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Local nonprofit aids in Central American immigrant crisis Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto is helping children who seek to stay in U.S. with relatives by Elena Kadvany


hough current debate over what to do with the tens of thousands of children surging across the U.S. border from violence-torn countries like El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras largely focuses on Washington and the cities where the youth are being housed, the issue

touched down locally years ago. Since 2011, Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto has served as a resource for Central American children fleeing intense gang violence and unstable family situations with the goal of reaching family members in East Palo Alto, Redwood City and surround-

ing Bay Area cities. The nonprofit legal center helps them secure legal relief, which can range from asylum to a special status for juveniles who have been abused, abandoned or neglected by one or both parents. It is a federal anti-trafficking law, passed in 2008 with support from both sides of the aisle, that ensures unaccompanied minors have a chance to stay in the United States rather than be deported immediately. One of the final legislative acts

of the George W. Bush administration, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act guarantees an automatic legal hearing to unaccompanied children who are not from Mexico or Canada and who have crossed the border illegally. The Act also directs them to be placed under the care of the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which is charged with reuniting the children

with U.S.-based family members, if possible. During this process, they are housed in ORR shelters, which are located not just at the border but across the country (including one across the San Francisco Bay in Pleasant Hill, near Walnut Creek). Community Legal Services attorney Helen Beasley, who focuses on juvenile immigration cases, said that despite the sudden nationwide interest in the issue, (continued on page 13)


Palo Alto eyes restrictions on water for fountains, sidewalks City looks to respond to state directive to lower water usage by Gennady Sheyner

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Emergency responders aid an elderly driver who drove his car over the curb on University Avenue, hitting six people, one who was critically injured, just outside of University Cafe on July 31.


Six injured after car crashes into downtown Palo Alto cafe Witnesses: Elderly driver accelerated onto sidewalk while trying to park by Elena Kadvany, Sue Dremann and Gennady Sheyner


ne person was critically injured and five others suffered more minor injuries during the Thursday lunch hour when a silver Nissan crashed into University Cafe in downtown Palo Alto. According to police Agent Marianna Villaescusa, a car driven by a man in his 90s hit several people on the sidewalk and sitting at a table outside the restaurant at 271 University Ave. at around 12:36 p.m. The driver was trying to parallel

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park, his Nissan Versa moving at about 5 miles per hour, when he accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake, Villaescusa said. The car jumped the curb, hitting another car and slamming into the eastern side of the building, she said.

The driver was one of six people injured. The five victims were taken to Stanford Hospital for treatment. The driver was interviewed by officers Thursday afternoon but was not arrested or cited at that time, police said. One eyewitness, James Fowler, told the Weekly that he was standing outside the cafe with his wife and about to go inside when he peripherally saw the car accelerate. (continued on page 11)

esponding to a statewide call for water conservation at a time of severe drought, Palo Alto is preparing to ban the use of potable water in fountains and on driveways. The prohibition, which the City Council is set to consider on Aug. 4, was proposed in response to a July 15 decision by the State Water Resources Control Board to adopt emergency regulations. The regulations call for water suppliers to initiate contingency plans that include restrictions like the ones Palo Alto is now considering. The statewide emergency regulations, which take effect Aug. 1, prohibit all Californians from “using potable water for activities such as driveway washing, irrigation that results in runoff, or in decorative fountains (with certain limited exceptions),” a report from the Utilities Department states. The state also requires water suppliers to restrict outdoor irrigation. Violations could result in penalties of up to $500 per day for individuals and larger fines for water agencies that don’t implement the restrictions. The state board’s July proclamation followed several executive orders by Gov. Jerry Brown aimed at urging conservation. In January, Brown declared a state of emergency and proclaimed that the state is experiencing record dry conditions, with 2014 projected to be the driest year on record. He called on all Californians to reduce their water usage by 20 percent. In April, Brown issued another order directing the state board to adopt

emergency regulations that would address the water shortages. According to the National Integrated Drought Information System, nearly 80 percent of the state was under “extreme” drought conditions at the end of June, the state’s resolution notes. So far, Palo Alto has achieved water conservation through carrots rather than sticks. The city’s water usage between February and June this year was 17 percent lower than during the same period in 2013. The department’s initiatives to encourage conservation include doubling of rebates for outdoor irrigation efficiency; “home water reports” that compare residents’ usage; water metering that offers real-time data; and landscape water “budgets” for customers with large irrigation operations, according to the report. The new ban on using potable water in fountains, driveways or sidewalks will kick off the second of four stages in the city’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan (with stage four addressing the most severe conditions). Stage II aims for a reduction of 10 to 20 percent in water supply, through a steppedup outreach effort and “adoption of some additional water use restrictions.” Stage III includes higher water rates and penalties for violations of water-usage restrictions. Stage IV would introduce “allocations of water for each customer.” Neither of these steps is currently being considered. (continued on page 12) • Palo Alto Weekly • August 1, 2014 • Page 5

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FEEL THE RISE ... Palo Alto native and Paly class of ’95’s Sarah Cameron Sunde, now a New York-based director and performance artist, will be standing in the San Francisco Bay on Friday, Aug. 15, from 9:26 a.m. to 10:31 p.m. as part of her durational project drawing attention to global sea-level rise. She’s looking for volunteers to take half-hour shifts to stand with her in the water or serve as medics, filmmakers or socialmedia gurus to help spread the word. And, if you just want to watch, there are bleachers at Aquatic Park. “Think of it more as a very slow moving piece of visual art: You will probably get more out of it if you experience it from two different perspectives/ times of the day,” she wrote in an email. More information is posted at

TWEETING, FRIENDING, PINNING ... Dying of curiosity about which City of Palo Alto departments are on social media and which platforms they’re on? Die no longer: The city has posted a helpful infographic on its social media page ( socialmedia/) with a list of 19 departments, from Open Space to the police department to the Art Center, and handy, colorful icons for their Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest accounts. All but three city bodies are on Twitter (the Baylands, Zero Waste and the Historical Society remain a bit behind the social-media times) and a lone four are on Pinterest (the city itself, the Art Center, the library and Recreation Services). Only three departments have gone full social throttle, with presences on all four platforms: the city itself, the Art Center and Recreation Services. YOUR THOUGHTS? ... Thousands of Palo Alto residents will have a chance to weigh in this week on what the city is doing well and where it needs to improve as part of an annual survey. Known as the National Citizens Survey, the exercise will gauge residents’ perceptions about each city service and compare results in Palo Alto against those in comparable jurisdictions. This will be the 12th consecutive year in which the city is participating in the exercise, which is overseen

by the National Research Center. According to the city’s announcement, this year’s survey will also include “an open-ended question to help identify the most important change the City could make to increase Palo Alto resident satisfaction.” City Auditor Harriet Richardson, whose office is coordinating the survey, said 3,000 households in Palo Alto will receive invitations to take the survey. “We increased the number of households selected to voice their opinions,” Richardson said in a press release. “If you receive a survey in the mail, we encourage you to take advantage of this increased opportunity to have your voice be heard by responding.” IN THE SAME ROOM ... It’s not every day that an ordinary bloke gets to exchange words with — let alone sit in the same room as — President Barack Obama, but local businessman Maurice Brewster had that opportunity on July 11. At a White House meeting regarding a new program of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Brewster — a Palo Alto resident for 17 years and the president and founder of Mosaic Global Transportation, a corporate limousine and ground transportation business based in Redwood City — found himself in the company of executives from IBM, one of his clients, heads of major corporations and other small business owners. The SBA’s program, called SupplierPay, asks corporations to support the growth of small businesses in their supply chain by paying them faster and providing access to other financial solutions. Also attended by Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the SBA, and Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the President, the event gave businesses large and small the opportunity to discuss economic development. At one point Obama asked Brewster directly if the SBA was working for his business. He said no, respectfully, having previously had difficulty with the agency’s loan programs. Despite this, Brewster was ecstatic to have had this chance to participate on the national stage. “To be in an intimate room with the President of the United States ... that’s awesome,” Brewster said. Q


East Palo Alto pastor sued over controversial property sale Lawsuit filed Monday asks for injunction


embers of an East Palo Alto church who invited a pastor to tend their flock are now accusing him of pulling the wool over their eyes. Members of the Born Again Christian Center say Pastor Andre Harris put the church’s two properties up for sale without their knowledge or permission and is taking the money for himself. One church member is so angry he has filed a lawsuit against Harris, his wife, Gloria EdgertonHarris, the church trustees, the real estate agents and the home’s new buyer. The lawsuit was filed in San Mateo County Superior Court on Monday, July 28, and alleges that the pastor, trustees and real estate agents conspired to gain title to the properties and sell them to enrich themselves. Church members were never consulted about selling nor gifting to the Harrises the church at 891 Weeks St. or a home provided to Harris at 871 Weeks St., according to the lawsuit. The church bylaws state that real property owned by the church is not to be sold or transferred without approval of members of the church, according to the lawsuit. The suit claims breach of fiduciary duty and corporate waste; violation of corporation codes that

prohibit certain distributions of property from religious nonprofit corporations; attempts to defraud the church and its members; and conversion of the home for the Harrises’ personal use. The lawsuit asks for an injunction against the sale of the church and to rescind the sale of the home, which closed escrow on July 21. The suit also asks the court to remove the board of trustees, which is made up of Harris’ family members, and to direct the proper election of a new board. “He claims that the properties were gifted to him by the board. The church belongs to the members,” said Deacon Arthel Coleman, who filed the lawsuit. Palo Alto Attorney Stephen Pappas is representing Coleman. Coleman and other church members said they want to get a new pastor and rebuild their church, which has dwindled from about 100 members to about 20 since Harris became pastor. The problems began in April after Harris announced he was retiring, according to several church members who met with the Weekly. “He said he didn’t want to die in the pulpit,” Coleman said. But in early May, church members arrived for services to find a real estate sign on the next-door

home. A church member looked up the records at the county recorder’s office and found the deed had been transferred to the Harrises. San Mateo County Recorder’s Office records show that on April 17, Andre and Gloria Harris transferred the deed to the Weeks Street home from the church to their names. The grant deed was transferred to the Harrises as individuals with the word “gift” handscrawled and the names “Andre L. Harris, Sr. and Gloria L. Harris” hand-written in as the grantees. A for-sale sign also soon appeared on the church property. When church members gathered for services on June 29 to demand an explanation and to protest the sales, Harris reportedly handed them notices of excommunication and barred them from the church. “Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Born Again Christian Center is informing you because of your inconsistent attendance over the months or years, we have therefore removed you as a member,” the letter stated. “You therefore no longer have any rights or privileges to conduct any matter at the said Church. ... We are informing you of your removal and permanent ban of membership at Born Again Christian Center.”

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The Born Again Christian Center is at the center of a controversy — and a lawsuit — over who actually owns the church and its nearby manse and can therefore legally sell them. “I saw him just the week before. He never said a word. We hugged,” Coleman said, shaking his head. Longtime church members Sheron Romes, Elaine Blue and the church’s usher also received ex-communication notices despite all having consistently attended the church, they said. Romes wiped away tears while talking about it. She said she didn’t understand how this could happen. “We trusted too much,” Blue said. The church was first established in 1969 as an unincorporated association, named the Zion Missionary Baptist Church. It was incorporated in 1973 under the same name, according to the lawsuit. A congregation member, Decon Armstrong, donated the properties, with the home to be used as a residence for the church’s pastor. The congregation built the church with its own money, Coleman recalled. A carpenter by trade, Coleman has voluntarily repaired and improved the buildings for the good of the church, he said.

The pastor’s position has always been unpaid, but the pastors have resided in the next-door house rent-free, Coleman said. When the church needed a new pastor in 1999, Harris was serving with another pastor at the True Life Baptist Church in East Palo Alto. Zion’s members brought him over on a trial basis and decided he could stay, members said. Harris and his family moved into the Weeks Street house. In 2004, the organization changed its name to Born Again Christian Center to be more inclusive, Coleman said. When Harris came in, his family members began to join the church and “infiltrated” the board of trustees, which was never formally elected, according to the lawsuit. The board members included Harris’ wife, Gloria; two nieces, April Ingram-Black and Laesheia Turner; and Kenneth Harris, the pastor’s brother, according to court papers. A fifth (continued on page 13)


Five candidates prepare to compete for two seats on school board Newcomers Cabrera, Dalma join three who earlier indicated they would run


earing up for this fall’s campaign for Palo Alto Board of Education, candidates are polishing their websites, securing endorsements and planning kick-off parties for late August and early September. With two seats available and no incumbents running, five candidates have returned nomination papers to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters: finance director Terry Godfrey, education consultant Catherine Crystal Foster, software engineer Ken Dauber, foundation officer Gina Dalma and community volunteer Jay Blas Jacob Cabrera. Dalma, one of the latest to go public with her intention to run, is senior program officer for education at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. She said her broad knowledge of education elsewhere puts her in a strong position to help Palo Alto connect with “pockets of excellence” across the region and the nation.

Dalma served on the Ohlone Elementary School Site Council and started a group for Spanishspeaking parents at Palo Alto High School. She said her two children have had “amazing educational opportunities” in Palo Alto but that the district could do better at learning from innovations here and elsewhere and spreading them around. “Palo Alto’s a great school district, but it’s in a silo,” she said. “With a new superintendent and two new board members there’s a huge opportunity to set a different culture and interaction between the staff, board and community.” Dalma said she’s pondered running for school board for the past year, but was put “over the edge” by the district’s withdrawal in February of a proposal by English teachers at Palo Alto High School to de-lane freshman English. The withdrawal followed resistance to the de-laning proposal from school board members and a

by Chris Kenrick number of parents. “I was disappointed with the way the school district managed that very creative and courageous proposal from the teachers,” Dalma said. “There are some things I think are complete missed opportunities for school districts to innovate, and that was one. “We can’t create the best community for our kids if it doesn’t include all the voices and we learn by talking, regardless of where we are in terms of achievement, regardless of where we come from, regardless of our income level,” she said. “Building this community where we truly value each piece of the puzzle, and without each piece of the puzzle it doesn’t work, is the education system where I want my kids, because that’s the world we face.” Cabrera, another recent entrant to the race, is a 1998 graduate of Gunn High School who said he recently “boomeranged” back to

live with his family on the Stanford campus and is looking for a job. He held a student government position at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he majored in environmental studies and biology. Cabrera has run unsuccessfully for public office four times before — including for mayor of San Francisco, mayor of Santa Cruz and California Assembly. He said he does not have the resources to mount a significant campaign and does not expect to win, but wants to contribute his ideas to the public debate. His No. 1 suggestion for Palo Alto schools, Cabrera said, is that computer programming should be required. “There’s no excuse not to have every kid in the industrialized, tech economy we’re in to learn computer programming, just like English. If I’d had that skill and learned that, regardless of whatever field I’d chosen to study, I feel like I’d

be much better off,” he said. The three remaining candidates, Dauber, Foster and Godfrey, have posted complete websites with long lists of endorsements. All three have the support of a number of current and former elected officials. Godfrey, former president of the Palo Alto Council of PTAs and former board chair of the independent fundraising foundation Palo Alto Partners in Education, got endorsements from incumbent school board members Barb Mitchell and Dana Tom. Foster, Dauber and Godfrey were all out of town this week, but have scheduled campaign kickoff parties for Sept. 5, Aug. 23 and Sept. 7, respectively. The Palo Alto Weekly will hold a debate for school board candidates Thursday, Sept. 11, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at a location to be determined. Q Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@ • Palo Alto Weekly • August 1, 2014 • Page 7

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downtown and the Alma Village retail-and-residential center. She was also one of four co-signers of an April 2013 memo urging staff to revise design guidelines for El Camino Real and other major thoroughfares to encourage wider sidewalks and less massive building facades. In a letter announcing her bid for a second term, Holman wrote that issues of “traffic and parking, building design and scale, protecting our retail and environmental assets, and contending with state housing mandates Karen Holman have reached critical points and need to be addressed in a strategic and timely manner.” She said she will “continue to advocate for only reasonable development and for protecting our environment.” Holman said that at the party

she also thanked DuBois and Filseth for running. Both were involved in last year’s Measure D campaign, which overturned the approval of a housing development on Maybell Avenue, and both have been critical of dense new developments. Each is also affiliated with the citizens group Palo Altans for Sensible Zoning, which opposes the granting of zoning exceptions for projects in residential neighborhoods. Holman told the Weekly that the entry of other candidates with residentialist leanings helped influence her decision to run for a second term. She said that she “had to decide seriously if I wanted to spend four more years being part of a small council minority.” With Filseth and DuBois in the race, she said, “There is a possibility of having a different council majority and to make the role I can play more impactful and more meaningful.” She noted that while she shares (continued on page 15)

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s Palo Alto prepares to debate this week four different visions for the city’s long-term growth, one common theme stands out among the different scenarios: a growing opposition to impacts of new development. The climate of skepticism toward new development is reflected in the alternatives that the City Council will consider in its first two meetings after a monthlong break. The meetings, scheduled for Monday and Wednesday nights, will focus on an environmental analysis that will be conducted as part of the city’s update of its Comprehensive Plan, a project that has been in the works since 2006 and that officials hope to conclude in late 2015. The effort promises to be a tug of war between competing values and pressures. On the one hand, the city is facing a state mandate to accommodate more housing, a healthy job climate and an economic environment in which developers are eager to build to the limit of the city’s density requirements (and occasionally, beyond the limit). Council members have talked in recent years about encouraging more housing

by Gennady Sheyner units near transit sites, relaxing the 50-foot height limit for new developments near Caltrain stations and accommodating more senior housing, a commodity in short supply in Palo Alto. On the other hand, the public pressure has been tilting heavily in recent years against bigger buildings and zoning exemptions, a trend that climaxed last November when voters shot down Measure D, thereby overturning the council’s approval of a housing development on Maybell Avenue. The four alternatives that are slated to be considered in the Environmental Impact Report were created after several months of community meetings that stretched from late May to late June. Though there is significant variation, each underscores the rising prevalence of the “slow growth” or “residentialist” camp in the citywide discussion over growth and development. While each of the four presents a slightly different vision for Palo Alto, they have one thing in common: All favor preservation and protection of existing neighborhoods over growth and development. The main difference is in degree. The menu of options includes

a “do nothing” (or “business as usual”) alternative in which all current policies remain in place. This scenario projects a growth of about 167 housing units per year. Downtown would retain its predominantly commercial character while California Avenue would “continue to experience strong development pressure” and take on a more “mixed-use character,” consistent with existing zoning. In addition to the “do nothing” alternative, the environmental report proposed by staff and its consultants would study two “slow-growth” scenarios. In one of these scenarios, existing landuse designations would remain the same, but the city’s policy would be changed to slow the pace of non-residential growth. This would include placing an annual limit on nonresidential square footage to control the pace of growth, according to a new document titled, “Our Palo Alto 2030: Draft Alternative Future Scenarios.” The city’s policies toward residential growth would also be relatively cautious, with an emphasis on meeting state requirements and building smaller (continued on page 15)


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ith its leafy sidewalks and quiet air of suburban serenity, Richardson Court appears an unlikely battlefront in Palo Alto’s ongoing debate over growth and architecture. But residents on this Midtown block, like those in downtown and Palo Verde, have grown anxious in recent months about development — in this case, a two-story house that is poised to replace a much smaller one on the Joseph Eichler-developed street. Critics of the proposed home claim it will threaten their privacy and damage the neighborhood’s character, arguments that resonate in other Eichler communities, where glass doors, flat roofs and single-story homes predominate. On Monday night, the City Council will consider one resident’s appeal of the proposal at 808 Richardson, an application that the city’s planning department has already approved. The appellant, Frank Ingle, lives next door and has been fighting the plans since last fall. The new home, initially proposed at 27 feet tall, would be nearly three times the height of Ingle’s 10-foot-tall home. Its Mediterranean design features, which include sloped roofs, stucco walls and columns in the front, would bear little relation to the mid-century-modern homes populating his block. Ingle and his neighbors have been pushing for the plans to be revised, with limited success. During a recent tour of the block, Ingle said the concern shared by his neighbors is that this home, if allowed, would “set a precedent that every house on the street can be built bigger.” In addition, the new house would have windows that look into his bedroom and bathroom, as well as into the backyard of another house, which has a swimming pool. “I’m not opposed to new developments and new beautiful houses,” Ingle said. “It’s just that they shouldn’t overwhelm the existing neighborhood.” In emails to city officials and in neighborhood meetings, other residents have made similar arguments. In October, Jackie Norgord

by Gennady Sheyner wrote to project planner Stephen O’Connel that the home, if approved, “would change the character of our neighborhood forever.” “It would pave the way for more homes to be built which overlook the backyards and master bedrooms of our Eichlers,” Norgord wrote. “It would change our street view from Modern to McMediterranean due to the availability of inexpensive cookie-cutter plans that legally maximize the square footage of each lot.” Sheila Himmel, who lives next door to Ingle, called the proposal the “first ‘scraper’ in our neighborhood.” In a December email to the city, Himmel noted that all other remodels, “including those that added second stories, have respected the street’s mid-century modern style and size.” “This demolition/construction would set a terrible precedent for a hodgepodge of giant houses and absentee owners, as have occurred in other neighborhoods,” Himmel wrote. Even though the Eichler style dominates Richardson Court and Murray Way (a small street that intersects with Richardson and that, with Richardson, makes up a roughly 35-home subdivision known as “Faircourt”), a few exceptions exist. A key one is on the corner of Ross Road and Richardson, next door to 808 Richardson. That two-story house, Ingle noted, predates the Eichlers and is one of Palo Alto’s original “farm houses,” owned by the eponymous Richardson. It also faces Ross, not Richardson, and has no windows pointing north. As such, it is an exception that should not determine what the new houses will look like, neighbors maintain. City planners, however, disagree. In the June approval letter, city planners found that the proposed two-story house complies with Palo Alto’s “individual review guidelines” for singlefamily homes and thus should be approved. “Overall the site plan is not a strong fit with the patio-house typology prevalent in the neighborhood, but it does take cues from the context and benefits from being next to the 3337 Ross Road

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An initial rendering of the home planned for Richardson Court has neighbors on the Eichler block concerned.

corner property, which is not an Eichler home,” the city’s “findings of approval” state. “If it were not next to the 3337 Ross Road property, making a finding that the house complies with the guidelines would be more difficult.” The neighborhood’s pleas have not been entirely ignored. Earlier this year, project architect Roger Kohler (who is also a member of the city’s Historical Resources Board and could not be reached for comment) changed the design to emphasize the building’s horizontal features, reduced the height to 24 feet 4 inches and set the building’s second story farther away from Ingle’s home. The revised plans also add sills to certain windows to block the views of neighboring properties. A balcony has been relocated, and the clay-tile roof replaced with flat concrete. Even so, neighbors continued to protest. After the city’s planning director affirmed on June 3 the department’s earlier approval, Ingle filed an appeal to the City Council. The appeal is scheduled to appear on the council’s “consent calendar,” a list of items that get approved with no discussion by a single vote. Unless four council members agree to pull the appeal from the consent calendar, it will be automatically rejected, and the planning department’s approval will stand. The Yuan family, which bought the house last year, has also submitted a letter to the city that highlighted the revisions and vociferously objected to the neighbors’ arguments. The proposed home, Guangwei Yuan wrote, is comparable to the one at 3337 Ross and to another two-story home near the middle of Richardson. Yuan also noted the second-story windows are small and high above the floor, higher than the eye level of an adult with average height. Yuan argued that this complies with the city’s guideline that designs should “reduce opportunities for individuals to be casually observed.” Yuan also asserted that the plans comply with the city’s zoning regulations and individual-review guidelines. As homeowners, the letter stated, “We have legal right to build a two-story home on our property.” But Ingle questions Yuan’s legal rights. In researching the history of the property, he has found a covenant restricting construction of new houses in the subdivision until plans for these houses get approved by an architectural-control committee. The 1956 document, a photocopy of which was provided to the Weekly, names as the three members of the committee Joseph Eichler and his sons, Edward and Richard Eichler. The covenant states that “no building shall be erected, altered,

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Neighbors near Richardson Court property concerned about new two-story house

Frank Ingle looks at the notice of the proposed two-story home on Richardson Court in Palo Alto, which is next door to Ingle’s home. placed or permitted to remain on any lot other than one detached single-family dwelling, not to exceed one story in height and a private garage for not more than two cars.” The document also states, however, that if the committee or its designated representative fails to approve or disapprove the plans within 30 days of submission and if no suit has been commenced in that time frame, approval will not be required. Ingle said more research is needed to see if the 1956 agreement has been overridden by later agreements. He notified the city about the document this week and suggested that it might be worthwhile to delay the appeal while this is being researched. Though

he conceded that his appeal is a long shot, he said he hopes to bring attention to an appeals process that he sees as flawed and to design guidelines that he believes are routinely ignored by architects. “The guidelines may have been intended for a certain purpose by the planning commission, but the architects don’t treat them like requirements,” Ingle said. “They put their plans down, and if no one protests, they go through. That’s my biggest complaint.” “The way the city is interpreting the words is almost the opposite of what the document has initially intended,” Ingle said. Q Editor’s note: Resident Sheila Himmel periodically reviews restaurants for the Weekly.

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A special meeting between leaders of the YMCA of Silicon Valley and members of the Page Mill YMCA branch in Palo Alto to discuss staving off the closure of the 35-year-old gym ended on a familiar note, with the organization again refusing to reverse its decision. Three Page Mill members met with YMCA of Silicon Valley COO Elizabeth Jordan and board members Janice Fry and John Savage on Tuesday to suggest alternatives to closing the gym when its lease expires on Oct. 1. Primary suggestions have been to merge the Page Mill facility with the Palo Alto Family YMCA on Ross Road, to increase membership fees to cover any necessary renovation costs or financial shortfalls or to pursue a short-term lease extension to buy more time to strategize how to save what is a community institution for many of its members. Members have also mentioned the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the YMCA of Silicon Valley, though it has been described as a last-resort option. “Bottom line: the SV YMCA is unwilling to reverse its decision to close Page Mill when the current lease expires and is unwilling to seek a short-term lease extension to give us time to explore alternatives to closing,” read an email sent from the three Page Mill YMCA members to others after the meeting. Jordan said the Y provided data the members had requested, including financial information on the Page Mill branch from the past three years. “There wasn’t any idea or ideas that we had not already tested thoroughly to find a way to keep the Page Mill branch sustainable for 10 years,” Jordan said. Q — Elena Kadvany

Stanford names sexual-assault task force Stanford University Tuesday named a group of almost 20 students, faculty and staff who will make up a task force charged with reviewing and issuing recommendations on the university’s policies on and responses to sexual assault. The university said in a news release that the Task Force on Sexual Assault Policies and Practices, chaired by Stanford Law School Dean M. Elizabeth Magill and Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) President Elizabeth Woodson, will begin work shortly and continue through the academic year. The task force has been asked to seek input from the campus community and to review and make recommendations about Stanford’s activities in three areas: education and prevention, support following an incident, and adjudication of reported cases of sexual violence, including both the Title IX investigation process and the disciplinary process. The task force will make its first set of recommendations this fall, the university said. The creation of the task force was sparked by student uproar this spring over the case of senior Leah Francis, who was sexually assaulted by a fellow Stanford student off campus and has claimed the university grossly mishandled the case, even after determining her assailant was responsible for the assault. She went public with her case in early June, demanding that the university reform its sexual assault policy. Her strongest request — and one that is being increasingly made on college campuses across the nation — is that Stanford make expulsion the default sanction for students found responsible for sexual assault. Q — Elena Kadvany

Man alleges excessive force by cops A Los Altos Hills man is charging that Palo Alto police officers used excessive force and violated his civil rights during an Aug. 3, 2013, traffic stop in which he was allegedly pushed against a squad car and had his arm broken by officers. In a lawsuit against Palo Alto and Santa Clara County law enforcement officials filed Monday, July 28, in U.S. District Court, Tyler Harney, who was a passenger in the car that was stopped, recounted his version of events. The lawsuit alleges that at least two police officers pushed Harney face forward against a squad car, “apparently as a prelude to handcuffing him and arresting him,” and he began convulsing uncontrollably as a result of a seizure disorder. The officers then forced him to the ground, face first, and one put his knee on Harney’s back and neck, the lawsuit alleges. One officer pulled on his arm and twisted it back, breaking his arm, the lawsuit reads. Harney said he was taken and kept in shackles at Stanford Hospital, where doctors operated on his injured arm and damaged shoulder. Harney said he was taken on Aug. 7 to Santa Clara County Jail and released the next day. Harney’s earlier claims for compensation were rejected by the City of Palo Alto in February and by Santa Clara County in January. Claudia Keith, chief communications officer in the Palo Alto City Manager’s Office, said the city has not yet been served with the lawsuit. Q — Chris Kenrick



Crash “The car was stopped behind another car, and then I just saw out of the corner of my eye, it accelerated up onto the curb,” Fowler said. He pulled his wife out of the way just as she felt the Nissan brush against her dress, he said. They then saw the Versa run into an outdoor table, hitting one man. Another person who was standing was also hit and was “carried by the car,” said Fowler, still shaken from the incident. At least five ambulances were dispatched to the cafe, which is located between Ramona and Bryant streets. The police “don’t believe drugs or alcohol were involved in the incident,” Villaescusa said, nor do they believe the driver suffered a medical problem immediately before the crash. A section of University Avenue was closed off to traffic Thursday afternoon while medical responders arrived at the crash scene and officers investigated. The car was moved back off the sidewalk toward University. The family of victims of a similar car accident in downtown Menlo Park last October filed a lawsuit against the driver. Three brothers — a 9 year old and twin 6 year olds — were walking down Santa Cruz Avenue when a 90-year-old Woodside resident’s car jumped a curb and pinned the twins against a wall, leaving one with a broken arm and the other in serious condition. The man’s driver’s license was confiscated at the time, and he was ordered to schedule an examination within five business days with the DMV or risk suspension of his license. The boys’ family


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Restoration Advisory Board Meeting August 2014 The next regular meeting of the Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) for former Naval Air Station (NAS) Moffett Field will be held on:

Thursday, August 7, 2014, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at: Mountain View Senior Center Social Hall 266 Escuela Avenue Mountain View, CA 94040-1813 The RAB reviews and comments on plans and activities about the ongoing environmental studies and restoration activities underway at Moffett Field. Regular RAB meetings are open to the public and the Navy encourages your involvement. To review documents on Moffett Field environmental restoration projects, please visit the information repository located at the Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View, CA 94041, (650) 903-6337.

Despite the prolonged drought, Palo Alto has not been forced to make any mandatory cuts to its water use. The city draws its water from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which has not declared a water-shortage emergency and has not required cutbacks from its customers. So far, the commission has requested a voluntary 10 percent reduction in water consumption, a goal that wholesale customers like Palo

Alto are set to meet. Palo Alto’s Utilities Director Valerie Fong said the city is still working out the details of the new bans and will return at a later date with a plan for enforcing the restrictions. Right now, she said, the goal is to establish the foundation for the new rules. “In the process of implementing these requirements, we’ll have to determine what the consequences should be for failing to follow them,” Fong said. Q Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at

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

Rule changes met with skepticism After faltering in their first effort to promote wider sidewalks on El Camino Real, Palo Alto officials did little better Wednesday with a far more modest proposal, which was greeted with a wave of confusion and criticism by property owners. (Posted July 31, 8:04 a.m.)

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Planning department sees senior-level shake-up In the latest shake-up in Palo Alto’s busy planning department, the city has hired a new assistant planning director and is saying goodbye to two department veterans, one of whom has been leading the city’s Comprehensive Plan update. (Posted July 29, 3:26 p.m.)

Simitian wants county services within reach Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian has a plan to make social services more accessible to North County residents. (Posted July 29, 2:30 p.m.)

Gunn teams compete in national contest Two teams from Gunn High School brainstormed on green technologies and efficient transportation to place in the top 10 in problem-solving in a nationwide student engineering competition in Washington, D.C. (Posted July 29, 9:37 a.m.)

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Palo Alto group awards 25 scholarships Four recent graduates of Gunn and Palo Alto high schools are among this year’s recipients in a scholarship program begun by a Palo Alto couple nearly 30 years ago. (Posted July 28, 9:57 a.m.)

Major American artworks gifted to Stanford Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center has acquired three significant gifts of American art, securing a solid place in the museum’s permanent collection of major 20th century works. (Posted July 28, 9:55 a.m.)

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the same time last year), Lazo experienced a traumatic journey here. He said he got lost one night while crossing a desert somewhere near Texas so he spent the night alone, with only a “a little food and little water.” The next day, he ran into another group of coyotes who eventually got ahold of his grandmother, who made a $1,000 promise — on top of the amount she had paid the first coyote — to bring him safely to the United States. She obliged; he eventually made it to Texas, got on a bus and was soon caught by Border Patrol. Lazo said he was eventually transferred to a shelter in Chicago, where he stayed for a month while his case was processed. Beasley first met him last July, after he was referred to the nonprofit by Legal Services for Children in San Francisco, which also has seen an increase in requests for its services, representatives said. Most commonly, unaccompanied immigrant children are eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Status, which since 1990 has granted children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected by one or both parents a path to permanent U.S. residency. (SIJ reforms were also wrapped into the 2008 anti-trafficking law.) Another common route is to apply for asylum, which is granted through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to people fleeing persecution in five categories: race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a certain social group. Beas-

ley said that asylum applications for children like Lazo most often fall into the last category, with attorneys making the argument that an abused child falls into the social group of “nuclear family.” There are also gang-based asylum claims, she said, labeling the social group as “those resisting gang recruitment.” Children who are eligible for some kind of legal relief but don’t have a family member to be placed with are sent to longterm foster care, Beasley said. Community Legal Services is connected to a Catholic Charities of San Mateo refugee foster care program in San Jose. In her three years at Community Legal Services, Beasley has yet to have a client sent back to his or her home country. She said that is partly due to the length of time it takes to resolve cases — even if a request for status or a certain form of relief is denied, it can be appealed, or lawyers can go another route and apply for another provision. For Beasley to secure Special Immigrant Juvenile status for Lazo, she needed to request the state juvenile court issue an order saying he had been neglected, so his grandmother could become his legal guardian. Though it was difficult to contact his parents to get consent for the guardianship, Beasley eventually got confirmation from both parents that they had abandoned or had no relationship with Lazo. Lazo was granted SIJ status in March, which allows him to apply

for a green card. Though children placed with family members are not given any actual legal status, they are released for the duration of their immigration proceedings, Beasley said. Many say the fact that these proceedings can stretch for years has fueled the perception in Central America that it is quite possible to cross the border illegally and stay here. “They’re released; they come and live here; they go to school here; they become part of the community. But they’re still having to go to immigration court,” Beasley said. “They’re still at risk of deportation.” Undocumented students can go to school, and almost immediately after arriving in Redwood City, Lazo enrolled at Selby Lane Elementary School. He will be entering Sequoia High School this fall. Beasley said her clients from East Palo Alto typically go to schools within the Ravenswood School District until eighth grade, and then enter the Sequoia Union High School District or East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy for high school. Beasley — like elected officials from President Barack Obama to Rep. Anna Eshoo — called the flood of Central American kids a “humanitarian crisis.” Eshoo agreed. “This is not an immigration issue,” Eshoo told the Weekly. “This is a refugee issue, and it’s a refugee crisis.” Eshoo, along with Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Mike Honda, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Santa Clara County Supervisors Dave Cortese and Cindy Chavez and a San Jose city councilman, issued on July 16 a statement expressing Santa Clara County’s support for unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border. “We urge communities in the Bay Area, throughout the State of California, and across the nation to join us to make good on America’s promise of fairness and due process,” the officials said. Though Santa Clara and San Mateo counties have yet to take any concrete action on the issue, Santa Clara County Social Services Agency Director Bruce Wagstaff said his agency and many others countywide are in talks to prepare for the inevitable arrival of more children. Wagstaff said he, along with county and city representatives,

The deed transfer gifting the home to the Harrises was notarized by Rhona Edgerton-Harris, according to files in the county recorder’s office. Church members who called Century 21 Alpha Pacific said they were told there was no problem with the home sale because the trustees gave the church to Pastor Harris, they said. The Harrises allegedly entered into a contract with a buyer, Allan A. Johnson, for the home. On June 23, the Harrises changed the house’s grant deed back to Born

Again Christian Center with the hand-written notation, “Erroneously deeded from church to individuals, should not have been granted to Andre Harris and Gloria Harris.” They did so after being required by a title company to change the deed back to Born Again Christian Center to complete the sale to Johnson, as there are statutory prohibitions on the transfer of property from religious organizations, the lawsuit alleges. A representative of the title company listed on the deed, Old

Republic Title in San Carlos, said she could not comment on the transaction and referred all comments back to Harris. Andre Harris told the Weekly that he has no comment, other than that he is moving the church to the East Bay. “My ministry is done here in East Palo Alto,” he said. The issues are “a very private matter,” he added. Gloria Harris has also said she has no comment. Reached at his office on Wednesday, Kenneth Harris also said he has no comment.

Immigrants the trend of unaccompanied Central-American children seeking asylum is not new. “There’s definitely an increase in numbers,” she said, “but it’s been steadily increasing since about 2011.” Beasley said the majority of children she sees are from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. “It really is these kids are fleeing for their lives,” she said. “The stories that I hear, it’s really over and over again: ‘There were gangs in my neighborhood’; ‘They threatened to kill me’; ‘They killed my brother’; ‘I had to flee.’” She’s currently working to place nine youth in long-term foster care, and 17 others have been reunified locally with family members. She said there are seven more youth whom the nonprofit will screen within the next week as potential clients. Not all unaccompanied, undocumented youth are eligible for legal relief, and with limited resources the nonprofit cannot take on those who are ineligible, Beasley said. Children who are referred to the center are screened by staff before meeting with attorneys to determine their options. One of Beasley’s recent clients, a 14-year-old named Xavier Lazo, left El Salvador by himself about a year ago with the goal of reaching his grandmother in Redwood City. He had been abandoned by his parents years before and lived with his maternal aunt in El Salvador. “(I came here) to be with my family because there was a lot of danger,” Lazo told the Weekly in Spanish. He said the gang presence was so strong where he lived that he would only walk to school with a group of friends, and that gang members would stand and wait outside the schools, too. He said he didn’t spend much time outside. He had not been in contact with his parents for years, with his mother living in Guatemala, he said. Lazo’s maternal grandmother, in Redwood City, agreed to pay a coyote, the term for smugglers who bring immigrants into the United States. And like many of the 57,000 unaccompanied immigrant youth who have crossed the border since October (double the number from

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seat was vacant at the time. Kenneth Harris and his wife, Rhona Edgerton-Harris, are agents with Century 21 Alpha Pacific in East Palo Alto, and their company currently lists the house and church properties for sale. The two-bedroom, one-bath, 790-square-foot home is listed at $399,950; the 2,797-square-foot church on a 12,502-square-foot lot is listed at $999,950.

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Xavier Lazo, 14, fled gang violence in El Salvador, hoping to reach his grandmother in Redwood City. Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto helped him secure Special Immigrant Juvenile status and legal guardianship by his grandmother.

legal aid groups and local community groups like Catholic Charities, have been meeting in recent weeks to develop a strategy for how to welcome at least 50 children who they have been told could arrive in Santa Clara County. He said they are leaning toward the creation of a host-family program, separate from foster care, but are not yet sure what the exact model would be, how it would be funded or if the federal government might hand down recommendations in a different direction. He said the county Board of Supervisors plans to discuss the issue at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Many cities across the country are already taking action. Two weeks ago, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution to seek additional funding to aid these children. A Portland, Oregon, family services agency last week received $3.7 million in federal grant money to house 50 children. The governor of Massachusetts has proposed a plan to provide temporary shelter for up to 1,000 children on a state air base or military training facility for up to four months. At the federal level, in early July, Obama asked Congress for $3.73 billion to bolster border security and expedite deportations. The House responded with a much more modest $659 million emergency spending measure to last through September, but in the eleventh hour Thursday, before Congress’ five-week summer recess, House Republicans decided not to vote on the bill due to a lack of support. The pressure is on for a solution, however. More than 52,000 unaccompanied minors, as well as 39,000 adults with children, were apprehended trying to illegally cross the border this fiscal year, according to Border Patrol. Last year, it was 38,833 — a 59 percent jump from the year before — and some projections pin next year’s number as high as 74,000. Q Online Editor Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@

“I’m just a Realtor, and this was just a real estate transaction,” he said. Johnson, Ingram-Black and Turner could not be reached for comment. Coleman also filed complaints with the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe has not commented on whether the complaints are being investigated. Q Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

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Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session to discuss the status of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s labor negotiations with the Palo Alto Police Officers Association and an unrepresented group of limited-hourly employees. The council then plans to discuss various alternatives for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future to be studied in the Environmental Impact Report for the Comprehensive Plan; consider a resolution implementing outdoorwater-use restrictions; and designate a voting delegate for the League of California Cities Annual 2014 Conference. The closed session will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 4. Regular meeting will follow in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to consider a proposal that the city participate in a natural gas purchase from Municipal Gas Acquisition and Supply Corporation. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 221 Kingsley Ave., a request by Max Keech on behalf of John H. and Sybille A. Pfluke Trustee for modifications to a Colonial Revival residence in the Professorville National Register Historic District; and consider a request by Sanjay Shirole on behalf of Palo Alto Theater Corporation for modifications to the Varsity Theatre building at 456 University Ave. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session to evaluate and set goals for the city auditor. The council will then continue its discussion of the Environmental Impact Report for the Comprehensive Plan update. The closed session will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6. Regular meeting will follow in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. UTILITIES ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to elect its officers; discuss updates to the Energy Risk Management Policy; consider net energy metering aggregation rates and rules; and discuss the impact of the statewide drought on water and hydroelectric supplies. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6, in the Downtown Library at City Hall, 270 Forest Ave. ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 930 Emerson St., a proposal to renovate an existing building; consider a request by Steve Smith for demolition of two existing dwellings and construction of three detached residential units at 636 Middlefield Road; and discuss a request by Omer Tzoore of Petra Systems for a six-month test project that involves installing nine new streetlight-mounted solar modules along El Camino Real. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

SEEKING PET THERAPY DOGS AND THEIR OWNERS! We are seeking pet therapy teams (handler and dog) to visit patients at the bedside, families in waiting areas and lowering stress levels among staff. Attention DOGS: Do you think your owner/handler can demonstrate following basic obedience commands, has the desire and aptitude to be around strangers, including other pet handlers? Is comfortable in new environments and would pass a veterinarian health screening? Stanford Hospital and Clinics, in conjunction with Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society) is holding a free information session (approximately 1.25 hours) on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm in Palo Alto. No pets please â&#x20AC;&#x201C; humans only. RSVP via email to Lyn Belingheri at, location details will be sent to you via email. RSVP required to attend this session. For more program information, please visit the Stanford PAWS website at:


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units. A major goal would be to protect single-family neighborhoods and adopt policies “to encourage the preservation of neighborhood-serving retail and services where they currently exist throughout the city.” A third scenario also calls for “slow growth,” though it would adjust land-use designations to encourage housing near transit centers, primarily in downtown and along certain sections of El Camino Real. This could mean increasing the height limit for new downtown buildings from 50 feet to 55 or 60 feet as long as additional height is used for residential units, according to the draft plan. Downtown’s surface parking lots could be redeveloped and the site at 27 University Ave., near the downtown Caltrain station, would be devel-

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concerns with Filseth and DuBois about development impacts, the three candidates are not running as a slate. “We are supporting each other in terms of being bound by our common values and goals, mostly around development transparency,” she said. Also declaring his candidacy this week was Wayne Douglass, a Ventura resident who told the Weekly that his main concern is the city’s policies toward the homeless. Douglass said he had opposed the council’s ban on vehicle habitation, an ordinance that is now in legal limbo after the U.S. Court of Appeals rejected a similar law in Los Angeles. Douglass, a retired technical writer, said he would like to provide a “different point of view” from the crowd of residentialist candidates who will be on the November ballot. “I think a lot of people think the issue of homelessness is over in Palo Alto, but it’s only going to come back because the City Council will have to make a decision about what to do about the current law,” Douglass said. While Douglass decided this week to jump into the council race, Claude Ezran opted to drop out. Ezran, a former member of the city’s Human Relations Commission, wrote that with three incumbents running and three candidates linked by their opposition to Measure D (a group that in addition to DuBois and Filseth also includes Barron Park neighborhood organizer Lydia Kou), winning a seat would be “a close-to-impossible task for an independent candidate like myself.” Holman is one of three incumbents, along with Mayor Nancy

oped to include some housing. California Avenue would retain its “eclectic” feel, though the city would try to add housing to the sprawling Fry’s site and discourage “formula retail and restaurant uses” in favor of independently owned establishments. The fourth and most radical scenario would be the “NetZero” concept, which would include the most job and residential growth of the various alternatives. This growth, however, would have to satisfy “netzero” performance standards such as “net zero energy for new non-residential construction, net zero greenhouse gas emissions, net zero new automobile trips or vehicle miles traveled, net zero potable water use, and/or no new natural gas hookups,” according to the draft report. Under this scenario, the plan notes, Palo Alto would “lead the State and the country in pioneering ‘net zero’ concepts,” with

some policies applying citywide and others focusing on specific areas. The four scenarios have already been vetted by the Planning and Transportation Commission, which offered on July 9 an array of opinions about what should be included in the environmental study. Several commissioners, including Michael Alcheck, Eric Rosenblum and Chair Mark Michael, made a pitch for more aggressive growth policies, including a relaxing of the city’s height limit. Others, including Vice Chair Arthur Keller and Carl King, were more cautious and advocated protecting the city from the impacts on new developments. At the July 9 meeting, Rosenblum suggested that the city can accommodate more growth, noting that “no growth” or “slow growth” scenarios make it virtually impossible for young people to move to Palo Alto. This makes

Shepherd and Councilman Greg Scharff, who will seek a second term. Councilman Larry Klein will be termed out, and Councilwoman Gail Price said she will not be seeking re-election. Other non-incumbents who have pulled candidacy papers and plan to vie for the five contested

seats are retired Gunn High teacher John Fredrich, panhandler Victor Frost, retired engineer Seelam Reddy, concert producer Mark Weiss and downtown resident Richard Wendorf. Q Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at

it more difficult to support local retailers, he said. “We’re getting older and wealthier, and a lot of people can’t afford to live here anymore,” Rosenblum said. Michael also made a pitch for accommodating, rather than resisting, change. “I may be a residentialist, but I sincerely disagree with the implications of the militant anti-growth rhetoric,” Michael said. He added that he believes it’s a mistake for the city to “not touch” single-family neighborhoods during its discussion of zoning poli-

cies. Others commissioners, including King and Greg Tanaka, reiterated their support for preserving the residential neighborhoods. Several residents made a similar plea in recent letters to the City Council. Richard Placone, a resident of Chimalus Drive, asked the city not to change R-1 zoning in the city. “This is rapidly becoming the last refuge of those of us residents who seek a little peace and quiet in our lives,” Placone wrote. Q Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at

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Violence related Child abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Driving with suspended license . . . . . 15 Driving without license . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Reckless driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 9 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . 5 Vehicle tampering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Alcohol or drug related Driving under influence . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 DUI juvenile/accident . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous Animal attack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Animal/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . 1 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Muni. code/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Outside investigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 3 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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Violence related Child abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle related Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Driving with suspended license . . . . . 11 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Lost/stolen plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Vehicle accident/injury . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 3 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . 3 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Alcohol or drug related Driving under influence . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Miscellaneous Disturbing/annoying phone calls . . . . . 1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Gang info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Gang registrant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Info case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of concealed firearm . . . . . 1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Resisting arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Stalking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2


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Births, marriages and deaths

Cummings Walker Cummings “Snick” G. Walker, who grew up in Palo Alto and was a lifelong Bay Area resident, died of liver failure on June 19 in San Jose. He was 73. He was born in Palo Alto on March 22, 1941, to John a nd Ann Walker. He attended Terman Junior High and Palo Alto High schools. He studied at the University of California, Berkeley, until his senior year when he left to travel Europe. Upon returning, he waited tables at Saint Michael’s Alley in Palo Alto, meeting Marilyn, his first wife, there. They married in 1964 and had two children, Catlin and Justin. He graduated from Sonoma State University in 1966 and went on to participate in the rock ‘n’ roll culture of 1960s San Francisco. He co-founded the poster company Berkeley Bonaparte and collaborated with artists to create some of the era’s iconic posters. He later captured the time in a book called “The Great Poster Trip.” He met his future second wife, Kate, in 1977, with whom he later had two daughters, Amanda and Christina. While working independently as a designer, writer and photographer, he helped both Silicon Valley companies and supported causes including the peace movement and coastal initiatives. He also taught design at San Jose State University and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He lived most of his life in Palo Alto, Woodside, Portola Valley and Half Moon Bay. He enjoyed cooking, gardening, studying his family’s genealogy and hiking, especially with his dogs. He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Evann Walker. He is survived by his former wives, Marilyn Markkanen of Arnold, California, and Kathleen Stoddard of Reno, Nevada; son, Justin Walker of Burbank, California; and three daughters, Catlin Walker Leonard of San Jose, Amanda


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Walker of Manhattan Beach, California, and Christina Walker of San Francisco. He is also survived by four granddaughters and many friends. A memorial service was held on July 19 on the bluff overlooking Surfer’s Beach in El Granada.

Phil Williams Phillip C. Williams, university architect and director of planning at Stanford University for many years, died unexpectedly on June 26. He was 82. He was born on Sept. 30, 1931, in Chicago. He studied architecture at Oklahoma State University, earning both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. After serving in the military, he joined the firm Caudill Rowlett Scott Architects in Houston as a university specialist. He eventually became a partner and then senior vice president. He met his future wife Ellen at the firm; they married in 1972.

From 1975 to 1992 he worked at Stanford, crafting architectural guidelines that affected many major buildings and open spaces. He strove to preserve the campus and the spirit of the original plan from the 1880s. He led two General Use Plan updates and mentored many young planners. For years he lived with his wife — also a longtime employee at Stanford — in San Carlos. In addition to architecture, he practiced ceramics, photography and other arts. He and Ellen were also longtime Stanford basketball season ticket holders. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Williams, of San Carlos; his brother, Jim Williams of Helendale, California; his three children, David (Laurie Peller) Williams of New Orleans, Laurie (Rusty) Von Sternberg of Houston and Sherrie (Doug) Winokur of Atlanta; and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. in the Gunn-SIEPR Building, 366 Galvez St., Stanford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Peninsula VolunteersRosener House, 500 Arbor Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025.

Edith Eleanor Malott - La Bonte October 30, 1929 - July 9, 2014 On July 9th 2014 Edith Malott-La Bonte, 84, left our world after a courageous 3Year battle with cancer. She was an independent, strong and proud woman who never surrendered without a fight. She was one of the truly brave few. He greatest passions in life were her home, art, and world traveling. As an avid reader, the Palo Alto library was her favorite place to spend free time. She was a long time enthusiastic fan of the SF49ers and the Stanford Cardinals. Edith was born in Honolulu, HI, to Deane and Eleanor (Sisson) Malott in 1929, She spent her youth in Waban, MA while her father taught at the Harvard Business School. When in high school, her family moved to Lawrence, KS where she went on to earn her Bachelors’ degree in English from the University of Kansas and was an active member in Phi Beta Kappa sorority. After graduation she moved to Ithaca, NY with her family where she met her future husband, Harold R. La Bonte Jr. They were married in San Francisco, CA in 1954. Edith and Harold lived in San Francisco until 1957 when they settled in Palo Alto, CA where she raised her children, eventually retired and remained until death. She was preceded in death by her parents Deane and Eleanor Malott, Harold R. La Bonte Jr. and her close companion of nearly 40 years, Leonard Porter. She is survived by her sister Janet M. Elliot of Atlanta, GA, her brother Robert Malott of Chicago, IL, two children Starr Blair La Bonte Bales of San Clemente, CA and Harold “Trey” R. La Bonte III of Lakeport, CA., 3 grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren. At her request no services are being held. Her last wishes for friends and family are to take time to reflect on the good memories of her life. The family requests that donations be made to one of her favorite charities - Doctors Without Borders ( UNICEF (www. or Public Television ( PAID

Tani Robe Hammond passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 29, 2014. Tani will be remembered for her generous spirit, warmth, devotion to her family but most of all, her beautiful smile. Tani is survived by her two children, Kevin Robe and Marla Alders, grandchildren Alec Alders, Ryan Alders and Kate Alders and her husband of 8 years, Don Hammond. Funeral Services were held at Alta Mesa on July 31st . PAID


Madeline Ettin July 20, 1945 – July 16, 2014 Madeline Ettin was born in New York City, on July 20 1945, to Abraham and Ruth (nee Rheingold) Ettin. She has one sister, Judy, five years younger. Madeline showed evidence early on of significant artistic ability and studied at the Art Students League in NYC, from age 12. On the basis of a portfolio, she was accepted into New York’s High School of Art and Music. She graduated from the school -- now the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School -- in 1962. She continued to work at her art til the end of her life. For most of the last 15 years, she was an active member of the Gallery House Coop Gallery in Palo Alto. She received her BA (in Fine Arts) from Hunter College of the City College of New York in 1966. She later discovered a love of working with kids, especially high-school students, and received her Masters in Psychology from Tufts University in 1975. For most of the remaining 40 years of her life she worked as a School Psychologist, for the last 12 years at Los Altos High School, a school and a staff she admired enormously. In 1968, Madeline moved out to Berkeley, for an indefinite stay. She had spent some part of the two previous summers in Berkeley and had formed some very close friendships, friendships that were to last for 45 years. Sometime very early in 1969 she met her future husband, David Israel. They were married on September 13, 1970, in the Tufts Chapel, as her husband was about to begin his first teaching job. They were together for the 45 years left to her. On July 20, 1978 - her 33rd birthday - Madeline gave birth to a daughter and only child, Nicole Susan Israel. After graduating from Palo Alto High School in 1996, Nicole went to Brown, graduating in 2000, and from there moved directly to New York. On September 29, 2007, Madeline was the proud mother of the bride at the wedding of Nicole Israel and Josh Kaufman. On July 13, 2010, Nicole gave birth to William Lucas Kaufman and on April 20, 2013, to Louisa Jane Kaufman, bestowing on her mother the gift she came most to prize: two wonderfully beguiling grandchildren and the proud title of Grandma. Madeline was diagnosed with cancer on May 2, 2014. That diagnosis was tragically partial. Later that month she was diagnosed with a quite independent cancer of the pancreas and it was the latter that killed her, ruthlessly and quickly. She died in Palo Alto CA, in the very early morning of July 16, 2014, less than 3 months after the original diagnosis and – much, much more importantly -- just days after spending a last glorious week with Nicole and Josh and William and Louisa. She is survived by her husband, by her daughter and son- inlaw, by her two grandchildren -- and by many, many friends. Madeline was buried Saturday, July 19, at Skylawn Memorial Park. Memorial donation may be made to either: or for those wishing to support young artists in the Bay Area, to:


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Editorial Skeptical about ‘net zero’ Regulating for impacts rather than size of development should raise community concerns


n a desire to explore what it describes as an innovative planning concept that could lead the state and nation in a new approach to managing development, the Palo Alto planning staff has opened up a potential can of worms that we hope the city council will approach with extreme caution. The idea is one of four different “future scenarios” the staff has put together for how Palo Alto might develop over the next 10 or more years. If approved by the council when it returns from its summer break on Monday, the four alternatives will be analyzed in an environmental impact report required for the pending revisions to the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The idea is that if future development can somehow be controlled so there are no new impacts from the development, then it won’t be necessary to use rigid measures such as growth caps, density and height limits. The staff gives examples of this “net-zero” concept: net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, net-zero new vehicle miles traveled or net-zero new potable water use. If impacts can be kept to “net zero,” the staff reasons, development brings little or no downside. “No specific growth management strategy would be needed,” the report states, “on the theory that the ‘net-zero’ requirements would address the pace and impacts of development.” The policy might be applied citywide or to specific areas. The report suggests that in applying this approach while planning for the future of downtown Palo Alto the current cap on growth in square footage would be replaced with a restriction on new vehicle trips. Along El Camino Real, the long-range plan might designate certain areas for exceeding the 50-foot height limit “where projects would be models of sustainability, with small units, car share and transit access rather than resident parking, net-zero energy, and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.” Stanford Research Park could become a “cutting-edge proving ground for innovative concepts in energy generation, carbon sequestration, recycled water, urban farming, and drought-tolerant landscaping.” The lofty goals, which sound like they come straight out of a planning school textbook, ignore the immense practical obstacles to making the “net-zero” impact concept work. The staff points to no municipality where this approach has been successfully implemented, and we challenge them to do so at Monday’s council meeting. Locally, Stanford has experienced a version of this concept through its development permit negotiated with Santa Clara County. Under that agreement, Stanford must demonstrate through regular independent traffic analyses that new development on campus has not worsened traffic conditions (no net increase in trips.) That requirement has led to large investments by the university in traffic-reduction measures, such as carpooling, expansion of the Marguerite bus service and public-transit subsidies, and has been enormously successful. In spite of the addition of hundreds of thousands of new square footage on campus, there has been no net increase in car trips. Stanford’s ability to continue to build depends on it continuing to restrain growth in traffic. But while Stanford has been a model for this approach, it also is drastically different from adopting a “net-zero” concept to a city made up of a myriad of property owners. At Stanford, a single property owner is accountable and pays the price (by being allowed no further development) if it does not meet the required goals. And measuring car trips to and from the Stanford campus, with its few entry points, is a simple proposition. Based on past performance, it is naïve to think that Palo Alto and its consultants could devise a system that could reliably collect and analyze data of the sort the staff envisions. And it is even more naïve to think the community would have enough confidence in such a system to endorse this as a major pillar in our future planning strategies. It is important to note that the planning staff’s “net-zero” concept is only intended as one alternative for study in the environmental impact analysis and that any policy that might flow from that analysis is a long way off. But we have seen what can happen when development policies are riddled with available exceptions, exemptions, bonus credits and other ways to bend zoning rules. This proposal runs the risk of creating an alternative that is largely experimental and unproven and where accountability will be difficult. The council must send a clear message that it doesn’t want to go there.

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Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Why no consequences? Editor, Less than three weeks after a Santa Clara County grand jury chastised Palo Alto City Council and staff for negotiating with developer John Arrillaga “in a way to avoid public scrutiny,” we now learn that city leaders used a “consent calendar” vote to award a $4.5 million City Hall lobby renovation to a sole bidder without public discussion. Is anyone really surprised that municipal officials continue to conduct community commerce on the sly? Bad behavior doesn’t stop in the absence of negative consequences. Just ask any parent. Or pet caretaker. Or psychology student. But don’t ask City Hall, where replicating the same wrongdoings without penalty is simply business as usual. Jaclyn Schrier Alma Street, Palo Alto

Displeased electorate Editor, Congratulations on the superb and in-depth article on “Style Wars” in the July 18 edition of the Weekly. My only comment on overhauling the Architectural Review Board is to request the city find someone who has graduated from Cal Poly, Cornell, Rice, University of Texas at Austin, Virginia Tech, Harvard, Yale, Columbia or MIT instead of the Lego-Block School of Architecture. I read with interest the Streetwise question about the most pressing issue in Palo Alto. All five respondents voiced concerns about the stewardship entrusted to the City Council by the people of Palo Alto. As a bike rider, I also have concerns about the roads in the city and have compared them to a third-world country. Take a page from Holland, which provides bike paths on virtually all their roads. The other issues were crime, lack of transparency, citizens being punished to provide breaks to developers and the overarching comment, “The city and its staff are not very responsive to the wishes of the people.” I have heard a council member dismiss our local papers as “rags,” hardly worth reading. I suggest that the emperor has no clothes and should take to heart that the electorate is getting less tolerant of being ignored and are taking issues out of the hands of the council in Palo Alto (Barron Park), as well as in Menlo Park (Menlo initiative). Ray Dempsey Bryant Street, Palo Alto

Don’t stop now Editor, It seems that we have better things to do with our taxpayer

money now that being homeless is not that unheard of or much of a big deal. I only hope we still have the priority of a decent human existence over funding, as has been the case. We have been very progressive in providing help to the less fortunate so let’s not stop now. Donations are nice but not always reliable. It comes down most of the time to either punishment or helping those who have made bad choices. We have to realize we’re all in the same boat and any help becomes a necessity. As John Donne once so eloquently wrote, “Send not for whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.” Lorin Krogh Encina Avenue, Palo Alto

Promising the moon Editor, Hoping to gain some knowledge of the care provided veterans at the Palo Alto Veterans Medical Center, I attended the June 7 Town Hall — hosted by Congresswomen Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo. Unfortunately, very little information was offered the public about the local VA Medical Center or the umbrella VA organization — outside of that offered by veterans who spoke about their care.

The Web provides access to VA documents and online databases, where detailed information about the VA medical care can be found. The Government Accounting Office and the VA Inspector General’s Office have identified problems in the VA organization — particularly where medical care is concerned — for years. The VA Annual Report for 2013 reads like a testament to the glorious monument of VA bureaucracy — but little information about state of medical care for veterans is provided. Sen. Tom Coburn has released a report documenting the egregious mismanagement of the VA by executives who seem to believe the VA exists for them — but not to provide high quality care to veterans. This report can be found at, and should be read by everyone. One can only wonder if any of the Congress members in the 10-county area serviced by the Palo Alto VA Medical Center will ever be as honest about the VA with their veterans, and taxpayers, as Sen. Coburn has been. One can also wonder if Congress (continued on page 20)

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Off Deadline Fast rise of slow-/no-growth ‘neo-residentialists’ afoot in Palo Alto? by Jay Thorwaldson riggered by the Measure D election victory to stop the so-called “Maybell project,” a new wave of slow- or nogrowth candidates is signing up for the November City Council election. This could be called the rise of the neo-residentialists, picking up the term from the late 1960s and early 1970s that described those who wanted to put the brakes on growth. That turbulent period was marked by an angry split on the 13-member council, which became known as the 7-to-6 council for its frequent split votes (between residentialists and “establishment” council members) in a bitter era. The residentialist minority was decimated in a 1966 allcouncil election, but made a comeback in the early 1970s. The split continued when the council shifted to its current nine members in the 1970s. The “5-to-4 council” was more polite, but the underlying growth issue remained. That may seem like old history to today’s generation of residents and neighborhood leaders. Except it’s alive and well, as evidenced recently at the Palo Alto Cafe coffee shop in Midtown. In one corner sat council candidate Tom DuBois, surrounded by a group of neighborhood leaders known for long opposition to large “over-development” projects. Outside, candidate Eric Filseth was being briefed on that early history and its


aftermath by former councilwoman Enid Pearson — a leading veteran of the 1960s combat who survived the 1966 election — and former councilwoman and mayor Emily Renzel, once a protege of Pearson’s and longtime friend who has been equally vocal about preserving baylands, foothills and neighborhoods. Most of the current candidates class themselves in the slow-/no-growth category, as do most carry-over council members. The existing City Council is showing that it has gotten the message about growth, especially job growth but including housing that is felt to be too dense for a neighborhood, as in the Maybell project. That protest was aimed mostly at the 12 market-rate houses planned for a site in Maybell Court rather than at the 60-unit senior housing development that was part of the package, opponents said. Traffic, as for the past half century in Palo Alto, is a huge factor. The current council, meanwhile, early this year suspended use of the controversial “planned community” (PC) zone that allows developers and city staff to negotiate increases in size, scale or intensity in exchange for some type of “public benefit” commitment. But “public benefit” has been poorly defined, and no one on the city staff kept track of enforcing the public-benefit commitments the developers made. The PC zone seriously undermined regular zoning by making future estimates of density and traffic unreliable. In one sense, the zone returned community development to the virtually unregulated 1940s and 1950s, before “zoning” was firmly established in communities or courts. In the 1950s, “general plans” were developed by roving teams of planners up and down the

state. It seemed that every community, no matter how small, had to have such a plan, usually with a multi-colored map hanging behind the council dais. Most such plans were noted more for their ability to gather dust in the face of real-world pressures from property owners or developers. In Palo Alto, the widely ignored general plan was replaced by the so-called comprehensive plan when former planning director Naphtali Knox took charge of the process. The difference was that the big decisions would be made first in a series of meetings over months, then the plan would be written by staff based on the key decisions. The theory was that it would be more realistic and actually used. The PC zone originated in the 1950s but didn’t become widely used until the late 1960s and early 1970s. As a reporter for the erstwhile Palo Alto Times, I recall the enthusiasm professional planners had for the PC approach. It would, many felt, allow developers to come in with more creative designs and configurations than the more rigid fixed zone on a property or area. But something bad happened on the way to the Planning Commission and City Council. Several things. First, planning staff members tended to accept whatever plan was submitted as ground zero, not considering amenities developers might add under the PC process. Planners then started adding conditions to the plan. So developers quickly realized that they better come in with a rock-bottom plan and play poker with the staff about what they had to add to it. Second, plans ceased to become public once they were submitted, or they were held back while the developer or landowner held

discussions with staff under a “staff review” period. More negotiations and many projects surfaced long after they were officially or unofficially submitted to city officials. The hugeness of several recent projects that were kept from public sight was a major factor in today’s community sensitivity to growth and mistrust of the process. Third, the added time involved in repeated meetings with developers clogged the planning pipeline, choking up the staff’s collective ability to work on long-term projects, such as revision of the comprehensive plan every decade or updating the companion “zoning ordinance” to reflect changes in the plan, or conducting specific studies of certain areas of town. Once, when the zoning-ordinance update was lagging six or eight years behind the comprehensive plan revision, I quipped to a planning official that perhaps they should just forget the ordinance update and just start on the comp plan revision. Yet the damage done to public visibility and transparency — and trust in city government — has been significant, even if slow to rise over the years. Overall, the PC zone did more to return planning to the free-for-all environment that predated the early zoning battles of the 1950s. A better name might be the “Unplanned Community” zone. The question now is whether today’s city officials (from planners to council members) can salvage the PC zone at all, or salvage public trust in such a zone. Q Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at jthorwaldson@ and/or He also writes periodic blogs at www.


If you had an extra day off before the summer ends, what would you do with it? Asked at Town & Country Village. Interviews and photos by Christina Dong.

Caryn Goldner

Johannes Escudero

Charles Hudson

Sarah Silva

Norma Navarro

Pitman Avenue, Palo Alto Mother

Amarillo Avenue, Palo Alto Pastor

Hampshire Street, San Francisco Venture capitalist

Gabarda Avenue, Portola Valley Nanny

Ramona Street, Palo Alto Nursing assistant

“Just enjoy hanging out with the kids.”

“Spend it with family, for sure. And give back to the community somehow.”

“Go scuba diving at Point Lobos.”

“Go to the beach. It’s been sunny and beautiful.”

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has promised the moon to our service members, and veterans, with no possibility of ever being able to fulfill its promises. Wayne Martin Bryant Street, Palo Alto

Need less opacity Editor, To some it may seem to be another tempest in a teacup. But when the tea leaves settle, there may be intimations of a revivified Palo Alto. People known for refinement and forbearance were reacting with indignation to the announcement, out-of-the-blue, that in order to serve the broader

community our Page Mill â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; community will be closing Oct. 1. What most infuriated the members present at the July 16 meeting was the high-handed manner in which the closure was handled. Adding insult to injury, the meeting called in an effort to meliorate was not competently handled. With ventilation humming and no microphones for the first part of the program, it was difficult to piece together what was being said apart from the somewhat desperate attempt on the part of the two women who opened the discussion to heal the wounds. The mildest criticism I heard from those in attendance was that


the Yâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s-men (and women) have little interest in member contributions bearing on the direction of that time-honored organization. Several asked why this meeting had not been held earlier when members could have offered suggestions about the lease renewal. The revenue/expenditure problems mentioned in the Weeklyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s article were provided (without comment) by staff. If the books were made available we might see some problematic expenditures. Every organization has its embarrassment, but such can be diminished if the membership talent can be consulted periodically. Several members suggested the Y obtain a one- or two-year extension of the lease with no improvements that can be postponed. (The place looks fine in the eyes of most of us.) I have always held the Y in high regard. May the spirit of irate citizens objecting to opacity in decision-making that affects them thrive. Charles Drekmeier Sutter Avenue, Palo Alto

Child safety concerns Editor, Our children are not safe at Rinconada Pool, and my many requests to rectify this appear to be falling on deaf ears. This summer, I swim at the pool nearly daily. Teenagers run the pool, with no adult supervision, ignoring the rules for pool

use to suit themselves. There are perfectly adequate rules governing pool safety, which are being overridden. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my understanding that these pool rules are driven by our cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s insurance policy. On numerous occasions, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve invited adult off-site staff to accompany me to the pool to check out what has gone wrong. Water is dangerous, and children by the hundreds use our pool daily. When the deep lap pool opens for afternoon recreation swim, an announcement is made that anyone in the shallow kiddy pool who wants to use it may. No announcement is made to not run, and no reference is made regarding age restriction. Pool rules are being broken daily. These rules can be found on the back of the pool schedule flier. The two violations that concern me the most are 1) children play at holding their breath under water, and there is really no way to easily detect if a child is unconscious, and 2) small children, under the age of 8 years, are not being accompanied by someone 16 years old or older who is in the pool with the child and within armâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s length. This failure to enforce established pool-safety rules is out of hand, a danger to our children and a lawsuit waiting to happen. Danielle Martell Guinda Street, Palo Alto Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: Community Services Department Director Greg Betts has responded directly to




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Change of tack needed Editor, It is clear that high-speed rail (HSR) is coming, now that it has funding and the approval to begin demolition in the Central Valley. The question is no longer â&#x20AC;&#x153;ifâ&#x20AC;? but â&#x20AC;&#x153;when and how.â&#x20AC;? It is time to restart our campaign to see that HSR runs through the Peninsula in a safe and community-compatible manner, underground if necessary. We should ask our constituent local governments to give up useless and expensive anti-HSR lawsuits, and concentrate on lobbying, fundraising and design efforts to see that the project is done well and properly when it comes through our high-density residential towns and cities. Judith Wasserman Southampton Drive, Palo Alto

Jackhammers at dawn


the letter writer, saying: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each one of our lifeguards and team members are trained, certified and regularly tested and evaluated for their rescue and recover techniques. ... I personally visit the pool regularly to monitor pool operations and have noted visitors being corrected by our lifeguards for running, horseplay and violation of safety rules. While I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t personally seen the lifeguards calling out children for holding their breath underwater, please be assured I will remind staff to be vigilant about watching for this situation so that we can take corrective action.â&#x20AC;? Betts also invited Martell to meet in person to discuss these issues.

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Editor, Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5:43 a.m. I wake up and look at the bedside clock, realizing I have been awakened yet again by the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beep, Beep, Beepâ&#x20AC;? of some truck or construction equipment backing up. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not Tuesday, so today it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the trash trucks. And they usually donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t start until after 6:30 a.m. (They have to do our neighborhood early so they can do Alma between 8:30 and 9 a.m. to block the traffic.) So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s either the Mitchell Park Library construction, or the new Mitchell Park play structure construction, or just the regular Mitchell Park gardeners â&#x20AC;&#x201D; although the latter usually wait until about 7 a.m. Two weeks ago it was jackhammers at 7 a.m. and loud knocking on our door. We had to move a car parked on the street so city contractors could dig up the driveway and replace gas line connections. There were no â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Parkingâ&#x20AC;? signs posted the day before. Notice a theme here? All these early morning noises are exempt from the Palo Alto ordinance that bans construction or maintenance noise before 8 a.m. Why? Those noises are just as obnoxious as private construction noises. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Noiseâ&#x20AC;? ordinance should mean no noise. Please tell city workers and city contractors to abide by the same rules as private entities. Sue Allen Grove Avenue, Palo Alto

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

Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries

Photographic panels melding art and science by Gyorgy Kepes are on display at Cantor Art Center and include, left to right, a light burst, “Lichtenberg Figures,” (1951); “Transverse section of wood,” (1951); a photogram, “Light graphic,” (1945); and light burst “Lichtenberg Figures,” (1951).

Illuminating art in a high-tech culture Visionary theorist Gyorgy Kepes’ works come to light at Stanford’s Cantor Art Center by Sue Dremann


he relevance of art in a world dominated by technology and science was a question that confronted visionary art theorist and artist Gyorgy Kepes in 1946, and art historians say it is still relevant more than ever in the digital age — and especially in Silicon Valley. Kepes (pronounced “KAYpesh”) sought to find a visual bridge between art and science that he believed was rooted in nature, and particularly in the microscopic worlds that were only available to scientists at the time. Kepes’ 1951 exhibition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sought to demonstrate a potentialy shared visual language between science and art. Photographic panels hung from lattices confronted the visitor with previously unknowable worlds: from cells to cloud-chamber tracks, the patterns of electric sparks to a magnification of a camel’s tongue. These patterns, shapes and textures, artistic in themselves, were paired with Kepes’ own explorations in photographic light and painting. A new show at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center, “The New Landscape: Experiments in Light by Gyorgy Kepes,” reconstructs the seminal 1951 exhibition using original double-sided panels hung from lattices as Kepes did. The original panels and photographs come from Kepes’ archive of papers, which were acquired by the Department of Special Collections at Stanford University Libraries in 2010. The Cantor exhibit raises the

same question Kepes sought to answer as far back as 1946 when he became the first art professor hired at MIT as part of a new institutional initiative: What role does art have in a world dominated by science and technology? Kepes sought “to find channels of communication that interconnect various disciplines” and platforms for “confronting, combining and comparing knowledge,” something he termed “interseeing,” said show curator John Blakinger, Andrew W. Mellon curatorial resident assistant in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University. Blakinger has curated the exhibition through a grant by the Andrew Carnegie Mellon Foundation, which will allow several Stanford doctoral students to get hands-on curatorial experience. Made from enlargements affixed to particleboard, the Kepes exhibition constructs an immersive environment with layers of images that viewers can walk through, he said. The first series of panels, suspended from the lattices, depicts scientific imagery Kepes collected from his MIT colleagues, which he describe as “the new landscape” — the world newly revealed by science. The second series, which is displayed on the gallery’s walls, shows Kepes’ artistic experiments in light. “Kepes used innovative photographic techniques to create startling abstractions, effectively turning the darkroom into a laboratory,” Blakinger said. Seen alongside one another,

Kepes’ scientific and artistic panels show striking visual affinities, and they demonstrate Kepes’ notion of “interseeing,” Blakinger added. Quotations from Kepes’ writings, diagrams from his books, drawings from his notes and silvergelatin prints help to make the exhibition an investigation of motion, symbol, form and pattern, which Kepes believed constitute a common visual language that could reconcile the competing art and science cultures, Blakinger said. Kepes, who died in 2001, was born in Hungary in 1906. He was an important figure in the avant-garde Bauhaus movement in Hungary, which was started by fellow Hungarian and artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. In 1930, he and Moholy-Nagy moved to Berlin, where they remained until the rise of Nazism. They fled to England, and then arrived in Chicago in 1937, where MoholyNagy started the New Bauhaus, later called the School of Design, then the Institute of Design and now the Illinois Institute of Technology. Kepes headed the Light and Color department and taught the elements of photography. He became fascinated by light, seeing it as a creative medium that could be shaped, Blakinger said. He experimented with photograms by placing objects on photo paper and exposing the paper to light, and he pioneered a technique of exposing photographic glass plates on which he painted. When MIT hired Kepes in 1946, the scientific environment created a crisis for him, which led

to his lifelong search to reconcile art and science, Blakinger said. He founded the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT to further this goal. Since his early days in Europe, Kepes had sought a utopian society after being deeply affected by World War I and its aftermath, he said in a 1988 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo interview for a show on art and science. “Usually when you are seeing very dark, then you have at least dreams of much light. I was hoping to compensate for the missing part by dreaming about a much better world than I had.” Art was a way to raise social consciousness, he said. Kepes saw art not as just a subjective expression of anger about a misplaced existence but about an optimum existence — “the scaffolding of existence.” Nature provided the basis for creating that scaffold. Science in the 1950s and 1960s was preoccupied with the atom bomb and space travel. But Kepes also saw that with its growing insights into the elements of nature, science provided a “new landscape” of sights, sounds and forms that were previously unknown, he said in his 1956 book, “The New Landscape in Art and Science.” Those forms could be the basis for developing a common culture that would help integrate the inner world of thought and feeling and the outer world of nature, he said. Walking through the lattice at the Cantor show, one faces a back wall of Kepes’ manipulated images: photograms such as

“Gate” (1948), with its bold calligraphic design and ovoid egg forms (Kepes place real eggs on the photographic paper before exposing it to light), and “Photographic painting” (1942). Those forms resonate with the latticehung microscopic cells, such as “Transverse section of Osmanthus wood” (1951), or branching electrical charges, such as in “Lichtenberg Figures” (1951). Blakinger thinks the exhibit could spark a similar search for an artistic and technological language in Silicon Valley. “To reconcile art and science is really resonant today — it’s hugely relevant and timely,” Blakinger said. “It’s interesting to look back and see how a figure articulated that in a different context. Looking back can inform our understanding of our perspectives today.” Q Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

What: “The New Landscape: Experiments in Light by Gyorgy Kepes” Where: Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford University When: Through Nov. 17, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.5 p.m.; Thursdays 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Cost: Free Info: • Palo Alto Weekly • August 1, 2014 • Page 21

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Obon Festival

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Members of the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple Taiko Drum Corps will perform at the Obon Festival.

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cut flowers, plants, traditional Japanese crafts and Japanese ohaji desserts will be for sale, and indoor exhibitions include ikebana, suiseki (stone arranging), mon (Japanese family crests) and painttings. Palo Alto Minyo Dokokai performs Japanese fold music and dance at 6 p.m. on Saturday, followed by a Koto/Shakuhachi (Japanese stringed instruments and flute) at 7 p.m. Live music by rock group Bad Karma starts at 8 p.m., with tai chi and judo demonstrations at 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3 events include

the taiko drum corps at noon, karate and origami demonstrations, a Koto/Shakuhachi performance by Chikushi Kai Koto and kendo demonstrations. San Jose Taiko performs at 5:30 p.m. followed by popular Japanese music. The festival highlight, Bon Odori folk dances, begins at 7:30 p.m. when dancers of all ages can join in. The festival takes place at 2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto. Admission is free of charge. More information is at pabt. org or by calling 650-856-0123, weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

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Palo Altans have plenty to boogie about this summer with two free concert series that are currently happening in town. The City of Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Twilight Concert Series takes place at 7 p.m. on Saturdays. The concert lineup includes Caravanserai, a Santana-tribute band, Aug. 2 on California Avenue; and three concerts at Mitchell Park â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Aug. 9, Moonalice performs â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s rock, acid blues and jamband music; Aug. 16, Mads Tolling Quartet performs jazz; Aug. 23, Teens on the Green perform popular music. The West Coast Songwriters Cogswell Concert Series, sponsored by Stanford Federal Credit Union, runs through Sept. 11 on Thursdays at noon in the park at the corner of Lytton Avenue and Ramona Street. Performers include Aug. 7, Kaitlin McGraw, jazz, hip hop, pop rock, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music; Aug. 14, David Lunig Band, indie Americana/alternative country/fold and blues; Aug. 21, Le Vice, hip hop to indie pop, electro, chillwave, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s synth, pop, new wave, R&B influences; Aug. 28, T Clemente Band, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s rock; Sept. 4, Roem Baur, four-octave singersongwriter with unconventional takes on blues, soul and folk music; Sept. 11, Jacob Jeffries Band, American pop.

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The temple bell will ring in the 100th anniversary of the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple when the 63rd Obon Festival opens on Aug. 2 in Palo Alto. What began as a tiny street fair in 1951 now offers a wealth of ways to celebrate Japanese culture, spread over two days. A gong and salute from the templeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taiko drum corps opens the festival at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Hungry fairgoers can dine on Japanese and American cuisine, ranging from teriyaki chicken and ribs, sushi, udon, curry and salmon, to hamburgers and strawberry shortcake. Bonsai,

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The Bard is back in Redwood City, when the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival performs â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Taming of the Shrew.â&#x20AC;? Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic comedy about the courtship of Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, and Katherina, an unwilling and headstrong shrew he â&#x20AC;&#x153;tames,â&#x20AC;? and the competition between the suitors of her desirable sister, Bianca, has kept audiences in stitches for more than 400 years. Shows take place Saturdays, Aug. 9, 16 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, Aug. 10, 17 and 24 at 4 p.m. The performances are free and take place on the park-like grounds of Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave. at Broadway, Redwood City. Q â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sue Dremann

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Barrah Kebab with succulent lamb cubes marinated in ginger, black cumin, garlic and yogurt is served at Amber India.

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ood news: Amber India is moving to modern quarters in Los Altos, just across the Mountain View border, with plenty of parking. Even better news: The old location still provides the excellent food and service that introduced the South Bay to white-tablecloth, multiregional Indian cuisine in 1994. The original Amber India will remain open for catering, said owner Vijay Bist. It is a place of memories for Silicon Valley. As Bist puts it, “People are very loyal in Mountain View. They say, ‘How can you move? We grew up there!’’’ The restaurant’s enduring popularity also comes from its being family-friendly. “We’re bringing the whole team from Mountain View, a new chef from India,” Bist said. “Hopefully we can serve the next generation of young kids.” The Amber empire started expanding in 2003, with a chic restaurant/lounge in San Jose’s luxe Santana Row. Then there were restaurants in San Francisco, Palo Alto and a cafe in Mountain View. Amber India 2290 W. El Camino Real, No. 9, Mountain View. 650-968-7511 Hours: Lunch daily 11:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. Dinner daily 5-10 p.m.


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By the end of the year, Bist hopes, there will be one in Los Altos. The new Amber India is going into a 10,000-square-foot building just across the street, on the Los Altos side of El Camino Real. There will be three levels, each with its own personality, kitchen and bar. The new restaurant will have a well-stocked cocktail lounge with big-screen TV, a private room, and a patio with fire and water features for Indian weddings. In true startup fashion, Bist’s first food business did not go so

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well. His organic food store in San Jose predated the market, and had a bad location, he says. And one of his restaurants in San Francisco is closed for now, while he focuses on Los Altos. Meanwhile, Mountain View is doing just fine. Even with the Olive Tree Shopping Center half empty, parking is very competitive at lunchtime. This may be because the $14.95 buffet is constantly refreshed. Naan doesn’t sit in a


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steam tray, but is served fresh to your table. Remarkably, tandoori chicken (skinless but with bones) stays tender. Dishes rotate and are cooked from scratch every day. It’s a good time to try something new, like for me, a luscious Bhodpuri potato dish. Amber India represents a variety of regions well. For pacing purposes, it’s important to know that the signature butter chicken and a couple of other savory meat dishes are accessed at the dessert table. At dinner, the assorted tandoori hors d’oeuvres ($13.95) could

make an entree for the indecisive meat-eater. You get luscious lamb sausage (seekh kabab), minced with onions, ginger, garlic and spices. Cubes of lamb (barrah kabob) are tender and aromatic. Boneless pieces of marinated chicken maintain a moist texture and flavor-enhancing char spots. All of the above are served on a platter, with the bed of onions still sizzling and the slice of lemon nicely warmed for juicing. Tamarind and mint-cilantro sauces come in easy-to-pour creamers. Servers spoon out the entrees. As opposed to the lunchtime buffet, rice and naan are extras. We needed

both butter naan ($2.95) and basmati rice ($2.95) to soak up the silken butter chicken and sauce, which also features tomatoes and fenugreek. Visually and flavor-wise, palak paneer ($14.95) makes an excellent companion to butter chicken ($17.95). Creamy spinach is dotted with cubes of farmer’s cheese. For a sweet ending, try Bengali rasgulla ($4.50), two little balls of dense farmer’s cheese dumplings in relatively light rose-flavored sugar syrup. My only issue with Amber India is the anemic wine list. The new location is sure to cure that problem. Q


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A WASH, A RIB AND A TRUCK ... For many Palo Altans, a car wash and a rack of ribs go together. Blame that combo on Harold Willis. He’s the one who carved out a corner at Lozano’s Car Wash, 2690 El Camino Real, Mountain View, 14 years ago where he set up his smoker and his barbecue grill. Now Willis is taking his operation to the next level. He’s getting into the foodtruck business and ramping up his catering business. In addition to serving customers at Lozano’s, Willis will be dishing out his ribs, sausage, chicken and hot dogs from a 1961 vintage fire truck. “I’m calling it Harold’s Original Doggie Diner, and I’ll be traveling up and down the streets of Palo Alto and Mountain View,” he said. The food truck is scheduled to take to the roads on Aug. 15.


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PALO ALTO’S VANISHING FLORISTS ... Palo Alto has lost two long time florists in the past year, and a third florist’s future is uncertain. Stanford Floral Design shut down last year after 19 years in business at 433 Hamilton Ave. A skyrocketing rent increase gave its owner no choice but to close up shop and run his floral business out of his East Palo Alto home. And last month, Avenue Florist, 347 California Ave., sold its last bouquet, prompted by the redevelopment of the building it had leased for 25 years. The latest flower shop to close, at least temporarily, is Stanford Florists, 620 Emerson St. The shop has been cleared out of fresh flowers. All that remains are a few cactus plants, some hanging baskets, a balloon grouping, a bunch of wooden display pieces and a prominent “No Trespassing” sign on the front door. A call to the shop’s Palo Alto phone

number was transferred to a florist in Sunnyvale. An employee there said Stanford Florist is closed temporarily but will reopen in a few months. KIDS’ CODING SCHOOL ... Palo Alto resident Hansel Lynn seems to thrive on the cusp of innovation. He is preparing to open the CoderSchool, an after-school program that teaches kids how to code, in late August in Alma Village, 3441 Alma St. “This all started when I was looking for some kind of coding classes for my own kids, and there was nothing out there,” he said. So Lynn decided to create his own coder-learning center. “Since Palo Alto is the technology capital of the world, this is the place to do it,” he said. This is not Lynn’s first kid-oriented venture in Palo Alto. Nearly two years ago, he opened School of Rock, 2645 Middlefield Road. The pricing structure for theCoderSchool is still being worked out, but Lynn estimates a monthly cost of $200 to $400 per student, depending on the program. Age range is 8 to 18 years old, but Lynn expects most students will be 14 years and under. He expects that managing the newly constructed 1,000-squarefoot-space, located behind Starbucks and next to Grocery Outlet, will be more of an avocation than a full-blown career for him. “I am primarily a real estate developer, which allows me to do the emotionally rewarding things like School of Rock and theCoderSchool,” Lynn said.

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Movies Get On Up 000 (Century 16, Century 20) Trying as hard as possible can be the most valuable asset an artist possesses or a liability. For James Brown, known as the “hardest working man in show business” to his nearly ubiquitous adherents, maximum effort clearly yielded the greatest rewards. Brown held almost impossibly high expectations for himself and for his musicians; he even went as far as to fine band members for playing off beat, refusing to follow his directions or committing other infractions. As a result, he crafted an innovative, vibrant funk groove that transcends its era. It’s therefore ironic that “Get On Up,” Tate Taylor’s newly released James Brown biopic, gains appeal in part by not trying too hard. James Brown’s life was so darkly rich that it would take someone like Martin Scorsese or Francis

Ford Coppola in his prime to come close to fully capturing it. Rather than let itself get bogged down in a pretentious display of over-ambition, however, “Get On Up” succeeds in providing an entertaining representation of Brown’s rise to stardom. That’s not to say anyone slacks off in this movie, especially on the acting front. The film marks Chadwick Boseman’s second leading role in a biopic in as many years. As Jackie Robinson in last year’s “42,” Boseman bore a strong physical resemblance to the late Brooklyn Dodgers trailblazer but couldn’t elevate himself beyond the confines of a thinly written script. The screenplay of “Get On Up” doesn’t have that problem. Boseman evokes the magnetism that gave Brown such a strong stage presence and commanding personality, and yet refuses to drift into caricature. That’s not an easy task.

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Chadwick Boseman stars in “Get on Up,” a biopic of James Brown. Perhaps the most famous prior portrayal of Brown comes in the form of a nearly two-minute-long Eddie Murphy Saturday Night Live skit in which Murphy’s Brown prepares to dip himself into a “celebrity hot tub.” Boseman doesn’t impersonate Brown so much as embody what the film sees him to be; his raspy voice seems more authentic than contrived. As for the directing, Tate Taylor’s name is not nearly as recognizable as his most famous effort to date: “The Help.” “Get On Up” employs the same brand of wit that made Taylor’s earlier film a hit with audiences and Oscar voters, but avoids the racial condescension that earned “The

Help” some degree of criticism. Rest assured, “Get On Up” does not come off as hackneyed as its trailers and TV spots suggest. Sure, its narrative at times lacks the tight punch of the subject’s music. But the film masks its clichés with a refreshing nonlinear format, which jolts viewers but doesn’t jar or confuse them. The film doesn’t shy away from revealing Brown’s less flattering characteristics. We see Brown beat his second wife, drawing a sinister and all too potent comparison to the way Brown’s father abused him and his mother (Viola Davis). When we see Boseman’s heavily made up face in his later years as he smokes what appears to be PCP, the prosthetics come


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A Most Wanted Man (R) Century 16: 10:30 a.m., 1:25, 4:20, 7:15 & 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 10:35 a.m., 1:35, 4:30, 7:35 & 10:30 p.m. And So It Goes (PG-13) Century 16: 9:20 a.m., 12:10, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40 & 10:05 p.m. Begin Again (R) Aquarius Theatre: 4:40, 7:20 & 10:20 p.m. The Big Lebowski (1998) (R)

Century 16: Sun 2 p.m.

Boyhood (R) ++++ Aquarius Theatre: 11:50 a.m., 1:10, 3:20, 7 & 9:45 p.m. Century 20: 11:05 a.m., 2:45, 6:25 & 10:05 p.m. Chef (R) Century 20: 7:25 & 10:10 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 1:45, 4:30 & 7:15 p.m. Fri & Sat 10 p.m. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) +++ Century 16: 9:50 a.m., 1, 4:10, 7:20 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 10:25 a.m., 4:35 & 7:40 p.m. In 3-D at 1:30 & 10:40 p.m. Earth to Echo (PG) Century 20: 10:35 a.m., 12:55, 3:15 & 5:35 p.m. Edge of Tomorrow (PG-13) +++ Century 16: 10:55 a.m., 1:45, 4:35, 7:25 & 10:15 p.m. The Fluffy Movie (PG-13) Century 16: 9:30 a.m., 2:45 & 8 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m., 4:50 & 10:15 p.m. Get On Up (PG-13) +++ Century 16: 9:05 a.m., 12:20, 3:40, 7:05, 10:20 & 11:35 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m., 12:55, 2:30, 4:05, 5:40, 7:15, 8:50 & 10:25 p.m. Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) +++ Century 16: 10:30 a.m., 1:30, 4:30, 7:45, 8:30, 10:40 & 11:30 p.m. In 3-D at 9, 9:45 & 11:15 a.m. ; noon, 12:45, 2:15, 3, 3:45, 5:15, 6:10, 7, 9:15, 10 p.m. & 12:10 a.m. Century 20: 10:20 a.m., 1:15, 4:05, 5:25, 7, 8:25 & 10 p.m. In 3-D at 11:35 a.m., 12:10, 12:40, 2:30, 3:05, 3:40, 6, 6:35, 9 & 9:30 p.m. In X-D at 11 a.m., 1:50, 4:45, 7:45 & 10:45 p.m.

I Origins (R)

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Land Ho! (R)

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Magic in the Moonlight (PG-13) ++ Guild Theatre: 11:40 a.m., 2, 4:30, 7:10 & 9:30 a.m. Maleficent (PG) ++ Century 20: 11:40 a.m., 2:20 & 4:55 p.m. Monty Python Live (Mostly) (R)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R) Guild Theatre: Sat midnight. Sex Tape (R) ++

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Colin Firth and Emma Stone Make a Magnetic Pair of Opposites. The Actors are a Pleasure to be Around.”

My Fair Lady (1964) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 7:30 p.m. Sat & Sun 3 p.m. Planes: Fire & Rescue (PG) Century 16: 9:40 & 11:55 a.m.; 2:20, 4:40, 7 & 9:15 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m., 2, 4:20, 7:05 & 9:25 p.m.

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Le Chef (PG-13) Century 16: 10:40 a.m., 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8 & 10:15 p.m. Lucy (R) +++ Century 16: 10:40 a.m., 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8, 10:15 p.m. & 12:10 a.m. Century 20: 10:40 & 11:50 a.m.; 1, 2:15, 3:20, 4:35, 5:40, 6:55, 8:05, 9:20 & 10:30 p.m.

Colin Marcia Hamish Firth Gay Harden Linklater Simon Emma Jacki McBurney Stone Weaver

Hercules (2014) (PG-13) Century 16: 12:15, 5:25 & 10:35 p.m. In 3-D at 9:35 a.m., 2:55 & 7:55 p.m. Century 20: 11:30 a.m., 2:10, 4:40, 7:10 & 9:45 p.m. In 3-D at 10:20 a.m., 12:45, 3:10, 5:45, 8:15 & 10:40 p.m. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG) +++ Century 16: 9:05 & 11:40 a.m.; 2:25 & 5 p.m. Century 20: 10:55 a.m., 1:40 & 4:15 p.m.


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off as more haunting than cheesy. In that manner, “Get On Up” recalls the narrative arc of “Goodfellas,” reveling in Brown’s excesses but not pulling any punches in depicting its consequences. “Get On Up” lacks the overwhelming vigor of “Goodfellas,” but the film never provides a boring moment. Overall, “Get On Up” stands as an admirable effort at chronicling the enigmatic essence of the Godfather of Soul. Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug use, some strong language and violent situations. Two hours, 18 minutes. – Cooper Aspegren





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anaging a demanding career and caring for her mother with dementia and her husband with a serious illness, Carole Stein said she drew strength not only from her religion but from her practice of the ancient Chinese philosophy of feng shui. Stein, who downsized from a large family home in Indianapolis to a 900-square-foot apartment at Palo Alto’s Moldaw Residences following the death of her husband, recently opened her apartment to fellow residents of the senior housing complex to show her colorful, feng shui-inspired décor. “There’s nothing simple about this 3,000-year-old philosophy,” Stein told about a dozen fellow residents assembled in her living room. “I know it’s complicated, but I made a definition:

feng shui is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to ensure the health and good fortune of anybody inhabiting it.” The hour-long session, in which Stein discussed how she tries to express clutter-free and color-minded aspects of feng shui in her home, was part of a three-year-old “Share the Art” program at Moldaw Residences, in which residents have opened their apartments to neighbors to share everything from African art to folk art, Judaica, modern art and Picassos. “What’s most interesting are the stories behind the art,” said Nancy Rossen, a co-organizer of the art-sharing program. “Everyone is so individual as to why they picked this piece, what was the circumstance under which they got it.”

Carole Stein, far right, who organizes the “Share the Art” program at Moldaw Residences, leads a discussion about feng shui and how she has incorporated its elements in her apartment.

One resident told how she lost the contents of her home in the Holocaust but — years later — spotted one of the lost items at a Dutch art auction. “It was such an emotional thing — she bid on her own painting,” Rossen said of the former Moldaw resident, who has since died. “She told the story of getting that particular painting back. The Dutch government was not so willing to return it, but it so happened that the wife of the artist was still living and was able to testify that the artist had done that painting for her family.” In another art-sharing session, a resident recounted how her

husband had surprised her when she was ill with an etching by Camille Pissarro. The breathtaking gift, she said, made her “feel better right away.” Another resident, who was involved in building bridges all over the world in his civil engineering career with the Bechtel Corp., shared his collection of bridge photographs. Stein, who is president of the Moldaw residents’ council, said organizers of the art-sharing program approached her after they had run through all the “really fine art apartments.” “I said, ‘I don’t have any Chagalls and I don’t have any Pissar-

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Sandy and Don Paisley, left, and fellow residents at Moldaw Residences, observe the brightly colored walls, furniture, photographs and art in Carole Stein’s feng shui-inspired home.

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Linda Bryant, left, and Jerry Wagger take a look at art and photographs in Carole Stein’s home during the monthly “Share the Art” session. home and recognize the value of the yellows and golds to bring warmth to my rooms.” After tiring of the original beige in her den, Stein repainted the room a vibrant green — the “color of renewal and fresh energy,” she said — as a backdrop for over two dozen treasured mementos hanging on the wall, including a framed invitation to her 1954 wedding in Brooklyn. “For me, this space became a room with dimension and personality,” she said. “When I walk into the apartment I see a wide expansive space from bedroom to den — all inclusive and giving me a feeling of a whole home in balance with my life.”


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ros and I don’t have any Picassos,’” Stein said. “I don’t have anything to show except my life, and they said, ‘That’s good enough. Show your life.’” Stein explained to fellow residents how her use of the colors and principles of feng shui has helped her gain a sense of balance, peace and personal growth. “Energy is embodied in everything, living and non-living,” she said of her understanding of feng shui. “All living matter and inanimate objects are connected, and change is constant. “The easiest way to get your life moving by using feng shui is to bring the energy of colors in order to connect with your surroundings — to be healthy, peaceful, balanced and joyful in them,” she said. “Look to these emotions and see if you can develop your environment to fit that. Do your colors make you feel that way? Does your artwork make you feel that way?” Stein chose the color red — expressing the “fire energy,” she said — for her small kitchen near the apartment entrance. “When my kitchen night lights are on, the glow of the color warms my whole apartment, and I sense a feeling of calm looking out from my bedroom,” she said. Her bedroom is butter yellow, and the bath carries the deeper of the yellow tints. “My area rugs all came from my Indianapolis

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Broken items, clutter and furniture with sharp points represent “negative energy” and are to be avoided, Stein said. Though small apartments pose challenges for de-cluttering, “no amount of wind chimes or plants will negate the low, depressing energy of clutter,” Stein said. “Your home is your sanctuary,” she said. “You get to decide what you live with, what you love and what you want out of life. At this time in our life when we’re limited on space, we have to surround ourselves with things that really speak to us.” Q Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be reached at ckenrick@

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MORE RESOURCES ... Blood pressure screenings, home care, housing and health information, and facts about transportation and legal aid will be available at the Senior Resource Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. Fair co-sponsors are the City of Mountain View, El Camino Hospital and the Community Services Agency. For more information call 650-903-6330. BIG BAND SOUND ... The fall session of Jeff Sanford’s Big Band Jazz Ensemble class at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center kicks off Tuesday, Aug. 12, with 10 classes running through Oct. 28. Participants must be able to read music and be relatively proficient on their instruments. Maximum enrollment is 18, with advance registration required. Cost is $150 for JCC members; $160 for nonmembers. For more information contact Jen O’Leary at joleaery@ or 650-223-8664. Q

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Palo Alto Baylands 5K walk 7:00 pm; 10K run 8:15 pm; 5K run 8:45 pm Check-in, start and finish at Baylands Athletic Center, Embarcadero & Geng Roads (just east of the Embarcadero Rd. exit off Highway 101.) Arrive early and enjoy music and sponsor booths.


5k and 10k courses around the Palo Alto Baylands under the light of the Full Harvest Moon. Course is USAT&F certified (10k only) and is flat along paved and unpaved roads and levees in the Baylands. Course maps are available online at


Register in advance at Adult Registration (13+) registration fee is $40 per entrant. Includes a long-sleeved t-shirt. Youth Registration (6-12) registration is $30. Includes a long-sleeved t-shirt. Youth (5 and under) run free with a paid adult but must be registered through Race Roster with signed parental guardian waiver, or may bring/fill out a signed waiver to race-night registration. Race night registration fee is $45 for adults, $35 for youths. T-shirts available for race night registrations only while supplies last. Refunds will not be issued for no-shows and t-shirts will not be held. MINORS: If not pre-registered, minors under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or bring signed parental/waiver form on race night.


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Betsy Fryberger of The Garden Club of Palo Alto works in the victory garden.

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Connie Cavanaugh led a committee of The Garden Club of Palo Alto in researching and creating the victory garden at the Museum of American Heritage (MOAH).


he dedication of Palo Alto’s Museum of American Heritage to the history of technological innovation from 1750 to 1950 is reflected today both inside and out, with a newly thriving replica of a “Victory Garden.” Just like in the mid-1940s, when Uncle Sam urged everyone to grow their own veggies, with posters touting “Plant a Victory Garden — Our Food Is Fighting — A Garden Will Make Your Rations Go Farther,” today’s Victory Garden at the museum (or MOAH) is filled to the brim with the same variety of vegetables that was grown back then. Previously, the old Williams house, where MOAH is located, had a victory garden — really more of the Williams family working garden — that was mostly kept up by the husband of the director. “When he moved, there was no one to maintain (the 11 beds),” said Laurie Hassett, MOAH’s executive director. Landscape architect Girvin Peters, who sits on MOAH’s board, approached The Garden Club of Palo Alto to see if they’d take on the project of bringing the old garden back to life.

Museum’s garden mimics those of World War II era by Carol Blitzer photos by Veronica Weber

That planted a seed with Helen MacKenzie, who was president of the club and thought the project fit the club’s mission to a T: “assisting in the beautification of public areas of the city.” She recruited Connie Cavanaugh and Eleanor Laney, who rounded up about a dozen club members who set to work researching what plants were grown in 1943. They used everything from U.S. Department of Agriculture brochures to Sunset’s “Vegetable Garden Book.” After drawing up a long list of potentials, they found quite a few varieties still available, Cavanaugh said. They then began growing some plants from seeds, along with a few from seedlings that were mostly propagated in people’s homes. The “stalwart people” who volunteered, Cavanaugh said, had a variety of skills and backgrounds, from careers in landscape design or horticulture to photography. “They had a wide range of knowledge about gardens in the Mediterranean climate,” she said. But they also had “a strong desire to get dirty and make things happen in the garden.”

By late winter, the beds were cleaned up, soil amended, Diestel turkey compost from Lyngso in Redwood City added, a new irrigation system installed and the seedlings were ready to plant. All the auxiliary materials were authentic to the era, including the wood in the raised beds and the “Florida weave” twine used for holding up the tomato plants. No plastic was allowed. By July, the radishes and carrots were already harvested; eggplant and several varieties of squash were ready to pick and tomatoes and corn on the verge. The varieties have charming names, including ‘Black Valentine’ bush beans, ‘Boston Pickling’ cucumbers, ‘Pimento Perfection’ peppers, ‘White Queen’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ squash, and ‘Santa Clara Canner’ tomatoes. Still to ripen are the melons and larger squashes, including ‘New England Sugar Pie’ pumpkins. “This is not your typical garden,” Hassett said. “Some things are very rare.” The committee that agreed to create the garden has made a commitment to stick to the project through the end of harvest, around October. After that they may be

A sugar pie pumpkin, top, grows in MOAH’s victory garden. Old seed packets, above, are used as labels to identify which crops are growing in the victory garden.

seeking more volunteers to help maintain the garden in the future. And what do they do with all the Victory Garden vegetables, now that rationing isn’t the rule of day? The early harvest has been going to All Saints Episcopal Church, which hosts the Food Closet food giveaway. But, as the garden peaks, the larger harvests will go to St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room in Menlo Park. “Vegetables take water,” Hassett said, adding, “The worst thing you could do is grow them and not have them utilized. “We need volunteers to help out in all the gardens,” Hassett said, to pick the ripening vegetables, as well as to clean the paths and mow the lawn at MOAH. The (continued on page 33) What: Museum of American Heritage Where: 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free admission Information: 650-321-1004 or • Palo Alto Weekly • August 1, 2014 • Page 31




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hen I started writing this column I wondered if I was going to give away all the garden secrets there are and put myself out of business. Then I realized that I could write for 10 lifetimes and never run out of tips to give. There is so much to learn, and each new awareness leads to two new things to learn. For example, take the drought. The opportunities in gardening that the drought provides are enormous — new plants to learn, new techniques for conserving water, new techniques for cultivating existing plants and on and on. If we look at our gardens as decorator showcases and have to deal with a change in environment, the challenges and solutions multiply exponentially. Each new situation in gardening is a gift, and when we receive it as one we revel in the successful outcome. This month I will give you some of the new thoughts I am having about solving the “drought problem.” Here are the tips: 1. A desert is very seldom completely void of life. What it is though is very well adapted life. We are incredibly adaptable; let’s think of ways to adapt to the change in climate we are having now. If it changes again later, we can adapt to that. 2. Turf is always trying to revert to meadow. We do all kinds of things to keep it from reverting. We mow it, water, fertilize, aerate, de-thatch, weed and reseed whenever needed. If the lawn (turf) is only used occasionally for sports or sun bathing or showing off our acumen for turf man-


by Jack McKinnon agement why not let it revert to meadow? Or better yet, create a meadow. To learn what a natural meadow is, go to Yosemite Valley and look at the valley floor. You can have a meadow just like that. Only without the 3,000-foot waterfall. 3. How about a mini or micro lawn? When I used to complain about having to mow the lawn as a boy my parents would say in their worldly wise way, “Just think if you were in Japan, you would have to mow the lawn with a pair of scissors.” By the way, I highly respect Japanese gardeners to this day. 4. We don’t have to stick to California natives. Yes, they are quite interesting and they do tend to be more drought tolerant than tropical flowering plants, but there are thousands of species of plants that are drought tolerant, noninvasive and fantastic for our climate zone. If we cultivate non-native gardens, we can always mix natives in if we like them. 5. Watching our plants closely can tell us a lot about what they need. Remember, water does not equal love. By watching closely as we reduce our water use we can notice plants starting to react to the decrease and give them a bit more than their neighbors. Modern irrigation systems are highly manageable. The sprinkler heads and drip-system emitters can be adjusted for just the right amount of water. Whole sections can be turned off at the clock and individual needy plants watered by hand. This practice alone can save hundreds of gallons of water per house per year. 6. Grow an appreciation for hardscape. Landscape architects often have less interest in plantings than they do in walkways, benches, patios, walls, sculptural features, view planes and esthet-

ics. Good for them; all of these are important and especially in large public spaces. They can also be very useful for framing a specimen plant in a private patio or complementing a border planting on an entry way to a suburban home. Contemplative gardens often emphasize “less is more.” We can reduce the plantings and also reduce water and maintenance needs. 7. Rather than complain about the drought (or anything else for that matter), embrace the opportunity. The news media makes a living on bad news, we don’t have to. It is proven that if we exercise our creativity, we get more creative. Go for it. 8. Challenge your neighborhood to a design competition. All in fun, have a goal and give awards for the best new design, the most innovative, the least costly, the most efficient, the most fun and the lowest maintenance. This can generate a garden tour and a block party. Everybody loves a party. 9. Think of the children — not just yours but all children. Make your garden fun. Have some edible plants they can recognize as they go by. I will never forget my grandmother’s grape arbor. Even at 5 years old I looked up at those grapes hanging there in the shade of that arbor and wondered at how they got there. 10. Always, always, try to enjoy the process. Gardening should be fun. Take it a little at a time. Detail someplace special. Take the challenge and grow. Good Gardening. Q Garden coach Jack McKinnon can be reached at 650-455-0687, by email at jack. Visit his website at

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Garden Club held an open house at the Victory Garden last week to show the garden and encourage more members to volunteer. Even the committee chair was surprised at how well the garden is doing. “We did not expect the garden to be anywhere near as productive,” Cavanaugh said. Although the committee put in a ton of work, the members also got something out of the project. “A key learning is how critical it is to amend soil before planting,” she said. “This isn’t brain surgery, but it’s really important. “Moving forward, it’s really well-documented now, so this could be re-created,” Cavanaugh said. And, considering how she might change course if she were to do it again, she acknowledged that this time they overplanted, never having worked this garden before or grown so much from seed. “We’ve been doing a lot of pruning lately to give the plants enough space.” Q Associate Editor Carol Blitzer can be emailed at

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333 Atherton Ave. S. Tseng to J. Dai for $13,500,000 on 6/25/14 1 Fair Oaks Lane H. Coggins to M. Imam for $1,585,000 on 6/25/14; previous sale 4/00, $1,158,500 30 Southgate St. D. & E. Fritz to C. & S. Fraser for $2,150,000 on 6/23/14; previous sale 3/12, $1,550,000

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$1,602,000 on 7/11/14 1092 Laureles Drive Schick Trust to K. Xu for $3,135,000 on 7/8/14 651 Palm Ave. G. & T. Baugus to M. & K. MacQueen for $1,730,000 on 7/11/14 1553 Plateau Ave. Chen Trust to P. & S. Bhargava for $2,300,000 on 7/9/14; previous sale 2/98, $777,000 1109 Russell Ave. Besser Trust to Pena & Williamson Trust for $2,455,000 on 7/11/14; previous sale 1/83, $239,000 928 Terrace Drive Niejadlik Trust to T. Jain for $2,165,000 on 7/8/14

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27791 Edgerton Road A. & S. Ligtenberg to J. & L. Silverman for $2,889,000 on 7/11/14

38 3rd St. #103 Bergman Trust to Bellas Survivors Trust for

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615 17th Ave. R. Brown to R. & S. Jobanputra for $880,000 on 6/24/14 11 Artisan Way D R Horton to M. Movassaghi for $1,610,000 on 6/25/14 241 Leland Ave. P. Nowicki to L. Huan for $1,803,000 on 6/24/14; previous sale 3/12, $1,265,000 1058 Menlo Oaks Drive Mueller Trust to A. Sachdev for $1,530,000 on 6/25/14; previous sale 4/02, $942,000 631 Palmer Lane Burnett Trust to J. Cala for $930,000 on 6/24/14 1308 University Drive Jones Trust to E. Ramberg for $2,043,000 on 6/25/14 1228 Windermere Ave. S. Grotenhuis to T. Stiers for $500,000 on 6/20/14; previous sale 5/99, $240,000

293 Beatrice St. E. Nazario to M. Zhu for $914,000 on 7/10/14 1934 Cappelletti Court R. Iyengar to A. Java for $1,490,500 on 7/10/14; previous sale 2/07, $902,000 13155 Franklin Ave. Finn Trust to A. Naaman for $1,850,000 on 7/9/14; previous sale 4/03, $795,000 125 Huntington Court A. Solomon to T. Sun for $880,000 on 7/9/14; previous sale 6/12, $650,000 133 Kittoe Drive R. & S. Kamenski to Kass Trust for $1,200,000 on 7/10/14; previous sale 1/96, $255,000 30 Sherland Ave. M. Kirchoff to Wong Trust for $1,450,000 on 7/8/14; previous sale 2/03, $700,000 49 Showers Drive #A238 B. Dawbin to Taketa Trust for $509,000 on 7/8/14

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520 E. Charleston Road C. Frank to G. & S. Urquhart for $1,000,000 on 7/8/14; previous sale 3/95, $290,000 4250 El Camino Real #C126 R. Mont-Reynaud to M. Guerrero for $570,000 on 7/8/14; previous sale 1/09, $400,000 4182 Manuela Ave. Breon Trust to Z. Ahmed for $2,100,000 on 7/10/14; previous sale 11/80, $314,000 470 Ruthven Ave. F. Vergasov to N. & J. Minskoff for $3,380,000 on 7/10/14

Redwood City 488 Alameda de las Pulgas Larson Trust to T. Schikorr for $838,000 on 6/20/14 412 Charlott Lane #96 Mcnicol Trust to A. Pathan for $850,000 on 6/20/14 1181 Fairview Ave. Stenholm Trust to S. Paulazzo for $750,000

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QuestBridge FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 593268 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: QuestBridge, located at 115 Everett Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): QUEST SCHOLARS PROGRAM, INC. 115 Everett Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94301 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 09/27/2002. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on June 17, 2014. (PAW July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 1, 2014)

File No.: 594084 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, 8.) GreatDay Global Publishing, located at 555 Bryant Street #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 06/05/2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on July 10, 2014. (PAW July 18, 25, Aug. 1, 8, 2014) BONDI BLUE, INC. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 593988 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as:

Bondi Blue, Inc., located at 2625 Middlefield Rd. #258, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): BONDI BLUE, INC. 2625 Middlefield Rd., #258 Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 06/12/2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on July 8, 2014. (PAW July 18, 25, Aug. 1, 8, 2014) REDOWA STRING QUARTET FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 594428 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Redowa String Quartet, located at 570 Glenbrook Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): KEVIN HSU

STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 593670 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-Recorder’s Office. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME(S): WHITE PROPERTIES JOINT VENTURE 431 Burgess Drive, Suite 200 Menlo Park, CA 94025 FILED IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY ON: 11/15/2012 UNDER FILE NO.: 503553 REGISTRANT’S NAME(S)/ENTITY(IES): CAROLEE WHITE, Trustee 620 Sand Hill Road, 215 E Palo Alto, CA 94304 JAMES S. HEATON, Trustee 2408 Rogue Valley Manor Dr. Medford, OR 97504 CHARLES H. HEYSER, Trustee 113 Mirabel Place San Carlos, CA 94070 THIS BUSINESS WAS CONDUCTED BY: Join Venture. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on June 27, 2014 (PAW July 18, 25, Aug. 1, 8, 2014) GreatDay Records GreatDay Media GreatDay Publishing GreatDay Tunes GreatDay Music GreatDay Songs GreatDay Hits GreatDay Global Publishing FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT

570 Glenbrook Drive 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 July 21, 2014. (PAW July 25, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 2014) BAY FUSION CATERING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 594297 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Bay Fusion Catering, located at 1195 Ayala Dr. Apt. B, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A General Partnership. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): DAVID M MELGAR 1195 Ayala Dr. Apt. B Sunnyvale, CA 94086 MANOJ PAUDEL 1820 Ednamary Way

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CrossFit Palo Alto FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 593854 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: CrossFit Palo Alto, located at 327 Kingsley Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): DYMMEL TRAINING SYSTEMS, INC. 327 Kingsley Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94301 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on July 2, 2014. (PAW July 18, 25, Aug. 1, 8, 2014) SANTIAGO’S HANDYMAN SERVICES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 594033 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Santiago’s Handyman Services, located at 386 Roosevelt Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): JOSE SANTIAGO 386 Roosevelt Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94085 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 2/27/2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on July 9, 2014. (PAW July 18, 25, Aug. 1, 8, 2014)




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(continued from page 45) Mountain View, CA 94040 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 July 16, 2014. (PAW Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2014) THE EPIPHANY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 594545 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: The Epiphany, located at 180 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Limited Partnership. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): ALLAN STERNBERG 9435 Kirkside Road Los Angeles, CA 90035 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 03/10/2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on July 24, 2014. (PAW Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2014) GEEYOS SEARCH FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 594441 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Geeyos Search, located at 553 Suzanne Ct., Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): BME INVESTMENTS, INC. 553 Suzanne Ct. 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 July 21, 2014. (PAW Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2014)


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Petitioner: MARIA SAINZ filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: CLARA MARIA DEGOIS, aka CLARA MARIA SAINZ, aka CLARA DEGOIS SAINZ to CLARA MARIA DEGOIS SAINZ. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: November 4, 2014, 8:45 a.m., Room: Probate of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: PALO ALTO WEEKLY Date: July 2, 2014 /s/ Aaron Persky JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (PAW July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 1, 2014) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF ELIZABETH S. LYMAN CASE NO. 1-14-PR174715 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: ELIZABETH S. LYMAN A Petition for Probate has been filed by TIMOTHY ROE LYMAN in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara. The Petition for Probate requests that TIMOTHY ROE LYMAN be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The Petition requests the decedent’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

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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 in this court on August 14, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in Dept. 12 located at 191 North First Street, San Jose CA 95113. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: Martin H. Steinley, Esq. (State Bar # 138754), Beamer, Lauth, Steinley & Bond, LLP, 401 B Street, Suite 1530, San Diego, CA 92101-4238, Telephone: (619) 235-6800 7/18, 7/25, 8/1/14 CNS-2643573# PALO ALTO WEEKLY Escrow No.: 100430-EM NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE AND OF INTENTION TO TRANSFER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE (U.C.C. 6101 et seq. and B & P 24074 et seq.) Notice is hereby given that a bulk sale of assets and a transfer of alcoholic beverage license is about to be made. The name of the Seller/Licensee is: Pasta ? Palo Alto Limited Partnership, a California limited partnership, whose address is: 326 University Avenue, city of Palo Alto, county of Santa Clara, CA 94301. The business is known as: FIGO RESTAURANT The name of the Buyer/Transferee is: Burma Ruby Investment, LLC, a California

limited liability company, whose address is: 680 Laurel Street, city of San Carlos, county of San Mateo, CA. 94070 As listed by the Seller/Licensee, all other business names and addresses used by the Seller/ Licensee within three years before the date such list was sent or delivered to the Buyer/Transferee are: None The assets to be sold are described in general as: All of the Leasehold Interest, Leasehold Improvements and Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment, of that certain restaurant business located at: 326 University Avenue, city of Palo Alto, county of Santa Clara, CA 94301. The kind of license to be transferred is: On-Sale General Eating Place, now issued for the premises located at: 326 University Avenue, city of Palo Alto, county of Santa Clara, CA 94301. The anticipated date of the sale/ transfer is: August 22nd, 2014 at the office of McGovern Escrow Services, Inc., 333 Bush Street, 21st Floor San Francisco, CA 94104. The amount of the purchase price or consideration in connection with the transfer of the license and business, including the estimated inventory, is the sum of $337,500.00 which consists of the following: Description Amount Cash through escrow: $337,500.00 It has been agreed between the Seller/ Licensee and the intended Buyer/ Transferee, as required by Sec. 24073 of the Business and Professions Code, that the consideration for the transfer of the business and license is to be paid only after the transfer has been approved by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. DATED: June 23, 2014 Burma Ruby Investment, LLC, a California Limited Liability Company By: Max Lee, Manager 8/1/14 CNS-2647448# PALO ALTO WEEKLY Cybercodality LLC FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 594613 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Cybercodality LLC, located at 235 El Carmelo Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Limited Liability Company. The name and residence address of the owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are): Cybercodality LLC 235 El Carmelo Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant/Owner began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 04/03/2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on July 25, 2014. (PAW Aug. 1,8,15,22,2014)

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HALL OF FAME . . . Eight new members of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame will be inducted in October, adding to a long and distinguished list of individuals honored at the school known as the Home of Champions. The inductees will be Nicole Barnhart ‘04 (women’s soccer), Notah Begay, III ‘95 (men’s golf), Toi Cook ‘86 (baseball and football), Laura Granville ‘02 (women’s tennis), A.J. Hinch ‘96 (baseball), Skip Kenney (men’s swimming and diving coach), Anika Leerssen ‘00 (sailing) and Heather Olson ‘99 (synchronized swimming). All of the inductees will be honored at a private reception and dinner at the Bing Concert Hall on Saturday, Oct. 11 beginning at 6 p.m. The class will also be introduced at halftime of Stanford’s football game against Washington State on Oct. 10.

Harjanto Sumali

OAKS NOT DEAD . . . Despite erroneous reports in another local newspaper, the Palo Alto Oaks semipro baseball is not dead. While Palo Alto’s season was put to rest last weekend following an 8-4 loss to eventual tourney runner-up Fontanetti’s in the third round of the AABC West Regional at Baylands Athletic Center, the Oaks’ future has yet to be decided. While it’s true that general manager Steve Espinoza is retiring after 11 years and player/manager Greg Matson has announced that he’s not returning, nothing has been decided at this point to whether the Oaks will begin their 66th season next summer. “It’s 60-40 the team continues,” said Espinoza. When asked who might take his place as GM, Espinoza replied: “Possibly Joey Ordonez, who assisted a couple of years.” While many of the players believed this might be the final season following the announcements that Espinoza and Matson would not be back, the door is still open for donors and for candidates to replace the two veterans. Palo Alto wrapped up its season with a 1-2 mark in the West Regional. The Oaks opened with a 4-2 loss to the San Fernando Cardinals before avenging a loss to the LA Easton Elite Dodgers in last year’s title game with an 8-4 victory.

World No. 1-ranked Serena Williams displayed her fitness with a straight-set victory to open her Bank of the West Classic title hopes. She’ll play in Friday’s quarterfinals.

It’s a healthy return for Serena Williams World’s top player hopes to use Bank of the West Classic to revitalize her career once again By Rick Eymer erena Williams, ranked first in the world, had good reason to thank the 2,664 fans on hand at Stanford’s Taube Family Tennis Center on Wednesday night. They were enthusiastic and helped bolster her efforts to reach the quarterfinals of the Bank of the West Classic. She’ll play Friday at 8 p.m.


against former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic or Stanford sophomore Carol Zhao, who were scheduled to play Thursday night. Williams looked healthy and played sharp in her first competition since defaulting during a doubles match at Wimbledon because of a viral illness. “I was really ill and under the weather,” Williams said of her experience in Great Britain. “I didn’t

trol of the match with a big second set. “I thought I played well,” Williams said. “I’m on the right path. I’m excited and I’m looking forward to my next match.” Williams, who said she’ll go in for medical tests once the season is over, said the experience helped her realize she needed to take her (continued on page 51)


Stanford 14A shows mettle with a medal

About the cover: World No. 1 Serena Williams reached Friday’s quarterfinals in the Bank of the West Classic. Photo by Harjanto Sumali.

Club squad earns bronze at National Junior Olympics by Keith Peters


arning the only medal for the Stanford Water Polo Club didn’t get head coach Clarke Weatherspoon a dunking from his 14A team on Tuesday on the final day of the boys’ National Junior Olympics at Stanford’s Avery Aquatic Center. “Only when you win,” Weatherspoon said of the ritual dunking. Weatherspoon and his squad settled for the bronze medal after dunking 680 Red A of Danville, 10-4, in the third-place match of the Platinum Division at Belardi Pool. Stanford finished 6-2 during


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realize how I felt until later. When you’re in the moment you don’t realize how sick you are. I never know when to say when.” She quickly moved on, beating Karolina Pliskova from the Czech Republic, 7-5, 6-2, in a secondround match. Williams, encouraged by the supportive crowd, fought her way through a tough first set before she found her legs and took con-

Goalie Alexander Nemeth of the Stanford 14A water polo team helped his team take third place in the Junior Olympics.

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four days of competition in what is billed as the world’s largest water polo tournament, with 10,000 athletes (boys and girls) and 600 teams competing over eight days. Stanford’s only losses came to the finalists, Vanguard Blue and SHAQ. Vanguard Blue won the title in a shootout after handing Stanford a 10-2 loss in the semifinals. “If you’re going to lose two games, that’s how you want it to happen,” said Weatherspoon. “That’s what I told the kids. In (continued on next page)

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Stanford Water Polo Club

The Stanford Water Polo Club’s 14A team, coached by Clarke Weatherspoon (far right), brought home the bronze medal following a 14-4 victory in the third-place match at the National Junior Oympics that wrapped up for the boys on Tuesday at Stanford’s Avery Aquatic Center.

Michael Swart scored three goals for the Stanford 18A team during a shootout loss to Orange County in the final round. players from each team alternated shots. Stanford had its first two shots blocked before Will Conner and Somple made theirs. After Stanford goalie Jack Turner came up with a stop, Stanford’s Harrison Enright had a shot to tie, but was blocked. “That last game was a rollercoaster,” said Mello. “Losing a shootout is tough because you want to end it playing water polo. But, the fact we came back and made a game of it, finishing fourth is certainly nothing to be ashamed of.” Stanford missed out on playing in the title game after dropping a 13-12 decision to Regency in the semifinals. Regency is primarily comprised of players from SoCal power Mater Dei High. Regency went on to win the gold medal with a shootout win over LA Pre-

mier, which handed Stanford a 13-8 loss on Monday. “We had Regency on the ropes and were up 4-5 goals,” Mello explained of the semifinal. “But we just kind of lost it in the end. Both the championship match and third-place match were decided by shootouts. “I would have liked to seen the boys get a medal . . . but, we just didn’t get it done.” As Mello said, there is little room for error in a tournament of this magnitude. “What I learned is how hard it is to perform in this tournament and how hard it is to medal, and win,” he said. “It’s four days of high-intensity games. You can’t afford to skip up, and we really didn’t.” The Stanford 16A team got the game-winning goal from Finn

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a four-day tournament like this, anything can happen.” Weatherspoon was impressed with how his team handled the pressure after losing two key players to injury, a starter three weeks ago and a top reserve just last Wednesday. “You don’t know how a group will respond to that,” Weatherspoon said. “They did a really nice job. This said a lot about our kids. We’ve been a top-five team all year and performed at that level all summer.” Thus, a third-place finish was something to be proud of. “It’s definitely gratifying,” Weatherspoon said. “You never assume your team will place in anything. You just hope the execution comes at the right time, and this group executed a lot throughout the tournament.” The key to Stanford’s success was its defense. “They always say that defense wins championships,” Weatherspoon said. “We played great defense the whole tournament. Our goalie (Alexander Nemeth) is a great player.” Weatherspoon also singled out Nik Caryotakis, Alex Tsotadze and Andrew Churukian as key figures among the team’s successful JO effort. Churukian had six goals in the third-place match. While the 14A team was the only Stanford WPC squad to medal, the club had five teams finish among the top 12 in the Platinum Division. No other team in the nation accomplished that, according to program director Jon Barnea. “Five teams in the top 12 is an amazing accomplishment,” Barnea said. “It’s a great showing.” The Stanford 18A team finished 5-3 and in fourth after dropping a shootout to Orange County on Tuesday in Belardi Pool. The 16A team (6-3) took fifth following a 9-8 win over 680 Red A at Sacred Heart Prep. The Stanford 12A squad (4-4) finished 10th after falling to Irvine Kahuna, 7-3, at Wilcox High and the 14B team (35) took 12th after dropping a 14-7 division to Foothill Red. The Stanford 18B team (3-6) finished fourth in the Gold Division of the Championship bracket after dropping a 15-5 decision to Newport Beach at Sacred Heart Prep. The 16B squad (5-3) competed in the Classic Division and was seventh while the 14C squad (3-6) was eighth in the Gold Division of the Championship bracket. The Stanford 18A squad just missed on its shot at a bronze medal in its 10.3-10.2 shootout loss to Orange County. Stanford trailed by 10-6 in the fourth quarter before Max Somple and Michael Swart each scored twice, with Swart’s final goal tying the match at 10 with 1:44 left to play. Each team missed a scoring opportunity in the final moments before Stanford controlled. Head coach Colin Mello called time with 11 seconds left, but Stanford could not get off a final shot and the game went to a shootout. Five

Will Conner of the Stanford 18A squad fired in a goal as his team finished fourth at the National Junior Olympics. Banks with under a minute remaining. Stanford had taken an 8-6 lead on goals by Chris Xi and Christian Znidarsic before 680 Red A rallied to tie. Goalie Benoit Viollier was a standout for the winners while Xi tossed in three goals. Also competing in the boys’ tourney was the Mid-Peninsula Water Polo Club 16A squad, which had to settle for a fourthplace finish and 4-3 record after a hard-fought 15-14 loss to South Coast Red (of Thousand Oaks) on Tuesday at Hillsdale High. Tied at 4 after one period, South Coast took a 9-8 lead into halftime and led by 11-10 after three quarters. South Coast twice extended to a three-goal lead in the fourth period before back-to-back scores by Alec Berquist and Jorge Pont narrowed the gap for Mid-

Peninsula, and Christian Huhn answered a SC goal with :23 remaining in the game. South Coast tried to run out the clock, but was thwarted by Berquist’s steal setting up a possible tying goal, but leading scorer Mostyn Fero’s backhand at the buzzer was just wide. Fero’s five goals paced Mid-Pen, which is made up of Menlo-Atherton sophomores and juniors. Huhn added four, while Alex Hakanson and Pont finished with two each. Goalies Jackson Goudey and Cameron Raff combined for six blocked shots. Head coach Giovanni Napolitano’s team entered the tourney as the No. 14 seed. The girls’ four-day tournament got under way on Thursday, with finals scheduled for Avery Aquatic Center on Sunday. Q • Palo Alto Weekly • August 1, 2014 • Page 49



SHP grad channels a dream

Stanford and 49ers have common goal Cardinal is seeking a BCS championship while the Niners searching for a Super Bowl title

Former water polo standout Smith swims across English Channel


by Keith Peters eather Smith helped the Sacred Heart Prep girls water polo team win three straight Central Coast Section Division II titles. That was easy compared to what she endured last week while becoming the 452nd woman in recorded history to swim the English Channel. The 21-year-old Smith made the 21-mile swim from Dover (England) to Audresselles (France) in 11 hours, 10 minutes. While it was faster than the average time of 14 hours, Smith was hoping to make the treacherous trek in 10 hours. “The swim itself was incredibly hard,” Smith said. “It took everything I had mentally and physically to get through it.” Smith got her marathon day under way on July 21 at 6:30 a.m. She said the water was warmer than expected, 63 degrees in-

By Rick Eymer im Harbaugh, David Shaw, Shayne Skov and A.J. Tarpley shared the same stadium for a few hours Wednesday. All of them share the same goal. While Harbaugh, Skov and fellow Stanford grads Chase Thomas and Jonathan Martin were practicing with the San Francisco 49ers on one side of Levi’s Stadium, Shaw, Tarpley and senior receiver Ty Montgomery were on the other side participating in the Bay Area college football media day. The 49ers are looking for a Super Bowl championship. The Cardinal is looking for a BCS championship. They both have players committed enough to work toward those goals. Stanford opens its training camp on Monday, with its first game less than a month away. The 49ers have been training for a week or so and are beginning preparations for their first exhibition game next weekend. “Shayne is doing an excellent job,” Harbaugh said. “He and Chase Thomas are acquitting themselves very well. All the linebackers are vying for starting spots in the lineup.” Tarpley, who played next to Skov the past few years, has a starting spot sewn up for Stanford. “Tarpley has been overshadowed somewhat by Shayne Skov,” said Shaw, in his fourth season as Cardinal head coach. “He’s going to be one of the best linebackers in the nation.” That assessment is shared by Skov, who spoke just outside the Niners locker room between morning and afternoon practices. “He’s the most underrated athlete in the nation,” Skov said. “He’s fast, he makes plays and he’s smart.” Smart enough to learn from players like Skov and Thomas. “Playing next to Shayne was awesome,” Tarpley said. “I think we complemented each other well. We always had fun and shared great success. I know with Bay Area roots he’s happy about the opportunity he has. He’s as hard working as anyone.” On Thomas, Tarpley said: “He’s another guy who works hard. He can use his hands like nobody else and in ways that no one can learn. I know he’s hungry and has a great attitude.” Skov said having Thomas and Martin in the same locker room gives him a sense of comfort. “Having a couple of friends making the same adjustments makes it a nicer locker room.” Skov, who was signed as an undrafted free agent by the 49ers, remains undaunted about his ability

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SHP grad Heather Smith gets greased down before her swim.

Menlo grad Maddy Price helped Canada to a relay record.

stead of 57 or colder. She swam in sunlight the entire stretch and was aided by a favorable tide for the first six hours, until it turned sooner than expected -- thus the slower time. Upon completing her swim in France, Smith returned to Dover via boat to rejoin her mother, Carol, and brother. She completed her remarkable trek by signing her name on the wall of the White Horse Pub, Dover’s oldest bar. Smith’s dream to swim the English Channel began at Sacred Heart Prep.

“I decided over five years ago, when I was in high school, that I wanted to swim the Channel,” she said. “After my first Alcatraz swim, when I was 16, I was hooked on open water swimming. “Prior to the Channel swim, I had not done any really big swims. I have done five Alcatraz swims (she was the second-fastest female at the 2009 Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim), two Bridge to Bridge swims, and a 10k Lake Del Valle swim (in the East Bay).” Smith started her training for the Channel swim in January of this year. “However, I was at college at Bucknell (where she played water polo) and was only able to train in the pool,” she said. “It was not until May, when I came home for the summer, that I was able to go to the Bay (Aquatic Park) and train in the cold water. On May 21, I did my first Aquatic Park swim and only could handle 40 minutes in the 56-degree water. Becoming acclimated to the cold was my biggest worry.” A swimmer is only allowed to wear a Speedo suit, goggles, and a cap during English Channel attempts — in addition to be liberally covered in grease to fight the cold. “My time in the water slowly improved and, by early June, I could handle two hours. On June 21, I did my six-hour qualifying swim in Aquatic Park. That was the longest swim of my training.” Then it was off to England to achieve a dream.

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Price in record run Recent Menlo School grad Maddy Price capped a sensational high school career by helping the Canadian women’s 1,600-meter relay team set a national junior record at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships last weekend in Eugene, Ore. Price clocked a sizzling 51.9 split on her relay anchor leg to bring the Canadians home in a record-breaking 3:33.17. Price ran the fastest split among the top teams for the second straight day but still fell short of a medal. Q Page 50 • August 1, 2014 • Palo Alto Weekly •

to play in the NFL. It’s the next step of a journey. “I know what I can do and I know what I want to accomplish,” Skov said. “I’m just trying to get a grip on the play book and do what is expected.” Tarpley, meanwhile, thinks Stanford will be just fine in the linebacker corps. “We’re going to be younger than ever before but we have guys who are among the best in the country,” he said. “We have guys like James Vaughters, Kevin Anderson, Joe Hemschoot and Blake Martinez who are ready to step up.” Stanford returns 14 starters, seven on defense. Shaw is confident the Cardinal, picked to finish second behind Oregon in the Pac-12 North Division, will be as competitive as it has been since Harbaugh coached the team to an 11-win season in 2010. “We look forward to what we can accomplish,” Shaw said. “We have a lot of budding stars and veterans on the team.” Defensive end Henry Anderson, cornerback Alex Carter, strong safety Jordan Richards and Tarpley are all on both the Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch lists, which recognize the top defensive players in the nation. Anderson is also on the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award watch lists while Tarpley also appears on the Butkus Award and Lombardi Award lists. Richards finds himself on the Lott IMPACT Trophy and Jim Thorpe Award watch lists, which honor defensive performance excellence. Montgomery, along with quarterback Kevin Hogan, is on the Maxwell Award watch list, which is designed to honor the Player of the Year. Montgomery also appears on the Walter Camp Award list, with offensive lineman Andrus Peat, and the Biletnikoff Award list for the top receiver in the nation. Hogan’s name also shows up on the Davey O’Brien Award and Johnny Unitas Trophy lists, which honor top quarterbacks. Other watch list candidates include Graham Shuler (Rimington Award), Jordan Williamson (Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award), Wayne Lyons (Lott IMPACT), Vaughters (Butkus Award), and Kelsey Young (Doak Walker Award). Stanford should be fun to watch, opening with three home games. UC Davis visits Aug. 30 in a 1 p.m. contest, followed by USC on Sept. 6 at 12:30 p.m. and Army on Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. Q


2014 BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC Tennis (continued from page 48)

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Fourth-ranked Ana Ivanovic celebrated after her first-round victory at Stanford this week.

Two-time Bank of the West champ Serena Williams opened with a straight-set victory on Wednesday.

Stanford sophomore Carol Zhao faced a big task in No. 5 seed Ana Ivanovic on Thursday afternoon. Williams or fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka on Friday. Semifinals will be held Saturday (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and finals Sunday. Both will be televised by ESPN2 starting at 2 p.m. The doubles final will follow the singles finale. The Bank of the West Classic is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world and is the first stop of the Emirates Airline US Open Series. The WTA Premier event features a 28-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $710,000. This year’s winner will earn $120,000, the largest payout in the history of the event, which has been held at Stanford since 1997. * * * The WTA announced that Sabine Lisicki hit the fastest recorded serve in the history of the women’s tennis tour on Tuesday. During a first-round loss to Iva-

Veteran Venus Williams posted a first-round win and was hoping to reach Friday’s quarterfinals. noic, Lisicki reached 131 miles per hour, surpassing the previous fastest serve of 129 mph by Venus Williams at the 2007 US Open. * * * Recent International Tennis Hall of Fame Inductee Lindsay Davenport will be honored on Stadium Court prior to Fridayís first Evening Session match (8 p.m.) Davenport held the worldís No. 1 ranking for 98 weeks and owns a total of 55 WTA singles titles throughout her remarkable career. She won the 1998 U.S. Open, 1999 Wimbledon and 2000 Australian Open to go along with three major doubles titles as well. The American also won an Olympic gold medal in 1996. A California native, Davenport won the Bank of the West Classic three times in singles (1998, 1999, 2004) and a tournamentrecord six times in doubles, including four in a row from 1996 to 1999. Q

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enough.” Radwanska was the runner-up at last year’s Bank of the West Classic. Defending champion and No. 6 seed Dominika Cibulkova also was sent home, losing to Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the first round, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. American qualifier Sachia Vickery downed Monica Puig, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-1, to reach her first career WTA Tour quarterfinal. She also won two straight in the main draw for the first time. Her only previous victory came at last year’s US Open in her WTA main draw debut. Vickery meets Lepchenko, who also reached last year’s quarterfinal. Eighth-seeded Andrea Petkovic advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 win over qualifier Naomi Osaka. “It was so weird,” Petkovic said. “She’s 16 and obviously very talented. If I played solid I knew I had a good shot.” Petkovic will play either Venus

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time. A working vacation in Croatia and a stopover in Toronto for a movie shoot was enough to revitalize her entering the week. “I’ve always felt good about this event,” she said. “Being here, it’s always a special place.” The Bank of the West Classic is where she got her career back on track after recovering from a serious illness three years ago. She won back-to-back titles in 2011-12 and hasn’t looked back since. “I remember I got stuck at 13 (Grand Slam titles) and feeling depressed about it,” Williams said. “I put too much pressure on myself. I realized I needed to relax, that there was always next year.” Williams now has 17 slam titles and is looking forward to adding another one in New York when the US Open gets under way. She has yet to win a Grand Slam event this year. “I’m working on a lot of new things,” Williams said. “Maybe you’ll see me come at the net a couple of times and not just to shake hands.” On Wednesday, Williams played questions about her health like they were important points and returned them with little effort. “I’m still taking it a match at a time,” she said. “It worked out. I was feeling fine. I made some silly errors early because I was not on my toes enough.” Pliskova managed to hold her serve most of the first set but did not have an answer once Williams found her own serve. “I knew she’s a player that is tough to break so it was important to me to be super focused on my serve,” Williams said. “She served well and I tried to hang in there and get some break points.” She finally managed to reach break point in the 12th game and took control from there. She was successful on all three break points she had. Williams took some time off after Wimbledon and vacationed in Croatia before returning to the U.S. for the hardcourt season. She’s searching for her third title in this event. Elsewhere in the tournament: Varvara Lepchenko earned a spot in the quarterfinals, beating second-seeded Angieszka Radwanska, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, Wednesday. “I have a friend who lives nearby who has a tumor and I wanted to win it for him,” Lepchenko said. “I’ve known him for a long time and wanted to play for him.” Lepchenko beat the fifthranked Radwanska for the first time in six meetings in recording the best result of her career. Lepchenko beat a Top-10 player for just the third time in 24 matches. “The match was good,” Radwanska said. “I wasn’t serving

Andrea Petkovic reached the quarterfinals with a pair of victories this week. • Palo Alto Weekly • August 1, 2014 • Page 51

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