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Council members spar over land-use vision A series of close votes on Comprehensive Plan highlights divisions on council by Gennady Sheyner


aced with growing concerns about too much traffic and not enough housing, Palo Alto officials agreed on Monday to retain their annual limit on office growth and to explore new sites for residential development — including Stanford

Research Park. Yet in a radical departure from their prior discussions on the Comprehensive Plan, the City Council voted 5-4 to exclude from the land-use document every single program that had been proposed for achieving these goals.

The council’s votes came during a wide-ranging discussion of the city’s Comprehensive Plan, the city’s land-use bible, which is now being updated to guide the city’s growth policies until 2030. The revision process began in 2008 and went through a series of fits and starts since then. The council hopes to adopt it later this year. Monday’s discussion both laid bare the council’s deep political divisions and highlighted areas of

consensus. It also underscored the impact of the November election, which saw three new members elected, shifting the majority away from the “residentialist” side that favors slower city growth. On some issues, there was little disagreement. Council members generally supported retaining the city’s office-space cap, which was adopted in 2015 on an interim basis, and its 50-foot height limit for new buildings. At the same time,

council members disagreed on whether the height limit should be explicitly called out in the Comprehensive Plan or mandated through a zoning ordinance crafted outside the land-use document. Ultimately, they chose the latter, as proposed by Vice Mayor Liz Kniss and Councilman Cory Wolbach. Though Kniss said she supports (continued on page 9)


Key education foundation sees donations drop Principals emphasize Partners in Education’s ‘vital’ impact on schools by Elena Kadvany

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Roosters and dragons and fish — oh my Two trees at Bryant Street and Lowell Avenue in the Old Palo Alto neighborhood are decked out for the Lunar New Year, which started Jan. 28, launching the Year of the Rooster.


Palo Alto man helps Afghan interpreter receive visa Four-year journey has one more hurdle: the new executive order by Sue Dremann


ismat Amin, an Afghan interpreter who helped the U.S. Army, has faced death threats from the Taliban for years. His face is well-known, having appeared on television helping government officials. But the U.S. government has taken four years to grant him a special visa. Next Wednesday, he may finally be admitted to the U.S. But as his quest for asylum nears an end, Amin faces a new hurdle: whether the U.S. government will let him in under the President Donald Trump’s “extreme vetting” plan.

Afghanistan is not among the seven countries listed in Trump’s recent executive order on immigration, but thousands of refugees are fleeing the country. Trump said during his presidential campaign that he wants thorough vetting of all persons coming from predominantly Muslim countries. Matthew Ball, a Stanford Law School student and Palo Alto resident, worked with Amin during Ball’s first deployment as a U.S. Army Ranger in the Tora Bora region, where some of the fiercest fighting took place during the American surge into the area. In total, Ball, a former captain

and who is still a reservist, served in Afghanistan for three tours of duty and in Turkey for a fourth. Trump’s executive order doesn’t make sense to him, and it is putting the work that military personnel do overseas at risk, he said. He hopes the order won’t prevent Amin, his friend, from coming into the country. Ball and his wife, Giselle Rahn, have worked for about one and a half years to get Amin his visa. Amin and his family have faced death threats; the Taliban even confiscated his aunt and uncle’s (continued on page 8)

artners in Education (PiE), the education foundation that raises millions of dollars each year to fund Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) electives, staff, counseling and more, is making a push for additional donations following an unexpected drop in contributions this year. Parents throughout the district received emails from school principals recently describing how the shortfall could affect their children’s education. The gap between the amount schools received from PiE this year and what they would receive next year if more donations don’t come in ranges from about $25,000 at Terman Middle School up to about $100,000 at each high school, according to their principals’ emails. At Terman, this could result in fewer elective classes, counselors and technology teachers on special assignment (TOSAs), Principal Pier Angeli La Place told the Weekly. At Gunn High School, it could impact counseling and wellness staff, electives like engineering and music, support staff at the College and Career Center and stipends provided to teachers working in a new mentoring program, among other areas, Principal Denise Herrmann said in an interview. Both high schools received about $750,000 from Partners in Education this year — slightly higher than usual due to a one-time donation, Herrmann said. “The things that PiE provides

are incredibly valued,” La Place said, “and it is hard to imagine having those lessened.” Linda Lyon, PiE’s executive director, declined to comment on the drop in donations but said there is “not one specific cause to the downturn.” “It’s far too early for us to know where we will end the year’s fundraising,” she wrote in an email to the Weekly, reaffirming the foundation’s commitment to raising funds. The school district’s 2016-17 budget includes an anticipated $5.7 million from Partners in Education, or 2.6 percent of the overall budget. PiE donations make up 60 to 77 percent of the discretionary funds that each principal has to use for his or her own school, according to the foundation’s website. The education foundation distributes its dollars among Palo Alto’s 17 schools on a per-pupil basis. The foundation was created in the wake of a 2002 board policy that prohibits Palo Alto PTAs from raising money for specific schools to pay for personnel, with the goal of addressing inequities among schools. PiE is the only fundraising organization allowed by the school board to pay for salaries of personnel working during the school day, according to the group’s website, while PTAs support materials, programs and events at individual schools. As a result, PiE dollars pay for more than 250 support staff, such as aides, reading and math (continued on page 10) • Palo Alto Weekly • February 3, 2017 • Page 5


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PART OF THE FAMILY ... Some people treat their pets like family. At Stanford, animal companions can receive health insurance if their parents are eligible employees at Stanford. The universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cardinals at Workâ&#x20AC;? program is offering coverage for dogs, cats, birds, and exotic pets through Nationwide Insurance that includes a 10-day, 100 percent money-back guarantee. Workers can select from three plans. The Pet Wellness Plan covers wellness exams, vaccinations and services to prevent fleas or heart worms. The second provides assistance for accidents, hereditary conditions, procedures, hospital visits, prescription medicine and common, serious or chronic illnesses (but cats and dogs have to be 9 years old or younger for the option). The third choice is a combination of the first two plans. Employees can receive a 5 percent discount, but those with multiple animals can be receive up to 15 percent off.

PATH REVAMP ... Bicyclists and pedestrians will have to get used to an alternate route to and from the Palo Alto Transit Center starting Monday, Feb. 6, when the city plans to make improvements on the path that will be lit and clearly marked for two-way traffic, work that is expected to wrap up in July. Crews also will replace the sidewalk; add benches and flower borders; and upgrade to drought-tolerant landscaping along the green space and park areas. The project is intended to improve the link from the transit center to El Camino Real and Quarry Road. Once completed, the route will be 8 feet wide and have 2-foot-wide shoulders on each side. The center has been a hot spot for construction lately. The bus depot was closed from Jan. 17-26 to replace the sanitary sewer system that workers accessed through a manhole on the driveway from Mitchell Lane to the center that affected service on Caltrain, SamTrans and the Stanford Marguerite Shuttle. NEW TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD ... Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gloomy weather didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prevent about 100 curiosity seekers from enjoying sushi and sliders on the rooftop patio of the new $6.4 million Visa building at

385 Sherman Ave. that officially opened its doors to the public after nearly three years of planning and construction. Tech engineers and business owners from as far as San Francisco joined surrounding neighbors for a firsthand peek at the 62,000-square-foot complex that the company scaled back after initial criticism from residents who felt the size and scope infringed on their privacy and put Visa â&#x20AC;&#x153;everywhere you want to be.â&#x20AC;? The final result: a bright, open building with green and blue neon-lighting accents, lots of natural wood and floor-to-ceiling glass walls with a 360-degree view. The new complex combines three stories of office space with research-and-development areas where employees will focus on technology research. The first floor includes four one-bedroom apartments that corporate housing provider Synergy Global Housing will rent to visiting employees. There also is a two-level subterranean parking garage with 99 spaces. Once the weather gets better and the sun returns, spokeswoman Lea Cademenos said the California Avenue Business District can expect to see a blue fleet of bicycles in the area during lunchtime as more of the 350 employees trickle into the building in upcoming months. (One amenity not included in the complex is a cafeteria.) FORWARD THINKING ... The National Retail Foundation recognized the CEO of a growing Palo Alto-based health and beauty company that aims to provide products catering to people of color. Tristan Walker, founder and CEO of Walker and Company Brands, was one of five recipients of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Disruptorsâ&#x20AC;? award given to people the foundation called, â&#x20AC;&#x153;true originals who rock the boat with ideas so crazy they just might work.â&#x20AC;? The Stanford MBA graduate was one of 25 people who made â&#x20AC;&#x153;The List,â&#x20AC;? recognized during a gala on Jan. 15 in New York City. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flagship brand is Bevel, a shaving system made for men with coarse and curly hair. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For a long time I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find products that worked for me, and for an even longer time I felt like I was being disrespected as a consumer with misguided marketing and messaging that was inauthentic,â&#x20AC;? he said. Q



Avenidas unveils Lifetime of Achievement honorees May garden party will celebrate notable seniors, support programs by Anna Medina


rom advocating for art in the classroom, to providing nonprofits with financial expertise, to caring for 20 foster children, to supporting Palo Alto’s Sister City Organization for half a century and bringing Jewish and Muslim communities together, the honorees of the Avenidas Lifetime of Achievement Award have accomplished a wide and inspiring range of initiatives. This year’s seven honorees — two couples and three individuals — are Ruth and George Chippendale, Dexter Dawes, Marion Mandell, Judy Sleeth and Carol and Terry Winograd. The 2017 roster was unveiled at a reception on Feb. 2 at the Garden Court Hotel in downtown Palo Alto. Additionally, a garden party honoring the community leaders will take place in May; the event is the main fundraiser for Avenidas, a nonprofit organization that offers tools for positive aging to people and their families on the Midpeninsula.

“Avenidas is so pleased that we can bring this distinguished group together and honor them, as they have dedicated not only their time, but also their talents and their dollars to helping others in need,” Avenidas President and CEO Amy Andonian stated in a press release. “Our honorees epitomize the spirit of generosity and caring for their community.” Dexter Dawes has experience as an investment banker, managing general partner of a growth fund and cofounder of a software firm. In his various professional positions, he became known as a successful businessman — experience he has applied to help nonprofits make sound financial decisions. Some of his endeavors have included developing the financial guidelines for Channing House and serving on the Bond Oversight Committee while a trustee of Foothill-De Anza Community College District. He has also served on Palo Alto’s Utilities Advisory Commission and boards of the Palo Alto-Los

Altos AYSO, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale and the Palo Alto High School Sports Boosters. The Chippendales have a 60year history of helping people in need. They have welcomed 20 foster children into their home, adopting one of them. They have prepared meals for the hungry at St. Francis of Assisi Church, and Ruth also helps at the Downtown Streets Team Food Closet and serves as the main organizer for the food at the Hotel de Zink homeless shelter. Through the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, George coordinates emergency response to those in need in East Palo Alto. He was also a pilot for Interplast, an organization that performs reconstructive surgery for those with cleft palates and burns. Marion Mandell has been a Girl Scout member since 1939, when she became a Brownie. Since then, she has been a Girl Scout camp counselor, troop leader, camp director, trainer and organizer. For 37 years, she directed three “Camporees,” a


Late cash from developers boosted Tanaka, Fine campaigns Filings show surge of money from builders before and after Election Day by Gennady Sheyner


n the final weeks of their respective campaigns, City Council candidates Greg Tanaka and Adrian Fine were fighting off allegations from their opponents that they were beholden to developers and that they want to see the city grow significantly in the years ahead. But even if Tanaka and Fine aren’t exactly “pro-developer,” new campaign-disclosure documents suggest that many local builders and property managers are very much pro-Tanaka and pro-Fine. In the weeks before and after Nov. 8, each candidate received several large contributions from builders, real estate professionals and developers, including — in Tanaka’s case — one whose controversial project is about to be reviewed by the council. Much like incumbent Liz Kniss, Tanaka received a windfall from developers after Oct. 22, the date by which contributions needed to be reported before the

election. As such, these payments were not required to be disclosed until late January. For Tanaka, a former city planning commissioner who finished second after Kniss in an 11-candidate field, the late contributions totaled $47,895, more than half of the $84,670 total that he received during his campaign and far more than any other candidate reported in the final filing period, which stretched from Oct. 23 on Dec. 31. The lion’s share of Tanaka’s new contributions came from builders and property managers, some of whom gave $5,000 checks. Tanaka received last-minute, pre-election contributions from developers John McNellis ($500) and Charles “Chop” Keenan ($999). Keenan’s employees Mark Gates, Perry Palmer and Joyce Yamagiwa contributed $999, which is $1 shy of the amount that would trigger a separate reporting requirement (known as form 497, which must be filed within

24 hours) in the days before the election. Chasen Rapp, son of developer Roxy Rapp and partner in Rapp Development, also gave $999 to Tanaka. Like Kniss, Tanaka also received a $2,500 contribution from the California Real Estate Political Action Committee (CREPAC). Unlike Kniss’ campaign, which acknowledged its Oct. 18 CREPAC contribution well after the election, Tanaka’s campaign noted its receipt of the Oct. 20 donation on a 497 form on Nov. 4. Meanwhile, those who contributed after the election (when one no longer has to file separate disclosure for contributions of $1,000 or more) offered much higher sums to Tanaka’s campaign. KG-Brannan, LLC, an entity registered as a “real estate investment” company, gave Tanaka $5,000 on Nov. 20, as did Vittoria Management, a local

gathering of Scouting units for camping and activities, each year for the Girl Scouts of Palo Alto and Santa Clara County. She has also served as vice president for the city of Oaxaca, Mexico, for Palo Alto’s Sister City organization, Neighbors Abroad. Her involvement has spanned 50 years, during which time she has become fluent in Spanish and led upwards of 15 trips to Oaxaca. In 1982, Judy Sleeth, art and history teacher at Castilleja School and a longtime docent at the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Museum for Visual Arts, created a nonprofit called Art in Action, which enabled those who weren’t professional teachers to help children learn to love art. Sleeth, who developed an appreciation of art early in life, started the nonprofit after funding cuts eliminated arts education in local schools. Today the program operates in 200 schools in 22 states, serves roughly 50,000 students and is offered online as well. Sleeth was the executive director of Art in Action until her retirement in 2013, upon which her family endowed a scholarship to bring art to the underserved schools in the community. The Winograds have mentored and taught students at Stanford University, engaging in social responsibility within their academic and professional disciplines and facilitating dialogue and community across ethnic and religious groups. Carol Winograd, emerita

property-management company. Another $5,000 came from John Challas, whose LinkedIn profile identifies him as an “independent real estate professional.” Other real estate professionals who made late contributions to Tanaka include Barry Krupowicz ($500), Zachary Trailer ($500), R&M Properties ($650), Mike Powers ($500) and Monica Arima ($250). Tanaka also received $3,500 from R&M Properties and $1,000 from Benjamin Cintz, whose family owns four properties in Palo Alto and who has been critical of the council’s recent efforts to require retail on the groundfloor of commercial parcels. Tanaka’s biggest and most controversial contributions, however, came from the Wong family, which has been trying for more than three years to win the council’s approval for a four-story, mixed-use project at 429 University Ave. The project, which won approval in 2015 but then was sent back to the drawing board after a resident appealed it, has been running into various obstacles since, with the Architectural Review Board voting in October to reject the most recent design. The City Council is scheduled to consider the project on Feb. 6. As the Weekly previously reported, Andrew Wong

professor of medicine and human biology at Stanford and a geriatrician, has served on numerous boards including J Street, the Advisory Board of the Jewish Chaplaincy at Stanford Medical Center, Abraham’s Vision, New Israel Fund and the Women Donors Network’s Middle East Peace Circle. She is also a longtime member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and she brought the Jewish and Muslim communities in Palo Alto and the south bay together as cofounder of JAMAA, Jewish and Muslim American Association. Terry Winograd is an emeritus professor of computer science at Stanford and founded Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and the Liberation Technology Project. He is an active member of Bend the Arc, a Jewish social justice organization. Together, they participate in Sunday Friends, a nonprofit organization that empowers families to break the generational cycle of poverty; Kol Emeth and Beth David synagogues; and the Palestinian Jewish Dialogue Group. They have also travelled to Kenya with Stanford students to help local people apply technology to solve problems of daily living. Tickets for the May 21 Garden Party are $75 and available online at or by calling 650-289-5445. Q Editorial Assistant and Intern Coordinator Anna Medina can be emailed at

contributed $4,500 to Tanaka on Nov. 12, which brought his overall contributions to date to $5,000. Both the Wong family and Tanaka had told the Weekly last month the contribution is in no way linked to the application. Elizabeth Wong said they gave to Tanaka because “we need impartial and forward-thinking members on the council so we can have a better future for Palo Alto.” “I think the city is going down a very negative slope, and this is a way to try to bring the city back to what it should be,” Wong told the Weekly, when asked about the money. Tanaka also told the Weekly last month the donation will not influence him on the project. His campaign fundraising, he said, was handled exclusively by campaign volunteers, with no participation from himself. He decided to keep himself out of the fundraising precisely because “you don’t want this kind of conflict of interest.” “I want to make sure I’m fair and impartial,” Tanaka said. But Michael Harbour, the appellant who challenged the project, sees the contribution from the Wong family to Tanaka as highly problematic. Far from promoting an “impartial” council, as Wong (continued on page 10) • Palo Alto Weekly • February 3, 2017 • Page 7


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Special-education director resigns midyear In the midst of Palo Alto Unified’s efforts to reform its special-education department, the school district announced Tuesday that director is resigning midyear, after only a year and a half on the job. Chiara Perry, who took over the special-education department in 2015, will leave on March 17 to become the director of special education for the Campbell Union School District, she said Wednesday, Feb. 1. The district has named two staff members working in special education as interim co-directors until the district finds a replacement for Perry. Alma Ellis, a relatively new special-education program coordinator, and Stephanie Sheridan, a psychologist at JLS Middle School, will begin to transition into their roles this month, the district said. The announcement comes at a time of introspection for the department, which has been working to respond to an external review that identified some “promising” practices in special education, but also deficiencies in the district’s approach to serving students with special needs and their families. Perry told the Weekly her decision was driven by a desire for a better work-life balance — Campbell Union is much closer to her south San Jose home — and “had nothing to do with” the fact that she took over what had been an often-embattled department at a challenging time. Q — Elena Kadvany

Growth, housing to drive city’s 2017 priorities Housing and traffic, the topics that have dominated Palo Alto’s political and policy debates for the past year, will remain the leading priorities in 2017, council members agreed during their annual retreat Saturday. Additionally, the council voted to retain for another year the priorities of “infrastructure” and “healthy city/healthy community” and to add “budget and finance” to the list. The council’s discussion and vote came in the aftermath of a new citizens survey showing rising anxieties citywide about new development, a lack of housing options, worsening gridlock and inadequate public transportation. A year ago, the council acknowledged these issues and challenges when it adopted a broad, wordy and wideranging priority called “Built environment: housing, parking and livability with particular emphasis on mobility.” Now, many of these themes remain, albeit in a different format. Housing and traffic have been broken out as separate priorities, a formatting change that drew opposition from council members Karen Holman and Lydia Kou. With their dissent, the council approved its five 2017 priorities by a 7-2 vote. Meanwhile, the council’s other 2016 priority — completion of the Comprehensive Plan — was omitted from this year’s list, despite the fact that the plan remains far from complete. The council plans to vote on it later this year. Given its planned completion later this year, the council agreed that it didn’t need to be a separate priority. Mayor Greg Scharff called the plan “pretty much a done deal” and said he doesn’t see a problem getting it done this year. Q — Gennady Sheyner

Stanford: Trump immigration ban ‘antithetical’ The executive order President Donald Trump signed last Friday banning entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries immediately threw Stanford University student Ramin Ahmari’s life into a state of uncertainty. Ahmari, born and raised in Germany by Iranian parents, holds dual citizenship in both countries. A junior studying computer science, Ahmari has been in the U.S. since 2014 on a student visa. His personal and academic plans have been jeopardized by the ban, he said, because now he’s fearful that if he leaves the U.S., he will not be able to return. He had intended to study abroad at Oxford University this summer, graduate with two minors in human rights and statistics, pursue a master’s degree and travel home to Germany to visit his parents, who are both sick. Because of the ban, he has decided to forego these plans so he can quickly finish his degree and be able to work in case he has to leave the country. Ahmari is among many international students at Stanford and across the country impacted by the ban. Nisrin Elamin Abdelrahman, a Sudanese graduate student at Stanford and legal permanent resident of the U.S., was held, questioned and handcuffed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York after returning from a research trip in Sudan, she told other media outlets. Stanford leaders issued statements last weekend calling the immigration ban “antithetical” to university values. Q — Elena Kadvany Page 8 • February 3, 2017 • Palo Alto Weekly •

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entire crop for a year and held it as ransom for Amin, Ball said. “He’s a public target; there’s no place to hide it,” Ball said on Wednesday afternoon. Amin, who spoke fluent English, was just 18 when he worked with Ball. The son of a doctor whose family was pro-western, Amin saw interpreting for the Americans as a chance to do something good for his country, Ball recalled. Without interpreters and allies such as Amin, American soldiers would largely be unsuccessful, Ball said. As a local, Amin understood how to approach the powerful elders that Ball and others relied on for cooperation. Sometimes the elders could play both sides, but Amin knew how to calm a tense situation or to suggest how to show respect or determine what the elders really wanted, Ball said. “Qismat spoke phenomenal English,” Ball recalled. Even after Ball left the country, the two men kept communicating, he said. Amin worked as an interpreter for four years; he stopped in 2013. He obtained a college degree in business but hasn’t found work. Prospective employers don’t want to hire him because they know he is waiting to immigrate to the U.S., Ball said. In 2012, Amin began to apply for a special immigration visa to the U.S. through the International Refugee Assistance Project after realizing he wasn’t safe. But the process has been unusually slow. His visa was hung up in administrative processing, and no one could get a clear answer about why. Ball and his Stanford Law classmates filed petitions last year to get 12 Congress members,

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Qismat Amin, a citizen of Afghanistan who worked for four years as an interpreter for the U.S. Army, has been living under threats. Next Wednesday, with the help of a former Army Ranger who lives in Palo Alto, he is scheduled to arrive in the United States. including Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, to file an inquiry into the case. “We still didn’t get a clear answer. There’s an enormous bureaucracy that doesn’t make sense,” he said. With the visa finally cleared, Ball said he is looking forward to his friend’s arrival. Amin will stay with Ball and his wife in Palo Alto. He expects that Amin will need to make many adjustments to American life. “He’s never seen the ocean before; he’s never seen a stoplight. He’s never flown in a plane, and he’s never been in a different time zone,” he said. But Ball isn’t worried about Amin’s future once he gets to

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session to discuss its labor negotiations with the Palo Alto Fire Chiefs’ Association. The council will then hear an update on the Stanford University General Use Permit application; hold a public hearing on 429 University Ave., a proposed four-story mixed use building; and consider adopting an ordinance to update the city code regarding accessory-dwelling units. The closed session will begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6. Regular meeting will follow in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hear an update on the city’s Comprehensive Plan update, hold a public hearing on 689-693 Arastradero Ave., a proposal to merge two parcels into one parcel; and consider 1310 Bryant St., notice of preparation for an Environmental Impact Report for the Castilleja School expansion project. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. STATE OF THE CITY ... Mayor Greg Scharff is scheduled to deliver his State of the City address on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at HanaHaus, 456 University Ave. HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

America. “He’s a really competent, incredibly driven guy and hard working. He just wants to be safe.” To determine Amin’s prospects for adjusting, Ball and his wife said they recently visited an interpreter they know who has settled in Sacramento. “He said, ‘It’s incredible. It’s wonderful. Nobody’s trying to shoot at me,’” Ball recalled. “The bar is low. As long as he can walk down the street without getting shot at, he’ll be happy.” Ball said he isn’t afraid refugees pose a threat to national security, despite the well-publicized terrorist instances in Europe. The majority of terrorist acts since 9/11 have been perpetrated by citizens or people who already live here, he said. He sees a trade off: maintain American values or risk what he believes is an infinitesimal chance of a refugee-initiated terrorist act. He said he also doesn’t agree with the executive order. “It makes our job overseas a lot harder. ... We’re turning our backs on these people. It also sends a message that has an impact on us, and I think that’s bad. These are people who are fleeing ISIS. It’s not like a bunch of people from ISIS are trying to storm the gates. You can’t read the inscription on the Statue of Liberty and pretend that this doesn’t go completely against it,” he said. Besides, Ball said, Amin — like other locals who’ve aided the U.S. military — has already gone through extreme vetting. “For interpreters, there’s no better vetting process than spending five years fighting alongside American soldiers,” Ball said. Q Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

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keeping the height restriction, she also argued that omitting it from the new Comprehensive Plan will give the council “more flexibility” to revisit the subject in the future. Wolbach also said that while he isn’t looking to change the restriction, he doesn’t want to “foreclose the conversation.” “What the community is telling us about this issue has changed, I think, very dramatically in the last few months,” Wolbach said, alluding to the growing number of housing advocates calling for higher buildings in areas wellserved by public transit. “I don’t think now would be an appropriate time to say, ‘No. We won’t have that conversation.’” While Kniss and Wolbach talked about their desire to keep the height limit, the motion they spearheaded ensured that it would not be mentioned in the Comprehensive Plan. Councilwoman Karen Holman vehemently disagreed and argued the height limit, which was adopted in the 1970s, should be included (the current Comprehensive Plan doesn’t list the height limit as a specific policy, though it refers to it in the narrative portion). “If our policy is to retain the 50foot height limit, then it belongs in the Comprehensive Plan,” Holman said. Her proposal to mention the height limit ultimately fizzled, with fellow “residentialists” Tom DuBois and Lydia Kou joining her. The council also split sharply over Wolbach’s proposal to simply remove all the programs in the document’s Land Use element, a change that he argued would create a “cleaner, simpler and more direct document.” Under the new format, the plan would consist exclusively of highlevel goals and policies for achieving these goals (today’s includes goals, policies and programs). The change is a significant break from both the existing Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted in 1998, and from the council’s prior direction on the updated version. The proposal also brought about a sharp rebuke from Holman, who said she was “truly gobsmacked” by the abrupt change in direction so late in the revision process. She noted that city staff, citizen volunteers and consultants had spent many months crafting the dozens of programs and said it’s not prudent to simply omit them. DuBois was more blunt, calling the decision to strip out the programs a “huge failure in oversight.” “It’s truly a slap in the face to the Citizens Advisory Committee,” DuBois said, referring to the panel that has been working on the new document since 2015. “It’s changing the rules two years into a process that all these people spent a lot of time and effort on.” Proponents of the change argued that the work is far from wasted and that the programs

will be evaluated as part of an “implementation plan” that would be reviewed apart from the Comprehensive Plan. Wolbach said he would like to see the plan function more like the U.S. Constitution, with high-level policies laying out the city’s land-use vision. He and others noted that the current plan has dozens of programs, many of which aren’t being implemented. Mayor Greg Scharff agreed and argued that the list of policies is “not being thrown away.” “It’s not being deleted. It’s being put aside, and we’re saying (that) as these implementations become feasible with staff time, we’ll move forward on them, assuming the council wants to,” Scharff said. The controversial decision to strip away all the programs followed a similarly divisive debate about whether to include a list of “development standards” that new projects would have to meet to win approval and a list of “community indicators” — measurements that show the impacts of planning decision on community livability. Both concepts have been discussed in-depth and partly embraced by the Citizen Advisory Committee. But the council voted 5-4 on Monday not to include them in the plan. Councilman Adrian Fine, a former planning commissioner who served on the advisory committee before getting elected to council last November, argued that the topic needs more discussion before the city adopts it. “I don’t think we’re ready to bake them into the Comp Plan,” Fine said. The council didn’t entirely abandon the idea of pursuing these standards and measurements. Holman recommended broadly mentioning them in the Comprehensive Plan, even if the

details haven’t yet been worked out. Again, her proposal fell by a 5-4 vote, with DuBois, Eric Filseth and Kou supporting her. Not every proposal proved as divisive. The council largely approved of a new policy that would explore housing sites at Stanford Research Park. Members were encouraged by Stanford officials, who on Monday indicated that they would be willing to consider this notion. Tiffany Griego, managing director of asset management at Stanford Research Park, said Stanford has been hearing “the cry for housing from our own companies as well.” “They struggle to recruit and retain top talent largely because of a lack of housing at entry-level price points in Palo Alto,” Griego said. “We can envision a future in Stanford Research Park where we can weave in a vibrant work place as well as living place.” Yet in a nod to those worried about too much growth diminishing their quality of life, the City Council also abandoned the idea of exploring housing at Town & Country Village. In a rare shift in the council’s political alliances, Scharff and Kniss joined Holman, Filseth and Kou in scrapping this idea. Scharff and Kniss both argued that the shopping center is hugely successful as is and that adding housing would further exacerbate its parking and traffic problems. “I do feel that Town and Country is a special place,” Scharff said. “It’s one of the last places that has this ‘History of Palo Alto’ feel to it. It’s been redeveloped in a really great way and I don’t want to see housing there that would take character away from that.” Q There’s more on this topic in the Spectrum section: Read City Councilman Tom DuBois’ opinion piece on page 13.

CityView A round-up

of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Jan. 28)

Priorities: The council voted adopt five priorities for 2717: housing, transportation, infrastructure, budget and finances, and healthy city/healthy community. Yes: DuBois, Filseth, Fine, Kniss, Scharff, Tanaka, Wolbach No: Holman, Kou

City Council (Jan. 30)

Comprehensive Plan: The council voted to remove all programs from the Land Use Element of the Comprehensive Plan. Yes: Fine, Kniss, Scharff, Tanaka, Wolbach No: DuBois, Filseth, Holman, Kou

Utilities Advisory Commission (Feb. 1)

Forecasts: The commission heard a presentation about financial forecasts and potential rate changes for the electric, gas, wastewater collection and water utilities Action: None

Architectural Review Board (Feb. 2)

3181 Porter Drive: The board approved a proposal by Stanford University to demolish three existing office and research-and-development buildings and construct a new two-story 99,415-square-foot building. Yes: Unanimous 567 Maybell Ave.: The board discussed and offered feedback on a proposal for 16 homes on the former orchard site at 567 Maybell Ave. but agreed to continue its vote to a later date. Action: None

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maintained, the money creates a perception of a conflict of interest for Tanaka, Harbour told the Weekly. “I’m very concerned about the size and the timing of the donations, immediately before Tanaka is reviewing the project,” Harbor said. Harbour said he’s notified the City Attorney’s Office and believes there is sufficient evidence to require Tanaka to recuse himself from the deliberation. In addition to the large check, Harbour cited the sizable Tanaka banner that he said was prominently displayed near the office of Wong’s architect, Joseph Bellomo, before the election. While Wong has threatened in the past to sue the city because of the council’s refusal to approve her project, Harbour said the recent donations from the family to Tanaka are prompting his side to also consider a suit if Tanaka doesn’t recuse. “If there is no due process and we feel there is bias on behalf of certain council members who have received extremely large donations, we will also explore litigation,” Harbour said. Fine, meanwhile, received fewer and less sizable late contributions in his successful bid for a council seat. He received $999 checks from Keenan, Gates, KGBrannan, Rapp, Palmer and Yamagiwa, as well as $1,000 from Benjamin Cintz, $900 from Jay Paul Company and smaller contributions from several employees of Jones Lang LaSalle, a commercial real estate company. Other developers and real estate professionals who contributed to him were Jim Baer ($499), David Kleiman ($250) and R&M

Property ($650). Only three of Fine’s contributions were $1,000 or greater, with $1,000 from Cintz and Joseph Martignetti and $2,500 from CREPAC. Fine reported receiving the Oct. 20 CREPAC donation on Oct. 24, apparently within 24 hours, as per the Political Reform Act. Overall, he received $25,724 between Oct. 23 and Dec. 31, according to his filing, about a third of the $77,267 total that he raised during his campaign. When asked about the late contributions from developers, Fine said he didn’t request any of the funds. However, neither was he surprised. The goal of his campaign’s fundraising was to get enough money to pay off the $15,000 loan he made to his own campaign. Fine also maintained that he did not promise anyone anything in return for the contributions. “Everyone in this city, including applicants and appellants, wants a fair hearing,” Fine said, when asked about the late contributions. He also stressed that there is nothing inappropriate about these funds: “There is no there there,” he said. “I think it’s a complicated system and it seems like everyone played by the rules,” Fine added. When asked why so many of his contributions total $999, Fine said he has no theories on the matter. Lydia Kou, who also won a seat on the council, reported $1,248 in late contributions, mostly from residents who gave her small checks. The largest contributions were $500 from local resident Don Nielson and $200 from Councilman Eric Filseth. Q Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

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PUBLIC HEARING / QUASI-JUDICIAL. 829 La Para Avenue [16PLN-00333] Request for a Director’s Hearing for Reconsideration of an Individual Review Application Approval That Allows the Demolition of Two Existing Structures and Construction of a New Two-story Single Family Residence and a One Car Detached Garage. The Project Has Been Determined to be Categorically Exempt Pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15303(a) (New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures). Zoning District: R-1. For additional information contact Alicia Spotwood at or at 650.617.3168.

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Editorial A reckless majority In stunning Monday night surprise, new council majority upends planning process


he five members who make up the new, more developmentfriendly majority on the Palo Alto City Council blatantly stuck it to their four colleagues and the community Monday night with what appeared to be a carefully orchestrated take-over of the critical land-use portion of the new Comprehensive Plan. The four-member minority group on the council, which held a shaky majority before the November election results tipped the balance the other way, was as helpless as Democrats in Congress or Republicans in Sacramento. It was only the third meeting of the council since newbies Adrian Fine, Greg Tanaka and Lydia Kou were sworn in and Greg Scharff was unanimously elected mayor, and the new majority made clear they had no intention of seeking compromise or middle ground. Surprise attacks like what occurred Monday night are not our expectation for how our non-partisan City Council should work and are certain to perpetuate political animosities from the last election. It was done with an arrogance that will further divide and anger rather than help unify the community around common goals. The council meeting was supposed to be devoted to giving direction to the city staff and a 25-member citizens committee on key land-use and transportation strategy options that had been carefully teed up by the city staff. Nearing a scheduled completion of the Comprehensive Plan revision later this year after nine years of problems and delays, achieving council agreement on these sections of the plan was a tall order under any circumstances due to the complexity of the issues and the sharp divisions within the community. It was also a huge opportunity for Mayor Scharff to use his influence as the presiding officer to show humility and respect for those with opposing views and to ensure a thoughtful, collaborative discussion that led to something other than 5-4 votes. That’s what we all want leaders to do: find ways to craft solutions that can win more than a bare majority vote of approval. Instead, it quickly became clear that Scharff, Vice Mayor Liz Kniss and Councilmen Cory Wolbach, Fine and Tanaka had every intention of ramming through their agenda to jettison elements that might limit the council’s future flexibility. The action stripped the plan of all but the most general and visionary goals around which there is little or no disagreement. The minority group of Tom DuBois, Eric Filseth, Karen Holman and Kou were stunned by the surprise proposals, put forth by Wolbach but quickly supported by the others in the majority, designed to move through a series of motions that culminated in a 5-4 vote to remove all the detailed implementing programs that support the broader policies in the land-use plan. It was an in-your-face move to substantially change a process that has been underway for years and that has cost millions of dollars, consumed immense staff and consulting time and subverted the dedicated and diverse volunteer citizens committee. Wolbach, who took the lead, said he wanted to “trim the plan substantially” and keep it high level and not prescriptive, the opposite of what the committee has been working hard on for the last two years. Similarly, on a motion by Fine, the council voted to remove development requirements and various measures to determine the effectiveness of those requirements that he considered in need of more work. In addition to setting aside all the concrete implementing programs in the plan, the 5-4 majority also voted to remove the existing overall downtown development cap and to retain the current temporary 50,000 square feet per year limit on new commercial development in downtown, on El Camino Real and around California Avenue, but to allow a roll-over of unused footage to subsequent years. The majority also voted to remove from the plan all reference to the city’s current 50-foot height limit, signaling an intention to reconsider down the road changes to the current ordinance that includes the limit. It was an inauspicious start to Scharff’s year as mayor, and eerily reminiscent of 2013 when in his first stint as mayor he presided over a similarly divided council during a tumultuous year that climaxed with the successful Measure D Maybell referendum. Wolbach’s pre-emptive move to gut the critical land-use plan was ill-timed and executed in a way that fuels conflict rather than seeks to build consensus. His ideas for a different structure and process would have been appropriate and potentially well-received if offered a year or even six months ago. But to spring it on his colleagues at the last minute, with obvious pre-arranged support from others, he undercut all his previous political rhetoric about consensus-building and respectful debate. Elections do matter, and a solid new council majority now rules. This week we witnessed its unsettling debut and discovered how the loss of a swing vote, former Councilman Pat Burt, can dramatically change the tenor of the council — for the worse. Q Page 12 • February 3, 2017 • Palo Alto Weekly •

Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Guest Opinions Arguments for and against weighted GPAs On Paly seniors weigh in on district issue


s the school district resumes its discussion of the practice of reporting high school students’ weighted gradepoint averages (GPA), the Palo Alto Weekly is publishing two opinion columns from Palo Alto High School seniors on the topic. Superintendent Max McGee is expected to make a recommendation this spring on the district’s long-term policy for weighted grades, subject to final approval by the school board. He is currently soliciting feedback from students, parents, teachers and staff through a series of public forums, which started Wednesday and extends till Feb. 13, as well as an online webinar and survey. In November, the school board unanimously approved a shortterm solution for this year’s seniors: to report both cumulative

unweighted and weighted GPAs on their official transcripts, giving an additional grade point for each honors and Advanced Placement class, as designated in the schools’ course catalogs. The board also voted to give Paly seniors the option of reporting an additional weighted average calculated using the University of California/California State University method. Paly has historically used the UC/CSU methodology for weighting, which doesn’t count freshman-year and non-UC approved courses. Gunn uses its own cumulative weighting method. While neither school reports weighted GPAs on students’ official transcripts, Gunn counselors report the weighted average in counselor-report sections on college applications, while Paly’s do not.

This week on Town Square Town Square is an online discussion forum at Council spars over land-use vision Posted on Jan. 31 at 10:57 a.m. by Stephen Levy, a resident of the University South neighborhood As a member of the CAC, I am pleased that the many programs we thought about will be brought back for discussion and

implementation outside of the Comp Plan. As I understood the discussion last night ... the intent was not to dismiss the program ideas but rather to pursue them at a later date when each could be given more careful attention. I am hopeful that as the year progresses the link between the Comp

In their respective guest opinions, Paly seniors Rima Parekh and Joelle Dong make arguments for and against reporting weighted grades. Parekh argues that weighted grades will benefit students, particularly in admissions and scholarship eligibility, and would not harm their mental health and well-being. Dong argues that reporting weighted GPAs should be the exception, not the norm — only for merit scholarships, to avoid sending the message that “numbers define my academic worth.” Read their columns on Q “Why I support reporting weighted GPAs”: prowGPA Q “Raise students, not GPAs”: Q Plan goals and fiscal health of the city, essential for providing services and infrastructure, will be explored in more depth.

Kniss says she didn’t break campaignfinance law Posted on Jan. 27, at 9:41 p.m. by John Fredrich, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood My oh my ... this does not appear to pass the smell test. I believe that money accepted after the fact, in this case a person being elected by the most votes in the race, should be called “gifts,” or, to use the vernacular, “bribes.” I think the applicable modern term is “electioneering investments” wherein favors received cannot be attributed to any quid pro quo arrangement but are merely tokens of esteem and support. ...My feeling (is) that a person of honor owes favors to those who go out of their way to help one.

Guest Opinion: Ending Palo Alto’s traffic and parking nightmare Posted on Jan. 29, at 11:33 a.m. by Allen Akin, a resident of the Professorville neighborhood Ride services actually increase traffic compared to driver-owned vehicles. Why? Consider Alice, who wants to get from point A to point B, and Charlie, who wants

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When democracy is hijacked by Tom DuBois onday night, in a brazen display of power, some members of the Palo Alto City Council massacred our Comprehensive Plan, the shared long-term vision that guides all of the city’s work. While clothing themselves in language of inclusion and community values, they embarked on a scorched-earth policy, jettisoning language enshrining those values in city policy, and undid years of effort by dedicated volunteers to build consensus across diverse interests. Starting with the strong foundation of our current, award-winning Comp Plan and proposed updates crafted by the Planning Commission, a Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC) was appointed to represent a range of perspectives and began to draft the new Plan. Two years of effort by those 25 citizen volunteers, hundreds of citizen commenters, thousands of hours of staff time, multiple meetings of the Council and the Planning and Transportation Commission and more than $3 million dollars in expenses were effectively dismissed within minutes. All without public participation


to get from point C to point D. If both own cars, they take one trip from A to B and one trip from C to D. If both use a ride service, the ride service car goes from A to B, then B to C, then C to D. That section from B to C is added traffic. To reduce traffic, you need to put multiple people in a single vehicle going from a cluster of nearby sources to a cluster of nearby destinations at about the same time.

Trouble in paradise Posted on Jan. 28, at 2:02 p.m. by Patrick Burt, a resident of the Community Center neighborhood There is no single, simple solution to our traffic, transportation and parking problems. However, there is a set of measures that will have an impact and now need significant new funding and implementation. Regionally, we just approved the county Measure B sales tax for transportation, which includes $1 billion for Caltrain, $700 million of that for the seven grade separations between Palo Alto and Sunnyvale, four of those being in Palo Alto. This is on top of the over $2 billion for the electrification of Caltrain, which will double its capacity and improve service.

or notice of such sweeping impending changes. There is clearly a divide among residents of Palo Alto around growth. Some support more rapid urbanization and others are slower-growth proponents. The disagreements center on how dense and tall the city should become and how quickly it can sustainably do so. The CAC members, even with their diverse views, came together to form a carefully crafted Comp Plan. They did the hard work of debating and compromising, thoughtfully drafting a proposal that was nearly complete and had received steady feedback and support by the Council. It garnered their unanimous recommendation with a few key policy decisions left for the Council to make. With little discussion late Monday night, five members of the Council rammed through votes to strip out growth-management policies, development requirements (such as affordable housing, reducing car trips, community character and parking requirements), and community livability assessments unanimously supported by the CAC. Then, under a fast-track process imposed by the mayor to limit debate, they stripped out every single implementation detail, regardless of content, from the plan itself. By doing so, they left all remaining policies open to individual interpretation, eliminated virtually any accountability

Locally, last year the city council received a plan from our downtown Transportation Management Association (TMA), which would reduce the single occupancy vehicle trips to downtown by 30 percent, largely solving the traffic and parking problems for downtown. It would cost around $1.5 million per year to implement. The program would provide transit passes for workers, ride share apps and other measures. Stanford Research Park funded and launched a similar program last year and we are starting to see its success. A similar plan for El Camino Real and California Avenue is anticipated, but would add a lot to the cost. The problem is now funding these plans, along with funding our expanded bike system (in progress) and more shuttles. The solutions are there, but they are not cheap. Last year, a majority of the city council supported consideration of a Business License Tax (BLT) devoted to these measures. Unlike many cities in the region, Palo Alto has no BLT, and this one would have been devoted to local transportation. Unfortunately, there was strong opposition from the chamber of commerce and some of the business community, as well as the time frame being

for performance and set the stage for decisions with little public input but freighted with their own narrow political interests. By pivoting so radically at such a late point in the process, an enormous amount of public money was spent that need not have been. By reversing the practice used by our city and nearly all cities to include intended programs in their General Plan, they’ve removed critical bastions of democracy from the process: open dialog and transparency, community-based input, inclusion of minority voices and the need to compromise. Through either lack of trust in public institutions or pure narcissism, their heavyhandedness has thrown away an emerging consensus around thoughtful programs that sought to minimize the negative impacts of inevitable growth. In so doing, they are driving our local government and community to remain as deeply split as the nation. And with these changes, once again developers will have the opportunity to build with impunity and the community will have little recourse. The obfuscation of the attack started immediately at the Council meeting. Rather than admit they were rejecting public input and compromise, denials of the impact of stripping the Comp Plan were made. As lip service to community concerns about traffic and parking, a large growth “cap” (that will likely never be reached) was left in as window dressing.

rushed to finalize the measure. We now need to wait for the 2018 general election as a next chance to put this measure on the ballot. In the meantime, the Downtown TMA may be partially funded by new paid parking measures that will be considered by the City Council this year. If we don’t make a major commitment to these solutions, our traffic and parking problems will further degrade the quality of life in Palo Alto.

Gunn staff address conflicts following MLK Day talk Posted on Jan 27, at 12:41 p.m. by Jonathan Brown, a resident of the Ventura neighborhood Our schools share a responsibility with the rest of our community to help kids understand the difference between right and wrong on all sorts of issues, such as the right way to peacefully disagree with each other, the right way to respect the opinions of others, the right way to question and think about the rules by which we live and respect one another and that true hate speech is wrong. A civil society depends critically on teaching these kinds of core civic values, and the schools fail all of us when they pretend to wash

While touting their support for the 50-foot height limit, they removed all reference to it, saying they may want to change it soon. Rather than admit they were rejecting public input and compromise, they moved the deleted programs to an appendix where they can be taken up at whim, or not, without the public scrutiny of Comp Plan deliberations similar to a line-item veto. Until now, programs have been considered as a package addressing a range of needs and supporting those compromises, not determined by a slim council majority on a line-by-line basis. It is not yet clear how much, or how little, time it will take for the results of Monday’s actions to negatively impact Palo Alto with yet more office buildings, traffic and parking woes and, perhaps most importantly, erosion of citizen participation and trust. Can wolves in sheep’s clothing undermine our local democracy? Apparently yes. Palo Altans must not be fooled by public officials who say one thing and do another. Stay informed and hold your Council members accountable for serving the values they espoused in their campaigns and on the dais. Do not let the best qualities of democracy get hijacked in this age of expediency. Q Tom DuBois is a Palo Alto City Council member. He can be reached at

their hands of that shared duty that we all have. Tolerating one viewpoint without question and shutting down discussion of divergent viewpoints is wrong. We need kids who can think critically and have the ability to frame rules that govern our future society. Otherwise they’ll just be taught a “follow the herd” mentality, and that risks leading us ultimately into exactly the kinds of dangerous and dark places that all of us right-minded individuals want to avoid.

Posted on Jan. 27, at 7:22 p.m. by Ben Lenail, a resident of Community Center neighborhood We should not object to hearing a left-wing viewpoint, but it should not be the only viewpoint allowed and should not be presented as the official viewpoint of the school administration (keynote speaker at a mandatory allschool meeting). We have both in Palo Alto now: effective censorship on conservative or libertarian ideas and official endorsement of progressive stances.

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Jean-Louis Pellegrine

Arthur Paul Notthoff, Jr.

October 31, 1933 – January 18, 2017

Dec. 8, 1925 – Jan. 26, 2017

Jean-Louis Pellegrin, a 53 year resident of Los Altos Hills, died peacefully on January 18, 2017, holding hands with his beloved wife, Gloria. He was 83 years young. He was born 31 October 1933 in Millau, France, and lived in Montpellier, France, before moving to the Bay Area. He received his Electrical Engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, a Master’s Degree from Brooklyn Polytechnique, and his Ph.D, from Stanford University. He was a brilliant engineer in High Energy Physics at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) for over 30 years. Jean-Louis played classical guitar, piano, clarinet, and even played the bass drum in Gloria’s bagpipe band. He ran multiple marathons for over 25 years, including 4 Bostons, where he finished in the top third of entrants. JeanLouis and Gloria traveled the world together, backpacked in the High Sierras, but enjoyed the quiet solitude of home. Jean-Louis is survived by his beloved wife, Gloria, of 40 years. Two sons and one grandson. His French family: 2 sisters and 2 brothers, numerous nieces, nephews and grands. PAID


Elizabeth Robbins Weaver December 14, 1919 – January 21, 2017 Former resident of Palo Alto


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Arthur Paul Notthoff, Jr., a 62-year resident of Menlo Park, died at home January 26, 2017. He was born in Oakland, CA on December 8, 1925 and graduated from UC Berkeley, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master of Science in electrical engineering. Art was married to Carroll Whitton Notthoff whose death preceded his in 1998. He worked at Dalmo Victor for 35 years where one of the projects he worked on was the system that beamed photographs of the lunar landing back to Earth. He was an avid collector and gourmet cook. He volunteered with the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce Connoisseur’s Marketplace and the Museum of American Heritage (MOAH) in Palo Alto, which displayed many of his collections and where he met his longtime friend Isabel Kennedy. Art is survived by his three children and their spouses Ann Notthoff and Dwight Holing of Orinda, Charles Notthoff and Laurie Takao of McKinleyville, and Sally and Arthur Zarnowitz of San Jose, along with six grandchildren, Mary and Sam Holing, Patrick and Nicholas Notthoff and Raymond and Walter Zarnowitz. Private services are pending. The family requests memorial contributions in the name of Art Notthoff to be made to MOAH, P.O. Box 1731, Palo Alto, CA 94302. PAID


Donna Fay Taggart May 26, 1946 – December 12, 2016

Former Palo Alto resident Elizabeth (Beth) Weaver died peacefully on January 21, 2017 in Seattle at age 97. Beth was born in Fresno, the only daughter of George Robbins and Margaret Wilson. In 1937, she graduated Fresno High School and enrolled at Stanford University. At Stanford, she joined the Pi Beta Phi sorority and met Robert Weaver. She received both an A.B. in Education from Stanford and a General Elementary Credential from San Jose State in 1941; using these degrees, she taught for two years in San Carlos. In 1943, she married Bob at Stanford Memorial Church and moved to Los Angeles. There they added three boys to their family, James, John, and Robert Jr. When Bob transferred to Lockheed Missile and Space Division in 1957, the Weavers moved to Palo Alto. She loved raising her family in the town where Bob’s grandfather John F. Parkinson had been a prominent citizen. When the boys were grown, Beth brushed up on professional skills and rejoined the workforce at the U.S. Geological Survey. She worked there for ten years, until she and her husband retired and moved to Washington State. They lived in Gig Harbor; after Bob’s death, she moved to Olympia, where she continued to enjoy cooking, gardening, and watching birds at her backyard feeders. Beth took on the role of family genealogist in the 1960s and continued to research family history for nearly forty years. She was pleased to be able to trace her own lineage to John Alden and Priscilla Mullins of the Mayflower and enroll her family in the Alden Kindred of America. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert. She is survived by her sons James (Cheryl), John (Marcia), and Robert; grandchildren Kristen, David (Jennifer), Sean, and Sarah; and great-grandchildren Jack, Grace, and Savannah. Services will be held Friday, February 3 at 12:00 noon at Alta Mesa Funeral Home in Palo Alto. OBITUARY

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Donna Fay Taggart passed away at age 70 on December 12, 2016. She had been seriously ill for many years. Born Donna Fay Bledsoe in Nampa, Idaho to Lucile Bohannon Bledsoe and Leonard Wayne Bledsoe. She grew up in Marsing, Idaho and graduated from Marsing High School. She attended Marylhurst College in Lake Oswego, Oregon and was taught by sisters of the Holy Names. Donna graduated with a degree in biological science and chemistry. She then attended St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology in 1969. Looking for a position in Northern California, Donna accepted an offer from Stanford University Hospital to be a Medical Technologist in their Clinical Laboratory. In 1970 Anna Marie and James Janky introduced Donna to Robert B. Taggart, a graduate student at Stanford. They were married 3 years later on February 14, 1973. Their son, David Robert Taggart was born on March 31, 1974. Donna loved life with her new family. She enjoyed visiting her parents in Idaho and camping along the Salmon River and many trips to Hawaii. She loved flowers and plants. In 1977 she began designing a home for their property in Portola Valley, CA. The home was built and completed in 1979. In 1985, Donna and her landscape architect won first place in the bay area for her landscaping design for the family home. Health permitting, Donna travelled with her husband as his business grew. In 1984, Donna was seriously injured in an automobile accident. She had six major surgeries. She remained positive as she struggled to recover. In 2013 Donna was diagnosed with pneumonia. All of us who loved Donna cherished the moments we spent together and are happy she is free of pain with the Lord. Donna is survived by her husband, Robert B. Taggart; her son, David R. Taggart, both of Portola Valley, CA; her brother, Robert Bledsoe of Hammett, ID. She is also survived by her niece, Dr. Annie Bledsoe of Salt Lake City, UT; her nephews Dr. Jake Bledsoe of Boston, MA and Matt Bledsoe of Boise, ID; her aunts Alice Bledsoe of Boise, ID and Thelma Bohannan of Sedro-Woolley, WA and her uncle, Barry Clark in Colorado. Donna was laid to rest near her parents in Idaho. PAID


Carl Weber, Stanford University professor emeritus of drama and a protege of director Bertolt Brecht, died in his sleep in Los Altos on Dec. 25, 2016. He was 91. Born in Dortmund, Germany, in 1925, he began his theatrical career when, as a teenage soldier in a POW camp in Colchester, Essex, England, he and fellow prisoners would stage plays. Following the war, his life changed course after watching “Mother Courage,” a production by Bertolt Brecht, known as one of the leading theatrical innovators of the 20th century. The production launched the famous Berliner Ensemble. In 1952, he became Brecht’s assistant director and when Brecht died in 1956, he became the company’s resident director. In 1985, he moved from New York University to Stanford and continued teaching there until 2013. Prior to the move, he was a visiting director at Stanford from 1963 to 1964. While at Stanford, he played an important role in creating the dual-track doctoral program, with an emphasis on both directing and critical theory. Throughout his career, he directed productions in major theaters around the world and was the recipient of Denmark’s Jylland Critics Award and two Off-Broadway Theater Awards, or Obies. Through his translations, he was responsible for introducing avantegarde playwrights to the West, including Peter Handke, Franz Xaver Kroetz and Heiner Muller. Additionally, he edited and wrote introductions and commentary to Muller’s poetry, plays and prose and edited the anthology “DramaContemporary: Germany.” He is predeceased by his wife, the German theater and film actress Marianne Rossi, who died a decade ago. He is survived by his daughter, actor and educator Sabine Gewinner-Feucht of Austria; his partner, film and television writer Inge Heym of Berlin, Germany; and his son, Dr. Stefan Heym and three grandchildren of Berlin.

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t 88, Carol Dondick has not allowed her decision to stop driving interfere with her life. The Menlo Park resident gets out of the house four or five days a week — sometimes more — to attend her watercolor class, writer’s group, genealogy group, hair appointments and other engagements using a variety of private transportation options available to seniors, including rideshare companies Uber and Lyft and Avenidas Door-to-Door, a service operated by the nonprofit senior agency Avenidas. Dondick, who drove for more than 60 years in her hometown of Los Angeles

Dawn Wilcox, 80, greets Avenidas Door-to-Door driver Don Kenyon. She uses the service regularly to run errands.

before moving to Menlo Park six years ago, said not having a car has worked out well for her. “It’s very convenient,” she said. Compared to the expense of routine car maintenance and insurance, the cost of private transportation seems affordable, she added. Dondick books her own Uber rides through the app on her cell phone for impromptu errands. For her standing weekly engagements, she typically uses Avenidas Door-to-Door, which is tailored

Dawn Wilcox stopped driving in 2007 due to poor vision. Now, she relies on ridesharing to go to places like Piazza’s Fine Foods market in Palo Alto.

for seniors. The service requires scheduling a ride at least 36 hours in advance and will take riders anywhere within an 8-mile radius of downtown Palo Alto for $13 or less, depending on the distance. Customers are billed at the beginning of the month for all rides taken in the previous month. Dondick is among a growing number of seniors who no longer drive; nationwide there are about 8.4 million such seniors. By 2030, that number is expected to increase as the senior population nearly doubles, according to statistics released by the National Caregivers Library, creating an unprecedented segment of the population dependent on private and public transportation. In Palo Alto, public-transit choices available to seniors could actually diminish in the coming year despite this trend. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), which operates the countywide bus system, is currently redrawing its bus routes, which could reduce service to seniors in Palo Alto. The final overhaul is still pending. Palo Alto resident Dawn Wilcox, 80, said it’s become increasingly difficult for her to rely on VTA buses due to her visual impairments. The proposed VTA changes would create dire problems for others like her who depend on the current routes through Palo Alto, she added. “When I could use the bus, it was the Line 35 that goes up and down Middlefield. They’re threatening to cut that, and we’ve been working to counteract that. It

would be terrible,” she said. Wilcox, a former member of Palo Alto’s Bicycle Advisory Committee whose vision began failing at age 50, used to drive. Then she bicycled everywhere in town until about 2007 but can no longer do so. Until recently, she often used the federally funded Outreach paratransit service but said that service became more challenging for users last year when the VTA took over the operation from the nonprofit Outreach & Escort Inc., which for decades held the contract to provide the service. “Now we have something called VTA Access, and it’s quite different than it was before,” Wilcox said of the Outreach replacement. “You get into the car, and you’re not going where you want to go — you’re going where two or three other passengers want to go. So it can take a long time and, if you’re elderly or have just had dialysis or something, I don’t know what you do. It’s really hard on them.” The VTA changes could prompt private programs to take over where public services leave off. Phil Endliss, coordinator for Avenidas Door-to-Door, said the need for the senior ride program already is far greater than what the agency can provide. The service gives 6,000 rides a year to 200 people, with a core of about 65 “very heavy users,” Endliss said. “We want to be able to help as many (continued on next page) • Palo Alto Weekly • February 3, 2017 • Page 15

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people as we can,” he said. “That’s our charter — that everybody in the community stays vibrant and keeps on doing things

they’re interested in doing regardless of their ability to drive.” Last year, the agency started supplementing its service by outsourcing rides to Lyft when volunteers aren’t available, so people

won’t be turned away. Door-to-Door currently employs about 20 volunteer drivers and one paid, part-time driver. Endliss said he would like to expand the program if the agency

could find more volunteer drivers. The 8-mile radius stretches to San Carlos, Redwood City, Atherton, Woodside, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, East Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and

Mountain View north of Grant Road. Palo Alto resident Solveig Jensen Brodsky, who stopped driv-

‘We want to be able to help as many people as we can. That’s our charter — that everybody in the community stays vibrant and keeps on doing things they’re interested in doing regardless of their ability to drive.’

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‘None of the alternatives is a bullet that works all the time. You have to use your own resources as much as you can.’ —Therese Salamida, 89, Mountain View resident

advance-booking requirement and weekday hours, she said. “If something comes up last minute, sometimes I just can’t go,” Brodsky said. “I can call friends or one of the kids but, you know, they’re busy. I try to take care of myself so I don’t have to call them.” Brodsky is considering getting a smartphone so she’d be able to summon an Uber or Lyft ride evenings or weekends, when Door-to-Door does not operate. “Let’s say it’s four in the afternoon, and I want to go to Stanford for a concert or something, I’d use Uber,” she said. She’s considering taking lessons on how to drive with her left leg but “only if I can do it safely. I haven’t ruled it out,” she said. For those who can’t afford private transportation, Palo Alto’s city-operated free shuttle service makes stops at several major senior housing complexes in town, including Lytton Gardens, Channing House and Stevenson House. And unlike the Door-toDoor service, the shuttle can accommodate wheelchairs as long as they have working brakes.

“The Crosstown Shuttle (running from the downtown Caltrain station to Stevenson House on Charleston Avenue near Middlefield Road) is one of our most popular routes among seniors and school students,” said City Transportation Engineer Ruchika Aggarwal. The city shuttle also operates an “Embarcadero” route, running from the downtown Caltrain station to the Baylands. The city is considering improvements to the shuttle based on nearly 2,000 responses to a 2015 survey of users, Aggarwal said, but potential reforms have been put on hold pending upcoming changes to the Palo Alto portions of the VTA’s bus routes. Wilcox, the formerly bicyclist, increasingly relies on Avenidas Door-to-Door to get to her weekly volunteer commitment

at the health library of the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Palo Alto. Although she can pay for the transit service, many others who live on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cannot afford to use private transportation routinely, she said. “If you’re living on SSI, it’s peanuts,” she said. Mountain View resident Therese Salamida, 89, said getting where she needs to go without driving herself is very challenging. “I do miss driving,” she said. “None of the alternatives is a bullet that works all the time. You have to use your own resources as much as you can.” Q Contributing Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at

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Feb 1 Open Chess Day

every Wednesday, 1-5pm @ Avenidas. Drop-in, free.

Feb 2 Advanced Health Care Directive

appts available @ Avenidas. Call 650-289-5400. $5

Feb 3 When: Thursday, Feb. 9, 4:00 - 6:30pm (VIP Registration starts at 3:45pm)

Where: The Woman’s Club of Palo Alto (475 Homer St., Street parking available)


Wine Appreciation: “Classic Cabernet Sauvignons:”

3-4:30pm @ Avenidas. RSVP required. Call 650-289-5400. Bring your glass. $15/$20

Avenidas Village Coffee Chat

Bridge Game

2pm @ Avenidas. RSVP required. Call 650-289-5405.

every Friday, 2-4pm @ Avenidas. Drop-in, free.

Skin Cancer Screening @ Avenidas.

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Appt required. Call 650-289-5400. Free

Feb 21

Feb 10 Garden Club: “Cold Weather Plant Care”

Feb 20 Presentation: “Medication Management Tips: What Helps and Why”

by Santa Clara Master Gardeners, 1:30-3pm @ Avenidas. Free. All ages welcome.

2:30-4pm @ Avenidas. Call 650-289-5400 to pre-register. Free.

Feb 13

Feb 22

Avenidas Village “Watch Party”

Blood Pressure Screening

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2:30-3:30pm @ Avenidas. Free.

Feb 23

UNA Film Festival “On a Tightrope”

Feb 6 Caregiver Support Group

every Monday, 11:30am-1pm @ Avenidas. Drop-in, free.

Feb 7 Avenidas Walkers

10am – every Tuesday. Call 650-387-5256 for trailhead info or to schedule. Free.

Feb 8 Parkinson’s Support Group

2-3:30pm @ Avenidas. Call Robin Riddle @ 650-724-6090 for more info. Free.

Feb 9 Tailgate Party with Jim Plunkett!

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Calendar of Events

General admission $50/VIP tickets w/private meet & greet $100. Purchase online at At Palo Alto Woman’s Club from 4-6pm.

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2-3:30pm @ Avenidas. Free.

Feb 14 Happy Valentine’s Day!

We love our Members and Guests @ Avenidas!

Feb 15 Reiki appts available @ Avenidas.

Call 650-289-5400. $30/$35 Mindfulness Meditation

every Wednesday, 2:30-3:30pm @ Avenidas. Drop-in, free.

Feb 16 Musical Jam Session

2-4pm @ Avenidas. Bring your uke, harmonica, voice, or any acoustic instrument. $3 @ the door.

Feb 17 Non-scary Duplicate Bridge

every Friday, 1-4pm @ Avenidas, $2/$3.

9:30-10:30am @ Senior Friendship Day, 4000 Middlefield Road. Drop-in, free. Book Club: “Marriage of Opposites,” by Alice Hoffman

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Feb 24 Tuina

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Feb 27 Senior Adult Legal Assistance

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Feb 28 Massage appts available.

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MEET JIM PLUNKETT ... Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett is the featured speaker at a fundraiser for Avenidas Thursday, Feb. 7. Hot dogs and beer will be served as Plunkett talks with sports executive Gary Cavalli about his childhood in San Jose, playing football for Stanford and the NFL and working as a family caregiver for his parents. The event will be 4-6:30 p.m. at the Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club of Palo Alto, 475 Homer Ave. General admission $50. For tickets, call 650-289-5445 or go to COLD WEATHER PLANT CARE ... Master gardener Roberta Barnes offers a free discussion on what can be done to protect tender plants as well as how to care for plants that have been damaged by cold weather on Friday, Feb. 10, 1:30-3 p.m. at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. A WATCH PARTY ... The public is invited to hear Boston surgeon and best-selling author Atul Gawande discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Value of Community and Choice as We Grow Older â&#x20AC;&#x153; on Monday, Feb. 13 at 1:45 p.m. at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. The event will be live streamed from Boston, where Gawande is the featured speaker at the 15th Anniversary celebration of Beacon Hill Village, a support network of older adults who are living independently in their homes. Gawande is the author of four books: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being Mortal,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Checklist Manifesto,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Betterâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Complications.â&#x20AC;? Admission is free.

p.m. in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Grodin is a performer as well as director of education for the San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. The event is part of the JCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Tuesdays series aimed at older adults. Admission is $15. RSVP to Michelle Rosengaus at or call 650223-8616. MEDICATION MANAGEMENT ... Does it matter that people forget their medications now and then? How can they reduce the number of times they forget? Rich Freedland, CEO of GRAMedical, which makes products to help people control their medications, will discuss ideas to help people manage their medications. Freedland has been studying pill reminders, pill holders and pill dispensers for years. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2:30-4 p.m. at Avenidas,450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Admission is free. LOVING OR LEAVING ... According to Ruth Patrick, director of WomenSV, one in four women will be a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime. Patrick will discuss the hidden problem of abuse in affluent communities on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1-2:30 p.m. in Room E-104 of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. The event is part of the JCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Tuesdays series aimed at older adults. Admission is $15. RSVP to Michelle Rosengaus at mrosengaus@paloaltojcc. org or call 650-223-8616.

A FUTURE WITHOUT AGEISM ... Brooklyn-based activist and writer Ashton Applewhite will discuss her 2016 book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageismâ&#x20AC;? on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 10-11:30 a.m. at the Institute for the Future, 201 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Applewhite dispels myths about late life and proposes an alternative: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wake up, cheer up and push back.â&#x20AC;? For free registration, go to

SUPPORT FOR CAREGIVERS ... Avenidas Care Partners Manager Paula Wolfson, who runs a drop-in support group every Monday for people caring for a spouse, parent, relative or friend, is adding a new group on Fridays. The Monday group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Friday group meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Participation is free. For more information, call Wolfson at 650-289-5438. Q

SINGING VIOLINS ... Early music specialist Lisa Grodin will demonstrate the evolution of period instruments from the Baroque era to the present on Tuesday, Feb. 14,1-2:30

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A weekly guide to music, theater, art, culture, books and more, edited by Karla Kane

Palo Alto Art Center celebrates anniversary with vivid exhibition about color Story by Sheryl Nonnenberg | Photos by Veronica Weber


The “Spectral Hues” exhibition at the Palo Alto Art Center inccudes Omar Chacón’s “Bacanal Gumbachira” (top), Karrie Hovey’s “Phase” (bottom left) and Leo Bersamina’s “Rock Piles” (bottom right).

orty-five years ago the Palo Alto Art Center opened its doors with the simple goal of offering visitors a place where art could be seen and made. The inaugural exhibition, “Roots,” featured art from local collections; the second exhibition was devoted to the very broad theme of color. In celebration of this anniversary, the center has returned to this theme with a show including 20 artists who, according to the exhibition press release, “share an interest in the power of color, and employ strategic choices about the use of color in their works.” The exhibition, “Spectral Hues: artists + color,” features colorful art in a variety of media and will be on view until April 9. Guest curator Sharon Bliss explained that she worked with the center’s exhibition team to determine a list of possible artists, most of whom are based in California. “From there I did a series of studio and gallery visits, more than 30, and we started to narrow down the list,” she said. As one might expect from the theme, the exhibition is a visual knockout, with bright and bold hues of every color in the rainbow. But Bliss was also looking for more subtle, intrinsic qualities in the art she chose. How and why are we so influenced by color? We get some insights as to how the individual artists feel about the subject, thanks to quotes found on the wall labels. For example, in

Richard Mayhew’s oil on canvas, “Spring Transition,” he describes how he is not after a literal depiction of a landscape so much as “an emotional encounter with nature.” Many of the pieces are reminiscent of the work of abstractexpressionist artists and their approach to the exploration of color. Ruth Pastine’s “Possession (Red Green)” has a distinctly Rothko feeling in the intensity of color gradations. In the painting, the deep red seems to pulsate and glow as the eye moves from the darker borders to the blood-red center. Anne Appleby’s “Cottonwood” could be akin to Josef Albers’ many homages to the square, and Menlo Park painter Mitchell Johnson’s “Piaggio” reminds us that Hans Hofmann’s theory about the “push-pull” of color (in which color can be used to achieve depth) still applies. Any time one deals with color, the science of optics comes into play. What happens when colors are placed next to one another? Why are there so many illusions created via color? “Mel Prest’s work ‘Jade Emerald’ is a great example of a piece that successfully sits at the intersection of art, science, optics and life,” Bliss said. “From a distance this large painting appears to be a solid color field. Closer viewing reveals that it is actually made up of green and blue stripes, in a V converging at the painting’s center. The eye is completed fooled.”

Another example of art that plays havoc with the retinas is Stephen Giannetti’s “Rorschach for Rothko,” an acrylic-on-linen painting that consists of thousands of same-sized circles. The artist refers to the piece as “magnificent pointillism,” in which the eye is bombarded by the colored circles, which seem to ebb, flow and create a dizzying effect. Some of the artists chose to stick with the basics, exploring the simple beauty of the primary and secondary colors. The color wheel is a time-honored teaching tool, but in the hands of Tamara Seal it becomes a tangible, three-dimensional sculpture. Using a plywood circular form, the artist has created the familiar wheel using vibrantly colored sand. The piece, “Color Wheel,” lies on the floor, surrounded by a rope barrier (a good idea because the impulse to reach out and touch it is hard to resist). Amy Ellingson uses both traditional and high-tech materials in her study of color fundamentals. In “Variation: Carta I-VI,” lozenge-shaped oil-on-linen wall panels reflect the pure, intense range of the primary (red, yellow, blue) and secondary (purple, green, orange) colors. Directly below this group, a low display stand holds “Variation: Artifacts,” a jumble of multi-colored shards. The artist explained that she used computer design software that (continued on next page) • Palo Alto Weekly • February 3, 2017 • Page 21

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for appetizers at a Menlo Park favorite, Cafe Borrone at 1010 El Camino Real. Triple-cream cheese board, anyone? The cafe also often offers specials and live music in the evenings, so check cafeborrone before you go. When you’re ready for dinner, make your way next door to the newly reopened British Banker’s Club, more commonly known as the BBC. What used to be a dark, oldschool bar that had its liquor license suspended several years ago has been transformed under new ownership into a sleek, open space serving dishes like line-caught hamachi crudo and hibiscus-brined pork porterhouse. On Valentine’s Day, the restaurant will serve its regular menu as well as a special tasting menu created by Chef Tylor Urias. Stay for dessert and an after-dinner digestif or a glass of one of the more than 20 listed scotches. After a very quiet soft opening in December, the restaurant is now accepting dinner reservations; call 650-382-3191. Magali Gauthier


Above: La Fontaine is a reader favorite for romantic dinners on Castro Street in Mountain View. Below, left: Bistro Elan is one of many options near the California Avenue train station for dinner and dessert.

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f you’ve never been to a progressive dinner party, here’s the lowdown: A group of diners plans a multicourse meal together, with each course served at a different guest’s home. The evening might start with appetizers or drinks at your house, and then move to a friend’s for dinner, then to another house for dessert. (Progressive dinners are ideal for people who live close by, so you can walk from course to course.) With Valentine’s Day around the corner, the idea of a mobile dinner party got us thinking: What about a progressive Valentine’s date? This Feb. 14, ditch the box of chocolates and flowers for a plan to hop from one restaurant to another for food and drink. The best part? It works just as well for groups as couples. Read on for our recommendations for a progressive Valentine’s Day in Palo Alto, Mountain View and Menlo Park.

It’s hard to imagine a more intimate setting for a glass of wine in Palo Alto than Vino Locale, located in a charming, two-story Victorian house on Kipling Street, removed from bustling University Avenue. Start your progressive date with a wine flight and add a cheese pairing for $10. Get there early enough for happy hour from 5-6:30 p.m. and enjoy $3 off all appetizers, $7 and $10 wines, a $16 wine flight (so you can try all four red and white wines offered during happy hour) and $5 beers (for those more into hops than grapes). If you feel like staying for dinner, Vino Locale will be offering a special Valentine’s Day fourcourse tasting menu with optional sommelier-selected wines from Yorkville Cellars. Make a reservation online at If not, make your way down University Avenue for a Greek meal at Evvia, a favorite special occasion restaurant for many on the Midpeninsula. Rustic decor, fireplaces and an open kitchen make Evvia an ideal date spot — not to mention the always impeccable food. On Valentine’s, the restaurant will serve its normal menu along with a few special dishes. To make a reservation, go to Save room for dessert — and a nightcap of prosecco — at Timothy Adams Chocolates, where handmade bonbons are king. Bonus: The Bryant Street shop stays open until 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends.


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Head to the bar at the upscale Rosewood hotel on Sand Hill Road for a pre-dinner cocktail with a view. If it’s a clear night, catch the sunset from a second-story deck that overlooks the pristine hotel pool, with the rolling foothills in the background. Get in the car (or call an Uber) to head into downtown


Start your progressive Valentine’s Day date with a cocktail at the Rosewood hotel in Menlo Park, which offers a view of the foothills.

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You can’t go wrong with predinner drinks and appetizers at downtown Mountain View’s Cascal, popular for its mojitos, housemade sangria and tapas. Try a caipirinha, the national cocktail of Brazil (made with cachaça, sugar and muddled fresh limes) before you head out for dinner. If you’re there on Feb. 14, don’t miss happy hour from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. If you’re saving your date for the weekend, there’s also live music every Friday and Saturday night. Stroll down Castro Street for a French-Italian fusion dinner at the cozy La Fontaine. The restaurant

took home best fine dining and best patio/outdoor dining in the Mountain View Voice’s 2016 Best Of Mountain View poll. Popular dishes include the Burgundy-braised short ribs and the salmon Wellington, or salmon stuffed with leeks and rock shrimp that’s wrapped in puff pastry and served over saffron risotto. To make a reservation, go to For those who would choose a post-dinner cafe au lait over a digestif, head into Red Rock Coffee for some caffeine. The popular cafe stays open late on both weekdays (Monday-Thursday until 10 p.m.) and weekends (Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.). On Valentine’s weekend, a local musician will perform on Friday and comedians do a free stand-up show on Saturday. For more information, go to


No need for a designated driver when you have local Caltrain stations close to several worthy date spots. Start (or end) the evening with a glass of wine and a snack at Savvy Cellar, a wine bar located inside the Mountain View train station. Don’t miss the cleverly named wine flights (“I’m Drawing a Blanc”) or small bites of olives, charcuterie, pâté and the like. Bonus: If you’re there on Valentine’s Day, it’s one of the weekly “Italian Tuesdays,” with 20 percent off of all Italian wines. Happy hour runs from 2-6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday. Hop on Caltrain for a quick ride to California Avenue in Palo Alto, where dinner options abound. The good news is that in Palo Alto’s second downtown, there’s something for everyone, whether it’s a romantic meal for two at California-French eatery Bistro Elan (, a group dinner at Cuban favorite La Bodeguita del Medio (don’t miss the mojitos; or sushi at Jin Sho ( You could also start or end the evening with a glass of wine at California Avenue’s wine bar, Calave. Don’t miss the train to head into Menlo Park around 9 p.m., when late-night happy hour starts at the Left Bank ( on Santa Cruz Avenue. Get the happy hour deals ($5 wine, $4 beer, $6 well cocktails) until closing, when you can hop back on the train for a safe ride home.


For those of us who would prefer a night in to a night out, much less a night out at multiple locations, go on a progressive shopping excursion for an at-home date. Head to Town & Country Village in Palo Alto to cover drinks, dinner and dessert in one fell swoop. Pick up a bottle of Italian wine from the new Biondivino Wine Boutique (try a Ligurian red or white, perfect food-pairing wines, owner Ceri Smith told the Weekly in a recent interview), walk next door for a prime cut of sustainably raised meat from Belcampo Meat Co., where you can ask the butcher for expert advice about how to cook it, and then grab a pint or two of small-batch ice cream from Tin Pot Creamery.Q Staff writer Elena Kadvany can be reached at ekadvany@

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The fling of comedy De Niro’s ‘Comedian’ a sadly standard-issue romantic-comedy 01/2 (Century 16 & 20) stage, Jackie comes from the inIt takes a special sort to be stand-up comic, a sort that’s not easily faked by even the best of actors, including Robert De Niro, who attempts to play a stand-up in the unfortunately unexceptional “The Comedian.” Comedians are a notoriously unhappy lot, so “The Comedian” starts off on the right foot by establishing De Niro’s character Jackie Burke, the 67-year-old former star of the “hit sitcom ‘Eddie’s Home,’” as a surly cynic and pessimist. On

sult-comic mold of Don Rickles, and it’s apparent”The Comedian” was developed expressly for the star to get to play in the arena of his “Casino” co-star Rickles, who tickled De Niro to no end. But De Niro, while at times a skilled comic actor, is not the naturally funny type to embody a stand-up comic. His caustic routines have been scripted by top-dog roaster Jeff Ross and I suppose in a world in which De Niro didn’t exist, Jackie Burke’s

idiosyncratic persona might have a novelty. Mostly, though, this is the kind of movie about stand-up at which actual stand-ups scoff. The meandering, some might say aimless, narrative begins in earnest once Jackie gets baited by a heckler and lands an assault charge. While doing communityservice hours serving meals at a homeless shelter, Jackie meets fellow parolee Harmony (Leslie Mann), and the two strike up an unlikely romance, to the chagrin of her father. They meet cute, date cute, argue, reconcile ... surprise, this is a romantic comedy. “The Comedian” has its notunpleasant distractions, but it’s all distraction and no content: the score by accomplished composer Terence Blanchard, New York City locations, about a dozen stand-up comic cameos, and a star-studded supporting cast (Danny DeVito and Patti LuPone as Jackie’s brother and sisterin-law, Edie Falco as his agent, Charles Grodin as Abbot of the Friars Club, Cloris Leachman as a comedy-world legend). “The Comedian” is fluffy when it should be dark-tinged, and laughably self-serious when it should be funny. Spoiler: it turns out Jackie is a “stand-up” guy after all. If only De Niro had something to work with, he might have given us one of his subtler and superior performances. As it is, this standup gives you no reason to sit down. Rated R for crude sexual references and language throughout. One hour, 59 minutes. — Peter Canavese

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Home Front DIY SPRINKLERS ... On Saturday, Feb. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County will hold a workshop on how to install and maintain a drip-irrigation system yourself. The talk, by UC Master Gardener Bob Heller, will teach you everything you need to know to install a home drip-irrigation system. The class will be held in the Community Room, Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. LEARN TO BUILD GARDEN WALLS ... Lyngso Garden Materials in San Carlos will hold a class called “Thinking with Your Hands: Trio of Arches” on Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s not as easy as people may think to build a proper dry stone wall, one that looks good and will stay up. Students will learn how to stack stones properly to be able to make beautiful permanent landscape features like walls and arches. Students wishing to learn about dry laid construction with real stones are encouraged to attend John Shaw-Rimmington’s workshop. Shaw-Rimmington is a professional “waller” and landscape design consultant. In this year’s workshop, students will learn the basics first, then go on to construct a trio of arches. This is essentially a beginner’s course but with the opportunity to get creative once the student becomes familiar with the process. Students should come prepared for one hour of indoor class time both days as well as six hours of hands-on professional instruction working with various kinds of stone. Safety glasses and gloves are required. If you have any stone tools you wish to learn how to use, bring them along as well. Lunches will be provided. The cost is $360. To register, go to

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re you running around the house looking for your keys every morning? This key holder will help you be more organized by keeping your keys, notes, and other small gadgets in one place. Perfect for a mudroom, it’s small, practical and easy to make. Personalize it to match the colors of your home, and use separate pegs to hold keys for each one of your family members. Two extra pins can be attached to hold your hair ties, notes, business cards, or whatever else you may need when in a rush.

MATERIALS NEEDED: • Hot glue gun • Super glue • Construction stapler • 1 wooden board, 18 by 30 inches

WANT A VEGGIE GARDEN? ... UC Master Gardener Ann Burrell will speak at a workshop on growing vegetables and flowers from seed. She will discuss timing, soil mixes, pots, light and heat requirements and sources for seed. Participants will practice planting seeds and potting seedlings. The event is Thursday, Feb. 167- 8:30 p.m. at the Palo Alto Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or email Deadline is one week before publication.


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INSTRUCTIONS: Staple a string to the back of the board in two places. Glue your alphabet letters on the top of your board with the hot glue, to spell out “keys”, “key holder,” “our family’s keys” or whatever you would like. You can also use Scrabble tiles, letter stickers, or other types of letters. Then, with super glue, place each wooden peg on the bottom of the board, holding down for 30 seconds, repeating for each peg. Embellish your clothespins by coloring them with paint, or glue ribbons onto them. With the hot-glue gun, glue down a clothespin on the each side of your board. Once everything is glued and dry, hang your keys. Q Nicole Macuil is the founder of, a party planning company. She can be emailed at






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• Two stories with 4 bedrooms and2.5 baths

• Attached 2-car garage

• Approximately 2,200 square feet

• Spacious rear yard, fl agstone terrace, arbor-covered lounge, and level lawn

• Fresh paint throughout, newer windows and glass doors, and hardwood fl oors on the main level

• Sunnyvale schools

Offered at $1,798,000

Barbara Williams When it comes to buying or selling

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Your Realtor & You 2017 Silicon Valley REALTORS® Leadership Installed The Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS® (SILVAR) 2017 leadership team was installed on Jan. 19 at the Los Altos Golf & Country Club. California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) 2006 President Vince Malta administered the oath of office to SILVAR’s new president, officers and board of directors. Denise Welsh, a broker associate with the Alain Pinel Realtors Los Altos was installed as 2017 president; Bill Moody, a REALTOR® with Referral Realty, Cupertino, presidentelect; and Phyllis Carmichael, a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Los Altos, treasurer. Joining SILVAR’s lead officers as this year’s board directors are Karen Trolan (Alain Pinel Realtors), past president; Chris Isaacson (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage), Region 9 chair; Leannah Hunt (Sereno Group), National Association of REALTORS® director; Young Jacob (Intero Real Estate Services), Menlo Park/ Atherton District; Penelope Huang (Dreyfus Sotheby’s International Realty), Palo Alto District; Kathryn Tomaino (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage), Los Altos/Mountain View District; David Hunt (W.A. Krauss & Co. Property Management), Cupertino/Sunnyvale District; Mary Kay Groth (Sereno Group), Los Gatos/Saratoga District; Directors At-large Jeff Bell (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage), Katherine Frey (Alain Pinel Realtors), Davena Gentry (Sereno Group), Ryan Nunnally (Alain Pinel Realtors), Bryan Robertson (Catarra Real Estate), Mark Wong (Alain Pinel Realtors); and Art Clark (Obeo Ewalk), Affiliate chair. A REALTOR® for 30 years, Welsh has been active in organized real estate, having served in

355 Lloyden Park Lane, Atherton


asteful, Private and Immaculately maintained SINGLE Story home in the lovely Lloyden Park neighborhood of Atherton. Recent upgrades include NEW granite and stainless kitchen, NEW Interior Doors and Sliders, DBL pane windows, NEW Front Door, NEWer Master Bath with radiant heated floors, two walk-in closets in the Master. Pristine Hardwood floors, Marble and Tile flooring, 2 Fireplaces, Pool, Hot Tub and flagstone patio

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The 2016 Appreciation Awards were presented by 2016 President Karen Trolan and Executive Officer Paul Cardus to David Tonna (Alain Pinel Realtors), REALTOR® of the Year; Eric Temple (Willow Glen Organics), Affiliate of the Year; Nina Yamaguchi (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage), Spirit of SILVAR; Paul Cardus (SILVAR Executive Officer) and Brett Caviness (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage), President’s Awards. This year’s installation sponsors were MLSListings Inc., Alain Pinel Realtors, DeLeon Realty, Sereno Group, the SILVAR Districts of Los Altos/Mountain View, Los Gatos/Saratoga and Palo Alto, Supra, Alain Pinel Realtors Los Gatos – Jeff Barnett, EverBank – John Woodfin, Tour Factory – Darrell Monda and SmartZip – Stephanie Matsuoka. SILVAR represents over 5,000 REALTORS® and affiliates engaged in the real estate business on the Peninsula and in the South Bay. The local trade association serves as an advocate for homeownership and homeowners, and represents the interests of property owners in Silicon Valley. *** Information provided in this column is presented by the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS®. Send questions to Rose Meily at

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498 S. Frances Street, Sunnyvale Offered at $1,498,000 Charm, Authenticity, and Style Historic authenticity elevates this 4 bedroom, 2 bath residence of approx. 1,700 sq. ft. (per county) occupying an expansive corner property of nearly ¼ acre (per county). Built in 1936, the home was designed by noted architect Louis A. Scott and discreetly balances period charm with functionality and elegance. Thoughtful features, cosmetic upgrades, and a refinished swimming pool underline the home’s sense of contemporary innovation, and the fabulous premises include a vegetable garden and a two-car garage with a flexible workshop. Enjoy easy walkability to Caltrain, shopping centers, popular downtown restaurants around S. Murphy ®

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436 High Street Unit 403, Palo Alto ULTIMATE DOWNTOWN LIVING Rare Opportunity! Private top floor unit in the desirable Abitare complex. Outstanding sophisticated one-bedroom condominium located near the train and downtown amenities. This unique top floor elegant updated unit features wood floors, lots of light, newer appliances, and a flexible floorplan. Originally built as a two-bedroom unit it now has an open floorplan with wood burning fireplace and study and/or additional bedroom area with built-in cabinetry. Secured parking for one car. Washer/ Dryer in unit. Secured building with elevators. Suitable as a pied-a-tier or corporate housing. Excellent location in downtown Palo Alto.

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ATHERTON ST YLE HOME IN WEST MENLO 375 SANTA RITA AVENUE, MENLO PARK • Offered at $7,950,000 • 5 Bedrooms Plus Office • 4 Full Baths • 2 Half Baths • Fully Finished Basement with Wine Cellar • Home ±5,500 Square Feet • Extremely Rare 1/3 Acre Lot • Walk to Schools, Downtown and Stanford


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8 Chunks of fairway 14 Buck’s counterpart 15 “___ that a kick in the pants?”

37 Morris’s favorite cat food, wildly exaggerated? 41 Green dip, for short

43 Eden matriarch 44 Adjective for 2017 (but not 2018) 45 Enjoy brunch, for instance

37 Car on the Autobahn

1 It usually includes a photo

38 Result of evil acts, supposedly

3 Like some illegal hiring practices 4 “Mozart in the Jungle” star ___ Garcia Bernal 5 Computer music format

46 Rabbit relative?

16 Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny

50 “Sons of Anarchy” extra

17 “Friends” costar Courteney

52 For emus, it’s greenish

18 Falco of “Nurse Jackie”

55 Negative in Nuremberg

19 Kitchen protectors

56 “Gone with the Wind” plantation, insanely exaggerated?

20 Theme park chain, grossly exaggerated?


2 Cow sound in “Old MacDonald”

42 Tats

60 Duke University city

6 Big Mac ingredient 7 “Mad Men” pool member

39 “___ Inside” (computer slogan) 40 Apple Chief Design Officer Jony ___ 41 One of the Bluth brothers on “Arrested Development” 45 Given to traveling 47 Drink container

8 Twofold

48 “Black ___” (historic 1961 book)

9 To a certain extent

49 Lieutenant’s underling

10 Leo follower

51 Community character

11 Doctor’s ear-examining tool

53 Glamor partner

12 Camel tone

62 “___ Jury” (Spillane detective novel)

13 Draft lottery org., once

54 Controversial naval base in Cuba, informally

24 “Conjunction Junction” conjunction

63 Architect I.M. ___

21 Milk-related

57 “If ___ be so bold ...”

64 Beezus’s sister

22 “Eh, I’m not buying it” look

58 “I don’t believe this!”

25 Chef DiSpirito

65 Group led by Master Splinter, initially

26 Helps with lines

59 Barclays Center squad

28 End of many failed ‘90s businesses?

27 Chicago airport letters

60 Martini preference

31 Autumn mo.

66 “Wow,” when texting

29 Contents of a cruet

61 Abu Dhabi loc.

33 “The Fault in ___ Stars”

67 Like beer or bread dough

30 Sasha’s sister

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34 “Wayne’s World” actress Carrere

68 They may have polar bears and giraffes

32 “E! News” subject

35 Feeling of amazement

69 Why the exaggeration? Because it’s this number raised to the nth power

36 Johnson & Johnson skin care brand

23 French realist painter Bonheur

36 Caricatured

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Legal Notices 995 Fictitious Name Statement STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. FBN624903 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 ClerkRecorder’s Office. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME(S): SILICON VALLEY PENINSULA ROTARACT 250 Stratford Place Los Altos, CA 94022 FILED IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY ON: 12/07/2015 UNDER FILE NO.: FBN611774 REGISTRANT’S NAME(S): JUSTIN TAIT 250 Stratford Place Los Altos, CA 94022 MICHAEL CONDON 250 Stratford Place Los Altos, CA 94022 THIS BUSINESS WAS CONDUCTED BY: An Unincorporated Association Other Than a Partnership. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on December 30, 2016 (PAW Jan. 13, 20, 27; Feb. 3, 2017) HOCK COMPANY LLP HOCK COMPANY HOCK AND COMPANY HOCK & COMPANY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: FBN625004 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: 1.) Hock Company LLP, 2.) Hock Company, 3.) Hock and Company, 4.) Hock & Company, located at 711 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94303, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: Limited Liability Partnership. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are):

GREGORY O. HOCK 15305 Watsonville Road Morgan Hill, CA 95037 KEVIN BRATCHER 711 Colorado Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94303 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 January 4, 2017. (PAW Jan. 13, 20, 27; Feb. 3, 2017) MI RANCHO SUPERMARKET FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: FBN625258 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Mi Rancho Supermarket, located at 3840 Monterey Hwy., San Jose, CA 95111, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): MI RANCHO SUPERMARKET, (SAN JOSE 2) INC. 137 Roosevelt Ave. Redwood City, CA 94061 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 01/12/2017. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 12, 2017. (PAW Jan. 20, 27; Feb. 3, 10, 2017) EDUNATION FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: FBN625227 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Edunation, located at 3181 Louis Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): ANDREW DONG 3181 Louis Road Palo Alto, CA 94303 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 January 11, 2017. (PAW Jan. 20, 27; Feb. 3, 10, 2017)

Runtime Inc., located at 2560 Mission College Boulevard, Suite 130, Santa Clara California 95054, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): RUNTIME DESIGN AUTOMATION 2560 Mission College Boulevard, Suite 130 Santa Clara California 95054 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 January 12, 2017. (PAW Jan. 20, 27; Feb. 3, 10, 2017) ENVIRON INVESTIGATIONAL SERVICES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: FBN625226 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Environ Investigational Services, located at 531 Lasuen Mall #20223 Stanford, CA 94305, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): AUNDREA L. COUTS 531 Lasuen Mall #20223 Stanford, CA 94305 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 01/11/2017. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 11, 2017. (PAW Jan. 20, 27; Feb. 3, 10, 2017) BIONDIVINO WINE BOUTIQUE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: FBN625391 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Biondivino Wine Boutique, located at 855 El Camino Real Ste. 160, Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara County. The principal place of business is in San Francisco County and a current Fictitious Business Name Statement is on file at the County Clerk-Recorder’s office of said County. This business is owned by: A Limited Liability Company. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): BIONDIVINO, LLC 1415 Green St. San Francisco, CA 94109 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 12/1/16.

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later of four months after the date of the first publication of Notice to Creditors or, if Notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, 60 days after the date this Notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, or you must petition to file a late claim as provided in Section 19103 of the Probate Code. A claim form may be obtained from the court clerk. For your protection, you are encouraged to file your claim by certified mail, with return receipt requested. Jacob M. Glickman, Attorney at Law 60-29th Street, Box 127 San Francisco, CA 94110 (PAW Jan. 20, 27; Feb. 3, 2017) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: ARLINE JUNE YOUNG Case No.: 17PR180312 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of ARLINE JUNE YOUNG. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: MICHAEL JAMES YOUNG in the Superior Court of California, County of SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: MICHAEL JAMES YOUNG be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice

or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on March 22, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in Dept.: 12 of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, located at 191 N. First St., San Jose, CA, 95113. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative 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: Carl A. Sundholm, Esq. 750 Menlo Avenue, Suite 100 Menlo Park, CA 94025 (650)473-9050 (PAW Feb. 3, 10, 17, 2017)

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IN THE MATTER OF The Donald M. and Laddie W. Hughes Trust Agreement Dated May 9, 1979 LADDIE W. HUGHES aka GLADYS WILMA HUGHES, decedent Case No.: 16-PR-179983 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Probate Code Section 19052, et Seq.

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Notice is hereby given to the creditors and contingent creditors of the abovenamed decedent that all persons having claims against the decedent are required to file their claims with the Superior Court of California for Santa Clara County at Probate Filing Clerk, 191 North First Street, San Jose, CA 95110, and mail or deliver a copy to DONALD M. HUGHES, Trustee of The Donald M. and Laddie W. Hughes Trust Agreement (and wherein the decedent was the settlor) at 620 Sand Hill Road #215-D, Palo Alto, CA 94304, within the

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STAFF ADDITIONS . . . The San Francisco 49ers formally announced Stanford grad John Lynch as the 11th General Manager in franchise history. Lynch, who played for Denny Green and Bill Walsh at Stanford before embarking on a 15-year NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos, was a football and baseball star at Stanford. “He doesn’t fail at anything,” Stanford coach and former teammate David Shaw said. “He’s brilliant, competitive, tough and makes sound decisions. He’s going to try and build a winner.” . . . Kevin Hambly, who replaces John Dunning as Stanford’s women’s volleyball coach, has become familiar with the Cardinal program over the years as an opposing coach at Illinois. He knows what he’s getting into by inheriting a program that has won more NCAA matches than any other school. Hambly also knows how to coach, winning a national title with the Fighting Illini and guiding them to seven NCAA appearances, six regional appearances.

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Pat Summit, the only other women’s coach with more victories, has already made room for her among those blessed with eternal greatness. Summit and VanDerveer, legends of the game, have combined for 2,097 victories entering Friday’s 6 p.m. Pac-12 game against visiting USC, a historically important school in its own right in the annals of women’s basketball. The game will televised on Pac-12 Networks and the stands should be close to full. The atmosphere will be electric, something unthinkable in the 1980s, when getting a handful of your friends to come was

by Rick Eymer he latest Stanford football recruiting class is all about quality. The Cardinal not only signed the nation’s top quarterback in Davis Mills, it also signed two of the top-rated offensive tackles to protect him in Foster Sarell and Walker Little. Oh yeah, throw in the nation’s top tight end in Colby Parkinson and a handful of other 4- and 5-star recruits and no wonder Cardinal coach Davis Shaw is gushing. “We were set before we got to today and I’m excited to be able to talk about them,” Shaw said. “It felt like a great unit early on, when we brought the group together.” Stanford received 14 national letters-of-intent and commitments from five others who plan to walk-on, including long snapper Will Sweeney out of St. Ignatius. Two others, who signed in 2015, are returning from their LDS church missions. In terms of national recruiting services, this is the best class Stanford has ever signed. Little, Sarell, Mills, Parkinson and fullback Sione Lund are listed No. 1 at their positions by one service or another. There’s also the usual assortment of family ties, with center Drew Dalman and tight end Tucker Fisk. Dalman, who prepped at Palma High in Salinas and is a consensus top 10 pick at his position, is the son of former Stanford great Chris Dalman, who also won a Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers. Fisk, who prepped at Davis Senior, has former Cardinal and NFL veteran Jason Fisk to partially thank for his football genes. Cornerback Paulsen Adebo,

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Pat Summit and Tara VanDerveer (right) are the two winningest women’s basketball coaches in history. They have a combined 2,097 victories.

VanDerveer on the verge of her 1,000th career victory Stanford women’s basketball coach has won more than 81 percent of her games by Rick Eymer he’s not at Stanford just to collect a paycheck. Tara VanDerveer continues into her 38th year as a women’s basketball coach, 31 with the Cardinal, because the passion remains burning deep inside. VanDerveer has already stepped into uncharted waters, having navigated a course that has helped elevate her sport into the national spotlight from humble beginnings; when it wasn’t much more than an extended intramural sport. VanDerveer, along with her female peers, has done more for the women’s movement than any rally. She empowers girls and women alike just by giving them a basketball and showing them


how to be the best player they can. Along the way, VanDerveer’s exemplary character, personality, drive and intelligence have helped guide her players to greatness that numbers alone will never measure. The number 1,000, however, is a nice place to start. It represents four decades of success, continuing development, and the ability to adapt. You can’t call VanDerveer ‘old school’ because she’s building the foundation of higher education anew every season. You can call her a role model. On Friday night, VanDerveer will be coaching in her 1,228th college game. It could also result in her 1,000th career victory.


M-A’s Paulsen set to dive right in

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WRESTLING MAT . . . The Menlo College women’s wrestling team jumped a notch to No. 7 in the nation in the latest Women’s College Wrestling Association poll. The ranking comes on the heels of a successful week for Menlo, which won a dual against Southern Oregon and placed second in the 30-team Bearcat Open. Hiba Salem ranks No. 5 in the 101 weight class. She has been ranked in every poll this year. Solin Pearcy enters the week ranked fifth at 136. Cady Chessin, also ranked every week, is third in the 116 weight class. She’s a threetime All-American. Iman Kazem, along with Chessin the the highestranked Oak, is the No. 3 wrestler in the 155 weight class. Menlo freshman Precious Bell is the No. 7 wrestler in the 170 weight class . . . Menlo-Atherton girls’ wrestler Fola Akinola is the No. 1 seed in the 160 division for Friday and Saturday’s Central Coast Section championships at Oak Grove High in San Jose. Wrestling opens at 5 p.m. Friday and continues at 9 a.m. Saturday. M-A’s Chelsea Wilson is the top seed at 106, Abby Erickson is the No. 2 seed at 189 and Palo Alto’s Sara Aguilar is seeded second at 170.


Senior diver signed a letter to attend Stanford by Rick Eymer enlo-Atherton senior Mia Paulsen had an easy choice. She’s been diving competitively with the Stanford Diving Club for the last decade. Her mother attended Stanford. So when it came time to commit, Paulsen signed on to dive at Stanford. She was one of many local student-athletes who participated in National Signing Day


activities Wednesday. “She really wanted to come,” Cardinal diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “She’s ready for this level.” Paulsen finished among the top 15 in both the 1-meter and platform diving at the USA Diving ATT National Diving Championships in Georgia last August. She’s grown up diving alongside (continued on next page)

From left to right: Castilleja AD Mary Jo Pruitt, assistant AD Cassie Shaw, Amanda McMaster, Elizabeth Pang, Claire Traum, Elle Kass, Castilleja head trainer Jessie Surface. • Palo Alto Weekly • February 3, 2017 • Page 41

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS AND PUBLIC HEARING ON THE CITY OF PALO ALTO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM The City of Palo Alto Human Relations Commission Selection Committee will hold a Public Meeting on February 17, 2017 to review CDBG funding applications submitted for Fiscal Years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. The Selection Committee members will collectively review, discuss, and make a recommendation for each application. The Public Meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room, Ground Floor, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. The City of Palo Alto Human Relations Commission (HRC) will hold a Public Hearing on March 9, 2017 to review the proposed CDBG funding allocations recommended by the Selection Committee. The HRC will make recommendations to the City of Palo Alto Finance Committee. The Public Hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m., or as soon as possible thereafter, in the Community Room, 1st Floor, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. Upcoming Public Hearings for the CDBG program at meetings of the City of Palo Alto Finance Committee and the Palo Alto City Council will be announced soon. ADA. The City of Palo Alto does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. To request accommodations to access City facilities, services or programs, to participate at public meetings, or to learn more about the City’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), please contact the City’s ADA Coordinator at 650.329.2550 (voice) or by emailing

Sports Jordan Mims’ signed his national letter-of-intent Wednesday to con(continued from previous page) tinue his education and football career at Fresno State. “It’s where Davante Adams and Olympians like Cassidy Krug, Kassidy Cook and Kristian Ipsen, Derek Carr went,” Mims said. making Stanford the easy choice. “Coach Tedford worked with “It’s hard to find a place like Marshawn Lynch. I want to be a part of that.” Stanford,” said Paulsen, Palo Alto senior Peter whose older sister TalSnodgrass committed, bott dives for Yale. “I as a preferred walklove the facilities. It’s a on, to Northwestern beautiful place.” football. Jeffrey said there’s no In addition to Mims limit to her potential. and Paulsen, M-A had “She still needs defour others sign to Divelopment but she has vision I schools: Naomi raw talent,” Jeffrey said. Lee (Brown golf), Faith “She’s small, quick and Dunn (UCLA swimbrave. Her physical type ming), Olivia Athens lends itself to platform.” Mia Paulsen (UCLA soccer) and The exposure to top divers only adds to her experience. Jacqueline DiSanto (Michigan “You can watch TV or watch volleyball). Palo Alto swimmers Alex Litape but to see skills performed in person is a good thing,” Jeffrey ang and Grace Zhao committed said. “Getting to be arund great to Stanford while several other athletes makes you aspire to be Vikings signed Division I letters. Castilleja’s Amnada McMaster better.” Paulsen was one of 10 Menlo- (Rice soccer) and Natalie Tuck Atherton students celebrated. (Cal swimming) also commitThere were also ceremonies at ted to D-I, as did Menlo’s Tiago Palo Alto (15) and Castilleja Bonchristiano (UC Santa Barbara (5). Other schools released lists water polo). For a full list, see the online and further announcements are story at http://www.paloaltoonexpected. M-A senior running back Q


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CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE TO DESTROY WEEDS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on January 9, 2017, pursuant to the provisions of Section 8.08.020 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code, the City Council passed a Resolution declaring that all weeds growing upon any private property VY PU HU` W\ISPJ Z[YLL[ VY HSSL` HZ KLÄULK PU :LJ[PVU 8.08.010 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code, constitute a public nuisance, which nuisance must be abated by the destruction or removal thereof. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that property owners shall without delay remove all such weeds from their property, and the abutting half of the street in front and alleys, if any, behind such property, and between the lot lines thereof as extended, or such weeds will be destroyed or removed and such nuisance abated by the county authorities, in which case the cost of such destruction or removal will be assessed upon the lots and lands from which, or from the front or rear of which, such weeds shall have been destroyed or removed; and such cost will constitute a lien upon such lots or lands until paid, and will be collected upon the next tax roll upon which general municipal taxes are collected. All property owners having any objections to the proposed destruction or removal of such weeds are OLYLI`UV[PÄLK[VH[[LUKHTLL[PUNVM[OL*V\UJPSVMZHPK city, to be held in the Council Chambers of the City Hall in said city on February 6, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, when and where their objections will be heard and given due consideration. Eric Nickel Fire Chief Page 42 • February 3, 2017 • Palo Alto Weekly •

considered a major achievement. VanDerveer was already a successful coach when she arrived at Stanford in 1985. She led Ohio State to the NCAA tournament in three of the five years she was there, including a trip to the Elite Eight. VanDerveer won 42 of the first 56 games she coached in her two years at Idaho. VanDerveer took over a program that many people felt could never be successful because of recruiting restrictions and the unrelenting academic standards. It took VanDerveer three years to reach the NCAA tournament with Stanford and the school has never missed a year since. In 1995-96, VanDerveer took a leave of absence to serve as head coach of the USA Basketball National Team. The Americans recorded a 52-0 exhibition record and then won eight straight to earn the Olympic gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games. Amy Tucker, who could have become a head coach at any other school, led the Cardinal to a 29-3 record and a Final Four appearance. Tucker is in her 32nd season with Stanford. The Cardinal (19-3, 9-1) is once again in the thick of the conference race and this weekend is a big test. The Trojans (12-9, 3-7) are looking for their first win at Maples Pavilion since 2001. UCLA (17-4, 8-2), which plays Stanford on Monday at 6 p.m. in Maples, remains a title contender. Two national titles, 11 Final Four appearances and 22 regularseason titles later, VanDerveer remains as competitive as ever. Q

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wide receiver Osris St. Brown, running back Connor Wedington, and defensive end Ryan Johnson are also among the top rated athletes at their position. Little, Sarell and Davis are Stanford’s three highest-ranked recruits in the era of college football recruiting services. “And I still think this class is underrated,” Shaw said. “The jewel of every class is the quarterback. Quarterback recruiting, for me, is personal. They have to be what we’re looking for. He has character, command, the presence to say ‘this is what we’re running and it’s going to work,’ the personality and intelligence. After that, it’s all ability.” Mills, like Palo Alto grad and Stanford incumbent quarterback Keller Chryst, is coming off an injury. Chryst should be able to participate in spring football. Mills is expected to travel to Stanford in June. “He’s accurate, has great feet and a quick release,” Shaw said of Mills. “We’ll get him here, teach him our way of playing football, which is the west coast, high volume offense.” Q


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The senior guard scored a career-high 31 points in a game against rival Gunn last week. The team’s leading rebounder followed that with 11 points against Mountain View.

The senior midfielder scored two goals in each of Palo Alto’s victories last week. The reigning SCVAL Defender of the Year has been more offensive-minded this year.

Honorable mention Sara Aguilar Palo Alto wrestling

Brianna Claros Pinewood basketball

Yara Gomez Zavila Menlo-Atherton soccer

Lisa Jose Gunn soccer

Kayla Tahaafe Eastside Prep basketball

Olivia Watson Castilleja soccer

James Beckwith Menlo-Atherton basketball

Eric DeBrine Sacred Heart Prep basketball

Isiah East Eastside Prep basketball

Matt Peery Pinewood basketball

Nolan Peterson Menlo soccer

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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: AGENDA–SPECIAL MEETING–COUNCIL CHAMBERS February 6, 2017, 5:00 PM Closed Session 1. CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS, Employee Organizations: Palo Alto Fire Chiefs’ Association (FCA), Authority: Government Code Section 54957.6(a) Study Session 2. Update on Stanford University’s General Use Permit (GUP) Application to Santa Clara County Consent Calendar 4. Review and Acceptance of the Annual Report on Development Impact Fees for Fiscal Year 2016 5. Adoption of a Budget Amendment Closing the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget and Capital Projects, and Approval of the Fiscal Year 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) 6. Finance Committee Recommendation That the City Council Adopt a Resolution to Continue the Palo Alto CLEAN Program: (1) for Local Non-solar Resources, at a Price of 8.4 ¢/kWh to 8.5 ¢/kWh With no Capacity Limit; and (2) for Local Solar Resources, at a 16.5 ¢/ kWh Price That Drops to Avoided Cost at 3 MW; and Approval of Associated Program Rules and Agreements 7. 203 Forest Avenue [14PLN-00472]: Appeal of the Planning and Community Environment Director's Denial of an Architectural Review Application for a 4,996 Square Foot Residential Addition Above an Existing 4,626 Square Foot Commercial Building. Environmental Assessment: Not a Project. Pursuant to Section 15270, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Does not Apply to Disapproved Projects. Zoning District: Downtown Commercial (CD-C (GF)(P)) District 8. Fiscal Year 2017 Mid-year Budget Review, Approval of Budget Amendments in Various Funds and Approval of Amendments to Three Salary Schedules 9. Approval to Issue a Contract Change Order to Contract Number C16163847 With Wadsworth Golf Construction Company in the Amount of $198,850 for the Construction of a Prefabricated On-course Restroom at the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course Action Items 10. PUBLIC HEARING: On Objections to Weed Abatement and Adoption of Resolution Ordering Weed Nuisance Abated 11. PUBLIC HEARING: 429 University Avenue [14PLN00222]: To Consider a Continued Appeal of the Director of Planning and Community Environment’s Architectural Review Approval of a 31,407 Square-foot, Four Story, Mixed use Building With Parking Facilities on two Subterranean Levels on an 11,000 Squarefoot Site. Environmental Assessment: the Mitigated Negative Declaration was Circulated on November 17, 2014 to December 12, 2014. Zoning District: CD-C (GF)(P). The Council Previously Considered This Appeal on November 30, 2015 and Remanded it to the Architectural Review Board for Redesign and Further Review Based on Council’s Direction 12. PUBLIC HEARING: Review and Adoption of an Ordinance Amending Chapter 18 (Zoning) of the Palo Alto Municipal Code to Update Code Sections Regarding Accessory Dwelling Units. The Ordinance is Exempt From the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) per Sections 15061(b), 15301, 15303 and 15305 and was Recommended for Approval by the Planning & Transportation Commission on November 30, 2016

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Menlo Park

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Menlo Park





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