger, more visible artwork that will almost certainly not please all Palo Altans, councilmembers observed. â€œArt and its acceptance and so forth is always going to be judged,â€? Councilwoman Liz Kniss said. â€œItâ€™s in the eye of the beholder.â€? This also applies to private developers commissioning onsite art, which they can choose on their own or with city assistance. â€œItâ€™s a delicate dance,â€? said Councilwoman Karen Holman of defining what is and isnâ€™t art. N â€” Elena Kadvany
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