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In absence of state test, Palo Alto wants to give one anyway School board members ask for ‘continuity’ in transition to new standards by Chris orried about a loss of continuity in standardized testing, members of the Palo Alto school board say they want local students to take some kind of test that counts next spring despite recent state legislation that suspends the California Standards Test (CST). They asked Superintendent


Kenrick Kevin Skelly on Tuesday to look into purchasing the CST or some other kind of district-wide assessment for Palo Alto students. A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this month ends CST testing in California and orders school districts next spring to give practice tests based on the new Common Core State Standards, which

are being phased in, in 45 states including California. The practice tests would not record results of individual students or schools. California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who strongly pushed for the legislation, has advocated a quick shift from the old testing regime and an embrace of the new. But Palo Alto school board members said they want to have a standardized measure of student progress during the transition period.

“We as a district have to make sure we have the CST continue until such time as we find a new assessment,” member Camille Townsend said. “We’re early in the process of even writing these Common Core assessment tools, so when they say, ‘This isn’t rolled out’ — well, it’s really early, folks, and I hate our district to jump too far ahead without having the appropriate tools to evaluate our current excellence, maintain our current

excellence and then work to adopt the Common Core in an appropriate fashion.” Board member Melissa Baten Caswell said the board should not dictate that the test necessarily be the CST but ask for a recommendation from educators. “The easy answer might be to just buy the CST because that’s the easiest way to go, but I just want to make sure you have room ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£Ó®


City to step in on Palo Alto summer school Camps will expand in 2014 after school-district retreats on summer enrichment by Chris alo Alto recreation officials say they’re looking to expand city youth programs next summer to help compensate for the expected loss of non-academic summer school classes in Palo Alto. The city offer comes as school district officials plan to scale back next summer’s “enrichment” classes because of state legislation barring California school districts from charging summer school fees. In the past, the district has supported its summer enrichment programs through fees and scholarships while offering academic “credit recovery” classes at no cost. Rob de Geus, assistant director of Palo Alto’s Community Services Department, said the city will expand an array of summer programs in sports, nature, art and recreation to accommodate families who otherwise might have signed their kids up for summer school enrichment classes such as cooking or Web design. The city programs will be feebased, but low-income residents may qualify for 25 percent to 50 percent off, depending on their income. Any student enrolled in the Palo Alto Unified School District, including the 600 East Palo Alto students enrolled in the Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program, are considered Palo Alto residents, he said. “We’re still talking with the school district about additional rooms at schools across the community,” de Geus said. “Having additional space is definitely important for the city if we’re going to increase capacity in our programs.”



That’s the spirit! Ariya Momeny, right, and fellow sophomores erupt into a cheer at Palo Alto High School on Wednesday after winning a relay race against the seniors, earning points for the red team during Spirit Week. The yellow-clad team looking on were the juniors.


New battles loom over ‘planned community’ developments From Barron Park to Ventura, residents concerned about new, dense buildings


ith residents in Barron Park and Green Acres up in arms against a planned housing complex on Maybell Avenue, their counterparts in Evergreen Park, Ventura and other neighborhoods around the city’s center are preparing for their own battles against dense development eyed for their backyards. The latest neighborhood to enter the fray in the grassroots battle against “planned community” zoning and densification is the residential community around El Camino Real and Page Mill Road, a congested intersection that is now the focus of several new proposals.

by Gennady Sheyner Last year, the Pollock Financial Group bought a parking lot at the northeastern corner of the intersection, where it now looks to build a four-story, 50-foot-tall building that would be occupied by a bank. To do that, it would need Palo Alto officials to rezone the site to “planned community,” which would allow the developer to exceed zoning regulations in exchange for negotiated “public benefits.” This is the same zoning designation sought by the Jay Paul Company, which is looking to build two fourstory commercial buildings with 311,000 square feet of office space a stone’s throw away from the lot,

at 395 Page Mill Ave. Both proposals are still in their early phases. Last month, the Planning and Transportation Commission heard a presentation from Pollock but refrained from initiating the zone change. Instead, it directed the applicant to return in four to six weeks, when the city has at its disposal an independent economic analysis of the proposed zone change. Several members of the commission pointed to the growing public opposition to PCzoned projects and stressed the need to demand adequate public ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊn®

Kenrick This past summer the city logged 5,648 enrollments in its summer camps and aquatics programs. It also hired 250 Palo Alto teens as camp counselors or junior counselors. De Geus said the city offered 145 camps and programs, mentioning classes like advanced animation for kids, sports camps and something called “robot and machine sculpture.” “I think we’re going to be able to help,” he said. “We’ll have to see how this year goes and talk with families, and if there remains a gap we’ll rethink and build even more capacity for the following year.” Kara Rosenberg, Palo Alto Summer School coordinator and Adult School principal, said this week that the school district next summer would focus its resources “to assist the students who are most in need of an academic program.” Next year’s elementary summer school enrollment is pegged for 400, down from this year’s 662. At the middle school level, enrollment is projected for 150, down from 463. High school programming, which focuses on credit make-ups, summer “bridge” classes for at-risk students and the required, semester-long Living Skills class, will be similar to this year’s, which served 1,037 students. The ban on summer school fees follows a 2010 lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union that challenged fees for summer school, sports uniforms, field trips and other education-related ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£x®

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This pool is dead. There’s nothing left to it. Rho Olaisen, director of the Betty Wright Aquatic Center, on the irreparable damage to the warm-water therapeutic pool. See story on page 7.

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SIGNS OF THE TIMES ... With just days left until the big vote, the two sides in Palo Alto’s bitter Measure D debate are now swapping a familiar election-season accusation: stolen lawn signs. Cheryl Lilienstein, one of the leaders of the campaign opposing the measure, publicly leveled a series of accusations this week against the “Yes on D” camp. In an email to the City Council, the Palo Alto Housing Corporation (whose residential project on Maybell Avenue is the subject of Measure D) and the Police Department, Lilienstein said she received four separate complaints of “Vote Against D” yard signs being stolen last weekend on Maybell. “Please exercise your wisdom and authority as leaders and request that your volunteers calm down,” Lilienstein wrote. She received a response within three hours from Councilwoman Gail Price, who like Lilienstein lives in Barron Park but who unlike her supports the measure. Sign stealing, she noted, is not limited to the measure’s proponents. “I had two signs stolen from my front yard on Maybell — as one example,” Price wrote. Another reported victim of sign thievery was Candice Gonzalez, executive director of the Housing Corporation. “Please note that many Yes on D signs have been stolen as well, including in my front yard,” Gonzalez wrote.

DIGITALLY SPEAKING ... When Palo Alto leaders talk about building a “leading digital city,” they’re usually talking about open data and high-speed Internet, not flashy billboards. This week will be an exception. The City Council is scheduled to consider on Monday the latest staff proposal for raising revenues to fix outdated infrastructure — a digital billboard that would go up on a city-owned parcel along U.S. Highway 101, near the end of Colorado Avenue. If approved, the digital billboard could net the city between $700,000 and $1 million annually, according to a staff estimate. The exact amount would depend on the number and size of the ads, as well as the number of “flips” the city wishes to reserve for its own purposes. City officials have already consulted numerous advertisers who confirmed local suspicions that the site is “indeed a very desirable location and could

generate premium advertising revenues” and would net about 325,000 daily views. Staff notes that other cities, including East Palo Alto, San Jose and Sacramento, either already have or are in the midst of setting up similar digital message centers. If the council agrees, staff will develop a request for proposals and ultimately select a firm that would shepherd the billboard through the permitting process and help the city land the advertising clientele. The community is also expected to have a say. According to a report from the office of City Manager James Keene, staff intends to seek a “high level of community engagement” before unveiling a more detailed concept for the digital billboard. The city’s partnering firm would help develop the community-engagement plan, according to the report. A more refined concept could be in place by the middle of next year, with possible implementation taking place within a year or two. ART MEETS TECH ... Artistic techies, rejoice. You’ll soon be able to browse the entire Palo Alto public-art collection online, on a pleasing-to-the-eye database. Public Art Manager Elise DeMarzo showed the Public Art Commission a test version of the website at an Oct. 17 meeting. It’s not totally set in stone, but as it is now, on the left-hand side of the site, visitors will be able to search by artwork title, artists’ names and discipline (sculpture, painting, etc.). On the right-hand side are two slowly scrolling columns of art “eye candy” (photos of artworks). Hover your cursor over the photo and it will pause, and text will appear providing information about the piece of art. Staff also hopes that artists will write descriptions to be posted with each art work. The database will also help staff more efficiently manage the city’s art collection, keep track of maintenance, artists’ contact information and more. It’s part of an overall effort to revamp the city’s public-art and commission’s web pages. “And you thought it would never happen,” DeMarzo joked to the commission. The website has been a recurring item on the commission’s agenda since at least 2009. N

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At shuttered swim center, community seeks answers, action Palo Alto nonprofit asks for public’s help in planning, funding new facility


lients of the Betty Wright Aquatic Center pool in south Palo Alto expressed their sense of loss — and anxiety — Thursday night over the sudden closure of the facility in early October. Thursday’s town hall-style meeting, hosted by the nonprofit that has run the center for 45 years, was the first chance many people had to voice their concerns about losing the area’s only warmwater therapy pool. The center’s abrupt closure has left the nonprofit, Abilities United, scrambling to find alternate places to offer its rehabilitation and recreation services, which served hundreds of people a week. Staff and board Thursday explained that the 45-year-old facility on Middlefield Road had come to the end of its life. “This pool is dead. There’s nothing left to it,� Rho Olaisen, director of the center, told people as they sat in folding chairs around the bone-dry concrete pool. For 20 of its years, the facility had not been maintained annually, Olaisen said, leading to cracked pipes and, eventually, irreparable structural damage. The infrastructure was breaking even as repairs were being made, board chairwoman Heidi Feldman told the mostly grayhaired crowd. “We knew our time was running short. It gave out sooner than anyone expected,� she said.

Palo Alto resident Dana St. George had been coming to the pool twice a week since February 2007, after an illness left her largely paralyzed. Earlier this month, she came and found the doors closed for good and then received an email with the explanation. “I was shocked,� said St. George, who is now walking and speaking again. What’s more, she told the Weekly, she thought the tone of the email was “hopeless.� St. George Thursday asked staff for information on how much it would cost to fix the pool and how it could be “saved.� “I really hope the board will come up with that information and clue us in so a decision can be made,� St. George said. The sudden shuttering led her to be suspicious that a developer wanted to buy the property and build homes, as has happened throughout Palo Alto, St. George told the Weekly. But Olaisen assured the group that the nonprofit isn’t looking to abandon the property. “We are all very committed to this very site,� he said. The question, he added, is whether rebuilding there would be the best option in the long run. In trying to build another pool — somewhere — the nonprofit is moving into uncharted waters. A committee of board and staff members is examining four options: rebuild the facility, expand elsewhere on the same Middle-

field Road property, find a local parcel on which to build a new facility or find an existing local building that can be renovated. While Palo Alto is the organization’s first choice for location, the availability and affordability of land in nearby cities could be a determining factor, according to Lynda Steele, Abilities United’s executive director. To explore and vet the options, the organization is seeking the advice of local experts — builders, architects, engineers and financiers — and has started meeting with them in groups, Steele said. The committee hopes to make a recommendation to the board no later than next March or April, Steele said, after a process that Feldman called “thoughtful, careful and deliberate.� It could take a year or two, respectively, to rehabilitate or build on another site, the committee has already estimated. The organization did not have a time frame Thursday for renovating or constructing anew at the current site. To get a sense of the hopes of attendees at the meeting, a client of the pool, Barry Kramer, asked for a show of hands for two options: building a larger facility elsewhere, which possibly would take a longer time to construct, or rebuilding the current facility more quickly, albeit with fewer features than might be had elsewhere. No one raised a hand for the first option; for the latter, about a

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Rho Olaisen, director of the Betty Wright Aquatic Center, speaks at a community meeting Oct. 23 in front of the center’s now-empty pool. dozen or more hands went up. The importance of the pool, with its 93-degree water and accessibility for people who use wheelchairs, was cited by several people. “The atmosphere here is very special,� St. George said, referring to the diversity of people with abilities, or disabilities, who use the pool — people who have one leg, or no legs, or paralysis. “Our world is so perfectionistic. There’s a different sense of value here,� she said. The focus isn’t on worldly achievement but

on “how can you deal with what you’ve been given.â€? St. George, who calls herself a “greenie,â€? favors reusing the old facility. “Fix the facility they’ve got. It’s old, but it’s cozy. It’s not sterile. This place is very personal,â€? she said. “There’s something sheltering, homey, not too big.â€? While plans are being made for another pool, Abilities United will be offering recreational services at the Palo Alto YMCA (continued on page ÂŁ{)


School calendar consensus emerges Board of Education favors pre-break finals going forward, without rancor of 2011 by Chris Kenrick


consensus emerged on the touchy issue of the Palo Alto school calendar Tuesday as Board of Education members indicated they’d stick with a key reform enacted last year — placing first-semester finals before the December holidays. By year’s end, the board must determine district-wide calendars for 2014-15 and a year or two beyond. Superintendent Kevin Skelly will return to the board Nov. 5 with a specific proposal, with a possible final vote Nov. 19. The question of when to place first-semester finals — which provoked tears and door-slamming at rancorous, late-night board meetings little more than two years ago — prompted none of that this time around. Even the most skeptical board members appeared to be swayed

by poll numbers indicating more than 85 percent of high school students, when asked where they’d place first-semester finals if they controlled the school calendar, said “before winter break.� Until the calendar change was enacted a year ago, Palo Alto students took first-semester finals in the third week of January. “We’ve (polled) our students in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and they want finals before winter break,� said parent Susan Usman, a member of Project Safety Net, which is working to give youth a greater voice in the community. “I don’t understand why we would ignore 88 percent of our students.� More than 50 percent of high school students polled said the greatest benefit of December finals is that “students get a ‘real’

work-free breakâ€? over the holidays with no January finals looming. Nonetheless, board members said they want to ease the calendar’s effects on families and particularly on seniors, many of whom are applying to colleges or getting not-always-positive news from their early-decision applications just as they’re taking finals in December. Forty-five percent of seniors polled said college-application deadlines posed the biggest challenge with the December finals schedule. “I just hate that we crunch December,â€? said member Camille Townsend, who two years ago voted against moving finals from January to December. “It’s a great time of year, and we just (continued on page ÂŁ{)


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benefits from developers. At that meeting, only two nearby residents spoke out in opposition to the planned building, which would be 50 feet tall and feature three levels of underground parking. When the project returns to the commission and, ultimately, the City Council, the number of critics will likely swell. David Rockower, a resident of Silverwood, a three-story condominium complex just northeast of 2755 El Camino, said he and other homeowners have recently learned about the Pollock proposal and are now trying to get the applicant and the city to address their concerns, which mostly pertain to traffic and density. One major driveway, he said, would be placed right next to the Silverwood community, effectively sending cars “2 feet from the residents’ backyards.” “It destroys the residential nature of the community,” Rockower said. One neighbor, Deborah Italiano, raised this point at the Sept. 11 meeting of the planning commission, noting that under the proposed layout, cars will be zooming right past Silverwood windows. “It’s going to basically be traffic by people’s bedrooms and living rooms,” Italiano said. Earlier this month, the Silverwood homeowners met with Pollock and saw a model of the proposed building. Residents expressed their concerns and were assured by the representatives that they will continue to work with the residents to address the issues. They did not, however, offer any revisions to their plans or accommodations, Rockower said. At the Sept. 11 meeting of the planning commission, developer Jim Baer, a member of the applicants’ team, assured the commission that the project would not have an adverse impact on traffic. One of the public benefits Pollock is proposing, he said, is a rightturn lane from Page Mill to northbound El Camino Real. Not everyone is convinced. Rockower called the proposed lane a “good solution to a different problem” than the one he and his neighbors are worried about. Morris Page Mill, LLC, which owns the Sunrise of Palo Alto assistedliving facility next to the lot, is also skeptical. In February, Morris Page Mill’s attorney submitted a letter arguing that the proposal is incompatible with the nearby “neighborhood commercial” zone and that it would diminish the view of Sunrise residents and “increase traffic congestion in an already-congested area.” Rockower said a Sunrise representative attended the homeowners’ meeting with the Pollock Group on Oct. 9. Now, Rockower is drafting a petition that lays out the homeowners’ concerns. The petition argues that the proposal for 2755 El Camino is “too large a building, generating too many more traffic problems for local residents, too close to an intersection

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Traffic problems at the intersection of Page Mill Road and El Camino Real and a lack of parking in the already crowded Evergreen Park neighborhood are potential stumbling blocks to proposed buildings by the Pollock Financial Group and the Jay Paul Company. Commercial developments at 441 Page Mill Road and at 3195 El Camino Real are on the drawing boards. that is already a major problem.” Chris Donlay, who lives on Pepper Avenue, which lies in the neighborhood south of Page Mill Road, also has plenty at stake when it comes to the recent crop of “planned community” proposals. He is one of a handful of residents who have become engaged in the planning process in recent months, as the Jay Paul and Pollock Group proposals embarked on their crawls through city review. On Sept. 11, Donlay told the commission that he and his neighbors have “grave concerns” about the two proposals and their impact on traffic and parking in the Ventura neighborhood. “Bringing such a huge project and cramming it into such a small space will only make it worse,” Donlay said. “It’s underparked and over-occupied, and while we as a neighborhood feel that rezoning may be a good idea, we do not feel that cramming such a huge project into this site is a good idea.” He suggested that the city hold off on approving the Pollock proposal until after it’s done evaluating the impacts of the Jay Paul plan. Earlier this month, Donlay emailed the city’s planning department and argued that “no additional projects make sense in the area until the horrendous traffic situation at the Page Mill/El Camino Real is resolved.” He also cited the “comprehensive surveys” that residents in the Evergreen Park and Ventura neighborhoods have been conducting, which are similar to ones compiled by Downtown North residents earlier this year. The map of the Evergreen Park neighborhood, north of the California Avenue Business District, shows the entire commercial stretch of the neighborhood filled with cars. The area bounded by Park Boulevard

on the east and El Camino on the west is entirely red between Oxford Avenue and Page Mill at noon, connoting saturation of more than 80 percent. On most blocks in this section, the saturation rate is 100 percent or more, suggesting that there are more parked cars than parking spaces (for details about how these surveys are conducted, see “Much ado about parking” in the Oct. 4 issue of the Weekly or on Though both the Jay Paul and the Pollock development proposals have received some early praise from a few council members during early “pre-screening sessions,” where no formal action is taken, the November election could pose an obstacle for the two applicants. The battle over the planned-community zone change on Maybell has energized land-use critics from throughout the city, with about 4,000 people signing the referendum petition that brought Measure D to the ballot. The changing public mood has already affected the council’s stance toward public benefits. The council decided earlier this year to require independent economic analyses for major new PC proposals. At the Sept. 11 planning commission meeting, Vice Chair Arthur Keller argued that the city needs to be diligent about making sure it is getting enough public benefits from developers seeking a PC zone. “There’s been significant complaints in the community about public benefits that turn out not to be benefiting the public,” Keller said, before the commission voted to continue its discussion to a later date. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@



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CREEPY CRAWLY ... The spider at 450 Sequoia Ave. in Palo Alto’s Southgate neighborhood is anything but itsy bitsy. The family of Adam and Daja Phillips has created a 15-foot spider web made of thick white cord that stretches from their heritage valley oak to the ground. A 2-foot hairy black and brown spider stares down visitors through six glowing, red compound eyes. The spooky, furry critter will be on display through October. CRIME ALERT CLASS ... Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian will sponsor a Crime Prevention/Personal Preparedness Evening on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. The free lecture is open to the public and will focus on public understanding of the threats and hazards faced in Palo Alto. Participants will learn how to make a plan, build a kit, learn how to be a good witness and identify suspicious behavior, and conduct a neighborhood watch. Ken Dueker, Palo Alto director of the Office of Emergency Services, will present the lecture. Participants can preregister by calling 650-289-5400 or at the Avenidas front desk. MAKING RADIO WAVES ... Palo Alto’s own Buena Vista Mobile Home Park residents and supporters were on National Public Radio on Tuesday morning, Oct. 15, during a broadcast with NPR Education Reporter, Eric Westerfelt. The Buena Vista proponents were interviewed about their struggle to save the city’s only mobile-home park, which faces the wrecking ball early next year. The broadcast, which was on the program Morning Edition, can be heard at N

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rom the street, Danilo Oxford’s Midtown Palo Alto home is neat and well-manicured, with a profusion of flowers accenting the two-story, pumpkin-orange house. But a macabre spectacle beyond the garden gate awaits visitors. There is something on the backyard barbecue grill, and it isn’t hot dogs or burgers. A mummified skeleton sporting a “Kiss the cook” apron stands ready to baste the grisly morsels — rubber hands and feet. Welcome, dear visitor, to Oxford’s Realm of Darkness haunted house. Each Halloween for 16 years, mild-mannered Danilo, 54, opens his 800-square-foot backyard house of horrors for four evenings at 1034 Moffett Circle. His nightmarish, zombie-populated vision of fright contains 22 pneumatic figures — some 6 to 7 feet tall — four coffins, headless victims, talking skulls and smoke-spewing gargoyles with glowing red eyes. On a recent visit, Oxford greeted his victim/visitor in a bloodspattered white lab coat labeled “morgue.” Walking through a forbiddinglooking iron rebar gate, he smiled affectionately at the black-shrouded skeleton trapped in a metal cage. “Do not feed!” the attached sign warned. “Every year it gets better,” he said. This year the haunted house opened for one evening Oct. 20 and will re-open on Oct. 26, 27 and 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. Visiting is free of charge, although visitors often leave a donation toward the next year’s production, he said.

Danilo Oxford poses with a mask in the “morgue” at his Realm of Darkness haunted house. The experience is never the same, since he’s been adding something every year for 16 years. The Realm of Darkness is indeed a dark place. Inside its labyrinthine walls, the archetypal figures of Halloween scream and pop from ceilings and walls. Escaping the ghoulish labyrinth isn’t easy. “I used to have straight sections, but they’d beeline for the exit. I make it tough on them. It’s not for little kids. I warn people that it’s not for kids under age 9 or for people with severe claustrophobia. You don’t have room to run when something pops down from the ceiling. It’s an adrenaline rush, like going on the roller coaster,” he said. Most professional haunted


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COSTUME CONTEST ... Halloween is perhaps the pre-eminent neighborhood event across town, where there is something going on for everyone, whether taking in a spooky haunted house or decorations or dressing in costume and trick-or-treating. The College Terrace— neighborhood’s fall picnic on Saturday, Oct. 26, will host a Halloween theme this year, with kids invited to dress in costume. Prizes will be awarded for the most scary, the most spooky and most eco-friendly costumes. Residents are asked to bring a dish to share and their own utensils. The picnic will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at Mayfield Park adjacent to the College Terrace Library, 2300 Wellesley St., Palo Alto.


Danilo Oxford stares out of his haunted house on Moffett Circle. He suggests visitors be at least 9 year old.

houses are filled with actors, but Oxford’s is a one-man show. He creeps around from section to section, playing both live actor and puppet master. Deftly maneuvering switches to activate his spine-chilling cast members, he growls from behind his madscientist-cum-zombie mask — bwah-ha-ha-ha. Don’t look too closely at what’s in those jars in the lab. “I like to be a part of it. I like to see people’s reactions. It’s like a psychological study of how people react. Two or three people will squeeze in a doorway at the same time trying to escape,” he said. Apparently, 1,000 visitors share his ghoulish fascination each season. A couple of neighbors help out as guides, but Oxford’s wife, Ana, does not. The haunted house is a little too scary for her, she said. Oxford’s fascination with the undead started when he was 12 years old and first watched the television show Creature Features. It broadcast the zombie classic, “The Night of the Living Dead.” “It was just a game-changer for me. It is scary, but really cool,” he said. As a child, Oxford’s favorite part of Halloween had nothing to do with ghouls. “I liked the decorations, and I remembered always how the pumpkin would smell with a

candle in it, and you would have the aroma of cooked pumpkin,” he said. Born and raised in Palo Alto, he started making his own Halloween props while attending Palo Alto High School. He spraypainted the names of dead characters on tombstones set up in his front yard. But the observance of Halloween drifted away after high school until he married and had a family, he said. He began dabbling with the darker side of the human subconscious when his son wanted to set up a trick-or-treat display in the driveway. “Children bring life to the holidays. They brought back Halloween for me. It’s my hobby — it’s an obsession to do it,” he said. The lead machinist at Polytech Products Corp. in Menlo Park, Oxford applied his knowledge of manufacturing and design to the haunted house, building the figures by hand. Using scrap materials and a few store-bought items such as masks, he taught himself to bring his creations to life using forced air. Through trial and error — and the responses of his audience — he has learned what works and what doesn’t, he said. The ghoulmaster has his standards. (continued on page ££)

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The owner of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto must further revise his plan for compensating the residents who would be displaced under a plan to convert Buena Vista to an apartment complex, the City of Palo Alto has ruled. For the second time in recent months, the city has found that the Jisser family, which owns the park along El Camino Real, in the Barron Park neighborhood, has not submitted a completed Relocation Impact Report, a mandated document that lays out the Jissers’ strategy for compensating Buena Vista residents. As in his previous finding, Grant Kolling from the Office of the City Attorney determined that the latest report submitted by Jissers’ attorney does not include enough information about compensation and lacks the required information from residents. Kolling also wrote in a letter that the city needs more time to collect questionnaires from the residents. The failure of Jissers’ contractors to obtain all the questionnaires for its first Relocation Impact Report this summer was a major reason for the city’s rejection of that document. Since then, the city had offered to obtain these questionnaires itself, a process that Kolling said can be completed in a week or two. Once the report is deemed complete, it will be forwarded to the hearing officer, Craig Labadie, who will determine whether it offers sufficient compensation for the residents. The city is also requesting that the Jissers include the value of two- and three-bedroom units, not just one-bedroom, in their calculation for relocation assistance. The Jissers have offered an $11,000 lump payment to each household for relocation. In the new letter, Kolling once again asks the family how they arrived at this figure. — Gennady Sheyner




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Parking: The council agreed to eliminate several parking exemptions and specified that the new rules would apply to projects currently going through the planning process. Yes: Berman, Burt, Holman, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd No: Kniss Downtown: The council approved a $200,000 contract for the first phase of the “downtown development cap” study. Yes: Berman, Burt, Holman, Klein, Kniss, Price, Scharff, Shepherd No: Schmid

Board of Education (Oct. 22) Calendar: The board heard a report from the Calendar Advisory Committee, which presented options for district-wide calendars beginning in 2014-15. Action: None Summer school: The board heard a report on summer school 2013 and preliminary plans for summer school 2014. Action: None Standards: The board heard a report on the district’s transition from the California State Standards to the Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by 45 states including California. Action: None

Parks and Recreation Commission (Oct. 22) Trees: The commission heard updates about the Urban Forest Master Plan and the environmental-review process for the renovation of the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course. Action: None

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING of the City of Palo Alto Historic Resources Board (HRB) 8:00 A.M., Wednesday, November 6, 2013 Palo Alto Council Chambers, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review filed documents; contact Diana Tamale for information regarding business hours at 650.329.2144. 1027 Bryant Street [13PLN-00291]: Application by Fergus Garber Young Architects, on behalf of John Tarlton and Jennifer Dearborn, for Historic Resources Board review and recommendation regarding an extensive proposed redesign of a multi-family residence at 1027 Bryant Street, a contributing building, originally constructed in 1898, located in the Professorville National Register Historic District. The project includes the following proposals: (a) reconstruction of the original conical turret on the front façade, (b) removal of the long second-floor porch that was added to the front façade before 1949, (c) coordination and harmonization of additions that have occurred over time, (d) replacement of several existing windows with new windows, (e) modification of the existing roof design, (f) re-surfacing of the roof in wood shingles, (g) repair and replacement of siding to match existing siding, (h) extensive redesign of the rear elevation, and (i) addition of a long new eyebrow attic dormer on the roof of the south (right) elevation. The project would require a Variance for (1) protrusion of reconfigured portions of the roof into the daylight plane, (2) projection of the restored turret above the 30-foot height allowance, and (3) protrusion of the new attic dormer on the south elevation into the daylight plane. Zone District: R-1 Steven Turner, Advance Planning Manager The City of Palo Alto does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation for this meeting or an alternative format for any related printed materials, please contact the City’s ADA Coordinator at 650.329.2550 (voice) or by e-mailing Page 12ÊUÊ"V̜LiÀÊÓx]ÊÓä£ÎÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“

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‘If we do decide to do something with CSTs I don’t think we should overcommit for multiple years at the get-go because we don’t want to do double-testing of students if it takes instructional days out.’ —Dana Tom, president, Board of Education “What I’m hearing from parents is: ‘We want to know how far away we are from the new stuff. We want to know if our kids are going to be tested this year, and if they’re not going to be tested, we want to know how we’ll know how they’re doing,’” Caswell said. In recent years, school district statistician Diana Wilmot has extensively used CST data to track the progress of various subgroups, including underrepresented minorities, against goals set by the district. Skelly said he would come back with suggestions about testing for next spring. Board President Dana Tom warned against overtesting. “If we do decide to do something with CSTs I don’t think we should overcommit for multiple years at the get-go because we don’t want to do double-testing of students if it takes instructional days out,” he said. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@

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More than seven years after East Palo Alto police officer Rich May was shot and killed while on duty, members of the Rich May Foundation broke ground on the Rich May Community Field Sunday. (Posted Oct. 21, 9:54 a.m.)

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A Palo Alto High School student is calling all dogs and their owners to come to Rinconada Park this Saturday for Dog-O-Ween, a benefit for the Palo Alto Animal Shelter. (Posted Oct. 23, 1:34 p.m.)

A 17-year-old girl who police said punched a woman from behind and stole her purse on Waverley Street on Saturday night was arrested seconds later a block away from the crime. (Posted Oct. 21, 9:22 a.m.)

New districts split Menlo Park The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has approved new boundaries for supervisorial districts that will split Menlo Park into two districts. (Posted Oct. 23, 9:15 a.m.)

Driver gets one year for fatal crash Matthew Pumar, the driver who hit and killed a Mountain View man last summer, was sentenced to one year in county jail and three years probation. (Posted Oct. 22, 11:12 a.m.)

Skateboarder injured in collision A skateboarder hospitalized after being struck by a vehicle Sunday on the Stanford University campus has been identified as Vincent Su, a California Highway Patrol officer said. (Posted Oct. 21, 4:33 p.m.)

Crash prompts license re-exam The 90-year-old driver whose car jumped a curb in downtown Menlo Park and pinned twin 6-yearold brothers against the wall is without a license — at least for now. (Posted Oct. 21, 12:32 p.m.)

Modernist building gets approval Everyone agrees that the latest downtown development to win approval from Palo Alto’s architectural board will bring an eye-catching touch of modernity to a eclectic block on downtown’s periphery. For some nearby residents, however, that is not a good thing. (Posted Oct. 18, 11:59 a.m.)

Commission supports City Hall art The city’s Public Art Commission committed $50,000 — half its annual budget — over the next two years on Thursday night to support bringing a new media art project to City Hall’s lobby, which is scheduled for renovations beginning in January or February. (Posted Oct. 18, 9:38 a.m.)

Controversy mars bridge meeting Residents on either side of the Newell Road Bridge, a 102-year-old structure that links Palo Alto and East Palo Alto, agree that it needs to be fixed to decrease the risk of flooding in the area, but that’s about where the agreements stop. (Posted Oct. 18, 12:38 a.m.)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, on November 12, 2013, at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto CA 94301, a public hearing (the “Public Hearing”) will be conducted concerning the incurrence of one or more tax-exempt loans (collectively, the “Loan”) by the California Municipal Finance Authority (the “Issuer”), pursuant to a plan of finance, in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed Fourteen Million Dollars ($14,000,000). The proceeds of the Loan will be loaned to Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School (the “Borrower”), a California nonprofit religious corporation and an entity described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), for the purposes of (1) redeeming in full the Issuer’s Variable Rate Demand Revenue Bonds (Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School) Series 2008, the proceeds of which were used to finance and refinance certain loans that financed the acquisition, renovation, construction, expansion, improvement and/or equipping of the Borrower’s educational facilities at the Borrower’s campus located at 450, 470, 490 and 560 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto, California 94306 (the “Campus”); (2) paying and/or reimbursing the Borrower for the costs of constructing, improving, renovating, furnishing and/or equipping of educational facilities and related administrative and support facilities at the Campus, including but not limited to the demolition of pre-existing buildings and construction of additional educational facilities, including but not limited to a full size gymnasium, a performing arts facility and multipurpose facilities; and (3) paying costs of issuance with respect to the Loan (collectively, the “Project”). The Campus is located entirely within the territorial limits of the City of Palo Alto (the “City”), and the Campus and its facilities will be owned and operated by the Borrower. The Loan and the obligation to pay principal of and interest thereon and any prepayment premium with respect thereto do not constitute an indebtedness or an obligation of the Issuer, the State of California, the City or any political subdivision thereof, within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory debt limitation, or a charge against the general credit or taxing powers of any of them. The Loan shall be a limited obligation of the Issuer, payable solely from certain revenues duly pledged therefor and generally representing amounts paid by the Borrower. The City is conducting the Public Hearing as an accommodation to the Borrower to facilitate the financing and/or refinancing of the Project. The City will not be the issuer of the Loan to finance the Project and takes no responsibility for the proposed financing or the Project. No City funds will be directed to the Project. The Public Hearing is intended to comply with the public approval requirements of Section 147(f) of the Code. Those wishing to comment on the proposed financing and the nature and location of the Project may either appear in person at the Public Hearing or submit written comments prior to the time of the Public Hearing. Additional information concerning the above matter may be obtained from, and written comments should be addressed to, City Clerk, City of Palo Alto, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto CA 94301. Dated this 25th day of October, 2013. By: Donna J. Grider, City Clerk City of Palo Alto

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This isn’t MY Palo Alto! Palo Alto Weekly: No on Measure D “Zoning changes approved by City Council ‌ strike wrong balance and should be overturnedâ€?

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and hydrotherapy at the Timpany Center in San Jose, which also has a warm-water pool. By Jan. 1, the staff hopes to have three additional area pools lined up, where they can provide services. The loss of the pool has hurt their nonprofit’s bottom line. It has established the Betty Wright Legacy Fund, at, to fund continuing aquatic services at satellite pools. As for a new pool, after an idea is fleshed out, the organization plans to approach foundations known to fund capital campaigns, Steele said. And if a “high net-worth individual� wants to participate in the project or lend expertise to help shape it, Steele said, “We welcome that. We’d love that.� N Editor Jocelyn Dong can be emailed at jdong@paweekly. com.

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put finals on top of it. “That being said, let’s do finals before break but make sure those kids are out for the last two weeks of December when it’s important they be with their families.� Board member Melissa Baten Caswell, who also opposed moving finals to December in the 2011 vote, said: “I still kind of prefer the old, old calendar, but I’ve moved on.� Caswell appeared interested in an unusual calendar proposal that places finals in December but does not actually end first semester until Jan. 22, with a “stand-alone unit� occupying the first weeks of January. That option would accommodate the later August start date preferred by parents while preserving the preference expressed by teachers for two semesters that are even in length. It was not clear she could get two additional board votes for that route. Caswell also asked district staff members to explore the possibility of making finals optional for seniors in good academic standing. Board member Heidi Emberling said she preferred pre-break finals, and Board President Dana Tom and Vice President Barb Mitchell have advocated prebreak finals for years. All members asked Skelly to find an August start date that’s as late as teachers — who prefer two semesters that are even in length — find acceptable. Before returning to the board with recommendations next month, Skelly must get agreement on calendar proposals from the district’s teacher’s union, Palo Alto Educators Association, and staff union, California School Employees Association. N


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If these walls could talk... Springsteen. Garcia. The Cars. Even Ray Charles played within the walls of the Midpeninsula landmark club known variously as Keystone Palo Alto, The Edge and most recently, Club Illusions. The California Avenue club was demolished this week to make way for an office building.

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session to discus the status of the city’s labor negotiations with the Service Employees International Union, Local 521. The council will then consider possible financing measures to pay for infrastructure projects; installation of a digital billboard along U.S. Highway 101 and creation of master plans for “fiber to the premise� and for a citywide wireless network. The closed session will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28. A regular meeting will follow in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the city’s new traffic model, which will be used to compare traffic conditions of new projects against existing baseline and future traffic conditions. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).


(TENTATIVE) AGENDA – SPECIAL MEETING – COUNCIL CHAMBERS MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2013 - 6:00 PM CLOSED SESSION 1. SEIU CONSENT 2. Approval of a Construction Contract to JCM Construction Inc. in the Amount Not to Exceed $374,900 to Provide Construction Services to ReconďŹ gure the City Hall 6th and 7th Floor Public Works Engineering Services, Fire Department, and City Clerk's OfďŹ ce Areas (PW) 3. Adoption of Resolutions Fixing the City of Palo Alto’s Healthcare Premium Costs Under the Public Employees’ Medical and Hospital Care Act (PEMHCA) for Palo Alto’s New Bargaining Units, Palo Alto Police Management Association and Utilities Managers and Professionals Association of Palo Alto ACTION ITEMS 4. Infrastructure Committee Recommendations to City Council to Conduct Additional Opinion Research 5. Review Scope and Approval of an RFP for Digital Messaging Center 6. Technology and the Connected City Committee Recommendation to Develop Master Plan to Build Out the City’s Fiber Optic System to Provide Fiber-to-the-Premise and Develop Complementary Wireless Network Plan

items, saying they “blatantly violate the free school guarantee by requiring students to pay fees and purchase assigned materials for credit courses.� A California law passed last year ended that litigation. The new law, AB 1575, requires the California Department of Education, beginning in 2014-15, to provide guidance to school districts every three years on items it can charge fees for. An April 24 “fiscal management advisory� from the California Department of Education warned against “a tuition fee or charge as a condition of enrollment in any class or course of instruction, including a fee for attendance in a summer or vacation school, a registration fee, a fee for a catalog of courses, a fee for an examination in a subject, a late registration or program change fee, a fee for the issuance of a diploma or certificate or a charge for lodging.� The California Supreme Court said in 1984: “Access to public education is a right enjoyed by all — not a commodity for sale. Educational opportunities must be provided to all students without regard to their families’ ability or willingness to pay.� N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@

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Carolyn Elizabeth Backer Grant Feb. 24, 1921 – Oct. 14, 2013 Carolyn Elizabeth Backer Grant, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 14, 2013, at home surrounded by her family. A sweet southern belle and an orchid whisperer, Carolyn ďŹ lled all that she touched with light and love, and was adored by everyone who knew her. The eldest of three girls, Carolyn was born in Southern Pines, North Carolina, and had a childhood ďŹ lled with wonderful memories. She loved to ride her horse, Muggins, and often spoke fondly of playing with her sisters Bo and Barbara, tending the animals on her family’s small farm, helping her father garden and create bouquets in his ower shop, and going peach-tasting in her aunt’s orchard. After studying at Greensboro College, she worked at a small inn in Pinehurst, North Carolina, where she met Gerald “Gerryâ€? Grant. Following a whirlwind romance, the pair married in 1942 and had six children, ďŹ nally settling in Menlo Park, California, in 1965. They were married 59 years until Gerry passed away in 2001. In addition to raising her children, Carolyn volunteered much of her time to Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, where for many years she cooked dinners for the 50 Plus pro-

gram, prepared communion for services, and arranged owers for the sanctuary. Carolyn loved life and wielded an impressive green thumb, never hesitating to stop and smell the roses. She showered her family and friends with unconditional love and kindness, and reminded them to always follow their hearts. Her legacy will live on for generations to come, and she will be dearly missed. Carolyn is survived by her children Jennifer (Terry) Sorensen of Folsom, CA, Jim (Lynda) Grant of Lake Forest, CA, Scott (Susan) Grant of Austin, TX, and Patricia (Wally) Buch of Atherton; her sister Barbara Vandiver of Melbourne, FL; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Gerald Grant, her daughters Carolyn Sorensen and Suzanne Arbour, her sister Betsy Jean “Boâ€? Kendrick, her brother Robert Backer, her grandson David Buch, and her great-granddaughter Julia King. In accordance with Carolyn’s wishes, her family will hold a private celebration of her life. Her family asks that any memorial contributions please be made to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, 2nd oor, Princeton, NJ 08540 or under the team name Michael’s Muppets. PA I D



Robert (Bob) Knapp Knapp, Robert (Bob) age 77, of Albert Lea, MN, died October 2, 2013. Born and raised in Palo Alto, Bob was a 1954 graduate of Palo Alto High School and the former owner of Dorn’s Safety Service. Preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Evelyn, he is survived by his wife, Helen; children, Jacqueline Schmidtke and Robert Jr.; grandson, Jacob; and sister, Dorothy and family. Services have been held. PA I D

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Anthony S. Felsovanyi, M.D., M.A.C.P. December 20, 1914 – October 7, 2013 Dr. Felsovanyi served his community as a beloved physician, a revered clinical professor, a profoundly compassionate human being and devoted friend for over 65 years. From his early medical training at Johns Hopkins, Yale, service as Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, then in 1946 as the first Fellow in Cardiology at Stanford until his death, his practice exemplified the highest standard of medical excellence, integrity and compassion. A Memorial will be held at 4:00p.m. Stanford Faculty Club on Saturday, November 23rd, 2013. In lieu of flowers donations should indicate: “In memory of Dr. Anthony Felsovanyi - for medical scholarships”. Checks payable to Stanford University, sent to: Development Services, P.O. Box 20466, Stanford, CA 94309 PA I D



Howard Wilson Harrington Howard Wilson Harrington, 78, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, recently residing in Redwood City, and retired scientist and marketing specialist at Hewlett-Packard Corporation, died Friday, Oct. 11, from complications following heart surgery at the University of California, San Francisco Hospital. The middle of three boys, he was born in Holland, Mich., in 1934 on an 80-acre farm, and grew up doing all the daily tasks of operating a farm. He supported his undergraduate studies at Hope College in Michigan by playing trombone in a dance band while acquiring

Elizabeth Ann Gray March 5, 1927 - September 29, 2013 Elizabeth Ann Gray, 86, passed away peacefully, and surrounded by family, at her home in Menlo Park, CA on September 29, 2013. Liz was born on March 5, 1927 in Corsicana, Texas, to the late Brook Edward Davis of Kerens, Texas and Elizabeth (Oldham) Davis of Waxahachie, Texas. A lifelong learner, she graduated from North Dallas High School in 1944, being voted Most Popular and serving as a member of the Jockey Club and of the Olympiads. Liz received her B.A. in English from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 1949, where she was also a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority as well as several other social organizations. Liz married the love and light of her life, the late Gilman Gray, Sr., in 1953, and theirs was a rich and happy union. Their marriage, which she considered one of the greatest blessings of her life, spanned 49 years. Liz was a devoted, dedicated, proud, and alwaysinterested mother. She is survived by her five sons: Ned Gray, Brook Gray, Gilman Gray, Jr., Timothy Gray and Daniel Gray. Often was the phrase uttered, “Five sons? Your poor mother!” Liz was also a beloved grandmother to Emily Gray, Elizabeth Gray, Brook Gray and Hayden Gray and mother-in-law to Vicki Gray, Patti Gray and Stephanie Gray. Liz and Gil were always active members in their local churches, from Midway Hills Christian Church in Dallas, Texas to Bethany Christian Church in Odessa, Texas to Central Christian Church in Marshalltown, Iowa to Ladera Community Church, in Portola Valley, California. They taught sunday school, served on outreach and stewardship committees, held service positions, and were always great friends and supporters of all of their pastors. At Ladera Community Church, Liz served for many years on the Nominating/ Enlistment Committee, Stewardship Committee,

Endowment Committee, Scholarship Committee, Board of Christian Service and Board of Trustees. Liz was proud of her 29-years of volunteer work as a “Pink Lady” with the Stanford University Medical Center Auxiliary, a non-profit that supports and complements patient care and community service at SUMC. She and Gil were also very active with and supportive of OICW (now JobTrain), an educational and training institution that also offers career counseling and job-placement services to its graduates.Herprolificvolunteer work was the natural extension of the primary principal she lived: “When more is given, more is expected.” Liz was a prolific reader, a lover of the written word, and was never more at home than with a good book. She loved to travel, and she and husband Gil traveled much of the world together. She was an avid tennis player (who only recently stopped playing at age 82), piano player, lover of music and dance (quite the jitterbugger). She played bridge and always enjoyed going to the movies. Anyone who knew Liz, however, knew that her true love was the telephone -- where she spent countless hours chatting and checking-in with family, friends and those who she loved and for whom she cared. Liz always wanted to know how you were feeling and how you were doing, to tell you she was thinking of you and that she loved and cared for you. Liz will be most remembered for her great sense of humor, loving nature, selflessness, energy, charity and positivity. She was a great listener, always easy to laugh and smile, a sincere and devoted wife, mother, motherin-law, grandmother and friend. And, of course, anyone who knew Liz will never forget her sweet, signature Texas twang -- the quintessence of this Southern Lady. Elizabeth Gray will be missed.


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a lifelong connection to big band and classic jazz music. His father and older brother were also accomplished trombone players. He went on to earn a Ph.D. degree at University of California, Berkeley. His Ph.D. in chemical physics landed him a position in 1962 with Hewlett-Packard’s Microwave Division. Hired by HP executive Barney Oliver, he became involved in hard science. The division split when a percentage of staff was transfer red to Santa Rosa and the Microwave Division became Stanford Park Division. He published numerous articles in the AIP Journal of Chemical Physics, Analytical Chemistry, Research & Development and several articles in the Hewlett-Packard Journal. He owned two patents. He then shifted from hard science to hard sell, joining the Scientific Instruments Division. He traveled throughout Europe and Russia while getting acquainted with the scattered HP sales forces, expanding his education through travel. He wrote regular newsletter articles to connect the sales force. Each article would close with his signature phrase: “And that’s what’s happening.” In addition to his academic background, he gained acco-

lades for his woodworking. His creations have been noted in properties he has owned and renovated. He is survived by his son Jim Harrington, his wife Rachelle, and daughter Chiara of Redwood City; his daughter Elizabeth (Beth) Harrington Colehower, her husband Andrew, and daughters Maya and Jada of Capitola; former wife and best friend for many years and throughout this medical challenge, Ellen Harrington of Santa Rosa; his niece Anne Harrington Hughes of Hamtramck, Michigan and her husband and three children. Carroll Harrington, mother of Jim and Beth and now residing in Capitola, maintained a friendship with Harrington and praised his role as a father and grandfather. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. at Seaport Conference Center, 459 Seaport Court, Redwood City. Contributions in his memory can be made to the National Kidney Foundation-Northern California Chapter ( site/503/index.cfm) or the Santa Cruz Montessori Arts Program (

BIRTHS Faramarz and Azadeh Bahmani, Palo Alto, May 20, a girl.

James A. Edmiston Passed away peacefully at home in Palo Alto on Sept. 27, 2013. He was 74. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia; His children, Robert, Barbara and John; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son James. He will remain in our hearts forever. PA I D


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A weekly compendium of vital statistics

POLICE CALLS Palo Alto Oct. 14-21 Violence related Armed robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Checks forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Abandoned bicycle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . 6 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Vehicle accident/mnr. injury . . . . . . . . . 5 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . . 8 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Vehicle stored . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Miscellaneous Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . 2 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 3 Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Terrorist threats. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Elder abuse/financial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Menlo Park Oct. 15-21 Violence related Assault . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Shoplifter in custody . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . 6 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/mjr. injury . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/mnr. injury . . . . . . . . . 4 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . . 2 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Reckless vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Alcohol or drug related Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Drug registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Juvenile problem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Located missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Property for destruction . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 7 Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Dumping complaint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Civil issue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Public works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Violation of court order . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Miscellaneous Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Info. case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Located missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Probation violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Resisting arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Atherton Oct. 15-21


Theft related Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Bicycle recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . . 3 Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Vehicle/traffic hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Miscellaneous Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Palo Alto 708 Colorado Ave., 10/14, 2:20 a.m.; armed robbery California Ave., 10/15, 11:50 a.m.; domestic violence 533 Bryant St., 10/18, 8:01 p.m.; battery

Menlo Park 600 block Willow Road, 10/17, 8:27 a.m.; assault 400 block Pope St., 10/18, 2:23 p.m.; assault


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From Jump Serves to Arias Harker helps students find their passions. Like Gabby, who tried wrestling (she was the first female on our wrestling team), but pursued opera. And Tanya, whose favorite memory with her Harker friends was going to the volleyball state championships her senior year. While she’ll be attending NYU next year to complete her master’s in literature (her other passion), she’s currently playing on a German regional volleyball team.

“It was amazing being constantly surrounded by people whose brains and hearts I admired.” – Tanya Schmidt ‘08

It’s our passion to help students find theirs. It’s why we hire the best teachers, and offer the classes our students need not only to explore interests, but to go as far as their abilities – and imaginations – can take them. Harker is a place where operatic wrestlers and literary team captains find community. In fact, that’s what Andy and Michael, who both signed to play college soccer, said best describes Harker: community and family. So whether students love Russian literature, musical theater or corner kicks, Harker is just the place. Visit us and find out for yourself how Harker helps students discover their passions!

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Editorial A good bridge approach With delicate and competing interests at stake, plan for thorough analysis of Newell bridge alternatives is on the right track


y the time the Palo Alto and East Palo Alto City Councils decide on what to do with the old Newell Road bridge, it may be the most studied bridge of its size. The narrow, substandard, 102-year-old bridge crossing San Francisquito Creek and connecting a portion of East Palo Alto with the Crescent Park and Duveneck area of Palo Alto has long been identified as a major flood hazard in need of removal and, most people assumed, replacement. The bridge and its abutments constrict the passage of water during high storm flows and can cause severe flooding. And of equal if not greater importance, until the old Newell Road bridge is removed, other needed flood-control work and bridge replacements upstream cannot be done since they will have the effect of raising water levels downstream. Palo Alto city staff and its consultants initially believed the solution was pretty straightforward: replace the 18-foot-wide bridge with a modern 32-foot-wide bridge that included proper car and bike lanes and sidewalks for pedestrians. But a turnout of more than 200 concerned residents at a January outreach meeting convinced City Manager Jim Keene to put on the brakes and expand the analysis to include other alternatives and a full environmental and traffic assessment. Residents expressed a variety of concerns, including whether a new bridge would attract more traffic and if a replacement bridge was needed at all. Last week, at another community meeting, the staff offered up eight options for further study, including doing nothing (leaving the current bridge as is), a full-scale replacement similar to what was initially envisioned, and several alternatives that would limit or prevent automobile traffic on a new bridge. The idea of changing the placement of the bridge to better connect the Newell roads in each city, which do not align, was also offered. The hope was to reduce the number of alternatives, but residents from both sides of the creek expressed widely differing views, with each alternative having supporters. As a result, the city staff will take the input and return to the community in January with its recommendations for which options should remain under consideration. The city staff deserves credit for pivoting in response to initial reactions to its proposed bridge replacement, and for recognizing that time spent now involving the affected residents in crafting alternative solutions is well worth it. We have criticized previous missteps by the staff in community education and outreach, but its efforts on this issue and the direct involvement of City Manager James Keene should be a model for future controversial issues. Too often these issues wind up in front of the City Council at a meeting with an audience full of upset and/or fearful residents and a staff and council on the defensive. This process is designed to avoid that outcome and create a proposal that has the support of most neighbors when it goes to the two councils. The flood-control problem is real and urgent, important to both cities, and we can’t afford a long, drawn-out process. But future plans for the bridge will require the approval of both the East Palo Alto and Palo Alto city councils, so the more this process includes residents and officials from both cities now, the more likely a solution will ultimately emerge that meets both cities’ needs. For the moment, however, the goal isn’t to pre-judge the outcome, but to get going on the environmental and traffic studies for as limited a number of options as possible. The city staff is on an encouraging path to accomplish that in the next two months.

Clarification In last week’s editorial opposing Palo Alto Measure D, the distance between the proposed single-family homes was incorrectly cited. The current zoning requires at least 12 feet between homes and the proposed new zoning would reduce the distance to 10 feet, on average, for the 12 single-family homes in the project. Lot sizes under current zoning must be at least 6,000 square feet, but are estimated to range from approximately 2,700 to 4,600 square feet under the proposed zoning.

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Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Shot at the wrong target

A seismic shift

Editor, The effort to stop Maybell housing is a wild shot at the wrong target and won’t lead to land-use reform any more than shooting at a moose will catch a trout. If the goal is Planned Community (PC) zoning reform, then do PC zoning reform. Sponsor a smart, nuanced initiative protecting affordable housing development while reining in crazy-making commercial and massive marketrate residential development. All No on D will do is deprive over 100 of our elders of any hope of remaining in town. I know a lot about PC zoning in Palo Alto, having conducted an investigation and analysis of commercial and residential PC projects, recommending substantial PC reform. But I will vote Yes on D because defeating the Maybell project won’t reform or curb development, but will destroy affordable housing. The Maybell housing is the rare appropriate use of PC zoning, providing a way to guarantee this housing will remain affordable for our low-income seniors. The 12 market-rate homes make the affordable project financially feasible given diminishing state and federal funding for this housing. If this housing, as approved, isn’t built at Maybell on one of the few remaining large parcels of land in town, it will never be built short of a miracle. Arguing otherwise simply isn’t credible (see Surely we won’t sacrifice precious affordable housing for the fantasy of trickle-down land use reform. I live in Barron Park and will vote yes on Measure D for affordable senior housing and an economically inclusive community. Winter Dellenbach La Para Avenue, Palo Alto

Editor, We chose Palo Alto 42 years ago for our multi-generational home because of the neighborhood quality of life. For us as working parents, with a non-English speaking grandparent in the home, the ability of our children to walk/ride bikes to school and to various activities — with safety — was critical. Today, our streets are an unsafe jungle of cars, posing a serious threat to the lives of children, including our grandchildren who live with us. We urge everyone to vote against Measure D because City Council’s actions continue to accelerate Palo Alto’s overdevelopment, destroy residential neighborhoods, fail to meet the needs of Palo Alto seniors, and ignore the safety of our children and grandchildren. The seismic negative shift in the quality of life in Palo Alto — including congestion, density, parking, safety — must be halted. We must send a message to the pro-developer City Council who considers zoning regulations protecting residential neighborhoods irrelevant, situational and malleable at will. We must repudiate the questionable ethics of the City Council’s multimillion-dollar investment in the project before its approval. We must stop Measure D since it does not guarantee affordable housing for eligible Palo Alto seniors! Contrary to “proponents of rezoning,” City Council has the capacity and the resources to create affordable housing for Palo Alto seniors without rezoning. Instead of affordable housing for Palo Alto seniors, Measure D only guarantees City Council’s ability to rezone and destroy residential neighborhoods, with great impunity. Please vote with us against Measure D! Eva and George Gal Donald Drive, Palo Alto

Safety vs. senior housing Editor, We lived off Maybell for eight years before moving to Channing House. Arastradero Apartments (66 low-cost housing units) have egress on Maybell. They have many cars using it now. Palo Alto Housing wants to build 60 more senior units, using that same egress for more cars. Most seniors need cars. Public transportation is impossible. Maybell is hazardous now for students trying to get to four schools. Safety for our children should have priority over questionable senior housing. Please vote no on Measure D. Sara J. Jennison Webster Street, Palo Alto

It’s not about traffic Editor, I am a Barron Park neighbor who enthusiastically supports Measure D and the affordable housing for seniors it will generate. I recognize the concerns about traffic on Maybell and have been in the middle of it on occasion. But Measure D is not going to worsen the situation. Our community faces traffic challenges on numerous arteries and the reason is not affordablehousing developments. We have nearly 90,000 jobs in Palo Alto — way more than our population and well over triple the number of households (26,000 as of the 2010 census). These are the drivers who clog the roads, not seniors

who don’t usually need to drive during peak traffic hours. Fixing traffic congestion will require bold, creative initiatives regardless of Measure D’s fate. We need to take advantage of the complex funding formula that enables the Palo Alto Housing Corporation to build 60 affordable units for some of the many seniors in our community who need it in order to remain close to friends and family. Elliot Margolies El Centro Street, Palo Alto

Define the problem Editor, Confusion over Measure D is rooted in the lack of clarity regarding the problem. If the problem is middle class Palo Altans can’t afford their mortgage and property taxes after they retire, the solution might be to reduce their property taxes so they can stay in their homes. If the problem is parents of current Palo Altans can’t afford to move here to be near their grandchildren, the solution might be to allow homeowners to build cottages in their backyards. If the problem is low-income Palo Altans can’t afford their apartment rent after they retire, the solution might be to subsidize bus service to lower-cost cities so they could easily return to visit family. If the problem is that low-income San Jose residents would prefer to retire in Palo Alto, the solution might be to improve living conditions in San Jose. Until we define the problem, we can’t define the solution. Brian Suckow Southampton Drive, Palo Alto

A good deal Editor, The vote on Measure D is a test of whether Palo Alto’s strong support for affordable housing can be sustained when people are worried about rapid change. “No on D” feels obligated to present itself as favoring affordable housing “done right” to overcome support for giving PAHC a chance to compete with commercial developers for property to build on. The ballot argument for “No on D” says, “We support building affordable senior housing on the Maybell parcel within current zoning.” How is it being supported if it’s impossible to finance? Palo Altans for Responsible Zoning wants to eliminate all Planned Community zoning due to abuse of the process. They have attacked PAHC as if it were Jay Paul Corporation, which wants PC zoning for a huge complex near California Avenue. Yet PAHC is a nonprofit whose sole goal is ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê˜iÝÌÊ«>}i®

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On Deadline ‘New crop of civic activists is starting to take on past generations’ issues by Jay Thorwaldson “next generation” of Palo Altans is becoming engaged in community policymaking with a strong emphasis on finding solutions to longstanding issues and debate topics. Some are acting independently; some are part of a “Leadership Palo Alto” program resurrected three years ago after a lapse. Some are stepping gingerly around some age-old sensitivity points, while seeking broader ways to approach seemingly insoluble local issues, including some that extend well beyond Palo Alto. Concerns include topics such as the regional transportation tangle with 26 separate transit agencies, the perennial question of the homeless, environmentally sound lifestyles, and how best to define and design Palo Alto’s future. No one is quite sure just how to define “next generation,” but generally those fitting that category seem to be younger professionals. This year’s Leadership Palo Alto “fellows” is a prime example. The 21 fellows are of disparate ages but with many 20-somethings. The program has undergone a generational change itself following its creation in the late 1980s and a time when it became “Leadership Midpeninsula” and lost focus and funding. This year’s group differs from the first two, Director Paula Sandas said: “The average age is younger.”

“I find it really astounding: They have a broader view of our community and of the world. “I’m pretty moved by it. They’re not just thinking about Palo Alto as its own bubble entity, but about Palo Alto as part of the world. Many are in the tech business, and so much of that business is global that they are looking at Palo Alto with more of a global eye.” A prominent feature is that many are “less enamored of the car.” Another is that they are more willing to enjoy the benefits of “city” living — scaled to a Palo Alto-size. “It’s a group that’s interested in ‘building community,’” but they want to try new ways of doing that, Sandas noted. Less emphasis on cars means more concern about transportation, locally and regionally. There are social concerns about inequality and inequity in the region, and some fellows are personally “working to address the homeless issue and how to get people employed and in their own dwellings.” “One of the things we’ve incorporated into the curriculum is ‘21st Century skills,’” Sandas said, using a borrowed term. “Those are all about collaboration and finding common ground. Empathy is a key element of that — the ability to understand another person’s point of view. That’s one of the principles of ‘design thinking,’ the IDEO model.” There’s even a techie name change: “’Leadership Palo Alto 2.0,’ we call it.” Others not linked to Leadership Palo Alto also are emerging on the civic scene. Three stand out. “If there is such a thing as new generation its members are interested in a broader set of issues” than traditional Palo Alto-centric topics, Eric Rosenblum said. He cited re-

gional transportation and a willingness to accept Palo Alto as being “a small city” with city-type amenities rather than a suburb or village. It also “includes being able to work in that city” where one lives. The latter is a near-impossibility for many due to an infamous “jobs-housing imbalance” where Palo Alto’s daytime population roughly doubles its nighttime population. Rosenblum works for a start-up, and notes that “many of us are working harder than we ever have.” But this week he found time to attend a community debate on Measure D on the Nov. 5 ballot. He is the father of two, 11 and 8. He senses among peers “more support for greater density” to increase housing, but was excoriated by an older resident when he spoke at a recent meeting. “I’ve never done this before,” he said of his new civic involvement, admitting he was taken aback by the encounter. “I am surprised that people question my motives,” he said. “We’re neighbors, and we should be able to discuss things without them impugning my motivation.” Another next-generation person is residential architect Elaine Uang, a north Palo Alto resident who has a 2-year-old girl and another expected momentarily. Parking overflow from the University Avenue business district caught her attention, but her broader view reflects her background. “As an architect, I’m interested in places, and the built environment, and cities — how they evolve and get created, how they change, how people shape them. “That’s kind of what’s galvanizing me to look into some of these issues. Parking sort of affects us all. But it’s all part and

parcel of anything that goes on in a city, whether it’s a building or transportation or just people coming through. “I have a lot to do on a daily basis with my work but there’s definitely a couple of political levels placed on top of that. “I’m also interested in ‘the 30,000-foot view,’” she said, referring to bigger conceptual pieces in transportation that other cities and corporations have addressed successfully. Adina Levin is another who fits the model. She currently is executive director of the Friends of Caltrain group, which has mobilized about 3,000 commuters up and down the Peninsula to push for a better funding base for Caltrain. With a high-tech background, she formerly owned “Social Tech,” a business in downtown Palo Alto purchased a couple of years back by a human-resources company. A move to Menlo Park after years of commuting on Highway 101 put her within bicycling distance of her downtown Palo Alto workplace. She helped create Menlo Park’s first “climate-action plan.” She also hosted a weekend “Transit Camp” that brought together transportation activists, transit agency staff members, residents and local officials. It became, by design, “a solutions playground” with open exchange of ideas and steps to make good ideas real. One significant challenge, yet to be tested or demonstrated, will be bringing together the new and older generations of engaged residents into a coherent whole. N Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at with a copy to He also writes blogs at (below Town Square).


there is no going backwards. What can we do? We can all appreciate that we live in a beautiful city, even if rush hour isn’t fun. We can also remember that Palo Alto of the ’60s was an inclusive community, where nurses and mail carriers could buy a single-family home. We can’t roll back housing prices, but we can add 60 units of affordable senior housing. Let’s remember what’s important to preserve — keep Palo Alto an inclusive community. Vote Yes on D. Pat Thomas Alger Drive, Palo Alto

nior housing at the Maybell site and vote Yes on Measure D. There are dozens of seniors who live at the mobile-home park who may get displaced if the owner sells the property, which is his right. The Maybell project would build 60 affordable apartments for seniors, providing a perfect remedy for some being displaced at Buena Vista. Maybell is a solution for seniors in jeopardy at Buena Vista, not a problem, offering a permanent source of badly needed affordable housing. A downside of rising land values is the accelerated loss of Palo Alto residents to redevelopment, with seniors particularly vulnerable. The Maybell senior housing is a responsible, affirmative measure to minimize this loss. If you care at all about affordable senior housing, vote yes on Measure D! Gerry Masteller La Para Avenue, Palo Alto

Maybell and Clemo avenues in Palo Alto. As Barron Park residents, we support Measure D. We’ve read all of the opposition’s arguments. They reflect a reasonable concern about overdevelopment in Palo Alto and granting zoning variances to for-profit developers in exchange for minimal public benefits. However, those concerns are simply not relevant to Measure D. The 60 units of senior housing is a real benefit for our community, and the nonprofit Palo Alto Housing Corporation has done tremendous good in our community for many years by providing affordable housing to Palo Alto residents. The proposed project, both the senior housing and the 12 single-family homes, are appropriately scaled for the location and neighborhood. Despite claims to the contrary, the Maybell development is consistent with the Housing Element of the city’s Comprehensive Plan, in particular its emphasis on the need for more affordable housing. Let’s not hold this much-needed affordable housing project hostage because of issues with other recent developments elsewhere in the city. Let’s secure the benefits of this project for Palo Alto and address larger concerns in the context of the commercial projects in


to build and maintain affordable housing. There is a difference. “No on D” calls for sympathy from the rest of the city for Maybell if the project is approved. Well, save the sympathy. The normal process of getting community input, revising plans and then submitting them to the planning commission brought major improvements. Political pressure got further adjustments in density and appearance, as well as bicycle and pedestriansafety measures on Maybell. This is a good deal. I have lived in Barron Park, a block from the Maybell site, for 38 years and would welcome this project. Please vote Yes on D. Jerry Underdal Georgia Avenue, Palo Alto

Keep Palo Alto inclusive Editor, Somewhere over the last 50 years, Palo Alto ended up with around 65,000 residents and a daytime population of 110,000. The difference — 45,000 — a whole extra city’s worth of people — are driving to Palo Alto and are part of Palo Alto’s sky-high demand for housing. Measure D opponents lament that our city has changed. Yes, it has, and

Seniors don’t do rush hour Editor, Every senior I know is way too smart to drive in rush hour. If you want less commute traffic on Maybell, count on seniors — we won’t go near that mess. We don’t have to. If you care about the safety of kids on bikes, vote Yes on D. Jonelle Preisser Grant Avenue, Palo Alto

A perfect remedy Editor, If you support residents in the affordable housing at Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, then you should support the affordable se-

Don’t hold housing hostage Editor, On Nov. 5, Palo Alto voters will be asked to vote yes or no on Measure D. A yes vote will support the unanimous decision made by the City Council on June 17 to allow the nonprofit Palo Alto Housing Corporation to build 60 affordable senior apartments at


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which they arise and in electoral politics. Vote yes on Measure D. Ken and Michele Dauber Paul Avenue, Palo Alto

Chamber says Yes on D Editor, The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce strongly endorses a “Yes” vote on Measure D, a sensible effort to provide affordable senior housing in our community. The Maybell-Clemo project was approved by a unanimous 9-0 vote of the City Council after extensive public meetings and participation by neighbors and other affected constituencies. The ordinance adopted by the council was carefully considered and offers extensive community benefits. A “Yes” vote on Measure D will permit construction of 60 affordable senior apartments located close to El Camino transit lines, to be financed in part by sale of 12 market-rate single-family lots. The availability of well-designed, well-situated senior housing is essential to building a sustainable, diverse community of residents and customers who support Palo Alto businesses. The use of the property under current zoning would likely be up to 46 multibedroom residences to be sold at market prices, with a far greater impact on the neighborhood in terms of local traffic. The Palo Alto Housing Corporation is an exceptionally effective locally based nonprofit organization that has made notable contributions over many years to our city’s attractive residential environment and overall quality of life. We’re proud that the PAHC is a longtime member of the Chamber of Commerce, and we believe that the Maybell-Clemo project can be another successful PAHC accomplishment. Rebecca A. Teutschel Chair, Board of Directors Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce

League: Yes on D Editor, The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto has long supported affordable housing in Palo Alto. We expressed our support for the Maybell project at every step of the nine-month public process through our letters and public testimony. When the Maybell project was placed on the ballot in the form of Measure D, we signed the supporting ballot statement, and we voted to endorse and advocate for a yes vote on Measure D. Measure D affirms the Palo Alto City Council’s unanimous decision to change the zoning at the Maybell site to enable the nonprofit Palo Alto Housing Corporation to build 60 units of affordable housing for low and very low-income seniors and legally require the apartments to remain affordable and age-restricted. We especially support this project because the need for affordable Page 20ÊUÊ"V̜LiÀÊÓx]ÊÓä£ÎÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“

housing for senior citizens in Palo Alto is so great. According to the Council on Aging Silicon Valley, nearly 20 percent of Palo Alto seniors are living near or below the poverty line; and there are hundreds of seniors in Palo Alto on waiting lists for existing low-income senior housing properties and hundreds more who are looking for affordable, independent living. The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto urges a yes vote on Measure D on your mail-in ballot or on Election Day. Mary Alice Thornton President, League of Women Voters, Palo Alto

Not a PC abuse Editor, I am a Barron Park resident who has often opposed Planned Community (PC) zoning changes that have resulted in over-development in Palo Alto, yet I support a “Yes” vote on Measure D. In my opinion, there have been many abuses of the PC zone, but Measure D is not one of them. Because land prices are so expensive, higher densities are required to keep unit prices affordable to low-income groups. To date, almost all affordable-housing projects in Palo Alto have required a zoning change. I believe Measure D is a proper use of the PC zone because it will enable a designated low-income group to live in Palo Alto, and therefore provide more of the kind of diversity that I value. Measure D is one of the few real opportunities to provide affordable housing for low-income seniors. Please do not confuse Measure D with some of the many bad examples of PC zoning that have occurred in the past. Please join me on voting Yes on Measure D. Dorothy Bender Military Way, Palo Alto

Look around; vote yes Editor, I support Measure D. I support community diversity and affordable senior housing in Palo Alto. I support innovation and change and empathy. The “not in my neighborhood” theme is a common way to tell people they don’t belong here and should leave. The idea of kicking our residents out, because of lower income, is a sad commentary on our community values. It’s not generous or thoughtful. Our pride of place should not be exclusive. My family has lived in Palo Alto since the 1950s; my father is a healthy 101 years old; we are very lucky he can stay in his house, well cared for and safe. But what if he couldn’t? Would that mean he has to leave the community he has lived in for over 60 years? How many, except the wealthy can afford to buy or rent in Palo Alto these days? Don’t we have a responsibility for all our residents young and old? I think we should look inside and look around. Think about your parents, yourself, your kids. Vote Yes on Measure D. Andrea Schneider Starr King Circle, Palo Alto

Just because Measure D is a political campaign, does not mean opponents can stretch the truth or intentionally mislead voters. Below are the top 15 inaccuracies and corresponding truthful facts about Measure D and the Maybell Affordable Senior Apartments. Inaccurate Statements


The Maybell project is incompatible with the neighborhood, the site is not appropriate for this project, and the project will harm a single-family neighborhood.

FALSE. The project is directly adjacent to two existing apartment complexes — the 8-story Tan Plaza apartments with 61 units to the south and the Arastradero Park Apartments with 66 affordable family units to the east.

The planned community “PC” zoning was not needed to build affordable senior housing and is an abuse of PC zoning.

FALSE. All age-restricted senior housing in Palo Alto exists under the PC zone. The PC also mandates affordability.

A yes vote on Measure D will result in PC zoning changes and massive high-density housing all over Palo Alto including in single family neighborhoods.

FALSE. These types of scare tactics and rhetoric are unfortunate and untrue. A yes vote on Measure D only approves the project at Maybell.

The 12 single-family homes will be ”stack and pack” houses.

FALSE. The homes will be 2 stories on Maybell and 3 stories on Clemo (but only 2 ½ feet taller than existing homes on Maybell,) with 20 feet average front setbacks and 10 feet between the homes, similar to the existing homes on Maybell.

41 affordable senior homes can be built under existing zoning.

FALSE. 8nder existing zoning, between 34-46 multi-bedroom residences can be built. ,t would not be ŵnancially viable to build only 41 one-bedroom low-income senior units. The cost per unit would be very expensive and would prohibit the project from securing public and private sector ŵnancing.

Voting No on Measure D will stop all future development in Palo Alto.

FALSE. Voting no on Measure D ONLY will prevent 60 low-income seniors from having an affordable, safe home.

,ncreased trafŵc will endanger hundreds of children who bike and walk to schools.

FALSE. This project will have an insigniŵcant impact to trafŵc. The lower-income seniors will be mostly retired, will not all own cars, and typically do not drive during school commute hours.

The surrounding neighborhood was not aware of the project.

FALSE. This project spanned over 9 months of public hearings, including 3 voluntary community meetings, numerous one-on-one meetings with neighbors, and a 10-hour mediation session with opponents. The project will actually create sidewalks along Maybell where there are currently none.

The City of Palo Alto illegally loaned money to the Palo Alto Housing Corporation.

FALSE. City loans for affordable housing projects in early development stages are standard practice and completely legal; money comes from the City’s Affordable Housing Fund. These funds are developer fees – not taxpayer dollars from the general fund. The loan documents clearly state that they do not constitute pre-approval of the project.

PAHC is using taxpayer funds for the Measure D Campaign.

FALSE. ZERO taxpayer funds are being used for the Measure D campaign. PAHC has engaged legal counsel to ensure all of our campaign activities are 100% legal and ethical.

There is confusion about what can be built under existing zoning.

FALSE. The Palo Alto zoning code is crystal clear. 8nder current zoning, according to the City’s Planning ofŵcials, a fully built-out project could be up to 46 apartments or condos. Even the opposition has acknowledged that current zoning could accommodate 41 units plus the 4 homes (equal to 45 units).

If Measure D fails, PAHC will not sell the Maybell site to market-rate developers.

FALSE. If Measure D fails, a sale to a for-proŵt market rate developer is the only likely outcome. PAHC is a non-proŵt and does not have funds to make ongoing interest and mortgage payments on the $16 million loan.

If Measure D fails, the City of Palo Alto will make up the missing funding.

FALSE. It is our understanding that at this time, the City of Palo Alto has zero dollars in the Affordable Housing Fund to cover additional costs. The City does not use general fund dollars (e.g., taxpayer money) for affordable housing.

The Palo Alto Housing Corporation is a for-proŵt developer who will stand to make a proŵt if Measure D is approved.

FALSE. PAHC is a non-proŵt affordable housing organization that has operated over 00 affordable apartments all over the City of Palo Alto since 190. PAHC will make no proŵt on the Maybell affordable senior apartments; and the sale of the 12 home sites will fund the construction of the 60 senior apartments.

The Project will only have 36 parking spaces for 60 senior affordable apartments.

FALSE. The project will have 4 parking spaces – a 8% parking ratio is above and beyond the typical 50% need for affordable senior housing.

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arrie Mae Weems’ art tells the story of everyone and no one.

She looks at marginalized people who are no one to society: slaves, forgotten singers, artists who never graced the walls of a museum, women whom artists never wanted to paint. Then she’ll turn around and create a series so personal that all viewers can relate: an intimate kitchentable story of love found and lost. Weems is often called a chronicler of the African-American experience, but her work is broader than that. Through photography, video and text, she deals with matters of race and gender in a way that is just as frequently described as universal. A major retrospective of Weems’ work, in the process of traveling the country, arrived last week at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center. About 100 photos, videos and installations will fill the large downstairs gallery through Jan. 5 before heading to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The show spans three decades. One of the most striking aspects of Weems’ work is the intense closeness between artist and art. Weems is everywhere in the exhibition, from her distinctive writing voice in the prose she often pairs with her photos to her striking face and figure (she frequently serves as her own model). As Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. wrote in a foreword to the exhibit catalog, “(E)very photograph, every fabric installation, every film is suffused with her inimitable sensibility, what Weems herself calls a ‘feverishly toned polemic’ that nonetheless is rich with humor and humanity.� Her “Kitchen Table Series� (1990) combines her face and voice to tell a painful love story. In this narrative, almost theatrical series of photos all taken at one domestic table, Weems is pictured as a fiercely independent woman having emotional moments: with her man, her friends, her daughter. She and her lover embrace in one image, eye each other suspiciously in another. There are brooding nights alone with cigarettes, laughing evenings with friends, and complicated interactions between mother and daughter. The photos need no explanation to be accessible. But Weems added more depth by pairing them with a story of star-crossed love. “They met in the glistening twinkling crystal light of August/September sky,� Weems wrote in the story on the exhibit wall. “They were both educated, corn-fedhealthy-Mississippi-stock folk. Both loved fried fish, greens, blues, jazz and Carmen Jones. He was an unhardened man of the world. She’d been around the block more than once herself, wasn’t a tough cookie, but a full grown woman for sure.� Though the series is not an explicitly African-American story, it is a richly told tale about compelling non-white characters, something uncommon in the history of Western art. When Weems was creating the series in the ‘80s, “black women had not been imaged in a way that I could appreciate, or admire,� the artist is quoted as saying in the exhibit catalog.

The photographer is also model in Carrie Mae Weems’ gelatin silver print “Untitled (Man and Mirror)� from her 1990 “Kitchen Table Series.�

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Many of Weems’ photos depict her as an anonymous woman in a black dress, facing away. This 2006 digital chromogenic print is “A Broad and Expansive Sky — Ancient Rome.�


Black women were certainly not the typical subjects of iconic Western painters, a tradition that Weems skewers in her 1997 series “Not Manet’s Type.� In its photos, a scantily clad Weems drapes herself around a bedroom as though waiting for one of the masters to drop by with a palette. “It was clear, / I was not Manet’s type / Picasso — who had a way / with women — only used me / & Duchamp never even / considered me,� Weems writes in the companion text, adding wryly: “But it could have been worse / imagine my fate had / de Kooning gotten / hold of me.� The matter of women and people of color being underrepresented in museums comes up again — a bit more gently, a bit more obliquely — in the “Museum Series.� Weems has been taking photos in this ongoing collection for years. In each, she appears in a long-sleeved, flowing black dress, her back to the camera. The figure is photographed in front of the Louvre, the Guggenheim in Spain, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the British Museum and many other houses of art. During an artist talk last week at Stanford, Weems showed many slides of this series and other similar ones. Using an “old raggedy camera and a tripod,� she has photographed herself in that black dress, facing away, in many locations, she told the large audience. One of the most striking photos (which now occupies a large wall at the Cantor) is 2006’s “A Broad and Expansive Sky — Ancient Rome,� in which Weems stands on a beach looking out into an empty, gray sea. With the “Museum Series,� Weems said, she was asking the question “Who belongs in and out of museums?� Why is the woman of color standing outside and not portrayed or represented on the gallery wall? At other times, Weems has also pointed out the universality of the anonymouslooking woman. “This woman can stand in for me and for you; she leads you into history. She’s a witness and a guide,� the artist is quoted in the exhibit catalog. To the Stanford crowd, she joked: “I didn’t bring my camera or my dress to Stanford. I’ll have to do the Cantor next time.� Chances are she’ll be back at some point. Born in Oregon in 1953, Weems has deep roots in the Bay Area, where she studied movement with Anna Halprin’s Dancer’s Workshop, was active in the labor movement and earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from California Institute of the Arts. She went on to earn a master’s at U.C. San Diego and teach widely. This fall, she won a MacArthur “genius� grant. In person, Weems is warm and open, her voice smooth and musical. She laughs often. Her humor may surprise viewers who know only her grimmer work, such as the 1995-96 series “From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried.� In it she paired historic chromogenic prints and etched text on glass. The prints of African Americans are early daguerreotypes “intended to justify racism through physiognomy,� an exhibit card reads. Some are images of exaggerated sexuality; in other photos, the people are photographed to look like scientific curiosities. Weems addresses the sad images with her poetic text. “You became a whisper

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A still from Carrie Mae Weems’ 2010 “Afro-Chic” video project, a statement about the Afro craze.

a symbol of a mighty voyage & by the sweat of your brow you labored for self family & other,” reads the text across a young man in a hat, his smile faltering. Also in the exhibit are photos from the 2010-11 “Slow Fade to Black” series, in which African American female singers and actresses of the past stand in blurred photos, fading out of history and current consciousness. Marion Anderson, Nina Simone, Dorothy Jean Dandridge and others are barely recognizable. “I think about them and I miss them. I miss the sound of them in my life,” Weems told the Stanford crowd. In 2004, Weems began seriously exploring video. Her lyrical, sensual voice carries over into the works on exhibit at the Cantor, which include the surreal “Italian Dreams” (2006). “Coming Up for Air,” her first video work, will have a special screening at noon Oct. 27 in the museum auditorium. Made in 2003-4 and first screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, it is a collage of vignettes combining live action and still photos about human relations, including relationships between white men and women and black women in New Orleans. “The addition of the moving image in my work represents a shift that allows me to finally negotiate the space between museum culture and popular culture,” Weems wrote on her website. The artist’s love for the still photo and the perfectly composed piece of text, however, endures. During her talk at Stanford, Weems spoke passionately about her love of words — and the joy of choosing just the right typeface. An audience member asked what her favorite font was. Weems laughed. Baskerville for writing letters, she said. Sometimes, Futura. “Right now,” she confessed, “I have a thing for Impact.” N

What: “Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video” is at the Cantor Arts Center with some 100 works. Where: Lomita Drive and Museum Way, Stanford University When: Through Jan. 5. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Thursdays until 8 p.m.). Cost: Free. Info: Free docent-led tours of the exhibition are Thursdays at 12:15 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. A companion dance performance, “Being Scene,” is also planned at 6 p.m. Nov. 7, with a reception and discussion to follow at 7 p.m. Go to or call 650-725-4657.

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Ready to get spooked? In a very nice way, that is. Halloween events in the Palo Alto area tend to be more friendly than frightening, and always festive. Go to to read our story about the costume parades, concerts, carnivals, craft days, haunted houses and other local Halloween events planned.


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(Guild) Batten down the hatches for “All Is Lost,� the unusual new sailing drama from writer-director J.C. Chandor. The only actor on screen for 106 minutes is 77-year-old Robert Redford, and words are pared down to a bare minimum, but all is riveting. Redford plays an unnamed sailor, out on his own in the Indian Ocean, who encounters serious, and escalating, trouble. That’s the story. Go ahead and log your “Old Man and the Sea� jokes. I’ll wait. The truth is that Redford, though no spring chicken, remains preternaturally vital, his performance equally impressive in its physical action and its minutely detailed projection of momentto-moment thought and feeling. With calm confidence, he holds the screen. Chandor made the scene two years ago with the excellent Wall Street drama “Margin Call,� and he’s made a canny choice to follow up that highly verbal, even theatrical film with “All is Lost,� which has the elemental impact of a silent film. There are mechanics at play here, certainly those of sailing and perhaps those of fate. As a “man vs. wild� adventure in the Jack London mode (and perhaps reminiscent of the 1972 Redford vehicle “Jeremiah Johnson�), “All Is Lost� has plenty of fearsome moments, but the deeper fears are existential: man in mortal contention with an indifferent universe. For those willing to go there, the picture serves as a poetic allegory for aging and contemplation of the void. Everyone dies alone, so they say, though that’s not to imply Redford’s character does: no spoilers here. Admittedly, that’s not going to be date-night material for everybody (“Honey, how about ‘All Is Lost’? That sounds fun�). But viewers of a certain age will get more out of the picture, in part because of their built-in relationship with the star. Though Redford is playing a character, it’s not hard to project him onto the role. It could just as well be him: a man of some means and ingenuity whose force of will and creativity rise to the occasion when tested. The intimacy “All Is Lost� forges between the viewer and this modern Everyman contributes to a sustained suspense (so too do the crack work of composer Alex Ebert and editor Pete Beaudreau). It’s unfortunate that “All Is Lost� has to follow the tough act of Alfonso Cuaron’s hit movie “Gravity,� given their narrative and thematic overlap. “Gravity� is terrific, but Chandor’s film is yet more

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language. One hour, 46 minutes. — Peter Canavese

Muscle Shoals --(Aquarius) There must be something in the water. That clichĂŠ gets taken seriously in “Muscle Shoals,â€? the documentary about two legendary recording studios nestled near the Tennessee River. Maybe the river brings out the blues, something spiritual, but more likely (as some suggest) it’s the local color and the remoteness from L.A. and New York that has appealed to music stars like the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson and other mainstreamers looking for a little of the magic that launched such soul artists as Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin into the stratosphere. Director Greg “Freddyâ€? Camalier, utilizing fine interviews conducted by producer Stephen Badger, lays out the story of FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., and how it came to be challenged by The Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. The lightning-rod figure here is Rick Hall, “the founder of the music business in Muscle Shoalsâ€? who rose above humble beginnings and personal tragedies to establish FAME and nurture stars by setting a tone in the studio and gathering top-notch session musicians. At 80, Hall remains sharply opinionated, and his extensive recollections give “Muscle Shoalsâ€? its spine. But this is also the story of legendary producer Jerry Wexler and backing musicians like the FAME Gang and The Swampers (Roger Hawkins, David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Barry Beckett, et al.), a team of white session musicians who backed Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, among many others. (“These cats are really greasy,â€? Franklin remembers being assured about them.) At the film’s outset, Bono promises, “You’re going to hear some of the greatest voices that ever were,â€? and he’s not just whistling Dixie. The story of FAME is also the story of the making of musical greats like Sledge (who recorded “When a Man Loves a Womanâ€? there), Pickett (“Land of 1,000 ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂ˜iĂ?ĂŒĂŠÂŤ>}iÂŽ

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All Is Lost (PG-13) (((1/2 Guild Theatre: 3:30, 6, 8:30 p.m. Fri also at 1 p.m. Blue Jasmine (PG-13) ((( Palo Alto Square: 2, 4:30, 7 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 9:30 p.m. Captain Phillips (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 10:50 a.m. & 12:30, 2:10, 3:50, 5:30, 7:10, 8:50, 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m. & 1:05, 2:40, 4:10, 5:45, 7:20, 8:50, 10:25 p.m. Carrie (R) Century 16: 10:30 & 11:55 a.m. & 1:15, 2:35, 4, 5:20, 6:55, 7:55, 9:45, 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m. & 12:30, 1:55, 2:55, 4:25, 5:30, 7, 8:05, 9:35, 10:45 p.m. Sun no 1:55, and 4:35 instead of 4:25. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG) Century 16: 2:15, 4:50, 7:15 p.m. In 3D 11:45 a.m. & 9:50 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m. & 1:45, 4:20, 6:50 p.m. In 3D 12:35, 3, 5:40, 8:05, 10:25 p.m. The Counselor (R) (1/2 Century 16: 10:35 a.m. & 12:05, 1:30, 3, 4:30, 5:55, 7:25, 9, 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m. & 12:50, 2:15, 3:40, 5:05, 6:30, 7:55, 9:20, 10:40 p.m. Don Jon (R) (( Century 20: 9:15 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 10 p.m. Enough Said (PG-13) ((( Aquarius Theatre: 2:30, 5, 7:30 p.m. FriSat also at 9:55 p.m. Century 20: 2:20, 7:40 p.m. Escape Plan (R) Century 16: 10:55 a.m. & 1:45, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m. & 2, 4:45, 7:35, 10:30 p.m. The Fifth Estate (R) (( Century 16: 10:40 a.m. & 1:35, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 1:10, 4:05, 7:10, 10:05 p.m. Gravity (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 11:20 a.m. & 4:20, 9:40 p.m. In 3D 10:30 a.m. & 12:10, 1, 1:50, 2:40, 3:30, 5:10, 6, 7, 7:50, 8:40, 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:30 a.m. & 1:50, 4:15, 6:40, 9:05 p.m. In 3D 12:10, 1:20, 2:30, 3:40, 4:50, 6, 7:15, 8:25, 9:40, 10:45 p.m. In XD 12:40, 3:05, 5:25, 7:50, 10:15 p.m. I’m in Love With a Church Girl (PG)

Century 20: 2:20, 7:50 p.m.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (R) Century 16: 11:30 a.m. & 12:30, 1:55, 2:55, 4:25, 5:25, 7, 8, 9:30, 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m. & 12:20, 1:10, 2, 2:45, 3:30, 4:25, 5:10, 5:55, 6:50, 7:35, 8:20, 9:20, 10, 10:45 p.m. Key Largo (1948) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 7:30 p.m. Sat & Sun also at 3:55 p.m. The Lady From Shanghai (1947) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 5:50, 9:25 p.m. Machete Kills (R)



Dances,” “Mustang Sally”) and Franklin, who laid down “I Never Loved a Man” with the Swampers, then recorded “Respect” with them in New York. As time goes by, more flock to town to record: Etta James (“Tell Mama”), the Stones (“Wild Horses,” “Brown Sugar”), Clarence Carter (“Patches”), Bob Seger (“Main Street”), but not all with Hall, who recalls the launch of a rival studio — by former colleagues — as “war.” Strong personalities clash regularly in this story, but all agree on Hall’s ability to get results. Other interviewees include Sledge, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jimmy Cliff, Steve Winwood, Alicia Keys and Gregg Allman, but the Swampers tell most of the best stories, including how Duane Allman suggested Wilson Pickett’s “Hey Jude” cover (“And all of a sudden, there was southern rock”). And yes, even those longhairs Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded in Muscle Shoals, no less than the immortal “Freebird.” Music lovers won’t want to miss “Muscle Shoals,” and they’ll want to stay to the end for simple words of wisdom from Hall on the x-factor that makes great production.

To read our review of “The Counselor,” go to (So you’re not disappointed, we should tell you that critic Peter Canavese gave the film 1.5 stars and called it “ponderous.”)

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The Met: The Nose (Not Rated) Century 20: Fri 9:55 a.m. Sat 9:55 a.m. Sun 9:55 a.m. Mon 9:55 a.m.

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Muscle Shoals (PG) ((( Aquarius Theatre: 1:45, 4:!5, 7 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 9:30 p.m.


National Theatre Live: Othello (Not Rated) Guild Theatre: Sat-Sun 11 a.m. Prisoners (R) ((1/2

Century 16: 6:40 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 11:50 a.m.

Pulling Strings (Not Rated) Century 16: 10:05 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 3:15 p.m. Century 20: 11:40 a.m. & 5, 10:05 p.m. Rush (R) (( Century 16: 10:45 a.m. & 1:40, 4:35, 7:30, 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m. & 2, 4:50, 7:45, 10:35 p.m. The Shining (1980) (R) Century 16: Fri 2 p.m. Sat 2 p.m. Sun 2 p.m. Mon 2 p.m. Tue 2 p.m. Century 20: Sun 2 p.m.

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hen Palo Alto officials learned in early 2009 that a little-known Sacramento agency had developed plans to build a 15-foot wall along the Caltrain tracks to support a planned high-speed-rail system, surprise quickly gave way to confusion and anger. How could it be, many wondered, that a statewide project that just months ago earned the enthusiastic endorsement of the entire City Council and the approval of California voters now threatened to divide the city? More critically, why wasn’t the city consulted? Tempers simmered through January and February and finally came to a boil in March, after the City Council heard a presentation from Rod Diridon, one of two Bay Area representatives from the California High-Speed Rail Authority. His message was clear: High-speed rail will run through Palo Alto. Though the authority hadn’t yet made a final decision about elevated tracks versus underground tunnels, its choice of the

route was set in stone. Would the rail authority be willing to reopen its environmental analysis and reconsider this decision, former Councilwoman Yoriko Kishimoto asked? Diridon said no, leaving council members fuming. “Seems to me they’re on an express train, and we’re on a bicycle trying to catch up,” then Vice Mayor Jack Morton observed at the March 2 meeting, which was followed in rapid order by citizen protests, lawsuits, births of new grassroots organizations, intense lobbying in Sacramento, an official Palo Alto vote to oppose high-speed rail and, once the dust settled, a decision by the rail authority to scrap the dreaded fourtrack plan for the San Francisco Peninsula in favor of a more palatable “blended system,” in which Caltrain and high-speed rail would share a single set of electrified tracks. The city’s long and expensive battle against high-speed rail was the most extreme, but far from only, example of an ongoing Palo

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Avenue and Page Mill Road, eager to learn about digital culture and environmental stewardship. And it’s not just wonks and environmentalists. Hundreds of mourners with iPhones flocked to Old Palo Alto after the city’s most famous resident, Steve Jobs, died in 2011, leaving flowers and notes near his home and bestowing the kind of devotion once reserved for the bones of saints in Canterbury Cathedral. Two other local tech titans, Larry Page and Mark Zuckerberg, made global news by, respectively, adding a basement and buying up neighboring properties. No wonder Vanity Fair had recently describe the city as the “Rome of our nascent millennium.” Even so, Palo Alto may as well be Rome when it comes to dealing with issues in its own Silicon Valley backyard. On one issue after another, from bus transit and rail service to housing mandates and employee pensions, the city has been relegated to the sidelines, free to submit comments but devoid of any decision-making authority. On the Caltrain board of directors, for instance, Palo Alto holds less sway than Gilroy, a city with about 50,000 residents and great garlic. This despite the fact that Palo Alto boasts the second busiest Caltrain station in the entire system, trailing only San Francisco. Palo Alto’s problem is that it’s a small city with big-city problems — too much traffic, too little parking, increasingly dense building and people living in their cars. Like a successful city, it has high ambitions, a wealth of jobs and a vibrant, rapidly evolving restaurant scene. But as a suburb with about 65,000 residents, it lacks the tools most big cities have for dealing with urban problems. Palo Alto’s municipal transportation system consists of two shuttles. Its newly adopted program for dealing with homelessness was developed largely by the nonprofit community and leans heavily on county grants.

The city’s small size has often made it hard for local officials to win regional influence. Representation on many regional boards and on the county Board of Supervisors functions less like the U.S. Senate and more like the U.S. House of Representatives, with population as the driving influence. It makes no difference that Stanford University is literally across the street and that the city’s population balloons (either doubles or triples, depending on the estimate) during business hours. When it comes to representation and influence, it’s the residing population that counts. And San Jose, the county giant with its close to a million residents, gobbles up most of the seats and much of the influence on local boards. Councilwoman Liz Kniss, who in her prior position on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors served both on the Caltrain and the VTA boards, said Palo Alto was often marginalized in county matters as a small, wealthy city far up north.



Alto frustration — the city’s inability to influence the regional forces that threaten to profoundly change it. On any given week, the council could be discussing the Association of Bay Area Governments’ (ABAG) mandate that the city plan for thousands more residences despite its acute traffic and parking problems; the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s (VTA’s) soon-to-unfold “Bus Rapid Transit” system that will turn El Camino Real into a regional bus highway; or Caltrain’s long-awaited electrification, which would greatly increase the number of trains and riders arriving at the University Avenue station every morning. Each of these agencies is headed by a board of directors composed of elected leaders from stakeholder jurisdictions. In each case, Palo Alto is a major stakeholder. Oddly enough, not a single one of these boards includes a Palo Alto council member. This lack of influence is particularly striking given Palo Alto’s outsized reputation as a global trend-setter. Its image as hightech Mecca — inflated over the decades by the likes of HewlettPackard, Google and Facebook and nurtured today by the likes of Tesla, Palantir and VMWare — means the city has plenty of friends in high places around the world. Jetlagged mayors and ambassadors from distant lands — Shanghai, New Zealand, Heidelberg — have made reCaltrain passengers wait for the train to stop at the University Avenue station in cent pilgrimagPalo Alto, the rail line’s second-busiest station. Palo Alto has no representatives es to University on the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, which runs Caltrain.

Gail Price, Palo Alto city councilwoman, has been nominated for the Valley Transportation Authority board.

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“It’s easy to shut us out because Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los ers Board, which administers we’re way up here,” Kniss said in Altos and Los Altos Hills. Caltrain. The board is composed a recent interview. “There is San The appointment is significant of nine members, with San FranJose, which literally overpowers for several reasons. As the coun- cisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara every other city. Even as a county ty’s primary transportation agen- counties each getting three seats. supervisor, I had a very hard time cy, the VTA controls vital transit In Santa Clara County, it is the getting resources at this end of the services, including the well-used VTA that decides whom to send county.” 22 bus line that to the Caltrain board. Today, all But while Palo runs along El three members — Supervisor Ken ‘Logic would Alto continues Camino Real in Yeager, San Jose Councilman Ash ÃÕ}}iÃÌÊ̅>ÌÊ̅iÀiÊ to have a reprePalo Alto. 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Palo Alto currently on other regional association on should be greater attention paid doesn’t have a say in how the authority decides its routes or policymaking boards has often which Palo Alto has no voice, it to cities that have the greatest distributes federal grants. been nonexistent. is the VTA that considers the pro- ridership numbers,” Price said, Current Palo Alto Mayor Greg posals from cities and makes a referring to Palo Alto’s popular Scharff was unequivocal when recommendation to the MTC on University Avenue depot. “To be second busiest station on the en- represented cities in fall of 2012, asked last week whether he feels which projects to fund. Projects truly representative of the users tire Caltrain line,” the letter signed when it created the Caltrain Local the city is adequately represented such as Palo Alto’s soon-to-com- of Caltrain, the high-use Caltrain by Scharff states. “In fact, there is Policy Maker Group, an advisory on regional and state issues. He mence reduction of lanes on Cali- stations should certainly be one no representation for Santa Clara panel that includes representatives County north of San Jose, despite from each city on the line. The said in an email that he didn’t fornia Avenue from four to two consideration.” know the last time the city had a and the recently introduced bikeIn June, the City Council ap- over 75 percent of Santa Clara City Council’s letter noted that representative on any of the major share program were both funded proved a letter from the city to County boardings being north of this is a “positive development,” though members quickly pointed transit boards or on ABAG, where through MTC grants administered VTA Chair Joe Pirzynski ex- San Jose.” Any change to the VTA’s ap- out that this role still doesn’t give he now serves as an alternate, a by the VTA. pressing its interest in having the position that allows him to attend As a board member, Price will agency “update the representation pointment policy will have to wait the city an opportunity to be dimeetings when the regional Santa have a say in these matters, as well structure” of the Caltrain board to until January. Pirzynski noted in rectly involved in policymaking. Clara County representative can’t as on the VTA’s rollout of the “Bus “more accurately reflect ridership a July letter to Mountain View, In an April meeting of the counmake it. Rapid Transit” system, which is levels.” The council requested that which submitted a request simi- cil’s Rail Committee, Councilman “The city is definitely under- already starting in the San Jose one of the three seats be designat- lar to Palo Alto’s, that the deci- Pat Burt spoke for the entire group represented on all regional agen- area and which is set to ultimately ed for the four cities in the north sion about Caltrain appointments when he said: “We want to focus is made at the beginning of each on getting a member on the agency cies,” Scharff said. make its way up to the northern county that make up Group 2. Some remedies, however, may part of the county. “Specifically, the City is con- year by the incoming board chair that makes the decision, not just be afoot. On Oct. 7, the City CounMembership on the VTA board cerned that there is no Palo Alto (in this case, it will be Ash Kalra, gives advice.” cil unanimously nominated one of will also make Price eligible for representation on the PCJPB, de- Price said). etting Palo Alto a seat on the The Joint Powers Board board its members, Gail Price, to serve one of the coveted positions on spite having the highest ridership board could, however, prove on the board of the VTA, an ap- the Peninsula Corridor Joint Pow- in Santa Clara County and the made an overture to the underto be an uphill battle. Kniss, pointment that is expected to get who joined the Caltrain board in the regional board’s approval in Palo Alto’s regional representation 2010, when she was a supervisor, November. Vice Mayor Nancy said she had to wait 10 years for Shepherd, following the example AGENCY PALO ALTO’S PARTICIPATION the opportunity. Palo Alto counof veteran Councilman Larry Bay Area Air Quality Management District Liz Kniss is one of 22 members of the air-quality cil members, who are restricted Klein, has been making the rounds district’s board of directors. by the City Charter to two, fourat the League of California Cities year terms, don’t have the luxury and swapping ideas and experiencCharged with regulating pollution in the nine counties that surround the San Francisco Bay. of waiting that long. More often, es with other mayors and council Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency Larry Klein has been a board member since 2007. these seats are snagged by longmembers. And Kniss earlier this He currently sits on the board’s Policy Committee. time politicians who don’t have year co-signed a memo with Price Represents 24 cities, including Palo Alto, and two private utilities, all of which get their water from the San to worry about term limits. Kniss and Shepherd calling for the city Francisco Public Utilities Commission. cited the example of Don Gage, a to extend the number of consecuCalifornia High-Speed Rail Authority None. moderate Republican from Gilroy tive terms a council member can who joined the board of superviserve from two to three, a move Charged with building California’s $68 billion high-speed-rail system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. sors in 1997 and who subsequently designed to improve the city’s Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board of Directors None. spent more than a decade on the chance of getting one of its council VTA and Caltrain boards. members a leadership position on Charged with operating Caltrain and consists of three members each from San Francisco, San Mateo and Long terms on coveted boards a regional board. Santa Clara counties. have historically been the norm, Association of Bay Area Governments No members on the executive board or any committee. or the past four years, Gail Kniss said. Before 1991, the counGreg Scharff is an alternate on the Executive Price has been patiently payty board had no term limits (curCommittee; Greg Schmid sits in the General Assembly, which includes a representative from every Bay Area city ing her dues on the VTA. In rently there’s a three-term restricand county. early November, she is due to reap tion), and it wasn’t unusual for a the rewards. member to serve for 20 years, Charged with transportation planning and distribution of funding for the nine Bay Area counties. Since 2009, Price has been servKniss said. She noted the example Northern California Power Agency Greg Scharff serves as the city’s liaison. ing on the VTA’s Policy Advisory of Pirzynski, who in addition to Committee, a group of local offichairing the VTA board also now This nonprofit agency supports municipal utilities throughout the state. cials that reviews proposed policies serves on the MTC. Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority Gail Price chairs the VTA board’s Policy Advisory and submits recommendations to “He’s waited long enough and Committee. She was nominated by the City Council to the VTA board of directors, which been around long enough, so he represent Group 2 on the VTA board of directors. The VTA could approve this nomination in early November. then makes a decision. In 2012, gets to do it,” Kniss said. she served as the committee’s vice The recent proposal by Kniss, Charged with countywide transportation planning, provision of various transit services and administration of chair. This year, she chaired the Shepherd and Price to extend the transportation grants. committee, a job that required her number of allowed terms for Palo San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority Pat Burt is a longtime member and former chair of the to make summary presentations to Alto council members from two creek authority’s board of directors. the board, explaining the committo three aims to make Palo Alto Charged with improving flood control around the creek, the board includes elected officials from Palo Alto, East tee’s recommendation. If all goes more competitive in these leaderPalo Alto, Menlo Park and the water districts from Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. as planned, the former transportaship roles. The June colleagues tion planner will next month join memo, which the council briefly Santa Clara Valley Water District Commission Greg Schmid is one of 16 members of this advisory commission. the actual board as a representative of Group 2, which includes (continued on next page) Provides assistance to the water district’s board of directors.



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ficials from the three cities, along with representatives from the two counties through which the creek runs. This geographic predicament helps explain the city’s ongoing battle with ABAG, the regional agency that doles out housing mandates to each city on the assumption that cities with a wealth of jobs should also provide more housing to reduce traffic congestion. As a result, the agency has called for Palo Alto to plan for 2,860 new housing units over the next decade, a number that city officials described in a letter earlier this year as “highly unrealistic and excessive.” Palo Alto has The Association of Bay Area Governments has mandated that Palo been fighting these mandates for Alto plan for 2,860 new residences over the next decade, a number years, but the only concession it’s of Palo Alto officials called “highly unrealistic and excessive.” been able to wrest from ABAG was an agreement earlier this year ferring to council members’ par- to transfer 350 from the city’s al­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ÊvÀœ“Ê«ÀiۈœÕÃÊ«>}i® ticipation on regional agencies. “It location to Santa Clara County’s. discussed but did not take any ac- sort of ebbs and flows.” Here, the county line matters. tion on, argues that the two-term Today, it’s flowing hard, both While Palo Alto has been a lonely limit in Palo Alto hinders the city’s because of the multitude of re- and frustrated island, its neighbors representatives from getting ahead gional pressures and the hands-on in San Mateo County have formed on regional boards. a “subregion” that allows them to nature of the current council. “Palo Alto council members “It seems now there’s a conflu- pool their problems and offer a serve on regional planning and ence of many issues all at once, regional solution to their county’s regulatory bodies with complex where it’s even more important for housing allocation. responsibilities, for example cities to get engaged,” Price said. Regional mandates have also preserving the Bay, countywide created problems In a recent public transit, regional water interview, City within Palo Alto. ¼Êʅ>ÛiÊÌÀˆi`Ê̜Ê}ˆÛiÊ planning, gas/electric regulation, Manager James The public furor ABAG, VTA, Caltrain and more,” Keene over the counwon*>œÊÌœÊ>ÊۜˆVi]Ê the memo states. “To effectively dered whether cil’s decision in LÕÌÊ܈̅œÕÌÊ>ÊÃi>ÌÊ represent Palo Alto’s interests, the the inherent difJune to rezone a city’s representatives need time to ficulties of getsite on Maybell œ˜Ê̅iÊLœ>À`]ʈ̽ÃÊ gain expertise and build seniority ting involved on to enۈÀÌÕ>Þʈ“«œÃÈLi°½Ê Avenue on these bodies. Term limits inter- regional boards able a 60-unit rupt this process.” housing complex had prompted – Greg Scharff, mayor, In June, Shepherd made the case past for low-income council City of Palo Alto to her colleagues. seniors and 12 members to sim“Cities like ours that have term ply give up. When it comes to get- single-family homes first manilimits just never rise to the top in ting a seat at the regional table, fested itself during a May meeting order to help work through some Palo Alto is hampered both by its of the council’s Regional Housing of the major policy issues that are size and, possibly, by geography, Mandate Committee. Residents facing cities of our sizes,” Shep- Keene said. protested the committee’s incluherd said. “I think this would be an “It’s just conjecture, but I actu- sion of the 60-unit complex in the important move for Palo Alto.” ally think our location is a little city’s overall plan for increasing The council agreed that the idea challenging,” Keene said. “We’re housing even before the Maybell is worth discussing but noted that in Santa Clara County, but we’re project went through public review it would require extensive commu- right in the northern end, and to and approval. nity outreach and feedback from that extent we’re treated as an outMuch like in the case of highresidents. lier within the county. On the other speed rail, local residents get anAn enthusiasm for looking be- hand, we have lots of affinity with gry when an outside organization yond the city’s borders is one of San Mateo County on issues.” dictates policies that would have a the hallmarks of the current counFor example, Palo Alto’s primary huge impact on the city — in this cil, but this hasn’t always been the partners are often cities like Menlo case, increased building density. case, Price said. Park and East Palo Alto. The San This anger, along with specific “Historically, depending on who Francisquito Creek Joint Powers concerns about traffic, helped is on the council and what their Authority, which is charged with fuel a grassroots campaign that availability and expertise is, it has boosting flood control around the led to Measure D, a citywide vote gone up and down,” Price said, re- volatile creek, includes elected of- on Nov. 5 that will either sustain or discard the council’s June approval of the Maybell project. “Because the City Council is looking to satisfy an ABAG requirement, they’re willing to set aside the Comprehensive Plan and the promises that were made to the residents and offer lots of different deals,” Cheryl Lilienstein, one of the leaders of the “No on D” campaign, told the Weekly during a recent interview. So far, the council’s efforts to influence ABAG have borne little fruit. While Councilman Greg Schmid serves on the agency’s General Assembly, which includes more than 100 people representing every jurisdiction, the city Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian and Palo Alto City doesn’t have a single representaCouncilwoman Liz Kniss speak during an interview with the tive on any ABAG subcommittee. Weekly.

Palo Alto City Manager James Keene said he sees Palo Alto’s location, on the far northern end of Santa Clara County, as a possible reason for its underepresentation in regional issues. Scharff, who serves as an alternate on the agency’s executive committee, was one of the few elected officials to vote against the “One Bay Area” plan, an ambitious land-use document that was developed by ABAG and the MTC. The document represents the region’s response to Senate Bill 375, a landmark 2008 law that calls for a 15 percent reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions by 2035. The plan forecasts that Palo Alto would need to increase its housing stock by 30 percent by 2040, a tall task for a council that often refers to its city as “built out.” Scharff acknowledged that in his ABAG role, he has “no real influence.” “I have tried to give Palo Alto a voice, but without a seat on the board, it’s virtually impossible,” Scharff said.


ew on the current council have been as enthusiastic about looking beyond the city’s borders as Nancy Shepherd. Last week, the vice mayor took her second recent trip to China. She was there for the Smart City Symposium, a conference that also included Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Bay Area Council CEO Jim Wunderman and staff from Gov. Jerry Brown’s office and from various regional boards. The big theme is greenhouse-gas (GHG) reduction. While the issue is complex, Shepherd’s mission is relatively simple. In an email from China, she said she is “making friends and telling the Palo Alto story about our contribution to the

global economy and the successful efforts we make to reduce GHG emissions,” which includes the council’s decision earlier this year to make the city’s entire electric portfolio carbon neutral. Shepherd, like her council colleagues, sees many benefits in conferences of this sort. For one, they give council members perspective about Palo Alto’s problems and allow them to talk to other mayors about possible solutions. At a recent League of California Cities convention, for instance, she was approached by a council member from Stockton who said he wanted to replicate Palo Alto’s “Smart City Partnership” program — a recently adopted collaboration between the city and Yangpu District in Shanghai, China. Stockton, which is just emerging from bankruptcy, is trying to attract more port business and sees value in a partnership with China. She was also pleased to hear about Yangpu’s efforts to replicate Palo Alto’s downtown thoroughfare, University Avenue, by developing its own street of the same name. Most California cities, she said, would gladly trade places with Palo Alto and inherit its problems, which mostly stem from economic success. In recent months, Shepherd and Kniss have also taken trips to Kansas City for a conference on “fiber to the premise,” a fiberoptics project that has been eluding Palo Alto for decades but that remains high on the city’s agenda; and to Contra Costa, to learn about



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the city’s transit district and its effective “transportation-demand management” program. Making friends beyond the city’s border also gives the city a leg up when it comes to funding, said Kniss. For one, it allows the city to know what types of funding sources are available. Kniss said sources at the county and the VTA regularly notify her about grants that Palo Alto may be eligible for. In fact, Shepherd called her from China to tell her about a transportation grant that is now available. She learned about it from Jack Broadbent, CEO of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, who was also at the symposium and whose board administers the grant. “My experience is that the more you get involved in your region, the more influence you’re going to have and the more opportunities you’re going to have, especially for finding out about the kinds of funding that doesn’t come to every city equally,” Kniss said. Involvement in state, regional and national issues also allows local officials to make inroads with the people who distribute the funding. As a longtime representative of Palo Alto and the county, Kniss said she has benefited from her relationships in Washington, D.C., which are key to securing earmarks for her constituents. She

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Construction of new housing abounds by Carol Blitzer ll around the sounds of hammers ring out, as new housing-construction projects get underway. Some are near completion, others partially sold out. Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Mountain View:


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Name of project: Artisan Address: 603 College Ave., Menlo Park Project description: 17 townhomes and nine single-family homes (three below-market-rate) will be built on 1.23-acre site, with driveways mainly off El Camino Real; they vary from 1,342 to 2,059 square feet, and from 2 bedroom/2.5 bathrooms to 4 bedroom/2.5 bathrooms. Completion expected by January/February. Developer: D.R. Horton Price: not available until late November/early December Information:

Name of project: Classics at Monroe Place Address: 410 Cole Court, Palo Alto Project description: 26 contemporary threestory, four-bedroom homes with attached two-car garages (16 share a wall and 10 are free-standing), 2,049 to 2,121 square feet. Developer: Classic Communities, Inc. Price: starting at $1,542,900 Information: or 877-332-0783

Name of project: Classics at Fairview Park Address: 2545 W. Middlefield Road, Mountain View Project description: Just a few two- to threebedroom, 2.5-3.5-bathroom (1,234-1,403 square feet) townhouses are unsold in the 32-unit community. Developer: Classic Communities, Inc. Price: from $818,900 to $929,900 Information: or 855-389-7363 Associate Editor Carol Blitzer can be emailed at READ MORE ONLINE READ MORE ONLINE For more Home and Real Estate news, visit

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Do fair-housing laws apply to summer rentals? edited by Martin Eichner


I own a second house where my son lives while he attends college during the school year. During summer school breaks, he usually goes to live someplace else for an internship or he travels, so I like to rent out rooms in the house to teachers who are in town for continuing education classes. Generally the teachers stay anywhere from a week to the whole summer. I don’t know much about being a landlord. Would any fair-housing laws apply to these summer “rental” arrangements? Fair-housing protections exist under both federal and state law. The scope of protection differs between the two. Both statutes cover “dwellings,” but under the federal statute, a dwelling is exempted from the fair-housing laws if a homeowner-landlord is renting a single-family house and owns three or fewer singlefamily houses, or if a homeowner is renting out a dwelling room or unit that contains living quarters, and if he/ she lives at the site and shares these living quarters with the tenant(s). Based on your description, these exemptions would exclude your summer rental home, since you own fewer than three rental homes, and you would not be living in the second house and sharing living quarters with the summer tenants. However, the only exemption under the California statute applies to the rental of a single-family dwelling where the owner of the dwelling lives there and rents a portion of the house to no more than one person. Your second house would not qualify for the exemption under state law, so the only question left would be


whether the temporary rental arrangements you describe qualify as rental of a “dwelling.” For purposes of fairhousing laws, a “dwelling” can be a temporary or seasonal rental, as well as a timeshare, cooperative, shelter and other non-traditional housing. Any structure can be a “dwelling,” in fact, if the occupants intend to remain for a “significant period” of time, and they view the structure as a “place to return to.” For example, a person living in a motel for three months while his house is being renovated is protected under the fair-housing laws, but another person staying in the same motel for a week while they attend a conference is not. In your case, a teacher renting a room for only a week to attend a short course is probably not protected under the fair-housing laws, but a teacher renting a room for the entire summer may well be. Your question presents another potential issue. If you meant to tell us that you follow a practice of renting only to teachers, or having a preference for teachers, that practice might constitute a form of arbitrary discrimination in housing that runs afoul of California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act. This law prohibits discrimination in housing based on personal traits or characteristics, such as refusing to rent to students, or people with long hair. Discriminating in favor of teachers is, in effect, discriminating against anyone who isn’t a teacher. A much better approach is to choose tenants based on ability to pay and rental history.


I signed a one-year lease a month ago at the community’s rental office. At the time, the local property manager took the lease agreement with him, saying he would put a copy in the mail to me right away. I still haven’t seen that copy. I have called him and emailed him to ask for a copy, but he just dodges me. The lease

was many pages long and had a great many clauses. A friend told me I need to have a copy to make sure both of us live up to its terms. What can I do? California law specifically guarantees your right to a copy of the lease agreement you signed. Specifically, California Civil Code Sections 1961 through 1962.7 place several important responsibilities on any agent negotiating rental agreements on behalf of a landlord. These mandatory requirements include the name, address and telephone number of the person or entity to whom rent must be paid, or details describing the name and location of a financial institution where rent is to be electronically deposited. Section 1962(4) specifically states that the agent must provide a copy of the written rental agreement or lease to the tenant within 15 days of its execution by the tenant. Once each calendar year thereafter, upon request by the tenant, the owner or owner’s agent shall provide an additional copy to the tenant within 15 days of the request. Your property manager’s failure to comply with this requirement does not relieve you of your obligation to pay rent, but that failure is a defense in an eviction action filed by the landlord. The statute does not require that you request the initial rental agreement in order to be protected, but you definitely want to continue to document, through emails or letters, that you have not received a copy of the agreement. N Martin Eichner edits RentWatch for Project Sentinel, an organization that provides landlord-tenant dispute resolution and fair-housing services in Northern California, including rental-housing mediation programs in Palo Alto, Los Altos and Mountain View. Contact Project Sentinel at 888-324-7468 or at info@; visit the website at and



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Total sales reported: 8 Lowest sales price: $490,000 Highest sales price: $1,250,000

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Los Altos 396 1st St. #19 Lennar Homes to P. & C. Frattini for $1,100,000 on 9/27/13 1665 Fallen Leaf Lane Hoenig Trust to A. & N. Shah for $2,376,000 on 9/27/13; previous sale 7/05, $1,250,000 676 Hollingsworth Drive M. Melenudo to G. Iaccarino for $2,950,000 on 9/26/13; previous sale 4/04, $900,000 1060 Rose Ave. D. Wilkie to S. & K. Straw for $1,650,000 on 9/26/13 226 Verano Drive J. & D. Carosella to RMW Investment for $2,600,000 on 9/27/13; previous sale 10/96, $886,500

Menlo Park 840 14th Ave. Planchon Trust to Dohner-Bazak Trust for $820,000 on 9/9/13

Mountain View 1937 Amalfi Way Bartlett Trust to K. Stem for $1,145,500 on 9/27/13; previous sale 11/05, $936,000 956 Bonita Ave. #6 M. Ware to M. Yang for $700,000 on 9/27/13; previous sale 7/11, $553,000 280 Easy St. #511 X. & C. Nee to L. & L. Swensen for $475,000 on 9/26/13; previous sale 8/05, $392,000 1918 Silverwood Ave. K. Kratt to S. Lo for $560,000 on 9/26/13; previous sale 12/07, $483,000

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sconi Trust to Dyer Trust for $1,200,000 on 9/27/13; previous sale 7/03, $497,000 98 Erstwild Court Kiely Trust to W. Zhang for $3,462,000 on 9/26/13 425 Hale St. Mckinney Trust to Anderson Trust for $2,220,000 on 9/26/13; previous sale 8/10, $1,550,000

Redwood City 924 15th Ave. Crenshaw Trust to S. Wright for $772,000 on 9/12/13; previous sale 4/11, $500,000 819 6th Ave. Sequoia Realty Services to J. & K. Chiesa for $490,000 on 9/9/13; previous sale 3/95, $225,000 232 Gregory Lane Eastling Trust to S. & D. Bryce for $1,130,000 on 9/9/13; previous sale 6/98, $625,000 1458 Hudson St. #205 E. Webster to C. Pilch for $520,000 on 9/12/13; previous sale 10/04, $430,000 2221 Jefferson Ave. Shoreline Assets Group to E. Hashemian for $749,000 on 9/9/13; previous sale 10/99, $275,000 3472 Michael Drive Winstead Trust to M. & C. Thompson for $650,000 on 9/12/13; previous sale 8/09, $530,000 203 Newcastle Court R. Lewis to L. Bader for $1,250,000 on 9/10/13; previous sale 12/06, $1,111,000 826 Newport Circle A. Butt to C. Wen for $1,130,000 on 9/9/13; previous sale 6/01, $675,000

Woodside 1281 Canada Road See Trust to S. & K. Altick for $1,380,000 on 9/10/13

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tate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder’s Office. The date is the recorded date of the deed when the lender took title to the property. The price is what the lender paid for it (usually the mortgage balance plus foreclosure fees). Each property is now owned by the lender and is for sale, or will be for sale soon, individually or through public auction. Individuals should contact a Realtor for further information.

Menlo Park 553 6th Ave. Onewest Bank, 9/10/13, $475,000, 760 sf, 2 bd

East Palo Alto 164 Gardenia Way LXS Trust Fund, 8/07/13, $424,016, 1,920 sf, 4 bd

Sunnyvale 442 E. Ferndale Ave. HSBC Bank, 9/10/13, $552,606, 1,056 sf, 3 bd

BUILDING PERMITS Palo Alto 250 Cambridge Ave. Alticecale: tenant improvements including new telephone rooms, new break room and remodel office area, $35,000 350 Campesino Ave. emergency repair to holes in roof due to tree fall, $2,000 180 El Camino Real, Suite 830 Bare Minerals: three LED illuminated signs, $n/a 951 Shauna Lane relocate door to master bedroom, $n/a 272 Ferne Ave. rewire whole house, $n/a 2310 Yale St. re-roof, $23,498 135 Hamilton Ave. new core and shell for mixed-use structure, including three stories with below-ground parking,

Home & Real Estate $13,580,000 650 Page Mill Road install additional soil remediation wells and associated electrical and plumbing, $49,965 820 Forest Ave. re-roof house, $20,963; re-roof garage, $1,800 3530 Whitsell Ave. retrofit three windows, patio door, entry doors, bedroom window, $3,500 756 University Ave. change hand shower to wall shower, $n/a 1095 Forest Ave. re-roof main house and detached garage, $17,365 410 Sheridan Ave. stucco repair for Units 102, 216, 330, 440, $24,949 2490 Agnes Way re-roof, $17,500 1930 Waverley St. remodel bathroom, $14,000 3886 La Donna Ave. remodel master bathroom, create larger closet, $11,522 984 Moreno Ave. replace wood siding, $5,000 3878 Grove Ave. install seven retrofit windows, $6,939 2570 W. Bayshore Road Bldg. 1177, Units 1-10: replace two staircases, handrails and deck boards, $38,520 1101 Fife Ave. re-roof, $10,000 1137 Forest Ave. replace window, $1,600 249 Lowell Ave. remodel kitchen, master bath, guest bath, $24,900 3373 Middlefield Road re-foam roof, $18,456 1501 Page Mill Road Hewlett Packard: tenant improvement at lobby, $150,000 855 El Camino Real, Suite 160 Bel Campo Meat Co., interior demo, $n/a 3583 South Court re-roof, $19,000 235 San Antonio Ave. re-roof, $14,000 124 University Ave. replace rooftop mechanical equipment, $60,000 4044 Park Blvd. replace window, door with sliding glass door, insulate garage, $6,150

707 Middlefield Road repair failing basement wall, $24,000 1430 Middlefield Road remodel master bathroom, $8,005 830 Melville Ave. revise hydronic system to tie into new kitchen and bath, $n/a 1451 Greenwood Ave. change shower, wall light, $n/a 878 Marshall Drive re-foam roof, $8,915 236 Middlefield Road copper re-pipe from meter to house, $n/a 875 Blake Wilbur Drive upgrade technology equipment, $5,000 1072 Tanland Drive, apt. 104 remodel kitchen, bathroom, $3,000 756 Charleston Road re-roof, $6,500 3110 Greer Road re-roof, $6,163 3495 Deer Creek Road construct temporary wall and interior demo, $110,000 221 High St. replace French doors in Units 217, 221, 229, $14,900 451 Loma Verde Ave. remodel bathroom, $24,256 229 High Sts. replace windows, $6,400 3643 Lupine Ave. re-roof, $13,000 190 Heather Lane replace windows, sliding glass doors, $24,000 217 High St. replace window, $8,200 3716 Redwood Circle replace sliding glass door, $5,000 2443 Emerson St. remodel two bathrooms, rewire house, $8,500 30 Tevis Place remodel kitchen, bathroom, $112,000 1696 Channing Ave. re-roof carport, $3,069 1507 Louisa Court re-do foam roof, $13,407 357 Kellogg Ave. replace windows and doors, $17,000 192 Walter Hays Drive remodel two bathrooms, relocate washer/ dryer, $10,000 855 El Camino Real, Suite 10 Francesca’s Collection: seismic upgrade, $12,000

3137 Greer Road remodel kitchen, $13,000 2884 South Court electric vehicle charge station in garage, $n/a 1430 Harker Ave. install AC behind garage, $n/a 4252 Manuela Court demo pool and shed, $n/a 250 Middlefield Road repair fire damage, new garage foundation, $20,000 3891 Corina Way remodel master bathroom, $7,000 180 El Camino Real, Suite 900 PF Changs: two exterior illuminated signs, $n/a 2692 Louis Road craft shop with half bath and porch, $21,748 1425 Harker Ave. repair fire damage, $258,720 411 High St. replace rooftop HVAC split system, $5,700 434 Tennessee Lane re-roof, $10,000 2090 Princeton St. re-roof garage, $3,000 4163 Hubbartt Drive re-roof, $15,000 3846 Magnolia Drive remodel

661 Towle Way re-roof, $21,785 3317 Saint Michael Drive reroof, $8,750; re-roof detached garage, $2,250 4156 Crosby Place remodel bathroom, $14,000 765 E. Meadow Drive re-roof, $12,650; re-roof detached garage, $4,275 200 Fulton St. repair water damage in shower, $5,000 2469 Waverley St., Unit A remodel cottage, re-roof, new tankless water heater, replace windows, $21,000 2480 Agnes Way replace 30 windows, $15,660 886 Ilima Court remodel two bathrooms, $11,885 1300 Forest Ave. repair/remodel garage, change roof to hip roof, $4,300

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LOS ALTOS HILLS 4 Bedrooms 27464 Altamont Rd $4,196,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111 25779 Josefa Ln $2,295,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111 25630 Darling Ln Sun Sereno Group

$3,995,000 323-1900

5 Bedrooms 27950 Roble Alto Dr Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$3,650,000 324-4456

MENLO PARK $638,388 302-2449

3 Bedrooms - Condominium 14 Mansion Ct #714 Sun Coldwell Banker

$3,495,000 851-2666

2 Bridle Ln Sun Coldwell Banker

$4,850,000 851-2666


277 Grandview Dr $3,990,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 529-1111

3 Bedrooms 1063 Villa Maria Ct Sun Coldwell Banker

$589,000 323-7751 $1,350,000 (408) 557-3809

4 Bedrooms 1043 Renoir Ct $1,095,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111 1031 Merritt Te $1,199,000 Sun Coldwell Banker 324-4456

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$1,349,000 323-1900

5 Bedrooms 961 Valencia Ave $1,898,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 323-1111

$2,495,000 851-2666

3 Bedrooms 1274 Sharon Park Dr Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,549,000 324-4456

1985 Oak Av Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$1,899,000 324-4456

1421 San Antonio Ave Sun Sereno Group

$1,295,000 323-1900

303 Hillside Dr Sun Dreyfus Sotheby’s

10 Zachary Ct Sun Coldwell Banker

$3,750,000 323-7751

1160 Deanna Dr Sun 2-4 Coldwell Banker

$2,549,000 324-4456

5 Zachary Ct Sun Coldwell Banker

$3,495,000 328-5211

2098 Cedar Av Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,699,000 323-7751

$1,400,000 847-1141

26 Big Tree Rd $1,349,000 Sun 1-4 Intero Real Estate-Woodside 206-6200 20 Patrol Ct $2,198,000 Sun Coldwell Banker 851-2666 166 Grandview Dr $1,898,000 Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty 543-8500

$3,850,000 851-2666

20 Big Pine Rd $1,395,000 Sun 1-4:30 Alain Pinel Realtors 529-1111 $1,549,000 323-7751

185 Harcross Rd $2,049,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111 8 Skyline Dr Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,288,000 323-7751

361 Ridgeway Rd $2,995,000 Sun 2-4:30 Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111 525 Eleanor Dr Sun Coldwell Banker

$2,895,000 851-2666

5 Bedrooms 245 Brookwood Rd $3,950,000 Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 529-1111 580 Eleanor Dr $4,300,000 Sun Keller Williams Palo Alto 454-8500

6+ Bedrooms 140 Eleanor Dr Sun 2-4 Coldwell Banker

$7,775,000 324-4456

PALO ALTO 4 Bedrooms 3994 Sutherland Dr $2,349,000 Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 324-4456 3181 Emerson St $1,998,000 Sun Coldwell Banker 328-5211 4301 El Camino Real $1,558,888 Sat/Sun 10-6 Classic Communities (877) 332-0783 860 San Jude Ave $2,098,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 323-1111

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451 Portola Rd $4,995,000 Sat/Sun Intero Real Estate-Woodside 206-6200

4 Bedrooms 30 Zapata Wy $5,850,000 Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 529-1111

5 Bedrooms 271 Gabarda Wy Sun Coldwell Banker

$2,788,000 323-7751




2 Bedrooms 18 Alverno Ct Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,125,000 323-7751

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3100 Woodside Rd Sat 1-4 Coldwell Banker

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2 Bedrooms - Condominium 2140 Santa Cruz Av #B305 Sun American Green Realty Inc

145 Old La Honda Rd Sun Coldwell Banker

2819 Eaton Av $2,799,000 Sun Intero Real Estate-Woodside 206-6200

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3 Bedrooms 1633 Miramonte Av Sat/Sun Dreyfus Sotheby’s

$1,795,000 323-7751

1090 Main St # 409 Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$399,000 325-6161

3 Bedrooms 343 Lowell St Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$1,198,000 323-7751

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4 Bedrooms 531 Beresford Av Sun Coldwell Banker

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OPEN SATURDAY AND SUNDAY LOS ALTOS HILLS 13651 Burke Rd 2.67+/-ac property close to town. Subdvidable into two parcels or keep as one estate sized parcel. $5,388,000



OPEN SUNDAY WOODSIDE 361 Ridgeway Rd Gated Woodside Hills smart home offers 4bd/3.5ba pool/ spa outdoor bbq on 1+/-ac. Amazing views. $2,995,000



BY APPOINTMENT LA HONDA Beautiful Craftsman-style on 5.98+/-ac. 4400+/-sf. 4bd/3ba 2 offices, tv media room, cathedral ceilings. $1,950,000



OPEN SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ATHERTON 140 Selby Ln Gorgeous, gated 1+/-ac with gardens, pool and gazebo. 3bd/3ba plus separate guest house. $4,999,000



BY APPOINTMENT PALO ALTO 1414 Harker Ave Remodeled 4 bedroom, 3 bathoom in Community Center with 2700+/- sf and chef’s kitchen. $2,495,000



OPEN SATURDAY AND SUNDAY LOS ALTOS 678 Rosita Ave Expand or rebuild this 3bd/2ba home nestled on a 20,140+/-sf lot in a desirable neighborhood. $1,898,000



BY APPOINTMENT LOS ALTOS HILLS Fabulous home with high-end finishes. 5 bedrooms, 5 baths plus 2 half-baths. 40,533+/-sf lot. $4,380,000



OPEN SUNDAY PALO ALTO 723 Mayfield Ave 4bd/2.5ba home plus den/office, large FR. Available only to eligible Stanford faculty/staff. $2,300,000



BY APPOINTMENT PALO ALTO Great Midtown cul-de-sac location on this two unit property. Both are 2bd/1ba units. $1,828,000

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Portola Valley $5,600,000 Magical retreat with Bay & Windy Hill views. Pool, gardens, lawns, trees, outdoor kitchen! 4 BR/3 full BA + 2 half Judy Byrnes BRE #01178998 650.851.2666

Palo Alto By Appointment Only! $4,995,000 Striking architectural features & designer materials! Incomparable 10 yr new English Tudor 7 BR/7.5 BA Judy Shen BRE #01272874 650.328.5211

Los Altos Hills Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $3,650,000 27950 Roble Alto Dr Must see! This luxuriously appointed home is a private oasis of sumptuous comfort. 5 BR/5.5 BA Jackie & Richard Schoelerman BRE #01092400/01413607 650.324.4456

Menlo Park Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $2,995,000 10 Arbol Grande Court Great floor plan. 2 suites up + main lvl bd & bth. Kit opens to great room. Formal LR & DR 5 BR/4 BA Nancy Goldcamp BRE #00787851 650.325.6161

Palo Alto Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $2,399,000 424 Homer Av 5 bdrm 3 ba home near downtown. Hdwd floors,skylight, fam kit opens to private back yard! Maria Arlene Gault BRE #01242236 650.328.5211

Palo Alto Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $1,998,000 3181 Emerson Street Beautiful, spacious, updated Midtown 2-story. Plus office. Light and bright! 4 BR/3.5 BA Ken Morgan BRE #00877457 650.328.5211

Menlo Park Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $1,995,000 742 Live Oak Ave Allied Ar ts. Brand new construction in the heart of downtown MP. Custom high-end finishes & appliances. 4 BR/2.5 BA Billy McNair BRE #01343603 650.324.4456

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

Palo Alto Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $1,895,000 3445 Louis Rd Just listed! Completely remodeled Eichler with the finest of finishes. Zen-inspired gardens. 4 BR/2 BA Hanna Shacham BRE #01073658 650.324.4456

Menlo Park Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $1,549,000 1275 Sharon Park Dr New listing! Rare opportunity - Pristine, private townhome in the Las Lomitas School District. 3 BR/2.5 BA Hugh Cornish BRE #00912143 650.324.4456

Redwood City Sun 1 - 4 $1,198,000 343 Lowell St Stunning home in desirable Mt Carmel. Beautifully updated while preserving old world charm 3 BR/2 BA Loren Dakin BRE #01030193 650.323.7751

Redwood City Sun 1 - 4 $955,000 1222 Dewey Street Fabulous home on “candy cane lane” w/ remodeled kitchen & baths on sun filled lot. 3 BR/2 BA Jennifer Whelan BRE #01721877 650.323.7751

Foster City Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $409,000 916 Beach Park Bl Charming & bright 1 BR/1 BA condo located on the 2nd floor w/water views 1 BR/1 BA Judy Shen BRE #01272874 650.328.5211

Redwood City Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $399,000 1090 Main #409 Top floor condo w/views of bay & downtown. 2/2 w/formal dining area & cathedral ceilings Tom Huff BRE #00922877 650.325.6161

Los Gatos $338,000 End unit on ground level. New carpet & paint, laundry in unit. 55+ community, pool/spa. 1 BR/1 BA Lovinda Beal BRE #00925698 650.851.1961

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Walk through the rose covered bay entrance, following the brick path to this magical and tranquil sanctuary in Palo Alto. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, this 4 bedroom, 3 bath home provides flexible living with a multipurpose floor plan. Its large windows provide ample light and varied views of the magnificent garden, designed by award winning landscape architect, Mary Gordon. The renovated large eat in kitchen provides a great hub for family life and entertaining. When day is done, retreat upstairs to the spacious master bedroom with high ceilings and spa bathroom.

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MP: 355 San Mateo Dr., 10/26, 8am - 4pm At last, another great sale! REALLY good quality antiques and Scandinavian DR table; small furn. (tables, lamps and shades, chairs); small Oriental items; glassware, dinnerware. Books: kids’, Cal history, cookbooks; framed prints, giftwrap. x-Middle. No early birds, please. Rain postpones to 11/2.

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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. 866-4136293. Void in Illinois/ New Mexico/ Indiana (AAN CAN)

Cash Reward for lost Hearing Aid Lost: A behind-the-ear traditional hearing aid, with a custom-fit earmold. Lost somewhere in the street parking area near or between Bryant and Hamilton Streets in Palo Alto. Lost some time around 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Will pay a large cash reward for its safe return in good, working condition and with its serial number intact.

Palo Alto, 1001 Colorado Ave, SAT OCT. 26, 8AM-4PM Moving Sale Quality Household Items, Art & Collectibles See Fogster online for sale ads.

215 Collectibles & Antiques

Photo shown is not my hearing aid; it is for demonstration purposes only.

ANTIQUE SACRISTY ARMOIRE - $ 620Bone China Teacups, Silver Tray - $15 - $25


145 Non-Profits Needs

IFES Pork Feast (Matança)


Contemporary Nude Oil Painting - $650

IFES Society Crab Cioppino


Moms/Daughters- $ Stanford

Moms/Daughters- $ Stanford

original ringtones


220 Computers/ Electronics

Spring Down Holiday Horse Camp

150 Volunteers

iPhone 5 Screens, Data Recovery $129

Stanford music tutoring

Fosterers Needed for Moffet Cats

130 Classes & Instruction


Airline Careers begin here - Get FAA approved Maintenance training. Financial aid for qualified students - Housing available. Job placement assistance. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 877-804-5293 (Cal-SCAN) Airline Careers begin here - Get trained as FAA certified Aviation Technician. Housing and Financial aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance 877-492-3059 (AAN CAN) German language class Instruction for Hebrew Bar and Bat Mitzvah For Affiliated and Unaffiliated George Rubin, M.A. in Hebrew/Jewish Education 650/424-1940

133 Music Lessons Christina Conti Private Piano Instruction (650) 493-6950 Hope Street Music Studios In downtown Mtn.View. Most Instruments voice. All ages & levels 650-961-2192 www.

Bonsai Sales and Service

Moms/Daughters- $ Stanford

Airline Careers begin here - Get FAA approved Aviation Maintenance Technician training. Job placement and Financial assistance for qualified students. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 888-242-3382 (Cal-SCAN)

Stanford Research Study

Contemporary Nude Oil Painting - $650


340 Child Care Wanted Nanny Needed Live in, F/T or P/T. 2 children, ages 4 & 8. Exp., CDL reqd., refs. PA location. 530/321-0624 Nanny/Cook/Houskeeper Menlo Park Seeking housekeeper/cook/nanny in Menlo Park. Must be experienced (5+years) and have references. Please call 650-619-0198.

345 Tutoring/ Lessons English Writing/SAT Tutor

355 Items for Sale 0-6monBoyClothesNewColderSeason 3DVDs3+Yrs,LittlePeope,TravelAdv 3DVDsBlues CluesX2,Max&Ruby 3DVDsBobTheBuilder,Thomas,Sesame Airplane Rocking “Horse” DisneyDVDsSingAlongSongs$10 Pumpkin dressup 3-12 months 2pc

Fire Extinguisher New Kidde - $10 Large Ottoman Extra Seating - $35

For Sale

small dresser - $200.00 Soapstone WaterFowl Sculpture - $55 Sofa / Sleeper - $FREE

201 Autos/Trucks/ Parts

TV hutch - $35.00

WindSport 2008 RV 23,000 miles. Excellent condition inside and out. Full body Paint.

245 Miscellaneous

twin trundle bed - $400.00

202 Vehicles Wanted Cash for Cars Any Car/Truck. Running or Not! Top Dollar Paid. We Come To You! Call For Instant Offer: 1-888-420-3808 (AAN CAN) 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) 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

Voice Lessons

Mountain View, 2378 Lida Drive, Sat. Oct. 26, 8:30 - 3:30 Electronics, clothing, household items, home decor, books, arts/crafts & office supplies, books (kids’ & french), toys, games.

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330 Child Care Offered

dresser and mirror - 200.00

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

Husband Had An Affair?

240 Furnishings/ Household items Bone China Teacups, Silver Tray - $15 - $25

Stanford Flu Vaccine Study

Piano Lessons in Palo Alto Call Alita at 650.838.9772

135 Group Activities

Baby/Doll Vintage Knits Clothing - $55

Kid’s Stuff

Mountain View, 2384 Lida Drive, Oct.26, 8:30 - 3:30 Antiques,name-brand clothing,winter coats/jackets (M/F med-XL),household/ elec. /accessories,hi-end Xmas decor

AT&T U-verse for just $29/mo! Bundle and Save with AT&T Internet+Phone+TV and get a FREE pre-paid Visa Card! (Select plans). HURRY, CALL NOW! 800-319-3280 (Cal-SCAN) Cable TV-Internet-Phone Save! You`ve Got A Choice! Options from ALL major service providers. Call us to learn more! CALL Today. 888-706-4301. (Cal-SCAN) DirecTV Over 140 channels only $29.99 a month. Call Now! Triple savings! $636 in Savings, Free upgrade to Genie and 2013 NFL Sunday ticket free!! Start saving today! 1-800-291-0350 (Cal-SCAN) DISH TV Retailer Starting at $19.99/month (for 12 mos.) and High Speed Internet starting at $14.95/month (where available.) Save! Ask About Same Day Installation! Call Now! 1-800-357-0810 (Cal-SCAN) Reduce Your Cable Bill Get an All-Digital Satellite system installed for Free and programming starting at $24.99/mo. FREE HD/DVR upgrade for new callers, so call now! (877)366-4509 (Cal-SCAN) Feather Mask Unique - $15 Fire Extinguisher New Kidde - $10 Scooter New Pride Go-go Ultra X 3-wheel scooter for sale.

260 Sports & Exercise Equipment

425 Health Services Weight Loss Earn big $$’s while losing weight! We challenge you to lose up to 50 pounds and get paid for it! Special limited offer. Call Now! 1-800-973-3271 (AAN CAN)

475 Psychotherapy & Counseling 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

Jobs 500 Help Wanted Administrative Manager, Hume Center for Writing and Speaking 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

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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

ONLINE EDITOR Embarcadero Media’s East Bay Division is seeking an online editor. The online editor maintains the and websites, push email products, is active in marketing the sites content in social media and assists with the production of the Pleasanton Weekly community newspaper. Maintenance of the sites includes: updating the pages with fresh, compelling content; writing, editing, and producing online features; creating and coordinating editorial, image, video and multimedia assets; overseeing all production and managing projects from conception to launch; facilitating interaction with groups directly involved in site production; producing interactive features; and conceptualizing new ways to present content. The editor will need to make sound choices about content based on the site audience and its interests. The online editor must have a solid grounding in the basic principles of packaging, editing and writing for the Web; have excellent news judgment; and demonstrable headline writing, image selection and content packaging skills. The editor must be currently active on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, a passion for social media, news and have thorough knowledge of the industry. Send resume and letter of interest to

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540 Domestic Help Wanted Restaurant: Sous Chef and Genl. Manager. Min. 2 years exp. Popular Woodside restaurant. Send resume to

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CareMeridian opened a brand new 12 bed facility in the city of Pleasanton and we are looking for a Physical Therapist to Independently Contract. Our facility is different from any one you've worked in. We offer the feel of working in a home setting, the flexibility of private practice, and the support of a committed team of therapists, nurses and care staff. We contract for our therapy staff which means that you have the flexibility to set your work schedule to meet the patient load and needs. Please email resume to Ernie at Ernesto.Aton@thementornetwork. com or fax to 925.461.2335.

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

645 Office/Home Business Services Display Business Card Ad Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising ï¿1⁄2” 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)

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

715 Cleaning Services House Cleaning in the BAY!!! Navarro Housecleaning Services Apartments and homes. Carpets and windows. 20 years exp., good refs. Call for free est. 650/853-3058; 650/796-0935 Olga's Housecleaning Res./Com. Wkly/mo. Low Rates. Local Refs. 25 years Exp. & Friendly. I Love My Job! Ins. (650) 380-1406

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CARDINAL CORNER . . . Nationally No. 1-ranked UCLA will join with No. 2 USC, No. 3 Stanford and No. 5 Stanford for the annual Stanford Intercollegiate women’s golf tournament, a 54-hole event set for Friday through Sunday at the Stanford Golf Course. The 16-team field also includes No. 8 Pepperdine, No. 12 Vanderbilt, and No. 18 Kentucky. Tee times for Friday and Saturday are 8:30 a.m., while Sunday is 7:30 a.m. . . . Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike was among 30 women’s basketball players named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason List, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Tuesday. . . . For the 13th year in a row, Stanford was voted the preseason favorite by the Pac-12 women’s basketball coaches to win the Conference title in 2013-14, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Thursday at Pac12 Women’s Basketball Media Day held at the Pac-12 Networks Studios in San Francisco. The Cardinal collected a maximum number of points (121) and first-place votes (11) to earn the distinction.

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Kodi Whitfield’s remarkable one-hand touchdown catch against UCLA last weekend had the football world buzzing.

Whitfield proves a big catch for Stanford by Rick Eymer odi Whitfield’s first career touchdown reception became an instant classic. The play nearly ended before it started. “I got pressed at the line,� Whitfield said. “It was more about how I could recover.� Whitfield’s 30-yard catch helped give Stanford a 24-10 victory over UCLA last Saturday in Stanford Stadium. The victory kept the eighth-ranked Cardinal (4-1, 6-1) in the Pac-12 Confer-


ence title race. Stanford has another big test Saturday night when it travels to Corvallis to take on Oregon State (4-0, 6-1) in a 7:30 p.m. scheduled kickoff. The Bruins (2-1, 5-1) will also be in Oregon, meeting the Ducks (4-0, 7-0) in Eugene. Those two games feature the top four teams, in terms of overall record, in the Pac-12. The results will help determine who stays on the road to the Pac-12 championship game. Whitfield had more at stake

than just making the catch. There were three former Loyola (Los Angeles) high school teammates wearing UCLA jerseys, including linebacker Anthony Barr, who had one of the best views of the play. In addition, Whitfield was being covered by Ishmael Adams, who hails from Woodland Hills, a city within breathing distance of L.A., and safety Anthony Jefferson, from Los Angeles Cathedral, was coming over to help. “I know a lot of those guys,�

said Whitfield, who also had an ally from Loyola on his side, kicker Conrad Ukropina. Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan had his eyes on Whitfield from the start. When Whitfield looked back, the ball was already in the air. “When we watched the film later, we could see there were better options,â€? Whitfield said. All Whitfield could do was try to catch it. Adams was draped all ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠxxÂŽ



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by Keith Peters t should be a very interesting Central Coast Section girls’ golf championships next week at Rancho Canada (East Course) in Carmel Valley, as more local teams and players than usual will be competing for honors. Gunn and Castilleja will be there for sure. The Titans earned a berth after winning the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League tourney on Tuesday while Castilleja earned its spot by claiming the regular-season title before winning the West Bay Athletic League Tournament on Wednesday, just for good measure. Palo Alto, which shared the

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RECORD HAUL . . . Palo Alto High grad Davante Adams of Fresno State has been named the Mountain West Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this football season. In Fresno State’s 38-14 win over visiting UNLV on Saturday Adams tied the school record with four touchdown catches and also equaled the conference singlegame record as he helped propel the ‘Dogs past the Rebels. Adams also had a fifth TD reception nullified by a pass interference call. Adams caught eight passes in the game for a career-high 221 yards and became the first Bulldog to surpass the 200yard mark since Rodney Wright did so in 2001. The 221 receiving yards are the most by a Mountain West player since San Diego State’s DeMarco Sampson recorded 257 yards at Colorado State on Oct. 24, 2009. With now 25 career touchdown catches in only 19 career games, Adams tied the school record for career touchdown receptions. Adams will look to break the all-time career TD mark this Saturday when Fresno State (6-0, 3-0 MW), ranked No. 17 in the first BCS Standings this week, travels to San Diego State (3-3, 2-0 MW). Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2.

Stanford sophomore Inky Ajanaku (right) has helped the Cardinal regain momentum in the Pac-12 Conference volleyball race.

tanford junior Inky Ajanaku wears goggles, not because she has an odd sense of humor (which she has), but because of her willingness to leap tall nets in a single bound and put her face and eyes at risk of redirected volleyballs. It’s for both her humor and ability to play volleyball that has endeared her to her Stanford teammates. She could be jumping out of a large laundry basket one minute, and recording a key block that found her chest instead of her hands the next minute. Imagine how far off the ground Ajanaku has to get to have a ball ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠx{ÂŽ

Another team title in cross country has Gunn girls headed in right direction by Keith Peters he SCVAL Championships in cross country will be held Nov. 5 at Crystal Springs in Belmont. Don’t be surprised if the Gunn girls run off with a division title. The Titans have been unbeatable in three league-wide meets this season, beating everyone in the De Anza and El Camino Divisions. Thus, anything short of a team crown would be a huge disappointment for coach PattiSue Plumer and her girls. While that may seem too much pressure or expectations to heap upon the Titans, they’ve stood up to the competition all season and come away as winners each time. In its most recent outing, senior Sarah Robinson led the way with a course record as the Gunn girls ran away with the final SCVAL meet of the season on Tuesday at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale. The Titans placed four runners among the top 10 and scored 32 points to easily defeat Mountain View (88) and Los Gatos (89). “Sarah ran a great race as did the vast majority of our athletes,” said Plumer, a former Stanford All-American runner and twotime Olympian. “It was a great day for Gunn cross country!” Robinson reclaimed the course record she lost last Thursday to Harker’s Niki Iyler by clocking 17:45 over the flat 3.1-mile course. Robinson recorded her time despite running off the course for 3-5 seconds, according to Plumer. Gunn’s Gillian Meeks was third in 18:53.3, freshman teammate Claire Hu was fifth in 19:05.2


and sophomore Maya Miklos finished ninth in 19:56.2. Rounding out the scoring was Elli Gardner in 20:10.5. Palo Alto finished sixth with 191 points as freshman Bryn Carlson clocked 19:24.9. In the boys’ race, Palo Alto junior Lucas Matison clocked 16:08.2 while finishing second to help the Vikings take third in the team scoring with 120 points. Boys water polo Sacred Heart Prep earned no worse than a co-championship in the West Catholic Athletic League following an 18-8 dunking of host St. Francis on Wednesday evening. The Gators moved to 5-0 in league (16-2 overall) while the Lancers dropped to 2-3 (6-12). SHP has one league match remaining, against host St. Ignatius next Wednesday. The Wildcats (4-1) fell into a tie for second with Bellarmine (5-1), which concluded its WCAL season with a 14-7 win over SI on Wednesday. SHP’s Nelson Perla-Ward scored seven goals. Michael Swart added four. “Overall, we were balanced in our scoring and we are hard to stop when we play that way,” said SHP coach Brian Kreutzkamp. “We are trying to carry this momentum into this weekend’s North-South Challenge, which will be our toughest test of the season.” The 16-team field features Mater Dei, which will bring a 95match win streak into the two-day tournament at the SHP and M-A pools. The title match is Saturday at 5:20 p.m. The complete schedule is at www.pasportsonline.

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com. In the PAL Bay Division, host Menlo School had 10 players score in a 19-2 romp over Aragon. Andreas Katsis led the firstplace Knights (8-0, 17-2) with five goals with Chris Xi adding three as Menlo clinched no worse than a co-championship with two league matches remaining. Elsewhere in the PAL Bay Division, host Menlo-Atherton remained in second place following a 22-4 dunking of Sequoia. Alex Hakanson and Matt Baszucki each tallied four goals for the Bears (6-2, 10-6) with John Knox, Jace Blazensky and Evan McClelland adding three each. In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Gunn moved closer to wrapping up the regular-season title following a 12-10 victory over host Lynbrook on Tuesday. Quinn Hamilton scored four goals for the Titans (9-0, 12-6) and Coby Wayne added three. Girls water polo Menlo-Atherton clinched no worse than a co-championship in the PAL Bay Division with a 9-4 win over visiting Sequoia on Wednesday. The Bears (8-0, 13-5) were led by Jessica Heilman’s four goals. M-A can clinch an outright title by beating Aragon next Wednesday. In the SCVAL De Anza Division, senior Caroline Anderson equaled her season high of 10 goals as Gunn moved a step closer to defending its regular-season title with a 16-4 romp over host Homestead on Tuesday night. The Titans are 9-0 in the division (13-4 overall) with three to play. N

Madeleine Baier Menlo-Atherton cross country

Donya Dehnad Menlo water polo

Jessica Koenig Sacred Heart Prep golf

Elisa Merten* Menlo volleyball

Jayshree Sarathy Gunn golf

Lida Vandermeer* Menlo volleyball

two-stroke victory over rival Palo Alto at Santa Teresa Golf Course in San Jose. The Titans, who won the Blossom Valley Athletic League tourney last season, made a highly successful debut in the first-year SCVAL this year by sharing the regular-season title with Paly, in its first season as a team. The teams split their head-tohead showdowns during the season, setting up an expected battle in the league tournament. Gunn wound up with a 398 score to hold

The senior running back rushed 24 times for a season-high 303 yards and scored on runs of 65, 65 and five yards, the final TD coming in overtime to lift the undefeated Panthers to a 58-52 eight-man football victory.

Malcolm Davis Palo Alto football

Ben Burr-Kirven Sacred Heart Prep football

Sam Kelley Palo Alto water polo

Jack Marren Menlo football

John Wilson* Menlo water polo

Chris Xi Menlo water polo * previous winner

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Jessica Koenig of SHP also put herself in position to possibly earning one of 23 available at-large berths by shooting an 80. Four teams, meanwhile, will receive at-large berths. Junior Danielle Mitchell of Castilleja finished fifth with an 83 while her twin sister, Nicole, tied for sixth with an 86. Cami Steppe of SHP and Lauren Yang of Menlo tied for eighth with 89s. Gunn made some history by becoming the first team champion of the SCVAL tournament with a


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The winning Castilleja team was (L-R) Colby Choi, Ellie Zales, Nicole Mitchell, Danielle Mitchell, Chloe Sales and Paris Wilkerson.

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GUNN HIGH The senior ran the fastest time (17:50) of the two-day Monterey Bay Invitational cross-country meet on the three-mile course at Toro Park and stayed unbeaten this season while helping the Titans win a team title.

Girls golf SCVAL regular-season title with Gunn and lost to the Titans in the league tournament by just two strokes, also should be making an appearance as an at-large team. Valley Christian is the defending CCS team champ, but Gunn and Palo Alto could battle for the top spot next week. Castilleja also could be in the running after it continued its success in the WBAL by defending its league tournament title at Poplar Creek Golf Course in San Mateo. Wednesday’s victory was a mere tuneup for Castilleja and the Gators used it well by registering an 18-stroke victory (430-448) over rival Sacred Heart Prep in the 18-hole event. Junior Chloe Sales led Castilleja with a 7-over 78. Kristine Lin of Harker won individual honors with a 76 and earned an automatic berth into the CCS finals while defending her league title. Jessie Rong of Menlo School finished second with a 77 and most likely earned an at-large berth. Team and individual at-large berths were decided at a CCS meeting Thursday.

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off the Vikings’ 400. Gunn junior Anna Zhou paced the Titans with a 3-under 70. She had an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole in addition to carding four birdies — two in the final two holes to help wrap up the title. Zhou also won the BVAL tournament last season and is the defending CCS individual champ. Gunn senior Jayshree Sarathy shot a 3-over 76, Tiffany Yang carded an 80, Lianna McFarlaneConnelly came home with an 85 and Margaret Redfield shot 87 to round out the scoring. McFarlaneConnelly had an eagle 2 on the 312-yard Anna Zhou par-4 eighth hole when she holed out a 7-iron from about 120 yards. Palo Alto was led by junior Michelle Xie’s 1-under 72. Annie Chen shot 78, Emily Hwang an 81, Audrey Horn 83 and Celia Wilner an 86 to round out the scoring. “Tough match today, tough to lose,” said Paly coach Doyle Knight. “My top three stayed with Gunn’s top three, which I

figured on. I was hoping for a few strokes less from 4,5, 6, (but) they all played great. Annie Chen got and eagle on hole 2, made a nice long putt. “I’m hoping to make it to CCS, but would have rather made it as an automatic, rather than at-large.” The two lowest scores came from players competing as individuals. Kelsey Kawaguchi of Los Altos shot a 67 and Jessica Luo of Lynbrook shot 69. At the PAL Tournament at Poplar Creek in San Mateo, Menlo-Atherton had three of its six players earn all-league honors by finishing among the top 10. Freshman Naomi Lee shot 83 for fifth overall, freshman Abigail Pederson finished eighth with an 87 and senior Ashley Utz carded a 90 for 10th place. Whether or not the Bears advance will depend on scores from other tournaments this week. M-A also got a 96 from sophomore Margaret Sten, a 104 from freshman Angie Yang and a 107 from freshman Christina Park. N

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A healthy Ahn is good news for defending NCAA champs by Rick Eymer Aggies, who went through No. 14 enior Kristie Ahn’s health, Virginia, No. 6 Miami and No. 7 at least for Stanford’s fall UCLA to make it to the finals for women’s tennis season, is the first team in school history. of no concern. She’s healthy, and “Winning any title is great,” you can ask St. Mary’s senior Ahn said. “There’s a different Jenny Jullien, who did everything feel to it when you win as an inbut call upon the tennis spirits to dividual.” try and beat her. Cardinal coach Lele Forood “It’s nice to be healthy,” Ahn used the fall tournament to gauge said after downing Jullien, 6-4, her three freshmen players Tay6-2, in the singles lor Davidson, Caroline championship of the Doyle and Carol Zhao, USTA/ITA Northwest and how they would fit Regional Championinto the mix. ships at Stanford on “The last two tournaTuesday. “This is the ments have been good first time I’ve started for them,” Forood said. a season with a clean “It’s a chance to get slate.” established and play Ahn, who won this against college players. event as a freshman It’s very different from in 2010, has steadily playing juniors.” worked to overcome Kristie Ahn All three freshmen adversity to become joined their elder teamthe leader of the Cardinal this mates — Ahn, junior Ellen Tsay season. She had sprained ankles and sophomore Krista Hardebeck and stress fractures in her foot — in reaching the fourth round of over the course of her career and the championship. was truly healthy for the first time The freshmen kept going too, right about NCAA tournament each qualifying for the quartime. terfinals, with Doyle reaching Her health was Stanford’s ad- the semifinal. All three doubles vantage in its surprise national teams, each matching a freshman championship. Ahn recorded the with a returnee, reached the quarclinching point in the Cardinal’s terfinals. 4-3 victory over Texas A&M in “They’ve all played Challengthe national title match. ers and other professional events,” Stanford, seeded 12th, became Forood said. “There’s something the lowest seeded team to win else attached when you play for a the national championship, and team. There’s a burden to that and the Cardinal needed to beat No. they are getting used to it.” 5 USC, No. 4 Georgia and No. Tsay and Davidson beat Ahn 1 Florida just to reach the title and Zhao, 8-6, in the doubles match against the third-seeded championship match. N


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slam into her chest over a 7-foot, 4-inch high net. The sophomore middle blocker has never dunked a basketball, but dunking volleyballs are easy. Ajanaku was credited with seven block assists, while senior middle blocker Carly Wopat added seven assists and one solo block as the sixth-ranked Cardinal swept visiting Oregon, 25-22, 25-13, 2522, in a Pac-12 Conference match on Wednesday night. Stanford (7-2 in the Pac-12, 14-4 overall) heads into Friday night’s 7 p.m. conference match with visiting Oregon State as the nation’s leader in blocks (3.09) per set. The Cardinal relinquished the lead to Dayton (3.07) following last weekend’s activities. The Flyers return to action on Saturday. “As a team we make sure all our skills are up to par,” Ajanaku said. “If we miss a block, we know our defensive players are there.” On one block, Ajanaku was descending and still managed to get her hands on it. “She’s a remarkable athlete,” Cardinal coach John Dunning

said. “She’s very long and she’s learning every day. She works hard at getting better.” She’s also known for her practical jokes. One recent incident, which also involved fellow sophomore Brittany Howard, had Ajanaku hiding in a large laundry basket. The duo managed to surprise several teammates as well as coach Dunning. “Physical humor is really my specialty,” Ajanaku said. “The only joke I can think of wouldn’t be appropriate.” When it comes to volleyball, the Cardinal doesn’t fool around. “We want to go out and get better as a team for the next round of games,” Ajanaku said. “We have some tests coming up at home and we want to show how well we play at home. We also need to improve on the road.” Wopat, who had 11 kills on 20 swings without an error, entered the match ranked third in the nation in hitting percentage at .480. She improved her standing after hitting .550 against the No. 20 Ducks. The Cardinal moved within a half-game of co-leaders USC and Washington, who are headed for a showdown on Sunday. N


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over him and Jefferson thought he could intercept it. Whitfield was sandwiched between the two Bruins. He jumped, reached out with one hand, somehow grabbed the ball and cradled it to his stomach as he bounced into the end zone. “That was a ‘wow’ moment,� Stanford wide receiver Jordan Pratt said. “He seems to always come up with the ball.� UCLA redshirt freshman Jerry Neuheisel, a former Loyola teammate, came up to Whitfield afterward. “He said ‘you never caught one like that for me,’� Whitfield said. Bruins’ backup safety Librado Barocio is also a former prep teammate. Whitfield’s father, former Stanford All-American tackle Bob Whitfield, was in the house. His first words to his son? “The first thing he said was ‘how did you miss that block on the 98 power?’� Whitfield said. If there’s one thing Bob Whitfield knows, it’s blocking. He made a career out of it for 16 years in the NFL, twice named all-Pro. “We talk football a lot,� Kodi said. “Especially how my blocking can improve. He can’t help with footwork, though, because he was moving backward and I’m moving forward.� When the younger Whitfield came to Stanford, Bob decided it was time to finish his degree (he declared for the NFL following his junior season) at Stanford. They were never in the same class, though other Cardinal players were classmates. “He tries to say he’s faster,� Kodi Whitfield said. “I like to say I’m smarter. He’s taken too many blows to the head.� With 11 catches, Whitfield ranks third on the team this season behind Ty Montgomery and Devon Cajuste. He gives the Cardinal an added dimension that other teams will have to start accounting for when preparing for Stanford’s passing game. “I always want to expect the ball,� Whitfield said. “I’d like to think I can catch anything. On balls thrown high, you want to get it down and tucked away so there’s no gray area.� Montgomery, sixth in the nation in all-purpose yards, continued his fabulous season. He’s averaging 80.6 receiving yards a game and has been dragging would-be tacklers along for extra yardage. “The thing with Ty is you just have to get him the ball,� Stanford coach David Shaw said. “He acts like a running back. He doesn’t want to be tackled. He’s quietly becoming one of the best players in the nation.� The ball should be in the air quite a bit at Oregon State. Beavers’ quarterback Sean Mannion leads the nation with 2,992 passing yards and 414.3 total offensive yards per game. His efficiency rating is 168.21, seventh-best in the nation.

end Ben Gardner said. “It’s going to be a great showdown.� NOTES: Shaw said Cajuste could practice later this week and play Saturday. He said an MRI on Cajuste’s right knee showed no ligament damage, and an Xray confirmed no break. Cajuste caught seven passes for 109 yards before leaving early in the fourth quarter of Stanford’s win over UCLA. Shaw also was optimistic that kicker Jordan Williamson would be ready for Oregon State after sitting out with a leg injury against UCLA. Ukropina missed a 46-yard field goal that would have given Stanford a 10-point lead with 6:24 remaining. In the first quarter, Ikropina connected from 31 yards on his first career attempt . . . Stanford is No. 6 in the first BCS poll released this week. The Cardinal is the highest-ranked one-loss team in The Associated Press and BCS polls . . . Senior running back Tyler Gaffney posted a career-high 171 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 36 attempts against UCLA. N

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