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Vol. XXXV, Number 36 N June 13, 2014

World Music Day returns to downtown Page 5, 17

Paly graduate Noah Sneider covers the cris is in Ukraine PAGE 23

Pulse 14

Transitions 15

Theater 18

Eating Out 19

Movies 21

Puzzles 46

NArts Karaoke DJ unleashes inner rock stars

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NHome Fairmeadow: Residents favor calm trafďŹ c circles Page 27 NSports Record-breaking careers end at the state meet

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Councilwoman fends off criticism over ‘finder’s fees’ Holman asserts she had no conflict in supporting a concept proposed by real-estate firm by Gennady Sheyner alo Alto City Councilwom- has not yet declared whether she an Karen Holman, who has will run again, expressed support spent more than a decade in April and May meetings of the advocating for more transpar- council’s Regional Housing Manency in city government, found date Committee for the concept herself fending off criticism this of “workforce housing� on four week for failing to disclose fund- parcels on the 600 block of Arasing she had received from a real- tradero Road. The proposal would estate company that proposed to require the sites to be rezoned rezone an Arastradero Road site from single-family residential (or to accommodate more housing. R-1) to RM-30, which would alHolman, whose first council low 30 housing units per acre. term is expiring this year and who The concept, which would


yield about 57 housing units, was pitched by Steve Pierce, who works as an attorney at local realestate firm Zane MacGregor, which has contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Holman in consulting fees over the past decade and a half. Pierce owns one of the four parcels in question. While Holman lists the firm on her statement of economic interests (also known as Form 700) and maintains that she had no legal conflict of interest, she said at the June 4 City Council meeting that she will recuse herself from further discussions of the

Arastradero sites. This prompted questions and innuendos from her colleagues, who wondered why she didn’t similarly recuse herself from prior discussion of Pierce’s workforce-housing concept. In an interview, Holman said she did not recuse for a simple reason: She felt she had no conflict, and it didn’t occur to her to recuse herself. “I was looking at this as a consideration that had to do with the Housing Element and a planning concept that I found intriguing,� Holman told the Weekly. At the April 10 meeting of the housing committee, Pierce em-

phasized the sites’ proximity to major employers, including the VA Hospital and Stanford Research Park, and to local schools, including Gunn High. “I just see these as good sites for denser housing,â€? Pierce said. Later in the meeting, when the council discussed possible housing sites, Holman said she was interested in the idea of putting housing near employers on Arastradero. She said she was interested in the sites’ “proximity to employersâ€? and wondered how ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠÂŁĂŽÂŽ


Music Day to bring street closures University Avenue to become pedestrian corridor Sunday



A view of East Palo Alto’s Westside area, which includes the sprawling Woodland Park Apartments, with U.S. Highway 101 to the left. The city is considering future development in the area, along the border with Palo Alto.


East Palo Alto residents express support for more affordable housing City offers three scenarios for added housing in city’s Westside by Sue Dremann uring a town hall meeting Area Plan and gauge residents’ Monday night, more than opinions on future development 100 East Palo Alto resi- in the area. Westside lies west of dents said they are willing to U.S. Highway 101 and includes support higher density housing the Woodland, Willows and Uni— including up to 8-story-tall versity Circle neighborhoods, buildings — to preserve and ex- stretching from Menalto Avenue pand low-income and affordable to the Palo Alto border at San housing in the community. Francisquito Creek and Highway The meeting was held to define 101 to Woodland Avenue. a vision for the city’s Westside The area is part of the city’s


“Vista 2035� vision plan, which serves as a blueprint for what residents want the city’s housing, parking, safety and quality of life to look like for future generations. The plan will replace the city’s state-mandated 1999 general plan, which itself was an update to East Palo Alto’s 1986 general plan. The Westside area contains the city’s largest chunk of rent-controlled housing — 2,185 units, including 1,800 units owned by one landlord. The 160-acre area comprises roughly half of the city’s rental housing with a total of 2,700 units, city planner Anne Cook said. High turnover among tenants means that even rent-controlled units are getting more expensive. The city’s rent-stabilization ordinance only protects a unit’s rental price while a particular renter lives in it. When a rent-

er moves out, the landlord can raise the rent to the current market rate. Then, the overall rent increase in any 12-month period may not exceed 10 percent. A full 75 percent of renters have lived in their apartments for less than four years; only 5 percent have lived in their units for 10 or more years, Cook said. Many East Palo Alto residents cannot pay for even so-called affordable housing, she added. Affordable housing is based on the area median income, which in San Mateo County is $101,200. For a family of four, “extremely low incomeâ€? — 30 percent of the area median — amounts to $30,360. “Very low incomeâ€? is $30,361 to $50,600; “low incomeâ€? is $50,601 to $80,960; and “moderate incomeâ€? is ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠÂŁĂ“ÂŽ

owntown Palo Alto will play host Sunday afternoon, June 15, to the annual World Music Day festival, an event for which streets will be closed to traffic so that music lovers can stroll about, listening to dozens of musicians playing on sidewalks and in plazas. The free music festival will take place from 3 to 7:30 p.m. However, streets will close in advance, starting at 11 a.m., and remain closed until 9 p.m. Those affected are University Avenue between Webster and High streets, and Hamilton Avenue between Bryant and Ramona streets. World Music Day will feature 50 professional and amateur musical groups performing a variety of musical genres, including jazz, blues, pop, rock, classical, world music, choral and dance, organizers announced. See page 17 of this edition for more information, or go to www. N — Palo Alto Weekly staff

Corrections The June 6 article, “The entrepreneurial educator,� incorrectly stated the location of Glenn “Max� McGee’s first school district. The district was in Michigan. To request a correction, contact Editor Jocelyn Dong at 650-223-6514, jdong@paweekly. com or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302.



Are Sellers Required to Disclose Prior Home Inspections? I was asked recently if a seller is required to disclose a previous buyer’s home inspection when selling their home. The seller explained that the inspection is no longer accurate because signiďŹ cant repairs were done to the property. California law requires that the seller disclose to buyers all information in their possession which materially affects the value or desirability of the property. Seller should disclose all past and current problems and all the repairs that have been made. This is true even if everyone believes that the information is no longer accurate. As a general rule when it comes to disclosures it is always prudent to disclose and explain rather than remain silent. By doing so, sellers avoid the inherent risk of misrepresentation. In the case of a prior home inspection I suggest that the seller obtain a second report from a qualiďŹ ed local inspector that shows the current condition of the property after the repairs and then deliver

both reports to the buyer. Delivering both inspections to buyers helps protect the seller from claims of misrepresenting the condition of the property. A buyer may place more or less weight on a potentially negative item than a seller, and thus the seller should not decide what a buyer would want to know. However, if a seller is aware of a prior inspection but does not possess the report, the seller need only explain this fact and any information regarding the prior inspection of which the seller may be aware. Sellers must be diligent to provide such an explanation as part of the seller’s property disclosure statement. Keep in mind that lack of disclosure of a prior inspection does not equate to lack of knowledge of material defects. A full disclosure of material facts reduces the risk of subsequent disputes, claims and litigation regarding the property. This column contains general information only and must not be construed as legal advice

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It’s the political season. —Karen Holman, Palo Alto City Councilwoman, on why she thinks some colleagues are accusing her of a conflict of interest. See story on page 5.

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HOW DARE YOU, PALO ALTO ... Palo Alto got a bad rap during a heated Bay Area housing debate Monday at Bloomberg Next Big Thing Summit at tony Bay Area resort Cavallo Point in Sausalito. San Francisco venture capitalist Ron Conway, while defending San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee against criticism from former Facebook vice president Chamath Palihapitiya that the mayor isn’t doing enough to combat growing income inequality in the City, snapped: “I live in the city of San Francisco. You live in the city of Palo Alto. ... How dare you, Palo Alto resident!�

EYE OF THE BEHOLDER ‌ “I have a giant target placed on my back that the community has placed there, and I wear it proud,â€? said Lee Lippert, chair of the city’s Architecture Review Board (ARB), during the board’s discussion with the City Council this week. Indeed, the board has been taking heat from the community in recent months, as new modern-looking buildings have been popping up around town, offending residents and council members whose aesthetics lean toward traditional architecture. In April, as former planning commission Chair Eduardo Martinez accepted a resolution of appreciation from the council, he used his speech to advise the council that it’s time to “reinvent the ARB.â€? “As architects we let the pendulum swing too far to where we’re afraid to criticize the work of other architects,â€? Martinez said. With accusations mounting, board members this week defended themselves by emphasizing their very limited role in approving developments. Lippert said there is a “misconception in the communityâ€? about the board’s role, which he said is not to design projects but to merely review them for “quality and character.â€? Board member Robert Gooyer made a similar point, saying, “We can only critique what’s presented to us.â€? The board provided renderings of various projects whose designs have changed dramatically between inception and approval, in some cases leading to reduction in massing and height. Most council members expressed gratitude to the board for their work, though Pat Burt and Kar-

en Holman both voiced concerns about the board’s willingness to approve large, modern buildings. Burt said that there is a sense in the community that the board is generally resistant to traditional styles. “We’ve seen on Waverley a number of buildings that don’t seem at all (consistent) with the character of what the block has been about,� Burt said. AND THE OSCAR GOES TO ... A pair of Stanford alumni claimed the top two prizes in the documentary category at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 2014 Student Academy Awards. At the award ceremony, held June 7, Helen Hood Scheer took home gold for “The Apothecary,� which followed a pharmacist living in a remote region of the American Southwest; J. Christian Jensen won silver for “White Earth,� an exploration of the North Dakota oil boom told through the eyes of the children living there. Both are recent graduates of the Stanford’s MFA program in documentary filmmaking. The two went through the program together, producing their award-winning pieces as thesis projects. Scheer said it makes sense that she and Jensen would take gold and silver in the documentary category. “The Stanford program has a reputation as being the best program in the country,� she said. Scheer said it was a “fantastic� feeling to take home the gold. Likewise, Jensen was elated to claim silver. “I was pretty stoked about it,� he said.

GIRL POWER ... Palo Alto native and new YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki graced this year’s Forbes magazine’s “25 Most Powerful Women in the World� listicle. At No. 12, Wojcicki beat out Oprah Winfrey (No. 14), Marissa Meyer (No. 18) and Meg Whitman (No. 20). The twelfth most powerful woman in the world took over as YouTube CEO in February, leaving her post as Google’s senior vice president of advertising. Wojcicki, who grew up on the Stanford University campus while her father taught physics there, convinced Google high-ups in 2006 to purchase YouTube for $1.65 billion. She’s known as “employee number 16,� joining Google in 1999. N


Menlo Park nonprofit wins state teacher-tenure lawsuit Judge rules laws unconstitutional in suit brought by Students Matter


alifornia’s teacher tenure laws were declared unconstitutional Tuesday by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, ruling on a lawsuit sponsored by Students Matter, a Menlo Park-based nonprofit group founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur David Welch. Judge Rolf Treu said in a written ruling that five laws governing teacher tenure, dismissal procedures and seniority violate the state constitutional rights to equal treatment and a free public education. Nine students who challenged the laws in a suit filed in 2012 proved that the laws “impose a real and appreciable impact on students’ fundamental right to equality of education and that they impose a disproportionate burden on poor and minority students,� Treu wrote. The decision came after a twomonth nonjury trial before Treu earlier this year. “I believe in public education,�

Welch said. “But I also believe our public education system is failing our children because it has stopped putting their needs and their success above all else.� Treu issued an injunction barring enforcement of the laws but suspended it to give the state and two teachers’ unions a chance to appeal. The two unions, the Burlingame-based California Teachers Association and the Burbankbased California Federation of Teachers, vowed to appeal. “Like the lawsuit itself, today’s ruling is deeply flawed,� CTA President Dean Vogel said. “This lawsuit has nothing to do with what’s best for kids.� The unions, which were allowed to join the case to defend the laws, argued during the trial that eliminating teachers’ rights would make it harder for public schools to attract and retain good teachers. “It is fundamentally anti-public education, scapegoating teachers

for problems originating in underfunding, poverty and economic inequality,� CFT President Joshua Pechthalt said of the lawsuit. A spokesman for California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who represented state officials in the trial, said lawyers in Harris’ office are reviewing the decision. The appeal process could take a year or more. If the ruling is upheld, it would require a revamping of the teacher-tenure laws. Treu wrote that as a judge, he had to “trust the Legislature to fulfill its mandated duty� to pass laws that are constitutional and give children an equal education opportunity. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who was a defendant in the case, said attracting and training talented teachers is one of the most important tasks of school districts. “Today’s ruling may inadvertently make this critical work even more challenging than it already is,� Torlakson said in a statement.

Treu estimated, on the basis of testimony by state officials, that between 2,750 and 8,250 of California’s 275,000 public school teachers are in a category he called “grossly ineffective.� He said the evidence that grossly ineffective teachers have a negative impact on students is compelling. “Indeed, it shocks the conscience,� the judge wrote. The five laws Treu struck down were: s!MEASURETHATGIVESTEACHERS permanent tenure after two years unless their districts tell them by March 15 of the second year that they won’t be retained. That is “not nearly enough time for an informed decision to be made,� the judge wrote. s 4HREE LAWS PROVIDING PROcedural protections for teachers whom school districts are seeking to dismiss for incompetence. The layers of procedures are so “complex, time-consuming and expensive as to make an effective, efficient and yet fair dismissal of

a grossly ineffective teacher illusory,� Treu said. He said trial evidence indicated that firing a bad teacher can take two to 10 years and cost a district $50,000 to $450,000. s ! LAST IN FIRST OUT STATUTE REquiring that teachers must be laid off in order of least seniority. Treu said the layoff of a gifted junior teacher is a “lose-lose� situation for both that teacher and students. Congressman George Miller, D-Martinez, the senior Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee, applauded the decision. “This is an historic opportunity and a defining moment for California, one that we must not squander,� he said in a statement. “We owe it to the six million students in California’s public education system to be thoughtful and deliberate and to put their needs first as we move forward,� he said. N —Julia Cheever, Bay City News Service


Stanford rules against expulsion in sexual-assault case University rejects student’s appeal of sanctions


tanford University Wednesday afternoon ruled it will not expel a student found responsible for sexual assault, deciding instead to withhold his diploma for two years. The student, a graduating senior, will be allowed to return in fall 2016 to attend graduate school at Stanford. The decision, handed down by Vice Provost of Student Affairs Greg Boardman, rejects an appeal filed by senior Leah Francis, who sought tougher sanctions against the student found responsible for assaulting her off campus over winter break. At a rally last week attended by more than 300 students, she urged the administration to reconsider the sanctions it previously issued — a five-quarter suspension starting this summer, communityservice hours and a sexual-assault education program — and to expel the male student, as well as reform the university’s policy to make expulsion the default sanction in sexual-assault cases. Boardman’s ruling does not question the finding of responsibility handed down in April through the university’s Alternate Review Process, a new disciplinary process set up to deal with allegations of misconduct relating to sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence or stalking. The fivemember panel in April had voted

4-1 for a finding of sexual assault, 5-0 for sexual misconduct and 5-0 for violating the university’s Fundamental Standard, a policy that governs student behavior both within and outside of Stanford, according to Francis’ appeal. But factoring into Boardman’s ruling against expulsion was the review panel’s determination that the student, who has not been named, poses no danger to the Stanford community. The panel’s finding was made in part due to the fact that Francis and the student had a previous dating relationship that had ended more than two years before the Jan. 1 assault, according to Wednesday’s ruling. Boardman opted to delay the conferral of the male student’s bachelor’s degree for two years to compensate for the harm the student caused Francis. But Boardman also rescinded the five-quarter suspension and the community-service hours. “I hoped that the university would do the right thing,� Francis said Wednesday. “It was so clearly laid out for them. Now I just feel like they don’t care about me at all, not at all.� Stanford law professor Michele Dauber, who has been assisting Francis with the appeal process, described the ruling as “victim blaming� and said she does not agree with the outcome.

“He was found responsible for sexual assault through force ... an event that was very traumatic to the victim, through force, and yet, there is paradoxically a conclusion that he is not a threat to the Stanford community. That, to me, is an affront to every woman at Stanford and every victim of sexual assault at Stanford,� Dauber said. “The inescapable inference of that is that the university blames her in substantial measure for the assault.� University spokeswoman Lisa Lapin said Thursday that while she cannot comment on the case or the ruling, imposing expulsion as a default sanction “is going to be discussed as an option.� “I think there needs to be conversation with the students about what the ramifications of that would be,� she said. In a June 6 letter from Boardman to all students, he also said the university intends to discuss the option of presumptive expulsion, “not meaning that it would be applied to every case automatically but that it would be the starting point for the consideration of sanctions.� Expelling a student for sexual violence was proposed — and supported by the administration — when the university first drafted the Alternate Review Process, which was piloted starting in 2010 and officially approved in 2013.


by Elena Kadvany

Stanford University senior Leah Francis speaks at White Plaza June 5 about being sexually assaulted and asks the university to expel her assailant and adopt policies with harsher penalties. Students at the time strongly opposed the expulsion idea. Francis went public with her story last week, alleging the investigation of her case has taken more than twice as long as the 60 days recommended under federal law and that the consequences imposed on her assailant fell short of his crime. Stanford is required under Title IX to investigate and respond to any reports of sexual assault, regardless of whether or not there is a criminal proceeding. “The goal of Stanford’s investigation is not to determine whether a crime has been committed but whether University policy has been violated and, if so, what discipline

is appropriate,� the provost’s office website states. A university investigation can also proceed if a criminal case ends, and the Title IX requirement to investigate applies regardless of whether an assault takes place on or off campus, “as students may experience the continuing effects of an off-campus incident while pursuing their studies back on campus.� Francis also filed a police report in January in the city where the assault took place. The case was investigated and passed to the local district attorney’s office for further investigation, Dauber said. N Online Editor Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@



“It’s the smartest thing we’ve ever done.� – STEVE AND SONNY HURST, BAY AREA

News Digest Happy Donuts reopens under new management When Palo Alto’s Happy Donuts abruptly announced its closure last week, fans feared the end of an era. But now they can rejoice. The doughnut shop reopened under new management Thursday, June 12. New operator Dan Lu said he has owned the shop at 3916 El Camino Real for some time. Lu’s daughter Ling and son John ran the shop. When they left for college, Lu leased the store to former employees Gerald Pak and Soknea Hort, who knew how to make the doughnuts the Happy Donuts way, he said. But recently the two families couldn’t come to a new lease agreement, so Lu is back to running the store again, he said. Customers can expect the same recipes and the same 24/7 service, he added. “We will have a quality doughnut and very clean upgrades. We may change the food menu a bit to have a better product,� he said. Lu has been in the doughnut business for many years, starting in Los Angeles in 1983, he said. His family still runs doughnut shops in Yucca Valley in San Bernardino County and in San Francisco. Hort and Pak will operate another Happy Donuts in San Jose, they said. N —Sue Dremann

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Proponents of Measure AA, the Peninsula’s $300 million openspace bond measure, officially claimed victory on Monday, June 9, even with thousands of ballots still to be counted. The measure needed 66.7 percent of the vote throughout the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District to pass. As of Thursday, June 12, the measure had received 68 percent. Passage of Measure AA authorizes the district to issue bonds to add 200 miles of new trails, increase recreational access and preserve and restore thousands of acres of open spaces, forests, watersheds and farmlands throughout the Midpeninsula district, which stretches 550 square miles from Los Gatos and East Palo Alto to north of Half Moon Bay. As of June 12, the “yes� votes totaled 75,403 and the “no� votes, 35,562, according to the registrars of voters in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. The Santa Clara County registrar reported still having as many as 3,000 ballots to count. N —Almanac and Weekly staff

Rash of phone scams reported in Palo Alto People posing as Internal Revenue Service agents, police officers and utilities department employees have been calling local residents and demanding payment in suspicious ways. In one recent case, a woman was bilked out of nearly $28,000, Palo Alto police said. On June 4, the Palo Alto Police Department issued a warning against two phone scams taking place in the city. One involved a supposed police officer who accused the resident of missing jury duty, thus incurring a $1,000 arrest warrant. One resident almost fell for the scam but reported it to the police. Officers never solicit cash from residents over the phone to take care of an outstanding warrant, police said. Scammers have also targeted utilities customers with foreignsounding last names who may speak limited English, calling to demand payment for overdue utilities bills, city Utilities Department spokeswoman Debra Katz stated in a June 5 press release. In this scam, the caller threatens to shut off power if the resident or business does not pay immediately. One resident paid $300, Katz said. On June 6, two Palo Alto women fell prey to a third scam involving a fake Internal Revenue Service agent, with one losing $3,000 and the other $28,000, police said. The scammer called the latter woman claiming that an IRS audit showed tax errors for the years 2000 to 2008. When the woman protested, the scammer then emailed her a fake arrest warrant, Police Sgt. Rich Bullerjahn said. The frightened woman thought the arrest warrant might be real, since the caller knew her name, two phone numbers and her Google account address. She followed the caller’s instructions to send $4,000 on reloaded debit cards, later sending more. The IRS stated it does not contact taxpayers by phone or email or any type of electronic communication, such as text messages or social media channels. Any email supposedly from the IRS should be forwarded to Residents who receive calls from scammers pretending to be police or utilities employees should note the number from which the call originated, hang up and notify the Palo Alto Police Department immediately by calling the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413, the police stated. Victims should also call the dispatch number to file a report, police said. N —Sue Dremann


Price tag for new Paly athletic center: $36 million to $40 million Private donor to cover at least $24 million, with balance paid by school district by Chris Kenrick


he price tag for Palo Alto High School’s new athletic facility — for which groundbreaking is slated this fall — will be between $36.1 and $40.4 million, according to newly released estimates from the school district. At least $24 million will be paid for by a private donation from the Peery Foundation of Palo Alto, with the balance covered by the school district, Superintendent Kevin Skelly said this week. “The original (gym) design was a lot simpler than what it is now,� said Jason Peery, who is representing his family’s foundation on the project, “so we’re both chipping in more than we originally thought because we really want to create

a first-class facility that kids are going to love for generations. “There was always an expectation that a contribution from the district would be a condition of the deal,� he said. The price disclosure, contained in materials to be discussed by the Board of Education Tuesday, June 17, is the first public estimate of the total cost since the athletic center project was first proposed early last year after the thenanonymous donor approached the school district. It comes from preliminary estimates by contractor Vance Brown Builders, Inc. based on current plans by architect Jeremiah Tolbert, Skelly said. The district’s share initially


In survey, students, parents speak out about school experiences Questions probe satisfaction levels on homework, grading, counseling and more

was estimated at $5.47 million, the amount it already had allocated for improvements to build a weight and fitness center. Paly’s Facilities Site Committee has reallocated an additional $4.25 million to the gym project by de-funding remaining projects at the school except for the library renovation and the science addition. Funding for a new performing arts center already has been approved. An additional $2.85 million will come from unspent funds originally intended for furniture, fixtures and equipment at Paly, Skelly said. If more school district funds are needed, the Board of Education would have to approve reallocating them from other sources

within the bond construction program. Skelly said the proposed athletic center — essentially two gyms built around the existing pool and connected by a loggia — will more than double the square footage for indoor athletics. “All the new facilities will be state of the art,� he said. “The support facilities for the aquatic center will be greatly enhanced. When this project is completed, Paly will have some of the finest indoor physical education and athletic facilities in the state, and these facilities will be worthy of the talents and promise of our students.� Architectural plans for the athletic center are currently up for approval by the Division of the

State Architect, which must sign off on all public school building projects in California. If approval comes over the summer, the Board of Education in September will be asked to approve contracts with the donor and Vance Brown for a construction start date of Oct. 1. Under that timeline, the new athletic center would be ready for occupancy by spring of 2016. During construction, physical education classes will operate out of portable buildings. Staff members are piecing together alternate locations, including Stanford, for team practices and games that require facilities. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@

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erceptions of fair grading and teacher quality were up among Palo Alto students and parents this year, but there’s plenty of room for improvement, according to results of a survey released last week. Higher numbers than last year also reported satisfaction with the school district’s response to incidents of bullying and harassment, although more than a quarter said they were dissatisfied or could not answer the question. Nearly 4,400 students, parents, teachers, administrators and staff members — 88 percent of them students or parents — took the Palo Alto school district’s online Strategic Plan Survey, administered in March. District statistician Diana Wilmot is still analyzing the results — including more than 1,000 open-ended comments — but presented some of them to the Board of Education June 3. Wilmot said she would post more results on the district’s website when they become available. “I’m working with (consultant) Hanover Research to come up with a more visual, interactive dashboard ... to be able to say, ‘Here’s the goal; here’s where we’re at,’� Wilmot said. On the fairness of grading, 70 percent of students and 76 percent of parents agreed or strongly agreed that “grading is fair across

teachers and courses� — up 18 percentage points in both groups over last year. Lower numbers — 52 percent of students and 49 percent of parents — agreed that “teacher quality and difficulty is consistent across schools and courses,� but those figures were up from last year, when only 33 percent of students and 38 percent of parents agreed with that statement. The results on grading fairness and teacher consistency “are the largest jumps across stakeholder groups, but they are still less than the average satisfaction levels on other questions so there’s still a lot of room for growth in those areas,� Wilmot said. Based on her early look at openended comments, Wilmot said, people “long for� greater consistency in grading and teacher quality. “It’s good to celebrate the quantitative data but also acknowledge the anecdotes on areas for improvement,� she said. On bullying, 72 percent of both students and parents said they were somewhat or very satisfied with “PAUSD’s response to student conflicts/bullying harassment.� Last year, only 63 percent of parents and 70 percent of students agreed with that statement. On counseling, 69 percent of students said they were satisfied with non-academic counseling and 70 percent expressed satisfaction with

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Results of the Palo Alto Unified School District’s annual Strategic Plan Survey, administered in March to teachers, students, administrators, classified staff and parents, measure opinions on key district goals, including academic excellence, staff development and district governance. Source: Palo Alto Unified School District academic and college counseling — essentially flat from last year. Wilmot did not offer breakdowns on counseling satisfaction levels between Palo Alto High School and Gunn High School, whose counseling program has been the target of consistent complaints by some parents. She said she’s still preparing individual reports on each school and will post them online. On homework, 70 percent of students and 78 percent of parents agreed with the statement that “the amount of homework assigned to students is reasonable this year� — up 4 percentage points from last year in both groups. Seventy-three percent of students and 80 percent of parents agreed that “student’s homework assignments are useful and appropriate this year� — again up slightly in both groups from last year. Seventy-eight percent of students reported feeling “connected and engaged at school,� compared to 69 percent last year who said they felt “excited about coming to

school to learn.� Ninety percent agreed that “there are high expectations for all students� — up 13 percentage points from last year. Perceptions on the adequacy of support for underperforming students substantially improved over last year, but still just 66 percent of parents and 68 percent of students agreed with the statement “Underperforming students are well-supported to improve academically.� Last year, only 57 percent of parents and 56 percent of students agreed. Satisfaction levels remained flat, at about 80 percent, on “the social and emotional experience students have at PAUSD.� The district got relatively high marks on use of collaboration and technology in the classroom, with 84 percent or more agreeing that those efforts have been somewhat effective or very effective. More than 90 percent agreed that “the technological tools provided by the school help students learn and communicate with peers and teachers.�

Among the 81 teachers who responded to the survey, “a significant number� reported “feeling overwhelmed in their responsibilities,� Wilmot said. “Elementary teachers, in particular, reported difficulties in lesson planning, since these teachers must differentiate instruction for three different types of learners for each lesson. “In addition, many expressed concerns that the school’s decisions and overall direction are dominated by a vocal minority of parents. “Communication with teachers could also be improved. Respondents reported a number of issues associated with communication, including a lack of transparency and the absence of clear and consistent policies from the district,� Wilmot said. Teachers indicated they’d like more time and opportunities to collaborate with colleagues on curricular matters, with only 55 percent expressing satisfaction with the current amount of time available. N



CityView A round-up

of Palo Alto government action this week

Council Council (June 9) Infrastructure: The council approved an infrastructure funding plan, which includes a list of projects that would be funded by the proposed increase in the hotel-tax rate. Yes: Berman, Burt, Holman, Klein, Kniss, Price, Schmid, Shepherd Absent: Scharff Budget: The council tentatively approved the city budget for fiscal year 2015. It plans to formally adopt the budget on June 16. Yes: Unanimous

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Cheers for Castilleja grads Laura Hagenah, left, gets a congratulatory handshake from fellow Castilleja School graduates Catharine Brown, second from right, and Megan Pope as she walks back to her seat on June 7. Sixty-one Castilleja seniors graduated during the independent Palo Alto school’s 107th commencement ceremony. To read about it and see more photos, go to

441 Page Mill Road: The commission held a site-and-design review for a three-story mixed-use building at 441 Page Mill Road and recommended approving the project. Yes: Alcheck, Michael, Gardias, Tanaka Absent: Keller, King Parking: The commission discussed the city’s effort to create a parking-permit program for downtown workers and residents. Action: None

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These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online throughout the week. For longer versions, go to www.PaloAlto

Palo Alto Humane Society eyes new shelter After two years of uncertainty and a brush with closure, Palo Alto’s aged animal shelter could undergo a radical expansion and transformation under a new plan proposed by the Palo Alto Humane Society. (Posted June 12, 9:44 a.m.)

Page Mill Road development moves forward The latest major development proposed for the bustling, congested and rapidly transforming area around Page Mill Road and El Camino Real won the support of Palo Alto’s planning commissioners on Wednesday night, despite concerns about adding more office space to an area already facing commercial growth. (Posted June 12, 12:45 a.m.)

Business group drops plan for sales-tax hike An effort by Silicon Valley businesses to place a tax measure for transportation projects on the November ballot skidded to a halt Wednesday when the group decided to wait until 2016. (Posted June 11, 8:38 p.m.)

Audit requires probe at a VA Palo Alto facility On the heels of claims last week that the Palo Alto VA hospital maintains better-than-average wait times and care, an internal audit found issues related to scheduling practices at one of its inpatient facilities in Livermore. (Posted June 10, 10:48 a.m.)

City to consider appeal of Stanford project Stanford University hit an unexpected hurdle on Monday in its bid to build 180 housing units in College Terrace when the Palo Alto City Council agreed to hold a hearing on a resident’s appeal of the project. (Posted June 10, 1:38 a.m.)

Palo Alto firms up stance in Cubberley talks After publicly declaring its intention to stop paying the Palo Alto school district annual fees in exchange for a commitment not to sell property, the City Council on Monday night put its money where its mouth is by stripping the payments from the city’s upcoming budget. (Posted June 10, 1:01 a.m.)

Palo Alto property values surge The market value of a single-family home in Palo Alto went up 10.8 percent in 2013 and has more than recovered from the last real estate peak, according to the Santa Clara County Assessor’s Office. (Posted June 9, 4:21 p.m.)

Woman to stand trial in drunk driving deaths A 54-year-old woman who allegedly hit and killed a married couple with her car while driving drunk in Menlo Park last October has been ordered to stand trial on murder charges. (Posted June 7, 5:08 p.m.)

Morrissey-Compton relocates to Redwood City The Morrissey-Compton Educational Center, a Palo Alto nonprofit assisting children and adults with learning disabilities, relocated to Redwood City on May 27, after receiving notice of eviction due to redevelopment. (Posted June 7, 8:19 a.m.) Page 10ĂŠUĂŠĂ•Â˜iĂŠÂŁĂŽ]ÊÓä£{ĂŠUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂœĂœĂœÂ°*>Â?ÂœÂ?ĂŒÂœ"˜Â?ˆ˜i°Vœ“


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ising costs for teacher pensions combined with conservative revenue projections will put the Palo Alto school district into deficit mode for the next five years, according to budget documents released last week. The school district’s Chief Business Officer Cathy Mak proposed a spending budget for next year of $184.56 million, up just over 1 percent from last year. The budget — 85 percent of which goes to salary and benefits — includes 17 new full-timeequivalent teaching positions. The cost of those are offset by savings to be achieved next year by not paying a 2 percent bonus that was paid to all staff in 2013. Mak projects revenues of $184.46 million — 71 percent of which come from local property taxes. She admits the revenue projection is “conservative,� based on her assumption that property tax revenues will grow by 3 percent over last year. The most recent growth estimate from Santa Clara County — 7.19 percent — is more than double that. The Board of Education is set to

by Chris Kenrick vote on the 2014-15 budget Tuesday, June 17. Mak highlighted proposals by Gov. Jerry Brown that local districts step up payments to meet an estimated $74 billion unfunded liability in California’s State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) and Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). Under that plan, the Palo Alto district’s pension costs would roughly double over the next six years, from about $11.6 million (just over 6 percent of today’s budget) to more than $20 million. Though they’re still just proposals, Mak said she budgeted for the increased pension costs for next year as well as in her five-year projections. “Because of the STRS increases, we project deficits for five years,� Mak told the school board June 3. “The deficit is mainly from increased pension cost and our conservative budgeting in property-tax growth.� Brown wants to increase local districts’ CalSTRS contribution rate from 8.25 percent of salary to 19.1 percent of salary between now

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session with its labor negotiators to discuss the city’s negotiations with the Utilities Management and Professional Association of Palo Alto. The council will then discuss proposed updates to the Page Mill Road and Interstate 280 interchange; approve the budget for fiscal year 2015; discuss charter amendments for the November 2014 ballot; authorize a measure to raise the hotel-tax rate; and consider a memo to keep local animal services. The closed session will begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 16. Regular meeting will follow in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. COUNCIL POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss expansion of the city’s smoking ban downtown and in the California Avenue business district and to consider changes to compensation for council members. The meeting

and 2021 and the district’s CalPERS contribution rate from the current 11.4 percent of salary to 20.4 percent in the same period. The district’s CalSTRS contribution will go from $7.4 million in 2013-14 to $8.4 million next year, and the CalPERS expenditure will go from $3 million to $3.18 million in the same period. Besides pensions and the new teachers, other increased spending next year will go toward a pay hike for substitutes, “traveling team� teachers for elementary school physical education, information technology support in schools, additional support in the district office for payroll and attendance and legal fees. On the revenue side, Mak said her budget assumes a continuation of an annual $7.4 million from the city of Palo Alto for lease of the Cubberley Community Center; $12.4 million in revenue from the district’s $638 per-parcel tax; and $5 million in donations from the independent foundation Palo Alto Partners in Education, which raises funds for Palo Alto public schools. N

is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will vote on a school district budget for 2014-15 and a contract for new superintendent Glenn “Max� McGee, who is expected to begin Aug. 1. The board also will hear updates on the Paly athletic center project and on negotiations with the City of Palo Alto on the lease of Cubberley Community Center. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, in the boardroom of school district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave. ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 385 Sherman Ave., a proposal to construct a 55,566-square-foot, three-story mixed-use building; and 411-37 Lytton Ave., a proposal for a new three-story office and residential building. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 19, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. The agendas for the City School Liaison Committee and Public Art Commission are posted on

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also questioned whether all commercial development would be squeezed into the Westside area rather than added to east of 101, where there is more land. The meeting also polled residents about the scale of development: Did they prefer 100 apartments in an eight-story building with 20 permanent affordable units; 50 apartments in a five-story building with 10 permanent affordable units; or 20 townhomes in a two- to-three-story building with four permanent affordable units? Residents said they would opt for greater density and building height if it meant more affordable housing. Residents also weighed in on levels of affordability they would like to see in new housing projects. For the same amount of subsidy, an affordable-housing developer could build more units for moderate-income households or fewer units for lower-income households, staff said. The majority of residents wanted the housing mix to largely include units for low-income and very-low-income residents. Millicent Grant, president of the East Palo Alto Senior Center, cautioned that many seniors fall into the extremely low-income category and said there needed to be enough extremely low-income rental units to accommodate them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What about having senior housing? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget your seniors. They are the ones who created this city,â&#x20AC;? she said. In spite of their support for housing, those at the meeting agreed they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want a repeat of the University Circle development, which demolished the run down Whiskey Gulch â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the closest thing the city had to a downtown â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and turned it into offices for law firms. The site has no real access or amenities for the community, residents said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a barricade to the community; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a project that turned its back on the community,â&#x20AC;? Cook said. Residents also want more overthe-freeway connections that will help unite the west and east sides of the city. The Westside Area Plan Advisory Committee will meet to discuss Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s results on June 16 at 6:30 p.m. at East Palo Alto City Hall. The City Council will receive an update on July 2. Another town hall meeting will take place in September, with a meeting about the draft plan in October. The Westside Area Plan can be viewed at N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

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the city can â&#x20AC;&#x153;provide synergyâ&#x20AC;? between employers and housing. She did not mention at that meeting that she has had a financial relationship with Pierce, one that resulted in her getting about four â&#x20AC;&#x153;finderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feeâ&#x20AC;? payments since 2000. The payments are based on real-estate transactions prompted by her referrals to Pierce, Holman told the Weekly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I should identify someone who wants to buy or sell a house and I refer them to Steve and they end up working together, I get a referral fee, should that transaction be successful.â&#x20AC;? Holmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial ties to Pierce first came to public light June 4, when she disclosed them during the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discussion of the Housing Element, a statemandated document that requires the city to list sites that could accommodate new housing units. At that meeting, she recused herself from discussion of the Arastradero sites even as she maintained that she â&#x20AC;&#x153;does not have a conflict of interest.â&#x20AC;? Holman stated she had spoken with City Attorney Molly Stump, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have concluded that in the best interest of appearance I would recuse myself from conversations having to do with the Arastradero sites.â&#x20AC;? The Arastradero proposal didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get anywhere either at the committee or the council level, with members ultimately agreeing to list only sites that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require rezoning and that would not stir up controversy. But her disclosure raised questions from her colleagues. Councilman Greg Scharff recapped the May 8 committee meeting and said Holman made a motion to include the Arastradero sites in the element, though she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a second and the proposal fizzled. Holman said she merely asked staff to â&#x20AC;&#x153;look at them.â&#x20AC;? Neither statement was entirely accurate, according to a review of that meeting. Holman suggested including 57 units on Arastradero in the Housing Element but declined to make a formal motion to that effect after seeing she had no support from her colleagues. She did, however, ask staff to return with more information on June 2 about how other cities have dealt with designating housing for employees. She said she was interested in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;company townâ&#x20AC;? concept (in which employees live close to their places of work) both at the Arastradero site and at the Fryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s site on Portage Avenue. She did not push for any particular development because none had been proposed. Scharff told the Weekly that at the May meeting he alerted Holman that he thought she had a conflict because of her financial relationship with Zane MacGregor (Scharff said he wrote his concerns on a note; Holman said she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recall seeing a note but confirmed that they spoke about the issue). â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seemed to have an appearance of conflict,â&#x20AC;? Scharff told the

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Weekly this week. The issue of conflicts of interests re-emerged during this past Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discussion of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget. Councilman Larry Klein, whose wife is part of the Stanford faculty, routinely recuses himself from conversations involving Stanford and announces his reason for recusal. This time, before he made his disclosure, Vice Mayor Liz Kniss asked City Attorney Molly Stump to confirm that her office doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually decide whether council members should recuse themselves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You stand Karen Holman as a soundingboard, not as a decision maker as to what we can be involved in?â&#x20AC;? Kniss asked. Stump responded that her office trains and advises council members â&#x20AC;&#x153;on the general requirements of the lawâ&#x20AC;? and said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;council members are required and obligated, as are other city officials and employees, to watch for decision coming before them that may impact those sources of income.â&#x20AC;? Klein then recused himself but not before emphasizing that the decision to recuse is one that is made by individual council members, not the city attorney. Stump declined to discuss with the Weekly her conversations with Holman, saying she has no authority to waive the confidentiality of the council members she advises. When asked whether she has found anything improper in Holmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s participation, Stump also declined to comment. Holman, meanwhile, said she believes she had no conflict of interest. She said she has not received any funds from Zane

MacGregor since May 2012. The firm has given her finderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fees on four or five occasions, she said. The payments ranged from less than $10,000 to a little under $50,000, she said. On her Form 700, she lists her payments from the firm in the $10,001-$100,000 range and describes her business position as â&#x20AC;&#x153;consultant.â&#x20AC;? At the June 8 council meeting, she said she lists the firm on her form â&#x20AC;&#x153;regularly,â&#x20AC;? whether or not she has income from the source. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do that as a means of transparency, so people know there is a potential and there is a relationship,â&#x20AC;? Holman said. She said she did not recuse herself from the committee discussions because her comments pertained to the concept of workforce housing and she wanted to see options the city has in exploring this concept. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I could be no more honest than to say, I truly felt I had no conflict and I have no conflict,â&#x20AC;? Holman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If my participation in those meetings has caused anyone to have doubts about me and my commitments, for that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sorry. But my commitment to high standards is intact and ongoing.â&#x20AC;? Holman also suggested that the pushback she has experienced from her colleagues may be motivated by politics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the political season,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m part of a council minority, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign season. My political views are not mainstream with this council.â&#x20AC;? When asked whether she regrets not having recused herself from the committee discussions of the Arastradero sites, she thought for a minute before offering an answer: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do I wish I had recused myself? In this political environment, yes.â&#x20AC;? N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

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Menlo Park June 4-10 Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Vehicle related Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . . 3 False registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/injury . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/no injury . . . . . . . . . . 4 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Possession of paraphernalia . . . . . . . . 1 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Miscellaneous APS referral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Coroner case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 CPS referral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Found property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Info case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Parole violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Resisting arrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Restraining order violation . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Warrant arrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

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Transitions Barbara Foster Barbara Foster, a resident of Palo Alto for nearly 50 years, died in her sleep on June 8. She was 77. She was born Barbara Ann Bachman on Dec. 19, 1936, in Vancouver, Washington. After finishing high school there, she came to Stanford University in 1955. She graduated in the class of 1959 with a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in journalism. After college, she worked for about two years as a reporter at the Palo Alto Times. In 1961, she married Winfield â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winâ&#x20AC;? Foster, whom she met at Stanford where he was a student at the law school. When Win graduated, they moved to San Francisco. There she worked for the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle, covering the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s society beat. The couple moved to Palo Alto in 1966, and she worked for a few years before they started a family.

They had two children, Laura and Andrew. When her children started school, she went back to work, beginning with a role at the development office of the Stanford Business School. Three years later, she started her own company, a speakers bureau called Keynote Speakers, which she grew and eventually sold in 2001. Later in life, she participated in the Mid-Peninsula League of the San Francisco Symphony, the Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto Garden Club. She was also involved in fundraising for the Opportunity Center and received an award for her work organizing a major Stanford reunion. For years she went to services at All Saintsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Episcopal Church and

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then, later, Saint Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church. In their retirement, she and Win enjoyed traveling, birding, rooting for Stanford teams and spoiling their grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Win, of Palo Alto; her sister, Carol Seeds Glathe, of Los Altos Hills; her children, Laura Foster Whitaker (Joel), of Washington, D.C., and Andrew Foster (Laura Kujubu), of Sacramento; and two grandchildren, Tomiko and Lily Foster. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, at Saint Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Greenpeace International, the San Francisco Symphony or a charity of the donorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choice.

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Mary Massey Madison June 2, 1931 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; May 1, 2014 Mary Madison, an award winning newspaper reporter, died of heart failure at Stanford Hospital on May 1 after several years of declining health. She was 82. Her 40-year career as a reporter spanned from the old Palo Alto Times to later the Redwood City Tribune and the Peninsula Times Tribune. She also worked as an adjunct instructor of journalism at Stanford University and as a correspondent for the San Francisco Examiner, United Press International and ultimately the San Francisco Chronicle before retiring in 1997. She was well known for her penetrating coverage of Stanford and for the Times and the Times Tribune gaining circulation on every beat she covered for them. Her awards included a Pulitzer Prize honorable mention for a continuing story in 1979 about the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to classify the manufacture of nuclear weapons, even though the process was publicly available. The source for her report headlined â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Build an A-Bomb in Your Garageâ&#x20AC;? was a Palo Alto resident who gained his knowledge in public libraries. She also directed a Times Tribune team in covering a 1987 tower apartment ďŹ re in Redwood City and wrote the story on deadline, winning the paper a California Newspaper Publishers Association First Place Award for Spot News Coverage. In addition to her hard news coverage, she enjoyed the lighter side of the news. In 1983, she attended a press reception on the Royal Yacht Britannia when Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visited California. In a brief chat, she told the Queen that, outside a lunch later in the week hosted by Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s President Kennedy, the Stanford Band would be playing Beatles tunes. The Queen responded, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, I am so glad to know what they will be playing.â&#x20AC;? Mrs. Madisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story of the encounter, one of only two ďŹ rst person stories she ever wrote, was a sell-out for the Times Tribune. A life long Peninsula resident, she was the second baby and ďŹ rst girl born in what was then the new Palo Alto Hospital (later Hoover Pavilion at Stanford). She grew up in Burlingame and, after attending Stanford, where she earned an A.B. in journalism, lived with her family in Menlo Park. Her career was a journalist was inspired by her father, the late Charles F. Massey. He was managing editor of the old San Francisco News and later executive editor of the Yakima, Washington dailies before ending his career with the San Jose Mercury News. She is survived by her husband James Madison, to whom she was married for 60 years after serving with him as Stanford Daily editors; by three children, including Michael, a professor of law at University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania; Matthew of Denver, Colorado; and Molly Caouette of Sacramento; and by three grandchildren, Kate, Dave and Carly. A memorial service in celebration of Mrs. Madisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life will be held at St. Bedeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church in Menlo Park on July 22 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a reception.

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Arts & Entertainment A weekly guide to music, theater, art, culture, books and more, edited by Nick Veronin

Dancing, and singing, the night away Steve Hays, aka DJ Purple, takes a saxophone solo during the â&#x20AC;&#x153;dance karaokeâ&#x20AC;? night he hosts at The Patio every Wednesday night.

Karaoke master DJ Purple helps people discover the rock star within by Nick Veronin photos by Veronica Weber

Tim Brown, a Stanford student, belts out â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Want You Backâ&#x20AC;? by â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;N Sync.


he large main room of The Patio bar in Palo Alto is flooded with a deep blue light â&#x20AC;&#x201D; frequently punctuated by bursts of bright white, yellow, orange and red, pulsating from a rotating disco light, which sends colorful beams every which way and seems to respond to the thumping of the hip-hop beat blaring over the PA system. A smoke machine periodically shoots a puff of fog up into the air by the DJ booth. The room is abuzz with anticipation as a man wearing a tucked-in work shirt and jeans grabs hold of the microphone. He appears old enough to be the grandfather of most everyone in the crowd, which is composed of mostly young professional types. Those who come regularly to the weekly event know the man as Rapper John and are excited because they know what is about to happen. The DJ, who has been looping the same few bars of the song over and over in order to give the man a chance to get set, lets the track fly, and Rapper John breaks into his own, unquestionably unique, version of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wobbleâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a bawdy and energetic tune about dirty dancing by Atlanta-based rapper V.I.C. The crowd goes wild. They whoop, holler, and those who know it, perform the line dance associated with the song while the man of the moment delivers lines like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey, big girl! Make â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em back it up.â&#x20AC;? This is not your typical karaoke show. And it was never supposed to be. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to basically blaze a new trail here,â&#x20AC;? says Steve Hays, a Redwood City resident better known as DJ Purple, who has been working for the better part of 14 years honing his â&#x20AC;&#x153;dance karaokeâ&#x20AC;? show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My goal is to have people dancing and singing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ideally, the whole time.â&#x20AC;?

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Judging from a visit to his regular Wednesday night show at The Patio, he is well on his way toward that goal. Over the course of the night, more patrons trickle into the bar, many of them coming specifically for DJ Purple. According to the bouncer on duty that night, Haysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; show pulls in more patrons than any other karaoke DJ the bar books â&#x20AC;&#x153;by a long shot.â&#x20AC;? Daniel Rozeboom and his friends comprise a group that has come specifically for Hays. A Palo Alto resident, Rozeboom says he first happened upon a DJ Purple show a few years ago, when Hays was regularly performing at the recently shuttered Rudyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Though heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d sung karaoke a few times before, Rozeboom says he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really into the activity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in part because it made him nervous to get up in front of a crowd and perform. These days, he still gets nervous but not like he used to in the beginning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually been a great confidence builder,â&#x20AC;? Rozeboom says of performing with DJ Purple. That Rozeboom now considers singing karaoke a hobby has a lot to do with the level of energy Hays puts into his work. Rozeboom notes that while other DJs are content to sit back and hit play on the next song, Hays is â&#x20AC;&#x153;extremely involved in every song.â&#x20AC;? Hays came to the Peninsula from New Jersey in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s to pursue an undergraduate degree at Stanford University. Although he was a capable student â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he says he earned high marks in high school and that he turned down an acceptance letter from Harvard University â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ultimately Hays gave up on his studies so he could pursue a career in music. At the time, Hays played in a number of dance-music cover bands â&#x20AC;&#x201D; some of which were well-known in certain circles of Stanford students, he says. Back when he dropped out of Stanford, Hays says he was thinking heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d continue playing live music in bands. His instruments include saxophone, keyboard and guitar among others. However, as time passed, he started playing solo shows, using samplers and laptops as his backing band, and before long, he had mostly abandoned live instrumentation in favor of mixing dance music at parties, bars and clubs. Though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been more than a decade since Hays played regular-

Arts & Entertainment ly with a band, the lessons he learned while performing with other musicians on stage have greatly informed the work he does as DJ Purple. Hays frequently plays saxophone or harmonica during songs to spice up a musical interlude or give a certain passage more punch. He will sometimes sing backup harmonies. And he has even been known to reach out to regulars via Facebook to suggest a song he thinks theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be good at or to give pointers on microphone and singing technique. Understanding this, it starts to make sense that Rozeboom has found greater confidence through his performances at DJ Purple shows. Hays knows firsthand how hard it is to manage a band, book shows, rehearse and then tear down all the heavy equipment after playing a high-energy set. He is also familiar with how amazing it feels to rock a crowd. The way he sees it, DJ Purple provides a service to people â&#x20AC;&#x201D; allowing them to feel like rock stars for a night, without all the work it takes to actually become a rock star.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea with karaoke is you can have this small taste of being a star,â&#x20AC;? Hays says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to set it up so people can just walk down on a Wednesday night and get to be the lead singer in a band, and keep their day jobs. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what motivates me to make my show as much like a great rock or pop concert would be.â&#x20AC;? In addition to providing backup singing and instrumentation, Hays keeps the party alive by carefully curating his song book. A few years ago, Hays went through all 3,000 plus songs in his catalog and performed a thought experiment with each one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I envisioned playing that song at each of my venues and visualized how people would respond to it based on my memory and experience and intuition. In my mind, do I see people leaving the floor?â&#x20AC;? It took him more than a year to complete, but, he says, the proof is in the pudding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The song book is really the No. 1 thing,â&#x20AC;? Hays says. DJ Purple now has two regular San Francisco shows on Thurs-

day and Friday nights in addition to his regular Wednesday gig at The Patio. His following â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the length his following is willing to go to see his shows â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is also a testament to what Hays has created. Rapper John â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or John Dunne, as he is known to his friends â&#x20AC;&#x201D; regularly comes to Palo Alto from his home in San Lorenzo just to perform classic hip-hop party songs, like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rappers Delightâ&#x20AC;? by The Sugarhill Gang or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baby Got Backâ&#x20AC;? by Sir Mix A Lot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen anybody run karaoke like that,â&#x20AC;? Dunne says of DJ Purple. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To me, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best around.â&#x20AC;? It would seem that others share Dunneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assessment of Haysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; show. As midnight draws near, two young women who had come inside to get a load of the action begin considering the DJ Purple songbook. When asked whether they plan to sing a song, they smile broadly. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thinking about it, they say. N Arts & Entertainment Editor Nick Veronin can be emailed at

CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF A SPECIAL DIRECTORâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HEARING To be held at 3:00 P.M., Thursday, June 23, 2014, in the Palo Alto City Council Conference Room, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. Go to the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue to review ďŹ led documents; contact Alicia Spotwood for information regarding business hours at 650-617-3168. 1845 El Camino Real PLN14-00072: Request by Sandis, for a Preliminary Parcel Map to combine three lots (124-30-045, 124-30-040, 123-30-039) into two lots to create two condominium units and adjust the parcel lines for parcels located at 1845 El Camino Real and 1820. Zone: CN and RM-15. Environmental Assessment: Exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act per Section 15315 Hillary E. Gitelman Director of Planning and Community Environment

EVENT Coffee Chat With Our City The City of Palo Alto is moving beyond City Hall to find out what issues matter most to our community. For a single morning, city staff will spread out across Palo Alto to sit down with citizens and have conversations about the future of our city. We will be asking the community a question: â&#x20AC;&#x153;How would you describe Palo Alto to somebody who has never been here?â&#x20AC;? And we look forward to hearing your answers. Sit down with the city manager or other city staff and share your thoughts and ideas about your vision for our future. Charlotte Dean

Bay Area-based musician Pete Kelso plays ragtime and rock music. He is pictured performing at the Palo Alto World Music Day celebration on June 19, 2011.

World Music Day by Nick Veronin


he streets of downtown Palo Alto will be alive with music this Sunday, as the city marks its sixth annual Palo Alto World Music Day. The day will feature around 50 groups and solo musicians â&#x20AC;&#x201D; both professional and amateur â&#x20AC;&#x201D; playing music from all over the world at 18 separate locations scattered up and down University Avenue, branching off on to some side streets and with a few locations on Hamilton Avenue. There will be choral groups, rock groups, singer songwriters, African drummers, blues bands, barbershop quartets, jazz com-

bos and much more â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even a few dance groups. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very excited,â&#x20AC;? said Claude Ezran, the longtime Palo Altan who first organized the event six years ago. Palo Alto World Music Day is part of a broader worldwide event, which calls for musicians to take up their instruments and sing in the street wherever they are. Ezran said he first encountered the celebration while traveling in France in the early â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s. He said he felt holding a local celebration in Palo Alto would be a good fit, as Palo Alto is such a culturally diverse place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The spirit of the event is a cel-

ebration of music and musicians in all their forms,â&#x20AC;? he said. In addition to being a fun community event, Ezran said he hopes that World Music Day will serve as an inspiration to aspiring musicians, an outlet for up and coming amateurs and a way of making Palo Alto a Bay Area destination for music and the arts. The celebration, which is co-sponsored by the Weekly, begins at 3 p.m. and runs until 7:30 p.m. Performers will be set up on University Avenue, between Webster and High streets, as well as Bryant Street, Ramona Street and in King Plaza at City Hall. The festival will disrupt traffic to the area. For more information visit N

When: June 19, 2014, 10-11:30 a.m. Where: Printers CafĂŠ, 320 S. California Ave.; Starbucks, 4131 El Camino Real; Palo Alto CafĂŠ, 2675 Middlefield Road; CafĂŠ Venetia, Downtown Train Station, 95 University Ave.; Coupa CafĂŠ, 538 Ramona St.; Philz Coffee, 3191 Middlefield Road; Peet's Coffee, 77 Town and Country. What is Our Palo Alto? Fueled by input and participation from citizens, Our Palo Alto is a community conversation about our Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future. These conversations will create opportunities for dialogue around Ideas, Action, and Design. Together we will discuss important ideas and programs, tackle the issues the community cares about, and design a long-term plan for the future.

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CLOSED SESSION 1. Labor Negotiations- UMPAPA STUDY SESSION 2. County of Santa Clara Expressway Study Program and Update on the Page Mill & I-280 Interchange Project CONSENT CALENDAR 3. Adoption of FY 2015 Investment Policy 4. Approval of a Contract with Tandem Creative in the Amount of $90,000 for Graphic Design and Printing for the Quarterly Production of the Enjoy! Catalog Classes and Activities Guide 5. SECOND READING: Adoption of a Park Improvement Ordinance for the Magical Bridge Playground Project 6. Council Approval of Amendment No. 6 to Agreement No. C1136231 With The Housing Trust Silicon Valley to Provide a Contribution in the Amount of $200,000 from the Residential Housing In-Lieu Fund for Fiscal Year 2013/14 to be Expended Through Fiscal Year 2017/18, Authorize the City Manager to Execute Amendment No. Six with the Housing Trust Silicon Valley, and Adoption of a Budget Amendment Ordinance of $200,000 from the Residential Housing In-Lieu Fund 7. Adoption of a Resolution Approving a Professional Services Agreement between the Northern California Power Agency and the Cities of Alameda, Palo Alto and Santa Clara for Electric Transmission, Generation and Regulatory Consulting Services for a Total Not to Exceed Amount of $166,669 for the One year contract Term 8. Agreement between the City of Palo Alto and Palo Alto Unified School District to Share Costs of Two School Resource Officers 9. Approval of 6 Contract Amendments: (a) Amendment No. 2 to 4Leaf, Inc. Contract C13149364, Increasing Compensation by $1,500,000 to $3,000,000; (b) Amendment No. 2 to Kutzmann & Associates, Inc. Contract C13149368, Increasing Compensation by $363,000 to $726,000; (c) Amendment No. 2 to Interwest Consulting Group Contract C13149365, Increasing Compensation by $50,000 to $150,000; (d) Amendment No. 1 to CSG Consulting Contract C13149366, Increasing Compensation by $50,000 to $100,000; (e) Amendment No. 1 to TRB & Associates Contract C13149369, Increasing Compensation by $50,000 to $100,000; and (f) Amendment No. 1 to West Coast Code Consultants Contract C13149367, Increasing Compensation by $385,000 to $770,000, to Renew Contracts and Amend Scope of Work Each for a One-Year Term Extension for On-Call Inspection, Plan Check Services, and Capital Improvement Costs 10. Approval of Professional Services Contract with Plante Moran for Enterprise Resource Planning Evaluation Assessment in the Amount of $142,175 11. Recommending Council Authorize the City Manager to Approve Law Enforcement Data Sharing Agreement 12. Approval of Design Contract No. ___ with BKF Engineers in the Amount of $175,000 for the Embarcadero Road Satellite Parking Project 13. Adoption of Resolution Determining the Proposed Calculation of the Appropriations Limit for Fiscal Year 2015 (GANN) 14. Approval of Separate Five-Year Contracts with Genuent USA, LLC, Intratek Computer, Inc., Digital Intelligence Systems, LLC, GTC Systems, Inc., Modis, Inc., Bodhtree Solutions, Inc. and Signature Technology Group, Inc. for IT Temporary Staffing Support Services in a Total Amount Not to Exceed $500,000 per Fiscal Year for all Seven Contracts 15. Approval of a Purchase Order with Owen Equipment in a Not to Exceed Amount of $409,233.50 for the Purchase of a Hydro-Excavator Truck (Scheduled Vehicle and Equipment Replacement Capital Improvement Program VR-13000) 16. Adoption of a Resolution to Establish the Palo Alto Bicycle Advisory Committee (PABAC) as the Bicycle Advisory Committee for purposes of the Transportation Development Act Program 17. Approval of Amendments to Power Purchase Agreements with Western Antelope Blue Sky Ranch B and Elevation Solar C 18. Approval of a Construction Contract with xxxx In The Amount of $xxxx, Approval of Amendment Number 2 to Contract No. C12144101 with WMB Architects, Inc in the Amount of $xxxx for a Not-to-Exceed Amount of $xxxx for the City Hall Remodel Project PE-12017, and Adoption of a Budget Amendment Ordinance (BAO) for Fiscal Year 2014 to provide an Additional Appropriation in the Amount of $xxxx ACTION ITEMS 19. CONTINUED PUBLIC HEARING: Fiscal Year 2015 Budget 20. PUBLIC HEARING: Adoption of a Resolution XXXX entitled Resolution for the City of Palo Alto Confirming Weed Abatement Report and Ordering Cost of Abatement to be a Special Assessment on the Respective Properties Described Therein (FD) (STAFF REQUESTS CONTINUANCE TO 8/4/14) 21. From Policy & Services: Election Charter Changes for Council 22. Increase to Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) for the November 2014 ballot 23. Public Hearing: Recommend Adoption of an Ordinance Requiring all new Multi-Family Residential and NonResidential Construction to Provide for Current or Future Installation of EV Chargers 24. Colleague Memo from Council Members Berman, Holman, Klein & Schmid regarding the Animal Shelter

STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS The Finance Committee Meeting has been cancelled. The Policy and Services Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 6:00 PM to discuss: 1)Smoking Ordinance Revision: Review recommendations for expansion of City smoking ban in the Downtown and California Ave Business Districts; including benchmarking data and policy discussion to possibly include additional areas or restrictions on sales and indoor smoking including e-cigarettes and other tobacco products, and 2 City Council Compensation: Discussion about City Council salary and possible ordinance and/or ballot measure to amend City Council compensation. The City School Committee will meet on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 8:30 AM to discuss: 1) Our Palo Alto Initiative, 2)PAUSD/City Budget Fiscal Year 2015 Update, and 3) PAUSD Property Tax Report

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A.J. Shively, left, stars as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Him,â&#x20AC;? while Sharon Ritkerk plays â&#x20AC;&#x153;Herâ&#x20AC;? in the Sondheim revue, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marry Me A Little,â&#x20AC;? now playing at TheatreWorks.

Looking for love â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Marry Me A Littleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; celebrates seldom-heard Sondheim by Jeanie K. Smith


heatreWorks ends its season with a musical revue, a show that was created in 1980 by Craig Lucas and Norman RenĂŠ by putting together little-known songs from the large, sprawling oeuvre of Stephen Sondheim. Tender, sweet, and funny, the dialogue-free â&#x20AC;&#x153;plotâ&#x20AC;? of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marry Me a Littleâ&#x20AC;? puts two young people in the same apartment building, each alternately eschewing and then hoping for love. The revue has gone through many revivals and versions since its debut and recently underwent some updates in its Broadway revival, but TheatreWorksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; thoroughly enjoyable rendition pays homage to the towering genius of Sondheim with pure strokes. The main variance is that the young man and woman â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the charming and talented A. J. Shively and Sharon Rietkerk â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are now in an iconic Victorian apartment in San Francisco rather than a New York flat, with his above and hers below. In a bit of theatrical conceit, the actors share the same stage space, but not the same apartment; we soon realize they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just ignoring each other, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re actually in separate flats. As they sing about being alone on a Saturday night, or wanting to find love, or proving they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need it, director Robert Kelleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clever staging illuminates both their isolation and their proximity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right there, right next to them all along. It also makes for some amusing juxtapositions, as they make their dinners in the same kitchen or flop on the same bed, almost connecting. Even if you think you know Sondheim, you may not have heard most of these songs before â&#x20AC;&#x201D; almost 20 rarities, songs that were cut from shows, or earlier versions, or from shows not often produced. So, while that inimitable Sondheim sound and smart lyrics abound, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like discovering his brilliance anew, taking you along to places you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know he went. So many gems, like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Fairy Tales,â&#x20AC;? and the amazing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bang!â&#x20AC;? originally written for â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Little Night Music,â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday

/ / ,Ă&#x160;, 6 7 Nightâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;So Many Peopleâ&#x20AC;? from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Night.â&#x20AC;? How did â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your Eyes Are Blueâ&#x20AC;? ever get cut from â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum?â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;There Wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Be Trumpetsâ&#x20AC;? fall out of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anyone Can Whistle?â&#x20AC;? Reitkerk and Shively are both wonderfully up to the Sondheim challenge, embodying the hopefulness and promise of youth while delivering big vocals and the emotional power of the songs. Bruce McLeodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set provides numerous playing spaces and cements the upstairs-downstairs illusion, while positioning music director and pianist William Liberatore in the apartment next door. The rising moon over a San Francisco skyline is particularly effective. The musical decision to simply pair piano with performers works beautifully; and if there is miking, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s subtle and never discernible, thanks to sound designer Brendan Aanes, giving the whole show more of an intimate, cabaret feel. Lighting by Stephen B. Mannshardt provides excellent isolation and definition, as well as moonlight. Consider this brilliant gem of a show the preamble to next seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s huge undertaking of another â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sweeney Todd.â&#x20AC;? Start off your immersion in Sondheimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extraordinary talent with a delightful dip into his rarer treasures. N What: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marry Me a Little,â&#x20AC;? music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman RenĂ&#x2C6;, presented by TheatreWorks Where: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mt. View When: Through June 29, with 7:30 p.m. shows Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, and 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday Cost: Tickets range from $19 to $73; special discounts for under-30, educators, seniors. Info: Go to or call 650-463-1960

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Cooks at The Counter serve up mini burgers with asiago cheese, scallions, peanut sauce carrots and sprouts, with a side of sweet potato fries, as a part of the California Avenue Dishcrawl.


Will Pacio, owner and founder of Spice Kit, talks about his restaurant with participants of the California Avenue Dishcrawl.

Eat, stroll, repeat Dishcrawl foodie tour comes to Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ssleepy second downtown by Elena Kadvany


he term â&#x20AC;&#x153;pubcrawlâ&#x20AC;? reputedly originated in England sometime in the late 19th century, putting a name to the act of spending a night walking from one pub to the next, stopping for a drink (or two) at each. The origin of the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;dishcrawlâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; subbing out the drinks for food â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is decidedly less established, but it might actually have local roots. In 2010, founder Tracy Lee started running walking-friendly foodie events in San Jose to promote a gaming application called Battledish, soon realizing the crawls were far more popular than the app itself. She transitioned into organizing dishcrawls full time, growing from the Bay Area to 250 cities across the country and Canada. Dishcrawlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bay Area presence can be found from San Francisco micro-hoods to downtown Mountain View and University Avenue in Palo Alto. The crawl usually stops at three restaurants, all within walking distance of each other, and for around $40, diners get to sample a significant amount of fare at each. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know where they will be eating until they get there. Last month, for the very first time, Dishcrawl descended upon Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleepy second downtown, California Avenue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;California Avenue, Palo Alto, is way more than a Caltrain stop,â&#x20AC;? an event description read. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The area is now one of the hidden gems for local businesses and foodies alike in the central Peninsula.â&#x20AC;? So on a warm May evening, a group of about 20 people â&#x20AC;&#x201D; some

old, some young, some couples, some singles, some veteran crawlers, some newbies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; met at Asian street food spot Spice Kit to kick off the evening. The food element didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disappoint, and at first glance, the food is what outsiders would think is the best part about such an event. But surprisingly, the camaraderie of an evening spent with a group of people, getting to know them over food, was almost better. At Spice Kit, we munched on steamed pork buns with grilled kurobata pork belly, pickled cucumbers, scallion and hoisin sauce; 24-hour braised beef short ribs banh mi (sandwiches) and lotus chips. If you wanted a Thai iced tea or Hitachino Nest white ale to wash it down, that was on your dollar. Drinks are not included with Dishcrawl, unless itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a booze-specific event. The best part about Spice Kit was that chef-owner Will Pacio came out with the first buns and told the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s genesis story as we ate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I grew up in Ohio,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I grew up with a lot of bad Asian food.â&#x20AC;? One crawler gleefully chimed in, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m from Ohio!â&#x20AC;? He talked about his path from Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Medicine to the kitchen and his experience cooking under renowned chef Thomas Keller at his landmark restaurant The French Laundry in Yountville. One diner, a veteran of five previous Bay Area dishcrawls, stopped eating to ask Pacio if the marinade used for the banh mi short rib filling is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thomas Keller-inspired.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything is kind of Thomas Keller-inspired,â&#x20AC;? he laughed. Led by a Dishcrawl organizer, the crowd headed across the street to Lotus Thai Bistro, where it became clear that an eating strategy is necessary. We were first served a plate with a sample-sized bowl of the chicken tom yum soup with lemongrass, mushroom, chili paste, kefir leaf â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a highlight of the evening â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and on the side, fresh cucumber salad and a Thai samosa. Next came out plates of veggie spring rolls, pad see-ew (flat rice noodles) with chicken and broccoli, and sticky rice with mango for dessert. (The organizer later said the spring rolls and dessert were a surprise to her and that restaurants will often serve more than they promise to the organizers beforehand.) The owner came out to say hello, but given his limited English, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give the same amount of history as Pacio. While at Lotus Thai, one crawler was still talking about Spice Kit. Rosema Hermano, who lives and works in Santa Clara, said she â&#x20AC;&#x153;loves to eatâ&#x20AC;? but had never been to the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m definitely going to come back,â&#x20AC;? she said. Almost at stomach capacity, we left Lotus Thai and walked down the street toward Caltrain, wondering where our last stop would be. The group came to a halt outside The Counter. One guy tapped out, mumbling something about being too full to eat burgers. The rest of us went in. As at Spice Kit, a Counter employee talked about the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concept and the food we would be served: mini burgers, sweet potato fries and â&#x20AC;&#x201D; drum roll, please â&#x20AC;&#x201D; churro milkshakes, with real churros mixed in. The food was good â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the milkshakes surprisingly so â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but the chain restaurant seemed a strange

choice for foodies hoping to try out new, unique dishes as part of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s billed as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;food adventure.â&#x20AC;? Dishcrawlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bay Area community manager, Evan Morris, said The Counter was an exception to Dishcrawlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usual suspects. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of the places we work with are locally owned,â&#x20AC;? he said. But, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Counter is popular and people love the hamburgers there, so we try to work those (types of places) into our Dishcrawls as well.â&#x20AC;? Also, not every restaurant jumps at the chance to participate. For a very small restaurant thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s packed every night, bringing a group of 20 diners in might not make sense. For a struggling restaurant, the price point might not be affordable. Others donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to alienate regular customers for a one-off event. And some are too expensive for Dishcrawlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own price point.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The model doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really work for everyone and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK,â&#x20AC;? Morris said. And for those who do participate, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more about exposure than profit, though Dishcrawl does divvy out a portion of ticket sales to each restaurant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it sounded like a nobrainer,â&#x20AC;? Spice Kit owner Will Pacio said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the business ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just trying to get the word out, right? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really easy way to do that. They did all the leg work.â&#x20AC;? Morris said future California Avenue Dishcrawls have not been scheduled, and they like to move around a bit before repeats. He hinted they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done crawls in Mountain View, Los Altos and University Avenue in awhile. For information on future Dishcrawl events, go to dishcrawl. com/peninsula/. N

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(Century 20, Century 16) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do the same thing!â&#x20AC;? Ice Cube bellows at Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or, rather, Captain Dickson bellows at Schmidt and Jenko, the buddy-cops of â&#x20AC;&#x153;22 Jump Street.â&#x20AC;? This sequel to 2012â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;21 Jump Streetâ&#x20AC;? purposely blurs the lines between the actors and their characters for â&#x20AC;&#x153;metaâ&#x20AC;? gags, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change what the movie is: just another dumb sequel. In whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bound to be a loveit-or-hate-it affair for audiences, â&#x20AC;&#x153;22 Jump Streetâ&#x20AC;? delivers on the threat made by its predecessor (and recapped in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Previously on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;21 Jump Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? opener): to transplant narcs Schmidt and Jenko from high school to college. Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) lays down the self-referential groundwork about where the first movie â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a comic reboot of the 1987-1991 Fox crime dramaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; has been and how this one will retread it with more money: â&#x20AC;&#x153;You got lucky. Anyone with half a brain thought it would fail spectacularly.â&#x20AC;? And so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s off to 22 Jump Street, a pricier, bigger if not necessarily better undercover HQ right across the street from 21 Jump Street. There, Dickson dispatches the decidedly overgrown boys to Metro City State College to track the source of a dangerous new drug called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whyphy.â&#x20AC;? Again, school life has a way of driving a wedge between lunkheaded Jenko, a blissful jock, and squat, sharp-tongued Schmidt, who nevertheless somehow pulls off a hookup with a girl named Maya (Amber Stevens). For his part, Jenko â&#x20AC;&#x153;hooks upâ&#x20AC;? with a football bro named Zook (Wyatt Russell) who just may be implicated in the drug ring. The crime plot proves even more halfhearted this time around, except as a self-conscious excuse for vehicular chases, gunfights and explosions. Making fun of having more money to do the same old shiznit isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a new idea, and once the movie has slapped itself on the wrist a few times, it has nowhere to go except to be what it disdains: a pointless money-grabber. What would have been truly subversive: a sequel on budget cuts that kept promising bigger and better explosions and gunfights but never being able to pull the trigger (mightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been funnier, too). But that wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fulfill the function of the Hollywood machine that enslaves â&#x20AC;&#x153;22 Jump Streetâ&#x20AC;? just as much as any other multiplex product, much as the stars (Hill co-authored the story); screenwriters Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, and Rodney Rothman; and filmmakers Phil Lord

Schmidt (Jonah Hill), left, and Jenko (Channing Tatum), right, play cops who go undercover at a community college in 22 Jump St. Hijinks ensue. and Christopher Miller (fresh from the triumph of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lego Movieâ&#x20AC;?) wish it werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so. Instead of pursuing edgier material â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like, say, having the cops enjoy the drug theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to eliminate and thereby have an existential crisis â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the picture is content to go through the motions of football practice, a frat initiation, and a big finale at Spring Break in Puerto, Mexico. In fact, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a thing in â&#x20AC;&#x153;22 Jump Streetâ&#x20AC;? that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recycled. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never clearer than in the hoary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gay!â&#x20AC;? jokes this movie doubles down on in the bromantic relationships between Jenko and Zook, and Schmidt and Jenko (yeah, yeah, we get it, and we also got it seven years ago when Hill was starring in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Superbadâ&#x20AC;?). If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a saving grace here, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revisiting the odd-couple chemistry of Hill and Tatum. Still, â&#x20AC;&#x153;22 Jump Streetâ&#x20AC;? can wink all it wants, identifying its own cliches as it succumbs to them, but the movie is still contemptuous of its audience. At least the end credits sequence bravely(?) shoots this movieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sequel potential in the foot â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we hope. Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence. One hour, fifty-two minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peter Canavese

How to Train Your Dragon 2 ---

(Century 20, Century 16) Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movies donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really have to work very hard for their target audience, but of course, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re better when they do. A good childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk down to kids; it tells a story thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s palatable to adults, while serving as training wheels for kids to move on to yet more challenging fare. The animated adventure â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Train Your Dragon 2â&#x20AC;? fits this bill.

Five years have passed on screen since the events of 2010â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Train Your Dragon,â&#x20AC;? in which inventive 15-year-old Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) waged peace between his Viking village of Berk and dragonkind, as represented by bloodied but unbowed animal Toothless. Hiccup and Toothless are still joined at the hip, practicing new flying stunts as they explore and map outlying regions. Hiccup still faces pressure from dad Stoick (Gerard Butler) but of a more benign variety: Stoick lovingly wishes to pave the path of succession for his son to become chief. Hiccup isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so sure he wants the job. Then trouble arrives â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the form of dragon trappers who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t share Berkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enlightened view of living in harmony with the firebreathers. Pompous, all-bark-nobite Eret (Desmond Harrington of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Game of Thronesâ&#x20AC;?) turns out to be merely a lackey to the fearsome Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou), who has history with Stoick. The bigger shock comes when Hiccup discovers a hidden dragon sanctuary watched over by someone who has even more

significant history with Hiccupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family: the guarded Valka (Cate Blanchett). Hiccup again casts himself in the role of peacemaker, now protecting a hard-earned new way of life, but can war be averted if people wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come to terms? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a troubling question for a kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; movie, which would ordinarily simply embrace peace or embrace war. Stoick avers, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Men who kill without reason cannot be reasoned with,â&#x20AC;? but a subtler point about powerful weapons (from guns to trained soldiers following orders) comes out when someone notes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good dragons, under the control of bad people, do bad things.â&#x20AC;? As with the previous installment in the series, the film functions as a coming-of-age story, with this chapter focused on earning leadership and loyalty through earnest self-improvement. Of living up to Dad, Hiccup muses: â&#x20AC;&#x153;How do you become someone that great, that brave, that selfless? I guess you can only try.â&#x20AC;? DreamWorks Animation ups the ante visually (under the sharp direction of Dean DeBlois, who also penned the script). The flight scenes are truly wondrous, espe-

cially the quieter ones â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though scenes of dragon races and highflying battle are certainly spectacular. The character acting has also leaped and bounded over the uncanny valley, helping this sequel to be surprisingly emotional. While delivering the epic goods, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Train Your Dragonâ&#x20AC;? franchise continues to keep its eye on helping kids become better people, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a cause worth fighting for. Rated PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor. One hour, forty-two minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peter Canavese

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22 Jump Street (R) Century 16: 9:15, 10:45 a.m., 12:15, 1:45, 3:15, 4:40, 6:15, 7:45, 9:15 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 10:20, 11:25 a.m., 1, 2, 3:40, 4:35, 6:25, 7:15, 9:10 & 10 p.m. In XD at 12:15, 2:50, 5:25, 8:05 & 10:45 p.m. A Damsel in Distress (1937) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Fri: 5:35 & 9:10 p.m. A Million Ways to Die in the West (R) ((1/2 Century 16: 10:30 a.m., 1:35, 4:25, 7:15 & 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 11:15 a.m., 2:15, 5:15, 8 & 10:50 p.m. Belle (PG) ((1/2 Aquarius Theatre: 3:30 p.m. Blended (PG-13) (1/2 Century 20: 12:30 & 6:15 p.m. Chef (R) Century 20: 11:20 a.m., 2:10, 5, 7:45 & 10:25 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 1:15, 4:10, 7:15 & 10 p.m. (No 10 p.m. on Sun) Dirty Dancing (1987) (PG-13) Century 16: Sun: 2 p.m. Century 20: Sun: 2 p.m. Doctor Who: Rise of the Cybermen (2006) (PG) Century 16: Mon 7:30 p.m. Century 20: Mon 7:30 p.m. Easter Parade (1948) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Sat-Sun: 3:30 & 7:30 p.m.

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Edge of Tomorrow (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 9, 11:45 a.m., 2:30, 5:15, 8 & 10:45 p.m. In 3D at 10:20 a.m., 1:05, 3:55, 7 & 9:50 p.m. Century 20: 10:40 a.m., 1:25, 4:10, 7 & 9:45 p.m. In 3D 11:35 a.m., 2:20, 3:15, 5:10, 7:55, 9 & 10:40 p.m. The Fault in Our Stars (PG-13) Century 16: 9:10, 10:10, 11:10 a.m., 12:10, 1:10, 2:10, 3:10, 4:10, 5:10 & 6:10 p.m. Century 20: 10:55, 11:50 a.m., 1:50, 2:45, 4:45, 5:50, 6:50, 7:40, 8:50 & 9:50 p.m. Flying Down to Rio (1933) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Fri: 7:30 p.m. Follow the Fleet (1936) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Sat-Sun: 5:30 & 9:30 p.m. The Gay Divorcee (1934) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Fri: 7:30 p.m. Godzilla (PG-13) ((1/2 Century 16: 10 a.m., 1, 4:05, 7:25 & 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:05 a.m., 2 & 7:55 p.m. The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) ((( Aquarius Theatre: 6 & 8:30 p.m. Aquarius Theatre: 6 & 8:30 p.m. The Grand Seduction (PG-13) Guild Theatre: 2:15, 4:45, 7:15 & 9:45 p.m. (No 9:45 p.m. on Sun) How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG) Century 16: 9:50 a.m., 12:35, 1:15, 3, 5:35, 6:30, 8:10, 9:05, 10:45 p.m. & midnight. In 3D at 9, 10:40, 11:35 a.m., 2:10, 3:50, 4:45, 7:20 & 9:55 p.m. (No midnight on Sun) Century 20: 10:50 a.m., 12:10, 1:35, 2:55, 4:15, 5:35, 7, 8:20 & 9:40 p.m. In 3D at 10:10, 11:40 a.m., 12:50, 2:25, 3:30, 5:05, 6:10, 7:50, 8:55, 10:30 p.m. Ida (PG-13) Palo Alto Square: Fri: 3:10, 5:15, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. Sat: 1, 3:10, 5:15, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. Sun: 1, 3:10, 5:15 & 7:30 p.m. Maleficent (PG) (( Century 16: 9:20 a.m., 12, 2:45, 5:20, 7:55, 10:25 & 11:50 p.m. In 3D at 10:40, 1:20, 4, 6:40 & 9:20 p.m. (No 11:50 p.m. on Sunday) Century 20: 10:30, 11:40 a.m., 1:05, 2:20, 3:35, 4:50, 6, 7:25, 8:30 & 10:10 p.m. Million Dollar Arm (PG) ((( Century 16: 9:30 a.m., 12:30, 3:45, 7:05 & 10 p.m. Century 20: 10:45 a.m., 1:45, 4:40, 7:40 & 10:35 p.m. (No 1:45 p.m. on Sun) Neighbors (R) ((1/2 Century 20: 4:55 & 10:45 p.m. Rio 2 (G) (( Century 20: 10:45 a.m., 1:25 & 4:05 p.m. The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Fri: 5:45 & 9:30 p.m. Words and Pictures (PG-13) Aquarius Theatre: 3, 5:30 & 8:15 p.m. X-Men: Days of Future Past (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 9:25 a.m., 12:45, 4:15, 7:30, 10:35 & 11:45 p.m. (No 11:45 p.m. on Sun) Century 20: 1:25 & 7:30 p.m. In 3D at 10:25 a.m., 4:25 & 10:40 p.m.

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Noah Sneider

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the first three years of his life there before moving to Palo Alto. Though he was too young to remember anything about Russia, the country continued to fascinate him as he went through school in Palo Alto. At Pomona College, he concentrated on Russian and Eastern European studies, and the prospect of riding the Transiberian railroad and wandering around with a backpack sounded appealing, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say I had a great plan,â&#x20AC;? Sneider said of his decision to go to Russia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was an obscure decision. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like I was chasing the headlines. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a career move. Just like I wanted to major in Russian, I wanted to move to Russia. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a great idea of how Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d make it work.â&#x20AC;? His origins aside, Sneider said he was fascinated by Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich history and inherent complexity. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a place full of surprises, as Winston Churchill famously observed in 1939 when he called it a â&#x20AC;&#x153;riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.â&#x20AC;? Nothing about the country is shallow, Sneider said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a place where everything that happens is fraught with layers of historical and cultural meaning,â&#x20AC;? Sneider said. It also presents a stark contrast to life in Silicon Valley, where governments generally work, laws are usually followed and routine actions tend to lead to predictable outcomes. For these reasons, people here can easily

spend much of their time on â&#x20AC;&#x153;autopilot,â&#x20AC;? he said. In Russia, you can do the exact same thing three times and get three different results, with success often contingent on the whims of the person with whom youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dealing. This doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always make life simple, but from Sneiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perspective, it makes things interesting. Curious, gregarious and happily afflicted with wanderlust, Sneider speaks with fondness of a world in which an everyday interaction inevitably â&#x20AC;&#x153;spawns extra steps you have to go through that introduce you to new people, new parts of the city, new things.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of exciting, in a way,â&#x20AC;? Sneider said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Things largely happen according to human relationships more than according to rules of laws and institutions and regulations.â&#x20AC;?

no laws which punish sexual minorities.â&#x20AC;? Nevertheless, nobody has a clear sense of how the newest statute, specifically the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;propaganda,â&#x20AC;? will be interpreted. Sport, Mr. Romanov believes, will be the perfect cover for gay men and lesbians to gather. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Noah Sneider, Oct. 26, 2013, The New York Times, â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Open Gamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in Moscow to Test an Antigay Lawâ&#x20AC;?


neider arrived in Moscow in June 2013. The prior winter, as he was contemplating his future, he had applied for an internship at The New York Times. Just before graduation, he was surprised to get a letter from the Times inviting him to intern in the newspaperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Moscow bureau. Sneider was thin on journalistic experience. While at Paly he cofounded an award-winning sports magazine, The Viking, a venture that he called his â&#x20AC;&#x153;defining high school experience.â&#x20AC;? In college, he dabbled in journalism during his freshman year before shifting focus to art, photography and Russia studies. But what he lacked in front-line reporting chops, he ­VÂ&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x2022;i`Ă&#x160;Â&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x160;Â&#x2DC;iĂ?Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160;ÂŤ>}iÂŽ

Mission to Moscow The passage in June of a federal law banning â&#x20AC;&#x153;propaganda of nontraditional sexual relationships to minorsâ&#x20AC;? set off a sustained international outcry and calls to boycott the Sochi Olympics, prompting President Vladimir V. Putin to claim that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Russia there are

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babushka with a rubber stamp can be scarier than a masked man with a gun, says reporter Noah Sneider, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had to negotiate with both in recent weeks. Sneider, a 2009 graduate of Palo Alto High School, has been splitting his year between Moscow, where he took part in the media manhunt for Edward Snowden, and Ukraine, where heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been helping The New York Times, Al Jazeera and cover one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most explosive and complex hot zones. Sneider, who now is in Moscow trying to navigate Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s labyrinthine visa bureaucracy so he can continue his work, landed on the front line of the new Cold War almost by accident. Though journalism is almost literally in his blood â&#x20AC;&#x201D; his mother, Elisabeth Rubinfien, wrote for The Wall Street Journal and his father, Daniel Sneider, was the Moscow bureau chief for the Christian Science Monitor before both became editors at the San Jose Mercury News â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t planning to spend his year talking his way through checkpoints or following a caravan of Russian corpses across the Ukrainian border. But after graduating from Pomona College last summer, he knew he wanted to head to Russia. His reasons had little to do with bylines or current events. Sneider was born in Moscow and spent

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Ufeyn Fakhreev, a 92-year-old Crimean Tatar, has lived through Lenin, Stalin, World War II, forced exile, the Soviet collapse, and now the Russian annexation of Crimea.

more than made up for in chutzpa and timing. The day after Sneider arrived, Moscow received a visit from another young American citizen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who had just fled to Russia from Hong Kong after releasing a treasure trove of classified documents exposing the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surveillance tactics, including its collection of â&#x20AC;&#x153;metadataâ&#x20AC;? on American citizens. On June 23, just as Sneider was settling in, Snowden landed, launching a media frenzy and restoring Russia to the international headlines. Sneiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first few days on the job were devoted to the chaotic search for Snowden. About half of the Times bureau was going to the Moscow airport, with some reporters spending their nights there, he said. As a rookie, his own role was limited, consisting in large part of observing and learning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was so green at that point, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think they really trusted me to do anything other than stand and watch and not bother people,â&#x20AC;? Sneider said. As the internship progressed, his responsibilities expanded, much like Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presence on the Western evening news. In June 2013, the nation passed a law that banned â&#x20AC;&#x153;propaganda of nontraditional sexual relationship to minorsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a prohibition that was widely condemned by many in the international community as a veiled attempt to repress and persecute gay people. At the same time, Russia was preparing to host the Winter Olympics in Sochi, an extravagant $50 billion spectacle that was supposed to mark Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resurgence and the Kremlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s return to the international stage. Sneider wrote an occasional news brief and assisted with the Times coverage of Moscowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mayoral race, but his first ma-

jor byline for the Times came in October, when he wrote a story about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Open Games,â&#x20AC;? an Olympics-style competition staged by Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gay community and set to take place just after the Sochi Olympics. This event, like so many others, fell into Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legal gray area. Though the new law created an atmosphere of fear in the gay community, it did not lead to widespread prosecutions, as many had feared. As Sneider wrote in his Oct. 26 story, the existence of an athletic federation focusing on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) issues â&#x20AC;&#x153;reflects a tacit agreement with Mr. Putinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s government that extends beyond gay issues: allâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well that does not end in politics.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Such legal gray areas abound in Russia, where the authorities often treat law enforcement as a matter of caprice rather than one of compliance,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. Around that time, Sneider also teamed up with a group of Times writers for a project on Moscowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s LGBT life, in which gay residents were asked to submit first-person stories. Respondents included a girl who fell in love with her Russian teacher; a Muslim male from the Caucasus who entered into a â&#x20AC;&#x153;fake marriageâ&#x20AC;? with a lesbian girl; and a lawyer for an LGBT organization who was pelted with eggs and ignored by the police after she represented in court a victim of an attack at a gay-rights rally. By late fall, the bylines and stories were adding up for Sneider, but finances were another matter. The internship was unpaid, Sneider said, and he had burned through his savings and was thinking of how heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d make a living. He took on a job at the Higher School of Economics, a university in Moscow, where he helped edit and teach English. Predictably, he said, the job was â&#x20AC;&#x153;much less exciting than working in the newsroom.â&#x20AC;? During the winter break,

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Sneider flew back to Palo Alto, where he made a decision that he would scale back his nonjournalism commitments and make freelance writing his full-time occupation.

From Maidan to madness â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we speak honestly, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all afraid,â&#x20AC;? said Ruslan Mustafaev, who stood guard with six other men at a neighborhood watch post this week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they want to, they will come for us.â&#x20AC;? As Crimea prepares to vote on Sunday on whether to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, the prospect of a renewed Russian presence in Crimea evokes for Tatars raw memories of Communistera depredations. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Noah Sneider, March 13, 2014, The New York Times, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mindful of the Past, Many Tatars Fear a Russian Future.â&#x20AC;?

speed over the next two weeks as Russian separatists took over Ukrainian posts; harassed and assaulted Maidan sympathizers; overran local TV stations and replaced Ukrainian news with Kremlin propaganda; and organized a referendum in which 97 percent of the Crimean voters supposedly voted to join Russia. On March 18, the Russian parliament signed a law officially annexing Crimea and prompting analysts all over the world to talk about a new Cold War. But in the early days of March, Sneider said, Crimea was just starting to rumble. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think anyone expected what was about to actually happen,â&#x20AC;? Sneider said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think anyone predicted the totally bizarre way that Russia seized it.â&#x20AC;? The men bore no insignia, and when Sneider tried to talk to them, he found that they were â&#x20AC;&#x153;not very talkative.â&#x20AC;? There were, however, masses of pro-Russia residents who had come to support the separatists and who Sneider said were eager to have their voices heard. Sneider reached out to his Times colleagues in Moscow to ask them if they needed help covering the Crimean crisis. He was ultimately hired on a day-to-day basis, mostly to assist some of the veteran reporters who were now arriving to lead the Times coverage. He also contributed a story about Crimeaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tatars, a Turkic Muslim community whose history is stained by periods of persecution, exile and ethnic cleansing at the hands of Stalin. The danger extended to journalists. Simferopol, Crimeaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital, was now inundated with foreign press. Sneider heard of cases in which Western and Ukrainian journalists were assaulted, and he learned to be careful, to â&#x20AC;&#x153;be aware of what temperature your interaction is at and to cut it off before it gets to a point where someone would really think of harming you physically.â&#x20AC;? Things got dicey as Sneider made his way toward Ukrainian military bases and tiny towns filled with Russian soldiers and angry locals who had not dealt


hen Sneider returned to Russia in January, he was no longer an intern but a full-time freelancer, pitching and contributing stories to online magazines and By mid-February, news wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hard to find. The fissures between Russia and the West began to widen, with the soul of Ukraine at stake. The political temperature in the former Soviet republic had rapidly heated up in December, when the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s embattled and reputedly kleptocratic President Viktor Yanukovych backed away



from an association agreement with the European Union and instead signed a deal with Russia that included $15 billion in economic assistance from Russia and gas discounts. For millions of Ukrainians, particularly those in Kiev, Lvov and the western half of the nation, the reversal of alliance signified a high-handed betrayal of their hopes for freedom, economic prosperity and closer ties to the West. By the middle of February, tensions were peaking in Kiev, with thousands of protesters gathering at Maidan Square to demand Yanukovychâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resignation. With tires burning and crowds chanting, Ukraineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s riot police opened fire on the protesters, killing more than 70 people between Feb. 18 and 20. The protests continued and within a week Yanukovych abdicated and fled; the riot police, known as Berkut, was disbanded. Despite 100 casualties, protesters were hailing the success of the Maidan revolution. When Sneider arrived in Moscow, it was clear that Ukraine was where the action was. He took a train to Kharkiv, Ukraineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second largest city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been to Kiev at all during Maidan, and I was kind of bummed,â&#x20AC;? Sneider said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was sitting at a desk job in Moscow, which isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a bad job by any means but nothing close to being in the thick of it.â&#x20AC;? Kharkiv proved anti-climactically stable (this was months before its mayor was critically wounded by a gunshot while riding his bicycle), so Sneider shifted his focus to Crimea, a peninsula on Ukraineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s southern edge that until this year was best known as home to Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Black Sea Fleet and a resort destination for party leaders and literary lions like Leo Tolstoy and Anton Chekhov. He arrived by train in Simferopol, just as masked rebels armed with assault rifles began taking over government buildings. The night after he arrived, Sneider said he walked out of his hotel room and saw armed soldiers roaming the streets. A ring of more armed men guarded parliamentary buildings. Events unfolded at a dizzying

Women and children, mostly ethnic Crimean Tatars, gather for an anti-war rally near Simferopol in early March.

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with journalists before. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Journalists have become in conflict effectively combatants in the eyes of the local population,â&#x20AC;? Sneider said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Are you nashi (our people) or are you not?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Representing a Western publication, especially one like The New York Times that has name recognition even for people in Crimea, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the best introduction to an interview.â&#x20AC;? He described the atmosphere in the early days of the Crimean crisis in one of several pieces that ran on in the first two weeks of March: â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Simferopol, Crimeaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital, crumbling pre-revolutionary facades line the streets, lending a quaint air to an otherwise edgy atmosphere. Following the new governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ascension and passage of a series of controversial laws (most notably, a bill that prevented Russian from being an official language), antiMaidan protesters began amassing. For several days, they have gathered outside the Crimean parliament building, which was occupied by unidentified militants on Thursday. They chant â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Russia, Russia!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Glory to Berkut!,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; an unironic inversion of the Maidan slogan, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Glory to the Heroes!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?

Go east, young man At a Ukrainian military checkpoint north of the city on Monday, officers described the rebels as a noxious mix of Russian special forces and drug addicts. At other checkpoints, the words â&#x20AC;&#x153;separatistâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;terroristâ&#x20AC;? pepper conversations as Ukrainian troops search cars.

At rebel positions a short drive away, gunmen typically refuse to acknowledge that Ukrainian military is the Ukrainian military. Instead, they call it a fascist-led formation organized by an illegitimate government, and say they are braced for attacks from Right Sector, an ultranationalist group, and secret American mercenaries. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;C.J. Chivers and Noah Sneider, New York Times, May 12, 2014, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In One Eastern city, Ukrainians Find Battle Hits Too Close To Home.â&#x20AC;?


neider wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t planning on being a war correspondent, but when opportunity knocks on your door with the butt end of a Kalashnikov and The New York Times asks you for help, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say â&#x20AC;&#x153;no.â&#x20AC;? In Crimea, Sneider got to work with C.J. Chivers, a veteran war correspondent whose coverage of the military conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan helped the Times win the Pulitzer Prize in 2009. In late March, Sneider returned to Moscow where he worked on a book project, assisted the Times and freelanced as a translator. In mid-April, he received a message from Chivers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What he said was, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Are you still interested in being a war corespondent?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Which was a really vague message that I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to respond to,â&#x20AC;? Sneider said. On April 20, Sneider arrived in Donetsk, a large city in the industrial region of Dombas. This was weeks before armed rebels took over the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s police stations and

exactly a month before masked men organized a hasty referendum and proclaimed the Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Republic of Donetsk. What struck Sneider at the time was how normal everything seemed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were a couple of buildings that the rebels had taken over, but other than that, normal life went on,â&#x20AC;? Sneider said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People were strolling the streets, and buses were running and shops were open. It was late spring, early summer so people were starting to ride bikes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You could tell something was brewing, but it hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bubbled over yet.â&#x20AC;? Things were getting hotter in Slovyansk, which was quickly transforming into a secessionist stronghold. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like a war, but every now and then there were scattered bursts of violence (the day before he arrived in Slovyansk, three rebel soldiers were killed at a checkpoint). New checkpoints were coming up, but journalists werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly dodging bullets, Sneider said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something would happen at some checkpoint, and everyone would hear about it and go to it, but the battle would be over, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to sort through the aftermath to figure out how it happened,â&#x20AC;? Sneider said. In Slovyansk, they had a chance to spend time with the rebels, whose identities remained the subject of worldwide speculation. The West insisted they were Russian provocateurs; Kremlin countered that they were Ukrainians bent on resisting Kievâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fascist government. On May 3, Chivers and Sneider shared a byline on the cover of the Sunday Times for a story titled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Behind the Masks in Ukraine, Many Faces of Rebellion.â&#x20AC;? The story suggested that neither side in the propaganda war was exactly accurate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The rebels of the 12th Company appear to be Ukrainians, but, like many in the region, have deep ties to and affinity for Russia,â&#x20AC;? the

Sneider quickly called a rebel commander whom he had gotten to know while working on the story about the insurgentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; identities earlier in the week. The commander got on the phone with a guard and minutes later, they were released. He was in Eastern Ukraine until mid-May, staying mostly in Slovyansk but also taking trips to smaller towns and villages. Traveling with a reporter like Chivers, he said, was a perfect way to learn the craft of covering a dangerous situation. The biggest lesson? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It might be counterintuitive, but not rushing to the things that are happening and moving in when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clearly safe to do so and beneficial,â&#x20AC;? Sneider said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the midst of the hysteria, learning not to get caught up in the rush yourself. Learning to slow yourself down â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that was the biggest lesson for me.â&#x20AC;? On May 14, after three weeks in the heart of the rebellion, Sneider took a quick trip to Greece to visit a friend and unwind, recharge and â&#x20AC;&#x153;disconnect from everything for a few days.â&#x20AC;?

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Pro-Russian protestors carry a flag through the streets of Simferopol, the Crimean capital, in early March.

story stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are veterans of the Soviet, Ukrainian or Russian Armies, and some have families on the other side of the border. Theirs is a tangled mix of identities and loyalties.â&#x20AC;? The situation in Slovyansk was becoming increasingly dangerous for visitors from the West. Journalists, activists and soldiers were kidnapped and at times beaten. On April 25, rebel forces kidnapped seven military observers from the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe and marched them in front of TV cameras for a sham press conference. Television footage also showed the bloodied and bandaged faces of captured Ukrainian soldiers. Sneider said Chivers really impressed upon him the need to always be aware of your situation; assess the risk of every situation in a methodical way; and develop habits that would allow you to slip out quickly if you need to. Even so, there were several close calls. The rebels didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to give the Times journalistic accreditation. So as they passed through checkpoints, men with guns approached them, pointing guns in the window and asking for documents, and they had to negotiate their way out of trouble. The closest call, he said, came at a checkpoint in early May. There was heavy fighting that day. New checkpoints were coming up, and people were getting â&#x20AC;&#x153;amped up.â&#x20AC;? Chivers and Sneider were coming back to their hotel late and got stopped at a checkpoint. When the rebels saw American passports, they became belligerent and ordered other guards to take the journalists to the basement of the Security Services building, where prisoners were held. Sneider tried to talk his way out, but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t working. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I kind of quickly understood early on that it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to go well and that I needed to do something else to resolve it,â&#x20AC;? Sneider recalled. He observed that the guards on the checkpoints tend to be pretty low on the seniority ladder, with cheap old hunting rifles and makeshift weapons like bats and sticks. Many werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wearing camouflage. With that in mind,

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soldiers from Ukraineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25th Airborne Brigade reacted with a mixture of suspicion and surprise. They opened the truck with their arms drawn, perhaps expecting an ambush, but found only red, black and maroon coffins adorned with Donetsk Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Republic flags. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen anything like this,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; one paratrooper said, clutching his rifle. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Noah Sneider, May 30, 2014, Al Jazeera America, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pro-Russia rebels in Donetsk collect their dead and ask, Whereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Putin?â&#x20AC;?


y late May, Sneider was no longer working for the Times. After a few days in Moscow, dealing with the visa bureaucracy, he returned to Ukraine to cover the May 25 presidential election. With the Donbas region caught in the crossfire and the Ukrainian army becoming more aggressive, Sneider joined a group of journalists who trailed a truck full of rebel corpses from Ukraine across the Russian border. The story, which ran on Al Jazeera America, was one of his most ambitious and evocative undertakings yet. The rebels in the coffins had died the prior week in a battle with government troops at the Donetsk airport. Their bodies, according to the story, were stored in an industrial freezer at a local ice cream factory. Sneider said the rebels were forthright about their reason for allowing Western journalists to tail them: They were afraid the Ukrainian army would bomb them and they wanted human shields, Sneider said. That was fine with the reporters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We basically decided as a group that it was an important story and that it was worth seeing it through to the end, to know if they made it back to the border and to see how the checkpoints responded to the truck full of bodies.â&#x20AC;? Last week, Sneider was back in Moscow, working on getting his journalism visa so he can stay in Russia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an ordeal that has proven as frustrating as anything heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done since arriving in Eastern Europe last year, he said. He is also working on a more expansive work: a series of reflective essays and scenes called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Empire Strikes Backâ&#x20AC;? that he is putting together in partnership with the and The Big Roundtable. The series, at the-empire-strikes-back, is an experiment with a more interactive form of journalism. His pieces include his correspondense with editors and encourage participation from readers. In one June 9 email, he complains about being â&#x20AC;&#x153;stuck

in bureaucratic circles of hellâ&#x20AC;? as he tries to collect â&#x20AC;&#x153;7 signatures from surly women in 7 separate offices spread across 2 buildingsâ&#x20AC;? and waits â&#x20AC;&#x153;as one discusses something w a friend on the phone.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, the Ukrainian storyline in the wider international press is undergoing a makeover of sorts. The May 25 election was peaceful and by all accounts fair, with chocolate magnate Petro Poroshenko picking 54 percent of the vote and proclaiming that he will bring back peace to the East within â&#x20AC;&#x153;hours, not days.â&#x20AC;? Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to pull back tens of thousands of troops from the Ukrainian border have prompted some observers to suggest that Putin â&#x20AC;&#x153;blinkedâ&#x20AC;? under pressure from Western sanctions. The United States has pledged millions in aid to the Ukrainian government. Yet after confronting the consequences of war in Ukraine, Sneider isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feeling so optimistic. To be sure, the Kremlin propaganda that fueled Crimean euphoria and Eastern Ukrainian angst was based on largely false assertions: The Ukrainian government is dominated by fascists from Right Sector (a far right party whose presidential candidate ended up drawing just 0.7 percent of the vote in the May 25 election). Ethnic Russians in Ukraine are now under threat (a statement that the United Nations dismissed after an investigation found no evidence). Russia had nothing to do with the annexation of Crimea (a statement that Putin later himself contradicted when he acknowledged that Russian soldiers traveled to the peninsula to offer protection). But Sneider has seen the impacts of these false assertions, and he knows they are as real as the body count. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The people there in Donetsk and Lugansk, they may be misguided in the sense that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of propaganda and a lot of fables and myths about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually happened and the role of fascists and Nazis and new-nationalists, but regardless of that, the feelings of people in the Eastern Ukraine are real. The feeling that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re under threat and under attack by their own government, it gives people an existential reason to stand up. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think this will be easy to disperse.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the things that gets missed in the picture coming out of Kiev is that this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just some crazy band of terrorists. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of support from the local population. And the more civilians who die in these clashes and the more local people die in these clashes, the more difficult it becomes to patch this society back together.â&#x20AC;? N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ About the cover: Noah Sneider speaks with a soldier in Slovyansk, Ukraine, where there is strong sentiment among residents in favor of seceding from Ukraine. Photo courtesy of Sneider.

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Building for the Future

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Remembering the Past

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Back: Jonathan Lindeke, Julio Garcia, Siteri Maravou, Vernal Bailey, Gordon Russell, Sherri Sager Front: Manuel Arteaga, Senseria Conley, Karen Blackwell, Ray Mills, Karen Hernandez, Marceline Combs, Melieni Talakai


avenswood Family Health Center has a distinct advantage when it comes to understanding the health needs of the people it serves. Its staff and board are as diverse as the community. As an organization it’s a laboratory of democracy in action. 38% of its staff and 79% of the board are from the community. Commitment = Staying Power: Recollections of Longest Serving Board Members

Manuel Arteaga recalls the early days: We’re a model for working with issues at the local level. The community is sitting here at the table. In the beginning we had a lot of challenges. We had to get to know each other and trust each other and we spent a lot of time talking about race and income and what side of 101 you lived on, what everybody’s agenda was. That was necessary at that point, but that feels like ancient history. We’ve grown so much, but

we had to go through that in order to build people are listening to health education, that community support, in order to have something that wasn’t so readily people from all these different groups embraced before.” trust each other and work well together. Senseria Conley was one of the first Marceline Combs raised her family in patients when she was asked to sit on East Palo Alto and remembers a simpler the board. “I was nervous because I’m time. “We had all nationalities in our hearing impaired and knew nothing about neighborhood. We never thought of people boards. But I stayed. It’s a tough job to being Mexican or Hispanic. We were in understand the financial situation, the Boy Scouts together in the Girl Scouts demographics, what patients needs are in together, we were just a community.” the community. I’ve seen it evolve. We’ve done a tremendous job in making sure Julio Garcia, an immigrant from we got a dental clinic. I thought that was Guatemala is Ravenswood Board Chair. He fantastic. Hallelujah! sees Ravenswood as a melting pot. “It’s a mixture of cultures, It’s a mixture of ages; All five original board members have it’s a mixture of races.” served for 13 years or more. Melieni Talakai is a nurse and knows her people’s blind spots. “In my Pacific Islander community, health care for a lot of people is a mystery. It’s inaccessible; you just don’t go there unless you are almost dead. But that is changing. Now, Ravenswood Family Health Center


Ravenswood Family Health Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to improve the health status of the community we serve by providing high quality, culturally competent primary and preventive health care to people of all ages regardless of ability to pay. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mission Statement

Board of Directors

Meeting of Minds





Celebrating Service to the Community


avenswood Family Health Center is a direct outgrowth of the city that gave birth to it. The City of East Palo Alto emerged from the civil rights era of the 1960s as a dynamic African American community. By the 1990s it was one of the most culturally diverse cities in Silicon Valley with one of the highest concentrations of new immigrants. Incorporated in 1983, East Palo Alto was in its infancy in 1992 when a drug turf war led to its designation as the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s murder capital. That crisis was the catalyst that brought critical support to the city. Sharifa Wilson, Mayor at the time, secured funds and local support to strengthen city departments and got Governor Pete Wilson to designate the city as an enterprise zone in 1993, giving tax incentives to bring in new businesses to shore up a weak tax base. Then, in 1997 the Drew Health Foundation that had served the community for 30 years imploded. Its federal grant to provide care to the medically uninsured was pulled. The City Council and the leadership of the County Health De-

partment and Lucile Packard Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital Stanford knew that withdrawing federal funds for healthcare to lowincome families and uninsured could be irrevocable and a major setback in a community with serious pubic health issues. Margaret Taylor, then Director of the County Health Department and Sherri Sager, Chief Government Relations Officer for Packard Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital recall their meeting with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, who was according to Taylor, â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the mainstays of the whole effort to reorganize.â&#x20AC;? Eshoo, a tenacious advocate for equitable access to health care, conferred with HRSA (Health Resources Services Administration) the federal agency that administered the grant, and the County was invited to submit an application to be interim recipient with the proviso it manage services and assemble a taskforce of community leaders to recommend the priorities for a new community clinic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a real big issue with Drew closing,â&#x20AC;? said Nevida Butler, former ED

of Ecumenical Hunger Program, who served on the taskforce. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our vision was to make sure that with the new clinic the people that work there reflect this community, and that the board reflects the community.â&#x20AC;? Sharifa Wilson, also on the taskforce, brought bold confidence to the table. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s figure this out. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s see what we have to do to put the clinic in place.â&#x20AC;? Everyone agreed that representation of the diverse community was a top priority. Ultimately, three of the taskforce members, Dr. Cecil Reeves of the County Office of Education, Melieni Talakai and Julio Garcia, representing the 3 main ethnic groups, were invited to serve on Ravenswoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Board. After 5 months deliberation, the Taskforce submitted their recommendations to HRSA in November 1998. In the spring 1999, the County was awarded the grant and had to provide primary care services together with Lucile Packard Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital, and in the ensuing months, find a site and construct a clinic. The race was on. The new clinic needed to be ready by November 2001.

Aligned and Ready to Build


t was the right people, the right partners, the right time. Health Director Margaret Taylor and her deputy director at the time, Maya Altman, talked with the city about a site, and brought in consultants to plan the new clinic. One of those consultants was Luisa Buada, who would be recruited in 2002 to be its CEO, when the Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interim CEO stepped down. Together with Lucile Packard Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital, the County went to The Packard Foundation that helped to secure a capital grant of $1.2 million to build the clinic. At the same time, Sterling Speirn, President of Peninsula Community Foundation, (predecessor to Silicon Valley Community Foundation) was also looking for a site in East Palo Alto for a multi-service nonprofit center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t many parcels available, and owners were hoping to reap speculative profits,â&#x20AC;? Speirn recalls. There was a city-owned site on Bay Road but there was a drawback, Speirn recalls wryly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It had a

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unique geological strata â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not rock, but rather a field of tires buried six feet deep.â&#x20AC;? But Speirn already felt a connection to a joint project with the clinic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My first job in the nonprofit sector in 1982 was as a receptionist and then a Deputy Director at the Humboldt Open Door Clinic in Arcata, CA, a federally qualified community health center.â&#x20AC;? The â&#x20AC;&#x153;starsâ&#x20AC;? were aligned. From the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perspective, a joint project matched the Redevelopment Agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan, Wilson said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bay was to be the main thoroughfare, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to locate all the nonprofits on that corridor.â&#x20AC;? In May 2001, the City Council agreed to lease the site for the unbeatable price of a $1 a year. Peninsula Community Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s donors waiting in the wings were ready to invest and contributed $1.8 million for site clean-up, infrastructure, and the construction of the Community Resource Center. The donor names are engraved on a large display at its entrance.

Long-Term Investment uilding is just the first chapter of a story. Sustaining an organization as complex as a community clinic takes people with philanthropic foresight who hold on to their investment. Before his recent retirement as CEO of W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Speirn paid a visit to the Bay Area and met with Gordon Russell, his long-time friend from PCF days when Russell served on its Board. Speirn was struck by the fact that Gordon has stayed so involved at Ravenswood. When PCF merged with Community Foundation of Silicon Valley to become the regional Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Speirn recalls, â&#x20AC;&#x153;He chose not to pass the baton, but to carry it with him, roll up his sleeves and joined the Board of Directors at Ravenswood. He took me for a drive over to East Palo Alto to show me what Ravenswood Family Health Center had miraculously become.â&#x20AC;?


What we do Provide integrated, coordinated primary health care to lowincome and uninsured residents of southeast San Mateo County

Opening Doors


n December 4, 2001, Ravenswood Family Health Center, originally called South County Community Health Center, opened its doors with 11 employees, 4 medical providers and 15 exam rooms. Almost from start, the lobby was overflowing. Within the first three years Ravenswood added homeless care outreach, Comprehensive Perinatal Services, and an immunization clinic. Its ramp up rivaled any Silicon Valley start up. Within five years, Ravenswood had quadrupled its staff and served over 20,000 patients. By 2006 Ravenswood inherited a mobile clinic from Lucile Packard Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital and took over the Belle Haven Clinic, formerly managed by the County.

Foundational Support

s a young clinic, Ravenswood received the invaluable support of A public and private partners. Even before the clinic opened Dr. Fernando Mendoza and CEO Christopher Dawes of Lucile Packard Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital had been championing pediatric services for East Palo Alto. Dawes, himself, served for a time on the Board of the EPA Teen Home. Lucile Packard Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital has maintained an annual commitment to fund pediatric services at Ravenswood. At Peninsula Community Foundation, Ravenswood had the help of sea-

Primary Medical Care soned staff. Vice President of Grantmaking, Ellen Clear and Program Officer Srija Srinivasan, approved by its board, provided critical grant support. In 2005 Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Kaiser Foundation began investing their support of quality improvement efWhen we opened the doors, there was so much hope and we had a dream of really creating a vibrant community health center that would attract and be there not only for the uninsured patients in the community or the Medi-Cal patients but also would be attractive to insured patients.~Sherri Sager

forts. Subsequently, in 2013, Palo Alto Medical Foundation-Sutter Health committed $2 million to the new clinic. Since 2002, San Mateo County Health Services has funded Ravenswoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health care for the homeless services, as well as Community Health Advocates that provide eligibility and enrollment services and since 2008, Behavioral Health services that provides patients with short-term counseling and an array of social services.

With dental disease so prevalent, RFHC contracted with a mobile dental clinic but that only reached a limited number of patients. Fortunately, CEO Luisa Buada is not one to leave others to solve a problem and once begun, she does not do things in half measures. The result, in April 2010 Ravenswood opened a 10-chair dental operatory with the latest technology, built with a $1.5 million grant from The Packard Foundation. Its plain facade belies what is within. Private dentists touring the facility envied the state-of-the art set up. Simultaneously, RFHC added a Center for Health Promotion, funded by Ravenswoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Board member and former venture capitalist, Gordon Russell. The facility houses a branch of the Stanford Health Library and offices for Community Health Advocates who determine eligibility and coordinate enrollment and new patient orientation. In 2011, Ravenswood enjoyed a brief lull and turned attention to new strategies to make patients healthier. On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, ninety volunteers from LinkedIn and Pillsbury Winthrop law firm came together with Rebuilding Together to build a 19-bed Patient-Staff Ravenswood Garden with technical support from its community partner Collective Roots. It was a lifegiving tribute. Soon after Ravenswood became the community site for a weekly Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market.


Space Constraints


ith a 7,800 sq ft. modular clinic, Ravenswood was beset by space

constraints. For years, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been like â&#x20AC;&#x153;musical desksâ&#x20AC;? with staff being moved from one location to another to allow for more exam rooms or space for new services. Closets had to be turned into offices. As early as 2004, Ravenswood proposed a multi-service site on Bay Road. But attempts to aggregate enough land for a new facility and parking lot met with one road block after another. In 2008, Silicon Valley Community Foundation granted $1.2 million to purchase an acre adjacent to the existing clinic as the site for the new health center. The idea was that Ravenswood would negotiate with the city to purchase its current leased site to allow for expanded parking. When the State did away with Redevelopment




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Preparing for the Future onverting to EHR is being implemented at warp speed nationwide, incentivized by federal subsidies associated with implementation of the Affordable Care Act. With careful topdown planning by Ravenswoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive team led by Dr. Justin Wu, the conversion took place within 9 months in 2013. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting to bear fruit, beginning with access to patient history, health status data, enabling evidence-based patient care. This milestone was achieved thanks to the support of Lucile Packard Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital, now called Stanford Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health.



agencies in February 2012, acquiring the land from the City was no longer an option. Finally, in 2013 Silicon Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebrated developer John Sobrato settled the matter. He signed over an option to purchase 3 acres at the intersection of Bay and Pulgas to Ravenswood. Ravenswood employs 160 staff spread across six sites and currently serves 11,600 annually. When the new center is completed in April 2015, Ravenswood will double patients to 22,000 with 58 exam rooms, 12 behavioral health counseling rooms, a laboratory, imaging, optometry and a pharmacy. Designed by INDE Architecture, the new facility is being constructed by Rudolph & Sletten.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The vision for this health center has been evolving. We are here to provide access to those people who have the greatest barriers, and we see that as our mission. And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to base what we do on reimbursement. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to do it because it needs to be done, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the right think to do. And that integrity of principle has brought us the riches that have allowed us to serve our patients in the way that we feel is the highest quality care.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Luisa Buada, CEO


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Spring 2014 Newsletter

Capital Campaign

Breaking New Ground - January 22, 2014

Gifts and Commitments


h e r e are times when a community shines and times when it bursts with energy. The groundbreaking for this clinic is one of those moments in history. Through the clinic’s doors human beings will have their most basic medical needs met in a state-of-art facility worthy of the people it serves. – Congresswoman Jackie Speier

$5,000,000+ Health Resources and Services Administration Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan

$2,000,000-$4,999,999 Anonymous David & Lucile Packard Foundation John & Sue Sobrato Palo Alto Medical Foundation/Sutter Health Silicon Valley Community Foundation

$1,000,000-$1,999,999 Dick and Sue Levy Gordon Russell & Tina McAdoo John & Jill Freidenrich Peery Foundation


ore than anything else, what we are celebrating today as we break this sacred ground is that this is a community—all of us together—recognizing the sanctity of each human being. As they come into this new building... as they come here to be healed, they will not only be healed, they will understand that hope is alive, progress is alive and that we are one community. – Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

$500,000-$999,999 American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) John & Marcia Goldman Foundation Sand Hill Foundation Stanford Hospital & Clinics

$250,000-$499,999 Anonymous Kaiser Permanente The Avis Family Foundation The Grove Foundation

$100,000-$249,999 Community Development Block Grant San Mateo County Healthcare for the Homeless Sobrato Family Foundation Tipping Point Community

$50,000-$99,999 Andrew & Judith Ann Mendelsohn Anonymous Baxter International Foundation Cassani/St. Goar Family Fund Cathy and James Koshland Greg & Penny Gallo Pat Bresee Roblake Corporation - Remediation Ross and Eve Jaffe



eading the effort to build the clinic, Pat Bresee former Commissioner of the San Mateo County Superior Court, chaired an Advisory Council of members whose influence with Silicon Valley executive leaders and philanthropists helped to jump start the capital campaign.

ership and vision can accomplish," pointing to the combined efforts of Ravenswood’s leadership and partners. And, then he announced, “I am very pleased to announce the end of the construction phase of this project. Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan have made a grant of $5 million closing out the construction phase.” Before deciding to fund the new health center, Dr. Chan, a pediatric resident at UCSF, met with pediatrician Dr. Lisa Chamberlain at Ravenswood and toured the pediatric clinic. Dr. Chamberlain commented. "Dr. Chan's understanding about the intersection of health, education Emmett Carson, CEO and poverty was spot-on.” Silicon Valley Community Dr. Chan was already Foundation, “I don’t ever sensitive to the impact of povwant you to doubt what lead-

erty on health, according to a recent New Yorker article. While an undergraduate at Harvard, Dr. Chan had volunteered five days a week at

housing projects in Dorchester. Dr. Chan observed, "As a pediatrician, I have seen great need for high quality, comprehensive health care and also the positive impact care can make on the entire family."

I’m so excited about seeing a new building because it will instill a sense of pride... It sends the message of hope, the message of quality, the message of we deserve this. – Sharifa Wilson 

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Up to $25,000 Aaron & Sitara Lones ADA Foundation (Harris Grant) Alain & Rosemary Enthoven California Bank & Trust California Dental Association Foundation Craig and Jane Williams David and Barbara Slone East Palo Alto Resource Center Donation Engel Family Fund Geoff & Colleen Tate Greg & Nancy Serrurier Grotellone Family Fund Harvey Cohen Isabella Davis Jaime Chavarria John & Pamela Shannon Joseph & Denise Ziony Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health Manuel Arteaga Margaret Taylor Mervin G. & Roslyn G. Morris Microsoft O’Brien Family Charitable Trust Pat & Kathy Groves Phil Lee Rose Jacobs Gibson Talakai Family Ted & Sissy Geballe The Koret Foundation in Honor of John Sobrato Thomas Fogarty Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation

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DISCOVER NATURE ... Informative walks, demonstrations, hikes in the nature preserve, discoveries in the garden and hands-on learning for all ages are planned for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discover Nature at Filoli!â&#x20AC;? from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 20, and Saturday, June 21. Guided nature hikes or shuttle rides will take visitors into the Nature Preserve; docentguided walks will explore the Gentlemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Orchard, which has close to 300 fruit trees, and other spots. A beekeeper will talk about beesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; role in the garden. Admission to Filoli, at 86 Canada Road, Woodside, is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $8 for students (ages 5-17) and free for children 4 and under. Informa­VÂ&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x2022;i`Ă&#x160;Â&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x160;ÂŤ>}iĂ&#x160;Ă&#x201C;Ă&#x2021;) tion: 650-364-8300 or N 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.

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From left, Ramji Digumarthi, Sippie Dykstra with cat Jason, and their children â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Devi DigumarthiDykstra, 10, with dog Tori, and Pieter DigumarthiDykstra â&#x20AC;&#x201D; stand outside of their Fairmeadow neighborhood home.


TREE WALKCUT GROWING ... Arborist FLOWERS Heather ... Booty-Johnson lead a walk Nancy Garrison,will who with UC through Barron Park from 10 Cooperative Extension has a.m. to noon on Saturday, June experimented with hundreds of 14. Meet at Cornelis Bol Park flowers while seeking the most at 3590 Laguna Ave., Palo Alto. beautiful, will teach a class on Expect to see mimosa, California â&#x20AC;&#x153;Growing Cutarbutus Flowersâ&#x20AC;? on Saturpepper tree, marina and day, Sept. 6, from Canopy 10:30 a.m. more. Information: at to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground 650-964-6110 or Organic Garden Supply and CUTTING ... The City of EducationENERGY Center, 559 College Palo hosting a free workAve.,Alto PaloisAlto. Topics include shop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Net Zero Energy Homes growing flowers with staying in Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;? from 9 a.m. to noon power â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including orach, amaon Saturday, June 14, in the Lucranths, alstromerias, purple milie Stern Community Center, Comlet, peonies and long-stemmed munity Room, 1305 Middlefield roses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and which foliage Road, Palo Alto. The plant workshop complements is $27. is designed for them. anyoneCost thinking For information, 650-493about remodelingcall or interested in green or reducing 6072 or building visit www.commonhome energy use. Registration is required. Information: 650-3292241 or IDEAS FOR THE HOME ... The South Bay Home & Garden ARBORETUM ALL-STARS ... Show will be held Sept. Marianne 5 to 7 UCCE Master Gardener (Friday, will noon toabout 8 p.m.; Saturday, Mueller talk â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adding Ar11 a.m. toAll-Stars 7 p.m.; Plants and Sunday, boretum to Your 11 a.m. tofrom 6 p.m.), the to Santa Gardenâ&#x20AC;? 11:30ata.m. 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Center, June 14, at Claraon Convention 5001 the Mountain Public Santa Library, Great AmericaView Parkway, Community 585exhibitors Franklin Clara. More Room, than 300 St., Mountain View. The free talk will be demonstrating remodelwill cover 100-plus water-wise ing, decorating and landscaping plants recommended for this area products services, withand by the UCand Davis Arboretum experts on Gardener hand for mini-lectures the Master program. and demonstrations. AdmisSuggested plants include perension isshrubs, $10, with children 10covand nials, vines, ground ers andfree trees. Information: 408under (Friday only $5 after 282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. 5 p.m. or $8 for seniors). For and 12:30 p.m., through information, visitMonday www.southbayFriday, or or call 408-7487000. SUMMER SHARING EXPO ... The expo returns to Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 15. Participants are asked to bring produce, goods and skills to share. Demonstrations and talks will include making and cooking in solar ovens; permaculture, composting and gardening; saving water at home; and reusing salvaged fabrics and materials. Information: transitionpaloalto. org/sharing-expos/



Residents favor calm traffic pattern in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Circlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Daffany Chan


avigating through the endless sea of homes in suburban Palo Alto, one neighborhood stands out from the rest. The Fairmeadow community, affectionately called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Circlesâ&#x20AC;? by its residents, breaks from neighboring areas neatly lined in a grid, and instead, features concentric streets. The circular layout and retro homes, built by Joseph Eichler in the early 1950s, makes Fairmeadow a quirky vision of never-ending roads and flat roofs. Len Filppu, lead organizer for the Fairmeadow Neighborhood Association, notes that the unique layout makes for more than just interesting architecture; it is a specific attraction and experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lived in Palo Alto unless youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got lost in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Circlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at one point,â&#x20AC;? he said. In addition to a fun layout, the loopy roads of Fairmeadow also serve a more practical purpose by effectively ensuring slower traffic patterns throughout the neighborhood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The circles keep the traffic low even though we are close to the intersection of Alma and Charleston,â&#x20AC;? Fairmeadow resident Ramji Digumarthi said. Digumarthi, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1981, observes that the resulting calm traffic and quaint vibe is a major selling point for Fairmeadow, attracting a diverse range of families seeking safer streets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a very cosmopolitan community,â&#x20AC;? he added. Families are also, in part, drawn to the area because of Fairmeadowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s close proximity to many distinguished schools within the Palo Alto Unified School District.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having elementary and middle schools very close is wonderful,â&#x20AC;? Digumarthi said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is great for my kids.â&#x20AC;? There are also various community amenities within walking distance, such as the YMCA and the Mitchell Park branch library. The new library, which is currently under renovation and slated to open in November, will feature spacious, environmentally sustainable rooms intended to meet the growing needs of the neighborhood. Residents will say, though, that the best part of the Fairmeadow experience is the tightknit community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Circles are just totally awesome because we have this fantastic area of kids, a very big cul-de-sac where kids can play out on the sidewalk and the street and go to each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s houses,â&#x20AC;? resident Ulfar Erlingsson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re living in that sort of suburban ideal that only exists on TV.â&#x20AC;? Through communication, using socialmedia platforms such as as well as email lists, Fairmeadow residents keep in contact to organize gatherings or to send alerts. Their biggest event, last summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Circleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Party,â&#x20AC;? was funded by a generous Palo Alto neighborhood grant and saw approximately 300 residents of all ages turn out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had money for pizza, bouncy tents, snow cones, and even one of the fire trucks from the East Meadow and Middlefield station stopped by,â&#x20AC;? Filppu said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kids loved it, and the adults did, too. It was a really nice neighborhood event and something weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll try to keep doing because we want to continue to reach out to the entire Fairmeadow neighborhood.â&#x20AC;? Another neighborhood collaboration is the Fairmeadow emergency-preparedness network, a volunteer program that is run by the citywide Palo Alto Neighborhoods organization. The goal of the network is for appointed â&#x20AC;&#x153;block captainsâ&#x20AC;? to notify

surrounding residents in the case of an emergency. Erlingsson, who is one of the two block captains in Fairmeadow, observes that though not every block in Fairmeadow currently has a captain, they are in the process of seeking more to train. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea is to get a block captain for every major street,â&#x20AC;? he said. With rising house prices in the area and a market frenzy for rare Eichler homes, residents still cherish the simplicity of Fairmeadow. The neighborhood is, they say, first and foremost a great place to raise a family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the best things is going out in the morning and seeing all the kids leaving their homes and walking to school,â&#x20AC;? Filppu said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just being part of the neighborhood is great.â&#x20AC;? N

FACTS CHILDCARE AND PRESCHOOLS (nearby): Besse Bolton Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Club, 500 E. Meadow Drive; Covenant Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 670 E. Meadow Drive; Ellen Thacher Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 505 E. Charleston Road; Hoover Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Club, 445 E. Charleston Road; Palo Alto Infant Toddler Center, 4111 Alma St. FIRE STATION: No. 4, 3600 Middlefield Road LIBRARY: Mitchell Park branch, 4050 Middlefield Road LOCATION: Bordered by East Charleston Road, East Meadow Drive, Alma Street and J.L. Stanford Middle School and Herbert Hoover Elementary School NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Fairmeadow Neighborhood Association, Len Filppu, lead organizer, 650-857-1031 PARK: Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive POST OFFICE: Cambridge, 265 Cambridge Ave. PRIVATE SCHOOL: Challenger School, 3880 Middlefield Road PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Fairmeadow and Hoover elementary schools, J.L. Stanford Middle School, Gunn High School SHOPPING (nearby): Charleston Center

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â&#x20AC;˘ Four bedrooms â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Spacious master suite â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fourth bedroom ideal as a home office or guest quarters â&#x20AC;˘ Three remodeled bathrooms â&#x20AC;˘ Large â&#x20AC;&#x153;great roomâ&#x20AC;? with remodeled kitchen â&#x20AC;˘ Slate flooring throughout â&#x20AC;˘ Inviting courtyard entry â&#x20AC;˘ Expansive, private lot with beautifully landscaped grounds

$2,250,000 â&#x20AC;˘ Situated in the heart of the Greenmeadow community, just around the corner from the community pool and park â&#x20AC;˘ Excellent Palo Alto Schools, including Gunn High School â&#x20AC;˘ 1,889 square feet of living space (approx.) â&#x20AC;˘ 7,800 square feet lot size (approx.)

LISTED BY Timothy Foy

DRE# 00849721

Cell: 650.387.5078

Midtown Realty, Inc. â&#x20AC;˘ 2775 Middlefield Road â&#x20AC;˘ Phone: 650.321.1596 â&#x20AC;˘ WWW.MIDTOWNPALOALTO.COM

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2 02 SAN D HILL CIRCLE , MEN LO PARK Completely remodeled, multi-level townhome Premier location in complex overlooking the 17th fairway of Sharon Heights Country Club 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths Approximately 2,060 square feet Brazilian cherry wood ďŹ&#x201A;oors Fabulous chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen and formal dining room Mezzanine-level master suite with sitting room Large, private terrace and rose garden Attached and ďŹ nished 2-car garage Community amenities include pool and spa

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DeLeon Realty Inc. CalBRE 01903224


650-581-9899 650-513-8669


Open House Saturday & Sunday, 1:30 - 4:30PM Positioned for privacy on a beautifully landscaped 9000Âą square foot lot near downtown Palo Alto and the creek, this special 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home, Circa 1903, offers the best of yesteryear with the classic charm. The architectural integrity has been lovingly preserved with vintage details Zg]Ă&#x203A;g^\kZ_mlfZglabi%pabe^[hZlmbg`ma^o^kreZm^lmbg modern conveniences and technology.

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650.917.4267 CalBRE# 00911615

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Public Notices 995 Fictitious Name Statement PlanIt9 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 592114 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: PlanIt9, located at 848 Boyce Ave., 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): Lawrence E. Doxsee, Jr. 848 Boyce Ave. 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 May 16, 2014. (PAW May 23, 30, June 6, 13, 2014) PHOTONICA PDC FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 592204 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: PHOTONICA PDC, located at 1441 Dana Ave., 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): MICHAEL JANSEN 1441 Dana Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94301 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 5/19/2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on May 19, 2014. (PAW May 23, 30, June 6, 13, 2014) THE MINDFULNESS ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 591273 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: The Mindfulness Arts & Cultural Center, located at 21406 Aldercroft Heights, Los Gatos, CA 95033, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): WENDY DANDO 21406 Aldercroft Heights Los Gatos, CA 95033 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 April 28, 2014.

(PAW May 23, 30, June 6, 13, 2014) CAFPS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 591693 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: CAFPS, located at 1430 Harker Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): FUTURE PROBLEM SOLVING PROGRAM OF CALIFORNIA, INC. 2012 W. Mountain St. Glendale, CA 91201 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 04/11/2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on May 7, 2014. (PAW May 30, June 6, 13, 20, 2014) ELYSIAN BASEBALL GLOVES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 592302 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Elysian Baseball Gloves, located at 1400 Coleman Ave., Ste. G 15-1, Santa Clara, CA 95050, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): JUNO SYSTEMS INC. 912 Clement Street San Francisco, CA 94118 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 May 22, 2014. (PAW May 30, June 6, 13, 20, 2014) WWW.VINTAGESWAG.NET FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 592510 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as:, located at 21820 Almaden Ave., Cupertino, CA 95014, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): VINTAGESWAG.NET 21820 Almaden Ave. Cupertino, CA 95014 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 3-18-2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on May 29, 2014. (PAW June 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014) ECAR GARAGE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 592809 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Ecar Garage, located at 445 Lambert Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301, 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): MATITYAHU PERFORMANCE MOTORS LLC 445 Lambert Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on June 5, 2014. (PAW June 13, 20, 27, July 4, 2014) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 592973 The following person(s)/ entity (ies) has/have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the County Clerk-Recorderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME(S): 1.) iDesign 360 2.) Interior Design 360 1267 Lakeside Dr., Apt. #2089 Sunnyvale, CA 94085 FILED IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY ON: 10/09/2012 UNDER FILE NO. 570461 REGISTRANTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NAME(S): PRITI TAMHANE 1267 Lakeside Dr., Apt. # 2089 Sunnyvale, CA 94085 THIS BUSINESS WAS CONDUCTED BY: An Individual. This statement was filed with the

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997 All Other Legals NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: GRETTA E. WESTENBERGER Case No.: 1-14-PR174510 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of GRETTA E. WESTENBERER. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: JEANINE L. YOUNG in the Superior Court of California, County of SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: JEANINE L. YOUNG be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on , July 3, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in Dept.: 12 of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, located at 191 N. First St., San Jose, CA, 95113. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in

section 58 (b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Petitioner: /s/ Jeanine L. Young 11670 Timber Springs Ct. Cupertino, CA 95014 (PAW May 30, June 6, 13, 2014) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: DIANA E. STEEPLES Case No.: 114PR172785 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of DIANA E. STEEPLES. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: ALAN B. STEEPLES and ANN S. RANDOLPH in the Superior Court of California, County of SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: ALAN B. STEEPLES and ANN S. RANDOLPH be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the



petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on July 21, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in Dept.: 12 of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, located at 191 N. First St., San Jose, CA, 95113. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58 (b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: /s/ Eli Coffino-Greenberg 150 Spear St., Suite 1800 San Francisco, CA 94105 (415)541-0200 (PAW June 6, 13, 20, 2014)

Estate of NEAL WILCOMER, AKA NEAL SPENCER WILCOMER, AKA NEAL S. WILCOMER, intends to sell at private sale, to the highest net bidder, all of the estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right, title and interest in and to certain real property located in City of Palo Alto, County of Santa Clara, State of California, which property is more particularly described in Exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aâ&#x20AC;? attached hereto and incorporated by reference. The sell shall be subject to confirmation by the above-entitled court. Bids for the property are hereby invited. All bids must be on the bid forms provided by the undersigned or Alain Pinel Realtors and may be mailed or personally delivered to the undersigned at the Office of the Public Administrator, 333 West Julian St., 4th Floor, San Jose, CA 95110, or to Alain Pinel Realtors, 167 So. San Antonio Road, Suite 1, Los Altos, CA 94022. All bids must be accompanied by a ten (10) percent deposit, with the balance of the purchase price to be paid in cash upon close of escrow. The full terms of the sale are contained in the bid form. All bids will be opened at the Office of the Public Administrator at 2:00 p.m., or thereafter, as allowed by law. The subject property is commonly known as, 3778 Redwood Circle, Palo Alto, CA 94306, and shall be sold â&#x20AC;&#x153;as is.â&#x20AC;? The undersigned reserves the right to reject any and all bids prior to entry of a court order confirming a sale. For additional information and bid forms, apply at the office of Alain Pinel Realtors, 167 So. San Antonio Road, Suite 1, Los Altos, CA 94022, Attention: Shirley Bailey, Telephone: (650) 941-1111 Ext. 480.


___________________ DONALD R. MOODY Public Administrator of the County of Santa Clara Petitioner


Date: 6/10/14

In the Matter of the Estate of NEAL WILCOMER, aka NEAL SPENCER WILCOMER, aka NEAL S. WILCOMER, Decedent. Case No. 1-13-PR 173489

ORRY P. KORB, County Counsel MARK A. GONZALEZ, Lead Deputy County Counsel

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on July 10, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., the undersigned, as Administrator of the

EXHIBIT A The land referred to is situated in the County of Santa Clara, City of Palo Alto, State of California, and is

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petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on August 4, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in Dept.: 12 of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, located at 191 N. First St., San Jose, CA, 95113. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58 (b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: /s/ Kenneth J. Machado, Jr. 33 N. San Pedro Street San Jose, CA 95110-2414 (408)280-7577 (PAW June 13, 20, 27, 2014)

Lot 7, Block 11, as delineated upon that certain Map entitled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tract No. 892 Fairmeadowâ&#x20AC;?, filed for record in the office of the Recorder of the County of Santa Clara, State of California, on July 16, 1951 in Book 34 of Maps, Pages 6, 7, and 8. APN: 132-30-045 (PAW June 13, 20, 27, 2014) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: DENNIS A. McCLENAHAN Case No.: 1-14-PR174651 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of DENNIS A. McCLENAHAN. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: MURPHY A. McCLENAHAN in the Superior Court of California, County of SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: MURPHY A. McCLENAHAN be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the

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run for a berth on the Canadian Junior Team that will compete at the IAAF World World Championships from July 22-27 in Eugene, Ore. Price could make the Canadian team in the 400 and/or 1,600 relay. Both her parents are Canadian-born, thus she has dual citizenship. Both Robinson and Price capped their prep careers with standout efforts at the state meet as Robinson won the 1,600 and took second in the 3,200 with Price earning silver in the 400 during a hot weekend at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Robinson won her first state title in the most unusual way as her competition tangled, tripped and turned a competitive race into an easy finish for Robinson.

by Rick Eymer and Dave Kiefer laudia Saunders, Amy Weissenbach and Luke Lefebure will be looking to tack on a few more points for Stanford at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene on Friday. Joe Rosa will be looking to join his twin brother, Jim, as a point-getter for the Cardinal. Stanford also will have several athletes competing on Saturday as it looks to improve on its finish of a year ago for both the men and women. Thanks to Jim Rosa, Stanford is guaranteed a better finish on the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side. He placed sixth in the 10,000 meters at historic Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus on Wednesday by running a personal best of 28:57.51. Rosa deftly moved up through the field, earning first-team AllAmerica honors by finishing among the top eight. His three points made sure the Cardinal men would not be shut out, as they were in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NCAA championship meet. Joe Rosa will run the 5,000 on Friday. He placed fifth in the NCAA indoor 5K and currently owns the fourth-fastest season best in the NCAA field. He went 13:33.56 at the Payton Jordan Invitational, eighth on the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-time list. Saunders and Weissenbach will compete in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 800 finals, while Lefebure will race in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 800 final. Saunders ran a personal-record 2:02.68 in qualifying for the finals, improving her third position on Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-time list. Weissenbach finished second in her section to earn an automatic berth in the final. Lefebure ran a lifetime best of 1:48.46 to gain a spot in the finals, qualifying on time. Saunders, a hurdler in high school and competing in only her second season focusing on the 800, ran a smart race. She was patient, remaining in the pack with an eye on favored Laura Roesler of Oregon. When Roesler made a move, Saunders simply followed Roesler to the line, remaining a step behind as Roesler clocked 2:02.60. They were the fastest of the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competitors. Weissenbach ran 2:04.46 to finish second to Iowa Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ejiroghene Okoro (2:04.28) in the second heat. Her road was bumpier. She





OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Gunn High grad Rachael Acker, a junior-to-be on the University of California womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swim team, was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s At-Large third team. Acker sports a 3.93 GPA as a French major. She aspires to attend medical school, works in a biology lab on campus and was named firstteam Pac-12 All-Academic earlier this spring. In the pool, Acker helped Cal to an NCAA title in the 800 free relay this past March. She also was a member of the third-place 400 free relay and placed 11th in the 200 free and 14th in the 100 free individually at the national championships. Acker was a key factor in Calâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pac-12 team title, as well, swimming legs on the victorious 400 and 800 free relays and reaching the finals in both the 100 and 200 free. As a freshman in 2013, Acker captured the Pac-12 crown in the 200 free. She is the first womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swimmer named an Academic All-American since Elli Overton in 2000. . . . Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chesnie Cheung has earned a berth on the US Synchronized Swimming 12U National Team again, her second berth in as many years. Cheung will compete in the National Age Group Championships from June 27-July 5 in Federal Way, Wash. After that, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be training with her national squad teammates in Riverside for about six weeks starting July 7. Head coach for 12U team is Sara Lowe from Stanford. Cheung will be a seventh-grader in August at Jordan Middle School. . . . Sacred Heart Prep grad Alysa Kohrs, a freshman at MIT, earned NCAA Division III All-America honors in singles this week from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Kohrs won a pair of matches at the 2014 NCAA Division III Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Singles Tennis Championships in Claremont before falling in the quarterfinals to the No. 1 seed, 6-1, 6-2. Kohrs, the New England Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Rookie of the Year, finished her outstanding first season with All-America honors and a 21-8 singles record . . . Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Madi Bugg and Brittany Howard will be joined by Palo Alto High grad Melanie Wade of Washington on the Pac-12 womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volleyball all-star team that will travel to China later this month. Bugg, Howard and Wade â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all finishing up their sophomore seasons â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will acompany nine other student-athletes from around the conference on the trip.


Gunn grad Sarah Robinson (center) won her first title at the CIF State Track and Field Championships by clocking 4:44.25 in the 1,600. She returned later to run a personal-best 10:12.40 to take second in the 3,200.

Robinson, Price run to records to wrap up their prep careers by Keith Peters he high school track and field season may be over, but recent graduates Sarah Robinson from Gunn and Maddy Price from Menlo School arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ready to put their feet up and kick back for the summer. Quite the contrary. Both runners will be busy doing what they do best after earning medals at the CIF State Track and Field Championships last weekend in sizzling Clovis. Robinson is discussing her summer plans this week with Gunn coach PattiSue Plumer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will definitely will be doing both running and soccer, though,â&#x20AC;? said Robinson, who will be training with the Stanford womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soccer team in a matter of weeks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am very excited about preparing for Stanford.â&#x20AC;?


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With barely 200 meters left in the race and Robinson running in third place, leader Anna Maxwell of San Lorenzo Valley and second-place Destiny Collins of Great Oak shockingly fell to the track. Maxwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trail leg had clipped Collins, who had moved dangerously close to Maxwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heels as the race headed into its final stages. Both Maxwell and Collins tumbled to the track as Robinson, who was primed to take over the lead, ran past the collision and on her way to victory in 4:44.25 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; her secondfastest time ever. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel so sorry for Anna and Destiny,â&#x20AC;? Robinson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were pushing each other the entire race and for it to end up like it did was sad. Although I am happy that I won, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but feel sad for the two great runners that were unlucky. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did feel like I had a shot at winning. I was prepared to make a move with 200 to go and I felt ready to do it. I was completely shocked, and almost stopped, when both runners had fallen.â&#x20AC;? Robinson, who finished third in this race last year, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even need to run a personal best. She clocked 4:44.07 at the CCS finals, ranking her No. 4 in the nation. She settled into third as the race began. By the time Maxwell , the defending state champ, finished the first 800 in 2:15.55, it was a three-girl race as the trio opened up a huge gap on the pack. Robinson appeared ready to challenge for first before Maxwell and Collins went down. After that, Robinson cruised to victory on the hot evening. Collins got up to finish second but Maxwell never recovered and wound up 11th. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extremely impressive, especially given the weather,â&#x20AC;? Plumer said of Robinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I think she definitely could have gone faster in the 3200, if that had been her goal.â&#x20AC;? With the temperatures still in the mid-90s later in the evening, Robinson returned in the 3,200 finals and ran to a second-place finish in a lifetime best of 10:12.40. That broke her school record by four seconds and moved her to No. 4 all-time in the CCS. It also ranks her No. 4 in the state this year and No. 7 in the nation. Gunn sophomore Gillian Meeks finished 16th in the 3,200 in a personal best of 10:46.17. Northwood (Irvine) senior Bethan Knights won going away in 10:00.19. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the 3,200, I discussed the race plan after the 1,600 with PattiSue and we came up witht he plan that I would race for second place,â&#x20AC;? explained Robinson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knights was fresh and was going to go out hard. So, I thought the best strategy was to hand with the second-place pack. I felt good throughout the entire race and most likely could have gone faster.â&#x20AC;? Robinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort was the best distance double in the 1600 and 3200 by a CCS girl at the state meet since Cory Schubert of Del Mar won state titles in both races (4:44.93 and 10:08.14) in 1983.

was boxed on the inside rail for most of the race and had to keep her balance during contact in a tight pack on the final lap. As the pack rounded the turn into the homestretch, Weissenbach tried to squeeze through on the inside, but found her path blocked. Instead, she bolted sharply into lane two and found room outside to stride out to the finish. Weissenbach was sixth in the NCAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outdoors as a freshman last year, in 2:02.29. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s run 2:00.98, at the USTAF championships last summer, a national freshman record. Lefebure Is assured of his first individual All-America honor. His time was the fourth-fastest of the day, and bettered his previous best of 1:48.79 from the Big Meet. In field event finals, Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three-time Pac-12 womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s javelin champion Brianna Brain placed ninth with a top throw of 171-9, and freshman Dylan Duvio was 17th in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pole vault, clearing 17-2 3/4. Bain was coming off NCAA finishes of third in 2013 and second in 2012, but had been nursing an arm injury this season. Her best throw of 171-9 came on her third attempt, and was an improvement of 14-6 over her second throw. It got her into the final and the opportunity for three more attempts, but she did not improve.


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Menlo School grad Maddy Price ran a school record of 53.42 while taking second in the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 400 at the state meet.


Coincidently, Schubert also attended Stanford, where Robinson will play soccer this fall. Gunn scored 21 points and tied for fifth place with HarvardWestlake. Long Beach Poly won the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; title with 70 points. Price, meanwhile, gave it her best in the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 400 while coming away with a silver medal after clocking a personal best of 53.42. With Roberts, the state leader, in Lane 5 and Price in Lane 6, Roberts had an eye on Price throughout the race until the freshman passed Price on the second turn and pulled away to win in 52.52, fastest in the nation this season. Price surpassed her previous school-record best of 53.43 and remains No. 2 all-time in the CCS. She was sixth in this race last year. She finishes No. 2 in the state and No. 4 in the U.S. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think, as a competitor, it is hard to be pleased with second place,â&#x20AC;? Price said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, at the end of the day, winning doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily satisfy and that is what my (club) coach told me after. I am not satisfied with second, but that will make me work even harder again. I was so lucky to have the coaching and the support that I received this season, and the other small successes that I attained throughout the journey were largely because of them.â&#x20AC;? Price came back later in the meet in the 200 and finished fifth in 24.12, just off her personal best of 23.97 in the prelims (tied for No. 25 in the nation). â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was an amazing high school track career,â&#x20AC;? said Price, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and I

Gunn sophomore Maya Miklos was sixth in the 300 hurdles, earning a medal. know I have a lot to look forward to in the future, as well.â&#x20AC;? The same could be said for Gunn junior-to-be Maya Miklos, who finished sixth in the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 300 hurdles final in 42.55. The time was just off her school record of 42.54 from the prelims â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ranking her No 8 all-time in the CCS. In the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 400 final, Palo Alto ­VÂ&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x2022;i`Ă&#x160;Â&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x160;Â&#x2DC;iĂ?Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160;ÂŤ>}iÂŽ

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Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball Stanford senior Chiney Ogwumike always had more going for her than mere talent. The overall first pick of the WNBA draft also has a personality. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why it comes as no surprise that Ogwumike was named the Pac-12 Woman of the Year on Wednesday. She is Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second recipient of the award since its inception in 2006. Cross country and track and field standout Arianna Lambie earned the honor in 2008. The Pac-12 Woman of the Year award honors a graduating student-athlete who has distinguished herself throughout her collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership. Ogwumike has now been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. On the court she became Stanford womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first recipient of the John R. Wooden Award as national player of the year, as well as sweeping the Pac12 Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards for the second straight season, with the top defender nod also being her third straight. In the classroom, Ogwumike achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.47 while earning her bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in international relations. She was named the 2014 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year in February, and earned her second straight selection to the Capital One Academic All-America Team. Diving Two-time Olympian Patrick Jeffrey was hired as the head diving coach at Stanford on Wednesday. He spent the past 15 seasons at Florida State. Jeffreyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s divers have rewritten the Florida State and ACC record book, while establishing the Seminoles as one of the top programs in the country. Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf The first round of the 114th U.S. Open Championships is over for a pair of Stanford golfers, who need to make some improvements if they wish to be playing in Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final round. Cardinal freshman Maverick McNealy and senior teammate Cameron Wilson both made their debuts on Thursday at the tough Pinehurst No. 2 Course in The Village of Pinehurst, N.C. On the front nine, McNealy was 2-over through 12 holes but suffered a double-bogey on the 497-yard, par-4 fourth. A bogey on the par-4 seventh dropped him to 5-over before McNealy birdied the 179-yard, par-3 ninth to finish 38-36-74. Wilson, who last month won the NCAA individual title, was four shots behind his teammate after suffering though eight bogeys during an 8-over 78. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need a drastic improvement in order to make the cut. N (Dave Kiefer is a member of the Stanford Sports Information Department)

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grad Nick Sullivan finished ninth in 48.45, short of his goal of lowering his school record of 42.25 from last year. A handful of other local athletes competed in Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prelims, but did not advance. In the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 400 relay prelims, Gunn finished 19th overall in 48.69 while taking sixth in the first heat. Gunn senior Adriana Noronha also needed a personal record to reach the finals in the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; discus. But, she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get it as she reached 122-5 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; five feet short of her best. In the shot put, Noronha reached 38-1 1/2 while finishing 23rd overall. She needed to hit 42-3 to reach the finals. Menlo junior Paul Touma leaped 45-4 3/4 in the triple jump to finish 16th overall in the prelims. In the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pole vault, MenloAtherton sophomore Kathryn Mohr cleared 11-3 while tying for 14th. Palo Alto sophomore Eli Givens, the CCS champ, clocked a wind-legal 10.85 while finishing 18th overall in the boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 100. Givens returned in the 200 and clocked 22.24 while finishing 23rd out of 24 runners. In the girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 100, Gunnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pennywell clocked a school record of 12.09 while finishing 16th


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The recent graduate finished second in the 400 meters with a personal best and school record of 53.42 in addition to taking fifth in the 200 in 24.12 (running a PR of 23.97 in the prelims) at the CIF State Meet.

The recent graduate won her first state title by taking the 1,600 meters in 4:44.25 before adding a PR and school record of 10:12.40 while taking second in the 3,200 at the CIF State Track and Field Championships.

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1915 GOLDEN WY $2,085,000 4 bedroom, 2 bath home in quiet MV location. Separate FR, LR/DR combo, eat-in kitchen. Professionally landscaped, pool and hot tub.

65 FAIRFAX AV $3,400,000 Awesome remodel completed in 2008. Comfort, style, convenience inside and out.3/2.5 on main level. 2 FR 3 FP 3+car gar. Lg. gated,landscaped lot


320 HILLSIDE DR $2,495,000 MARGOT LOCKWOOD 4BD/2.5BA built in late 90â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on 1/3 acre. 650.400.2528 WDS Schl. Recently remodeled Tri-level, nus work/ofďŹ ce area w/sep entrance. Level CalBRE #01017519 grassy area. 2 car grg.


1130 MIDDLEFIELD RD $2,480,000 ALAN & NICKI LOVELESS New Construction! Approx. 2,212 sq.ft. ALAN & NICKI LOVELESS 650.325.6161 650.325.6161 home, Excellent ďŹ&#x201A;oor plan. FR, LR/DR combo w/FP, eat-in kitchen, laundry room, pool, hot CalBRE #00444835 & 00924021 CalBRE #00444835 & 00924021 tub.

789 MANOR WY $4,950,000 Beautiful new construction! Outstanding custom built with great attention to detail. Completed basement w/ bedroom suites and pre-wired home theater


ERIKA DEMMA 650.740.2970 CalBRE #01230766

202 SAND HILL CI $1,795,000 Remodeled stunning 3BD/2.5BA townhouse on the 17th Fairway of SHCC. Wonderful views upstairs and down. Large patio with views for entertaining.

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Palo Alto Weekly June 13, 2014