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Redevelopment forces shakeup of downtown retail scene Independent retailers eye other cities for new space by Sue Dremann and Eric Van Susteren

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owntown Palo Alto’s redevelopment trend and high rents are pushing another longtime retailer to another city. This week, owners of the 65-year-old University Art and its The Annex gift store confirmed the business, which is a destination for artists, will leave Palo Alto and construct its own building at 2550 El Camino Real in

Redwood City. University Art had been looking for a space to buy or move into in Palo Alto for the past two years, said Cornelia Pendleton, the store’s CFO and daughter of one of the founders. They tried to purchase their current building, at 267 Hamilton Ave., in 2008 but were outbid, she said. The move is being forced by the

building owner’s plans to retrofit the Hamilton space, and the store would have had to relocate for at least two years, she said. University Art looked at moving into the old Apple store on University Avenue, but the rent was too high. It wasn’t feasible to stay in Palo Alto, where space goes for at least $4 to $6 a square foot, which is more like $6 to $8 per square foot with taxes, insurance and maintenance, Pendleton said. “It’s very difficult to be a small

retailer in today’s market. ... Economically it does not make sense. There are guaranteed rent increases in the future. It’s not sustainable,” she said. University Art owns its San Jose and Sacramento store buildings. Pendleton’s aunt, Lauretta Cappiello, now 91, and her mother, Virginia Biondi, 89, started the business in 1948 with her grandfather, Anthony Cappiello. The family had moved west from New York.

They purchased University Office Supply store, which was located at University Circle in downtown. In 1957, the store moved to Hamilton Avenue north of Waverley Street and in 1964 to its current location, she said. Anthony Cappiello died in 1957, but Pendleton’s mother and aunt are still on the board of directors. The store and adjacent The Annex gift store will stay open until ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£Ó®

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Report: Realignment drives property crime up But keeping prisoners locked up not the most cost-effective, authors say by Sue Dremann roperty crimes across through realignment, the report the state rose 7.6 percent states. The increase is higher than this year, and Santa Clara in states where crime trends were County was hit the worst, with an similar to California’s before reincrease of 20.4 percent, accord- alignment. Nationwide, property ing to a recent report that pins the crime decreased slightly. rise on California’s controversial The rising crime numbers reprisoner-realignment policy. lated to prisoner early releases The report by the Public Policy are concerning, the authors Institute of California states that wrote. California still has 8,000 the program, which aims to re- state prison inmates more than its duce the state’s overcrowded pris- court-mandated limit of 110,000. ons, didn’t appear to change rates If the state releases prisoners rathin violent crime, such as murder er than transferring them to other and rape. But its effect on auto- facilities, the effect on property theft rates was particularly pro- crime could be 7 to 12 percent nounced, with an increase of 14.8 greater per released offender, the percent — or 24,000 more auto authors noted. thefts per year. Violent crime, including murRealignment went into effect der, rape, robbery and aggravated on Oct. 1, 2011, in response to a assault, did rise 3.4 percent durfederal court order for Califor- ing the same time period, but the nia to reduce overcrowding in its increases appear to be part of a prisons. It shifts responsibility broader trend. They were also exfor nonviolent criminals from the perienced in other states, accordstate to the local level by send- ing to the report. ing some prisoners to jail instead Robberies increased modestly, of prison. It quickly reduced to about 6 per year per 100,000 the state’s prison population by residents, which do appear related 27,000, but two thirds — about to realignment. 18,000 — who would have been Magnus Lofstrom, an Institute in prison or jail before the shift research fellow and report coare now on the streets, according author, took a longer view. to the report. “Realignment has brought enorCrime rates varied widely mous change to California, and across the state, but the 10 largest it appears to have affected auto counties generally saw greater in- thefts, in particular. Nonetheless, creases in crime than in the state despite recent increases, rates of overall, according to the report. property and violent crime rePalo Alto police statistics show main at historically low levels in car thefts rose 26.3 percent, lar- the state, substantially lower than cenies increased 11.8 percent and they were a decade ago,” he said. burglaries rose 15.6 percent beFrom a cost-versus-benefit pertween 2011 and 2012. spective, longer incarceration for Counties with high incarcera- potentially realigned prisoners tion rates experienced higher does not necessarily pay, the aucrime after more prisoners were released back to their counties ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£Ó®

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EDUCATION

Questions follow sudden resignation of Sofia University head Students, faculty seek new leadership, return to school’s historical roots by Chris Kenrick

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tudents and faculty at Palo Alto’s Sofia University are seeking a complete replacement of the school’s board of trustees following budget cuts this fall and a faculty no-confidence vote in President Neal King. Seven out of 10 trustees have resigned in recent weeks and remaining trustees announced that King would resign effective Dec. 31, but demonstrators in front of the school Thursday afternoon demanded King’s immediate departure. “This is a very painful experience for those of us who care deeply about this school,” said Aneel Chima, a doctoral student

and former student representative on the board of trustees of Sofia, previously known as the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Chima said students and faculty want new trustees drawn from past board members and alumni. As students and faculty gathered in front of the school for the protest Thursday, Chima said he has received word that King that morning had fired at least 11 faculty and staff members, including the school’s cofounder, professor Robert Frager, and well-known local psychologist and writer Fred Luskin, author of “Forgive for Good.” Meanwhile, Sofia’s board named

an interim president, former Pitzer College president Frank Ellsworth. Sofia, a 38-year-old nonprofit accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, offers on-campus as well as online degrees in psychology, with a bent toward the discipline’s spiritual, emotional and creative aspects. It reports a full-time-equivalent enrollment of 526 students. Frager, a psychologist, said on Wednesday he has filed a complaint with the California Attorney General’s Office seeking an investigation. ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£{®

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BOUNDLESS CHOICES ... Local bookworms with independent streaks and digital leanings now have a new library at their disposal. Palo Alto City Library just added enKi Library, an e-book platform that offers about 10,000 titles purchased from publishers, many of them independent. The addition of this service raises the library’s existing e-book collection to more than 130,000 titles, according to an announcement from the city. The books can be read on the library’s Chromebooks or on visitors’ personal computers, tablets, smartphones or e-book readers. The new service is being unveiled at a time when e-books are enjoying a boost in popularity. Though they make up just a small fraction of the local library collection, e-book circulation jumped by more than 40 percent, library officials reported. The new platform aims to feed the trend. “We’re excited to support this new model for library e-books,� Library Director Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne, said in a statement. “enKi library offers an ownership model that works for libraries while bringing independent publishers’ collections to our audience of readers.� COVERING PALO ALTO ... More than 100 families in the Palo Alto school district signed up for health insurance last week at a session sponsored by the PTA, Covered California and the Palo Alto Unified School District. Certified enrollment counselors were on hand to help families, who were required to bring paperwork, identify their best options, either through Covered California or the expansion of Medi-Cal. A second enrollmentassistance session was to be held Thursday at Jordan Middle School. The families of about 800 Palo Alto schoolchildren reported at the beginning of the school year that they did not have medical insurance, according to Palo Alto Superintendent Kevin Skelly. “We’re anxious to see our families

get that kind of quality health care that they want,� Skelly said.

COMPLETED ASSIGNMENTS ... Three days after Palo Alto officials approved a large, illuminated sign for the Grocery Outlet store at Alma Village, the city’s architecture board granted sign exemptions to a local company whose brand is all too wellknown. Tesla Motors drove away Thursday morning with the approval of the Architectural Review Board for two signs in its shiny-new showroom at 4180 El Camino Real. One would be an illuminated wall sign and another would be a freestanding “monument sign� (a modest title) along El Camino Real. The board voted 5-0 to approve two exemptions for Tesla. Members agreed that an exemption pertaining to the size of the wall sign wasn’t even necessary because the sign’s 7-foot-4-inchwide aluminum background would wrap around an existing wall. The real sign, board member Randy Popp said, is the Tesla logo, which would only be 32 square feet. The freestanding sign, meanwhile, would be neon red and 8.5 feet tall by 4 feet wide. It would feature a Tesla logo in white acrylic and internally illuminated with LEDs, according to a staff report. The only exemption that the company needed, the board ruled, is the one granting it the right to have two signs. Collectively, they would exceed the allowed square footage in the city’s signage code. But the board swiftly granted the electric-car company its wish. Board member Lee Lippert was one of several members to speak in favor of Tesla’s proposal, framing the vote as an effort to support local businesses. “Our community is served well by having an active, busy, prosperous merchant versus an abandoned automobile showroom, which is what we were faced with as soon as three years ago,� Lippert said. “When you look at adjacent towns, they’re struggling as they’re losing their automobile usages.� N

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Giant sign approved for new Alma Street grocer Grocery Outlet gets green light for glaring sign despite resident objections by Gennady Sheyner

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or decades, Alma Plaza in Palo Alto has served as a graveyard for grocers’ dreams. The reputation stuck even after the plaza at 3445 Alma St. was redeveloped and rebranded as “Alma Village.” Years after Lucky’s and Albertsons shut their doors and left town, the plaza welcomed its latest tenant, Miki’s Farm Fresh Market, which stayed open for less than six months before it closed its doors in April and its owner filed for bankruptcy. Now, the City Council is trying its best to keep the latest entrant into the plaza from suffering a similarly ignominious fate, even if it means ruffling some feathers in the neighborhood. That’s what happened Monday night, when the council voted 6-3 to approve a large, illuminated “Grocery Outlet” sign despite an appeal from neighborhood leaders. At 104 square feet, the sign for the discount grocer would be more than 30 times what is normally allowed for signs in the area. In this case, however, the council agreed that typical rules don’t apply. With Miki’s failure, amid accusations about the site’s poor visibility and insufficient

parking, council members agreed to bow to the grocer’s request for a 3-D “cabinet” sign that some in the neighborhood called excessive and unsightly. The city’s Architectural Review Board and planning staff had approved the sign earlier this year, but the council was asked to take up the issue after an appeal from a group of residents led by Midtown leaders Sheri Furman and Annette Glanckopf. Both argued that while they support the new grocer, they oppose the installation of what would be the largest sign on the Alma corridor. They urged the council to reduce the size, despite an assertion from a Grocery Outlet executive that the store would pull out if it doesn’t have its way. “The sign exceeds all the signordinance limits,” Furman told the council Monday. “We are protesting that excess.” The council ultimately voted 6-3, with Karen Holman, Greg Schmid and Gail Price dissenting, to uphold the architecture board’s approval. Though no one was thrilled about the proposed sign, few dared to call Grocery Outlet’s bluff and risk being once again without a supermarket at

Alma Village. The city had previously approved an even larger “banner” sign for the development, though Miki’s went out of business before that sign could be installed. The newly approved 26-foot-tall sign would be slightly smaller than its approved predecessor, but it would be brighter. Its letters would be illuminated and it would reach 10 feet above the store’s roofline. Tom DuBois, one of the appellants, argued that allowing such a sign would put Palo Alto on a slippery slope. “Small signs work when everyone has them,” DuBois said. “Once we have large signs, it will kick off an arms race. If I owned a store and saw a large sign, I’d definitely want one, too.” Holman agreed with the residents that the sign is excessive and argued that the business could survive with good marketing, even without the giant sign. Others were more cautious, largely because of the city’s recent experiences with the site. Councilman Pat Burt, who was on the planning commission about 15 years ago when Alma Plaza was going through its long approval process, said the question for him

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Most on the council agreed with Burt and approved the large sign despite major reservations. Councilman Marc Berman noted that the site was “cursed” (though he quickly downgraded his assessment to “challenging”) in explaining his willingness to go along with the staff recommendation. Councilman Larry Klein noted that cars typically drive fast up and down Alma, and the larger sign is thus justified. Councilwoman Liz Kniss, who made the motion to approve the sign, said she doesn’t want to risk losing a supermarket but noted that she is (continued on page £x)

EMERGENCY SERVICES

Stanford is shopping for new firefighting services University’s request for proposals threatens long-standing relationship with Palo Alto

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tanford University is looking around for a new provider of firefighting services, a move that could transform or even end the university’s nearly four-decade-long relationship with the Palo Alto Fire Department. The university put out a request for proposals in late November for an agency that would provide fire-department services, including firefighting, paramedic and “specialty-response,” to its 4,000acre property in unincorporated Santa Clara County. The campus includes roughly 700 university buildings and 965 single-family residences. The request has a deadline of Jan. 31, and Palo Alto expects to submit its proposal next month, city Fire Chief Eric Nickel told the Weekly. Stanford’s search could have significant repercussions for Palo Alto’s fire department, whether or not the university agrees to continue to rely on Palo Alto’s services. The two fire departments, Stanford’s and Palo Alto’s, merged in 1976 as part of an effort by the university to save money

and update its force. The merger came in the wake of a 1972 fire that destroyed a wing of Encina Hall and drew about 250 responders from throughout the area. The emergency-services partnership has been in place ever since. In addition to providing Stanford with emergency-dispatch and ambulance services, Palo Alto firefighters staff Station 6 on the university’s campus. For that, the city is amply compensated. The Fire Department draws 30 percent of its revenues from Stanford University, though the campus draws only about 25 percent of the department’s responses, Nickel said. However, Stanford receives in return 30 percent of all of the revenues the department collects from customers, whether or not these calls pertain to the campus. This long-standing but somewhat rudimentary formula will probably fall by the wayside with Stanford’s decision. From the city’s perspective, that might not be a bad thing. Nickel said his department, much like the university, would like to see changes in

by Gennady Sheyner their agreement and noted that the request-for-proposals process will give both parties an avenue for addressing these changes. Nickel said the department fully expected Stanford to shop around for other providers at some point and called the university’s search a “great business practice.” Specifically, Nickel said, the department would like to see more staffing flexibility and more provisions relating to fire prevention and inspections. For instance, the city currently monitors about 500 fire alarm systems at Stanford, Nickel said. Educating the campus community about ways to prevent false alarms would create a “huge opportunity to drop the call volume.” He also noted that the call volume from Stanford falls significantly during holiday periods, when students go home for vacation, and spikes during weekends, particularly when there is a big football game. It would be worthwhile to consider these factors in determining staffing levels, he said. Both Stanford and Palo Alto

acknowledge that the university’s needs have changed since the partnership had begun. Most of the 1,248 calls that the Palo Alto Fire Department responded to on Stanford campus in 2012 related to medical services and false alarms. The request for proposals notes that Stanford “has not suffered from serious fires over many decades.” According to the request for proposals, Stanford is looking for an initial contract with a five-year term, with automatic five-year renewals thereafter for “acceptable performance.” Cancellation of a contract would require at least a 12-month notice. The university is looking to approve the new contract by next April. Even if other agencies submit the bids, Palo Alto would hold several key advantages. The most important is location. Because the city has several fire stations at and near Stanford, it is best positioned to meet Stanford’s response-times requirements. The request for proposals specifies that for medical calls and small fires, the first unit of responders should arrive within

7 minutes from the receipt of the 911 call 90 percent of the time. Even though at least four personnel from the contracting agency would occupy Stanford’s fire station, incidents that require additional staff would probably involve more driving and a longer response time. The fact that the city already provides other emergency services to Stanford should also strengthen its negotiating position. If the university opts to switch to a different fire department, fire calls would still be dispatched to Palo Alto before being transferred to the new agency, lengthening the response time. Stanford also made it clear in the request for proposals that it only desires to contract with “another full service, public fire department,” which further constrains the potential applicant pool. “I believe at the end of the day we will still be their fire department, but it’s going to look very different,” Nickel said. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

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

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

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

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

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Please make checks payable to: Silicon Valley Community Foundation Send coupon and check, if applicable, to: Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund c/o Silicon Valley Community Foundation 2440 West El Camino Real, Suite 300 Mountain View, CA 94040 The Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund is a donor advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. A contribution to this fund allows your donation to be tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.


Through Dec. 17, 307 donors have contributed $195,345 to the Holiday Fund 24 Anonymous ..............................5,425

NEWLY Received Donations Irene Beardsley & Dan Bloomberg .....200 Michael & Marcia Katz ......................100 Bjorn & Michele Liencres ...............1,000 Robert & Connie Loarie ........................* Rosalie Shepherd .............................100 Markus Asckwanden & Carol Kersten 150 John & Ruth Devries .............................* Chris & Beth Martin..............................* Bonnie Packer & Bob Raymakers .......100 David & Karen Backer.......................250 Gerald & Joyce Barker ......................100 Bruce F. Campbell .........................1,000 Keith Clarke .....................................100 Constance Crawford .........................800 Boyce & Peggy Nute .............................* David & Diane Feldman ....................500 Matt Glickman & Susie Hwang ..........500 Jane Holland ........................................* Bob & Joan Jack ..............................250 Eric Keller & Janice Bohman .............250 Jan Krawitz ..........................................* Harold Luft...........................................* Lani Freeman & Stephen Monismith ..100 Sandra & Scott Pearson ...................500 John and Lee Pierce .........................250 David & Virginia Pollard.....................300 Don & Dee Price...................................* Barbara Klein & Stan Schrier .................* Andrea Smith ...................................100 Anne and Don Vermeil ..........................* Mrs. Marie Viezee ................................* Lee & Judy Shulman .............................* Lijun & Jia-Ning Xiang .......................200 Laurie T. Jarrett ....................................* Lorraine Macchello ...........................100 Bryan & Bonnie Street ..........................* Gary & Dee Ellmann ...........................50 Les and Margaret Fisher ...................100 Judy Ousterhout ...................................* Mandy Lowell .......................................* Nina and Norman Kulgein .................100 Kathleen & Joseph Hefner ................250 Debra Satz and Don Barr ......................* Tobye & Ron Kaye ................................*

In Memory Of Dominic Greening .................................* Our beloved son Samuel Benjamin Kurland ............300 Our son Nick ....................................500 Bob Markevitch ....................................* Ludwig Tannenwald...............................* Bill Roth ..............................................* Dr. Cheryl Gold.................................330 Dr. Virginia Lewis..............................330 Dr. Peter Kono .................................340 August Lee King ...................................* Marty Wood .......................................50 Joshua Alper ....................................150 Harry Lewenstein .............................500 Mary Floyd ...........................................* Betty Meltzer .......................................* Our Dad Albert Pellizzari .......................* Jim Jarrett ...........................................* Amy Fletcher ........................................* Phillip Gottheiner ..................................* Jim Byrnes .......................................100

In Honor Of Darla Tupper ........................................* The Martin children ..........................100 Superintendent Skelly .......................150 The Gang of 4 ......................................*

Foundations, Businesses & Organizations Rathmann Family Foundation ................*

PREVIOUSLY Published Donors Virginia E. Fehrenbacher ...................100 Zelda Jury............................................* Edward Kanazawa ................................* Donald and Bonnie Miller ......................* Michael and Lennie Roberts..............150 Roger Smith .....................................200 Nanette Stringer ...............................250 Ralph and Jackie Wheeler .................225 Bonnie Berg .........................................* Lucy Berman .................................2,000 Micki and Bob Cardelli ..........................* Ted and Ginny Chu ...............................* Robyn Crumly .....................................50 Hoda Epstein .......................................* John & Florine Galen ............................* Margot Goodman ................................* Stuart & Carol Hansen .........................* Myron and Linda Hollister .................100 Jon & Julie Jerome ...............................* Kevin Mayer & Barbara Zimmer .............* Joan B. Norton .....................................* Helene Pier ..........................................* Dick and Ruth Rosenbaum ....................*

Mike & Ellen Turbow .........................250 Larry Baer & Stephanie Klein ................* Fred Kohler .........................................* Amy Renalds ........................................* Suzanne Bell....................................100 Sally Dudley .....................................200 David and Nancy Kalkbrenner ................* Gretchen Hoover ................................25 Karen Sundback...............................500 Marilyn, Dale, Rick & Mei Simbeck ........* Shirley Ely ........................................500 Patrick Radtke ..............................2,000 Ralph Britton....................................250 Charlotte Epstein .............................100 John Wang ...........................................* Cynthia Costell ...................................50 Hal and Carol Louchheim ......................* Lee Sendelbeck ...............................100 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 .....................200 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 & 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 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 & Richard Brennan ...................* Gerald & 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 Jan & Freddy Gabus..............................* Joe and Nancy Huber ........................100 John & Olive Borgsteadt .......................* Lynn & Joe Drake .................................* Patricia M. Levin ..............................100 Robert & 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 & Mary Schaefer ......................100 Mahlon & Carol Hubenthal ....................* Peter & 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 & Terri Lobdell ...............500 Carroll Harrington .............................100 Richard Zuanich ...............................200 Daniel Cox .......................................200 Michael & Frannie Kieschnick................* Richard Hallsted & 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 Jack Sutorius ...................................300 Robert Spinrad.................................500 Bill Lard ...............................................* Helen Rubin .....................................150 Mr. & Mrs. Max Blanker ....................150 Dr. & Mrs. Irvin B. Rubin ...................150 John F. Smith ...................................150 Ben Swan ............................................* Ryan ...................................................* Jean M. Law ........................................* Carole Hoffman....................................* Fumi Murai ..........................................* Mary Floyd .........................................25 Tomas W. & Louise L. Phinney ...............* Leo Breidenbach ..................................* Bertha Kalson ......................................* Nate Rosenberg ...............................100 Frank & Jean Crist ............................200 Marie Hardin ....................................100 Baxter Armstrong .................................* 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 & 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 Edna Farmer ....................................100 Terri Lobdell .....................................250 Marilyn Sutorius ...............................300 Sallie Tasto ......................................125 Paul Resnick ....................................125 Sandy Sloan ....................................100 The Barnea-Smith Family.......................* Barbara Zimmer ...................................* Gary Fazzino ........................................* Karen Ross......................................100 Shirley Sneath Kelley ........................100

Foundations, Businesses & Organizations Carl King Mayfield Mortgage..............250 Harrell Remodeling ...............................* Attorney Susan Dondershine .............300 Communications & Power Industries LLC ...................500 No Limit Drag Racing Team .................25 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

Upfront CITY BUDGET

Palo Alto in no hurry to recoup Maybell loan City Council agrees not to terminate its agreement with Palo Alto Housing Corporation by Gennady Sheyner

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alo Alto’s plan to bring an affordable-housing complex to Maybell Avenue may have dissolved on Election Day, but the city is in no rush to recoup the money it loaned to the developer. The City Council on Monday voted unanimously not to terminate its $5.8 million loan to the Palo Alto Housing Corporation, a nonprofit that builds and manages affordable-housing complexes throughout the city. The Housing Corporation used the funds to purchase a 2.4-acre site at 567 Maybell Ave. and proposed 60 low-rent apartments for seniors and 12 single-family homes to be sold at market rate. The development received the council’s unanimous approval in June but was shot down by voters in a referendum on Nov. 5. With the election fresh on their minds, council members considered on Monday what to do about the loans it had made to the Housing Corporation. Their decision? Do nothing. That was the recommendation from City Manager James Keene, who argued that affordable housing is still a critical need and that the Housing Corporation is the party best suited to address the issue. He dismissed alternative proposals from members of the public, some of whom argued that the city should buy the orchard site and develop it on its own. The city has many other priorities for spending, including a shrinking but still sizable infrastructure backlog, he said, and staff has little expertise or desire to get into the development business. “The city doesn’t, in my view, have the money to buy this property, and it has had years of public process in exploring infrastructure investments and other needs underway that really should not be derailed by ... an ad hoc request to make a public investment,” Keene said. Council members agreed wholeheartedly. “The City of Palo Alto has many strengths and lots of expertise, but we are not an affordable-housing agency,” Councilwoman Gail Price said. “For us or for community members to assume that we can get involved in a protracted discussion and yield a development that really addressed affordable housing or senior affordable housing is, I believe, unrealistic.” By doing nothing, the council effectively agreed to stand by while the Housing Corporation looks for a market-rate developer

who would buy the property. The Housing Corporation had bought the site for $15.6 million, outbidding at least five other would-be buyers. The agency ultimately benefited from its nonprofit status, which enabled the family selling the orchard to receive a tax write-off. With Palo Alto’s home values rising fast — by about 20 percent in the past year alone, according to staff — the city believes the property can now be sold for about $18.7 million. Once the property is sold, the city would be third in line to collect its loans (two other lenders, Low Income Investment Fund and the Local Initiative Support Corporation would be the first to collect, while Santa Clara County would be last). Any proceeds that remain could be applied to a different affordable-housing project. Several Barron Park residents urged the council to work with the Housing Corporation to come up with a senior-housing project at the Maybell site that would be acceptable to the surrounding neighborhood. But Candice Gonzalez, executive director of the Housing Corporation, said Monday the agency was already at the edge of what was financially feasible. The density of the project was necessary to secure state tax credits, she said. Even if the City Council were to agree to kick in a few million dollars to compensate for elimination of the lucrative market-rate homes, the agency would have trouble sustaining the cost of running the facility. “We did not have a scaled-back alternative. There’s just a lack of funds at the city, state and federal level,” Gonzalez said. The housing agency supported a staff proposal not to terminate the loan but to let the nonprofit proceed at its own pace in selling the property, which under the existing zoning could accommodate 34 to 46 housing units. Had the council chosen to terminate the loan, it would have forced the Housing Corporation to immediately sell the property and pay the city back. Price and Councilwoman Liz Kniss both spoke in favor of allowing the nonprofit to explore other options. Councilman Marc Berman wished the Housing Corporation good luck in finding another site. “The sooner you can find affordable housing somewhere else, the better off we all will be,” Berman said. N

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Upfront

Neighborhoods

A roundup of neighborhood news edited by Sue Dremann

NEIGHBORS SAVE LIVES ... During the recent Bay Area cold snap, four homeless people in Santa Clara County died of hypothermia. But about 50 unhoused people in Palo Alto were ushered in local motels, thanks to the efforts of the Midtown Court Neighbors & Friends’ Neighbors Helping Neighbors, said Caryll-Lynn Taylor, who founded the volunteer program. The group quickly assembled an appeal for money to pay for motel stays, especially for older people and young children who were at higher risk. Neighbors Helping Neighbors has a year-round motel program to help people with chronic illnesses and families with young children, but during the freezing weather it included outreach to all 60 people on its roster who live in their cars. The group provided a two-night stay for 50 people starting Dec. 7, using the donated funds, Taylor said. Some of the most vulnerable then were invited to stay in people’s homes. The group also distributed survival items, including travel mugs with vehicle plugins, foot and hand warmers, and emergency and thermal blankets. Neighbors Helping Neighbors is also hosting a holiday food drive through Dec. 21, in collaboration with Midtown Realty. Canned and packaged items can be dropped off in the food barrel in the office lobby at 2775 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Donations for motel stays can be sent payable to Midtown Neighbors & Friends, P.O. Box 113, Palo Alto, CA 94302. YEAR-ROUND SWIM PROGRAM UPDATE ... The City of Palo Alto Parks and Recreation Department is considering an all-year swim program session, potentially at Rinconada Pool. The swim session would be between 3:15 and 4 p.m. for children who are not in the Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics league, Lacee Kortsen, community services manager, said. The city has launched a survey to gauge community interest in the program. Residents can take part by visiting https:// www.surveymonkey.com/s/ VNZ7373. The survey must be completed by Jan. 31, 2014. It must be filled out only once per person. N

Send announcements of neighborhood events, meetings and news to Sue Dremann, Neighborhoods editor, at sdremann@paweekly.com. Or talk about your neighborhood news on Town Square at www. PaloAltoOnline.com.

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Doing good deeds for others and for each other in December is part of the Christmas tradition for the Galbraith family. Upper row, from left: Jacqueline, 11; mother Jessica; father Benjamin; Alexis, 10. Lower row, from left: Zachary, 7; Abigail, 4; Victoria, 6 months; Jonathan, 2; William, 8.

DUVENECK/ST. FRANCIS

Under the tree, a gift for Jesus The Galbraiths and their children celebrate Christmas with acts of kindness

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hen the Galbraith family of Palo Alto unwraps Christmas presents on Dec. 25, the first box they’ll open is one for Jesus. There won’t be a baby blanket symbolizing swaddling clothes, or three gifts from the Wise Men. Inside Jesus’ beautifully giftwrapped Christmas present, there will be numerous slips of paper. Each will list an act of kindness, service and volunteerism a member of the family of nine has done for someone else and for each other since early December. As the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood family gathers around the Christmas tree, they won’t do a power-rush of present opening. They’ll carefully unwrap Jesus’ gift and read each note — “sharing the joy of what everyone has done and how happy it makes everybody feel,” Jacqueline, 11, explained. Benjamin and Jessica Galbraith established this family tradition with their seven children, Jacqueline, Alexis, Zachary, Abigail, Victoria, Jonathan and William, ages 11 to six months. Jessica similarly shared the giving-box tradition with her five siblings while growing up in Massachusetts and

by Sue Dremann Utah. They would open the gift others, they are serving Jesus. box in their parents’ bedroom be“We can give Jesus a present by fore they even went downstairs, serving our fellow men,” she said. she said. Jessica holds up a wrapped box “It’s something I did the whole that looks like a beautiful present. time I was growing up. As adult It has a slit in the top and some slips children, talking about our favor- of paper. The family has two differite things about Christmas, this ent types of service: one is service was it.” to those in the community, includJessica explained how, three ing playing music at Lytton Garyears ago in the beginning of De- dens, donating to a toy drive, parcember, the Galbraiths introduced ticipating in a canned-food drive, the tradition to their children at a helping at the Palo Alto Unified family meeting. School District toy store, bringing “Who gets presents on their soup and cookies to the Ronald birthdays?” she asked the kids. McDonald house, having mission“We do,” they said. aries to dinner, and inviting a new “Yes. Whose birthday are we family to their home. The second is celebrating on Dec. 25th?” service to members of the family. “Jesus’ birthday.” “I encourage them to make “Who gets presents on Jesus’ each others’ beds, write notes and birthday?” leave them on pillows, do each “Hm. We do!” others’ chores, help each other “Maybe we could give Jesus a with homework, give someone present for his birthday this year,” a ‘heart attack,’ where they tape she suggested. hearts all over a person’s car or Jessica reads the scripture verse: bed,” she said. “When you do it unto the least of When they finish their service, these ... ye do it unto me.” the children write it on a slip of She often tells a story about ser- paper and put it in the box. vice from the scriptures: clothing “On Christmas morning, bethe naked, feeding the hungry or fore opening our gifts, we open caring for the sick — a Good Sa- Jesus’ gift and read all the ‘gifts’ maritan-type story — and she tells we’ve given him over the month,” the children that when they serve she said.

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One son’s favorite act is helping to sort toys at the school district’s toy drive, she said. Zachary, 7, knows right off his favorite act of family love: “Snuggling with Mom,” he said. For Alexis, 10, it is playing “Secret Santa.” The children go to Toys ‘R’ Us or Target and purchase toys for kids in need whom they have heard about through their church. Then they secretly leave the wrapped gifts on doorsteps at night. “I feel really happy and overjoyed, and I feel like I want to do them over and over again,” she said. For Jacqueline, the eldest, doing something nice for somebody that might make a difference in their lives brings the greatest joy, she said. On Christmas day, when the box for Jesus is finally opened, reading what her siblings have done is inspiring. “The whole thing is really nice. It gives you an idea of the nice things we can do for other people,” she said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@ paweekly.com.


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ebbie Nichols’ remembrances of her Old Palo Alto neighborhood at Christmas time do not include colored lights and boughs of holly. As a child, one memory stands out. “It was always pitch dark,” she said. Nichols moved back to the family home on Bryant Street near Santa Rita Avenue after her parents died, but the neighborhood was as black and silent as ever, she said. So three years ago she started a new neighborhood tradition. With neighbors Paula Rantz and Margaret Lawrence, Nichols knocked on doors to invite neighbors to edge their street with small, lit Christmas trees, expanding on a tradition that began in 1940 with the now-famous Christmas Tree Lane in the adjacent Embarcadero Oaks neighborhood. The first year, they had 18 trees; the second year, 78. This year, there are more than 160, and the streets are glowing with lights. “Now it’s come alive,” she said. The transformation of her neighborhood has spread beyond the Christmas season. Taking the courageous step of knocking on strangers’ doors to ask them to host holiday trees and lights has opened the community to new relationships. “My neighbors used to never talk to each other. We didn’t know each other. There was no camaraderie,” she recalled. “Last year, we knocked on a man’s door and he said, ‘I’ve lived here 25 years and I’ve never spoken to any neighbors.’ At first, he was taken aback, but then he said, ‘Sure,’ he would take some trees,” Nichols said. A block party on Santa Rita became the impetus for Nichols’ inspiration, she said. The newly formed Old Palo Alto Neighborhood Association started in 2011 by Nadia Naik and Camelia Sutorius got people talking. A series of block parties brought people out from behind their closed doors. “We found that people were really friendly and we got to know each other,” Nichols said. She ordered the same-sized trees from the Palo Alto High School Christmas tree lot, and lights from Hassett ACE Hardware. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the trees were hand-delivered to all of the neighbors who had agreed to sign on. “We had a party and delivered them with wheelbarrows and Christmas bells,” she said. Now people put up the lights themselves. Many are decorating their homes where no lights shone before, she said. Sutorius said the transformation is amazing. “What joy it brings. I think it has brought a lot of love. It extends beyond Christmas. We’ve grown quite a bit through the block parties, as we’ve grown

by Sue Dremann together, and that’s what’s allowed this to happen,” Sutorius said. “Debbie has been building this neighborhood feel. We connect on something in December, and when we see someone on the sidewalk, now we stop and talk. It really builds community.” The neighborhood of trees is a nod to the late Judge Edward Hardy, in whose home the idea for “Christmas Fairyland Lane” was created by four friends playing bridge in 1940, Nichols said. Now called Christmas Tree Lane on Fulton Street near Embarcadero Road, the idea came from “a common desire to promote Christmas joy throughout the holidays, particularly for the children of the 1700 and 1800 blocks on Fulton Street, and to foster a similar spir-

it throughout the community and Palo Alto,” according to the original committee proclamation. “We’re not trying to be Christmas Tree Lane,” Nichols insisted. But the spirit of good cheer is spreading. The trees with two strands of colored lights and a white light on top are popping up on Tasso and Waverley streets and Seale Avenue, and Nichols and her friends are getting calls from residents on other streets who want to know how they can get in on bringing the holiday glow to their blocks. Sutorius said she is delighted by the neighborhood transformation. “People put their own kinds of dreams and wishes into their displays. Some of the lights are really spectacular,” she said.

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ient neighborhood whose residents can band together in any crisis. “Knowing each other is what it comes down to,” she said. “At the end of the day, who has your back?” N

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new location will have plenty of parking, she said. The 11,000-square-foot Redwood City store will have an open floor plan, an improvement over the current layout that is divided into small rooms.

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“It will be everything we are now, and more. And it’s only four miles door to door (from here),� she said. University Art joins several other downtown retailers that have closed or moved in the past year or whose future is unclear. In June, Stanford Electric Works, a 99-year mainstay, moved from High Street and Everett Avenue to Mountain View after reportedly being outbid by a $3 million dollar offer for the property from the owner of California Skin Institute, a dermatology chain. Palo Alto stationer Congdon and Crome, a downtown fixture for 109 years, closed its store on Waverley Street this year. Empire Vintage Clothing, located at 443 Waverley St., is moving to Mountain View after the Christmas season, the store announced on its website. The fate of the downtown gift and jewelry boutique Shady Lane, a fixture for 38 years, is up in the air. A proposal to redevelop the 441 University Ave. site went in front of the city’s Architectural Review Board last month. A twostory, 24,750-square-foot mixeduse building is proposed. The architect is the Hayes Group, two of whose modernist building plans have recently been

appealed to the City Council and survived. Owner Alice Deutscher said the store’s lease is up in February, and that she does not know if they will be allowed to stay on. “We have known for a long time that the building could be torn down. The writing is on the wall. We’re just part of what’s happening in downtown,� she said. “We would love to go on and be part of the community as we have. ... People love finding a local store that is connected to a community. There’s less and less of that now,� she said. Shady Lane is looking for another place, preferably on University itself. “It’s hard to be off the avenue. It’s kept us vital in many ways,� Deutscher said. House of Bagels, which has been in Palo Alto for 30 years, is also looking for a new location. Its building in the 500 block of University Avenue is slated for redevelopment. The new building at University and Cowper Street will include ground-floor retail and office space. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann and Online Editor Eric Van Susteren can be emailed at sdremann@ paweekly.com and evansusteren@paweekly.com.

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vent $11,783 in auto-theft-related costs. But the annual cost of incarcerating a prisoner is $51,889 in California, according to the state Legislative Analyst’s Office. Alternatives could improve public safety at lower cost. Spending an additional dollar on policing would prevent more crimes — 3.5 to 7 times as many — than spending it on prison incarceration, the study found. N

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CityView A round-up

of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Dec. 16) Grocery outlet: The council rejected citizen appeals of an illuminated sign for Grocery Outlet at Alma Village. Yes: Berman, Burt, Klein, Kniss, Scharff, Shepherd No: Holman, Price, Schmid 636 Waverley: The council rejected a citizen appeal of an approved four-story building at 636 Waverley St. Yes: Berman, Burt, Klein, Kniss, Price, Scharff, Shepherd No: Holman, Schmid Vehicle habitation: The council opted to delay enforcement of the recently adopted vehicle-habitation ordinance for a year. Yes: Unanimous

Finance Committee (Dec. 17) Overtime: The committee heard a presentation about the Fire Department’s overtime expenditures in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014. Action: None PaloAltoCLEAN: The committee voted to continue the city’s CLEAN program at the rate of 16.5 cents per kilowatt-hour and a program cap of 3 megawatts. Yes: Unanimous

Architectural Review Board (Dec. 19) Tesla sign: The board approved a proposal from Tesla Motors for one wall sign and a freestanding sign at its dealership, 4180 El Camino Real. Yes: Unanimous 3877 El Camino Real: The board discussed a proposal for a new three-story building with 4,365 square feet of commercial space and 17 housing units at 3877 El Camino Real. Action: None

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A 78-year-old East Palo Alto man has broken bones and a possible head injury after a car hit him in a University Avenue crosswalk Wednesday morning in East Palo Alto, police reported. Marciano Garcia was walking alone at about 6:39 a.m. along University at Runnymede Street when the vehicle, traveling south, ran into him. The driver fled the scene, leaving Garcia injured on the street. A United States Postal Service worker stopped and called 911, the East Palo Alto Police Department stated in a press release. Garcia was transported to Stanford Hospital where he is receiving treatment. The police are asking that witnesses, who may have been commuting through the area, or people with any knowledge of the incident contact the department. Officers are actively investigating the crime, but at this time they have no suspect or vehicle information. Police are asking witnesses to contact the department by calling dispatch at 650-321-1112, sending an anonymous email to epa@tipnow.org, sending a cell-phone text (which will be anonymous) to 650409-6792, or leaving an anonymous voice mail at 650-409-6792. N — Palo Alto Weekly staff

Modernist building survives appeal An eclectic block of Waverley Street is about to get an infusion of glass-and-concrete modernism, a development that has downtown’s brick-and-stucco traditionalists fuming. For the second week in a row, the Palo Alto City Council on Monday rejected an appeal by downtown residents of a glass-heavy development set to make its way downtown, the four-story building at 636 Waverley St., between Hamilton and Forest avenues. The building received the blessing of the city’s Architectural Review Board in October after several months of design revisions. It will have office space on the bottom two floors and one three-bedroom apartment on each of the top two. In giving the project the green light, the architecture board and city planners agreed that the Waverley block is architecturally varied, with no strong pattern. The new building, with its angular design and glazed façade, would bring a little more diversity. It would also bring more height, mass and in-your-face geometry to a peripheral downtown block that consists largely of one- and twostory buildings, many of which are designed in the traditional Spanish Revival style associated with popular architects like Birge Clark. This modern design irked Douglas Smith, who lives on Forest and has decidedly traditionalist leanings when it comes to architecture. He joined several block residents on Monday in arguing that the new building is poorly designed and completely incompatible with the surrounding area. They noted Monday that most buildings on the block are one or two stories in height, are amply set back from the sidewalk and are composed of wood, brick or stucco. The new building, as well as a companion building eyed for an adjacent parcel at 640 Waverley, would stick out like a sore thumb, he argued. The council, by not agreeing to take up the appeal, disagreed. N — Gennady Sheyner

Fire Department braces for retirement wave More than a dozen Palo Alto firefighters, including many in leadership positions, are expected to retire in the next year or two, prompting the department to ramp up its succession planning, Fire Chief Eric Nickel told a City Council committee Tuesday night. The new wave of retirement is expected to hit double digits, roughly equal to the one that hit the department two years ago, when the city trimmed pension benefits for the fire union and began requiring employee contributions for medical care. This time, demographics are largely to blame. The average age in the department is 42 to 43 years, senior analyst Ian Hagerman told the Finance Committee Tuesday. He said 17 employees are currently eligible for retirement and 49 can retire within the next five years. The trend helped fuel the department’s higher overtime expenditures this fiscal year, in part due to increased training. Last week, the department reported that it had spent $718,000 on overtime in the first quarter, which started July 1 — 50 percent of its annual budget and $133,000 more than it had expended last year during the same period. “We anticipate another round of retirements in the next 18 months. Our goal is to prepare battalion chiefs and captains to fill those roles,” Nickel said. The increased training accounts for about $40,000 in the overtime increase, he said. Other factors include the department’s assistance with the Rim Fire in Yosemite, which added $20,000 to overtime cost (the funds will be reimbursed by the state) and an increase in worker-compensation claims. Last year, Nickel said, the department had four claims. This time there were eight. N — Gennady Sheyner

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“There’s been an atmosphere of secrecy from the top down, so the board refused to give us a budget for this year and the president refused to give us a budget or clear figures about what’s going on,” Frager said. King “has been at the school two and a half years and one major complaint is that he does not provide adequate information to people,” he said. Frager said he believes Sofia’s enrollment numbers suffered because the admissions office was disorganized and “failed to respond to inquiries in a timely way.” In a written statement Wednesday, King said that despite “a revenue shortfall this year, Sofia University is not on the brink of insolvency. “The board and I are fully engaged in a due diligence process to address enrollment and revenue, and to balance the budget for the current fiscal year,” the statement said. Frager said discontent began to emerge at the end of the summer when King announced he was imposing across-the-board salary cuts of 10 percent because of a $1.2 million shortfall. “Our budget is about $10 million so we’re talking about over 10 percent,” Frager said.

The last straw came in November when King announced a second budget shortfall, Frager said. “The way he was planning to make up the funds was an additional pay cut, cutting medical and retirement contributions and firing faculty and staff, among other things,” he said. At that point, Sofia’s 50 fulland part-time faculty members delivered a no-confidence vote in King’s leadership, Frager said. As faculty leaders explained their vote in a series of meetings with trustees, all but three of the trustees resigned. Turmoil at the school — which allegedly has included the preemptive cancellation of some faculty Neal King email accounts, including Frager’s, the hiring of security guards and a lock-out at the campus Tuesday afternoon — has caused problems for students, many said. “The hiring and firing practices of Neal King had been mostly secretive,” said a graduate student who asked not to be named. “I would only notice because new people were coming into senior positions so often. Over time, certain critical areas of the school like financial aid and accounting had so much turnover that mis-

takes were constantly being made on students’ financial aid accounts, disbursement checks started coming late and tuition adjustments and increases became the norm. “Students, above all, have suffered from these actions.” Despite the troubles, many expressed allegiance to the school’s mission of teaching psychology from a spiritual angle and said they hope past leaders will return to rebuild the institution. “In spite of all the pain I and others have suffered I remain a loyal advocate for all of the wonderful things this school is and can bring,” said a former senior manager, who said he was hired by King and later fired, as were the 11 staff members he hired in his year at the school. King, a psychologist and former president of Antioch University in Los Angeles, was hired to lead what was then known as the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, which is housed in former office buildings on East Meadow Circle. The year after his arrival the school rebranded itself as Sofia University. The restructuring — in which the school said it would begin offering undergraduate studies — was based on research into social and economic trends in higher education, according to a statement from the university at the time of the name change. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@ paweekly.com.

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quate setbacks from the road, the development has become a local poster child for “planned community” projects gone haywire, density run amok and insufficient public benefits. McNellis told the council on Monday that the debate over the sign is “a situation that, for better or worse, we the city have put ourselves into.” “There is a requirement that I put a market in this location,” McNellis said. “In this case, the market will not proceed without signage.” He also noted that he had reached out to grocers “from A to Z” and found no other takers for the site. “This is our only market,” McNellis said. N

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Frank Lobdell, artist, dies at 92 Frank Lobdell, a notable Bay Area abstract expressionist artist and former Stanford University professor, died on Dec. 14 in Palo Alto. (Posted Dec. 18, 9:35 a.m.)

Fire extinguished at Sims metal recycling A two-alarm fire at a metal recycling plant in Redwood City this morning has been extinguished, according to the Redwood City Fire Department. (Posted Dec. 17, 8:14 a.m.)

Car-camping ban suspended for a year Faced with citizen anxieties, threatened lawsuits and a pending court case in southern California, Palo Alto officials agreed on Monday to delay for a year the city’s deeply controversial ban on vehicle habitation. (Posted Dec. 17, 12:49 a.m.)

City looks to protect Cal Ave merchants With California Avenue’s long-awaited renovation set to begin in about a month, city officials are considering ways to support businesses and shuttle customers while construction is in progress.

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East Palo Alto police investigate shooting A 23-year-old man was shot on Saturday night in the area of Euclid Avenue and Bell Street in East Palo Alto. (Posted Dec. 15, 9:26 a.m.)

Stanford admits 748 early applicants Stanford University sent acceptance letters Friday to 748 high school students who sought admission to the class of 2018 under the university’s early admission program. The students were selected from 6,948 early admission candidates, the largest early application pool in Stanford’s history. (Posted Dec. 13, 3:48 p.m.)

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Dec. 11-17 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Elder abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Theft related Checks forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Driving w/ suspened license . . . . . . . . 2 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Vehicle accident/mnr. injury . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . . 5 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous Found property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Outside investigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

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Violence related Assault . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Child abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Spousal abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Vehicle related Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . . 5 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/mjr. injury . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/mnr. injury . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/no injury . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Alcohol or drug related Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Drunken driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous Coroner case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Found property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Info. case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Mental evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Probation violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Shots fired . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Violation of court order . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Warrant arrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto Kendall Ave., 12/12, 12:55 p.m.; Domestic violence/battery

Menlo Park 1100 blk Sevier Ave., 12/15, 3:38 p.m.; Spousal abuse 1100 block Willow Road, 12/16, 4:04 p.m.; Assault

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Annapurna Yaramala Seelam Reddy March 10, 1930-November 9, 2013 Annapurna Yaramala Seelam Reddy, 83, beloved mother of five children; Vijay, Jagan Mohan, Prabhakar, Satyanarayana and Suguna; with 13 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; a land owner’s wife resided in Garikapadu, Madupally, Khammam, AP, India passed away on November 9, 2013 in the hospital at Saint Agnes Medical center, Fresno, CA, USA due to brain tumor – GBM. PA I D

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Richard Branden September 28, 1963 – December 11, 2013 Resident of Sunnyvale with a business in Palo Alto (Studio Kicks Palo Alto) We will never know how many lives he touched but he will be deeply missed as his legacy lives on. His passion for martial arts and his talent to teach and inspire was evident in everything he did. He was married to the love of his life, Lavinia, with whom he had two beautiful children, Lulu (6) and Becks (2). He also had two boys Rich and Asa who he dearly loved. Without a doubt his amazing legacy will endure through generations to come as his presence remains alive at his studio, Studio Kicks Palo Alto, which celebrated 10 years

in the community this year. All are welcome to join in celebrating the light and life of Richard Branden, Friday 12/20 at the Palo Alto JCC at 4:30pm. In lieu of f lowers please make donations to the Branden Family Memorial Fund: http://lukatharine.wix.com/ richbranden-memorial PA I D

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Fanny Hastings Arnold Fanny Hastings Arnold died November 18, 2013, at her home in Menlo Park at the age of 99. Fanny was the only child of Russell Platt Hastings and Frances Simes Hastings. She was born at her parents’ home on Ramona Street in Palo Alto in May of 1914. Though her given name was Frances, she was called Fanny all her adult life. Fanny spent her early years in Palo Alto, Anaheim and Whittier. In 1922, her father’s work took the family to Argentina where they stayed until 1927. Her schooling there was in English and Spanish. She retained her ability to speak Spanish all her life. Upon her return to California, Fanny attended the Carmel Valley Ranch School. That is where she developed her love of the outdoors, wildflowers, horses, and ranch animals in general. Her parents always had a family dog and so did Fanny as an adult. Fanny graduated from the Sarah Dix Hamlin School in San Francisco and then followed her father’s footsteps into Stanford University. In 1935 she married Thomas Church Arnold, who she had met in the Carmel Valley. Together Tom and Fanny started the Idle Hour Stable in Menlo Park, which they ran until 1950. During these years Tom and Fanny were also very busy raising five children. After World War II, the city of Menlo Park grew rapidly, changing the rural area where the family lived. By 1950 stables in town were no longer viable. From 1950 to 1963 Fanny lived in the Menlo Park house until the children finished school in town. During this time she also managed rental properties she and Tom built on the location of the stable. Tom moved to and worked their ranch property east of Mt. Hamilton in Santa Clara County. In 1963, once the last child was off to college, Fanny joined Tom on the ranch. They

enjoyed life together until his death in 1969. Fanny continued to live on the ranch after Tom’s death. She was able to do this comfortably with the help of her ranch manager Hermilo. Fanny enjoyed her country life with local friends and neighbors, plus horseback riding into her 80s. Over the years she had horses, cattle, goats, chickens and peacocks on the land. She walked her dog Spunky daily until she moved off the ranch. Fanny was always happy to make the ranch accessible to the California Native Plant Society for wildflower viewing each spring and to the Audubon Society for bird count events. In the spring of 2004, just after her 90th birthday, Fanny’s family moved her back into the Menlo Park home where she and Tom had started their life together. She is survived by her five children: Emily Arnold of Petersham, MA; Henry Arnold of San Francisco; Jesse Arnold of Cambria; Michael (Darlene) Arnold of Reno, NV; and Sally Rench of Fremont. She is also survived by her stepdaughter Mary Mack; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one great, great grandson and numerous descendants of her stepchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Tom C. Arnold, and stepchildren Thomas B. Arnold, Bernice Grimm and Dorothy Arnold. As per her wishes, Fanny will be cremated, and there will be no religious service. However, the family plans to have a memorial gathering at a later date. Contact Sally Rench at srench1032@comcast.net or call Jesse Arnold at 805/927-3096 for details. You may honor Fanny with a contribution to the California Native Plant Society, 2707 K Street, Suite 1, Sacramento, CA 95816-5113 (https:// support.cnps.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=298)or to a charity of your choice. PA I D

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John M. Donegan John M. Donegan, a prominent Palo Alto attorney, died Dec. 6 at his residence at The Sequoias in Portola Valley. He was 96. He also served as president of many local organizations: the

Palo Alto Area Bar Association, Palo Alto Rotary Club, Stanford Golf Club, the Stanford Area Boy Scouts Council and the Chamber of Commerce. Born in Algona, Iowa, he grew up in Phoenix, Ariz., graduating from the University of Arizona in 1939. He enlisted in the military in 1941 and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Army Air (continued on next page)

Boyce, James Oliver (“Jim”) Born 11/23/28 in Needham, MA Jim Boyce died peacefully in his sleep on December 8th, surrounded by family and friends. He was a gracious man whose unwavering integrity defined every aspect of his being. Resourceful since his youth, Jim earned money to help his Depression-era family by caddying & selling stray golf balls at the Needham, MA Golf Course. In the winter he shoveled snow & delivered coal to residential coal chutes in more affluent neighborhoods before his teenage years. They played pond hockey in those days with a rock for a puck and used tire tubes for shin pads. Upon the untimely death of his treasured mother, Jim was on his own at age 12. Fortunately, his beloved Aunt Harriett, a schoolteacher, brought Jim to live with her in Passaic, NJ where he finished high school, reading Thoreau, Emerson, & E.B. White and practiced his Latin at the breakfast table. Jim enlisted in the Army three days after high school graduation in 1946. He served as an MP in Seoul, Korea at age seventeen, rousting men years older than himself out of bars and worse. The GI Bill financed his BA in Labor Relations at NYU. At graduation Jim joined the American Sugar Refining Co. and handled their labor relations in Boston during a turbulent era in labor union history. In Boston he met the love of his life, Joan Elizabeth Plummer, a California native (Blythe) studying for her Masters Degree in Boston. He then was hired in 1958 by Air Products, a small firm in Trexlertown, PA, where he stayed for 30 years. While there in the late ’50s he negotiated the labor contracts in Cape Canaveral, FL to keep NASA supplied in rocket fuel for the Mercury Program. When he retired in 1986, Air Products & Chemicals was a Fortune 500 company. In 1986 Jim & Joan retired to sunny California & spent the rest of their lives in their home at the Portola Valley Ranch. Here he & Joan doted on their grandchildren, enjoyed their PV Ranch neighbors, met with the Portola club, played tennis, walked nearby trails, served on the Wine Committee, played golf…and yes, he could not resist hunting down stray golf balls in the woods at the Stanford golf course. Joan died unexpectedly in 2000, and not a day went by that he didn’t miss her terribly, as they were completely devoted to one another. Jim was a consummate storyteller, and his quick wit & dry sense of humor was his trademark. He loved whistling, singing along to musicals, and watching comedies and westerns, especially when John Wayne was involved. A treasured quote from Thoreau adorned his refrigerator: “Simplify, simplify”; to which Dad had crossed out the second ‘simplify’ in the true spirit of Thoreau. He was the proud & loving father of Dick Boyce (Sandy), Lori Harvey (Spencer), & Jan Boyce (Michael) and loving Grampa to Travis and Carter Boyce & Skylar Harvey. At Jim’s request, there will be no services. A donation to a veteran’s organization of your choice is welcomed. PA I D

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Eleanor Edwards, 91 Ellie, as she was affectionately known to her friend’s and family, died December 10, 2013 with her family by her side at her home in Palo Alto. She was born February 19, 1922 in San Francisco California to Mario and Ines Carnevale. Ellie was known for her wonderful singing voice and recently spent time singing in various rest homes. In her earlier years, she sang with a local band in San Jose where she also worked at FMC Corp building amphibious tanks during World War Two. In the early sixties, Ellie and her son Ed, traveled by luxury liner to Europe where she was able to meet her Italian family and spent time touring France and Italy by car with twelve year old Ed as navigator. Shortly thereafter, she went to work for the newly constructed Cabana Hotel as manager of the gift shop where she shook hands with many of the rich and famous guests who frequented the Vegas style hotel. She was proud to have counted the famous Television star Korla Pandit as a close friend as well as a prominent member of Richard Nixon’s Council of Economic Advisors. It

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was through that friendship that she was able to boast that she shook the hand of former Secretary of State George Schultz. In her later years, Ellie worked for Palo Alto Community Child Care where she enjoyed working in the infant’s room singing and rocking “herâ€? babies. Ellie loved listening to opera, spending time with her family and friends’ singing, and cooking large Italian dinners for those she loved. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by her three children: Linda Hannon of Palo Alto, Margaret Hannon of SpringďŹ eld MO, Edward “Duffyâ€? Hannon and his wife Pamela of Kent WA; Three grandchildren, Brian Andrews of San Luis Obispo, Matthew Dudak of SpringďŹ eld MO, and Rob Schmidt of Bremerton WA; Five great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She is survived by one brother, Raymond Caperello of Chico CA, and the sister of her heart, Rosanna Maggiora of Palo Alto, CA. She was preceded in death by 5 brothers 1 sister and 2 grandchildren. At her request, no funeral service will be held. PA I D

  

        

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Corps. He was deployed to New Guinea as a B-25 bomber pilot in the Fifth Air Force, where he flew 48 combat missions. On Aug. 18, 1943, he and most of his crew were badly wounded while attacking the enemy airfield at Wewak, New Guinea. Under repeated attack from fighters, he managed to reach and crash land at his home base despite destroyed rudder controls and more than 250 bullet and shrapnel holes in the fuselage. He received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and other decorations. After his return to the U.S., he served as a test pilot at Wright Patterson Field in Dayton, Ohio, where he met his future wife, Joan Claggett. They were married in 1945. Following his discharge from the military, the couple settled in Palo Alto, where he attended Stanford Law School. He joined a local law firm, quickly rising to partner. He established his own law firm in 1968 and retired in 2000. He took great pride in being asked by President Reagan to establish, along with another attorney, the Reagan Presidential Foundation and library, say family members. He was an ardent golfer and a member of Palo Alto Hills Golf Club, Stanford Golf Club, and Menlo Country Club. His enthu-

siasm for the sport led him to golfing trips in Scotland, Ireland, and Hawaii. His other interests included backpacking, travel, collecting antique maps, and the study of history. He is survived by sons John and Bruce, and daughter Kelly; brother Jim Donegan; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His wife, Joan, died in 2001.

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 Jacobs-Luebke Michael Jacobs of Palo Alto and Shelly Luebke of Madison, Wis., were married in Carmel Valley, Calif., on Oct. 5. The groom’s father officiated. He is a graduate of Palo Alto High School and the University of California Santa Barbara, and received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is currently working at PIMCO (Pacific Investment Management Company) as an account manager. He is the son of Drs. Michael Jacobs and Jane Morton. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and is currently working at Rag and Bone as the clothing company’s West Coast visual merchandiser. She is the daughter of Mike and Diane Luebke. The couple currently resides in Newport Beach, Calif.

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for a new home on the Stanford campus. Construction of that home, to be called The Anderson Collection at Stanford University, is scheduled for completion in fall 2014, and the contemporary-design building will be a neighbor of the Cantor Arts Center in the university’s expanding arts district. The Andersons, who began collecting art in the mid-1960s, announced in 2011 that they are donating the core of their collection of modern and contemporary American paintings and sculptures, representing 86 artists, to Stanford, with the university in charge of providing and raising funds to construct the free-standing building that will house the collection. “The new building is dedicated to the

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across the university and beyond,” said Matthew Tiews, executive director of art programs at Stanford. The Andersons at one point owned more than 1,200 pieces of art, and over the years have donated groups of the artwork to various museums, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 2000, when the collection numbered around 800 works, SFMOMA mounted a stunning exhibition of 330 pieces. In the exhibition catalog, David A. Ross, then the museum’s director, called the Anderson Collection “one of the most extraordinary private collections of twentieth­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê˜iÝÌÊ«>}i®


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century art in the world.” Considering their backgrounds, the Andersons are unlikely bearers of the title “Art Collectors Extraordinaire.” As Mary Margaret Anderson put it at a Menlo Circus Club luncheon after the tour of their home collection, before 1964, “Art was someone we played golf with.” It was in 1964, during a visit to the Louvre in Paris, that they were struck, as if by lightning, by the force of art — primarily the French Impressionists. The power of that experience didn’t diminish when they left the museum. “I guess we had a couple of extra drinks on the plane coming home,” Harry Anderson recalls, and they started talking about starting their own art collection. Nearly 50 years later, he adds, “our plate runneth over,” he says. When the couple began collecting artwork on their own, he was still working at Saga Corporation, a food-service company he co-founded with two friends when the young men were attending Hobart College in New York. That’s the work that brought the Andersons to the Peninsula in 1962, when the company moved its headquarters to Palo Alto, then to Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, where

Quadrus is now located and Mr. Anderson still has an office. (At 91, he still spends time there in rooms filled with art.) Realizing that their new pursuit could benefit from more knowledge of the art world, the Andersons set about educating themselves. Mary Margaret Anderson began sitting in on a class taught by Stanford art history professor Al Elsen, and around 1968, Elsen became a tremendous resource to the new collectors as he introduced them to important figures in the field, including collector and dealer Eugene V. Thaw and Museum of Modern Art curator William Rubin. Also during that period, they met painter, sculptor and Stanford professor Nathan Oliveira, who introduced them to Bay Area artists and, according to Linetzky, also helped them understand the creative process by letting them see active studio work. With these dynamics in place, the Andersons’ focus on their collection began to shift from art by painters such as Monet, Renoir and Georgia O’Keefe to post-World War II art, including California artists such as Richard Diebenkorn and David Park. They also hired their first collection manager, a position held later by Linetzky until his recent appointment as director of the Anderson Collection at Stanford.

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Meanwhile, the Andersons involved themselves in arts education efforts, and in 1975, with the encouragement of Professor Elsen, they initiated an internship program at Stanford, which through the years has enriched the education and career opportunities of about 35 participants, Linetzky said. Before that program, Mary Margaret Anderson started and ran the Art Corridor program at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, which displayed work by artists including Robert Motherwell and Frank Stella. That program ended in 1988. Meanwhile, the Andersons’ daughter, Mary Patricia “Putter” Anderson, was growing up steeped in the world of art. Now Mary Patricia Pence, she for a time operated a gallery in Santa Monica that specialized in emerging Los Angeles and New York artists, and the network with contemporary artists expanded. Stanford chose Ennead Architects, who designed the Bing Concert Hall on campus, to design the Anderson Collection home on its campus. The twostory, 33,327-square-foot building will include a clerestory roof element that will allow diffused natural light into the galleries from above. Linetzky said the inaugural exhibit in the new building will display 90 to 100 works in the collection, and that the artwork will shift periodically to display all 121 works over time. N Renee Batti is news editor at the Almanac, one of the Weekly’s sister papers. Contact her at rbatti@almanacnews.com. A modeled view of the building that will house the core of the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, with the Cantor Arts Center at right.” ÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ iVi“LiÀÊÓä]ÊÓä£ÎÊU Page 21


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In June they bought and repurposed El Calderon, which for 44 years had served Salvadoran specialties. They kept the pupusas and several other menu items that could be made vegetarian and organic, and spent a month learning the business. They scrubbed the 35-seat restaurant to a shine, set the tables with white cloths and gray placemats, and opened as Yam Leaf in mid-August. Start with kale chips ($2.25), crunchy and dry, but not greasy. Kale chips are very persnickety. As anyone knows who has tried this at home, the difference between under-baked and overbaked is about 10 seconds. Vegetable soup ($6.95) changes with the availability of fresh

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Movies Inside Llewyn Davis ---(Palo Alto Square, Century 20) Like a rolling stone, singer-guitarist Llewyn Davis tumbles through the Greenwich Village folk-music scene of the ‘60s and onto any available couch of his friends. Oscar Isaac, in a breakout role as the title character, owns every sliver of spotlight in the Coen Brothers’ most compelling character study to date. Understated and laced with the siblings’ signature sardonic humor, the film explores why some talents shoot to stardom, whereas others struggle passionately and tirelessly yet never become successful artists — and all the while, the times they are a-changin’. The subtleties of the narrative showcase the confidence that the writer-director team has in its storytelling skill and in the audience. In the gorgeous opening scene, Davis (Isaac of “Drive” and “The Bourne Legacy”) performs the melancholy “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me” at the Gaslight Cafe, which will become iconic during the “folk revival.” Sadness darkens

his brown eyes. After the number, the owner of the place (Max Casella) tells Davis that a friend is waiting outside: a mysterious figure who punches and kicks him to the pavement. Ethan and Joel Coen do not offer an explanation until the film circles around to the same scene at the end, trusting viewers to care about the surly protagonist and patiently pay attention as his adventure unfolds. Blink-and-you’llmiss-it moments include Davis sauntering across the film frame as a straggly singer, guitar in hand and harmonica around his neck, giving voice to an unconventional sound in the background. The brush with Bob Dylan greatness is a grace note. Although the Coen’s “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” evokes Homer’s epic poem directly, the odyssey of Llewyn Davis is at the heart of this film. His winter wanderings take him, and an orange tabby cat, all over New York City and eventually to Chicago and back. Along the way, the musician gets some bad breaks and

"*  creates his own hard luck. He has impregnated his friend’s wife (Carey Mulligan plays the wife of Justin Timberlake), hitches a wild ride with a beatnik (Garrett Hedlund) and jazz musician (John Goodman), and plays one of his own songs for a recording impresario (F. Murray Abraham), who flatly states, “I don’t see a lot of money here.” Broke and almost broken, Davis stubbornly insists on remaining a solo act. The moody visuals of cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel express the inner mind of the main character, and the tone grows increasingly surreal (although never as strange as that of Martin Scorsese’s “After Hours”). A backstory gradually emerges that reveals Davis’ stint in the Merchant Marines and a suicide, among other dramatic events. But the Coens never deliver this information in a formulaic matter. They also allow us to cringe over throwaway moments, such as when Davis takes a session gig and signs away his right to royalties, accepting a couple hundred bucks instead. The song is dopey — and sure to become a big hit. The Coen Brothers have crafted a minimalist film, masterful and assured in its seeming simplicity. Reteamed with executive music producer T-Bone Burnett, they honor the cinematic equivalent of what composers refer to as the space or silence between the notes. The notes they don’t play — the words unsaid, the character and plot subtleties — make “Inside Llewyn Davis” so richly rewarding. Rated R for language and some sexual references. One hour, 44 minutes. — Susan Tavernetti

American Hustle --(Century 16, Century 20) It’s an odd year at the movies. This week, with “American Hustle,” you get Christian Bale doing Robert De Niro and director David O. Russell doing Martin Scorsese; next week, you get Leonardo DiCaprio giving off eau de Jack Nicholson in a real-deal Scorsese movie. Both films are dark comedies about America’s systematic capacities for rapacious greed, corruption and abuse of all kinds, but “American Hustle” takes a lighter approach, beginning with its title card promise “Some of this actually happened.” True enough: “American Hustle” (with a script credited to Eric Singer and Russell) loosely derives from the late-’70s, early-’80s FBI AbPage 24ÊUÊ iVi“LiÀÊÓä]ÊÓä£ÎÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“

scam operation, so named for its employment of an “Arab,” a fake sheik used to entrap politicians into accepting bribes. Russell buys himself free reign by admitting he’s cherry-picking history for juicy bits while allowing himself to design the characters and story for maximum tickling. Bale plays skilled fraudster Irving Rosenfeld. Along with his mistress Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams, affecting a British accent), Rosenfeld bilks investors, until one turns out to be FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), a slickster in his own right who’s not all he cracks himself up to be. DiMaso flips Irving and Sydney, using their con-artist expertise to seduce politicians like Jeremy Renner’s Camden, N.J., mayor. Throwing wrenches into the works: DiMaso’s sexual interest in Prosser, and Rosenfeld’s wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), a loose-cannon alcoholic. While troubleshooting, Rosenfeld keeps his eyes on the prize of freedom and the continued fatherhood of his adopted son (a transparent plot device to make Irving more sympathetic). Russell’s original title for all this was “American Bulls**t,” and he doesn’t seem above including himself in the mire. There’s a self-aware feel to the period pageantry, the alternatingly seductive and kinetic cinematography. This ramshackle contraption is held together with spit and bailing wire to become an actors’ showcase (for what are con artists and undercover agents if not actors?). And yet, it works, not unlike “The Fighter” and “Silver Linings Playbook,” because we meet it halfway with our own awareness of the forebears Russell lightly subverts (whether underdog sports movies, screwball comedies or, now, Scorsese’s American crime epics), and we’re willing to fill in the blanks to enjoy trappings like Bale finessing Irving’s “rather elaborate” comb-over or Lawrence yammering Rosalyn’s way into getting what she wants. Adams gives the most subtle, human-scale performance in the film (and is therefore getting the least amount of credit), but Renner’s right behind her, and the rest entertain with their relatively full-throttle shtick. Bale’s particularly amuses when pulling his DeNiro faces as Irving attempts to contain his displeasure at DiMaso, and laser-focused Lawrence again shows how comfortably she nestles into Russell’s improvisatory style. “American Hustle” is a lark with flair, muckraking capitalism, throwing up its hands and letting

the best (con) man win. Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence. Two hours, 18 minutes. — Peter Canavese

Saving Mr. Banks -(Century 16, Century 20) There’s enough spin at work in “Saving Mr. Banks” — a Walt Disney Pictures account of the making of the 1964 Disney musical “Mary Poppins” — to make audiences dizzy, which is essential to the film’s design. By neatly assembling an uplifting weepie out of a few choice lies, it’s almost as pleasant a fantasy as “Mary Poppins” itself. For 20 years, Walt Disney (here played by Tom Hanks) negotiated with P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) for the rights to her “Mary Poppins” books, and “Saving Mr. Banks” depicts the last stretch during which Disney finally wore her down. As scripted by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith, and directed by John Lee Hancock (the risible “The Blind Side”), the film makes out the uptight Travers as the one needing saving by the cheery Disney. (Meanwhile, the title “Saving Mr. Banks” rather pathetically pretends to offer deep insight.) Before granting the rights, Travers allows herself to be flown out for an “exploratory trip” to the Disney lot, where she makes life miserable for screenwriter Don DaGradi (Bradley Whitford) and songwriters Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman (Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak). Travers nitpicks the script and production design as she considers whether or not to take the plunge with Disney and line a dwindling bank account. Regular flashbacks to 1906 Australia explore Travers’ upbringing under a charming but alcoholic father (Colin Farrell) and suggest connections to the eventual “Mary Poppins.” The 1961 passages are certainly entertaining, especially when Travers is at her most tart: Examining the Winnie the Pooh plush toy, one of many gifted to her as part of her Beverly Hills Hotel suite, she frowns: “Poor A.A. Milne.” Thompson gives a typically well-calibrated performance, practically perfect in each prickly, persnickety beat. But the script’s accumulation of contrivances — including a growing friendship between Travers and her kind and patient driver (a likeable Paul Giamatti) — arrives at a climax that surely has Travers ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê˜iÝÌÊ«>}i®


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spinning in her grave. (Real-life spoiler: Travers detested the result of her collaboration with Disney, taking her final shots at it in her last will and testament.) As for Disney, Hanks’ performance doesn’t effectively imitate so much as suggest an essence. But the man remains slippery: He’s part Barnum-esque huckster, part twinkly art-saint. Instead of seeming well-rounded, he comes off as a puzzling mass of contradictions, a businessman shrewd enough to pursue the “Poppins� property and ingratiate himself to Travers by recounting having once not sold “the mouse,� but one who also seems to have never heard of a pen name. Though allowed minor frustrations and a few tight-lipped smiles, he hardly seems any more real than a movie angel, given to wisdom like “We restore order with imagination.� “Saving Mr. Banks� most resembles the 2004 film “Finding Neverland,� a gooey “origin story� rewrite of entertainment history shored up with movie stars. PG-13 for thematic elements including some unsettling images. Two hours, five minutes. — Peter Canavese

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues --1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Remember “Ghostbusters 2�? That sequel has a reputation for being a big letdown, though it’s actually pretty funny. The main sticking point with “Ghostbusters 2� is the ending, a conspicuous failure of imagination that operates on that hoary sequel

principle that you want the same thing you liked the first time, but more. I give you “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.� Inappropriate anchorman Ron Burgundy is back, and he’s still failing upwards. Will Ferrell returns in his best role, and just like Ron, he’s surrounded by his team: David Koechner as “dangerous alcoholic ... (and) racist� Champ Kind (“Whammy!�), Paul Rudd as sorta-suave sports reporter Brian Fantana, and Steve Carell as ape-like, low-IQ weatherman Brick Tamland. As before, part of the joke is looking back in laughter at period fashions and outdated mores. The sequel takes place in 1980, with the launch of 24-hour news channel Global News Network standing in for the journalistic revolution that was CNN. Ferrell and co-writer/director Adam McKay have always made a good team, and they don’t try to reinvent the wheel here. Their groove is absurd hyperbole, everything pitched strident and loud (“By the hymen of Olivia Newton-John!� Ron exclaims) to the point of being a live-action cartoon. The style fits well in this “Anchorman� universe, though at times what’s uproarious one minute becomes shrill the next, and the joke of the not-so-fresh “Anchorman� concept, now almost a decade old, wears substantially as the sequel approaches its twohour mark. That’s largely underscored by the sequel’s climax, a creative disappointment that nevertheless may prove a crowd pleaser by packing in celebrity cameos. Still, just as Ron Burgundy is the newsman we deserve, “Anchorman 2� is the sequel fans have been clamoring for, and there’s definitely fun to be had as Burgundy adjusts to having a black woman (Meagan Good’s GNN

exec Linda Jackson) for a boss even as he navigates rocky times with wife Veronica CorningstoneBurgundy (Christina Applegate) and 7-year-old son Walter (Judah Nelson), a surprisingly strong comic foil for Ron. With the possible exception of Oscar-contending Best Original Song “Doby,� nothing here approaches the delightful surprise of the first film’s “Afternoon Delight� harmony break or sudden appearance of a trident. Instead we get Kristen Wiig as, essentially, a female Brick (his love interest) and Fantana revealing his “world-famous jimmy cabinet� as a complement to his Sex Panther cologne. Though it takes up relatively little screen time, the news satire connects, with Burgundy a sort of news savant by ‘80s standards as he invents filling the 24hour-news cycle with puff pieces. McKay leans on now-comical pop music to spackle the cracks. I’ll admit it, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues� had me at “Ride Like the Wind.� But by “Shilo,� I was not so sure. PG-13 for crude and sexual content, drug use, language and comic violence. One hour, 56 minutes. — Peter Canavese

MOVIE TIMES All showtimes are for Friday – Sunday only unless otherwise noted. Theaters may change their movie times without notice. For other times, reviews, theater addresses and trailers, go to PaloAltoOnline.com/movies.

12 Years A Slave (R) (((1/2

Century 16: 12:15, 9:55 p.m.

A Night at the Opera (1935) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 5:50, 9:10 p.m. American Hustle (R) ((( Century 16: 9:05, 10:40 a.m. & 12:25, 2:10, 3:45, 5:35, 7:05, 9, 10:25 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 12:01 a.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m. & 12:50, 2:35, 4:05, 5:50, 7:15, 9, 10:30 p.m. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (PG-13) ((1/2 Century 16: 9, 10:30, 11:55 a.m. & 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6:20, 7:30, 9:15, 10:30 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 12:05 a.m. Century 20: 11:05 a.m. & 12:30, 2, 3:25, 4:55, 6:20, 7:50, 9:15, 10:45 p.m. Blue is the Warmest Color (NC-17) (((1/2

Aquarius Theatre: 5 p.m.

The Book Thief (PG-13) (1/2 Century 16: 9:10 a.m. & 3:40, 6:50 p.m. Century 20: 2, 7:40 p.m. The Dallas Buyers Club (R) ((1/2

Aquarius Theatre: 2:15, 8:45 p.m.

Dhoom 3 (Not Rated) Century 16: 10:20 a.m. & 2:35, 6:45, 10:35 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 11:35 p.m. Frozen (PG) Century 16: 9 a.m. & 2:20, 7:45 p.m. In 3D 11:$0 a.m., 5:05 p.m. Century 20: 10:45 a.m. & 4:10, 6:55 p.m. In 3D noon & 2:40 p.m. Gravity (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 11:30 a.m. & 1:55, 4:20, 6:55, 9:15 p.m. The Great Beauty (Not Rated) ((1/2 Aquarius Theatre: 2, 5:15, 8:30 p.m. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (PG-13) (((( Century 16: 12:10, 1:15, 4:15, 8:15, 9:10 p.m. In 3D 9:15, 10:15, 11:15 a.m. & 2:15, 3:15, 5:15, 6:15, 7:15, 10:15, 11 p.m. Century 20: 11:30 a.m. & 1, 3, 4:30, 6:35, 8, 10:10 p.m. In 3D 10:25 a.m. & 12:25, 1:55, 4, 5:25, 6, 7:35 p.m. In XD noon & 3:30, 7, 10:30 p.m. Century 16: 9:20 a.m. & The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13) ((( 12:40, 4, 7:20, 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 12:35, 3:50, 7:10, 10:25 p.m. Inside Llewyn Davis (R) (((( Century 20: 11:20 a.m. & 1:55, 4:30, 7:05, 9:40 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50 p.m. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) (Not Rated)

Palo Alto Square: Tue 2, 7 p.m.

Nebraska (R) ((( Century 20: 11:10 a.m. & 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45 p.m. Out of the Furnace (R) ((

Century 20: 9:45 p.m.

The Palm Beach Story (1942) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 7:30 p.m. Sat-Sun also at 4:10 p.m. Philomena (PG-13) ((( Century 20: 11:45 a.m. & 2:!5, 4:40, 7:05, 9:30 p.m. Guild Theatre: 2:30, 5:15, 8 p.m.

Century Theatres at Palo Alto Square Friday-Mon 12/20-12-23

Inside Llewyn Davis – 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50 Nebraska – 1:30, 4:15, 7:00, 9:45

Tuesday Only 12/24

Inside Llewyn Davis – 1:45, 7:15 Nebraska – 4:15 It’s A Wonderful Life – 2:00, 7:00

Wed & Thurs Inside Llewyn Davis – 1:45, 4:30, 12/25-12/26 7:15, 9:50 Her – 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

Saving Mr. Banks (PG-13) (( Century 16: 9:50 a.m. & 12:50, 3:55, 7:10, 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 10:35 a.m. & 1:30, 4:25, 7:25, 10:20 p.m. Thor: The Dark World (PG-13) Century 20: 11:15 a.m. & 5 p.m. In 3D 10:35 p.m. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (PG-13) Century 16: 9:30 a.m. & noon & 2:30, 5, 7:40, 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15 p.m. Walking With Dinosaurs (PG) Century 16: 11:40 a.m. & 5:05, 10:25 p.m. In 3D 9 a.m. & 2:20, 7:45 p.m. Century 20: 10:25 a.m. & 12:55, 3:20, 5:45, 8:10, 10:40 p.m. In 3D 11:40 a.m. & 2:10, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10 p.m.

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CHRISTMAS EVE AT FIRST PRES Choir Singing Carols & Anthems 4:30pm, Sanctuary

Service of Lessons & Carols 5:00pm, Sanctuary

Festive Reception & Holiday Treats 6:00pm, Fellowship Hall

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Covenant Presbyterian Church December 15, 2013

December 22, 2013

December 24, 2013

10:30 a.m. Worship MagniďŹ cat in D - Johann S. Bach Choir Cantata with Brass and Strings 4:00 p.m. Chamber Concert Series Music of the Season Harpers Hall Harp Ensemble 10:30 a.m. Worship The Little Drummer Boy Children’s Pageant 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Lessons and Carols Rev. Dr. Margaret Boles Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 E. Meadow Dr., Palo Alto 94306 (650) 494-1760 www.CovenantPresbyterian.net

Valley Presbyterian Church in the Redwoods 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 650-851-8282 www.valleypreschurch.org

Christmas Eve Worship 5:00 pm

Family Candlelight Service

10:00 pm

Candlelight Service Lessons & Carols

Christmas blessings from St. Bede’s Episcopal Church Let us celebrate together! Christmas Eve — Tuesday, 12/24

St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish, Palo Alto Our Lady of the Rosary, 3233 Cowper Street St. Albert the Great, 1095 Channing Avenue St. Thomas Aquinas, 751 Waverley Street

CHRISTMAS EVE – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24TH 5:00 pm Family Mass – Our Lady of the Rosary (Children’s Christmas Pageant during Mass) 5:00 pm Family Mass – St. Albert the Great (Children’s Christmas Pageant during Mass) 6:00 pm – St. Thomas Aquinas 7:00 pm – Our Lady of the Rosary (Spanish) Midnight Mass 12:00 am – St. Thomas Aquinas (Gregorian)

CHRISTMAS DAY – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25TH 7:30am – St. Thomas Aquinas; 9:00am – Our Lady of the Rosary (Spanish) — St. Albert the Great; 10:30am – Our Lady of the Rosary; 10:30am – St. Thomas Aquinas; 12:00 Noon – St. Thomas Aquinas (Gregorian) Page 26ĂŠUĂŠ iVi“LiÀÊÓä]ÊÓä£ÎÊUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂœĂœĂœÂ°*>Â?ÂœÂ?ĂŒÂœ"˜Â?ˆ˜i°Vœ“

4PM Children’s Christmas Pageant & Eucharist 8PM Festival Eucharist with Choir

Christmas Day — Wednesday, 12/25 9AM Holy Eucharist with Carols

First Sunday after Christmas — 12/29 9AM Christmas Lessons & Carols and Eucharist Please join us after each service for coffee and cookies, with a special treat for children following the pageant.

St. Bede’s Episcopal Church 2650 Sand Hill Rd (at Monte Rosa), Menlo Park 650-854-6555 stbedesmenlopark.org


Holiday Services at Stanford Memorial Church Sunday, December 22, 2013 10:00 am University Public Worship 4:30 pm Catholic Mass Tuesday, December 24, 2013 4:00 pm Christmas Eve Family service (Doors open at 3:15 pm) Please bring new, unwrapped toys which will be given to needy children. The 4:00 pm service will be broadcast live on KZSU 90.1 FM and http://kzsulive.stanford.edu. 8:00 pm Christmas Eve Festival Communion service (Doors open at 7:15 pm) Please note: Please arrive early for Christmas Eve services. Attendees must arrive together with their group. Saving seats will not be allowed.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 12:00 am Catholic Christmas Eve Midnight Mass 12:00 pm Catholic Christmas Day Mass More info: http://religiouslife.stanford.edu/holiday-services

CHRISTMAS at FIRST LUTHERAN 600 Homer Avenue, Palo Alto | 650-322-4669 www.flcpa.org

December 24, 5:00 p.m. | Family Service

First Lutheran children dramatize the Christmas story Carols and Holy Communion

December 24, 10:00 p.m. | Pre-service Music The Christmas Story by Heinrich Schütz

10:30 p.m. | Candlelight Service

Katherine McKee, Choir Director | Jin Kyung Lim, Organist December 25, 10:30 a.m. | Worship | Holy Communion Lessons and Carols for Christmas | Jin Kyung Lim, Organist All services include congregational singing of traditional carols

Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, (650)723-1762

ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH PALO ALTO CHRISTMAS EVE

Celebrate Christmas With Us! Wherever you are in your journey, whether church is familiar or not, we welcome you to join us for one of our Christmas services. Whether you prefer a simpler children’s service or a more traditional one with the Church Choir, infused with a sense of the sacred that fills Christmas Eve night, we invite you.

Christmas Eve (All services will be about an hour) 4:00 pm 6:00 pm 9:30 pm 10:00 pm

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CHRISTMAS DAY V10:00 am Holy Communion with Carols 600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto (650) 326-3800 www.saint-marks.com

Christmas Celebration

CHRISTMAS EVE, DECEMBER 24 5:00pm Family Eucharist with Carols 10:30pm Musical Prelude Britten “Ceremony of Carols” for Choir & Harp 11:00pm Solemn Candlelight Eucharist with Choir CHRISTMAS DAY, DECEMBER 25 10:00am Holy Eucharist with Carols

Share the Joy All Saints’ Episcopal Church 555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto www.asaints.org Sundays 8am & 10am

Christmas Day 10:00 am

Christmas Day Communion with Hymns

Trinity Church In Menlo Park, An Episcopal Community 330 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park (Between El Camino and Middlefield) 650-326-2083 www.trinitymenlopark.org

Christmas Eve at Bethany 5:00 p.m. Family Christmas Children tell the story of Jesus, as shepherds, angels, wisemen, and the holy family.

Join us between services and enjoy wonderful food and Christmas cheer! 7:00 p.m. Christmas with Horns Sing your favorite carols and hear a message of hope and joy during this joy-filled service of music!

10:00 p.m. Candlelight Christmas A quiet and contemplative time to listen, sing, and reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ.

BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH 1095 CLOUD AVENUE MENLO PARK at the corner of Avy & Cloud

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There are four different activities offered on weekdays and two on weekends. Activities change frequently and are listed on UMe’s online calendar. Parents can play with their children in U-Me’s facilities, or choose to enjoy the in-house cafe, which is also outfitted with free Wi-Fi. With the exception of Dec. 24-25, limited hours on Dec. 31, and Jan. 1, U-Me is open during the holiday break. In addition to regular activities, U-Me will offer drop-off playtime on Dec. 2627 and Jan. 2-3. Children ranging in age from infants to 8 years are welcome to play at U-Me, Mortazavi said. Pricing and schedule information can be found on U-Me’s website: www.u-meplace.com.

Writing contest for school-aged children

Art classes for school-aged children

The Palo Alto Library hosts an annual writing contest for children. This year’s topic is “What would you create that could change your world?” Essays are limited to 500 words or less and are due by Jan. 13, 2014. Visit the Palo Alto Library’s website for more information: www.cityofpaloalto.org/library.

Palo Alto Parents and Professionals for Art offers a day camp at Barron Park Elementary School Dec. 30 to Jan. 3 (no camp on Jan. 1). The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $208. More information can be found at the website: www. pappa-art.org.

Classes and unstructured play U-Me, located in Menlo Park, is an indoor play facility for younger children offering unstructured play and organized classes. “U-Me gives parents and caregivers a place to come hang out while kids play in a safe, closed, environment,” said Melody Mortazavi, who owns U-Me. Activities for children, including gross-motor and fine-motor development as well as music and art, are offered throughout the day.

Experience fine art and cinema The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University offers docent-led tours and holiday film screenings for families on Dec. 22 and 29. A Christmas Story is showing at noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. A docent-led tour of the museum begins at 1:30 p.m. The museum will be closed on Dec. 25. Admission is free and more information can be found on the website: museum.stanford.edu under “Family Programs.”

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he song “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” — popular since Robert Meredith Willson first wrote it in 1951 — captures the aesthetics and feelings associated with the holidays. Willson describes holly adorning doors, bells ringing and children anticipating gifts. He also writes: “And mom and dad can hardly wait / For school to start again.” Though that line is usually sung flippantly, it can ring true. While school is closed this holiday season, check out some of the activities listed below to keep the family occupied — and jolly.

From left, Nick Colonnese, Tom Wedlick, Ann Majewicz, Troy Adebar and Reiko Hoyano link together while skating during the Adult session at Winter Lodge.

Be active! Go on a hike; admire wildlife and views of the Bay Open daily from 8 a.m. until sunset, the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve provides views of avian wildlife and the San Francisco Bay. The visitor center will be staffed on Dec. 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The preserve also allows dogs on leash, so feel free to get all the little legs in your family moving.

Ice skate at the Winter Lodge The indoor/outdoor skating rink at Palo Alto’s Winter Lodge is open during the winter holidays, except for Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1. Schedule and pricing information are available on the website: www.winterlodge.com.

ter holidays by working together to further common good.” Planting happens on Saturday, Dec. 21, and Dec. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are encouraged to return next summer or fall for a two-hour young tree watering session. To sign up and for additional information, contact Bayer at robin@ecomagic.org.

Cheer on the Stanford women’s basketball team The Stanford University women’s basketball team plays the University of Tennessee on Dec. 21. Described by the university’s athletic department as a “marquee rivalry matchup,” the game takes place at 1:30 p.m. at Maples Pavilion on Stanford campus. Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for youth.

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mobile phone. Next, walk the short distance to Monique’s Chocolates on Bryant Street for a custom-made hot chocolate. “We offer a wide range of chocolate, from white chocolate to 99 percent dark chocolate that is not sweet at all,” said Mark West, who owns the store. In addition to deciding what kind of chocolate they want, customers can choose from regular milk, almond milk, hazelnut milk or water. Monique’s Chocolates also offers add-in flavors such as orange, raspberry, mint and Mexican spices. Even children who might be selective eaters are easy to please, West said. “We can pretty much take care of anyone who shows up. That is what makes it fun. Nobody feels left out.” Monique’s Chocolates, located at 539 Bryant St. in Palo Alto, will be closed Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1. Hot chocolate starts at $3.50.

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Check out neighborhood Christmas lights

The local volunteer organization Magic hosts two planting sessions of California native trees at “The Dish” open space on Stanford campus. “We encourage families to participate,” said Robin Bayer, who is coordinating the tree planting for Magic. “We think it’s a wonderful way for families to celebrate win-

Lytton Plaza, at the intersection of University Avenue and Emerson Street, is home to Palo Alto’s Christmas tree. After viewing this traditional tree, walk to King Plaza, in front of City Hall on Hamilton Avenue to experience another kind of tree, Aurora. Aurora is a lighted metal tree sculpture that is also interactive: The colors can be changed using a

Since 1940, the residents of Fulton Street, located across from Rinconada Park, have hosted Christmas Tree Lane, where every house on the street displays lighted holiday decorations. Through Dec. 31, lighted holiday displays run nightly from 5 to 11 p.m. Parking and viewing information is available on their website: www.christmastreelane.org. N

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COOKING CLASSES ... Handson cooking classes at Sur La Table, #57 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, include: “Holiday Candies & Confections” (Lisa Cun, Saturday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m., $69); “Essential Knife Skills” (Katherine Bowman, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2 p.m., $59); “Delicious Handmade Gifts” (Samantha Miotke, Sunday, Dec. 22, 11 a.m., $74.96); “Date Night: Italian Feast” (Katherine Bowman, Monday, Dec. 23, 6:30 p.m., $79); and “Date Night: New Year’s Eve Dinner” (Katherine Bowman, Friday, Dec. 27, 6:30 p.m., $79). Information: 650-289-0438 or email Cooking073@surlatable. com

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RESTORE HABITAT ... On Saturday, Dec. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers work with Acterra to restore habitat at the Pearson-Arastradero Preserve (1530 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto) and local creeks. Gloves, tools, snacks and training are provided. Tasks include removing invasive plants, collecting seeds, spreading mulch and planting native grasses. Wear long sleeves and long pants and bring a hat and reusable water bottle. Information: www.acterra. org/stewardship. PORK AND LAMB ... Hidden Villa will hold a sale of organically or grass-fed, pasture-finished pork and lamb from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 21, at Hidden Villa’s Tin Barn, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Cash and check only; bring your own bag. Information: 650-949-8650 or hiddenvilla.org MATCHING GRANT ... Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerages will match any holiday donation collected at its Northern California offices through Friday, Dec. 20. Donations will go to local food banks. In the past five years, Coldwell Banker has donated more than $71,000 to local food banks, according to a press release. Local offices are also drop-off points for Toys for Tots and One Warm Coat donations. Information: www.cbfoodbankgiving.eventbrite.com N

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idtown Palo Alto is a place where people come to stay. Paulmer Soderberg has lived in his house on Vernon Terrace since 1991, when he bought the house with his wife the same month they got married. “It was just dumb luck that we moved to Palo Alto,” he said. “In hindsight, it was a pretty nice decision.” The two started a family there, raising their two sons. Soderberg said with so many families living on the street, his children are what got him and his wife to know their neighbors. The result is a close-knit, comfortable neighborhood community. “We take care of (other) kids every once and awhile or the kids kind of just walk out the door and say, ‘I’m going to go down to Jack’s,’ and that kind of stuff,” he said. Vernon Terrace residents also go all out for Halloween, with everyone on the horse-shoe shaped street participating. The Soderbergs do a haunted house; another neighbor replicates Area 51. Soderberg said when he first moved to Palo Alto, “Everyone else thought North Palo Alto was the place to be,” but he and his wife preferred Midtown. “... I really like Midtown because it seems more family-oriented. It’s a more cozy, quaint neighborhood.” Soderberg said he also appreciates being close to so many amenities and facilities. His sons, in particular, love the Midtown location of Sancho’s Taqueria on Middlefield Road and Subway, also on Middlefield. Soderberg said he thinks Piazza’s Fine Food in the Charleston (continued on page Îx)

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Shopping Center is great. Another Midtown resident, Dan Melick, who has lived in the same Colorado Avenue house since 1976, said he also likes the convenience of Midtown. “We like this area because it’s friendly, it’s very close to the Midtown shopping area,� he said. “That’s really nice. We have our bank there; we have Safeway there; you have two pharmacies (and) a shoemaker there that’s been there forever.�

He’s also within walking distance of Caltrain. However, Melick remembers when there used to be far more amenities in the neighborhood. “We’ve seen gas stations disappear; there used to be several in Midtown. Now there’s none,� he said. He remembers a bank that’s now a Starbucks, a grocery store that’s now a pharmacy and an auto parts store that’s now gone. Melick is also part of a strong emergency preparedness presence in Midtown. He’s a member of the neighborhood’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), which is in place in case first responders such as police and fire-

fighters can’t handle all emergencies after a natural disaster or hazard. Melick is one of many CERT volunteers in Midtown who are trained in basic disaster-response skill such as fire safety, light search-and-rescue and disaster medical operations. “It’s a way of supporting the community,� Melick said. This and many other elements make Midtown a neighborhood where people put down roots. “We actually did an addition (to the house) because we plan to stay here through retirement,� Soderberg said. “There’s no reason to leave.� N

FACTS CHILD CARE AND PRESCHOOLS: Grace Lutheran Preschool, 3149 Waverley St.; Love’n’Care Christian Preschool, 2490 Middlefield Road; Mini Infant Center of Palo Alto, 3149 Waverley St.; Ohlone Kids’ Club (PACCC), 950 Amarillo Ave.; Palo Alto Friends Nursery School, 957 Colorado Ave. FIRE STATION: No. 4, 3600 Middlefield Road LIBRARY: Mitchell Park branch, 3700 Middlefield Road LOCATION: between Oregon Expressway and Loma Verde Avenue, Alma Street and West Bayshore Road NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Sheri Furman, 650-8560869, sheri11@earthlink.net, www.midtownresidents.org PARKS: Greer Park, 1098 Amarillo Ave.; Hoover Park, 2901 Cowper St.; Seale Park, 3100 Stockton Place POST OFFICE: Cambridge, 265 Cambridge Ave.; Main, 2085 E. Bayshore Road PRIVATE SCHOOLS: Keys School, 2890 Middlefield Road; HeadsUp! Emerson School, 2800 W. Bayshore Road; The Girls’ Middle School, 3400 W. Bayshore Road PUBLIC SCHOOLS: El Carmelo, Fairmeadow, Hoover, Ohlone and Palo Verde elementary schools; J. L. Stanford Middle School; Gunn or Palo Alto high schools SHOPPING: Midtown Shopping Center, Middlefield Road and Colorado Avenue; also Middlefield Road at Loma Verde Avenue

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SALES AT A GLANCE East Palo Alto

Mountain View

Total sales reported: 4 Lowest sales price: $435,000 Highest sales price: $1,063,000

Total sales reported: 19 Lowest sales price: $385,000 Highest sales price: $2,532,000

Los Altos

Palo Alto

Total sales reported: 8 Lowest sales price: $1,350,000 Highest sales price: $2,459,000

Total sales reported: 4 Lowest sales price: $1,290,000 Highest sales price: $3,500,000

Los Altos Hills

Redwood City

Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $1,300,000 Highest sales price: $1,300,000

Total sales reported: 10 Lowest sales price: $380,000 Highest sales price: $1,750,000

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Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $570,000 Highest sales price: $975,000

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Sales ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ÊvÀœ“Ê«>}iÊÎx® Alto Community Alliance to University Avenue Senior Housing for $1,063,000 on 11/7/13; previous sale 8/11, $270,000

Los Altos 137 Del Monte Ave. A. & M. Ansari to Y. Kou for $2,400,000 on 11/27/13 11050 Eastbrook Ave. George Trust to Arifin Trust for $1,350,000 on 11/22/13; previous sale 4/84, $182,000 1016 Leonello Ave. O. Hamoui to J. Tay for $2,459,000 on 11/27/13; previous sale 6/07, $2,125,000 695 Panchita Way Taylor Trust to M. Yang for $2,420,000 on 11/25/13; previous sale 8/93, $639,000 11625 Par Ave. Montgomery Trust to M. Ziaei for $2,180,000 on 11/25/13 1720 Parkhills Ave. C. & D. Bell to Gorelick Trust for $1,825,000 on 11/26/13; previous sale 3/80, $210,000 136 Pasa Robles Ave. M. Amini to R. & O. Hermoni for $1,543,000 on 11/26/13; previous sale 7/04, $830,000 307 Solana Drive Simpson Trust to G. & D. Desai for $2,350,000 on 11/27/13

Los Altos Hills 25531 W. Fremont Road Searfoss Trust to Ingham Lisa for $1,300,000 on 11/25/13; previous sale 7/90, $219,000

Menlo Park 637 9th Ave. Hendrickson Trust to C. & J. Dukart for $975,000 on 11/8/13; previous sale 9/02, $555,000 1370 Hollyburne Ave. M. & R. Velarde to S. Wortman for $570,000 on 11/7/13; previous sale 7/01, $409,000

Mountain View 650 Alamo Court #2 R. & S. Chitko to C. Januszewski for $446,000 on 11/27/13; previous

sale 3/05, $380,000 793 Calderon Ave. J. & P. Rossi to J. & M. Utley for $1,554,000 on 11/26/13; previous sale 6/00, $740,000 157 Centre St. B. & D. Lee to S. Pillai for $790,000 on 11/27/13; previous sale 3/10, $554,000 175 Cuesta Drive Kato Trust to X. He for $1,025,000 on 11/25/13 505 Cypress Point Drive #46 B. Worden to A. Ivanov for $385,000 on 11/27/13; previous sale 8/04, $285,500 456 Del Medio Ave. Yeh Trust to R. Mashruwala for $1,585,000 on 11/22/13; previous sale 5/89, $117,500 2343 Gabriel Ave. Rositas Trust to B. Cheng for $1,350,000 on 11/26/13 102 Glen Alpine Court E. Sabol to C. Xu for $1,050,500 on 11/26/13; previous sale 6/05, $960,000 106 Magnolia Lane J. & C. Murray to V. & M. Sliesoraitis for $1,140,000 on 11/25/13; previous sale 12/06, $950,000 651 Mccarty Ave. Arambula Trust to H. Gheewala for $1,095,000 on 11/22/13; previous sale 4/10, $927,500 751 W. Middlefield Road #C S. & S. Tewari to J. Ju for $650,000 on 12/2/13; previous sale 3/00, $398,000 255 S. Rengstorff Ave. #130 H. Wang to C. MacKay for $535,000 on 11/26/13; previous sale 1/05, $390,000 1920 Rock St. #14 M. Finkel to H. Jiang for $690,000 on 11/22/13; previous sale 4/02, $405,000 766 Rustic Lane Joves Trust to T. Su for $1,820,000 on 11/22/13; previous sale 5/75, $79,900 2255 Showers Drive #196 B. Jasmer to A. Ponnusamy for $575,000 on 11/27/13; previous sale 1/05, $376,000 49 Showers Drive #H445 A. White to Y. Wong for $739,000 on 11/27/13 49 Showers Drive #J322 Zolfghari Trust to J. Feng for $695,000 on 11/26/13; previous sale 12/03, $374,000

PALO ALTO WEEKLY 24 Tyrella Court K. Cox to Bouzari-Nowkhasteh Trust for $755,000 on 12/2/13; previous sale 8/00, $505,000 438 View St. Knowles Trust to O. Grushetskyy for $2,532,500 on 11/22/13

Palo Alto 760 Mayview Ave. Hjartoy & Chang Trust to A. Bhave for $3,500,000 on 11/22/13 3377 Ross Road C. Huang to W. Lee for $3,000,000 on 11/27/13; previous sale 9/12, $1,420,000 3994 Sutherland Drive Sherman Trust to P. & D. Shah for $2,200,000 on 11/22/13; previous sale 2/94, $300,000 424 Webster St. FRE 559 Limited to Fu Trust for $1,290,000 on 11/25/13

Redwood City 703 4th Ave. R. & M. Perez to J. Slobodian for $415,000 on 11/8/13; previous sale 4/90, $186,500 600 Baltic Circle #604 Shoreline Assets Group to D. & K. Moon for $732,000 on 11/8/13; previous sale 6/04, $555,000 539 Beresford Ave. A. Romero to Whitehall Properties for $1,126,000 on 11/8/13 1210 Chantel Way #23 T. Harvey to D. Parker for $781,000 on 11/8/13; previous sale 2/01, $600,000 1034 Eden Bower Lane F. & R. Petterson to Jaffe Trust for $1,750,000 on 11/7/13; previous sale 12/09, $1,264,000 1458 Hudson St. #114 M. & J. Salama to M. Elsken for $380,000 on 11/6/13; previous sale 9/02, $283,000 565 Quartz St. Petron Trust to Wegman Family Partnership for $1,000,000 on 11/6/13 1822 Stockbridge Ave. Garofoli Trust to C. Chapo for $1,550,000 on 11/6/13 642 Turnbuckle Drive #1802 One Marina Homes to B. & A. Gin for $858,500 on 11/8/13 642 Turnbuckle Drive #1897 One Marina Homes to Y. & E. Fernandez for $970,500 on 11/8/13

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

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Public Notices 995 Fictitious Name Statement PERFORMANCE GAINES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 584938 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Performance Gaines, located at 3825 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Limited Liability Company. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): PERFORMANCE GAINES LLC 78 Laurie Meadows San Mateo, CA 94403 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 09/2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on November 14, 2013. (PAW Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 2013) CALIFORNIA BARBER SHOP FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 585398 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: California Barber Shop, located at 441 Cambridge Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): HENRY YIM 1554 Orangewood Dr. San Jose, CA 95121 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 05-01-09. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on November 25, 2013. (PAW Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 2013) SILICON VALLEY HEARING, INC. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 585641 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Silicon Valley Hearing, Inc., located at 340 Dardanelli Lane, Suite 22, Los Gatos, CA 95032, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): SILICON VALLEY HEARING CLINIC, INC. 661 Towle Way Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara

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County on December 4, 2013. (PAW Dec. 13, 20, 27, 2013, Jan. 3, 2014) IT LAW GROUP FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 584951 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: IT Law Group, located at 501 Forest Avenue, #510, Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): FRANCOISE GILBERT 501 Forest Avenue, #510 Palo Alto, CA 94301 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 06/01/2003. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on November 14, 2013. (PAW Dec. 13, 20, 27, 2013, Jan. 3, 2014) EARTH SYSTEMS ENGINEERING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 585063 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Earth Systems Engineering, located at 851 Altaire Walk, Palo Alto, CA 94303, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A General Partnership. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): ANDREA ARJONA AMADOR 851 Altaire Walk Palo Alto, CA 94303 ANA MARIA QUINTERO 1811 Cliffe Hill Way Rockville MD 20854 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 01/01/2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on November 18, 2013. (PAW Dec. 13, 20, 27, 2013, Jan. 3, 2014) TALENTS UNLIMITED FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 585779 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Talents Unlimited, located at 580 Constanzo Street, Stanford, CA 94305, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): OLGA RODSTEIN 580 Constanzo Street Stanford, CA 94305 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on December 6, 2013. (PAW Dec. 20, 27, 2013, Jan. 3, 10, 2014) PRIME CAB FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 585936 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as:

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Prime Cab, located at 3831 Ramirez Ct., San Jose, CA 95121, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A General Partnership. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): INDERJIT KAUR 903 Laurie Ave. Santa Clara, CA 95054 GURPREET SINGH 3831 Ramirez Ct. San Jose, CA 95121 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on December 12, 2013. (PAW Dec. 20, 27, 2013, Jan. 3, 10, 2014)

997 All Other Legals NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE APN: 15309-002 T.S. No. 002227-CA PURSUANT TO CIVIL CODE Section2923.3 NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 6/29/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER On 1/7/2014 at 11:00 AM, CLEAR RECON CORP., as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 7/8/2005, as Instrument No. 18457988, of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of Santa Clara County, State of CALIFORNIA executed by: ANDY J. HUCKRIDGE, AN UNMARRIED MAN WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK DRAWN ON A STATE OR NATIONAL BANK, A CHECK DRAWN BY A STATE OR FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, OR A CHECK DRAWN BY A STATE OR FEDERAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION, SAVINGS ASSOCIATION, OR SAVINGS BANK SPECIFIED IN SECTION 5102 OF THE FINANCIAL CODE AND AUTHORIZED TO DO BUSINESS IN THIS STATE: IN THE AREA IN THE FRONT OF At the North Market Street entrance to the County Courthouse, 191 North Market Street, San Jose, CA 95321 all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: PARCEL A AS SHOWN ON THAT CERTAIN PARCEL MAP FILED FOR RECORD ON NOVEMBER 3, 1976 IN BOOK 382 OF “PARCEL MAPS�, PAGE 38, SANTA CLARA COUNTY RECORDS. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1980 WEST MIDDLEFIELD R MOUNTAIN VIEW California 94043-2912 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be held, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, condition, or encumbrances, including fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to pay the

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remaining principal sums of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is: $570,996.42 If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (714) 730-2727 or visit this Internet Web site WWW.LPSASAP. COM, using the file number assigned to this case 002227-CA. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. FOR SALES INFORMATION: (714) 730-2727 Date: 12/2/2013 CLEAR RECON CORP. 4375 Jutland Drive Suite 200 San Diego, California 92117 A-4427942 12/06/2013, 12/13/2013, 12/20/2013 PAW NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: CLIFFORD I. NASS Case No.: 113-PR173581 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors,


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contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of CLIFFORD I. NASS. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: MATTHEW NASS in the Superior Court of California, County of SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: MATTHEW NASS be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on January 16, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in Dept.: 12 of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, located at 191 N. First St., San Jose, CA, 95113. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58 (b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California

law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: /s/ Judith V. Gordon 525 University Avenue, Suite 1325 Palo Alto, CA 94301 (650)614-3800 (PAW Dec. 13, 20, 27, 2013) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: RICHARD T. BURRESS Case No.: 113PR173148 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of RICHARD T. BURRESS, RICHARD BURRESS. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: LEE BURRESS DUBOC in the Superior Court of California, County of SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: LEE BURRESS DUBOC be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the

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court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on January 22, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in Dept.: 12 of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, located at 191 N. First St., San Jose, CA, 95113. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58 (b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: /s/ John C. Donegan 111 Main Street- Suite H Los Altos, California 94022 (650)948-9990 (PAW Dec. 20, 27, 2013, Jan. 3, 2014) NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE T.S. No. 12-32026-JP-CA Title No. 120141739CA-LMI ATTENTION RECORDER: THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE TO AN ATTACHED SUMMARY IS APPLICABLE TO THE NOTICE PROVIDED TO THE TRUSTOR ONLY PURSUANT TO CIVIL CODE 2923.3 NOTE: THERE IS A

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tence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 714-730-2727 or visit this Internet Web site www.ndscorp.com/ sales, using the file number assigned to this case 12-32026-JP-CA. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: 12/18/2013 NATIONAL DEFAULT SERVICING CORPORATION 7720 N. 16th Street, Suite 300 Phoenix, AZ 85020 phone 602-264-6101 Sales Line 714-7302727; Sales Website: www.ndscorp. com/sales Nichole Alford, Trustee Sales Representative A-4433415 12/20/2013, 12/27/2013, 01/03/2014

designation of real property: 803 WAKE FOREST ROAD, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA 94043 A.P.N.: 160-05-043 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The undersigned mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent for the mortgagee or beneficiary pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.5(b) declares that the mortgagee, beneficiary or the mortgagee's or beneficiary's authorized agent has either contacted the borrower or tried with due diligence to contact the borrower as required by California Civil Code 2923.5. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the exis-

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ALL-AMERICANS . . . The Stanford women’s volleyball team had five players recognized when the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced its All-America selections Wednesday. Senior Carly Wopat and sophomore Inky Ajanaku were named to the first team, sophomore Madi Bugg earned second-team honors while junior Kyle Gilbert and sophomore Jordan Burgess received honorable mention. The selections bring Stanford’s total AVCA All-America award count to 75 honors spread over 32 players. Wopat is a repeat first team selection and earned honorable mention honors in 2011. Ajanaku receives her second career honors after being an honorable mention pick in 2012. Bugg, Burgess and Gilbert are all recognized for the first time. Stanford’s three selections to one of the first three teams are the most since 2010, when Alix Klineman (1st), Cassidy Lichtman (1st) and Gabi Ailes (3rd) were all honored. Stanford’s five overall selections is a school record, while Ajanaku and Wopat become the first pair of middle blockers from the same team to receive first-team accolades since 2003 . . . Stanford senior left guard David Yankey became a unanimous All-America Wednesday when he was named to the Football Writers Association team. Outside linebacker Trent Murphy earned first-team honors while junior Ty Montgomery (kick returner), senior outside linebacker Shayne Skov and senior free safety Ed Reynolds made the second team. Murphy and Montgomery are also consensus All-America picks. Yankey, Murphy and Montgomery were also named to the American Football Coaches Association team on Wednesday. Montgomery became Stanford’s first return-all-purpose consensus All-American while Murphy is Stanford’s first consensus defensive player since 1974. . . . Meanwhile, Cardinal coach David Shaw was among five finalists for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award, as announced by the American Heart Association.

The Sacred Heart Prep football team had plenty to celebrate last Saturday night following a 42-7 dismantling of favored El Cerrito in the CIF NorCal title game, sending the Gators to the Division III state finals.

SHP takes state football finale in stride After upsetting El Cerrito in NorCal final, Gators know they have a shot in title game by Ari Kaye ete Lavorato is much more than an X’s and O’s kind of football coach. Sometimes he needs to be part teacher or cheerleader. “Last week was all about building them up,” Lavorato said of his Sacred Heart Prep players. “My job was trying to convince them that we’re good, too.” Lavorato needed to convince

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Gators to handle. In some ways the pregame hype was correct, as the game turned out to be a blowout. It just happened that the roles of David and Goliath were reversed. Sacred Heart physically imposed its will on El Cerrito, dominating both offensively and defensively, on its way to a stunning 42-7 rout of the Gauchos on Saturday night at De Anza High

in Richmond. With the victory, Sacred Heart Prep (13-1) advances to its firstever state championship game, where the Gators will face Corona del Mar (15-0) on Saturday (noon) at the StubHub Center on the campus of Cal-State Dominguez Hills. Corona de Mar eliminated Nordhoff, 24-8, in the SoCal title ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê˜iÝÌÊ«>}i®

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by Rick Eymer alo Alto High grad Davante Adams already has beaten the odds by leading the nation in receptions and receiving touchdowns. There is every reason to believe that he’ll beat the odds again and help No. 20 Fresno State beat No. 25 USC in Saturday’s Las Vegas Bowl. Adams, like the Bulldogs, has been overlooked on most postseason AllAmerica teams. He was named to a pair of teams not recognized by the NCAA, including SBNation.com’s first team andcbssports.com’s third team.

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Stanford connects title foes SHP vs. Corona del Mar have family connections in the state final by Keith Peters acred Heart Prep assistant coach Matt Moran may have some mixed emotions when his team takes on Corona del Mar in the Division III finals of the 2013 CIF State Football Championship Bowl Games presented by Farmers. Not only will it be the Gators against the Sea Kings on Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson, kickoff is at noon, but it will be family against family. Sort of. A starting wide receiver for Corona del Mar is junior Bo St. Geme. “Bo’s my nephew,” said Moran. The SHP-Corona del Mar connection, via Stanford University, started in some 30 years ago when Moran played football for the Cardinal (1981-84). One of his teammates during that time was safety Ed St. Geme. One day, Moran introduced St. Geme to a young runner who later would be an All-American and national champion, Ceci Hopp. On another occasion, Moran was introduced to Hopp’s sister, Ellen. Eventually, Hopp married St. Geme and Moran married Ellen. Suddenly, it was one big happy family. Ceci and Ed went on to raise six children, one of them being Bo. The 6-foot, 170-pounder is the No. 2 wide receiver for Corona del Mar with 58 catches for 733 yards and seven touchdowns. He has been a key member of the Sea Kings’ 15-0 season. Moran, who coaches the SHP offensive line, would like to see his nephew shine. Then again, the Gators are having their best football season ever and have a legitimate shot at winning a state title. “Either way,” said Moran, “someone’s going to be unhappy this weekend.” The Moran-St. Geme connection isn’t the only one involving Stanford. SHP receiver Andrew Daschbach’s father, Mark, was a fraternity brother with St. Geme — at Theta Delta Chi — and SHP lineman Patrick Finnigan’s father, Dan, played football with St. Geme on the Rolling Hills High team. (The school was merged with two others in 1991 to create Palos Verdes Peninsula High). Finnigan was the center and St. Geme the quarterback. “Small world,” said Moran.

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game. Lavorato has faced a different task this week as his team prepared for its biggest game in program history. “This week, I’ve told the boys ‘pride comes before the fall. You have to be humble.’ “ Lavorato explained how the media spotlight suddenly is shining on his players and how it’s a new experience for them. The important thing is not letting them caught up in all the attention. “When you stay humble,” Lavorato said, “nothing bad can happen . . . this is a dream come true. I’ve had the opportunity to keep working with these kids.” Everything is a bonus for the Gators at this point. Corona del Mar is riding a 25-game win streak and is hoping to become the first football team in state history to win 16 games. Everything is pointing toward that happening, unless you truly know what kind of team Sacred Heart Prep has. “I think we’re both very wellmatched,” Lavorato said. “We have similar schools, but definitely different systems. It should be interesting.” Corona del Mar comes in averaging 34.7 points while allowing 9.3. SHP is averaging 35.4 while giving up 8.7. The Sea Kings are averaging 178.5 passing yards and 216 rushing yards per game while the Gators will run first and pass when they have to. While Sacred Heart Prep may be considered the underdog, it’s a role the Gators used as a motivator for last week’s win over El Cerrito. “A lot of people all week doubted us,” SHP junior defensive back Will Johnston said after the shocking win. “Going into the game there was absolutely no doubt in our minds that we would be able to win.” “This is ridiculous,” SHP senior running back Andrew Segre said. “No one ever thought Sacred Heart Prep would win the NorCal Division III regionals like this. This is amazing.” Junior Ben Burr-Kirven starred on both sides of the ball for Sacred Heart, rushing for 160 yards and four touchdowns from his running back position, while also racking up 17 tackles (11 solo) and forcing a fumble from his linebacker spot. “He’s the best high school football player I’ve coached or seen,” Lavorato said of Burr-Kirven. “He’s a great player and a great kid, too.” Segre received a lighter load then his 28-carry effort (for 351 yards and six TDs) against Pacific Grove the previous week in the CCS Division IV finals. But, the senior was still effective against El Cerrito, rushing for 101 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. El Cerrito came in as the overwhelming favorites for a reason. On the season, the Gauchos had won by an average score of 43-16, and were led by future Division I football talent, including UCLAbound Adarius Pickett and Ari-

SHP junior Ben Burr-Kirven (25) rushed for 160 yards and four TDs and senior Andrew Segre (34) added 101 yards and one TD as the Gators rolled over El Cerrito, 42-7, and into the CIF Division III state title game. zona State bound Derik Calhoun and Jalen Harvey. However, the Gauchos could not match the physicality that the Gators played with on Saturday. “I don’t think they were prepared for us. I don’t think they were expecting us to come out and hit like we did,” Burr-Kirven said. “They thought we were going to be scared of them, but we came in with the mentality that there isn’t anyone better than us, so we’re going to go out and win this game.” On defense, the Sacred Heart Prep players did a good job of staying disciplined against the high-octane El Cerrito running attack. The Gauchos had only 13 yards of offense as SHP built a 14-0 lead. “The D-line played great. We stayed in our rush lanes,” Lavorato said. “We didn’t panic when they made a few plays. We played great pursuit angles. I don’t know how much total offense they had, but it didn’t seem like much.” Offensively, Sacred Heart imposed its will on the ground from the very start, as the Gators scored on three of their four total possessions in the first half. On their first drive, Sacred Heart Prep drove 61-yards down the field on seven rushing plays. The drive was capped off by a nine-yard touchdown run from Burr-Kirven. The Gauchos attempted to respond on their next possession, but quarterback Keilan Benjamin was stripped by Johnston, who also recorded a sack with five tackles on the night, and Gators’ junior defensive back Riley Tinsley recovered the ball at the Sacred Heart Prep 46-yard line. Seven plays later, Segre bulldozed his way for a one-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-0 just nine minutes into the game. “Our offensive line was amazing again,” Segre said. “It’s all about heart for them, and they brought it every play.” Just before halftime El Cer-

rito suffered a major blow, as Benjamin suffered an injury running outside the pocket, and was forced to leave the game. He was replaced by Pickett in the Wildcat formation and then by Harvey. Benjamin eventually returned when Harvey tweaked his ankle, but Benjamin was forced to leave once more later in the game. The Gators added one more score before the half, as BurrKirven rumbled 45 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown to give Sacred Heart Prep a 21-0 advantage. “We didn’t talk in the locker room (at halftime) how good we were doing,” Burr-Kirven said. “We said (El Cerrito) is not going to stop. So we knew we had to come out, keep our foot on the gas and keep pounding them.” After the break, the Gators continued to run the ball down the Gauchos’ throat, with Burr-Kirven adding two more touchdown runs in the third quarter from one and seven yards away. The cherry on top for Sacred Heart came in the fourth quarter, as junior wide receiver Mitch Martella hauled in a 47-yard touchdown catch on a ball tipped by Pickett at the 15-yard line. The

touchdown pass, was the third and final throwing attempt on the night for sophomore quarterback Mason Randall. For Sacred Heart, a school that has only played football for the past 15 years, competing in a state championship game is an enormous accomplishment. “It’s like a dream come true. It’s a testament to all our coaches and all our kids,” Lavorato said. “What a week of practice we had; it was fantastic. Those kids were so focused.” Despite facing a week of finals and preparation for the state finals, Lavorato made sure that his team took the time to savor its dominating performance against El Cerrito. “You shocked the world tonight!” Lavorato proclaimed to his team after the game. “This is really awesome right now, enjoy it.” However, Lavorato had one more question for his team, to make sure they were not satisfied by simply making it to the state championship game. “Are we done?” Lavorato asked his players. A resounding “No!” was their answer. N

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night), who average 83.4 points a game. They are also balanced, with four players averaging double figures in scoring. Tennessee also has a plus-15.8 rebounding margin. “I’ll be focusing on boxing out,” Stanford’s Erica McCall said. “When you think Tennessee, you think big, tall and rebounding. I’ve got to work on posting up and hitting my outside shot. I’m pretty pumped up, excited. I have a couple of friends who play for Tennessee (Mercedes Russell, Jordan Reynolds).” Stanford, which beat New Mexico (75-41) on Monday behind Ogwumike’s 32 points, averages 75.2 points a game, has two players averaging double digits scoring and has a plus-7.7 rebounding margin. “We have to take care of the ball and we have to rebound,”

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “Those two things are the keys.” Stanford and Tennessee have played every year since 1988, with the Lady Vols owning a 22-8 edge in the series. The Cardinal has won the past two meetings, though, and will be going for three straight for the second time ever. Stanford lost its last meeting, in 1997, when it had won the two previous meetings. “There are certain things, when you play Tennessee, you have to do year in and year out,” VanDerveer said. “They are aggressive, they are athletic and it is a big team that is active with their hands. They are also quick.” Stanford will be playing the Lady Vols for the fourth time on Dec. 21, losing the first three meetings by a combined 18 points, including a 10-point loss in overtime. The Cardinal and Tennessee has played six overtime games, Stanford’s most against any opponent. Cal is next, with four in

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the previous 78 meetings. Ogwumike, who scored 23 of Stanford’s first 25 points in the win over the Lobos, became the eighth Stanford player to record 2,000 points in her career. The senior All-American became the fifth member of the exclusive 2,000-point, 1,000-rebound club, which includes older sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Jayne Appel, Nicole Powell and Val Whiting. Ogwumike is 50 points from matching Whiting for fifth on the all-time scoring list. “Chiney is just such an anchor for us,” VanDerveer said. “She calls for the ball, she rebounds, she scores, and she plays defense. She did a great job.” With seven rebounds, Ogwumike also moved past her older sister into third place on the alltime Stanford rebounding list with 1,227. Jayne Appel is second with 1,263 and Kayla Pedersen tops the list with 1,266. Men’s basketball Stanford heads into Saturday’s game against Michigan in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational in New York on a high

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Adams, a redshirt sophomore, was also named to the second team Walter Camp and Athlon Sports’ third team. He was left off teams picked by The Associated Press, Football Writers Association and American Football Coaches Association. As a redshirt freshman last year, Adams (6-2, 216) was a fourth-team All-America selection by Phil Steele and an honorable mention selection by Sports Illustrated. “We don’t get recognized on a large scale, but that could be a good thing,” Adams said as he prepared for the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, which is scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff on ABC. “This will end a real fun year.” Mountain West Conference champion Fresno State (11-1) faces USC (9-4) in its second trip to the Las Vegas Bowl and the first since a 17-16 loss to Utah in 1999. USC is also making its second trip and the first since losing to Utah, 20-6, in 2001. The Bulldogs were ranked 15th before losing their only game of the season, 62-52, at San Jose State. “We are ecstatic to be hosting one of the top matchups in our game’s history,” Executive Director Dan Hanneke said. “Both teams spent a lot of time in the national rankings this season and the Trojans are matched against one of the top offensive teams in college football in Fresno State.” The schools have met twice before, with Fresno State winning the 1992 Freedom Bowl in Anaheim and the Trojans beating the Bulldogs 50-42 at home in a regular-season game in 2005. “It’s a chance to play against

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note. Chasson Randle scored 22 points, Josh Huestis and Dwight Powell combined for 23 points and 25 rebounds and the Cardinal stunned host Connecticut, 53-51, Wednesday night in a nonconference game in Storrs, Conn. The Cardinal (8-2) handed the No. 10 Huskies their first home loss against a nonconference opponent in six years. Stanford overcame a 13-point deficit to beat previously undefeated Connecticut for the first time in five meetings. “It was just a matter of us being aggressive on the defensive end,” Randle said. “Just being active, getting our hands moving, getting our feet moving and just hustling.” Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins did what coaching legend Mike Montgomery could not do in his three tries against the Huskies. “At halftime, we were reeling,” Dawkins said. “We were trying to search and find out what we could do. Our guys really stepped up and just did it on the defensive end. It was one of the best efforts I’ve ever seen for a half.”

Stanford continues its road trip with a game against Michigan on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1. The Cardinal, 5-13 against ranked opponents under Dawkins, beat a top-10 team on the road for the first team in over five years. Stanford beat then No. 10 Oregon 11 months ago. “This was huge for us,” Huestis said. “We knew inside our locker room we could compete with anybody, but we had to prove it.” Michigan (6-4) plays for the first time since losing at home to top-ranked Arizona, 72-70, last Saturday. Stanford trailed UConn, 43-30, with 16:48 remaining in the game before making its move. Anthony Brown and Randle hit consecutive 3-pointers to spark a 14-0 run to give the Cardinal a 44-43 edge less than six minutes later. Randle drove into the lane and hit a jump shot with 6:15 left to put Stanford ahead for good at 50-49. Huestis converted on the first of two free throws for a 53-51 lead with 28 ticks remaining, and the Cardinal defense turned away Connecticut’s final two attempts. N

one of the best programs in college and a chance to show just how good we are,” said Adams, who has caught 122 passes from senior quarterback Derek Carr, 23 for touchdowns. Rumors are circulating that Adams has an interest in declaring for the NFL draft, though he deflected any talk of filing. “I’m focused on the game,” Adams said. “I’ve got some time before I have to make a decision. For now, I’m a Bulldog and I’m just worried about this bowl game and making sure I finish out these practices strong and staying healthy before I get into anything like that.” NFL scouts have rated Adams as among the top receivers and a possible first-round pick if he declares. He wasn’t considered a blue chip talent coming out of Palo Alto. Fresno State was one of the few colleges who recognized his potential. “I’m not exactly sure what they told me back then,” Adams said. “I remember that they said I could be a big part of the offense.” Perhaps not even head coach Tim DeRuyter and the Bulldogs’ coaching staff could have predicted just how big a part he would become. Carr, whose older brother David played at Fresno State and was an overall first-round pick by the Houston Texans in the 2002 NFL draft, has been projected a firstround pick in this year’s draft. Adams is used to catching passes from relatives of NFL quarterbacks. Christoph Bono, son of former 49er quarterback Steve Bono, was the one delivering passes at Paly. “We had a lot of great players and the best part is how many are still out there playing,” Adams said. “I still keep in touch with them.”

Among the players who helped Palo Alto win the 2010 Division I state football title, Bono currently plays baseball at UCLA, B.J. Boyd signed a pro baseball contract with the Oakland Athletics and played in the Penn-New York League all-star game last year, and Kevin Anderson will appear in the Rose Bowl with Stanford. Adams also said he appreciated Earl Hansen, who recently announced his retirement with the Vikings. “He’s a great guy,” Adams said. “He helped me with recruiting. He taught me how to stay focused on taking it game by game. It’s sad that he’s done, but at the same time, I always wish him and the program the best.” Adams, in just two years, leads all active receivers in career touchdowns (37), average yards per game (118.3) and receptions per game (9). He’s recorded 13 games of 100-yard receiving. Adams is one of only two players this century to have two games in the same season with over 200 yards receiving and four touchdown catches. His two-year totals include 224 catches for 2,957 yards. Adams ranks second in the nation in receiving yards (1,645), just behind Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks, the 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner. Adams, meanwhile, was named the winner of the lesser-known Paul Warfield Award. Adams joins an elite field of past winners that includes Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Randy Moss. With one game remaining, Adams is four touchdowns shy of tying the FBS record for TD receptions in a season of 27, held by Louisiana Tech’s Troy Edwards. Clearly, Adams has made a big impact that belies his lack of notoriety. Odds are he’ll be a little better known after Saturday. N


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years that SHP head coach Pete Lavorato might be retiring. “I’ve given it some thought,” he said. Lavorato, 62, had some family issues to deal with involving his wife’s mother and her health issues. But, Lavorato has worked things out. “Right now I really feel good,” he said. “I feel like this is where God wants me. I love coaching these young men. Unless someone kicks me out (of Sacred Heart Prep), that’s where I’ll be.” This, of course, comes as good news for the 29 returning players on the Gators’ roster. Lavorato has taken a team that once played the likes of John Swett (High) in the North Coast Section and found success in the Central Coast Section. Since joining the section in 2008, SHP has gone 63-13-1. Bellarmine’s record during that same time in 63-12-1. Sacred Heart Prep, which is the first CCS team playing for a state crown in Division III or lower, will have a chance to win its 14th game on Saturday against a Corona del Mar team attempting to become the first in state history to win 16. The defense When SHP defensive coordinator Mark Modeste arrived in 2007, the Gators were preparing for their final season of play in the North Coast Section. The team was coming off a 5-5 record the season before, the last time SHP would have a .500 record. SHP finished 8-2 during the regular season, earned an NCS playoff berth and headed off to the CCS in 2008. Modeste, meanwhile, was in the process of switching SHP’s defense from a 4-3 to a 3-4, which was run by Santa Clara University when he played defensive back there from 1988-91. In fact, he grew up learning the 3-4 because his father, Ron, was an assistant coach at SCU for 31 years under Pat Malley. “Pete (Lavorato) said, ‘Coach what you know,’” Modeste recalled of his early conversations with SHP’s head coach. The plan was to switch the big, bulky defensive linemen to the offense line and get more speed into the defense. The other key factor was the ability to teach. “I can coach with intent,” Modeste explained. “Why we’re doing it, not just do it. We want these kids to think critically. If they know why we’re doing it, they’re engaged. And, these kids get it. They do it every day (in class).” Thus, SHP’s defense went from being big and bulky to wide and fast. The Gators are allowing only 8.7 points a game this season, believed to be the best mark ever in school history. One key reason for that has been the emergence of junior Ben Burr-Kirven, who started his career as a defensive

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back. After suffering a broken hand last year, Burr-Kirven was moved to outside linebacker. “He’s probably the best passrusher I’ve ever seen at this level,” Modeste said. “He’s the fastest guy on the team.” Burr-Kirven’s speed has allowed him to fill in as running back, due to the broken hand suffered by senior Ricky Grau. Burr-Kirven rushed for 160 yards and scored four touchdowns in addition to being in on 17 tackles in SHP’s resounding 42-7 defeat of El Cerrito in the NorCal title game last weekend. Burr-Kirven and his fellow defenders will play a key role once again in Saturday’s state finale against Corona del Mar. “These games always come down to defense,” Modeste said. “But, nothing bothers this team. They’re used to pressure. You’re here to achieve. The expectation is you’ll put your best foot forward, and succeed.” State titles Sacred Heart Prep will be making the school’s 14th appearance in a state finale this weekend. The girls’ basketball program has

played for five state titles (1993, ‘94, ‘95, ‘96 and ‘99) and won them all while the girls’ volleyball team is 2-6 in state finals — winning in 1995 and ‘96. A final word “It’s been a bit crazy around here since Saturday night,” said Frank Rodriguez, SHP’s athletic director. “It seems all everyone is talking about (with BIG smiles) relates to what our boys and their coaches have accomplished (and what they still hope to accomplish. “I am just so proud of these kids and so grateful for Pete, Matt, Mark Modeste and the rest of the coaching staff, who have given so much of themselves as they’ve built a program that focuses on character development as much as skill development. The team celebrates each other’s success every bit as much as their individual accomplishments, and that shows. They’ve reminded us all that discipline, hard work and caring about each other goes a long way in overcoming what, at times, seem to be insurmountable odds. They believe in themselves and each other. It’s just great stuff.” N

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