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Businesses slam planned changes to parking program Chamber of Commerce joins dentists in protesting elimination of employee permits by Gennady Sheyner


y most accounts, downtown Palo Alto’s new residential parking program has succeeded in providing relief for area residents whose streets had previously served as parking lots for commuters. But a new proposal to gradually eliminate

employee permits has stirred up opposition in the business community, where many see the Residential Preferential Parking program as an existential threat. The program, launched in 2015, prohibits all vehicles that don’t have permits from parking on

residential streets for more than two hours. In this pilot phase of the program, permits have been sold only to area residents and employees. But as of March 31, those permits are set to expire, and the program is expected to become permanent, albeit with several refinements, including longer hours of enforcement and the introduction of a six-month permit. The most controversial change, however, would be implemented over the next decade. Under the

proposal the City Council will consider on March 6, the number of permits sold to employees each year would shrink by 10 percent (or 200 permits). Within a decade, no permits at all would be sold to employees. For the council and many downtown residents, the drawdown gives employees time to adjust to the new reality. But for people like Christian Lee, a Palo Alto dentist with a practice on Middlefield Road, the new system spells disaster. In

a widely circulated letter, he noted that the current proposal means that “eventually there will be no street parking for my staff and I.” “Many members of my staff must drive for over one hour to help me serve you,” Lee wrote. “Most need to pick up their kids from day care right after work, so alternative means of transportation are not feasible.” More than 1,000 people have (continued on page 11)


Child-development nonprofit pleads for financial help Staff: Funding gap threatens subsidized care for low-income kids by Elena Kadvany

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A river runs through it Clouds drift past the many channels of the Palo Alto Baylands as the sun sets on Feb. 22. Clear skies are expected through Friday and rain is forecast for Saturday.


East Palo Alto seeks to strengthen immigrant protections Council considers going beyond resolutions pledging non-cooperation with federal immigration authorities by Sue Dremann


n the wake of recent presidential executive orders to step up immigration arrests and deportations, East Palo Alto officials are reviewing programs to help the city’s large immigrant population. The City Council last week brought together law enforcement and legal advocates to help the council examine its current policies and potential ways to strengthen them. Roughly two-thirds of the city’s residents are Latino or Pacific Islander, according to the nonprofit group Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto. Some are in the country illegally. The city approved three

resolutions between 2007 and 2012 to protect undocumented immigrants. The first, in 2007, directs all city departments, including police, to refrain from acting as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “agents” in any program or operation targeting individuals solely based on their immigration status. It also calls for ICE to stop displaying the word “police” on their uniforms, which has confused residents and caused fear of actual local police officers. The 2010 and 2012 resolutions called upon the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors to direct its

departments not to cooperate with the Secure Communities Program and to refrain from using county funds to help federal immigration officials. The 2012 resolution also asked the county probation department to refrain from reporting juveniles to ICE or honoring juvenile ICE detainer requests. At the council’s study session, East Palo Alto Police Chief Albert Pardini reassured residents the department is complying with the city’s resolution. Officers don’t arrest undocumented residents and they don’t ask about anyone’s status, (continued on page 10)


acing a financial crossroads, the Palo Alto nonprofit that provides subsidized after-school and child care services to more than 100 low-income families is asking the school district to cover in full what its leadership says is an unsustainable gap between rising costs and stagnant state funding. Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC) manages Palo Alto Unified’s child-development contract for the state, which provides funding to serve eligible low-income children. This year, 70 kids are enrolled using this state money (another 35 students are subsidized by the City of Palo Alto). Providing these services as well as meeting administrative requirements of the state contract costs the child care agency close to $1 million annually, about half of which is covered by the California Department of Education, staff said. PACCC is now asking the school district to make up the remaining gap — $420,000 this year. The nonprofit’s costs have increased sharply since it took over the state contract in 2001, leadership has said. Minimum wage has doubled and the nonprofit has seen a 175 percent increase in health care costs, according to PACCC. While state funding increased between 2006 to 2008, the contribution has hovered between $420,000 and $550,000 since then. This year, PACCC will receive $515,000. The shortfall also was compounded this past fall by an “unintended consequence” of the school district’s shift to full-day

kindergarten at all of its elementary schools, PACCC Executive Director Lisa Rock said in an interview with the Weekly. Families with kindergartners who were enrolled at the nonprofit no longer needed after-school care, resulting in a loss of $250,000, Rock said. The nonprofit’s overall budget is about $10 million. To mitigate the gap over the years, Palo Alto Community Child Care has increased its rates for full-paying families, paid its employees lower-than-average wages and, for the first time last year, dipped into its reserves. Without a commitment from the school district to make up the budget shortfall, nonprofit staff said they will either reduce the number of families served by the state contract or put its management back in the district’s hands. “PACCC is at a crossroads,” the nonprofit wrote in a recent request to the school district. “PACCC cannot continue to bear the burden of supporting the district’s contract with the state.” But without PACCC, the children served by the state contract would have difficulty accessing quality preschool or after-school programs, according to the nonprofit’s leaders. In this affluent community, their families occupy the lower end of the economic spectrum: The eligibility cut-off for a family of four is $42,200 in annual income. In total, the 105 low-income families PACCC serves make up about 15 percent of the total 800 to 900, (continued on page 8) • Palo Alto Weekly • February 24, 2017 • Page 5


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KEEP ON TRUCKINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ... Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a rocky few months for Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationship with Mexico, where government officials havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t taken kindly to recent White House announcements about the border wall or deportation forces. But for Palo Alto and Oaxaca, the 53-year â&#x20AC;&#x153;sister cityâ&#x20AC;? relationship remains a source of pride. To underscore that fact, the City Council plans to continue in March a long-standing tradition of sending a local fire truck to Oaxaca. The transaction isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly a donation. Under the terms that the council is set to approve on March 6, Oaxaca would pay $25,000 for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;quintâ&#x20AC;? truck (which serves as both an engine and a ladder truck) that has salvage value of $87,000, according to staff. The remaining $62,000 would be waived off as an â&#x20AC;&#x153;in-kind contributionâ&#x20AC;? from the city. If things go as planned, the nonprofit Neighbors Abroad will coordinate the transportation of the vehicle to the U.S.-Mexico border. The state of Oaxaca will then be responsible for the balance of the 2,500-mile journey between the two municipal siblings. While regulations no longer allow Palo Alto to use the quint truck because of its age and mileage, officials believe the vehicle can still have a long and productive life in Oaxaca. In a recent letter to the city, Bob Wenzlau, president of Neighbors Abroad Palo Alto, cited the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent donation of an ambulance to Oaxaca. That vehicle, he said, was â&#x20AC;&#x153;a safe place to deliver more than 150 babies in Oaxacaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remote communities.â&#x20AC;? COMMUNITY HERO ... He helped write one of the most famous and influential speeches in American history, authored two books and helped negotiate the end of an inmate rebellion in Attica Prison in 1971. Last week, Palo Alto resident and civil-rights icon Clarence B. Jones was recognized for his contributions by the Palo Alto City Council, which passed a special resolution in his honor.

Jones, who served as a personal attorney and speech writer to Martin Luther King Jr. and who participated in writing the 1963 â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Have a Dreamâ&#x20AC;? speech, received a standing ovation from a full council chambers on Monday, Feb. 13 after Vice Mayor Liz Kniss read the proclamation recognizing him as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;community hero.â&#x20AC;? Jones, who today is a scholar at the Stanford Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University and who last month celebrated his 86th birthday, thanked the council for the recognition and reflected on Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In 12 years and four months, from 1956 until April 4, 1968, the date of his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, with the exception of the presidency of Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, Martin Luther King Jr. may have done more to achieve social, racial and political justice and equality than any other person or event in the previous 400-year history of America,â&#x20AC;? Jones said. STAYING FOCUSED ... Vijay Mehta is a strong contender in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jeopardy! College Championship. The Stanford junior swept the quarterfinals round that aired on Tuesday, Feb. 14 when he took an early lead with $2,000 in the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first Daily Double under the SciFi category. Mehta was confident in his cardinal red Stanford sweater during the semifinals round on Tuesday, Feb. 21, when he battled head to head with competitors. After two rounds of questions, Mehta found himself in third place with $13,400, but made his comeback in the final question. None of the three semifinalists knew the city in which three retired U.S. marines hauled down the American flag in 1961 and raised it back up in the same place 54 years later in August 2015 (Answer: Havana). Mehta had written down Seoul, but his $6,000 wager (moderate compared to his competitors) brought him to the lead at $7,400 and earned him a spot in the finals, which airs Friday, Feb. 24.


Nature offers boost to stormwater campaign City’s mail-only election aims to preserve and improve stormwater management program by Gennady Sheyner fee would revert to its pre-2005 level of $4.25 and bring in about $2.2 million annually to Public Works, which manages the stormdrain system. If that happens, the revenues the city collects from ratepayers “would not support a minimum level of storm drainage service, which would cost approximately $4.3 million per year,” a recent Public Works report stated. “In addition, the pre-2005 level of funding would preclude any further storm-drain capital-improvement projects,” the report stated. “If a new ballot measure is not approved, storm-drain system operations would need to be significantly curtailed.” If the new fee passes, the city would have about $3.1 million to spend annually on new projects and $3.8 million for “ongoing non-capital expenditures for engineering, maintenance and stormwater quality staffing, expenses and permit compliance,” a Public Works report states. The total fee would be subject to an annual increase based on inflation or 6 percent, whichever is less. To get community buy-in, the city last year established a Storm Drain Blue Ribbon Committee consisting of residents from various parts of the city. After meeting for about three months, the committee worked with Public Works staff to craft the measure and to identify a list of projects that would be funded by the renewed fees. Six of these projects would involve upgrades around Adobe

Creek in south Palo Alto and near the Baylands (these include infrastructure upgrades in the Palo Verde, Charleston Terrace and East Meadow Circle neighborhoods). Others would target Louis Road (where an overflow pipe would be constructed), two different segments of Loma Verde Avenue (between Ross and Louis roads; and between Louis and Sterling Canal), East Charleston Road, Fabian Way, Hamilton Avenue (in the Duveneck/ St. Francis neighborhood), Center Drive and Embarcadero Road (in the Leland Manor neighborhood).


Council offers a lift to traffic-fighting nonprofit City approves additional $200,000 for Palo Alto Transportation Management Association’s pilot projects by Gennady Sheyner


t’s a tiny nonprofit with a giant mission: solve downtown Palo Alto’s ever-worsening traffic problem. But even as commuters continue to clog up local highway arteries every day, the ambitious but underfunded Palo Alto Transportation Management Association sees some reasons for optimism. The numbers of employees who have used the Scoop carpooling app or signed up for public-transit subsidies have exceeded expectations. According to a recent report from TMA Director Wendy Silvani, new businesses have enlisted to participate in the transit

program, and the organization is on pace to max out of passes in March or early April. The City Council has invested plenty of hope in the TMA, with Mayor Greg Scharff proclaiming in his “State of the City” speech earlier this month that he and his colleagues will look for ways this year to help the organization “mature and thrive.” When it comes to funds, however, the council’s investment has been more modest. Even though the council spent more than $500,000 to create the Palo Alto TMA three years ago (the organization incorporated as a nonprofit

“I’m worried that without that message, (the new fee) could be come a proxy for people’s view about the City of Palo Alto and governance,” Wenzlau told the Weekly. Wenzlau also stressed the strong — but often overlooked — link between the broad stormwater system and local projects residents feel strongly about, such as potential flooding by the San Francisquito Creek. Clearly, the task of convincing people to support the measure has gotten a bit easier in the rainy season of recent weeks. As Wenzlau acknowledges, the campaign has been “aided by the gods.” Even so, Palo Alto officials aren’t taking passage of the measure, which requires a simple majority, for granted. The 2005 measure passed with 58 percent approval, a decisive margin but hardly a landslide. The city’s prior effort to raise fees, in 2000, failed miserably, with just 38 percent of the voters agreeing to higher fees. The 2005 measure, which raised (continued on page 11)

The right lanes of Embarcadero Road flood at Waverley Street during a storm in 2014.

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ith rain storms dowsing long-parched lawns throughout the county and nearly filling up local creeks, the issue of flooding — especially around the San Francisquito Creek — has a particular resonance this week. And by a happy coincidence, this Friday is the day when the city is mailing out ballots that ask property owners whether the city should raise its monthly fee for stormwater management from the current level of about $13.03 per month for each residential unit to $13.65. While the increase, in dollar terms, is relatively modest when compared to recent rate changes for other utilities, the new fee would represent a dramatic shift in how the city manages its stormwater. The fee would create a twotiered structure, with one component (about $7.48 per month) allocated to building 16 new infrastructure projects throughout the city and another (the remaining $6.17) dedicated to annual maintenance of the sprawling system. The former component of the fee would sunset in 2032. The latter would remain in place until the City Council terminates it. For the city, the mail-only measure comes with a sense of urgency stemming from both weather forecasts and the vagaries of its existing program. The current stormwater fee, which voters approved in 2005, is scheduled to sunset in June. At that point, the

So far, the proposed fee increase has generated little controversy or opposition. In October, the council voted unanimously to move ahead with the fee increase, with thenCouncilman Greg Schmid calling the stormwater program “an important element in our future.” “In the past, we have used the funds to prepare ourselves (for) any eventuality,” Schmid said. “It’s important we maintain our infrastructure.” As of the October meeting, the city had received 82 written notices from property owners protesting the increase, according to City Clerk Beth Minor. Bob Wenzlau, a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee and one of the leaders of the campaign in favor of the fee, said some of the negative responses he’s been hearing have come from people who have broader concerns about public spending. He emphasized that a citizens committee would oversee the stormwater-management program and make sure the money is spent properly.

in January 2016), it has been loath to contribute the $3.5 million that according to the TMA’s estimates would be needed to shrink the number of solo drivers by 30 percent over three years. Those funds are expected to ultimately come from new fees generated by downtown’s parking facilities and from a potential business tax, the details of which are yet to be hashed out. As the association is entering its second year as an official nonprofit, downtown’s rate of solo driving is stuck at about 57 percent, according to a recently conducted ridership survey (the

rate was 55 percent in 2015). Yet the organization also reported that 137 individuals had used Scoop as of Dec. 31 and 59 were getting transit subsidies from the TMA as of January, with Caltrain passes accounting for 37 of them. The number of employers participating in the subsidy program has also increased, with Lytton Gardens, Project Juice, Tea Time and Downtown Streets Team enrolling earlier this month. Coupa Cafe, which is one of 10 employers already participating, had about 20 employees enrolled in the program as of Feb. 1, the report notes. Given the growing demand for fully-subsidized transit passes, the limited funding at the TMA’s disposal and the organization’s belief that after a year of fully subsidized transit passes, workers will see the benefits of not driving, the organization is considering scaling back the subsidy to 50 percent for participants who have been receiving full subsidies for a year (new participants would continue to get full subsidies), according to the director’s report.

Not all programs are proceeding as planned. Only 17 employees signed up for Lyft subsidies as of Dec. 31, below the TMA’s modest goal of 25 workers. The TMA is continuing to refine the program, Silvani wrote in her report, “and will return to those employees who signed up for it to assist them in taking advantage of it.” Even with the challenges, the nonprofit is confident that given sufficient funding, it can meet its 2017 target of changing the commute behavior of about 450 workers, which would constitute an 8 percent reduction in solo drivers, the report states. “If successful, the TMA will have achieved in less than two years what has taken cities like Seattle eight-plus years to accomplish,” the director’s report states. “We also believe that we can now scale programs to (1) serve additional downtown workers and/or (2) expand to other communities if provided funding to do so.” Last week, the TMA received (continued on page 11) • Palo Alto Weekly • February 24, 2017 • Page 7


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according to Rock. The programs provide children with homework help, enrichment activities and the chance to develop social skills and spend time with teachers and adults when they otherwise might be at home alone or with a parent whose first language is not English. And it is “well-researched,” PACCC stated, that early intervention and education is key to narrowing the achievement gap. “These children are not on a level playing field with their more privileged peers,” Rock told the school board at a budget study session last Tuesday, when she, staff and PACCC board members asked for increased financial support. “These are our community’s achievementgap kids.” The programs provide academic and personal support for struggling families, staff told the board. Cipriana Morin Ramos, PACCC’s financial-aid coordinator and manager of the state contract, recalled a family who recently lost their home and jobs, leading to a point when their children could no longer attend school. The nonprofit worked closely with the parents to get their children into an after-school program, “which allowed the family to get back on track,” she said. “This program is a beacon of

Tanya Mota, site supervisor for the Besse Bolton Kid’s Club, an after-school program run by Palo Alto Community Child Care, helps a student with his homework. hope to them, to the families,” child care programs and has raised programs charge as much as $1,840 rates for full-paying families to per month for five days a week. she added. It’s become increasingly diffiOver the years, the nonprofit has help mitigate the state-funding made up for the annual funding gap shortfall. (Tuition is PACCC’s main cult to offer staff competitive pay, according to PACCC. The non— initially between $140,000 and source of revenue, Rock said.) This year, tuition for the after- profit pays its teachers about $18 $175,000 — through fundraising and other adjustments, Rock said. school program ranges from $230 per hour compared to an average The nonprofit already charges to $800 per month depending on the in Palo Alto of $20 per hour, and higher-than-average tuition when number of days a student is enrolled. its director earns about $56,000 compared with other Palo Alto The nonprofit’s all-day preschool annually compared to an average

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of $72,000 elsewhere. Meanwhile, the agency has a waiting list of more than 100 families for the subsidized slots. In addition to providing child care, overseeing the contract entails making monthly, quarterly and yearly reports to the state; handling billing and contract agreements with families; making sure the appropriate staff are meeting state requirements; and attending required meetings, Rock said. The child care agency’s request for support comes at a time of financial strain for the school district itself, which faces an ongoing, multi-million dollar shortfall. Several board members indicated support on Feb. 14 for helping the organization. Board Vice President Ken Dauber said he is a “strong supporter of the idea that we should share the burden of this gap with PACCC” and asked staff to return at the next board meeting with an estimate of how much the district could contribute. Member Jennifer DiBrienza acknowledged that shrinking the achievement gap is where the district is “weakest” and has committed to serious improvement. “This is where all evidence shows is our bang for our buck,” she said. “The earlier we intervene, the cheaper it is down the road for us and the more successful” students are. Q Staff Writer Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@


News Digest Palo Alto council looks to revise zoning code Developers whose buildings will result in 100 or more new car trips during commute hours will be required to submit a plan for curbing their tenants’ use of cars under a new rule that the Palo Alto City Council plans to adopt next week. The requirement is one of several the council will consider Monday night during its revision of the city’s zoning code. Monday’s debate will center on the finer points of the zoning code, which spells out the rules that carry out the Comprehensive Plan goals and policies. In some cases, the code revisions are minor and are meant to reflect existing practices. In others, including a new rule that will allow apartment complexes to rely on mechanical car lifts in order to satisfy their parking requirements, the city will be venturing into barely charted territory. The proposal that developers provide “transportation demand management” (TDM) plans falls somewhere in between. While the City Council has been mandating such plans during recent approvals of new developments, the action was taken on an ad hoc basis to reassure the buildings’ neighbors that parking would not spill out onto surrounding streets. If the council approves the proposal, the plans would become mandatory. While the zoning code would not specify what needs to be included in the plan, it would direct applicants to a list of suggested guidelines. The list is divided into three levels — light, medium and heavy — and the measures vary based on the proximity to public transit. Q — Gennady Sheyner Kohler Architects

The site plan for 1710 Newell Road, a property on the corner of Newell and Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto, shows a driveway, to the left, exiting onto Newell.


Changes to ‘megahouse’ plan don’t mollify neighbors More than 50 residents oppose 1710 Newell Road project by Sue Dremann


roposed last July as an 11-bedroom, 14-bath home, plans for 1710 Newell Road in Palo Alto continue to upset neighbors — even after the house plans were recently revised. More than 50 neighbors have signed and sent a petition to the City Council and city planning staff about the conversion of a three-bedroom, two-bath singlestory residence at the corner of Embarcadero Road into a potentially 7,300-square-foot, twostory mansion with a basement. The new proposal would reduce the number of bedrooms to six and the number of bathrooms to eight full- and four half-baths. Property owner Fr. Bishoy William, a former surgeon and priest at Archangel Michael & Saint Mercurius Coptic Orthodox Church in Redwood City, previously told the Weekly that he doesn’t plan to use the home for any purpose other than for his family and visiting family members. On Wednesday, he expressed surprise at the opposition but declined to comment. Neighbors said they are worried a home with so many rooms might be used as a group home or for

commercial purposes, which would go against the intent of the singlefamily neighborhood zoning. “There is serious concern that there may be some covert or unstated business purpose for the new project: an Airbnb hotel offering rooms for short-term rentals, a ‘hacker hostel,’ a conference center, an assisted-living facility or perhaps long-term rentals allowing more families to gain access to the Palo Alto school system,” the petitioners wrote. The neighbors also worried over the safety of bicyclists passing by the home. Many students from Jordan Middle School, Walter Hays Elementary School, Castilleja School and Palo Alto High School and people heading to Rinconada Park, the Rinconada Library and the Palo Alto Art Center use Newell, a city-designated bike route, they said. The proposal would move the driveway from Embarcadero to Newell, which would directly conflict with the bike route, petitioners noted. Neighbors are also concerned about parking. The proposal includes a one-car garage and two driveway spaces. Already, with only a three-bedroom home,

“there are typically three cars in the driveway every night and sometimes as many as four,” they wrote. “If you take the plans literally as written and call it a sixbedroom house, that gives the capacity for somewhere between seven and 12 occupants,” said Paul Mielke, who spearheaded the petition. “The parking situation will create problems for the whole surrounding neighborhood. If they use their excess space to run some type of business with shortor long-term rentals, the additional traffic and parking hassles will decrease livability and property values in the whole surrounding neighborhood,” Mielke said. The petition also elaborated on neighbors’ other issues with the project, which include “dewatering” of the ground as part of the construction of the basement and the removal of a city-protected tree. City planning staff were expected to meet this week regarding the property, City Senior Planner Ranu Aggarwal informed the petitioners in a Feb. 22 email. Q Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

Video captures Fairmeadow burglary suspects Palo Alto police are looking for two men who they believe stole jewelry and other valuables from a home in the Fairmeadow neighborhood earlier this month and who tried to burglarize another home on the same block, but gave up when they couldn’t gain entry. Both incidents occurred the morning of Feb. 9 on Roosevelt Circle, according to police. In one case, a victim in his 40s reported to the police than an unknown suspect entered his home between 9 a.m. and noon through an unlocked sliding door at the rear of the residence, rummaged through his drawers and wound up stealing jewelry and “other personal property.” The burglars had less luck at the other home, where the doors were locked. Not only did they leave empty handed, they left behind evidence that police hope will help them nab the burglars: Surveillance footage shows the two men casing the home, knocking on the front door and trying to pull open the sliding door in the back before leaving. The video evidence from the attempted burglary, posted at, shows two men trying to get into the house around 11:30 a.m. One is a heavy-set man wearing a red shirt, a grayhooded sweatshirt, dark gray pants and gray sneakers. The other is wearing a hooded black-and-red Star Wars jacket, gloves, blue jeans and red sneakers. The surveillance video shows the hooded man walking to the back entrance, peaking inside the home through the glass door and then trying repeatedly to slide the door open. Q — Gennady Sheyner

Federal funding halted for Caltrain electrification The $1.96 billion Caltrain electrification project came to a screeching halt on Friday, Feb. 17, after it was announced that Federal Transit Administration officials were holding back grant funding needed within days for construction to begin. The $647 million grant request from Caltrain could still win federal approval down the line, but Federal Transit Administration (FTA) officials are reportedly telling local officials that the request must be added to President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget. At the very least, it amounts to a delay; at worst, it could mean the project is scrapped, said Seamus Murphy, spokesman for the Caltrain electrification project. If the political climate were different, Caltrain officials say their funding request would have been a shoo-in for approval. Murphy said it is unprecedented for a project that met all the requirements to be deferred like this. Caltrain has already spent $150 million on design and preliminary construction to prepare for electrification to begin this year. Currently, the project is described as “shovel ready” and capable of providing thousands of jobs. Originally pitched over 15 years ago, the project to electrify the Peninsula rail corridor would be an upgrade to a transit system used by more than 47,000 daily riders on average. The existing 51-mile Caltrain line stretching from San Jose to San Francisco is running at full capacity with diesel-powered engines that have been outpaced by newer technologies. An electrified system could reportedly run about 20 percent more trains and eventually reduce up to 97 percent of emissions. Q — Mark Noack • Palo Alto Weekly • February 24, 2017 • Page 9


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City of Palo Alto Human Relations Commission The City of Palo Alto is seeking applicants to serve as volunteer mediators for the Palo Alto Mediation Program. Selected applicants will serve a two-year renewable term following training. There is a small fee for the training program. Applicants must live or work in Palo Alto or Stanford. The Mediation Program assists people in resolving disputes under terms they control, instead of going to court or doing nothing. Typical cases include tenant/landlord, neighbor-to-neighbor, consumer, workplace, and other disputes. The program services are free and are available to anyone who lives, works, does business, or owns property in Palo Alto. Mediators spend six to ten hours each month working on various aspects of the mediation process â&#x20AC;&#x201C; case development, conciliation, and mediation, serving on committees and attending program meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 7:15 PM. Applications must be postmarked by March 20, 2017. For more information or to request an application, please contact: Palo Alto Mediation Program 1490 El Camino Real Santa Clara, CA 95050 (650) 856-4062

CITY OF PALO ALTO PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING 250 HAMILTON AVENUE, COUNCIL CHAMBERS MARCH 8, 2017 AT 6:00PM Action Items 1. 1310 Bryant Street [16PLN-00258]: The Planning and Transportation Commission Will Hold a Public Scoping Meeting on the Notice of Preparation for an Environmental Impact Report for the Castilleja School Expansion Project. Public Input is Encouraged. For More Information, Please Visit the Webpage at castilleja_school/default.asp or Contact Amy French at amy. 2. PUBLIC HEARING / QUASI-JUDICIAL. 3877 El Camino Real [14PLN-00464]: Recommendation on Applicantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Request for Approval of a Site and Design to Allow the demolition of the vacant 5,860-square-foot commercial building and construction of a new mixed-use project. This includes a 4,027 square foot commercial building and 17 dwelling units Ă&#x2026;H[ZHUK[V^UOV\ZLZ7HYRPUNMVY[OLWYVQLJ[PZWYV]PKLKPUH basement. This Project is Exempt as a Pipeline Project From the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Retail Preservation Interim Ordinance. Environmental Assessment: A Mitigated Negative Declaration has been prepared Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act *,8(AVUPUN+PZ[YPJ[Z!*:HUK94-VYTVYLPUMVYTH[PVU contact the project planner Sheldon Ah Sing at The Planning and Transportation Commission is live streamed online at and available on via cablecast on government access channel 26. The complete agenda with accompanying reports is available online at boards/ptc/default.asp. For Additional Information Contact Yolanda Cervantes at or at 650.329.2404. Page 10 â&#x20AC;˘ February 24, 2017 â&#x20AC;˘ Palo Alto Weekly â&#x20AC;˘

he said. The department does not hand over anyone it arrests to ICE agents. But he warned residents that they should not commit any crimes, regardless of how slight, because an arrest would put them into a system that would alert ICE, and that could lead to deportation if the person is not in the country legally. Pardini and San Mateo County Sheriff Capt. Paul Kunkel said their agencies want residents to know they can call upon them for help or when crimes are being committed without fear. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you need our help, we are here to help you. We are not here to deport you,â&#x20AC;? Kunkel told residents. The sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department, which handles the jail system for the city, also does not inquire into, investigate or report an individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s status to ICE, and it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t generally detain inmates for ICE to pick up past their release date without a legal reason, Kunkel said. It is his also understanding that the juvenile detention center does not give information nor turn over juveniles to ICE. Victoria Tinoco, a paralegal with Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, and Grisel Ruiz, a staff attorney with the San Francisco-based Immigration Legal Resource Center, discussed various aspects of ICE tactics, current policies and legal rights. Ruiz said that it is very important for people to understand their rights. People should have a plan in place for what to do if ICE agents come calling, such as who will take their children if a parent is detained or deported. And people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to speak to ICE agents or let them into their homes, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are certain rights that not even the president can take away. Keep the door shut,â&#x20AC;? she added. Council members wanted to know how the executive order on withholding federal funding from sanctuary cities might affect East Palo Alto. Officials have never called the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolutions â&#x20AC;&#x153;sanctuary,â&#x20AC;? but in many aspects that is what they have, City Attorney Rafael Alvarado Jr. said. The council could choose to officially declare East Palo Alto a â&#x20AC;&#x153;sanctuary city.â&#x20AC;? It could also adopt a resolution expressing support for existing legal challenges to Executive Order 13768, an executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Jan. 25, staff said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United Statesâ&#x20AC;? orders that jurisdictions failing to comply with applicable federal law would not receive federal funds except where necessary for law enforcement. The order is vague in its definition of what constitutes a â&#x20AC;&#x153;sanctuary jurisdiction,â&#x20AC;? leaving the definition up to the U.S. Attorney General or the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alvarado noted. Aspects of the order could be troubling for local jurisdictions that do not comply. The document seeks to engage local officials

as immigration officers through agreements that would contribute to the investigation, apprehension and detention of residents who are not in the U.S. legally. The Secretary of Homeland Security is required to file a â&#x20AC;&#x153;declined detainer outcome reportâ&#x20AC;? on sanctuary jurisdictions on a weekly basis and to â&#x20AC;&#x153;make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honor any detainers with respect to such aliens.â&#x20AC;? Councilman Carlos Romero asked how the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolutions and any subsequent changes might affect federal funding. He stressed that even if funding were taken away, that wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean he would decline to support undocumented immigrants. But he wanted to make sure that â&#x20AC;&#x153;we go into it with our eyes open,â&#x20AC;? he said. Alvarado said that the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policies offer lower risk than those of declared sanctuary cities, and the current thinking is that the city still is in compliance with the law. Staff noted the true impact of the order isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t known, but at least two California sanctuary jurisdictions have sued on grounds that the order violates the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution because it coerces state and local governments into assisting with federal immigration enforcement. The City and County of San Francisco filed a lawsuit on Jan. 31 and the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors authorized filing a lawsuit challenging the order on the same day, Alvarado noted. Staff recommended the council consolidate the three existing

policies into one and adopt a resolution that expressly prohibits the police department from arresting or detaining a person on the basis of an ICE request or other alleged immigration-law violations. The city could choose to expressly prohibit its police from inquiring into immigration status. Councilwoman Lisa Gauthier said it might be premature to have strict standards in a revised resolution since the federal policies are still being developed. But she supported coming up with funding during the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget process for civil-rights training and other supportive services. Vice Mayor Ruben Abrica noted that many people, including American citizens, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know or remember their Constitutional rights. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe we should put on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website what the rights are,â&#x20AC;? he said. Mayor Larry Moody thought more proactive training would help residents prepare for an encounter with ICE. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe the city could offer mock exercises for residents on how to engage an ICE officer,â&#x20AC;? he said. The council seemed interested in establishing a fund for legal assistance for immigrants and â&#x20AC;&#x153;know your rightsâ&#x20AC;? trainings. Such trainings are already taking place monthly through the nonprofit group Comite Latino and could be expanded, Abrica said. The council took no votes last week and will discuss program options at a future date. Q Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be reached at sdremann@

Resources: Comite Latino â&#x20AC;&#x153;Know Your Rightsâ&#x20AC;? trainings take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the East Palo Alto Municipal Center, 2415 University Ave. The trainings are free. Dates are Feb. 28, March 28, April 25, May 23, June 27 and July 25. Info: 650321-4001. Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto is holding a training, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Asylum for Families and Unaccompanied Children Training,â&#x20AC;? on March 1. Info: The Immigration Legal Resource Center in San Francisco offers comprehensive information about immigration enforcement, rights and the law at

CityView A round-up

of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council

The council did not meet this week.

Historic Resources Board (Feb. 23)

Retreat: The board held a retreat to discuss training for members, the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s governance structure and potential projects that the board will consider, including the Eichler Design Guidelines. Action: None

School Board Policy Review Committee (Feb. 23)

Policies: The committee discussed policies on district residency and earthquake emergency procedures, upcoming policies for review and maintenance of the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s online policy database. The board voted to forward the earthquake procedures to the full board for approval. Yes: Unanimous

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signed Lee’s petition, which calls for the city to reconsider the reduction in employee permits. The petition calls the parking program “an existential threat to your local access to care.” “Taking (staff’s) parking away without a functional mass transit infrastructure results in health care employee attrition and ultimately practice closures,” the petition states. Lee isn’t the only dentist to speak out: Dentists from both downtown and California Avenue have appealed to city officials not to take away their street parking. Now, other downtown professionals have joined the chorus of opposition. Susan Nightingale, owner of Watercourse Way and a member of the stakeholder group that helped craft the initial downtown permit program, argued in a letter that other transportation alternatives should be put in place before the city eliminates employee permits. Even if the nascent Palo Alto Transportation Management Association, a nonprofit tasked with getting workers to use alternative transportation, proves successful, some people will still need to drive — and park, she noted. “Zero parking in the neighborhoods will not force people out

of their cars,” Nightingale wrote. “People will be parking in the neighborhoods and moving their cars every two hours.” For Jeff Selzer, general manager at Palo Alto Bicycles, the biggest challenge today is finding employees, he wrote in a letter to the council. With the new rules that reduce employee permits by 10 percent until they reach zero, employees will not be able to drive to work without risking parking tickets, he said. “My ability to stay in business is being threatened on many fronts: Imagine my frustration when the threat comes from the very city that I collect taxes for,” Selzer wrote. “This city is losing the businesses that have served it for decades. University Art: gone; Congdon & Crome: gone; Palo Alto Sport and Toy: gone; Gleim Jewelers, gone. “I am left to question if the City Council realizes the devastating and lasting effect this decision will have on the businesses that are left to serve the community? I respectfully and passionately request that you reconsider the gradual elimination of employee parking in our community.” Judy Kleinberg, president and CEO of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, made a similar argument in her letter to the council, which she submitted on behalf of the Chamber’s more than 500 members. The current RPP, which was

formed through a collaborative process, is working well, she wrote. The proposed changes, however, are “not well-conceived, nor are they based on objective data.” The proposed restrictions “pose a potential threat to the viability of many Palo Alto businesses, especially small businesses and those retail businesses in older buildings with no on-site parking for their employees,” Kleinberg wrote. But while businesses are raising alarms, residents have been equally passionate in their calls for the council to get employee vehicles completely off the residential streets. John Guislin, a Crescent Park resident who served on the stakeholder committee for the program, argued that business owners have been “granted time to develop parking solutions to support their businesses.” “Instead, some choose to complain that it is unfair to make them assume a standard cost of doing business by providing employee parking,” Guislin wrote. “Thoughtful business owners will work to develop solutions, such as building parking facilities paid for by businesses, or they will find facilities that offer adequate parking. It is highly unlikely that dentists will abandon the desirable market Palo Alto represents.” Q Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

Online This Week

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

Whistleblowers: Air District destroyed records Two former employees of the agency responsible for protecting the Bay Area from air pollution say they were improperly fired for trying to prevent the illegal destruction of important records. (Posted Feb. 22, 3:56 p.m.)

County prepares for housing boom Santa Clara County is moving quickly on a strategy to build thousands of new homes for the county’s low-income and homeless residents. And while most of the county’s new Measure A housing bond will go toward helping the neediest residents, one big question still remains: where do you put all the housing? (Posted Feb. 21, 8:24 a.m.)

Woman, dog bite would-be robber A man in his 20s who Palo Alto police say attempted to steal a woman’s cellphone at Pardee Park got more than he bargained for Saturday night when she bit his hand and her dog began biting his legs. (Posted Feb. 19, 2:34 p.m.)

Two arrested in bloody 7-Eleven robbery Two men who got into an argument with 7-Eleven clerks over the price of a few snacks and an eaten doughnut were arrested for strong-arm robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime after they allegedly attempted to leave without paying and engaged in a brawl with store personnel on Wednesday, according to Palo Alto police. (Posted Feb. 17, 3:26 p.m.)

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week

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fees to $10 per month with annual increases, funded a list of infrastructure projects that included, among other projects, the $4.5 million pump station near the San Francisquito Creek, greater drainage capacity on Channing and Lincoln avenues; improvements to the Matadero pump station; and a new storm drain system in Southgate. All of those projects have been constructed or are under construction and are being paid for by the 2005 measure, according to the stormwater campaign organizers. The new fee would fund 13 projects identified by the Storm Drain Blue Ribbon Committee and allow the city to develop “green” stormwater infrastructure that, according to the committee’s report, would protect or restore “the natural water cycle by

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another positive sign when the council reaffirmed its commitment to the nascent organization by approving two additional contributions of $100,000, one in the current fiscal year and one for fiscal year 2018 (which begins July 1, 2017). As part of the agreement the council unanimously approved on Feb. 13, the money would be administered by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and restricted to pilot programs downtown. The organization expects these funds to

collecting and retaining, and/or treating runoff rather than discharging it directly to storm drains.” For example, the committee pointed to the recent completed storm-drain improvement project in the Southgate neighborhood, which includes bioretention planters (areas landscaped with native plants that filter and treat storm runoff) and permeable crosswalks that allow rain to percolate into the soil beneath them. “Green stormwater infrastructure practices, also referred to as low-impact development measures, include preserving natural landscapes and utilizing infiltration planters, rain gardens, tree wells, green roofs, pervious pavement and rainwater harvesting to manage stormwater runoff,” the committee’s final report states. “These practices help to limit the discharge of pollutants from streets, parking lots and roofs by

infiltrating stormwater into soil.” These projects, as well as rebate programs for homeowners who undertake them, would likely be scrapped if the ballot measure fails, Wenzlau said. If that happens, the city will still have to find ways to keep streets from being flooded, and it would have to rely on its General Fund, which pays for most basic city services (not including utilities). “What would end up happening is that the council would have to look at how to spread the General Fund money out, which is how some of the other cities do it,” Wenzlau said. “In that case, it would be a choice between stormwater and, say, libraries.” The ballots are due back to the City Clerk by April 10. If the measure passes, the fee would go into effect on June 1. Q Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

tide it over until permanent funding streams from parking revenues begin to flow into its coffers. Though the council has yet to formally approve new parking fees for downtown, City Manager James Keene and transportation staff have long advocated for the policy change. The council is scheduled to review next month a new Downtown Parking Management study, which is expected to recommend parking fees as a strategy for addressing congestion. In his “State of the City” address, Scharff alluded to the new fees as a possible solution to the TMA’s funding problems.

“We all know that parking is tight down here, and the new garage that we’re currently designing cannot fully address the issue,” Scharff said, referring to the parking structure the council recently approved for the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Waverley Street. “The parking management study will give us recommendations about better managing the parking supply we have and suggest ways we might generate revenues to support the fledgling Transportation Management Association.” Q Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session to discuss property negotiations pertaining to Terman Apartments, 423070 Terman Drive. The council will then hold a study session on Stanford University’s application for a new General Use Permit and adopt an ordinance amending several provisions of the zoning code. The closed session will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27. Regular meeting will follow at 6 p.m. or as soon as possible thereafter in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. BOARD OF EDUCATION SPECIAL MEETING ... The board will hold a special meeting to discuss the elementary schools’ Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) reports, annual plans for school priorities and goals. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave. BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will discuss new social-emotional learning curricula and a second 2016-17 interim financial report; and vote on a resolution agreement with the Office for Civil Rights, a proposal to repeal a resolution criticizing the Office for Civil Rights and a proposal to accept a donation from Stanford University to add a modular building at Escondido Elementary School for a child care program. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave. PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to select a new chair and vice chair; hold an orientation for the four new commissioners and provide and overview of the Parks, Trails, Natural Open Space and Recreation Master Plan. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. COUNCIL RAIL COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss its charter and goals for 2017. The committee will also discuss grade separations on the Caltrain corridor, including funding and community engagement for the project. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. UTILITIES ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the city’s updated 10-year gas efficiency goals; Fiscal Year 2018 financial plans and rate adjustments for water and wastewater utilities; the Utilities Strategic Plan update; and progress on the 2017 Utilities Strategic Plan. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.. on Wednesday, March 1, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to consider 1545 Alma St., a proposed addition to an existing single-family residents and construction of two additional units; and 3223 Hanover St., a proposal to demolish two existing office buildings and construct a new two-story office and research-and-development building. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 2, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. • Palo Alto Weekly • February 24, 2017 • Page 11


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Editorial Rescind, replace and approve It’s finally time for school district to take responsibility for past missteps with OCR


he Palo Alto Board of Education will make two important decisions next Tuesday night, and both will say a lot about what kind of district we are and the values of our current five trustees. The first decision will be to rescind a 2014 board resolution, unanimously adopted at the time, that sharply criticized the federal Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for how it handled several 2013 investigations into the school district. The resolution, which former Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt recently described as “fundamentally contrary to our community values,” accused the agency of being “purposefully confrontational” and of arriving at “faulty” conclusions when it said the district failed to properly investigate and stop years of bullying of a disabled Terman Middle School student. The resolution also accused the complainant in the Terman case of document tampering, a scurrilous and defamatory allegation shown to have been false. The second decision the board will make Tuesday will be to approve a new settlement agreement to resolve recently concluded OCR investigations, initiated in 2013 and 2014, into how the district responded to allegations of sexual harassment and assault involving Palo Alto and Gunn high school students. The district vigorously tried to stop these investigations, which later expanded as new sexual harassment allegations surfaced against Paly principal Phil Winston, English teacher Kevin Sharp and science teacher Ronnie Farrell and Ohlone Elementary School’s teacher Michael Airo. The draft resolution agreement commits the district to revise and correct certain district policies to bring them into conformance with state and federal law, to conduct further training of staff and to complete investigations that it should have conducted at the time of the allegations. A similar December 2013 agreement relating to the Terman bullying case was signed by then-Superintendent Kevin Skelly without the board or public even knowing about it. It was immediately followed by the issuance of a formal letter of detailed findings by OCR outlining its conclusions that the school violated the civil rights of the student by not conducting a proper investigation or taking appropriate steps to stop the bullying. The findings were highly embarrassing to the district and over the months that followed, in closed session, the board and its law firm devoted substantial financial and other resources to fighting and resisting OCR without making their actions public until immediately prior to adopting the June 2014 resolution criticizing the agency. This time around, with four of the five board members who voted for the resolution now gone, the district has taken a cooperative posture, acknowledging mistakes and accepting responsibility for correcting them, and has deliberated almost entirely in open session. Comments made by board members at the last two board meetings suggest that only Melissa Baten Caswell, the one trustee who remains from 2014, has reservations about rescinding the 2014 resolution or finalizing the new agreement. In a highly unusual attempt to influence the current board, former school board President Barb Mitchell, who was the architect of the 2014 resolution, has written at least three letters to board members urging them not to rescind the resolution. She first suggested, incorrectly, that the current board doesn’t have the legal authority to rescind it and that doing so would violate board policy. Then last week, without offering any specifics, she accused OCR of not interviewing four people over the course of 12 investigations who had “evidence” contradicting other evidence. Enough. The 2014 resolution, as Burt pointed out, was a dark and embarrassing moment in Palo Alto political history. It should be rescinded, we hope with a unanimous vote. Baten Caswell’s proposal for a new resolution expressing the district’s support for OCR’s work and mission would also be a welcome companion action, but not an alternative. The board should also approve, as a majority has already indicated it would, the resolution agreement with OCR ending the sexual harassment investigations. Concerns that carrying out the agreement will cost the district money reflect the same attitude that got us into this mess in the first place. Instead of conducting proper and prompt investigations when allegations of misconduct have been made, as required by law, our district repeatedly took little or no action and failed to follow its own policies. In doing so, the district failed to protect students, modeled disrespect for the legal protections provided under Title IX and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on lawyers fighting OCR, almost all outside the public eye in closed session. It is time to finally do the right thing and put this sad chapter behind us. Q

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Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Alternative solution to parking plan Editor, Once again the city of Palo Alto has it all wrong. In March it will vote to reduce the number of parking permits available to downtown workers by 10 percent, to be followed by yearly reductions of 10 percent until no more permits are available. The continued vitality of the city depends far more on the dishwashers, waiters, retail clerks and, yes, engineers who work downtown than on the over-entitled residents who bought a house years ago and think that they own a piece of the street. A very large percentage of downtown residents are retired and have no need for even one car. Most residents have off-street parking (driveways and garages) that they are simply too lazy to use. Yet all of them get one free parking permit and can buy up to four more for $50 each. Here is a much more sensible approach to controlling parking and traffic: Any household in which all residents are over 70 years old will get no permits. (In case anyone is interested, that would include mine.) In addition, every effort should be made to convince them to surrender their drivers licenses for their own and others’ safety. With buses, vans, trains, taxis and ride-sharing services, they can get anywhere without a car and save lots of money in the process. Any household with off-street parking available will get no permits. All others can buy one to four permits at the same price as permits sold to downtown workers, currently $466. The maximum number of four permits will be reduced by one each year until it is zero. David Lieberman Kingsley Avenue, Palo Alto

Another transit option Editor, Excellent article about alternative transit for seniors (Feb. 3, 2017). I would add that, nearby, Little House (senior center) in Menlo Park has a great transit service, using convenient Lyft rides to and from Little House as well as to and from doctor and dental appointments, for a $4 flat rate each way. Mal Schoen Roble Avenue, Menlo Park

Capping enrollment at Castilleja Editor, Is there an end to Castilleja’s

enrollment policy? What will keep the administration from asking for another 100 students in two years or five years from now? Expansion will continue for years to come. The city has not enforced its existing Conditional Use Plan (CUP) of 415, so why would we hope for it to enforce any other agreement? What I am very upset about is that Castilleja wants to add a commercial parking garage for 130 parking spaces. The entrance would be on Bryant Street off of Embarcadero Road, and the exit would be Emerson Street onto Embarcadero. What will that do to Embarcadero or other streets surrounding Castilleja? Both sides of Embarcadero will become gridlocked at peak hours and throughout the rest of the day. Embarcadero is already at a standstill at 8 a.m. in the morning by Emerson in one lane. By adding another 125 students it will affect traffic flow into Paly, Stanford, Town & Country and the elementary schools Addison and Walter Hays. The bike path on Bryant, and pedestrians trying to cross over on Embarcadero, will be at risk. When people in cars are at a standstill and in a rush, accidents are likely to happen. If Stanford can float other locations for its housing shortages, and all the other private schools in Palo Alto have split their campuses, and years ago Palo Alto Medical Clinic moved its location, then I think Castilleja should consider

the same. They have overgrown their location, and they can’t keep asking and asking every year to enroll more students. Neva Yarkin Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto

Maintain quality of life Editor, Your article on the Castilleja plans (Feb. 10, 2017) was quite informative. Those plans of expansion are the bait that was put out to trap the public into a discussion about a project that should not have been honored by the City Council in the first place. The school, which is located in a residential area, was contractually held to a student population of 415 students, period. No one but the council has to keep vigil on this proposed illegal expansion. No further discussion or scrutiny by anyone is needed. The objections that are meaningful and quite voluble are those of the caring and concerned residents surrounding the school. The expansion, if it ever comes to reality, may bring more tuition fees to the school and widen the tax base of the city. That will be a wrong committed at the expense of tearing down the trust of its citizenry and bringing about an unsafe and destructive dimension to the quality of life that is so coveted by many. Fred Bisharat Byron Street, Palo Alto

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Where is ‘propaganda analysis’ ed when we need it? by Jay Thorwaldson hat headline has nothing to do with the recent national election campaign or the fledgling presidency of Donald Trump, of course. It can apply to divided Palo Alto politics as well as full-blown regional and state campaigns. Propaganda techniques include oftensubliminal marketing/advertising messages aimed at all ages — adults and children — that promote everything from dish soap and deodorant to candidates for president. We swim daily in such messages — hence most of us, like fish in water, are unaware of them, and especially unaware of how they affect us. My personal interest in propaganda dates back more than a half century, when my interest in journalism as a career was still budding, circa 1960. I spent a full college semester studying the role of propaganda in our world, past and (then) present. For my term thesis I researched the 1920s, when the wonder of radio was emerging as a full-blown force. I even dipped into the appalling, name-calling newspaper coverage that preceded the Civil War. I concluded that the two greatest propagandists of the 20th century were Joseph Goebbels and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR’s pre-World War II propaganda was primarily a gentle, encouraging kind for good


causes, such as calming the economic fears of a nation and laying the groundwork for a vast expansion of federal programs — those incentives my “I Like Ike” Republican father referred to as FDR’s “alphabet soup” programs. Roosevelt’s “Fireside Chats” were a brilliant sharing of his views in a despairing and terrifying time of economic collapse and impending war. They still were propaganda, mostly rooted in reality yet designed to influence the beliefs and actions of the public. Goebbels’ propaganda consisted of hatefilled, racist attacks embedded in lies upon lies about Nazi Germany and its intentions in the world, a prelude to unimaginable death and destruction. A friend recently forwarded a collection of Goebbels’ quotations from a website — — where many are quoted. Goebbels’ quotations have an unsettling, chillingly modern ring. Following advice not to waste time trying to influence intellectuals, he wrote: “Arguments must therefore be crude, clear and forcible and appeal to emotions and instincts, not the intellect. Truth (is) unimportant and entirely subordinate to tactics and psychology.” And his most famous line: “A lie told once remains a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth.” In the late 1930s, in the face of a worldwide propaganda assault, a group of academics and journalists created the “Institute for Propaganda Analysis.” It was an attempt to educate Americans about how to recognize and resist the barrage of propaganda flooding the nation. It published a bulletin and books and died in 1942, when actual

war engulfed the world and all sides were using propaganda full blast. The institute attributed its demise to lack of funding. No major potential source of funding and support, it seems, wanted the public to know too much about how to recognize/ resist propaganda. The term “fake news” has entered our national vocabulary, and nameless “trolls” roam the digital hallways and dark alleys attacking whomever they choose — a dark side-effect of the Tech Age. Several programs have been developed to educate parents about how advertising affects their kids. Yet no such awareness/resistance program has “gone viral,” in today’s jargon, in terms of public or media attention. Schools generally show little or no concern about teaching young people how they are being monitored and manipulated. “Marketing” today goes far beyond pushing and selling products and programs — and political candidates. It includes sophisticated research into personal habits and preferences, including what many consider clear invasions of privacy. Reflecting a recent-years resurgence of interest in the subject, a book was published in 2004 entitled simply “Propaganda.” It was by the late Edward Bernays, considered “the father of public relations” and once named as one of the 100 most influential Americans by Life Magazine. It could be said that the friendlier term “public relations” is itself a slice of propaganda. “Spin doctors” is a disrespectful shorthand for PR people, of course, who are usually better paid than most professional

journalists. Some believe money spent nationally on PR exceeds many times over what is spent on professional journalists. More recently, a nonprofit website,, has focused on the history and implications of propaganda, present and future. Its creator, Aaron Delwiche, a professor at Trinity University best known for his work on computer hacking and “transmedia storytelling,” publishes an intelligent review of propaganda and related techniques in an easy-to-read format. It is well worth reviewing — and could be a great do-it-yourself resource for families and teachers to use in learning about propaganda. And a new term has emerged: Russia’s alleged infiltration of the 2016 U.S. election campaign was called in Russia an “influence campaign.” American PR firms had already adopted the term, though. One major firm boasted of having more than 5,500 “influencers” available for clients. Lies, name-calling, use of vague and simplistic answers to complex questions, “buzz words” and subliminal images all play a part in propaganda. The pervasive use of propaganda, many believe, is fostering a cynical disbelief in society generally, with serious implications in terms of public trust in social and political systems. Learning to recognize and resist the flood of misinformation and manipulative messages, from whatever source, may be more important today in America than at any time in history. Q Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at jaythor@well. com. He also writes periodic blogs at

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A different view of the Comp Plan process by Larry Klein he Weekly’s Feb. 2 editorial (“A reckless majority”) and the sibling guest opinion by Councilman Tom DuBois (“When democracy is highjacked”) take serious issue with the Comprehensive Plan decisions of the City Council majority in response to the recommendations of the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). Steve Levy, a member of the CAC, in his superb blog in Palo Alto Online thoroughly demolishes the factual basis of the Weekly editorial and the DuBois op-ed. Other members of the CAC have been publicly critical of the council majority’s decisions. My intent here is not to enter that fray but to discuss some other issues raised by the Comp Plan process. Nearly all of our citizen boards,


commissions and committees do excellent work, and their recommendations are readily accepted by the council but we have to keep in mind that they are advisory to the council. DuBois bemoans the fact (contradicted by Levy) that the council majority ignored some of the CAC’s recommendations. That goes with the territory. Repeat: Citizens committees are advisory. The ultimate responsibility rests with the elected officials. Whenever you hear an elected official complain about a citizens’ committee being ignored you know that he/she was on the losing side and is merely grousing about it. Slates: In 1975 we had a bitter City Council election that involved two slates. After that election, various community and slate leaders got together and, speaking only for themselves, agreed that they would not participate in or encourage slates in future elections. As a result for nearly 40 years we did not have slates in our council elections, and I believe we were well-served by having council members who worked through the issues independently and were not dependent, in whole or in part, on the group think of a slate.

In 2014 we had a slate, backed by Palo Altans for Sensible Zoning (PASZ), that, with like-minded incumbents, won a majority on the council. Slates beget opposition slates, so we had Palo Alto Forward (PAF) join the fray in 2016. Another facet of slates seem to be that they produce ever more expensive and rancorous election campaigns. That certainly was true for our 2014 and 2016 campaigns. I hope that starting in 2018 we can return to non-slate elections. The result of the 2016 election was that the PAF slate won by a significant margin. Their four candidates received 58 percent of the vote to 42 percent for the PASZ four (votes for non-slate candidates not taken into account). With this type of mandate one would expect the new majority to move things in a different direction — as the PASZ members did when they were in the majority. It’s disingenuous for the Weekly and DuBois to use the term “rammed through” (both use it!). When you have slates, the majority is able to enact its views. That’s not “ramming through”; it’s democracy, slate-style. The Comprehensive Plan Process: Nearly 10 years ago the City Council (I

was then a member) voted to update the Comp Plan but stated that, since Palo Alto was 98 or 99 percent built out and that the 1998 Comp Plan was seemingly well-received by the community, only minor tweaks and appropriate updates were needed. Through a variety of stops and starts, additional assignments by council, extensive non-substantive rewording by the Planning and Transportation Commission, reports from consultants and finally (I hope) the creation two years ago of the CAC, the process has stretched out interminably and at a cost far in excess of what anybody could have imagined in 2008. And little has been accomplished. The consensus appears to be that the final result will not be appreciably different from the existing Comp Plan. We need to take a careful look at how and why the Comp Plan process spiraled out of control so that we don’t repeat the errors when we start work in the not-toodistant future on the post 2030 plan. Q Larry Klein served as mayor of Palo Alto in 1984-85, 1989 and 2008. He can be reached at • Palo Alto Weekly • February 24, 2017 • Page 15

Western American pastime lives on through more than 35 local dance groups Story by Patrick Condon | Photos by Veronica Weber s Kurt Gollhardt spins his dance partner across the floor during a recent “Tie-dye Friday” square dance party at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Palo Alto, he’s not concerned about whether he misses a step or two. Neither are the other 40 or so

dancers who smile and laugh as they move around the dance floor following the caller’s instructions. “Circle right, pass through ... wheel and deal ... swing,” caller Michael Levi sings out to the dancers over a microphone, signaling their next moves. The dance group is all about

having fun, according to Gollhardt, a longtime member of the Palo Alto-based LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning) square dance club, The El Camino Reelers, which members initially formed in 1985 to provide an outlet to socialize and meet friends.

Today, the club holds lessons and events at least twice a week and is open to anyone who wants to dance. “You don’t need a partner; you don’t need a fancy outfit; you don’t need to know anything about dancing; and you don’t need to be coordinated. What you do need

is a pair of comfortable shoes or boots and the desire to have fun!” the group’s website states. While the group has a caller and most of the components of a typical modern Western dance club, there are a few differences: The music isn’t limited to country — the Reelers dance to everything from traditional folk music to soul, disco and show tunes; and, people aren’t wearing special square dance attire. The group regularly hosts high-energy, themed dances such as Friday’s hoedown, where members donned tie-dye skirts, shirts, ties and other bright accessories. The Reelers isn’t a Peninsula anomaly. The group is among more than 35 square dance clubs along the Midpeninsula and greater South Bay, including four in Palo Alto, Stanford, Los Altos and Mountain View, according to the Santa Clara Valley Square Dancers Association. The Top: Caller Michael Levy leads the El Camino Reelers during a “Tie-dye Friday” dance on Jan. 27 in Palo Alto. Members say the LGBTQ dance group, which formed in 1985, is all about having fun and regularly hold themed dances that include nontraditional music. Left: El Camino Reelers square dancers Andrew Irish, left, and Sam Cantin, right, dance in the Plus and Advanced group that meets weekly in Palo Alto. Irish and Cantin have been square dancing for more than a decade each.

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Lynn Ashmall, who has been square dancing with the El Camino Reelers for the past 8 years, laughs as she dances with the group during a club get together in January. groups, which cater to just about every niche — beginners, singles, couples, straight, gay — are part of a global pastime celebrating Western American square dance and the Old West cowboy era. Groups dance and compete here and abroad at international conventions that include associations from as far as Japan, Australia, Britain and Denmark. In neighboring Los Altos, Vicky Campagna, a longtime member of Bows and Beaus (one of the oldest singles and couples clubs in the area), said she was looking for a fun way to stay in shape when she joined the club, which formed in 1963. She’s never thought about leaving the group. “I hate exercise, and this is the one kind that keeps my mind active,” said Campagna during a recent dance that included some members from the Reelers who wore plaid shirts, western belt buckles, flared prairie-style skirts and lots of denim. At both clubs, the atmosphere is celebratory and welcoming, with the caller at the center of the activity. To the untrained eye, the dances can seem complex and difficult, with four sets of partners (eight dancers) arranged in a square, swinging and dancing around

each other, toward the center of the square and back. “Once you’ve learned the moves, it becomes more manageable,”said Gollhardt before heading back onto the dance floor. Despite the variety and number of clubs in the area, Gollhardt, who is also a caller and travels the square dance circuit, said in recent years, he’s seen the activity “trending down” overall with fewer dancers participating at events. But Gollhardt and the other dancers in his group don’t really seem to care much if their activity isn’t as trendy at the moment. They describe the square dance scene as a subculture — not a passing trend. “(This) is my community, my social life,” Gollhardt said. Here, he added, “I discovered the family I never knew.” Q Staff Photographer and Videographer Veronica Weber and Editorial Intern Patrick Condon can be reached at vweber@ and pcondon@, respectively. about the cover: Carol Love, center, who has been square dancing since 1988, dances with the Bows and Beaus club during a recent get together in Los Altos.

Irv Martin, 91, center, waits for the next call while dancing with the El Camino Reelers during a club dance in January. Martin has been square dancing for more than 45 years and dances six nights a week with different clubs in Sunnyvale, Los Altos, San Jose and Santa Clara.

Bows and Beaus square dancers from left, Rodger Bauer, Karin Swanson, Monte Hoskins and Bill LaValle sit out a dance and socialize during a recent weekly club get together at Loyola Elementary School. The group, formed in 1963, is among the oldest singles and couples square-dance clubs along the Midpeninsula, which boasts about 35 clubs.

Indra Ong dances with partner Paul Snyder during a “Tie-dye Friday” dance hosted by the El Camino Reelers at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Palo Alto at the end of January.

Dressed in traditional attire, square dancers from the Bows and Beaus club in Los Altos wait for the dance calls to begin. • Palo Alto Weekly • February 24, 2017 • Page 17

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Gold Coast Chamber Players artistic director and violist Pamela FreundStriplen grew up in Palo Alto.

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The Gold Coast Chamber Players’ “Threads” program will be dedicated to the memory of the late Susan Groag Bell, a feminist scholar with Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research.

Alto). Freund-Striplen hopes to eventually bring the concert to Boston, New York and the National Museum for Women in the Arts, in Washington, D.C. “Now it seems quite relevant,” she said about presenting “Threads” in the current political climate. “We’re not wanting to speak directly about politics, but the politics will be evident in how we’re showcasing unexplored women composers.” She’d been wanting to present a concert focusing on female composers for years, “but I couldn’t think of exactly how I wanted to do it.” After the 2015 death of Susan Groag Bell, a close family friend, Freund-Striplen felt the time was right to pay tribute to Bell’s contributions to women’s studies in the best way she could. “I wanted to do something to honor Sue,” she said. “I thought, ‘How can Violinist and Stanford University Department of Music I help? Well, I can plan a faculty member Livia Sohn will perform with the Gold concert. That’s what I do.’” Coast Chamber Players in Palo Alto on March 4. Gold Coast Chamber Players will donate part of the concert’s proceeds women composers — who still struggle to to the Stanford University Press’ Susan Gro- find their place in the spotlight — is a fitting ag Bell Fund, which supports the publica- tribute to Bell and her work. “I remember when our kids were in eltion of emerging works on women’s history (concert goers will also have the opportunity ementary school, in the music room the famous composers had their portraits around to contribute to the fund directly). Freund-Striplen, who grew up in Palo Alto, the wall, and it was all guys,” she mused. “For a long time, women were also barred met Bell at an early age. “My mother and Sue took their kids to Chuck Thompson’s Swim from playing in symphony orchestras, and School (in Midtown),” the Paly graduate said, there was a real discrimination against womand the two became close friends for life. en artists. Why are they left out of the canon “She was very supportive of my concerts and on a fairly regular basis?” she said. “We seem came to many. I was somewhat unaware of to keep having to bring the women in, still.”Q the magnitude of Sue’s work. She was never Arts & Entertainment Editor Karla Kane someone to toot her own horn.” can be emailed at In addition to her work in academia and as an advocate for gender equality, Bell led What: “Threads” by the Gold Coast quite a fascinating life, according to her ClayChamber Players man Institute colleague and longtime friend Where: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Dr. Karen Offen. As a child, she was forced Colorado Ave., Palo Alto to flee Czechoslovakia in 1939, leaving beWhen: Saturday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. hind her father, who eventually died in a Nazi Cost: $15-$40 concentration camp. After years in England, Info: Go to she found her way to Woodside, California,

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“There were a lot of really meaningful things going on with women (in music) throughout the ages. I wanted to have one concert that really brought that to the forefront,” Gold Coast Chamber Players artistic director and violist Pamela Freund-Striplen said. The concert, which includes pieces for piano, voice and strings written by eight women composers, performed by six female musicians, is dedicated to the memory of the late Susan Groag Bell, of Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Freund-Striplen titled the program “Threads” because she sees the composers’ experiences as being linked through time, like a thread weaving through history. It incorporates works by Hildegard von Bingen, Lili and Nadia Boulanger, Clara Schumann, Jennifer Higdon, Geraldine Mucha, Thea Musgrave and Amy Beach. Hildegard von Bingen, the earliest composer included, was a medieval mystic, artist and “very powerful figure” who founded her own nunnery, Freund-Striplen said. “There was no end to her talent.” Freund-Striplen knew she wanted to include a piece of von Bingen’s and, happily, discovered Bay Area vocalist Karen Clark, a von Bingen expert, and invited her to join the program. “She has been spending the last 30 years studying (von Bingen) and how to sing her. I was over the moon about that,” she said. Different in style from the chamber pieces audiences may be more familiar with, the spiritual von Bingen selections (to be performed by Clark with Freund-Striplen accompanying on viola) have a haunting, otherworldly sound. “She had a way of writing music that goes so deep in a person, it goes kind of to your

soul,” she said. “When I heard Karen sing, I was just really struck by her deep commitment to that.” Freund-Striplen felt that including a von Bingen piece was essential, partly because “she’s probably the first woman composer that you hear about. That’s another can of worms. Why don’t you hear about them? What was stopping them from coming into the forefront when they were writing?” she said. Clara Schumann is a familiar name in the classical-music world, but mostly through her relationship with her husband and fellow composer Robert. “She was really undermined by Robert,” Freund-Striplen said. “What he wanted was that she become a great interpreter of his music,” rather than write her own. Lili and Nadia Boulanger were French sisters and composers born in the late 1800s. Nadia became one of the most important music teachers of the 20th century, instructing Aaron Copland and another of the artists included in “Threads,” Thea Musgrave (who now, thanks to this project, has become a personal friend of Freund-Striplen). While Nadia was openly ambitious, younger sister Lili took a different tack. “She would compose, but she would do it in a way that, when she put her work out there, it did not threaten the male establishment,” Freund-Striplen said. “She would say, ‘Oh, it came to me in a dream. Oh, I had a vision,’ rather than ‘Look at all the work I’ve done,’ as pretty much any man would do.” Freund-Striplen said she was limited in choosing selections for the program by the smaller scale of chamber music (nothing requiring a choir or full orchestra), as well as what scores are available in the chambermusic realm (a traditionally white, Western genre). “All the pieces are very strong compositions,” she said. “It will show there is nothing less, no drop-off in quality,” compared to the work of better-known male composers. “They’re equally valid artistically.” In addition to Freund-Striplen and Clark, the program will feature four other worldclass female musicians, including violinist Livia Sohn, who’s on the faculty of Stanford’s music department and was Freund-Striplen’s first “Threads” recruit. Freund-Striplen first started the Gold Coast Chamber Players with her husband in Alameda (the “Gold Coast” from which the ensemble takes its name) in 1987. Since then, it’s evolved from its humble beginnings performing house concerts into an awardwinning ensemble (now based in Lafayette) with a flexible roster, drawing international talent and acclaim. The group also conducts educational programs and outreach to local schools, and recently received a grant from the Zellerbach Family Foundation to continue the “Threads” program (which will be performed in Lafayette as well as in Palo

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hroughout the history of Western civilization, women in music — like women in science, business and other fields — have always faced an uphill battle to do their work and be acknowledged for their accomplishments. Just in time to kick off Women’s History Month, the Gold Coast Chamber Players will present a concert showcasing women composers from the Middle Ages through the modern day in Palo Alto on March 4.

upon marrying Varian physicist Ronald Bell. She earned a history degree from Stanford in 1964, only to be turned away from the graduate program, told by the history department that she, then in her late 30s, was “too old” to pursue a doctorate. She went on instead to earn a master’s degree from Santa Clara University, then devoted herself to research and writing about women’s history in Europe and America as a permanent scholar with the Clayman Institute. At Stanford’s commencement last June, the history department awarded Bell a posthumous honorary doctorate in history. “This was the department’s way of saying, ‘You deserved this, and we’re sorry,’” Offen said. Bell published a number of works, including a milestone feminist textbook, and, with Offen, the two-volume “Women, the Family, and Freedom: The Debate in the Documents: 1750-1950.” One of her particular interests was the medieval author (and proto-feminist icon) Christine de Pizan, whose “City of Women” works chronicle women’s contributions to society. Bell did extensive research into the mystery surrounding the disappearance of six large tapestries depicting scenes from Pizan’s work, some of which were rumored to be owned by notable women including Queen Elizabeth I. This research became her well-regarded 2004 book “The Lost Tapestries of the City of Ladies.” Offen, whose next book, “Debating the Woman Question in Modern France” is nearing completion, said a concert featuring all

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A salad plate with chicken, black-eyed peas, potatoes, raita and fresh chutney, served with a packet of spicy mango chili sauce at Curry Wrapper’s Delight.


t’s an overstatement to call Curry Wrapper’s Delight a restaurant. It’s barely a storefront, with a single counter and zero seating. You order cafeteria-style, mixing and matching that day’s curries and toppings to go inside your rice bowl, salad or currito (aka burrito). But don’t let appearances deceive you. This weekdays-only stop in downtown Redwood City serves better Indian food than you’ll find at most full-service restaurants. The food is actually Indo-Fijian. Fiji’s Indian community dates to the late 1800s, when the British recruited people from India to come to the island as indentured servants to plant sugarcane. Owner-chef Margaret Chinappa grew up in an Indian household in Fiji and opened Curry Wrapper’s Delight in 2014 at the urging of her husband. Compared to northern Indian food typical in the Bay Area, Indo-Fijian is much lighter. Curries rely on coconut milk instead of cream, and you won’t find pools of grease floating to the top, though the latter has more to do with Chinappa’s focus on health than it does Fiji. She meticulously trims the fat off all her meats so that when you bite into a hunk of pork, you only taste juicy meat. You can try that pork ($7.50) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Dishes rotate here because there isn’t enough space to offer everything at once. There’s a limit on stamina, too. Chinappa cooks everything herself with just four staff to help. The popular chicken curry ($7.25) is available every day, but others, like the lamb ($8.25), fish ($8.25), and beef ($.7.75) only appear certain days of the week. The menu on the wall walks you through the ordering process: Choose your base and then decide what goes inside. While the currito seems like a burrito knock-off, it actually mimics a Fijian roti parcel. “If you were brought up in Fiji in an Indian household, every Indian child knows for their lunch, their mom would make them a roti parcel,” Chinappa said.

Roti is an Indian flatbread that can be rolled around various fillings. Chinappa couldn’t find anyone willing to make labor-intensive roti, so she uses tortillas, which she said hold up better to the curries. The currito is the obvious choice if you’re eating on the go, but the rice and salad bowls have some advantages. (You can also order half salad, half rice.) Namely, they allow you to taste each element separately and mix them as you like to create balance. For example, if a mouthful of spicy chutney leaves you sweating, you can cool off with some chopped cucumber or spoonful of raita, a creamy yogurt that Chinappa enlivens with shredded cucumber, carrot, garlic and just a bit of honey. If you order a currito, where everything is mashed together, the raita turns warm and the cucumbers soften, leaving you nowhere to turn when your mouth needs relief. Several dishes, including the chicken curry and spinach eggplant saag purée (one of the vegetable sides), burn pleasantly low. “I really tone down the spice,” Chinappa said. “I’m south Indian. We’re known to eat spicy foods. Here, I have to mindful of the customers and their needs.” That’s why she offers the spicy chutney and explosive habanero salsa as optional add-ons. Unless you have a bionic tongue, relinquish your bravado and don’t order them both at the same time. Those who can’t handle hot chiles will find refuge in the coconut fish curry. On Thursdays, white fish cooked in masala spices comes with coconut curry sauce the side, and on Fridays, most pieces of fish bathe in it. Despite the murky yellow color, it tastes much lighter than it looks and only mildly of coconut. One the best attributes of Chinappa’s cooking is the balanced panoply of spices like masala (in itself a blend of spices), star anise, ginger and garlic that make it agreeably difficult to distinguish individual ones.


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BIG PLANS FOR MIKE’S ... After nearly 22 years, Midtown Palo Alto’s oldest neighborhood restaurant is expanding. Mike’s Cafe, 2680 Middlefield Road, is taking over the adjacent site of the former Peninsula Hardware, which closed in September after 63 years. Cafe owner Mike Wallau has big plans for his small restaurant. City documents show the current 2,000-squarefoot eatery will more than double in size. Additionally, seating capacity will increase to an estimated 60 to 70, with an additional 20 seats outside, according to Wallau. Another major change? “You won’t have to go outside to use the bathroom anymore. We’re putting the bathrooms inside the restaurant.” And the ridiculously small kitchen? “That’s going

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When you order a meat or fish curry, you choose one of three vegetable curries to go with it. Skip the meat, and you can have two vegetables ($6.75 for vegetarian only). Roasted potatoes, stained yellow from turmeric, yield a buttery texture that especially compliments the coconut fish curry. If you’ve

to be larger too. So the quality will also improve because the kitchen will be much bigger,” Wallau said. But the basic menu will remain unchanged. “We found a concept that works. That’s why we’ve basically had the same menu for 22 years.” The caesar salad, the pear gorgonzola salad and the tiger prawn linguine are a few of the items that have been on the menu since day one, according to Wallau. “And they stay there because no one wants us to take any of those items off the menu” he said. Another change for Mike’s Cafe is the location of the front door, which will be facing Middlefield Road. The counter, however, will stay, and will have room for about seven seats. “I’m very excited to be able to offer my customers

only ever experienced gloopy saag paneer (Indian puréed spinach with cubes of white cheese,) you must try Chinappa’s spinach and eggplant. It’s not as pulverized as saag; you can still see the stems of the spinach. In Fiji, Chinappa would have used leaves from amurensis, an Asian grape, but she found spinach to be a good substitute. Blackeyed peas stewed in a tomato-based sauce depart from the Fijian custom

a larger space. And there will also be an area for private dining,” he said. Wallau, who was born and raised in Midtown, is a busy man. He also owns the popular, 5-year-old Portola Kitchen, located in Ladera on Alpine Road. Like Mike’s Cafe, it offers farm-totable cuisine. “Everything we make at the restaurants is homemade and fresh, and we use locally grown produce,” said Wallau, who is hoping the new plans for the larger Mike’s will go through the city process smoothly. “Best case scenario, we could be open in the larger space six months from now. I’m really hoping to get it open by the summer.” VOICE COMMAND SCOOTER ... An Israeli company has chosen downtown Palo Alto for its first-ever showroom to feature its new, self-folding, electric scooters. “The opening of our showroom in Palo Alto is a transformative moment for us,” said Ori Dadoosh, CEO of Green Ride. “Our team has put in so much work and countless hours perfecting the (scooter’s) design and advanced technology. We are excited to begin sharing it with the world,” he said. The Green Ride store, which

of dry-frying them with potatoes. “I don’t do just what I was brought up with,” she explained. “A lot of Indians come in and say, ‘This is not typical Indian cuisine.’ I say, ‘I’m not trying to be in the box.’” This flair for experimentation explains why you’ll see yellow corn and shredded Monterey jack cheese as topping choices. While jack cheese on lamb curry sounds bizarre, it tastes comforting. Another optional topping looks just like Mexican pico de gallo, but this salad of chopped tomato, onion, and cilantro is actually a standard accompaniment. Chutneys are also traditional, available here as mild or spicy. Before you leave Curry Wrapper’s Delight and take your meal to one of several outdoor tables, grab a packet of spicy mango chile sauce.

recently opened at 435 University Ave., sells the 55-pound scooters for $3,000 to $5,000 each, depending on the battery range, explained Dadoosh. Calling the eco-friendly scooter a “luxury product,” Dadoosh said, “You can carry it just like a suitcase. Then you can either press a button or you can use voice commands to unfold it. Unfolding it takes seven seconds.” Dadoosh sees a crucial need for this type of personal vehicle because of traffic and parking problems. “Instead of looking for a parking place for your scooter, you fold it up and take it with you,” he said. The scooter is named “inu,” the Japanese word for dog, a faithful companion that’s always by your side. Dadoosh said the scooter can travel at speeds up to 15 miles per hour. But for those who need an electric scooter immediately, there’s a bit of a lag. The store is only accepting pre-orders. The first delivery is expected in September.

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“It tastes just like mango pickles,” said Chinappa, whose friends make it. Mango pickles are beloved in India, but for the unfamiliar, they taste strong and salty. Try the sauce, which is thicker and pastier than ketchup, in small doses mixed with other items on your plate. In the future, Chinappa would like to serve passion fruit lassis, an Indian smoothie made with yogurt. But for now, she’s sticking to bottled beverages. “It’s all about timing,” she said. “I don’t want to sign up for something I cannot handle and overload my coworkers and myself.” She already wakes up at 4 a.m. to start cooking at 5 a.m. Don’t expect her to stay open on the weekends any time soon either — she currently spends those days working as a caregiver for the elderly.


Chinappa is not complaining, though. She just wants you to try her curry. Q Freelance writer Alissa Merksamer can be reached at Curry Wrapper’s Delight, 312 Arguello Street, Redwood City; 650-261-3987; currywrappersdelight Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m and 5-7 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Reservations

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An African-American man (Daniel Kaluuya) visits his white girlfriend’s mysterious family estate in “Get Out.” (not for nothing, Peele also gets a raft of terrific performances for his vivid cast of characters). What’s most interesting about “Get Out” is how it taps into the same idea to fuel both its comedy and horror: the recognition

of social truths. The movie won’t quite work on people who don’t already know to be true that racism still abounds in America, that black culture is envied, that white privilege is a thing (or “thang,” to quote one of Dean’s squirmy moments of cultural appropriation). Just as comedy does, the film’s horror exaggerates for effect, busting out with a gonzo premise. But the wild ride has its roots in very real systemic racism, which puts Peele in good company as a purveyor of subversive, transgressive horror. Despite its terrible implications, his film is entertaining as all “Get Out.” Rated R for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references. One hour, 43 minutes. — Peter Canavese

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Home Front RENTS ON THE RISE ... According to Apartment List, a San Francisco-based online apartment marketplace, rents in Palo Alto are up 5.7 percent over a year ago, at $2,600 for a onebedroom. San Francisco tops the list at $3,420. A one-bedroom apartment in San Jose goes for a median of $2,110.

At left: A seating area, called the “Zen spot,” houses a waterfall wall of wavy, etched lava rock. Sapele mahogany floors unify the main level. The owner loves Hawaii, “so we incorporated water and wave imagery,” designer Judy Ross said. Bottom: An African Sapele mahogany burl structure houses kitchen cabinets and supports an elevated quartz counter/bar, where three bronze fixtures hang above. The kitchen cabinets are figured ash.

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Sharon Heights townhouse remodel infused with owner’s love of Hawaii by Susan Golovin photos by Michelle Le


fter Eric Brandenburg bought a dated, dark townhouse in the Sharon Heights neighborhood of Menlo Park, he proceeded with plans to convert it into a comfortable home for himself and his teen twins. This ultimately involved taking the place down to the studs. But the condominium’s homeowners’ association regulations meant the facade had to remain unchanged. “The place was built in the early ‘80s when everything was a box with small rooms,” said designer Judy Ross. “It was a challenge to open it up. We had to put in steel supports that go down 25 feet.” Now the dramatic fourlevel home provides views that extend to San Francisco. “Eric wanted to add a bedroom,” Ross said. “Where you enter on the main level, there used to be a two-story atrium. We made it into a sitting area — they call it the Zen Spot — and positioned a bedroom above it.” The “Zen spot” is so-called because it houses a waterfall wall of wavy, etched lava rock. Sapele mahogany floors unify the main level. “Eric loves Hawaii, and so we incorporated water and wave imagery,” Ross said. The granite ledge in front of the waterfall faces four swivel chairs and augments the seating. Large, acrylic-coated photos of Hawaiian flora help

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create a calm atmosphere where you can sit and gaze through the glass wall of folding doors that leads out to an adjacent deck. An African Sapele mahogany burl structure, which houses kitchen cabinetry and a copper colored Rohl stainless steel sink, supports an elevated quartz counter/bar. This separates the kitchen from the Zen Spot, but maintains the open feel. Over this bar hang three dark bronze Holly Hunt fixtures. “They cast a golden glow,” Ross said, turning on the lights. “Notice that the bar is rounded, like a wave.” The Sepele burl also incorporates a wave pattern. The kitchen cabinets are figured ash, and the high-end appliances are stainless steel. “We sandblasted the glass on the cabinets because nobody’s dishes are that pretty,” Ross said. The kitchen is open to the dining room, with its floor-to-ceiling northern views. Supported by an artistic metal base, the dining table is glass and thus does not detract from the view. It is surrounded by stamped suede Art Decostyle chairs and seats 12. White wine is kept in a cooler in the kitchen. About 100 bottles of the owner’s preferred quaff, red wine, are stored in a Jerusalem limestone-lined wine cellar. It adds depth

and interest to a short corridor that houses a well-equipped mini-kitchen used when entertaining. The nearby powder room features a dramatic wall of green quartzite with black veins. “We didn’t want to interrupt the stone, so we put the mirror on the opposite wall over the birch cabinetry,” Ross said. The mirror is framed in the same stone. The Italian sink and toilet are both ovate, with an off-white finish, and the sink is off-center, providing counter space. The living room is down one-half level and has a view facing the glass wall near the Zen Spot. It opens to the wood deck, fenced by specially coated glass which resists staining. You can peer down into the living room through the curved stamped copper and stainless steel railing that undulates like a wave. The living room sofa is baby blue leather custom-made to hug the curves. It is backed with vertical indentations that lap the railing above. “Eric loved the stone used in the computer science building at Stanford,” Ross said. She sourced a similar limestone in Minnesota and used it for the curved hearth, which is axed for texture. It is complemented by the (continued on next page)

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2-by-18-inch polished Jerusalem limestone floor tiles. A half bath is tucked into a corner. The railing continues up a half flight to the theater/guest room. Here, a red-leather Prada sofa converts into a bed. The flatscreen TV is positioned over a rectangular electric fireplace filled with cut-glass crystals that can be controlled to change color. The TV can be automatically lowered for easier viewing. Up another half-flight and you arrive at the master bedroom and kids’ bedrooms. The master claims the view. A custom-made Claro walnut bed by Sterling Woodcraft in San Carlos has attached wenge wood side tables. The bed’s canopy is fitted with lights. “Eric wanted a TV, but he didn’t want to ruin the view,” says Ross. The solution is a TV which lives under the bed, but glides out and up at the flick of a switch. A window runs most of the length of the room, but to satisfy fire-code regulations they had to add a small casement window next to it. The master bath features heavily veined Italian marble. It took 16 slabs to construct the 10-foot-by-7-foot steam shower. “The Dornbracht shower head is the largest I have ever seen,” Ross said. Above the double sinks the ceiling was punched up to two stories and skylights were added. The nearby closet has an electric ladder which folds down to access the attic. As you walk down the corridor which leads to the kids’ rooms, you face a threedimensional “Escher-like” tile pattern in the shared bathroom. This visually expands the space. Another half-bath gives both teens the room they need to get ready

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for school on time. The son’s newly created bedroom takes advantage of a loft area carved out of the roof space. His desk is located in the bottom part of the room and a staircase with a hammered stainless steel railing leads to the loft where he sleeps. A figured-ash tonsu chest of drawers framed in mahogany is tucked under the staircase. The daughter’s room also makes the most of the space. Her desk and shelving are located in the closet, and a “mushroom” bouncy chair can be stored under the desk. Both rooms open to a side deck. “Every room has something special,” Ross said. Q Susan Golovin is a freelance writer for the Weekly. She can be emailed at


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Goal: Update townhouse and add a bedroom Design challenge: Maintain stability when supports removed Unexpected Problem: Timing — having deliverables on schedule Time to complete: 16 months Year house built: early 1980s Size of home: 3,200 square feet (with added 420 square feet) Budget: N/A Building Contractor: Ted Wegner, Wegner Construction, Redwood City, Designer: Judy Ross, Wegner Construction,


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745 Campbell Avenue, Los Altos Welcome home! Centrally located in the Rancho Neighborhood of Los Altos, this inviting one story home has 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, separate Living and Dining Rooms, an eat-in Kitchen and a Family Room that opens to the backyard. The secluded Master Suite has a remodeled Bath, two closets and private access to the professionally landscaped gardens. Close to the charming downtown, nearby schools, Rosita Park and shopping with easy access to 280, this home is ideal!

Offered for $2,595,000

Denise Welsh, SRES

Gwen Luce, SRES

Broker Associate

Previews Property Specialist

650.209.1566| BRE #00939903

650.566.5343| Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

BRE #00879652 • Palo Alto Weekly • February 24, 2017 • Page 23




E MEADOW DR 701 EAST MEADOW DRIVE, PALO ALTO Lots can be sold separately or together. All lots are zoned for single family residences â&#x20AC;&#x153;R1 Zoningâ&#x20AC;?. Lots are not in ďŹ&#x201A;ood zone so a basement is possible. LOT 1 9,780 SqFt Lot $2,138,000

LOT 2 8,077 SqFt Lot $1,998,000

LOT 3 8,006 SqFt Lot $1,898,000

FAR Lot 1 is 3,684 SqFt FAR Lot 2 is 3,173 SqFt FAR Lot 3 is 3,151 SqFt + possible basement on each lot Buyer to verify with City of Palo Alto CONCEPTUAL DESIGN ONLY BUYER TO VERIFY



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1313 Jefferson Avenue, Redwood City Offered at $798,000 Upgraded Living Near Downtown This impeccably located 3 bedroom, 2 bath residence occupies over 1,200 sq. ft. (per county) on a lot of 4,500 sq. ft. (per county), granting an accessible setting with close proximity to shopping, entertainment, and everyday conveniences. Recent upgrades give the home charm and vitality, while classic features such as crown molding and a wood-burning fireplace preserve the home’s original character. Residing near Redwood City’s finest dining and recreation, this home is only a stroll away from El Camino Real, Caltrain, and the shops and cafes of popular Sequoia Station, and is also near fine schools like John Gill Elementary, Kennedy Middle, and Sequoia High (buyer to verify eligibility).



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1492 Webster Street, Palo Alto OPEN SUNDAY 1:30-4:30 PM Dating back to 1917 and owned by just three families, this Craftsman home is located on a rare subdividable lot of more than one-half acre. Beyond gated entrances, the corner setting is sheltered from the street by screens of foliage with tall hedges, a majestic oak tree, and a grove of graceful birch trees. Standing three stories tall with a basement, the home presents original details like fine hardwood floors, glass door knobs, and 5 fireplaces combined with numerous updates over the years. Outside, wraparound gardens, a custom playground, and vast entertainment deck await play and entertaining. Located in the greater Professorville neighborhood, this home benefits from access to acclaimed Palo Alto schools, and is just 2 blocks to Elizabeth Gamble Garden and Rinconada Park plus less than one mile to Stanford University.


Circa 1917 Craftsman home in greater Professorville neighborhood Over one-half acre (approx. 23,033 sq. ft.) with potential for subdivision 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths arranged over 3 levels Approximately 4,223 sq. ft. of living space (buyer to confirm) Landscaped corner lot with birch tree grove, heritage oak, and tall hedges Detached garage for up to 6 cars (approx. 870 sq. ft.) plus attached workshop building (approx. 470 sq. ft.) Acclaimed Palo Alto schools (Walter Hays K-5, Jordan Middle 6-8, Palo Alto High 9-12 - Buyer to verify enrollment)

$9,890,000 WWW.1492WEBSTER.COM

(650) 475-2030 CalBRE# 01009791

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855 BRUCE DRIVE, PALO ALTO 2 Bedroom | 2 Bath | ±1,548 SQFT | ±7,721 SQFT Lot


Xin Jiang, MBA 650.283.8379

Remodel or build your own dream home in prime Midtown Palo Alto Just a few blocks to Midtown Shopping Center, multiple parks, and Mitchell Park Community Center and Library Large lot: ±7,721sf per city parcel report, ±8,040sf per county record Current home has +/-1,548sf of living area, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, living and dining rooms Excellent Palo Alto Schools: Palo Verde Elementary, Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle, Palo Alto High (buyer to verify school availability)

OPEN SATURDAY, 2/25 & SUNDAY, 2/26 1:30-4:30PM

License #01961451

Offered at $1,998,000

Nadr Essabhoy, MBA 650.248.5898 License #01085354

Square footage, acreage, miles and other information herein, has been received from one or more of a variety of different sources. Such information has not been verified by Alain Pinel Realtors. If important to buyers, buyers should conduct their own investigation.

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612 Sierra Vista Ave, Unit K, Mountain View Offered at $998,000 Townhome in Tantalizing Location With just moments to parks, commuter routes, major employers, and popular shopping centers, this 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome of over 1,200 sq. ft. (per county) offers an unbeatable location. In addition, the light-filled home provides significant upgrades, soaring ceilings, an upper-level laundry center, and flexible living and dining areas that share a fireplace. Outdoor havens include a newly fenced terrace and an upper-level patio. Step over to Permanente Creek Trail for easy biking access to Google and Shoreline, or stroll to Crittenden Middle and quickly reach other fine schools like Monta Loma Elementary and Los Altos High (buyer to verify ®

eligibility). For video tour & more photos, please visit:

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A Luxury Collection By Intero Real Estate Services

5 Betty Lane, Atherton

200 Alamos Road, Portola Valley

26880 Elena Road, Los Altos Hills




Listing Provided by: Greg Goumas Lic.#01878208

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10440 Albertsworth Lane, Los Altos Hills

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Listing Provided by: Greg Goumas & John Reece, Lic.#01878208 & 00838479

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Listing Provided by:Jennifer Cosgrove, Lic.#01334273

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See our entire luxury collection at ©2017 Intero Real Estate Services Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and a wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc. All rights reserved.

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19 Grove Street, Los Gatos | $3,700,000 | Listing Provided by: Jess Wible & Kristine Meyer, Lic.#01077539 & #01443520 Customized to the unique style of each luxury property, Prestigio will expose your home through the most influential mediums reaching the greatest number of qualified buyers wherever they may be in the world. For more information about listing your home with the Intero Prestigio International program, call your local Intero Real Estate Services office. Woodside 1590 Cañada Lane Woodside, CA 94062 650.206.6200

Menlo Park 807 Santa Cruz Avenue Menlo Park, CA 94025 650.543.7740

Los Altos 496 First Street, Ste. 200 Los Altos, CA 94022 650.947.4700 ©2017 Intero Real Estate Services Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and a wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc. All rights reserved. • Palo All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. This is not intended as a solicitation if you are listed with another broker.

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Extensively Remodeled Mediterranean Villa in Old Palo Alto 0 0-4:3 3 : 1 n & Su t a S Open


161 Lowell Avenue, Palo Alto

his Mediterranean Villa has been transformed into a chic and stylish home for indoor/outdoor living. The open arrangement of space allows IRUPLQJOLQJZLWKIULHQGVDQGIDPLO\HDVLO\RYHUÃ RZLQJWRLQYLWLQJ outdoor venues at the front and rear. Outside, the natural beauty of the gardens adds to the appeal with a carefree array of palm trees that enhances the resort-like setting with stunning pool and spa â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a magical setting for quiet relaxation or festive entertaining. A premier sought-after location in a neighborhood of legacy homes with access to toprated Palo Alto schools.

â&#x20AC;¢ 5 bedrooms and 4 baths arranged over two levels; approximately 4,093 square feet and approximately 9,000 sq ft lot. â&#x20AC;¢&XVWRPL]HGRIÃ&#x;FHZLWKEXLOWLQVRUSRVVLEOHWKEHGURRP â&#x20AC;¢ Formal dining room and living room with french doors leading to front courtyard â&#x20AC;¢ Sleek and modern kitchen with Carrara marble and island seating combined ZLWKDFRPIRUWDEOHIDPLO\URRPÃ&#x;OOHGZLWKFXVWRPEXLOWLQVDQGRIÃ&#x;FHQRRN

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209 Pearl Lane, Menlo Park Offered at $1,998,000 Tranquility, Luxury, and Convenience Nestled within the serene Morgan Lane community, this detached 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home of approx. 2,000 sq. ft. (per county) presents thoughtfully appointed spaces and access to park-like neighborhood areas. Well-appointed rooms are spread across three levels, including open gathering areas, a high-end kitchen, and a flexible fourth bedroom suite. Built in 2008, the exceptionally designed, lowmaintenance residence also offers contemporary luxuries, energyefficient amenities, an attached two-car garage, and much, much more. This sought-after Linfield Oaks setting allows you to stroll to Burgess Park and the vibrant downtown areas of both Menlo Park and Palo Alto, while living within moments of ®

exceptional Menlo Park schools.

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17900 Skyline Blvd Large home on over 23 ac of privacy. Bright & open flrpln, lg formal LR, DR & gourmet kit. 6 BR/7 BA + 1 half BA David Kelsey CalBRE #01242399 650.851.2666

100 Phillip Rd Craftsman-style estate in Central Woodside. Apprx. 3 flat sunny acres w/pool. Studio apt. 5 BR/4 BA + 1 half BA Erika Demma CalBRE #01230766 650.851.2666

1982 Camino A Los Cerros Completely updated. Coffered ceilings, hardwood floors in every room, & classic millwork. 5 BR/4 BA + 1 half BA Tim Kerns CalBRE #01800770 650.324.4456

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

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510 Palmer Ln New Construction with an excellent floor plan on a large lot. 4 BR/4 BA + 1 half BA Tim Kerns CalBRE #01800770 650.324.4456

570 Berkeley Ave Lot over 30,000 sq. ft. Build your dream home with all the extras!


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

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

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

261 Gabarda Way Ladera Mid-Century Modern. 3,440 sf on 30+ sf lot. Gorgeous wooded setting! Multi-level 5BD/3BA Lovinda Beal CalBRE #00925698 650.851.1961

745 Campbell Ave Centrally located in the Rancho Neighborhood of Los Altos near schools, parks and shopping. 3 BR/2 BA + 1 half BA Gwen Luce/Denise Welch CalBRE # 00939903/00879652 650.324.4456

3600 Highland Ave Totally updated “Mediterranean Villa” w/lrge open floor plan. Resort like grounds & views! 4 BR/2 BA + 1 half BA Sam Anagnostou CalBRE #00798217 650.851.2666

Menlo Park

San Jose

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$1,995,000 Sat/Sun 1 - 4

450 Arbor Road Charming and bright Allied Arts ranch home. Conveniently located to downtown Menlo Park. 3 BR/2 BA Karen Fryling/Rebecca Johnson CalBRE #70000667 650.324.4456

$1,488,000 Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30

1098 Queen Anne Dr Enjoy or update this Durastyle gem w/top Cup schls, convenient location&grt neighborhood. 3 BR/2 BA Clara Lee CalBRE #01723333 650.325.6161 |

$1,249,000 Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30

3201 Finch Dr Near the end of a quiet cul-desac this beautiful home has artistic accents throughout. 3 BR/2 BA Colleen Cooley CalBRE #70000645 650.325.6161

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OPEN SAT & SUN 1:30 - 4:30


his charming 4 bedroom/3 bath California bungalow has been expanded and remodeled harmoniously blending classic architecture with newer design. Sunlight streams through windows creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

The large living room features vintage details including a coved ceiling, picture rail moulding, and a bay window overlooking the welcoming front porch. There is an adjoining separate dining room. The kitchen and family room span the back of the home and open to a delightful, private garden with a brick and stone patio, and lawn rimmed by beds bursting with color. An additional bonus is the detached garage, accessed off of the alley, maximizing use of the lot. With 8 skylights, a bank of windows and French doors opening to a private garden, the garage provides an ideal setting for an artist studio. Living Area: 2,185 sq. ft. (Per plans by Michael Hilliard, unverified) Lot Size: 6,997 sq. ft. (Per City Parcel Map, unverified)

Offered at $3,200,000

Carol Carnevale

Nicole Aron



559 Palo Alto sales and counting… Included among the top Real Estate Teams in the Nation by the Wall Street Journal

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experience the deleon difference

12008 Adobe Creek Lodge Rd Los Altos Hills Offered at $6,788,000 Rich Living, Alluring Serenity

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27811 Saddle Court Los Altos Hills Offered at $5,988,000

Hilltop Solitude with Panoramic Views

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7 Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms

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

656 Hale St. Sat/Sun 1-5 Alain Pinel Realtors

$3,198,000 323-1111


1424 Harker Av. Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$3,200,000 462-1111

2 Bedrooms - Condominium 470 Gabilan St #4 Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$1,189,000 323-7751

3239 Maddux Dr $3,498,000 Sun Keller Williams Palo Alto 454-8500 810 Miranda Green St Sat/Sun Deleon Realty

$2,988,000 543-8500

1235 Mills St. $925,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 Dreyfus Sotheby’s Realty 644-3474

3408 South Ct Sun Midtown Realty

$2,650,000 321-1596


3 Bedrooms

5 Bedrooms

3BR, 2.5BA, 2114 sq ft. Lovely Ranch Style home, on the market for the first time, freshly painted interior with a professionally landscaped lot Offered at $2,595,000

510 Palmer Ln. Sun Coldwell Banker 209 Pearl Ln. Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

MENLO PARK 2 Bedrooms - Condominium

Gwen Luce 566-5343 Denise Welsh 209-1566

450 Arbor Rd. Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$1,995,000 323-7751

161 Lowell Av. $6,500,000 Sat/Sun Keller Williams Palo Alto 454-8500

$4,095,000 323-7751 $1,998,000 543-8500

6 Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms

1492 Webster St. Sun Sereno Group

5 Bedrooms 1982 Camino a los Cerros Sun Coldwell Banker 570 Berkeley Av Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 161 Willow Rd. Sat/Sun 1-5 Alain Pinel Realtors



4 Bedrooms

2 Bedrooms - Townhouse

$4,998,000 323-7751 $3,325,000 325-6161 $2,798,000 323-1111

$9,890,000 323-1900


20 Cordova Ct Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker


1313 Jefferson Av. Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

$4,295,000 529-1111

612 Sierra Vista Av. Unit K Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

355 Lloyden Park Ln Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$2,698,000 323-7751


41 Maple Av Sun Coldwell Banker

$3,195,000 323-7751

855 Bruce Dr. Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$798,000 543-8500

SAN JOSE 3 Bedrooms

3201 Finch Dr. Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker 1098 Queen Anne Dr. Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,249,000 325-6161 $1,488,000 325-6161

WOODSIDE 4 Bedrooms

618 Manzanita Way Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$8,695,000 851-2666

MBA: The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania BA: Waseda University, Japan Speaks Japanese & Chinese Fluently

198 Oak Grove Av. Sat/Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors

$4,350,000 851-1961

$998,000 543-8500

Xin Jiang 650.283.8379

2 Bedrooms $1,998,000 323-1111

3 4 0 8 S O U T H C O U R T, P A L O A LT O

Welcoming Home On A Beautiful Tree-lined Street HIGHLIGHTS • 4 very spacious bedrooms

• 2 bathrooms • Large living room & dining-room combination with fireplace • Spacious great room with updated kitchen • Quality finishes including: • gleaming hardwood floors • dual pane windows • granite counter tops • insulated walls and ceiling • Attached two car garage • Beautifully landscaped grounds: • Meandering slate pathway entry • Private backyard with mature landscaping • 1,778 sq. ft. of living space, approx. • 6,250 sq. ft. lot, approx. WONDERFUL LOCATION

• Centrally located near schools, parks, shopping, the new Mitchell Park Library and transportation • Excellent Palo Alto school including Gunn High Listing Agent: Tim Foy CalBRE# 00849721 Cell: 650.387.5078

O P E N H O U S E S U N D AY 1 : 3 0 - 4 : 3 0 O F F E R E D A T $2,650,000

Midtown Realty, Inc. • 2775 Middlefield Road • Phone: 650.321.1596 • • Palo Alto Weekly • February 24, 2017 • Page 37



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810 Miranda Green Street Palo Alto Offered at $2,988,000 Zen Gardens and Eclectic Charm

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14123 Tracy Court Los Altos Hills Offered at $7,788,000 High-Tech Architectural Masterpiece

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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) 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) 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)



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,, for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case, T.S.# 9551-3566. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. NBS Default Services, LLC 301 E. Ocean Blvd. Suite 1720 Long Beach, CA 90802 800-766-7751 For Trustee Sale Information Log On To: www. or Call: 916-9390772. NBS Default Services, LLC, Nicole Rodriguez, Foreclosure Associate This communication is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. However, if you have received a discharge of the debt referenced herein in a bankruptcy proceeding, this is not an attempt to impose personal liability upon you for payment of that debt. In the event you have received a bankruptcy discharge, any action to enforce the debt will be taken against the property only. LEGAL


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WITH HONORS . . . Stanford freshman Makenzie Fischer earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation/Kap7 Newcomer of the Week honors for the second time this season the conference announced Tuesday. . . . Stanford’s Akash Modi earned his third Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week honor. Modi placed second in the all-around at the Las Vegas Winter Cup for the second straight year, with a combined overall score of 171.050. CHAMPIONSHIP RUN . . . The Stanford women’s swimming and diving team opened the Pac-12 swimming and diving championships Wednesday with two relay victories, an American and NCAA record, and the fastest 50-yard freestyle split ever recorded. The Cardinal set the American and NCAA standard in the 800-yard freestyle relay, and also opened the meet with a thrilling victory in the 200 medley relay on Wednesday night.

ON THE AIR Friday College women’s gymnastics: OPregon State at Stanford, 6 p.m., Pac-12 Networks College men’s volleyball: BYU at Stanford, 7 p.m., Pac-12 Plus College women’s basketball: Stanford at Oregon State, 8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks

Saturday College swimming: Stanford at Pac-12 championships, 10:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m., P12Champs Livestream. College men’s basketball: Oregon at Stanford, 1 p.m., Pac-12 Networks

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Tony Azevedo (in a photo from 2003) helped Stanford win national titles in each of his first two years on The Farm.

Azevedo changed the way we view water polo Stanford grad has helped make the United States into a powerhouse by Rick Eymer


e was an Olympian before he arrived at Stanford and remained an Olympian and professional men’s water polo player long after he graduated. Tony Azevedo, who announced his retirement from the sport Sunday in his hometown of Long Beach, became the face of men’s water polo and was featured on numerous magazine covers. The simple fact is that Azevedo

will always be considered the greatest American water polo player. That he became an ambassador for the sport makes him that much more special. “Tony is the most recognizable water polo player in the US and in the world,” Stanford men’s water polo coach John Vargas said. “He brought the game of water polo in the US to another level that will not be eclipsed. It was a real

honor to have coached Tony at the Olympics and at Stanford.” Azevedo, USA team captain since 2005, helped put the United States water polo program on the world map and he did it through hard work, dedication and grace. He became the youngest United States water polo player to appear in an Olympic Games. He scored 13 goals in 2000, fourth in the world.

Azevedo was a four-time national Player of the Year while at Stanford. He graduated in 2005 as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 332 goals. USA teammate Bret Bonnani (360) eclipsed that in 2015. “I can’t say enough about him and what he has meant to the sport and the legacy he leaves as a player,” Vargas said. “Tony is retiring (continued on next page)

A full slate of postseason events on tap this weekend Open Division basketball, soccer highlights the schedule by Glenn Reeves he Central Coast Section playoffs bloom fully this weekend, with events taking place in all three winter sports and scattered aross the Greater Bay Area. There are at least 14 boys and girls basketball games involving local teams scheduled, and there could be two more depending on Thursday’s results. Six local teams remain alive in CCS soccer action and all are in action Saturday, highlighted by Menlo-Atherton at Palo Alto at 1 p.m. in the girls’ open division. Both the Menlo School boys and girls soccer teams won Wednesday to advance. The Sacred Heart Prep and M-A boys teams also recorded victories. The SH Prep boys pulled off a shocker. The Gators, seeded No. 16 in the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs, went on the road and knocked off No. 1 seed Prospect 1-0. SHP will play at No. 8 Hillsdale, a 1-0 winner over Sacred Heart Cathedral, in the Division II quarterfinals on Saturday at 3 p.m.


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“Now it’s a whole new season,’’ SHP coach Armando del Rio said. “We’ve upset a No. 1 seed before, but that was as a No. 8 seed. This was definitely our biggest upset in CCS.’’ The only goal of the match was scored 11 minutes in when Connor Johnston headed a ball into the net. “Brock (Salzman) beat his man and put a great ball into the box,’’ Johnston said. “I sprinted ahead of the defender to get my head on the ball.’’ The Gators (11-7-1) turned matters over to their defense, which made the goal stand up. Menlo School’s Alistair Shaw delivered what proved to be the game-winning goal in a 3-1 decision over visiting No. 15 Overfelt of San Jose in another Division II match. Shaw delivered a goal for the ages in the first overtime period. On the run, some 40 yards away from the Royals’ goal, Shaw had the ball bounce up to his head, then to his left foot, before controlling it past the Royals’ defense. Shaw stopped, gained his composure, (continued on next page)

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DRAW CONTROLS, GROUND BALLS . . . The USC lacrosse team opened it season with a pair of victories. The third-ranked Trojans are led by Menlo School grad Michaela Michael and Palo Alto grad Nina Kelty. Michael, a first team All-American last year, is tied for second on the team with six points and leads the team with 16 draw conrols heading into Friday’s match at Florida. Kelty, a defender, is tied for third with three groundballs. The defending Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champions, USC won its first 20 games last year and reached the NCAA quarterfinal round. Michael recorded 68 goals and 31 assists for 99 points, all team highs, last year. She also led the team with 107 draw controls. Kelty started 20 of the 21 games and had 24 groundballs and 14 caused turnovers. The Trojans play at Stanford on April 21.

Connor Johnston scored the only goal in Sacred Heart’s 1-0 victory over top-seeded Prospect on Wednesday night.

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and drilled it past Royals’ goalie Mauricio Espinoza in the 89th minute. “I knew what I wanted to do,” Shaw said. “I can’t say it works every time.” Menlo’s Aaron Morgan assisted Ben Lasky for an insurance goal in the 91st minute as the secondseeded Knights got past the scrappy Royals, 3-1. Menlo School (14-1-4) hosts No. 10 Soledad (11-5-3) at 1 p.m. Saturday. Freshman Charlie McKay stumbled a few times the first game he was asked to play goalie for the Menlo-Atherton varsity boys soccer team but it didn’t take long for him to earn the trust of his older teammates. McKay rewarded his teammates for that trust by coming up big during the penalty-kick portion of M-A’s Central Coast Section Division I match with visiting Palo Alto on Wednesday. The two teams played to a 1-1 draw after 100 minutes of fastpaced action, beautiful shot attempts and even better defensive maneuverings. In the end, McKay blocked a shot that allowed the sixth-seeded Bears (9-7-4) to advance, 5-3 on penalty kicks, into the second round of the playoffs, which they will host. Andrew Hill (10-9-2) upset No. 3 North Salinas and will visit Menlo-Atherton for a 5 p.m. game Saturday. Following a scoreless first half, Palo Alto got on the board in the first minute of the second half when Yahli Malchin dribbled down the left side and made a perfect crossing pass that MichelAnge Siaba headed into the right corner of the net. M-A’s Nic Jandeleit scored the tying goal. Freshmen were responsible for three goals, three assists and a shutout in the Menlo girls’ 5-0 victory over host Pacific Collegiate. The Knights (12-4-3) will play No. 11 Sobrato (9-6-6) at 11 a.m. Saturday. Freshman Cameron Boom posted a hat trick and an assist. Junior Julia Wang and senior Cleo King scored, and the Knights got assists from three others in the shutout.

as a player, but will continue to make an impact on the sport for years to come.” Azevedo became the first American water polo player to appear in five Olympics, leading Team USA to the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games. Team USA beat Italy, 10-7, in its final game at the 2016 Rio Olympics, held in Azevedo’s birthplace. “It was good we finished strong,” Azevedo said afterward. “We had a couple of guys who hadn’t scored a goal all tournament and they finally (did). We came out and we played together and we came out with a win. Unfortunately we aren’t where we wanted to be, but when you are in the Olympic Games you are representing your country and you are representing a lot more than your individual self.” In addition to his Olympic legacy, Azevedo appeared in a record eight World Championships, four Fina World Cup Tournaments and two World League Super Finals. Azevedo was inducted into the Stanford Sports Hall of Fame last September. He’s also in the New York Athletic Club’s Hall of Fame after helping lead it to six national titles. After graduating from Stanford, Azevedo signed with Can

CCS basketball Kehillah Jewish rode the energy of senior guard Yuval Luria (10 rebounds) and the dynamic scoring duo of Guy Manor (15 points) and senior Sam Feldman (18 points) to a surprising 48-34 victory over host Mid-Peninsula in a Division V contest. The Rams (9-10) played at Pinewood on Thursday night. The winner plays Eastside College Prep (17-7) at St. Francis-Watsonville on Saturday at a time to be determined. Second-seeded Priory (19-5) also plays there against either Thomas More or Alma Heights Christian. Gunn took control in the second half Tuesday and pulled away for

Connor Johnston (31) and the Gators play again Saturday at 3 p.m. at Hillsdale High. a 66-54 victory over Westmont in the opening round of the Central Coast Section Division II boys basketball playoffs. Jeffrey Lee-Heidenreich, Gunn’s scoring leader all season, led the way with 19 points. Josh Radin scored 15. DeMario Shepard had 10 and Eli Russo came off the bench to score nine, seven in the fourth quarter. The Titans (13-11) played Westmoor on Thursday with the winner meeting host Santa Clara (1410) at a time to be determined. In other games Saturday: The eighth-seeded MenloAtherton boys (22-5) meet topseeded Bellarmine (23-1) in the Open Division, Palo Alto (20-4) plays at Fremont against either Homestead or Independence in Division I at a time to be determined, and Menlo School plays either Harker or Carmel at Hartnell College at a time to be determined. On the girls side, Pinewood (222) meets St. Ignatius (17-7) at 5:30 p.m. and Eastside College Prep (18-6) meets Sacred Heart Cathedral (16-7) at 7:30 p.m., both at Gunn High in Open Division play. Menlo-Atherton (26-1) plays Valley Christian (13-11) at Christopher-Gilroy at 5:30 p.m., also in the Open Division. In Division I, Palo Alto (19-3) plays either Wilcox or Lincoln at Piedmont Hills at a time to be determined. In Division II, Gunn (14-11) meets either Leland or Aragon at Aragon at a time to de determined. In Division IV, Menlo School (14-10) meets either Santa Cruz or Monte Vista Christian and Sacred Heart Prep plays either Scotts Valley or The King’s Academy at Notre Dame-Belmont at times to be determined. In Division V, Castilleja (1113) plays either KIPP or Alma Heights and Priory (15-9) faces Pacific Collegiate or Crystal Springs, both at Alma Heights at times to bet determined. Girls state wrestling Menlo-Atherton senior Chelsea Wilson and fellow CCS champion Folashade Akinola, a sophomore, are among the six locals who will be competing at the state wrestling tournament that begins Friday at the Visalia Convention Center. Wilson is the top seed at 106 and will meet Los Banos junior Haley Bailez in the opening round. A win puts her in the second round against Diamond Ranch junior Trina Nguyen.

M-A freshman Anna Smith, competing at 116, was scheduled top meet Del Oro senior Savannah Scott, with a spot in the second round against Milikan junior Kimberline Banegas at stake. Gunn senior Ruby Robinson was slated to take on No. 2 seed Alyssa Aceval in the first round at 126. At 131, M-A sophomore Lauren McDonnell was to take on Selma senior Alexis Morfin, with Del Oro’s Candice Corralejo waiting in the second round. Akinola, the second seed at 160, drew a first-round bye and will meet the winner of a match between Ripon Christian senior Victoria White and Bishop Amat freshman Janeice Alcooer. Palo Alto senior Sara Aguilar, also a CCS champion, was scheduled to wrestle Pittsburg junior Gaby Salguero-Renteria to open the 170 division. The winner moves on to compete against Corona junior Crystal Carillo. M-A sophomore Abby Ericson (189) was to meet Paramount sophomore Elizabeth Saleapoega in the first round, with Eureka freshman Aracely Rendon the opponent for the winner. Saturday’s consolation rounds begin at 9 a.m., with finals slated for 6 p.m. CCS boys wrestling The CCS tournament, being held at Independence High in San Jose, begins with the first session at 9 a.m. Friday, which includes the first two rounds of the championship bracket and the first two rounds of the consolation bracket. Session Two begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and includes everything through the semifinals and third through sixth placement matches. Session Three features the championship finals and starts at 7 p.m. Nine Gunn wrestlers qualified: Thomas Chang-Davidson (160), Dash Lee (182), Andy Maltz (285), Tim Waymouth (145), Koh Suzuki (138), Aaron Schultz (152), Ido Enav (132), Alex Feghhi (195) and Steven Lassen (220). Seven Palo Alto wrestlers qualified: Elliot Clark, Calvin Grewal, Alex Daw, Seth Goyal (seeded second at 132), Aidan Gans, Andrew Wang (seeded fifth at 120), and Callum Day Ham. Five Menlo-Atherton wrestlers qualified: Salvador Diaz Nicholas Ozden (seeded fifth at 182), Joshua Meyers, Will Tarr and Anthony Waller. Q

Bissolati in the Italian League and became the league’s leading scorer in his second year. He’s also played professionally in Montenegro, Croatia and Brazil. He’s helped two teams, Fluminense and SESI, to their first ever Brazilian championships. Azevedo’s father Richard was a member of the Brazilian national team, hence Tony spent the first few months of his life in Brazil. The family moved to Long Beach. Richard Azevedo has coached around the world and has been involved with the U.S. national program. He’s currently the coach of the Chinese national women’s team. Q

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Tony Azevedo appeared at Stanford last September as part of Hall of Fame weekend and was acknowledged by the water polo crowd.


Mikaela Topper

Nolan Peterson



The senior guard scored a season-high 23 points and matched her season-high with five assists in Pinewood’s victory over Priory last Friday.

The senior goalie helped the Knights to a pair of victories over Priory and SHP last week that assured Menlo of its first league title in 15 years.

Honorable mention Josephine Cotto Menlo-Atherton soccer

Katie Fearon Castilleja basketball

Hannah Jump Pinewood basketball

Lauren Koyama* Palo Alto basketball

Carly McLanahan Menlo-Atherton basketball

Eliana Roodman Gunn soccer

Max Dorward Palo Alto basketball

Isiah East Eastside Prep basketball

Ben Lasky Menlo soccer

Jeffrey Lee-Heidenreich* Gunn basketball

Nicholas Ozden Menlo-Atherton wrestling

Salvador Ruiz Menlo-Atherton wrestling * Previous winners

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