Vol. XXXVIII, Number 9
December 2, 2016
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Page Mill bike-safety fixes speed ahead Santa Clara County Supervisors approve plans, funding for dangerous intersections by Sue Dremann
highly dangerous section of Page Mill Road near Interstate 280 for bicyclists will hopefully become safer under a plan to add new striping, signage and flashing beacons. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously
on Nov. 15 to approve the project, which extends roughly from Old Page Mill Road to west of the Interstate 280 on-ramp. The area has a notorious reputation for accidents and near-collisions between bikes and vehicles. Silicon Valley executive Jeffrey
Donnelly, 52, of Palo Alto, was struck and killed by a motorist as he rode his bicycle west on Page Mill Road near the intersection of Christopher Lane in Los Altos Hills on Nov. 3, 2015. His death sparked plans to add safety measures prior to the county’s planned long-term upgrades. Currently, bicyclists must exit side streets and, with poor visibility, cross the lanes of Page Mill traffic to get to a bike lane that is
near the center median. The interim changes include reduced speed limits, signage, beacons and road markings. The goal is to raise awareness, slow traffic and increase visibility. As part of the project, the county agreed to lower the speed limit from 50 mph to 35 mph along the hilly stretch of Page Mill east of Old Page Mill Road. Flashing beacons and signage will warn drivers and bicyclists they are approaching a
bicycle crossing. Cyclists heading westbound will have a more clearly marked route. An 8-foot-wide space for bicyclists will be cut through a traffic island between Old Page Mill Road and Page Mill. There, bicyclists can wait and watch for a break in traffic before merging onto Page Mill and riding in the bike lane on the interior (leftmost lane) of (continued on page 9)
Commission throws support behind ‘accessory’ housing In revising ordinance, members take aim at parking, lot-size requirements by Jocelyn Dong
Out for a stroll A man pushes a stroller on Dec. 1 past the vibrant ginkgo trees along Greenwood Avenue in Palo Alto, which are at the peak of their golden color.
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Forming bonds Stanford sophomore launches mentoring nonprofit to help Asian high school students by Elena Kadvany
kshay Dinakar, a Stanford University sophomore, recently attended a birthday party for a cousin in San Jose. The attendees — most of whom were Indian (he’s Indian himself) — came with their middle or high school aged children. At the urging of their parents, the teens approached Dinakar to ask him “How did you get into Stanford?” and, even, “What are your test scores?” Then, some time later, he was taking Caltrain back from San Francisco to Palo Alto with a friend who graduated from Gunn High School. Their train struck someone outside of Palo Alto. These two moments, combined with Dinakar’s challenging personal experience as the only
Indian student at a large Kansas high school, made him think about what he could do to make a difference for current high schoolers who might feel different or despondent, or simply need another source of support in their lives. “One thing I always wish I had had in high school was ... some kind of older Asian sibling that could have guided me or been like, ‘Don’t give up,’” he said. So Dinakar started Covalence, a budding nonprofit that pairs Asian college-student mentors across the country with Asian high school mentees. He hopes Covalence will help proliferate two messages he wishes he had received in high school — one about being different and the other about academic pressure.
“One, to help me realize that it’s OK to be a different skin color, and it’s OK to have a different culture and different values,” he said, “and (two), killing myself over what grades I get and trying to get to this golden Ivy League or Stanford is not all there is to life, especially in high school.” Dinakar, an ardent college sophomore majoring in product design (he’s pondering psychology and computer science minors), hopes to eventually be the CEO of his own nonprofit social-good design firm. He’s passionate about inventing things, positive psychology and social leadership. For the last several months, he’s been building Covalence, (continued on page 8)
or several years now, Palo Alto officials have been looking at one possible way to ease the city’s affordable housing crisis: allowing homeowners to build small rental units on their properties. These rentals — variously known as in-law cottages, granny units and, now, accessory dwelling units — could boost Palo Alto’s housing stock without the expense to the city of building a large, new affordable-housing development. The push has been met with both fears and cheers: Some residents decry the specter of more-crowded neighborhoods, while others clamor for the chance to provide housing for an elderly relative — or supplemental income for themselves. On Wednesday night, the city’s Planning and Transportation Commission took a stab at crafting an ordinance that would encourage homeowners to build such rentals. But even as they pinned hopes on accessorydwelling units being the David that might slay the city’s housingcrisis Goliath, they acknowledged one sobering fact: If not regulated properly, the accessory-unit idea may end up being no more than a boy with a slingshot and bad aim. The uncertain potential of accessory dwelling units was acknowledged by Commissioner Eric Rosenblum, who observed that such rentals comprise only 1 percent of Portland, Oregon’s, housing stock, while in Vancouver, Canada, about one-third of eligible property owners have
added accessory units. Until now, Palo Alto’s accessorydwelling ordinance has resulted in a measly four units per year, according to the city’s Housing Element. The commission, which was generally supportive of accessory units, on Wednesday squarely took aim at the barriers residents have said have prevented them from adding on the rental housing: the requirement to add parking and the qualification of a minimum lot size. Currently, only properties that are 35 percent larger than the standard lot size in a specific residential zone can host an accessory unit. According to a planning-department staff report, about 2,500 parcels are large enough under existing city rules to add a unit. So by a 4-to-2 vote, the commission did away with the additional percentage, opting to recommend to the council that the ordinance permit the rentals on properties that are the standard size for their districts. The result, in the city’s R-1 zones, would be that 8,200 parcels would be eligible to add accessory units, up from the 2,300 R-1 parcels that are 35 percent larger than standard. When it came to parking, the commission sought to ease the regulations that homeowners provide parking for their tenants. The staff’s draft recommendation, which follows new state laws on accessory units, already reduced the requirement from two parking spots to one per unit or one per bedroom, whichever is greater. A (continued on page 10)
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BIG BUENA VISTA DOINGS ... Residents of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park will have a big week starting Monday, Dec. 5, in a series of events that could impact its fate. A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge will hear a lawsuit by the residents to determine if relocation proceedings held by the City of Palo Alto were adequate. A ruling in the favor of the residents could require the city to recalculate and potentially increase the relocation allowance received by each mobile home owner. If the ruling is in favor of the city and the property owner, as the real party in interest, then the path to close the park is cleared. The Jisser family (property owners) could issue eviction notices after paying relocation allowances. On Dec. 6, the Santa Clara County Housing Authority will meet in a closed session to discuss acquiring the mobilehome park, in partnership with the City of Palo Alto and the county. The move could ensure the permanent availability of the affordable housing resource. The city and county reached a tentative agreement regarding funding for the acquisition, and the Housing Authority has been working on a potential package that would include obtaining a fair market value appraisal and securing a potential operator of the park if the acquisition moves forward. Regardless of what happens, the Buena Vista residents will celebrate their presence in Palo Alto with a holiday Posada, a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging in Bethlehem prior to the birth of the Christ child. The symbolism of seeking lodging isn’t lost on the residents, who will inquire from trailer to trailer if someone can give the holy family a home. RESIDENTS ANSWER CALL FOR ASSISTANCE ... Palo Alto’s Christmas Bureau put a call out for last-minute holiday donations just before Thanksgiving, and the community listened. Volunteer board member Virginia Powers said the nonprofit has received about $65,000 in varying amounts from numerous Palo Alto residents during the final push of its fundraising campaign.
These donations have put the Bureau past the halfway mark for raising $120,000 by Christmas. The money will be distributed to approximately 3,000 seniors, families and other individuals in need who live in the community this holiday season. This is the largest amount the Bureau has attempted to raise in its 61 years, Powers said. “I believe we’re on track,” she added. The 14 volunteer board members will begin handwriting checks and notes to recipients beginning Dec. 8. Powers said it takes about three separate rounds of check-writing sessions to get all of the donations distributed. The Bureau has distributed thousands of dollars to Palo Alto residents in need every holiday season since the mid 1950s when a group of school nurses decided to make the holidays brighter for families living in pockets of poverty in the community who they met through work. The Bureau will continue accepting donations for this season up until Christmas. Donations received after the holiday will be used for next year. To make a donation, send a taxdeductible check made out to the Christmas Bureau to: The Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto, P.O. Box 51874, Palo Alto, 94303. HIRE AN EXTERMINATOR ... As the Palo Alto City Council deliberated for more than two hours about the city’s Sustainability and Climate Action Plan on Monday night, an unexpected voice chirped up from the gallery. The council was discussing areas to prioritize in the voluminous plan, which aims to get rid of hundreds of thousands of metric tons of carbon dioxide by 2030. The city hopes to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by that time. “How do we narrow it down?” Council member Eric Filseth said, noting the scope of the task at hand. At that point, an apparent nature lover’s cell phone began chirping loudly right on cue. As the sound of the insect filled the Council Chambers, Filseth was forced to offer a potential starting point to answer his own question: “Get rid of crickets,” he said. Q
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Court ruling invalidates 2011 repeal of binding arbitration Voters may have to decide again on Palo Alto’s measure on arbitration by Elena Kadvany
state appellate court has ruled that the City of Palo Alto violated the law when it did not confer with its unions before placing a measure repealing binding arbitration on the ballot in July 2011. The Sixth District Court of Appeal in San Jose’s 60-page decision, filed Nov. 23, is the latest twist in a case that has been winding its way through the courts since 2011, when the City Council voted to place Measure D on the ballot. Shortly after, the International Association of Firefighters, Local 1319 (IAFF), which strongly
opposed the measure, filed a unfair labor practice complaint alleging the city did not consult with them in good faith beforehand. At the time the city countered that firefighters had plenty of opportunity to discuss binding arbitration with city officials before July. In November 2011, Palo Alto voters overwhelmingly approved Measure D, stripping the “binding arbitration” provision from the City Charter. In considering the union’s objections, an administrative law judge had ruled in the city’s favor, but the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) later reversed
that decision and ordered the city to rescind its actions. While the appellate court decision made clear that the city should have conferred with the unions prior to putting a measure on the ballot, it also said that PERB improperly ordered the city to rescind the City Council resolution amending the City Charter, stating it “violated the doctrine of separation of powers by ordering a legislative body to take legislative action.” The court struck down the PERB decision in its entirety and directed the board to issue a new order that is consistent with the
City Council focuses on more housing in land-use plan Hotels, height limits figure into concerns by Sue Dremann
t’s time for Palo Alto to make affordable housing a cornerstone of its land-use plans, City Council members said on Monday night. The mindset that has dominated new-development approvals should be changed from office and retail to housing and retail, they agreed. The council made those remarks during a review of the Draft Land Use and Community Design Element of the Comprehensive Plan Update, which was recommended by the Citizens Advisory Committee. The element, which maps out policy regarding zoning, subdivision and public works decisions, will be the blueprint for how Palo Alto will look for the next 15 years. The advisory committee recommended zeroing in on building residences at the lower end of market-rate housing; identifying ways to keep existing residents from moving out; increasing housing supply for vulnerable populations such as seniors and people with special needs; and managing the growth of office, research and development uses and conversions from one use to another. New housing, which has been a contentious topic in recent years, might potentially be achieved by adding it to small retail centers and even on Stanford University land. Or the city could grow more dense by increasing the city’s 50-foot-height limit to as high as 65 feet, the draft element noted. Some advisory committee members strongly supported protecting local retail and parking lots in shopping centers, while others
considered these spaces as potential locations for new housing. Council members did not seem to think that using spaces such as Town & Country Shopping Center for housing would be appropriate, although some felt that limited housing at the back of the shopping center might make sense, given its proximity to Palo Alto Medical Foundation and mass transit. Others posited that Stanford University might work with the city to provide additional housing near Stanford Shopping Center. Council members agreed that plans for two areas, the Fry’s site and south El Camino Real, should be developed soon, as they have the best potential for new or mixed-use housing. The city has not had created any precise plans for specific areas since the South of Forest Area (SOFA 1 and 2) in the early 2000s, they noted. Councilwoman Liz Kniss said the most probable site for a precise plan would be Fry’s. “This would be the time to do it,” she said. Council members split on whether to raise the ceiling on building heights, though they mainly favored retaining the existing height limit of 50 feet. The Advisory Committee proposed possible new heights that could create incentives for mixed-use residential construction. Or buildings could be as tall as 65 feet if housing were added to a development. Councilman Eric Filseth said any height increases would bear watching. “I think we need to keep an eye
on the slippery slope. The cap should stay. If we change the cap every time we get close, (then) we don’t have a cap anymore,” he said. “The 50-foot height limit has been extremely helpful to Palo Alto,” Councilman Greg Schmid said. “It would be harmful to the city to break that limit without good reason.” A 55-foot height limit would allow for a modern retail space with four floors of housing on top, staff told the council. “I’m open to that,” Mayor Pat Burt said. Councilman Marc Berman said that a steadfast 50-foot height limit may be contributing to the lack of affordable housing. The city says it wants to do something about housing for lower-income and middle-income residents but never does, he said. “We’ve lost our socio-economic diversity in this town, and we’ve lost the ability to develop affordable housing in this town,” he said. Organizations such as MidPen Housing are building affordable units in other cities but not in Palo Alto. Mountain View built affordable housing under a 57foot height limit. A change in the Comprehensive Plan would create “a real opportunity to gently exceed the 50 feet in certain areas and in certain circumstances” if the city is serious about building affordable housing, he said. Councilman Tom Dubois said he would also consider taller buildings for senior housing, but not in most other cases, while Councilman Cory Wolbach said
court’s lengthy and technical ruling. The court suggested a proper legal remedy would be to declare the city’s resolution void. It is likely that the resulting new PERB order will force the city to conduct a new election repealing binding arbitration (after conferring with its unions) if it wishes to eliminate the binding arbitration provision from the City Charter. The appellate court examined whether binding arbitration falls under the scope of California’s MeyersMilias-Brown Act (MMBA), whose purpose is to “promote full communication between public employers and their employees by providing a reasonable method of resolving disputes regarding wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment between public employers and public employee organizations.” The court ruled that binding arbitration is “properly considered a mandatory subject of consultation” under a section of the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act. “(I)t is clear that the City failed to meet its obligation to consult
in good faith. Even assuming that the consultation requirement should be markedly different than the meet and confer requirement, it, at the least, requires the parties to meet and discuss the issues,” the court states. The appellate court also found that Public Employment Relations Board’s ruling did not violate charter city home rule provisions of the California Constitution nor the constitutional authority of the City Council to propose charter amendments to voters. Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt said in a statement that he expects the issue to return to the voters. “It is up to the citizens of our community whether a private arbitrator or the elected City Council should decide how to balance employee wages and benefits with other critical needs, such as investing in infrastructure or expanding city services,” he said. “We look forward to supporting our community’s democratic right to choose what’s best for Palo Alto.” Q
he supports an idea by Dubois that residents should vote on the matter. The council also looked at caps on square footage for nonresidential space. The city’s current cumulative cap had a limit of 3.26 million square feet since 1989 for nine planning areas and downtown. Currently, 1.7 million square feet remains to be built. The Citizens Advisory Committee generally supported carrying the 1.7 million cap forward into the new Comprehensive Plan, but instead of having the cap within the nine areas, the limit would be spread throughout the entire city, according to the draft plan. The cap would apply to office/research and development or office/research and development plus hotel, rather than all non-residential uses. The narrower focus would mean other non-residential uses, such as warehouses and retail, would no longer count toward the cap, but it would also mean that existing building space converted from one of these uses to office/R&D would count, city staff noted. Whether the cap would apply to hotels is another matter. If new hotel development is also subject to the 1.7 million square feet, the advisory committee suggested that one option would be to set a total cumulative cap of 1.7 million square feet of office and research and development and 500,000 square feet of hotel development. “That figure is based on the past 15 years of development history and would accommodate two current active hotel proposals plus one more full-service hotel within the city,” the city noted in a staff report. The council agreed that hotels are generally good for the city and provide attractive revenue sources. But Schmid added a caveat to adding too many: “They make your center city a place for pass-throughs and we should not go in the direction of undermining the character of the community,” he said. The council also considered restrictions on recent retail
conversions to offices in the city’s business districts, and what office uses might be allowed. Burt was more concerned about large tech companies dominating the office space. The city should allow startups for small businesses and business support. he said. But those elements, which have been one of the defining characteristics of Palo Alto’s downtown, have been lost. “As a de facto incubator district, we are hollowed out. Ten to 20 years ago we had them. But there has been a significant transformation,” he said. Instead, large swaths of downtown retail have been taken over by large firms. “When one of those pulls up stakes, the bigger they are they more potential there is for disruption,” he said. Burt would consider placing caps on the size of businesses using the area in non-permitted ways, but he would also grandfather in those currently in downtown. How Stanford University’s plans might affect the city was also a long topic of discussion. The council adopted the interim ordinance in 2015 establishing the 50,000-square-foot annual limit per fiscal year of new office and research and development construction in three commercial districts: downtown, California Avenue, and El Camino Real south of Park Boulevard. But Stanford University Medical Center and Stanford Research Park were not included in the annual limit. The council Monday seemed to support continuing to exempt the research park from the cap, but only with a traffic-reduction plan to manage its impact on local roads. “We want to encourage innovation, and we don’t want to change the research park’s essential character,” Vice Mayor Greg Scharff said. The council did not vote on the draft element. Staff will return with a revised document for further discussion and direction together with a revised draft Transportation Element in early 2017. Q
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recruiting mentors from his own social networks at colleges and universities throughout the United States. There are now 40 mentors from 11 different schools, from Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley to Harvard University, The Juilliard School and Middlebury School, among others. Dinakar is hoping to continue to recruit mentors to have as diverse a list as possible. Named for covalent bonds, the sharing of electron pairs between atoms, Covalence isn’t trying to be a college-prep program nor a psychological-support service. The mentors are given minimal guidelines: Reach out to your mentee via email twice a month if you don’t hear from them. Listen to them and answer any questions they may have. Build a relationship. “All the mentors I’ve chosen are very stable Asian kids in college who have come to terms with
Akshay Dinakar, founder of Covalence, sits in one of the meeting rooms at the Old Union at Stanford University on Nov. 29. the fact that they’re different and that’s what they love most about themselves,” Dinakar said. “I think they also have the perspective that ... (a) cutthroat academic atmosphere is not the way to success. Those are the two cornerstones (of Covalence).” There are no requirements or restrictions for interested high schoolers, though it’s geared toward juniors and seniors of Asian
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heritage. Six students have signed up already from the Bay Area, New York City, Kansas City and Chicago, and the nonprofit is seeking more applications. Dinakar hopes to pair each of the 40 mentors with one mentee. One of the Stanford mentors, Aprotim Bhowmik, described how, as an Indian-American growing up in a small suburb of Georgia, he
struggled with his identity. “One of the primary struggles that I faced — and that many of my AsianAmerican friends faced — dealt with social identity and assimilation,” he said. “Asian Americans, largely being the children of immigrants, often have difficulty coming to terms with their identity with respect to gender identity/expression, social identity and mental well-being. These topics are too often ignored or considered taboo in many Asian American households, and it would be great to provide some guidance to high school students who are struggling with these issues.” He did not have an older mentor in high school and wishes he had. Now, as a mentor, he hopes to help Asian high schoolers develop “as entire people, not just students.” Another Stanford sophomore, Valerie Ding, said it was the impact of older mentors on her high school self that compelled her to pay it forward with Covalence. “When I was a junior and senior in high school I changed a lot as person, as a human being. I developed pretty drastically emotionally and in terms of what I was interested in and how I viewed the world, how I viewed what I wanted to do with my life,” she said in an interview. “Since I was so changed by mentors in my life at the time — it was great that there was a formal way for me to return that.” For her, it was a science teacher who served as her research adviser and several older students who were in college when she was in
high school. Research on youth mental health and suicide prevention often refers to the importance of teenagers having at least one “trusted adult” in their lives. “The point of it,” Ding said, “is you get to know them and you get to understand them.” Dinakar also hopes the mentors will form their own community. Each mentor is asked to periodically check in on and provide support to three other mentors. They can also connect and ask each other questions via a Facebook group and email list, including contacting individual mentors who have specific experience or background in a topic, Dinakar said. For Dinakar, Covalence’s purpose has taken on even more importance in the wake of the presidential election, with many minorities, immigrants and communities of color feeling fearful and uncertain about their future under the new administration. “There’s been a lot of activism on this campus and a lot of the minorities really uniting together to be like, ‘Don’t forget about us; we matter, especially now more than ever,’” Dinakar said. “I think this is honestly a very perfect time to launch a project like this.” Q More information is available by visiting covalence.tk or contacting Akshay Dinakar at firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff Writer Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@ paweekly.com.
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LOCATION OF MAST ARM POLE WITH FLASHING BEACONS
OLD PA GE EXISTING SIGNS TO REMAIN
New signage, road striping and flashing beacons will be installed in spring 2017 along a dangerous stretch of Page Mill Road near Interstate 280.
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Page Mill, according to the county Roads & Airports Department. Eastbound, bicyclists will now be able to move to the center of the road at the far end of the interchange, also reducing the number of conflicts with cars at the freeway ramps. A marked lane for bicyclists who want to turn onto Old Page Mill Road will also be added. Colin Heyne, deputy director of Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, said the traffic-calming measures going westbound are the most important aspects of the plan. “The speed limit is currently 50 mph until west of the northbound 280 on-ramp, and vehicles regularly travel in excess of 60 mph. This creates a situation in which there is no safe course of action for a person on a bike who is forced to merge across two lanes of traffic to reach the bike lane,” he said. “By reducing speeds to 35 mph and improving sight lines through the creation of a new bicyclist cut-through, the new design puts bicyclists in a much better position to be able to leave Old Page Mill and reach the Page Mill bike lane quickly and safely,” he said. The interchange at Page Mill and I-280 has a dangerous combination of very fast speeds — given both the high-speed, uncontrolled off-ramp from the south and the downhill approach on Page Mill from the east — and high popularity with bicyclists riding between Palo Alto and the hills, he added. “The intersection was clearly not designed with either bicyclists or pedestrians in mind but rather to move large numbers of vehicles quickly,” Heyne said. Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt, who used to ride his bike along that route, stopped going there about three or four years ago.
“I felt it was unsafe. It was an area that was never designed for safe bike riding. It permits far too high of speeds where vehicles and bikes converge,” he said. “These improvements are very important. This is an area I’ve been raising concerns about for three to four years. I’m pleased to see the county come forward — largely on the impetus of the city, which strongly encouraged the changes,” Burt said. The City of Palo Alto contributed $80,000 to the $525,000 project, which is funded by five agencies: a $250,000 Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) grant; $125,000 from the Transportation Fund for Clean Air grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District; $20,000 from the Town of Los Altos Hills and $50,000 from the County of Santa Clara. Palo Alto had pushed for the changes, which are considered interim, because it could be years before the county has the funding to do a full and permanent interchange and expressway improvement. The county is planning to improve all of its expressways. But given the dangers, Burt and others felt strongly that something needed to be done soon, and that it was feasible. After Los Altos Hills bicyclist Lauren Perdriau Ward was struck and killed by a big rig on Alpine Road near Page Mill in 2010, significant improvements were made at relatively little cost, Burt noted. Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, who worked to secure the interim project, said that he felt it was important to move forward sooner than later. “This is a heavily traveled and challenging intersection for both cyclists and drivers. We’ve got to find a way to make it safer — right now — even though larger, longer-term improvements are scheduled in the coming years.
About the cover: Cars drive down Page Mill Road in Palo Alto as they enter and exit Interstate 280 just past Old Page Mill Road. Bicyclists must cross two lanes of traffic on Page Mill to merge onto the bike lane. A Palo Alto bicyclist was killed last year in this interchange. Photo by Veronica Weber.
I didn’t think we could afford to wait,” he said. He called the improvements “modest but significant.” Heyne said that in the long term far more substantial improvements are necessary to make Page Mill a “complete street,” a street that serves all users, including drivers, people on bikes, and people who are walking. “But given the urgency of the situation, the relatively minuscule budget, and the extremely challenging built environment, Silicon Valley Bike Coalition is proud of the extensive public outreach and thoughtful work County Roads and Airports put into this redesign,” he said. Simitian also praised the cooperative effort: It’s a rarity for so many agencies to get together to solve a problem — and so quickly. He praised the Bike Coalition for its continuous presence, which helped make a better plan, he said. “It’s been heartening to me to see people come together. This kind of cooperation is what we’d like to see more often. If everybody steps up to do their part, then good things can happen,” he said. Simitian and officials from Palo Alto and Los Altos Hills hosted a community meeting at Los Altos Hills Town Hall in April to incorporate public comments into two concept plans. The meeting filled the room and resulted in the final plan. The County Roads and Airports Department will begin soliciting bids for the project immediately after receiving a Caltrans permit. The project is expected to be completed in spring 2017. Q Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@ paweekly.com.
In the Nov. 25 Upfront story “Keeping art in East Palo Alto schools,” the grant amount to the nonprofit Art in Action was incorrect. It received $5,000. The Weekly regrets the error. To request a correction, contact Editor Jocelyn Dong at 650-223-6514, email@example.com or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302.
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8’WIDE BICYCLE CUT-THROUGH WITH YIELD LINE AND YIELD SIGN
I-280 NB ON RAMP
PAVEMENT WIDENING AT MEDIAN (3’ WIDE AND 280’ LONG)
The results of this month’s Palo Alto Board of Education election will be automatically recounted by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters due to a narrow margin between two incumbents vying for the third open seat. The school board race is one of 10 contests countywide that are subject to the automatic recount. In any election within Santa Clara County boundaries that is not for any state or federal office where the margin of victory for a candidate or measure is within 0.5 percent of the total number of ballots cast or fewer than 25 votes, a recount is triggered. In the Palo Alto race, incumbent Heidi Emberling lost to three-term trustee Melissa Baten Caswell by 198 votes, barely less than 0.5 percent of total ballots cast (41,057). Emberling conceded to Baten Caswell. Emberling said she doesn’t expect the outcome to change. The board did, however, reschedule its Dec. 6 meeting, when the three new trustees were set to be sworn in, to Dec. 13, after the Registrar will have certified the final results. The recounts began Monday at 8 a.m. at the Registrar of Voters’ Office. They are expected to last between seven and eight days. The Registar anticipates to finish recounting the Palo Alto school board race by Wednesday, according to an online schedule, though it is subject to change. All costs incurred in the automatic recounts will be paid for by the county, according to the Registrar. The certified results will be posted online at sccvote.org. Q —Elena Kadvany
Caltrain, Crisis Text Line announce partnership Starting next week, the now-ubiquitous “There is Help” signs posted at local Caltrain stations and along the railroad tracks will be joined by a new resource for those in crisis: Crisis Text Line, a free, confidential, 24/7 support service accessible by texting the number 741741. Caltrain and Crisis Text Line announced a new partnership Wednesday at a press conference held outside Palo Alto City Hall. Posters and fliers advertising the text line will be posted at all Caltrain stations and on board trains starting next Monday, Dec. 5, in addition to the 250 “There is Help” signs that were installed several years ago. “At Caltrain, every death on our rail system sends a ripple of pain through our organization, and that’s why we have a longstanding commitment to try and work collaboratively throughout our community to help address the difficult and challenging problem of death by suicide (and) mental health issues in this community,” said Caltrain Chief of Staff Mark Simon. “It is a problem that requires a community solution.” Crisis Text Line, a nonprofit that launched in 2013, connects people in crisis with trained volunteers who seek to listen to and help the texter identify, on their own, coping skills. They also connect texters with local resources. If a texter is deemed to be at imminent risk for suicide — a person has a plan, method and immediate access to means — the counselor flags the conversation to a supervisor, who can call the local authorities to send in-person help. Q —Elena Kadvany
Stanford eyes undergraduate enrollment increase Stanford University’s new General Use Permit application, submitted to the county on Nov. 21, maps out expansion plans, including not only to the physical campus but also its student body, with a placeholder to increase undergraduate student enrollment by 100 students per year through 2035. Stanford spokeswoman Lisa Lapin said that Stanford included the enrollment increase in the application because the university “wants to preserve the option for ... undergraduate growth,” but has no present plans to do so. “Stanford plans a modest expansion of undergraduate enrollments in recognition of the fact that applications to Stanford have increased while spaces available have not, resulting in one of the lowest rates of admission in the nation,” the application states. “Providing a reasonable increase in the number of talented students for whom a Stanford education is accessible has therefore become an increasing priority.” Stanford’s fall 2016 admission rate was a record low of 4.8 percent — down from 9.5 percent in 2008. The application includes a report on student, faculty and staff population projections that assumes the annual bump in the undergraduate student body, starting in 2018. Growing by 100 students each year is “higher than the historic growth rate,” the report states. In the fall of 2015, 6,994 undergraduates were enrolled at Stanford. That population is anticipated to grow to 7,085 in the fall of 2018, by which time Stanford expects to receive the county’s approval of the permit. By 2035, Stanford expects to see 8,785 undergraduates, according to the report. Q —Elena Kadvany www.PaloAltoOnline.com • Palo Alto Weekly • December 2, 2016 • Page 9
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PALO ALTO PLANNING & TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION CIVIC CENTER, 250 HAMILTON AVENUE CABLECAST LIVE ON GOVERNMENT ACCESS CHANNEL 26 ***************************************** THIS IS A SUMMARY OF THE AGENDA ITEMS. THE AGENDA WITH COMPLETE TITLES INCLUDING LEGAL DOCUMENTATION CAN BE VIEWED AT THE BELOW WEBPAGE: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/boards/ptc/default.asp AGENDAâ€“REGULAR MEETINGâ€“ COUNCIL CHAMBERS December 14, 2016 6:00 PM Action Items 1. The Planning and Transportation Commission Will Consider a Recommedation to the City Council for the adoption of Ordinance 5330 (Limiting the Conversion of Ground Floor Retail HUK 9L[HPS 3PRL <ZLZ >P[O :VTL 4VKPĂ„JH[PVUZ" ,_[LUKPUN the Ground Floor Combining District to Certain Properties Located Downtown including the following addresses â€“ 125, 124, 116, and 102 University Ave., 525, 529, 542 and 550 High St., 539 and 535 Alma St., 115, 150, 156,158, and 164 HamPS[VU(]L"4VKPM`PUN[OL+LĂ„UP[PVUVM9L[HPS"(KKPUN9LN\SH[PVUZ[V0TWYV]L7LKLZ[YPHU6YPLU[LK+LZPNU:[HUKHYKZ"HUK 9LSH[LK*OHUNLZ;OL7YVWVZLK6YKPUHUJLPZ,_LTW[MYVT [OL*HSPMVYUPH,U]PYVUTLU[HS8\HSP[`(J[*,8(7LY:LJ[PVU -VY4VYL0UMVYTH[PVU*VU[HJ[1LHU,PZILYNH[jean@ SL_PUN[VUWSHUUPUNJVT. 2. The Planning and Transportation Commission Will Consider a Recommendation to the City Council for Adoption of an Ordinance of the Council of the City of Palo Alto Amending Palo Alto Municipal Code (PAMC) Title 18 (Zoning), Chapters 18.04 +LĂ„UP[PVUZ9LZPKLU[PHS+LUZP[`)VU\Z-(\tomobile Dealership (AD) Combining District Regulations)), 18.52 (Parking and Loading Requirements), and 18.54 (Parking Facility Design Standards) and Adding Sections 18.40.160 (Replacement Project Required), 18.40.170 (Deferral of Directorâ€™s Action), and 18.42.140 (Housing Inventory Sites Small Lot Consolidation). For More Information Contact Clare Campbell at Clare.Campbell@cityofpaloalto.org 3. The Planning and Transportation Commision Will Review and Consider a Recommendation to the City Council for the Creation of a New Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) Program PU[OL,]LYNYLLU7HYRHUK4H`Ă„LSK5LPNOIVYOVVKZ)V\UKLK I`7HYR)V\SL]HYK*HS[YHPU9HPS*VYYPKVY6YLNVU,_WYLZZ^H` 7HNL 4PSS 9VHK HUK ,S *HTPUV 9LHS -VY 4VYL 0UMVYTH[PVU Contact Joshuah Mello at Joshuah.Mello@cityofpaloalto.org 8\LZ[PVUZ-VYHU`X\LZ[PVUZYLNHYKPUN[OLHIV]LP[LTZWSLHZL JVU[HJ[ [OL 7SHUUPUN +LWHY[TLU[ H[ ;OL Ă„SLZ relating to these items are available for inspection weekdays between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This public meeting is televised live on Government Access Channel 26. (4,90*(5:>0;/+0:()030;@(*;(+(7LYZVUZ^P[OKPZHIPSP[PLZ^OVYLX\PYLH\_PSPHY`HPKZVYZLY]PJLZPU\ZPUN*P[`MHJPSP[PLZ services or programs or who would like information on the Cityâ€™s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, may contact (650) 329-2368 (Voice) 24 hours in advance.
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new variant of accessory units â€” junior accessory dwelling units, which would be created by converting an existing bedroom in a home and adding a kitchenette â€” would require no parking spaces. The draft recommendation allowed for parking exemptions for properties within a half-mile of public transit, under the assumption that people living in smaller units might not own cars. Rosenblum asserted that people who live three-quarters of a mile from a Caltrain station â€” not a half mile â€” would also be inclined to use the rail service, and the commission supported his idea 4-to-2 to expand the geographic reach of the parking exemption. Greg Tanaka, who was recently elected to the City Council, attempted to address fears of more cars parking on streets by suggesting the city explore underground parking in single-family zones. With changing technology, he said, methods such as elevator lifts could be used to house cars underground on residentsâ€™ properties. That motion was supported 5-1. Tanaka also proposed the council direct staff to explore the option that homeowners who canâ€™t provide the additional parking spaces could pay an in-lieu fee. Given the cost to the city of building a parking spot, which has been estimated at $65,000, homeowners could pay that or a similar amount instead. Fellow commissioners declined to support that idea, however. One of the more contentious issues of the evening was Rosenblumâ€™s motion that the city consider studying all neighborhoods to assess how many cars are currently parked on their streets. The resulting information, he said, could suggest that homeowners in lightly parked neighborhoods could be exempted from the parking requirement, thus spurring the construction of accessory units. His motion passed 4 to 2; Vice Chair Asher Waldfogel dissented, calling it â€œa really bad idea.â€?
The Palo Alto City Council will review a proposed ordinance early next year that would govern accessory dwelling units, formerly called in-law units, granny flats and secondary-dwelling units. Here are some of the specifics about accessory housing and a specific new variant, the junior accessory dwelling unit, as proposed by the cityâ€™s planning commission and staff. Junior units: Junior accessory dwelling units would be allowed on all single-family lots. These are self-contained quarters, maximum 500 sf, converted from an existing bedroom, with a kitchenette and a separate entrance. Q Lot sizes: The minimum size of a lot on which a regular (non-junior) unit could be build would be the standard size lot for the district â€” no longer a lot thatâ€™s 35 percent larger than standard. Q Parking: Parking for a standard accessory unit would be one Q
The City Council, Waldfogel said, made it clear that quality of life needs to be considered and that high levels of street parking are acceptable only in places like the cityâ€™s downtown core. When Rosenblum defended the parkingexemption idea as valuing â€œpeople over parking spaces,â€? Waldfogel took exception: â€œ(Itâ€™s) an offensive way to describe the quality of lifeversus-housing question,â€? he said. The commissionâ€™s decisions Wednesday also acknowledged some residentsâ€™ concerns, including that the rental units would create a â€œconstant turnoverâ€? of tenants in neighborhoods. Rosenblum moved that the minimum lease be increased from the suggested 30 days in the draft recommendation to 60 days. That amendment passed unanimously. When commissioners dissented, they often said they had not had time to consider the
Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to discuss the cityâ€™s Carbon Neutral Natural Gas Plan, consider a tobacco retailer permit program agreement with Santa Clara County and discuss a multifamily smoking restriction ordinance. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. BOARD POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE ... The Board of Educationâ€™s policy review committee will discuss policies on: safe routes to school; Uniform Complaint Procedures; nondiscrimination/harassment; sexual harassment; and bullying. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, in Room A at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave. UTILITIES ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission has no meetings scheduled this week. FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee is scheduled to meet at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6. HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION ... The commission is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8.
space per unit or one space per bedroom, whichever is greater. Q Parking exceptions: No parking is required for junior units. None is required for a standard unit if itâ€™s within 0.75 mile of a Caltrain station, 0.5 mile from a bus stop, or a block from a car-share vehicle; the neighborhood requires on-street parking permits; or the housing is in an architecturally and historically significant district. Q Garages: Garages could be converted without abiding by current setback requirements. Q Absentee landlord: The homeowner must live in either the main house or the standard accessory or junior unit. Q Quantity: Only one accessory unit or one junior unit would be permitted per lot. Q Transience: No accessory or junior units could be rented for fewer than 60 days.
Source: City of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Weekly possible consequences of the recommendations. In the end, the proposed ordinance, which was drafted in part to comply with state regulations that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in September, passed 5 to 1, with Przemek Gardias dissenting. â€œRemoval of the minimum-lot requirement may be right, but not at this time because we didnâ€™t have the public input,â€? he said. â€œWe may end up with surprised citizens. We donâ€™t have a good feeling about what this proposed change would create. We are setting up our constituents for a surprise.â€? Accessory housing has been a polarizing subject in the community. Among the 10 residents who spoke to the commission Wednesday, most supported relaxed regulations, with caveats. Old Palo Alto resident David Wills, however, voiced his concerns about crowding and parking congestion. â€œIn our six house area, there are seven families,â€? Wills said. With accessory units, â€œit could easily expand to 11 families Thatâ€™s quite a big addition to my neighborhood.â€? But resident Peter Maresca advocated for the opportunity to add small accessory housing. â€œIâ€™m not the only citizen with a relative with a disability or who is aged and needs assistance,â€? he said, lauding the independence that a unit would afford that person, while also keeping the relative close so his or her needs could be met. â€œIâ€™m not alone in responding YIMBYâ€? â€” Yes In My Back Yard, in contrast to those opposing accessory units. â€œWe donâ€™t have to assume itâ€™s going to be an Airbnb unit,â€? he said, addressing fears of short-term rentals. The council is expected to review the draft recommendations, with additional staff input, in early 2017. Q Editor Jocelyn Dong can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Alma Street in Palo Alto. The road will be closed from Emerson Street to El Camino Real overnight until Monday, Dec. 6, for road maintenance and cleaning. (Posted Nov. 28, 3:59 p.m.)
Homeless residents of the County of Santa Clara have access to as many as 395 additional shelter beds starting this week, county officials said.
(Posted Nov. 30, 9:03 a.m.)
Escaped Palo Alto inmate nabbed One of two inmates who escaped from the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose last week was arrested Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s office. (Posted Nov. 30, 7:15 a.m.)
Grant for traffic reduction An effort by Palo Alto and neighboring cities to get drivers to instead use trains, buses and other modes of transportation just got a lift from the federal government — a $1 million grant aimed at accelerating the switch. (Posted Nov. 29, 4:48 p.m.)
Protection from Trump policies Before President-elect Donald Trump takes office Jan. 20, some people in Menlo Park are trying to cement protections for populations that may face increased threat under Trump’s proposed policies. (Posted Nov. 28, 2:03 p.m.)
Nonprofit expands tradition A holiday tradition started by Palo Alto residents for Palo Alto residents that has been making the season brighter for those in need for more than 60 years could reach record proportions this year.
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Planning & Transportation Commission (Nov. 30)
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Impact fees: The commission approved the staff recommendation on increasing affordable-housing impact fees, with an amendment for staff to present a few potential impact fees of between $10 to $20 per square foot for developers of rental housing to the council. Yes: Unanimous Accessory housing: The commission approved the staff recommendations to adopt a new ordinance on accessory dwelling units, with changes to eliminate minimum lot sizes, revise a parking exemption related to Caltrain stations, add privacy standards, increase lease lengths and refine the definition related to buses. Yes: Alcheck, Fine, Rosenblum, Tanaka, Waldfogel No: Gardias Accessory-housing parking: The commission recommended the council direct staff to study parking capacity in neighborhoods across the city. Yes: Alcheck, Fine, Gardias, Rosenblum No: Tanaka, Waldfogel Accessory-housing underground parking: The commission recommended the council direct staff to study underground parking in R-1 zones. Yes: Alcheck, Fine, Rosenblum, Tanaka, Waldfogel No: Gardias Accessory-housing revisions: The commission directed staff to provide to the council clarity in the ordinance about privacy, entrances and compliance and enforcement of ADUs. Yes: Unanimous
City Council (Nov. 30)
Board and commission applicants: The council interviewed candidates for the Historic Resources Board and Parks and Recreation Commission. Candidates for the Historic Resources Board included: David Bower (Incumbent), Beth Bunnenberg (Incumbent), Brandon Corey and Patt DiCicco (Incumbent). Candidates for the Parks and Recreation Commission included: Doug Hagan, Jeff Greenfield, Alice Mansell, Kevin Mayer, Ryan McCauley and Keith Reckdahl (Incumbent) Action: None Present: DuBois, Filseth, Holman, Schmid, Wolbach Absent: Berman, Burt, Kniss, Scharff
Policy & Services Committee (Nov. 29)
Auditor’s report: Kniss moved, seconded by Scharff to recommend the City Council accept the Auditor’s Office Quarterly Report. Yes: DuBois, Kniss, Scharff Absent: Berman Legislative strategic initiatives: DuBois moved, seconded by Scharff, to recommend the City Council approve the revised Legislative Program Manual including adding to Legislative Advocacy Process Bullet 3, “or City Council” after “Policy & Services Committee.” Yes: DuBois, Kniss, Scharff Absent: Berman
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City Council (Nov. 28)
Climate: The council approved the “framework” document for the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan. Yes: Unanimous Land use: The council reviewed the Citizens’ Advisory Committee’s recommendations on the Land Use & Community Design Element of the Comprehensive Plan Update. Action: None Jobs/housing: The council tied on a motion by Councilmember Tom DuBois (seconded by Greg Schmid) to lower the target number of new jobs created by the same percentage as the reduced amount of allowable square footage for non-residential growth (Scenario 5 in the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Comprehensive Plan), about 11 percent. The motion failed to pass. Yes: DuBois, Schmid, Holman, Filseth No: Scharff, Kniss, Berman, Wolbach Absent: Burt
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CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS- CAO Compensation Authority: Government Code Section 54957.6(a). CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS, AND CITY ATTORNEY REGARDING LITIGATION- IAFF, FCA, POA, PMA
Special Orders of the Day 2.
Adoption of Four Resolutions Honoring Employees Retiring From City Service: Joe Saccio (24 Years), Joe Teresi (32 Years), Jane Ratchye (30 Years) and Scott Oâ€™Neill (30 Years)
Consent Calendar 3.
Approval of a Budget Amendment in the Electric Fund to Complete Conversion of Overhead Electric Facilities to Underground for Capital Project EL-11010 Underground Utility District 47 Increasing the Project From $2,346,000 to $2,946,000; and Finding of CEQA Exemption Pursuant to Guideline Section 15302
Approval of a Contract With Professional Account Management, LLC, in an Amount Not-to-Exceed $130,000 Per Year for Five Years for the Handling and Processing of Parking Violations and Approval of Budget Amendments in the General Fund
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Approval of a Contract With Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board in the Amount of $76,380 for 2017 Caltrain Go Pass Program Approval of a Contract With TetraTech in an Amount Not-toExceed $170,000 for a Period of Five Years for Emergency Operations Planning Support
Action Items 8.
Finance Committee Recommends That the Council: (1) Adopts a Resolution Approving a Carbon Neutral Natural Gas Plan to Achieve a Carbon Neutral Gas Portfolio by Fiscal Year 2018 With no Greater Than 10Â˘/Therm Rate Impact; and Terminating the Palo Alto Green Gas Program; and (2) Provide Direction to :[HŃœ*VUJLYUPUN(ZWLJ[ZVM7SHU0TWSLTLU[H[PVU
Adoption of an Ordinance of the City of Palo Alto and Approval of an Agreement With the County of Santa Clara With Respect to a Tobacco Retailer Permit Program; and Consideration of a Multi Family Smoking Restriction Ordinance in Palo Alto
10. Colleaguesâ€™ Memo Regarding East Palo Alto Water Shortage
STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGâ€™S The Special Finance Committee Meeting will be held in the Community Meeting Room on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 6:00 PM to discuss: 1) FY18 General Fund Budget-Preliminary Budget Balancing Outline (ASD); and 2) Utilities Advisory Commission Recommendation that the Finance Committee Recommend that the City Council Adopt a Resolution to Continue the Palo Alto Clean Local Energy Accessible Now (CLEAN) Program: (1) for Local Solar Resources with a Tiered Pricing Structure Starting at 16.5 Â˘/kWh to a 3 MS Cap which Declines to the Cityâ€™s Avoided Cost Value Upon Reaching 6 MW of Program Capacity; and (2) for Local Non-Solar Resources With No Capacity Limit at a Price of 8.4 Â˘/kWh to 8.5 Â˘/ kWh Update (UTL).
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8:30 A.M., Thursday, December 15, 2016, Palo Alto Council Chambers, Ground Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue. Plans may be reviewed online at: http:// www.cityofpaloalto.org/planningprojects. If you need assistance reviewing the plan set, please visit our Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue. For general questions about the hearing contact Alicia Spotwood during business hours at 650.617-3168. PUBLIC HEARING / QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTER. 233 University Avenue [16PLN-00302]: Request for Preliminary Architectural Review of a Proposed Renovation and Addition to an Existing Approximately 9,481 Square Foot Commercial Building. The Proposed 11,728 Square Foot Mixed Use Project Includes use of Seismic Rehabilitation Floor Area Bonus and Transfer of Development Rights -SVVY (YLH *YLH[LZ H 5L^ :LJVUK :[VY` 6É‰JL :WHJL and a new Third Story Rooftop Garden and Balcony. Environmental Assessment: This Preliminary Review is Not a Project Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and, Therefore, Exempt from CEQA. Zoning District: CD-C (GF)(P). For more information please contact Rebecca Atkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org PUBLIC HEARING / QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTER. 3265 El Camino Real [15PLN-00312]: Request for Architectural Review for a new Four Story Mixed Use Project With :X\HYL -LL[ VM 6É‰JL HUK ;OYLL 9LZPKLU[PHS <UP[Z (4,492 Square Feet). The Applicant Also Seeks a Design Enhancement Exception to Reduce the Required Driveway Width From 20 Feet to 18 Feet and may be Required MVY 4VKPĂ„JH[PVUZ [V :[HUKHYKZ [OH[ 9LX\PYL VM [OL Building Frontage to be Constructed at the Front Property Line. Environmental Assessment: Pending Further Review. Zoning District: CS. For more information please contact Adam Petersen at APetersen@m-group.us PUBLIC HEARING / QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTER. 240 Pasteur Drive [16PLN-00362]: Recommendation to the Director of Planning and Community Environment for a Requested Approval of an Architectural Review Application to Allow the Construction of the a new Biomedical Innovations Building for the Stanford University School of Medicine. The Approximately 215,000 Square Foot Building was Previously Entitled in 2011. The Proposed Project 0UJS\KLZ (YJOP[LJ[\YHS 4VKPĂ„JH[PVUZ [V 9LĂ…LJ[ <WKH[LK Internal Program Needs, Surrounding Pathways, Heritage Trees, and the Architecture of the Adjacent Hospital. Environmental Assessment: An Environmental Impact Report ^HZ7YL]PV\ZS`*LY[PĂ„LKMVY;OPZ7YVQLJ[7\YZ\HU[[V[OL California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Zoning District: HD. For more information please contact Rebecca Atkinson at email@example.com PUBLIC HEARING / QUASI-JUDICIAL MATTER. 2600 El Camino Real [16PLN-00022]: Recommendation to the Director of Planning and Community Environment for Approval of an Architectural Review Application to Allow the Demolition of an Existing Six-Story Commercial Building and Construction of a New Four-Story, 62,616 Square Foot Commercial Building; no new Floor Area is Being Requested. Environmental Assessment: Consistent With the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) the Project is Exempt From Further Environmental Review Pursuant to Section 15302 (Class 2), Which Allows for the Replacement of Structures With Substantially the Same Purpose and Capacity. Zoning District: CS. For more information please contact Sheldon Ah Sing SAhsing@m-group.us Jodie Gerhardt, AICP Manager of Current Planning
Pulse A weekly compendium of vital statistics
POLICE CALLS Palo Alto Nov. 23-29 Violence related Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Family violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Bicycle recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Driving with suspended license . . . . . . 9 Driving without license . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Evading. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Parking/driving violation . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Vandalism to vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 3 Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . 8 Vehicle/recovered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Alcohol or drug related Drinking in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Driving under the influence . . . . . . . . . . 1 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Open container. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Sale of drugs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Miscellaneous B&P/misc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 False identification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 F&W disposal request. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Penal code/misc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Psychiatric subject . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Sick and cared for . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 1 Trespassing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Menlo Park Nov. 23-29 Violence related Spousal abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Expired registration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 False registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Driving with suspended license . . . . . . 3 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 3 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . 4 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Sale of drugs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous Annoying phone calls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Assist outside agency. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Domestic disturbance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Drug registrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 False ID to officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Gang validations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Mental evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Prohibited weapons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Property for destruction . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
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Tanland Drive, 11/23, 11:16 p.m.; family violence/misc. Oregon Expressway, 11/26, 10:59 p.m.; domestic violence/battery. Curtner Avenue, 11/26, 3:42 a.m.; domestic violence/battery.
Menlo Park 1300 block Carlton Avenue, 11/24, 3:15 a.m.; spousal abuse.
Transitions Edwin (Ed) Brent Jones After a seven-year battle with colorectal cancer, Palo Alto resident Edwin (Ed) Brent Jones died on Nov. 20. He was 58. He was born in Johnson City, New York, and, at the age of 11, moved with his family to Los Gatos. He graduated from Los Gatos High School in 1976, where he played trombone in the marching band, was features editor for the newspaper and was a member of Boy Scouts and Key Club. He attended the University of California, Davis, where he was a radio DJ at KDVS, playing classical and jazz music. He graduated from UC Davis in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts. He went on to hold positions in box office and systems/facilities management at California Performance Group/ The Theatre Group, San Jose Repertory Theatre and the American Musical Theatre for a total of 20 years. Since 2000, he had been managing computer support for the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of Stanford University and continued walking the 2 miles to and from his home in downtown Palo Alto and work two weeks into his hospice care. Prior to his onset of cancer, he was an avid runner, completing several marathons, running the Stanford Dish on a daily basis and showing up for Saturday morning runs with the Baylands Frontrunners, an organization for which he was webmaster throughout his cancer years. In 2005, he married Eddie Reynolds in a religious ceremony officiated by Rabbi Janet Marder of Congregation Beth Am. In 2008, they were legally married. With his husband, he hosted an annual Passover Seder for gay men, for which — over the years — he created a booklet detailing the accomplishments of gay, Jewish heroes in the fields of the arts, politics, social action and gay freedom. He also created a blog in which “two gay, Jewish dads ... share their adventures, travels, thoughts and opinions,” called Guydads. He is survived by his husband Eddie Reynolds of Palo Alto; children and step-children Shannon Jones, Joshua Reynolds and Jonathan Reynolds of San Francisco, Brenton Jones, Lindsay Jones and Eli Reynolds of Aptos; parents Robert and Patricia Jones of Los Gatos; two siblings and many cousins. A memorial and celebration of life service open to all friends and family will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills In lieu of flowers, the family requests at Ed’s suggestion that those who want to honor him do so with contributions to TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (theatreworks.org), San Francisco Playhouse (sfplayhouse. org) or New Conservatory Theatre Center (nctcsf.org).
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David Sugarman April 3, 1973 – November 26, 2016 At rest in Monterey, CA on November 26, 2016 at the age of 43. Devoted son of Alfred and Fran Sugarman; loving brother of Aimee Lysaght and beloved friend of Ange McLane. David was born in New London, CT on April 3, 1973. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and worked as an Information Technology Consultant. David will be remembered for his kindness, intelligence, generosity, amazing wit and rooting for the underdog. He loved music comedy, theatre, sailing, scuba diving and spending time with his family at every opportunity. He loved children and they returned his love. David will also be remembered for his love of animals whether it be horses or dogs. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 11:00 am at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park, 1301 El Camino Real, Colma. Services under the direction of Sinai Memorial Chapel, Redwood City. PAID
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Considering districts for councilpersons Editor, I support Bill Bucy’s challenge to consider districts for Palo Alto City Councilpersons. 1. There are other structural issues to debate in conjunction with pros and cons of districts. 2. This debate would create better public understanding of persistent governance problems such as over-stretched staff; too many unfunded council priorities; low turnout of registered voters and eligible voters who do not register. We are fortunate to have very objective annual surveys of Palo Alto citizen attitudes. Results from the mid-summer 2016 survey is slowly grinding itself into sunlight in January or February 2017. Citizens and council will soon have solid information to chew on. Neilson Buchanan Bryant Street, Palo Alto
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Editor, Let me start by congratulating Lydia Kou, Liz Kniss, Greg Tanaka and Adrian Fine for their election to the City Council. I also want to thank the over 10,900 Palo Altans who voted for me and all Palo Altans who listened to my vision of carefully analyzing problems and devising creative solutions to them. And I thank the donors who supported that vision. Nothing has changed my commitment to working for the community on land use, development and policy issues, and I will continue to do so. I have the privilege of serving currently as co-chair of the Comprehensive Plan Update Citizens Advisory Committee, as transit coordinator for Gunn High School, and on the Environmental and Water Resources Committee for the Santa Clara County Water District. I will work to enhance
our electric vehicle infrastructure ordinance that I co-created with the Electric Vehicle Task Force. My hope is that the City Council will not wait for the Comprehensive Plan Update to be adopted to start work on a Coordinated Area Plan for the Fry’s site. New development at this site should be as harmonious with the neighborhood as the South of Forest Area Plan created when the Palo Alto Medical Foundation moved. Fry’s lease is up in 2019, so we must move forward expeditiously with a community-driven plan lest the plan be done for us by the landowners. Another issue with a window of opportunity is Caltrain grade separations. Preparation is underway for electric train service to start late 2020 or early 2021. We do not yet have a chosen plan for grade separations, and we are far away from a shovel-ready project. I’m optimistic Palo Alto will solve many of the challenging problems facing us today as we approach our 125th year as a city. Arthur Keller Corina Way, Palo Alto
On grade separations Editor, I scanned the document the High Speed Rail Authority put forth on the project sections located at hsr.ca.gov/Programs/ Statewide_Rail_Modernization/ Project_Sections/sanfran_sanjose.html. I found this regarding Palo Alto: “Palo Alto: Improve downtown station access, increase corridor capacity with middle 3 passing track, encourage transit use, Churchill Avenue grade separation.” As a frequent user of Alma, East Meadow and Charleston streets, I am extremely concerned that grade separations are not included for East Meadow and Charleston. Perhaps these missing streets are
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a printing oversight, and plans are indeed made to provide grade separation? The traffic is already severely impacted by trains crossing East Meadow and Charleston, which backs up Alma as well. More frequent trains will further exacerbate an already bad situation, especially during commute hours. Grade separation would be part of the “Values Exercise — Key Themes” (as reported in hsr. ca.gov/docs/programs/statewide_ rail/proj_sections/SanFran_SanJo s e /Sa nt a _ C l a r a _ C o u nt y_ CWG_PPT.pdf): “Improve safety, improve and not disrupt Caltrain service, alleviate traffic at grade crossings, protect housing stability and not divide neighborhoods, and promote public safety, healthy neighborhoods and quality of life.” I suggest that before any HSR construction through Palo Alto begins, all the Palo Alto rail crossings have grade separation. Churchill, East Meadow and Charleston are routes our children take to and from school and are already subject to suicides. Full grade separation with adequate fencing would reduce the probability of attempted suicide attempts. Stan Hutchings Rinconada Avenue, Palo Alto
Pool changes affect swimmers Editor, Moving to Palo Alto in 1962, I was thrilled to have a 15-minute walk to Rinconada pool. My husband and I are noon-time lap swimmers Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Swimming is my exercise, play and stress reduction. Actually, during free-style sets, I problem-solve as well. Learning about the commission meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16, with a locker room posting on the 14th felt less than inclusive. A lot of swimmers attended, leaving standing room only. It was not possible to read the slide of proposed details; there were no handouts. Although difficult to follow, a plan to increase the current number of lessons by six made it sound like there would be a reduction of lanes for noontime swimmers, perhaps no poolsharing at noon and combining the masters morning swim with lap swim to “provide more hours to swim.” I do not know of anyone requesting more access hours because the current plan works! And being a masters swimmer in my 30s, from experience, combining masters and laps swimmers creates difficulties for both.
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Off Deadline Where is ‘Conan the Grammarian’ in the battle with grammar barbarians? by Jay Thorwaldson n my senior year at Los Gatos High School I received a wonderful gift: Mrs. Goodwin, a substitute English teacher who had returned to teaching after a quarter-century raising a family. Tall, thin and stern-looking, she drilled us late-1950s seniors on parts of speech, independent clauses, participles, prepositions, verbs and other niceties of a great language — core parts of which most of us hadn’t had to confront seriously in our “social-adjustment” school era. Most of my classmates were horrified. Many, perhaps most, tried to transfer out. I don’t think she was hired back. Too bad. Yet I, for some reason, responded enthusiastically to her sentence diagrams and exercises. I had escaped most “regular English” by enrolling in speech, another great gift that overcame a grade-school fear of speaking to more than two kids at a time, even if I knew them most of my life. “Speech” was taught by another great teacher, Jack Cody. Yet his focus on elocution, debate skills, extemporaneous reading, speech writing and delivery crowded out the more mundane elements of the language. Mrs. Goodwin ended my blissful ignorance of such things. At San Jose State College my appreciation for the language grew. On my own time I translated portions of Chaucer from Middle English, correcting his terrible spelling of the new, rapidly evolving language. A relatively
The pool sharing during summer lessons and laps worked well in 2016. It was fun to watch the children learn during our kicking sets. Rinconada pool is a city service and asset that benefits many families and individuals year round. It is important for our only city pool to remain truly usable for all the sets of swimmers and avoid being tilted toward a revenue-generating, outsourced entity. Can’t we find a better middle ground? Barbara A. Rieder Cowper Street, Palo Alto
Teaching history instead of renaming Editor, For several months, a Palo Alto special committee has reviewed renaming some of its schools. A parent was upset that his son was going to a school named Jordan Middle School for David Starr Jordan who was a supporter of eugenics. David Starr Jordan was born in 1851, became the first president of Stanford University
recent translation of the Old English Beowulf tale, by the great contemporary Irish poet Seamus Heaney, has Old English on one page and Heaney’s wonderful line-by-line modern translation on the facing page. Our modern American English is still evolving, I’m glad to report — yet with mixed feelings. Much later, five-plus years of teaching newswriting (as a community lecturer) at Stanford University cemented that knowledge as I tried to figure out how to explain errors in grammar and style to students steeped all their educational lives in the looser, overly padded “essay style” or term-paper writing. I appreciate the evolution of language, in which rules change according to common usage by real people in the real world. And yet I still find myself caught by surprise by basic grammatical mistakes of professional newscasters on television and even National Public Radio, on top of frequent mistakes in newspapers and (less so) in magazines. Yes, everyone makes typographical errors and even “mental typos,” mistakes of fact. Careful self-editing and having a good editor really helps, along with regular use of the Associated Press Stylebook and Strunk & White’s thin, fun-to-read book, “The Elements of Style.” In recent years, I have become increasingly aware of how English as I have known and loved it is evolving, right before my eyes. I have evolved also, to the point when grammatical ignorance of professional journalists and announcers has ceased to make my back teeth hurt — a common plaint of old-school grammarians. The worst offense is an old one: the dread “dangling preposition,” as in “Where are you going to?” Or a double-whammy mistake: “Who are you giving that to?” The latter
in 1891 and developed a non-sectarian, co-educational school with a liberal arts curriculum. Jordan was a scientist, director of the Sierra Club and president of the World Peace Foundation. It is estimated that renaming the schools could cost $200,000. I would suggest that instead of renaming the schools they teach the children history. Our founding fathers decreed that “all men are created equal.” However, that did not include slaves, which they owned, or women. Perhaps the “renaming committee” would suggest that the Washington Monument should be renamed. The opportunity to learn history is much more valuable. The children could also learn from the musical “Hamilton.” Lillian Scoyen Newell Place, Palo Alto
A realistic perspective Editor, Last week, I had a conversation with a woman who lives in Los Altos Hills. A mutual friend of ours
sentence violates the dangling preposition and the who/whom distinction between subject and object. (Think “he/she/they” for “who” and “him/her/them” for whom. Or my shorthand: “he/who, him/whom.”) Thanks largely to McDonald’s selling “over 5 kazillion” burgers, most of us have blurred “over” and “more than,” relative height versus quantity. Similarly, “less” versus “fewer” for volume versus specific items. Aargh! I have friends who orally correct television reporters and announcers when they utter expressions showing ignorance of the language they are being paid to utilize. A special irritant is the misuse of “like” for “such as,” confusing similarity with an example, as in, “Cities like San Francisco and San Jose....” There is scant similarity between the two, much less other places. But “such as” fits neatly. As for “Conan the Grammarian,” I first became acquainted with this anonymous critic when doing publications for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Whenever a questionable, or wrong, bit of language showed up in a newsletter I would receive a markedup copy via in-house mail signed only by “Conan the Grammarian.” After several years, George Daughters, then a research scientist at the foundation, confessed over lunch to being the mysterious Conan. He told me grammatical errors triggered messages from his high school English teacher, Aggie Hochstrasser — his Mrs. Goodwin, it seems. I once was chided for beginning sentences with a conjunction, such as “and” or “but.” I wrote in pre-email days to an expert grammar site for advice about that common practice. I received a response from a longtime grammarian based in Britain. He said while
is moving from Palo Alto to Los Altos Hills. She thought our friend would never leave Palo Alto. I said, “Yes she will. People in Palo Alto can be quite presumptuous.” She said, “You know, you’re right. I have friends in Mountain View and Sunnyvale and Menlo Park. They all say the same thing about Palo Alto. Palo Alto refuses to take any responsibility for the regional stresses we are all experiencing, especially when it comes to building housing.” As much as I appreciate the feeling of my friends and neighbors who want everything to stay the same, I don’t think it is a realistic or humanist perspective. Deb Goldeen Birch Street, Palo Alto
starting a sentence with a conjunction once was frowned upon it has since become acceptable. “And I really mean that,” he concluded his note. As for proper use of participles, just try Googling that one. You won’t find any simple shorthand rule(s). If you find one, please let me know. But ending a sentence with a preposition, such as the simple “to” or “with,” is another matter. The debate over this one goes back at least eight decades in the modern era, and for several centuries before that. The ostensible rule — passed on through generations in old-school grammar books — has been ascribed to a remark by poet John Dryden in 1672 that was picked up by Robert Lowth, an 18th century bishop in London, in his “A Short Introduction to English Grammar.” John McWhorter, who writes a “Grumpy Grammarian” column in the New Republic magazine, tackled the rule head-on in a May 2013 essay. The rule’s nonsense, he wrote, striking a blow for language evolution. Take that, Conan! McWhorter led off with one of the bestknown language anecdotes of the past century: When an aide on Winston Churchill’s wartime staff corrected a dangling preposition in a “W.C.” bulletin-board memo, Churchill scrawled a scathing response that also illustrated the awkwardness of trying to avoid such dangles: “This is the kind of nonsense up with which I will not put.” Q Form er Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at jaythor@ well.com. He also writes periodic blogs at PaloAltoOnline.com.
service providers to extend these deductions to the disabled. Despite the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the disabled population remains one of the poorest demographic groups in America. Some have never been able to work. Many face chronic underemployment. Others, who have had profitable careers cut short, find their incomes diminish to a tiny fraction at the same time their medical expenses skyrocket. Of
course, government programs are available to help with the necessities, but they do not provide for any real quality of life. This holiday season, and throughout the year, let’s remember the disabled; they are a valuable, if often overlooked, part of our community. Surely, customers will look favorably upon those merchants who show kindness to those who are less fortunate. Jaclyn Schrier Alma Street, Palo Alto
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A weekly guide to music, theater, art, culture, books and more, edited by Karla Kane
by Rachel van Gelder his holiday season, Mountain View’s Pear Theatre is steering away from traditional fare in favor of something a bit less “comfort and joy” and a bit more blood and guts; less “Night Before Christmas,” more “Night of the Living Dead.” “Geeks vs. Zombies,” opening this weekend and running through Dec. 18, tells the story of a group of friends who are all obsessed with some form of zombie-themed entertainment, whether it be comic books, video games or music. The titular geeks find themselves putting their encyclopedic knowledge, videogame skills and friendships to the ultimate challenge when they survive the “zombie apocalypse” and must find a way to use their combined strengths to defeat the hordes of brain-hungry undead. “Geeks vs. Zombies” (by the same creator as “Super Villain!!,” which played at the Pear two holiday seasons back) will be an action-packed, interactive production that engages audiences
and makes them feel part of the story, according to director John Morrison. “Audiences can expect something different from most theater productions. It’s definitely more on the spectacle side, with crazy fights and banter between the geeks who are each obsessed with a different thing,” Morrison said. “They each get so invested in culture, and the arguments they have are hilarious. There are zombies everywhere and that really tests their friendship. Watching it is a lot of fun.” The play was created by Pear Theatre regular James Kopp with David Rock in 2010 after they decided to write a script with a Halloween theme. Having originally considered writing a play similar to the classic zombie thriller “Night of the Living Dead,” Kopp and Rock decided to take a different path and write something more out of the ordinary so their audiences wouldn’t come in with preconceived notions about the play’s storylines and characters. Choosing to use the concept of a “zombie
apocalypse” as a key plot point, they also opted to include plenty of colorful language and multiple action scenes. According to Kopp (who also serves as set designer, lighting designer, sound designer and fight choreographer), the play also explores themes such as “how we spend our time before we die,” and “working with others.” (He also warned parents that the show does contain some adult language and raunchy humor, as well as violence, and is recommended for mature audiences only.) Once the play was written, Kopp asked Morrison, an old friend from high school, to come out to California from Chicago to help him direct the play. Morrison agreed and they first put on the show for the public at a theater in Bakersfield. They have now successfully produced the show twice in Bakersfield and once in Hollywood. The show has also been edited for a children’s theater production in Bakersfield and been turned into a spin-off Web series. Morrison said he is excited to be directing a play in the Bay Area
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Jim Johnson fights off the undead in “Geeks vs. Zombies” at the Pear Theatre. for the first time. Acting cast members Caroline Clark and Ariel Aronica said the show has a very different story and tone compared to most other plays they’ve been involved with. “We create a lot of spectacle here. This is the kind of show where we battle a zombie, the zombie dies and people just erupt in applause,” Clark said. “The script is also written in a way that makes the dialogue sound like the way friends talk and pick on each other when they hang out. There is a lot of playful banter.” The actors are also granted the freedom to make their characters their own, Aronica said, and joining the cast of nine featured performers is a “zombie ensemble” drawn from the general community. “When we have a cast of real
geeks, that makes it really fun. It’s great because we all fit into our characters really well and that makes for a really interesting dynamic in the show,” Aronica said. “I think we all bring something interesting to the characters.” Q Editorial Intern Rachel van Gelder can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. What: “Geeks vs. Zombies” When: Through Dec. 18, Thursday-Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. (Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m.) Where: The Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View Cost: $15-$20 Info: Go to thepear.org/ boxoffice
“Louise was supposed to have Shoebotham. “And with his ordone a performance with my chestra, I get to do a program of symphony a year ago and had to my very favorite pieces.” cancel,” he went on to explain. “I “The main work on the prooffered her an appearance while gram, consuming the largest I was guest conducting Thomas’ chunk of time, will be the Strauss orchestra, and she was happy to ‘Alpine Symphony,’” Shoebodo that.” tham noted of his choices for the Kujawsky’s choices Redwood Symphony. for the Palo Alto Phil“It’s one of the great harmonic also include orchestration masterEmmanuel Chabrier’s pieces, really, of all “España” (“such a orchestra writing. wonderful tour de “Now what’s interforce — it’s very difesting is that Eric is ficult to do,” he said); not particularly fond Alfred Schnittke’s of it,” he went on to “(K)ein Sommerreveal. “He said, ‘If nachtstraum” (“it you want to do it, that never fails to make would be great.’ So I musicians laugh was happy to do it.” when they hear it”); Eric Kujawsky Shoebotham will and Beethoven’s 8th have the Redwood (“my absolute favorite Beethoven Symphony open with Williams’ symphony”). “Five Variants of Dives and “His orchestra is smaller than Lazarus.” More people are familmine, so he has the opportunity iar with Williams’ more popular to do much bigger, sprawling “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas sorts of works, which he’s taking advantage of,” said Kujawasky of (continued on next page) Courtesy Redwood Symphony
when I became music director of Palo Alto Philharmonic, we would hear about each other’s programs and occasionally come Two local orchestras to swap conductors this winter to each other’s rehearsals or by Yoshi Kato works by Richard Strauss, Ralph performances.” is the season for ex- Vaughan Williams and Arvo “I think it’s easy to do between changes — of gifts, Pärt. orchestras of similar budget size,” of course, but also Kujawsky replied, “I proposed the idea holiday greeting cards, fancily to Tom,” said Kuwhen asked about decorated cookies and, in the jawsky, when asked the logistics of these case of the Redwood Symphony about the origins of swaps. “I certainly and Palo Alto Philharmonic, of the swap. “It’s a good would not even maestros. consider asking the way for conductors to Palo Alto Philharmonic hosts gain experience with San Francisco Symthe first of two planned podium other ensembles, and phony to switch poexchanges at Cubberley Theatre it’s something you can diums with me. But on Saturday, Dec. 10, as Red- add to your résumé and at this smaller level, wood Symphony Music Direc- so on.” it works out pretty tor Eric Kujawsky will conduct well.” “We have a lot of his slightly southern colleagues musicians in common With podium exin what he describes by phone and like each other, so Thomas Shoebotham changes, the visitas “a program that is heavy on it seemed like a good ing leader chooses neo-classicism.” the repertoire and soloist(s). Kumatch,” he added. Palo Alto Philharmonic Music “I’ve known Eric pretty much jawsky invited Louise CostiganDirector Thomas Shoebotham since I first arrived in the Bay Kerns for Dmitri Shostakovich’s will return the musical favor on Area in 1996,” Shoebotham re- Piano Concerto No. 2. (“Many Feb. 11, 2017, at the Cañada Col- called. “I heard about his orches- people will know [it] from the lege Main Theatre. He’ll lead the tra, which he had already estab- “Fantasia 2000” film,” he pointed Redwood Symphony through lished. Then some years later, out. “It’s a beautiful piece”).
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What: The Palo Alto Philharmonic with guest conductor Eric Kujawsky (of the Redwood Symphony) Where: Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto When: Saturday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m.) Cost: $10 (students), $18 (seniors), $22 (general) Info: For more information on the Dec. 10 concert in Palo Alto, go to paphil.org. For more information on the Feb. 11 Redwood Symphony concert with guest conductor Thomas Shoebotham in Redwood City, go to redwoodsymphony.org.
Nobu confirmed to open in Palo Alto High-end Japanese restaurant moving into Epiphany Hotel by Elena Kadvany
It’s time to put the rumors to rest,” Seth McDaniels, general manager of Palo Alto’s The Epiphany Hotel said in a statement. Renowned Japanese restaurant Nobu is opening its first Northern California location at the hotel next year, he confirmed. Rumors have been swirling for months about the high-end restaurant’s move to 180 Hamilton Ave., but remained unconfirmed by both Nobu and Epiphany representatives until now. The Epiphany’s restaurant, Lure + Till, will officially close on Jan. 2, 2017, to make way for the “anxiously awaited addition” of Nobu in June, McDaniels said. “While the closing of our beloved hotel restaurant is bittersweet, we are thrilled to usher in a new era of dining here at The Epiphany, welcoming one of the most renowned, upscale Japanese dining experiences to Palo Alto,” he said. Planning documents submitted to the City of Palo Alto last month show minor proposed changes for the outside of the hotel’s groundfloor restaurant space, including new planters, outdoor gas heaters, patio light fixtures, door handles and handrails — and, of course, a new bronze, back-lit Nobu sign.
Tallis,” he realizes: “That is one of the most beautiful pieces for massive string orchestra,” he declared. “This piece is of a similar kind, but it’s not nearly as well known. It’s absolutely one of the most gorgeous string pieces I’ve ever heard, though. “Then there’ll be a short, concerto-like piece by the contemporary Finnish composer Arvo Pärt,” Shoebotham said of “Ludus” from “Tabula Rasa.” Redwood Symphony violinists Heather Katz and Danny Coward are the soloists. The Redwood Symphony and Palo Alto Philharmonic have each embraced works composed during the past 120 years. “They’ve done a lot of the big Mahler pieces,” he said. “Eric’s been famous for doing those and also the really big orchestra pieces.” The Palo Alto Philharmonic, in turn, attempts to have a piece penned in the 21st Century “on nearly every program,” shared Shoebotham. “Not quite every concert, and there are one or two cases where we fudged it for something in the late ‘90s.” With both musical institutions geographically close and even sharing some players, there’s a sense of camaraderie between
Shoebotham and Kujawsky and “a friendly rivalry” at most, according to the former, between the two groups. Each organization advertises in the other’s concert programs, and both Music Directors hope to grow their audiences through these two events. “The two orchestras get exposure to other faces,” Shoebotham concludes. “It’s great for conductors to broaden their experience through doing this, and it’s really a good way to keep things fresh for everybody.” Q Freelance writer Yoshi Kato can be emailed at yoshiyoungblood@earthlink. net.
Lure + Till, which opened with The Epiphany Hotel in downtown Palo Alto in 2014, will close on Jan. 2 to make way for Nobu. The restaurant space itself, however, will go through a “dramatic transformation,” McDaniels said. In the interim months between Lure + Till’s closure and Nobu’s opening, the hotel will continue to offer full dining options to Epiphany guests (24-hour room service, breakfast and bar/lounge service), McDaniels said. Famed restaurateur and chef Nobu Matsuhisa operates restaurants in Beverly Hills, Malibu, Las Vegas, Aspen, Miami Beach and New York City as well as Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Milano, Mykonos, the Bahamas and elsewhere. He opened his first restaurant in the United States
(Matsuhisa in Beverly Hills) in January 1987. Lure + Till opened with The Epiphany in March 2014. Lure + Till’s acclaimed chef Patrick Kelly left the restaurant two months ago to relocate to Denver. Former Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, who partnered with Matsuhisa to build a hotel on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, bought The Epiphany last year. Nobu representatives did not immediately return requests for comment. Q Check out more food news online at Elena Kadvany’s blog, Peninsula Foodist, at paloaltoonline.com/blogs.
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Willow â€˜Whiplashâ€™ By popular demand, artist Patrick Dougherty returned to the Palo Alto Art Center in November to create another outdoor, large-scale, temporary art installation. Like the beloved â€œDouble Takeâ€? installation, which stood for several years and was dismantled in June, â€œWhiplashâ€? has the whimsical look of an enchanted woodland village or giant birdâ€™s nest and is made of tens of thousands of willow branches. Dougherty assembled the piece with the help of community volunteers and was commissioned to build anew in Palo Alto after the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation launched a successful crowdfunding campaign to raise $15,000. â€œPatrick Doughertyâ€™s sculptures capture the imaginations of all who experience them,â€? Art Center Director Karen Kienzle said in a press release. â€œIt is art that transforms the landscape, but also respects the environment. Made completely of natural materials, these works are ultimately part of the land. At the end of their life, the works are wood-chipped to return to the earth as landscaping material.â€? The project is a collaboration between the art center and the Palo Alto Public Art Program, which is responsible for placing and maintaining artworks on the art center grounds. â€œWhiplashâ€? is situated on the Embarcadero lawn of the art center, which is located at 1313 Newell Road. Go to paacf.org.
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Hear ye, hear ye: Palo Alto High Schoolâ€™s Madrigal Singers, celebrating the 30-member groupâ€™s 50th anniversary, will offer its 14th-annual â€œFeasteâ€? (ye olde concert and refreshments) on Dec. 3 and 4 at 2 p.m. at the schoolâ€™s performing-arts center (50 Embarcadero Road), which will be transformed into merry olde Englandâ€™s Westminster Hall for the occasion. King Henry VIII and his court, celebrating the construction of his new palace and his engagement to Anne of Cleves, will treat audiences to the groupâ€™s renowned choral performances, the buffoonery of a jester, and â€œsumptuous morsels and desserts.â€? All are invited to wear their best Renaissance or medieval-style clothing and costumes. Tickets are $35-$100 (prices vary based on how close to the monarch one wishes to sit). Huzzah! Go to palychoirs.com/buy-tickets/.
Downtown Mountain View will host an all-ages night of eclectic, original pop music from three bands, ranging from local to international, performing for the coffee-and-tea sippers on Castro Street this Friday, Dec. 2. East Bay-based New Spellâ€™s sound is keyboard-centric dark indie pop with female vocals by Oaklandâ€™s Leanne Kelly, while Redwood Cityâ€™s The Corner Laughers (led by Palo Alto Weekly Arts and Entertainment Editor Karla Kane) has been called by the Guardian â€œsassy and smart, intelligent and intricate, twee with bite.â€? Both acts have recently released new singles, the proceeds of which are being donated to charity. Joining the bill, all the way from Berlin, Germany, is Sacramento-native and frequent Corner Laughers collaborator Anton Barbeau, whose psych-pop music has been described by PopMatters as intelligent, quirky and â€œnever ever boring.â€? The free performances run 8-10 p.m. at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View. Go to redrockcoffee.org/calendar.
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Above: Artist Patrick Dougherty returned to the Palo Alto Art Center recently to create another whimsical willow sculpture, this one titled â€œWhiplash.â€?
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was fighting a cold, so I ordered the sopa de gallina india ($12.50), or chicken soup, at Zipotes in Redwood City. A plate arrived with half a roasted chicken, yellow rice, some iceberg lettuce and one slice each of cucumber and tomato. The caldo (broth) is coming, the server told me. After a long wait, during which the chicken cooled completely, the caldo arrived — a bowl of steaming chicken broth filled with long slices of chayote squash, rounds of zucchini and carrots, and strips of white onion. What was I supposed to do with it? Eat the chicken and soup separately? Cut off pieces of chicken and put them into the soup? And what about the rice? “Maybe you’re supposed to put it in the soup,” my friend suggested as she swallowed a mouthful of pupusa. Zipotes is a little Salvadoran restaurant in the middle of a strip mall, a few yards from a Latino grocery store. It’s a casual, orderat-the-counter spot that draws a loyal crowd. On a recent Sunday around noontime, diners filled the tables, their eyes glued to a large television playing a soccer game.
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The name “Zipotes” is a riff on “cipotes,” which means children in Salvadoran Spanish. Owner Gilbert Mestizo opened the restaurant two years ago and named it for his three sons. He changed the “c” to a “z” in a nod to his wife’s hometown of Zacatecas, Mexico. Mestizo, who trained as an aeronautical engineer and works full time for Recology, grew up in Mejicanos, El Salvador. About 85 percent of the dishes at Zipotes are Salvadoran. The other 15 percent are Mexican. “(We wanted) to add a little variety to the restaurant,” said Mestizo. Even though many of his customers are of Mexican descent, most people order El Salvador’s most popular snack: pupusas ($2.75). A pupusa is a round cake made of masa, or cornmeal dough, that’s stuffed with beans, cheese, meat and/or vegetables. At Zipotes, you can see the pupusa masters slapping masa between their hands and then onto the hot griddle until it turns crisp on the outside and melty on the inside. All pupusas come with curtido, a tangy slaw of cabbage, carrots, oregano and vinegar. The sharpness of the slaw cuts the heaviness of
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the pupusa. The Zipotes version includes a little hot chile, an atypical but welcome addition. In general, Salvadoran food is mild. Heat seekers will want to give a few whacks to the bottle of Encino hot sauce on the table. There’s a housemade watery red sauce that doesn’t taste like much but is available to add to your pupusas. While most Salvadoran restaurants, at least in the Bay Area, only serve pupusas made with corn masa, Zipotes also makes them from rice. According to Mestizo, rice pupusas originated in his mother’s hometown of Olocuilta, El Salvador. “Now that town is very famous for making that kind of pupusa,” he said. Famous or not, the rice pupusas had a gummy quality not present in the corn ones. As for fillings, you can’t go wrong with mild melted white cheese and loroco, a tender green flower. Yet the table favorite was the revueltas, an even mix of fried pork, black beans and melted cheese. Eat one, and you’ll be full for the day. Another Salvadoran staple is the tamale. Unlike the Mexican version cooked in a corn husk, these are steamed in banana leaves. The masa becomes supple — almost creamy — encasing hunks of moist chicken. Eat yours carefully, as we did find a large bone during one visit. You can order the tamales a la carte ($2.50) or as part of the filling Salvadoran breakfast ($11.50) of scrambled eggs (with chopped vegetables, upon request), a square of springy queso fresco, black beans mixed with rice and thick homemade tortillas. The beans and rice were the surprising stars with a distinctive meaty quality. Fried plantains came on the side. Plantains are the banana’s starchier cousin, and when you fry ripe ones, they turn deeply caramelized on the outside and soft and delectable on the inside. The tortillas were made from the same dough as the pupusas and also griddled. They’re bland but cushy and filling. You should tear off pieces; don’t attempt to roll them burrito-style. On the subject of how to eat things correctly, let’s go back to that chicken soup, another Salvadoran classic. Mestizo explained that you can eat the chicken separately or put it in the soup. The same goes for the rice. Because my chicken and rice were cold from waiting for so long for the soup to arrive, I added them to the soup where the mild, hot broth instantly moistened the meat. It’s worth noting that even when cold, the rice at Zipotes is amazing. Soft and flavorful, it comes with nearly every dish, usually along with equally good refried black beans. Another chicken dish, the pollo encebollado ($10.50), required no added moisture. The roasted half-chicken was very tender, canvassed with a layer of cooked onion slices. The onions, like most foods that hit the flattop here, were a little greasy, but they did retain some crunch. One of the Mexican entrees, camarones a la diabla ($12.75), earns its names from the crimson
chile sauce pooled underneath the shrimp. Its heat comes from chile de arbol. Tame it with tortillas, beans and rice, but avoid it if you can’t handle spicy dishes. Try a round of empanadas de platano ($5.50). These two eggshaped fritters made of sweet fried plantains and filled with either refried black beans (my choice, for the sweet and savory contrast) or a virtually tasteless white milk pudding. Another heavy appetizer meant for sharing is the yuca frita con chicharrón ($8). Yuca is a starchy vegetable, which is cut into thick cuboids, fried and decorated with chewy hunks of pork. Sometimes chicharrónes, which are often made from pig skin, can be dry, but these ones came from the leg of the pig for superior meatiness. On multiple visits, service lagged. We received dishes piecemeal, with long waits between each one. Our drinks came well after we’d already started working on our meals, but several were worth the wait. If you’ve only had Mexican horchata, try the Salvadoran version. It incorporates six kinds of Central American fruit seeds which are toasted, finely ground and combined with cinnamon, milk and rice to create a very thin, fragrant drink ($3). On a cold day, try the corn atole ($2.50). Described on the menu as oatmeal, it’s actually a sweet corn milk with kernels of corn and, sometimes, a rogue cinnamon stick. For something fruity, there are aqua frescas ($3), light drinks made from fruit and water. On weekends only you can try the ensalada de frutas ($3.75), a very sweet juice teeming with diced fruits including red and green apples, pineapple, and Central America fruits such as marañón, or cashew fruit. I prefered the slightly tangy tamarindo, which looks like dark ice tea. Ultra fine and slightly grainy tamarind pulp collected at the bottom of the glass. Soda drinkers will find the popular Mexican brand Jarritos as well as the old-fashioned glassbottled Coca Cola. When you go to Zipotes — which you absolutely should — try to be patient. Order some pupusas, some appetizers and maybe an entree to share. Know that not everything will come at once or in the order you intended it, but once it arrives, it will be tasty, hearty and fill you up well into the next day. Q Freelance writer Alissa Merksamer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Zipotes, 828 5th Ave., Redwood City; 650-216-0010; zipotesrestaurant.com Hours: Monday-Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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Jake Gyllenhaal, center, looks for the men who abudcted his wife and teenage daughter in “Nocturnal Animals.”
Beastly behavior ‘Nocturnal Animals’ does the autopsy on a failed marriage 0001/2 (Century 20 & Aquarius) The bad breakup of a relationship, even one without violence, may not rise to the intense level of PTSD, but the lingering effects can tenaciously haunt a person. That’s the central conceit of “Nocturnal Animals,” a moody
and deeply unsettling look at a pair of failed relationships, regrets and recriminations, and measures of emotional violence — oh, shall we call it “lashing out?” — symbolized in physical violence. For his sophomore cinematic
effort, writer-director Tom Ford (“A Single Man”) adapts the critically acclaimed novel “Tony and Susan.” Following that novel’s lines fairly closely, Ford introduces us to trendy L.A. art gallery owner Susan Morrow (a nuanced Amy Adams). In her husband Hutton (Armie Hammer), she has “appropriate” arm candy but a lack of emotional satisfaction, and he clearly feels the same. Following a boffo opening of pretentious art (whose meaning seems to be the last concern of anyone, gallery employees or guests), Susan receives a manuscript from her ex-husband Edward Sheffield (Jake Gyllenhaal, tender and searing in turns). When Susan sits down to read the novel — titled “Nocturnal Animals” and dedicated to Susan — Ford shows us its contents, as Susan experiences them in her mind. This story within a story concerns a family on a road trip through West Texas: marrieds Tony (played, pointedly, by Gyllenhaal) and Laura Hastings (Isla Fisher), and their teenage daughter, India (Ellie Bamber). On a twolane highway, by dead of night, the family encounters a gang of toughs, led by psychopathic Ray (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). The next day, Detective Bobby Andes (Michael Shannon, again blindingly
brilliant) turns up to help locate the gang and make them pay for what they have done. This manuscript clearly presses buttons for Susan, who begins sifting through the evidence of her own failed marriage to Edward. Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” then, is also about art: when it means something and matters, where its wellsprings are located, and its potential to provoke reflection, enlighten and sting. Parallels emerge between the manuscript and real life, such as the class tensions between the Hastings (in their old Mercedes) and the criminals they encounter, who behave not unlike the toothless backwoods-ers of “Deliverance.”
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Warren Beatty (right) plays eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes and Alden Ehrenreich plays his driver in “Rules Don’t Apply.”
‘Rules’ of engagement Warren Beatty returns as Howard Hughes 0001/2 (Century 16 & 20) “Never check an interesting fact.” With these words, Warren Beatty returns to the silver screen, after a 15-year absence, in his film “Rules Don’t Apply.” They are, we’re told, the words of Howard Hughes, the mercurial movie producer and aviation industrialist known as much for folly and madness as for his impressive financial empire. They might as well be the words
of our President-elect, whose own demeanor suggests power-madness, and it’s tempting to think Beatty intended some sideways commentary. Then again, writerdirector-producer-star Beatty’s passion project has been gestating for four decades, and wrapped shooting in 2014. In his screenplay and performance as Hughes, Beatty offers a canny, sharply drawn, and highly personal take on the
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Almost Christmas (PG-13)
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Animal Crackers (1930) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 5:40 & 9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Arrival (PG-13) ++++
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Bad Santa 2 (PG-13)
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billionaire, with strong elements of lacerating self-parody. The longstanding movie star seems to empathize with Hughes in his second-guessed genius and compulsive, quirky hedonism (from sex with starlets to foil-covered TV dinners), while hardly letting him off the hook for his stunningly selfish failures of personal and professional ethics. As its epigraph suggests, “Rules Don’t Apply” doesn’t let niggling historical details get in the way of a good story. That said, Beatty’s fascination with and thorough research on Hughes inform a surprisingly fresh perspective on Hughes and what it must have been like to live in his orbit, circa 1958, in Hollywood. For the most part, this spells comedy, with Hughes unwittingly taking two fresh-faced innocents on parallel journeys from naïve, eagerto-please idealism to hard-won, clear-eyed realism. Alden Ehrenreich plays Frank Forbes, a driver for the Hughes organization and would-be-entrepeneur who hopes to interest his boss in a housing-development scheme. While waiting for an audience with the boss, Frank becomes the go-to driver for Baptistgirl-turned-actress Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins), one of Hughes’
In real life, Susan’s every-hairin-place matriarch (“mother” seems insufficient), played by Laura Linney, looks down her nose at Edward for having a financially irresponsible dream of pursuing writing, and plants that fear in her daughter. In our real life, the initial mass-market of the paperback edition of “Tony and Susan” sold poorly, assumptively because it was “too literary.” With his mass-media adaptation, Ford may have better luck. Certainly, he has given audiences that rare post-milennial film that demands post-game discussion. Rated R for violence, menace, graphic nudity, and language. One hour, 56 minutes. — Peter Canavese
Century 20: Fri.-Sun.
Doctor Strange (PG-13) +++ The Eagle Huntress (G) ++
Century 16: Fri.-Sun.
Century 20: Fri.-Sun.
Aquarius Theatre: Fri.-Sun.
The Edge of Seventeen (R)
Century 16: Fri.-Sun. Century 20: Fri.-Sun. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (PG-13) ++1/2 Century 16: Fri.-Sun. Century 20: Fri.-Sun. The Gay Divorcee (1934) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun., 3:40 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Hacksaw Ridge (R) Incarnate (PG-13)
Century 16: Fri.-Sun.
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Loving (PG-13) +++1/2
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Manchester by the Sea (R) +++1/2 Century 20: Fri.-Sun. Century 20: Fri.-Sun. Guild Theatre: Fri.-Sun. Guild Theatre: Fri.-Sun. MET Opera: The Magic Flute Encore (2016) (Not Rated) Century 16: Saturday Century 20: Saturday Palo Alto Square: Saturday Moana (G) +++1/2 Century 16: Fri.-Sun. Century 16: Fri.-Sun. Century 20: Fri.-Sun. Century 20: Fri.-Sun. Moonlight (R)
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Nocturnal Animals (R)
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (R) Rules Don’t Apply (PG-13) Scrooged (1988) (PG-13) Spirited Away (2001) (PG) Trolls (PG)
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Aquarius: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (For recorded listings: 327-3241) tinyurl.com/Aquariuspa Century Cinema 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View tinyurl.com/Century16 Century 20 Downtown: 825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City tinyurl.com/Century20 CineArts at Palo Alto Square: 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (For information: 493-0128) tinyurl.com/Pasquare Guild: 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (For recorded listings: 266-9260) tinyurl.com/Guildmp Stanford Theatre: 221 University Ave., Palo Alto (For recorded listings: 324-3700) Stanfordtheatre.org Find trailers, star ratings and reviews on the web at PaloAltoOnline.com/movies + Skip it ++ Some redeeming qualities +++ A good bet ++++ Outstanding
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Hughes’ driver-confidants) and Beatty’s wife Annette Bening (very funny as Marla’s rightly concerned mother), but the film also benefits from the skills of Candice Bergen, Alec Baldwin, Steve Coogan, Martin Sheen, and so on. It’s probably fair to deem the story slight, with little in the way of universal relevance, but it’s also delightfully entertaining, and well attuned to the struggle of contending with a destabilizing influence on one’s work life and, worse, one’s personal life. Rated PG-13 for sexual material including brief strong language, thematic elements and drug references. Two hours, 6 minutes. — Peter Canavese
Patrick has worked his social life to include two girlfriends and a garage band drolly named Stentorian. Aside from the fresh wound of Joe’s death, Lee has a hole where his heart should be as a result of the personal tragedy that decimated his own family. In one of the film’s very best scenes, Lee awkwardly confronts his ex-wife Randi (Michelle Williams, raw as ever), both desperately protecting their own emotional needs even as each seeks not to hurt the other. Rated PG for peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements. One hour, 53 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Nov. 21, 2016)
musical “Moana.” Moana (Auli’I Cravalho) is the daughter of the chief of Motunui Island. And you’ll never guess, but she dreams of escaping, into the wild blue yonder of the Pacific Ocean. “No one goes beyond the reef!” bellows Moana’s father (Temuera Morrison), but soon she’s off on a mission to clarify cultural and personal identity. As explained by her sage Gramma (Rachel House), Moana will need the help of mischevious demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson). The film’s two teams of directors — John Musker (“Little Mermaid”) and Ron Clements and codirectors Don Hall and Chris Williams— deserve “A for effort” credit for pushing Disney away from both Anglo-Saxon folklore and Anglicized facial features and body types. The animation proves consistently beautiful, and the comedy sophisticated enough to grab adults while accessible enough to have kids squealing with joy at each joke. When it’s cooking, “Moana” prepares tender, slip-off-thebone meat on the tried-and-true bones of the Disney formula. Rated PG for peril, some scary images and brief thematic elements. One hour, 53 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Nov. 21, 2016)
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large stable of aspiring starlets. Much of the story’s tension comes from the twin certainties that the attractive, young Frank and Marla will develop feelings for one another, and that Hughes will call upon Marla for a sexual dalliance. Both scenarios play into the titular theme of flexible ethics and selfish entitlement: A little bit of power goes a long way to ambition, and a great deal of power knows no bounds. This all plays out in Beatty’s distinctively intelligent and sly filmmaking voice, with comically curt
editing choices and something approaching a screwball style. At 79, Beatty remains tack-sharp as an actor (here subtly nailing Hughes’ brilliance and battiness), and as a director of calculated tone. Five-time Oscar nominee Caleb Deschanel supplies gorgeous cinematography that nicely evokes period and supports, in its framing, the film’s dramatic and comedic elements (case in point: Hughes and Frank’s pre-dawn airfield lunch date, shot to emphasize its enormity and surreality). Beatty also attracts top acting talent, even in one-scene roles. Most prominent among the supporting cast are Matthew Broderick (hilarious as another of
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Loving0001/2 One might call coincidence the universe’s way of practicing irony. Certainly few historical coincidences have been as apt as the last name of the interracial married couple who fought all the way to the Supreme Court to have their marriage recognized by the state of Virginia. Their name was “Loving,” and now that name also belongs to Jeff Nichols’ film about the couple and, indeed, about the gerund. The Rob Reiner version of this story would likely focus on the courtroom battle, with the couple portrayed as hyperarticulate crusaders for justice, the lawyers delivering big courtroom speeches, and the film’s composer laying on thick orchestration to reassure us of what we’re supposed to be feeling. Writer-director Jeff Nichols eschews all of that, instead enabling an easy realism and an intimate domestic perspective on events that became consequential to national history and the civil rights movement. Rated PG13 for thematic elements. Two hours, 3 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Nov. 14, 2016) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them001/2 “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” is a spinoff from the $8 billiongrossing “Harry Potter” film series and the first entry to be personally screenwritten by “Potter” novelist J.K. Rowling. Redmayne plays magizoologist Newt Scamander, keeper of a well-used magical suitcase housing those fantastic beasts. In a move that seems both narratively practical and winkingly pointed, “Fantastic Beasts” is an immigrant story from its first scene, as British-born-andbred Scamander arrives at 1926 Ellis Island and amusingly makes it through customs without declaring to the Muggle there what he’s really packing.In short, beasts get loose and Newt and his new friends must chase after them. On paper, it all sounds pretty darn interesting, but on screen over 132 minutes, it can be dangerously predictable and dully fake-y. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language. Two hours, 13 minutes. — P.C. (Reviewed Nov. 14, 2016)
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aper fans, handkerchiefs and dance sticks are proving to be a popular alternative to traditional fitness equipment on exercise floors throughout Palo Alto where an Asian-inspired aerobics program has found success among all fitness levels and ages, including a growing number of seniors. Developed by longtime Palo Alto Family YMCA fitness instructor Ying Mitchell in 2009, VivAsia is a fitness program based on Asian and Bollywood dance that incorporates Chinese Pop, K-Pop and taiko drumming to construct a lively aerobic dance workout.
And now, a special low-impact aerobic version of the program called Lotus is expanding its reach among seniors. In October, Mitchell created VivAsia Fitness Inc., a nonprofit organization aimed at bringing culturally inspired fitness programs to under-served seniors and youth. Through the organization, Mitchell will partner with various organizations and community centers to offer fitness classes and instructor training. The Lotus program, which has been offered at the Y and Cubberly Community Center since 2012, is scheduled to expand to the nonprofit senior center Avenidas in February. Plans to expand the
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dance to the Chinese hit “Mouse Loves Rice.” “We use these props in order to have a total mind-body workout,” Shi said. “As they hold these props, they will coordinate their upper bodies and arms to make different movements such as fans for their fingers, arms and wrists, and drum sticks for their upper arms and handkerchiefs for arm and leg coordination.” Los Altos Hills resident Linda Chiang, who was among the participants, has taken the Lotus class at Cubberly for about a year. “After the exercise I feel very good — the whole body is relaxed,” Chiang said. Although the program is rooted in Asian tradition and culture, it is open to all ethnicities and backgrounds, said Mitchell who created the program as a way to connect with her roots and others. Mitchell said she moved to the
Corinna Shi, center, incorporates Asian pop music and dance sticks into the Lotus VivAsia fitness routine she teaches at Cubberley Community Center. United States at age 3 and grew up in Maryland feeling disconnected to her Chinese roots. “Moving out to California when I was 26, there were a lot more Asians around here. I just felt like I didn’t know my roots, my heritage,” she said. When her daughters took Chinese dance classes as young girls
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(they’re now in college), Mitchell said, “Just watching them kind of inspired me — this is something I missed out on. I never learned the traditions, all the holidays.” As a longtime fitness instructor, she knew Zumba and other Latin styles, but “We didn’t see the Asian music,” she said. “When I started teaching aerobics, that kind of music wasn’t around. “I think one of the main reasons why I developed (VivAsia) is to reconnect with my roots through a medium I enjoy, which is fitness and dancing,” Mitchell said. “Meeting people and increasing my knowledge of Chinese culture has all been a bonus.” Early on, she said, “it was hard to find good music because YouTube wasn’t really up and running. Maybe now because of technology we have more access to Asian music. Also, Asian music has gotten more modern.” YouTube is now their best source for new music, Mitchell and Shi said. Both women were trained as engineers and previously worked in the tech industry. “For us, this was a career change,” Shi said. “I never thought I could do this because it’s not my path, but we need to change the mentality that you have to do what you’ve been doing until you retire.” Q Contributing Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at email@example.com.
If you’re interested: LOTUS AEROBICS • 10:30 a.m., every other Monday at the Palo Alto Family YMCA • 10:30 a.m., every Wednesday as part of Cubberly Community Center’s Senior Friendship Day Program. • Avenidas will offer demonstration classes of Lotus at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 13 and Feb 3, with regular weekly classes beginning Friday, Feb. 10. LOTUS AQUATICS • 8:55 a.m., every Tuesday and Thursday at the Palo Alto Family YMCA • 2 p.m., every Thursday at The Forum senior living retirement home in Cupertino.
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Senior Focus (continued from page 29) NEW YEARâ€™S EVE CHAMPAGNE ... Avenidas and the City of Palo Alto will cosponsor a New Yearâ€™s Eve Champagne Brunch with music by Campbellâ€™s Jazz Soup on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Avenidas. Tickets $20 in advance. Call 650-463-4900 for more information. DEMENTIA RATES DECLINE ... The aging of the U.S. population is expected to yield large increases in the number of adults with dementia, but some recent studies in the U.S. and other high-income countries suggest that the risk of dementia may have declined over the past 25 years. In a study of a nationally representative sample of more than 21,000 U.S. adults 65 and older, the prevalence of dementia declined to 8.8 percent in 2012 compared to 11.6 percent in 2000, scientists reported Nov. 21 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Increasing educational attainment and better control of cardiovascular risk may have contributed to the improvement, but the full set of social, behavioral and medical factors contributing to the improvement is still uncertain, the report said. Q
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Music, Arts & Crafts 402 El Verano Ave., Palo Alto, 650-856-9571, email@example.com, artwithemily.com Emily Young teaches mixed-media and multicultural art classes in small groups for children and adults at her studio in Palo Alto, as well as individual lessons. 595 Lincoln Ave., Palo Alto, 650-796-1614, firstname.lastname@example.org, artworkspaloalto.net Art Works Studio holds regular fine-art classes for youth, who are given the chance to explore and learn about art history. A new 16-week session will begin in January 2016. Webster Street Studio, 2326 Webster St., Palo Alto, 650-269-0423, 650-316-9208, artandsoul.paloalto@ gmail.com, artandsoulpa.com Art & Soul runs after-school art clubs throughout the week at Walter Hays and Ohlone elementary schools as well as Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School. Additionally, it hosts a club on Wednesdays at Hoover and Barron Park elementary schools. Programs allow children to explore drawing, painting and sculpture techniques, as well as develop their observational skills. Art & Soul also offers Art & Wine events for private groups. 555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto, 650-473-0664, email@example.com, deborahspalm.com Deborah’s Palm is a nonprofit community organization that aims to provide a warm and supportive environment for all women. Its class offerings range from workshops on compassion and stress management to classes on job strategy, knitting, goal setting and art. Middlefield Road and East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, 650-456-7648, linglingviolin.blogspot.com, firstname.lastname@example.org This studio offers private violin instruction to children ages 7 and up and adults of all levels. Enrollment is offered year-round and auditions are required for intermediate and advanced violin players. Classes are taught by a classically trained violinist and experienced violin teacher whose students include award winners at violin competitions and members of PACO, CYS and ECYS. 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto, 650-494-8686, email@example.com, midpenmedia.org The center offers workshops for a range of media arts, including video production, photo enhancement, studio work and more. The center suggests starting with one of its free hour-long orientation sessions. 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, 650-329-2366, cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/artcenter Palo Alto Art Center classes and workshops — teaching children, teens and adults — cover such areas as ceramics, painting, drawing, jewelry, sculpture, Adobe PhotoShop and more. Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, #57, Palo Alto, 650-289-0019, cooking073@surlatable. com, surlatable.com
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Parenting 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto, 650-326-5530, info@ chconline.org, chconline.org Children’s Health Council holds a variety of classes touching on child-behavior issues, dyslexia, anxiety and depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism and other topics related to encouraging all children’s success.
The Oshman Family JCC’s award-winning preschool program provides an atmosphere for building healthy and positive learning experiences. The Yad B’ Yad program is for children 12 to 18 months of age. Parent/caregiver participation programs are available for children 12 to 23 months old. 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, 650-485-3589, firstname.lastname@example.org, meiraacademy.org Meira Academy is a traditional, all-girls Jewish high school devoted to academic excellence in general and incorporates Jewish studies as well
as seminaries in Israel with an overarching goal of preparing its students for college. 3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650618-3325, email@example.com, abilitiesunited.org Milestones Preschool offers a year-round, projectbased program that fosters the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children ages 2 to 5.
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200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto, 650-688-3040, parentsplaceonline.org/location/peninsula A resource center for parents, Parents Place on the Peninsula offers workshops on subjects ranging from sibling rivalry to building a child’s selfesteem and confidence. Parent and child activity groups are also organized.
Education 2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, 650-4241267, firstname.lastname@example.org, headsup. org/emerson-school Emerson School provides a full-day, year-round program for grades one to eight, teaching a personalized, Montessori curriculum. Lessons draw from classical subjects and other areas, including art, music, foreign language, physical education, communication, life skills and more.
Enroll today! Call 650.948.2121 450 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto, 650-4948200, hausner.com Instructing children in kindergarten through eighth grade, Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School provides strong academics, instruction in Jewish studies and the Hebrew language, enrichment opportunities and after-school programs.
• A Reggio-inspired Episcopal School • Preschool though 5th Grade • Low student-to-teacher ratio • Inquiry-based learning built around big questions • Specialist teachers including, math, reading, STEM, art, music, Spanish and PE • Students seen as engaged creators with agency over their learning
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2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, 650-4241221, email@example.com, headsup.org/headsup HeadsUp! Child Development Center serves infants, toddlers and preschoolers (to age 6) with a full-day program, year-round. The Montessori curriculum focuses on building thinking skills and personal values. A bilingual Chinese-English preschool classroom is also available. 3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, 650-213-9600, kehillah.org This college-preparatory high school (grades nine through 12) features modern science and computer labs, art and music studios, a drama program, a full range of academic courses with small class sizes, sports teams and more.
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920 Peninsula Way, Menlo Park, 650-325-1584, peninsulaschool.org Peninsula School is a progressive institution teaching about 250 students from nursery through eighth grade, with an emphasis on choice and experience. Classes cover core subjects as well as instruction in music, physical education, drama, weaving, woodshop and more. 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto, 650-688-3605, info@ sandhillschool.org, sandhillschool.org As part of the Children’s Health Council, Sand Hill School teaches children from kindergarten through eighth grade with language-based learning differences, and assists with the attention and social difficulties that go along with them.
For Everyone 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto, 650-289-5400, avenidas.org Avenidas offers a plethora of classes, as well as lectures and workshops, for seniors focusing on topics such as general health, physical fitness, languages, humanities, computing, music and writing. Membership costs, fees and class descriptions are listed on the website. 3921 Fabian Way, Suite A023, Palo Alto, 650858-6990, bayareafc.org, info@BayAreaFC.org The Bay Area Friendship Circle offers programs for kids and teens with special needs ages 2 to 22 year round as well as winter and summer camps. Trained teen volunteers provide one-on-one friendship and support. This year’s winter camp will be held from Dec. 19 to Dec. 23. To register for programs or camp visit their website.
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Palo Alto High School, Tower Building, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, 650-329-3752, email@example.com, paadultschool.org/ class/world-languages Classes are offered in Spanish, French, Italian and Mandarin Chinese. The classes cover beginning and advanced skills and sometimes literature and arts. 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, 650-329-3752, firstname.lastname@example.org, paadultschool.org Computer, language, cooking, writing, art, outdoor and finance classes — and many other offerings — are available through the Palo Alto Adult School. Registration for the winter session begins on Dec. 2, and classes start on Jan. 9. Littlefield Center, 365 Lasuen St., Stanford, 650725-2650, email@example.com, continuingstudies.stanford.edu Stanford Continuing Studies organizes classes in liberal arts and sciences, creative writing and professional and personal development. Courses are held in the evenings or on Saturdays. Stanford Continuing Studies also presents lectures, performances, conferences and other events. Class Guides are published quarterly in the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice and the Almanac. Descriptions of classes offered in Palo Alto, Stanford, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Atherton, East Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Portola Valley and Woodside are provided. Listings are free and subject to editing. Due to space constraints, classes held in the above cities are given priority. To inquire about submitting a listing for the next Class Guide, email Editorial Assistant Anna Medina at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 650-223-6515. To place a paid advertisement in the Class Guide, call the display advertising department at 650-326-8210.
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A weekly guide to home, garden and real estate news, edited by Elizabeth Lorenz
Home Front LAST CHANCE FOR FILOLI ... This Saturday Dec. 3 the Filoli Garden will be open for the last day in 2016 for visitors to experience its Holiday Traditions. The cafe is scheduled to be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Check the website at filoli.org for more details on the holiday festivities. The estate and garden will close until Tuesday, Feb.17, 2017 at 10 a.m. GARDEN CLUB HOLiDAY MARKET ... This Saturday, Dec. 3, the Palo Alto Garden Club will host its biennial Holiday Marketplace at the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto. For sale will be lots of homemade treats, including jam, candy, decorative wreaths and trees, potted paperweights, garden art, gift cards, stationery, and jewelry. The event is free and will be in the Fellowship Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1140 Cowper St. in Palo Alto. Proceeds from the holiday show go toward providing grants for community horticultural projects. BAYLANDS RENOVATION ... The Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center is closed for renovation through early spring 2017. During this time, public hours will be maintained at the Cooley Landing Education Center, Cooley Landing Park is located at the east end of Bay Road in East Palo Alto. For more information about this open space preserve, please visit http://www.ci.east-palo-alto. ca.us/facilities/facility/details/ Cooley-Landing-Park-6.
Homes look out over the scenic Esther Clark Park, a place to walk or run or even ride horses.
The hidden gem Esther Clark Park is Palo Alto’s rural neighborhood by Patrick Condon | photos by Veronica Weber
DIRT VS. SOIL ... Lyngso Garden Materials in San Carlos will offer a workshop on Saturday, Dec. 10 called “Gardening with Nature at Home and at Work.” The workshop will help you learn the difference between soil and dirt. Learn about the very important jobs soil microbes perform and how they partner with plants. Learn simple ways to invite them into your garden and why you want them to take the lead in caring for your plants. The class, from 10 a.m. to noon, will be taught by Theresa Lyngso, the president and CFO of Lyngso Garden Materials and a master gardener and composter. Go to lyngsogarden.com to register. Lyngso Garden Materials, Inc. has relocated to 345 Shoreway Road in San Carlos.
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over the inclined road. Driving further on, the road meanders up and down, and up again even more steeply. Esther Clark Park neighborhood feels like a secret, hidden behind winding hills and
n many ways, the character of Palo Alto’s Esther Clark neighborhood is exemplified by Esther Clark Park, located directly off of Arastradero Road. A 21-acre nature preserve, it remains a highlight for those who enjoy a place of tranquility and natural beauty. The best way for a visitor to enter the park is from Old Adobe Road where drivers are enveloped in a tunnel of trees arching
‘The neighborhood is nicely isolated, but also acts like a classic American neighborhood with lots of space.’ —Resident Richard Horn
impressive Spanish-style villas. After a short drive to the end of the road is the park, settled against the last few houses in the neighborhood. A sign greets the visitor: “Palo Alto Open Space.” Dr. Esther Clark was one of the key founders of the Palo Alto Medical Clinic, and she also established her own nonprofit with the goal of helping children with disabilities. Richard Horn, one of the many veteran residents of Old Adobe Road and a retired pediatrician himself, remembers the highly respected Palo Alto figure fondly for what she brought to his beloved neighborhood. “Esther Clark owned all of this property, and she developed Old Adobe Road ... (the land) was donated with the understanding that it would be open space ... ” he said, adding that, “The neighborhood is nicely isolated, but also acts like a classic American neighborhood with lots of space.” Joining Dr. Horn as a longtime (continued on page 37)
Retired pediatrician Dr. Richard Horn says living in Esther Clark Park is “nicely isolated, but also acts like a classic American neighborhood with lots of space.”
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resident of the Esther Clark neighborhood, Katy Clancey and her daughter Jeannie talked about their love for their neighborhood. “You’re living in a rural setting, but you’re five minutes away from towns like Los Altos,” Katy Clancey said. Her daughter Jeannie chimed in as well: “It is absolutely the perfect place to live because of its calmness ... the park is a treasure to this neighborhood.”
FACTS FIRE STATION: No. 5, 600 Arastradero Road LIBRARY: Mitchell Park branch, 3700 Middlefield Road LOCATION: from Old Adobe Road to Manuela Avenue, off Arastradero Road, including Old Trace Road PARK: Esther Clark Park, Old Trace Road POST OFFICE: Cambridge, 265 Cambridge Ave. PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Nixon Elementary School, Terman Middle School, Gunn High School SHOPPING: El Camino Real, Downtown Los Altos
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Los Altos 38 3rd Street #300 Helson Trust to Opendyk Trust for $2,550,000 on 11/08/16; built 1995, 3bd, 2,637 sq.ft.; previous sale 06/15/1995, $861,000 89 Alma Court YISREAL 26 Limited to A. & L. Yuan for $2,920,000 on 11/10/16; built 1971, 3bd, 2,458 sq.ft. 694 Camellia Way Harker Trust to C. Tu for $2,180,000 on 11/04/16; built 1956, 3bd, 1,919 sq.ft. 1330 Fairway Drive Attla Blue to Vonreichbauer Trust for $3,665,000 on 11/10/16; built 1957, 3bd, 1,952 sq.ft.; previous sale 03/26/2015, $2,225,000 1572 Landell Court Dipietro Trust to C. & A. Jordan for $2,400,000 on 11/03/16; built 1956, 4bd, 1,884 sq.ft. 1720 Larkellen Lane Greider Trust to Pericles Properties for $2,225,000 on 11/08/16; built 1956, 6bd, 2,737 sq.ft. 1235 Larnel Place Britton Trust to Y. Lu for $2,570,000 on 11/10/16; built 1955, 4bd, 2,471 sq.ft. 67 Los Altos Square Kelly Trust to O. & A. Maimon for $1,605,000 on 11/04/16; built 1964, 2bd, 1,444 sq.ft.; previous sale 08/17/2001, $560,000 81 Los Altos Square R. Wang to S. Xin for $1,375,000 on 11/02/16; built 1964, 3bd, 1,568 sq.ft.; previous sale 12/21/2010, $760,000 1004 Marcelli Circle M. & A. Cheng to H. Lo for $1,788,000 on 11/07/16; built 2014, 3bd, 1,565 sq.ft. 23281 Partridge Lane M. & J. Perry to A. Srivastava for $3,200,000 on 11/07/16; built 1987, 3bd, 3,388 sq.ft.; previous sale 08/02/1995, $635,000 799 University Avenue Sadrzadeh Trust to Y. Dong for $3,350,000 on 11/08/16; built 1969, 3bd, 2,730 sq.ft. 897 University Avenue Choi Trust to V. & A. Gheorghiu for $2,000,000 on 11/04/16; built 1961, 3bd, 1,720 sq.ft.; previous sale 03/14/1997, $540,000
Los Altos Hills 24600 Summerhill Avenue J B V Trust to C. Jiang for $2,898,000 on 11/10/16; built 1951, 3bd, 1,818 sq.ft.
Menlo Park 612 12th Avenue T. Collins to R. & J. Richards for $1,300,000 on 10/18/16; built 1934, 3bd, 1,270 sq.ft.; previous sale 03/14/2007, $935,000 1043 Almanor Avenue S. & K. Hardy to G. Gallo for $1,365,000 on 10/14/16; built 1945, 2bd, 950 sq.ft.; previous sale 09/18/2012, $707,000 2138 Avy Avenue K. Kaslow to E. & E. McDearman for $2,560,000 on 10/14/16; built 2005, 4bd, 2,540 sq.ft.; previous sale 05/26/2005, $1,590,000 1760 Croner Avenue Krauss Trust to Goldsilverisland Homes for $1,700,000 on 10/14/16; built 1940, 2bd, 1,030 sq.ft. 610 Gilbert Avenue #15 Roble Trust to R. Guerra
Interestingly, both Clancey and Horn mentioned the development that has taken place and is still ongoing on Old Adobe Road and Old Trace Lane. The original homes were more rustic and spaced out from one another. “There used to be a lot of smaller houses, but now there is more development of bigger ones,” Horn said. “It’s hard for those of us who love this old rural setting ... but it is exciting to see new energy in the neighborhood,” she said, adding that there had been barbecues at the end of the street in which all of the residents, both longtime and new, came together and enjoyed their little paradise. The park itself still looks exactly as Esther Clark had intended: open space reaches into the horizon, providing plenty of opportunity for people to enjoy nature as well as partake in activities. “People do a lot of walking, riding horses and jogging,” Mr. Horn said. It’s understandable that these residents are so fond of their neighborhood, as it feels tucked away into a part of Palo Alto that feels rural, even though, just down the hill, there are large corporate office buildings — an immediate reminder of how special the neighborhood’s peaceful atmosphere is. Q Editorial Intern Patrick Condon can be e-mailed at email@example.com. for $925,000 on 10/14/16; built 1973, 2bd, 1,175 sq.ft.; previous sale 05/16/1996, $239,000 11 Hesketh Drive Carpenter Trust to Wen Trust for $4,100,000 on 10/20/16; built 2009, 4bd, 3,100 sq.ft.; previous sale 04/16/2003, $1,250,000 1056 Oakland Avenue S. Winikoff to J. & M. Vobecky for $1,640,000 on 10/17/16; built 1945, 3bd, 1,700 sq.ft.; previous sale 06/12/2008, $1,180,000
Mountain View 181 Ada Avenue #25 D. Murphy to Fujii Trust for $1,013,000 on 11/04/16; built 1986, 2bd, 1,206 sq.ft. 2574 Alvin Street #16 ADL Land Holding to S. Singh for $1,220,000 on 11/10/16; built 2013, 3bd, 1,407 sq.ft.; previous sale 09/02/2016, $300,000 2025 California Street #43 D. Schweninger to V. Su for $478,000 on 11/04/16; built 1965, 1bd, 668 sq.ft.; previous Sale 06/21/2002, $235,000 1930 Cambridge Drive B. & J. Thomander to G. & L. Sarusi for $1,300,000 on 11/10/16; built 2008, 3bd, 1,777 sq.ft.; previous sale 04/24/2009, $669,000 1522 Canna Court K. Gragg to S. Miao for $1,130,000 on 11/10/16; built 1968, 3bd, 1,533 sq.ft.; previous sale 10/15/2008, $625,000 163 Chetwood Drive F. Sun to X. Zhong for $1,265,000 on 11/04/16; built 1998, 3bd, 1,390 sq.ft.; previous sale 12/11/2015, $1,201,000 505 Cypress Point Drive #272 Kaushikan Trust to D. Herbert for $625,000 on 11/03/16; built 1971, 1bd, 784 sq.ft.; previous sale 02/20/2015, $545,000 100 East Middlefield Road #2F A. & S. Barna to J. Xie for $830,000 on 11/09/16; built 1969, 2bd, 1,083 sq.ft. 223 Horizon Avenue Nakamura Trust to J. & S. Xia for $1,075,000 on 11/10/16; built 1973, 3bd, 1,336 sq.ft.; previous sale 04/10/2008, $645,000
Development is still ongoing on Old Adobe Road and Old Trace Lane. The original homes were more rustic and spaced out from one another. “There used to be a lot of smaller houses, but now there is more development of bigger ones,” resident Richard Horn said. 492 Kahlo Street J. Leung to K. Wang for $1,370,000 on 11/10/16; built 2011, 3bd, 1,637 sq.ft.; previous sale 06/11/2012, $724,500 1274 Lane Avenue B. Ghaziani to RTNA1274 Limited for $1,492,000 on 11/07/16; built 1947, 3bd, 1,205 sq.ft.; previous sale 03/03/2016, $1,500,000 2425 Laura Lane SGC Partners to B. Lickly for $1,687,000 on 11/07/16; built 1955, 3bd, 1,008 sq.ft.; previous sale 04/13/2015, $950,000 1503 Lilac Lane Mishler Trust to K. Hong for $1,100,000 on 11/08/16; built 1968, 3bd, 1,533 sq.ft. 1024 Marilyn Drive Rygiol Trust to Warner Trust for $2,275,000 on 11/09/16; built 1950, 4bd, 1,686 sq.ft.; previous sale 09/19/1990, $390,000 694 Mountain View Avenue R. Rongstad to Kalkat Trust for $1,315,000 on 11/09/16; built 1918, 2bd, 897 sq.ft.; previous sale 11/30/1993, $224,500 400 Ortega Avenue #205 Zhang Trust to C. Huang for $845,000 on 11/10/16; built 1975, 2bd, 1,073 sq.ft.; previous sale 07/20/2004, $360,000 201 Pine Way Tsai to O. Kucuktunc for $1,390,000 on 11/09/16; built 2012, 2bd, 1074 sq.ft.; previous sale 09/25/2012, $849,000 1921 Rock Street #18 C. Walter to H. Wu for $810,000 on 11/02/16; built 1974, 2bd, 972 sq.ft. (Previous Sale 09/21/2011, $365,000) 1963 Rock Street #20 Waite & Oja Trust to T. Heckman for $1,170,000 on 11/07/16; built 1973, 3bd, 1653 sq.ft.; previous sale 11/14/1989, $270,000 49 Showers Drive #J128 A. & S. Yang to J. Lu for $900,000 on 11/10/16; built 1977, 2bd, 1,206 sq.ft.; previous sale 05/27/2009, $484,000 49 Showers Drive #J214 Thompson Trust to J. Peterson for $810,000 on 11/04/16; built 1977, 2bd, 1,206 sq.ft.; previous sale 05/04/1977, $47,300 49 Showers Drive #M467 J. Rochester to F. Ruan
SALES AT A GLANCE Los Altos Total sales reported: 13 Lowest sales price: $1,375,000 Highest sales price: $3,665,000 Average sales price: $2,448,307
Los Altos Hills Total sales reported: 1 Sales price: $2,898,000
Menlo Park Total sales reported: 7 Lowest sales price: $925,000 Highest sales price: $4,100,000 Average sales price: $1,941,429
Mountain View Total sales reported: 24 Lowest sales price: $478,000
Highest sales price: $2,550,000 Average sales price: $1,200,250
Palo Alto Total sales reported:14 Lowest sales price: $975,000 Highest sales price: $3,720,000 Average sales price: $2,442,320
Portola Valley Total sales reported: 1 Sales price: $2,000,000
Woodside Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $820,000 Highest sales price: $2,710,000 Average sales price: $1,765,000
for $1,370,000 on 11/08/16; built 1976, 3bd, 1,487 sq.ft.; previous sale 10/22/1976, $63,400 1835 Van Buren Circle Utley Trust to A. Tendulkar for $2,550,000 on 11/03/16; built 1965, 3bd, 2,200 sq.ft.; previous sale 09/26/1988, $460,000 905 West Middlefield Road #913 Su Trust to H. Liu for $786,000 on 11/04/16; built 1978, 2bd, 998 sq.ft.; previous sale 04/03/2013, $560,000
Palo Alto 2057 Amherst Street Clark Trust to Cato Investment for $2,300,000 on 11/08/16; built 1950, 4bd, 1,386 sq.ft. 1211 Byron Street Lange Trust to Byron Street Limited for $3,250,000 on 11/08/16; built 1923, 1bd, 1,409 sq.ft. 419 Cole Court Monroe Place Limited to R. Wong for $2,200,000 on 11/10/16; built 2014, 4bd, 2,049 sq.ft. 321 Everett Avenue A. Cunningham to U. Maheshwari for $2,900,000 on 11/04/16; built 1997, 4bd, 2,116 sq.ft.; previous sale 11/22/2000, $1,955,000 1299 Forest Avenue Walworth-Hohnsbeen Trust to U. Sanchorawala for $3,412,500 on 11/04/16; built 1936, 3bd, 2,025 sq.ft. 775 Garland Drive Fletcher Trust to Six Pid for $2,180,000 on 11/04/16; built 1946, 2bd, 1,317 sq.ft.; previous sale 01/31/1995, $442,000 2160 Middlefield Road Otnes Trust to W. Kuo for $2,200,000 on 11/10/16; built 1936, 2bd, 1,484 sq.ft. 4271 Ponce Drive Russell Trust to Y. Chin for $1,620,000 on 11/10/16; built 1975, 3bd, 1,570 sq.ft.; previous sale 03/17/1980, $180,000 757 Rosewood Drive Donovan Trust to H. Ding for $2,860,000 on 11/08/16; built 1946, 3bd, 1,632 sq.ft. 149 South California Avenue #A300 Basso Trust to H. & A. Herath for $975,000 on 11/09/16; built 1982, 2bd, 1,247 sq.ft.; previous sale 04/27/1987, $137,500 549 Stanford Avenue Larussi Trust to N & M Plaza for $3,720,000 on 11/10/16; built 2001, 4bd, 1843 sq.ft.; previous sale 08/31/1989, $325,000 2380 Tasso Street Tasso Limited to J. Sellier for $1,700,000 on 11/04/16; built 1932, 3bd, 1,500 sq.ft.; previous sale 03/18/2016, $2,550,000 3441 Thomas Drive Wohl Trust to D. & P. Sharma for $2,640,000 on 11/07/16; built 1957, 4bd, 1,972 sq.ft.; previous sale 08/18/1994, $419,000 3418 Waverley Street Barney Trust to K. Eron for $2,235,000 on 11/08/16; built 1950, 3bd, 1,356 sq.ft.; previous sale 12/1971, $30,000
Portola Valley 244 Canyon Drive Schilling Trust to J. Ramming for $2,000,000 on 10/20/16; built 1994, 2bd, 1,920 sq. ft.
Woodside 621 Eastview Way R. Laudenslayer to M. & C. Oberti for $820,000 on 10/18/16; built 1933, 2bd, 790 sq.ft. 135 Summit Road †R. Seff to N. & A. Loskutoff for $2,710,000 on 10/17/16; built 1945, 3bd, 3,170 sq.ft.
Source: California REsource
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950 Matadero Avenue, Palo Alto Offered at $3,750,000 Can’t-Miss Opportunity in Barron Park This immense, tree-lined property of 43,262 sq. ft. (per appraiser) forms an alluring blend of urban convenience within a pastoral setting. The property includes an updated 4 bedroom, 3 bath residence of over 2,300 sq. ft. (per county) with an office, a flexible layout, and stylish kitchen and bathroom features. Prime for new construction, these premises offer a potential maximum floor area of approx. 12,800 sq. ft., including a main residence of 6,000 sq. ft. Boasting peace and natural privacy while standing within moments of El Camino Real, Caltrain, and California Avenue, this enticing location also permits you to stroll to Bol Park and Bike Path ®
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437 College Avenue, Palo Alto Offered at $1,988,000 Luxurious Townhome by California Avenue Within strolling distance of exceptional local amenities, this upgraded 4 bedroom, 4 bath townhome of approx. 2,300 sq. ft. (per appraisal) integrates luxury and versatility within a peaceful, convenient community. The flexible layout can easily accommodate any lifestyle, and includes two fireplaces, soaring ceilings, and an interior bathed in natural light. Highlights like private decks, newly remodeled bathrooms, and two posh master suites make this lofty retreat highly desirable. This community is mere steps to Stanford University, Caltrain, and exciting California Avenue, including Michelin-rated dining, and will also allow you to easily reach top-ranking schools like Escondido Elementary (API 927), Jordan Middle (API 934), and Palo Alto High (API 905) ®
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12008 Adobe Creek Lodge Road, Los Altos Hills Rich Living, Alluring Serenity Located along an exclusive cul-de-sac, this regal, gated 6 bedroom estate of 6,480 sq. ft. (per county) includes 6 full and 2 half baths, and exudes peace and privacy on premises of approx. 1.67 acres (per county). Reached by an extensive paver driveway, the mansion 5:/8A01?-2;A> /->3->-31 @4>11ŋ>1<8-/1? -85.>->E -?A991>75@/41: -:0:A91>;A?>;;9?01?53:102;>B1>?-@585@E->.81 ŋ:5?41?-:0/;8A9:1085B5:3?<-/1?A:01>?/;>1@418ADA>5;A?-9.51:/1 C4581@415991:?13>;A:0?;Ŋ1>-41-@10<;;8%@>;88 @;@>-58?81-05:35:@;$-:/4;%-::@;:5;!<1:%<-/1">1?1>B1 =A5/78E.571@;5001:(588- -:01:6;E1-?E-//1??@;<>591;? 8@;??/4;;8? For video tour & more photos, please visit:
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228 Lexington Drive MENLO PARK
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14123 Tracy Court, Los Altos Hills High-Tech Architectural Masterpiece Meticulous attention to detail augments the design of this breathtaking 7 bedroom, 6 bathroom residence of nearly 6,000 sq. ft. (per appraisal) that occupies premises of 1.3 acres (per appraisal). Highly sustainable and state-of-the-art, the smart home includes a reliable, eco-friendly geothermal energy system and versatile spaces like a two-story au pair unit. As functional as it is stylish, this /;:@19<;>->E>1@>1-@1Ŋ;>@81??8E;<1:?@;;A@0;;>85B5:3->1-?45348534@5:3-75@/41: -?<1/@-/A8-><;;8C5@4-:1D/5@5:3C-@1> 21-@A>1 -:0-/A?@;9<8-E?@>A/@A>1:6;E85B5:3C5@45:?@1<?;2"1->?;: >-?@>-01>;">1?1>B1-:0C5@4-//1??@;1D/1<@5;:-8"-8; Alto schools (buyer to verify eligibility). For video tour & more photos, please visit:
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SOLD Offered at $7,850,000 3 Beds + Bonus Room (can be used as bedroom) + Office 4.5 Baths | Home ±4,562 sf | Lot ±3.03 acres
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Your Realtor & You FHFA Raises Maximum Conforming Loan Limits REALTORS® applaud the recent decision of the Federal Housing Finance Agency to raise the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2017. This will be the first increase in the baseline loan limit since 2006. In most of the country the 2017 maximum loan limit for one-unit properties will be $424,100, an increase from $417,000. In high-cost areas like Santa Clara and San Mateo counties and most counties in the Bay Area, the cap will be $636,150, up from the previous loan limit of $625,500. Maximum loan limits for 2017 are up in all but 87 counties or county-equivalents in the U.S., according to the FHFA. The conforming loan limit determines the maximum size of a mortgage that Government Sponsored Enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can buy or guarantee. Non-conforming or jumbo loans typically carry a higher mortgage interest rate than conforming loans, increasing monthly payments and negatively impacting affordability for families to purchase homes. “This is good news for home buyers. For higher-cost places like Silicon Valley, the more that the conforming loan limit is raised, borrowers have better access to affordable long-term, fixed-rate mortgage loans. This increase gives thousands of home buyers the opportunity for homeownership,” said Karen Trolan, president of the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS®.
The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) established the baseline loan limit of $417,000 and requires this limit to be adjusted each year to reflect the changes in the national average home price. However, after a period of declining home prices, HERA made clear that the baseline loan limit could not rise again until the average U.S. home price returned to its pre-decline level. Until this year, the average U.S. home price remained below the level achieved in the third quarter of 2007, so the baseline loan limit had not been increased. According to the FHFA’s third quarter 2016 House Price Index (HPI), average home prices are now above their level in the third quarter of 2007. The expanded-data HPI value for the third quarter of 2016 was roughly 1.7 percent above the value for the third quarter of 2007, so the baseline loan limit will increase by that percentage. REALTORS® have long advocated for making higher conforming loan limits permanent. As a result of efforts by SILVAR, the California Association of REALTORS® and National Association of REALTORS®, cities with high median home prices have benefited from a loan limit above the national conforming loan limit.
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Legal Notices 995 Fictitious Name Statement PULPSTREAM FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 622720 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Pulpstream, located at 21088 Tamarind Ct., Cupertino, CA 95014, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): VENFORCE INC. 21088 Tamarind Ct. Cupertino, CA 95014 Registrant 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 October 24, 2016. (PAW Nov. 11, 18, 25, Dec. 2, 2016) IMMUNOGOBLIN FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 623205 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Immunogoblin, located at 3470 South Court, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): KRISHNA MICHAEL ROSKIN 3470 South Court Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant 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 November 4, 2016. (PAW Nov. 11, 18, 25, Dec. 2, 2016) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 622666 The following person(s) registrant(s) 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): 1.) DMP, 2.) DMP USA c/o POSI 970 W. 190th St., Suite 920 Torrance, CA 90502 FILED IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY ON: 12/07/2011 UNDER FILE NO.: 558790 REGISTRANT’S NAME(S): DIGITAL MEDIA PROFESSIONALS USA INC.
c/o POSI 970 W. 190th St., Suite 920 Torrance, CA 90502 THIS BUSINESS WAS CONDUCTED BY: A Corporation. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on October 21, 2016. (PAW Nov. 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9, 2016) THE WESTIN PALO ALTO THE WESTIN HOTEL - PALO ALTO THE WESTIN HOTEL FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 623341 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: 1.) The Westin Palo Alto, 2.) The Westin Hotel - Palo Alto, 3.) The Westin Hotel, located at 675 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Limited Partnership. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): PAHDV, INC. 400 S. El Camino Real, Suite 200 San Mateo, CA 94402 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 04/22/2000. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on November 9, 2016. (PAW Nov. 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9, 2016) BRADY NEW MEDIA PUBLISHING PALO ALTO PUBLISHING FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 623393 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: 1.) Brady New Media Publishing, 2.) Palo Alto Publishing, located at 3340 St. Michael Dr., Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): HOLLY BRADY 3340 St. Michael Dr. Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 2/15/2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on November 10, 2016. (PAW Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 2016) KARMIC BIKES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 623548 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Karmic Bikes, located at 3843 Louis Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): CHOMPIANS, INC. 3843 Louis Road Palo Alto, CA 94303 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 09/01/2014. This statement was filed with the
County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on November 16, 2016. (PAW Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 2016) RESTAURANT SOLEIL SOLEIL RESTAURANT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 623689 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: 1.) Restaurant Soleil, 2.) Soleil Restaurant, located at 675 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Limited Partnership. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): PAHDV, INC. 400 S. El Camino Real, Suite 200 San Mateo, CA 94402 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 04/22/2000. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on November 21, 2016. (PAW Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2016) GO FISH POKE BAR 2 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 623846 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Go Fish Poke Bar 2, located at 244B Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, CA 94304, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Limited Liability Company. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): GO FISH POKE BAR 2, LLC 1183 S. De Anza Blvd. San Jose, CA 95129 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 10/29/2016. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on November 29, 2016. (PAW Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2016)
997 All Other Legals Title Order No.: 150014345 Trustee Sale No.: 15-00553A Reference No.: 14-01048 APN No.: 160-19-098 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A NOTICE OF DELINQUENT ASSESSMENT DATED 2/21/2014. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/15/2016 at 10:00 AM, A.S.A.P. Collection Services, as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Notice of Delinquent Assessment, recorded on 2/25/2014 as Document No. 22526759 Book n/a Page n/a of Official Records in the Office of the Recorder of Santa Clara County, California, property owned by: Ketan Banjara WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by a State or national bank, a check drawn by a state of federal
credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state.) At: At the Gated North Market Street entrance of the Superior Courthouse at 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA Said sale shall be subject to a 90 day right of redemption period per the requirements of the California Civil Code section 5715(b). All rights, title and interest under said Notice of Delinquent Assessment in the property situated in said County, describing the land therein, under Assessors’ Parcel Number: 16019-098 The street address and other common designation, if any of the real property described above is purported to be: 92 Flynn Ave Apt B Mountain View, CA 94043-3846 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum due under said Notice of Delinquent Assessment, with interest thereon, as provided in said notice, advances, if any, estimated fees, charges, and expenses of the Trustee, to-wit: $23,643.13 Estimated Accrued Interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale The claimant, Middlefield Meadows Homeowners Association under said Notice of Delinquent Assessment heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee,
or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (916) 939-0772 or visit this Internet Web site at www.nationwideposting. com using the file number assigned to this case 15-00553A. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE A DEBT COLLECTOR Date: 11/8/2016 For Sales Information Please Call (916) 939-0772 or go to www.nationwideposting.com A.S.A.P. Collection Services, as Trustee by: Platinum Resolution Services, Inc., as Agent Stephanie Strickland, President NPP0295963 To: PALO ALTO WEEKLY 11/25/2016, 12/02/2016, 12/09/2016 NOTICE TO CREDITOR’S OF BULK SALE AND OF INTENTION TO TRANSFER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE (UCC SEC. 6101 ET SEQ. AND B & P 24073 ET SEQ.) ESCROW # 0126009656-PC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a bulk sale of assets and a transfer of alcoholic beverage license is about to be made. The name(s) and business address(es) of the seller(s) is/are Cheng Guo Restaurant & Drink, Inc. 2464 W. El Camino Real, Suite C, Mountain View, CA 94040 Doing Business as: Veggie Garden All other business name(s) and address (es) used by the seller(s) within the past three years, as stated by the seller(s), is/
are: (if none, so state) NONE The location in California of the chief executive office of the seller is: SAME The name(s) and business address of the buyer(s) is/are: Tian Rui Jia Yu Food & Drink 2464 W. El Camino Real, Suite C, Mountain View, CA 94040 The assets being sold are generally described as: furniture, fixtures, equipment, inventory and liquor license and are located at: 2464 W. El Camino Real, Suite C, Mountain View, CA 94040 The kind of license to be transferred is: 41 On-Sale Beer and Wine Eating Place #533953 Now issued for the premises located at: 2464 W. El Camino Real, Suite C, Mountain View, CA 94040 The anticipated date of the bulk sale / transfer is December 20, 2016 and upon approval by Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control at the office of OLD REPUBLIC TITLE COMPANY located at 1000 Burnett Avenue, Suite 400, Concord, CA 94520 or E-Fax to 925265-9040. The amount of the purchase price or consideration in connection with the transfer of the license and business including estimated inventory is $150,000.00. It has been agreed between the Seller/ Licensee and the intended Buyer/ Transferee, as required by Sec 24703 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: 11/14/2016 Buyer(s): Tian Rui Jia Yu Food & Drink /S/ By: Tian Rui Si 12/2/16 CNS-2950546# PALO ALTO WEEKLY
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A wrestling tournament of their own
FOOTBALL HONORS . . . Stanford had two players named first team in All-Pac-12 Conference selections in Christian McCaffrey and Solomon Thomas. They are among 13 Cardinal players to earn All-Pac-12 football honors, as 11 others were named honorable mention: Joey Alfieri, Jake Bailey, Dallas Lloyd, Bryce Love, Quenton Meeks, Kevin Palma, Harrison Phillips, Justin Reid, Dalton Schultz, Brandon Simmons and Conrad Ukropina. McCaffrey leads the nation with 211.6 all-purpose yards per game and ranks fourth nationally with 145.7 rushing yards. Despite missing six quarters this season, his 1,603 rushing yards are tops in the Pac12 and fourth-most in a single season in school history. His 2,327 all-purpose yards rank second in Stanford history, only bested by his NCAA record of 3,864 last season. Thomas led Stanford and ranked in the top five in the Pac-12 in sacks (7) and tackles for loss (13). A two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 26, Oct. 17), Thomas also led the Cardinal with 36 solo tackles, and tied Lloyd for the team lead with 55 total tackles.
SOCCER HONORS . . . Stanford junior center back Tomas HilliardArce was named one of 15 semifinalists for the 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy it was announced Tuesday. Three from the group of 15 will be named finalists in mid-December following a vote of NCAA Division I coaches. The MAC Hermann Trophy, the most coveted individual honor in NCAA Division I soccer, has been awarded annually since 1967. Last year, two-time Stanford All-American and 2016 Major League Soccer Rookie of the Year Jordan Morris became the first Cardinal men’s player to win the honor.
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Selina Xu (11) and Dea Dressel (12) hope to help Menlo bring home its first ever state volleyball title.
Better prepared for prime time Menlo makes its first trip to the state final in four years by Rick Eymer enlo School senior outside hitter Mia Vandermeer watched her older sister Lida from the stands of the Santiago Canyon College gymnasium in Orange the last team Menlo played for the state Division IV girls volleyball championship.
This year, Lida may very well be in the stands watching Vandermeer try to turn a 2013 nightmare into a 2016 dream ending. Menlo (24-8) and Point Loma (33-6) meet Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Santiago Canyon College in Orange for the state Division IV title. Senior libero Jessica Houghton
M-A ready to stake claim to top Bears returning to state championship match Friday by Rick Eymer irby Knapp has been down this road before and expects the experience of last season will lead to better things this time around. Second-year coach Fletcher Anderson also learned from Menlo-Atherton’s trip to the state girls volleyball championships last year. The Bears (30-5) should have a better trip to Santiago Canyon College, where they meet Edison (35-8) for the Division I championship at 4:30 p.m. Friday night. “These girls are very experienced. They have been here before and not just last year but the year before when they lost in the NorCal final,” Anderson said. “They’re hungry. They really want it and they’ve taken progressive steps every year. I can count on them to do their job.” Knapp has been doing her job through it all, setting for outstanding hitters the past three years. She has all the confidence in the world in her two main hitters Jacqueline DiSanto and Eliza Grover, who have
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combined for 833 of the team’s 1,361 kills. So much confidence, in fact, that she often waits until the last possible moment before deciding where to set it. “It depends on how the defense is setting up,” Knapp said. “I can set forward or backward because I know one of them will be there.” The Bears held their final practices this week. They only have a Friday passaround left before the final competition. This year, that day has been planned out as favorable as it can. “Last year taught us a lesson,” Anderson said. “We messed up the schedule. We had to eat dinner at 5:30 p.m. (for a 7 p.m. match) in the bus, without the driver and in the dark. The whole day was chaotic. We had to do our passaround in a part of a gym where boys were practicing. The girls were distracted.” There will be no distractions this time. The players have already decided. After (continued on page 59)
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lived that nightmare as a freshman on the team. She doesn’t want to feel that way again, especially not with her sister and best friend Sianna Houghton playing along side and sharing in the experience. “It was pretty terrible,” Houghton said. “Not a good feeling at
by Rick Eymer enlo-Atherto High senior Chelsea Wilson is a hero, a role model and an inspiration without ever meaning to be any of those things. As girls wrestling continues to grow, particularly at M-A, she’ll continue to be an important figure. Saturday’s “Bear Bash,” the first girls-only high school wrestling invitational in the area, is part of her legacy. Two years ago, she was MA’s only female wrestler. This year, over 20 young women have dedicated themselves to one of the fastest growing sports in the country. The Bear Bash Wrestling Meet brings together 120 wrestlers from around the state, including places like Ukiah and Upper Lake, for a full day of competition that begins at 9 a.m. in Menlo-Atherton’s main gym. Tickets, available at the day, are $5 for adults, $3 for students. “We saw all these great tournaments filled with coed teams,” M-A coach Phil Hoang said. “It showed the tournaments did not have the capacity and the girls were getting maybe one or two matches. I asked how we could make things better for the new group of girls entering the sport.” The answer was a dedicated girls tournament. After a year of competing alone, Wilson was joined by 15 others, mostly freshmen. MenloAtherton finished fourth in the
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VOLLEYBALL HONORS . . . Stanford outside hitter Kathryn Plummer earned Pac-12 women’s volleyball Freshman of the Year honors as the annual conference awards were announced by Commissioner Larry Scott. Joining Plummer on the All-Pac-12 Conference Team were redshirt senior Inky Ajanaku and redshirt junior Merete Lutz. Freshmen Audriana Fitzmorris and Morgan Hentz both earned all-conference honorable mention accolades. Plummer, Fitzmorris and Hentz also landed on the All-Pac-12 Freshman Team.
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Jacqueline DiSanto leads Menlo-Atherton into its second straight state title match.
A tall order for Gunn’s lone returning starter Soccer tests ahead for Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo-Atherton girls by Glenn Reeves effrey Lee-Heidenreich returns as Gunn’s lone starter off a team that won the SCVAL De Anza Division title last year. He provided plenty of leadership in his debut this season. Gunn will likely have to work a little harder to match last year’s team, which finished 17-3 overall. Lee-Heidenreich works as hard as anyone and that showed in leading the Titans past Pioneer, 77-58, and into Friday’s semifinal of the James Lick Invitational Tournament. Gunn play host James Lick on Friday at 8 p.m. The Comets advanced with a 72-39 win over San Jose. Wilcox (a 60-41 winner over Silver Creek) and Harker (74-38 victors over Andrew Hill) will play in the other semifinal. The championship game will take place Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Lee-Heidenreich, a 6-foot6 senior headed to Princeton, went off for 24 points and 22 rebounds. His points came on 12of-17 shooting. He also had three blocked shots. “It will be interesting this year with seven or eight seniors gone including a two-time MVP (Alex Gill),’’ Gunn coach Brandynn Williams said. “Any Given Sunday. Rotations will be different every game. (Lee-Heidenreich) will be the big focal point for this team.’’ An extremely mobile big man, on numerous occasions LeeHeidenreich grabbed a defensive rebound and then took the ball the length of the court on the dribble for a basket of his own, or to dish off for a teammate’s opportunity. However, at times playing with perhaps a bit too much openingnight exuberance, several of his passes missed their mark and he ended up with 14 turnovers -- for a triple-double he wasn’t aiming for. “We played real hard and put in a good effort,’’ Lee-Heidenreich said. “We played together, and that’s what’s important. There are definitely some things we need to clean up. I need to get better with my ball handling and open up opportunities for everyone else.’’
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Keith Clark (far left) with one of his CCS championship teams. Doug Bohaboy (no hat) is holding the trophy.
His influence continues to be felt Palo Alto’s Clark was more than a tennis coach by Keith Peters a noted folksinger and composer, ince the Central Coast he left his mark on tennis at Palo Section began handing out Alto High where he compiled a team titles in boys tennis 301-73 won-loss record during his beginning in 1972, three schools 33 years at the school. have dominated the decades Among his many accolades, since then. Gunn controlled the Clark was named California and 1970s while Western States winning seven Tennis Coach of crowns a nd the Year and was Menlo School inducted into the won six in the National High 2000s and six School Coaches more since 2010. Hall of Fame. The 1990s, “Keith was however, beone of the most longed to Palo successful and Alto and its beloved high coach, Keith school tenClark. The Vinis coaches in kings won six Northern Calistraight section fornia,” said crowns under Gould. “While Clark, from teach ing at 1991-96. During Keith Clark’s tennis teams at Palo Alto High that stretch, Paly Paly won 86 straight matches. School, h is won a remarkmen’s and womable 86 straight dual matches. en’s teams were consistently near That ranks second to Gunn’s 200 the top of the heap.” straight in CCS history for boys One of Clark’s best players tennis. was Doug Bohaboy, who became “Keith was one of the all-time the school’s first CCS individual great high school coaches,” said champion in 1995 while helping Dick Gould, the John L. Hinds the Vikings win the fifth of their Director of Tennis at Stanford six straight team crowns. who guided the Cardinal men to “He was a huge influence in 17 NCAA team crowns. “How my life, starting at the age of lucky we were in this immediate 8,” said Bohaboy, who lives in area to have the simultaneous ‘ri- New York City and just turned valry’ of Ernie Leydecker’s (and 40. He is married and a father of fellow coach Bob Bow’s) great two daughters. “My mom used Gunn teams and Keith’s outstand- to take me to the neighborhood ing Paly teams! Jordan Middle School to hit balls “Keith always did things the occasionally. Keith often taught ‘right way’, and kept competi- other children at the courts and tion in perfect perspective for he took notice of me and introhis young charges. Not everyone duced himself. He was my first in the athletic world knew of his tennis coach. great interest in children’s folk “Aside from providing me with music and that he was a noted fundamentals of the game (I still composer and guitarist. We have remember those first drills), I lost an unbelievable role model would say the biggest influence and simply -- a great person.” he had was teaching me to love Clark passed away on Oct. 2 at the game. That started me of on the age of 94. While he coached a course that has provided so tennis at Cubberley High and was many memories, relationship and
opportunities to this day through the game.” When Bohaboy reached middle school, Clark suggested that Bohaboy seek out other personal coaches. “But, our relationship remained very close,” said Bohaboy. “In fact, he even taught me to play banjo. That didn’t go nearly as a well as the tennis.” Bohaboy later attended Northwestern University, where he played tennis before playing five years on the pro circuit and earning a singles ranking of No. 250 in the world. His real impact, however, was at Paly under Clark’s tutelage. “Keith absolutely factored in the team and individual success my senior year,” Bohaboy said. “Winning the team CCS title my senior year was certainly the most satisfying of my time on the team. My first three years at Paly the team was so dominant, it (winning) was almost too easy. By my senior year, we had more competition. We actually lost a team match, which had never happened in my first three years (ending’s Paly’s 86-match win streak) and to come through in the finals was an awesome team effort. Keith’s leadership in keeping the team focused and inspired was a major contributing factor to our success. My personal achievement that year was an entire journey, which really started with Keith on the courts at Jordan. Clark is survived by his wife of 74 years, Harriet; four sons -- Keith, Christopher, Robin and Jonathan -- four grandchildren, and one great-grandson. He also leaves behind a legacy unmatched in the 118-year history of Palo Alto High. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 10 at Palo Alto’s First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road, at 1 p.m. Memorials are preferred to Neighbors Abroad of Palo Alto. Q
Girls basketball Count Castilleja freshman Sammy Wong among the early surprises of the basketball season. She’s hit the ground firing and the Gators are the beneficiaries of her penchant for points. Wong scored 24 points, including hitting five 3-pointers, for Castilleja, which recovered from a first-round loss in the Fremont tournament Tuesday to beat the host Firebirds, 44-35, on Wednesday. She netted 19 points in a loss
to Carlmont the previous day. Lone starting senior Cate Alder took care of business in the paint, adding 12 points to go with 13 rebounds, four steals and four blocks for the Gators (1-1), who played a tournament game Thursday. Pinewood opend its season with a convincing 69-11 victory over Cathedral Catholic as part of the La Jolla County Day tournament. Hannah Jump was 6-of-13 from 3-point range and finished with 20 points. Klara Astrom added 10 points and 11 rebounds. In another game, sophomore post Ila Lane scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting in Priory’s 54-51 nonleague loss to visiting Oceana on Wednesday in the official season opener for both teams. Junior guard Tatiana Reese added 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, for the Panthers, who travel to St. Ignatius for a nonleague contest at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Boys soccer Sophomore Kenzo Morabai scored both goals in Palo Alto’s 2-1 victory over visiting Carlmont on Wednesday. Palo Alto beat Milpitas, 9-0, on Tuesday, getting a pair of goals each from Neil Verwillow, Jack Stoksik and Marco Tan. Palo Alto meets Lincoln-San Jose at 11 a.m. Saturday as part of the Homestead Holiday Cup. Girls soccer The Sacred Heart Prep girls soccer team may have lost some talented seniors from last year’s Central Coast Section Division II runner-up team, but it appears there’s plenty left to make another run. Mia Shenk, the Gators leading scorer last year, was one of five different players to score in Wednesday’s season-opening, 7-0, nonleague victory over visiting Hillsdale. Menlo-Atherton, the defending CCS Division I champion, dropped a hard-fought, 1-0, decision to visiting Mitty, which competed in the Open Division last year. It was the Bears’ seasonopener while Mitty improved to 2-0. M-A outshot the Monarchs, though Mitty goaltender Haley Verbeck was up to task, recording eight saves. M-A visits Palo Alto for a 2:30 p.m. nonleague game Saturday. Shenk, a junior, and freshman Isabelle Jordan each scored twice for Sacred Heart Prep. Jordan added a pair of assists, giving the ball to Shenk to make it 1-0 and then helping senior Lindsay Johnson make it 3-0 in the first eight minutes. Q
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Cardinal men’s soccer heads to Louisville Stanford hosts first two rounds of NCAA women’s volleyball
over Clemson last year. Louisville is ranked in the top 30 in eight different team statistical categories. The Cardinals were No. 11 in goals against average (0.65), 15th in total goals (38), 18th in total points (109), 22nd in shutout percentage (0.48), 23rd in total assists (33), 24th in scoring offense (1.81 goals per game), 25th in points per game (5.19), and 28th in shots on goal per game (6.24). In contrast, Stanford’s GAA is 0.65, the team has scored 35 goals, 14 from Foster Langsdorf, 107 points, 34 assists, averages 1.80 goals per game, 5.35 points and 7.25 shots on goal.
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Drew Skundrich is second on the team with four goals and third with 11 points. leads the team with 2.97 kills per set on .282 hitting. Middle blockers Ruth Okoye and Emma Willis are both averaging more than 1.00 block per set and hitting over .350. This marks Stanford’s 36th consecutive NCAA postseason appearance. The Cardinal is one of only two programs in the nation to have appeared in every NCAA Tournament since the NCAA Championship began in 1981 (Penn State is the other). Stanford has won more NCAA Tournament matches (109), made more Final Four appearances (19) and been in the national championship match (14) more times than any other program in the nation. The Cardinal has played 17 matches against the 2016 NCAA field, posting a 10-7 record. Stanford went 8-5 against Pac12 teams in the tournament, and
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Women’s volleyball The ninth-ranked Stanford women’s volleyball team (21-7) begins its quest for a seventh national title this week, hosting the NCAA First and Second Rounds at Maples Pavilion. The tournament’s sixth overall seed, the Cardinal will face Denver (23-8) in the opening round on Friday night. Denver (23-8) is making its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance after securing the Summit League championship. The Pioneers are 30-32 on the road since head coach Tom Hogan first joined the staff in 2012. This season, DU is hiting .266 as a team and averaging 1.43 aces and 2.46 blocks per set. Junior opposite Kayla Principato
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by Rick Eymer he defending national champion Stanford men’s soccer team travels to Louisville for Saturday’s 4 p.m. quarterfinal match as a slight underdog. The fifth-seeded Cardinal (13-3-4) knows all about playing against the odds. Stanford was seeded eighth last year in its run to the NCAA championship, beating higher-seeded teams in its final three games. The fourth-seeded Cardinals (14-5-2) advanced by defeating No. 13 Notre Dame at home last weekend. Louisville, which missed last year’s tournament, finished second in the ACC Atlantic Division and will be playing its third straight at home. The Cardinal is following last year’s scenario, when Stanford played its first two matches at home before taking to the road. Saturday’s match will be just the second meeting all-time between Louisville and Stanford, but it will mark the second straight season the Cardinal have visited Lynn Stadium. In 2015, Stanford earned a 1-0 win over Louisville in an early season matchup. Louisville is playing in its fourth quarterfinal. The Cardinals advanced further once, reaching the championship game as the top seed in 2010. The Cardinal reached the Final Four four times, winning its firstever NCAA title with a 4-0 win
Merete Lutz and Jenna Gray (right) hope to have something to smile about after the first two rounds of the NCAA volleyball tournament. picked up non-conference wins over No. 2 seed Minnesota and No. 16 seed Penn State. Stanford leads the country with
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3.35 blocks per set, thanks in large part to its middle blockers Inky Ajanaku and Audriana Fitzmorris. Ajanaku (1.51 bps) is second in the Pac-12 and eighth in the nation, while Fitzmorris (1.42) is third in the conference and 17th in the country. Men’s basketball Senior Grant Verhoeven scored 12 points and sophomore Robert Cartwright added 10 for the Stanford men’s basketball team in a 66-51 loss to visiting No. 12 St. Mary’s in a nonconference contest Wednesday night. After Stanford pulled within 48-45 on two free throws by Cartwright, the Gaels hit consecutive 3-pointers and Saint Mary’s went on a 16-3 run. The Cardinal (6-2) is off to its best start in five seasons. The Cardinal began 10-1 in 2011-12. The Gaels needed a strong start after the break to keep its impressive early record unblemished. The teams finished even on rebounds with 29 apiece, but Stanford went 3 for 12 from beyond the arc and shot 38.2 percent for the game to 55.1 percent by Saint Mary’s. Stanford travels to No. 4 Kansas on Saturday, as the Cardinal faces the Jayhawks in Lawrence at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN. Q
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all, for about a half dozen seniors, this it. The seniors will be missed next year, perhaps none more than Knapp, who will be attending Washington University in St. Louis, a Division III volleyball powerhouse. The Bears reached the national championship match this season and return all but two players from that squad. Washington owns 10 NCAA Division III titles. “The younger players have been looking up to them the past couple of years,” Anderson said. “Especially the middles who love Kirby as setter.” Sophomore Alicia Letvin has a .348 hitting percentage on 98 kills and freshman Marit Hoyem owns a .355 hitting percentage on 121 kills. Junior Lauren Heller and senior Kiana Sales have 138 and 133 kills, respectively. Anderson, the first coach to qualify for the state finals in each of his first two years, gave the 5-foot-5 Michigan-bound DiSanto the chance to become an outside hitter after watching her play as a libero with a club team before he took over as MA’s coach. “I just liked the way she played,” Anderson said. “She went all out and was willing to sacrifice her body. She was all over the court, controlling the court.” Michigan recruited her as a libero/defensive specialist, but she’s turned herself into an outside more than once. “Every game, every practice, she always improves,” Anderson said. “There’s nothing she can’t do. She rises to the occasion and loves challenges.” Q
here that not every team has every year at all,” Houghton said. One example is that Vandermeer and Houghton, co-captains, don’t see themselves as leaders so much but as part of a leadership group that involves everyone. “We’re lucky that we’re all friends and we like to be together,” Vandermeer said. “That’s why it works. We’re all learning together.” Jessica is two years older than sister Sianna, who also plays in the front row at times. They’ve been mistaken for twins. “We’ve always had the same mindset,” Houghton said. “We’re very close and at least three times a day we’re saying the same thing at the same time.” They also play the same position, libero, though Sianna has adjusted quite well in the back row along with the occasional front row rotation. “As a freshman I don’t think I really knew what was happening,” Houghton said. “I didn’t realize what a big deal it was reaching state. I just thought it was another game. Losing that game, though, has made me want it even more this year.” Q
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all. But it was a valuable lesson. You cannot lose your focus for one second.” Menlo won the first set and was ahead 24-18 in the second when Francis Parker rallied to tie the match and eventually win, 30-28, en route to a four-set victory. The Knights have yet to win a state title in their five previous volleyball trips to the championship game. The 2013 team came closest. “That year we thought we could make it,” Houghton said. “That was a big, powerful, athletic team. This year it was more like something to look forward to but not really think about.” Vandermeer agreed. “At the beginning of the year we had a meeting to establish our goals,” she said. “You think about state but don’t really look at it. To be here now, it’s amazing.” Menlo did set winning the NorCal title as a goal, which meant a trip to the state. Watching her older sister was motivation in itself. “I looked up to them and
how they played at such a level,”Vandermeer said. “It was what we wanted to achieve.” The Knights had to adjust to a new coach and having defending state champion Notre DameBelmont in the West Bay Athletic League. Menlo may be the only team to have played two defending state champions and another that reached the championship game this season. The Tigers played in the West Catholic Athletic League last year, with Mitty. “It’s pretty inspiring and really fun to have played amazing teams,” Houghton said. “It helped really push us and made us realize how hard we had to work.” Under first-year coach Marco Paglialunga, a former member of the Italian national team coaching staff, the Knights have begun to realize their potential. “It was like a fresh pair of eyes,” Vandermeer said. “He saw our potential and what we needed to work on. He has a different coaching style that is intense, supportive and passionate.” It also helps that the team is responsible, receptive and cooperative. “There’s something something
M-a’s Chelsea Wilson controls her opponent from the top.
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Central Coast Section and 11th in state as a first-year program. Wilson won the CCS title in her division and placed third in the state meet. She compiled an overall 24-2 record. “She’s an anomaly,” Hoang said. “She’s very talented, yet humble, timid and quiet. She never sees herself as the best. She just wants to improve. She’s the least aggressor I know. There’s no rage when she gets on the mat. She just likes to dominate.” The Bears had two other PAL champions and state qualifiers in Folashade Akinola and Abby Erickson. Both are now sophomores. Akinola won her division of the
CCS and placed seventh in state in compiling a 25-8 record. Erickson was third in the CCS and went 1-2 at the state meet. Sophomores Lauren McDonnell, the team captain, Angie Bautista, Evelyn Calhoun, Paola Ramirez, Lauren Fuller and others return with a year of experience and are big reasons why Menlo-Atherton is ranked first in the CCS by The California Wrestler. “It’s a chance to get a ton of matches in and show we’ll be a challenge,” said McDonnell, who originally intended to play soccer at M-A. “I watched a demo of what wrestling is like and thought it could be cool,” McDonnell said. “Now I don’t want to go back to soccer.” Q
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for the 38th Annual
Tall Tree Awards Nominations are due Friday, January 20, 2017
Kirby Knapp M-A VOLLEYBALL The senior setter recorded 35 and 41 assists in helping the Bears earn their second straight trip to the state Division I championships match. Knapp has also been instrumental as a team leader.
Tate Tussing, Marquise Reid M-A FOOTBALL The senior wide receiversdefensive backs have helped the Bears record two consecutive shutouts en route to the CCS Division I championship. In addition, they are part of a potent offense.
Honorable mention Eliza Crowder Menlo cross country
Jacqueline DiSanto* Menlo-Atherton volleyball
Eliza Grover* Menlo-Atherton volleyball
Natalie Novitsky* Sacred Heart cross country
Mia Vandermeer Menlo volleyball
Selina Xu Menlo volleyball
Jonas Enders Gunn cross country
Aidan Israelski Menlo football
Aajon Johnson* Menlo-Atherton football
Jordan Mims* Menlo-Atherton football
in the following categories:
Outstanding Business Outstanding Nonproﬁt Outstanding Citizen Volunteer Outstanding Professional Business Person The Nomination Form is available at www.paloaltochamber.com
SAVE THE DATE Tall Tree Awards May 16, 2017 sponsored by
Palo Alto cross country
Henry Saul Palo Alto cross country * Previous winners
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