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Divisive downtown project wins approval Council gives green light to four-story building at 429 University Ave. by Gennady Sheyner t took three years, 14 public hearings, four different architects and a threatened lawsuit for Elizabeth Wong to win the City Council’s approval to build a four-story building in downtown Palo Alto. But when she finally did so on Monday night, there was little


celebration. After the long and contentious hearing on the deeply divisive project, the applicants, their critics and the council all agreed that the project at 429 University Ave. falls short of what they would have liked to see at the site. For Wong, who has been

seeking the green light since June 2014, the design the council approved by a 5-3 vote late Monday night was the worst of the three options on the table — so inferior that her attorney maintained that it isn’t an option at all. For Michael Harbour, a Kipling Street property owner who led the opposition to the project, the modernist building is far too massive and incompatible with the narrow street dominated by Victorian

buildings. And for the council, which had rebuffed Wong on two prior occasions, the latest iteration was barely good enough to eke out an unenthusiastic approval. “This has been a long road for the community,” said Mayor Greg Scharff, who made a motion to approve the project. “It’s been a long road for the appellant. It’s time to put the issue behind us.” Four of his colleagues — Eric Filseth, Adrian Fine, Greg Tanaka and

Cory Wolbach — agreed. Filseth and Wolbach argued that the building complies with the city’s zoning code. “Do I love the building? No. But the law is the law, and the law doesn’t say, ‘You must love the building,’” Wolbach said. Filseth acknowledged that Wong has property rights that must be respected. The 28,547-square-foot building (continued on page 8)


Monitoring software sparks concern, relief

School-issued Chromebooks to include way for parents to track child’s online habits by Elena Kadvany arents of sophomores and juniors at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools and seventhgraders at Jordan Middle School will soon have the ability to track their children’s activity on districtissued Chromebook laptops. A new filtering and monitoring software, Securly, was recently installed on the Chromebooks, which students have been taking home for both schoolwork and personal use since last fall. The district adopted the new software in response to parent concerns, according to district staff. In particular, parents of middle school students told the Weekly the district rolled out the takehome option without fully understanding the impact that unfettered access to technology can have on 12- and 13-year-olds and how their parents might want a way to limit at-home computer use. But for older students worried about their privacy and security, the new software is cause for concern — concerns Gunn and Paly students said have been compounded by a lack of clear communication with them about Securly’s main features. Securly, a cloud-based security company in San Jose, offers web filtering for K-12 school districts as well as an optional “parent portal” that allows parents to customize what their children can and can’t view on school-owned devices and to monitor their children’s use, including on social media, via a dashboard. Parents can also choose to receive weekly email reports on their child’s activity. The parental control that Securly

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A call to build community

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Condominiums eyed for vacant El Camino Real site

Palo Alto officials to preview proposal for up to 21 units on El Camino Real by Gennady Sheyner n a city often described as “built out,” one parcel along El Camino Real stands out precisely for what isn’t there. Located in south Palo Alto, just north of Maybell Avenue and the junction of El Camino Real and El Camino Way, the property at 4146 El Camino Real has been vacant for 20 years, ever since a single-family home on it was demolished. Su Juan, who owns the property, has made several attempts since then to redevelop the land. In 2011, she applied to have the site rezoned, though the proposal never advanced.


Now, she is hoping for a better outcome. On Monday, the City Council will consider the latest proposal to rezone the property from R-15, which allows 15 residential units per acre, to R-30, which allows 30. If the council approves the rezoning proposal, a site that in recent years housed only a billboard would accommodate 21 condominiums. The new zoning designation would also raise the height limit for the development from 30 feet to 35 feet and decrease the open space the builder would be required to provide.

The council’s meeting is a prescreening, which means that no formal decisions will be made on the proposal. It will, however, give the council members a chance to indicate whether they believe the site is ripe for housing and, if so, how many units it should contain. Given the council’s recent adoption of “housing” as one of its five 2017 priorities and the shifting political balance toward city growth, architect Ken Hayes should expect newfound interest among policymakers for (continued on page 7)

offers is rare, school district Chief Technology Officer Derek Moore told the Weekly. In fact, Securly is the only company that offers it to parents rather than to school districts, Moore said. Securly does not have access to students’ personal information, he added. The cost of the new software is $11,560, according to the district. The mother of two Jordan seventh-graders, who requested to remain anonymous, said one of her children went on a two-week “YouTube binge” after getting his Chromebook. He would tell his parents he was doing homework but would be multitasking with multiple websites open, she said. “I thought, ‘Maybe it’s good, because they’re learning how to handle this while they’re young and binging now rather than later,’” she said. “But they’re playing outside less and doing more surfing the web. There’s shopping, there’s sports, there’s social media, potentially.” Previously, her sons had limited, timed access to a family iMac and iPad. With the Chromebooks at home, she and her husband have had to act like the police, she said. “They just turned it on suddenly,” she said. “We weren’t ready to cope.” Similarly, Deborah Bennett said conflict over her son’s Chromebook led to a “physical tug of war,” as she and her husband had to take it away from him when they thought he was overusing it. The Chromebook complicated careful restrictions they had put in place for his at-home computer use, including password protection on the computer so he (continued on page 7) • Palo Alto Weekly • February 10, 2017 • Page 5


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It’s not an overarching monitoring and Big Brother-type thing. —Derek Moore, Palo Alto school district chief technology officer, on monitoring software for student computers. See story on page 5.

Around Town

CHANGING PLANS ... When the City Council abruptly voted on Jan. 30 to remove every land-use program from the Comprehensive Plan, it didn’t take long for critics and dissenters to label the action a “Monday night massacre.” This week, a leading critic — Councilwoman Karen Holman — made a last-ditch effort to reverse the decision when she urged her colleagues to reconsider. Using a rarely used procedure, Holman orally proposed a “colleagues memo” at the end of the Feb. 6 meeting that would have required staff to return for a full discussion about the latest change of direction. Holman called the move a “radical departure” from prior work and said she was concerned about a lack of transparency in the lead up to the 5-4 vote, which took place after a brief discussion. “Making policy is not a lightning-round event,” Holman said Monday. But while her colleague, Councilman Tom DuBois, supported the move, Holman’s effort didn’t get very far. Mayor Greg Scharff, who voted to remove the programs and who characterized the move as a “formatting” change, called Holman’s proposal “not appropriate at this time” and immediately adjourned the meeting, ending the debate. EYES ON THE PRIZE ... Two Midpeninsula teens will be making their television debuts later this month on polar-opposite shows. Stanford junior Viraj Mehta will be competing in the JEOPARDY! College Championship. He is one of 15 contestants vying for the $100,000 grand prize in the 10-day tournament that will air starting Monday, Feb. 13. Mehta, who comes from Austin, Texas, will be competing on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The mathematics major, set to graduate in 2018, has built his experience at many Silicon Valley companies as seen on his LinkedIn profile. He’s held internships at Cisco, Visa (which recently opened a new research center on Sherman Avenue) and Google, where he’s a software engineer. On the flipside, Palo Alto resident Michael Schuur, 19, is on the cast of MTV’s “Stranded with a Million Dollars,” a new competitive MTV reality show debuting on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The network calls the competition a “survival experiment” starring 10

millenials that combines aspects from “Lord of the Flies” and “The Hunger Games.” Players will be left on an island with nothing but the clothes on their backs and $1 million in cold, hard cash. The 40-day contest will be filled with journeys and demanding physical challenges captured on drones and robo-cam technology. Whoever prevails will split the coveted prize. The group works together along the way to figure out which survival supplies they can purchase with the money, but the items are outrageously priced (example: $3,000 for a tent). CLASSMATES REUNITE IN PALO ALTO MOVIE ... Two former students from Palo Alto’s nowclosed De Anza Elementary School reunited for a film (set at the old school grounds) scheduled to premiere at the SF Indie Fest on Sunday, Feb. 12. “Superpowerless,” brings together director Duane Andersen, who cast his first-grade friend Josiah Polhemus as one of the stars. As a kid, Andersen recruited Polhemus and other neighborhood kids in his Super-8 Productions. The pair lost touch with one another after eighth grade when Polhemus left for boarding school. The filmmaker graduated from Gunn High School in 1984 and went on to pursue other artistic endeavors before returning to his real passion. Years later, Andersen searched for Polhemus’ name on Google and found out he was an actor in Los Angeles. “It was so inspiring to find out that we were both pursuing the same dream that we had as kids. We immediately got together, and it was like no time had passed at all,” Andersen said in a press release. In “Superpowerless,” Polhemus plays a former superhero, Captain Truth, who loses his powers after turning 40. The character returns to Palo Alto to visit the street of the school (closed in 1979 due to a drop in enrollment) only to find a park and a concrete turtle-shaped climbing toy. “De Anza works as a great metaphor. The main character goes back home to reminisce about his childhood, and it’s literally not there anymore, adding to his sense of loss and frustration at aging. There’s very little about Palo Alto that feels the same as it did when I grew up there in the seventies and eighties,” Andersen said. Q

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a project he has been working on since 2012. So far, the response hasn’t been all positive. In 2012, residents of the nearby Barron Square condominium and townhome complex expressed concerns about the project’s potential impacts on aesthetics and traffic. In 2014, when the Architectural Review Board considered the project, several residents submitted letters asking for more information and, in one case, criticizing the rezoning plan. Ree Dufresne and Ruth Lowy,

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had to ask his parents to turn it on and a remote shutdown capability if he stayed on the computer beyond an established time. Otherwise, he would play games and watch videos that distracted him from homework, Bennett said. With the Chromebook, he carried it with him everywhere, Bennett said, and would even stay away from home to use wifi at other places to avoid his parents’ watchful eyes. “It came home with no filtering solution recommended in place or any directions or anything. It just came home,” she said. Bennett was critical of the district’s rollout of the Chromebooks, which she said happened with insufficient communication with parents or feasible solutions for those who might want to restrict their children’s use. She and her husband ultimately followed a district recommendation to use a separate security software to block certain websites and to reconfigure their router to put parental controls in place — solutions that were hard to figure out even for two people who work in hightech, she said. (The other Jordan mother agreed the solutions were too difficult to figure out.) Both mothers said Securly sounds promising — particularly the regular report on their


A proposal to build 21 condominiums at 4146 El Camino Real has been submitted to the City of Palo Alto. who live in the area, argued in a letter the project should be built in compliance with the current zoning and noted that there’s no parking for visitors. They also said they were concerned about “safety issues” associated with a driveway they say is too close to an existing bus stop and stop light. They also cited traffic that “already backs up to a ‘stand still’ at that intersection from the problems created by the Arastradero/ Charleston Project, to say nothing about the thousand-plus kids crossing that intersection from El Camino Way to Maybell going to school in the mornings.” But what the developer and architect see is an ideal site for

housing, consisting of two threestory buildings with sloped roofs and wood siding, separated by a landscaped corridor. Between them, the buildings would include 21 condominiums with a mix of one and two bedrooms. To comply with the local laws, three of these residences would be sold at below-market rate. In an Aug. 26 letter to the city, Hayes urged members to support the rezoning, which he argued would help address the city’s housing shortage. Hayes pointed to the city’s Housing Element, which lays out the city’s vision for housing and identifies as a major challenge the “high cost of housing

in our community for all income segments due to the shortage of housing opportunities.” “There is limited land available,” Hayes wrote. “The Housing Element indicates that only 0.5 percent of land in the city is vacant and available for development. 4146 El Camino Real is included in this 0.5 percent and should be developed for housing in a responsible manner.

“The Housing Element promotes increased densities along El Camino Real, a major transportation corridor. Although it is a small project, increasing the density from 15 dua (dwelling-units allowed) to 30 dua through this zone change will be a step in the right direction for responsible land use.” Q Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

children’s use to determine what actually might need to be restricted — but they have received no communication from the district about it.

in a parent-child interaction.” Yang and other members of Gunn’s student government body have formed a task force to gather more information about Securly’s still “murky” implications for students. They are also planning a “sit-in” for the Feb. 14 school board meeting “to encourage people to share their thoughts about Securly and have an open discussion, one that was never had before implementation,” Yang said. Moore acknowledged student concerns about privacy but said school and district staff heard “loud and clear” at parent meetings on technology this fall that they wanted to be able to monitor and protect children using the school devices. “Nobody’s happy with knowing that someone’s watching but the reality is, this is a school and ... we have a responsibility to keep kids safe and to use our resources appropriately,” he said. “That’s really all that this is. It’s not an overarching monitoring and Big Brother-type thing.” The district started sending Chromebooks home with Gunn sophomores last school year as part of its participation in the federal government’s “Future Ready” initiative, a national effort to transition school districts into a new era of leveraging technology at school. One component of that initiative is a 1:1 Chromebooks program, which provides a device for every student.

This year, the district expanded the access. Students who take Chromebooks home, and their parents, must first sign a classroom and home-use agreement. The program also aims to ensure equitable access to technology for all students. Given how students now feel uncomfortable using the Chromebooks, however, some low-income students may avoid them, Yang said. “By implementing Securly, the district is going against the purpose of the 1:1 program,” she said. Approximately 65 to 70 percent of eligible Gunn students, compared to 36 percent at Paly, are taking the laptops home, according to Moore. More Paly students bring their own devices to school, he added. Close to 5,500 Chromebooks are in use throughout the district. At many schools, iPads and MacBooks (as well as desktop computers) are also available. As more and more technology is integrated into Palo Alto’s classrooms, the district takes increasing concerns around privacy, security and safety “very seriously,” Moore said. The district vets all of its technology contracts against recently passed laws regarding protection of student data, he said. The addition of Securly has not changed the district’s primary filtering practices, which are aligned with the Children’s Internet Protection Act requirement that school districts use filters to

protect students from harmful or obscene online content, such as child pornography, Moore said. The district is preparing to seek public feedback on its acceptableuse policy for school devices and is updating its student technology handbook. Students and parents can also weigh in on the handbook before any revisions are implemented for the 2017-18 school year. On March 22, the district will host a parent-education event on technology in partnership with Common Sense Media, a San Francisco nonprofit that provides education and advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media use for children. The event will explore the “realities families face in the digital age, including tools and resources to support families,” Moore said. Q Staff Writer Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@

Students’ privacy concerns t the Jan. 24 school board meeting, Gunn junior Eli Tannenwald said that students are “very concerned” about their privacy on the Chromebooks. Poor communication from the administration about the change has led to misinformation and rumors spreading, he said. Students were notified in January in a short message posted on Schoology, the district’s online management system, that indicated there would be a change in the log-in for anyone taking home a school-issued Chromebook. The message said Securly was being added for “content filtering” and included a link to the company’s website but did not provide details about the software’s features. Many students were unaware of the change until after it was implemented and are concerned the decision was made “without transparency” or student input, senior Shannon Yang told the Weekly. “By listening to only one group, the parents, (district officials) effectively undermined their duty to those at the center of it all: students,” she said. “It should also not be up to the district to decide who gets to win


4146 El Camino Real in Palo Alto is located north of Charleston/ Arastradero Road, near the intersection of El Camino Way and El Camino Real.


In the Feb. 3 article “Avenidas unveils Lifetime of Achievement honorees,” Dexter Dawes’ service to the Foothill-De Anza Community College District was misstated. He was appointed to the Bond Oversight Committee and to the Audit and Finance Committee; however, he was never elected to the Board of Trustees. To request a correction, contact Editor Jocelyn Dong at 650-223-6514, jdong@ or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302. • Palo Alto Weekly • February 10, 2017 • Page 7


Public Agenda

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A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week

A proposal by Elizabeth Wong to build a four-story mixed-use development at 429 University Ave. finally won the Palo Alto City Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval on Feb. 6. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the square footage; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how the square footage is expressed.â&#x20AC;? Some project critics also raised questions about the deliberation process and pointed to the $5,000 campaign contribution that the Wong family made to Councilman Greg Tanaka last November. While Tanaka said he returned the money last week, several residents felt the transaction nevertheless tainted

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the process. Downtown resident Andrew Gottlieb asked Tanaka to recuse himself from the discussion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even though you refunded it, it creates a cloud and appearance of impropriety, which undermines the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s confidence in the process if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recuse yourself,â&#x20AC;? Gottlieb said. Another cloud that hovered over the council was the threatened lawsuit. Prior to the meeting, the council met in a closed session to discuss several letters from Wongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorneys alleging the city was interfering with Wongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property rights and giving undue deference to Harbour. Timothy V. Kassouni, Wongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney, pointed to emails in which city staff solicited Harbourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feedback about design changes. In these emails, Kassouni asserted, Palo Alto staff gave Harbour â&#x20AC;&#x153;impermissible and illegal veto power over the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design.â&#x20AC;? Kassouni also argued that the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s code, which relies partly on subjective criteria, is â&#x20AC;&#x153;unconstitutionally vague.â&#x20AC;? This, he wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;leaves the door open to arbitrary and discriminatory decisions.â&#x20AC;? Kassouni also argued that any further delay in approving the project would â&#x20AC;&#x153;further violate my clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Equal Protection rights and

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the council approved will include ground-floor retail, offices and three housing units. Planning staff had concluded in a report that this option â&#x20AC;&#x153;provides better transition to neighboring properties than others.â&#x20AC;? The building will have a â&#x20AC;&#x153;twostory volumeâ&#x20AC;? all along University and Kipling, with the third story set back five feet on both sides and the fourth floor set back even farther. The councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approval came despite fierce opposition from many neighbors and Council members Tom DuBois, Karen Holman and Lydia Kou, who disputed the developmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s compatibility with existing buildings. Holman argued the mass of the proposed building clashes with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;rhythm of the street.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This building has very strong horizontal elements that run the length of the project,â&#x20AC;? Holman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no attempt to break up the mass and scale of the building.

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to discuss a proposal to rezone a site at 4146 El Camino Real from low-density, multi-family residential (R15) to medium-density, multiple-family residential (R-30). The council will then consider an ordinance to make permanent the interim ground-floor protection ordinance and adopt a resolution to continue the Downtown Residential Preferential Parking program. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. BOARD OF EDUCATION STUDY SESSION ... The board will convene for a study session to discuss the 2017-18 budget. The meeting will run from 8 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave. COUNCIL POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the audit of the fee schedule in the Community Services Department and hear the City Auditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quarterly report. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will vote on a proposed elementary mathematics curriculum pilot and a board commitment to provide opportunity for public comment; and discuss a draft resolution agreement with the federal Office for Civil Rights, a proposal to repeal a 2014 resolution challenging the Office for Civil Rights, an authorization to bid the renovation of Palo Alto High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s library, approval to submit plans for a science addition project at Paly and an authorization to seek bids for renovation of JLS Middle Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swimming pool. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave. ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to consider a proposal for a freestanding tenant sign for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roadsideâ&#x20AC;? at Town & Country Village; review a proposal to demolish an existing six-story commercial building at 2600 El Camino Real and to construct a new four-story 62,616-square-foot building; and hear a presentation on bike boulevards. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. PUBLIC ART COMMISSION ... The commission plans to consider approving Mary Lucking as the artist for the proposed Highway 101 overpass; hear a presentation about the public art planned for the Lucile Packard Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital; and see a presentation about the eight â&#x20AC;&#x153;urban interventionsâ&#x20AC;? selected for the Code:ART festival. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

continue to interfere with its distinct investment-backed expectations.â&#x20AC;? Shortly before the vote, Wongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s husband, Jaime Wong, told the council that critics of the project have been engaged in â&#x20AC;&#x153;fear-mongeringâ&#x20AC;? on everything from traffic to the impacts of shadows created by the building. He also emphasized

that even though his family is developing the project, they are also Palo Alto residents and neighbors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I live here, I raised my family here, I build here, shop here and invest here,â&#x20AC;? Wong said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I care about this town and I better, because my future and the future of my family depends on it.â&#x20AC;? Q




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IN CASE YOU WONDERED ... San Francisquito Creek came within a couple of feet of overflowing on West Bayshore Road on Tuesday, Feb. 7, — in fact, it reached historic levels, according to Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman. The stream flow was the sixth largest since 1930 — at 4,820 cubic feet per second (CFS) as recorded by the USGS gauge located near Junipero Serra Boulevard and reported by the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority, he said. The six highest recorded flows were on Feb. 3, 1998 (7,200 CFS); Dec. 22, 1955 (5,560 CFS); Dec. 23, 2012 (5,400 CFS); Jan. 4, 1982 (5,220 CFS); Jan. 1, 2005 (4,840 CFS); Feb. 7, 2017 (4,820 CFS).

CELEBRATING THE ROOSTER ... Live performances, dance, music and homemade Chinese food will be at the center of the free Chinese New Year Fair on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2-5 p.m. at Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Organized by the Palo Alto Chinese community and co-sponsored by the City of Palo Alto, this event is family-friendly and celebrates the year of the Rooster. Q

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Members of the group Protect Neighborhood Quality of Life Now include, from left, Nelson Ng, Neva Yarkin, Hank Sousa, Andie Reed, Kimberley Wong, Rob Levitsky and Jim Poppy. They oppose Castilleja School’s proposed expansion, which would remove trees such as redwoods, and construct an underground garage where the blue home (behind the group) now stands.


Residents form watchdog group around Castilleja plans Protect Neighborhood Quality of Life Now plans to vet proposal for expanded campus, enrollment by Sue Dremann romising vigorous scrutiny of every aspect of a proposed expansion at Castilleja School, Old Palo Alto residents have formed a group with the purpose, they say, of holding city and school officials accountable. Protect Neighborhood Quality of Life Now was started by school neighbors who say they have been negatively affected by Castilleja’s policies for 15 years. The all-girls school now wants to expand its campus in a way that would increase enrollment up to 30 percent over its previous allowance, which could increase noise, air pollution and traffic problems, the residents fear. In an opening salvo, the watchdog group presented a petition with 400 signatures to the Palo Alto City Council on Monday night. The petition, whose signers represent more than 70 households within 600 feet of the project, asks


the council to require Castilleja to roll back its student population to 415 students, a cap required by its current permit. Castilleja officials are seeking a new conditional-use permit that would increase campus enrollment to 540 students over four years. Middle- and high school classroom buildings would be overhauled and an undergroundparking garage built for students and employees, the school noted in its application. But mistrust among group members toward the school and the city runs deep, prompted by the school’s past violation of its enrollment cap: The school currently has 438 enrolled students; it had 450 in 2012. The council levied a $265,000 fine against the school in 2013 but allowed Castilleja to reduce its enrollment through attrition and a reduction in new

admissions rather than slashing the enrollment immediately. Group members Nelson Ng and Kimberley Wong have lived on Emerson Street across from the back of the school for 20 years. They said they support highquality education and understand they bought a home near a school. But Castilleja isn’t just a school: It is also a business in a residential neighborhood, they and other residents in the group said. “The school tests the good will of the neighbors,” said Ng, whose home will face the proposed exit of the underground-parking garage. Ng and Wong do not see how the garage for 130 cars would be compatible with their tree-lined street. Construction would affect 168 trees on the campus and in the vicinity, according to the school’s consulting arborist’s report. Residents fear the proposal to remove 57 trees

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MORE SHARED HOUSING? ... The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors this week took its first steps to establish a house-sharing program. “House-sharing allows for what is effectively an expansion of the housing supply without the need to spend a dollar on property acquisition or pound a single nail,” Supervisor Joe Simitian stated in a press release. “It takes advantage of excess capacity, and gets more people under the roofs we already have.” Housesharing programs connect people who have their own residences with a person who is in need of housing. The government role is to promote, vet and match people and provide some follow-up support. County staff will begin the process of studying the feasibility of such a plan and will return to the board with possible options. How such a plan might be implemented in a city such as Palo Alto would depend on the City Council.

and transplant 25 others would irreparably alter the neighborhood’s character, although any trees taken out would be replaced in accordance with the Tree Technical Manual, the consultant’s report noted. Ron Levitsky lives on Emerson and his home would be next to the proposed parking garage. To demonstrate the scale and impact of the proposed tree plan, on Monday he showed the council a light-up poster that illuminates the trees’ potential fate in red, yellow and blue. That prompted an email to residents on Tuesday by Head of School Nanci Kaufmann, which showed a revised tree map. Under the new proposal, five trees would be removed, six others would be kept or relocated and 42 would be relocated. “Castilleja has been a proud member of the Palo Alto community for more than 100 years. Since we began our master-planning process four years ago, we’ve had numerous conversations with our neighbors that have led us to make adjustments to our plans. These include moving underground our parking, student drop-off, buses, truck deliveries and garbage pickup to limit street congestion,” Kaufmann said in an email to the Weekly on Thursday. “These conversations will continue, and we expect more compromises down the road to create the best possible plan for all involved. We want to be clear: Our goal is to disrupt as few trees as possible, adjusting building plans and re-locating trees wherever possible,” she added. “We hope that as our discussions continue, however difficult, we can all remember that our primary mission is educating young women.” Levitsky said the group will continue its scrutiny. “However, the garage project isn’t dead yet, and houses (owned by Castilleja) at 1235 and 1263 Emerson are still threatened (with demolition), as well as six tall redwoods and some other large oaks,” he said. Levitsky has been studying reports about the health of the trees, criteria for their removal and whether proposed transplanting can be done successfully. Group members also recently filed a California Public Records Act request for a soils report that was conducted, which could reveal information about the potential impact of the garage excavation on the land and on flooding. The residents will also look for evidence of contaminated groundwater from a Superfund plume originating from Stanford Research Park that might be disturbed by excavation. Resident Mary Sylvester said the group will also ask that a 24/7 traffic study be conducted — to (continued on page 10) • Palo Alto Weekly • February 10, 2017 • Page 9

Upfront 56;0*,6-(=(03()030;@(5+*6473,;065 6-(:<773,4,5;;6;/,+9(-; ,5=09654,5;(3047(*;9,769;-69;/, COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE :*/  NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Supplement to the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been prepared to assess the environmental impacts of the following project: COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE LEAD AGENCY: City of Palo Alto, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301 Project Description: The Palo Alto Comprehensive Plan is the City's governing document for land use and development decisions. The City is undertaking a Comprehensive Plan Update in order to establish a shared vision for the future of the community through to the year 2030. The Project will update Plan goals, policies, programs, narrative, maps and diagrams. Given the long-term horizon of the proposed Plan and the permitting, planning and development actions that are related both geographically and as logical parts in the chain of contemplated actions for implementation, a draft EIR has been prepared as a program EIR, pursuant to the CEQA Guidelines. A Draft Program EIR was published on February 5, 2016 for a 90-day comment period that was subsequently extended to 124 days (ending June 8, 2016). The Program EIR analyzed four planning scenarios at an equal level of detail within the body of the Draft EIR, thereby illuminating potential environmental impacts of a range of alternatives designed to address the proposed Plan objectives. 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If you wish to provide written comments on the Supplement or the Draft EIR, please submit these to Elena Lee, Department of Planning and Community Environment, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301, or, no later than 4HYJOH[!WT During the public review period, both the Planning & Transportation Commission and the City Council will hold public meetings to take public testimony on the Draft EIR. The public meetings are tentatively scheduled for March 29, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. (Planning & Transportation Commission) and March 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. (City Council). Both meetings will occur in the Council Chambers, 1st Floor City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue and all persons may appear and be heard at these meetings. Substantive public comments received at these meetings and in writing will be responded to in a Final EIR before there is any decision to adopt The Comprehensive Plan Update. 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Castilleja (continued from page 9)

supplement the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transportation-demand management report, which focuses on the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s peakhour traffic â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to gauge the effects of after-school and weekend traffic from the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many extracurricular events. Castilleja officials have said they recognize that mistrust runs deep. At last Octoberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting regarding the removal of a 120-foot redwood, Kaufmann acknowledged the past mistakes, which occurred before she was hired by the school. She said she hopes to rebuild trust. As part of its settlement over the enrollment violations, the school agreed to twice-annual community meetings and a traffic-management plan, which has included a morning shuttle service that serves 40 to 60 students from Woodside and Los Altos and additional on-campus parking spaces, she noted. But the residents said at a

November meeting that their opportunity to voice concerns has been limited; they were largely outnumbered by Castilleja parents at the community meeting. On Monday the group began its campaign to gather broader neighborhood support, posting the first of 50 lawn signs urging other residents to help stop the expansion and calling for Castilleja to cap enrollment at 415 students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always believed that it is a great school. But what is the price?â&#x20AC;? Ng said. Resident Jacqueline Taylor asserted that decisions shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t benefit the school only. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The question on both sides should be, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;How can we co-exist harmoniously?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Planning and Transportation Commission will hold a scoping meeting for the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s environmental review on March 8 at 6 p.m. at Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Q Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

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of Palo Alto government action this week

429 University Ave.:The council voted to approve a four-story, mixed-use development at 429 University Ave. Yes: Filseth, Fine, Scharff, Tanaka, Wolbach No: DuBois, Holman, Kou Absent: Kniss

Planning and Transportation Commission (Feb. 6)

689-693 Arastradero Road: The commission approved a preliminary parcel map that merges two existing parcels into one parcel. Yes: Unanimous

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Downtown Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever-evolving residential-parking program is about to undergo another gear shift, as city officials prepare to adopt a series of rule changes aimed at keeping local employees from parking on neighborhood streets. (Posted Feb. 9, 9:53 a.m.)

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Community Legal Services, an East Palo Alto nonprofit group that helps thousands of low-income residents with housing and immigration issues, will receive a three-year $3.1 million grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the initiative announced on Monday. (Posted Feb. 6, 10:42 a.m.) Want to get news briefs emailed to you every weekday? Sign up for Express, our daily e-edition. Go to to sign up.

Pulse POLICE CALLS Palo Alto Jan. 18-Feb. 7

Violence related Armed robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Sexual assault/rape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Checks forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Shoplifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Embezzlement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Driving with suspended license . . . . . . . . . . 16 Driving without license . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Lost/stolen plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Traffic/misc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism to vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Vehicle accident/property damage . . . . . . . 21 Vehicle tampering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Alcohol or drug related Driving under the influence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 F & W/misc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 N&D/misc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Possession of paraphernalia . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Miscellaneous Casualty/fall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Discharge fire arm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Disobey court order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Hate crime/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Muni code/misc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Penal code/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 N&D forge/alter prescription. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Psych subject/no hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Sex crime/indecent exposure. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Trespassing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Unattended death. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Warrant/other agency. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Menlo Park Jan. 18-Feb. 7

Violence related Assault . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Assault and battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Theft undefined . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Vehicle related Abandoned auto. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Bicycle recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Driving with suspended license . . . . . . . . . . 17 Expired registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Hit and run with injury. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vandalism to vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Vehicle accident/no injury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Unlicensed driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Alcohol or drug related Driving under the influence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous APS referral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Coroner case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 CPS referral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Elder abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Gang information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Juvenile case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Mental evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Resist arrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of stolen property . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Prohibited weapons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Property for destruction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Threats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Violation of restraining order. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Warrant/other agency. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

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Long time resident of Portola Valley, “Lorie” died suddenly on January 24 at Stanford Hospital, she was 85. Loriene was born in Portland, Oregon in 1931 to parents Leonard and Mary Hermanson. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1949 and earned a BA from Oregon State University in 1953. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She taught nursery school in San Mateo and home economics at Sequoia High School. She married her high school sweetheart and soul mate, Ronald Boyer in 1955 and together they had 3 daughters. She resided in La Mirada, San Mateo and finally Portola Valley, CA where she lived for 50 years in a home she never wanted to leave. Loriene had many friendships and would do anything for them. She loved her symphony and exercise groups, “Madams” book club, Camp Numanu Girl Scouts alumni and her long time friends from high school and OSU. She loved skiing, backpacking the Sierra, singing, tennis and swimming where she earned a USMS national ranking. She cherished all of her friends on all these activities and loved her life. She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Ronald Boyer and their three daughters, Karen Boyer of San Carlos, Cathy Boyer of Redwood City and Rhonda Lukich and her husband Jim Lukich of Bend, Oregon. She has one grand daughter Alexandra Lukich of Lake Oswego, OR. Her brother Harold Hermanson of Portland, Oregon, deceased, leaves his family including Pat Hermanson of Lake Oswego, OR, Glenda Hyde of Portland, OR, her three children Steven Hyde and Andrew Hyde of Portland, OR and Susan Hyde Smith of Berkley, CA, Dale Hermanson and his son Calvin Hermanson of Portland, Oregon, and Janet Piercy of San Diego, California. PAID


December 18, 1927 – January 8, 2017 An only child, Ruth was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She received a B.A. from St Joseph College for Women and a Masters in English from New York University. She worked in advertising (proof-reading and traffic) for Coca Cola. When friends moved to California, Ruth drove across country with them. She became a teacher (in 1970) and in 1971 married Richard Lacey, a physicist who worked at Hewlett Packard. They lived in Palo Alto until their respective deaths (Richard died in 2006). She enjoyed a variety of interests from skiing, tennis, and horseback riding to reading and later Mah Jongg. Especially after she retired in 1988, Ruth volunteered for many organizations. She participated in the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto, including two terms as copresident. To further promote voter education, she joined City-led discussions about community access TV. Those led to the creation of the MidPeninsula Media Center, where Ruth served in a variety of roles from board member to videographer to the director of a monthly show called “Spirit Talks with Jean.” She volunteered for Canopy Trees of Palo Alto, became a Master Gardener, and for many years was on the board of the Palo Alto Historical Association (PAHA). She also edited newsletters and produced videos for PAHA, including a 2002 documentary about the history of African Americans in Palo Alto. In addition, she became an avid ham radio operator (licensed in 2003), a police department volunteer and a member of Palo Alto’s Neighborhood Disaster Assistance and the South Peninsula Emergency Communication System. Following a stroke in 2007, Ruth moved to Sunrise of Palo Alto, an assisted living community, where she lived until her death. She was determined to be as independent as possible; she worked hard to regain her ability to walk, but with limited success, and she learned to write (and type) with her left hand to compensate for the loss of use of her right one. Ruth was extremely intelligent and had a wonderful, wry sense of humor. She is survived by her niece Alison Tucker (husband Joe DiBernardo) in Walnut Creek as well as a sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and a nephew in other states. PAID

OBITUARY • Palo Alto Weekly • February 10, 2017 • Page 13

Editorial The retail quandry

Vibrant retail districts can’t be achieved or maintained by ordinance alone

he retail health of Palo Alto’s various commercial districts has ebbed and flowed over the decades, influenced by economic cycles, competition from shopping malls and big-box retailers, retail consolidations and — most recently — the internet and online shopping. In an era of increasing challenges for small-business owners, creating successful retail environments has been shown to be more art than science. The transformation of Town & Country Village, for example, from a tired and uninspired center to the bustling retail hub it is today came about because a new owner carried out a successful plan for achieving a tenant mix that turned out right for the community. No ordinance pushed them to achieve this make-over; it came about through skillful property management. Whether one likes or dislikes the “new” Town & Country Village, developments like this show that even with all the challenges facing retailers, the right mix of stores, restaurants and offices can create a winning formula. But translating this success to commercial districts where there are multiple building owners competing for tenants is a vexing problem. Every owner has different financial objectives, time horizons and levels of concern for the overall health of the shopping district. Some are quick to adjust rent levels during economic downturns. Others opt to keep rates high even if it means a space remains vacant for months or years. Most have little retail leasing expertise or leverage to attract top quality stores, as privately owned and managed shopping centers have. In Palo Alto, the city’s attempts to preserve ground floor retail has a long and complex history. City planners and policy makers in the mid-1980s initially created restrictions in the core downtown area that prevented the conversion of retail ground-floor uses to offices and have eased or tightened them as economic conditions changed. Two years ago, concerned about the continuing trend of retail closures throughout the city, the City Council adopted an interim citywide urgency ordinance that prohibited retail and “retail like” uses from converting to non-retail uses. That interim ordinance will expire at the end of April, and the council Monday night is scheduled to review a replacement ordinance that is aimed at keeping controls in place but loosening the definition of “retail” to give property owners more flexibility. For example, the proposal allows personal training and small fitness or yoga studios in store fronts. (One need only look at the fact that California Avenue now has two new gyms occupying large prime store-front space to recognize why this is a bad idea.) One of the root problems is that office, medical and some service uses command a much higher rental rate than retail, so if left to the free market, non-retail uses would begin proliferating in our commercial districts as long-term leases expire and owners seek to maximize their financial return. Property owners and leasing companies bristle at regulation and argue that nothing kills off a retail environment faster than the vacant store fronts that current rules can create. They advocate for the loosest possible restrictions on use and limiting them to the core commercial streets, such as University Avenue and California Avenue, so that retail is concentrated. Everyone can agree that vacancies in a business district are harmful and detract from the ambiance that attracts shoppers. But property owners in Palo Alto generally understand and accept that locating offices on the ground floor is as bad as store vacancies in disrupting a shopping environment, so the debate centers on how to regulate what is and isn’t allowed. While we support the continuation of the current interim restrictions on ground-floor uses, we don’t for a minute believe that they are the answer. Instead of thinking that ordinances can be regularly tweaked to shape and control the tenants on traditional retail shopping streets, the city needs to aggressively invest its efforts toward bringing together property owners, current ground-floor tenants and property managers with retail experts who can create coordinated ground-floor leasing strategies. Outreach by the city to the business community to date has been woefully inadequate. The city should be filling its vacant economic-development director position with an expert on retail leasing who can support this effort, and it should be looking for models elsewhere (Los Gatos and Burlingame are good examples) for how other cities have supported and achieved vibrancy in their shopping districts. Just as privately owned shopping centers use financial incentives to attract key anchor tenants, the city should also explore how it might work with property owners to provide such incentives. There is no easy fix to the trends that are causing traditional retail to leave our shopping districts, but the city needs to look beyond regulation for the solutions. Q


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Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Palo Alto’s priorities

Editor, Thanks for your request to weigh in on priorities for the City of Palo Alto. Here are mine: 1. Jet noise, jet noise, jet noise. For me this priority outweighs all others. The noise at my home is unbearable. The City needs to take legal action if necessary. 2. Traffic, including protecting neighborhoods from cut-through traffic. 3. Noise in general. My neighborhood has become extremely noisy with jet noise, leaf blowers, construction noise, traffic, etc. Anne Gregory Loma Verde Avenue, Palo Alto

Calling for resistance

Editor, It is not at all surprising that five city council members stripped away vital safeguards of Palo Alto’s Comprehensive Plan. What does surprise is that, during the campaign, presumably wellinformed Palo Alto voters were drawn in by these rapid-growth candidates’ token promises and vague declarations of concern about what is happening to the livability of this city. One of them even referred to himself a few years ago as a “residentialist.” Who can forget the behind-thedoors planning with Mr. Arrillaga for an office tower complex at MacArthur Park? Or the bundling of pie-in-the sky traffic solutions with massive building projects that make you want to laugh or cry (or both)? It appears that many development-friendly council members are determined to maintain the dazzling image of Palo Alto as the tech capital of the world at the expense of its citizens’ quality of life. As in the past, they have once again demonstrated a willingness to forego transparency, dialogue and collaboration to achieve their goals. What just happened in the 2016 national election may have happened here as well: Enough voters actually voted against their own best interests based on dubious campaign rhetoric and unwittingly helped swing an election to the other side. Hopefully the activism and constructive resistance to the new administration in Washington will take place here as well. Sophia Abramson Pitman Avenue, Palo Alto

Another option for nondriving seniors

Editor, Thank you for the article about how nondriving seniors are able to get around Palo Alto with both

public and private ride-sharing options (“Mobility Crisis,” Feb. 3, 2017) There is another service that should be mentioned, “ G o G o G r a n d p a r e n t . c o m ,” which, like Avenidas’s Door-toDoor, arranges rides. However, unlike the hassle and expense of a smart phone “app,” which can be difficult or even impossible for some seniors to use, GoGo only requires a mobile phone. From the mobile phone, push one digit and the rider can be picked up at home, another digit to be picked up at the last drop-off location or another to talk to a person for “anything else.” GoGo uses Lyft, Uber and other driving services whose usual rates are applied, plus a small and reasonable surcharge. The service is available in many cities and states. Our elderly parents in Los Angeles were recently stranded by backto-back injuries that prevented their driving. We signed them up with GoGo Grandparent, and they were able to get everywhere they needed to at a reasonable cost. Jane Moss Ferne Avenue, Palo Alto

impacts of prolonged exposure to airplane noise and emissions is available to inform the decisionmaking of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Eshoo was instrumental in bringing about the “FAA Initiative to Address Noise Concerns of Santa Cruz/Santa Clara/San Mateo Counties” last year. She also participated in forming the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals, which afforded citizens an opportunity to hear from the FAA about air traffic and FAA procedures, provide their input and participate in a regional effort to formulate proposed solutions. As our communities continue to work together and with the FAA, we are hopeful optimal regional solutions will soon be found. All of these actions are only possible because of Eshoo’s leadership and the support provided by her knowledgeable staff. Eshoo’s representation of her community on this important issue is greatly appreciated. Jennifer and Mark Landesmann and 150 others Fife Avenue, Palo Alto

Palo Altans thank Eshoo

We deserve better

Editor, With the current dysfunction in D.C., it is comforting to know that Palo Altans and other residents of the 18th Congressional District have a caring and tireless advocate in Rep. Anna Eshoo. Specifically, we thank Eshoo for her persistent efforts to address jet noise, such as her co-sponsorship of the newly introduced Airplane Impacts Mitigation (AIM) Act of 2017 (H.R. 598). The AIM Act is intended to ensure that strong, independent research into the health

Editor, The Jan. 30 action of the Palo Alto City Council majority defiles the soul of this community. The soul that recognizes differences and builds bridges to connect them. The soul that volunteers and staff created over the years with a land-use plan that allows the City to change but not be crushed with cancerous growth. The residents deserve better from the pro-development leaders. Robert Roth Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

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Guest Opinion

By the numbers: Measuring the challenges for city’s future by Greg Schmid ver the next six months, the City Council will be making decisions on our Comprehensive Plan and 2018 budget. These decisions will affect the future of our community. There are five numbers that capture the size and scale of the challenges that the city faces. Our choice of how to deal with these numbers will have major long-term consequences. These are the five numbers: 3:1 — the ratio of jobs to employed residents. Currently, Palo Alto has three jobs for every employed resident. This is the highest ratio of jobs to working residents of any sizable city in California. It is one of the highest in the country. This imbalance is the cause of our traffic, parking and congestion problems. It is also behind our rapidly rising land costs and the spiraling costs of new housing in the city. Any future growth of jobs that exceeds new housing growth will increase this ratio and exacerbate our problems with traffic, parking, congestion and housing cost. 25 percent — the share of Palo Alto


property taxes paid by nonresidential properties. Property taxes are the largest and fastest-growing tax base for all forms of local government: cities, schools, the county, community colleges and special districts. Because of the way Proposition 13 is defined, however, nonresidential properties are paying an ever-declining share of property taxes. Despite the fact that the growth of new nonresidential developments are far outpacing new residences in Palo Alto, the share of total property tax paid by business has fallen from over 50 percent in the 1970s to 30 percent in 2010 and to 25 percent in 2016. Owner-occupied dwellings contribute significantly more to the property tax base of city government and city services than new businesses do. $2.5 million/year — the amount pledged annually by the Stanford University Medical Center to get one-third of its employees to use alternatives to single-occupancy vehicles. The jobs imbalance creates traffic and parking problems. The medical center has the most effective traffic-mitigation plan in Palo Alto. The plan is designed to offset the traffic and parking impacts on Palo Alto of the over 2,000 new workers to be brought in during the current expansion. The medical center has committed $2.5 million per year (adjusted for inflation) for 50 years to cover transit passes, bus support and shared-ride programs and has

agreed to effective monitoring and substantial penalties if it falls short of the goals. This dollar amount guarantees that one-third of all workers will not make single-occupancy vehicle trips to work. It gives a good idea of the cost of traffic and parking mitigation: at least $2.5 million per year to get one-third of approximately 2,000 new workers out of single-vehicle commutes. 7.5 percent — the rate of return used by the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) to calculate the value of Palo Alto’s annual benefit payment. CalPERS has been setting our annual pension-contribution rate for future pension obligations on the basis of an annual earnings interest assumption of 7.5 percent. But both CalPERS and outside actuaries now agree that these prospective returns are overstated. CalPERS has agreed to gradually reduce its annual earnings assumption so that it matches more realistic levels of return. It proposes that this take place over a number of years. But Palo Alto needs to cover the full costs of pensions and benefits for city workers each year or face a rapidly rising unfunded liability. Our contribution rate must reflect our obligations. Zero — the number of new students projected by the Palo Alto school district over the next decade. This projection raises a fundamental set of demographic and social issues about the future of our commu-

nity. Our Comprehensive Plan is looking at a population increase of somewhere between 7,000 and 13,000 people by 2030, to be met primarily by small or even micro rental units for older people or young workers. This has important social and demographic implications: fewer options for families with schoolage children; a smaller number of people per household (Palo Alto already has a ratio that is 20 percent lower than other cities in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties); less robust tax growth (over 90 percent of residential property tax comes from single-family homes, condos and townhouses); and a smaller share of educated and experienced resident workers who form the mobile workforce that is so important to Silicon Valley innovation. Our choices on a variety of zoning, housing, budget, transportation and school issues can produce a community with a better residential/business balance and a healthy financial outlook, or move us further down the road to an imbalanced urban/city center/ commute model that is struggling financially, is much less attractive to families and leads to a diminished residential quality of life. Q Greg Schmid was a member of the Palo Alto City Council from 2008 to 2016 and spent seven years on its Finance Committee. He believes that numbers can sometimes capture the essence of key policy decisions. Email him at

Guest Opinion

City Council makes wise decisions on land use by Steve Levy ast week the Palo Alto City Council reviewed a series of policy and program choices sent to them by the Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC) and staff. A Weekly editorial spoke of a “reckless majority.” Councilman Tom DuBois went further in an op-ed using words like “democracy is hijacked” and “massacred our Comprehensive Plan” and referred to his council colleagues as “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” I have a different perspective from serving on the CAC, the CAC Land Use Subcommittee and serving on the committee discussing performance standards and community indicators. Before I get to the editorial and op-ed I want to mention two achievements at the meeting that are important for democracy and Comp Plan goals. First was the mayor’s decision to allow public speakers before the first round of council comments and questions. This also happened at this week’s council meeting. Second was the positive engagement


between council and representatives from Stanford University on the possibilities on Stanford land in the city for more housing and transportation-demand-management success — goals desired by the CAC and critical for Comp Plan success. The main issues for land use discussed at the meeting concerned a series of policy and program choices that did not have consensus among CAC members. Three of these choices were decided quickly and mostly with a large council majority. These include (1) maintaining a cumulative cap on commercial development citywide, (2) supporting exploration of housing on Stanford lands within the city and (3) removing performance standards from the Comp Plan. With regard to performance standards, a large majority of the CAC, after hearing from a subcommittee on this issue, decided that these standards were not ready for immediate inclusion in the Comp Plan and would take an enormous amount of staff, CAC and council time to develop agreement. With regard to building heights for housing and mixed housing/retail projects, there was no CAC consensus, which is why choices were brought to council. In fact a majority of the CAC favored some exceptions to the height limit. The council saw no clear majority and took the issue out of the Comp Plan so there could be more debate, not less, in light of changing resident

positions as evidenced by the large number of speakers in the public comment period favoring more housing. As was typical of most votes during the meeting, the vote here was not 5-4 but was 6-3 with council member Filseth joining the majority. A public tabulation of votes will show that the large majority of land use votes were not 5-4. The Weekly or staff would do a service by tabulating the number of times each vote margin occurred. There was a wide difference of opinion on the CAC as in the community about the merits of the other caps as an appropriate or most effective approach to handling the impacts of commercial development. So the council left debate and decision on most of these issues for later as the ordinances come before council. Since there is no consensus in the community, the council decided to hear more debate as the issues come up again. The most serious charge as I read the editorial and DuBois op-ed is that the council moved programs out of the Comp Plan for later individual review and implementation and that this action rejects public input and compromise and wastes enormous amounts of time and money. There is, however, precedent for doing this. Last year, the council opted to have a Sustainability/Climate Action Plan that included only high level policies and, at the request of staff, asked for

programs to be located separately. I agree with the council majority that this is a wise choice and preserves the ability to adapt to changes in the economy and public input and allows staff and council to develop programs as needed. The programs that were put aside for separate consideration are not scrapped or lost. Moreover, it is good to remember both that designing programs takes extensive staff and council time and that few programs in the last Comp Plan were actually implemented. We should not let disagreements on the direction of the city or how best to develop and implement programs lead to inflammatory language and accusations. The decisions were neither reckless or a hijacking of democracy. The council accepted strong consensus where it existed, kept open debate where no clear consensus has emerged, infused flexibility into a plan that lasts until 2030 and made room for extensive public participation as programs comes before council. These actions strengthen local participation and democracy. Q Steve Levy is an economist and consultant to public agencies and private companies, specializing in the California economy and demographic trends. He is a member of the Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee. He has a blog, “Invest & Innovate,” at • Palo Alto Weekly • February 10, 2017 • Page 15

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between groups of students, but administrators are heartened by the decision to try something new, and some parents of minority students have expressed excitement and appreciation for the new schedule. Those who opposed the change — worried that it would mean the end of quality, small-group time and the ratcheting up of academics — remain doubtful the new model is really best for Palo Alto’s youngest students. Palo Alto’s kindergarten classrooms have not transformed into the “new first grade” with the switch to the full day, but some parents and teachers say the longer schedule does fail to provide the same quality of small group instruction as before. In Adriene Guiriba’s kindergarten classroom at Walter Hays Elementary School, the typical structure of her students’ days has not changed significantly with the full day, but rather activities are spread out, with a more forgiving pace for both students and their teacher. Mornings start with Guiriba reading aloud to the class and perhaps a calendar activity — talking about how many days they’ve been in school, for example, as a mini mathematics lesson. There’s a break, and then the children transition into more academic time, working on reading curriculum melded with hands-on activities, Guiriba said. After a recess comes writing, then free-choice time before lunch and math after lunch. If an instructional aide is available during the reading and writing lessons, Guiriba will break the class into smaller groups. For Guiriba’s students, the

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ennifer DiBrienza’s son was prone to tears and hiding under desks at the start of kindergarten last fall at Ohlone Elementary School. But after his and all other kindergarten classes in Palo Alto Unified transitioned to a full day in October, he became excited about school. Now, he talks about going to the library, his PE class and “thrilling Thursday,” when students from four classes visit each others’ rooms for different activities — all done in the afternoon, time that didn’t exist in the school’s previous halfday kindergarten schedule. Yet across town, at Duveneck Elementary School, Julie Tomasz’s son — who was “ecstatic” to start kindergarten, she said — is struggling with the longer day. He’s frequently tired and has told his mother he doesn’t want to go to school. Several times, Tomasz has picked him up at lunch and taken him home early. The district’s move to full-day kindergarten — a decision that was both praised and criticized by teachers and parents when it was made last year — is now playing out in different ways across the district. As teachers, parents and 763 of the district’s youngest students adjust to the longer day, they are reporting both positive and negative results, with much of the long-term impact of the nascent program remaining to be seen. Those who view the full day as a benefit for all students, particularly minority and low-income students whose achievement could later become stunted, continue to be hopeful. It’s too early to know if the new program has moved the needle on the gap in achievement

Kenley Schmidt, a kindergartner at Walter Hays Elementary School, draws a penguin in class on Jan. 30. afternoons usually end with an art, science or “seasonal” activity tied to an upcoming holiday, like the Lunar New Year or Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For 90 minutes each week at all elementary schools, kindergartners also leave their regular classroom for 30 minutes each of physical education, music or time in the library (which gives their teachers time to prepare for future lessons). Guiriba, who has taught at Walter Hays for 12 years — three of those in kindergarten — said she originally opposed the full-day model for fear of losing smallgroup time. She worried about the pressure it would put on the delicate balance she strikes between

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giving students of this age attention and independence, especially in the afternoons when younger children with less stamina might naturally become tired. But now she supports it — and the greater free time, student choice and “brain breaks” it allows. “I have time to do more of those kinds of things that I feel make kindergarten really memorable,” she said. In the afternoons, she does have to stay attuned to students’ energy levels, and she changes the activities if necessary by giving the kids breaks or free-choice time. Like Guiriba, longtime Duveneck kindergarten teacher Barbara Susco has restructured her class’ activities for the full day and is adjusting as she sees the results. She has kept her science lessons in the afternoon, but she’s found they’re less optimal with the full class present. A group discussion on a recent Monday about snails only allowed for each child to speak once, she said, compared to a higher level of participation expected in small groups. In the future, she said she’ll split the class in half for this particular lesson (one half will work on freechoice activities while the other has the conversation). “This will make the unit of study go longer and the classroom will be louder, but I think this is the way to go,” she said. Susco also now relies more on her instructional aide to run activities that are better with small groups of students. She structures her aide time around language arts, for example, so two small groups can work while others do free-choice activities like paints

and crafts (“Creation Station”), blocks (“Building Station”), dress-up (“Imagination Station”) or playing with dirt and water (“Garden Station”). Many kindergarten classrooms are leaning more on aides — and parent volunteers — this year to help preserve small-group time. The teachers’ union, which made an official request to bargain the impact of full-day kindergarten almost immediately after the school board unanimously approved it last spring, successfully negotiated for up to 15 hours of aide time each week, five more hours than the district initially offered. Susco worried that despite the district making that contractual promise, it will be difficult for schools to find high quality aides who are available and willing to work the extra hours. “The trick is, where do you find those people to fill those extra hours? Our principals are set up for failure, really. They have a very difficult time finding aides,” she said. Asked about that concern, the district’s elementary-education director Barbara Harris countered that most schools have added hours to existing aides’ schedules rather than hired new ones.

Helping students who struggle

usco — a vocal opponent of the full-day model last year — said one downside of the new model is that the district failed to provide teachers with targeted direction for how to support struggling students. Before, the majority of Palo


Cover Story because that’s the kind of impact that I was worried about. I don’t want any kids to feel less enthusiastic about school. It should be a really fun, positive, exciting thing and it is, but I think over time I’m worried that it will have an impact,” she told the Weekly. Tomasz admitted she still sees her son’s teacher providing enough time for free play; the classroom has not become the “new first grade,” as some feared would happen with more time to include more academics. Both Tomasz and Dixon said they were aware of the option to opt out of the full day, picking their children up at lunch, but worried it would do more harm than good. “If it’s just one person opting out ... that’s hard on that child, and that’s the kid going home at lunch,” Tomasz said. “There’s always that sense that maybe they’re going to be missing out on something super fun or super great.” Only one family has opted out of the full day to date, according to the district. And despite the fact that Dixon opposed full-day kindergarten and is still critical of what she called an “eleventh hour decision,” her kindergarten daughter is “having a good time in the afternoon.” “She knows no difference,” Dixon said.

Leveling the playing field?

n the positive side, some parents of minority students are seeing upsides in the full-day model. One Latina mother told Judy Argumedo, who oversees the district’s English Language Learners program and Voluntary Transfer Program (VTP), that her child had attended the district’s Young Fives program, Argumedo said. The full kindergarten day has provided continuation from that and given the time her daughter needed in school. “She felt her student is not getting left behind,” Argumedo recalled. Parents of young English language learners in the district are also excited that their children will be speaking English for more hours in the day, Argumedo told


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Kindergarten teacher Adriene Guiriba helps Alexa Armstrong write her story about how to make a pizza.

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Alto’s elementary schools offered an “extended-day” model in which half of the kindergarten class stayed for a longer day two days each week, giving students targeted time, often one-on-one, with teachers. At Duveneck, Escondido, El Carmelo, Juana Briones and Walter Hays, students who needed extra support were also tutored by an instructional aide two days a week. Guiriba agreed that the new schedule is less ideal for struggling students. Rather than staying after school during that dedicated support time, they are now being pulled out of class to work with a math or reading specialist, for example. Even identifying those students is harder, Susco said. Although every school continues to rely on a model called Response to Intervention, or RTI, to identify and provide additional support to students who need it, and teachers continue their own procedures for doing the same (discussing issues with their colleagues and specialists and seeking the appropriate supports for struggling students), daily one-on-one time or small group support is more difficult to come by, Susco said. “What are we actually doing special for them to make it happen?” she said. Parents, like Tomasz and Duveneck parent Jenny Dixon, have their own criticisms of the full day model so far. Dixon said the “saving grace” for her child’s classroom is that enrollment happened to be low this year, giving kids a bit more individualized attention. (The teachers’ union originally asked to cap kindergarten classes at 18 students, but the newly negotiated agreement with the district provides a reduction in class sizes from 22 to 20 students for the remainder of this school year and to 19 for next year.) Tomasz, who last spring launched an online petition opposing the full day, believes it’s contributing to her son’s “lack of enthusiasm” about school. The petition said the proposed full-day model would be developmentally inappropriate and too demanding, both academically and emotionally, for 5 and 6 year olds. “The lack of enthusiasm — that’s what breaks my heart

Kindergartner Jessie Zhao flies down the slide with friends during recess at Walter Hays Elementary School. the Weekly. “That’s what we want to do for the parents: provide them routine and continuity and help them level the playing field a little,” she said. Argumedo and others who support full-day kindergarten as a step toward reducing the district’s achievement gap are well-aware it’s not a panacea. Before the school board approved the full day, critics said it was “misguided” to believe a longer school day would move the needle on such a longstanding, complex issue. For Argumedo, however, it’s taking the district in the right direction. “I feel like it was a step forward that we’re really trying to do something different instead of doing a lot of the same things,” she said. “This is not going to be the silver bullet. As a system, we have to (take a) lot of steps. This is one of the small steps, and that’s what I want to emphasize.” To the critics, Argumedo said: “Be critical, but give us a chance. We’ve had the achievement gap for a long time, so I think we have to really be thoughtful (when) doing different things.” DiBrienza, a new member of the Board of Education, who was elected after the district’s move to the longer day, was concerned about the change as a parent and a former educator who taught fullday kindergarten in New York City. For her child, however, the consistency in a daily schedule has been a boon. “I don’t know if I can credit allday kindergarten, but I hear from early childhood educators (and) in my experience as a parent,

consistency is really important,” DiBrienza said. The increased consistency has also been helpful for parents, particularly those with several children in different grades. Under the previous kindergarten model, parents could have had multiple pickup times and different schedules on different days of the week. One Spanish-speaking mother told Argumedo that it was hard to have a routine before with varying release times, and the new kindergarten day has provided “continuity” for her family.

District to evaluate, seek input

s with any new program, a top-of-mind question for many parents and teachers is, “How does the district plan to evaluate and monitor the impact of the full kindergarten day?” Harris said the district’s evaluation, assessment and research department is developing a “formal evaluation” of the program in addition to monitoring the reading, writing and other assessments already in place. They hope to track students’ academic progress over time, particularly this inaugural class, Harris said. Elementary principals are currently writing a goal into their annual school-wide plans that will include monitoring the growth of the 2016-17 kindergarten class over the next six years, Harris said, with an eye toward gauging the impact on the achievement gap. This month, the district is launching two online surveys to collect feedback from kindergarten teachers and parents. The


survey asks teachers to record an example of a daily schedule, what percentage of time each week is devoted to whole-class versus small-group or individual instruction and to what extent full-day kindergarten has changed students’ academic and social-emotional experiences. Harris said the results will be made public this spring. Argumedo is also preparing a survey to send to parents in the Voluntary Transfer Program, which the district operates with Ravenswood City School District. The district will also conduct a focus group with teachers this month, and research-department staff plan to observe classrooms at eight randomly selected schools, according to the district. Included in this year’s districtwide priorities is an intermediate goal to increase the number of kindergartners meeting reading and math benchmarks. Long-term, the district hopes all kindergarten students will go on to meet third-grade reading and math benchmarks. Harris is mindful that this is a transition year and the program is still a “work in progress.” “We want to know what’s working and what’s not,” she said. “I think there’s good progress, but with anything new you have to really be open to the fact that you’re going to have to make adjustments.” The district is providing three more half days of professional development for kindergarten teachers during this second semester. Last fall, additional professional learning came in the form of a guest speaker who talked about creative play and two workshops led by the district’s elementary Teachers on Special Assignment. Palo Alto’s move to full-day kindergarten was voluntary, but school districts throughout the state that do not offer a full kindergarten day could soon be required to join the fold. In December, Assemblyman Phil Ting, chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, released his blueprint for the state budget, which includes “taking the next step in improving early education by expanding access and requiring full-day kindergarten throughout the entire state.” As the school year progresses in Palo Alto, parents and teachers continue to adjust as necessary, keeping the interests of those who matter the most in mind. “In the end, it’s about the students, and it’s about giving these students a rich education and a wonderful experience,” Guiriba said. “This is their ... introduction to school. You want to harness a positive energy in kindergarten.” Q Staff Writer Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@ About the cover: Kindergarten teacher Adriene Guiriba helps student Cooper Phillips write a story on Jan. 30. Photo by Veronica Weber. • Palo Alto Weekly • February 10, 2017 • Page 17

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Rhythmic Circus offers dance, music and positive energy by Karla Kane rom its roots in African and Irish dance to its presence on the Broadway stage, the syncopated, percussive art of tap dancing is still alive and kicking today. Rhythmic Circus, an innovative group that mixes tap, live music, beatboxing, comedy and more, will shuffle and flap its high-energy take on the tap tradition to the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto on Feb. 11. In Rhythmic Circus’ show “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!,” a six-piece funk band plays rollicking, original music alongside four dancers and Heatbox, “the human beatbox.” “People think they’re coming to see a dance show, but what they’re coming to see is actually a live music and dance collective,” co-founder and dancer Nick Bowman explained. “It’s accessible to everybody — ‘accessible,’ that sounds like ‘artspeak’,” he said with a chuckle. “It’s something everyone can get down to. What’s so magic about our troupe is, it’s not tap dancing presented in a way that people would expect.” The show, he emphasized, is as much about the music — with styles ranging from rhythm and blues to hip-hop, Latin and folky acoustic — as the dancing, with all of the troupe members working together as one creative organism. “The beatboxer is worth the price of the ticket himself,” Bowman said. “All the musicians in their own right are rock stars. They play with giant pop stars when they’re not touring with our group.” Locals age 12 and up are also invited to move their own happy feet at a free master class led by a member of Rhythmic Circus at the JCC the afternoon of the Feb. 11 performance, where they’ll learn some basic tap steps (no experience required). Teaching workshops “is near and dear to us as artists,

getting to work with local dancers and show them our perspectives and our technique,” Bowman said. Bowman and longtime friend and collaborator Ricci Milan founded the group, along with a gaggle of other like-minded pals, about a decade ago in their hometown of Minneapolis. “Some of the musicians were on the same school bus routes together. That’s a camaraderie you can’t recreate,” Bowman said. Dance, said Milan, “is a part of my spiritual DNA.” Milan’s been dancing for as long as he can remember, starting with performing Michael Jackson songs for his cousins and kids in his neighborhood. His mother enrolled him in formal dance lessons, where he thrived, but a visit to New York City for a dance competition proved life changing when he caught a performance by tap innovator Savion Glover, whose rhythmic hoofing made him a legend at a young age. Glover, with his groundbreaking style, quickly became an inspiration to both Milan and Bowman. “The freedom, the lines and shapes he (Glover) was making. The instrument was the guy and the dance was a reaction to the rhythms,” Milan said. “To this day, all I do is try to find that spirit and that energy; that’s my personal journey with tap dance.” Bowman started tap dancing a bit later, around age 9, after a cousin dared him to take a class. Though at first considering dance a “girl sport,” soon enough he was hooked. “I fell in love with making music with my feet,” he said. In young adulthood, he found success in Los Angeles as a dancer and choreographer but found himself yearning for the opportunity to create his own work from the ground up. Milan, too, has performed and

choreographed worldwide but felt inspired to come up with something new, and wholly original. “We don’t have ‘box’ dreams, ‘box’ aspirations; the boxes don’t fit us and we don’t fit the boxes,” Milan explained. “And we probably get ourselves into trouble because of that.” He and Bowman had a vague notion of putting together a music-and-dance group and recruited their circle of friends to take a leap of faith. “I preached to them, I begged to them: ‘We gotta do this thing.’ “What’s this thing?’ ‘I dunno,’” he said with a laugh. “It’s a show; it’s a band; it’s an experiment; it’s us; it’s life; it’s a thing; it’s a rhythmic circus,” he told them, and thus, the act was born. “It’s very organic; a community of artists banding together over the idea of using our talents to do something greater,” he said. “I think the show is not just the material, it’s the spirit and the message and the community that make it unique.” So, what is that spirit and message? “That anything’s possible, if there’s something you believe in,” Bowman said. “Belief in each other, that we’re capable of more as a team than we are as individuals. The work really communicates that through the positive energy that we all share on stage.” As the band grooves, the dancers tap through a variety of inventive choreography, from aggressively percussive to showy and acrobatic. Every Rhythmic Circus member is “100 percent themselves,” Milan said. “Everyone has their moment to lead the show and drive it. There’s no actual ‘front man’ ... this spirit, this idea guides us all and we all take turns driving.” The question of authenticity is one that the

The four principal Rhythmic Circus dancers are joined by a six-piece funk band and a beatboxer.

group members discuss “constantly,” Milan said, mulling over how art and music forms with such deep roots and cultural ties can be legitimately expressed by “all these white people from Minnesota,” as he put it. “We’re so impassioned, we feel so moved by this, but is tap dance ours? We’re sharing all of this,” he said. “If you can do it with the right outlook, you’re staying true to the art and the people who gave this music and dance to us. It ain’t ours, it came through us.” “Ownership of creative work is a tricky topic,” he continued. “That is a lifelong thing I am trying to figure out.” “Tap dancing is an American art form, forged from the coming together of cultures; it is a melting-pot art form,” Bowman said. “People constantly ask me, ‘what does it feel like to be a leader in a dying art form?’ It’s anything but.” The success of Rhythmic Circus “is proving that tap dancing is just as relevant today as it was in the ‘20s, and that’s something to be celebrated,” he said. “You’ve just got this ragtag band of traveling musicians and dancers, hearts truly set on sharing their discipline and sharing it in a way that’s not snobbish. The spirit is, we’re all here together and anything is achievable if you’re willing to work for it.” Q Arts & Entertainment Editor Karla Kane can be emailed at What: “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!” by Rhythmic Circus Where: Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto When: Saturday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $25-$70 Info: Go to • Palo Alto Weekly • February 10, 2017 • Page 19

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by Karla Kane hat I love most in the theater is honesty,â&#x20AC;? David Henry Hwang states, with no small irony, in his semi-autobiographical play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yellow Face.â&#x20AC;? The show encompasses issues of racism, immigrant rights, alleged election interference by foreign powers, show business and investigative journalism. But despite the wide scope, the play, presented now by Los Altos Stage Company, is also deeply personal to its author and offers an odd â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but successful â&#x20AC;&#x201D; tonal blend of comedy and seriousness, fact and fiction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yellow Faceâ&#x20AC;? has its roots in reality, with Hwang getting meta about his role as an artist, activist and icon in the Asian-American community. Back in 1988, Hwang (who â&#x20AC;&#x201D; local-connection-alert â&#x20AC;&#x201D; earned his bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree from Stanford University) became the first Asian-American playwright to win a Tony Award, for â&#x20AC;&#x153;M. Butterfly.â&#x20AC;? In the years following, Hwang gained notoriety for speaking out against the casting of Jonathan Pryce, a white actor from Wales, in one of the main Asian roles in the musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miss Saigonâ&#x20AC;? (acting in â&#x20AC;&#x153;yellow faceâ&#x20AC;?). Hwang then turned this casting controversy into fodder for his next play, the critical and financial flop â&#x20AC;&#x153;Face Value.â&#x20AC;? In â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yellow Face,â&#x20AC;? the character of Hwang (identified in the program as DHH, played by Wes Gabrillo), explores this self history through flashbacks and fourth-wall-breaking narration. DHHâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play-within-a-play leads to further complications, as he ironically and inadvertently casts a white actor (Marcus G. Dahlman, played by Drew Reitz) as an Asian-American character in his own production, then tries frantically to cover it up (memorably suggesting that Marcus, with his Russian-Jewish background, might, perhaps have some Siberian heritage and should


REVIEW THEATER consider going by Marcus â&#x20AC;&#x153;Geeâ&#x20AC;?). Awkward hilarity ensues as Marcus, embracing his new identity, throws himself into the AsianAmerican community, relishing his role as a cultural spokesperson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was an Asian role model back when you were still Caucasian,â&#x20AC;? an outraged and jealous DHH snaps to his accidental protĂŠgĂŠ. Meanwhile, we catch glimpses of DHHâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationship with his father (Henry Hwang, identified in the program as HYH and played by Lawrence-Michael C. Arias), a larger-than-life figure who immigrated to the U.S. from China at a young age and eventually became a successful businessman, opening the first federally chartered Chinese-American bank. HYH is the American Dream personified: inspired by Hollywood stars, modeling his persona after Frank Sinatra and firm in his belief that with hard work and perseverance, anyone can get ahead, no matter his/her background. Over the course of the play, the tone takes a turn from satirical to somber, as HYH, DHH and even Marcus, alongside Asian-Americans across the U.S., find themselves the target of a racist witch hunt after making donations to Bill Clintonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presidential campaign, accused of using Chinese money to influence the election. We also learn about the brutal interrogation and unjust imprisonment of Taiwanese-American scientist Wen Ho Lee, falsely accused of being a spy for China. With director Jeffrey Lo at the helm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yellow Faceâ&#x20AC;? is a fascinating trip into the mind of an important modern American artist. Casting the show must be an interesting experience, since the play itself deals so much with the issue

of racial typecasting. Los Altos Stage Company has done a fine job with Gabrillo in the lead as DHH. Hwangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s script pulls no punches in characterizing his own flaws and weaknesses in a humorous way, and Gabrillo is able to gracefully switch from slapstick moments to heartfelt ones. Reitz as Marcus has an appealing Chris Pratt quality: amiably doofy but as well-meaning as he is opportunistic. Arias, as HYH, struggles a bit with his ChineseAmerican accent but gives a moving performance as HYH evolves from stereotypical comic relief to the immigrant who is ultimately heartbroken with disappointment over the way he and his community are treated by the adopted country he loves so much. A handful of talented ensemble players get plenty of stage time in a dizzying array of roles, including Broadway producers and actors (Hwang gets deep into name dropping), U.S. Senators and more, while Judith Miller serves as â&#x20AC;&#x153;announcerâ&#x20AC;? and a nefarious New York Times reporter trying to dig up dirt on Hwangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father (this character is cheekily referred to as NWOAOC â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Name Withheld On Advice Of Council). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yellow Faceâ&#x20AC;? weaves its plot threads together to create an ambitious and provocative exploration of issues of race and identity in contemporary America, as seen through Hwangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique, if unreliable, perspective. Q Arts & Entertainment Editor Karla Kane can be emailed at What: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yellow Faceâ&#x20AC;? Where: Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos When: Through Feb. 19, Wednesday-Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. Cost: $18-$36 Info: Go to

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arge windows framed with heavy, rosy curtains on the corner of Main and Stambaugh streets in downtown Redwood City provide a glimpse into a cheery scene. People sit on perfectly mismatched antique-looking chairs, sofas and benches.

They’re sipping tea and munching on little sandwiches. Is it a living room? A bed and breakfast? A shop? There’s something homey and charming and unmistakably English about what’s inside, something that makes you want to drop whatever it was you were hurrying off to do and linger. Menlo Park husband-and-wife team Gina and Dave Meyers own and operate Lovejoy’s Tea Room in Redwood City, a new branch of the original Lovejoy’s in San Francisco. Lovejoy’s, which opened in a historic building in December, offers the traditional afternoon-tea experience (tiered platters of scones and delicate tea sandwiches, from $16.95 for a basic cream tea with scones and fruit to $28.95 for the elaborate “queen’s tea”) in an approachable atmosphere that (continued on next page)

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DOG EAT DOG WORLD TAKES A TOLL ... Harry Tashjian is a man who knows what he does and does not want. And he doesn’t want to own Pet Food Depot anymore. “Enough is enough,” he said of his decision to retire. The pet-supply store has been a Palo Alto fixture since 1984. It moved six years ago from its longtime home at 3127 El Camino Real to its current location at 425 Portage Ave. The former El Camino space is now Equinox, a fitness center. The Portage site is an 8,200-square-foot Quonset hut. “We wanted to save a little money,” Tashjian said. There’s no question the corrugated steel hut is a nofrills venue. But did his customers

care? “If they wanted to go to a beauty salon, then they should go to a beauty salon,” he said. “All I care about is service, product and price.” As a result of the impending closing, all merchandise is reduced 10 to 20 percent. Tashjian does not yet know the exact date of the store closure: “When almost everything is gone — that’s when we’ll close.” The imminent closure of Pet Food Depot leaves only one pet supply store in Palo Alto: Pet Food Express, located in the Charleston Shopping Center. Pretty surprising in a town that has three dog parks! AMITY CROSSFIT JOINS CALIFORNIA AVENUE ... Fitness

center Amity CrossFit opened Jan. 30 in the former Keeble & Shuchat Photography building at 261 S. California Ave., less than a block from the new Performance Gaines studio. Owner Zach Height, who has operated the center on El Camino Real since 2010, said he needed a bigger space. “I liked the look and feel of the old building — it had that ‘CrossFit’ feel, but it didn’t have any insulation,” Height said. “The new building is definitely an upgrade.” Height said he has already seen “tons of foot traffic” going past the center from the Caltrain station. As for being located near Performance Gaines, Height said it’s already been beneficial. The owner, who knows Height’s business partner, offered Amity the use of Performance Gaines’ showers until Amity gets settled in. Height said the two gyms cater to different niches: Amity provides group classes rather than the one-one personal training workouts of Performance Gaines. — L.T.

ACCENT ARTS MOVES TO THE ALLEY... Palo Alto’s iconic artsupply store, Accent Arts, is leaving its longtime home at 392 California Ave., but it won’t be going far. The independently owned retailer is relocating across the street to its longtime storage facility at 421 Jacaranda Lane (just behind ZombieRunner) during the first week in March, according to an email announcement from store management. The California Avenue location is set to close Feb. 25. The shop’s impending move has been widely anticipated since late 2015, when owner Gil McMillon announced that rent along California was becoming too expensive for him, but the store’s fate remained uncertain. As part of the move, the business also will be changing its name to Accent Arts in the Alley to commemorate its new location in the one-way alley. “I think this will bring a bit of a Bohemian feel to the area,” employee Shirley Hollis said of the new one-story, flat-roofed cinder-

block building where the shop plans to operate for now. Hollis said she’s unsure if the building will serve as a temporary “pop-up shop” or become a permanent location. In the meantime, Accent Arts is frantically trying to sell as much of its merchandise as possible because it won’t all fit into the new building — which is only about one-third the size of the California site. Store management said it has “lots and lots of things we don’t want to move” and is selling merchandise at a 30 percent discount between now and Feb. 25. Hollis said the new location will still provide framing services and a wide selection of art supplies, but many items will have to be custom ordered. — L.T. Q

Got leads on interesting and news-worthy retail developments? Daryl Savage will check them out. Email s h o p t a l k @ p a w e e k l y. c o m . Associate Editor Linda Taaffe contributed to this column. • Palo Alto Weekly • February 10, 2017 • Page 21

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Meyers described as unpretentious and “funky.” Mismatched china, tablecloths and quirky bric-a-brac contribute to its disarming appeal. Meyers said that she wants fans of the San Francisco Lovejoy’s to feel at home in the Redwood City space, but she has appreciated the flexibility to make it her own. “I’m starting with the backbone of Lovejoy’s (in San Francisco) ... and I’m kind of seeing how that works here, and making small changes here and there,” she said. Those changes, Meyers said, may come with time, since the tea room has only been open for a couple of months. So far, the owners are considering adding more English pub fare (current options include sausage rolls for $2.25 and shepherd’s pie for $12.95), since they’ve experienced a lunch rush. And, while the paint colors and shelving might be modeled after the San Francisco location, certain accents, like Meyers’s grandmother’s ornate candelabra in the bathroom, which functions as a toilet paper holder, are unique. Meyers said that she collected pieces for the tea room for months, with family, friends and even customers contributing

items. As a San Francisco Giants fan, she’s included a Hunter Pence bobblehead that peeks out from behind a teapot. One woman who would frequently stop by went to the nearby Savers thrift shop, bought a small teapot and asked Meyers if it could be displayed in the tea room. “(It) warmed my heart,” Meyers said. Lovejoy’s offers a variety of tea, tea sandwiches and other fare, including currant scones ($2.95 each or two with Devon cream for $9.95) that are light, fluffy and cake-like, unlike the denser American scones. When it comes to tea, Meyers said she’s a fan of the “Tea Room” blend (a blend of assam and East African black teas) with a splash of milk. For those new to tea, she recommends the black vanilla with lavender and the vanilla rooibos teas. Two tea sandwiches are customer favorites: the Branston pickle chutney and cheddar cheese, and the chicken-applewalnut, Meyers said. All of the teas, English edibles like Hobnobs cookies, mismatched china, mini tea sets and aprons are also available for purchase. Prior to opening Lovejoy’s in Redwood City, both Meyers and her husband worked as accountants. Meyers grew up in San Francisco and worked as a CPA

for three years, a job she said she “absolutely hated.” “I knew that I needed a big change and ... I was just thinking, ‘What could feed my soul?’” she said. That’s when she remembered going to Lovejoy’s as a young teenager with her mother and sister. She transitioned from accounting to waitressing at Lovejoy’s, eventually managing Lovejoy’s Attic, a tea and antiques shop, then helped one of the owners open Lovey’s Tea Shoppe in Pacifica. Her husband, Dave, made the transition from accounting to coowner and operator of a tea shop much more recently. Though he said that it wasn’t originally “part of the plan,” the need arose when trying to find reliable back-ofhouse management. That coincided, Meyers said, with him also being ready for a career change. Raised in Menlo Park, Dave said he and his wife feel fortunate to operate a business in their own community. “I was born in Kaiser on Veterans (Boulevard), so to think that now, years later, we own a business in downtown Redwood City, is pretty fulfilling and pretty cool,” he said. Q Editorial assistant and intern coordinator Anna Medina can be emailed at amedina@

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“Robot Chicken.” Like both of those, Batman’s new movie is zany, frantically paced, and busy, busy, busy. For some, that will be a big plus. For others, at 104 minutes, it will be a bit exhausting, especially in brain-fatiguing LEGO-construction-block animated form. “The LEGO Batman Movie” references just about every previous live-action version of Batman (perhaps leaving out one of the two black-and-white serials), but the film it’s most like in plot is actually the most reviled, Joel Schumacher’s “Batman & Robin.” That’s because this is a story in keeping with the 1975-78 DC title “Batman Family”: a reminder that while Batman is superficially a loner, he has often relied on the

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kindness of long-suffering compatriots. These include Alfred (Ralph Fiennes), Commissioner Gordon (Hector Elizondo), Dick Grayson/Robin the Boy Wonder (an amusingly chipper Michael Cera), and Barbara Gordon/Batgirl (Rosario Dawson). Batman labors to keep all of these characters at arm’s length, but he must eventually acknowledge that he needs them to save Gotham City from The Joker (Zach Galifianakis), who wants little more than for Batman to acknowledge needing him as well (a running gag turns the famous nemeses into a kind of “bromantic” duo). To blow up the story to epic LEGO-movie scale, Batman plots to steal the Phantom Zone Projector from Superman (Channing Tatum) to banish Gotham’s villains to the Kryptonian nether-region. The plan backfires, unleashing pop culture’s greatest villains (especially those from Warner Bros. properties), including Voldemort, Sauron, the Wicked Witch, King Kong, Gremlins and a fleet of Daleks. All of this makes for a geekgasm for the Comic-Con set, and one has to bow to a movie that assembles this much sheer stuff (and so many impressive voice actors). The five screenwriters (led by “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” author Seth GrahameSmith) cram the movie full-tobursting with Easter eggs for longtime Batman fans and construct a nominal lesson to kids that no man, not even Batman, is an island (“You can’t be a hero if you only care about yourself”). The humor grows repetitive, and the ADHD style is a bit like being shaken by the shoulders for 104 minutes, but “The LEGO Batman Movie” still has plenty to recommend it, at least for those who care about the Dark Knight. Rated PG for rude humor and some action. One hour, 44 minutes. — Peter Canavese

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GARDEN TALK ... The De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society will host a talk on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. on “Creating a Display Garden Nursery from 20 Years Ago to the Present.” by nursery owner Don Wallace, who runs Singing Tree Gardens Nursery. The event will be held in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. BACKYARD CHICKENS ... On Saturday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon, Master Gardeners of San Mateo and San Francisco will hold a presentation on raising backyard chickens. This presentation will cover the basics of setting up your own backyard flock, including local ordinances, coop designs, feed and watering options, egg production, safety and health, and resources for learning more. The workshop will be held at Lyngso Garden Materials, 345 Shoreway Road in San Carlos. UC Master Gardener Sharon Winnike has had her flock of chickens for four years. To register go to cfm?event=Events or for more information go to the UC Master Gardeners’ website 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 elorenz@ Deadline is one week before publication.


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Above and right, Alex Fernandez, Garden Manager at Filoli, demonstrates how to prune an apple tree.


t’s wet and cold and tree branches are bare or seemingly clustered up in still-green bunches. Nothing seems to be growing, and yet we know there is life and bloom and fruit just waiting to start again when the days are longer and Jack McKinnon the soil is warmer. When and how are you supposed to prune your trees at this time of year? I once took a class on tree pruning at a local community college. The teacher was superintendent of landscape resources for San Mateo County and was responsible for 17,000 trees. The class was thorough and detailed, especially in safety and doing the job correctly the first time. After finishing the class, my supervisor bought me a harness and ropes, and I started climbing. I pruned olives, oaks, pines, birch, magnolia, redwood, cedar, cypress, camphor, as well as fruit trees like cherry, plum and citrus. Commercially, fruit trees are often pruned by machines that mow the tops and sides for consistency and reach during harvest. What I have learned over the years is that this really doesn’t work for ornamental gardens. Along with correct placement of fruit trees when planted young, correct pruning throughout their lives not only helps production but makes for a great show in the garden. One does not have to climb most fruit trees to prune them correctly. A ladder and a pole pruner can do a fine job. One thing I will never forget my pruning instructor saying when talking about pruning fruit trees is “be bold.” This frightened me from the start. What he was saying was that if you know

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FILOLI OPENING ...After being closed for two months, Filoli garden in Woodside opened to the public for the season on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Please check in at the Visitor Center before visiting the historic house and garden. Admission is free for members. For non-members, admission is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for students, and free for children under 4 years old. K-12 educators with an employee ID from adjoining counties and National Trust for Historic Preservation members are $10. For more information call 650-364-8300, ext. 507. The Filoli Cafe has similar hours to the estate, and offers a lunch menu, as well as a children’s menu.

Pruning now will pay off in your harvest later by Jack McKinnon what you are doing, there is nothing to be afraid of. If you don’t know what you are doing, you can be bold in all the wrong places and ruin fruit production for several years. Know that there are professionals that can do this work for you. There are a few that can teach you how to do it yourself and there are resources online and in books that can be very helpful. My favorite is “The Pruning of Trees and Shrubs,” by Timber Press. If you have trees that have been pruned incorrectly or neglected for many years I recommend getting a qualified arborist to do that work. Stand back and look at your tree. When I first see a tree I look for dead branches. Anything that is unhealthy looking is pretty obviously the first to be dealt with. Pruning these out leaving no stubs becomes the first priority.


Look for the overall balance of the tree. Is it favoring one side? Is it thicker in one area of the canopy than the other? In a fruit tree, can you reach all the fruit it produces? It’s hard to see what is needed from directly under the tree. Stand back at least the height of the tree distance from the trunk in order to see the big picture.


Look for crossing branches. If more than two are crossing or rubbing, remove the most obvious problem branch first. Stand back, take a look and then go after the next worst crossing branch. Remember, no stubs. Always cut to a lateral branch. This part of the pruning may complete this year’s work. The rule is, for trees that have leaves all year round, take no more than 1/3 of the canopy out per year. For trees that lose their leaves in the winter, half or even more of the canopy in the case of roses, apples, pears and several other fruit trees, can be removed.


The goal here is to leave healthy, upright branches with plenty of buds (or budding spurs in the case of fruit trees), and no long, spindly branches to bend over and break off when loaded with fruit. Think of a pitchfork shape with the tines pointing straight up. There is no need to paint the cuts after pruning trees. It was discovered decades ago that letting the tree heal its own way is the best for the healing and disease prevention. Use the smallest tool possible to get the job done. I do 90 percent of my pruning with a pair of Felco No. 2 pruning shears and an 8-inch folding saw made by Stihl. If I need to cut through anything over three inches I have a Corona saw that is about 15 inches. Be very careful with any of these tools. They can cut you very easily.


If pruning a long or heavy branch, I recommend taking it apart piece by piece. It’s much easier and safer to take a branch apart than having it come down on your head whole. Once cut off, a branch cannot be glued back on, so choose carefully. You can stand back part way through and see if that’s enough or if you really do need to take the whole thing off.


Make a pile of cut branches near the tree you are pruning. Stand back and evaluate the size of the pile in relationship to the size of the tree. When the pile becomes 1/3 of the size of the canopy of the tree, you are done.


Do a final evaluation after cleaning up all the cut branches. This is detail time. Do a little thinning and shaping to finish the job. Q Jack McKinnon is a Garden Coach and can be reached at 650-455-0687 or online at

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Meticulous attention to detail augments the design of this breathtaking 7 bedroom, 6 bathroom residence of nearly 6,000 sq. ft. (per appraisal) that occupies premises of 1.3 acres (per appraisal). Highly sustainable and state-of-the-art, the smart home includes a reliable, eco-friendly geothermal energy system and versatile spaces like a two-story au pair unit. As functional as it is stylish, this /;:@19<;>->E>1@>1-@1Ŋ;>@81??8E;<1:?@;;A@0;;>85B5:3->1-?45348534@5:3-75@/41: -?<1/@-/A8-><;;8C5@4-:1D/5@5:3C-@1> 21-@A>1 -:0-/A?@;9<8-E?@>A/@A>1 :6;E85B5:3C5@45:?@1<?;2"1->?;: >-?@>-01>;">1?1>B1-:0C5@4-//1??@;1D/1<@5;:-8"-8; Alto schools (buyer to verify eligibility). For video tour & more photos, please visit: Offered at $7,788,000


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AMENITIES Walk to Eleanor Pardee Park Walk to Community Center

STEVE NIETHAMMER SCHOOLS Duveneck Elementary Jordan Middle Palo Alto High

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SILICON VALLEY FOR TOP DOLLARS Thursday, February 23, 2017 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Please join DeLeon Realty at our February Seminar. Gain insight from Michael Repka, the Managing Broker and General Counsel of DeLeon Realty, into how you can best prepare and market your home to achieve the maximum sales price. Also hear the latest market updates from Ken DeLeon, the most successful real estate broker in Silicon Valley. To RSVP, please contact 650.543.8500 or by email at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club, Grand Ballroom 3000 Alexis Drive, Palo Alto Seminar is for prospective clients only, no outside real estate professionals permitted.

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Price Upon Request

Menlo Park


Portola Valley


Redwood City


Sun 1:30 - 4:30

Sun 1 - 4

Sat/Sun 1 - 4

Country estate built in 2012 to LEED Silver standards. Aprx 3+ stunning ac in Central WDS. 5 BR/5 BA + 2 half BA Erika Demma CalBRE #01230766 650.851.2666

1025 San Mateo Dr. Brand new contemporarystyle home. Movie theater, wine cellar, & lower level large patio. 6 BR/5 BA + 1 half BA Hossein Djalali CalBRE #01215831 650.324.4456

20 Cordova Ct Stunning 1+ acre offers breathtaking views and amazing deck & pool area. 20CORDOVA.COM 5 BR/3 BA Ginny Kavanaugh CalBRE #00884747 650.851.1961

9 Colton Ct Private gated villa on 1/2 ac resort lot w/pool. Huge custom open flrpln. Sep in-law ste. 5 BR/4 BA + 1 half BA Sam Anagnostou CalBRE #00798217 650.851.2666

Menlo Park








Sun 1:30 - 4:30

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570 Berkeley Ave Nearly 3/4 acre lot w/60’s built, one-owner home. First time on market. Mature trees. 5 BR/2 BA Nancy Goldcamp CalBRE #00787851 650.325.6161

41 Maple Ave Charming Atherton Cottage w/ MP Schools. Country chic appeal in a tranquil garden setting. 4 BR/4 BA Tim Kerns CalBRE #01800770 650.324.4456

650 Woodside Dr SPACIOUS home w/ VIEWS & separate cottage! Great Woodside Hills location! 1.29 acres! 4 BR/3 BA DiPali Shah CalBRE #01249165 650.851.2666

355 Lloyden Park Lane Tasteful & private 11,700 sf lot. New kitchen, master bath, & interior doors. MP/ATH high. 4 BR/2 BA Camille Eder CalBRE #01394600 650.324.4456

Menlo Park | NEW PRICE $2,398,000 Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4

Menlo Park

Los Altos Hills

Menlo Park

844 Partridge Ave Spacious & inviting w/ dramatic 20” ceilings. 1180 sf Basement/garage w/custom built-ins. 3 BR/3 BA Wendi Selig-aimonetti CalBRE #01001476 650.324.4456

San Carlos


$2,150,000 Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30

$1,450,000 Sat/Sun 1 - 4

18 Patterson Ave This beautiful home is located at the end of a private lane on the border of Atherton. 2 BR/2 BA Colleen Cooley CalBRE #70000645 650.325.6161

14486 Liddicoat Cir Gorgeous Views! Spacious home with high ceilings, pool, & guest house. Palo Alto schools! 5 BR/3 BA DiPali Shah CalBRE #01249165 650.851.2666

514 8th Ave Beautifully updated home in North Fair Oaks. New kitchen, bathroom, refinished flrs & more 2 BR/1 BA Drew Doran CalBRE #01887354 650.325.6161

Los Altos

San Mateo

Menlo Park


Sat/Sun 1 - 4 102 Palm Ave New wrap around deck, new roof, refinished hwd flrs, brick patio, updated windows & more. 3 BR/2 BA Elaine White CalBRE #01182467 650.324.4456

$2,100,000 Sun 1 - 4

470 Gabilan St. #4 Close to downtown, open floor plan recently remodeled. Los Altos Schools. 2 BR/1 BA + 1 half BA Hossein Jalali CalBRE #01215831 650.324.4456 |



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24 E Poplar Ave Old world charm abounds in this wonderful, spacious 3bd/1ba San Mateo home. 3 BR/1 BA Morgan-Gault Team CalBRE #00877457/01242236 650.325.6161

2140 Santa Cruz Ave A305 Sought after penthouse at Menlo Commons. Complex includes pool, spa, exercise rm. 2 BR/2 BA Beth Leathers CalBRE #01131116 650.324.4456

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1060 Cambridge Av Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty


4 Bedrooms 355 Lloyden Park Ln Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$2,698,000 323-7751

41 Maple Av Sun Coldwell Banker

$3,195,000 323-7751


44 Dior Ter Sat/Sun Intero Real Estate

$2,750,000 947-4700

5 Bedrooms 62 S. Clark Av Sun Sereno Group

155 WALTER HAYS DRIVE, PALO ALTO OPEN SUNDAY 1:30-4:30 3BR/2BA 2 car garage Offered at $2,750,000

$3,698,000 323-1900


Arti Miglani 804-6942

4 Bedrooms 26707 Tanglewood Dr Sun Alain Pinel

$4,895,000 941-1111

13686 Page Mill Rd Sun Sereno Group

$5,975,000 323-1900

14486 Liddicoat Cir Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$2,100,000 851-2666

27811 Saddle Ct Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

$5,988,000 543-8500

$7,295,000 324-4456

2 Bedrooms

$6,788,000 543-8500

436 High St #403 Sun Sereno Group

$1,075,000 323-1900

2 Bedrooms 3408 South Ct Sat/Sun Midtown Realty

$2,650,000 321-1596

3 Bedrooms 1408 Harker Av $1,995,000 Sat 1-4/Sun 1:30-4:30 Dreyfus Sotheby’s Realty 644-3474

3 Bedrooms - Condominium 4139 Thain Way Sat/Sun Alain Pinel

$1,598,000 941-1111 $2,988,000 543-8500

Coldwell Banker

18 Patterson Av Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$2,150,000 325-6161

5 Bedrooms

$858,000 324-4456

2020 Waverly St Sat/Sun 1-5



Deleon Realty


PORTOLA VALLEY 5 Bedrooms $4,350,000

Coldwell Banker


1 Bedroom - Condominium

3239 Maddux Dr $3,498,000 Sun Keller Williams Palo Alto 454-8500

2140 Santa Cruz Av #A305 Sat/Sun 1-3 Coldwell Banker

Zane MacGregor

Sun 1-4

$1,450,000 325-6161

514 8th Av Sat/Sun 1-4



20 Cordova Ct


810 Miranda Green St Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty


2 Bedrooms - Condominium

6 Bedrooms

2893 Ramona St $3,395,000 Sat/Sun 12-5 Alain Pinel Realtors 323-1111 2226 Louis Rd Sun Miles McCormick

$5,950,000 400-1001

REDWOOD CITY 5 Bedrooms 9 Colton Ct Sat/Sun 1-4

$4,295,000 Coldwell Banker


SAN MATEO 3 Bedrooms 24 E. Poplar Av




Coldwell Banker

WOODSIDE 4 Bedrooms 618 Manzanita Way Sun 1-4

Coldwell Banker

650 Woodside Dr Sat/Sun 1-4

$8,695,000 851-2666 $2,998,000

Coldwell Banker


3 Bedrooms

7 Bedrooms 14123 Tracy Ct Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

6 Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms

5 Bedrooms

12008 Adobe Creek Lodge Rd Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

570 Berkeley Av Sun Coldwell Banker

1025 San Mateo Dr Sun Coldwell Banker

LOS ALTOS $2,898,000 941-1111

$3,325,000 325-6161

5 Bedrooms

6 Bedrooms

120 Selby Ln $8,999,500 Sun 1-4 Dreyfus Sotheby’s Realty 847-1141

330 Arboleda Dr Sat/Sun Alain Pinel

1304 Pitman Av

375 Santa Rita Av $7,950,000 Sun 1-4 Dreyfus Sotheby’s Realty 847-1141

7 Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms

$1,998,000 543-8500

$7,788,000 543-8500

844 Partridge Ave Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$2,398,000 324-4456 ®

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The DeLeon Difference® 650.543.8500 650.543.8500 | | DeLeon Realty CalBRE #01903224

Santa Cruz! Pristine 77 Acres! Meadows, redwoods, creek, backs to state owned open space. 10 minutes to Hwy 1 beaches. Offered at $2,800,000



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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.

OFFERED AT $1,075,000 OPEN SUN 1:30PM-4:30PM

62 S Clark Avenue, Los Altos This contemporary masterpiece with European styling located in prime Los Altos offers over 3,250 square feet of living space with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms on two levels. Built 4 years ago, this home has been expertly designed with all of the modern conveniences. The floor plan is ideal for family living with an open kitchen-living-dining “great room” on the ground floor. The home features an open flow between rooms, abundant light throughout, oil rubbed French Oak floors and custom designer details on every level. Serene back yard with elegant landscaping situated on a good sized lot just under 14,000 Sq Ft.


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Across 1 Over again 5 Alcohol pads for wound care 10 ___ buco (veal entree) 14 Church or movie ending? 15 Drama with the fictional firm McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak 16 Indian restaurant basketful 17 “Don’t point the finger ... the freeze was an accident!” 20 School crossing sign word 21 It may be copied for family members

34 Genre for many “Weird Al” Yankovic medleys

30 Semi, to a trucker

34 Little dog

2 What the befuddled have

35 Deodorant’s place

3 Kiddie-lit character with a pinned-on tail

36 Like mechanical bulls and rocking horses

4 Amusingly twisted

37 Drive headlong into

44 Prefix with byte or hertz

5 Swing around a pivot

38 Cuprite, e.g.

48 Nabokov ending?

6 On guard

39 Cut down on driving, say

49 Fencing weapon

7 The “A” in many beer acronyms

42 Speaks too proudly

8 Former pro wrestler ___ Bigelow

45 Source of a breakdown?

41 Tacks on 42 “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” author

50 Take, as a coupon 51 Cy Young Award stat 52 Vegas headliner?

56 “I was impervious to constant chatter” 60 “Alice’s Restaurant” singer Guthrie

9 “Donnie Darko” actor Patrick

43 Champ before Ali

47 Burning with desire 49 Reason for a yearly shot

11 Stayed put

50 Companion to five “W”s

12 “Twistin’ the Night Away” singer

53 Unappetizing food

13 The tiniest amount

54 Word often confused with “fewer”

18 Green-lights

57 Strummer or Cocker 58 Agcy. overseeing cosmetics

61 Kerfuffles

19 Owed right now

62 “Sounds like a plan!”

25 Palm features

31 Uprising of a sort

63 Henchman created by J.M. Barrie

26 Dollar amount in a Western?

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10 Put ___ show

29 Adjective for 2017 (but not 2018) 32 Desert rest stop


31 Surname in a Styx song 1 Certain discriminators (var.)

40 FX series with Billy Bob Thornton

55 “Kneel before ___!” (“Superman II” line)

28 Far-sighted person?

29 Next-to-last Greek letter

65 Borscht ingredient

33 “Fish” star Vigoda

39 Nastily derogatory

23 “Ology,” for short

27 Extremely


53 Day-___ (fluorescent paint)

26 Startle

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Legal Notices 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: FBN625272 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: 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. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 17, 2017. (PAW Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017) LEE’S PRO BUILDERS INC. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: FBN625244 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Lee’s Pro Builders Inc., located at 1189 W. San Carlos St., San Jose, CA 95126, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): LEE’S PRO BUILDERS INC. 1678 Hester Ave. San Jose, CA 95128 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 03/01/2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 12, 2017. (PAW Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017) TAXTACTICS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: FBN625455 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Taxtactics, located at 445 Sherman Avenue, Suite 150, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): LESLIE RANDALL 4211 Mckellar Lane #D Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 02/01/1986. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 18, 2017. (PAW Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017) KODEKIDDO FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: FBN625857 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Kodekiddo, located at 3561 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): MEILANI HENDRAWIDJAJA 3561 Middlefield Road Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 01/01/2017. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 30, 2017. (PAW Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017) LIKE! HAIR SALON FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: FBN625841 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Like! Hair Salon, located at 418 Waverley St., Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): CHAU HUE DU 3204 Maple Leaf Ct. San Jose, CA 95121 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 01/26/2017. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 27, 2017. (PAW Feb. 10, 17, 24; Mar. 3, 2017)


LESLIE RANDALL DESIGNS GADGETS & GOURMET GADGETSANDGOURMET.COM ROYCE SANPIERRE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: FBN625456 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: 1.) Leslie Randall Designs, 2.) Gadgets & Gourmet, 3.) Gadgetsandgourmet. com, 4.) Royce Sanpierre, located at 445 Sherman Avenue, Suite 150, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): LESLIE RANDALL 4211 Mckellar Lane #D Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 02/01/1995. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 18, 2017. (PAW Feb. 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 2017)

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)

PIERRE’S FARRIER SERVICE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: FBN626262 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Pierre’s Farrier Service, located at 7515 Tierra Sombra Ct., San Jose, CA 95120, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): PIERRE O PAQUELIER 7515 Tierra Sombra Ct. San Jose, CA 95120 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 02/01/2017. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on February 7, 2017. (PAW Feb. 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 2017)

T.S. No.: 9551-3566 TSG Order No.: 730-1607859-70 A.P.N.: 154-24-038 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 02/28/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NBS Default Services, LLC, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded 03/13/2007 as Document No.: 19338604, of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Santa Clara County, California, executed by: VINCE CORTINAS AND CRISTINA CORTINAS, HUSBAND AND WIFE, as Trustor, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable in full at time of sale by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and state, and as more fully described in the attached legal description. Sale Date & Time: 03/06/2017 at 10:00 AM Sale Location: At the Gated North Market Street entrance of the Superior Courthouse, 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 579 MARIPOSA AVE, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA 94041-1705 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made in an AS IS condition, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to-wit: $882,677.38 (Estimated) as of 02/16/2017. Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off,

997 All Other Legals 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

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before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call, 916-939-0772 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site,, for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, T.S.# 9551-3566. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. NBS Default Services, LLC 301 E. Ocean Blvd. Suite 1720 Long Beach, CA 90802 800-766-7751 For Trustee Sale Information Log On To: www. or Call: 916-9390772. NBS Default Services, LLC, Nicole Rodriguez, Foreclosure Associate This communication is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. However, if you have received a discharge of the debt referenced herein in a bankruptcy proceeding, this is not an attempt to impose personal liability upon you for payment of that debt. In the event you have received a bankruptcy discharge, any action to enforce the debt will be taken against the property only. LEGAL DESCRIPTION BEGINNING AT A POINT IN THE CENTER LINE OF MARIPOSA AVENUE, DISTANT THEREON 139.52 FEET NORTHEASTERLY FROM THE POINT OF INTERSECTION THEREOF WITH THE CENTER LINE OF LATHAM STREET; THENCE NORTHEASTERLY ALONG SAID CENTER LINE OF MARIPOSA AVENUE 50 FEET; THENCE SOUTHEASTERLY AND PARALLEL WITH SAID LINE OF LATHAM STREET 120 FEET; THENCE SOUTHWESTERLY AND PARALLEL WITH SAID LINE OF MARIPOSA AVENUE 50 FEET; THENCE NORTHWESTERLY AND PARALLEL WITH SAID LINE OF LATHAM STREET 120 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. BEING A PART OF LOT 47 AS SHOWN UPON THAT CERTAIN MAP ENTITLED, MAP OF THE BUENA VISTA SUBDIVISION JOINING THE TOWN OF MOUNTAIN VIEW, BEING A PART OF LOTS 7 AND 8, OF THE SUBDIVISION OF THE PROPERTY OF MESSRS, CASTRO AND CALDERON, AS RECORDED IN BOOK A OF MAPS AT PAGE 28, RECORDS OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY IN THE RANCHO PASTORIA DE LAS BORREGAS, WHICH MAP WAS FILED FOR RECORD IN THE OFFICE OF THE RECORDER OF THE COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA, STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN BOOK F-3 OF MAPS AT PAGE 79. NPP0300625 To: PALO ALTO WEEKLY 02/10/2017, 02/17/2017, 02/24/2017

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Sports Shorts PLAYER RANKINGS . . . Stanford women’s tennis player Melissa Lord, unranked in January, rose to No. 13 in the ITA individual rankings released Wednesday. Lord is the Cardinal’s highest ranked player, followed by Caroline Doyle at No. 38, freshman Emily Arbuthnott at 59 and Caroline Lampl at No. 75. On the men’s side, Tom Fawcett is ranked eighth, followed by Michael Genender at No. 70 and Jack Barber at No. 75.


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WITH HONORS . . . Stanford Olympian Kassidy Cook won the 1-meter event at each of four conference dual meets in January to earn Pac-12 Diver of the Month honors, the conference office announced Wednesday. . . . Stanford senior golferMaverick McNealy was named to the Ben Hogan Award Watch List for a third straight season on Wednesday. The nation’s top ranked amateur (Golfweek/Sagarin) was a finalist the past two years . . . Stanford senior forward Erica McCall remains one of 30 players under consideration for the 2017 Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Wednesday. . . . Stanford men’s gymnast Akash Modi was named the College Gymnastics Association and the MPSF Gymnast of the Week as announced by both organizations. . . . The Stanford women’s water polo team swept Mountain Pacific Sports Federation weekly honors on Tuesday when senior Jamie Neushul was named the league’s player of the week and freshman Makenzie Fischer its top newcomer . . . Stanford women’s gymnast Elizabeth Price earned her second Pac-12 Specialist of the Week honor this season.

Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer became the second women’s basketball coach, and the third overall, to reach 1,000 victories at the Division I level.

VanDerveer enters rarefied territory Stanford coach just the third Division I basketball coach to reach 1,000 wins

by Rick Eymer ormer players milled about, taking in the celebration. Fans mingled around, taking in the atmosphere. It was a joyous sight. Confetti rained down from the catwalks as Tara VanDerveer, who accepts the accolades, the honors, the awards and the tributes with grace and humility, tried to talk to as many people as possible. The woman, who casts a hallowing light over everything that is women’s basketball, joined the ranks of the sports’ most respected leaders.


VanDerveer, in her fifth decade of coaching basketball, became the second women’s coach, and the third overall, to win 1,000 games when No. 8 Stanford beat visiting USC, 58-42, in front of 4,490 appreciative fans and a television audience Friday night at Maples Pavilion. “It’s a little surreal for me, mind-boggling,” VanDerveer said in a press room overfilled with cameras, microphones, note pads, tape recorders and well-wishers. “I’m working hard to keep it all together and part of what makes it hard to keep it together is having my mom here.”

Summit, whose 1,098 wins as a women’s coach at Tennessee is the standard-bearer. Duke men’s coach Mike Krzyzewski has also coached in over 1,000 wins. “It’s never been about just me,” VanDerveer said. “It’s an honor to be in her company. Amy Tucker has been a part of all but 42 wins (at Idaho). She’s a great evaluator. She’s been the GM of the program. She saw Jennifer Azzi. Tennessee didn’t recruit her and she lived in Oak Ridge.” Azzi was in the house, along with a lengthy list of former (continued on next page)



Role model, guidance counselor and friend

College women’s swimming and diving: Stanford at California, noon, Pac-12 Networks College women’s gymnastics: Stanford at UCLA, 2 p.m., Pac-12 Networks College men’s basketball: Stanford at Arizona State, 5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks College men’s gymnastics: Stanford at California, 7:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks

Former Paly coach was a key figure to many young people by Rick Eymer lem Wiser was a larger-thanlife role model for all the young men and women who were lucky enough to have come in contact with the man of great will, integrity and character. He transcended the changing societal and political landscape that served as a backdrop to his years on the faculty of Palo Alto High. While the world around him seemed to be in a constant state of flux, Wiser was the anchor that kept things grounded. When the country needed him, Wiser was there, joining the marines, just a teenager when America



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Her mother, Rita, has been in attendance at several of VanDerveer’s biggest moments. If they weren’t related, they’d still be best friends. That’s the persona of a self-actualized person. VanDerveer maintains so many ‘best friend’ relationships, it seems like she wouldn’t have time for herself. “In the big scheme of things, it’s not so much about winning games as it is about relationships you have,” she said. “It’s about enjoying the time you have with people. I’m a enjoy-the-moment person.” VanDerveer spoke highly of her friend and rival, the late Pat

Clem Wiser won over 400 games and nine league titles as Paly’s basketball coach.

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became involved in World War II. When the Palo Alto students, faculty and friends needed him, he was there. Wiser, who coached basketball for 28 years and served as athletic director for another decade, passed away last Friday at the age of 93, leaving a legacy of positive motivation that touched the lives of thousands. “Coach Wiser is simply the gold standard for teaching basketball players on and off the court,” said Oregon’s U.S. senator Ron Wyden, who played for Wiser in the 60s, in (continued on next page)

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Girls wrestling It used to be pretty lonely when Menlo-Atherton senior Chelsea Wilson showed up at a girls wrestling meet, especially the Central Coast Section tournament. For a year or so, Wilson was the only female wrestler at M-A. of the Central Coast Section On Saturday, Wilson had the That streak dates to a 54-53 good fortune to celebrate, not loss, at home, to Capuchino on just an individual title but, a team Jan. 14, 2015. championship. The senior class is 89-23 overWilson and Folashade Akinola, all, including a remarkable 72-13 seventh at last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state meet, (.847) under current coach Marki- won their respective weight classsha Coleman. es and Abby Erickson was a CCS In the SCVAL De Anza Divi- runner-up, helping the Bears to sion, Gunn girls basketball coach the team title with 196.5 points. Hamadah Sharif hopes Terra Nova was second his team is an abovewith 160 points. average .500 team, one Palo Alto senior Sara that can make some Aguilar also won a title noise when the postand the Vikings totaled season comes around. 37 points. Gunn, led by With three key seRuby Robinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thirdniors on his team, place finish, accumuSharif loaded up the lated 43.5 points. Titansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; non-league M-Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anna Smith schedule with heavyand Lauren McDonnell weights, the likes of certainly earned their Pinewood, Menlo- Folashade Akinola berths in the state meet. Atherton, Berkeley, St. Francis Both wrestlers lost their first and St. Ignatius. match and had to go undefeated That schedule did no favors through four or five rounds before for Gunnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s won-loss record, but each placed third. Sharif hopes it makes a difference at crunch time with a game Boys basketball on the line late in the season. Matt Peery scored 22 of his That was the case Wednes- game-high 34 points in the secday when Gunn scored the last ond half and the Pinewood boys eight points of the game to erase basketball basketball team handa short-lived Saratoga lead and ed visiting Menlo School its first defeat the Falcons 57-51 in an league loss of the season, 74-59, SCVAL game at Gunn. Tuesday night. Q

M-A girls clinch PAL South basketball title tie

Bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wrestlers are queens by Glenn Reeves he Menlo-Atherton girls basketball team clinched at least a tie for the regularseason championship of the PAL South Division with its 63-41 victory over host Carlmont on Wednesday night. The Bears (21-1, 10-0) have two league games remaining. They host Woodside on Friday at 6:15 p.m. and then travel to secondplace Hillsdale (14-7, 7-2 pending its game against Capuchino) on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. M-A recorded its 20th consecutive victory in handing the Scots their third league loss of the season and knocking them out of title contention. Greer Hoyem scored 12 of her game-high 34 points in the first quarter and the Bears never trailed, though Carlmont came within four during the second quarter. Megan Sparrow added 10 points while Ilana Baer, Carly McLanahan, Ofa Sili, Erica Fischer and Oren Estes combining for another 19 points. Hoyem also added 10 rebounds for M-A, which has won its past 38 games, including tournament play, against PAL teams.


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an interview with The Campanile in October of 2014. Wiser looked you in the eye, spoke simply but effectively and made you feel like the most important person in the room. His wife, Olga, of 65 years passed in 2010. He remained in

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players, and left a video message. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You are the best coach, in my mind, in the world,â&#x20AC;? Azzi said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any time I needed you, you were there for me. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an incredible honor and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all sharing it with you.â&#x20AC;? Candice Wiggins, Jayne Appel, Chiney Ogwumike, Nneka Ogwumike and others all left messages. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I came to Stanford with a sister and left with an entire family,â&#x20AC;? Chiney said. USC coach Cynthia CooperDyke kept her team on the court for a while to soak in the tribute. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted them to see what it looked like for someone who developed a culture,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted them to see the influence of someone who wants you to be great. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re celebrating her 1,000th win but she has more wins in the lives of the young women she has mentored.â&#x20AC;? Cooper also explained how VanDerveer was a driving force in shaping the future of the WNBA (and the short-lived ABL). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a team player,â&#x20AC;? Cooper said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She wants to win championships but she loves womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

basketball. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always in the forefront, pushing for womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball. She helped create an opportunity for me to play in the WNBA.â&#x20AC;? The professional leagues were born out of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team that went 60-0 on the year (8-0 in the Olympics) and came back with the gold medal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What hit me was seeing how excited this team was for the game,â&#x20AC;? VanDerveer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a wonderful journey and this is a highlight among many highlights. During the process of coaching, it is challenging. I can be very direct I am very demanding. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to be anything else. What I got from my parents was to be a teacher.â&#x20AC;? Seniors Karlie Samuelson and Erica McCall combined to score 39 points on 13-of-28 shooting, including a 4-of-8 effort from long range. Brittany McPhee added 10 points and Kaylee Johnson grabbed 11 rebounds. UCLA denied VanDerveer her 1,001st, beating Stanford, 8576, on Monday night. The loss knocked the Cardinal (20-4, 102) out of a share for first place in the conference. Stanford hosts Colorado on Friday night at 8 p.m.Q

Palo Alto. Wiser attended the celebration of the gymâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closure last year. He was interviewed by Paly grad and current CSNBA personality Dave Feldman as part of the proceedings. From Wyden to Jim Harbaugh, his players carried life lessons to continued success far beyond high school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My high school coach, Clem

Wiser, passed yesterday at 93,â&#x20AC;? tweeted Kent Hinckley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was a very influential man in my life.â&#x20AC;? Wiserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teams won 401 games, more than any other Palo Alto basketball coach. He won nine league championships and was named California Coaches Association basketball Coach of Year in 1983. His friend John Barrette won it in 1993. Q


Chelsea Wilson, Abby Erickson

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The senior guard led the Bears to three victories last week, including a key win over Sequoia in which he scored 24 points and M-A moved into a first-place tie in the PAL South. He added 22 in a win over Paly.

Wilson, a senior, won the CCS title at 106 while Erickson, a sophomore, reached the championship match of the 189 division. They are two of five M-A wrestlers who qualified for the state meet.


Honorable mention Sara Aguilar

Emmanuel Ajanaku-Makun

Folashade Akinola

Eric DeBrine

Cate Alder

Max Dorward

Carly Leong

Jeffrey Lee-Heidenreich

Tatiana Reese

JH Tevis

Kayla Tahaafe

Nolan Peterson

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