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City management lapse may have cost $281,000 New City Auditor report: Lack of oversight increased risk of ‘fraud, waste and abuse’ by Gennady Sheyner nsufficient oversight of a con- city’s contract with Casey Constructractor and poor contract man- tion, a company that dug trenches agement may have resulted in and provided underground electric the City of Palo Alto Utilities pay- work to the city between 2009 and ing roughly $281,000 more than 2012. It highlights a number of it should have, a new audit from flaws in the way the city awarded the office of Acting City Auditor and administered the contract, Houman Boussina has found. criticizes the Utilities and AdminThe audit, which was released istrative Services departments for Wednesday afternoon, targets the their failure to maintain necessary


documents and adequately monitor the work being done. “Due to inadequate documentation and the nature of the work, we were unable to provide reasonable assurance that the city paid for work that had been appropriately planned and executed under the terms and scope of the contract,” Boussina wrote. “A lack of adequate procedures and controls to manage the contract and monitor the performance of the contractor greatly increased the risk

of fraud, waste and abuse.” Boussina made four critical findings about the Utilities Department’s contract with Casey — a contract that began with a flawed bid and that ultimately spanned three years and totaled about $1.9 million. The audit found that the city did not “effectively address” the large gap between the city’s estimate for the work and Casey’s bid (which was 35 percent below the estimate); the city “did not appropriately re-

evaluate or renew the City’s contract”; the city did not enforce the billing terms on which the contract was based; and the city did not appropriately manage the contract. When the city approved the contract in August 2009, it had intended to manage most of the trenching services under “lump sum” pricing, in which a fixed rate is set for a service. The fixed prices put the burden on the con­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iʣή


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The Roller & Hapgood & Tinney funeral home in Palo Alto closed Thursday after 114 years in business. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer bought the 1.16-acre property at 980 Middlefield Road.


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he closure of Roller & Hapgood & Tinney, Palo Alto’s oldest mortuary, on Oct. 31 is a sign of a changing funeral industry, local mortuary owners said this week. With 80 percent of families choosing cremation of their loved ones over burial, land prices skyrocketing, and a trend toward full-service mortuaries at cemeteries, funeral directors said they are shrinking their facilities while trying to offer personalized services to survive the times. Family-owned Roller & Hapgood & Tinney was the city’s first funeral home. It had been located at 980 Middlefield Road since 1951. Retired cabi-

by Sue Dremann net maker Josiah Roller started the firm in 1899 after years of crafting coffins. He agreed to make the funeral arrangements for a friend whose relative had died in exchange for help establishing the Palo Alto funeral home. Frank Hapgood joined as partner in 1912, and Roller & Hapgood acquired local funeral home Tinney & Sons in 1976. Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer bought the property on Oct. 7 for an undisclosed sum, said Jim Spangler, president of Mountain View-based Spangler Mortuaries, which purchased some of Roller’s business assets.

In a press release, mortuary owner Paul Roller commented on the sale: “The property value in Palo Alto is so great it can no longer justify use as a funeral home.” John O’Connor, funeral director of Menlo Park Funerals, has known the Roller family for many years. Roller & Hapgood faced pressure to stay relevant in today’s funeral market, and ultimately, it made more sense to sell the property for millions, he said — “which they did.” But the high cost of Palo Alto and Menlo Park land is only part of the reason for Roller ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iʙ®

aced with a long wish list, a tight deadline and disagreements within its own ranks, the Palo Alto City Council agreed on Monday to conduct more polls before making any decisions on mounting a 2014 ballot measure to pay for citywide infrastructure fixes. The council went ahead with the recommendations of its fourmember Infrastructure Committee, but not without scathing criticism from Councilman Pat Burt, who argued that the full council should have a greater role in the process. The surveys will explore five different revenue-raising ideas: an increase in the city’s hotel tax, a sales-tax increase, creation of Mello-Roos districts to pay for new garages, and two separate bond packages, one focusing on public safety and another centering on transportation. Burt argued Monday that the committee’s specific recommendation of the five revenue options effectively left the council-atlarge out of the discussion and unnecessarily limits potential revenue sources. “I think the way that the polling is being groomed is making some de facto policy decisions,” Burt said, questioning the power of the advisory committee. Though Burt voted with the 6-1 majority (with Greg Schmid dissenting and Gail Price and Karen Holman absent), it was only after his colleagues agreed to add language specifying that the full council, and not just the committee, will get to dis-

cuss the poll results and that full council will have the discretion to consider alternative revenue sources to the ones proposed by the committee. Schmid, for his part, argued the city hasn’t provided the public with enough “contextual information” to make informed decisions on the survey questions. The city’s infrastructure wish list comprises about $200 million in projects, with the police building estimated at $57 million and two new fire stations (to replace the two obsolete ones near Mitchell and Rinconada parks) estimated at $14.2 million. Other big-ticket items on the list include a package of bike and pedestrian projects ($25 million), deferred park maintenance ($8.9 million) and an upgraded Animal Services Center ($6.9 million). Burt also leveled criticism Monday at the proposed Mello-Roos districts, which allow the city to levy different assessments on different types of property owners. He characterized the Mello-Roos concept as one “being driven by individual preferences of members of the committee, and not the council as a whole.” He singled out Mayor Greg Scharff, who voiced a willingness to explore MelloRoos districts during the last two committee meetings. Scharff briefly interrupted Burt to defend himself, characterizing Burt’s comment as “an ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£ä®

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Maybe we should blow it up and start over again. —John Hennessy, Stanford University president, on how the system of funding a school district with city property taxes engenders inequality. See story on page 7.

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COMMERCIALIZE THIS! ... The City Council swiftly put the kibosh on a proposal to place a city-owned digital billboard in Palo Alto in order to help raise up to $1 million for infrastructure fixes that plague the city. The idea became unpopular with residents almost as quickly as it was proposed, and the council voted 7-0 with Karen Holman and Gail Price absent to strike it from the books entirely. But before they could, they got an earful from residents, both in person and through numerous letters. There was much weeping and gnashing of teeth by letter writers and vengeful Town Square commenters on who complained that the idea didn’t fit the character of Palo Alto, decried the vapid and garish nature of the signs, and bemoaned the disruptive effect the sign’s presence would have on views of the picturesque Baylands and East Bay Hills. Annette Glanckopf, vice chair of the Midtown Residents Association, said: “This is a serious step in commercialization of Palo Alto, with a slippery slope.” City Manager James Keene was quick to point out that the proposal was, in fact, only a proposal and served to identify ways the city could theoretically make money for pricey improvements — like a new public-safety building. “This really is just a matter of leaving no stone unturned in a sense, as far as presenting ideas to the council,” he said. The council’s strong and unanimous reaction quickly put residents’ anxieties to rest. So did Keene’s assurance to Mayor Greg Scharff at the conclusion of Monday’s quick discussion. “Just so we’re clear with this, Mr. Mayor: We’re done with this forever,” Keene said. CHALKBOARDS ... THE NEXT GENERATION ... If sometime in January you’re confronted by a giant “smart screen” at a local library or community center and questioned about Palo Alto values, don’t be confused or alarmed. The big screens are one of three channels that the city is proposing to reach out to the community before the City Council adopts the city’s “core values” at its retreat early next year (the other two channels are Open City Hall, a website that allows users to comment on main agenda actions, and a video of Palo Altans talking about values).

The outreach was prompted by the council’s recent decision to reform its priority-setting process. In the past, official “priorities” included such feel-good-but-hardto-define items as “civic engagement” and “youth well-being.” This year, the council agreed to limit its list to priorities that are “actionable” and that take no more than three years to achieve. On a parallel track, council members agreed to come up with a list of “core values” that would be more permanent in nature, addressing things like environmental sustainability and the government’s responsiveness to its citizens. Hence, the giant smart screens, which according to the report would be “50 inch and bigger” and that would “allow users to write on the screen, erase and save their work.” Staff proposes to install two or three screens at various locations, including City Hall and possibly local libraries and community centers. If electronic boards prove too burdensome, staff would pursue the cheaper approach known all too well to local startups. “A lowtechnology alternative could be the placement of traditional white boards at various locations to capture community interest,” the staff report states. PALY GETS PUBLISHED ... Several Palo Alto High School photography students made a splash in October when their photos were published on Lens, The New York Times’ photography blog. This year, teacher Margo Wixsom required all of her students to submit photos to Lens for the blog’s “My Hometown” contest, which set out to answer the question, “What does America look like to young people today?” The Times asked high schoolers across the country to submit photos of their lives and communities Paly photogs submitted tech-centric photos (one that got on the blog shows a student’s parents and siblings all completely absorbed on their Apple devices, standing outside the Stanford Shopping Center Apple store) as well as scenes from the Baylands, local parks, the California Avenue Farmers Market and more. Some students’ photos were selected to be archived in the Library of Congress (as photos from the Farm Security Administration project were in their time, too). N


Stanford’s Hennessy questions California teacher tenure laws Panelists also decry ‘crazy, immoral’ inequities in school funding by Chris Kenrick


tanford University President John Hennessy this week questioned why California grants job tenure to K-12 teachers after only two years of teaching. “How can we give tenure at two years when it’s simply too early to make that judgment (of whether someone is a good teacher)?� Hennessy asked. “Why do we encode this in law? We don’t do that for any other profession.� Hennessy spoke in a panel discussion Tuesday convened by the Stanford Pre-Education Society, a club of undergraduates interested in pursuing education careers. Society president and moderator Julia Quintero, a history and human biology major who aspires to be a teacher, introduced the session, saying that “careers in education are often overlooked by students at elite institutions like Stanford. We’re here to change that.� She asked panelists to address what the U.S. can do to “attract the brightest students to careers in education, especially teaching.� “We as a society need to change to make (teaching) a high-status profession,� Hennessy said. He noted that “many people who go into teaching careers (in the U.S.) come from the lower third of their college class� while “in the rest of the world they come from the top third� — and in high-performing Finland, teachers earn as much as doctors. “We need to put more value on (teaching),� he said. “In the United States, let’s face it, the salary you earn says something about how important your profession is.�

Panelist Michael Kirst, a retired Stanford professor and current chairman of California’s State Board of Education, called the state’s tenure law “a historical artifact� of an era when the Legislature enacted job protections because teachers were not permitted to unionize. “When collective bargaining came (in 1975) we didn’t repeal those (tenure and job-security) laws, we just piled the collective bargaining on top of the existing laws and have been unable politically — either by votes of the Legislature or by the people — to change this around,� Kirst said, agreeing that two years is “too early� to determine tenure. But an initiative by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to extend the probationary period before tenure from two years to five years (Proposition 74 in 2005) was soundly defeated, he noted. More than 60 percent of California’s 310,000 public-school teachers now come from the California State University system — schools like San Jose State University that originally were founded as teachers’ colleges, Kirst said. Another 20 percent to 25 percent come from “a set of for-profit, non-selective institutions,� he said. “Selective institutions like Santa Clara University, UC and Stanford are 10 percent to 15 percent of our supply,� Kirst said. State education leaders are looking at reforms that would place greater emphasis on having teaching students demonstrate their skills rather than just spend

time in the classroom, he said. Hennessy said many teachereducation programs across the country spend less money perstudent than they spend on almost any other major in the university. “We’re sending a message right there about the importance of this profession,� he said. Program costs are low, he said, because most students sit in the college classroom, and “That’s exactly the wrong thing to do.� He said an exception is the

‘How can we give tenure at two years when it’s simply too early to make that judgment (of whether someone is a good teacher)?’ —John Hennessy, president, Stanford University 12-month Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP), which interweaves instruction with hands-on teaching experience and leads to a master’s degree and preliminary California teaching credential. A recent survey of STEP graduates from 2002 to 2011 indicated that 75 percent of them are still working in K-12 classrooms — far better than the oft-cited 50 percent to 60 percent overall retention rate of teachers after five years, STEP Director Rachel Lotan said. Claude Steele, Stanford Graduate


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School of Education dean, cited his school’s outreach efforts that expose undergraduates to careers in education, including a theme house focused on education and society and an education minor. “We hope that helps make (education) a kind of normative, even a cool thing to do,� Steele said. Though Steele said his feelings about Teach for America — a national nonprofit that places young college graduates in some of the nation’s most challenging, low-income classrooms for two years — are “very mixed� and “complex,� he said the sought-after program has motivated people to pursue education careers. Kirst said California desperately needs Spanish-speaking teachers and those prepared to handle a growing wave of students with autism. When he first served on the State Board of Education in 1982, special education was 11 percent of operating expenditures and now it’s 22 percent, he said. Of the 6.2 million children in California, 53 percent are Latino and 1.6 million of them “cannot function in English in the classroom.� Hopeful news for aspiring teachers lies in the new Common Core State Standards now being implemented in California and most other states, Kirst said. “It’s a much higher and deeper curriculum and one that teachers want to teach to,� Kirst said, citing a survey that found that 73 percent of teachers nationwide are enthusiastic about Common Core.

“It will end the sole reliance we now have in California on the fillin-the-bubble exam and closedend questions ... which has led to scripted textbooks and scripted lessons for teachers.� Hennessy and Steele said teachers have unfairly been made scapegoats as national resources have been diverted from the young to the old. “We’re spending more and more on health care entitlement programs. We’ve driven down the poverty level of old people ... but we’ve driven up the poverty level of young people. ... We’ve got to redress this imbalance, and if we don’t, we won’t be the country we aspire to be,� Hennessy said. All four panelists decried funding inequities in California public education. “A beginning teacher’s salary is $38,000 in Oakland; in San Francisco it’s $48,000, and in Mountain View-Los Altos it’s $60,000,� Lotan said. “That’s wrong; that’s immoral. ... That should not be.� Hennessy said teachers working with struggling, low-income students should be paid more than other teachers, not less. “How did we ever get into this crazy situation where taxes support school districts so there’s an attachment between the neighborhood you live in and the quality of your school? “It’s a crazy system, and maybe we should blow it up and start over again,� he said. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@

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ommuting by train may be on the rise in job-rich Palo Alto, but when the City Council meets on Monday to discuss the local rail line, its focus will be on burying Caltrain, not to praising it. Specifically, the council will consider commissioning a study to evaluate the cost of digging a trench for Caltrain between San Antonio Road and Matadero Creek. The study would also evaluate the costs of submerging the roadways at Churchill Avenue, Meadow Drive and Charleston Road as they cross the railroad tracks, while leaving the Alma Street intersection at grade. The idea of separating roadways from the tracks has been lingering in the background for years but has become more prom-

inent since 2009. The prospect of a high-speed rail system getting built between San Francisco and Los Angeles has prompted serious conversations about train alignments, with many local residents and council members urging an underground system for the new trains. The California High-Speed Rail Authority has been loathe to commit to such a system, though, citing high costs and engineering complications. The design currently on the table has high-speed rail and Caltrain sharing two tracks on the Peninsula. Yet the prospects of underpasses and trenching continue to tickle the imaginations of Palo Alto officials and residents, many of whom remain concerned about the dangers of trains and cars both running at street level.

While most experts acknowledge that grade separations would be expensive and complicated, reliable cost estimates have been hard to come by. In 2011, the firm Hatch Mott McDonald estimated that the cost of building a 4-mile, two-track trench from one end of Palo Alto to another would cost in the ballpark of $500 million to $650 million. That study did not, however, consider such factors as shoe-fly tracks (those set up for temporary use) or temporary road construction and did not look at underpasses. The new $127,550 study, which the council’s Rail Committee had approved by a 3-1 vote on Aug. 22, with Councilman Larry Klein dissent(continued on page ££)

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tor of planning and community environment. “Any new development would need to go through a re-zoning process — Planning and Transportation Commission review and City Council approval required,” he said. In addition to 980 Addison, the entire block — bounded by Middlefield, Addi- Marissa Mayer son, Webster Street and Channing Avenue — has been zoned as “planned community,” including an adjacent PC zone for the Webster Wood Apartments for low-income families. But the city’s Comprehensive


is $7,000, he noted. “The difference is $17,000 against $2,500. It’s a vast difference,” he said. The Roman Catholic Church is also affecting traditional funeral homes by getting into the funeral business, he said. “Catholic churches in some states have funeral homes in their cemeteries,” he said.


& Hapgood’s demise, he said. People are changing how they are being buried and where they have services, he said. O’Connor has been a licensed funeral director for 50 years and a funeral director in Menlo Park for 25 years. He once had a 7,000-square-foot facility near downtown Menlo Park. In the 1980s, cremations constituted 20 percent of his business, but they jumped to 50 percent within 10 years, he said. “We were no longer doing two to three funerals a night with services in two to three chapels, so we downsized to 3,000 square feet,” he said. When cremation rates again rose he retired and sold the business, he said. O’Connor took an extended trip around the world for eight years. He returned to the business in 2010 after people complained of the void in Menlo Park. Now, cremations constitute 80 percent, he said. “Funeral directors ask me, ‘John, what the hell is going on in California?’ I don’t have an answer,” he said, noting that in other parts of the country, the cremation rate is 20 percent, he said. Most people in Palo Alto and Menlo Park can afford a traditional funeral, so O’Connor doesn’t think the change is due to money. But the difference in costs might be enticing. A cemetery plot costs $10,000; the price tag for scattering ashes by air or sea is $500. O’Connor charges $2,000 for a cremation. A traditional funeral, according to AARP,

‘We were no longer doing two to three funerals a night with services in two to three chapels, so we downsized to 3,000 square feet.’ —John O’Connor, funeral director, Menlo Park Funerals Catholic churches are also building wall niches in new churches to accommodate parishioners’ cremated remains, he said. Jim Spangler moved into O’Connor’s 7,000-square-foot Menlo Park space after O’Connor downsized. In 2009, when Spangler’s rent tripled, he closed the funeral home. Now his staff meets with families at their homes to make arrangements, and the firm works collaboratively with some local churches. O’Connor’s business model has also dramatically changed since returning to funeral directing. He works from a 500-square-foot office on Chestnut Street, and he answers his cell phone at any time of


ahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is the new owner of the property that housed the now-closed Roller & Hapgood & Tinney funeral home, sources at the mortuary told the Palo Alto Weekly, which first reported the story, on Monday. The 1.16-acre property at 980 Middlefield Road, at the corner of Addison Avenue, is located a block east of Mayer’s Addison home and across the street from Addison Elementary School. Speculation has abounded this week as to what Mayer plans to do with the property. But she has stayed mum on the purchase and her plans for the corner lot. The site is currently zoned “planned community” (PC) and allows only a commercial funeralhome to use the land, said Aaron Aknin, Palo Alto’s assistant direc-

Plan has designated the area for “multi-family use,” which allows between 8 and 40 housing units per acre depending on the zoning. On June 26, 2012, a city staff report identified the funeral-home property as a potential site for up to 21 residences. The corner lot is, however, across the street from blocks designated for single-family homes. It is also one block away on Addison from single-family residences. The land deal closed Oct. 7, according to Jim Spangler, president of Mountain View-based Spangler Mortuaries, which purchased Roller & Hapgood & Tinney’s business assets. Mayer’s current 5,600-squarefoot home, on 0.3 acres, was the site of a Democratic fundraising dinner with President Barack Obama in October 2010. N

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the day or night. Marilyn Talbot, general manager at Palo Alto’s Alta Mesa Memorial Park, which includes the city’s sole remaining mortuary, said the full-service funeral home was added in 2010, including a chapel and reception area where people can order or bring catered food. “The trend is that people want to go to one place instead of a lot of different places,” she said. People also expect and want technology to play a role in funerals, Talbot said. Alta Mesa offers tribute videos, memorial websites and live funeral webcasting. Since many family members live out of the country and can’t attend a funeral, Alta Mesa’s chapel has a huge drop-down screen so all parties can see each other. “People have live-streamed services all over the world,” she said. As for Roller & Hapgood & Tinney, Spangler said, families can continue to use the firm’s phone number or visit its website. Persons wanting to view family funeral records and consult on prearrangements made with Roller & Hapgood can contact Spangler at 650-967-5546. Spangler has offices in Los Altos, Mountain View and Sunnyvale. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

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City Council (Oct. 28) Infrastructure: The council authorized polling for five possible revenue measures that would appear on the November 2014 ballot: a hotel-tax increase, a sales-tax increase, Mello-Roos districts and bond packages focusing on transportation and public safety, respectively. Yes: Berman, Burt, Klein, Kniss, Scharff, Shepherd No: Schmid Absent: Holman, Price Billboard: The council directed staff not to proceed any further with a proposed digital billboard along U.S. Highway 101. Yes: Berman, Burt, Klein, Kniss, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd Absent: Holman, Price Technology: The council directed staff to proceed with two master plans, one for creation of a “fiber to the premise� system and another for a citywide wireless plan. Yes: Berman, Burt, Klein, Kniss, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd Absent: Holman, Price



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News Digest Suspect at large in downtown robbery Palo Alto police are looking for one of three suspects who beat up, robbed and threatened to stab a man on Hamilton Avenue on Tuesday night. The strong-arm robbery occurred at around 11:30 p.m. on the 400 block of Hamilton Avenue, between Waverley and Cowper streets. Police said the victim, a man in his 30s, was walking west on Hamilton when a man jumped onto his back, knocking him to the ground. Three people then surrounded him, punched him in the face and possibly kicked him, police said. One suspect allegedly threatened to stab the victim and demanded his property. The man handed over his cell phone and credit cards, and the three attackers walked away. After the robbery, the victim ran two blocks to the police department to report the robbery. Palo Alto police immediately went to the site but could not find the robbers. They relayed the robbers’ descriptions to nearby agencies. Within the hour, a Menlo Park officer who heard the descriptions spotted three individuals who matched them in East Palo Alto, at the intersection of Manhattan Avenue and O’Connor Street. When he approached them, one of the three ran away, police said. The other two, both 16-year-old residents of East Palo Alto, were detained and arrested for robbery after the victim’s property was found in their possession. Both were booked at the Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall. The third suspect remains at large, police said. He was described as a black male, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a medium build and wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt. Anyone with information about the robbery may call the department’s 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. — Gennady Sheyner

Teachers get 4 percent raise in tentative pact Palo Alto teachers this year will get a 4 percent raise along with a onetime bonus of 2 percent under a tentative collective-bargaining agreement between the Palo Alto Unified School District and the Palo Alto Educators Association. The raise comes atop a 3 percent salary boost and 1.5 percent bonus given last year — the first raise since 2007-08. The raise is subject to union ratification and approval by the Board of Education. Teachers agreed to absorb 75 percent of this year’s increase in health care costs, which amounted to more than $1 million for calendar year 2014, the district said. The raise announced Wednesday would boost the pay of a beginning teacher from the current $53,000 to about $55,000. Additional costs to the school district include some $13,000 in health benefits and 12.5 percent contributions to the California State Teachers Retirement System. Palo Alto’s average teacher salary of $85,721 (before last year’s raise) ranked fifth among averages in nine nearby school districts, according to a comparison by EdData, which publishes fiscal, demographic and performance data about California’s K-12 public schools. Salaries and benefits consume about 84 percent of the district’s operating budget. Wednesday’s announcement contained no information on raises for non-teaching staff or management, but raises for those groups previously has tracked those of teachers. — Chris Kenrick

Planning for the future of East Palo Alto As East Palo Alto begins to look at how it will update the plan that guides everything from land use to employment, the city is calling on residents to participate in the process and share their input during two community meetings to be held in November. The city’s General Plan is a state-mandated document that the city will use over the course of 20 years to prioritize issues that affect the community, such as development and affordable housing. The plan, called Vista, is slated to be completed in 2015. The first meeting will include presentations on the state of the neighborhoods located to the west of U.S. Highway 101. Community members will discuss their visions for the area. This meeting will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel ballroom, 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto. Spanish translation, child care and refreshments will be provided. A following Nov. 23 meeting will include a broader look at the general plan and will be presented as a workshop. Interested community members can visit the East Palo Alto General Plan Update website at to get more information, sign up for email alerts, and get the schedule for future workshops and meetings. — Eric Van Susteren

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ing, would be more refined and based on a new set of assumptions. The 2011 study used data supplied by the California HighSpeed Rail Authority. The new one will use “current and local construction cost information” based on information obtained about BART and other similar projects. “The recent and local data is more relevant for Peninsula/ South Bay purposes, compared to the CHSRA information which was primarily based on statewide averages,” a report from the Office of City Manager’s Office states. At the Aug. 22 meeting, members of the Rail Committee emphasized the study would be a useful tool for educating the public about trenching alternatives and for enhancing the city’s ability to lobby for grade separation. Councilwoman Liz Kniss and Vice Mayor Nancy Shepherd both cited local anxieties about having trains and cars remain at street level. This could become a bigger issue in the coming years, as the Caltrain system becomes electrified and more trains are added. The city’s station at University Avenue is already the secondbusiest in the system, behind San Francisco’s. Klein argued against the study, citing the earlier study and arguing that the city should not spend any money on a project that is so uncertain. He also argued that studying trenching in only the south end of the city would violate the city’s guiding principle to treat all areas of the city the same (staff is recommending not studying trenching for the entire corridor because of the complexity of burying the tracks around the San Francisquito Creek, at the northern border). “It just doesn’t make any sense to go further,” Klein said. Councilman Pat Burt disagreed and joined Kniss and Shepherd in arguing that the study will provide much-needed information that would strengthen the city’s ability to seek funds for grade separation. “I think, like we’ve seen in other projects, there are possibilities long term for much greater funding that we might envision or see available at the present time,” Burt said, citing possible funds to stem major impacts of train projects. Shepherd said it would also be helpful to provide the community with more information about what it would take to create underpasses or to put the rail line in a trench. “There still is angst and there is uncertainty in the community,” Shepherd said. “I think this will allow us to get a little closer to certainty and feasibility.” N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

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Police search for witnesses East Palo Alto police are still trying to determine a motive in a Tuesday evening shooting that left three city residents suffering from gunshot wounds, a police officer said today. (Posted Oct. 31, 8:58 a.m.)

Citywide fiber plan moves ahead The good news for Palo Alto’s technophiles is that if all goes as planned, construction of a long-sought, citywide ultra-high-speed Internet network could begin by the end of next year. The bad news is that so far, in the city’s frustrating slog toward what is known as “Fiber to the Premise,� almost nothing has gone as planned. (Posted Oct. 30, 9:55 a.m.)



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tractor to contain costs and are thus considered a low-risk strategy for the city, the audit notes. But in the end, only 19 percent of the $1.9 million that the city paid to Casey was based on fixed prices. About $1.4 million, or 74 percent, was based on “optional bid line items,” for which the contractor charges the city based on time and material expenses. As Boussina points out, such contracts provide “no positive incentive to the contractor for cost control or labor efficiency, requiring additional controls to ensure efficient methods and effective cost controls are being used.” Another $144,141 was spent on items “not identified by any line item in the contract.” Tomm Marshall, assistant director of engineering in the Utilities Department, said this sum was spent on an excavator that was needed for a project. Utilities and Administrative Services officials acknowledged on Wednesday that the city’s contract-administration process needs improvement and outlined their strategy for addressing the auditor’s recommendation. These include enhanced training procedures for contract management, staffing changes to ensure more contract oversight, better use of technology and more stringent record keeping. In the Utilities Department’s engineering division, which was the target of the audit, one position has already been reclassified and charged with contract administration, Marshall said. Utilities Director Valerie Fong said some of these initiatives had been launched even before the audit. She acknowledged that there had been “procedural lapses” in the department’s contract administration, but stressed that these mistakes “did not in any way diminish the value of the services that we needed and paid for under the contract.” “We really do recognize that contract administration is extremely important and we are really committed to improving our processes, our procedures and our training to ensure contracts are properly executed and administered,” Fong said. Some of the reasons for the inadequate oversight had to do with inexperienced staff, she said. Over the past four years, the engineering and operations divisions have seen a 40 percent turnover. This was partly because of the council’s decision in the economic downturn to reform the city’s pension formula and require a greater contribution from employees. One of the unintended consequences was a spike in retirements and a resulting loss of workers with decades of experience. “As a result, we had staff who were not necessarily fully trained in every aspect of contract management,” Fong said. At the same time, with construction projects ramping up again as the economy revived, the city saw

more demand for underground utilities work, officials said. The higher-than-expected number of customers surpassed the staff’s estimate and prompted a gradual switch from the safer “lump sum” methodology to the “time and materials” one that favored the contractor, Marshall said. The contract effectively became an “ad hoc” agreement based on customer requests, he said. The city’s agreement with Casey was made despite the contractor’s admission that its bid, while low, was based on flawed assumptions. In particular, Casey didn’t factor in a provision having to do with paving, said Lalo Perez, the city’s chief finance officer. Nevertheless, after city officials spoke to Casey and explained this provision, Casey agreed to honor its contract and abide by its terms. The audit suggests that the city’s decision to award the bid despite the early errors may have contributed to the complications that occurred down the road. “Based on available evidence, including correspondence with Casey staff and actual Casey contract billings, we conclude that while the city awarded the contract to the lowest bidder, it did not award the contract to the lowest responsible and responsive bidder, which may have resulted in additional costs of approximately $281,000,” the audit states.

The figure assumes that the city would have awarded the contract to the second-lowest bidder and that this bidder would have been monitored and would have performed a similar amount of work. The audit faults staff for not accurately communicating to the City Council the reasons for the low bid or why the city was awarding the contract to Casey despite the flaws. Furthermore, the audit found that the city had authorized $1.7 million of its $1.9 million to Casey without a “valid, renewed contract.” Rather than reissuing the contract every year, as specified in the 2009 agreement with Casey, the city used a less stringent “purchase requisition” procedure that automatically extended the conditions. In a response to the audit, prepared by Perez and Fong on behalf of City Manager James Keene, they acknowledged the contract “required more diligent management” and that construction work was not well-documented. “In the future, staff responsible for contract and project management will follow the procedures as outlined in the contract, including a formal evaluation of the contractor’s performance, contract compliance, and responsiveness within 12 months at a minimum,” they wrote. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

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A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to hold a study session with Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian; consider commissioning a study focusing on trenching and grade separation along the Caltrain corridor; and discuss a public outreach plan for adoption of the city’s “core values.” The session with Simitian will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). A regular meeting will follow in the Council Chambers. BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will consider staff recommendations for $1.9 million in school “program additions” for the 2013-14 school year. The board also will hear a report from the citizens’ committee overseeing $378 million in construction spending under the 2008 “Strong Schools” facilities bond, as well as an outside auditor’s report on the bond spending. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the boardroom of school district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.). COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the audit of contract oversight in the Utilities Department’s trenching and electric substructure operation; the city’s development-impact fees; and the city’s cost-recovery policy. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board plans to review 1027 Bryant St., an application by Fergus Garber Young Architects on behalf of John Tarlton and Jennifer Deerborn, for a redesign of a multi-family building that was originally constructed in 1898 and that is located in the Professorville National Register Historic District. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). UTILITIES ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hear a presentation on the city’s plans for additional renewable energy projects; discuss modifications to rate schedules; and hear updates on PaloAltoCLEAN and on the semi-annual strategic plan. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to review 429 University Ave., a proposal by Hayes Group Architects on behalf of Kipling Post LP for a four-story building with ground-floor retail, two floors of office and one floor of residential. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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POLICE CALLS Palo Alto Oct. 22-29 Violence related Assault w/ a deadly weapon. . . . . . . . . 1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Checks forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . . 4 Hit and run: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Lost/stolen plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Vehicle accident/mnr. injury . . . . . . . . 10 Vehicle accident/prop. damage 9 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Vehicle stored . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Open container. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . 1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Other/misc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 3 Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Sick & cared for . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Menlo Park Oct. 22-28 Violence related Assault w/ a deadly weapon . . . . . . . . 2 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Sexual assault. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Spousal abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Shoplifter in custody . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Driving w/ suspended license. . . . . . . . 5 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle accident/mjr. injury . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/mnr. injury . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . . 6 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle tampering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Bicycle accident/mnr. injury . . . . . . . . . 1 Alcohol or drug related Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Drug registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Info. case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Located missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Threats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Domestic dispute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Parole violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Hour hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Gang info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1



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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.

THE FACTS 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 FALSE. All age-restricted senior housing in Palo Alto exists under the PC zone. The PC also mandates affordability. build affordable senior housing and is an abuse of PC zoning. 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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Editorial Mercifully, election day cometh Campaign tactics and emotion marred Measure D debate from the start


n a community that prides itself on both its intelligence and the ability to debate issues at a high level, the campaign over Measure D has not been our best work. The ballot measure allows voters to decide if the City Council made the right decision in unanimously approving a zoning change to permit the development of a four-story, 60-unit lowincome apartment building and 12 houses on Maybell and Clemo avenues, across from Briones Park on the southern edge of the city’s Barron Park neighborhood. The referendum is the only item on the ballot for Palo Alto residents, and an expected low turnout means the outcome will depend on which side can do a better job of turning out its supporters. A “yes” vote upholds the City Council’s rezoning of the 2.5-acre property, now the site of four homes and an orchard, so that the Palo Alto Housing Corporation can proceed with its plan. A “no” vote keeps the zoning as is, retaining four two-family homes on Maybell and permitting a number of possible options, including new homes, condominiums or apartments on the remainder of the property. The bitterness and anger of the campaign, fueled mostly by the neighbors who gathered the 4,000 signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot and felt ignored and disrespected by the city and the Housing Corporation from the start, resulted in an ongoing whirlwind of assertions that too often were distortions and exaggerations. And for their part, the nonprofit Housing Corporation and the city officials who rallied around it to support Measure D have been unable to clearly document and indisputably prove their key point: that defeating Measure D will actually result in a worse and more intensive development than the project being proposed. A barrage of campaign mailings extol the value and need for senior housing. Sadly, the campaign has pitted friends against each other, divided the Barron Park neighborhood and tapped into a festering unease in the community about how zoning decisions are made, who pays the price and who benefits. The Weekly urged a “no” vote on Measure D (see our Oct. 18 editorial), primarily because we believe the City Council failed to strike the appropriate balance between mitigating the impacts on the neighborhood and the Housing Corporation’s desire to maximize its returns in selling half the site to a private home developer. In not recognizing the potential for conflict early on and taking steps to forge compromise, the city and Housing Corporation mistakenly sowed the seeds for this bitter contest and emboldened opponents. Hopefully, whether Measure D passes or is defeated, both sides will be able to put the emotions of the campaign behind them and unite behind a common goal of supporting the creation of more affordable housing for seniors.

Too glitzy for Palo Alto In a flash, digital billboard idea panned and discarded


nce in awhile an idea comes along that is so outlandish that everyone runs away from it as fast as possible. That was the case Monday night, when Mayor Greg Scharff and his colleagues disposed of a loser of an idea in record time. Even calling this a “proposal” is probably unfair to the city staff, which asked for “direction” from the Council on a moneymaking endeavor that first surfaced when the Great Recession was severely impacting city finances and all potential revenue angles were being pursued. The staff dutifully looked into operating an electronic billboard on city property along the highway, estimating that it was located in such a prime spot it might generate $1 million a year in advertising revenue. The idea was immediately ridiculed by residents on Palo Alto Online’s Town Square forum, and Council members got an earful through letters and emails. Why the Mayor and City Manager ever allowed this item to even come before the Council is bewildering. Perhaps they were just looking for something to lighten up the evening. But next time a dumb idea comes along, let’s not waste the time.

Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Evaluate the facts Editor, The opponents of Measure D claim that under existing zoning, 41 affordable homes could be built on the site next to the four existing market-rate homes. This is simply not true. Affordable housing projects cannot be financed at such a low density. Nor can existing zoning guarantee that any units will be permanently affordable for low-income seniors. The City Council’s zoning decision is the only legal tool to ensure the 60 Maybell apartments remain affordable and age-restricted for seniors in perpetuity. As people learn more about Measure D between now and Nov. 5, and they hear arguments on both sides of this issue, I would only ask that they evaluate the facts of the Maybell project and this project alone. If they agree we need more affordable senior housing, then I urge them to vote “yes” on Measure D. Craig Bright Alma Street, Palo Alto

Reasons for “yes” Editor, Vote “yes” for affordable senior independent housing. That’s yes to 60 housing units that will shelter low-income people age 62 and older. There are many types of housing specifically for people who are 62 and older. The Maybell development is a rental project whose rents are being kept low through several funding sources. This is an independent development meaning that the residents provide their own care or make arrangements themselves for additional care if needed. This is not assisted living. Vote “yes” for well-planned housing. These 60 small units are located directly behind the 100foot-tall Tan Apartments complex. The 50-foot height of the building is a transition to the 30foot standard height of the twostory single-family units that face Maybell Ave. A transition down in height is good zoning. Vote “yes” for an excellent nonprofit manager of affordable apartments. The reputation of Palo Alto Housing Corporation is among the best. Their units are kept in excellent condition. Vote “yes” because funding for senior units is difficult to obtain. There is competition to fund our many community needs. The city dedicated money from the Stanford Hospital expansion that should have gone to affordable housing, into youth services and infrastructure. If the Weekly knows of other money that can be used to fund affordable housing

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please find it! Let us celebrate a creative solution to providing senior affordable housing units. Vote “yes” on Measure D! Phyllis C. Cassel Wellsbury Way, Palo Alto

Zoning for sale Editor, In 2009, when running for city council, Mayor Scharff said that “Planned Community zoning has the advantage of requiring the developer to give something to benefit the community.” The mayor has unusual standards as to what constitutes a “benefit.” In May 2012, Scharff was one of seven council members who voted in favor of the Lytton Gateway project, calling the building itself a benefit: “I think this is a prime site and having an office building — a Gateway project — is itself a public benefit.” Councilwoman Nancy Shepherd agreed, saying the building itself was a contributor to the public-benefit package. Back in the 1990s, council member Micki Schneider said that PC zoning allowed developers to benefit at the city’s expense. Another council member at the time, Ron Andersen, said it was “zoning for sale.” More recently, Councilwoman Liz Kniss said developers gained too much at the public’s expense and PC zoning was one of the biggest issues raised during her council campaign. In March of this year Planning Commissioners Martinez, Michael and Alcheck called for major changes to planned-community zoning, calling the existing process “the greatest challenge to land-use planning in Palo Alto today.” With all the talk, it took the Maybell community to finally stand up and say, “No more rezoning!” As the owner of a Palo Alto home in which a family member lives, I urge people to vote against Measure D. Pat Marriott Oakhurst Avenue, Los Altos

A godsend for seniors Editor, There are many senior and retired couples living on fixed incomes in Palo Alto who have children and grandchildren living in the area. When the rents exceed their income, and they certainly will, where are they going to live? Palo Alto would not be an option for them. They would be forced to get out of town. There are also seniors, who have lived and worked in Palo Alto for

many years and who have established a network of friends, and relationships, for whom it would be very stressful to move away and start a new life. Do we want our city to be a place where only young professionals and the very wealthy can live? For many seniors, these 60 new belowmarket units would be a godsend. Vote “yes” on Measure D. Linda Lopez Otero Curtner Avenue, Palo Alto

More affordable housing Editor, We are all residents of Barron Park, and the Maybell affordable senior apartment project is in our neighborhood. In fact, one of us lives on the same block. We fully support this project, and we will all be voting “yes” on Measure D. We can all agree that Palo Alto is not the same place it was 10, or 20, or 30 years ago when many of us moved here. Progress is inevitable, and we empathize with the growing concern about the pace of development, traffic congestion and overall impacts to our quality of life. But the fact remains Measure D is about one thing and one thing only — the ability to build 60 much-needed affordable senior apartments and 12 single-family homes on a large parcel of land at the corner of Maybell and Clemo avenues in our neighborhood. Here are some of the reasons why we support Measure D: - Building this project will allow Palo Alto seniors on fixed incomes to remain close to their families and in the community they call home. - The need for affordable senior housing in Palo Alto is well-documented and undeniable. - Maybe someday our parents or one of us may need a safe, affordable place to call home. - We have carefully evaluated this project from a neighborhood and quality-of-life perspective and we support it. So if people agree Palo Alto needs more affordable housing for senior residents, then we hope they will join us in voting “yes” on Measure D. Don Anderson Alta Mesa Avenue, Palo Alto Trina Lovercheck McGregor Way, Palo Alto Lynnie Melena Magnolia Drive, Palo Alto

A better place with D Editor, I have lived in downtown Palo Alto for many years. There have been many changes over these years: some good, some bad. I appreciate the increased vitality of our downtown; I don’t like the

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Guest Opinion

Senior citizens counting on ‘yes’ vote for Measure D by Lisa Ratner and Jean Dawes Editor’s note: On Oct. 11, the Weekly editorialized against Measure D and argued that the City Council had struck the wrong balance in rezoning the land to allow development of a low-income senior housing project proposed by the Palo Alto Housing Corporation. This guest opinion, submitted by the Housing Corporation, is in response to that editorial. easure D has generated debate about the future of Palo Alto, our values and the impacts of new development throughout our city on traffic and parking. But what is really at stake is the ability of low-income seniors to stay in the community they call home. Your vote will be the difference between 60 lowincome seniors having an affordable, safe home — or not. Voting yes on Measure D will allow the construction of 60 one-bedroom affordable apartments for low-income seniors by the nonprofit Palo Alto Housing Corporation and allow the sale of 12 single-family lots to generate funds to pay for the land and build the affordable senior housing. It will affirm the City Council’s unanimous decision to rezone two parcels on Maybell and Clemo (zoned RM15 and R2), adjacent to two existing apartment complexes. And, it will legally ensure that the apartments remain affordable for low-income seniors only. Voting no on Measure D will mean that 60 needed affordable senior apartments will not be built. It will mean that the site could be sold to a for-profit developer who could build up to 46 multi-bedroom market-rate apartments or condos. Measure D has pitted the need for affordable homes for 60 senior citizens against pent-up frustration in Palo Alto about growth. In capitalizing on this frustration, opponents have not fought fairly, but have


traffic and parking problems. One thing I know for sure is that the problems have been the result of rampant commercial development, not residential development. I understand the frustration of Measure D opponents, but affordable senior housing developments by nonprofit developers are not the problem. A vote for Measure D will allow this single project for low-income seniors to move forward. Palo Alto will be a better place for it. Paul Goldstein Emerson Street, Palo Alto

A vote for inclusion Editor, A “yes” vote on Measure D is a vote for an inclusive community, one that makes optimal use of our painfully scarce land. The Palo Alto Housing Corporation has always worked to maximize the benefits and minimize the negatives of its projects. Financing

encouraged confusion and stirred fear. Opponents have disingenuously compared the nonprofit Palo Alto Housing Corporation with for-profit developers. The Lisa Ratner housing corporation is a Palo Alto based nonprofit organization established in 1970 by the Palo Alto City Council to build and maintain affordable housing. The PAHC owns and operates more than 700 units of affordable housing in Palo Alto and provides on-site services to residents, such as educational classes, fitness and community activities. Most of our volunteer board of directors are long-time Palo Altans who are committed to maintaining Palo Alto’s quality of life. There is a silent epidemic in Palo Alto of senior citizens who are struggling to make ends meet. County statistics show that nearly 20 percent of Palo Alto seniors are living near or below the poverty line; and 54 percent of Palo Alto senior households are low-income, according to the City’s 200714 Housing Element. There are hundreds of local seniors on affordable-housing waiting lists. These include seniors who have exhausted their assets on medical costs, those who must sell their home to finance assisted living or nursing-home costs for a spouse, those who lost their savings in the recession and those subsisting on Social Security. Seniors 62 and older, earning approximately $21,000-$43,000 annually would be eligible to live in the Maybell apartments. Their monthly rents would range between approximately $500-$1,100. There are

low-income housing is not work for the faint of heart — there is no single way to do it, so PAHC has to piece together many sources to make a project work financially. With the Maybell project, we will have a development we can all be proud of, and we’ll have embraced low-income seniors in a time when meeting their housing needs needs to be way up in our community priorities. Vote “yes” on measure D. Ray Bacchetti Webster Street, Palo Alto

A good choice Editor, In a suburban town in the 1970s, a local official said publicly, “If you people can’t afford to live in our town then you’ll just have to leave.” I’d like to think that Palo Alto of 2013 has nothing in common with that time and place. “Yes” on Measure D honors neighborhood zoning. “Yes” on

no entry fees or monthly dues, and preference is given to those working or living in Palo Alto. Opponents claim the site isn’t suitable for senior apartments. The Maybell site was Jean Dawes carefully chosen because it is adjacent to two existing apartment complexes: the eight-story Tan Plaza Apartments (61 market-rate units) and the mostly threestory Arastradero Park Apartments (66 affordable family units) owned by PAHC. The site is close to a park, public transportation and every amenity is within easy access. The PAHC will provide a van to the residents of the senior apartments, allowing them to shop for groceries, get to a doctor and do other activities, so they do not need to own a personal car. If Measure D does not pass, up to 46 multi-bedroom apartments or condos could be built — for a total of about 161 bedrooms. This means more cars, more school impacts, more traffic. Opponents claim 40 affordable senior apartments could be built. Not so. At this lower density combined with the high cost of land, financing for these affordable units would be impossible. Opponents claim that the use of Planned Community (PC) zoning is an abuse of the zoning process. The PC ensures affordability and age restrictions. PC zoning has been used at many “senior only” residences in Palo Alto, including Lytton Gardens, Channing House, Palo Alto Commons and Stevenson House. Opponents claim PAHC does not need

Measure D creates both marketrate and below-market-rate residential housing within an existing residential neighborhood. “Yes” on Measure D does not threaten any Palo Alto neighborhood with inappropriate non-residential development. “Yes” on Measure D expands affordable living opportunities for seniors to stay in our community. Don’t let the tactics of fear and prejudice cloud the facts. Vote “yes” on Measure D. Dena Mossar Emerson Street, Palo Alto

We want to stay here Editor, “Where would we live if something catastrophic happened in our lives?” This is a question that I’ve asked myself many times. We’ve been prudent and done what we can to protect ourselves financially, but what if it isn’t enough?

to sell 12 single-family lots. Not so. The PAHC needs to sell the 12 lots to pay land and construction costs. Opponents claim they would be satisfied with eight houses instead of 12. Sadly, this debate is over an additional four houses that are essential to financing the project. Opponents claim project traffic impacts are too great. The reality is that seniors don’t typically drive during the morning commute of 7 to 9 a.m. Studies show this project will have no significant impacts on parking, traffic and schools. The senior apartments will have 47 parking spaces, a ratio of spaces to apartments that is even higher than typical for low-income senior housing. Opponents claim if you vote yes on Measure D, your neighborhood will be the next “PC” zone. This is simply false. Measure D is about the Maybell site only. The site was not zoned single-family; it was zoned mostly RM15 (multi-family) and a portion R2 (two-family), next to two apartment complexes. What if Measure D is defeated? The PAHC will need to sell the site, will almost certainly sell to a for-profit developer, and there will be no new affordable senior housing. As a nonprofit, we cannot hold the property for an uncertain future, as this would require interest payments on the acquisition loans of about $16 million, more than $600,000 per year. Sale of the property is needed to pay back the city and other lenders. Our low-income seniors deserve this opportunity to stay in the community they call home. Your yes vote can make this happen. N Lisa Ratner and Jean Dawes are president and vice president, respectively, of the Palo Alto Housing Corporation board of directors.

As newlyweds moving here 45 years ago, we soon learned that Palo Alto was the place we wanted to stay and raise a family. It had things important to us — community values, good schools, access to cultural events and ideal weather. As our children grew, we were active in their activities and in the community. Over the decades, Palo Alto has changed — mostly, but not always, to our liking. It’s not a small town anymore but part of a larger, vibrant area with more to offer. Our lives here revolve around our family, friends and community. We want to stay here. If it became necessary to drastically downsize our lives, we’d want to remain in a safe, comfortable place. The Maybell senior affordable apartments would be such a place. It’s a safety net for many, including us. It has been carefully designed to blend into the neighborhood surrounded by existing apartments, a park and homes

across the street. It will be an asset to the community. Please join us in voting “yes” on D. Lawrence Lovercheck McGregor Way, Palo Alto

Let’s encourage equality Editor, I am a City Council member. I strongly support more affordable senior housing in Palo Alto and voted for the Maybell project. I live in Barron Park and welcome this well-designed project. What is unstated in the debate is inequality. Our town will increasingly become one of privilege where housing will only be available to those with means (earned or inherited) or those who have lived here for some time. Without “affordable” options, the result will be less economic, cultural, social and age diversity. The site redevelopment will (continued on next page)

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consist of 60 affordable housing units and 12 single-family homes and will yield significantly less greenhouse gas emissions, traffic and parking requirements than permitted under current zoning. This is not “Manhattanization” but a four-story building located adjacent to 10- and three-story residential buildings. Be compassionate and socially responsible, and vote “yes” on Measure D. Gail Price Orme Street, Palo Alto

Preservation of values Editor, I am one of the many Barron Park residents who hope people will vote “yes” on D. The opponents of this measure have, in my opinion, tried to frame the measure as the complete opposite of what is really at stake. The truth is that Measure D, for all its rezoning, is actually about preserving the values of our community as they have always been. Opposition to Measure D is about changing the town and, in particular, saying goodbye to a group of people who want to be here and whom we always previously wanted as neighbors. One of the many unfortunate side effects of the housing boom that hit us a few years past was that it made it difficult for many people who had lived here all their lives to continue living here. In current conditions, if we want folks like our low-income seniors to be able to live here, we can’t rely on an overheated market — we have to take steps to make it possible. This actually is a fairly stark choice. If people want a new kind of town with a single-income level, they are likely to be against the measure. But if they want to preserve the diversity that is our heritage and enable low-income seniors to live in our town, they will vote for Measure D. Jeff Rensch Chimalus Drive, Palo Alto

A record of our values Editor, The 19th century British politician William Gladstone remarked that budgets are not simply matters of arithmetic, they are also a record of our values. So it is with Measure D. On the arithmetic side, it is not possible to build low-income housing in a high-income area like Palo Alto without increasing density. While opponents of measure D argue a project with fewer units is an option, this ignores the reality that, given the costs of land here, low-income housing projects need to qualify for federal grants and tax credits to be sustainable. For example, the affordable-housing facility that recently opened at the corner of Homer and Alma was only feasible at its current density, which necessitated that it be four stories tall. Had it been less dense, it wouldn’t have quali-

fied for the federal, state and local financing needed. The alternative would have been a three-story condominium development, with units selling for $1.5 million. This then raises the issue of values. We agree with some of the values opponents of D raise: They are rightly concerned that zoning variances not be misused to line private coffers without contributing to the public good. But this is not at issue in Measure D, which offers a substantial public benefit: a more economically and socially diverse community. Given the dichotomous choice under current regulations — affordable housing at a higher density or marketpriced housing at a lower density — we are strongly in support of the affordable-housing option and will vote yes on D. Debra Satz and Don Barr Ramona Street, Palo Alto

Let’s be realistic Editor, Although most homeowners in Palo Alto would like the city to stay small and quaint, that isn’t realistic in 2013. We need housing not only for seniors but for the workers in our restaurants, hair salons, car-repair shops, drug stores, etc. — people who help make Palo Alto the place we love. I’d also like to think we could have a town made up of all kinds of people, not just the wealthy and senior homeowners who were lucky enough to buy their piece of nirvana before prices went through the roof. I’m voting “yes” on Measure D. Kelly Kvam Mackall Way, Palo Alto

For seniors in need Editor, As a long time Palo Alto resident, I urge voters to support Measure D so our community can offer 60 more affordable homes for lower-income seniors. The nonprofit Palo Alto Housing Corporation is an experienced developer and manager of quality affordable homes that has since 1970 built and managed over 700 affordable rental units all over town — including 68 deeply affordable family units in my neighborhood next to Addison School. The City Council wisely (and unanimously) approved the plan for the Maybell development, which also includes the sale of 12 single-family-home lots in order to make financially feasible the 60 apartments. Most deed-restricted, belowmarket-rate homes built throughout the Bay Area have been developed with Planned Community zoning that requires and regulates the affordability of the housing. Most, if not all, affordable senior housing built throughout the Bay Area includes reduced parking. The seniors who will live in these homes will be mostly retired, will not all own cars and will not typically drive during school commute hours. No place is ever perfect and this location is more convenient and

healthy for our seniors who have family and connections here than moving across the bay, out of state or becoming homeless. I will be voting “yes” on Measure D so the doors to these muchneeded homes can open for those among us who must retire on low, fixed incomes. Let’s open our minds to the facts and our hearts to the greater good to build a better, more responsive community. Carol Lamont Kingsley Avenue, Palo Alto

Not a huge impact Editor, In my discussions with people about Measure D, the vast majority of those who object to it have one overall reason: They feel Palo Alto is getting over-populated and believe voting “no” will help reduce that problem. If one considers the impact of the 60 mostly one-bedroom, lowincome senior units plus the 12 single-family homes that Measure D provides for, one will find it is much less than the 46 multi-bedroom units that the city’s current zoning allows for. Low-income seniors don’t have kids who attend local public schools, and they drive much less. They usually don’t even make much noise (if you don’t count snoring). A person may take the position that we can change the zoning, but who will be the driving force behind that? The City of Palo Alto certainly cannot afford to buy it. What developer is going to spend additional money and time to reduce profits? The Palo Alto Housing Corporation should be able to go ahead with the plan for affordable senior units. Vote “yes” on Measure D on Nov. 5. Greg James Toyon Place, Palo Alto

Imagine the good Editor, I have lived and worked in Palo Alto for about 30 years. I urge everyone to vote “yes” on Measure D in Palo Alto. Simply put, it will provide safe, affordable housing for seniors with the same or less of an impact on the neighborhood from what is permitted and likely to move forward if Measure D fails. The opposition would have you believe that Palo Alto Housing Corporation, the developer, is some suspect evil developer out for themselves rather than the community. Nothing could be further from the truth. Palo Alto Housing Corporation has done many exemplary developments for many years that have done nothing but add value and retain diversity in our city. Whatever problems there may or may not be with planned-community zoning, this is not the time, place or way to work them out. I heartily commend and congratulate the City Council members who voted unanimously on this effort. I am deeply saddened that so much time, effort and

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money has been spent by both sides on a referendum that should never have been. Imagine the good we could have accomplished with all that time, effort and money if directed elsewhere. Paul Taylor Waverley Street, Palo Alto

Stop PC zoning Editor, The Maybell development proposed by Palo Alto Housing Corporation (PAHC) typifies what is wrong with Planned Community (PC) zoning and demonstrates how staff and the City Council ignore the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance to the serious detriment of the community. It also violates established practices for predicting traffic impacts and proposing mitigations. This PC is unprecedented in the policies and positions it violates — putting high-density development in low-density residential zones, including high-density marketrate housing to fund below-market housing, using obsolete data and models to justify incorrect predictions of little traffic and parking impacts, doing traffic analyses that ignored pedestrian and bike traffic along Maybell that serves four schools. These are just some of the violations. An expert traffic consultant detailed 11 major errors and omissions in the traffic study from PAHC. Last year the council adopted a policy of protecting singlefamily residential areas and to not increase development scale in low-density residential zones. Less than a year later they have violated that policy by approving a project that quadruples the housing density on much of the Maybell site. Neighbors offered to compromise on Maybell if PAHC would trim it down, reduce the bulk, density, and scale of the development. PAHC refused, saying size and density was dictated by competition for state and federal government grants. Effectively land use and project scale in Palo Alto are being determined by outsiders bestowing grants. This must stop. Vote against Measure D. Bob Moss Orme Street, Palo Alto

Follow the Golden Rule Editor, My 11-year-old son rides up the Maybell “safe route to school” every day and knows about dodging cars in the crowded traffic around the site of the Measure D high-density rezoning. He knows about the plans to build threestory homes on 3,000-square-foot lots and knows many of the Barron Park families who have great concerns about the unprecedented high-density project. We saw a “Yes on D” sign and he asked with contemplative innocence: “Dad, why do people who live far away from the orchard get to vote on Measure D?” The truth of that innocent question sunk in — a simple truth.

It goes like this: Neighborhoods are like family members who need to stick up for each other. The neighbors have properly expressed great alarm at the density that is being imposed. Zoning protections are being stripped away by big money proponents of density that offer the tempting thought that “just a little” San Jose-style stack-and-pack marketrate housing is OK as long as it is not in my backyard. I propose we should follow the Golden Rule and do onto others as we would have them do unto us. Just the fact that more than 4,000 residents signed the petition to bring the council’s actions to a referendum is evidence enough. We need to offer unconditional support to a “family member” in distress. Next time it will be someone else’s turn to be supported, it will take a unified city to retain our quality of life. Vote against Measure D. Tim Gray Park Boulevard, Palo Alto

What if we vote “no”? Editor, Measure D is about what will be built if we pass Measure D vs. what is likely to be built if we don’t pass Measure D. If we vote “yes,” we get 60 units of affordable senior housing, tucked far back from the street. We get less commute traffic because seniors drive less. We get two-story housing on Maybell, with 10 feet between the houses. We get Clemo houses that no one will notice because they are shielded by huge oak trees. If Palo Alto votes no on D? There is no saving the orchard and there are no further negotiations, since the future development will be within zoning. The houses on Maybell will still be two-story and they will be as large as possible, because that is what developers do today, even in single-family zoning. We’ve all seen it. There will be more commute traffic and no affordable senior housing. Measure D is the better deal. Vote “yes” on D. Edie Keating Alma Street, Palo Alto

Moldaw corrections Editor, Recent discussion has mentioned Moldaw Senior Residences as a comparison to the Measure D Maybell project. I am a resident of Moldaw and would like to clarify some of the points made in recent articles. Moldaw Senior Residences is an independent and assisted-living residence facility in Palo Alto. Independent Living units are now 84 percent occupied and Assisted Living and Memory Support units are essentially 100 percent occupied. The City of Palo Alto requires 24 below-market-rate units for seniors in Moldaw. To date, 12 of the BMR units have been sold at the required discounted rates. They are not rentals such as are

Spectrum planned for the Maybell project. Even though these units sell at below market rates, it is difficult to find buyers who qualify and can afford the discounted prices and monthly rates — both assets and income are taken into consideration. Buying a unit in a facility such as Moldaw is very different from renting and would not be appropriate for the population that is under consideration in the Maybell project. Carole Stein East Charleston Road, Palo Alto

Support housing, values Editor, Everyone agrees that affordable housing in Palo Alto is an ongoing and critical need in our city. Measure D, which provides affordable housing for our senior population, is a key step to alleviating this problem. In building the senior housing that Measure D provides, we are preserving the diversity and values of our community that makes our city a unique place to live. The alternative of leaving the zoning as is, with the likelihood of building up to 46 multi-bedroom homes on the same property, will increase traffic flow at peak commute hours and school enrollment much more than the Measure D project. This is a well-thought-out and researched measure supported unanimously by our elected City Council. That’s why we’re voting “yes” on Measure D on Nov. 5. Mid and Cheryl Fuller Mackall Way, Palo Alto

The deck is stacked Editor, I’m a resident of Barron Park who is voting against Measure D. I have been talking with people from all over Palo Alto explaining my position. The PAHC proposal is a highdensity intrusion into our residential neighborhood, and not a good one at that. It brings high-density burdens that none of us in the area want: spillover parking into the nearby residential streets due to inadequate on-site parking — both for seniors and the 12 new single-family homes; increased traffic along Maybell will compromise Safe Routes to Schools; a poorly designed senior apartment building with no senior-serving amenities making senior living only remotely pleasant. As a senior, I wouldn’t want to live there, far from basic services. People understand that. People from all Palo Alto neighborhoods are disappointed and dissatisfied with the high-density development throughout Palo Alto that has been approved by the City Council, maybe even encouraged by the council. Current zoning regulations, which we all rely upon and expect to be followed, are swept aside in favor of whatever can be negotiated between the developer and council. City staff seems to understand what the council wants and drafts their reports accordingly. The deck is stacked against the residents as our voices are barely “listened to,”

and apparently “dismissed.” Those residents, as do I, want that to change. That is why I, and they, are voting against Measure D. Ruth Lowy Thain Way, Palo Alto

“Yes” for diversity Editor, The main reason I’ll vote “yes” on Measure D is that I value economic and social diversity in Palo Alto. I live on the same block as the proposed low-income senior housing on Maybell and two blocks away from Juana Briones Elementary School. When my daughters were at Briones it had the most diverse population in the Palo Alto district. Unlike half our Barron Park neighbors with schoolage children, I chose to send my daughters to their local school, to learn and become friends with a mix of children from widely different backgrounds. I also chose to teach there. To me, voting “yes” on Measure D is consistent with a commitment to diversity. We need a place for everyone in our neighborhood. Kathleen Canrinus Alta Mesa Avenue, Palo Alto

Real, positive impact Editor, We urge readers to vote “yes” on Measure D in Palo Alto. This will allow the nonprofit Palo Alto Housing Corporation to build affordable housing for low-income seniors. Despite attempts to redefine the facts by the opposition, this has been shown to have real positive impact on available housing and minimal impact on traffic, in fact less than the likely alternative. The current development plan has been designed with significant community input over many months, has the look and feel of the surrounding neighborhood, is supported by both residents and city leaders, and reflects the values of the community. We strongly support this project for our city. Markus Fromherz and Heike Schmitz Amaranta Avenue, Palo Alto

Some telling quotes Editor, Quotes that are very telling about the Palo Alto process: When the Planning Commission voted to initiate a “planned community” zone change, allowing developers to break zoning rules in exchange for “public benefits.” Commissioner Tanaka marveled at the lack of people attending the meeting and surmised that neighbors were unaware. “I think if the people really knew what was being built across the street, there would be more of an outcry there.” (February 2013) What is allowed at Maybell was critical in the council’s decision on whether to approve the zone change. The R-2 zone allows a second unit but requires a 6,000-square-foot lot. The R-2 site is 14,000 square feet with four homes, meaning the lot sizes are

nowhere near the 6,000-squarefoot minimum. That calls into question the city’s calculation for two residences on each lot. When asked about staff reports, City Manager Keene emphasized the limitations, “The findings in the staff reports tend to support the particular staff recommendation rather than represent all views.” (July 2013) Mayor Scharff (against PCs when running for council) now says “PC zones are not springing up in your local neighborhood.” (October 2013) The council has approved three PC projects (Lytton Gateway, Edgewood Plaza and Maybell ) since Scharff joined the council in January 2010. This has become divisive for a neighborhood that has embraced low-income housing. The process is flawed and the outcome is a flawed development with no winners. Maybell should not be rezoned. It makes perfect sense to start over with unbiased information and work within current zoning. Cynthia Schenk Maybell Avenue, Palo Alto

No on supersized Maybell Editor, Measure D is about a misguided City Council. The Council “upzoned” to create “monster buildings” in downtown and the failed Miki’s Market — eyesores that will last decades. It spent $1 million (despite objections from most neighbors) to redesign Arastradero. Now, its dysfunctional lane switches and constrictions make a more congested, dangerous thoroughfare. The Council is considering redesigns of California Avenue (over objections from merchants and neighbors) and the massive Jay Paul project that will substantially worsen traffic and the housing imbalance. The Edgewood market appears empty. The Council’s study of downtown traffic may omit the Arillaga development. The list goes on of myopic projects that fail to fit together, and exacerbate traffic, housing and fiscal problems. The Maybell project is another example. It could be built without “upzoning” — 40 units of affordable senior housing and modest market-rate housing. But PAHC insists on “supersize,” even as it apparently converts its nearby property to market rate. PAHC has accomplishments, but it’s also a wealthy (look at all those flyers), politically connected developer. It gets millions in loans in advance of zoning from the Council, big city grants and a “pass” on doing solid studies of traffic, demand and services. Most citizens support PAHC, but not every PAHC project is worthy. “Supersized” Maybell is a poor idea. Let PAHC come back with a balanced plan. Remind the Council about Comprehensive Planning and voices of ordinary citizens. Thanks, Weekly, for incredibly accurate reporting. Please vote “no” on D. Kathleen Eisenhardt Donald Drive, Palo Alto

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In a past performance of the Jérôme Bel dance piece “The Show Must Go On,” dancers and non-dancers blend their own individual styles. The Stanford version will be performed on Nov. 13.

Stanford festival celebrates radical French choreographer Jérôme Bel by Elena Kadvany


érôme Bel does dance differently. The French choreographer and dancer has a reputation for charismatic provocation and radical reinvention. He’ll put a mic on famous dancers and ask them to dance and speak to the audience simultaneously, telling the stories of their careers. He’ll incorporate untrained “civilians” into a performance, asking them to stand on a stage with headphones on, listening and dancing to music the audience cannot hear. He’ll collaborate with a Swiss theater company composed of actors with learning and mental disabilities and ask the actors to come on stage, one by one, and stand in complete silence in front of the audience.

“Jérôme Bel is one of the preeminent, I don’t want to say bad boys of postmodern dance, but he’s a renegade; he’s a radical; he’s an intellectual; he’s a provocateur,” said Janice Ross, Stanford University’s dance-division director and professor in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies. Ross was instrumental in

bringing Bel to Stanford for an upcoming festival that celebrates his work. The festival runs Nov. 13 through Dec. 3, with live performances, a film screening and a free talk by Bel. Each event illustrates the ways in which Bel challenges and inverts dance traditions and norms. In Nov. 13’s “The Show Must Go On,” Bay Area profes-

sional dancers, local residents and Stanford faculty, staff and students will be on stage, with headphones plugged in as they listen to a playlist of classic pop songs. All the people look to be free-form dancing in their own worlds, but when and where they move is predetermined. The dancers wear their own clothes; there are no props or set. A D.J. who would normally be backstage controlling the lights and sound cues sits center stage with his back to the audience. Any sense of performance in the traditional sense is stripped from the stage. “So yes, you’re seeing people perform. But, wait a minute: They’re performing for themselves,” Ross said. “The audience just becomes incidental.” “The Show Must Go On” was premiered in 2001 and has been performed on many stages since. In a 2008 performance at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, seen on YouTube, a group of 18 or so people stand scattered across the stage, listening to music via headphones. Some sway or nod their heads, just barely

moving to a beat the audience cannot hear; some suddenly break out in song as if singing in the car alone, inviting laughs from the audience. “This piece is questioning the relation of the audience with the performance,” Bel wrote in an email to the Weekly. “It is questioning the need for representation, the unarticulated desire of the audience. Why are we all here in this space, all together spectators and performers? Why do we need to gather in this archaic structure as a theater?” Ross echoed Bel’s sentiment, explaining that the performance critiques the very space it’s held in, Memorial Auditorium. “That was the postwar model for what theaters had to look like: big boxes,” Ross said. “So we start the festival in that space so he can basically explode it and (explode) conventions of theater with a work that, as I said, is emblematic of his spirit.” Ross said Stanford put out an open call to recruit both trained dancers and untrained people of all ages, body types, ethnicities and abilities to participate. They

were asked to commit to 55 hours of rehearsal over 10 days. Each person’s precise actions are personal, but they’re set within a structured system. When they dance, for how long and where they are on the stage is all rehearsed beforehand. The festival’s second dance performance, “Cédric Andrieux,” moves the festival to Bing Concert Hall on Nov. 18. It’s an 80-minute solo piece, choreographed by Bel and performed by Andrieux, a French dancer who trained with the French Lyon Opera Ballet and performed in America with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Here, Andrieux speaks while he dances, performing sections of various ballets and Merce Cunningham choreography that marked his career. The work parallels the 2004 Bel piece “Véronique Doisneau,” in which the Paris Opera Ballet dancer of the same name bids farewell to her career. With a mic on, her costumes in her arms and no makeup, Doisneau (continued on next page)

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born in Montpellier, France, in 1964, but raised in Algeria, Iran and Morocco. He got his professional start in France, but also performed in Italy for many years. He studied not only dance history, but also philosophy. He said he is influenced by philosophers such as Roland Barthes and Gilles Deleuze. There will also be a free discussion with Bel the day after the film screening, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. in Pigott Theater. The festival is linked to a new residential program at Stanford called ITALIC (Immersion in the Arts: Living in Culture), launched by Ross and two other Stanford professors, Jonathan Berger (music) and Scott Bukatman (film and media studies). A small pool of freshmen, 43 this year, will be selected to spend the year immersed in the arts, learning about the historical, critical, theoretical and practical purposes of art. ITALIC collaborated with Stanford Live to host the Bel festival, and Ross said she hopes to continue bringing in a range of arts greats each quarter as part of the class. (Some ITALIC students will be on stage in “The Show Must Go On.”) “It’s very exciting and it puts Stanford on this international dance circuit, finally,” Ross said. Bel has performed only once before in the Bay Area, in 2009, she added. “(There’s) New York, Los Angeles and the Bay Area has

generally been passed over,” she said. Though Bel’s unconventional, experimental work is celebrated by many, it’s also no stranger to strong criticism. Some say he’s pretentious; his work is not dance; his shows are uncomfortably provocative. (Bel said audience members sometimes ask him to give their money back. He doesn’t.) “If you look at it initially, you might think: ‘Wait a minute, this is the biggest sham going on. There’s no dance here. Where’s the dance?’” Ross said. “I think it unsettles you. And if you stop there, then you’re pissed off. But if you stay with it and let it kind of unfold in time — one of the beauties of dance — then I think you’re taken to a different level of insight.” N Editorial Assistant Elena Kadvany can be emailed at Info: The Festival Jérôme Bel contains four events: “The Show Must Go On” (7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, $20-$50 general admission, Memorial Auditorium); “Cédric Andrieux” (7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, $32-$50 general, Bing Concert Hall); “Pichet Klunchun and Myself” (7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, $20 general, Bing); and a free talk with Bel (11 a.m. Dec. 3, Pigott Theater). Go to or call 650-724-2464.

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The film “Pichet Klunchun and Myself,” which will be shown at Stanford on Dec. 2, shows Jérôme Bel dancing with Klunchun, a Thai dancer and choreographer.

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os Altos Taqueria has always been in Mountain View. Did the owners want it to be in Los Altos? Not at all. They had two reasons, neither of which is an illusion of grandeur nor the need to hitch up with a Spanish surname. The owners, brothers Armando and Ruben Ruiz, come from Los Altos de Jalisco, the eastern part of that Mexican state. The

strip-mall taqueria recalls the Los Altos of their childhood. And, says Armando, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is very close to Los Altos.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tad closer to Palo Alto, but never mind. For 17 years Los Altos Taqueria has quietly and efficiently defended its corner of the golden triangle of taquerias at Old Middlefield Way and Rengstorff Avenue with La Bamba and La CosteĂąa (which

is soon to move). The food is fast and nourishing. The friendly counter woman flips smoothly between â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hola!â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hi. Can I help you?â&#x20AC;? Much of the clientele at lunch comes from the nearby businesses. If you need a car repair or kitchen remodeling, you could easily assemble a crew in here. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How would you like your eggs?â&#x20AC;? she asks, about an order of huevos rancheros ($6.25). How often does that happen? The plate overflows with eggs topped with grilled onions and peppers. Shredded lettuce, beans, rice and steaming corn tortillas accompany. Taqueria Los Altos pays attention to breakfast, opening every day at 8:30 a.m. Other eye-openers include eggs with Mexican

sausage, ham and eggs, and chilaquiles. Fresh-squeezed orange juice is $3.50 for the 16-ounce â&#x20AC;&#x153;smallâ&#x20AC;? size. Where some places use warming trays, Taqueria Los Altos cooks to order. Chips are fried in-house. Salsa is not up-to-theminute salsa fresca, just tomato sauce, onions and a little cilantro, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sloppily addictive on warm chips that so recently were tortillas. They are served when you sit down, or with your takeout bag. No extra charge. At the inside end of a strip mall with plenty of parking, Taqueria Los Altos is colorfully draped in faux brick tiles, bright yellow tabletops and blue-seated chairs. Tabletops are cleared immedi-

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ately. No sitting down to dribbles of juice from the previous customer’s salsa. Burritos, from $5.79 to the most expensive Super Burrito Wet ($7.25), are enormous. As a plumbing-supply guy said to his colleague: “You know what, Joe, we should’ve split one.” There are vegetarian versions, but the focus is on meat. Ten choices for burritos, tacos and quesadillas cover the usual chickens (barbecued and grilled), pork (green chile, fried, barbecued), beef, tripe and tongue. The carnitas were crispy bits and the lengua was the opposite: tender, juicy chunks. Both were just right. The rice is fluffy and flavorful, not just filling. Ask for whole

pintos, black beans or refried. Maybe start with an excellent shrimp ceviche tostada ($2.99), with a crisp tortilla standing up to lots of baby shrimp seasoned with fresh onions and a touch of cilantro. The sandwich we tried, a chicken torta ($5.49), was less successful. The bread was toasted, but the shredded chicken got lost in

melted cheese and wilted lettuce. Other items include a kid-size burrito ($3.49), breakfast burrito ($5.52) and on weekends, menudo (tripe soup). A recent $6.99 dinner combination contained an enchilada, a chile relleno, rice, beans, lettuce and tomato — or the same accompaniments with two tacos, one hard, one soft. N

ShopTalk by Daryl Savage INDOOR CYCLING AT STANFORD ... An indoor cycling studio is riding into Stanford Shopping Center, with construction underway. SoulCycle, which started in New York in 2006, is known for creating a kind of cardio-sanctuary for participants, where riders pedal by candlelight in a dimly lit studio. The Stanford location will be its third in the Bay Area. The 2,800-squarefoot space on the El Camino Real side of the mall will have 50 bikes for exercisers, along with locker rooms, showers and a retail store.

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MORE OPENINGS AT THE MALL ... Also at Stanford was the recent opening of the Container Store, which took over the Andronico’s space next to Nordstrom. This Container Store location is the fifth in the area and the 63rd in the country; the store donated 10 percent of its opening-weekend sales to TheatreWorks. Meanwhile, American Girl, known for its line of dolls and accessories, has scheduled its opening weekend for Nov. 16 and 17, with balloon artists, face painters and gifts. The two-level, 15,000-square-foot store is the first American Girl store in Northern California and the 16th in the country. In addition to selling dolls

and products, the store will have a hair salon for its dolls and a bistro that serves lunch and dinner. TUTORING CENTERS ABOUND ... What is it that attracts tutoring companies to South Palo Alto? Two more centers are on the verge of opening in the south part of town. Kumon Learning Center is taking over the former space of Papa Murphy’s Pizza at 3730 Middlefield Road, ending the one-year vacancy in the small strip mall. The after-school math and reading tutoring service plans to relocate from its current spot at Cubberley Community Center in late fall. Also looking at a late-fall opening, at 3775 El Camino Real, is Eye Level Learning Center. The Singaporebased tutoring center has pegged Palo Alto as its eighth location in this country. Kumon and Eye Level join three other tutoring centers already doing business in the south part of town. Huntington Learning Center opened in Charleston Shopping Center earlier this year; C2 Education had its grand opening in August at 3990 El Camino; and Think Tank Learning operates at 4131 El Camino Real. Wow. That’s one heck of a lot of learning.

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(Century 16, Century 20) Four iconic Hollywood actors share the spotlight and shine in this lighthearted buddy chuckler. At first glance, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last Vegasâ&#x20AC;? seems a bit like â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hangoverâ&#x20AC;? for the 60-and-over crowd (minus the raunch). But the class-act cast and a solid script from screenwriter Dan Fogelman (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crazy, Stupid, Love.â&#x20AC;?) keep the film fresh, funny and thoroughly entertaining. The story follows four childhood friends as they reunite in Las Vegas for the wedding of one of their own. Billy (Michael Douglas) is a wealthy charmer set to marry a woman more than 30 years his junior. Sam (Kevin Kline, in top form) is a Florida retiree struggling to rediscover the passion in his 40-year marriage. Air Force vet Archie (Morgan Freeman) has grown weary of his sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cautious care. And tough guy Paddy (Robert De Niro) has rarely left the apartment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or the comfort of his bathrobe â&#x20AC;&#x201D; since the death of his wife. A Vegas bachelor party is exactly what this quartet needs. While Sam (given permission to be promiscuous) and Archie are eager to break the age barrier and rage like teenagers, Billy and Paddy have unresolved issues that need addressing before they can let loose. Those issues grow more complex with the introduction of sultry lounge singer Diana (Mary Steenburgen). A smart-mouth concierge (Romany Malco of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 40-Year-Old Virginâ&#x20AC;?) and dim-bulb frat boy (Jerry Ferrara of HBOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Entourageâ&#x20AC;?) help energize the affair. There is something special about watching these four accomplished actors unite on screen. Kline has the strongest comedic background and it shows, as his delivery and dialogue spark the most laughs. The dynamic between Archie and Sam (and, accordingly, between Freeman and Kline) is especially rich. Douglas and De Niro are cast in roles they could virtually sleepwalk through, but both refuse to phone it in. Douglas in particular impresses during a poignant scene that has his character coming to terms with his age and how quickly the years have passed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last Vegasâ&#x20AC;? has its share of heavy-handed sentimentality and predictable scenarios. The soundtrack is serviceable but not particularly memorable, and the cascade of age-related jokes gets a little, well, old. But it is clear the cast-mates are having fun, and the viewer canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but to have fun along with them. Director Jon Turteltaub (â&#x20AC;&#x153;While You Were Sleepingâ&#x20AC;?) deserves credit for keeping the atmosphere loose and playful. At a certain point â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and it happens early on â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we readily excuse cliche and gratuitous tear-jerking for the sake of a good time. And, like the central characters themselves, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not quite ready for it all to end. Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language. One hour, 30 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tyler Hanley

To read Weekly critic Susan Tavernettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s review of â&#x20AC;&#x153;About Time,â&#x20AC;? go to PaloAltoOnline. com/movies. She gave the timetraveling comedy two stars and called it predictable.

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Enderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Game (PG-13) Century 16: 10 & 11:30 a.m. & 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30, 10, 11 p.m. Century 20: 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30 p.m. In XD 11:35 a.m. & 2:20, 5:05, 7:55, 10:45 p.m.

About Time (R) Century 16: 10:05 a.m. & 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 11:05 a.m. & 1:55, 4:50, 7:45, 10:40 p.m.

Escape Plan (R)

All Is Lost (PG-13) (((1/2 Guild Theatre: noon & 2:45, 5:30, 8:15 p.m.

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Blue Jasmine (PG-13) (((

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The Caine Mutiny (1954) (Not Rated)

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Captain Phillips (PG-13) ((( Century 20: 1:05, 4:10, 7:20, 10:20 p.m.

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Carrie (R)

Century 16: 11:35 a.m. & 2:15 p.m.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG) Century 20: 11:15 a.m. & 4:15, 6:55 p.m. In 3D 1:40, 9:15 p.m. The Counselor (R) (1/2

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Enough Said (PG-13) (((

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Free Birds (PG) Century 16: 10 a.m. & 2:55, 7:45 p.m. In 3D 12:25, 5:20, 10:10 p.m. Century 20: Fri 11 a.m. & 1:30, 4, 6:35, 9:05 p.m. In 3D 12:10, 2:40, 5:!5, 7:45, 10:10 p.m. Sat 11 a.m. & 1:30, 4, 6:35, 9:05 p.m. In 3D 12:10, 2:40, 5:!5, 7:45, 10:10 p.m. Gravity (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 10:10 a.m. & 5:40 p.m. In 3D 12:35, 1:50, 3, 4:20, 7, 8:20 p.m. Century 20: 10:55 a.m. & 8:25 p.m. In 3D noon & 1:20, 2:30, 3:40, 4:50, 6, 7:15, 9:40, 10:45 p.m. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (R) Century 16: 11:15 a.m. & 12:30, 1:55, 2:55, 4:35, 5:25, 6:55, 8, 9:30, 10:25 p.m. Sat-Sun also at 11:15 a.m. Century 20: 11:40 a.m. & 12:20, 1:10, 2, 2:45, 3:30, 4:25, 5:10, 5:55, 6:45, 7:30, 8:20, 9:20, 10, 10:45 p.m. Kill Your Darlings (R) (((1/2

Aquarius Theatre: 2, 4:30, 7 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 9:30 p.m. Century 16: 11 a.m. & 2:45, 6:30 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 10:20 p.m.

Krrish 3 (Not Rated)

Last Vegas (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 10:15 & 11:25 a.m. & 12:55, 2:20, 3:45, 4:55, 6:45, 7:55, 9:25, 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m. & 2, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50 p.m. Guild Theatre: Sat midnight.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R) Rush (R) ((

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Touch of Evil (1958) (PG-13)

The libertine Carr encourages the mousy Ginsberg to break out of the circular pattern of life that has him following a curved line to nowhere but death. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life is only interesting if life is wide,â&#x20AC;? Carr insists,

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Aging of the U.S. workforce ‘Reasons to keep working are not just about financial need,’ scholar says by Chris Kenrick


decades. The center convenes employers, policymakers and scholars to discuss trends and “walk away with a set of questions everyone wants answered to effect change,”

‘We think working longer is a good thing. ... Now we’re seeing that people are indeed working longer not only for financial reasons but also for engagement.’

tive emotions, better ability to handle tense situations and fewer conflicts than their younger counterparts, Stanford Center on Longevity Director Laura Carstensen told conference participants. Younger people do process new information faster and better, but acquisition of knowledge and skills does not stop at any age, she said. For most people, cognitive gain in knowledge and expertise compensates for age-related decline in processing speed. ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊΣ)


Lyn Carr, 67, assistant manager of participant services at Avenidas, works in her office at the center in late October.

— Martha Deevy, senior research scholar, Stanford Center on Longevity Deevy said. For example, in the case of the aging workforce, Deevy said, is it possible to create an objective measure of the value of an older worker’s experience? How have countries in Europe and elsewhere — which are ahead of the U.S. on the aging of their workforces — managed to retain older workers? She cited a major German automaker that found older workers met or exceeded productivity measures after the company made physical adaptations to the assembly line, such as placing chairs at the site. “There was a lot of discussion about worker value and worker productivity, and whether we truly understand the true value of their experience and maturity,” she said. Older workers have greater emotional stability, fewer nega-


orkers, get ready. Older colleagues, age 55 and above, will almost double their ranks as a share of the U.S. labor force between 2000 and 2020 — from 13.1 percent to 25.2 percent. The jump reflects two trends: The overall population is aging, and an increasing number of older people are working longer. A majority — but not all — of those will keep toiling because they need the money. Those projections on the aging of the U.S. workforce emerged from a conference earlier this year convened by the Stanford Center on Longevity and Marsh & McLennan Companies. Scholars and employers — including representatives of Bay Area companies like Wells Fargo, Intel and Cisco — gathered to discuss ways companies could adapt to the aging of the U.S. workforce. Major employers of blue-collar workers such as Target and Wal-Mart also participated. “We think working longer is a good thing,” said conference convener Martha Deevy, a senior research scholar and director of the Financial Security Division of the Stanford Center on Longevity. “A lot of people, during the depths of the recession, were angrily saying, ‘I have to work longer,’ but now we’re seeing that people are indeed working longer not only for financial reasons but also for engagement. They’re saying, ‘I want to do something.’” Research at the Stanford Center on Longevity seeks to redefine life phases to account for the fact that people now live longer lives and remain healthier in their later

Peter Webb, 72, a teacher at Avenidas, offers Burt Lustig advice on choosing the right Internet browser during a private computer-tutoring session. Webb also offers classes on using PCs and building computer skills, as well as leading a weekly discussion group on current affairs.

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Resources and programs for positive aging

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Another hot topic had to do with designing “more flexible and nuanced retirement paths” for older workers,” Deevy said. “Oftentimes people in their 60s want to continue to work, but want to work differently — they want or need more flexibility,” she said. “So there was a lot of discussion about, can you more effectively pre-plan someone’s exist ramp over the course of several years, affording different and more flexible opportunities so you can retain them when you need them but give them the flexibility they’re asking for?” She acknowledged that alternative transitions can be “easier to talk about for white-collar workers, but it isn’t just about white collar workers. The tougher discussions come in industries that have physically demanding, physically challenging jobs.” Another discussion was “multigenerational workforces — some industries find themselves with three generations working simultaneously together, and that’s really unprecedented,” she said. Well-educated workers in particular are more likely to delay retirement than less-educated workers, and labor-force participation rates have risen primarily for older Americans who are college-educated and in the highest income groups, Deevy said in a recent blog titled “Surprising Reasons Boomers Are Working Longer.” “Research suggests the decision to keep working may not be exclusively about financial need,” she said. “There are many social, emotional and psychological benefits that come from work.” Among them, she said, are that working helps people avoid social isolation and keeps them connected to communities; working gives meaning to people’s lives; working allows older people to use their knowledge and experience, stay physically and mentally healthy and can be a source

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he Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve marshlands, home to the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse and the California clapper rail, have turned to fall colors of red and gold. Behind the Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center, yellowing native Pacific cord grass nods at the channel’s edge, and the succulent pickleweed, which tastes briny and tart, is crimson. Last week, long-billed dowitchers and godwits pecked at mudflats exposed by the receding tide. The elusive clapper rail did not appear along the watery channel known as “rail alley.” But there were signs: Marks in the mud bank showed where the birds had scooted down to water’s edge from hollows made in the pickleweed. A lone feather clung to a nearby plant. Chances of seeing the rails are slim. Ruddybreasted, with tan and black striping and sturdy legs, the chicken-sized California clapper was fairly common in the San Francisco Bay 50 years ago. But today, there are only an estimated 1,500 birds in the area — about 15 to 20 of them in the Palo Alto Baylands, according to the nonprofit organization Point Blue Conservation Science. More elusive still is the tiny salt marsh harvest mouse, which weighs as much as a quarter and does not live anywhere else in the world except for San Francisco Bay’s marshes. No one really knows their numbers, experts said. Environmental groups are engaged in a battle

to save these endangered species, focusing mostly on preserving the wetlands they and other species call home. Over the years, as much as 80 percent of the San Francisco Bay marshlands have disappeared, according to scientists. Development and salt-pond conversion are the chief culprits. So far, the work of re-establishing the marshes appears to be helping. Birds and mice are increasing in numbers where some habitat restoration has occurred, scientists said. But it is a long-term and ever-changing fight. A predicted rise in sea levels due to climate change will, in future years, flood the marshes, washing away nests and making the habitat unsuitable for clapper rails and other species, according to a Point Blue study of projected sea-level-rise impacts.


he best time to spot clapper rails and harvest mice is during the highest solstice tides, said Richard Bicknell, a City of Palo Alto supervising ranger. The mice and rails emerge from their thickets of pickleweed and cord grass and seek higher ground. The rails climb onto the boardwalk or perch on driftwood; the mice cling to the tops of the plants. In his four years of working at the Baylands, Bicknell thinks he saw a harvest mouse once, hanging from the pickleweed. He has seen clap(continued on next page)

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At top: The snowy egret, the salt marsh harvest mouse and burrowing owls all make local marshes their homes. But the owl, seen here in Mountain View’s Shoreline Park, hasn’t been spotted in Palo Alto for years. Below: The Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve is home to endangered species.

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per rails twice, he said. Howard Shellhammer, emeritus professor of biology at San Jose State University, has studied the salt marsh harvest mouse since 1961. He said the loss of tidal marshes has forced species that used to live in the lower half to lower third of the marsh zone to higher land. And that leaves them more at risk of running into predators. “The upper part of the high marsh zone is where the salt marsh harvest mouse, various shrews and other small mammals, plus a variety of birds, escape to during the highest tides ... when the larger birds feast on all those cover-dependent animals forced out of cover,” Shellhammer said. Though endangered, clapper rails aren’t the only birds whose numbers have dropped. The populations of black-crowned night herons and snowy egrets, which nest in the trees near the duck pond during the spring, have decreased dramatically in the past two to three years, Bicknell said. The showy herons, which sport red eyes and two long head feathers on their greenish-black caps, are known to soar gracefully through the sky, while the snowwhite egrets glide like prehistoric creatures, making unearthly gargling noises as they flap their wings in the trees. No one knows why there have been fewer of the herons and egrets, Bicknell said. Perhaps the habitat has changed in some way to make it less favorable; perhaps the much-loved birds sought a

the 2011 initiative Measure E from passing. The initiative reserves a 10-acre portion of the park for 10 years while the city considers if an energy/compost facility should be built there. Voters approved Measure E, and a final decision by the City Council on proposals for the facility is expected in February 2014, according to Daren Anderson, Palo Alto’s manager of open space, parks and golf. Eventually, additional trails will open, and the elevated area will afford a panoramic view of the bay, Shoreline Park in Mountain View, the East Bay hills and all of the surrounding Palo Alto Baylands. Large graders are currently preparing the site, rumbling over mountains of dark brown soil. The earth will create a foundation, and a protective cap will keep hazardous landfill materials from seeping into the marshes. Nearby, pickleweed and cord grass, used by the endangered more favorable locale where they don’t have to put up with human onlookers pointing oversized camera lenses at their nests. The Point Blue “State of the Birds: San Francisco Bay 2011” report asserts that the primary threats to both birds are the loss or disturbance of nesting sites and noise from construction, which scares the birds away. Several species of ducks — such as the canvasback, greater scaup, a diving duck, and surf scoter, a deeper-water duck — are also decreasing in population, the report found. Those losses could be significant. The San Francisco Bay populations of scaup and scoters represent between 40 and 50 percent of all scaup and scoters counted in the Pacific Flyway. There is some good news in the report: Populations of some birds, including the black rail, are increasing.


t’s not only the loss of marshes but the invasion of the wrong type of plants that threaten the clapper rails and salt marsh harvest mice. A nonnative, invasive species of cord grass, Spartina alterniflora, is pushing out the native variety, Spartina foliosa, Bicknell said. The aggressive weed is replacing plants on which the rail and mouse depend. But volunteers, including from the nonprofit organizations Acterra and Save The Bay are working to remove the invasive plant, he said. Lynn Hori, a retired Palo Alto High School teacher, started working with students on science research projects at the Baylands

California clapper rail and salt marsh harvest mouse, cover the landscape in large swaths broken up by water channels that wind toward Mayfield Slough. On a recent afternoon, flocks of ducks and geese, disturbed by some marshland denizen — perhaps one of the native gray foxes — created a raucous rush across the water. When capping is completed in a year, the city will seed native grasses over the area, providing cover and food for insects and small animals. Anderson is also spearheading a new “vegetation island” concept — native flora planted in low mounds — that would help a variety of wildlife. The area won’t serve the clapper rail or harvest mouse, which stay in the tidal salt marshes and are not attracted to the drier upland area. But the city is looking at ways to welcome the scarce burrowing owl, a small bird that lives underground. Two birds



he 126-acre Byxbee Park, located at the center of the Palo Alto Baylands Preserve, is perhaps the most emblematic of the question of how the Baylands should be managed. The park — formerly the city’s landfill — has taken shape in stages. As parts of the landfill closed, levees and trails opened up, providing visitors with roughly 1 mile that connected the Palo Alto Duck Pond, Lucy Evans Baylands Interpretive Center and Harriet Mundy Marsh with the Adobe Creek Loop Trail that leads to Shoreline Park in Mountain View. But the closure of the last 51 acres of landfill in 2011 has raised questions regarding whether the Baylands should forever be a dedicated open space, or if other uses can be factored in. Open-space proponents, including former City Councilwomen Enid Pearson and Emily Renzel, who were instrumental in preserving the land in the 1960s, fought hard to prevent

The native plant nursery at the Palo Alto Baylands features thousands of seedlings that will be planted by volunteers after the first rain. in 1997. Students took a raft and collected samples of the cord grasses, which were genetically tested at U.C. Davis. The tests showed which plants were nonnative Spartina, she said. The invasive plant was discovered west of the sailing station and in Charleston Slough and Hooks Island, a flat, arrowhead-shaped spit of land at the preserve’s easternmost edge. It hybridized with the native cord grass, making it harder to tell one from the other, she said. “Some picked up the roots characteristics; some picked up the height or the flowers. You almost had to test it all to find out what was native or nonnative. It just comes in and takes over. It grows denser than the native species and makes it harder for animals to move around. It is interfering with the dynamics of the marsh,” she said. The students monitored various

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Crews on Oct. 28 lay a protective dirt covering over the former Palo Alto landfill, some of which is scheduled to become part of Byxbee Park in the Baylands. previously inhabited the Baylands, but now they are gone. Only a few of the owls remain in Mountain View, Anderson said. The Palo Alto Baylands and the rare creatures living there exist today due to the perseverance of several residents dating back to 1960. Pearson, Renzel and the late Harriet Mundy and Lucy Evans all have played prominent roles. Pearson and others launched a lawsuit that stopped a massive commercial development in 1961 and prompted the council to develop the Baylands Master Plan. But the Baylands’ future is not secure, Pearson and Renzel say. Despite climate change, the marshlands’ fate lies largely with the will of the people to areas in search of the nonnative species, and they used tarpaulins to smother some of the plants. They replaced the invasive Spartina at Hooks Island with native cord grass, she said. Groups have made major efforts to cull invasive Spartina throughout the bay region. Work by the California Coastal Conservancy’s San Francisco Estuary Invasive Spartina Project reduced the weed from a high of 800 acres to 40 acres, said Amy Hutzel, coordinator for the project. Save The Bay has removed invasive Spartina and added native cord grass plugs in Palo Alto, said Seth Chanin, the nonprofit’s restoration program manager. The organization has restored 45,000 acres of wetlands around the bay over the past decade, with a goal of 100,000 acres. Levees, which have poor, degraded soil and have been taken over by invasive European weeds such as wild fennel, mustard, radishes and ice plant, are also the focus of restoration work. Volunteers collect local native seeds at the marshes in the fall and install plants in the winter during the rainy season. Save The Bay is propagating 40,000 plants at a nursery set up in the Palo Alto Baylands, Chanin said. “We go into undisturbed transition zones (from one kind of plant habitat to another) and look at what’s growing and try to replicate that,” Chanin said. They use 25 to 30 plant types, including salt-tolerant grasses and low shrubs that provide cover for animals and a food source, he said.

support keeping wild places wild, Renzel said. “In the 1970s, there was a new appreciation of wildlife habitat. There was a huge movement to protect open space and wildlife,” she said. But generations change, and with them, their priorities, she added. Perhaps ironically, human progress did help create a greater appreciation for the Baylands. When Pearson first walked there in 1952, the marshes were not easily accessible, she said. But when the city knocked down 101 homes to make way for Oregon Expressway, it used the concrete and other debris as fill for paths and levees along the Baylands’ perimeter trail, she said. N Save The Bay, Acterra and the East Palo Alto nonprofit organization Collective Roots are working jointly on projects to restore habitats in East Palo Alto’s FaberLaumeister Tract. The project is paid for through a grant from the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill, said Alex Von Feldt, Acterra’s stewardship program director. The restoration also involves schoolchildren from the East Palo Alto Charter School and Youth Community Services. A Junior Bay Stewards program will teach East Palo Alto students about marshland ecology, she said. This past summer the project started a clapper-rail habitat restoration project, she said. Save The Bay has planted halfmile stretches of native species at Palo Alto’s 126-acre Byxbee Park. The plants line the edge of a levee overlooking the pickleweed and cord grass. Chanin has seen a clapper rail once in the three years he has worked there, but volunteers often hear its loud, distinctive call: keck keck keck keck keck keck keck keck.


he Bay Area’s tidal marshes comprise an ever-shifting system, and the presence or absence of animals presage its future condition. The shorebird population in San Francisco Bay has shifted north, where their numbers have increased in the north bay, and away from the central and south bay, according to the State of the Birds report. The numbers of one of the more common species, the Western sandpiper, has declined Bay Area-wide, while two other common species, the


Above: Only 15 to 20 California clapper rails still live in the Palo Alto Baylands. Left: Richard Bicknell, supervising ranger for the City of Palo Alto, stands by â&#x20AC;&#x153;rail alley,â&#x20AC;? a thoroughfare for the California clapper rail, on Oct. 28. to wetlands, she said. A 2012 Point Blue study found the number of clapper rails increases dramatically following restoration of tidal marshes, but the increase begins after 17 to 20 years, she noted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Currently, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have data on clapper rail response to restoration through planting. However, we do know that much of the depredation of clapper rails occurs during high tides, when clapper rails are forced to seek refuge on higher ground. Plantings adjacent to tidal wetlands can provide the cover that the clapper rails need to hide from predators during high tide,â&#x20AC;? she said.


he effects of higher tides from climate change â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the human response to it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is a concern for many scientists. Claire Elliott, a senior ecologist with Acterra, said there has been talk of raising the levees in response to sea-level rise. That will have an impact on what kind of plant refuges are available to the animals, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My fear is that the levees will isolate species from areas they need to access,â&#x20AC;? she said. Local officials are indeed planning for a sea-level rise â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also taking Baylands animals into account. The San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority, a coalition that includes Palo Alto, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, the Santa Clara Valley Water District and the San Mateo County Flood Protection District, is in the midst of a major multi-year project to protect surrounding communities from flooding. The work includes the widening of channels, reconstruction of levees and a complete reconfiguration of the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course. Though flood control is the main objective, habitat restoration is also part of the


Tom Hill prepares to plant native flora at the Palo Alto Baylands last December during a Save the Bay volunteer event.

plan. The Environmental Impact Report for the project lists as its first objective to provide a â&#x20AC;&#x153;golf course that has enhanced wildlife habitat, improved wetland areas and a more interesting course.â&#x20AC;? One of the goals, in fact, is to make the golf course feel more like the Baylands. The reconfiguration would reduce the area of â&#x20AC;&#x153;managedâ&#x20AC;? turf from 135 acres to 81 acres. Rob de Geus, assistant director of the Community Services Department, noted that the project will â&#x20AC;&#x153;add over 50 acres of natural Bayland.â&#x20AC;? Former councilwoman Enid Pearson, who along with former councilwoman Emily Renzel was largely responsible for saving the Baylands in the 1960s, said she fears the marshes will be damaged by attempts to stem flooding. The flood-control plan would direct overflowing water from the San Francisquito Creek, between the Baylands and U.S. Highway 101, toward the Faber Tract in East Palo Alto, where clapper rails and harvest mice live. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shares her concern. In July, the agency raised flags in a letter to the creek authority. The Wildlife Service stated that flood waters in the Faber Tract could result in the loss of refuge for the clap-


least sandpiper and the willet, have increased greatly. Burrowing owls that nested in the Palo Alto Baylands are gone, while along Mountain Viewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shoreline, habitat improvements have helped the species. In 2008, the clapper rail population dropped, especially in the south bay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We suspect the entire Bay Area really crashed in 2008. Most likely, it was weather-related. Pressures could have caused poor reproduction. We really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know,â&#x20AC;? said Julian Wood, Point Blueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s San Francisco Bay program manager. Pollution can seriously upset the food supply, according to Joanne McFarlin, a senior ecologist with Acterra, who three years ago examined bugs at Stevens Creek. Endangered steelhead trout and clapper rails feast on invertebrates. When samples from the upper creek found only pollution-tolerant insects, such as black flies and midge flies, McFarlin suspected a pollution source in the surrounding neighborhood was emptying into the water. Soil analysis found very high levels of pesticides known as pyrethroids, which are commonly used in backyard gardens, she said. An outreach program to educate residents by the City of Cupertino resulted in lower levels of pesticides, which in turn allowed insects that are important on the food chain to repopulate the waterway, she said. Some restoration work covers large swaths of land. The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, a massive plan by state and federal agencies and private foundations, purchased 15,100 acres from Cargill Inc., with plans to restore 50 to 90 percent of south bay ponds to a mix of tidal marsh and shallow, managed ponds. Restoration has brought back large numbers of leopard sharks and native fish to south bay waters, Hutzel said. Restored areas include near the Dumbarton Bridge at Ravenswood Open Space Preserve, near Moffett Field in Mountain View, at Eden Landing near Hayward, in Alviso in the South Bay and at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Jen McBroom, clapper-rail monitoring manager at Berkeley-based habitat restoration and monitoring firm Olofson Environmental, Inc., has done hundreds of surveys of clapper rails all around the bay. Some hope is coming to the rails as a result of returning salt ponds


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per rails and the mice, exposing them to predators. The project, the agency argued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;has the potential to have severe adverse effects to the California clapper rail and salt marsh harvest mouse.â&#x20AC;? Among the creek authorityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans, it is looking into ways to protect the species, including building mounds that harvest mice could climb, should flooding occur. Rising sea levels pose challenges more widely, McBroom and Hutzel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve built communities up to the edge of the bay. If that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there, the marshes could move upward and inland, but they will get squeezed between the communities and a rising bay,â&#x20AC;? Hutzel said. But Wood said computer modeling by Point Blue indicates that marshlands might have more resilience in the face of a sea-level rise than previously thought. Sediment deposits could increase in some areas, building up the marshland. As sediment builds, marsh plants start to grow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The sooner that happens, the more likely it is that the marsh can keep pace with sea-level rise,â&#x20AC;? he said. But he added a caveat: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If there is a faster rise, will they be able to do it faster?â&#x20AC;? The study, which is found at, shows that some areas currently under water will become mudflats in the Palo Alto Baylands by 2030, with low sediment deposits and a more than .52-meter sea-level rise. Under a scenario with higher sediment deposits, much of the lower marshes will fill in to become so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;mid-marshâ&#x20AC;? zones. The Baylands would have a less-varied habitat, according to many of the models. While that could portend big changes for wildlife that depend on varied zones for their survival, Wood said the models also offer tools for marshland managers to design habitats that could help species to survive. McBroom agreed that humans, who have contributed significantly to the demise of the marshes, must have a hand in saving species. Clapper rails need large, round marshes with a range of elevations, from low marsh to forage in during low tides to high marsh in which to take cover during high tides, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their habitat will shrink as the rising waters drown the tidal wetlands â&#x20AC;&#x201D; unless we are able to increase the elevation of these marshes or allow them to expand landward,â&#x20AC;? she said. Daren Anderson, Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s manager of open space, parks and golf, said the city must consider the best ways to manage the competition between the rising tides, wildlife and community. In its search for ways to care for the Palo Alto Baylands, the city will seek ways to manage and preserve the tidal marshes for generations of wildlife and humans to come. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@ On the cover: Photo of Palo Alto Baylands by Veronica Weber.

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Palo Alto Historical Association presents a public program


NOV. 2013


Sunday, November 3, 2013, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto 2EFRESHMENTSs.OADMISSIONCHARGE

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DR. TOM MCDONALD MEMORIAL LECTURE SERIES AT THE PALO ALTO CENTER MEDICARE 2014 Palo Alto Center 795 El Camino Real Palo Alto (650) 853-2960

SANTA CLARA COUNTY RESIDENTS t NOV. 6 OR NOV. 11, 2 TO 4 P.M. SAN MATEO COUNTY RESIDENTS t NOV. 5, 6 TO 8 P.M., OR NOV. 13, 2 TO 4 P.M. HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELING AND ADVOCACY PROGRAM (HICAP) COUNSELORS Do Medicare terms such as Medigap, Medicare Advantage Plans and Drug Plans seem confusing? Join us to learn about these Medicare options. We will also discuss the changes to Medicare for 2014.

LIVING WITH PSORIASIS AND PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS Palo Alto Center 795 El Camino Real Palo Alto (650) 853-4873

NOV. 12, 7 TO 8:30 P.M. JULIE LETSINGER, M.D., PAMF DERMATOLOGY ANDREW ROZELLE, M.D., PAMF RHEUMATOLOGY Learn about the most advanced treatment options and updates on research for those living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Receive information on how you can be a part of the growing movement to find a cure.

AGING AND THE REPRODUCTIVE CYCLE Sunnyvale Public Library 665 W. Olive Avenue Sunnyvale No registration needed.

Safe Routes to School for Palo Alto High School


Review and comment on Draft Walk and Roll Maps and Route Improvements


Thursday, November 14, 7:00-9:00 PM

DR. MARVIN SMALL MEMORIAL PARENT WORKSHOP Mountain View Center 701 E. El Camino Real Mountain View (650) 934-7380


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Home&Real Estate Home Front PLANNING AHEAD ... Holiday Traditions at Filoli, with a theme of “Ice Fantasy,” takes place from Friday, Nov. 29, through Saturday, Dec. 7, and includes the opening night premiere shopping event ($75-85), daytime and evening holiday shopping boutiques ($25-35), lunch buffet ($60-75), Bistro in the Cafe ($50-55) and a Children’s Party ($55-65 adults, $35 child). Advanced registration is encouraged since some events are already sold out. Information: 650-364-8300 or

a sign of something special

During Hidden Villa’s hands-on class students will create wreaths from organically grown flowers by Carol Blitzer s a child, Lanette Anderson’s mom would hang a wreath on the door around Thanksgiving, “a symbol in our house that something special was happening.” Today, as the horticulturist and flower farmer at Hidden Villa, Anderson will be teaching a class on Nov. 16 on how to make floral wreaths from organic raw materials,


A floral wreath begins with a frame, made of pruned grape vines. Then dried flowers, including statice, strawflowers, poppy-seed heads and lavender — all from Hidden Villa — are added.

ECO-FRIENDLY CANDLES ... Lori Stoia will teach a class on “Eco-Friendly Holiday Candles” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Palo Alto High School, Room 106, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The class will cover candle safety, equipment, natural materials (including soy and beeswax) and various candle-making techniques. Expect to take home a container candle, a rolled beeswax candle and a votive candle. A handout will be provided on how to make candles at home. Cost is $40 plus a $20 materials fee. Information: 650-329-3752 or NOTHING TO SNEEZE AT ... Deva Luna, horticulturist, garden coach and garden designer, will offer a class on “Herbs and Natural Remedies for Colds and Flu” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class will cover herbal teas and tonics and include recipes in an interactive class. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.


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SHAPING UP ... UC Master Gardner Roberta Barnes will offer a free workshop on “Pruning Shrubs to Maintain Natural Form and Beauty” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. Focus will be on choosing the right-sized plants, understanding thinning and shearing and knowing when to prune. She will demonstrate pruning techniques and talk about rejuvenating over-sheared shrubs. The talk will be followed by an open garden tour. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or



Lanette Anderson, Hidden Villa’s horticulturist and flower farmer, will be teaching a class on creating floral wreaths, using materials from the educational farm.

all grown at the Los Altos Hills farm and education center. Participants will begin by constructing frames from 8-10-foot lengths of grape vines, which were pruned from the small vineyard. The grapes are grown for distribution through Hidden Villa’s CSA, community-supported agriculture. The vines need pruning around now anyway, Anderson said. “It’s a nice value added for the farm” to re-use them as wreath frames. The class begins outside where they have room to move their “whole body around to get it into shape,” she added. Because the crafters aren’t starting with ready-made frames, each wreath will be unique, in both size and shape, she said. Then they’ll add dried flowers, which Anderson has been collecting throughout the season and drying (at home, she suggests cutting longish stems, tying a cluster together, then hanging them upside down in a dark closet, to prevent the sun from bleaching out the color). She’ll be offering fragrant lavender and Sweet Annie, with its citrus-y scent, as well as strawflowers, amaranth, papery statice, safflowers and poppy-seed heads. “Here at Hidden Villa we have so many flowers, from asters to zinnias. We’re a small, organic farm so diversity is key. That’s true for flowers as well as vegetables,” Anderson said. She points to the strawflowers that she harvested today. “They’re already quite dry and easy to work with because they’re not brittle but dry — and they come in gorgeous colors,” she added. Most of the flowers can be woven into (continued on page Ι®

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months; they’ll last longer hung over the hearth than on the front door, she said. They’ll even keep their scent for a long time, she added. Anderson grew up in Southern California but it was at University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in environmental policy, that she became engaged more specifically with agricultural policy. She then joined the organic agricultural apprenticeship program at University of California, Santa Cruz, through its Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. Anderson has been at Hidden Villa for two years, managing the gardens and growing Strawflowers start out almost dry and come in a variety of colors, perfect for adding a special touch to a the cut flowers that floral wreath. are sold at the Los Alglue. And people could add a touch of rib- tos Farmers’ Market and through Hidden bon, but the emphasis is on using the flow- Villa’s CSA. She’ll also do floral arrange­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ÊvÀœ“Ê«>}iÊÎÇ® ers. ments for special events at Hidden Villa, Dried-flower wreaths can last for months, and she sells her own hand-made driedthe vine frame, but she prefers to wind floral wire through the strawflower stems; Anderson said, and the frame for years. De- floral wreaths. some blooms will be attached using floral pending on where they’re hung, the flowThe “Holiday Floral Wreath Making” ers will start to break down after a few


class is part of the Home Farm Series of public programs. In the spring the series will include how to grow cut flowers, as well as a course on basic gardening that includes composting and soil amendments. But, for this class, each person can expect to make two wreaths, one for her or himself, and one to give away, Anderson said. The participants can make differently shaped frames, and “play around with what appeals to them. They don’t need a lot of guidance once they get started.” “It’s a fun, autumnal activity to come together. We usually have some hot cider,” she said. But the best part may just be coming to Hidden Villa, she added. “We get together at this beautiful place and spend the afternoon crafting.” N Associate Editor Carol Blitzer can be emailed at What: Holiday Floral Wreath Making When: Saturday, Nov. 16, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Where: Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills Cost: $45 Info: 650-949-8650, www.hiddenvilla. org or READ MORE ONLINE READ MORE ONLINE For more Home and Real Estate news, visit

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Home & Real Estate SALES AT A GLANCE East Palo Alto

Mountain View

Total sales reported: 5 Lowest sales price: $245,000 Highest sales price: $650,000

Total sales reported: 20 Lowest sales price: $395,000 Highest sales price: $1,550,000

Los Altos

Palo Alto

Total sales reported: 8 Lowest sales price: $900,000 Highest sales price: $3,500,000

Total sales reported: 11 Lowest sales price: $850,000 Highest sales price: $3,000,000

Los Altos Hills

Redwood City

Total sales reported: 3 Lowest sales price: $2,200,000 Highest sales price: $5,270,000

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Total sales reported: 3 Lowest sales price: $500,000 Highest sales price: $1,500,000

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.

East Palo Alto 1982 W. Bayshore Road #224 Peninsula Capital Fund to A. Lirette for $375,000 on 9/18/13; previous sale 1/07, $251,500 644 Bell St. F. & B. Williams to G. Chandhoke for $245,000 on 9/17/13 2320 Clarke Ave. F. Nejat to W. Panlilio for $650,000 on 9/13/13; previous sale 2/09, $988,000 224 Daphne Way L. & J. Brown to J. Gonzalez for $385,000 on 9/17/13; previous sale 12/04, $500,000

1484 Kavanaugh Drive M. Wiley to K. Mangalick for $425,000 on 9/19/13

Los Altos 365 Anita Ave. Krause Trust to Srouji Trust for $2,350,000 on 10/8/13 1 W. Edith Ave. #D129 Berman Trust to R. Johnston for $950,000 on 10/4/13; previous sale 9/02, $699,000 444 Lassen St. #3 R. Haslacher to D. Shi for $900,000 on 10/4/13; previous sale 9/98, $171,500 89 Pasa Robles Ave. C. & J. Hsu to W. & A. Biggs for $2,495,000 on 10/2/13 904 Riverside Drive Urban West HCC to M. Hochman for $3,500,000 on 10/1/13; previous sale 3/12, $1,500,000 526 Sequoia Drive S. Netzel to Ang Trust for $2,140,000 on 10/4/13; previous sale 7/06,

$1,580,000 921 Sherwood Ave. K. & M. Yokota to A. Khakifirooz for $1,000,000 on 10/1/13; previous sale 9/03, $610,000 1330 Villa Drive A. Hislop to Villa Drive Limited for $2,162,000 on 9/30/13

Los Altos Hills 26970 Dezahara Way C. Chan to J. Porcella for $2,200,000 on 10/4/13; previous sale 11/95, $750,000 26000 Elena Road R. & C. Dellinger to Erdell Trust for $3,500,000 on 10/8/13; previous sale 11/98, $1,985,000 24017 Oak Knoll Circle K. & C. Sheene to S. Lee for $5,270,000 on 10/9/13; previous sale 2/96, $765,000

Menlo Park 444 9th Ave. K. Riordan to A. & A. McKeon for $1,140,000


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264 N. Whisman Road #23 J. Lievore to J. Huey for $395,000 on 10/1/13; previous sale 12/03, $306,000

Palo Alto

Mountain View

Menlo Park


on 9/18/13; previous sale 8/02, $775,000 344 Central Ave. Annand Trust to L. Hachmann for $1,500,000 on 9/18/13 150 Terminal Ave. Mclemore Trust to M. Garcia for $500,000 on 9/20/13



181 Ada Ave. #52 Smith Trust to E. Ying for $725,000 on 10/9/13 240 Bryant St. City of Mountain View to Old Mountain View Properties for $1,125,000 on 10/4/13 181 Centre St. #6 D. Davis to Chu Trust for $725,000 on 10/4/13; previous sale 7/11, $546,000 1031 Crestview Drive #106 A. & M. Haugsnes to D. Grillo for $540,500 on 9/30/13; previous sale 6/01, $353,000 505 Cypress Point Drive #76 L. Rogers to K. Blazek for $425,000 on 10/9/13; previous sale 3/99, $154,000 524 Easy St. #A L. & M. Larsen to J. Wu for $820,000 on 10/9/13 380 Franklin St. S. Sohrabi to Y. Lin for $1,175,000 on 10/1/13; previous sale 11/12, $780,000 1306 Lubich Drive Way Trust to M. & S. Moeller for $1,365,000 on 9/30/13 225 Miro Ave. J. & J. Nguyen to S. Beausoleil for $960,000 on 10/2/13; previous sale 9/10, $720,000 285 Mountain View Ave. Anderson Trust to C. & S. Akkaya for $1,225,000 on 10/9/13; previous sale 7/05, $891,000 1940 Mt. Vernon Court #13 J. Yonts to A. Boulgakov for $558,000 on 10/4/13 203 Ortega Ave. Simon Trust to D. Ghandehari for $800,000 on 10/2/13; previous sale 5/00, $500,000 419 Ortega Ave. #104 T. Harrison to T. Chan for $722,000 on 10/4/13 701 N. Rengstorff Ave. #13 N. & S. Baba to E. Liu for $425,000 on 10/8/13; previous sale 8/00, $270,000 867 San Luppe Drive Anderson Trust to K. Chu for $704,000 on 9/30/13 1944 San Ramon Ave. M. McKay to Li Trust for $751,000 on 10/4/13 366 Sierra Vista Ave. #3 M. Owen to H. Bai for $726,000 on 10/1/13; previous sale 8/07, $672,000 551 Sullivan Drive J. Yan to A. & A. Snell for $1,550,000 on 10/3/13; previous sale 11/04, $1,100,000 264 N. Whisman Road #15 Trattner Trust to D. Rachmilevitz for $505,000 on 9/30/13; previous sale 8/03, $313,000

816 Ames Ave. Urban West HCC to G. & E. Gultekin for $3,000,000 on 10/7/13; previous sale 2/12, $965,000 3727 Cass Way K. & A. Mlodnosky to K. Lau for $1,700,000 on 10/9/13 4180 Donald Drive Bernzweig Trust to C. Mah for $1,850,000 on 10/1/13 370 Ely Place Cai Trust to H. Su for $1,680,000 on 10/8/13 505 Embarcadero Road J. Jitkoff to J. & S. Bishop for $2,000,000 on 10/3/13; previous sale 5/09, $1,300,000 800 High St. #116 Malin Trust to D. Purdy for $1,650,000 on 9/30/13; previous sale 5/06, $1,185,000 800 High St. #406 Gee Trust to Chang Family Limited for $1,658,000 on 10/1/13 3869 Nathan Way H. Teng to Y. Chu for $1,850,000 on 10/3/13; previous sale 1/98, $413,000 2583 Park Blvd. #W110 T. Chan to A. Chang for $850,000 on 10/3/13; previous sale 6/99, $415,000 2350 Tasso St. M. Goldeen to J. Qin for $1,800,000 on 10/2/13 2137 Wellesley St. M. Deleon to R. & C. Heley for $1,081,000 on 10/8/13; previous sale 5/07, $826,000

Redwood City 806 Canyon Road T. Tanimura to J. & M. Moerk for $829,000 on 9/18/13; previous sale 12/09, $623,500 453 Cork Harbour Circle #H J. & A. Suraci to X. Chen for $668,000 on 9/13/13; previous sale 6/08, $567,000 587 Douglas Ave. S. & E. Aber to R. Slack for $485,000 on 9/19/13; previous sale 10/09, $265,000 1911 Harding Ave. Anderson Trust to K. & K. Calderaro for $780,000 on 9/20/13; previous sale 8/12, $704,000 1197 Hudson St. Lasala Trust to Panacci Trust for $840,000 on 9/13/13 687 Hurlingame Ave. D. Hunter to J. Dai for $590,000 on 9/19/13 1014 King St. P. & S. Page to E. & K. Wong for $1,015,000 on 9/13/13; previous sale 12/06, $925,000 846 Lakeshore Drive Yazdani Trust to B. Zhou for $1,070,000 on 9/17/13; previous sale 7/05, $950,000 307 Louis Lane S. & L. Hazelbaker to Golden Trust for

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7292 Exotic Garden, Cambria

250 Atherton Avenue, Atherton

5 Betty Lane, Atherton




Listing Provided by: Dana Cappiello BRE# 01343305

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707 Westridge Drive, Portola Valley

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25 Oakhill Drive, Woodside

10800 Magdalena, Los Altos Hills

96 Heather Drive, Atherton




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Stunning custom home in Prime Old Palo Alto s s s s

5 bedrooms each with their own bath, plus library, 6.5 baths Exceptional quality is evident at every turn Hardwood floors on the main level, designer touches throughout 4,648+- sq ft interior


s Beautiful and private rear gardens, 7,500sq ft lot s Attached 2-car garage s Top-rated Palo Alto Schools

Offered at $5,280,000


Contact agent Judy Citron for a private showing

Exquisite Country French Home s s s s

Located in the sought after neighborhood of Felton Gables 4 bedrooms each with a private bath, plus office 3,900+- sq ft interior plus 650+- unfinished basement Pool and spa with sandstone decking, 12,870+- lot

s Neighborhood offers easy access to Hwy 101 and Holbrook Palmer Park s Excellent Menlo Park Schools s Available to show by appointment only

Offered at $3,579,000 - not available on MLS

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onveniently located in prestigious Old Palo Alto, this 3-bedroom/3 bath home is near Palo Alto’s renowned public schools and just moments to California Avenue shopping accessed via the Alma pedestrian/bicycle underpass. The home features two master suites, hardwood floors, crown molding, newer windows and updated interior décor.


The kitchen is remodeled with sleek white Corian counters, a colorful red tile splash and custom maple cabinets. The adjacent breakfast room overlooks the quiet rear garden. Sunlight streams through skylights in the living room and a large picture window frames views of the private entry courtyard and pistache and liquid amber trees with their brilliant, colorful fall foliage. The fireplace has a limestone surround and is topped by a handsome wood mantel. The separate family room overlooks the private natural setting, and enclosed areas underneath the stairs accommodate a work area and audio-visual equipment. Detached garage with extra storage. Living area: 1964 sq. ft.; Lot size: 60’ x 112.5’ (6,750 sq. ft.) . (Per County Records, unverified by Alain Pinel Realtors)

Price: $2,100,000 514 Palo Alto Sales... and counting! Included among the top Real Estate Teams in the Nation by the Wall Street Journal

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s Family room with tons of windows adjoins kitchen with High quality craftsmanship access to fabulous backyard and exacting attention to detail s Master has spacious spa like 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms (4 bath with marble shower, bedrooms, 3 full baths upstairs double sinks, soaking tub and 1 bedroom suite and s Thermador appliances, powder room downstairs) Andersen windows, Air Living room has generous conditioning proportions with coffered s 2 car garage with carriage style ceilings, gas log fireplace with wood doors honed marble surround s Incredible backyard with Spacious formal dining room expansive step down slate patio with coffered ceilings and lush lawn Gourmet kitchen with custom s Highly acclaimed Las Lomitas cabinets, fabulous granite Schools countertops, walk in pantry, and center island

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2160 Cedar Avenue, Menlo Park


Exceptional new construction in highly desirable Menlo Park neighborhood. This exquisite custom home in Modern Craftsman style features 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. The tastefully designed second floor offers 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, including dual sink vanities in both master and Jack and Jill baths and a soaking tub in the master bath, perfect for relaxing and unwinding after a long day. A bedroom suite downstairs is perfect for in-laws, guests, or an office. The beautifully landscaped backyard offers a private retreat, perfect for entertaining or just relaxing under the large oak tree.

Offered at $2,799,000


650-207-2500 / 650-464-1965 / DRE # 00870468 / 01812313

572 California Way, Emerald Hills Don't miss this stunning contemporary/traditional home on approximately one-half acre with the most amazing bay/city views. Over 4300 square feet of living space, large chef's kitchen, over sized three car garage. Family room off of kitchen. Second Family/ Media room on lower level, wonderful kid's suite, spacious master bedroom and bath with walk in

Offered at $2,295,000

Erika Demma

Dean Asborno



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30 years covering 30 cities and Asian investors #1 Palo Alto agent per MLS statistics

Juliana Lee MBA/LLB


BRE # 00851314


Beautiful New Construction in Desirable Old Palo Alto 2303 Cowper Street, Palo Alto

T his elegant new custom residence located in prestigious Old Palo

Open House Sat & Sun 1:30-4:30pm

Alto offers over 4,100 sq feet of living space with 5 bedrooms. The floor plan is ideal for family living with an open kitchen-family “great room” on the ground floor plus a spacious entertainment/media area on the lower level. This Spanish/Mediterranean style home features an open flow between rooms and many custom designer details, abundant light throughout, oil rubbed French Oak floors and decorator features on every level. Distinguishing Features: œ5 Bedrooms, 4 Full Bathrooms and 2 Half Baths œElegant Living Room with beam ceilings, fireplace and two sets of French doors to front patio & private rear yard Chef’s Kitchen with granite countertops, spacious center island, eat-in area œLiving area: over 4,100 sq ft per architect’s plans (includes over 1500+ sq ft basement) œLot Size: 6,500 sq ft per county records œTop-Rated Palo Alto Schools (Walter Hays Elementary, Jordan Middle, Palo Alto High-buyer to verify enrollment) œ

L eannah Hunt

L aurel Hunt Robinson

New Price $4,589,000

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60 Joaquin Road, Portola Valley


tunning & Serene 3 bd 3 ba Home on 1.5 Acre with absolutely captivating views of the peninsula, western hills, San Francisco, and Mt. Tamalpais. The 3-story home features an open and wonderfully Light-filled interior. Highlights include white-washed vaulted ceilings, Generous eat-in kitchen, & Clerestory windows that blend the lines between interior and exterior. An exceptional opportunity to experience a luxurious lifestyle in a rural setting. Excellent Hiking, Biking, Close Proximity to 280, Stanford, Menlo Park & Palo Alto

Open House: Sun 11/3 1:30-4:30

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Atherton Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $6,795,000 76 Lilac Drive Exceptional custom home in Lindenwood. One level living plus a 3-bedroom guest house. 5 BR/4.5 BA Tom LeMieux CalBRE #01066910 650.323.7751

Atherton $33,000,000 By appointment only Extremely rare opportunity to own 3.8 flat acres on prime West Atherton Street. 5 BR/6.5 BA Susie Dews & Shena Hurley CalBRE #00781220 650.325.6161

Los Altos $1,850,000 Lovely Los Altos rancher home in a park like setting of approx. 11,680 sq.ft. (per cnty). 3 BR/2 BA Ellen Vernazza CalBRE #01320111 650.851.1961

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 CalBRE #00787851 650.325.6161

Menlo Park Sat/Sun 1 - 4 $2,799,000 2160 Cedar Ave New listing! Exceptional new construction in fabulous West MP location. Modern Craftsman. Las Lomitas. 5 BR/4.5 BA Chris McDonnell & Kelly Griggs CalBRE #00870468/01812313 650.324.4456

Menlo Park Sun 1 - 4 $2,749,000 2050 Gordon Ave Elegant LR, gourmet kitchen w/ center island. Exquisite master suite! Lovely backyard! 4 BR/3.5 BA Keri Nicholas CalBRE #01198898 650.323.7751

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

Menlo Park Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $1,500,000 300 Sand Hill Ci #202 Must see! Rare, one-level unit overlooking 14th fairway of Sharon Heights golf course. 3 BR/2 BA Deanna Tarr CalBRE #00585398 650.324.4456

Palo Alto $4,850,000 By Appointment Only! Striking architectural features & designer materials! Incomparable 10 yr new English Tudor 7 BR/7.5 BA Judy Shen CalBRE #01272874 650.328.5211

Palo Alto $2,399,000 5 bdrm 3 ba home near downtown. Hdwd floors,skylight, fam kit opens to private back yard! Ken Morgan & Arlene Gault CalBRE #00877457 & 01242236 650.328.5211

Palo Alto Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $1,748,000 3181 Emerson Street Beautiful, spacious, updated Midtown 2-story. Plus office. Light and bright! 4 BR/3.5 BA Ken Morgan & Arlene Gault CalBRE #00877457 & 01242236 650.328.5211

Redwood City Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $995,000 580 Lakeview Way Beautifully remodeled Emerald Hills charmer. Large 9.676 sq ft lot. 2 BR/1 BA Paul Skrabo CalBRE #00665727 650.323.7751

Redwood City Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $850,000 2455 Ohio Ave Location, location! Lovely home in desirable Woodside Plaza location. Freshly painted & ready to move in! 3 BR/2 BA Bonnie Biorn CalBRE #01343603 650.324.4456

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 CalBRE #00922877 650.325.6161

Woodside $2,275,000 Vintage Ranch Style Home. One of the finest locations in WDS Hills area. 1.15 ac of flat land! Possible Bay Vws! 3 BR/3.5 BA Scott Dancer CalBRE #00868362 650.851.2666

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4258 McKellar Lane, Palo Alto Open Sat & Sun 1:30 - 4:30

Green Acres Home ituated on a quiet cul-de-sac, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home features spacious rooms and easy access to the private back YARDWITHMATURETREES5PGRADESINCLUDE SKYLIGHTS DUALPANEDWINDOWS NEWERROOF and stainless steel kitchen appliances. 0LUS THEREISABONUSWORKROOMANDPARKING pad for boat or RV. Great location, close to NEARBYSCHOOLS INCLUDING'UNN(IGH3CHOOL (buyer to verify availability.)


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ATHERTON 3 Bedrooms 140 Selby Ln $4,999,000 Sat 2-4/Sun 1:30-4:30 Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111 79 Normandy Ln Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$2,998,000 323-7751

187 Atherton Av Sun Intero-Woodside

$6,895,000 206-6200

1 James Ave $3,595,000 Sun Frontier West Properties (415) 305-7817

5 Bedrooms 76 Lilac Dr Sun Coldwell Banker

$6,795,000 323-7751

73 Nora Wy Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$2,688,000 323-7751

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$955,000 323-7751

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$850,000 324-4456

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$2,395,000 323-7751

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4 Bedrooms

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19876 Beekman Place $875,000 Sat/Sun Keller Williams Palo Alto 454-8500

$1,748,000 328-5211

4301 El Camino Real $1,558,888 Sat 10-5/Sun 10-6 Classic Communities (877) 332-0783 633 Chimalus Dr $2,368,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 323-1111

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$1,850,000 851-1961

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MENLO PARK 2 Bedrooms - Condominium 2140 Santa Cruz Av #B201 $549,000 Sat/Sun American Green Realty Inc 302-2449

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$4,589,000 323-1900

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$2,595,000 321-1596

3340 Kenneth Dr Call for price Sat/Sun Zane Macgregor & Company324-9900 510 Lowell Av $5,280,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111

4 Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms

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2059 Palo Alto Wy Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 1975 Valparaiso Av Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 2098 Cedar Av Sun Coldwell Banker 1351 Sherman Ave Sun Miles McCormick 742 Live Oak Av Sun Coldwell Banker 2050 Gordon Av Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

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5 Bedrooms 2331 Crest Ln $3,983,222 Sun Intero-Woodside 206-6200 10 Arbol Grande Ct $2,995,000 Sun Coldwell Banker 325-6161 140 Royal Oaks Ct $4,295,000 Sun 2-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111 2160 Cedar Av $2,799,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 324-4456 2179 Clayton Dr $3,595,000 Sun Landmark Properties (408) 313-1988

PORTOLA VALLEY $1,798,000 851-1961

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$1,350,000 323-7751

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Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 10/01/2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on October 16, 2013. (PAW October 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 2013) 101LOAN FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 583956 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: 101Loan, located at 555 College Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): OPES ADVISORS, INC. 555 College Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on October 17, 2013. (PAW Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013) KAL FINANCIAL, INC. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 583937 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Kal Financial, Inc., located at 555 College Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): OPES ADVISORS, INC. 555 College Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on October 17, 2013. (PAW Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013) INTELLENT LAW LLC FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 584252 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Intellent Law LLC, located at 18532 Cox Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Limited Liability Company. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): INTELLENT LAW LLC 18532 Cox Avenue Saratoga, CA 95070 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 10/01//2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on October 24, 2013. (PAW Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013) BRIDGES HOME SERVICES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 584329 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Bridges Home Services, located at 637 Alvarado Row, Stanford, CA 94305, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): RICHARD E. BRIDGES 637 Alvarado Row Stanford, CA 94305 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on October 28, 2013. (PAW Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013)

997 All Other Legals NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. 09-0077015 Doc ID #0001768980502005N Title Order No. 090391438 Investor/Insurer No. 176898050 APN No. 127-44-049-00 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 10/24/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given that RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A., as duly appointed trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust executed by JOSE O ILLATHU, AND ANNIE T ILLATHU, HUSBAND AND WIFE AS JOINT TENANTS, dated 10/24/2007 and recorded 10/30/2007, as Instrument No. 19632819, in Book N/A, Page

N/A, of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Santa Clara County, State of California, will sell on 11/13/2013 at 9:00AM, Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054, Great America Ballroom at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash or check as described below, payable in full at time of sale, all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust, in the property situated in said County and State and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 711 MAYVIEW AVE, PALO ALTO, CA, 943034547. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold plus reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $1,975,269.47. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept cashier’s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Said sale will be made, in an ‘’AS IS’’ condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, advances thereunder, with interest as provided, and the unpaid principal of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on a property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 1-800-281-8219 or visit this Internet Web site www.recontrustco. com, using the file number assigned to this case TS No. 09-0077015. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. DATED: 09/09/2009 RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. 1800 Tapo Canyon Rd., CA6-914-01-94 SIMI VALLEY, CA 93063 Phone: (800) 281 8219, Sale Information (626) 927-4399 By: Trustee’s Sale Officer RECONTRUST COMPANY, N.A. is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. A-4420353 10/18/2013, 10/25/2013, 11/01/2013 PAW NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: TIMOTHY CHARLES Case No.: 113PR173392 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of TIMOTHY CHARLES.

A Petition for Probate has been filed by: JUDITH MARY ROSS in the Superior Court of California, County of SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: JUDITH MARY ROSS be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on December 9, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in Dept.: 12 of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, located at 191 N. First St., San Jose, CA, 95113. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58 (b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: /s/ Mara S. Thomas, SBN 286645 327 Miramontes Ave. Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (415)933-3524 (PAW Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 1, 2013) Trustee Sale No. : 20110159901804 Title Order No.: 963635 FHA/VA/ PMI No.: 0 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 10/17/2003. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NDEx West, L.L.C., as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 10/28/2003 as Instrument No. 17442078 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of SANTA CLARA County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: CARL ISENHOWER, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/ CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by California Civil Code 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 11/14/2013 TIME OF SALE: 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: AT THE GATED NORTH MARKET STREET ENTRANCE TO THE SUPERIOR COURTHOUSE AT 190 N. MARKET STREET, SAN JOSE, CA.. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 922 FARLEY STREET, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA 94043 APN#: 150-07-022 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication

of the Notice of Sale is $580,352.13. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 916-939-0772 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 20110159901804. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: NATIONWIDE POSTING & PUBLICATION 2 A DIVISION OF FIRST AMERICAN TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY 5005 WINDPLAY DRIVE, SUITE 1 EL DORADO HILLS, CA 957629334 916-939-0772 NDEx West, L.L.C. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. NDEx West, L.L.C. as Trustee Dated: 10/15/2013 NPP0222362 To: PALO ALTO WEEKLY 10/25/2013, 11/01/2013, 11/08/2013 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: ALAN H. WELLER, aka ALAN HORACE WELLER, aka ALAN WELLER Case No.: 1-13-PR-173436 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of ALAN H. WELLER, aka ALAN HORACE WELLER, aka ALAN WELLER. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: EDWARD W. HOLLAND, JR. in the Superior Court of California, County of SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: EDWARD W. HOLLAND, JR. be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on November 25, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in Dept.: 12 of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara,

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appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on November 27, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in Dept.: 12 of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, located at 191 N. First St., San Jose, CA, 95113. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: /s/ Mark A. Gonzalez, Lead Deputy County Counsel Office of the County Counsel, 373 West Julian Street, Suite 300, San Jose, CA (408)758-4200 (PAW Nov. 1, 8, 15, 2013)

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Cardinal offense needs to improve quickly for No. 2 Oregon by Rick Eymer


Palo Alto High golfers (L-R) Emily Hwang, Annie Chen, Audrey Horn, Michelle Xie, Celia Willner and Elise Kiya celebrates their first-ever Central Coast Section Championship on Tuesday in Carmel Valley.

Big leap for Paly girls at CCS Xie wins individual title while first-year Vikings claim team golf championship by Keith Peters alo Alto girls’ golf coach Doyle Knight was a marshall for one of the final groups at the Central Coast Section Championships on Tuesday at Rancho Canada (East Course) Golf Club in Carmel Valley. Thus, Knight was out of touch with most of his team during what would turn out to be a historic day


for the Vikings. “Throughout the round I heard the girls were playing well, but every time I saw one of them they would tell me they were playing poorly,” he said. So, Knight had no idea where his team finished as he trudged into the club house after his foursome finally finished. “As I was walking up to the club

house the girls came running out telling me we had won,” Knight said. “At first I didn’t believe them, and when I saw the score posted on the wall, chills went through me. I knew they could do it.” Despite being in only their first year as a team and having lost to ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊÈή


Gunn boys join in the title-clinching by Keith Peters


inning league water polo titles has seemingly been routine for the Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep boys plus the Menlo-Atherton girls, with all of whom doing just that on Wednesday. The Menlo boys won their 20th league crown in 21 years, the SHP boys made it six titles in the past seven years and the M-A girls captured their seventh straight. The Gunn boys, meanwhile, ended a long drought of winning ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê˜iÝÌÊ«>}i®



A break before the Ducks


OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Junior outside hitter Allie Frappier from Atherton was named the Division III National Player of the Week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Frappier, a graduate of Menlo School, earned the honor after breaking the Pomona-Pitzer record for kills in a match with 40 in a fourset win over CMS on Saturday, after tallying 25 in a 3-1 win at Occidental on Friday. The 40 kills eclipsed the previous school record of 35, which was set by Joanne Nielson in 1990 and has held for 23 years. In addition, the 40 kills tied for the sixthhighest total in NCAA Division III history for a four-set match, as well as tying the record during the 25-point era (set length was dropped from 30 to 25 in 2008). She also pushed her average this season to 6.19 kills per set, leading all of college volleyball (all divisions) and leads Division III by a huge margin (nobody else averages 5.0 or more). Frappier is in her first season with the Sagehens after transferring from Yale, where she was an All-Ivy League selection as a freshman in 2011 before missing last season with an injury. She has 427 kills this season. . . . Palo Alto High grad Davante Adams set a school record during Fresno State’s 35-28 football victory over San Diego State at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego last weekend. Adams, a redshirt sophomore wide receiver, caught 12 passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns. The TD receptions give him 27 for his career, in just 20 games, to break the Fresno State record. He now has caught nine TD passes in his past three games and is tied for the NCAA lead for touchdown catches with 13 and ranks second in the nation with 72 receptions . . . Menlo School graduate Jack Foley, a senior and co-captain of the Dartmouth College men’s club team helped the Big Green win a second straight New England Conference Championship with a 7-3 win over Boston College at Wesleyan University on Sunday. Foley scored the first goal in the title match, which saw Dartmouth finish 12-0 in conference. The Big Green will be the No. 5 seed at the club National Championships in San Diego, Nov. 8-10.


Gunn’s Calder Hilde-Jones (center) helps put up a defense for goalie Anthony Zunino (left) during an 8-7 win over Mountain View.

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here’s no Stanford football game scheduled this weekend and that’s just as well. The No. 6 Cardinal (5-1 in the Pac-12, 7-1 overall) is a little bit banged up and a tad wobbly and could use the extra few days to get itself right for No. 2 Oregon (5-0, 8-0), which visits Stanford for a special performance on ESPN next Thursday at 6 p.m. “I think it’s great,” Stanford coach David Shaw said of playing on Thursday night. “It’s awesome. Put it on a stage in front of people. It’s a great college football experience; two great football teams going after it.” Thursday’s game is also a platform for an overdue tribute for former Stanford (and NFL) great John Elway, who will have his ‘7’ jersey officially retired. “When I was here, Mark Butterfield was wearing No. 7 and I kept asking why was he wearing it?,” Shaw said. “Don’t get me wrong, Mark had a great senior year but even Toby Gerhart wearing ‘7,’ I had to wonder.” This season, both junior wide receiver Ty Montgomery and sophomore defensive end Aziz Shittu have been wearing Elway’s old number. Those days are coming to a quick end. Shaw indicated that as long as he is the coach, no one will wear No. 12, which belonged to Andrew Luck before the Indianapolis Colts made him the overall No. 1 pick following the 2011 season. “That jersey is still warm,” Shaw joked. “It was on fire for three years.” Shaw will be honored this weekend at James Logan High, where he will be officially inducted into that school’s Hall of Fame. “I was taken back,” Shaw said. “I wasn’t expecting it. I feel honored. When our family moved to Fremont, we felt home right away.” Looking ahead to the Ducks, Shaw came close to saying he might use Kevin Hogan on the scout team to simulate Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. There’s really no one else. “I thought last year he was the best quarterback in the nation,” Shaw said of Mariota. “Every throw is accurate. He has 20something touchdown passes and no interceptions. He throws a pretty ball. If there is no one open, he takes off and runs the ball. If you wanted to design a quarterback, he is exactly what you would want.” ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊÈÓ®

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league titles on Tuesday. It was a perfect time for Matt Johnson to take the plunge. After all, his team had just survived a final shot by defending SCVAL De Anza Division water polo champion Mountain View and held on for an 8-7 victory. The triumph on Tuesday was indeed a special one. Not only did it move the Titans to within a victory of their first-ever 12-0 league season, but it clinched the division crown in Johnson’s first season as head coach. The outright league title is the first for Gunn in at least 15 years. Despite the historic ramifications, the Titans held off on the ritual championship dunking. Perhaps they realized there might be a better, more appropriate time to toss their coach into the pool. After all, there are still goals to be achieved. “That was definitely one of our goals, to win league,” Johnson said. “It’s very exciting. I knew it was a talented group.” The team’s first goal for this season was to finish its regularseason home schedule undefeated. The Titans went after that one last night against Monta Vista. It was an achievable goal for Gunn on Senior Night. Should Gunn’s division record sit at a sparkling 12-0 after the game, it’ll be historic as no other Gunn water polo team — boy’s or girl’s — has been that perfect. The Gunn boys have come close to being perfect in league numerous times, but that’s when there was only a single round-robin schedule. In 1995, when Gunn last won a Central Coast Section title, the Titans lost their final league match (to Palo Alto) to finish 5-1. Gunn also was 5-1 in league in 2005 and 2004, when Johnson was the Titans’ goalie and his twin brother Brandon was the team’s scoring leader. Gunn went 44-21 those two years, losing in the CCS Division I finals in 2004. Gunn hasn’t been back since. Johnson, however, has the Titans primed for a return. Gunn took a 17-6 overall mark into its final division game, quite a turnaround from last year’s 7-13 mark that saw the Titans fail to qualify for the section playoffs. “This is where we want to be every year,” Johnson said. Gunn senior Coby Wayne echoed that. “It feels great after all these years, in my senior year, getting a chance to go undefeated,” he said. “Hopefully we go undefeated the rest of the way.” Gunn came close to losing its perfect league mark on Tuesday against a fired up Mountain View team celebrating its Senior Day. Junior Ari Wayne gave Gunn a 6-5 lead before the Spartans got the equalizer from Randy Kenyon with 4:53 to play. Coby Wayne got his only goal of the match to make it 7-6 with 3:30 left, but Mountain View rallied once again behind Alex Paulsen’s second goal and it was tied at 7 with 1:46 to play.

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Gunn senior Coby Wayne (with ball) scored a goal in an 8-7 win over Mountain View to give the Titans the division title. Gunn took advantage of a 6-on-5 situation and got the ball into the 2-meter, where Calder Hilde-Jones powered one in for an 8-7 lead with 2:42 remaining. The teams missed opportunities until the Spartans got tripleteamed Gunn’s Christian Znidarsic at hole set and took over with 20 seconds left. Good defense by Znidarsic and Coby Wayne on the shot attempt and Anthony Zunino’s 11th save in the cage ended the final threat and Gunn had its long-awaited title. In the West Catholic Athletic League, Sacred Heart Prep put the finishing touches on an unbeaten league season, its sixth WCAL title in seven years, with a 19-11 swamping of host St. Ignatius on Wednesday. Nelson Perla-Ward led the Gators (6-0, 20-3) with seven goals while junior Michael Swart added six. Stanford-bound senior Harrison Enright finished with three while senior goalie Philippe Marco came up with 14 saves. In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo clinched the title with one match remaining with a 10-2 win over visiting Carlmont. Chris Xi tallied three goals and Nick Bisconti added two with five steals while


Menlo’s Chris Xi scored three goals as the Knights clinched the PAL Bay Division title.

goalie John Wilson came up with 12 saves. The Knights improved to 9-0 in league (19-3 overall) and relegated defending champ Menlo-Atherton to second place. The Bears (7-2, 12-9) rolled over visiting Aragon, 19-6, as Evan McClelland, Jake Bassing and Mimitri Herr all tallied three goals. Jack Beasley, Alex Hakanson, Matt Baszucki and Christian Huhn each added two goals. Girls water polo Menlo-Atherton wrapped up another PAL Bay Division title with a 13-4 victory over visiting Aragon on Wednesday. The Bears (9-0, 14-5) were led by Jessica Heilman’s eight goals while fellow seniors Sofia Caryotakis and Nicole Zanolli added three and two goals, respectively. M-A holds a two-game lead over second-place Castilleja with just one regular-season match remaining, at Burlingame next Wednesday. The Bears now have won 48 straight league matches since 2007. Also in the PAL Bay Division, senior Stephanie Flamen scored four goals and junior Fernanda Kramer added three to propel host Castilleja to a 12-1 dunking of Carlmont in the Gators’ final home match of the season. Castilleja (7-2, 11-7) also got two goals from Jenna Kotcher and Anna Yu. In the West Catholic Athletic League, Sacred Heart Prep honored its 10-person senior class by capping its regular season with a 6-2 win over visiting St. Ignatius on Wednesday night. Freshman Maddy Johnston and senior Caitlin Stuewe each tallied three goals while senior goalie Kelly Moran had seven saves for the Gators (5-1, 15-5), who finished in second place behind St. Francis. In the SCVAL De Anza Division on Tuesday, Gunn moved within a victory of wrapping up their division title after holding off host Saratoga, 9-8. The Titans (10-1, 14-5), who got six goals from Caroline Anderson and two from Bianca Batista, had a chance to defend their regularseason title by beating Lynbrook on Thursday. In PAL Ocean Division action Tuesday, Menlo goalie Donya Dehnad came up with 16 saves during a tough 8-7 loss to firstplace Woodside. The Knights fell to 9-6 (9-12) while the Wildcats improved to 14-1 (15-4 overall). N

he most competitive girls’ water polo tournament in Northern California gets under way this weekend in Atherton with Olympic connections highlighting the 2013 NorCal Championships. Top-seeded San Ramon Valley features junior Kat Klass and freshman Sarah Klass. They are the daughters of former Stanford All-American Craig Klass, a member of the U.S. Olympic men’s water polo team in 1988 (earning a silver medal) and ‘92. He is a member of the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame. Second-seeded Campolindo features Natalie Seidemann. She is the younger sister of recent Stanford grad Melissa, who won a gold medal on the U.S. women’s team at the 2012 London Games. Klass and Seidemann were teammates this summer on the U.S. Women’s Youth National Team that won a gold medal at the UANA Youth Pan American

Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In a 23-4 semifinal win over Puerto Rico, Klass scored five goals and Seidemann added four. This season, the Klass sisters have helped San Ramon Valley compile a 20-0 record. The Wolves have beaten nine of the teams in the 16-team NorCal event, including Campolindo and Sacred Heart Prep twice each. Sacred Heart Prep (15-5), which dropped 14-5 and 10-8 decisions to SRV, is seeded No. 4 and is in the Wolves’ bracket. The two could meet in one semifinal on Saturday in the Gators’ pool at 11:10 a.m. The championship match is set for 5 p.m. Sacred Heart Prep opens against No. 13 Rio Americano on Friday at 1:05 p.m. Opening at Menlo-Atherton High on Friday will be the Bears and Gunn. M-A, seeded No. 15, takes on Campolindo at noon, followed by No. 10 Gunn against No. 7 Miramonte. N


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With a weakened defensive line, the challenge will be even greater. Ben Gardner is out for the season with a pectoral injury, Henry Anderson may not be ready to play and linebacker Blake Lueders was recently moved to the defensive line to help stabilize the position. “We’re lucky to be in a position where this game is for all the marbles,” Stanford senior fullback Ryan Hewitt said. “The winner usually goes on to win the Pac-12 championship. We have to take advantage of our opportunities.

It’s been a recurring theme that we’ve had to rely on the defense. We have been disappointing as an offense.” Stanford had 276 yards of offense in last week’s 20-12 win at Oregon State, primarily thanks to Tyler Gaffney’s 145 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Hogan, however, threw for a season-low 88 yards on just 8-of-18 passing. The Cardinal also missed placekicker Jordan Williamson, who was sidelined with a leg injury for the second straight week. His replacement, Conrad Ukropina, missed an extra-point early that nearly cost Stanford the game, as Oregon State had the ball on the

Stanford 7 with 30 seconds remaining but failed to score after four straight incomplete passes. Oregon has 2,652 rushing yards, 2,405 passing yards and out gains Stanford by over 242 yards a game. The Cardinal does have an advantage in rushing defense, leading the Pac-12 with its 103.9 average that ranks No. 13 in the nation. No team has recorded more sacks (27) or allowed fewer (9) than the Cardinal. “They take what the defense gives them,” Stanford linebacker A.J. Tarpley said of Oregon. “One of the things they do well is they don’t force things. We don’t want

them to get into a rhythm. The No. 1 thing is playing defense as a team and the top priority is tackling.” Easier said than done, of course. Mariota directs an explosive offense that can score from anywhere on the field. “We don’t want him to sit back and feel comfortable,” Tarpley said. “But he’s a great player and he will make plays. We don’t want him to get into a rhythm.” Stanford owns a two-game winning streak over Oregon. The 17-14 win in Eugene last season helped propel the Cardinal into the Rose Bowl. Stanford would like to see history repeat itself. N

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he Menlo School girls volleyball team waited until the final match of the 2012 regular season to forge a tie for first place in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) with rival Sacred Heart Prep. That won’t be the case this season. Not only has the title been decided early, the Knights won’t have to share it. Menlo wrapped up sole possession of the division crown on Tuesday night with help from Castilleja. While the Knights were defeating visiting Mercy-San Francisco, 18-25, 25-13, 25-17, 2514, the Gators were knocking off second-place Sacred Heart Prep. Thus, with two road matches remaining, Menlo (8-0, 24-5) has a three-game lead over SHP (5-3, 19-9) and Castilleja (5-3, 15-9). Maddie Huber recorded a teamhigh 17 kills and had nine digs to help Menlo rally past Mercy-SF. Fellow senior outside hitter Maddy Frappier had 14 kills and nine digs. Seniors Melissa Cairo had 11 digs and Morgan Dressel and Kate Gilhuly combined for 13 kills. Junior Elisa Merten finished with 26 assists and senior Sloan Cinelli added 14 for the Knights. While Menlo was putting itself in position to clinch, Castilleja made it possible by completing its first-ever season sweep of Sacred Heart Prep with a 26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 26-24, 15-11 victory. Katya Scocimara led Castilleja (5-3, 15-9) with 20 kills with Madeline Johnson and Sarah Rose adding 12 each. Jessica Norum provided 25 digs and Jennifer DiSanto contributed 52 assists. Sacred Heart Prep got 17 kills and 14 digs from junior Victoria Garrick with junior Natalie Marshall providing 48 assists while Jane Meehan added 13 kills. Elsewhere in the WBAL Foothill Division, Priory remained winless in the division and dropped to 13-10 overall following a 25-18, 25-18, 25-21 decision to host Harker. Marine Hall-Poirier led the Panthers with 21 kills while Jane Ross added nine. In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto remained in second place following a 25-13, 25-8, 25-17 victory over visiting Monta Vista. Senior Becca Raffel had 13 kills, four aces and hit .407 for the Vikings (7-2, 18-5) with junior Anna Dukovic adding eight kills and hitting .538. Senior Keri Gee had 17 digs and freshman Jessica Lee provided 21 assists, with senior Sarah Limb adding 15. At Gunn, the Titans hung tough after a tough first-set loss and defeated visiting Los Gatos, 23-25, ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê˜iÝÌÊ«>}i®

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The junior golfer shot a 3-over-par 70 to win individual honors and lead the Titans to a two-stroke victory over rival Palo Alto in the SCVAL Tournament, qualifying the team for a return trip to the CCS Championships.

The senior scored 17 goals in five water polo wins, including a tourney title and the winning goal in a 7-6 win over Los Gatos that clinched no worse than a tie for the SCVAL De Anza Division regular-season title.

Honorable mention Mehra den Braven Pinewood volleyball

Victoria Garrick* Sacred Heart Prep volleyball

Tess van Hulsen Palo Alto water polo

Sadie Bronk-Sarah Schinasi Menlo tennis

Sarah Robinson* Gunn cross country

Celeste Woleshyn Castilleja tennis

Will Conner Sacred Heart Prep water polo

Jack Heneghan* Menlo football

Brian Keare* Menlo-Atherton football

Ben Burr-Kirven Sacred Heart Prep football

James McDaniel* Priory football

Nelson Perla-Ward Sacred Heart Prep water polo * previous winner

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25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 15-11. The Titans (4-5, 9-11) had a strong team effort and were led by Erica Johnston and Meghan Mahoney, each with nine kills. In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton held on to a share of second place following a 25-19, 25-22, 25-11 win over visiting Hillsdale. Paulina King had 15 kills and 12 digs for the Bears (9-2, 17-8) with Devin Joos adding 11 kills and 12 digs. Virginia Lane had 21 digs while freshman Kirby Knapp contributed 40 assists and 12 digs. The Bears were coming off a tough 24-26, 25-23, 26-24, 25-15 loss to nationally ranked Valley Christian last Friday. King and Joos combined for 35 kills. Cross country Gunn senior Sarah Robinson has run in seven cross-country races this season and won all of them. That makes her a heavy favorite for individual honors at the SCVAL El Camino Division Championships on Tuesday at Crystal Springs in Belmont. Robinson, however, will not go

into the girls’ varsity race (3:30 p.m.) at the 2.95-mile layout as the defending champion. In fact, she didn’t event compete last season. Robinson was dealing with some physical problems last year and missed the league finals. Without her, Gunn finished fourth. The story will be quite different this time around as Robinson leads a young, talented and deep squad coached by Olympian PattiSue Plumer. The Titans made their final tuneup before the league meet a good one by easily winning the annual Palo Alto City Championships on Tuesday on the 2.18-mile Bol Park course at Gunn. With Robinson running the second-fastest time ever on the course (11:49.6) while winning by nearly 50 seconds, Gunn finished 1-3-46-7 for 21 points without its best lineup. The girls’ course record is 11:41 by Tori Tyler in 2004. The Titans’ No. 2 runner, sophomore Gillian Meeks, ran in the first of two varsity races and won comfortably in 12:47.1. Palo Alto sophomore Bryn Carlson (12:38.5) and junior Katie

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rival Gunn in last week’s SCVAL Tournament, the Vikings compiled a score of 391 and captured the section championship. Paly junior Michelle Xie led the historic day by earning medalist honors with a 3-under 69. St. Francis was second with 395 strokes while Gunn was third with 412. All three teams qualified for the 14th annual NCGA/CIF High School Girls Golf Championships at Spring Creek Golf and Country Club in Ripon on Monday. “I knew we had a very good shot,” Knight said. “All season long I watched team scores and I figured it would come down to Gunn, St. Francis and us for the championship — unless we all had bad days.” As it turned out, Gunn and St. Francis had good days but Paly a great one. “Our captain, Annie Chen, sat down with the girls the night before and had a captains’ meeting with them,” Knight explained. “I wasn’t there, not sure what was said; just let my captain do what I feel a good captain should do . . . lead the team.” Chen, a senior, shot 78, senior Audrey Horn and freshman Emily Hwang each carded a 79 and freshman Elise Kiya provided the final score that counted with an 86 as the Vikings averaged 78.2 strokes per scorer. Paly was the only team to have four players under 80. “I’m not sure how many birdies were made or spectacular shots were hit, I just know the girls came together and played very well when they needed to,” said Knight. Xie led the Vikings with three Foug (13:16.7) prevented a Gunn sweep by finishing second and fifth, respectively. In the Junior-Senior boys’ race, Palo Alto junior Lucas Matison cruised to victory in 10:59.3, but Gunn took six of the next seven spots and won the team title with 21 points. Paly was second with 38. Gunn finished 2-3-4-5 behind the efforts of Thomas Rasmussen (11:24.7), Antonio Puglisi (11:31.4), Kushal Nimkar (11:33.0) and Noah Krigel (11:33.9). Paly actually had the secondfastest boy on the day, Kent Slaney, but the freshman ran in the frosh-soph race. He won easily in 11:15.3 to break the previous freshman course record of 11:37.0 by Paul Summers in 2006. Girls tennis Menlo clinched its 20th straight league title, the 18th under head coach Bill Shine, with a 7-0 blanking of visiting Sacred Heart Prep on Tuesday. The Knights improved to 9-0 in the WBAL Foothill Division and 20-1 overall. The triumph also was Menlo’s 207th straight in league play, an ongoing state record. N

birdies and no bogeys during her excellent round. “We should have the core of our team back next year,” Knight said. “Titles are hard to come by . . . we are all enjoying this moment.” Gunn earned its second straight NorCal berth, but missed out on medalist honors as defending champ Anna Zhou shot 75 —seven shots off last year’s low score. A double-bogey on the 328-yard par-4 ninth hole dropped Zhou to 3-over on the day and into a tie for 11th. Gunn senior Jayshree Sarathy helped earn another day at the course by shooting 78, teammate

Lianna McFarlane-Connelly shot 82 while tying for 31st. Gunn’s Tiffany Yang shot 84 and Sandra Herchen carded a 93. Castilleja finished sixth in the team race with a 426 and junior Chloe Sales was just two strokes from qualifying for NorCals after shooting a 75. Castilleja’s junior twins, Nicole and Danielle Mitchell, each shot 85, Paris Wilkerson came home with an 87 and Ellie Zales shot 94. Menlo School’s Jessie Rong shot 76 and tied for 14th overall, Menlo-Atherton’s Abbey Pederson and Naomi Lee each shot 80 and Sacred Heart Prep’s Jessica Koenig finished with an 89. N


(TENTATIVE) AGENDA – SPECIAL MEETING – COUNCIL CONFERENCE ROOM MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013 - 6:00 PM STUDY SESSION 1. Meeting with Supervisor Simitian CHAMBERS SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAY 2. Acknowledgement of Recipients of Mayor’s “Green Leader Business Award” CONSENT CALENDAR 3. Adoption of a Resolution Repealing Resolution No. 9225 and Expanding the City Manager’s Authority to Execute Transactions under the Master Renewable Energy Certificate Purchase and Sale Agreement with Thirteen Pre-qualified Suppliers in an Amount Not to Exceed $5,000,000 per Year During Calendar Years 2013-2018 4. Staff Recommendation to Allow Special Promotional Golf Course Fees for the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course (Golf Course) to Include: Loyalty Cards - Play 5 Rounds And Get 1 Free, Limited Two for One Green Fee Offers, Saturday and Sunday - Kids Play Free With One Paid Adult and Good Deed Gift Certificates 5. Approval of a Utilities Electric Capital Improvement Fund Construction Contract with Express Energy Services Inc. in the Amount of $761,164 to Supply and Install New Light Emitting Diode Street Lighting Luminaires 6. Adoption of a Resolution Approving the City’s Revised Sanitary Sewer Management Plan and Designating Certain Employee Classifications as Legally Responsible Officials 7. SECOND READING PARKING EXEMPTION ORDINANCE: Adoption of an Ordinance to Repeal Ordinance 5167 and Amend the Palo Alto Municipal Code to Delete Sections 18.52.060(a)(2) and 18.52.060(c) Related to Parking Assessment Districts to Eliminate the “Exempt Floor Area” Parking Exemption Which Allows for Floor Area up to a Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of 1.0 to 1.0 to be Exempt From Parking Requirements Within the Downtown Parking Assessment Area and Floor Area up to an FAR of 0.5 to 1.0 to be Exempt Within the California Avenue Area Parking Assessment District; and adoption of an Interim Ordinance to Amend Chapters 18.18, Downtown Commercial (CD) District, and 18.52, (Parking and Loading Requirements) to Make the Following Changes to be Effective for a Period of Two Years: a. Delete Sections 18.18.070(a)(1), 18.18.090(b)(1)(C) and 18.52.070(a)(1)(D) to Eliminate the 200 Square Foot Minor Floor Area Bonus and Related Parking Exemption for Buildings not Eligible for Historic or Seismic Bonus. b. Delete Sections 18.18.090(b)(1)(B), 18.52.070(a)(1)(B) and 18.52.070(a)(1)(C)(i) to Eliminate the Parking Exemption for On-site Use of Historic and Seismic Bonus. c. Amend Section 18.18.080(g) to remove the On-site Parking Exemption for Historic and Seismic Transfer of Development Rights up to 5,000 Square Feet of Floor Area to a Receiver Site in the CD or PC Zoning Districts. d. Amend Section 18.52.070(a)( 3) related to Remove the Sentence Allowing Square Footage to Qualify for Exemption That Was Developed or Used Previously for Nonresidential Purposes but was Vacant at the time of the Engineer’s Report. These actions are exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) under Section 15061 and 15301 of the CEQA Guidelines (First Reading: October 21, 2013 PASSED: 8-1 Kniss no) 8. Recommendation From the CAO Committee to List a Salary Range in the Brochure for the City Auditor’s Recruitment ACTION ITEMS 9. Update from Rail Committee 10. From Rail Committee: Feasibility Study Grade Separation 11. Approval of Outreach Plan to Solicit and Encourage Input from the Community on Palo Alto’s Core Values (Continued from 9/30/13) STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS The Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. to discuss: 1) Development Impact Fees – Approval of List of Infrastructure Needs, 2) Audit of Contract Oversight: Trenching and the Installation of Electric Substructure, 3) Draft User Fee Cost Recover Level Policy.

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$14,888,000 HANNA SHACHAM Custom-built just 7 years ago with 7,140 square 650.752.0767 feet, 12 car garage, on large 1.53 acre lot (buyer to CalBRE #01085834 verify all sqft).

ERIKA DEMMA 650.740.2970 CalBRE #01230766


HELEN & BRAD MILLER 650.400.3426 CalBRE #01142061/00917768

3100 WOODSIDE RD $3,850,000 3 ac estate & upgraded 4BR/3BA home close to town shops, restaurants & WDS School (pre-K to 8th); Private rolling fields, barn & rose gardens. CalBRE #01230766

ERIKA DEMMA 650.740.2970 CalBRE #01230766 CalBRE #00585398

17 COLTON CT $2,999,000 LISA SCHUMACHER 525 ELEANOR DR $2,895,000 CHRIS ISAACSON Lovely 1 level 4BD/3BA home on quiet cul-de-sac This fully remodeled and updated home has it all, 650.888.5244/352.3430 5BD/6.5BA, over 6000 sf on over a half acre with in beautiful private setting. Lrge light-filled rooms, pool, spa and cabana. CalBRE #00799335/01754233 high ceilings, indoor outdoor living. Must see! EMERALD HILLS | OPEN SAT/SUN 1:00-4:00

20 PATROL CT $2,198,000 LYN JASON COBB 1985 OAK AV $1,899,000 SAM ANAGNOSTOU 3BD/2.5BA Wonderful Woodside retreat with Lovely 3BR/2.5BA ranch in move-in condition. 650.464.2622 650.888.0707 Large lot with fenced pool. Stanford land lease with amazing panoramic views! This fully updated home CalBRE #01332535 CalBRE #00798217 on 2.4 acres is one of a kind. 48 years remaining.

300 SAND HILL CI #202 $1,500,000 One-level unit overlooking 14th fairway of Sharon Heights golf course. Easy access to major airports, shopping, Stanford University.


MARGOT LOCKWOOD 650.400.2528

12465 LA HONDA RD $1,195,000 Country 3BD/2BA home with 2 car garage on 2.35 acres. Vaulted ceilings, wood floors & new windows. Sunny location with fruit trees & room for horses. CalBRE #01017519


$955,000 JENNIFER WHELAN 1222 DEWEY ST Fabulous 3bed/2bath home on “Candy Cane Lane!” 650.888.8338 Remodeled kitchen/bathrooms, large master suite, CalBRE #01721877 formal DR, spacious LR on an inviting sun filled lot!


TERRIE MASUDA 650.917.7969 CalBRE #00951976

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2 BRIDLE LN $4,850,000 4BD/3.5BA Spacious 4940 sf contemp. home on 3.78 level ac in Central WDS. Enjoy views at the beautiful pool & garden area.




DEANNA TARR 650.752.0833

275 JOSSELYN LN $8,900,000 MARGOT LOCKWOOD ERIKA DEMMA Privately situated property of nearly 9 acres of land. Breathtaking views of the Western Hills and is 650.400.2528/740.2970 just minutes to town. CalBRE #01017519/01230766



ERIKA DEMMA 650.740.2970



706 LAKEVIEW WY $1,795,000 Like new custom 4 BR/ 3.5 BA plus au pair /in-law unit. Views views views! Resort-like yard! First time on market!


JEAN & CHRIS ISAACSON 650.352.3430 CalBRE #00542342/01754233

1400 NATIVE SONS RD $1,150,000 Just 2.7 miles west of Skyline Blvd., this 2BD/2BA home sits on almost 15 acres of redwood forest. Separate 1BD/1BA apt above second 2 car garage.


933 HIGHLAND TER $728,000 $529,000 PAM HAMMER & 2140 SANTA CRUZ AV #B105 KATIE RIGGS Bright & inviting 2-year old Fusion Sunnyvale townBest buy in Menlo Commons! Wonderful 2 bedhome boasts numerous upgrades. Central Sunnyvale 650.400.1039/515.5255 room, 2 bath condominium in quiet complex with location w/easy access to shops & commute routes. CalBRE #01216437/01783432 pool, Must be 55+ years old.

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