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Council has no appetite for doing away with PC zones In wake of defeat of Measure D, Palo Alto officials reach out to public for input on zoning, development, traffic by Eric Van Susteren


acing a plate full of development projects, Palo Alto City Council members Monday night didn’t show any appetite for doing away with the city’s controversial plannedcommunity zoning during a meeting about the city’s development issues.

The packed meeting, which stretched until after midnight, included more than two hours of comments from the public, many of whom criticized the city for allowing developers to use planned community (PC) zoning to build dense developments at the expense, they said,

of quality of life. PC zoning allows developers to exceed zoning regulations in exchange for public benefits to be negotiated between the developer and the council. In November, voters soundly defeated Measure D, a development that required a PC zone and that the City Council had approved in June. Despite the outcry against PC zoning, several residents Monday supported its judicious use,

saying such zoning helps create vibrancy in the community. Vibrancy was on the mind of Councilwoman Liz Kniss when she defended the zoning. “You hear a lot about PC zones being the villain, and in some cases it may be,” she said. But the council shouldn’t “throw the baby out with the bathwater,” sacrificing a tool that has helped put Palo Alto on the map internationally. Kniss said that many devel-

opments in town that residents admire couldn’t have been completed without PC zoning, giving such developments as the Opportunity Center for the homeless, Oshman Family Jewish Community Center and Sunrise Senior Living facility as examples. Councilman Pat Burt said he didn’t believe PC zones are the primary problem among the city’s development policies. ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ££®


Board members differ on how to handle bullying complaints School committee weighs clarity versus risk of escalating minor disputes by Chris Kenrick



Third grader Bryce Ammons braces himself for a lick from the Palo Alto Humane Society’s dog Rookie during a visit at Beechwood School in Menlo Park on Aug. 2.


Palo Alto Humane Society creates a ‘Critter Club’ Beechwood School’s third-graders become animal experts by Karishma Mehrotra


hile Danny Rendon was enrolled in a summer session at Beechwood School in Menlo Park, his mother, Patricia, noticed something strange. Danny started waking up earlier than usual, eager to take the family’s French poodle, Mimi, out for a walk. “I didn’t know what was happening,” Patricia Rendon said. “I was thinking about it and putting everything together and said: ‘Oh, wait a minute. That’s why.’”

What Rendon realized was that her son was participating in the Palo Alto Humane Society’s pilot program at Beechwood, the Critter Club. During five once-a-week sessions, the Humane Society’s volunteers taught humane animal treatment to the third-graders in Mary-Eileen Gallagher’s classroom. To the children’s enjoyment, that involved bringing into the classroom a cat, a rabbit and a dog named Riley, Molly and Rookie, respectively. The program began when

Humane Society volunteers noticed large numbers of stray cats in the neighborhoods surrounding Beechwood earlier this year, said Leonor Delgado, a Humane Society educator. She added that unleashed pit bulls were found in the streets, and birds were left outside in small cages. The trend of loose animals “was right in the vicinity and actually came into Beechwood,” said Delgado, who ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iʙ®

debate on the degree to which playground and other school complaints should be resolved by a teacher or principal versus being formally sent to the district office was at the crux of a Palo Alto Board of Education committee discussion Tuesday. In pondering a proposed policy on bullying, the two members of the school board’s Policy Review Committee disagreed over whether all complaints should be forwarded to the district office or whether that procedure initially should be reserved only for complaints of bullying based on things like disability, religion or sexual orientation. Committee member Melissa Baten Caswell said that for the sake of clarity and simplicity, all complaints about bullying, whether run-of-the-mill or involving so-called “protected classes” of students, be treated the same, using a Uniform Complaint Procedure at the district office. But committee member Camille Townsend worried that such an approach could lead to undue “formalization” and “criminalization” of minor playground issues that are better resolved at the school level. “The farther away we get from solving disputes in the classroom, the more formal and criminal it gets,” Townsend said. “We’ve all seen cases where someone gets tripped on purpose, or someone gets called a name on purpose.

Are we really sending those up to the district office to be handled? Not in my book.” But Caswell worried that a two-tiered complaint process, which elevates the initial level of scrutiny for children in “protected classes,” could put teachers, principals and playground supervisors in the position of having to make hasty calls, in ambiguous situations, as to why a child is being picked on. “It’s hard to ask those people to look at what’s going on when there’s a particular confrontation and make the judgment whether it’s a protected-class issue,” she said. Superintendent Kevin Skelly, who initially said Tuesday he was leaning toward a single system for handling all bullying complaints, said he would poll teachers and principals and return to the board in January with a recommendation. School district staff and lawyers have spent nearly a year trying to fashion a new policy on bullying as part of a resolution agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, which found in December 2012 that the district’s mishandling of the bullying of a disabled middle school student violated the student’s civil rights. Tuesday’s board Policy Review Committee meeting was ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£x®

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I don’t want to have to have a helicopter to get home at night. — a Ventura neighborhood resident, voicing concerns about increased traffic from the proposed Jay Paul Co. development on Page Mill Road. See story on page 10.

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‘PRIVATE ART’ WITH TESLA ... Palo Alto’s public art is often on the receiving end of scoffs and chuckles, with aesthetic sensibilities that range from eclectic to eccentric. Between a giant egg, a running girl with a car for a head and whatever-theheck the towering “Skyshot Boca Raton� is supposed to be, there are a lot of examples of Palo Alto’s avant-garde artistic leanings. One Palo Alto resident decided to bring an immensely practical piece of art to the city without funding from the city’s Public Art Commission. Call it private art. Dorrian Porter thought the perfect symbol of the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley would be early 1900s inventor Nikola Tesla, who also just so happens to be the namesake of local electric-car company Tesla Motors. Porter commissioned Menlo Park artist Terry Guyer to design a bronze cast statue of the SerbianAmerican inventor, who was credited for making huge strides in the development of alternating current and wireless electricity. Porter launched a successful campaign to raise $127,000 from 722 donors, one of whom — an anonymous family foundation — put in $20,000 at the 11th hour to push the project over its goal. The last few months have been taken up designing and creating the statue, but on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 11:30 a.m., it will be unveiled, equipped with free Wi-Fi and a time capsule to be opened in 2043. The unveiling will take place at the statue’s home, 260 Sheridan Ave., Palo Alto.

HEY, WHO CUT THE TREES? ... The final throes of city work removing trees along University Avenue is finally beginning this month, after arborists deferred the work so that the removals could come closer to the replanting of the trees. The city’s contractor, West Coast Arborists, began removing trees along University Avenue — between Middlefield Road and San Francisquito Creek — near the East Palo Alto border on Dec. 4, and if all goes well, they’ll be done Dec. 16. If you’re hoping to sleep during the weekdays, think again. The workers will be out bright and early, 7 a.m., and finish at 5 p.m. Efforts will be taken not to create traffic problems, according to the

city. Twenty-five of the trees along the corridor have been marked for execution, most of them Southern Magnolias, and all of them are dead, dying, decayed or poorly located. Eleven of the trees will be replaced. OFFICER OFFERINGS ... Christmas is less than three weeks away, and in East Palo Alto, Santa Claus may be wearing a uniform. The East Palo Alto Police Department is asking for new or unwrapped toys, gift cards or monetary donations for needy families in East Palo Alto. The donations can be mailed to Officer Veronica Barries at the East Palo Alto Police Department, located at 141 Demeter St., up until Dec. 20. Contributions are tax-deductible. Presumably officers will not be slipping down the chimney to deliver these gifts themselves — that’d be a violation of the Fourth Amendment. BRIGHT MINDS ... Palo Alto High School student Sidhanth Venkatasubramaniam, Gunn High School student Emily Wang and Castilleja School students Ayesha Bajwa and Smriti Pramanick are among 15 Californians named regional finalists in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. The Siemens Foundation, which administers the competition, called them “the brightest high school minds in contention for the nation’s most coveted teen science prize.� The foundation will announce individual and team winners Tuesday, Dec. 10, presenting them with scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. FRANCO’S FILM ... Palo Alto native James Franco’s collection of short stories, aptly titled “Palo Alto,� has been picked up by New York-based distributor Tribeca Film, which is targeting theatrical release of the movie for spring 2014. The first film by Gia Coppola, granddaughter of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, follows three storylines: one about a young girl’s relationships with her soccer coach (Franco, creepy) and her stoner boyfriend, another about a promiscuous young woman, and a third about the stoner and his wild friend. N


Restaurants, techies spur boom on California Avenue With big changes on the way, Palo Alto’s ‘second downtown’ shows steady revenue growth by Gennady Sheyner s Palo Alto officials prepare the areas around it, including the to give California Avenue portion of El Camino Real where an extreme makeover, the Chipotle Mexican Grill, Jack in the arty, eclectic and under-main- Box and the Olive Garden do busitained thoroughfare has been qui- ness. The economic performance of etly undergoing an economic re- other types of businesses, he noted, surgence, with restaurant activity have remained relatively flat. on the upswing and tax-revenues “Restaurant activity has been climbing steadily. increasing, and that pretty much Once the most prominent thor- tells the story of the increase in oughfare of the Town of May- the area,� Fehrenbach told the field, the commercial strip near Weekly. the city’s geographical center has The numbers spell good news long filled a role as the smaller, for the City Council, which has funkier and slightly more dishev- taken a series of actions in the eled sibling of downtown’s Uni- past four years aimed at turning versity Avenue. California Avenue into the city’s But California Avenue’s eco- “second downtown,� on par with nomic engine has been quietly rev- University Avenue and Mountain ving up since 2010, according to a View’s Castro Street. The most commissioned report from the firm costly and controversial compoMunicServices, LLC. The cash re- nent of this effort is the ambitious ceipts from the California Avenue streetscaping project, which is set area have risen 24 percent between to unfold next year and which will the second quarter (the period from shrink California Avenue to two April and June) of 2010 and the lanes, expand the sidewalks, add second quarter of 2013, when they new streetlights and create flexible totaled $1.1 million. “plaza� spaces capable of accomThough that still pales in com- modating major public events. parison to Stanford Shopping CenThe area also figures promiter (which brought in $5.5 million nently in the city’s long-term viin the second quarter of 2013) and sion. Because of its proximity to a downtown (which brought in $3 Caltrain station and to El Camino, million), the commercial district city officials have designated it as around California Avenue is the Palo Alto’s sole “priority developonly area that has seen growth in ment area,� making it eligible for every single quarter since 2010. regional grants to support projects Tommy Fehrenbach, the city’s that include new housing. Over economic-development manager, the past four years, the city has told the Weekly that the consis- also been crafting a plan for the tently strong numbers on Califor- broader California Avenue area, nia Avenue reflect the solid perfor- which includes Fry’s Electronics. mance of the area’s dining scene. The plan’s vision is to create an He noted that the receipts include “attractive, transit-rich neighbornot just California Avenue but hood shopping district,� and its



Despite the chilly weather, Scott Elbring, left, Martine Sinkondo, Marijke Vallaeys and Patrick Vallaeys sit down for lunch outside Terun on California Avenue on Thursday. proposals include a design compe- companies, including Groupon package new plazas, bike lanes tition for new parking structures; and Yelp, recently opening offic- and various pedestrian improvenew incentives for mixed-use de- es near the prominent commercial ments. One change proposed by velopments; more bike parking strip and developers pitching new Jay Paul, for example, is a new peand improved shuttle connections office projects, some of which destrian route that would fill a void between California Avenue and involve density that far exceeds between the Caltrain station and the Stanford Research Park. zoning regulations. One poten- the proposed development. And in At a Planning and Transporta- tially transformative project for the latest nod to the area’s growtion Commission meeting last the area is Jay Paul’s proposed de- ing high-tech prominence, the bus week, Commissioner Michael velopment at 395 Page Mill Road, company RidePal in September anAlcheck waxed ecstatic about the which would add 311,000 square nounced its new operation around California Avenue area, calling it feet of office space next to AOL’s California Avenue, which promises “an epicenter� and urging the city headquarters. The project also to give area commuters a “Google to “start to appreciate� the area’s involves building the city a new shuttle� experience. critical role. police headquarters at a nearby Underscoring the importance of “When people say real estate site, 3045 Park Blvd. the area and the council’s desire is about three things — locaThese changes promise to beget to turn it into a second Univertion, location, location — this is others. Almost every large new de- sity Avenue, council members in the kind of thing we’re talking velopment in the area, — including February officially adopted “the about.� Alcheck said at the Nov. Harold Hohbach’s research space future of downtown and Califor20 meeting. and housing project at 195 Page nia Avenue� as one of its three ofEven without the city’s grand Mill Road and the recently ap- ficial priorities for 2013. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner plans, the area has been under- proved four-story building around going a market-driven transfor- Equinox Gym at 3159 El Camino can be emailed at gsheyner@ mation, with young technology Real — includes as part of the


Palo Alto, Stanford doctors, nurses aiding typhoon victims he scene is hard to fathom. Nearly a month after Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines, there are still miles of torn and twisted buildings, and thousands of victims with untreated compound fractures, infected wounds and mental trauma. Dozens of doctors, nurses and medical staff from Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Stanford Hospital and Clinics are making their way to Palo Alto’s Philippine sister city, Palo, on Leyte Island, and other areas in an ongoing campaign to provide medical aid amid the devastation. More than 5,000 people were


by Sue Dremann killed by the Category 5 typhoon. The news from Stanford medical staff on the scene is grim and heartbreaking: “The area of destruction has no epicenter and is not isolated to Tacloban and the seaside communities,� Kim Woolley, a Stanford Emergency Medicine Program mental health specialist, wrote in a blog on Dec. 4. “The best way for me to describe it: It is as if the entire southern half of the state of Iowa, from west to east, was destroyed by a 60-mile-wide tornado with 200 mph winds. Every tree is snapped or uprooted, every roof is missing.

“There are many medical needs, with our team outside of Tacloban seeing 250-plus patients a day. It is not so much acute medical problems or trauma, but conditions that quickly turn acute or life threatening after three weeks without treatment. A blood pressure of 240/120 for a few weeks needs treatment just as a leg may need to be amputated in the first 48 hours,â€? Woolley wrote. The mental health needs are starting to become critical: trouble with sleeping, high anxiety, worry and crying. The typhoon lasted seven hours, ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠÂŁĂˆ)


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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

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Through Nov. 27th, 185 donors have contributed $162,125 to the Holiday Fund 10 Anonymous .................. 2,595

NEWLY Received Donations Faith Braff ........................... 500 Anthony and Judith Brown ....... 50 Luca and Mary Cafiero .............. * Mike and Cathie Foster ......... 500 Jean M. Colby ...................... 200 David & Lynn Mitchell ........... 300 Tom & Patricia Sanders ........ 100 Dorothy Saxe ........................... * John Tang ................................ * Jerry & Bobbie Wagger.............. * Annette Glanckopf & Tom Ashton................... 100 Theodore and Cathy Dolton ... 350 Eugene & Mabel Dong ......... 200 Herbert Fischgrund .............. 125 Dena Goldberg ..................... 100 Dr. & Mrs. Richard Greene......250 Phil Hanawalt & Graciela Spivak ............. 500 Harry & Susan Hartzell ......... 100 Walt and Kay Hays ............... 100 Christina Kenrick ............... 1,000 Cathy and Howard Kroymann ........................ 250 Eve & John Melton ............... 500 Jim and Becky Morgan ....... 5,000 Don & Ann Rothblatt ................. * Dan and Lynne Russell ......... 250 Martha Shirk........................ 500 Lawrence Yang & Jennifer Kuan ............. 1,000 Patti Yanklowitz & Mark Krasnow ............... 100 Denise Savoie & Darrell Duffie ...* Dr. Jody Maxmin ..................... * Van Whitis ........................... 250 Don & Jacquie Rush ............. 300 Michele and John McNellis.............. 10,000 J.D. & Renee Masterson ....... 250 Martha Cohn........................ 300 Laura & Bob Cory ..................... * Glenn & Lorna Affleck ........... 100 Jone Manoogian ..................... 50 Felicia Levy .......................... 250

In Memory Of Ben Swan ................................ * Ryan ....................................... * Jean M. Law ............................ * Carole Hoffman........................ * Fumi Murai .............................. * Mary Floyd ............................. 25 Tomas W. and Louise L. Phinney ................. * Leo Breidenbach ...................... * Bertha Kalson .......................... * Nate Rosenberg ................... 100 Frank & Jean Crist ................ 200 Marie Hardin ........................ 100 Baxter Armstrong ..................... *

In Honor Of Sandy Sloan ........................ 100 The Barnea-Smith Family........... * Barbara Zimmer ....................... * Gary Fazzino ............................ *

Foundations, Businesses & Organizations Attorney Susan Dondershine .................... 300 Communications & Power Industries LLC .................. 500 No Limit Drag Racing Team ...... 25

PREVIOUSLY Published Donors Gwen Luce ............................... * Janis Ulevich ........................ 100 Solon Finkelstein.................. 250 Eric and Elaine Hahn ................ * Teresa Roberts ................. 2,000 Craig & Sally Nordlund .......... 500 Meri Gruber & James Taylor ...... * Art & Helen Kraemer ................ * Barbara Riper........................... * Betty Gerard ........................ 100 Bob and Diane Simoni .......... 200 Carolyn and Richard Brennan......* Gerald and Donna Silverberg .............. 100 Hersh & Arna Shefrin ................ * Jim & Alma Phillips ............... 250 Lawrence Naiman................. 100 Leif & Sharon Erickson ......... 250 Mr. George Cator ................ 100 Ray & Carol Bacchetti ............... * Rita Vrhel............................. 250 Steve & Karen Ross ................. * Susan & Doug Woodman .......... * Tad Nishimura .......................... * Tom and Neva Cotter ......... 2,000 Al & Joanne Russell.............. 250 Alice Smith .......................... 100 Caroline Hicks & Bert Fingerhut ............... 100 Drew McCalley & Marilyn Green ............... 100 Iris Harrell ............................... * Jan & Freddy Gabus ................. * Joe and Nancy Huber ............ 100 John & Olive Borgsteadt ........... * Lynn & Joe Drake ..................... * Patricia M. Levin .................. 100 Robert and Josephine Spitzer ............. 100 George & Betsy Young .............. * Harriet & Gerald Berner ............ * Hugh O. McDevitt ................. 200 Mary Lorey .............................. * Nancy Steege....................... 100 Sheryl & Tony Klein .................. * Sue Kemp ........................... 250 Andy and Liz Coe ...................... * Ben & Ruth Hammett ............... * Hal & Iris Korol ........................ * Jessie Ngai .......................... 100 John and Mary Schaefer ....... 100 Mahlon and Carol Hubenthal ...... * Peter and Beth Rosenthal ......... * Maria Basch .......................... 55 Owen Vannatta .................. 5,000 Gennette Lawrence .............. 500 The Havern Family ............. 4,500 Brigid Barton ....................... 250 Donald & Adele Langendorf.....200 Gil and Gail Woolley .............. 300 Greg & Penny Gallo .............. 500 Hugh MacMillan ................... 500 Mike and Jean Couch ........... 250 Nancy Hall ........................ 1,000 Page & Ferrell Sanders ......... 100 Peter & Lynn Kidder.............. 100 Peter S Stern ........................... *


Robert & Barbara Simpson ....... * Scout Voll ................................ * Stephen Berke ......................... * Tom & Ellen Ehrlich.................. * Art and Peggy Stauffer.......... 500 Bill Johnson and Terri Lobdell ..................... 500 Carroll Harrington ................. 100 Richard Zuanich ................... 200 Daniel Cox ........................... 200 Michael & Frannie Kieschnick .....* Richard Hallsted and Pam Mayerfeld .......... 100 Steve and Nancy Levy ............... * Xiaofan Lin ............................ 50 Diane E. Moore ........................ * Ellen & Tom Wyman .............. 200 Roger Warnke ...................... 300 Stu & Louise Beattie ................ * The Ely Family ...................... 250 Bob & Ruth Anne Fraley .......... 50 Ellen Lillington ..................... 100 Jerry and Linda Elkind .......... 250 Linda & Steve Boxer ................. * Tony & Judy Kramer .................. * Keith & Rita Lee ................... 100 Roy & Carol Blitzer ................... * John & Barbara Pavkovich...... 200 Tish Hoehl ........................... 100 Don & Ann Rothblatt ................. *

In Memory Of Bob Makjavich ......................... * Carol Berkowitz ........................ * Bob Donald .......................... 100 Alan K. Herrick ......................... * Don and Marie Snow ............ 100 Kathy Morris ..................... 1,500 Helene F. Klein......................... * Pam Grady ........................... 150 Ruth & Chet Johnson ................ * Robert Lobdell ......................... * Henry Radzilowski .................... * John Davies Black ............. 1,000 Yen-Chen and Er-Ying Yen ...... 250 Ernest J. Moore........................ * Florence Kan Ho....................... * Joe, Mary Fran & Stephen Scroggs ............... * Steve Fasani ........................ 100 David Sager ......................... 100 William Settle ...................... 500 Dr. David Zlotnick ................. 200 Boyd Paulson, Jr ...................... * Al and Kay Nelson .................... *

In Honor Of Karen Ross.......................... 100 Shirley Sneath Kelley ............ 100

Foundations, Businesses & Organizations Packard Foundation ......... 25,000 Hewlett Foundation.......... 25,000 Arrillaga Foundation ......... 20,000 Peery Foundation ............ 20,000 The Milk Pail Market ................. * Alta Mesa Improvement Company ...................... 1,200

taught four of the five education sessions. “We were aware that the kids knew about it.” When Delgado held the pilot program’s fifth and final session in August, she asked the room filled with kids: “How many of you have seen stray kittens here?” As the 20 or more kids sat on the ground in neat rows wearing matching gray shirts with “PAHS Critter Club at Beechwood School” emblazoned on them, all raised their hands. Because of the stray animals around Beechwood, the organization chose the school for the pilot program, which began July 1. Educators taught the children everything from where to take stray cats and how to approach dogs to bird safety and what a rabbit’s ideal home environment is. All this happened, Delgado said, with the financial assistance of the Palo Alto Weekly’s Holiday Fund. “The financial support gave us an impetus,” she said of the $1,500 Holiday Fund grant. “We run on a very tight budget. We needed to get some help, some recognition.” Delgado said the funding went towards education materials, take-home information, teachers and T-shirts. “Critter Club serves as a tool for teaching children about responsibility for community animal care and for reaching their parents and family members,” said Carole Hyde, director of Palo Alto Humane Society. The goal, she added, is to assess the pilot program and then expand the program, hopefully with help from the Holiday Fund. “The most logical focus of expansion of the program would be into other schools, specifically public schools in the area,” Delgado said. “Ideally, we would expand our program to include sessions about wildlife, focusing on urban encroachment into habitats native to wild animals and ways to treat wildlife humanely and live in harmony with all the animals in our communities.” When Gallagher, the thirdgraders’ teacher, thought back to the summer sessions with Palo Alto Humane Society, she immediately recalled a moment when all the kids sat in a large circle in her classroom and a bunny was let

loose in the middle. “Even when they are older, I think they’ll always remember this little bunny that came into their classroom and hopped around and licked their hands and let them be a friend,” she said. “A hands-on educational experience is something a child will never forget. (Compared to) a worksheet, the value is all in hands-on.” Gallagher said she also found that the program emphasized transforming the students into teachers themselves, sending them home with fliers and information for their family members. “It’s a really empowering thing for them to be educators in their own families and to share everything that they are learning,” she said. Although the Humane Society has offered similar education programs to students across the Bay Area, Delgado said that Critter Club experimented with the goal of reaching out to the students’ families and concerned Beechwood neighbors. “Our goal was to make everyone familiar with proper care and humane treatment of their household pets and, more importantly, to draw the community’s attention to the plight of stray and abandoned animals and ways in which the community could intervene to help these animals,” Delgado said. The program focused mainly on the proper socialization and treatment of dogs and the “trapneuter-return” technique of treating abandoned community cats. Beechwood’s principal, David Laurance, found great enthusiasm among his students about the program, as he remembered them running up to him with a rush of details about the animals in their classroom. “It’s easy to say to children, ‘We want you to be kind to others,’” he said. “But, like all of us, they need a model.” Laurance said the model was Delgado and the others at the Humane Society who taught the third-graders some crucial life lessons. “Human beings are not allowed to trample over this planet any way that they choose,” he said. “Every living thing deserves respect. Again, it’s easy to say that but to take it to the next step and bring in people who are actually living that helps get our kids to where we want them to be as adults.” N More information about the Holiday Fund, including how to donate, can be found on page 8.

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North Korea acknowledges arresting Palo Alto man


orth Korea said Saturday that it had arrested 85-year-old Palo Alto resident Merrill Newman for “hostile acts” against the country during the Korean War. It was the first time the country publicly acknowledged that Newman had been held since he was reportedly detained as he tried to leave the country on Oct. 26. The statement came in the form of a letter released by the North Korean state-run media organization Korean Central News Agency. The letter, which the agency stated was written by Newman, apologized for his involvement as an adviser for a group of guerrillas that allegedly carried out acts of espionage, sabotage and attacks against the country during the Korean War and resulted in the loss of civilian and military life. The Kuwol Partisan Unit were South Korean guerrillas who were

by Eric Van Susteren among the most hated and feared in the North, according to a report by the Associated Press (AP). Newman gave logistical support, oversaw guerrilla actions and gave advice, but he wasn’t involved in day-to-day operations, the news article stated, quoting former members of the group and analysts. “Although I committed the indelible offensive acts against the Korean people in the period of the Korean War, I have been guilty of big crimes against the DPRK (North Korea) government and Korean People again,” Newman’s apology letter stated. Former Kuwol fighters told the AP that it killed 1,500 North Korean soldiers and captured 600 alive. About 1,270 Kuwol members perished during the war. Surviving members of the organization said that there are no members left in North Korea.

After the war ended, the Kuwol guerrillas came to South Korea and haven’t gone back to the North since, according to the article. But the Korean Central News Agency stated that the reason for Newman’s visit had been to contact the survivors from the Kuwol organization, although he claimed to have traveled there as a tourist. “Shamelessly I had a plan to meet any surviving soldiers and pray for the souls of the dead soldiers in Kuwol Mt. during the Korean war,” Newman’s letter stated. “Following the itinerary I asked my guide to help me look for the surviving soldiers and their families and descendants because it was too hard for me to do myself.” The letter, which was dated Nov. 9, did not state whether Newman would be released. It does contain a plea for forgiveness, however, and states: “If I go back to USA,


Merrill Newman was adviser to South Korea guerrillas during Korean War

Merrill Newman I will tell the true features of the DPRK and the life the Korean people are leading.” The Swedish Ambassador in North Korea was able to visit Newman on Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Yanggakdo Hotel in Pyongyang, according to Newman’s family. The United States does not have diplomatic relations with North Korea. “As a result of the visit, we know that Merrill is in good health,” the family wrote in a statement. “He has received the medications that we sent him, and medical person-

nel are checking on his health several times a day. Merrill reports that he is being well-treated and that the food is good.” The family wrote that the focus now is on returning Newman home. “We are asking that the DPRK authorities take into account his health and his age and, as an act of humanitarian compassion, allow him to depart immediately for home,” the family wrote. N Online Editor Eric Van Susteren can be emailed at


Residents, developer spar over plan for office complex by Jocelyn Dong t a meeting that pitted the for dense commercial developlatest concepts in land-use ment. In theory, up to 30 percent against the grim reality of of the offices’ employees might an already congested area of Palo commute by mass transit, such as Alto, residents and representa- train or bus, or carpool, bicycle or tives of the Jay Paul Co. tangled walk, he said. The latter would be Wednesday night over the devel- particularly likely if workers lived opment firm’s proposal to con- in the immediate area. Already struct an office complex and a numerous apartment and condo public-safety building along Page buildings are located nearby, and Mill Road and Park Boulevard. the city envisions even more. The proposal, whose future some “One of the problems with Palo people consider to be on shaky Alto is, if you work here, you don’t ground following Palo Alto voters’ live here. If you live here, you don’t November uprising against increas- work here,” Paul said. “People are ing development, would bring about not living where they work.” 1,250 new workers to the heart of Putting large office buildings Palo Alto each day, according to near mass transit would be prefthe developer’s estimate. erable to having smaller office How those employees would buildings spread throughout Palo get to 395 Page Mill, where AOL Alto, Paul said. already has its headquarters, was The latter, he said, begets trafthe main point of contention at the fic problems as commuters crisscommunity meeting Wednesday. cross the city. People who live adjacent to the “The benefit of locating your 9.8-acre site where the two, four- commercial density close to transtory office buildings would be sit (is) so you can have a robust ... constructed grilled Jay Paul Co. plan” for workers to take alternaExecutive Vice President Ray tive transportation, he said. “You Paul over the justification for the have this wonderful rail system, project and the likely consequenc- but no one’s going to take it if they es to traffic. have to walk two miles to work.” Paul asserted that the Acknowledging that hundreds 311,000-square-foot office proj- of additional workers would noneect fits into the city’s vision for theless drive by themselves to 395 the California Avenue area. The Page Mill, Paul said the added section of Palo Alto contains a traffic would be “incremental” Caltrain station, making it prime and acceptable.


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Neighbors predict worsening traffic congestion, developer places faith in alternative-commute program

A rendering of one of two office buildings proposed by Jay Paul Co. for 395 Page Mill Road in Palo Alto shows an empty Ash Street. Residents who live adjacent to the property worry that a commercial complex would make traffic congestion intolerable on Ash, Olive Avenue and the major thoroughfares of Page Mill and El Camino Real. He cited a study that predicted the speed of cars driving from 395 Page Mill to Interstate 280 would slow by 2 mph during the evening commute. That, he said, would be the greatest slowdown as a result of the Jay Paul office complex for commuters using either 280 or U.S. Highway 101. “I’m not here to tell you our contribution to traffic will be zero. I’m telling you we’re doing everything we can to mitigate it,” Paul said, alluding to the transportation strategies that would give workers incentives to get out of their cars. “We will certainly add to the traffic, but we’re not the main component,” Paul said. “You’d think (from the way people are talking) if

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this site sunk into the ground, we’d be free-flowing. It ain’t so.” But Paul’s citation of the city’s land-use vision and his predictions for traffic appeared to fall largely on deaf ears. “The area is basically a cul-desac,” said Chris Donlay, who lives across the street from the site, which is roughly bounded by El Camino, Page Mill, Park and the neighborhood of Ventura. A street barrier on Park prevents drivers from going south without winding through Ventura. “How do you envision 2,000 people leaving the site at 6 p.m. and not creating gridlock?” Donlay asked. “Traffic is already bad. Our situation already is dire.” Although the concept of build-

ing commercial space near mass transit makes some sense, Donlay acknowledged, the location is all wrong in this instance. “It’s too big for this site,” he told the Weekly, noting the neighborhood’s narrow streets and existing traffic dangers. Other residents agreed, saying the roads are currently “unable to handle the traffic.” “I don’t want to have to have a helicopter to get home at night,” said one woman who lives on Pepper Avenue. Paul tried to assuage fears, citing the firm’s experience with transportation-demand management (TDM) programs at two ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£{)


Average daily traffic volumes at Palo Alto intersections – 1999 vs 2013

Traffic numbers prompt council head-scratching

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Planning department graph shows less traffic now than a decade ago


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PC zones


“Saying PC zones are the culprit of ‘too much development too quickly’ is misguided,” he said. He noted that only two of the 21 major developments the city has in its pipeline involve a PC zone — the Jay Paul development, a massive two-office-building complex at 395 Page Mill Road that would come with new police headquarters for the city; and a four-story mixed-use building at 2755 El Camino Real. “We need to quit just finding the bogeyman and look at the

traffic volume isn’t the sole determinant of congestion, citing factors such as conflicting movement of vehicles and the capabilities of traffic signals. Councilman Pat Burt said he was incredulous about the traffic numbers. A population increase from 58,598 in 2000 to 64,403 in 2010 and an increase of jobs in the city from 75,000 to 90,000 in the same time period couldn’t possibly amount to a 20 percent reduction in traffic, he said.

“I understand there are other factors, but they can’t explain this,” he said, highlighting the need to re-establish trust with development-weary residents. “If the data isn’t correct or doesn’t pass the smell test, we’re not establishing credibility within the community. This is as off as any data I’ve seen.” In suggesting a solution to traffic woes, Burt favored establishing a business registry for companies in Palo Alto aimed at helping the city determine what the company’s effects on traffic and parking are. Using the registry, the city could levy a business-license tax on larger companies that exceed

a cap on employees and therefore contribute more to congestion. Though he said he thought the city had made progress on parking issues, Mayor Greg Sharff said he was still frustrated that the city hadn’t built a new parking garage downtown, which he said would be critical in the short-term to easing downtown’s infamous parking shortages. Scharff said he agreed with Burt in that the council has to be able to trust the data that city staff supplies it. “You can’t make decisions without the right data,” he said, pointing out that flaws in the staff report — such as listing the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park as a planned-community zone — makes residents question the correct information. Scharff put part of the blame on the heavy workload on the city’s planning department, with 21 proposals for development, a stiff deadline to complete the city’s contentious “housing element” plan before facing harsh state penalties and the ongoing slog to update the city’s Comprehensive Plan. He proposed that staff come back with a plan to increase staffing in the department to handle the extra workload. City Manager James Keene defended the use of the data in the Comprehensive Plan discussion. “We didn’t draw any conclusions from the data. In fact, we were careful not to,” he said. The graphs were intended as more of an illustrative aid to put the Comprehensive Plan discus-

real problems,” he said. “And it’s tough; it’s complicated.” However, he said, the city needs to be sure that the process isn’t abused. The Jay Paul proposal, for example, is “way outside of anything we should consider,” he said. The city should have input on the proposed developments much earlier in the process and should be able to put parameters on projects early so that the council isn’t left late in the process asking itself: “We’ve got a bad project. How do we make it less bad? We want good projects,” he said. Councilwoman Gail Price said

she was “absolutely opposed to a moratorium on PC zones as it relates to economic vitality,” saying it was the council’s job to be nimble and flexible and find ways to make competing views work. Instead, she advocated slowing down the flow of projects and focusing on “accelerating the conversation on how to make them better.” Citing a rift between the community and the council over the latter’s alleged lack of transparency, Councilwoman Karen Holman came out in favor of a moratorium on PC zones, saying they have often resulted in what people felt were broken promises

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ew would say that traffic in Palo Alto has been getting better in recent years, yet that was what graphs in a city staff report appeared to depict, which raised red flags and frustrations for some City Council members Monday night. The issue came up during a meeting about local development, scheduled in an effort to reach out to residents following the fractious referendum on Measure D. That measure, which was defeated, asked the public to affirm rezoning of a site on Maybell Avenue to include dense senior housing and market-rate single-family homes. As part of a discussion on the city’s update of its Comprehensive Plan, which guides development, staff included a graph that showed traffic totals in Palo Alto falling, along with graphs that depicted a rising number of jobs, housing units, population and development. For several council members, the traffic graph didn’t pass the “smell test.” Councilman Greg Schmid was first to sound the alarm. “It’s ... funny, driving around town seems to take longer, even though traffic is down 20 percent,” he said. Schmid’s own analysis, using base measurements from 1996 to 2009, found that the delay was actually increased 19 to 20 percent, he said. Palo Alto’s new planning director Hillary Gitelman acknowledged that the results could be seen as counterintuitive but said

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sion into focus, he said, and extensive traffic numbers would require a different degree of data and research. “You have to consider what that kind of data initiative is going to look like — it can’t be just traffic numbers for one year, it’s got to be for 50 years,” he said.

“There’s got to be some tolerance that sometimes (the information is) not going to be perfectly right, and if it is (going to be perfect), we’re going to have to slow down the process.” N Online Editor Eric Van Susteren can be emailed at

and overblown developments. Holman also favored the idea of the council taking “a hiatus” on all the city’s development proposals until commissioners and council members receive training on CEQA and planning compatibility, an area where she said she sees “a lack of understanding.” With many of the broad development issues still to discuss, the council voted Monday to continue the discussion of re-examining PC zoning to January or February. There will be more “community conversation” meetings about new development and its impacts

over the next few weeks. On Monday, Dec. 9, the council is scheduled to discuss a proposed “transportation demand management” program aimed at reducing solo commuter trips to the city’s primary business areas. On Dec. 16, the council is set to consider a proposed framework for residential permitparking programs aimed at providing relief to Professorville, Downtown North and other areas that have been inundated with cars parked by downtown employees. N Online Editor Eric Van Susteren can be emailed at

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Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will hold a study session to discuss enrollment trends and plans to open a 13th elementary school in Palo Alto. The session is scheduled for 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, in the boardroom of school district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.) CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to hold a closed session to discuss potential litigation involving the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, Senate Bill 7 and a potential challenge to the municipal code regarding prohibiting human habitation of vehicles. The council then plans to hold a study session on transportation-demand management. It will then discuss infrastructure survey findings; an ordinance for electricalvehicle supply equipment for all new residential buildings; an ordinance for penalties on expired building permits; an appeal of approval of plans for 240 Hamilton Ave.; and a loan to Palo Alto Housing Corporation for 567-595 Maybell Ave. The closed session will begin at 4 p.m., followed by the study session at about 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). COUNCIL POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss revisions to board and commission applications, a year-end update to the benefits audit and renaming the main library. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board is scheduled to vote on proposed pay raises and bonuses for teachers and staff as well as on district-wide calendars for the academic years 2014-15 through 201617. The board also will hear updates on high school achievement data, high school guidance counseling programs and a district initiative known as Safe and Welcoming Schools. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the boardroom of district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.). PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION ... The commission will hear updates on the environmental report for the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course reconfiguration and Baylands Athletic Center expansion and discuss a related tree plan; and on public outreach for the Scott Park capital-improvement project. It will also consider adding ad hoc committees and review the 2015-29 capital improvement plan. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hold a study session on traffic-impact analysis methodology and to hold public hearings on the California Avenue Concept Plan and the Housing Element. The study session will begin at 6 p.m., with the public hearings at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). REGIONAL HOUSING MANDATE COMMITTEE ... The committee will discuss the work plan for the 2015-22 Housing Element, for the 2014-22 regional housing needs-allocation cycle and staff response to questions on housing methodology and ABAG. The meeting will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss HSRAP (human services) funding in regard to Palo Alto Community Child Care and Avenidas; hear from Kevin Zwick of the Housing Trust; and hear an update on subcommittees. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).


from its peak in the 1950s and 1960s, the group’s president Mary Alice Thornton calls the league an essential “training ground for how to be a citizen in a democracy. “Democracy requires an educated citizenry and people willing to put some time in to keeping that democracy, and it starts at the local level,� said Thornton, a retired teacher of early childhood education. “If people want to keep our democracy, they have to be involved citizens and not sitting on the sidelines.� In its 75 years, the Palo Alto league — which forms study groups on issues before finding consensus for a group position — has worked for civil rights and an end to racial discrimination, on behalf of fair and affordable housing, for the acquisition of Foothills Park and for transparency in campaign finance. The league does not endorse individual candidates. It has spawned League of Women Voter groups in adjacent communities of Los Altos and south San Mateo County. Several Palo Alto league members also were instrumental in creating the Smartvoter website, which provides unbiased election information in California and has been copied in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Members gather to hear from local experts, such as physician Don Barr, one of the founders of Palo Alto’s Opportunity Center serving the homeless, and City Council member Liz Kniss. The Palo Alto league also maintains active committees researching local issues such as housing and education. Saturday’s panel on the status of women, for which the registration deadline was Dec. 2, will feature retired Superior Court Judge LaDoris Cordell, former Smith College President Carol Christ, and Myra Strober, founding director of Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com.

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was filled with civil assertions and disagreements, a few residents expressed suspicions of the firm’s motives — and its degree of influence in the city — at neighbors’ expense. The site is currently built to the maximum allowed by zoning, so the project would require the city to grant Jay Paul Co. planned-community zoning. That designation was at the heart of voters’ opposition to Measure D in November, which involved a development in the Green Acres neighborhood. As with all PC zones, approval would require the developer to

provide the city a “public benefit,� in exchange for exceeding land-use regulations. In Jay Paul Co.’s case, the company has already agreed it would construct a new public-safety building for the city. But one resident saw the offer more as a bribe than a gift. “PC zoning is buying zoning,� the resident said, echoing a rallying cry of Measure D foes. “What is your plan if the city decides it doesn’t want a public-safety building? Will you not build here at all if you can’t buy a PC zone?� “I object to the pejorative characterization,� Paul said. “If we thought this project had no merit

without us ‘buying off’ the city, we wouldn’t have proposed it.� Wednesday’s session was the second outreach meeting hosted by Jay Paul Co. Topics also included underground toxics, architecture, pedestrian and bicyclist safety and the 44,500-square-foot police building. A traffic analysis for 395 Page Mill has been completed by a consultant but is undergoing review by city staff. It is expected to be released to the public early next year. N Editor Jocelyn Dong can be reached at jdong@paweekly. com.

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City Council (Dec. 2)

Mitchell Park Library: The council discussed potential litigation involving the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center. Action: None Parks and Recreation: The council held a study session with the Parks and Recreation Commission about the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, the Baylands Athletic Center, shared-use of athletics fields for dog parks, and the Golf Course parking lot, entrance and clubhouse. Action: None Expanded dialogue: The council had a “community conversation� on the future of the city, including the Comprehensive Plan, planned-community zoning, and parking and traffic strategies. Action: None

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First quarter financials: The committee discussed financial results from the first quarter of fiscal year 2014. Action: None Street-sweeping program: The committee backed a cost-saving plan that would reduce the frequency to every other week for street sweeping in residential/light commercial areas and contract out the Palo Alto street-sweeping program. Yes: Unanimous Pensions: The committee reviewed a report that covered the CalPERS Annual Valuation Reports for the City’s Miscellaneous and Safety Pension Plans as of June 30. Action: None

Utilities Advisory Commission (Dec. 4)

PaloAltoGreen: The commission supported the staff recommendation to adopt a PaloAltoGreen Gas Program backed by environmental offsets to start on July 1, 2014. Yes: Chang, Eglash, Foster, Hall, Melton Absent: Cook, Waldfogel Utilities Legislative Guidelines: The commission supported the staff recommendation to adopt the Utilities Legislative Guidelines for 2014. Yes: Chang, Eglash, Foster, Hall, Melton Absent: Cook, Waldfogel Energy storage: The commission supported the staff recommendation to decline to set an energy storage procurement target for the City. Yes: Chang, Eglash, Foster, Hall, Melton Absent: Cook, Waldfogel Fuel switching: The commission discussed the effectiveness of residential gas-to-electric fuel-switching options for appliances and vehicles. Yes: Chang, Eglash, Foster, Hall, Melton Absent: Cook, Waldfogel

Council Rail Committee (Dec. 5)

High Speed Rail: The committee discussed recent court decisions concerning financing for high-speed rail. Action: None Caltrain: The committee discussed a need to secure better representation for Palo Alto in the Caltrain governance structure. Action: None

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4190 El Camino Real: The board conditionally approved, with various staff recommendations, a request by Kevin Strong to build a new 3,204-sq.-ft. service building for McLaren/Volvo. Yes: Unanimous 500 University Ave: The board unanimously voted to recommend approval for the redevelopment of 500 University Ave., a request by Thoits Brothers Inc. to replace a one-story 15,899-sq.-ft. commercial building with a 26,806-sq.-ft. three-story office and retail building. The board requested various design elements return to subcommittee for further review. Yes: Unanimous 1050 Page Mill Road: The board conducted preliminary review of 1050 Page Mill Road Property LLC’s request for proposed redevelopment of 1050 Page Mill Road, which would demolish two existing buildings totaling 283,980 sq. ft. and replace them with four new two-story buildings at the same square footage as the existing ones. Action: None 385 Sherman: The board conducted preliminary review of a request by Daniel Minkoff, on behalf of MF Sherman LLC, for a new three-story 55,566-sq.ft. mixed-use building with office and four dwelling units. Action: None

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the first publicized board-level discussion of details of a new proposed policy. The committee has met many times to develop district policies but the meetings were not properly noticed to the public as required under the Brown Act, California’s open meeting law. When the Weekly raised the issue two weeks ago, school board President Dana Tom said the lack of notice was an oversight and that from now on meetings would

Fire Department helps capture alleged thief An ambulance crew with the Palo Alto Fire Department, flagged down by witnesses to a wallet theft in a downtown restaurant, followed the suspect through downtown and relayed information to police, leading to the man’s arrest. The ambulance was stopped for a red light on Nov. 29 at 12:59 p.m. at the intersection of University Avenue and High Street when a group of people ran up to the two firefighter/paramedics and pointed out a man they said had allegedly stolen a woman’s wallet at Sprout Cafe, at 168 University Ave. Four friends had been having lunch there when one left her purse hanging on the back of her chair while she got up to use the restroom. A man casually walked behind the chair, allegedly reached into the purse, removed her wallet and placed it in a shopping bag. One of the victim’s friends at the table witnessed the theft and stood up to confront the man. He immediately replaced the wallet into the unattended purse and tried to leave, police said. After fleeing, he hopped on a bus but was apprehended by police. Mohamed Benyouref, 54, of Berkeley, was booked at the Santa Clara County Main Jail for theft and battery from the Sprout Cafe incident and for three outstanding warrants from San Francisco County: felony possession of stolen property, misdemeanor disturbing the peace and misdemeanor theft. Police found that Benyouref’s abandoned shopping bag contained electronics he allegedly stole earlier the same day from the Apple Store at 340 University Ave. On Dec. 4, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Benyouref for two counts of theft and one count of battery, all misdemeanors, as a result of the Palo Alto incidents. N — Sue Dremann


The Palo Alto City Council will decide Monday whether to demand back $5.82 million it loaned the Palo Alto Housing Corp. to develop senior housing on Maybell Avenue — a proposal that was defeated by referendum last month — or wait for the organization to pay back the loan after finding its own buyer. The Housing Corp. purchased the site at 567-595 Maybell Ave. for $15.6 million with the help of the city’s loan, as well as loans from the Local Initiative Support Corporation, the Low Income Investment Fund and the county. A staff report states that the Housing Corp. is looking to sell the land, which has gone up in value since it was purchased. The report estimates the site could be worth as much as $18.7 million. One of the city’s options, terminating its agreement with the Housing Corp., would effectively force the organization to sell the property to allow the city to recoup its loan. The city could then use the funds for another affordable-housing development somewhere in the city. City staff are recommending that option. However, the city could also potentially buy the property from the Housing Corp. Staff estimates that developing the site as affordable housing could cost $15.6 million and probably wouldn’t have the advantage of generating revenue from tax-credit subsidies, which were to have made the Housing Corp. $13 million for its more dense development. The council meeting will be held Monday, Dec. 9, in City Hall at 250 Hamilton Ave. N — Eric Van Susteren


be announced, agendas posted and the public welcome to attend and speak. Several parents at Tuesday’s meeting urged the board to adopt a single policy for handling all bullying complaints. “It’s better to have just have one Uniform Complaint Procedure that is standardized,� parent Dena Dersh said. “This will enhance transparency, increase consistency and promote accuracy.� Parent Christina Schmidt worried that a policy that’s confusing to people would increase the odds of it not being followed.

“We need to put trust in the system,� she said. Oakland lawyer Dora Dome, who has consulted with the district in helping to draft the new policy, had urged the two-tiered system in order to prevent the district office being overwhelmed with complaints. She noted that well-established procedure and protections also exist for bullying victims who are not in “protected classes,� including appeal to the district office. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@

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Outsource street sweeping, committee agrees The Palo Alto Finance Committee voted unanimously Dec. 3 to back outsourcing of the city’s street sweeping, but with a few caveats that would help save employees’ jobs. The committee voted to recommend phasing in the contracted services over one year so that the city employees currently doing the work can be placed in other city positions or hired by the contractor. A second clause would require the contractor to hire laid-off city workers. The contract should come back for review to the finance committee to make a recommendation to the council. The Tuesday vote was preceded by a protest outside City Hall by 20 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) workers, who called the move an ongoing erosion of city jobs to private contractors. The proposal could save at least $413,000 annually, said Ron Arp, manager of the city’s solid-waste program. The savings would replenish the city’s refuse rate fund, which has a $2 million deficit. The proposal would keep weekly sweeping in residential areas during the months when leaves fall, but it would reduce neighborhood street-sweeping to every other week from March 1 through October. Sweeping in critical areas, such as the Downtown and the California Avenue business district, dead ends, parking lots, sidewalks, garages and bike paths would not be reduced, Arp said. N — Sue Dremann



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during which time “mothers huddled over their children ready to sacrifice their own life as long as their babies could crawl out of the rubble,� she wrote. “Seven hours is incomparable to other natural disasters where a minute feels like forever,� Woolley added. Stanford’s 10-member team arrived Nov. 22 and will return on Sunday, Dec. 8. One week later, a group of doctors, nurses and support staff from Palo Alto Medical Foundation will take off for Palo and Tacloban, the island’s capital city. Both areas were among the hardest hit by the typhoon and storm surge. Dr. Enoch Choi of Palo Alto Medical Foundation is heading up the 14-member team. The group is going through Jordan International Aid, a nonprofit organization that provides disaster relief around the world. Choi is the organization’s medical director. Palo Alto Medical Foundation is not funding the trip but is allowing medical staff leave during a high-demand time of year, said Choi, a partner in the family practice department. When the volunteers leave for the Philippines, they will bring thousands of pounds of medical supplies. Palo Altans can help the relief effort this Sunday, Dec. 8, by packing the supplies, Choi said. The packing party will take place from noon to 5 p.m. at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, third-floor conference room, next to the cafeteria. A second packing party takes place on Dec. 11 from



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‘Seven hours is incomparable to other natural disasters where a minute feels like forever.’ —Kim Woolley, mental health specialist, Stanford Emergency Medicine Program 6 to 9 p.m. at Gunn High School gymnasium, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. The medical need is urgent, Choi said, referring to reports he’s heard. “Many people are getting sick — even from well water,� he said. There are outbreaks of diarrhea and pneumonia, and injuries

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Drive-by shooting suspect released The East Palo Alto man jailed on Nov. 27 in connection with three recent drive-by shootings in Menlo Park was freed on Monday, Dec. 2, pending further investigations by police in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. (Posted Dec. 4, 11:07 a.m.)

East Palo Alto council seat eyed by 16 Sixteen people have applied to fill the seat of former East Palo Alto Vice Mayor David Woods, who resigned in October, halfway through his term. (Posted Dec. 4, 9:41 a.m.)

One dead in Mtn. View mobile-home fire A resident of a Mountain View mobile-home park died after a fire tore through the structure just after midnight on Dec. 2. (Posted Dec. 3, 10:40 a.m.)

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including exposed, broken bones. Many people are injured while trying to rebuild their homes and have infected wounds, a common occurrence after a disaster, he said. The team will stay until Dec. 22, but Choi anticipates it will only be the first of many teams. His group is collaborating with Neighbors Abroad, the volunteer organization for Palo Alto’s sister cities. A children’s library in Palo, built by Neighbors Abroad, is one of the few buildings still standing, and the team will render aid there. The library is where many people took shelter, he said. The Palo Alto City Council approved a $10,000 donation for aid to Palo on Nov. 12. Ruth Carleton, Neighbors Abroad co-vice president for Palo, said the city’s contribution was sent to a medical fraternity — Phi Kappa Mu — and to Feed the Hungry, both based in Palo. Neighbors Abroad has raised about $18,000 in additional funds, with a large contribution by the Teen Advisory Board from local high schools. Their “Glow for the Philippines� event on Nov. 26 at King Plaza collected $1,000 in two hours, she said. Donations can be made by visiting the following websites: N Jordan International Aid: N Stanford Emergency Medicine Program for Emergency Response (SEMPER): http://semper. N Neighbors Abroad (with a note: Palo Relief Fund): http:// N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@



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Frances Bohannon Nelson Frances Bohannon Nelson, family matriarch and Peninsula real estate icon passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, November 23, 2013 after a brief illness. Born in Oakland, California in 1922, Frances was the eldest daughter of the late Ophelia Bohannon and legendary real estate developer David D. Bohannon. Frances graduated from UC Berkeley and began working with the Bohannon companies in 1943, where her leadership guided the successful growth of Bohannon Development Company since being named president in 1975. Among many significant accomplishments, a major triumph in her business life included the expansion and enclosure of Hillsdale Shopping Center in 1981, amid a daunting economic recession. Not defined by her business acumen alone, as a devoted wife to husband Howard Nelson, Frances parented three wonderful children, Patricia Atassi, Linda Davis and Steven Nelson. Smarter than your average bear (no Cal pun intended), she remained a true lady, while succeeding in a man’s world. Balancing work and family, Frances also established an extraordinary record of philanthropic service. She served as Regent and Trustee of Santa Clara University, she was on the Board of Governors of the Urban Land Institute and the Advisory Board of Peninsula


Volunteers, she was Honorary Chairman of the Capital Campaign for the Second Harvest Food Bank in San Mateo County, and generously supported Planned Parenthood and woman’s reproductive rights, notwithstanding her staunch support of the Republican Party. Frances was voted into the San Mateo County Woman’s Hall of Fame in 1990. In her leisure time one might have found Frances trying new recipes in the kitchen or fishing and hunting with her family on expeditions to Alaska, Canada, Cabo San Lucas, India and Africa. Frances is survived by daughters Patricia Atassi and Linda Davis, and grandchildren Tarek Atassi, Jennifer Davis, Blair Nelson and Eric Nelson. A resident of Woodside for 55 years, Frances is predeceased by her husband Howard Nelson, sister Barbara Carleton, brother David E. Bohannon, son Steven Nelson, and grandson Ramzi Atassi. A celebration of her life will be held on January 27, 2014 at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations should be made in her name to Planned Parenthood, 1691 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126; Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, 750 Curtner Avenue, San Jose CA 95125; or a charity of your choice. PA I D


Douglas Robert Collins Douglas Robert Collins Hornbeck, 87, of Palo Alto, passed away at his home on Nov. 19, 2013. He was born and raised in Sidney, Nebraska, the only son of Glenn and Blanche Collins Hornbeck, where from an early age he showed a talent for and love of music. After his graduation from high school, he served from 1944 to 1945 in World War II in the U.S. Navy as a radioman on the destroyer escort U.S.S. Hayter. Upon his discharge from the Navy, Doug majored in music performance at the University of Colorado, receiving a Master’s Degree in Music Education. It was in the college band that he met Marjorie Barngrover. She was to become his wife in June, 1951, and they shared 58 wonderful years of marriage before Margie’s death in May 2009. Douglas and Margie moved to CA in 1953, where he joined the Palo Alto Unified School District as a band director and music teacher, serving with distinction for over 45 years, eventually directing bands and jazz ensembles at all three of Palo Alto’s high schools. He coordinated band music trips to Oaxaca, Mexico, and En-

schede, Holland, personally started summer band concerts in Palo Alto. and played piano accompaniment to dozens of high school musicals and choir performances. In his later years, he also gave free piano lessons to numerous children and encouraged them to perform in recitals. Countless students benefited from Doug’s commitment to music and teaching over the years. Doug also served faithfully for over 35 years as church organist and choir director at Palo Alto First Christian Church. He was an accomplished director of various church groups, including handbell choirs and gospel singing quartets. He is survived by four children, Cindy Prioste (Rich) of Santa Clara, CA; Julie Botsford (Paul) of Portland, OR; Dr. Robert Hornbeck (Vicki) of Jonesboro, AR; and Alicia Affolter (Tim) of Castlegar, BC, Canada; 20 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. A memorial service celebrating his life was held at Palo Alto First Christian Church, 2890 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto. At his request, memorials can be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital of Memphis TN; Child Fund International; or Heifer Project. PA I D

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Info. case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Probation violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of loaded firearm . . . . . . . . 1 Property for destruction . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Man w/ a gun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto Palo Alto Ave., 11/26, 4:30 p.m.; Domestic violence El Camino Real, 11/28, 2:28 a.m.; Domestic violence/Battery Midtown Ct., 12/1, 2:02 a.m.; Domestic violence/Battery

Menlo Park 400 block Hamilton, 11/27, 11:15 a.m.; Shoot at occupied dwelling 1200 block Windermere Ave., 12/1, 2:57 a.m.; Assault w/ deadly weapon

Carl John Hipp April 29, 1921 – November 23, 2013 Carl J. Hipp passed away on Saturday in Palo Alto at the age of 92. He was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania the son of Carl G. Hipp and Loretta Horten. He attended Purdue University and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. While there he played varsity baseball for the Boilermakers. World War II arrived as Carl was finishing school and it was off to the Navy with stints at Mare Island, Pearl Harbor, Guam, and the Naval Code Signal Lab in Washington D.C. Carl met Frances Onaona Dower on a blind date at a Naval Officers Dance in 1945. Fran knew on that first date that Carl was “the man she was going to marry” which came true on February 16th 1946 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. In 1952 Carl started as a salesman for Simonds Machinery Company in San Francisco where he sold pumps and related equipment to the burgeoning SF Bay region with projects for Ford Motor, General Motors, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Varian, Bechtel, United Technologies and many of the cities and municipalities. In 1970 he became president and owner of the company until his retirement in 1999. He spent many years as an umpire and referee for the regional high school baseball and basketball teams. Carl and Fran loved to travel, entertain, and they were active members of Our Lady of the Rosary Church. Carl is survived by his six children and their spouses, Michael (Ginger), Peter (Michele), Jeffrey (Kim), Stephen (Hindi), Patrice, Kurt (Margan) as well has his grandchildren Taylor (Jennifer), Rachelle (Akira), Kevin, Alison, Kyle, Parker, Madison, and Emerson and great grandson Carter. Also survived by his sisterin-law Jean Hipp, six nieces and Fred. Carl was preceded in death by his daughter Nancy Leiona (1966), his brother John (1986) his sister Joanne (2002), and his wife Frances (2010). Services were held Wednesday, December 4th at 10:AM at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to your favorite charity. Dad, thank you for all you’ve done for our family. You will forever be in our hearts. PA I D



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Births, marriages and deaths

Alice Evans Powell Alice Evans Powell, 77, of Rogers, Ark., died on Tuesday, Nov. 19. She was born to the late George and Elma Evans on June 4, 1936, in Palo Alto, Calif. She graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1954. She resided in the San Francisco Bay Area until her retirement in June 1998, working at Hewlett Packard, Zack Electronics and then Storm Products. After retirement, she 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 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, she moved with Patricia’s family to Rogers, Ariz. 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, Ariz. She also delivered meals for Meals on Wheels with her granddaughter and served at the Christ the King Lutheran Church food bank. She 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. She is survived by one child, Patricia Higgins, wife of Warren Higgins of Rogers, Ariz., and by six grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in Mesa on Saturday, Dec. 28, at Mesa Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a local Humane Society, the Wild Horse Protection Agency or Guide Dogs of America.

BIRTHS Monica Chacon and Florencia Flores Vasquez, East Palo Alto, Nov. 14, a boy. Debra and Calvin Liu, Menlo Park, Nov. 15, a girl. Lauren and JJ Schneider, Palo Alto, Nov. 21, a boy. Apaar and Jenny Trivedi, Mountain View, Nov. 21, a boy.

Alfred Nissen Butner Alfred Nissen Butner, 76, of Los Altos Hills, died November 27, 2013 He was born to the late Jack and Rose Butner, Aug. 9, 1937, in New York City. Alfred graduated from Jamaica High School in 1955 and received a Bachelors degree from Alfred University in 1959. He also received a MS in Invertebrate Zoology from Adelphi University and attended medical school at Basel University in Basel, Switzerland and graduated with a MD from Flower and Fifth University in NY. He married the late Brenda Bernstein in 1960. He also married Julie Shell in 1998 and they lived together in Los Altos Hills. Alfred was a general surgeon with El Camino Hospital, Stanford Hospital, and the VA Hospital until he retired in 2012. He was passionate about helping and curing people

and was honored with the Excellence in Healthcare Hero of the Year award in 2013. Alfred was an active member of the Peninsula Executive Association, California Native Plant Society, and a docent at Jasper Ridge. His many passions centered around the outdoors including traveling, winemaking, and running. Alfred is survived by his wife, Julie and three children and their spouses: Russ, Geoff and Connie, and Jonathan and Lynne. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren. A funeral service was held at Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto with burial at Hills of Eternity in Colma. Memorial Contributions can be made to Alfred University, 1 Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802, please specify “In Memory of Alfred Butner”. PA I D

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Lucile Gertrude (Schmoll) Benedetti died November 10, 2013 at her home in San Mateo after a short illness. She was 98. Mrs. Benedetti was born in New York City and lived in Nanuet, NY and Ottawa, Canada during her youth. She graduated from Burlingame High School, the College of San Mateo and University of California, Berkeley (Class of 1936). She was a member Prytanean Women’s Honor Society and Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. In 1941 she married Narciso Joseph (Benny) Benedetti, a San Mateo market owner. They raised their family in San Mateo and Palo Alto. She subsequently completed her masters in library science at San Jose State University (1968) and served as a reference, adult service and Californiana librarian in Menlo Park, Atherton and Redwood City. She volunteered as a nurse’s aid in WWII and subsequently as a Red Cross Grey Lady and a Pink Lady at Stanford Hospital. She was a member of the Allied Arts Auxiliary and AAUW. She managed the Palo Alto Senior Center Gift Shop and later served as an income tax volunteer at the San Mateo Senior Center. She actively pursued her interests in California history, Wedgewood china, interior design, music and art. She raised eight Boston bull terriers over her life: Buster, Gigi, Lucky, Jingle, Penny, Jenny, Brady and Kelly. Mr. Benedetti died in 1987. They are survived by three children: Robert Benedetti (Sacramento), Laurel Benedetti (San Mateo), and Linda Spady (San Mateo) as well as three grandchildren, Beth Benedetti, Matthew Spady and Michael Spady. Memorial gifts may be made to the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA: contact, or to Wonder Dog Rescue, P.O. Box 40121, San Francisco, CA 94140-0121, Arrangements by Crosby-N. Gray & Co., Burlingame. PAID


Norman Daniel Olson August 9, 1940 – November 29, 2013 “Norm” Olson, loving son of Wendell and Eva Olson, and husband of Elizabeth Macken Olson, passed away on Nov. 29, 2013, at his home in Mountain Green, Utah, after a short bout with cancer. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth; his siblings, David, Miriam, Alan and Elizabeth; his son Daniel; his daughters Karen and Rebecca; his step-daughter Elisa; and four grandchildren. Norm was curious; he loved to figure out how things work. And he was an adventurer at heart — always trying new things. He was also a physician practicing for more than 40 years, first in Minnesota, where he received his medical degree and training, then for five years as a missionary doctor in Cameroon. After moving with his family to California in 1976, Norm practiced Endocrinology at Kaiser Permanente Redwood City while also volunteering as an adjunct professor with the Stanford Medical School, with local charities; and as a physician at hospitals in Cameroon, Liberia and Tanzania. After retiring from Kaiser in 1998, Norm continued to to work as a volunteer physician with Samaritan House in Redwood City. He also continued to be active in Grace Lutheran Church and the Grace choir. What inspired Norm was helping others, in particular, using his medical knowledge to assist the disadvantaged or to educate younger doctors. He lived this ideal and was an inspiration to his family and friends. Services will be held Sunday, Dec. 8, at Grace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto at 3 p.m. Donations can be made to Common Cause (www.commoncause. org), Samaritan House (, or Bread for the World ( PA I D


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Editorial In search of a ‘community conversation’ City Council begins process of ‘recalibrating’ policies to reflect community attitudes over development


alo Alto’s new planning director, Hillary Gitelman, got her first dose of the Palo Alto process Monday night, as the city staff attempted to get direction from the City Council on how to proceed in response to last month’s Measure D election results overturning the Council’s unanimous approval of the Maybell senior housing project. On board for little more than a month, Gitelman has a big task in front of her: getting up to speed on both the angst in the community over the queue of development projects in the pipeline and the credibility problems facing the staff and City Council from the way prior projects have been handled. To their credit, City Manager Jim Keene and Gitelman pivoted quickly after the election to bring to the Council a proposal for a broad community dialogue on development and transportation issues. They propose using the update to the city’s Comprehensive Plan, which has been quietly underway for two years, as a vehicle for getting more community involvement and input. Whether a process for this, which will be developed by the staff and brought back to the Council in January, will actually accomplish the desired diverse public engagement will be a test for both Keene and Gitelman, as well as the Council. As several Council members stated Monday night, one big piece of necessary work is to attempt to reestablish trust within the community on the impartiality of city staff and the Council’s genuine interest in listening to and understanding its constituents. Those goals were not helped by the staff’s presentation of historic traffic data that had absolutely zero credibility. In attempting to make the point that what the public is perceiving to be unprecedented traffic congestion today may not in reality be any worse than it was during the tech boom in the late 1990s, the staff created a completely unnecessary controversy. Worse, it demonstrated a continuation of previous troubling habits of selectively citing data that supports a certain point of view, in this case that our perceptions may not be valid. The data presented showed that while there has been a 20 percent increase in jobs and an 8 percent increase in the city’s population over the last decade, there has been a 20 percent and steady decline in average daily traffic volume on key city arterials since 1999. Several Council members, especially Greg Schmid, Pat Burt and Karen Holman, pointed out that those numbers made so little sense that they never should have been presented and that doing so only reinforces community skepticism about the staff’s credibility. Besides, how bad traffic congestion was or was not in 1999 should not be the baseline for what we desire for our community today or in the future. But the eruption of controversy over traffic data and some needlessly defensive statements by Council members notwithstanding, it appears that the City Council and staff are ready to tackle the right issues: down-zoning of commercial properties, tougher parking requirements for new development, new parking garages, a residential parking permit system, implementing a transportation demand-management system for employers, reform of the socalled PC zone and collecting reliable data to guide future policymaking. The Council now also seems to have completely soured, appropriately, on the two massive development proposals that helped fuel community concerns, the Arrillaga proposal for 27 University and the Jay Paul office project behind the current AOL building on Page Mill Road. What some Council members now need is to get over their indignation that the voters used Measure D to send them a message. Council member Mark Berman went out of his way Monday night to state repeatedly that the election results in no way changed his mind about his support for the Maybell zoning change, and that he would approve it all over again if he had the chance. Nancy Shepherd blamed the public for not doing its homework on the legal constraints that tie the city’s hands. Liz Kniss contrasted the “vibrancy” of Palo Alto today to the 1980s when she couldn’t find an open restaurant downtown after 10 p.m. These are not the comments to make when trying to start a constructive “community conversation” that invites new and diverse participants, including those citizens who are feeling frustrated and disenfranchised. The staff and the majority of the City Council at least talk as if they truly want a dialogue about the future of the city. We hope they can assert the leadership to actually make it happen.

Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Students in good hands Editor, There’s a simpler way to look at the story depicted in “New school district policies given ‘green light’ by feds and state” (Weekly, 11/8). It’s in everyone’s interest to resolve allegations of school-based bullying as quickly as possible. While we are frustrated by delays in some policy revisions, our district has not waited to comply with new federal and state laws designed to make students safer. Working with school leaders and parents, our new reporting and investigation forms will make it easier for students and parents to notify staff of incidents, and easier for staff to document and follow up on complaints. These strengthened response procedures support all students, whether or not they belong to legally protected groups. While we have been cooperating with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to complete a resolution agreement, our school district is not pressing to develop a new model policy for the state. On the contrary, we asked the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California School Boards Association (CSBA) to work with OCR to develop guidelines for all school districts in our state. Over the past year, OCR met with both CDE and CSBA to address federal compliance concerns with state procedures, and we believe they continue to work together to resolve different viewpoints. All California school districts will benefit once there is clear and consistent guidance on meeting both sets of requirements. Students are in very good hands at our schools, with skilled and conscientious principals, teachers, staff members and parents who care deeply about their wellbeing. We want all students and parents to let them know if safety or inclusion is ever a concern. I’m writing as an individual, not a school board member. Barb Mitchell N. California Avenue, Palo Alto

Architectural taste Editor, Twenty-three members of the Palo Alto architectural design community and I wish to voice concern about some residents’ current efforts to resolve their discontent about what they call “ugly” modern architecture in Palo Alto. The Weekly reported their solution promotes restriction of commercial projects to “traditional” architectural design styles matching existing historic buildings. They mistakenly think the code’s

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goal of “compatible” design strives to have projects be identical with or imitate existing style. Design compatibility refers to materials and construction quality, overall building massing and site organization, a basic architectural premise for successful design of projects within a context of existing development. We agree discussions with agencies responsible for design standards should be held and can be productive from all viewpoints. We believe, rather than dictating design style, the public would be better served by improved design review processes and regulations and city agency enforcement with the goal of good design above city benefit trade offs or quick result. Education of all concerned about basic architectural design principals improves the ability to communicate and should also be part of this process. The American Institute of Architects, Santa Clara Valley has experience in assisting in these activities. We urge consideration of the fact that Palo Alto is a modern,

creative community with changing demographics whose sense of place is NOT an imposed historic style. Palo Alto’s architectural design style should reflect the here and now of this valley and not replicate the past. Kent Mather, architect Emerson Street, Palo Alto

Freedom’s slow progress Editor, I just wrote a paper in my history class about same-sex marriage. I can’t believe that we’re still talking about people’s right to marry whom they want. Less than 50 years ago it was illegal to marry anyone outside of your race. A mixed-race family like mine would not have existed. People fight same-sex marriage because it’s against their religion or they claim that it’s not in the Bible. In this country there is a separation of church and state so that argument should not be considered when talking about laws. ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊÓÓ)

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Guest Opinion

Do you need help? by Jesse Cool h is hol iday season many of us will give gifts, money and food to organizations that are helping people who are less fortunate than ourselves. These days, such wonderful generosity is relatively easy thanks to infrastructure and technologies that make giving effortless. But there’s another type of generosity that too often is overlooked. This type of generosity is harder. It’s riskier. It’s emotionally demanding. And it takes time. There are times when we need to not look away, but to open our eyes, our hearts, to people in need in our own community — in the midst of busyness or fear, realizing that everyone is not scamming the system. What follows is a story about a situation that changed my life forever. For me, it started with four little words, “Do you need help?” I was in my car heading east on Page Mill Road, just past 280, when I saw a woman and three children sitting by the side of the road. It was so out of place that I immediately made a U-turn. Before me was a young woman, head bowed, and three young children, age 7, 5 and 4. Admittedly, I hesitated but then


rolled down the window and asked, “Do you need help?” The eldest boy immediately stepped forward and replied, “Yes, we need help.” His mother, Sofia (not her real name), slowly looked up at me. She explained that her mother (the children’s grandma) had beaten her and thrown them out of the car. Sofia continued, saying that they became lost while trying to walk to her brother’s workplace a few miles away. When I found them, they were still hoping that the abusive grandma might return or someone would offer help. They had been waiting like this for more than two hours. This family was in clear view, in a dangerous place with many cars and cyclists passing by (someone actually honked with irritation when I stopped). Why is it that in two hours not one person stopped to help a woman with three small children abandoned in a dangerous place? Worse, no one even asked why they were crouched down on the side of Page Mill Road. We all piled in my already packed Mini, deciding just this once that two kids in one seat belt was OK. They let me know they had not eaten and so we went to a nearby Chipotle. Waiting in line for food, Sofia’s story of physical and mental abuse, foster homes, hopelessness and despair unfolded. She is smart, a hard worker and a loving mother who does not want to be impoverished. Sofia is not on welfare or any government

There are times when we need to not look away, but to open our eyes, our hearts, to people in need in our own community. assistance. She is an artist and showed me a journal full of amazing drawings, wanting me to know that she has something she does well and she expressed ambitions for her life. She wanted me to realize that she was worthwhile. She also never asked me for anything. When Sofia told me of losing two jobs because both her mom and husband regularly beat her, I told her of my own past as a single mom on welfare. Though I was never in a situation like Sofia’s, people did help me when I needed it. We agreed that we were going to find help for her and her kids. She was not looking for handouts, but was in desperate need of assistance. I’ve been there, as I believe many of us have in one form or another. I work with JobTrain and placed an emergency call to them. Within minutes, we were given contacts for organizations such as CORA, Shelter Network and other hotlines, to find protection. We talked about her first getting safe and then find-

ing a way for her to get more education and someday go to a school such as JobTrain. Sofia shared that she has driven by local colleges, always wishing to herself that someday she could attend. She desperately wanted to be independent and provide for her children. First and foremost, though, she needed help getting out of the oppressed situation she has been in for years. My story is not just about a family in need but about something that should not happen in a place like Palo Alto: No one offered to help. It is a tale about the fact that in a highly visible place, in a very wealthy community, hundreds of people neglected to stop. For more than two hours no one bothered to help a young woman and three children who were clearly in need. This is a personal experience, a story told with the hope of encouraging everyone in our community to not be a drive-by, be afraid or be too hurried to assist the less fortunate. And yes, when it even seems right, ask, “Do you need help?” N Jesse Cool has been dedicated to sustainable agriculture and cuisine since the mid-1970s as a writer, restaurateur and consultant for eco-conscious food service.


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It’s unfortunate how slowly we are progressing as a society. I know we will get there eventually, but it should not be this hard or take this long to give people the freedoms that our country is supposed to be based on. Amber Valentine Van Auken Circle, Palo Alto

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Excellent article Editor, I thank Eric Van Susteren for the excellent article on the David Lewis Community Re-Entry Program. I had the pleasure of having known David, and the continuation of the program in his name and honor is commendable. I have also known Robert Hoover, executive director of the program for decades. Both individuals are tireless and selfless public servants. Bob referred to me a former participant in the program, who had gone into business, to contract for work at my home. I was very pleased. I heartily support Bob’s position that — while the re-entry program is urgently needed — early age, preventive measures are warranted to minimize the number of individuals who might become a part of this pipeline. Henry Organ Euclid Avenue, Menlo Park

Too many cars Editor, Palo Alto’s downtown parking problems and solutions are simple. There are too many cars. If Palo Alto had a world-class transit system matching its worldclass wealth, we would not have a problem. Good transit systems encourage biking and walking. Getting out of our cars and onto bikes will improve the quality of our lives and relieve the parking problem. Steve Eittreim Ivy Lane, Palo Alto

Unclear on the concept Editor, “All our schools are feeling enrollment pressure ... not enough

Editor, Congratulations to the alliance of the Food Bank and Safeway (and possibly other markets) for the “$10 bags of groceries” donation drive. I imagine that a lot of people are participating. You don’t need to know about the cutback in Food Stamps (SNAP) or the fact that it was stripped from the Agriculture Department budget, for your heart to be touched by hunger! Oh! Would that we find something similar for people who have lost their homes! Gertrude Reagan Moreno Avenue, Palo Alto

No more density Editor, The Palo Alto City Council can help the City move beyond the effects of the election. To effectively convince the residents that they are listening, the Council can calmly convince the owner and the developer that the City Council will never rezone the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park site for increased density. As a former employee of the Prometheus Group, Mayor Scharff is in a good position convey this message clearly to them that no density increase is politically possible. This is something almost everyone can agree on! Margaret Fruth El Camino Way, Palo Alto

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Closing the opportunity gap with high expectations and the personal touch Story by Chris Kenrick Photos by Veronica Weber

Eastside Prep graduate Joseph Thornton stands outside the undergraduate library at Stanford University, where he is a freshman preparing to declare a major in computer science. Thornton also works at the library’s technology help desk and sings in the Black Men’s Chorus a cappella group.


oseph Thornton could have been another statistic. As a sixth grader living in San Francisco with a single father who worked nights, he was on his own a lot of the time, cooking dinners and getting himself to bed. But his public school teacher spotted his unusual work ethic and “through a blessing and good luck” introduced him to a private school in East Palo Alto, where he could live in a dorm and get round-the-clock support. Thornton today is a Stanford University freshman, working at the tech help desk in the undergraduate library, singing in the Black Men’s Chorus a cappella group and preparing to declare a

major in computer science. Though he always aspired to attend college and his father supported the dream, Thornton says without the extraordinary preparation he got in his six years as a student at Eastside College Preparatory School, things might have turned out very differently. “It definitely wouldn’t have been the same — I would have been on my own in the whole process,” he said. Now in its 18th year, Eastside Prep is a one-of-a-kind institution, combining rigorous academics, an uncommon level of teacher and volunteer support and sustained investment of donors from the other side of the freeway toward

a razor-sharp mission: getting first-generation college students to succeed in four-year colleges and beyond. “We believe every student who becomes the first member of his or her family to go to college has a profound impact not just on that student but on the whole family,” says Principal and co-founder Chris Bischof. Starting with that conviction and little else, Bischof and Eastside co-founder and Vice-Principal Helen Kim — friends from their Stanford undergraduate days in the early 1990s — have built this unusual school from scratch, learning and adapting along the way.

Helen Kim and Chris Bischof, friends from their Stanford undergraduate days and later classmates in the Stanford Teacher Education Program, co-founded Eastside in 1996 and remain as vice-principal and principal of the school.

The two teachers had eight students when they launched their startup in 1996 at a park picnic table in East Palo Alto, later moving to borrowed office space and eventually to a few portable classrooms on a donated 1.6-acre parcel on Myrtle Street. From the picnic-table beginnings, Bischof over the years has corralled donor support to build state-of-the-art classrooms, a computer lab, a theater, a gym, a cafeteria and even a dorm — all surrounding an open, grassy quad. Enrollment has grown to 300 from the original eight, with every one of Eastside’s 388 alumni so far accepted by a four-year college. Eighty-two percent of Eastside students come from East Palo Alto or eastern Menlo Park, though some of those are among the one-third of Eastside students who live in the dorm because of the extra structure and support offered there. Bischof himself has resided on campus for nearly the entire history of the school. It may be only slightly accidental that many amenities available to Eastside students — hot meals, tutorials, dorm-room inspections — resemble those at the New England boarding school where Bischof spent his own high school years, Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. “There are some common elements, and differences as well,” said Bischof when asked about the comparison. “We’ve tried to create a school that has high expectations and is really rigorously going to prepare our students for college across the board. Having been in those environments, it helps to know what those expectations are like. And we hope that with the same expec-

tations and the right type of support, our students can be equally successful.” Vice-principal Kim oversees Eastside’s faculty and curriculum, including unique features like “Friday Night Homework” and an intensive middle-school reading program. Receiving no public funds, Eastside is free from the strings and bureaucracy that accompany them, allowing it wide berth to customize teaching to student needs. The flip side is that Bischof must constantly fundraise — to the tune of $17,000 per student per year — to keep the operation afloat, a task he calls “a huge struggle, and a real challenge from year to year.” Parents, most of whom are lowincome, are asked to pay $250 a year — plus an extra $100 if their child lives in the dorm — and contribute 20 volunteer hours. With 55 staff members (38 fulltime-equivalents), the school’s operating budget is $6.4 million, covering the year-round program, the residential program and the alumni support. It costs $10,000 to house a child in the dorm. Ninety percent of Eastside’s support comes from individuals, with the balance from foundations and corporations. In the case of Joseph Thornton and many others who’ve gone through the school, financial support came from donors who agreed to sponsor an individual student. While many of his classmates wrote their thank-you letters to anonymous sponsors, Thornton said he felt lucky that his sponsors (continued on next page)

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— a San Francisco couple with a young daughter who took him on as a seventh-grader — wanted to get to know him personally. They met for lunches and visits and, the following year, invited Thornton to an event at their home to speak about his Eastside experiences with prospective donors to the school. “It went well actually,” he said. “I had a lot of fun, met a lot of people, and did more of it. It’s a great experience because you learn how to interact with people of different backgrounds, understand their experiences and understand the whole experience of networking.” The San Francisco family kept on sponsoring him every year through high school, Thornton said, and the relationship continues today.


s word about Eastside has spread, admission inevitably has grown more selec-

tive. First and foremost, says Bischof, the school is looking for first-generation college-bound students from low-income families. “Within that subset, we’re looking for students who want to be here.” Students must commit to an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. school day — plus homework — and an academic calendar that runs year-round, including summer school or other summer activities deemed worthy. Bischof personally interviews every applicant. “They’re really looking for that spark in kids,” said John Jacobs, a retired public school teacher now in his seventh year of volunteering at Eastside. “Not necessarily the smartest ones, but kids they feel they can keep on a college track. They have a lot of kids — maybe even a majority of sixth-graders — who are not working at grade level when they come in.” Academics at Eastside combine rigor with an elaborate support structure. “There are no shortcuts,” Span-

ish teacher Shaneka Julian said. But “confidence-building — defining students as intellectuals and scholars — is a huge part of the culture,” said Marianne Chowning-Dray, who taught calculus at Gunn High School for nine years before joining the Eastside faculty in 2005. “It’s assumed that everyone will participate, everyone can do this, that all students can achieve at a high level. We don’t take no for an answer,” Chowning-Dray said. That culture felt strange to Thornton when he first arrived as a student. “Normally students

Spanish teacher Shaneka Julian, who was born and raised in East Palo Alto and graduated from Stanford, talks with students in a Nov. 27 Spanish class. Julian teaches first- through third-year Spanish to non-native speakers, who go on to another teacher for fourth-year Spanish.

fear seeking help or talking to the teacher because they don’t want to seem stupid or dumb for asking questions or not knowing something, but at Eastside we expected ourselves to ask these questions, we expected to meet the teacher outside of the class. “They give you their email address; they give you their number. They do like sleeping, so they prefer that you contact them earlier, but if you contact them even at 10 p.m. and they’re still awake they’ll definitely help you out.” Eastside relies on volunteers to staff an intensive middle-school

reading program, in which students begin their day with an hour and a half of intensive reading and writing. Volunteers like John Jacobs make it possible to break the students into small groups of four. “Each morning we read a chapter out loud,” Jacobs explained. “We monitor the reading, we do vocabulary and comprehensive exercises and the kids do a writing response every day.” Vice-Principal Kim oversees “Friday Night Homework,” a routine that helps ensure no assignment is left undone. Students

with incomplete work in any give week are required to stay on campus Friday evening until it is finished. Since Eastside’s early days, Kim has tracked which students are missing which assignments. Now it can be done by computer. “Friday afternoons we run a report of all missing assignments of all students,” she explained. “I do a lot of rounding up and calling parents to tell them not to pick up their student at 5 because they have to stay and complete assignments.” She considers the Friday night

Connecting to East Palo Alto through a school Avoiding her home community previously, mom is now a believer by Chris Kenrick


hough they’d lived in East Palo Alto nearly two decades, Mimi and Darryl Pearson were skeptical about sending their children to any school in the city. The couple moved into a house with Darryl’s grandmother in East Palo Alto in the early 1990s. But mindful of the city’s high murder rate at that time, they worked, shopped and built their lives elsewhere. When daughters Domonique and Diamond reached school age, they found a private Christian school in Redwood City and, when that closed, enrolled the girls at Redeemer Lutheran School in Redwood City. Only when the older daughter, Domonique, approached eighthgrade graduation did the Pearsons look at Eastside College Preparatory School — and liked what they saw, starting with Alison Mellberg, the friendly receptionist in the front office. Mimi Pearson was “thoroughly impressed” when she attended an Eastside event at which graduates who’d gone on to Ivy League colleges came back to speak. “Blacks graduating from Har-

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vard? That really boosted me up. And I thought, ‘My daughters can do this too. They don’t have to become a statistic,’” she said. “If a child has the ability to work hard, they can make it happen.” Domonique graduated from Eastside in June after spending all four of her high school years there. With scholarship offers at several schools including Gonzaga University, Syracuse University and Texas Christian, she settled on St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, because it seemed small and friendly and the Pearsons have relatives in the area. “My husband and I didn’t have the experience of college, so we’re living it through our daughters,” said Pearson, who works as an assistant in a doctor’s office. Her husband works in the Kaiser Hospital environmental-services department. “The colleges (Domonique) applied to and got into are just beyond me — like, we had to choose? Who gets to choose which college to go to because you got into so many?” The Eastside teachers’ belief in the students makes it possible

Eastside parent Mimi Pearson sits with her daughter, sophomore Diamond Pearson, in Diamond’s dormitory room. Pearson’s older daughter Domonique graduated from Eastside in June and is a freshman at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Tex.

for them to believe in themselves, she said. “They make learning fun — even with all the hard work, all the late hours, all the papers you have to write. And my daughter connected with a different group of people — she had black friends that were smart, which we hadn’t seen before.” Pearson’s second daughter, Diamond, is a sophomore at Eastside, and Pearson now heads the school’s parents association. Recent parent fundrais-

ing events have included a car wash and barbecue in October and, in November, sale of more than 5,000 homemade tamales. “Thanks to Eastside I’ve gotten involved in East Palo Alto and I love it,” Pearson said. “I brag on it now. Before, I used to drop the ‘East’ when I said I was from East Palo Alto. Sad to say, I probably missed out.” N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@

Cover Story routine a “safety net” for kids who otherwise may consider the incomplete assignments “out of sight, out of mind.” “Here, the work doesn’t disappear, and if they’ve turned in all their assignments they’re much less likely to do poorly in a class,” she said. Chowning-Dray, the math teacher, made the switch from Gunn to the Eastside faculty after becoming familiar with the school through helping, as a volunteer, to establish its calculus program. “We built the program for AB calculus, and then they decided to expand to a BC sequence,” she recalled, referring to the more advanced course. “At that time I thought that would be a great match for me. It was an opportunity to reapply my skills and the knowledge I’d amassed over the years and put it toward this great mission.” Content-wise, teaching math at Eastside is similar to teaching math at Gunn, but the culture of Eastside sets it apart, ChowningDray said. “What might be assumed at another school we’re very intentional about here,” she said. “If a student isn’t doing their homework or outside assignments we notice that and try to figure out what’s going on and get that student back on track. “Students can fall through the cracks in a lot of schools, but I’d say Eastside is sealed really tight. “I think a lot of efforts are being made in public high schools to create that sort of environment, but it’s tough. What works here isn’t necessarily scalable, but parts of it are. It’s a lot about the people — the longevity of the leaders, the vision of the people who work here.” Chowning-Dray has a total of about 100 students in her section of BC calculus and three sections of algebra II-trigonometry, as well as an afternoon study hall. At Gunn she might have had five classes with 30 students each. But while they may have fewer

students to keep track of, Eastside teachers and staff wear many hats. Shaneka Julian, who teaches first-, second- and third-year Spanish to non-native speakers, also advises Eastside’s Engineering Club, coaches the girls JV basketball team and fills in as a substitute dorm adviser. Bischof coaches boys basketball.


ne of many lessons Bischof and Kim have learned is that, for first-generation students, college admission is only the start of the journey. “At the beginning I was very naive and just thought if we could get them to college it would be a ticket to a better life and the rest would take care of itself,” Bischof said. “But we learned that first-generation college students face challenges that most of us who went to college can’t even imagine. “We saw some students able to be successful but others who did struggle, especially in that first year making the transition from the highly supportive environment here to a larger institution where they really were pioneers in their family and it was very easy to opt out if they didn’t get off to a good start. That was eye-opening to us,” Bischof said. These days Eastside grads who are college freshmen, such as Thornton, get weekly or biweeky emails and calls from the school. “They visit all the freshmen on their campuses,” Thornton said. “And they call you and ask ‘How’s everything going? What’s new? Are your classes too demanding? Is everything fine at the dorm? Is anything surprising you?’” Freshmen and sophomores are a particular focus, says Eastside’s Alumni Program Director April Alvarez. “Those first two years in college are crucial, and once they make it past that they’re very likely to finish,” she said. Eastside staffers such as Kate Hiester also work year-round to help grads find summer internships and job leads — much like

a well-connected parent would. Another post-graduate “stabilizing force” for Eastside alums is the fact that most enter college with some academic credit already under their belts. Longtime English teacher Amy Reilly recently went through the hiring process at Foothill College and now offers Eastside seniors a year of college-credit English. The class, recognized by most UC campuses and all California State University campuses, is taught at Eastside but runs on Foothill’s calendar. It adheres to Foothill guidelines, which include a 750-word minimum on assessed papers and a requirement that students generate at least 6,000 words per term. The first semester draws on nonfiction to cover different modes of writing — observational, autobiographical, position papers, speculation about cause and effect and evaluation. The second semester is fiction-based, with students reading and analyzing “Crime and Punishment,” “In Cold Blood,” “Oedipus Rex” and “Antigone.” “Our students are very well prepared in the humanities and this gives them even more confidence, and also room — if they make a mistake at the beginning — not have their financial aid frozen after a quarter or two,” Reilly said. All Eastside seniors also are required to produce a 25-page research paper using peer-reviewed literature and make a 30-minute presentation on the topic.


fter three decades of public school teaching — mostly middle-school math in a tough, East Bay district — longtime Eastside volunteer Jacobs is in a position to make comparisons. “I was in a school full of tough kids. We had a good staff, good administration, but we were always plugging up holes in the dike. We couldn’t do it fast enough — you always felt you were a couple of steps behind. “You have a lot of kids in the school ready to jump at a quality

education, but it’s very hard to provide it at the level we want to. Ten percent of the kids take up a lot of everybody’s time, and you never have enough people.” The small scale of Eastside mitigates many of those factors, Jacobs said. Cofounders Bischof and Kim are widely revered on campus. At Eastside, Jacobs said, “Kids can’t walk across campus without several people saying hello and meaning it. Chris and Helen will stop and talk to them about whatever, make a connection. “And they don’t sit still. They’re always pushing the envelope, trying to level the playing field.” Parent Mimi Pearson said, “Any time Chris or Helen ask me to do anything I’m dropping everything to do it. They gave my daughters a chance, and they didn’t have to. I’m never taking that for granted.” At this point the cofounders have no plans to expand or try to replicate their school but, having graduated 14 classes, are start-

ing to see some of the long-term impact of their enterprise coming into focus. “We can see (graduates) advancing in their careers in the short time they’ve been out of college,” Bischof said. “They serve as role models and stay closely connected to the school.” Some have remained in their college communities or moved away for professional opportunities but, he said, a majority return to the area, with many working in education. Some are teaching in East Palo Alto’s Ravenswood City School District, and one even moved into the dorm along with his wife to take on the job of resident fellows. “The feedback from our alumni really informs what we do at the high school level,” he said. “We’d be the first to say that this is a work in progress, and we continue to learn.” N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@

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Eastside math teacher Marianne Chowning-Dray talks with students doing exercises in a Dec. 3 BC calculus class. Chowning-Dray taught calculus at Gunn High School for nine years before joining the Eastside faculty in 2005.

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The eternal debate

“The Village by the River” is a circa-1893 photogravure by Peter Henry Emerson.

Exhibit focuses on an early artist with strong views on the question: “Is photography art?”

by Rebecca Wallace


ith his gentle images of English rustic life, Peter Henry Emerson hardly seems like an artist in the midst of a major art-world debate. Yet the young woman peeling potatoes, the fields and fens, the seaside sunsets are his gauntlets thrown down in black and white. Emerson took the photos in the 1880s, when photography was young. Nervous about industrialization in England, he was spending time in East Anglia to document the country living he thought was on the way out. He was also making a point with his elegant yet naturalistic compositions, many of which are now on exhibit at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center: Photography is fine art. This assertion was startling to 19th-century people who thought of photography as a mechanical novelty, simply capturing the world without artistic sensibility. When Emerson stood up in front of the Photographic Society in London in 1886 and gave a talk called “Photography as a Pictorial Art,” his words reverberated. The debate would certainly not end when the century did. Little did Emerson (1856-1936) know that he was joining an argument

that would flourish for decades. Even in the ancient year of 2012, the Guardian newspaper in the U.K. ran a story headlined “Photography: is it art?” As recently as the 1960s and ‘70s, the Guardian noted, “art photography — the idea that photographs could capture more than just surface appearances — was, in the words of the photographer Jeff Wall, a “photo ghetto” of niche galleries, aficionados and publications.” (By 2011, photography’s defenders were presumably vindicated by the sale of an Andreas Gursky photo for 2.7 million pounds, the Guardian added.) In visiting the Cantor, museumgoers can decide for themselves whether photography is fine art, at least where Emerson is concerned. The small exhibition on the museum’s second floor, called “The Honest Landscape,” contains several platinum prints and photogravures. A glass case holds copies of the artist’s limited-edition books of his photos and writings. One book, the 1889 “Naturalistic Photography for Students of the Art,” was both praised and reviled for its instructional advice to

students, which sometimes took the form of criticism of photographers he disliked. Emerson took these fellow shooters to task for staging compositions, retouching negatives or other manipulations. Emerson would raise such critiques again and again. A former doctor who left his medical practice in 1886 to pursue photography and writing, Emerson would go on to preach a doctrine of naturalism. The camera should see what the human eye sees, he said. “Achieving a faithful impression satisfied his belief that nature was the scientific first principle of art,” writer John Fuller wrote in an Oxford University Press article about Emerson that is posted on the Museum of Modern Art’s website. Indeed, the photos at the Cantor do feel like perfectly natural windows into the 19th-century English countryside. In the 1887 photogravure “Young Woman Peeling Potatoes,” a woman in an apron sits slightly off-center, a dirt path curving away behind her. Many have said Emerson’s photos of people call to mind the peasants portrayed in French realism. “On Moonlit River” from 1893 feels almost like a casual snapshot in its tangle of trees and

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Emerson’s interests in fishing and nautical life are reflected in his 1887 photogravure “Sunrise at Sea.”

reflections on the water. “On Moonlit River” is also an example of Emerson’s views on focusing. He preferred to carefully frame rather than retouch, focusing his lens on his primary subject to leave the rest of the photo softer, almost faded. He called his practice “’differential focusing,’ which, supposedly, would give effects similar to human vision,” Fuller wrote. In Emerson’s writings that accompanied his photography, he was often detailed about the lives of the people he encountered in East Anglia. Fishing and farming practices fascinated him. For all Emerson’s artistic passion, his career was short. After his heyday in the 1880s, he published his last East Anglia book in 1895 and almost entirely gave up photography by 1900. And his career as a defender of the artistic merits of photography? Even shorter. In 1891, Emerson announced that he had changed his mind. He published a pamphlet called “The Death of Naturalistic Photography” in which he now renounced photography as fine art. The flip-flop may have come from Emerson’s falling in with a different crowd. Rumor has it that the painter James McNeill Whistler, no fan of photography, swayed him to change his mind. In addition, Emerson had become taken with Japanese artists such as the printmaker Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). Simplified visual forms began to show up in Emerson’s photography, reflecting the Japanese influence. The 1895 photogravure “Marsh Weeds” is an example. The spare image of an open white field has a dim treeline in the back, but the eye is drawn to the small, meticulous black


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Emerson sought to preserve the rural way of life in photogravures such as “Young Woman Peeling Potatoes,” from 1887.

lines of the weeds in the snowy foreground, standing out like calligraphy. “The high level of artistic craftsmanship Emerson found in Japanese prints contributed to his eventual conviction that a photograph is not art, but merely a mechanical recording,” the exhibit card reads. Debate, it seems, springs eternal. N

Info: “The Honest Landscape: Photographs by Peter Henry Emerson” is at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University through May 4. Admission is free, and the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays until 8. Go to or call 650-723-4177.


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Worth a Look Robert Dawson Based in the Bay Area, where he teaches photography at Stanford and San Jose State, Robert Dawson has certainly not limited himself to California in recent years. Since 1994, he’s been to 38 states to photograph hundreds of libraries for his “Public Library: An American Commons” series. The artist sees public libraries as “vibrant, essential, yet threatened,” as he writes on his website, expressing con-

Music Opera benefit

Selections from “Madama Butterfly,” “The Tales of Hoffmann,” “Otello” and other operas will highlight the afternoon on Dec. 8, when singers and orchestra musicians will perform to benefit West Bay Opera and the Opera in the Schools program.

Photographer Robert Dawson will speak Dec. 11 at the Palo Alto Art Center. Several of his photos of libraries are on exhibit there, including the 1995 work “Library built by ex-slaves, Allensworth, California.”

Mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook, a San Francisco Opera veteran who has appeared in 40-plus roles there since 1991, will be featured at the benefit. Head of the voice department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Cook was also one of the two singers performing the title role in “Dolores Claiborne” at San Francisco Opera earlier this fall. The Tobias Picker opera was a world premiere, based on the Stephen King book. Other singers scheduled to perform are: Gabriel Manro, Elisabeth Russ, Diana Sintich, Olga Chernisheva, Matthew



cern about shrinking budgets and closing branches. Libraries play an essential role in American society, he writes: “For many, the library upholds the nineteenthcentury belief that the future of democracy is contingent upon an educated citizenry.” In his series, Dawson has photographed branches grandiose, run-of-the-mill, humble and struggling. The images have been published together with essays by various U.S. writers. Several are also now on exhibit at the Palo Alto Art Center, where Dawson will give a free talk about the project at 7 p.m. Dec. 11. The book-themed group show, called “Bibliophilia,” is up through Dec. 15 at the center at 1313 Newell Road in Palo Alto. For more information, go to

Mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook will be featured at a Dec. 8 Atherton benefit performance of various arias, overtures and other opera music.. Lovell and Chelsea Hollow. The concert begins at 4 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Tickets are $50 general and $45 for seniors and students. Go to or call 650-424-9999.

LOOKING FOR A LISTING OF THE MANY HOLIDAY-THEMED EVENTS IN THE AREA? The Weekly ran a cover story on just that topic last month. To read the story, go to arts and scroll down to the headline “’Tis the season for the arts.”





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ture, we should have a full bar to complement our beer and wine business.” Deep-dish pizzas take 25 to 30 minutes to bake. The deep-dish pizzas are visually deceptive, too, as the diameter is smaller than one might expect. Yet they are inches thick and quite filling. Don’t be fooled by the diameter. On a recent visit, I found the sig-

n a ture Blue Line deep-dish pizza overladen with rich tomato sauce, spinach, ricotta and feta cheeses, mushrooms, onion and garlic. The meatball pizza was similar with red bell peppers as well. Both were delicious: compositions of bakedin savory flavors. The crusts had a subtle crunch that added to the depth and character of flavors. (continued on next page)


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Deep-dish pizza comes in six varieties and three sizes: individual ($8.95), small 9-inch ($17.85-$18.95) and large 12-inch ($17-$24.25). The thin-crusted offerings are similarly priced with slightly different varieties. The White Pie thin-crust pizza was enticing with its garlic-infused olive oil base, roasted zucchini, feta and fresh tomatoes. The crust was not blistered and the rim was uniformly browned, flavorful and crisp with a slight crunch, just enough to hold the toppings. Salads are salads, more or less, and I don’t devote time describing them in reviews. The Blue Line Mixed Salad ($6.25/$9.75), though, is worth a few words. It had eye appeal and was piled high with crisp organic greens, cherry tomatoes, red bell peppers, red onion, gorgonzola and chopped walnuts, all tossed in a house-made vinaigrette. It amplified the appetite. Caramel apple bread pudding ($5.95) was a tasty finish with house-baked bread, spiced apples and caramel sauce, with a side scoop of vanilla gelato. A children’s menu, half-baked pizzas for take-home, and glutenfree crust options are all available. There is no delivery service, but to-go orders can be picked up on Wild Cherry Lane behind the restaurant. Overall, Blue Line is pizza worth diving into. N

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The Great Beauty --1/2 (Aquarius) It is, perhaps, impossible to make an ode to Rome without invoking Federico Fellini, the great Italian filmmaker of “La Dolce Vita” and “Roma.” Though Paolo Sorrentino does so only indirectly in “La grande bellezza,” or “The Great Beauty,” it’s impossible not to think of the maestro ... and how Sorrentino pales in comparison. Italy’s official submission for Academy Award consideration plays at times like a more conventional, less daring version of 1972’s “Roma.” Reluctant journalist Jep Gambardella (“Gomorrah”’s Toni Servillo, here vaguely annoying) is famous for being famous, known for his one-and-done early novel but more so these days as “king of the socialites.” A typically self-aware snob defined by cynical ennui, the distressingly privileged Gambardella attends soirees by defeatist default, since there’s nothing better to do. He finds a perch and looks down at his peers as they dance-train to “We No Speak Americano.” When pressed, he will insult his peers to their faces, calling them on their misplaced superiority, thorough hypocrisy, lack of ambition and failure of accomplishment. Of course, when he lashes out, he also acknowledges his own self-loathing, but we’re meant to sympathize with him because he is smarter than the rest, and because he is willing to face the truth. The sympathies don’t actually kick in until he nebulously decides to do something about his human condition, which involves attempts to care (mostly about his editor, a proud little person played by Giovanna Vignola), strike up new relationships (as with a north-of-40 stripper played by Sabrina Ferilli), and perhaps even do his job of investigating the world. Jep’s journey takes him and us around Rome, to sightsee the usual fountains and museums, but also a nouveau plastic-surgery emporium and an art installation about the passage of time (one of the film’s few genuinely deeply felt moments). Sorrentino works up satire in the party scenes and the like. Though, after initiating a very funny parody of Mother Teresa in a 103-year-old candidate for sainthood (Sonia Gessner), the director and his co-writer Umberto Contarello pump the brakes and suggest that she may well be as holierthan-thou as her supporters claim. Ultimately, this 142-minute meander makes three points: Rome has drifted into déclassé debauchery but still clings to the glory of its heritage; modern life for the elite has functionally become an empty existence of talking about nothing; and only true beauty, great beauty, means anything. Young beauty — in the forms of his first lady love, his novel and bygone Roma — is what nostalgically haunts and persistently eludes the latterday Jep and, by extension, the director for whom he’s a Felliniesque stand-in. Unfortunately, “The Great Beauty” is its own object lesson in the inability to recapture lightning in a bottle. On its own merits, Sorrentino’s film ain’t half-bad, but it’s no Fellini picture.


(Century 16, Century 20) What, one might ask, is the point of understated melodrama? It’s a bit like decaf coffee or near-beer. But understated melodrama, for the most part, is the stuff of “Out of the Furnace,” the artfully made empty exercise that serves as Scott Cooper’s dour follow-up to “Crazy Heart.” Cooper directs and co-writes this story set in depressed steel town Braddock, Pa. There, a good man and a weak man run afoul of a bad man, which qualifies “Out of the Furnace” as a neonoir. The good man is Russell Baze (Christian Bale), who works at the steel mill just like his daddy did. (Somebody cue up the Eddie Vedder! Oh wait, somebody already did.) The weak man is Russell’s brother, Rodney Jr. (Casey Affleck), whose Army service as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom has left him with PTSD and pockets as empty as ever. The bad man is Curtis DeGroat (Woody Harrelson), a psychopathic Appalachian bare-knuckle boxing entrepreneur who — well, let’s face it, with a name like Curtis DeGroat the guy never had a chance. Anyway, Rodney tries to pay off his debts by taking dives in underground boxing matches, but DeGroat’s a man who’s not easily satisfied. Russell’s used to bailing Rodney out, but this time he’ll have to avenge a wrong done to his brother, despite the admonitions of the police chief (Wesley Barnes) who’s now sleeping with the love (Zoe Saldana) of Russell’s life. The way male pride gets mixed up in the story’s relationships and plot threatens to make “Out of the Furnace” interesting, but ultimately it’s done in by the blunt collection of cliches that is the vigilante-justice plot. Bale gives a familiar performance as the moral man who would like to keep his head down but just can’t catch a break; he sets the tone, but not necessarily in a good way. Cooper obliges with lots of shots — at one point, even a montage — of concerned people thinking: It’s that kind of movie. The only problem is that there really isn’t much to think about. Cooper leans into the narrative in an appealing way that elides rather than spoonfeeds each development. But there’s really no point in trying to be clever with this material, which isn’t deceptively simple: It’s just simple. Is there any moviegoer left who will be impressed by the intercutting of one character’s downfall with a deer hunt (a nod, I suppose to Michael Cimino)? Subjects like a disappearing American economy and wounded-warrior vets remain worthy of examination, but not as ways of tarting up a thrillless revenge thriller. The one overstated scene is Affleck’s wishful Oscar clip, undone by the worst screenwriting in the picture. So if “Out of the Furnace” isn’t enlightening and isn’t moving and is no fun at all, what is it? Rated R for strong violence, language and drug content. One hour, 56 minutes. — Peter Canavese

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Movies "6 Ê/ All showtimes are for Friday – Sunday only unless otherwise noted. For other times, reviews and trailers, go to 12 Years A Slave (R) (((1/2 Century 16: 12:15, 3:45, 7:10, 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 12:40, 3:45, 6:55, 10 p.m.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: Wed 2, 7 p.m. Sun 2 p.m. Century 20: Sun 2 p.m.

The Best Man Holiday (R)

National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage (Not Rated) Guild Theatre: Sun 11 a.m.

Century 20: 11 a.m. & 1:50, 4:40, 7:35, 10:25 p.m.

Black Nativity (PG) Century 20: 12:05, 2:35, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15 p.m.

Century 16: 7:40, 10:10 p.m.

Nebraska (R) ((( p.m.

Palo Alto Square: 1:30, 4:30, 7:15 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 9:55

Blue is the Warmest Color (NC-17) (((1/2 Aquarius Theatre: 2:15, 8:15 p.m.

Noel Coward’s Private Lives (PG-13)

The Book Thief (PG-13) (1/2 Century 20: 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 1, 4, 7 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 10:05 p.m.

Out of the Furnace (R) (( Century 16: 10:35 a.m. & 1:35, 4:35, 7:45, 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 11:05 a.m. & 1:50, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15 p.m.

The Dallas Buyers Club (R) ((1/2 Century 16: 10:25 a.m. & 1:20, 4:20, 7:35, 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m. & 1:55, 4:40, 7:35, 10:20 p.m.

Philomena (PG-13) ((( Century 20: 11:40 a.m. & 2, 4:35, 7:05, 9:30 p.m. Guild Theatre: 2:30, 5:15, 8 p.m.

Delivery Man (PG-13) ((1/2 Century 16: 10:55 a.m. & 1:40, 4:25, 7:20, 9:55 p.m. Century 20: 11:30 a.m. & 2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:05 p.m.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R)

Oldboy (R)

Ender’s Game (PG-13) Century 16: 10:40 a.m. & 1:25, 4:10, 7:15, 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 11:30 a.m. & 5:10, 8, 10:45 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 2:25 p.m.

Century 16: Wed 7 p.m.

Century 16: 10:45 a.m. & 1:30, 4:15, 7:25, 10 p.m.

Sullivan’s Travels (1941) (Not Rated) also at 4:20 p.m.

Thor: The Dark World (PG-13) Century 16: 1:15, 4, 7:05 p.m. In 3D 10:30 a.m. & 9:50 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m. & 7:55 p.m. In 3D 1:55, 4:50, 10:40 p.m.

Free Birds (PG) Century 16: 11:50 a.m. & 2:15, 4:50 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m. & 4, 6:50 p.m.

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Frozen (PG) Century 16: 11:45 a.m. & 2:25, 5:15, 8, 10:40 p.m. In 3D 10:25 a.m. & 1:10, 3:50, 7, 9:40 p.m. Century 20: 11 a.m. & 1:40, 4:20, 7:05, 9:45 p.m. In 3D 11:55 a.m. & 2:40, 5:20, 8:05, 10:45 p.m. Gravity (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 12:35 p.m. In 3D 3, 5:25, 7:50, 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m. & 1:25, 3:40, 6, 8:25, 10:45 p.m. The Great Beauty (Not Rated) ((1/2 Sun also at 11 a.m.

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The Hobbit double feature (PG-13)

Century 16: Thu 9 p.m.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Not Rated) a.m. In 3D 12:01 a.m.

Century 16: Thu 12:01

Homefront (R) ((( Century 16: 10:50 a.m. & 1:45, 4:35, 7:30, 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 11:55 a.m. & 2:30, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 p.m. Horse Feathers (1932) (Not Rated)

Stanford Theatre: 6:10, 9:15 p.m.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 10:30 & 11:20 a.m. & 12:10, 1, 2, 2:50, 3:40, 4:30, 5:30, 6:20, 7:10, 7:55, 9, 9:50, 10:30 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 2 p.m. Century 20: 11 & 11:50 a.m. & 1:20, 2:15, 3:05, 4:40, 5:30, 8:20, 7:55, 8:45, 9:40 p.m. In XD 12:35, 3:50, 7:10, 10:30 p.m. Last Vegas (PG-13) (((

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Elisabeth Seaman, who was in the Bergen-Belsen consentration camp as a child, shows a photo of fellow survivors from the camp who have reunited and speak out about their experiences. Below, this image of Seaman was included in the program when she spoke in Germany in October.

Through the eyes of a child by Chris Kenrick

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s a 6-year-old in the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen in the final months of World War II, Elisabeth Seaman remembers looking out the window of the women’s and children’s barracks each morning and seeing piles of corpses. “It looked and felt awful to me and I couldn’t understand how that could be,” she recalled. Seaman, now 75 and a longtime resident of Palo Alto, recently returned to the BergenBelsen Memorial site — the camp itself was razed by the British because of a typhus epidemic at the end of the war — to share that

memory and others with an audience of about 95 local Germans. In a Sunday afternoon lecture at the site in October, she delivered her talk, “Death and Dying, or Life and Living,” in German. “There were a lot of questions afterward,” she said. After decades of postwar silence among Germans about the concentration camps, “there’s a hunger to hear from people who actually lived at this time,” Seaman said. “We’re the living witnesses. There are a lot (continued on next page)

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of people in my situation out there giving public talks.” Seaman’s parents, Erich and Maria Rosenthal, had fled Germany in 1937 for the Netherlands, where Seaman — their first and only child — was born in 1938, in Rotterdam. When Seaman was 4 in the spring of 1943, she awoke one morning to find that her grandparents were gone — they’d been sent to the Sobibor extermination camp in occupied Poland. It was just a few days before Honduran passports — which had been secured by her grandmother’s brother in Switzerland — arrived for the whole family. “Although the passports did not save my grandparents, they probably did save my mother and me as well as my father, for as long as he lived,” she said. Seaman was 5 when she and her parents were rounded up in April 1944 and taken to Bergen-Belsen, where the family was separated and she was placed with her mother in the section known as the “star camp” because prisoners wore stars rather than the striped prison garb of the others. “This was considered the best part of the camp,” she said. “They held us for exchange for German POWs,” she said.

A sketch of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany created by a prisoner of the camp.

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anaging the holidays — the cooking, the shopping, the family, the events, the stress — is all about organization. And what better way is there to organize than by using technology? Numerous smartphone and desktop applications can make planning for the holidays much, much easier — and perhaps even enjoyable. “Our company’s mission is to help people have a good day every day,” said Omer Perchik, founder and CEO of, a hugely popular task management app. Perchik’s company, which he originally worked on out of Palo Alto, got its start with Android app Taskos, which eventually evolved into Any. do in November 2011. is minimal but efficient. Users can add endless to-do items to four folders: today, tomorrow, upcoming or someday. Within those four seemingly simple categories unfold many, many options. Set alarms to remind yourself when and where to pick up that turkey you ordered for Christmas; add a location for that holiday party you don’t want to go to, plus share a grocery list with your significant other for the dish you have to bring; keep your work and personal life separate with two designated folders. Perchik said his company decided on the four overarching folders after getting feedback on an earlier iteration of the app, finding that the best and most frequent Any. do users usually open the app between 8 and 10 a.m. and have tasks across all these categories, rather than just “today.” “This basically means our best users ... use it more as a daily planner almost,” he said. “They go every morning, prioritize whatever they need to do when they start their day. We took those two insights and productized them.” Perchik said tries to strike a delicate balance between overdone and oversimplified in the world of task-management apps. “On the one hand, you have

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Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit up the World by Elizabeth Rusch, illustrated by Oliver Dominguez; $17; Candlewick; ages 4-10. Long before Tesla was a Palo Alto car company, Serbian-born inventor Nikola Tesla set out to prove that alternating current was the most efficient form of electricity. His biggest doubter and rival? Thomas Edison. Nevertheless, Tesla’s Hall of Electricity triumphed at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. He went on to harness the power of Niagara Falls for Northeast electricity. His inventions did, in fact, light up the world. This stunning picture-book biography of the eccentric, brilliant, Silicon Valley-like inventor includes information on the rivalry between Tesla and Edison, extensive scientific notes, and a bibliography. Locomotive by Brian Floca; $18; Jackson/Atheneum/Simon & Schuster; ages 4 and up. All aboard for a remarkable journey that’s perfect for train enthusiasts or American history buffs. On one level it’s a picture book about a mother and two children traveling on the new transcontinental railroad from Omaha to join their father in Sacramento in the summer of 1869. But really, the locomotive, or “iron horse,” is the main character the noises it makes, how it works, who makes it work, and how it completely transformed travel to California. “Locomotive” shows the building of the transcontinental railroad; how steam powers the engine; the labor and mechanics involved in a cross-country train trip; how passengers slept, ate, and even used the train’s toilet (not in a station, please); and the variety of landscapes and wildlife seen out the windows. All that, plus remarkably detailed notes and endpapers. Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate

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The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. by Greg Pincus; $17; Levine/Scholastic; ages 8-12. Gregory has a hard time telling his math-genius family members, especially his father, that he likes writing, not math. So what does he do? Enters himself in a city-wide math competition. He also tells his best friend that his parents agreed to send him to Author’s Camp with her, when really they’re threatening him with Math is Magic Camp unless he gets a B in his least favorite subject. Only a kid as clever as Greg-


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The Perfect Peach: Recipes and Stories from the Masumoto Family Farm, by Marcy, Nikiko and David Mas Masumoto, Ten Speed Press, 2013, 167 pages, hardback, $22 This book is written by the Matsumoto family from California’s Central Valley, where four generations of the family have farmed. There are wonderful family stories and a wealth of information about peaches the difference between yellow and white, cling and freestone. There is also a section on ripeness. And if you think peaches are just for dessert, think again. This book includes recipes for peach salsa, peach salad and slow-cooked pork tacos, with peaches! We are, alas, past this year’s peach season, but in October I found some at Trader Joe’s and Costco,

Toro Bravo: Stories. Recipes. No Bull., by Liz Crain and John Gorham, McSweeney’s, 2013, 321 pages, hardback, $35 This book, from Portland’s popular Spanish-inspired, small-plate restaurant, has 91 pages of family history before the recipes start. I wished for more recipes. Butternut Squash (p. 210), was an easy and unusually delicious recipe for butternut squash, which is now in season. I think any good squash such as acorn, or Delicata would work as well. Since Trader Joe’s sells alreadypeeled and cut-up chunks of butternut squash, I used those, and bought some Harissa at Draegers. The recipe combines the squash, the Harissa, cream and a white goat cheese to make an unusual combination that amounts to a hearty dish. The recipe suggests two pots,

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Share: The Cookbook That Celebrates Our Common Humanity, edited by Alison Oakervee, Kyle Books, 2013, 255 pages, hardback, $40 This cookbook is a product of Women for Women International, an NGO that supports women in war-torn countries around the globe. A purchase of this book is a contribution to their cause. The recipes come from a mix of celebrities, professional chefs and women in the countries where this group works and include contributions from Alice Waters, Emma Thompson, Mia Farrow, Alice Walker and Aung San Suu Kyi. The foreword is signed by Meryl Streep. Each country brings to mind the humanitarian disasters that occurred there: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Sudan. Clearly this is a labor of love. In general, I do not use “celebrity cook booksâ€? because I truly doubt that Paul McCartney regularly throws together a “Super Vegetable Saladâ€? (p. 20), but I could be wrong. And it is, after all, for a worthy cause. One of our most accomplished, homegrown chefs, Jesse Ziff Cool of Flea Street CafĂŠ, has contributed an essay on her sponsorship of a woman named Odette, who lives in Rwanda. Through Jesse’s reading and travel to Rwanda to meet Odette, and their cooking together, Jesse discovered that “love and kindness prevail over all.â€? What could be better than cooking together with someone to foster education and human harmony? I made Sticky Glazed Spare Ribs (p. 218) by Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall, a British celebrity chef. It’s a one dish recipe, using two racks of spareribs and various marinade ingredients like soy sauce, honey, ginger, hot pepper flakes, garlic and some sweet current jelly. I liked this recipe because every ingredient was readily available in my local super market, and nothing was particularly expensive. A good investment in every way.

and wanted to give this cookbook a try. I decided to make a cobbler. (p. 118). The peach part was superb; I wasn’t as enthusiastic about the shortcake light dumplings on the top. But all is all it is a charming, educational book about a family and peaches.



erusing the cookbook selection at Kepler’s, I selected several volumes that were published over the past year, took them home and tried out a few of the recipes. Here’s what I found.

into the pot at the same time and you put the pot in the oven and cook it. The cumin and paprika give it a bit of a spicy, tangy flavor, and with the addition of a grain for those who wants carbs it’s nearly a complete meal. Almost like a chicken stew, this dish is perfect for a cold winter’s night.

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but I made it with a very large skillet that goes on the stovetop and in the oven. I used a slightly harder goat cheese than recommended (couldn’t find a softer one) and simply cut it into small chunks. It melted well and added a thick semi-salty flavor to the mix. This was easy to make and easy to eat and would go well as a side dish with steak, lamb, chicken or pork. Fennel salad (p. 120) is easy to put together and, for those who love fennel, a refreshing taste. Pepper: A History of the World’s Most Influential Spice, by Marion Shaffer, Thomas Donne Books, 2013, 302 pages, hardback, $20.40 A nicely written history of the search for pepper across countries and ages, this book is everything one might want to know about pepper. It traces the history of imperialism and colonialism by the Dutch, Portuguese, English and other countries involved in the pepper trade. Following in the path of other books about a single ingredient, it reveals a fascinating story. N Anne Sturmthal Bergman is a writer in Menlo Park.



lists — “a way to protect Christmas lists from getting snooped on,� Hunter explained (useful for parents whose children use their iPads). The holidays might get more and more stressful, but technology only gets better and better. Use it to your advantage this year. N Editorial Assistant Elena Kadvany can be emailed at Other useful holiday apps For organizing: - Wunderlist (Free for iOS, Windows, Android, Kindle, Web) - Evernote (Free for iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8, BlackBerry, Mac, Windows, Web) - Packing Pro ($2.99 for for all iOS devices and Android) For cooking: - Thanksgiving: A Bon Appetit Manual (Free for iPhone and iPad) - How to Cook Everything ($9.99 for iPhone and iPad) - Food52 ($3.99 for iPhone and iPad) - Allthecooks Recipes (Free for Android) - Kitchen Pad Timer ($1.99 for iPhone and iPad; Free for Android) For cards: - Ink Cards: Personalized Greeting Cards (Free for iPhone and iPad) - justWink Greeting Cards (Free for Android) - Red Stamp Cards (Free for iPhone and iPad) - Holiday Cards Tracker ($2.99 for iPhone and iPad)

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inter is coming, but that doesn’t have to mean staying huddled indoors. A range of local classes, from dance and yoga to cooking and language courses, are designed to keep both the body and mind active. The Class Guide is published quarterly by the Palo Alto Weekly, the Almanac and the Mountain View Voice.

Business, Work and Technology The Kim Grant Tennis Academy offers tennis classes for adults and children, starting at age 3, ranging in ability from beginner to advanced. Classes also available for teen and adult beginners, as well as those with special needs.

Career Generations 2225 E. Bayshore Road, Suite 239, Palo Alto 650-320-1639 CareerGenerations offers group sessions to meet specific career needs. Career coaches help assess skills in the context of today’s marketplace, generate career options, improve resumes and socialmedia profiles and design a successful job search plan. Additionally, coaches help improve networking, interviewing and negotiating skills. Contact CareerGenerations for a free, initial 15-30 minute phone consultation.

Stanford Campus Recreation Association (SCRA) 875 Bowdoin St., Stanford 650-736-7272 Club membership not required for participation in the swimming, tennis and fitness programs offered at SCRA. Pool includes accessible chair-lift entry. Swim instruction includes group and semi-private lessons for children aged 2.5 and older. Tennis classes and lessons are offered for adults and children ages 3 and older.

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For the Dancer 464 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto 650-326-2184 Tap, ballet, ballroom and jazz dance classes for children and adults. Special classes for preschoolers.

Dance Connection 4000 Middlefield Road, L-5, Palo Alto Studio: 650-852-0418 Office: 650-322-7032 info@danceconnectionpaloalto. com www.danceconnectionpaloalto. com Dance Connection offers graded classes for preschooler to adults, with a variety of programs to meet dancers’ needs. Ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, boys program, lyrical, Pilates and combination classes available for beginning to advanced levels. Yoga and Zumba classes are also available.

DanceVisions 4000 Middlefield Road, Cubberly Community Center, L-3, Palo Alto 650-858-2005 DanceVisions, a nonprofit community dance center, offers classes for young children (ages 3 and up) to adults. Class range from modern to hip-hop/jazz, lyrical,


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Uforia Studios offers dance and fitness classes for all levels and abilities. belly dancing, ballet and contact improvisation. Adults with no prior experience are welcome.

Uforia Studios 819 Ramona St., Palo Alto 650-329-8794 Uforia Studios offers dance classes, strength and sculpting classes and spinning classes. All fitness levels and abilities welcome.

Zohar School of Dance and Company 4000 Middlefield Road, Cubberly Community Center, L-4, Palo Alto 650-494-8221 Founded in 1979, Zohar offers a range of dance classes for both children and adults.

The Great Outdoors Lucy Geever-Conroy, flight instructor for Advantage Aviation

1903 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto 650-493-5987 Offering learn-to-fly seminars, private pilot ground school and flying lessons, along with free seminars for pilots.

Health & Fitness American Red Cross: Silicon Valley Chapter 400 Mitchell Lane, Palo Alto 1-877-727-6771 The Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter offers a CPR and first aid class for both adults and children.

Be Yoga 440 Kipling St., Palo Alto 650-906-9016 This community yoga studio offers a range of classes as well as instructor training workshops.

California Yoga Center 541 Cowper St., Palo Alto 650-967-5702 The California Yoga Center offers classes for beginning to advanced students at studios in Palo Alto. Yoga classes are scheduled every day and include topics such as prenatal, back care and pranayama. Weekend workshops cover additional yoga-related topics.

CMAC Swim School CMAC Aquatic Center, 3805 Magnolia Drive, Palo Alto 650-493-5355 Carol Macpherson Aquatics Center Swim School offers lessons for babies, youth and adults. Classes are small and are a half-hour long.

Kim Grant Tennis Academy 3005 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto 650-752-8061

796A San Antonio Road, Palo Alto 650-855-9868 Studio Kicks is a family fitness center offering cardio kickboxing classes and martial-arts training for kids and adults. Owner and instructor Richard Branden is a sixtime world champion and original stunt cast member for the “Power Rangers.”

Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto Cubberley Community Center, Room M4, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto 650-327-9350 At Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto, established in 1973, students learn the classical Yang Chengfu style of Taijiquan (T’ai chi ch’uan). Beginning classes start monthly.

Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA Unity Palo Alto: 3391 Middlefield Road, YES Hall, Palo Alto St. Mark’s Episcopal Church: 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto 650-396-9244 The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA offers classes designed to improve balance, strength, flexibility, relaxation and health. Beginner classes in Taoist Tai Chi internal art of Tai Chi Chuan are

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450 Bryant St., Palo Alto 650-289-5400 Avenidas offers variety of classes focusing on topics such as general health, physical fitness, languages, humanities, computing and writing. Membership costs, fees and class listings/descriptions listed on the website.

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German Language Class 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto 650-329-3752 This Palo Alto Adult School class teaches participants how to speak, read and write German, with an emphasis on conversation. Basic grammar and Germanic culture are also covered. The instructor, a collegecredentialed teacher, lived and studied in Germany through Stanford University, from where she later received a master’s degree. Classes run Jan. 14 - March 4 on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee is $116.

Mind and Spirit Ananda Palo Alto 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto 650-323-3363 Ananda Palo Alto offers classes covering various topics including yoga and meditation.

Music, Arts and Crafts Art for Well Beings 2460 Park Blvd. No. 3, Palo Alto 650-776-8297 Art for Well Beings offers art classes for all ages and especially welcomes people with special needs.

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650-856-9571 Emily Young teaches mixedmedia, multi-cultural art classes for children at her studio in Palo Alto.

Art Works Studio 595 Lincoln Ave., Palo Alto 650-796-1614 Art Works Studio offers a variety of fine-art classes for kids. Classes offered at U-Me in Menlo Park and also in cooperation with Palo Alto Menlo Park Parent’s Club (PAMP).

Manzana Music School Barron Park, Palo Alto 650-799-7807 or 408-460-6901 ManzanaMusicSchool@yahoo. com Manzana Music School offers group lessons in guitar, banjo, mandolin and vocal for up to three students. All abilities welcome. The music school offers a free trial half-hour lesson for potential guitar, banjo, and mandolin students.

Midpeninsula Community Media Center 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto 650-494-8686 The media center offers classes every month in a wide range of media arts, including publishing media on the Web, podcasting, digital editing, field production, TV studio production, Photoshop for photographers, citizen journalism and autobiographical digital stories. Biweekly free orientation sessions and tours.

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jennifer.marsh@cityofpaloalto. org Classes and workshops for children and adults in ceramics, painting, drawing, jewelry, book arts, printmaking, collage and more.

The Silicon Valley Boychoir 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto 650-424-1242 The Silicon Valley Boychoir trains boys in the art of choral singing, with an emphasis on vocal coaching and music literacy.

Sur La Table Cooking School 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto 650-289-0438 Sur La Table offers hands-on classes, demonstration-only classes and classes for kids and teens. Information is listed on the website: Click on “Cooking Classes� in top navigation bar and then search “Palo Alto.�

School Days Amigos de Palo Alto 1611 Stanford Ave., Palo Alto 650-493-4300 Amigos de Palo Alto is a Spanishimmersion preschool for children ages 2.5 to 5 years. Instructors are all bilingual, and children learn Spanish naturally — through play, song, art and academics — while at Amigos. Preschool schedules include two-, three-, and five-day options for morning (8:30-11:45 a.m.) or afternoon (1-4:30 p.m). Amigos also offers Spanish-immersion afterschool programs for kinders as well as summer camps for preschoolers through rising first-graders.

Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School

2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto 650-625-9955 Opus1 Music Studio offers group music lessons in piano, violin, guitar, saxophone, voice and clarinet.

450 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto 650-494-8200 Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School is a community day school serving kindergarten through eighth-grade students.

Pacific Art League

International School of the Peninsula

668 Ramona St., Palo Alto 650-321-3891 Art classes and workshops by qualified, experienced instructors for students with abilities ranging non-artists to advanced. Classes in sculpture, collage, oil painting, portraits and sketching, life drawing, acrylic or watercolor and brush painting. Registration ongoing.

Palo Alto Art Center 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto 650-329-2366

Cohn Campus (grades 1-8): 151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto Cooper Campus (nursery): 3233 Cowper St., Palo Alto 650-251-8500 Afterschool programs for preschool, elementaryand m iddle-school students, regardless of enrollment in school. Classes offered include foreign languages,

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Milestones Preschool 3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto 650-618-3325 Milestones Preschool offers a relationship-based developmental program and enrolls children ages 2-5. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon

for children aged 2-4 years; Monday-Thursday, 12:30-3:45 p.m. for children aged 4 years and up. There is an early drop-off service for morning class and extended day service for afternoon class.

Mustard Seed Learning Center 2585 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto 650-494-7389 The Mustard Seed Learning Center Pre-School Program offers children from 2.5 to 5 years a dual academic immersion opportunity (Chinese/English), as well as a play-based learning experience.

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The Peninsula Parentsplace Koret Family Resource Center, 200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto 650-688-3040 The Peninsula Parentsplace offers parenting classes on subjects ranging from strategies for managing picky eaters to making the switch from diapers.

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Sora International Preschool of Palo Alto 701 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto

650-493-7672 Sora International Preschool is an English-Japanese bilingual preschool. Sora’s mission is to help families that are raising bilingual children as well as those that want their children to begin learning a second language.

T’enna Preschool at the Oshman Family JCC

50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto 650-329-3752 Hands-on computer, language, test preparation, writing, bird identification, investment, hiking, yoga and certificate courses available. Hundreds of online classes are offered by the Palo Alto Adult School in conjunction with Education to Go.

3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto 650-223-8788 Play-based approach develops skills and a love of learning. Two-, three- and five-day-per-week options for 18 months to 5 years with emphasis placed on experiential learning, family involvement, values and fun in two locations.

The Class Guide is published quarterly in the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice and Menlo Park Almanac. Descriptions of classes offered in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Stanford, Atherton, Los Altos Hills, Portola Valley, East Palo Alto and beyond are provided. Listings are free and subject to editing. Due to space constraints, classes held in the above cities are given priority.

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To inquire about placing a listing in the next class guide, email Editorial Assistant Elena Kadvany at or call 650-223-6519. To place a paid advertisement in the Class Guide call the display advertising department at 650-326-8210.

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Home&Real Estate Home Front SCRAPS TO GOLD ... Alane Weber, the “Worm Lady of San Mateo,” will teach a class on “Worm Composting” from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Learn to turn kitchen scraps to botanical gold. Cost is $39. Information: 650-493-6072 or www. NEED HELP WITH LIGHTS? ... Avenidas Handymen can lend a hand hanging outside Christmas lights, putting up a tree and adding the lights, or helping hang other decorations. The service is available to Palo Alto and Menlo Park residents who are 50 and older. Information (and fees): Call John Sheffield at 650-289-5426 or email

Creating a warm holiday atmosphere Make your own yuletide decorations A table decorated for the holidays, above and below, includes custom-made nameplace holders, napkin rings with ribbon and red and green foliage, and potted golden candles. Note the gold-painted pears among the mantel greenery.

NO FOOD WASTE ... Laura Stec, a chef, educator and blogger for The Almanac, will teach a free workshop dealing with creating delicious meals while reducing waste, sponsored by City of Palo Alto’s ZeroWaste program. “Fabulous Dishes, No Shopping Required” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Focus of the workshop, which involves a cooking demo, food samples and a raffle, is reworking leftovers plus getting tips to prevent waste in the first place. Information: Pre-register at 650-496-5910 to find out location of workshop; or visit or email

by Kit Davey inter is upon us and it’s time to create a warm holiday atmosphere in your home. By bringing nature indoors and recycling treasures you already own, you can create your own quick and easy-to-make yuletide decorations. Door decor. Add a little spice to the traditional wreath or door greenery. Nestle a stuffed bear or a doll with a red ribbon around its neck into the pine fronds, or add several faux fruits or antique keys. Dog lovers can attach a few dog bones spray-painted in gold. Mantel greenery. Prune your evergreens and grace your mantel with fronds of eucalyptus, magnolia, pine, juniper or pyracanthus. Amongst the branches place five or seven each of one of the following: pears spray-painted gold, fat candles dotted with gold upholstery tacks, or a row of pomegranates, pine cones, lemons, pots of paper whites, small stuffed bears or oak galls spray-painted in gold. (Your display will look best if you use one kind of greenery and one decorative element, rather than mixing several). Mini-tree centerpiece. Purchase a foam cone from your local craft store or make your own cone shape out of cardboard. Attach camellia, magnolia or ficus leaves using gold- or pearl-topped pins. Start at the bottom of the tree and layer the leaves as if you were shingling a roof. Top the tree with a bow or star. Potted candles. Flank your mini tree with a pair of potted candles. Spray paint two small terra-cotta pots in gold. Use modeling clay to anchor tall gold or green candles to the bottom of the pot. Surround the candle with moss or tissue paper sprayed in gold. Finish with a bright ribbon tied around the



MAKE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE ... Children (at least 3 years old, and with an accompanying adult) can learn how to make “Gingerbread Houses” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Christine Hopkins will show how to make one-of-a-kind houses, using provided supplies. Cost is $39 for nonresidents, $30 for Menlo Park residents, plus $20 materials fee payable to the instructor at the class ($15 for one additional child). Information: 650-330-2200 or or email: N

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pot’s mouth. Woodsy candle holders. Look through your log pile or forage in your garden for a straight branch about 3 inches in diameter. Cut into 4- to 5-inch sections. Drill a 1-inch diameter hole about an inch deep in each section. Insert a holiday candle in your natural candlestick holder. Place cards. Use natural pine cones, or for a more formal look, spray-paint your cones in gold. Find each cone’s best sitting position. Use a saw to make a thin slot in the cone into which you place a calligraphed name card. For easy-to-make place cards, purchase a small poinsettia for each guest, glue a name card onto a toothpick and poke it into the plant’s soil. Or, gift wrap a small box for each guest and write his or her name on the gift tag. Napkin rings. Tie a length of red ribbon around a rolled-up napkin. Insert a rosemary or ivy sprig. Further enhance your table by tying a bow around the stem of each wine glass. Festive tablecloth. Recycle a white sheet or tablecloth. Make a star- or snowflake-shaped stencil out of cardboard. Using gold fabric paint and your stencil, sponge the star shape around the border of the cloth, or randomly stencil the image onto your table cloth. Golden leaves. Make a gold-toned leaf streamer and a leaf-adorned table cloth simultaneously. Gather several leaves with interesting shapes and flatten the leaves by placing them between the pages of a book for two weeks. Clear an outdoor area on which to lay your white sheet or table cloth. Place the leaves near the outside edge of the table

Gold leaves add a decorative touch to mirrors, doorways and frames. Lamps and statues can be decorated with colorful ribbons. cloth and lightly spray the leaves with gold paint. Lift up the leaves and white silhouettes surrounded by a gold mist remain. Turn the leaves over and place in another area on the cloth, and spray again. Repeat until the desired affect has been achieved. Tie the gilt leaves to a length of ribbon and hang your leaf swag over a door or window frame, or on your holiday tree. N Kit Davey specializes in re-design, staging, design consulting and professional organizing. Email her at, call her at 650-367-7370, or visit her website at

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East Palo Alto 1982 W. Bayshore Road #324 Intermountain Management to N. Zahr for $381,000 on 10/29/13; previous sale 8/12, $233,500 164 Gardenia Way US Bank to Mangalick Trust for $465,000 on 10/25/13; previous sale 1/02, Call for price 512 Weeks St. J. Martinez to A. Sviridov for $417,000 on 10/25/13; previous sale 8/08, $315,000 1058 Weeks St. Blue Mountain Homes to J. Chen for $589,000 on 10/24/13

Los Altos 704 Covington Road J. & S. Butler to J. & A. Wood for $2,725,000 on 11/8/13; previous sale 5/12, $2,650,000 275 Los Altos Court W. Kirsch to R. & D. Shah for $2,740,000 on 11/12/13; previous sale 6/99,

$825,000 645 Los Ninos Way J. Costello to Mihalic Trust for $2,240,000 on 11/6/13 265 Mt. Hamilton Ave. Dutton Trust to B. Kashani for $2,100,000 on 11/8/13 539 Panchita Way Gallaher Trust to G. Katsav for $1,850,000 on 11/7/13

Menlo Park 807 14th Ave. B. & S. Ciraulo to K. Wang for $975,000 on 10/29/13; previous sale 8/02, $480,000 291 Bay Road Carnoustie Limited to M. & A. Wagner for $1,398,500 on 10/24/13 315 Chester St. V. Makarov to L. Monier for $1,050,000 on 10/25/13 720 Creek Drive C. & T. Woods to S. Xanthos for $1,600,000 on 10/24/13 712 Harvard Ave. K. Shoaie to S. Mashhoon for $1,652,000 on 10/28/13; previous sale 12/09, $1,145,000 304 Oakwood Place Mather Trust to J. & S. Aguilar for $1,720,000 on 10/25/13; previous sale 6/11, $1,300,000 1855 White Oak Drive M. Williams to D. & S. Thayer for $2,660,000 on 10/25/13

Mountain View 1176 Bonita Ave. K. McGrath to Y. Zhong for $1,350,000 on 11/8/13 100 W. El Camino Real #53 Ko Trust to J. & K. Barraza for $630,000 on 11/7/13; previous sale 7/07, $500,000 3573 Grant Road D. & L. Boyce to Chari-Krishna Trust for $1,750,000 on 11/6/13; previous sale 4/12, $1,300,000 1575 Mercy St. H. Rice to N. Smith for $1,400,000 on 11/8/13; previous sale 5/08, $1,295,000 212 Palmita Place V. & C. Sollitto to Y. Ma for $1,250,000 on 11/6/13; previous sale 9/02, $747,000 255 S. Rengstorff Ave. #57 J. Lopez to G. & Z. Mount for $310,000 on 11/7/13; previous sale 2/06, $288,000 264 N. Whisman Road #8 R. Friedman to W. Metevia for $480,000 on 11/6/13; previous sale 8/07, $428,000 2112 Wyandotte St. #H L. & E. Erman to H. Lu for $660,000 on 11/8/13; previous sale 5/99, $330,000

Palo Alto 2225 Alma St. G. Li to Degroot-Sung Trust for $940,000 on 11/7/13; previous sale 1/06,

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NICKGRANOSKI “Behind the Gates� Community of Sharon Heights Updated condominium with designer touches 2 bedroom, 2 full bathrooms Premium location, minutes to downtown Menlo Park, Palo Alto and HWY 280 Excellent Menlo Park Schools

List Price: $729,000



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Home & Real Estate $750,000 757 Colorado Ave. Ingham Trust to Y. Yang for $1,750,000 on 11/8/13; previous sale 5/05, $87,000 1776 Guinda St. W. Wilson to C. Lu for $3,401,000 on 11/7/13; previous sale 8/02, $823,500 1478 Kings Lane Sheffer Trust to A. Sidana for $2,660,000 on 11/8/13 3776 La Donna Ave. R. & C. Yang to W. Wang for $2,200,000 on 11/8/13 3445 Louis Road Pasternak Trust to A. Ma for $1,900,000 on 11/8/13; previous sale 4/86, $230,000 3370 Park Blvd. L. & J. Zhang to R. & L. Gibson for $1,580,000 on 11/8/13; previous sale 5/12, $760,000

Redwood City 601 Baltic Circle #637 C. McIntosh to H. Huang for $799,000 on 10/24/13; previous sale 1/05, $618,000 204 Bradbury Lane R. & L. Ponce to P. & J. Slocum for $1,100,000 on 10/28/13 2472 Carolina Ave. S. & W. Bailey to S. Olson for $850,000 on 10/24/13; previous sale 5/03, $595,000 50 Central Ave. Fifield Trust to M. & M. Chacon for $785,000 on 10/25/13; previous sale 7/87, $219,000 527 Martinique Drive Deleon Trust to N. Nayyar for $940,000 on 10/29/13; previous sale 3/78, $112,500 818 Sovereign Way Masuyama Trust to B. Lia for $865,000 on 10/29/13; previous sale 6/06, $815,000 842 Sovereign Way #1101 R. Smith to H. Wei for $900,000 on 10/25/13; previous sale 9/04, $745,000

BUILDING PERMITS Palo Alto 663 Toyon Place remodel kitchen and bathroom, $57,000 3387 Kipling St. replace roof trusses after fire damage, replace drywall ceilings, some walls, re-roof,$75,000 3495 Deer Creek Road replace exterior doors, windows and garage doors, $n/a 1400 College Ave. re-roof, $7,800 2823 Kipling St. re-roof, $22,382 115 Emerson St. open portion of kitchen wall to dining and hallway, $20,000 900 Arastradero Road revise pathway connection, $n/a 173 Creekside Drive remodel master bath and hall bath, $14,000 4317 Silva Ave. relocate main gas line for future cottage, $n/a 1684 Channing Ave. pour new foundation, $n/a 407 Ferne Ave. re-roof, $19,500 150 Southwood Drive re-roof, $15,000 210 Bryant St. addition, remodel of multi-family building and attached garage, $n/a 2440 Bryant St. re-roof, $13,687 2140 Yale St. re-roof, $10,291 3500 Deer Creek Road install transformers on racks, $23,000; relocate crane, $4,000 4033 Second St. new beam for ceiling joist support, new coffer ceiling framing, $n/a 900 San Antonio Ave. re-roof, $43,000 228 Wwalter Hays Drive convert hall bath to full bath, $n/a 3942 Duncan Place extend gasline to living-room fireplace, $n/a

3484 Waverley St. re-roof, $13,000 745 Garland Drive extend gasline to new outdoor firepit and barbecue, $n/a 301 University Ave. install backflow device, $n/a 2170 W. Bayshore Road install two illuminated wall signs, $n/a 360 Everett Ave., Unit 4B remodel kitchen, bathroom, $15,000 125 University Ave. Artec: tenant improvement for suite 90, $24,000 300 Hamilton Ave. replace four roof drains, $n/a 3494 Cowper St. replace 11 windows and four patio doors, $15,500 991 Loma Verde Ave. replace heat pump, $n/a 776 Barron Ave. re-roof, $11,800 3882 Magnolia Drive S re-roof garage, $17,500; re-roof, $n/a 901 Van Auken Circle remodel bedroom and office, $17,867 105 Byron St. install three retrofit windows, $1,829 809 Richardson Court re-roof, $21,000 3724 Ortega Court re-roof, $7,374 2040 Cowper St. remodel kitchen, relocate washer/ dryer, remodel four bathrooms, $72,407 3265 Kipling St. install electric vehicle charging station on side of house, $n/a 823 Gailen Ave. remodel bathroom, $7,000 558 Vista Ave. replace windows and sliding door, $9,923 1862 Waverley St. re-roof, $26,740 3478 Rambow Drive re-roof, $24,400 55 Morton St. re-roof, $13,000 3242 South Court remodel kitchen, change doorway loca-

tion, add lights, $11,000 1752 Emerson St. remodel bathroom, $20,000 4250 Pomona Ave. replace five windows, $2,800 1030 Parkinson Ave. install photovoltaic panels, $n/a 346 Palo Alto Ave. partial rewire in living room and bedrooms, $n/a 3198 Emerson St. install skylight over hallway, $n/a 757 Greer Road install electric vehicle charging station on side of house, $1,345 940 Elsinore Drive re-roof, $15,000 647 Glenbrook Drive revise truss calcs, new shear wall, add skylights, $n/a 738 Torreya Court convert laundry to bathroom, $5,000 251 University Ave. re-roof repair, $35,255 2328 Louis Road install rooftop solar PV system, $n/a 531 Jefferson Drive convert two-car garage to one-car garage with 299 sf living space, $24,000 375 Cambridge Ave. Family & Children Services: remodel for tenant, $12,500 2130 Bowdoin St. install six rooftop solar panels and subpanel, $n/a 1205 Forest Ave. enlarge kitchen window, $n/a 195 Monroe Drive install rooftop solar PV system, $n/a 474 Churchill Ave. replace conduit from electric meter to roof, due to tree damage, $n/a 841 Garland Drive remodel bathroom, $8,000 4216 Los Palos Ave. install rooftop solar PV system, $n/a 375 N. California Ave. rewire residence, $n/a; reconfigure bathroom, remodel kitchen, $58,000 115 Fulton St. remove posts

and replace with engineered beams that span the basement, $n/a detached carport, $n/a 323 Ferne Ave. replace 24 windows, one sliding door, $n/a 717 Matadero Ave. relocate fireplace, windows, door in garage, $n/a

811 Channing Ave. install new radiant heating system, $n/a 433 Hamilton Ave. add breakroom counter on first floor, $n/a 4159 El Camino Way, Unit N remodel two bathrooms, $17,000

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2 Heather Drive, Atherton |

Offered at $3,795,000 Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 5 Home ±4,190 sf | Lot ±42,120 sf | Plus Guest Cottage

Michael Dreyfus, Broker/CEO 650.485.3476

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Located in the sought after neighborhood of Felton Gables

Michael Repka

Four en-suite bedrooms with luxurious bathrooms pool and spa with stone decking and retractable cover Office, 2-car garage with automated driveway gates

Before you select a real estate agent, meet with Michael Repka to discuss how his real estate law and tax background benefits Ken DeLeon’s clients. Managing Broker DeLeon Realty JD - Rutgers School of Law L.L.M (Taxation) NYU School of Law

(650) 488.7325 DRE# 01854880 | CA BAR# 255996

3,900+-sq ft PLUS 650+- sq ft of unfinished basement, 12,870 lot Excellent Menlo Park Schools

List Price: $3,579,000


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BY APPOINTMENT PALO ALTO An endearing tribute to Old Palo Alto’s legacy. 7bd/6.5ba, 12,850+/-sf home on 37,000+/-sf lot. $23,000,000



BY APPOINTMENT LOS ALTOS Beautifully remodeled 4bd/3.5ba home located on a culde-sac. Quality finishes throughout. $2,995,000



OPEN SATURDAY AND SUNDAY PORTOLA VALLEY 240 La Cuesta Dr Close-in wooded home in desirable Ladera with 16,000+/sf lot. Las Lomitas Schools. $1,699,000



BY APPOINTMENT WOODSIDE 3-level contemporary on 3+/-ac with sweeping Bay views. 4bd/4+ba plus 2 apts, elevator, pool. $14,800,000



BY APPOINTMENT MENLO PARK 4bd/3.5ba new construction home with a fantastic floor plan. Las Lomitas Schools. $2,238,000



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Atherton $33,000,000 By Appointment Only Extremely rare opportunity to own 3.8 flat acres on prime West Atherton Street. 5 BR/6.5 BA Susie Dews & Shena Hurley 650.325.6161 CalBRE #00781220 & 01152002

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

Los Altos Call for price EXCLUSIVE Outstanding new construction! Lots of impressive features throughout home! 5 BR/6.5 BA

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Rod Creason

Atherton $2,788,000 Sun 1 - 4 73 Nora Way 4 BR/ 2.5 BA Gorgeous Remodeled One Story Home in West Atherton

Woodside $2,498,000 By Appointment Extensively and beautifully remodeled home. Breathtaking view of forest and ocean. 4 BR/3.5 BA

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Keri Nicholas

Lea Nilsson

Scott Dancer

CalBRE #01198898


Menlo Park $2,299,000 Las Lomitas Schools! Spacious tastefully renovated home in University Heights, Menlo Park. 3 BR/2 BA

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Redwood City $1,995,000 Sat/Sun 1 - 4 620 West California First time ever on market! This home offers panoramic bay views and privacy galore! 3 BR/2.5 BA


Palo Alto $2,199,000 5 bdrm 3 ba home near downtown. Hdwd floors,skylight, fam kit opens to private back yard! Ken Morgan & Arlene Gault 650.328.5211 CalBRE #00877457 & 01242236

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Portola Valley $1,895,000 Sat/Sun 1 - 4 5 Buckeye Just listed! Stunning home in Portola Valley ranch, with views of Windy Hill from LR & MBR. 3 BR/2 BA

Portola Valley $1,798,000 Beautifully remodeled,chic modern ambiance,fab.setting amid towering redwoods. 280 2 BR/2.5 BA

John Alexander

Mia Banks

Dean Asborno

DiPali Shah

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Menlo Park $1,500,000 Must see! Rare, one-level unit overlooking 14th fairway of Sharon Heights golf course. 3 BR/2 BA Deanna Tarr

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Redwood Shores $898,850 Sun 1 - 4 390 Genoa Dr “The Cove” Enjoy this beautiful end unit in move-in condition! Great location overlooking the pond. 390 Genoa Dr 3 BR/2.5 BA Vickie Burgess-Keene CalBRE #01862208 650.324.4456

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202 Vehicles Wanted Cash for Cars Any Car/Truck. Running or Not! Top Dollar Paid. We Come To You! Call For Instant Offer: 1-888-420-3808 www. (AAN CAN) Donate Your Car Fast Free Towing 24 hr. Response - Tax Deduction. United Breast Cancer Foundation. Providing Free Mammograms and Breast Cancer Info. 888-792-1675 (Cal-SCAN)

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Palo Alto Soccer Club Tryouts

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Millbrae, 1049 Pinehurst Ct, Dec 13, 14, &15 10am-3pm Estate Sale-Antique Dining Tables w chairs, sofa, Oak desk, twin mattresses, dresser, armchairs,TVs, dvd/ vhs player. Cash Only.

Singles Holiday Dance Spring Down Holiday Horse Camp Stanford music tutoring substitute pianist available

Palo Alto, 1540 Mariposa Avenue, Dec. 7, 9-3

130 Classes & Instruction Airline Careers begin here. Get trained as FAA certified Aviation Technician. Housing and Financial aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance 877-492-3059 (AAN CAN) 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) Media Makeup Artists Earn $500/day. Airbrush and Media Makeup Artists for: Ads - TV - Film Fashion. Train and Build Portfolio in 1 week. (AAN CAN) German language class Instruction for Hebrew Bar and Bat Mitzvah For Affiliated and Unaffiliated George Rubin, M.A. in Hebrew/Jewish Education 650/424-1940

Palo Alto, 3373 Middlefield Road, Dec 7. 8-1 Christmas, house hold, clothing and misc items. Raising funds to send children to summer camp. RWC: 1228 Douglas Ave., 12/6, 11-2; 12/7, 9-1 END-OF-YEAR BIG RUMMAGE SALE benefits Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Holiday items 1⁄2 price. (Just south of Woodside Rd., bet. Broadway and Bayshore Fwy.) CASH ONLY 650/497-8332 or during sale, 650/568-9840

215 Collectibles & Antiques Contemporary Nude Oil Painting - $425 Org. 1984 DISNEYLAND WALL MAP $39.00

220 Computers/ Electronics Wow! Acer One Laptop will trade

133 Music Lessons

230 Freebies

Christina Conti Private Piano Instruction (650) 493-6950

35MM Slide Scanner - FREE

235 Wanted to Buy

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

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Piano Lessons in Palo Alto Call Alita at 650.838.9772

240 Furnishings/ Household items Dining Table -Iron Work & Glass - $450 Drapery Rod Sets (RH) Estate ORB $110

245 Miscellaneous 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)

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Kid’s Stuff 330 Child Care Offered EXPERIENCED NANNY

345 Tutoring/ Lessons English Writing/SAT Tutor

355 Items for Sale 0-6monBoyClothesNewColderSeason DisneyDVDsSingAlongSongs$10 Org. 1984 DISNEYLAND WALL MAP

Jobs 500 Help Wanted 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

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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 LARA’S GREEN CLEANING Maria’s Housecleaning Service 19 years exp., excellent refs. Good rates, own car. Maria, 650/207-4709

1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park Train/Bus Accessibility

560 Employment Information Drivers: New Trucks arriving! Experience pays - up to 50 cpm. Full benefits + quality hometime. CDL-A required. Call 877-258-8782 (Cal-SCAN) Drivers: Owner Operators Dedicated home weekly! Solos up to $175,000/year, $2500 Sign-on Bonus! Teams up to $350,000/year, $5000 Sign-on Bonus! Forward Air 888-652-5611. (Cal-SCAN) Drivers: Pickup Foremost Transport, Perris, CA is hiring Pickup drivers who hava a 3/4 ton or One ton truck to deliver RV’S throughout the US and Canada. We are paying competitive rates and have several bonuses. 1-866-764-1601 or (Cal-SCAN) Home Mailer Program Paid in Advance!! Make up to $1000 a week mailing brochures from home! Helping home workers since 2001! Genuine opportunity! No experience required. Start immediately! (AAN CAN) Homemailer Program Help Wanted! make extra money in our free ever popular homemailer program, includes valuable guidebook! Start immediately! Genuine! 1-888-292-1120 (AAN CAN)

Business Services 624 Financial Guaranteed Income for Your Retirement. Avoid market risk & get guaranteed income in retirement! CALL for FREE copy of our SAFE MONEY GUIDE Plus Annuity Quotes from A-Rated companies! 800-3758607 (Cal-SCAN) Student Loan Payments? Cut your STUDENT LOAN payments in HALF or more even if you are Late or in Default. Get Relief FAST Much LOWER payments. Call Student Hotline 855589-8607 (Cal-SCAN)


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Orkopina Housecleaning S i n c e 19 8 5 Full Service & Move In/Move Out

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650-962-1536 Credit Cards Accepted

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730 Electrical

Clarence Electric Co.

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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 Citiscapes I have landscaped here for over 30 years. Free consultation. Ken MacDonald 650-465-5627 Lic# 749570 J. Garcia Garden Maintenance Service Free est. 20 years exp. (650)3664301 or (650)346-6781 LANDA’S GARDENING & LANDSCAPING *Yard Maintenance *New Lawns *Clean Ups *Tree Trimming *Rototilling *Power Wash *Irrigation timer programming. 17 years exp. Ramon 650-576-6242 Leo Garcia Landscape/ Maintenance Lawn and irrig. install, clean-ups. Res. and comml. maint. Free Est. Lic. 823699. 650/369-1477. R.G. Landscape Yard Clean-ups, maintenance, installations. Call Reno for free est. 650/468-8859

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

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

CDL Construction 408-310-0355 Lic 781723B

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

757 Handyman/ Repairs !CompleteHome ABLE Repair HANDYMAN!! modelin Professional inting FRED

!Carpentr  30 Years Experience !Plumbing !Electrical 650.529.1662 !CustomCabinets 650.483.4227 !Decknces

767 Movers 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

771 Painting/ Wallpaper


Serving the peninsula over 15 years Residential / Commercial Apartments, drywall retexturing and repair, window cleaning, pressure washing, and more... Bonded & Insured


Lic# 15030605

779 Organizing Services

809 Shared Housing/ Rooms

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

Los Altos Hills, 1 BR/1 BA - $925/ month

Real Estate 801 Apartments/ Condos/Studios Mountain View, 2 BR/1 BA - $1975 Mountain View, 2 BR/2 BA - $2,600 PA: 1BR/1BA In 4 plex. Wooded, creekside setting. Hardwood floors. Gardener. N/P. $1395 mo, lease. Avail. after 12/15. Contact Arn Cenedella, Agent, 650/566-5329.

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

805 Homes for Rent Atherton, 1 BR/1 BA - $3390/mont Menlo Park, 3 BR/2.5 BA - $5,300/mon Palo Alto, 3 BR/2.5 BA - $4350

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

Palo Alto, 4 BR/2 BA - $4900month

825 Homes/Condos for Sale Central Woodside: 4BR/4BA 2 car. Updated 6 Stall Barn. Offered at $4,950,000. Email Phone: 650-208-0664 Menlo Park, 3 BR/2 BA - $1099000 Palo Alto, 3 BR/2 BA - $899000 Redwood City, 3 BR/2 BA - $879950 Sunnyvale, 3 BR/2 BA - $599999

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Sunnyvale, 4 BR/2 BA - $3750

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NorCal title puts Menlo School into state championship by Ari Kaye


t the beginning of the 2013 girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; volleyball season, Menlo first-year head coach Steve Cavella gathered his squad to discuss the overall team goals for the upcoming year. According to junior setter Elisa Merten, the checklist of goals the team decided upon included: winning the West Bay Athletic League, winning the CCS Tournament, winning the NorCal championship, and finally, in big bold letters, going to â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and winning â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the state championship game. After Tuesday night, only the final â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and most prestigious â&#x20AC;&#x201D; goal remains unchecked for the Knights. Top-seeded Menlo (32-5) survived a late run from No. 2-seeded Sonora (29-6) to win the CIF NorCal Division IV title, 25-21, 22-25, 25,-15, 22-25, 15-7 in Atherton. The victory propels the Knights into Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CIF State Championship match (12:30 p.m.) against Francis Parker (28-5), the top-seeded team in Southern California and the reigning state champion, which advanced by way of a 25-13, 22-25, 25-17, 2519 victory over No. 2 Saddleback

The Menlo School girls had plenty to celebrate following a five-set win over Sonora on Tuesday in the NorCal Division IV volleyball finals as the No. 1-seeded Knights earned a berth in the CIF state championships.


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Stanford happy to be playing in the NCAAs by Rick Eymer

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ohn Vargas was prepared to move out of his office on the deck of the Avery Aquatic Center for a week had Stanford not qualified for the NCAA menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water polo tournament, which opened Thursday at Stanford. Somehow the fourth-ranked Cardinal (21-5) survived one of the most competitive seasons ever in the always tough Mountain Pacific Sports Federation to earn a bid in the national playoffs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I could have watched them set up for the tournament,â&#x20AC;? Vargas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would have been too painful.â&#x20AC;? Thankfully he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to worry. Stanford likely qualified for the national tournament by beating UCLA in one semifinal

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HONOR ROLL . . . Stanford middle blocker Inky Ajanaku was named the final Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week earlier this week. Ajanaku averaged 4.29 kills, 5.21 points per set and 1.43 blocks per set, while hitting .489 as Stanford swept Arizona on the road before defeating California in four sets at home last week. Stanford closed out the regular season with a 24-5 overall record and second-place finish in the Pac-12 (17-3). Stanford was undefeated (9-0) in the month of November. Ajanaku also was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week . . . Stanford sophomore Madi Bugg was named the Pac-12 Setter of the Year in womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball as the annual conference awards were announced this week. Stanford senior Carly Wopat and sophomores Ajanaku and Jordan Burgess were named to the 14-player All-Pac-12 Conference Team. Senior Rachel Williams and sophomore Brittany Howard joined Bugg as honorablemention selections. Bugg, who hails from Apex, N.C., leads the Pac-12 with 11.88 assists per set, upping that mark to 12.10 in conference matches. . . . Palo Alto High grad Steve Gargiulo, a senior defensive end, is one of 19 players from the University of San Diego to be named by PFL coaches as all-league selections. Gargiulo led the team in tackles for loss (14) and sacks (8.5) and forced two fumbles. He was named to the First Team . . . Stanford junior Kelsey Harbin was named a 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA First Team All-American, the sportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest honor, as announced Monday by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. . . . Stanford senior Chiney Ogwumike was voted the Pac-12 Player of the Week in womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball for a third time this season. Ogwumike led No. 6 Stanford to the Hardwood Tournament of Hope title last week in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, averaging 25.3 points and 11.0 rebounds, while also shooting 78.0 percent (32-for-41) from the field over the Cardinalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3-0 outing, during which head coach Tara VanDerveer earned her 900th career victory . . . Maddie Bauer became the first Stanford freshman in four years to be named to the All-Pacific Region first team for womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer. Bauer, a central defender, was among three Stanford players named to the First Team, joining fifth-year senior forward Courtney Verloo and junior midfielder Loâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;eau LaBonta.


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trailed the rest of the match. Menlo spread around their offensive attack in the final game, as Dressel, senior Maddie Huber, junior Lida Vandermeer, and senior Maddy Frappier each had multiple kills for the Knights. “It’s awesome to have so many different people be able to contribute,” Huber said. “We have such a deep team and so many different weapons that we can mix up the hitters and get kills in different ways.” Frappier ended up smashing home the game-winning kill for Menlo, sending the Knights into a state of jubilation on the court. Overall in the contest, Merten had the magic touch for Menlo, racking up an incredible 70 assists on the night by passing the ball with great precision and touch.

“As a team (passing) is one of our strong points. We have some really good passers and diggers,” Merten said. “Coming into this game, we knew (Sonora) had some pretty top servers. To actually get some kills, we needed to make those (good) passes.” The junior setter helped several of her teammates accumulate some impressive kill numbers. Huber led the team with 19 kills, while Vandermeer had 16 kills, Dressel had 14 kills and sophomore Maddie Stewart had 17 kills. The championship game against Francis Parker will take place at Santiago Canyon College. “We have the talent that we need to win,” said Dressel, whose team is 26-1 since Sept. 25. “We just need to be focused and confident.” N

Menlo School sophomore Maddie Stewart (9) had 17 kills in the finale.


along with three section titles and four appearances in the finals. During that same time, Bellarmine has gone 63-12-1, won three CCS titles and appeared in four championship games. SHP defeated offensive-minded Menlo School in last year’s CCS finale, 13-7. Contributing to the low score was the fact the game was played in a horrendous rain storm. The weather is expected to be clear and cold on Saturday, but the Gators will face another highpowered offense. In last week’s semifinals, Pacific Grove tied a CCS scoring record in its 77-53 win over No. 3 Carmel. “They’re going to be tough,” said Lavorato, whose team beat Pacific Grove, 48-15, in last year’s opening round. “It’s two contrasting styles. It’s going to be a real exciting game.” Pacific Grove ran for 414 yards and threw for 319 in the wildscoring semifinal. Perhaps more importantly, the Breakers gave up 448 yards — 153 on the ground — and 53 points. In SHP’s win over No. 5 Monterey, the Gators rushed for 355 and threw for 127 more. Sacred Heart Prep is averaging 354 rushing yards in its two playoff games and has given up a touchdown or less in seven games this season. Clearly, SHP has the ability to slow down Pacific Grove. But, can the same be said for the Breakers? In last weekend’s win over Monterey, senior Andrew Segre rushed for 123 yards and one TD while junior Ben Burr-Kirven

The Menlo School girls celebrated their first NorCal Division IV volleyball title since 2002 on Tuesday night with a dogpile.


acred Heart Prep wrapped up the finest season in its football history one year ago, finishing 12-1 and winning the Central Coast Section Division IV title. The Gators allowed an average of just 9.9 points during their 13-game season. The 2013 season will come to a close on Saturday night when topseeded Sacred Heart Prep (11-1) takes on No. 7-seeded Pacific Grove (11-1) in the CCS Division IV title game at Independence High in San Jose at 7 p.m. As good as the Gators were on defense a year ago, they are even better now. Heading into the championship game, SHP is allowing just 7.9 points per contest. “I think there are a number of reasons our defense has been so good,” said SHP coach Pete Lavorato. “Number 1, is our defensive coordinator, Mark Modest. He does a great job with game-planning and teaching the players. Matt Moran, our line coach, is excellent, as well. “Our kids are very coachable and, while not big, pretty quick.” The Gators have allowed only 19 points in two CCS playoff games, a 35-12 win over Seaside and a 34-7 victory over Monterey last Saturday. SHP is working on a five-game win streak in postseason play. The Gators’ last loss came in 2011 to eventual Division IV champ Palma (34-7). Even more impressive is what Sacred Heart Prep has accomplished since joining the CCS in 2008. Should the Gators win on Saturday, they’ll have a 62-13-1 record over the past six years


SHP junior linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven (25) had 17 tackles in a 34-7 win over Monterey in a CCS Division IV semifinal.

Valley Christian. “It’s been a fun ride so far,” Cavella said. “The team’s worked really hard. We set this goal to make the state championship at the beginning of the year. It’s been a long process to do that and we are really happy with how the season’s gone.” Menlo is seeking its first girls’ volleyball state championship in their fifth trip to the championship game. The Knights took part in the state championship in four consecutive years from 1999 to 2002, but were beaten badly in all four matches, winning only a single game over the four- year period. “We are obviously so excited. It was a dream in the beginning of the season,” senior middle blocker Morgan Dressel said of playing in the championship game. “I’m so glad we accomplished every single step needed until now. All of our hard work has paid off.” The Knights almost were forced to make other plans for Saturday afternoon, as Sonora pushed Menlo to the brink of elimination. Coming into Tuesday night’s match, Menlo had not played in a fifth game all season, and it appeared that Menlo might avoid playing one against Sonora, as well. The Knights looked dominant in a 25-15 Game 3 victory that put them up overall 2-1, and had plenty of momentum heading into Game 4. But the Wildcats struck back, winning the fourth game 25-22, to push the Knights into uncharted territory. “There were nerves, but we knew we had to stay confident,” Dressel said of team’s mood before the fifth game. “Our goal was to come out strong, win the first few points and take it from there.” Menlo executed its plan to perfection, as the Knights opened up an early 7-3 advantage, and never

Menlo School senior Maddie Huber (8) had this block plus 19 kills.

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AMANDA MCFADDEN AMANDA GRADUATED WITH A BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN MUSIC EDUCATION AND SINGLE SUBJECT TEACHING CREDENTIAL IN MUSIC FROM SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY. When asked what she loved about teaching, she said, “I love feeding students’ passions. Whether it’s strumming a guitar with the students or conducting the music ensembles, making music is a wonderful way to foster community, creativity, and collaboration.” When she’s not teaching music at Priory, she enjoys playing volleyball, reading, cooking/eating, and spending time with her family and cat Mochi!

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Stanford places 18 on All-Pac-12 team

No. 7 Stanford beat visiting Notre Dame, 27-20, in a nonconference game. Lyons hopes the No. 7-ranked ighteen Stanford players, of linebackers in Trent Murphy Cardinal (10-2) is still smiling covering 19 positions, and Shayne Skov while junior some time Saturday night. Stanwere named to the All- safety Ed Reynolds also earned ford travels to No. 11 Arizona Pac-12 Conference football first-team honors. Murphy and State (10-2) for the Pac-12 chamteam this week. Six players Reynolds have been two-time pionship game, a berth in the earned first-team honors, an- first-team selections. 100th Rose Bowl at stake. Kickother six claimed second-team off is slated for 4:45 p.m., with the Named to the second-team honors and seven more earned offense were Tyler Gaffney game televised on ESPN. honorable-mention status (RB), Montgomery (WR), In addition to his two intercepin voting conducted by the Cameron Fleming (RT), Antions, Lyons has 61 tackles (tied league’s head coaches. for fourth on the team with Ed drus Peat (LT) and Khalil WilTy Montgomery was a first- kes (C). Reynolds), 4 1/2 tackles for a loss, team pick as a return specialist two pass breakups and two forced Montgomery claimed firstand a second-team selection as team honors at return specialist fumbles. a wide receiver. “He’s trending upward,” Cardiwith the junior ranking second Six Cardinal earned honors nationally in kickoff returns nal coach David Shaw said of Lyon offense with left guard Da- with 31.3 yards per return and ons. “He’s gotten better, smarter. vid Yankey earning the second two touchdowns. He’s understanding more and getstraight first-team honor of his ting a good feel for what it takes Also earning special teams career. to be a good cornerback in this honors for non-kickers or reOn defense, four Cardinal turners was Joe Hemschoot, league.” earned honors with Ben Gard- who earned second-team honLyons and the defense square ner earning first-team honors ors for his hard-hitting on kick off against an ASU team that is despite being sidelined by in- coverage units. averaging 43.2 points a game this jury since late October. season, just behind conference Seven Stanford players “He has a lot of respect earned honorable mention inleader Oregon. Stanford leads the around the league,” Stanford cluding Henry Anderson (DL), Pac-12 on defense, allowing just football coach David Shaw said. sophomore Alex Carter (CB), 19 points a game. The Sun Devils “When he runs on the field you Kevin Danser (RG), Josh Maugive up an average of 24.8 points don’t really notice him but he’s ro (DL), Ben Rhyne (P), Jordan a contest. difficult to account for.” Arizona State is also good at Richards (S) and A.J. Tarpley Gardner was joined by a pair (ILB). N creating turnovers, leading the Pac-12 in turnover margin at a plus-13. Stanford has created as “It’s always difficult to play the many turnovers (17) as it has in It was the same year Lyons, same team twice,” Martinez said. who is good at reading quarterturning the ball over. “That’s a good, complete foot- “Going in, we think of them as a backs, got his first look at Stanball team,” Shaw said. “They have different team.” ford, traveling to the school on an It will be nearly three months unofficial visit. It was his first trip good players on all three levels.” The game also features two since the teams last played — to the West Coast. of the top four running backs in Stanford beat ASU, 42-28, on “It opened up my mind and exthe conference with Stanford’s Sept. 21 in Stanford Stadium — posed me to so much more,” he making it easTyler Gaffney ranking said. “There are brilier to convince third with 123.8 yards liant people, beautiful Stanford playper game and Arizona minds, on this football ers that ArizoState’s Marion Grice, team.” na State will four yards shy of 1,000, Lyons missed most be completely averaging 90.5 yards. of his freshman season different. Sun Devils’ quarterwith a broken foot and “It’s a betback Taylor Kelly ranks started just one game ter position for fifth in the conference last season. He had just the coaches with 278.1 passing one career interception to say this is yards and fourth with prior to the Notre Dame a new game,” 27 touchdowns. game. In the first meetShaw said. Wayne Lyons Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan ing with ASU, however, “We haven’t Kevin Hogan averages Lyons tied Shayne Skov 184.2 passing yards, 11th in the seen them in a long time.” with a team-high nine tackles. Lyons, meanwhile, may not Pac-12. He’s fourth in pass effiThe Cardinal, which has won be headed for a political career, 10 regular-season games a fourth ciency with a rating of 149.9. Stanford linebacker Blake Mar- though he can certainly work straight season, hopes to continue tinez grew up in Tucson a fan of crowds well. the journey with a second consec“I just made friends with ev- utive trip to the Rose Bowl, someArizona football. His family has season tickets. Playing against the eryone I met,” Lyons said. “I’m thing the school hasn’t done since Sun Devils, for whom he “has a the guy everybody gets along John Ralston’s final two years at healthy dislike,” has to be a little with. Guys would run against Stanford in 1970-71. me (for class president) but it special. “We need to sustain drives,” “Arizona State talked to me was really like I was in a race of Shaw said of the keys on Saturafter (coach Todd) Graham got my own.” day. “And no field goals, we need During his junior year, Lyons touchdowns against these guys. there,” Martinez said. “By that time I had my mind set on Stan- started his virtual book club as When they blitz, there’s no time a way to repay his mother, who to hold the all. We have to get it ford.” Martinez, who missed four works with the school board in and get it off.” games with a knee injury, under- Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for taking The last time Stanford played stands the perils of the second the time to inspire him to read. in Tempe, it escaped with a 17-13 “She’s the biggest influence on victory in 2010. time around against a team. The Cardinal played UCLA in the fi- me,” Lyons said. “I struggled with “We had to claw and bite and nal regular-season game last sea- reading and she helped me a lot. scratch our way to a victory out son and then hosted the Bruins It doesn’t have to take much time, there,” Skov said. “So, I don’t exsix days later in the conference just start reading for 20 minutes pect anything less coming back a day.” championship game. down there.” N

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The junior overcame a sprained ankle in the second set and a 2-4 deficit in the third to defeat the No. 1 seed while winning the singles title at the CCS tennis tournament, becoming the school’s first champ.

The junior linebacker/running back filled in for an injured teammate with 112 rushing yards and three touchdowns in addition to having 17 tackles in a 34-7 win over Monterey in the CCS Division IV semis.

Honorable mention Nicole Colonna Pinewood cross country

Maddie Huber Menlo volleyball

Lizzie Lacy Menlo cross country

Elisa Merten* Menlo volleyball

Becca Raffel* Palo Alto volleyball

Sarah Robinson* Gunn cross country

Nic Collazo Sacred Heart Prep football

Eli Givens Palo Alto football

JR Hardy Sacred Heart Prep football

Mason Randall Sacred Heart Prep football

Andrew Segre Sacred Heart Prep football

Paul Westcott Sacred Heart Prep football * previous winner

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gained 112 rushing yards and scored three times. Burr-Kirven wasn’t expecting to carry the ball, but took up some slack when starter Ricky Grau suffered a leg injury in the first quarter. “We’re a big family,” said Segre. “We’re fighting just to have one more week for this family to get another CCS championship.” Segre led off Sacred Heart’s first drive of the game with a three-yard dive up the middle for a touchdown, putting the Gators up 7-0 in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Burr-Kirven ran past the Toreadores’ defense for a six-yard touchdown to give his team the 14-0 halftime lead. “We had big holes on every play, we just had to follow them; the O’ line played really well,” said Segre. It only took three plays for Sacred Heart to score on its opening drive of the third quarter. BurrKirven came through again and sprinted down the side line for a 66-yard touchdown. Not only did Burr-Kirven rack up three offensive touchdowns, he also led the Gators’ defense that allowed only 133 total yards. Burr-Kirven was credited with 17 tackles, 11 of them solo. “He’s the best high school player I’ve ever coached,” said Lavorato. “I think he’s the best high school player I’ve ever seen; he’s a special kid.” The Toreadores got on the board in the third quarter before BurrKirven ran in for an eight-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to wrap things up. “This is a game,” said Lavorato, “where we came out and there was no denying our kids.” N


alo Alto High has been playing football for 104 years. When the 105th season begins next fall, the Vikings will have a new coach. After 31 years of coaching football, compiling a record of 216-108-3, winning four Central Coast Section championships, going 14-0 in 2010 and capturing a CIF Division I state title, Paly football coach and athletic director Earl Hansen, 62, has announced his retirement, ef-

fective next June. Hansen, who reportedly made his decision to retire a year ago, finally broke the news when he addressed his team Monday. Palo Alto’s 2013 season came to a 6-6 end in following a 4521 loss to St. Francis in the CCS Division II semifinals. Hansen ranks No. 5 all-time in the CCS for career wins, coached at Paly (26 years) and San Lorenzo Valley (five), and was named state coach of the year in 2010. N


(TENTATIVE) AGENDA – SPECIAL MEETING – COUNCIL CHAMBERS MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2013 - 4:00 PM CLOSED SESSION 1. Potential Litigation 2. Potential Litigation 3. Potential Litigation STUDY SESSION 4. TDM with Contra Costa County and Stanford CONSENT CALENDAR 5. Approval of Banking Services Contract Extension with Wells Fargo and Union Bank for One Year 6. Approval Of The Agreement Between The City Of Palo Alto And The Friends Of The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo For Mutual Cooperation And Support 7. Approval of Contract C14152214 in the Amount of $2,000,000 with Toubar Equipment Company Inc. for Soil Brokering and Closure Maintenance Assistance Services at the Palo Alto Landfill and Approval of a Resolution for the Third Amendment of Lease PRC 7348.9 with the California State Lands Commission for Additional Use of Lands Claimed by the State ACTION 8. Review and Approve the Findings and Recommendations from Infrastructure Survey 9. PUBLIC HEARING: Adoption of Ordinance for Electric Vehicles Supply Equipment Requirement for all New Single Family Residential construction 10. PUBLIC HEARING: Adoption of Ordinance for Expired Permit Enforcement for Residential Projects 11. PUBLIC HEARING: Approval of a mitigated negative declaration and record of land use action for an architectural review approval for the demolition of an existing 7,000 square foot, two-story commercial building with a new floor area of 15,000 square feet, including a non-appealed variance to encroach into the required seven-foot special setback along Hamilton Avenue and to encroach into the required sic-foot special setback along Ramona Street, on a Parcel Zoned CD-C(GF)(P) located at 240 Hamilton Avenue (Continued from November 12, 2013) 12. Next Steps Maybell Site STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS The Policy and Services Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 6:00 P.M. to discuss: 1) Board and Commission Applications (continued from 10/8/13), 2) Update on Benefit Audit, and 3) Renaming Main Library. The Regional Housing Mandate Committee will meet on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:00 P.M. to discuss: 1) Work Plan for the 2015-2022 Regional Housing Needs Allocation Cycle, and 2) 20072014 Housing Methodology and Relationship Between Office Space and RHNA.

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CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF A DIRECTOR’S HEARING To be held at 3:00 P.M., Thursday, December 19, 2013, in the Palo Alto City Council Conference Room, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review filed documents; contact Alicia Spotwood for information regarding business hours at 650-617-3168.

8:00 A.M., Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Palo Alto Council Chambers, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review filed documents; contact Diana Tamale for information regarding business hours at 650.329.2144.

559 Barron Avenue [13PLN-00272]: Request by Charles Katz, for a Director’s Hearing regarding the Tentative Approval of a single-family Individual Review for a first floor addition and a new second floor to an existing one-story house. Zoning: R-1. Environmental Assessment: Exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act per Section 15315.

Professorville Design Guidelines: Request for review of draft design guidelines for residential development in the Professorville Historic District.

1935 Webster Street [13PLN-00403]: Request by Steve Niethammer on behalf of Dondo LLC for a Preliminary Parcel Map to subdivide a 16,610 sq. ft. parcel into two 8,305 sq. ft. lots for development of single family homes in the R-1 zoning district. Environmental Assessment: Exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) under section 15315 Minor Land Subdivision.

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and having USC knock off Pacific in the other. “The top four teams were so close, it came down to the final weekend,” Vargas said. “We felt we needed to win two of the three games.” Stanford, the No. 3 seed, was a heavy favorite to defeat No. 6 Whittier (20-12) on Thursday and advance to meet No. 2 seed Pacific on Saturday at 2:45 p.m. The title match is Sunday at 3 p.m. The Poets, winners of eight straight, advanced with a suddendeath overtime victory in the championship match of the SCIAC tournament. Gunn grad Gavin Kerr is a sophomore attacker for Whittier. The five-time defending champion Trojans needed to win the MPSF tournament to make it. Seeded fourth in the conference tournament, USC received the top seed for NCAAs. The Trojans earned the top seed by the margin of total goals scored, the third tiebreaker, against UCLA, Stanford and Pacific, all of whom could legitimately claim the No. 1 seed. Vargas said in-season tournaments such as the NorCal and UC Irvine Invitational prepared the Cardinal for the MPSF tournament. “Entering the NorCals we were seeded fifth,” Vargas said. “We played fourth seed Pacific in the quarterfinal and beat them, played the No. 1 seed USC and lost in overtime and then played No. 3 seed Cal and beat them.” “Every weekend, every conference game, you had to lay it on the line,” Vargas said. Menlo School grad Scott Platshon, Sacred Heart Prep grad Paul Rudolph and fellow senior Forrest Watkins will get the chance to celebrate their final games in their home pool. Platshon, last year’s starting goalie, was beaten out by freshman Drew Holland this year. “I talked with Scott about it,” Vargas said. “He said ‘I’ll do the best I can to back him up and train like I’m the starter.’ You can’t ask for anything better.” Rudolph was coming off elbow surgery that cost him a season. “All the seniors bring something different,” Vargas said. “Over the course of the season Paul has gotten better and better. With the elbow, it did not look promising but he did everything he needed to do to come back and play.” * * * Four Stanford players earned All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors Tuesday as the conference announced its all-conference teams. Junior utility Alex Bowen was named to the First Team, sophomore driver Bret Bonanni and redshirt senior two-meter Forrest Watkins were named to the Second Team and sophomore driver BJ Churnside was named honorable mention. N


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“In terms of the team, a really solid performance for the smallest team in D1 at State,” Plumer said. “I was shooting for a top-15 finish so we squeaked under that!” Gunn sophomore Gillian Meeks was 46th overall in 18:37 followed by sophomore teammate Maya Miklos (20:00) in 143rd, junior Amy Aiken (20:04) in 147th, sophomore Sherry Zhou (20:28) in 163rd and freshman Illi Gardner (20:28) in 164th. “I’m especially pleased,” Plumer said of her team effort, “given the lack of experience on the team and losing (freshman) Claire Hu at CCS. I try to tell them what it is like, but just really hard to understand until you’ve gone through it. We had five girls on that squad who had never run cross country before this season and no one had a bad race. Gillian Meeks had a nice improvement from last year, as well, and we thought we might lose her earlier this season to an illness. So yes, the coach is very happy.” In the Division IV girls’ race, Menlo School junior Lizzie Lacy raced home sixth in 18:31 and was the No. 3 finisher from the CCS. Menlo sophomore Zoe Enright was 30th in 19:26. Lacy improved her personal record by 50 seconds. Enright also had a solid race while fighting plantar fasciatis. Anna Maxwell of San Lorenzo Valley won the race in 17:08. “I feel like this course is all about strategy,” Lacy said. “With Zoe, working together definitely helped us, I think, as moving through people is a lot easier when you have someone there to motivate you. If she was

feeling better, I believe she would have ended up with me or even more successful.” Lacy and Enright started out fairly fast, and kept pace so they could stay with the lead pack. “I was definitely surprised with the leading pack and how the group of them fell back and closed the gap,” Lacy said. “Once there wasn’t a gap anymore, I think we took advantage of the proximity and gave it our all to try to pass those guys.” In the Division V girls’ race, Pinewood junior Nicole Colonna was eighth in 19:17 and was the top finisher from the CCS. In the team competition, Priory finished 18th out of 22 teams. Sophomore Hana Marsheck led the Panthers in 20th place (19:43). Other Priory scorers were sophomore Maria Naclerio in 101st (21:49), freshman Elise Rust in 124th (22:20), sophomore Sarah Halabe in 132nd (22:35), and senior Madison Hughes in 155th (23:46). In the Division I boys’ race, MenloAtherton senior Zach Plante finished 80th in 16:15, averaging 5:14 per mile. He was the lone area runner competing in the race. In the Division IV boys’ race, Sacred Heart Prep junior Daniel Hill finished 30th in 16:32, averaging 5:20 per mile. He was No. 6 among all CCS finishers. In the Division V boys’ race, Priory finished 10th out of 24 teams as senior Chris Gregory was 34th (16:58), junior Ross Corey was 36th (17:00), senior Johnny Trudelle 58th (17:21), sophomore Robert Screven 90th (17:52) and senior Leo Berez 110th (18:11). N


unn senior Sarah Robinson made the penultimate race in her prep career in cross country a good one by finishing fourth in the girls’ Division I race at the CIF State Championships last Saturday morning at Woodward Park in Fresno. Robinson clocked 17:16 over the 3.1-mile course — a 5:34 per mile pace — to finish as the No. 2 runner from Northern California. Fiona O’Keefe of Davis won in 16:59. Robinson’s time converts to a 16:55 for the 2.95-mile layout at Crystal Springs, where she won the Central Coast Section title in a personal-best 16:59. “I am very proud of Sarah,” said Gunn coach PattiSue Plumer. “It was a blistering race and she went for it; first mile in 5:21. However, I think she wanted a top-three finish. I think her time would have been good for first or second in any other division.” Robinson had the seventh-fastest time overall in all divisions and would have been second in Division II, III or IV. She would have won Division V. Robinson next will compete this Saturday at the Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) in Portland, Ore. She’ll be in a field of 45 elite runners from around the nation racing in a multiple-loop race inside the horse race track at Portland Meadows. The event is considered the most prestigious in the country. At the state meet, Gunn, which was second at the Central Coast Section finals to Monta Vista, trailed the Matadors once again as the Titans took 14th as a team with Monta Vista taking 12th.

Gunn senior Sarah Robinson will run on Saturday in Portland, Ore.

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