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Palo Alto nixes additions to historic building Nay votes indicate a shift toward narrower interpretations of law by Sue Dremann


alling a developer’s planned renovation of a historic downtown building “a tipping point,� Palo Alto City Council members voted Monday night 8-1 against developer Roxy Rapp’s proposal for controversial additions to 261 Hamilton Ave. The 1927 Birge Clark-designed

building is located at the corner of Ramona Street and previously housed University Art. Rapp proposed adding to the 41,900-square-foot building a three-story office wing along Centennial Walk, an alley that runs from Hamilton to the north and parallels Ramona Street. Cur-

rently, the building consists of a four-story, tile-roofed “L� along Hamilton and Ramona and a onestory “wing� along Centennial. The new wing was to be 49 feet, 8 inches tall — a hair below the city’s 50-foot height limit. Members of the residents group Palo Alto Neighborhoods (PAN) opposed the project, arguing that city staff had misinterpreted the definition of “building envelope� to give more above-ground space to the developer than current law

allows. Defined in city code as the three-dimensional spatial configuration of a building’s volume and mass, the building envelope for 261 Hamilton would change with the proposed remodel, PAN members say. Council members agreed Monday night that staff’s interpretation of the city zoning code — as the three-dimensional “building area� of a project site that does not refer to the shape of the building — is a stretch.

“It doesn’t pass a commonsense definition,â€? Councilman Pat Burt said. “I don’t understand how this interpretation of building envelope passes muster.â€? 261 Hamilton’s status as a “grandfatheredâ€? structure was also part of the debate. Under the “Grandfathered Uses and Facilitiesâ€? ordinance in the Palo Alto Municipal Code, such structures are allowed to not be in compli­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠÂŁĂˆÂŽ


New candidate for Palo Alto’s council race Downtown North resident hopes to address ‘misalignment’ between city leaders, residents by Gennady Sheyner

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Grabbing victory in the wake of defeat At The Rose and Crown in downtown Palo Alto, Claire Martin covers her face while watching the U.S. play Germany in the World Cup. Though the U.S. team lost, it is still advancing to the round of 16.


City slammed for lack of transparency on Arrillaga proposals Grand Jury criticizes Palo Alto for negotiations on 27 University Ave. and public land near Foothills Park


alo Alto officials circumvented the public process and ignored the city’s own policies about leasing of public land when they engaged in closed-door negotiations with billionaire developer John Arrillaga over a proposed office-and-theater complex at 27 University Ave. and a portion of parkland next to Foothills Park, the Santa Clara County Grand Jury found in a scathing new report. The report, which the Grand Jury released last week, takes the city to task for its handling of the controversial proposal for 27 University

by Gennady Sheyner Ave., a project that would have included four office towers and a performing-arts theater at the current site of the MacArthur Park Restaurant. While negotiating with Arrillaga in private meetings in 2012, the city simultaneously considered selling to him a 7.7-acre parcel next to Foothills Park that was given to the city as a gift specifically for conservation purposes. Both proposals ultimately fizzled after a public outcry. The council elected in December 2012 not to hold a special election on Arrillaga’s concept, as initially

proposed, and the development proposal was shelved. At the same time, the council agreed last year to officially dedicate the 7.7-acre parcel as parkland, making its future sale highly unlikely. Even so, the two proposals galvanized the community, with residents protesting the nature of the city’s negotiations and calling for more transparency. The Grand Jury report concurs with these concerns and slams Palo Alto for falling short of its stan­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠÂŁ{ÂŽ

ric Filseth, a Downtown North neighborhood resident who emerged over the last two years as a leading voice in Palo Alto’s debate over downtown’s growth, announced Monday that he will seek a seat on the City Council in November. He becomes the fifth candidate to make a bid for one of the five seats that will be open on the nine-member council. A high-tech executive who has spent 25 years in the semiconductor and software industry, Filseth has recently become a vocal, if measured, critic of downtown’s rapid growth and its impacts on local neighborhoods. He has been a persistent critic of new downtown developments, including Lytton Gateway and 27 University Ave., and an advocate for fixing parking problems. Last year, he and his neighbor Neilson Buchanan unveiled an interactive program that maps out current parking congestion and predicts future shortages based on existing plans for new developments. The program projected that downtown’s parking shortfall, which is currently estimated at 900 spaces, will grow to 1,858 in 2015 and by more than 2,500 in 2016, pushing Palo Alto’s parking woes beyond downtown. Around that time, Filseth also took part in the residents’ campaign that successfully overturned the council’s approval of a housing development on Maybell Avenue. The effort culminated in the defeat of Measure D last November and in the creation of a

citizen watchdog group, Palo Altans for Sensible Zoning, of which Filseth is a member. In recent weeks, Filseth has been addressing the council on topics related to the Comprehensive Plan and the Housing Element and urging elected officials to prioritize “livabilityâ€? and sustainability of neighborhood character in the city’s long-term vision documents. At the May 5 council meeting, Filseth argued that significant growth is not inevitable but a “choice.â€? Preserving quality of life should take precedent over other city goals, such as a global reputation for innovation, he said. “I like a global reputation as much as the next guy, but I have two kids in Palo Alto High School and they both had classes with 40 kids in them,â€? Filseth said. “That’s a lot of kids in one high school class. ... As a resident, if I have to prioritize between the city being famous and having good public schools with enough space for our kids, that’s an easy choice.â€? A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Filseth has lived in Palo Alto for the past 23 years. He worked as corporate vice president at Cadence Design Systems and, since 2007, served as the CEO of software company Ciranova. He became more immersed in local issues in 2012 after his company was sold, leaving him with more time for civic involvement. He told the Weekly that he decided to run because of a mismatch between the city’s and residents’ visions for Palo Alto’s future. ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠÂŁÂŁÂŽ



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There is hardly ever just one way to read an ordinance or law. — Larry Klein, Palo Alto City Councilman, on why staff and residents disagreed over what city code allowed for a renovation of 261 Hamilton Ave. See story on page 5.

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MAY THE BEST ICE CREAM WIN ... For years, huge, hungry crowds have spent July 4 gathered in Palo Alto’s Mitchell Park to eat chili at the city’s annual Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off. More often that not, it’s a sweltering day — almost inappropriate for downing warm bowls of meat and beans, not that that’s ever stopped anyone. But this year, there will be a cooler, sweeter option, with the launch of the first annual Ice Cream Taste-Off. Much like the chili competition, attendees can purchase a tasting kit for $5 and get to sample and judge five flavors from local ice creameries. Scoop Microcreamery (smallbatch liquid-nitrogen-made ice cream on University Avenue), Tin Pot Creamery (year-old Town & Country dessert spot from former Facebook pastry chef Becky Sunseri) and Green Girl Bake Shop (gluten-free and vegan ice cream sandwiches peddled throughout the Bay Area, often at the California Avenue Farmers Market) are all participating. Event organizer Ali Williams said she’s waiting for word from Smitten Ice Cream on whether or not they will join in. The event, as always, is from noon to 5 p.m., with the chili tasteoff starting at 1:30 p.m. Williams said they have yet to nail it down, but the ice cream tasting might start earlier. The ice cream portion is sponsored by the Stanford Federal Credit Union. And it’s not confirmed yet, but Williams said she is also looking into getting a big screen to live stream the World Cup quarter-finals game. GETTIN’ THE AXE ... The City of Palo Alto Tuesday posted 14day notices on five trees along California Avenue that will be removed as part of the area’s massive streetscape project. The five trees, one of which is dead, are in “direct conflict with the new construction work,� a statement from the city reads. Some trees are located in areas where the sidewalk will be widened; others would create a safety hazard to a reconfigured right-hand turn lane, according to the city. Two trees (including the dead one) are located in front of Technology Credit Union on the north side of California Avenue. Another is on the south side in front of Lotus Thai Bistro. Two others are at the north and south corners of Ash Street, one in front of Avalon Yoga Center and the other next to the

“Go Mama� art sculpture. “We really did try, as part of the design, to try to save as many trees as we could,� city Transportation Engineer Shahla Yazdy said. Though nowhere near the same scale, the tree loss might remind residents of the Great California Avenue Tree Massacre of 2009, when the city faced uproar over the sudden removal of 50 mature holly oak trees along California Avenue as part of a beautification project. For the current streetscape project, which broke ground in March, the city plans to plant 49 new trees, bringing California Avenue’s total number of trees to more than 100, according to the city. Yazdy said she doesn’t have an exact date for the five trees’ removal, but it will be after the week of July 8. WEIGHING IN ... Last week’s protest against the massive Restoration Hardware catalogs mailed to local homes (“Drowning in Restoration Hardware catalogs,� Weekly, June 20) triggered swift reactions online from residents. “My 93-year-old mother got these and couldn’t get them in the door,� said “Chris� of Barron Park of the delivery that weighed as much as 17 pounds. “Nora Charles� of Stanford called the mailings “absurd. ... Until I have the energy to open it for recycling the cat is using it as a perch.� But several people were amused, with one person calling it “the most successful bit of publicity in a long time. ... They are being talked about everywhere and even on all the news channels.� One South of Midtown resident reported offering the dozen catalogs for free on the website, and “Poof, they were gone from my driveway in a couple of hours.� Then there were others who thought the protest itself was overblown. Queried “So Silly� from the Downtown North neighborhood: “I would love to know if the same people who are returning this stack of catalogs do the same for the likely hundreds they receive from the various Williams-Sonoma companies ... each month? I frankly was delighted at the idea that I would only receive the catalogs once a year, as opposed to being bombarded all year long.� And at least one person took recycling in a creative direction. As noted by poster “Pam,� a Mill Valley artist is creating a “tree� sculpture out of the retail tomes. N


Page Mill Road YMCA to close Oct. 1 Organization decides to focus on other facilities as lease end nears


he Page Mill Road YMCA in Palo Alto is closing this fall when its 10-year lease is up, Chief Operations Officer Elizabeth Jordan of the YMCA of Silicon Valley said Tuesday. Oct. 1 will be the last day for members to use the gym, take group exercise classes and patronize community programs at the 755 Page Mill Road facility, which has leased a basement in the Palo Alto Square complex — at El Camino Real and Page Mill — since 1979. Jordan told the Weekly that the decision to close was made in part due to the facility’s physical constraints; the underground building cannot be built out, up or down in order to expand or allow for natural light, something members have asked for, she said. “After some careful consideration, we decided it would be best to put our resources into our other facilities and programming in Palo Alto that would better serve the community,� Jordan said. Starting July 1 and until Oct. 1, members of the Page Mill branch

will have free access to all of the YMCA’s 30 Bay Area locations in addition to their current membership, Jordan said. After Page Mill closes, from Oct. 2 through Dec. 31, members can continue to patronize any Bay Area YMCA for free. In January, the organization will ask members to select a “home branch� they would like to join and will allow them to do so without paying the standard joining fee. Jordan estimated the Page Mill branch serves about 3,000 people. It employs five people full time and about 40 part time, though 30 of the part-timers only work about two to three hours per week teaching one or two exercise classes, she said. Eric Lederhaus, an orthopedic physical therapist who has worked a couple nights a week for about a year at the Page Mill YMCA, said the announcement was “a little bit� of a shock for staff. But the decision was made in order to benefit the community, he added. Lederhaus and the other employees will be relocated to other

YMCA facilities in similar positions, if they’d like, Jordan said. “We’re already speaking with each (employee) to find out their interest, their geographical preference and consider other close opportunities if they wish to try something new, or if they wish to stay in same positions they’ll be relocated to one of our other branches,� Jordan said. When Lederhaus was asked if he would transfer to another YMCA to continue as a physical therapist, he said he might but that he “has other options, too.� A man leaving the Y on Tuesday afternoon who did not want to provide his name said of the closure, “I just think it’s unfortunate.� He’s been a member for seven or eight years, he said. Jordan said the closure has nothing to do with rising rents. “In fact, our landlord has been wonderful to the YMCA since the inception of the Page Mill branch in 1979,� she said. “He has not only been a supporter of the Y but he also has largely looked for


by Elena Kadvany

Luana Staiger works out on an exercise bike at the Page Mill Road YMCA, which is set to close on Oct. 1. other ways he could facilitate the YMCA serving the community. In many ways, it’s going to be very sad to part ways with him in this particular relationship.� Jordan also said Page Mill’s closure will have the effect of expanding offerings at nearby locations, such as the El Camino YMCA in Mountain View, which starting Sept. 1 will open at 4:30 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. The Page Mill location is currently open 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. Other programs offered at the Page Mill YMCA, such as diabetes prevention and an adult cancer-survivor program, will

be transitioned to the Palo Alto Family YMCA on Ross Road and other branches, Jordan said. “I think it’s just really important that people know we are making this decision based on our ability to do more for the community,� Jordan said. “It’s a strategic move. “We certainly could stay at the facility, but we’re choosing to do something a little different because we feel as a not-for-profit, our (goal) is to be constantly looking for ways we can serve more and better in any community. That’s really our objective.� N Online Editor Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@


Ruling could jeopardize Palo Alto car-camping law by Sue Dremann


he U.S. District Court of Appeals has ruled against a Los Angeles vehicle-habitation law similar to Palo Alto’s, saying that it opens the door to discriminatory enforcement against the homeless and the poor. Ninth Circuit Court Judges Harry Pregerson, Marsha Berzon and Morgan Christen filed their ruling on June 19, with Pregerson writing the opinion in Cheyenne Desertrain v. City of Los Angeles. The court found the car-camping law violates the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment by being unconstitutionally vague. The City of Palo Alto in December postponed implementing its controversial vehicle-habitation ordinance, approved the prior August, because of the pending Desertrain case. Now, Palo Alto officials are faced with figuring out their next steps in the wake of this week’s ruling. City Attorney Molly Stump said her office is reviewing the Desertrain ruling and that staff will make its recommendations to the City Council sometime between August and the end of the year. The Desertrain case took aim

at the 1983 City of Los Angeles municipal code, which was being used to arrest homeless vehicle dwellers in Venice. Officers of the Venice Homelessness Task Force were to arrest people using their automobiles as “living quarters� and to give them information concerning social services and shelter providers. An individual did not need to be sleeping in the vehicle to be arrested; officers were to look for cars with items normally found in a home: food, bedding, clothing, medicine and basic necessities. Officers gave a warning the first time, a citation the second and arrested the person the third time, according to the court opinion. The four plaintiffs in Desertrain were variously subjected to harassment and arrest and had their vehicles impounded, according to the court. They had to sleep on the street in the rain, come up with money to get their vehicles out of impoundment and put their belongings in a rented storage locker to avoid being further cited or arrested. The plaintiffs include a woman with epilepsy who had suffered a significant head injury and could no longer work, a man with con-

gestive heart failure that caused fluid buildup in his legs that prevented him from walking long distances and a former businessman who lost his firm and home after the 2007 economic downturn and subsequently suffered from severe anxiety and depression. The Los Angeles statute is vague, the appeals judges found, and it may authorize or encourage arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement. The statute “offers no guidance as to what conduct it prohibits,� the court noted. Instead, the plaintiffs are left guessing as to what behavior would subject them to citation or arrest, the court said. “Is it permissible to eat food in a vehicle? Is it illegal to keep a sleeping bag? Canned food? Books? What about speaking on a cell phone? Or staying in the car to get out of the rain? These are all actions plaintiffs were taking when arrested for violation of the ordinance, all of which are otherwise perfectly legal,� Pregerson wrote. “And despite the plaintiffs’ repeated attempts to comply with (the law), there appears to be nothing they can do to avoid violating the statute short of discarding all


Judges strike down ordinance similar to Palo Alto’s ban on people living in cars

Cars, campers and RVs are parked at Cubberley Community Center. of their possessions or their vehicles, or leaving Los Angeles entirely. “All in all, this broad and cryptic statute criminalizes innocent behavior, making it impossible for citizens to know how to keep their conduct within the pale.� The Los Angeles ordinance presented the same vagueness concerns as an anti-loitering ordinance held unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1999, the court wrote. “It is difficult to imagine how anyone loading up his or her car with personal belongings, perhaps to go on a camping trip or to donate household wares to the Salvation Army, and parking briefly on a Los Angeles street, would know if he or she was violating the statute. “What’s worse, even avoiding parking does not seem to be sufficient,� the court noted, referring to one plaintiff who was pulled

over and cited while driving her RV through Venice. Palo Alto’s ban closely mirrors that of Los Angeles in its vagueness, said William Safford of Palo Alto law firm Safford Legal. The Los Angeles law states that “no person shall use a vehicle parked or standing on any city street, or upon any parking lot owned by the City of Los Angeles ... as living quarters either overnight, day-by-day, or otherwise.â€? Palo Alto’s ordinance states, “It is unlawful for any person to use, occupy, or permit the use or occupancy of, any vehicle for human habitation on or in any street, park, alley, public parking lot or other public way.â€? It further prohibits “the use of a vehicle for a dwelling place, including but not limited to, sleeping, eating or resting, either single or in groups.â€? ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠÂŁĂˆ)



The online college experience


Berkeley-bound student who earned his associate’s degree entirely online is among nearly 1,000 students who will graduate from Foothill College Friday, June 27. From his home in Mendocino — or occasionally sitting in a Mendocino cafĂŠ or library — James Sommermann completed 23 online classes in music, English, statistics, Spanish, psychology, anthropology and geology. He will enter the University of California at Berkeley this fall with hopes of double majoring in music and English. Foothill offers all-online associate’s degrees in 18 subjects as well as an array of all-online “certificates of proficiency.â€? College officials said they have no way to track the number of students earning all-online degrees but that online classes accounted for about 27 percent of last quarter’s enrollment. Many students take a combination of traditional classes and online classes. But Sommermann needed to stay close to home in Mendocino, where he’s been helping with driving and household chores for a family member who

by Chris Kenrick has health problems. “I’m not going to say it’s ideal because I’d rather go to in-person classes to be honest, but it was really just not possible for me at that point,� he said. He’d never taken an online class before enrolling at Foothill and said he first considered it “kind of a weird idea.� He stumbled on Foothill — which he’d never heard of before — while helping a friend search for an online music class. Then he decided to try it himself. “I ended up really enjoying it, for the most part,� he said. Over 18 months as a Foothill student Sommermann met “very few� of his professors in person but “talked to them a lot through email,� he said. While he missed the camaraderie of in-person classes, he said professors tried to make up for it by being accessible electronically. “They return emails very quickly and they encourage you to communicate with them,� he said. “If you don’t understand something you ‘talk’ to them. Some of them you get to know pretty well — at least as well as you can know anybody through email.

“A few of them even asked me where I’m transferring to and stuff.� Sommermann “met� his fellow students online, including a partner in a Spanish class with whom he regularly recorded conversations for review by the professor. “You have to record it in real time, so you’re talking over the computer like it’s a phone, or a video chat without the video,� he said. “The professor listens to it and grades it.� In twice-weekly online conversations, Sommermann got acquainted with his Spanish partner online but still could not say where the partner actually, physically lives. “I assume it was close (to Foothill) because I think he took inperson classes too,� Sommermann said. “He works a lot, so that’s why online classes were good for him.� He also used specialized software that enabled him to enter musical notation for assignments in his music theory classes. He met other remote classmates through online forums. “For most classes there would be like a discussion board. We’d post introductions so we could ac-


Berkeley-bound Foothill grad earned associate’s degree from afar

James Sommermann got his associate’s degree entirely online through Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. tually talk to each other a bit, to make it more social. Some people have their picture on it,� he said. Sommermann had to physically travel to the Los Altos Hills campus to take exams — “some of them, not all of them� — and also to participate in a week-long program called Pass the Torch, during which he learned how to tutor fellow students. His stellar performance at Foothill earned him the President’s Medal, the college’s highest academic honor, as well as admission to UC campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Riverside and San Diego. He chose Cal because it’s not too far from Mendocino and because, he said, “I’ve always kind of wanted to go to Berkeley.�

Though he loved his online classes, Sommermann said he can understand the view of skeptics of online learning. “I’ve heard people say you can’t learn the same way online as you can in person, or that it’s easier or something, which I can’t really tell you because I haven’t taken the actual class in person. “Personally I loved (online classes) ... but I could see why someone might say otherwise. College has always had this really traditional aura — it seems caught up in a traditional culture and they wouldn’t be so accepting of online classes. “I’m definitely looking forward to going to Berkeley where I can actually be there.� Foothill’s 54th Annual Commencement Ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 27, in the college’s Library Quad. Tickets are not required and parking in student lots is free for the event. From its first graduating class of 37 students in 1960 Foothill has grown to serve some 14,000 students each quarter. This year’s graduates include 520 earning associate in arts degrees and 355 for associate in science degrees. An additional 61 students will graduate under a new program in collaboration with the California State University system that guarantees admission to CSU with junior standing. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@


Cellphones can help, hinder learning, say teachers and students Policy update allows teachers to make the call on in-class use


he Palo Alto Unified School District’s new cellphone policy, adopted in early June, requires students to turn off their cellphones in class unless teachers allow them for instructional purposes. The policy’s language provides a clearer expectation compared to the last version, which permitted students to use their devices as long as they were not disruptive or engaging in unethical activities such as cheating. As with the previous policy, students who misuse their cellphones face possible confiscation and “may be subject to further discipline� under board policy and administrative regulation, including counseling and even expulsion. Board of Education member Heidi Emberling said that the new policy is rooted in updates from the California School Boards Association in 2012. “Changes weren’t in response to any recent events,� she said. “The policy was in effect but under review.� Mixing teenagers, cellphones and schoolwork has presented its

challenges. Earlier this month, Palo Alto High School invalidated the results of 112 final exams in Algebra 2 after determining that students cheated, exchanging text messages and photos of answers. The policy update spells out the greater control teachers have in deciding whether cellphones can play an instructional role. Practices are similar at neighboring MenloAtherton High School, where students must put away their phones except when teachers designate times for the devices to be used, according to Administrative Vice Principal Karl Losekoot. But rather than phone confiscation, penalties include calls home, time in the office and community service. Teachers at Palo Alto High School and Gunn High School are divided on whether or not phones belong in an academic setting. Some say the devices are valuable learning tools while others view them as a distraction. Ronen Habib, who teaches Positive Psychology at Gunn, welcomes mobile devices in his classes. He checks students’ understanding of the material


through the use of apps, which provide instant feedback to Habib and the students themselves. That way Habib can identify quickly which students need help and which students can help others. Habib also enlists the assistance of apps before inviting discussion about controversial topics. Students use their phones to record responses, which appear in a data table that helps to generate discussion. Afterward, students update their responses, and the class can evaluate how the discussion influenced opinions. “Using an app is not a high-order thinking skill, but it’s a good tool that deepens your relationship with the material,� Habib said. Gunn teacher Anne Dumontier allows her French language students to use mobile devices to access media and text files that provide answers and explanations via QR codes. Dumontier prepares the QR codes, which her students access through an app. Students also use their phones to practice vocabulary with the online learning tool Quizlet and to produce audio assignments.

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The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce Monday took an official stance against the city’s proposed hotel-tax hike, an increase from 12 to 14 percent that the City Council has unanimously agreed to send to the voters in November. Though the ballot measure is billed as critical to funding a host of badly needed infrastructure improvements throughout the city, local merchants and hotel owners have spoken out against what they see as an unfair burden on their slice of the local economy. Hal Mickelson, chair of the Chamber of Commerce’s Business Advocacy and Public Policy Forum, said he understands the city’s infrastructure needs, but a more equitable conversation about how to address them must be had. Councilman Larry Klein, who chairs the council’s Infrastructure Committee, said the Chamber’s announcement, though “hardly a surprise,� was disappointing. “While they ... acknowledged the city’s infrastructure needs, they didn’t send any alternatives,� he said. The city hopes to leverage the new funds to obtain roughly $30 million through “certificates of participation,� bringing the amount the city has to spend on infrastructure to about $125.8 million. Projects in the pipeline include a new public-safety building, rebuilding two outdated fire stations, new garages in downtown and on California Avenue, and improvements to bicycling infrastructure. The next meeting of the Chamber of Commerce’s Business Advocacy and Public Policy Forum will be Wednesday, July 9, at noon at Boston Private Bank & Trust, 420 Cowper St., Palo Alto. N —Elena Kadvany

Palo Alto gives OK to Stanford project A resident’s challenge of a proposed 180-unit housing development in the Stanford Research Park won a few concessions from the university and the Palo Alto City Council Monday but failed to halt the project. City Council members voted unanimously to reaffirm approval of Stanford’s plans to build the faculty housing on upper California Avenue — eight two-story single-family homes and 112 units of multi-story housing — shooting down a May 2 appeal filed by College Terrace resident Fred Balin that claims the project violates the city’s fire code. Balin, who hired a consulting traffic engineer, alleged that city fire-safety laws dictate streets be a certain width, among other requirements, to accommodate firefighting. Further, the project does not accommodate school routes in the area and would increase congestion on Columbia Street, among other issues, he said. Palo Alto Fire Marshal Rich Dean and Fire Chief Eric Nickel disagreed with the appeal’s main points, including an issue with driveway length. A generally accepted interpretation of the road-width measurements allow rolled curbs and engineered sidewalks that can bear the weight of fire vehicles to be included, Dean and Nickel said. Council members were more open to Balin’s and other residents’ concerns regarding bike and pedestrian safety. Balin suggested that council direct staff to work with the neighborhood to develop the best and safest paths in and out of the development and from Stanford Avenue. Stanford representatives said they would work with residents. N — Sue Dremann

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A statewide investigation of pricing irregularities by Whole Foods Market, including at its Palo Alto store, has resulted in an $800,000 court settlement in penalties and investigative costs, according to the Santa Monica District Attorney’s Office, which led the investigation. The City of Santa Monica launched the year-long investigation after the Los Angeles County Department of Weights and Measures reported pricing violations. Consumers were paying for the weight of the packaging as well as the food they purchased when products were weighed, along with other violations, said Adam Radinsky, head deputy city attorney for the City of Santa Monica. The investigation spread to 10 counties, he said. Santa Clara County Weights and Measures inspectors investigated six stores and found violations in 41 percent of inspections. The stores included Palo Alto, Los Gatos, Campbell, Los Altos, Cupertino and San Jose, said Stan Toy, deputy sealer for the county. Two out of five inspections at the Palo Alto store failed price accuracy, he said. Inspectors throughout California found that Whole Foods was charging more than the advertised price for a wide variety of food items. The problems included failing to deduct the weight of containers when ringing up charges for self-serve foods at the salad bar and hot bar; giving less weight than the amount stated on the label for packaged items sold by the pound; and selling items by the piece instead of by the pound as required by law, such as kebabs and other prepared deli foods, Radinsky said. N — Sue Dremann

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Palo Alto breaks ground on Magical Bridge Playground Donors, friends gather to celebrate construction of inclusive play space by Lena Pressesky




ith a flash of golden shovels and a spray of dirt, Magical Bridge Playground founder Olenka Villarreal, Palo Alto Mayor Nancy Shepherd and supporters broke ground Monday morning at the site of Mitchell Park’s newest play space. The playground, which aims to transcend Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance to meet the needs of all children and their families, is slated to open in September. Villarreal’s years-long efforts to build an inclusive playground began when she saw the limitations of standard playgrounds placed on her daughter, Ava, and other disabled children. Villarreal gained the support of community members, some of whom formed the organization Friends of the Magical Bridge and aided her campaign to raise the $3.1 million for the playground. The Magical Bridge Playground will feature a “swinging and sway zone� that even children with limited trunk support can use. Both stories of a two-story playhouse as well as a spinning carousel will be wheelchair accessible. Three custom slides will be built with added space at the bottom

Magical Bridge Playground founder Olenka Villareal speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, June 23, in Palo Alto’s Mitchell Park. for children who need extra time getting off the slide. Several families who will benefit from the playground’s opening also spoke at Monday’s groundbreaking. Parent Joel Yang said his family turned down admission at a local school because a tanbark playground presented difficulties for first-grader Jessa, who has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair. He noted that Jessa could have found other ways to play. But, he asked, “How disheartening would

it be to be left out day after day?� “Wheelchair-friendly means stroller-friendly, grandparentfriendly and just people-friendly,� he added. Funding for the playground came from individual and group donors, such as the Peery Foundation and the Enlight Foundation, plus a $150,000 grant from Santa Clara County and $300,000 from the City of Palo Alto. N Editorial Intern Lena Pressesky can be emailed at


Palo Alto seeks public opinion on parks City to adopt new ‘intercept’ tactic to gauge residents’ wishes


“It’s a chance to engage people who would never come to a community meeting but who use the parks and have no idea this planning process is going on.� Mottau said his firm will run four intercept events in Palo Alto — the first one this Saturday, most likely at Rinconada Park — and suggested that Parks and Recreation commissioners and other volunteers run similar events and use his materials to gather more public comment. “We’ve found that with intercepts there’s a real limited time frame you can expect — you can only grab people for about five minutes,� he said. Mottau’s observations on the dearth of attendance at community meetings were corroborated in two other items taken up by the commission Tuesday. A mailing of 1,800 postcards notifying nearby residents of a May 28 community meeting about an upcoming $332,000 renovation of Bowden Park yielded an attendance of five people, city landscape architect Peter Jensen said. And “no comments were received� from another May 28 com-

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by Chris Kenrick he “intercept event� — a new tactic to elicit public opinion — is coming soon to Palo Alto. Desperate for residents’ views on what they want from their public parks, city volunteers and consultants will attend large public gatherings such as concerts or community events and ask people to answer short questions and stick pins or dots on a map. The “intercept� technique was explained Tuesday to the Palo Alto Parks and Recreation Commission by Portland-based consultant Ryan Mottau of planning-anddesign consulting firm MIG. The firm last fall won a $327,535 contract to analyze Palo Alto’s park and recreation system and create documents to help guide future renovations of local trails, open space and recreation facilities. “In most communities these days we don’t get great turnout in a traditional community meeting,� Mottau said. “So we’re going to take these questions out to where people already are ... and ask them some quick questions they can answer easily by sticking dots on the boards.

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munity meeting about a $67,000 project to improve landscaping and furnishings in King Plaza in front of City Hall, Jensen said. The Bowden project will renovate children’s playground equipment and swings, which are nearing the end of their 20-year life span, Jensen said. Resurfacing some playground areas with rubber or engineered wood fiber, known as Fibar, also will boost accessibility for children with handicaps, he said. The project also involves repaving and fence renovation. Jensen said he’s already used about half of a $125,000 King Plaza budget to add native landscaping and now wants to focus on replacing the turf along Hamilton Avenue with more sustainable plants. The re-planting is an interim measure, he noted, because the entire plaza — which sits atop underground parking — will need to be renovated in a multi-million dollar project in the next 10 to 15 years. The existing planters — even those containing large magnolia trees — are only 3-feet deep because of the parking underneath, he said. N

261 Hamilton Ave.: The council voted against a proposal to rehabilitate and make an addition to a historical building at 261 Hamilton Ave. Yes: Berman, Burt, Holman, Klein, Kniss, Price, Scharff, Shepherd No: Price Stanford housing: The council unanimously upheld the approval of a 180-unit housing development proposed by Stanford University for 1461-1601 California Ave. Yes: Berman, Burt, Holman, Kniss, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd Recused: Klein

Parks and Recreation Commission (June 24) Master plan: The commission heard an update on the city’s Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Master Plan, which is scheduled to be completed in fall 2015. Action: None Bowden: The commission discussed proposed upgrades to Bowden Park, which include renovating playground equipment, a new retaining wall and repaved asphalt. Action: None

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council has no meetings scheduled this week. HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board is scheduled to discuss its upcoming joint meeting with the City Council; Professorville design guidelines; and matters relating to the Historic Preservation ordinance. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 385 Sherman Ave., a proposal by Daniel Minkoff to demolish a one-story office building and construct a new 55,566-square-foot, three-story mixed-use building with two levels of underground parking. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.



School-to-work program marks second year by Chris Kenrick


tudents with developmental disabilities described their hopes for the future in a graduation ceremony last week of Project SEARCH, a schoolto-work program serving young adults from Palo Alto and other nearby school districts. The students, aged 20 to 25, worked as interns in entry-level positions at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, doing tasks that included filing, scanning, food services or stocking supply closets. Students can work in the gift shop, and one student even worked at making blood smears from patient blood draw, said Brian Cordero, a Palo Alto Unified School District teacher who manages the program. Students gain work experience from the year-long internship, and some ultimately have been hired as regular employees by the hospital. “Some of the students do perform to the level of other employees of the hospital and can show they’re able to do it,� Cordero said. “Others, maybe they’re starting at a different level, but the fact that

they’re going to keep improving and have the opportunity to improve in a structured, safe environment with supportive staff and job coaches benefits them in the future, whether or not they get a job in the hospital or somewhere else.� Twenty-two-year-old Alex Platt, a lifelong Palo Alto resident, said he “really enjoyed� his hospital internship working in data entry and highlighting parts of binders and folders and scanning them into the system. Platt said his next step is to meet with a job coach to “try to figure out what I want to do with my future.� Job coaches from San Josebased Hope Services work with students throughout the year to help them succeed in their internships and to find work after graduation. Four of the 10 graduates this year have jobs so far, and seven out of last year’s nine graduates are employed, Cordero said, compared to what he said typically is a 15 percent to 17 percent employment rate for people with disabilities. Several graduates have been

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hired by a San Jose biotech company “for jobs that are repetitive in nature,� he said. “There’s always this hesitancy from individuals or companies, but it’s not their capacity to learn, it’s how they learn that’s a little different,� Cordero said. “They’re already self-motivated — they just need the opportunity and the chance to perform to show they are able to.� Packard is one of more than 200 venues for Project SEARCH across the United States, Canada, England, Scotland and Australia. The program originated in 1996 when Erin Riehle, a nursing director at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, wondered if she could address the high turnover in entry-level positions in her department by training people with developmental disabilities to fill the jobs. Cordero said the large number and diversity of entry-level positions in hospitals make them a good match for the program. Other Project SEARCH programs are running in several Bay Area hospitals, he said. Yari Oseguera, who works in Packard’s human resources department, said she has mentored Project SEARCH interns in jobs involving filing, labeling folders, working on spreadsheets and entering data. “It’s wonderful to be able to coach the individuals and they learn a lot from us,� Oseguera said. “It all depends on our workload but if our department needs some help we’d definitely have more (Project SEARCH interns) come through in the rotations.� The June 18 graduation cer-


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Students and staff members of Project SEARCH, a school-towork program for young adults with developmental disabilities, stand outside Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital after graduation ceremonies June 18. emony in the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Auditorium marked completion of the second year of the program in Palo Alto. School districts by law are responsible for educating students with developmental disabilities until age 22, Cordero said. NonPalo Alto students have come to

the program through inter-district transfers, in which the home district pays the Palo Alto school district, and other interns have been referred through Hope Services, he said. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@

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Charges filed against teen after string of attacks A Palo Alto teen who went on a naked rampage has been charged with felony assault, battery on a police officer, trespassing and being under the influence of a controlled substance, according to papers filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Monday. (Posted June 26, 9:41 a.m.)

Despite snag, Palo Alto OKs golf-course funds With little fanfare and much frustration, Palo Alto officials authorized this week spending more than $9 million on an ambitious overhaul of the city’s golf course, even as they acknowledged that work may not begin for some time because of a lingering permitting snag. (Posted June 26, 9:36 a.m.)

Police search for missing elderly man East Palo Alto police are looking for a 79-year-old man who has been missing since the morning of Tuesday, June 24. (Posted June 26, 9:04 a.m.)

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... busying themselves on their phones, where the light bulb went off for me,� Brown stated in an email. “Allowing phones in the room, even before class, was hurting my ability to create a friendly, sociable community.� Brown said forbidding cellphones in his classroom is increasingly difficult because other teachers don’t follow similar practices. As a result, students often meet his rules with surprise and indignation. “I am forced to confiscate many phones over the course of the semester,� Brown said. “I’ve found, however, that the extra effort is worth it. Students are making friends more frequently in my classes ... since I began enforcing the rule.� N Editorial Intern Benjamin Custer can be emailed at

Recent Gunn grad wins major biotech contest A recent Gunn High School graduate Tuesday was awarded first place in an international biotechnology contest for high school students. Judges of the “BioGENEius Challenge� cited Emily Wang for her research in developing fluorescent proteins. (Posted June 24, 3:59 p.m.)

American Express occupies Zibibbo space Three-year-old American Express Ventures is taking over the downtown space formerly occupied by longtime restaurant Zibibbo, a company spokeswoman has confirmed. (Posted June 23, 8:35 p.m.)

Memorial for couple killed by drunken driver These ceramic gardenias are a memorial to Balbir and Kamal Kaur Singh, who were killed Oct. 24, 2013, by a drunken driver while walking their dog along Chilco Street in Menlo Park. (Posted June 23, 8:28 a.m.)

Smoldering railroad tie stops trains A smoking railroad tie on the Caltrain tracks in Palo Alto shut down train service on Friday afternoon, Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said. (Posted June 20, 4:19 p.m.) Want to get news briefs emailed to you every weekday? Sign up for Express, our daily e-edition. Go to to sign up.

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dards for transparency. The negotiations with Arrillaga on both subjects, the Grand Jury found, were “done in a manner that was permissible but undertaken in a way to avoid public scrutiny, unlike other similar large-scale projects.� The report, titled “The City of Palo Alto’s Actions Reduced Transparency and Inhibited Public Input and Scrutiny on Important Land Issues,� takes a close look at the 7.7-acre park site, which was gifted to the city by the Lee Family Trust in 1981. Though the deed specifies that the land would be used for “conservation, including park and recreation purposes,� the city in 2012 considered an offer from Arrillaga to buy it for $175,000. As part of the discussion, council members took trips to the site in groups of three to avoid violating the Brown Act, which requires public disclosure when a majority of the council meets. The Weekly learned about these meetings in late 2012 after filing a Public Records Act request and receiving emails between staff and council members arranging the meetings. The Grand Jury found that the city did not follow its own procedures in discussing the sale of what is called “surplus public land.� Palo Alto’s policy requires the city to

identify a surplus site, notify city departments and other public agencies about the land and declare the property as “surplus� through an “open and competitive bid process,� the Grand Jury notes. The city would also have to give first priority to local agencies seeking to buy the land for public use. In this case, neither other agencies nor the public at large were notified about the discussion of sale until September 2012, when the council hastily arranged a closed session to discuss Arrillaga’s offer. The Grand Jury concludes, “It would have been more appropriate and transparent for the City Council to first discuss whether property could or should be declared surplus in a public meeting before convening a closed session to discuss price and terms.� The report also condemns the city’s handling of 27 University Ave., which would have significantly exceeded the city’s zoning restrictions and required changes to the Comprehensive Plan. All four proposed office buildings would have been well above the city’s 50foot height limit, with two of them slated to be more than 100 feet tall. The Grand Jury learned that the city received in September 2011 renderings of Arrillaga’s initial proposal for an office complex, which staff found to be unacceptable because of their design and height. Later, the city received the four-tower proposal, which



also included an offer to build a performing-arts theater that would have been occupied by the nonprofit TheatreWorks. The plan also included various improvements to the downtown transit center next to 27 University Ave. These plans didn’t come to light until March 12, 2012, when the council first discussed Arrillaga’s proposal. At that time, the council agreed to spend $250,000 for design work associated with the

‘The negotiations ... were “done in a manner that was permissible but undertaken in a way to avoid public scrutiny.�’ —Santa Clara County Grand Jury Arrillaga proposal. The Grand Jury noted in its report that the allocation was made despite the fact that no formal application had ever been filed by Arrillaga. “Such a large expenditure of public funds and staff time for a design study linked to development of 27 University Avenue, for which no land use application had been filed, raises questions about the wisdom of spending the SUMC (Stanford University Med-

ical Center) funds in this manner,� the report states, referring to money the medical center gave to the city as part of a development agreement that permitted expansion of the Stanford hospitals. In addition, the report criticizes the city for failing to respond to several public-records requests from residents. After reviewing several such requests, the Grand Jury found that some “remained unanswered for several months, or were not responded to at all.� “In one case, in a follow-up request, a response to the PRR (public-record request) was received only after the city was cited sections of the CPRA (California Public Records Act),� the Grand Jury wrote. “The city could not explain why it failed to respond to these multiple PRRs.� In its recommendations, the Grand Jury calls for the city to follow its own rules about leasing and selling city property, “seek public input about the disposition of surplus City-owned land before the City Council meets to discuss that property,� and “consistently respond to requests for public records in a timely manner.� In his response to the report, City Manager James Keene acknowledged many of the shortcomings that the Grand Jury identified in its investigation, which was prompted by citizen complaints. The process, Keene said in a statement, “could have been better, and we have been

clear about that.� “That said, the City’s intention was always to try to guide the preliminary project in a better direction,� Keene said. “While the project as initially proposed by Mr. Arrillaga was focused on new office buildings, the city saw the opportunity to begin the master plan and redesign the transit center and road network at this gateway entrance to the City.� He also noted that the proposal never came to pass and that the site will be evaluated during the city’s public update of the Comprehensive Plan. He defended the city’s responses to public-records requests, saying that the city receives “many requests for information every single day and we do a really good job of responding to the public.� He said the city has recently added a webpage for people to formally file and track publicrecords requests. The city is also looking at software, he wrote, that can be deployed across the organization to manage requests. On the concerns about the Foothills site, Keene noted that the issues involving the Lee gift go back 30 years, and the city is “accountable for contemporary decisions on this land today.� To that end, he wrote, the council directed staff in March to dedicate the land as parkland. “The city is in the process of preparing that dedication for formal council action,� Keene wrote. N



A roundup of neighborhood news edited by Sue Dremann

PARACHUTING INTO THE FUTURE ... After a combined eight years as co-chair of the Palo Alto Neighborhoods Emergency Preparedness Program and co-team leader of its successor, the Palo Alto Emergency Services Volunteer Program, Barron Park resident Lydia Kou has stepped down. Kou was the creator and organizer of the city’s annual Quakeville community-preparedness weekend, which initially took place overnight in a local park. Kou is looking to “declutter� herself and to stretch into other unknown directions, she said. “I want to go on parachuting adventures, and I want to see if I can handle a helicopter — and clean up my yard,� she said. Ken Dueker, City of Palo Alto’s director of Emergency Services, said Quakeville will continue through the Palo Alto Emergency Services Volunteer Program. NEIGHBORHOOD GRANTS ... The City of Palo Alto’s Know Your Neighbors Grant Program has kicked off for a second year. The city has allocated $25,000 to fund a variety of events organized by residents on behalf of their neighborhoods. Know Your Neighbors was created to encourage interaction between different generations and cultures and to improve the quality of life in Palo Alto, according to the city. Residents may apply for grants of up to $1,000. Ideally, the city’s website states, activities enhance neighborhood pride and identity and create new and innovative neighborhood events. This year, the program is aligned with Our Palo Alto, the city’s new initiative aimed at creating community conversations and dialogue about the city’s future. Applications and information are online at (search for “Know Your Neighbors�). N

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Mark Nadim, head of the Midpeninsula chapter of the California FireSafe Council, stands beside the oak and eucalyptus trees fire crews helped trim as part of a fire-abatement program near Fire Station 8 in Foothills Park.


Keeping fire at bay Palo Alto-based FireSafe Council aims to prevent Oakland Hills-type fire by Sue Dremann nder slightly different con- Cal Fire to reduce fire hazards ditions, a wildland fire in through education and with citithe Palo Alto hills earlier zens’ help. In February, the Midthis month could have spread to peninsula FireSafe Council and homes and perhaps taken lives, the city began their first brush-refire officials said at the scene. It moval project along the south side has happened before. of Arastradero Road. Thirteen A devastating wildfire on July other projects have been complet1, 1985, destroyed 11 homes. ed, from cutting back or removing Since then, firefighters have kept plants to clearing what’s known as small a series of blazes caused by “defensible space� — a buffer and arson, accident or nature. But the a firefighting zone — around waconstant challenge in the brush- ter tanks, pump stations and Fire covered hills is that fuel for a po- Station 8 in Foothills Park. tential runaway fire continues to Eight more projects are undergrow. way, according to the group’s Web Now, a new fire-prevention page. council spearheaded by Mark The Midpeninsula council has Nadim, Palo Alto Hills Neigh- just three members right now, but borhood Association president, Nadim said he hopes more people is working to help residents clear will join. the land around their homes of “When a fire starts, you don’t combustible materials and reduce know when it’s going to end. Peothe dangers in foothills residents’ ple need to realize the dangers. Espicturesque surroundings. pecially in this year with drought, The Midpeninsula FireSafe one really has to pay attention,� Council is part of an agreement said Nadim, who moved to Palo between the City of Palo Alto and Alto Hills in 1986, one year after the Santa Clara County FireSafe the July 1, 1985, wildfire. Council, funded by grants from He has been involved in emermunicipalities, Pacific Gas & gency preparedness, with a parElectric, individuals and large ticular interest in fire safety, for companies. years and ran for Palo Alto City The councils were initiated by Council in 2007.


Since the major fire in 1985, most of the old-timers have moved out. Many new people who have moved in are not aware of the fire hazard in the area. “Everybody talks about earthquakes and pandemics, but they don’t talk about wildfires,� Nadim said. But Palo Alto Hills and residences nestled between Arastradero Road, the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club, and the northern end of Foothills Park are in the danger zones outlined in Palo Alto’s Foothills Fire Management Plan. Dry vegetation could create “fire tunnels,� in which roads, including stretches of Page Mill Road, are completely blocked, plan consultants noted. A fire-danger map developed showed flames could rise up to 20 feet high and sweep toward some homes at up to 4 miles per hour. Although the brush fire earlier this month, caused by a car crash, only burned 1.5 acres, the damage could have been far greater, firefighters said. The wind wasn’t blowing that day, and staff from an open-space preserve came upon the scene early. Eight fire engines from three agencies, a helicopter dumping water and a plane dumping fire retardant doused the blaze before it could get out of control. Nadim is looking to collaborate with residents in surrounding neighborhoods. He recently reached out to Esther Clark Park neighborhood and along upper Page Mill Road, and he wants to

work with other FireSafe councils in the Skyline area and Woodside, he said. Fire knows no boundaries, he said. An ongoing concern is that many residents don’t how to protect their properties. One man said he tried to mow the weeds on his property, but the area is not flat and he was not successful, Nadim recalled. “Part of the education is what to do with the weeds and how to create a defensible space,� he said. The council is teaching residents about appropriate tools for uneven-terrain weed reduction, such as using a weed whacker, and how to find businesses willing to work in poison oak areas, he said. Much of his time is spent just going property by property to build relationships. “To get the community to know what you are doing is the hardest part,� he said. Email lists don’t do the job unless one knows the person. People ask questions, but they don’t get involved, he said. So Nadim is relying on oldfashioned shoe leather. He doesn’t want a devastating fire to be the common experience that binds people together. Those interested in the Midpeninsula FireSafe Council can call Mark Nadim at 650-740-0150 or visit midpeninsula. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@



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ance with city code and to be remodeled, provided the remodeling does not result in increased floor area and does not shift the building footprint. The ordinance also prohibits “any other increase in the size of the improvement,� Burt noted. Trading basement square footage for above-ground square footage, as proposed, is not an equal exchange and violates the city’s grandfathered uses ordinance, he said. Councilman Larry Klein agreed with Burt. “There is hardly ever just one way to read an ordinance or law. If that was the case, we’d never have any disputes in court,� Klein said. But, he added, “I believe staff misread the ordinance.� Rapp maintains the wing is not adding square footage to the building. The existing basement, currently used for storage and work space, would be converted to nine parking spaces and would no longer count as square footage. The rearrangement would result in a net-zero gain in floor area for the building itself, according to the developer’s plans. Council members did praise the work that Rapp has done with other buildings, which have been elegant and respectful of historical design, they repeatedly said. But the project vote was indicative of a growing intolerance of broad redevelopment interpretations that have eroded public trust on issues such as overly dense developments with inadequate parking. “Roxy — Mr. Rapp — puts together good projects, but your particular project is a tipping point,� Councilwoman Karen

William Abrams — managing partner of the Palo Alto law office of Steptoe & Johnson and a consulting professor at Stanford University who represents Palo Alto car campers — said he was heartened by the ruling. “I think (the ruling) will apply completely if we were to have to go to court,� he said. “We would invalidate the Palo Alto law by the reasoning of Judge Pregerson and his opinion.� He added that he hopes to avoid litigation and will be talking with Stump in the coming days about the ruling. The statute is objectionable because it doesn’t criminalize behavior, but rather status, Abrams said. The police power of the local government has laws in place to address disturbances, healthrelated issues or threats — one’s conduct — but that does not include one’s status, he said. Safford also said one aspect of the judges’ ruling jumped out to him: that the Los Angeles law promotes arbitrary enforcement that targets the homeless. In the Desertrain case, the judges wrote: “Arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement is exactly what has occurred here. The law is broad enough to cover any driver in Los Angeles who eats food or transports personal belongings in his or her vehicle. Yet it appears to be applied only to the homeless.� Safford agreed. “When grandma and grandpa are traveling to Seattle in their RV and they pass through Palo Alto, they will be violating the law,� he said. “When I stop to get a cheeseburger and eat in my car, I’m violating the law. But the reality is


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Developer Roxy Rapp’s application to renovate 261 Hamilton Ave. in Palo Alto, adding a three-story wing along Centennial Walk, was turned down by the City Council. Holman said. Rapp also asked to change the building’s historic classification from the current Category 3 historic resource to the higher Category 2 standard. Following reclassification, he could 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. Klein and Holman also touched upon the public benefit of the applicant’s request to change the building’s historical status to the stronger Category 2. The developer would certainly receive a large benefit by receiving TDRs that he could sell, but the public benefit would be a historically renovated building that is upgraded to modern safety and disability standards, and money from TDRs helps offset the significant cost of

renovation, Holman said. Rapp said Monday that the building needs significant safety upgrades, including an elevator that would accommodate an ambulance gurney and more stairwells allowing occupants to escape in an emergency. The building would also have restrooms that are accessible to people with disabilities. Councilwoman Gail Price, who cast the dissenting vote, said she supported the project and the historic-category change. Rapp’s project was a creative proposal that would beautify the area, she said. The council vote allows Rapp to return with a revised proposal. The revisions could require him to return to the Historic Resources and Architectural Review boards, which both previously recommended approval of the project. In an effort to curb further broad interpretations for other projects, the council’s vote also incorporated the more restrictive interpretation of the ordinance. N

that grandma and grandpa are not going to be prosecuted.� Chuck Jagoda, a man who has lived in his car, said Palo Alto police have been kind and have avoided hassling homeless people, unlike police in some other local cities. But he opposes the ordinance. “A ban puts people who are already in financial peril only more so, as the court has pointed out. “Subtracting resources from the situation is evidence of a lack of understanding of the on-the-ground reality or such strong fear as to react madly — without forethought or consideration,� he said. The Palo Alto City Council “deserves credit for their restraint in staying the enforcement of the dreaded and draconian vehiclehabitation ban they passed 7-2 last Aug. 5,� he added. But Jagoda would have liked the council to not have enacted the ordinance in the first place, he said. “As the Desertrain decision makes clear, it would be discriminatory to enforce rules against homeless people that are not enforced against home dwellers,� Jagoda said. Owen Byrd, a former planning commissioner and board member of the nonprofit Downtown Streets Team, offered his reaction to the ruling. “Discrimination against any group — especially the poor — has no place in Palo Alto. I hope this legal decision has policy impacts and persuades the City Council to remove the vehiclehabitation ordinance from our municipal code,� he said. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said the city won’t continue litigation over its ordinance. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

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Harry Anisgard January 10, 1917 – June 4, 2014

March 11, 1970 – June 4, 2014

Harry died peacefully after a brief illness on June 4, 2014. He was 97 years old and had lived in Palo Alto for 42 years. Harry was born in Brooklyn, New York. He earned degrees in geology and paleontology from Brooklyn College and Columbia University and worked for several oil companies. Harry also served in the Air Force during WWII. Harry was married to Cecille Anisgard (who died in 2002) for almost 60 years. Two of his hobbies were photography and tennis. Harry also had a thirst for travel and adventure. Throughout is life he had a deep concern for civil rights and liberties. He served as a member of the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, Palo Alto’s Rental Housing Mediation Task Force, the Funeral Consumers Alliance and the Mid-Peninsula Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, serving as its president and on the board for many years. Harry is survived by his son, Alan; his daughter, Lia; and his granddaughter, Nicole. He also leaves his dear companion, Carmel Trisca, and many good friends. His keen sense of humor, his unbounded curiosity and his zest for life served as an inspiration to all who made his acquaintance. A celebration of Harry’s life will be held on Saturday, July 26, at 11 a.m. at the University Club of Palo Alto (off Foothill Boulevard and Page Mill Road). In lieu of owers, donations may be made in his name to the ACLU or a charity of your choice.

Kirstin Beach Chiasson passed away in Klamath Falls, Oregon June 4, 2014 from complications related to breast cancer. She was surrounded by her family and close friends. Kirstin was born at Stanford Hospital March 11, 1970 and grew up in Palo Alto, attending Palo Alto High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara, a masters degree and CCC-A from San Jose State University, and a Ph.D in audiology from the University of WisconsinMadison. Before joining the faculty of the University of Wyoming, Kirstin was the pediatric audiologist for Mills Hospital in Burlingame and served on the board of directors of La Comida de California, Palo Alto’s senior nutrition program. After her marriage to Andrew Chiasson, she moved to Klamath Falls where she practiced clinical audiology, taught briey at Oregon Institute of Technology, and continued research in the ďŹ eld of pediatric audiology. She served on the national Continuing Education Committee of the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Kirstin loved camping, gardening, and animals, particularly her Chesapeake Bay retrievers Haley and Decoy, and horses. She is survived by her husband, Andrew David Chiasson of Klamath Falls, Oregon; their children, Beth, Drew and Paul of Klamath Falls, Oregon; her parents, David and Stephanie Beach of Palo Alto, California; and her brothers and their families: Duff Beach of Burlingame, California; and Josh Beach of Klagenfurt, Austria. A memorial service was held June 26 at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Memorial donations may be made to the American Speech Language Hearing Foundation. Link: DonateOnline.htm




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Billy Hughes Bocook 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




Neville Antony Hedger Holt, a thirty-ďŹ ve year resident of Palo Alto, California, died on May 21, 2014 of Mesothelioma, a form of asbestos poisoning to which he was exposed in the early 1960’s in England. He was a leader and mentor in his ďŹ eld for Advanced Fossil Generation Technology. Neville was born and grew up on the Isle of Wight, England, to Leonard and Mona Holt on August 23, 1936. His father had served in the British Royal Navy for World Wars I and II; his mother was the island’s local historian. Neville graduated from Peterhouse, Cambridge University 1957 with a degree in Chemistry. He came to the United States in 1964. After working for C. F. Braun and Citgo Oil in New Jersey, he joined the Electric Power Research Institute in 1974 shortly after it was founded. His expertise was used by the U.S. Department of Energy, industry, and governments of many countries. Neville was named a Technical Fellow preceding two Lifetime Achievement Awards, the ďŹ rst in 2004 for his many accomplishments in gasiďŹ cation projects to enhance the future of clean fossil fuels throughout the world, and the second from the GasiďŹ cation Technologies Council in 2006. Neville wrote and edited many publications in his ďŹ eld, continuing to work three days a week until April 2013. Jazz, history and philately were his interests, and he talked about retirement, but not until his illness did he fully stop working. Always a gentleman, Neville is remembered for his pleasant demeanor, his charm, his collegial spirit, his wit and for making puns. He leaves his wife of 32 years, Christine Holt, sons Iain Holt, Jason Holt by their mother Pamela Holt, and step-son Richard Kiernan, grandchildren Fiona and Ethan. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Stanford Faculty Club, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California on July 11, 2014 from 4 - 6pm. Donations may be made to the Mesothelioma Foundation or the American Cancer Society. PA I D


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POLICE CALLS Palo Alto June 18-24 Violence related Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Elder abuse/financial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Driving with suspended license . . . . . . 7 Driving without license . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 7 Vehicle accident/property damage . . 11 Vehicle recovered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Alcohol or drug related Drinking in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Drunken driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Open container in vehicle . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of paraphernalia . . . . . . . . 4 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous Disposal request . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 False info to police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Found dog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Found property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Outside investigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 5 Threats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Menlo Park June 18-24 Violence related Child abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Counterfeiting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Vehicle related Driving with suspended license . . . . . . 4 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle accident/no injury . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle and bicycle accident . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Alcohol or drug related Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Drunken driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Miscellaneous Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Found property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Gang info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Info case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Medical call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of stolen property . . . . . . . 1 Probation violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Property for destruction . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Search warrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Threats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Trespassing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Warrant arrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto Park Boulevard, 6/20, 8:01 p.m.; domestic violence/battery.

Menlo Park Location undisclosed, 6/19, 5:29 p.m.; child abuse.


Russell F. Scott, Jr. May 4, 1921 – June 19, 2014

Births, marriages and deaths

Lenore Richter Lenore Rebecca Richter, a Palo Alto resident, died of heart failure on June 9 at Stanford Hospital. She was 96. She was born on Nov. 12, 1917, in Worcest er, Ma ssa chusetts. She studied at Simmons College in Boston until the Depression ended her education early. For one of her first jobs, she worked at the U.S. Office of War Information. In 1943, she married Melvin Richter, whom she had met on a blind date. Following her husband’s military service, the couple lived together in the Washington, D.C., area, while Melvin worked for the Justice Department, and then later in Arlington County. She served there as the chief registrar of voters in the 1960s, sometimes registering voters at her home. When they moved to Bethesda, Maryland, in 1965, she cultivated an interest in gardening, studying landscape architecture, taking part in the Bethesda Garden Club and volunteering her skills at the National Arboretum and local libraries. She and her husband also actively participated in the Democratic Party and campaigned for various local candidates. While in Virginia, they also became involved in the education of disabled children, as their daughter, Sara, was born handicapped. In 2010, she moved to Palo Alto to join her children and granddaughter, who all lived on the West Coast. She lived at the Palo Alto Commons, making many new friends. Up until her death she remained intellectually active, often playing Scrabble and attending various music concerts. She was predeceased by her daughter, Sara Richter, in 1978 and by her husband of 57 years, Melvin, in 2000. She is survived by her daughter, Amy Richter, of Portland, Oregon, and daughter, Ruthann Richter Hammer, sonin-law, Jay Hammer, and granddaughter, Shaina Hammer — all of Palo Alto. A memorial service was held on June 13 in Bethesda, Maryland. Memorial donations may be made to Abilities United, 525 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306, or the Lenore and Melvin Richter Scholarship Fund at the Boston Latin School Association, 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115.

Donald Joseph Ragno March 14, 1922 – June 22, 2014 Donald Joseph Ragno passed away peacefully on the morning of June 22 after a brief illness. He was 92. Beloved by family and friends, Don will be deeply missed. Born in Bingham Canyon, Utah, to Gugliemina Robbiano and Giovanni (John) Ragno of Silvano d’Orba, Italy, Don was the youngest of three children. He moved to Oakland with his family at age one, and later to Palo Alto, graduating from Palo Alto High School in 1940, where he played varsity basketball. He continued to play basketball as a student at UCLA. Don enlisted in the Navy in 1943, serving until 1946 as a lieutenant, and eventually, a commanding ofďŹ cer, aboard three USS LCIs in the AsiaticPaciďŹ c, the Philippines, and Europe. Returning to UCLA on the GI bill, Don graduated in 1946, majoring in economics. Through the years, Don often spoke of how much he enjoyed Southern California’s beaches during college. While at UCLA, he met Frances Halstenrud. They were married in 1947, and moved to Palo Alto. With his brother, Larry, Don was the owner of John’s, a popular East Palo Alto liquor and wine business started by their father, John Ragno, with a restaurant and bar next door. The business grew quickly and they opened a second store in Ladera Shopping Center in Portola Valley in 1957. Throughout his life, Don enjoyed travel. He and Fran made many wonderful trips around the globe, also returning on a regular basis to visit family in Italy, where he loved having opportunities to converse in his local dialect. Don was an inveterate student of languages, and studied Spanish and French to add to his ability to communicate easily when traveling. Two of Don’s passions were golf and basketball. He was a Stanford Golf Course member for many years, playing twice weekly in retirement until very recently. He was a loyal fan of the Stanford basketball team. Above all, Don valued friends and family. He had the ability to connect in a personal way with everyone he met, and was often described as a true gentleman. He and Fran entertained generously over many years, and his warmth toward people he knew was unforgettable. Don is survived by Frances Ragno, his wife of 66 years, his ďŹ ve sons, Brock, Matthew, John, Martin and Donald, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Lillian, and a brother, Lawrence. A memorial service and reception will be held Saturday, June 28, at 3 p.m. in the University Room at The Vi, 620 Sand Hill Rd., Palo Alto, 94304. In lieu of owers, memorial contributions may be made toward the restoration of LCI (L) 713 c/o Amphibious Forces Memorial Museum, PO Box 17220, Portland, OR 97217. PA I D



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Born in Salt Lake City, Utah and raised in San Rafael, California. Survived by his son, Randy Scott and his grandchildren, Jordan and Jena. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth and his sister, Joyce and brother, Airston. Russell graduated USMA at West Point in 1943 and served in both WWII under General George Patton and the Korean War, rising to Lieutenant Colonel rank. He received the Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal and United Nations Service Medal, among the decorations. Following the War, Russell completed his graduate degree in Engineering from MIT. Resident of Palo Alto for 53 years, Russell was an engineer for 32 years at Varian Associates before retiring at age 73. Russell’s zest for life and remarkable character traits served as an inspiration to all whom made his acquaintance. All are cordially invited to a memorial service to be held July 7th at 1:00 pm at Alta Mesa Funeral Home, Palo Alto. PA I D


Bonnie Sorensen Bonnie Sorensen, a long-time Palo Alto resident and attorney, died on February 28, 2014, at her home. She was born on April 11, 1957, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska from a long line of immigrants to Nebraska who farmed that area. After graduating from High School, she married Douglas Sorensen (also from Scottsbluff) and moved to Menlo Park while Doug attended Stanford Law School. Their daughter, Alissa, was born at Stanford Hospital. After Doug passed the California Bar, Bonnie lived with Doug and Alissa in the Palo Alto Law Commune on Alma Street with 5 other lawyers, raised Alissa and obtained her Stanford B.A. When Bonnie and Doug divorced, Bonnie worked in the Stanford Pharmacology Department to support herself and Alissa. Somehow, she also managed to graduate in 1978 with a law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. Bonnie ďŹ rst practiced law in Palo Alto at 165 University Avenue, with her good friend, Jon R. Parsons. A few years later, she accepted an offer to work as an associate with Bill Keogh in the Keogh, Marer & Flicker law ďŹ rm. She had already impressed Bill Keogh with her skill as a family law attorney. In 1989, she started her own sole practice on Park Boulevard in South Palo Alto as a California State Bar CertiďŹ ed Specialist in Family Law. From age 14, when she had her ďŹ rst job, Bonnie spent her life working hard until severe medical problems caught up with her in 2010; she was then forced by circumstances to retire. As a family law attorney, she was a consummate professional who viewed her job, not as a business, but as the means to help others. Her peers, both family law attorneys and many Santa Clara County judges, admired her keen mind and expertise, and often sought her advice and assistance. She frequently gave her time, pro-bono, to, among others, the East Palo Alto Community Clinic (in family law matters) and the Mountain View Battered Women’s Shelter. Bonnie was a vibrant, witty intellectual and raconteur who knew everything there was to know about literature, history, politics, theater, and all the “triviaâ€? one could absorb. She would quickly tell you who was the director, the choreographer, of a movie made in the ‘30’s, the 40’s and to the present. Her recall of the key lines in almost any novel one had read or any movie one had seen was amazing. She was fun to be around – what more can one ask of a person? Bonnie leaves her daughter and son-in-law, Alissa and Richard Levenberg, their children, Darren and Samantha, her mother (who died a month after Bonnie at age 93), her brother and sisterin-law, Richard and Sandee Thomas and their children. Shadow, her black cat, was a constant companion. We were fortunate to have known Bonnie and we are all now, in many ways, diminished by her death. A memorial was held on Saturday, June 21st, in Palo Alto. PA I D




For developers, tough sledding Citizen activists put city staff and council to the test in reviewing new projects


or real-estate developers in Palo Alto, 2014 may be looked back on as a turning point in how things work for them at city hall Experienced property owner-developers with track records of quality projects have enjoyed a relatively hospitable environment at city hall for a long time. The likes of Chop Keenan, Jim Baer and Roxy Rapp, and the architects they hire, have had good professional relationships with city staff and commission members and enjoy easy access to council members. And they have generally been more appreciated than criticized for their projects, even as they ask for zoning concessions or favorable rules interpretations. More often than not, these developers have been able to win approvals because the quality of their buildings has been viewed as superior to what others might build. They also have an advantage of more historical knowledge about the details of the zoning laws and how they’ve been applied in the past than the planners who are reviewing their applications. But there is a palpable change taking place, and it is disrupting council alliances and creating angst and discomfort among planning staff and city management. It’s as if a metaphorical compass has been lost, and everyone is trying to sort out this new political landscape, unsure of just how tough to be with these familiar developers with long track records in the community. At least between now and the November election, there is little appetite on the city council for giving any more ammunition to vocal critics of past policy decisions. The city council’s heightened sensitivity to a wave of public concern over development, parking and traffic, particularly downtown, was on full display Monday night, when it appropriately rejected a staff recommendation allowing for a significant expansion of the iconic historic building at 261 Hamilton Ave. just vacated by University Art. A few years ago, it is likely that a majority of the council would have voted to support this project. Instead, it was rejected on an 8-1 vote, with only Gail Price supporting it. The key issue was building owner Roxy Rapp’s plan to expand the building with a new three-story wing behind the current historic structure, along the alley called “Centennial Walk.� The existing building size already vastly exceeds the current zoning limits but is grandfathered under the law, meaning that Rapp can maintain the current usable square footage but not add to it. In an ingenious move, he proposed converting the large basement to a garage with parking for nine cars, which he argued then allowed him to reallocate the 6,000 square feet of basement space to enable the building of the new three-story office wing. His reasoning was that since below-grade parking does not normally count in a building’s square footage under the zoning law, by switching the basement’s use to parking he “gained� 6,000 feet in new above-ground development potential. As opponents pointed out, this method of creating 6,000 square feet of brand-new additional commercial office space where the existing building already exceeds the current zoning is just the sort of increased development that residents are rebelling against. The nine new parking spaces wouldn’t begin to accommodate the number of workers who would occupy the new wing of the building, so downtown’s parking deficit would have only worsened with Rapp’s proposal. Remarkably, the planning staff went along with Rapp’s interpretation of the rules and recommended that his plan be approved. Fortunately, the proposal found an ally only in Gail Price, who felt the benefit of the building being renovated with improved firesafety features was worth the additional square footage. The other council members, especially those anxious to be responsive to a restless electorate, could hardly wait to go on record opposing the project. It is but another indication of the sea-change in attitude that has come over Palo Alto politics. The council clearly made the right decision in this case, and by doing so hopefully makes clear to developers that under-parked projects are dead-on-arrival no matter the offsetting benefits. And the same should apply to other creative developer efforts to stretch current zoning limits by offering offsetting benefits. We have little doubt this will remain the current council’s attitude until the election; our hope is that the council elected in November will make this a clear mandate for the future. We have

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Olga to Epiphany Editor, There were several gentlemen whom I served at the Palo Alto Food Closet. The men were somewhat handicapped, very low-income and living hand-to-mouth, getting canned tuna and a few fresh veggies from the Food Closet just three blocks from what was Casa Olga and is now the Epiphany Hotel. Where are these men and the other people who inhabited Casa Olga as a low-income and safe residence? This question haunts me! This new hotel is a beautiful hotel for $400 a night. I have had the VIP tour by a young student. As I came up in the elevator and scanned the lovely room I was confronted by the question: Where are these people who have lived in Casa Olga? Do we need another extravagant hotel at the expense of these people? Carol Kenyon Walter Hays Drive, Palo Alto

A misdirected lawsuit Editor, So entrepreneur David Welch feels our system is failing our children because it has “stopped putting their needs and success above all else.� So he is going after teacher tenure? He should get a clue and wake up to the fact that our public schools are one of the places our children get the best shot at having their needs met. Yes, we do fail our children in just about every other way: elevated rates of childhood poverty, homelessness and food insecurity, zero or low-quality early childhood education, lack of affordable childcare and support programs. Add to that the constant cuts to education (we are now 49th in the USA in per pupil spending!), and you have to be amazed our schools do as well as they do. Yes we are dramatically behind other western nations and even behind many other states in the USA in providing what our children need. Mr. Welch should turn his energy and his wealth to fixing some of those real problems. His tenure lawsuit is a sham, aimed at destroying public education, and it deserves to fail. Gail Sredanovic Ashton Avenue, Menlo Park

More work, less diversity Editor, The City Council does a lot of work outside the Monday council meetings in city committees. Therefore, downsizing the Palo Alto city council from its current nine members to seven will increase the power of the incumbency and reduce the opportunity for diverse constituencies to be represented. The interests of a wider spectrum of citizens like

teachers, emergency personnel, office workers, local merchants, etc., would not have a voice. It would impede new people from running for council. Big money interests and developers would dominate. A large complex city like Palo Alto is difficult to govern. Having nine council members has worked well; there is no compelling reason to reduce that number, which could significantly increase the workload on the remaining members. Term limits provide for new people with fresh ideas to participate in city government. The argument that term limits don’t allow people to build up an expertise is exaggerated; continuity is provided by city staff. Further, it is unseemly for a sitting council member to spearhead an attempt to repeal term limits while being currently subject to those rules. I support maintaining nine council seats and the current term limit rules. Ruth Lowy Thain Way, Palo Alto

High time for action Editor, Now that the studies have been completed, and the alternatives are fairly well defined, it is time

to take some action to reduce the risk of another San Francisquito Creek flood like the one in 1998. It is high time for all of the diverse elements to come together and agree to the implementation of a plan now, and not wait for another dozen years. Waiting for the 100-year flood solution to be implemented means continued long-term exposure of homeowners in Palo Alto and Menlo Park to anywhere from $20 million to $50 million in damages in the event of a repeat of the 1998 flood. Whether you live in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto or Menlo Park, it is in your best interests to start lobbying your city officials and city council members to implement the plan, sometimes referred to as the “50year plan,â€? to restore the reach of San Francisquito Creek between El Camino and Bayshore to its natural 7,100 cubic feet per second capacity. That plan does not require massive flood walls or the removal of dozens of oak trees. It does require the redesign of the bridges at Chaucer and Middlefield, as well as Newell. Those citizens who are not in the ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂŤ>}iĂŠĂ“Ă“)

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It is up to us to stem the tide of gun violence by Sally Lieber


f t er every mass shooting in America we send our thoughts and prayers to those affected, and if we’re lucky, we get to turn the page, scroll down and click on the next story, move on with our lives. We wish that things would change, but we don’t take action. We assume that we are powerless in the face of a Congress that seems beholden to a wellfunded gun industry. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. We don’t have to accept a future that is like the present, where we lose more than a World Trade Center’s worth of victims to gun violence every three months, where thousands of Americans become disabled due to gun crimes and where millions live in fear, intimidated by the possibility of random violence in schools, shopping centers, churches, streets or in their own homes. Instead of acquiescing to the gun industry, we can take action in our own communities. We can continue to hold Congress accountable but still move forward. As taxpayers and members of a caring community we pay the cost of a dangerously permissive status quo. Strong, commonsense measures to deter gun violence can — and must — be advanced in every local community.

In fact, the strongest possibility for creating that movement is here, in one of the most progressive parts of a “blue� state where innovation is a tradition. We’ve seen the impact that communities like Palo Alto can have, not just on the thought leadership that leads to technology innovation, but also in environmental and social policies that are transplanted to other communities and impacts the state and national policy agenda. The gun-violence-prevention activists who have reached out to Palo Alto’s City Council are asking that the Council build on a strong foundation of protective ordinances: The city requires a police permit for gun dealers, bans gun dealing in residential neighborhoods or near sensitive sites like childcare centers and schools, and requires that dealers carry liability insurance. Now Palo Alto has the opportunity to add further protections, including additional security measures for dealers, restrictions on possession of certain guns and peripheral equipment, requiring reporting of lost and stolen firearms, and requiring that guns be secured in the home. Primary among these approaches is the ability of local governments to use their authority to regulate gun and ammunition dealers. Palo Alto can build on its existing ordinances by requiring additional physical security measures for gun businesses, such as 24-hour video surveillance. The city can make gun and ammunition dealing a conditional use, requiring a zoning permit that gives the community a chance to comment and to be involved in a public decision process.

The city can also require gun and ammunition dealers to keep records of their sales and inventory and make these records available to police. This can help prevent individuals who are prohibited from owning firearms from buying firearms or ammunition. These “prohibited persons� include convicted felons, people identified as having a dangerous mental illness and federal fugitives. Voters in Sunnyvale recently approved a measure that requires dealers to keep records of ammunition sales. Cities like Palo Alto can also regulate the kind of firearms equipment that can be possessed within its jurisdiction. The State of California has long banned the sale of highcapacity magazines that store many rounds of ammunition on a firearm. An example is the 30-round magazine that is standard to the AR-15 rifle used in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Now, local communities, including Sunnyvale, are stepping up to ban the possession of these bannedfor-sale high-capacity magazines, and, as with record keeping of ammunition sales, the federal courts are supporting local governments’ right to do so. Last year, Palo Alto held a successful gun buyback event in collaboration with East Palo Alto and Menlo Park and supported by two crowd-funding platforms, Gun By Gun and Protect Our Children Bay Area. This is a very helpful step in preventing unwanted, potentially unsecured weapons from being used accidentally or misused. These and other strategies can be adopted by local governments or placed before the voters in a ballot initiative. However it happens, the most important thing is to begin.

Any citizen can go and lobby local government, at the city, county, school board or special district level, to take action to stem gun violence. The “good actors,� like the City of Palo Alto that already have policy infrastructure in place, can have a profound impact on other cities by improving what they have. It is likely that as local communities like Palo Alto step up to take action, gun-rights groups and individuals with a financial incentive will sue. While gun-rights groups and activists have been unsuccessful in recent attempts to intimidate local communities in the Bay Area, they will continue. Luckily, the Bay Area’s legal community has stepped up to provide pro bono legal representation for local communities to protect taxpayers from legal costs. The survivors of gun violence and families who have suffered a devastating loss are coming together to say that good intentions alone do little for them. They don’t want to hear how sad we are about their senseless loss — they want us to take action, to as Teddy Roosevelt said, “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.� Either local city councils or the voters can take advantage of the opportunity to move forward. The Bay Area can become a leader in gun-violence reduction and create a safer, saner future. But we can’t simply wait for Congress or another state or another region to do it. It’s up to us now. N Sally Lieber is a former state Assembly member who authored California’s ban on sales of .50 caliber assault weapons. She helped spearhead a recent gun-violencereduction voter initiative in Sunnyvale.


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flood zone and not likely to be impacted by flood waters should still be concerned, because if there is another flood like the 1998 flood — where most of the damage done was the result of diversion of flood waters from the stream bed into residential areas by the bridges that act as diversion dams at high water — the City is responsible for those bridges and will be the target of the inevitable lawsuits. The cost of “fixing� the bridges will be much lower than the cost of paying for flood damage. John Paul Hanna Crescent Drive, Palo Alto

Disaster for car lovers Editor, About this time, June, every year for 46 years the Palo Alto Concours d’Elegance has shown off magnificent automobiles in our city. But no more. It has been canceled by the Palo Alto Host Lions Club, its founder, after being unceremoniously banished by Stanford, its

proud home for 38 years. The “parade of elegance� was embellished by the rolling green lawns of Stanford and regarded second only to the Pebble Beach Concours as the finest in California. The stated reason for Stanford’s action was that it veered from a pure charitable event into one overcommercialized by car dealers and corporate domination. To lose the cachet of Stanford, America’s ranking university, was a disaster. The show had enjoyed the rare role of a non-university event allowed on campus. In desperation after finding no suitable venue, the show moved last year to an inelegant former fairgrounds in San Mateo, in the process losing $36,000. As a former Lion and Concours officer in charge of publicity, promotion and program editing for 14 years, I call it a humiliating and unnecessary loss. Concours management and Lions Club leadership defied university protocol and refused to accede to its wishes. Instead they bungled badly and got a heave-ho to the automotive junkyard. To be deprived of the cherished landmark tradition

through incompetence and mismanagement is a tragedy. We car lovers have been carjacked. Vic Befera High Street, Palo Alto

Enforcing a ban Editor, Once again the city is considering an expansion of the smoking ban — this time to include multiunit dwellings (bravo!) — and once again my fear is that our leaders will fail to enforce legislation that would protect Palo Alto residents, workers and visitors from secondhand smoke. While the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other scientific organizations have supplied ample evidence supporting the health advantages of smoke-free environments, these wellness benefits alone do not seem to provide sufficient motivation to drive city council and staff to compel compliance. So maybe we need to plead our case to the authorities in a language that will surely catch their

attention. Money. Cold, hard cash dollars. Revenue. Significant fines for violations and zero tolerance for infractions could contribute to the city’s coffers quite nicely, helping to fund “needs� and “wants� with less reliance on unpopular taxes and costly bonds. Jaclyn Schrier Alma Street, Palo Alto

Human matters Editor, Stepping energetically into his role as our district’s new leader, Max McGee, in his first appearance before the community and school board, showed himself to be warm, self-deprecating and a first-class writer and speaker. I was disheartened, though, that he didn’t say a single word about his awareness of our students’ socialemotional well-being. I hope he mentioned it in his application letter that the board praised for its wideranging knowledge of our community, and I hope it’s of heightened importance to him in the wake of his students at Illinois Mathemat-

ics and Science Academy (IMSA), the school where he was principal, saying that their acronym stands for the Illinois Malnutrition and Sleep Deprivation Academy. I hope he’ll be told about the legacy of tragedy at Gunn, and that in the years since then, there has been a suicide attempt on campus, as well as a student who claimed to possess a gun — which necessitated the presence (unreported to parents) of security guards on campus. I hope he’ll be told that the “psychological autopsies� — the sole inquiry that a forgetful community has ever launched into why we had a public health emergency and whether any cultural shortcomings contributed to it — long ago promised to the district by Stanford and Project Safety Net, have never been finished. I hope he’ll take seriously our high school cheating problems — symptoms of tremendous stress, lack of joy in learning and a training in cynicism. Mr. McGee seems like an incredibly capable man, found for us by a diligent board — so I have every hope that he’ll learn these things about us. I hope that, with his eye on raising the already sky-high expectations of our community — toward becoming “the exemplar of a 22nd-century education� — Mr. McGee won’t ignore pressing human matters in plain sight. Marc Vincenti Los Robles Avenue, Palo Alto

A cult of hubris

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Editor, In response to a grand jury report stating that Palo Alto did not respond to requests for public records in a timely manner — and sometimes did not respond at all — City Manager Keene said the city receives “many requests for information every single day and we do a really good job of responding to the public.� A “really good job� when even the grand jury didn’t get requested documents within the legal time frame? Keene’s comment reflects a cult of hubris that pervades City Hall. Over the last four to five years, I’ve been stonewalled on multiple California Public Records Act (PRA) requests, in spite of complaining to Keene, the council and the city attorney. Ironically, other cities have been amazingly helpful when asked for information, even without a PRA request. I recently asked Menlo Park’s community services director for details about a project completed in 2006. She replied to my email in one hour, and within 24 hours she provided relevant documents from the public works director. Perhaps Mr. Keene could find out how Menlo Park manages to be so responsive. But I suspect he will throw taxpayer money at the problem, buying new software and/or convincing the council that he has to hire a cabinet member to handle public records requests. Money is not the answer to this problem, nor to any other problems listed in the grand jury report. What’s needed is accountability, a quality that has long been missing

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Tyler Longscott, a plant operator at the Regional Water Quality Control Plant in Palo Alto, checks on the incinerator that burns sewage sludge.

Palo Alto looks for new ways to deal with its sewage Story by Gennady Sheyner background, releasing more than 20,000 megatons of carbon dioxide annually, according to a 2009 analysis by a specially appointed citizens task force. For local environmentalists, including members of the City Council, it is the antithesis of everything for which the city otherwise stands. “It’s the biggest single source of greenhouse gases in the city,� former Palo Alto Mayor Peter Drekmeier told the Weekly. Drekmeier has long advocated for a new sewage facility that would create energy, rather than just smoke and ash, from the socalled biosolids. The incinerators are near the end of their useful life and replacing them would be far more expensive than changing to a cleaner technology, he has said. The dislike of the incinerators is nothing new, either. “For us to be burning our biosolids is terrible,� Jonathan Foster, then-vice chair of the city’s Utilities Advisory Commission, said in 2011 as the group was discussing a proposed plant that would convert waste into energy. “It’s expensive, and the contributions to the environment couldn’t possibly be worse. We should send a message to the City Council that we should absolutely move forward in the direction that would lead to the closure of the incinerator.� Even Emily Renzel, a former councilwoman and a leading con-

servationist who opposes building a waste-to-energy facility in the Baylands, has no reservations when it comes to retiring the incinerators. “It’s the biggest dollars, the biggest energy spent, the biggest polluter,� Renzel said. Getting rid of them, she told the Weekly, is “the biggest and most important deci-

sion� in the city’s future handling of its waste. Unity against the sludge burners provides a singular point of agreement in an otherwise raging civic debate over the city’s grand vision for organic waste. A strong contingent of the environmentalist community, those who agree with Drekmeier, thinks

a new plant should be built in the Baylands to turn sludge, food scraps and possibly yard trimmings into energy. In 2011, the group successfully spearheaded Measure E, which “undedicatedâ€? a 10-acre portion of the Baylands’ Byxbee Park for this purpose. ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂ˜iĂ?ĂŒĂŠÂŤ>}iÂŽ


short stroll from the marshy sanctuaries of the Palo Alto Baylands, inside a concrete tower off Embarcadero Road, lies an inferno that would make Dante gag. For 42 years and counting, this fiery tower has been incinerating the sewage sludge flowing in from Palo Alto, Stanford University and surrounding cities. It is the final pit stop for the sludge after a long and circuitous treatment process that begins with the flush of a toilet and ends with a truck full of ash making its weekly trip from Palo Alto to a landfill in Kettleman City, more than 100 miles away. The incinerators — there are two at the Regional Water Quality Control Plant — are by far the most unpopular component of the sprawling campus. When they were built in 1969, the sludgeburning towers were widely viewed as a vital upgrade to the former practice of burying waste in landfills. But while their function hasn’t changed, their reputation has been steadily plummeting. Today, as the City of Palo Alto boasts about myriad cleanenergy initiatives — from an electricity portfolio that’s carbon neutral to environmentally beneficial building codes to cuttingedge laws preparing the city for the electric-vehicle revolution — the furnaces quietly burn in the

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city plans to seek grants and bonds. boaters at the new yacht club. Fur- which uses bacteria in an oxygenBut ratepayers in Palo Alto and its thermore, high tides pushed sew- deprived atmosphere to process partner agencies will also have to age out of the manholes and onto organic waste and release meththe city streets, ane, which is then converted to help foot the complicating biogas). bill. The latest the city’s and As the city’s population grew, city forecasts ŸÊĂŒÂ˝ĂƒĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠLˆ}}iĂƒĂŒĂŠ Stanford’s ex- the plant underwent a series of exshow sewage plans. pansions, its capacity doubling by rates (which in `ÂœÂ?Â?>Ă€Ăƒ]ĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠLˆ}}iĂƒĂŒĂŠ pansion By the end 1956. Yet even with these improvePalo Alto curof the decade, ments, “It became apparent by the rently add up to i˜iĂ€}ĂžĂŠĂƒÂŤiÂ˜ĂŒ]ĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠ the city began late ‘60s that the plant would soon about $29 on an Lˆ}}iĂƒĂŒĂŠÂŤÂœÂ?Â?Ă•ĂŒiÀ½ planning for be overloaded again,â€? wrote Ward average montha treatment Winslow in “Palo Alto: A Centenly residential – Emily Renzel, plant, one of nial History.â€? Industry was on the bill) rising by 7 former councilwoman the first in the rise, and the city’s area roughly percent in 2016 and conservationist San Francisco doubled, overwhelming parts of after years of Bay Area. It the sewer system. remaining flat. began operaWith the state adding new waFurther 7 percent increases are projected for tions in 1934 and had the capac- ter-quality regulations, Palo Alto, ity of 3 million gallons a day. It Los Altos and Mountain View 2017, 2018 and 2019. discharged the effluent 700 feet agreed to build a new wastewahe pending retirement of the offshore, according to the long- ter-treatment plant, a facility that incinerators and questions range plan, and treated raw sew- would also process wastewater over what will replace them age through anaerobic digestion from Stanford, Los Altos Hills, are but recurring refrains in a con- (a forefather to the technology the East Palo Alto Sanitary Disversation that began at the city’s that the city is now considering, trict and (before its annexation by inception. For Palo Alto’s earliest residents, sewage was neither out of sight nor out of mind. Just after its incorporation in 1894, the city began planning its first sewer network, which was funded by a $28,000 bond in 1898 and constructed the following year. The system included 60 miles of sewers, served about 3,000 people and discharged raw sewage from a 12-inch pipe at the edge of south San Francisco Bay, according to the city’s Long Range Facilities Plan for the treatment plant. By the 1920s, with the city growing and new park improvements planned for the Baylands, officials began to rethink their strategy of dumping solid waste into the Bay. Health officials feared the consequences of the A flock of seagulls feasts on microscopic worms that are used to treat the wastewater that flows in from Palo raw sewage on park visitors and Alto and surrounding cities.



Others, from Renzel’s conservationist camp, strongly oppose this plan, saying that parkland should not be used for a new industrial waste operation. But on the issue of biosolids, there is little debate, despite the fact that the effort of upgrading the treatment plant will take years, cost tens of millions of dollars and lead to years of rising wastewater bills for residents of Palo Alto and partner cities. The City Council, which is as divided as the community on the issue of organic-waste composting and yet united on the issue of incinerators, took a big step last month toward finally putting the burners to bed. On May 12, the council voted to adopt an ambitious multi-year plan that will cost about $85 million dollars to implement and that establishes as a top priority the retirement of the incinerators. Once done, Palo Alto will no longer be one of only two cities in the state that still relies on the sludge burners (Central Contra Costa Sanitary District is the other). In approving what is now called the Organics Facilities Plan, the council authorized Public Works staff to begin design work for a facility where the sludge would be dehydrated (also known as “dewatered�) and prepared for hauling away. The new, $12 million facility would allow the city to decommission the incinerators and begin shipping its sludge to another waste center, most likely the East Bay Municipal Utility District. Roughly $200 million in other renovations are eyed for the wastewater treatment plant over the next decade. To fund improvements, the

Palo Alto) Barron Park. Winslow calls the 1968 facility a “state-of-the-art plant� and notes that the city had even made money from gold, silver and other precious metals that were recovered from the sludge. The incinerators that came online appeared to solve a number of problems at the time, according to Jaime Allen, the current plant manager. The burgeoning electronics industry was sending many heavy metals to the plant, which were disrupting the anaerobic digesters. One alternative, trucking out the sludge, “smelled really bad,� he said. But incineration could handle the metals, didn’t smell so much and would lessen the impact of the resulting wastewater on the Bay. “It didn’t need much land and energy prices were quite low at the time,� he said. The sewer system, meanwhile, continued to gradually expand and today encompasses about 217 miles, according to a recent financial forecast from the city. Now, form follows function at the Regional Water Quality Control Plant, a 25-acre industrial campus that somehow remains hidden in a city that is often referred to as “built out.� The structures housing the incinerators and the wastewater pools are set far enough off from Embarcadero that a passing driver may not even realize that just yards away stands an industrial plant that treats 100,000 gallons of sludge daily. It’s really easy not to think about the plant. “When you flush, it’s out of sight and out of mind,� Allen said during a recent tour of the facility. Despite their notoriety, the two incinerators take up only a small portion of a campus filled with tanks, pumps and testing laboratories. The first line of defense is the “grit room,� a malodorous enclosure in the middle of the campus where rags, plastic bags and other forms of debris are removed by bar screens from the stream of waste entering the plant. From there, the wastewater is pumped into four “primary sedimentation

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tanks,� each of which is 220 feet long, 40 feet wide and 11 feet deep. This is where grit is removed from the wastewater and where solid sludge is separated out and sent to three “sludge thickeners.� The wastewater then flows through different stations where nature and engineering combine to remove unwanted organics from the stream before it flows into the Bay. In the first tower, water cascades over a plastic, herringbone-patterned filter that’s covered with oxygen-eating bacteria. The filter consists of about 8.5 million square feet of plastic, Allen said. “If you stretch it out, it would cover about 1 percent of Palo Alto,� he said. Next to this filter stand four green and bubbly lagoons where Mother Nature does most of the work. The microbes in this giant “aeration basin� convert ammonia and other organics in the water into heavy biomass that falls to the bottom. In the next pool over, a boisterous flock of seagulls happens to congregate in another sprawling wastewater pool to feast on the microscopic worms that in turn feast on the effluent bacteria. From there, the wastewater proceeds through filters of sand and charcoal and undergoes ultraviolet disinfection before it splashes into the Bay. The lattermost process is relatively new at the plant, having been installed in 2010 as a response to increasingly stringent water-quality regulations. The extensive wastewatertreatment process looks and feels relatively modern. The odor is tolerable around the pools, despite the never-ending stream of wastewater flowing through the pipes and pools. It is manned by 72 employees and monitored 24/7 on 23 flat screens displaying information about water flows, oxygen levels, pollution emissions and energy use, along with other data. On a recent afternoon, one screen showed the amount of wastewater flowing into the plant from each of the partner agencies. Mountain View was slightly ahead of Palo Alto, with other partners lagging far behind. “Peak flow is halftime on Super Bowl Sunday,� Public Works Director Mike Sartor said during a tour of the operations building. “That’s kind of the legend. You have to be able to handle the half-

An aerial photo of the 25-acre Regional Water Quality Control Plant shows the waste-treatment pools as well as the Palo Alto Municipal Airport, upper left, and Palo Alto Baylands, upper right.

time of the Super Bowl.� Allen said the wastewater plant processes about 23 million gallons of wastewater a day. The peak flow is around noon, when the rate is closer to 30 million. In the early morning hours, before the showers start running, the amount drops to about 10 million gallons. The constant monitoring and testing give the plant the feel of a high-tech facility that cannot fail. The same cannot be said of the final step for treating solid waste — incineration — which is plagued by rust, corrosion, a foul odor and a dismal reputation. The two incinerators are housed in cylindrical towers, each of which consists of stacked hearths. After the dewatered sludge comes in through the top of the furnace, it passes down through three zones: the drying zone at the top, the combustion zone in the middle and the cooling zone at the bottom. When sludge reaches the middle zone, air and natural gas are added to the hearths, raising operating temperatures to up to 930 degrees Celsius (1,706 Fahrenheit), according to the plant’s Long Range Facilities Plan. The process reduces the volume of sludge by a ratio of 20 to 1. It takes only about one truck per

week to haul the ash. Without the burning, it would take four trucks a day, Allen said. When asked about the council’s recent decision to revamp the sludge operation, Sartor and Allen noted that the existing incinerators are old, that replacing them would be extremely costly and that they are having a hard time meeting the federal government’s increasingly stringent air-quality requirements. The process also isn’t very energy efficient. “Our treatment plant is the highest, single-most intense fueluse of any city facility by orders of magnitude,� Sartor said. In addition to the pollution and energy consumption, the incinerators also face questions over seismic safety. In 2012, the city completed an assessment of the entire wastewater plant to see which components need to be replaced

and when. The Long Range Facilities Plan, which was put together by the firm Corolla Engineers, concluded that while the furnaces are unlikely to collapse in the event of an earthquake, they would suffer interior damage. f things go as outlined in the new Organics Facilities Plan, the incinerators would flicker for the final time in 2018, capping a half century of critical but often thankless service. Then the sludge would be trucked to either the Synagro facility in Merced County or the EBMUD anaerobic-digestion plant in Oakland as an interim solution while the city’s long-range, big-ticket item — a wet anaerobic digester — is being designed and constructed. The new dewatering and truck off-hauling facility would be completed prior to the

incinerators’ retirement. Staff estimates that demolishing the incinerators will reduce 2,343 annual tons of greenhouse-gas emissions and open up about half an acre on the campus for construction of the new anaerobic digester. Even so, it’s not exactly a cause for celebration. “The dewatering facility is essentially an insurance policy,â€? Drekmeier told the Weekly, referring to it as a long-term backup to the digester. “No one really gets excited about insurance policies until they’re needed.â€? The anaerobic digester, according to staff’s most recent timeline, would be in place by 2021. Before the new anaerobic digester is built, the city still has to work out numerous crucial details, not the least of which ­VÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•i`ĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂ˜iĂ?ĂŒĂŠÂŤ>}iÂŽ


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The open-air aeration basin at the Regional Water Quality Control Plant is a vast pool in which oxygen converts ammonia and other organic materials into heavy biomass that falls to the bottom.


are financing and the ownership model. Public Works initially recommended having a private company operate the new plant. Now, staff is leaning toward having it be a city-owned facility. Palo Alto will also have to convince its partners to support and help pay for the wet anaerobic digester. Assistant Public Works Director Phil Bobel told the council on May 12 that the other cities will be on board when it comes to replacing incinerators and treating sludge in a new energy-generating plant. Composting food scraps, however, might be another, more technologically complicated, matter. “We know on the sewage part of it we’ll have the five other partners in the treatment plant, but on the food side we don’t know if we have any,� Bobel said. “We’ll have to work that out.� The partnering cities have been receiving updates, Bobel said, but are not expected to take any action on the organics plan until after Palo Alto moves ahead with the new plant. So far, not everyone is convinced that anaerobic digestion is the way to go. Dennis Scherzer, a board member at the East Palo Alto Sanitation District, is among the skeptics. At the April 29 meeting of the City Council, he urged Palo Alto officials not to pursue an anaerobic digester and to in-

stead consider other “tried and true� technologies such as gasification, which uses heat and oxygen and/or steam, and pyrolysis, which uses heat. “I will not be voting to support an anaerobic digester,� Scherzer said. Under the city’s timeline, staff will hold meetings with its partner cities this year and the next year and develop financing plans for the new sewage facilities by March 2015. Once the dewatering and haul-out facility are completed, the incinerators would be demolished. This means that in the next five years, the way in which Palo Alto treats its sewage will undergo its most significant transformation in nearly half a century. Until then, the wastewater dilemma promises to be the most benign component of a conversation that remains deeply contentious. On May 12, proponents of a local waste-to-energy facility scored a victory of sorts when the council directed staff to move faster on the composting piece of the organicwaste puzzle. The council asked Public Works to immediately issue a request for proposals for composting and to give preference to the Measure E site (of which, officials now believe, only 3.8 acres would actually be needed). Councilwoman Karen Holman was one of two members who dissented, along with Greg Schmid, and sided with the conservationist camp that advocated holding

off on composting decisions. But when it comes to sewage, she was as bullish as anyone. “Let’s get going with the wastewater, the incinerator — that’s a huge polluter. Let’s get going now,� Holman said. “We can address the composting issue as new technologies emerge and we adopt composting on-site at-home solutions.� Mayor Nancy Shepherd, who unlike Holman supports a composting facility in the Baylands, likened it to the city’s prior gamechanging decisions such as the installation of a dark fiber ring, a move that she said “paid off spectacularly in ways we can’t see.� Shepherd said she will cast her vote “enthusiastically,� even as she acknowledged that the topic isn’t as sexy as Palo Alto’s other technological breakthroughs. “I get to talk about sewage sludge with my friends and how not to incinerate it and how to be responsible and continue to push the envelope of responsibility, even if it’s not pretty to do,� Shepherd said. N Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ About the cover: The temperature inside the Regional Water Quality Control Plant incinerator can reach 1,706 degrees Fahrenheit. Photo by Veronica Weber.

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STEAM ahead

Environmental science taught through music and art at CSMA by Kevin Forestieri photos by Michelle Le


chool may be out for the summer, but some kids are back in class and taking a curious course at the Community School of Music and Arts: environmental science taught through music and art. The class, which runs through the end of June, shows that science and art are not mutually exclusive, according to Hilary Orzell McSherry, who teaches the class and has a master’s degree in environmental policy. The class is part of an ongoing effort to bridge the gap between science, technology engineering and math courses, and the arts. McSherry got the idea to create the class in Monterey when she participated in a 2010 grant program run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The goal of the program was to get art and music teachers together to design a curriculum that encourages environmental stewardship. McSherry says she designed her course around the concept of STEAM — an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. STEAM is a modified version of the widely popular STEM fields that injects some of the arts back into the techfocused curriculum. Through painting and playing music, the children are developing a deeper understanding and connection to scientific and mathematical subject matter. One of the guiding principles in her curriculum was to emphasize the gap between policy changes and the social change that

Jocelyn, left, and Anne work on their rainforest project during an Environmental Music and Art class at the CSMA.

adapts to it. “It takes a while for people to get used to it,� McSherry says, explaining that people change their habits based on personal values about the environment rather than by forceful changes in policy or laws. She started teaching the course back in 2010 and tracked kids through surveys to see if they changed their personal values. She says that the course has been very successful at not only changing how kids see their environment, but also in finding ways for kids to adopt lifestyle habits and act upon their newly developed values. Things got a little tricky for McSherry when she started teaching summer camp to a different age group. The curriculum was designed for fourth and fifth graders, and

CSMA teacher Hilary McSherry checks on her students’ progress during her Environmental Music and Art class, which is focusing on the rainforest ecosystem through painting.

suddenly she found herself teaching kindergarteners and first graders. “Kids at 10 years might be more analytical and scientific, but environmental science is accessible to everyone,� McSherry says. “We all have a connection to our environment.� This week, students learned about the rainforest, and how it covers 7 percent of the earth’s surface but holds 50 percent of all life. McSherry teaches them about the different canopy layers, the animals that live there and some of the plants students might recognize — like fruits. Then students apply their new-found knowledge to art projects. They made paintings of the floor, understory and canopy layers of the rainforest. Then they paint in all the wildlife. They learn about the bright colors of animals in the rainforest that we don’t see here — such as blue frogs and yellow butterflies. Through their paintings, McSherry says kids can visualize how much life is concentrated in these rainforests. Other times, the teaching and art activity are one and the same. McSherry says she and her students will listen to and even create music — mostly folk tunes, that reflect the natural environment. Students listen to songs from New Zealand, which use sounds that imitate the ocean waves, or percussion instruments that sound like beetles. Sometimes they play the instruments themselves, or McSherry will play songs on the keyboard. Through these interactive, artistic activities, the students learn that indigenous people used whatever was at their disposal in the natural world to make music and were interconnected with their environment, she explains. McSherry says she was focusing mainly on the musical aspect of the course when she was teaching in Monterey, but started to incorporate more visual arts when she moved her lessons over to CSMA. She says one of the hardest things about

teaching the class is telling kids as young as kindergarteners about negative environmental impacts going on around the world. “It’s super challenging to teach them about the bad things going on,� McSherry says. “If I teach them that forests are being burned down, they’ll be worried that the forests they visit are going to be burned down.� So McSherry has a two-pronged approach: explain negative things in the least scary way and follow up those explanations with examples of proactive solutions. If she teaches kids about land degradation, she’ll use images of dry and cracked dirt rather than dead animals to show the effect, then tell students what they can do to fix the problem. These proactive solutions include watching the use of electricity at home, picking up trash and sending letters to people who run palm oil businesses. Because the kids are so young, McSherry says they are the most impressionable and more likely to adopt new behaviors. McSherry says she’s never felt compelled to go on a negative rant about people destroying the environment. “The kids are too sweet and positive,� McSherry says. “They’re willing and ready to be empowered by what they learn.� McSherry says she also takes care not to push any sort of political agenda. She keeps her lectures scientific, and none of what she teaches is considered extreme in the scientific community. In the future, McSherry says she’ll continue to adapt her curriculum for Santa Clara County. The local curriculum focuses on building and designing tech solutions to solve problems. She says this year she’d like to capitalize on that problem-solver mentality and do a project called “design your own green tech� for kindergarteners. N Mountain View Voice Staff Writer Kevin Forestieri can be emailed at kforestieri@


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Connecting creative minds McMurtry Building to bring artists, art historians together by Nick Veronin


championed by such hightech companies as Pixar, whose co-founder, Steve Jobs, recommended that all bathrooms be centralized in the animation company’s Emeryville headquarters, so that employees from all different sectors of the company would cross paths on a regular basis. One wing houses the entire art history department; the other will provide space for painters, documentarians, woodworkers and other artists to create. The two wings each feature classrooms and lecture halls, and are linked Rendering of an exterior view of the McMurtry Building, currently under construction at Stanford. by a shared library. On the ground floor of the facility, a large lecture hall can be converted into emphasizing creativity as being “central� son Collection in forming an artistic hub an indoor/outdoor performance space with to a 21st-century university education. This at Stanford — a center for creativity open “the push of a button,� which opens up the past year was the first year that all Stan- to Stanford students and faculty, as well as hall’s outdoors-facing glass-paneled wall ford undergraduates were required to take those who come to the campus from the that folds up like a huge garage door. at least one course that involved some kind surrounding community. “One of the things that I really love of creative or artistic expression. For a full video tour of renderings of the about this building is that it’s designed in This belief is what inspired Stanford McMurtry building go to arts.stanford. a way that showcases both art making and to move forward with plans to create an edu/mcmurtry-building.N art studying,� Tiews said. “arts district� back in 2006, he said. When Arts & Entertainment Editor Nick It’s important that art be showcased, completed in 2015, the McMurtry buildTiews explained, because the university ing will join the Cantor Center for Visual Veronin can be emailed at nveronin@ has recently doubled down on the arts — Arts, Bing Concert Hall and the Ander-


onstruction of the McMurtry Building — one of three recent projects aimed at creating an “arts district� on the Stanford campus — is well underway and poised to be completed on schedule, and, according to the head of the university’s arts programs, the new facility is eagerly anticipated. “It’s going to incredible,� said Matthew Tiews, executive director of arts programs at Stanford. “We’re all very excited about it.� The new building — named for Stanford alumni and philanthropists Deedee and Burt McMurtry, who contributed $30 million toward the facility’s construction — is “going to be an incredible resource for the department and the campus,� Tiews said. But more than that, the facility’s design is exciting in its own right. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Boora Architects, the building features 96,000 square feet of indoor space, as well as 24,000 square feet of courtyards, where students will cross paths, “meet, mix and connect.� The building also brings together many departments that were once dispersed around the campus. Two overlapping, L-shaped wings unite the art history and various other art departments in a single building that encourages interaction, but also gives the various disciplines their own specialized spaces. It is a design aesthetic that has been

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Stage ‘Pygmalion’ Though it’s been more than a century since its debut in pre-war Europe, “Pygmalion,� the classic George Bernard Shaw play (and the basis for “My Fair Lady�), is just as relevant today as it was when it was first performed, according to Diane Tasca, artistic director of The Pear Avenue Theatre. “It has some surprising resonances with today’s society,� Tasca says of “Pygmalion,� noting that the struggles of Eliza Doolittle, the play’s female protagonist, are paralleled by the immigrant experience in today’s society. In “Pygmalion,� Doolittle


Orson Welles was just 25 years old in 1941, the year he released “Citizen Kane.� The young Welles had co-written, produced and starred in the film — no small feat, especially considering that it is often cited as the greatest movie ever made. On June 30, the Stanford Repertory Theater (formerly the Stanford Summer Theater), will kick off its Monday night screening series “Orson Welles on Film� with a free showing of “Citizen Kane,� accompanied by an introduction to the work by Peter N. Carroll, a history lecturer at Stanford. The series will continue through Aug. 18, with a different Welles film each Monday. The series will feature “Othello,� “Magnificent Ambersons,� “The Lady from Shanghai,� “Touch of Evil,� “Chimes at Midnight,� “The Trial� and “The Third Man.� The film series comes as part of a broader celebration of Welles and amid the Stanford Repertory Theater’s first season under its new name — which was changed because over the course of the company’s 16 years, it has expanded from operating a summer festival at Stanford to working year round and traveling the globe, according to the organization’s artistic director, Rush Rehm. Rehm, who says he got into theater because of his love for Welles and his work, says he is excited to be focusing on the “titan� actor and filmmaker’s work during this summer’s festival, titled “Orson Welles: Substantial Shadows.� In addition to screening Welles’ films, the Stanford Repertory Theater will also stage two plays — “Moby Dick - Rehearsed,� Welles’ 1955 adaptation of the Herman Melville’s epic novel, and “The War of the Worlds,� a stage

production of the famous 1938 radio play, which allegedly caused some Americans to believe that the country was actually being invaded by aliens when it was first broadcast. It was “Moby Dick - Rehearsed� — a play within a play about a cast rebelling against their director — which made Rehm realize he wanted to pursue theater for the rest of his life. “To be able to come back and do it again is amazing,� he says of staging the production, scheduled to open July 17 at Pigott Theater in Stanford’s Memorial Auditorium. Rehm is particularly excited with the casting of Rod Gnapp — “one of the best actors in the Bay Area� — as Ahab. “It’s going to be a powerful thing,� Rehm says. “Orson Welles on Film� begins on June 30 and runs each Monday through Aug. 18; “Moby Dick Rehearsed� opens on July 17; and “The War of the Worlds� is scheduled to kick off on Aug. 14. All of the screenings and plays will take place on the Stanford campus. For more information go to or call 650-725-5838.

Ray Renati, left, as Professor Higgins, and Katie Rose Krueger as Eliza Dolittle in “Pygmalion.� (played in The Pear production by Katie Rose Krueger), a poor flower girl from the East End of London, is taught to speak like an aristocrat so that she might pass for a duchess at a upcoming high-society gathering. Tasca imagines that many in the local immigrant community might feel some of the emotions Doolittle feels, as she is taught to abandon her Cockney slang and speak what amounts to a new language, so that she can enter a world she does not understand. “It’s like she’s learned a new language,� Tasca says of Doolittle. “She has lost her native language, and there is a sense of being between two worlds.� The play was meant to lampoon the regimented class system, which was in place at the time the script was written. While that world has largely “disappeared,� Tasca notes that people are still judged and pigeonholed based upon speech patterns and dialects. The way a person speaks can hint at their profession, their region of origin, and give clues about their level of wealth and education. And, in some cases, the way

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a person talks not only gives clues about where they’re from, but also about where they can realistically go, Tasca notes. Even though we live in “a much more multicultural society� than the world in which Doolittle lived, people can still be held back by something as seemingly trivial as the way they pronounce certain words — there is still “a certain segmentation of our society.� At the same time, just because someone has an education, speaks in a manner deemed acceptable by the powers that be and is very capable, doesn’t guarantee success. “Young people who graduated from college into the middle of the recession — they’re educated, they’re prepared to think of themselves as professionals, but at that time there weren’t the situations for them,� Tasca observes. The Pear’s artistic director is excited for the remainder of the play’s run. “Pygmalion� runs Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. through July 13, at The Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Mountain View. Tickets are $20 to $35. For more information go to

Music Concert for a cause Charity organization One World Children’s Fund is hosting a Hawaiian music concert featur-

ing “virtuoso� slack-key guitarist and ukulele player, and native Hawaiian, Led Ka’apana. “This is a rare opportunity to see him in Palo Alto,� says Barbara Sloan, a representative with One World Children’s Fund, referring to Ka’apana. The guitarist is well known in Hawaii for his work in the trio Hui Ohana, one of the better known groups associated with the “Hawaiian Renaissance� of the 1970s and ’80s. The concert will raise money for a good cause, donating all proceeds to the Partners in Development Foundation, which focuses on helping disadvantaged native Hawaiians through a number of initiatives, such as a “traveling preschool� that helps caregivers of young children learn how to engage in educational activities with the young preschoolers they care for. The event will also feature traditional Hawaiian dancing and a raffle, which will give attendees the chance to win a ukulele and other prizes. The concert begins at 3:30 p.m. on June 29 at the Unity Church in Palo Alto, 3391 Middlefield Road. Tickets range from $30 to $50, and are $15 for children. For more information on Ka’apana, go to his website at For tickets go to ledsbenefitconcert.eventbrite. com. N — Nick Veronin

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ndo Restaurant & Lounge has three things many Palo Alto diners covet in a restaurant. The first is ample outdoor seating. Diners would be remiss not to eat in the beautiful covered patio, with plants along the edges, strings of lights overhead and even a babbling waterfall. It feels totally isolated from the harsh noise of El Camino Real, onto which the patio faces. The second is that it has a full liquor license, which means happy hour six days a week and specialty cocktails like a passion fruit caipirinha â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the national cocktail of Brazil â&#x20AC;&#x201D; made with pitu cachaca rum, passion fruit syrup, fresh lime and a chili salt rim. The third is that there is no mention of â&#x20AC;&#x153;farm to tableâ&#x20AC;? or artisan anything, no overpriced hamburgers or any of the other food trends currently invading the local dining landscape that many Palo Altans decry. Indo isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t old Palo Alto, but it certainly isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t new Palo Alto. Hidden in plain sight in a massive space at El Camino and Lambert Avenue, Indo is a reincarnation of longtime Palo Alto restaurant Straits CafĂŠ, which closed in 2012. Bryan Lew â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

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who had worked with Straits owner Chris Yeo for 14 years, since the restaurant groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early beginnings in San Francisco â&#x20AC;&#x201D; bought the space with partner Tommy Charoen after Yeo sold. The idea to switch ownership came from Diana Anwar, Indoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Indonesian chef de cuisine whom Lew credited with creating much

lounge feel,â&#x20AC;? Lew said. The menu is broad enough to offer something for everyone without being overwhelming. On a recent warm summer evening, we started with a sampler of four starters ($12): chicken satay, samosa, tuna tartar and poh pia, a fresh spring roll with shrimp, fried egg, hoisin sauce and peanuts, common in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. The satay was a good staple; the samosa, deliciously flavorful and warm; the poh pia a refreshing snack; but the tuna tartar, disappointingly not fresh. The tartar came in dollops with red pickled ginger, tobiko (fish roe), shrimp crackers and Chinese mustard on a thick slice of cucumber. I would not order it again. But entrees shined with what seems to be the theme at Indo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; high quality without being overdone. The seafood green curry ($24) was a standout, jam-packed with shrimp, mussels, calamari, salmon, eggplant, bok choy and carrot slices. The curry was full of spice without overwhelming the fish. Make sure to order a side of rice â&#x20AC;&#x201D; jasmine, coconut or organic brown â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to soak up the sauce. My only complaint would be the serving size. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a dish suitable for sharing between more than two people, and even that could be a stretch if both diners are hungry. The balado short rib ($22) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; prime beef cooked in sambal and served with potato medallions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was buttery and perfectly


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cooked though the promised pea shoots were nowhere to be found. Sambal is made from chili peppers and other ingredients; the balado sambal adds shallots, tomato, lime, kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass. The potato medallions were crispy and crunchy, the perfect pairing for a bite of the soft meat. The bihun goreng ($17), a classic Indonesian noodle dish, was tasty but not out of this world. The wok-fired vermicelli noodles are Indo Restaurant & Lounge 3295 El Camino Real, Palo Alto 650-494-7168 Hours: Lunch: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Dinner: Sunday-Wednesday, 5-9 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m.; Happy Hour: Monday-Thursday, 5-8 p.m.; Friday, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, 8-10 p.m. ($6 specialty cocktails, $6 appetizers, $6 wine and $6 draft beer)



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(or had?) young children? The stories all rhyme in circumstances and themes, in ways that will drive some viewers up the wall. To a one, these are damaged people tying to overcome their own deepseated flaws and break down the defenses of those they want to love. At times, Haggisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stylistic choices feel cliched, from the faux-Philip Glass of the opening montage to the slo-mo and Euroaccordion that introduce Monika. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also possible itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all part of Haggisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game in a film that immediately begs the question â&#x20AC;&#x153;All right, what is he playing at?â&#x20AC;? The puzzle-piece structure eventually makes a picture, or at least reveals the gimmick. Figu-

ratively and literally, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Third Personâ&#x20AC;? is as much about the writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s process as anything else (Haggis self-deprecatingly winks at the audience when Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agent opines â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now you have random characters making various excuses for your lifeâ&#x20AC;?). But the tasteful austerity of style and solid performances canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t overcome a script that stands between emotional humanity and the viewer. The sense of intellectual remove can be conceptually interesting, but it makes for a very long, often frustrating journey to a destination not a fraction as appealing as New York, Paris or Rome. Rated R for language and some sexuality/nudity. Two hours, 17 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peter Canavese

MOVIE TIMES All showtimes are for Friday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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, 1:40, 3:15, 4:40, 6:15, 7:45, 9:15, 10:30 p.m. & midnight (No midnight on Sun) Century 20: 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:20, 2:45, 4, 5:25, 6:40, 8:05 & 10:45 p.m. Chef (R) Century 20: 11:15 a.m., 2:10, 5, 7:45 & 10:25 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 1:20, 4:15, 7:20 & 10 p.m. (No 1:20 p.m. on Fri) Edge of Tomorrow (PG-13) ((( Century 16: 9, 11:45, a.m., 2:30, 5:15, 8 & 10:45 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m., 2:20, 5:10, 7:55 & 10:45 p.m. The Fault in Our Stars (PG-13) Century 16: 9:50 a.m., 12:50, 3:50, 7:10 & 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 10:20 a.m., 1:15, 4:10, 7:05 & 10 p.m. Godzilla (PG-13) ((1/2

Century 20: 2 & 8:35 p.m.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) ((( Aquarius Theatre: 5 & 9:55 p.m. The Grand Seduction (PG-13) Aquarius Theatre: 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. (No 2:30 p.m. on Fri) How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG) ((( Century 16: 9:30, 10:50 a.m., 12:05, 1:30, 2:50, 4:10, 5:30, 7, 8:10, 9:40 & 10:45 p.m. Century 20: 10:50 a.m., 12:35, 1:40, 3:20, 4:20, 6, 6:55, 8:40 & 9:40 p.m. In 3D at 2:30 & 7:50 p.m. Ida (PG-13)

Century 16: 9:35, 11:55 a.m., 2:20, 4:45, 7:15 & 9:35 p.m.

Jersey Boys (R) ((1/2 Century 16: Fri-Sat: 9, 10:30 a.m., 12:15, 1:45, 2:50, 5, 5:30, 8:10 & 10:45 p.m. Sun: 9, 10:30 a.m., 12:15, 1:45, 3:30, 5, 7:20 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11 a.m., 1, 4:05, 5:30, 7:10 & 10:15 p.m. Maleficent (PG) (( Century 16: 9:20 a.m., 12, 2:45, 5:20, 7:50 & 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:50 a.m., 2:20, 4:50, 7:25 & 10:10 p.m. Million Dollar Arm (PG) (((

Century 20: 11:40 a.m., 5:05 & 10:30 p.m.

Obvious Child (R) ((1/2 Guild Theatre: 2:45, 5, 7:15 & 9:30 p.m. (No 2:45 p.m. on Fri) Singinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the Rain (1952) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 3:35 & 7:30 p.m. Think Like a Man Too (PG-13) Century 16: 9:10, 11:50 p.m., 2:30, 5:10, 7:55 & 10:40 p.m. Century 20: 10:45 a.m., 12, 1:30, 2:35, 4:10, 5:20, 6:50, 6:50, 8, 9:30 & 10:40 p.m. Third Person (R) Palo Alto Square: 1, 4:05, 7:10 & 10:15 p.m. (No 10:15 p.m. on Sun) Transformers: Age of Extinction (PG-13) Century 16: 11:45 a.m., 3:25, 7:05, 8:30, 10:45 & 11:40 p.m. In 3D at 9, 9:55, 10:50 a.m.,12:40, 1:35, 2:30, 4:20, 5:15, 6:10, 8, 8:55 & 9:50 p.m. Century 20: 11:55 a.m., 1:25, 3:25, 5:05, 7, 8:45 & 10:30 p.m. In 3D at 10:25, 11:05 a.m., 12:25, 2, 2:40, 4, 5:40, 6:20, 7:35 & 9:20 p.m. In XD at 12:50, 4:25 & 8 p.m. The Wizard of Oz (1939) (Not Rated)

Stanford Theatre: 5:35 & 9:25 p.m.

Words and Pictures (PG-13) Aquarius Theatre: 1:45, 4:15, 7 & 9:45 p.m. (No 1:45 p.m. on Fri) X-Men: Days of Future Past (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 9:25 a.m., 12:45, 4:15, 7:30, 10:35 & 11:50 p.m. Century 20: 10:25 a.m., 1:25, 4:30, 7:30 & 10:30 p.m.

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MOVIE MINIS Jersey Boys --1/2 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jersey Boysâ&#x20AC;? has never been high art. The jukebox musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons ran on hit songs and ample corny shtick in nominally telling the actâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story. Now, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all been folded into a Clint Eastwood film thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neither theatrical fish nor cinematic foul. John Lloyd Young reprises his Tonywinning role as Valli, the boy with the golden whiny falsetto and the friends who are â&#x20AC;&#x153;bad influences.â&#x20AC;? Local tough guy Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza) first ropes the 16-year-old into a crime and then into performing with his 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 are a sensation. The film alternates between musical numbers such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Take My Eyes Off of Youâ&#x20AC;? and drama that compactly explains the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s origins, challenges and resolution. The film is least interesting when it feels like an impressionistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;group argumentâ&#x20AC;? scenes offer the clearest signs of life. Lovers of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jersey Boysâ&#x20AC;? 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. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unclear whether the corny gloss of the play would have worked any better than Clintâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lower-key grasp at realism (probably not), but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a release when Eastwood stages a full-cast curtain call under the closing titles. No movie canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be improved by Christopher Walken doing a shuffle. Rated R for language throughout. Two hours, 14 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C. Obvious Child --1/2 Aside from every indie filmmakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s affinity for Paul Simon, the title of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obvious Childâ&#x20AC;? refers to its heroine, another protagonist suffering from severely arrested development. When in trouble, wineswilling New York comic Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) habitually crawls into the arms of her best friend Nellie (Gaby Hoffmann) and her gay friend and colleague Joey (Gabe Liedman), or back into the cradle of her funny and supportive dad (Richard Kind) or her micro-managing but loving mother (Polly Draper). When a nice-but-square one-night stand Max (Jake Lacy) knocks up Donna, her trips around her circuit of support intensify. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obvious Childâ&#x20AC;? deserves credit for being just what it is: an urban romantic comedy that deals matter-of-factly with the situations of pregnancy and abortion. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s terrific to see Slate own a film in the starring role (she recently has acquitted herself as the horrific Mona-Lisa Saperstein on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parks and Recreationâ&#x20AC;?). But â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obvious Childâ&#x20AC;? is just good enough to make you dearly wish it were better. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obvious Childâ&#x20AC;? has a pleasantly prevailing wryness (Donna schedules her abortion for Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day) but few quality jokes (at its best Donnaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stand-up feels like a knockoff of Sarah Silverman). Donna literally puts herself in a box. Donnaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choices will naturally be divisive, both on the question of reproductive choice and how she fumbles emotional responses, including to her lingering relationship with the sweetly clueless father. But Robespierre has conceived something you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see every day: a feminist rom-com that unapologetically allows its flawed protagonist to let it all hang out. Rated R for language and sexual content. One hour, 24 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C.

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Book Talk SECRET FRIENDSHIP ... Palo Alto author Betty Schneiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forbidden Friends, Living Under Apartheid,â&#x20AC;? was recently published by the Menlo Publishing Group. The book deals with the time she and her husband Jack, who was a Fulbright lecturer, lived abroad, mainly from 1970 to 1994, including 16 years in Africa. During their 14 years in South Africa, she earned a Ph.D. in African Decorated Mud Homesteads and African Art and went on to curate the Ethnological Museum in Johannesburg for six years. Once back in the states, she wrote a book on the Ndebele people, which the New York Public Library named the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Book for the Teenageâ&#x20AC;? in 1998. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s currently writing a new book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Academic Gypsies,â&#x20AC;? which covers the five countries where they worked and lived. So far, no blog. The book is available at POSITIVE SIDE OF WAR? ... Ian Morris, the Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics, professor of history and a fellow in the Archaeology Center at Stanford University, has written â&#x20AC;&#x153;War! What Is It Good For? Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robotsâ&#x20AC;? (Profile Books Ltd., London). While working on his previous book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why the West Rules â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for Now,â&#x20AC;? he found â&#x20AC;&#x153;that every time there was a big turning point in the story, mass violence was always involved.â&#x20AC;? But afterward, societies were made safer and richer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warâ&#x20AC;? delves into why war drives progress and questions what future wars might lead to. The book is available at A KILLER TOPIC ... Palo Alto resident Alan Wu, a professor of lab medicine at University of California, San Francisco, and director of the Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology Laboratories at San Francisco General Hospital, has published the second of three books based on his 30 years as a practicing toxicologist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toxicology! Because What You Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Know Can Kill You,â&#x20AC;? a collection of stories based on real events in which people faced unusual and life-threatening situations, was released in January through The second book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hidden Assassin: When Clinical Lab Tests Go Awryâ&#x20AC;? was released in April, and the third, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Microbiology! Because What You Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Know Will Kill You,â&#x20AC;? is now being written.

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tters and hamsters, sleeping and bathing. Soccer and magic, Broadway and shenanigans. All this and more in a fresh crop of summer books for kids: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sleepyheadsâ&#x20AC;? by Sandra J. Howatt, illustrated by Joyce Wan; $17; Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster; ages 2-6. The best bedtime books hold their appeal through repeat readings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sleepyheadsâ&#x20AC;? does that with gentle rhymes, illustrations large and detailed enough for babies to follow and a simple storyline. Young fans of Monterey Bay Aquarium otters will recognize a certain water-resting sleepyhead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Maniaâ&#x20AC;? by Cynthia Lord, illustrated by Derek Anderson; $17; Scholastic; ages 2-6. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to fall in love with Hot Rod Hamster, an enthusiastic little guy on the lookout for fun at the fair: rides, food and the chance to save the day for Fearless Francoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monster truck show. Artwork in Hot Rod Hamsterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third book is as energetic as its star rodent. Rhymes and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Which would you choose?â&#x20AC;? queries throughout invite little ones to chime in, and add to the bookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s read-aloud charm.

AUTHOR TALKS ... Upcoming authors speaking at Books Inc., #74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, include John Rosengren, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fight of Their Livesâ&#x20AC;? (July 2, 7 p.m.); and Karen Rizzo, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Famous Baby,â&#x20AC;? in conversation with Lisen Stromberg and presented by Peninsula Parlour (July 9, 7 p.m., with a portion of sales benefiting Abilities United). N

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;President Taft Is Stuck in the Bathâ&#x20AC;? by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen; Candlewick Press; $17; ages 4-8. William Howard Taft was so hefty that he had a custommade bathtub in the White House. Award-winning Berkeley author Mac Barnett takes the story that President Taft once got stuck in his bathtub and runs with it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Willyâ&#x20AC;? has

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the first lady call in members of the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cabinet, each of whom devises a solution appropriate to his position. (The vice president simply wants to be sworn in as president.) The text is humorous and early 20th centurysounding, with oversized illustrations that suit the subject perfectly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soccer Starâ&#x20AC;? by Mina Javaherbin, illustrated by Renato AlarcĂŁo; $17; Candlewick Press; ages 4-8. With the World Cup in Brazil this summer and the Olympics there in 2016, why not look to a picture book to illuminate the popularity of soccer in Brazil? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soccer Starâ&#x20AC;? keeps things real by showing kids living in poverty who need to work, and how overcoming sexism in sports takes determination and, if possible, a supportive older brother. Score!

â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Snicker of Magicâ&#x20AC;? by Natalie Lloyd; $17; Scholastic; ages 8-12. Sixth-grader Felicity Pickle (love that name) sees words. She collects words such as splendiferous. Since her father left Felicity, her mother, little sister, and their dog have been wandering the country in their van, the Pickled JalapeĂąo (love that, too). Now theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come to Mamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hometown, Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, a town with a magical history. Felicity wants to use words to convince her rambling mama to stay put. She makes a best friend who specializes in anonymous good deeds. Felicity also meets many of the colorful townspeople, past and present, in order to understand the magic in the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history and what she might do to turn it loose again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Snicker of Magicâ&#x20AC;? is a charming family read-aloud. I recommend keeping a cheat-sheet of the large cast of characters and their specialized snickers of magic. That, or multiple readings. ­VÂ&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x2022;i`Ă&#x160; Â&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x160;Â&#x2DC;iĂ?Ă&#x152;Ă&#x160;ÂŤ>}iÂŽ

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Urban fantasy dispatches evil on Silicon Valley Author reads from novel inspired by New World lore, local sites by Lena Pressesky â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Obsidian Mirror,â&#x20AC;? K.D. Keenanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut novel, may hold special appeal for local readers, as the modern fantasy woven with American mythology depicts an ancient evil that descends on recognizable Silicon Valley K.D. Keenan haunts. An Aztec god is threatening the world as we know it. And how? By hijacking Silicon Valley technology, of course. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s using semiconductors to effect his evil plan,â&#x20AC;? Keenan explained. The heroine is Sierra Carter, a recently fired public-relations executive who finds her life suddenly altered as sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chosen by the good god to battle evil and restore the weaponized science. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s joined by a band of friends and helpers, like anthropomorphic trickster el coyote and semi-humanoid schemer mannegishi, both characters of Native American mythology who have a place, according to the story, in combating monsters. The motley crewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adventures primarily occur in Mountain View and Sunnyvale, providing local readers with plenty of physical context. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are various sites around Silicon Valley that people will recognize,â&#x20AC;? Keenan said, including Lion & Compass restaurant and the Sunnyvale police station. The heroine and her team, do,

however, venture as far as Mono Lake, the Santa Cruz Mountains and Half Moon Bay, locales that open the dialogue for the storyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s underlying environmental issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outdoorsy, she loves nature, ... sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very concerned about the environment,â&#x20AC;? Keenan remarked of her protagonist. In her next book, Keenan will take Sierra Carter and her crew to Hawaii to tackle the environmental concern of the Pacific Garbage Patch.


sequel is full of onstage and backstage drama, laugh-out-loud scenes, crazy characters and a touching post-production kiss. Tim Federleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recording of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Five, Six, Seven, Nate!â&#x20AC;? audiobook is not to be missed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; listen to it on that summer family roadtrip.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Five, Six, Seven, Nate!â&#x20AC;? by Tim Federle; Simon & Schuster; $17; ages 10-14. Nate, the indefatigable star of Peninsula native Tim Federleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awa rd-wi n n i ng â&#x20AC;&#x153;Better Nate Than Ever,â&#x20AC;? is back, and in a Broadway production, the premiere of â&#x20AC;&#x153;E.T.: The Musical.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a dream come true. Or is it, when the director keeps cutting klutzy Nate out of scenes and the child star of the show â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a rich kid with the worst stage mother â&#x20AC;&#x201D; seems to have it out for him? What good could watching all the rehearsals and running lines with E.T.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s understudy (while they get mani-pedis) possibly do for Nate? Lots, as it turns out. This sweet

Keenan, who worked in public relations in Silicon Valley for many years, began writing after her freelance work came to a lull. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Writing was the thing I really enjoyed the most,â&#x20AC;? she said. Keenan often wondered why most fantasies are set in â&#x20AC;&#x153;preindustrial, pseudo-Europeanâ&#x20AC;? cultures, the kind where everyone is cloaked in black and lives in cobblestone castles. For fantasy buffs, Keenanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Greene Heistâ&#x20AC;? by Varian Johnson; Scholastic; $17; ages 10-14. Prankster and schemer Jackson Greene swears heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reformed: no more cons after the last one went horribly wrong, leaving him estranged from his basketballplaying love interest, Gaby de la Cruz. But when Gabyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opponent for middle school president vows to steal the election with assistance

use of Native American myths, Mayan archetypes and Voodoo traditions may prove a welcome change from the ubiquitous bloodsucker-battles-wolfman routine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a single vampire in sight,â&#x20AC;? Keenan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Americas have thousands of rich traditions,â&#x20AC;? she added of the folklore that provided her creative fodder. Though initially unsure if she could pull off a modern-day fantasy that borrowed from American legend, Keenan remembered telling herself, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just see if it can be done.â&#x20AC;? Keenanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knowledge of Southwestern and Native American cultures, primarily born from childhood experiences with an archeologist mother, delivered much of her inspiration, though she supplemented this education with plenty of reading, too. Keenan was aware, however, of the hundreds of stories and interpretations on the mythology. Even tequila brands want their own spin on the old stories for marketing purposes, so she tried not to be too serious in her version. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I intended it to be a fun read,â&#x20AC;? she said. N What: K.D. Keenan will read an excerpt of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Obsidian Mirrorâ&#x20AC;? When: 2 p.m., Saturday, June 28 Where: Keplerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park Cost: Free, catered with wine and food Information: event/kd-keenan or contact Pam Grange at 650-324-4321

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from the crooked principal and then cut funds to clubs, Jackson and his nerdy crew come up with a clever and evolving game plan that surprises even some who think theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in on the caper as it unfolds on election day. There has been quite a bit written recently about the lack of diversity in books for young people. This novel, by contrast, features a charming African-American main character and his Hispanic, Asian and Caucasian friends. But kids shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be encouraged to read â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Great Greene Heistâ&#x20AC;? simply because it reflects a 21st century population. This book has humor, multiple plot twists, and a whole lot of heart. N Debbie Duncan is a Stanford writer who has been reviewing childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books for the Weekly since 1997. Ă&#x153;Ă&#x153;Ă&#x153;°*>Â?Â&#x153;Â?Ă&#x152;Â&#x153;"Â&#x2DC;Â?Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;i°VÂ&#x153;Â&#x201C;Ă&#x160;UĂ&#x160;*>Â?Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;Â?Ă&#x152;Â&#x153;Ă&#x160;7iiÂ&#x17D;Â?Ă&#x17E;Ă&#x160;UĂ&#x160;Ă&#x2022;Â&#x2DC;iĂ&#x160;Ă&#x201C;Ă&#x2021;]Ă&#x160;Ă&#x201C;ä£{Ă&#x160;U Page 35

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Home Front GARDEN DESIGN ... City of Palo Alto Utilities is offering a free workshop on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Garden Design Concepts and Installationâ&#x20AC;? from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 28, in the Community Room of Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The workshop will provide concepts for designing a waterefficient garden. Information (and registration): 650-329-2241 or

DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T KNOW A RAKE FROM A SHOVEL? ... Hidden Villa is offering a class for adults called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gardening for Beginnersâ&#x20AC;? from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 29, at 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. The class covers the basics, in a guided Q&A format. Cost is $10 per person. Information: 650-949-8650 or

GOING UP, UP, UP ... The most expensive home sold in Silicon Valley in May was a $15 million wonder in Palo Alto (five bedrooms, seven baths, 5,200 square feet), according to the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage luxury report. Most luxury sales (more than $1.5 million) were in Los Altos (47), with Palo Alto closely trailing (45). Homes

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After: What was once a broad expanse of grass has been relandscaped with drought-resistant and native plants.


landscaping Deva Luna offers alternatives that bring nature home, save time and money by Melissa Landeros


atherine Perman could only describe her lawn as â&#x20AC;&#x153;ugly,â&#x20AC;? a dry yard full of dying shrubs. After trying a long time to keep her lawn somewhat alive, she finally decided to replace it.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now my lawn is a sanctuary for birds and insects,â&#x20AC;? the Palo Alto resident said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nature has grown, it feels like a wild place.â&#x20AC;? Perman worked with Deva Luna, principal designer for EarthCare Landscaping in Cupertino. Lunaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to make landscapes sustainable, water efficient and low maintenance, all the while incorporating simple touches like plants, seeds and berries that create habitable oases for both clients and other critters. Today shrubs and perennials

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HANDS-ON COOKING ... Classes at Sur La Table, #57 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Great Grilled Seafoodâ&#x20AC;? (Katherine Bowman, Wednesday, July 2, 6:30 p.m., $79); â&#x20AC;&#x153;Secrets for Perfectly Grilled Steakâ&#x20AC;? (Katherine Bowman, Thursday, July 3, 6:30 p.m., $85); â&#x20AC;&#x153;10 Skills Every Cook Should Knowâ&#x20AC;? (Samantha Miotke, Saturday, July 5, 10 a.m., $69); â&#x20AC;&#x153;Secrets of Perfect Macaronsâ&#x20AC;? (Samantha Miotke, Saturday, July 5, 1:30 p.m., $69); and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Date Night: Great Summer Cookingâ&#x20AC;? (Nicole Henri, Saturday, July 5, 6:30 p.m., $79). Information: 650-289-0438 or


CREATING AN HERB GARDEN ... Jody Main, food and garden writer and educator, will offer a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Starting an Herb Gardenâ&#x20AC;? from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Participants will take home recipes, a plant list and cuttings and seeds after they learn how to plant and use garden herbs. Cost is $42. Information: 650-493-6072 or

Before: A water-guzzling grass lawn was not exactly thriving in drought conditions.

replace Permanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lawn, which fits more closely in her eco-conscious lifestyle. She also said that her water bill has decreased by more than half since her work with Luna. Luna, who has worked at EarthCare Landscaping for 12 years, will be giving a talk at the Los Altos Library in July focusing on what to do once your lawn is no longer thriving. She will give listeners tips on how to approach redesigning their lawn on their own and how to sustain a healthy lawn using minimal water. Luna studied plants and art at the University of California, Davis, earned a teaching credential through San Jose State University and taught adult education classes through several districts. She suggests adding more elements such as boulders, wood chips and plants that require little or no maintenance. She explained that the Santa Clara Valley Wa-

ter District (SCVWD) provides a list of nurseries that offer â&#x20AC;&#x153;waterwise plants,â&#x20AC;? which she often uses in her own work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have always been a plant hound,â&#x20AC;? Luna said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really like using manzanitas, buckwheat and sages; they work really well in lawn replacement.â&#x20AC;? As a designer, she hopes to engage people in the natural habitats around them. She explained lawns can be made interactive for children by adding private digging spaces to construct â&#x20AC;&#x153;fortsâ&#x20AC;? and play in. She also incorporates other plants and elements that welcome â&#x20AC;&#x153;feather friendsâ&#x20AC;? to the homeownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lawns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to help people become more connected with the natural world,â&#x20AC;? Luna said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more fun that way.â&#x20AC;? At EarthCare Landscaping clients are able to choose between a traditional or natural front yard design. Traditional designs are

based on a clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preferences and suit their lifestyle, but they can take months, several meetings and emails according to Luna. Instead the natural frontyard design is a quick removal process and inexpensive. Both methods generate lower water bills and require little to no maintenance, which according to Luna is what more than 80 percent of her clients want. Luna also educates her clients and others on available rebates for lawn replacement, which are the highest theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever been, she said. Currently the SCVWD is offering a rebate to those taking measures to replace their lawns, amounting to $2 per square foot. The city of Palo Alto is matching that offer, up until Sept. 30. Homeowners can apply for the Graywater Laundry to Land­VÂ&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x2022;i`Ă&#x160;Â&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x160;ÂŤ>}iĂ&#x160;38)

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A simulated dry creek bed runs through the landscape, creating the illusion of a flowing creek. Right, California fuschia, a native and drought-resistant plant, adds color and attracts hummingbirds.

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Landscape designer Deva Luna created a drought-resistant garden where previously there was a large lawn.

scape Rebate Program through the water district, upon agreeing to both pre- and post-installation inspections. Applicants must also get their lawns measured and calculate how much water they use. Then they hire a designer to begin the process of replacing their lawns within 90 days. Once a lawn has been redesigned, documentation must be sent to the water district. Upon approval, they will give a rebate based on how much a lawn has been changed. Luna said that adding small plants, removing the edges of a lawn and adding layers of paper and wood chips helps to create a more natural and sustainable set-

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ting and are measures that people can take themselves. The money saved and earned during this season of high water rates only serves to enhance the argument. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lawns use more than 60 percent of your water bill,â&#x20AC;? Luna said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take out your lawn, shower with a friend.â&#x20AC;? N Editorial Intern Melissa Landeros can be emailed at What: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your lawn is dead, now what?â&#x20AC;? When: Wednesday, July 9, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Where: Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos Cost: Free Info:


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en Single Family Craftsman style Homes located in Los Gatos. 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 to 3.5 Baths, approx. 26862765 sq. ft. with lots ranging from 4720-14,910 sq. ft. Los Gatos schools. Price pending-anticipated pricing to be in the upper $1 million to low $2 million range. For information email: Linda@ or call Linda Espinoza at 408-739-5447

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Home & Real Estate HOME SALES 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.

East Palo Alto 1111 Beech St. L. Keith to J. Chan for $422,000 on 5/23/14; previous sale 2/11, $210,000 2833 Georgetown St. L. & L. Martinez to A. Mendoza for $380,000 on 5/23/14; previous sale 4/94, $108,000 1036 Laurel Ave. J. & C. Carr to V. Garbovskyy for $537,000 on 5/21/14 2330 University Ave. #100 H. Nguyen to Jones Trust for $405,000 on 5/23/14


Palo Alto

Total sales reported: 4 Lowest sales price: $380,000 Highest sales price: $537,000

Total sales reported: 3 Lowest sales price: $1,629,000 Highest sales price: $2,530,000

Los Altos

Redwood City

Total sales reported: 4 Lowest sales price: $2,295,000 Highest sales price: $2,550,000

Total sales reported: 13 Lowest sales price: $200,000 Highest sales price: $1,515,000

Menlo Park


Total sales reported: 13 Lowest sales price: $565,000 Highest sales price: $1,638,000

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Mountain View Total sales reported: 7 Lowest sales price: $420,000 Highest sales price: $1,400,000

Los Altos 22266 Hartman Drive J. Rickert to D. & D. Schannon for $2,300,000 on 6/5/14; previous sale 5/06, $1,115,000 539 Los Ninos Way Robinson Trust to P. & C. Lehmann for $2,500,000 on 6/5/14 661 Parma Way Harris Trust to Y. Tung for $2,550,000 on 6/9/14; previous sale 4/78, $129,000 2165 Sierra Ventura Drive Mohun-Dougherty Trust to W. Morton for $2,295,000 on 6/6/14

Menlo Park 3 Artisan Way D R Horton to M. Azodanlou for $915,500 on 5/21/14 4 Artisan Way D R Horton to Theil-Law Trust for $1,159,000 on 5/23/14 5 Artisan Way D R Horton to K. & S. Corcoran for $1,446,000 on 5/20/14 8 Artisan Way D R Horton to S. & R. McNiven for $1,136,000 on 5/21/14

9 Artisan Way D R Horton to W. Lue for $1,252,500 on 5/28/14 1275 Carlton Ave. T. Le to M. Chiou for $595,000 on 5/21/14; previous sale 4/08, $415,000 603 College Ave. D R Horton to Theil-Law Trust for $1,159,000 on 5/23/14 1304 Hill Ave. A. Jennings to P. Nguyen for $565,000 on 5/23/14 1371 Sevier Ave. Y. RamirezMartinez to S. Xie for $950,000 on 5/23/14; previous sale 4/02, $320,000 810 University Drive G. & C. Reyes to DGB Investments for $1,638,000 on 5/23/14; previous sale 10/97, $410,000

Mountain View 2458 Alvin St. Jordan Trust to Boselli Trust for $1,400,000 on 6/5/14; previous sale 9/05, $819,000 471 Kasra Drive R. Esperanza to Y. Xie for $788,000 on 6/5/14;

previous sale 9/07, $659,500 500 W. Middlefield Road #100 J. Marcus to K. Sehgal for $420,000 on 6/9/14 579 Piazza Drive Evandale Limited to X. Ye for $1,140,000 on 6/5/14 1920 Rock St. #8 S. & N. Verma to K. Young for $760,000 on 6/9/14; previous sale 9/97, $229,000 215 Sierra Vista Ave. Romahn Trust to S. & S. Anantha for $975,000 on 6/6/14; previous sale 7/06, $705,000 612 Sierra Vista Ave. #D C. Hsien to Q. Qi for $732,000 on 6/5/14; previous sale 1/02, $400,000

Palo Alto 360 Everett Ave. #5a Morgan Trust to Stevens Creek Limited for $1,825,000 on 6/6/14; previous sale 12/94, $350,000 3724 Feather Lane C. & C.

752 Chimalus Drive, Palo Alto

Rivetta to C. Lu for $1,629,000 on 6/9/14 1175 Forest Ave. E. Mobraaten to S. Scott for $2,530,000 on 6/6/14; previous sale 11/06, $1,195,000

Redwood City 487 Buena Vista Ave. Mabry Trust to C. Chu for $1,488,000 on 5/21/14; previous sale 4/97, $521,000 2796 Carolina Ave. Eaton Trust to D. & S. Woods for $1,130,000 on 5/23/14 1101 Chelsea Way C. Johnson to L. Jaye for $725,000 on 5/23/14; previous sale 7/87, $195,000 423 Compass Drive G. & E. Khoury to G. & S. Ratnam for $1,515,000 on 5/27/14; previous sale 6/99, $585,000 4000 Farm Hill Blvd. #107 L. Chagonjian to Cahi Investments for $200,000 on 5/23/14; previ-

ous sale 12/91, $165,000 914 Glennan Drive R. Petrone to G. & J. Notte for $1,340,000 on 5/23/14; previous sale 2/12, $690,000 125 Hyde St. T. Simmers to Newport Trust for $1,201,000 on 5/27/14 239 Iris St. Bork Trust to J. Kerekes for $1,005,000 on 5/23/14 465 Nimitz Ave. Sever Trust to K. McMahon for $1,000,000 on 5/23/14; previous sale 6/89, $381,500 1023 Roosevelt Ave. G. & S. McDougal to S. Chakraborty for $1,050,000 on 5/21/14; previous sale 9/00, $265,000 528 Shorebird Circle #8202 Bailey Trust to R. Mir for $765,000 on 5/23/14; previous sale 6/83, $198,000 109 Warwick St. Gormley Trust to Russi Trust for $1,210,000 on 5/23/14 5 Woodhue Court L. Fowler to W. & J. Gray for $1,300,000 on 5/23/14; previous sale 6/02, $865,000

Woodside 2 Bridle Lane Mascia Trust to SH125 Limited for $4,630,000 on 5/19/14; previous sale 10/87, $595,000 5000 Woodside Road Latigo Trust to H. Nakauchi for $6,600,000 on 5/23/14; previous sale 1/10, $5,800,000

BUILDING PERMITS Palo Alto 953 N. California Ave. re-roof, $11,250 4028 Laguna Way remodel master bathroom, $8,150 3103 David Ave. add barbecue counter in backyard, $n/a 4001 Miranda Ave. Equity Office: re-roof, $120,000 219 Matadero Ave. add half

bath in garage, add two windows and electrical, $4,500 47 Hamilton Court re-roof garage, $3,620 996 Ilima Way demo pool, $n/a 2450 Bryant St. re-roof, $23,869 444 Ventura Ave., Apt. 2 reroof, $6,850 1701 Page Mill road revise landscape plan (change pear trees, location of redwood), $n/a 101 California Ave., Bldg. E partial re-roof flat sections, $24,000 101 California Ave., Bldgs. M, N, O, P, Q, R, X partial re-roof flat sections, $6,200 each 201 University Ave. Historic Category 1: replace three rooftop units and two EVAP coolers, $12,000 455 Seale Ave. replace gas meter and pool heater, $n/a 3371 Park Blvd. re-roof house, $12,000; re-roof detached garage, $3,500 885 Embarcadero Road replace window, sliding glass, $14,345 131 Lytton St. commercial reroof, $14,500 601 California Ave. illuminated monument sign, $n/a 3981 Sutherland Drive residential kitchen and bath remodel, replace cabinets and counter tops, sink, kitchen hood and refrigerator, $20,000 855 El Camino Real, suite 37 & 39 minor remodel to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Athletaâ&#x20AC;? tenant space: new vinyl tile, shelving and track lighting, $21,300 2870 South Court kitchen remodel: replace all appliances, new countertops and cabinets, new lighting, and replace three doors, $45,000 152 Lois Lane remove and replace all bedroom and bathroom windows on first floor, $3,925

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Santa Clara Sat/Sun 1:30-4:30 $1,475,000 1180 East River Parkway Like new 5BR, 4BA light filled home, soaring ceilings, huge MBR, sep. DR, eat-in granite kit., family room, fpl, charming balcony, spacious bkyd patio. Kathie Christie, John Matlock, CalBRE #00809775, 00561058 650.269.7345

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4 Bedrooms 55 Redwood Wy Sat/Sun 1-4 Deleon Realty

$2,588,000 543-8500

1487 Todd St $1,295,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111


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$5,598,000 323-7751

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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

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$320,000 324-4456

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$779,000 941-1111


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1451 Swallow Ln Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$590,000 324-4456

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$3,495,000 323-7751

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$1,899,000 941-7040

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$4,950,000 325-6161

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2140 Santa Cruz Av #C209 $619,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 Prestige Realty Advisors (408) 498-1345

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50 La Loma $5,350,000 Sun Pacific Union International 314-7200

12930 La Cresta Dr $2,495,000 Sat 1:30-4:30/Sun 1-5 Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111

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11640 Jessica Ln $4,850,000 Sun 1-5 Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111

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$429,000 323-7751

$3,998,000 323-7751

$1,399,000 324-4456

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507 Exeter Way Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

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747 Southview Wy Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

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1560 Ursula Way Call for price Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 325-6161 2120 Myrtle Pl Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$1,599,000 851-2666

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$574,888 325-6161

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830 Mohican Wy Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

5 Bedrooms 953 Roble Ridge Rd $6,998,000 Sun Dreyfus Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Realty 644-3474 3532 Ramona St $3,988,000 Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 323-1111 813 Sutter Av $3,998,000 Sun Keller Williams Palo Alto 454-8500 655 Hale St $4,936,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111


$949,000 323-1900

SAN MATEO 3 Bedrooms 4212 Alameda De Las Pulgas Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$895,000 324-4456

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535 Cashmere Ct Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$699,000 941-1111 $1,179,000 324-4456

WOODSIDE 2 Bedrooms 515 Moore Rd Sun Coldwell Banker

$3,595,000 324-4456

3 Bedrooms 13830 Skyline Bl $1,575,000 Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 529-1111 13956 Skyline Bl $1,250,000 Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 529-1111 52 Morse Ln Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors

$1,597,000 529-1111

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$408,000 324-4456

$479,000 462-1111

3 Bedrooms - Townhouse 1575 Oxford St $689,000 Sun Bayview Residential Brokerage (408) 298-2591

3 Bedrooms 3121 Bay Rd $857,000 Sun Coldwell Banker 851-2666 2157 Edgewood Rd $1,595,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 941-1111

3 Vineyard Hill Rd $9,750,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111 38 Hacienda Dr $4,995,000 Sun 2-4 Dreyfus Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Realty 847-1141 8 Skyline Dr Sat Coldwell Banker

$1,388,000 323-7751

280 Family Farm Rd $10,700,000 Sun 1-4 Intero-Woodside 206-6200 17125 Skyline Bl $2,395,000 Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 529-1111

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13 Canepa Ct $1,699,000 Sun 1-4 Dreyfus Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Realty 847-1141 2038 Hull Av $1,498,000 Sun Alain Pinel Realtors 462-1111

1170 Godetia Dr Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$3,295,000 851-2666

128 Audiffred Ln Sun Coldwell Banker

$3,595,000 851-2666

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David and Sunny Present

Live in one unit while collecting rent from two other units.

Excellent Opportunity Open Friday 9:30 - 11 am And Saturday 1-3 pm Offered at $1,795,000 1751-1755 Alma St, Palo Alto

One 2 bedroom 1 bath unit and two 1 bedroom 1 bath units. Each have their own small patio. Also each unit has their own one car garage , central a/c and washer and dryer. Located close to downtown Palo Alto. This property is on a 7,000 square foot lot. May also be subdivided and build 2 new homes. Zoned rm15.

Excellent Palo Alto Schools: Walter Hayes Elementary, Jordan Middle and Paly High School David Chung

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Located in old Palo Alto close to downtown Palo Alto.




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Piano Lessons Senior Special! Fulfill your dream! Start from scratch or refresh skills you learned as a child. Enjoy a relaxed, fun time. Dr. Reneeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Piano 650/854-0543

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Multimedia Sales Representatives Embarcadero Media is headquartered in Palo Alto and operates diverse media enterprises, including the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most respected and awardwinning community newspapers and specialty publications, websites and e-mail marketing products. Locally-owned and independent for 34 years, we publish the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice and Almanac on the Peninsula and the Pleasanton Weekly. In each of these communities our papers are the dominate, best-read and most respected among its various competitors. We also operate extremely popular interactive community news and information websites in all of our cities, plus unique online-only operations in Danville and San Ramon. Our flagship website, Palo Alto Online (, attracts more than 150,000 unique visitors and 600,000 page views a month. As the first newspaper in the United States to publish on the web back in 1994, the Palo Alto Weekly is recognized throughout the state and nation as a leader in transforming from a print- only news organization to a innovative multimedia company offering advertisers and readers new and effective products. In 2013, the Weekly was judged the best large weekly newspaper in the state by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Its web operation, Palo Alto Online, was judged the best newspaper website in California.


As a Multimedia Account Executive, you will contact and work with local businesses to expand their brand identity and support their future success using marketing and advertising

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The Palo Alto Weekly and Embarcadero Media are seeking smart, articulate and dedicated experienced and entry-level sales professionals who are looking for a fast-paced and dynamic work environment of people committed to producing outstanding journalism and effective marketing for local businesses.

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opportunities available through our 3 marketing platforms: print campaigns, website advertising and email marketing. The ideal candidate is an organized and assertive self-starter who loves working as a team to beat sales goals and possesses strong verbal, written, persuasive and listening interpersonal skills and can provide exceptional customer service. Duties, responsibilities and skills include: * Understands that the sales process is more than taking orders * Has a strong understanding of how consumers use the Internet * Can effectively manage and cover a geographic territory of active accounts while constantly canvassing competitive media and the market for new clients via cold calling * Can translate customer marketing objectives into creative and effective multi-media advertising campaigns * Ability to understand & interpret marketing data to effectively overcome client objections * Understands the importance of meeting deadlines in an organized manner * Can manage and maintain client information in our CRM database system, is proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel and has knowledge of the Internet and social media * Ability to adapt objectives, sales approaches and behaviors in response to rapidly changing situations and to manage business in a deadline-driven environment Compensation includes base salary plus commission, health benefits, vacation, 401k and a culture where employees are respected, supported and given the opportunity to grow. To apply, submit a personalized cover letter and complete resume to: Tom Zahiralis, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Embarcadero Media, 450 Cambridge Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306. E-mail to:

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July 18 Voice Friday, July 11 at Noon July 23 Almanac Wednesday, July 16 at Noon July 25 Weekly Monday, July 21 at Noon Early deadlines apply to both online and newspaper ads. www.Fogster. com Food Service Worker I Mtn View-Los Altos UHSD 650-940-4659 or Software Pluribus Netwks seeks Web Dev for Palo Alto, CA jobsite to design, create and modify HTML and Javascript. Reqs 7 yrs exp. Send resume: Must ref Job #614.

525 Adult Care Wanted Caregiver needed Elderly man in Palo Alto Seeks Caregiver live in or out call kevin 650-387-6751

550 Business Opportunities Be The 1st Medical Alert company in your area! Own your own local distributorship. We do 70% of the work! Unlimited $ return. Investment required. Free Call 844-225-1200 (CalSCAN) Did You Know that not only does newspaper media reach a HUGE Audience, they also reach an ENGAGED AUDIENCE. Discover the Power of Newspaper Advertising. For a free brochure call 916-288-6011 or email (Cal-SCAN)

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640 Legal Services Auto Accident Attorney Injured in an auto accident? Call InjuryFone for a free case evaluation. Never a cost to you. Don`t wait, call now, 1-800-958-5341. (Cal-SCAN)

Home Services 701 AC/Heating Ath: Temporary Change in Classified Deadlines Classified deadlines for Weekly and Voice Best Of and Almanac Readersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Choice newspapers have been changed as follows: July 18 Voice Friday, July 11 at Noon July 23 Almanac Wednesday, July 16 at Noon July 25 Weekly Monday, July 21 at Noon Early deadlines apply to both online and newspaper ads.

703 Architecture/ Design Bright Designs. Barbie Bright Full service Int. Design. Remods. Vail, Beaver Creek, CO. SF, WDS, Monterey, Carmel. 970/926-7866.

LANDAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GARDENING & LANDSCAPING *Yard Maint. *New Lawns. *Rototil *Clean Ups *Tree Trim *Power Wash *Irrigation timer programming. 18 yrs exp. Ramon, 650/576-6242

Salvador Godinez Landscaping Maintenance, landscaping and clean-up work. 20 years exp. 650-716-7011

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

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Sales: Insurance Agents Earn $500 A-DAY: Insurance Agents Needed; Leads, No Cold Calls; Commissions Paid Daily; Lifetime Renewals; Complete Training; Health/ Dental Insurance; Life License Required. Call 1-888-713-6020. (CalSCAN)


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805 Homes for Rent Menlo Park Las Lomitas, 3 BR/2 BA - $4300

Redwood City, 3 BR/2 BA - $4,200.00

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STYLE PAINTING Full service painting. Insured. Lic. 903303. 650/388-8577

Downtown Palo Alto Love Nest, 2 BR/1 BA - $3300 PA: Furn. Room w/pvt. BA and entry. Midtown. N/P, N/S. $750 mo., utils. incl. Call 650/283-8167

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Menlo Park, 3 BR/2 BA - $1099000 Palo Alto, 3 BR/2 BA - $899000

Mtn. View Asphalt Sealing Driveway, parking lot seat coating. Asphalt repair, striping, 30+ years. Family owned. Free est. Lic. 507814. 650/967-1129 Roe General Engineering Asphalt, concrete, pavers, tiles, sealing, new construct, repairs. 36 yrs exp. No job too small. Lic #663703. 650/814-5572


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Italian Painter Residential/Commercial, interior /exterior. 30 years exp. Excel. refs. No job too small. AFFORDABLE RATES. Free est. Call Domenico, 650/421-6879


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Menlo Park, 3 BR/2 BA - $5,200.00

771 Painting/ Wallpaper H.D.A. Painting and Drywall Interior/exterior painting, drywall installed. Mud, tape all textures. Free est. 650/207-7703

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

A Good Housecleaning Service Call Orkopina! Since 1985. Bonded, Ins. Lic. #20624. 650/962-1536


Be & Be Plumbing Locally owned. 20 years exp. Drains cleaned and repairs. Small jobs welcome. Lic., bonded, insured. #990791. 650/422-0107

Mountain View, Studio - $1695

759 Hauling

715 Cleaning Services

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End the Clutter & Get Organized Residential Organizing by Debra Robinson (650)390-0125

757 Handyman/ Repairs

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R.G. Landscape Yard Clean-ups, debris removal, maintenance, installations. Free est. 650/468-8859

Glen Hodges Painting Call me first! Senior discount. 45 yrs. #351738. 650/322-8325

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Public Notices 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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) SWAGELOK NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 593230 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Swagelok Northern California, located at 3393 West Warren Avenue, Fremont, CA 94538, Alameda County. The principal place of business is in Alameda County and a current fictitious business name statement is on file at the County Clerk-Recorderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of said county. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): SUNNYVALE FLUID SYSTEM TECHNOLOGIES, INC. 3393 West Warren Avenue Fremont, CA 94538 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 03/01/2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on June 17, 2014. (PAW June 27, July 4, 11, 18, 2014) MASSAGE FOR EVERYBODY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 593433 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Massage for Everybody, located at 585 Ortega Ave., Mt. View, CA 94040, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): TERI STRYKER 585 Ortega Mt. View, CA 94040 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 7-1-2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on June 20, 2014. (PAW June 27, July 4, 11, 18, 2014)

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

THE PENINSULAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S FREE CLASSIFIEDS WEBSITE TO RESPOND TO ADS WITHOUT PHONE NUMBERS GO TO WWW.FOGSTER.COM 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) 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 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 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

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by Keith Peters t has been quite a week for one former Stanford student and one All-American, and the interest level gets turned up even higher this week as the biggest name in Cardinal menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf history returns to the game. Coming on the heels of 2012 Stanford grad Michelle Wie winning the U.S. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Open and Patrick Rodgers making his professional debut, Tiger Woods will attempt to shake off the rust from a three-month layoff following back surgery. Woods is making his highly anticipated return at the 2014 Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. The four-day tourney got under way Thursday, with an obviously rusty Woods opening with a 3-over 74. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The score is not really indicative of how I played,â&#x20AC;? said Woods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I played better than that.â&#x20AC;? Woods closed with three birdies in his last six holes and, more importantly for him over the course of the next few months and years, no pain in his back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back is great,â&#x20AC;? said Woods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had no issues at all . . . I feel fantastic. I think the hard part was getting into the rhythm of playing again competitively. Unfortunately it took a while.â&#x20AC;? The 2014 Quicken Loans National raises funds and awareness for the Tiger Woods Foundation and local charities, while paying tribute to our armed forces. All


Stanford graduate Michelle Wie found herself on the top of the world (actually the Empire State Building) following her victory at the U.S. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Open last weekend. She was in New York on a media tour.



Stanford in spotlight as Wie wins, Rodgers turns pro, Tiger back


YOUTH BASEBALL . . . The Palo Alto Babe Ruth League Championship moves into its second day on Friday with a consolation-bracket game at 5:30 p.m., followed by a winnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;bracket game at 8 p.m. Following the consolation finals on Saturday (1 p.m.), the championship game will be held Monday at Baylands Athletic Center at 5:30 p.m. Should the unbeaten team lose, a challenge game will follow at 8:30 p.m. The Babe Ruth District 6 tournaments will get under way with the Palo Alto 13s opening Wednesday at McKelvey Park in Mountain View at 6:30 p.m., and the 14s playing at the Belmont Sports Complex at 7 p.m. The Palo Alto 15s will host their district tourney at Baylands, starting Thursday, July 3 .

A title, a debut, a return


OAKS PERFECT . . . The Palo Alto Oaks had a deja vu baseball moment on Sunday as they faced the same team they had met two weeks ago with very similar results. The Oakland Expos returned to Sarge Casey field at the Baylands Athletic Center to meet their Western Baseball Association opponents, and once again the Oaks prevailed in the doubleheader, 12-2 and 13-6. Oaks veteran Ricky Navarro from Gunn High was the winning pitcher in Game 1, spreading two runs (one earned) and four hits over the mercy-rule shortened seven-inning game. His battery mate, Menlo College catcher Gary Ellis, contributed three hits and two RBI to support Navarro in addition to calling a solid game. Sam Wilkins added an additional three hits. Another Palo Alto veteran, Dominic Hernandez, started and was awarded the win for his three innings of work in Game 2. He allowed only one hit but three runs in his start. Sacred Heart Prep grad Will Nahmens took over in the fourth innings, allowing three additional runs on four hits. Jacob Naval ended the game, pitching the final two innings allowing no runs on no hits. While the Oaks allowed a few more runs than they normally do, their offense more than held up their end of the bargain. Kevin Cali and Casey Thompson combined for seven hits and six RBI. Leadoff hitter Cali was driven home by Thompson all three times that he reached base, the final time at a leisurely trot after Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three-run blast over the center field wall in the fifth inning. Thompson finished just a single short of hitting for the cycle. Wilkins also added a solo homer in the third.


Former Stanford All-American Tiger Woods returned to action Thursday.

Former Stanford All-American Patrick Rodgers made his pro debut.


New challenge for new Stanford menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis coach by Keith Peters aul Goldstein has succeeded at every level in the world of tennis. He was a teen prodigy in high school, an All-American in college, a successful pro, a council member for the pro game and even an announcer. One thing Goldstein hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done is coach college tennis. But, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to get that opportunity after becoming the 10th head menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis coach in Stanford history this week. Goldstein becomes the second straight former Stanford player to take over the program, following a successful 10-year stint by John Whitlinger, who announced his retirement on May 29 after guiding Stanford to a 160-85 overall record and nine NCAA Tournament appearances.


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am humbled, honored, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are increasing pressures most of all inspired by the op- on young athletes to focus on tenportunity to lead a program with nis-related training/travel as the such a strong interexpense of academic generational legacy of achievement. These athletic and academic pressures create chalexcellence,â&#x20AC;? said Goldlenges for any collestein. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have been a giate program seeking proud member of the to maintain academic Stanford tennis family standings. since I first arrived on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Despite these chalcampus in 1994 and am lenges, I believe that thrilled to be returning we will be a program to The Farm.â&#x20AC;? that 1) competes for Much has changed Paul Goldstein national championsince Goldsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playships, 2) maintains ing days and he is well aware of standards of academic excellence, the challenges ahead. 3) in which student-athletes imâ&#x20AC;&#x153;The landscape of competitive prove themselves and have fun, tennis in the United States has 4) completely engages Stanford changed dramatically since I at- Tennis supporters and the entire tended Stanford in the 1990s,â&#x20AC;? university community.â&#x20AC;? Goldstein wrote in an e-mail to Dick Gould, who coached the Stanford tennis community. Goldstein and is now Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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An influx of talent shows a bright future Stanford coaches get a good look at some of their future swimmers at Santa Clara Grant Prix meet By Rick Eymer

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The 18-under A team from Stanford Water Polo Club won its Pacific Zone qualifying tournament for the upcoming Junior Olympics and earned the No. 3 overall seed for the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest water polo tourney.

JO polo berths wrapping up for Stanford WPC boys and girls by Keith Peters


he boys from the Stanford Water Polo Club were busy this past weekend at both ends of the state while playing in various tournaments. The 16A team went down to Orange County to compete in the Ironman Superfinals, finishing fourth. The tournament was a culmination of season-long league play between the top club teams in Northern and Southern California. Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Benoit Viollier (St. Francis) was named goalie of the tournament. At the Pacific Zone qualifying tournament for next monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Junior Olympics, Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 18-under â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; team beat Lamorinda in dominant fashion in the championship game, 10-2. Sacred Heart Prep seniors Nelson Perla-Ward and Will Conner each scored three goals. Incoming Stanford freshman and SHP grad Harrison Enright added two while Menlo School senior Nick Bisconti added one. Immediately following the game, Bisconti flew to Southern California where he will be training and competing with the U.S. Junior National Team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a very strong performance and balanced game against Lamorinda on Sunday in the championship,â&#x20AC;? said 18A head coach Colin Mello. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The team played as well of an allaround game as you can ask for at

this point during the summer. We played great team defense, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow many natural goals, and did a solid job of funneling shots to our goalie, Jack Turner, who did his job in the cage. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know many teams that have allowed two or less goals and lost a game. So if we can play that kind of defense going forward weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always have an opportunity to win the game.â&#x20AC;? The victory in the finals earned Stanford the No. 3 overall seed for the Platinum Division of the Junior Olympics. Just as impressive, the Stanford 18-under â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; team finished third at the qualifier after beating West Valley in the third-place game 8-7. The win puts both Stanford teams among the top three from the zone out of 18 teams that competed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked that we were able to improve each game we played,â&#x20AC;? said 18B head coach Brandon Johnson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As the weekend went on and the games became tougher and more important, we were able to raise the level we played at. We had a few close games and I was happy to see us able to grind them out and find ways to win them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spencer Whitte (goalie, Menlo School) played very well for us all weekend. He came up with numerous big saves through out the weekend.â&#x20AC;? Ari Wayne (Gunn), Rishabh Hedge (Lynbrook) and Riley Preston (Bellermine) were Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top scorers on the weekend.

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The Stanford Water Polo Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 18-under B team qualified for JOs after finishing third last weekend.

The 14-under teams also had a great weekend at the qualifying tournament. Out of 28 teams in competition, Stanford had three teams finish in the top six as the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; team took third, the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was fifth and the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was sixth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were the only club with at least two teams in the top eight,â&#x20AC;? said Jon Barnea, who oversees the club program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And, this was the highest placing finish for any â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Câ&#x20AC;&#x2122; team in our clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history.â&#x20AC;? This coming weekend will be the final weekend of JO Qualifying competition with Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 16B, 16C, 12 A, 12B and 10-under squads all competing for spots in the Junior Olympics, which will be hosted by Stanford with matches at many of the local pools. Girls The Stanford Water Polo Club qualified its 18A and 18B teams during the weekend in the East Bay with the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; squad taking second the the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; team fourth. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; team, coached by Kyle Utsumi, opened with a 19-4 win over NCA and followed that up with a 13-6 victory over Lamorinda on Saturday. Stanford reached the finals on Sunday with a 9-8 shootout win over Diablo before falling to 680 in the title match, 9-7. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; team, coached by Mark Hernandez, opened with a 12-2 win over Marin and a 12-4 triumph over West Valley on Saturday. In the semifinals Sunday, Stanford was routed by 680, 17-1. In the third-place game, Stanford dropped a 12-3 decision to Diablo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;18A is looking forward to building on last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10th-place finish,â&#x20AC;? Utsumi said of the 2013 JO tourney. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are looking forward to seeing where we stack up at the US Club Championships July 11-13. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are pleased to place our 18B in the championship bracket of JOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. After last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bronze medal in the Gold Division, the team will be shooting for the Platinum Division this year.â&#x20AC;? N

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to get caught up in the he Arena Grand Prix at San- top guys but the difference makta Clara showcased much ers are those guys who can score of what makes Stanford a points between ninth and 16th at perennial national contender in the NCAA meet and we have a both menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swim- whole sleuth of them. We have a ming. really fast freshmen class comFrom grads like Bobby Bollier, ing in.â&#x20AC;? Eugene Godsoe, Maya DiRado Williamson swam Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Felicia Lee to incoming fresh- best 200 breast time of the colmen like Simone Manuel, Curtis lege (short course) season at Ogren, Ally Howe and Andrew 1:56.15 and was second, to senior Liang, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apparent why the Car- David Nolan, in the 400 IM. He dinal attracts such talent. also has reliable times in the back Stanford finished a and fly. surprising second at Ogren and Liang, the NCAA womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s both of whom swam on championship meet this PASAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 400 free relay spring and the men finand 800 free relay, are ished ninth. Despite sigboth looking forward nificant losses to graduto helping the Cardinal ation, there are enough improve its national returning swimmers ranking. and talented newcomâ&#x20AC;&#x153;It should be one of ers to allow both teams the best incoming classto dream large. es across the country,â&#x20AC;? Simone Manuel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The team has all the Ogren said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m deficomponents to be a top NCAA nitely looking forward to swimcontender,â&#x20AC;? said Cardinal soph- ming under Ted (Knapp) and omore Max Williamson, who Scott (Armstrong).â&#x20AC;? swam in two championship fiLiang, who swam in his first nals (400 IM and 200 IM) over Grand Prix, also thinks Stanford the weekend in Santa Clara. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will be even better next year. have a good mix of youth and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited to see what will experience and some of the top happen,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This meet was coaches in the nation.â&#x20AC;? good experience and now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take Manuel, the top high the next step in my caschool sprinter in the reer.â&#x20AC;? nation this year, beat Manuel, who beOlympic gold medalist came the first UnderMissy Franklin in the 18 swimmer to break 100-meter free. Manuel the 25-second mark also finished third in the in the 50-meter free at 200 free and fourth in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s FINA World the 50 free. Championships, joins â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just want to coman already world-class pete the same,â&#x20AC;? Manuel group of sprinters. said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stanford has such Katie Ledecky Manuel, the Ameria strong tradition and all can recordholder in the the swimmers have a lot to give. It 100-yard free (46.83), went 54.44, will be great competition.â&#x20AC;? edging Franklin by .07 seconds, Manuel will also be joined by to win the 100-meter free at the top sprinters Janet Hu, Lindsey George Haines International Engel and Howe, the recent Sa- Swim Center. cred Heart Prep grad who helped Schaefer finished eighth in the the Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics same race, swimming a 55.74. finish fourth in the 400 free relay â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incredible,â&#x20AC;? Schaefer and 800 free relay. said of Manuel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s super nice, Olympic gold medalist and works hard and will bring energy world recordholder Katie Ledecky to the team, especially the sprintwill join the Cardinal in the fall ers. I know she will help me and of 2015. She gave Stanford her Lea and the other sprinters get verbal commitment in May. Last better.â&#x20AC;? weekend, she broke her world Bollier finished second in the marks in the 800- and 1500-meter 200 fly and eighth in the 100 fly. freestyles in Texas. Godsoe was third in the 100 fly At Santa Clara, Stanford senior and third in the 100 back. Maddy Schaefer finished sevStanford grad B.J. Johnson was enth in the 100 free and fifth in third in the 200 breast and eighth the 50 free. Cardinal sophomore in the 100 breast. Cardinal grad Lia Neal also competed in Santa Alex Coville was eighth in the 50 Clara. Junior Sarah Haase quali- free and Geoff Cheah was seventh fied for the championship final of in the 100 back. the 100 breast but did not race. DiRado, one of the top swimSacred Heart Prep grad Tom mers during the NCAA meet, Kremer, a junior at Stanford, fin- competed at the Grand Prix but ished fifth in the 200 fly race. had been sick recently and wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of versatile up to speed. Lee won the 100 fly swimmers,â&#x20AC;? Williamson said. and was ninth in the 50 free. N


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tanford senior field hockey me making the national team. I standout Kelsey Harbin am very excited to continue trainhas been named to the U.S. ing with Stanford and start with Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Team, as an- the U.S. team as I work toward the nounced by Team USA head Olympics.â&#x20AC;? coach Craig ParnHarbin is a twoham. time All-American Harbin made the and was named the 30-player roster after 2013 NorPac West competing at the 2014 Player of the Year Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National with the Cardinal. Championship last She led Stanford in week in Lancaster, assists (8) and tied Pa. She is the fourth for the most points player in Stanford (22) during the 2013 history to be named season. Harbin repreto the U.S. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sented Team USA at National Team, jointhe Junior Pan Amering Sheryl Johnson, ican Championships Onnie Killefer and Kelsey Harbin in September 2012 Nancy White. and was a member â&#x20AC;&#x153;Representing the U.S. is a of the U17 and U19 U.S. national great honor and has always been teams. my dream,â&#x20AC;? said Harbin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;MakIn other rowing news, former ing the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team is an amaz- Stanford rowers Grace Luczak ing opportunity and I cannot wait and Elle Logan combined for a to practice and play with the top gold, a silver and a bronze medal players in the country. I am look- as they were part of seven medals ing forward to taking everything for Team USA at the World RowI learn and bringing it back to my ing Cup II in Aiguebelette, France Stanford team so that we can con- this past weekend. tinue to improve. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Stanford coaches and Diving teammates played a huge role in New Stanford diving coach Pat-

rick Jeffrey will be on the USA staff for the FINA Diving World Cup set for July 15-20 in Shanghai, China. Rowing Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christine Cavallo and Brittany Presten were named to the United States U-23 National Team in rowing on Tuesday after winning the Final of the Ltwt B 4x at the U-23 Trials in West Windsor, N.J. Cavallo and Presten cruised to victory in a time of 6:59.57, nearly six seconds in front of the second-place boat. The win propelled the duo and their teammates to an automatic spot on the Team USA U-23 roster. They now will have the opportunity to compete in the U-23 World Championships from July 21-27 at Varese, Italy. Two other Stanford lightweights were in action on Tuesday. Katherine Christel and Jackie Huddle saw their run come to an end in the rep of the Ltwt B 2x event. The duo took second with a time of 7:34.23 to just miss out on making the finals. Stanford open weight Nancy Miles won the race with a time of 7:24.05. N

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top 10 juniors in the world and made USTA history by becoming the first player to capture three consecutive national championships (Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 16 in 1992, Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 18 in 1993, Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 18 in 1994) in Kalamazoo, Mich. Goldstein then enjoyed a stellar collegiate career from 1995-98, leading the Cardinal to a 104-6 overall record â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the best fouryear stretch in program history â&#x20AC;&#x201D; while becoming the first player in NCAA history to compete as a starting member of four consecutive national championship teams. Goldstein was honored as an All-American in each of his four years. Goldstein capped his career with a Pac-10 Player of the Year honor in 1998 after winning 33 of his 35 overall matches during the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 28-0 campaign. A team captain during his senior campaign, Goldstein and his teammates (which included the Bryan brothers) surrendered just three individual points the entire season while going undefeated and winning the NCAA title. Goldstein finished his career with 84 dualmatch victories, ranking fifth overall in program history. The first-ever two-time recipient of the ITAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award (1997, 1998), Goldstein also was recognized as the ITAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award recipient in 1997. Goldstein was inducted into the ITA Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in May 2013 and currently serves on the ITA Hall of Fame Committee.


tations. On Sunday, Wie let the golf world ­VÂ&#x153;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x152;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x2DC;Ă&#x2022;i`Ă&#x160;vĂ&#x20AC;Â&#x153;Â&#x201C;Ă&#x160;ÂŤĂ&#x20AC;iĂ&#x203A;Â&#x2C6;Â&#x153;Ă&#x2022;Ă&#x192;Ă&#x160;ÂŤ>}iÂŽ that all the hype that was heaped upon her as a teenager finally has will be playing for a purse of $6.5 been realized after the 24-year-old million, including a top prize of captured the 2014 U.S. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $1,170,000. Open golf championship. Woods, who also serves as host Wie shot rounds of 68-68-72-70 of the event, last played in early for a 2-under 278, becoming the March at the WGC-Cadillac only player to beat par at PineChampionship. Shortly after- hurst No. 2 course. She earned ward, he underwent surgery for $720,000. a pinched nerve in his back and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Oh my God, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe began a slow and often tedious this is happening,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; said Wie, who rehabilitation. received a shower of champagne Woods, winner of 79 PGA Tour from her fellow competitors after titles and 14 major championships, sinking her par putt on the 18th. said he was in conâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think this stant pain before the will ever get old,â&#x20AC;? surgery and wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Wie said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a sure if he would ever dream come true for play professional golf me right now.â&#x20AC;? again. Wie bounced back â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to from a late mistake, function,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I a double-bogey six couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get out of at the 16th, and burbed.â&#x20AC;? ied a 25-foot birdie The worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forputt on the 17th hole mer No. 1 player will to win her first major be in a field that inchampionship with a cludes the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two-shot victory over top-ranked amateur Stacy Lewis. Wie had golfer. That would be Michelle Wie no three putts during Rodgers, who gave the week. up his senior year at Stanford and Wie was the youngest player, turned pro. He made his debut at age 10, to qualify for a USGA last week in the PGA Tourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trav- amateur event and was 13 when elerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Championship at TPC River she played in the final group of a Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. major. Wie competed against the Rodgers made the cut and shot men on the PGA Tour while still rounds of 66-69-71-70 for a 276 in high school and had the temertotal. That left him tied for 46th ity to even talk about playing in at 4-under par. Rodgers earned the Masters some day. $17,186. A lot has changed for the 6-foot â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a lot of confidence that I Wie since then as she has taken can compete with the best players a more conventional path to her in the world,â&#x20AC;? Rogers told reporters current popularity. before the tourney began. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just had so many people surwhy Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a professional this week. rounding me . . . who never lost Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why I decided to leave Stan- faith in me,â&#x20AC;? said said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just ford. I feel like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ready.â&#x20AC;? amazing.â&#x20AC;? Rodgersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; resume at Stanford Wieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous best Open fincertainly confirmed that. The ish was a tie for third in 2006, but three-time All-American matched she had not cracked the top 10 in Woodsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; school record by win- nine previous starts. Twice she ning 11 college tournaments. withdrew (2007 and 2013), and He chopped nearly a stroke off twice she missed the cut (2008 Woodsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; record with a 70.33 career and 2010). stroke average and averaged 69.4 On Sunday, however, her past this season. was just that and her future all the Rodgers played three years at more bright. Stanford, Woods two. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so happy right now,â&#x20AC;? she Rodgers also swept the 2014 said following her round. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Hogan, Nicklaus and Haskins just unbelievably happy. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so awards as college golfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consen- honored to be part â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to have my sus premiere player. name on the trophy. Just so grateAnd, like Woods, Rodgers ful for everything. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just really signed a multiyear contract with happy. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really thankful, just Nike Golf. everything, feeling every single Rodgers, 21, has secured at least emotion I can right now.â&#x20AC;? six of the maximum seven sponSince her victory, Wie has been sors exemptions he is allowed as a on a whirlwind PR tour of New tour non-member. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s using one York City. On Tuesday, she made of those exemptions this week. stops at Sirius XM Radio, The ToHis hope is to play well enough day Show, Fox & Friends, CNN to earn special temporary status Newsroom, CNN Sports Interthat would enable him to play an national, The Dan Patrick Show, unlimited number of PGA events NBC Sports Radio, NBC Sports or to finish in the top 200 in Fe- Radio, CNBC Closing Bell, Golf dExCup points, which would earn Central and Fox Sports 1. him a spot in the Tour She carried the U.S. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Finals, where he would compete Open Trophy with her wherever for a PGA Tour card for the 2014- she went, which included a trip 15 season. to the top of the Empire State Qualifying for events is some- Building. thing that Wie no longer has to It was an appropriate place to worry about. Nor is she carrying be, since Wie is now on top of the the baggage of unrealized expec- world in womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf.N

Paul Goldstein played 10 years on the pro circuit after graduating from Stanford in 1998 as a four-time All-American. Goldstein received his B.A. in human biology from Stanford in 1998 before embarking on an impressive 10-year professional career. After moving into the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top 200 in less than one year on the professional circuit, Goldsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ATP world rankings eventually reached as high as No. 58 in singles and No. 40 in doubles. Goldstein has remained active on both a local and national level within the tennis community, serving as a USTA Nominating Committee member and member

of the ITA Steering Committee on Dual Match formats while also coaching aspiring juniors in the Bay Area. Goldstein is familiar with the current collegiate landscape, having served as a Pac-12 Networks color analyst for the previous two seasons during dual match and conference championship competition. Now heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be on the other side of the microphone.N (Brian Risso of the Stanford Sports Information Department contributed)


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Palo Alto Weekly June 27, 2014  
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