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Vol. XXXV, Number 8 N November 29, 2013

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Transitions 15 Eating 22 Movies 24 Title Pages 27 Holidays 29 NArts Palo Alto lights Windham Hill founder’s ďŹ re

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NHome Home tour inspires creative holiday decor

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NSports Menlo, Palo Alto advance in volleyball

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Palo Alto sees revenue windfall Showing ‘solid’ post-recession recovery, strong tax returns will help city fund infrastructure repairs by Gennady Sheyner f California’s economic out- according to the recently relook is warming up these leased Comprehensive Annual days, Palo Alto’s is downright Financial Report for fiscal year sizzling. 2013. The numbers have come as With the local economy boom- a bit of a surprise to city officials, ing and just about every revenue who raised their budget expectacategory experiencing growth, tions in March, only to see the the city is charging into the new real numbers climb $3.5 million year on a happy financial note, above the adjusted projections.


At the Nov. 19 meeting of the City Council Finance Committee, the city’s Chief Financial Officer Lalo Perez noted that the city’s revenues are now higher than they were before the Great Recession of 2008. This includes a record high in documentary-transfer tax, which is derived from real-estate transactions and which spiked from $4.8 million in 2012 to $6.8 million in 2013, a 41 percent increase. Hotel-tax revenues rose

by 11.3 percent, from $9.7 million to $10.8 million; sales taxes jumped by 15.8 percent from $22.1 million to $25.6 million; and property taxes increased by 8.3 percent, going from $26.5 million to $28.7 million. “We continue to see revenues returning from the recession years, with strong growth in virtually all of our major tax revenues, particularly sales tax and transientoccupancy tax (also known as

hotel tax),” David Ramberg, assistant director of the Administrative Services Department, told the Finance Committee. Like other jurisdictions across the country, Palo Alto is now “in a solid recovery mode,” a report from the department states. “In the past year, there has been a rebound in economically sensitive revenue sources such as sales ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£Ó®


Rulings deal financial blow to high-speed rail Monday decisions by Sacramento judge force rail authority to revise its funding plan by Gennady Sheyner



Marc Rodenas, left, with his mom, Montse Guasch, steps into the festively decorated Paperwhirl store on University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto Wednesday. Some stores will be participating in Small Business Saturday this year, a push to encourage people to support mom-and-pop retailers.


Palo Alto shops look to Small Business Saturday One toy store has partnered with Google Shopping Express to capture online sales by Elena Kadvany


he holidays go hand-inhand with a massive push for shopping, driven by special sales and offers. With shoppers’ focus grabbed by larger retailers, the local, independently owned stores find themselves doing more to compete. “I think you’ve seen some of the major retailers start early,” said Russ Cohen, executive director of the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional

Association. “They’ve started even Black Friday specials before the traditional Black Friday. I don’t think the smaller retailers can compete with that.” In efforts to better vie for shoppers’ dollars, for the first time Palo Alto is participating in Small Business Saturday, a nationwide event dedicated to supporting small businesses. The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 30, in downtown Palo Alto.

Small Business Saturday was launched by American Express in 2010 in the hopes of reminding people to “shop small” and support local businesses during the holiday shopping season. American Express gives cardholders a $10 credit when they spend $10 or more at participating stores. Small Business Saturday always takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving, ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£ä®

alifornia’s proposed highspeed-rail system ran into a legal barrier Monday when a Sacramento judge ruled the funding plan for the $68 billion project must be rescinded, and he refused to endorse the selling of bonds for the project. The two rulings by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny dealt what opponents of the project described as “dual body-blows” to the California High-Speed Rail Authority, which is charged with building the rail line between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The project received a major boost in 2008, when state voters approved a $9.95 billion bond for the project, and another one in July 2012, when the state Legislature authorized spending the first $2.7 billion from this bond, as well as $3.2 billion in federal grants, on the line’s first segment. The Monday rulings, spurred by a lawsuit from Central Valley, threaten to halt the project in its tracks. One of them orders the rail authority to rescind the 2011 business plan that the Legislature had relied on to authorize the funds for the first segment of the line, a 130mile stretch between Fresno and Bakersfield. In late August, Kenny ruled that the business plan violated state law because it listed only the available funds for this $6 billion “construction segment,” rather than the first segment that could actually be used, as required by law. The first usable segment would cost

more than $20 billion under current estimates and would stretch either from Bakersfield to San Jose or from Merced to the San Fernando Valley. The rulings came in response to a lawsuit from a group of Central Valley plaintiffs — John Tos, Aaron Fukuda and Kings County — represented by local attorney Stuart Flashman; and to a request from the rail authority to “validate” the issuance of more than $8 billion in bonds. In both cases, Kenny sided with opponents of the rail project, though in some cases he didn’t go as far as the plaintiffs had hoped. He declined, for instance, to order the rail authority to rescind its existing two contracts for the construction of the first segment, which total about $1.1 billion. He also did not challenge the rail authority’s ability to spend the federal funds, despite arguments from Flashman that doing so would commit future expenditure of “matching funds” from the state. Rail authority Chair Dan Richard said in a statement that the agency is “reviewing both decisions to chart our next steps” and stressed that the judge did not invalidate the bonds and that the court “again declined the opposition’s request to stop the highspeed-rail project from moving forward.” Even so, the rulings could delay, if not derail, a project that has become hugely un­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ££®

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If you’re the captain of the Titanic and you’ve just been hit by two icebergs, what do you do? —Stuart Flashman, a local attorney, on two Superior Court rulings against the California High-Speed Rail Authority. See story on page 5.

Around Town

ROLLING IN THE GREEN ... Palo Alto leaders wax ecstatically about the city’s achievements in the field of sustainability, from a carbon-free electricity portfolio and an aggressive green-building code to a freshly adopted requirement that all new homes be prewired for electricvehicle chargers. Now, the city is preparing to jump into the ring with other eco-conscious communities, with the goal of finding out who is the greenest of them all. The City Council will consider on Dec. 2 a staff recommendation to enter the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition, a three-year effort to boost energy efficiency. It’s not just bragging rights on the line. The winner in this wonkish war would get a prize of $5 million, which would be set aside for further energy-efficiency efforts. Communities with populations between 5,000 and 250,000 are eligible to compete. If the Palo Alto council agrees to enter the fray, the city will be asked to put together a long-term energyefficiency plan and to demonstrate sustainability over a two-year period. Between August 2014 and August 2016, the communities will see who can most greatly reduce residential and municipal use of electricity and natural gas (savings will be tallied by taking total usage in these buildings and dividing it by the number of accounts). City Manager James Keene is asking the council to submit a letter of intent to participate in the competition, which according to a Keene staff report seeks to “develop an implement innovative, replicable, scalable and continual reductions in residential and municipal energy use.” BECAUSE WHY NOT? ... It’s been a good week for the Cardinal in the age-old contest over Bay Area bragging rights between Stanford University and University of California at Berkeley. Berkeley’s Golden Bears received a sound thrashing in last Saturday’s 6313 Big Game loss, leaving the Stanford Axe, the Big Game’s trophy, on Palo Alto’s side of the Bay for the fourth year straight. It was the 116th time the two schools had squared off. On Monday, the Rhodes Trust announced the 32 American scholars that would travel to study at Oxford University

under the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, another opportunity for the big schools in the U.S. to flex their brain power. Stanford had three students chosen for the program and Berkeley had one. To compound the ache of these two bruises, Stanford Magazine on Tuesday tweeted a link to a list that ranked the schools in the U.S. with a Rhodes scholar by the success of their football programs. In the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, which Cal and Stanford share, the list put Stanford at the top (with the double whammy of the bestranked team and the most Rhodes scholars) and Cal at the bottom. The Magazine’s sly comment to accompany the link? “Because why not?”

MONEY IN THE BANK ... Supporters of the Aurora lightsculpture project were biting their nails this week, watching the clock tick by on a Kickstarter campaign that needed to raise $35,000 by Tuesday, Nov. 25, at midnight, or else would lose all the money that had been donated via the crowd-sourced funding website. But they made it. The project was fully funded around 8 or 8:30 on Monday night, said project organizer Harry Hirschman, and actually surpassed the $35,000 mark, raising a total of $36,155. The funds will pay for expenses the artist who designed Aurora, Charles Gadeken, has already incurred for installation of the piece in front of Palo Alto’s City Hall. The interactive light sculpture’s server was also down for a few days but is now running smoothly, Hirschman said. FEELING FESTIVE? ... Saturday, Nov. 30, will be Palo Alto’s day to celebrate the holiday season, and it’s doing so with a raft of events and activities at Lytton Plaza from 4 to 7 p.m. This year’s new addition is a mini snowman-building contest, in which contestants can provide their own materials to create and dress up 12-inch snowmen. Leave your portable freezers at home: The city will provide the snow. There will be live music from five local student groups and a lighting of the city’s 20-foot-tall Christmas tree. Attendees can slurp some hot cider to warm up and are invited to bring a warm coat to donate to Palo Alto’s nonprofit Downtown Streets Team to help those in need. N


Finding a voice through film


n “Janet and Wendy’s Story,” two students at Menlo-Atherton High School talk to a video camera, held by a fellow student, about being teen mothers. The camera follows them into intimate situations: their families’ homes, one baby’s 1-year birthday celebration, the other’s bath time. The eight-minute documentary, made by Nimsi Garcia, is one of many films that have been created by students in New Voices for Youth, an after-school media-production training program based out of Menlo-Atherton High School. Other documentary topics — all brainstormed and chosen by the students themselves — have included cliques, de-facto social segregation and transitioning to high school. New Voices for Youth, organized by the Leagues of Women Voters of South San Mateo County and Palo Alto, teaches groups of 10 to 12 students each year how to create a short documentary film, from start to finish. Twice a year, students are recruited, with pizza meetings and film showings, for the voluntary program. Each session runs for eight to 10 weeks. New Voices received a $2,500 grant last year from the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, to support the program’s current film project, which focuses on young men and sexual responsibility.

by Elena Kadvany Though the films, all about 10 minutes in length, are the tangible end products, New Voices for Youth’s larger purpose is all in the name. “We wanted to give kids a voice,” said Kathleen Weisenberg, one of the League of Women Voters members who created the program in 2004. “We wanted the kids to focus on an issue that they really cared about and could educate the rest of us about.” Two program directors — Tanuj Chopra, a filmmaker from Palo Alto, and Ana Angel, service coordinator and technology education specialist with the Palo Alto Housing Cor porat ion — teach the ins and outs of filmmaking once a week: how to use a camera, interview someone, research, edit in Final Cut Pro, upload footage online. “We don’t try to hover over too much on them, which is cool because they end up coming up with something that they want to do,” Angel said. “I’m a little less interested in them making the perfect or the greatest or the best production,” Chopra said. “I want them to have exposure and feel like they created it themselves. That’s the gen-

eral philosophy.” Most New Voices students have never been exposed to film production before. “There’s still a gap between what these kids are capable of doing and what’s available to them in the classroom a lot of times,” Chopra said. “The kids who do want to make videos and (do) editing are filmmakers by heart; they’re in those classes specifically. But I think that a lot of these kids, especially a lot of girls in this program, they don’t always get opportunities with technology in the classroom.” Erik Amaya, a Menlo-Atherton graduate, joined New Voices with no film experience but left the program having interviewed for, filmed and edited multiple documentaries. “I fully expressed the message that I wanted (to get) across,” Amaya said of the three films he made. The first film was about transitioning into high school and balancing new academic demands with “fun time.” “How do you manage?” he said he wanted to find out from fellow youth. In the end, he said: “It felt great, having the ability to create a documentary and deliver a message that you wanted to deliver. I believe that was one of the greatest feelings I (had) had in such a long time.”


An after-school program teaches high schoolers how to make documentaries, tell their stories

Menlo-Atherton High School juniors Jasmine Ibarra, left, and Michelle Tu watch the footage they shot for a music video they are producing for New Voices for Youth. Amaya is now a freshman at Cañada College in Redwood City but stayed on with New Voices as an intern. Nimsi Garcia, the student behind the teen mothers movie, said filmmaking taught her better time management. But more importantly, it gave her insight into other people’s lives. Garcia said she used to misunderstand teenage girls who get pregnant, assuming they had made poor decisions or were “not really thinking about their lives.” “But once I got to know (the girls in the film) ... they’re people who are struggling and they’re still doing so well,” She said. “It’s really cool. (The film) definitely made me aware of more things around me, and I think if a lot more people got into film it would open up doors to their community that they might not have known. It really connects people.” Garcia and another student’s

film, also on teen parenting, were screened at an annual Youth Tech Health Conference held in San Francisco this April. The two films are also shown in freshman sexual education classes at Menlo-Atherton and other schools in the Sequoia Union High School District, Angel said. “It felt good to know, even though we have this small cluster of kids, that we could reach out well beyond it and hopefully have an impact,” she said. New Voices recently launched an campaign, aiming to raise $15,000 by Dec. 31. “We have been struggling with funding, and in order to be able to continue at M-A, we have to be successful with this campaign,” Angel said. N Editorial Assistant Elena Kadvany can be emailed at More information about the Holiday Fund, including how to donate, can be found on page 8.


Schools loosen purse strings after property-tax revenue jumps Years of belt-tightening give way to added staff, raises for teachers by Chris Kenrick


alo Alto school officials are loosening the purse strings for the first time in years as a booming real-estate market has boosted property-tax revenues more than 6 percent yearly for two years running. Without a pay raise since 2008 — except for the automatic, seniority-based “step and column” increases in the union contract — teachers are likely to get two salary hikes this year totaling 7 percent, plus bonuses. The first, a 3 percent raise plus 1.5 percent bonus, was awarded in May, retroactive to fall 2012. The second — to be voted on next month — gives teachers, staff and administrators an additional 4 percent raise for 2013-14, plus a 2 percent bonus. In addition, the Board of Education last week approved $1.9 million in new spending under the district’s $180 million operating budget, mostly for the hir-

ing of new teachers and technology support. That comes atop a $2.6 million package of additional spending approved in April, which has gone primarily to boost principals’ discretionary funds and add teachers. The district also has set aside $5 million to be spent over three years on professional development for teachers and staff. The prospective 4-percent raises will cost an ongoing $5 million, according to Cathy Mak, the district’s chief budget official. The raises apply to all teachers, staff and administrators except for Superintendent Kevin Skelly. The board did not propose a raise for Skelly this year but did propose a 3 percent, one-time bonus on his regular pay of $287,163. The raises, scheduled for a Dec. 10 vote, would bring the salary of an entry-level teacher from $52,965 to $55,083, plus a one-time bonus of $1,059. A mid-

career teacher would go from $85,924 to $89,360, plus a onetime bonus of $1,718. The most senior teachers on Palo Alto’s salary schedule now earn $106,951, and an additional 4 percent would bring them to $111,229, plus a onetime bonus of $2,139. In addition to good news on property taxes — which comprise 72 percent of school district revenue — the school district will gain $2.4 million annually for the next six years due to last November’s passage of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30, which boosted state sales tax by 0.25 percent for four years and increased personal income tax of Californians with incomes of more than $250,000 for seven years. On the other hand, Brown’s new Local Control Funding Formula, which shifts state resources toward low-income schools, means an ongoing annual loss of $7.5 million to the Palo Alto district.

State funds now account for only 11 percent of revenue to the school district — slightly lower than the share provided by an annual $613-per-parcel tax, approved by voters in 2010, on residential and commercial property owners. As a so-called “basic aid” district funded primarily from local resources, Palo Alto does not get revenue on a “per-pupil” basis as most other districts do. Thus, officials are constantly on edge that enrollment growth will outpace revenue growth and cause a drop in per-pupil spending. However, this has not happened in the past decade except for the years 2010-11 and 2011-12. “We had some bad years on property taxes and now we have a good one this year, but we don’t know how long that cycle will be either,” board member Melissa Baten Caswell said at the Nov. 19 meeting.

“We just have to be prudent as we go forward and keep checking and verifying along the way. It would be awful to put things in place and have to pull them out again, so I want to make sure we’re making good decisions on additional investment.” Palo Alto remains far better off than the vast majority of California’s 1,000 school districts. Perpupil spending here is between $13,000 and $14,000, compared to a statewide average in recent years hovering around $8,600. According to a 2012 analysis by the National Journal, California is among the 10 lowest-spending states on a per-pupil basis. Higher-spending states include Vermont ($17,847); New Jersey ($15,116); Connecticut ($13,959); New Hampshire ($13,519) and Massachusetts ($13,361). N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@

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Support our Kids with a gift to the Holiday Fund. Last Year’s Grant Recipients 10 Books A Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Abilities United . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Ada’s Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$25,000 Adolescent Counseling Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Art in Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Breast Cancer Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 California Family Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 CASSY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Cleo Eulau Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Collective Roots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500 Community School of Music & Arts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Community Working Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Creative Montessori Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Downtown Streets Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 DreamCatchers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$15,000 East Palo Alto Kids Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Environmental Volunteers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Family Connections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500 Family Engagement Institute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,000 Foothill College Book Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,000 Foundation for a College Education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Friends of Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Hidden Villa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 InnVision Shelter Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 JLS Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Jordan Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Kara . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$15,000 Magical Bridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$25,000 Mayview Community Health Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Music in the Schools Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 New Creation Home Ministries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 New Voices for Youth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500 Nuestra Casa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 One East Palo Alto (OEPA). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Palo Alto Community Child Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Palo Alto Housing Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Palo Alto Humane Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,500 Peninsula Bridge Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500 Peninsula College Fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Peninsula Youth Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Project WeH.O.P.E. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Quest Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Racing Hearts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500 Raising A Reader. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Ravenswood Education Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Silicon Valley FACES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500 South Palo Alto Food Closet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,000 St. Elizabeth Seton School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500 St. Francis of Assisi Youth Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 St. Vincent de Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6,000 TheatreWorks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Youth Community Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Youth United for Community Action (YUCA) . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000


ach year the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund raises money to support programs serving families and children in the Palo Alto area. Since

the Weekly and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation cover all the administrative costs, every dollar raised goes directly to support community programs through grants to non-profit organizations ranging up to $25,000. And with the generous support of matching grants from local foundations, including the Packard, Hewlett, Arrillaga & Peery foundations, your tax-deductible gift will

Give to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund and your donation is doubled. You give to non-profit groups that work right here in our community. It’s a great way to ensure that your charitable donations are working at home.

be doubled in size. A donation of $100 turns into $200 with the foundation matching gifts. Whether as an individual, a business or in honor of someone else, help us reach our goal of $350,000 by making a generous contribution to the Holiday Fund. With your generosity, we can give a major boost to the programs in our community helping kids and families.


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Palo Alto murderer dies after ‘compassionate’ parole Kenneth Fitzhugh was convicted in 2001 of killing his wife, a music teacher by Sue Dremann


enneth C. Fitzhugh Jr. had always claimed innocence after being convicted in one of Palo Alto’s most brutal murders, even fighting his case in the California Supreme Court. He ultimately obtained his freedom, but not through exoneration. He received compassionate-release parole from San Quentin Prison in February 2012 due to a terminal illness. And 8 1/2 months later, on Oct. 27, 2012, he died, according to state prison officials. Fitzhugh was convicted in 2001 for bludgeoning and strangling his wife, Kristine, a music teacher, in their Southgate neighborhood home. The trial had exposed an unraveling 33year marriage and an affair and money as motives for the crime. It included an admission by his wife that one of the couple’s two sons was fathered by a friend,

according to prosecutors. He received 15 years to life in prison for the second-degree murder, which occurred on May 5, 2000. He would have had his first chance at parole in 2015. Fitzhugh was paroled in 2012 after multiple stays in the San Quentin hospital. He had been transferred there Kenneth from High DesFitzhugh ert State Prison in Susanville for medical care, state prison officials said. He died in Santa Clara County, according to the Santa Clara County Coroner’s office. During Fitzhugh’s trial, pros-

If you are a homeowner who is thinking about selling your home within the next year, you are probably wondering whether there are any remodeling projects that will provide a good return on your investment. Optimizing the use of space in a home will not only attract more buyers but also give sellers a good return on their investment. You must first decide on the size of the project you are willing to tackle. Creating a memorable first impression often can be accomplished through small-scale projects. For example, a nice entry door replacement or a garage door replacement will bring a good return on your investment. Adding a master suite or a room in the attic is a more extensive project that also offers a good return. Be sure to hire a good architect to help you come up with a functional floor plan. Having a family room that opens to

a kitchen is highly favored by most buyers. A remodel that opens the kitchen to the family room or even to the formal existing living room is another project with a good return on investment. Formal living rooms, as well as formal offices with wood cabinets, are not in high demand in today’s market. Upgrading kitchens and baths is still a smart bet. However, home owners usually will benefit more by foregoing super deluxe projects in favor of mid-range kitchen and bath remodels. Judicious home remodeling is still worth the investment. Discuss your future remodeling plan with your agent before you start the remodeling project. Your agent can help you plan a remodel that will bring buyers to your home and increase the return on your investment.

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Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week

Holidays Are For Singing! A fun, family concert with Oxford Street Brass

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to hold a closed session to discuss potential litigation involving the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center. The council then plans to hold a study session with the Parks and Recreation Commission and discuss initiating a community conversation on the future of the city, including the Comprehensive Plan, planned-community zoning, parking and traffic strategies, and related matters. The joint meeting will begin at 6:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). The rest of the meeting will follow in the Council Chambers. COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the financial results from the first quarter of fiscal year 2014; consider modifications to the city’s street-sweeping program; and discuss a longrange financial forecast for the years 2014 to 2024. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). UTILITIES ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the PaloAltoGreen gas program and consider approving three new gas-rate schedules; consider the department’s 2014 legislative guidelines and evaluate the cost-effectiveness of residential gas-to-electric fuel-switching options for appliances and vehicles. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 500 University Ave., a request by Thoits Brothers for a review of a new 26,806-square-foot, three-story office building that would replace a one-story building. The project includes a request to exceed the 50-foot height limit by 11 feet. The board also plans to discuss 1050 Page Mill Road, a proposal for four two-story office buildings that would replace two existing buildings in the Stanford Research Park; and 385 Sherman Ave., a proposed three-story mixed-use building. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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COUNCIL RAIL COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to hear an update on California’s proposed high-speed-rail system. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. “We are really stressing the ‘shop small’ idea because that’s the way we compete with the larger retailers,” Cohen said. “The more you shop local, the better off your local services (funded by sales taxes) will be.” Cohen said the City of Palo Alto also moved up its annual holiday tree-lighting event to coincide with Small Business Saturday. From 4 to 7 p.m. at Lytton Plaza, there will be live music, various holiday activities and coat donations. Stores will have “Shop Small” doormats and give away free, reusable shopping bags. Other local businesses stay competitive during the holidays by doing everything the big box retailers do — and more. Palo Alto Sport Shop and Toy World, for example, started hosting

its own early morning Black Friday for the first time last year and will do so again this year. The store opens at 6 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25. Eric Hager, who has been the manager at Palo Alto Sport Shop and Toy World for 26 years, said: “There’s always competition.”

‘We are really stressing the “shop small” idea because that’s the way we compete with the larger retailers. The more you shop local, the better off your local services (funded by sales taxes) will be.’ —Russ Cohen, executive director, Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association “It’s just different types of competition,” he added. “Online is probably more competitive for us than, say, a big-box retailer. But we also offer things that other places don’t.” The sport goods and toy store offers in-store services such as

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in late September and is available only in the Bay Area. The only other two Palo Alto stores listed on Google Shopping Express are Staples and Office Depot. Other participating stores, not in Palo Alto, are all chains: Target, REI, Walgreens, Staples, Costco, Whole Foods Markets, Nob Hill Foods, American Eagle Outfitters and Guitar Center. “We always have to remain competitive, of course,” Hager said. “It’s not any one competitor as much as we always try new things. That’s how we stay in business.” The holiday shopping season is also dictated by when the holidays themselves fall each year. A late or early Thanksgiving can make all the difference for smaller stores, said Charlie Affrunti, vice president of University Art Center in Palo Alto. “For us, it’s just hard because it hurts November a lot whenever Thanksgiving is late,” he said. Last year, Thanksgiving fell on Nov. 22. This year, it’s six days later. Hanukkah was also early this year, the first night starting at sundown on Nov. 27 (versus last year on Dec. 8 and the year before, Dec. 20) “It definitely hurts November sales because people start thinking Christmas right after the (Thanksgiving) holiday,” Affrunti said. Fred Ebert, owner of Edwards Luggage at the Stanford Shopping Center, said he started preparing for the “tighter season between Thanksgiving and Christmas” by doing some holiday buying in July and bringing in a holiday gift selection three weeks earlier than usual. He said the luggage store also experienced a slightly slower November for the first three weeks. “This last week really makes a big difference,” he said. But Hager said he’s of the belief that there’s not much stores can do to deal with the impact of a later Thanksgiving. “You really just have to roll with the holiday punches,” he said. “You can’t change people’s behavior that much just because Thanksgiving is a week later. You just change a little bit of your expectations.” N Editorial Assistant Elena Kadvany can be emailed at


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popular in various parts of the state, including sections of the Peninsula, but that continues to garner the support of Gov. Jerry Brown. Last year’s funding allocation came by a single vote in the state Senate, with several Democrats joining every Republican in opposition. Palo Alto, Atherton and Menlo Park had all been involved in lawsuits against the rail authority, with Flashman representing them in those efforts. The Palo Alto City Council, which supported the project in 2008, has since taken an official and unanimous stance against it. Flashman called the Monday rulings “major roadblocks.” “If you’re the captain of the Titanic and you’ve just been hit by two icebergs, what do you do?” Flashman told the Weekly. “It seems like what (rail authority board Chair) Dan Richard is saying is, ‘Full speed ahead!’” N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

There has still been no contact with Merrill E. Newman, the 85-year-old Palo Alto man whose family and friends say has been held in North Korea since Oct. 26, and U.S. State Department officials said the Swedish Embassy has not been allowed access to him. North Korean officials this week acknowledged they have detained an American. Newman, a Korean War veteran who had traveled with a friend to North Korea as part of a tourist group, was removed from an airplane headed to Beijing just five minutes prior to takeoff. He has not been heard from since. On Monday, his wife, Lee, released a statement regarding the incident: “We were heartened to hear that the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) has advised the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang that they are holding an American citizen who clearly appears to be Merrill Newman. “We remain concerned about his well-being,” she said, referencing Newman’s heart condition. “We hope the DPRK will quickly confirm that he is being looked after, is in good health, and that he has received his medication. We also hope that it will be possible to resolve this misunderstanding so that he can quickly rejoin his family.” The United States does not have a diplomatic relationship with North Korea, and the Swedish Embassy in North Korea handles cases related to Americans who are detained, ill or who have died in the country. Swedish officials have requested consular access to Newman on a daily basis, but State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at a press briefing on Nov. 22 that access has not been granted. N —Sue Dremann

Builder gets a legal boost against city Seven years after the development company Sterling Park received Palo Alto’s blessing to construct a condominium complex on West Bayshore Road, the project remains in legal limbo, with the developer and the city clashing over affordable housing. But thanks to a recent ruling from California’s highest court, Sterling Park can proceed with the project even as it continues to challenge Palo Alto’s requirements that it devote 10 units of the 96-condominium project to below-market-rate housing and contribute funds toward the city’s affordable-housing program. The October ruling from the state Supreme Court reversed two prior rulings from the Superior Court and the state Court of Appeals, both of which sided with the city. The two courts had concurred that Sterling Park cannot challenge the conditions of approval laid out in its 2007 agreement with the city because the 90-day statute of limitation had long expired. Sterling Park first challenged the city’s affordable-housing requirement in 2009. The Supreme Court ruled that the Mitigation Fee Act applies. The act allows developers to contest fees imposed to support parks, libraries and other city infrastructure or defray some of the cost of the new development to the city. Under this act, the statute of limitations doesn’t kick in until after the city notifies the developer of the fees owed and the right to protest. In this case, Sterling Park claimed it never received such a notice and the time limits thus don’t apply. The Supreme Court’s decision means the case will now return to the appeals court. N — Gennady Sheyner



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Renewable-energy plant debuts in north San Jose A facility that can turn people’s food scraps and yard trimmings into energy and compost opened in north San Jose Nov. 22, and some Palo Alto leaders are hailing it as an encouraging sign that the city might be able to build one, too. The low-lying, concrete-and-steel structure sits atop 23 acres of San Jose’s former landfill, next to the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge off Highway 237. It is the world’s largest plant to employ a technology called “dry-fermentation anaerobic digestion,” according to Zero Waste Energy Development Company, which built the plant. Using bacteria and an oxygen-deprived environment, the process breaks down matter so that it releases a gas, methane, that can be used for electricity and auto fuel. The remaining waste is treated, turning it into compost. Two years ago, Palo Alto voters agreed to set aside 10 acres in the Baylands as the potential site for a facility that would convert the city’s organic waste — the refuse that is neither recyclable nor considered garbage — into energy and compost. At the time, proponents of Measure E cited anaerobic digestion as a promising technology. In early 2014, Palo Alto staff is scheduled to update the City Council on plans for the Baylands site. The city has been reviewing proposals from local waste-management companies to build the Baylands waste-to-energy operation, or otherwise handle the city’s organic waste, which would also include sewage sludge. N — Jocelyn Dong ÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ œÛi“LiÀÊә]ÊÓä£ÎÊU Page 11


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tax, which was driven by department store, electronics and auto sales,” the report states. “Increased business and real estate activities within the city resulted in higher transient-occupancy tax and documentary-transfer tax revenues.” The trend is expected to continue in fiscal year 2014, which began on July 1. On Wednesday, the city released the financial results from the first quarter of 2014 (the Finance Committee is scheduled to discuss this report on Dec. 3). The numbers

are even more stark. Sales taxes are up by 48 percent when compared with the first quarter of 2013, having risen from $3.7 million to $5.4 million. Hotel taxes, meanwhile, jumped from $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2013 to $2 million in the first quarter of 2014, a 57 percent increase. The surging revenues helped offset a 31 percent dip in service fees, a trend related to the renovation of the city’s golf course (which resulted in a dip in golf fees) and a $1.2 million decrease in plan-check fees, which indicates less building activity. City officials also expect the


(TENTATIVE) AGENDA – SPECIAL MEETING – COUNCIL CONFERENCE ROOM MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2013 - 5:00 PM CLOSED SESSION 1. Potential Litigation 2. Labor STUDY SESSION 3. Joint Meeting with Parks and Recreation Commission SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAY 4. Selection of Candidates to be Interviewed for the Storm Drain

documentary-transfer revenues to continue their upward climb. Joe Saccio, deputy director of Administrative Services, told the committee on Nov. 19 that the high number of real-estate transactions the city has been seeing in recent months is forcing the city to revise its projections. “We are going to be raising it (projected documentary-tax revenues) in the midyear considerably, and it is going to exceed $6.8 million, we believe, based on what we’re seeing now,” Saccio said. He noted that the number of realestate transactions are up almost 10 percent from the prior year, and that property values involved in the transactions are exceeding the prior year’s. It also doesn’t hurt that the city has several new hotels preparing to open their doors, including at the downtown site of the recently shuttered Casa Olga and on the former Palo Alto Bowl site near the southern edge of the city. The committee welcomed the financial news, with Vice Mayor Nancy Shepherd lauding the fact that revenues are now higher than they were before 2008 and Councilman Greg Schmid congratulating staff on the revenue outlook. “We seem to be in the midst of a very nice period,” Schmid said. The committee’s discussion came at a time when state and county officials are also shaking off the doldrums of the recent economic meltdown. The nonpartisan

Oversight Committee for Three Terms Ending on October 31, 2018 CONSENT CALENDAR 5. Approval of Amendment No. 1 to Contract No. C13148737 with Advanced Design Consultants, Inc. in the Amount of $84,786 for a Total Not-to-Exceed Amount of $319,655 for Design of Fire/Life Safety and Sprinklers for the Lucie Stern Community Theater and Community Center as Part of the Lucie Stern Buildings Mechanical 6.




/ Electrical Upgrades Project PE-14015 636 Waverley Street [13PLN-00262]: Approval of Continuation of Council Consideration of an Appeal of the Director of Planning and Community Environment’s decision to approve the Architectural Review of a new mixed-use development. The proposed four-story 10,278 sq. ft. building includes 4,800 sq. ft. of commercial uses on the first and second floors and two residential units on the third and fourth floors in the CD-C(P) zoning district; the project provides 20 parking spaces in a below grade garage. Environmental Assessment: Exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) per Section 15303 (STAFF REQUEST THIS ITEM BE CONTINUED) Approval of Amendment Number 2 with Waste Management of California, Inc. that will reduce the City’s annual “Put or Pay” tonnage commitments through 2021 and modify other terms and conditions of the 30 year disposal agreement. Second Reading: Adoption of an Ordinance to Add Chapter 16.61 to the Municipal Code to Establish a Public Art Program for Private Developments (First Reading: November 12, 2013 PASSED: 8-0 Burt absent) Notification of Pending Participation in the Georgetown Energy Prize

10. Certification of the Election Results STUDY SESSION 11. Initiating a Community Conversation on the Future of the City, including the Comprehensive Plan, Planned Community Zoning, parking and traffic strategies, and related matters STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS The Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. to discuss: 1) First Quarter Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Results, 2) Proposed conceptual plan for modifications to Palo Alto’s Street Sweeping and Cleaning Programs, and 3) CalPERS Annual Valuation Reports for the City’s Miscellaneous and Safety Pension Plans as of June 30, 2012 The Rail Committee will meet on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 9:00 A.M.

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‘We now find that California’s state budget is even more promising than we projected one year ago.’ —Legislative Analyst Office report Legislative Analyst’s Office released a report earlier this month that projects a $5.6 billion surplus in the state’s budget reserve. Much like the city, the state has revised its expectations upwards in recent months. The report cited the “restrained state budget” that Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature agreed on for 2013-14 and notes that the office’s “forecast of state revenue collections has increased

CityView A round-up

of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council The council did not meet this week.

Palo Alto Unified School District Notice to Bidders NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that proposals will be received by the Palo Alto Unified School District for: Bid # 13-P-12-SN: Vended Lunches for Terman Middle School There will be a Mandatory Walk-Through on December 6, 2013 @10:20 AM sharp. Proposals must be received at the Purchasing Department, 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306, by 10AM on December 18, 2013. All questions concerning the proposals should be directed to Denise Buschke by mail or emailed to BY ORDER of the Business Department of the Palo Alto Unified School District, Palo Alto, California. Dated: November 15, & November 22, & November 29, 2013

since last year.” “Accordingly, we now find that California’s state budget is even more promising than we projected one year ago,” the LAO report states. In Palo Alto, the brightening outlook is expected to give the city a big boost in addressing its backlog of infrastructure problems, which include more than $200 million in needed new facilities. These include a new police headquarters to replace the small and seismically unfit one at City Hall and the rehabilitation of two obsolete fire stations. A specially appointed Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission also identified about $42 million in needed maintenance, work that the new revenues are expected to help fund. In addition to approving the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the committee agreed to transfer $8.9 million from the city’s General Fund to the Infrastructure Reserve, bringing the total amount of surplus funds transferred between the two to $16.5 million since 2012. Even after the transfer, the city ended fiscal year 2013 with a General Fund reserve of more than $30 million. “Those are healthy contributions to the infrastructure priority as set out by Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission and also the City Council,” Ramberg told the committee. “Clearly, there is still a liability on the infrastructure side that must be addressed, but these are opportunities for us to contribute in the years that we’ve recently had and again this year.” It helped, Ramberg said, that the city had achieved greater savings than expected from City Hall staffing vacancies. Furthermore, recent negotiations with labor groups, which resulted in greater cost-sharing on medical expenses and new contributions for health care by employees, are expected to save the city nearly $9 million annually. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

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ecutors alleged he killed his wife because he was angry that she planned to tell their eldest son that Fitzhugh was not his biological father. In addition, the Fitzhughs’ finances had collapsed over the two years prior to the murder. Evidence showed the family’s three investment accounts plunged from nearly $400,000 in early 1998 to approximately $11,000 in May 2000. On the day of her death, Kristine Fitzhugh had returned to her house on Escobita Avenue around noon, bringing home coffee and two muffins. She was in the kitchen eating and reading classroom papers when she was attacked, according to Palo Alto police. She was struck from behind on the head seven times with a blunt instrument and beaten in the face while being strangled with one hand. She died of several head wounds; strangulation was a contributing factor, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner. Fitzhugh said he had received a phone call from Addison Elementary School in Palo Alto, alerting him that his wife had not shown up to teach her afternoon class. Although he told police he had then called his wife on her cell phone and at the house, caller ID records showed he had not, according to police. Instead, he went to the home of two friends in Palo Alto and asked the women to accompany him to find out why his wife could not be reached. Prosecutors said Fitzhugh had staged his wife’s death and brought the friends with him to “discover” her body. After killing her in the kitchen, he had moved her to the bottom of the basement stairs to make it seem as though she had fallen. Her injuries were not consistent with a fall down the stairs, the coroner found. Forensic testing found blood spattered throughout the kitchen. Much of it had been cleaned up prior to the arrival of police. Kristine Fitzhugh’s blood was on running shoes, a towel and a shirt belonging to Fitzhugh, which were found in his Chevrolet Suburban. Fitzhugh had said the shoes were in his closet, and he could not explain the presence of the bloody items in his car, police said. Prosecutors also dismantled Fitzhugh’s alibi. He had said he was in San Bruno looking at a vacant property for a client when the murder was committed. But cell phone calls he received that afternoon were routed through an antenna on University Avenue in Palo Alto, which proved he was in the area at the time, they said. Fitzhugh claimed an intruder killed his wife. He appealed his case. The California Supreme Court rejected his appeal in 2006. The Fitzhugh family did not return a request for comment for this story. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

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Lawsuit filed against driver who struck boys A Menlo Park family has filed a lawsuit against the driver of a car that reportedly jumped a curb and pinned two 6-year-old twin brothers against a wall near Walgreen’s on Santa Cruz Avenue. (Posted Nov. 27, 11:17 a.m.)

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Teen injured in East Palo Alto shooting A teenager was injured in a drive-by shooting in East Palo Alto on Tuesday evening, according to police. (Posted Nov. 27, 9:09 a.m.)

FDA orders 23andMe to stop selling DNA tests The Food and Drug Administration has ordered Mountain View-based 23andMe to immediately stop marketing its DNA sequencing kits directly to consumers. (Posted Nov. 26, 2:37 p.m.)

Robotics builds community for Space Cookies A 5-foot-tall, 120-pound, Frisbee-throwing contraption that was built by a group of Girl Scouts and is being pitted in competitions around the country might make some Girl Scout cookie buyers do a double take. (Posted Nov. 25, 1:22 p.m.)

Shots fired at occupied vehicle Shots were fired Sunday afternoon at a parked vehicle in Menlo Park that was occupied by two young children and their mother. (Posted Nov. 25, 10:03 a.m.)

Man found dead at Opportunity Center A Palo Alto man who lived at the Opportunity Center was found dead in his room, according to a spokesperson for InnVision Shelter Network, which runs the adjacent Opportunity Services Center on 33 Encina Ave. (Posted Nov. 25, 9:57 a.m.)

Three from Stanford to be Rhodes scholars A Stanford University senior as well as two recent graduates are among the 32 Americans who will head to Oxford University next fall as Rhodes scholars. (Posted Nov. 25, 9:45 a.m.)

Photos show devastation in sister city New photos show the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan to Palo Alto’s Philippine sister city, which a local volunteer organization said was 90 percent destroyed by the disaster. (Posted Nov. 22, 1:06 p.m.)

Palo Alto woman dies after car crash A 57-year-old Palo Alto woman has died after suffering injuries in a car crash on Wednesday in Menlo Park. (Posted Nov. 22, 12:05 p.m.)

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Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Family violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Credit card forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Abandoned bicycle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . . 2 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Vehicle accident/mnr. injury . . . . . . . . 11 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . . 5 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle/stored . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Possession of paraphernalia. . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . 3 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 2 Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Unattended death. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

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Jing Lyman, activist and former Stanford first lady, dies at 88

Elizabeth “Jing� Lyman, the “first lady� of Stanford University from 1970 to 1980 and an activist in her own right, died Thursday, Nov. 21, at Channing House in Palo Alto after a two-and-a-half year illness. She was 88. Lyman, wife of Stanford’s seventh president Richard Lyman, who died last year, was a key player in launching the university’s institute for gender research. She was “a social network unto herself, long before the invention of computerized social networks,� said the institute’s founding director Myra Strober, a labor economist and retired professor of education. “It’s not too strong to say that if it were not for Jing, there would be no Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford.� She arrived at Stanford in 1958 with her husband, who had accepted a position teaching British history, and four young children, aged 1 to 8 years old. The family was bound up with Stanford’s for more than 20 years, as Richard W. “Dick� Lyman rose through the professorial and administrative ranks. As the university’s “first lady,� she was known for her ready smile, quick wit and warmth, and as a skilled and gracious campus hostess. Friends described her as energetic, ebullient, efficient and generous with her time. Friends and family said Lyman was known for her knitting, which accompanied her everywhere, including meetings and sports events. At her 80th birthday party, people wore their own Jing-made sweaters. The Lymans left Stanford in 1980 when Dick Lyman became president of the Rockefeller Foundation. They returned in 1988 — moving to downtown Palo Alto — when he was asked to develop a forum for interdisciplinary research on international issues, now known as the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Jing Lyman was born Elizabeth Schauffler in Philadelphia on Feb. 23, 1925. But for reasons her mother was never able to explain, she said “Ah, the Lady Jingly Jones� when she was presented with her daughter eight hours after her birth, Lyman said. It was the name of a character in an Edward Lear nonsense rhyme. Lyman attended high school at the Putney School, a boarding school in Vermont. She met Dick Lyman at Swarthmore College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English, with a minor in history, in 1947. The couple married that same year. She battled a local discrimina-

tory housing initiative in the early 1960s and later became a national figure in community development and women’s economic empowerment. Among the many groups she helped organize and sustain were Midpeninsula Citizens for Fair Housing, Stanford Midpeninsula Urban Coalition, Women and Philanthropy in Washington, D.C. and the National Coalition for Women’s Enterprise in New York. She was a member of the Women of Silicon Valley Donor Circle of the Women’s Foundation of California in San Francisco and a trustee and member of the executive committee of Enterprise Com-



munity Partners in Maryland. She is survived by her sons Christopher “Cricket� Lyman of Searsmont, Maine, Timothy Lyman of New Hartford, Conn.; daughters Jennifer P. Lyman of Washington, D.C., and the Rev. Holly Lyman Antolini of Cambridge, Mass.; and four grandchildren. Memorial services are pending. In lieu of flowers, Jing Lyman requested that donations be made in her name to the Enterprise Community Partners, an affordable housing advocacy organization, or to the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford.

November 1926 – October 19, 2013 Born in Oakland, went to Oakland High and Pomona College, graduating in 1948 with a BA in Art. Pam worked at Yosemite before she married Reed Keyes in 1950, and they moved to Palo Alto in 1954. Landscape Designer for Congressman Pete McCloskey and others, then a local Travel Agent for 25 years – during which time Pam and Reed traveled extensively. Member of P.A. Garden Club, Neighbors Abroad, Co-Op Council. Local Precinct Inspector. Survived by four children (William, Beverly, Carolyn and Gary), and three grandchildren. Memorial 10:30 am Sat. 12/7, First Congregational Church in Palo Alto. OBITUARY

Donald Tasto

Donald L. Tasto, a resident of Atherton, CA, passed on November 21 at the age of 70. Dr. Tasto was born in Evanston, IL, and grew up in Denver, CO. He moved to the Bay Area in 1978. He received his PhD in Psychology at St. Louis University in 1967. He worked as a college professor, researcher at the Stanford Research Institute, and then as a clinical psychologist in Menlo Park. He received his law degree from the New College of California School of Law in 1998. He worked as a private-practice attorney in Redwood City for the past 15 years. His personality and zest for life far exceeded his professional accomplishments. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Flores Tasto of Atherton, CA; his son Joseph Tasto of Rockville, MD; his daughter Jennifer Thenhaus of Denver, CO; his two sisters Mary West and Patricia Schmitz; eight grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces. A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, November 29 at 11:00 AM at The Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Ave, Menlo Park, CA. The family requests that in lieu of owers, contributions be made to Live2GiveYou c/o 98 McCormick Ln, Atherton, CA 94027. PA I D





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Alice Powell June 4, 1936-November 19, 2013 Alice Evans Powell, 77, of Rogers, Ark., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. She was born to the late George and Elma Evans on June 4, 1936, in Palo Alto, Calif. Alice graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1954. She resided in the San Francisco Bay area until her retirement in June of 1998. Alice worked for Hewlett Packard, Zack Electronics, and then Storm Products until she retired and relocated to Carson City, Nev., where she became very active as a volunteer at the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center and the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada. In 2006, she received the prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service in Carson City. In 2007, she moved to Mesa, Ariz., to be closer to her daughter, Patricia Higgins. In 2011, Alice moved with Patricia’s family to Rogers, AR. She continued her years of volunteer service in both Arizona and Arkansas. She volunteered at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, and at the Northwest Regional Medical Center of Bentonville, AR. She also delivered meals for Meals on Wheels with her granddaughter and served at the Christ the King Lutheran Church food bank. Alice was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Family in Carson City, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Mesa and the Christ the King Lutheran Church of Bentonville. Alice is survived by one child, Patricia Higgins, wife of Warren Higgins, of Rogers, AR. and by six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Alice is an absolutely fabulous Mom, Grammy, GreatGrammy, Hero, and Best Friend Forever! A memorial service will be held in Mesa, Ariz., on Saturday, Dec. 28 at Mesa Cemetery. In lieu of owers, Alice requests that donations be made to your local Humane Society, the Wild Horse Protection Agency or Guide Dogs of America. PA I D



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Guy Miller was Palo Alto’s first city historian. The city’s archives are now named after him. treetcar tracks run down University Avenue. A horse and wagon roll through Professorville. A suffragette wears a sash over her dress that reads “Voter.” If someone had handed these photos to Guy Miller in 1913, when he started his job as Palo Alto’s first city historian, might he have momentarily wondered: “Are these historic?” These were just scenes of life around him. History, of course, has a way of sneaking up on us. A hundred years ago, Miller was maintaining Palo Alto’s archives, clipping out articles and obituaries from newspapers that dated back 60 years. A hundred years later, his own world is part of the same archives

that now bear his name. Miller had file cabinets and books and a typewriter; today’s city historian, Steve Staiger, has file cabinets and books and a desk that looks a lot like Miller’s did, if you cover up the PC. Staiger also has a century more of perspective and the futuristic technology to make his artifacts instantly available globally. Some 4,000 of the Palo Alto Historical Association’s 13,000plus photographs can be viewed through the organization’s website. Type in “nineteen tens” for your decade of choice, and you see the streetcar tracks, the horse, the suffragette. You also get the Novelty Theatre on University

Avenue, where people caught the latest motion pictures; the Palo Alto Poultry Market (listed as “location unknown” — could it have been in your neighborhood?); a man in a three-piece suit driving a load of lumber down Alma Street. Drop in on Staiger, who works Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Guy Miller Archives, and he may be able to tell you the backstory of your Palo Alto neighborhood, your street, maybe even your house. He might have a menu from the restaurant where your grandparents went on their first date. He could find your greatgrandmother’s obituary in his collection of 30,000. These are very specif ic, loca l searches in a world where the Internet has everything. And perhaps that’s part of the enduring appeal of a small municipal historical society. The nonprofit Palo Alto Historical Association has been around for a century in one form or another (it was founded in 1948 as a successor to the city’s historical society that began in 1913). Technology comes and goes, but a city historian is still minding the store, keeping track of Palo Alto. The association conSteve Staiger, who was a longtime Palo Alto reference librarian before becoming tinues to publish city historian, looks at an old municipal map. books and an offiPage 16ÊUÊ œÛi“LiÀÊә]ÊÓä£ÎÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“

cial newsletter, along with putting on talks and exhibits and working with the city to preserve historic places and structures. As the society marks 100 years, those fascinated by the history of Palo Alto say the past is still very much with us. Fundraising efforts are in progress to open a new Palo Alto History Museum in the 1932 Roth Building. “The Roth Building restoration project is ‘shovelready,’” said Karen Holman, a city councilwoman and the museum’s former director. In addition, PAHA board members Jeanne McDonnell and Doug Graham are at work on the association’s newest book project, a history of the city of Mayfield that first neighbored Palo Alto to the south and then became part of it in 1925. As Staiger and others are quick to point out, that’s why a city the size of Palo Alto has two downtowns: California Avenue (formerly Lincoln Street) used to be Mayfield’s main drag. In addition, Staiger said the number of visitors and inquiries to the archives is still healthy and in fact seems to be increasing. When asked why, he said that PAHA’s active website makes the group easy to find. In addition, local history just plain remains interesting, especially to longtime residents of a city. In his office in the archives, which are temporarily housed at Cubberley Community Center while the main library is being renovated, Staiger picks up the 1989 book “History of Palo Alto: The Early Years,” by Pamela Gullard and Nancy Lund, and reads a quote from Wallace Stegner: “Local history is the best history, the

history with more of ourselves in it than other kinds. It is immediate, intimate, personally apprehended, and least in America it is by definition recent.” Staiger smiles. Local history, he adds, “doesn’t scare people as much.” t was rare in 1913, and even for several years after that, for a city as small as Palo Alto to have its own historical association, Staiger said. In many California cities it wasn’t until the 1940s, when the state’s centennial was approaching, that there emerged a strong interest in local history. Staiger himself came to Palo Alto in 1984, after growing up in Marin and going to library school at U.C. Berkeley. He worked for Palo Alto as a reference librarian until retiring 12 years ago and staying on in his current job. Some of that time overlapped with his work at the historical association. He’s now PAHA’s only staffer amongst volunteers and interns. Family ties sparked his interest in local history, he said. “I had two grandparents born in California. They were here during the (1906) earthquake,” he said. “They had histories and stories to tell.” Palo Alto is a pretty interesting place for a historian as well. Early on, it became clear that the city would become more than just another 19th-century farm town. For one, Staiger pointed out, it has long owned its own utilities, a rare thing for a city and one that has paid off financially. “A hundred and 10 years ago, it was expected that utility com-

Cover Story panies would dominate, but Palo lumbering and the construction at Alto did it itself,” he said. The Stanford, with a social life bound financial rewards helped make up with its schools, churches the city blossom, contributing to and fraternal lodges,” Winslow such municipal resources as five wrote. libraries and a multitude of parks, (The lumbering legacy lives on he added. in the street signs for Page Mill Palo Alto, too, has been bol- Road, which was named after stered by donations from residents lumberman William Page. The over the decades, including just a road was built as a thoroughfare few odds and ends from Lucie for transporting wood down from Stern, the Depression-era philan- his yard into Mayfield.) thropist whose dollars supported Officially incorporated as a theaters and a community cen- town in 1903, Mayfield had its ter, among other growing pains, well-appreciated not the least of donations. which was an ¼Ê̽ÃÊiÝÌÀi“iÞÊ In addition, ongoing comsince 1885, the petition with its ˆ“«œÀÌ>˜ÌÊ̜ʎ˜œÜÊ city has had northern neighhow this land that the inf luence bor. of neighboring Palo Alto was Üi½ÀiʏˆÛˆ˜}ʜ˜Ê…>ÃÊ Stanford to enswiftly being rich it culturally Lii˜ÊÌÀ>˜ÃvœÀ“i`°Ê seen as a uniand academically versity town, And what does it — and financialintellectual and ly. (It was two attractive, while “i>˜Ê̜ÊÕÃÊ̜`>Þ¶½ Stanford profesMayfield for a – Jeanne McDonnell, sors, Charles while had no lu“Daddy” Marx crative businessPAHA board member and Charles Benes other than its jamin Wing, who saloons. Real-eswere instrumentate development tal in developing the city-owned and population influx slowed in utility service.) Mayfield, Winslow wrote. The Stanford has also had other ef- Bayside Cannery on Park Boufects on Palo Alto’s history that levard (its building now houses are less well known. In the early Fry’s Electronics) was a major years of the 20th century, Palo employer for several years, but Alto was home to many teeto- its fortunes turned as the Santa talers, and even after the repeal Clara Valley’s orchards dwindled. of Prohibition the city remained In May 1925, Mayfield’s citizens largely dry for several years, voted 357 to 288 to be annexed thanks to a state law that banned into Palo Alto. the sale of hard liquor near colWinslow’s book had a chapter lege campuses of a certain size. on Mayfield, and PAHA’s McMeanwhile, “San Mateo County Donnell and Graham are in the was one of the wettest counties in midst of creating the complete the country,” Staiger said. Mayfield book, which they hope will be published next summer. lso positively sloshy — at “I’m being reintroduced to least for a time — was the Mayfield. It’s really quite a thrill,” town of Mayfield, which said McDonnell, who has been on once had so many saloons that PAHA’s board for six years and is Stanford students sometimes also the historian for The Womsang a drinking song about the an’s Club of Palo Alto. She and “road to Mayfield,” according to Graham are currently immersed “Palo Alto: A Centennial His- in research for the book, going tory,” a tome published by jour- through archives and newspapers nalist Ward Winslow and PAHA and, especially, photos. Later, in 1993. they’ll formalize the structure of Unfortunately for the barflies, chapters. Mayfield succumbed to the dry “To me, pictures say a lot more spirit and voted in a saloon ban than words. There are some really that took effect on New Year’s good pictures of the houses that Day of 1905. are quite amazing for that era,” No history of Palo Alto would McDonnell said. “But mainly you be complete without a look at look at the people there. That’s Mayfield, which emerged as a what matters.” town in the 1850s. Its first school As McDonnell does her rewas established in 1855, in a log search, she’s constantly asking cabin. By the early 1890s, when herself, “Why?” neighboring Palo Alto was taking “Why did they come there in form, Mayfield “lay somewhat the first place?” she muses about isolated, dependent on farming, Mayfield. “The ecology is terri-

From the archives: A 1935 advertisement for the Peninsula Creamery, taken from a city directory.

bly important. You had to have former site of Mayfield Farm, on a water source, good soil — to La Selva Drive. some extent you grew your own “We are what we were,” food — and having the train right McDonnell said about her there was important. What made abiding interest in hislife what it was there? Why did tory. “We didn’t start people come there, and what did out on an original they create that was so vital?” basis anywhere Photos in “Palo Alto: A Cen- in the world. It’s tennial History” give clues about extremely imthe vitality of the community. portant to know Mustachioed misters pose with how this land their instruments in an 1889 that we’re livphoto of Mayfield’s University ing on has Brass Band. A woman in a bustle been transcurtsies at a dance academy. Pic- formed. And tures in PAHA’s archives show a what does it Fourth of July grand marshal on mean to us horseback, Rosenblum’s General today?” Merchandise Store, Jane Lathrop r o m Stanford’s Mayfield Free Kinderh e r garten and an unusually snowy seat day in 1887. However, no photo is known to on the Palo exist of one of Mayfield’s most Alto City influential residents, Sarah Arm- C o u n c i l , strong Montgomery Green Wallis Karen Hol— the very Sarah Wallis who has man also does a park named after her off Cali- a lot of thinkA circa-1980s jacket from the defunct ing about how fornia Avenue. She came west to San Francisco local history Cameo Club on El Camino Real might become in 1844 as an 18-year-old bride, affects what part of an exhibit when the Palo Alto History later remarking that “it was a de- she does today. Museum opens. lightful trip except when we got Many in Silicon into the mountains,” Staiger wrote Valley think about history in the Hostess House gave me an underin a Weekly column about Wallis sense of making it — creating standing of the care with which in 1999. While her early marital the latest high-tech something development ... should be respectlife was checkered (her first hus- that will echo down the years (or ful of that building (that is) listed band left for Hawaii and never months). But as a council member, on the National Register, designed returned; her second had another Holman has to be immersed more by a revered female California arwife), she eventually found solid in the concrete, the brick-and- chitect and first home to the Chilnuptials with justice of the peace mortar history of local buildings dren’s Theatre,” Holman said. As another example, she added and state senator Joseph Wallis. and streets and neighborhoods. “Having a good understanding that knowing the background of She also became a leading advoof how we got to where we are to- Cubberley Community Center cate for women’s rights. For many years, the Wallis day, what guidance was laid out helps determine how to govern family lived in the Palo Alto area. previously, provides a good foun- its future. The south Palo Alto Sarah Wallis was an investor in dation in how to approach current center, now a home to numerous cultural and educational organithe San Francisco and San Jose and future actions,” she said. Holman cited a current propos- zations, was originally opened in Railroad — and a major reason why today’s California Avenue al to build a downtown office and 1956 as Cubberley High School train station is where it is. “They theater complex at 27 University but closed in 1979 in the wake of were going to put the train station Ave. The plan would displace the declining enrollment. Most of it is on the corner of Churchill and building that houses the MacAr- still owned by the school district Alma,” McDonnell said. “But thur Park restaurant, a structure and leased by the city; with the the local people and Sarah Wallis designed by Hearst Castle archi- lease expiring at the end of the next year, the center’s future is an wanted the station in their town tect Julia Morgan. “Knowing the history and im(Mayfield), so they could get to it. (continued on next page) portance of the Julia Morgan She was a leader in that sense.” McDonnell added: “She was also very prominent in getting good schools established. That wasn’t always common in those days.” The Wallises lived first on Mayfield Farm in what is now the Barron Park area of Palo Alto, and then moved to a smaller house in Mayfield after the economic downturn of 1875. Sarah Wallis Park marks the site of that home. Long interested in women’s history, McDonnell has been fascinated with Wallis for years, and helped get a historic plaque put up The University Brass Band in Mayfield celebrates the Fourth of July in 1889, in her honor at the depicted in a Palo Alto Historical Association photo. ÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ œÛi“LiÀÊә]ÊÓä£ÎÊU Page 17

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open question. Holman is looking ahead to a future that includes a new Palo Alto History Museum downtown. While she stepped aside as executive director last year and PAHA board member Rich Green now heads the museum, she clearly remains passionate about the need for the facility. The museum would “serve as a core resource to connect people from around the world to our city’s dynamic past,” she said. “It will be a place of great inspiration, designed to help us better understand and more effectively influence the world in which we live.” As planned, the museum would house the city’s archives as well as exhibits on such topics as the local history of education, technology, sports and the arts. Classes for children and adults are also envisioned, along with joint programs with such organizations as the Stanford Historical Society and history classes at local schools. The museum’s proposed home, the Birge Clark-designed Roth Building at 300 Homer Ave., has plenty of history of its own. Besides formerly housing the Palo Alto Medical Clinic, the structure holds the dubious honor of sparking Palo Alto’s first traffic jam. Victor Arnautoff’s Art Deco murals created a commotion in 1932 for depicting half-naked patients in the examination room; after the San Francisco Chronicle ran a critical article in the Sunday paper, “everyone drove by after church to see for themselves,” Staiger said. Today, the museum project has been approved by the City Coun-

cil and the Historic Resources Board and is simply awaiting sufficient funding to break ground, Holman said. The museum’s board is still studying what its final fundraising goal will be and is consulting with potential donors, Green said. “Funds are needed for rehabilitation of the Roth Building, operations, a reserve and an endowment. Construction funds to complete the rehabilitation of the building are estimated to be in the area of $2.5 million.” Green said the board is also looking for funds for the first two to three years of operations. “The expectation is that our campaign will be aggressive,” he said. or Staiger, the close of that campaign can’t come soon enough. He gets a little dreamy when he talks about a new history museum, one that could be part of a historic district in the neighborhood of the Museum of American Heritage, the Hewlett-Packard garage and the Woman’s Club. While the archives have more commonly housed two-dimensional artifacts, Staiger also keeps an eye out for items that would look good in a museum display case. Those include the black satin jacket that hangs on the wall of the archives, sporting the logo “Cameo Club.” The cardroom used to be on El Camino Real in south Palo Alto. The jacket is probably from the 1980s. Other items include a host of pens and pencils with logos for the city’s utility department and libraries. Everyday, perhaps, but they could mean something more. “This could be part of an exhibit

The city archives contain many menus and other items from Palo Alto’s restaurant history, including this menu from the bygone L’Omelette (which was later known as Chez Louis).

about the branding of Palo Alto,” Staiger said. Giving a visitor a tour of the archives, he ambles between rows of file cabinets labeled by subject. One is marked “Organizations,” with the Peninsula Women’s Chorus, the Parents’ Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park, the Rainbow Girls, the Rebekahs. At 30,000 strong, the obituaries take up a lot of space in the cabinets. More prominent Palo Altans like Birge This photo from the Palo Alto Historical Association shows police and protesters Clark get bigger, in a 1960s war protest. “obituaries-plus” from San Francisco, where would files; his folder also contains an cific photos. autobiography and a genealogy of Another possible reason why he stay, what would he eat? “We his family. fewer recent photos are being showed him city directories, old Staiger also points out files of donated is that they’re often shot menus, where the character could houses listed by address. They digitally and never printed. PAHA get alcohol,” Staiger said. Mission accomplished. And yet, might include details on when and is fine with receiving digital imhow an early-20th-century house ages — its website’s wealth of as any historian — or gumshoe — was built or something as recent images attests to that — but one knows, there is often a part of the as last week’s newspaper listing. technology-related challenge it is story that remains unknown. “He was very excited with the “One of the things we most avidly still grappling with is how best to collect is real-estate ads,” Staiger share high-res versions with the information,” said Staiger, who then looked a little disappointed. said. Ads can give great insight public. into architectural styles that were Technology evolves, but many “But we never saw the book.” N popular in a given era, or just of the questions that visitors ask Arts and Entertainment Editor tell how many bathrooms people the city historian remain the same. liked to have. People still ask about their own Rebecca Wallace can be emailed Also prevalent are old phone genealogy, who built their house at books; old newspapers stored on and when. Kids still love historic microfilm, some of them defunct mysteries; when Staiger gives pre(the Palo Alto Live Oak, anyone?); sentations at third-grade classes, and old Polk’s city directories that the students love speculating listed a person’s name, address, about why Mayfield landowner phone number and profession. A Peter Coutts built the medieval The Palo Alto Historical phone book from the turn of the Frenchman’s Tower in 1875. (It’s Association’s archives are 20th century combined Palo Alto still a mystery.) currently housed in Room with the whole county, because For decades, Staiger has kept H-5 at the Cubberley Comthere were only about 100 tele- track on index cards of all the munity Center, 4000 Midphones in the entire county. inquiries he receives each year. dlefield Road, Palo Alto, And there are lots of yearbooks. The cards show the numbers are and open Tuesdays from 4 to A city historian can never have growing, he said. As an example, 8 p.m. and Thursdays from too many yearbooks. They’re he pulls out his neatly inked card 1 to 5 p.m. great for looking up past fashions from fiscal year 1994-95: 266 inPAHA also presents and hairstyles, but they can also person visitors, 161 phone inquifree public programs at provide important insight into ries, 13 mail or other (“other” is its monthly general meetgenealogy and changes in demo- probably email). That’s a total of ings the first Sunday of the graphics, Staiger said. 440 for one year, compared to 40 month. The next is 2 p.m. So Staiger would like your for September 2013 (15 in-person, Dec. 1 at the Lucie Stern yearbook, if you don’t want it any- 10 phone, 15 mail or email). Community Center, 1305 more. Especially if you graduated Some of the most interesting Middlefield Road, Palo after 1970, which is when the col- inquiries are the most specific. Alto. lection starts to drop off. One man had a passion for vinFor details, go to This is true of the archive as a tage menus, Staiger said, pulling Information whole. It’s less strong on docu- out his menu file. A pink one for about the Palo Alto History ments, photos and other items a restaurant called Blum’s offers Museum project is posted from more recent years, perhaps Ham Steak Dixie with candied at paloaltohistorymuseum. because people don’t think their sweet potato for $1.50. org. own “present-day” things are rePalo Alto author Meg Waite ally historic. Staiger estimates that Clayton worked with Staiger to fewer than 10 percent of the ar- do research for her novel “The chives’ photos are from the 1990s Wednesday Sisters,” about five or beyond. “We’re always asking women living in Palo Alto in the About the cover: In a people to send photos of things 1960s. “She thanked me in her accirca-1913 photo drawn that might be historic or paint a knowledgments,” he said. from Palo Alto’s city picture of a place or time, even if Then there was the man who archives, Harry Brown and they don’t think it’s worth any- came in because he was writing a C.C. Walker sit in Brown’s thing,” Staiger said. “Guy Miller noir novel about a Sam Spade type car on University Avenue would say, ‘Let me throw it away in the 1930s and ‘40s. The charnear the Eagle Drug Co. for you.’ I say, ‘Let me recycle it acter was going to come through (next to the bicycle), which for you.’” PAHA has even enlisted Palo Alto, and the author wanted Walker owned. people to go out and shoot spe- to know: How would he get here

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Guitarist Will Ackerman, who grew up in the College Terrace neighborhood, returns to Palo Alto for a Dec. 7 guest appearance.

Seasoned producer and Windham Hill Records founder credits Palo Alto for lighting his musical fire by Rebecca Wallace


p in the mountains of Windham County, Vt., Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios has a fine Steinway and sweeping views. There, the guitarist and founder of Windham Hill Records finds fulfillment in producing a variety of acoustic music, much of it meditative and bright. But when Ackerman thinks about his own musical roots, he sees not the autumn colors of the Northeast but the Stanford hills and the fields that surrounded Palo Alto’s College Terrace neighborhood when he was growing up there. Born in 1949, Ackerman lived in Palo Alto for the first 13 years of his life. That’s where he started playing guitar, and where he fell for folk and acoustic sounds. As a kid, he would ride his bike over to the old Stanford student union to watch musicians playing there. The crowds could be small, but some of the names were about to be big. “I watched the Kingston Trio come up,” he said in an interview.

The trio’s Dave Guard went to Stanford, and Ackerman regularly watched the group try out new material on campus. By the time the trio did a benefit concert up at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco, Ackerman was such a “crazy fan” that one of the managers got him a box seat, he said. He was 12. Even before that, when he was small, a favorite sitter (whom everyone called “the beatnik babysitter”) would take him to downtown Palo Alto to see Joan Baez sing at an underground coffee house in downtown Palo Alto. The city was a major hub of folk music then, Ackerman recalled. “That was what really colored my early life and got me into guitar.” Next month, Ackerman will head west to return to his Peninsula roots. On Dec. 7, he’s set to perform at the Unity Palo Alto church at a CD-release party for Marin guitarist Shambhu. Ackerman co-produced Shambhu’s new record, “Dreaming of Now.” Shambhu describes his sound as world music or, like Ackerman’s

music, contemporary instrumental. (Ackerman is not fond of the term “New Age.”) The new record, Shambhu wrote in a press release, is also meant to be inspiring. “I wrote ‘Dreaming of Now’ as a feeling of how the world could be, right now — imagining a peaceful planet in this very moment with music that aims to touch the perfection, beauty and diversity that we are as a people and a global home,” he said. The album also shows Shambhu’s versatility, Ackerman said. “He’s done serious rock music, he’s done electric, he’s done real jazz, and is a really fine player and has a tremendous range,” he said. “The record we just did is probably more jazz-influenced than anything I’ve been involved with in a long time.” Most of the music Ackerman produces has a focus on melody and harmony, and is typically acoustic. “With Shambhu you also have real rhythm and interesting time signatures,” he said. “It’s adventuresome. It was such

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great fun to produce.” As for Ackerman, he says his role at the Dec. 7 concert will be as guest musician to Shambhu’s main act: playing three or four songs, and a duet or two with Shambhu. Other musicians from the new album will join the two on stage: percussionist David DiLullo, bassist Dewayne Pate, keyboardist Frank Martin, drummer Celso Alberti and Premik Russell Tubbs on wind instruments and Jeff Oster on flugelhorn. Listeners will probably hear at least one of Ackerman’s most popular songs, like “The Bricklayer’s Beautiful Daughter,” which can be heard on albums including 2008’s “Meditations.” “I haven’t done a new record in many years, although I feel the stirrings of it now,” Ackerman said. A new Ackerman recording would become part of an ample and popular collection. The platinum-selling artist has released 14 albums of his lyrical, graceful work, going back to the 1976 recording “In Search of the Turtle’s

Navel.” His 2004 album “Returning” won a Grammy Award for Best New Age Album, and “Meditations,” “Hearing Voices” (2001) and “Sound of Wind Driven Rain” (1998) were also nominated for Grammys. His guitar sometimes blends with strings, horns and other sounds, or even electric bass or subtle vocals. Ackerman has also published a book, “The Will Ackerman Collection,” with 14 songs transcribed note for note. Earlier this year, Ackerman also netted the Lifetime Achievement Award, among other honors, at the ZMR Music Awards in New Orleans. The Zone Music Reporter is a website that monitors radio airplay of acoustic instrumental, world, ambient and other genres. Ackerman had no idea he was up for the award until he saw his picture up on the screen at the ceremony, along with videos of friends and colleagues singing his praises, he said. “I just burst into tears. It was so lovely.” Throughout his career, some elements of Ackerman’s music have remained the same: an emphasis

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Info: The CD-release concert, put on by East West Bookstore, goes from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 at Unity Palo Alto, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Go to or call 650-988-9800.

Will Ackerman, left, co-produced the new album by guitarist Shambhu, above. Both will perform at the Unity Palo Alto church at a CD-release party for “Dreaming of Now” on Dec. 7.


on melody, the use of a variety of tunings. It’s an approach that’s served him well. After growing up in Palo Alto, he attended Stanford for a time, then worked as a homebuilder. But he continued to play the guitar and write songs, and after he released “In Search of the Turtle’s Navel” to acclaim, he founded Windham Hill Records. Well-known Windham Hill artists included George Winston, Alex de Grassi and Michael Hedges, and Ackerman’s own recordings found success. But he ultimately decided to leave life as a record-label executive, moving to Vermont and building Imaginary Road Studios in 1993, continuing to write and record his own songs while bringing others’ visions to vinyl. Many musicians who have worked with Ackerman the producer have high praise. “Will simply brings you to heights you’d never reach alone, and guides you to performances you never knew you had inside,” said Oster, the maker of ambient flugelhorn music who will be among the performers on Dec. 7. Ackerman has found it inspiring and sometimes a little daunting being surrounded by top musicians with different skill sets. In the end, he’s at peace with his musical vision. “I’m a very clean player, but I’m not the technical player that de Grassi is or the innovator that Michael Hedges was,” he said. “It’s not about gymnastics. It really is all about heart.” Over the years, Ackerman has played venues large and dramatic, from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl to the open-air Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver, where one night Ackerman, Hedges and the group Shadowfax had the lights turned off to play under a full moon. These days he prefers intimate house concerts that remind him of his early days. Clearly, the joy of connecting closely with his audiences remains one of the highlights of Ackerman’s life as a musician. He periodically writes essays that he hopes to turn into a book, and one of the essays, posted on his website, speaks of his gratitude to his listeners. “People have written me over the years saying how much my music has mattered to their lives ... There are the stories of how my music helped them through heartbreak and loneliness,” he wrote. “Then there are the ones that tell me that a husband, wife, father or mother, brother or sister chose to listen to my music as they left this earth. There is no honor that could ever fall to someone more beautiful than this and I have tears in my eyes as I write this. I have been lucky.” N

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et another ice cream shop in Palo Alto? It’s a crowded field, but it would be wrong to dismiss Scoop Microcreamery, a small-batch, momand-pop ice cream shop that opened on University Avenue in late September. Scoop is owned by Dave and Cindy Somasunderam, New Jersey transplants who clearly love making ice cream. Cindy, who has been making ice cream at home for years, makes two flavors of her own vanilla extract (classic and bourbon vanilla). The pair use homegrown herbs to make their sorbets. And she refers to herself and her husband as “Mr. and Mrs. Scoop.” But Scoop is not conventional.

With two giant tanks of liquid nitrogen on hand, the folks at Scoop make all their ice cream throughout the day, freezing it on-site in small batches at minus-321 degrees Fahrenheit. This method of making ice cream is gaining popularity in the Bay Area because it creates a product that is said to be denser, creamier and more flavorful than traditionally churned ice cream. The couple got the idea from an episode of “Shark Tank,” an ABC television show that searches for unique businesses. One episode featured Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt, a Utah-based franchise that uses nitrogen to make madeto-order frozen treats. “My husband said, ‘We gotta

do something like this,’” Cindy said. “But we didn’t want to do one serving at a time, because we don’t want people to have to wait for it. We also want people to be able to taste it. We wanted to do it not just for the novelty of having it made to order, but to make really good ice cream.” Their daughter, a scientist, got them some liquid nitrogen to play around with. “Cindy whipped up some of her ice cream recipes and we froze it with the nitrogen,” Dave said. “It was amazing, and at that point we knew we wanted to combine the best ingredients with the best ice cream technology.” The two shuttered their frozen-yogurt shop in New Jersey and moved to the Bay Area a few years ago, making the final move to Palo Alto this summer. They’ve taken over a space in downtown Palo Alto that used to house Haagen Dazs, adding personal touches along with two giant metal tanks of nitrogen behind the counter.


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Coffee ice cream at Scoop. Cindy said that they blend all their ingredients — starting with Strauss Family Creamery organic cream, eggs and sugar — in advance, so the ingredients are ready to be frozen. Ingredients are poured into a bowl that resembles a KitchenAid mixer that’s hooked up via a hose to the nitrogen tanks. As the nitrogen does its job, what looks like dry-ice vapor envelops the area surrounding the bowl. It takes approximately five minutes to make a batch of ice cream. “It’s nice because it’s freezing it so fast, it doesn’t have time for the ice crystals to form,” she said. “Conventional methods of churning are a little slower. With nitrogen, there’s no air pumped into it so it’s creamy and dense. It really is a beautiful, velvety texture.” Dave said they make numerous “tiny” batches of each flavor throughout the day. Nothing is carried over from one day to the next in order to preserve freshness — one of Scoop’s main commitments. “We try to do everything the best quality possible,” Cindy said. “We’re not a big space but we’re trying to do as much from scratch as we can.” Cindy’s homemade vanilla extract, made from Madagascar vanilla beans, goes into Scoop’s classic vanilla bean and chocolate. Her other extract, made with bourbon, makes what she said is their most popular flavor, vanilla

bourbon with salted caramel. It costs $4.50 for one scoop, up to $5.75 for three scoops. Flavors vary from day to day. They include mint with brownies (made with real peppermint oil), maple bacon crunch (so popular they started selling the crunch concoction, similar to bacon brittle, on its own), pumpkin with ginger streusel, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, saffron and “hella Nutella,” a play on the Northern California slang word. Vegan options come in the form of sorbets, including strawberry-peach balsamic, raspberryhibiscus and chili-mango. The chili-mango sorbet drew Jennifer Real, a Fremont native who works at Stanford University, into Scoop on a recent afternoon. “I saw this interesting flavor — chili-mango sorbet — and tried it. I think it’s amazing, but I wasn’t in the mood for mango.” So she left with a single scoop of Biscoff cookies n’ cream (made with Biscoff cookies and Biscoff spread). “It’s very light and not sweet at ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê˜iÝÌÊ«>}i®

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flakes n’ milk crunch� (from Mrs. Scoop’s secret recipe) and chocolate toffee almonds. All toppings and sauces are 75 cents each. And there’s more. Create a sundae for $6.95 or a “fruit twister,� essentially a smoothie, for $6.25. The milkshakes — chocolate, vanilla, coffee or avocado for $6.25 — are touted on the menu board with this slogan: “The best ice cream makes the best shakes.� N

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(Guild, Century 20) In 1952, Hollywood star Jane Russell adopted an Irish-born baby, prompting controversy and headlines like “1,000 CHILDREN DISAPPEAR FROM IRELAND.” Money had talked, and shady officials had issued dubious passports condoning the export and sale of Irish infants. That story died down, but thousands of Irish children were indeed spirited away. Now the film “Philomena” takes the perspective of a wronged Irish mother coerced, in 1952, into giving her baby away. In investigating his expose “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee,” journalist Martin Sixsmith cracked a longstanding mystery by exploring a remarkable case study. Co-producer and co-screenwriter Steve Coogan stars as Sixsmith, recently sacked as an adviser to the Labour party. Lacking direction, he’s open to a lead about Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), the baby she birthed out of wedlock, and her 50-year distress after her baby was adopted against her wishes. Though he believes human-interest stories are for “vulnerable, weak-minded, ignorant people,” Sixsmith can’t ignore the potential in the story and takes up the task of tracking down Philomena’s boy, in the hopes of a reunion. The road begins at an abbey of nuns in Roscrea, County Tipperary, where Sixsmith and Lee meet with polite but firm stonewalling designed to protect both the Catholic Church and aging, ailing nuns. Nevertheless, in that grand tradition of journalism movies, answers — or, perhaps more accurately, bombshells — are forthcoming. So, too, is a showdown with the Church, but one that intriguingly deflates that grand tradition of tragic catharsis. Despite what sounds like awfully hard-hitting drama, “Philomena” is leavened by the buddycomedy construct built on cynical modern atheist Sixsmith and sweet-natured traditional believer Lee. Philomena starts out blithe to Martin’s witticisms, and Martin more concerned with the scoop than showing actual “human interest,” but with time, each begins to see the other more clearly and investigate what makes the other tick. Though Coogan’s the avowed funnyman, twinkly eyed Dench makes beautiful comic music with him (as a woman whose sense of humor is lacking), and though Dame Judi’s the classically trained tragedian, Coogan holds his own when matters get serious.




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The shrewd gaze and limber direction of Stephen Frears (“The Queen”) help to protect “Philomena” from getting too precious, despite a ripped-from-the-headlines, well, human-interest story that could easily have played like a bad Lifetime movie. Despite cheeky talk of “evil nuns,” “Philomena” is careful to suggest that not all the nuns were bad. Still, “Philomena” fairly raises hackles about yet another shameful injustice at the doorstep of the Catholic Church. Rated PG-13 for some strong language, thematic elements and sexual references. One hour, 38 minutes. — Peter Canavese

Nebraska --(Palo Alto Square) It’s never too late to play a few grace notes. With Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” this proves true for two septuagenarians: addled heartland grump Woodrow “Woody” Grant and the Hollywood royal who plays him, Bruce Dern. Nebraska native Payne usually co-writes his films, and though here he directs a script by Bob Nelson, you wouldn’t know it if not for the credits. “Nebraska” is right in Payne’s wheelhouse of American quirk. It’s a relatively simple story of how Woody has gotten it into his head that he’s won a million-dollar sweepstakes and, though his son David (Will Forte, late of “Saturday Night Live”) knows his father is a victim of junk-mail marketing, he’s also attentive enough to realize “The guy just needs something to live for.” And so Woody and David hit the road from Billings, Mont., to Omaha, Neb. Payne and cinematographer Phedon Papamichael dress it up in black-and-white photography, but there’s little fresh about another road movie that allows son to get to know father and maybe a bit of the reverse. We’ve all seen this sort of thing before. And “Nebraska” does itself few favors with tired shticks, like deadpan gags around local yokels, and the characterization of Woody’s wife Kate (June Squibb of “About Schmidt”) as a harridan who, at one point, “shocks” the audience by talking dirty. Payne connects in the quieter, more observational moments, as when the camera stays with

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Woody, slumped on his livingroom sofa, while David and Kate discuss him in the background as if he weren’t even there (“You know what I’d do with a million dollars?” asks Kate. “I’d put him in a home!”). When “Nebraska” sticks with the elegiac, the mournful and the sliver-of-hopeful, it lets us know it cares and isn’t just another glib, condescending, Coen-esque comedy of “morons” (Woody’s insult of choice). A visit to the hollowed-out erstwhile family homestead effortlessly haunts, tapping into the universal horror of life’s swift entropy. Though Woody and David are inevitably careening toward disappointment, small victories are just as inevitably in store. Dern finely delineates Woody as someone who’s described as always having been confused but capable of moments of cruel lucidity: cruel to himself (in his disappointed lack of accomplishment) and cruel to those around him. He’s a persistently annoyed, insistently selfish alcoholic, but Dern gives him a pitiable humanity that makes it impossible to write him off. Meanwhile, Forte’s essential decency shines through his gentle, skillfully reactive turn. Payne knows of what he depicts, clearly, and that audiences can appreciate this “little change of scenery” at least as much as Woody. If you can grin and bear eye-rolling situations like Stacy Keach giving a musty karaoke performance of “In the Ghetto,” there’s found poetry in the film’s slow builds of respect and its deeply understated emotional climax: a father and son crossing past each other as they switch seats. Rated R for some language. One hour, 55 minutes. — Peter Canavese

Homefront --(Century 16, Century 20) Standard Statham action gets a solid acting boost courtesy of James Franco in the Louisiana-based “Homefront.” We can put this in the “co-stars you thought you would never see” category. British jaw-breaker Jason Statham and Palo Alto native Franco square off in a small southern town, Statham’s ex-DEA agent versus Franco’s meth-dealing dirtbag. And while the film periodically feels predictable and formulaic, Franco’s gritty portrayal coupled with Statham’s fighting skills make “Homefront” a worthwhile cinematic escape. Phil Broker (Statham) and his young daughter, Maddy (Izabela Vidovic, outperforming her age), are living the quiet life in Louisiana. Broker’s career as an undercover DEA agent was cut short following the messy bust of a drug-pedaling biker gang, and now anonymity is his great-

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Gravity (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 10:10 a.m. In 3D 5:25, 7:50, 10:15 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 12:35 p.m. Century 20: 10:45 a.m. & 1:15, 3:40, 6, 8:25, 10:45 p.m.

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est ally. But when Maddy puts a licking on a school bully and angers the youngster’s addict mother Cassie (an almost unrecognizable Kate Bosworth), Phil gets caught in the crossfire. Cassie turns to her ne’er-dowell brother, Gator (Franco), to put a little scare into Phil. And Gator — being the area’s methmaking head honcho — has plenty of loathsome friends to help. To make matters worse, Gator quickly uncovers the truth about Phil’s furtive past, and soon old enemies are rearing their ugly heads. Phil will have to protect his daughter and his home with every uppercut, wheel kick and arm lock he has in his arsenal. “Homefront” presents one of the more unusual collaborations of recent memory, with Statham and Franco working off a screenplay by Rambo himself, Sylvester Stallone. Fortunately for the viewer, it all seems to work. Stallone’s script (based on the novel by Chuck Logan) is sharp, and the film moves at a smooth pace. Franco is particularly good in the acting department and his presence alone seems to elevate those around him, especially Statham, who may deliver his best performance yet. And Statham continues to showcase the talents that

have made him the most bankable martial-arts star of the past 15 years. The weak link comes in the form of Winona Ryder as Gator’s strungout girlfriend. While Ryder certainly looks the part, her delivery is erratic and she doesn’t immerse herself in the role with the same gusto as Franco and Bosworth. There is a certain seediness to the happenings here, darkened by the abundance of meth use, so don’t expect a blithe, uplifting tone. The bayou backdrop sparks comparisons to similar Big Easy actioners such as Jean-Claude Van Damme’s “Hard Target” (1993), though “Homefront” has more in common with Patrick Swayze’s family-grudge thriller “Next of Kin” (1989). Ultimately, this unlikely teaming of Statham and Franco proves to be a clever blend of action and acting. And the production values are strong throughout, especially in the sound department, so every bone-cracking punch has a little extra emphasis. Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, drug content and brief sexuality. One hour, 40 minutes. — Tyler Hanley ÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ œÛi“LiÀÊә]ÊÓä£ÎÊU Page 25

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FOR WOMEN FACING CANCER ... Palo Alto author and artist Mimm Patterson has published “A Woman’s Face,” a book of photographic portraits of 50 women or all ages and backgrounds by four photographers. The book was motivated by the cancer diagnosis of a friend, and offers a visual sense of community and encouragement for women who feel alone in any crisis. Proceeds will go to help the Arbor Free Clinic in Menlo Park and the YWCA Silicon Valley’s Support Network for Battered Women. The book can be purchased at Samyama Yoga Center, 2995 Middlefield Road,

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ver hear a friend or colleague — or even yourself — say “I’m not the creative type?” Palo Alto authors David Kelley and Tom Kelley, two innovation wizards who head up the global design and innovation firm IDEO, aim to debunk that self-defeating thinking. Creativity is a mindset and an approach to finding new solutions — and that is the driving force behind successful business and any successful goal in life, according to the brothers’ new book, “Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All.” A bold, positive book brimming with the confident brush strokes of two masters of creative thinking, “Creative Confidence” reaches down inside the reader to loosen up the kind of freedom that has been locked up by years of pragmatic conditioning. As children, everyone enjoyed the free flow of creative ideas and thinking: devising games, role playing, putting on plays and puppet shows and painting. That spirit is still within each person. Everyone is inherently creative, the authors say, even if they don’t artistically rise to the level of Leonardo DaVinci. But creativity is now widely recognized as an important component driving business innovation, and problems ranging from fundraising to solving the world’s crises increasingly depend on creative solutions. “Creative Confidence” is therefore an important book because it opens the mind to explore ways to tap creativity, with the greatest obstacle being one’s own fear. Never dogmatic or preachy, the book is a straightforward read in muscular prose. It is filled with real-world anecdotes from the authors’ own innovative journeys to create new products and insights into the creative processes of some of the world’s greatest creative minds, from the Wright brothers to Steve Jobs. The Kelleys know their material. They have 30 years of experience employing their creative muscle. They have helped design everything from low-cost clean-

water transport systems for poor countries to the Palm V personal digital assistant. David, a Stanford University graduate, founded IDEO. He also founded Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, commonly known as “” Tom helped IDEO grow from 15 designers to a staff of more than 600, and led the company in business development, marketing, human resources and operations. He authored the bestsellers “The Art of Innovation” and “The Ten Faces of Innovation.”

chapters with titles such as: Flip: From Design Thinking to Creative Confidence; Dare: From Fear to Courage; Spark: From Blank Page to Insight; and Leap: From Planning to Action, the book starts by knocking down myths that form barriers and building self-esteem. One of the first concepts: embracing failure so that it leads to innovation. Examples include Thomas Edison and the Wright brothers, in whose work failure was a built-in part of the process rather than sources of defeat, they note.

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Palo Alto-based IDEO founder David Kelley and IDEO partner Tom Kelley are the authors of “Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All.” With “Creative Confidence,” rather than a rule book or “how to’s,” the Kelleys have crafted a volume where humanness permeates its lessons. In fact, the book’s inception came from a very human place. David was diagnosed with cancer in 2007, and the brothers, who have always been close, talked endlessly during the months of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. They promised that if he got well, they would take a fun brother/ brother trip — and they would work on a project together that would share their ideas with each other and the world. That collaborative project became “Creative Confidence.” “If there’s an upside to that terrible disease, it’s that cancer forces deep reflection, causing you to think about purpose and meaning in your life,” they wrote in the preface. The good news is that David’s cancer is in remission and the public gets this wonderful book. Divided into eight boldly defined

Throughout the book, the authors focus on building empathy. The opening chapter examines how inventions can fail when one is focused only on elegant design. The magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) machine is a case in point, they said. Developed by Doug Dietz, the MRI was a brilliantly designed piece of medical machinery that is now a ubiquitous medical tool. Dietz thought he would receive accolades when the machine was trialed in a hospital. But instead, he felt he had failed, the Kelleys note. Why? Because the machine frightened children, the very people he was trying to help by creating a non-invasive, painless diagnostic tool. But instead of giving up, Dietz attended a workshop at Stanford’s, where he learned a “human-centered” approach to product development. He didn’t redesign the machine, but he redefined the experience. Dietz got into his diminutive patients’ minds. He observed children at a day care center; he

collaborated with experts from a children’s museum. He created an “adventure series” that incorporated not only the MRI machine, but the entire room. Colorful decals turned the forbidding-looking machine into a pirate ship. A captain’s wheel surrounded the chamber’s opening. A boat picture inside made the chamber seem less claustrophobic. Technicians turned the exam into play by creating a fantasy. The exam table was a boat entering the water and the children must stay still and not rock the vessel. After the “voyage,” children picked a small treasure from a pirate’s chest on the other side of the room, the authors wrote. As a result, the majority of children did not need anesthesia during the exam, the authors wrote. Such “human factors” are where the best opportunities for innovation reside, they argue. But inspiration isn’t pulled from thin air. Creative thinking means going out into the world to have experiences and collaborating with other people to look at problems from other perspectives. “Don’t wait for the proverbial apple to fall on your head,” they wrote. And change the way one frames the question, they said. “In retail environments, we’ve discovered that if you change the question from ‘how might we reduce customer waiting time?’ to ‘how might we reduce perceived waiting time?’ it opens up whole new avenues of possibility, like using a video display wall to provide an entertaining distraction,” they wrote. Fear, the single biggest obstacle to creative success, according to the Kelleys, is the subject of an entire chapter. But developing a constructive view of failure can move ideas forward. Video gamers use this skill continuously to move to a higher level because the next goal is never completely out of reach, the authors noted. It is “the desire to act immediately to tackle an obstacle, motivated by the belief that you have a reasonable hope of success. Gamers always believe that an ‘epic win’ is possible — that it is worth trying, and trying now, over and over again,” the Kelleys wrote. (continued on next page)

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As inspiring as the Kelleys’ book is, the authors also caution readers not to expect overnight success. Creativity doesn’t flash

on like the brilliantly illuminated light bulb over a cartoon character’s head. It must be cultivated, the authors said. To get from the blank page to insight, think like a traveler, turning fresh eyes on

surroundings like a visitor to a foreign land; be open to chance discoveries and happy accidents — rather than trying to clean them up, they suggest. And cultivate “creative serendipity� by nur-

turing the kind of open mind that allows one to experience an epiphany, the Kelleys said. By building creative confidence, the reader accepts a gentle push through the mind’s open doors — and comes

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to recognize the door was always open in the first place. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

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olidays come year after year. While some look forward to digging into those stored crates of family mementos and hand-made baubles, reminders of Christmas past, others are thinking: What’s new? One way to gain inspiration is to check out the Finishing Touches Home Tour, a benefit for the Junior League of Palo Alto*Mid Peninsula that includes four homes in Atherton and Menlo Park. Nancy Evars, an interior designer with Evars + Anderson Design, Menlo Park, will be designing holiday decor for one of the homes. Although she’s done this twice before, this year she’ll be doing her own home, which was completed just a year ago. “I usually don’t do conventional Christmas colors — red and green. I bring in pink, purple, gold or turquoise,” she said. This year she plans to do a formal setting in her dining room, whose chairs are upholstered in Kelly green. Bloomingdale’s is supplying the china, with touches of gold and purple. “It’ll be an elegant table. ... The green chairs will complement nicely,” she said. The main tree will be placed in the front window facing the street, which just happens to be in her home office. Her choice of decor is “elegant,” with ornaments in gold, white, dark pink and green. “It’s nice to see the tree from outside,” she said, recalling that they put it in the spacious family room last year; afterward they’ll decide which they prefer. A separate tree will be set up for her three children in the basement, which serves as a play area. “We’ll decorate with ornaments collected over the years,” she said, recalling how they pull each one out and talk about where it came from. One came from their previous neighbors in their old neighborhood, who gave them one with both families’ names on it. Another has a heart and was a gift when

Nancy Evars likes to pull out the stops when hosting a small dinner party or a large Christmas dinner. That means crystal, china and a themed touch: masks for Mardi Gras, above, or perhaps an ornament for the holidays. she and her husband were dating. The kitchen will sport more organic decorations: artichokes, fruits and vegetables showcased on the kitchen table, along with branches and berries. And outside there will be a s’mores bar set up, next to the outdoor fireplace and seating area. Evars said one doesn’t have to spend a fortune to create stunning holiday decorations. She suggests buying a lot of the same blossom — three white orchid plants put in a large pot with moss, or create a tight ball of red carnations. “It looks more expensive than they really are and has more impact,” she said. One year she popped into Michael’s and bought gold reindeer

and white flowers, which she marched across her table. Another year she found candles in tall glasses to serve as a centerpiece — all from Target. Cathy Ettel, with her partner Laura Pohlen, of ParkGate Home, Menlo Park, will begin in a more traditional mode: First, they’ll find out what’s important to the client, what they want to keep and use. “It’s all about family and memories,” she said. “Then, we incorporate new and fresh in with their things.” In this home there’ll be two trees, one in the family room incorporating what they already own, (continued on next page)

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plus children’s ornaments made in school, preschool and at home. For the living room tree, they’ll go new, with lots of white, silver and blue — and lots of glitter, Ettel said. Given that the owner likes contemporary but has family antiques, Ettel will help create an “eclectic blend. ... To us it’s all about maintaining what belongs to the client and making it her home, not our home. We’ll reflect her style in an updated way.� That style will include incorporating some family history, her grandfather’s artwork, antique pieces and her children’s art, “yet with a contemporary twist: new, fresh and eclectic,� she added. Jo Ann James, of Jo Ann James Interiors, Menlo Park, also will be working with a client to decorate her home for the holidays. So far she’s laid out a floor plan, colorcoded, and had a meeting where they decided on using plenty of fresh greens. They’ll go to the flower market to gather up an array of holiday greens, including pine cones, holly and pyracantha. “We’ll decorate the house so it is fragrant, very Christmasy feeling, with some ornamentation — not a lot,� she said. As part of the presentation, James is creating two easels with poster board with suggestions for docents to explain how old pieces can be integrated into a new design, she said. James noted that old ornaments can often be reused, with a new twist. To change clear ornaments used last year, for example, one could roll up little pieces of ribbon, or break a colored ornament, then place the pieces inside. Add glue, shake up and the new bits and pieces will adhere. “There are various other ways to freshen up what you have,� she said. For the very contemporary house she’s holiday-designing, James is thinking of filling the glass dome of a pedestaled cake platter with silver and gold ornaments. “It’s contemporary but we’ll make it interesting to do but not too traditional Christmas. We feel that we have such a wide, wonderful basket of different people from all over the world, so we don’t feel

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Instead of the usual red and green, Nancy Evars brought in pink and blue with touches of gold for this festive Christmas dinner party. For place cards she added each guest’s initials to framed ornaments from Pottery Barn Kids. The ornaments doubled as gifts. it’s appropriate to do a traditional Christian Christmas. We’ll keep it neutral, contemporary,� she said. That means no swags or wreaths inside, but maybe some clean, square lanterns, plus a series of white wreaths that are lit, on the windows facing the street. “It’ll be cheerful and holiday-ish, but not traditional,� she added. N

Last year for home tour Caitlin Hyatt and Katherine Glass are putting the “finishing touches� on organizing the sixth annual Finishing Touches Home Tour, now in its final year. Four homes in Atherton and Menlo Park will be decked out for the holidays and shown via selfdriven (with valet parking at each home) or by shuttle (leaving from the Four Seasons Hotel).

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“Each home is matched with a designer, who works with the homeowners to use their decorations and bring in more. There’ll be everything from a traditional family Christmas to a very modern Christmas, to just some holiday/winter/ the season� decor, Hyatt said. “It’s fun to have the designer come in and see what you have, bring in a couple of new pieces to shake it up a little bit,� she added. In addition to the tour, a series of mini-events will take place at the hotel, including boutiques, a luncheon, cocktail party and a party-planning demonstration. Jeffrey Allen Marks, a Los Angeles designer and author of “The Meaning of Home,� will be keynote speaker on Friday morning. All proceeds from the event support Junior League community projects and grants, Hyatt said. N What: Finishing Touches Home Tour When: Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Where: Four homes in Atherton and Menlo Park; plus events at the Four Seasons Hotel, 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto Cost: Shuttle-drive tour, $40; self-driven tour, $65; luncheon and lecture on Friday (includes self-drive tour), $150; cocktail party Friday, $125; party demonstration Saturday, $45 Info: www.thejuniorleague. org/home-tour



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December calendars are full for local arts groups, offering performances, exhibits, bazaars and other events by Rebecca Wallace

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There are “Nutcracker” performances aplenty on the Midpeninsula each winter. They include several at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St.: Pacific Ballet Academy on Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 1; and Western Ballet on Dec. 6 and 7. Also: Dance Connection of Palo Alto at Gunn High School’s Spangenberg Theatre at 780 Arastradero Road in Palo Alto Dec. 6 through Dec. 8. “Nutcracker” times and ticket prices vary; go to or

till making holiday plans? There are plenty of festivities to choose from in the coming weeks, whether you’re looking for choral music, the Sugar Plum Fairy, kids’ activities or artwork to give as gifts. Read on for a sampling of seasonal events in the Palo Alto area. Art and exhibits Youngsters ages 5 and up can develop their creativity by doing holiday-themed activities during the Palo Alto Art Center’s Holiday Family Day from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 7. The free event is at 1313 Newell Road. Go to

At the 26th annual Christmas Crêche Exhibit at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Palo Alto, artists from around the globe offer up their own visions of one thing: the nativity scene. Media typically include glass, wood, ceramics and even straw. Marionette shows and musical performances will take place throughout the exhibit, which runs Dec. 7-11, noon to 9 p.m. The church is at 3865 Middlefield Road, and admission is free. A full schedule is at

Smuin Ballet also makes regular trips to the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. The “XXMAS” program will be performed Dec. 11-15: Wednesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8, and Sunday at 2. Tickets are $49-$65. Go to Music It’s all about tradition at “A Festival of Lessons and Car-

ols,” presented by Stanford’s Memorial Church Choir under the direction of Robert Huw Morgan. Admission is free, and the Memorial Church concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. The next night, the Friends of Music at Stanford put on the yearly “Holiday Musicale” spotlighting music-department ensembles. Tickets are $15 general and $10 for seniors and students. Go to The second week of December is also big for holiday music at MemChu. On Dec. 11, “A Chanticleer Christmas” features the San Francisco men’s chorus at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28-$56 ($10 for Stanford students); go to The next day, the Stanford Baroque Soloists perform a free concert called “There were shepherds abiding in the fields ...” at 7:30. Go to Dec. 13 brings the popular “Messiah Sing Along / Play Along,” at 7:30. Tickets are $15 general and $10 for students and seniors. Go to N


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Many art galleries have holiday shows and sales in December, often with smaller works of art displayed as gift suggestions. To name two: Gallery House’s event is at 320 S. California Ave. in Palo Alto through Dec. 24, open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 to 3. Go to Portola Art Gallery has an “afterThanksgiving shopping event” on Nov. 29 and 30 and a group show focused on gift-worthy art during the month of December. The gallery is in the Allied Arts Guild at 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park. Go to Dance The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre presents a theatrical adaptation of “The Nutcracker,” adapted by June Walker Rogers, at the theater at 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. Performances are Dec. 5, 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 2 p.m.; and Dec. 11 and 12 at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $12-

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by Carol Blitzer / photos by Veronica Weber


urlap, moss, driftwood: Expect the unexpected at this year’s Christmas At Our House home tour, the 25th annual fundraiser put on by the Women’s Club of Saint Francis High School in Mountain View. Among the four homes in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills that are featured

CREEKSIDE PLANTING ... Volunteers of any age (with minors under 18 requiring a signed waiver and children 12 and under requiring an accompanying adult) are needed for a workday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at El Palo Alto Park, at intersection of Alma Street and Palo Alto Avenue. Part of the Acterra Stewardship Program, volunteers will be helping to restore the food chain by planting along the banks of San Francisquito Creek. Parking is best on the Menlo Park side of Alma, near East Creek Drive. Volunteers are asked to bring a reusable water bottle and to wear sturdy shoes and long pants. Gloves and tools will be provided. Information: www.

this year is the brand-new Tuscan Villa, which owner Julie Panaccione has decorated using mostly natural materials, from garlands made of bay-leaf and olive branches or grapevines to large ornaments created from burlap-covered striped balls. Carlo Panaccione calls the home more of an Italian farmhouse, and the decorations reflect the more rustic aesthetic. He calls it “a comfortable house,” clearly designed for family living, complete with a doggy door. The family moved in last February, after a close to two-year planning and construction process. At first they thought they’d remodel the 1963-built rancher, sitting on 1.4 acres. But, the house was built backwards, with the best views mostly obscured by overgrown trees and overlooking a blacktopped backyard. “It was going to be a remodel, but we got carried away,” Carlo Panaccione admitted. Today the 5,000-square-foot home boasts high ceilings, views of both the hills to the west and the Bay to the east. Panaccione, who grew up on the East Coast and spent time in Italy every year, wanted his new home to reflect ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊÎ{)

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The Panacciones’ living room features many natural materials and textures — from the burlap-wrapped Christmas balls to the driftwood PEACE plaque above the grapevine garland over the fireplace mantel. Note the wreath in the clerestory window.

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his Italian roots. The Panacciones started the project by having the old house deconstructed, with various materials offered to recycling companies. That proved to be a win-win, because the cost of the deconstruction was balanced against tax savings. Then they sought recycled materials to incorporate in their new home: Beams found on Craigslist came from a 150-year-old barn in Tennessee; hickory beams were used as mantels over fireplaces and incorporated into the kitchen island base; 200-year-old reclaimed tiles became part of the new roof. “We wanted to seem like it had been here forever,” Panaccione said, adding, “We tried to keep it as authentic as possible and use real, natural textures.” That included the wide, character-grade hickory floor planks in the living room, limestone flooring in the kitchen/ family room and 200-year-old cherry wood turned into a powder-room vanity. “It’s not a real Tuscan home, but at least most of it’s real,” he added. When decorating for the holidays, that passion for using natural materials comes through over and over. The large Christmas tree in the living room, for example, is adorned with balls made from natural and dyed burlap, as well as moss, with pyracanthus sprigs for dashes of red. Above the living-room fireplace is a plaque spelling out “Peace,” made of driftwood. The garland is really grapevines, reminiscent of the recent planting of 100 Sirrah grape plants in their front yard. Julie Panaccione created much of the holiday decor herself, along with a design assistant and of course, her three children. They pitched in by spray painting gold the bare trees that run down the center of the dining table. The color scheme is quiet, with many shades of beige

and brown, contrasted with shiny gold and red balls, or red sprigs. Much is done with whimsy, from the owls sitting on a shelf in the kitchen, to the snowman on a trunk in the family room. Another plaque, spelling out “Noel” and also made of driftwood, rests on a row of soup cans, cloaked by a garland. Fairy lights are encased in “cloche” globes.

In addition to the home tour, the Christmas At Our House fundraiser offers a series of events, from luncheons to shopping experiences and raffles. Entertainment will be provided by St. Francis family musicians and vocalists. N Associate Editor Carol Blitzer can be emailed at READ MORE ONLINE READ MORE ONLINE For more Home and Real Estate news, visit www.paloaltoonline. com/real_estate.

What: Christmas At Our House home tour When: Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Four homes in the Los Altos Hills area Cost: $45 Info:

Outside, the natural-materials theme continues, with a bay-leaf garland on the reclaimed mantel and woodsy stars. The driftwood NOEL plaque gets its height from hidden soup cans.

What: Christmas At Our House other events When: Twilight Tour & Gala Preview Party: Thursday, Dec. 5, 4-10 p.m. (includes home tour on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. or on Friday or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.); Elegant Luncheon Buffet: Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Wine, Women and Shopping: Friday, Dec. 6, 4-7 p.m.; Christmas Boutique, Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: The Holiday Boutique, Gala Preview Party, Luncheon, and Wine, Women and Shopping Night will be held at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills. Cost: Christmas Party and Tour, $125; Elegant Luncheon Buffet, $30; Wine, Women and Shopping, free with home-tour ticket, or $10 at the door Info: GILROY ~ Boa Vida Wine Estate is perfect for those that want a fabulous home fully fenced and gated with a small commercial winery all in one place. Some features include: enormous pool, outdoor kitchen, tennis court, putting green, garages for 8 cars, huge gym, guest house, stone wine cellar, 1,000 vines, two 5,000 gallon holding tanks for water, solar system and so much more! Please visit website for more information. 6 Beds | 6 Full+2 Half Baths | Media Room | 7,300 SF | 4.5 Acre Lot Offered at $3,988,000

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Home & Real Estate SALES AT A GLANCE Atherton

Menlo Park

Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $6,220,000 Highest sales price: $6,220,000

Total sales reported: 6 Lowest sales price: $610,000 Highest sales price: $1,937,000

East Palo Alto

Mountain View

Total sales reported: 4 Lowest sales price: $340,000 Highest sales price: $425,000

Total sales reported: 4 Lowest sales price: $315,500 Highest sales price: $1,490,000

Los Altos

Portola Valley

Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $2,029,500 Highest sales price: $2,029,500

Total sales reported: 3 Lowest sales price: $1,040,000 Highest sales price: $2,199,000

Los Altos Hills Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $820,000 Highest sales price: $820,000

Redwood City Total sales reported: 12 Lowest sales price: $195,000 Highest sales price: $2,250,000 -œÕÀVi\Ê >ˆvœÀ˜ˆ>Ê, ÜÕÀVi

HOME SALES Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder’s Office. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.

Atherton 51 Marymont Ave. Machlin Trust to Broadspread 2 for $6,220,000 on 10/15/13; previous sale 5/96, $935,000

East Palo Alto 2124 Addison Ave. F. Venegas to K. & C. Ho for $340,000 on 10/15/13; previous sale 6/05, $580,000 2027 Dumbarton Ave. Chainey Trust to G. Auxier for $421,000 on 10/18/13 2191 Dumbarton Ave. Gold Standard Banc to M. Riley for $425,000 on 10/16/13; previous sale 5/02, $385,000 196 Jasmine Way R. Hoover to K. Nguyen for $368,000 on 10/23/13

Los Altos 162 Alta Vista Ave. Hubbard Trust to D. Reidy for $2,029,500 on 10/30/13; previous sale 7/80, $104,500

Los Altos Hills 26459 Taaffe Road C. Lee to US Bank for $820,000 on 11/30/94; previous sale 2/95, $820,000

Menlo Park 651 10th Ave. S. Bejar to T. & K. Lee for $610,000 on 10/18/13; previous sale 11/10, $290,000 523 Oak Grove Ave. D. & J. Tam to J. & G. Abel for $804,000 on 10/16/13; previous sale 7/86, $165,000 1231 Orange Ave. Mohr Trust to J. Much for $1,918,000 on 10/22/13; previous sale 6/96, $580,000 315 Pope St. Benson Trust to J. & A. Kurpius for $1,325,000 on 10/17/13

1063 Sonoma Ave. Girton Trust to Beausang Trust for $885,000 on 10/17/13 317 Yale Road Reyes Trust to G. Rozensweig for $1,937,000 on 10/22/13

Mountain View 427 Chiquita Ave. I. Keenan to Siress Trust for $315,500 on 6/26/98 1940 San Ramon Ave. Block Trust to D. Mister for $730,000 on 10/30/13 49 Showers Drive #W202 V. & C. Mishra to H. Chuang for $465,000 on 10/30/13; previous sale 5/11, $445,000 2142 Sun Mor Ave. J. McCarthy to R. & D. Robinson for $1,490,000 on 10/30/13

Portola Valley 21 Old Spanish Trail M. McCool to E. Fleming for $1,350,000 on 10/15/13; previous sale 1/05, $1,400,000 27 Old Spanish Trail B. & D. Vura-Weis to M. & C. Styer for $1,040,000 on 10/22/13; previous sale 6/04, $861,500 330 Old Spanish Trail A. & D. Brauer to S. Amdahl for $2,199,000 on 10/17/13

Redwood City 1052 8th Ave. D. Hurni to S. Tokheim for $465,000 on 10/17/13; previous sale 2/00, $323,000 972 Emerald Hill Road Kurdi Trust to K. Wang for $1,350,000 on 10/17/13; previous sale 2/01, $850,000 223 Hillview Ave. Powell Trust to Lonestar Holdings for $675,000 on 10/22/13 519 Keelson Circle C. & L. Walter to S. Zulman for $1,300,000 on 10/16/13; previous sale 7/85, $229,000 606 Marlin Court S. Kriger to M. Brehovsky for $930,000 on 10/23/13; previous sale 2/07, $865,000 3480 Rolison Road Y. & M. Rofael to Habitat For Humanity for $195,000 on 10/15/13; previous

sale 1/12, $171,500 209 Shorebird Circle C. Dombek to S. Ko for $510,000 on 10/18/13; previous sale 9/10, $435,000 100 Tanager Lane A. Kanavarioti to D. Hardman for $1,270,000 on 10/15/13; previous sale 8/02, $890,000 477 Upland Road Labrousse Trust to B. & D. Posey for $2,250,000 on 10/18/13; previous sale 4/05, $2,000,000 425 Upton St. D. Engel to T. Rogers for $770,000 on 10/18/13 1801 Virginia Ave. Lambert Trust to M. Sharma for $910,000 on 10/16/13; previous sale 2/04, $659,954 126 Warwick St. Gallagher Trust to A. & A. Swanson for $1,729,000 on 10/18/13; previous sale 3/07, $1,681,000

BUILDING PERMITS Palo Alto 581 University Ave. Wells Fargo Mortgage: tenant improvement, construct one larger office, $20,000 1174 Emerson St. re-roof garage, $6,900 180 El Camino Real, Suite 800 commercial tenant improvement, $40,000 1094 Tanland Drive, Apt. 204 remodel kitchen and bath, $11,522 900 Arastradero Road add exterior door, $n/a 4144 Park Blvd. rewire residence, $n/a 2282 Columbia St. replace foundation, $75,000 648 Towle Place remodel kitchen, $30,500 4180 El Camino Real illuminated monument sign, $n/a 251 Middlefield Road replace windows, Category 4, $8,000 1480 Middlefield Road remodel bathroom, $7,000 3500 Deer Creek Road lab equipment includes wall-mounted charging station, $9,000 2250 Webster St. remodel

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kitchen, $43,000 250 Hamilton Ave. city art installation: artificial tree, $n/a 3251 Hanover St. connect parking stalls to accessible path leading to entrance, $n/a; install equipment in clean room, $45,000 435 Tennyson Ave. copper repipe entire house, $n/a 522 Jackson Drive bathroom addition and sideyard entry, $17,463 3000 Hanover St.install diesel backup power generator, $75,000 536 Forest Ave. remodel kitchen, $7,300 365 Kingsley Ave. copper repipe entire house, $n/a 810 San Antonio Ave. electrical for illuminated signs, $n/a 315 W. Meadow Drive re-roof, $n/a 3775 Nathan Way re-roof, $7,000 235 Walter Hays Drive re-roof, $11,142 1124 Byron St. re-roof, $12,500 4279 El Camino Real re-roof, $6,000 563 Lowell Ave. re-roof, $12,000 1038 Loma Verde Ave. re-roof, $13,500 3766 La Donna Ave. re-roof, $24,000 3198 Emerson St. re-roof, $12,610 2776 Kipling St. re-roof garage, $2,500 3677 Louis Road re-roof, $10,000 180 El Camino Real, Suite 183 illuminated wall and blade signs, $n/a; drywall ceiling, corrugated metal at rear, ductwork, $n/a 311 Seale Ave. gas line repair, red tag, $n/a 958 Van Auken Circle add three windows, relocate skylight, add skylight, $n/a 433 Melville Ave. fence along front yard and revised trees on city property, $n/a 788 San Antonio Ave. re-roof, $4,500 1684 Channing Ave. addition, remodel, $35,000 228 Walter Hays Drive revised siding to stucco, add skylights, $n/a 2321 Middlefield Road replace main sewer line from house to city

clean out, $n/a 2970 South Court replace two windows and three doors, $10,000 160 N. California Ave. change roof framing over master bedroom, $n/a 347 Ferne Ave. expand half bathroom, $5,000 3500 Deer Creek Road install transformers, electrical work, $36,000 273 Whitclem Drive re-roof, $9,680 634 Georgia Ave. remodel master bath, second bathroom, $13,796 1881 Page Mill Road replace HVAC equipment, $10,000 1412 Hamilton Ave. extend gasline from meter to gas fireplace, $n/a 3990 El Camino Real re-roof, $41,500 2300 Emerson St. re-roof, $17,000 4307 Miranda Ave. re-roof garage, $3,940 950 Industrial Ave. spec space, including electrical, mechanical, plumbing, $4,000 375 N. California Ave. re-roof, $13,300 42 Morton St. new accessory structure with covered porch, $15,000 721 Webster St. change roof from trussed system to sistering joists, $n/a 899 Charleston Road remove interior walls and infill doorway at Moldaw Residences common area, $8,000 905 Forest Ave. remodel kitchen, laundry room, upgrade electrical service, $85,000; replace rafters in detached garage, $15,000 2530 Waverley St. new shed with two plumbing fixtures, $4,000 480 California Ave. Benetech: tenant improvement, remodel offices, $72,000 164 Waverley St. re-roof, $6,667 940 Sycamore Drive re-roof, $9,600 2590 Marshall Drive extend roof where trellis was, $n/a 2430 Cowper St. demo shed, $n/a

1044 Forest Ave. add 20 sf to first floor, remodel bathroom, $n/a 4293 Park Blvd. replace four windows, $1,746 2642 Ramona St. residential PV system, $n/a; re-roof, $6,456; reroof garage, $1,345 440 Cesano Court, Unit 109 remodel bathroom, $n/a 101 Alma St., Unit 602 water damage repair, $13,000 455 El Capitan Place re-roof, $14,810 2316 South Court rewire, upgrade meter, $n/a 3060 South Court re-roof, $16,921 3209 Maddux Drive re-roof, $n/a 892 Bruce Drive level foundation by adding 16 push piers, $17,000

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Bulletin Board 115 Announcements Considering Adoption? Call us first. Living expenses, housing, medical, and continued support afterwards. Choose adoptive family of your choice. Call 24/7. 877-362-2401 (AAN CAN) Pregnant? Thinking of Adoption? Talk with caring agency specializing in matching Birthmothers with Families Nationwide. LIVING EXPENSES PAID. Call 24/7 Abby's One True Gift Adoptions. 866413-6293. Void in Illinois/ New Mexico/ Indiana (AAN CAN)

NOTICE OF FOUND/UNCLAIMED PROP Pursuant to Sections 2080 through 2080.5 of the California Civil Code, notice is hereby given that the Mountain View Police Department has in its possession an undisclosed amount of currency recovered at the Goodwill Store in Mountain View. The owner(s) of such property are hereby notified that seven (7) days following publication of this notice, if no owner appears and proves their ownership of such property, that the title shall then vest in the person or entity that found the property. The owner, in the case of proving their ownership of such property, shall pay all reasonable charges for storing, advertising, etc of such property incurred by the City. CLAIM OF ITEM SHOULD BE MADE TO: Mountain View Police Dept., Property & Evidence Unit, 1000 Villa St. (650) 903-6375

Girls Softball Tryouts: NOVA 14A

145 Non-Profits Needs

Moms/Daughters- $ Stanford


original ringtones

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Palo Alto Soccer Club Tryouts


Spring Down Holiday Horse Camp

150 Volunteers

Stanford music tutoring

Fosterers Needed for Moffet Cats

substitute pianist available


130 Classes & Instruction

Moms/Daughters- $ Stanford Stanford Psych Research Asst

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

For Sale 201 Autos/Trucks/ Parts

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

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

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AT&T U-verse for just $29/mo! BUNDLE & SAVE with AT&T Internet+Phone+TV and get a FREE pre-paid Visa Card! (select plans). HURRY, CALL NOW! 800-319-3280 (Cal-SCAN) DirecTV Over 140 channels only $29.99 a month. Call Now! Triple savings! $636.00 in Savings, Free upgrade to Genie and 2013 NFL Sunday ticket free!! Start saving today! 1-800-2910350 (Cal-SCAN) DISH TV Retailer Starting at $19.99/month (for 12 mos.) & High Speed Internet starting at $14.95/month (where available.) SAVE! Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL Now! 1-800-357-0810 (Cal-SCAN) Reduce Your Cable Bill Get an All-Digital Satellite system installed for FREE and programming starting at $24.99/mo. FREE HD/DVR upgrade for new callers, SO CALL NOW! (877)366-4509 (Cal-SCAN) Firewood seasoned oak firewood delivered to your driveway, $350.00 per cord $200.00 per 1/2 call bob at 650 740 9091 or mark 650 743 3570 leave a message we will get back to you

Kid’s Stuff 330 Child Care Offered EXPERIENCED NANNY

Honda 2008 Civic - $2800

345 Tutoring/ Lessons

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English Writing/SAT Tutor

Toyota 2007 Tundra - $3500

355 Items for Sale

202 Vehicles Wanted


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

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203 Bicycles

500 Help Wanted

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Clerical CLERICAL P/T Clerical person needed from 11am to 3pm, Mon-Fri, $400 weekly. Computer skills are a must. Need to be detail oriented, possess good customer skills,Some cash and items handling skills.must be able to do small errands.Email peterklint@

Lost on 11/3/13 at intersection of Middlefield Rd and E. Meadow Drive. Last seen on the streets of ALGER DR. and MURDOCH DRIVE. (across from Fairmeadow Elementary and Mitchell Park). He was wearing a teal blue collar with tags. He is 4-5 years old with a big BLACK DIAMOND NOSE marking and BLUE EYES — Hard to miss! He is BROWN and WHITE. The tip of his RIGHT EAR IS CLIPPED. Neutered Male PLEASE CHECK YOUR GARAGES, SHEDS, and YARD. I am extremely devastated and want him back home. If you have taken him in, please have the heart to return him!! NO QUESTIONS ASKED I am offering a huge reward for information leading to his return!! Please help me find him I will be forever grateful! Please call me at 650-353-0293 Thank you!

210 Garage/Estate Sales Palo Alto, 3373 Middlefield Road, Dec 7. 8-1 Christmas, house hold, clothing and misc items. Raising funds to send children to summer camp.

215 Collectibles & Antiques Contemporary Nude Oil Painting - $425

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

240 Furnishings/ Household items Dining Table -Iron Work & Glass - $450 Drapery Rod Sets (RH) Estate ORB $110 EBONY DINING TABLE - $500 or BO

Newspaper Delivery Route Immediate Opening Route available on Fridays to deliver the Palo Alto Weekly, an awardwinning community newspaper, to homes and businesses in Palo Alto. Newspapers must be picked up between 6AM and 8AM in Palo Alto and delivered by 5PM. Pays approx. $100 per day (plus $20 bonus for extra large editions). Additional bonus of approx. $200 following successful 13 week introductory period. Must be at least 18 y/o. Valid CDL, reliable vehicle and current auto insurance req’d. Please email your experience and qualifications to Or call Jon Silver, 650-868-4310 Personal Attendant

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525 Adult Care Wanted Caregiver Caregiver wanted for elderly gentleman in Palo Alto Monday thru Friday, mornings only at this time Prepare meals, light housekeeping & shopping. Must be good cook Please call Kevin 650-387-6751

540 Domestic Help Wanted Developer Team Lead Design and develop core server features for next gen visual analytics software. Req Bach or foreign equiv degree in Comp Sci, Comp Eng, EE, or rltd and 5 yrs of progressive, post-bacc exp in: leading team of s/w engs in design and dev of comp s/w; designing, impl, and testing highly scalable svr sys using C++, Visual Studio, Java, Ruby and Eclipse; dev svr components w/ Spring in Agile environ using Scrum; dev dtabses util SQL Server and Hibernate; dev s/w util BI tools incl Cognos, Bus. Objects, and Microstrategy. Position at Tableau Software in Menlo Park, CA. To apply, please e-mail resume and cover letter to

Student Loan Payments? Cut your student loan payments in HALF or more even if you are Late or in Default. Get Relief FAST Much LOWER payments. Call Student Hotline 855589-8607 (Cal-SCAN)

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

715 Cleaning Services House Cleaning in the BAY!!! Maria’s Housecleaning Service 19 years exp., excellent refs. Good rates, own car. Maria, 650/207-4709 Navarro Housecleaning Services Apartments and homes. Carpets and windows. 20 years exp., good refs. Call for free est. 650/853-3058; 650/796-0935

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730 Electrical

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737 Fences & Gates Lopez Fences *Redwood fences *Chainlink fences *Repairs *Decks, retaining walls 12 years exp. Free est. 650/771-0908 or 771-2989

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

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

759 Hauling J & G HAULING SERVICE Misc. junk, office, garage, furniture, mattresses, green waste yard debri and more... Lic. &Ins. FREE estimates. 650-743-8852 (see my Yelp reviews) Johnston Hauling 100% Recycle Junk Removal Best Rates * Local Since 1985 650/327-HAUL; 415/999-0594 Insured - PL/PD

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767 Movers

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

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

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805 Homes for Rent Palo Alto, 4 BR/2 BA - $4900month

825 Homes/Condos for Sale Menlo Park, 3 BR/2 BA - $1099000 Mountain View, 2 BR/2 BA - 139000

775 Asphalt/ Concrete

Palo Alto, 3 BR/2 BA - $899000

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

840 Vacation Rentals/Time Shares

Sunnyvale, 3 BR/2 BA - $599999

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

Real Estate

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Palo Alto, Menlo keep on playing

ALL-AMERICANS . . . Menlo School graduate Allie Frappier, a 5-foot-10 outside hitter for Pomona Pitzer Colleges, has been named an NCAA Division III First Team All-American in women’s volleyball by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Frappier, a junior from Atherton, leads the nation (in Division III) by averaging 5.96 kills per set while hitting at an even .300 clip. The honor marks Frappier’s first appearance on an AVCA All-American team. Palo Alto High grad Megan Coleman, a junior libero from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, received All-American honorable mention. Coleman earlier was selected to the All-Tournament team of the Atlanta Regional for her efforts in the team’s two matches during NCAA Division III postseason play. In the NCAA Division III Championships, CMS played two matches — winning its first 3-0 over Thomas More before being eliminated by Colorado College 3-1. In the two matches, Coleman had a combined 51 digs. Coleman also was named to the All-SCIAC team this season and earned All-Region honors.

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OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Palo Alto High grad Kelly Jenks and MenloAtherton High grad Diane Seely both were honored last week with player of the year awards in their respective sports on the collegiate level. Jenks, a senior forward at California Baptist, was named the 2013 Pacific West Conference Women’s Soccer Player of the Year. Seely, a junior on the Colgate volleyball team, had a breakout season and was named Patriot League Player of the Year in voting conducted by the League’s nine head coaches. Seely also earned First Team All-Patriot League honors. Elsewhere in women’s volleyball, Palo Alto High grad Shelby Knowles, a freshman at Wheaton College in Illinois, was named to the CCIW AllConference team after helping her team to a 24-12 overall record this season. Knowles had an outstanding debut season for the Thunder, earning Second Team All-CCIW honors. . . . Palo Alto High grad Davante Adams had nine catches for 246 yards and four touchdowns to help Fresno State rout New Mexico State, 69-28, on Saturday.

Vikings, Knights take different routes to NorCal semifinals

Stanford’s Ty Montgomery (left) gets one of many hugs during the 116th Big Game as the Cardinal wide receiver scored five touchdowns in a 63-13 rout of Cal. Stanford will host Notre Dame on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Another big game for Stanford Cardinal hosts Notre Dame on Saturday, with Pac-12 Championship Game looming by Rick Eymer ost of Kevin Hogan’s relatives attended Notre Dame and Stanford’s quarterback thought he might be going to South Bend too. That is, until he started looking at other schools and what may be best for him. “I was always watching their games,� Hogan said. “So, yeah, I guess I did want to go there.� Before the current coaching staff was in place, Notre Dame was certainly a place of interest and he took several visits there. Then he started focusing on other schools and, when it came time to decide, the Irish had slipped down


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“It’s still a rivalry,â€? said Hogan, who is coming off his best game, statistically speaking, in Stanford’s 63-13 victory over California in the 116th Big Game. “We’re playing for a trophy and that’s motivation enough. You can’t look at it as a revenge game.â€? Hogan threw for a career high 329 yards and five touchdowns in the Big Game victory over the Bears. He became the first Cardinal quarterback with as many touchdown passes in a game since Todd Husak did it in 1999. Hogan spent most of last year’s Notre Dame game on the sideline ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂ˜iĂ?ĂŒĂŠÂŤ>}iÂŽ


There’s little postseason history Paly, M-A and SHP head into semifinals against ‘new’ foes by Keith Peters or three local football teams, the semifinals of the Central Coast Section playoffs offer up opponents with familiar names but little history in postseason play. When No. 3-seeded MenloAtherton (8-3) visits No. 2 Los Gatos (8-3) on Friday night in Division II action at 7 p.m., it will be only the first time the teams have met in section play. The same goes for top-seeded


Sacred Heart Prep (10-1) in Division IV. The Gators will be playing No. 5 Monterey 8-3) for the first time in the postseason when they meet Saturday in Atherton at 1 p.m. Palo Alto (6-5), meanwhile, will take its No. 5 seed to Mountain View on Friday night (7 p.m.) to face top-seeded St. Francis (8-3). The teams have played a combined total of 131 postseason





the list. Last year his relatives may have still leaned toward the Irish. After all, Hogan was not yet the starter. This year it’s a different story. “Everybody will be wearing Cardinal,� Hogan said. Nationally No. 8-ranked Stanford (9-2) hosts No. 25 Notre Dame (8-3) on Saturday, with a scheduled kickoff of 4 p.m. (FOX) The Cardinal and Irish are both guaranteed to play in a bowl game, with Stanford already knowing it will play a 13th game next week against Arizona State for the overall Pac-12 title and a berth in the Rose Bowl.

SHP’s Andrew Segre rushed for 190 yards last weekend.

he girls’ volleyball season has been extended for Menlo School and Palo Alto, but not for Priory following the opening round of the CIF Northern California playoffs on Tuesday night. The top-seeded Knights swept their Division IV opener and the No. 4 Vikings took five games to advance, but the No. 4 Panthers dropped a 3-2 decision at home. Palo Alto rallied from two sets down to pull out a 20-25, 23-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-7 victory over North Coast Section champ San Ramon Valley. The Vikings improved to 25-10 and will face top-seeded Granite Bay (42-0) on Saturday in the semifinals in Sacramento. “Always hard to win on the road, especially in the playoffs,â€? said Paly coach Dave Winn. “We weren’t quite ourselves in the first two sets. Don’t get me wrong, San Ramon Valley is a great team and they were doing a lot of good things, but a lot of it was on our serve-receive and confidence. Our kids just found a way to make big plays down the stretch. And we road the momentum all the way into the fifth set. A very big win for the program.â€? Paly senior Becca Raffel kept the Vikings’ hopes alive with a kill to end the marathon victory. Raffel finished with 17 kills and 19 digs. Freshman Jessica Lee provided the assist, her 39th of the match. Paly coach Dave Winn said the victory was a milestone for his team, which had yet been able to rally from an 0-2 deficit this season. The third set was crucial, as Paly bounced back from an early 7-3 deficit to win that take the next two. Junior Jade Schoenberger added 15 kills and 18 digs for Paly, which hit just .187 as a team. Sophomore Claire Dennis came up with six total blocks while senior Keri Gee had 30 digs and junior Anna Dukovic added 12. Palo Alto, which fell to Homestead in the Central Coast Section Division I finals on Saturday (17-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-19), now faces its toughest opponent of the season in Granite Bay. “Very solid team with a great setter,â€? Winn said of Granite Bay. “We played them early in the season when we were running a very different lineup, and hung with them for the first half of both sets. It will take great performances from all our players to have a shot, ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠ{ǎ

scored all three times on goals by Enright, Conner and Chris Hinrichs to take a 12-7 lead with just 1:31 left to play.


SHP teams make quite a splash Gators sweep, now have a combined 13 titles in past seven years by Keith Peters or six of the past seven years, Sacred Heart Prep water polo coaches Jon Burke and Brian Kreutzkamp have finished their respective seasons by being tossed into the pool. They have been pushed and dragged in so many times they could make a highlight reel. Burke, who coaches the girls, has been dunked seven straight times. Kreutzkamp, the boys’ coach, has gotten wet six times — including the past three seasons. No other school in the Central Coast Section has seen two coaches celebrate so often. Burke got his seventh title, second only in section history to the eight won by St. Francis, at last Saturday’s Division II finals at the George F. Haines International swim center. The top-seeded Gators (22-7) dunked No. 3 Castilleja, 14-7. Kreutzkamp completed a three-peat as his No. 1-seeded team (26-3) held off No. 2 Menlo School, 12-9. For both winning coaches, the victories were as satisfying as the postgame celebrations were wet. “Getting old? No. Each of these are unique,” Burke said. “This is all about the girls. It’s a different team every year; different smiles every year.” There were plenty of smiles by the SHP players after they kept their historic streak intact with a dominating performance over Castilleja, which was making only its third appearance in the title match — the first under Olympic gold-medalist Brenda Villa. Castilleja’s two previous appearances in the finals resulted in losses to SHP, as well. While Sacred Heart Prep prepared itself for Saturday’s finale by playing an extremely difficult schedule and finishing as high as third at the NorCal Championships, the season-long goal was being ready to defend once again.



and had little to say about the controversial ending, in which Stanford’s Stepfan Taylor was ruled down short of the end zone though replays clearly showed otherwise. Clearly, the Cardinal would like to reverse that ending. “There are a lot of guys who do have connections with Notre Dame,” said Hogan, who is 14-2 as a starter, including 8-0 against ranked opponents. “That makes it a fun game to play.” Stanford has won three of the


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Sacred Heart Prep coach Jon Burke prepares to get wet for a seventh straight year with his players after the Gators won their seventh consecutive CCS Division II water polo title with a 14-7 triumph over Castilleja. “From the very start, we set it as our goal to play today,” Burke said. “Getting into this championship game. I think we played the toughest schedule of any team in CCS while preparing to play our best in November. I think that was the case this game; we were playing our best water polo, and that’s not always been the case.” This year’s team perhaps wasn’t as deep in talent as others, but Burke prepared them like all the previous squads and the results were the same. This year’s team actually had a better record than last year’s 20-7. The Gators had one win over CCS Division I champ St. Francis and had solid efforts against the best in Northern California. “They’re pretty tested,” Burke said of his team. On Saturday, the Gators showed just how tested by scoring six goals in the first quarter while rolling to a 10-3 halftime lead. At that time, the game was effectively over. SHP freshman Maddy Johnston had three goals in the first quarter, five by halftime and finished with seven. She played sparingly in the second half, as she easily could have scored more. “She was on fire,” Burke said of his young standout. “We’ve never had an athlete score seven goals

in a CCS championship game. To do it as a freshman is very impressive.” Castilleja’s lone senior, Stephanie Flamen, led her team with three goals. Fernanda Kramer added two. Division II boys It was a highly successful season for Sacred Heart Prep even before the Gators headed into the CCS playoffs. SHP stamped itself as the best in Northern California by winning the NorCal Championships. Then, the Gators put themselves among the best in the state by finishing third in the North-South Challenge. SHP won the West Catholic Athletic League regular-season title and then claimed the playoff crown, pretty much accomplishing every thing it could. Yet, there was one task left undone until Saturday. That’s when the top-seeded Gators defeated rival Menlo (23-4) in the first meeting of the teams this season. “I didn’t think we could top last season, after losing eight seniors to Division I programs,” said Kreutzkamp, whose team finished 25-4 last year. “Our goal (after last season) was to reach this game and find a way to keep this streak alive.”

The Gators did just that with a less-experienced lineup. They equaled the 26 wins by the 2007 team, second-most in school history to the 27 won in 2003, and gave the program its seventh section title — six under Kreutzkamp. Senior Harrison Enright and junior Will Conner led the way Saturday as each scored four goals. But, only Conner had a goal in the first half as Menlo held a 4-3 lead. “We were down at the half,” Kreutzkamp acknowledged, “but I knew those guys (Conner and Enright) wouldn’t let us down.” They didn’t. Conner had two goals and Enright one as SHP scored four goals in the third period to grab a 7-6 lead. Enright scored again early in the fourth quarter after grabbing a rebound off his own missed shot and putting it back in for an 8-6 advantage. Menlo got back to within 8-7 on a second goal by Andreas Katsis. But, the Knights soon lost one of their key players, junior Nick Bisconti, to fouls. “That was a game-changer,” Kreutzkamp said. “That allowed us to go on our counter-attack.” With Bisconti out, Sacred Heart Prep beat the Knights down the pool three straight times and

past four games in a series that dates to the 1925 Rose Bowl, in which Notre Dame’s legendary coach Knute Rockne and the Four Horsemen won their first national title with a win over Pop Warner and Ernie Nevers. Stanford linebacker Trent Murphy, who leads the nation in sacks, called last year’s game against the Irish one of the most physical games he played in all season. “I was impressed with their offensive line,” Murphy said. “I’m sure it’s going to be another physical game.” Murphy grew up minutes from Sun Devil Stadium and has yet

to play there, though he’s spent many weekends watching games there. Should Arizona State beat Arizona this weekend, he would get a chance to play there in the Pac-12 title game. “I would not be upset if that happened,” Murphy said. Stanford’s Ty Montgomery was injured and did not travel to South Bend last year. He watched the game on television and has also let go of any leftover regrets. Montgomery scored five touchdowns, in the Big Game, including four on receptions from Hogan. He ranks 16th in the nation in touchdown receptions with nine.

Palo Alto grad Davante Adams of Fresno State is the national leader with 19. Montgomery, meanwhile, ranks 10th nationally in all-purpose yards and second in kickoff returns. He finished with 191 allpurpose yards in the win over Cal. “That was a summary of what Ty is able to do,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “His biggest improvement has been run blocking. He has the speed to get behind anybody, no matter how deep he’s being played. He’s also mastered the most difficult of pass routes.”

Division I girls Second-seeded Gunn (22-7) ended an historic season on a somewhat disappointing note, losing in the Division I finals to top-seeded St. Francis, 9-2. It was Gunn’s first-ever appearance in the section title match. Gunn’s two goals were provided by star senior Caroline Anderson, who finished with 126 goals on the season. She’s headed to Michigan in the fall to continue her playing career. In a contest that was mostly a defensive struggle, Gunn had a hard time getting by St. Francis senior goalie Katherine Moore, who totaled 21 saves for the Lancers. Despite the loss, Gunn coach Mark Hernandez felt his girls had an excellent overall season. “This was a year where we thought we could make the championship game. So that was the expectation,” said Hernandez. “We did a really nice job of not letting ourselves rest at any point (this season). We knew the expectation and we lived up to them. I am really proud of this group.” Division I boys Third-seeded Menlo-Atherton fell in the Division I CCS finals, losing to top-seeded Bellarmine by 12-6. Junior John Knox led Menlo-Atherton (15-10) with three goals, while senior Dimitri Herr chipped in two goals. The Bears finished in second place in the CCS for the second straight year, as M-A lost to Bellarmine in last year’s finals as well. “Nobody expected us to be in the finals this year,” M-A head coach Giovanni Napolitano said. “This was a good learning process for them. Against a team like Bellarmine you cannot make too many mistakes and we did make too many mistakes today.” Napolitano was still very proud of the way his squad was able to finish the season. “We peaked at the right moment. For us CCS was most important,” Napolitano said. “We are a public school, and we don’t have as many opportunities (as Bellarmine). But, still, this is the second year in a row we were in the finals.” N – Ari Kaye contributed Shaw, a receiver at Stanford in the early 90s, is impressed with the overall improvement of the receiving corps. “Jordan Pratt has been playing extremely well. Devon Casjuste is coming back and (freshman) Francis Owusu is coming on strong,” Shaw said. Injury-wise, cornerback Alex Carter has the go-ahead to play after missing the Big Game, kicker Jordan Williamson is close to 100 percent and cornerback Barry Browning, with a bruised shoulder, will take it easy in practice but is expected to be ready to play on Saturday. N

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The freshman had 10 goals in two CCS Division II water polo matches, becoming the first player in school history to score seven goals in the finals as the Gators captured their seventh straight section title.

The senior scored nine goals in two CCS Division II water polo matches, including four in a 12-9 victory over rival Menlo in the championship match as the Gators won their third straight section title.

Honorable mention Riley Gallivan Priory volleyball

Morgan McCracken Sacred Heart Prep water polo

Elisa Merten* Menlo volleyball

Marine Hall-Poirier Priory volleyball

Maddie Stewart Menlo volleyball

Caitlin Stuewe Sacred Heart Prep water polo

Keller Chryst Palo Alto football

Will Conner Sacred Heart Prep water polo

Ricky Grau Sacred Heart Prep football

Keesean Johnson Palo Alto football

Isiah Nash* Menlo-Atherton football

Andrew Segre Sacred Heart Prep football * previous winner

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but at least we have a shot.” Menlo School, meanwhile, will host the next two rounds as long as the Knights keep winning. Menlo got off to a good start on Tuesday as everything came up aces as the top-seeded Knights (30-5) rolled to a 25-11, 25-16, 25-12 victory over No. 8 seed Willows (30-7) behind nine aces from senior libero Melissa Cairo and three from freshman Jessica Houghton. Menlo advances to Saturday’s semifinals (7 p.m.) where the Knights will host No. 5 Hilmar (38-8), which cruised to a 26-24, 25-22, 25-20 win over Justin-Siena in the opening round. “I think NorCals will get awfully intense as we move forward,” Menlo head coach Steve Cavella said. Senior outside hitter Lida Vandermeer led the Knights’ attack against Willows with 13 kills on a .542 hit percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Maddie Stewart contributed with eight kills. Menlo seemed a little lethargic at the beginning of the match, falling behind 6-3 against a Willows team that had to travel over two hours to make it to Atherton. The Knights found their groove midway through the first game, and the Menlo supporters became more boisterous cheering on their team. Menlo finished on an 8-0 run to win the game. “It was really nice that we had a big crowd,” said Cairo, who also totaled 16 digs on the night. “We got some people to come to our game which is fun.” The beginning of the second game saw the Knights continue their momentum, as Menlo jumped out to a 14-3 lead. The Honkers never came close to the

Knights the rest of the game, and Menlo took a 2-0 overall advantage. Willows made one last comeback attempt, controlling a 8-4 lead in the beginning of Game 3, but Houghton’s three aces sparked a 6-0 Knights’ run to put Menlo back out in front. Menlo never trailed in the third game again, winning the match on Cairo’s final ace of the night. “Any win like this is great, especially when we can play a lot of our players,” a beaming Cairo said of the clean sweep over Willows. “Everyone works so hard in practice, they deserve to have some time out on the court.” In order to defeat Hilmar and move on in the playoffs, Cairo acknowledged that Menlo had some areas which they could still tighten up. “Tips and off-speed balls, those are the ones we struggle with the most,” Cairo said. “It’s also important that we keep the ball in and make as few errors as possible, because that is really going to matter in these tougher matches.” Should Menlo get past Hilmar, the Knights will host the NorCal title match Tuesday at 7 p.m., against either No. 3 Soquel or No. 2 Sonora. Menlo reached the NorCal playoffs by winning its first CCS Division IV title since 2008 on Saturday withh a 25-13, 25-13, 25-22 win over Soquel. In Portola Valley, Priory (16-13) got 27 kills, 25 digs and five aces from senior Marine Hall-Poirier, but it still wasn’t enough as the Panthers fell to No. 5 Bradshaw Christian (28-7) of Sacramento, 21-25, 25-23, 26-24, 22-25, 15-13 in a Division V opener. Fellow senior Michaela Koval finished her final match with 33 digs while setter Riley Gallivan also played in her final match. The Panthers reached the Nor-

Cal finals last season, but limited numbers and a rash of injuries slowed Priory this season. Priory earned a NorCal home match by winning its second straight CCS Division V title on Saturday over Crystal Springs, 25-9, 25-23, 25-19. N

games, but have met just once before — in 2011 when the Vikings posted a 39-23 victory to reach the finals. Palo Alto is in the midst of its worst season since 2002, when the Vikings finished 5-5 and lost to Gunn by a 40-19 count. Paly didn’t put together back-to-back wins until last weekend in its 5424 romp over host Leland to open the playoffs. Senior quarterback Keller Chryst threw for 271 yards and five touchdowns in only three quarters as the Vikings advanced. He completed 15 of 19 passes with no interceptions. Eight of his completions went to Keesean Johnson for 191 yards and three TDs. Johnson also scored on a 55yard punt return. Malcolm Davis scored three times while rushing 14 times for 107 yards. Justin Hull came up with two interceptions to spark the defensive effort by Paly. Should Palo Alto keep its postseason record against St. Francis unblemished, the Vikings will face the winner of Menlo-Atherton and Los Gatos in the championship game on Dec. 7. The Bears advanced as senior running back Isiah Nash piled up 145 yards on a pair of touchdown pass receptions in a 21-7 firstround victory over visiting Oak Grove.

“This meant the world to us tonight,” said Nash, who has 1,756 all-purpose yards on the season. “Our coach told us, ‘We can win this and we control our own destiny,’ and we came out, had a good week at practice and kept it going in the game.” It wasn’t until the third drive of the game that the Bears’ offense found a way to crack the Oak Grove defense. That’s when senior quarterback Brian Keare found Nash on a swing pass, and the running back took it all the way for a 70-yard touchdown, putting M-A up 7-0 in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Keare connected with Nash again on the same type of play, and he took it for a 75-yard score as the Bears grabbed a 14-0 halftime edge. In a Division IV opener, Sacred Heart Prep grabbed a nine-point halftime lead and rolled to a 35-12 victory over visiting Seaside last Saturday. The Gators got touchdown runs of 3, 71 and 1 yard from senior Andrew Segre to lead the way. Segre carried 29 times for 190 yards. Senior Ricky Grau added a five-yard run in the third quarter and finished with 101 yards on 11 carries while quarterback Cole March finished off No. 8 Seaside (5-6) with a 10-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter as the Gators rushed for 353 yards.N – Andrew Preimesberger contributed.

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