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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 ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iʣή


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

orbit around the moon.” “It’s a very interesting story, and unfortunately we aren’t telling it,” he said. At Ames Research Center, 1,150 employees are furloughed, Stone said, and about an equal number of contractors and students are affected. “Normally I’d be trying to prevent foreign countries from trying to hack into our data, but I’m not doing that right now,” cyber-security expert Matt Linton said. He said a skeleton crew was still doing that work, but that it would be “insufficient” in the ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£Ó®

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 cen­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£Ó®

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Around Town

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 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

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alo Alto Online launched an updated version of its website Oct. 8. The changes are designed to make the site more readable and its content more accessible. The re-launch introduces new section pages for news, arts and entertainment and bloggers. The sports and real-estate sections continue to have their own pages. The site has an improved presentation of the Town Square reader forum, which is intended to encourage greater community discussion on important local issues. A new community calendar format makes event information easier to access. “We’ve sought to organize the presentation of vast amounts of content in a way that is clean and simple,” said Bill Johnson, publisher of the Palo Alto Weekly, which operates Palo Alto Online. “Like anything different, it will take time to get familiar with the new lay-


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@


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@ 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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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

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, or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302.

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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 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@


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 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:

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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. 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"V̜LiÀÊ££]ÊÓä£ÎÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“

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: ‘What IS art?’ A program that would require private developers to contribute 1 percent of construction costs to public art won the unanimous support of Palo Alto’s Policy and Services Committee Tuesday night, though members also expressed concerns about the program’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. “I think one of the things that many cities suffer from, especially smaller cities, is sometimes the artwork tends to suffer from punyism,� she said. “And because of the diminutive nature of some of these art pieces, they really aren’t making the kinds of statements that may be appropriate.� 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. “Art and its acceptance and so forth is always going to be judged,� Councilwoman Liz Kniss said. “It’s in the eye of the beholder.� This also applies to private developers commissioning onsite art, which they can choose on their own or with city assistance. “It’s a delicate dance,� said Councilwoman Karen Holman of defining what is and isn’t art. N — Elena Kadvany


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East Palo Alto vice mayor to resign David Woods, East Palo Alto’s vice mayor, is resigning from the City Council, he said in an email to fellow council members on last week, citing personal and health reasons. Woods, 47, has served on the council since 2002, and his current term expires in November 2014. East Palo Alto Mayor Ruben Abrica said this week Woods has not yet disclosed when he will officially resign. The council will work together well even though Woods is leaving, Abrica said. He praised Woods for his abilities on the council and willingness to work together even when they had differing views. The council could wait until a regular election or have a special election to fill the seat, but Abrica said they were unlikely to decide until Woods sets a timeline for his departure. As past mayor, Woods oversaw some of East Palo Alto’s signature issues and emergencies, including a showdown over rent-stabilization, the 2010 plane crash and fire, closure of a longtime polluter, rollback of a parcel tax and a 2009 gun-buyback program. Woods was selected unanimously as mayor in 2004. But his political life was marred by a September 2004 conviction for domestic violence for striking his wife, which resulted in a 45-day jail sentence. He ran for a seat on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 2012, but after bouncing two checks, he was disqualified for failing to meet the deadline for filing election fees. N — Sue Dremann

Council OKs payment for housing subsidies Palo Alto took a small step toward tackling a colossal problem Monday night, Oct. 7, when officials agreed to spend $250,000 on shelter and case managers for 20 homeless individuals. By an 8-0 vote, with Mayor Greg Scharff absent, the City Council approved a staff recommendation to partner with Santa Clara County on a “housing firstâ€? approach to serving the local homeless population. Council members agreed that a two-year pilot program will, at best, put only a small dent on the problem of homelessness. But given the city’s lack of experience as a provider of services for homeless people, they stopped short of making any other further commitments. The initiative was triggered by recent council decisions to ban people from living in their cars throughout the city and to keep Cubberley Community Center closed at night. The center had become what officials refer to as a “de facto homeless shelter,â€? prompting complaints from residents about an increase in crime and a lack of real services to serve the homeless population. In September, when the council voted to keep Cubberley and other community centers closed after 10:30 p.m., members coupled the restriction with a pledge to spend $250,000 on services to aid the homeless. They proceeded to do so Monday, pledging to work with Santa Clara County on getting the most at-risk homeless individuals off the streets. The targets of the program, according to a staff report, include people who have had contact with the criminal-justice system, who have a high chance of recidivism and who “significantly impact county, state or local resources.â€? The partnership would allow the city to tap into a $518,400 county fund aimed at providing long-term transitional housing. N — Gennady Sheyner ĂœĂœĂœÂ°*>Â?ÂœÂ?ĂŒÂœ"˜Â?ˆ˜i°VÂœÂ“ĂŠUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠ"VĂŒÂœLiÀÊ££]ÊÓä£ÎÊU Page 17



Bears spotted in Midtown park Four metal bear sculptures were unveiled last week in Palo Alto’s Hoover Park on Cowper Street. Designed by Missouribased artist Beth Nybeck, the bears are the product of a collaboration between the city’s Public Art Commission, Midtown Residents Association and residents.

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Edgewood Plaza builder fined $94,200 After inadvertently destroying a physically decrepit but symbolically precious piece of Palo Alto history, the developer behind Edgewood Plaza will have to pay a fine of $94,200, the City Council ruled Monday night. (Posted Oct. 8, 12:47 a.m.)

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A 24-year-old Stanford student was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of drunken driving after he drove the wrong way onto U.S. Highway 101 in South San Francisco and caused a crash that killed one person and seriously injured two more, according to the California Highway Patrol. (Posted Oct. 7, 1:01 p.m.)

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These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online throughout the week. For longer versions, go to www.PaloAlto

Early-morning fire guts Ventura home A Palo Alto home that was scheduled for a renovation is a total loss after an early morning blaze, a battalion chief said. (Posted Oct. 7, 9:06 a.m.)

East Palo Alto teen in critical condition A 17-year-old boy is in critical condition after a shooting in East Palo Alto, police said Saturday evening. (Posted Oct. 6, 9:48 a.m.)

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POLICE CALLS Palo Alto Oct. 2-7 Violence related Assault w/ a deadly weapon . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . . 6 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Vehicle accident/mnr. injury . . . . . . . . . 8 Vehicle accident/prop. damage 7 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Attempted auto burglary. . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Drunken driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Possession of paraphernalia. . . . . . . . . 1 Sales of drugs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Drinking in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous Found property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . 2 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 2 Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Resisting arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

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Theft related Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Vehicle accident/mnr. injury . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . . 2 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle/traffic hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Miscellaneous Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 2 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Tree blocking roadway . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

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Forty years later, updating open space vision As open space and recreational opportunities become ever more important, a good time to reassess priorities


rom virtually anywhere on the Midpeninsula, Windy Hill’s unique treeless contours dominate the Skyline ridge and provide a constant reminder of how lucky we are to have the vast amounts of open space lacking in other urban areas. Long-time Peninsula residents can remember when it was not at all assured that today’s spectacular views of our undeveloped coastal mountains would avoid development. But thanks to the vision of people who were the pioneers of a burgeoning local environmental movement, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) was formed in 1972 through a voter initiative and privately owned land was gradually acquired and opened for public use. Today MROSD now oversees 26 preserves totaling more than 60,000 acres with more than 225 miles of trails, and that doesn’t include vast additional acreage of other connected open-space lands and trails operated by other public agencies. When one combines the land owned by various groups, including MROSD, the federal, state and county governments, the city of San Francisco Water Department and the Peninsula Open Space Trust, the expanse of undeveloped open-space watershed between Los Gatos and Pacifica has largely been permanently protected. Increasingly, these agencies have recognized it is their responsibility to make these lands available for public use and enjoyment, not to simply preserve them. As the demand for recreational opportunities increases with population growth and more active lifestyles, parks and open-space agencies are grappling with how to best serve the public, and how to balance competing interests. To its credit, the Midpeninsula Open Space District has pulled out all the stops to undertake a $500,000 visioning and prioritysetting process called “Imagine the Future of Open Space.” With the help of consultants, it has conducted formal surveys and hundreds of informal interviews and group sessions to gather public input. Public meetings are scheduled over the next few weeks to gain further input, and the elected directors are expected to adopt a final plan by the end of the year. Like many planning exercises, however, the scope of the visioning process is so broad that it risks not focusing enough attention on the most important and controversial questions: How much and what types of recreational uses should be allowed and supported within the district’s preserves? The values promoted in the draft plan — stewardship, education, biodiversity, enjoyment of nature, increased diversity of visitors and improved visitor experience — are all appropriate and certainly belong in MROSD’s visioning document. The plan’s laundry list of 74 prioritized action items, which detail specific improvements in each region within the district, including new trails, improved trail connections, habitat restoration, better parking, signage and maintenance, are sound. But in both being broad and visionary on the one hand, and ultraspecific on the other, critical questions about how we want to use these valuable resources for recreational purposes get lost. For example, currently in the entire open-space district, backpack camping is permitted in only one spot, atop Black Mountain above Los Altos Hills, where there are five campsites. Should development of additional overnight camping opportunities be part of a long-range plan? Mountain biking is allowed in 16 of the 26 preserves on about 140 miles of trails. Horseback riding is permitted in all but five of the preserves. But for dog owners, who far outnumber mountain bikers or equestrians, the district is decidedly unfriendly. Only four of the preserves on the Midpeninsula are open to dogs, and most offer only short-distance trails of little interest to serious hikers. One preserve promoted as dog-friendly, the Foothills Open Space Preserve on upper Page Mill Road, has a single trail that is less than a half-mile long. We are happy to see the Midpeninsula Open Space District undertake this major planning process, but as it nears completion we hope directors don’t dodge the controversial questions about expanding and diversifying recreational opportunities. How we use these lands is as important as how we preserve them.

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A classic dilemma Editor, We are asked to approve a housing project, which includes accommodations for the elderly among us (Measure D) which according to the opponents to the measure, would unnecessarily overburden the traffic pattern in an already overburdened neighborhood. Not so good. However, if Measure D is rejected, housing for even more people (who will drive even more cars than our senior citizens) in our midst will be allowed. Whoops — we’re being asked to chose between two undesirable results! A pox on both houses. I intend to boycott the election this time around — it’s obviously a loselose choice either way, so what’s the point of this election? Ruben Contreras Waverley Street, Palo Alto

Maybell: Hidden costs Editor, Projects like the contentious Maybell Project, which promises to create a high-density zone in a residential Barron Park neighborhood, have hidden public costs, often called “externalities” — which are typically ignored by the City of Palo Alto when it is trying to jam projects like this one into our small, built-out town. Affordable-housing projects, like Maybell, rarely have their “externalities” tallied. Most people are unaware of the public monies needed to build/operate these facilities. The Maybell project, for instance, requires federal/ state tax credits of about $14M, and a loan of $7+M from the City of Palo Alto. Assuming a 100 percent tax exemption for the property (typical for affordable housing) — Maybell will avoid paying about $26M in base property taxes over the next 55 years — and more when bond-retirement taxes are considered. Moreover, the city spends roughly $2,500/person to provide for city services. The county/state also spends more than $5,000 per person per year for government services, heavily funded by property taxes. When all of these direct and indirect costs are tallied, the public “investment” in Maybell exceeds $80M — easily $1.25M/unit in public subsidy and tax avoidance. Our Council has failed to identify these hidden public Maybell costs — leaving people not fully informed about the issues. A NO Vote will preserve the Maybell neighborhood, send a message to the Council about destroying our residential neighborhoods with high-density housing,

and avoiding a hidden public “investment” of $80+ million in this 60-unit project. Vote NO on Maybell. Wayne Martin Bryant Street, Palo Alto

In favor of livability Editor, Is anyone wondering why the supporters of Measure D are working so hard with so much money and with dozens of organizations, politicians and hundreds of endorsements, all to approve 20 extra units of subsidized senior apartments. I am. This issue cannot possibly be only the 20 units above the current zoning of 41 units. And why do they want 12 houses built on only 3,000-square-foot lots when the current Palo Alto minimum is 6,000 square feet? We neighbors of the project are not against senior housing; we are in favor of livability. The evidence of our support for subsidized housing is that we already have five such projects within 350 yards of the proposed project. Vote No on Measure D. Keep existing zoning. John Elman Hubbartt Drive, Palo Alto

Save Wright pool Editor, I just read an email about the permanent closure of the Betty Wright Swim Center with great surprise and horror. I went over on Wednesday evening and all was silent and dark. I am appalled to learn about this. I have been going to the pool since February 2007. When I started, I was in a wheelchair trying to recover from the paralysis of Guillain-Barré syndrome; exercising at the pool was an important factor in recovering my mobility. So many afflicted people use the pool regularly that there is a sense of community. Betty Wright is a place where it’s “normal” not to be perfectly normal, and this atmosphere alone is very important. The idea of asking the afflicted to parade themselves at places where most of the people are not like them is disturbing. Many of us felt that at Betty Wright, we were among our own, we would not be stared at, and that we were all involved in healing our bodies. Is that to be taken away from us so quickly and easily? The Betty Wright Swim Center ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊÓÓ)

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On Deadline Upsurge in teen crisis, drug referrals reported by counseling service by Jay Thorwaldson


here has been an upsurge in crisislevel referrals in the past year to therapists at the Adolescent Counseling Service, based in Palo Alto but serving neighboring communities for emotional crises, mental-health counseling and alcohol/substanceabuse problems. But part of the upsurge may be positive: It could signal a reduction in the stigma associated with seeking help during critical times in the minds of teens and parents. It also could indicate a strong relationship between school counselors and administrators and the therapy/counseling service. ACS has served troubled young persons in one way or another since it was founded in 1975, for many years under the leadership of Sue Barkhurst and currently under Executive Director Phillipe Rey. Last year was “the busiest year we’ve ever experienced,” Rey reported at an Oct. 1 meeting of the agency’s Board of Advisors. The agency’s on-campus counseling program last year served 3,781 clients, of which 1,123 were therapy clients seen in 7,150 counseling sessions. About 450 young persons participated in a support group in the on-campus program, and the agency reached 2,208 individuals with education and outreach messages, Rey reported. “What is amazing is that we had a 12 percent increase from the previous year in the therapy clients we saw,” he said.

The counseling service, commonly known as ACS, serves public and private schools in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and East Palo Alto, as well as Boys & Girls Clubs in Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and Redwood City. Woodside High School was recently added to its roster, with a strong first-year referral rate. ACS also has linked, as of last July 1, with the Outlet organization, which counsels and conducts groups and workshops for young persons with issues related to sexual preference and identity. ACS provides on-campus counseling for middle and high schools, and operates an “after-school counseling” program that is strongly family-focused and is based at the ACS offices, 1717 Embarcadero Road, Suite 4000, Palo Alto. The name is a bit of a misnomer, as it continues into the summer — so it more accurately is a general counseling center or program. ACS counselors see young persons with issues that range from deeply serious “suicidality” to seriously troubling anxiety or depression, as well as general life concerns. “We’re seeing kids and they’re talking about what’s really happening,” Roni Gillenson, who directs the on-campus counseling program, reported. Despite a lingering stigma around mental health, “We see more and more kids walking in to talk, kids pulling their friends in saying, ‘You should talk to this ACS counselor,’” especially in the high schools, she said. The agency has four primary goals for its young clients: Maintenance of grades, improving a personal level of functioning, perception of being helped, and relief of symptoms of depression. The program set a high

level of 80 percent for clients’ perception of the counseling being helpful and received a 97 percent rating from the clients. Maintenance or improvement of grades was set at 50 percent, and came in at 45 percent, while level of functioning targeted 70 percent but came in at 68 percent. Lessening of mild depression, targeted at 50 percent, came up short at 36 percent. Gillenson pointed out that going into counseling can shift the focus away from grades, and that in terms of mild depression “sometimes it gets worse before it gets better” when the person is tackling important issues in his or her life. The high rating of helpfulness is particularly satisfying “because we are talking about some difficult things. We find that kids are talking about their depression, their anxiety, their level of stress. They’re talking about their suicidal thoughts.” Connie Mayer, who directs the afterschool and counseling-center programs, echoed the observations of increased use of ACS services generally, with an important addition: Young persons are dealing with deeper issues over longer counseling periods with therapists. “They are seeing their clients in the counseling center for longer periods because their issues run deeper. What used to be a five- or six-session relationship is now much longer and deeper” and involves families for up to 10 sessions. “We have families seen by a therapist and a child seen by a different therapist. So there’s a lot of collaboration going on,” she said. “Last month we had three hospitalizations, with depression and suicidality. That’s just in one month.”

Mayer said she is “proud of the therapists we get, with a lot of experience under their belts.” And it is noticed, she added: “Other agencies, students and parents get word that we have experienced therapists. On the first day of school we had 11 referrals in the substance-abuse program from the two high schools. We are also getting private-school referrals in substance abuse and alcohol. ... School counselors and administrators are hearing about what we’re doing. “It’s really a wonderful thing to see that our outreach is reaching all these kids in need.” There are changing patterns in substance use and abuse, she said, citing the new Ecstacy-like drug called Molly “handed out like candy” at “rave” parties such as one last month in Mountain View that received media coverage. But Molly “can have up to 225 toxins in it,” and the teens being given it at parties can suffer side effects and easily overdose and require treatment. And it’s not the “heavy-user” teen involved, she said. “It’s the teen going to a party with their friends. It’s the teen next door, with 3.5 to 4 grade-point average.” Educating parents about the nature of substance use, abuse and addiction is a key element of the family involvement, whether it is intensely personal within a family or a general awareness of issues and haunting concerns of a community. N Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at with a copy to He also writes blogs at (below Town Square). Thorwaldson and Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson are longtime members of the ACS Board of Advisors.


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was a facility that Palo Alto could be proud of. It served the needs of the impaired and the elderly and provided a warm, personal, welcoming environment for many people who really needed it. The staff were friendly and helpful; I felt so lucky to be able to go there. I hope it’s really not going to be destroyed to make way for some expensive development. Dana M. St. George Campesino Avenue, Palo Alto

Re: Daily Post Editor, I don’t understand what some of our elected officials base their proposals on; must be something other than logic. If the Post is correct, Klein and Scharf want to raise citizen taxes to pay for downtown parking not provided by the developers over the last decade. Properties in the park-

ing assessment district are only responsible for less than 10 cents a square foot (with $6-7 per square foot triple net rents) for the few spaces provided. The $21 million suggested in the article would raise that to about 16 cents but only provide approximately 350 parking spaces, not enough to take care of the unoccupied projects already under construction let alone the 400 needed for those currently in the approval process, plus projects staff is likely to approve in the next six months, and it certainly will not address the current neighborhood parking intrusion that stretches from the creek, soon to Embarcadero and across Middlefield. It is past time for the City Council to adopt a moratorium on all under-parked construction projects. Stop digging this deficit hole deeper, seek help and bring the property owners to the table to pay for the parking they have failed to provide. They can afford it. It is no longer time to

Palo Alto Unified School District Notice is hereby Given that proposals will be received by the Palo Alto Unified School District for bid package: Contract Name: Gunn High School Miranda Avenue Drop-Off Contract No. GMD-13 DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK: The work includes, but is not limited to: Demolition of existing road; protection, modification, removal, and addition of underground utilities; earthwork and grading; supply and installation of asphalt and concrete. Contractor shall follow strict guidance of District’s tree protection plan. Bidding documents contain the full description of the work. There will be a mandatory pre-bid conference and site visit at 11:00 a.m. on October 17, 2013 at the Administration Office Located at 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, California 94306 Bid Submission: Proposals must be received at the District Facilities Office Building D, by 1:00p.m. on November 7, 2013. PREVAILING WAGE LAWS: The successful Bidder must comply with all prevailing wage laws applicable to the Project, and related requirements contained in the Contract Documents. Palo Alto Unified School District will maintain a Labor Compliance Program (LCP) for the duration of this project. In bidding this project, the contractor warrants they are aware and will follow the Public Works Chapter of the California Labor Code comprised of labor code sections 1720 – 1861. A copy of the Districts LCP is available for review at 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D, Palo Alto, CA 94306. 1. A pre-job conference shall be conducted with the contractor or subcontractors to discuss federal and state labor law requirements applicable to the contract. 2. Project contractors and subcontracts shall maintain and furnish to the District, at a designated time, a certified copy of each payroll with a statement of compliance signed under penalty of perjury. 3. The District shall review and, if appropriate, audit payroll records to verify compliance with the Public Works Chapter of the Labor Code. 4. The District shall withhold contract payments if payroll records are delinquent or inadequate. 5. The District shall withhold contract payments as described in the LCP, including applicable penalties when the District and Labor Commissioner establish that underpayment of other violations has occurred. Bidders may examine Bidding Documents at Facilities Office, Building “D”. Bidders may purchase copies of Plans and Specifications for $100.00 at ARC Document Solutions, 1100 Industrial Road Unit 13, San Carlos, CA 94070, Phone Number (650) 517-1895. All questions can be addressed to: Palo Alto Unified School District 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D Palo Alto, CA 94306-1099 Attn: Bryant Truong Phone: (650) 329-3971 Fax: (650) 327-3588

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allow another square foot of under-parked building to take place in downtown. Ken Alsman Ramona Street, Palo Alto

lo Park. Is it too much to ask that 1 percent of any construction be set aside to enhance living? Lorin Krogh Encina Avenue, Palo Alto

Whose business is it?

Yes on art, but ...

Editor, Consider the following examples and ask yourself each time, whose business is it: What kind of bags stores hand out, whether or not they charge for them, and how much? How many new housing units your city allows? Whether your small suburban town continues to zone mostly for singlefamily homes and small business, or switches to mostly high-density housing projects and towering office complexes? Whether you drive your car or ride a bike or take a bus or walk? What new developments are built in your town and where? What kind of light bulb you use? If it’s your business — you, the individual, the business owner, the homeowner, the city resident, the U.S. Citizen — then we are a free people in a free country enjoying the free enterprise system. Conversely, if the state, including any governmental bodies, regional or otherwise, is dictating these things — from the large-scale community-defining ones down to the minutiae of our lives — then this is a system of centralized, authoritarian, top-down control, virtually indistinguishable from that of the former Soviet Union. And that certainly is our business to prevent. Cherie Zaslawsky Oak Lane, Menlo Park

Editor, I applaud Palo Alto’s Percent for Art Program requiring private developers to chip in 1 percent of construction costs for public-art projects. However, considering the waivers of zoning and the fact that all of the buildings now being approved are built out to the sidewalk with only very small if any inner courtyards, in order for the art to be public, it would require placement in the center of the street. Even the developers agree there would not be enough public space. Perhaps our friends on the City Council should start getting the message. Stephanie Grossman Harriet Street, Palo Alto

Feral cat crisis Editor, Feral cat colonies are often started when people abandon their unaltered pets, who then have kittens raised without much human contact. They are also prey to raccoons, foxes, owls, rats, hawks, coyotes, starvation and traffic. It’s a good bet many of the Baylands cats were pets dropped off by their people, as were the other animals mentioned in the PA Weekly article of 9/13/13. Some think if they can’t keep their pets, dropping them off in nature gives them a fighting chance at survival when instead their pets end up suffering horribly. My hope is that the wildlife experts and cat-rescue groups will use this crisis as an opportunity to work together, using their many years of experience and knowledge to find humane solutions that will benefit both the animals and humans. Wendy McCain Kelly Way, Palo Alto

Pro percent for art Editor, I applaud Palo Alto’s idea for public art. Art is always thought provoking and sometimes, charming. It can make a place to live, comfortable and unique. I only hope that Palo Alto doesn’t fall under the sway of developers like apparently happened in Men-

Shame on Congress Editor, S — Shame on you, Congress, for taking your salaries, but denying salaries to hundreds of thousands of others. H — Holding yourselves out as leaders, when you do not possess the skills or the will to listen, discuss, debate and negotiate a settlement to the shutdown that you created. A — Affordable Care Act is not the only issue impacting this country, and clutching on to this only weakens the entire nation. Haven’t you heard that more than 70 percent of the people approve of the ACA? M — “Money, Money, Money!” “Where will I get the money to run for re-election?” Rather than looking to the next time you are up for re-election, try focusing on the job that you were elected to do in the first place! E — Egos must be set aside. Managing America is not about “you,” it is about “us,” “We the people ...” How about considering what is right for the children, who no longer get breakfast; or the seniors, who have lost their benefits; or the cancer research for the millions who are sick; or parks and national landmarks for those who still take pride in the country? Shame on you, Congress! If you cannot do the job that you were elected to do, how about resigning, and pick any person off the street in your hometown, and watch how much better they do in your place! Nancy Yeend Ensign Way, Palo Alto

Broaden courses Editor, As a senior at Palo Alto High School I’m (finally) permitted to take Social Sciences courses that remain unavailable to the lower grades. For years, I’ve looked forward to diving into everything from AP Macroeconomics, to U.S. Foreign Policy Honors and Sociology. However, I’ve had to spend so many of my credits meeting graduation requirements,

that this has proved impossible. From 6th to 11th grades, we’re offered only the required History and Government classes. Though they’re important, my experience in Economics and AP Psychology (the classes I managed to squeeze in) has shown me that, due to lack of exposure, many students get the wrong impression of what scholarship in the social sciences truly entails. As a result, many of us are turned off on pursuing these fields in higher education. We need constant evaluation of our thought processes, actions and policies for any improvements to be made, and education in the social sciences provides a foundation for such critical inquiry. Exposing younger students to these fields to form a more comprehensive education for students in all areas, is what we need to propel society into the future. Austin Zheng Webster Street, Palo Alto

Thanks for article Editor, I just received a copy of your article about Paly’s Football Anniversary (Sept. 13) and want to let you know you did a good job. That was a high point in my life and profession. The players always determine whether you are successful or not and we had really outstanding personnel that year. Wes Fisher was the co-coach and his job was never given the credit it deserved. I retired to Arizona but have kept up on Paly’s and Stanford’s athletic endeavors. Thank you for writing the article and giving credit to the team that made it possible. Jim Fairchild Mesa, Ariz.

High expectations Editor, Mark Soltau’s article about Dean Stotz, who is retiring after 37 years as an assistant baseball coach at Stanford, was very interesting. I hope I won’t be misunderstood if I share a question it raised for me. Mr. Soltau wrote that Mr. Stotz had attended Stanford and earned a degree in economics. Is it unreasonable to wonder if a degree in economics from Stanford should lead to something more than being a baseball coach? I am sure that Mr. Stotz is a wonderful person and that he has had a very good influence on the young people with whom he has worked. Still, is it unreasonable to ask if Stanford’s reason for existing is to turn out baseball coaches? The question should be considered in a much broader light than any single individual. What should we expect from those who are attending Stanford today? Are those who are fortunate enough to attend such an extraordinary university willing to accept the burden of high expectations? Is the Stanford community willing to accept the challenge of facing that question each day? Albert Alioto 34th Avenue, San Francisco


Peter Hom

Births, marriages and deaths

Christopher Bruce Berryessa Christopher (Skip) Bruce Berryessa died at his Palo Alto home on Oct. 1. He was 71 and had been ill for the past few years after his retirement as a cemetery worker at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, where he had worked for 35 years. Born on Oct. 2, 1942, his ancestors left Mexico in 1776, traveling north in horse-drawn wagons with Juan Bautista DeAnza. They settled in the area now known as the Presidio of San Francisco. He married Doris Jacquelyn Stromberg on Sept. 13, 1962, in Mountain View. They celebrated 50 years of marriage last year. He also served in the U.S. Navy in his early years. His three children are Christopher, Robert and Darlene Berryessa. He is also survived by grandchildren.

NOTICE OF A DIRECTOR’S HEARING To be held at 3:00 P.M., Thursday, October 17, 2013, in the Palo Alto City Council Conference Room, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review filed documents; contact Alicia Spotwood for information regarding business hours at 650-617-3168. 611 Cowper Street [13PLN-00259]: Request by Ken Olcott on behalf of 611 Cowper Street LLC for a Preliminary Parcel Map to merge two parcels into one and create two condominium units, one residential unit and one threestory commercial unit, in the Commercial Downtown (CD-C) zone district. Environmental Assessment: Project is considered exempt based on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) section 15315, Minor Land Divisions.

Lasting Memories

Aaron Aknin Interim Director of Planning and Community Environment obituaries


June 10, 1947 – September 22, 2013

ARE YOU HAPPY NOW? The New Science of Happiness and Wellbeing

Friday, October 18, 2013

Katie Couric

Jennifer Aaker

ABC News

Stanford Graduate School of Business

The science of happiness is a growing and intriguing field. Research about what truly makes people happy is not only surprising, but applicable no matter how much money we make or where we live. Join moderator Katie Couric and a panel of experts in psychology, business,

Firdaus Dhabhar

Ian H. Gotlib

Psychiarty and Behavioral Science, Stanford School of Medicine

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neuroscience and design for a Roundtable discussion about the happiness and sense of wellbeing that elude so many, but are sought by all.

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9:30 a.m. President’s Welcome for alumni 10:00 a.m. Roundtable Maple Pavilion, Stanford University

Peter Hom, of Palo Alto, passed away on October 3, 2013 with his family by his side. He was 82. Peter was a wonderful husband and loving father with a genuine and generous heart. Peter was married to Gloria, who survives him. They lived happily in Palo Alto and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year. Peter practiced law for almost 40 years in Santa Clara County where he was one of the first Chinese attorneys and was a source of guidance and wisdom to his clients. He was an avid fisherman, card player and sports fan. He loved spending time with family and friends, traveling the world, and harvesting the fruit trees in his backyard. He was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto where he enjoyed the community and the music. Peter was born in Menlo Park. He received a B.S. degree in accounting from U.C. Berkeley. After serving in the US Army in the Korean War, Peter went to law school and received a J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge Law School. He is survived by his three daughters: Patricia, Jennifer and Leslie. Peter is also survived by his five grandchildren: Elizabeth, Peter, Timothy, Gloria Paige and Samantha. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation be made to the First Congregational Church in Palo Alto. A memorial service celebrating Peter’s life will be held at 11 AM on October 19, 2013 at the First Congregational Church in Palo Alto.

Sonja Lyubomirsky

David Kelley

Director, Positive Psychology Lab UC Riverside

founder of IDEO, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford

Margaret Shenk Head, aged 66, died peacefully and surrounded by family on September 22, 2013, from complications of Type I diabetes, a disease she had fought bravely since age 13. Margaret was born June 10, 1947, in Palo Alto, CA, the daughter of Jay L. Shenk and Virginia R. Shenk of Menlo Park. Margaret attended Menlo Atherton High School and the University of California at Davis. She worked as a nurse for several years and then turned her full attention to raising her children. Later in life Margaret married Jerald Head and the two were together for 19 years. He predeceased her earlier this year. Thrilled to become a grandmother four years ago, she loved to spend time with her young granddaughter. Margaret enjoyed family camping trips throughout the Pacific Northwest and traveled to Hawaii yearly when she could. She learned to love tennis as a girl and played most of her life. Margaret was an avid reader, passionate about her roses (“her other children”) and was, in her lifetime, the soft-hearted owner of several well pampered cats. Those who knew her will remember Margaret as a devoted mother and grandmother who dedicated her life to her family. A loyal friend and confidant, she had an astonishing ability to make friends on the spot. A gracious hostess, her talent for making those around her feel comfortable and welcome never ceased to amaze. Margaret is predeceased by her sister, Barbara J. Shenk, of Seattle, WA, and is survived by her children, Marcia A. Cheney, of Portola Valley, and Ryan D. Cheney, of San Jose, and her granddaughter Emma Virginia Cicchetti, of Portola Valley, CA. Margaret was buried in a private service with family at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto. Memorial donations can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) at Crippen & Flynn and Carlmont Chapels PAID


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When Developers WIN

ALL Residents LOSE

Proposed Maybell Project

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Seniors, kids, cyclists, drivers, pedestrians—we ALL deserve better. Tell the mayor and city council to represent YOU, not big developers. This may be your LAST CHANCE to stop massive, high-density rezoning. DON’T LET POLITICIANS & DEVELOPERS DECIDE PALO ALTO’S FUTURE! Preserve Neighborhood Zoning

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Measure D: Not Worth its Costs an open letter from a resident of Downtown North

Measure D is about both a housing project and Palo Alto’s land -use practices. Land Use. The city’s zoning and development process relies heavily on Planned Community (PC) and other rezoning mechanisms. Each over-code project comes with a “gift” known as a public benefit, whether it’s below-market-rate housing, the shell of a police building or theater, or just a plaza. Project proponents focus on the “benefit” in isolation; if you’re a stage company, how can a new theater be bad? But any project’s value must be understood in light of its costs, and the system can only be measure by the sum of its projects. The Palo Alto system fails to measure up and is in dire need of reform. Our city budget has many expenditures. Staff salaries, benefits and pensions must be paid. Infrastructure costs — currently backlogged — add up. New projects like affordable housing, residential broadband and parking garages constantly come before the council. There’s never enough revenue to fund them all. But City Hall has another way of raising money: selling off pieces of the city. The mechanism applied is to have a developer by land zoned for a density recorded in the city’s Comprehensive Plan. Then the city essentially sells the developer a higher-density PC rezoning. the sale price is the “public benefit.” The crucial issue is not the value of the “public benefit,” but the cost of rezoning and who bears it. Invariably the price paid is the cost of density: the character of our neighborhoods, traffic congestion, lack of parking, pollution, safety, overcrowded schools and the impact on city infrastructure. These costs are real, borne by residents, and hard to quantify. Our city council and staff would not claim these costs to be zero, but in action that’s how they value them. Thus, every project is proclaimed a winner even as our quality of life deteriorates. To Council, staff and developers, the system is a free-money game. They go to the ATM with someone else’s card — ours. It’s taken a while, but residents all across Palo Alto have finally figured out the game and are justifiably furious. Those few who have known it all along have been ignored. The Maybell Project. PAHC, nominally a nonprofit, wants to get in on the lucrative game. In their case, the sale price of rezoning is the difference between the 41 senior units allowed under existing zoning and the 60 they’ve negotiated with the developer — plus construction expenses. The cost is rezoning the 1.4 acre piece of land around the senior units to allow 12 multimillion-dollar single-family homes.

The burden falls on Barron Park and Green Acre residents. The argument in favor of Measure D relies on three assumptions, all bad. Assumption #1 dismisses costs to residents. Under Measure D, housing units on the Maybell parcel will go from 4 to 72. Proponents try, but no one can credibly argue there will no be negative consequences in terms of traffic, congestion and public safety. Assumption #2 says that no senior housing whatsoever could be financed without the private developer deal. This argument presents a disgraceful funding approach. While the City and PAHC are unwilling to fund the project with their own ATM card, they’re happy to pay for it with ours. The city would force local residents to pay for something it considers not valuable enough to buy on its own. This is repugnant. Yet the city is surprised so many residents view it as untrustworthy. Assumption #3 is really the apologist’s view, that while city zoning abuse is indeed rampant, this particular project deserves to proceed; let some other project be the one to trigger reform. This is wrong on both counts. The value of more units does not justify the cost to residents and the giveaway of the forprofit parcel. Nor is it enough to justify continued feeding of the unworkable system that now exists. Every project will have some emotional argument for why it should proceed. It’s like the alcoholic who promises to quit after just one more drink. There are other reasons to dislike Measure D: the questionable ethics of the City’s multimillion-dollar loan to PAHC before it approved the project and the change to the Comprehensive Plan after the approval. And while PAHC urges us to vote for Palo Alto’s poor seniors, its subsidized housing waitlist draws from all of Santa Clara County. No doubt there are people for whom any amount of senior housing justifies any cost. But for more reasonable voters, the costs of rezoning outweigh the benefits in terms of this specific project and of the execrable system that produced it.

Preserve Neighborhood Zoning Eric Filseth is a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood and is not a member of Palo Altans to Preserve Neighborhood Zoning.

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A book jamboree Annual Book Arts Jam celebrates art that thinks outside the covers

by Rebecca Wallace | photos by Veronica Weber


lways a city that likes its libraries and universities, Palo Alto is especially bookish this fall. Especially if you ask local artists. Last month, the Palo Alto Art Center opened its big multi-name fall exhibition, “Bibliophilia.” Now other artists are continuing the theme with the Book Arts Jam on Oct. 19 at the Lucie Stern Community Center. Creations on display will celebrate the book in all its forms, shapes and possibilities: some sporting marbled paper, handmade leather bindings or steampunk sculptural elements, others flooding open in a whoosh of accordion pages, photography, poetry. Besides walking among artists’ tables and viewing the work on display, visitors can also try their hands at making miniature folded books and art­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê˜iÝÌÊ«>}i®

Artist Jamila Rufaro painstakingly folded page after page to turn books into sculptures that now hang on her Palo Alto studio wall. “My fingers started burning” but the project was a success, she says.

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ists’ trading cards, or watch demos of letterpress printing and image-transferring on fabric. Artists Sas Colby, Carrie Galbraith and Donna Seager will give talks on their art. Jamila Rufaro, for one, can’t wait. The Palo Altan is one of the newer exhibitors at the jam despite being a longtime artist. For decades, she’s followed her muse through a myriad of media: crocheting, cardcrafting, fashioning earrings and necklaces from Japanese seed beads. When she lived in Germany for a time, she took up making stained-glass windows. But that all paled a couple years ago, when she discovered the book arts. There was something sculptural that appealed to her in altering books and creating new ones, something collage-like in assembling textured papers and found objects to make a book leap off the page. When Rufaro joined up with the Bay Area Book Artists, who put on the jam, about a year and a half ago, she was simply thrilled. “I remember feeling so excited the first time I was there,” she says. “I burst out with: ‘I love you guys! You’re my kind of people!’” Now Rufaro joins a Palo Alto BABA group every month to swap ideas and inspirations with other artists. And her Palo Alto apartment reflects her eclectic artistic journey. A collection of teapots marches across one shelf; volumes on book art fill another. Ticking away nearby is a clock made from a book about time.




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Rufaro opens one of her tiny books into a star shape.

A portion of one wall is filled with sculptural books, their pages folded into different shapes; many look like dolls in dresses. Rufaro made 50 of the books in 50 days for the recent “50-50 Show” at the Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica. The project was successful and 25 of the books sold, but “my fingers started burning” halfway through folding page after page, Rufaro says with a grin. One table offers a preview of the works that Rufaro will bring to the Book Arts Jam. The tiny minibooks made by Rufaro will join the party, pint-sized bookshelves and all. “Some I wear as necklaces,” she says, slipping one wee book on a chain around her neck. Some have blank paper inside; others betray their origins as phonebooks and dictionaries. The table also contains a more serious project: a collection of black American slaves’ narratives about their experiences. Rufaro is assembling a Sojourner Truth biography, a book called “Bullwhip Day: The Slaves Remember” and other volumes inside an old crate that’s “made to look like a slave pen,” with a chain and locks, she says. She also printed out 19th-century posters advertising slave auctions and will affix them to the box. Rufaro says many people don’t think about the former slaves who survived to tell their stories; the piece is a tribute to them. The project has a personal connection: Rufaro recently found her great-great-grandfather’s slave narrative at a Stanford University library. He was fortunate to be treated relatively well, she says. He was the same age as the plantation owner’s son, and the owner taught both boys to ride horses together. After emancipation, he stayed on at the plantation and continued working for the family. Rufaro, who has a doctorate from Stanford in education, previously worked as a dean in student affairs there. Now she’s focusing on her art, as well as teaching art classes at the Palo Alto Adult School and other places. One of her recent adult-school classes centered on making “steampunk shadowboxes” out of burned-out candy tins. Rufaro brought in clock faces, gears and other industrial objects, and encouraged students to think about color and layout as they assembled their fanciful shadowboxes. It was clearly a project that appealed to the artist’s collage sensibilities — and to the sense of whimsy that has led her to attach metal faucets to books. One common thread running through her work is that her art is abstract, “based only on subjective associations and informal parallels, luring the viewer to make new associations,” as she says on her website. Rooting through storage bins in her apartment studio, Rufaro comes up with one unexpected find, one potential new association after another. She spots packs of scrap paper, bags of buttons and ribbons, book-binding tape. A brooch with peach stones: “Wouldn’t this make a great ring?” A bag of old dolls: “They may end up sitting in a book someday.” N



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(Century 16, Century 20) The “real-life thriller” “Captain Phillips” may be obvious and it may be clumsy, but it’s also at least a little bit thoughtful, and there’s never a dull moment. Add in two strong central performances and the stylistic stringency of Paul Greengrass, and you get, at the very least, a fine approximation of an important Oscar-time movie. The whole enterprise is basically here to give Tom Hanks something to do, and do it he does as Captain Rich Phillips of the Maersk Alabama, a U.S.-registered cargo ship beset by pirates while on its way from Oman to Kenya in 2009. Greengrass and screenwriter Billy Ray (“State of Play”), working from Phillips’ book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea,” hurriedly establish victims — Phillips, his wife (Catherine Keener in a blink-oryou’ll-miss-’er cameo), and his crew — and perps, the Somali crews sent out by a warlord padding his war chest. The pirate captain, Abduwali Muse (Barkhad Abdi), quickly draws our attention as the counterpart to Phillips. Skinny and living under a more intense duress than Phillips, Muse nevertheless deals with similar issues that put him in harm’s way for capitalist goals, and into conflict with his unhappy crew. Perhaps afraid of false equivalency, “Captain Phillips” offers no glimpse of the pirates’ home lives or families, inviting audiences to assume that alleviating their poverty and hunger is a solely self-serving end. Unlike the superior Danish drama “A Hijacking” released here earlier this year, “Captain Phillips” is framed as a mostly one-sided “game” of outwitting the blunt-force pirates. Though both sides of the conflict strategize, cast watchful glances and dole out lies, half-truths and empty reassurances, Phillips represents can-do experience and heroic bravery and calm under pressure, serving as a contrast to the machine-gun wielding, bickering, greedy pirates. Greengrass, who has alternated between factbased and fictional action (“United 93” and two “Bourne” movies), has a detail-oriented style that makes films like “Captain Phillips” feel authentic regardless of liberties of perspective or narrative efficiency (he has yet to top his 2002 breakthrough film “Bloody Sunday”). He’s clearly aware of how this relatively intimate struggle can be read as an allegory for global balance of power in economic and (para)military flavors. It’s too bad that the story is so straightforward that Ray is left no thematic choice in his dialogue but to ricochet macho attitudes. Phillips kicks off the film by worrying of his son, “You’ve got to be strong to survive out there” (foreshadowing alert!), and for another couple of hours, we get variations on the same from out of the mouths of pirates: “You sound like a little girl ... this game isn’t for the weak.” “You need to be strong.” “You have to be strong to get what you want!” “Be a man!” The conflict of first and third worlds brings another irony with it. While Abdi (along with costars Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed and Mahat M. Ali) goes toe-to-toe with Hanks, he probably won’t be snagging an Oscar nomination. But then, he doesn’t get the showy cathartic resolution afforded Hanks, who, it must be said, nails it after a pleasingly subtle two-hour build.

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of menace, violence with bloody images, and substance use. Two hours, 14 minutes. — Peter Canavese

Romeo and Juliet (No stars) (Aquarius) So your source material is one of the top-five greatest works of dramatic literature. What do you do? Give it a page-one rewrite, of course. That’s the approach taken to the new version of “Romeo and Juliet.” The offender is screenwriter Julian Fellowes: Oscar winner, “Downton Abbey” creator and someone who doesn’t want to run into me in a dark alley. Full disclosure: I love “Romeo and Juliet,” and you mess with it, I take it personally. Zeffirelli’s 1968 version remains, though not definitive, the best film version. Concepts like a modern-dress updating (Baz Luhrmann’s problematic but creative 1996 version) are valid, as are total-rewrite Shakespeare adaptations that create something new (à la “West Side Story” or “Othello” done as the high-school basketball melodrama “O”). But Fellowes’ “Shakespeare Made (Sl)eazy” bowdlerization, directed by Italian filmmaker Carlo Carlei in a pretty Renaissance Verona milieu, is misleadingly similar to the original while constantly futzing with the text. Take Romeo’s heartsick appraisal of love: “Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs;/Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes;/Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears./What is it else? A madness most discreet,/A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.” Fellowes’ rewrite: “Love is a smoke, raised with the fume of sighs./A madness drenched in syrup, choked with rage.” Well, it’s shorter. (And as creative writing goes, it qualifies as staggering arrogance.) Or the Friar’s key speech about the duality of nature (and human nature): “The earth, that’s nature’s mother, is her tomb./What is her burying grave, that is her womb./And from her womb children of divers kind/We sucking on her natural bosom find,/Many for many virtues excellent,/ None but for some and yet all different./Oh, mickle is the powerful grace that lies/In herbs, plants, stones, and their true qualities./For naught so vile that on the earth doth live/But to the earth some special good doth give./Nor aught so good but, strained from that fair use/Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse./Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied,/And vice sometime by action dignified...” That one becomes “The earth is Nature’s mother and her tomb./For good or ill, she gives us grave and womb./So varied are the qualities we find/In herbs and plants and stones that we may grind./ All that brings health and life may also kill./All that is dark and fatal can and will/Contribute to our pleasures.” It’s like everyone learned their lines wrong: Call it the “Drunk History” version of “Romeo and Juliet.” The whole movie is like this, line after line. It’s fingernails on a chalkboard for anyone who knows the play, though I guess those who read it once (if that) in high school will probably assume they’re hearing Shakespeare the whole ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê˜iÝÌÊ«>}i®

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Atharintiki Daaredi (Not Rated) Century 16: 12:20, 4:15, 8:15 p.m.

Century 20: 10:10 p.m.

Instructions Not Included (PG-13) Century 16: 3:15, 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m. & 2:10, 5:05, 7:55, 10:45 p.m.

The Blue Dahlia (1946) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 5:40, 9:30 p.m. Blue Jasmine (PG-13) ((( Palo Alto Square: 2, 4:30, 7 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 9:30 p.m. Bonnie & Clyde (1967) (R) Century 16: 2 p.m. Century 20: 2 p.m. Captain Phillips (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 10:50 a.m. & 12:30, 2:10, 3:50, 5:30, 7:10, 8:50, 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:30 a.m. & 1:05, 2:40, 4:10, 5:45, 7:20, 8:50, 10:25 p.m. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG) Century 16: 11:45 a.m. & 2:15, 4:50, 7:15, 9:50 p.m. In 3D 10:35 a.m. & 1:05, 3:35, 5:55, 8:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m. & 1:45, 4:15, 6:50, 9:20 p.m. In 3D 12:35, 3, 5:40, 8:05, 10:25 p.m.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (PG-13) ((1/2 Century 16: 11:50 a.m. & 7 p.m. Sat 11:50 a.m. & 7 p.m. Century 20: 6:55, 9:55 p.m. Machete Kills (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:10 a.m. & 2, 4:55, 7:40, 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m. & noon & 1:50, 2:35, 4:25, 5:15, 7:05, 8, 9:45, 10:40 p.m. (No 1:50 show on Sun.) Prisoners (R) ((1/2 Century 16: noon & 3:45, 7:05, 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 6:45 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 11:55 a.m. & 3:20 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, 7:40, 10:35 p.m.

Dark Passage (1947) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 7:30 p.m. Sat-Sun also at 3:40 p.m.

Ramayya Vasthavayya (Not Rated) Century 16: 10:30 a.m. & 2:20, 6:30, 10:15 p.m.

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Romeo and Juliet (PG-13) (No stars) Aquarius Theatre: 1, 4, 7 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 9:45 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m. & 2, 4:45, 7:35, 10:30 p.m.

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

Runner Runner (R) (( Century 16: 12:05, 2:45, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 11:40 a.m. & 12:50, 1:55, 3:10, 4:30, 5:30, 6:50, 8:10, 9:15, 10:35 p.m. Rush (R) (( Century 16: 10:50 a.m. & 7:30, 10:35 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 1:40 & 4:35 p.m. Sun also at 4:40 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m. & 2, 4:55, 7:45, 10:40 p.m. The Summit (R) Palo Alto Square: 2:15, 4:45, 7:15 p.m. Fri - Sat also at 9:45 pm

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Inequality For All (PG) Aquarius Theatre: 5 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 9:55 p.m.

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time. Maybe that makes it OK? They can just enjoy the movie? (Though the Romeo-as-Ken-doll performance by 20-year-old actor Burberry model Douglas Booth — opposite a hapless, 15-yearold Hailee Steinfeld — doesn’t help.) The couple of nice moments (like the final tableau involving Benvolio) get choked to death by Fellowes’ “madness drenched in syrup.” Please steer away your loved ones from this tone-deaf travesty, this misbegotten farrago, this offensive, rank, charmless, near-lifeless, anti-romantic twaddle, a classic tale “told by an idiot.” Want to know what I really think?

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The transformation of a fire station’s backyard Garden feeds Mountain View firefighters, neighbors by Karishma Mehrotra


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hirty years ago, the land behind Mountain View’s Fire Station 1 was a basketball court for the Police Officers Association. Three years ago, it was just a blanket of tall weeds. “A forgotten land,� said Mountain View firefighter-paramedic Mike Robbins. Robbins was in the process of building some large container gardens on the back patio of Station 1 at 251 S. Shoreline Blvd., where he worked. But one day, he looked over the fence beyond the patio. “I saw the full southern sunexposed lot with a bunch of weeds,� the Santa Cruz resident said. “As I looked over, I thought: ‘This would be a good place for a garden. ... A quarteracre is sitting here.’� His excitement grew as he toured the city property. He said he was hesitant at first, but that he then invited his friend to bring his tractor and rototiller to go over the area. Robbins said he pulled out rocks, concrete, pavement and other crud. “It’s tough to make tomatoes grow in rocks, right?� he said, chuckling. While on a call one day, Robbins saw some old wood heading to the dump. With permission, he took the

wooden planks and created some raised beds in the fire station’s garden. “Then, you start planting,� he said. But it wasn’t an easy job. He toiled during his free time at the station — between 7 and 10 p.m. and after his shift in the morning — in his “civilian clothes.� For the first six months, nothing in the garden would grow. It began to “catapult into a different league� after Robbins took some gardening classes at Love Apple Farms in Santa Cruz. And soon enough, city officials were willing to help, supplying wood chips to inhibit weeds, removing a lot of dead brush and trimming the trees, he said. “When you put a plate of watermelon or honeydew or cherry tomatoes that are sweet, sweet, sweet like sugar, the smiles on their faces — there was no need for permission.� Now, his lush garden has taken a life of its own, full of watermelon, onions, garlic, tomatoes, basil, lettuce and more. With a scarecrow in a firefighter’s uniform, the garden provides ingredients for the chili verde, pesto spaghetti squash, caprese salads and other meals the firefighters cook.

“If you’ve ever tasted the difference in these vegetables, you would see it as well. It’s not a watery tomato from the grocery store. It’s like a steak when you cut into it. And you can taste that freshness,â€? Robbins said. The team switches off cooking responsibilities each night. One of the firefighters has made a beet cake several times that “is out of this world,â€? Robbins said. He said he has seen others at the station become inspired to begin their own gardens, asking him for tips. “You get to see your little baby grow and then at the end, you literally get to pick the fruit of your labor and put it on the plate and see people enjoy it,â€? he said. “It’s fun to nurture something like that.â€? While he spends time chasing off squirrels gnawing on his prized possession, the garden has become bigger than Robbins, bringing him some local fame. Recently, community members were invited to visit the garden and try the cherry tomatoes and lemon cucumbers as part of a Mountain View library event. Robbins’ garden was featured in “California Bountiful,â€? two radio shows and a TV news spot. But most significantly, Robbins received a congratulatory letter from U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, mentioning that she had forwarded the coverage to First Lady Michelle Obama. “I thought someone was messing with me,â€? he said. “I ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂ˜iĂ?ĂŒĂŠÂŤ>}iÂŽ

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she does, he will be there. Robbins said he has no idea why people are hungry for his story, but he recalls his chief, Richard Alameda, telling him “gardening is really sexy right now. It’s chic.”

ShopTalk by Daryl Savage

NEW RESTAURANTS FLOCK TO PALO ALTO ... It’s nearly impossible to miss the giant “EAT” sign on the outside wall of Gott’s Roadside, the latest restaurant to open in Palo Alto’s Town & Country Village. Gott’s, which also has locations in San Francisco, Napa and St. Helena, opened last month. Occupying the former Hobee’s restaurant site, the eatery is known for its variety of gourmet burgers. The menu also features seafood, salads and breakfasts. Also new to Palo Alto is the Corner Bakery Cafe, which opened Oct. 7 in the old Boston Market location at 3375 El Camino Real. Vacant since January, the site has been transformed to make room for the cafe. “New paint, new floors, new everything,” General Manager Larry Iwasaki said. Note to jobseekers: The restaurant is hoping to hire 55 employees for its Palo Alto location. Next to open is Sam’s Chowder House, a Half Moon Bay seafood restaurant that is expanding into Palo Alto. Located at 185 University Ave. in the former space of the short-lived pizza spot Campo 185, Sam’s is expected to begin business later this month. And reopening in a new spot at the Stanford Shopping Center is Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. The old Fleming’s had a five-week closure at the mall while the new restaurant was being built. It now features a larger patio, main dining room and private dining spaces.

ICE CREAM TIMES FOUR ... There’s a bevy of new ice cream shops in the Palo Alto area. Scoop is the latest one to hit the streets, at the former Haagen Dazs spot at 203 University Ave. Owners Dave and Cindy Somasunderam opened their store on Sept. 26, in their second venture into the ice cream industry. “We owned a frozen yogurt shop in New Jersey before moving out here. But now, we make our own ice cream fresh every day, using a liquid nitrogen method,” Cindy Somasunderam said. The store has two huge tanks on display, each holding 265 liters of liquid nitrogen. She said the method they use at Scoop instantly freezes the ice cream, resulting in a richer, smoother, denser product. Yet another ice cream parlor, which also uses liquid nitrogen, is headed for this area. Scheduled to open in the next few months in Whole Foods Market at 4800 El Camino Real in Los Altos is Smitten, which began in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley. It will occupy the front corner section of Whole Foods, taking over the 1,500-square-foot space that housed the grocery store’s culinary center, which had a working kitchen and open seating for diners. Also: Cream opened in June at 440 University Ave., and is known for its ice cream sandwiches, and Tin Pot Creamery , the new ice cream parlor in Town & Country Village, features handcrafted ice cream made in small batches. STANFORD MALL GETS JUICED ... Pressed Juicery is gearing up to open at the Stanford mall, replacing Happy Go Lucky Dog Boutique, which was open for only four months. The juice store, which has a dozen stores in Southern California and four more in the Bay Area, offers freshly bottled juices and nutritional juice cleansing programs. LISA’S TEA RELOCATES ... Lisa’s Tea Treasure is on the move. It closed its Menlo Park location at 1175 Merrill St. and reopened last month at 167 Main St. in Los Altos.

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where he lives with his 5- and 7-year-old sons. “I think you can taste the difference and it’s getting back to the basics,” he said. “The cool

thing is you get to take control of what you eat. And you know what’s been in there, whether it’s ‘Ethel Methyl’ stuff or just sunlight and love.” N


TESLA CHARGES UP ON EL CAMINO ... Unplug one electric car company and plug in another. That’s what’s happening in Palo Alto at 4180 El Camino Real, with the news that Tesla Motors opened its new showroom this week in the former Fisker Silicon Valley dealership. Fisker, which ran into financial trouble, was the first exclusively electric-car dealer in town; Tesla is the second. Tesla has been busy making upgrades to the 27,500-square-foot showroom and service center, which happens to be located next to yet another luxury car dealer, McLaren San Francisco, at 4192 El Camino, which shares its space with Volvo Palo Alto. The newly painted building is expected to house a variety of Teslas, making the northwest corner of Arastradero Road at El Camino Real one of the snazziest in town, automotively speaking.

Robbins — who’s been given the nicknames Green Thumb, Green Jeans and Farmer Mike — does understand the apparent irony of the story: the macho firefighter devoted to gardening. “It kind of deviates from the stereotypic role of a firefighter,” he said. “But I’m okay. I’m comfortable with that. It’s all good.” If anything, he feels this hobby allows him to relate to the public because people begin to see him as an average Joe. “I think there is a sense of a wall when people see a uniform,” he said. “They think that maybe they’re not human or that they can’t talk to them. But when you come to them and say: ‘Hey, how are ya? You like to garden, too?’ their defenses go down.” Gardening is something Robbins has been around his whole life, as it was important to his parents. He has a garden at home,

Firefighters Melton Wang, left, and Gary Vandyke cook up sauteed mushrooms and sweet-potato chips at Mountain View Fire Station 1.


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Book Talk APOCALYPTIC PALO ALTO ... Kirby Wright, a former Palo Altan who taught creative nonfiction writing for the Palo Alto Adult School, has published an apocalyptic novel, “The End, My Friend.” After the world’s economies are destroyed, the president is assassinated and the country is overrun with looters, protagonists Tony and Evo take a dangerous journey north through California to find safety. (Along the way, they pass through an overgrown Stanford University and “the scorched campus of Palo Alto High.”) The book is available on Amazon, Nook and other sites. Info:

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From history to ghost story

SPECIAL EVENTS AT KEPLER’S ... Kepler’s Books at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park is hosting a Peninsula Litquake reading at 4 p.m. Oct. 12 including local authors Harriet Scott Chessman, Meg Waite Clayton, Ellen Sussman and Keith Raffel. OTHER KEPLER’S AUTHORS ... Additional authors at Kepler’s include: Simone Elkeles, “Wild Cards” (Oct. 11, 7 p.m.); Gail Carriger and Suzanne Lazear, “Etiquette and Espionage” and “Charmed Vengeance” (Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m.); Andrew J. Bernstein, “California Slim: The Music, the Magic, and the Madness” (Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.); Prudence Breitrose, “Mousemobile” (Oct. 15, 7 p.m.); Anne Firth Murray, “From Outrage to Courage” (Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.); Colleen Hoover and Jamie McGuire and Abbi Glines, “Losing Hope,” “Red Hill,” “Twisted Perfection” (Oct. 22, 7 p.m.); Katrina Alcorn, “Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink” (Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.); Avi Tuschman, “Our Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us” (Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.); Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober, “Getting to 50/50: How Working Parents Can Have it All” (Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.); Betsy and Tom Franco, “Naked” (Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.); and . Future “premiere” events with James Franco “Actors Anonymous” (Oct. 27, 2 p.m.), Simon Winchester, “The Men Who United the States” (Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.) and Tom Kelley and David Kelley, “Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All” (Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.) are also planned. Info: keplers. com BOOKS INC. AUTHORS ... Authors scheduled to speak soon at Books Inc. at 74 Town Country Village in Palo Alto include: L.A. Starks, “Strike Price” (Oct. 14, 7 p.m.); Dennis McFarland, “Nostalgia” (Oct. 15, 7 p.m.); Sean Lynch, “Wounded Prey” (Oct. 17, 7 p.m.); and Margit Liesche, “Triptych” (Oct. 30), 7 p.m.). Info: booksinc. net


Yangsze Choo, a fourth-generation Malaysian of Chinese descent from Palo Alto, wrote her first novel about a conflicted 18-year-old Malaysian girl who finds herself straddling many different worlds.

Palo Alto author Yangsze Choo’s first novel takes on cultural tensions and a coming-of-age story through a unique, vivid fantasy by Audra Sorman “The Ghost Bride,” by Yangsze Choo; HarperCollins; 362 pages; $24.99 his story begins with a triedand-true trope that spans place and time: A beautiful, motherless young lady of marrying age lives with her father, lacks an affinity for the (traditionally) feminine arts and finds herself subjected to an undesirable arranged marriage. But in this story, the husbandto-be is already dead. Set in 1893 Malaya (modernday Malaysia), “The Ghost Bride” by Yangsze Choo is a novel straddling genres, cultures and life and death. Essentially, this coming-ofage tale is a ghost story. It is a saga where the past and the present intersect, where the old comes into conflict with the new, and where protagonist Li Lan, the educated daughter who resists the day’s social mores, must come to terms with her role in a world where she, as a woman of Chinese heritage in a British colony, has little control over her romantic prospects and ultimate fate. As the only daughter of a once-great merchant family brought to ruin through disease and other misfortune, 18-


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year-old Li Lan is privy to the pressures of maintaining an appearance of wealth while also understanding dearth. Her widower father, who barely functions under a constant haze of opium, is worried for his daughter’s future because Li Lan is not yet married. However, when he proposes that Li Lan marry into the rich Lim family, it is an unconventional marriage that matches the breadth of this unconventional novel, and this is where the guise of what could be considered historical fiction bleeds to horror. The Lims want Li Lan to become the “ghost bride” of their recently deceased son, Lim Tian Ching. According to the author’s notes at the novel’s end, in Chinese culture ghost marriages originated from “ancestor worship” in which “matches were sometimes made between two deceased persons, with the families on both sides recognizing the marriage as a tie between them.” In a culture where devotion to family, honor and legacy is extremely important, Li Lan’s experience is rare, but was not unheard of. According to Choo, “Sometimes an impoverished girl

was taken into a household as a widow to perform the ancestral rites for a man who died without a wife or descendants, which was Li Lan’s situation.” Li Lan would live in the Lim household as a widow, where she would be ex-

Set in 1893 Malaya (modern-day Malaysia), ‘The Ghost Bride’ by Yangsze Choo is a novel straddling genres, cultures and life and death. pected to mourn the husband she never had but would be taken care of through old age. Beside herself with worry, Li Lan says: “I had few marriage prospects, and would be doomed to the half-life of spinsterhood. Without a husband, I would sink further into genteel poverty, bereft of even the comfort and respect of being a mother.” Here, Li Lan’s struggles come to a head. Is she to perform her due filial respect and anchor her foundering family to a rich one? Can she find a way to escape the pressures to marry a dead man without facing the inherent consequences?

Li Lan’s world becomes darker when her ghostly fiance begins haunting her dreams, and the nightmares permeate her waking world. As reality becomes fantasy, Choo maintains tight control of Li Lan’s internal development even though she abruptly thrusts her main character and her readers into a detailed, sometimes beautiful, sometimes grotesque (and sometimes steamy) romantic spiritual existence drawn from the tenets of Buddhist views on the afterlife. Choo’s intricate ghost world — of her own invention — is not immune to the bureaucracy, social restrictions and corruption of the living, which speaks to her own propensity for creative pragmatism. Li Lan, who takes in this strange realm with a surprised, yet keen consciousness, finds herself “wondering again at this ghost world, which seemed to have so many of the vices and failings of life.” However, plenty of this story is spun from real life. Readers interested in learning more about British Malaya and the social, cultural and gender dynamics of the time are in luck; Choo assumes the reader has little to no knowledge of this history, yet has her protagonist and narrator explicate delicately. For example, the action of a mahjong game is seamlessly peppered with information about

Title Pages traditional dress, foods and marriage practices. Malaya, having been colonized by the British in the late 18th century, is home to peoples from sundry cultures and religious backgrounds. Choo’s depiction of the lives of Chinese descendants (and others) living in a British colony is adeptly done as she takes a territory with people living under the tensions of East and West and translates the difficulty of the experience through the considerations of Li Lan, who somberly notes that “in this confluence of cultures, we had acquired one another’s superst it ions without necessarily any of their comforts.� T h r o ug ho ut the book, Li Lan’s observations highlight a hierarchy formed through wealth, nationality and race; at one point, Li Lan eludes to a nefarious, yet ingrained system of oppression, as she notes matter-of-factly that the British could “make an example� of an aberrant Chinese family. However, Choo’s messages are not heavy-handed. She deals with the struggles inherent in living in a colonized, fractured society with nuance by utilizing a character whose initial onedimensionality is, upon closer examination, overflowing with complexity. Li Lan is caught in a multi-faceted identity crisis as she is a product of a society in which cultures coexist and overlap with much difficulty. Li Lan’s primary

Book Talk


LINDEN TREE AUTHORS ... Upcoming authors at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos, include: Jane Feldman-Nieves, “Kea the Reading Dog� (Oct. 12, 4 p.m.); Elisa Kleven, “Cozy Light, Cozy Night� (Oct. 19, 11 a.m.); Brandon Mull, “Spirit Animals� (Oct. 21, 4:30 p.m.); Dennis Dunivan, “Escape from Communist Heaven� (Oct. 24, 7 p.m.); and Len Filppu, “Prime Time Dads: 45 Reasons to Embrace Midlife Fatherhood� (Nov. 8, 7 p.m.). (Filppu, a Palo Alto resident, is also scheduled to give talks at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Books Inc., and at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at Kepler’s.) Info:

caretaker’s spirituality and superstition is tempered by her father’s atheistic pragmatism; she is expected to embody the feminine and aspire to be a wife, while at the same time, her father teaches her to read and neglects to plan for her matrimony adequately. She is of Chinese descent but lives in a place where the British maintain control and many of those around her adopt the styles and habits of Western culture. As Choo’s book has come to be in the Bay Area, which is known in part for its cultural and technological mutability, it is only fitting that Palo Altan Choo, a self-described fourth-generation Malaysian of Chinese descent, represents the ideas of being tied to more than one world at once. Because Li Lan does not have her foot firmly in one world or another, she exists in a limbo that is likely familiar to many modern-day readers. With this area an amalgam of cultures, it’s easy to imagine that many people who have come here internationally or even domestically find themselves in the midst of a great cultural and technological divide, the “melting pot� being one of the greatest fictions of all. And, like Li Lan, local readers may understand the poignancy of inhabiting a sometimes uncomfortable space in which parts of themselves exist in different domains at the same time. For many, Li Lan’s ghost world may be more reality than fantasy. N NEW RELEASES ...A launch party for Palo Alto author and spiritual catalyst Carol Simone’s second novel, “The Kiss of the Shaman,� and her first CD, “Being Quan Yin, Becoming the Energy of Love and Compassion,� will be held on Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Stillheart Institute, 16350 Skyline Blvd., Woodside (carpooling suggested). Presentation and book signing will be from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by light snacks and free time from 4 to 6 p.m. Information: www. or 650-851-6622 N

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Checking the facts in Palo Alto’s bitter zoning debate by Gennady Sheyner


he uprising began with a simple loan. It was November 2012 and no one in Palo Alto had expected either the loan or the project it would ultimately fund to generate any community interest, much less opposition. But within months, residents in Green Acres and Barron Park would be leading an insurrection against high-density zoning all over Palo Alto; Candice Gonzalez, executive director of the Palo Alto Housing Corporation, would be sucked into her first political campaign, and her nonprofit, which builds low-income housing, would be labeled “big development” by some city residents; and the $3.2 million loan itself would trigger a chain of events leading to a citywide election a year hence. By unanimous vote last November, the City Council approved

Disagreement over the fate of a 2.46-acre property in Palo Alto, site of a defunct orchard and four homes, is the subject of Measure D, a referendum vote that will take place on Nov. 5.

a loan that helped the Housing Corporation to buy a 2.46-acre orchard site near the corner of Maybell and Clemo avenues. The proposal at the time was to build 60 units of affordable housing for seniors and 15 single-family homes in the Green Acres neighborhood. The new senior housing would be nestled at the back of the property, away from Maybell, a busy route to multiple schools. It would sit adjacent to Arastradero Park Apartments, a 66-unit Housing Corporation development for low-income families, and Tan Apartments, a market-rate eightstory complex that was around before Palo Alto’s 1975 annexation of the adjacent Barron Park area. The council approved the loan with no dissent or debate. The only surprise from the council’s perspective was that such a site was available in a city that mem-


Candice Gonzalez, executive director of the nonprofit Palo Alto Housing Corporation, explains the proposal to develop 60 apartments for low-income seniors and 12 single-family homes during a tour of the site at the corner of Maybell and Clemo avenues.

bers often refer to as “built out.” Adding housing for low-income seniors seemed to the council like a no-brainer. With the city’s senior population rising almost as rapidly as its property values and 18 percent living at or near the poverty level, the council quickly got behind the loan. “Many of us are surprised that we have a parcel of this size sort of hiding in plain sight,” Councilman Larry Klein said at the Nov. 19, 2012, meeting. “I think this an excellent use of the property, and I’m happy to support the proposal.” The horizon had looked sunny two months prior, in September, when the Housing Corporation unveiled its plan at a community meeting attended by at least 30 people from the neighborhoods. No one was revolting on Nov. 30, when the Housing Corporation closed escrow on its $15.6 million purchase of the orchard site, beating out at least five developers. A mid-January meeting didn’t turn up neighborhood dissent, according to Housing Corporation board member Jean McCown. And City Hall was a place of wonky serenity on Feb. 13, when the Planning and Transportation Commission voted to initiate a “planned community” zone change, a frequently controversial process by which the city allows developers to break from zoning rules in exchange for giving “public benefits.” Commissioner Greg Tanaka, who joined Alex Panelli in dissenting, marveled at the lack of people attending the meeting and proclaimed: “I think if the people in the (neighborhood) re-

ally knew what was being built the development money and inacross the street, there would be cluded it in the Housing Element more of an outcry there.” before actually approving the And things were so calm on project. Robert Hessen, a Georgia March 4, when the council supple- Avenue resident, said he and his mented its $3.2 million loan with neighbors felt like they were beanother one totaling $2.6 million, ing “fundamentally disrespected” the decision was approved on the by the city. council’s “consent calendar,” with “I have the sense we’re being nary a syllable played,” Hessen of discussion. said. A final neighThe rhetoborhood meetric heated up ing, held in late and the crowds -…>Ê̅iÊ*>œÊÌœÊՇ April, focused swelled over the on traffic and next five weeks ˜ˆVˆ«>Ê œ`iÊLiÊ>“i˜`i`ÊÌœÊ the revised deas the project Ài✘iÊ̅iÊ«Àœ«iÀÌÞʏœV>Ìi`Ê signs for the wound its way >ÌÊxÈLJx™xÊ>ÞLiÊÛi˜ÕiÊ project. through the vÀœ“Ê,‡ÓÊœÜÊ i˜ÃˆÌÞÊ,iȇ It wasn’t uncity’s approval `i˜Ìˆ>Ê>˜`Ê,‡£xÊՏ̈«iÊ til May 9 that process. Faced >“ˆÞÊ,iÈ`i˜Ìˆ>Ê̜Ê*>˜˜i`Ê Tanaka’s prophwith about 150

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on Maybell. On June 17, the project received the final green light from the council, which reduced the number of single-family residences to 12 (seven along Maybell and five along Clemo) and required that the Maybell houses be restricted to two stories and have no driveways exiting onto Maybell. On Nov. 5, thanks to a referendum campaign, Palo Alto voters will determine whether this approval will stand. If they vote yes on Measure D, the project will move ahead. If they vote against it, the site will retain its existing zoning designations, which would allow up to 46 units of housing at the orchard site. In the meantime, each side is offering its own version of what the election is really about. Tempers continue to flare. On Sept. 28, Councilman Marc Berman angrily confronted Measure D opponent Tim Gray after a debate on Measure D to demand “an apology or proof” to back up Gray’s assertion that the council made a “backroom deal” with the Housing Corporation long before giving its official approval to the project. Gray offered neither. But 4,000 citizens had signed the referendum petition to put Measure D up for a citywide vote, suggesting that public discontent is far more widespread than the area around the orchard. The city is also facing a lawsuit from a new group, Palo Altans to Preserve Neighborhood Zoning, which alleges that the city violated environmental law in approving 567 Maybell. Over the course of long public hearings, passionate debates, ballot arguments and legal threats, each side in the Measure D debate has made numerous questionable statements. All the noise has made it difficult at times to distinguish facts from rhetorical exaggerations. After hearing each side out during public meetings, in-depth interviews, a tour of the orchard site and dozens of conversations with supporters and opponents, the Weekly zooms in on eight iffy claims that both sides have put forth in the hope they will convince voters come Nov. 5.

A crowd turned out for a debate about Measure D on Sept. 28 that took place in City Council chambers. released to the public. Gray, treasurer for Palo Altans to Preserve Neighborhood Zoning, repeated this assertion during Sept. 28’s debate at City Hall, prompting the heated response from Councilman Berman after the debate. Similarly, resident Bob Moss, who helped get the referendum on November’s ballot, called the council’s approval of the project a “done deal — done under the table.” Moss softened his stance on Sept. 30, when he addressed the council and clarified that he believed the council’s action was ill-advised but not illegal.

The sequence for the council’s approval was irregular, but irregularity hardly constitutes a “backroom deal.” The loan was made weeks before the Housing Corporation, under pressure of a deadline, bought the orchard site. While the council had a general idea of what the project would entail, there was no project on the table to approve. The loan ordinance that the council approved in November explicitly states: “By approving the acquisition loan agreement, the City has made no commitment to approve the project or

any particular application for land use approvals on the property.” The ordinance also states that “site-specific environmental review will be completed when an application for specific land-use approvals is made and plans are developed for the project.” The terms of the loan also shields the city from financial risk. In the event of a default, the loan will continue to accrue interest until repaid, according to the loan documents. The loan agreement also states: “The parties recognize that the City has the sole discretion and right to terminate

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pponents of Measure D have repeatedly accused the council of an unethical, if not illegal, approval of a loan to the Housing Corporation before the details of the project were

Townhouses on Wisteria Lane in the Barron Park neighborhood sit on properties of similar size to those proposed for Maybell Avenue, several blocks away.

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this agreement without fault or default if City determines not to approve the land use approvals for the project.” Clearly, the loan didn’t formally commit the council to anything. Informally, however, it created some political problems. The Housing Corporation has asserted that municipalities frequently find themselves as both lender and project approver. But even though the law allows a council member to wear two hats, that doesn’t mean it’s a good look. In most situations, being both a lender and the impartial judge on a project would constitute a conflict of interest. Gray’s statement that the money was approved in the “back room” is an overreach, but his assertion that the game at least appeared to be predetermined before the council approved the project is reasonable. The awkward sequence may have been necessary to make the land deal, but it fostered cynicism and made residents feel disrespected months later, when opposition to the Maybell project began to snowball. On a related note, that of whether the community was left out of the process, Moss said the “first real public meeting” on the project was in late April, attracting what he characterized as a furious mob. For the record, the Housing Corporation held neighborhood meetings in September 2012 and January and April 2013, in addition to public reviews of the project with city boards. But the project was fluid, and plans for such issues as traffic flow changed over time so the project that neighbors learned

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‘PC zones are not springing up in your local neighborhood. I think people need to realize that.’ – Greg Scharff, Sept. 28 debate on Measure D


The council is also considering a PC proposal at 2755 El Camino Real, a four-story office project that would occupy what is now a parking lot near the most congested intersection in Palo Alto: Page Mill and El Camino. Scharff’s statement is misleading in its implication that PC projects are rare exceptions and not likely to infringe on residents. There is a reason why three planning commissioners authored a memo earlier this year calling PC zoning “the greatest challenge to land-use planning in Palo Alto today.” At the same time, despite the furor over PC zones, the Housing Corporation’s McCown has also pointed out that Measure D does not contain any language or requirements that would alter the city’s consideration of PC zones. Its defeat, while sending a message, would not bring with it any concrete or specified changes to the PC process.

‘It has nothing to do with seniors or affordability. It is about money.’ – Measure D rebuttal argument


ritics can reasonably take umbrage with the process by which the Maybell development was approved or with the recent wave of PC proposals,

but associating a nonprofit developer with commercial builders like Jay Paul Co. or Arrillaga is a stretch. Palo Alto Housing Corporation has a four-decade history of building affordable housing throughout the city. Opponents could have hardly picked a worse poster child for the “It is about money” argument. The Housing Corporation competed against at least five private developers to purchase the site from Maybell Sambuceto Properties, LLC and Sambuceto Partners. Its bid wasn’t the highest, but the family that owned the property agreed to sell to the nonprofit because of tax write-offs. Given the market demand, and the opposition to its project, the Housing Corporation could at this point sell the property and probably walk away with a profit. Instead of doing that, it is pursuing an aggressive and costly election campaign — the first time it has been forced to do so. The Weekly recently asked the Housing Corporation’s Gonzalez: Why not simply sell the land and walk away with a profit? She acknowledged the Housing Corporation could probably “make more than we bought it for.” “That’s been discussed. Should we just avoid this expensive referendum?” Gonzalez said. “That’s the easy way out, but it doesn’t feel good, and it doesn’t serve our mission.” There is one part of the project, however, that opponents have most vehemently opposed

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and questioned: the market-rate homes that would subsidize the senior housing. This is the first project developed by the nonprofit that includes a market-rate component. At the 11th-hour summit that concluded before the council’s approval of Maybell in June, Green Acres and Barron Park residents said they’d be willing to compromise if the number of homes was reduced from 15 to eight. The Housing Corporation chose not to go that route, claiming the change would compromise the entire project financially. At a recent interview, Gonzalez said each lot is projected to bring in about $1 million for the total development when re-sold to a private home builder. By selling that part of the land, it helps makes the senior-housing component more financially viable. Because of the City Council mandate that the number of homes be reduced from 15 to 12, the Housing Corporation was already left scrambling to bridge the $3 million gap, Gonzalez said. When questioned about why eight larger lots could not be sold for the equivalent of 12 smaller ones, Gonzalez said in an email that the Housing Corporation didn’t believe the revenue would be equal, as developers wouldn’t pay premium unless they had guarantees that larger homes could be built there. Those questions aside, and returning to the assertion that Measure D “has nothing to do with senior housing,” the claim ignores the simplest fact that, if the measure passes, the city’s limited stock of affordable housing will receive a huge boost.

‘The PC zone here will produce a project that is less dense, less impactful and protects the neighborhood better than existing zoning.”

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easure D opponents have two objectives: to stop the rezoning at 567 Maybell Ave. and to take a firm stance against “planned community” projects in general. As Joe Hirsch, one of the leaders of the campaign, told the City Council on Sept. 30: “We want to send a clear message to you and City Hall to stop incremental degradation of Palo Alto by approving ‘planned community’ zones that sweep away longstanding and historic site regulations that have protected all of us in Palo Alto for decades.” At the Sept. 28 debate, Mayor Scharff had tried to downplay such anxieties, characterizing them as “over the top.” “No one is going to come and put a PC zone next to your house,” Scharff said. “It’s not going to happen. It’s way over the top. When I’ve been on the council, we’ve had two PC zones that we’ve approved. Two. “PC zones are not springing up in your local neighborhood. People need to realize that.” This is true, as long as your “local neighborhood” isn’t around 2180 El Camino Real, 101 Lytton Ave. (aka Lytton Gateway), the Maybell site, 27 University Ave., 395 Page Mill Road, 2755 El Camino Real or anywhere near the Stanford University Medical Center. The council has actually approved three PC projects — Lytton Gateway, Edgewood Plaza and Maybell — since Scharff joined the council in January 2010. But the College Terrace Centre at 2180 El Camino Real, a PC project, earned the green light in December 2009, between the time Scharff was elected and the time he joined the council. The colossal expansion of the Stanford University Medical Center was approved in 2011 and, while not a PC project, required revisions in the city’s Comprehensive Plan to enable the density Stanford requested. Developer John Arrillaga’s proposal for 27 University Ave., while not yet formally submitted as a plan to the city, conceptualizes four office towers, two of them taller than 100 feet, and a theater near the downtown Caltrain station. Much like with any other PC process, approval would give Arrillaga permission to far exceed zoning regulations in exchange for public benefits — a new theater and various improvements around the transit station.

It was this project that most recently was responsible for stoking community frustration and suspicion over the city staff’s and council’s predilection for zone-busting PC projects. A product of months of closed-door negotiations, staff’s enthusiasm for Arrillaga’s “concept” and recommendation to hold a special election on the massive proposal moved it forward quickly even without a formal application. When it finally got to the council, along with intense public outcry, members pulled back on the reins on the project. The concerns from Measure D opponents that the city often looks past the Comprehensive Plan, the city’s guiding land-use document, in considering dense projects appears to be valid. The staff report for 27 University waxed ecstatically about all the transportation improvements the project would bring to the city. But it remained strangely silent on the Comprehensive Plan policies the project would violate, including policies guiding historical preservation and protection of “views of the foothills by guiding building heights and massing.” The Jay Paul Co. proposal for 395 Page Mill Road, which would bring 311,000 square feet of office space, is another PC proposal, one that would offer as its public benefit a new police station for the city. The council’s Infrastructure Committee was so excited by that prospect, it agreed earlier this year to accelerate the timeline for the approval process.

ouncil members and Housing Corporation officials have repeatedly asserted that changing the zoning for 567 Maybell Ave. would result in a less — not more — dense development than what could be built with current zoning. Opponents say the PC project represents an intensification that would harm the neighborhood character. What is clear is that the two sides wildly disagree on what could be built under the current zoning. Scharff predicted dozens of condominiums would go up; Gray and Moss countered that developers would likely construct ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ{ä®

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around 15 single-family homes. The City FAQ on Maybell states: “Under the existing zoning (R-2 and R-15) approximately 34-46 homes could be built.” So let’s do some math. The existing RM-15 zone, which allows up to 15 multi-family residences per acre, makes up more than 75 percent of the orchard site. That’s about 1.8 acres. So as many as 27 units could be built in the RM-15 portion. Then there’s the R-2 part, known as a “two-family residence district,” along Maybell Avenue. It’s much like R-1, the standard single-family-home neighborhood, except that it allows a second unit with each house. Currently, the zone includes four homes. If redeveloped, each home in the R-2 zone could theoretically add a dwelling unit, raising the number of residences to eight. The total for the parcel would then be 35. The number can go up further, though, if the developer offers to designate some of the residences “below market rate.” State law would give the developer a bonus of 35 percent more density if 10 percent of the project is devoted to the “very low” income level. Thus staff’s estimate that the site could accommodate 46 units under existing zoning seems accurate. There are some complications, though. The R-2 zone, for example, allows a second dwelling unit but requires a lot of at least 6,000 square feet. The whole R-2 site itself is not quite 14,000 square feet and has four homes on it, meaning the lot sizes are nowhere near 6,000-square-foot minimum. That calls into question the city’s calculation that there could be two residences on each lot. Even if homeowners were allowed to build a second residence, the type would be a small granny unit, according to the city’s zoning code — hardly a true “duplex,” as the city’s FAQ states. Opponents call the city’s upward estimate of 46 residences “pure fantasy.” Joe Hirsch has labeled the staff analysis a “scare tactic” and has criticized the smallness of the lots that 46 residences would have to be built on. But city staff has countered with examples of other RM-15 zones in Palo Alto where singlefamily homes were located on lots smaller than 2,330 square feet. The Wisteria Lane development, built in 1999, has 13 detached condominiums and lot sizes ranging from 1,742 to 2,010 square feet, according to the planning department. The Sterling Park development on West Bayshore Avenue is not in an R-15 zone, but it includes detached homes on 1,398-squarefoot lots. Hirsch dismissed this possibility and argued that a developer is unlikely to build “stack-and-pack homes” of this sort on the Maybell site, noting that these homes would have no front yards, no

The No. 22 bus drives south on El Camino Real near Arastradero Road in Palo Alto in early October. Proponents of the Maybell development assert that seniors could access amenities by walking to nearby stores or taking the bus. back yards and would be “totally out of character with surrounding single-family neighborhoods.” There are problems, too, with the Housing Corporation’s assertion that the development does not represent an increased density for the neighborhood. On Maybell, there are currently four homes on the 0.6 acres of R-2. With the PC zoning, the same land would host seven homes. Those homes would be set back from the street about 20 feet,

with lot widths of 48 feet. The five three-story homes on Clemo would have 20-foot setbacks. Comparing the numbers of residences is a bit like apples and oranges, admittedly. Councilman Berman, in supporting the Housing Corporation’s proposal, noted that the numbers of bedrooms and people need to be considered. Sixty one-bedroom senior apartments, he said, would have less of an impact than a 34-unit marketrate development in which most

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n theory, opponents of Measure D are correct in asserting that existing zoning would accommodate senior housing. In practice, this would be a long shot. The Palo Alto Housing Corporation was able to get funding for

the purchase through the state’s tax-credits system precisely because of the project’s density and its ability to devote 20 of 60 units to the lowest-income seniors, who make 30 percent or less of the area median income (monthly rent here would be about $500). The other 40 units would serve seniors who earn up to 60 percent of the area median income and generate higher rents (up to about $1,000), making it financially feasible to run the housing complex. Existing zoning would allow 41 units of senior housing, but if the Housing Corporation had pursued that option, it may have missed out on the roughly $13 million in state tax-credit funding. According to the Housing Corporation, the tax-credit application process awards applicants “more points for extremely low-income units,” yet also expects projects to “have a mix that allows the project to support itself over the long term.” “The application looks at total project costs per unit. More units offset costs to balance out the high cost of land, especially in a real estate market like Palo Alto. The fixed costs stay the same (e.g., land, architect fees, etc.) so costs per unit go down with more units,” the Housing Corporation stated. Gonzalez said that if Measure D fails, the Housing Corporation may sell the land. It’s far from a given that whoever buys it will choose to build affordable housing. Both opponents and proponents of Measure D have speculated on what a developer would do with the land, but neither side has suggested that a private developer would use it to build af-

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Students bike to school on Maybell Avenue in early October, passing a line of slow-moving cars. fordable housing for seniors, even though, technically, he “can.”

‘I’d argue there are lots of opportunities for seniors without cars to travel — to get on the bus, get off the bus, transfer from this area to a wide range of services.’ – Jean McCown, Sept. 28 debate


roponents of Measure D claim the area around Maybell and Clemo has plenty of services and amenities for seniors. Opponents disagree. At the June 10 council meeting, area resident John Elman provided an oral catalog of oil-change services and motels in the area. The El Camino Real corridor has more than a dozen motels, some of which “entertain people for the whole night” and others are for people who have “an hour to kill or so.” Real amenities for seniors, he said, are sorely lacking. “I suggest you rezone parts of El Camino Real so you have a supermarket or a hardware store, if you’re in the rezoning business,” Elman said. McCown made an argument to

the contrary at the Sept. 28 debate on Measure D. She pointed to the Walgreens and Starbucks nearby and lauded Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus service, specifically Line 22, which runs up and down El Camino Real. “El Camino is really a transportation corridor that works very, very well,” she said. But though Walgreens offers groceries, it is “not like a supermarket,” McCown admitted. As for medical facilities? At a recent tour of the orchard, Gonzalez pointed to Planned Parenthood on San Antonio Road, which she stressed provides more than just birth-control and family-planning services. Gonzalez also noted that there would be synergies between the new development and the adjacent Arastradero Parks Apartments, a project for low-income families that is run by the Housing Corporation. There would be shared vans for runs to the grocery store. A residential-services coordinator would also be able to offer rides to seniors heading to medical appointments. Still, it’s a tall order to claim that the area is rich in accessible amenities for seniors. The site may be a short walk from El Camino, but it’s well south of both downtown and Town and Country Village. Planning and Transportation Commissioner Alex Panelli, who lives in south Palo Alto, was the

sole member of the commission to vote against the project largely on the basis of inadequate services. He said he doesn’t consider the amenities near the Maybell site to be “significant enough” to satisfy seniors’ needs.

‘This project, as a PC zone, will create as much or more traffic than existing zoning.’ – Bob Moss, Sept. 30 meeting of the City Council


esidents have every right to be concerned about adding traffic to Maybell Avenue, a popular school route to Gunn High, Terman Middle and other schools. During the morning commute, a trail of slow-moving cars competes with groups of bicycling children for space on the narrow road. Things also get hairy in the afternoon when Gunn gets out, and its growing legion of bicyclists hits the streets. Otherwise, the road is quiet. On a recent weekday afternoon, the orchard site was perfectly serene, with silence occasionally punctuated by a cruising vehicle. At recent council meetings, proponents and opponents agreed that the traffic situation around Maybell and Clemo is far from

ideal. Barron Park resident Maurice Green, who opposes Measure D, and Councilman Marc Berman, who supports it, each showed videos to illustrate that same point. Green suggested the Maybell development would make the situation even worse. “Seniors may not drive very much, even during morning hours, but what about their caretakers, the staff that comes to the senior housing project to take care of them?” Another area resident, Kevin Hauck, lamented at a recent meeting that residents around Maybell are “forced to play defense about concerns that our kids are going to be in a very dangerous situation every morning and afternoon.” Unfortunately, unless the site remains an orchard (which neither side expects will happen), development is coming and with it more traffic. The big question is whether the Housing Corporation project would worsen commutehour traffic more than would a development built under existing zoning. City staff’s position on this matter has been unequivocal: Traffic caused by the Maybell project will be less. At the Arastadero Park Apartments, a low-income housing complex next to the orchard site, 55 percent of its senior tenants don’t drive, according to the Housing Corporation. Those who do drive, typically do it during non-rush hours.

At the Sheridan Senior Apartments, the only Housing Corporation development devoted exclusively to seniors, only one out of 66 seniors works, and the job is part-time, Gonzalez said. The Maybell development would generate 16 additional car trips during the morning peak hour and 21 during the evening commute, according to a city traffic study. By contrast, a 34-unit subdivision that could be built under existing zoning would generate 22 and 32 peak-hour trips in the morning and afternoon, respectively. If the subdivision were to get a “density bonus” to build 35 percent more housing units, the numbers would go up to 32 and 43, respectively, city Planner Tim Wong told the planning commission in May. Former planning director Curtis Williams said at the meeting that even if the Housing Corporation development produced twice as many cars as estimated, it’s “one car every five minutes at that location at most.” The city’s environmental analysis concludes that, with mitigation, “There would be no significant adverse impacts to traffic and circulation from the proposed project.” Hogwash, say opponents. Bob Moss pointed to a paper prepared by traffic engineer Stephen Corcoran and presented to the (continued on next page)

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Institute of Traffic Engineers in 1995. Corcoran analyzed data on 24 senior-housing developments from transportation agencies in California, Arizona and Florida and concluded that the average number of daily trips per unit was 4.52. Applying it to 60 units would net 271 trips a day from the senior development alone. Moss took that figure and added it to the projected traffic from the proposed 12 single-family homes. Using a figure of 10 trips per day, which Moss attributed to former city Chief Transportation Official Joe Kott (Corcoran’s figure of 9.55 is in the ballpark), the 12 houses would result in 120 trips. Under this formulation, the entire development would result in 391 additional trips. (Using a higher ratio for the senior housing listed in Corcoran’s report, 5.64, Moss estimated the additional trips could total as much as 458.) Under existing zoning, if 28 apartments are built in the R-15 zone, Moss estimated they each would net 7.5 or 8 trips per day, bringing the total to 210 to 224. That number could rise to 304 with the 35 percent density bonus. At the highest end of the spectrum, a project complying with existing zoning could generate 370 trips under Moss’ calculation. “That’s why we keep saying this project, with the PC zone, will create as much or more traf-

fic as existing zoning,” Moss told the council on Sept. 30. This calculation requires some caution, however. Corcoran’s study came out in 1995 and it relies on methodologies that were formulated in 1991 and 1987, respectively. Even disregarding the passage of time, the study is loaded with caveats and limitations, including the small sample of data on which it was based. Corcoran warned that the study lumped various types of senior housing — regular apartments, assisted-care units, senior singlefamily homes, etc. — together. “The trip-generation rates for individual facilities varied. Insufficient information on all the survey locations made it difficult to statistically draw conclusions on individual impact of those factors,” he wrote. Corcoran’s paper did confirm the Housing Corporation’s assertions that seniors are far less likely than other residents to drive during the morning peak hour (though his average trip rate, at 0.22, was roughly double that of the Housing Corporation’s estimate). The busiest commute time in California was between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., depending on the facility. He noted that residents “do not have or want to travel during the rush hour.” Corcoran also pointed out that “as the average age of residents increases, the number of trips and parking demand decreases.” His

conclusion on the issue of traffic? “Compared to other residential land-uses, senior developments generate significantly less traffic on a per-unit basis.”

‘Almost all, if not all, senior housing and affordable housing in Palo Alto has required a PC rezone.’ – Candice Gonzalez, June 10 City Council meeting


alo Alto’s history is filled with examples of the city supporting low-income developments. There are plenty of precedents for the city granting PC zones to affordable-housing proposals, including the Housing Corporation’s most recent development, the 35-unit Treehouse on Charleston Road. Proponents have pointed out repeatedly that PC projects are required to create the kind of density these projects need to be financially viable. “Every affordable senior project, and I think virtually every affordable-housing project, is a PC zone,” McCown said in an interview at the Weekly. “So the zoning that (the city) created for market-rate assumptions doesn’t actually work for affordable-

housing projects. Every project has had to come in and present itself slightly outside the box of traditional zoning that the PC allows for.” But to imply that every affordable-housing project requires a PC zone is inaccurate. The city’s most prominent and recent affordablehousing development, 801 Alma St., is a case in point. Spearheaded by Eden Housing and the Community Working Group, the project was initially proposed as a PC zone and included 50 housing units for lowincome families and 46 units of senior housing. Much like in the Maybell debate, opponents of 801 Alma, including those living in the adjacent 800 High St., asserted the development would be too dense and that its traffic impacts would prove too much for the South of Forest Avenue (SOFA) neighborhood. Eden Housing listened to the criticism and backed away from the zone change. It then came back with a revised proposal that eliminated the senior housing and the handful of businesses that would have been in the ground floor of that building. What was left, under existing RT-50 (residential transition) zoning, was 50 units of family housing. The tale of 801 Alma St. can be viewed in two ways. One can argue that backing away from the PC zone doomed the senior-hous-

ing project, which underscores the need for PC zoning to accommodate senior developments. One can argue equally persuasively that sticking with underlying zoning created an affordable-housing project that was more palatable to the community (aside from the architecture, which many Palo Altans, including some council members, have recently derided as “fortress-like”). But given 801 Alma, the assertion that a PC zone is absolutely necessary for an affordable-housing project isn’t entirely accurate. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@


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Palo Alto 1347 Alma St. A. Snow to Y. Shi for $595,000 on 9/13/13; previous sale 12/85, $146,500 879 Altaire Walk J. Raut to A. & T. Zaytsev for $990,000 on 9/17/13 2140 Byron St. Dogwood Trust to Dogwood Limited for $2,600,000 on 9/16/13 2076 Cornell St. R. Boris to Cuperalto Limited for $1,825,000 on 9/18/13 2270 Cornell St. Andrews Trust to Simpson Trust for $1,400,000 on 9/16/13 125 Hawthorne Ave. J. Varno to B. & J. Baskin for $1,750,000 on 9/17/13; previous sale 5/97, $410,000 2626 Waverley St. R. Goldman to Reiss Trust for $2,790,000 on 9/17/13; previous sale 8/95, $565,000

Redwood City 210 Alden St. Wetzel Trust to H. Lee for $465,000 on 8/28/13 820 Constellation Court Murkes Trust to S. Stratton for $1,025,000 on 8/30/13; previous sale 7/06, $940,000 10 Cove Lane J. Kamman to A. Pogorzelski for $675,000 on 8/30/13; previous sale 11/04, $585,000 553 Dory Lane J. Miller to N. & M. Castillo for $935,000 on 8/29/13 1345 Edgewood Road T. Keller to C. Wang for $950,000 on 8/29/13; previous sale 11/09, $835,000 610 Flynn Ave. S. Yacoub to N. Taleghani for $635,000 on 9/3/13; previous sale 3/99, $300,000 2439 Goodwin Ave. Sequoia Realty Services to M. & T. Start for $1,270,000 on 8/29/13 243 Hazel Ave. S. & T. Dorokhov to F. Turner for $630,000 on 8/28/13; previous sale 2/09, $309,000 101 Positano Circle Chan Trust to H. Kingman for $730,000 on 8/29/13; previous sale 1/99, $345,000 238 Rutherford Ave. Hogan Trust to J. Liao for $700,000 on 8/28/13 310 San Carlos Ave. Eggleston Trust to C. Lin for $629,000 on 8/30/13 1308 Woodside Road #11 R. & L. Wilber to L. Wanerman for $565,000 on 8/30/13

BUILDING PERMITS Palo Alto 3454 Rambow Drive addition for new study room, walk-in closet and bathroom, $35,000 641 E. Meadow Drive add window at kitchen area, $n/a 454 Ferne Ave. install two skylights, $1,000

2452 W. Bayshore Road, Unit 4 install patio door, $2,352 16 Crescent Drive install 14 windows, $26,786 365 Forest Ave., Unite 3B remodel kitchen, two bathrooms, $20,000 4183 King Arthur’s Court reroof, $9,659 619 Ashton Ave. re-roof, $8,500 795 Seale Ave. addition for family/living room with new gas fireplace, $69,000 360 Everett Ave., Unite 4A remodel kitchen, $18,000; remodel bathroom, $15,000 354 Poe St. deepen basement by 6 inches, revise location of walls, $n/a 885 Moana Court re-roof, $21,520 2108 Bellview Drive re-roof, $14,000 250 University Ave. Rocket Fizz: tenant improvement for new retail store, $8,000 336 Byron St. remodel, additional bathroom on second floor, $82,000 636 Emerson St. Tacolicious: demo in preparation for tenant improvement, $n/a 579 Jefferson Drive install gas plumbing for future outdoor gas equipment, $n/a 1920 Byron St. demo swimming pool, $n/a 734 Christine Drive new 12-inch high deck attached to house, $20,000 2140 Wellesley St. replace windows, $2,831 2365 South Court install natural gas generator, $6,000 250 University Ave. Citibank: tenant improvement, $111,182 1184 Palo Alto Ave. remodel kitchen, dining area, $45,000 242 Middlefield Road re-roof main house, $7,000; re-roof garage, $2,000 248 Hamilton Ave. change exterior facade, entry doors, $15,000 2401 El Camino Real Citibank: tenant improvement, $69,918 3114 Cowper St. remodel master bathroom and walk-in closet, $7,000 3400 Hillview Ave., #B5 Barnes & Noble: tenant improvement, including new office reconfiguration for shipping/receiving area, $180,000; replace A/C units and blower fans, re-roof, $294,000 3400 Hillview Ave., #B3 Barnes & Noble: replace A/C units and blower fans, re-roof, $270,000 721 Ensign Way remodel kitchen, laundry, wineroom, $67,000 539 Alma St. Premier Properties: tenant improvement, new office space, $42,000 193 Waverley St. replace windows, $10,946 3648 Evergreen Drive re-roof, $11,000 2351 Oberlin St. re-roof, $10,000 983 Lawrence Lane demo house, $n/a 3433 Ashton Court re-roof, $13,000 890 Lincoln Ave. demo garage, $n/a 3176 Porter Drive install new liquid nitrogen tanks, $23,300 1155 Lincoln Ave. addition, remodel, $60,900

Home & Real Estate 845 Moreno Ave. addition, remodel, $223,000 2906 Cowper St. replace furnace, add new A/C unit, $n/a 716 Seminole Way re-roof, $7,400 901 San Antonio Ave. D-301 remove nonbearing wall between kitchen and entry, $3,500 870 Garland Drive remodel two bathrooms, $19,900 3317 Saint Michael Drive new attached patio, $16,405 1904 Emerson St. change front door, entry porch, $5,000 3370 Birch St. change roof pitch, remove skylights, move water heater and furnace to attic, $n/a 3819 Louis Road remodel kitchen, $21,000 4082 Orme St. re-roof, $21,591 2085 Cowper St. re-roof, $1,500 2872 Cowper St. extend gasline from garage to kitchen for cooktop, $n/a 705 Chimalus Drive install electric vehicle charger, $n/a 3520 La Mata Way remodel kitchen, bathrooms, create study, $180,000 4180 El Camino Real Tesla: demo to prep for tenant improvement, $n/a 1100 Bryant St. re-roof, $12,000 465 Hale St. demo pool, $n/a; install new inground pool and spa, $60,000 2337 Williams St. remodel duplex, $n/a 2422 South Court remodel master bath, $8,500 3387 Kipling St. re-roof, $6,960 1331 Alma St. termite repair, $4,500 2085 Cowper St. re-roof, $20,000 3361 Thomas Drive re-roof, $16,000 655 Channing Ave. re-roof, $12,000 3173 Maddux Drive re-roof, $7,135 2231 Cowper St. re-roof, $19,000 2140 Cornell St. re-roof, $15,721 300 University Ave. Walgreens:

remodel for tenant, $15,000 721 Christine Drive remodel bathroom, remove pocket door, $8,000 612 Oregon Ave. re-roof, $n/a 440 Hale St. revise shear wall, add new window, $n/a 747 Colorado Ave. replace sewer line, $n/a 1851 Park Blvd. replace sewer line, $n/a 2801 South Court remodel kitchen, $9,600 122 Middlefield Road re-roof, $9,000 2817 Emerson St. replace tankless water heater, $n/a 360 Everett Ave. Unit 2B: retrofit windows for entire condo, $n/a; Unit 5B: retrofit windows for entire condo, $10,500 1953 Channing Ave. re-roof, $10,900 2712 Cowper St. re-roof, $3,998 112 Emerson St. remodel kitchen, two bathrooms, replace four windows, rebuild exterior stairs $38,000 2712 Cowper St. re-roof, $16,000 281 W. Meadow Drive replace A/C, $n/a 728 Gailen Ave. re-roof, $14,200 404 W. Meadow Drive re-roof, $22,000 795 Marion Ave. re-roof, $13,000 553 Patricia Lane replace furnace, $n/a 101 Lytton Ave. reconfigure ground floor for future shower room for tenant improvement, $n/a 3710 Lindero Drive re-roof, $13,500 510 Seale Ave. re-roof, $17,000 695 Chimalus Drive re-roof, $17,788 2525 E. Bayshore Road Bay Area Christian Church, install interior rock-climbing wall, $24,000 795 Ames Ave. remodel kitchen, $18,192 3431 Hillview Ave. VMWare: tenant improvement for new war room, $24,000 2620 Ramona St. re-roof,

$8,940 565 Washington Ave. re-roof, $17,890 529 Guinda St. remodel detached cottage, $51,000; remodel garage, $10,000 628 Guinda St. single-story addition, including new tankless water heater, $58,459 3526 Ramona St. addition to one bedroom, relocate laundry, add closet, extend living/dining room at rear of house, $76,687 2073 Princeton St. extend upper porch at second story, $8,000; demo detached garage, $n/a; new detached one-car garage, $18,000 170 Parkside Drive new photovoltaic roof-top system, $n/a 1141 High St. new photovoltaic roof-top system on detached garage, $n/a 122 Middlefield Road re-roof garage, $990 3140 Emerson St. replace termite/water-damaged siding and window trims, $1,300 2140 Byron St. demo detached garage, $n/a; demo house, $n/a; new one-story house with detached garage, $600,000 4164 Wilkie Way remodel hall bathroom, $15,000 851 Southampton Drive new photovoltaic roof-top system, $n/a 2802 Louis Road new residential EVSE in garage, $n/a 930 Palo Alto Ave. build 7-foot brick wall with concrete pier foundation, $40,000 927 Colorado Ave. demo detached carport, $n/a; demo house, $n/a 354 Poe St. change ramp in side yard to stairs, $n/a 163 Park Ave. build retaining wall in basement, create separate entrance for master bedroom, new bedroom, convert office to bedroom, $30,000 3336 Vernon Terrace living room addition, $76,322 3708 Starr King Circle addition to create hallway connecting living room and storage,$8,000

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4150 Willmar Drive re-roof, $21,700 2330 Ross Road re-roof, $16,000 2569 Park Blvd., Unit T103 repair window, $2,050 745 Garland Drive new pool, $42,000 4050 Ben Lomond Drive repair foundation due to settling, $35,000 159 California Ave., Unit J107 repair window, $2,050 786 Montrose Ave. re-roof, $13,000 185 Hemlock Court re-roof, $24,240 101 Alma St., Unit 1303 install patio awning, $12,000 2965 Greer Road remodel kitchen, $21,120 2698 Waverley St. rooftop flush-mounted photovoltaic panels, $n/a 647 Glenbrook Drive new two-story house with attached garage, $810,000 725 Webster St. new two-story house with attached garage and covered porch, $281,375 876 Boyce Ave. re-roof, $8,000 716 San Antonio Ave. re-roof, $27,000 4007 Transport St. re-roof, $77,420 312 Iris Way re-roof, $7,000 3333 Coyote Hill road create bridge over unearthed utility conduit, $n/a 704 Sutter Ave. install 61 retrofit windows, $22,664 925 Moreno Ave. add bay window, $n/a 300 University Ave. commercial tenant improvement to construct consultation room, $5,000 315 Barclay Court remodel hall bathroom, $11,400 1200 Pine St. new two-story house w/basement, $782,865; detached garage and yoga/tea room, $30,000 2236 Saint Francis Drive remodel kitchen/bath, master bedroom, $118,366; new detached carport, $6,711

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150 Volunteers Fosterers Needed for Moffet Cats FRIENDS OF THE PALO ALTO LIBRARY Moms/Daughters- $ Stanford

115 Announcements Did You Know that Ten Million adults tweeted in the past month, while 164 million read a newspaper in print or online in the past week? Advertise in 240 California newspapers for one low cost. Your 25 word classified ad will reach over 6 million+ Californians. For brochure call Elizabeth (916)288-6019. (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) 13th Annual Race Against PH original ringtones Restaurants w/ Heart Quinto Sol Stanford music tutoring

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Donate Your Car, Truck, Boat to Heritage for the Blind. Free 3 Day Vacation, Tax Deductible, Free Towing, All Paperwork Taken Care Of. 888-902-6851. (Cal-SCAN)

210 Garage/Estate Sales Atherton, 43 Adam Way, Oct. 12 & 13 9 -3 LA: 655 Magdalena Ave., 10/18, 10-5; 10/19, 10-4 United Methodist Church Harvest Crafts Faire. 70 artisans plus garden and gourmet shops, coffee, snacks, lunch. At Foothill Expy

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Kid’s Stuff 330 Child Care Offered child care offered EXPERIENCED NANNY

345 Tutoring/ Lessons English Writing Tutor 6-12 th

355 Items for Sale $10- 3 BabyEinsteinDVD’s 3DVDs3+Yrs,LittlePeope,TravelAdv

Mountain View, 184 Espinosa Lane, M - Sun, 9-6


3DVDsBlues CluesX2,Max&Ruby DisneyDVDsSingAlongSongs$10 New Uppababy Vista Stroller - $650 Pumpkin dressup 3-12 months 2pc

215 Collectibles & Antiques

Christina Conti Private Piano Instruction (650) 493-6950

ANTIQUE SACRISTY ARMOIRE - $ 620Bonsai Sales and Service

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


235 Wanted to Buy 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)

237 Barter Atherton 38 Maple Ave GarageSale

Voice Lessons

240 Furnishings/ Household items

135 Group Activities

Desk, executive, solid walnut - 395.00

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Flokati Rug - $225.00

145 Non-Profits Needs

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Redwood City, 2124 Brewster Ave, Sat Oct. 12 8-3pm

133 Music Lessons

Moms/Daughters- $ Stanford

Kill Roaches! Buy Harris Roach Tablets. Eliminate Roaches-Guaranteed. No Mess, Odorless, Long Lasting. Available at Ace Hardware, The Home Depot,

Palo Alto, 4000 Middlefield Road, Oct. 12 & 13, 10-4

Musical Theater Class Kids/Teens


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Mountain View, 1310 Bryant Ave, Oct 11 & 12; 12 pm-4pm

PA: 986 Elsinore, 10/12, 9:30am Computer items, tools, vintage clothes, collectibles, books, luggages. Free items. x-Greer

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

Piano lessons in Palo Alto

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German language class

Piano Lessons in Palo Alto Call Alita at 650.838.9772

202 Vehicles Wanted

Donate Your Car Fast Free Towing 24 hr. Response - Tax Deduction. United Breast Cancer Foundation. Providing Free Mammograms and Breast Cancer Info 888-792-1675 (Cal-SCAN)

Moms/Daughters- $ Stanford

Hope Street Music Studios In downtown Mtn.View. Most Instruments voice. All ages & levels 650-961-2192 www.

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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 Engineering Jive Software Inc. has a Software Engineer (Req. #SEVO-CA) job opportunity available in Palo Alto, CA. Work with other members of the engineering team on architecture, design and development of existing and new features. Mail resume to Jive Software Inc. Attn: Kevin Lee, 325 Lytton Avenue, Suite 200, Palo Alto, CA 94301. Must reference Req. #SEVO-CA.

Homemailer Program Help Wanted! make extra money in our free ever popular homemailer program, includes valuable guidebook! Start immediately! Genuine! 1-888-292-1120 (AAN CAN) Sales: Insurance Agents EARN $500 A-DAY; Insurance Agents needed; Leads, no cold calls; commissions paid daily; lifetime renewals; complete training; health/dental insurance; Life license required. Call 1-888-713-6020 (Cal-SCAN)

Business Services 615 Computers

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 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: Technology Hewlett-Packard Company is accepting resumes for the position of Technology Consultant in Palo Alto, CA (Ref. #RPALTC41). Provide technology consulting to customers and internal project teams. Provide technical support and/or leadership in creation and delivery of technology solutions designed to meet customers’ business needs and, consequently, for understanding customers’ businesses. Extensive travel required to various unanticipated locations throughout the U.S. Mail resume to Hewlett-Packard Company, 5400 Legacy Drive, MS H1-6F-61, Plano, TX 75024. Resume must include Ref. #, full name, email address and mailing address. No phone calls please. Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship. EOE.

560 Employment Information

My 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) Affordable Computer Repair Repair, Upgrades, Installations, And Much More. Macs and PCs. Laptop Cracked Screens Call Robert 650-575-2192

624 Financial Credit Card Debt? Get free now! Cut payments by up to half. Stop creditors from calling. 888-416-2691. (Cal-SCAN) Guaranteed Income Guaranteed Income For Your Retirement. Avoid market risk & get guaranteed income in retirement! CALL for FREE copy of our SAFE MONEY GUIDE Plus Annuity Quotes from A-Rated companies! 800-375-8607 (Cal-SCAN) Student Loan Payments? Cut your student loan payments in HALF or more even if you are Late or in Default. Get Relief FAST Much LOWER payments. Call Student Hotline 855-589-8607 (Cal-SCAN)

636 Insurance Auto Insurance SAVE 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 Classified Advertising The business that considers itself immune to advertising, finds itself immune to business. Reach Californians with a Classified in almost every county Over 270 newspapers! ComboCalifornia Daily and Weekly Networks. Free Brochures. or (916)288-6019. (Cal-SCAN) Display Business Card Ad "Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising." Mark Twain. Advertise your business card sized ad in 140 California newspapers for one low cost. Reach over 3 million+ Californians. Free brochure (916)288-6019. (Cal-SCAN)

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Drivers New Trucks Arriving! Experience pays - up to 50 cpm. Full benefits + quality hometime. CDL-A Req. Call 877-2588782 (Cal-SCAN) Drivers: CDL-A Train and Work for Us! Professional, focused CDL training available. Choose Company Driver, Owner Operator, Lease Operator or Lease Trainer. 877/369-7126 www. (Cal-SCAN)

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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R.G. Landscape Yard Clean-ups, maintenance, installations. Call Reno for free est. 650/468-8859

Navarro Housecleaning Services Apartments and homes. Carpets and windows. 20 years exp., good refs. Call for free est. 650/853-3058; 650/796-0935

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A NOTICE TO READERS: It is illegal for an unlicensed person to perform contracting work on any project valued at $500.00 or more in labor and materials. State law also requires that contractors include their license numbers on all advertising. Check your contractor’s status at or 800-321-CSLB (2752). Unlicensed persons taking jobs that total less than $500.00 must state in their advertisements that they are not licensed by the Contractors State License Board. CDL Construction 408-310-0355 Lic 781723B

LAWN MOWING SERVICE - NO CHARGE Leo Garcia Landscape/ Maintenance Lawn and irrig. install, clean-ups. Res. and comml. maint. Free Est. Lic. 823699. 650/369-1477.

Glen Hodges Painting Call me first! Senior discount. 45 yrs. #351738. 650/322-8325

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

759 Hauling

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

Residential / Commercial Apartments, drywall retexturing and repair, window cleaning, pressure washing, and more...

Lovely rental wanted Looking for a 1 bedroom apt. starting Dec. 1, Stanford Hospital employee, quiet, considerate, clean w/2 cats. Excellent references. Linda, 650-704-7008.

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

775 Asphalt/ Concrete

825 Homes/Condos for Sale Los Altos - $799000 Menlo Park, 3 BR/2 BA - $1099000

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

End the Clutter & Get Organized Residential Organizing by Debra Robinson (650)941-5073

781 Pest Control Goppher/Trapper

783 Plumbing

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Johnston Hauling 100% Recycle Junk Removal Best Rates * Local Since 1985 650/327-HAUL; 415/999-0594 Insured - PL/PD

801 Apartments/ Condos/Studios

767 Movers

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

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

803 Duplex

Palo Alto Home, 4 BR/2 BA - 4900.. mont

815 Rentals Wanted

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J & G HAULING SERVICE Misc. junk, office, garage, furniture, mattresses, green waste yard debri and more... Lic. &Ins. FREE estimates. 650-743-8852 (see my Yelp reviews)

Palo Alto Home located in S. Palo Alto, excellent schools. Hardwood floors,sliding glass doors,large garden,deck, washer/dryer. Available 10/1. Contact cfmitani@


779 Organizing Services

Beckys Landscape Weekly/periodic maint. Annual rose/fruit tree pruning, clean-ups, irrigation, sod, planting, raised beds. Power washing. 650/444-3030

LANDA’S GARDENING & LANDSCAPING *Yard Maintenance*New Lawns*Clean Ups*Tree Trimming*Wood Fences* Rototilling*Power Washing*irrigation timer programming. 17 years experience. Call Ramon 650-576-6242

Arnie Henrikson Painting Quality Interior & Exterior work Free Estimate & Color Consultation Call 650-949-1498 Lic. # 727343

Roe General Engineering Asphalt, concrete, pavers, tiles, sealing, new construct, repairs. 35 yrs exp. No job too small. Lic #663703. 650/8145572

748 Gardening/ Landscaping

J. Garcia Garden Maintenance Service Free est. 20 years exp. (650)3664301 or (650)346-6781

771 Painting/ Wallpaper

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Citiscapes I have landscaped here for over 30 years. Free consultation. Ken MacDonald 650-465-5627 Lic# 749570


Mountain View, 1 BR/1 BA - $1545

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

805 Homes for Rent Mtn. View - $4500/mo.

Menlo Park, 3 BR/2 BA - $1099000 Palo Alto, 3 BR/2 BA - $899000 Redwood City, 3 BR/2 BA - $599000 Redwood City, 4 BR/2 BA - $1395000 Sunnyvale, 3 BR/2 BA - $599999 Woodside, 3 BR/2 BA - $1099000

830 Commercial/ Income Property DAY SPA TREATMENT ROOM

840 Vacation Rentals/Time Shares Cabo San Lucas: $399 All Inclusive Special - Stay 6 Days In A Luxury Beachfront Resort With Unlimited Meals And Drinks For $399! 888-8262141 (Cal-SCAN) Orlando, FL Vacation Six day vacation Regularly $1,175.00. Yours today for only $389.00! You SAVE 67 percent. PLUS One-week car rental included. Call for details. 1-800-985-6809 (Cal-SCAN) 1-3month home rental

850 Acreage/Lots/ Storage Half Moon Bay Rental Always wanted your own barn? Make your dreams come true. Now avail. small ranch site, incl. acreage for 6 horses or other livestock, 2 lg. chicken coops, round pen, small barn/tack room, clubhouse w/BA and kit. Rent negot. Partner up and move in anytime. Robin, 650/726-4814

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VOLLEYBALL HONOR . . . Former Sacred Heart Prep middle blocker Jesse Ebner, who hit .533 with 20 kills in Yale’s sweep of Harvard and Dartmouth over the weekend, has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week in women’s volleyball. Ebner, a sophomore from Portola Valley, had 11 kills on 15 attempts in the 3-0 victory over Harvard and added nine kills in 15 attempts in the sweep of Dartmouth on Saturday. In addition, she had three aces and accounted for 15 points against Harvard and had seven digs against Dartmouth. Ebner is now hitting .403 for the season, which is the second best percentage in the Ivy League. This is the second Player of the Week honor for Ebner this season. She also was selected on Sept. 24. The Bulldogs, who have won seven of their last eight matches and are 3-0 in Ivy matches, host Penn and Princeton this weekend.

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Knights get 5-meter penalty shot with 48 seconds to beat M-A, 8-7 by Keith Peters ack Bowen was animated more than usual as he paced the deck during Wednesday’s water polo match between his Menlo School boys and rival Menlo-Atherton. He pointed and shouted and verbally dissected


nearly every play. Something clearly was up. “There’s something about this game that really meant something,” said Bowen, who was up late the night before, unable to sleep. There were a number of rea-

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Menlo School goalie John Wilson (center) prepares to block one of his 12 shots, an attempt that eluded Menlo’s Nick Bisconti (left) and M-A’s Jack Beasley (3) during the Knights’ 8-7 PAL Bay Division victory Wednesday.

GOLF HONORS . . . Palo Alto junior golfers Jayshree Sarathy, Michelle Xie and Anna Zhou have been named HP Scholastic Junior AllAmericans, the American Junior Golf Association and Hewlett-Packard announced.


sons, of course, why the showdown was so important. The obvious one was what Menlo’s 8-7 victory meant — a virtual PAL Bay Division championship as the Knights improved to 6-0 while dropping the Bears to 4-2 with four matches remaining. The second win over M-A this season also avenged last season’s single round-robin loss to the Bears, which ended Menlo’s string of 19 straight league titles (1993-2011). The triumph also help Bowen overcome his feeling that somehow he didn’t do his best coaching job last season as the Knights struggled to a 14-11 overall record and were knocked out of the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs in the quarterfinals — despite being the No. 2 seed. “I had a strange feeling like I let last year’s team down,” he said, “and that I had to make sure that this year’s Jack Bowen was a better coach than that.” Mission accomplished. Menlo (14-2) already has equaled last year’s win total and the players are competing at a much-higher level. That was evident in Wednesday’s match as the Knights battled back from early deficits, took a two-goal lead before losing it

evin Hogan, the winning quarterback in all 10 games he’s been the starter for the Stanford football team, remains an unfinished product. Last Saturday, Washington exposed some of the things Hogan needs to improve upon, accuracy being one of them. The fifthranked Cardinal won the game, 31-28, though Hogan produced his least-productive passing game of the season. Part of the reason was Washington’s defense, ranked first in the Pac-12 in pass defense as well as total defense. When Stanford (3-0 in the Pac12, 5-0 overall) travels to Salt Lake City to take on Utah (0-2, 3-2) on Saturday (3 p.m.), Hogan will be going up against the conference’s 10th-ranked defense. “There’s a pit in his stomach,” Cardinal coach David Shaw said. “He can’t wait to play the next game. He’s pushing himself to be as good as he can be.” In terms of his experience, it’s as though Hogan were nearing the end of his first full season as a quarterback. It’s been a highprofile experience to be sure, which includes sparkling efforts in winning the Pac-12 championship, the Rose Bowl and leading the charge against Oregon. “He’s going to go through a couple more growing pains,” Shaw said. “He’s not a finished product. He’s going to have a couple more outstanding games and he will have a couple more rough games. I see a guy who is not satisfied.” Hogan has thrown an interception in each of his past four games and he also has 11 touchdown passes. He’s ranked 10th in the conference in passing yardage per game, but he’s also ranked fourth in passing efficiency. There’s plenty of upside with Hogan, who can still direct a game with the best of them. That’s another quality Shaw admires. “Washington did a great job of pass coverage,” Shaw said. “Kevin missed four throws, including one on fourth down. We were terrible on third downs.” Hogan likely will rebound against the Utes, who do present a physical defensive line. “They are hard to move and they are hard to block,” Shaw said. Utah is ranked fourth in rushing defense while Stanford is fifth in rushing offense. Watch for Hogan to dissect the Utes’ secondary.


GRID HONOR . . . Fresno State sophomore wide receiver Davante Adams from Palo Alto High has been named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. This is the first career Mountain West weekly award for Adams. In Fresno State’s 61-14 win at Idaho on Saturday, Adams tied the school record for receptions in a game with 16. That established a MW single-game record for the most by a sophomore, surpassing the previous mark of 15. It also tied for the second-most in MW history. Adams finished the game with a season-high 185 yards receiving and a career-high three touchdowns. Adams had seven catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter and 13 catches for 176 yards and his three scores in the first half. The 13 first-half receptions shattered the school record for catches in any half of a football game. Adams is tied for the national lead with 10.4 receptions per game, tied for fourth nationally with seven touchdown receptions and ranks second in the Mountain West with 99.2 receiving yards per game.

Cardinal quarterback could get his shine back against Utah

Menlo School coach Jack Bowen had good reason to applaud the efforts of his players after a win over M-A virtually clinched the division title.

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Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chryst named to football all-star team for All-America game

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by Ari Kaye alo Alto senior quarterback Keller Chryst knows where heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be on January 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; playing in the 2014 Under Amour All-America High School Football Game. Chryst has been selected to join the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best seniors for the seventh annual contest, slated for a 1 p.m. (PT) start at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The game will be televised on ESPN. The American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game visited Palo Alto High on Thursday afternoon to formally present Chryst with an honorary game jersey commemorating his selection to the all-star game. Chryst will be back on the field Friday night when the Vikings (1-0, 2-2) play host to Wilcox (0-1, 3-1) at 7:30 p.m. In other games Friday: Menlo-Atherton (0-0, 3-1) will open its PAL Bay Division season at South San Francisco (0-0, 2-2) at 7 p.m. Earlier, Priory (4-0) will play host to Stuart Hall in eightman action at 3 p.m. In games last week:


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;After nine months of serious discussion, public hearings and negotiations, I proudly joined my colleagues on the City Council in unanimously supporting the creation of 60 units of affordable senior apartments at Maybell and Clemo. Measure D is not about citywide zoning issues â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it is about providing safe, affordable housing for our local seniors.â&#x20AC;? -Mayor Greg Scharff Palo Alto City Council

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former last Friday night for Sacred Heart Prep (5-0), as the senior running back ran for two touchdowns and caught two touchdown passes, in the Gatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nonleague rout over Woodside (0-4). Segre totaled 156 yards rushing and 114 yards receiving on the night. He scored three of his four touchdowns in the second half, including an impressive 57yard touchdown reception on a screen pass. Palo Alto 41, Fremont 14 After starting the season 1-2 after a tough preseason schedule, Palo Alto opened defense of it SCVAL De Anza Division championship with a romp over host Fremont on Friday night in Sunnyvale. The Vikings blew the game open early as Keesean Johnson caught touchdown passes of 76, 15 and 27 yards â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he finished with five receptions for 159 yards. Pinewood 78, NV Baptist 22 Aiden Lucero had six touchdowns â&#x20AC;&#x201D; three on offense, two on defense and one kick return to pace the Panthers to their easy victory in eight-man action Friday in Los Altos Hills. Kyle Murphy also had two interceptions returned for touchdowns.

Menlo 47, McClymonds 40 The Knights let a 40-24 fourthquarter lead get away before rallying with a 91-yard drive to pull out a big nonleague victory in Oakland on Friday night. After McClymonds chipped away at Menloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead to tie the game at 40 with 3:10 left to play, the Knights drove nearly the length of the field with quarterback Jack Heneghan finding Peter Bouret for the winning 44yard TD with just 13 seconds remaining. N

Join Us in Supporting YES on D! â&#x20AC;&#x153;With nearly 20% of Palo Alto seniors living near or below the poverty line and hundreds looking for affordable, independent living options, Palo Alto has a desperate need for affordable senior housing. That is why we strongly support Measure D â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it provides affordable housing options for seniors in our community and allows them to stay in Palo Alto when they retire.â&#x20AC;? -Mary Alice Thornton, President, League of Women Voters of Palo Alto Barron Park Neighborhood Residents

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Cupertino 28, Gunn 21 (OT) Gunn senior Sean Lydster scored two touchdowns, the last one tying the game and sending it to overtime, but his effort still wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough as the Titans (0-1, 1-4) dropped a decision to host Cupertino (1-0, 5-0) to open the SCVAL El Camino Division season on Friday night. w Priory 40, Alma Heights 6 The Panthers remained perfect on the season with an easy romp over visiting Alma Heights (Pacifica) in eight-man Mission Trail Athletic League action. Will Latta led Priory with 170 yards on 15 rushes. He scored twice with a long TD run of 45 yards.

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Vikings earn first-place tie with Titans despite being first-year team by Keith Peters


irst-year programs are supposed to struggle. However, that’s not necessarily the case when it comes to girls golf. Gunn was highly successful in its first season a year ago, winning the Blossom Valley Athletic League regular-season and league titles before finishing second at the Central Coast Section Championships and advancing to NorCals for the first time ever. Thensophomore Anna Zhou also won the CCS individual title. Palo Alto is in its first season as a team and is making headway toward the kind of year the Titans enjoyed in 2012. The Vikings forged a tie for first place in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League race and ended Gunn’s streak of 20 straight league wins over two years with a 182-196 triumph on Wednesday at Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course. “A really well-played match,” said Gunn coach Chris Redfield. “Palo Alto played exceptionally well.” Michelle Xie led the Vikings (10-1) with a 1-under 33 to earn medalist honors. Audrey Horn shot a 1-over 35 as the Vikings’ top two players topped Gunn’s one-two punch of Jayshree Sarathy (35) and Anna Zhou (37). Helping Paly compile its best score of the season was Emily Hwang (36), Annie Chen (39) and Celia Wilner (39). They all finished ahead of Gunn’s Tiffany Yang (39), Lianna McFarlaneConnelly (40) and Sandra Herchen (45). On Tuesday, Gunn was missing Zhou (taking an afternoon test(, but still posted a 212-225 victory over visiting Homestead. Sarathy led the Titans with a 1-under-par 33 at Palo Alto Municipal. Tiffany Yang shot 38, Lianna McFarlane-Connelly carded a 44, Sandra Herchen finished with a 48 and Margaret Redfield shot 49. In the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division), junior Chloe Sales birdied the final hole for a 1-over 36 to pace Castilleja to a 217-274 victory over visiting Mercy-Burlingame at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club. Castilleja (7-0, 7-1) remained atop the standings and honored seniors Frances Hughes and Ellie Zales, who received roses on the final green. Also at Palo Alto Hills, Sacred Heart Prep (6-1-1, 6-2-1) remained in second place following a 226239 win over rival Menlo School.

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Jayshree Sarathy (L), Travis Chambers (L), Anna Zhou Jack Heneghan GUNN HIGH


Sarathy, a senior, and Zhou, a junior, each shot identical 1-under 35s and 1-over 31s to pace the Titans to a pair of golf wins that kept them unbeaten in the SCVAL while extending their league win streak to 19.

Chambers rushed for 99 yards, scored two TDs, had four receptions and 12 tackles while fellow senior Heneghan threw for 343 yards and four TDs and ran for a fifth in a last-second 47-40 football win at McClymonds.

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Jessie Rong led the Knights (3-4 league) with a 2-over 37, good for medalist honors, but the Gators picked up 15 strokes over the 3-4-5 spots as Isabelle Chum, Maddy Ellison and Sinead Haley all won.

5-2 victory over visiting Sacred Heart Prep at Rinconada Park. The Gators improved to 3-0 in league (6-2 overall) and will host Menlo on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.) in the first of two head-to-head matches.

Cross country The Menlo-Atherton girls continued their fine season by winning the varsity division of the Del Oro Invitational on Saturday night in Loomis. The Bears place all five of their scorers among the top 14 and scored 33 points to defeat Woodcreek (50) and El Dorado (88). Menlo-Atherton sophomore Madeleine Baier also kept her string of top finishes intact by winning the 4K race in 15:20. M-A senior Taylor Fortnam was fifth in 15:44 while the Bears’ Katie Beebe (15:47) and Annika Roise (15:49) were right behind in sixth and seventh, respectively. Maddie Worden wrapped up the scoring by taking 14th in 16:07.

Girls volleyball Menlo-Atherton grabbed control of the PAL Bay Division race with a 25-18, 22-25, 26-24, 23-25, 15-9 victory over visiting Carlmont. The Bears improved to 5-0 in league (11-3 overall) while dropping the Scots to 4-1 (11-7). M-A was led by junior Devin Joos, a junior transfer from St. Francis. She made her season debut a good one with 25 kills and 18 digs from her positions at outside hitter and opposite. In Atherton, host Sacred Heart Prep suffered reportedly its firstever loss at home to Castilleja, 24-26, 25-19, 20-25, 25-21, 15-12. Castilleja’s last win over SHP reportedly came in 2007 at another site. Katya Scocimara had 19 kills and 16 digs for Castilleja firstyear coach Jacqueline Heler. Jessica Norum added 15 kills. N

Girls tennis Castilleja remained on a collision course with Menlo with a big

Coby Wayne led Gunn with seven goals while brother Ari added four. Christian Znidarsic finished with three goals as the Titans continued one of their finest seasons since Matt was a standout goalie eight years ago for Gunn. Palo Alto (5-1, 15-3), meanwhile, kept pace with a 9-5 victory over visiting Los Altos. Sam Kelley led the Vikings with three goals with fellow senior Will Mendenhall adding two. In the PAL Ocean Division, Priory earned its sixth win of the season with a 13-4 victory over Capuchino. Will Xu led the Panthers (6-8) with five goals to raise his team lead to 58. Brooks Royals added three goals, five assists and five steals while goalie Scotty Harris had 12 saves, bringing his season total to 157.

and then wrapping it up when junior Nick Bisconti converted a 5-meter penalty shot with 48 seconds to play. “Our goal is always to be our best,” said Bowen. “We wanted to prove it to ourselves that if we are well-prepared and play well, we’ll do well.” Menlo took a 7-5 lead into the final period, but the Bears tied things up on goals by Matt Baszucki and John Knox. M-A had the ball with 1:07 remaining, but a turnover game it back to Menlo. Weston Avery, whose goal in the third period game the Knights a 7-5 lead, drew a penalty with under 50 seconds left, setting up Bisconti’s winning shot. Girls water polo “The exciting thing Nick Bisconti Menlo-Atherton about this game is took control of the that M-A was so well-prepared PAL Bay Division race with a 9-7 and both teams have improved so triumph over visiting Castilleja on much in the last month.” Wednesday. The Bears moved to Menlo-Atherton (7-5 overall), 6-0 (9-4) with the Gators dropwhich lost its division opener to ping to 4-2 (8-6). Menlo, 10-8, on Sept. 5, played Jessica Heilman scored six without one of its top scorers, goals to pace M-A, which took Evan McClelland, He was side- some of the pressure off starting lined by the flu. goalie Sierra Sheeper, who had The Bears, however, took leads been sick leading up to the match. of 1-0 and 2-1 before Menlo Francesca Gilles filled in admirascored four unanswered goals to bly and came up with 10 saves. grab a 5-2 lead. M-A then went Castilleja actually held a 4-1 on its own scoring run with Jace lead following a goal by Maddie Blazensky, Buszucki and Mostyn Macdonald early in the second Fero tallying goals for a 5-5 tie. quarter. M-A then rallied behind Menlo goalie John Wilson was goals from Heilman (two) and outstanding, comFiona Jackson before ing up with 12 saves Stephanie Flamen — some from pointgave the Gators a 5-4 blank range. halftime lead. In the West CathoHeilman then went lic Athletic League, to work and scored Sacred Heart Prep three unanswered held on to first place goals for a 7-5 lead. with a 16-7 romp When Castilleja over host Mitty. clawed back to withNelson Perla-Ward in 7-6, Heilman taltallied four goals to lied her final goal for pace the Gators (3-0, an 8-6 advantage. 11-1) with Michael In the West CathoSwart and Michael lic Athletic League, Schuur each adding John Knox Sacred Heart Prep three. held on to a share of While the SCVAL De Anza Di- first place with an 11-5 win over vision won’t be decided, the out- visiting Mitty. Senior Morgan come of Thursday’s night’s show- McCracken led the Gators (3-0, down between rivals Palo Alto 12-2) with four goals while feland Gunn should go a long way low senior Caitlin Stuewe added in deciding this season’s regular- three. season champion. On Tuesday, Gunn maintained The matchup not only brought its hold on first place with a domitogether the top two teams in the nating 21-1 dunking of host Lyndivision, but once again matched brook. Caroline Anderson, who brothers Brandon and Matt John- scored 15 goals in two SCVAL son — the head coaches at Paly De Anza Division wins last week, and Gunn, respectively. added six goals to her season toMatt was 1-0 against his brother tal as the Titans improved to 6-0 this season, a victory that opened (10-4). Senior Rachel Wong finthe division season and catapulted ished with four goals while sisters the Titans into first place. Gunn Natasha and Bianca Batista each has remained there ever since tallied three goals. and is 6-0 in league (9-6 overall) The Titans hosted Palo Alto on heading into the showdown fol- Thursday. The Vikings (2-4, 4-10) lowing a 16-10 dunking of host dropped an 8-4 decision to visitMonta Vista on Tuesday. ing Los Altos on Tuesday. N ÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ"V̜LiÀÊ££]ÊÓä£ÎÊU Page 73

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tanford football coach David Shaw doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take too kindly to having someone question the integrity of his program. That was the case Tuesday when he addressed accusations by Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, who said Stanford tried to fake injuries at crucial moments in Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game. More than anything, Shaw thinks Sarkisian did a great disservice to Huskiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; quarterback Keith Price and Cardinal wide receiver Ty Montgomery, both of whom played superbly in Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 31-28 win over Washington on Saturday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All this talk is ridiculous and takes away from two unbelievable performances by Montgomery and Price, who played their hearts out,â&#x20AC;? Shaw said Tuesday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about things that amount to nothing.â&#x20AC;? The Washington staff specifically accused Cardinal defensive line coach Randy Hart of telling his players to lie down. Hart spent nearly 20 years coaching at Washington, under five different head coaches. He left when Sarkisian was hired. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We never fake injuries,â&#x20AC;? Shaw said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never done it. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe in it. We are under strict instructions to run this program abpve reproach. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re charged with operating the program with integrity. It is unprofessional and disrespectful to call out an opposing coach of the other team.â&#x20AC;? Sarkisian originally made his remarks on a postgame radio show and stuck by them when he met the media. He tweeted â&#x20AC;&#x153;we saw what we saw and leave it at that.â&#x20AC;? Later, Sarkisian told Seattle reporters he â&#x20AC;&#x153;was done with it.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;How we play football at Stanford is averaging 5.3 penalties per game, one of the lowest in the nation,â&#x20AC;? Shaw said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How we play has gotten us to three consecutive BCS bowl games and a 100 percent graduation rate. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wellrespected program and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to put that on the line just to beat Washington.â&#x20AC;? Two of Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team captains, linebacker Shayne Skov and defensive end Ben Gardner, were indirectly implicated by the Huskiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; staff. Skov took a hit from teammate James Vaughters to his surgically repaired knee. An MRI revealed no further damage but Shaw said it was still sore and he has been limited in practice. Gardner had â&#x20AC;&#x153;an arm issueâ&#x20AC;? and was trying to get up and drag himself across the line. Stanford was called for off-side on the play. Usua Ananam also had to leave the game but was able to return after team trainers and doctors assured Shaw there were no concussion symptoms. N


Stanford womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball looks to bounce back by Rick Eymer


he Stanford womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball team, coming off its first conference loss of the year, plays host to Utah and Colorado this weekend. The eighth-ranked Cardinal (3-1 in Pac-12 play, 10-3 overall) hosts the Utes (2-2, 13-3) on Friday at 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks) and Colorado on Saturday at 7 p.m. Stanford has the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top blocking team, recording 3.10 per set. The Cardinal blocks 3.31 per set in four conference matches. Senior Carly Wopat leads the Pac12 with 1.39 blocks a set, while Inky Ajanaku ranks third in the conference with 1.36 blocks a set. Wopatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 515 career blocks rank her fourth all-time in the Stanford record books. Her 1.39 blocks a set would rank her tied for third, with Bev Oden, on the all-time Stanford list. Sophomore setter Madi Bugg ranks second in the conference and sixth in the nation with 11.79 assists per set. Wopat (3.24), Rachel Williams (3.05), Brittany Howard (2.84), Jordan Burgess (2.37) and Ajanaku (2.33) each have more than two kills per set. Field hockey Five days after suffering its second NorPac conference loss in the past four years, No. 13 Stanford will have a chance to avenge its defeat, hosting UC Davis on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Varsity Turf. The Cardinal (8-3, 2-1 NorPac) will then close out the homestand Sunday against Yale (3-6, 1-2 Ivy League) at noon. Stanford split a pair of games last weekend, defeating Pacific,

Cardinal menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf teams capture tournament titles 6-1, and falling, 3-2, in overtime to UC Davis, which entered the game 2-7. Six Cardinal players scored against Pacific to extend Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winning streak to 14 games over the Tigers. The Cardinal struggled to find the back of the cage against UC Davis and could not hold onto a late lead, falling to the Aggies on a goal by Jamie Garcia 5:03 into overtime. Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers fired a 7-under 209 to earn medalist honors and help the Cardinal capture the team title at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate in Wisconsin on Tuesday. Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 13-under 851 bettered second-place UCLA by eight strokes, with SMU and Oklahoma tying for third at 863 in the 14-team field. The Cardinal carded respective rounds of 280-285-286 at the par-72, 7,234-yard course, which is slated to play host to the 2017 U.S. Open. To end his path to the individual title, Rodgers was nearly bogeyfree in the final round, standing at 4-under for the day until recording a six on the par-5, 637-yard 18th. Rodgers shot an even-par 72 in Round 2 and used five birdies to help close his opening round with a 68. Rodgers, who recorded the sixth victory of his collegiate career, was one of four Cardinal to finish in the top 10, followed by David Boote (71-72-71), Cameron Wilson (69-72-73) and Jim Liu (7269-74). Boote, who had a hole-inone on Monday, and Wilson tied for sixth with a 2-under 214 while Liu checked in at 1-under to tie

for 10th. The highlight of Booteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2-under showing came in the second round. After bogeying holes 3-4-5, Boote aced the par-3, 208yard sixth. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf Stanford swept the 13-team field at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, cruising to its first win on the season by a resounding 27stroke margin on Wednesday in Seattle, Wash.

The Cardinal led wire-to-wire while signing its final scorecard of 1-under 863. Host Washington was next in line at 890 (26-over). Paced by medalist Mariah Stackhouse (7-under), the womenĂ­s golf team placed four performers in the top 10, and each of the competing Cardinal finished in the top 25. Stackhouse went 68-70-71 for a 209, claiming the top billing ahead of teammate Mariko Tumangan

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water polo Stanford heads to the So Cal Tournament at UC Irvine this weekend. Play gets underway against UC Davis on Saturday at 10:50 a.m. The fourth-ranked Cardinal (0-1, 8-2) is coming off a 20-5 victory over Santa Clara. Bret Bonnani scored six times in the contest. Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swimming Stanford hosts Indiana in a nonconference meet on Saturday at noon. N



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