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Will new council members shift Palo Alto’s priorities? In addition to housing and traffic, some say council should focus on finances, airplane noise by Gennady Sheyner


hen Palo Alto’s new City Council meets in late January to set its priorities for 2017, housing and transportation will inevitably top the list, as they have in each of the past three years. But with three new members now on the council — Adrian

Fine, Lydia Kou and Greg Tanaka — the annual retreat may also feature a few wild cards for City Hall’s annual agenda. Should the council, for instance, “increase City revenue by 50 percent without new tax increases,” as Tanaka has proposed? Or should it devote significant energy this year to

make sure Palo Alto is a “smart, efficient, experimental city,” as Fine wrote in his recent survey? It’s not just the newly elected members who are proposing fresh ideas for the council’s annual priorities, which are defined as topics that will receive “particular, unusual and significant attention during the year.” Councilman Cory Wolbach listed housing and transportation as his two top priorities but then added a third: human and civil rights. And Councilwoman

Karen Holman made a pitch for “living up to City promises,” which she noted refers to code enforcement, traffic and noise violations, collection of appropriate fines and making sure developments meet their conditions of approval. Some council members played it relatively safe and signaled their intent to stay the course from 2016, when the four priorities were the built environment (housing and parking, with a particular emphasis on mobility), infrastructure,

“healthy city, healthy community,” and completion of the Comprehensive Plan update. Newly elected Councilwoman Lydia Kou, for instance, is recommending retaining three of the 2016 priorities (all save the Comprehensive Plan). Councilman Eric Filseth has offered the same list, with one additional item: “longterm financial stability.” Other council members are (continued on page 7)


Stanford historian to give talk on Electoral College Jan. 11 Jack Rakove to speak on the institution’s history, present implications and future by Elena Kadvany

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he school day is done, the homework is polished off and all that’s left to do for the two boys sitting at a table on a rainy afternoon is to talk sports, crack jokes and banter on about Greek mythology. The debate is made easier because one of them, a sixthgrader at Jordan Middle School, just completed his paper on Cronus, the powerful progeny of the sky and the earth. His friend, a fifth-grader at Escondido Elementary School, had spent the previous hour boning up on his math but when it comes to the Greeks, he holds his own. He knows his Pericles (who gave us democracy) from his Hercules

(the adventurous strongman). This despite the fact that Greek mythology is clearly not his favorite subject (“So fourth grade,” he says). Even so, the boys agree that Cronus deserves some respect. He is, after all, the father of Zeus. “And Zeus is legit,” the younger boy concedes. “Yeah, but Uranus was even more legit because that’s Cronus’ dad,” his friend replies. The discussion is taking place against a backdrop of TV noise and sporadic bursts of laughter coming from the other end of the sprawling room in the Opportunity Services Center, a downtown facility that provides shelter and support services to

people making a transition from homelessness. Managed by LifeMoves, a nonprofit whose goal is to “break the cycle of homelessness,” the program last year received a $5,000 grant from the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund. Formerly known as InnVision Shelter Network, the nonprofit recently changed its brand to highlight that the fact that its services go beyond providing shelter, according to staff. The after-school tutoring and counseling program for the 23 children who live at the Encino Avenue facility is a prime example of that. For its users, who tend to be elementary- and early-middle-school students, the room is a place of (continued on page 10)


he results of the 2016 presidential election — with Republican nominee Donald Trump securing nearly 80 more electoral votes than Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who won nearly 3 million popular votes more than Trump — have revived ongoing debate over the value of the Electoral College in 21st century politics, with many citizens, academics and politicians calling for its abolition. Jack Rakove, a Stanford University historian and Pulitzer Prizewinning author, falls in that camp. He will speak about the history of the Electoral College and the implications of the system in today’s world at a free talk at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. The talk, “Can We Ever Get Rid of the Electoral College?” is co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Am, Beth Am Women, the League of Women Voters, Avenidas and the American Association of University Women. The goal of the event, Rakove said in an interview with the Weekly, is to provide historical context to help people think critically about the Electoral College, which gives each state as many votes as it has members of Congress, and encourage open dialogue about a thorny political issue. “Everybody is curious to know about the Electoral College,” Rakove said. “Not many people really understand its origins or how it evolved. There are a lot of reasons to think critically about it today, especially

when you have a disparity between the electoral and popular vote.” That disparity played out in two of the last five presidential elections, in 2016 and in 2000, when George W. Bush was first elected. Rakove, whose “Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution” won the Pulitzer, is a leading advocate for doing away with the Electoral College. The framers of the Constitution created and adopted the Electoral College at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 as a compromise between those who supported electing the president by popular vote and those who favored a Congressional appointment. Rakove would like to explore what it would take to determine the nation’s president by the outcome of the national popular vote — a reform that was proposed but failed once before, in the Senate in 1970. “You do have the ‘one person, one vote’ problem, which is that votes have a different weight in the states which they’re cast” because of how the Electoral College is structured, he said. “If you believe as I do that each vote should have the same weight wherever it’s cast, that’s troubling.” The logic of the Electoral College — that smaller states need a “senatorial bump” to get greater electoral weight — is at odds with the fact that people don’t vote in presidential elections based on the size of their home state, Rakove said. “If, say, environmental (continued on page 6) • Palo Alto Weekly • January 6, 2017 • Page 5

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sustainability or abortion or the Second Amendment is your dominant concern, it does not matter whether you live in Wyoming or California, Pennsylvania or Delaware,� he wrote in an August 2016 piece in Stanford Magazine. “The size of a state does not affect our real political preferences, even though the Electoral College system imagines that it does.� But what would it take to eliminate the Electoral College? Rakove believes the only successful path would be a constitutional amendment. He’s critical of an alternative proposal that has been floated — to “impose� a national popular vote by getting a simple majority of states to commit to cast their electoral votes for whichever candidate won the popular vote. A national popular vote could, Rakove said, help mitigate an increasingly divisive electoral process. “If we come to think the nation is divided into blue states and red states with a fraction of battleground states, that compounds the adversarial nature of what already an intensely partisan political process,� he told the Weekly. With an election by national popular vote, however, “The parties (would) have a strong incentive to

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Jack Rakove turn out their votes wherever their votes are. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in a battleground state or not. A vote is a vote is a vote.� Admitting that there is no “happy solution� to the Electoral College question, Rakove said, “My basic advice is: We need to talk about this.� Q Staff Writer Elena Kadvany can be reached at ekadvany@

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Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session to discuss existing litigation, Slezak v. City of Palo Alto. The council will then hear the city manager’s annual “year in review� presentation, appoint members to the Historic Resources Board and the Parks and Recreation Commission; discuss its process to fill an unscheduled vacancy on the Planning and Transportation Commission; and adopt a resolution scheduling the council’s summer break and winter closure for 2017. The closed session will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9. Regular meeting will immediately follow in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. BOARD OF EDUCATION STUDY SESSION... The school board will hold a study session to hear an update on the district’s equity plan and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave. BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The school board will discuss a draft resolution agreement from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights on two sexual-harassment investigations, new course proposals, an audit report and negotiations processes. The board will vote on a proposed resolution to support immigrant students, the allocation of $60 million for elementary-school capital improvements, a conceptual design for a remodel at Hoover Elementary School and a board commitment to provide opportunity for public comment. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave. PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to consider a proposal for a new home at 670 Los Trancos Road and continue its discussion of the city’s retail-preservation ordinance. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. UTILITIES ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the updated Utilities Legislative Policy Guidelines; consider the 2017 Water Integrated Resource Plan Guidelines; and discuss an amendment to Utilities Rule and Regulation 27. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.


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Fine, Kou and Tanaka join City Council


arking a changing of the guard at City Hall, the Palo Alto City Council bid farewell Tuesday night to three outgoing members, welcomed three newcomers and unanimously elected as its mayor and vice mayor two council veterans who will need no orientation: Greg Scharff and Liz Kniss. Their election came minutes after Kniss, Lydia Kou, Adrian Fine and Greg Tanaka took their oaths of office in a ceremony that brought an overflow crowd

of more than 200 people to the Council Chambers. Upon his election as mayor, Scharff thanked his colleagues and pledged to work with all council members to address the city’s challenges, which include completing the Comprehensive Plan update and moving ahead with at least one affordable-housing project. “I hope we work together, frankly, to compromise, build consensus and continue to solve the challenges we face and the

problems that will undoubtedly arise this year,” said Scharff, who also served as mayor in 2013. Kniss, a former two-time mayor who in November earned more votes than any of her 10 election opponents, emphasized the need for all colleagues to work together and respect each other. “The ability to disagree in public and go in the backroom and be agreeable with each other — it’s very important to do that,” Kniss said. Q —Gennady Sheyner

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proposing something completely different. In addition to the revenue increase (from sources to be determined), Tanaka is also suggesting adopting as a priority the placement of Caltrain tracks underground, a project that the council has been discussing for more than five years and that is expected to cost more than $1 billion. Under the council’s prioritysetting guidelines, each member is asked to submit up to three top issues. The council adopts no more than three at its annual retreat (this year scheduled for Jan. 28), and each priority has a three-year time limit. In practice, all of these guidelines are routinely ignored, as the 2016 list of four rather than three priorities makes clear. This year, four of the nine members of the new council submitted longer lists (Liz Kniss’ includes seven items; Greg Scharff’s has five; Holman’s and Filseth’s have four), some featuring items that would inevitably require many years to accomplish. One 2016 priority that may or may not remain on the docket is completion of the update to the Comprehensive Plan, the land-use bible that has been stuck in revision mode for close to a decade. For at least two council members — Scharff and Kniss — getting the revision done remains a high priority. Others have omitted it from the list and shifted their focus to items that are either more concrete or more intractable and

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Newly elected Palo Alto City Councilwoman Lydia Kou, right, is sworn in by City Clerk Beth Minor on Jan. 3. City Hall-focused. Both Tom DuBois and Holman, for example, have proposed setting a “long-term staffing strategy” as a 2017 priority. For DuBois, this includes “hiring, retention, pension and benefits and leveraging technology to increase efficiency.” For Holman, it also includes “focused resource needs” and “sustainable funding mechanisms.” The most extensive and specific list of priorities came from Kniss, who has proposed approving at least one affordable-housing project, building the proposed “iconic” bike bridge over U.S. Highway 101, and determining the future of Cubberley Community Center in south Palo Alto. Kniss also proposed partnering with schools (though it’s not clear what form the partnership would take and what objective it would aim to achieve), and pursuing a new study for separating roads from the train tracks along the rail corridor.

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These wild cards notwithstanding, the survey of the council indicates that the new priority list may have a familiar feel. Last year’s “built environment” priority received nine mentions, according to staff, and is likely to stay. The “healthy city” and the Comprehensive Plan issues each received four votes. No other priority had more than one. Residents, meanwhile, have their own ideas. While housing and traffic remain near and dear to many hearts, dozens used the socialmedia site Nextdoor and the city’s Open City Hall forum to request that the council include “airplane noise” on its priority list for 2017. One resident on the forum called jet noise “unbearable,” while others called it “terrible,” “harmful,” “excruciating” and a “hijacking of our skies by the FAA.” Q Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be reached at gsheyner@

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The new Palo Alto City Council includes council members, from left, Cory Wolbach, Adrian Fine, Tom DuBois, Greg Tanaka, Greg Scharff, Lydia Kou, Liz Kniss, Eric Filseth and Karen Holman. • Palo Alto Weekly • January 6, 2017 • Page 7

Support our Kids with a gift to the Holiday Fund Last Year’s Grant Recipients 10 Books A Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15,000 Ada’s Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Adolescent Counseling Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,000 Art in Action. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Art of Yoga Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Blossom Birth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Beechwood School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Building Futures Now . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 CASSY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,000 Children’s Center of the Stanford Community . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Children’s Health Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,000 Common Ground . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto . . . . . . . . . . . $7,500 Community Working Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Computers for Everyone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,500 Deborah’s Palm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Downtown Streets Team. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,500 DreamCatchers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,000 East Palo Alto Children’s Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 East Palo Alto Kids Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 East Palo Alto Tennis & Tutoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 East Palo Alto Youth Court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Environmental Volunteers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Family Engagement Institute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Friends of Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Girls to Women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Grace Lutheran Preschool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Hagar Services Coalition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Health Connected . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 InnVision Shelter Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,500 Jasper Ridge Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 JLS Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,500 Jordan Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,500 Kara. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,000 The Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Marine Science Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Music in the Schools Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,000 New Voices for Youth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,000 Nuestra Casa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,500 One East Palo Alto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Palo Alto Art Center Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Palo Alto Community Child Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Palo Alto Friends Nursery School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,000 Palo Alto School District Music Department. . . . . . . . . . . . $7,500 Palo Alto Housing Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Parents Nursery School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,000 Peninsula Bridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Peninsula College Fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Peninsula HealthCare Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Project WeHOPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15,000 Quest Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Ravenswood Education Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,500 RISE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 Silicon Valley FACES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15,000 Terman Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,500 TheatreWorks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,500 YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,500 Youth Community Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,000 Youth Speaks Out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,000


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Thank you donors As of December 29, 2016, 332 donors have donated $115,245; with match $230,486 has been raised for the Holiday Fund 29 Anonymous .................... $8,409 New Donors

New Donations................................ Carol & Mahlon Hubenthal .......... * Mary Beth Train ........................ 150 Daniel Cox ................................ 200 Nina & Mark Homnack ............. 500 Gil & Gail Woolley .................... 250 Ed & Linda DeMeo ................... 100 Charles Katz ............................. 500 Arthur Keller ................................. * Winyss Shepard ............................ * Sandy Jain ................................ 101 Jill Bicknell ................................ 100 Reed Content ........................... 275 Jean Doble.................................... * Madeline Wong.......................... 50 Alan Wachtel ............................ 250 Elgin & Elizabeth Lee ................ 250 A.C. & Kathryn Johnson ........... 100 Nancy Peterson........................... 75 John Muller .............................. 200 David Thom .............................. 100 Ed & Linda Selden..................... 225 Carroll Harrington .................... 100 Barbara & Charles Stevens ............ * Karen Sipprell ........................... 250 George & Ruth Chippendale ........ * Charles & Jean Thompson ............ * Courtney & Kathy Bryant .............. * Ellmann Family ........................... 50 John & Lynn Wiese ................... 100 Paul & Maureen Roskoph ......... 100 Lodato Family ........................... 500 Harry & Susan Hartzell .............. 100 John & Ruth De Vries ............. 2,500 Jonathan MacQuitty & Laurie Hunter...................... 1,000 Susan Osofsky ............................ 50 Previously Published

Carolyn Williams & Mike Keeler.... * Amy Harris & Jopss Geiduschek............................ 100 Jeremy Platt & Sandra Murphy...... * Hugh McDevitt ......................... 200 Hans & Judith Steiner ............... 100 Hoda Epstein ................................ * Sandra & Scott Pearson ............ 500 Sally O’Neil & Ken Bencala........ 100 Fran Codispoti .......................... 500 Marvin & Kate Feinstein............ 150 David & Virginia Pollard ............ 150 David & Karen Backer ............... 500 Rosalie Shepherd ...................... 100 Lani Freeman & Stephen Monismith ............................. 150 Herb & Alice Fischgrund ........... 175 Douglas & Leslie Murphy-Chutorian.............. 1,000 Dan & Chris Logan ................... 100 Hal & Iris Korol.............................. * Anna Messner .......................... 250 Patricia Levin................................. * Stan & W Marie Scott ............... 100 M. Cairns & A. Martin .............. 100 Cindy & Dennis Dillon ............... 202 Howard Wolf ............................ 500

Stephanie Klein & Larry Baer......... * Marlys Keoshian ....................... 200 Robert Gamburd ...................... 500 Virginia Laibl ............................. 100 Meri Gruber & James Tayler .......... * Ellen & Ron Krasnow ................ 500 Laure Woods ............................ 100 Xiaofan Lin ................................. 50 Drew McCalley & Marilyn Green ........................ 100 Romola Georgia ........................... * Gwen Barry .............................. 100 Colleen Anderson ..................... 250 Bryan Wilson & Geri Martin Wilson ................ 100 Georgie Gleim .......................... 500 Steve & Diane Ciesinski............. 500 Merele McClure ........................ 500 Richard Ellson ........................... 100 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 ............................. * 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

Marina Remmel ........................ 500 Mark Kreutzer .......................... 100 Bandy & Diane Sikic .................. 300 Robert Simoni........................... 200 Craig Jurney ............................. 100 Michael Kieschnick ....................... * John Wilkes .............................. 300 Sally & Abdo Kadifa ............... 1,000 Robert & Barbara Simpson............ * Debbie Nusinson ...................... 100 Joanne Koltnow ....................... 300 Michael & Jean Couch .............. 250 Susan Hyder ............................... 20 Merrill & Lee Newman .................. * Brigid Barton & Rob Robinson .. 200 Laurie Jarrett................................. * Bill & Barbara Busse .................. 200 Jody Maxmin ................................ * Tony & Judy Kramer ...................... * Beth & Peter Rosenthal ............. 300 Page & Ferrell Sanders .............. 100 Bill Reller....................................... * Roger & Joan Warnke ............... 275 Catherine Dolton ...................... 200 Lee Sendelbeck......................... 500 Ruth Rosenbaum .......................... * Tom & Patricia Sanders ................. *

Margaret & Marc Cohen .......... 250 Marcia & Michael Katz.............. 200 Susan & Doug Woodman ............. * Sue Kemp................................. 250 Jerry & Linda Elkind .................. 250 Diane Doolittle ............................. * Patrick & Emily Radtke ........... 2,000 Don & Bonnie Miller ................. 100 Ron Wolf .................................. 200 Richard Morris ....................... 1,500 Michael Nelson ........................... 50 Solon Finkelstein....................... 150 Cathy Kroymann ...................... 250 Havern Family ........................ 5,000 Nigel Jones ................................. 50 Pamela Mayfield ....................... 100 Hugh MacMillan ....................... 500 Teresa Roberts ....................... 2,000 Bill Johnson & Terri Lobdell .... 1,000 Arden King ................................. 25 David Labaree ........................... 200 Bonnie Berg.............................. 300 Ellen & Mike Turbow ................ 250 Hal & Carol Louchheim ............. 400 Carol Bacchetti ......................... 200 Bruce Campbell ........................ 200 Stan Shore ................................ 500 Roy & Carol Blitzer........................ * Sally & Craig Nordlund ............. 500 Tom & Ellen Ehrich .................... 300 Eve & John Melton ................... 500 Nancy & Joe Huber ................... 100 Betty Gerard ............................. 100 Robyn Crumly............................... *

Peter Stern ............................... 250 Jim & Nancy Baer.......................... * Elizabeth Salzer & Richard Baumgartner ............. * Barbara Klein & Stan Schrier ......... * Judith Appleby ......................... 200 Caroline Zlotnick........................... * Bobbie & Jerry Wagger ................. * Harry & Susan Hartzell .............. 200 Diane Moore ................................ * Helene Pier ................................... * Phil Hanawalt & Graciela Spivak ...................... 500 Edward Kanazawa ........................ * Steve & Nancy Levy................... 500 Eugene & Mabel Dong ............. 200 Roger Smith ............................. 300 Jim & Alma Phillips ................... 250 Donald & Adele Langendorf ..... 200 Ann & Don Rothblatt.................... * Bob & Edie Kirkwood ................... * George & Betsy Young ............. 100 Richard & Tish Fagin ................. 300 Brigid Barton ............................ 500 Lawrence Yang & Jennifer Kuan ..................... 1,000 Richard Johnsson ................... 7,000 Ted & Ginny Chu .......................... * John & Florine Galen ................ 100 Jan Thomson & Roy Levin ......... 250 Vince & Amanda Steckler ...... 1,000 Boyce & Peggy Nute ..................... * Jan & Freddy Gabus .................. 100 Kevin Mayer & Barbara Zimmer .... * Andrea Smith ........................... 100 Deborah Williams ..................... 250 Peter Beller ............................... 200 Elaine Hahn .............................. 500 John & Meg Monroe ................ 500 Jan Kilner.................................. 500 Dena Goldberg ......................... 500 Sharon & Leif Erickson .............. 250 Thomas Rindfleisch ....................... * Charles Williams ....................... 100 Gail Taylor................................. 200 Deborah Baldwin & Lawrence Markosian ............................. 200 Linda & Steve Boxer ...................... * In Memory Of Mary Fran, Joe & Stephenn Scroggs.................................. 100 Tracy & Alan Herrick ..................... * Ryan ............................................. * Maria Serpa ................................ 30 Bob Markevitch ............................ * Carol Berkowitz ............................ * Tracy Herrick ............................. 500 Bob Donald .................................. * Ando & Barbara MacDonell ...... 250 Aaron O’Neill ................................ * Katharine Rogers King .................. * Emmett Lorey ............................... * Becky Schaefer ............................. * Ernest J. Moore ........................ 200 Jim Byrnes ................................ 100 Betty Meltzer ................................ * Bob Wolbach.............................. 50 Ted Linden ................................ 200 Joe & Rema Cotton .................. 100 Leonard Ely, Jr. .......................... 250 Glen A. Lillington, MD .............. 200 Marie & Don Snow ................... 100 Nate Rosenberg ........................ 150

Willie Branch ................................ * August Lee King ........................... * Ruth & Chet Johnson ................... * Robert Lobdell .............................. * Y.C. and Er-Ying Yen ................ 250 Abe and Helene Klein ................... * Mrs. Katina D. Higbee .............. 200 Helen Rubin.............................. 200 Dr. & Mrs. Irving Rubin ............. 200 Max & Anna Blanker ................ 200 Leo & Sylvia Breidenbach .............. * Thomas & Louise Phinney ............. * Laddie Hughes.............................. * Pam Grady ............................... 250 Yoko Nonaka ................................ * Our parents Albert & Beverly Pellizzari ..................... * Robert Spinrad ......................... 500 Boyd Paulson ................................ * Florence Kan Ho ........................... * Jack Sutorius............................. 300 Dr. Elliot W. Eisner ........................ * Mary Floyd.................................... * John Packard ............................ 100 As a Gift For E G Lund Family........................ 100 In Honor Of Ada’s Café, a tasty treasure .......... * Lucy Berman’s Clients ............ 2,500 Lynn Radzilowski .......................... * Jill, Scott, Polly, Hayley, Jake & Garrett..................... 1,200 Marilyn Sutorius ....................... 300 Organizations Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk ..... 25,907 Sponsors of Moonlight Run: Palo Alto Medical Foundation ....................... 10,000 Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation ........... 5,000 Stanford Federal Credit Union ................................. 5,000 Palantir ............................... 5,000 DeLeon Realty .................... 5,000 Lakin Spears ....................... 2,000 Bank of the West................ 1,000 Harrell Remodeling ....................... * Alta Mesa Cemetery & Funeral Home.................. 1,800 Attorney Susan Dondershine .... 200 Good Bear and Co. Charitable Fund ................................... 5,000 Bleibler Properties LLC .............. 500 deLemos Properties .................. 300 Carl King/Mayfield Mortgage ....... * Palo Alto Business Park Judd Properties .......................... * Reach 4U Coaching Lee Zulman ............................ 100

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Suspect arrested in Bloomingdale’s burglary A fugitive wanted in a brazen burglary of Bloomingdale’s department store in Palo Alto in 2015 was captured this week after allegedly robbing a smoke shop in Grass Valley, according to police. (Posted Jan. 5, 11:03 a.m.)

Stanford rebuts New York Times story A New York Times story describing Stanford University’s “struggles and pitfalls” in adjudicating sexual-assault cases -- explored through the case of a former female student who said she was raped by a current member of the football team -- was quickly condemned by the university as an inaccurate assessment of its efforts to “aggressively to address the scourge of sexual assault.” (Posted Jan. 5, 7:46 a.m.)

Department of Labor sues Google The U.S. Department of Labor sued Google Wednesday in a dispute about how much employee information the technology giant must provide for an evaluation of its compliance with antidiscrimination laws (Posted Jan. 5, 9:32 a.m.)

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Johanna Mora, children’s services coordinator at the Opportunity Services Center in Palo Alto, helps a student with her homework on Jan. 3. The nonprofit provides after-school tutoring and counseling to local children who are in transition from homelessness. said Philip Dah, the facility’s se- as much help as the kids. Some nior director. Starting last year, the aren’t accustomed to attending nonprofit began providing focused conferences with a teachers, for mental-health therapy for children. example. At times, Opportunity The goal of these is to ease what Center staff members sit in on could be a jarring transition from such meetings, Dah said. In addition to the counseling and the streets to the schools, Dah said. “When you’re coming from a the tutoring services, there are also household where mom and dad art activities, sports, games and may have mental-health issues or field trips. Twice a week, Mora substance-abuse issues and are just takes the group to the Boys and coming out of homelessness and Girls Club, where there are more now living here, behavior in school computers and play space. And may be significantly different from during the summer, there are day what any other kid in school has to trips to California’s Great Amergo through,” he said. “So the goal ica, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to make sure that, in school, they and other regional destinations. Mora said she sees the aftercan assimilate very well.” At the same time, staff also school program as an anchor for aims to serve as the bridge be- children who live at the Opportween center counselors and tunity Services Center — a place school staff. Most of the teachers where they can get a snack, find don’t know anything about the someone to talk to or get extra help children’s household situations. with homework. Two high school The program’s counselors aim to children who live in the Opportunity Center routinely come in change that, Dah said. “What we are trying to do is to help out their younger neighconnect schools and counselors bors. Community volunteers from and say, ‘This is what the story Stanford University and local high is,’” Dah said. “You cannot treat schools occasionally pop in. And the after-school program also ofall these kids in the same way.” In some cases, the parents need fers the myriad small pleasures of everyday life: the books, the toys, the conversations with peers and room to roam and explore. “Upstairs, they may have small apartments, but over here there is a decent amount of space — as well as computers and books,” A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week Mora said. Q Information about the Holiday City Council (Jan. 3) Fund, including how to donate, Election: The council elected Greg Scharff and Liz Kniss to serve as mayor and is on page 8 and also at PaloAlvice mayor, respectively, in 2017. Yes: Unanimous fund. Resolutions: The council passed resolutions of appreciation for outgoing Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner Mayor Pat Burt, Councilman Greg Schmid and Councilman Marc Berman. Yes: Unanimous can be reached at gsheyner@


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Sidney Drell, former deputy director of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, died at his Palo Alto home on Dec. 21. He was 90. He was born on Sept. 13, 1926, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He attended Princeton University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1946 and his master’s degree in 1947. He obtained his doctorate in physics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1949. After earning his doctorate, he began his career as a physics teacher at Stanford University in 1950. He later worked as a researcher and assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before returning to Stanford in 1956 as a professor of physics. He served as deputy director of the SLAC lab from 1969 until his retirement in 1998. His research focused on quantum electrodynamics, which describes interactions between light and matter, and quantum chromodynamics, the investigation of quarks and gluons, which are subatomic particles. He and associate Tung-Mow Yan created the Drell-Yan Process, which became an important tool in particle physics. He also was well-known for his dedication to arms control, a commitment that spanned more than 50 years. As an opponent to nuclear proliferation, he served on many panels advising Congress, the intelligence community and the military. Additionally, he was a founding member of JASON, a group of scientists created to advise the government on issues of national security and defense; a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board from 1992 to 2001; the co-founder of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford; and in 2006 he and former Secretary of State George P. Shultz began a program at the Hoover Institution with a mission to rid the world of nuclear weapons. Over the course of his life, he received many awards including the National Medal of Science (2011); the Enrico Fermi Award; a fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation; the Heinz Award; the Rumford Medal; and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. In addition to his distinguished academic and professional career, he was also an accomplished violinist. He played chamber music throughout his life and enjoyed the St. Lawrence String Quartet. He is survived by his wife, Harriet, of Palo Alto, and his children, Daniel of Falls Creek, Virginia, Persis of Stanford and Joanna of Richmond, Virginia. The family has no requests for donations and memorial plans are forthcoming.

Longtime Palo Alto resident Helen Mickelwait died on Dec. 3. She was 98. She was born in San Francisco on Nov. 12, 1918, to Janette and Oscar Rastad, two Norwegian immigrants. She grew up in the Sunset District, learning to drive on the sand dunes of Ocean Beach. When she was in her 30s, she met Kenneth Mickelwait while attending folk dancing classes at Chang’s in North Beach. Together, they shared a love of dancing and hiking in the High Sierra. They were married in Berkeley in 1949 and made San Francisco their home before moving to Palo Alto in the early 1950s. In Palo Alto, they raised two daughters, Kirsten and Janet. In 1956, her husband, who was working for the Stanford Research Institute, was transferred to Madras, India. The family spent a year living there. In the mid-1960s, she returned to school and earned her teaching credential in early childhood education. She then became the longtime director of the First Congregational

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Church Nursery School. Later, her love of numbers led her to bookkeeping positions at the Peninsula Times-Tribune and the First Congregational Church. Over the years, she and her husband enjoyed hiking, backpacking with friends, square dancing, discussion groups and cultural events. In 1999, they moved into Channing House, where they joined an active group of friends in retirement. Though later in life she slowly lost some physical and mental capabilities, her family remembers that her continued interest, compassion and attentive friendship ensured that she was loved by all. She is predeceased by her husband, Ken Mickelwait, and survived by her sister, Thelma Schiller; daughters, Kirsten Mickelwait and Janet (Russ) Peterson; and grandchildren, Hadley and Macklin Bickford. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of her life at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, at the First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Environmental Defense Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council or the Sierra Club. (continued on page 12)

Mary Joanne Gainer

December 7, 1937 – December 26, 2016 Joanne Gainer passed away at age 79 peacefully on Dec. 26, 2016. Born Mary Joanne Gainer at Palo Alto Hospital on Dec. 7, 1937 to Mary Regina Harrington and Thomas Francis Gainer. She grew up in Menlo Park attending St. Joseph’s elementary, then Sacred Heart and finished her college education in teaching at San Jose State University. She earned her teaching credential and taught at La Honda Elementary School for over 20 years. Joanne retired from teaching at age 55. After retirement, she had more time to pursue her passion for gardening and floral arranging. Joanne was an avid gardener, cook, and crafter enjoying all of these activities throughout her life. She also loved to travel and continued exploring new destinations. Joanne’s joyful approach to life will be dearly missed by family and friends. Joanne is survived by her sister Mary Marcia Gainer of Menlo Park, CA and cousins Barbara Walczykowski of Alexandria, VA, Mary Ellen Harrington of San Mateo, CA, Richard J. Harrington of Menlo Park, CA, Thomas V. Harrington and Kristoffer V. Harrington of Las Vegas, NV. A Mass celebrating Joanne’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Jan. 13, 2017 at Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025. The rosary will proceed the mass at 10:45 a.m. and a reception will be held after mass in the O’Hare Center directly behind the church. Donations are requested in Joanne’s name to the Oakwood Rest Home, 140 Valpariso Ave., Atherton, California 94027 or the Boys and Girls Club-Peninsula, 415 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025. PAID


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Robert W. Towner Robert W. Towner, of Mountain View, California, died peacefully at Mission Hospice in San Mateo, California, on Tuesday morning, November 22nd, at the age of 97, after a rich and fulfilling life. Rev. Towner was a retired American Baptist minister. The sixth of seven children, he was born June 25, 1919, to Ben F. and Jennie P. Towner in Hornell, New York. He was educated in the Hornell public schools, where his mother was the first woman president of the local school board. Robert graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York in 1941, and from Colgate Rochester Theological Seminary in 1944. He served as a naval chaplain in World War II. Robert married the former Helen Rose in October, 1944, and they began their married life at Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. After the war, they ministered to churches in Lansing, Michigan; Norwich, New York; Lewiston, Maine; Madison, Wisconsin; Palo Alto, California; and Penfield, New York, before his retirement to Madison, Wisconsin, in 1984. Helen Towner preceded her husband in death in 1993. He subsequently married Lucille Collins Hargrove, of Mountain View, California, and resided in Mountain View until his death. In addition to his beloved wife Lucille, Robert is survived by five daughters: Susan (Gregory) Dean of Madison, Wisconsin; Gretchen (James) Lewis of Manhattan, Kansas; Elizabeth Morrell (Joseph Martyniak) of Randolph, Massachusetts; Kathryn Hargrove of Woodside, California; and Mary Hargrove (Kent Reed) of San Mateo, California. He dearly loved, and was much loved by ten grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Robert was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen, one son, David Hargrove, and sons-in-law Brian Morrell and David Wexler. In addition to his gifts as a preacher and pastor, Robert Towner was known for his beautiful bass-baritone voice. He was active in opera and civic theater in Madison, Wisconsin; Palo Alto, California; Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and the Rochester, New York, areas. Those of us who knew and love Robert cherish the memories of his warmth, his humor, his wisdom and thoughtful intelligence, and his deep love for all of the members of his family and friends.  Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on January 14 at the Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.  The family requests that any memorial gifts be addressed to Mission Hospice of San Mateo, California. PAID



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Herman Ohme


January 12, 1925 - December 14, 2016 Herman Ohme died peacefully on December 14, just shy of his 92nd birthday. He had lived in Palo Alto since 1970, moving with his family from Los Angeles to accept a position as Principal of Cubberley High School. Herman Ohme was born on Jan 12, 1925 in Pittsburg, PA to Esther and Harry Steinberg. He and his older sister Diana, and younger brother Nate, grew up in the small Jewish community of Squirrel Hill. His given last name was also Steinberg, but he changed it to Ohme after experiencing anti-Semitism in the army. Herman was a deep thinker and lived by a set of humanitarian principles shaped by his ability to extract valuable lessons from every encounter. A graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School in Squirrel Hill, he always lived by the school’s motto: “Know Something, Be Something, Do Something!” As a teenager, Herman volunteered at the Irene Kaufmann Settlement House in Pittsburgh, where he earned a scholarship for his efforts. Like most teenagers, he couldn’t wait to leave home, and used his scholarship to enroll at Penn State. But World War II was soon at hand, and the call to enlist was a call to adventure for Herman. He enlisted when he was 17, lying about his age, but no one was asking. He was eventually transferred to Europe, and went to Normandy only days after the invasion. As a medic and very sensitive person, he was undoubtedly scarred for life by the horrors he witnessed. Sadly, he was never diagnosed or given the help he needed in making sense of the senseless. Immediately after the war, he married a Parisienne and they had a son, Denys. The marriage ended soon after in divorce. During the war, Herman wrote home often, and we recovered his box of wartime letters. In one letter, dated August 13, 1944, he relayed a story that affected him profoundly. Still in France, he and a buddy were in search of a place to wash their clothes, and came to a small village. They happened upon a woman and her twentysomething son, who were unpacking a crate. The crate contained a collection of family valuables, buried and hidden from the Germans who had occupied their home. Eager to practice his French, Herman began a conversation with the young man, and learned that he was a resistance fighter. Even with his broken French, these two men of different worlds were soon exchanging ideas and life philosophies. Herman was so touched to learn that the young man was not bitter or vengeful toward the Germans. Instead, this man, who as Herman wrote, “had fallen into the pitfalls of a modern war” was more determined than ever to forge a peaceful status among nations by treating everyone, even his prior oppressors, with the humanity and dignity expected of civilized peoples. To Herman, this “was a truly a great man - a man who has learned the secret of eternal brotherhood.” Many was the time that Herman put these principles into action, but the most memorable was 50 years later, when his car was stolen. Punishment and retribution

were never high on Herman’s list, and he seized the opportunity to help transition a life with nothing to lose into one of hope and promise. Instead of pressing charges, Herman helped the young man enroll at Foothill College, and even gave him some cash for books. Rather than exacting a pound of flesh, Herman believed that opening doors to learning was the only reasonable path – not only for the young man, but in the grand scheme of things, for all of us. When he returned from the war, Herman moved west, and used the GI bill to attend UCLA, where he continued to study French. Soon he was teaching at UCLA, and his best friend’s sister from Squirrel Hill, Jean Magidson, turned up in his class. Their romance blossomed instantly, and they married in 1951. The couple bought a tiny post-war house in Mar Vista, on the west side of Los Angeles. There they had three children - Rhonda, Karen, and Steven. In addition to his passion for education, Herman also had an artistic side. In the 1950’s he designed a beautiful chess set, and his first career was an attempt to make a living at selling his unique sets. Chess set production was rewarding, but with a family to feed, chess became a hobby, and he returned to his first love, education. Herman was a passionate educator, and brought creativity, innovation, and compassion to his lifelong career in education. Embracing his calling, he quickly rose through the ranks of the public education system - first as a French teacher at Fairfax High School, and finally securing his first administrator position as Vice Principal of Culver City High School. On his first day as Vice Principal of Culver City High, he was given a stack of detention slips to “deal with.” He was flabbergasted to learn that the stack had been carefully preserved and carried forward from the previous school year. He noticed that these unfortunate souls had so many detentions (if you don’t serve your detention, you are punished with more) that they couldn’t live long enough to serve out their “sentences.” Herman wondered how these students could ever succeed when starting out so far behind on the first day of school. His first act as the new Vice Principal was to drop every last detention slip in the circular file and declare “amnesty for all!” He continued moving up the education ladder, while simultaneously pursuing and earning his Doctorate in Education from USC. In 1970, Herman accepted a position that turned out to be the crown jewel in his public service career - Principal of Cubberely High School. Herman inherited a school that had been tumultuous in the 60’s and was searching for new footing. With his love of learning and excitement to be in a community that revered education as much as he did, he accomplished great things at Cubberley, including having started an Alternative School on the Cubberley campus, to accommodate students who loved learning but needed a different approach. His years at Cubberley were his golden years, and even after leaving, he continued to host reunions for the faculty for many years to come.

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Hubert R. Marshall

After retiring from public service, Herman wrote articles and books about education, and worked with his wife Jean, whose tutoring business was flourishing so much that it wound up becoming a full-fledged school. Working with Jean, Herman counseled students who had all but given up on school, because of debilitating failures in their short academic histories. When he met with these students and their parents, he asked probing questions and quickly found their gifts. He made every student feel smart and valued within only a few minutes of meeting them. He showed students how to get back on track and gave them the opportunity to learn at their own pace, to repeat failing grades, and to become confident students again. There was no greater joy for Herman than to watch students rekindle their hopes and dreams with a fresh start in school. Herman’s father instilled in him that he was put on this earth to make a difference. Herman offered confidence, inspiration, wisdom, hope, and dignity to everyone he encountered. He touched many lives, and there is no doubt that he did make the world a better place. Although his cognition was severely impaired in the last years of his life, the family was comforted to know that Herman finally found peace in a loving place where he was well-cared for. He forgot his demons of the past, and he no longer struggled with the challenges of day-to-day life in his compromised state. We are grateful for the excellent care he received at Palo Alto Commons. He is survived by his wife Jean Ohme; his sister Diana Leventer; his children Rhonda Racine, Karen Hobbs, and Steven Ohme; his son Denys Ohme from a previous marriage; 6 grandchildren and a great-grandson. A memorial service celebrating Herman’s life is open to the public and will be at the Hillel House on Stanford Campus on Sunday, February 12, at 11:00 AM. Parking is free on Sundays in the Tressider parking lot. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Hillel House at Stanford or to Hope for the Warriors, an organization that provides health and wellness support for veterans and their families. PAID


Hubert R. Marshall, longtime political science teacher at Stanford University, died on Dec. 7 from respiratory complications at a retirement home in Mill Valley. He was 96. Born Jan. 16, 1920, in Chicago, Illinois, he grew up Presbyterian and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. While there, he embraced pacifism and, during World War II, he refused to serve in the military. Instead, he spent the war years in work camps, doing basic road work and managing national forests. During his time at Antioch, he served on the race relations committee and, after seeing the effects of segregation and discrimination in Yellow Springs, he was spurred to action, pressuring local businesses to end discriminatory practices. He also met his future wife, Rachelle Marshall, while at Antioch. They were married in Yellow Springs in 1947. In 1947, the couple moved to North Carolina, where Hubert earned a doctorate degree in political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While in North Carolina, the Marshalls supported prominent civil rights leaders like Bayard Rustin, an adviser of Martin Luther King, Jr. For a short time, Marshall taught at the University of Florida followed by working on the program-planning staff of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Then, in 1953, he came to teach at Stanford University, where he would spend most of his career. While at Stanford, he taught a class called Major Issues of American Public Policy for approximately 37 years until retiring in 1990. In 1985, he received the Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford’s highest award for excellence in teaching. After retiring, he and his wife lived in their home on Stanford’s campus until 2010, when they moved to a retirement home closer to their son. He is survived by his wife, Rachelle Marshall of Mill Valley; their son, Jonathan Marshall (Lorrie Goldin) of San Anselmo; and grandchildren Ishmael and Vita Wallace of New York City, New York, Katherine Marshall of Long Beach and Jennifer Marshall of San Francisco.


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or patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, little progress in the way of treatment has been made for decades, says Stanford neurologist and biotechnology pioneer Frank Longo, who chairs the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, co-leads the new Stanford Neuroscience Health Center and serves as associate director of the Stanford Alzheimer’s Research Center. “When I walk into our Memory Disorders Clinic, it’s very embarrassing for me that I cannot offer any drug better

Longo is determined to change that. He, along with dozens of Stanford researchers from multiple disciplines, have been working with the Stanford Alzheimer’s Research Center to conduct interdisciplinary research on the disease and related disorders since 2015 when the National Institute of Health provided $7.3 million to open the center and support five years of research. The center is one of more than 30 institutions funded as a federal Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. “We’ve entered the golden era for

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‘The path of dementia is confusing, challenging ... and undermines everything you’ve come to assume about your family, your relationship and the future.’ —Romola Georgia, Palo Alto resident what happens inside the brain during Alzheimer’s earliest stages. For the first time this month, Longo began clinical testing of

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While other federal Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers have focused on later stages of the disease, Stanford is particularly looking for people in the early stage of Alzheimer’s or its precursor, mild cognitive impairment, said psychologist Dolores Gallagher Thompson, a research professor of psychiatry and behavioral science. “Why it is that some people with mild cognitive impairment go on the develop Alzheimer’s disease and some don’t?” Gallagher Thompson said. “That’s the $64 million question. There are lots and lots of older people with symptoms that would qualify as mild cognitive impairment, but nobody knows what that means because we don’t really know whether that’s going to progress to Alzheimer’s. “So in our center we’re trying to get as any people as possible with the ‘mild cognitive impairment’ label — either they already know they have it, or they come in and we test them and we tell them they have it.” Longo said the best research-tested precaution people can take to reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s is to exercise 30 minutes a day for five days a week. He also recommends a Mediterranean diet as part of an overall plan to reduce risk of Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure and diabetes. Still, there are no guarantees. For more information, go to or contact Christina WyssCoray at Q Contributing Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at

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The year in film We revisit the best, the worst and the most memorable movies of 2016


behind them, as an unusual number of the films that rose to the top were reflections on the shifting ground beneath Americans’ feet: our ongoing struggles with racism, our deep political divide and attendant breakdown of communication, the abdication of the middle class to corporate profit, and distrust of government. And now the disclaimers: As always, a “Top 10” list is wildly subjective and more than a bit ridiculous. Unlike the Oscars (which also are ridiculous), a Top 10 list is not crowdsourced but individualistic. These are my Top 10 films of the year, and while I hope they also will be pretty close to yours, I recognize few Top 10 lists ever turn out exactly the same, from critic to critic or, indeed, from critic to movie patron. As always, though, dear Reader, the list is meant to be put up on your fridge as a road map to your local cinema and as a guide for your remote control. You may not agree that these are the best films of 2016, but hopefully you will agree that they all have something to offer, something to show and tell. Happy watching!

The best film of 2016: “Moonlight.” Filled with extraordinary performances, the film explores the tension between private and public selves.

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for end-of-the-year awards season. And as it did in the 1950s, despite the threat of insurgent television, the flow of moviegoers will continue: As long as we crave spectacle (IMAX and 3-D being bonuses for seekers of “the big”), movie theaters will be there for the big stuff. And for the time being, at least, smaller films will be there to benefit from the runoff. After all, perhaps there’s still something to be said for the communal experience of watching a movie: just ask the patrons of David Packard’s thriving Stanford Theatre. All of this is to say that Your Friendly Neighborhood Film Critic has had no trouble filling a “Top 10” list of the year’s best cinematic achievements. Well, no trouble, unless you count the agonizing winnowing process of fine distinctions or the agony of sitting through the worst of the worst along the way. (What’s always easier than making a “Top 10” list? Busting out a “Bottom 5” list). Perhaps, with the presidential election looming, filmmakers this year felt the rush of history

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by Peter Canavese he death of cinema has been touted for years, and it’s an understandable concern. Hollywood’s profitwatching bottom-liners have us in a seemingly endless cycle of superhero movies, sequels, remakes and reboots that increasingly seem to crowd out the freedom and distinctiveness of independent-minded, quirky — or, better yet, maverick — creators of bigscreen content. Add to that the new Golden Age of Television, increasingly seen as the place for uncompromising, deep-diving storytelling, and the increasing sophistication of home theaters, and it’s not hard to wonder if even movies themselves (much less cinema) are somehow on the chopping block. While you will continue to hear doomsaying, the state of cinema remains strong. Independent filmmaking is not dead yet; witness films like “Take Me to the River” and “Little Men.” Hollywood production companies still put out artful films, albeit saving them almost exclusively

In “Arrival,” Amy Adams plays a linguist enlisted to speak to newly arrived alien beings.

The top 10 films of 2016 10. ‘Snowden’ At 70, Oliver Stone is still fighting the good fight in Hollywood and in the media arena. He’s not the bullfighter; he’s the bull, taking the spears of critics but still saying what he feels needs to be said about history. He’s never been more current than with “Snowden,” in which

Joseph Gordon-Levitt masterfully embodies the NSA whistleblower some see as traitor and some see as patriotic tech-nerd hero. This 21st century “Born on the Fourth of July” goes past the headlines to humanize Snowden and tell as much of his truth as is legally prudent. The film is a political act that may not only

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report history (in dramatic form) but help to shape it.

9. ‘The Founder’ Call it “Big Mac-beth.” Screenwriter Robert D. Siegel expertly frames the story of McDonald’s magnate Ray Kroc (played with his usual aplomb by Michael Keaton) as an American tragedy: can-do spirit curdled by ambition and greed, pride in excellence abandoned to the profit motive. It’s the story of capitalism in the 20th century told in microcosm, and by essentially being all of “Breaking Bad” in one, efficiently scripted 115-minute film, in a way it puts the lie to the idea that film cannot do what television can do. It’s also quite entertaining: Director John Lee Hancock, I forgive you for “The Blind Side.”

8. ‘The Handmaiden’ The most elegantly stylized picture of the year hailed from South Korea, and the modern master Park Chan-wook (“Oldboy”). A crafty erotic thriller and

a romantic drama, “The Handmaiden” also serves as a stealthy historical commentary on the place and time it depicts: Japanese-occupied Korea of the early 20th century. Fantastic leading performances by Kim Min-hee and Kim Tae-ri anchor a complex story of lush surfaces and roiling underbellies, of power and pleasure and pain, of spontaneous sex and unexpected love. Park executes every sight and sound with astonishing just-so precision.

7. ‘Christine’ No film this year ended with more of a gut punch than Antonio Campos’ “Christine.” Not the climax, which those familiar with the true story of troubled 1970s Floridian news reporter Christine Chubbuck will dread from frame one, but the film’s haunting resolution, a coda with one lonely character peeling the foil off of a TV dinner and watching a very specific television program with a deeply ironic connection to what has come before. With this scene, Campos and screenwriter

Craig Shilowich elevate what has already been a brilliant psychological study (with an amazing performance by Rebecca Hall) and workplace drama to a commentary on how media shapes what we see and believe about what’s right in front of us.

6. ‘20th Century Women’ Writer-director Mike Mills offers a highly personal story in salute to his mother (akin to his salute to his father, “Beginners”). While nominally his coming-ofage story, “20th Century Women” primarily celebrates three generations of women in Annette Bening’s mother and the family friends, played by Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning, that she enlists to help raise her son. National treasure Bening does some of her most heartfelt work, and Mills’ limber direction provokes not only “feels” but historical reflection on 1979 as a turning point (coincidentally, not unlike the second season of FX’s “Fargo”).

Arts & Entertainment 5. ‘O.J.: Made in America’

4. ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ A pithier and even more provocative documentary on similar themes is Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro.” With its text sourced mostly from novelist, social critic and poet James Baldwin’s unfinished book “Remember This House,” Peck’s brilliantly edited film features a fantastic vocal performance by Samuel L. Jackson (reading Baldwin’s caringly accusatory letter to America); select clips of Baldwin on chat shows; archival footage of Baldwin’s life, times and famous friends; and a canny montage to show the frightening relevance of past tragedy to our present moment, a year in which America continued

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Ezra Edelman’s extraordinary documentary about O.J. Simpson and his legal troubles clocks in at nearly eight hours and ran on ESPN this year. But since it also received a limited theatrical distribution, it qualifies as one of the year’s best films. The text is everything you ever wanted to know about Simpson; the subtext is the complex causes and effects of confusion over racial identity and anger sown by race-based conflict in America. At the heart of it all: the true-crime story that riveted 1995 America for more than eight months.

Denzel Washington directs and stars in this sterling adaptation of an American dramatic classic, August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prizewinning “Fences.” to struggle mightily over issues around racism.

3. ‘Fences’ Denzel Washington directs and stars in this sterling adaptation of an American dramatic classic, August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prizewinning “Fences.” A study in pride and bluster, delusion and deception, Troy Maxon is an iconic American character to stand beside Stanley Kowalski and Willy Loman, casting shadows every bit as long in desperate striving, prideful masking, and crushing defeat. In an equally towering performance, Viola Davis powerfully captures the smarts and sacrifice of Troy’s wife, Rose; both actors may well collect Oscars for their

work. Wilson wrote his version of the story of black America in the 20th century, and this 1950s chapter remains his best-known play for good reason. On screen, writ large by Washington, “Fences” remains every bit an American classic.

2. ‘Arrival’ Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” dropped during election week, and not a moment too soon to offer America a lesson in bridging communication gaps. Amy Adams plays a linguist enlisted to speak to newly arrived alien beings. While functioning as her emotionally difficult personal story, “Arrival” also uses its science fiction to endorse seeking understanding before resorting to

destruction and to help us, like its characters, consider a whole new way of looking at our very existence. It’s heady stuff for a Hollywood movie with aliens: Don’t mistake this one for the usual action extravaganza. It is instead one of the year’s most thoughtful dramas.

Filled with extraordinary performances, “Moonlight” explores the tension between private and public selves for a closeted black individual who feels pressure to conform to traditional but arbitrary standards of masculinity.

And the best film of 2016 goes to:

“Loving,” “Manchester by the Sea,” “Indignation,” “Take Me to the River,” “The Lobster,” “A Monster Calls,” “Certain Women,” “Paterson,” “Rules Don’t Apply” and “Nocturnal Animals.”

1. ‘Moonlight’

In skillfully adapting Tarell Alvin McCraney’s unproduced play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” writer-director Barry Jenkins shows a deep curiosity about one person’s development and inner life. We see this person grow from boy to teenager to man over the film’s three acts, and although the trappings could easily play as clichés, “Moonlight” clearly comes from a (literal and figurative) real place for both creators.


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The bottom five films of 2015


5. ‘Demolition’ Courtesy Barry Wetcher of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

The clodhopping symbolism of a laughably by-the-textbook but utterly clueless script spells the kind of mawkish movie that casual moviegoers may love but that will make literary-minded cineastes want to claw their eyes out. Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper: You read the damn thing, and sorry ‘bout it — you asked for it.

4. ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ Nia Vardalos’ 14-years-later sequel doesn’t offer many “good” laughs. They’re mostly retrograde “aren’t ethnics funny?” laughs that would’ve felt more fitting in a movie 50 years ago than one from today: outlandish stereotypes, shameless mugging, cheap Greek references and broad staging amount to a gaudy big-screen sitcom.

3. ‘Mother’s Day’ In honor of director Garry Marshall (R.I.P. 2016), a very likeable man, I will refrain from again knocking his final film “Mother’s Day” in print. Except to say, yeah, it was the third worst movie I saw this year.

2. ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ Only in a well-populated movie

The worst movie of 2016: “Collateral Beauty.” Ostensibly a Frank Capra-style fantasy with delightful characters, this was in fact a painfully stupid two-hour Hallmark card. theater can one truly appreciate the sound of silence when a character boasts she could crack a walnut with her vagina. And that, my friends, is the funniest joke in “Keeping Up with the Joneses,” a spy-meets-squares “comedy” vehicle for Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot that was truly all mindless mayhem, no laughs.

And the worst film of 2016 goes to: 1. ‘Collateral Beauty’

The movie I called “Chicken Poop for the Soul” had me

squirming in my seat as Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Naomie Harris (of best film “Moonlight”) and others reduced themselves to playing out one of the battiest scripts ever. Ostensibly a Frank Capra-style fantasy with delightful characters, this was in fact a painfully stupid two-hour Hallmark card. Of course, there’s plenty more to remember beyond 2016’s highest highs and lowest lows. Read on for our take on the best good guys, the worst baddies, the top documentaries and the most magical animated movies. (continued on next page)



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Best heroes 5. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) in “Arrival” 4. Little/Chiron/Black (Alex Hibbert/Ashton Sanders/Trevante Rhodes) in “Moonlight” 3. Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in “Snowden” 2. Sharon Jones in “Miss Sharon Jones!” 1. Mr. & Mrs. Loving (Joel Edgerton & Ruth Negga) in “Loving” (Honorable mention: Deadpool in “Deadpool,” Jeff Bridges’ Texas Ranger in “Hell or High Water,” and the women of “Hidden Figures” and “Certain Women”)

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5. The Blind Man in “Don’t Breathe” 4. Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) in “The Founder” 3. David Irving (Timothy Spall) in “Denial” 2. Inoue Masashige (Issey Ogata) in “Silence” 1. Dean Caudwell (Tracy Letts) in “Indignation” (Honorable mention: Aaron Johnson’s killer rapist in “Nocturnal Animals,” John Goodman’s whack-job in “10 Cloverfield Lane,” and The Witch in “The Witch”)

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The best heroes of 2016 films: Mr. & Mrs. Loving (Joel Edgerton & Ruth Negga) in “Loving.”

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Animated winners 5. “Zootopia” 4. “Kubo and the Two Strings” 3. “Moana” 2. “Phantom Boy” 1. “The Red Turtle”

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A look back at the Midpeninsula’s top food news of 2016 BY ELENA KADVANY

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n many ways, 2016 was a year of recognition, second acts and upscale dining for the Midpeninsula restaurant scene. In Palo Alto, newcomer Bird Dog made headlines locally and beyond for bringing innovative dining south of San Francisco. Local, national and even international restaurateurs continued to look to Palo Alto to expand their businesses, from the second outpost of a popular San Francisco wine shop, Biondivino, to Wahlburgers, a burger chain owned by actor Mark Wahlberg and his family.

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Four dedicated poké eateries opened in Palo Alto and Mountain View this year, following one that opened in 2015.

Second acts from established restaurants, including California Avenue Italian favorite Terún and longtime brewery-restaurant Gordon Biersch, found their own success. Notable high-end restaurateurs, including Nobu Matsuhisa and two French Laundry alums, announced plans to open in Palo Alto. In Mountain View, 2016 saw the return of the popular Gochi Japanese Fusion Tapas, which had closed the previous summer due to an impending redevelopment. Several national and international chains also moved in, including Eureka!, Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot and Dong Lai Shun. Zagat highlighted Haochen Liu of Kumino, a new Asian-fusion restaurant, as one of its “Under-the-Radar Chefs to Know in the SF Bay Area.” This year, Los Altos regained Chinese standby Hunan Homes, which reopened in Mountain View, but lost community fixture Main Street Cafe. And Midpeninsulites quickly became hooked on the carefully crafted bread and baked goods from Manresa Bread, the bakery spinoff from the Michelin-starred Los Gatos restaurant of the same name. Below are several highlights from this year in dining, from the most exciting opening of the year to the chef to watch in 2017. For the full story, go to Palo MOST EXCITING OPENING OF 2016: After a liquor-license suspension, a change in ownership and nearly three years of renovations, the British Bankers Club, also known as the BBC, quietly reopened in Menlo Park just before the end of the year. For now, the restaurant is serving dinner only; lunch service is expected to start later in January. YEAR OF POKÉ: 2016 was undoubtedly (and for some, tiredly)

the year of poké. Four dedicated poké eateries opened in Palo Alto and Mountain View this year, following one that opened in 2015. STRANGEST TAKEOVER : Who could have predicted that Mark Wahlberg would buy a Palo Alto seafood restaurant this year? The owner of Sam’s Chowder House announced unexpectedly in December that the restaurant had been sold to Wahlburgers, which is expected to open in 2017. SHORTEST LIVED: It took only five months for the owner of Mountain View Asian fusion restaurant Izzo to call it quits. Frank Chang closed the 246 Castro St. restaurant this fall, stating the concept — Taiwanese and Asian-fusion cuisine — was “not taking off fast enough.” FAREWELL TO AN INSTITUTION: Palo Alto said sayonara this year to Homma’s Brown Rice Sushi, which had served brown-rice nigiri, rolls and vegetarian sushi in a no-frills setting off California Avenue for 30 years. FOOD BOOM AT STANFORD: 2016 was the year that Stanford Shopping Center became a dining as well as a shopping destination. Shoppers can now stop for a snack — or a full meal — at Tender Greens, True Food Kitchen, Go Fish Poké Bar, Pink Posy bakery, Minamoto Kitchoan or Terrain Cafe, with more on the way in 2017. CHEF TO WATCH IN 2017: Those who waited in line at one of pastry chef John Shelsta’s Palo Alto pop-ups this year can attest to the quality, care and love poured into his baked goods. Now that Shelsta’s most (continued on next page)

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133 Music Lessons Christina Conti Piano Private lessons for all levels, all ages. Also Music Theory. In your home or mine. SJSU Bachelor of Music. 650-493-6950

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Hope Street Music Studios Now on Old Middefield Way, MV. Most instruments, voice. All ages and levels 650-961-2192 www. Paul Price Music Lessons In your home. Piano, violin, viola, theory, history. Customized. BA music, choral accompanist, arranger, early pop and jazz. 800-647-0305

145 Non-Profits Needs

SAWMILLS from only $4397.00- MAKE & SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill- Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship! FREE Info/DVD: www. 1-800-578-1363 Ext.300N (Cal-SCAN) Economy Pie & Baked Goods Home-baker in Palo Alto, permitted and professionally trained. All cakes can be made gluten-free.

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425 Health Services


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Old Porsche 356/911/912 For restoration by hobbyist 1948-1973 Only. Any condition, top $ paid 707-965-9546 (Cal-SCAN)

240 Furnishings/ Household items


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OXYGEN - Anytime. Anywhere. No tanks to refill. No deliveries. The All-New Inogen One G4 is only 2.8 pounds! FAA approved! FREE info kit: 844-359-3976. (Cal-SCAN) Safe Step Walk-In Tub! Alert for Seniors. Bathroom falls can be fatal. Approved by Arthritis Foundation. Therapeutic Jets. Less Than 4 Inch StepIn. Wide Door. Anti-Slip Floors. American Made. Installation Included. Call 800-799-4811 for $750 Off. (Cal-SCAN)

470 Psychics DID YOU KNOW 7 IN 10 Americans or 158 million U.S. Adults read content from newspaper media each week? Discover the Power of Newspaper Advertising. For a free brochure call 916-288-6011 or email (Cal-SCAN)

Business Services 604 Adult Care Offered A PLACE FOR MOM The nation’s largest senior living referral service. Contact our trusted, local experts today! Our service is FREE/ no obligation. CALL 1-800-550-4822. (Cal-SCAN)

Jobs 500 Help Wanted Sales Representative California Trade Association located in Sacramento is seeking someone with strong knowledge for Advertising, print, digital and social media solutions, great with detail, an amazing attitude, and a passion for selling content and integrated partnerships. 3-5 years experience a plus. We offer a competitive base salary, commission and bonus plan, along with great benefit package. Email Resume and Salary History to EOE (Cal-SCAN Engineering Informatica, LLC has the following employment opportunity in Redwood City, CA: Solutions Architect (SP-CA) - Lead the technical aspects of solution design, data analysis, software configuration, customer testing support, production readiness and production rollout during project delivery. Position may require travel to various, unanticipated locations. Telecommuting may be permitted. Send your resume (must reference job title and job code SP-CA) to Informatica LLC, Attn: Global Mobility, 2100 Seaport Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94063. ENGINEERING Box Inc. has the following job opportunity available in Redwood City, CA: Software Engineer (SS-CA). Maintain and develop the part of Box’s infrastructure that manages storage and fast access of structured metadata associated with Box’s users and their content. Submit resume by mail to: Attn: People Operations, Box, Inc., 900 Jefferson Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063. Must reference job title and job code SS-CA. SW Engineer Pluribus Netwks seeks Principal SW Engr for Palo Alto, CA jobsite to dev netwkng SW. Reqs Masters+4 yrs exp. Send resume: Must ref Job #978.

560 Employment Information Couriers: Northern CA EXPLODING DEMAND! Adding more Northern California couriers! Sameday delivery companies seek you! POSTMATES low average $25hr/tips, (800) 505-4337. UberEATS low average $30hr, (800) 707-4065. UNLIMITED $$$ (Cal-SCAN) is a unique website offering FREE postings from communities throughout the Bay Area and an opportunity for your ad to appear in the Palo Alto Weekly.

Adult Caregiver Available 2pm to 9pm, Mon-Fri. Exp., prefer P/T. Call 408-585-8471

624 Financial Do You Owe Over $10K to the IRS or State in back taxes? Our firm works to reduce the tax bill or zero it out completely FAST. Call now 855-993-5796 (Cal-SCAN) SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY benefits. Unable to work? Denied benefits? We Can Help! WIN or Pay Nothing! Contact Bill Gordon & Associates at 1-800-966-1904 to start your application today! (Cal-SCAN)

636 Insurance Health and Dental Insurance Lowest Prices. We have the best rates from top companies! Call Now! 888-989-4807. (Cal-SCAN)

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Home Services 715 Cleaning Services Isabel and Elbi’s Housecleaning Apartments and homes. Excellent references. Great rates. 650-670-7287 or 650-771-8281

LANDA’S GARDENING & LANDSCAPING *Yard Maint. *New Lawns. *Clean Ups *Irrigation timer programming. 20 yrs exp. Ramon, 650-576-6242

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

754 Gutter Cleaning Roofs, Gutters, Downspouts cleaning. Work guar. 30 years exp. Insured. Veteran Owned. Jim Thomas Maintenance, 408-595-2759.

757 Handyman/ Repairs Alex Peralta Handyman Kit. and bath remodel, int/ext. paint, tile, plumb, fence/deck repairs, foam roofs/repairs. Power wash. Alex, 650-465-1821 Handyman Services Lic. 249558. Plumb, electrical, masonry, carpentry, landscape. 40+ years exp. Pete Rumore, 650-823-0736; 650-851-3078.

759 Hauling J & G HAULING SERVICE Misc. junk, office, gar., furn., green waste, more. Local, 20 yrs exp. Lic./ins. Free est. 650-743-8852

771 Painting/ Wallpaper Glen Hodges Painting Call me first! Senior discount. 45 yrs. #351738. 650-322-8325, phone calls ONLY. Learn How to Paint your own home. What tools and materials to use to prep and paint. 40 years exp. 650-380-4335 STYLE PAINTING Full service interior/ext. Insured. Lic. 903303. 650-388-8577

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748 Gardening/ Landscaping J. Garcia Garden Maintenance Service Free est. 25 years exp. 650/366-4301 or 650/346-6781

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38 See 36-Across

68 Key near the quote marks

29 Yoko who loved John Lennon

1 Hairless on top

42 LBJ’s VP

69 Goulash, e.g.

33 “I’m not touching that!”

5 Had in mind

43 Self-defense system with throws

10 Backstage access

44 “Westworld” airer


35 Opposite the mouth, in biology

14 Lyft competitor

45 Beverage brand whose logo is two lizards

1 They may get stuck to hikers’ socks

37 Party mix cereal

2 Lie adjacent to

38 Coffee holder

3 Movie millionaire sought by a same-last-named “Dude”

39 “And then ...?”

15 Tree with chocolate-yielding seeds 16 “At Last” singer ___ James 17 Red gemstone 18 Singer whose “Blonde” was Esquire’s #1 album of 2016 20 Late Jeopardy! contestant Cindy with an inspiring six-day streak (despite treatment for Stage 4 cancer and running a fever during taping) 22 Cries of exasperation 23 Clubber Lang portrayer in “Rocky III” 24 Shrewd 25 2016 animated movie with a 98% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes

48 Dandified dude 49 Copier paper orders 51 Newfound planet similar in mass to Earth (from National Geographic’s “6 Science Discoveries Worth Celebrating in 2016”) 54 “S” on the dinner table

34 Pretend pie ingredient

4 Deadpan style of humor 5 “Back to the Future” hero Marty 6 “My Name Is ___” (Jason Lee sitcom) 7 Obamacare acronym

55 “Inside ___ Schumer”

8 “___ of the North” (1922 silent documentary)

56 “Blueberries for ___” (Robert McCloskey kids’ book)

9 2020 Summer Olympics city

57 Donald Glover dramedy called “the best show of the year” by the New York Times

11 “Resume speed,” to a musician

10 Chest muscle, slangily 12 Be the headliner of

40 Watson’s creator 41 Head-shaking replies 43 “You had one ___ ...” 45 Hiccups, e.g. 46 At least 47 Actor Peter and singer Susan, for two 50 Cheers up 52 Jerusalem’s home: abbr.

30 Puts on, as clothes

63 Mascara ruiner, maybe

21 Actor Wood of “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”

58 Record, in a way

31 One way to find out

64 “A horse is a horse” horse

25 Follow a jagged path

59 Get your ducks in ___

32 Founder of analytical psychology

65 “SNL” producer Michaels

26 Bookie’s calculations

61 Freemium game interrupters, perhaps

34 “Spy vs. Spy” magazine

66 Former Montreal ballplayer

27 Cheese’s partner

62 Curator’s canvases

36 With 38-Across, 2016 headline that ended a 108-year streak

67 Cong. gathering

28 “Kinda” suffix

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Legal Notices 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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) PERFECT FIT CABINET SHOP FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 624434 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Perfect Fit Cabinet Shop, located at 276 Martin Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A General Partnership. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): ELVIR OMEROVIC 276 Martin Avenue Santa Clara, CA 95050 BRANKO MARIN 276 Martin Avenue Santa Clara, CA 95050 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 10/07/2016. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on December 16, 2016. (PAW Dec. 30, 2016; Jan. 6, 13, 20, 2017) RK LIMOUSINE SERVICE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 624713 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: RK Limousine Service, located at 2625 Middlefield Rd. #335, 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): SAVTANTAR KUMAR 2625 Middlefield Rd. #335 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 December 23, 2016. (PAW Dec. 30, 2016; Jan. 6, 13, 20, 2017) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 624685 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): HOCK & COMPANY 15305 Watsonville Road Morgan Hill, CA 95037 FILED IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY ON: 05/12/2014 UNDER FILE NO.: 591871 REGISTRANT’S NAME(S): GREGORY O HOCK 15305 Watsonville Road Morgan Hill, CA 95037 THIS BUSINESS WAS CONDUCTED BY: An Individual. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on December 22, 2016. (PAW Dec. 30, 2016; Jan. 6, 13, 20, 2017)

997 All Other Legals NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TS No. CA-16-734587-BF Order No.: 5917923 NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED TO THE COPY PROVI DED TO THE MORTGAGOR OR TRUSTOR (Pursuant to Cal. Civ. Code 2923.3) YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 4/3/2007. 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 PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 to the Financial C ode

and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor(s): JOHN H WHARTON, AN UNMARRIED MAN Recorded: 4/11/2007 as Instrument No. 19378233 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of SANTA CLARA County, California; Date of Sale: 1/20/2017 at 10:00 AM Place of Sale: At the Gated North Market Street entrance of the Superior Courthouse, 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113 Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $714,653.83 The purported property address is: 3419 CORK OAK WAY, PALO ALTO, CA 94303 Assessor’s Parcel No.: 127-48-023 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 sa le date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 916939-0772 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site , using the file number assigned to this foreclosure by the Trustee: CA-16-734587-BF. 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. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, including if the Trustee is unable to convey title, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return o f the monies paid to the Trustee. This shall be the Purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Trustor, the Trustee, the Beneficiary, the Beneficiary’s Agent, or the Beneficiary’s Attorney. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against

the real property only. QUALITY MAY BE CONSIDERED A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. Date: Quality Loan Service Corporation 411 Ivy Street San Diego, CA 92101 619-645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: 916-939-0772 Or Login to: http://www. Reinstatement Line: (866) 645-7711 Ext 5318 Quality Loan Service Corp. TS No.: CA-16-734587-BF IDSPub #0120194 12/30/2016 1/6/2017 1/13/2017 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: JOAN LENORE WINSOR, aka JOAN L. WINSOR, aka JOAN WINSOR Case No.: 16PR180045 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of JOAN LENORE WINSOR, aka JOAN L. WINSOR, aka JOAN WINSOR. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: RICHARD WINSOR AND JANICE WINSOR in the Superior Court of California, County of SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: RICHARD WINSOR AND JANICE WINSOR be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. 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 February 17, 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: Tisa M. Pedersen, Esq. Thoits Law, A Professional Corporation, 400 Main St., Ste. 250 Los Altos, CA 94022 (650)327-4200 (PAW Dec. 30, 2016; Jan. 6, 13, 2017)

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2 Bedrooms - Condominium 461 Burgess Dr #10 Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 2140 Santa Cruz Av Sat/Sun 2-4 Coldwell Banker

3 Bedrooms $1,199,000 324-4456 $858,000 324-4456

2 Bedrooms 1701 Stone Pine Ln Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$2,375,000 321-1596

4 Bedrooms 2330 Byron St Sun 2-4 Alain Pinel Realtors

$1,850,000 462-1111

5 Bedrooms

$2,598,000 324-4456


3 Bedrooms 844 Partridge Ave Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

880 Ames Ct Sat/Sun Midtown Realty

1465 Edgewood Dr Sat 1-5 Alain Pinel Realtors

$5,998,000 462-1111 $7,688,000 323-1111

2 Bedrooms -

4 Bedrooms 24 San Juan Ave Sun 2-4 Alain Pinel Realtors

$3,980,000 462-1111

416 Portofino Dr #206 Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$889,000 324-4456


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Sports Shorts

NET RESULTS . . . Palo Alto resident Anushka Khune won the girls’ 12U doubles title, with San Jose’s Vivian Ovrootsky, at the USTA National Winter Championships in Tucson earlier this week. She also reached the quarterfinals of the singles competition. Khune has put together a solid resume on the junior tennis circuit, having earned 14U singles titles in Sacramento, Stockton and Cupertino since last summer. Se’s coached by Stanford grad and former NCAA singles champion Jared Palmer, who has won numerous professional doubles and singles titles.

SWISH IT . . . Menlo College freshman Jeremiah Testa made sure the Oaks came out on the right side of Tuesday’s 73-70 Golden State Athletic Conference victory over William Jessup this week. Testa, who helped Serra-San Mateo win a state title a year ago, hit a 3-pointer as time expired, the last of his gamehigh 26 points. The Oaks extended their winning streak to three games against a Warriors team that knocked off NAIA No. 1 Biola earlier this year. Menlo hosts Vanguard at Foothill College on Saturday in a 4 p.m. tip-off. ON THE MAT . . . Stanford freshman Gabriel Townsell earned Pac-12 Wrestler of the Week honors as the 125-pounder placed fifth at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga. Townsell, wrestling in just the third tournament of his collegiate career, upset three top-15 opponents and went 4-2 overall. He knocked-off All-American and third-ranked Dylan Peters of Northern Iowa, 9-7, to reach the quarterfinals. He then took out No. 13 Nathan Kraisser of Campbell, 6-5, to become one of three Cardinal in the semifinals. Townsell, a threetime all-state prep selection in Illinois, capped off his tournament with a 4-3 decision over 12th-ranked Nick Piccininni of Oklahoma State, helping Stanford finish 10th as a team.

ON THE AIR Friday College men’s swimming: Pacific at Stanford, 11 a.m., Pac-12 Plus College women’s basketball: Oregon at Stanford, 8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks

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Evan Enriques, a first team all-American last year, is one of four returning starters for Stanford. The Cardinal opens its season Friday.

New faces equate to optimistic outlook Freshmen enter the program rated as the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation by Rick Eymer The Stanford men’s volleyball team returns four starters, including first team All-American Evan Enriques at libero, from a squad that tied for second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation last season and was sixth in the final national ranking. The Cardinal (19-6, 17-5 MPSF last year) opens the season ranked ninth in the AVCA preseason poll and predicted to finish seventh in the MPSF. Stanford, which opens its season Friday at the UCSB ASICS Invitational in Santa Barbara, lost a highly-regarded senior class that included three AVCA first-team All-Americans in Conrad Kaminski and James Shaw (first team) and Madison Hayden (honorable mention) but replaced it with the No. 1 rated recruiting class in the nation that

includes Santa Barbara native Eli Wopat, whose older sister Carly was a three-time All-American for the Cardinal (2011-13) and is one of just three players in program history to record 600 or more blocks. Also back from the starting lineup are middle blocker Kevin Rakestraw, an All-MPSF honorable mention pick in 2016, redshirt senior opposite Gabriel Vega and sophomore outside hitter Jordan Ewert. Enriques was the first winner of the Erik Shoji Award, given to the nation’s top libero by Off The Block. The junior was named a first team preseason All-American by the site, which collects votes from head coaches around the nation. Ewert, Rakestraw, Vega and freshman Paul Bischoff all received votes. Junior Kyle Dagostino is

another valuable returning player, along with juniors Clay Jones, Colin McCall, and Jake Stuebner. Sophomores Ryan Smith, Matt Klassen, Chris Moore, and Russell Dervay also return with limited experience. Bischoff is the centerpiece of the freshmen class, coming in as Volleyball Magazine’s national prep Player of the Year and ranked second on USA volleyball’s Fab 50 list. “He has the talent to become a premier setter in the MPSF and the work ethic to match,” Stanford coach John Kosty said. “Of the many prospects in this class, he is probably the best athlete in the position. But he is much more than that. He has command of the offense and has the ability to run the offense at a very quick pace. He can make bad passes look good and is an

above-average defender.” Wopat had been on Stanford’s radar since his middle school days. Eric Beatty, Stephen Moye, Jacob Thoenen, and Mason Tufuga complete one of the top freshmen classes to have played at Stanford. This weekend, the Cardinal faces Mount Olive and Quincy on Friday at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, and takes on McKendree at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Stanford’s home opener, Friday, Jan. 13 in Maples Pavilion, features defending national champion and top-ranked Ohio State. The Cardinal and Buckeyes will also square off on Saturday, Jan. 14 in Burnham Pavilion. Mount Olive finished 12-12 last year. The Trojans are an experienced team, with nine upperclassmen on a roster of 15. Q


Soccer kicks into high gear Several local teams ranked among the best in CCS by Glenn Reeves fter a holiday lull, the high school soccer season returns to forefront with league openers and upcoming quality nonleague matches heading the bill. Things came together for Sacred Heart Prep following an unlucky own goal that gave host Gunn a lead in the second half. The Gators, though, maintained their composure to earn a 3-2 nonleague victory over the Titans on Wednesday. The Gators (5-2) host Palo Alto (5-0) at 11 a.m. Saturday in a contest that features two of the


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top teams in the Central Coast Section. Cam Gordon recorded a pair of goals and an assist for Sacred Heart Prep. She scored twice in the final 20 minutes to lift the Gators, getting assists from Sasha Bellack and Isabelle Jordan. Gordon assisted on Lindsey Johnson’s goal in the eighth minute. Natalie Hill scored the equalizer for the Titans (1-5-1). Menlo played host Sequoia to a 1-1 draw in other nonleague action Wednesday. The Knights (continued on next page)

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IT’S THE WATER . . . Stanford collected 33 points and four firstplace votes to top the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s water polo Coaches’ Poll. It’s the third consecutive year and seventh in the last eight that the Cardinal has been the league’s preseason pick. USC was tabbed second with 30 points and one first-place vote, UCLA was third with 28 points and one first-place vote and California was fourth with 23 points and one first-place vote. ... The No. 2 Stanford men’s swimming and diving team hosts Pacific at 11 a.m. Friday.

Cameron Gordon (18) battles with Menlo’s Julia Wang in game action from last year. Gordon had a pair of goals and an assist in the Gators win over Gunn.

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move to 3-1-1, and play at MenloAtherton (0-3-1) on the road at 3:30 pm Friday. The Bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; record is misleading. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played as difficult a schedule as anyone in the section. Their tie was with Mountain View, giving the Spartans (8-0-1) their only blemish on the season. Diane Morales scored one the three goals allowed by Mountain View. One of M-Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s losses was at Paly. The four teams the Bears played are a combined 24-2-8 through Wednesday, and have outscored opponents, 105-10. Menlo and the Cherokees played through a scoreless first half. Five minutes into the second half, senior Cleo King scored, unassisted. Sequoia (3-1-3) scored minutes later, firing a follow-up shot after a great Menlo deflection. The Knights held off Sequoia the rest of the way, with freshman Talia Grossman manning the goal in another standout effort. Hill, a two-time all-league selection, scored twice and Hailey Leclerc and Lucy Augustine also scored as Gunn beat host Wilcox, 4-2, on a rainy Tuesday night to open the SCVAL El Camino Division schedule. Boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; soccer Menlo School opened West Bay Athletic League boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; soccer

play with a 2-1 victory over host Crystal Springs Uplands on Wednesday. Sacred Heart Prep also opened its league schedule on the road, beating The Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy, 2-1. The Gators (1-0, 3-3-1) play at Pinewood at 3:30 p.m. Friday and Menlo (1-0, 5-1-1) hosts The Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy (0-1, 4-2-2) at 2:45 p.m. Eastside College Prep, which was scheduled to host Priory on Wednesday, travels to Crystal Springs Uplands for a league match at 3:30 p.m. Friday. The Knights won their fourth in a row after overcoming a 1-0 deficit. The Gryphons (0-1, 5-2) struck first in the 20th minute. Menlo evened the score just before halftime as junior midfielder Marc Velten served a dangerous ball into the box off a free kick and junior winger Billy Hamilton was first to the loose ball, finishing emphatically. Velten took advantage of a chance in the 65th minute for Menlo, retrieving a bouncing ball and hammering it into the top of the net from 35 yards. Sacred Heart Prep played a similar game, taking an early lead on a goal from Brian Pica, with an assist from Stefan Schlotter. The Gators took the 1-nil edge into halftime. The Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy, however, knotted the contest before Gators team captain Connor Johnston put the ball past the threshold, from an assist from Peter Love. Q


Greer Hoyem M-A BASKETBALL The junior center scored 68 points in helping the Bears win the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament title last week. She opened with a 31-point effort in the first game and scored 16 points in the title game. She was named tourney MVP.

Seth Goyal PALO ALTO WRESTLING The senior, who wrestles at 133 pounds, went 5-0 at the California Coast Classic last week to win his third tournament title of the season. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s undefeated in 13 bouts, including eight by pin, heading into league competition.

Honorable mention Brianna Claros Pinewood basketball

Zion Gabriel Eastside basketball

Lauren Koyama Palo Alto basketball

Ila Lane*

Max Boyle Priory basketball

Thomas Brown Menlo basketball

Max Dorward Palo Alto basketball

Ben Lasky

Priory basketball

Menlo soccer

Charlotte Levison

Miles Tention

Sacred Heart Prep basketball

Carly McLanahan Menlo-Atherton basketball

Palo Alto basketball

Riley Woodson

PALO ALTO CITY COUNCIL CIVIC CENTER, 250 HAMILTON AVENUE BROADCAST LIVE ON KZSU, FM 90.1 CABLECAST LIVE ON GOVERNMENT ACCESS CHANNEL 26 ***************************************** THIS IS A SUMMARY OF COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS. THE AGENDA WITH COMPLETE TITLES INCLUDING LEGAL DOCUMENTATION CAN BE VIEWED AT THE BELOW WEBPAGE: AGENDAâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;REGULAR MEETINGâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;COUNCIL CHAMBERS January 9, 2017, 6:00 PM Closed Session 1. CONFERENCE WITH CITY ATTORNEY-EXISTING LITIGATION, Subject: Slezak v. City of Palo Alto, United States District Court, Northern California, Case No. 16-CV-3224 LHK, Authority: Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1) Study Session 2. City Managerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2016 Annual Year in Review Special Orders of the Day 3. Proclamation of the Council of the City of Palo Alto Honoring the Volunteer Services of Sheri Furman 4. This item will be heard on February 13, 2017 5. Presentation of Accreditation of the Urban Forestry Program by the Society of Municipal Arborists Consent Calendar 7. Approval of Contract Number C17166566 With Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Grady Paving, Inc. in the Amount of $686,290 for the Construction of the Quarry Road Improvements and Transit Center Access Project and Finding of Exemption From the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)  (WWYV]HSVM(TLUKTLU[5\TILY[V*VU[YHJ[5\TILY*>P[O;YHŃ?J+H[H:LY]PJLZ[V ,_[LUK[OL;LYT<U[PS1\UL MVY7YV]PZPVUVM6UJHSS;YHŃ?J+H[H*VSSLJ[PVU:LY]PJLZ 9. 900 N. California Avenue [15PLN-00155]: Denial of the Appeal of the Planning and Community Environment Directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Architectural Review Approval of Three new Single-Family Homes, one With a Second Unit. Environmental Review: Categorically Exempt per CEQA Guidelines Section 15303(a) (New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures), Zoning District: R-1 10. Approve and Authorize the City Manager to Execute an Agreement Between the City of Palo Alto and Team Sheeper LLC, for the Learn to Swim Program for Summer 2017 at an Amount Not-toexceed $143,000 11. Policy and Services Committee Recommends the City Council Adopt the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Legislative Program Manual and 2017 Legislative Priorities 12. SECOND READING: Adoption of an Ordinance of the Council of the City of Palo Alto to Update the Fiscal Year 2017 Municipal Fee Schedule to Adjust Development Services Department Fees (FIRST READING: December 12, 2016 PASSED 8-0) 13. SECOND READING: Adoption of an Ordinance Amending Chapter 9.14 (Smoking and Tobacco Regulations) of the Palo Alto Municipal Code to ban Smoking in Units in Multi-unit Residences and Common Areas, and Make Other Minor Amendments to Smoking Restrictions (Remove Bingo Games as Places and Workplaces Exempt From the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prohibition Against Smoking in Enclosed Places) (FIRST READING: December 5, 2016 PASSED: 8-0) 14. SECOND READING: Adoption of two Ordinances to Update the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Below Market Rate (BMR) Housing Program as Recommended by the Finance Committee: (1) Repealing Municipal Code Section 16.47 (Non-residential Projects) and 18.14 (Residential Projects) and Adding a new Section  *P[`^PKL (Ń&#x153;VYKHISL /V\ZPUN 0USPL\ -LLZ MVY 9LZPKLU[PHS 5VUYLZPKLU[PHS HUK 4P_LK <ZL Developments. The Proposed Ordinances are Exempt From the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) per Sections 15378(b)(4), 15305 and 15601(b)(3) of the State CEQA Guidelines (FIRST 9,(+05.!+LJLTILY7(::,+!2UPZZ:JOHYŃ&#x153;HUK>VSIHJOUV 15. Adoption of a Resolution Declaring Weeds to be a Public Nuisance and Setting February 6, 2017 for a Public Hearing for Objections to Proposed Weed Abatement 16. Adoption of a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Palo Alto Approving the Issuance of the California Municipal Finance Authority 2017 Tax Exempt Loan (International School of the Peninsula) in an Aggregate Principal Amount Not-to-Exceed $7,500,000 17. Policy and Services Committee Recommends City Council Review the 2017 City Council Priority Suggestions in Preparation for the Annual Council Retreat and Direct the Mayor to Appoint Council Members to Work With the City Manager in Identifying a Facilitator for a Subsequent Retreat 18. Adoption of a Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Execute and File an Application on Behalf of the City of Palo Alto to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the Management of and Participation in a Grant Award to Enhance and Evaluate a Comprehensive Technology/Policy :VS\[PVU*HSSLK-HPY=HS\L*VTT\[PUN-=*+LZPNULK[V9LK\JL;YHŃ?J*VUNLZ[PVU Action Items 19. Appointment of Three Candidates to the Historic Resources Board and Four Candidates to the Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) for Terms Ending December 15, 2019; and Discussion and Potential Appointment of one Candidate to the 20. Discussion and Direction Regarding Unscheduled Vacancy on the Planning and Transportation Commission; and Potential Appointment of one Candidate to the Planning and Transportation Commission for an Unexpired Term Ending December 15, 2018 21. Adoption of a Resolution Scheduling the City Council Summer Break and Winter Closure for 2017 Closed Session 22. 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