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School board backs challenge to U.S. agency Sloppy investigative practices spark misunderstandings, board members say by Chris Kenrick


he Palo Alto Board of Education Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution challenging the investigative practices of a federal civil-rights agency that has launched multiple investigations of the school district. Board members said their attempts to work cooperatively with

the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights have failed, with the agency showing indifference to their concerns about possible evidence-tampering, unfair demoralization of teachers, inaccurate media reports and disregard for student privacy. The resolution opens the way

for the board to contact elected officials and other groups to seek reform of Office for Civil Rights’ investigation practices, they said. The board’s vote followed pleas by six community members to reject the resolution. “It’s ironic that we wouldn’t be in this situation if adults had better served children instead of trying to protect themselves,� said parent LaToya Baldwin Clark, referring to the multiple federal investigations into alleged civil-

rights violations of students. “I understand that being superintendent is sometimes a thankless and very difficult job, but I do hope it’s a job that should be focused on children and not on protecting adults as I believe this resolution does,� Clark said. Parent Christina Schmidt said she understood the district’s frustration about the Office for Civil Rights’ alleged misrepresentations, omissions, unexcused delays, misquotes and disregard for its own

procedures. Ironically, she added, many families experience similar frustrations when they approach the school district with concerns about treatment of their children. “Now I’d hope you can understand how families who come forward and have a complaint may be feeling,â€? Schmidt said. Despite their complaints about the agency’s practices, board members stressed that they fully ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠÂŁĂ“ÂŽ


Educators: Ending ‘tenure’ no magic bullet Atherton entrepreneur behind lawsuit challenging teacher tenure and seniority rules by Dave court decision last week to throw out state rules on tenure for teachers may lead people to think it’s the key for providing quality education for all students, but local educators say that view is shortsighted. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on June 10 decided that tenure rules, which allow teachers to get lifetime job protection after just 18 months, are unconstitutional because they allow ineffective teachers to stay in the system, thereby depriving students of equal access to a quality public education. “I think some people believe that if you get rid of tenure, you’ve solved the problem and quality (of education) will go up,� said Deborah Stipek, dean of the school of education at Stanford University. The problems are elsewhere, she said, in teachers’ lack of social status and paychecks that don’t reflect their value to the community. Society needs to invest in the best and brightest, train them well and provide on-the-job support, she said. “Tenure is a red herring,� Woodside High School English teacher Tony Mueller said in an email. “Rather than going after labor unions and worker’s rights, ‘reformers’ should confront the real problems with our education system: gross inequity in funding based on geography, the drastic cuts in social spending for the poor, the obscenely small amount of money spent per pupil in California, the constant attack on teachers from those intent on privatizing the system, and inherent American anti-intellectualism that is suspicious of science, poetry, for-



Getting in the swim of summer Nathan Jones, 10, climbs out of the Greenmeadow Pool in south Palo Alto on a recent hot day.


Voters to decide on size of City Council Council could shrink from nine members to seven


alo Alto voters will have a chance to reduce the size of the City Council — but not increase the number of terms members can serve — after a deeply ambivalent council voted Monday night on placing the issues on the November ballot. Both decisions came after an extensive debate that touched on the meaning of democracy, government efficiency and Palo Alto’s “special� status. While supporters of a three-term limit, up from the current two terms, argued it would give council members a chance to build up knowledge and gain seniority on important regional boards, opponents claimed that

by Gennady Sheyner it would create a barrier for newcomers seeking to serve. The latter camp prevailed, with council members Marc Berman, Pat Burt, Karen Holman, Greg Scharff and Greg Schmid all voting against the measure. The vote was a surprising reversal from prior discussions. The proposal had been gradually picking up momentum and last month won the endorsement of the council’s Policy and Services Committee. The council Monday followed the term-limits vote with another robust debate and split vote. This time, proponents carried the day. They argued that going from nine

council members to seven would make governance more efficient. Holman, Burt, Scharff and Schmid voted against the measure. Both proposals considered Monday came out of a colleagues’ memo penned last year by Mayor Nancy Shepherd, Vice Mayor Liz Kniss and Councilwoman Gail Price. The pitch for longer council tenure cited the goal of securing leadership positions on regional boards, such as the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. Meanwhile, a smaller council “could bring efficien­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iÊ£äŽ

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Come share your thoughts on Palo Alto’s future at the final in a series of three scoping meetings hosted by the City of Palo Alto as part of the visioning phase of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan update. Alternative Futures Forum: We will recap the previous two meetings and discuss potential alternatives to the “what happens if we do nothing� scenario. This interactive meeting will give participants the chance to help design possible futures for Palo Alto. x What is our vision for Palo Alto’s important places? x How can our vision address critical issues and future challenges? x What will the future look like in our Palo Alto? What is Our Palo Alto? Fueled by input and participation from citizens, Our Palo Alto is a community conversation about our City’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. To learn more about the Comprehensive Plan update as the process moves forward, visit

When: June 24, 2014, 6-8:30 p.m. Where: Elk’s Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto This event is sponsored by the City of Palo Alto

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DON’T GET WASTED ... Planning a party? The Palo Alto Utilities Department should be your first call. You read that right — the utilities department is now offering “Zero Waste Party Packs� for anyone looking to host an environmentally conscious barbeque, birthday party or July 4 bash. The packs come with reusable table settings for 24 people, including plates, bowls, tumblers, utensils and cloth napkins. Interested zero-waste party planners can borrow the packs from any neighborhood Zero Waste Block Leader, whose names, neighborhood and emails are listed at

MEET THE CLASS OF 2018 ... At Stanford University’s final Faculty Senate meeting of the year last week, Richard Shaw, dean of undergraduate admission, financial aid and visitor information services provided a sneak peek at the incoming freshman class, the university’s most selective yet. The 1,691 freshmen that make up the class of 2018 come from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., as well as 60 countries, including U.S. citizens schooled in other nations, Shaw said. The class’s ethnic make-up is divided into 35.1 percent white, 23.6 percent Asian-American, 10.5 percent African-American, 8 percent Mexican-American, 6.4 percent other Hispanic and 4 percent Native-American or Hawaiian. (The primary ethnicity of 4.8 percent of the incoming class is unknown, Shaw said.) The class is divided almost exactly in half in terms of gender, with 50.9 percent men and 49.1 percent women. And with Stanford representing the lowest admissions rate in the country (and in university history), almost 95 percent of all incoming freshman ranked in the top 10 percent of their graduating class. Fourteen percent of the class of 2018 are the first members of their families to attend a four-year college. And interestingly, this fresh bunch of Nerd Nation members are most interested in engineering. Asked to identify their primary academic interest, 31 percent cited engineering; followed by natural sciences, 26 percent; the humanities, 19 percent; social sciences, 14 percent; and Earth sciences, 3 percent. Four percent are undecided and 3 percent expressed an interest in business, education,

pre-law, pre-med, statistics and other academic fields.

HIGH-POWERED DECISION ... South Palo Alto residents and businesses will soon have added power when Palo Alto Utilities replaces its aging four-kilovolt power lines. The utilities department started installing snazzy new 12-kilovolt lines this week, work that will continue through mid-July, according to spokeswoman Debra Katz. Some residents will have to put up with a one-day power shut-off when crews make the final connection of new lines to transformers. The work will be done in rotation so only small areas will be without power at any time, she said. All customers will receive notices indicating the time and day of the shut-off. Updates on this and other ongoing gas, water, electric and sewer system projects are available at www.cityofpaloalto. org/utilityprojects. PACIFIC ART LEAGUE, REDUX ... For the past 14 months, the 93-year-old Pacific Art League has been in temporary digs on Forest Avenue, while its longtime downtown headquarters at 668 Ramona St. underwent earthquake retrofitting and an interior redesign. As of early this month, the work has been completed, according to Seth Schalet, PAL’s executive director. With brand new gallery lighting and a new floor plan, which will allow for more natural light to penetrate the building, the entire space will be brighter than before. This will benefit visitors to gallery events, such as the organization’s traditional First Fridays, as well as students taking art classes. “It will be a much better experience,� Schalet said. The building has also grown by about 5,000 square feet, for a total square footage of 12,500. All of this was done in coordination with the Palo Alto Historic Resources Board to ensure that the building’s “historic integrity� was not dramatically altered. The Ramona Street building was constructed in 1926 and was occupied by the Windsor Cabinet Shop for many years before the Art League moved there in 1965. The facade demonstrates an interesting combination of architectural styles — recalling Spanish Colonial Revival, Mission Revival and Craftsman aesthetics, according to the PAL website. N


Palo Alto skirting zoning law, residents say


n the latest skirmish over downtown development, a Palo Alto neighborhoods group is accusing the city’s planning department of violating municipal law in what the residents claim is a “huge giveaway to a developer.� Palo Alto-based Cody Anderson Wasney Architects is petitioning the city to rehabilitate 261 Hamilton Ave., which until recently was the longtime home of University Art. The proposed redevelopment would add to the 41,900-square-foot building a three-story, approximately 6,000-square-foot office wing along Centennial Walk, an alley that runs from Hamilton to the north and parallels Ramona Street. Currently, the 1927 building, designed by architect Birge Clark, consists of a four-story, tile-roofed “L� at the corner of Hamilton and Ramona and a onestory “wing� along Centennial.

by Sue Dremann The plan has passed review by the city’s Architectural Review and Historic Resources boards. The City Council is scheduled to vote on the project Monday, June 23. But Palo Alto Neighborhoods (PAN), a coalition of neighborhoods leaders, stated in a June 16 press release that Palo Alto’s municipal code shouldn’t allow for the building’s expansion. At 66 feet, 7 inches, the building already exceeds the city’s 50-foot height limit and is too massive for its site, PAN leaders said. Though the historic building is “grandfathered� — that is, allowed to not be in compliance with city code — its redevelopment cannot “increase the degree of noncompliance,� according to city documents presented to the Architectural Review Board on June 5. In other words, additions and changes that


An aerial view of 261 Hamilton Ave. in downtown Palo Alto.


Flood-control project stymied by water board Work around San Francisquito Creek delayed by permitting dispute by Gennady Sheyner


or more than a decade, officials from Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park have been drawing up plans, scouring for funds and performing environmental studies on a project that would finally bring flood protection to residents around the volatile San Francisquito Creek. Now, with money and designs in place, the three cities find themselves staring at an unexpected and formidable obstacle: a permitting process that has already pushed construction at least until next year and that has local officials seething about the bureaucratic mess they find themselves in. The San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority, which includes elected officials from the three cities as well as representatives from the San Mateo Flood Control District and the Santa Clara Valley Water District, has been stuck in bureaucratic limbo

since February, when it learned that its request for a permit had been denied by the Regional Water Quality Control Board. In the months since, staffs from the creek authority and the water board have met numerous times in hopes of resolving the impasse. Each time, the water board has requested new information, brought up fresh problems with the design and “moved the goalposts,� according to creek authority officials. The months of delays have already precluded the possibility of any significant work being done on the levees around the channel this year. Even if the water board were to issue a permit in the next few months — a time frame Executive Officer Bruce Wolfe said is very possible — construction will be limited to relocation of utilities and other projects ancillary to the channel. That’s because the presence of steelhead trout prohibits work in

make existing zoning violations worse are not allowed. Section 18.18.120 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code, “Grandfathered Uses and Facilities,� allows a developer to remodel, improve or replace grandfathered structures, provided the remodeling does not result in increased floor area and does not shift the building footprint. The remodel “shall not result in an increase of the height, length, building envelope, or any other increase in the size of the improvement,� the ordinance notes. The “building envelope,� PAN leaders maintain, is the sticking point. Defined in city code as the three-dimensional spatial configuration of a building’s volume and mass, 261 Hamilton’s envelope would change with the proposed remodel, they say. City staff have a different interpretation: Planners say the building envelope is the threedimensional “building area� of a project site and does not refer to the shape of the building, according to documents provided to the Architectural Review Board. As long as the proposed additions and renovations conform with city code, the project is allowed, staff said. The new wing would be 49 feet, 8 inches tall — a hair below the city’s 50-foot height limit. In addition, according to the the channel after mid-October. The permit delay has created a bottleneck for a project that neighborhoods in all three cities have been looking forward to since 1998, when a February flood damaged about 1,700 properties. It is also costing the City of Palo Alto financially. The city plans to redesign the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course, since the downstream flood project would place a levee on a portion of the course. The project, however, is now also stalling because of the permit snag. The water board has insisted that the projects are closely related and has declined to give the city a permit for golfcourse work until the flood-control project’s design is finalized. With a portion of the course now closed in anticipation of construction that has yet to commence, the course is losing between $50,000 and $60,000 a month, City Manager James Keene said during a budget hearing earlier this month. Nonetheless, the council plans to authorize Keene on Monday to sign a $9 million construction contract for the golf course reconfiguration, due to the fact that a bid that the city received from Duinick, Inc., is set to expire in mid-July, Keene said. The golf-course permit uncertainty aside, the main source of frustration for Keene and other


Neighborhood leaders, city staff spar over plans to redevelop downtown building

A rendering of the proposed project at 261 Hamilton Ave., as seen from King Plaza in front of City Hall, looking at Centennial Walk. developer, the wing is not adding square footage to the building. An existing basement, currently used for storage and work space, would be converted to 14 parking spaces, and the rearrangement would result in a net-zero gain in floor area for the building, according to the developer’s plans. Residents brought their concerns regarding staff’s interpretation of the “grandfathered� zoning code and building envelope to the Archicity leaders revolves around the flood-control effort. “Time doesn’t seem to matter to water board staff,� Keene told the Weekly. “Unfortunately, time matters very much to the families living along the creek in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto and Menlo Park.� At their last meeting on May 22, several members of the creek authority’s board of directors accused staff from the water board of repeatedly changing targets and requesting new information. Palo Alto Councilman Pat Burt advocated submitting a letter formally protesting the latest requests and accusing the water board of reneging on its March commitment, when it requested information with the tacit understanding that provision of the data would complete the process. “I don’t think we should just acquiesce to this,� Burt said. That March information request supplemented the water board’s February rejection letter, which stated that the creek authority needed to provide volumes of materials to get the permit. Some information pertained to alternatives that the creek authority had considered in the past but discarded as infeasible (these include the use of land at the Palo Alto Airport for water discharge and upstream projects that would

tectural Review Board on April 17. However, zoning regulations are outside the purview of the ARB, and the board could only make recommendations on the character and quality of the project, ARB Vice Chair Randy Popp said. The board voted on June 5 to recommend the project for coucil review. “To claim the new wing won’t violate the law, city staff opted ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠÂŁĂŽ)

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PALO ALTO CITY COUNCIL CIVIC CENTER, 250 HAMILTON AVENUE BROADCAST LIVE ON KZSU, FM 90.1 CABLECAST LIVE ON GOVERNMENT ACCESS CHANNEL 26 ***************************************** THIS IS A SUMMARY OF COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS. THE AGENDA WITH COMPLETE TITLES INCLUDING LEGAL DOCUMENTATION CAN BE VIEWED AT THE BELOW WEBPAGE: (TENTATIVE) AGENDA – SPECIAL MEETING – COUNCIL CHAMBERS MONDAY, June 23, 2014 - 5:00 PM CLOSED SESSION 1. International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), Local 1319 2. Palo Alto Police Officers Association (PAPOA) CONSENT CALENDAR 3. Approval of General Banking, Lockbox, Accounts Payable Payment Solution, Merchant, Investment Safekeeping, and Purchase Card Services’ Contracts for Six Years 4. Approval of a five-year Contract with Questica Inc. for a Budget System at a Cost Not to Exceed $456,568 5. Council Approval of Removal of Floor Area Range from the Draft California Avenue Concept Plan per Council Direction 6. Approval and Authorization for the City Manager to Execute a Professional Services Agreement with Just Energy Resources LLC in the Amount of $597,878 for Marketing and Program Management for the PaloAltoGreen and PaloAltoGreen Gas Programs for a Term of Up to Three Years 7. Adoption of a Resolution of Intent to Establish Utility Underground District No. 46, EL-12001 (Arastradero Road/ El Camino Real/W. Charleston Road) Amending Section 12.16.020 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code 8. Approval of a Water Enterprise Fund Contract with DN Tanks, Inc. in a Total Not to Exceed Amount of $1,534,842 for the Seismic Upgrade of the Boronda Reservoir Project WS-09000-501 9. SECOND READING: Hopkins Park Improvement Ordinance 10. Approval of a Contract with Graham Contractors, Inc. in the Amount of $1,084,553, for the FY 2015 Preventive Maintenance Project, the 1st of 4 Contracts in the FY 2015 Street Maintenance Program Project CIP PE86070 11. Approval of On-Call Surveying Consultant Contract with Sandis for a Total of $150,000 for Surveying and Design Support Services 12. Utilities Advisory Commission Recommendation that Council Adopt a Resolution Terminating the “Power from Local Ultra-clean Generation Incentive� Program and Repealing Utilities Gas Rate Schedule G-8 (Gas for Electric Generation Service) 13. Approval of a Contract with XXX in the Amount of $XXX,XXX for Storm Drain Master Plan Update, CIP Project SD-15008 14. Adoption of a Budget Amendment Ordinance to Transfer $100,000 from the Stanford Research Park/El Camino Traffic Impact Fee Fund to CIP PL-12000 for Development of a Concept Plan Line for Possible Improvements to Page Mill Road from Oregon Expressway to I-280 and Approval of Funding Agreement in the Amount of $100,000 with the County of Santa Clara 15. Approval to Authorize the City as the Sponsor of the Palo Alto Airport to Submit a Grant Funding Application to the Federal Aviation Administration 16. Approval of a Contract with MV Transportation in the amount of $1,215,036 to Provide Community Shuttle Service for the Crosstown Shuttle Route and East Palo Alto/Caltrain Shuttle service for up to three years. 17. New Lease between the City of Palo Alto and Avenidas at 450 Bryant Street 18. SECOND READING: Adoption of Ordinance Amending Section 22.04.270 By Adding Subsection 22.04.270(C) To Prohibit the Feeding of Wildlife And Feral Animals in Palo Alto Parks And Open Space Areas 19. SECOND READING: Adoption of an Ordinance Authorizing the Operation, Management and Control of the Palo Alto Airport by the City of Palo Alto and Amending Section 2.08.190 of Chapter 2.08 of Title 2 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code to Add the Palo Alto Airport to the Duties of the Director of Public Works 20. Approval of Amendment No. 8 to Contract C09130744 with Group 4 Architecture, Inc., to Add $143,339 for a Total Contract Amount Not to Exceed $8,998,570 21. Approval of On-Call Transportation Service Agreement - Amendment No. 1 with TJKM Transportation Consultant in the Amount of $151,000 22. Rescission of Resolution 9415 Calling Special Election to Place Utility Users Tax and Large Volume Discount on Ballot and Adoption of a Resolution Calling a Special Election to Modernize the Telecommunications Provision of the Utility Users Tax Ordinance 23. Adoption of a Resolution Calling a Special Election for November 4, 2014 Submitting to the Electorate for Special Election a Measure to Amend Article III, Section 2 of the Charter to Change the Number of Council Member Seats from Nine to Seven ACTION ITEMS 24. Approval of a Contract with Duininck, Inc. in the Amount of $X,XXX,XXX for the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course Reconfiguration Project, Capital Improvement Program Project PG-13003, Adoption of a Budget Amendment Ordinance in the Amount of $X,XXX,XXX to CIP PG-13003, Adoption of a Resolution Extending an Exception to Palo Alto Municipal Code Chapter 10.48 to Allow Transfer of Soil from Stanford University to the Palo Alto Golf Course and Adjacent Areas, and Adoption of a Resolution Authorizing Issuance of Certificates of Participation to Fund a Portion of the Cost of the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course Reconfiguration Project 25. PUBLIC HEARING: 261 Hamilton Avenue (University Arts Building): City Council Review of a Proposed Historic Reclassification from a Category 3 Historic Resource to a Category 2 Historic Resource and Historic Rehabilitation Project that could Generate 15,000 Square Feet of Transferable Development Rights for Off-Site Development. The Rehabilitaton Project Includes Renovations to the Existing Building and Relocation of Floor Area to Make a 5,910 Square Foot Addition at the Rear of the Building. Environmental assessment: Exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act per Sections 15331 Historical Resource Rehabilitation and 15301 Existing Facilities 26. PUBLIC HEARING: Council Approval of a Tentative Map to Subdivide Three Parcels Into 83 Parcels for the 1451-1601 California Avenue residential development on an approximately 17 acres site in the RP (AS2) zoning district, and Council Review of an Appeal of the Director of Planning and Community Environment’s Decision Approving an Architectural Review and Approval of a Tentative Map to Subdivide Three Parcels Into 83 Parcels for the Demolition of Approximately 290,220 square feet of existing R&D/office space and construction of 180 dwelling units, which includes 68 detached single family units and 112 multi-family units, as part of the 2005 Mayfield Development Agreement on an approximately 17 acre site in the RP (AS2) zoning district, located at 1451-1601 California Avenue. Environmental Assessment: City of Palo Alto/Stanford Development Agreement and Lease Project Environmental Impact Report (State Clearinghouse No. 2003082103)



News Digest Palo Alto schools to stock EpiPens After an outcry by local doctors and parents, the Palo Alto school district will begin stocking its campuses with medication that can save a child from dying from a sudden allergic reaction. School board members last week unanimously backed a policy change that would indemnify trained staff members who volunteer to administer emergency epinephrine auto-injectors — or EpiPens — to a student experiencing a severe allergic reaction. Until now, schools have stored only prescribed EpiPens supplied by parents for pre-identified children with asthma or other known allergies to be used in case of a serious allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis, which can be fatal. The new policy clears the way for broader availability of the medication for any child in case of an emergency, with an opportunity for families to opt out if they so choose. About a dozen people, including several physicians whose children attend local schools, implored the school board in April to begin stocking non-prescribed EpiPens on every campus. They said 25 percent of life-threatening allergic reactions that occur in schools come from undiagnosed allergies, in which cases school personnel must wait for emergency medical assistance or break the law by using an EpiPen prescribed for another child. School district nurse Linda Lenoir said she plans to stock each of Palo Alto’s 18 campuses with four non-prescription EpiPens, which she said are good for a year before expiration. The local push followed President Barack Obama’s signing last November of the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Law, which offers financial incentives for schools to maintain supplies of the medication. N —Chris Kenrick

Smoking ban may spread to business districts Palo Alto’s smoking ban is quickly spreading, from local parks and nature preserves to business districts, shopping centers and outdoor dining tables. The city is considering dramatically extending its ban on cigarette use to downtown, California Avenue, large commercial areas such as Stanford Shopping Center and “neighborhood commercial� centers such as Alma Village. In addition, smoking would be illegal at all outdoor eating areas. Currently, at least half of the outdoor area in a given establishment must be smoke-free. The City Council’s Policy and Services Committee Tuesday enthusiastically endorsed the ban’s expansion, its discussion closely mirroring prior hearings on smoking bans: a very brief debate followed by a proposal to take things a step or two further than previously planned and then approval. The three committee members — Chair Gail Price, Larry Klein and Greg Scharff — also voiced support for spreading the ban to apartment buildings in the near future. Scharff was one of four council members, along with Price, Nancy Shepherd and Karen Holman, to call for new smoking restrictions downtown and around California Avenue in an August 2013 memo. If the council approves the committee’s recommendation, an ordinance banning smoking at major commercial districts could be in place this fall. So far, the proposal has not attracted any public opposition. N —Gennady Sheyner

Palo Alto to review plan for new animal shelter A proposal to rebuild and greatly expand Palo Alto’s aged animalservices center got off to a promising start Monday night when the City Council quickly and unanimously forwarded the idea to its Finance Committee for review. The idea was proposed by the Palo Alto Humane Society, which would partner with the city to run the new shelter. The organization opened the city’s first animal shelter in 1927 and managed it until 1972, when the city took over its operations. Now, the Humane Society is offering to help the city build a new center with services such as dog training, education and a wellness clinic, according to the proposal. The idea attracted the attention of council members Marc Berman, Karen Holman, Larry Klein and Greg Schmid, who in a memo last week urged the council to send the proposal to one of its committees for a “prompt review.� “Several current and near-term operational challenges, including declining revenues and pending key staff retirements, have created a need to explore immediate solutions for a shelter management partnership with possible partners,� the memo states. The proposed facility would cost $10 million to $12 million, according to the proposal. The Humane Society would raise the money and manage many of its programs, while the city would provide the land and remain responsible for animal control. N —Gennady Sheyner


Drowning in Restoration Hardware catalogs


ancy Reyering and six other Woodside and Portola Valley residents made a delivery to the Restoration Hardware store in Palo Alto on Wednesday in the hope they might send a message to the home-furnishings store’s corporate headquarters. They brought nearly 2,000 pounds of catalogs the company recently shipped to local residents, who say they are upset about the waste the unwanted catalogs represent. Each resident had received a huge bundle of as many as 13 large catalogs, wrapped in plastic and weighing up to 17 pounds. With the returned catalogs, Reyering included a letter asking the corporation to “consider taking a stand as the first truly ‘green’ retailer by eliminating the printing and mailing of any catalogs.� Reyering, who in 2013 was named an “Environmental Champion� by Woodside’s Sustainability and Conservation Committee, wrote, “The most environmentally friendly approach, by far, is not to create and ship these unnecessary, unwanted, and wasteful catalogs.� She also has sent the company a spread sheet with the names of 120 people who want to be taken off Restoration Hardware’s mailing list.

by Barbara Wood After the volunteers began bringing stacks of catalogs through the University Avenue store’s front entrance on hand trucks, store employees quickly asked the volunteers to drop the rest of their delivery at the store’s back door. At least four employees with handcarts quickly hustled the stacks of catalogs out of sight.

Reyering and the other volunteers were not buying the explanation. “They’re counting on people having really busy lives and not really thinking about it,� said Reyering, who is on Woodside’s Architectural and Site Review Board and the Open Space Committee. “I think this is crazy,� said Erin Broderick, a high school student who joined Reyering. “Grocery stores aren’t allowed to give us paper bags!� Laura Stec, who also helped return the catalogs, asked rhetorically, “What if every business did the same type of marketing?� Restoration Hardware store employees said they were not allowed to comment to the press and had no phone number for the public affairs department at corporate headquarters. When contacted via email, a company representative emailed the same flier and a link to the company’s website and ignored questions about the delivery. After receiving a 15-pound delivery of catalogs at the end of May, Reyering posted on a community website that she would collect unwanted catalogs and return them to the store. The response was a bit intimi-

‘What if every business did the same type of marketing?’ —Laura Stec, resident, Portola Valley Employees handed out fliers with what appears to be the company’s pre-printed response to complaints about the environmental effect of the catalog deliveries. “Heavier load = lighter carbon footprint,� the fliers read. “Our 13 source books now come to you just once a year, all together in one package. Combined with our carbon-neutral shipping practices and our responsibly sourced paper, that adds up to a significantly reduced impact on the environment.�

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Local residents bring nearly one ton of catalogs to Palo Alto store

Nancy Reyering, left, and Seldy Nelson watch as Peter Marsden pulls a dolly full of Restoration Hardware catalogs from Reyering’s house to load on his truck on June 18. dating, as local residents brought to her home nearly 2,000 pounds of catalogs, with 120 of them in unopened packages and others as loose catalogs. Scores others contacted Reyering and told her they had already recycled the catalogs or returned them to the store. “Having to take the time away from (a new baby) to get rid of that stupid catalog was really annoying,� one person wrote to her. “I am not sure RH realizes how much they have wasted people’s time in addition to wasting the Earth’s resources.� Other residents said they refused to take the catalog delivery. Reyering said people continued to bring her more catalogs each day. Her UPS deliveryman told her he had made 85 deliveries of the catalog packages in one day. One explanation for the chain’s sending out so many catalogs may be that it pays off in sales. An ar-

ticle on the Motley Fool website, which writes about investments, reads, “As the catalog shipments from Restoration Hardware have grown larger over the years, the retailer’s revenue has risen dramatically as well.� The article says that Restoration Hardware has received complaints in the past about the size and number of its catalogs, but the deliveries “did succeed in getting the retailer the attention and the customers it wanted.� Last year the company’s revenues increased by 33 percent, the website reads. There is a link on the Restoration Hardware website where people can cancel delivery of the catalogs, which the company calls “source books.� N Almanac Contributing Writer Barbara Wood can be emailed at woodsidebarbarawood@gmail. com.


Google expands into Stanford Research Park by Elena ountain View-based Google is continuing its quiet expansion into Palo Alto, with two new Stanford Research Park spaces joining the seven properties it purchased on East Meadow Circle in 2013. Google’s most recent lease is an office complex at 3400 Hillview Ave., where it’s moving in Nest, the “smart� thermostat and smoke-alarm company acquired by Google earlier this year for $3.2 billion. Nest will soon occupy two of the complex’s five buildings, according to building permits submitted to the city’s planning department this week. The buildings are currently occupied by Nook, Barnes and Noble’s electronic-book division. Integral, a company that provides banks and other financial institutions with software for foreign trading and risk man-


Kadvany agement, also currently operates out of the 3400 Hillview complex. Des Architects + Engineers in Redwood City is listed as the project architect on a demolition permit application. The firm applied for the permit to knock down some interior non-structural walls for future improvements, according to project documents. Des Architects + Engineers did not immediately respond to request for comment. Though the office complex is on Stanford University land, it is one of several Stanford Research Park properties that the university subleases to another entity, commercial real-estate firm CBRE. CBRE declined to comment on the new lease with Google. “Stanford is excited that Google has decided to locate here in the Research Park again,� said Tiffa-


Thermostat and smoke-alarm company Nest replacing Barnes and Noble’s Nook

The future home of Nest, a smart thermostat and smoke-detector company acquired by Google in February, is at 3400 Hillview Ave. in Palo Alto. ny Griego, director of asset management for Stanford Research Park. “It’s a really strong time, and there’s a lot of interest in being located in Palo Alto,� she added, citing the park’s 3 percent vacancy rate. This spring, Google also quietly took over the second floor of 975 California Ave., another Research Park property that Stanford subleases. Google applied for mi-

nor tenant improvements for the 27,000 square-foot-top floor in February; they were approved March 27, according to city planning documents. Nest is currently located close by in the research park at 900 Hansen Way. The company makes smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and “learning� thermostats that can be programmed to one’s schedule, controlled via a smartphone app and reputedly

slash energy bills. After incorporating in Menlo Park, Google headquarters moved to University Avenue in Palo Alto in 1999 before eventually relocating to its current network of buildings in Mountain View. The company did not return requests for comment on the new Palo Alto leases. N Online Editor Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@


Upfront NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING of the City of Palo Alto Historic Resources Board [HRB] 8:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 2, 2014 Palo Alto Council Conference Room, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue. Plans may be reviewed at the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue or online at: http://www.; contact Diana Tamale for additional information during business hours at 650.329.2144. General Discussion Items: Discussion with the HRB on historic matters including, but not limited to: upcoming City Council-HRB joint meeting; Professorville Design Guidelines; overview of recent historic training; discussion of matters related to the Historic Preservation ordinance; other issues related to historic preservation and the HRB. Steven Turner, Advance Planning Manager The City of Palo Alto does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation for this meeting or an alternative format for any related printed materials, please contact the City’s ADA Coordinator at 650.329.2550 (voice) or by e-mailing ada@cityofpaloalto. org.

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cies of meeting effectiveness and workload, which deserves discussion and consideration while also reducing costs,� the memo states. It noted that other cities of similar sizes have either seven members (Santa Clara, Mountain View and Sunnyvale) or five (Menlo Park) on their respective councils. Scharff was one of several council members who advocated keeping nine council seats. Having more members, he said, forces the council to work harder to achieve a compromise. “It’s much harder to get a motion through, and you need to convince your colleagues,� Scharff said. “There’s always someone paying

attention. There’s always someone who reads the fine print.� Schmid likewise supported keeping nine seats and paraphrased attorney Clarence Darrow’s dictum about democracy: You can’t have enough of it without having too much. It’s best, he said, to err on the side of having more democracy, even if it’s less efficient. Shepherd and Klein took the opposite view. True democracy, they said, calls for giving the voters a say on the matter. “I think it would be unfair to not allow the community to vote on how they want to be governed,� Shepherd said. Klein offered only a tepid endorsement of a smaller council, conceding that he doesn’t expect it to make too big of a difference when it comes to efficiency. Still,

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week PUBLIC ARTS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hold a retreat to discuss the Municipal Art Plan and the upcoming Public Art Master Plan. The retreat will begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 23, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session with its labor negotiators to discuss the status of the city’s negotiations with International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 1319, and with the Palo Alto Police Officers Association. The council will then consider approving a $9 million contract for reconfiguration of the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course; consider the proposed rehabilitation and expansion of a building at 261 Hamilton Ave.; and consider an appeal of the city’s approval of Stanford University’s 180-unit housing development at 1451-1601 California Ave. The closed session will begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 23. Regular meeting will follow in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION ... The commission is scheduled to discuss the Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Master Plan; discuss the Bowden Park Improvement Project; and consider improvements proposed for King Plaza and City Hall. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24 in the Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave. LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to elect a chair and vice chair; discuss the Library Digitization Project; hear a report on the age of library collection and materials; and discuss California Public Library Advocates Library Board Effectiveness Training. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

he advocated bringing the issue to the voters. If approved, the switch to seven council members would take effect in 2018. Berman also supported bringing the council size to the voters, though he said that he “doesn’t care much one way or the other� about the outcome. While Scharff argued that Palo Alto is different from other cities because it owns its own utilities and has a particularly engaged citizenry, Berman questioned that logic. “We’re special here in Palo Alto? I absolutely think that in the best way, but I don’t think we’re that special,� he said. “I think we can have a very representative city government with seven members. I think it makes sense to have this go to the voters.� The two proposed changes to the City Charter have already spurred debate in the community. Roger Smith, a longtime business leader and civic activist, urged the council in recent months to proceed with the size change on the grounds of efficiency. Others aren’t so sure. Tom DuBois, who is running for council this fall, opposed both measures, saying they would serve to increase the power of incumbency. Having more terms would favor incumbents and “professional politicians� over ordinary residents who want to get involved, he said. Reducing the number of council seats, meanwhile, would sacrifice democracy in the name of efficiency. “On one extreme, a one-member council would be highly efficient, but I don’t want a dictatorship,� DuBois said. Cheryl Lilienstein, president of Palo Altans for Sensible Zoning, advocated alternative measures for boosting the council’s ability to work expeditiously. “Perhaps we all might agree that concision — and better preparation — would create efficiency,� she said. N

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the flood-control effort, the board is “optimistic that we’re getting close to the design that can be considered the least environmentally damaging practicable alternative,� Wolfe said. Officials from the three cities aren’t as optimistic. It didn’t help that a meeting scheduled for June 12 was canceled by the water board because the agency’s staff said it had “more questions,� Materman said. The meeting has now been rescheduled for July 1. “I think we’re getting closer, but if the question is ‘Are we there?’ No,� Materman told the Weekly. “Do I have confidence that regional water board will not ask for new things? No.� N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ The full version of this story is available at



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n 1984, Ramona Pierson was hit by a drunk driver, a nearfatal accident that left the then-22-year-old U.S. Marine in a coma for 18 months. When she finally woke up, she was blind in both eyes and unable to walk, speak or remember what had happened to her. The incredible story of her recovery — she eventually regained partial sight in one eye and went on to become an avid tandem biker, rock climber and alpine skier, as well as the founder of a successful Palo Alto-based education startup — has attracted the attention of numerous news outlets over the years. But while Pierson, 51, is comfortable talking about the ordeals she’s endured — including a multitude of surgeries and years of therapies — what interests her more are the lessons she’s learned through that process. They are lessons that today motivate her work at Declara, an online social platform that develops personalized-learning paths for users. Declara’s philosophy and mission is deeply rooted in Pierson’s personal wake-up call that a “one size fits all� education model does not work. In reflecting on her life post-accident, she talks about a world in America’s not-so-recent past that was vastly unprepared for, or unaccustomed to, the needs of disabled people. She said restaurants would turn her and her guide dog away — or sit them in a less-visible section — and college teachers were at a loss as to how to accommodate her in the classroom. The now well-known American with Disabilities Act (ADA) was not signed into law until six years after her accident, in 1990. “When I think about college, I think I’ve learned more about being an advocate than I did being a student because there were so many things — I had to teach professors how to teach,� she said. “We have to educate our educators to really be able to teach to all the different styles of learners, not just the disabled, but even visually abled or capable students have different styles of learning. When we continue to create systems that are rooted in ‘sage on the stage,’ that doesn’t work for everybody.� Pierson spent years in many different school systems, from attending The New School in New York City to get a master’s in social research and political psychology to serving as Seattle Public Schools’ chief technology officer. While in Seattle, she developed a collaborative learning platform — a forerunner of Declara — called The Source that pulled together stu-


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Ramona Pierson, founder and CEO of Declara, stands in the company office in Palo Alto. dent data like grades, attendance and teacher assessments and, for the first time, made it all accessible online for parents. “All of a sudden, we made transparent what was going on and (were) watching how kids’ performance improved,â€? she said of The Source, which is still in use today. Declara, founded in 2012, takes these early technologies to the next level. The company is a powerful technological mash-up of algorithms, semantic search, social interactions and other data analysis that results in a personalized, social learning platform. Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la EducaciĂłn (SNTE), the largest teachers union in Latin America and Mexico, used Declara’s platform to train its 1.6 million teachers for a national proficiency exam that all teachers are required to pass this year as part of sweeping educational reforms in Mexico. Teachers can log into the Declara platform to access course modules they need to take to prepare for the test. It also connects them with a tutor — someone else within the SNTE union who mentors and evaluates them along the way. The tutor-mentors provide assessments and decide whether teachers can move forward to the next module. The platform is also social, connecting users with other teachers taking the same courses at the same time in the hopes that they will discuss course material and ask each other questions. The platform can be accessed anywhere at any time with the goal of making learning as convenient as possible. Pierson speaks highly of educational systems in other countries that are trying to turn traditional classroom dynamics on their head in this way, pushing teachers to be learners as much as students. “What we try to do is really help people see themselves as learners, even if they’re educators,â€? she said. “We’re focusing on the adults. We always start in countries with teacher learning, mainly because if you’re going to affect a country’s future, if you can affect how teachers learn and teach, you’ll affect what’s happening with the students.â€? Declara, only two years old, has users ranging from SNTE to Genentech. Last week, the company nabbed a fresh $9 million in

funding, bringing its total Series A funding to $25 million. The company is preparing to open an office in Singapore, one of the cities whose education system Pierson admires. “What’s interesting is they’ve said (in Singapore) that teachers need to be facilitators and advocates and advisers in learning, and no longer the knowledge keepers. They’re the curators of information,� she said. “So how do we move away from this,� she said, grabbing a linednotebook in which a Declara intern had been diligently taking notes at the Declara office, “as the purveyor of knowledge, the textbook, and help you actually find your knowledge through other people and collaborate and go and search the world for information and then be able to distill it and put a novel bend on it?� Pierson also sees the company’s services as a solution to the increasing “skill-to-labor mismatch� in the United States. “We have this huge pool of unemployed people and a huge pool of people coming out of universities unprepared to take on a 21stcentury job. That means the entire system is broken, and yet we keep shoving people into universities and they keep coming out,� she said. “What kinds of people are we preparing for the jobs that are now available?� Declara has taken its first cracks at fixing the system mostly in international arenas. The company has not done any work with the Palo Alto Unified School District but is in talks with Stanford University on a possible implementation, she said. Pierson is clearly bent on expanding Declara just about everywhere, armed with a genuine belief that innovation can — and should — be applied to education. “Declara really has come from the root of truly trying to understand all the different ways in which people learn best and all the different ways we can communicate information and expertise with each other in novel ways that probably would be better for the individual,� she said. “We can’t continue to try to stick a round peg through a square hole. We have to really identify the best pathways for people to learn.� N Online Editor Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@

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School board hopefuls differ on civil-rights-agency resolution Split opinions reflect differing stances of likely candidates in this fall’s race


our hopefuls in this fall’s Palo Alto school board race were split over a resolution — passed by the Board of Education Tuesday — challenging the practices of a federal civil-rights agency that has launched multiple investigations of the Palo Alto Unified School District. Gina Dalma and Ken Dauber publicly urged the board to reject the resolution. Catherine Crystal Foster and Terry Godfrey told the Weekly they did not have enough information to weigh in on the topic. Tuesday’s board resolution seeking redress from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights “takes us even further down the road of resistance and conflict ... and does not protect our students,� Dauber said.

The agency’s 2012 findings against the school district in a Terman Middle School bullying case presented “an opportunity to improve how our district handles harassment and discrimination against young, female, disabled and minority students,� Dauber said. “Behind each complaint are parents and students who sought help from district staff and, for whatever reason, felt that they ultimately had to seek aid from the federal government — whether the complaint was ultimately upheld or not. “We should be inquiring about what lies behind those experiences and how we can fix them rather than criticizing OCR or seeking to revisit closed cases.� He also questioned the wisdom of the district allowing itself to be

by Chris Kenrick “enlisted as an example in pushing back against civil-rights enforcement nationally, which I think is a very real possibility given our national prominence.� Dalma, who works as a senior program officer in education for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, said it is in the school district’s interest “to welcome OCR’s oversight, not fight it.� Because she is traveling in Asia, her statement was read to the board by a friend. “The ... resolution closes the door to this constructive dialogue and instead places the district on a defensive stance against OCR, deflecting time, energy and resources from our students. All this to fight an organization dedicated to social justice,� Dalma said. Foster, former executive direc-

tor of the Peninsula College Fund and now an education-policy consultant, told the Weekly she had read the board’s resolution and supporting materials but had “no independent way to verify what did and did not occur, and so much of what transpired isn’t public. “Commenting on it would, invariably, involve a great deal of speculation on my part, which I believe is inappropriate and also potentially unfair to all those involved,� Foster said in an email. Godfrey similarly said she does not have enough information about the background of the board resolution to comment. “I know in my corporate life as a senior manager at Intel I was involved in my share of private conversations relating to personnel and/or legal matters to which

others weren’t privy. Some of those conversations were very difficult and, at times, the speculation surrounding was rampant and never productive,� Godfrey said in an email. “I haven’t spoken to any of the board members or Dr. Skelly about this. Much of the decisionmaking that got them to this point seems to have happened in closed session,� added Godfrey, who has chaired the Palo Alto PTA Council as well as the board of Palo Alto Partners in Education. Dalma, Dauber, Foster and Godfrey all have said they plan to run for school board in the Nov. 4 election, though none has officially declared. Incumbents Barb Mitchell and Dana Tom have indicated they will not seek re-election to the five-member board. N


National group invokes Palo Alto school resolution Lobbying group aims to stop ‘federal intrusion’ into local schools he Palo Alto school board’s strong criticisms of how the federal Office for Civil Rights went about investigating cases of bullying in the district are being highlighted by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) as part of its political lobbying to curtail what it says is “federal intrusion� into local schools. The NSBA’s top legislative priority, according to its website, is passage of legislation to stop the U.S. Department of Education from “overstepping its authority� and “to address federal intrusion in local school district decision-making and policymaking� under the


Obama Administration. The NSBA website excerpts a Palo Alto Weekly story and quotes the June 3, 2014, memo written to the Palo Alto Board of Education by board President Barbara Mitchell, Vice President Melissa Baten Caswell and Superintendent Kevin Skelly that refers to the national legislation. The resolution, which contains a long list of grievances the district has with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, was approved by the school board Tuesday. The House bill (H.R. 1386) being advocated by the National

School Boards Association and referenced in the school-board colleagues’ memo was introduced in February 2013 by Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Illinois) and is co-sponsored by 42 other Republicans and one Democrat. As described on the NSBA’s website, the goal of the bill “is to ensure that the benefits of local school district governance are not eroded through activities by the U.S. Department of Education not specifically envisioned by Congressional legislation.� The bill has not moved since being introduced, but the NSBA has been asking local school boards to urge their local members of Con-

gress to support it. On June 10, Republican Sen. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) introduced the same bill (S. 2451) in the Senate. According to an NSBA press release, the bill would “curb overreach by (the Department of Education) on issues that impact local school districts unless specifically authorized in federal legislation.� The NSBA’s website suggested the following “talking points� for local school board members: s4HE53$EPARTMENTOF%DUcation has taken action to reshape the educational delivery system in recent years. These actions have often affected local policy and

programs in ways that are beyond the scope and intent of federal authorizing legislation. s 4HESE FEDERAL ACTIONS OFTEN place a significant financial and manpower responsibility on local school boards. s4HEACTIONSALSOLIMITTHEFLEXibility of local school boards to make decisions that serve the best interests for their local districts. s .3"! DRAFTED A BILL TO ADdress such federal intrusion in local school district decisionand policy-making (S. 2451 and H.R. 1386). Please contact your members of Congress to ask them to support this bill. N —Palo Alto Weekly staff

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Mitchell said. “Unfortunately, in misrepresenting some district staff actions over the past two years, OCR’s important mission has been undermined rather than facilitated, and diligent district educators have been demoralized rather than inspired. “We hope that the resolution may help to raise awareness and encourage changes in OCR practices,� Mitchell said. Under questioning from board member Dana Tom, a school district lawyer suggested the federal agency may already be responding. Within days of the board’s first discussion of the proposed resolution June 3, lawyer Chad Graff said he heard from an Office for Civil Rights lawyer, promising that the district’s appeals “were going to be reviewed.� “She acknowledged the legal timeline had required a response in September 2013 but that we

should expect a response within 45 days,� Graff said. “I think that was a positive sign — it was the first communication we’d had in over 60 days on this issue.� Over the past two years the Office for Civil Rights has conducted at least seven investigations into the Palo Alto school district. Two of those remain open. Four have recently been dropped for insufficient evidence. In an open case involving Terman Middle School, conditions of a voluntary “resolution agreement� signed by the district and the federal agency in December 2012 are expected to be completed in the next school year. Those conditions include undertaking trainings of school personnel, adopting new policies and procedures, modifying handbooks, and communicating with students, parents and staff. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@


ful, Stipek said, principals need to know effective teaching when they see it. “Some do; many don’t,� she said, and training is uncommon. As for measuring student achievement, “huge progress� of formerly underperforming students often won’t show up in a by-the-numbers evaluation of the teacher, Stipek said. Progress is being made on effective evaluation techniques, but job security — tenure — is a fall-back position, she said, adding that she is very sympathetic to administrators whose hands are tied by union rules when trying to reassign teachers. Students Matter did not respond to interview requests for this story. N Almanac Staff Writer Dave Boyce can be emailed at dboyce@ Weekly Staff Writer Chris Kenrick contributed to this article.


support and share the mission of the agency to guard civil rights of all students. “When the mission is so complementary, it seems reasonable that the working relationship should be more collaborative and constructive,� board President Barb Mitchell said. Yet Mitchell said the agency had ignored a district request to review an email Office for Civil Rights lawyers had once shown district lawyers that did not match the district’s stored copies of the same email correspondence of the same dates. “No one in our community is in favor of falsely implicating teachers and principals of discrimination against students, tolerating evidence tampering or disregarding student privacy protections,�



suspended the decision pending an appeal by the state. The lawsuit asserted that teachers play a crucial role in the lifetime achievements of their students and that ineffective teachers can have a dramatically negative impact. Lawyers for the students claimed that such teachers are “disproportionately situated in schools serving predominantly low-income and minority students,� which has adverse effects on the quality of their education, Judge Treu wrote in summarizing his decision. Stipek of Stanford said teachers don’t have confidence in the fairness of evaluations of their work. Two evaluation tools are now available: assessment by the principal and measurement of the achievement of students taught by the teacher. For the first to be use-


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to ignore the municipal code’s definition of ‘building envelope,’� PAN members wrote in the press release. “They maintain these words instead refer to the maximum size a building is allowed to be. But since owners can never increase the maximum allowed size of a building ... the staff’s interpretation makes the buildingenvelope clause meaningless.� The municipal code also bans any expansion to the building’s floor area, footprint, height and length. It further prohibits any other increase in the size of the building, PAN members said. “Since the new wing will greatly increase the building’s total volume, the proposal will also violate this provision,� they said. In its June 5 report, city staff said there are two interpretations of the grandfathered code: that no more square footage than is currently now on the site can be permitted, and that the proposed addition does not further increase the legal noncomplying conditions of the site. “Staff is of the opinion that the second interpretation is the better one,� staff wrote in the report. Hillary Gitelman, the city’s director of planning and community environment, said the staff report submitted to the council later this week “will be very

clear that the proposed project rests on an interpretation of the term ‘building envelope.’ “In the staff report, we will present both possible interpretations and explain staff’s rationale for the interpretation of ‘building envelope’ as something akin to ‘buildable area’ rather than ‘building.’ We will also describe several downtown projects approved between the years 2001 and 2008 using this interpretation,� she wrote in an email to the Weekly. Land-use attorney and resident Tom Jordan said the law doesn’t leave room for interpretation. “I’ve never seen such an egregious attempt by city employees to pretend a law doesn’t say what it says. Their job is to enforce the law, not redefine it to be meaningless,� he said in the PAN press release. PAN Chairwoman Sheri Furman said, “We call upon every member of the City Council to turn down this project and redirect staff to uphold city laws.� Doria Summa, a PAN member, said she doesn’t object to the remodel per se. But “there’s a general feeling that these things should be done legally,� she said. There have been too many “’exceptions to the norm’ being the norm — rather than ‘the norm’ being the norm,� she added. “I think we’ll all have a better place to live together if the same rules apply to all of us.�

The city’s Historic Resources Board unanimously recommended approval of the project on April 16, finding the revisions comply with the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation. The building is currently on the city’s local historic inventory as a Category 3 historic resource. The developer wants to reclassify the building to the higher Category 2 standard, according to city staff reports. Following reclassification, the developer can request 15,000 square feet of Transferable Development Rights (TDR) because the building will undergo historic rehabilitation. TDRs allow a property owner to sell that square footage to another developer to expand a project beyond what is allowed under zoning for the property. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

Correction The item in the June 13 CityView pertaining to the Planning and Transportation Commission’s vote on 441 Page Mill Road misstated the vote count. Commissioners Alcheck, Michael, Gardias and Tanaka voted to support the project, while commissioners Keller and King voted against it. Commissioner Rosenblum was absent. The Weekly regrets the error. To request a correction, contact Editor Jocelyn Dong at 650-223-6514, or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302.

CityView A round-up

of Palo Alto government action this week

Council Council (June 16) Term Limits: The council voted against placing a measure on the November ballot to extend term limits for council members from two to three terms. Yes: Klein, Kniss, Price, Shepherd No: Berman, Burt, Holman, Scharff, Schmid Council Size: The council voted to place a measure on the November ballot to reduce the number of council seats from nine to seven. Yes: Berman, Klein, Kniss, Price, Shepherd No: Burt, Holman, Scharff, Schmid

Board of Education (June 17) New superintendent: The board approved a $295,000-a-year contract naming Glenn “Max� McGee to lead the school district through June 2018, with a start date of Aug. 1. Yes:Unanimous Office for Civil Rights: The board resolved to contact elected officials and other groups to seek reform of investigative practices by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Yes: Unanimous Budget: The board approved a district budget for 2014-15 anticipating $184.5 million in spending against $184.46 million in revenue. Yes: Unanimous

Council Policy and Services Committee (June 17) Smoke: The committee recommended expanding the city’s smoking ban to major business districts and to prohibit smoking at outdoor dining areas. Yes: Klein, Price, Scharff Absent: Schmid Compensation: The committee recommended raising compensation for future council members from a monthly stipend of $600 to $1,000. Yes: Klein, Price No: Scharff Absent: Schmid

Architectural Review Board (June 19) Antennas: The board discussed the designs proposed by Crown Castle for a distributed-antenna system (DAS) that includes 17 antennas installed on existing light poles along University, Hamilton and Lytton avenues for Verizon Wireless. Action: None 411-437 Lytton Ave.: The board discussed a request by Hayes Group Architects for a new three-story building with office space on the bottom two levels and one residential unit on the third floor. Action: None

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charges, including second-degree murder, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Tuesday. (Posted June 18, 8:34 a.m.)

Suspects at large after Palo Alto robbery

East Palo Alto hires third interim police chief in eight months The revolving door of East Palo Alto police chief took another turn on Tuesday night after the City Council approved a third interim chief at the request of City Manager Magda Gonzalez. (Posted June 18, 12:41 p.m.)

Palo Alto looks to raise council salaries Having approved raises for most city workers over the past year, the Palo Alto City Council is now shifting its focus toward a group that hasn’t seen a salary adjustment since 2001 — the council itself. (Posted June 18, 9:56 a.m.)

Police are seeking witnesses to a strong-arm robbery that occurred last Wednesday afternoon in the northeast parking lot at Town & Country Village shopping center in Palo Alto. (Posted June 17, 4:36 p.m.)

Stanford graduation celebrates optimism, innovation, humor Philanthropists and innovators Bill and Melinda Gates encouraged Stanford University graduates at the university’s 123rd commencement Sunday, June 15, to draw upon genius, optimism and empathy to create heartening global change. (Posted June 15, 7:31 p.m.)

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Car avoids deer, sparks fire in Palo Alto hills

Palo Alto’s incoming school-district superintendent Tuesday made a commitment to communicate “frequently, openly and clearly� and to balance immediate priorities with a “clear, long-term vision� for education. Max McGee’s comments followed the board’s unanimous approval of his contract, which has a start date of Aug. 1. (Posted

A fire in the Palo Alto hills burned 1.5 acres on Friday afternoon after a car swerved to avoid a deer, hit a ditch and caught fire, Palo Alto fire officials said. (Posted June 13, 3:52 p.m.)

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Guilty verdict in high-speed-chase murder case An East Palo Alto woman who killed her friend after she evaded police has been convicted of all

Stanford creates committee to review sexual assault policy In response to recent student outcry over Stanford University’s handling of sexual assault, the administration is convening a new faculty-student committee to work this summer on reviewing and reforming policy. (Posted June 13, 8:57 a.m.)

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Harold Seungsoo Yang October 20, 1941-March 6, 2014 Harold ‘Hal’ S. Yang, age 72, passed away on Thursday, March 6th, in Santa Rosa, after a nearly two-year struggle with lung cancer. He was born in Honolulu, HI, and moved to Boston, MA in 1958, to attend M.I.T. on scholarship. Hal had never been to the mainland prior to college and arrived in Boston with only two suitcases and a ukulele. Hal graduated from MIT with a degree in Electrical Engineering, M.S. from University of Hawaii, did post graduate work at Stanford and attended the Stanford Executive Program. He later moved to San Jose to take a job at IBM, beginning a career in the electronics industry that spanned over 40 years,12 Silicon Valley start-ups, and multiple patents. In 1973, he met his wife, Georgia, on a ight bound for Oklahoma city. Four months later, they were married. A lover of all things Hawaiian, cars, UFC, movies, and travel, Hal loved playing Ukulele and practicing Tai Chi like it was his job. The consummate father, he enjoyed coaching his daughters softball teams and (an Eagle Scout himself) volunteering with his son’s Boy Scout troop. In his retirement, he relocated to Santa Rosa, CA and utilized his decades of industry wisdom and expertise to found his own executive coaching business. He is preceded in death by his daughters Jessica and Sarah Kathryn ‘Kate’ Yang. His wife, Georgia Lindberg Yang of Santa Rosa, his daughter, Genevieve Yang Yurgionas and her husband, Brian Yurgionas of Mill Valley and his son Jay Houston Yang of Los Angeles survive him. The family will have a private remembrance and requests that in lieu of owers, contributions be made to FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) at FORCE is a non-proďŹ t organization specializing in the ďŹ ght against hereditary cancer. PA I D

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POLICE CALLS Palo Alto June 11-17 Violence related Assault w/ a deadly weapon . . . . . . . . 1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Sexual battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Strong arm robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Credit card fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Robbery/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . 13 Driving without license . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Found plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Lost/stolen plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Parking/driving violation . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 8 Vehicle accident/property damage . . . 6 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Alcohol or drug related Drinking in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Drunken driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous Animal attack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Found property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Indecent exposure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . 3 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Public incident . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Stalking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Violation of court order . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Menlo Park June 11-17

October 8, 1934 – June 6, 2014 Billy Hughes Bocook, resident of Los Altos, passed away on June 6, 2014. He was born in Asheville, North Carolina on October 8, 1934 to James A. Bocook and Nelle (Alexander) Bocook. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Pat, his sons Dirk, Bret and Drew, his daughters in law Laura and Erica, and his two grandsons, Quinn and Austin. He was preceded in death by his two older brothers, Jack and Jim. Bill graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BS in Architecture in 1961. He moved to California in 1962 and went to work for noted architects, Ernest J. Kump in 1962 and Albert A. Hoover in 1963 . In 1981 he started his own ďŹ rm, B. H. Bocook, Architect, Inc. where he continued to work until his death. His ofďŹ ce designed many projects throughout Northern California including the renovation of Stanford Sunken Diamond, the award winning William and Flora Hewlett Foundation building in Menlo Park , and the AIA design award winning ofďŹ ce building at 1600 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. He also worked on Foothill College while at Kump’s ofďŹ ce, and on 3000 Sand Hill Road while at Hoover’s ofďŹ ce. Bill had many interests. He loved golďŹ ng, hunting, ďŹ shing, family gatherings, sketching, and traveling all over the United States and abroad. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Palo Alto Club, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, a board member of Filoli Garden Estate, and served on the Los Altos Planning Commission for eight years. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held sometime in late July or mid- August. His friends and extended family will be notiďŹ ed. PA I D





Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Shoplifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Driving with suspended license . . . . . 10 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/no injury . . . . . . . . . . 3 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Alcohol or drug related Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous Coroner case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Found property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Gang info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Indecent exposure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Info case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Located missing person . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of switchblade . . . . . . . . . 1 Probation violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 1 Warrant arrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto Tasso Street, 6/12, 10:12 a.m.; family violence/battery. University Avenue, 6/13, 9:13 a.m.; battery/sexual. 855 El Camino Real, 6/13, 8:04 p.m.; strong arm robbery. Pasteur Drive, 6/14, 2:02 a.m.; domestic violence/violation of court order. Ramona Street, 6/14, 5:00 a.m.; assault with a deadly weapon. 160 Iris Way, 6/15, 10:55 a.m.; battery/ simple.

Menlo Park 1200 block Crane St., 6/16, 9:37 a.m.; battery.

Transitions Joan Griffiths

Joan Griffiths, a resident of Palo Alto for 63 years, died on May 24 following a stroke. She was 89. She was born on July 21, 1924, in Endicott, New York, to Paul and Emily Shearrer. She grew up in Takoma Park, Maryland, where her father was a pastor at the First Presbyterian Church. She went on to attend Pennsylvania State University, where she met her future husband, Richard Griffiths, and was in the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. In 1946 she graduated with honors with a home economics degree. About a year afterward, she and Richard married, and they soon moved to San Francisco. They then settled in Palo Alto in 1951, where they raised their two children, Marcia and Peter. In 1955, she began working as a food editor at Sunset Magazine and eventually took a role at the publication’s book company. She wrote stories about cooking on boats and spiced up reader recipes for a monthly feature. With her husband, she was involved in the Palo Alto Yacht Club and with community efforts to preserve Eichler homes. She was also an active member of Avenidas Village, serving on the social committee. She was predeceased by her husband in 2003. She is survived by her daughter, Marcia Griffiths of Bethesda, Maryland; her son, Peter Griffiths, of Palo Alto; her grandson, Daniel Miller, of Brooklyn, New York; and four nephews. A memorial service will be held on July 17 at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto. Memorial donations may be made to the Joan Griffiths Memorial Fund, Avenidas Village, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto, California 94301.

gree in mechanical engineering. For three years he served in the U.S. Air Force at Big Springs, Texas, leaving as a captain with an honorable discharge and returning to Palo Alto. At a dance on the Peninsula he met his future wife, Gunhild, who is from Norway. They married in February 1964 at Stanford Memorial Church. He worked in the area as an engineer for a few companies, including Beckman Instruments (now Beckman Coulter), Hiller Aircraft and Applied Materials. He and his wife raised a family and lived in Palo Alto for about 45 years before moving back to Redlands to manage the family citrus ranch in 2008. While his kids were growing up, he attended and helped out at their soccer games. He also enjoyed golfing, skiing cross-country and downhill, and particularly fishing. He is survived by his wife, Gunhild Patterson; three children, Aurie Patterson, Erland Patterson and William Patterson, and four grandchildren — all of California. A memorial service was held on June 9 at Cortner Chapel in Redlands.

Mary Madison Mary Massey Madison, a veteran reporter and lifelong resident of the Peninsula, died of heart failure on May 1 at Stanford Hospital. She was 82. She was born on June 2, 1931, at the then Palo Alto Hospital (later Hoover Pavilion at Stanford). She was raised in Burlingame and at-

Juanita (Joyce) Collier Scholpp October 21, 1935 – June 12, 2014

tended Stanford University, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism. While at Stanford she served as an editor at the Stanford Daily newspaper with her future husband, James Madison. They married soon after graduating in 1953 and were married for 60 years. They moved to Menlo Park in September 1956, and she lived there for the rest of her life. Her time as a journalist, which lasted 40 years, included reporting roles at the Palo Alto Times, the Redwood City Tribune and the Peninsula Times Tribune, as well as work as a correspondent for the San Francisco Examiner, United Press International and the San Francisco Chronicle. She also served as an adjunct instructor of journalism at Stanford. She retired in 1997. Her reporting work garnered her a few awards, including a Pulitzer Prize honorable mention and a first place award from the California Newspaper Publishers Association for her coverage of an apartment fire in Redwood City. She is survived by her husband, James Madison of Menlo Park; her son, Michael Madison of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Matthew Madison of Denver, Colorado; and Molly Caouette of Sacramento; and three grandchildren, Kate, Dave and Carly. A memorial service will be held on July 22 at 2:00 p.m., at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. A reception will follow.

MEMORIAL SERVICES Isabel Waters, a resident of Palo Alto, died on May 23. She was 89. Bill Waters, her husband of 63 years, also of Palo Alto, died on June 6. He was 89. A memorial service for both Bill and Isabel will be held on Friday, June 27, at 2:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985

Louis Road, Palo Alto. Kirstin Beach Chiasson, who grew up in Palo Alto, died on June 4 from from complications related to breast cancer. She was 44. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 26, at 11 a.m. at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.

Garry Patterson Williams Garrick Patterson, “Garry�, a Stanford University graduate and a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died on May 30 following a fight with leukemia. He was 79. He was born on June 16, 1934, to Edmund D. Patterson and Lillian Marshall. He grew up in Redlands, California, and attended Redlands High School. He went on to study at Stanford, receiving a bachelor’s degree and later on a master’s de-

HÊlène O’Grady HÊlène O’Grady died peacefully in her home in Palo Alto, California on June 12, 2014 at the age of 91. One of eleven children, she was born & raised in New Hampshire. In 1945, she married Thomas O’Grady and moved to Palo Alto after World War II. Mrs. O’Grady is survived by her son, Tom O’Grady, Jr., of Los Altos, four daughters, Simonne Greene of Menlo Park, Celine Duran of Mountain View, Julie O’Grady of Palo Alto, and Gisele Fleury of Sunnyvale, ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Services will be held in Palo Alto on Monday, June 23 at 10:30 am at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, followed by a celebration at the Woman’s Club of Palo Alto. (http://www.paloaltoonline. com/obituaries/) PA I D


Dearly Beloved Joyce Collier Scholpp passed peacefully in the home she was born in by a midwife in Palo Alto, California, passing on June 12, 2014. Joyce was 78 years old. Her daughter, Susie Scholpp was by her side when she passed under Pathways Hospice care. Joyce was a “native Palo Alto girlâ€? born and raised in Palo Alto all her life. Joyce married Forest Scholpp whom she met at a Stanford dance. Joyce and Forest were married 50 years. Joyce enjoyed her spare time creating beautiful art with watercolors and working with clay. She also enjoyed cooking, traveling and volunteering at Stanford Children’s Health Council. With a loving and giving heart, Joyce will always be remembered by her beautiful smile and her heart of gold. Rest in peace beautiful sunshine. In our hearts forever. Joyce was laid to rest June 20, 2014 at Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park in San Mateo, California. Special thanks and mention to Kathleen Thornton and Nancy Swinyer (“The Liddicoat sistersâ€?) for a lifetime of love and friendship to dear Joyce. In lieu of owers donations to the Michael J. Fox Parkinsons Foundation for Parkinsons Research may be made. PA I D


Georgia Ann (Arbuckle) Hays “Grandma Gee-geeâ€? March 23, 1933 – May 31, 2014 Resident of Palo Alto She was born to Marvin and Dorothy Arbuckle on the family farm in Loma Colorado, but spent her whole life in Palo Alto. She attended Sherman and MayďŹ eld Elementary Schools, Jordan Junior High and graduated from Palo Alto High School class of 1951. She went on to attend San Mateo Junior College. It was at Paly that she ďŹ rst met the love of her life Richard Hays. She had an extensive knowledge of the local history and ability to make any story interesting. Georgia was an accomplished knitter and made many garments for her children and grandchildren. She had a generous heart, and was always eager to help any family member, friend or stranger who was in need. She opened her home to many children through the years. She cherished family and friends with her feisty, unaffected manner. She was free handed with her opinion and advice. Her greatest joy was her children and grandchildren. She felt their accomplishments and struggles as if they were her own. She was a paragon of unconditional love, and will always be loved in return by those she left behind. Georgia is survived by her husband of 52 years, Richard. Daughters; Carrie Wolk (Michael), Molly Kane, Becky Hays of Palo alto and Bobbi Zadig (Steve) of Portola Valley. Sisters; Carol Hampel of Los Altos and Marvina Arbuckle of Grants Pass Oregon. Grandchildren; Jessica Distefano , Deborah Wolk, Ricky Hays, Anna DeCoursey (Dustin), Julia Wolk, Andy Hollerbach, Elisabeth Kane, Harrison Zadig, Sophia Zadig and Bennett Zadig. Greatgrandchildren; Alex Distefano and Zachary Distefano. And many nieces and nephews plus Cameron Radke, Helen McNab and Brooke Ray who she considered her children. She is preceded in death by daughter Dorothy Salabert and Brother Thomas Arbuckle (Donna). A sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grand mother, aunt, god mother, mother-in-law and surrogate mother to many. She will be missed by our large extended family The family wishes to thank Pathways Hospice for their care and kindness these past few months . A celebration of life will be held at a later date. PA I D




Shrinking the council With ambivalence, City Council decides on public vote


ith most City Council members expressing mixed feelings, a bare 5-4 majority decided Monday night that Palo Alto voters should get the chance this November to reduce the size of the council from nine to seven, beginning in 2018. The idea of bringing the size of the council more in line with those in other cities of its size has waxed and waned in political debates over the last three decades, but interest in it never rose to the level of formal council consideration until last June. At that time, three council members (Nancy Shepherd, Liz Kniss and Gail Price) attempted to get their colleagues to consider rushing measures onto a special election ballot last November in hopes of making the changes effective for this year’s council election. A second measure would have extended term limits from the current two to three consecutive terms. That would have allowed Councilman Larry Klein to run for a third, four-year term (on top of the 18 years he will have served during two separate tenures on the council). After it was discovered that a new state law forbids charter amendments from being adopted in special elections, the urgency disappeared and the matter was put off until earlier this year. The interest in extending or eliminating term limits and reducing the size of the council seemingly came out of nowhere last year and has attracted little public support, opposition or attention until it got a full airing before the council Monday night. The argument for reducing the number of council members is based on the premise that fewer members would lead to greater efficiency both at meetings and for the staff, who currently must respond to the information needs and policy proposals of nine elected officials. A more intuitive argument is that if every other city can manage with either five or seven members, it stands to reason Palo Alto can too. Those opposing the reduction argue that the larger council ensures more diversity of views, spreads the workload of regional bodies among more people, acts as a buffer when Stanford University issues create a conflict of interest for members with economic ties to the university, and requires five votes to approve anything, forcing more collaboration and coalition building. On Monday four council members (Shepherd, Kniss, Klein and Price) supported putting both changes on the ballot while four (Pat Burt, Greg Scharff, Karen Holman and Greg Schmid) voted against proceeding with either. The determining swing vote was Marc Berman (in his second year on the council,) who voted against putting on the ballot the measure to extend term limits from eight to 12 years but voted in favor of the council-size measure even while acknowledging he didn’t hold a strong opinion “one way or the other.â€? Berman’s decision to split his position on the two proposals, in spite of having raised concerns about whether they both would protect incumbents and inhibit diversity and new blood on the council, was a surprise, as was Greg Scharff’s unusual alignment with Burt, Holman and Schmid against the measures. The council votes came after public comments made clear that critics of the council’s handling of development issues would be lining up against both proposals this November, therefore creating a new and potentially volatile campaign issue. With Price not running for re-election and Klein termed out, that leaves Scharff, Shepherd and Holman likely to be running for three of the available five seats. In the current political atmosphere, Scharff and Shepherd are the most vulnerable, notwithstanding the very ugly behind-the-scenes attempts by some members of the council to impugn Holman’s integrity over her sloppy handling of a potential conflict-of-interest disclosure in April and May. A highly charged and emotional political backdrop exists in Palo Alto right now, and for the sake of an intelligent election campaign and an informed electorate it is critically important that political leaders and community activists commit to focusing on real issues and to an honest examination of the records of those incumbents seeking re-election. The ballot measure to reduce the council size adds an interesting twist to the election but is also an unfortunate distraction from more important issues. A time of significant political division is hardly the optimal time for reducing the size of an elected body, so if proponents are successful with this ballot measure in November, it would suggest a clear, albeit surprising, community mandate. N Page 18ĂŠUĂŠĂ•Â˜iÊÓä]ÊÓä£{ĂŠUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂœĂœĂœÂ°*>Â?ÂœÂ?ĂŒÂœ"˜Â?ˆ˜i°Vœ“

Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Pondering parking Editor, What part of the idea of “public right of way� do people not get? Residents don’t own the streets or the parking on them. Also, who is it they think pays for their streets? It’s not their property taxes; it’s the taxes from the businesses whose employees are driving to work. Sure would be nice if the people who were really bothered were allowed to buy a permit for the parking in front of their house for the price it costs to maintain that section of street. I think that would cost $5,000 a year? Some people would pay, but for most it wouldn’t be worth it. Unfortunately, this idea isn’t legal, but it would solve the problem. Deb Goldeen Birch Street, Palo Alto

Goals were met Editor, This past year the city embarked on an experiment to find a way to compost more garbage, while minimizing greenhouse gases, simplifying sorting and keeping costs under control. One key issue that was lost in this article (“Palo Alto scraps neighborhood trash experiment,� June 7) is that the city succeeded in these goals. The purpose of this experiment was to gain enough understanding to find a reasonable way of composting food scraps. The Greenmeadow (GM) experiment showed that, under present conditions, food in a biodegradable bag in the green bin will work. In fact, GM residents are allowed to compost food scraps by this method. However, here’s the game changer — to take this method citywide, it needs to work with the newly developing composting facility plan on the 3.8 acre portion of the Measure E site. Since the plan at the Measure E site has yet to be developed, the citywide plan for residential food composting is on hold. The City’s Zero Waste effort is essential because California land is too precious to waste on trash. We can look to the East to see the future of our landfills. Presently, New York City sends roughly 23,000 tons daily to landfills up to 500 miles away at regional dumps. Our city’s commitment to zero waste minimizes our garbage footprint and our garbage hauling, postponing the New York City solution. Karen Sundback Ben Lomond Drive, Palo Alto

Save your passwords Editor, One more item to add to your disaster preparedness list: Make

sure you know the password to log in to your email. Many people have these passwords stored in their computers. If your computer breaks in an earthquake, or dies in a flood or fire, you will need your email to get back in touch. And you can use your email to recover all your other user names and passwords. I recommend keeping a list of all user names and passwords in your safe deposit box or with a friend or family member, not a neighbor. Sue Kayton Doris Drive, Menlo Park

Late-night lonely ones Editor, Yes, some were sad to see Happy Donuts close, but not all. Yes, because Happy Donuts was open 24 hours of course it was a place for “sketchy people,� “borderline personality types� and “mentally ill people.� And I knew that some would rejoice to see that an “eyesore� of our community was to be eliminated. But it is our culture that commits gross impropriety with its continuing stigma against the mentally ill. They make us uncomfortable, afraid; it is easy to deny them basic

human dignity. Why can’t you chat about the weather with that grubby guy in the corner the same way you would with guy in the Hilfiger sweater? Smiles don’t cost anything, although you could also offer to buy him a cup of coffee. I don’t understand how it hurts “us� if a local establishment provides “them� with a clean place to relieve themselves. It is tidier to solve the problems of the underprivileged from a distance. Let’s send money to Africa, food to the Philippines, but don’t bother with a kind word to the guy sitting on the sidewalk with the cardboard sign and coffee cup. It’s easier if the “us� stay comfortably together while the “them� are kept safely far away. The good news is that Happy Donuts is still going to be there for the late-night lonely ones — a place to go, to get warm, drink some coffee and be safe. I’m glad for them because frequently I have enjoyed their company. So when you see a big old Chevy camper van with a Harvard license plate holder (M.A., 1978) parked at Happy D’s, know that it’s mine and that I’m one of “them.� Jean Ebbs Doten Georgia Avenue, Palo Alto

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Guest Opinion Off Deadline: Shoe, or hiking boot, leather helped open-space bond squeak past by Jay Thorwaldson


o one kept an overall mileage count, but environmentalists and open-space advocates traded trails for sidewalks to achieve the squeakby win for a $300 million bond measure June 3. Thanks in large part to the shoe — and sometimes hiking-boot — leather, the neighborhood miles logged produced a near-final vote tally showing about 68 percent voter approval in the sprawling Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District — comfortably past the two-thirds 66.7 percent needed. It wasn’t the first narrow squeak-by in the district’s 42-year history. It took more than a week of counting ballots for the registrars of voters in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties to issue the near-final results June 11. Counted separately, the bond measure fell a hairline short of approval in San Mateo County but there was enough overage in Santa Clara County to make up the deficit. The results cover the entire district. In one area, the district approval reached 100 percent. Due to a past annexation (part of a land acquisition), a rural area of Santa Cruz County produced a single vote for the bonds — of four registered voters in the area. “We’ve added another chapter� to the district’s history, General Manager Steven Abbors said of the outcome. “It’s been an interesting journey,� he added, of the intense effort to inform voters of the bond measure and its impacts.

“A lot of us were out walking neighborhoods, including myself and my wife, staff and volunteers from many organizations,� he said. While it is illegal for the district itself to actively engage in a campaign, individual staff members on their own time, after work or weekends, have a freedom-ofspeech right to campaign, he noted. “Everything we did had to be done after hours,� he said. The bonds received strong support from the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), based in Palo Alto. POST technically ran the campaign under the direction of Marc Landgraf, director of external communications, and CEO Walter Moore. POST is a private nonprofit organization originally created as a spinoff by the MROSD to focus on generating gifts of land and raising funds to acquire land. POSTacquired lands are then turned over to the district or other government agencies, often at bargain prices if not as partial or complete gifts. Environmental organizations also got behind the measure, including the venerable Sempervirens Fund, which for many decades encouraged efforts to preserve stands of coastal redwoods. A citizens advisory/advocacy group was co-chaired by Palo Alto City Councilwoman Karen Holman and longtime environmental advocate Lenny Roberts of San Mateo County. All that shoe leather made a difference, as volunteers distributed materials explaining and promoting the bond measure, according to Amanda Kim, the district’s communications director. A count of ballots turned in on election day compared to ballots mailed in earlier showed increased support over time, as name recognition increased. “The more people learned about the mea-

sure the more they were inclined to support it,� she concluded. Opponents mounted little if any organized effort to defeat the measure, but there is a built-in resistance to any bond or other measure that would increase taxes. And in a low-turnout election the built-in “NO!� votes can easily speak louder than a majority in favor of a funding measure, resulting in missing the magic 66.7 percent two-thirds-approval mark — as in the case in the San Mateo County portion of the district. This is not the first time San Mateo County has tried to prevent funding for open space beyond the excellent but confined county parks system. When the district was initially proposed in 1970-71 (based on an editorial in the Palo Alto Times), the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors vetoed the concept, effectively (they hoped) killing the two-county district. Supporters of the idea were initially crushed, until some legal expert researched the matter and discovered that if the district were formed in one county an annexation into another county could be done by petition drive — completely bypassing the Board of Supervisors. So, backed by the late Supervisor Victor Calvo (a former state senator and assemblyman) and others on the Santa Clara County board at the time, as well as editorially by the Palo Alto Times, the district was proposed as a one-county entity, called the “Midpeninsula Regional Park District� in accordance with state law terminology, later amended to allow “open space� into the name. Santa Clara County voters overwhelmingly approved (by almost 2 to 1) creation of the district. Acquiring land was a first priority at a time of rapidly rising land values, followed later by development of trails and

parking areas, signage and guides to the “preserves.� District officials set aside the concept of a two-county district in order to “build a track record,� in the words of then-General Manager Herb Grench. Years passed with no move to initiate an annexation process. One day, as a reporter for the Times, I called district board member Nonette Hanko and asked a journalistic question: Were district officials aware of a “taxpayers revolt� forming in Southern California? No, they weren’t aware of what later became the Jarvis-Gann initiative that created Proposition 13. The question jolted the district and supporters into action, and a petition drive ultimately brought the annexation proposal to a vote, also supported by the Times. But the annexation, faced with growing taxpayer-revolt sentiment and strong opposition from San Mateo County officials and the Redwood City Tribune (the Times’ sister paper), was approved by just a few hundred votes, another real squeaker. In terms of impact of Measure AA on the Palo Alto area, where the district was conceived, there are several significant areas of focus, along with numerous other projects districtwide. The district will partner with other entities to complete gaps in the Bay Trail and create city-tobay trails; connect Palo Alto and Portola Valley trails, and work to preserve historic features; and reopen Alpine Road as a trail between Portola Valley and Skyline Boulevard. N Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at jthorwaldson@ and/or He also writes periodic blogs at www.


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New youth theater company pushes kids hard to be best they can be by Nick Veronin


hours going over just a few lines of dialog, trying variations on the script and testing out different inflections. The actors were given some agency in the script as well — giving Kienitz and Herr notes on how they felt comfortable saying their lines. And, like any director of a professional production, Kienitz pushed his actors hard. He makes no effort to sugar coat it, saying he even encouraged them to compare themselves to adults, with years more experience on stage than they have. Kienitz isn’t worried that it might be too much pressure to place on his young actors. The way he sees it, his kids need to be pushing themselves, and they should be feeling pressure. The cast that he and his wife recruited for the company’s first play, “Body of Water,� are all highly skilled, very bright, and many of them have aspirations to be professional actors when they grow up. Kienitz says that if he were to only compare them to their peers in other local youth theater groups, “then the issue is they never have to stretch. It’s kind of like the award-for-participating joke. ‘I got a medal because I was on the soccer team, not because I did anything.’� If they want to reach the upper echelons of their field one day, “they should try to be at that level,� Kienitz says. Especially considering how hard it can be to get into a top acting program or earn a spot in a pro-


fessional production. According to Kienitz, just a few B grades in high school — even in an Advanced Placement course can rule someone out of the running for some of the most prestigious theater schools, such as Yale. A Theater Near U is about giving serious young actors options, Kienitz says. “It’s harder and harder every year to have your options be real.� It’s something the teens in “A Body of Water� seem to appreciate. “I would love to be a professional actor,� says Elizabeth McCole, a 17-year-old from Palo Alto, who plays the character of Cole in “A Body of Water.� McCole has been acting since a sports injury pushed her out of sports and into drama in the fourth grade. McCole has worked with Palo Alto Children’s Theatre and starred in Palo Alto High School productions. But, she says, she’s never experienced anything like what she encountered at A Theatre Near U. “I think this has helped me so much to see how much work it really does take and how rewarding it can be.� Aaron Slipper, a recent Paly graduate, plays the character of Bosh in “Body of Water.� Though he doesn’t plan to pursue acting professionally, he says he will stick with it as a hobby and believes that those like McCole who aim to

make a career on stage will have a leg up with A Theatre Near U on their resumes. And that’s not only because the show is getting favorable reviews from critics. According to Slipper, working with Kienitz and Herr, he and the rest of the actors were exposed to plenty of pro tips from the Theatre Near U founders — both of whom have worked professionally on stage and in film. One that sticks out for Slipper is to “never underestimate the importance of the voice.� “There are plenty of good looking people out there,� he recalls being told by Kienitz at one point. Having an interesting and powerful voice helps set actors apart. Receiving tips like these and others, Slipper says he felt like he was being let in on industry secrets. “It’s an inside scoop that you re-

ally wouldn’t getâ€? in high school, he says. Theatre Near U’s youngest star, Shayan Hooshmand, a 13-year-old who lives in Los Altos Hills and attends Terman Middle School in Palo Alto, says that he has learned a great deal from Kienitz and Herr. But that’s not all. Being in a play with a hand picked cast of great actors was just as important, he explains. “Here at Theatre Near U, everyone is so dedicated and passionate,â€? Hooshmand says. All that dedication and passion is contagious, which is good, because the idea of performing in a professional theater in San Francisco was quite an intimidating prospect at first, he adds. “It was scary at first to go to San ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂ˜iĂ?ĂŒĂŠÂŤ>}iÂŽ


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Arts & Entertainment

Worth a Look Music

French music festival The first-ever French Music Festival at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View is scheduled to kick off this weekend, June 20 and 21. The event will feature several performances, covering a range of French music from the mid-19th century to modern times. On the first day of the festival, the Ensemble San Francisco will perform a collection of works that they are calling “Une Soiree Parisienne� (An Evening in Paris). The group, which was founded by clarinetist Roman Fukshansky and pianist Christine McLeavey Payne, will perform Darius Milhaud’s 1923 ballet, “La creation du monde.� Penned at a time when the Western art world was highly influenced by the African continent, the piece tells of the creation of the world through African mythology. Also on the first day, violinist Moni Simeonov will perform Maurice Ravel’s “Tzigane,� and cellist Jonah Kim will play a “fascinating melange of tunes� made famous by Edith Piaf. During the festival’s second day, in a program entitled “Musique de chamber virtuose� (Virtuoso Chamber Music), a group of 20 musicians and singers will perform four French works, including the evening’s major work, Ernest Chausson’s “Concert pour violon, piano et quatuor a cordes� — a double concerto featuring violin soloist Stephen Waarts and Gwendolyn Mok on solo piano. The music begins at 8 p.m. on both June 20 and 21 at the CSMA, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. For more information, go to

Vans Warped Tour


The Warped Tour, the Vans-sponsored, longrunning punk and alternative festival, is coming to Shoreline Amphitheatre this Saturday, June 21, with a massive lineup of bands and other artists, spanning a wide variety of genres, including hardcore, indie, Every Time I Die rock this year’s a lt e r n a t ive , Warped Tour. punk, metal, ska, electronic and hip-hop. The festival kicks off at 11 a.m., giving attendees plenty of time to take in all the storied tour has to offer. Still, with 94 bands performing, fans will have to make some tough choices. But don’t worry if you’re the type that has a hard time with decisions. Here are eight artists that run the gamut from pure pop rock to dance-floor shaking electronic, from classic punk to face-punching hardcore. Poppy punks: Florida quintet We The Kings make unapologetically gleeful punk-tinged pop rock, full of soaring melodies, sweet harmonies and lyrics about falling in and out of love and getting into trouble under the sun and palm trees. Classic punks: Another Florida act, Less Than Jake, have been skanking around the country with their signature brand of ska-punk since 1992. All the ‘80s babies who ever owned anything in a checkerboard pattern will remember these Warped Tour veterans. But younger crowds will enjoy their infectious horn-tinged anthems, too. Party rocker: Crizzly is a Texas-based button masher who rocks the dance floor with style that sounds a bit like what Skrillex might sound like if he

came up in the South. Plenty of boom-bap kick and snare, with rapid fire Dirty South high hats giving way to some serious womp and fax-machine-death sounds when Crizzly lets the beat drop. No wonder he calls his sound “crunkstep.� Screamo darlings: Before Skrillex (and Crizzly) introduced a generation to the bass drop, bands like Midwestern melodic metal heads The Devil Wears Prada were practicing a different kind of drop. Along with other groups like Scary Kids Scaring Kids and Underoath, this Ohio band helped pioneer the mashed up genre of screamo, which combined the introspective lyrics of emo, the heavy breakdowns of death metal and the shimmering, melodic guitar work of ‘80s hair metal. Southern hardcore: Every Time I Die know how to get the pit started. With sardonic lyrics, heavy breakdowns, and riffs that skew toward bluesy rock, this band from Buffalo, New York, certainly has a unique sound that will leave you feeling like you got punched in the face (in a good way). Honest hip-hop: K.Flay, an alumna of Stanford University, didn’t stick around Silicon Valley after graduating. Instead she moved to Oakland and eventually New York City, refining her introspective, hilariously self-deprecating flows along the way. Part Lana Del Rey, part Slug, part Azelia Banks, she spits rhymes that are by turns painful, truthful and hilarious. The Warped Tour begins at 11 a.m. on June 21 at Shoreline Amphitheatre. Tickets range from about $60 to about $90. For more information, go to

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tors have plenty to draw on. At least, Kienitz says, they can try to imagine what it would be like if their parents were to disappear one day and they had to figure out a way to survive on their own. Much of the play is set to music, all of it created by Portland-based singer and songwriter Jim Walker. Slipper describes the songs chosen for “Body of Water� as all having a jarring effect, as Walker frequently juxtaposes bright and shining musical phrases against dark lyrics, such as in “Love Shining Through,� which Slipper explains sounds “sentimental and romantic,� but is really about “torture and intolerance and persecution.� Slipper and the rest of the cast are all excited for the remainder of the production, which shows Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for two more weekends. “It has been extremely exhilarating and extremely new and an experience I very much cherish,� Slipper says, noting he’s gotten to meet people he never would have met, explore a character at a depth he never would have been able to otherwise and experience things, such as some “amazing� choreography, that he likely wouldn’t have engaged in if he hadn’t been asked to join the cast of “Body of Water.� “It’s an honor to be a part of A Theatre Near U, it really is.�N Arts & Entertainment Editor Nick Veronin can be emailed at

Stanford Jazz Festival Smooth, cool, complex and energetic — the sounds of jazz are diverse. And beginning this weekend, running through early August, Stanford University will be overflowing with just about every kind of the most American of musical genres. The Stanford Jazz Festival, now in its 43rd season, has seen many of the world’s top performers in its day. Hosted by the Stanford Jazz Workshop, the event grew out of informal jam sessions held in the early ‘70s, blossoming into what it is today — a showcase for rising stars and jazz veterans alike. This year the festival features 35 individual concerts with around 40 acts, including some of the biggest names in jazz today. Ernie Rideout, marketing director for the Stanford Jazz Workshop, says attendees have plenty to look forward to this year. Renowned jazz pianist Fred Hersch will be performing a duet every night during the first week of August — sometimes with artists he’s played with before and other times sharing the stage with artists he’s playing with for the first time. “Fred is famous for his wonderful duets with a wide variety of jazz musicians,� Rideout says. “It’s going to be a real interesting opportunity to hear brand new jazz being created. It’s a very special thing that you can’t hear any place else.� Also this year, the Stanford Jazz Workshop has booked a far higher concentration of “marquee� names to the bill, such as Chick Corea, the Yellowjackets, the Kenny Barron Trio and Arturo Sandoval. Of particular interest to fans who’ve attended the festival in the past, Dinkelspiel Auditorium now has air conditioning, Rideout says. In prior years, jazz fans have endured high temperatures while taking in the music they love. This year, they’ll get to enjoy a climate-controlled environment, he says. The festival kicks off this weekend and runs every weekend until July 18, when the concert goes full-time — with a concert every night — until its conclusion on Aug. 9. For more information on tickets and concert dates, go to or call 650-725-2787. N

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he food was mighty impressive. Bold, expressive flavors without the mask of over saucing, over cheesing, or overcooking. Textures and flavors were beautifully balanced, ingredients spoke for themselves. Executive Chef Patrick Kelley previously cooked at Mediterranean-themed Gitane in San Francisco and French-inspired Angele in Napa. Lure + Till is all-American, though, with nods to European technique. My visits didn’t start off well. On a gorgeous evening, having made an advance reservation, we were ushered to a back corner table. We didn’t merit one of the patio seats that line the Hamilton Avenue side of Lure + Till, the snazzy restaurant tucked into the side of the newish Epiphany Hotel. Understandably, someone has to occupy those seats when the restaurant is busy. Nonetheless, the younger couple that walked in ahead of us had no reservation but were seated on the lovely indoor/outdoor patio. On this visit we were cornered by tables of booming baritone young men who were enjoying themselves. Sporadic roar after crackling bellow, the restaurant was loud. We couldn’t make head nor tail out of what the waiter said. Nor he, us. We ordered the quail salad and were delivered the kale salad. When he poured the wine for me to taste, I noticed that the glass was filthy. He brought another but failed to take away the soiled one until the entrees arrived. He

Lure + Till’s bar. also forgot his corkscrew on the table. Little things perhaps, but I expected better attention to detail in this upscale operation. The interior of the 80-seat restaurant and bar is simplicity chic. There are floor to ceiling windows that open to form the halfin, half-out patio, a sleek but fully stocked bar, bare-topped tables, and artistic wood and metal el-

ements. The corner where I was seated was so dark I had to hold the menu shoulder high to gather enough light to read. For appetizers, the flatbread ($12) was large enough to share. Flatbread was a slight misnomer, as it was thicker than traditional flatbread, something more akin to pita bread. Tasty though and the romesco, fennel and dill, and

fire-roasted eggplant spreads were creamy and appetizing. Another fun starter was the deviled eggs, (three for $5) with chives and shallots, mustard and aioli. The eggs were creamy and soothing with a slight bite to them. Despite not ordering the dinnersize kale salad ($12), we kept it. The salad was tossed with currents, ricotta salata (moist fresh

cheese made from whey with a salty, milky, nutty flavor), toasted almonds and a delicious Banyuls vinaigrette. Banyuls is an aged French savory vinegar. The actual California quail ($16), secured on a subsequent visit, was worth the protracted wait. The official state bird was crisp and meaty, served with morel mushrooms, asparagus and radish wedges. Don’t share this plate. The restaurant offered three pasta dishes. I tried two. The tagliarini ($14) with hen jus (roasting juices), a slow-cooked egg and turnip was lush and gratifying. The pasta was a vibrant yellow, with the egg bound in the turnip. The mafalde ($15) was mouthwatering with pancetta bolognese — a simple dish, perfectly wrought. The pasta was made in-house and nothing beats freshmade pasta. Main courses were not disappointing. I went meatless with the most excellent fire-roasted farro risotto ($20) with crispy kale, roasted kohlrabi, sage and egg yolk. Crispy skinned orata ($26), also known as sea bream or dourada, was fresh tasting and flaky. It’s

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MING’S NOT CLOSING AS PLANNED ... Talk about a long goodbye. Vicky Ching may know the restaurant business, but when it comes to initiating a major development, she needs a little more experience. The owner of Ming’s Restaurant in Palo Alto is the first to admit that. “I’ve still got a lot to learn as a do-it-yourself developer,� she said, referring to the multimillion-dollar project to demolish Ming’s and construct a four-story Staybridge Suitesand a new, smaller Ming’s on the restaurant’s current site, 1700 Embarcadero Road. Staybridge Suites, which will have 174 rooms, is part of the Intercontinental Hotel Group. “There are so many pieces to the puzzle, and they all have to fit in at the same time,� Ching said. Originally scheduled to close for construction in March, and then rescheduled for June, Ming’s is still in business and its immediate future is uncertain. “We’ll now be open at least until this August, maybe longer — possibly into next year. There are a lot of uncertainties,� Ching said. First the financing fell through, “but now we’re on solid ground,� she said. The next prob-

lem was seasonal. “We need to dig deep underground for the hotel parking lot. That means draining all the water underneath this building and dumping it into the Bay. It’s a huge undertaking. But there are major flooding concerns if we don’t finish the underground project by November. That’s the deadline the city gave us. ... Because of our own delays, there is now no way we will be finished by November. So we have no choice but to wait to begin digging until next spring, after the rainy season is behind us,� she told Shop Talk. As a result, it’s still business as usual as Ming’s. Construction is estimated to take approximately two years once it starts. “I have to say I’m embarrassed,� Ching said. “I feel a little like a carpet store, always telling customers I’m closing. It’s disappointing, but at least my employees are happy about the delay.� DOWNTOWN OFFICE SPACE TAKES OVER RETAIL ... Two prime retail spaces in downtown Palo Alto are gone. The prestigious think tank Institute for the Future recently moved into 201 Hamilton

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Ave., at the corner of Emerson Street. The organization takes over the spaces of two retailers: the 10,000-square-foot site that was formerly Diddam’s Party and Toy Store (Diddams left in 2010 and the double storefront has been vacant ever since) and the former Waterworks, the designer kitchen and bath showroom whose space was recently converted into a temporary home for an art gallery. The extended office space for Institute for the Future, a nonprofit that started 46 years ago and specializes in long-term forecasting, now takes up half a city block. “We’re excited to have Institute for the Future headquartered on Hamilton but quite sad our downtown storefronts have changed over from retail to office. I’m not quite sure how this one happened,� said an industry observer, adding that the likelihood of a commercial space reverting back to retail is almost non-existent. But Thomas Fehrenbach, Palo Alto’s economic development manager, said that because Institute for the Future is a nonprofit, the move was considered a “permitted use within that zoning.� N

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(Century 20, Century 16) Let’s face it: “Jersey Boys� has never been high art. The wildly successful jukebox musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons ran on chart-topping hit songs and ample corny shtick in nominally telling the story of the beloved pop act. Now, it’s all been folded into a Clint Eastwood film that’s neither theatrical fish nor cinematic foul. John Lloyd Young reprises his Tony-winning role as Valli, the boy with the golden whiny falsetto and the friends who are “bad influences.� Local tough guy Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza) first ropes sixteen-year-old Frankie into a crime (though Valli narrowly escapes the “revolving door� of prison) and then into performing with Tommy’s band. When Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen) comes along with a head for musicianship and business, the act reaches a new level. Soon, the Four Seasons — rounded out by Nick Massi (Michael Lomenda) — are a sensation. The film, scripted by “Jersey Boys� playwrights Marshall Brickman (“Annie Hall�) and Rick Elice, retains much of the play in alternating musical numbers “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),� “Sherry,� “Big Girls Don’t Cry,� “Walk Like a Man,� “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You� from the group’s deep bench and compacted drama that strives for efficiency in explaining the band’s origins, challenges, and resolution (such as it is) in the 1990 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame reunion. On the whole, this results in a “Greatest Hits� gloss both with the music and the drama. Literalized on film, the theatrical reduction of the band’s story has an anemic cast, as does the bleached photography of Eastwood’s go-to cinematographer Tom Stern. The film is least interesting when it feels like an impressionist’s act complete with put-on mook accents and more interesting when it captures the dynamics of a group with strong egos and competing concerns. The inevitable “group argument� scenes — one refereed


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by Joe Pesci (Joey Russo) (the “Goodfellas� actor grew up with the Four Seasons guys) and the other by real-life mobster “Gyp� DeCarlo (Christopher Walken) — offer the clearest signs of life. It’s all rather square, with Valli characterized as effectively saintly, other than leaving his daughter in the care of an alcoholic “ex,� which gives an opportunity for scenes of redemption and tragedy. Indeed, he’s waggishly dubbed “Saint Francis.� The big idea here is that it’s quite something how the Four Seasons had loose mob ties and a criminal record, but that turns out to be a nonstarter in dramatic terms. More useful are the competing takes of each of the Four Seasons, afforded in monologues spoken directly to the camera and creating a light “Rashomon� effect. Lovers of “Jersey Boys� and its music will no doubt appreciate the film, which benefits especially from the practiced performances of Young, Bergen, and Lomenda, all veterans of the stage play. It’s unclear whether the corny gloss of the play would have worked any better than Clint’s lower-key grasp at realism (probably not), but there’s a palpable release when Eastwood stages one of those full-cast curtain calls under the closing titles. No movie can’t be improved by Christopher Walken doing a shuffle. Rated R for language throughout. Two hours, 14 minutes. — Peter Canavese

Obvious Child --1/2 (Guild) Aside from every indie rom-com filmmaker’s welljudged affinity for Paul Simon, the title of “Obvious Child� refers to its heroine, another protagonist suffering from severely arrested development. What makes “Obvious Child� different is that this protagonist is a woman saddled with an unwanted pregnancy: yep, another “obvious child.� When in trouble, wine-swilling New York stand-up comic Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) habitually crawls into the arms of her best friend Nellie (Gaby Hoffmann, always welcome) and her gay friend and colleague Joey (Gabe Liedman), or back into the cradle of her warmly funny and supportive dad (Richard Kind) or her micro-managing but loving mother (Polly Draper). So when a nicebut-square one-night stand Max (Jake Lacy) unwittingly knocks up Donna, her trips around her circuit of support intensify. But for all the advice in the world, this is a problem only a woman, herself, can solve, which forces Donna kicking and screaming into a stronger sense of self.

That’s all well and good, and “Obvious Child� deserves credit for being just what it is: an urban romantic comedy that deals matter-of-factly with the truthful situations of pregnancy and abortion (as opposed to the usual contrived crises that bear no resemblance to reality). And it’s terrific to see Slate own a film in the starring role (she most recently has acquitted herself well as the horrific Mona-Lisa Saperstein on “Parks and Recreation�). But “Obvious Child� is one of those pictures that’s just good enough to make you dearly wish it were better. Director Gillian Robespierre announces her lack of preciousness or pretension by laying fart sounds under her credit, but too often in the film she resorts to fart jokes and diaper jokes. In one case, Robespierre gives up on writing a snappy ending to a scene, instead just having a character step in a pile of dog doo to end a conversation. Hilarity does not ensue. “Obvious Child� has a pleasantly prevailing wryness (Donna must schedule her abortion for Valentine’s Day), but few quality jokes (least of all in Donna’s stand-up comedy, which at its best feels like a weak-tea knockoff of Sarah Silverman). The picture, based on a short directed by Robespierre and starring Slate, can also be eye-rollingly obvious, as in the packing scene in which Donna chooses to literally put herself in a box. Of course, by daring to tackle the culturally radioactive issue of abortion, “Obvious Child� also acquiesces that it’s not going to please everyone, and that’s okay. Donna’s choices will naturally be divisive, both on the question of reproductive choice and how she fumbles her emotional responses to her situations and her lingering relationship with the sweetly clueless father. The biggest potential problem for audiences may not so much be the narcissistic protagonist who at times displays hateful behavior (most notably passive-aggressive public use of her stand-up to hide behind when delivering difficult personal news) as the film’s implicit endorsement of that behavior as “girls will be girls� excusable without so much as an apology to those Donna childishly and selfishly exploits or hurts. Or maybe that’s just me. At any rate, Robespierre has conceived something you don’t see every day: a feminist rom-com that unapologetically allows its flawed protagonist to let it all hang out. As such, “Obvious Child� makes a solid choice. Rated R for language and sexual content. One hour, 24 minutes.

Movies MOVIE TIMES All showtimes are for Friday – Sunday only unless otherwise noted. For other times, reviews and trailers, go to Movie times are subject to change. Call theaters for the latest. 22 Jump Street (R) (( Century 16: 9:15, 10:45 a.m., 12:10, 1:45, 3:15, 4:40, 6:15, 7:45, 9:15 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 10:20, 11:20 a.m., 1, 2, 3:40, 4:35, 6:25, 7:15, 9:10 & 10 p.m. In XD at 12:05, 2:45, 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) Century 16: 1 & 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:05 a.m., 4:55 & 10:45 p.m. Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Sat-Sun: 3:55 & 7:30 p.m. Chef (R)

Century 20: 11:15 a.m., 2:10, 5, 7:45 & 10:25 p.m.

Edge of Tomorrow (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 9, 11:45 a.m., 5:15 & 8 p.m. In 3D at 2:30 & 10:45 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m., 2:20, 5:10, 7:55 & 10:45 p.m. In 3D at 12:55 & 6:10 p.m. (No 3D on Sun.) The Fault in Our Stars (PG-13) Century 16: 9:55 a.m., 12:55, 3:55, 7:10 & 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 10:55 a.m., 1:50, 4:45, 7:40 & 10:40 p.m. Flying Down to Rio (1933) (Not Rated) The Godfather (1972) (R)

Stanford Theatre: Fri: 7:30 p.m.

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The Godfather: Part II (1974) (R) Century 16: Sun: 7 p.m. Century 20: Sun: 7 p.m. Godzilla (PG-13) ((1/2 Century 16: 10 a.m., 4:05 & 7:25 p.m. Century 20: 1:55 & 7:55 p.m. The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) (((

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At left: A decorative wooden duck is one of the many items for sale at Bargain Box in Palo Alto. Above: Shirin Miri shops with her dog, Precious. Miri says she stops by about once a week to see the new items that have come in.

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argain Box volunteer Gina Mastrantonio sat at the forsale round table where customers sometimes gather to relax. Gazing at the vintage china, clocks, ceramics, jewelry, furniture, paintings and used designer clothes, Mastrantonio — athletic and effervescent — reflected on the relationships that for decades have been part of the thrift store’s culture. “It’s where everybody knows your name,� she quipped, reciting the well-known phrase from the 1980s television show “Cheers.� Operated by the Children’s Health Council Auxiliary since 1956, Bargain Box’s sales of memorabilia and treasures have generated millions of dollars for Palo Alto-based nonprofit Children’s Health Council, which offers early-learning interventions for children with attention disorders, emotional challenges, learning differences and autism. On average, the store donates more than $100,000 annually, manager Chrissy Holmes said. But the friendly social hangoutcum-bargain shoppers’ bonanza will close its doors at 341 S. California Ave. on June 25. The store is the latest victim of the changing commercial landscape in Palo Alto’s two retail districts, one that — because of rising real-estate costs — tends to favor offices and chichi restaurants over mom-and-pop retail establishments. The building was sold earlier this year, and the new owner, 341 Cal Partners LLC notified tenants in April of its intention to evict them and redevelop the property. Given prohibitive lease costs elsewhere, the 58-year-old Bargain Box must fold rather than relocate, CHC officials said.

The building owner declined a request for an interview for this article. Customers and volunteers alike say the humble shop has been a nucleus for people of all kinds: professionals looking for a home accent, collectors, hoarders, cross-dressers and bargain hunters. “It’s just one of those great little resources,� Menlo Park resident Paul Gurnee said. “It’s a landmark. I’ve been coming here for years.� Customer Charlotte Reissmann, attired in a smart dress suit and 1960s-vintage eyewear, said she comes every Tuesday after dropping someone off at the Caltrain station. “Where else can you get an Armani suit for $20?� she said, motioning to a neatly arranged rack of clothes. But Bargain Box fills an important social neighborhood niche as well, she said. “I need something that will draw me in on a regular basis. It’s not so much the value as the sense of community,� she said. People who don’t quite fit into Palo Alto’s mainstream have felt welcome here; it provides a place where they can go and belong, she said. It’s that slice of small-town life where one can enter a store and jaw with the clerks, where no one is eyed suspiciously and where staff members worry about people’s welfare when they don’t stop by every day, customers and staff said.


or many Bargain Box volunteers, the store has been like a second home, a place of friendship and good finds. In the back room recently, Holmes and volunteers sorted through the items donors had brought through


the rear door. The staff members mend and repair, evaluate and appraise. “I like things in good shape. I steam; I iron; I mend. Whatever it takes to keep things in style and nice, or vintage and nice,� Holmes said. There are iron baker’s racks with legs that twirl up like handlebar mustaches; antique cut glass, paintings, furniture, crystal and jewelry. The store has good connections, often receiving whatever hasn’t sold after estate sales, Holmes said. Part of the fun has been that one never knows what surprise they’ll find when opening that latest box or bag, Holmes said — from kitschy cookie jars and angel fountains to paintings and high-end furnishings. One time, a donated statue by an important artist once fetched many thousands of dollars after being sold by Bonhams & Butterfields Auctioneers, Holmes said. “It was a woman holding up a star. It was signed and it was pristine — it was wonderful,� she recalled. Equally surprising was a plastic bag containing a sheepskin rug. “There was a petrified mouse in it — it was pretty disgusting,� she said. Just then Mastrantonio burst in carrying a bird house she had found in the showroom — a mosaic of colorful broken ceramics. “Oh, Gina — what are you going to do with that? You thought about it all weekend and you decided you weren’t going to get it,� Holmes said in a voice that indicated that staff members get as hooked as customers on the quirky, cool merchandise. Mastrantonio was undaunted.

Griselda Pantoja looks at shoes while niece Krystal Gonzalez, 6, tries on a pair of bunny ears while shopping at Bargain Box last week.

Bargain Box volunteers Marilyn McDonald, left, and Diane Shattuck, right, price a donated, Tiffany-inspired lamp in May. The store benefits the Children’s Health Council. “But isn’t it great? It’s from Denmark and somebody made it. Look at the little Dutch shoe,� she said, pointing to the Delft blue ceramic keepsake embedded on the birdhouse roof. Volunteer Marcia Coy looked on appreciatively. “Everybody has something they like. I like cut glass. I usually make myself wait a week so I don’t cherry-pick,� she said. Coy has become an adept appraiser after years of volunteering, but that wasn’t always the case.

“When I first started, I was afraid to put a price on anything,� she said. Each volunteer has brought specific talents: window dressing, appraising, customer service — and a little therapy on the side — including for some of the customers, staff said. “She’s the nurturer,� one of the women said of Coy, giving her a hug. Frenchie Perry sat at a long table examining the costume jewelry, her silvery hair piled high atop her

Cover Story head. A retired elementary school teacher, she valued items at Bargain Box for 15 years. “I do a lot of the jewelry by looking at catalogs for the costume stuff. We take real gold to a jeweler and ask for guidance, and we look on the Internet,� she said. Perry will miss the camaraderie and the decades-deep friendships the volunteers have made, she said. In the showroom, Mastrantonio reflected on the customers she has known over her 30 years at the shop. There was Ernie, a 91-yearold gentleman who came there with his wife, and there was the woman who visits daily in her wheelchair. “We see her every day, and if she doesn’t show up, we worry,� she said. On Fridays — payday — Bargain Box gets crowded with treasure hunters and socializers. “We could’ve had a tea room in here. Everyone would come in and sit around the tables and chairs that were for sale,� Mastrantonio said. Customer Loie Johnson, a fan of Bargain Box’s stuffed animals, said it’s the shop’s customers who live near California Avenue who have helped make it a lively and warm place, she said. Now, residents of that neighborhood want to give something back. Sondra Murphy, who lives in Evergreen Park, is throwing a party at Bargain Box to commemorate its special place in the neighborhood, she said. The event takes place June 24 at 5 p.m. Admission is $5 to $500 — donations that will go to the Children’s Health Council — and there will be an auction and music, she said. Attendees are asked to bring finger food to share and RSVP to kwkseh. “The Bargain Box has always been inclusive of everyone,� Murphy said of her desire to honor the volunteers. When the Woman’s Club of Palo Alto and the Pacific Art League held their Painted Chairs fundraiser on March 28 and 29, Murphy got all of the vintage 1930s folding chairs at Bargain Box, she said. Members painted the chairs in bright colors and fanciful designs for the auction.


hen the doors close, volunteers said, they don’t know what they’ll do to fill the void. Some admitted they feel abandoned. “I find it flabbergasting that CHC couldn’t knock down a few doors to get us into a new building. I am even more flabbergasted that CHC is disregarding this kind of fundraising,� said customer and volunteer Mark Merritt. A federally licensed helicopter mechanic, he came to Bargain Box looking for shoes and clothing two years ago and found a welcoming environment among the mostly older women who have become close friends. “Nobody judged me. I first volunteered for this place when I found out that this was for kids with learning disabilities — the same disabilities I had as a child,� said Merritt, who has atten-

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hen Bargain Box closes on June 25, Goodwill Industries will be the last nonprofit thrift store in Palo Alto. Bargain Box, which raises funds for the Children’s Health Council, once received so many donated items that staff held occasional $1 brown bag sales. Customers could fill the bags with anything they wanted, and they would dismantle appliances and fight over the merchandise in a free-for-all, volunteer Carol Phy recounted in the organization’s 50th anniversary book. Bargain Box opened in the Midtown Shopping Center in 1956. It moved in 1962 to a barn-like building painted battleship gray at 318 Cambridge Ave. where the $1-per-bag scrambles took place, Phy said. The store moved to its present, more visible but smaller location on California Avenue in 1996. Other longtime nonprofit thrift stores in Palo Alto disappeared in the 1990s. Peninsula Volunteers’ Turnabout Shop opened in 1949 and closed in 1998. Its final Palo Alto location was at 2325 El Camino Real, according to the organization’s executive assistant, Cathy Duhring. Members had felt that operating the store was taking too much time away from other projects, including providing low-income housing. They sold the property and invested it in other programs, she said. A smaller, reincarnated Turnabout Shop now resides in Little House in Menlo Park, she added. The Market of the Flea, associated with the Community Association for Retarded Inc. (now Abilities United), opened prior to Bargain Box in the 1950s. The two shops were careful not to sell the same merchandise, with Market of the Flea sticking to home furnishings and Bargain Box to apparel, according to the CHC anniversary book. Market of the Flea closed its Emerson Street shop in the early 1990s. Its lease ran out and there was no renewal option, said Abilities United’s retiring executive director Lynda Steele. “I believe they were unable to find anywhere else they could afford,� she said. Menlo Park has three longstanding nonprofit thrift stores on Santa Cruz Avenue: the American Cancer Society’s Discovery Shop, Goodwill and the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula’s The Shop. So far, those stores have not been affected by rising retail rates, managers of the stores said. But Menlo Park’s 2012 downtown/El Camino Real specific plan could become a game changer. Investors, including two potential hotels, are eyeing the city. A proposed 8.43-acre redevelopment of defunct El Camino Real car dealerships by Stanford University and developer John Arrillaga and the seven-acre Greenheart LLC mixed-use develtion deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia. But Rosalie Whitlock, CHC executive director, said the organization hired brokers to find a new space. The closest potential locations were in Redwood City and Milpitas, she said. Bargain Box is currently paying $2.21 per square foot or $5,746 per month to rent 2,600 square feet. In the California Avenue business district, leases on average go for $3.50 to $4.50 per square foot, depending on the location, said Thomas Fehrenbach, City of Palo Alto economic develop-

Joyce Imprescia, right, former manager of the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, and Holly Bohin, current assistant manager, stand in the Menlo Park store on June 16. It sells furniture, glassware, jewelry, clothing, prints and all kinds of household items. opment proposal at El Camino Real and Oak Grove Avenue could affect the look, land usage and affordability of the downtown district. A grassroots November ballot initiative will attempt to limit that impact. Retail lease rates “have definitely gone up. The retail market is pretty hot,� said Jim Cogan, City of Menlo Park economic development manager. Currently, downtown Menlo Park’s rates generally run $4.50 to $5 per square foot, triple net, he said. Managers and corporate spokespersons for the three stores declined to say if their current leases are at below-market rates. But managers said they felt comfortable with their situations and the support they receive from the parent organizations. Goodwill enters into long-term leases in locations where people have an affinity for Goodwill, said Tim Murray, vice president of brand marketing and communications for Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties. “We hope to stay where we are and continue to improve the store experience over the next couple of years,� he said. The stores are lucrative, managers said. The Shop takes in $200,000 per year on average. The Discovery Shop grossed more than $600,000 last fiscal year — a 67 percent increase from the year before — following updates to the store, former manager Joyce Imprescia said. Assistant Manager Holly Bohin said the store has three special events per year. It recently held a two-day jewelry event featuring 700 pieces of costume, fine and vintage jewelry. Sometimes the events center around designer clothing and accessories, she said. Having a variety of resale stores on the same street has made Menlo Park a destination for thrift buyers, Imprescia said.

ment manager. That rate is “triple net� per month, meaning costs for things such as taxes, utilities, parking, garbage and maintenance district fees, are charged extra by the landlord, he said. That can add on average a dollar per square foot to the cost, he said. Although less pricey than University Avenue — those leases run $5 to $6 per square foot, triple net, and landlords demand more for premier locations — the California Avenue retail district also has few available properties, Fehrenbach said. Whitlock said CHC looked for spaces in the immediate area, locations with sufficient walk-by traffic.

Each store has found its own niche, with the Discovery Shop focusing on furnishings, home accessories, jewelry and clothes, and Goodwill mainly carrying clothing and shoes along with a smattering of other items, including prints, paintings and glassware. The Shop carries a range of items, from clothing to china and jewelry. The approaches to staffing also vary. Until 20 years ago, The Shop used to require active Junior League members to volunteer. Now all staff members are paid, manager Robbie Mellows said. Goodwill, which has been in Menlo Park since 1996, also pays employees and offers job training and job-placement services for people with high barriers to employment, including single mothers and persons in recovery from substance abuse. Last year, 600 people who did not have resumes or work histories got jobs through the San Francisco area chapter, Murray said. Bohin said the Discovery Shop has two paid staff members, but it is a volunteer organization. “We need more volunteers. It is hard to find people who are willing to commit the time or who fit the store’s needs,� she said. Unlike other places, the store does not require volunteers to commit a minimum number of hours, she added. Like Bargain Box, the stores have become a social venue for regulars and volunteers. And sometimes, they offer a little therapy for both, said Goodwill store manager Johanna Ayala. At the Discovery Shop, “almost everyone has been affected by cancer,� Imprescia said, and that is one reason they come to the shop. People donate to and purchase from the store to support cancer research. Many who work there know someone who has had cancer, or they have survived it themselves, she said. N

But they couldn’t find a space both affordable and large enough. “We faced disappointment after disappointment. It was very, very painful. The Bargain Box has always been our presence in this community,� she said. Charlene Chanteloup, chairwoman and board director of the Children’s Health Council Auxiliary, said she hopes Bargain Box volunteers will help with one of the other fundraising projects the auxiliary is developing. “It’s my hope that those wonderful ladies will want to pick up where they left off and take up with some of these other fund-

raisers,â€? she said. She cited the Birthday Club, an ongoing fundraising project that enrolls loved ones in a club to receive a special birthday or anniversary greeting for a small donation, and RocktoberFest, a food, wine, beer and music event, she said. In the last year, two other projects have begun that the auxiliary hopes will soften the loss of Bargain Box revenue: a designer-clothes gallery of wearable and home-accent items made from designer fabrics, which are sold at Allied Arts in Menlo Park, and the Esther B. Clark Gar­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂ˜iĂ?ĂŒĂŠÂŤ>}iÂŽ



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home’s square footage is a number easily misrepresented, especially when determining ever-ambiguous “liveable space.� Measurements can be taken in numerous ways, and what to include in those measurements — garages, basements or porches — is often unclear. “It’s actually a bit of a problem,� said Michael Dreyfus, CEO and broker at Dreyfus Sotheby’s International Realty in Palo Alto, of these numerous subtleties. Robert Bustamante, director of compliance and support at MLSListings Inc., has noticed the issue on a local level, recalling a few cases in Palo Alto where an agent misrepresented a home’s square footage online. But misrepresentation is a tricky thing, Dreyfus explained. Issues of what to include and how to measure are magnified by nuances in law and ethics, complicating the distinctions between intended accuracy and purposefully opaque data. “There are customs ... that vary from community to community,� Dreyfus said. “There’s no universal way of arriving at that number.� Bringing in a professional home appraiser might seem like a sure-fire way to get an accurate measurement. But some appraisers, for example, will wrap a measuring tape around the outside of a house to garner its square footage. Others will measure room by room, and still others will come in with high-tech processes like lasers to produce a magic number. And what to include in that number is a blurry concept. Some sellers or agents may want to include a home’s basement, for example, especially if it’s heated, has windows or has been turned into a home theater. Dreyfus said that basements are real space that often cost sellers real money. And a seller who put money into the home, whatever room, wants to see a return on investment. Of course, sellers may often want to include spaces that other parties may not find relevant or valuable. “There’s a habit amongst new home builders to include all square footage,� Dreyfus said. “Some get as aggressive as including covered porches.� He added that there is no California law that regulates how a home’s square footage must be calculated. There are only rules within the real-estate community that can supply a sense of direction. The National Association of Realtors (NAR), for example, has a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice that guides its members. But homebuyers should remember that not all real-estate agents belong to NAR, and are thus not all Realtors. Additionally, since home appraisers, property managers and real-estate counselors can be members of NAR, not all Realtors are real-estate agents. Article 12 of the Code states, “Realtors shall be honest and truthful in their real-estate communications and shall present a true picture in

their advertising, marketing, and other representations.� Violating any part of the Code could mean expulsion from the organization or fines. Another such regulated place is MLSListings. Multiple listing services are datasharing companies that evolved over the years from paper records into online databases. Its clients do not have to be members of NAR to join, according to Jim Harrison, president and CEO of MLSListings, though all of the site’s users must comply with guidelines that borrow from NAR’s own regulations. According to Harrison, MLSListings also strives to clarify the concept of “livable space� for its users. “If you put furniture in it, it’s livable space,� said Harrison, noting that common sense and a required training process can help clarify the term for Realtors and real-estate agents who post on the site. On the company’s website, the expectation is that agents will blow the whistle on each other if they notice questionable numbers pertaining to square footage or any other data. “It’s a self-policing, self-regulating community,� Bustamante said. But, he added, “We’re not property inspectors.� According to Bustamante, the company will fill in a listing’s square footage with information gathered from tax records. But this number can and should be changed if the poster has a more up-to-date number. “The agent has the obligation to correct it,� he said, explaining that an agent must also attribute the information’s source, which could be the agent himself, the seller or an appraiser.

“We like to use existing plans if available,â€? Dreyfus said by email of himself and his associates. “If not (available), we will use the County Assessor number unless we have a reason to doubt that number. Then, we may hire someone to measure the property.â€? Beyond the stand-alone number for square footage, MLSListings supplies fill-in boxes for other measurements, like the garage’s square footage. But trouble abounds when agents disregard these distinctions, either intentionally or not. Bustamante said that agents are generally given 48 hours to amend a posting if its accuracy has been called into question. An accused agent may also be subject to a hearing, in which a panel would look at established patterns of behavior. “There’s an entire process that allows you to discover intent,â€? Bustamante said. If an agent doesn’t adjust material deemed incorrect, fines ensue, varying by offense from $100 to $2,500 for the first lapse. The maximum amount an agent may be fined is $15,000 in total for a single violation. MLSListings also employs a support team to help its users clean up their data if needed. And if an inaccurate listing isn’t updated by its poster, the company will change it. Despite the fact that companies like MLSListings don’t enforce California law, Dreyfus said that “deliberate misrepresentation is a lawsuit. ... It’s dead wrong and dead actionable.â€? Misrepresentation is fraud, but it takes a jury to determine whether it’s of material value that ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠĂŽÂŁ)


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information, such as square footage, should have been listed as X as opposed to Y. A jury would also determine if an agent knowingly misrepresented such information. Bustamante said that one Palo Alto property with misrepresented square footage was a simple case â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the agent needed only to elaborate that the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s square footage included a garage. Another Palo Alto case was not so easy. Bustamante labeled it a â&#x20AC;&#x153;ships in the night scenario.â&#x20AC;? By the time the company had notified the agent that he or she had posted inaccurate information, the home was already sold. But, as Harrison said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just because (a property) is sold, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too late to fixâ&#x20AC;? the information. In this case, MLSListings notifies all parties involved. Next, the company â&#x20AC;&#x153;unilaterally (corrects) all these to be materially correct,â&#x20AC;? according to Bustamante, meaning it will update its own records so that the square footage of the home is accurate the next time it is sold. MLSListingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; records also feed into and update other public

sources, such as, Zillow and Trulia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This thing thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new,â&#x20AC;? Bustamante said of these recent cases. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the value (of misrepresentation).â&#x20AC;? Dreyfus, too, deemed the method bad practice. But according to Harrison, misrepresentation in real estate doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen often. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Very rarely does anyone go in and put in a ficticious square-footage number,â&#x20AC;? he said. Dreyfus added that in many cases, the difference between 1,800 square feet and 2,200 square feet may not even be noticeable. But due to the lack of a standardized measuring system, factors like a homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s location and amenities may be better gauges of desirability. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be wary of buying at price per square foot,â&#x20AC;? Dreyfus cautions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of gray in there.â&#x20AC;? N Editorial Intern Lena Pressesky can be emailed at


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


Los Altos

2336 Palo Verde Ave. S. & T. Armstrong to C. & E. Robinson for $525,000 on 5/20/14; previous sale 12/12, $330,000 2150 Pulgas Ave. C. Pang to J. Do for $475,000 on 5/19/14; previous sale 7/00, $335,000 2330 University Ave. #290 J. Wong to Jones Trust for $457,500 on 5/21/14

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Menlo Park 932 Peggy Lane Palumbo Trust to R. & J. Overby for $1,310,000 on 5/20/14 1100 San Mateo Drive Blunden Trust to Johnston Trust for $2,800,000 on 5/19/14; previous sale 10/96, $150,000

Mountain View 1031 Crestview Drive #101 Townsend Real Estate &

Total sales reported: 3 Lowest sales price: $465,000 Highest sales price: $750,000

Palo Alto

Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $2,150,000 Highest sales price: $2,200,000

East Palo Alto

12241 Stonebrook Drive D. Lenehan to Y. Zhou for $5,200,000 on 5/30/14

Mountain View

Total sales reported: 3 Lowest sales price: $457,500 Highest sales price: $525,000

379 Stockbridge Ave. Abbott Trust to Hegyi Trust for $5,150,000 on 5/21/14; previous sale 12/04, $2,100,000

Los Altos

Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $1,310,000 Highest sales price: $2,800,000

East Palo Alto


672 Orange Ave. C. & S. Ferguson to Stevens Creek Limited for $2,200,000 on 6/3/14; previous sale 7/88, $499,000 580 Rosita Ave. W. Kammerer to H. Jia for $2,150,000 on 6/2/14

Menlo Park

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

Total sales reported: 6 Lowest sales price: $560,000 Highest sales price: $2,850,000

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Redwood City

Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $5,200,000 Highest sales price: $5,200,000

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Mortgage to C. & H. Desai for $465,000 on 6/3/14; previous sale 7/90, $115,500 1031 Crestview Drive #116 S. Kumar to B. Nguyen for $638,000 on 5/30/14; previous sale 6/11, $365,000 457 Sierra Vista Ave. #1 J. Mayer to X. Yuan for $750,000 on 6/4/14; previous sale 12/05, $538,000

Palo Alto 118 E. Charleston Road Jorgensen Trust to T. & A. Hauth for $1,840,000 on 5/30/14 3192 Fallen Leaf St. S. Somayajula to D. Goldie for $2,157,000 on 5/30/14; previous sale 7/09, $1,143,000 3895 Middlefield Road J. & Y. Kim to AACRV Corporation for $2,680,000 on 6/3/14 3775 Nathan Way Wei Trust to J.

Kuo for $1,900,000 on 5/30/14; previous sale 3/08, $1,330,000 459 Ruthven Ave. Kramer Trust to Gassee Trust for $2,850,000 on 5/29/14 2466 W. Bayshore Road #9 T. & L. Robertson to C. Tse for $560,000 on 5/30/14; previous sale 7/08, $445,000

Redwood City 2408 Carolina Ave. G. & J. Geranios to M. & A. Moore for $1,118,000 on 5/16/14; previous sale 7/03, $679,000 510 Cleveland St. C. & C. Olson to P. Liu for $795,000 on 5/21/14; previous sale 6/07, $730,000 1570 Hudson St. Raffin Trust to M. & M. Kim for $689,000 on 5/20/14 1015 Iris St. K. Freeman to S. Hale for $1,100,000 on 5/20/14; previous sale 4/10, $753,000



2010 Nassau Drive Gann Trust to Turchet Trust for $1,150,000 on 5/20/14; previous sale 6/08, $942,500 141 Nimitz Ave. S. Alfadel to Burgdorf Trust for $920,000 on 5/16/14 503 Roosevelt Ave. M. & M. Cohen to E. & J. Farrand for $520,000 on 5/16/14; previous sale 6/08, $475,000

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ocated in sought-after Crescent Park, this classic Spanish Colonial Revival home combines the aesthetics of an earlier era with accomplished modern luxury. Extensively remodeled in 2011, the original fine craftsmanship, designed by renowned architects Frederick

Confer and Morgan Stedman, and appeal have been respectfully preserved. Lush, manicured, wrap-around yard with stately palm trees and redwoods in a private setting; landscape design by Leslie Kiler. This home offers approx. 5000 sq. ft of living space that sets on a 15,107 sq ft lot.

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675 Sharon Park Dr #215 Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$2,799,000 394-7271

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$2,695,000 325-6161

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59 Nora Wy Sat/Sun

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105 Reservoir Rd Sun Coldwell Banker

$5,598,000 323-7751

6+ Bedrooms 297 Polhemus Av $9,950,000 Sun Dreyfus Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Realty 644-3474 303 Atherton Av $7,300,000 Sat/Sun 1-4:30 Coldwell Banker 324-4456 498 Walsh Rd $4,998,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111

BELMONT 6+ Bedrooms 830 Covington Rd $1,998,000 Sat/Sun 2-4 RE/MAX Star Properties 802-5800


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1274 Magnolia Av Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

2016 Liberty Park Av Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

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565 Everett Av $3,850,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 Keller Williams Palo Alto 454-8500

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3236 Ross Rd $2,078,000 Sat/Sun 1-5 Alain Pinel, Realtors 323-1111

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904 Bryant St $2,695,000 Sat/Sun Keller Williams Palo Alto 454-8500

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756 Rosewood Dr $2,598,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 323-1111

$1,695,000 323-7751

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$2,598,000 323-7751

72 Politzer Dr $2,998,000 Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111

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$649,000 323-1900

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$4,950,000 325-6161


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$1,399,000 324-4456

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$4,788,000 206-6200

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$2,450,000 851-2666

5922 Alpine Rd Sun 2-4 Coldwell Banker

$6,400,000 851-1961

99 Stonegate Rd Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

$4,250,000 543-8500

$988,000 543-8500

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$1,125,000 394-7271

13956 Skyline Bl $1,250,000 Sun 2-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 529-1111

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5 Bedrooms $857,000 851-2666

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3 Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms


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$2,795,000 323-1900

$408,000 324-4456 $377,000 325-6161

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880 Catkin Ct Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 5707 Makati Ci #C Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

1511 Yukon Dr Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$799,000 314-7226

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813 Sutter Av Sat/Sun Keller Williams

5 Bedrooms

3 Bedrooms

4125 Thain Wy Sat/Sun 1-4:30

135 Puesta Del Sol Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

$599,000 325-6161

$949,000 323-7751



$3,988,000 520-3407

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281 Dartmouth Av $1,380,000 Sun 2-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111 27 Madera Ave $2,149,000 Sun Coldwell Banker 323-7751

136 Kingsley Av $3,980,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 323-1111


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5 Bedrooms 12861 Alta Tierra Rd Sat 2-5 Intero-Woodside

$2,995,000 324-4456


4 Bedrooms 12390 Hilltop Dr Sun 2-5 Intero-Woodside

$2,615,000 314-7226

5 Bedrooms

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Woodside Sat/Sun 1 - 4 $3,998,000 747 Southview Wy Stunning modern estate w/ bay & mountain views! Private & quiet 1 acre hilltop setting! 5 BR/5.5 BA

Portola Valley Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $3,395,000 50 Valencia Ct Located in coveted Central PV neighborhood. Updated home,classic mid-century modern appeal 4 BR/3 BA

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Palo Alto Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $2,695,000 721 Webster ±2020sf Stunning new construction in prime Downtown PA. High-end finishes throughout. 3 BR/2.5 BA 650.325.6161

Redwood City Sun 2 - 5:30 $2,498,000 1026 Lakeview Wy Emerald Lake Home! Over 4400+- sf of space, lg custom grmt kitchen & wine cellar. Co-listed w/Nino Gaetano. 4 BR/4 BA Sean Foley CalBRE # 00870112 650.851.2666

Palo Alto Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $2,400,000 2353 Webster St Designed & blt by renowned Stedman & Stedman. Spacious kitchen w/blt-in desk, 2 car garage 3 BR/2 BA

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San Mateo Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $895,000 4212 Alameda de las Pulgas New listing! Sunny remodeled gem on lrg lot! New kit, bath, wiring, granite, tile. Big deck, 2-car gar. 3 BR/1 BA Sarah Elder & Jerry Stout CalBRE # 00647474/00644572 650.324.4456

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Palo Alto Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30 $799,000 111 Greenmeadow Way Palo Alto schools! Light-filled, one-level mid-century modern. Garden views! 2 BR/2 BA Kacy Buchin & Ann Buchin CalBRE # 01884645 & 00676224 650.325.6161

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Public Notices 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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 County Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara

County on June 10, 2014. (PAW June 13, 20, 27, July 4, 2014) GREATDAY RECORDS GREATDAY MEDIA GREATDAY PUBLISHING GREATDAY TUNES GREATDAY MUSIC GREATDAY SONGS GREATDAY HITS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 592822 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: 1.) GreatDay Records, 2.) GreatDay Media, 3.) GreatDay Publishing, 4.) GreatDay Tunes, 5.) GreatDay Music, 6.) GreatDay Songs, 7.) GreatDay Hits, located at 555 Bryant St. #873, 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): GREATDAY RECORDS LLC 555 Bryant St. #873 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 June 5, 2014. (PAW June 20, 27, July 4, 11, 2014) MY EVENT DESIGNER FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 592343 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: My Event Designer, located at 417 Poppy Place, Mountain View, CA 94043, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): VR VENTURES, INC. 2248 Meridian Blvd., Suite H Minden, NV 89423 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 07/13/2007. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on May 23, 2014. (PAW June 20, 27, July 4, 11, 2014)

997 All Other Legals 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) NOTICE OF INTENT TO SELL REAL PROPERTY SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA In the Matter of the Estate of NEAL WILCOMER, aka NEAL SPENCER WILCOMER, aka NEAL S. WILCOMER, Decedent. Case No. 1-13-PR 173489 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on July 10, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., the undersigned, as Administrator of the 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.

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 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 TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE (Notice pursuant to UCC Sec. 6105) NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a bulk sale is about to be made. The name(s), business address(es) of the Seller(s), are: PRECISION AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE, INC., a California Corporation Doing Business as: Precision Automotive Service, Inc. All other business name(s) and address(es) used by the Seller(s) within the past three years, as stated by the Seller(s), is/are: NONE. The location in California of the Chief Executive Officer of the Seller(s) is: 439 Lambert Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306. The name(s) and businesses address of the Buyer(s) is/are: Matityahu Performance Motors, LLC. The assets being sold are generally described as: Miscellaneous equipment and are located at: 439 Lambert Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306. The bulk sale is intended to be consummated at the office of: Brian W. Newcomb, Attorney at Law, 770 Menlo Avenue, Suite 101, Menlo Park, CA 94025, Tel: 650-322-7780 and the anticipated sale date is June 30, 2014 The bulk sale is subject to California Uniform Commercial Code Section 6106.2 The name and address of the person with whom claims may be filed is: Brian W. Newcomb, Attorney at Law, 770 Menlo Avenue, Suite 101, Menlo Park, CA 94025 and the last date for filing claims by any creditor shall be June 29, 2014, which is the business day before the sale date specified above. Dated: June 12, 2014 Buyer(s) Matityahu Performance Motors, LLC by his attorney Brian W. Newcomb /s/ Brian W. Newcomb 6/20/14 CNS-2634970# PALO ALTO WEEKLY

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 OF TRUSTEEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SALE Trustee Sale No. 127704-1 Loan No. 02-809930 Title Order No. 154055905 APN 153-14-010 TRA No. YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 10/30/2002. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 07/15/2014 at 10:00 AM, MORTGAGE LENDER SERVICES, INC. as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded on 11/14/2002 as Document No. 16613369 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Santa Clara County, California, executed by: SANDY MCTAVISH BUILDING, as Trustor, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, a cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). At the

Date: 6/10/14 ___________________ DONALD R. MOODY Public Administrator of the County of Santa Clara Petitioner ORRY P. KORB, County Counsel MARK A. GONZALEZ, Lead Deputy County Counsel /s/ ______________________ Attorneys for Petitioner EXHIBIT A The land referred to is situated in the County of Santa Clara, City of Palo Alto, State of California, and is described as follows:

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you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 916-939-0772 or visit this Internet Web site, using the file number assigned to this case 127704-1. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Date: June 11, 2014 MORTGAGE LENDER SERVICES, INC. 81 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 100 Folsom, CA 95630 (916) 962-3453 Sale Information Line: (916) 939-0772 or www.nationwideposting. com Marsha Townsend, Chief Financial Officer MORTGAGE LENDER SERVICES, INC. MAY BE A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.NPP0232124 To: PALO ALTO WEEKLY PUB: 06/20/2014, 06/27/2014, 07/04/2014

gated North Market Street entrance to the Superior Courthouse at 190 N. Market Street, San Jose, CA., all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County, California describing the land therein: Lot 13 and 14, as shown on that certain Map entitled Tract No. 2736 Mountain View Industrial Park, which Map was filed for record in the office of the Recorder of the County of Santa Clara, State of California on July 20, 1961, in Book 135 of Maps page(s) 32 and 33. The property heretofore described is being sold â&#x20AC;&#x153;as isâ&#x20AC;?. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1269, 1271, 1273, 1277, 1279, 1287 AND 1291 TERRA BELLA AVE, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA 94043 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to-wit: $1,538,683.98 (Estimated) Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. The Beneficiary may elect to bid less than the full credit bid. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle

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Carter will run the Diamond League meet in Monaco on July 18, but the rest of her schedule is undecided. This will be the first full season on the European circuit for the 2013 NCAA 400 hurdles champion and collegiate recordholder. Her 54.94 run in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 3 is No. 6 in the world this year. Stanford is coming off a num-

t has been quite a season for the Stanford womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water polo team, and the Cardinal has been rewarded accordingly for its successful efforts. Representing the cherry on the icing, Stanford swept the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches postseason awards this week with senior two-meter Annika Dries being named Player of the Year and head coach John Tanner claiming the Coach of the Year award. Dries was also among seven Stanford players to earn AllAmerica honors. Dries and drivers Kiley Neushul and Maggie Steffens all were named to the first team. Senior driver Kaley Dodson earned a third-team nod while goalie Gabby Stone, two-meter Ashley Grossman and driver Jamie Neushul were named honorable mention. Both Dodson and Dries earned their fourth straight All-America nods, Kiley Neushul her third, and Grossman and Steffens their second apiece. It also marks the fourth straight year that a member of the Cardinal has claimed the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national player of the year honor, as Dries had previously captured the award in 2011, and was followed by Kiley Neushul (2012) and Melissa Seidemann (2013). The coach of the year honor is also the third in four years for Tanner, who previously took home the award in 2011 and 2012. Tanner guided the Cardinal to a 25-1 record in 2014 as well as the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth NCAA title and third in four years, and first MPSF Championship crown since 2006. Under his watch Stanford ended the campaign on a 16-game winning streak. The player of the year honor caps an outstanding 2014 season for Dries, as she also captured her second-career Peter J. Cutino Award in late May. Dries finished the year with 48 goals, third-best on the team, and posted eight hat tricks among her 12 multi-goal games. She also doubled as one of the top defenders in the country, providing shutdown defense at the two-meter spot for a Cardinal unit that allowed just 5.81 goals per game. Dries was at her best in the final weekend, scoring eight goals and playing stellar defense as Stanford won the NCAA title. Dries was named the tournament Most Valuable Player for



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DIAMOND NOTES . . . The Palo Alto Oaks made it three weekend sweeps in a row as they won a Western Baseball Association semipro baseball game over the El Cerrito Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and then took a nonleague game from the San Jose Spartans on Sunday at Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Baylands Athletic Center. At a cool and comfortable Sarge Casey Field in Palo Alto, the Oaks took the first game from the Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 12-0, before downing the Spartans, 11-1. Palo Alto manager Greg Matson utilized his pitching depth by giving Occidental Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Will Nahmens his first start of the season. Nahmens, a Sacred Heart Prep grad, delivered with a two-hit shutout in the opening game that went just five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. He struck out five and allowed only one walk. The Oaks were just too much for the Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as they scored three runs in the first, three more in the second and, with the finishing blow, six in the fourth inning while Nahmens held the opponents scoreless. Sheldon Dadquioag and Matt Kuhl were major offensive contributors for the Oaks, each with multiple hits and RBI. Game 2 was a nonleague contest versus the San Jose Spartans, a Palomino League team with players ranging in age from 18-20 years old. The game was well-played, with the Spartans exhibiting a high level of skill on the field but ultimately the age, experience and ability of the Oaks made the game somewhat of a mismatch. Matson again dipped into his pitching depth, this time selecting fellow former Gunn grad Ricky Navarro for his first start. Navarro did not disappoint as he put all zeroes on the scoreboard and claimed the win with his three innings of work. C.J. Hillyer took over for Navarro in the fourth, allowing the only walk in the game. That ultimately turned into an unearned run after a stolen base and a throwing error by the Oaks in the fifth inning. Jacob Naval pitched the final inning of the scheduled seven-inning contest while completing the combined no-hitter. The Oaks scored early and often with Graham Fisher, Kuhl and Menlo-Atherton High grad Tyler Finley making major, multi-hit contributions to the Oaksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offense. The Oaks will be back in action this Sunday at Baylands for another semipro doubleheader at 11:30 a.m. . . . Menlo-Atherton High grad Dylan Cook had a homer and double to pace the Menlo Park Legends to a 5-1 victory over visiting Neptune Beach Pearl in a California Collegiate League semipro baseball game on Wednesday at Palo Alto High. Brandon Coborn and Wesley Leow also doubled for Menlo Park, which improved to 3-5 in league and 4-10 overall. Cook drove in three runs to support a solid pitching effort by starter Devin Smith, who had eight strikeouts. Cole Loncar and Leow also contributed two hits.


by Dave Kiefer


he collegiate track and field season is over, but the season is not done for many Stanford athletes, and the summer will provide some supreme tests for current and former Cardinal alike. With the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the rear view mirror, the focus turns to next weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s USATF Championships in Sacramento. Stanford athletes who have achieved the qualifying standards for the meet include Joe Rosa (menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5,000), Brianna Bain (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s javelin), Aisling Cuffe (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5,000), Valarie Allman (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discus) Megan Glasmann (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s javelin), Claudia Saunders (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 800), and Amy Weissenbach (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 800). Bain, Weissenbach and Rosa, however, have scratched along

Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Claudia Saunders (left) was second and teammate Amy Weissenbach sixth in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 800 final. with Stanford grad Garrett Heath in the 5,000. Cardinal graduate Kori Carter also will run in Sacramento. She got a chance to return to her first love, the 100 hurdles, at the Jim Bush Southern California Championships at UCLA on June 7 and won with a time of 13.32. She was second in her primary event, the 400 hurdles, at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, running 55.22 on May 31.

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ber of solid efforts at the NCAA Championships, where Cuffe finished second in the 5,000 and Saunders earned silver in the 800. Cuffe ran 15:37.74 and held the lead for most of the last two miles before being passed by Texas senior Marielle Hall with just over a lap to go. Cuffe stayed within two strides of Hall until the Texas runner began widening the lead over the final half-lap. Hall won in 15:35.11. Cuffe matched her runner-up finish from the 2014 NCAA indoor championships, though she finished behind Dartmouth senior Abbey Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Agostino in that one. However, this marked Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest outdoor finish in this event since Sara Bei was second in 2005. Cardinal teammate Jessica Tonn, a redshirt junior, was 13th in the same race (16:19.13) to earn her highest national finish. Earlier in the meet, Saunders finished second in the 800 in 2:02.92, earning the highest-ever finish by a Stanford woman in that event. Weissenbach was sixth in 2:04.16, completing the Cardinalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strong representation in the event. Saundersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; performance is even more remarkable considering that her main event in high school was the 100 hurdles. But her versatility was evident in that she won Ohio state titles in the hurdles and in cross country. For college, she decided to focus on the 800, though she had never trained for the event, and she has dropped 16 seconds in the two years since. A race earlier, Stanford math and computational science major

Luke Lefebure ran a personal-record 1:47.64 to place sixth in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final. Lefebure earned Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest Stanford menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 800 finish since Olympian Michael Stember was fourth in 2001. Lefebure also crushed his previous best of 1:48.46, set in the semifinals, and broke into Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-time top10 list at No. 5. Three Stanford runners were crowned first-team outdoor AllAmericans for the first time: Saunders, Lefebure, and Joe Rosa, who was seventh in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5,000 in a personal best 13:31.69. Also for the men, Michael Atchoo placed eighth in the 1,500 in a season-best 3:40.66 to earn first-team All-America honors by 0.09 of a second, and Darian Brooks was 21st in the triple jump with a top jump of 51-0 3/4. Stanford placed 11th in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team competition, scoring 19 points, and was 32nd in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, with nine. The Cardinal women placed among the top 15 for the 13th time in 14 years, including the past five. In all, seven Stanford competitors earned first-team All-America honors by placing among the top eight â&#x20AC;&#x201D;four men and three women. The Cardinal earned three second-team honors (places 9-16) and four honorable mention (17-24). Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance at the NCAA meet helped the Cardinal be rated among the elite overall programs in the nation as determined by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Taking into account NCAA team finishes in cross country, and indoor and outdoor track and field, the Stanford women ranked second in the Program of the Year Award standings and the men seventh.

Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Michael Atchoo (center) ran a season best of 3:40.66 while finishing eighth to earn first-team All-American honors in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1,500 meters at the NCAA Championships. Stanford was one of four schools to rank among the top 10 for men and women. With the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s places averaged together, Stanford ranked No. 3 among combined programs. The Stanford women placed seventh in indoor track, and 11th in both cross country and outdoor track. The Stanford men were 12th in indoor track, 19th in cross country, and 32nd in menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track. *** At the Portland (Ore.) Track Festival on Sunday night, Stanford freshmen Jack Keelan and Tom Coyle finished one-two in the third section of the 1,500. Keelanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3:47.70 was a personal record, nearly two seconds faster than his previous best of 3:49.51 from the Stanford Invitational. Coyle ran 3:48.89 and each already has met IAAF qualifying standards for the World Junior Championship in Eugene, Ore., on July 22-27. However, they still must negotiate a top-two finish at the USATF Junior Championships on July 5-6, also in Eugene. *** Sophomore quartermiler Steven Solomon, who sat out the NCAA

West Prelims with a strained hamstring, is back training and on pace to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games July 23-Aug. 3 in Glasgow, Scotland. Solomon, a 2012 Olympic 400 finalist, officially was named to the Australian team on June 5. *** Half-miler Justine Fedronic, who graduated Sunday with a degree in earth systems and completed her eligibility during the indoor season, will have a busy summer in Europe. Fedronic runs internationally for France and will be hoping for inclusion in the European Championships, which take place in Zurich, Switzerland on Aug. 1217. Fedronic has a season 800 best of 2:01.50 set in winning the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; race of the Prefontaine Classic, and therefore has met the European qualifying standard of 2:03.00. She plans to compete in the European Team Championships June 21-22, in Braunschweig, Germany, and the French national championships June 28-29, in Albi. Fedronic also is expected to run in IAAF Diamond League

meets in Paris on July 5, and Monaco on July 18. *** Several incoming freshmen shined at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals last weekend in Greensboro, N.C. The top finishers among them were Olivia Baker (second, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 800, 2:06.01), Claire Howlett (third, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5,000, 16:46.74), Lena Giger (fourth, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hammer, 175-0), and Karina Shepard (fourth, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 800, 2:07.16). *** Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Allman was named Pac-12 Newcomer/Freshman of the Year for womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track and field, the conference announced this week. Allman placed second at the Pac-12 Championships and went on to qualify for the NCAA Championships after placing second at the NCAA West Prelims. In her first collegiate meet, Allman threw 187-7 to shatter a Stanford freshman record that stood for 28 years, and jump to No. 3 on Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-time list. N â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dave Kiefer is a member of the Stanford Sports Information Department.




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A chance to test USAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best Top local athletes get a chance to go against Olympians by Keith Peters ecent high school graduates Andrew Liang from Palo Alto and Ally Howe from Sacred Heart Prep were among the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best in their respective events this past season. This week, however, the competition goes up a notch for both. Liang and Howe could go up against Olympic gold medalists and world recordholders Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin, respectively, at the Arena Grand Prix of Santa Clara. Phelps and Franklin will highlight a star-studded field for the final stop of USA Swimmingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013-14 Arena Grand Prix Series. The four-day meet began Thursday and runs through Sunday at the George F. Haines International Swim Center. In addition to Franklin, who recently wrapped up her freshman season at Cal, a number of Bay Area standouts also are expected to compete. The lineup of Cal Olympians expected to swim in Santa Clara includes: Nathan Adrian, Rachel Bootsma, Natalie Coughlin, Anthony Ervin and Caitlin Leverenz. Former and current Stanford swimmers expected to compete include the likes of 2013 FINA World Championships team members Eugene Godsoe and BJ Johnson. Cardinal grad Maya DiRado, who is the top seed in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 200 fly (2:08.28) and No. 2 in the 200 IM (2:12.26) and 400 IM (4:32.70), reportedly will miss the meet due to illness. Recent Stanford grad Felicia Lee, meanwhile, is the top seed in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100 fly at 58.82. Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s David Nolan and Tom Kremer will help represent the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team. Along with Liang, Howe and St. Francis grad Curtis Ogren, fellow Stanford freshman Simone Manuel will help provide a look to the future of Stanford swimming. Manuel has a stunning amount of top-end speed. Last August at the FINA World Championships, Manuel became the first 18-andunder in American history to break the 25-second barrier in the 50-meter freestyle. She went 24.93 in the prelims followed by a lifetime best of 24.80 that got her third in the finals. Manuel is also world class in the 100-meter free with a stunning time of 53.86 at the 2013 U.S. Nationals. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the American recordholder in the 100-yard free in 46.75, set on a relay lead-off leg in March.


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Recent Sacred Heart Prep grad Ally Howe is hoping to face Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin in the backstrokes.

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Recent Palo Alto High grad Andrew Liang could face world recordholder Michael Phelps in the 100 fly prelims. Heading into Santa Clara, Manuel ranks No. 1 in the U.S. this year in the 100-meter free (54.38) and No. 20 in the world. In the 50-meter free, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ranked No. 5 in the U.S. and No. 31 in the world. On Friday, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go against Franklin in the 100 free. Franklin, the USA gold-medal darling of the London Olympics, is entered in six events this weekend. Other U.S. standouts slated to swim in Santa Clara include Olympic medalists Matt Grevers, Tyler Clary, Elizabeth Beisel, Conor Dwyer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he tops the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Arena Grand Prix Series standings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Matt McLean and Allison Schmitt. In total, more than 60 members of the USA Swimming National Team currently are slated to compete.

Current Cal standout Rachael Acker from Gunn High also will be busy this week in a number of events. One of the top races of the weekend will be Sunday when the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100 back is held. Franklin headlines the field as the American recordholder and defending Olympic champion. The field also includes Cal teammates Elizabeth Pelton (NCAA champion) and Bootsma ((NCAA champ, American recordholder in 50-meter backstroke) plus Howe, who broke Franklinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national independent school high school record in the 100-yard back this season. Competition Friday through Sunday features prelims starting at 9 a.m., followed by finals at 5 p.m. N

ment,â&#x20AC;? U.S. coach Adam Krikorian said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never been easy, ­VÂ&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x2022;i`Ă&#x160;vĂ&#x20AC;Â&#x153;Â&#x201C;Ă&#x160;ÂŤ>}iĂ&#x160;xÂ&#x2122;ÂŽ each one of our opponents, no matter of the score, is a great chalher efforts, just as she was at the lenge for us.â&#x20AC;? MPSF Championship two weeks The Italians opened a threeprior in helping lead Stanford to goal advantage midway through the MPSF tournament title. the second period. The U.S. reKiley Neushul and Steffens sponded with seven unanswered produced much of the offensive goals to take control of the confirepower. They shared the team test. lead, each with 51 goals. The pair â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the first quarter we played combined for 14 hat tricks, eight as bad as weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played,â&#x20AC;? Krikorifrom Neushul and six from Stef- an said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In fact, Italy is a strange fens, to power an offense that av- team, a unique team for us. For eraged 13.31 goals per game. a lot of our younger players it Each player earned meant a new experience. her second first-team But we got better as the nod, for Steffens it being game went on.â&#x20AC;? her second consecutive The Americans came and, for Neushul, hers up empty on their first sandwiched a secondfour man-up advantages team selection in 2013. and finished 3-for-9 in Dodson was named to those situations. Italy this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third team afmissed a penalty shot ter two previous honorand lost one of its top able mentions (2011 and players, Valeria Palm2013) and a first-team Annika Dries ieri, for elbowing. selection in 2012. The U.S. played withShe scored 24 goals this season, out veteran Kami Craig for most including two in Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9-5 of the match. She left early with a NCAA title-winning victory over laceration on her hand. UCLA on May 11. On the other â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our youth showed in the beside of the pool she was one of the ginning but we settled down and Cardinalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top perimeter defend- played much better,â&#x20AC;? Krikorian ers, as well. said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Losing Kami early in the Stone, in her first season as the game was unfortunate but I was Cardinalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No. 1 goalie, proved very pleased to see how we hanmore than equal to the task, mak- dled the adversity.â&#x20AC;? ing 147 saves (7.64 per game) Dries and Rachel Fattal each with a goals-against average of added two goals for the Amerijust 5.91. cans, who took an 8-4 Over 24 games, Stone lead into the final quarallowed just 114 goals, ter and then held on for and over the Cardinalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the victory. three wins at the Naâ&#x20AC;&#x153;We came out a little tional Collegiate Chamslow but we turned that pionship conceded just a around with the intentotal of 15 goals, or five sity of our defense,â&#x20AC;? per contest. Dries said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We came Earning her second back together as a team, All-America honorable put away shots when we mention, Grossman gave Kiley Neushul needed to and played the Cardinal the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smart in the second top 1-2 interior combo in pairing half. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve changed our defensive with Dries at the two-meter spot. mentality.â&#x20AC;? Grossman scored 45 goals, Cardinal grad Melissa Seidefourth-best on the team, and col- mann and Kiley Neushul also lected five hat tricks among 14 scored for the U.S., which lost to multi-goal games. Spain in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s championship Collecting her first All-America following its gold-medal effort in honor following her first season the 2012 London Olympics. on The Farm was freshman driver Team USA, which finished the Jamie Neushul. tournament undefeated, picked Also receiving honorable men- up their eighth Super Final gold tion was Menlo-Atherton High medal in 11 opportunities. The grad Becca Dorst of UCLA. Americans needed a shootout to On the Division III team, Sa- beat Russia and went on to beat cred Heart Prep grad Sarah West- Canada, Spain, Brazil, Australia, cott of Pomona-Pitzer was named and Italy with no match closer to the first team. than two goals. Menlo Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s KK Clark also played a solid role in * * * Current and former Stanford the U.S. success in China. players helped the U.S. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can talk about the goals, Senior National Team turned a but first of all we improved debad situation into a golden oppor- fensively. We needed that after tunity Sunday, recovering from a we missed all 6-on-5s in the first first-period deficit to beat Italy, period but we came out more ag10-8, and capture the champion- gressive, more focused, that was ship of the FINA World League the key,â&#x20AC;? 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ERIKA DEMMA 650.740.2970 CalBRE #01230766

128 AUDIFFRED LN $3,595,000 This beautifully updated 5BD/3BA home is situated on a quiet cul-de-sac within walking distance to the local school, market, restaurants and shopping! CalBRE #01145956

255 CORTE MADERA RD $2,450,000 4BR/3.5BA Aprx. 2800 sf remod. hme on level lovely lot. Open concept ďŹ&#x201A;rpln & soaring clngs. Landscaped front & rear yard. Walk to school & shopping.

TERRI COUTURE 650.917.5811 CalBRE #01090940 CalBRE #01145956

3121 BAY RD $857,000 3/2 + 1/1 in-law unit w/sep entrance. Remod kitchen & baths, bonus rm, lawn, mature landscape. Convenient to Midpoint Technology Pk, Stanford Medical. CalBRE #00884747

24632 OLIVE TREE LANE $2,999,000 Gracious & elegant liv/din rms w/ďŹ replace & sweeping views. Gourmet granite ďŹ nished kit & breakfast rm w/SS appliances. Professionally landscaped.

BONNIE BIORN 650.888.0846 CalBRE #01085834

21 MONTECITO RD $2,300,000 Perched above a glorious garden, this 3BR/2BA Ranch-style house enjoys complete seclusion as well as ďŹ ltered views of the surrounding hills.

LYN JASON COBB 650.464.2622 CalBRE #01332535 CalBRE #01371338

721 WEBSTER $2,695,000 3BR 2.5BA Âą2020sf Stunning new construction in prime Downtown PA. High-end ďŹ nishes throughout. Formal living, formal dining, luxurious master suite.

$2,700,000 Elegantly remodeled & updated 4BR/3BA home in Allied Arts. Approx 2,580 SF of living space with a 450 SF apartment over the garage. 11,500 SF lot.


STEVE WESTRATE 650.224.5689 CalBRE #01887924


ZACH TRAILER 650.906.8008

75 VALENCIA CT $3,895,000 This 3BR/3.5BA home w/1 BR guest apt on 1.6+/- acre epitomizes indoor/outdoor living with decks, gardens, pool house, pool & spa â&#x20AC;&#x201C;




SARAH RIVERS 650.520.8858

GINNY KAVANAUGH 650.400.8076



SARAH RIVERS 650.520.8858

5922 ALPINE RD $6,400,000 Built in 2012, this 5BD/4.5BA home with separate guest house sits on 9.3 +/- ac w/ Bay, Valley & City views. Pool & 3 car garage.


56 EL REY RD $1,850,000 Stunning contemporary 3BD/2BA home is reminiscent of a Mediterranean villa. Sweeping views, with ďŹ&#x201A;oor to ceiling windows and canopied decks.


ZACH TRAILER 650.906.8008 CalBRE #01371338

725 WEBSTER $1,995,000 3BR 2.5BA Âą1665sf Stunning new construction in prime Downtown PA. Wraparound patios, high-end ďŹ nishes, luxurious master suite. Two-car parking.

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Palo Alto Weekly June 20, 2014  
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