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School district Superintendent Kevin Skelly to resign June 30 After seven years, ‘It’s the right time for me to go,’ he says by Chris Kenrick


alo Alto Superintendent Kevin Skelly announced Tuesday, Feb. 18, that he plans to resign effective June 30. Buffeted for the past several years by critics who charged that his leadership lacked transparency, Skelly said he had informed the Board of Education of his decision Feb. 11. “Seven years is a long time to be

superintendent in Palo Alto, and it’s the right time for me to go,” Skelly said Wednesday, adding that he expects to be a superintendent again in another school district but has no immediate plans. “I like the work — I really like the work.” Board of Education President Barb Mitchell said that, while the resignation was not a complete surprise, “The decision was

entirely Dr. Skelly’s. “The board feels a deep sense of respect and gratitude for Dr. Skelly’s leadership over the past six and a half years,” Mitchell said, citing his “personal integrity, devotion to students and the durable improvements he initiated and facilitated to benefit all current and future students.” She said the board would discuss a process and timeline for a search for a new superintendent at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Skelly’s seven-year tenure in the job is slightly longer than average for a Palo Alto superintendent in the past 70 years. The most recent superintendent to serve longer was Newman Walker, who served for a decade, from 1975 to 1985. “I have so enjoyed working with students, parents, staff and the school board to create the best possible environment for students to learn and grow,” Skelly said in an email to families and staff. “The sense of collaboration and

commitment to serving students better that I see in so many people has been a source of continuous inspiration.” Skelly has overseen a massive building boom to modernize and expand capacity on Palo Alto’s 17 campuses, funded by the $378 million “Strong Schools” bond measure passed in 2008. Under his watch, the district stiffened high school graduation ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iʣή


City plans large expansion for small shuttle program Council to consider staff proposals to add shuttle services, create Transportation Management Authority by Gennady Sheyner aking a cue from Stanford ubiquitous Marguerite shuttles University and Silicon Val- receive much credit for helping ley’s high-tech giants, Palo the university meet its county reAlto officials are considering a quirement to keep car trips from massive expansion of the city’s tiny increasing despite gradual growth shuttle program in hopes of reliev- in its campus population. And ing traffic congestion and freeing companies from local car manuup parking spaces downtown. facturer Tesla Motors to Menlo Under a proposal the City Coun- Park-based Facebook and Mouncil is scheduled to consider Monday tain View-based Google rely on night, the city’s existing shuttle pro- shuttles to ferry their employees. gram (which consists of two buses) The timeline for Palo Alto’s would be dramatically expanded at shuttle expansion would be cona cost of $1.4 million annually. The current with another major trafficexisting Crosstown Shuttle, which reducing initiative that the council runs between the downtown Cal- will consider on Monday night — train station and East Charleston the establishment of a TransporRoad, would see its service tripled tation Management Authority, a so that it would run every 20 min- nonprofit organization that would utes rather than every hour. Staff collect fees from business disis also proposing an Embarcadero tricts and use the funds to adminShuttle that would connect down- ister traffic-reducing programs. town to a potential satellite parking The program would require seed lot across U.S. Highway 101; a West funding from the city but would Shuttle that would run between “ultimately seek financial supsouth Palo Alto and Stanford Shop- port from large employers and ping Center and that would con- other sources for its ongoing opnect senior facilities to California erations.” New building projects Avenue and the Town & Country could be required to participate. Shopping Center; and an East Bay “The TMA’s primary responCommuter Shuttle that would only sibilities would be to coordinate operate during commute hours and and market an expanded City would connect downtown Palo Alto shuttle program, to coordinate to a BART station either in Fremont and market incentive programs or another location. aimed at increasing the use of In a report released Wednes- transit, carpooling and bicycling, day, staff is suggesting that the and to pursue additional incencity solicit proposals from shut- tives consistent with this mistle-service providers “to build an sion,” the staff report states. expanded shuttle network ... with The program could be modeled the aim of significantly increasing after existing efforts in Contra ridership within three years.” Costa, San Francisco’s Mission The idea of using shuttles to Bay neighborhood and downbring commuters to and from the town San Mateo. In each case, city is far from new in Palo Alto businesses contribute to an assoand neighboring cities, though so ciation that sets traffic-reduction far it has been largely the purview of private employers. Stanford’s ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ££®

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Residents claim financial abuse at Vi at Palo Alto Class-action lawsuit alleges Vi’s parent company is withholding seniors’ millions by Sue Dremann


class-action lawsuit filed by residents of Vi at Palo Alto, including a Nobel Laureate and a World War II journalist, alleges Vi’s parent company, CC-Palo Alto, transferred millions of dollars in refundable entrance fees from the senior retirement community to its corporate parent in Chicago, jeopardizing the financial security of the residents. The lawsuit, which was filed on Feb. 19 in the U.S. District

Court, also claims that CC-Palo Alto overcharged the residents by improperly allocating tax assets, earthquake insurance and marketing costs to Vi at Palo Alto’s operating expenses and representing the charges as inflated monthly fees. The complaint, which was filed on behalf of 500 residents, is believed to be the first of its kind in the Bay Area challenging a continuing-care retirement community’s (CCRC) financial

practices. It is striking because of the scope of the alleged financial abuse and its prominent residents, said attorneys with Burlingame law firm Cotchett, Pitre and McCarthy, who are representing the plaintiffs,. The complaint alleges that $190 million dollars was “upstreamed” from the Palo Alto facility to the corporate parent in Chicago, leaving the ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iʣȮ

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—Burton Richter, a plaintiff in a lawsuit against Vi at Palo Alto, on hearing that his retirement home’s corporate parent wasn’t under obligation to pay back residents’ entrance fees. See story on page 5.

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TREE WEEK HAS ARRIVED ... Every year, young Saplings vie for the once-in-a-lifetime glory that is serving as Stanford University’s unofficial mascot, the everenergetic, dancing and smiling Tree. A whole week, dubbed “Tree Week,” is dedicated to the process and took place this week in order to select the Leland Stanford Junior Marching Band’s 2014-15 mascot. Prospective Trees are expected to prove themselves through zany, creative stunts throughout the week. There are only four main ground rules: no fire, no electrocution, no serious bodily harm that would result in a trip to the hospital (even if the candidate chooses not to go) and nothing illegal. Past antics have included a naked guitar performance, game of milk pong, singing spoof rap songs (“Lean Like A Tree”) or turning one’s self into a human bird feeder. This past Monday (opening day of Tree Week), two Saplings — sans most of their clothing — were spotted rolling a giant, wheeled three-tiered pink paper cake, topped with an inappropriately shaped toy.

CHAMBER ON THE MOVE ... The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce will soon be moving into one of downtown’s newest and most conspicuous developments — the four-story “Lytton Gateway” building at the corner of Lytton Avenue and Alma Street. The Chamber, which currently rents space on Mitchell Lane, will be the nonprofit tenant in the fourstory building, a development that will be anchored by the onlinesurvey company SurveyMonkey. The organization announced in a statement that it has signed a 10-year lease on the ground floor of the building and that it plans to move into its new location in midsummer. In its announcement, the Chamber lauded the building’s prominent location next to the University Avenue transit center and its architecture, which includes a 70-foot tall corner tower. CEO David MacKenzie said the organization is “ecstatic about this new location.” “The 101 Lytton project is a spectacular and unique business and economic opportunity for Palo Alto,” MacKenzie enthused. “I believe this will re-invigorate the immediate neighborhood and

surrounding community and provide more visibility for the Chamber, our enriching programs and our vibrant membership.” The building at 101 Lytton Ave. is the last downtown development to win the city’s approval under the “planned community” zone process, which allows developers to exceed zoning regulations in exchange for negotiated public benefits. One of the benefits that the council asked to include in the project included space for a nonprofit group, with rent subsidized by the developer. The agreement also required the developer, Lytton Gateway LLC, to contribute $2 million to parking improvements downtown.

YOUNG HISTORY BUFFS ... Four members of the Palo Alto High School History Club will head to Washington, D.C., in April to compete in the National History Bowl, a history competition founded in 2010. Sophomore Trevor Filseth and juniors Alex Fang, Max Krawcyzk and Nicholas Lai will compete as a team, while Fang and Filseth will additionally compete in individual competitions. In its first year as a club, the Paly history buffs join a local field long dominated by schools like Bellarmine and Saratoga High School, which also will send students to the national competition this year. AN OFFER HE COULDN’T REFUSE ... Facebook scooped up Mountain View-based messaging application company WhatsApp for a cool $19 billion on Feb. 19, making its $1 billion deal to buy photosharing app Instagram look like small potatoes. The purchase makes up for when Facebook turned down WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton, a Stanford University graduate, for a job in 2009. “Facebook turned me down,” Acton tweeted in August 2009. “It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life’s next adventure.” That adventure turned out to be WhatsApp, which the computer science major founded that same year with Jan Koum, a Ukrainian immigrant and college dropout. WhatsApp, not much more than a messaging service, now boasts 450 million users across the world. N



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Exploring the African-American legacy in preserving open space Ravenswood Open Space hosts Buffalo Soldiers at Black History Month hike by Tre’vell Anderson


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California Buffalo Soldiers stand at attention during a history presentation. as it relates to the nation’s parks. “We provide that missing piece of history,” Gazaway said of the message the Buffalo Soldiers attempt to give to audiences in inner city and underserved areas. “Parks are a part of your legacy, too.” The Soldiers, after their presentation, will also participate in the hike and help youth with crafts like making bracelets representing the five stages of the water cycle. Youth will also be able to get free binoculars. Community leader Henrietta Burroughs, founder of the East Palo Alto Center for Community Media, will attend the event as a special guest. A member of the advisory committee for the district, she recognizes a particular distinction in this type of Black History Month event. “It’s interesting because when one celebrates Black History, the contributions of Black Americans, it’s in music, the arts,” Burroughs said. “That in itself might be a big distinction (between this Black History event and others).” The Black History Month event at Ravenswood follows a push by

Midpeninsula to further engage the community under the Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative, an effort by park and open space agencies in the Bay Area to provide introductory level activities for people of all ages. Citing The Health Benefits of Parks study conducted by The Trust for Public Land, Kim noted that the Centers for Disease Control estimate that a 20-minute walk a day per person could end the nation’s obesity epidemic. “Leading a sedentary lifestyle is one of the contributors to preventable diseases and just getting out to open space a little bit every day or a couple times a week can improve people’s health,” she said. Conveniently, the half-mile walk from the parking area to the first viewing platform at Ravenswood takes just 20 minutes. Ravenswood is open from sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset each day. Information about the event is posted at N Editorial Intern Tre’vell Anderson can be emailed at


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pate, this would not be its first attempt at working with Google to create a citywide system capable of delivering Internet at the speed of 1 gigabit-per-second (today, the average Internet connection speed is 9.8 megabits per second, according to the city, or roughly a hundredth of a gigabit). In 2011, the city was one of many to vie for Google Fiber, only to see the prize go to Kansas City, Kan. That was just the latest setback for a long-deferred project known locally as “Fiber to the Premise.” In 2009, the council negotiated with a consortium of Internet companies that offered

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to expand the city’s 41-mile fiberoptic ring. That deal collapsed amidst the economic downturn when funding dried up and the consortium asked the city for more funding. Last year, the council signaled its determination to implement a fiber program by selecting “Technology and the Connected City” as one of the city’s top priorities. Earlier this month, the council agreed unanimously to carry over this priority for another year. To underscore its commitment to making the fiber dream a reality, the council unanimously agreed last October to pursue master plans for citywide fiber and WiFi systems. At that meeting, Councilman Larry Klein voiced enthusiasm about fiber’s potential, saying: “This is is where the world is going and if we want to continue to be the leader in innovation, we need to be there as well.” It helped that the city’s “dark fiber” reserve fund, which collects fees from commercial customers who use the network, had a balance of more than $15 million last summer. In its announcement, Google invited the 34 cities to submit checklists that would help the company speed up the process of hooking up customers to ultra-fast Internet. The company noted that the web has gotten both faster and more useful in recent years, with “activities like streaming movies, storing files online, video chatting and more” enabled by broadband connections. The next chapter of the web, Google says, “will run on even faster speeds.” “There continues to be huge interest from consumers and communities in faster broadband,” the Google announcement states. “That’s why we want to bring more people access to


by Gennady Sheyner fter failing in its initial bid to win a Google Fiber system and deliver high-speed Internet to the city’s masses, Palo Alto is now getting another chance. The Internet search company has invited 34 cities, including San Jose and Palo Alto, to work with Google on setting up citywide fiber-optics systems of the very sort that local officials have been coveting for the past two decades. The 34 cities are scattered all over the country and include Portland, Ore.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Atlanta, Ga. If Palo Alto chooses to partici-

Google has invited Palo Alto — and 33 other cities — to re-apply to work with them to set up a citywide fiber-optic system. Google Fiber — Internet that’s up to 100 times faster than basic broadband.” The company said it selected the cities because they are “led by people who have been working hard to bring faster Internet speeds and the latest technologies to their residents.” “We believe these are communities who will do amazing things with a gig,” the Google announcement states. “And they are diverse — not just geographically, but in the ways they’ll give us opportunities to learn about the wide range of challenges and obstacles that communities might face in trying to build a new fiber network.” The announcement was greeted with excitement in Palo Alto, where officials met with Google representatives last week to discuss the new initiative. Chief Information Officer Jonathan Reichental told the Weekly that the city will submit the checklist that Google requested. The list has to include information about the city’s utilities infrastructure (including locations of utility poles, conduits and water lines) and assurances that the city’s permitting process can accommodate a project of such magnitude. Reichental noted that because the city operates its own utilities and because it had already put together the application for Google Fiber in 2011, the process won’t be too onerous. The cities have until May 1 to submit the checklists. He also said the city’s decision to participate in the new Google

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effort does not in any way conflict with the existing effort to create a master plan for a citywide fiber system. “We’re happy to encourage all sorts of players,” Reichental said. “It’s a free market and in Palo Alto, the end game is to have one or more options for competitive gigabit provisions in the city.” Reichental also said it’s important to continue to pursue the master plan. “At the end of the day, we want to look out for our interests and make sure that if (Google) doesn’t work out, if they don’t deploy in Palo Alto, that we still have our plans to come up with a solution to bring fiber to the community.” After Google receives checklists and completes studies for each of the interested cities, it will make an announcement on which cities will be the next to get Google Fiber. The company plans to announce its selections by the end of 2014. In addition to Kansas City, Google also has ongoing fiber projects in place in Provo, Utah, and Austin, Texas. “While we’d love to bring Fiber to every one of these cities, it might not work out for everyone,” Google’s announcement stated. “Cities who have worked with us through this process, however, will have taken a big step forward in making their community ready for construction by any provider.” In a statement, City Manager James Keene said the city is “pleased to accept Google’s invitation to participate in this new phase of assessing how to bring 1 gigabit fiber to more communities. “Our collaboration will complement the open market approach our City Council has directed us to pursue to bring fiber to the premise in Palo Alto,” Keene said. “Google’s invitation will advance our ability to achieve this goal.” Kevin Lo, general manager for Google Fiber, also said the company looks forward to “working with Palo Alto in the coming months to see if we can build the next chapter of the Internet together, on gigabit speeds.” N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

Upfront Most artists who use Cubberley leave after about eight years anyway, she said. Some don’t pass the jury test and get replaced by other artists; others leave as part of the the natural process of attrition. “The rule change is redundant because the program has already shown to limit the average rental period to eight years or less,” de Larios said. Marguerite Fletcher, a Cubberley veteran whose paintings focus on landscapes and nature, likewise argued against term limits. While council members Larry Klein and Greg Schmid both argued that incumbent artists enjoy an advantage over newcomers, Fletcher disputed this point. Nothing is automatic, she said. There have been years where “almost the entire group of artists who’ve been up for jurying have been juried out,” she said. “It feels hurtful and debilitating because I don’t think this is actually a fair treatment of the artists who’ve been there over the years,” Fletcher said. Chairwoman Gail Price agreed with the artists in opposing the term limits. The jury process, she said, is sufficient in ensuring a quality stable of artists in Cubberley. “The jury process and attrition will serve to provide additional opportunities over time,” Price said. But she joined Klein and Schmid — committee member Greg Scharff was absent — in voting to direct staff to make further adjustments. Klein stressed that the term limits should ensure that some studio space goes to emerging artists. He also opposed staff’s proposal to allow incumbents to renew leases for two terms before instituting the


Proposed term limits irk Cubberley artists City’s plan to promote diversity, variety meets criticism from artists by Gennady Sheyner


alo Alto officials are considering a new policy that could displace some of the artists whose studios have long occupied Cubberley Community Center in south Palo Alto, much to the chagrin of veteran artists. The proposal, which the City Council’s Policy and Services Committee discussed Tuesday night but did not adopt, would profoundly change the existing Cubberley Artist Studio Program, which currently provides rent subsidies to the 22 artists using studio space at the sprawling former high school. New guidelines proposed by staff include four-year terms for studio rentals; a limit of two consecutive terms; more shared studios and increased oversight by staff. The goal of the revisions is to serve more artists, add diversity and make the program more visible and economically viable, according to Rhyena Halpern, assistant director of the city’s Community Services Department. But a handful of artists expressed their dismay to the committee over the proposed policy. Linda Gass, an artist from Los Altos who specializes in land art and whose brightly colored quilts resemble overhead snapshots, said Tuesday that term limits would indiscriminately remove from Cubberley veteran artists who enrich the center by serving as mentors

for emerging artists. “Term limits are a blunt tool; they throw out the good along with the under-performers,” Gass said. The committee stopped short Tuesday of adopting the policy, but members asked staff to further refine the term-limits proposal and return in April for a second discussion. The change to the artists program is one of many uncertainties that Cubberley is facing in the near future. The city currently leases most of the center from the Palo Alto school district under a 50year agreement that is scheduled to expire at the end of the year. The council has been meeting in closed sessions for more than a year to discuss the lease negotiations. It is scheduled to have an open discussion and possibly take its first action on the new lease on Monday night. The Cubberley Artist Studio Program was born in 1989 and has served some 60 artists, about half of whom have been Palo Alto residents. Participants currently pay roughly a third of the market rate for the space. The city’s subsidy is valued at about $165,000 annually. It is not finances but diversity among the artists that prompted city staff to introduce the idea of term limits. A city report notes that of the 22 artists currently in the program, five have been there

for more than 15 years and six have been at Cubberley between 10 and 14 years. Under the current system, terms last for five years, with the possibility of renewal. An artist who wishes to renew has to undergo a review by a jury of art experts. The staff proposal would reduce leases to four years and limit the number of terms to two. Artists would then have to sit out for at least eight years before re-applying, though they could be placed on a waiting list for studio space if a vacancy isn’t filled by a new artist. The idea behind term limits, Halpern said, is to widen the pool of artists who use Cubberley and encourage new artists to join the program. She stressed that the change is not meant to punish the artists who have been in the program since the 1990s. “This is not designed at all to be punitive,” Halpern said. “We really like the artists. We believe in them and their work. “We just really want to spread the wealth of the program because we have scarce resources, not only in the city but in the Peninsula, for artists.” Some of the artists didn’t see it this way. The jury system already ensures that the best artists, not just the incumbent ones, get Cubberley space, noted Ulla de Larios, an artist whose studio has been in Cubberley since 1994.

limit. Waiting eight years for the new policy to kick in is too long, Klein said. Two to four years would be more reasonable, he said. “I’m not in favor of throwing people out on to Middlefield Road in a short period of time,” Klein said. “People need time to adjust, but I think eight years is way too much.” All three committee members agreed that the city should do more to publicize the Cubberley program, which staff hopes to expand and enliven in the coming years. In addition to traditional visual media such as painting, sculpture and print-making, staff hopes to bring in new forms such as installation art, digital art and “social practice art,” which blurs the lines between creation of objects, political activism and audience participation. Schmid said the program would also benefit from more youth involvement and better outreach from staff to the community. “I see it as critical that you do something to open a gallery, sell some paintings, have people go by on a Saturday or a Sunday and actually see what’s going on,” Schmid said. Despite the proposed changes, Halpern called the program “very important” and said it both serves the artists well and demonstrates the city’s commitment to the arts. Many artists, she said, have trouble affording studio space in Palo Alto and surrounding cities. “The high cost of living forces artists out of the area, detracting from the quality of life in the region,” she said. In addition, the city reaps benefits. In 2012, Cubberley artists contributed 15 art works to the city, valued at $25,000. N


Stanford backs away from divisive Dish parking plan


fter pressure from the city and an outpouring of opposition from hikers who frequent the Dish, Stanford University is backing away from a proposal to reduce parking on Stanford Avenue and shift it to a location more than a half mile from the popular foothills trail. The proposal to move some parking was spurred by a joint effort by Stanford and Palo Alto to build new trails around the Dish and along El Camino Real, a project known as the Stanford Perimeter Trail. The project received a boost in 2012 when the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors released $4.5 million for the trails program. In recent months, however, residents who use the scenic hiking trail along Junipero Serra Boulevard have come out in opposition to the proposed parking plan. Earlier this month, dozens of residents attended a City Coun-

by Gennady Sheyner cil meeting to argue that shifting parking away from Stanford Avenue, which leads to the main Dish entrance, to a site on Coyote Hill Road would effectively strip many Dish walkers of access to the preserve. Several speakers said they would no longer have the time to use the nature preserve. At the same time, residents of Stanford Avenue and surrounding streets raised alarms about the already dangerous traffic situation in their neighborhood and urged Stanford to do something about it. In response, Mayor Nancy Shepherd submitted a letter on Feb. 13 to Stanford asking the university to reconsider its parking proposal. She noted that the parking plan is the only aspect of the project that does not have public support. When the council agreed to support the trail program, the city had assumed that the project would include back-in parking, rather than parallel parking, on Stanford

Avenue, she wrote. The back-in parking would accommodate more parking spaces and compensate for the loss of parking on the north side of Stanford Avenue, a loss made necessary by the new trails. The change of plans, which would shift 33 parking spots from Stanford to Coyote Hill, is “not acceptable to Palo Alto,” the letter stated. “This proposal eliminates too many parking spaces on Stanford Avenue,” Shepherd wrote. “We ask Stanford to continue to work with us ... to minimize the loss of parking on Stanford Avenue while also providing additional parking on Coyote Hill Road, so that there is in effect a parking increase.” In response, Stanford agreed to reconsider the parking plan. Larry Horton, the university’s senior associate vice president, wrote to Shepherd that Stanford is willing to revert to the back-in-parking plan.


University agrees to return to original proposal, with back-in, angled parking

After hearing objections from local visitors to the Stanford Dish trail, the City of Palo Alto has requested that Stanford University re-consider a parking plan on Stanford Avenue that would require drivers to back their cars in. Horton noted that Stanford had dropped the plan out of concern that the county would reject it. “Our application for this project is not yet complete, and at this stage, we can go back to our original plan and we agree to do so,” Horton wrote. “If both the city and Stanford jointly support back-in angle parking, I believe we will have an excellent chance of getting this program approved by the county.” Horton also agreed to Shepherd’s request that 33 new parking spaces be added along Coy-

ote Hill. The inclusion of back-in parking and the addition of Coyote Hill spaces would result in 91 parking spaces, 18 more than currently exist on Stanford Avenue alone. The university also concluded that it cannot support adding parking to Junipero Serra, finding that the roadway is too busy and would not be safe, he said. If the county doesn’t approve the back-in-parking plan, “Stanford will have to pursue approval of a parallel parking scheme on Stanford Avenue,” Horton wrote. N

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advocated for a women-only shelter, is a board member at Heart and Home Collaborative, a new allwomen shelter organized by Stanford University students. It opened Jan. 26 after more than a year and a half of planning, fundraising and negotiations for city permits and insurance. Boone’s dream-cometrue can accommodate up to 15 women and is currently hosted by two Palo Alto churches. Boone has other accommodations now, but she checks on the shelter twice weekly. Each night through March 30, the women arrive at 7 p.m. and receive dinner. For the next 12 hours, they can rest peacefully without fear of being harmed, she said. Thick sleeping pads are laid onto the floor. On a recent evening, Darlene, a neatly attired woman in her 50s wearing carefully applied makeup and large hoop earrings, arranged her belongings beside her bed. Heart and Home has been a respite from the cold and a place that makes her feel safe, she said. “I want to say thank you to the Stanford students who took the time to come here every day. It’s the Stanford students that lift my spirits — that lift everyone’s spirits. The Stanford students have given their time and effort and have done it with a smile, showing love and in a caring manner, and they have been very supportive. And I am happy to be able to sleep in a Christian environment,� she said. Most of the 10 women at the shelter on Wednesday night were older than 50, and one woman who was new to the shelter is 75.

Life on the streets is especially dangerous and hard for older women, and many at the shelter fear returning to long nights of riding the VTA 22 bus to avoid predators and the cold after the shelter closes, she said. “We need a shelter for older women. We’re the ones with health issues. We’re the ones that suffer the most. We’re not a bunch of lazy women on drugs. It’s not fair to be a housewife for 20 years and take care of a husband and raise children, and when you get sick nobody wants anything to do with you anymore,â€? Darlene said. “Most of us are on five or six medications. We’re too weak to fight back. If Santa Clara County can have the Bill Wilson Center to house prostitutes, why can’t we have a shelter for older women?â€? Catherine Zaw, a Stanford junior and volunteer coordinator, said students who were part of Night Outreach, a volunteer group that visited Palo Alto’s homeless population at night, began to gauge the need for a women’s facility during their discussions with people living on the streets. Some students had worked in 2012 at Hotel de Zink. But the group wanted to expand on its mission and emphasize its values, which include developing friendships and respect with their guests, as they are called. Relationship building has been at the core of their philosophy, along with empowering homeless persons, Zaw said. The students, who work independently of the university, re­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠÂŁ{)


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ity workers in Palo Alto may soon have a fresh incentive to ditch their cars in favor of mass transit — free Caltrain passes. The City Council is scheduled to consider on Monday night a staff proposal to participate in a Caltrain Go Pass program, which will allow employees to trade in their parking permits for Caltrain tickets. The nine-month pilot program is part of a broad range of traffic-reducing initiatives on the council’s agenda. The list also includes the creation of a “transportation-management authority,” a nonprofit that would assess fees from downtown businesses and develop incentives for car-free commuting; an expanded shuttle program; and car-share services

at local parking lots. Under the staff proposal outlined in a report Wednesday, employees who participate in the program would also be allotted two “emergency” parking permits per month. These daily permits would allow workers to park at the Cowper Street garage. Additional permits could then be purchased for $10. The program is expected to cost the city $63,691, according to the staff report. At the same time, staff expects the city to make about $27,800 in annual revenues from selling the parking permits that were previously provided to employees. The revenues would bring down the program’s cost to $35,892, the report states. If the council approves the staff


about 50 of them rely on Caltrain for some portion of their commutes, according to staff. “For Civic Center employees (City Hall, Police Department, Development Center and Downtown Library) who live within a mile of Caltrain stations, the Go Pass Program could provide a viable alternative to solo driving,” the report states. Staff had initially suggested a broader Go Pass program, one that could involve employees at downtown businesses. According to the city, Caltrain staff balked at this proposal, citing an already high number of riders using the University Avenue station and a concern about fairness for companies that already have their own Go Pass programs.

The terms of Caltrain’s program allow employers to pay a flat rate for Go Pass, which employees can then use to ride the rail line any day of the week. The cost is $165 per eligible employee. Staff estimates that if 123 employees opted into the program, it would become cost neutral because of the revenues from freed-up parking permits. But costs are not the primary factor in proposing the Caltrain partnership. “The program demonstrates the city’s commitment to a more comprehensive transportationdemand management program, which will reduce burden on existing parking infrastructure and encourage a cleaner, healthier and more livable downtown,” the staff report states. N

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by Gennady Sheyner proposal, Palo Alto would join 22 local companies that currently buy Caltrain passes in bulk and distribute them to their employees, along with Stanford University and Stanford University Medical Center. According to city planners, the university’s transit ridership among employees has increased from 8 percent to 28 percent since its participation in the Go Pass Program began. Now, with parking and traffic issues dominating public agendas and land-use planning identified as one of the council’s top priorities for the second straight year, the city hopes to achieve a similar ridership bump. The program’s eligibility would be limited to the 466 employees who work downtown. Currently,

An expanded shuttle service could include tripling the frequency of the Crosstown Shuttle; adding an Embarcadero Shuttle to connect downtown with a satellite parking lot across U.S. Highway 101; adding a West Shuttle between south Palo Alto and Stanford Shopping Center; adding an East Bay Commuter Shuttle connecting downtown Palo Alto to a BART station; and more. The memo, along with years of pressure from downtown neighborhoods with parking shortages,

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Demonstration will focus on raising awareness of endometriosis, women’s health by Sue Dremann


r. Camran Nezhat has a vision: that women from all over the world will rise up and demand better health care and that governments will actually listen. And the Stanford Hospital & Clinics physician said he is staking more than $1 million from his own family foundation to make that happen. Nezhat and a growing contingency of volunteers are organizing a march on Washington, D.C., on March 13, which will highlight endometriosis, a gynecological disorder affecting an estimated 200 million women worldwide. The Million Women March for Endometriosis, or Endomarch, is the spear point of demonstrations planned in 50 countries, he said. The D.C. march will take place at the National Mall. Nezhat, director of the Center for Special Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, said he has seen and treated thousands of women with the disease. He invented videoendoscopy, using video-assisted, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery to treat endometriosis. The entire surgery is done through a scope and a surgical laser inserted into 1-inch-wide incisions. Endometriosis is thought to originate in the uterus. The endometrial layer, which sloughs off during menstruation, somehow is spread outside the uterus and into the body. The wayward cells proliferate during the menstrual cycle each month, causing scar tissue, organ damage and debilitating pain. About 50 percent of women who are infertile have the disease; about 80 percent who have uterine fibroids also have the disease, he said. Nezhat made endometriosis his focus after his mother suffered from what was most likely undiagnosed endometriosis. The disease left her bedridden and passing out from pain. “We can do something about this condition and raise awareness. Enough young girls and women have suffered. It has become part of their life — Eve’s curse — and it doesn’t have to be so,� he said. So far, 9,000 women and men worldwide have signed up for the march. That may seem a far cry from the million in the event’s name, but Nezhat said that number is meant to represent the millions of women affected, not how many will show up. But he would be thrilled if the marches did reach that number. Organizers started using social media in ways that would make grassroots campaigners proud. The



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Caption Dr. Camran Nezhat, right, and Dr. Jill Main, will be heading the Million Women March in Washington, D.C., to bring attention to the disease of endometriosis and the ongoing efforts to treat it. website has video blogs, educational information, spots for “citizen journalists,� a flash-mob campaign and information for discount travel to the event. A search function helps marchers find and join teams in every state and country. March organizers have set up much like a political campaign. They created precinct managers in each state and captains who help spread the word. Ten fulltime workers at the headquarters in Nezhat’s Palo Alto office help precinct managers create strategies, and there is a branch headquarters in San Jose. Precinct managers and captains take a Skype interview and receive instructions on how to organize their chapter, he said. “We are hoping this will be a start of something like Susan B. Komen,� the breast cancer foundation, he said. The march’s advisory board includes executives from major medical organizations and endometriosis associations. Dr. Linda Giudice, chairwoman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco, is the campaign’s chairwoman. Three of Nezhat’s siblings — Farr, Ceana and Azadeh Nezhat — who are also physicians of reproductive medicine, are board members, and Law and Order: SUV actress Stephanie March is the event spokesperson. Nezhat hopes that by raising awareness, more funding will be appropriated for more research and that policies will also change. He wants screening protocols in schools the same way that children are routinely checked for scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, he said. “Endometriosis is a totally enigmatic disease. Just when you think you have figured it out, another curve ball is thrown at you,� he said. The disease shares many

features with non-fatal cancers, although it is not a cancer, Nezhat said. It can metastasize or spread essentially anywhere in the body, including the brain. Dr. Jill Main, a Stanford obstetrician/gynecologist and fellow at the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, is also a march organizer. She wants to broaden recognition of the disease, which typically isn’t diagnosed for six to eight years, she said. “We really don’t know much about it. The more people are aware of the disorder and how it impacts the lives of women, the more it will infiltrate into the medical curriculum. People are seen many times with pelvic pain, and they are brushed away because doctors can’t recognize the symptoms,� she said. The march will start at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium at the National Mall and will feature medical panel discussions and keynote speakers. Rock musician Sheryl Crow will speak and perform, and Jumbotrons will exhibit videos streamed of marches from around the world. The marchers will walk to the National Institutes of Health and other medical agencies, Nezhat said. Sponsors include The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Medical Association and other societies for reproductive surgery and disease. But the march is being entirely funded by the Nezhat Family Foundation. Information about the event, including registration, is posted at www.millionwomenmarch2014. org. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

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requirements in an effort to boost expectations for minority and low-income students. Skelly has advocated giving principals wide rein to run their campuses and built a systemwide professional-development program to serve the district’s 800-plus teachers. His tenure saw the much-debated adoption of the K-5 math curriculum Everyday Mathematics and a controversial change in the districtwide calendar to end the first semester before the December holidays — an effort to give work-weary high school students a clean break. A former teacher, Skelly commutes around town by bicycle, plays basketball with students and clearly delights in their accomplishments, academic and otherwise. In a survey last year, 90 percent of Palo Alto parents and 93 percent of high school students said they were “somewhat satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the education children receive in the school district, which routinely ranks among the highest-scoring in the state. “I was very sorry to hear that Kevin Skelly has decided to leave in June,” said Teri Baldwin, president of the Palo Alto Educators Association, the teachers’ collective-bargaining group. “He has always had an open door policy for me to come in and discuss concerns, and he worked with me to help solve them. “In all of our discussions it was clear that Kevin is passionate about education. He is very pro-teacher and that can be hard to find. A good district is built upon its teachers, and Kevin understood that.” Sigrid Pinsky, president of the Palo Alto Council of PTAs, said Skelly had been accessible and eager to hear parent concerns. She cited his execution of the district’s strategic plan, fiscal management skills and support for Project Safety Net, a community coalition to promote well-being that formed in the wake of student suicides in 2009 and 2010. “Kevin has demonstrated his commitment to the academic and social emotional health of all of our students,” Pinsky said. “He has been tireless in his work and maintains his sense of humor throughout.” But Skelly was widely criticized

counseling program at Gunn High School and to impose firmer rules to curb homework and to coordinate the number of tests or papers a student can have in a given week. Ken Dauber, a cofounder of that group and an unsuccessful candidate for school board in 2012, said Skelly’s most significant contribution has been changing the high school graduation requirements “to try to ensure that all of our students graduate ready for college. “The superintendent selection process is an opportunity for the community to renew our traditional focus in Palo Alto on providing a quality education that challenges and supports the whole student, including academic achievement and social and emotional wellbeing,” Dauber said. Marielena Gaona Mendoza, a former district parent who maintains that minority, low-income and special-education children routinely face stereotyping and discrimination by school personnel, called Skelly’s resignation “news that we were longing for,

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last year for failing to promptly disclose a December 2012 finding by a federal civil rights agency that the district’s mishandling of a middle school bullying case had violated the civil rights of a disabled student. The district has spent more than a year trying to revise its policies and procedures in response to that finding. After the federal finding, several other families filed complaints against the district with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). One of those remains pending, while three have been resolved in the district’s favor or dropped for lack of evidence. An additional investigation — initiated last year by the federal agency itself and pertaining to the district’s compliance with Title IX, which bars sex discrimination in education programs receiving federal funds — also remains pending. Two other cases filed prior to the December 2012 finding have been closed. Parent Christina Schmidt, chair of the Palo Alto Advisory Committee for Special Education, said Skelly had been supportive of the group’s activities and was able to “connect with many people, especially students, and earned the respect of his district staff. “Nonetheless, Dr. Skelly’s best efforts were simply not enough, and his missteps were the primary reason for the community’s criticism about the OCR investigations and the subsequent development of policies,” Schmidt said. “We believe that Dr. Skelly came to understand that the district needed a change and sometimes we must be the catalyst for change even if it means stepping aside.” Schmidt said candidates to replace Skelly should have “a track record of supporting students with learning differences and special needs” and an appreciation for “transparency and community input.” Skelly also has come under persistent criticism by a parent group called We Can Do Better Palo Alto, which has pushed district officials to compel major reforms to the



Kevin Skelly, superintendent of the Palo Alto United School District, at a Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education meeting. and it finally happened. “Hopefully the next super is not afraid to talk to the principals and let them know when they are failing our kids and improve our counseling system and special education for Latino students,” Mendoza said. Skelly, who began his career as a math teacher and moved up the administrative ranks, arrived

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into the health care system. Linda Martinet, liaison for one of the churches housing the women, said the shelter has worked out well. “It’s been a very pleasant experience so far. We have paid staff and volunteers, and the shelter is staffed the whole time,� she said. Boone said there is a greater need for more churches to host the shelter, which is “dry,� meaning there is no tolerance of alcohol or substance use. She is hoping that an expanded program will keep the shelter open longer next year, and perhaps, one day it could be year-round, she said. “Even though it is only 10 weeks, it is really empowering,� she said. Zaw said the shelter not only protects women, it empowers them to take the next step to reclaim their lives. When one isn’t focused on survival and is surrounded by encouragement and friendship, good things happen. At Hotel de Zink, Zaw saw camaraderie grow among some of the women, which helped them to move out of their homelessness. “Two or three were able to find jobs and rent an apartment together,� she said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to discuss new “transportationdemand-management� programs, including an expansion of the city’s shuttle program; establishment of a Caltrain Go Pass program for city workers; and creation of a nonprofit Transportation Management Authority. The council also plans to discuss lease negotiations with the school district over Cubberley Community Center. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will discuss a process and timeline for seeking a replacement for Superintendent Kevin Skelly, who has given notice of his resignation effective June 30. The board also will discuss a report on the district’s finances. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the boardroom of school district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.). CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session to evaluate the performance of City Manager James Keene. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to consider designating three redwood trees at Cogswell Plaza in honor of Palo Alto police officers lost in the line of duty; consider appointing a committee to work on the Palo Alto Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails Master Plan update; and discuss capital improvement plans for Hopkins and Monroe parks. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to review the Urban Forest Master Plan; discuss the Governance Chapter in the updated Comprehensive Plan and consider code changes related to building setbacks and density in commercial zones. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hear an update on the construction of Mitchell Park Library and Community Center; hear an update on OrangeBoy Project; and consider the Summer Reading and Library Outreach Report. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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News Digest Business registry proposed in Palo Alto Palo Alto is famous for its love of data and wealth of jobs. But when it comes to data about jobs, city officials often find themselves scratching their heads and grasping for answers. Unlike most cities, Palo Alto has neither a business registry nor business licenses, a reality that forces officials to offer estimates and educated guesses. Now, four members of the City Council are looking to change that. In a memo, council members Karen Holman, Larry Klein, Marc Berman and Pat Burt urge the city to create a business registry as soon as possible. The registry, they say, is needed to “answer such basic questions as how many people work in Palo Alto and for what types of businesses.� “Impacts of commercial development and activity, such as traffic and parking impacts, are at the forefront of community concerns,� the memo states. “The City Council made addressing these issues a council priority in 2013 and again in 2014. However, the city lacks adequate, reliable and updated data to analyze the issues, structure best policies or programs and to measure their effects.� The council members propose that staff return no later than the end of March with a proposal for an online registry and a questionnaire “designed to obtain information on the number of employees, types of businesses and other information that would be valuable for effective planning purposes.� N — Gennady Sheyner

Man flashes gun in attempted robbery A man wearing a curly-haired wig attempted to rob a cashier at a Palo Alto gas station on Saturday evening but fled on foot when the cashier refused to cooperate. There were no injuries, and the wouldbe robber is at large, according to Palo Alto police. When officers responded to an alarm at about 6:50 p.m. on Feb. 15 from the 76 station at 835 San Antonio Road, they learned that an armed-robbery attempt had just occurred, a press release stated. Officers checked the area with the assistance of a canine unit from the Los Altos Police Department but were unable to locate the gunman. The man had entered the gas station and handed money over to buy cigarettes, the police reported. When the cashier opened the cash register to make change, the man partially removed a handgun from his waistband and demanded money. The cashier immediately closed the register without giving any money. The man walked out and fled northbound on East Charleston Road towards Fabian Way, according to the police. The cashier described the gunman as a black male in his 30s or 40s with a “skinny� build. He was about 5 feet 5 inches tall, cleanshaven and appeared to be wearing a wig with curly hair that hung to the shoulders. Police are asking that anyone with information about this incident call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984. N — Palo Alto Weekly staff

Audit urges more oversight of city equipment Palo Alto’s system for keeping track of city equipment has been hampered by inconsistent oversight and lax security, according to a new audit from Acting City Auditor Houman Boussina. The audit, which the City Council Finance Committee discussed Tuesday night, found that the city’s system for managing its inventory has been used inconsistently, with “varying degrees of oversight for the $4.2 million inventory� that was not managed by the SAP inventory system. This, according to the report, may impair the city’s ability to have all the pertinent information about its inventory (including quantity, location, condition and value) and may also keep the city from safeguarding inventory from physical deterioration, theft, loss or mismanagement. The inventory in question includes at least $82,000 in “unsecured inventory� that the auditor uncovered in the warehouse of the city’s Municipal Services Center. Though the audit reported no known instances of theft, it noted that there were 223 materials at the warehouse site that “were not subject to the city’s inventory management controls and were subject to potential misuse or theft.� Many of the materials in question are used by the Utilities Department, which according to the audit had about $2.5 million worth of inventory not counted in the SAP inventory used by most departments. A memo from city Chief Financial Officer Lalo Perez, Utilities Director Valerie Fong, Public Works Director Mike Sartor and Chief Information Officer Jonathan Reichental concedes that there is “room for improvement� when it comes to tracking inventory records and notes that management has developed an “action plan� to improve current practices. N — Gennady Sheyner

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of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council The council did not meet this week.

Council Finance Committee (Feb. 18) Forecast: The committee recommended acceptance of the Long Range Financial Forecast for the years 2015 to 2024. Yes: Unanimous Inventory: The committee voted to accept a recent audit of the city’s inventorymanagement practices and directed staff to return within six months with an update on its response to the audit. Yes: Unanimous

Council Policy and Services Committee (Feb. 18) Cubberley: The committee discussed proposed revisions to guidelines for artists who rent studio space at Cubberley Community Center. The committee directed staff to make further revisions to the provision pertaining to term limits. Yes: Klein, Price, Schmid Absent: Scharff

Architectural Review Board (Feb. 20) 601 California Ave.: After splitting on a request from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for sign exemptions, the board voted to continue the item to March 20. Yes: Gooyer, Lew, Lippert, Malone Prichard Abstained: Popp 518-26 Bryant St.: The board approved a request by VKK signs for sign exceptions to allow installation of five projecting wall signs for five commercial tenants. Yes: Gooyer, Lew, Lippert, Popp No: Malone Prichard


THIS IS A SUMMARY OF COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS. THE AGENDA WITH COMPLETE TITLES INCLUDING LEGAL DOCUMENTATION CAN BE VIEWED AT THE BELOW WEBPAGE: (TENTATIVE) AGENDA – SPECIAL MEETING – COUNCIL CHAMBERS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2014 - 6:00 PM CONSENT CALENDAR 1. Adoption of an Ordinance to Close FY 2013 Budget; Close Completed Capital Improvement Projects and Transfer Remaining Balances to Reserves; Approve the City’s FY 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) 2. Adoption of a Budget Amendment Ordinance and Approval of a Construction Contract with Redgwick Construction in the Amount of $7,143,031 for the California Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project 3. SECOND READING: Adoption of a Park Improvement Ordinance for the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course Reconfiguration Project (First Reading: February 3, 2014 PASSED: 9-0) 4. Approval of Contract Amendment One to Contract No. C13149364 with 4Leaf To Increase Funds Not to Exceed $1,500,000 and Approval of Contract Amendment One to Contract No. C14139368 with Kutzmann To Increase Funds Not to Exceed $363,000 for On-call Development Services Consulting 5. Approval of Contract with Standard Parking Corporation in the Amount of $120,000 for Operation of the Lot R Parking Garage Attendant Program and Adoption of a Budget Amendment Ordinance Amending the Fiscal Year 2014 University Avenue Parking Permit Fund Operating Budget to Provide Additional Appropriations of $120,000 6. Policy & Services Recommendation for Approval of Board and Commission Applications Revisions 7. Council Direction Regarding Resignation of Alex Panelli on the Planning & Transportation Commission 8. Approval of an Agreement with Townsend Public Affairs for Up To 22 Months in an Amount not to Exceed a Total of $187,000 for State Legislative Advocacy Services ACTION ITEMS 9. Transportation Demand Management Recommendations. Staff recommends City Council authorize the following actions in furtherance of a coordinated Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program aimed at reducing traffic congestion and parking demand. 10. Direction to Staff on Lease Terms for the Renewal of the Cubberley Lease Between City of Palo Alto and Palo Alto Unified School District 11. Colleagues’ Memo From Council Members Berman, Burt, Holman, and Klein Regarding Creation of a Palo Alto Business Registry 12. City Council Authorization to Staff and the City Manager to Enter into an Agreement with the Peninsula Corridor Join Powers Board to Introduce the Caltrain Go Pass into the Civic Center Transportation Demand Management Program




residents financially vulnerable. Those funds were to be returned to the seniors when they moved out, or returned to their families when they died. The complaint alleges that the Chicago company has refused to return the money to Palo Alto. “The plaintiffs in this case entrusted hundreds of millions of dollars to the Vi-Palo Alto. As we stated in the complaint, residents only recently learned that the cash reserves were nonexistent,” said Anne Marie Murphy, an attorney for the plaintiffs. Of the seven named plaintiffs, the youngest is 77 years old and the eldest is 93, according to the court filing. Prior to entering Vi, each resident is required to give CC-Palo Alto an entrance fee of several hundred thousand dollars or more. The plaintiffs claim they were promised that 75 to 90 percent of the fees would be refunded to their heirs or estates after they died, or would be returned if they left Vi. Since opening in 2005, the plaintiffs claim they collectively paid $450 million in entrance fees. California law requires continuing-care retirement communities such as Vi to maintain reserves to act as security for the entrance fees they collect. But instead of maintaining the reserves, as of December 2012, CC-Palo Alto allegedly transferred $190 million to its corporate parent, CC-Chicago. As a result, CC-Palo Alto is financially incapable of honoring its debts to the residents when the loans become due, the lawsuit claims. Nobel Laureate Burton Richter, 82, is one of the plaintiffs. He moved into Vi at Palo Alto in July

The City Council will be meeting in closed session on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. for the City Manager mid-year evaluation.

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2005 and paid a $1.59 million entrance fee for himself and his wife. Under his promissory note, 90 percent of his fee is refundable, meaning he would expect to have $1.43 million returned. But he was never informed that CC-Palo Alto intended to transfer his entrance fees to Chicago, he said. Nor was he informed that CC-Palo Alto did not intend to maintain cash reserves to cover its entrance fee obligations. Richter said the channeling of money was discovered in 2012, after the Residents Advisory Council noticed an ambiguity in the contract. When a resident is moved from independent living to a care center, his or her apartment is resold, but the money is not put into escrow. Company representatives in Chicago told the residents that it is not obligated to pay the channeled money back to Vi at Palo Alto, but it has always done so. “That’s when my jaw dropped, and so did everybody else’s,” Richter said. “When we looked and asked, we found the provider (Vi) gave the money to its parent in Chicago. The provider did not have a single note on the books. Their attorney said they had no legal obligation to return the money. This flabbergasted everybody. It looks like (Vi at Palo Alto) just gave it all away. That seems to be unreasonable,” Richter said. The suit also claims that residents continue to pay ever-increasing monthly fees, which have been artificially inflated. CCPalo Alto has allegedly passed on increased taxes and improperly allocated earthquake-insurance

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Chamber to move to ‘Lytton Gateway’ The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce will soon be moving into one of downtown’s newest and most conspicuous developments — the four-story “Lytton Gateway” building at the corner of Lytton Avenue and Alma Street. (Posted Feb. 19, 5:04 p.m.)

Mi Pueblo may stave off bankruptcy Mi Pueblo, the San Jose-based grocer with a store in East Palo Alto, will ask a federal court to approve a credit package that could help keep the company from bankruptcy, documents in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in San Jose show. (Posted Feb. 19, 9:57 a.m.)

Forecast predicts years of budget surpluses A surging economy and an expected influx of revenue from new hotels have prompted Palo Alto officials to predict a decade of budget surpluses, provided things like labor negotiations and another economic downturn don’t get in the way, according to a financial forecast the city released Wednesday. (Posted Feb. 14, 9:55 a.m.)

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premiums to the residents. In the event of an earthquake, residents would be responsible for the deductibles as well. But the residency contract only makes residents responsible for insurance premiums and deductibles for furniture, fixtures and equipment, according to the lawsuit. The company has also allegedly charged residents for CC-Chicago’s national marketing campaign. Murphy said that she is not aware of another case like this one. “It’s the sheer scope of the financial abuse and the hundreds and hundred of millions of dollars involved. It’s a cutting-edge case. There is not a lot of litigation with CCRCs,” she said. The controversy has been ongoing for a year. About 400 residents and their attorneys have met repeatedly with corporate representatives, and residents demanded mediation. Ultimately, a lawsuit became the only remaining remedy, Murphy said. “We’ve met with hundreds of residents, and the discontent is widespread. ... This entrance fee represents a very large proportion of their savings. Residents thought it would make the retirement community sound and vibrant, and ultimately, it was for their heirs. Instead, the money went in the front door and out the back door to Chicago,” she said. The complaint alleges concealment, breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation, financial abuse of elders and violation of the Consumer Legal Remedies Act, California Business and Professions Code and breach of contract, among others. Murphy said the lawsuit stands out because of the plaintiffs, many of whom are highly educated, wealthy and accomplished. She called the actions of CC-Palo Alto “financial elder abuse.” Sam Singer, a spokesman for Vi at Palo Alto, said Thursday the company had not yet been served with the complaint. “The lawsuit is completely unfounded, misleading and it is wrong. Vi is going to vigorously oppose the allegations, and we believe we will be victorious in court,” he said. The lawsuit is not the first brought against Vi, which operates 10 communities across the United States. In 2006, residents in La Jolla filed a class-action lawsuit alleging that residents had “deposited a collective $85 million that was supposed to go into a trust fund to provide them with prepaid long-term health care, but the ... operation squirreled the money out in the form of a secret 50-year, zero percent interest loan to themselves,” according to the newspaper The San Diego Reader. The residents and company reached a settlement agreement in that case. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@



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Anna Wu Weakland, notable Chinese artist, dies at 90 The Palo Alto transplant was well known for her hybrid style, blending traditional Chinese art with Western techniques Anna Wu Weakland, a notable Chinese-born artist who lived in Palo Alto since the 1950s, died on Feb. 8. She was 90 years old. She was known for a wide range of artistic tendencies, from traditional Chinese form in ink and water color to monotype, tapestry, calligraphy, painting and mixed media. Born in Shanghai, China, she described her art in a 1997 Palo Alto Weekly article as a merging of her two worlds, “a Chinese image with a Western technique.” After graduating from the University of Shanghai in 1943,

she first entered the advertising world, becoming the first woman in China to open and run her own agency. In 1947, she came to the United States to study sociology at Columbia University in New York City. At Columbia, she met her future husband John Weakland, a psychotherapist and Stanford University professor. After receiving her master’s degree the next year, a chance meeting brought her into the art world. She was introduced to Wang Yachen, a Chinese scholar and painter, who took her on as his interpreter while he was in

July 27, 1927 – February 9, 2014 Consiglia (Connie), 86, passed on to eternal life on February 9, 2014. She was preceded by her parents Joseph S. and Philomena (Carugno), brother Vincent S. and nephew John V. Survived by her “baby” brother Joseph F., wife Jo Ann (Daniels). Her family of “cousins by the dozens,” nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews from the Bay Area, Delaware Valley (Philadelphia, PA) and Italian relatives principally in Capracotta, Milan and Rome will miss Aunt Connie. Interestingly, her father immigrated from Capracotta (Province of Isernia, Molise Region) and her mothers’ parents, Francesco and Maria (Di Tella) Carugno also immigrated from the same mountain commune di Capracotta. Connie was born and schooled in Philadelphia, graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls (1945) and attended the University of Pennsylvania (1960) where she was member of Sigma Kappa Phi. The family lived in a neighborhood known as “Swampoodle” (look it up!). Connie established a career with the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society (simply “PSFS” to Philly natives); PSFS was a mutual savings bank. She was a Tax and Budget Analyst at PSFS before moving to California (1973) to “temporarily” reside with her brother Vincent and sister-in-law Shirley (McFarland). She began part-time with Hewlett Packard while going full-time to San Jose State University where she graduated with honors in business management. She became full-time with HP in 1974 in various account management positions. Her personal interests were in archeology and history and she was a participant and supporter of many cultural activities, especially in Palo Alto. She sang with the St Anne’s Chapel Renaissance Choir and volunteered in administrative duties with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and CAPA (a local council for the arts). She was a regular patron of the San Francisco opera scene. Connie made travel a part of her private life in addition to her business travel. Multiple trips to Hawaii and Europe, with individual trips to Greece, Egypt, Peru, Canada, Australia and Hong Kong. She was sometimes accompanied by family members and did manage to visit her Italian cousins in Milan. She thoroughly enjoyed her recent celebrations of her 80th birthday (2007) and her 85th (2012), surrounded by her East and West Coast families and friends. In her later years, she had a history of various physical ailments and was in hospice care at the time of her death. The family will always be grateful to the caregivers that attended to her in her home setting (Palo Alto), hospital stays (Stanford) and at the assisted living facility (Redwood City). The family suggests memorial donations to your favorite charity. On March 30th, at 12 Noon, a Mass of Celebration will occur at St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel, Palo Alto. Funeral arrangements in California are by Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary, 96 El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040 and arrangements in Pennsylvania are by Craft Funeral Home, 814 Bethlehem Pike, Erdenheim, PA 19038. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 4001 W. Cheltenham Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19150. PA I D


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New York to curate an exhibit of 20th century Chinese paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She said in the 1997 Weekly article that during her time in New York City, she attended various art classes and explored museums. However, she said she was expected to return home to fulfill a duty to her home country — where pursuing a career as an artist was not seen as acceptable — and work as a professor at her alma mater. “If I stayed in China, I would never have become an artist,” she told the Weekly in 1997. But in 1949, the Communist Party took over China and she couldn’t return. In 1953, a job offer for her husband at Stanford University brought the couple to Palo Alto. She studied Western art at Stanford. In 1965, she had her first solo show at the Stanford Museum of Art. She later had exhibits at the DeYoung Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and

the Marin County Civic Center, among many others both nationally and internationally. She also taught art classes at Stanford,

Jeanne Pollack Fisher Nov. 20, 1919-Feb. 14, 2014 The Fisher family mourns the passing of our wonderful Jeanne Pollack Fisher on Friday morning, Feb. 14, 2014, at Channing House in Palo Alto. She was born November 20, 1919, in Fresno, Calif. She will be deeply missed by her children and their spouses, Alan and Sharon, Monte and Kathleen, Neil and Cathy Ann, Eve and Sean, her nine grandchildren, Lisa, Scott, David, Ben, Aaron, Kelly, Sarah, Ryan, Jacob and Jason, her three great grandchildren, Violet, Clayson and Caroline, and many friends. Jeanne Fisher graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1940. She moved to an apartment in San Francisco with a view of the Golden Gate and began working as a social worker at Homewood Terrace in San Francisco serving young people. After the end of World War II, she married Leon Fisher, moved to Palo Alto, and had her four children while still working part time as a social worker. She was active in the mid-peninsula peace movement and at the Peninsula Peace Center working against the spread of nuclear bombs and the Vietnam War. In 1969, she completed her master’s degree in school psychology at San Jose State University and began working at schools on the mid-peninsula. After her children were grown, she moved back to San Francisco where she lived for the next two decades. She volunteered her social work skills at the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, for the office of Mayor Feinstein and elsewhere. She supported the work of a number of other charitable organizations. A memorial will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Channing House in Palo Alto, where she has lived for the last decade. The family would appreciate that any donations in her memory be sent to the organization to which she donated so much of her energy: San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, 1757 Waller St., San Francisco, CA 94117. PA I D


other local organizations and her own studio. She was included as an artist and educator in the 1995-’96 edition of Marquis’ publication “Who’s Who of American Women.” Local nonprofit Avenidas also selected her as one of six Lifetimes of Achievement honorees in 1996. She was again profiled by the Weekly that year. In later years, she traveled extensively to explore and learn. In 1978, she was invited by Canadian Pacific Air to lead one of the first North American commercial tour groups to China. She was preceded in death by her husband, who died in 1995. She is survived by her three children, Alan, of San Marino, Calif.; Lewis of Palo Alto, and Joan of Ames, Iowa; a daughter-in-law, son-in-law and two grandchildren.


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The Skelly resignation Appropriately, Palo Alto school superintendent will leave in June


hile not a surprise, Superintendent Kevin Skelly’s announcement this week that he would leave the district at the end of the school year is a great relief. Over the last two years, it had become increasingly clear that Skelly’s departure was more a question of when, not if. His lack of candor and transparency over the federal civil-rights investigation and settlement agreement relating to bullying at Terman Middle School, coupled with the school board’s continued refusal to publicly discuss the problems and to instead plot strategies for resisting the authority of the Department of Education, fueled further controversy and ineffectiveness. Had the board done its job and not isolated itself by retreating behind the protection of closed doors, perhaps things would have turned out differently. The timing of Skelly’s announcement is a tremendous gift to the community, however, and must not be squandered. It is common, of course, for turnover of school district leaders to occur over the summer. But it is unusual to have this much of a head start, and the school board needs to move immediately to take full advantage of it. First, it is essential that an independent assessment be made of the district’s administrative structure, staffing responsibilities and needs. For those who have had a glimpse of the culture and how things work at 25 Churchill, it is clearly an organization in need of more and better professional management. But it is also not well-structured or adequately staffed to competently accomplish the amount of work the community expects. As a result, too often proposals or reports come to the board without enough thought, preparation or groundwork. An outside organizational consultant should interview present and former district staff, review the division of responsibilities and make recommendations on how to align staff with needs and expectations. There is no better time to do this than when the conclusions can inform the hiring of a new leader and provide a road map for improvement. This work can build on the study done seven years ago when a consultant analyzed the mess created by Skelly’s predecessor, Mary Frances Callan. Callan’s leadership style was nearly the opposite of Skelly’s, and she infuriated principals and others with her arrogance and heavy-handedness, leading to an open revolt and her eventual resignation. The answer was Skelly, a former math teacher, principal at Saratoga High School and associate superintendent in Poway, a district more than twice the size of Palo Alto. Skelly was appealing for all the reasons that Callan was not. He is a teacher at heart, and loves getting out into the schools, supporting teachers, interacting with kids and celebrating what a great school district we have. He has successfully overseen a huge school construction program and led the district through substantial budget cuts made necessary by revenue declines due to the Great Recession, while minimizing the impacts on kids and the classroom. He brought the contrasting experience of having been the principal at a high-achieving school in Saratoga and the administrator at a very diverse district in Poway. Even his harshest critics found him a likeable person without a shred of arrogance. But he notably lacked any previous background as a superintendent and the attendant experience in leading a complex organization with diverse and demanding stakeholders. And like the board, he was never comfortable with transparency, especially when dealing with controversial issues when it was needed most. In addition to instituting an internal organizational review, the school board needs to reflect on its own performance, and how to now create a successful search process. This board’s defensive, secretive and circle-the-wagons mentality and failure to address the deficiencies of its management team has led to serious doubts about its abilities and has broken the trust of the community. And now this group must hire the next superintendent. We hope the board will establish a highly diverse and inclusive committee of community members to participate in the selection of the next superintendent. This group should consist of the typical representatives of district principals, teachers and parents, but should especially include those critics who have expressed concerns over governance issues. And given the events and revelations of the last two years, it should most certainly include representation of special education and minority parents. Hard as it may be, now is the time for the board to meet this challenge head on, let go of its defensiveness and unite the community through real inclusion.

Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

No county benefits Editor, Thank you so much for dedicating two issues to the issues of mental illness in our community. As a Palo Alto resident and employee of Momentum for Mental Health I was so proud to pick up this week’s issue. However, your article failed to mention the importance of providing services to those without county benefits. The La Selva Group is a division of Momentum for Mental Health that provides needed mental health benefits to clients with private insurance or who pay privately. This ensures that no one slips through the cracks when help and services are needed. In addition, there are many private practice therapists (myself included) who are willing to provide support to families and clients alike. Thanks for drawing attention to such an important need! Annie DiTiberio Ross Road, Palo Alto

Healing the mind Editor, I read the cover stories with great interest in the Palo Alto Weekly on Feb. 14, 2014. Living unhoused, residing on the “streets,” in shelters and finally and fortunately ending up at the Opportunity Center, I’m very familiar with the issues addressed. Palo Alto is a standard bearer in a progressive and a caring attitude as exemplified by the Opportunity Center. It provides an environment where one can address their living situation if one so chooses. One of the most redeeming virtues of humanity is our desire to help and implement actions to alleviate another’s suffering. Most are familiar with the rewarding feelings it brings. However, that energy often goes astray and becomes what has been described as “compassionate burnout” and “idiotic compassion.” That approach doesn’t really benefit anyone, either the giver or receiver. Sometimes, we can only express kindness and maybe pray in silence. It’s heartbreaking indeed, to see someone alone in their suffering. Alas, we can never heal everyone but it’s a noble effort to try. Lorin Krogh Encina Avenue, Palo Alto

Home ownership Editor, It’s odd that the writer who is “sickened” by the misguided perception of comfort of a few over the needs of many blames increased stress from traffic and parking on opponents of density. Density equals wealth, and wealth does some great things. We would never have had a great University of

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California had not the Americans appropriated the pastoral landscape of Mexican California and filled it with high producing enterprise. But concentration of wealth also means concentration of economic and political power in the hands of the few, to the detriment of the many. Look at Buena Vista. That’s dense enough for anybody. But Palo Alto wouldn’t allow the tiny homeowners to own the land under their tiny homes; they could only rent it. When Palo Alto took over, instead of zoning its new residents “trailer park,” it zoned them “rental housing.” The rent that they paid over the years would easily have paid for the land many

times over, but they weren’t allowed to occupy it as owners, only renters, and thus they can be driven from their land. The RVs and little cottages down on Tyrella and Fairchild, which once were Navy housing, are also on the block. It doesn’t matter how well-planned and livable your dense housing is, it’s still rental housing, still vulnerable, still expendable. Owning your own home used to be what set America apart from the Old Country, and it’s still the American dream, but it’s been stolen by the relentless pursuit of money. Stephanie Munoz Alma Street, Palo Alto

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Off Deadline

Rising sea level isn’t in the future — it’s now and right here by Jay Thorwaldson limate-change deniers not-withstanding, California officials are convinced that one major climate-change effect — rising sea level over the next few decades — is already happening and is inevitable. And a rising sea means a rising bay, which will directly threaten the South Bay, with its weak salt-pond dike system (piled-up mud, not real levees) and serious land subsidence from past decades of overpumping groundwater. The real damage comes not from the rising water but from higher tides combined with storms or wind-pushed tidal surges. One official said it’s not the filling of a bathtub that does real damage; it’s when your 2-year-old cannonballs into it. Increased weather volatility is another climate-change side effect, so expect cannonball storms and tsunamis. Lowland portions of Palo Alto, the southeast quadrant that has flooded in recent years, is doubly vulnerable: from bay overflow and creek overflows, despite sky-high property values. San Mateo County is doubly threatened, Assemblyman Rich Gordon — who represents much of the county and chairs the Assembly’s Select Committee on Sea Level Rise — observed at a special committee hearing in mid-January. The county faces rising sea and bay on both sides, while other low-lying parts of his district further south


are also threatened. Scientists estimate there will be a rise of 15 to 17 inches by 2050 and about 55 inches by 2100 — but those are soft estimates a long way off, and officials are advising people to expect at least a 3-foot rise by 2050. At least. Yet that’s also a long way off, and it’s hard to generate a sense of urgency among the public — or local officials — with that long a lead time, and when uncertainties remain about how high the rise will be. And taking effective action will require a major investment of effort and funds, a big deterrent. But a parade of state and regional officials said that now is the time to plan and the time to act: The rise is already happening and future damage will cost far more than near-term preparation and prevention. There are 61 coastal cities in 15 coastal counties at risk, officials noted. A report is due out by mid- to lateMarch, delayed from an earlier target of late February. Officials from the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, Natural Resources Agency, California Coastal Commission, State Lands Commission and the Coastal Conservancy were unanimous in their conviction that the rise is real and happening now, and that action is required. Some response mechanisms are already in place, such as the “Adaptation to Rising Tides” program, or ART, which focuses on strategies to monitor and reduce impacts — a joint program with the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). Zachary Wasserman, chair of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) board, expressed urgency

about a lagging response. Despite years of talk about sea-level rise, fewer than half the homes around the bay or California coast are prepared for the “slowmoving emergency” or rising sea levels, he warned. He called it a “daunting challenge” to bring together government agencies and private entities to create effective responses. “It’s time to start now,” he said, citing the recent creation of a “Rising Sea Level Working Group” of state and local officials charged with launching a unified campaign by next fall. Questions the group must address include “What can we do?” “What should we do?” and “How do we pay for it?” “It’s critical to understand that we don’t have all the answers,” Gordon said at the hearing. BCDC has compiled a set of detailed maps showing areas threatened by rising sea levels, and has sponsored a “Rising Tides Architectural Design Competition.” “It’s one of the critical issues of our time and for future generations,” Charles Lester, executive director of the California Coastal Commission, said. He cited the severe damage caused by the tsunami from Japan’s earthquake in Crescent City and elsewhere as an example of future events that would be far worse with higher sea levels. It was a low tide when the wave hit Crescent City, where officials have now started to plan for a 3- to 6-foot sea-level rise. Some coastal developments have started building concrete sea walls to prevent erosion of bluffs, such as the loss of 90-feet of land at Lands End in Pacifica. But sea walls cause beaches to disappear as the sand migrates down the coast. Broad Beach in Malibu “is no longer broad,” Lester said,

and public-access easements simply disappear into the sea. There is a push under the state’s Coastal Act to have local governments prepare Local Coastal Programs, or LCPs, to address responses to erosion, but most don’t address sea-level rise, Lester said. And they are lagging in adequacy, he added. While there are no easy solutions, one answer is to create a stronger “coastal resiliency,” which can include banning sea walls or removing them. In one case, when a sea wall was removed the sand returned, he said. John Laird of the Natural Resources Agency said there is acute risk to many lowincome communities, as well as to sewagetreatment plants, roads and other public and private facilities. With a higher sea level, a single big storm could cost “in the high hundreds of billions,” he warned. One possible, or partial, solution for protected areas such as the San Francisco Bay, might be to expand marshlands along the shore, where plants such as cord grass could help absorb the shock of storm waves and surges and protect the levees. Concern about flooding is not new to the South Bay and Palo Alto. In the mid-1970s, I wrote about a study proposing the improvement of salt-pond dikes winding around the bay, at an estimated cost of $95 million. But engineers instead suggested a 6-foot concrete wall on the inland side of the marshes. The public balked at losing the view of and access to the baylands, and the plan died. Today’s far bigger slow-moving emergency deserves a better fate. N Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at with a copy to He also writes blogs at (below Town Square).


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A weekly guide to music, theater, art, culture, books and more

Igor Vieira is the quack Dr. Dulcamara, who makes questionable claims about the potions he sells, in West Bay Opera’s production of Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.”

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‘Elisir’ is pure magic Desire and folly, sung beautifully, delight the audience by Renee Batti


e mortal creatures are never more prone to folly than when driven by want — desire for wealth, for status and fame. And of course, for love. Desire and folly are frequent players in 19th-century opera, and one of the most robustly entertaining examples has arrived on the local stage: West Bay Opera’s brilliantly staged “L’Elisir d’Amore” is being performed through this weekend in Palo Alto. Gaetano Donizetti’s two-act comic

opera — in Engevening of pure "* ,Ê, 6 7 lish, “The Elixir of magic — no potion Love” — is done needed. full justice in this “Elisir” tells the production, staged at the Lucie Stern The- story of the poor Tuscan peasant Nemoatre. This small regional opera company rino, his desire for the beautiful Adina, consistently manages to attract major and the folly that his desire leads to: destalent, not only in its lead roles but in its perate faith in a love potion offered, for chorus and its stage design and support a steep price, by the traveling snake-oil crews. On opening night last Friday, with salesman “doctor” Dulcamara. Although support from strong orchestral players di- Adina plays hard to get, she is obviously rected by company general director Jose fond of the simple, love-struck lad, so Luis Moscovich, West Bay delivered an much so that when she falsely believes

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his love is fading, she agrees to wed the pompous military man, Belcore. That’s only the beginning of the fun. Venezuelan soprano Maria Fernanda Brea performs the role of Adina with splendid sauciness and charm. But the pitch-perfect mannerisms alone wouldn’t have carried this demanding role; the voice is everything in bel canto (beautiful singing) opera, and Brea’s voice is astonishing — with a luscious sound and rich range. This is her first role with West Bay, and one hopes it won’t be her last.

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8:00 A.M., Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Palo Alto Council Chambers, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review ďŹ led documents; contact Diana Tamale for information regarding business hours at 650.329.2144.


Every bit as masterful as Brea in terms of vocal acrobatics is Igor Vieira, whose portrayal of Dulcamara, the quack doctor with magic to sell, could be a glittering show all its own. His is perhaps the most demanding role in the opera, with rapid-fire singing passages requiring strict control and high-style delivery. Vieira, who has performed with the San Francisco Opera and in numerous other venues in the U.S., South America and Europe, makes the role appear effortless, strutting onstage, baton twirling, and instantly moving from powerful baritone to comic falsetto with ease â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or so he makes it seem. Baritone Krassen Karagiozov is outstanding as the sergeant, Belcore. His powerful voice fully supports the arrogance of the character. And tenor Chester Pidduck, making his West Bay debut, portrays the love-struck Nemorino with charm, sweetly cooing his devotion to Adina to try to win her love. Stage director David Cox returns to West Bay for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elisir,â&#x20AC;? and deserves a long round of applause along with the singers and musicians in this excellent production. Also to be applauded are set designer Peter Crompton and costume designer Callie Floor. From the fabulous steam-driven contraption that rolls into the village to deliver the huckster Dulcamara â&#x20AC;&#x201D; outrageously costumed

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Maria Fernanda Brea is Adina, and Chester Pidduck is Nemorino in West Bay Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of Donizettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Elisir dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amore.â&#x20AC;?

in a full-length red coat, hat and glasses to match his vehicle â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to the smooth flow of action by the many choristers and supernumeraries, the stage vibrates with energy and color. It all comes together for an audience experience no music or theater lover should miss. N Renee Batti, news editor of the Weeklyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sister newspaper, The Almanac, can be emailed at

What: West Bay Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Elisir dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amoreâ&#x20AC;? When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 Where: Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto Info: Tickets can be purchased for $40 to $75 by calling 650-424-9999, or going to

467 Lincoln Avenue [13PLN-00409]: Request by Aino Vieira da Rosa, on behalf of Lynn and John Martin, for Historic Resources Board review and recommendation regarding proposed alterations and additions to a residence, initially constructed in 1925, that is listed on the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Historic Inventory in Category 4 and located in the Professorville Historic District. The additions include a deep side porch at the ďŹ rst ďŹ&#x201A;oor, a ďŹ rst-ďŹ&#x201A;oor mud room, and a second-ďŹ&#x201A;oor bedroom on the rear elevation that requires Individual Review. Alterations include selective demolition to accommodate the additions, removal of 13 existing windows, relocation of 3 existing windows, and demolition of a tall side chimney. Zoning District: R-1 (10,000). Steven Turner, Advance Planning Manager The City of Palo Alto does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation for this meeting or an alternative format for any related printed materials, please contact the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ADA Coordinator at 650.329.2550 (voice) or by e-mailing


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Eating Out A winning blend Gochi serves up tasty Japanese fusion in small plates by Sheila Himmel | photos by Michelle Le


Gochi Japanese Fusion Tapas features yaki udon with kurobuta pork.

ountain View must have done something right. The city now houses half a dozen excellent, reasonably priced Japanese restaurants, providing variety from sushi to ramen. Gochi Japanese Fusion Tapas joined the pantheon in August. In other hands, that mouthful of cuisines could be a mess. But chef/ owner Sakae Motoyuji worked for eight years with Masahiko Takei at the original Gochi restaurant, in Cupertino. They skillfully blend ingredients and textures, eye appeal and health concerns. The wide-ranging menu offers options to please traditionalists as well as adventurous diners, those with big expense accounts and the rest of us. A long list of the day’s specials sits on your table while you peruse the voluminous regular menu or the vegetarian or gluten-free menus.

Gochi Japanese Fusion Tapas 1036 Castro St., Mountain View 650-965-8301 Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m., 6-10 p.m.; Sun. 5:30-9:30 p.m.. Closed Monday.

Among the fraction of menu items we sampled, one favorite dish was unagi meshi, rice cooked in a rough-hewn clay pot with vegetables and onions, laden with chewy seaweed and tender barbecued eel. Other Korean-type clay pot dishes include braised ground chicken and pork dry curry. Some are starred, pointing you to the heading “Good Things to Know.” One is that starred dishes come with a rare poached egg. The other Good Thing to Know

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Eating Out is that hot dashi broth ($2.50) is recommended for the seafood pots. It adds a cleansing sweetness after you’ve devoured every molecule of crunchy, toasted rice that sticks to the bowl. Clay pots are for sharing. The “small” size, feeding two to three people, ranges from $18 to $28. In Italian fusion, Gochi’s offers six cheese pizzas ($12.50). Really. The crust is thin and crispy. We devoured the okonomiyakistyle pizza, bubbling with strips of cabbage, pork and squid. The mentaiko topped with spicy code roe, snow crab, mushrooms and bacon has legions of fans. As a light counterweight, I’d suggest tomiyo itame, sauteed pea sprouts in garlic sauce ($6.50). Seaweed salad (in $5 and $8 sizes) is a bed of regular baby greens topped with crunchy daikon and an assortment of supple, nutrient-rich, non-fishy vegetables of the sea. I would call this California fusion. The deep-fried shrimp balls ($8.50) are like lightly coated meatballs. With a pleasant tempura dipping sauce, they were good but not as special as other dishes, such as another tempura dish, a daily special of savory, rich, immune-boosting maitake mushrooms served with a dashi dipping sauce. We will go back and sample the izakaya portion of the menu, the half-dozen hot or cold udon

Gochi Japanese Fusion Tapas offers black cod muniel with plum sauce. noodle dishes, any of the starters and desserts. In many restaurants, “tapas” are excuses to charge a lot for small plates. Gochi isn’t cheap and requires $10 minimum per person. But it isn’t a dive. Service is welcoming and friendly, although you have to be comfortable with being called “guys.” There can be issues with pacing. Everything may come at once or, if there’s a large party, energetic waving may be required to flag down a server for your check. Gochi is short for gochisou, meaning a treat or “delicious

hearty meal,” according to the restaurant’s website. Takei worked in many Bay Area restaurants before opening in Cupertino, in 2005. In Mountain View, they extensively remodeled the space long held by Sushi Tei, next to Peet’s Coffee & Tea on Castro Street, on the other side of El Camino from downtown. Parking is a breeze. The future, however, is murky. Petitions at the front of the restaurant explain the predicament that Gochi faces with a developer that has big plans for the site. Go eat there now. N

Gochi waitress Ako Endo takes a lunch order from a customer in early February.


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Armadillo Willy’s

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326-1446 541 Ramona Street, Palo Alto

Janta Indian Restaurant


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Cucina Venti 254-1120 1390 Pear Ave, Mountain View CHINESE

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All showtimes are for Friday – Sunday only unless otherwise noted. For other times, reviews and trailers, go to Movie times are subject to change. Call theaters for the latest. 12 Years A Slave (R) (((1/2 Century 16: 11:50 a.m. & 5:45 p.m. Century 20: Sat 7 p.m. 3 Days to Kill (PG-13) Century 16: 9 & 10:15 a.m., 1:10, 2:55, 4:15, 7:15, 8:55 & 10:10 p.m. About Last Night (R) Century 16: 9:30 a.m., 12:10, 2:45, 5:25, 8 & 10:35 p.m. American Hustle (R) ((( Century 16: 9:20 a.m., 12:30, 3:40, 7:05 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: Sun 7 p.m. Captain Phillips (PG-13) Century 20: Sat 4 p.m. The Dallas Buyers Club (R) ((1/2 Century 20: Sun 4:20 p.m. Endless Love (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 9:10 & 11:45 a.m., 2:25, 5, 7:40 & 10:20 p.m.

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(Century 16, 20) The new action picture “Pompeii” is a bit like its own villain, Mount Vesuvius: massive, full of hot air and brainless. I won’t begrudge it to those who seek nothing more than pure sensation from their movies. This latest account of the 79 A.D. volcanic disaster that laid waste to Roman city Pompeii doesn’t play games. Rather, it serves up large quantities of gladiatorial clashes, disaster-movie mayhem and fleshy bits (rock-hard abs and juicy thighs, as per the PG-13 rating). But in place of actual drama, the screenplay by Janet Scott Batchler & Lee Batchler (“Batman Forever”) and Michael Robert Johnson (“Sherlock Holmes”) actively works to make you remember other dramas you’ve seen, in the hope that narrative shorthand will be enough. And so “Pompeii” is a cynical stew of “Gladiator” and “Titanic” — words to make dollar signs dance in movie executives’ heads but that should give pause to discriminating filmgoers being served cinematic leftovers that are all empty calories. The film’s release date appears to be calculatedly synergistic due to its star, Kit Harington. Harington’s TV series “Game of Thrones” (perhaps you’ve heard of it?) had a homevideo release on Tuesday and premieres a new season in 46 days (not that the Internet is counting). Anyway, Harington and his torso play Milo, who as a wee Celtic boy survived a Roman victory over Celtic rebels only to find himself pressed into slavery and a “career” as a gladiator. (Actual sample line: “Didn’t you see his muscles?”) Coincidentally, the very Roman general who led

the slaughter that orphaned Milo is now kicking around Pompeii: Senator Quintus Attius Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland, whose lispy evil here shows he’s finally begun turning into his father). He’s not only a corrupt schemer but lascivious as they come, which spells bad news for Cassia (Emily Browning), the pouty-lipped daughter of wealthy merchant Lucretius (Jared Harris) and his wife Aurelia (CarrieAnne Moss). Moss’ role is what some actors call “a nothing part,” but that’s basically the widespread problem of “Pompeii”: They’re all nothing parts. Either as scripted or, more likely, as directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (the “Resident Evil” movies), “Pompeii” fails to make us care about any of its stock characters and, therefore, any of its predictable plot developments. That might be passable were the accompanying compensations more than 3-D spectacle (and, granted, Anderson commits to showy 3-D). But absent the all-star camp of Irwin Allen, we start counting the minutes of each choppily edited, sword-clanging fight. The Pompeii and circumstance of billowing ash, earthquakes, flaming meteors, tsunami and pyroclastic flow (look it up) finally adds some liveliness to otherwise steady genericalness, but the poignancyfree special-effects spectacle isn’t insanely intense, as it should be, instead evoking green screens and video games. Rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences, disaster-related action and brief sexual content. One hour, 45 minutes. — Peter Canavese

“Winter’s Tale” seems to have a target audience of those who collect cherub posters, God bless ‘em. As adapted by Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman from Mark Helprin’s novel, “Winter’s Tale” is a spiritual film that runs on Judeo-Christian good-versus-evil mythology and the firm belief that love conquers all, especially if you have a magic flying horse. Colin Farrell plays Peter Lake, an orphan thief who, in 1916 New York, burgles an Upper West Side manse only to find Pre-Raphaelite-esque heiress Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown

Findlay) playing Brahms on the piano. The meet-scary gets weirder when Lake asks, “What’s wrong with you?” and Penn replies, “Consumption. I’m 21, and I’ve never been kissed on the mouth.” Before you laugh, remember, this is an Oscar-winning screenwriter. Anyway, out of presumable chivalry, Lake doesn’t immediately oblige Penn’s come-hither-noseriously-come-hither advances, waiting until he can be sized up skeptically by her dad (William Hurt). Rated PG-13 for violence and some sensuality. One hour, 58 minutes. minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Feb. 14, 2014)

Gravity (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 20: Fri in 3-D at 7 p.m.

In Secret (R) Aquarius Theatre: Fri 10:50 a.m., 1:40, 4:30, 7:20 & 10:05 p.m. Century 16: 10:50 a.m., 1:40, 4:30, 7:20 & 10:05 p.m. The LEGO Movie (PG) ((( Century 16: 9:05 & 11:05 a.m., 12:05, 2, 3:05, 5:05, 8:05 & 10:40 p.m. In 3-D at 10:05 a.m., 1:05, 4:05, 7:05 & 9:45 p.m. Meet John Doe (1941) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 7:30 p.m. Sat & Sun 3:35 p.m. also. The Miracle Woman (1931) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 5:50 & 9:45 p.m. The Monuments Men (PG-13) (( Century 16: 10:20 a.m., 1:20, 4:20, 6:10, 7:30, 9:10 & 10:25 p.m. Nebraska (R) ((( Aquarius Theatre: noon, 2:30, 5:15 & 8 p.m. Century 20: Sat 1:15 p.m. On the Waterfront (1954) (Not Rated) Century 16: Sun 2 p.m. Century 20: Sun 2 p.m. Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Animated (G) Aquarius Theatre: 11:45 a.m., 2:15 & 7 p.m. Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Live Action (Not Rated) Aquarius Theatre: 4:30 & 9:15 p.m. Philomena (PG-13) ((( Century 20: Sun 2 p.m. Guild Theatre: 1, 3:30, 6 & 8:30 p.m. Pompeii (PG-13) (1/2 Century 16: 9:15 a.m., 2:40 & 10:35 p.m. In 3-D at 11:55 a.m., 5:20 & 7:55 p.m. RoboCop (PG-13) (( Century 16: 9:10 & 10:25 a.m., noon, 1:25, 3, 4:25, 6:15, 7:25, 9:15 & 10:30 p.m. Winter’s Tale (PG-13) ( Century 16: 9:40 a.m., 12:45, 3:50, 7:10 & 10 p.m. The Wolf of Wall Street (R) (((1/2 Century 16: 11:30 a.m., 3:45 & 7:45 p.m. Century 20: Fri 9:20 p.m.

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Aquarius: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (266-9260) Century Cinema 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View (800-326-3264) Century 20 Downtown: 825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City (800-326-3264)

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Gloria (R) (Not Reviewed) Palo Alto Square: 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.

Her (R) (((( Century 20: Sat 10 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 1, 4, 7 & 10 p.m.

Kit Harington stars as a slave/gladiator Milo in Pompeii.

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Frozen (PG) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 10:35 a.m., 1:15, 3:55, 7 & 9:50 p.m.

RoboCop -Wisely, the new “RoboCop” acknowledges how times have changed since Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original. The 2028 setting of director Jose Padilha’s film has Americans grappling with the use of advanced “drone” technology: Sure, it’s OK as deployed in the streets of Tehran, but Detroit? Not so much. The weapons-technology giant OmniCorp — as per ruthless CEO Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton) — wants to expand into the domestic market, but

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Movie Minis ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ÊvÀœ“Ê«ÀiۈœÕÃÊ«>}i® they’re having trouble bribing the necessary politicians to change the law in their favor. Giving the people what they want, Sellars pursues cyborg technology that will meld ultimate firepower and precision to a consciousness capable of making humane calls about use of force. Intriguingly, much of Joshua Zetumer’s screenplay concerns R&D, marketing meetings and product testing of the idea that eventually becomes “RoboCop”: a construct built around the remains of wounded-in-action cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman of “The Killing”). Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action including frenetic gun violence throughout, brief strong language, sensuality and some drug material. One hour, 48 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Feb. 12, 2014)

The Lego Movie


It’s just another day in Bricksburg for Emmet Brickowoski (Chris Pratt, in hilariously bubbly mode), an ordinary, regular, generic construction worker Lego “minifigure” in a disturbingly conformist world. With his “prodigiously empty mind,” Emmet is content to “follow the instructions” by rooting for the local sports team, drinking expensive coffee and singing insidiously infectious pop song “Everything is Awesome!!!” while he works. But a freedom fighter named Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) informs Emmet he might be “the Special” prophecied by a wizard named Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman). The surreal narrative that follows riffs on “The Matrix,” with its hero getting his mind blown by alternate realities as he comes to terms with being, just maybe, the only one who can save Legokind. Dastardly President Business (Will Ferrell) wields corporate control over everything (including voting machines) and plans to freeze society into the polar opposite of freedom. Armed with “the piece of resistance” and aided by a team of “Master Builders” who “change everything,” Emmet sets off on his Hero’s Journey. Rated PG for mild action and rude humor. One hour, 40 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014)


“Find Your Way Home”

7TH ANNUAL HOUSING CONFERENCE Presented by Avenidas & Nancy Goldcamp, Coldwell Banker

Saturday, March 22 The Mediation Program sponsored by the City of Palo Alto is now accepting applications from volunteers who live or work in Palo Alto or Stanford. Typical cases handled by this program include: ✓ Tenant – Landlord disputes including deposits, repairs, maintenance, rent increases ✓ Neighbor –to- Neighbor disputes such as fences, parking, trees or excessive noise ✓ Consumer Issues such as auto repairs or contractors Selected applicants will be appointed by the City to a two-year term, following required training and orientation.

8:30am to 2:15pm

at Avenidas: 450 Bryant Street, Palo Alto (Free, all-day parking available)

EARLY REGISTRATION SPECIAL $40 Avenidas Members $45 Non-Members After March 14: $50 for all

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The application must be postmarked March 21, 2014. For more information, please contact: Palo Alto Mediation Program 1490 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050 (650) 856-4062; E-Mail:

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The Monuments Men -Adapted by George Clooney and Grant Heslov from the book by Robert M. Edsel (with Bret Witter), “The Monuments Men” merrily fictionalizes the true story of the Allied armies’ Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program, tasked with recovering, restoring and returning to rightful owners buildings, monuments and artwork — while the Nazis continue to steal paintings and sculptures for a planned Fuhrer Museum. Clooney plays art historian Frank Stokes (patterned on conservationist George L. Stout), who presses for the importance of saving monuments from bombs, and art from Hitler’s grubby little hands. Stokes recruits art restorer James Granger (Matt Damon), architect Richard Campbell (Bill Murray), sculptor Walter Garfield (John Goodman), French art dealer Jean Claude Clermont (Jean Dujardin), theater director Preston Savitz (Bob Balaban) and British art consultant Donald Jeffries (Hugh Bonneville) to shadow troops and gain access to lost or endangered art. The aging “monuments men”’s mission requires them to submit to basic training and face life-threatening dangers in the field, but as we’re told again and again, the risk is worth the reward. Rated PG13 for some images of war violence and historical smoking. One hour, 58 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014)

Century Theatres at Palo Alto Square Fri thru Sat 2/21 – 2/22 Gloria – 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55 Her – 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00 Sun thru Thurs 2/23 – 2/28 Gloria – 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 Her – 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 Tickets and Showtimes available at

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In new classes, students explore the brighter side Story by Chris Kenrick Photos by Veronica Weber

Julian March and fellow students discuss their goals for the week in Gunn High School’s Positive Psychology class, taught by Ronen Habib.


n the academically intense culture of Gunn High School, a class where students gather in “gratitude circles” and practice mindfulness exercises has become a welcome respite for stressed-out teens. New last fall, Ronen Habib’s course in Positive Psychology is a popular elective in its inaugural year. At Palo Alto High School, English teacher Lucy Filppu’s new class in the Literature of Comedy has attracted students from across the academic spectrum. Though they launched their classes independently of one another, both Habib at Gunn and Filppu at Paly said they were motivated at least in part by a desire to elevate the mood on their campuses — to make high school a happier place. “We’re both heading in the same direction here,” said Filppu, a former journalist now in her fifth year of teaching English at Paly. “We’re looking toward the brighter side and realizing that there’s a lot of curriculum we can access. I didn’t know Roni Habib well, but I felt a kindred spirit with him.” Both teachers conceived and proposed the new courses on their own — an option that a handful of Palo Alto teachers typically take advantage of each year. In Gunn’s Positive Psych class, students draw from texts with names like “Happier” and “The Happiness Advantage” and practice exercises from a 1992 book called “The Art and Practice of Loving.” They discuss the life

lessons imparted by a dying man in the 1997 best seller “Tuesdays with Morrie.” They begin class with threeminute mindfulness exercises, closing their eyes and focusing on breathing, for example. They write “gratitude letters” to people who have inspired them and learn to recognize — and challenge — the self-deprecating voices inside their own heads. “A lot of Gunn kids focus so much on the future — college, graduate school — that we don’t take the time to really think about our present happiness,” said Gunn senior Jennifer Ekholm, who took the semester-long class last fall. Studying Positive Psych, she said, helped her understand that “happiness is not something that we need to procrastinate or view as a future goal, but it is rather something that we can have right now. “It was really inspiring to view happiness this way, and it is something that I think about whenever I’m stressed about the future.” Habib, who is guiding about 100 Gunn students through the curriculum this year, believes schools should teach skills to build emotional intelligence just as they teach math and literature. “We assume that kids will know how to cheer themselves up or know how to be resilient, but I don’t know why we assume that,” said Habib, who in his decadelong career — most of it at Gunn — has taught math, accounting, social studies and economics. “We don’t assume, for example, that students will know how to solve trigonometric equations

and so we teach that to them. Just as we teach them math, I think we need to teach them the skills that require emotional intelligence.” Indeed, Habib suggests that such skills could be even more important than the academic ones, citing research that links emotional intelligence with professional and personal success.


abib’s class in Positive Psychology was born out of tragedy at

Gunn. In May 2009 a student, Jean-

Paul Blanchard, died by suicide, devastating the school and the entire Palo Alto community. Habib was asked to speak at his memorial service. While feeling honored to be chosen, Habib said, delivering the eulogy was the “hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, personally or professionally.” The ordeal also proved to be a catalyst for him as a teacher. In shock and mourning himself, he thought, “’I want to do something to help kids at Gunn feel happier,’” he recalled.

“I fully understood that the situation was a lot more complex than kids just feeling stressed or feeling unhappy, but I figured: ‘I’m not a therapist, and I’m not going to stop kids from doing (tragic) things to themselves, but I’ve got to do something. “‘Whatever I can do to help, I want to do it. I want to create a course that will really get kids to learn to love themselves, to learn to gain skills on how to become happier.’” In the realm of “skills” for happiness, Habib had some personal

Gunn High School teacher Ronen Habib speaks with students about personal goals they are working on, which they jot down in a personal journal and share with a classmate to help them discuss their progress.

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Students in Ronen Habib’s Positive Psychology class recently participated in a group activity in which students listed what long-term happiness means to them. history to draw from. permissions — a process that took As an undergraduate econom- several years. ics major at the University of Administrators at Gunn, SuperCalifornia at Santa Cruz a decade intendent Kevin Skelly and the before, he’d taken a popular class Board of Education were “very called Personal Empowerment, supportive,” he said, “but that was still taught at Santa Cruz by re- kind of the easy part.” tired chemistry professor Frank A far larger challenge was securAndrews. ing recognition from the UniverThe class and professor had sity of California so Gunn would changed his life. be able to offer Positive Psych for “I learned how important it is credit toward UC’s social studies to be proactive about the mental entrance requirement. space you’re in,” he recalled of the “I was praying that somebody class. “I essentially learned how had gotten it UC-approved before, to be more optimistic, how to kind so I could just kind of take their of snap out of episodes of being ideas — but, no, it didn’t exist, down for quite a long time.” at least that I could find,” Habib Moreover, Andrews, author of said. “I’ve talked with a lot of pro“The Art and Practice of Loving” fessors, and none of them knew — which Habib of high schools that now uses in his own have had this as a class — became a ‘I’m not a therapist, class.” mentor and friend. In the 30-page and I’m not going Later, while Habib document Habib ulto stop kids from was studying at the timately submitted Harvard Graduate to UC, he outlined doing things to School of Educathe course purpose, themselves, but tion, he learned of a unit-by-unit exI’ve got to do the work of lecplanation, a list of turer and writer Tal books, a long list of something.’ Ben-Shahar, who prospective projects – Ronen Habib, teacher, teaches Harvard’s and “instructional Gunn High School immensely popular methods and stratPositive Psychology egies” that include class. Ben-Shahar class discussion, was away from campus that year, “think pair share,” experiments, but Habib audited the class on readings, note-taking, presentaYouTube. tions and games. “What was powerful was that He borrowed ideas from everyBen-Shahar took sort of all the where — including Rio Hondo hippie fluff I learned at Santa Community College in Southern Cruz — I actually believe it’s re- California, Harvard and a class ally powerful stuff — and ground- offered to Google employees by ed it in academic research,” Habib engineer Chade-Meng Tan called said. “That was powerful because Search Inside Yourself. The result, all of a sudden I could say, ‘Oh, he said, is a course at Gunn simithis is an academic discipline, it’s lar to Google’s — and quite like not just touchy-feely stuff.’” the class he took at Santa Cruz so Ben-Shahar and other writers many years ago. on the “science of happiness” “A huge piece of the course is draw on research in psychology, giving self-permission to be huorganizational behavior, sociol- man and really increasing your ogy, education and other fields. self-esteem,” he said. “We talk The research proved especially about that a lot. A huge pillar of useful years later, when Habib de- self-esteem is self-compassion. cided to propose a Positive Psych For some kids that’s really, recourse at Gunn. He had to build a ally hard, and for others it’s a lot curriculum and get the requisite easier.”


n one exercise, students are asked to work in pairs to examine the repetitive negative voices and all-or-nothing thinking that goes on inside their heads. For example, “I’m so fat; I look horrible” or “If I get a C on this math test I’m not going to go to college.” They write a 3-to 5-page paper in “the voice” and read it and reread it to their partners, who simply listen. Then readers and listeners reverse roles. The exercise, says Habib, “has a powerful effect because it re-

ally diminishes the power of the voices, plus when the other person reads their letter they realize they’re not crazy, that other people are dealing with (negative voices) too, and they feel supported and that’s huge. “Now, instead of having the cognitive distortions ruminate in their heads subconsciously or consciously ... they’re able to actually observe it and make a choice whether they’re going to buy into it, or say, ‘This is crazy. I don’t have to believe it.’ That skill is huge.” Gunn students who have taken Positive Psych said the risk of confiding their self-doubts to classmates was daunting but paid off in unexpected ways. “The most challenging part of the class for me was getting over the fear of being vulnerable in front of my classmates and being able to talk openly and honestly about personal things in my life,” said senior David Dias, who took Positive Psychology last fall. “One of the most unexpected parts ... was how close and comfortable I got with the other students.” Amy Chen, a Gunn junior, said keeping up with the daily journal requirement and opening up to classmates were tough, “but having others who were very open was helpful. “There were many lessons I can take and apply to my own life, such as communicating better with others,” Chen said. “I didn’t expect to do so much meditation in the class and being driven out

In a recent session of Palo Alto High School’s Literature of Comedy class, teacher Lucy Filppu, center, comments on her students’ best depictions of being at a funeral while they work on acting exercises that mime different emotionally charged situations.

of my comfort zone — in a good way.” Among the activities that had a “great impact” on her, Chen said, “was when we had to share our ‘inner voices’ with a partner, which I felt was a really eye-opening experience.” Another highlight — and surprise — for Chen was the “gratitude letter” exercise. “I thought my friends knew how much they really meant to me, but when I put it into words they were really affected,” she said. “Gunn desperately needed a course like Positive Psychology,” senior Sally Yilma said. “I am thankful that Mr. Habib took the risk and made it happen. He was totally open and real with us, and his passion for what he was teaching made us pay attention. “By the end of the semester it felt like we had created an environment that was safe and nurturing, and I really hadn’t expected to make these friendships and connections.”


abib had been working for many months to develop his new class at Gunn when Filppu, at Paly, stumbled on the thought of creating a Literature of Comedy class. “The epiphany moment” for her, she said, came in 2012 as her sophomore English students were analyzing “The Night,” Elie Wiesel’s recounting of his horrific experience as a teenager in the Nazi death camps Auschwitz and Buchenwald. “I thought: ‘This is getting so heavy — we need a balance,’” Filppu said. “We’d read ‘Macbeth,’ ‘Lord of the Flies’ and ‘The Night’ and I thought: ‘Everything we do is so dark. Teenagers, like all of us, need to see the lighter side.’” Filppu tells students that “comedy and tragedy live much more closely together than we realize, and it’s the human condition to look at both sides. That’s why we laugh at funerals and cry at weddings.” Filppu views herself as “a person who likes to start things,” having worked in New York on the startup team for TIME’s magazine for kids as well as on the launch of a children’s website. She began searching the musty storage shelves of the English Department for lighter fare, finding some old Greek texts, Shakespeare comedies, Mark Twain and Flannery O’Connor. She trolled the Web for ideas and stumbled across syllabuses from MIT, Northern Kentucky University, Southern New Hampshire University and Yale. “I was thrilled when I started finding comedy literature at the university level — that was a huge break,” she said. “I thought: ‘They’re doing what I want to do.’ I started to think about what a Comedy Literature class at Paly could look like.” Filppu, who already taught Pla­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê˜iÝÌÊ«>}i®

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to in her humanities class, wanted to start with the classics. “Our earliest Stephen Colberts go back to the Greeks, this kind of flourishing world where comedians saw their opportunity to critique the societal and political norms and powers that be,” she said. Borrowing from everywhere, she devised a syllabus that contains more than 30 writers, including Aristophanes, Shakespeare, Jonathan Swift, Twain, Palo Alto author Firoozeh Dumas (“Funny in Farsi”), David Sedaris, Chris Rock, Alice Walker, Steve Martin and Anne Lamott. Students must write four essays, including an original satire as well as an original stand-up-comedy script or story. The course begins with students watching a segment of the TV show “Modern Family.” Students must memorize and perform a monologue from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” The final exam is a performance

of an original stand-up script. “I’m a huge Shakespeare freak, and I think the power of having to memorize something challenging and difficult and do it in front of their peers gives (students) a boost and a sense of confidence,” Filppu said. With about 140 students this year, she said Comedy Lit has attracted “the wits of the campus — a lot of risk-taking, give-it-a-go kids willing to be playful in their learning.” The diversity of athletes, theater kids, academic stars and special-education students “feeds the comedy because you get all these different points of view,” she said. Student Katherine Craig took the class last fall, hoping it might add a touch of levity to her otherwise arduous junior-year course load. “I thought I might need the funniness of Comedy Lit to keep me going,” Craig said. Until the class, she said, “The last time that I can truly remem-

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING of the Palo Alto Planning & Transportation Commission Please be advised the Planning and Transportation Commission (P&TC) shall conduct a public meeting at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in the Council Chambers, Ground Floor, Civic Center, Palo Alto, California. Any interested persons may appear and be heard on these items. Staff reports for agendized items are available via the City’s main website at and also at the Planning Division Front Desk, 5th Floor, City Hall, after 2:00 PM on the Friday preceding the meeting date. Copies will be made available at the Development Center should City Hall be closed on the 9/80 Friday. Consent 1. Urban Forest Master Plan - Overview of edits and updates responsive to the Planning and Transportation Commission and others Public Hearing 2. Governance Element - Recommendation for review of the Governance Element of the Comprehensive Plan 3.

Palo Alto High School students, from left, William Yang, Jackson Hansen, Camila Vasquez and Haley Mees brainstorm how they will act out a scene from the ancient Greek comedy, “The Birds,” in their Literature of Comedy class in February. ber a really uplifting book I read for school was probably “By the Great Horn Spoon!” in fourth grade.” Craig felt particularly challenged by the stand-up project since “typically I am not a hilariously funny person,” she said. She was delighted when people laughed at her routine: a comparison of finals to bulimia — “because you binge on information and purge it out on a piece of paper, and the stress of finals is insanely unhealthy. “That was a very good moment for me. This class (has) proven to me that I am not a totally serious stick-in-the-mud and that I am actually a funny person.” Paly senior Jessica Feinberg said the class helped her see comedy as a tool for “much more direct, canny and often more captivating” jabs at the establishment than the serious and “tedious” critiques she was accustomed to. “It forced me to learn a new way to analyze and new terminology for how authors are able to express ideas,” Feinberg said. “I was also exposed to some great

contemporary comedians and have gained a better appreciation for their craft.” When she went to the Paly library for a book on Greek playwrights in connection with the class, she noticed it had not been checked out since 1986. Paly senior Will Mendenhall said he appreciated Filppu’s “alternative teaching methods,” with heavy emphasis on performance. “We had tons of opportunities to create our own comedies. It really taught me how clever and intelligent comedy can be,” he said. In gaining approvals to offer Literature of Comedy for credit, Filppu said she got strong backing from English Department chair Shirley Tokheim, then-Principal Phil Winston and school district officials. But earning the blessing of UC proved a stumbling block, and her initial application was rejected. “They came back and said it needed more specificity,” she recalled. She huddled with colleagues, took a look at Habib’s successful UC proposal, and

started over, writing “straight for four days,” with Tokheim proofreading. “That really helped me plan the class,” she said. She submitted it over last July Fourth weekend and secured quick approval the second time. “I felt like a ‘teacher-preneur,’” Filppu said. “When so many teachers are scripted and forced into boxes based on standards and highstakes testing and finances, I’m so grateful to the school district for treating its teachers almost like artists, and trusting us to create something fantastic that will serve our students.” N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@ About the cover: Caroline Johnson and classmates in Palo Alto High School’s Literature of Comedy class mime their reactions to getting a perfect S.A.T. score, in a warm-up acting exercise. Photo by Veronica Weber.

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Literature of Comedy students Keller Chryst, standing, Izabella Avelin Ribeir, who is peering over Chryst’s shoulder, Kate Markinovich, bottom left, and Cameron Yem, kneeling at center, act out a scene from ancient Greek comedy “The Birds.”

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by Wendy McPherson

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hy is it so darn hard to find a house to buy on the mid-peninsula? I remember long ago (or it seems like long ago) when an agent got a new client, we would pack them in our car and give them “the big tour.” We would drive them around the area, pointing out all sorts of things and have a list of about eight or 10 houses to show them. It was sort of a first look at the buffet table. The buffet table is now pretty much a single serving. Sometimes a house pops up on the MLS and we quickly call our client. Or we hear a colleague on the phone talking about a new listing they might be getting and quickly call our client to tell them to drive by this house immediately. “Oh, your husband is unavailable as he is doing heart surgery? Well, you need to tell him hurry it along. You need to drive by this place ASAP.” In 2012, 394 houses were sold in Menlo Park and 480 were sold in Palo Alto. In 2013, it was 341 in Menlo Park and 406 in Palo Alto. If you look back as far as 2005, you will see 416 sales in Menlo Park and 501 sales in Palo Alto (All numbers are from

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the MLS). The trend is clear — a small but steady erosion is occurring in number of sold homes. A shortage of buyers is not the problem; it is simply a shortage of homes. Even though we do live on a peninsula with little land left to develop, there has been a small but consistent increase in new housing units each year. Right now, Palo Alto and Menlo Park have about 50 new homes/ condominiums becoming available over the next 12 months. With additional units being added each year, why are the sold home numbers still decreasing? Where have all the houses gone? There are two main reasons for our decreasing house availability/sales. The first is that many of our local homeowners are aging in place. I live on a cul-de-sac in Menlo Park with 11 houses on it. Three of my neighbors are over 90. Only three of the 11 are under 65, the rest are over 65 and not going anywhere. The fact is, that in our area, the people are generally healthier, wealthier and are able to take advantage of the substantial local resources being offered in order to stay in their homes. Meals on Wheels, Avenidas, Little House and lots of other hyper local organizations are here to assist the elderly and let them be independent for as long as they want. The old standard of moving to “be near the kids” is not what is happening here now. The second reason is financial. In 1997, the Taxpayer Relief Act was passed, which included a substantial amount of “relief” for a homeowner who had $250,000 in capital gain on his or her home ($500,000 for a married couple). Before this 1997 tax law, if you bought a new house of like or greater value you paid no capital-gain tax when you sold your existing house (until death). With

this new 1997 law, you now pay the tax upon sale, albeit with the $250k or $500k exclusion from the overall gain. For local homeowners this 250/500 windfall was wonderful BUT since appreciation around here has been so rampant, many homeowners are faced with writing huge checks to the government even after the exclusion amounts. This has hampered them from buying again. If you have to write a check to the government for $400,000 you will need to replace that $400,000 out of pocket and then some to buy your next, bigger house. Prior to 1997, you could use that $400,000 to help you buy your next house. Many folks feel “trapped” in their homes and simply will not or cannot pay these taxes and then also buy a bigger house or many times, even a smaller house. Zuckerberging There is another less widespread reason for our lack of house availability but still impactful. Neighbor buying neighbor’s homes. The neighbor-buying-neighbor effect essentially takes houses off the public marketplace, aka Zuckerberging. Mark is not alone in this trend. A number of well-heeled local homeowners have bought their neighbors’ property and usually pay more than market value to ensure it does not hit the open market. They have the ability to buy the houses, they know and like the neighborhood and they want the property for privacy, for their children or even as guest houses. None of these reasons is going away. The housing market in our area continues to be a most unique animal. N Wendy McPherson manages about 145 agents for Coldwell Banker in two Menlo Park offices, plus Woodside and Portola Valley. She can be reached at

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Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $1,860,000 Highest sales price: $1,860,000

Portola Valley

Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $2,650,000 Highest sales price: $2,650,000

Los Altos

Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $2,470,000 Highest sales price: $2,470,000

Mountain View

Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $1,150,000 Highest sales price: $1,389,000

Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $725,000 Highest sales price: $740,000

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Redwood City Total sales reported: 8 Lowest sales price: $225,000 Highest sales price: $1,750,000

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


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

Atherton 49 Wilburn Ave. Luhrs Trust to J. Roodman for $1,860,000 on 1/9/14

Menlo Park 323 Pope St. Saul Trust to M. & M. Ringler for $2,650,000 on 1/10/14; previous sale 2/13, $2,380,000

Mountain View 229 Cypress Point Drive R. & L. Gibson to H. Wang for $725,000 on 1/27/14; previous sale 5/08, $589,000 803 Wake Forest Drive R. Bernal to L. Larson for $740,000 on 1/28/14; previous sale 6/02, $465,000

Los Altos 40 Los Altos Square Ablow Trust to Leslie Trust for $1,150,000 on 1/28/14; previous sale 2/94, $319,000 36 Lyell St. Lyell Street Limited to C. Peterson for $1,389,000 on 1/24/14; previous sale 7/11, $1,225,000

Los Altos Hills 26459 Taaffe Road US Bank to D. & J. Han for $2,350,000 on 1/27/14; previous sale 2/95, $820,000

Palo Alto 424 Homer Ave. J. Kelleher to A. Chang for $2,150,000 on 1/28/14; previous sale 10/04, $1,061,000 828 Warren Way Metaview Wholesale Investments to Metaview Investments for $3,000,000 on 1/27/14; previous sale 4/12, $1,000,000

Portola Valley 7 Sandstone St. K. Black to S. Haldea for $2,470,000 on 1/10/14; previous sale 3/04,


Redwood City 389 4th Ave. J. Rosales to Nawas Trust for $475,000 on 1/10/14; previous sale 6/99, $260,000 1257 Alameda de las Pulgas Belluomini Trust to E. Matejska for $821,000 on 1/10/14 365 Beresford Ave. Turchet Trust to P. & A. Goodyear for $1,750,000 on 1/9/14 2211 Brewster Ave. Lurline Asset Group to A. Rothman for $1,395,000 on 1/9/14; previous sale 10/91, $443,500 2414 Massachusetts Ave. D. Schultz to T. Kang for $851,000 on 1/8/14; previous sale 10/00, $598,000 170 Nimitz Ave. Fischer Trust to O. Kulikov for $791,000 on 1/9/14 35 Orchard Ave. Repetti Trust to AMP Properties for $629,000 on 1/9/14 1410 Valota Road Valota Road Partners to Valota Development Partners for $225,000 on 1/9/14; previous sale 8/10, $1,125,000

Woodside 1650 Bear Gulch Road Thornburg Mortgage to V. Hemmady for $1,210,500 on 1/9/14; previous sale 5/02, $1,341,054

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to 8:45 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. The workshop will deal with planting seeds directly in the soil, transplanting seedlings, preparing soil and harvesting, as well as dealing with diseases and pests. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or FOR THE BIRDS ... Toby Goldbert, a member of the Santa Clara Audubon Society, will talk about “Attracting Birds to the Garden” at the next meeting of The Garden Club of Los Altos. The group meets at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Los Altos Lutheran Church, 460 S. El Monte Ave., Los Altos. Free for members, $5 for guests. Info: PASTA FROM SCRATCH ... Cindy Roberts will offer a one-session cooking class, “Pasta Pleasure,” from 6:30

to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. In addition to learning how to make pasta from scratch, the class will sample store-bought marinara sauces, then learn to make homemade basil pesto, marinara sauce and a chicken and goat-cheese pasta dish. Cost is $50. Information: 650-3293752 or www.paadultschool. org EYE-CATCHING GARDENS ... Landscape designer Kim Raftery will show how to “Replace Your Front Lawn with an Eye-catching Garden” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Raftery will talk about alternatives to a conventional lawn — including meadows and planting beds — as well as how to remove a lawn, and designing with boulders, seating areas, lighting and water features. The class will be followed by an optional tour of two gardens without lawns. Cost is $35 for nonmembers, $25 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www. N

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Listing Provided by: Dana Cappiello, Lic.#01343305

Listing Provided by: David Kelsey, Tom Dallas, Greg Goumas Lic.#01242399, 00709019, 01878208

Listing Provided by: David Kelsey, Tom Dallas, Lic.#01242399, 00709019

24680 Prospect Avenue, Los Altos Hills

25525 Bledsoe Court, Los Altos Hills

10800 Magdalena, Los Altos Hills

19 Prado Secoya, Atherton $13,500,000




Listing Provided by: Renuka Ahuja, Lic.#01783141

Listing Provided by: Denise Villeneuve & David Troyer, Lic.#01794615 & 01234450

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410 Manzanita Way, Woodside

13195 Glenshire Drive, Truckee

187 Atherton Avenue, Atherton




Listing Provided by: Linda Hymes, Lic.#01917074

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Listing Provided by: David Kelsey, Tom Dallas and Sophie Tsang, Lic.#01242399, 00709019, 01399145

302 Atherton Avenue, Atherton

12733 Dianne Drive, Los Altos Hills

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Listing Provided by: Albert Garibaldi & Giulio Cannatello Lic.# 01321299 & 01911402

Listing Provided by: Greg Goumas, Lic.#01878208

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12861 Alta Tierra Road, Los Altos Hills

5721 Arboretum Drive, Los Altos

1250 Miramontes Road, Half Moon Bay




Listing Provided by: Greg Goumas, Lic.#01878208

Listing Provided by: Liz Blank, Jane Dew, Lic.#01887904, 01887812

Listing Provided by: Dana Cappiello, Lic.#01343305

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25525 Bledsoe Court Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

The quintessential California outdoor lifestyle awaits with tennis, pool, spa, bocce ball and even a Dave Pelz designed putting green on 2.3 oak-studded acres in Los Altos Hills.   Architected and built by renowned Pacific Peninsula Group, this extraordinary 5 bedroom 5 bath main house, guest house, and pool house are beautifully appointed with custom finishes, state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen, gorgeous master suite, 2 dedicated offices, vast terraces, sound system, built-in cinema, and so much more.  Available for the first time, this truly spectacular estate offers abundant privacy yet easy access to town and tech centers.

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Offered at $2,750,000 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 3.5 Living Space ±2,648 sf | Lot ±6,000 sf

Highlights • Fabulous chef’s kitchen opens to large family room overlooking private and professionally landscaped backyard • Master bedroom, large walk-in closet with built-ins and a luxurious master bathroom • Top-rated Las Lomitas Schools • Prime location near shopping, restaurants, schools, Stanford and easy access to Hwy 280 Sand Hill Road 2100 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park 650.847.1141

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ocated in prime old Palo Alto, this charming Cape Cod Colonial residence features 4 bedrooms plus a family room situated on a lot of 7,400 sq ft. An entry foyer welcomes the visitor to this two story home with shingle siding, divided light wood windows and oak hardwood floors throughout the main level. The floor plan features 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms on the ground level and 2 bedrooms upstairs. A brick patio off the dining room and covered rear porch and yard complete this lovely traditional home.



ummary Features Include: œ4 Bedrooms + family room/ den œ3 Bathrooms œGracious Living Room with fireplace œFormal Dining Room œAttached 2 car garage œSeparate laundry room and partial basement œLiving area: 2,455 sq ft per county records œLot Size: 7,400 sq ft per county records œExcellent Palo Alto Schools (Walter Hays Elementary, Jordan Middle, Palo Alto High- buyer to verify enrollment)

Offered at $ 3,750,000

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A Touch of Provence This one-of-a-kind, approximately 2,500 square foot residence on the Atherton border, offers the charm of Provence, with French doors and architecturally appealing arched windows and doorways. Park Forest is an enclave of unique attached homes which cannot be duplicated today. Adding to it’s appeal, it is located within minutes from downtown Menlo Park, CalTrain, Stanford Shopping Center, Stanford University and Medical Center. Additional Features: • 3 spacious bedrooms, including master suite with sitting area • 2.5 baths, including spa-worthy master bath • Well-designed cook’s kitchen with Thermador 6-burner gas range • Upstairs laundry closet • Stunning living room with high ceiling, dramatic fireplace and custom bookcases and cabinets • Attached two-car garage • Air conditioning • Private elevator • Large terrace with fountain • Expansive park setting with pool • Acclaimed Menlo Park schools

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3 Bedrooms

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143 Selby Ln Sun Coldwell Banker

11653 Dawson Dr Sat/Sun 1-4 Intero Real Estate

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$2,298,000 323-7751

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$4,850,000 851-2666

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$5,498,000 543-8500

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Stunning remodel completed by Portola Valley Builders Inc. and Custom Carroll Homes Creekside setting Walk to Alpine Hills Tennis & Swimming Club Schools: Ormondale Elementary, Corte Madera School and Woodside High School (Buyer to verify availability)

Offered at $5,998,000

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Portola Valley $7,700,000 Built in 2012, 5BR/4.5BA home + sep. gsthse sits atop 9.3 +/- acs w/bay, valley & city vws 5 BR/4.5 BA Ginny Kavanaugh CalBRE #00884747 650.851.1961

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Public Notices 995 Fictitious Name Statement CALMAR LASER FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 587051 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Calmar Laser, located at 951 Commercial Street, Palo Alto, CA 94303, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): CALMAR OPTCOM., INC. 951 Commercial Street Palo Alto, CA 94303 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 1/13/2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 16, 2014.

(PAW Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 2014) ANTIKYTHERA FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 587354 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Antikythera, located at 4145 Byron Street, 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): ALBERT BERGEMONT 4145 Byron Street Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 01/15/2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 23, 2014. (PAW Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 2014) HAIRSTYLES BY NICOLE FIKE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 586717 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Hairstyles by Nicole Fike, located at 453 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): NICOLE FIKE 810 Coleman Ave. Apart. 4 Menlo Park, CA 94025 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 1.01.14. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 8, 2014. (PAW Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 2014) IN HER SHOES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 587196 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: In Her Shoes, located at 855 El Camino Real #45, Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): PAMELA ROSEKRANS 8 Blueridge Ln. Woodside, CA 94062 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 01/15/2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 21, 2014. (PAW Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014) FOR KEEPZ FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 587617 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: For Keepz, located at 915 Elsinore Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94303, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A General Partnership. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): MIRIAM SEDMAN 915 Elsinore Dr. Palo Alto, CA 94303 SUSAN EMSLEY 447 Oxford Ave. 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 29, 2014. (PAW Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014) TUTORINGMADEEASY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 587148 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: TutoringMadeEasy, located at 4461 Renaissance Dr., Unit 622, San Jose, CA 95134, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): DAVID SMITH 4461 Renaissance Dr. Unit 622 San Jose, CA 95134 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on December 15, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 17, 2014. (PAW Feb. 14, 21, 28, Mar. 7, 2014)

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CARDINAL HONOR . . . Stanford senior forward Chiney Ogwumike was named the recipient of the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America of the Year award for Division I women’s basketball, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday. The announcement makes Ogwumike the first member of the Stanford women’s basketball team to earn the honor, and she joins a star-studded list of former Cardinal standouts who also earned the honor for their respective sports, including Andrew Luck (football, 2012), Nick Amuchastegui (wrestling/at-large, 2011 and 2012), Alix Klineman (2010, women’s volleyball), Rachel Buehler (women’s soccer, 2007), and Tommy Vardell (1991, football). Ogwumike also headlines the five-woman Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women’s Basketball Team, marking her second straight selection. She was joined on this year’s edition by Kody Burke (North Carolina State), Amanda Hyde (IPFW), Eilise O’Conner (UMKC), and Rachel Tecca (Akron).

ON THE AIR Friday College baseball: Stanford at Texas, 4 p.m.; KZSU (90.1 FM) Women’s basketball: Stanford at USC, 6 p.m.; Pac-12 Bay Area; KZSU (90.1 FM)

Saturday Men’s swimming: Cal at Stanford, 11 a.m.; Pac-12 Networks College baseball: Stanford at Texas, noon; KZSU (90.1 FM) Men’s basketball: UCLA at Stanford, 3 p.m.; ESPN2; KNBR (1050 AM)

Sunday College baseball: Stanford at Texas, 11 a.m.; KZSU (90.1 FM) Women’s basketball: Stanford at UCLA, 4 p.m.; Pac-12 Networks; KZSU (90.1 FM)

Monday Men’s volleyball: UCLA at Stanford, 5 p.m.; Pac-12 Networks For expanded daily coverage of college and prep sports, visit

Palo Alto freshman Natalie Maloney (15) scored two goals during a 5-0 nonleague soccer win over King’s Academy on Tuesday as the Vikings wrapped up their regular season.


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Rick Eymer he Stanford and Florida women’s tennis programs are intertwined throughout NCAA history. It’s as deep and respected rivalry as the Cardinal has outside the Pac-12 Conference. The two programs have combined for 21 national championships, nine times meeting each other in the title match dating to 1988. Stanford has won six of those meetings and it’s always been one of the fiercest matches for either team. No. 5 Florida visits No. 3 Stanford for a noon showdown Sunday at Taube Tennis Center. Not many nonconference matches will draw large crowds like this one. Stanford beat the Gators, 4-3, in last year’s semifinal match en route to the NCAA title but Florida beat the Cardinal in 2011, at Taube Tennis Center, to end Stanford’s 184-match home winning streak and win the national title. Of course, Stanford beat the Gators in Athens, Ga., to win the national title in 2010. Mallory Burdette, as a freshman, provided the clinching point for the Cardinal. “The match was intense, as all Florida matches are,” Burdette said via Google Talk from Holland. “I was nervous, playing for the national title. There was a lot riding on that match. It’s still one of the most amazing days of my career.” Earlier in 2011, then-freshman Kristie Ahn got her first taste of the rivalry when she was part of a Stanford team that beat Florida at the National Indoor Team Tennis Championships. “I didn’t really understand the rivalry then,” Ahn said. “I thought it was just another team. As the year went on, though, I found out about it.” Ahn, named the national Freshman of the Year, missed the title match because of injuries. The next year she made her season debut against Florida, playing her friend Alex Cercone and helping Stanford beat the top-ranked Gators in February. Ahn, plagued by injuries, missed most of her sophomore season as well, returning for the NCAA quarterfinal loss to USC. Earlier last year, Stanford lost in its first trip to Florida in 20 years. “After that match none of us were too disappointed,” Ahn said. “We knew we would probably


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CARDINAL LEAVING . . . Senior Aaron Bright has finished his basketball career at Stanford, but he isn’t through playing just yet. In fact, the Cardinal will be playing for St. Mary’s next season. According to, which had multiple sources on the story, Bright will transfer to St. Mary’s this spring and be eligible to play for the Gaels next season. The 5-foot-11 Bright suffered a dislocated shoulder during a practice on Thanksgiving Day. He underwent season-ending shoulder surgery. Bright was averaging 5.9 points and 2.3 assists, but had played in only seven games. That made him eligible for a medical redshirt. After he graduates in June with an undergraduate degree in Science, Technology and Society, Bright will head across the Bay to Moraga and take advantage of the graduatetransfer rule and thus won’t have to sit out a year.

No. 3 Cardinal hosts No. 5 Florida women on Sunday

Palo Alto senior Megan Tall (20) helped the Vikings win their final regular-season match on Tuesday.



Gunn, Paly pin down league wrestling titles Teams will send a combined 13 to the CCS; M-A has a new swim coach while Paly adds a new softball coach by Keith Peters


cision over Rohan Galotra of Cupertino and won the 123-pound crown with a 10-8 win over Vinnie Santiago of Wilcox. Giaccia opened at 129 with a pin of Isaiah Barnes of Santa Clara in 53 seconds. He then pinned Gunn’s Tanner Kerrins in 2:23 and won the title with a 9-4 decision of David Tran of Fremont. Paly’s Deckelman also won his opener in 53 seconds with a pin of Nate Ludwig of Saratoga. He then decisioned Sean Lanoza of Los Altos, 11-5, before winning the title with a pin of Christian Bittner of Los Gatos in 1:29. At 106 pounds, Gunn’s Michael Abramovitch went 2-1 and finished second. His brother, David, was seventh at 120 with a 3-2 mark. At 126, Gunn’s Kerrins went 3-2 and placed fourth. Teammate Tavor Baharav went 3-1 and placed third at 133. At 152, Gunn’s Cedric Linares was 3-3 and placed sixth. Ben Bianchini (2-2) placed seventh at 170, Eric Calderon was 3-2 at 220 and Kirill Demyanenko was 1-1 and placed second at 285 pounds.

Swimming Just one season after guiding the Menlo-Atherton girls’ swim team to a fourth-place finish at the Central Coast Section Championships, head coach Lori (Heisick) Stenstrom is gone. “Lori moved to Colorado last August,” said new M-A head coach Jane Worden, who assisted Stenstrom last season. “I guess they always wanted to live there, so off they went! I think they’re enjoying it.” Stenstrom is the new head swim coach at Valor Christian High in Highlands Ranch, Colo. The school is sending running back Christian McCaffrey to Stanford this fall. Interestingly enough, his father, Ed, was a senior wide receiver at Stanford when Lori’s husband, Steve Stenstrom, was the starting quarterback. Menlo-Atherton, meanwhile, not only lost its head coach,

Gunn junior Ian Cramer captured the 138-pound title at the SCVAL Championships, his second such title. He could be a No. 1 or 2 seed at the CCS Championships. but their star swimmer, as well. Brooke Stenstrom, who broke school records in the 50- (23.23) and 100-yard (51.32) freestyles and swam two record-breaking relay teams in only her freshman year, also is gone. She was second in the 50 free and fourth in the 100 free at the CCS finals. Brooke just competed at the Colorado 4A state meet. She upset the state recordholder to win the 50 Free in 23.66. The state record for 4A is 23.60. She later won the 100 free in 51.72. Worden, who like Lori Stenstrom swam collegiately at Stanford, has former Stanford swimmer Bobby Bollier back to assist her along with newcomer Brett Koerten. “Brett swam at the University of Wisconsin — was team captain, competed at Olympic Trials and also was an assistant high school coach after graduating from college,” Worden said. “On top of that, his personality is perfect for the job. I am really lucky to have them both helping!” Menlo-Atherton will open its 2014 season in a tri-meet at Palo Alto High on Feb. 28. In other swim news, it was announced that the first CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships will make its debut in the spring of 2015. The Southern Section generated the proposal. The first championships will be held May 22-23, 2015 at a site to be determined. The state office reportedly has received interest from potential host sites and also has sent out bid inquires. The host site is expected to be chosen this spring. The CCS would have three swimmers in each event while the talent-rich Southern Section would have the most with five. Track and field Menlo School senior Maddy Price won the girls’ 400 meters at


Softball Palo Alto has a new coach with a major league background. Bill Laskey, who pitched for the San Francisco Giants in the 1980s, takes over a Paly program that went 0-12 in the SCVAL De Anza Division last season and 3-24 overall. Laskey, previously coached at Aragon for five years. He didn’t coach last season. Palo Alto will compete in the lower SCVAL El Camino Division and once again will go head to head with rival Gunn, which was 8-4 in league last year (13-11 overall). Neither team qualified for the CCS playoffs.


t wasn’t a team championship year for the Gunn wrestling team, which failed to defend its SCVAL De Anza Division dual-match and SCVAL Championship meet titles. The Titans, however, still enjoyed plenty of success at the individual level and have more opportunities in the coming weeks. Gunn will send eight qualifiers to the Central Coast Section Championships on Feb. 28-March 1 at Independence High in San Jose. The Titans also will send senior Cadence Lee to the girls’ CIF State Meet the same weekend in Visalia. Lee earned a chance to defend her state title by winning the 106pound division two weeks ago at the girls’ CCS Championships. Gunn’s eight qualifiers to CCS were a result of top-six finishes at last weekend’s SCVAL finals at Monta Vista in Cupertino. Wilcox dethroned Gunn at the league meet by scoring 225 1/2 points. Fremont was second with 189, followed by Monta Vista (177) and Gunn (175 1/2). Palo Alto finished sixth with 104 points. Gunn had three individual champions with Lee winning her first league crown at 113 pounds, junior Ian Cramer taking the 132pound title for his second league crown and senior Stephen Martin winning his first at 182. Palo Alto also had three champions in freshman Seth Goyal (123), junior James Giaccia (129) and senior Josh Deckelman (155). They advance to the CCS meet along with teammates Eric Oshima (sixth at 148) and Kevin Schumacher (fifth at 173). Lee, who finished third at 106 last year, went 3-0. After a bye, she pinned Sean Crisostomo of Milpitas in just 38 seconds. In the semifinals, Lee decisioned Davey George of Los Gatos, 11-3. In the finals, Lee pinned Elvin Labucay of Santa Clara in 1:34. Cramer, third at 120 last season, also went 3-0. After a bye, he pinned CJ Pumphrey of Cupertino in 31 seconds. In the semifinals Cramer pinned Arjun Gill of Homestead in 1:41. In the title match, Cramer decisioned Max McCann of Monta Vista, 8-2. Martin, meanwhile, also won his first title after finishing second last season. He needed only two matches to claim the 182pound crown. Two byes put him in the semifinals, where he pinned Benito Serrano of Wilcox in 1:25. In the finals, Martin decisioned Tijani Karaborni of Monta Vista, 8-1. For Palo Alto, Goyal opened with a pin of Tarif Rashid of Homesteaed in just 41 seconds. He then posted an 8-0 major de-

Gunn senior Stephen Martin won his first league title while going undefeated at 182 pounds last weekend. the 2014 Simplot Games indoor track and field meet with the time of 54.69 on Saturday in Pocatello, Idaho. The time, which is a personal best, makes Price the current national high school leader in that event. Price also came in second in the 200 with a time of 24.47, just 35 minutes before the 400 — something that is not unusual for Price to do as she often races with little rest between events. “With barely any time between the 200 and the 400, I knew I had to relax and chill until it was my turn to try and take home the win in the 400,” Price said. “I have been working on letting go, meaning that when I step out on the track, I trust all the training that (sprint coach Mark) Mueller has put me through, and stop thinking and just run. “I felt like today was one of the first races for me where I felt perfectly relaxed and that probably

had a big impact on the race. It was such a cool feeling running through the ribbon at the end and I have been visualizing breaking through the “Simplot Games” ribbon for a while now. It is such a relief and such an honor to have that visualization become a reality today! Said Mueller: “I am very proud of Maddy. The win and the times were good, but I am most proud that Maddy stayed relaxed, composed, and executed her race plan on such a big stage. She has grown and matured a lot since last year.” Price was last year’s Central Coast Section champ in the 400 and 200. She finished sixth in the 400 at the CIF State Meet. She has a scholarship to run for Duke University next fall. Price’s next major race will be the Canadian Jr. Indoor Nationals in St. Therese, Quebec on March 15-16. N

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Pinewood boys grab momentum for CCS hoops with WBAL title by Keith Peters t really looked like the West Bay Athletic League boys basketball race was going to end up in a tie between Sacred Heart Prep and Pinewood. Both teams entered this week with only one loss each and two very winnable games on their schedule. However, this is the last week of the regular season and the Central Coast Section playoffs are looming next week. Thus, desperation can set in for teams on the bubble and anything can happen. On Tuesday night, anything did. On a night that began with Pinewood and Sacred Heart Prep tied for first place, it ended with the Panthers moving into sole possession of the top spot with a 54-52 victory over visiting Priory. Meanwhile, Sacred Heart Prep was being upset at home by Harker, 71-65, knocking the Gators into second place with just one game remaining. “Not sure that it was a surprise, because both those teams (SHP and Harker) are tough teams and are very well-coached,” said Pinewood coach Mani Messy. “Our league records don’t mean much. Anybody can beat anyone, especially as we near the end of the season where every team is trying to make one last push to improve their season.” Priory was doing just that against Pinewood as the teams swapped the lead throughout. Pinewood finally moved in front when junior Ryan Brice hit a 3-pointer with just over a minute to play. Priory missed on a few lastsecond possessions and Pinewood held on for the victory, improv-


ing to 12-1 in league (20-3 overall) with only last night’s game at Harker standing in the way of the outright WBAL title. “Our team takes it one game at a time,” Messy said. “After we play our last game on Thursday, whatever the outcome is, we will assess it then shortly and try and look ahead to our next challenge in the postseason. Brice finished with 17 points while Greg Naumann led the way with 18. Priory senior Connor Bonfiglio led all scorers with 21 points. Scott Harris added 15 points for Priory, his final four giving his team a 52-51 lead. In Atherton, SHP lost a share of first place with its upset loss to Harker. The Gators fell to 11-2 and 16-7 after the Eagles poured in on in the third quarter. Sophomore Mason Randall led the Gators with 15 points while James McLean added 13. “(We) Shot the ball poorly and in the second half combined that with not getting back on ‘D’ and giving up way too many transition hoops,” said SHP coach Tony Martinelli. “Poor effort from the Gators. Disappointing way to lose a league title . . . at home . . . giving up 71 points.” In Sunnyvale, Menlo School pulled off a winner in another nail-biter while topping King’s Academy, 53-48, in WBAL action. Four of the Knights’ past five games have been decided by five points or less. With one game left, defending league champ Menlo improved to 9-4 in league and 1013 overall. On Wednesday, Palo Alto’s possible shot at winning the

SCVAL De Anza Division title disappeared in a 54-47 loss to host Homestead. The Vikings (7-4, 13-10) needed a victory to remain a game back of first-place Los Altos with one game remaining. Now, Paly is two back of the Eagles (9-2), who clinched the division crown with a 56-52 win at Los Gatos. Seniors Keesean Johnson and Noah Phillips combined for 29 points for Paly, which plays host to Los Gatos on Friday night at 7:45 p.m. The Vikings need a victory to clinch third place and an automatic CCS playoff berth. Girls Castilleja’s school-record 10game win streak came to an end on Tuesday evening in downtown San Jose with a 55-47 loss at Notre Dame-SJ in the second round of the WBAL tournament. The Gators (17-9) were playing their eighth game in two weeks and it showed, as they looked a half- step slow in all phases of the game. In the SCVAL De Anza Division, senior Camille Steger scored 12 points and Gunn improved to 6-5 in the division (7-7 overall) with a 48-42 victory over host Mountain View on Tuesday night. Zoe Zwerling added 11 points and fellow senior Sarah Longyear contributed 10. The Titans wrap up their regular season on Friday by hosting first-place Wilcox on Senior Night at 6:15 p.m. On Wednesday, The Peninsula Athletic League playoffs opened and closed for Menlo-Atherton as the Bears fell to top seed Westmoor, 48-38, in Daly City. N

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Eagles, with four starters visiting colleges, dropped a 3-0 decision to the Wildcats. Mountain View ended up winning the division with 26 points, Los Altos was second with 24, Los Gatos finished third with 23 and Paly wound up fourth with 22. Palo Alto ended the division season with an 0-2-4 record against the top three teams. Just one victory would have vaulted the Vikings into third place. Palo Alto, which won the SCVAL El Camino Division title last season, put the finishing touches on its solid campaign (10-4-5 thus far) with a 5-0 victory Tuesday over visiting King’s Academy, the defending CCS Division III champion. The win was a good way to celebrate Senior Day as Jess Branson, Sunny Lyu, Megan Tall and Julia Kwasnick wrapped up their regular-season careers. In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton will be seeking an atlarge berth for the upcoming CCS playoffs following a 0-0 deadlock

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The junior center helped the Gators go 3-0 in basketball by scoring 45 points, grabbing 36 rebounds and registering 15 blocks. She had 17 points and 14 rebounds in a 46-44 win over King’s Academy to win the WBAL Skyline Division.

The senior forward produced four goals and added three assists to help the Gators to a pair of soccer wins that moved them to 12-0 in league. His two goals and one assist against Pinewood clinched the WBAL title with three to play.

Honorable mention Olivia Athens Sacred Heart Prep soccer

Madison Atwater Palo Alto basketball

Chloe Eackles Pinewood basketball

Akayla Hackson Pinewood basketball

Cadence Lee* Gunn wrestling

Paige Vermeer* Menlo-Atherton wrestling

Ian Cramer* Gunn wrestling

Josh Deckelman Palo Alto wrestling

James Giaccia Palo Alto wrestling

Seth Goyal Palo Alto wrestling

Stephen Martin* Gunn wrestling

Kevin Mullin Palo Alto basketball * previous winner

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with host Hillsdale on Tuesday. The Bears were 6-4-3 in league (21 points) and had no chance of catching the top three with only Thursday’s home match against first-place Woodside (9-2-2) remaining. M-A’s road woes continued at Hillsdale as the Bears (10-4-5 overall) remained winless in their past six road matches. Boys Sacred Heart Prep moved to within a victory of its first perfect season since 2010 with a 5-1 victory over host Priory in West Bay Athletic League action Wednesday. The first-place Gators (13-0, 14-4-1) jumped ahead on a goal by Will Mishra, assisted by fellow senior Ricky Grau. The Panthers tied it up with on a penalty kick by Austin Mirabella to send the match to halftime. After intermission, Mishra’s penalty kick provided the eventual winning score. Fellow senior Andrew Segre made it 3-1 on an assist from junior Philip Petrakian and senior goalie came out of the cage to make it 4-1 on an assist from Mishra. Junior Sebi Surraco

wrapped up the four-goal second half with an unassisted goal. In Hillsborough, Menlo School beat host Crystal Springs, 5-4, to move closer to their second consecutive CCS playoff berth. The Knights (9-3-1, 11-5-3) were quickly on top as sophomore striker Will Chisholm and senior captain John Strong both scored. Senior forward Kevin Walker extended the lead when he followed up a shot from sophomore midfielder Peter Rosston that had struck the crossbar. After Crystal Springs scored, Menlo started the second half similarly to the first and quickly added to its lead as Strong and Tyler McGraw found the net. The Knights rotated their squad as the game wound down and almost paid for it as the Gryphons scored three goals, all off set pieces, to close the gap before time ran out. In the PAL Bay Division, Menlo-Atherton took a backward step in its postseason preparation with a 2-1 loss to host Sequoia on Wednesday. Kori Smith gave the Bears (8-3-2, 11-4-2) a 1-1 halftime deadlock before the Cherokees scored the winner after intermission. N


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Stanford teams win titles

play them again in the NCAAs.” Stanford became the lowest seeded team to win a national title. The Cardinal was seeded No. 12 and took a tough road to the top. After winning its first two NCAA matches at home, Stanford beat No. 5 USC, 4-3, No. 4 Georgia, 4-1, No. 1 Florida, 4-3, and No. 3 Texas A&M, 4-3, with Ahn recording the clinching win at Illinois. Stanford (5-0 entering Thursday’s match against St. Mary’s) and Florida (7-1) each have two players ranked in the top 25. Ahn is ranked fifth and freshman Taylor Davidson is at No. 25.

Men sweep honors while women take Peg Barnard crown Alan George dd another win to junior Patrick Rodgers’ resume and add another piece of hardware to the Stanford men’s golf office. Rodgers shot an even-par 71 to claim medalist honors on the final day of the Prestige at PGA West, finishing the 54-hole event with a 9-under 204 on Wednesday in La Quinta. Stanford won the team title at PGA West’s Greg Norman Course by surviving a final-day charge by Washington, which narrowed a 14-shot deficit with a final-round 14-under to finish two shots behind the Cardinal, which finished with a team score of 831. Rodgers held off Arizona State’s Max Rottluff, who was 4-under on the day and finished at 8-under for the tournament. Joining Rodgers in the top-10 were teammates Cameron Wilson, who tied for fourth at 6-under, and Jim Liu, who was tied for seventh at 4-under. The win was the seventh in less than three seasons for Rodgers, who is now tied for second with Joel Kribel for career victories by a Cardinal player. The pair trail only Tiger Woods’ 11 career wins. “I’m really excited for the team to pick up our second win of the season, and hats off to Washington for a solid round to finish the tournament,” Stanford coach Conrad Ray said. “Our guys held strong and finished well.” The wire-to-wire victory was the second win on the season for


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Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers won individual honors and helped the Cardinal win the team title at the Prestige at PGA West. Stanford, which also captured the Erin Hills Invitational last fall. Rodgers was the individual champion at the event. “We had contributions from all players in the lineup and it was neat to see Patrick Rodgers win another individual title,” Ray said. “We’re looking forward to working on a few loose ends to get ready for our next event.” David Boote, who tied for 21st, was even for the tournament and Cardinal freshman Maverick McNealy from Portola Valley shared 24th-place honors at 1-over. Stanford’s Viraat Badhwar had birdies on five straight holes — Nos. 8-12. Menlo School grad Patrick Grimes saved his best round for Wednesday with an even showing. Before the Cardinal men teed it up, the No. 5 Stanford women

took a four-shot lead into the final round of the 36-hole Peg Barnard Invitational and never looked back, claiming the title Sunday over the 14-team field for the second straight season. The team crown, Stanford’s eighth such since the tournament’s inception in 1995, came with a collaborative 2-over 570 (287-283). The Cardinal was boosted from standout performances by Lauren Kim and Casey Danielson, who scorched the par-71 Stanford Golf Course for respective final-round scores of 68 and 69. The pair finished tied for second at 3-under 139. Each tallied one bogey in the final round. N (Alan George is a member of the Stanford Sports Information Department)

Menlo searches for AD, baseball coach


raig Schoof will be leaving Menlo School at the end of the year after a long and successful career in the classroom, on the baseball diamond and, for the past 14 years, at the helm of the athletics program. “I have decided it is time for me to look for a different challenge. Professionally and personally, this is right thing for me to do,” Schoof said. “Every 10 years or so I have enjoyed challenging myself with something new, whether it be moving to college coaching or moving from the middle school to high school, and now it is time for a big leap into a completely new environment.” In his 13-plus years as athletic director, Schoof has overseen a program that has won numerous titles every season — 120 league, 30 Central Coast Section, 15 NorCal and two state championships. During his tenure, the Knights have won at least one CCS title each year, and every sport has secured at least one league title — a first for the school. Schoof, a history teacher, also started the school’s student-athlete advisory board, a panel

of student representatives from each varsity sport which meets with members from the Athletics Department to tackle issues, such as discipline and ethics. Now in his 27th season, Schoof has overseen an incredibly successful Menlo baseball team. In 2011, he was named the ESPN Rise/Cal-Hi Sports state coach of the year after leading the Knights to back-to-back CCS championships. During two stints at Menlo, his teams have won 16 league titles and five section titles. He was named a CCS Honor Coach which recognizes those whom colleagues believe have made outstanding contributions to that sport at their school, within their league, in the community and to the section. “Craig has done a tremendous amount of work and dedicated much time and energy toward helping build the Athletics program during his time at Menlo,” Head of School Than Healy said. “He deserves all of our thanks for his efforts. This spring, we will celebrate Coach Schoof’s contributions before he moves on to his next venture.” N

Baseball Two legends of college baseball will meet again when Stanford and Texas get together for a threegame series in Austin, Texas this weekend. Stanford coach Mark Marquess and Texas’ Augie Garrido have combined for 3,374 wins and seven College World Series titles during their time in the sport. Marquess and Stanford will be looking to improve its six-game winning streak against Garrido’s club, the longest such streak in the two teams’ series history. Stanford has swept the Longhorns each of the last two seasons at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond, after going 1-2 in Austin in 2011. Stanford (2-2) will bring a lineup filled with momentum to after putting up 21 runs in the past two games, the latest victory a 9-3 triumph at San Jose State on Tuesday. Menlo School grad Danny Diekroeger and Brett Michael Doran lead the charge after impressive performances in the last two outings. Diekroeger had back-to-back three-hit games for the first time in his career and Doran comes in hitting a robust .600 (6-10) with 12 total bases and six RBI. Women’s basketball No. 5 Stanford (24-2, 13-1 in the Pac-12) makes its final road trip of the regular season this weekend, heading to Los Angeles for matchups at USC and UCLA. The Cardinal opens the trip Friday at USC, taking on the Trojans at 6 p.m. The Cardinal completed a home sweep of the Arizona schools on Sunday, defeating Arizona 74-48 behind a 13-for-22 performance by the team from 3-point range. Bonnie Samuelson led the way with five of those triples and 17 points. Stanford’s starters were able to enjoy light days, as none played more than 24 minutes. Senior Chiney Ogwumike played a season-low 22 minutes but still managed 15 points on 7-for-12 shooting and nine rebounds, while Amber Orrange scored nine points with nine assists. USC (16-10, 9-5 Pac-12) has lost

four of its past six entering Friday, a stretch that began with Jan. 27’s 86-59 loss at Stanford. Softball No. 13 Stanford (12-0) looks to extend its season-opening winning streak when it heads to the Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City this weekend. The Cardinal, off to its best start in six years, plays Maryland and Baylor on Friday. Freshman pitcher Madi Schreyer (9-0) earned the victory Tuesday’s 10-1 win over UC Davis. Cassandra Roulund drove in three against the Aggies and leads the team with 16 RBI. Women’s gymnastics Fresh off a big home victory over No. 4 Utah, No. 12 Stanford (12-1) heads to No. 9 UCLA (4-2) for an important Pac-12 meet on Saturday at 6 p.m. Kristina Vaculik continued to shine in the all-around, picking up the individual victory with a 39.475 in the win over the Utes. Vaculik punctuated the Cardinal’s win with a collegiate-best 9.950 on floor in the anchor position to close the competition. Women’s lacrosse No. 14 Stanford (1-0) hosts Harvard Saturday at 1 p.m. in a nonconference game. Rachel Ozer scored four goals in the Cardinal’s season-opening 11-9 win over Ohio State last weekend. Men’s swimming Nationally No. 12 Stanford will put its 7-0 dual-meet record on the line Saturday when it plays host to No. 2 Cal in the annual Big Splash in Avery Aquatic Center at 11 a.m. The meet will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks. David Nolan leads the Cardinal in the pool with the nation’s No. 3 time of 46.12 in the 100 back. Diver Kristian Ipsen also will play a key role against the Bears. Men’s tennis After having two nonconference matches canceled last weekend, Stanford (3-1) gets a chance to return to action Saturday with a match against visiting No. 9 California at 1 p.m. Stanford has not played since beating Hawaii, 7-0, on Jan. 29. Men’s volleyball Stanford looks to get back on track Friday night with a home match against UC Santa Barbara in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action at 7 p.m. The Cardinal (8-5, 5-5 in the MPSF) dropped a tough fivesetter to visiting BYU last weekend. Brian Cook had 20 kills in the loss. Women’s water polo No. 2 Stanford (7-0) is back in the pool this weekend, competing at the UC Irvine Invitational Saturday and Sunday. Stanford’s Annika Dries was named MPSF Player of the Week after recording 12 golas in three wins last week. N

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$4,850,000 MARGOT LOCKWOOD 2 BRIDLE LN Sleek modern design expressed in towering & ERIKA DEMMA 650.400.2528/400.2528 ceilings & geo paterns. Abundant storage in home & 4 car garage. Beautiful pool area & lush gardens. 3AC. CalBRE #01017519/01230766



CAMILLE EDER 650.464.4598

65 SELBY LN $12,300,000 Exceptional 12,000 sqft home, infused w/ of-the-moment technology & sleek contemporary styling, offers the opportunity for modern executive living.


1030 LUCKY AV $1,198,000 Desirable location, great floorplan, hardwood floors, AC, large living room w/built-ins, private yard w/spa, 2 car garage, Las Lomitas Schools


NANCY GOLDCAMP 650.325.6161 CalBRE #00787851

476 OCONNOR ST Call for Price Upbeat, charming, tranquil. Private, lvly landscaped lot.Blt.1996. Recently updated kit and baths.Grt floor plan.FP,attach gar.,lg patio w/BBQ, spa.

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