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Vol. XXXVIII, Number 12


December 23, 2016


Our Neighborhoods

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Palo Alto’s year in pictures Page 14

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Movies 12 Eating Out 16 Puzzles 24 Q News Midtown Shopping Center parcel is sold

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Midtown Shopping Center parcel sold for $15.26M New investor takes over from original owners, who held land for 60 years by Sue Dremann


portion of a shopping center that has long been the centerpiece of Palo Alto’s Midtown neighborhood has been sold to a private investor. The 18,555-square-foot center at 2615-2699 Middlefield Road was built by the Haley family, which has owned it since 1956.

But family members are aging and decided it was time to sell, Michael Haley said this week. The family took great pride over the years in maintaining the center, which has served the neighborhood through small, mostly mom-and-pop stores, he said. Current tenants include Palo Alto

Cafe, Baskin-Robbins, School of Rock, The UPS Store, Core Studio, Classy Salon, Monica Foster Salon, Jen Bradford Hair, among others. The property includes two buildings and sits in between the Walgreens and CVS, which are also regarded as part of the Midtown Shopping Center. The family received many offers from developers who wanted to raze and redevelop the land, Haley confirmed. The family

sold it for $15.26 million — or $822 per square foot — “well above the listing price,” said Marcus & Millichap associate David Cutler, who also represented the family in the sale. Though the property transfer was completed in October, Cutler said, the company made the announcement this week. Haley said he hoped the new owner would retain the stores. That owner is identified by the deed filed with the Santa Clara

County Clerk Recorder’s office as Telly Chang, a broker-investor, E & R Investment Properties, LLC and CWKT, LLC. Chang is listed as the manager of CWKT, according to the California Secretary of State corporation registry. Chang can do what he wants with the property; there are no deed restrictions, Haley said. Though residents and shop owners have expressed fears the (continued on page 10)


Swimmers frown at outsourcing plan for Rinconada Contract with Team Sheeper calls for more classes, sharing of lanes by Gennady Sheyner

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A nod from St. Nick Jolie Vincent, 7, talks with Santa about what she wants for Christmas, joined by older sister Maya Vincent, right, after the sisters had their photo taken with Ol’ Saint Nick at Stanford Shopping Center on Dec. 14.


The play’s the thing TheatreWorks encourages playful learning, creativity, in kids and teachers by Karla Kane


ll the world’s a stage,” according to the king of theater, William Shakespeare. TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has taken that concept to heart by fostering theater skills and creative thinking throughout the community, offstage as well as on, in sometimes unexpected ways (during a kindergarten lesson on goldfish anatomy, for instance). This is the TheatreWorks that audiences don’t see: the wide range of programs for youth and kids, often available at little or no cost to the schools and organizations involved. This past year, thanks in part to

the $7,500 grant it received from the Holiday Fund, TheatreWorks was able to develop a new Playing with Science curriculum for elementary school students as part of its Concepts at Play program. Concepts at Play brings TheatreWorks teaching artists into local schools (including, in Palo Alto to Barron Park, Duveneck, El Carmelo, Escondido, Greendell, Juana Briones, Nixon, Palo Verde and Walter Hays elementary schools) for 10day residencies. Students, teachers and teaching artists work together on building collaborative skills, engaging their creativity and exploring core subjects in physically active

— in other words, playful — ways. Children, especially young children, learn best through play, so Concepts at Play features a variety of games to boost both fun and learning, according to TheatreWorks staff. “I think what holds true in most cities is also true in Palo Alto: Each student is a unique learner,” TheatreWorks Director of Education Amy Cole-Farrell told the Weekly. “Concepts at Play allows students to learn core concepts in science, math and language arts in a kinesthetic and fun way, tapping into self-expression and esteem.” Jen Tai, a kindergarten teacher (continued on page 9)

avid Levinson has been swimming at Rinconada Park for 40 years, and he credits the Palo Alto pool for keeping him “healthy and fit.” Levinson, 66, also credits the coaching he has received in the U.S. Master’s Swimming program for improving his stroke technique and conditioning and for ultimately propelling him to national swimming titles. But like dozens of other swimmers at the popular Palo Alto pool, Levinson has grown concerned in recent weeks over the city’s proposal to significantly expand the number of lessons being offered at the pool and to outsource these lessons to a private company, Team Sheeper. The new arrangement would increase the number of swimming lessons for youth sixfold, from 5,500 to 32,000, partly through better use of the pool during low-demand hours and partly by requiring more sharing of lanes. Community Services Department staff lauded the proposal as a sensible solution for a program that has seen surging demand and significant staffing challenges. In each of the last two summers, staffing shortages prompted the city to sign emergency short-term contracts with Team Sheeper, which also manages the swimming programs at Burgess Pool in Menlo Park, just to meet the city’s commitments. Jazmin LeBlanc, senior manager of strategy and operations in the Community Services Department, told the Parks and Recreation Commission last

month that employee shortages at Rinconada have “gotten to emergency levels in some cases.” In addition, she said, demand for swimming services continues to grow. Fifty percent of the youth swim lessons that the department offers are full or have waitlists. And in a survey, 70 percent of those who participated indicated that they would enroll in swim lessons if they were offered in the spring or fall. Staff acknowledges that under the new model both pools at Rinconada would be used more. Team Sheeper’s philosophy, LeBlanc wrote in a report, is “one of maximizing usage” (while keeping a delicate balance to avoid crowding the pool). “As an example,” the report stated, “during midday weekday hours, when demand for lap lanes may be low, Team Sheeper may use some lanes for lap swim and offer some lanes for lessons or aqua-aerobics.” The one-year $128,000 contract, which the City Council is scheduled to consider next month, is creating ripples of discontent among Rinconada’s existing swimmers, however — particularly those who frequent the pool during the busy morning hours. Under the existing schedule, lap swimmers have exclusive use of all 14 lanes on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings while those in the Master’s program have a similar arrangement on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Levinson was one of dozens of swimmers who attended the Nov. (continued on page 11) • Palo Alto Weekly • December 23, 2016 • Page 5

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BRUTAL RECEPTION ... Love it or hate it, the Brutalist six-story building at 2600 El Camino Real is unlike any other in Palo Alto, a city better known for Birge Clark’s red-tile roofs and Joseph Eichler’s glass walls. Now, plans are afoot to demolish the concrete giant between California Avenue and Page Mill Road and to construct a shorter and glassier building of equal square footage. Last week, however, the redevelopment plan from Sand Hill Property Company ran into an obstacle when the Architectural Review Board expressed serious concerns about the project, particularly the design of its above-ground garage (the building would also have underground parking). Board members Kyu Kim and Chair Robert Gooyer were both underwhelmed by the circulation plan and questioned whether it would be safe for drivers and pedestrians. Gooyer suggested that the driving aisles in the lot are too tight. “Not everyone is Mario Andretti when they’re driving around,” he said. His colleagues Wynne Furth and Peter Baltay had deeper concerns about the project. Furth wondered if the proposed balconies in the new commercial building would violate the privacy of the residents in the new affordablehousing building that is being built next door by Stanford University. Baltay argued that the building is too “sculptural” and that it doesn’t fit in with the character of El Camino Real. “It’s calling attention to itself in a way that I find uncomfortable.” The board voted 4-1, with Baltay dissenting, to continue the discussion to a future date.

UNITED WE STAND ... “Each person is naturally and legally entitled to live a life unmolested by harassment, discrimination, persecution, or assault, whether perpetrated by individuals, groups, businesses, or government,” states a resolution that the Palo Alto City Council unanimously approved on Dec. 12, in its final meeting of the year. By voting for the resolution, members reaffirmed the city’s commitment to “reject bigotry in all its forms” and to “promote actual safety, a sense of security, and equal protection of constitutional and human rights.” The motion was spurred by a memo from four council members: Mayor Pat Burt, Karen Holman, Liz Kniss and Cory Wolbach,

who pointed at the community’s anxieties about national and regional incidents of hate crimes and discrimination. The council agreed that the resolution strikes the right chord. They also agreed that it doesn’t go far enough. During the discussion, Burt suggested referring the memo to the Human Relations Commission, which can then consider ways to actually implement some of its ideas. One of the things that will likely be explored is designating Palo Alto as a “sanctuary city,” a term that connotes protection of undocumented immigrants and non-cooperation with federal immigration-enforcement authorities. Kniss said that the city is “in spirit” a sanctuary city and recommended exploring becoming one in practice. “It’s very important because there’s nothing that is as frightening to someone who is not a citizen as needing medical care, or needing food or education for their kids because they’re constantly afraid someone will expose them,” Kniss said. Wolbach, who took the lead on drafting the resolution, also indicated that he would like the council to go beyond the resolution and explore new policies to support it. THE TAX TEAM ... Everyone agrees that solving Palo Alto’s worsening traffic problems won’t be easy or cheap. To pay for the solutions, the council is looking to create a business tax. This month, the city began soliciting membership for the new 16-member task force that will help put the tax measure together. While it remains to be seen who exactly is appointed to the new group, the council was very clear about the types of members they want to see on the new Transportation Funding Stakeholder Advisory Committee. It will include representatives from Stanford Research Park’s transportation-demand management group, the Palo Alto Transportation Management Association, Stanford Healthcare, Stanford Shopping Center and the Palo Alto Unified School District. The committee will also include a commercial property owner, business owners, a transit advocate, a bike advocate, an affordablehousing advocate, a member of a local nonprofit, three residents, and two non-voting “ex officio” members: a planning commissioner and a member from East Palo Alto.Q


Court rejects approval of Buena Vista closure Mobile home park’s relocation package based on inadequate information, judge rules by Sue Dremann


he Palo Alto City Council abdicated its duty when it approved in May 2015 relocation payments for Buena Vista Mobile Home Park residents, a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge ruled on Wednesday. The decision by Judge Brian Walsh found the city did not have sufficient evidence to support its finding that the relocation assistance offered by the park’s owners is adequate to prevent adverse effects on the park’s 400 residents. The 19-page judgment effectively stops the clock on any evictions from the property — a stinging setback for the owners, the Jisser family, who have been trying to close the park since November 2012. “As is readily apparent, the evidence upon which the relocation assistance is to be based, i.e., the updated appraisals and market survey, does not even exist. Thus, the City Council approved the closure of the park relying on the mitigation measures that are based on appraisals that have not been conducted, a market survey that has not been performed,

actual moving costs that are unknown, and assistance for disabled and handicapped residents that is unspecified,” Walsh wrote. The Jissers originally agreed to pay relocation costs for residents to move within 35 miles of the park, an estimated cost of $4,870 and $5,250 per household; a rent subsidy of $3,500 to $5,300 per household; and the costs of moving personal property and a two-night hotel stay, among other reimbursements. Residents who could not move their mobile homes would be paid the fair-market appraised value of their homes, estimated at between $5,500 and $45,000, along with other costs. Partial rent subsidies ranged from $3,300 to $30,600, depending on if the residents moved to another mobile home in another park or into an apartment. But during a May 2014 hearing in front of the city’s hearing officer, Craig Labadie, to determine if the plan was adequate, the Jissers’ relocation consultant David Richman stated that on average the proposed package was not enough for residents to purchase new mobile homes

within 35 miles of the park without additional financing in the range of $20,000 to $50,000 per household. He also stated that residents moving to an apartment would not find one in the Bay Area for the same amount of rent they paid to live in the park, the court noted. The Jissers then presented an amended plan during the hearing. They stated that because the appraisals were old and only a partial rent subsidy was being offered, they would have their appraisers perform a new evaluation six months prior to relocating any resident, among other concessions. Labadie approved the park closure with those concessions. The Buena Vista residents appealed Labadie’s decision to the council, but the council approved his determination with modifications: The updated appraisals for each home were to be completed no more than six months before the expiration of the notice of tenancy termination; the updated appraisals would be prepared according to the 2013 methods used by the appraiser; and an independent appraiser would


State commission clears Brock Turner judge of misconduct State body finds no evidence of judicial bias by Aaron Persky by Elena Kadvany


mbattled Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who was widely criticized for his sentencing of former Stanford University student Brock Turner, was cleared of judicial misconduct on Dec. 19 by the California Commission on Judicial Performance. The commission determined that Persky did not abuse his authority nor exhibit bias in sentencing Turner in June to six months in jail, nor in other cases that have been cited by the national campaign to recall the judge. The ruling rejects criticisms that Persky was biased in Turner’s favor because of his race, socioeconomic status and affiliation as a Stanford athlete (Persky is a Stanford graduate and former lacrosse player). Persky’s sentence for Turner, who had been convicted by a jury of three felony sexual-assault charges, was lawful and consistent with the probation department’s recommendation, the commission’s ruling states. Persky’s lawyer, Kathleen Ewins, said in a statement, “It is clear that the commission carefully examined the facts and factors Judge Persky

considered in sentencing Brock Turner before concluding he engaged in no ethical wrongdoing.” “Rather, the commission recognized that he made a reasoned, but unpopular, decision,” she said. After the sentencing, national women’s advocacy organization Ultra Violet delivered a petition with close to 1 million signatures to the judicial commission, calling for Persky’s removal. “Many complainants asked the commission to ensure that the sentencing in this case matches both the crime and the jury’s verdict and to be sure that justice is done,” the ruling states. “The commission is not a reviewing court — it has no power to reverse judicial decisions or to direct any court to do so — irrespective of whether the commission agrees or disagrees with a judge’s decision. “It is not the role of the commission to discipline judges for judicial decisions unless bad faith, bias, abuse of authority, disregard for fundamental rights, intentional disregard of the law, or any purpose other than the faithful discharge of judicial duty is established by clear

and convincing evidence,” the ruling states, concluding that this was not the case with Persky. Stanford law professor Michele Dauber, chair of the Recall Persky effort, said in a statement that the campaign “strongly” disagrees with the commission’s ruling, maintaining that Perksy “has in fact demonstrated a clear pattern of bias in cases of sex crimes and violence against women.” “This report simply highlights what we have been saying from the beginning, which is that a petition for judicial discipline was not the correct venue to address these concerns, and the recall is the only realistic way to remove Judge Persky from office,” Dauber said. Dauber also contends the commission’s ruling is based in part on some “serious factual errors” related to other cases Persky presided over, including that he followed the probation report’s recommendation for sentencing in “some cases in which there was no full probation report,” she said. The ruling addresses Persky’s role in four other cases, rejecting the allegation that he does not take violence against women seriously

review the new packages to ensure they are adequate and reasonable. The residents filed the lawsuit against the city in August 2015. On Wednesday, Walsh issued a stinging rebuke to the city, saying it did not have evidence for setting the amount of relocation assistance and that the measures were adequate and would not negatively affect the residents. “In fact, the City Council abdicated its duty to make such a determination by delegating its purview to the hearing officer (Labadie) and Richman to make determinations at some future point in time,” the judge noted. The city did not show that these updated costs were reasonable and appropriately reflected the Palo Alto location of the assessed units and market conditions, the judge noted. The city and the Jissers’ attorneys had argued that council members only needed to know the “categories” of relocation assistance when they approved the plan — a notion the judge firmly rejected. Further, the city’s mobile-home conversion ordinance specifies a “lump sum” for relocation, which requires the city to know and make a determination based on an amount, Walsh ruled. Nadia Aziz, senior attorney with the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, which represents the Buena Vista residents, said she is “extremely pleased” with the court’s ruling. “The residents have been given hope this holiday season that their park will be saved, especially with the Housing Authority’s decision

yesterday,” she said, referring to the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara’s board of directors vote on Dec. 20 to negotiate with the Jissers for purchase of the mobile-home park. If the Jissers agree, the Housing Authority would buy the park using county and city funds — as much as $29 million. The county authority would own the park, and a separate nonprofit would improve and operate the site. Palo Alto City Attorney Molly Stump said her department would consult with the City Council in January regarding an appeal of Walsh’s ruling. She said the judge’s ruling was narrow; he wanted to see a specific, fully updated compensation package, she noted. “He basically said, ‘Go back and do the math,’” Stump said. If the city doesn’t file an appeal, the council would have to go through the process of approving the plan again, she said. Although the council approved $14.5 million toward purchasing the park and has expressed support for the Housing Authority purchase, “The city’s interest is in providing a fair process and outcome for everyone,” she said. The Jissers, as real parties of interest in the case, also have the right to appeal the judge’s ruling, Stump added. The Jissers’ attorney, Margaret Nanda, could not immediately be reached for comment. Q Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

and that he showed bias in favor of defendants who are white, privileged or college athletes. The commission points to other judges who have been disciplined for misconduct as being in “stark contrast” to Persky, including a judge who referred to a rape victim as a “horse’s ass.” The commission also ruled that Persky was not required to disclose his Stanford affiliation nor recuse himself from the Turner case, stating that he has had “minimal ties” to the university since graduating in 1985. Stanford also was not a party nor counsel in the case, “making his association with his alma mater

commission calling for an investigation into Persky’s conduct.) The ruling ends with a quote from the California Code of Judicial Ethics: “An independent, impartial, and honorable judiciary is indispensable to justice in our society. “An independent judge is one who is able to rule as he or she determines appropriate, without fear of jeopardy or punishment,” it continues. “So long as the judge makes rulings in good faith, and in an effort to follow the law as the judge understands it, the usual safeguard against error or overreaching lies in the adversary system and appellate review.”

‘The commission recognized that he made a reasoned, but unpopular, decision.’ —Kathleen Ewins, Aaron Persky’s lawyer even more attenuated as a ground for recusal,” the commission notes. The 11-member body, which is made up of two lawyers, three judicial officers and six members of the public, unanimously voted to close, without discipline, its preliminary investigation of complaints filed against Persky. Commission members Erica R. Yew of the Santa Clara County Superior Court and public-member Richard Simpson, a recently retired special assistant to the state Assembly speaker, recused themselves. (Simpson told the Weekly that he recused himself as a recent employee of legislators who filed a complaint with the

In August, Persky stepped back from hearing criminal cases and moved from the Palo Alto courthouse, where he presided over the Turner case to San Jose. He also launched his own “Retain Judge Persky” campaign. The next month, Turner was released after serving half his sentence in county jail in San Jose due to credit for good behavior. Dauber said the recall effort has raised enough money to collect signatures to place a recall on the November 2017 ballot.Q Staff Writer Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@ • Palo Alto Weekly • December 23, 2016 • Page 7

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ach year the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund raises money to support programs serving families and children in the Palo Alto area. Since the Weekly and the Silicon Valley

Community Foundation cover all the administrative costs, every dollar raised goes directly to support community programs through grants to non-profit organizations. And with the generous support of matching grants from local foundations, including the Packard, Hewlett, Arrillaga & Peery foundations, your tax-deductible gift will be doubled in size. A donation of $100 turns into $200 with the foundation

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Thank you donors 20 Anonymous .................... $5,714 New Donors Betsy & George Bechtel .......... $100 The Gallo Family ....................... 500 Vic & Mary Ojakian ................... 200 Janice Bohman ......................... 250 Richard & Karen Olson.............. 200 The Dawes Family ..................... 250 Richard Zuanich .......................... 75 Cynthia Costell ......................... 100 Bonnie Packer and Robert Raymakers ........... 100 Mitchell Rosen ............................ 50 David Wynn.................................. * Eric & Anne Kastner............... 2,500 Star Teachout ........................... 100 Joan & Robert Jack ................... 300 Mehdi Alhassani ....................... 150 Weil Family .............................. 250 Annette Glanckopf ....................... * Marion Lewenstein ................ 2,000 Jennifer DiBrienza ....................... 50 Barry Goldblatt ............................. * Maria Basch.................................. * Nancy McGaraghan.................. 500 Carol Kersten............................ 300 Eileen Brennan ............................. * Jeffrey Ericson............................. 36 Mindy Williams Hollar............... 150 Cassius McEwen ....................... 200 The Braff Family ........................ 500 The Epstein Family .................... 200 Chris Kenrick ......................... 1,000 The Stauffer Family ................... 500 Nancy Steege ........................... 100 Nina & Norman Kulgein............ 250 Constance Crawford .................... * Bjorn Liencres ........................ 1,000 Patti Yanklowitz & Mark Krasnow.................... 150 Jacquie Rush............................. 100 Joyce & Gerry Barker ................ 200 Don & Dee Price ........................... * John & Mary Schaefer .............. 100 Micki & Bob Cardelli ..................... * Shirley Ely ................................. 500 David & Diane Feldman ......... 1,000 Sallie & Jay Whaley ....................... * Veronica Tincher ....................... 125 Al & Joanne Russell................... 300 Lijun & Jia-Ning Xiang............... 200 Margaret & Les Fisher ............... 100 Karen & Steve Ross ....................... * Gordon Chamberlain................ 250 Norman & Nancy Rossen .......... 200 Mr. & Mrs. Robert Loarie .............. * Fred & Deborah Kurland ........... 200 In Memory Of Ando & Barbara MacDonell ...... 250 Aaron O’Neill ................................ * Katharine Rogers King .................. * Emmett Lorey ............................... * Becky Schaefer ............................. * Ernest J. Moore ........................ 200 Jim Byrnes ................................ 100 Betty Meltzer ................................ * Organizations Carl King/Mayfield Mortgage ....... *

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As of Dec. 16, 2016, 236 donors have donated $90,390; with match $180,780 has been raised for the Holiday Fund

From left, TheatreWorks actors Caitlyn Louchard, Brandon Leland and Davied Morales perform at Nixon Elementary School on Feb. 29.

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at Duveneck Elementary School, has been utilizing Concepts at Play in her classroom for years. “It is a different way of learning and teaching, but I love it,” she said. As part of its science curriculum, her class observes goldfish and guppies, comparing and contrasting their structures. With a game called “Build and Break,” the students take turns coming to the middle of the room and acting as a part of the fish with their bodies and announcing which part they’re portraying. “I am the fin of the fish,” one might say, while the next may add on by saying, “I am the gills of the fish.” Once that fish is “built,” the group then “breaks” so others can take a turn. The games, Tai said, involve aspects of “voice, body and imagination,” which the TheatreWorks teaching artists call three tools in an actor’s toolbox. “Many of the games incorporate focus skills. We also work on eye contact, a big social skill that can be hard for this age group,” Tai explained. Another example, which also fosters teamwork and concentration, is “Pass the Clap,” in which the class forms a circle, then must take turns leading, getting the person next to them to clap in unison with them, without using words. Tai said she’s seen the impact the games have on learning. When she began incorporating spelling words into the games, for example, she saw a huge spike in her students recognizing those words and spelling them correctly later on. The Holiday Fund grant also helps support TheatreWorks’ many other projects. In-school performances of the “Oskar” series, for example, help elementary school students explore tough issues, such as gender identity and bullying, in entertaining, humorous ways. At Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, TheatreWorks teaching artists work with patients and their families as part of the Children’s Healing Project, offering creative workshops

and imagination games throughout the hospital’s units. This year, it was able to expand its program for patients in the eating-disorders unit at the Children’s Hospital’s branch at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View and create a new “Oskar” touring assembly. Aspiring playwrights at Palo Alto and Gunn high schools (among others) have benefited from the mentoring of established writers, who help develop the students’ ideas and bring them to life with the Young Playwright’s Project. TheatreWorks also offers twoweek Young Storytellers Labs; student matinees with accompanying study guides and workshops; summer and vacation camps; and a professional-development institute for teachers on how to integrate arts into their core curricula. Before incorporating the Concepts at Play games into her classes, Tai underwent training, observing TheatreWorks teaching artists at summer camps and then learning their techniques. In her 15 years as a teacher in the Palo Alto district, she said, it’s the best training she’s ever received. One of Tai’s favorite Concepts at Play programs is Playing with Poetry, which she will do with her current class in March. In this program, a TheatreWorks teaching artist comes into the classroom for an hour a day for two weeks, during which the class is divided into groups, with each learning — through games — a part of a poem they choose together (a previous favorite in Tai’s class was Sandra Boynton’s “Barnyard Dance”). At the end of the two weeks, the class recites and acts out its poem for an audience of parents, teachers and peers. “Every year I worry my kids won’t memorize the poem in time,” Tai admitted, but “the whole-body movements and the games keep the kids engaged. They always perform and amaze me,” she said. Q More information about the Holiday Fund, including how to donate and the agencies it supported this year, can be found on page 8. Arts & Entertainment Editor Karla Kane can be emailed at

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Woman dies after thrown from horse A Santa Clara woman out for a horseback ride with two friends in Palo Alto died on Dec. 17 after her horse threw her, Palo Alto police said. (Posted Dec.21, 2:55 p.m.)

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We are seeking pet therapy teams (handler and dog) to visit patients at the bedside, families in waiting areas and lowering stress levels among staff. If you feel your dog can demonstrate how to follow basic obedience commands, has the desire and aptitude to be around strangers and other animals, is comfortable in new environments and would pass a veterinarian health screening, your dog may be eligible to volunteer in many capacities. Adults are required to meet volunteer guidelines. Stanford Health Care, in conjunction with Pet Partners is holding a free information session (about one hour) on Saturday, January 7th, 2017 at 3:00 pm in Palo Alto. No pets please – humans only. RSVP required to attend this session Email Lyn Belingheri at Location details will be sent to you via email. For more information Visit the Stanford PAWS website at forPatients/patientServices/ pawsGuestServices.html

center will be razed, Keyvan Alikermanshahi, owner of Palo Alto Cafe, said the new owner confirmed he does not have plans to redevelop the site. “We were worried four months ago when the building was up for sale,” Alikermanshahi said. Those concerns were also stoked by Marcus & Millichap’s announcement this week, which said the center has potential for redevelopment. Its “neighborhood commercial” zoning designation allows for a mixed-use redevelopment that could include 26 multi-family residential units and a commercial space of at least 18,500 square feet, the company said. “Located within a prime infill area, the center is currently underutilized but will provide a stable income stream while new ownership pursues redevelopment approvals,” said Kirk Trammell, senior vice president investments for Marcus & Millichap’s Palo Alto office. Only one 950-square-foot space in the two buildings is vacant. It is advertised for lease on the website LoopNet at $4 per square foot. The center also has a vacant parcel that is currently used as a community garden. The Midtown shopping district encompasses retailers on both sides of Middlefield between Moreno Avenue to the north and south of Colorado Avenue. Walgreens, CVS and Safeway are the anchors of the district. According to public records, the various parcels have five different owners (not including Chang). Some small business owners and shop patrons said they would be opposed to the construction of homes on the retail site. Midtown Residents Association Chairwoman Sheri Furman said she doesn’t think housing would be a good fit, since the land isn’t close to employment centers and some residents are concerned about additional traffic and parking spilling over onto their streets. “The idea of neighborhood centers in the city’s Comprehensive Plan is that it has neighborhoodserving retail,” she said. Joyce Schmid also said the Midtown center should continue to serve the neighborhood. Adding housing or offices “would bring too much traffic.” When she and her husband, City Councilman Greg Schmid, moved to the neighborhood in 1973 they enjoyed shopping at Bergmann’s department store. Since then, the center’s mix of stores has improved, she said. Her family has come to BaskinRobbins for decades. “When our son was in Little League, every time he hit a home run, we would take him to BaskinRobbins to celebrate,” she said. Q Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@


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16 meeting of the parks commission to voice concern about the proposed change. “You might imagine that it came as a great shock to me when I found out that, seemingly out of the blue and without consulting any of us swimmers, the city is proposing to degrade both the Rinconada Masters program and the lap-swimming program by going from the present system, which nearly every swimmer in both groups is happy with, to a poorly thought-out hybrid system that we don’t need or want,” Levinson said. Anne Harrington, a lap swimmer at Rinconada, raised another concern about the contract, which will allow Team Sheeper to collect registration fees from users. Rinconada pool is a community asset, she said, and a setup in which another organization gets 90 percent of the profits while the city still bears operational and maintenance costs doesn’t seem like a good deal. “To turn it over to an outside organization, essentially giving up control while bearing costs, would truly be a privatization of a public asset,” Harrington said. Before presenting its latest proposal, Community Services Department staff had considered several alternatives, including maintaining status quo, expanding Rinconada operations using only in-house staff, and signing a contract with Team Sheeper to oversee all of the Aquatics Program, rather than just the swim-coaching components. Enhancing the program with city staff would be “significantly more expensive” than outsourcing because it would require “an increase in number of full-time benefited City employees in order to ensure sufficient staffing and oversight of an expanded program,” LeBlanc’s report stated. Nor is the city rushing to hand over the control of the entire pool to Team Sheeper. Rob de Geus, director of Community Services, told the Weekly that while there’s still a possibility the city will explore the single-operator model in the future, it’s “not there yet.” “We need to do a little more due diligence and public outreach to see if in fact going down that path is in the best interest of residents,” de Geus said. Staff is, however, comfortable in allowing Team Sheeper to take charge of the swimming lessons starting in 2017, a change that will raise the number of weeks in which swim lessons are being offered from nine to 30 (including 10 before the summer and 10 weeks after the summer). Tim Sheeper, company founder and CEO, didn’t dispute that lanes will be heavily used during the busy summer season. Starting in the fall, though, the number of “lane hours” that will be available to lap swimmers would increase by about 30 percent, from the existing level of 553 per week to 734. In responding to swimmers’

concerns, de Geus stressed at the Parks and Recreation meeting that the department is “not looking to change the existing programs in a negative way,” as many of the emails from the public suggest. “We want to manage and operate the pool in a responsible way to be good stewards of this great asset and see if we can have more Palo Alto residents take advantage of it,” de Geus said. He also noted that the smaller Rinconada pool sits largely dormant for much of the year, outside the summer months (the Sheeper program calls for using this pool for many of its lessons). And the Master’s program, he noted, has only about 56 users and has plenty of room to grow.

Joan Jenks Porter “I get the sensitivity,” de Geus said. “Overcrowding it doesn’t work. We’re not suggesting that. But we do think that some sensible and fair sharing at certain times, when there’s low demand, is possible.” The Parks and Recreation Commission did not make any formal recommendations on the new contract, though most members agreed that a partnership with Team Sheeper makes sense, given the positive feedback that its programs have received from users over the past two summers. But some commissioners urged staff not to be too ambitious with expanding the program in the first year. Q Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@


A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council

The council did not meet this week.

Joan Jenks Porter passed away peacefully on Nov. 29, at home in Palo Alto at the age of 89. Joan was born on Feb. 5, 1927, in Covina, the older of two sisters. She married Wallace Porter whom she met while working as a volunteer nurse at the Naval hospital outside of Corona, where he was a patient. They married in 1948, and lived in Carlsbad, New Mexico, where she worked as a substitute teacher for four years. Ultimately, they settled in Palo Alto where they resided for the next 62 years. After raising three children, Joan went back to school and earned a bachelor’s degree in History at San Jose State University. She was passionate about horses as a child and enjoyed studying the history of gold mining in Northern California. She also developed an appreciation for cooking and explored Asian cuisine. Joan was a long-standing member of the P.E.O. women’s organization. Joan was deeply loved by family and friends. Her kindness and sense of humor will be dearly missed. Her husband Wallace, sons Ben, Robert and Ken, four grandchildren and one great grandchild survive her. Her sister Margaret Jenks MacLean preceded Joan in death. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the PEO Nearly New Shop Scholarship for Graduating High School Seniors. PAID


Maxine O. Anderson

Kathryn Bailey August 3, 1930 - December 6, 2016 The perilously talented Kathryn Bailey, mother, jazz pianist, breast cancer survivor and resident of the Menlo Park and Palo Alto areas, died recently at the age of 86. Born in Altadena, CA in 1930, she grew up in Bakersfield, the daughter of Donald and Blanche Bailey, and graduated from East Bakersfield High School. Early on, while taking piano lessons, she was allowed to learn one jazz song per month, provided she mastered her Haydn and Bach. She came to the bay area in the late 1940s, earned a BA from San Francisco State in 1953, and took graduate-level courses in music composition at UC Berkeley. At SF State she wrote the comic opera La Bovine, which was produced twice by Jules Irving, and began a long career as a musician that spanned many decades. A member of the Local 6 for 36 years, she played for various musicals (including Bye Bye Birdie and The Fantasticks), The Four Freshman, Crew Cuts, Hi-Lows, Sid and Marty Krofft, Buddy Morrow Orchestra, Pat Boone, Anita Bryant, Johnny Mathis, presidential rallies for both Richard Nixon and John Kennedy, and for Billie Holiday during a seven-week residency at Fack’s II in San Francisco. She provided music/lyrics to Ronnie Cass (director of London’s Piccadilly Circus Theatre), made multiple mentions in Herb Caen’s columns, played with the Unicorns Band on the USS Jeremiah O’Brien, and was featured everywhere from Bimbo’s and Circle Star Theatre pit band (for Brazil ’77) to many major San Francisco hotels, including a two-year stint at the Sheraton-Palace. She notably turned down two intermission gigs…for Oscar Peterson and Earl Hines. In later years she enjoyed sharing her love of music through teaching, and also volunteered for Cañada Junior College, Palo Alto VA Hospital, and various other organizations. She married twice, her second with pianist Al Zulaica produced her only son, Donald Eric Zulaica, who lives in Menlo Park, has written and edited for several music publications, and also interned at the Palo Alto Weekly. No services are planned at this time. Moving forward, every day will be the celebration. In lieu of gifts or flowers, donations can be made to charities of choice related to breast cancer or dementia research, or toward music education in all levels of schooling. PAID


Long-time Menlo Park resident Maxine O. Anderson passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 20, 2016. She was loved by everyone who knew her and constantly exhibited a caring and loving spirit.  She always had  a youthful soul throughout her long life. Maxine was Director of Food Services at Stanford University for 34 years. She was an honorary member of Cap and Gown and was very fond of all the students at the university.  Many students had the lucky opportunity to work for her in the university food service.She was very focused on working to promote health awareness among the Stanford students.   Upon her retirement in 1985, she was granted Emeritus status.   In 1982, Maxine was the first woman to receive the prestigious “Silver Plate” award for Foodservice Operator of the Year, presented by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association. She was active in many professional organizations, including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the California Dietetic Association.  Maxine was born in Eagle Grove, Iowa, and raised in Ames, Iowa.  Maxine graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in nutrition.  In her early career, she was a registered dietitian at Iowa State University, Indiana University, Illinois State University.  She also worked with the Army in Hawaii for one year.    Maxine was a long-time active member of Grace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto and was part of the volunteer staff for many years.  Following her retirement, she enjoyed  traveling  abroad and giving back to her community and church.  Her community activities included serving on the board of Channing House for many years and being an active donor of Children’s Health Council.   She is predeceased by her brother Lawrence and three sisters, Lois, Arlene, and Betty. Surviving her are her nieces Jane, Ginger, Celeste, Nancy, Debbie, Cindy, Patricia, Susan, and Linda.  Surviving nephews are Larry, Robert, Donald, and David.  She was also blessed with many grandnieces and grandnephews.    A memorial service will be held January 14 at 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley Street, Palo Alto, California, 94306. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Grace Lutheran Church Music Fund.  A private burial will be held in Ames, Iowa sometime in the Spring. PAID

OBITUARY • Palo Alto Weekly • December 23, 2016 • Page 11

Holiday Here’s a brief look at some of the latest movies showing in local theaters this holiday. Full reviews can be found at

‘Sing’ spoofs and embraces variety TV 001/2 (Century 16 & 20) On the face of it, the new animated jukebox musical “Sing” springs from the lineage of TV’s reality smashes “American Idol,” “The Voice” and “Glee.” But the film’s true spirit animal is

Kermit the Frog. Like “The Muppet Show,” the animated film proposes that vaudeville’s still not dead. The world of “Sing,” like the world of Disney’s “Zootopia,” resembles ours — were it populated entirely by anthropomorphic animals. Matthew McConaughey plays Lester Moon, a down-onhis-luck koala bear impresario

Natalie Portman is widow ‘Jackie’ 000 (Palo Alto Square) At one point in the new historical drama “Jackie,” which defines Jacqueline Kennedy around the pivotal moment of her husband’s assassination, Natalie Portman’s Jackie snaps, “I’m his wife — whatever I am now.” To some extent, the line frames the central question of the movie: What is Jackie to herself, to the American

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An assortment of the talented and not-so-talented compete for prize money in the animated movie “Sing.”

who makes one last, desperate grab at the big brass ring by planning a live singing competition. When Lester accidentally announces far more prize money than he can legitimately offer, the city’s hidden talents, and not so talented, flock to Moon’s theater. Resembling a karaoke-of-thestars “Glee” finale, “Sing” begins to feel like something of a pop culture echo chamber, making it tempting to dismiss. But director Garth Jennings keeps an eye out for the film’s sense of humor and absurdity, providing a salute to theater and showmanship that will delight kids and adults alike. Rated PG for some rude humor and mild peril. One hour, 48 minutes.

Natalie Portman is widow Jackie Kennedy in “Jackie.” people of her time and to history? These are heady questions for ostensibly basic, biopic-style Oscar bait like “Jackie.” The notbad script by Noah Oppenheim (“The Maze Runner”) underpins a meditation on image and perception that’s often witty. In the hands of Chilean director Pablo Larrain (making his English-language debut), “Jackie” longs to be more than Portman’s 100-minute Oscar clip, and it sometimes rises

to those ambitions. One might also say that “Jackie” tries too hard. The dramatization of Jackie’s four-day ordeal between J.F.K.’s assassination and his funeral unfolds within a framing story: a coolly controlled Jackie managing Theodore H. White (Billy Crudup) through the post-mortem interview she’s granted him for “Life” magazine. At minimum, “Jackie” is what it was hoping it wouldn’t be: the serviceable movie you make about this subject. But as a piece of media that’s partly about the media and its role in creating truth, “Jackie” deserves credit for daring to invite its own criticism, to suggest that it’s subject may be unknowable. Rated R for brief strong violence and some language. One hour, 40 minutes.

Classic play ‘Fences’ becomes great film 0000 (Century 20, Aquarius) Denzel Washington’s film adaptation of playwright August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Fences” is an American classic writ large. And “large” is the operative word, not only in the

MOVIES NOW SHOWING Dear readers: We have heard you. We are again publishing a list of the movies that are playing in local theaters over the weekend. However, we are not restoring the specific movie times, given that theaters often change the times after our press deadline, resulting in errors. To find out when movies are playing, we ask instead that readers call the theaters, check the theaters’ websites or look on movie sites such as Arrival (PG-13) ++++ Century 16: Fri.-Sun. Century 20: Fri.-Sun. Assassin’s Creed (PG-13) Century 16: Fri.-Sun. Century 20: Fri.-Sun. Collateral Beauty (PG-13) Zero stars Century 16: Fri.-Sun. Century 20: Fri.-Sun. Dangal (Not Rated)

Century 16: Fri.-Sun.

Doctor Strange (PG-13) +++ Century 16: Fri.-Sun. Century 20: Fri.-Sun. The Eagle Huntress (G) ++

Aquarius Theatre: Fri.-Sun.

Lion (PG-13)

Palo Alto Square: Fri.-Sun.

Manchester by the Sea (R) +++1/2 Century 20: Fri.-Sun. Guild Theatre: Fri.-Sun. Moana (G) +++1/2 Century 16: Fri.-Sun. Moonlight (R)

Century 20: Fri.-Sun.

Aquarius Theatre: Fri. - Sun.

Office Christmas Party (R) +1/2 Century 16: Fri.-Sun. Century 20: Fri.-Sun. Passengers (PG-13) ++ Century 16: Fri.-Sun. Century 20: Fri.-Sun.

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (PG-13) ++1/2 Century 20: Fri.-Sun.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13) +++1/2 Century 16: Fri.-Sun. Century 20: Fri.-Sun.

Fences (PG-13) ++++ Aquarius Theatre: Sat. & Sun.

The Shop Around the Corner (1940) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Century 20: Fri.-Sun.

It’s a Wonderful Life (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 9 p.m., Saturday Jackie (R)

Palo Alto Square: Fri.-Sun.

La La Land (PG-13) Century 16: Fri.-Sun.

Century 20: Fri.-Sun.

Sing (PG)

Century 16: Fri.-Sun.

Why Him? (R) Century 16: Fri.-Sun.

Century 20: Fri.-Sun.

Century 20: Fri.-Sun.

The Wizard of Oz (1939) (G) Stanford Theatre: 5:35, 9:20 p.m., Fri.

Aquarius: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (For recorded listings: 327-3241) Century Cinema 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View Century 20 Downtown: 825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City CineArts at Palo Alto Square: 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (For information: 493-0128) Guild: 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (For recorded listings: 266-9260) Stanford Theatre: 221 University Ave., Palo Alto (For recorded listings: 324-3700) Find trailers, star ratings and reviews on the web at + Skip it ++ Some redeeming qualities +++ A good bet ++++ Outstanding

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Denzel Washington, right, plays a father trying to raise his family in the 1950s in “Fences.” traditional sense of “opening up” a play’s action but in the depiction of main character, Troy Maxon. As a husband and father, he’s a nightmare of never-wrong authoritarianism. He’s a study in pride and bluster, delusion and deception. He’s an iconic American character to stand beside Stanley Kowalski and Willy Loman, casting shadows every bit as long in desperate striving and crushing defeat. And just about as juicy a role as Washington has seen on screen, which is saying something. Washington rises to the occasion, even as he more than respectably commands the director’s chair. As for his wife, Rose (Viola Davis), she’s bound to the sacrificial

homemaker role of her time in cooking, doing the laundry, and managing the household income — the last a source of tension as she referees between Troy and his elder son Lyons, played by Russell Hornsby. The story’s walking wild card comes in the form of Troy’s wartraumatized younger brother Gabriel (Mykelti Williamson), the play’s trumpet-wielding, accidentally prophetic holy fool (“Better get ready for the judgement!”). In this uniformly excellent cast, Washington and Davis give the towering performances, but Williamson, Henderson, and Hornsby expertly modulate their stage performances for the screen. It’s also fair to say that the film’s defiant theatricality is a double-edged sword: it’s hard to imagine a more faithful adaptation of Wilson’s play, but many will reject like a bad organ the film’s wall-to-wall talk and theatrical flourishes. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some suggestive references. Two hours, 19 minutes.

J-Law, Chris Pratt are starship ‘Passengers’ 00 (Century 16 & 20) “Passengers” tells a tale of science-fiction romance that might be characterized as “Gravity” meets “Titanic”. The Starship Avalon, transporting 5,000 passengers to the world of Homestead


II, hits a snag that results in one poor sap waking early from his suspended-animation slumber — 90 years, 3 weeks, and 1 day early to be precise. Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) faces a life lived out totally alone, except for the cold-comfort company of an android bartender named Arthur (Michael Sheen). The right thing to do, or so he thinks, is to suffer out an aimless existence alone, but he cannot shake the temptation to wake one of his fellow passengers, particularly a cute sleeping beauty named Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence). In classic romantic-comedy fashion, this secret stays hidden for timed detonation as a clueless Aurora gradually accepts her nightmarish situation and learns to love the one she’s with. The truth eventually comes out, threatening to drive apart the only two conscious souls on the Starship Avalon. What begins as an intriguing premise based on high-stakes “what ifs” shrinks in imagination as the pair begins to face crises akin to a “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode. The movie-star charm of Lawrence and Pratt goes a long way, but by the film’s end, you may feel you’ve gone much further than you’d care to with the “Passengers” in question. Rated PG-13 for sexuality, nudity and action/peril. One hour, 56 minutes. — Peter Canavese









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Privacy under scrutiny: Jim G., second from left, Alex R., center, Charley Sheets, right, and Tomas Moran, far right, talk to a reporter about their views on privacy rights and surveillance outside the Apple store on University Avenue on Feb. 23 following the FBI’s pursuit to decrypt the San Bernadino terror suspect’s phone password.

Justice for all: Students from Palo Alto, Gunn and Castilleja high schools march down Cowper Avenue in downtown Palo Alto on Nov. 15 to speak out against racially-sparked incidents across the country following the U.S. Presidential Election.

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Eating Out The soft bun in the pulled pork sandwich at Dan Gordon’s accentuates the dreamy pork, served with with kale slaw and pickled vegetables. Michelle Le


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Dan Gordon’s is the delicious follow-up to Gordon Biersch


an Gordon’s started off with a knockout punch — oversized cheddar biscuits ($7.95) with candied Hobbs bacon and whipped maple syrup butter. These weren’t Pillsbury biscuits, nor the kind passed around the Sunday morning breakfast table. These were He-Man sized, served on a plank, flaky, yet moist enough that they didn’t fall apart. The whipped maple butter melting atop the warm biscuits almost made the candied bacon bits superfluous. Almost. Dan Gordon’s is really about barbecue, beer and whiskey, not biscuits. They have a programmable 750-pound wood smoker fueled by new oak from the Santa Cruz Mountains. New oak imparts less smokiness to the meat, according to general manager Andre Hall. The meat is dry-rubbed before smoking and it is the balance of rub and smoke that gives the meats their distinctive flavor. This is Dan Gordon’s second turn at the Emerson Street site. He and Dean Biersch opened their eponymous brewery restaurant in 1988 in the same location. Their brewpub concept was wildly popular and grew to a dozen units, including a brewery in San Jose. Ten years later, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control declared that brewers operating restaurants were illegal. Brewers were being considered as

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both wholesaler and retailer, a nono in virtually every state. Gordon and Biersch sold to an entity that ultimately became CraftWorks, which currently operates 195 multi-brand restaurants across the country. As brewpub popularity swelled, state legislatures eventually rescinded archaic laws and made it legal for Gordon to be both a brewer and a restaurant owner again. Biersch moved to Sonoma County and currently operates brewpubs in several locations. Master brewer Gordon partnered with Steve Sinchek of Palo Alto’s Old Pro and Local Union 271 and reacquired the Emerson Street location. After pouring $1.5 million into the remodel, Dan Gordon’s opened in March. The space is urban rustic with high ceilings, skylights, lots of wood with high-top communal tables as well as traditional seating. The bar is longer, the kitchen open where chef Kwin Vu keeps that smoker loaded with pork shoulder, St. Louis ribs, brisket, sausages and turkey breast. Besides the biscuits, another good starter was the burnt-ends brisket poutine ($11.95). Poutine is a dish that originated in Quebec, and is, arguably, Canada’s one-dish meal. Here, it’s a bowl of garlic fries, cubes of brisket, poblano cheese gravy, and pickled vegetables, including scorch-the-tongue jalapeño segments that had me summoning

the server for another beer. The St. Louis ribs (four bones for $15.95 or six bones for $21.95) were meaty, fall-off-the-bone tender. While I liked the ribs with just the rub, there were additional squeezebottle sauces on the table for enhancement. The classic sauce was on the honey-sweet side, the mustard sauce was tangy and acidic, the habanero sauce added heat. The 1/2 pound brisket ($16.95) was fork-tender and well marbled, accented with hints of smoke, herbs and spices. The texture was marvelous in the mouth. Entrees included one side, pickled vegetables and a roll. Both the three-cheese mac and cheese and the smoked barbecued beans were noteworthy. Sandwiches were equal to the task. The pulled pork ($11.95) with kale slaw, pickled vegetables, and French fries, was aromatic and inviting on the plate. The soft bun accentuated the dreamy pork and the double-cooked garlic fries were wonderfully crisp. The fried chicken sandwich ($12.95) was juicy and crisp, topped with kale slaw, and slathered, but not overwhelmed, with barbecue sauce. Most ingredients were locally sourced and organic. The desserts were so-so. The apple cobbler ($8.95) was the best. Served in a mini iron pot, the cobbler was topped with whipped cream. The hot apples had a note of cinnamon in the thick syrup. Less successful were the peanut butter-pecan squares ($8). Two pie wedge-sized pieces, not squares, had a soggy crust beneath a lifeless peanut butter filling. Only the pecans atop were worth eating. There was beer, of course: a dozen on tap, several made in-house, the rest at the San Jose brewery, all small batch, handcrafted, plus experimental one-of-a-kind brews that change frequently. The range of beers was broad, from light pilsners and lagers to deep-colored wheat beers and dark ales. Whiskeys too, cocktails and martinis made with Maker’s Mark, Old Grand-Dad and Dickel. A dozen miscellaneous California wines completed the beverage offering. Service was good, though the kitchen can be slow when busy. Overall, excellent food and libations in an open, noisy, festive environment — and dare I mention again, fantastic biscuits. Q Freelance writer Dale Bentson can be emailed at dfbentson@ Dan Gordon’s, 640 Emerson St., Palo Alto; 650-324-1960; Hours: Monday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Tuesday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. to midnight; ThursdaySaturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight. Reservations


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One week in advance: Clean and iron your tablecloth, place mats and napkins and set the table.

Preparing your home for a get-together only takes a few careful steps | by Kit Davey


o you avoid entertaining because it’s too stressful? Believe it or not, it is possible to throw an enjoyable, relaxing dinner party. Your holiday event can be a success with careful planning and a few creative touches to make your guests feel Kit Davey special. Having friends over is a great way to get things done around your home, share your creativity and have fun. Thoughtful planning and knowing that your home looks great will allow you to enjoy your friends while dining. Start by selecting your guest list to create a table of four to six. A larger number can divide the group into competing conversations and be a little overwhelming. A smaller group ensures that you have sufficient seating in your living room and at your dining room table. Reduce stress by establishing your menu a week before your party. You may want to look through your cookbooks to try a new dish, but make sure you test it out on your family well in advance of the party. Select dishes that can be prepared in advance so you can spend time with your guests rather than slave away in the kitchen. For fun, make place cards for each guest. Make table decorations or find bits of nature to incorporate into the table setting and even put favors at each place setting such as a holiday ornament.

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CHINESE NEW YEAR COOKING CLASS ... Gamble Garden in Palo Alto will host a cooking class on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The class, called “Learn to Make Chinese Wontons for Lunar New Year, A Cooking Class for the Entire Family,” will be a hands-on class. Participants will prepare the broth for the wonton soup, mix the meat and vegetable ingredients for the filling, master wrapping wontons, and cook them. At the end, everyone will sit down and celebrate the Year of the Rooster and sample the freshly made wontons and other delicious Chinese treats. The instructor, Joe Zhang, is a tech entrepreneur and a wonton expert. Note: the class will not be able to accommodate dietary requests and will be using meat, dairy, eggs, soy sauce, nuts and gluten. The cost of the class is $25 for members, and $35 for non-members. Children ages 8 to 12 must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. To register go to

e e r f s s e r St Get your house ready

I want my house to look great for my guests, so as soon as I’ve decided to have a party, I make a list of all the things I’d like to get done around my house. I fit my chores into odd moments in the days before my party. Your “to do” list might include edging the lawn, adding a few blooming flowers to the yard, cleaning the front door, cleaning the front light fixture and doorbell surround, purchasing a new welcome mat, hanging a wreath on the door or setting a large clay pot of flowers on your porch. Chores inside the home might include spotcleaning the carpets, scrubbing scuff marks off the wall, buying new candles for the table and fresh towels for the guest room, cleaning out the hall closet and guest bath vanity, tossing or pruning tired house plants, rearranging treasures on the mantel and coffee table or replacing old pillows on the couch.

The countdown Being prepared and organized allows you to spend time with your guests and relieves the anxiety of wondering what you may have forgotten or what could possibly go wrong. Follow these suggestions and you’ll have a stress-free dinner party. One week in advance: Clean and iron your tablecloth, place mats and napkins. For fun, make place cards for each guest. For example, write your guests’ names on river stones, a pressed leaf or a seed packet. One or two days before: Shop for groceries. Dust and clean your house, with special attention to the rooms your guests will be frequenting. Freshen potpourri or add candles to the hall table or guest bath. Stock the guest bath with toilet paper and tissues. Cook anything on your menu that you can

prepare in advance. If the weather is cool, set up your fireplace for a cozy fire. Select music and place it by the stereo. Freeze sprigs Select dishes which can be of mint or prepared in advance so you tiny sections can spend time with your of lemon guests, rather than slave away in your ice in the kitchen. cubes trays to use in water glasses. Run the dishwasher. The morning of: Set the table and place flowers throughout your home. If you have a partner, divide greeting, serving, clearing and cleanup duties so that one of you is always with your guests. Place wine in the refrigerator. Remove dishes from the dishwasher and empty the garbage. Assemble a bag of favors for each guest: fruit from your yard, a small bouquet of flowers in a tin can or a handmade ornament. Two hours before: Prepare salad, slice bread and wrap in foil in preparation for heating. Create a serving station on your kitchen counter or table by laying out bowls, baskets and spoons to receive each of your dishes. Set up the coffeemaker and set out dishes that need to be cooked or reheated. One hour before: Get dressed, light the fire, turn on the music, adjust lighting throughout the house. Sit down and relax until your guests arrive. Q

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LEARN TO CROCHET ... This new class at the Palo Alto Adult School will start Wednesday Jan. 11 and go through March 8 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Instructor Paola Trombetta will teach everyone including beginners, how to chain, single and double crochet, create tri-dimensional forms, and read patterns. The class will be held in Palo Alto High School Room 1706, and the cost is $72. To register go to Students should bring one ball of worsted-weight yarn as well as a size “H” crochet hook.

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CHRISTMAS TREE LANE ... Palo Alto’s Fulton Street is transformed into Christmas Tree Lane for one more week (until Dec. 31). Lights and decorations are displayed about two weeks during the Christmas holidays. Christmas Tree Lane’s lights are turned on at 5 p.m. and turned off at 11 p.m. nightly. The best way to see the lights is to walk the street: It is recommended that you park on adjacent neighborhood streets. If you do drive: Fulton Street is not a one-way street. Drivers, please turn off your headlamps to “park” and drive SLOWLY down the street. Anticipate adults and children crossing Fulton Street. For more information and to read about the street’s history, go to

Kit Davey is a Redwood City-based interior designer. She is retiring, and this is her final column for the Palo Alto Weekly. • Palo Alto Weekly • December 23, 2016 • Page 17

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ASHLEY BANKS, Sales Associate 650.544.8968 License No. 01913361


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38 Cheri once of “SNL”


1 Pound cake ingredients

39 Olympic vehicle

1 Caesar’s “And you?”

5 Like apples ready to bake

40 Find loathsome

31 Catch a whiff of

10 Torre pendente di ___ (European landmark, to locals)

41 Clip joint?

2 “___ Torino” (Clint Eastwood film)

42 Like eight

3 Strange sport?

36 Smooth quality

43 Pokemon protagonist

4 Splenda, mainly

44 Clue hunter, informally

44 Like some trees or tales

5 “I’m here so I can greet you ... not!”?

46 Political org. from 962 to 1806

14 Short pants? 15 Speed skater ___ Anton Ohno

45 Like old rawhide bones

16 “SVU” part

47 Pacific salmon variety

17 Diamond’s diametric opposite on the Mohs scale

49 Cutty ___ (Scotch whisky)

18 Former Orange Bowl site 19 Walk back and forth 20 Cut ties with, on social media 22 I’d be lion if I said it 24 Lane who sang with Xavier Cugat 25 Title for several Trump cabinet picks

50 Keystone’s place 51 Wendi ___-Covey of “The Goldbergs” 55 Benjamin Netanyahu’s nickname 57 Non-literal expression 59 Christmas lights location 60 Menaces to hobbits

6 Declare one’s view 7 It may have a fork 8 Shade caster 9 “You really think zen master is on my list of attributes?!”? 10 Chrysalides 11 “Birdman” director’s Beetle, e.g.? 12 “Attack, dog!” 13 Finished off 21 “May ___ excused?”

28 Musical miscellany

61 Bourne of “The Bourne Ultimatum”

23 “Lit” binary digit

31 Indeterminate quantity

62 It has its points

25 Camera used in extreme sports

32 Corp.’s stock market debut

63 Hotel counts

33 Nondairy dairy case item

64 1997 environmental treaty site

34 Buccaneers’ bay 36 Pack away 37 1040 filers

65 “Note to ___ ...”

26 Farthest orbital point from earth 27 Bottom-of-the-line 28 Coffee orders 29 Ciudad Juarez neighbor

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30 Item that plays “Soul Meets Body,” for short? 35 “___ of Two Cities”

48 Mr. Kringle 49 “Get outta here!” 51 Soybean soup 52 3/5, for example 53 Avocado shape

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Legal Notices 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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) THE COOKOUT LLC FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 623888 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: The Cookout LLC, located at 3394 Birch Street, Palo Alto Cali 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Limited Liability Company. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): THE COOKOUT LLC 3394 Birch Street 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 30, 2016. (PAW Dec. 9, 16, 23, 30, 2016) ELEGANT WOOD DESIGN OF CALIFORNIA FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 624041 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Elegant Wood Design of California, located at 18280 Serra Place, Morgan Hill CA 95037, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): ADRIANA CALDWELL 18280 Serra Place

Morgan Hill CA 95037 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 December 5, 2016. (PAW Dec. 9, 16, 23, 30, 2016) LAMPLIGHTER APARTMENTS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 623894 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Lamplighter Apartments, located at 3312 St. Michael Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Limited Liability Company. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): 2390 WEST MIDDLEFIELD LLC 3312 St. Michael Drive Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 8/5/2016. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on November 30, 2016. (PAW Dec. 16, 23, 30, 2016; Jan. 6, 2017) WaveOne FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 623747 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: WaveOne, located at 555 Bryant St., Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): JAMES E. BAER 555 Bryant St. Palo Alto, CA 94301 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 23, 2016. (PAW Dec. 16, 23, 30, 2016; Jan. 6, 2017) MORGAN HILL REAL ESTATE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 624415 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Morgan Hill Real Estate, located at 1240 Lions Peak Lane, San Martin, CA 95046, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): DIRESTA CONSULTING GROUP INC. 1240 Lions Peak Lane San Martin, CA 95046 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 08/28/2008. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on December 15, 2016. (PAW Dec. 23, 30, 2016; Jan. 6, 13, 2017)

997 All Other Legals NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: MARJORIE L. MILLER Case No.: 16PR 179963 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of MARJORIE L. MILLER. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: SCOTT BLAU (also known as M. SCOTT BLAU) in the Superior Court of California, County of SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: SCOTT BLAU be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court.

The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on January 12, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in Dept.: 10 of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, located at 191 N. First St., San Jose, CA, 95113. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58 (b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court

a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: Heather Ledgerwood WealthPLAN, LLP 1960 The Alameda, Suite 185 San Jose, CA 95126 (408)918-9030 (PAW Dec. 9, 16, 23, 2016)

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Menlo-Atherton seeking improvement

READY FOR SPRING . . . Stanford sophomore righthander Tristan Beck earned preseason thirdteam All-America accolades from Collegiate Baseball News. He earned Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball News, first-team Freshman All-America accolades from Baseball America, and was named Perfect Game/ Rawlings First-Team Freshman AllAmerica last year. Beck was named first-team All-Pac-12, led Stanford starters in ERA (2.48) and strikeouts (76), and was top 10 in the Pac-12 in each category. ... Menlo School grad Kyle Perez, a sophomore midfielder at Washington UniversitySt. Louis, was selected to the USA Division III Brazil Tour Soccer Team. Perez was one of 16 players picked to play in Brazil between May 30-June 7. He was recently named captain for Washington-St. Louis, and is coming off a season in which he started 17 games and was named to the all-conference honorable mention.

WHAT A WEEK(S) . . . Prep2Prep picked Menlo wide receiver Evan King, Menlo-Atherton running back Jordan Mims, and Bears’ quarterback Aajon Johnson for a Central Coast Section Performance of the Year honor. King was recognized for his 13-receptions, 228-yard effort against Woodside; Mims was honored for his 284yard effort against Sacred Heart Cathedral and Johnson was named for his 233-yard passing game against Wilcox. Woodside running back Marcelous Chester-Riley received a nod for his 328-yard, 6-touchdown performance against The King’s Academy. BLOCK THIS . . . Stanford’s fifthyear senior Inky Ajanaku is one of four nominees for the Honda Sport Award for Volleyball as announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards.

ON THE AIR Monday High school girls volleyball: State championship (relay) Edison vs. Menlo-Atherton, 4 p.m., CSNCA

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by Glenn Reeves ric Norton assumes more of a leadership role this season as the Menlo-Atherton boys’ basketball team go about rediscovering itself following the loss of four starters from a team that advanced to the Northern California Division I finals. It’s an all-new reality for the Bears and Norton, the one returning starter, is the voice of experience. The Peninsula Athletic League South Division MVP as a junior, Norton scored 21 points Wednesday to lead the Bears to a 58-39 win over Sacred Heart Prep. “This is a young team,’’ Norton said. “I’m trying to show these guys how varsity is. My role in this game was to get the team uptempo and more aggressive. We showed that we have more depth and more speed.’’ M-A (4-3) looks to put together a winning streak when El Camino-South San Francisco visits Wednesday for a 5:30 p.m. nonleague contest.


The Bears, who opened last year’s historic season with a lopsided victory over the Colts, were 6-1 after seven games last year en route to a 28-5 mark. M-A’s current record is a bit misleading as the Bears learn to work together. Norton is one of five seniors on the team and all of them are being asked to do more. “We have a new team,’’ M-A coach Mike Molieri said. “We’re young. That was a great run last year. Now we’re just starting to get better each game.’’ Sacred Heart Prep had a 17-16 lead in the second quarter when M-A went on a 10-0 run to close the half with a 26-17 lead. Norton started the run by making two free throws. Will Perrone and Will Beasley scored and then Norton closed out the run with a fastbreak basket and another pair of free throws. The closest the Gators got in the second half was within seven (continued on next page)


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FUTURE CARDINAL . . . Two members of maxpreps allAmerican girls volleyball teams will be teammates at Stanford in the fall. Santa Margarita outside hitter Meghan McClure and Mitty libero Kate Formico faced each other in the Open Division state championship game earlier this month but will be on the same side next season. McClure led the Eagles to an overall 38-5 season. She averaged 4.4 kills and 2.2 digs per set. Formico averaged 4.2 digs per set while leading the Monarchs to an overall 38-4 mark and their fifth consecutive state title.

Menlo School, Palo Alto head to holiday tournaments

Ilana Baer scored 10 points to help Menlo-Atherton win its sixth consecutive game.


Pinewood eyes its long-range potential Priory, M-A also looking for bigger things ahead by Rick Eymer


friendly competition during practice has morphed into the Pinewood girls’ basketball team being considered one of the top 3-point programs in the state. Based on that competition, Panthers coach Doc Scheppler thinks this year’s team has a chance to set a school record. “It’s just a matter of finding our comfort in games,” Scheppler said. “We hit 19 in our Alumni game and we didn’t play against stiffs.” The single-game record is 19, accomplished twice in 2003. The Panthers hit 18 a couple of times in 2011. “We’re all competitors and we all want to win,” Pinewood junior guard Brianna Claros said. “We push ourselves to be better. It’s like a chain reaction, when one of us gets going, we all get going.” That was the case Wednesday night for Claros and the Panthers. She scored 10 of her game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter to help Pinewood down Valley Christian-San Jose, 64-51, in the championship game of the Jim

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Soden tournament at Terra Nova High in Pacifica. Claros rattled home five 3-pointers in a game that was closer than the score indicated. Sophomore Hannah Jump added four 3-pointers. The Panthers had 13 for the game and the Warriors added seven. The Warriors were a great opponent for Pinewood. Not only taller all the way around but more physical than most teams the Panthers (7-2) have played. Nothing came easy for Pinewood. “We want to be tested,” Scheppler said. “I want to see how we respond in a higher intensity environment. It was a great tournament for us. We played a lot of people and we need productive minutes from everybody.” Pinewood weathered a couple of anxious moments, when both senior guard Mikaela Topper and sophomore forward Klara Astrom came up with tender ankles in the first half. They were both able to return, though they’ll likely be taking it (continued on next page)

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The senior guards scored 29 and 28 points in consecutive games on consecutive days and is averaging 19.5 points over her first four games. She was the team’s leading scorer a year ago in leading the Knights to a spot in the NorCal regional semifinal.

The senior quarterback led the Bears to their first ever state championship appearance. He rushed for a teamhigh 138 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown run, and threw for 121 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Paraclete in the state title game.

Honorable mention Cleo King Menlo soccer

Ila Lane Priory basketball

Julia Laws Gunn wrestling

Carly Leong Palo Alto basketball

Tatiana Reese SPriory basketball

Mia Shenk* Sacred Heart Prep soccer

Michel Ange-Siaba Palo Alto soccer

Joe Foley Menlo basketball

Jefgfrey Lee-Heidenreich* Gunn basketball

Eric Norton Menlo-Atherton basketball

Miles Tention Palo Alto basketball

Riley Woodson Menlo basketball * Previous winners

Watch video interviews of the Athletes of the Week, go to

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points at 35-28. We played more aggressively in the second half,â&#x20AC;? Molieri said. Tevin Panchal was a one-man gang for Sacred Heart Prep. He scored 25 points, going 8-of-8 at the foul line and making three 3-pointers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be that way,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; SHP coach Tony Martinelli said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been good in the past we had all five guys rolling.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Gators (1-4) are still looking to find that chemistry. They lost seven seniors from a team that was 12-2 in league play, 1511 overall, and reached the second round of the Central Coast

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easy until the Panthers regroup after the holiday weekend for the St. Francis tournament. Pinewood meets Soquel in Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first round game at 3 p.m. Priory 68, Jefferson 38 Senior Samantha McCabe and junior Tatiana Reese know all about the competitive nature of the West Bay Athletic League. Handing St. Francis of the WCAL its first loss of the season is one thing. Facing that caliber of team every night is another. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the reason Panthers coach Buck Matthews has Priory playing such a tough schedule. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beating St. Francis was huge for us,â&#x20AC;? Matthews said after the Panthers beat Jefferson to open the Woodside Holiday tournament. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a young team and I need to get them to understand you have to bring it every single night.â&#x20AC;? M-A 51, Cupertino 37 Greer Hoyem scored 22 points and Menlo-Atherton extended its winning streak to six games, beating visiting Cupertino in a nonleague game. The Bears (6-1) capitalized early, using their height advantage by getting the ball low. Hoyem scored 14 of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 19 firstquarter points. With Hoyem on the bench opening the second half due to foul trouble, senior forward Ofa Sili stepped up and scored six of her eight points to help spark a 14-4 Bears run. Ilana Baer added 10 points, while the defensive play of Carly McLanahan and Megan Sparrow helped keep Cupertino at bay. The Bears play in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament against Kennedy-Sacramento Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Menlo School. St. Francis 60, Gunn 57 Senior Archer Olson scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Tiazha Jackson added 14 points and eight rebounds but Gunn fell to visiting St. Francis in a nonleague contest that felt more relaxed than it really was. Gunn meets Arroyo Grande at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Eastside College Prep. Q

Section playoffs. It took Sacred Heart Prep a little time to get going last year too, as it lost eight of its first nine games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told the guys in the locker room that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK to say weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not very good right now,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Martinelli said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not all right to accept it. There are some guys in their with good character and they are going to work to get better.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Eric DeBrine, a 6-foot-6 junior, went into the game averaging 16.8 points and 8.0 rebounds. M-A, with Raymond Fowler doing the bulk of the defensive work, limited him to seven points. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have two guys who can score,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Molieri said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal was to take away one of them. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the other guy was going to score 40.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

The Gators head to the Surf â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;n Slam tournament at Scripps Ranch High in San Diego on Tuesday, where they will meet the Camas (WA) High Papermakers (3-4) at 3:15 p.m. SH Prep has won the tournament three times, including two years ago. Prior to the game against the Bears, SHP athletic director Frank Rodriguez addressed the crowd and asked for a moment of silence for Aisea Mataele, a freshman in the Menlo-Atherton football and basketball programs who died Tuesday after suffering a severe bacterial infection. Mataele, whose family has been in the area for generations, carried a 3.0 GPA and had just appeared in his first basketball game before

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the medical emergency. Rodriguez made the point that Mataeleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passing was a loss for the community, not just for Menlo-Atherton. Bellarmine 62, Palo Alto 59 The Bells got hot in the fourth quarter and came from behind to beat Palo Alto in the championship game of the DJ Frandsen Memorial Tournament at Bellarmine last weekend. Bellarmine guards Angelo Athens and Jake Wojcik combined for 20 of Bellarmineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 22 fourth-quarter points. Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense, which had been stellar through the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first four games, sprung a leak as the Bells made 9 of 11 shots in the quarter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t focused,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; said Palo

Alto point guard Miles Tention, who led the Vikings with 18 points. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be more aware. That cost us. I think we can learn from this to keep our composure when things arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going our way.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Menlo 57, Woodside 38 Junior Riley Woodson controlled the boards, pulling down 17 rebounds and added a gamehigh 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Joe Foley, a fellow junior, contributed 14 points and five rebounds for Menlo (1-2), which begins play in the Orange Holiday Classic on Monday against Esperanza (7-1) at Hope International University in Fullerton. Eight players scored for the Knights, who led 33-15 at the half.Q

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