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Palo Alto

Vol. XXXVIII, Number 20


February 17, 2017

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Local news, information and analysis

Report: More people leaving Valley than coming in Healthy job growth resulting in housing shortages, worsening traffic by Gennady Sheyner


s the economic engine of Silicon Valley continues to churn out out jobs, mint millionaires and attract new employees, the region is increasingly buckling under the strain of the recent success, with longer traffic commutes, a soaring cost of living and a steep

housing shortage frustrating business leaders and residents alike. That’s the overarching message of the 2017 Silicon Valley Index, a comprehensive look at the region that the nonprofit Joint Venture Silicon Valley released Thursday morning. The report shows that

the area’s economy, despite a slight slowdown from 2015, continues to chug along and serve as a magnet for people from all over the world. It also indicates, however, that the region’s economic inequality continues to grow and that its infrastructure is grossly inadequate. In that sense, the report is a tale of two regions. On one hand, Silicon Valley continues to experience job growth and a declining unemployment rate (which hit a low of

3.1 percent last May and stood at 3.3 percent in November). Since emerging from the Great Recession in 2010, the Valley has added 297,000 new jobs, including 45,621 in 2016. The number of tech jobs, which make up the largest share, increased by 5.2 percent last year. While the sectors of biotech, internet and computer design enjoyed the most growth, they weren’t the only ones experiencing a boom. According to the report, the region

added 6,864 new construction jobs and 6,829 new health care jobs. The Valley’s average annual earning reached its highest level to date last year ($125,580) and per capita income was also at an all-time high ($86,976). All these figures, the Index notes, “dwarf those of the state and the nation.” At the same time, inequality in the region is as bad as it’s ever been, (continued on page 10)


School board asks for more budget-cut options Board continues to grapple with multimillion-dollar tax shortfall by Elena Kadvany


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A man and his dog cross University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto. By city law, all ground-floor commercial spaces must be leased to retail businesses.


Despite pushback, ‘retail protection’ law passes Law preserves ground-floor space for retail by Gennady Sheyner


very day, brick-and-mortar shops along Palo Alto’s main commercial strips engage in a life-or-death battle against online retailers, big-box stores and shopping malls. But in passing its new “retail protection” law early Tuesday morning, the City Council was mainly focused on competition from a different source: offices that take over spaces previously occupied by stores. To address this trend, the council passed an ordinance that prohibits the conversion of ground-floor retail space to offices. The new law largely mirrors

and replaces the “emergency law” the council approved in 2015, which is set to expire in April. In passing that law, the council was responding to the loss of downtown retail space — including the original Fraiche Yogurt shop, Jungle Copy and Zibibbo, which were replaced by offices. The permanent ordinance — approved on a 6-3 vote with Vice Mayor Liz Kniss and Councilmen Adrian Fine and Greg Tanaka dissenting — applies to ground-floor space citywide, modifies the definition of “retail” in the zoning code and

makes provisions to allow an existing private school to continue operating on Alma Street. For supporters, the ordinance is a needed tool to address the disruption caused by market pressures. Councilman Eric Filseth, who made the motion, noted that offices pay far more per square foot than retail. “Retail is very, very important for this community,” Filseth said. “It’s a very important part of our DNA in Palo Alto. “It’s under a lot of pressure, and I think the goal of this (continued on page 12)

alo Alto school board members expressed dissatisfaction Tuesday morning with budget cuts proposed to shrink an ongoing multimilliondollar gap, directing staff to identify an additional $2 million in cost savings in staff, programs and services. At a budget study session, board members said they will need more than the sketch of $3.6 million in possible cutbacks presented by senior district staff to be able to effectively prioritize spending. Under the district’s most conservative projection, Palo Alto Unified will see a cumulative $8.8 million shortfall over the next four years. “I’m disappointed that after many months, which the board was told last year were needed to conduct a thoughtful, inclusive, and thorough budget reduction process, the current proposals are all we’ve got,” said trustee Todd Collins, whose campaign for school board centered around the budget shortfall. The bulk of the staff’s proposed cost-saving measures draw from reorganization of the district office and of teacherleadership positions. Board members reiterated that their goal is to make cuts as far away from the classroom as possible but said they are unable to achieve that goal without seeing more options for savings — even ones that will be undesirable. “I am not looking myself for a list of $2 million in cuts that staff thinks are the right places to cut,” said Vice President Ken

Dauber. “I’m actually looking for a list that when we get to a bottom of it, you really don’t want to cut so that we can really test the limits of what is desirable here. I want the board to be enabled, finally, to make the priority decisions, and I think we can only do that if you provide us with a list of things you’re uncomfortable with.” Several board members urged Superintendent Max McGee to think “out of the box” in finding savings at every level, from reorganizing its human resources and information technology departments to outsourcing landscaping services to eliminating a practice of buying food and coffee for board members at meetings. Trustee Melissa Baten Caswell made a motion, unanimously supported by her colleagues, to direct McGee to return with a plan for how he will identify ways to make the district operate more efficiently. The board also directed him to include a description of the impact of specific cuts, as some changes could affect the classroom in less obvious ways. Board member Jennifer DiBrienza, a former teacher, said one negative effect could come from administrative cuts that go too far. She said she was concerned to hear her colleagues “pitting classroom dollars versus administrative dollars when they’re so closely tied together.” “We have 17 different school sites and without a strong central (continued on page 12) • Palo Alto Weekly • February 17, 2017 • Page 5


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“The downtown ordinance is a classic solution looking for a problem.” —Chop Keenan, developer, on new retail protection law. See story on page 5.

Around Town

TOUGH LOVE ... Palo Alto’s long and circuitous debate over best ways to protect retail began shortly after 7 p.m. Monday night and spilled into the first hour of Valentine’s Day. The length of the discussion didn’t sit well with the dozens of residents who came to the meeting for another contentious topic: proposed changes to the downtown Residential Preferential Parking program. Residents from various downtown neighborhoods, including Downtown North, Professorville and Crescent Park, sat through hours of the retail debate only to learn at about 10:40 p.m. that their item will be rescheduled to Feb. 27. At that point, the Council Chambers largely emptied out, with many frustrated audience members grumbling on their way out about the council’s poor time management and disrespect for constituents. While Mayor Greg Scharff gave those who attended the hearing to talk about parking a chance to offer their comments on this topic Monday night (with the understanding that they will not repeat these comments on Feb. 27), there were no takers. The delay likely won’t have much impact on the timeline of the modified parking program, which won’t roll out until April 1 anyway. It will, however, make irrelevant many of the heartthemed signs that supporters and opponents brought to the Monday hearing. A coalition of Palo Alto dentists, who have been arguing that the program should allocate permits for them, came in with “Dentists Love Palo Alto” signs (with a red heart substituting the middle word). Neilson Buchanan, a downtown resident who has been at the forefront of the grassroots effort to solve the area’s traffic problem, brought his own (much larger) sign with a bunch of little hearts arranged in the shape of a larger heart. The sign asked the council to “Please be our Valentine!” “Enduring love means promoting commerce but not at the expense of residential neighborhoods,” Buchanan’s sign stated. REPORTING FOR DUTY ... Appointments to Palo Alto’s influential Planning and Transportation Commission can be tense and politically charged

affairs, as became clear in 2014, when the outgoing City Council used one of its final votes to remove veteran Arthur Keller from the commission and replace him with the more growth-friendly Adrian Fine. In November, Fine was elected to the council, leaving another opening on the commission. On Monday, the council was tasked with finding his replacement. Despite the depth of the 12-candidate field, the council reached its decision swiftly and with relatively broad consensus, with seven of nine members choosing to appoint Susan Monk, an attorney who last year served as campaign manager for Vice Mayor Liz Kniss’ re-election campaign. Her strong affiliation with Kniss notwithstanding, Monk won support from both camps in the council’s ideological divide, with Tom DuBois and Eric Filseth each voting for her (Lydia Kou and Karen Holman voted for candidates Christian Pease and Greer Stone, respectively). In her candidate interview earlier this month, Monk pledged to the council not to “make decisions based on feelings or ideology.” “I’m going to look at facts and present those facts to you.” The council took a bit longer to add five members to the Parks and Recreation Commission. After the council appointed incumbent Keith Reckdahl to a fresh term and named Jeff LaMere and Ryan McCauley to the commission, it went through a few more rounds of close votes to settle on the other two spots. At the end of the day, the appointments went to Don McDougall and Jeff Greenfield. TAKE A WALK ... While driving is the main mode of transportation to get around Santa Clara County, Palo Alto claims the most employees 16 years and older who walk to work among the 15 cities at 5.4 percent, according to the Public Health Department’s Walking for a Healthier Santa Clara County report released this week. Though it may not be the first choice for many in the county, walking to work once a week for a whole year equates to saving 1,200 miles behind the wheel and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by half a ton, the Federal Highway Administration reports. Q


School board majority favors cooperation with Office for Civil Rights Majority supports repeal of controversial 2014 resolution criticizing federal agency by Elena Kadvany


epresenting a marked change in stance from the 2014 Palo Alto school board, this year’s board appears determined to work more collaboratively with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, with a majority of members Tuesday night stating support for a resolution agreement in two open investigations as well as a repeal of a past resolution criticizing the agency. While a board majority — Vice President Ken Dauber and the board’s two newly elected trustees, Todd Collins and Jennifer DiBrienza — sought to distance the district from a more combative past with the federal agency, member Melissa Baten Caswell continued to defend that past, seeking assurances about protecting the district from liability in the future. President Terry Godfrey was absent for this portion of the meeting. Dauber, Collins and DiBrienza said Tuesday they will vote to repeal the 2014 resolution

challenging the Office for Civil Rights, which then-board members, including Baten Caswell, unanimously adopted, calling the agency “purposefully confrontational.” The resolution committed the district to lobbying local and national elected officials for support in their grievances about the civil-rights agency’s investigative practices in Palo Alto. The three current board members said they were eager to leave the resolution in the past. “This repeal of a resolution is not, for me, a rebuke to the people who supported it ... but the board has changed, times have changed and we are definitely changing our approach,” Collins said. Dauber said he didn’t believe any of the criticisms leveled against the Office for Civil Rights were based in fact and were instead the “product of a defensive posture and a program of resistance that was not in the best interest of our students.” The resolution also accused

one of the complainants against the school district of “document tampering,” an allegation that was determined to be false by the Office for Civil Rights’ attorneys. Baten Caswell did not explicitly say whether she would support or oppose the repeal, but instead proposed a new resolution that calls the Office for Civil Rights’ guidance “invaluable” and commits the district to a collaborative relationship with the agency. Dauber said he would support this resolution. “I believe that we thought we were doing the right thing,” Baten Caswell said of the original resolution. “The intent was to protect our kids.” Several parents and community members also spoke to the repeal. Former Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt called the resolution a “stain” from the former administration and board’s “failed adversarial approach” with the civilrights agency. “When this resolution was passed, the City Council was appalled and ashamed by what many

believed was the worst single act by the district in decades, which was fundamentally contrary to our community values,” he said. One community member, however, said he was proud of the school district the day the board passed the resolution. “In 2014, Palo Alto stood up and bravely stated the facts,” Ze’ev Wurman said, to an agency he described as “high-handed and arrogant.” “Do not, please, change the facts and the past and the history,” he said, suggesting the board instead adopt its own resolution. Superintendent Max McGee supports either rescinding the resolution or drafting a new one. Collins, Dauber and DiBrienza also indicated they were ready to support a resolution agreement with the Office for Civil Rights that lays out corrective actions the district will be obligated to take to address legal violations the agency found in two sexual harassment and sexual violence investigations at the district’s high schools. McGee and two attorneys from the the district’s law firm also recommended the board adopt at its next meeting this version of the resolution agreement, which they have been revising and clarifying with the Office for Civil Rights’ staff since December. In contrast, Baten Caswell requested to make a series of changes to the agreement to clarify what she described as ambiguous, open-ended language that could

leave the district open to future liability. Her motion to direct staff to ask the Office for Civil Rights to add those clarifications failed in a 1-3 vote. She raised concerns, for example, about a section on inappropriate relationships between employees and students, probing the two attorneys on whether the district would be obligated to, as a hypothetical example, investigate a report that a former student had married a current teacher years after the student had graduated. The two attorneys, Elizabeth Estes and Eve P. Fichtner of law firm Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, said they had already made all revisions they believed were necessary to protect the district. Any further, specific concerns, they suggested, could be worked out during the revision of board policies, which will be required under the resolution agreement. The presidents of the district’s teachers and classified unions also told the board they supported the intent of the agreement but want to ensure protections are also in place for employees’ dueprocess rights. The board is set to vote on the repeal of the 2014 resolution, Baten Caswell’s proposed new resolution and the draft resolution agreement at its next meeting on Feb. 28. Q Staff Writer Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@


Finding the ‘spark’ in public education Paly teacher pens book highlighting what’s working in classrooms


ennifer Roberts deftly moves her class at Point Loma High School in San Diego from a conversation about rhetoric — discussing ethos, logos and pathos — to a short video illustrating the terms through the story of a boy trying to get his mother to order a pizza for dinner. Roberts then directs students to complete a reading assignment on Chromebook laptops, so she can view their work online later and, over the course of the year, track their strengths, needs and progress. There’s a seamless transition between activities but also time for Roberts to check in with individual students and ask challenging questions. Roberts’ classroom is one of about 100 that Palo Alto High School English teacher David Cohen visited in California during a yearlong quest to find positive stories in public education. Starting in fall 2014, he observed teachers at more than 60 public schools — small and large, rural and urban, affluent and poor — who have been able to, as he describes it, “capture the spark” in their schools. He documented the trip in a recently self-published book, “Capturing the Spark: Inspired

teaching, thriving schools.” The “sparks,” he said in an interview, “are the combinations of people, place and curriculum that excite students and teachers, that lead to innovation and deeper learning.” It is the stories of these sparks that Cohen set out to capture himself, hoping to provide an “antidote” to what he describes as the prevailing negative narrative about public schools in California. “The central argument of this book is that public education already has dedicated and talented people in place,” Cohen writes, and taking note of these is key to the further improvement of public education. The problems in California public education are well-documented, Cohen writes: schools labeled as “failures” by low standardized test scores, a wide achievement gap between students of color and their peers, inequities in school funding, an ongoing teacher shortage, and top-down leadership that creates tension between teachers and administrations, among other challenges. While Cohen is under no illusions that these problems exist and require solutions, the classrooms he features in the book provide a balancing counternarrative, he said. Many teachers Cohen set out to

visit he knew personally or through his own professional network; others were recommended to him or had been recognized with state or national teaching awards. At Newark Junior High School, where about half of the students qualify for free and/or reduced price lunches, Tom Collett’s eighth-grade science class stands out for its combination of energy and firm expectations. Schoolwide, Cohen writes, efforts are underway to support students, from organizing a Special Olympics for special-needs students to sorting and organizing donated clothing on shelves and racks so impoverished students can experience a shopping-like experience. Cohen believes future school reform depends on what he calls “best conditions” rather than replicating “best practices.” Instead of imitating what has worked elsewhere, the right conditions — from policies to working environments — should allow schools to develop strategies that “are informed by others, yet based on their own strengths, which arise from their unique contexts,” Cohen writes. A metaphor in the book speaks to this concept: “Capturing the spark means not being distracted

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Teacher David Cohen, author of “Capturing the Spark,” works with students at Palo Alto High School. by the flames.” “The metaphor there was to suggest that when (great programs) ignite ... we need to make sure that the message isn’t ‘Everyone should do that’ or ‘Why don’t you do that?’ but instead say ‘How did they get to a point where they pulled that off?’” Cohen said in an interview. “It probably had something to do with the conditions rather than the specifics of any given program.” An example of that is offered locally, at Gunn High School. During his sabbatical, Cohen visited Ronen Habib’s positive psychology course, which Habib developed in the wake of a student suicide. With the support of his administration, Habib designed the curriculum, sought approval from the University of California

for course credit and launched a now-popular elective. The class combines activities like mindfulness and journaling with academic learning about concepts like happiness and self-esteem. Many teachers in the book have also become instructional or policy leaders in some way (including Cohen himself, who has traveled to Sacramento and Washington, D.C. to lobby legislators on education issues and belongs to teacher leadership networks). Strategic development of teacher leadership, Cohen writes, is critical to the future of improvement in public education. Other local examples of positive teaching abound in “Capturing the Spark,” including in Cohen’s home (continued on page 9) • Palo Alto Weekly • February 17, 2017 • Page 7


News Digest Council not sold on changing ECR zoning Palo Alto’s battle between its appetite for new housing and its general disdain for densification came to a head Monday night, when the City Council considered a plan to rezone an El Camino Real site for 21 condominiums. At the end of the day, skepticism prevailed. In a “prescreening” session on a proposal for 4146 El Camino Real, most council members said they would not support rezoning the now-vacant site from RM-15, which allows 15 residential units per acre, to RM-30, which allows 30. The zone change would allow the developer to construct 21 condominiums on the 0.75 acres; current zoning accommodates 11 units. Architect Ken Hayes, representing the applicant Su Chen Juan, made a case for the project, calling it an “opportunity for better land use” in that it would create much-needed housing. About a third of these units would be one-bedroom condominiums; the rest would be two-bedroom units. Councilman Adrian Fine showed the most enthusiasm for the proposal, calling the lot an “ideal site for housing density” given its proximity to transportation and amenities. While others showed caution, Fine encouraged the applicant to pursue a RM-40 designation, which would allow even more units than proposed. To obtain affordable housing, he said, the city needs to build “more housing overall.” Vice Mayor Liz Kniss also said she liked the idea of exploring “intensification” for the area, though she took some issue with the design of the buildings and said the proposal, as it stands, “is not ready for prime time.” Q — Gennady Sheyner

Developer makes a stand on Edgewood fines Lawyers for Edgewood Shopping Center developer Sand Hill Property Company and the City of Palo Alto went head to head on Monday before an independent judicial magistrate over whether the city has any right to fine the company for failing to maintain an operating grocery store at the retail center at 2125 St. Francis Drive. The city has been ratcheting up the fines since September 2015, after the development company did not replace The Fresh Market when the grocery chain pulled out of the shopping center in March 2015. Sand Hill received a Planned Community zoning approval from the city, which included building 10 homes on the commercial property in exchange for certain “public benefits,” the centerpiece of which is maintaining a local grocery store. Sand Hill says its hands are tied; Fresh Market holds a 10-year lease and calls the shots regarding who can sublease the property and at what price. The company has not been willing to relinquish the lease, developer John Tze said. The Fresh Market is currently drafting a sublease for a new operator for the space; Sand Hill is doing everything it can, including providing more than $300,000 in financing for the new potential operator, and the developer is talking with a farmers market to operate in the parking lot one day each week until a grocery store is operational in that space, he said. The hearing was continued for final arguments on March 6 at 9:30 a.m. in the City Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Ave. Q — Sue Dremann

Teen intensive outpatient program to open A donation from an anonymous Palo Alto resident has enabled Children’s Health Council to address a “critical gap in teen mental health services” by opening the city’s first intensive outpatient program for teenagers with moderate to severe mental-health issues. Children’s Health Council (CHC), which provides a range of mentalhealth and educational services to local youth and families, plans to open the after-school therapy program on its main campus in Palo Alto this spring, according to an announcement. The anonymous donation will be used to fund the program for its first year, paying for “startup costs” and financial assistance for families who need it, CHC said. The 12-week program will serve teenagers from 14 to 18 years old struggling with depression, anxiety, self-harm or suicidal thoughts, and for whom regular outpatient therapy might not be working. Teens coming out of a psychiatric hospitalization also often transition into an intensive outpatient program. CHC’s program will offer individual, group and family therapy; psychiatric services; medication management; and components focused on teaching academic skills and mindfulness, the nonprofit said. Licensed adolescent psychiatrists and therapists will use dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavior therapy, two common approaches to treating mental-health disorders, to help the teens. Teens will attend the program four afternoons a week so they can maintain their regular school routine, CHC said. The Children’s Health Council program will be able to accommodate up to eight teens on a rolling basis.Parents interested in scheduling a consultation can call 650-688-3625 or email Q — Elena Kadvany Page 8 • February 17, 2017 • Palo Alto Weekly •


Committee members slam council for paring down Comprehensive Plan In scathing letter, members of citizen panel criticize council for removing all programs from land-use document by Gennady Sheyner


he Palo Alto City Council’s abrupt decision on Jan. 30 to remove all programs from the city’s guiding land-use document, the Comprehensive Plan, destroys the balance of the plan, violates public trust and impairs the city’s ability to act, according to six members of a citizens panel that has been working with city staff to update the document. In an open letter to the council that claims the decision has left members of the community “rightfully confused and upset,” the six request that the council return the programs to the plan. The six co-signers from the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Comprehensive Plan (CAC) are Len Filppu, Annette Glanckopf, Jennifer Hetterly, Hamilton Hitchings, Shani Kleinhaus and Mark Nadim. In the letter, the six protest both the decision regarding the Land Use and Transportation elements of the Comprehensive Plan and the “fast-track” voting process used to get to the 5-4 vote, which allowed for just a few minutes of debate. The citizens committee has spent close to two years on the update, which itself has proceeded in fits and starts since 2008 and which the council hopes to conclude this year. The draft Comprehensive Plan update was similar to the current document in format: a set of high-level goals, each supplemented by a series of policies for helping achieve the goal. Many of the policies also included programs, which were more specific means for meeting the policies’ objectives. While some of the programs proposed as part of the Comprehensive Plan update were controversial (including ones pertaining to annual limits on the development of new office space and also to building heights), others had broad consensus. One program that drew support called for updating the zoning code to “preserve ground-floor retail and limit the displacement of existing retail from neighborhood centers.” Another proposed moving forward with a study “to evaluate various possible tools for preventing displacement of existing residents.” Mayor Greg Scharff argued in his “State of the City” speech last week that the removal of programs is a “formatting change that many other communities use” when developing their general plans. “It allows the key goals and policies to remain in place for the long term while giving more flexibility to future City Councils to adjust implementation measures as circumstances dictate and as conditions change,” Scharff said. The six committee members who penned the letter reject that view.

Rather than defining the city’s path into the future “based on thorough deliberation and consensus building (as a Comprehensive Plan is intended to do),” they wrote, the council’s action “leaves the public, staff and City Council uncertain about intended strategies, lacking data to inform decisions and measure impacts, and devoid of tools for accountability for years to come.” The letter co-signers also argued that the policies and the programs in the plan are “interdependent” and that they were “debated, negotiated and crafted by the CAC to balance often competing citizen interests and to meaningfully address community challenges in ways that were actionable by city staff.” “In addition, Council’s fast-track disposition of all implementation programs devalues the challenging and responsible efforts of the CAC and the input of hundreds of citizens,” their letter states. “It undermines and discourages future citizen engagement in the selfgovernance of the City.” They pointed to the most recent National Citizen Survey, which showed a shrinking percentage of citizens reporting that they believe that Palo Alto does a good job at welcoming citizen involvement (the percentage dropped by 11 percent between 2015 and 2016) and that they believe the Palo Alto government generally acts “in the best interest of the community” (a 9 percent drop). “In Palo Alto’s current political climate, public trust is fragile,” the letter states. “Wholesale rejection of community compromises and flying blind into the future in the name of simplicity and flexibility will not fortify it.” They also argue that removing some programs effectively weakens the policies these programs are supposed to support. As one example they point to the policy

that calls for “providing sufficient but not excessive parking,” which becomes broad and effectively unenforceable without the accompanying program, which calls for conducting a parking-needs assessment for each commercial center and employment district and updating parking standards as needed. “We sincerely hope that City Council will reaffirm its commitment to inclusive and collaborative city governance, recognize the critical interdependence of policies and programs, and value the practical and hard won balance of community interests reflected in the CAC recommendations.” Not every member of the 22-member citizen committee shares this view, including Adrian Fine, who served on the committee before being elected to the council in November. And economist Steve Levy, who also sits on the committee, called the removal of programs “a wise choice” that “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 were not scrapped or lost,” Levy wrote in a blog on Palo Alto Online. “Moreover, it is good to remember both that designing programs takes expensive staff and council time and that few programs in the last Comp Plan were actually implemented.” The council’s 5-4 vote reflected its political division, with the members who are more friendly to development (Scharff, Fine, Vice Mayor Liz Kniss and councilmen Greg Tanaka and Cory Wolbach) supporting the change and the four favoring a philosophy of slower city growth (Tom DuBois, Eric Filseth, Karen Holman and Lydia Kou) dissenting. Q

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council has no meetings scheduled this week. HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board plans to hold a retreat at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. BOARD POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE ... The Board of Education’s policy review committee will discuss policies on a residency requirement and earthquake emergency procedure system as well as policy maintenance issues and future agendas. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave., Room A. LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hear a presentation from the Pacific Library Foundation and Silicon Valley Library System; hear a presentation on the Palo Alto Library marketing program; consider the Library Strategic Plan Subcommittee report; and consider the LAC Expense budget. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.


Storm-damaged Arastradero Road won’t be fixed until summer County: Repairing other roads is greater priority


section of Arastradero Road in Palo Alto where the asphalt is crumbling and falling into Los Trancos Creek has nearby residents and others who travel the road nervous that it could collapse. Residents say it is hazardous for bicyclists and drivers, but a Santa Clara County Roads and Airports Division official said this week that a backlog of repairs of even more damaged roads elsewhere means the Arastradero stretch near Alpine Road is not likely to be fixed any time soon. Erosion of the creek bank has created a sheer drop-off 10 feet down, and bicyclists already have no lane to ride in, Portola Valley resident Michael Houlihan said. “It’s a severe safety hazard to bikers, runners and vehicles,” said Houlihan, a 40-year resident who lives on a road across from the creek. He’s been after county roads officials to fix the spot for about four years, but he was told the county doesn’t have funding. The problem is also complex because permits are needed from regulatory agencies, including the California Department of Fish and Game and the Regional Quality Control Board, since

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school district as well as in Mountain View, Atherton and Los Altos. At Barron Park Elementary School, teacher Jennifer Harvey teaches the concept of “-ish,” or “the acceptance of imperfection, of work in progress, giving ourselves permission to struggle with challenges, to attempt and revise without expecting perfection to come quickly or easily,” Cohen writes. At Alta Vista High School in Mountain View — a continuation school that serves Mountain View and Palo Alto school district students who struggled to find success at their more traditional high schools — teacher Marciano Gutierrez is highly attuned to the needs of his individual students. “The energy level is a bit low, about what I’d expect from teens first thing in the morning, but Marciano is all revved up,” Cohen writes. “He engages every student in the room and moves around constantly while reviewing the rise of the American labor movement following the Industrial Revolution.” Gutierrez isn’t concerned when some students show up late, aware of which bus they rely on to get to school and what’s going on at home, Cohen writes.

the creek is home to threatened fish, according to roads officials. In a March 2, 2016, request to the county, resident Mike Roberts called the stretch “a serious accident waiting to happen. Especially since it is next to a beer garden. Not to mention the frequent highspeed bike races in the vicinity.” The agency responded that the county was attempting to get the necessary funding and permits, and in the meantime, the traffic operations department would ensure access through the area. With this winter’s heavy storms, Houlihan thinks the situation has become an emergency, and he is frustrated that the problem has worsened. “There are a lot of legal issues. Somebody’s going to put a car into the creek. The budget is nothing compared to the liability,” he said. Jeremy Roybal, who picks up his kids from a nearby school, was out inspecting the damage last week. The roadway has been considerably uncut since the last storm, he said, pointing to a spot a couple of feet under the road that was scoured out by the roiling creek water and debris. “Logging equipment with full loads comes down this road. ... This will collapse; it’s being held Many teachers Cohen describes in the book exemplify this combination of relationship building with academic rigor and high expectations as a means of “capturing the spark” with students. Despite the book’s optimistic perspective, Cohen, who has been a teacher for more than 20 years, is under no illusions that simply telling these stories translates into a plan for systemic educational reform. “You would need to take this along with things you already know or can find out in other ways and hold them in a balance,” he said. He’s not suggesting people “ignore the negatives, but to come at them with perhaps a more strength-based approach and say, ‘We have the potential to address those negatives by building on what we have rather than trying to scrap too many things and start over.’” After the book came out, many teachers thanked him for what they felt was an “overdue” portrayal of public schools, he said. “If it encourages people to make some connections or to think of something different that they might be able to talk about in their own school or district ... then I think that’s at least a small, positive contribution,” he said. Q

up by a pipe,” he said. Ron Jackson, county deputy director of road maintenance, confirmed the pipe is a water line. Jackson said the damage at this location had been stable for several years until the recent rains. “Prior to the latest deterioration, this location was placed on a priority list with several other repair locations throughout the county. The department did not previously have the funds for this location.” Jackson said an island in the middle of the creek containing a mound of trees is what is causing the erosion. As water rushes around the mound, it pushes everything — water, logs and branches — toward the roadbed where the debris gouges the bank. The easiest fix would be to remove the island, “but that is not going to happen,” he said, noting that regulatory agencies would be opposed to changing the creek. So the roads department will have to build a wall along the slope, he said. “I understand the worry there. I know they are frustrated,” he said of residents. “There’s just so many things we can do. I’m not trying to downplay it at all, but it’s a very

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A portion of Arastradero Road near Alpine Road in Palo Alto is falling into the creek, creating a hazard for cyclists and cars, residents say. But the interim road shifting involved process to get it repaired.” The county has added reflectors won’t happen until the rains stop and cones to the area where there — in about May — unless a more is no longer a shoulder to keep serious condition develops manbicyclists and cars away from the dating an emergency, he said. Meanwhile, his crews have been edge, and they have added bike markings to the roadway to direct watching the roadway. For now, it isn’t in danger of collapse; the surmotorists to share the road. Once the weather is better, the face isn’t cracking, he said. A long-term fix would take a department plans to reconfigure the road away from the creek as year, even with funding, because of permits, design development an interim measure. “It’s not a very hard project, but and approvals, he said. Q it’s tricky. We will do excavation and Staff Writer Sue Dremann add asphalt and move the stripes a can be emailed at sdremann@ couple of feet,” Jackson said.

Online This Week ‘No contest’ in robbery spree A 23-year-old man who was involved in three armed robberies in East Palo Alto that ended with a car crashing into a building has pleaded no contest to multiple charges, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s office. (Posted

These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online throughout the week. For longer versions, go to

Woman throws hot coffee on robber A woman targeted in an attempted robbery near Stanford Shopping Center on Saturday, Feb. 11, threw hot coffee on one of the two suspects who escaped on a bicycle, police said. (Posted Feb. 13, 3:54 p.m.)

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Stanford challenges Trump’s travel ban An amicus brief filed in federal court on Monday by Stanford University and 16 other universities argues that President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration “threatens” their very missions and has “serious and chilling implications” for their international students and faculty. (Posted Feb. 14, 11:31 a.m.)

Body builder on probation A body builder who was arrested for selling $250,000 worth of steroids and prescription medications through his Menlo Park bodybuilding business received leniency from a federal court judge and is now serving three years of probation, according to court records. (Posted Feb. 14, 3:36 p.m.)

School district website ‘inaccessible’ A special-education advocate from Michigan who has filed more than 1,000 federal complaints against school districts alleging their websites are inaccessible to students and adults with disabilities has brought her grassroots campaign to Palo Alto. (Posted Feb. 13, 8:42 p.m.)

Palo Alto zoo raises $25M A proposal to transform the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo into a larger, safer and more whimsical habitat for humans and animals alike cleared a critical hurdle last week, when the nonprofit group spearheading the project completed its $25-million fundraising campaign. (Posted Feb. 18, 2:18 p.m.)

Attack at auto parts store A Palo Alto man was arrested Sunday afternoon after a dust-up at an O’Reilly Auto Parts in Mountain View, where he allegedly yelled at employees, attacked another customer with a carburetor cover and hit a car when he left, police said. (Posted Feb. 3, 12:32 p.m.)

Stanford dismisses lawyer Stanford University has dismissed an attorney it retained to represent students in sexual-assault cases after she publicly criticized the university’s adjudication process in a New York Times story. - (Posted Feb. 11, 8:29 a.m.) • Palo Alto Weekly • February 17, 2017 • Page 9


with some ethnic groups actually losing ground. While white, Asian and black residents saw slight improvements in per capita incomes, Hispanic or Latino residents and those identifying as “multiple and other” saw their earnings dip. The Index also noted that one out of every 12 residents now lives below the federal poverty threshold and one in 11 children lives in poverty. And even as incomes continue to rise, median wages in service occupations have actually declined by 8 percent since 2010, when adjusted for inflation. Put in more concrete terms, 29 percent of the households in Silicon Valley “do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs without public or private, informal assistance, and this share jumps up to 59 percent for those with Hispanic or Latino householders.” Indeed, the report documents widening disparities between ethnicities, genders and residents with different educational attainments. The gap between the region’s highest- and lowest-earning racial and ethnic groups increased by 40 percent in the past decade (in 2015, it amounted to about $47,000). Even for those who don’t occupy the lowest economic strata, the dream of homeownership is

CityView A round-up

of Palo Alto government action this week

Human Relations Commission (Feb. 9)

Human services: The commission discussed and approved a draft policy for utilizing some Human Services Resource Allocation Process (HSRAP) funds for a Human Services Emergency Need Fund. Yes: Stinger, Savage, Stone, O’Nan, Gordon Gray, with Chen and Alhassani absent County: The commission discussed the appointment of Commissioner Stone to the Santa Clra County Human Relations Commission and the possibility of changing the date of their meeting so he could remain on the city’s commission. Action: None

City Council (Feb. 13)

Retail:The council approved a citywide ordinance banning conversion of ground-floor retail to non-retail use and revising the definition of “retail” in the zoning code. Yes: DuBois, Filseth, Holman, Kou, Scharff, Wolbach No: Fine, Kniss, Tanaka

Board of Education (Feb. 14)

Budget: The board discussed a series of proposed cost-saving measures for the 2017-18 budget, directing staff to return with $2 million in additional cuts. Action: None Elementary math: The board approved the piloting of “Investigations,” an elementary mathematics curriculum, for this school year. Yes: Dauber, DiBrienza, Godfrey No: Baten Caswell, Collins Public-comment commitment: The board approved a resolution committing itself to providing opportunity for public comment at special board meetings. Yes: Baten Caswell, Dauber, DiBrienza No: Collins Absent: Godfrey Gunn classrooms: The board authorized staff to contract on a design, submit architectural drawings and seek bids to build five new regular classrooms and two science classrooms at Gunn High School. Yes: Unanimous Absent: Godfrey

Council Policy and Services Committee (Feb. 14)

Community Services: The committee discussed and the recent audit of the fees in the Community Services Department and agreed to forward it to the full council. Yes: Unanimous

Architectural Review Board (Feb. 16)

Bicycles: The board held a study session on the city’s new traffic-safety measures and bicycle boulevards. Action: None 2600 El Camino Real: The board approved a proposal by Sand Hill Property Company to demolish a six-story building at 2600 El Camino Real and replace it with a four-story building with the same square footage. Yes: Furth, Gooyer, Kim, Lew Absent: Baltay

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growing increasingly out of reach. The Index notes that Silicon Valley’s housing costs are “crippling huge swaths of our population,” with those in the lowest-paying professions suffering the most. “The median sale price of homes in Silicon Valley reached $880,000 in 2016, a price fewer than 40 percent of first-time homebuyers can afford,” the Index states. “Furthermore, only a small share of recent housing permits were affordable for low-income residents.” According to the Index, the percentage of new residences designated as “affordable” has dipped over the past year. In 2015, there were 1,758 such homes approved, making up 16 percent of the total number of new residential units. In 2016, the percentage dropped to 7 percent, with only 1,404 residences across the region designated as “affordable.” The report also indicates a growing gap between residents with graduate or professional degrees and those without them. While the median income for those on the highest strata of educational attainment went up by $3,578 between 2014 and 2015, it actually went down over the same period for those with lower levels of education. As a result, those at the highest tier earned about $86,000 more (or 4.8 times as much) as those at the bottom. This disparity is somewhat higher in Silicon Valley than

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Who’s moving in, out Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are seeing growing immigration of people from other countries and an exodus of local residents to other parts of California and the United States. Data from California Department of Finance; analysis by Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies. in San Francisco (where the ratio is 4.5) and significantly higher than across the nation (3.2). The gender-income gap also remains a persistent source of shame for the politically liberal region. Men in Silicon Valley with bachelor’s degrees earn 50 percent more than women with the same degrees. This means that a woman with a bachelor’s earns 67 cents for every $1 earned by a similarly educated man. While the gap narrows slightly for those with graduate or professional degrees (in which case, a woman earns 71 cents for every dollar earned by a man), the Valley’s ratio for all women working fulltime (74 cents per dollar) is worse than either in San Francisco (77 cents) or California (79 cents). The report also underscores the outsized role that immigrants play in the region’s economy, a particularly topical finding at a time when the White House is pursuing more restrictive immigration policies (by a coincidence, the report was released on the same day as the national “Day Without Immigrants” strike). Fortysix percent of the region’s employed residents are foreign-born, according to the Index. This includes 62.8 percent of the employers in “computer and mathematical” fields and 60.5 percent of those in “architectural and engineering.” “Historically, immigrants have contributed considerably to innovation and job creation in the region, state and nation,” the Index states. “Maintaining and increasing these flows, combined with efforts to integrate immigrants into our communities, will likely improve the region’s global competitiveness.” The numbers are particularly high when it comes to women who are between the ages of 25 and 44 years and who are employed in computer, mathematical, architectural and engineering occupations. About 76 percent of these women are foreign-born, according to the Index. Furthermore, the percentage of residents who speak a foreign language at home rose from 48 percent in 2005 to 51 percent in 2015 (in San Francisco it actually went down

from 46 to 44 percent). Even with the high number of immigrants, the overall population of Silicon Valley remains relatively stable. In fact, one of the more striking findings in the new report is the growing number of people who left the Valley last year. The “out-migration” in the Valley was greater in 2016 than in any other year since 2006, the report notes, with about 20,000 people departing for other parts of the state and country last year. This is a sharp break from just three years ago, when the region was showing more people coming in from other parts of the country than leaving. And birth rates in Silicon Valley have declined by 13 percent since 2008 (in California at large the drop was even more significant at 14 percent), dropping to their lowest levels since the mid-1980s. And while population continues to grow, the rate slowed markedly last year. From 2010 to 2015, Silicon Valley had experienced population growth of about 34,000 per year. Between July 2015 and July 2016, it slowed to a gain of 19,000, according to the Index. With more people leaving the Valley than coming in, the growth was almost entirely due to natural growth (births minus deaths), according to the Index. The report also highlights one key problem that continues to unite people of all backgrounds: worsening traffic. According to the new report, since 2005 there has been an increase of 228,000 Santa Clara and San Mateo County residents who commute to work, along with 57,000 additional commuters who come into Silicon Valley from San Francisco and Alameda counties. As a result, commute times have risen by 17 percent. According to the report, the worsening commute since 2015 has added 35 hours of driving time per commuter annually (or 40 minutes weekly). The growing congestion comes despite the slight drop in commuters who drive alone to work (which went from 75 percent in 2010 to 73 percent in 2015) and an small uptick in the number of people who relied on public transportation

(which increased from 5 percent to 6 percent between 2010 and 2015). Joint Venture CEO and President Russell Hancock said in an introduction to the Index that the pace of growth in 2016 slowed down “ever so slightly,” with the region losing a percentage point in the rate of job growth. Hancock noted that the market has made “necessary corrections to some overvaluations” and the region saw fewer IPOs this past year (nine in 2016, compared to 16 in 2015 and 23 in 2014). Yet he he also pointed out that there is “no talk of a bubble bursting.” If anything, he wrote, “the talk is about the toll our growth is taking on the region as we move into robotics and artificial intelligence.” Hancock also acknowledged that the region’s growth “has its perils.” “It strains our infrastructure, decreases our quality of living and puts housing out of reach for too many,” Hancock wrote. “Growth can also be troubling when it isn’t widely shared. Unfortunately, our report shows that income disparities are more pronounced than ever, changing the character of our region and raising profound questions about community and cohesiveness.” While the report highlights the steep challenges facing the Silicon Valley (which is defined as San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Scotts Valley, Fremont, Newark and Union City), Hancock pointed to the “growing recognition that these challenges ultimately erode our innovation ecosystem and threaten the very foundation of our prosperity.” He alluded in his introduction to Measure A and Measure B, which county voters approved last fall to support new housing and transportation improvements, respectively. “Our region’s storied innovation has served us so extremely well in the commercial realm,” Hancock wrote. “Now, with the stakes so high, we need to apply that same spirit of innovation to our social and civic challenges.” Q Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@






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ordinance is to manage one of those pressures. ... If we want to have retail in town then we need to be active in this area.” The council’s vote included more than a dozen amendments, some focusing on specific sites with marginal retail potential and others pertaining to lobby sizes; one about mandating window transparency, which was voted down; one allowing laundry facilities on University Avenue, which likewise received a “no” vote; and one about allowing

automotive-service stations as a “retail like” use, which the council also turned down. The ordinance also creates a separate set of rules for downtown, with a looser definition of “retail” applying to peripheral areas, where yoga and dance studios will be allowed. Despite ultimately approving the ordinance, some council members questioned whether it’s necessary at all. Their frustrations channeled those of the Planning and Transportation Commission, which voted 4-2 to support the ordinance but only after several members signaled frustration with its broad approach.

Elaine Kimes Cargile Hushbeck January 15, 1930 – September 25, 2016 Elaine was born on January 15, 1930, in Dinuba, the only child of Moody and Erna Kimes. For the first three years of her life she lived above the North Dinuba Santa Fe Railroad depot where her father was a station agent. Elaine attended Dinuba High School. She was in chorus, performed in several plays and musicals and was an award-winning majorette in the school band. It was during this time she met William Cargile. After graduating in 1947, she was named Miss Tulare County and competed in the Miss California Centennial Pageant at the State Fair in Sacramento. Elaine earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a teaching credential at Fresno State University in 1951. She stayed in Fresno and taught elementary school until the early 1960s, when she moved to East Palo Alto to marry William Cargile. They built their home on East Meadow Drive in Palo Alto in 1963, and she lived there for more than 50 years. She taught kindergarten in the Ravenswood School District until she took a break from teaching to have her children: Gerald in 1966 and Ronald in 1969. Once her children were a few years old, she resumed her teaching career, now teaching first-, second- and third grade science and art at the Trinity Parish/Phillips Brooks School in Menlo Park until her retirement. She was widowed in 1982 with William’s passing. Elaine and her sons became members of Covenant Presbyterian Church in 1983, where she enjoyed singing in the choir. It was in the choir that she met Howard Hushbeck. Elaine and Howard were married in 1987, and she left teaching to enjoy her retirement with Howard two years later. In her lifetime, Elaine traveled throughout the United States, to Canada, Europe and the British Isles and enjoyed visiting the family cabin in Wilsonia, a community located within Kings Canyon National Park. She was also an avid San Francisco Giants and 49ers fan, frequently startling the cat when she cheered on her teams. Elaine’s health started to decline after Howard’s death in 2013, and she passed away at The Birches Residential Care facility in Palo Alto on Sept. 25, 2016, from complications of a stroke suffered earlier in the year. She was laid to rest at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in a small, private ceremony. She is survived by her sons Gerry and Ron and daughters-in-law Lara and Linda. A memorial will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. PAID


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A large group of developers and property owners had no such ambivalence. One after another, they called on the council at the meeting not to require retail in areas that may be better suited for other businesses. Developer Charles “Chop” Keenan, whose downtown projects include HanaHaus, Aquarius Theatre and Whole Foods, told the council that “retail by mandate will not fill the space.” He also noted that with the current mix, tax revenues from downtown retail have been growing every year since 2009. “The downtown ordinance is a classic solution looking for a

problem,” Keenan said. The Chamber of Commerce similarly panned the proposal, which added several parcels to the downtown zone so that it stretches west to Alma Street and south to Hamilton Avenue. Chamber CEO Judy Kleinberg urged the council to compress, rather than expand, the retail zones and to make them pedestrian-friendly. The close proximity between retailers is what makes malls work, she said. “Our retailers are having a tough time competing with online,” Kleinberg said. “I think this Christmas season was the first time that online sales outdid

Phil Gelpi August 27, 1925 – January 6, 2017 Armand Philippe (Phil) Gelpi passed away peacefully at age 91 in his home in Seattle surrounded by family. He was born in Denver where he spent his early years before moving to California in 1939 where he later graduated from Beverly Hills high school in 1943. Following high school he joined the Navy and was sent to the University of Texas for both military training and undergraduate college education in the V-12 program. He was accepted at the University of California San Francisco and started medical school in 1945, graduating in 1949. During medical school he met Lucille Dachos who was practicing nursing in San Francisco. They were married on March 30, 1952. During the Korean War, while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps as a naval medical officer, he interned at Santa Clara Valley Hospital in San Jose which was followed by 2 years of active service in the Navy thru 1952. He completed his residency from 1952 – 1955 in both San Francisco and San Jose. Phil’s medical career began as an internist in Fresno for the Veterans Administration (VA) from 1955 -1957. This was followed by a move to San Francisco for a fellowship at the VA from 1957-58 and a short stint in private practice in San Leandro. In 1959, he took a position as an internist with Aramco (Arabian American Oil Company) drawn by the opportunity to be involved in international health. He moved with his wife and three children in August of that year. He was the Chief of Medical Services at Aramco’s Dhahran Hospital Center leading a team providing patient care to Aramco employees and also diagnosing / treating diseases of the local Saudi population. The family returned to the Palo Alto in 1967 where Phil completed a sabbatical at Stanford University in the Department of Physiology to improve lab skills in immunology to support his interest in medical research. Following this he took a position with the Office of Economic Opportunities as the Medical Director for a clinic supporting residents of East Palo Alto. This was followed by positions at the Palo Alto Clinic and Stanford Health Center. He returned several times to Saudi Arabia during the summers to continue with his medical research that was documented in multiple publications. Palo Alto was his home from the late 60s to early 80s. He was an avid reader and writer, loved jazz, and was active throughout his life playing tennis, swimming, and biking. In the late 80’s, he and Lucille moved to Sonoma where they lived for 20 years gradually easing into retirement. In 2008, Phil and Lucille moved to Seattle to be close to grandchildren. His wife of 62 years died in March of 2014 at age 88. Phil is survived by his three children and their spouses Sam Gelpi and Ingbritt Christensen of Portola Valley, Peter Gelpi and Carrie Platt of Seattle, and Nicole Gelpi and Tom Weikert of Seattle, along with 3 grandchildren Max and Sam Gelpi, and Andrea Weikert. PAID


regular retail.” Kniss, who supported the emergency measure in 2015, took a difference stance Monday night. “I think this is an overreach when we try to include the whole community in one specific ordinance that is so precise that we can’t even decide what size a yoga studio should be,” Kniss said. But while opponents argued that the ordinance is too broad, supporters countered that it’s in fact quite narrow. The new definition of “retail” is broader than the prior one. Now, it will be defined as a “use open to the public during typical business hours that is predominantly engaged in providing retail sale, rental, service, processing or repair of items primarily intended for consumer or household use.” Councilman Tom DuBois called the new law “a strong step in the right direction to allow a much greater variety of retail.” Q Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@

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district we’re 17 islands out there floating around separately,” she said. President Terry Godfrey suggested the district look at its historic ratio of district-office personnel to students as a possible guiding metric for cuts at 25 Churchill Ave. In 2002, there were about 14 districtoffice staff for every 1,000 students, she said. That number dropped in 2009, 2010 and 2011. She suggested 13 district positions per 1,000 students as a target number. McGee urged the board to be “thoughtful” in setting specific targets, warning that “just hitting a number is much easier than it sounds, especially when we look at how our needs have changed.” Two parents from Terman Middle School and Barron Park Elementary School, Nancy Krop and Anne LaWer, also asked the board to avoid a proposal to decrease per-student funding at every school from from $105 to $85, worrying about the disproportionate harm it could do in schools with high-needs populations and fewer resources. Board members also worried about the pressure the deficit will put on programs the district and community are anticipating adding in the coming year, such as a new social-emotional learning curriculum. “To not have any room in this budget to add things,” Baten Caswell said, “is, I think, shortsighted of us.” McGee agreed to bring a more detailed list of cuts at both the district—and school—level to the board’s next discussion on the 2017-18 budget. The board will also consider scheduling an additional meeting to discuss the budget. Q Staff Writer Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@

Pulse POLICE CALLS Palo Alto Feb. 8-14

Violence related Assault with a deadly weapon . . . . . . . . . 2 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Child abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Strong arm robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Vehicle related Abandoned bicycle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Bicycle recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Driving with suspended license . . . . . . . . 7 Driving without license . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Reckless driving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Traffic/misc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vandalism to vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . . . 6 Vehicle accident/property damage . . . . . 9 Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle tampering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Alcohol or drug related Driving under the influence. . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Sale of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous B&P/misc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Muni code/misc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Outside investigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Penal code/terrorist threats . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Penal code/trespass. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Warrant/other agency. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Menlo Park Feb. 8-14

Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Spousal abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft undefined . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Abandoned auto. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Driving with suspended license . . . . . . . . 6 Driving without license . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Expired registration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . . . 6 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Alcohol or drug related Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of paraphernalia . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous APS report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Coroner case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 CPS referral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Domestic disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Information report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Malicious mischief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Medical call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Mental evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Violation of court order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Warrant/other agency. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Welfare check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1


Margarita Avenue, 2/9, 2:34 a.m.; assault with deadly weapon. Arastradero Road, 2/8, 6:25 p.m.; domestic violence/battery. Welch Road, 2/9, 8:20 p.m.; domestic violence/battery. Alma Street, 2/9, 7:17 p.m.; domestic violence/battery. 560 Waverley St., 2/10, 5:50 p.m.; battery/ simple. 560 Waverley St., 2/11, 11:23 a.m.; assault with a deadly weapon. 180 El Camino Real, 2/11, 10:19 a.m.; robbery attempt/strong arm. 902 E. Meadow Drive, 2/12, noon; child abuse/physical.

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1400 block Modoc Avenue, 2/11, 2:09 p.m.; battery on spouse. 700 block Hamilton Avenue, 2/14, 12:56 a.m.; spousal abuse.

Carole Kennedy

Roger Wilson Lowther

October 23, 1941 - February 4, 2017

September 7, 1943 – February 2, 2017

Carole Byberg Kennedy passed away peacefully on February 4, with her daughters by her side. She was 75 years old and had battled Parkinson’s Disease for six years. Carole was born and raised in Silverton, Oregon. She attended Pacific Lutheran University (1963) where she acted in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and sang in the Choir of the West, which toured Europe the summer of 1963. She earned her Masters degree in English at Stanford University (1965). Carole raised two daughters, Katie and Karin, in Palo Alto with first husband Hugh Kennedy. Carole began working for the Palo Alto School District when her daughters entered grade school. She sang in the Peninsula Women’s Chorus from 19751983, touring Europe with them, and singing in the Song of Survival concert. Carole and her family attended Grace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto. In 1994 Carole earned her PhD in Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and established a private therapy practice in Mountain View for the next eighteen years. Carole enjoyed studying Jungian theory, dreamwork, and feminine spirituality. She practiced yoga, traveled the world with friends, and attended women’s spiritual retreats. Carole was dedicated to her personal growth and a deep understanding of herself. She was a true friend and the world’s best mother. Carole is survived by her daughters, Katie Kennedy and Karin Husch; her son-in-law Randall Husch; and her grandchildren Julia Husch, Peter Husch, and McKayli Stimson. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 16, at 1:00 pm, at Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley Street, Palo Alto, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Operation Smile or the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Roger Wilson Lowther, age 73, passed on at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, California on Thursday, February 2, 2017 with Marsha, his wife of 32 years, by his side. Roger is survived by his wife Marsha Turvy Lowther, his children Shannon Turvy Calvin and Troy Turvy, five grandchildren: Matt, Jake, Lily, Ewan, Asa, his sister Linda Dowling and five nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life and Reception will be held on Saturday, February 25th at 11:00am at The Woman’s Club of Palo Alto, 475 Homer Ave, Palo Alto, CA. Memorial contributions can be made to The American Heart Association or The Milo Foundation for Animals.



Gael Efron Sept. 27, 1941 – Jan. 3, 2017 Gael Efron (née Rafferty), 75, of Urbana, Illinois, died on January 3, 2017 with her family by her side. Gael was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 27, 1941 to Mary J. and James Rafferty. In 1947, her family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Gael lived for most of her life. Upon arriving in California, Gael enrolled in the Sacred Heart Preparatory School in Atherton, CA. Following Sacred Heart, Gael studied at Seattle University and at the Acedemia di Bella Arti di Peruggia in Italy, where she lived for two years. She completed her training as an artist at the San Francisco Art Institute. With this training and her native talent, Gael found success as a professional artist. She excelled especially at painting and illustration. Gael showed and sold her work throughout northern California, always filling her paintings with her unique vision of beauty in the natural world. Gael was preceded in death by her mother and father, as well as her sister Joanna Malvino. She is survived by her son Miles (Jessica) Efron of Champaign, Illinois, and her siblings James (Gloria) Rafferty (Astoria, OR), Rosemary Rafferty (Palo Alto, CA), Jean (Kevin) Magee (Las Vegas, NV), and Mimi (James) Halstead (Pasadena, CA), as well as many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by Bradley Efron of Stanford, California, her former husband with whom she maintained a close friendship. A memorial service for Gael will take place at the Gamble Garden in Palo Alto (1431 Waverley St.) at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2017. In lieu of flowers, Gael’s family requests that gifts be directed to the Palo Alto Humane Society. PAID




William Edward McFadden July 18, 1928 – January 13, 2017 William Edward McFadden, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, passed away in his home in Grass Valley, CA on January 13, 2017, surrounded by family. He was 88. Bill was born on July 18, 1928 in Lakewood, Ohio. He received a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Antioch College in 1953 and a Master of Science degree from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1955 after which he achieved his dream of becoming a rocket scientist. He retired in 1988 after a long career at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, where he was a research specialist in re-entry problems. His work included the Polaris and Trident programs as well as involvement with Earth, Mars, and Venus atmospheric entry problems, Lunar orbit mechanics and soft landing, orbital rendezvous spaceflight simulation and various support activities in the field of advanced flight mechanics. He was a devoted father to his children, always putting their needs first, especially when his first wife passed away unexpectedly, leaving him suddenly widowed with three young children. A lifelong fan of jazz music, Bill was the drummer in the South Bay Seven Dixieland Jazz Band for over 15 years, as well as a fixture on the bass drum in the local Greenmeadow Community 4th of July Parade for many years. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto was his lifelong spiritual home. He served multiple terms on the Board of Trustees, Buildings and Grounds, Usher, and Pastoral Search Committees. He and his wife, Jean W. McFadden, were both pillars of the church community. He is survived by his children, William B., Susan and Jeff, and five grandchildren, as well as the children of his second wife--Steve, Diane, and Brooke—and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren from that extended family. Bill was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Joyce Eileen Jones McFadden, who passed away in 1969, as well as his beloved wife of 42 years Jean Lillagore Walker McFadden, who passed in 2014. “He’d done his damndest” A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 3pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Rd., Palo Alto. Memorial contributions in his name can be made to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto ( or Hospice of the Foothills ( PAID

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Noah Stuart Hirsch August 12, 1951 – February 10, 2017 Noah Stuart Hirsch, 65, passed away suddenly on February 10, 2017, at his home in Palo Alto, California. Noah was deeply devoted to his wife of 33 years, Shelley Ackerman, and their three children, Elana, Micah, and Talia. His passing has left an irreparable hole in the hearts of everyone who knew him and were blessed to have experienced his gentle soul, kind words, effervescent wit, and brilliant mind. Noah loved his family and friends and colleagues, and took great joy in their achievements and successes, supporting them and encouraging them every step of the way. Noah was born in Washington, D.C. on August 12, 1951, to Rosalyn and Robert Hirsch. He grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, and graduated from Walt Whitman High School in 1969. He received his B.A. from George Washington University and his Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University. He was an attorney for Intuit, where he so admired his colleagues and friends and loved every minute of his work. Noah knew everything there was to know about baseball, was a voracious reader, and a loyal Warriors fan. Noah was always there for his family, and he took great pride in being able to provide for them any way he could, whether he was offering much-needed advice or going on his weekly trip to the farmer’s market to buy Sunday dinner. Missing him forever are his wife Shelley Ackerman and his children, Elana, Micah, and Talia Ackerman Hirsch; his siblings Alene Sternlieb (Steve), Andrea Hirsch (Darrell Delamaide,) Carolyn Walsh, and Henry Hirsch (Laura Marvel). Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 14, at 1pm at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, CA. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center at, to honor Noah’s good name, his memory, and to fulfill his passionate belief in the urgency of their work. PAID


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1. PUBLIC HEARING / QUASI-JUDICIAL. 1545 Alma Street [16PLN-00283]: Consideration of an Architectural Review Application to Allow an Addition to an Existing Single-Family Residence and the Construction of two Additional Units on a 10,000 square foot lot. The Project also Requests a Design Enhancement Exception for Driveway Width and Distance From the Adjacent Property. Environmental Assessment: The Project is Exempt from CEQA per Guideline Section 15303 (New Construction) Zoning District: RM-15. For more information contact Sheldon Ah Sing. 2. PUBLIC HEARING / QUASI-JUDICIAL. 3223 Hanover Street [16PLN-00190]: Major Architectural Review [V (SSV^ [OL +LTVSP[PVU VM [^V ,_PZ[PUN 6ɉJL  R&D Buildings and the Construction of a new twoZ[VY`  :X\HYL -VV[ 6ɉJL  9 + )\PSKPUN Environmental Assessment: An Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration is being prepared and will be circulating prior to the meeting. Zoning District: RP; RP(L). Continued from January 19, 2017. For additional information please contact Graham Owen at . The Architectural Review Board is live streamed online at http:// and available on via cablecast on government access channel 26. The complete agenda with accompanying reports is available online at asp. For additional information contact Alicia Spotwood at alicia. or at 650.617.3168.

George Houle Local musician and educator George Houle died on Jan. 7. He was 89. He was born in Pasadena on Nov. 21, 1927, where he spent his early life. From age 13, he studied the oboe with the principal oboist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Henri de Busscher. In 1949, he came to Stanford University, where he was hired to play oboe for a music department opera and was offered a music scholarship in lieu of payment. He went on to receive bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, studying with Putnam Aldrich and Leonard Ratner. In 1952, he married Constance Crawford; they had four children and divorced in 1967. He taught general music courses at Mills College and the Universities of Colorado and Minnesota before returning to Stanford in 1962, where he began to build a program in the performance of early music. He learned to play and then teach Baroque oboe, recorders and other early wind instruments, encouraging his students to learn Renaissance and Baroque dances in order to best understand the rhythms. He authored “Meter in Music 1600-1800”; “Doulce Memoire, A Study in Performance Practice”; and “Le Ballet des Facheux: Beauchamp’s Music for Molière’s Comedy.” He and his second wife Glenna Houle edited “The Music for Viola Bastarda” by Jason Paras and many other articles. From 1972 to 1974, he took leave from Stanford to direct the New York Pro Musica in concert and opera productions that toured the U.S., Central and South America and Europe. He then returned to Stanford where he taught until retiring in 1992. In 1999, he was the recipient of the annual Howard Meyer Brown award for lifetime achievement in the field of early music. After retiring, he continued teaching for 19 years, offering fall and spring classes at the University of San Francisco’s Fromm Institute. During retirement, he learned to play viola da gamba and edited and published the gamba sonatas of C.F. Abel and August Kühnel, among others. Additionally, he and his wife enjoyed extended winter vacations in Oaxaca, Mexico. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Glenna Mount Houle; son David (Jaye) of Tallahassee, Florida; daughter Ann of Monterey; son Alan Holiday of Santa Cruz; daughter Melissa of Sunnyvale; grandson Nathan Holiday; former wife Constance Crawford of Palo Alto; sister Jeanne Johnson; and nieces Amy of Escondido and Sarah McElaney (Dave) of Palo Alto. A memorial will be planned in the spring.




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For nearly three decades, Annie Folger helped grow and sustain the nonprofit Midpen Media Center as a founding board member and later executive director. She retired Jan. 31.

itting in her office amid memorabilia spanning nearly 32 years in broadcasting, Annie Folger remembered the moment a studio was born in Palo Alto. “Back in January 1991 when the first Gulf War began, we didn’t have a studio yet — all we had was a bare room and no equipment — but we decided we were going to try to go live, so we jury-rigged a camcorder into the cable system and invited viewers to call in and share their feelings,” recalled Folger, longtime Midpeninsula Community Media Center executive director, who retired Jan. 31. “I brought a long extension cord for our telephone, and we ran it from the office into the studio, plugged the camcorder in and went live. People just started calling to tell us how concerned they were about this war going on. More and more, the phone just rang off the hook. We hung up from one call and another call would come in. “A studio was born in that moment. That was our first (live) show ... and we let it be known that all communicators, dreamers and community builders would be welcome in communicating their ideas. That was us from the get go,” said Folger, a petite, 71-year-old brunette known as a “revolutionary” among her colleagues in the broadcast world. From the earliest days of community-access television, Folger has advocated on a local and national level for people’s rights to express themselves. Her advocacy stretches back to just about the time Congress passed the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984 that paved the way for cities to collect fees from cable operators to fund public, educational and government access channels. Folger said after working for

Annie Folger reflects on three decades in public-access television by Patrick Condon and Linda Taaffe • photos by Veronica Weber AT&T producing video-training packages in the 1970s, she learned firsthand what could be done with video and television. “I had this feeling that we could do way more with television than just entertain ourselves,” she said. After leaving AT&T, she set out to “put the vision in television.” She launched the nonprofit Choosing Our Future that encouraged interactive citizen participation in government through a pilot electronic town meeting that she developed in cooperation with KGOTV. Through the show, pre-selected viewers all over the Bay Area could use their touch-tone telephones to vote on various community issues throughout the segment — a wellreceived (but expensive) concept that was before its time and didn’t survive due to lack of funding. She ultimately got involved in public access, and on her 40th birthday — June 19, 1985 — helped launch the Midpeninsula Community Media Center (formerly called Mid-Peninsula Access Corporation). Though Midpen was incorporated in 1985, it didn’t open its doors until 1990. Her role included supervising the purchase of the two-story concrete studio at 900 San Antonio Road as well as broadcasting the first show with a live audience — a segment that prompted one unexpected listener,

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former U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz, to call into the studio. (He was working at the Hoover Institution and wanted to offer a job to one of the guests he heard on the segment.) During her nearly 32 years at Midpen, including 15 years as executive director, Folger helped the nonprofit media center grow from one channel to five local channels, produce more than 2,000 hours of city council meetings annually and contribute educational and public programming to a regional channel that reaches more than 400,000 homes in 15 cities. The grassroots operation is the largest public studio in the Bay Area, with programs ranging from the career-oriented “Ask ‘Dr.’ Business” to “American Songwriter,” which profiles local musicians, to “Future Talk,” covering the global impact of technology. “Annie did a great job of balancing the sometimes competing viewpoints of staff while giving individual staff room to grow, take risks and experiment,” said Becky Sanders, communications and marketing manager at Midpen. “She’s an amazing leader.” Elliot Margolies, Midpen’s founding executive director who worked alongside Folger from the first day the organization opened its doors until her retirement,

described Folger as someone “willing to take risks and keep evolving as media itself evolves. “She left us in a strong position as a staff,” he said. Just days before her retirement, while sitting in the same building on San Antonio Road where she ran that long telephone extension cord into the studio for the first live broadcast in 1991, Folger reflected on the successes and challenges of operating the Midpen and where she thinks public access is headed. “From the very beginning, we’ve always had a forward-leaning approach. We reached out to get grants and make community collaborations with organizations, so we could bring people in to express their First Amendment right to free speech and to also really enliven participation in our democracy,” said Folger, who was on the center’s founding board of directors and served as its first cablecaster. In the first year, the center secured a grant from the Irvine Foundation to conduct a two-year youthdevelopment project that included teaching video-production skills to middle school children in East Palo Alto who called themselves the Ravenswood Video Posse. From there, the center expanded its partnerships, working with the Palo Alto Unified School District, environmental groups, justice

groups and various nonprofits to produce a wide range of content. One particular show, “Make the Call,” hosted by former Superior Judge LaDoris Cordell, focused on unsolved murders and law enforcement issues in East Palo Alto. The program ultimately helped solve a murder, Folger said. “It was a really positive way to do something proactively to encourage people to help solve community problems,” she said. Folger is also proud of the center’s extensive election coverage. “From day one, we have covered every major election and issue in our service area,” Folger said. “It’s one thing to read a League of Women Voters pamphlet; it’s another thing to see a close up of a candidate saying what he or she believes in. You get a lot more from someone’s expression than you can with just a written page. ... We get our biggest spike of users on web and video demand the week before an election.” Her most memorable studio experience, however, wasn’t airing a show. She recalled a time when the Midpen was hosting a group of young adults with Down syndrome. After teaching the group about the aspects of work behind the camera, Folger and others decided to put them in front of it, making the group feel just as important as anyone else working there. The gesture was so unexpected, the group began laughing and hugging each other. “These are the things that make me proud,” she said with tears in her eyes. As executive director, Folger managed day-to-day administrative operations, seven full-time employees, dozens of part-time employees, hundreds of volunteers and an annual budget that grew to more than $800,000. She also was behind the scenes making sure the

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Eighth-grader Ori Gal, a volunteer at the Midpen Media Center, takes a break from standing while manning the camera during a taping of “Talking With Henrietta.” Students Dick Van Arkel, Mary McCargar-Van Arkel, Thomas Thomas, Patrick McErlain and John Loraux listen as Byron Binns explains how to set audio levels and check connections during an “Introduction to Studio Production” class at Midpen Media Center. studio stayed in the forefront of broadcasting by embracing new equipment and technologies. There have been challenges along the way, too, including an audit that has left Midpen’s future with the City of Palo Alto unclear on the eve of Folger’s departure. Last May, a city audit concluded that the nonprofit inappropriately used $1.4 million between 2010 and 2014 to fund day-to-day operations. Under federal statute, cities can collect 88 cents per cable subscriber per month to fund public, educational and government access channels, but the money must be used for capital expenditures. Midpen officials said the audit ignored a key piece of information and misinterpreted the law. They said that the center’s existing voluntary agreement with the cities it serves allows it to use the fees for any purpose, including operations. Discussion about the city’s funding relationship with Midpen is ongoing and has not been resolved. Folger was unable to comment on the discussions, which are closed to the public. “We have had fruitful discussions and are optimistic that we’ll

resolve the issues raised by the audit,” Folger said. “The City has made it clear that it wants to work with us and find a practical solution that will preserve the Media Center’s ability to carry on its operations. Nothing has been agreed yet, but we’re making progress.”

he audit also raised the question of whether public access channels are still relevant. “Cable and broadcast television were the only games in town when we started, and now there’s so many platforms that display video content,” Folger acknowledged. “But we have consistently stayed with the (digital) curve as it has expanded, and so yes, we’re still relevant.” She’s quick to point out that the center was streaming its channels from its website in 2005, when it was first possible, so people who couldn’t subscribe to cable channels would also be able to see the content. The nonprofit converted its studio to high definition in 2015, has established a strong social media presence on Facebook, posts on

YouTube, offers on-demand videos and uses Skype in the studio for remote guests on video so they can be there virtually. Midpen, she said, has come a long way since its early days in 1989 when its first volunteer cablecaster, Maureen O’ Sullivan, would drive around town in her Volkswagen Bug collecting VHS tapes from community producers and then take them over to the Cable Co-op (which eventually merged with Midpen) and play them on the air before the group had an office or funding. The shifting technology landscape has also resulted in a sea change of another sort. “One of the biggest challenges has been the whole idea of the ubiquitous use of video equipment,” Folger said. “When we first started out, camcorders were big and clunky and having one was a big deal. They weren’t that common. Now, just about everybody you know has a smartphone in their pocket and can video.” But, this has helped community media centers like Midpen redefine their role as storytelling experts in the “cameras for everyone” era.

Midpen Media Center executive director Annie Folger, far right, observes a taping of “Talking with Henrietta” at the center’s San Antonio Road studio on Jan. 26.

“We see people coming into our studio who want to be better (with) a hand-held iPhone or hand-held smart phone video,” Folger said. “The biggest problem with all these smart devices is the audio. If you’re holding it, and you sneeze, your sneeze is going to be louder than the person who is speaking two feet away from you ... and then you won’t have a very good video. “Our niche is to help people tell their stories more effectively.” Media centers can provide assistance with skills like editing, animation, photography, sound and other techniques to help produce better video than a hand-held wiggly phone might otherwise. There’s also the new challenge of being able to tell a story in a concise way so it’s interesting. “In the early days, people would either do a half hour show or an hour show. Now these days, people’s attention spans are short. They’re no longer willing to sit like a couch potato and watch a longer show. They want to be enticed to stay in, and they want something more powerfully presented. That’s where we can help.” Even when websites replace cable completely — which Folger said will happen — storytelling will remain key. “The community-access world is teaching the skills of good storytelling — whatever the technology may be — and offering a nonpartisan platform for dialogue,” she said. “I really envision its role evolving from empowering public speech to empowering public dialogue.” Folger said she sees media centers heading into “the participatory democracy business” as technology makes it easier for audience members to communicate with broadcasters and one another live. In a way, it’s the fulfillment of the vision Folger originally had when starting out her career. “My hope is that public access will become a popular platform for citizen-to-citizen dialogue that will range from the local to the regional to the national and to the global level,” she said. Federal policy changes, however, may not be as easy to overcome as changing technologies.

“There’s a major concern about what’s going to be happening with the Federal Communications Commission. There are lots of rules that could be changed,” said Folger, who belongs to the nonprofit Alliance for Community Media that advocates for about 3,000 public, educational and governmental access channels nationwide. (Many of the community and educational channels have been “defunded” over the years and have either shut down or are operating without a staff, which essentially means a nonprofit can promote an event on a station’s community bulletin board listings or upload its own video, but there’s no one available to help with training or equipment, Folger said.) She said the new administration appears to favor less regulation, but community access is a result of regulated industry and could be greatly disadvantaged without it, especially as more things move to the internet. The new FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, has publicly opposed net neutrality policies that were put in place to ensure that all internet content is equally accessible to consumers. The FCC is scheduled to review policy proposals for internet use and services over the next 18 months. Folger said there’s a possibility that through federal policy changes, the internet could become stratified for profit, giving better access and faster lanes to broadcasters who can afford it. “So, yes, there are challenges,” Folger said. “My hope is that Congress will use its power to continue to enable citizens to express their free speech on whatever media is available ... but if ever there was a moment for local communication and a new generation of civic participation, it is right now.” Q Editorial Intern Patrick Condon and Associate Editor Linda Taaffe can be reached at and About the cover: Annie Folger, recently retired executive director at Midpen Media Center, stands in the studio where she worked for three decades. Photo by Veronica Weber Design by Douglas Young • Palo Alto Weekly • February 17, 2017 • Page 17

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Tara Donovan uses material such as steel pins, styrene cards and acrylic rods to create her mesmerizing works. or perhaps a polygraph test. According to Pace Gallery Director Liz Sullivan, the artist did not count how many cards were used in this series but some of the card compositions were completed in days, while others took weeks. Donovan credits her art-world success to the idea of absorption. In a recent New York Times interview she explained, “So much about the art-making process is about paying attention. It’s about looking and noticing things.” It would be hard not to notice the final piece in the show, a largescale sculpture, “Untitled” from 2016. Comprised of tens of thousands of clear acrylic rods that have been cut in varying lengths, the piece resembles a huge crystal — think back to looking into a microscope in chemistry class — and seems to burst with light. At 8 feet in height and sited directly on the floor, the piece really inhabits the viewer’s space and demands to be seen in the round. Donovan said that she often works in small scale in her studio, then “imagines them big.” In a recent interview, she described her process as “very personal and intuitive in the beginning and then very calculated and collaborative in the end.” “Untitled” looks like it was made for the space at Pace Gallery, and perhaps it was. Donovan’s large-scale sculptures are often created to be “site-responsive” because she feels her installations respond in an intimate way to their architectural surroundings. Usually her own assistants install her sculptures and, when purchased by a museum, the artist provides specific instructions regarding cleaning and storage.

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ace Gallery in Palo Alto part of a series, as “straight fades,” continues to present artists and noted that the graphic formafrom its blue-chip roster in tions, whether horizontal or cirthoughtful and compelling instal- cular, were part of an investigalations. The current exhibition, tion of grayscale. She has worked on view until March 5, brings with the pins for eight years, and New York artist Tara Donovan, a the two pieces in this exhibition MacArthur Foundation “genius” simply titled “Drawings (Pins),” award winner, to the West Coast represent the end of the series. in order to show new work that (Selections from this series are blurs the line between sculpture also currently on display in the Cartier boutique at the Stanford and drawing. Like many contemporary art- Shopping Center.) “I feel that I explored the variaists, Donovan eschews traditional tions of what I art-making macould create and terials, preferhave now exring to work hausted the poswith an array of sibilities of the everyday manumaterial,” she factured objects. said. Plastic sheeting, But there are pencils, tar paalways new maper, foam cups terials to explore, and Scotch tape as visitors see have found their when they enway into her stuter the gallery’s dio, where she second room. employs a large “ C o m p o sit io n group of assis(Cards)” is the tants who fabriartist’s latest secate her designs. Artist Tara Donovan stands ries and consists But don’t think in front of her work at Pace of styrene cards for a moment Gallery in Palo Alto. that have been that these prosaic materials preclude the pos- arranged in patterns and glued sibility of a stunning end product. together to create a variety of abIn Donovan’s hands, even a simple stract designs. Framed and hung straight pin can become a thing on the wall, the gray and white cards form chevrons, knots in a of beauty. “All my work generally starts tree, the lines of an oscilloscope, with a material,” she explained at waves, zigzags — or anything else the viewer ascribes to them. a recent press preview. Donovan spent hours experiEntering her Palo Alto exhibition, the visitor encounters two menting with the plastic cards unlarge wall pieces that seem to be til she decided upon a system that studies of gradations of gray, per- could be used to create the dehaps executed in graphite. Look signs. “I have learned so much in closer, however, and one realizes working with the cards,” she said. The results are quite transthat both pieces have been constructed of nickel-plated steel fixing, as the patterns seem to pins — thousands of them. The change depending on where the gradations are created by how viewer is standing. She encourdensely the pins are placed. When aged visitors to move around the asked why she chose such an un- pieces to make a close examinausual material, Donovan replied, tion, in the process noticing the “They are cheap and easy to get.” dynamic between the variegated She went on to explain that what lines and spacing of the cards. In inspired her in these pieces was “Composition (Cards) #64852,” “surface and depth of surface” the staccato dark lines, set against that could be achieved with the a solid gray background, bring to pins. She referred to these works, mind a heart-monitoring machine

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Work by New York artist Tara Donovan will be exhibited at Palo Alto’s Pace Gallery through March 5. Donovan is somewhat modest about her work and success, stating that “anyone can construct my work with detailed instructions.” But not everyone would look at a simple straight pin and see the potential for art. Tara Donovan did. Q Freelance writer Sheryl Nonnenberg can be reached at

What: Tara Donovan exhibition Where: Pace Gallery, 229 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto When: Through March 5; Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free Info: Go to exhibitions/12846/tara-donovan

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Generations of jazz Kim Nalley and Roy Ayers perform in Palo Alto, part of San Jose Jazz’s Winter Fest

“Like Kalil, I started off singing classical and moved to jazz,” she noted, referring to her special guest, Oakland Youth Chorus alumnus Kalil Wilson, who has an undergraduate degree in voice and opera from UCLA. “Obviously Ella was a great scatter. And I also needed somebody else who was a good scatter,” she said. “We intend to have some good scat-offs — some competitive, friendly scat-offs — at our tribute to Ella.” Two nights earlier, vibraphone legend Roy Ayers will headline his own show at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, bringing decades of jazz experiRoy Ayers ence with him. Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Roy Ayers was part of a vibrant scene that included jazz orchestra leader Gerald Wilson, saxophonists Teddy Edwards and Chico Hamilton and pianist Hampton Hawes.

“There was a lot of jamming, especially when I was growing up,” he said. “My God, there were enormous jobs, too. There were so many places we could just go and play.” Ayers was given his first set of mallets by Lionel Hampton, the father of jazz vibraphone, and he would practice — or ‘shed — with Bobby Hutcherson, another vibraphone (and marimba) pioneer. In the ‘70s, Ayers’ audience moved from strictly jazz to a broader dance crowd as he changed his sound to a club-friendly one. He had a hit in 1976 with “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” and enjoyed the new challenge as talented instrumentalists in bands such as Earth, Wind & Fire and Chic became his peers. “It was very motivating because the interest of the people was great then,” he recalled. As to having people dance while he

was playing, the way audiences did in the swing era, he replied that “every once in awhile, people still get into the groove.” Ayers re-emerged in the ‘90s through working on the late hiphop MC GURU’s “Jazzmatazz” project and also via being frequently sampled into the work of subsequent generations of music makers. “I’ve been sampled more than anybody else except James Brown,” he proudly said. Q Freelance writer Yoshi Kato can be reached at


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by Yoshi Kato “It belies the notion that many ext week, several genera- people have had about Ella, that tions of jazz artists will be she was so innocent. She really, represented locally as part really had it hard — a difficult childhood. But someof San Jose Jazz’s Winhow her demeanor and ter Fest 2017 concerts her voice comes off on the Peninsula. as very shiny,” Nalley Vocalist Kim Nalsaid. “Also, the next ley will celebrate legtime someone walks by endary singer Ella a homeless person now, Fitzgerald’s centenary perhaps they’ll rememon Sunday, Feb. 26. A What: San Jose Jazz Winter ber Ella’s story and be San Francisco-based Fest 2017 featuring Roy Ayers reminded of the innate musical treasure since and Kim Nalley humanity in everyone.” the 1990s, Nalley has Where: Oshman Family JCC Nalley has worked sung with proto-swing Palo Alto, 3921 Fabian Way, with the likes of saxoand jump blues bands, Kim Nalley Palo Alto phonists Houston Perled her own jazz groups When: Friday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 and, most recently, pursued a doc- son and David “Fathead” Newp.m. for Ayers and Sunday, torate in history at the University man, organist Rhoda Scott and Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. for Nalley of California, Berkeley, with stints saxophonist/bandleader Johnny Cost: $30-$70 in between as a club owner in Nocturne. She’s now bringing the Info: Go to North Beach and on various stag- next generation of talent onto her es as an actress. The Connecticut bandstand. native brings to her Fitzgerald project a three-and-a-half-octave vocal range, a deep knowledge of jazz history and a storyteller’s instincts and charisma. “We’ll be focusing on Ella’s earlier years,” Nalley said. “She was homeless when she started out — Celebrating Our Star homeless in New York City, so really homeless. And she’d dance Report Results in the street for money. She started dancing, not singing.” Fitzgerald began her ascent to greatness when she entered a talent contest at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem. “There happened to be a dance act ahead of her that was really good. So she changed her mind at the last moment and decided to sing instead of dance. And she won the first prize.” Part of the prize included a slot performing at the Apollo. “But it was very obvious that she was not anywhere near ready to do anyPerson-Centered thing like that,” Nalley recounted, pointing out that she was wearing dirty clothes, had matted hair and didn’t have access to bathing facilities. At Webster House Health Center. As fate would have it, drummer and famed bandleader Chick Webb needed a vocalist after his Webster House Health Center (formerly Lytton Gardens) is newly renovated and continues singer left to go on tour with the our tradition of offering only the very best care in skilled nursing, memory care and short pop act The Ink Spots, she said. Since Fitzgerald was still homeor long term assistance in a person-centered environment. Our health center continues to less, he and his associates had to scour the streets of New York to offer you real choices as your health needs change. We offer medical services, therapies and find her. “They took her in and fixed her other resources which can be tailored to your specific healthcare needs. For more information up,” Nalley said. “And the way about the health center, call Lorena at 650.617.7350. that they spun it to the press was that she was an underage child, and Chick Webb had adopted her. She was actually over 18, but that was more palatable.” Nalley said she had a couple of thoughts in mind when choosing to highlight Fitzgerald’s early years as a vocalist with a big band and rags-to-riches story. One was to point out that the vocalist famous for the catchy “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” had a far darker past 437 Webster Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301 (through no fault of her own) than A not-for-profit community operated by Episcopal Senior Communities. License No. 435294364 COA #246. EPWH726-01JA 060316 the hit would suggest.

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‘Messengers of Peace’ Local photographer and professor Ron Herman will present his latest collection of work, “Messengers of Peace,” at Foothill College’s Appreciation Hall (Room 1501, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills) on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. The presentation will be followed by a reception and introduction to the exhibit at the campus’ Krause Center for Innovation (on display through March 30). Herman, who also teaches a course on “Photography of Multicultural America,” said, “how we treat people is largely based on how we see them, and photography is the most popular form of representation in contemporary society.” “Messengers of Peace” is the result of the 2016 Fulbright scholarship Herman received to study religious diversity in West Africa. The photographs depict life in Senegal, where the Muslim majority peacefully coexists with a Christian minority, focusing on the Muridiyya, Senegal’s most influential brotherhood, which blends African customs with traditional Islamic practices. “Their doctrine consists of pacifism, prayer and work. I hope the images offer a counter narrative to the one-dimensional portrayal of Muslims that dominates mainstream media in the West,” Herman wrote in a press release. “I hope my photographs help to challenge common stereotypes and misperceptions of Muslims,” he wrote, “and that they contribute, even in a small way, to us celebrating diversity and treating each other with kindness.” He will also host a screening of the film “Touba” on Feb. 28 and a gallery talk on March 8. Go to

Live music Masego “Trap house jazz” and hip-hop artist Masego, who mixes dance beats and classical jazz, will perform in Bing Concert Hall’s newly renovated cabaret/studio space (327 Lasuen St., Stanford) on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 10 p.m. The Jamaican-born, Virginia-raised Masego not only sings but also plays cello, trumpet, drums, guitar, piano and saxophone. Tickets are $5-$20. Go to february-2017/masego.

Live music Jake Shimabukuro Ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro has played for everyone from Jimmy Kimmel to the Queen of England. On Sunday, Feb. 19, he’ll be playing for an audience of locals at the Fox Theatre, 2221 Broadway St., Redwood City. Shimabukuro, who’s said his virtuoso uke playing has been influenced not only by fellow Hawaiian ukulele greats like Eddie

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Family concert Brassview’s ‘Tetouan to Tatooine: A Musical Odyssey’ Brassview, a brass quintet, will perform a free, family-friendly concert on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. at Tateuchi Hall, Community School for Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. The concert, titled, “Tetouan to Tatooine: A Musical Odyssey,” is part of CSMA’s Community Concert series and is described as “a journey to explore a bustling ancient city on the North African Coast, become entranced by the sounds of mythical creatures, visit a distant planet and more.” Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Go to

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Aldo’s grilled pork medallions, served blanketed in a creamy portobello, porcini and cremini mushroom sauce, are earthy and delicious.


by Dale F. Bentson

hen Aldo Los Altos opened in 2005, it was a risky business move. Downtown was on the quiet side, the restaurant scene even quieter. That’s all changed now, but Aldo’s hasn’t. It’s still a go-to place for lunch or dinner, a solid place for families, social meetings or just good Italian food. Neighborhood restaurants survive on repeat business. The formula is simple enough: above-average food and service and pleasant ambiance (not to mention managing expenses at a time of spiraling rents and escalating labor costs). Aldo’s adds oversized portions with sane prices to boot. Donato De Marchi and Alan Moll partnered to open the 78-seat restaurant and oversaw major renovations to the century-old building, including installing lofty front windows, wood floors and an open kitchen. The name Aldo was derived from the first two letters of their names. Later, De Marchi became sole owner. De Marchi graduated from the Culinary Academy in Bellagio, Italy, on magnificent Lake Como. He served as chef at four- and five-star hotels in the region, then on cruise ships, where he met his future wife, Marlene. Marlene, who hails from Palo Alto, prompted De Marchi to move to San Francisco, where he opened a restaurant and a pasta factory. For the past 12 years, Los Altans have been the prime beneficiaries of his culinary expertise. Besides a menu of soups, salads, pastas, meat, fish and poultry dishes, Aldo’s serves a long list of cicchetti, tapas-like small-plate appetizers that originated in Venice as bar snacks. Aldo’s cicchetti are served in larger portions than their European counterparts, but every bit as tasty.

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I particularly liked the gnocco di pane ($4), a puff pastry filled with mushroom and fontina cheese and drizzled with sweet balsamic vinegar. The fried zucchini and artichokes ($6) with lemon aioli sauce were crisp and fresh-tasting. The calamari fritti ($7), served with marinara sauce, fresh lemon, and lemon aioli, was crunchy and served piping hot from the fryer. The straccetti di maiale ($6), two slowroasted, overstuffed, shredded pork tacos with chopped tomatoes and onions and a slightly piquant sauce, was not exactly Italian, but why not? With intense color and deep flavors, the generous bowl of rustic Tuscan-style vegetarian tomato-bread soup, pappa al pomodoro ($6), brimmed with aromatic chopped tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil. Of the dozen pasta offerings, the pappardelle ($15) came loaded with chunks of prosciutto, porcini and peas, and was bathed in a light cream sauce — just enough to coat but not pool. Rolled, rather than layered, the lasagna arrotolata ($15), was spinach lasagna filled with ham, gruyere, Parmesan cheese and loads of fresh spinach, all baked in a soothing fourcheese cream sauce. There were more than a dozen secondi, or entrees, to choose from, and all the portions were large. The grilled pork medallions ($19) blanketed in a creamy portobello, porcini and cremini mushroom sauce, were earthy and delicious. The plate came with fried potatoes and a knot of steamed spinach. After the other dishes, the veal osso bucco ($27) was so large I could only manage a couple of bites and took the rest home. The meat was succulent, almost sweet, and sauced with tomatoes, celery, carrots and onions, over a bed of creamy polenta. The fish and house-made chips ($21) could have been exceptional except for the sweet balsamic that was drizzled over the entire plate. It would have been fine just dripped over

the crisp potato chips, but it clashed with the cod. It was the only misstep from the kitchen. Aldo’s wine list was solid and affordable with mostly Italian selections and several from California. Most wines were available by the glass or bottle. There was one service slip-up. After the entrees were cleared, the table top had sauce drips, bread crumbs and water drops. The wait person never wiped the table but plunked the dessert menus atop the mess. Besides that, service was friendly and prompt. To conclude, the budino di panettone ($8) was warm bread pudding using bits of panettone, with raisins, apricots, a splash of rum, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a squiggle of caramel. The panettone gave the pudding a pleasing chunky texture. Limoncello zabaglione ($8) consisted of lady fingers, fresh raspberries, and whipped cream mixed with the zabaglione, a gently cooked blend of egg yolks, sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest. It was light, refreshing and a good way to end any meal. Aldo’s has everything a good neighborhood Italian restaurant should have. That’s why it’s remained an anchor on Main Street for over a decade. Q Freelance writer Dale Bentson can be emailed at Aldo Los Altos, 388 Main St., Los Altos; 650-949-2300; Hours: Lunch, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner daily from 5-10 p.m.

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An ambitious young executive (Dane DeHaan) is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious spa in “A Cure for Wellness.”

‘Cure’d ham Gothic mystery-thriller a savory movie outing 000 (Century 16 & 20) “A Cure for Wellness,” a disturbing new psychological horror film from Gore Verbinski (“The Ring,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”), isn’t quite right in the

head, but that’s not such a bad thing. Verbinski’s weird “eat the rich” excursion into the madhouse genre, with its slow descent into Grand Guignol, offers much more than just a good horror story.

In the opening moments, Verbinski initiates a creepy vision of big business: One night, within one of many indistinguishable black corporate towers, one company’s Salesman of the Year dramatically collapses upon receipt of a letter from CEO Roland E. Pembroke (Harry Groener). The letter lays out an epic “I’m out” manifesto worthy of “Occupy Wall Street.” Pembroke’s “major Wall Street finance firm” anticipates a merger that will make it “one of the biggest financial service firms on the Eastern Seaboard,” and its board of directors naturally assumes the boss has lost his mind. And so, a fiercely driven, Nicorette-popping young executive named Lockhart (a terrific Dane DeHaan) is sent to retrieve his boss from The Volmer Institut, a seemingly idyllic but actually sinister “wellness spa” in the Swiss Alps. Lockhart’s driver Enrico (Ivo Nandi) deadpans, “Wealthy people have wealthy problems” as he delivers the young man up the spiraling path to the castleturned-sanitorium housing the elders of international business, dressed in white and merrily playing and lounging around the grounds. Cryptic mottos like “Purity Before Wellness” and the something’s-off happiness of the exterior evoke The Village of TV’s “The Prisoner” (“No one ever leaves ... why would anybody

makes for a pretty decent mystery (much of it involving Mia Goth’s spacey “special case”) before climatically busting out into something right out of Mary Shelley. There’s a distinctive, invigorating creativity at work here, atmosphere to spare (think oldschool Polanski), brilliant production design (Eve Stewart) and cinematography (Bojan Bazelli), and fine acting all around (Jason Isaacs digs his teeth into the role of Director Volmer). It’s far from perfect, but this treat for the eyes with ideas to consider feels like a miracle of a movie by offering so much more than we expect from the jump-scare horror to which we’ve resigned ourselves. Rated R for disturbing violent content and images, sexual content including an assault, graphic nudity, and language. Two hours, 26 minutes. — Peter Canavese

want to?”), but what’s inside rivals The Overlook Hotel for hallucinatory horror. The original screenplay by Justin Haythe (“Revolutionary Road”) alludes to Thomas Mann’s 1924 symbolic novel “The Magic Mountain” (which one Volmer employee reads on the job). “A Cure for Wellness” falls short of Mann’s allegorical ambition; despite begging for tightening at 146 minutes, the film falls well short of incisive in its thematic approach. Still, this nightmare narrative noodles around the idea of the metaphorical sicknesses that ail us while critiquing the insularity of two historical social orders living high above the “peasant” class: the greed and ambition of “Masters of the Universe” and the entitlement and privilege and moral rot of inbred royalty. “A Cure for Wellness” also

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Movies The following is a sampling of movies recently reviewed in the Weekly: “John Wick: Chapter 2”001/2 “John Wick: Chapter 2” provides a wild and captivating ride while staying true to— and happily expanding—the world established in 2014’s “John Wick.” The first film was a grotty and dour revenge thriller about an assassin who just wants to be left alone, graced with a witty notion of an ornate criminal underworld but allowing only a minimum of fun. Reassembling the same creative team of director Chad Stahelski and writer Derek Kolstad, “Chapter 2” makes the case for the “Wick” franchise as a kind of bizarro James Bond. This antihero may not be licensed to kill, but now he lives in a similarly slick universe of action fantasy and exotic settings. Wick and his dog with no name ostensibly want a peaceful retirement, but that darn criminal code keeps roping him in, this time by

way of a nasty Italian mobster (Riccardo Scamarcio), who still holds a blood-oath marker demanding Wick’s services. The grim mission takes Wick to Rome, where we learn that the first film’s Continental (Winston’s New York domain) is only one of a chain of hotels catering to criminals. Soon, Wick’s on the run with a $7 million bounty on his head. Rated R for strong violence throughout, some language and brief nudity. Two hours, 2 minutes. — P.C. “The LEGO Batman Movie”001/2 Batman takes center stage as an egomaniacal narcissist with defensive bluster and offensive smack talk in “The LEGO Batman Movie.” 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


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Book Talk MURDER IN SANTA CRUZ.... Local author Susan Alice Bickford is celebrating the release of her new book, “A Short Time to Die,” a thriller that takes place in the Santa Cruz Mountains where Santa Clara County Sheriff’s detectives discover human bones from a 13-year-old murder that links two women from opposite sides of the country. The book launch party will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View. OUT OF THE WASHINGTON SWAMP... Political ghostwriter Barbara Feinman Todd will talk about her book “Pretend I’m Not Here: How I Worked with Three Newspaper Icons, One Powerful First Lady, and Still Managed to Dig Myself Out of the Washington Swamp,” and what it was like as a young woman working in a maledominated world trying to find her own voice while eloquently speaking for others, during a special appearance at Books Inc. in Palo Alto. In the early 1980s, Feinman Todd worked for Bob Woodward, first as his research assistant in the paper’s investigative unit and, later, as his personal researcher for “Veil,” his bestselling book about the CIA. Next she helped Carl Bernstein, who was struggling to finish his memoir, “Loyalties.” She then assisted legendary editor Ben Bradlee on his acclaimed autobiography “A Good Life,” and she worked with Hillary Clinton on her bestselling “It Takes a Village.” Feinman Todd’s involvement with Clinton made headlines when the First Lady neglected to acknowledge her role in the book’s creation, and later, when a disclosure to Woodward about the Clinton White House appeared in one of his books. Feinman Todd will speak at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, at Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto. THE DUO BEHIND MCDONALD’S... The movie “The Founder,” starring Michael Keaton, focused the spotlight on Ray Kroc, the man who amassed a fortune as the chairman of McDonald’s. But what about his wife Joan, the woman who became famous for giving away his fortune? Longtime journalist and author LIsa Napoli tells the fascinating story behind the historic couple in her book, “Ray and Joan: The Man who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman who Gave it all Away.” Napoli will speak about her book with Angie Coiro at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. RSVP to the free event at

IN 1933 IN O T L A O L A P T SHOOK A H T E S A C R E US MURD IO R O T O N S IT AD REVIS R G D R O F N A T S by Michael Berry s an English Literature graduate student at Stanford University in the 1960s, film historian Tom Zaniello was warned not to write about the notorious David Lamson murder case that rocked Palo Alto in the 1930s. A sales manager at the Stanford University Press, Lamson had been convicted in 1933 of murdering his wife Allene, allegedly in a jealous rage. Sentenced to death row at San Quentin, Lamson Tom Zaniello endured three additional trials before eventually being granted his freedom. Yet even after three decades, Zaniello’s faculty advisers warned him away from basing his dissertation on the case. “They positively said, ‘No, you cannot do that. The case is too controversial. It is still a subject of debate on campus,’” Zaniello recalled during a telephone interview. “I listened to them,” he said. “Who was I to argue with these professors?” But Zaniello’s fascination with the case never went away. Now he’s the author of “California’s Lamson Murder Mystery: The Depression-Era Case That Divided Santa Clara County,” published by The History Press. He is scheduled to sign and discuss the book in Palo Alto on Feb. 23. On Memorial Day, 1933, real estate agent Julia Place greeted 30-year-old Lamson as he worked in the yard at 622 Salvatierra St. in Palo Alto. She had a client who was interested in the property as a summer rental. A shirtless Lamson directed them to the front door. Minutes later, the women heard a cry from within the house. The door was thrown open by Lamson, now wearing bloody clothes. He said, according to Place, “’My God, my wife has been murdered!’” With those words, Lamson initiated a series of events that would tear his life apart.


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According to Lamson, he had discovered Allene’s bloody body in the bathroom, lying over the side of the bathtub. He went to lift her, and when he couldn’t, she dropped back into the water. He then reached in and re-arranged her body “so that her head was over the edge of the tub.” Santa Clara County Deputy Sheriff Howard “Hangman” Buffington soon arrived on the scene. He lived up to his nickname by interrogating Lamson and concluding within the hour that the Stanford employee had intentionally killed his wife. Lamson said that he and Allene, who was suffering from indigestion, had slept in separate rooms that night. (Their infant daughter Allene Genevieve, later known as “Bebe,” spent the night with her grandmother.) The police and prosecution, however, contended that the Lamsons had argued over sex, precipitating the move to separate rooms. In conversation, Zaniello outlined the twisted logic of the prosecution: “’Hangman’ Buffington saw that [Allene’s] sanitary napkin was unused in the bathroom, and he immediately jumped to the conclusion that she had lied about having her period (as a reason not to have sex) and that in a jealous rage (David) hit her.” The case went to trial in August and lasted three weeks. The circumstantial evidence brought against Lamson included “love poems” found on sheets of paper in the defendant’s desk drawer, in the handwriting of a female acquaintance, Sara Kelly. The defense contended that they were merely a creative writing exercise, exchanged between two platonic friends. Zaniello said, “The prosecution decided that people who sent love poems to each other could only be having an affair.” Also weighing against Lamson was the notion that he had tried to clean up the crime scene. Zaniello explained, “The county pathologist, who was German American and had a thick accent, kept referring to ‘washed up’ blood. The prosecution picked up on this and (maintained) that Lamson had tried to ‘wash up’ the blood.”

What the pathologist apparently meant to say, however, was that the room contained “washed blood,” a bit of medical jargon, the technical phrase for which was “hemolyzed blood” — blood that had come in contact with water, not necessarily part of a clean-up attempt. Then there was the length of lead pipe found on Lamson’s property and presented as the murder weapon. The prosecution’s claim that dried blood had been found on the pipe was disputed. Indeed, the highly regarded criminologist E.O. Heinrich was prepared to testify that Allene died an accidental death from a fall. Judge R.R. Syer did not allow his proposed demonstration of how it might have happened. Worse, Dr. A.W. Meyer, a professor of anatomy at the Stanford medical school, testified that Allene’s scalp was injured as if her hair had been pulled and that the fatal wound had been caused by repeated blows from an object like the lead pipe. During the summation, the prosecutor banged the lead pipe on the jury box, and Assistant District Attorney Lindsay read a scene from Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” a passage in which Bill Sykes beats his girlfriend Nancy to death. “Whatever jurors believed,” Zaniello said, “(the prosecution) kind of scared them into a state of anger and suspicion. Unfortunately, Lamson and his defense team, Edwin Rea and Maurice Rankin, took their case for granted, relying on Lamson’s standing within the community to speak for his innocence. It took the jury only five hours (including a dinner break) to reach a verdict — guilty. Lamson was sentenced to be hanged at San Quentin. His attorneys immediately filed a motion for a new trial. When that request was denied, Rea and Rankin filed an appeal with the State Supreme Court. The intricate details of Lamson’s second, third and fourth trials are outlined in Zaniello’s book. The second and fourth ended with hung juries, while the third was quickly declared a mistrial due to jury roll irregularities.

Popular opinion ultimately shifted in Lamson’s direction. Stanford poet and critic Yvor Winters organized a defense committee, and Lamson himself wrote a best-seller about death row, “We Who Are About to Die.” “By that point,” Zaniello said, “the Lamson Defense Committee was holding rallies and lectures throughout the county. The newspapers were writing editorials about Lamson’s innocence. By the time three years were up and the three trials were over, public opinion had shifted so much, that I think the prosecution just gave up.” Lamson was finally freed on April 3, 1936. Reunited with his daughter, he embarked on a career in Hollywood, producing novels, stories for the Saturday Evening Post and screenplays. According to an article in Stanford Magazine in 2000, Lamson eventually returned to the Bay Area and died in Los Altos in 1975. In the 1980s, Zaniello again found himself intrigued by the Lamson case. This time, there were significantly fewer stumbling blocks to his research. He met Yvor Winter’s widow, Janet Lewis, who introduced him to David Lamson’s daughter, and gave him the goahead to write his book. “She said, ‘Absolutely you should write it,’” Zaniello recalled. “Now’s the right time. It’s way overdue.’”Q What: Tom Zaniello discusses and signs his new book, “California’s Lamson Murder Mystery: The Depression-Era Case That Divided Santa Clara County.” Where: Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23 Cost: Free Info:

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HIDDEN VILLA OPEN HOUSE ... Hidden Villa Farm in Los Altos Hills will hold an open house on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission and parking are free. The open house also includes a tour of the Duveneck Family home. There will be nature crafts and free animal visits Parking is limited, so go to to register. 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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HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS ... The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors is offering $1,000 scholarships to seniors from 18 public high schools in Silicon Valley. Principals and faculty at participating high schools nominate three exceptional graduating seniors. The program awards scholarships to one nominee from each school in recognition of their exemplary record, outstanding academic performance and community spirit. The participating schools include Los Altos High School in Los Altos; Gunn High School and Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto; MenloAtherton High School in Atherton; Mountain View High School in Mountain View; and Woodside High School in Woodside. The scholarship is open to graduating seniors who plan on attending a four-year college or university. Scholarship applications may be obtained from the respective schools. The completed application must be returned to the high school’s principal or counselor by Monday, March 6.

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hile most homes are bought by individuals or families, others are sold to development companies, property managers or sometimes third-party limited partnerships. Who are behind these organizations? Palo Alto real-estate lawyer Philippe Davis said since real estate has become so valuable in the area, he has seen a fair share of limited liability company (LLC) home purchases. “Based on some of the transactions I’ve done in the last couple of years, people from places like China or India have an interest in buying here on the Midpeninsula,” he said. “They just generally are not going to buy it in their own name and have a company set up for the sole purpose of owning that real estate.” Tim Kerns, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker, who represents buyers and sellers from Burlingame down to Los Altos, said setting up an LLC also provides privacy. It’s a way for foreign buyers to mask that there are multiple buyers, he said. For example, 10 people in China might buy a house in Atherton together, and the articles in the LLC will say who owns what percentage, but the public home-sale record will just name the company. Wealthy buyers in particular may be more motivated now to make an effort to conceal their identity and purchase a home through an LLC, he said, because of a recent California law known as AB 1888 that requires the transfer taxes on homes to be made public, which makes it easier to figure out how much someone paid for a home. The transfer tax rate is about $1.10 per $1,000 of the home’s value. For example, a high-profile executive who wants to maintain confidentiality to avoid the scrutiny of making a $20 million home purchase might choose to use an LLC, Kerns said, so when the papers are signed, the home publicly appears to be sold to a company with a fictitious name like Purple Rainbow LLC. Kerns said buying properties under an LLC also is popular among developers. “If something goes wrong, they don’t want the liability on their family or their taxes,” he said. It’s safer to create a company to take on the

207 Atherton Ave. Parkfie ld erties Holding to Centu Propry Frontier for $34,500,000 on 09/28/16; built 1939, 7bd, 12,328 sq. ft. 300 Cuesta Drive Pilna Li to Plots & Digs for $1 mited ,620,0 00 on 10/11/16; built 1951, 3bd, 1,280 sq.ft.; previous sale 01 /13/2010, $622,500. 2615 Alma St. Almaniu m erty to Rainbow Beau Propty Holdings for $3,999,0 00 on 10/12/16; built 1951, 1,116 sq.ft.; pre vious sale 09/17/2013, $900,000. 5 Carolina Lane Caro lina Li mited to 119 Li mi Lane ted for $16,4 00,00 0 on 08/15 /16; built 1950, 3bd, 3,130 sq.ft.; pre vious sale 05/13/2013, $4,003,000 95 Skywood Way New Tr JV Investments for $1 ust to ,50 0,0 00 on 11/10/16; built 1976, 3bd, 4,610 sq.ft.; previous sale 04 /05/1983, $55,000 2111 Harkins Ave. Norm an to Lincoln Village Drive Trust Li for $1,750,0 00 on 12/01 mited /16; built 1958, 5bd, 2,020 sq.ft. 119 Daphne Way A. Th omas to J Group Holdings for $6 65,000 on 01/04/17; built 1955, 4bd, 1,570 sq.ft. 1009 Santa Cruz Avenue Lauridsen Trust to Blackhorse Limited for $2,600,000 on 01/04 /17 2009, 3bd, 1,810 sq.ft.; pre ; built vious sale 09/15/2016, $2,767,000

risk, he added. While using a third party for the purchase is perfectly legal in the United States, in recent years, there has been concern about wealthy foreigners buying luxury real estate using shell companies to hide assets from their home governments, which is illegal. The U.S. government has been expanding its efforts to curb buyers from using this strategy to launder money. For the last six months, the government agencies have been scrutinizing such companies in regions where buyers more often buy luxury homes through entities. The program is focusing on six geographic areas across the U.S., including three Bay Area counties: San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara, according to a press release from the Treasury ury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. The government’s efforts have helped generate leads and identify possible suspects, wrote Candice Basso, a Treasury spokeswoman, in an email. As part of this federal program, title insurance companies must report certain information about real-estate transactions in which a legal entity purchases residential real estate for $2 million or more without external financing like a bank loan, Basso said. Additionally, title insurance companies need to report purchases made, at least in part, using currency or a cashier’s check, a certified check, a traveler’s check, a personal or business check, or a money order in any form. They then must share the identity of the buyer as well as the closing date, total purchase price and address of the property. Karen Trolan, past president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, said it’s hard to say where exactly in the Bay Area the Treasury is targeting, but that usually more oversight begins in an area when someone reports a problem. In her experience, Trolan said she typically has seen buyers use an LCC to renovate and flip a home. A group might go in together as an LLC to buy a fixer-upper home, renovate it and sell it, she said. For about two years, all of the tax implications and all of the liability during construction

This photo illustration shows a sampling of actual Midpeninsula home sales involving third-party entities that have been published in the Weekly in the last year. The source of the home-sale information is California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from local county recorders’ offices from the deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to six weeks. would be on the entity, shielding individuals from liability while they build a house. Xin Jiang, a real estate agent with Alain Pinel Realtors in Palo Alto, has helped buyers purchase homes using an LLC, including one client last year who bought a $4.6 million home in the Community Center neighborhood of Palo Alto using this strategy to protect the privacy of her wealthy husband. Ironically, Jiang said, despite the benefits and privacy protection of using an LLC, that strategy can actually make it more difficult to buy a home. “It has been a seller’s market for six to seven years,” she said. “Among buyers, the competition is severe. Most local sellers often don’t want buyers using an LLC because they want a make sure a true family is moving into the home.”Q Angela Swartz is a freelance writer for the Palo Alto Weekly. She can be reached at • Palo Alto Weekly • February 17, 2017 • Page 25

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Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder’s Office. Information is recorded from the deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to six weeks.

East Palo Alto

2593 Baylor Street J. Valencia to J. Zepezauer for $650,000 on 01/17/17; built 1952, 3bd, 1,010 sq.ft.; previous sale 07/06/2011, $254,000

Los Altos

245 Live Oak Lane V. Halberstadt to W. Wang for $3,528,000 on 01/25/17; built 1953, 3bd, 1,886 sq.ft.

Los Altos Hills

12380 Gigli Court Splinter-Roboostoff Trust to Edwards Trust for $5,200,000 on 01/25/17; built 1989, 5bd, 4,954 sq.ft.

Menlo Park

126 Amherst Avenue J. Okamura to S. Yang for $1,010,000 on 01/17/17; built 1981, 2bd, 1,585 sq.ft.; previous sale 03/20/2003, $555,000 2105 Santa Cruz Avenue Vanandel Trust to M. Mehta for $1,510,000 on 01/13/17; built 1952, 3bd, 1,430 sq.ft.; previous sale 06/09/1989, $425,000 1130 Sevier Avenue A. Morales to Lau Trust for $860,000 on 01/18/17; built 1932, 3bd, 1,370 sq.ft.; previous sale 08/12/1997, $168,000 2451 Sharon Oaks Drive Reder Trust to S. & L. Reder for $1,650,000 on 01/17/17; built 1972, 3bd, 2,180 sq.ft.; previous sale 05/02/1986, $315,000 1325 University Drive Mccaffrey Trust to R. Rooney for $2,000,000 on 01/13/17; built 1926, 2bd, 1,380 sq.ft.; previous sale 10/31/1975, $46,000


Mountain View

Total sales reported: 1 Sales price: $650,000

Total sales reported: 1 Sales price: $1,406,000

Los Altos

Palo Alto

Total sales reported: 1 Sales price: $3,528,000

Los Altos Hills Total sales reported: 1 Sales price: $5,200,000

Portola Valley

Menlo Park Total sales reported: 5 Lowest sales price: $860,000 Average sales price: $1,406,000


260 Coleridge Avenue Y. Zhou to L. Lei for $11,100,000 on 01/27/17; built 2001, 4bd, 6,588 sq.ft.; previous sale 03/15/2016, $110,000 800 High Street #415 Ross Trust to R. Thukral for $1,672,500 on 01/24/17; built 2006, 2bd, 1,270 sq.ft.; previous sale 07/23/2012, $1,672,500 3073 Middlefield Road #102 Shelter Trust to Y. Yu for $1,200,000 on 01/27/17; built 1986, 2bd, 1,135 sq.ft.; previous sale 06/20/1994, $238,000 967 Oregon Avenue K. Salek to A. Seeger for $2,285,000 on 01/30/17; built 1955, 4bd, 1,639 sq.ft.; previous sale 09/09/2016, $1,800,000

Portola Valley

120 Coquito Way W. & L. Beisheim to Seyller & Telang

Total sales reported: 1 Sales price: $2,490,000

Trust for $2,490,000 on 01/12/17; built 1967, 4bd, 2,890 sq.ft.; previous sale 05/04/2006, $1,500,000

Mountain View 49 Showers Drive #Y476 Haag Trust to T. Dickerson for $1,406,000 on 01/26/17; built 1974, 3bd, 1,487 sq.ft.; previous sale 08/21/1985, $172,000

Palo Alto

Total sales reported: 4 Lowest sales price: $1,200,000 Highest sales price: $11,100,000 Average sales price: $4,064,375

2652 East Bayshore Road, Use and occupancy and interior-only office tenant improvement for Stanford Health Care. Firm to occupy 5,784 sf on ground floor, $424,864 434 Forest Ave., New two-unit detached condo building (4,495 sf) with attached garage 778 sf; address changed to 434 & 436 Forest Ave. for two attached townhouse units. $700,000 2500 El Camino Real, Fambrini’s Cafe. tenant improvements and use and occupancy for a 795 sf space on the first floor. Scope of work includes new rooftop equipment. $100,000 355 Parkside Drive, Interior bathroom remodel (40 sf), laundry room (48 sf). $10,673 1651 Page Mill Road, Stanford School of Medicine: remodel of existing tenant space. Scope of work includes changes to the

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first and second floor and casework. $12,000 430 Forest Ave., New detached trellis. 2387 Santa Catalina St., revised plans include structural changes. $15,000 430 Forest Ave., New 11unit multi-family residential building. 17968 sf (basement/underground garage. $2,800,000 823 Gailen Ave., Add a subpanel. 2747 Park Blvd., Demolish building, 6,200sf 271 Iris Way, Replace sewer line, no work in the public area. 2747 Park Blvd., Demolish parking structure 950sf. 925 Forest Ave., New pool and spa and associated equipment. $75,000 925 Forest Ave., New sewer ejection pump at pool bath. Redlined on original plans. 3001 Bryant St., Demolish existing pool and related pool equipment. 539 Madison Way, Residential flush mounted photovoltaic unit. 894 Colorado Ave., Upgrade

panel to 200amp, replace 3 underground 100 amp with 210 cables (200 amp) 2801 South Court, Change exterior siding from wood shingle to clapboard, change roof type from composite shingle to standing seam metal roof. 2490 Louis Road, Residential second-story addition (1,055 sf) and remodel 769sf. Scope of work includes new tankless water heater, service upgrade 200 amps in new location. Relocate existing air-conditioning. $369,646 2945 Alexis Drive, New roof mount photovoltaic panel. 2035 Oberlin St., Replace tank water heater. 2020 Tasso St., rebuild patio and barbecue/sink area. 4050 Ben Lomond Drive, Electrical for new accessory structure includes four outlets, switch, four lights, motion sensor. 2975 Greer Road, Residential addition 422 sf and associated remodel. Includes partial conversion of garage. Service upgrade to 200 amps. $68,000 840 Sutter Ave., Cap sheet sections only. Tear off old roof, replace any dry rot. Install new cap sheet roofs. $9,191 520 Bryant St., Loggon: use and occupancy only for a 575 sf stationary and gift store on the first floor. 832 Warren Way, Add new light-well. 801-809 Altaire Walk Remove stucco and sheathing at balconies to check for and fix dry rot. All exterior work to be replaced like for like including materials and color. $24,000 155 Walter Hays Drive, Residential remodel of master bathroom within footprint. (36 sf). $8,900 631 St. Claire Drive, Replace six windows with the same size and replace one window with a taller window. No change to header

but dropping the sill height to meet egress. $14,000 420 Adobe Place, Replace air conditioner and install new condenser unit (side of house). 511 Byron St., Repipe gas line from city meter to building. No excavation. 741 Josina Ave., Remodel existing kitchen (125 sf). Scope of work includes removal of an interior wall and adding a garden window. $16,000 3883 La Selva Drive, Replace water heater. 1620 Escobita Ave., Demolish house (1,475 sf). 1110 Waverley St.. Replace tank water heater. 343 Oxford Ave., New level 2 electrice vehicle charger on exterior wall of house. 720 Charleston Road, Service upgrade to 200 amps 760 Colorado Ave., 200 amp electric service replacement 789 Los Robles Ave., Residential level 2 Tesla car charger in garage outlet. 1620 Escobita Ave., New twostory single-family dwelling (2,476 sf) with covered porches (163 sf). Scope of work includes a tankless water heater. $404,917 3251 Hanover St., Install jib crane at loading dock. $62,000 356 Lincoln Ave., Residential sewer line replacement: spot repair in driveway, add a cleanout. No work in the public right-ofway. 1620 Escobita Ave., Demolish detached garage (324 sf) 836 Southampton Drive, Install 30-amp level 2 electic vehicle charger, wall mounted on side of house. 3775 Corina Way, Remove/replace water heater. 2304 Oberlin St., Revision for an updated panel layout. 666 Wildwood Lane, Remove/ replace water heater.

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BOTH OPEN SUN 1:30PM-4:30PM 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. Suitable as a pied-a-tier or corporate housing. Excellent location in downtown Palo Alto.

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• 4 bedrooms • 3 full bathrooms • Private and serene master suite featuring: • soaking tub with jets • his and her closets • Secondary master suite, masterfully designed for in-laws or guests • Enormous light-filled living room, dining room combination with “sunroom” wall • Large great room featuring stunning chef’s kitchen and walls of windows overlooking a beautiful, private backyard


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• Quality finishes throughout, including: • Dual pane windows • Radiant heat • Insulated walls • Built-in speakers • Whole-house fan • Granite counter tops • Stainless steel appliances • Beautifully landscaped grounds • Excellent Palo Alto schools including Gunn High • 2,130 sq. ft. of living space, approx. • 8,049 sq. ft. lot, approx.

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349 Fletcher Dr

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$8,695,000 851-2666

1305 W. Selby Ln. $2,200,000 Sat/Sun 2-4 Dreyfus Sotheby’s Realty 847-1141

650 Woodside Dr Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

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355 Items for Sale

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Jobs 500 Help Wanted Computer/IT Lead Software Engineer, Palo Alto, CA, General Motors. Design and implement sub-component for next generation GM infotainment platform based on Google Android. Lead dvlpmt across sites between Beijing, Oshawa and Palo Alto. Define and maintain GM sub-sys specs for Personalization, supporting multi-user runtime environment and user exp. Design and implement Personalization in GM Infotainment platform. Specify and dvlp protocol between Center Stack Module (CSM) and OnStar server through Representational State Transfer (REST) API for vehicle capability, vehicle setting synchronization, user profile creation and mgmt. Analyze and identify architectural improvements of Android infotainment subsystems, incldg Personalization, Calibration, Functional Service Architecture (FSA), Remote Reflash, Driving Mode, Diagnostics, in order to support and future platform. Master, Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Telecommunications or related. 36 mos exp as Computer Analyst, Consultant or Engineer or related. Will accept bachelor’s or foreign equivalent degree, in Computer Engrg, Computer Science and Telecommunications, Computer Science, Telecommunications, or related, followed by at least 5 yrs of progressive exp in specialty, in lieu of required education and exp. Will also accept any equally suitable combination of education, training, and/or exp which would qualify applicant to perform job offered. Required exp must include 36 mos implementing and support transition from 3G technology to 4G LTE high speed wireless broadband technology, and/or leading or coordinating Android framework team responsible for telephony, location and synchronization, and/ or responsibility for supporting proof of concept Android platform-based sys or vehicle Center Stack Module. Mail resume to Alicia Scott-Wears, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-D44, Detroit, MI 48265, Ref#2867.

Earn $35 cash for an hour-long psychology study ENGINEERING Informatica LLC has the following job opportunity available in Redwood City, CA: Senior Software Engineer (ML-CA): Investigate, design and implement assigned features individually or with a small team, compose the feature design documents. Submit resume by mail (must reference job title and job code ML-CA) to Global Mobility, Informatica LLC, 2100 Seaport Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94063.

MARKETING HP Inc. is accepting resumes for the position of Marketing Analytics/ Operations Specialist in Palo Alto, CA (Ref. #HPPALRAST2). Participate in marketing analytics and technical innovation by working to develop appropriate and analytical models and identify incremental revenue margin/productivity opportunities. Mail resume to HP Inc., c/o Andrew Bergoine, 11445 Compaq Center Drive W, Houston, TX 77070. Resume must include Ref. #, full name, email address and mailing address. No phone calls. Must be legally authorized to work in U.S. without sponsorship. EOE. MEMBER OF TECHNICAL STAFF COMPUTATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Position available at Lytro, Inc. in Mountain View, CA. Design and develop critical optical test stations used to verify alignment between the optics and sensors; Design and develop full camera test stations; Work closely with Computational Photography and hardware groups to gather and analyze data from a Light Field camera for the purpose of camera calibration in order to achieve superior image quality; Develop Computer Vision algorithms for the purpose of developing visual effects for the Cinema industry using data from a Light Field camera. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree or foreign equivalent degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Vision or related field; Two (2) years of experience with the following: integrating and developing software tools for the purpose of calibrating cameras; digital image and video processing; temporal analysis; and computer vision; Knowledge and proficiency with detection and estimation. Send resumes and salary requirements to: recruiting@lytro. com Reference MTS2017

Principal Software Engineer Send resume to Air Computing, Inc, 635 High Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

PRODUCT MANAGER wtd to conduct market research; prioritize market requirements; manage product life cycle; etc. Resume: Qeexo, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, #150 Mountain View, CA 94043 Reporter Tencent America LLC has job opp. in Palo Alto, CA: Financial Reporter. Resrch, report and write/prduce editorial cntent such as stories, intrvws and profiles for financl indstry. May wrk from home office lcatn anywhre w/in Cntinental U.S. Will be req to work at client sites at unanticiptd locatns thrghout U.S. and intrnatnlly appx 10% of time. All travel reimbursd by emplyr. Mail resumes refrnc’ Req. #FNR17 to: Attn: K. Simoukda, 661 Bryant St, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

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SOFTWARE DVLPRS OpenX Technologies, Inc. has opportunities in Menlo Park, CA for S/W Dvlpmt Engrs - Test (levels 1, 2 & 3). Mail resume to Attn: HR, 888 E. Walnut St, 2nd Fl, Pasadena, CA 91101, Ref #MPVVA. Must be legally auth to work in the U.S. w/o spnsrshp. EOE Software Engineer Lead Software Engineer Lead for Mountain View, CA to design, implement and test all phases of the software development life cycle; implement software for specifications for complex and large-scale systems; apply technical knowledge to software development projects; lead project teams; identify value-added opportunities for assigned projects; manually test and unit test all assigned applications; write application and system technical documentation; propose and review procedures to support software system development; support assigned software systems; mentor junior team members; support the execution of processes and policies; contribute to the development of policies, procedures, and work instructions; recommend new projects and technical advances to management; maintain knowledge of technology to incorporate new developments into products; evaluate new hardware and software; perform related duties as assigned. Requires Bachelor’s in C.S., Computer Engineering, or related technical field and 7 years progressive, postBachelor’s experience in a software development position(s). Experience must include working with source control systems and design tools; writing functional and detailed design specifications based on user or system requirements; working in an agile environment; performing full-stack development using JavaScript Frameworks and CSS, HTML, J2EE and/or .NET core logic and Frameworks, C#, ASP.NET, and SQL databases or other database storage methods; using XML, JSON, search technologies, RESTful API development, ODATA, SOAP, and JavaScript Frameworks including JQuery, AngularJS, and Bootstrap; engaging in cloud-based application development and building using Microsoft Azure and/or Amazon AWS; and performing Web Application maintenance and administration using Jetty and/or IIS. Mail resume to Natalie Webb, ProQuest LLC, 789 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

Sr Rsrch Associate (Code: SRA-PS) in Menlo Park, CA: Rsrch using bioinformatics theory and methods on Liquid Biopsy to dvlp non-invasive cancer screening assay using adv NGS tech. MS+2 yr rlt exp. Mail resume to Grail, Attn: Mila Ostojic, 1525 O’Brien Dr., Menlo Park, CA 94025. Must ref title and code.

Sr. E-learning Content Dvlpr (Code: SECD-GTA) in Mt View, CA: Dsgn, dvlp and prdct tech e-learning content and asmts. MS+2 yrs rltd exp/BS+5 yrs rltd exp. Mail resume to MobileIron, Attn: Piper Galt, 415 E. Middlefield Rd, Mt. View, CA 94043. Must ref title and code. Staff SW Engr (Code: SSE-JO) in Mt View, CA: Dsgn and dvlp SW mdls on MobileIron’s cutting edge MDM pltf. MS+3 yrs rltd exp/BS+6 yrs rltd exp. Mail resume to MobileIron, Attn: Piper Galt, 415 E. Middlefield Rd, Mt. View, CA 94043. Must ref title and code.


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34 Onetime Trooper and Rodeo maker


42 Blue material

4 Absorbs, with “up”

1 Baker’s buy

43 Clunky footwear

5 Unbelievable cover?

6 Group of periods

44 Home of Titian’s “Venus of Urbino”

6 “CHiPs” costar Estrada

35 John who was Gomez Addams

7 Bread at an Indian restaurant

37 Acquired relative

8 Eight, to Ernst

38 Dove noise

9 Pet sounds? 13 Threepio’s mate

46 Muhammad Ali’s boxing daughter

9 Audrey Tautou’s quirky title role of 2001

39 Abbr. stamped on a bad check 43 Place for supplies, sometimes

51 “Hmmm ... I’m thinking ...”

10 Chamillionaire hit that doesn’t actually have “Dirty” in the title

56 Contends

11 Lose one’s mind

57 What each of the entries with circles reveals

12 Cher’s partner

14 McDonald’s Corporation mogul Ray

49 Soundless communication syst.

15 “Dog Barking at the Moon” painter Joan

50 U.K. tabloid, with “The”

16 Maintain the same speed as 18 Tree of Knowledge garden 19 Converse with the locals in Rome, e.g. 21 NBC show since ‘75 24 Lilly of pharmaceuticals 25 Undersized 26 Size in a portrait package 28 It keeps going during the Olympics 31 “You’re not ___, are you?”

61 To be in France 62 Lago contents 63 Country divided since 1948 64 Hair band of the 1980s 65 He played Clubber Lang in “Rocky III” 66 Gift on the seventh day of Christmas

32 Guy with a lot of food issues?

14 “The Bridge on the River ___” 17 Hit with a barrage 20 Concede 21 Exchanges 22 Cheesy chip flavor 23 Bridges of film 27 “Stacks of wax”

44 “Back in the ___” (Beatles song) 45 The gold in Goldschlager, e.g. 46 What “-phile” means 47 Curly-tailed canine 48 Like xenon, as gases go 49 On the ocean 52 “Taken” star Neeson 53 Caltech grad, perhaps 54 Letter-shaped bolt link

28 Cabinet contents

55 Site with the tagline “Discover the expert in you”

29 Departed

33 “Chandelier” singer

58 Glass on the radio


30 “Entourage” agent Gold

36 What regular exercise helps maintain

59 “Steal My Sunshine” band

1 Chatter away

32 Werewolf’s tooth

60 “___ Boot” (1981 war film)

2 Poet’s palindrome

33 Long haulers

40 Layer of lawn 41 Mid-sized jazz combo

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757 Handyman/ Repairs Alex Peralta Handyman Kit. and bath remodel, int/ext. paint, tile, plumb, fence/deck repairs, foam roofs/repairs. Power wash. Alex, 650-465-1821

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Legal Notices 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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)

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) HELMM REALM FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: FBN626373 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Helmm Realm, located at 1750 Stokes Street Apt. 147, San Jose, Cali 95126, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): ROGER AGUILAR 1750 Stokes Street Apt. 147

San Jose, Cali 95126 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 02/09/2017. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on February 9, 2017. (PAW Feb. 17, 24; Mar. 3, 10, 2017) PALO ALTO SWIM AND SPORT FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: FBN626101 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Palo Alto Swim and Sport, located at 777 Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94303, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): TEAM SHEEPER, INC. 501 Laurel St. Menlo Park, CA 94025 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 February 2, 2017. (PAW Feb. 17, 24; Mar. 3, 10, 2017)

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 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 knowledge-

THE PENINSULA’S FREE CLASSIFIEDS WEBSITE TO RESPOND TO ADS WITHOUT PHONE NUMBERS GO TO WWW.FOGSTER.COM able 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) 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, 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, www., 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: or Call: 916-939-0772. NBS


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Sports Shorts


A confidence booster par excellence

THROUGH THE PERISCOPE . . . Stanford baseball players Quinn Brodey, Tristan Beck and Colton Hock were named to USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list. Stanford, TCU and Florida each have a national-best three selections. Hock was just named to the Stopper of the Year preseason watch list by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Beck has earned several other preseason All-America accolades, including first-team recognition from Perfect Game, second-team honors from College Sports Madness and thirdteam accolades from Collegiate Baseball News.

Wiser encouraged Senator Wyden’s passions by Ron Wyden


IT’S IN THE HOLE . . . The topranked Stanford women’s golf team rolled to a wire-to-wire win in the 22nd Peg Barnard Invitational over the weekend at soggy Stanford Golf Course. Sparked by individual champion Andrea Lee, the Cardinal recorded rounds of 286-285 for a 3-over par total of 571, 10 strokes ahead of runner-up Oregon at 13over 281 (292-289). Colorado took third at 19-over 587 (293-294). CHAMPIONSHIP RESUME . . . Menlo College wrestler Cady Chessin placed second at 116 pounds and five others placed among the top seven in their respective divisions in helping the Oaks earn an overall program-best fifth-place finish at the Women’s College Wrestling Championships in Oklahoma City. Hiba Salem (101) and Iman Kazem (155) each placed fourth for Menlo, Solin Piearcy (136) finished fifth, Rachael Chinn (143) was sixth and Bianca Arizpe (123) placed seventh.

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WITH HONORS . . . Stanford freshman Teaghan Cowles was named the Pac-12 Softball Freshman of the Week. Cowles had an outstanding debut weekend in six games at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Arizona. She hit .619 (13-for21) on the weekend with seven RBIs, seven runs, two stolen bases and a triple. Cowles’ 13 hits is the most among Pac-12 players. ... Stanford sophomore Jordan Ewert was selected the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation/Molten Men’s Volleyball Player of the Week. Ewert helped lead Stanford to a pair of five-set comeback wins at home last week.

Menlo sophomore Ben Lasky (center in group) yells his approval after scoring to give the Knights’ a 2-0 halftime lead. Menlo’s Andres Simbeck (19) and Daniel Hausen (10) also join the celebration.


Menlo celebrates a title Knights are league champs for the first time since 2002 by Rick Eymer he Menlo School’s boys’ soccer team shared a Central Coast Section Division III title with Sacred Heart Prep in 2013. Until Tuesday, though, the Knights had not won a league title in 15 years. Menlo ended that dry spell with a 3-1 victory over visiting Sacred Heart Prep. The victory officially gave the Knights their first West Bay Athletic League championship. Menlo senior team captain Alistair Shaw led the charge, assisting on the first two goals and then scoring the third. The WBAL crown was a first for Menlo coach Marc Kerrest, although he has the CCS title to his credit. It was also the first soccer league title of any kind since the Knights won the Private Schools Athletic League title in 2002. “It feels great. This is my second year playing, and last year, we got really close to winning league and went far in CCS,” Menlo senior Daniel Hausen said. “I knew for my senior year, we had one more chance. We beat Prep twice, won league, dream come true.” Menlo (13-1-3, 9-0-3) carries a better record and a bit more momentum into the postseason than their 2013 counterparts. That year, the Knights finished second to the Gators, losing their final two regularseason matches, and carried a 12-5-3 mark into the tournament. This season, Menlo heads into the CCS


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playoffs on a 15-match unbeaten streak. Menlo lost in the quarterfinals of the CCS Division II playoffs, to Santa Cruz, after winning the PSAL title in 2002. Second-place Sacred Heart Prep (9-7-2, 7-4) needed to beat host Crystal Springs Uplands (5-6 in league play) in its regularseason finale to clinch spot. The next two teams in the standings, Harker (20 points) and The King’s Academy (18), played each other Thursday. The CCS soccer seeding meetings are on Saturday. The boys teams will be seeded at 3:30 p.m. The girls’ brackets will be seeded at 1 p.m. Last season, the Knights entered the playoffs as the 16th seed and climbed its way to the semifinals. Sacred Heart Prep missed the playoffs while Woodside, Menlo-Atherton and Palo Alto each lost in the first round. Against the Gators, Menlo grabbed the early lead and never looked back. Shaw found Hausen, who scored with 18:30 left in the first half. “The ball went to the right corner, and I see Alistair has it, and I know he can pull off his man and get it in, and I just ran inside the box,” Hausen said. “I knew he could find my feet and I just placed it in the side netting. It definitely was an amazing feeling and brought up the energy in the game.” (continued on page 46)

early 50 years ago this week, my Paly High basketball team won an unforgettably taut South Peninsula Athletic League title game in a packed gym against a strong Sequoia High team led by future Golden State Warrior Charles Johnson. Those memories came flooding back in recent days as I mourned the passing on Feb. 3 of my beloved coach, Clem Wiser -- a great man on the court and an even greater man off the court. Coach Wiser’s numbers speak for themselves -winningest coach in Paly history with 401 victories and nine league titles. And of course, coaching us to a 70-68 win over Sequoia in Clem Wiser the 1967 league title game. But the truest number for Coach Wiser’s impact is on the hundreds of Vikings players he coached for nearly three decades at Paly. In fact, what I remember most about that 1967 season was how Coach Wiser -- a soft-spoken son of rural Kentucky who would lean back calmly on the bench during games and casually throw a roll of tape in the air-- always focused on boosting the confidence of players who were not the team’s stars. Those confidence boosts paid huge dividends in that 70-68 victory when Mark Daley hit the two pressurepacked free throws in the final seconds for the win. Throughout that magical season, Coach Wiser and his assistant coach Ken White never discouraged my then-ridiculous NBA dreams. Instead, they encouraged lessons of hard work and teamwork I have carried for a lifetime -- from my post-law school days leading the Gray Panthers in our fight for senior citizens to my current job in the U.S. Senate trying to find common ground. I kept in touch with my old coach over the years and was fortunate to catch up with him in person just a couple years back when the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing at my alma mater with Silicon Valley tech leaders to discuss mass surveillance and the digital economy. ( I recalled for a few minutes at the start of that hearing how fans were standing three- and four-deep for that 1967 game. And I reminisced with Vikings pride how Coach Wiser remains the gold standard for teaching basketball players on and off the court -- and for always being available to help all of us with his advice and good counsel. Predictably, Coach Wiser sat humbly in the back of the gym as I showered him with deserved praise that prompted loud applause from all those there that October day who loved this man. As I think back on that special moment when I got to thank my coach and role model for all he meant in my life, I think about two phrases associated with athletics’ long-standing impact. One of those phrases is that “sports builds character.” More hard-bitten types have tweaked that phrase to say “sports reveals character.” In my treasured experience with Coach Wiser, I learned that both phrases are true. Playing for him built the character of all of us who had that honor of knowing him and who will always revere him. And every moment spent with Coach Wiser revealed his character as an extraordinary man.Q The Honorable Ron Wyden (D) is a U.S. Senator from Oregon.

by the swimming portion of the championship March 1-4.


Stanford turns to Gould for football staff Final season under Marquess begins this weekend


Baseball The final season under legendary coach Mark Marquess began Thursday. Stanford baseball opens the year with a three-game set at Cal State Fullerton, and a road Monday matinee at Cal Poly. Marquess opens the season as the second-winningest active coach in the nation with a career record of 1,585-862-7 (.647). Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the most wins in Pac-12 history and fourth-most in Division I. Marquess has a 131-64 record in postseason play, including a 36-25 (.590) record at 14 College World Series. Stanford finished last season

ranked first in the nation in fielding percentage (.983), a school record. The Cardinalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 35 errors last season were the fewest in the country (295 teams), and also a program record. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pitching staff finished atop the Pac-12 in ERA (3.17), fewest hits allowed (412), fewest runs allowed (201), and fewest home runs (18) allowed. Stanford returns all of its starting pitching and the majority of its bullpen. Every regular starter, with the exception of shortstop Tommy Edman, now in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Pac-12 coaches predicted Stanford to finish second, behind Oregon State, in the conference. Stanford and Cal State Fullerton play Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. The Cardinal plays

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by Rick Eymer on Gould, former California assistant and head coach at UC Davis, was named Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s running backs coach on Thursday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ron is a great teacher. He brings an impressive resume of working with and developing some outstanding players,â&#x20AC;? Stanford coach David Shaw said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As important to me, he is a great mentor and determined to push young men to achievements in life beyond football.â&#x20AC;? Gould spent the past four seasons as head coach at UC Davis after a 16-year stint on Calâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coaching staff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to thank head coach David Shaw for giving me an opportunity to be part of such an extraordinary program,â&#x20AC;? Gould said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am honored that they chose me to join the Stanford football family and that they believe in my ability to add value to an already successful program.â&#x20AC;? In 2015, UC Davis ranked second among FCS programs in time of possession (34:37) and tied for fifth in red-zone efficiency (.906). Gouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first season with the Aggies produced a tie for fourth in the powerful Big Sky, a run of five victories over UC Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; final eight games, and a convincing 34-7 win over rival Sacramento State in Gouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first Causeway Classic. He highlighted his second year by reclaiming the Golden Horseshoe with a 48-35 win over rival Cal Poly. Gould joined the Aggies after an impressive career at Cal, where he developed several of college footballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top tailbacks. Cal enjoyed its best rushing season in more than a half century in 2004 when it averaged 256.8 rushing yards/game while scoring a school-record 30 touchdowns on the ground. The 2005 season brought much of the same with the Bears averaging 235.3 yards/ game. Gould played football at Oregon, where he graduated in 1988. He was a graduate assistant at Oregon before stops at Portland State (1992) and Boise State (1993-96) before landing at Cal.

Mark Marquess enters his 40th, and final, season as Stanford baseball coach. at Cal Poly at 1 p.m. Monday before returning to host Kansas in a three-game set Feb. 24-26. Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swimming No. 11 Stanford wraps up its regular season with a Pac-12 Conference dual meet against No. 2 California on Saturday in Berkeley, California. The Cardinal (4-0 overall, 3-0 Pac-12) has enjoyed a perfect start to 2017, recording wins over



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CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Palo Alto City Council will hold a Public Hearing at the special meeting on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. or as near thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, to consider, adoption of an Ordinance: Amending Palo Alto Municipal Code 7(4*;P[SLAVUPUN*OHW[LYZ+LĂ&#x201E;UP[PVUZ 18.30(F) Automobile Dealership (AD) Combining District Regulations, 18.52 (Parking and Loading Requirements), and 18.54 (Parking Facility Design Standards); adding Sections 18.40.160 (Replacement Project Required), 18.40.170 (Deferral of Directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Action), and 18.42.140 (Housing Inventory Sites Small Lot Consolidation); and repealing Chapter 10.70 (Trip Reduction and Travel Demand). The proposed Ordinance is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) per Section 15061(b)(3). BETH D. MINOR City Clerk

Pacific, No. 13 Arizona State, No. 17 Arizona and No. 15 USC. The Golden Bears (4-0, 3-0) enter the clash with an identical record in dual meets, most recently defeating USC on Feb. 3. Following Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trip to Berkeley, Stanford will compete at the Pac-12 Conference Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Washington. The Pac-12 Diving Championships will be held Feb. 22-25, followed

Softball Quality pitching, timely hitting, and multiple impressive defensive plays propelled the Stanford softball team to a 6-3 nonconference victory at UC Davis on Wednesday. The Cardinal (5-2) took an early lead but needed a late comeback to defeat the Aggies (2-1). After taking an early 2-0 lead, Stanford faced a 3-2 deficit after four innings. The Cardinal rallied for four runs in the top of the sixth inning, its second win when trailing after five innings. Lauren Bertoy Lauren Bertoy led Stanford offensively, going 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs. It was Bertoyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first homer of the season and second of her career. Stanford hosts Omaha at 7 p.m. Friday. Q

We, the leaders of the Palo Alto Vineyard Church, University AME Zion Church and the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim Community are issuing this joint statement declaring our support and solidarity with one another at this time in our countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. We believe that, although we are of different religions, we have much more in common with one another than we have differences. In this time of increasing tension between Muslims and Christians following the issuing of President Trumpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive order on immigration and refugees, we believe that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important that people of diverse traditions and faiths stand together as human beings living in a strong uniďŹ ed community. As communities we intend to take steps to grow in our respect and understanding of one another by visiting one anotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s places of worship and meeting together for meals. We believe that now is a critical time to build bonds of trust and love rather than to be overwhelmed and isolated by fear. Whether or not you are a person of faith, we invite all people in the Palo Alto and neighboring communities to join us in taking steps to open your hearts and minds to your neighbors who are different from you. How might you be a person who tangibly welcomes the â&#x20AC;&#x153;strangerâ&#x20AC;? at this time? Susan and Alex Van Riesen, Pastors of the Palo Alto Vineyard Church Kaloma Smith, Pastor of the University AME Zion Church Zoaib Rangwala, Secretary of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim Community, Silicon Valley â&#x20AC;˘ Palo Alto Weekly â&#x20AC;˘ February 17, 2017 â&#x20AC;˘ Page 45


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Menlo needed a little more than a minute to find the back the net again. Ben Lasky converted an assist from Shaw to make it 2-0. Menlo made it 3-0 with 17:30 left in the second half when Shaw added a goal of his own on a Lasky feed. In other WBAL matches, Harker beat Eastside College Prep (87-3, 2-7-3), 4-1 and The King’s Academy topped Crystal Springs, 5-0. In the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division,

Palo Alto beat Santa Clara, 5-0, in a make-up game on Wednesday. The Vikings (13-6-1, 6-5-1) finished the regular season tied for fourth with Los Altos. Homestead, Mountain View and Los Gatos are the top three teams. Paly and the Eagles split their two head-to-head meetings and the Vikings hold a 5-4 edge in scoring. Los Altos, though, has a tie with league champion Homestead while the Vikings dropped both meetings with the Mustangs. The SCVAL had five teams in last year’s CCS tournament, split between the Open and Division I brackets. Palo Alto has won three in a

Menlo won its first league soccer title in 15 years after beating Sacred Heart Prep, 3-1, on Tuesday. row and five of its last seven. The lone losses in that span were 1-0 to Homestead and 1-0 to

second-place Mountain View. In the El Camino Division, host Gunn (9-5-4, 6-3-2) earned a nice



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win, beating second-place Saratoga (9-3-3, 7-2-2), 3-2. The Titans will finish no worse than third and could share second place with the Falcons depending on Thursday’s results. Girls soccer Menlo-Atherton (14-3-1, 13-0) wrapped the PAL Bay Division title into a nice, neat package, its first league title since 1998, with a 6-1 victory over visiting Capuchino, in a Senior Day extravaganza earlier this week. The Bears, likely headed to the CCS Open Division, traveled to Woodside (10-6-3, 10-2-1) for the regular-season finale Thursday. Menlo-Atherton, last year’s Division I champion, took a 14game winning streak into Thursday’s match. Senior Katie Guenin continued her magical season, scoring another two goals, giving her 26 on the season and 64 for her career. Guenin has scored at least two goals in 10 of the last 15 games and has recorded a point in all 15. The Bears opened the season 0-3-1, losing to Mitty, Palo Alto and Presentation, and tying Mountain View. The combined records of those four teams is 527-16 and will include two league champions. Guenin leads the team with 54 points but she’s not the only offensive threat. Josephine Cotto has eight goals and 12 assists and Diana Morales has 11 goals and four assists. Sophomore Yara Gomez (15 points) and senior Alissa McNerney (12) have also recorded double-digit points. The Wildcats, defending CCS open Division champs, beat Terra Nova, 3-0, on Tuesday, for their sixth straight victory. In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Palo Alto (14-0-4, 8-0-4) took care of business, beating Fremont, 5-0, to complete the regular season with 17 shutouts, including 16 straight. The Vikings remained in a holding pattern until Mountain View (15-1-3, 8-1-2) played at Los Gatos. The Spartans, who lost to Woodside in last year’s championship match, need to win to overtake Paly, which may still qualify for the Open Division on the strength of its victory over the Spartans. Natalie Maloney scored a pair of goals for the Vikings. Reilly Filter, assisted by Emily Tomz, Chloe Japic, assisted by Ally Scheve, and Caroline Furrier, assisted by Claire Chen also scored. In the El Camino Division, Gunn (11-6-2, 9-1-1) dropped a 3-0 decision to host Los Altos (11-5-2, 10-1) and fell out of first place for the first time this season. Mia Shenk scored twice and Sacred Heart Prep (13-5-1, 8-11) beat Crystal Springs, 3-0, and clinched the WBAL Foothill Division title. Menlo (11-4-3, 6-2-2) tied Notre Dame San Jose, 1-1. Emily Demmon scored for Menlo. The Gators are looking to unseat Menlo as CCS Division II champs. Q


PAL basketball tournament occupies a special place It’s the only league which hosts a postseason tournament before CCS by Glenn Reeves he Peninsula Athletic League is the only league left in the Central Coast Section that still conducts a league basketball tournament. The Blossom Valley Athletic League and West Catholic Athletic league have both dropped theirs. But the PAL Tournament occupies a special niche. The winner is crowned San Mateo County public schools champion. As PAL commissioner Terry Stogner put it when the tournament was originally put in place: “The private schools already have their own tournament. It’s called CCS.’’ But there are other issues at stake, as well, particularly on the boys side. PAL South regular-season champion and defending PAL Tournament champion MenloAtherton is viewed pretty much as a lock to be included in the CCS Open Division field, regardless of whether or not it wins the PAL tourney. Sequoia and PAL North champion Half Moon Bay are both hopeful of being included in the Open, but will need to earn their way with their performance in the PAL playoffs. “If we can win the tournament we’re in the Open for sure,’’ Half


Moon Bay coach Rich Forslund said. “I think if we just get in the finals we’ll be in the Open.’’ Teams that are included in the CCS Open Division are, by definition, considered the top eight teams in the CCS. Are all guaranteed spots in the state playoffs. On the boys side, Serra’s lateseason push, including a lastsecond win over St. Ignatius Wednesday in the Jungle Game, means that, most likely, five teams from the WCAL will be included, leaving three spots for non-WCAL schools. For much of the season Palo Alto was considered the top public school in the CCS. But lateseason losses to M-A and Los Gatos have altered that perception. “Palo Alto is no longer a cinch to be in the Open,’’ Forslund said. “If Sequoia is in the PAL final there will be a lot of discussion on whether Sequoia or Palo Alto goes in.’’ The three PAL schools, Palo Alto and Palma are considered the primary candidates for the three non-WCAL slots. The PAL Tournament, which began Thursday, is an eight-team affair that includes the top four finishers from the South and North divisions. Friday’s semifinals (boys at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.) and Saturday’s finals (7:45 p.m.)

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CCS champion at 160, Folashade Akinola looks to add another PAL title to her resume.

are at Hillsdale. Menlo-Atherton was expected to beat El Camino in the first round and play either Aragon or Jefferson at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Menlo-Atherton (20-4, 11-1) clinched the title with a 67-37 decision over Hillsdale. The Bears spotted Hillsdale 12 points and then more than doubled that, scoring the next 32 points en route to the victory. On the girls side, two-time defending champion Menlo-Atherton is a heavy favorite to threepeat. And like the boys team from the school, the Bears are likely to be included in the CCS Open regardless of how they fare. The Bears are on a 23-game winning streak. In PAL South play they won all 12 games by 20 points or more and have an average margin of victory of 31.3 points per game. It’s a team seemingly immune to letdowns. “Like I tell the girls, it’s a privilege to play high school basketball,’’ M-A coach Markisha Coleman said. “You only get four years of high school basketball. Success is not defined by wins and losses but by how you play as a group.’’ Menlo-Atherton was expected to meet either Oceana or Carlmont at 6 p.m. Friday at Hillsdale. Saturday’s final is scheduled for 6 p.m. SCVAL The Palo Alto girls team clinched the outright De Anza Division championship Wednesday with a 58-48 win over Los Gatos at Gunn High. Doing it against Los Gatos, the team that supplanted Paly last year at the top of the standings, made it all the sweeter. “It makes it very satisfying to win league after last year,’’ Palo Alto coach Scott Peters said. “We had a chance in the last game of the year to tie. To get the sole championship feels real good.’’ While the final score, a 10-point win, was similar to the results of many other games this season, Palo Alto (18-3, 11-0) ach ieved this one in non-typical fashion. The Vi- Skylar Burris kings are one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the nation, averaging around 10 made 3s per game throughout the season. Los Gatos (18-5, 8-3) decided to try to take away the 3, to chase Paly off the 3-point line. So it was time to take the ball to the hoop. “They were definitely up on me,’’ said sharp-shooter Lauren Koyama, who led Palo Alto with 20 points. She wasn’t the only one to adopt that strategy. Skylar Burris scored 14 and Carly Leong 12, with the majority of those points also arriving by way of penetration.

It wasn’t like they’d never seen that defensive approach. “In the second half (of the season) a lot of teams have been doing that,’’ Peters said. “We’ve got to take what they give up.’’ Palo Alto concluded the regular season Thursday at Saratoga, and waits for Sunday’s seeding meeting to find out whether it will be in the Open or in Division I. “Our goal was to win league,’’ Peters said. “Wherever they send us we will go out and play and enjoy it.’’ The Palo Alto boys, who clinched the league title last week, lost their first league game of the season, falling to Los Gatos, 54-49. The Vikings (19-4, 101) made 10 3-pointers in the loss, four by Spencer Rojahn and three by Miles Tention. WBAL The Menlo boys earned a 6247 victory over visiting Harker on Senior Night. The Knights (15-7, 12-1) played its final regular-season game at Crystal Springs on Thursday before finding out its CCS seeding over the weekend. In other WBAL action, Aaron Cason scored 16 points to lead Eastside College Prep (17-6, 8-5) past Sacred Heart Prep, 46-32, on

Tuesday. Isiah East and Joshua Walker-Ford each added 12. The Gators (11-13, 7-7) lost to The King’s Academy, 45-34, on Wednesday. The Pinewood girls (21-2, 9-0) beat Sacred Heart Prep (11-10, 2-7), 82-45, and Eastside College Prep (17-6, 7-2) topped Menlo (13-10, 4-5), 66-51. Sam McCabe recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Priory (15-8, 5-4) beat Notre Dame-Belmont, 46-35. The Panthers played Pinewood on Thursday. PAL wrestling tournament The PAL championships are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Menlo-Atherton High. The girls’ championships are slated for Friday, beginning at 2 p.m. and the boys go Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. Menlo-Atherton is the reigning CCS champions, winning the event about 10 days ago. The Bears are sending five wrestlers to the state meet, including CCS champions Chelsea Wilson and Folashade Akinola, runner-up Abby Erickson and third-place finishers Anna Smith and Lauren McDonnell. Terra Nova placed second at the CCS meet. Q


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Zach Haire



The junior midfielder recorded all six assists in a 6-0 victory over Santa Clara and then scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Los Gatos.

A dual-threat, the senior goalie came out of the net to play forward and score three goals in a WBAL victory over Priory last week.

Honorable mention Trinity Copeland Pinewood basketball

Emily Demmon Menlo soccer

Sam Erisman* Menlo basketball

Katie Guenin* Menlo-Atherton soccer

Carly Leong Palo Alto basketball

Kayla Tahaafe Eastside Prep basketball

Ayo Aderoboye Priory basketball

Thomas Brown Menlo basketball

Seth Goyal* Palo Alto wrestling

Matt Peery Pinewood basketball

Connor Riches Pinewood basketball

Riley Woodson Menlo basketball * Previous winners

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