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District searches for new superintendent School board president to invite search firms to make presentations in March by Chris pening a search to replace Palo Alto Superintendent Kevin Skelly, school board President Barb Mitchell said Tuesday she would invite three or four search firms to make public presentations to the board next month. Mitchell polled colleagues on their search preferences Tuesday at the first Board of Education meet-


Kenrick ing since the at-times embattled Skelly announced on Feb. 18 that he plans to step down June 30. Members agreed they wanted to engage a search firm rather than conduct a search themselves and said they preferred to interview multiple firms before settling on one. “Professional search firms have the ability to go out in a much wid-

er way than we could in just doing advertising,” board Vice President Melissa Baten Caswell said. Since presentations by each firm typically take at least an hour, board members also agreed not to make them part of the regular March 11 board meeting but to find a date for a special meeting, preferably around the same time. Though the meeting will be open to the public, board members said competing search firms should not be in the room during

their competitors’ presentations. The board will ask the firms how they identify potential applicants and whether they have unusual approaches for ensuring an adequate pool of good candidates. Other questions on a list culled from the district’s most recent superintendent search in 2007 include “How would you tailor your search for the needs of Palo Alto?” and “What do you see as the biggest challenge for us in filling our superintendent position?”

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Palo Alto looks to scrap Cubberley covenant City Council unanimously supports eliminating 1989 provision that requires annual payments to school district by Gennady Sheyner



Savoring the rain, while it lasts Walkers, some armed with umbrellas, cross University Avenue at Ramona Street on Wednesday evening. More rain is expected over the weekend.


Rare, polio-like virus striking Bay Area children Doctors discuss cases at press conference, stress rarity of the disease


polio-like illness has stricken 25 children in California, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital officials announced Monday at a press conference. Patients suffering from the disease quickly and permanently become paralyzed in one or more legs or arms. Some patients have respiratory symptoms before the paralysis begins, said Dr. Keith Van Haren, a pediatric neurologist. “We suspect it is a virus,” but doctors have not yet confirmed its presence in all of the patients, he said. Van Haren and Dr. Emmanuelle

by Sue Dremann Waubant, professor of neurology at the University of California at San Francisco, are researching the cases and have found a virus, enterovirus-68, in the nasal swabs of two, but that sample is too small to draw conclusions, Waubant said. Enterovirus-68 is in the same family as the polio virus. The polio vaccine does not protect against enterovirus-68, and there is no evidence that the vaccine causes the disease. Doctors Monday emphasized the disease is rare. It has been seen occasionally in the Bay Area, but the presence of five cases in the past 18 months

is unusual, Van Haren said. Other enteroviruses can cause similar symptoms. Another strain, enterovirus-71, has been implicated in similar cases of acute flaccid paralysis in southeast Asia and Australia, but that strain is not known here, Van Haren said. The enterovirus-68 cases, which began in September 2012, have ranged from Monterey County to the North Bay, with others in southern California. There are no confirmed cases outside California. Most of those stricken are ages ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£Ó®

alo Alto officials on Monday took a firm stance against a two-decade-old provision in the city’s lease of Cubberley Community Center, a covenant that requires the city to pay the school district $1.8 million annually in exchange for the school district’s promise not to sell some of its property in the city. School officials are loath to give up the revenue, however, and negotiations over a new lease are heading into the final stretch as the current lease nears its expiration date at the end of this year. The covenant not to develop was adopted in 1989 with the idea of giving the cash-strapped school district a much-needed injection of funds while keeping the district from selling off five school sites. With the district no longer suffering from plummeting enrollment and sagging revenues and with all five sites now in use (Jordan and JLS middle schools and the Ohlone, Garland and Greendell campuses), the City Council agreed on Monday with City Manager James Keene’s assessment that the circumstances prompting the covenant no longer exist and therefore it should be eliminated. The covenant was part of a broader agreement between the city and the school district, which allows the city to lease from the school district 27 acres in the 35-acre south Palo Alto community center that was once a high school. Today, Cubberley houses an eclectic collection of tenants and amenities, including artist studios, child care providers, athletic playing fields, a theater and

the local campus of Foothill College. School and city officials are now working on a new lease. A 2013 report from a broad committee of community stakeholders recommended development of a vision in which Cubberley would be shared by the city and school district and an assessment to determine the best long-term uses for the sprawling center on Middlefield Road. But as Keene noted on Monday, the covenant remains a subject of disagreement between him and his counterpart on the school side, Superintendent Kevin Skelly. “The superintendent and I have been exploring different ideas and options, but I think we’re really reaching a sticking point as it relates to continuance of the covenant not to develop in the lease,” Keene said. From the council’s perspective, the issue is simple: Conditions that made the covenant useful no longer apply. Accordingly, it should be scrapped. That was also the recommendation of the community advisory committee, which voted 18-0 to remove the covenant from the new agreement. “I see no public-policy reason why anyone would expressly agree to do something for which they’re no longer receiving the intended benefit or result,” Keene said Monday. The council overwhelmingly supported Keene’s position. “I don’t see how anyone can explain to our voters, most of whom are voters in the city and ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iʙ®

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NO MORE TOBACCO ... Though Stanford University has yet to join the ranks of smoke-free college campuses across the country, it did recently take a small step in that direction, asking campus vendors to cease all sales of tobacco products. The change will be effective as of March 1. Currently, cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes are available for purchase at two places on campus: a Valero gas station on Serra Street and at Tresidder Express inside Tresidder Union. Both vendors have agreed to stop selling the products, the university said. “The university is an advocate for the health and well-being of its entire community, and tobacco sales are inconsistent with our many programs that support healthy habits and behaviors,” Susan Weinstein, assistant vice president for business development, said in a press release. University policy bans smoking in all classrooms, offices, enclosed buildings and facilities (including dorms) but allows outdoor smoking in areas more than 30 feet from buildings (except during organized outdoor or athletic events). The Stanford School of Medicine — inside and outside the building — has been smoke-free since 2007; Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital followed suit in January 2010. According to a January report by the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, there are now at least 1,182 colleges and universities that are 100 percent smoke-free. Of these, 811 are 100 percent tobacco-free.

FIXER-UPPER ... Aurora, the 35-foot-tall interactive tree sculpture that’s been lighting up the entrance to City Hall since November, has hit a few expensive hiccups since installation. This means the city’s Public Art Commission is dropping dollars on maintenance — $3,000 to be exact, more than twice the initial $1,200 the commission gave to back the project and pay for permit and insurance costs. A number of Aurora’s branches recently stopped functioning properly and were replaced, Public Art Manager Elise DeMarzo said at the commission’s Feb. 20 meeting. The tree’s

interactive portion, meant to allow anyone near the tree to control the color and patterns of its slow-pulsing lights, was only working with iPhones and was also “acting up,” she said. The creator of Aurora, San Francisco artist Charles Gadeken, has since redesigned the software and implemented a new system that works on all devices. People should now open an Internet browser on their smartphones, go to www.control.aurorapaloalto. com and follow a set of directions that will appear. Aurora will remain at City Hall until November. HOLLYWOOD BOUND ... A Stanford University senior will be one of six lucky aspiring filmmakers chosen from nearly 2,000 hopefuls to hand those little gold men to presenters and escort winners off the stage at the 86th Academy Awards this Sunday, March 2. Tayo Amos made the cut after submitting a one-minute video titled “I Want to Be a Part of the Movement” about her interest in making socially conscious movies and eventually getting through a Skype interview with the event producers. They asked a no-brainer: how she would feel to get to be onstage at the Oscars. “I would die of happiness,” she said. “Well, you’re one of them,” they replied. Amos — a double major in Iberian & Latin American cultures, and science, technology and society — doesn’t even need to stress about what she’ll wear Sunday; she and the other five winners will get the full treatment from the Oscars’ costume department. SNEAK PEEK ... Curious how construction is going for the new Stanford Hospital building and parking garage? Check it out for yourself: A public viewing platform has been installed overlooking the construction site, the project posted on its Facebook page on Feb. 25. The raised platform (also wheelchair accessible) is located outside of the elevators of the Pasteur Visitor Garage (PS4) at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Work currently underway for the project, which broke ground in May 2013, includes pouring the new building’s foundation and building the third level of the parking garage. More information is posted at N

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fter firing the contractor responsible for the botched construction of the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, Palo Alto officials will on Monday select a new company to finish the job. The City Council is set to select Big-D Pacific Builders to complete the south Palo Alto project, which voters approved in a 2008 bond and which has fallen far behind schedule because of disputes between the city and the original contractor, Flintco Pacific. The city fired Flintco on Jan. 10, citing the company’s consistent failure to devote sufficient personnel to the work and to meet deadlines. Since then, the city and Flintco’s surety company have negotiated a takeover agreement that will allow a new company to finish the library and community center. The city selected Big-D largely because of its previous experience

in working with the city, according to a news release. The company was in charge of the recent renovation of the Palo Alto Art Center, which was completed on time and under budget. More recently, the city had hired Big-D to be its “on call� contractor for Mitchell Park, the largest of the three library projects voters approved when they passed Measure N. City officials said in a statement that changing the contractor so late in the game will come at “little or no cost� for the city. As part of its agreement with Flintco, the company had to post a performance bond to protect the city’s interests in case the company is unable to complete the job. The takeover agreement caps the total liability for Flintco’s surety at $28 million, with the city expected to contribute any additional contract funds that may be needed. The city’s announcement noted

that “due to the significant delays already occurred, it is anticipated that little if any contract balance funds will be paid to the surety.� In a statement, City Manager James Keene said Big-D has “a good track record with the City, and we are hopeful they will be able to come in and finish this project.� Public Works Director Mike Sartor noted that Big-D is already familiar with the Mitchell Park project. “We had previously retained Big-D to perform work that Flintco was unable or unwilling to do, and so they are already vetted to work on the project,� Sartor said. Initially pegged for a 2012 completion, the library at 4050 Middlefield Road is now expected be finished this summer. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

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olunteer Cathy Kroymann, Police Chief Dennis Burns, Sheraton-Westin Hotels and Palo Alto Community Child Care will be recognized with 2014 Tall Tree Awards for their outstanding civic service to the Palo Alto community. Sponsored by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and the Palo Alto Weekly, the awards are given annually to a citizen volunteer, professional/business person, business and nonprofit organization. This year, the awards will be presented at a dinner on April 9 at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel. The winners were chosen by a committee of past Tall Tree recipients. Kroymann was selected as “Outstanding Citizen Volunteer� for the depth and breadth of her volunteer work, through which she has advocated for school resources and the health of children and seniors. The list of organizations she has participated in at a high level is long: the Palo Alto Unified School District (where she served as a board member and president), Foundation for a College Education, Adolescent Counseling Services, Avenidas, Associa-

tion for Senior Day Health and others. “To label Cathy as a ‘tireless volunteer’ is not hyperbole. She has advanced our community through contributions of much time, talent and effort,� a nominating letter stated. Burns will receive the award for “Outstanding Professional/ Business Person.� He began his work with the Palo Alto police department in 1982 and climbed through the ranks, becoming assistant chief in 2007. Later he served Dennis as an interBurns im fire chief while the Palo Alto Fire Department searched for a permanent chief, and he still oversees the police and fire departments as the city’s public safety director. Nominating letters praised Burns for his “empathy� and “level-headedness.� He led Palo Alto as incident commander during the citywide power outage following a plane crash in East

Palo Alto in 2010. He has worked with the Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Task Force and has made sure his force received crisis-intervention team training, which covers how to calmly and effectively respond to mentally ill individuals in crisis. “Not only is Chief Burns a professional respected by his peers in law enforcement, but he is a community leader in Palo Alto at large, an ambassador to East Palo Alto ... a builder of a diverse department in a city that is not as diverse as the Cathy state it is in, and Kroymann in all respects I can imagine an exemplary professional and citizen,â€? stated one nominating letter. The Tall Tree Award for “Outstanding Businessâ€? will be given to Sheraton-Westin Hotels of Palo Alto, which has demonstrated continued dedication to local nonprofits and to fostering Palo Alto ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠn)

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(TENTATIVE) AGENDA – SPECIAL MEETING COUNCIL CHAMBERS MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2014 - 6:00 PM STUDY SESSION 1. Water Supply Update and Drought Planning SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAY 2. Reserve Officer Dennis Neverve Retirement Resolution honoring 46 years of service CONSENT CALENDAR 3. Recommending Authorization of Indemnity Agreement With Santa Clara Stadium Authority to Allow Provision of Requested Law Enforcement Services to Levi’s Stadium 4. Approval of Amendment No 3 to Contract No. C12141152 Between the City of Palo Alto and Leidos Engineering, LLC 5. Approval of the Purchase of 38 Multi-band Radios for Police and Fire for a Total Amount Not to Exceed $116,000 6. Request for Authorization to Increase Existing Legal Services Agreement with the Law Firm of Goldfarb & Lipman, LLP (S13149272) by an additional $175,000 for a Total Not to Exceed Amount of $230,000 and Adoption of a Budget Amendment Ordinance to Appropriate $175,000 from the Residential Housing In-Lieu Fee Fund for Legal Services 7. Authorize the City Manager to Execute a Take-Over Agreement with Fidelity & Deposit Company of Maryland and Federal Insurance Company Establishing Terms for Completion of Construction of the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center ACTION ITEMS 8. From Finance Committee Review of Development Impact Fees: List of Public Facilities Capital Needs 9. Comprehensive Plan Update- Revised Scope of Work, Schedule and Contract Amendment for the Comprehensive Plan Update effort as part of the Our Palo Alto Initiative 10. Policy and Services Committee Staff Requests Direction on the Naming of the Main Library 11. Infrastructure Project Cost and Funding STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS The Council Appointed Officers Committee will meet on Monday, March 3, 3014 at 5:00 P.M. to discuss: 1) Review and Recommendation to Council to Amend the Contract with Sherry L. Lund Associates to Establish Scope of Work and Budget for 20142015 CAO Evaluation Process. The Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM to discuss 1) Financial Plan Templates and Preliminary Financial Forecasts, and 2) Utilities Advisory Recommendation that the City Council Adopt a Resolution Establishing the PaloAltoGreen Gas Program Using Certified Environmental Offsets and Approving Three New Gas Rate Schedules: Residential Green Gas Service (G-1-G), Residential Master-Metered and Commercial Green Gas Service (G-2-G), and Large Commercial Green Gas Service (G-3-G).

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58-year-old Palo Alto man has died after contracting the H1N1 influenza virus, and his family became seriously ill. Jeffrey Kane, a longtime resident and Gunn High School graduate, contracted the illness on Dec. 27. He died on Jan. 29 after a long battle against its complications, his widow, Molly Kane, told the Weekly. The Kanes and their 11-year-old daughter were all sickened by the flu at the same time. He developed pneumonia and spent more than three weeks in the hospital and a rehabilitation facility, she said. This year’s flu has killed 14 people in Santa Clara County and six in San Mateo County so far, according to county publichealth officials. It has hit younger and middle-aged persons particularly hard, since they likely are too young to have built immunity from the last swine-flu epidemic, officials have said. The total number of California deaths from the swine flu is unknown, as state law only requires medical professionals to report deaths in persons ages 17 to 65. Molly Kane said she wants the public to know how dangerous H1N1 can be. “Oh my god, this was unlike any flu I’ve ever had. Just the phlegm I was coughing up. It was so thick, and you couldn’t really bring it up, and you couldn’t breathe if you couldn’t bring it up. It was hell — it was really hell,” she said. That feature — a thick, green mucus that is hard to cough up — is what set the H1N1 flu apart from others, she said. Anyone who experiences such symptoms


should see a doctor immediately. Jeffrey Kane also had the flu, and it developed into pneumonia, during the 2012-13 flu season. He was underweight at the time he caught this year’s flu, she said. The family did not get flu shots this year, she added. Although he was ill, he did not immediately go to the doctor because the family did not have much money, and he didn’t want to incur a higher insurance deductible, she said. Instead, he thought he could ride it out as he always had. “We miss Jeffrey Kane him. He didn’t in the 1970s. have to die. If he had gotten his flu vaccine and we had seen a doctor immediately, he would not have died. He was trying to save us that cost, and he paid for it,” Molly Kane said. As she and her family try to pull together their lives after this sudden loss at the hands of a microbe, Molly Kane said she wants the word to spread about taking precautions against this disease and its power to kill. She and her daughter are safeguarding their health by applying for insurance under the Affordable Care Act — aka, ObamaCare. “It will really make a difference,” she said. Jeffrey Kane’s sister, Linda Kane, said she is left with the memories of a brother she deeply loved. She did not want to focus on the what-ifs. Her brother was a private person, and she said she wants to honor his memory.

When she posted an obituary for her brother on Palo Alto Online’s Lasting Memories, the words did not come easily. She decided to mention that he died from H1N1, she said. “At first I thought, ‘It’s nobody’s business that he got sick and died,’” she said. But the flu’s impact, and lingering questions that people who knew him would have, made her decide to write about H1N1, she said. “People are sitting and watching TV and a reporter will say, ‘There’s been another flu death in Santa Clara County,’” she said. But revealing that her brother died of the illness “makes it personal.” Dying from the flu is not abstract, she said, adding that the loss of her only, younger brother is raw and real. “He was my brother — the person you sat with in your pajamas on a rainy day; or the person you played cards with or ganged up with on your parents. I remember when he fell asleep on my lap in my arms. “You may have seen him on the street or in the grocery store two weeks ago, and now he is gone. There’s a ripple effect. This person had parents and cousins, and his cousins were a big deal to him. It is about the person and not about the thing that killed them,” she said. The good memories are helping her through the grief, she added. “I don’t think I have any special skills to get me through. Losing a sibling — losing your only sibling — it’s very hard. Now I’m an only child,” she said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

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run at Stanford. Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC) will receive the Tall Tree award as “Outstanding Non-profit.” The nonprofit began in 1974 with the aim of provid-

ship Program, in 2012 Palo Alto Community Child Care was able to provide 143 children from low-income families with quality care while their parents went to work or school. Seventeen percent of families the nonprofit works with today receive some kind of financial aid. “The agency’s ethics inform everything they do,” a nominating letter stated. “The staff is well cared for. There are always learning opportunities. The professionalism of the centers is second to none. The quality of the work places is continuously being improved. All to provide the best possible environment for the children.” N Tickets to the Tall Tree Awards are available at Editorial Assistant Sam Sciolla can be emailed at ssciolla@


culture and community. In recent years, the hotels have provided free rooms to Stanford Hospital, Stanford Lively Arts, the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto Jazz Alliance, the Palo Alto Film Festival and other groups. As part of the Meals for Munchkins program, hotel staff has also cooked numerous meals for families at the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. In addition, the Sheraton-Westin has partnered with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital on fundraisers. These include Dine Out for Packard, through which restaurants in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Los Altos donate a percentage of sales, and the Summer Scamper, a 5K/10K fundraiser



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‘Chief Burns(is) ... in all respects I can imagine an exemplary professional and citizen.’ —one nominating letter ing quality and affordable child care for residents of Palo Alto. Today PACCC has 19 sites and works with more than 900 families with children from 2 months of age to the fifth grade. Through its Family Partner-


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he prospect of local schools losing $1.8 million in annual payments from the City of Palo Alto as part of its lease of the Cubberley Community Center did not sit well with school board members or schools supporters Tuesday. Members briefly referred to Monday’s City Council vote to support eliminating a lucrative “covenant not to develop,” one of the guidelines for negotiating a new city lease of the Cubberley

Community Center, which expires at the end of this year. (See story on page 5.) Several school board members said Tuesday they would like to discuss the issue in a future open session. Noting that $1.8 million could pay for 18 teachers, board VicePresident Melissa Baten Caswell said losing that amount of money “would be really hard.” Nancy Krop, vice-president of advocacy for the Palo Alto Coun-

cil of PTAs, said Palo Alto’s current spending of $13,000 per pupil lags far behind per-pupil spending of other high-performing school districts and states. “The top-performing states now spend $16,000 to $22,000 per student,” Krop said. “New York spends $19,000 per student. “I’d tell the Palo Alto City Council that we’re not rolling in money — in fact, we’re millions behind.” N — Chris Kenrick


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the school district, why the city should be paying for something that has no value,” Councilman Larry Klein said. “It really makes no sense.” But he and his colleagues all acknowledged that the city and the school district have a shared interest in Cubberley and said he hopes the negotiations proceed in good faith. Instead of simply giving money to the school district, as is current practice, Keene and the council agreed that the covenant funds should instead be spent on fixing up Cubberley, an endeavor that according to staff estimates could cost as much as $18 million. Councilman Marc Berman joined Keene and the rest of his colleagues in championing this approach. “I look at ending the covenant not to develop as ending an agreement that’s obviously obsolete at this point and investing it in the community,” Berman said. Members voted 9-0 to make the elimination of the covenant one of the guidelines for negotiating a new lease. Other guidelines include eliminating the annual

The city and school district are renegotiating the lease for the Cubberley Community Center, which houses artist studios, child care, athletic playing fields, a theater and Foothill College classes. consumer price index increases; exploring a potential reconfiguration of the 8 Cubberley acres owned (not leased) by the city; and eliminating language that allows the school district to buy the city’s portion of the community center. The only issue that council members split on was whether to eliminate an option clause that allows the school district to buy back Ventura Community Center in south Palo Alto from the city. The council ultimately voted 5-4 to support eliminating the clause, with Vice Mayor Liz Kniss and council members Karen Holman,

Gail Price and Greg Schmid dissenting. Council members also asked Keene to attempt to complete negotiations by this summer, a deadline driven by Skelly’s recent announcement that he will be stepping down by June 30. Councilman Pat Burt, who proposed the tighter timeline, argued that both sides have been holding on to their positions for a long time and that nothing will change between now and the end of the year. The council voted 7-2 to support Burt’s proposal, with Klein and Schmid dissenting. N

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City Council (Feb. 24) Transportation: The council supported a variety of “transportation demand management� programs, including a Caltrain Go Pass program for city workers; the creation of a downtown Transportation Management Authority; and exploration of expanding the city shuttle program. Yes: Unanimous Cubberley: The council gave directions to staff on negotiating a new lease with the school district for a 27-acre portion of Cubberley Community Center. The council voted unanimously to remove the “covenant not to develop� from the agreement. The council then voted 7-2, with Klein and Schmid dissenting, to direct staff to attempt to reach a new deal by June. The council also voted 5-4 to exclude from the lease an option that allows the school district to buy back Ventura Community Center. Yes: Berman, Burt, Klein, Scharff, Shepherd No: Holman, Kniss, Price, Schmid

Board of Education (Feb. 25) Superintendent search: The board discussed a process for seeking a replacement for Superintendent Kevin Skelly, who announced he will resign as of June 30. Action: None Gunn building project: The board authorized architects to proceed with designs for a $19.4 million project at Gunn High School that would demolish the music building and build a large addition onto the front of Spangenberg Theater. Yes: Unanimous

Parks and Recreation Commission (Feb. 25) Master plan: The commission discussed the Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails Master Plan and the formation of a stakeholders group to assist with the new document. Action: None Parks: The commission discussed capital-improvement plans for Hopkins and Monroe parks. Action: None

Planning and Transportation Commission (Feb. 26) Urban forest: The commission recommended approval of the new Urban Forest Master Plan. Yes: Alcheck, Keller, King, Tanaka Absent: Martinez, Michael Sidewalks: The commission voted to recommend approval of several changes in the zoning code relating to increasing sidewalks and addressing building massing on El Camino Real. These include a requirement for sidewalks to range from 12 to 15 feet in width and a proposal to reduce allowed density at commercially zoned sites on El Camino. Yes: Alcheck, Keller, King, Tanaka Absent: Martinez, Michael



Innovative technologies, conservation and new water storage needed for the future


s the state’s drought deepens, Stanford University’s water conservation efforts and strategies for expanding water resources for the future could serve as a helpful model for the rest of the state, a panel of Stanford experts said at a public forum on Tuesday night. Stanford, which relies on varied sources of water, is in better shape than many parts of the state. With its 8,000 acres of property situated on a watershed fed by several creeks, the university in the past enjoyed fresh water from a robust underground aquifer replenished by mountain runoff. But Stanford stopped using its groundwater after the 1960s, preferring the fresh Sierra snow melt from the Hetch Hetchy reservoir. That switch has given the aquifer time to recharge, since the university does not pull its drinking water from that source. The aquifer has replenished to 70 feet deep from the previous 100 feet, said Tom Zigterman, associate director of water services and civil infrastructure for the university. Stanford also uses creek water at the dammed Searsville Reservoir for non-potable uses, such as irrigation. The reservoir is now 90 percent filled with sediment, however, and the university is studying whether to dredge it or create alternative water storage areas, Zigterman said. Stanford has also reduced its water use by 500,000 gallons per day from a decade ago. It uses recycled water for toilets and other non-potable uses and is researching

by Sue Dremann measures to further conserve and capture water, Zigterman said. Stanford plans to complete a sustainable water-management plan in the next year or two, and it plans to increase its use of recycled treated water. University scientists are busy conducting water-treatment research to improve the quality and safety of recycled water, Zigterman said. In the meantime, in response to the current drought, Stanford has shut off its fountains, fixed overspraying irrigation equipment and added “smart� controllers and leak detectors. “In case the drought prolongs into next year, we have to be prepared,� Zigterman said. But conservation will only take the university so far. For the future, it will need to look at increased storage capacity as well, according to the panel. This year was a wake-up call, Zigterman said. He said he’s never reached Feb. 25 without being able to divert a “drop of water� from creeks on Stanford land. Stanford’s efforts have so far spared the university from the trials facing other communities where water is drying up. Barton “Buzz� Thompson — a leading expert in environmental and natural resources law and policy and senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment — pointed back to the lesson learned from the university’s backing off on its groundwater consumption as one that must be heeded statewide. In extreme drought, aquifer water may be what saves a community,




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and it shouldn’t be squandered in wet years, he said. California is one of the few western states without regulations on its groundwater pumping, Zigterman said. That has meant that communities and water districts decide what, if any, regulations are placed on groundwater use. Santa Clara Valley Water District does regulate how much can be pumped out, after decades of over-pumping caused land subsidence in the South Bay. But regions such as the Tulare Basin, roughly between Fresno and Bakersfield, face potentially dire shortages because they have used groundwater in drought and wet years alike, preventing the aquifers from recharging. Zigterman said Los Angeles water authorities have pumped water back into the ground during wet years, expanding their storage capacity, and that water is helping them in the current drought. The Bay Area and other parts of the state might likewise look to increasing underground storage capacity, he added. While it is expensive to pipe water underground, increasing the water storage during wet years will be more efficient than building aboveground reservoirs. Large reservoirs are damaging to the environment, expensive to build, and inefficient — they lose precious water to evaporation, Thompson said. Water should also be more expensive, Thompson said. He favors pricing that makes the top users pay much more for amounts above the average. Such a measure could in turn lead to additional conservation. The panelists also discussed the current weather patterns, explaining projections for the coming year. Daniel Swain, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Environmental Earth System Science, coined the term “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge,� widely used to describe the stubborn high-pressure system that has been deflecting a jet stream to the north. He said the ridge has been in place since 2012. Blocking ridges of this type are not uncommon off California’s coast, but they are usually short-lived. “It’s rare to see anomalies like this to last 12 months,� he said. While rain has already fallen in the area this week, with more storms predicted through the weekend, a high-pressure ridge is expected to slide back in during the first week in March. Some recent weather models indicate the return of a “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge� during the second week in March, but it isn’t yet clear if that will come to fruition. Dry conditions are likely for the rest of the wet season, Swain said. He said it is too early to tell if next year will be better than record-dry 2013. N

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Council question high bids for Cal Ave work Chastened by recent experiences with the Mitchell Park Library, Palo Alto officials on Monday questioned the unexpectedly high bids for the soon-to-commence reconstruction of California Avenue before agreeing to reduce the amount budgeted for unforeseen costs. The City Council voted 8-0 on Monday, with Pat Burt absent, to approve a $6.2 million construction contract with Redgwick Construction Company for the dramatic reconstruction of California Avenue, a project that includes reducing lanes, creating two new plazas, replacing water infrastructure, widening sidewalks, installing new street lights, and adding benches, news racks and various landscape improvements. But the council balked at approving a staff request for another $931,700 in unforeseen (or “contingency�) costs, a number that totals 15 percent of the construction budget. Instead, members lowered the amount to 10 percent, or $621,133. The vote came after several council members, most prominently Larry Klein, questioned the discrepancy between the cost estimates submitted by the engineer and the ones in the winning bid submitted by Redgwick. Overall, the Redgwick bid was about $1.2 million higher than the staff had estimated. Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez attributed the high bids to both the expansion of the project’s scope (most notably the replacement of water mains on California Avenue that will take place concurrent with the streetscape work) and changes in the construction climate, which he said has heated up. “The bid climate has really changed from when the project first started three years ago and even from when we finalized the engineer’s estimate in the fall,� Rodriguez told the council. N —Gennady Sheyner

Student’s transcript change sparks probe Gunn and Palo Alto high schools are reviewing changes in transcripts for all members of the class of 2014 after a Paly student was found to have gained online access to alter a transcript, the Palo Alto school district said Feb. 20. The student gained access by using a staff member’s password. “There was an issue at Paly involving an individual student gaining access to their own transcript and making changes,� the district said in a statement responding to an inquiry. The district said it took “appropriate action� in imposing consequences on the student, “including notification to the appropriate educational institutions.� While an investigation is ongoing, “at this time, no evidence has been found that other students are involved,� the district said. “If future issues are found, staff will inform colleges as needed.� The statement also said the district’s information system “was not breached and remains secure.� District Communications Coordinator Tabitha Kappeler-Hurley said community members may contact her at 650-329-3746. N —Chris Kenrick


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2 to 16 years old, but the disease has affected some adults, Van Haren said. In some cases, the paralysis is preceded by a respiratory infection. In other cases, sudden muscle weakness rapidly progresses to flaccid paralysis, in which the limb hangs and cannot move. “All of the children have permanent weakness,� Van Haren said. “So far, we’ve seen modest to very little recovery.� But in most cases, the virus won’t progress to paralysis, the doctors said. “We think it’s a very small number of patients infected with this virus who will have the neurological condition,� Waubant said. Any weakness that lasts for a few hours should be immediately looked at by a physician, the doctors said. One case investigated at Lucile Packard involved a Berkeley girl, Sofia Jarvis, who is now 4 years old. In November 2012, Sofia, then 2, suffered from a respiratory infection and severe wheezing. Her parents took her to the doctor, and she was treated with Albuterol, an inhaler medicine that opens airways, her mother, Jessica Tomei, said. On the way home, Sofia started vomiting. She was admitted to the hospi-

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tor had not ruled out pneumonia. After the visit, Sofia reached into the treasure box in the family’s waiting room. “I saw her left hand in midgrasp stop working,� Tomei said. “Over three days, she was not using her left arm.� Sofia’s parents said they were speaking out publicly to alert other parents about what happened to their daughter. “I know we are so lucky that she is here, and she is going to do amazing things,� Tomei said. Sofia, a lively girl with wavy red hair, calls her dangling arm “Lefty.� It’s a way to keep the arm integrated with the rest of her body as she tries to regain some movement, Tomei said. The disease has not affected Sofia mentally, her mother said. She loves to dance, attends a Montessori preschool and is still academically advanced for her age. But she must learn alternate ways to dress herself and tie her shoes, Tomei said. She is currently in physical and occupational therapy. Van Haren and Waubant will present their findings at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in late April. The California Department of Public Health is also tracking the cases. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@


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NEIGHBORHOOD ANNUAL MEETINGS ... The groundhog may have ducked back into his home for a few more weeks, but the Barron Park Association and College Terrace Residents Association are inviting their residents to venture forth and meet their neighbors at the associations’ annual meetings. Barron Park’s meeting features Palo Alto police Chief Dennis Burns, Fire Chief Eric Nickel and Office of Emergency Services Director Kenneth Dueker on March 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Barron Park Elementary School multipurpose room, 800 Barron Ave. Palo Alto Mayor Nancy Shepherd will speak at College Terrace’s meeting on March 22 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Escondido Elementary School multipurpose room, 890 Escondido Road. OF LOAVES AND FISHES ... The all-volunteer Neighbors Helping Neighbors group is looking for grocery donations for 130 residents in need. They are looking for healthy, basic goods such as whole grains and rice, nuts, beans, vegetables and fruit. Neighborhoods wanting to take part are asked to email NeighborsHelpingNeighbors2013@ or call for donations pickup at 650-283-9910. READ A METER, PREVENT CRIME ... Locked gates often restrict burglars, but the locks also keep city meter readers out. So that residents can lock their side gates, the Palo Alto Utilities Department has a Customer Reads Own Meter program, through which residents can submit their own meter readings online or by mail. For more information on how to properly read a meter and submit information, customers can contact Utilities Department customer service at 650-329-2161. N

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Greenmeadow scholarship fund marks 50 years Neighborhood association has supported students since 1964 by Sue Dremann


hen Palo Alto talks about valuing its youth, it can look to the Greenmeadow Community Association for inspiration. Now in its 50th year, the neighborhood’s college-scholarship program benefits high school seniors in two communities: Greenmeadow and MenloAtherton High School. The community-funded Greenmeadow Community Scholarship Fund will honor six outstanding students with $2,500 each this May. Over the years, it has expanded from the original $25 stipend. The program began as a way for the neighborhood to heal after a high school senior, Scott Douglass, accidentally drowned in the association’s swimming pool in 1963. Members launched the scholarships in 1964, Greenmeadow Community Association President Stuart Greene said. Originally, awards went only to students whose families were members of the neighborhood association. The organization added three more scholarships in 1969 for Ravenswood High School students. When that school closed, the scholarships followed to students at Menlo-Atherton as a way to have greater impact on students who face adversity. “People in the community felt we needed to expand beyond the provincial geographic boundaries and do something more communal,” Greene said. The M-A scholarships are named for George Ebey, a founder of the original scholarship program, Bob Wachs, head of direct appeal, said. “We’re hoping we’re delivering a message where kids who come from backgrounds where education is not stressed and feel there is no way out will know that people outside their community believe in them,” he said. Sales of ads in the neighborhood association’s annual directory and donations through direct mailings fund the scholarships. Scholarship winners must excel in three criteria: scholarship (with a minimum 2.75 grade-point average), community service and worthy character. The lattermost is hard to define but plays a large part in who gets the award, Wachs said. The committee asks students about their role model. The responses reveal much about the students’ inner workings, Greene said. “Many refer to someone we


ARBOR DAY FESTIVAL ... Palo Altans will have a good excuse to hug a tree on March 8, when local nonprofit Canopy celebrates Arbor Day with a festival at Mitchell Park. The free family event includes roped tree climbing, live music by the Banana Slug String Band, a performance by the Tree Circus, craft activities and local groups, including the Palo Alto Art Center, Master Gardeners and Friends of the Palo Alto Library. The festival will also feature food from The Oaxacan Kitchen Mobile and other area food and ice cream trucks. Festivities take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 600 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.

Greenmeadow Community Scholarship Fund president Stu Greene, left, stands with former treasurer Bob Wachs in a cul-de-sac in the Greenmeadow neighborhood. The 50-year-old scholarship program offers $2,500 grants to six outstanding high school students from the Greenmeadow neighborhood and Menlo-Atherton High School. have never heard of or to a family member. It’s a key point in the interview process,” he added. Alice Kleeman, an M-A college adviser, chairs the school’s scholarship committee and selects eight students each year for the scholarship process. “They are wonderful kids without a lot of advantages. It is just inspirational. They have an enormous feeling of gratitude that somebody is investing in them. The kids feel really proud. They all get something, and they are just tickled. “It’s a very wonderful community event, and it helps paying for college,” she said. Students who don’t win a scholarship still receive a $250 stipend, and everyone receives books, such as atlases, Wachs said. Niesha Ford, an M-A graduate, received the scholarship last year. “Ever since I was young I knew I was going to college, but I never knew how I was going to afford it. When I received the Greenmeadow scholarship, it felt like someone was saying, ‘You’re going to college, and we’re going to make sure of that.’ “I was very happy to receive this scholarship. Not only did it help me finance my education, but I also felt that I had a huge support system guiding me on my way to my future. “My dream is to be a physician. I know going that route requires a lot of money, and going to a pri-

vate college wasn’t making things much better. The Greenmeadow scholarship has helped me complete my freshman year debt free and has also offered me an amazing book that has taught me so much about the human body. In addition, they have offered me a support system that I will always be grateful for,” she said. Ford is currently a freshman at College of Saint Benedict, in Saint Joseph, Minn. She is studying biochemistry with a minor in psychology, and she hopes to go into medical school in the fall of 2017. David Matthes received a Greenmeadow scholarship in 1982, following his mother’s prompting, he said. “I was 17 and spending most of my free time playing Dungeons and Dragons with my brothers and friends in the Greenmeadow neighborhood,” he recalled in an email this week. “As many applicants probably did too, I felt sure that there would surely be another senior with worthier character or greater achievements than me in the neighborhood. ... Still, the interview at the Greenmeadow Community Center was encouraging and somehow made me feel valued as a community member. “Being awarded the scholarship ... was a complete surprise and felt to me to be a great honor,” he said. Matthes graduated from Stanford University and University

of California at Berkeley. He has taught and done research in cellular biology and molecular genetics at three colleges, most recently at the University of Minnesota. “I’ve since received awards for teaching, for curriculum development, and for advising and mentoring. Somehow I know that it all traces back to spending some formative years in a community that valued education and whose members donated some of their time, money and talent to acknowledge the character, achievements and potential of the graduating seniors in their midst,” he said. Greene said he keeps hoping the event will inspire other neighborhoods to follow. As far as he knows, Greenmeadow is the only neighborhood providing a resident-based scholarship, he said. Anyone interested in supporting or learning more about the scholarship program can email Greene at The scholarship program offers the neighborhood a strong sense of identity, Greene said. “It demonstrates the interest in the community to be more than a collection of homes in a geographical area and to have a purpose that is more than a social gathering,” he said. “It’s a foundation of what the Greenmeadow community is about.” N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

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Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week COUNCIL APPOINTED OFFICERS COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss an amendment to the council’s contract with Sherry L. Lund Associates. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 3, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to hear an update on the statewide water shortage; review the city’s development-impact fees; consider a revised approach to amending the Comprehensive Plan; discuss a new name for the Main Library; and consider a recommendation from the Infrastructure Committee for a November bond measure. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 3, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee is scheduled to consider establishing a PaloAltoGreen Gas Program; approve new gasrate schedules; and consider financial forecasts for electric, gas, water and wastewater utilities for fiscal years 2015-19. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 467 Lincoln Ave., a request by Aino Vieira da Rosa on behalf of Lynn and John Martin for alterations to a residence in the Professorville Historic District. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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At the annual “Sweetheart Awards” ceremony Wednesday, special education parents paid tribute to teachers and other school staff members who have gone their extra mile for their children. (Posted Feb. 27, 10:31 a.m.)

$300 million Open Space bond wins approval The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District board of directors unanimously approved a $300 million bond measure Wednesday night, culminating a year of public outreach dedicated to developing a vision for the future of the 62,000 acres of open space the agency is charged with protecting. (Posted Feb. 27, 9:46 a.m.)

Palo Alto officers may moonlight at Levi’s Palo Alto’s police officers would get to don the uniforms and insignia of their Santa Clara counterparts as part of a proposal that will allow them to moonlight at the new Levi’s Stadium later this year. (Posted Feb. 27, 9:34 a.m.)

New rules aim to widen El Camino sidewalks With its sea of cars, narrow sidewalks, imposing office complexes and eclectic scattering of motels, restaurants and oil-change stations, El Camino Real rarely resembles the “grand boulevard” vision planners have long been pushing for the central corridor. Now, Palo Alto hopes to change that. (Posted Feb. 26, 10 p.m.)

East Palo Alto sergeant sues police, city An East Palo Alto police sergeant who reported another officer’s March 2012 misconduct — a racial slur in reference to then-Police Chief Ronald Davis, posted on Facebook — is suing the police department and city for breaching a contract filed after the conflict. (Posted Feb. 26, 4:51 p.m.)

Edgewood Plaza’s Fresh Market burglarized Palo Alto police arrested two men on Feb. 20 for their alleged involvement in a late-night burglary of The Fresh Market on West Bayshore Road. One man was found inside the store and the other inside the first man’s car, parked close by, police said. (Posted Feb. 24, 9:31 p.m.)

Residents question chemical-hazards report Barron Park residents who live near a technology firm with a track record of dangerous chemical releases told city leaders they are dissatisfied with a consultant’s hazardous-risks report, and they want the Communications and Power Industries, Inc. facility shut down. (Posted Feb. 21, 4:19 p.m.)

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Elizabeth Joanne Popp

Lois Duperrault

Elizabeth Joanne Popp (nee Wood) born September 16, 1929 in Palo Alto, California, died in Paradise, California on February 14, 2014. A native Californian and long-time resident of Palo Alto, Elizabeth (“BJ”) had lived in Chico for the past 22 years. A graduate of Palo Alto High School, she attended classes at San Jose State University where she met her beloved husband David Popp who preceded her in death. She worked as Administrative Assistant to the Chancellor at Foothill-DeAnza Community College. An avid reader who loved books, Elizabeth spent many hours volunteering at the library. She also loved piano music. A feisty and loving, bright and beautiful woman, she was adored as a wife, mother, sister and grandmother who will be forever remembered. Elizabeth is survived by her three children, Cheryl Popp of Sausalito, Eric Popp (Ann) of Chico and Steven Popp (Lucinda) of Monterey, her sister Patricia Wood of Cupertino and her grandchildren Allyson Popp of Phoenix, AZ and Whitney Popp of Washington D.C. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Paradise Hospice House, 1289 Bille Road, Paradise, CA 95969. A private memorial is pending. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.

Lois Duperrault passed away Feb. 18. She is survived by Frederic her beloved husband of 65 years. Born March 21, 1928 in Kiel, Wis. to C. Edmund & Ruth (Goltry) Hein, Lois was salutatorian of Kiel High School’s 1946 class. She then attended the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, where she met Frederic, also an art student. They were married August 6, 1949. While bringing up four children, Lois also worked as a freelance graphic artist and art teacher. Later she was employed in the audiovisual departments at University of WisconsinPlatteville and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 1983, she earned certification as a Christian Science nurse. For 30 years she worked at Arden Wood S.F. and as a visiting nurse. Lois was a peace activist, and served as President of the Milwaukee chapter of the World Federalists Association. She and Frederic were jointly awarded the 1990 Wisconsin W.F.A. Peace Service Award. Lois and Frederic moved to California in 1990 to be closer to their children and grandchildren who had relocated to the San Francisco area. With the First Church of Christ, Scientist of Mountain View, Lois served as a church reader, Sunday school teacher, reading room librarian, church board member, and member of the regional Christian Science Monitor support committee. Lois is predeceased by her daughter Jean and is survived by her husband (Mountain View), children David (Los Altos), Cheryl (San Francisco), and Alan (San Jose), daughters-in-laws Jane and Graciela, and grandchildren Michelle, Julia and Danny. A memorial service celebrating Lois’ life will be held at the First Church of Christ, Scientist at 221 Bryant Avenue in Mountain View on March 8th at 1p.m. Donations may be made in Lois’ name to Arden Wood San Francisco, Action Against Hunger, Plowshares Fund, or Democratic World Federalists Association of San Francisco.





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POLICE CALLS Palo Alto Feb. 15-25 Violence related Armed robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Family violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Strong arm robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Credit card forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Shoplifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Abandoned bicycle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . 15 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Lost/stolen plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 5 Vehicle accident/property damage . . 14 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Drunken driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Miscellaneous Disobey court order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Found property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . 1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Noise ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Possession of stolen property . . . . . . . 1 Psych subject . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 4 Trespassing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

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Violence related Brandishing weapon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Spousal abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Attempted burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . 10 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Located stolen vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle accident/mnr. injury . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle accident/no injury . . . . . . . . . . 5 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Alcohol or drug related Drug registrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Drunken driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Possession of paraphernalia . . . . . . . . 3 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Miscellaneous Coroner case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Found property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Info. case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Located missing person . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Probation violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Search warrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Warrant arrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto San Antonio Road, 2/15, 6:45 p.m.; attempted armed robbery. El Camino Real, 2/16, 0:49 a.m.; domestic violence/battery. Ferne Avenue, 2/16, 4:59 p.m.; battery.


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Keith Paul Bartel June 3, 1950- Feb. 19, 2014

Births, marriages and deaths

Mary Catherine Cunha Mary Catherine Cunha, 87, died on Feb. 14 after a short illness. She was born in South Dartmouth, Mass. in 1926 and raised in New Bedford. She moved to California in 1950 with her husband Bill Cunha, a Menlo Park fireman. They were married for 60 years. She moved to Menlo Park from Palo Alto in 1965 and was a longtime parishioner at St. Denis Church. She often greeted people at Sunday mass and waved to neighbors and friends around town. She worked at Stanford’s Student Health Services as an administrative assistant for almost 17 years and remembered those years fondly. She was known as a woman of faith, and an animal person. She is survived by her daughters Susan Moerk of Redwood City; Cathy Cunha of Woodside; and Cindy Cinha of Portola Valley; as well as her brother Joe Santos of Menlo Park; and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday March 1 at 11

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Menlo Park 300 block Sharon Park Dr., 2/20, 7:09 p.m.; brandishing weapon. 600 block Roble Ave., 2/22, 8:12 p.m.; spousal abuse.

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a.m. at St. Denis Church at 2250 Avy Ave. in Menlo Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Pets in Need in Redwood City.

Francis J. Carney Francis (Frank) Carney, 73, died on Feb. 17 following a brief illness. Frank was born Oct. 26, 1940, in Queens, N.Y. A graduate of Iona College in 1962, he served six years in the Navy. He married his wife Margaret in 1967 and soon after moved to California. They settled in Menlo Park in 1972, where he remained for the rest of his life. He worked as a probation officer and family court mediator for San Mateo County. He was actively involved in many community issues. As a tree-lover, he participated in the non-profit Trees for Menlo, which has planted trees along El Camino Real. He is survived by Margaret Carney; son Patrick Carney and his wife Juliette; son Kevin Hughes Carney and his wife Anne; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 30, at 2:30 p.m. at the Lucie Stern Community Center at 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to JW Hospitality House in Santa Clara.


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Keith Paul Bartel, a notable Burlingame attorney who lived in Atherton since 1983, died on Feb. 19 at Stanford Hospital after a short battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He was 63 years old. He was a devoted husband and loving father and son. Widely recognized for his expertise in Estate and Trust Litigation and as a Mediator he also had a statewide reputation as a Hearing Officer in Medical Staff Peer Review administrative hearings. He was the recipient of numerous honors for his legal work, including Healthcare Lawyer of the Year for 2013, Northern California Super Lawyer for 2004- 2014, and Best Lawyers of America 2008-2013. Keith’s memory was honored by The California Academy of Attorneys for Health Care Professionals in a tribute immediately after his death and a tribute to Keith by California Society of Health Care Attorneys is also planned at its Spring Seminar the week of April 11 in Lake Tahoe. Keith was born in Bat Yam, outside of Tel Aviv, Israel to two Polish Jews who survived WWII and met in a displaced people’s camp in the British sector of Germany. He called their meeting as part of only 10% of Polish Jews who survived the War a miracle. As their only child he maintained a lifelong devotion to Israel. When he was 10 he moved with his family to San Francisco. Fluent in 4 languages, he earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Political Science from UC Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of San Francisco. An avid reader and traveler he and his wife and family traveled widely throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Russia and the Baltics. He is survived by his devoted wife of 36 years, Janice Ross, daughter Maya Bartel of San Francisco and Mother Helena Brandt of Atherton. His son, Joshua Bartel, predeceased him. A Memorial Service was held on February 23 at the Hills of Eternity Cemetery in Colma, CA. Donations in his memory may be made to The Hebrew University of Jerusalem or the Hebrew Free Loan Association of San Francisco. PA I D

Rose Century Soglin

Edna Marie Huttenmaier Spitz

December 26, 1923 – February 17, 2014

April 21, 1925 – November 28, 2013

Rose Century Soglin of Palo Alto spent almost four decades raising her five children in Illinois. Then, at 59, she started a 20-year career managing the children’s section of an independent bookstore in Santa Barbara, Calif. Rose, who was called “a gentle, enthusiastic bundle of information” in a Santa Barbara newspaper profile, died Feb. 17, 2014, in Palo Alto of complications from dementia. She was 90. Rose is survived by her son Paul Soglin and his wife, Sara Soglin, of Madison, Wisc.; daughter Deborah Soglin and her husband, Dan Appelman, of Menlo Park; son Ari Soglin and his partner, Suzanne Portnoy, of Albany; daughter Becky Soglin and her husband, Rusty Hansen, of Iowa City, Iowa; son Jonathan Soglin and his wife, Eve Pearlman, of Alameda; stepdaughter and niece Susan Fantl Spivack and her husband, Jay Spivack, of Cobleskill, N.Y.; stepson and nephew Richard Steinberg and his wife, Lisa Belluzzi, of Goleta; stepson and nephew Steven Steinberg of Santa Barbara; and daughter-in-law Rae Lynn Fiscalini of Benicia. Rose also is survived by grandchildren and step- grandchildren: Jesse (Beth Mitchell) and Zachary Appelman; Rachael, Alexandra and Natasha Soglin; Dashiell and Tatiana Soglin; Talia and Oliver Soglin; Jeremy (Faye Halpern) Fantl and Sarah (David LaRosa) Spivack; and Will Steinberg. She also is survived by two step-greatgrandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews. A service will be held in the Chicago area in the spring. The family welcomes memorial gifts to your local library or the ACLU. The family extends its thanks to the staff at Palo Alto Commons, who lovingly cared for Rose for nearly a decade; Sita, who provided additional aid; Dr. Ami Laws and Pathways Hospice Care–Sunnyvale, Calif. PA I D



Edna Spitz, a longtime resident of Stanford, passed away peacefully in Los Altos on November 28, 2013. Edna was a lifelong Christian and a longtime member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Menlo Park. Edna was born in Beatrice, Nebraska and grew up on a farm in Gage County. Her parents, Carl and Pauline Huttenmaier, were German immigrants who encouraged her educational pursuits. Edna earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska and a Ph.D. from the University of Vienna. A gifted teacher, she had a lengthy and distinguished career as a German language and literature instructor at Norfolk Junior College, the University of Missouri, Stephens College, Cañada College, College of San Mateo, Foothill College and Stanford University. An expert on modern German literature, she edited the anthology German Women Writers of the Twentieth Century. Edna is reunited in death with her beloved husband, Lewis. She is survived by her children Stephen Spitz of San Francisco and Philip Spitz of Fremont, California and their spouses Carolyn and Kristin, her grandchildren Matthew, Liesl, Alyssa and Amanda Spitz, her siblings Betty Rath, Jennie Halvorsen, and Carl Huttenmaier, and many much loved nieces and nephews. Edna was laid to rest in Alta Mesa Memorial Park Cemetery in Palo Alto. Donations in her honor may be made to your favorite charity. Edna was a much loved wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, friend and teacher and made a significant difference in the lives of many. She had a servant’s heart and will be greatly missed. PA I D


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Editorial Reining in the Cubberley lease In a model of transparency, City Council directs scaling back expiring 25-year-old agreement


aving previously criticized the City Council for not recognizing the importance of providing the public with an opportunity to weigh in on and hear the council publicly discuss issues that are largely dealt with in closed session, it’s only fair to commend them for Monday night’s candid and open discussion. The city and school district have been negotiating behind closed doors for months over the renewal of a complicated lease for 27 acres at the former Cubberley High School site that was originally penned in 1989 as a way to help the schools deal with a financial crisis brought on by declining enrollment. Back then city leaders, with support from the Weekly, rallied to help the district by entering into an agreement that was essentially a funding mechanism designed to transfer city funds to the needy school district. The deal had three components: The district agreed not to sell off or redevelop unused school sites; the district provided space for after-school child care at each elementary school; and the city agreed to lease the closed Cubberley High School. Today, with built-in escalators, the deal is transferring more than $7 million each year from the city to the school district, or about 4 percent of the district’s budget. The city then leases out space at Cubberley to a variety of users and uses some itself, but generates barely enough income to simply pay for the operating expenses, with nothing offsetting the lease payments to the school district. The city is taking a bath on this deal, and with its expiration at the end of the year the time has come to rein it in. Over the last 25 years, about $136 million has been transferred from city coffers to the school district. During the depths of its financial problems, it was appropriate for the city to step up, successfully pass the utility tax and use some of that money to help out the schools. But no one dreamed that 25 years later this transfer of money from the city to the school district would still be taking place, especially given the district’s current healthy financial condition. The city is seeking relatively minor concessions in the leaserenewal negotiations compared to what it could and should be asking for. It wants to eliminate the $1.8 million a year currently being paid for the covenant not to develop or sell school sites that were considered surplus back in 1989, but which are now being utilized as schools or are lucratively leased. It also wants to end the cost-of-living increases that have driven up the lease costs. As a result of the open discussion on Monday night, the public learned that the school district is taking the position that the city should continue paying for this covenant, even though the sites are no longer even remotely at risk of development. The school district wants to renew the current agreement without any changes when it expires at the end of the year, a position that is simply indefensible. Quite appropriately, the City Council voted unanimously in public to affirm what it undoubtedly has been advising City Manager Jim Keene in closed session: There is no longer any legal or moral justification for giving $1.8 million a year to the school district. In fact, the case can be made it is an illegal conveyance of public funds. As Councilmember Larry Klein, one of the major advocates of the plan 25 years ago, said, “I don’t see how anyone can explain to our voters, most of whom are voters in the city and the school district, why the city should be paying for something that has no value.” The council voted to instruct Keene to hold firm with the school district, and several Council members suggested that if the district would not yield then the city should consider not renewing the lease at all. For its part, the school district has argued that the city has a strong interest in supporting the schools given their importance to the community, and the agreement is an appropriate ongoing investment. With other important city infrastructure needs and greater-thanexpected growth in property-tax revenues for the school district, now is the time to begin phasing out the Cubberley lease without it having negative impacts on the schools. The City Manager and Council were right to bring news of the impasse to the public and conduct a full discussion of their reasons for insisting on changes to the lease. By its unanimous vote, the Council also demonstrated a powerful united front. Now it’s time for the school board to move quickly to abandon its position on the $1.8 million covenant so it doesn’t put the entire lease at risk.

Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Skelly gave his best Editor, Flags at the Palo Alto district office should be at half mast, as yet another school superintendent bites the dust. Although he lasted seven years, the average for earlier superintendents being three and a half years, he could have continued but for a series of unexpected happenstances that may have marred his otherwise unblemished record. His letter announcing his June 30 departure is a thing of beauty. Reading between the lines, this writer feels there is a world of unspoken pain and hurt, a sense of betrayal, inhibited anger and a feeling of failure that may well be remembered, rather than his many moments of success. His school district — unique in its wealth, teaching staff, and administration as well as student brilliance — is charged with the task of being everything to everyone, in a day and age when California schools have been asked, nay, told they must provide in the school setting services that not so long ago were undreamt of. In a short period of time the schools have had to face all that the Internet and the devices invented to harvest it, have impacted on students and teachers alike. The day of the computer classroom is looming as apprehensive teachers see the handwriting on the wall. Kevin Skelly, PhD, in his seven years as superintendent of schools, was immersed in a period of rapid change, with extraordinary demands on just how to meet and handle the unexpected between a changing school board and strong involvement from the Palo Alto and Stanford parents. It surprises this writer he lasted as long as he did. I came not to bury Skelly nor to over-praise him but hopefully to soothe him knowing that he sincerely gave it his best. Phil Spickler Harvard Street, Palo Alto

Things we can do Editor, The effects of global warming have been with us for a long time (“Rising sea level isn’t in the future - it’s now and right here” by Jay Thorwaldson, 2/21/14). There are physical things we can do to help minimize the damage from global warming. One of the major contributors to global warming is world overpopulation. People are the ones who over-produce and over-consume. As couples choose to have one or two children (or none) and adopt the rest, I’m sure we will experience the results of global warm-

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ing in a far less dramatic way. Maybe those results can even be prevented. Conservation begins at home. Jackie Leonard-Dimmick, Walnut Avenue, Atherton

Save Buena Vista Editor, I raised my two children in the Foothill Green neighborhood of Palo Alto, not far from the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park. The Buena Vista community was, and is, a vital and precious part of our city. Can’t we come up with a viable and creative solution to save this community? There are 108 households and 129 children at Buena Vista. One-fourth of the households are in extended families who own neighboring mobile homes. Care and support of both children and elders happens at Buena Vista every day. It is a model for how we might all like to live — in real community, helping one another. Destruction of Buena Vista means children will be separated from grandparents, aunts and uncles. This network of family support is vital to the children being cared for and to the parents who rely on this care so they can work to sup-

port their families. Just as people get upset when thinking High Speed Rail could result in loss of homes along the rail lines, many of us are also upset that homeowners at Buena Vista will lose their homes, plus everything else — schools, childcare, jobs, etc. Silicon Valley is a place of innovation and brilliant ideas; surely creative minds plus generous spirits can come up with a way to save our Buena Vista community. Caryn Huberman Lincoln Avenue, Palo Alto

Fountains still running? Editor, I took a 40-minute stroll around Old Palo Alto on this beautiful day and was horrified to see that while some people have stopped letting their garden fountains run, many more have not. Haven’t they heard that we’re in a drought? Wouldn’t that be the easiest way to save some water, even if the water used in the fountain is recirculated? I hope the City of Palo Alto will take note and require citizens to not allow their fountains to play. Sue Kemp Seale Avenue, Palo Alto

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The hippo in the classroom by Marc Vincenti


hen it comes to online learning for teenagers — which is being hailed by many people as the Next Big Thing for our students at Paly and Gunn — I feel like some guy in a bowler hat, standing on the dock amidst the ticker-tape and wellwishers, calling at the top of my voice, “Watch out for icebergs!� True, a mere 11 “blended classes� in our city’s high schools may not add up to a Titanic, but there’s such a hue and cry these days, touting online education as the next technological marvel, and Silicon Valley’s schools as the most logical port-of-departure. What’s a “blended class�? It’s a course, whether on biology or math or French, that moves as much as half of the teaching and learning out of the classroom and onto the Internet, so that the students can read and watch and listen, at their own speeds and on their own schedules, at home. Lectures, directed readings, video clips — it all comes to the teenager’s household nook or kitchen table or bedroom. Time in the actual classroom, then, is reserved for discussion, debate, problem-solving, games, simulations, building on the material learned at home. In our district for 2014-15, 11 blended classes have now been blessed with an official, encouraging “bon voyage.�

My deep concern though, born out of — and thrive — at school. At the heart of teaching for 15 years at Gunn, is that when teaching and learning, and surely so for we take instruction out of the classroom, teenagers, is a relationship that exists faceand put it onto screens at home, we face to-face, in real time. irreparable loss. Let’s say you’re an English teacher, up Lest you roll your eyes at me as a Lud- on your feet to begin, oh, “A Tale of Two dite, let me say that I’m more of a techno- Cities,� Chapter One (“It was the best of logical agnostic. Every time I rejoice to times, it was the worst of times...� — then hear, let’s say, that George Clooney has a 119-word sentence that is guaranteed to a satellite above Subamboozle teenagdan to spy out horers and even berible human-rights My deep concern fuddle adults). If, in violations, in the your classroom of very next moment I though, born out of 20 young faces, you hear about blinding teaching for 15 years at see many frightened laser-beams, shot eyes, well, you call from the ground Gunn, is that when we for raised hands on into airplane pilots’ the French Revolutake instruction out of eyes. No sooner am tion, which your kids I glad to find out the classroom, and put have already studied about the latest gadin history and will getry of emergency it onto screens at home, feel proud and reasresponse than I we face irreparable loss. sured to instruct you discover that Amain. (The boys will zon is toting up every step its warehouse happily tell you about the guillotine.) workers take. Or I reflect on the good old If your students still look scared, you handsaw, and what it’s done for carpentry, read Chapter One aloud in a ridiculously then get images in my head of Raymond over-the-top “Downton Abbey� voice, Burr, across the way in “Rear Window.� hoping secretly they’ll begin to catch And I don’t wish to disparage my fellow Dickens’ subtle humor. And then if they teachers, who sincerely want to help our complain, as you hope they will (beyoung and naturally want to “keep up with cause complaining means they’re alive the times.� Parents, too, say that because and kicking) that Dickens uses too many our teenagers already live on their screens words, you challenge them to define what and phones and other devices, well, it’s only is “too many.� And if they seem still too common sense to meet them “where they shy to ask all their questions, you give live.� (I’ve yet to hear that, since teenag- them a minute to write them onto slips ers average more than 3,000 texts sent and of paper for you to answer, and then it’s a received per month, we should be teaching win-win, because you’ll either floor these them by I.M. and Twitter.) whippersnappers with your flawless proBut let’s not forget that our kids also live fessional knowledge or you’ll serve them

as a delightful example of the fallibility of grown-ups. None of these things can be accomplished online. Kids and teachers need to be with each other. And I’m not even talking about how we teachers engage our students’ love, and thus their desire to learn from us, by giving them Kleenex or Band-Aids or by opening a window when we see they’re too warm. Not to mention a classroom mascot of mine, a stuffed hippopotamus named Snodgrass, whom one of my junior girls (yes, a junior) cradled at her desk every day. Teenagers aren’t college students, and they can’t be taught and shouldn’t be taught online. I’m not a specialist in other disciplines, but I’m sure it’s possible to engage teenagers with anything in a personal and interactive way, whether it’s photosynthesis or French verbs or Freudian theory, and we’d be well-advised do so, and as engagingly as we can, because these are 14- and 15- and 16-year-olds who are excited and distracted about sex, about being independent, about manners and driving and sports, and up against problems at home of parental drug use and infidelity and divorce. God forbid a worst-case: that blended courses really catch on in our schools. Jobseeking teachers might view our district as a place where you don’t have to spend so much time with kids, can be away from campus, can get technical help to tape your lectures, then market them on the Web to a lucrative world, to eke out a better living. And I’m not saying our district is on board the Titanic. I’m just saying we shouldn’t sail this boat too far out to sea. N Marc Vincenti taught English at Gunn for 15 years.


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"DIBOHFJO Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest winners reveal the unseen in the ordinary



omething happens between a photograph and the real thing. A pedestrian footbridge becomes a study in symmetry. A campfire becomes a small sight compared to the star-speckled skies. A boy’s look becomes an expression of raw emotion and thought. The images captured by the winners of the Palo Alto Weekly’s 22nd Annual Photo Contest all exhibit this enlightening quality. Whether their subject is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a wrinkled man lit from above, or a graffiti-covered bridge at the beach, each photograph asks its viewers to see the world around them in a new way. The panel of judges — composed of Weekly photographer Veronica Weber, landscape photographers Angela Buenning Filo and David Hibbard, and fine art photographer Brigitte Carnochan — selected this year’s winners from the many adult and youth submissions in the three categories of Portraits, Bay Area Images and Views Beyond the Bay.

Adult: Portraits First place

“Donald” Yaniv Gur


t wasn’t the wild shock of white hair, or the stoic — almost regal — carriage that struck Yaniv Gur as he pointed a camera at Donald. It wasn’t the impish spark in the model’s eyes or Donald’s prominent cheek bones, which gave the rest of the face the gaunt, confident look of an ancient prophet. It was the hands — massive and leathery, the right one cradling a black, widerimmed hat; the left one hanging by the side, long fingers half-curled into a semicircle that could enfold a grapefruit. “In my frame, I can see his big gnarly arm and his hand and it just had so much texture,” said Gur, a Palo Alto resident whose portrait, “Donald,” took first place in the portraits category for adults in the Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest. “For the whole session, to be honest, all I was looking at was the hand.” Donald isn’t exactly what we think of when we think of male models. There is no Botox, bulging bicep or fake tan here. He is a thin man in his 80s, and he wears a buttoned long-sleeve shirt and black pants held up by a leather belt. His splotched and wrinkled face is framed from the north by a sweeping mane and from the south by a wispy sphere of a beard that fully obscures his mouth. He doesn’t have the perfect skin of GQ model, but he looks perfectly comfortable, even proud, to be in his own skin. Which, for Gur, made him a perfect subject. An Apple executive by day, Gur spends his time away from work following his passion — photography. Gur has been shooting photos for the past three decades, ever since he was an 11-year-old boy in Israel and his uncle gave him his first camera.

The winners and runners-up will be celebrated at a reception on March 5 at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road. The center will also host an exhibit of the photographs through April 6. The adult first-place photographers will be awarded $300 and a $100 gift certificate to University Art. Second-place finishers will receive $200 and a $75 gift certificate, and third-place winners will receive $100 and a $50 gift certificate. Each are also receiving a one-year membership to the Palo Alto Art Center, one of the contest’s sponsors. The youth first-place winners will be awarded $100, the second-place winners $75 and the third-place winners $50. Each will also receive a $25 gift certificate to University Art, a contest co-sponsor. Read on to learn more about the photographers and the ideas and feelings they hoped to convey through their work. N — Sam Sciolla

He hasn’t stopped since, doing everything from street photography (his main passion) to landscapes and portraits, a form that allows him to experiment with lighting. Gur discovered his model at a photography workshop in Santa Fe, N.M. He said he was struck by Donald’s “amazing presence” (“He is the definition of cool,” Gur said) and made it his personal challenge to create “something that looks like nothing I’ve ever seen.” To make it happen, Gur positioned a strobe light over Donald’s head and a ring light by his feet. He watched Donald shake his shoulders and assume his position. Then, lying on the floor near Donald’s feet, Gur fixated on the subject’s hand as he pointed the camera up and clicked away. At one point in the shoot, Gur tried to move a fan that stood behind Donald when, in a happy accident, he turned the fan on. Donald’s unkempt locks washed over his face, covering his eyes, and enabling Gur to create “Hair,” a photo that is also exhibited as part of the photo contest. The day ended happily. After Donald saw the photos, he told Gur that it was his birthday and invited him to a bar for a celebration. “We went dancing at a bar, and he was drinking like a madman,” Gur recalled. “He brought his wife and they were dancing and making out and the way he was dancing was so cool — sort of like the way he was standing in the picture.” —Gennady Sheyner

Judge’s comments


ne compelling aspect of a good portrait is the story it tells. Here, in first-place winner “Donald,” the story is staged as a small drama with lighting, costume and mystery. That the subject is thinking back in time shows in his eyes and mouth, with the costume heightening the effect. The distorted perspective of his hand — as large as his face — keeps the eye traveling back and forth between the two focal points. Our eyes aren’t allowed to leave the frame — a powerful, dramatic portrait. I have been to Ngorongoro Crater and seen some of the Masai people, but I certainly didn’t come home with a portrait as full of drama and poignancy as “Masai Man in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania,” which took second place and seems to tell the story of a whole family of people in the representation of this sole individual,

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“Donald” whose vulnerability and isolation are heightened by the dramatic color and contrast of his clothing and face against the blurred, muted background empty of other people. Portraits that last make the viewer want more. I want to know more about this man’s story. In third-place winner “Baba,” Paige Parsons has captured a moment that makes the viewer want to know, “What was she thinking?” Even though the eyes are not looking out at the viewer (or perhaps especially because they aren’t), our attention is drawn to them and invite us to imagine

all they have seen. The beautiful lighting and shallow depth of field allow us to focus without distraction on this face rich with history. “Untitled Portrait 2,” which received an honorable mention, is a photograph that illustrates Cartier Bresson’s dictum of “the decisive moment.” The tension of this particular moment is exaggerated by the tilted camera angle. The eye, lit by the glow of a lighter, focuses our attention. Clearly there’s a story here, and the photograph makes us wonder what it is. —Brigitte Carnochan

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The Weekly Photo Contest judges Angela Buenning Filo

David Hibbard

Angela Buenning Filo, a Palo Alto resident, photographs changing landscapes, most recently focusing on Silicon Valley and Bangalore, India. Her photography is currently on exhibition at the San Jose Mineta International Airport and the San Jose Museum of Art. In 2012 she invited the community to join her in creating The Palo Alto Forest, a crowd-sourced installation that reflected on the importance of the urban canopy in Palo Alto.

David Hibbard is a landscape photographer and writer based in Menlo Park. He has had several solo exhibitions of his work in the Bay Area and his photographs have been featured in Color magazine. His current project is a book-length memoir on how his childhood experiences with defective vision led him to art: first to drawing and painting and eventually to photography. His website can be viewed at

Brigitte Carnochan

Veronica Weber

Brigitte Carnochan’s photographs have been exhibited at galleries and museums nationally and internationally. Her most recent book, “Floating World,” is available online. An exhibition of her platinum/ palladium images can be seen through the end of February at Modernbook Gallery in San Francisco.

Veronica Weber, a Los Angeles native, is the Palo Alto Weekly’s staff photographer, responsible for covering daily assignments and producing video and multimedia projects for She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from San Francisco State University, and her work has been recognized by the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club.

“101 Pedestrian Overpass”

Adult: Bay Area Images First place

“101 Pedestrian Overpass” Kyu Kim


ho would’ve thought that leading a double life could be a beneficial practice? For Kyu Kim, that is exactly what he has done. Architect by day, amateur photographer by night, he has seen his two seemingly disparate worlds colliding more and more. Kim is a graduate of Palo Alto High and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. It wasn’t until college that he began photography as a hobby. It was in high school, however, when he was able to intern at ACS Architects where he now works. ACS would be the nexus for his ability to capture uncanny beauty. “I’m always pretty aware of what I’m surrounded by and what I’m looking at,” he said of seeing the beauty in things others don’t, a quality he credits architecture for giving him. “Sometimes the best pictures come out of the things that aren’t necessarily the best to look at.” That was the case for Kim as he prepared to cross the U.S. Highway 101 pedestrian overpass one day. The 29-year-old Palo Alto native looked at the bridge as a piece of architecture. Calling on his tendency to notice how light filters through a building or a room, he noticed “some nice contrast and the amount of light and shade, a certain aspect of symmetry that is there, but not there” on the overpass. And so he shot the photo without hesitation. With a little editing to the image’s color saturation and a quick crop job, Kim’s winning image was created.

“It’s about pulling something out of a place that’s always there, but many don’t see.” —Tre’vell Anderson

Selected for exhibition at the Palo Alto Art Center through April 6

Judge’s comments



he winning images in this category demonstrate that one does not have to travel far to take evocative photographs. First-place winner Kyu Kim’s “101 Pedestrian Overpass” leads us to a mysterious place, symbolized by the small blaze of white light at the far end of the walkway. I like how this image combines strong graphic elements — lines converging to a vanishing point — with soft, middle gray tones. Too much tonal contrast would destroy the sense of atmosphere. Second-place winner Peche Turner’s image “Bliss Dance” is also a strong composition. I like how the off-center placement of the dancer gives her room to cavort. Notice, too, how the form of the dancer is isolated against the night sky and how only the body of the dancer is rendered in vibrant color (all the other color is muted). These simplifications enhance the power of the image. Deborah Plumley’s “Speeding from Oakland to San Francisco,” which took third place, also achieves power through simplification. Only the important elements — the tracks, the cityscape beyond — are shown in detail. I especially like how the stream of car headlights and the two sets of tracks all curve in toward the same vanishing point, just below the City, a distant goal in the evening haze. An honorable mention, Jamshid Varza’s image “Sidewalk Art” grabs our attention through its upside-down point of view. We hardly notice the sidewalk artist — it is almost as if he has drawn himself into the picture. His creation, on the other hand, stares directly at us with wide open eyes. She has assumed a life of her own. —David Hibbard ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê˜iÝÌÊ«>}i®


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Portraits Rebecca Newell Untitled Portrait 2 (Honorable mention) Ken Fowkes Sceloporus Occidentalis Yaniv Gur Hair Bay Area Images Jamshid Varza Sidewalk Art (Honorable mention)

Paige Parsons This Is a Good Sign Peter Stangl Drying Wings Views Beyond the Bay Deborah Plumley Shell Spiral (Honorable mention) Nora Sweeny High Heels Stan Zychlinsky Danzon

Truett Clifton-Vizvary Boronda Lake, 7:45 a.m., Foothill Park

Youth Portraits Montera Espinosa A Moment Zachary Weiss Antithetical Bay Area Images Alexandra Ting The Innocent Butterfly (Honorable mention)

Nihar Pol Meerkat at San Francisco Zoo Views Beyond the Bay Montera Espinosa Lost in Belize (Honorable mention) Eli Goodman Cappadochia Hot Air Balloons (Honorable mention)

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Adult: Views Beyond the Bay First place

“Campfire Under the Stars” Timothy Aiken


ighteen-year-old Timothy Aiken, a Stanford University freshman who grew up on campus where both of his parents teach, was on a four-day backpack trip in Baja California with his family when he began framing his winning “Campfire Under the Stars” shot. They were crossing the Sierra de la Laguna mountains, a wooded range. “At the highest point is an open expanse that used to be a lake. We camped in a huge meadow. “We were 7,000 feet up, away from any cities. There were amazing, amazing stars,” he recalled. But when he looked through his lens, the

light from the campfire was overwhelming. So, first he positioned his mother and sister to block out the fire, then he used filters to cut down on light from the fire area and bring up light in the sky. With a 30-second exposure, he asked his family “to sit very, very still,” he said. Aiken, who’s been seriously taking photographs since he was in the seventh grade and spent a year on a round-the-world trip with his family, said he “feels privileged to have been able to do that kind of travel.” His other strong interest is cycling. He combines his two passions by keeping an eye out for interesting landscapes while on his bike, then returning to identified locations to capture the California scenery. —Carol Blitzer

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ach year when I view the entries in the Views Beyond the Bay Area category, I am transported to the beautiful places around the world our readers get to see. From Venetian canals to African savannahs to lush hiking trails just a state or two away, I always enjoy living vicariously through the photos of these travels for a brief moment. This year’s winning entries impressed me and the fellow judges because the photos not only show a place but they tell a story, capture a mood and call attention to the overlooked beauty of seemingly everyday objects. Tim Aiken’s winning “Campfire Under

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the Stars” caught our attention immediately. In this long exposure, three figures gather around a fire, faces illuminated by the glowing flames and draped under a huge canopy of the seemingly infinite stars and light bands of the Milky Way galaxy. One can almost feel the warmth of the fire on their faces and imagine staring up at the stars by looking at this image. Aiken’s use of light, exposure and framing has brilliantly captured the mood and feeling of this place that would be difficult to express in words. One of the great things about photography is that it can bring our attention to design and form in ways we have not noticed before. This is the case in Paige Parsons’ second-place “Power Lines, Beijing, China” image. Though the subject matter may be just an ordinary power structure in China, in Parsons’ photo, it becomes a study of converging lines, shapes and symmetry. The image asks us to appreciate the artistic design of otherwise ordinary objects and invites us to study other objects with such detail. We also loved the dreamy, storytelling quality of Tony Williams’ third-place “Going to Work by the Disney Concert Hall.” A lone figure of a woman holding shopping bags stands in front of the sculptural, industrial shapes of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles shrouded in fog and soft blue tones. The soft light adds an ethereal quality to the image and the isolation of the lone figure adds drama and mystery to the scene. The storytelling quality of this image makes us wonder about this woman and where she is headed. I believe that memorable images not only capture a sense of place and being but also leave us curious and wanting to know more about the story behind it. —Veronica Weber

Youth: Portraits First place


really liked it, and my friends liked getting nice pictures of themselves,” the 17year-old said. Another reason: “I don’t like being in front of the camera, so I stepped behind it.” In “Noam,” a family friend who was playing in the Obermans’ hot tub began to cry when he ran out of apple juice — and Oberman began to shoot. “I always take a lot of pictures. He’s a really photogenic kid, and I got lucky with this one,” she said. Always on the lookout for photo opportunities, the junior at Kehillah Jewish High School carries her Nikon DSLR around with her. She enjoys incorporating her photography into mixed-media art projects and journaling — and some of her work hangs on the walls of Kehillah. Oberman took up street photography — shooting people she sees around a city and making up stories about them — after seeing an exhibit of street photographer Bruce Gilden’s work in New York City. She’s tried it in New York and also in Palo Alto. “But I have to be careful when I’m taking pictures here because sometimes I’ll write a story for somebody that one of my friends knows, and it’s awkward.” As for Noam, he’s thrilled to be part of winning a contest — and excited that his picture will be in the paper, the photographer said. —Chris Kenrick

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he winning photographers in the Youth: Portraits category all took young people as their subject matter, each demonstrating a compelling connection between camera and subject.

Hanna Oberman


alo Alto teenager Hanna Oberman started taking pictures seriously when she was in eighth grade, after getting a camera as a gift. “I started playing around with it and


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“Reflection” “Patriot”

Choosing to photograph in black and white, first-place winner Hanna Oberman creates a moody portrait of a young boy, “Noam.” Pared down and effectively composed, the details of this photograph — the droplets of water on the boy’s cheek and mysterious textures in the background — captured our attention. Second-place winner Alisha Nayak used color to her advantage, effectively capturing her subject’s intense focus. In “Dance With the Sun,” the dancer’s outstretched arms helped frame and contain this composition. In a similar way, Jillian Li leads us into her photograph “Looking Down at My Brother” through reaching arms. In this portrait we were engaged by the textures and reflections in the surrounding environment, which give the viewer a reason to take a second look. —Angela Buenning Filo

Youth: Bay Area Images First place

“Reflection” Zachary Weiss


achary Weiss had one thing on his mind while walking down a long, vacant stretch of beach along the Northern California coast last June: He had to go to the bathroom. But all of a sudden, something else stole his attention. “It’s hard to describe — occasionally, I will just get this feeling,” the Gunn High School freshman said. “I know there’s a photo to be had here — I just can’t tell what.” He continued along the beach until he stumbled upon a huge pile of rocks that stretched to the top of a bridge above the beach. He clambered to the top of the rocks, balancing his feet in

order to keep his Nikon D5100 stable, and found his shot. The photo, titled “Reflection,” won first place in the photo contest’s Youth: Bay Area Images category. On the right-hand side is the bridge, with graffiti-covered arches open underneath standing in a body of water. In the distance is more beach and sky. He said he took two shots with different exposures and used a high-dynamic-range technique, or HDR, to merge the two exposures in order to better capture “both the highs and lows” in the photo. Weiss is a self-taught photographer who picked up the craft in seventh grade, in conjunction with his love of filmmaking. Weiss and his good friend, Mihir Juvvadi, who won first place in the contest’s Views Beyond the Bay category, started playing around with his camera together. “Soon enough he has his own camera, and we’re going out on photo walks every other day,” Weiss said. This is reflected in his approach to photography — “walk around until something hits you” — and camera subjects, which is anything from his beach shot to portraits to abstract photos. Weiss said he’s also passionate about psychology, film, coding and Web design. He recently launched his own website,, where he’s showcasing and selling his prints. —Elena Kadvany

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he weather was right when Zachary Weiss headed out to shoot his winning landscape, “Reflection.” Painted in the muted palette of an overcast sky, this image brings natural and human-made elements into harmony. At the same time, the clashing energy of graffiti and construction fencing against a serene beach landscape and monumental sky bring tension and interest to the image. In her second-place image, Hannah Oberman finds a way to isolate this couple’s passionate kiss against what could have been a distracting background. Her manipulated toning gives this image a cinematic quality, and her title, “In Defense of Marriage,” makes the viewer want to know more about the moment she has captured. Mihir Juvvadi’s photograph, “Flight,” had enough strength and focus that the judges were willing to overlook small dis-

tractions at the edges of the composition. The shapes and fine details found within these outstretched wings made this image successful. —Angela Buenning Filo

Youth: Views Beyond the Bay First place

“Patriot” Mihir Juvvadi


hen Mihir Juvvadi pressed the shutter-release button on his Canon EOS Rebel T3i while visiting Washington, D.C., in April 2013, he had no idea that his shot would win a photo contest almost a year later. “Patriot” captures one small portion of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in early evening. Reflected in the polished black granite is the Washington Monument, illuminated by the sinking sun. “It shows a lot of the nationalism and patriotism presented in Washington, D.C.,” the 14-year old freshman at Gunn High School said. He admitted that he didn’t see that particular shot initially. He started by capturing the memorial as a whole, from farther away. “I noticed that the trees were reflecting onto the stone, and I thought I might try to clarify that effect by coming at a 3/4 angle,” he said. “This worked (and) toward the end of the memorial, I found that the Washington Monument was positioned behind me, so I set up to take the shot, with the Washington Monument reflected into the war memorial.” Juvvadi is part of an interesting twist in this year’s photo contest: His good friend Zachary Weiss, who went to Washington, D.C., with him and first introduced him to photography about two years ago when

they were playing around with his SLR camera, won first place in the Bay Area Images category. “I look at pictures that other people like Zachary have taken, and seeing what they have done makes me want to try that as well,” Juvvadi said. “I don’t like to take a photography class to learn it.” Besides playing the piano since he was 6 years old, Juvvadi leads a busy life as the senior patrol leader for his Boy Scout troop and is learning jazz. He also created his own website to showcase his photographs, —Marion Hohlfeld

Judge’s comments


ihir Juvvadi’s winning image sets the Vietnam Memorial beautifully in the landscape. With a careful composition captured at an ideal time of day, Mihir gives us another view from which to reflect on two of our country’s most iconic monuments. Even in the murky areas of the photo, interesting pops of color emerge, bringing those standing alongside Mihir into the frame as well. This judge, for one, particularly enjoyed the black and white images in the youth category this year. Hanna Oberman took second place for her image “At the Cuzco Orphanage,” a portrait of a boy whose eyes meet the camera with a direct and open gaze. He seems about to speak, and this photograph gives us a chance to get to know him, even if we can’t hear his words. Elise Most, like other youth winners this year, shows us a keen sense of timing and quality of light in her third-place image, “Beach Fence.” She takes an everyday subject and gives us a reason to consider it much longer than we might have if we had been standing in front of it ourselves. Rather than photograph the beach, she has brought us up to its edge where we can get lost in the blades of grass and winding layers of fence. N —Angela Buenning Filo PUBLISH YOUR PHOTOS ONLINE Palo Alto Online has a photo gallery where community members can post their own photos for others to see! There are five categories: breaking news, community events, sports, travel and “fun stuff.” Share your photographs, and check out what others have posted, by going to photo_gallery.

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Arts, Culture, Other Camps

City of Mountain View Swim Lessons

Mountain View

Rengstorff and Eagle Park Pools We offer swim lessons for ages 6 months to 14 years. Following the American Red Cross swim lesson program, students are divided into one of the 11 different levels taught by a certified instructor. Rengstorff Park Pool, 201 S Rengstorff Ave and Eagle Park Pool, 650 Franklin St. 650.903.6331

Club Rec Juniors & Seniors

Mountain View

Club Rec Juniors and Seniors is open for youth 6-11 years old. These traditional day camps are filled with fun theme weeks, weekly trips, swimming, games, crafts and more! Rengstorff Park, 201 S. Rengstorff Avenue 650.903.6331

Nike Tennis Camps

Stanford University

Weekly overnight and day camps offered throughout June, July and August for boys & girls ages 6-18. Options for all ability levels, great Nike prizes and camp t-shirt. Adult weekend clinics offered in June and August. Come join the fun and GET BETTER THIS SUMMER! 1.800.NIKE.CAMP (645.3226)

The Sacred Heart Sports Camp


powered by Hi-Five Sports Club Hi-Five Sports is thrilled to present our third multi-sport competitive summer camp to the San Francisco Bay Area! Through experienced, passionate, and patient coaching, we believe the timeless lessons that only sports can teach with stay with the kids for the rest of their lives. camp/bayarea_camp_summer_camp_atherton/ 650.362.4975

Spartans Sports Camp

Mountain View

Spartans Sports Camp offers multi-sport, week-long sessions for boys and girls in grades 2-6 as well as sport-specific sessions for grades 5-9. There are also strength and conditioning camps for grades 6-12. New this year are cheerleading camps for grades Pre-K - 8. Camps begin June 9th and run weekly through August 1st at Mountain View High School. The camp is run by MVHS coaches and student-athletes and all proceeds benefit the MVHS Athletic Department. Lunch and extended care are available for your convenience. Register today! www. 650.479.5906

Stanford Baseball Camps


Stanford Baseball Camps have gained national recognition as the some of the finest in the country. These camps are designed to be valuable and beneficial for a wide range of age groups and skill sets. From the novice 7 year-old, to the Division 1, professionally skilled high school player, you will find a camp that fulfills your needs. 650.723.4528

Stanford Water Polo


Ages 7 and up. New to sport or have experience, we have a camp for you. Half day or fully day option for boys and girls. All the camps offer fundamental skill work, scrimmages and games. 650.725.9016

Summer at Saint Francis

Mountain View

Sports & Activity Camp (ages 6-12): This all-sports camp provides group instruction in a variety of field, water and court games. Saint Francis faculty and students staff the camp, and the focus is always on fun. The program is dedicated to teaching teamwork, sportsmanship and positive self-esteem. After camp care and swim lessions available. 650.968.1213 x650

Summer Sports Camp@SportsHouse

Redwood City

All sports camp for kids ages 6-13 at SportsHouse from June 16 - August 15. Full day of fun, all summer long. Lunch included. After camp care optional. 650.362.4100

Summer at Saint Francis

Mountain View

Advanced Sports Camps (5th-9th grades): We offer a wide selection of advanced sports camp designed to provide players with the opportunity to improve both their skills and knowledge of a specific sport. Each camp is run by a Head Varsity Coach at Saint Francis, and is staffed by members of the coaching staff. 650.968.1213 x650

Camp Boogaloo & Camp Zoom


Mountain View

These new Summer Day Camps are sure to keep your kids busy! Camp Boogaloo, open to youth 6-11 years old, will be held at Castro Park, 505 Escuela Ave. Camp Zoom, open to youth 9-12 years old, will be held at Crittenden Athletic Field, 1500 Middlefield Road. Both of these traditional day camps are filled with fun theme weeks, weekly trips, swimming, games, crafts and more! 650.903.6331

Castilleja Summer Camp

Palo Alto

Castilleja Summer Day Camp offers a range of age-appropriate activities including athletics, art, science, computers, writing, crafts, cooking, drama, and music classes each day and weekly field trips. 650.328.3160

City of Mountain View

Mountain View

Recreation Division Discover fun with us this summer through the many programs available with the City of Mountain View Recreation Division. From sports to traditional day camps, to cooking camps, dance camps and art camps... we have it all! Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Avenue 650.903.6331

Mountain View

50+ creative camps for Grades K-8! Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Musical Theater, School of Rock, Digital Arts, more! Oneand two-week sessions; full and half-day enrollment. Extended care available. Financial aid offered. 650.917.6800 ext. 0

Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve

Children ages 6-14 can meet the livestock, help with farm chores, explore a wilderness preserve and have fun with crafts, songs and games. Older campers conclude the week with a sleepover at the Farm. Near the intersection of Hwy 85 and Hwy 280 650.903.6331

J-Camp Oshman Family JCC

Palo Alto

Exciting activities for kindergarteners through teens include swimming, field trips, sports and more. Enroll your child in traditional or special focus camps like Computer Animation, Baking, Urban Art & Murals, Outdoor Exploration and many others! 650.223.8622

Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC)

Palo Alto

PACCC summer camps offer campers, grades 1st to 6th, a wide variety of fun opportunities! Neighborhood Adventure Fun and Ultimate Adventure Fun for the more active and on-the-go campers! New this year: Sports Adventure Camp, JV for the younger athletes and Varsity for the older sports enthusiasts! We introduce FAME - Fine arts, Music and Entertainment -- a 4-week opportunity for the artists. Returning is Operation Chef for out of this world cooking fun! Swimming twice per week, periodic field trips, special visitors and many engaging camp activities, songs and skits round out the fun offerings of PACCC Summer Camps! Open to campers from all communities! Come join the fun in Palo Alto! Register online. 650.493.2361

TechKnowHow® Computer and LEGO® Summer Camp

Palo Alto Menlo Park/Sunnyvale

Fun and enriching technology classes for students, ages 5-16. Courses include LEGO® projects with motors, K’NEX®, NXT® Robotics, Arduino™, iPad® Movie Making and Game Design. Classes feature high-interest, age-appropriate projects which teach technology and science skills. Half and Full day options. Early bird and multiple week discounts are also available. 650.638.0500

YMCA of Silicon Valley What makes Y camps different?


We believe every child deserves the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Y campers experience the outdoors, make new friends and have healthy fun in a safe, nurturing environment. They become more confident and grow as individuals, and they learn value in helping others. We offer day, overnight, teen leadership and family camps. Financial assistance is available. Get your summer camp guide at camp 408.351.6400

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Palo Alto/ Pleasanton

Emerson School of Palo Alto and Hacienda School of Pleasanton open their doors and offer their innovative programs: Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Presentation Techniques, and (new) test-taking skills. Call or visit our site for details. 650.424.1267; 925.485.5750

Foothill College

Los Altos Hills

Two Six-Week Summer Sessions beginning June 10. These sessions are perfect for university students returning from summer break who need to pick up a class and high school juniors, seniors and recent graduates who want to get an early start. 650.949.7362

Harker Summer Programs

San Jose

K-12 offerings taught by exceptional, experienced faculty and staff. K-6 morning academics – focusing on math, language arts and science – and full spectrum of afternoon recreation. Grades 6-12 for credit courses and non-credit enrichment opportunities. Sports programs also offered. 408.553.0537

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Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA)

Deer Hollow Farm Wilderness Camps

Early Learning Write Now! Summer Writing Camps


Take interests further and gain a competitive edge! Ages 7-17 create apps, video games, C++/Java programs, movies, and more at weeklong, day and overnight summer programs. Held at Stanford and others. Also 2-week, pre-college programs for ages 13-18. 1.888.709.TECH (8324)

iD Film Academy for Teens


Discover how filmmaking or photography can lead to a rewarding career. 2-week, pre-college summer programs for ages 13-18. Held at UC Berkeley, Yale, and NYU. Also weeklong camps for ages 7-17 held at iD Tech Camps. 1.888.709.TECH (8324)

iD Game Academy for Teens Design & Development

Stanford/ Bay Area

Instead of just playing games, design and develop your own. 2-week, pre-college summer programs in game design, development, programming, and 3D modeling. Also week long camps for ages 7-17 held at iD Tech Camps. 1.888.709.TECH (8324)

iD Programming Academy for Teens

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Gain a competitive edge and learn how programming can become a college degree and even a rewarding career. 2-week, pre-college summer programs in programming, app development, and robotics engineering. Also weeklong camps for ages 7-17 held at iD Tech Camps. 1.888.709.TECH (8324)

Stanford Explore: A Lecture Series on Biomedical Research


EXPLORE biomedical science at Stanford! Stanford EXPLORE offers high school students the unique opportunity to learn from Stanford professors and graduate students about diverse topics in biomedical science, including bioengineering, neurobiology, immunology and many others.

Stratford School - Camp Socrates

Palo Alto/Bay Area

Academic enrichment infused with traditional summer camp fun--that’s what your child will experience at Camp Socrates. Sessions begin June 23 and end August 8, with option to attend all seven weeks, or the first four (June 23-July 18). Full or half-day, morning or afternoon programs available. Perfect for grades preschool through 8th. 17 campuses throughout Bay Area. 650.493.1151

Summer at Saint Francis

Mountain View

Summer at Saint Francis provides a broad range of academic and athletic programs for elementary through high school students. It is the goal of every program to make summer vacation enriching and enjoyable! 650.968.1213 x446

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The tweeting species A conversation with Jonathan Franzen by Gennady Sheyner


onathan Franzen famously loves to be alone, but he will make an exception for an early-morning spring rendezvous with a warbler in Central Park or for a glimpse of the rare rayadito taking refuge on a volcanic island 500 miles off the coast of Chile. Franzen famously hates the noise peddled by Facebook and Twitter, but he tolerates tweets when they come from feathered sources. And he doesn’t need social media to get the news about a two-year hunting ban that Albania adopted earlier this month — an important step for a country that he says has “one of the worst hunting problems in Europe and also some of the best habitats.” Franzen famously laments our text-and-spend culture, the pervasive optimism of app-pushing technologists and the toll that shallow groupthink of the Internet has taken on the individual. In essays and interviews last fall, he compared Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to “one of the horsemen of Apocalypse”; descr ibed

Facebook as a “junior-high cafeteria”; and, borrowing a line from Austria’s cantankerous 1930s naysayer (and subject of Franzen’s latest work) Karl Kraus, decried America’s culture of techno-consumerism as the “infernal machine of humanity.” But when he pays a visit next week to Silicon Valley, the bulging, buzzing belly of this inferno, his goal won’t be so much to ruffle feathers as to celebrate them. Specifically, he will be talking about birds, a subject that has featured heavily in his books, essays and thoughts over the past decade. As part of the Peninsula Open Space Trust’s annual Wallace Stegner Lectures, the novelist, essayist and journalist will appear on March 6 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts for a conversation with poet, essayist and fellow bird-lover Robert Hass. Franzen’s obsession with birds should come as no surprise to his readers, a group that has grown exponentially since his 2001 novel, “The Corrections,” became a literary sensation, a National Book Award winner and Oprah Winfrey’s most famous book-

club selection. (The two had a public row after Franzen called many of Oprah’s book selections “schmaltzy,” and she rescinded her invitation for him to appear on her show. They have since made up.) His most recent novel, “Freedom,” which landed Franzen on the cover of Time Magazine under the headline “Great American Novelist,” features a cerulean warbler on the cover and tells a story of Walter Berglund, a lawyer committed to protecting the tiny songbird from human overpopulation — even if it means blowing up a chunk of a mountain. Franzen’s musings on birds and humans are also scattered throughout his essays, including the report he published in The New Yorker in 2011 about his trip to the remote Alejandro Selkirk Island, far off the Chilean coast, to scatter the ashes of his recently departed friend, David Foster Wallace, and to find the rare and elusive Masafuera rayadito. “Simply knowing that the bird was on the island made the island interesting to me,” Franzen wrote in April 2011. “When I’m searching for a mostly lost authenticity, for the remnants of a world now largely overrun by human beings but still beautifully indifferent to us; to glimpse a rare bird somehow persist-

Courtesy of Kathryn Chetkovich

Novelist and essayist Jonathan Franzen, who is a passionate birder, will be speaking on March 6 in Mountain View as part of the nonprofit Peninsula Open Space Trust’s annual lecture series.

ing in its life of breeding and feeding is an enduringly transcendent delight.” Franzen, 54, said his fascination with birds began when he was around 40 and a relationship brought him to Santa Cruz, where he caught the “serious bird-watching bug.” Having spent the first half of his life as a traveler visiting museums and cathedrals, Franzen said he now prefers to spend time at sewage-treatment plants, idle agricultural fields and other isolated spots frequented by birds. “In New York, you have to wait for the migration season,” Franzen said in a phone interview. “You get about three weeks in the spring and a month in the fall, whereas it’s year-round in Santa Cruz. The birds are all around you. For someone developing a serious birding habit, that availability made a big difference. Really, anytime you can go out and see some really amazing birds.” In a recent conversation with the Weekly, Franzen expanded on his bird obsession, his Twitter anxiety and the value of solitude. Excerpts from that interview are published here. A longer version — in which he discusses his journalism, his activism and Albania’s hunting ban — has been posted on Q: What about birds do you find compelling?

“They are everywhere — they are in the Antarctic, in the middle of the ocean. There are, believe it or not, seagulls nesting in the driest desert on Earth — a Chilean desert — they fly 50 miles inland from the coast every day, every night. So, wherever you are, whether in the middle of London or an extremely dry desert or in the middle of the ocean, they are there being beautiful and incredibly well-adapted to their environment. And, in terms of a kind of passion or obsession, there are just enough of them — enough different kinds of them. If you’re into beetles, it’s hopeless. You can spend the rest of your life learning about the beetles of your backyard. The top layer of soil probably has as many as there are birds. With birds, it’s a manageable number. “Also, they have widespread underdog status. The world belonged to the birds for thousands and millions of years. Birds were really successful. It’s a great adaptation

on nature’s part. Now, as human presence expands ever more on the planet, more and more are really beleaguered. The rarest you find only in a really small place. “Writers in general, maybe fiction writers in particular, and certainly this fiction writer, have sympathy with lost causes, embattled minorities. Literary fiction has that embattled-minority status nowadays. “In the same way, as when I happen to look at an ordinary-looking American citizen who spends time reading literature, I’m so happy to meet this person — You exist! I get the same feeling going to the last habitat where a species that once had range is still hanging on. “It’s very sad that the range has diminished, but I also feel very fortunate that I get to see the last of the species. It fuels my commitment to try to forestall extinctions, to work on behalf of bird conservation. In spite of everything that happened, these small warm-blooded creatures are still managing to hang on.” Q: Is bird watching a solitary activity for you or a communal one?

“It’s both. It’s kind of like a community of readers. We’re all talking about the same thing, but ultimately the appeal of being a reader is that you spend this time completely alone and paradoxically feeling very closely connected with whoever wrote what you’re reading. In the same way, I think birding is fundamentally a solitary activity. You’re having some kind of an experience or relationship with the birds you’re watching.” Q: In your 1996 essay in Harper’s, you shared your anxieties about the threat of technology and consumerism and your “despair” about the relevance of the literary novel today. Has the success of your two novels since then changed your thinking?

“I certainly became a lot less angry after the success of ‘The Corrections.’ I try to be rational about things, and when I’m making the case that nobody cares about the kinds of novel I care about and suddenly hundreds of thousands of people are liking the novels I’m writing — I’m not going to fly in the face of that evidence. In general, I was depressed in the 1990s, (continued on next page)

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Book Talk IS GOOGLE MAKING US STUPID? ... The City of Palo Alto is participating in Silicon Valley Reads, where the entire community is encouraged to read, think about and discuss the same books. A book discussion of “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains” by Nicholas Carr will take place on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m., at the Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave., Palo Alto. The event is free, but registration is advised. Information: Use the library’s online calendar at library or call 650-329-2436. AUTHOR TALKS ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, include: Sharon Kay Penman, “A King’s Ransom” (March 13, 7 p.m.); Robin Ellis, “Healthy Eating for Life: Over 100 Simple and Tasty Recipes” (March 16, 7 p.m.); Tiffany Baker, “Mercy Snow,” in conversation with Ellen Sussman, “The Paradise Guest House” (The Peninsula Parlour, with 5 percent of all sales during this event to be donated to Abilities United, March 18, 7 p.m.). Also, Books, Inc. at 501 Castro St., Mountain View, welcomes Julian Hoffman for “The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World” (March 11, 7 p.m.). Information: MORE TALKS ... Upcoming authors at Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include Alice LaPlante, “A Circle of Wives” (March 4, 7:30 p.m.); Janie Chang, “Three Souls” (March 6, 7:30 p.m.); Mary Wilcon, “A Song Just for Me: Stirred by Music to Conversation and Compassion” (March 10, 7 p.m. at Channing House, 850 Webster St., Palo Alto); T.T. Monday (aka Nick Taylor), “The Setup Man” (March 11, 7:30 p.m.); Lisa Solomon in conversation with Hillview School Principal Erik Burmeister, “Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change” (March 12, 7 p.m.); Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen, “Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback” (March 13, 7:30 p.m.) and Kelly Corrigan, “Glitter and Glue: A Memoir” (March 18, 7:30 p.m.). Information: N

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and when you are depressed you feel isolated from the rest of humanity. “It’s still possible to fall into that sense of isolation. You think you’re the last person in the world who thinks Twitter is dumb because the whole essence of Twitter is people are communicating with themselves and constantly telling themselves how great Twitter is. The world can suddenly start looking like everyone but you has gotten with the program.” Q: You’ve been particularly scathing in your criticism of social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter. Is there anything that you think social media is good for?

“Any tool is going to be useful in the right hands. I think Twitter is probably the least defensible one, but, boy, do the Twitter fans rush to present examples of Twitter being used for things like the Arab Spring. Maybe for a protest movement or to have awareness raised, even Twitter can help out. “Really, my resistance to it has always been that while presenting itself in kind of utopian terms, the Internet and everything following from it has in fact been the ideal manifestation of consumer capitalism. It used to be that you would spend large parts of your day not buying and selling. Our economic system has figured out how to inject itself pretty much into every minute of your life. I’m enough of a worrywart to think that should be examined. “But I’m much less pessimistic now. At the time (in 1996, when the Harper’s essay came out), in my despair, I was undercounting and underestimating the number of people who have similar misgivings. It still may not be anything near a majority of Americans, but there are millions and millions of people who are uncomfortable with various aspects of modern life. I’m not writing to persuade anyone, I’m writing to provide company for people who are similarly uncomfortable.”

“But it’s possible to look at the way social media in particular operate in people’s lives and feel, in looking from the outside, like there is a self-medicating quality to it, an addictive quality. It seems to me that, though it’s not universally true, a lot of people’s interactions with new technology, while presenting themselves as an involvement in a community, don’t really pass the test for a true community. Yes, you can be taking pictures of you and your friends and what you’re eating and looking at other pictures of people and their friends and think it’s a community. But that’s not my idea of a community.”

“To be tied to other beings through a wish just to give is fundamentally different from trying to get the most value as a consumer and trying to market yourself and chasing whatever is being marketed, which often takes the form of celebrity. Most artists don’t get very far without explicitly or implicitly subscribing to this idea (of a gift economy) because most artists don’t end up doing very well in the market economy.”

Q: Then what is your idea of the community?

“I’ve been suspicious of everything Californian for most of my life. All the 1970s stereotypes of the good life and Napa and Marin had clouded my view of the state. What I’ve found there instead is, of course, one of the greatest places on earth. “The Bay Area is fortunate to have been the birthplace of the organized American environmental movement in the person of John Muir and in the collective of the Sierra Club. You can tell simply by being in the Bay Area that people who care about nature have been working there for well over 100 years. For a major metropolitan area, it has an amazing amount of open space — just driving on Route 1 from Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay, not only are there no stoplights but there are very few buildings for about 45

“Here’s what it isn’t. I don’t think selling and being sold to constitutes a community. I don’t think selfadvertisement and consumption of other people’s self-advertisement has much to do with a community. “Community is more along the lines of a gift economy and the real hard-core criticism of social media in particular is that they’re serving a market economy, a dollar-valued economy. “One of the appeals of birds for me is that they are not a part of that economy and never can be. You can’t pay them off, all you can do is try to keep their home from being destroyed. And they’re not going to pay you back either. They’re not going to thank you.

Q: Do you see nature and birdwatching in particular as a partial solution to the problem of too much technology-driven distraction in our lives?

“When I was first becoming a bird-watcher, I was wary of it. It felt compulsive — a new thing to be addicted to, a new way for distracting myself from whatever anxieties I was suffering in other parts of my life. Once you start caring about birds, you start getting drawn into a real relationship with nature, a real sense of obligation to involve yourself in conservation. “I’m not a Luddite. I adopted computers before almost anyone I know. I was already using a word processor in the 1980s. I remember writing computer programs at the age of 14, in the 1970s. It’s not that I’m opposed to technology. The Internet is great for many things.

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Q: Your novels have targeted New York, Boston and St. Louis, but you pay regular visits to Santa Cruz. Why?

miles. That’s because a lot of experiments in how to preserve open space and substantial chunks of nature were performed in the backyards of groups like Sierra Club. “Santa Cruz in particular is imbued with that spirit. There is a functioning greenbelt. There are these wildlife corridors, which is why we have bobcats all over the center of Santa Cruz. It’s really quite remarkable. The Bay Area as a whole, with groups like POST, is really exemplary in the true sense of ‘example’ in showing how you can have major economic activity, a major concentration of population and not totally screw it up.” N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

If you’re going What: Jonathan Franzen in conversation with Robert Hass, followed by a book-signing and reception for the audience Where: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View When: March 6 at 8 p.m. Cost: $22 Info: lectures

READ MORE ONLINE A transcript of the Weekly’s full interview with Jonathan Franzen has been posted on Palo Alto Online.


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Eating Out The coffee-beer buzz Palo Alto Brewing Company and Philz Coffee team up to make Cool Beanz, a coffee-flavored porter by Elena Kadvany | photos by Veronica Weber


he romantic adage “we go together like peanut butter and jelly” should be amended to “we go together like coffee and beer.” Though the pairing might seem unusual, the bitterness of coffee beans complements the deeproasted flavors of darker beers like stouts, porters and lagers in a unique palate-pleasing way. Two local businesses — Palo Alto Brewing Company and Philz Coffee — recognized the complementary nature of these two drinks a few years ago. They teamed up to produce Cool Beanz, a porter brewed with Philz’s “Philtered Soul” medium-dark roast coffee beans.

“I’m a fan of coffee beers in general,” said Palo Alto Brewing owner Kasim Syed. “I like that style. But the majority of coffee beers in the market tend to be usually really strong, high alcohol, like imperial coffee stouts, imperial coffee porter. “It makes it hard to drink a lot of them. So I wanted to do something that was a little more sessionable,” he said, using the term that refers to how drinkable a beer is and is used to describe beers with lower alcohol content that can be consumed in greater quantities. Cool Beanz has a low alcohol ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê˜iÝÌÊ«>}i®

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different when making a coffee beer, but the end product’s flavor profile will vary depending on when the beans are added in, Syed explained. “You can put the beer in the mash, which is the start of (the brewing process). You can put it in during the boil. What we do is we put it in during the secondary fermentation. It’s kind of like cold-steeping it because we didn’t want to get any of the bitterness out of the coffee that might come when it reacts with the hot water.”

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Though this makes for a “coffee-forward” beer, Syed said he is aiming for high “sessionability.” “If you’re at the pub, you can have a couple of pints and you don’t have to worry about it. Whereas a lot of the other ones ... you enjoy that flavor but you can’t have more than one.” This isn’t just a company line. Take it from this reporter, someone who’s almost completely averse to darker beers: Cool Beanz is truly smoother and easier to drink — without sacrificing any flavor — than most of its porter counterparts. The coffee flavor doesn’t come on too strong either, but just enough to feel like the drink is giving a two-for-one kick. Jaber — more of a beans than brews aficionado — admitted he’s “not even a big fan of beer,” but said he enjoys Cool Beanz. “I’m no expert by any means, but you don’t need to be an expert to know if something’s good or not,” he said. Bottles of Cool Beanz are sold at Mollie Stone’s, Piazza’s Fine Foods and Whole Foods in Palo Alto; Ava’s Downtown Market & Deli and Jane’s Beer Store in Mountain View and The Willows Market in Menlo Park, and it’s on tap at The Rose & Crown in downtown Palo Alto. N Online Editor Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@


The Wind Rises ---1/2 (Century 16) “All I wanted to do was to make something beautiful.” So said aeronautical engineer Jiro Horikoshi, whose Mitsubishi A5M and A6M Zero served the Empire of Japan during WWII. Amid some controversy, living-legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki has written and directed his own latest “something beautiful,” this one a hand-drawn fantasia about Horikoshi: “The Wind Rises.” The title, borrowed from a Hori Tatsuo novel, alludes to a line from a Paul Valéry poem: “The wind is rising! We must try to live!” Life is too short not to take every opportunity, in one’s vocational and romantic callings, and thusly Miyazaki frames his heavily fictionalized take on Horikoshi. Horikoshi (voiced in the English-language version by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) literally dreams of airplanes, inspired by Italian engineer Count Gianni Caproni (Stanley Tucci). Horikoshi sets out to study engineering and land a job at an airplane manufacturer that will build his planes. On this path, he also encounters a young woman named Naoko (Emily Blunt), who becomes his muse. Naoko’s struggle with tuberculosis informs one of the story’s deepset ironies: In her devotion, Naoko insists upon Horikoshi achieving his dreams of flight, but in the process, the couple loses valuable time to spend with each other. When lives are accounted in the end, Horikoshi and Miyazaki must ask, was it all worth it? Did this (fictionalized) Horikoshi make the right choice to achieve his dream, no matter the cost to others?

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“The Wind Rises” has a pastel-pastoral quality that romanticizes, with Impressionist stylings, the quixotic pursuit of invention. Like much Japanese animation of Miyazaki’s generation, the film is sentimental and sweet, but as much as it deeply understands the artistic mindset of a driven creator, it also acknowledges the darker implications of a genius’ tunnel vision. Horikoshi has literal nearsightedness that also serves as a metaphor for what enables him to block out doubt and achieve success while willfully ignoring moral questions. Like many Studio Ghibli productions, “The Wind Rises” has gotten the red-carpet treatment from stateside distributor Disney (under its adult-skewing Touchstone Pictures banner), including seven-time Oscar winner Gary Rydstrom to direct the English version, and a cast that also includes John Krasinski, Martin Short, Jennifer Grey, Werner Herzog, William H. Macy, Elijah Wood and Mandy

Patinkin. Animation notwithstanding, the audience for “The Wind Rises” isn’t wee, though middle-schoolers willing to roll with its longueurs and provocations will be primed for an interesting post-matinee discussion with parents. Despite showcase scenes of Horikoshi’s dreams and test flights, “The Wind Rises” is in some ways Miyazaki’s most grounded film. Since the ground is the story’s real enemy, established in part by the fearsome 1923 Kanto quake, the escapist rarity of flight gives it all the more power. Much of the film concerns the plodding work — and gentle, if not delicate, soul — required to achieve beauty, another way in which “The Wind Rises,” possibly Miyazaki’s swan song, skews to stealth autobiography. Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images and smoking. Two hours, six minutes. minutes. — Peter Canavese



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And the Oscar goes to... Need a refresher of the nine Academy Award nominees for Best Picture, to be awarded Sunday, March 2? Check out this roundup of abbreviated Weekly reviews. American Hustle --“American Hustle” loosely derives from the late-’70s, early-’80s FBI Abscam operation, so named for its employment of an “Arab,” a fake sheik used to entrap politicians into accepting bribes. Director David O. Russell buys himself free rein by admitting he’s cherry-picking history for juicy bits while allowing himself to design the characters and story for maximum tickling. Christian Bale plays skilled fraudster Irving Rosenfeld. Along with his mistress Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams, affecting a British accent), Rosenfeld bilks investors, until one turns out to be FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), a slickster in his own right who’s not all he cracks himself up to be. Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence. Two hours, 18 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Dec. 20, 2013) Captain Phillips --The “real-life thriller” “Captain Phillips” may be obvious and it may be clumsy, but it’s also at least a little bit thoughtful, and there’s never a dull moment. Add in two strong central performances and the stylistic stringency of Paul Greengrass, and you get, at the very least, a fine approximation of an important Oscar-time movie. The whole enterprise is basically here to give Tom Hanks something to do, and do it he does as Captain Rich Phillips of the Maersk Alabama, a U.S.registered cargo ship beset by pirates while on its way from Oman to Kenya in 2009. Greengrass and screenwriter Billy Ray (“State of Play”), working from Phillips’ book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea,” hurriedly establish victims — Phillips, his wife (Catherine Keener in a blink-or-you’ll-miss-’er cameo), and his crew — and perps, the Somali crews sent out by a warlord padding his war chest. The pirate captain, Abduwali Muse (Barkhad Abdi), quickly draws our attention as the counterpart to Phillips. Skinny and living under a more intense duress than Phillips, Muse nevertheless deals with similar issues that put him in harm’s way for capitalist goals, and into conflict with his unhappy crew. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of menace, violence with bloody images, and substance use. Two hours, 14 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Oct. 11, 2013) Dallas Buyers Club --1/2 Jean-Marc Vallee’s film, scripted by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack, opens in 1985, as the world awoke to Rock Hudson as the sudden celebrity face of AIDS. McConaughey plays Ron Woodruff, a hardcharging electrician and rodeo cowboy first seen plowing women in the shadows before bull-riding with money riding on how long he can hold on. It’s a canny entree into the story: When Woodruff sprints away after losing his bets, he’s been swiftly established as an all-around reckless character, his sexual recklessness a possible cause of his looming AIDS diag-

nosis. Faced with a doctor (Denis O’Hare) who tells him, “Frankly, we’re surprised you’re even alive” and a T-cell count of nine, Woodruff fiercely roots out his limited options. He gets wind of a human trial for AIDS-combating drug AZT, but he’s denied access. In the process of literally saving himself (long outliving his diagnosis), Woodruff creates a drug pipeline that he winds up sharing with his new community of fellow patients. Rated R for pervasive language, some strong sexual content, nudity and drug use. One hour, 57 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Nov. 15, 2013) Gravity ---1/2 “At 600 km. above the Earth,” we’re told in the new film “Gravity,” “There is nothing to carry sound. No air pressure. No oxygen. Life in space is impossible.” And yet, there we are. The evocation of Ridley Scott’s 1979 “Alien” (“In space, no one can hear you scream”) is apt: “Gravity” is a bit like “Alien” without the alien, replacing it with existential despair that’s just as likely to take a fatal bite out of the heroine. Here the heroine is Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), a medical engineer sent via space shuttle to assist in repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope. In the film’s first sequence — a bravura 12-minute segment crafted to appear as a single camera shot with no cuts — satellite debris shoots at the shuttle and the telescope, causing a fatal accident that threatens to strand and thereby kill Stone and shuttle commander Matt Kowalski (George Clooney). Dwindling oxygen and thruster power threaten their survival, as does Stone’s natural panic due to the circumstances and her inexperience. Rated PG-13 for intense perilous sequences, some disturbing images and brief strong language. One hour, 30 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Oct. 4, 2013) Her ---(Palo Alto Square) All people in romantic relationships want to know their love is real. But when half of the intelligence involved is artificial, can love be real? That’s the question at the center of “Her,” a futuristic science-fiction dramedy with clear implications about how we live today. Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore Twombly, whose job writing other people’s letters for “” represents the mixed-up nature of modern truth amongst and between people. Amidst a divorce from wife Catherine (Rooney Mara), Theodore tries phone sex, then an in-person blind date with a once-bitten, twice-shy woman (Olivia Wilde). Both attempts end badly, but when a curious Theodore ponies up for a new OS for his phone, he finds in it a personal assistant, life coach and best buddy who, with curious inevitability, becomes his girlfriend. Samantha (Scarlett Johansson, offscreen but vital) has incredible processing power, of course, but also convincing “personality” that quickly takes the forms of affection and desire for her prone owner. Rated

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R for language, sexual content and brief graphic nudity. Two hours, six minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013) Nebraska --It’s never too late to play a few grace notes. With Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” this proves true for two septuagenarians: addled heartland grump Woodrow “Woody” Grant and the Hollywood royal who plays him, Bruce Dern. Nebraska native Payne usually co-writes his films, and though here he directs a script by Bob Nelson, you wouldn’t know it if not for the credits. “Nebraska” is right in Payne’s wheelhouse of American quirk. It’s a relatively simple story of how Woody has gotten it into his head that he’s won a million-dollar sweepstakes and, though his son David (Will Forte, late of “Saturday Night Live”) knows his father is a victim of junk-mail marketing, he’s also attentive enough to realize “The guy just needs something to live for.” And so Woody and David hit the road from Billings, Mont., to Omaha, Neb.Rated R for some language. One hour, 55 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Nov. 29, 2013) Philomena --In 1952, Hollywood star Jane Russell adopted an Irish-born baby, prompting controversy and headlines like “1,000 CHILDREN DISAPPEAR FROM IRELAND.” Money had talked, and shady officials had issued dubious passports condoning the export and sale of Irish infants. That story died down, but thousands of Irish children were indeed spirited away. Now the film “Philomena” takes the perspective of a wronged Irish mother coerced, in 1952, into giving her baby away. In investigating his expose “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee,” journalist Martin Sixsmith cracked a longstanding mystery by exploring a remarkable case study. Co-producer and co-screenwriter Steve Coogan stars as Sixsmith, recently sacked as an adviser to the Labour party. Lacking direction, he’s open to a lead about Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), the baby she birthed out of wedlock, and her 50-year distress after her baby was adopted against her wishes. Rated PG-13 for some strong language, thematic elements and sexual references. One hour, 38 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Nov. 29, 2013) 12 Years A Slave ---1/2 It can be hard to see the tree for the forest when it comes to films about culturally loaded topics, none more so than American slavery. It’s useful to keep in mind that “12 Years a Slave” is the story of a man: a tale of physical and emotional survival that, unlike “All is Lost” and “Gravity,” derives from a true story. The man is Solomon Northup, who endured the titular torture before penning his autobiography of the same name (as told to white lawyer David Wilson). Director Steve McQueen’s cinematic adaptation, scripted by John Ridley, begins in 1841, where free New York resident Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a husband and father, entertains an offer to play the violin on tour with a circus. The offer turns out to be a ruse, and Northup is kidnapped, transported by a domestic slave ship to New Orleans, and sold into slavery. Above all, “12 Years a Slave” explores one man’s terrifying realization of the fragility of his existence and, accordingly, his sense of self. Rated R for violence/ cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality. Two hours, 13 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Nov. 1, 2013) The Wolf of Wall Street ---1/2 “The Wolf of Wall Street” charges out of the gate with immediate evidence of Martin Scorsese’s skill, abetted by Terence Winter’s whip-crack screenplay and Thelma Schoonmaker’s brilliant editing. Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) introduces himself as “a former member of the middle class” who, the year he turned 26, made $49 million (“which really pissed me off because it was three shy of a million a week”). The brattiest imaginable “master of the universe,” Belfort proudly presides over a three-ring circus of conspicuous consumption: hookers, blow and the American dream once broadcast as “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” Rated R for sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language throughout, and for some violence. Three hours. — P.C. (Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013)

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Home Front GREENHOUSE VISITS ... Lisa Griffin, of Filoli’s horticulture staff, will introduce people to Filoli’s greenhouses from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on three Saturdays (March 1 for orchids; April 5 for camellias; and May 3 for houseplants). Each month she will take students through the greenhouses, which are usually closed to the public, and demonstrate re-potting of a particular plant. Filoli is located at 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. Cost is $40 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or BLUEBERRIES — YUM! ... Nancy Garrison, who has researched growing fruits locally through the UC Cooperative Extension and in her home garden, will teach a class on growing “Bountiful Blueberries” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, at Common Ground, 599 College Ave., Palo Alto. She will talk about selecting, planting and maintaining a variety of berries and small fruits. Besides blueberries, she’ll include Chilean guavas, mulberries, lemon guava, raspberries and blackberries. She’ll deal with soil preparation, plant varieties and trellising techniques. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or CONTAINER GARDENING ... Sarah Easley, who has worked as a floral designer at Filoli and a display and container designer at Roger Reynolds Nursery and Carriage Stop, will give a demonstration and talk about design in “Create a Container Garden,” from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 7, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. After the demonstration, students will create their own designs (in their own 10- to 12-inch pots), with plant materials provided. Cost is $55 for nonmembers, $45 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or NEED HELP WITH HOUSEHOLD TASKS? ... Volunteers from the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS® (SILVAR) will be working all week, May 5 through May 9, to help qualified seniors do everything from flip their mattresses to caulk their windows. REALTOR® Service Volunteer Program (RSVP) has been changing furnace filters, cleaning windows, installing smoke-

(continued on page 35) Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or email Deadline is one week before publication.

This home, above, on Hubbartt Drive is in the Green Acres II neighborhood. This home, right, on Maybell Avenue is in the Green Acres II neighborhood.


Green Acres Quiet, friendly and close to schools by Tre’vell Anderson photos by Veronica Weber


hen Catherine Shen moved into her Green Acres home in 2008, she was welcomed with open arms by the other residents who she described as “polite and courteous.” The block and potluck parties held by the neighborhood associa-

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tion have played a big part in the development of community and a sense of belonging. For Eva Gal, the best part about living in Green Acres is getting to know her neighbors. The occasional parties and Easter egg hunts have been integral. “People I met 35 years ago are still here,” she said. “We’re all respectful of privacy, but caring and concerned.” Both Shen and Gal speak highly of their neighbors. As a group, they are constantly meeting to “(think) of more activities to bring people together and get to know each other better,” Shen said. This congenial spirit has been ever-present for residents despite the unique construction of the Green Acres neighborhood. Separated by Arastradero Road, Green Acres is divided into two: Green Acres

I, on the south end, was built in the early 1950s followed by Green Acres II to the north. Shen describes Green Acres as a distance away from Downtown Palo Alto and other city fixtures, a facet she sees as a benefit. “Being in this location, though it is away from Palo Alto, is still very convenient,” she said. “We have more choices (for shopping). We can go (downtown) or to the San Antonio Center in Mountain View or wherever.” Other residents sing the praises of having Juana Briones Elementary, Terman Middle and Gunn High schools within close proximity as another community attraction. The three schools attracted Nancy Mott and her family, who moved to the area in 1985 because she said such an occurrence was “unusual.”

Gal has noticed a cycle within the neighborhood where the prevalence of children rises and falls as a result of the schools being a hot selling point. When she first moved to her home in 1971, she said there were “lots of children” and the number has gone up and down, beginning to rise once more. There also was an orchard in the neighborhood that she recalls, a time she said, “There weren’t many cars present.” Traffic can now be “bothersome,” according to Gal, but the area is still “very much quiet.” “Very quiet is a good way to put it,” Mott said. “We can walk and jog comfortably.” Joe Hirsh described the neighborhood slightly differently, calling it “safe and steady.” (continued on page 34)

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FACTS: CHILD CARE AND PRESCHOOLS: Palo Alto Montessori School, 575 Arastradero Road; Whistlestop Child Development Center, 3801 Miranda Ave. No. T6B; Young Life Christian Pre-School, 687 Arastradero Road FIRE STATION: No. 5, 600 Arastradero Road LIBRARY: Mitchell Park branch, 3700 Middlefield Road (after summer 2014) LOCATION: Green Acres I: Arastradero Road to Glenbrook Drive, Los Palos to Pomona avenues; Green Acres II: Maybell Avenue to Arastradero Road, Coulombe Drive to Georgia Avenue NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: (Green Acres I) Alice Sklar,; (Green Acres II) Betsy Allyn, 650-493-8859 PARKS: Juana Briones Park, 609 Maybell Ave.; Terman Park, 655 Arastradero Road POST OFFICE: Cambridge, 265 Cambridge Ave. PRIVATE SCHOOL: Bowman International School, 4000 Terman Drive PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Juana Briones Elementary School, Terman Middle School, Gunn High School SHOPPING: El Camino Real, San Antonio Shopping Center, Downtown Los Altos

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Atherton 44 Irving Ave. Fowler Trust to S. Cho for $4,000,000 on 1/16/14 167 Stockbridge Ave. E. & D. Bates to Mstation International for $4,110,000 on 1/13/14; previous sale 9/86, $680,000

He came to Green Acres in 1974 as a single parent with three children and a dog. “I wouldn’t stay here for (over) 40 years if I didn’t think (it was safe),” he said. Hirsh described Green Acres as being full “of working, intelligent and interesting people, people who are very interested in their community.” He’s seen a surge in community spirit as they have become more politically active as a group concerned about the increase in development of the area. Green Acres residents also love that their utilities are underground. Mott calls the area “very pretty” as a result. The neighborhood was the city’s pilot project for undergrounding utilities and has since been the model for other areas. “I hope to live here for many many more years,” Hirsch said. N Editorial Intern Tre’vell Anderson can be emailed at tanderson@

East Palo Alto 2201 Addison Ave. C. Winn to Y. Zhang for $490,000 on 1/23/14 1982 W. Bayshore Road #138 L. & D. Haarmann to Kumar Trust for $520,000 on 1/17/14; previous sale 10/06, $486,000 226 Donohoe St. Ascani Trust to O. & G. Ascani for $239,000 on 1/22/14 2578 Gonzaga St. S. Takafua to F. Wang for $327,000 on 1/30/14 2768 Gonzaga St. Bradford Trust to J. Magana-Alvarez for $410,000 on 1/30/14 2341 Oakwood Drive Blue Mountain Homes to R. & A. Wilkins for $425,000 on 1/17/14; previous sale 7/06, $620,000 223 Wisteria Drive N. Rivera to E. Gomez for $283,000 on 1/21/14; previous sale 8/12, $300,000

Los Altos 101 2nd St. #10 P. Wood to S. Fong for $890,000 on 2/6/14; previous sale 1/04, $575,000 38 3rd St. #106 Aasen Trust to S. & M. Firme for $805,000 on 2/6/14; previous sale 5/05, $630,000 726 Casa Bonita Court Nucompass Mobility Services to A. Hsieh for $2,500,000 on 2/14/14


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745 Casa Bonita Court Goldberg Trust to K. Sistanizadeh for $2,700,000 on 2/12/14; previous sale 8/99, $923,500 5002 Marcelli Circle Lennar Homes to E. & J. Blanco for $1,102,500 on 1/31/14 5004 Marcelli Circle Lennar Homes to J. Chung for $1,111,500 on 1/31/14 7002 Marcelli Circle Lennar Homes to J. & H. Chang for $1,149,000 on 2/10/14 7003 Marcelli Circle Lennar Homes to J. Abregana for $1,048,500 on 1/31/14 7005 Marcelli Circle Lennar Homes to J. Wang for $1,149,500 on 1/31/14 5003 Marcelli Circle #25 Lennar Homes to J. Ho for $997,000 on 1/29/14 261 Margarita Court Wood Trust to Egan Trust for $2,550,000 on 1/29/14 1452 Marlbarough Court Mccarthy Trust to Mendez Trust for $2,332,000 on 2/6/14 218 Mt. Hamilton Ave. Burch Trust to Chen-Lin Trust for $4,310,000 on 2/5/14; previous sale 11/91, $785,000 929 Sherwood Ave. Lennar Homes to W. Mao for $1,350,500 on 1/30/14; previous sale 4/90, $325,000

Los Altos Hills 14227 Amherst Court S. & B. Detrick to A. Guo for $2,830,000 on 2/3/14 13334 La Cresta Drive L. Belfiglio to G. & N. Grant for $3,100,000 on 2/4/14

Menlo Park 553 6th Ave. Onewest Bank to X. Sun for $405,000 on 1/15/14 6 Bolton Place Wythes Trust to Vettel Trust for $4,830,000 on 1/27/14; previous sale 5/12, $4,830,000 1382 Hollyburne Ave. City of

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Convenient, California Casual Experience ultimate convenience and live in the heritage-rich College Terrace neighborhood in Palo Alto. This Modern, Mansard style home is nearby Stanford University, the vibrant California Avenue retail district and multiple forms of public transportation. The home offers a convenient, casual lifestyle and was designed with a large living room open to the dining area with views to the peaceful, relaxing garden. Offered at $1,750,000

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Home & Real Estate Menlo Park to D. & V. Pederson for $255,000 on 1/30/14; previous sale 11/06, $569,000 1281 Orange Ave. Clarum Hansen Lane to Kj Trust for $3,050,000 on 1/24/14; previous sale 11/12, $1,100,000 1403 Sage St. City of Menlo Park to R. Franco for $346,000 on 1/13/14; previous sale 9/07, $334,500 130 Sand Hill Circle Baumgratz Trust to Wang Trust for $1,160,000 on 1/24/14; previous sale 8/92, $480,000

Mountain View 1036 Ashley Place Mahon Trust to R. Townsend for $1,603,000 on 2/4/14; previous sale 9/86, $225,000 956 Bonita Ave. #2 S. Malmgren to J. & J. Niemiec for $685,000 on 1/31/14 626 Burgoyne St. Andrikopoulos-Bradski Trust to A. & M. Andrikopoulos for $700,000 on 1/31/14 505 Cypress Point Drive #140 Steinberg Trust to Lin Trust for $520,000 on 2/4/14; previous sale 4/04, $365,000 123 Evandale Ave. #B S. Vann to D. & S. Kim for $410,000 on 2/13/14 807 Hope St. Mendes Trust to Plz Trust for $1,345,000 on 2/7/14 1958 Latham St. D. & A. Blair to Jason Kim Limited for $1,600,000 on 1/31/14; previous sale 12/86, $210,000 261 Orchard Ave. Somera Trust to A. Hall for $1,101,000 on 2/6/14 400 Ortega Ave. #109 Cunningham Trust to X. Wang for $580,000 on 2/14/14 400 Ortega Ave. #220 W. Tellis to M. Desenna for $823,000 on 2/14/14; previous sale 3/10, $575,000 1135 Phyllis Ave. A. Su to Ton-


Los Altos Hills

Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $4,000,000 Highest sales price: $4,110,000

Palo Alto

Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $2,830,000 Highest sales price: $3,100,000

East Palo Alto

Total sales reported: 14 Lowest sales price: $700,000 Highest sales price: $4,100,000

Menlo Park

Total sales reported: 7 Lowest sales price: $239,000 Highest sales price: $520,000

Portola Valley

Total sales reported: 6 Lowest sales price: $255,000 Highest sales price: $4,830,000

Los Altos

Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $6,037,500 Highest sales price: $6,037,500

Mountain View

Total sales reported: 14 Lowest sales price: $805,000 Highest sales price: $4,310,000

Redwood City

Total sales reported: 15 Lowest sales price: $410,000 Highest sales price: $2,700,000

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that-Nguyen Trust for $1,215,000 on 2/5/14; previous sale 9/11, $828,000 837 San Luppe Drive M. Pinto to S. Chu for $675,000 on 1/31/14; previous sale 8/94, $160,000 599 Sleeper Ave. Puccetti Trust to E. Garlick for $2,700,000 on 2/7/14 46 Starlite Court C. Afarian to S. Wong for $737,000 on 2/10/14; previous sale 4/04, $450,000 1793 Vassar Ave. F. Lind to M. Izzard for $916,000 on 2/11/14

Palo Alto 428 Alder Lane H. Kung to C. Simms for $1,850,000 on 1/31/14; previous sale 8/08, $1,635,000 893 Altaire Walk #102 Y. Tong to R. & S. Shah for $1,255,500 on 2/11/14; previous sale 8/09, $712,000 555 Byron St. #208 Pande Trust to Bingham Trust for $1,410,000 on 2/5/14; previous sale 6/99, $998,500 1435 Channing Ave. YP & MH

Limited to Li-Hegeman Trust for $4,100,000 on 1/31/14; previous sale 12/11, $1,100,000 202 Emerson St. D. Weinstein to A. Kang for $1,555,000 on 2/6/14 447 Fernando Ave. H. Bordbari to D. Shong for $1,272,000 on 1/31/14; previous sale 12/03, $550,000 731 Gailen Ave. Lee Trust to A. & E. Goldberg for $2,358,000 on 2/14/14; previous sale 4/09, $1,355,000 853 La Para Ave. R. Lopez to R. Li for $1,700,000 on 2/5/14 2031 Park Blvd. Smith Trust to Z. Niu for $1,983,500 on 1/30/14 11 Phillips Road Ladeau Trust to Alcheck Investments for $2,900,000 on 2/14/14 2819 Ramona St. A. Anderson to Sunlu Investment for $2,210,000 on 2/13/14 2914 Sandra Place A. & S. Jalalian to D. Kuang for $2,560,000 on 2/3/14; previous sale 3/07, $929,000 2325 Santa Ana St. S. Sinha to Huang & Wang Trust for

$1,925,000 on 2/12/14; previous sale 5/13, $1,700,000 3373 St. Michael Drive Yen Trust to M. Chu for $700,000 on 2/14/14

Portola Valley 5070 Alpine Road Investment Grade Loans to Parmer Limited for $6,037,500 on 1/16/14

Redwood City 1006 Arguello St. G. Jones to J. & J. Mi for $550,000 on 1/16/14 2802 Briarfield Ave. Davis Trust to C. & J. Cook for $1,285,000 on 1/17/14; previous sale 2/04, $1,032,500 235 C St. G. & D. Combs to N. & S. Phillips for $750,000 on 1/24/14; previous sale 11/94, $215,000 812 Cape Cod Drive W. Allen to L. Tripolsky for $1,270,000 on 1/17/14; previous sale 8/92, $473,000 2970 Fair Oaks Ave. S. Chang to D. Schaefer for $585,000 on 1/17/14; previous sale 6/13,

$345,000 328 Genoa Drive A. & G. Malhotra to C. Gupta for $920,000 on 1/15/14; previous sale 6/04, $700,000 390 Genoa Drive Antonsen Trust to T. & F. Chonzi for $920,000 on 1/17/14; previous sale 12/05, $748,000 1021 Hilton St. G. & N. Rosales to M. Sanabria for $500,000 on 1/21/14; previous sale 7/88, $155,000 1313 Jefferson Ave. F. Contreras to W. Guo for $605,000 on 1/30/14 4115 Jefferson Ave. S. & L. Vasilakos to V. Dubodelov for $1,425,000 on 1/24/14; previous sale 9/05, $1,265,000 22 Sycamore Court Besser Trust to A. & C. Levi for $1,558,000 on 1/29/14; previous sale 3/96, $465,000 641 Turnbuckle Drive #1706 One Marina Homes to D. Boivin for $795,000 on 1/24/14 643 Turnbuckle Drive #1909 One Marina Homes to B. Bell for

$922,000 on 1/28/14 643 Turnbuckle Drive #1912 One Marina Homes to M. Esparza for $644,000 on 1/15/14 643 Turnbuckle Drive #1913 One Marina Homes to Wingfield Trust for $815,500 on 1/15/14 643 Turnbuckle Drive #1915 One Marina Homes to J. Cheung for $739,500 on 1/15/14 643 Turnbuckle Drive #1916 One Marina Homes to S. Jetti for $779,500 on 1/15/14 645 Turnbuckle Drive #2103 One Marina Homes to Townhill Trust for $795,000 on 1/17/14 645 Turnbuckle Drive #2106 One Marina Homes to M. & K. Cunningham for $793,500 on 1/24/14 620 West California Way B. & S. Lewis to R. & P. Krishnarao for $1,875,000 on 1/29/14 1104 Whipple Ave. #7 S. Gilbert to B. Lowagie for $461,000 on 1/16/14; previous sale 11/98, $166,000

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Sought after Felton Gables neighborhood. Elegantly renovated home with 4bd/4.5 ba, plus office, gardens and pool on an oversized 12,870+/- lot.


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Beautifully remodeled 3bd + office, 2.5ba with open kitchen, high ceilings, dining and family rooms.

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Sold with multiple offers above list price. Classic 4bd/2ba Craftsman-style home with full basement. 11,100+/- sf lot.

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ATHERTON 4 Bedrooms 187 Atherton Av Sun Intero-Woodside

$6,895,000 206-6200

5 Bedrooms

3 Bedrooms

27791 Edgerton Rd $3,150,000 Sat/Sun 1-4:30 Coldwell Banker 325-6161

795 La Para Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 176 Waverly Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker


5 Bedrooms

2 Bedrooms - Condominium

62 Ridge View Dr $5,700,000 Sun Dreyfus Sotheby’s International 847-1141

675 Sharon Park Dr #137 $749,000 Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 323-7751 1313 Hoover St $1,000,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111

6+ Bedrooms 19 Prado Secoya St $13,500,000 Sun Intero-Woodside 206-6200 396 Atherton Av $13,950,000 Sun Coldwell Banker 323-7751 1 Callado Wy $10,480,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111

EAST PALO ALTO 4 Bedrooms 255 Wisteria Dr Sun Coldwell Banker

$499,000 324-4456


3 Bedrooms 184 Oak Ct $1,895,000 Sun 1-5 Alain Pinel Realtors 323-1111 3358 Alameda De Las Pulgas Av $1,349,000 Sat 2-4/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 323-7751 707 Valparaiso Av $959,000 Sun Coldwell Banker 324-4456 476 O’Connor St $1,595,000 Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 325-6161 1012 Cotton St $3,998,000 Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty 543-8500

3 Bedrooms - Condominium

3 Bedrooms 434 Casita Ct $1,795,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111

4 Bedrooms 750 Linden Av $2,495,000 Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 941-7040 1984 Knollwood Ln $1,798,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111 241 Biarritz Ci $2,195,000 Sat/Sun 1-4:30 Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111

5 Bedrooms $2,298,000 Sat/Sun 1-5 Coldwell Banker 941-7040 607 Nandell Ln $6,495,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111

445 Oak Grove Ave #7 Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

4 Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms 1443 Hamilton Ave $3,995,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 323-1111 1135 College Ave $2,495,000 Sat/Sun Midtown Realty 321-1596 656 Hale St $2,987,000 Sun M.F. Hagan, Broker (804) 512-0018 4266 Newberry Ct $1,998,000 Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty 543-8500

3531 Middlefield Rd Sun 2-5 Coldwell Banker

$1,299,000 324-4456

5 Bedrooms 140 Royal Oaks Ct $3,888,000 Sun 2-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111

MOUNTAIN VIEW $799,000 941-7040

PALO ALTO 2 Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms

2297 Saint Francis Dr Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

3 Bedrooms 37 West Summit Dr Sun Coldwell Banker 1544 Union Av Sun Coldwell Banker 525 Hurlingame Av Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

4 Bedrooms 367 Encina Av Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 706 Lakeview Wy Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$1,199,000 323-7751 $1,795,000 323-7751

5 Bedrooms 572 California Wy Sun Coldwell Banker

136 Kingsley Ave $4,890,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 323-1111


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4 Bedrooms

812 Lincoln Av $5,598,000 Sat/Sun Keller Williams - Palo Alto 454-8500

27 Madera Av Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$2,295,000 851-2666

$2,298,000 323-7751


PORTOLA VALLEY 393 Golden Hills Dr Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,595,000 324-4456 $729,000 941-7040 $550,000 325-6161

3 Bedrooms - Condominium $2,995,000 325-6161

331 Cereza Pl Sun Coldwell Banker

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3 Bedrooms 414 Burgoyne St Sun 1-5 Coldwell Banker


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2 Bedrooms

LOS ALTOS HILLS 11653 Dawson Dr $5,950,000 Sun 1-4 Intero-Woodside 206-6200 27464 Altamont Rd $3,198,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111

$899,000 324-4456

$1,798,000 325-6161 $1,898,000 325-6161

$1,498,000 543-8500

35 Golden Oak Dr $3,700,000 Sun Dreyfus Sotheby’s International 485-3476 175 Willowbrook Dr $3,995,000 Sun Coldwell Banker 851-2666


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4 Bedrooms

99 Stonegate Rd $5,150,000 Sun 1-4 Dreyfus Sotheby’s International 847-1141

2 Bridle Ln Sun Coldwell Banker 35 Woodview Ln Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty 585 California Wy Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

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4248 Rickey’s Wy J $1,250,000 Sun Dreyfus Sotheby’s International 847-1141

316 Golden Hills Dr Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

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3 Bedrooms 410 Manzanita Wy Sun Intero-Woodside

$7,500,000 206-6200 $4,850,000 851-2666 $5,498,000 543-8500 $1,235,000 851-2666

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Coldwell Banker Palo Alto $4,798,000 By Appointment Only This 7 BR,7.5BA 10-year new English Tudor is a timeless delight 7 BR/7.5 BA


Portola Valley $3,995,000 Sun 1:30 - 4:30 175 Willowbrook Dr Beautiful grounds of approx. 1 level ac, fully equipped gsthse & wonderful outdoor living venues. 4 BR/4.5 BA Scott Dancer CalBRE #00868362 650.851.2666

Menlo Park $3,950,000 Tuscan Villa bordered by Stanford Open Space; 3-levels. Las Lomitas schools. 5 BR/5.5 BA

Los Altos Hills $3,150,000 Sat/Sun 1 - 4:30 27791 Edgerton Rd Privately located, stunning views, High vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, 4 BR/2.5 BA Alexandra von der Groeben 650.325.6161 CalBRE #00857515

Portola Valley $2,995,000 Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 393 Golden Hills On a clear day, you can see forever. Spectacular views and a peaceful cul-de-sac location

Portola Valley $2,295,000 Sun 1 - 4 4 Indian Crossing Gorgeous views! Fabulous PV Ranch home w/gorgeous western views, light & bright. 3rd BR used as office. 3 BR/2.5 BA Tory Fratt CalBRE #01441654 650.324.4456

Palo Alto $1,798,000 Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 795 La Para Ave Amazing Opportunity in Barron Park, 9060 lot! Live, expand, rental, build a new home! 3 BR


Menlo Park $1,349,000 Sat/Sun 2 - 4 3358 Alameda De Las Pulgas Av Contemporary light filled home! Open kitchen, living & dining areas. Vaulted ceilings! 3 BR/2 BA Maya & Jason Sewald CalBRE #00993290 650.323.7751

Menlo Park $1,299,000 Sun 2 - 5 3531 Middlefield Rd New price! Totally remodeled 2-story home bordering Atherton. Chef ’s kitchen, Landscaped backyard. 4 BR/3.5 BA Cristina Bliss CalBRE #01189105 650.324.4456

Menlo Park $959,000 Sun 1:30 - 4:30 707 Valparaiso Ave New listing! Updated townhome close to downtown. 3 BR/2 BA Pam Hammer & Katie Riggs 650.324.4456 CalBRE #01216437/01783432

Menlo Park $899,000 Sat/Sun 1 - 4 445 Oak Grove Ave #7 Charming & quaint. Ideal location to shops, restaurants, Stanford, Caltrain. Sought after singlelevel unit. 3 BR/2 BA Weda Gray CalBRE #0558161 408.315.9332

Redwood City $550,000 Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 525 Hurlingame Ave Great Opportunity! 3BR, 1BA, 2 Car garage. Lot size approx. 5000 sq.ft. Court yard entry.

Judy Shen

CalBRE #01272874


Portola Valley $3,795,000 Beautiful 8+/- acres w/ stunning views. Great location & Palo Alto schools. Ginny Kavanaugh

CalBRE #00884747


San Carlos $2,298,000 Sun 1 - 4 27 Madera Av New construction in prime location! Elegant foyer, formal DR, gorgeous LR w/ views! 4 BR/4.5 BA Keri Nicholas

CalBRE #01198898


Menlo Park $1,595,000 Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 476 OConnor Street Upbeat, charming, tranquil. Private.Oak, tile.Fireplace. Lvly lot.Grt floor plan 3 BR/2 BA Nancy Goldcamp

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ROXANA ART ACADEMY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 587921 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Roxana Art Academy, located at 2226 Ringwood Ave., San Jose, CA 95131, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Limited Liability Company. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): KAMGAR, LLC 80 Alannah Court Palo Alto, CA 94303 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 February 5, 2014. (PAW Feb. 14, 21, 28, Mar. 7, 2014) MANDARIN ROOTS RESTAURANT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 588082 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Mandarin Roots Restaurant, located at 3345 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): LITTLE MING’S KITCHEN CORP. 3345 El Camino Real Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business

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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)

name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on February 10, 2014. (PAW Feb. 14, 21, 28, Mar. 7, 2014) SMITH ANDERSEN EDITIONS SMITH ANDERSEN SMITH ANDERSEN GALLERY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 587924 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: 1.) Smith Andersen Editions, 2.) Smith Andersen, 3.) Smith Andersen Gallery, located at 440 Pepper 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): PAULA ZOLLOTO KIRKEBY 257 Ely Place Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 10/03/1969. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on February 5, 2014. (PAW Feb. 14, 21, 28, Mar. 7, 2014) CARMELO SYSTEMS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 588029 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Carmelo Systems, located at 2660 Bryant St., Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Limited Liability Company. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): CARMELO ASSOCIATES LLC 2660 Bryant St. 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 February 7, 2014. (PAW Feb. 21, 28, Mar. 7, 14, 2014) MINT STYLING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 588002 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Mint Styling, located at 390 Englert Ct., San Jose, CA 95133, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A General Partnership.

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The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): LILIANA DIAZ 390 Englert Ct. San Jose, CA 95133 JADE GARCIA 1800 Ashton Ave. Burlingame, CA 94010 DANIELLE SCHAPPELL 3605 Kenwood Ave. San Mateo, CA 94401 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 February 6, 2014. (PAW Feb. 21, 28, Mar. 7, 14, 2014) THUJA GLOBAL FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 587677 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Thuja Global, located at 555 Bryant Street, #288, 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): GABRIEL P. KRALIK 877 Sharon Court Palo Alto, CA 94301 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 30, 2014. (PAW Feb. 28, Mar. 7, 14, 21, 2014) PRINTER CAFE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 588511 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Printer Cafe, located at 320 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): AL GHAFOURI 4005 Farm Hill Blvd. Redwood City, CA 94061 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 11/2008. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on February 20, 2014. (PAW Feb. 28, Mar. 7, 14, 21, 2014)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA Case No.: 114CV259671 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: MARY H. BROWN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: MARTHA MARY HULSE aka MARTHA MARY BROWN to MARY HULSE BROWN. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: April 15, 2014, 8:45 a.m., Room: 107, of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: PALO ALTO WEEKLY Date: January 28, 2014 /s/ Aaron Persky JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (PAW Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2014) SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) CASE NUMBER: 113CV257903 (Numero del Caso): NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: (ALVISO AL DEMANDADO): ESTHER TONGCHA KIM YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: (LO ESTA DEMANDADO EL DEMANDATE): JASON AARON MARTINEZ NOTICE! You have been sued. The Court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at

this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter of phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online SelfHelp Center ( selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filling fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups a the California Legal Services Web site (, the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo., or by contacting your local court of country bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and cost on any settlement or arbitration award of $10, 000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before he court will dismiss the case. AVISO! Lo han demandado. Si no responde dentro de 30 dias, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escuchar su version. Lea la informancion a continuacion. Tiene 30 DIAS DE CALENDARIO despues de que le entreguen esta citacion y papeles legales para presenter una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al damandante. Una carta o una llamada telefonica no lo protegen. Su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es possible que haya un formularlo que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y mas informacion en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.sucorte., en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le queda mas cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario de la corte que le de un formulario de

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771 Painting/ Wallpaper Glen Hodges Painting Call me first! Senior discount. 45 yrs. #351738. 650/322-8325 STYLE PAINTING Full service painting. Insured. Lic. 903303. 650/388-8577

775 Asphalt/ Concrete Roe General Engineering Asphalt, concrete, pavers, tiles, sealing, new construct, repairs. 36 yrs exp. No job too small. Lic #663703. 650/814-5572

Tired of Mow, Blow and Go? Owner operated, 40 years exp. All phases of gardening/landscaping. Ref. Call Eric, 408/356-1350

751 General Contracting A NOTICE TO READERS: It is illegal for an unlicensed person to perform contracting work on any project valued at $500.00 or more in labor and materials. State law also requires that contractors include their license numbers on all advertising. Check your contractorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s status at or 800-321-CSLB (2752). Unlicensed persons taking jobs that total less than $500.00 must state in their advertisements that they are not licensed by the Contractors State License Board.

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Real Estate 801 Apartments/ Condos/Studios Mountain View - $2200 Mountain View, 1 BR/1 BA - $1650

Palo Alto, 2 BR/1 BA Downtown Palo Alto. 2 BR 1 BA second floor unit in five-unit nonsmoking building. Walk to University Ave. (3.5 blocks) and CalTrain. Bike to Stanford. New carpets, refinished hardwood floors, paint. Kitchen with dishwasher, disposal, microwave, electric range. Private small balcony, large common back yard. $3,100/month, $2,000 security deposit. Cat OK with additional deposit. Carport. Call or email for an appointment: 650-323-1456. Available NOW.

803 Duplex Mountain View - $3099/month

805 Homes for Rent Menlo Park - $6700 Menlo Park, 3 BR/2 BA Charming West Menlo Park Home,Las Lomitas Sch. no smk/ pets,3br.2Ba.Hrdwd.flrs, $5,000.00 mo.650-598-7047 Palo Alto, 3 BR/2 BA - $4500/mo Palo Alto, 3 BR/2.5 BA - $4350

809 Shared Housing/ Rooms Redwood City - $900/mo +

825 Homes/Condos for Sale Menlo Park, 3 BR/2 BA - $1099000 Palo Alto, 3 BR/2 BA - $899000

759 Hauling J & G HAULING SERVICE Misc. junk, office, gar., furn., mattresses, green waste, more. Lic./ins. Free est. 650/743-8852 (see my Yelp reviews)

Sunnyvale, 3 BR/2 BA - $599999

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Leo Garcia Landscape/ Maintenance Lawn and irrig. install, clean-ups. Res. and comml. maint. Free Est. Lic. 823699. 650/369-1477. R.G. Landscape Yard Clean-ups, debris removal, maintenance, installations. Free est. 650/468-8859

San Mateo, 4 BR/2 BA 2112 Lexington Avenue, San Mateo Remodeled 4 Bed 2 Bath Home For Sale

Palo Alto, 4 BR/2 BA Eichler near Greenmeadow. Orig owners. 4Bd/2Ba. Den. Atrium. 2 car gar. Quiet culdesac. Near Cubberley Comm. center. OPEN HOUSE- Mar 1-2 182 Ferne Ct. Palo Alto Vivian Evans 707-813-7430 BRE0123409


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by Ari Kaye o hear Gunn wrestling head coach Chris Horpel describe it, his star senior wrestler Cadence Lee has the perfect Jekyll and Hyde personality to succeed in athletic competition. Off the mat, Lee is one of the nicest and most coachable people that Horpel has ever met, soaking up every wrestling instruction





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Rick Eymer aurel Donnenwirth would have preferred attending a larger school, until she visited the Menlo College campus. Jolise Limcaco liked everything about Menlo and saw an opportunity. The two juniors are two big reasons why the Lady Oaks’ women’s basketball team will be seeking its third consecutive trip to the NAIA Division II national tournament when the Cal Pac Conference tournament opens Saturday at Menlo College. Menlo, ranked 14th in the NAIA, recently completed its second straight undefeated conference season and will be looking for its third straight tournament title, which would earn the

by Keith Peters he Central Coast Section soccer playoffs are like a boxing match. Teams square off each round, trying to knock each other out. With one round done in the 2014 section tournament, only one local squad has been counted out while six others remain in contention. Still standing are the Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton boys while in the girls’ corner we find Palo Alto, Sacred Heart Prep, Priory and Menlo School. Prior to last season, the SHP boys had not won a CCS game since joining the winter season in 2009. The Gators finally broke through in 2013 with not only their first playoff win, but reach-

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Gunn senior and four-time CCS champion Cadence Lee (left) will seek a second straight title this weekend at the CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships in Visalia. Lee won last year at 103 pounds and now is competing in the 106-pound division.

A chance to pin down a state title Gunn senior Cadence Lee goes after her second straight crown at girls’ CIF State Meet


and technique that is presented to her. On the mat, Lee becomes one of the fiercest competitors her coach has ever seen, with enormous athletic talent, and an impressive game face to boot. “She’s a very unique person, one that comes along every 20 years or so,” Horpel said. “Athletes like Cadence are just a joy to

coach. You love to have them and you hate to lose them.” Both sides of Lee have helped shape her into one of the most proficient high school wrestlers in the nation, as Lee’s laundry list of wrestling accomplishments includes four consecutive CCS championships, a CIF State championship, three national championships and an eighth-place fin-



ish at the World Championships in Serbia. Starting Friday, Lee will look to add another achievement to her resume, as she attempts to capture her second straight CIF State Girls Wrestling Championship at the Visalia Convention Center. “There definitely is a lot of pres­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊx™®





CARDINAL NOTES . . . Stanford grads Christen Press and Kelley O’Hara will join with 22 other players on the U.S. National Team that will travel to the 2014 Algarve Cup in Portugal, set for March 5-12 . . . Stanford grad Rachel Quon was named to Canada’s women’s national soccer team and will play with the Canadians at the Cyprus Cup in Larnaca beginning next Wednesday. Canada, which plays Finland, Italy and England in pool play, has won the tournament three times but not since 2011 . . . Stanford Athletic Director Bernard Muir was appointed to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, the NCAA announced Wednesday . . . Stanford point guard Amber Orrange was named one of 22 finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced. Orrange is one of two Pac-12 point guards on the list for the honor, given annually to the top point guard in the nation. California’s Brittany Boyd is also on the list. This year’s winner will be announced at the Final Four in Nashville . . . In other women’s basketball news, Stanford senior Chiney Ogwumike earned her eighth Pac-12 Player of the Week honor this season and the 17th of her career. Ogwumike, one of the leading candidates for national player of the year, paced a pair of Stanford road comebacks in a sweep of USC and UCLA. Ogwumike averaged 26.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.00 blocks over the victories, which included Stanford making up a 19-point deficit Friday night at USC to defeat the Trojans, 64-59 . . . Stanford senior forward Josh Huestis was been named Pac-12 Player of the Week in men’s basketball, as announced earlier this week.

SHP junior Christine Callinan (11) was busy during the Gators’ 7-0 first-round win over Pacific Collegiate on Tuesday.


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have the not so enviable distinction of traveling to Tucson to take on No. 3 Arizona in a 5 p.m. contest Sunday. “This is a tough conference and every night is going to be tough,” Dawkins said. “We have to go at it and compete.” Instead of inching closer to second place in the conference and holding onto third by itself, the Cardinal is forced into sharing third place with California, Colorado and the Sun Devils with a first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament in serious jeopardy. “We have lost the first game of every road trip,” Brown said. “We have to go back to the drawing board. It’s as simple as that.” Women’s golf Stanford’s Mariah Stackhouse held on to win the UC Irvine Invitational by shooting a final-round 73 to claim a two-shot victory over Pepperdine’s Grace Na Tuesday at Santa Ana Country Club earlier in the week. Stackhouse finished the 54-hole tournament with a 4-under 212

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by Rick Eymer nthony Brown scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half but the Stanford men’s basketball team missed an opportunity to improve its lot in the Pac-12 Conference on Wednesday night, losing to host Arizona State, 76-64. Chasson Randle scored 17 points before fouling out with 7:11 remaining to play in the game. He shot 50 percent from the field, but he also committed a couple of key turnovers. Dwight Powell added 11 points. The Cardinal never could take advantage of Arizona State cold spells or turnovers and its own shooting woes did not help. “It was definitely a bad start for us,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. “I wish we could have played better. We turned the ball over too much. In a game like that, you have you hit your free throws and take care of the ball and we didn’t do either of those things.” Stanford had won five of its previous six games and will now

Krista Hardebeck clinched the 7-0 victory over Florida. (70-69-73) for her fourth career win and seventh top-10 showing on the season. To go along with the victory, Stackhouse received a sponsor exemption to the 2014 Kia Classic (March 27-30) at the Aviara Golf Club. Stanford pulled out its third team victory with an even-par 864 (289-289-286) at the par-72, 5,842-yard course. Women’s tennis In a battle between to of the top five teams in the nation, No. 3 Stanford toppled No. 5 Florida, 7-0, in nonconference action Sunday at Taube Family Tennis Center. The showdown was a rematch of last year’s NCAA team semifinals, also won by the Cardinal — winner of two national titles in the past four years and nine in the past 16. Stanford (7-0), with its solid crop of freshmen, may be better than the team that won last year’s national title. The Gators (8-2), who have won two of the past three national titles, are a good barometer for any team seeking to reach the top. Sophomore Krista Hardebeck, 4-2 lifetime against the Gators, recorded the clinching point for Stanford against Florida for the second straight meeting. She did it last May in the NCAA semifinals. This weekend It’s a championship weekend for multiple Cardinal teams, highlighted by Stanford playing host to the Pac-12 Wrestling Championships Sunday at Maples Pavilion at 10:30 a.m. While Stanford wrestling goes for its first Pac-12 team title, women’s swimming and diving, as well as men’s diving, go for conference titles of their own as the Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Men’s and Women’s Diving Championships wrap up. Stanford women’s basketball began its final weekend of the regular season Thursday night against Washington. The Cardinal’s weekend concludes Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Senior Night, as seniors Sara James, Toni Kokenis, Chiney Ogwumike and Mikaela Ruef will be honored. N

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of Carmichael, fully intended to attend a bigger school to continue ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ÊvÀœ“Ê«>}iÊxÇ® both her athletic and academic career. Lady Oaks a berth in the national “I came from a small high championships that will contest- school and wanted to experience ed at the Tyson Events Center in the bigger campus,” she said. Sioux City, Iowa. “Then I came here on a recruiting Even more impressive, the Lady trip and it was crazy how many Oaks have no seniors on their ros- people said hello to me, people I ter. didn’t know at all.” Menlo brings a 31-game winShe still had to get used to the ning streak against Cal Pac Con- higher level of basketball and acference competition into this knowledged it took nearly a full year’s tournament, which com- year before she started catching bines both men’s and women’s on. teams. “It took a lot of practice,” DonThe Lady Oaks (23-5) are the nenwirth said. “The biggest diftop seed and host No. 4 ference was having Simpson (12-17) in the more freedom to play first round at 6 p.m. on and use your skills. It Saturday. The Menlo took three-fourth’s of men (9-17) are seeded the season before I fifourth and take on topnally knew enough to seeded Cal Maritime start getting it right.” (24-5) at 3:30 p.m. Donnenwirth played Menlo is led by 6-foot-7 at El Camino High in Keith Bowman, who Sacramento, a Division this week was named II school in the San the Cal Pac Player of Joaquin Section of the Jolise Limcaco the Year. CIF. She played varsity The women’s champithree years and helped onship game is slated for Monday the school achieve a 71-18 overall at 6 p.m., to be followed by the record. men’s title contest at 8 p.m. Limcaco played four years at Limcaco started as a fresh- St. Francis High in Sacramento, a men, while Donnenwirth earned Division I school, accumulating a a starting spot late in the season. 98-31 mark. Limcaco recalled the senior class Both players helped their teams made an impression on her then, reach their respective section and she wants to continue that championship games in 2011. leadership role. “You always look for the girls “They really wanted it,” said who want to compete,” said OsLimcaco, who this week earned borne, in her sixth season at her second straight Cal Pac Player Menlo and the three-time Cal Pac of the Year award. “And they were Coach of the Year. “I like to watch such a great group who considered them play to see if they play hard us family. I like having that com- and if they can shot the basketmunity feeling. It’s like we want ball. In the Cal Pac, all you try to the best for each other.” do every day is compete. During Menlo lost to both Simpson and practice these players challenge Cal Maritime during the regular each other. It’s a high intensity season in 2012 and then came group.” back to beat both of them to earn Osborne (116-57 at Menlo) took a spot in the national tournament the helm from Caitlin Collier for the first time in four years. (172-96 at Menlo), who started the “There were seven new players program in 1998 before accepting that year,” Menlo coach Shannon a position at UNLV, where she Osborne said. “There were four serves as associate head coach. freshmen and three transfers. The High expectations were built in early season was about getting to from the start and that’s how Osknow each other. In January, that borne likes it. team started to click.” An all-conference player at After losing at Simpson on Jan. Pomona-Pitzer, 1991-95, she 28, 2012, the Lady Oaks fell to started her coaching career as an 9-13 overall. They have not lost to assistant at her alma mater, Reda Cal Pac team since and are 55- mond High in Washington. 10 overall during that time span. Osborne held similar positions Menlo has lost its first-round at Texas-Pan American, Kansas, game of the national tournament San Jose State, Lynn University in each of the past two years, in- and Fordham. cluding a 16-point loss to the Uni“Shannon’s experience and versity of Jamestown last year. knowledge of the game will add “We want something else this depth to our coaching staff,” Fordyear,” said Donnenwirth, the ham coach Cathy Andruzzi said 2014 Cal Pac Defensive Player in 2007. “She is highly respected of the Year. “Winning more than for her work ethic and passion for our first-round game is the goal. the game. Her diverse experience Some of the best games we’ve at the Division I & II levels will played this year have come against be an asset.” ranked teams. It showed us how Osborne led Menlo to a prowell we can play.” gram-best 26-4 mark last year Menlo has a victory over the and hopes to continue the school’s NAIA Division I’s fifth-ranked success at the Cal Pac Conference Campbellsville (23-3) and a loss and beyond. to No. 8 Georgetown College “We know how to compete (17-6). against great teams,” she said. Donnenwirth, a 5-10 junior out “It’s a mental thing.” N

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The junior center helped the Panthers win twice and capture the WBAL basketball playoff title by scoring 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in the semis with 11 points and 10 boards in the finals to help defeat Pinewood.

The senior wrestler defended his No. 1 seed at the PAL Championships by winning his semifinal with a pin and taking the 162-pound title with a technical pin before being named the Outstanding Wrestler in the upper weights.

Honorable mention Charmaine Bradford Eastside Prep basketball

Brije Byers Eastside Prep basketball

Marissa Hing* Pinewood basketball

Camille Steger Gunn basketball

Chelsea Wilson Menlo-Atherton wrestling

Zoe Zwerling Gunn basketball

Anthony Andrighetto Menlo-Atherton wrestling

James McLean Sacred Heart Prep basketball

Wes Miller Menlo basketball

Bobby Roth Menlo basketball

John Strong Menlo soccer

Austin Wilson Menlo-Atherton wrestling * previous winner

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ing the Division III championship game for the first time and sharing it with Menlo School. While those accomplishments proved to be milestones, Sacred Heart Prep still has one left to achieve — winning the section title outright. The Gators took a step in that direction on a rainy Wednesday afternoon by defeating No. 7 seed Scotts Valley, 1-0, in Atherton. The No. 10-seeded Gators (155-1) got the winning goal in the second half as senior Frankie Hattler took a pass from junior Derek Chou and found the back of the net in the 68th minute. “The rain was a huge factor, but this group adjusts really well to game situations,” said SHP coach Armando del Rio, who improved to 66-9-11 in just his four season. “We were excellent on the afternoon in all aspects, and played with the drive that is needed. I also want to add how impressed we were with the sportsmanship and gratitude of Scott’s Valley — clean game, yet hard-fought.”

Next up for Sacred Heart Prep next will be No. 2 Soledad (180-2) on Saturday in the quarterfinals at Rabobank Stadium in Salinas at 10 a.m. “Soledad is undefeated and, thus, they have everything to lose,” said del Rio. “I think if we play with the same fire in our belly, we will put ourselves in a good position.” In CCS Division I boys’ action, host Menlo-Atherton battled to a scoreless first half before finally breaking through after intermission to register a 1-0 victory over No. 10 Santa Clara on a rainy Wednesday evening. The No. 7-seeded Bears (125-2) got the deciding goal when Ethan Oro slid a pass to Mario Rodriguez, who finished. MenloAtherton next will face No. 2 Bellarmine (16-3-4) on Saturday in the quarterfinals at Milpitas High at noon. For the girls, Menlo (15-3-2) was seeded No. 1 in Division III and Palo Alto (10-4-5) got the No. 2 seed in Division I. Both received byes into the quarterfinals. Menlo will face No. 9 Terra Nova (18-1) at St. Francis at noon while Paly will take on No. 10 Alisal (14-4-1)

boys this season culminated at the SCVAL finals, where Lee pinned ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ÊvÀœ“Ê«>}iÊxÇ® Elvin Labucay of Santa Clara to capture her first league title sure,” Lee said of trying to repeat against boys. as state champion. “I’m going to Wrestling so many boys this try to just go at it one match at a year, Lee hasn’t had as much optime, put everything I have into portunity to wrestle against girls, it. Hopefully I’ll come back with and Lee acknowledged there were another title.” some technique differences to Lee will compete in the 106- wrestling the two genders. pound division of the “I’d say in general state tournament this guys are a lot stronseason, after winning ger, but girls are much the 103-pound division more flexible,” Lee last year. said. “(Against girls) I In the opening round, have to make sure, they Lee will wrestle against can’t limp out anything, Mia Hill from Weston or trip their way out of Ranch High School something, so that’s (Stockton, with a poswhat’s different in gensible match against eral. I still try and wresMarjoree Fargas from Cadence Lee tle girls and guys with Paramount High in the the same mentality to second round. try and come out strong.” Lee has primarily wrestled Earlier this month, Lee did have against boys this season and has four matches against female opmore than held her own; compil- ponents, when she won the girls’ ing over 20 victories with only CCS Championships to become four loses. the first four-time champion in Her success has come at a high- section history. er weight class than last season, as “I didn’t realize it when CaLee decided to move up from the dence was winning (CCS) this 106-pound division to the much time, but she won every match tougher 113-pound division for every year by pin,” Horpel said in the dual-meet season, in order to amazement. “So not only is she give fellow senior wrestler Mi- a four-time CCS champion, she’s chael Abramovitch a chance to pinned every opponent that she’s start at 106. wrestled at the CCS ChampionAlthough going up a weight ships for four straight years.” class took some adjustment, Lee As Lee continues to train for her thought that the change helped her final state championship tournabecome a superior overall wres- ment, she made sure to acknowltler. edge how lucky she was to have a “At the lower weight class, coach like Horpel by her side. He sometimes I’d just be able to out- previously was the head wrestling power the guys or out-muscle coach at Stanford for 25 years and them,” Lee said. “Wrestling up (a spent time coaching, among othweight class) helped me improve, ers, Olympic gold medalists Mark because at this weight I really have and Dave Schultz prior to the 1984 to make sure that my technique is Los Angeles Games. solid in order to beat them.” “Coach Horpel is an amazing Lee’s success wrestling against wrestler, but I think he’s an even


at Valley Christian at 10 a.m. Priory and Sacred Heart Prep, meanwhile, had to battle their way into the weekend. No. 12 Priory (8-9-1) advanced to the Division III quarterfinals following a 3-2 victory over No. 5 Harbor (10-5-4) in Portola Valley on a rainy Wednesday. The Panthers found themselves down, 2-0, at the end of the first 40 minutes with what was a questionable first-half effort against Harbor. The final 40 minutes of the match were truly epic as the Panthers rallied back to win. Freshman standout Alicia Talancon scored in the 47th minute (assisted by Margaret Shields), receiving the ball just outside the box and placing her shot to the near post and to the keeper’s right. In the 52nd minute, senior captain Erin Simpson converted a free kick just outside the box, roofing her shot to beat the keeper. The game-winner came in the 69th minute when Lexi Garrity was fouled 30 yards out, setting up another Simpson free kick to win it. The Panthers next will face No. 13 King’s Academy (10-10), the defending Division III champ and

a rival of Priory in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division), on Saturday at St. Francis at 2 p.m. Like last season, King’s had to win a playoff match to reach the section tournament. The Knights advanced with a 6-1 blasting of No. 4 Santa Catalina (15-2-2). Priory was bounced from the playoffs last season by King’s Academy, 1-0, in the quarterfinals. The No. 6 Sacred Heart Prep girls (17-2-2) got an early start to the playoffs on Tuesday and made the most of the opportunity to post a 7-0 romp over No. 11 Pacific Collegiate in Atherton. It took only two minutes for freshman Olivia Athens and senior Alex Bourdillon to hook up for the first goal, with Bourdillon getting the tally. Athens was involved in the next two scores, as well. She scored in the ninth minute off an assist from sophomore Tierna Davidson and added another goal, unassisted, just a minute later. In the 12th minute, Riley Shanahan took a pass from fellow sophomore Carey Bradley and made it 4-0 before Davidson add-

better coach,” Lee said. “He has so much wisdom. Sometimes I’ll think that I’ve heard so much of him that there isn’t possibly anymore information that he could have. But every day he puts out something new and he teaches the whole team something about either wrestling or life that I’ve never heard before. It’s really amazing.” For his part, Horpel had the utmost confidence that Lee would once again excel at the state championships. “I’m always a little worried something bizarre could happen,” Horpel said. “But, barring injury and barring illness, I think she’s going to do it again and win another state title.” Joining Lee at the State Meet will be Menlo-Atherton freshman Chelsea Wilson and Palo Alto junior Alexa Austin. Boys wrestling Gunn will send eight athletes to the CCS Championships on Friday and Saturday at Independence High in San Jose while Palo Alto sends five and Menlo-Atherton four. Action begins at 10 a.m. each day, with finals set for Saturday at 7 p.m. Gunn has two seeded wrestlers in junior Ian Cramer (second at 132) and senior Stephen Martin (No. 2 at 182). Paly has junior James Giaccia (third at 126) while senior Josh Deckelman is an alternate at 152. Menlo-Atherton comes into the meet having finished fifth at last weekend’s PAL Championships. The Bears had three individual champions in senior Anthony Andrighetto (122), senior Austin Wilson (134) and senior James Smith (162), who was named the Outstanding Wrestler in the upper weight divisions. N

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ed a goal just two minutes later to send the Gators into intermission with a big lead. The Gators will have a much tougher test in the quarterfinals on Saturday when they visit No. 3 Burlingame (12-3-5) at 10 a.m. SHP will take on the Panthers without freshman standout Katie Harrison, who suffered a torn ACL in practice two weeks ago. In Division I, No. 9 seed MenloAtherton (10-6-5) saw its season end in heartbreaking fashion with a 3-2 loss to host Santa Teresa in the opening round. N

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