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Audit faults Palo Alto officer for firing Taser at bicyclist Report by independent police auditor confirms finding of department’s internal investigation by Gennady Sheyner

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Palo Alto police officer violated department policy in 2012 when he fired a Taser at a 16-year-old bicyclist before another officer used a police car to block the boy’s path and capture him, according to a new report by Independent Police Auditor Michael Gennaco.

The report details an incident in which officers were trying to pull over a youth who was not stopping for stop signs and who was not obeying officers’ commands to stop while riding a bike that was later determined to be stolen. According to the report, the two officers were pursuing the fleeing youth in a pa-

trol car. At one point, one officer left the car and discharged a Taser while the youth was bicycling at, and ultimately, past him. “According to the officer, the juvenile was riding right at him when he told him to stop and the officer deployed the Taser as the juvenile rode by him,� the report states. The electric stun gun, the report notes, had no apparent effect. Where the Taser failed, the patrol car succeeded. The officer in the car “drove up beside the sus-

pect� and “quickly applied brakes, blocking the path of the suspect and forcing him off his bicycle,� the report states. The boy fell to the ground, at which point the officer got out of the cruiser and “used force to push the suspect down and then pin him in order to keep him from trying to flee.� The other officer rejoined the struggle, according to the report, “by placing his Taser on the suspect’s neck and back area and tell-

ing him that he would activate the Taser if the suspect did not comply.â€? The officers then handcuffed the boy and placed him into custody (both officers, the report notes, also used profanity while restraining the suspect). The boy was later medically treated for an abrasion on his face and for neck pain, cited for the stolen bicycle and released to his father. ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iÊǎ

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Palo Alto faces competing pressures on zone changes City Council tries to reconcile state mandates for more housing with residents’ outrage over new development by Gennady Sheyner

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Welcome, Madame Mayor Now in the last year of her five-year City Council term, Nancy Shepherd was selected by her colleagues as mayor of Palo Alto on Monday. She was the city’s vice mayor in 2013. See story on page 10.

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Skelly reverses position on bullying policies Palo Alto superintendent recommends against adopting ‘optional’ policies by Palo Alto Weekly staff

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fter saying last month that he favored a single system for handling all school bullying complaints, Palo Alto Superintendent Kevin Skelly this week recommended that the district not adopt a bullying policy and instead only approve what is legally required for students who are part of a “protected class.� The school board’s Policy Review Committee was scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, after the Weekly’s print deadline, to review and discuss Skelly’s recommendation. Skelly said the district should

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go ahead and adopt legally required changes to current policies for those students who are being discriminated against due to their race, disability, gender, sexual preference, or other protected characteristics, but not adopt any policy for all other students. The district and its lawyers have

spent most of the last year developing draft policies for both sets of students. Skelly said his change of mind came after discussions with teachers and principals, who persuaded him that a single complaint procedure for all students would be impractical. “We want things to be simple; we want things to be solved at the lowest level,â€? he said Thursday. “Our principals and staff looked at this, and I’m just not yet comfortable that we have a policy that ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠnÂŽ

aced with state pressure to speed up housing development and intense community pressure to slow it down, Palo Alto officials will try to strike a delicate balance Monday night when they consider a list of revisions to the city’s zoning code. The revisions, which the City Council is expected to adopt, aim to integrate into city law the programs and policies of the city’s Housing Element, a statemandated document that the city adopted last summer. A critical component of the city’s land-use bible, the Comprehensive Plan, the Housing Element is at once a vision document that lays out the city’s housing policies and a detailed inventory of potential housing sites. Years overdue, the newly adopted document has a planning horizon of 2007 to 2014, which means the city is already preparing to adopt the next version later this year. One of its main objectives is to demonstrate how the city will meet its state-mandated allocation of 2,860 housing units. Despite its miniscule shelf-life, the Housing Element is expected to spur some change in the zoning code. For one thing, it would increase the number of units per acre a developer can build in a neighborhood commercial (CN) zone from 15 to 20. The city has 32 such parcels, including segments of El Camino Real in College Terrace, Evergreen Park, Ventura and Barron Park neighborhoods. City planners estimate that this zone change would yield an additional 64 units citywide, bringing

the city closer to complying with a housing mandate all council members nonetheless see as unreasonably burdensome. On Jan. 6, minutes after she was elected mayor by her council colleagues, Nancy Shepherd referred to the city’s upcoming work on a new Housing Element as “one of the terrors that we get to do again.â€? But she stressed that consequences of ignoring the law would be “devastating to Palo Alto.â€? But some residents see the new revisions as the city’s latest move toward a denser and denser Palo Alto and another example of leaders ignoring residents’ concerns over parking and traffic. Cheryl Lilienstein, a Barron Park resident who helped lead the successful “Vote Against Dâ€? campaign last year and who is now president of the citizens group Palo Altans for Sensible Zoning, brought up the issue at Monday’s council meeting. Lilienstein said the proposed ordinance “again greatly increases density for neighborhood commercial properties all over town, but especially along El Camino.â€? “The current economic boom has resulted in accelerated commercial and high-density housing development and the continued departure of neighborhoodserving retail,â€? Lilienstein said. “So this boom is not resulting in so-called ‘pedestrian friendly’ or ‘walkable neighborhoods,’ especially on El Camino. Why is there no ordinance requiring ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠÂŁÂŁÂŽ

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A COWARDLY COUNCIL? ... Residents who recently posted comments on the Open City Hall website want to give City of Palo Alto officials a somewhat harsh civics lesson. The city asked the question, “What core values do you believe the City Council should use to guide them in their decisions on behalf of the community?� The responses were all over the map. Suggestions ranged from more pingpong challenges to “Tell ABAG to stuff it.� (The Association of Bay Area Governments determines how much new housing each city is required to build based on growth estimates and the jobs-housing imbalance.) But the majority of comments focused on a need to listen to constituents and to do something to preserve Palo Alto’s quality of life: “Don’t be cowardly; be willing to reject developments; stand up for us; BE a government. Quit being a dictatorship,� one resident wrote. And another gave the city leaders a civics lesson and verbal spanking: “When I think about it, it is a crying shame, not to mention an outrage, that in a city like Palo Alto, its council has to ask its citizens what its core values should be. How about ‘Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.’ This exercise just shows how far our city government has moved from reality and the ability to even understand the meaning of the word ‘governance.’ Our Founding Fathers gave us our core values — it’s called The Constitution.� VICE AND VIRTUE ... Karen Holman may have finished second in Palo Alto’s race for vice mayor on Monday night, but she easily had the line of the night. Holman, who is one of the City Council’s top skeptics when it comes to new developments and one of its top champions when it comes to neighborhood preservation, was nominated for vice mayor by Councilman Pat Burt, who like Holman had previously served on the Planning

and Transportation Commission. Burt cited Holman’s two decades of service and praised her for her long-standing “commitment to open government and full public participation,� her “strong sense of fairness to all,� and her “courtesy and integrity.� “At this particular period in our community, with concerns of residents about preserving our quality of life, Karen is widely recognized for her strong commitment to protecting those qualities,� Burt said. With Liz Kniss also nominated for vice mayor, Burt also went “out on a limb� and predicted that in 2015, the city will elect its 13th female mayor (Nancy Shepherd, who was elected to the position Monday, is the 12th). Holman, who often finds herself as a minority vote, did so again this week, with six council members opting for Kniss (Greg Schmid joined Burt and Holman in voting for Holman, before all three changed their vote upon Holman’s request to make Kniss’ election unanimous). But before the vote, Holman offered some words of advice to the public: “I invite all of you to consider strongly participating in local governments — running for office and getting involved — because you get to hear accolades like this without having to die.� THE GOOD OLD DAYS ... This year’s Palo Alto school board president Barb Mitchell has a long history with the school district. Arriving here with her family as a 7-year-old in 1959, she attended the old three-story, Victorian campus of Lytton School, which occupied the block where the Lytton Gardens senior housing facility now stands. Mitchell remembers it as a beautiful building, with hardwood floors, big windows and schoolyard trees to climb. The Lytton campus, built for $21,648, opened in 1905. “It was a beautiful building and if it had lasted another 10 years it never would’ve been torn down,� Mitchell said. N

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The report does not identify the officers involved. The incident was the second time a Taser was used in 2012. While the first case was deemed by both the department and the independent auditor to be appropriate, in this case both reviews concluded that the officer’s discharge of the Taser was not consistent with the department’s Taser policy. The auditor’s report notes that the department ordered the officer who deployed the Taser to undergo additional training. The officer was also “formally held accountable for his Taser deployment,� the report states. In reviewing the case, internal department investigators noted that deploying a Taser on a bicyclist added complexities to the case. The review noted that “since the Taser is designed to incapacitate the individual, a cyclist who loses muscle control as a result of a successful Taser deployment could foreseeably end up injured because of the fall.� The other officer’s conduct, meanwhile, was deemed to be “reasonable and within department policy,� though Gennaco’s report notes that the officer who blocked the bicyclist’s path with the cruiser was to receive “training with regard to the potential significant dangers� of such a technique. The incident also led Palo Alto police to review its policies for apprehending bicyclists, the report states. “Given the possibility of injury or other unpredictable outcomes arising from the speeds and complications of the pursuit, the incident prompted the department to consider updates to its use of force training,� the report states. “One proposal was to incorporate weighing the seriousness of the offense against the risks involved, similar to its vehicle pursuit policy.� In its internal review, Palo Alto police also recommended more training regarding “pursuing and apprehending fleeing bicyclists and the attendant dangers.� While Gennaco’s review deemed Palo Alto’s internal in-

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Corrections In the Jan. 3 article “Online poker, reinvented — and legal,� the number of open-face “community� cards that Arthur Pfeiffer’s online poker games start with was incorrectly stated. They start with three. Also, Pfeiffer’s company is called ThwartPoker Inc., with no space between the words. To request a correction, contact Editor Jocelyn Dong at 650-223-6514, jdong@paweekly.com or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302.

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‘Given the possibility of injury or other unpredictable outcomes arising from the speeds and complications of the pursuit, the incident prompted the department to consider updates to its use of force training.’ —report by Independent Police Auditor Michael Gennaco vestigation “impressive� in identifying performance issues relating to both the officers and to the department as a whole, he had a few quibbles. He noted that Palo Alto police didn’t do sufficient follow-up to the alleged profanity used by the officers while restraining the bicyclists (the profanity was “corroborated by the in-car recording system�). He also wrote that the officer who pursued the bicyclist and ultimately took him down was not

interviewed about his actions, an omission that Gennaco’s report calls a “significant gap.� This was the second of two Taser incidences that Gennaco reviewed in 2012. The first case, in which officers deployed the Taser during a traffic stop on a man deemed to be under the influence of drugs, was determined to have been appropriate. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

Safe Routes to School for Jordan Middle School Review and comment on Draft Walk and Roll Maps and Route Improvements

Wednesday, January 15, 7:00-8:30 PM Jordan Middle School, 750 N. California Avenue The Palo Alto Safe Routes to School program is documenting suggested routes to school and identifying opportunities for engineering improvements and enforcement which, when combined with safety education and promotion activities, will encourage more families to choose alternatives to driving to school solo. More info: Contact Sylvia Star-Lack at saferoutes@cityofpaloalto.org or (650) 329-2156

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Stanford studies explore potency of flu vaccines

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CLOSED SESSION 1. SEIU Negotiations 1a. Potential Litigation SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAY 2. Selection of Candidates for the Storm Drain Oversight Committee CONSENT CALENDAR 3. Recommend that the City Council Adopt a Resolution Approving the City of Palo Alto Utilities Legislative Policy Guidelines for 2014 4. Review and Acceptance of Annual Status Report on Developers’ Fees for Fiscal Year 2013 and Adoption of Resolution Making Findings Regarding Continuing Need for Unexpended Stanford Research Park/El Camino Development Fees in the Amount of $823,618; San Antonio/West Bayshore Development Fees in the Amount of $664,374; University Avenue Parking In-Lieu Development Fees in the Amount of $90,696; and the Citywide Transportation Impact Development Fees in the Amount of $4,453 5. Approval of the Long-Term Trash Management Plan required by the Municipal Regional Storm water NPDES Permit 6. Policy and Services Committee Recommendation to Accept the Auditor’s OfďŹ ce Quarterly Report as of September 30, 2013 7. Finance Committee Recommendation to Accept Macias Gini & O’Connell’s Audit of the City of Palo Alto’s Financial Statements as of June 30, 2013 and Management Letter 8. Approval to Designate a Residence Located at 411 Lytton Avenue to the city of Palo Alto’s Historic Inventory in Category 2, and Adoption of a Resolution and Record of Land Use Action at the Request of the Owner 9. Second Reading: Ordinance for Electric Vehicles Supply Equipment Requirement for all New Single Family Residential Constructions (First Reading- December 9, 2013 PASSED: 9-0) 10. Second Reading: Ordinance for Penalties on Expired Permit Enforcement for Residential Project (First Reading- December 9, 2013 PASSED: 9-0) 11. Seismic Upgrade Project Amendment #1 with URS 12. Policy and Services Recommendation to Council the Expenditure of up to $30,000 From the Net Revenue Collected From 455 Bryant Street Rent, of Which 75 Percent is Committed to Teen Programs, to Hire an Hourly Staff Person to Develop and Maintain a Calendar of Events, Programs and Services for Palo Alto Teens; and, to Develop and Implement an Evening Drop in Program for Palo Alto High School Students at the New Mitchell Library and Community Center 13. Approval of Amendment No. 21 to the Contract with the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board for Rail Shuttle Bus Administration to Extend the Term for Six Months and Add $26,684 for a Total Not To Exceed Amount of $2,930,612 ACTION ITEMS 14. Public Hearing: On Objections to Weed Abatement and Adoption of Resolution Ordering Weed Nuisance Abated 15. Public Hearing: Ordinance to Amend Sections 18.04.030 (DeďŹ nitions), 18.16.060 (CN Zone), 18.18.060 (CD Zone), 18.20.030 (ROLM(E) Zone) and Adding Section 18.46 (Reasonable Accommodation) of Title 18 (Zoning) of Palo Alto Municipal Code to Implement 2007-2014 Housing Element Programs 16. PUBLIC HEARING: Public Hearing: Council Review and Adoption of an Ordinance for a New Chapter 18.15 (Residential Density Bonus) to include in Title 18 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code to Implement Government Code Section 65915

A 41-year-old woman who died shortly before Christmas is Santa Clara County’s first flu death of the season, county health officials said. (Posted Jan. 6, 9:25 a.m.)

There will be a special closed City Council meeting on Thursday January 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM to discuss: 1) Midyear Evaluations for City Clerk, Donna Grider, and 2) City Attorney, Molly Stump.

Where flu vaccines for men are concerned, with virility comes virulence, according to a new report released by Stanford. (Posted Jan. 9, 9:53 a.m.)

Officer cited for ‘discourteous’ conduct A Palo Alto police officer faced disciplinary action after he swore at a pedestrian at a crosswalk, refused to disclose his name and proceeded to run several stop signs, according to a report from the city’s independent police auditor. (Posted Jan. 9, 9:28 a.m.)

State may declare water drought emergency The state of California’s water supply is in a third year of drought and is prompting state water officials to ask for a state of water emergency in California in the coming weeks. (Posted Jan. 8, 9:56 a.m.)

Midtown resident is ‘Community Champion’ Midtown Palo Alto resident Annette Glanckopf Ashton will receive the 13th Senate District Community Champion award on Jan. 11 for her tireless work toward community disaster preparedness and bringing the community together, State Senator Jerry Hill’s office has confirmed. (Posted Jan. 8, 9:37 a.m.)

Fire chief returns to work after paralyzing fall About nine months after a catastrophic fall, Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman is back on the job. (Posted Jan. 7, 9:58 a.m.)

Slain priest was former Saint Francis chaplain Saint Francis High School and its alumni are mourning the death of their former chaplain, Rev. Eric Freed, after his body was found on New Year’s day in Eureka. (Posted Jan. 7, 9:32 a.m.)

Stanford gets $90 million for cancer research Ludwig Cancer Research cut a $90 million check to the Stanford University School of Medicine, the school announced Jan. 6. (Posted Jan. 7, 9:32 a.m.)

Driver killed on Interstate 280 A two-vehicle collision on Sunday, Jan. 5, caused one vehicle to split in two and a second to overturn on Interstate 280, killing a 21-year-old man and injuring four others, according to the California Highway Patrol. (Posted Jan. 6, 9:51 a.m.)

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isn’t going to hamstring our system,� he added, referring to the idea of sending all complaints to the district office. Skelly said his recommendations to the Policy Review Committee regarding “protected classes� of students, if adopted, will bring the district into legal compliance with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, which found 13 months ago that the district had violated a disabled student’s civil rights in its mishandling of a bullying case. As part of a resolution of that case, the district agreed to revise its bullying policies, and has spent the past year working to do so. Once the changes required by the Office for Civil Rights regarding protected classes are implemented, “then we can keep working on the optional policies,� Skelly said. At least for now, non-protected students with bullying complaints should seek resolution through teachers and principals and, if not happy with a decision, file a complaint with the district office, Skelly said. On Dec. 3, at the last and only public meeting of the Policy Review Committee, Skelly recommended a uniform policy that

                   

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situations, as to why a child is being picked on. “It’s hard to ask those people to look at what’s going on when

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Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session to discuss the status of the city’s labor negotiations with the Service Employees International Union, Local 521. The council then plans to appoint three members to the Storm Drain Oversight Committee, consider revisions to the zoning code to implement programs from the 2007-14 Housing Element and update the city’s Residential Density Bonus ordinance. The closed session will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13. Regular meeting will follow in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will discuss plans to open a 13th elementary school and possibly a fourth middle school. They also will discuss standardized testing for 2013-14 in light of the state’s cancellation of the STAR test as well as a pilot school-lunch program at Terman Middle School. The regular meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, in the boardroom of school-district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.).

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CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session to review the performances of the City Clerk Donna Grider and City Attorney Molly Stump. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PUBLIC ARTS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to elect its officers; approve an artist to create temporary artwork in the University Avenue tunnel; and hear updates on public art in private developments, artwork for the Water Quality Control Plant and the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, and for the Municipal Golf Course. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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Office for Civil Rights case alleges disability bias A recently initiated federal civil-rights probe of the Palo Alto Unified School District is the ninth such investigation of the district opened by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights since January 2011. In the latest case, the federal agency is investigating whether the district adequately responded to a September 2013 complaint that a student had been discriminated against because of a disability. The September complaint alleged that the district had failed last spring to implement a written plan, known as a 504, to accommodate the student’s disability. Section 504 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 guarantees certain rights in public schools to students with disabilities and their parents. A spokeswoman for the school district said the new case “stems from a grade dispute.� Superintendent Kevin Skelly received notification of the case Dec. 16 in a letter from the Office for Civil Rights. In the letter, the federal agency said it has “determined that the allegation ... is appropriate for investigation.� But launching the investigation “in no way implies that OCR has made a determination� as to the merits of the complaint, the letter said. Of the nine Palo Alto school district investigations opened by the Office for Civil Rights, four remain pending, including the newest one. The other three include two allegations of disability-based harassment and one probe into the district’s compliance with Title IX, which bars sex discrimination in education programs receiving federal funds. N — Chris Kenrick

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As an interim president took office at Palo Alto’s Sofia University this week, students demonstrating outside the school demanded replacement of the three-member board that hired him and a return to the institution’s founding principles. Students said they were committed to the school’s mission of the study of psychology in the holistic style known as “transpersonal,� which incorporates things like mindfulness and meditation, but are concerned about their futures following the abrupt firing last month of 12 administrators and senior faculty members. Psychologist and author Fred Luskin, who was among those fired, said he would continue to teach this quarter even if he doesn’t get paid because “this is a lovely band of students, committed to being a little different and marching to their own drum, which has created an atmosphere of cordiality.� Sofia’s Interim President Frank Ellsworth said Monday he had reviewed the school’s finances and “our numbers are solid. “The operating budget should reflect a break-even for this fiscal year,� Ellsworth, who was president of Pitzer College from 1979 to 1991, stated in an email. Sofia, which until two years ago was called the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, is a 38-year-old nonprofit institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. N — Chris Kenrick

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neighborhood-serving retail? Why is there no ordinance that requires specific pedestrianfriendly design?� Another provision that the city plans to introduce into its zoning code on Monday would establish design standards for emergency shelters and designating a commercially zoned parcel east of U.S. Highway 101 for such a shelter. The city is working with the nonprofit InnVision to develop these standards. If a developer meets the standards, he would be entitled “by right� to build an emergency shelter at this site with no additional city review. The city is also adding to its zoning code a provision that entitles disabled residents to request “reasonable accommodations,� such as wheelchair ramps, with a streamlined review process. In addition to these changes, the council will also consider revamping the city’s “density bonus ordinance,� a law that provides zoning exceptions to developers who provide affordable housing. If adopted, the law would limit the types of “concessions� builders can request from the city to a menu of allowances — such as additional height, mass or lot coverage — deemed by the city to have “minimal adverse impacts.� A developer who asks for a concession that is not on the menu would have to provide financial information demonstrating why this concession is necessary for affordable housing, according to a new report from the Department of Planning and Community Environment. The granting of incentives to affordable-housing developers is far from new. A state law first adopted in 1979, developers already receive a bonus of 25 percent more density if they meet certain affordable-housing requirements (the bonus depends on the income level of future residents and the percentage of units devoted to affordable housing). The State Density Bonus Law was further beefed up in 2004, when lawmakers instituted a sliding scale of density bonuses from 20 to 35 percent, depending on the number of units being built. To sweeten the deal for developers, it also enabled them to receive three “development concessions,� a heretofore vague concept that Palo Alto’s new ordinance aims to clear up with its menu of items. Menu items include an increase in height, a 25 percent reduction in side-yard requirements (provided, in both cases, that the project is not next to a low-density residential zone), and additional density. A report from the planning department notes that because of the state law, the city has “very little discretion to deny concession requests.� One goal with the new law is to limit the impacts

of these concessions by steering developers toward pre-vetted concessions. Another goal is to promote construction of affordable housing and to make it easier for the city to meet a state mandate that it zone for more housing units. “Without a local ordinance, builders and developers have broad flexibility to request concessions, and the city has limited flexibility to deny them,� the staff report states. Thus far, the city has been granting developers concessions largely on an ad hoc basis. When Eden Housing applied to build the housing development at 801 Alma St., the concessions it received included permission to encroach into required setbacks, a density bonus and the waiving of a requirement to provide private open space. A developer at 195 Page Mill Road requested an addition to the density bonus he would have already received. The revised density-bonus law will not apply to “planned community� (PC) zone projects, which grant developers zoning exemptions in exchange for negotiated public benefits, which have ranged from tiny public plazas and funky statues to affordable housing units and cash contributions toward parking programs. The designation, which was used by developers of the new Lytton Gateway building and which the Palo Alto Housing Corporation applied for in its ultimately doomed quest to build affordable housing on Maybell Avenue, has been widely criticized in the community in recent years and will be the subject of reform efforts in the coming year. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

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Annette Isaacson ............................ 100 Ann Mary Pine................................. 300 Dennis Clark ................................... 100 Stephanie Smith ............................. 100 Sandy Jain ...................................... 101 Daniel Chapiro ................................ 500 Julie Norman................................... 500 Carol Gilbert.................................... 100 Karen Ewart ...................................... 50 Dena McFarland ................................ 50 Jenchyn Luh .................................... 100 Margaret Tracy .................................. 75 John and Ruth Devries..........................* Harry and Diane Greenberg ............. 500 Elisabeth Seaman .......................... 100 John Wilkes..................................... 300 Ron Wolf ........................................... 50 David Labaree ................................. 200 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 Ms. Jan Krawitz ....................................* Laurie & Hal 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 ................................* 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

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Elsa Edwards July 23, 1916 – November 27, 2013

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Darlene Hightower Darlene Hightower, 83, died at home on Dec. 17 of last year. She was born in Minnesota and eventually moved to Palo Alto, where she lived the majority of her life and raised her children with her husband William. She will be remembered for her love and support of her

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family as well as her adventurous spirit, having traveled many miles by camper, private plane,and motorcycle with her husband and family. She is survived by her husband William; sister Laverne of Sisters, Ore.; sister Ava of Vacaville, Calif.; brother Duane of Rocklin; her son William of

Palo Alto; her son Mark of San Jose and three grandchildren, Megan, Ben and Beth. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice, or consider the Scleroderma Foundation, the Scleroderma Research Foundation or the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association.

Walter Hay June 1933 – December 2013 Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Frank and Helen Hastings Hay, Walt died peacefully Dec 25, 2013 at his home in Menlo Park surrounded by his loving family. He was 80 years old and succumbed to cancer. Walt is survived by his wife Nancy Lane Hay, son Stephen (Yolanda) Hay, daughters, Laura (Scott) Bridge and Margot (Baylor) Capers, and step-children Darragh, Kevin (Tricia), Jeff (Alicia), and Kirk Lawrence. Walt is also survived by 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Walt was dearly loved by all who knew him and will be sorely missed. Memorial Service will be at 2pm on January 25th at the Ladera Community Church on Alpine Road in Portola Valley. Please visit Walt’s memorial site at: Walter-Hay.muchloved.com Walt supported the salvation Army. Memorial donations can be placed at: https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/sslpage. aspx?pid=207#tribute PA I D

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Elsa Gertrude Schundler Edwards, 97, passed away November 27, 2013, after a long, rich life full of family, friends, and travel. Born in Brooklyn, New York on July 23, 1916, she grew up in Madison, New Jersey. She was the daughter of Hans Otto Schundler of Germany and Bertha Elizabeth Davis Schundler of Barbados. She is predeceased by her beloved husband, Paul Carroll Edwards Jr. of Palo Alto, her daughter, Carol Edwards Armstrong Atwood of Santa Cruz, her siblings: Otto Schundler, Elenore Schundler Otterson and Beth Schundler Clendining; her second husband Henry Patton of Princeton, and a myriad of cousins. She and Paul raised their family in Palo Alto and after their children were grown travelled all over the world. After Paul Jr. passed away in 1988, she married Henry and they continued exploring the globe until his death in 2003. Her loss with be deeply felt by her son, Paul Carroll Edwards III of Mountain View, her daughter, Susan Edwards Ogle of Menlo Park, her grandchildren Stewart Armstrong, Liz Atwood, Matt Edwards, Joey Edwards, Laura Ogle, and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and all who came in contact with her vivacious spirit. PA I D

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Sarah Kathryn “Kateâ€? Yang April 7, 1976 – December 9, 2013 Santa Rosa, California Sarah Kathryn “Kateâ€? Yang passed away on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, in Santa Rosa, Calif., after a ďŹ ve-year battle with breast cancer. A resident of Palo Alto for over 25 years, Kate was born on April 7, 1976, daughter of Harold and Georgia Yang, and grew up in Palo Alto. She attended Duveneck, JLS, and Palo Alto High School where she was a member of the Madrigal Singers, Mock Trial and named a National Merit Scholar Finalist. In her youth, she had a passion for horseback riding and developed a lifelong borderline obsession with her ďŹ rst car, the Dodge Dart. After graduating from Amherst College with degrees in Computer Science and Music Composition, Kate moved to Rotterdam, Netherlands. After two years abroad, she moved back to her home state where she pursued both musical ambitions and computer technology. Kate was an avid singer, improvisational pianist, and world traveler well known for her infectious laugh. Kate was ever positive, free spirited, and fought her cancer with incredible courage. She is survived by her parents, Georgia and Harold Yang of Santa Rosa; her siblings, Genevieve Yang of Petaluma, Calif., and Houston Yang of Los Angeles, Calif. The family will have a private remembrance and requests that in lieu of owers, contributions be made to FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) at www.facingourrisk.org. FORCE is a non-proďŹ t organization specializing in the ďŹ ght against hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. PA I D

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The year ahead Traffic, parking, new developments, infrastructure needs and an election will drive the City Council agenda

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with a downtown Battle Royale over parking policies. Here is a preview of the coming attractions.

Winter Key issue: Parking Key action: City Council is set to unveil in January a citywide framework for a residential parking-permit program. Key question: Can Palo Alto get cars off residential streets?

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In a city of the future, it is difficult to find a space,� the rock band Radiohead proclaimed in its 1998 song, “Palo Alto.� As Palo Alto kicks off 2014, the lyrics sound particularly prophetic. As the “year of the future� — then-Mayor Greg Scharff’s phrase for 2013 — ticked down toward its final weeks, downtown’s deepening parking shortages loomed as the city’s most vexing problem. The City Council’s top priority of 2013, “the future of downtown and California Avenue,� fostered much debate and plenty of datagathering throughout the year, with city planners and citizen activists counting cars and crafting proposals for parking-permit programs. Yet when the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve, solutions remained beyond the horizon and finding a space remained difficult, particularly during normal business hours in the residential neighborhoods of Downtown North and Professorville, which lie adjacent to downtown. In the first few months of the

year, parking shortages and their annoying cousin, traffic jams, will return to the spotlight at City Hall. This month, the council plans to launch what promises to be a contentious discussion of a proposed residential parking-permit program, which would set time limits on cars that lack permits and, in theory, provide residents with some relief from downtown employees who leave their cars in the neighborhoods to avoid the time restrictions in downtown’s commercial core. Residents have been clamoring for a permit program for years and have argued persuasively that parking congestion will spill to other neighborhoods in the coming years, as more commercial developments come online. City planners note in a Dec. 16 report that community concern about parking supply and traffic congestion in and around Palo Alto have reached “critical levels.� Yet solutions remain elusive. While the permit program has yet to be presented to the council, early reviews suggest that City Hall may be heading for a winter of discontent. A coalition of residents from Downtown North, Professorville and Crescent Park argued in a memo that the proposed program is problematic for many reasons. Citing “unreasonable hurdles� for participation, residents urge a lower threshold for participation in the permit program (the approval of 50-percent-plus-1 residents in an area, as opposed to the staff’s proposal of 70-percent-plus-1) and recommend that the program be implemented “block-by-block,� rather than neighborhood-byneighborhood. Arguing the program is too complicated, they are requesting clear standards for determining when parking is considered to be

intruding on a neighborhood. Many downtown businesses are similarly displeased with the early offering. A group of about two dozen businesses and employees have been circulating fliers and voicing opposition on their website, PaloAltoParkingSolutions. org. Calling the program a “huge waste of money,� they advocate as an alternative painting some curbs to reduce the number of parked cars on residential streets and designating some spaces as for residents only. The program, they argue, will push employees out of the neighborhoods without providing them with reasonable alternatives for parking. “Employees have been parking on these residential streets for decades. It’s simply unfair to suddenly evict them and give them no other workable alternative,� claims the site, which has been endorsed by Whole Foods Market, Watercourse Way, Peninsula Creamery and a host of other businesses.

Key issue: Traffic Key action: In February, the council is scheduled to consider a “transportation demand management� program aimed at getting drivers to switch to other modes of transportation. Key question: Can Palo Alto become more like Google?

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Spring Key issue: Infrastructure funding Key action: City Council to decide on ballot measure to pay for infrastructure projects Key question: Will the city make any progress on a new public-safety facility?

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hile the council’s conversation over city growth is still in its seedling phase, its three-year-old debate over sprucing up Palo Alto’s dilapidated infrastructure is poised to finally bear fruit in spring 2014. That’s when the council is to narrow its options for a revenue measure that would appear on the November ballot and launch an aggressive outreach campaign to raise support for the measure. If things go as planned, by the time the season concludes, some of the most pressing questions pertaining to the council’s second priority of 2013 — “infrastructure strategy and funding� — should finally be answered, albeit with the glaring exception of a new police headquarters. So far, an increase in hotel taxes is the most promising option on the table. The city’s current rate of 12 percent is on par with the neighboring communities of Redwood City and Menlo Park but trails Oakland and San Francisco (which both have 14 percent rates) and Anaheim (15 percent). A 2 percent increase in a hotel tax rate, also known as the transient-occupancy tax, combined with proceeds from new hotels that are scheduled to come online, could net the city about $4.6 million, which the city could leverage to obtain $64.4 million in infrastructure funding through a bond mechanism known as “certificates of participation.� A recent poll by the firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates showed that 77 percent of the voters would approve a 2 percent increase to the city’s hotel tax, well above the two-thirds threshold a new tax would need

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jams would be getting commuters out of cars entirely. In recent months, city staff has been considering a host of “transportation demand management� strategies, including an expansion of the city’s shuttle program, a program to provide Caltrain GoPasses (allowing unlimited rides) to downtown employees, and the use of car-share services such as Zipcar and City CarShare at local garages. At the Dec. 9 meeting, council members heard from leading experts in the field — Stanford University, Google and the Contra Costa Transit Center. But learning about initiatives is one thing; implementing them is another. Google, for instance, offers its employees a convenient (and, for some, foreboding) shuttle service, a plethora of carshare and van-pool programs, and “conference bikes� that can seat up to seven employees, according to Kevin Mathis, Google’s transportation manager. But Google, for all its feel-good frills and new-age amenities, is a benign dictatorship, with leaders at the top enjoying a monopoly on decision-making authority. Unlike the Mountain View giant, a Palo Alto transportation-demandmanagement (TDM) program would have to overcome a thicket of competing interests, including downtown employers, neighborhood residents, city workers and regional organizations, from Caltrains to the VTA. In early February, city planners and the council are scheduled to consider a formal program, including the establishment of “TDM districts,� which would require businesses to track metrics and meet traffic-reduction targets for their employees. The districts will likely include the better parts of downtown, California Avenue and the Stanford Research Park. After that, the council will have to consider funding mechanisms (it’s worth noting that deep-pocketed Google has 122 shuttle buses, while Palo Alto has two cross-town shuttles), traffic-reduction targets, and various carrots and sticks. “It makes sense from a health standpoint, it makes sense from an environmental standpoint, (it) makes sense from a stress standpoint,� Councilman Marc Berman

said Dec. 9, referring to a citywide TDM program. Everyone on the council agrees. The big question is: How will Palo Alto get there?

Crews repave a stretch of Alma Street near East Meadow in 2013. for passage. Other options that the council is considering for the November ballot include an increase in sales tax. Revenues from this increase, however, cannot be pegged specifically to infrastructure projects but would have to go to the city’s General Fund, which pays for police, firefighters, libraries and most other basic services. Polls suggest a simple majority of voters, but not a supermajority, would approve of a sales-tax hike. The council may also opt to pursue a “transportation bond� to fund a host of bike and pedestrian improvements, a package that polls suggest might barely win the needed supermajority. According to the city’s schedule, staff and its consultants will spend March, April and May conducting outreach meetings and collecting feedback about the potential ballot measure before the council makes an official decision in June about a ballot measure. During the council’s Dec. 9 discussion, Larry Klein called the potential measure a “complicated issue,� with so many variables still “floating around.� Yet there are plenty of positive signs on the infrastructure front. The city now has a sizable infrastructure reserve, thanks to robust growth in its tax revenues and a recent policy decision to allocate budget surpluses in the General Fund to infrastructure fixes. In the past two year alone, the council had

transferred more than $16 million into its Infrastructure Reserve. But things look as bleak as ever for a possible “public safety bond� that would pay for a new publicsafety building and the reconstruction of two outdated fire stations. November polls confirmed what many have suspected based on prior surveys: While a simple majority of voters would be willing to pay for a new police building, the project probably wouldn’t net the needed two-thirds to pass. “Until there is a more fully developed package that the council has reviewed and signed off on, maybe more specific in its cost and lower amounts, it’s hard to see this measure winning,� pollster David Metz told the council on Dec. 9. In December, the city’s long quest toward a new police building suffered another hiccup when San Francisco developer Jay Paul Company withdrew a proposal that would have built the headquarters in exchange for the city’s permission to build an office complex at 395 Page Mill Road. Though a public-safety bond remains a tough sell, the prospects of using proceeds from tax increases to build the new facility now look far brighter than ever. Councilman Greg Scharff, who served on the council’s Infrastructure Committee this year, is optimistic that by the end of the year the city will have a clear path toward the new police build-

ing, which would replace the undersized and seismically deficient one at City Hall. “I predict we will have a ballot measure that will fund infrastructure improvements and, as part of that effort, we will come up with a plan for a public-safety building,� Scharff told the Weekly this week.

Key issue: Infrastructure projects Key action: Dozens of small infrastructure projects to move forward Key question: What to build next?

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hile the police building remains a wild card, Palo Alto residents should see plenty of infrastructure action on the ground this spring. The city has more than doubled its streetrepair budget in recent years (annual spending grew from $1.8 million in 2011 to $5.1 million in 2013), with the goal of giving every street a passing grade by 2019. A badly damaged portion of Greer Road — depicted in the Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Committee report as an example of the city’s dilapidating infrastructure — is one of many that is now freshly paved. Sidewalk replacement is also proceeding apace. Keene noted this week that the

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over this year.

— The number of open seats on the City Council in November 2014.

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— The number of months that have passed since the expected opening of the new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, which should finally open this year.

17 — The number of firefight-

30 — The number of years,

ers now eligible to retire, suggesting significant department turn-

combined, that Larry Klein and Liz Kniss will have served on the

— The average number of days it now takes for the city to issue a permit for an electric-vehicle charger, down from 33 in 2012.

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Palo Alto City Council. Klein will conclude his second consecutive term and will not be eligible to run again. Kniss will conclude her year as vice mayor and prepare for her third stint as mayor next year.

41 — The number of lanemiles that the city repaved in 2013 as part of an effort to fix damaged streets, which represents about 10 percent of the city’s total of

403 miles. The council spent $5.1 million on street paving in 2013, compared to $1.8 million in 2011. The pace should continue in 2014.

$67.36

— The average monthly residential water bill in Palo Alto, after the city raised water rates by 7 percent in July. The city’s rates, already much higher than those in neighboring juris-

dictions, are slated to rise by another 7 percent in July 2014. This is largely due to the higher cost of water supply, local capital projects and the $4.6-billion effort by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (which supplies Palo Alto) to refurbish the aged Hetch Hetchy system.

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— The percent by which Palo Alto’s revenues from hotel

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taxes are expected to have increased between 2010 and 2014, bringing in $5.2 million more for the city in 2014 over 2010.

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— Percent of respondents to the National Citizen Survey who rated Palo Alto “good� or “excellent� as a place to work.

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— Downtown’s parking shortage in 2014, after

in the Baylands. Ever since voters agreed in November 2011 to “undedicate� this parkland site for a waste facility, the city has been soliciting proposals from companies willing to either build an anaerobic digester — a plant that converts food waste, yard scraps and biosolids into energy — or export these materials to a different site for processing. The issue, often framed as a green-on-green feud between proponents of renewable energy and proponents of park conservation, had remained behind the scenes for most of 2013, with city officials surveying options and studying the costs and benefits of each. Community meetings on next steps, initially pegged for December 2013, are now planned for later this month. Public Works staff plans to present a recommendation to the council in March or April. The Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course will undergo a major renovation starting this spring.

Summer Key issue: City budget Key action: Council likely to approve budget with added services, projects Key question: Which deferred capital projects will get the city’s backing?

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very now and then, Palo Altans suffering from development fatigue need a reminder that economic prosperity isn’t all that horrible a thing. This year’s budget season, which kicks off in May, promises to be particularly sunny on the economic front, with revenues growing at a rapid clip in every major tax category and council members opening their minds to new spending opportunities. At the council’s joint meeting with the Parks and Recreation Commission in early December, one member after another pitched capital projects for the city to pursue. Larry Klein, a dog owner, argued that it’s high time the city address its shortage of dog parks. Pat Burt lobbied for revamping the Lucy Evans Baylands Interpretive Center. Greg Scharff advocated rebuilding the clubhouse at the soon-to-be-renovated Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course. “Our revenues are increasing,�

new developments such as Lytton Gateway and Epiphany Hotel come online. This according to an interactive projection model developed by Downtown North residents Neilson Buchanan and Eric Filseth.

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— The number of housing units Palo Alto was directed to zone for as part of its 2007-14 Housing Element, which

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city has replaced 98,000 square feet of sidewalks in 2013, almost double the 51,000 square feet replaced in 2012. Spring will also see one highprofile infrastructure project kick into full gear and another possibly come to a close. The long-awaited streetscape project on California Avenue, which includes a new plaza, new street furniture and a reduction of lanes from four to two, is expected to get going in the spring after years of legal and political setbacks. The even-longer-awaited reconstruction of the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, Palo Alto’s largest infrastructure project in decades, is also scheduled to finally conclude, though after nearly two years of delays, construction errors and failed inspections, residents are advised not to hold their breaths. This week, Keene referred to the project’s construction saga as an “extreme disappointment� and assured residents that it is finally nearing completion. Palo Alto’s golfers will also experience some disruption in April as the city shuts down the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course and proceeds with a dramatic redesign that will shift just about every hole, emphasize the course’s Baylands setting and make it compatible with a regional flood-control plan shepherded by the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority. Another ambitious Baylands project that should see some progress come spring is the planned bike bridge over U.S. Highway 101, at Adobe Creek. The city is now completing an environmental review for this project and officials plan to launch a design competition for the new bridge in the spring. With a price tag of $10 million ($8 million of which is covered by grants), the bike-bridge project is one of the most dramatic and expensive components of Palo Alto’s recently adopted Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan. But it is far from the only bike project on the council’s immediate agenda. Keene said the city has as many as 18 bike projects on its annual to-do list. These include designing nine bike boulevards and five “enhanced bikeways.� Spring will also be the time for the council to consider its next steps on one of the city’s most contentious infrastructure projects — a proposed waste-to-energy facility, which could be located on a 10-acre portion of Byxbee Park

Scharff said. “We’re in a much better situation than we were before, and some of these things may be very well worth doing. There is a reason why council members are feeling so optimistic. In November, the financial results from the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 indicated the city is now in better financial shape than it was before the economic meltdown of 2008. The combination of benefit reforms for city workers and swelling tax revenues (salestax revenues alone jumped by 48 percent between the first quarters of 2012 and 2013) mean that the council will not be spending its spring and summer months wondering what programs to cut and which positions to trim. City Manager James Keene noted in his “year in review� presentation this week that hotel occupancy has risen from 66 percent in 2010 to 85 percent in 2014, prompting a tax-revenue increase of 76 percent, or $5.2 million, between then and now. Home-sales values, meanwhile, have risen from an average of $1.23 million in 2009 to $1.8 million in 2013, and property-transfer tax revenues (collected when property is bought and sold) have been growing by 19 percent a year since 2010. Keene acknowledged in his presentation that the economic prosperity has brought plenty of problems, including parking and

the council approved just last year. This year, the council plans to certify its next Housing Element, addressing the latest state mandate for more housing.

250,000

— The amount, in square feet, of nonresidential development in downtown Palo Alto since 1986, when the city established a downtown “development cap� of 350,000

traffic congestion. These pressures, he said, are “as inevitable as the profits we reap as a city.� “There’s some good news and some bad news, but they come from the same source,� Keene said. While the bad news is expected to dominate the council’s time and energy, much of the good news will be obscured in the fine print of the fiscal year 2015 budget that the council will adopt this summer. Last year’s offering showed the General Fund growing by 4.6 percent, or $7 million, from the prior year. With the economy still sizzling, this year’s budget could see a similar leap.

Key issue: Development “recalibration� Key action: Council to consider changes to planned-community zoning Key question: Will the city reform its development process?

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he very growth that is contributing to the city’s financial prosperity is also bringing political headaches and raising thorny questions about planning and zoning. The council will spend much of 2014 hosting

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— The estimated cost of the California Avenue Streetscape Project, which is set to kick off in February and continue for much of the year. That’s about $3 million more than what was projected in 2011, when the council agreed to reduce the number of lanes and replace street furniture on the commercial strip.

community meetings focusing on growth and development, with topics ranging from the city’s Comprehensive Plan (its landuse bible), to a study of downtown that will assess its capacity for growth, to the downtown site known as 27 University Ave., where developer John Arrillaga had once hoped to build four skyscrapers and a theater. The Arrillaga proposal is now effectively dead, even as the wave of anxiety among residents that it helped usher in continues to grow. In December 2012 — long before the 2013 uproar over the Maybell development, which led to last November’s Measure D — residents mounted a protest against the Arrillaga proposal, a product of months of closed-door negotiations between city officials and the billionaire developer. The council, which had considered holding a special election on the Arrillaga concept, abandoned the plan and opted to arrange a series of public meetings to obtain a “community visionâ€? for the site. More recently, city officials decided to fold the discussion of 27 University’s vision into the broader conversation about downtown development. At the same time, new Mayor Nancy Shepherd and her council colleagues will spend much of its summer considering reforms to ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂ˜iĂ?ĂŒĂŠÂŤ>}iÂŽ

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— The amount Palo Alto has in its steadily growing dark-fiber-optic fund, which could help pay for “Fiber to the Premise,� an effort to bring ultra-high-speed Internet access to the city’s masses. Utility Department staff and consultants will be putting together a master plan for the long-deferred program throughout 2014.

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the city’s development process. Councilman Pat Burt on Dec. 2 stressed the need to “recalibrate things� and “re-establish our credibility with the community.� This includes taking a stance against development proposals that go far beyond what the public would accept and “dialing back� commercial development. Shepherd concurred that it’s important for the council to “recalibrate� how the council discusses development with the community. This recalibration process, which began with a Dec. 2 discussion and is set to continue in February, should heat up in the summer, when election season begins. Among the most critical questions that the council will wrestle with is whether to reform the city’s controversial “planned community� process, which al-

lows developers to swap negotiated “public benefits� for zoning exemptions. So far council members have showed little appetite for abolishing planned communities, though some revisions may be on their way. On Dec. 2, the council offered a range of opinions on growth, with Karen Holman saying she would support a moratorium on new development, Pat Burt advocating “moderate� growth, and Larry Klein rejecting any possible moratoriums and stressing the need to adjust to change. Gail Price also opposed a moratorium on development, noting that the prosperous city is in desperate need of affordable housing, particularly for seniors and young professionals. “We can’t just stop and shut the doors,� Price said. “We need to keep moving.� Yet by late summer, with election season in full swing, the pressure to act will be considerable. The new group Palo Al-

tans for Sensible Zoning, which includes the leaders of the “Vote Against D� campaign, has been adamant about the need to kill or reform PC zoning. As Cheryl Lilienstein, president of the new citizens group, told the council on Jan. 6.: “Those of us who worked very hard against the high-density rezone of our neighborhood want to see some city-wide results from that effort.� With new candidates joining the council-election race, crowds packing into the council chambers and disillusioned residents talking about recalling the existing council, the time may be politically ripe in late summer for the city to pivot from outreach meetings to meaningful reforms. These reforms could take various shapes. After the 2013 election, Scharff said he would support limiting planned-community zones to areas outside neighborhoods. Burt argued that the council should be more forceful in immediately rejecting mega-projects such as

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Fall Key issue: Election Key action: Voters to choose five council members, vote on infrastructure measure. Key question: Who will rule the city in 2015?

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wo years ago, only six candidates opted to run for City Council in Palo Alto, making the election one of the mildest and most anti-climatic in recent years. With incumbents Pat Burt and Greg Schmid winning fresh seats in 2012 and Liz Kniss returning to a dais where she had previously spent more than a decade, Marc Berman was the only real newcomer to local politics. Recent events suggest the 2014 election could be far more interesting, possibly resembling the council’s election in 2009. At that time, 14 candidates vied for five seats, and Greg Scharff, Nancy Shepherd, Karen Holman and Gail Price launched their council careers. The top votegetter in that election was Larry Klein, whose second consecutive term will come to an end in 2014. Klein, who will have spent more than two decades on the council, is the only one not eligible to run for another four years. This means that when 2015 begins, the nine-member council will have at least one and possibly as many as five new members. In recent years, the city’s outgoing mayors — Peter Drekmeier (2009), Sid Espinosa (2011) and Yiaway Yeh (2012) have been reluctant to seek second terms. Scharff has no such reservations. “I am going to run for another term in November,� Scharff told the Weekly this week, becoming the first candidate in what could shape up to be a crowded field. The big question now is: Who will join him on the ballot? The 2014 election should answer many of the questions raised by the 2013 one. Leaders of the “Vote Against D� campaign have maintained throughout the year that the 2013 election was never just about Maybell. They point to the support Barron Park received from all other city neighborhoods

and characterize their victory as a reflection of widespread public frustration about dense developments, planned-community zones, unfortunately designed architecture and a council that favors builders over citizens. But for some members of the City Council, including Klein and Kniss, the Measure D message was muddled at best. On Dec. 2, Klein said he was “amazed� by the fact that “everyone seems to know what everyone felt in a vote.� He agreed that Measure D told the council that it needs to “reevaluate things� but said he has no idea what’s in the mind of the people who voted against the measure. He also noted that far more people voted in 2012 to elect Kniss, who supported the Maybell development, to the council. Presumably, he said, these voters endorse her views. The city’s new mayor, Nancy Shepherd, also struggled to come to grips with the political turmoil of late 2013. At the Dec. 2 meeting, she marveled at the fact that so many people spoke out against the Maybell development back in June, when the council approved the zone change that enabled it, while so few stuck around after the Maybell discussion to watch the council adopt its Housing Element, an influential state-mandated document that lays out the city’s housing policies and designates future housing sites. “I am trying to figure out how to navigate and read this community,� Shepherd said. Whatever message one derives from the vote, the battle over Maybell gave birth to a new movement of citizen activists. Tim Gray, who had previously lost several bids to join the council and who helped lead the anti-D campaign, finally had a reason to celebrate in November. Joining him at the election after-party were neighborhoods leaders from College Terrace, Downtown North and other parts of the city nowhere near the Maybell site. Other neighborhood activists, including downtown’s Neilson Buchanan and former planning Commissioner Susan Fineberg, showed their solidarity with the “Vote Against D� camp by contributing money and speaking out at recent council meetings. At the Dec. 2 meeting on the city’s future, Fineberg beseeched the council to represent “all of us,� not just a “powerful and entrenched minority.� “The citizens of Palo Alto should not be collateral damage in a fight for power and money,� Fineberg said, voicing a popular sentiment. Will this sentiment coalesce into political action? Stay tuned. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com.

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"*  the Hindu Kush mountains of the Kunar province to stake out Shah and plan their move. But their wooded cover isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as secure as they believed, and the mission quickly devolves. Once surrounded by dozens of Taliban, the mission becomes one of hopeful radio contact (compromised by the rocky terrain) and pure endurance. Bad proceeds to worse and worst before the spoiler-y title comes to pass. Echoing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chinatown,â&#x20AC;? Luttrell puts it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just Afghanistan, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all.â&#x20AC;? One might read into that comment and the failed operation a whiff of doubt about the War in Afghanistan, but tonally this â&#x20AC;&#x153;band of brosâ&#x20AC;? story celebrates the toughness and fraternal bond of the American military man. Director Peter Berg (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friday Night Lights,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Battleshipâ&#x20AC;?) opens with a montage, demonstrating the elite status of the Navy SEAL, that could easily double as a recruitment film; subsequent jocular banter attempts to endear us to the men about to be in harmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way.

The filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final act balances the monstrous Taliban with the Pashtun villagers who provide aid and comfort to Luttrell out of their ancient code of honor and current hatred of the Taliban; the enemy of their enemy is their friend. So â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lone Survivor,â&#x20AC;? despite depicting traumatic war horrors, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an anti-war film. What it is, unambiguously, is pro-troops. And with reasonable accuracy and visceral expressiveness, it depicts true events. Still, the unwillingness to â&#x20AC;&#x153;engageâ&#x20AC;? in larger questions disconcertingly reduces a real-life tragedy to an action movie. When violence helps to tell a story of thematic import, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thing, and when action serves as an element in an adventure fiction, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lone Survivorâ&#x20AC;? is something else entirely, something that some will find deeply stirring and others will consider off-putting, if not distasteful. Rated R for strong bloody war violence and pervasive language. Two hours, one minute. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peter Canavese

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MONTHLY PLANT CLINIC ... UC Master Gardeners staff a walk-in plant clinic at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto, from 9 to 11 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month. They will also answer gardening questions every Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http:// mastergardeners.org or Palo Alto Gardening Hotline: 650-3291356, ext. 205 TREE WALK ... An arborist will lead a free tree walk Saturday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m. to noon, around the Lucie Stern Community Center and surrounding neighborhood, meeting at the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Library, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto. Expect to see a host of tree species, including London plane tree, eastern redbud, Floering dogwood, Australian willow and more. Information: www.canopy.org. CREEKSIDE PLANTING ... Acterra is sponsoring a workday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, meeting at the grassy park adjacent to the pumphouse at the intersection of Palo Alto Avenue and Hale Street in Palo Alto. Bring a reusable water bottle and sturdy shoes and long pants to spend a few hours pulling invasive ivy along San Francisquito Creek. Volunteers of all ages welcome. Information: www.acterra.org UNDER THE OAKS ... Master Gardner Abby Garner will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gardening Under Oaks and Dry Shade Gardeningâ&#x20AC;? from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. The free class will cover landscape plants that thrive in dry, shady conditions, such as under native oaks, as well as how to care for majestic oaks. Information: Pre-register at the front desk at Avenidas or call

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eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all heard a version of the same story at a dinner party or on the sidelines of our childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer game. It goes something like this: Someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighbor/friend/coworker got a knock on his or her door offering $5 million cash for a house this neighbor/friend/ coworker paid only $3 million for just last year. Exciting? Yes! A serious offer? Ma-a-aa-ybe. Did the market value of this house (and by the transitive property, all comparable neighboring homes surrounding it) just jump to $5 million? Absolutely not. While this story may, as they say on TV crime shows, be â&#x20AC;&#x153;based on actual events,â&#x20AC;? the instances of these offers actually panning out are few and far between. But letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assume for fun that the offer is genuine and that the coveted home is your home. The person knocking on your door actually has $5 million cash, is eager to hand it over and move into your house next month. Now you need to ask yourself: Is the windfall worth pulling up roots? Are you

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Real Estate Matters ready to take on all the ensuing drama and hard work? Are you willing to possibly change neighborhoods, towns, schools, jobs? Are you prepared to say goodbye to your home? If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve weighed the pros and cons and decided to take the money, I say go for it and never look back. This windfall will likely never happen again. Which leads me to my next point. This $5 million offer will likely never happen again. Did I just say that? In two or three years, when you are ready to sell, your homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market value is $3 million, not $5 million. Even assuming the $5 million cash offer was â&#x20AC;&#x153;real,â&#x20AC;? it does not mean your home value shot up into the stratosphere overnight and never came back down. It came back down the minute you said â&#x20AC;&#x153;no thank youâ&#x20AC;? and sent that $5 million wad of cash on his or her way. Which is not to say you made the wrong decision in turning the offer down! You may have decided that it just wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worth it to you or your family to leave your home. I personally think this decision is often the best one. Your home is not simply an investment like stocks or CDs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your shelter, your holidays, your family and friend headquarters, and in reality it may make you a lot happier than any pile of money could. Turning down the extraordinary offer is not always a bad idea, even if it is a once-in-alifetime offer.

The reason this scenario is coming up a lot recently? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll give you a hint. It rhymes with Puckerberg. As we all know by now, Mark Zuckerberg bought the four homes surrounding his Crescent Park property for a lot of money â&#x20AC;&#x201D; roughly $30 million. As reported by the New York Times and virtually every other media outlet in the country, he paid a â&#x20AC;&#x153;whopping $14 millionâ&#x20AC;? for the house next to his, twice what he paid for his own much larger home a couple of years ago. While it sits in a lovely neighborhood and by any standard is worth a number in the many millions, this neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home was not worth $14 million until Mark Zuckerberg decided it was worth $14 million. Yippee and bravo to Zuckerbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighbor for that lucky geographic fluke, or what I sometimes think of as an Act of God. Light, anecdotal dinner-party conversation aside, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen people base their retirement plans on one of these Acts of God (aka extraordinary offers). This is a problem. If you decide to decline one of these Acts of God and to stay in your home, you do so with my absolute blessing. But please do not count on someone to come knocking again with $5 million burning a hole in her pocket, or for Mark Zuckerberg to move in next door any time soon. My sense is heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty well settled where he is for the time being. N Michael Dreyfus founded boutique brokerage Dreyfus Properties, with offices in Palo Alto and Menlo Park, in 2000. He can be reached at mdreyfus@ dreyfusproperties.com.

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Home Front ­VÂ&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x2022;i`Ă&#x160;vĂ&#x20AC;Â&#x153;Â&#x201C;Ă&#x160;ÂŤ>}iĂ&#x160;Ă&#x201C;{ÂŽ 650-289-5400. BYO SEWING MACHINE ... FabMoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bron and Marge will offer a chance for sewers to bring their own machines (and projects) for a SewMo event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. (Some machines are available for use on site.) Cost is $5. Information: www. fabmo.org

Atherton

Total sales reported: 4 Lowest sales price: $392,500 Highest sales price: $2,250,000

Los Altos

Redwood City

Total sales reported: 5 Lowest sales price: $1,712,000 Highest sales price: $3,150,000

Total sales reported: 47 Lowest sales price: $280,000 Highest sales price: $3,700,000

Menlo Park

Woodside

Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $1,690,000 Highest sales price: $1,690,000

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HOME SALES GROW BIOINTENSIVE ... Eric Buteyn, manager of the Ecology Action headquarters farm in Willits, Calif., will teach the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Introduction to Grow Biointensiveâ&#x20AC;? class from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class will cover double-digging, carbon and calorie farming, composting, intensive plant spacing, companion planting and using open-pollinated seeds. Cost is $31; the series of nine classes is $218. Information: 650493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org N

Mountain View

Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $3,980,000 Highest sales price: $3,980,000

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

Atherton 95 Heather Drive J. Nazzaro to W. Shi for $3,980,000 on 12/2/13

Los Altos 607 Jay St. W. Holway to Hin & Zaak Trust for $2,600,000 on 12/18/13 11091 Mora Drive H. & G. Lim to P. & Y. Wang for $2,300,000 on 12/17/13; previous sale 11/00, $2,600,000 1250 Payne Drive Dietrich Trust to C. & C. Afarian for $1,712,000 on 12/17/13 1224 Russell Ave. Russell Avenue Associates to Machlin Trust for $3,150,000 on 12/16/13; previous sale 8/12, $1,300,000

371 Warec Way Foley Trust to C. & H. Ho for $2,835,000 on 12/17/13; previous sale 10/03, $1,510,000

Menlo Park 1251 Orange Ave. Tuhey Trust to V. Kapur for $1,690,000 on 11/26/13; previous sale 8/01, $750,500

Mountain View 181 Centre St. #1 R. Nystrom to S. Wasson for $710,000 on 12/18/13 505 Cypress Point Drive #78 Haylett Trust to J. Robbins for $392,500 on 12/17/13; previous sale 11/05, $328,000 716 Pettis Ave. S. & Q. Lee to Y. Ho for $1,465,000 on 12/17/13; previous sale 5/12, $1,170,000 2746 St. Giles Lane Summerhill Grant Road to A. Kenitzer for $2,250,000 on 12/17/13; previous sale 11/02, $471,500

Redwood City 662 3rd Ave. N. Taleghani to J. Wright for $685,000 on 11/27/13

318 A St. R. & J. Hensler to A. Lantz for $712,500 on 11/12/13; previous sale 5/10, $568,000 186 Alexander Ave. Federal National Mortgage to S. Osier for $501,000 on 11/22/13; previous sale 8/03, $390,000 727 Beech St. Mackenhausen Trust to A. Reichert for $675,000 on 11/27/13 2853 Blenheim Ave. Y. Gil to J. Ayala for $700,000 on 11/27/13 1918 Brewster Ave. G. Borrmann to Mckeon Trust for $1,155,000 on 11/26/13; previous sale 10/09, $1,114,000 112 Central Ave. A. Abboud to W. Lee for $1,450,000 on 11/22/13; previous sale 9/05, $1,325,000 1123 Cleveland St. Passman Trust to M. & K. Richards for $615,000 on 11/19/13 464 Clinton St. #208 A. McFarlin to E. Dobrea for $422,000 on 11/21/13; previous sale 9/11, $210,000 101 Columbia Ave. Lencioni Trust to A. Slonina for $770,000

on 11/15/13 855 Columbia Circle R. Zhang to J. & M. Bostock for $981,000 on 11/25/13; previous sale 2/98, $437,000 326 Commander Lane Wang Trust to J. Hsu for $895,000 on 11/26/13; previous sale 4/05, $830,000 429 Cork Harbour Circle #A Y. Son to E. Chinn for $548,000 on 11/13/13; previous sale 8/07, $540,000 1293 Crompton Road D. Peterson to M. Dorywalska for $837,500 on 11/14/13 890 Edgewood Road Turiello Trust to Moquin Trust for $3,700,000 on 11/25/13; previous sale 7/09, $2,800,000 4028 Farm Hill Blvd. #1 G. & E. Horng to T. Bunnell for $592,000 on 11/18/13; previous sale 4/05, $560,000 4000 Farm Hill Blvd. #201 R. Lall to Yee Trust for $455,000 on 11/22/13; previous sale 8/89, $219,500 168 G St. D. & R. Eikleberry to M. & L. Melendez for $755,000 on 11/22/13; previous sale 2/94, $238,000 218 Hartstene Drive S. & N. Melley to H. Wang for $950,000 on 11/20/13; previous sale 3/11, $771,000 988 Haven Ave. M. Barrat to F. Li for $650,000 on 11/21/13; previous sale 3/84, $133,000 1458 Hudson St. #213 Federal Home Loan Mortgage to B. Murphy for $280,000 on 11/15/13; previous sale 4/03, $252,000 536 Iris St. Buch Trust to C. Modlin for $1,226,000 on 11/7/13; previous sale 6/07, $1,200,000 1603 Jefferson Ave. G. Tinoco to D. Shen for $850,000 on 11/22/13 1057 Jones Court Cullinane Trust to F. Bou-Salman for

$730,000 on 11/14/13; previous sale 3/12, $250,000 20 Kenna Court S. Probst to Kwan Trust for $1,375,000 on 11/15/13; previous sale 12/10, $998,000 2731 Kensington Road D. Christie to P. & G. Mason for $1,090,000 on 11/15/13 413 Lincoln Ave. K. & S. Kamioka to H. & P. Malkin for $675,000 on 11/21/13; previous sale 1/10, $560,000 1090 Main St. #409 C. Shiverdecker to X. Liu for $430,000 on 11/19/13 779 Mediterranean Lane M. Vento to J. Cox for $885,000 on 11/27/13; previous sale 1/06, $845,000 757 Newport Circle J. Hsu to A. Everson-Trimble for $750,000 on 11/14/13; previous sale 2/00, $465,000 2455 Ohio Ave. Barter Trust to B. Lycett for $951,000 on 11/22/13 35 Palomar Oaks Lane N. & B. Ceschin to Smith Trust for $2,200,000 on 11/22/13; previous sale 7/08, $352,000 343 Quay Lane S. Knowles to J. Labat for $1,228,000 on 11/20/13; previous sale 10/93, $328,000 115 Redwood Ave. E. & A. Buenrostro to A. Morales for $415,000 on 11/20/13; previous sale 4/04, $150,000 752 Sapphire St. M. BaldwinPepitone to A. Botto for $825,000 on 11/22/13; previous sale 3/07, $866,000 643 Scott Ave. N. & L. Lyon to L. Serrano for $703,000 on 11/12/13; previous sale 4/11, $449,500 531 Shoal Circle P. & C. Mertens to B. Zhao for $832,000 on 11/12/13; previous sale 5/93, $307,000 213 Shorebird Circle J. Fike to

300 Sand Hill Circle #202, Menlo Park Luxury, One-level, Condo in 18 unit building with fabulous Views of the Sharon Heights Golf Course! Owners spared no expense in creating the feeling of an Italian Villa (in French Renaissance dĂŠcor), similar to what you might expect on Nob Hill or in Rome. The exciting and exquisite details were carefully chosen from the 15th Century Living Room Fireplace to the architectural features of the Custom Cabinets in the Dining Room matching the frames for the imported Venetian blinds. There are decorating surprises too numerous to mentionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Master Bedroom Walkin Closet is a triumph of design and organization!! Also featuring hardwood ďŹ&#x201A;oors and crown mouldings throughout, a covered patio with wet bar looking out to the 14th Fairway, two car underground parking plus storage room, and year round heated pool and spa. Third bedroom has been transformed into an inviting sitting room for bridge, watching TV, and entertaining guests for cocktails!! List price $1,500,000

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Home & Real Estate R. Gelenberg for $510,000 on 11/26/13; previous sale 5/05, $535,000 562 Stanford Ave. Spiller Trust to C. Russell for $525,000 on 12/2/13 129 Stratford St. S. CoweyCatalli to C. Clegg for $1,450,000 on 11/26/13; previous sale 6/09, $1,330,000 106 Sydney Lane L. Dean to C. Wong for $710,000 on 11/27/13; previous sale 9/04, $620,000 642 Turnbuckle Drive #1801 One Marina Homes to J. Tan for $917,000 on 11/19/13 642 Turnbuckle Drive #1806 One Marina Homes to A. Abedi for $818,000 on 11/19/13 644 Turnbuckle Drive #2002 One Marina Homes to K. & W. Pituley for $850,000 on 12/2/13 839 Upland Road M. Guglielmana to E. & S. Roodhouse for $1,150,000 on 11/14/13; previous sale 8/00, $735,000 402 West Oakwood Blvd. R. Kloppenborg to I. & M. Ahmad for $1,300,000 on 11/15/13; previous sale 3/95, $410,000 1136 Woodside Road M. & J. McCarty to D. Zhou for $515,000 on 11/26/13; previous sale 7/06, $575,000

Woodside 15 Upper Lake Road Eldredge Trust to M. & T. Murray for $1,800,000 on 12/2/13

BUILDING PERMITS Palo Alto 4231 Manuela Ave. re-roof, $8,900 267 Curtner Ave. replace three beams at roof, $3,400 4133 Park Blvd. replace pipeburst sewer all on property side, $n/a 180 Hamilton Ave. install chandelier at lobby area, $n/a 147 Hawthorne Ave. demo garage, $n/a 4111 Park Blvd. remodel bathroom, $4,800 432 Webster St. replace gas manifold to accommodate two meters and install gas service, $n/a 3419 Rambow Drive reroute gas line over roof, $n/a 549 W. Crescent Drive re-roof, $34,516; re-roof garage, $4,250 989 Commercial St. re-roof, $9,800 2514 Ramona St. emergency gas leak repair, $n/a 700 Hansen Way upgrade accessible restrooms, $n/a 3618 Louis Road re-roof, $7,500 545 N. California Ave. replace siding with stucco, re-roof, create storage loft in garage, install skylight, extend electrical to garage, $15,000 675 Greer Road install flushmounted rooftop PV system, $n/a 201 Creekside Drive extend gasline to fireplace for future fireplace insert, $n/a 728 Gailen Ave. roof-mounted PV system, $n/a 2125 Louis Road replace furnace, $n/a

204 Wilton Ave. install new mini split system heat pump, $n/a 465 El Capitan Place upgrade electric service, $n/a 4181 Donald Drive re-roof, $13,500 311 Hawthorne Ave. revise structural details for concrete footings, $n/a 728 Middlefield Road replace main electric panel, relocate gas meters, $n/a 2303 Louis Road replace sewer line, $n/a 222 Sequoia Ave. replace furnace, $n/a 3373 Cork Oak Way relocate kitchen, remodel master bathroom, $25,000 730 Middlefield Road replace main electric panel, relocate gas meters, $n/a 1425 Harker Ave. relocate panel toward rear of property, $n/a 828 Ames Ave. install house sewer clean out, $n/a 2758 Randers Court replace three windows, $n/a 1900 Barbara Drive install 12 rooftop, flush-mounted solar PV panels, $n/a 1090 Tanland Drive, Apt. 202 remodel kitchen and bathroom, $11,522 2150 High St. replace attic insulation, $1,740 3333 Coyote Hill Road interior nonstructural demo, third floor, $n/a 737 Center Drive remodel kitchen, $31,000 2724 Ross Road install electric vehicle charging station in garage, $n/a 3120 Waverley St. install electric vehicle charging station in garage, $n/a 305 Tioga Court re-roof, $14,787 3051 Alma St. re-roof, $10,900 3500 Deer Creek Road tenant improvement, install lighting, out-

lets and change door swing, $n/a 411 Lytton Ave. re-roof garage, $8,000 3039 Alma St. re-roof, $10,900 2385 Santa Ana St. install electric vehicle charging station on exterior of garage, $n/a 3321 Alma St. red tag, gas line repair, $n/a 3500 Deer Creek Road install charging station, $5,000; add 120V quad receptacles, $n/a; Title 24 updates, $n/a 1044 Forest Ave. revise bathroom framing, relocate door, $n/a 298 Iris Way demo pool and pool equipment, $n/a 575 High St. 125 sf upgrades to Suite 100, including new mop sink and hand sink, new storage, $6,500 2327 Sierra Court remodel attached garage, convert to workshop with half bath, $15,000 879 Colorado Ave. add electrical for wall-mounted TV, track lighting and wall sconces, $500 1881 Page Mill Road interior tenant improvement, includes lunch room, copy room and private offices, $500,000 850 Hansen Way Nest Labs: tenant improvement, including interior renovation for office and lab use, $200,000; ADA upgrades to restrooms on both floors and paths, $120,000 3401 Hillview Ave. VMWare: build out teleproduction studio, $440,000 900 Arastradero Road re-roof penthouse, $n/a 2311 Columbia St. replace split system on side yard, $n/a 2865 Park Blvd. temporary power, Port-a-Potty located in public right of way, $n/a 3000 Hanover St. iron fence anchorage detail, $n/a

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3360 Kingsley Court, Pebble Beach

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2331 Crest Lane, Menlo Park

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2819 Eaton Ave, San Carlos

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$2,695,000

$2,650,000

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202 Vehicles Wanted

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

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130 Classes & Instruction Airline Careers begin here - Get FAA approved Aviation Maintenance Technician training. Job placement and Financial assistance for qualified students. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance 888-242-3382 (Cal-SCAN) Airline Careers begin here - Get trained as FAA certified Aviation Technician. Housing and Financial aid for qualified students. Job placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance, 877-492-3059. (AAN CAN) German language class Instruction for Hebrew Bar and Bat Mitzvah For Affiliated and Unaffiliated George Rubin, M.A. in Hebrew/Jewish Education 650/424-1940

210 Garage/Estate Sales Palo Alto, 4000 Middlefield Road, Jan. 11 &12, 10-4

Nice! Grateful Dead Poster Rare! $79.00 Wow Jimi Hendrix Rock Poster! $29.00

Piano Lessons in Palo Alto Call Alita at 650.838.9772

135 Group Activities Earth Day on the Bay

145 Non-Profits Needs DONATE BOOKS/HELP PA LIBRARY WISH LIST FRIENDS PA LIBRARY

150 Volunteers Fosterers Needed for Moffet Cats FRIENDS OF THE PALO ALTO LIBRARY

Technology Hewlett-Packard Company is accepting resumes for the position of IT Developer/ Engineer in Palo Alto, CA (Ref. #PALKKA1). Research, design, develop, configure, integrate, test, document and maintain existing and new business applications and/ or information systems solutions (including security and identify management infrastructure and databases) through the integration of technical and business requirements. Mail resume to Hewlett-Packard Company, 5400 Legacy Drive, MS H1-6F-61, Plano, TX 75024. Resume must include Ref. #, full name, email address and mailing address. No phone calls please. Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship. EOE.

560 Employment Information

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Olga's Housecleaning Res./Com. Wkly/mo. Low Rates. Local Refs. 25 years Exp. & Friendly. I Love My Job! Ins. (650) 380-1406

235 Wanted to Buy

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Antique Loveseat, Rocker, Chair $100.00

133 Music Lessons

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Wow! Grateful Dead Rock Poster $69.00

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Loyola School 770 Berry Ave., Los Altos www.bowsandbeaus.org Info - call Nanci 650-390-9261

425 Health Services

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

748 Gardening/ Landscaping Citiscapes I have landscaped here for over 30 years. Free consultation. Ken MacDonald 650-465-5627 Lic# 749570 J. Garcia Garden Maintenance Service Free est. 20 years exp. (650)3664301 or (650)346-6781

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803 Duplex Redwood City , 2 BR/1 BA - $2,500

805 Homes for Rent Palo Alto, 3 BR/2.5 BA - $4350 Palo Alto, 4 BR/2 BA - $4900month

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STATEMENT File No.: 586272 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Professional Communication Services, located at 260 Sheridan Ave. #216, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: Married Couple. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): KAY F. MILLS 38 Birkdale Circle Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 HERBERT MILLS 38 Birkdale Circle Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 04/01/1991. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on December 24, 2013. (PAW Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014) ENDODONTIC HEALTH OF PALO ALTO FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 586287 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Endodontic Health of Palo Alto, located at 3525 Alma Street, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): TRI N. HUYNH DDS, PHD DENTAL CORPORATION 3525 Alma Street Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on December 24, 2013. (PAW Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014) M2M ANGEL FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 586139 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: M2M Angel, located at 3351 Alma St. Apt. 324, 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): HAIHONG GAO 3351 Alma St. Apt. 324 Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on December 19, 2013. (PAW Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, 2014) OMNIREAL FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 586523 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: OMNIREAL, located at 4292-H, Wilkie Way, 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): JUNFA FAN 4292-H, Wilkie 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 County on January 3, 2014. (PAW Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 2014)

997 All Other Legals NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: ANNE C. FLETCHER Case No.: 113PR173725 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of ANNE C. FLETCHER. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: DAVID V. FLETCHER and THEODORE A. FLETCHER in the Superior Court of California, County of SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: DAVID V. FLETCHER and THEODORE A. FLETCHER be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

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PALYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NEW COACH . . . The man behind Palo Alto defensive effort in the 2010 CIF Division I state football championship is the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new head coach. Jake Halas, who was Palyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defensive coordinator from 2008 to 2012, has been hired to replace veteran Earl Hansen. This is the first head coaching job for Halas, who left the program following the birth of his third child. He also coached the Paly softball team five years ago before his wife gave birth to twins. Halas, who is a special education teacher at the school, coached the Paly defense during a 48-12-2 record. He was behind the Vikingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stunning 15-13 upset of nationally ranked, offensive-minded Centennial-Corona in the 2010 state finals. Palo Alto finished 14-0 that season, the best mark in school history. Hansen, who announced his resignation as head football coach and athletic director a few weeks ago, is still looking to fill the AD position.

ON THE AIR Friday Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball: Stanford at Utah, 5 p.m.; Pac-12 Networks; KZSU (90.1 FM) Prep basketball: Sequoia at M-A (girls 6 p.m., boys 7:30 p.m.); KCEA (89.1 FM)

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do,â&#x20AC;? Martinelli explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It made it tough for us, but it also challenged us. We like to practice the way we play.â&#x20AC;? On January 2, however, Martinelli welcomed back his injured players and the four from the football team â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Andrew Daschbach, Mason Randall, Justin Harmon and Mitch Martella. What a difference that made in practices and games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Night and day,â&#x20AC;? Martinelli said of the difference in having addi-

enior outside hitters Brian Cook and Steven Irvin have been through the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball wars enough to know that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never an easy weekend. It will take some doing to qualify for the NCAA championships in Chicago come May, though fourthranked Stanford certainly has the talent to get to the Final Four. Stanford (1-0) plays No. 8 Lewis in its home opener on Friday at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal also plays Saturday in Burnham Pavilion at 7 p.m. against Grand Canyon College. Stanford opened its season with a seventh-place showing at the UC Santa Barbara tournament last weekend, with only its final match, a regulation contest against then No. 2 UCLA, counting toward its record. Cook and Irvin return as the most experienced players for a team that returns its top six point producers, top setter and top two liberos from last year. Cook (475 points) and Irvin (394 1/2) are two of the four seniors upon whom the Cardinal (12-12 in the MPSF last year, 1515 overall) will look for leadership this season. Eric Mochalski (247) and Denny Falls (119 1/2) are also seniors with plenty of experience to bring to the table. Add redshirt junior Daniel Tublin (111 1/2) and sophomore setter James Shaw (101 1/2) to the mix, along with redshirt junior liberos Scott Sakaida (.957 reception return success) and Grant Delgado (.959) and coach John Kosty has to be feeling pretty good about Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chances. Kostyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s squad won the 2010 NCAA championship in front of a home crowd. A new set of seniors hope to return to the top. The journey, as is usual in the highly competitive MPSF, will be lined with pitfalls, rough edges and tough teams, including twotime defending national champion UC Irvine and current No. 1 Long Beach State. In fact, eight of the top 10 nationally ranked teams are members of the MPSF, which features a home- and-home format that makes every meeting notable. The 49ers, who won the UCSB tournament to earn its top ranking this week, reached the MPSF tournament championship last year before losing to BYU.

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SIGNUPS . . . The Palo Alto Babe Ruth and Palo Alto Girls Softball programs are currently holding registration for their respective upcoming seasons. The registration site for the 2014 Palo Alto Babe Ruth season is now open at www. pababeruth.org. Tryouts will be held for all new players on Saturday Jan. 18 at Sacred Heart Prep and Sunday Jan. 26th (tentatively at Canada College), beginning at 9:30 a.m. Palo Alto Babe Ruth organization is a premier baseball organization for players age 13-15 as of May 1, 2014. The league boundaries include Redwood City, Menlo Park, Atherton, Ladera, Portola Valley, Woodside, East Palo Alto and Palo Alto . . . Palo Alto Girls Softball is now registering players ages 5 to 16 for the 2014 season. For more than 30 years, PAGS has been providing a positive and and fun program. For registration information, go to the PAGS web site at www.paloaltogirlssoftball.org or call the information hot line at (650) 209-0454. Scholarship assistance is available.

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball opens season with Final Four as its eventual goal

Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sunny Lyu (10) and her teammates battled defending CCS Division II champion Los Altos to a 2-2 deadlock to open the SCVAL De Anza Division soccer season on Wednesday.

Paly soccer promotions deserved Vikings boys and girls show they belong in the SCVAL De Anza Division again by Keith Peters he opening of the SCVAL De Anza Division soccer season this week marked a new beginning for the Palo Alto boys and girls. Both teams spent last year in the El Camino Division, the first two both squads were relegated to the lower league at the same time. Nonetheless, both teams advanced to the Central Coast Section playoffs before their seasons came to a close. While the Vikings will face stiffer competition in the De Anza

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Division, both are off to a good start. The boys posted a 3-1 win over host Los Altos on Wednesday and the girls battled the Eagles to a 2-2 standoff on Tuesday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Los Gatos is apparently the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;team to beatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; followed by Mountain View,â&#x20AC;? said Paly boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; coach Don Briggs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fremont and Santa Clara lost several players from last year, as did we. I think we will be competitive with most teams. Our lack of age/size and experience is my concern. I think we have a good upside as these players grow for the next few years.

Palo Alto, with only three seniors, was the only winner on Wednesday as the other two matches ended in ties. Thus, the Vikings (1-0, 5-3-1) sit atop the division standings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for now. Against Los Altos, the Eagles went on a strong offensive push early on but had one shot on goal. The game begin to turn Palyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way after about 15 minutes. The Vikings had several attempts before Dami Bolarinwa took a ball down the left flank and crossed ­VÂ&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x2022;i`Ă&#x160;Â&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x160;ÂŤ>}iĂ&#x160;Ă&#x17D;Â&#x2122;ÂŽ

SHP boys happy fall season is over Gators bounce back in basketball thanks to additional players from football team by Keith Peters t was not a coincidence that Sacred Heart Prepâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest finish in football was going on while its basketball season was off to a lackluster start. Four members of the football team that played in the CIF Division III state championship game on Dec. 21 also were members of the Gatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hoop squad, whose season already was under way. Thus, it was easy to see why SHP opened its basketball season with an uncharacteristic 0-3 start.

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The Anteaters did not even reach the title match of the conference tournament but came back to win the national title with a victory over the Cougars. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how tough it is to win in the MPSF. Cook, whose older sister Karissa played volleyball at Stanford, is one of six returning first team All-MPSF selections. Irvin was a second-team pick. Shaw, whose father Don coached both the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball programs at Stanford, was accorded honorable mention. He was also named to the all-freshmen team. Junior middle blocker Spencer Haly made 15 starts last year, averaging 1.12 kills and 1.08 blocks per set. Juniors Matt Aiello and Sean Kemper saw limited action. Shaw leads a sophomore class that also includes Conrad Kaminski, who recorded 16 kills in 19 sets. Joe Ctvrtlik, Gabriel Vega

and Madson Hayden also saw action. Alex Stephanus recorded four kills in one set. With so many returning veterans, the highly-regarded freshmen may find it difficult breaking into the lineup. Seven-footer Kevin Rakestraw leads a decorated fourman rookie class that should push for playing time. Setter Cole Fiers and outside hitters Clay Jones and Colin McCall complete the newcomers. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball For the fifth time this season, Stanford senior basketball forward Chiney Ogwumike was named Pac-12 Player of the Week. It is also the 14th time in her career that she has earned the honor, extending her Pac-12 record. Ogwumike enjoyed a milestone weekend as No. 4 Stanford (2-0, 13-1) opened the Pac-12 season with a home sweep of Oregon and Oregon State. The Cypress, Texas native became the Pac-12â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-time leading rebounder Friday against the Ducks, grabbing 14 re-

bounds and passing former teammate Kayla Pedersenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s benchmark of 1,266. Ogwumike followed that with 13 rebounds in Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 89-67 win over Oregon State, increasing her career rebounding total to 1,284 at the end of the weekend. She averaged 32.0 points and 13.5 rebounds over the two wins, scoring 33 points in Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 96-66 win over Oregon before netting 31 against the Beavers, and shot 59.6 percent from the field.

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Football Stanford junior Ty Montgomery was named the recipient of the Jet Award, presented to the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top kick return specialist. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gymnastics Stanford senior Amanda Spinner was named the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week, as announced by the conference Tuesday. Stanford plays host to No. 8 Georgia this Sunday at 2 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. Admission is free. N

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The senior guard scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds and was named to the all-tournament team at the Steve Geramoni Invitational before adding 12 points and eight rebounds in another nonleague win.

The senior wrestler went 4-0 with three pins and a 6-0 decision in the finals to capture the 182-pound title at the 36-team Bianchini Memorial Invitational while helping the Titans finish third overall as a team.

Honorable mention Mackenzie Duffner Menlo basketball

Emma Heath Menlo-Atherton basketball

Riley Hemm Sacred Heart Prep basketball

Hannah Paye Menlo basketball

Ofa Sili Menlo-Atherton basketball

Chelsea Wilson Menlo-Atherton wrestling

Michael Abramovitch Gunn wrestling

Ryan Brice Pinewood basketball

Will Chisholm Menlo soccer

Josh Deckelman Palo Alto wrestling

James Giaccia Palo Alto wrestling

Greg Naumann Pinewood basketball * previous winner

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tional bodies. Two days after having everyone back, the Gators pulled off a shocker with a 48-47 victory over host Serra. On Tuesday night in Sunnyvale, SHP dressed all 14 roster players for the first time. With Randall and Daschbach combining for 14 points and junior Corbin Koch leading the way with 18 points, including 12 in the second half, Sacred Heart Prep posted a 55-48 victory over host Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy in a West Bay Athletic League opener for both teams. James McLean hit two big free throws following a technical foul on the Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coach, giving the Gators (1-0, 4-4) a 46-35 lead in the third quarter. Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rallied to within 50-46 before Randall sank a 3-pointer to hold off the Knights. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Corbin has shouldered the offensive load up to now,â&#x20AC;? said Martinelli. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to have other guys around him now . . . The camaraderie is forming. I already see that winning attitude that Page 38Ă&#x160;UĂ&#x160;>Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x2022;>Ă&#x20AC;Ă&#x17E;Ă&#x160;£ä]Ă&#x160;Ă&#x201C;ä£{Ă&#x160;UĂ&#x160;*>Â?Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;Â?Ă&#x152;Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;7iiÂ&#x17D;Â?Ă&#x17E;Ă&#x160;UĂ&#x160;Ă&#x153;Ă&#x153;Ă&#x153;°*>Â?Â&#x153;Â?Ă&#x152;Â&#x153;"Â&#x2DC;Â?Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;i°VÂ&#x153;Â&#x201C;

came from football. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just refusing to lose.â&#x20AC;? In Los Altos Hills, Pinewood opened its WBAL season with a big 49-45 victory over visiting Harker. The Panthers (1-0, 9-2) were led by senior Greg Naumannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 18 points. He was 6-for-10 from the field and grabbed four rebounds while helping Pinewood lead at each quarter. In Hillsborough, Menlo School snapped a six-game losing streak with a 64-25 victory over host Crystal Springs. The Knights (1-0, 2-9) jumped out to a 30-15 halftime lead and cruised from there while holding the Gryphons to just 10 second-half points. Liam Dunn led Menlo with 15 points while fellow junior Jack Hammond added 10. Alex Grossman finished with nine points and eight rebounds plus four blocks. On Wednesday, Palo Alto opened its SCVAL De Anza Division season with a 58-45 win over host Los Gatos. The Vikings (1-0, 6-6) made 10 3-pointers and had four players in double figures, paced by 14 points each from Noah Phillips and Kevin Mullin. ­VÂ&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x2022;i`Ă&#x160;Â&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x160;Â&#x2DC;iĂ?Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160;ÂŤ>}iÂŽ

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Aragon on Tuesday. M-A dominated the first half, out-shooting the Dons by 9-0. The Bears (5-0-2) got on the scoreboard when senior Sabiha Viswanathan collected a ball from sophomore Sarah McLeod and beat a couple of defenders. McLeod followed with her own goal minutes later on an assist from freshman Katie Guenin for a 2-0 halftime lead. Guenin helped make it 3-0 when she found junior forward Annie Harrier open in front of the net to convert. The tough defense from M-A preserved the shutout victory. Also in Atherton, senior Alex Bourdillion scored two goals as Sacred Heart Prep opened its West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) season with a 4-0 victory over visiting Pinewood (0-1, 1-8), which was making its first appearance in the upper division. The Gators (1-0, 6-1-1) got the winning goal in the 22nd minute of the first half from sophomore Carey Bradley, who assisted on Bourdillionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first goal in the 48th minute. Tierna Davidson made it 3-0 in the 58th minute before Bourdillion finished things off in the 80th minute. In nonleague action, Castilleja lost a close game to host Monta Vista in Cupertino, 2-1. The match was tied, 1-1, at the half with Castillejaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equalizer coming from sophomore Anais Sarrazin on an assist from Kathleen Mha-

tre. Castilleja (2-2) is still playing with a depleted roster.

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Boys Menlo-Atherton opened its PAL Bay Division with a 2-1 victory over host Carlmont on Wednesday. The Bears (1-0, 4-1) grabbed a 1-0 lead when Efrain GarciaLopez headed a corner kick in front of the goal and Kori Smith controlled the ball and finished. In the second half, it was GarciaLopez getting the goal in the 47th minute. Carlmont just missed getting a goal in the 66th minute but finally converted in the 80th minute just before the final whistle. In Atherton, Isaac Polkinhorne had a hand in three goals and teammate Andrew Segre scored twice to pace Sacred Heart Prep to a 4-1 victory over visiting Harker in a WBAL opener on Wednesday. Polkinhorne provided the first goal and assisted on both of Segreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goals in the second half as the Gators moved to 2-4-1 overall. Just down the street from SHP, host Menlo School emerged from halftime firing with sophomore Will Chisholm scoring the first of his three second-half goals, and the Knights wrapped up a 4-0 victory over Pinewood in a WBAL opener. The Knights (3-2-2) also got a penalty kick from senior Justin Wang. Elsewhere, Gunn (0-1, 3-4-1) dropped a 4-1 match to visiting Homestead to open SCVAL El Camino Division play. N

In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Gunn (0-1, 8-4) dropped a 79-52 decision to host Wilcox despite a combined 25 points from Chris Russell and Patrick Skelly. In the PAL South Division, Menlo-Atherton (0-1, 7-5) opened with a 48-34 loss to Burlingame. Girls basketball Menlo School (8-4) jumped out early and easily defeated visiting Urban, 61-38, in nonleague action Tuesday night with Hannah Paye leading the way with 13 points. In the PAL South Division, Menlo-Atherton (1-0, 8-3) tipped off league play with a 40-26 win over host Burlingame. M-Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emma Heath, Ofa Sili and Naomi Baer combined for 30 points, but the Bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; defense was the difference as it limited the Panthers to 11 first-half points. In nonleague action Wednesday, Pinewood (12-1) rolled to a 59-51 win over visiting International as senior Leeana Bade had 15 points and eight rebounds and junior Marissa Hing had 15 points, four assists and four steals. In Cupertino, sophomore Riley Hemm continued her hot shooting from 3-point range, knocking down a trio and finishing with 17 points as Sacred Heart Prep defeated host Monta Vista, 50-36. N

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