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City of Palo Alto class guide Transitions 17 Spectrum 18 Eating Out 27 Movies 28 Home 30 Puzzles 51 Q Seniors A ‘tussie-mussie’ love affair

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Q Arts Saint Michael Trio turns 10

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Local news, information and analysis

School board supportive of social-emotional proposals Committee recommends the district take a phased approach to the new curriculum by Elena Kadvany


embers of the Palo Alto Board of Education were supportive Tuesday of a committee’s proposal to implement a districtwide socialemotional curriculum, though they questioned the still-to-beformed plans for implementation and evaluation.

The district’s Social Emotional Learning Curriculum Committee has recommended the district not only select a new curriculum focused on social-emotional skills — such as self-awareness, conflict resolution and emotional intelligence — but also pursue a larger shift in district

culture, which would require sustained leadership, resources and commitment. While some schools are ready to jump in headfirst — primarily the district’s two high schools, committee members told the board Tuesday — others will need time to prepare. Gunn High School, for example, has already prepared a draft “action plan” to pilot a new social-emotional curriculum with freshmen and sophomores this

fall, Principal Denise Herrmann told the board. She said she plans to merge this work with a plan to bring a teacher-advisory program at Gunn, started this year with the launch of a new program called Titan Connect. Palo Alto High School is also looking at how to integrate further socialemotional learning as part of its existing teacher-advisory program, Herrmann said. A diverse range of socialemotional learning programs are

already present at many Palo Alto schools, but they lack a cohesive focus, committee members said. A districtwide curriculum would provide direct instruction on social-emotional learning, or SEL, at all grade levels as well as integrate an overall commitment to the philosophy behind it, said committee member Josh Bloom, a Paly teacher on special assignment (TOSA) focused on (continued on page 12)


Stanford’s proposed expansion raises fears over traffic Southgate residents, City Council urge university to do more to tackle traffic as it pursues campus development by Gennady Sheyner

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Making their moves Zviad Izoria, right, a chess grandmaster, waits for Caely Orr, a sixth-grader at Jordan Middle School, to take her turn on March 1. Izoria was playing 12 games simultaneously with students in the school’s chess club as fellow sixth-graders Kaito Tabor, Connor Lassila and Daniel Valencia waited their turn. The lunchtime event was hosted by the chess club in collaboration with Bay Area Chess.


Consternation over Palo Alto post office continues Ongoing problems including facility conditions, mail theft and short staffing by Sue Dremann


ong lines for passports, supervisors who won’t meet with the public, a dearth of stamps, already opened mail and a smelly lobby have some patrons of Palo Alto’s post offices holding their noses. The ongoing issues, which have been reported since 2014, don’t seem to be getting any better, patrons of two of the local branches said recently. At the Hamilton Avenue branch in downtown, weeds and trash have accumulated on the lawns, and the lobby smells because homeless persons who sleep there have relieved themselves indoors. The Main

branch on East Bayshore Road has had a broken door that allows cold air to blast patrons and workers. But it’s the long lines for passports and the inability to find a supervisor when something goes wrong that mainly have patrons irked. Sheryl Klein said she opted to wait in line for a passport beginning at 5 a.m. on Feb. 24, after she found a line of nearly 50 people the day before when she arrived. The one passport clerk, who works from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., processes only about 24 applications a day, though sometimes a supervisor will agree to accommodate more people.

At 5 a.m., Klein was the second person in line. Palo Alto is the only station in the area that takes customers on a first-come, first-served basis. All others taking passport applications require an appointment, USPS spokesman Gus Ruiz said. “We prefer to help customers by appointment here,” Postmaster Diana Liang said in a statement. “However, the Department of State and San Francisco District want Palo Alto Main Office to be able to help customers who are (continued on page 13)


s Stanford University prepares for its next phase of campus expansion, officials are confronting a daunting question: How do you add more than 2 million square feet of development without also adding traffic? For the university, the question isn’t purely academic. A key condition in its 2000 General Use Permit, granted by Santa Clara County, calls for Stanford to maintain a “no net new commute trips” policy at its campus. Thus, as Stanford’s campus has expanded by more than 1 million square feet, the university has been forced to expand its toolkit for dealing with traffic. Since 2001, Stanford has met this challenge by introducing a vanpool program, launching East Bay shuttles, giving away free transit passes and adding more Marguerite buses. Its drive-alone rate has plummeted from 72 to 50 percent. Now, as the university is applying for a permit to add 2.275 million square feet of academic space and 3,150 housing units by 2035, city officials are wondering whether it can continue to innovate its way out of traffic snarls. The university’s application, which is now under review by the county, identifies several new strategies, including commuter buses, expanded local bus service and improved bike infrastructure and new parking policies. But while Stanford is confident it can find creative ways to get people out of cars, some Palo Alto residents and city officials have serious doubts. Last week, a group of Southgate

residents poured their anxieties about Stanford’s proposed expansion into a letter that challenged the university to do more to address the high number of Stanford-affiliated people who drive through and park cars on their streets. With traffic on Churchill Street getting worse each year, the neighbors wrote, Stanford’s anticipated growth causes “additional alarm within our neighborhood.” In the letter, the Southgate residents urge Stanford to adopt technology that verifies that commuters are actually getting to campus by public transit, not “driving and parking adjacent to a Marguerite shuttle route in a local neighborhood.” “We are particularly concerned with the lack of a truly verifiable plan for monitoring and dealing with off-campus traffic and parking impacts, particularly when we consider the manner in which the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plan proposals are set forth in the Stanford application,” the letter from Keith Ferrell, Jim McFall, Christine Shambora, Nancy Shepherd and Tom Vlasic states. “We find them inadequate.” The City Council Monday night, in considering the proposed General Use Permit amendment, had its own questions and misgivings. Councilwoman Lydia Kou told Stanford officials that even if Stanford meets its campuswide goal, its growth brings unwanted impacts to sections of the city. “While you’re saying ‘no net (continued on page 10) • Palo Alto Weekly • March 3, 2017 • Page 5


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The exact technologies we use and the tools we use are left to us. —Jean McCown, Stanford’s assistant vice president and director of community relations, on Stanford’s plan to tackle traffic. See story on page 5.

Around Town

EVERGREEN PARKING ... It took about two years for residents of Evergreen Park to convince City Hall to create a parking program for their neighborhood. In January, the City Council finally gave the program a green light, with the expectation that it would launch on April 1. Once the program was up and running, parking in Evergreen Park and Mayfield — the two neighborhoods located, respectively, north and south of California Avenue — would be limited to two hours for all cars that don’t have permits. Area employees who have long used the streets for free all-day parking would suddenly lose that privilege. While the neighborhood succeeded in getting the program it wanted, now it looks like it will have to wait a little longer than expected. According to Assistant City Manager Ed Shikada, implementing the program — specifically, creating the needed signs — is taking longer than expected. Shikada told the council this week that under the new timeline, the parking restrictions will not be installed until April, which means enforcement will begin in early May. “We will be using the time between now and then to make sure residents and employees are informed about the project,” Shikada said. He also said that the city plans to start selling permits to residents in midMarch. Employee permits would go on sale later and will be rolled out in three phases, with those on the waiting list for California Avenue parking facilities getting the top priority, followed by lowincome employees and ultimately, everyone else. SMALL SOLUTIONS ... By any measure, accessory-dwelling units in Palo Alto are a tiny solution to a colossal problem. They tend to be small and, thanks to the city’s stringent rules, relatively uncommon. Even as the city is experiencing a housing crisis, officials expect to see only 32 new accessory-dwellings to go up in the next eight years — just four per year. Now, the city council wants to encourage

more such units, provided they don’t cause parking problems in their neighborhoods or become little hotels for Airbnb hosts. On March 7, the council will try to strike that balance when it considers eliminating one barrier to construction: a “minimum lot size” requirement that only allows those with property on large lots (35 percent greater than the minimum-lot size requirement) to pursue such units. The new law would scrap this restriction and allow any lot that meets the minimum-size requirement to include such a unit. The new ordinance also would allow property owners to create “junior accessory dwelling units,” which entail conversion of an existing bedroom within a home into a mini-apartment. Such units must include a kitchenette and may not exceed 500 square feet. The council will also consider a proposal from the Planning and Transportation Commission to conduct a parking study and to waive parking requirements for accessory-dwelling units in those neighborhoods where more than 50 percent of parking spaces are free during peak utilization hours. Even with the changes, the expectations are relatively modest. As Planning Commissioner Eric Rosenblum said during his commission’s review, “I do think ADUs are a great idea, but I think it needs to be part of this holistic set of solutions for providing more housing, and I don’t even think in the end it’s going to be one of the largest sources of housing.”

OUT OF THIS WORLD ... A Palo Alto-based tech company helped NASA with equipment used on a recent Raven flight demonstration that reached the International Space Station where tests are underway to develop a new spacecraft autopilot system that, once completed, would allow the technology to venture off into space without the help of humans. Space Systems Loral, which provides commercial satellites and designs spacecraft, brought in its two-axis gimbal mechanism that helps put reflectors, antennas and electric thrusters in place. Q

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The Pepper Tree School after school child care center at Stanford University.


The child care squeeze Graduate students want Stanford University to help pay for — and provide more — child care


hen Stanford University graduate student Sade Bonilla was just eight weeks pregnant, the second person she broke the news to — after her best friend — was an employee at the university’s WorkLife Office. She knew she needed to get her child onto notoriously long waitlists for campus child care programs early, and fast. Ultimately, her son was born but didn’t get into any of the campus centers, so she patched together a less-than-ideal solution: sharing a nanny with another Stanford family while she worked at home until her husband, a construction worker, got home in the early evening and she could leave for meetings and other work. Months later, a spot opened up at a campus center, and she quickly enrolled her son, despite knowing the $2,100 monthly tuition would be close to unaffordable for a graduate student living on a $30,000 annual stipend. Bonilla and her husband are dipping into their savings, and both are taking on extra work. Bonilla’s situation is common among graduate students with young children at Stanford, who say accessing affordable child care is one of the issues most impacting their quality of life. Some are taking out loans to pay for child care; others are hiring undergraduate students as part-time babysitters. Some are moving their parents or in-laws

out to Palo Alto from across the country to help take care of their young children. High demand for Stanford’s eight infant-care, preschool and afterschool centers on campus, coupled with the fact that faculty and staff are given priority when it comes to enrolling in most programs, make it difficult for graduate students to find quality care that is not prohibitively expensive, they said in interviews with the Weekly. (It is not much easier nor cheaper to find child care off campus within Palo Alto, where programs are also heavily impacted, with long waiting lists and pricey tuition.) At the bottom of the academic and financial totem pole, graduate students at Stanford say they feel like an “invisible” population whose needs are not being met by the university. “You can’t afford to live, have a place to eat and pay for health care and child care,” said Tina Cheuk, a third-year student in the Graduate School of Education who has a young daughter. “I don’t know if anyone’s thought about that.” The university says it has been and is doing what it can to address the high demand for affordable child care on campus. At the end of this school year, Stanford will close two small, existing centers — Rainbow School (a preschool) and Pepper Tree (an after-school program) — and use their land for a new, larger program that will serve

more children. The university decided last year that Children’s Center of Stanford Community, which serves close to 150 children, would move from a temporary facility to the footprint of Rainbow and Pepper Tree. When it opens in 2018, the repurposed Children’s Center of Stanford Community program will serve up to 225 infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children — the largest capacity of any existing center on campus. Graduate students will be able to apply for tuition reduction at the new program. Given that Pepper Tree is located across the street from Escondido Elementary School, many students attend the Pepper Tree after-school program. In anticipation of the closure, Stanford has donated $413,000 to the school district to build a portable at Escondido to allow nonprofit Palo Alto Community Child Care to expand its after-school program, which also has a long waiting list and high demand. The Palo Alto school board unanimously approved the donation on Tuesday night. “Stanford has worked for many years to provide high quality child care options to students, staff, faculty and members of the surrounding university community,” the university said in a statement provided to the Weekly. “We are re-purposing the Rainbow and Pepper Tree properties to expand the Children’s Center of Stanford

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Tina Cheuk and her daughter, Alexandria Soja, put puzzles together at the toddler child care program the 3-year-old attends twice a week. Community because it is in the long-term best interest of families going forward — and our waiting lists demonstrate that more space is needed.”

Needed: know-how and patience


hen graduate students with young children start their search for campus child care, they enter a competitive system that requires ample know-how, money — and patience. The eight child care centers for various age groups serve about 740 children on campus, according to the university. With the Children’s Center of Stanford Community expansion and a new child care facility set to open at

Stanford’s new Redwood City campus, the university expects to be able to serve 930 children by 2019. Most programs give enrollment priority to faculty and staff; some also give it to students, postdoctoral researchers, residents of nearby campus housing complexes or people who work at Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Rainbow School and Pepper Tree give priority to residents of Escondido Village, a graduate-student housing complex. (It is unclear whether this will be offered at the new facility after they are closed.) And not all programs are created equally, parents say, making competition for certain programs stiffer. There’s Bing Nursery School, (continued on page 11) • Palo Alto Weekly • March 3, 2017 • Page 7


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Palo Alto officials signaled on Wednesday that they plan to stay on course with their rail priority: the separation of train tracks from local roadways, which involves reconfiguring the rail corridor so that trains would run under the streets (or vice versa). All four committee members agreed that even with the recent Caltrain setbacks, the project remains urgent, warranting a community-engagement process, which may be launched as soon as next month. Palo Alto council members have consistently referred to grade separations as the most urgent priority when it comes to transportation infrastructure. Nevertheless, the city remains behind other Peninsula cities when it comes to crafting a vision for its share of the rail corridor. The Rail Committee’s guiding principle states that the city “supports a non-elevated alignment of high-speed-rail/Caltrain in Palo Alto” and that its “preferred vertical alignment of fixed rail in Palo Alto is below grade.” Yet members of the Rail Committee argued on Wednesday that the community conversation shouldn’t elevate these options over others. Assistant City Manager Ed Shikada said the challenge for the city is to find a process that promotes engagement, but doesn’t take too long. The committee voted 4-0 to request that staff come up with a new engagement plan, which would be reviewed at its next meeting on March 22. The committee also agreed Wednesday that it should take a fresh look at its guiding principles, and Councilman Adrian Fine proposed expanding the committee’s charter so that it considers connections to the East Bay. Q — Gennady Sheyner

Officials: Rumors of local ICE arrests false Rumors of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent sightings caused East Palo Alto’s residents to besiege police and school district officials with calls regarding the rumors, which began to spread on Friday, Feb. 24, officials said. They ranged from alerts through emails and Twitter to a bogus photograph of Department of Homeland Security vehicles posted on Facebook. ICE operations are not taking place in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View or Palo Alto, agency spokesman James Schwab said. The original rumor, that men wearing jackets emblazoned with ICE on the back and dressed in khaki pants had stopped someone at the Shell gas station on University Avenue at Bell Street, set off alarms through East Palo Alto. Community networks warned people of the sighting. “We explore all options every time one of these rumors surfaces. We have no evidence that anything related to these rumors have any factual basis,” said police Commander Jeff Liu in text messages. The rumors “have put a lot of people in a state of unnecessary fear and stress.” If people think someone is trying to shake them down or might be impersonating an ICE officer, they should not give them any money and should contact their local police department immediately, officials said. The general public should contact local leaders and officials for information if they are concerned. Local governments and community nonprofit groups can contact the community relations officer at 415-844-5866, 415-745-5208. A Spanish translation of the story is available online. Q —Sue Dremann and Elena Kadvany

School board approves civil-rights agreement On Tuesday, the Palo Alto school board closed a chapter and opened a new one with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, unanimously approving a resolution agreement in two Title IX investigations and repealing by a 4-1 vote a controversial 2014 resolution that criticized the federal agency. All board members expressed an eagerness on Tuesday to move forward on both accounts. Melissa Baten Caswell, the only sitting board member who served on the board that unanimously approved the 2014 resolution, hesitated before casting her vote but ultimately supported the repeal “in the interest of moving forward.” President Terry Godfrey, however, cast the sole dissenting vote. She, too, said she wanted to be forward-looking rather than “go back and re-litigate 2014.” The board also unanimously backed a new resolution proposed by Baten Caswell that commits the district to working collaboratively with the Office for Civil Rights, a reflection of the district’s current, more positive relationship with the agency. Before adopting, the board made some small changes, including expanding a list of groups protected from discrimination and striking a clause that stated all “authorized action” from the 2014 resolution “has been concluded.” The resolution agreement, the result of yearslong investigations into reports of sexual harassment, misconduct and violence at Palo Alto and Gunn high schools, commits the district to corrective actions to address its failure to comply with anti-discrimination law Title IX. The Office for Civil Rights will release a letter of findings after the resolution agreement is signed. Q — Elena Kadvany


New rules on the way for groundwater pumping Palo Alto prepares to add restrictions on ‘dewatering’ for basement construction by Gennady Sheyner


alo Alto resident Keith Bennett estimates that the thirst of Palo Alto’s entire daytime population for a year could be quenched with all the water that was pumped out of eight residential properties last year to construct basements. For Bennett and his growing grassroots group, that’s a problem that the city isn’t tackling with enough gusto. Next week, as the City Council prepares to consider new regulations for “dewatering” — the practice of pumping out groundwater — he and others members of Save Palo Alto’s Groundwater plan to lead the call for action. The group, which sprung up in 2015, can already claim some success. Two years ago, the council began requiring that dewatering sites provide “fill” stations, which allow water otherwise headed for the storm drains to be recaptured and used for other means, including irrigation and construction cleanup. And in early 2016, the city strengthened the fill-station requirement, mandating that these

stations have enough water pressure to accommodate multiple users drawing from them at once. The council also began requiring builders to submit studies showing how their projects affect nearby trees, landscaping and buildings. On March 7, the council is preparing to go even further. One proposed change would require stations to be able to fill a truck in 10 minutes — a capability that must be demonstrated before any dewatering can proceed — and be designed such that the storage tank would always be at least one-half full. Another requirement would limit pumping to 10 weeks (in addition to the two-week “startup period,” during which time the builder would have to demonstrate compliance with water-quality standards). A builder would also be prohibited from digging out more than 3 feet below the basement floor during the startup period. Once the basement, slab is poured, the depth would have to be 1 foot. Further, the builder must offer to water trees and plants on adjacent

properties if requested; report all measurements on a bi-weekly basis; and submit a geotechnical study based on pumping tests at wells on the site. While these rules would take effect this spring (pumping is only allowed between April and October), the council is also eyeing more substantial steps in 2018. The city may start requiring builders to rely on “cutoff walls” for basement construction — a generally more expensive technique that limits pumping to an area contained within the walls. The new regulations have already received the endorsement of the council’s Policy and Services Committee, which approved them in December after hearing from dozens of residents, many wearing “Save Palo Alto’s Groundwater” buttons. Bennett posited at the meeting that it’s not unreasonable to asks developers to pay a little more to avoid wasting a public resource. “Our aquifer is a precious shared resource, which Palo Alto has the responsibility to protect,” Bennett


Court: private emails considered public records Without ruling, officials ‘could hide their most sensitive, and potentially damning, discussions’ by Elena Kadvany, Gennady Sheyner and Jocelyn Dong


n a victory for public access to government records, the California Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled that local officials’ communication about public business on private accounts and devices is subject to the California Public Records Act. The ruling stemmed from a lawsuit against the City of San Jose, which in 2009 refused to release messages from officials’ personal accounts in response to a citizen’s Public Records Act request, arguing their release was beyond the scope of the law and overly burdensome. Only a document created, sent or otherwise stored on an agency’s public accounts, and retrievable by the agency, should be considered a public record, the city argued. The California Supreme Court offers a straightforward counter-argument: the medium by which officials communicate about public business is irrelevant when disclosure of records are in the public’s interest. The “whole purpose” of the Public Records Act, the court wrote, “is to ensure transparency in government activities. If public officials

could evade the law simply by clicking into a different email account, or communicating through a personal device, sensitive information could routinely evade public scrutiny.” Using private accounts to evade release and keep communications secret would, in effect, the court wrote, “gut the public’s presumptive right of access” guaranteed by the Public Records Act, which was enacted in 1968 and added to the state constitution by voters in 2004. Any writing prepared by a public official or employee that “substantively relates to the conduct of public business,” regardless whether it’s written on a personal or public account, is considered a public record, the ruling states. Thursday’s ruling overturned a 2014 Court of Appeals decision in the city’s favor and against Ted Smith, who under the Public Records Act requested documents related to a major redevelopment in downtown San Jose, including emails and text messages sent or received on private devices by the mayor, two City Council members and their staffs. Karl Olson, a San Francisco

attorney who represented a group of news media organizations who filed an amicus brief urging the court to rule in Smith’s favor, called the opinion a “strong victory for public access.” “It respects the public’s strong right to know what is going on with public business, and it should defeat efforts to evade public scrutiny by conducting public business on so-called ‘private’ electronic devices,” he wrote in a statement. “As the court said, open access to government records is essential to verify that government officials are acting responsibly and held accountable to the public they serve.” In discussing the case in December and making its ruling Thursday, the court recognized that times — and the ways in

said. “A significant amount of the community’s groundwater is pumped and dumped. This is neither acceptable to the community nor sustainable.” Bennett has plenty of allies in his battle to preserve groundwater. Esther Nigenda, also a member of the grassroots group, recently penned a letter to the council listing the various reasons why her group opposes dewatering. The practice, she wrote, is environmentally unsound and is equivalent to a “localized drought,” with impacts to properties hundreds of feet away. She also argued that less than 1 percent of the pumped water comes from the property being dewatered; the rest comes from neighboring properties. While the group has in the past called for dramatic measures to curb dewatering, including a moratorium on groundwater pumping and a per-gallon fee for pumped water, Palo Alto officials have opted for a more measured approach: tweaking existing rules, adding relatively modest regulations, monitoring impacts and making revisions based on experiences. Last year, according to Public Works staff, the city’s eight projects pumped out 140 million gallons (for comparison, the city as a whole uses about 8 million gallons per day). In several cases, the applicants submitted geotechnical studies that predicted lower flow rates than occurred. This prompted the new requirement that the

measurements be based on actual wells, rather than projections. A significant change to dewatering could be on the way in 2018 if the city abolishes existing groundwater-pumping methods (known as “broad area dewatering”) and requires “localized” techniques that require less pumping. Last year, Bennett began working with local architect Daniel Garber to discuss the benefits and added costs of localized construction, which separates the basement from the rest of the area with a cutoff wall and only pumps from within the wall. Last week, Garber submitted a letter outlining several advantages of the localized-dewatering strategy: It takes about half the time to build the wall than to pursue the broad-area dewatering; and dewatering can be done any time during the year. “The homeowner isn’t restricted to just the non-rainy season to build because the City’s storm drain system isn’t burdened by the large amounts of water that results from a project that utilizes broadarea dewatering methods,” Garber wrote. “Thus, localized dewatering strategies add flexibility to a homeowner’s construction schedule, adds only a very small percent to the overall cost of any new house and importantly avoids removing millions of gallons of water from our underground aquifer.” Q Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

which government operates — have changed since the law was enacted nearly 50 years ago. “This case concerns how laws, originally designed to cover paper documents, apply to evolving methods of electronic communication,” states the court opinion, authored by Associate Justice Carol Corrigan with the concurrence of the other six judges. “In today’s environment, not all employmentrelated activity occurs during a conventional workday, or in an employer-maintained workplace.” In arguing in favor of a narrow interpretation of the Public Records Act, the City of San Jose raised numerous issues, among them intrusion of privacy, the “onerous” burden of retrieving emails on private accounts and devices, and its belief that the Act was intended to apply to agencies as a whole and not individuals. The state Supreme Court rejects most of these interpretations and concerns. Noting the balance between the public disclosure and personal privacy interests, the court made clear that an employee’s email to his or her spouse complaining “my coworker is an idiot,” for example, would not likely be considered a public record. However, an email

to a superior reporting the coworker’s mismanagement of a public project could be, the court wrote. A public record “must relate in some substantive way to the conduct of the public’s business,” the ruling states. “Communications that are primarily personal, containing no more than incidental mentions of agency business, generally will not constitute public records.” Compliance with the Public Records Act is not necessarily at odds with the privacy rights of public employees, the court wrote. Personal information or documents that fall under a legal exemption can be redacted before their release. Under the law, agencies already are allowed to withhold records if doing so “clearly outweighs” the public interest in disclosure. The city’s argument that a public agency can only disclose information accessible to the agency as a whole, rather than documents that individual officials or employees have sent or received, is “flawed,” the court wrote. The court also rejected San Jose’s contention that individual officers or employees should effectively be excluded from the definition of “local agency.” “A disembodied governmental (continued on page 14)

Youth-suicide report due out Friday The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is set to release a final report on its epidemiological investigation into youth suicide in Santa Clara County on the morning of Friday, March 3. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department, which on behalf of the Palo Alto school district in 2015 formally filed a request for the CDC to conduct the study, will post the report on its website. To read the report and our news coverage, go to • Palo Alto Weekly • March 3, 2017 • Page 9


Online This Week

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

Man sentenced for murder plot An East Palo Alto man was sentenced in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday to seven years and three months in prison for seeking to hire someone to murder a woman who accused him of sexual harassment.(Posted March 2, 8:25 a.m.)

Woman photographs man who exposed himself A man who exposed himself to a woman in Palo Alto’s Evergreen Park neighborhood on Monday morning didn’t flee quickly enough to prevent the woman from taking a photo of him, police said.(Posted March 1, 9:30 a.m.)

Man arrested for stabbing A Palo Alto man was arrested Monday night in connection to a stabbing on the 1100 block of Phyllis Avenue in Mountain View that wounded one person, according to police. (Posted Feb. 28, 11:10 a.m.

Caltrain gets project extension Caltrain has successfully negotiated an extension of the deadline for contractors to begin construction on a massive electrification project while awaiting a decision from the Federal Transit Administration on a $647 million grant, the transit agency announced Monday. (Posted Feb. 28, 10:55 a.m.)

Jewish center reopens following threat The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center campus was closed for about two hours Monday evening after staff at the facility received a threatening phone call that contained a bomb threat, the organization said on Twitter. (Posted Feb. 27, 6:44 p.m.)

Center quadruples homeless placement

Teens arrested for stealing from car Police arrested three East Palo Alto teenagers who had been prowling a Palo Alto neighborhood just after midnight on Tuesday, Feb. 28, after a private security officer witnessed them allegedly stealing from an unlocked vehicle, according to a press release

In the biggest leap since it opened its doors a decade ago, the LifeMoves Opportunity Services Center in Palo Alto housed 47 people in 2016, roughly four times the number in any other prior year, officials said at a ceremony on Friday commemorating the center’s 10th anniversary. (Posted Feb. 24, 5:13 p.m.)

(Posted Feb. 28, 7:55 p.m.)

Traffic Tsunami Endangers Neighborhoods The imbalance of jobs, housing and infrastructure in Palo Alto is well documented. The Downtown Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) program attempts to address one part of this imbalance - commercial parking intrusion into residential neighborhoods. Neighborhood leaders have invested over a decade working on this parking problem. Here are key points that we believe every resident in Palo Alto should know. 1. Residential neighborhoods should not be commercial parking lots. • The current Comprehensive Plan states, “The Plan…encourages commercial enterprise, but not at the expense of the City’s residential neighborhoods.” • The current RPP program covers a residential area 4 times the size of the downtown business district. • RPP extends into residential streets far from the University commercial district. This is unreasonable and may violate State Vehicle Codes. • The parking problem is the result of increased construction of commercial office property in the downtown core with insufficient on-site parking or city parking garage capacity. • The problem is intensified by the increased densification of offices in existing properties. The 250 sq. ft. office space per employee ratio from the 1970’s is obsolete. 2. Solutions must be based on accurate data and analysis of parking demand. • Demand for non-resident parking permits on neighborhood streets is now well documented. In the 2016-17 RPP trial, 1,335 non-resident permits were sold, establishing verifiable demand. Yet the Staff recommendation to City Council calls for a limit of 1,800 non-resident permits for 2017-18, a 35% increase. • An oversupply of parking permits encourages more cars driving to downtown, where our roads are already severely congested at peak travel hours, and it works against the City’s stated goal of reducing single-occupancy-vehicle (SOV) trips by 30% by 2030. • Further, this oversupply is a capitulation to ongoing traffic nightmares like the “Carmageddon” in December 2016. 3. Residents support reasonable prioritization for certain non-resident parking uses that serve Palo Altons and improve our Quality of Life. • Residents support priority for: - Addison School Teachers - Channing House - Long-serving neighborhood personal service businesses (dentists, therapists, etc.) - Low-wage retail workers • Large enterprises of national and global scope and businesses participating in the Parking Assessment District should not be eligible for non-resident parking permits. It is time for large enterprises and the Chamber of Commerce to cooperate and start funding solutions for employee parking. In addition, City Council should schedule a Study Session as soon as possible regarding the “thousands of unjustified phantom parking space rights” created by the Parking Assessment District. Paid for by Resident Leaders in Neighborhoods Adjacent to University Avenue Commercial Core. For additional information contact Neilson Buchanan: or John Guislin:

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new commute trips,’ for us who live here ... we feel there is impact here,” Kou said. She was also one of several council members who encouraged Stanford to get more involved in supporting regional transportation projects, such as the electrification of Caltrain. “If we’re going to continue to grow the way we are ... to be successful in the ‘no net new commute trips’ goal, it has to be viewed at a bigger level, higher level,” Kou said. “I hope you can commit to lobbying the state and federal (government) for a more strategic outlook on transportation.” While Stanford believes it can keep traffic from getting worse, the application proposes a hedge: If the university fails to meet the “no net new trips” goal, the university will pay a fee to Santa Clara County for county-led traffic improvements. Mayor Greg Scharff suggested Monday that Stanford could support the city’s new nonprofit Palo Alto Transportation Management Association and Stanford Research Park’s growing transportation-demand-management program, both of which aim to curb the number of commuters driving to work solo. He also noted that California Avenue will soon need to have its own Transportation Management Association, and he encouraged Stanford to help get that organization off that ground. “I think we can create linkages between California Avenue and Stanford Research Park and solve trips in both of those,” Scharff said. “Everyone benefits.” Scharff also suggested that at least some of the fees for mitigating traffic should be provided to the city rather than going entirely to the county. “I think it’s helpful for us to have it or at least share it in some way,” Scharff said. “There will be impacts to Palo Alto from all of this.” Others were more optimistic. Councilman Adrian Fine lauded Stanford for its efforts and said the university should be “celebrated” for serving as a great example of low-impact growth. To assuage anxieties, he urged Stanford officials to explicitly share their traffic-related metrics and methodologies with neighbors. Stanford officials acknowledged that it’s not clear yet exactly what the university will do to meet its goals under the pending General Use Permit. That, however, was also the case in 2000. Jean McCown, Stanford’s assistant vice president and director of community relations, said one of the strengths of the last permit was the fact that it created a clear goal while giving the university the flexibility to do whatever it took to meet the goal. “The exact technologies we use and the tools we use are left to us,” McCown said. “I think that’s one of the hallmarks for why this has been so successful.” Q Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@


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which is open to the broader community in addition to Stanford faculty and students and is considered a distinguished preschool facility and laboratory school. Other campus centers, however, have been cited for health and safety violations by the state. (While Bonilla’s son finally got into the Madera Grove center, she’s been unhappy with what she said was poor communication, a failure to change her son’s diaper at the required intervals and other issues. The center has been cited for four type A violations — the most severe — on the state Department of Social Services website.) All of the centers on campus are accredited with the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Infant-care programs are by far the most expensive — both for parents and for the organizations running them — given they require a very low teacher-to-child ratio. A program for 2-to-20-month-olds at Children’s Center of Stanford Community, for example, costs $1,740 per month for three days a week,

while three days a week for 3-to5-year-olds is $1,312 each month. For five days a week, the monthly tuition goes up to $2,445 for the youngest children and $1,850 for the older cohort. Slightly discounted rates are provided to parents who volunteer in classrooms as part of a co-op model. Parent co-oping is also required at Rainbow. While Stanford provides a salary supplement to eligible faculty members and child care subsidies to employees, it does not offer any kind of child care stipend to graduate students. This is one change students who are parents say would significantly benefit families, and they point to other large research universities, both public and private, that offer this extra financial support, including the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at San Francisco, the University of Chicago, Harvard University, Princeton University and the University of Washington. For families who will have to leave Rainbow School and Pepper Tree after this year and could see an increase in their tuition expenses as a result, the university is offering to pay the difference in cost for one year for families who take

How child care centers are run On campus child care ranges from university-run to operated by nonprofits by Elena Kadvany


tanford’s child care centers are a mix of for-profit and nonprofit, Stanfordaffiliated and not. Bing Nursery School, which is housed within the School of Humanities & Sciences and doubles as a research lab for the Department of Psychology, is the only campus child care facility actually run by the university. Other campus child care centers are run by KinderCare Education, a private provider that operates hundreds of centers across the country. Children’s Center of Stanford Community, on the other hand, is an independent nonprofit. From the perspective of Lisa Hummel — a current graduate student and former teacher at Rainbow, Pepper Tree and Bing, in addition to her previous role in the WorkLife office — the Bing model produces the best environment for both parents and staff and should be replicated elsewhere on campus. She said there is higher turnover at the for-profit centers, which aren’t able to offer the same level of pay and benefits. “Bing Nursery School is the pillar of what the field should be,” she said. “They’re Stanford employees, they pay them more than a living wage and they hold onto teachers for decades.”

The for-profit model, on the other hand, is like “the Applebee’s of child care,” Hummel said. “You know what you’re going to get everywhere. It’s not the best meal you’ve ever eaten; it’s cheaper than if you went to an artisanal burger place, but is it as good? No.” The financial incentive to replicate Bing, however, simply isn’t there. “It’s not a profitable endeavor. You don’t make a ton of money off of child care,” she said. She and other graduate students acknowledge this child care crunch isn’t unique to Stanford — child care is not publicly funded, and experts say the United States is catching up but still behind when it comes to valuing early childhood education — but that, as it does in so many fields, the university could play a leading role in finding solutions. “I don’t think it’s a Stanfordspecific problem, but with great power comes great responsibility,” Hummel said. “If Stanford is leading the charge on all sorts of things — curing cancer and coming up with cool self-driving cars and future robots — then they should also be really strong in this area, too. Why not early childhood education?” Q

“spaces offered to them” at Children’s Center of Stanford Community (for Rainbow families) and Escondido’s after-school program (for Pepper Tree families). Stanford said it does not have exact data on the length of its child care waiting lists. On its website, Children’s Center of Stanford Community, which serves children from 8 weeks to 5 years old, advises that typical wait times for infants and toddlers can be a year to a year and a half; for 2 and 3 year olds, from six to 18 months; and for pre-K programs, less than six months to one year. Stanford also does not track how many of its graduate students — there are 9,300 enrolled this year — are parents. This is part of the problem, according to student-parent Tina Cheuk, who recently applied for a university grant to collect this data and to research how being a parent might impact the rate at which graduate students finish their programs. Without concrete data on this population, it’s impossible to know the scope of the problem — nor how to best address it, Cheuk said. Without that, the university “can’t document the problems nor can you create policies or supports because you don’t know who we are,” she said.

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rustrated by a lack of support from the university, graduate students are starting to organize around parenting issues, with child care at the top of their campaign list. In 2015, Cheuk applied for a diversity grant through the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education to start a group called Mothers in Academia to connect with and advocate on behalf of students who are parents. She founded it after her own frustrating search for answers around child care and other parenthood concerns at Stanford, which she said took her to multiple offices and departments across campus, where she said she encountered plenty of sympathy but no concrete response or action. Mothers in Academia now has more than 100 members, she said. Other members said the group has become an invaluable community of support, from organizing lunches with female faculty members to talking about the experience of women in academia to finding parents with whom to coordinate playgroups. Cheuk, whose parents moved to the Bay Area from Chicago to help take care of her 3-yearold daughter, also belongs to the Stanford University Student-Parent Alliance, a new student-led group “working to promote better resources for student parents at Stanford,” its website states. The group is collecting resources, research and testimonials on issues ranging from child care and paid parental leave to the lack of lactation spaces for nursing mothers on campus. Forest Peterson, a graduate student in the civil environmental engineering program at Stanford and father of three, helped found

the Student-Parent Alliance. He was lucky to get his oldest child into Bing Nursery School; given sibling preference, spots were essentially guaranteed for his two younger children, he said. But he’s too deep in student loan debt in order to afford child care (on top of rent for a Palo Alto apartment) and to support his family. His wife, a registered nurse, no longer works — in part because child care for their three children became so expensive, he said. The family does receive a scholarship from Bing that makes tuition “manageable,” Peterson said, but even without it, he said, he would find a way to pay for his children’s spots in the renowned program. A scholarship fund for Bing is supported through donations and an annual auction. “I’m not going to say we don’t have the money for Bing,” Peterson said. “It’s just one of those things I can’t get around the price.” In an anonymous testimonial posted on the Student-Parent Alliance website, one parent similarly described the “prohibitively expensive” cost of their health care premium, which “combined with the extremely unaffordable and scarce child care as well as housing rates puts my continued stay here in a precarious position. “How can such a well-subsidized university with such a large endowment let its graduate students face these costs with so little help? In the end, it will hurt the university in terms of diversity, as only single, young potential graduate students will be able to live here — those with families or

thinking about beginning families will not be able to,” the testimonial states. “The university needs to find solutions for these costs.” Key solutions, parents say, would include offering a needbased stipend for child care and collecting more information about graduate student families. In the meantime, graduate students continue to cobble together their own child care solutions. Bonilla said she was considering going back to a cheaper nanny share until her in-laws decided to move to Palo Alto from Rhode Island. They’ll arrive this month, and the relief couldn’t come soon enough for Bonilla. “I would be lying to say I didn’t anticipate some of these difficulties prior to deciding to get pregnant and have a baby,” she said, “but I think the university has to recognize, as there are more female graduate students, the time that we’re taking out of the workforce and being in school is our prime years for having kids. “There has to be more systemic support for people,” she said. Q Staff Writer Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@ About the cover: Stanford University graduate student Tina Cheuk and her daughter Alexandria Soja, 3, leave their house in San Francisco to head to Alexandria’s day care at Agape Community Center, which she attends on Mondays and Wednesdays. Photo by Veronica Weber.

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to discuss the status of Stanford Research Park’s transportation demand management program and of the Palo Alto Transportation Management Authority. The council also plans to adopt a resolution to continue and to modify the downtown Residential Preferential Parking program. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 6, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. SCHOOL BOARD BUDGET SESSION ... The Board of Education will hold a study session to discuss proposals for cuts in the 2017-18 budget to mitigate an ongoing shortfall. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7, at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave. CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to consider new restrictions on construction-related dewatering and an ordinance modifying the city’s policies on accessory-dwelling units. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. SCHOOL BOARD RENAMING SESSION... The Board of Education will hold a study session to discuss a committee’s recommendation to rename three Palo Alto school sites. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave. PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATIO COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hold a scoping meeting for the Environmental Impact Report on Castilleja School’s expansion project and consider a proposal to demolish a vacant commercial building at 3877 El Camino Real and replace it with a mixed-use building that includes 4,027 square feet of commercial space and 17 residential units. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board plans to elect its officers, and discuss the work of the Governance Subcommittee and the prioritization of projects regarding historic preservation. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 9, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to make its recommendation for Community Development Block Grant Funding for Fiscal Year 2018; review a draft letter in support of the City Council’s resolution to encourage a diverse, supportive, inclusive and protective community; and discuss the commission’s work plan. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. • Palo Alto Weekly • March 3, 2017 • Page 11


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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 – 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 ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration has been prepared by the Palo Alto Department of Planning and Community Environment for the project listed below. In accordance with CEQA Guideline Section 15073, this document will be available online for review during a 20-day circulation period beginning February 22, 2017 through March 13, 2017 at asp?NewsID=3522. If you need assistance, please visit the City’s Development Center during the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. M-F at 285 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. Written comments on the Mitigated Negative Declaration will be accepted until 5:00 PM on March 13, 2017 in the Planning and Community Environment Department VɉJLZ VU [OL ÄM[O ÅVVY VM *P[` /HSS VY JVTTLU[Z may be e-mailed to Graham Owen at graham.owen@ PUBLIC HEARING / QUASI-JUDICIAL. 3223 Hanover Street [16PLN-00190]: Recommendation on applicant’s request for approval of a Major Architectural Review application to allow the demolition of two existing VɉJL  9 + I\PSKPUNZ HUK [OL JVUZ[Y\J[PVU VM H UL^ [^VZ[VY`:X\HYL-VV[6ɉJL9 +)\PSKPUN Zoning District: RP; RP(L). For more information please contact the Project Planner Graham Owen at graham. Hillary Gitelman, Director of Planning and Community Environment Page 12 • March 3, 2017 • Palo Alto Weekly •

social-emotional learning. “Too often SEL is viewed as simply adopting a curriculum,” he said. “The research is crystal clear: If we’re going to do SEL effectively in this district, we have to all commit to supporting each other and doing it together, and that means using these standards to re-examine our practice and culture and provide the support and education necessary for us all to grow and learn with our students.” Given the breadth of this approach, board members asked for specific ways to measure and monitor any new efforts put in place. “It would be helpful to know

what success metrics we are expecting,” trustee Melissa Baten Caswell said. “Where are we today and where would we like to be?” Some board members expressed dismay that the committee was not recommending a specific curriculum for the district to adopt — a charge that this group was given last June but said it was unable to complete given the rapidly growing number of programs in this field. (The committee did recommend a “framework” that includes broad guiding principles and learning standards for this work.) Some board members also questioned the value of a recommendation to create three new district- and school-level committees to oversee the district’s next steps, including vetting and choosing a curriculum.

CityView A round-up

of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Feb. 27)

Stanford: The council heard a presentation on and discussed Stanford’s application for a new General Use Permit. Action: None Zoning: The council made a series of changes to the zoning code, including modifications to the provisions on automobile-dealership combining district, on consolidation of small lots and on requirements for transportation-demandmanagement (TDM) plans for new developments. The discussion included a 6-2 vote to require developments that add 50 or more vehicle trips during peak commute hours to create TDM plans. Yes: DuBois, Filseth, Holman, Kniss, Kou, Scharff No: Fine, Wolbach Absent: Tanaka

Board of Education (Feb. 28)

Elementary SPSA: The board heard updates on the elementary schools’ Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) reports. Action: None OCR resolution agreement: The board approved a resolution agreement with the Office for Civil Rights in two federal Title IX investigations. Yes: Unanimous OCR resolution repeal: The board repealed a 2014 resolution criticizing the Office for Civil Rights’ investigative practices and procedures. Yes: Baten Caswell, Collins, Dauber, DiBrienza No: Godfrey OCR resolution: The board approved a new resolution to reflect its current, collaborative working relationship with the Office for Civil Rights. Yes: Unanimous CBSA delegates: The board nominated candidates for the California School Boards Association (CSBA) delegate assembly election. Yes: Unanimous Escondido building: The board accepted a $412,500 donation from Stanford University to build a portable to expand an after-school program at Escondido Elementary School. Yes: Baten Caswell, Collins, DiBrienza, Godfrey Abstain: Dauber Employee release: The board voted in closed session to release five certificated staff members. Yes: Baten Caswell, Collins, Dauber, DiBrienza Absent: Godfrey

Parks and Recreation Commission (Feb. 28)

Master plan: The commission held an orientation for its new members and discussed the Community Services Department’s 2017 work plan and the Parks, Trails, Natural Open Space and Recreation Master Plan. Action: None

Utilities Advisory Commission (March 1) Fuel switching: The commission discussed staff’s proposal to suspend additional work on revising the building code to mandate heat-pump water heaters and space heaters; and considered a memo on fuel switching from commissioners Ballantine and Schwartz. Action: None

Council Rail Committee (March 1)

Grade separations: The committee directed staff to return on March 22 with a community-engagement plan to solicit input on grade separations on the rail corridor. Yes: Unanimous

Architectural Review Board (March 2)

Gott’s: The board approved an exception for a proposed sign program for Gott’s Roadside at the Town & Country Village. Yes: Baltay, Kim, Lew No: Furth, Gooyer Fire station:The board approved the proposed design for the new Fire Station #3, which will replace the existing fire station at Rinconada Park. Yes: Baltay, Gooyer, Kim, Lew No: Furth

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Committee members said they felt a fresh group with more teachers as members would be better suited for that work. The success of their overall recommendations, members said, would depend on a level of communication and coordination that new committees could provide. “Our charge is basically to make this a really strong commitment of the whole district and integrate it into the business that we’re doing so it’s sustainable beyond the commitment that are able to maintain — that it survives past our committee,” said committee member Miriam Stevenson, an assistant principal at Gunn. The shift toward social-emotional learning will require a significant financial investment over the next several years, staff said Tuesday. This year, the district estimates planning efforts could cost a total of $23,400. The price of training, curricula, materials and other implementation costs is estimated to start next year at $69,000 and ramp up through the 2019-20 school year to more than $200,000. Some costs can be covered by an Educator Effectiveness grant from the state Department of Education, staff said. Herrmann told the board that despite any sticker shock — especially for a district in the midst of making serious budget cuts to address an multi-million dollar shortfall — investing in socialemotional learning makes financial sense and could even result in savings down the road. She cited research that has shown social-emotional learning is directly tied to improved academic achievement and can help close the achievement gap. Several parents and educators also urged the board to prioritize funding for social-emotional learning. “If a child’s social emotional needs are met, the rest really follows,” said parent Kiran Gaind, also a former Bay Area high school teacher. “I think sometimes we get that backwards.” The board will discuss costs associated with the social-emotional proposals as part of a budget study session next Tuesday, March 7, at 8 a.m. Board members asked staff to provide more specifics around staffing needs, stipends and other costs. As next steps, Superintendent Max McGee said he hopes the board will approve a budget figure and the charge for a new curriculum committee. Staff will also return with an overall “charter” capturing the socialemotional committee’s recommendations for board approval later this spring. Moving forward, the board’s role, said Vice President Ken Dauber, is “to be supportive of the direction and to understand the resources that need to be committed in order to make it work.” Q Staff Writer Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@


Postal in urgent (need) and cannot wait for an appointment that may be scheduled at a week after. “Our Stanford station does take appointments for passport services,” she said. Some residents said they wish there was an appointment system in Palo Alto. Rachel Cox, a businesswoman, said she gave up on Palo Alto and went to Stanford for her passport. “I got it OK,” she said. She also found getting to a manager was a long process at the Main station. “I was there for 1.5 hours going through manager after manager. I could tell they couldn’t wait to tell me that I was talking to the wrong person,” she said, but she noted they were always courteous. She finally did get to the appropriate supervisor, and he treated her well, she said. Postal officials said they are somewhat hampered by regulations and not enough staff, but they also pointed to some recent remedies, including better oversight of supervisors and a new custodian. Ruiz said that Liang is personally addressing the lack of supervisors answering patrons’ questions by talking with her supervisors about the problem. She plans to have a supervisor cover the retail window from 9-11 a.m. daily and said a supervisor will be available, including herself, to help customers in the office whenever other supervisors have to perform other duties. Regarding the cosmetic issues, the presence of homeless persons in the lobby is an ongoing problem in Hamilton, Liang said. The Palo Alto Police Department has responded to complaints in the past, but they declined to send officers to roust homeless persons starting in November, she said. Police Capt. Zach Perron said that officers made routine spot checks of the post office starting last summer and issued warnings and citations for illegal lodging to offenders. “But after dozens of visits, it became clear that the same people were undeterred. We called the office manager and said that this is not serving a purpose. We still will respond to every call for service, but making spot checks in perpetuity for a business that chooses to stay open 24/7 is not a service we can provide,” he said. The department suggested alternatives such as involving the Postal Inspection Service (the Postal Service’s law enforcement branch), closing the station at night or hiring a security guard, he said. Ruiz said closing the post office after 6 p.m., as has been done elsewhere, is under discussion. Regarding other cosmetic problems, the Hamilton station has hired a custodian who will start next week, and a work order was placed on Jan. 30 to fix the Main station’s gaping door, according to Ruiz and Liang. The post office is also addressing three other issues: late mail

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Post office patrons wait in a long line for passport applications at the Palo Alto Main branch on Feb. 23. deliveries, a lack of sufficient stamps for business customers and mailed birthday cards that are being opened to remove cash and gift cards.

Ruiz said that Palo Alto recently held a hiring fair and is looking for carriers, clerks and city carrier assistants. The number of city

carrier assistants affects delivery, which is why some deliveries are being made past 6 p.m. The late-delivery problem “is

not rampant, but it is something that is being addressed,” Ruiz said. When it comes to stamps, each office is stocking only a certain number of stamps at one time in response to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, a financial law that protects corporation investors from fraudulent accounting practices. But Liang said she will address the stamps concern with her finance supervisors to ensure restocking of retail stamps on a regular basis. If business customers need large numbers of stamps, she still prefers they inform the supervisors in advance for their needs, such as stamp type and quantity, Ruiz said. As the Weekly reported in July, the Postal Inspector’s office has been investigating reported thefts of cash from birthday cards. The Office of the Inspector General and postal inspectors are sent emails with images any time the post office finds mail open, she said. Q Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

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agency cannot prepare, own, use, or retain any record. Only the human beings who serve in agencies can do these things,” the ruling states. “When employees are conducting agency business, they are working for the agency and on its behalf.” And the city’s argument that communication in an employee’s personal account is beyond their reach and beyond the scope of the Public Records Act request “fails,” the state Supreme Court wrote. The location of communications do not negate the agency’s responsibility to disclose those that are considered public records, the court ruled. The state court also called the Court of Appeals’ argument that public officials conduct official business in the public’s best interest an “optimistic presumption.” “Indeed, the rationale behind the Act is that it is for the public to make that determination, based on information to which it is entitled under

the law. Open access to government records is essential to verify that government officials are acting responsibly and held accountable to the public they serve,” the court wrote.

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he ruling in many ways reaffirms the City of Palo Alto’s existing policy on Public Records Act requests, which covers both personal and government email accounts. City Attorney Molly Stump said that when the city receives such a request and identifies that a response may include communication on private devices or accounts, the city asks employees or elected officials to search their records and transmit these communications to the city. The Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) does the same. Thus, the city already applies a procedure that is consistent with the court’s ruling, Stump told the Weekly. Stump lauded the court’s decision for both its breadth and for offering guidance to jurisdictions

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who face dilemmas over how to respond to Public Records Act requests. The Supreme Court, she noted, has the ability to “resolve cases very narrowly, just on the face of the facts presented to them.” “If the court had stopped there, as many courts would, it just leaves the rest of us who have to work to comply with these rules with a lot of questions,” Stump said. In this case, the court used the opportunity of the suit to provide guidance and to offer a “general standard” that Stump said is very helpful to local jurisdictions. The ruling instructs jurisdictions on how to request communications without violating employees’ privacy and includes tips such as “asking employees to use or copy their government accounts for all communications touching on public business.” Stump said that while from the city’s perspective the ruling “isn’t a blockbuster,” it does include two aspects that may have practical implications for the city. First, it makes a distinction between a public record and a

personal record on a private device and clarifies that communication that is primarily personal and contains no more than an incidental mention of agency business does not constitute “public interest.” In addition, it offers some guidance on what Stump called the “mechanics” of requesting documents from a local official who may store them on a private device. The ruling concludes that the agencies need to ask for these documents: Employees and officials would “search their own personal files, accounts and devices for responsive materials,” the ruling states, meaning that the agency would not be the one searching personal accounts. In addition, the court said agencies need to suggest (without requiring) a procedure for balancing the public interests and privacy concerns. The guidance includes training employees to distinguish between personal and public records and requiring those who wish to withhold potentially responsive

documents to provide a statement or an “affidavit” explaining their decision. Given this guidance, Stump said her office will “take a look on whether there are any further refinements needed.” A recent Public Records Act request filed by the Palo Alto Weekly prior to the Supreme Court’s decision offers an example of how the Palo Alto school district and its trustees handle requests for information on private accounts. In response to requests for communication between two trustees and a community member, the school district provided the Weekly’s request to the two board members and asked that they release any correspondence beyond what would be accessible on their school district email accounts. The school district said it found no relevant correspondence on the two trustees’ district accounts. However, trustee Todd Collins produced several emails sent to his personal email account. (Shortly after his election in November, Collins added a note at the bottom of his personal email that advises “messages to/from this account related to PAUSD matters may be subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act.”) Trustee Melissa Baten Caswell did not provide any responsive documents. The school board discussed this question at a policy workshop in September (before the election of Collins, Baten Caswell and Jennifer DiBrienza), when a majority opted to wait for the Supreme Court’s decision before considering any policy changes. At that meeting, some trustees, including current President Terry Godfrey, worried about the potential “chilling effect” of making communication on private devices subject to public release. Trustee Ken Dauber disagreed: “The value of transparency clearly requires that when board members or employees communicate about district matters using electronic communication, that those should be available to the public and disclosable under the Public Records Act.” Godfrey and Baten Caswell said in September that when they receive an email on their private accounts, they forward it to their PAUSD email to respond. The Supreme Court’s opinion includes this practice as a suggested policy. Existing board bylaw notes that trustees’ electronic communication may be subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act but does not specifically address correspondence on private devices or accounts. Godfrey said Thursday that a discussion of the Supreme Court’s decision and this bylaw is on a list of future agenda items for the board’s policy review committee, which she chairs. A request for comment from the law firm that has advised the district on these issues in the past, Lozano Smith, was not returned before press deadline. Q Staff Writers Elena Kadvany and Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at and

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Helen Pickering, a longtime Palo Alto resident who was an avid political and environmental activist and the second female editor of the Stanford Daily, died Feb. 23 at her Palo Alto home. She was 90. Pickering was born in San Francisco on Sept. 21, 1926 and was raised in Marin County. She walked across the Golden Gate Bridge on Opening Day in 1937 with thousands of others. While at Stanford in 1947, she met her husband, Joe, on a blind date, and they were married the following year. Her Stanford ties and friendships led to involvements in many varied political causes and to a close relationship with former Rep. Pete McCloskey, for whom she assisted in his many re-election campaigns and, for several years, was the field director of his Palo Alto congressional office. She later became the food editor of the Palo Alto Weekly, where she combined her love of cooking and her interest in journalism. Palo Alto Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson, who has known the Pickerings his entire life and worked with Helen during her tenure with McCloskey, described her as â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the most warm and kind-hearted people I have ever known, with a way of pursuing her political beliefs with a passion that was resolute but never judgmental of others.â&#x20AC;? Besides her family, it was her work on behalf of the many causes she believed in that most highlighted her life. Her husband, Joe, described her as a lifelong progressive and defender of the Bill of Rights and said that for more than 70 years she only â&#x20AC;&#x153;spoke illâ&#x20AC;? of three people: Richard Nixon, George W. Bush and Donald Trump. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Helen has the largest, purest heart imaginable. She cares for all people, creatures and plants in need,â&#x20AC;? he said. She served on the boards of director of numerous organizations, including Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, Stanford Alumni Association, Allied Arts Guild and TahoeBaikal Institute. She participated in numerous political events and protests, including Vietnam War protests, gay rights parades and pro-choice marches. She and her extended family and friends enjoyed spending long summers hiking, waterskiing and reading at their small cabin on Echo Lake, accessible only by foot or boat and with no electricity. She is pedeceased by a son, Joseph II. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Joe Pickering of Palo Alto; daughters Mimi Pickering of Whitesburg, Kentucky and Julie Warner of Petaluma; 7 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A celebration of her life will be held in the future. Memorials may

Transitions be made to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, Pathways Hospice or another progressive nonprofit.

Willie Lou Harris Willie Lou “Carol” Harris, a resident of East Palo Alto for 48 years, died on Feb. 6 surrounded by friends and family at her home. She was 80. She was born on March 20, 1936, in Dyersburg County, Tennessee, to the late Lou Ella Eison and Rev. Alonzo N. Eison, Sr. She attended Alama High School in Alamo, Tennessee, where she completed the eleventh grade and went on to work as a licensed vocation nurse. She volunteered at the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto. She loved listening to the blues and gospel music, dancing and — most of all — she loved her children and snow cones. She was married to James E. Harris for 38 years, and they had three children; in addition, she had three children from previous marriages. She is survived by her husband, James Harris; six children, Bennie J. Mackey of Menlo Park, Herbert L. Parker of Sacramento, Stanley R. Parker of East Palo Alto, Juliet Harris of East Palo Alto, Joey Harris of East Palo Alto and Alonzo D. Harris (Mutisya) of Stockton; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Katie Mae Watson of Elk Grove, Alene Dodds (Wallace) of Folsom and Addie Lee Candler (Lloyd, Sr.) of Brentwood. A memorial service was held on Feb. 22 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in East Palo Alto.

BIRTHS Robert Snedegar and Elisabeth Covey Snedegar of Redwood City, a son, Jan. 18. Shane Finley and Adeline Cabral of Menlo Park, a son, Jan. 19. Davide Mantegazza and Marta Muske of Palo Alto, a daughter, Jan. 25. Jordan and Cristy Davis of Menlo Park, a daughter, Jan. 28. Isaac and Cherie Colin of Menlo Park, a son, Jan. 30. Manuel and Amanda Alegria of Redwood City, a son, Feb. 1. Antonio and Jennifer Najera of Redwood City, a daughter, Feb. 13. Hamish Barney and Elisangela Sena Barney of Los Altos, a son, Feb. 15. Daniel Fernandes Barros and Rita de Oliveira Braga Lopez of Redwood City, a son, Feb. 16. Timothy and Karina Babcock of Redwood City, a daughter, Feb. 17. Tao Huang and Xinyan Ni of Palo Alto, a daughter, Feb. 19.

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June 29, 1920 – January 1, 2017 Barbara “Bobby” McPheeters Kinchen, born in Mountain View, CA on June 29, 1920, passed from this life on January 1st 2017. She loved and was loved. A Celebration of Life in her memory will be held from 2-4:00 PM on March 18th, 2017 in a banquet room at Michael’s Restaurant at Shoreline Park in Mountain View. Honoring her wishes, this Celebration will be a cheerful gathering of family, neighbors, and friends, a time to share good memories and enjoy our time together. In lieu of flowers, remembrances in Barbara’s name can be made to the Mountain View Pioneer and Historical Association, P.O. Box 252 Mountain View, CA 94042, or a charity of your choice. PAID


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Eunice Hale July 15, 1922 – February 6, 2017 Eunice Sherman Hale died on February 6, 2017, at the age of 94. She was born to Laura (Flack) Sherman and Raymond Sherman of Troy, New York, on July 15, 1922, and grew up two blocks from the Hudson River. Eunice graduated from Lansingburgh High School in 1940. She did additional vocational training in the area before moving to Boston to work at General Electric. Eunice moved west and had a long career at Hewlett-Packard, starting as a draftsperson in the early years of Dymec and retiring as a printed circuit designer in the late ‘80s. In her retirement, Eunice volunteered for the Children’s Health Council, working regularly at The Bargain Box in Palo Alto for over twenty years. She enjoyed gardening, reading, needlework and weaving. She was involved in the Black Sheep Weavers Guild. Eunice took genealogy classes and did extensive research on family history. Always loyal, she talked daily to her childhood friend, also from Troy, Sally Humphreys, who predeceased her by two years. Though Eunice was a quiet, unpretentious woman, she was also a bit of a spunky rebel. She delighted in dishing it out and a joking interplay with others. Eunice’s oldest son, David Charles Hale died of melanoma in 1987. She leaves behind three other children: Christine Hale Apostolou who lives with her husband, Scott Apostolou; Jeffrey Hale who lives with his wife, Wing Cheng; and John Hale—all in Palo Alto. Eunice also leaves behind two granddaughters: Kate Apostolou, a senior at Carnegie Mellon University, and Sarah Hale, a junior at Harvey Mudd. If you would like to donate in Eunice’s memory, please consider making your donation to the Children’s Health Council or the American Cancer Society. A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on April 15, 2017, at Gamble Gardens. For information, contact PAID OBITUARY

Clem Marcus Wiser, age 93 died peacefully surrounded by family, Friday February 3rd 2017 at his home in Palo Alto, California. Clem was born in 1924 in Pikeville, Kentucky., to parents Clem Marcus (Bud) and Nell (Sword) Wiser. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in December, 1942 and attended boot camp at Parris Island, SC. He transferred to Pioneer Construction Battalion, Engineering School (Surveying and Drafting) at Camp LeJeune, NC, and on to N.O.B. Marine Detachment, Norfolk, Va for further schooling. He was then transferred to Islais Creek Supply Depot, Department of the Pacific Headquarters in San Francisco, Ca where he met and married the love of his life Olga (Livvie) Diaz De Leon on June 8, 1944. Clem was discharged at Treasure Island , Ca on May 25, 1946 and entered San Francisco State University in September of the same year. Clem Graduated with a BA in 1949 and a MA in Secondary Administration in 1950. Clem taught English and coached Football at Polytechnic High School in San Francisco from 1950 to 1951. He taught track and basketball and was a counselor at Aptos Jr. High School, also in San Francisco from 1951-1955. He moved to Palo Alto and accepted a position at Palo Alto Senior High School (Paly) as Varsity Basketball Coach and then Athletic Director from 1955 until his retirement 1n 1991. Clem was named California Coach’s Association State Coach of the year for Basketball in 1983 and inducted into the California Coach’s Association State Hall of Fame in 1992. A former Marine with a screaming Eagle tattoo on his forearm, Clem was a relatively reserved man with a cigar in one hand and a crossword in the other. He coached hundreds of young men and women during his time at Paly and taught scores of Paly youth to drive. Clem was often approached throughout the years by generations of players with fond memories of their times together. Clem was the kind of man, husband, father and grandfather that you always knew would be there for you. He was, and continues to be, loved and respected by so many throughout the nation and you all give us strength. In his later years he became a teacher of Genealogy to anyone interested. He was a decent and respectable man who adored his wife and loved his family. He never forgot a face or a name (or a jersey number). He will be missed. Clem, (known to his players as Coach, to old friends as Sandy) is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years Olga (Livvie) Diaz De Leon, January 2nd 2010… sister June Wiser Justice and Nephew Jay Justice of Wesley Chapel Fla. Clem is survived and remembered with love by his four children, John Wiser (Harriet) Portland, Or, Yvette Custer (William) Fremont, Ca, Clem Wiser (Julie) Morgan Hill, Ca, Mark Wiser Palo Alto, Ca. Clem is also survived by his dear sister Marguerite Wiser Polley, Sarasota Fla, Niece Karen Polley Cramer, Nephew Paul (Bud) Polley, Niece Melinda Joe Justice, Nephew David Justice. Six Grandchildren, Ryan Wiser (Maureen), Morgan Wiser (Sydelle), Catherine Custer (Michael), Eric Custer (Sarah), Michael Wiser, Nicole Plata, and Faith. Five Great Grandchildren Lindsey, Finley, Madison, Sadie and Ava-Olivia. Clem leaves his family of many players that span generations and are forever a part of the Wiser Family. Private Interment Alta Mesa Cemetery Memorial Service Pending PAID

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Editorial Renew stormwater fee A wet winter should help with passage of fee to continue important upgrades


he system for moving rainwater from our streets out to the bay only gets our attention when something goes wrong, streets flood and homes are damaged. Fortunately, those events are rare. But while that may make the average resident disinterested in hearing about the need for repairs and upgrades, it does not make those needs any less important. Palo Alto property owners acknowledged as much when they approved a fee of approximately $10 per month for residential properties in a 2005 mail-in ballot returned by just over 50 percent of the owners, a remarkable response to a mailed ballot measure. The proposal, which won with 58 percent of the vote, increased a preexisting $4.25 per month fee and established a sunset provision that rolls back the increase after 12 years. That fee, now $13.03 for an average residential parcel due to annual increases tied to the Consumer Price Index, will expire this June and will decrease to $4.25 unless a majority of property owners approves a new replacement fee now being pitched by the City of Palo Alto and a citizens committee. All property owners should have received their ballots in the mail over the past week and must return them by April 11 to be counted. If a simple majority of ballots returned approves, the monthly fee for the average-sized single family residential parcel will increase to $13.65 and continue for the next 15 years. Residential parcels greater than 11,000 square feet will pay $19.11 per month, and small parcels under 6,000 square feet will pay $10.92. Like the expiring fee structure, the fee will rise each year by the increase in the Bay Area CPI (with a 6 percent cap). Commercial and multi-unit properties pay a rate based on the actual amount of impervious lot coverage. Simply put, if voters turn down the fee increase, then the current fee being charged will drop to $4.25 per month for most residential properties; if it passes the fee will rise to $13.65. A drop to $4.25 would generate about $2.2 million annually, an amount that the city says will be insufficient to carry out significant needed upgrades. If the measure is passed, 13 projects described in the proposal will be completed over the next 15 years. These primarily involve capacity upgrades to storm drain pipes at locations east of Middlefield Road that are prone to street flooding due to the storm drain system being unable to handle rain run-off in severe storms. The stormwater system and this funding mechanism are not directly related to current work to improve creek flows and capacity. These projects, which are now underway in the Baylands and will progress up San Francisquito Creek (including replacement of the Newell Street and Chaucer Street bridges) are being undertaken through a multi-city agency and the Santa Clara Valley Water District. The stormwater fee only supports projects that maintain and upgrade the pipes and pumps that move water from street storm drains to each of the creeks that flow to the bay, as well as innovative methods of diverting run-off into special “bioretention planters” such as those that have been installed in the Southgate neighborhood. These reduce run-off and relieve pressure on the storm-drain system. There is no organized opposition to the fee increase and no one is arguing that the work to be funded by this fee is not needed. Instead, opponents object to the use of a special fee on property owners as the source of funding. Most cities with far fewer financial resources than the City of Palo Alto operate and, in theory, maintain their storm-drain system entirely through their General Fund budget using regular tax revenues. The problem with that approach is that it leads to many, if not most, cities neglecting these infrastructure needs and putting property owners at risk. By contrast, Palo Alto and a growing number of other cities have taken a more proactive approach by creating a guaranteed and protected funding source that can only be spent to complete identified stormwater infrastructure improvements. We believe the funds raised by the fees collected over the last 12 years have been responsibly spent and have delivered as promised in the 2005 measure. All but one of the seven major projects proposed in the 2005 election have been completed and the last one will be done shortly. And while we have never liked the funding tactic of creating enterprise funds such as this one and removing these costs from the General Fund, the needed improvements would probably have never been completed otherwise. This is not an onerous fee to improve the stormwater system and to reduce flooding risk, and it is appropriately borne by property owners. We urge owners to return their ballots in support of continuing this fee and ensuring the completion of needed improvements over the next 15 years. Q Page 18 • March 3, 2017 • Palo Alto Weekly •

Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Building bonds of trust

Editor, We, the leaders of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim Community, the Palo Alto Vineyard Church and University AME Zion Church, are issuing this joint statement declaring our support and solidarity with one another at this time in our country’s history. We believe that, although we are of different religions, we have much more in common with one another than we have differences. In this time of increasing tension between Muslims and Christians following the issuing of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees, we believe that it’s important that people of diverse traditions and faiths stand together as human beings living in a strong, unified community. As communities, we intend to take steps to grow in our respect and understanding of one another by visiting one another’s places of worship and meeting together for meals. We believe that now is a critical time to build bonds of trust and love rather than to be overwhelmed and isolated by fear. Whether or not you are a person of faith, we invite all people in the Palo Alto and neighboring communities to join us in taking steps to open your hearts and minds to your neighbors who are different from you. How might you be a person who tangibly welcomes the “stranger” at this time? Susan and Alex Van Riesen along with Zoaib Rangwala and Kaloma Smith Louis Road, Palo Alto

Slate labels ridiculous Editor, In Larry Klein’s opinion column about Comp Plan process (Feb. 24), he talks about 40 years without slates in Palo Alto politics. I find the current slate labels — of residentialists who want zero growth versus developmentfriendly council members who want wanton growth — to be ridiculous. I certainly didn’t vote for either of those. I want thoughtful, independentminded council members who will look at each project with the whole city in mind, not just the nearby neighbors. If the city has more than enough office space but needs senior housing or housing for workers, I want that to be a priority, regardless of the fears of a couple of nearby neighbors or developers’ desire for profit from low-hanging fruit. Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Redwood City and Menlo Park

have successfully dealt with that, so why can’t we? No slates! David Moss Ferne Ave, Pale Alto

Annie Folger’s legacy Editor, Congratulations to Annie Folger, retiring executive director of the Midpeninsula Community Media Center (Midpen) for being “the free speech revolutionary.” It was her vision, dedication and excellent administrative skills that made Midpen into one of the best public access studios in this country. When the City of Palo Alto awarded the cable franchise (Palo Alto, Stanford, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and Atherton) to Cable Co-op in 1985, there was nothing but some creative ideas about how public-access cable television could help enrich the community. In addition to the financial challenges of setting up a new studio and station, there was also programming, selection of staff and crews, training and

rapidly emerging technologies to be considered. With her excellent managerial skills, Annie approached all of these with strong ideas about the potential of local programming. “The Killen Report” and “Talking with Henrietta” are two outstanding examples of public access television. Michael Killen is a talk show host who often makes paintings, such as “Sustainability” (5 x 24 feet), to serve as the background when he interviews guests on topics that include how to make communities more sustainable. Appreciating the timely messages of the paintings, Annie said, “Michael is painting to change the world.” Henrietta formed “East Palo Alto Today” to produce awardwinning twice-a-month publicaffairs programs focusing on local, state and national issues. The Palo Alto area is indeed lucky to have had Annie Folger to successfully pioneer using local programming to meet community needs. It is unfortunate to lose her during these difficult times when

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What will they write of me when I ‘transition’? by Evelyn Preston ’ve discovered there’s a definite point when a person becomes old. No, nothing like a special birthday, new decade or those indelible signs like cataracts or wrinkles. Gray hair, stiff backs and slower steps don’t even count. What I believe is that the very first time we begin checking the obituaries truly signals we’ve slid into that can-no-longer-avoid stage — and moved on to acceptance of — old age. Even when we soften the blow and call ourselves seniors or elders, reading obits tacitly admits that people in our own generation really do (I mean, that those in our peer group actually can) ... die — that we’re well on the road to the startling possibility, if not strong probability, that there’s more life behind us than ahead. What freaks me out the most is “meeting” someone I know on those obituary pages. And now suddenly ... “knew.” I search for dates of birth much earlier than my own and then breathe a sigh of relief finding dates of death approaching the century mark. How happily satisfying when someone else’s longevity immediately suggests a personal reprieve, like a welcome invite to hang out at the party a little longer than planned.


the media is under attack, and I totally agree with her that public access is still “relevant.” Carroll Harrington Capitola (formerly from Melville Avenue, Palo Alto)

JCC bomb threats Editor, The recent bomb threats to the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center and other Jewish community centers across the country are threatening and hateful to many people in those communities. I applaud and thank Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff for issuing an immediate, strong statement condemning these acts of hate, anti-Semitism and bigotry. I wish the U.S. President and other government officials would react as forcefully and quickly to denounce such incidents. Trina Lovercheck McGregor Way, Palo Alto

A call to re-evaluate Castilleja’s expansion Editor, Why is the Castilleja School proposal being considered? As a native Palo Altan, with

“There’s still time,” I inwardly cheer; “years ahead,” I muse. If I’m lucky, and keep all my marbles, and exercise my body and brain, I promise to start taking vitamin supplements, finish writing the great American novel, plow through those stacked boxes of photographs. Job jars remain viable, jilted ambitions doable — if I hurry, get going, plan carefully, time can still be on my side. And then, I turn the page to “Around Town,” a guest opinion or local sports and slide back into that comfortable condition of passing the time, not really wasting it. Suddenly there’s tons of time, and it’s OK to just let time slip by. Of course, Palo Altans, ever creative and optimistic, have smoothed the rough edges of our inevitable demise and morphed the obit into a “transition.” Merely another chapter in the good life we enjoy and celebrate ... that sadly happens to others ... for now. I can’t stop the nagging one-note, however, about what, in the end, will be written about me. What did I accomplish or actually do all these many years? I can see the black-bordered paragraph flash before my mind’s eye: “She read the paper and drank coffee, talked on the phone to her friends, shopped, went to lunch with friends, talked on the phone to her kids.” So I started thinking: What exactly am I leaving behind besides mother’s Bavarian china? Does anyone care if I taught school, sold investments, even dabbled in the food business? Frankly, I’m absolutely cowed by so many over-the-top recaps of super-human

roots in the Castilleja neighborhood, I feel the city needs to go back and re-evaluate its position on entertaining the Castilleja Expansion Project. As a Palo Altan, I want transparency and accountability from our planning department. Sixteen years ago, in 2001, I attended two to three neighborhood community meetings with Planning Manager John Lusardi present to answer questions and explain Castilleja’s Conditional Use Permit (CUP) application. The CUP reconfigured the parking lot, opened up a playing field and allowed Castilleja to increase its enrollment from 385 to 415, plus two faculty members. At the time, neighbors questioned if there would be any more increases for Castilleja enrollment going forward. Lisa Grote, chief of planning at the time, stated, “No.” As a neighbor, I was able to live with this compromise, never imagining that Castilleja would get the city to reopen this agreement. The cap of 415 students was not enforced by the City from 2002-2016. Yes, they paid a fine, but lost the trust of the neighborhood.

accomplishments by ordinary people who lived — and died — all around me. I marvel at the alphabet soup of credentials trailing some of the names, not just plain old Ph.D.’s either. And the fat columns of their multi-volunteer labors pitted against my long-ago PTA membership. Can I “belong” to the Red Cross if I really just donate to them? Will my short teaching stint be considered noble? Guilt by obituary! Obit oblivion! There’s always hope. I’ve never yet read a scathing or even mildly bad review of someone’s life; the closest thing to a personal or nasty knock is a few mid-sentence adjectives like “irascible,” “curmudgeonly,” “strong-willed,” “outspoken” that hint at someone’s darker or difficult side. But, hey, it’s death we’re talking about in these few lines, certainly the perfect opportunity to ease up. It’s a fitting farewell to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative as in that old World War II-era song most of these just-popped-off people would remember and appreciate. It’s the last chance to erase a lifetime of errors and omissions. Most religions consider just remembering someone as proof of their immortality. I’ll talk to my children. In a local paper, the most interesting bios retrace a fascinating history of the area via longtime stints of committed employees who built iconic Silicon Valley companies like HP — a fairly quaint loyalty these days. It’s also a rare gift to read the nostalgic tales of our long-gone orchardists who turned the Valley of Heart’s Delight into a sea of blossoms and a fruit-canning

On June 22, 2016, Castilleja put forth its architectural plans for rebuilding Castilleja and increasing enrollment to 540. The neighbors had eight days to look at the pans. On June 30, 2016, the building plans were submitted to the City. In my opinion, the city needs to spend time enforcing its agreements, reading all the pages in the file, putting some teeth into its verification processes and regaining the trust of the neighbors before rewarding a private school that has pushed the envelope and basically gotten away with it! Kerry Yarkin Clara Drive, Palo Alto

Against installing diesel generators Editor, This is a resounding “No” to installing diesel generators at 455 E. Charleston Road, next to Herbert Hoover Elementary School. Our children (and neighbors) should not breathe diesel fumes. And there should be enough alternatives to diesel to protect our children. I am not an engineer, but my first thought is to install the new Tesla storage batteries and solar

capital. Other obits trace a genealogy, track an early, still-trusted business or uncover a venerable legacy. Mainly, I can’t help marveling at the importance placed on the more mundane accomplishments of so many people touted as never missing a Giants or Stanford game, who cooked a secret spaghetti sauce, loved their dogs, flowers, crosswords. Most printed legacies always plug in the prosaic but passionate honor to beloved parents, love-of-their life spouses, adored and accomplished children — a must-do requirement to ensure resting easy, I guess, and a tidy, treasured package to accompany kin on their journey. These human connections all sound much preferred to the gold and lapis treasures of kingly tombs. Myself? With no celebrity status or exciting career past, do I really want to leave my own lowbrow legacy? Then again, why not. Like Popeye, “I yam what I yam,” and whether my grandkids or my book club gave me real pleasure, I hope someone will thoughtfully chew on a ballpoint, remember me fondly, smile indulgently and lovingly pen a few highlights of my life as a gentle goodbye to quietly honor my last hurrah! Maybe something like, “She lived in the only second-story house allowed on the block, let 20 boxes of Little League candy bars melt on her radiant-heat floor in 1976, and always enjoyed a really good glass of wine.” Q Evelyn Preston is a former Palo Alto teacher and a 25-year investment adviser who now writes.

On Town Square Town Square is an online discussion forum at Bike-share plan takes another turn Posted by Margaret Heath at 4:51 p.m. on Feb. 27, a resident of Evergreen Park To vote to spend city money for this expensive trial program over so many competing and higher priority items the city needs to budget for is irresponsible fiscal management. And do they come with bike helmets? This is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Shop Talk: Mike’s Cafe expands Posted by Miriam Palm at 11:34 a.m. on Feb. 27, a resident of Old Palo Alto Wonderful news about Mike’s, although we regret the loss of Palo Alto Hardware. We second the suggestion about getting rid of the TVs; when we dine at Mike’s no one seems to be watching them. Or perhaps they can be turned off unless there is some special event that attracts the TV crowd. Posted by Gale Johnson at 5:08 p.m. on Feb. 27, a resident of Adobe-Meadow Wow, now I know I’m getting old. I remember when they opened and were greeted by Mike’s dad at the door. Good food, good service, good menu. Haven’t been there in a while but will return. panels to charge them at Adlai Stevenson House. Palo Alto should be at the forefront of protecting our children, our environment and solar/wind electrical generation.

Don’t take a giant step backwards and also jeopardize our children’s health. Nathan Szajnberg Duncan Place, Palo Alto • Palo Alto Weekly • March 3, 2017 • Page 19

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hat leads a person to want to collect things? Irene Deitsch, whose Palo Alto home includes museum-quality displays of teacups, rolling pins, paperweights, antique scent bottles and Victorian-era posy holders, cannot really explain it. “I didn’t start out that way (as a collector),” said the former art teacher and Stanford art librarian, who also operated her own jewelry store in Palo Alto in the 1980s and 1990s. “It all sort of evolved.” Perhaps it began with her childhood collection of trading cards — seven or eight cigar boxes full. Or maybe it was later, when she bought a little snail at Allied Arts and her two sons began bringing home snails from their school art projects. “All of a sudden I had a snail collection I never intended to have,” she said. In any case, Deitsch’s more than 15 years of collecting “tussie-mussies” has transformed her into an authority on the Victorian posy holders crafted in an array of materials including ivory, gold, silver, porcelain, glass, mother of pearl, tortoise shell and animal horn. She now owns about 200 of them and has sold off another 150. In 2016, she published a book: “Tussie-Mussies: a Collector’s Guide to Victorian Posy Holders.” Deitsch had never heard of a tussie-mussie when she first laid eyes on an exhibit of them at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., around 1999. She felt, she recalled, “thunderstruck.” “I’d never seen anything so charming, beautiful, romantic and unusual,” she said. “I didn’t even know what the word ‘tussie-mussie’ meant, but I was just taken away. I said to my husband, Marshall, ‘You know, I’d like to collect these.’ I had no idea what I was getting into.” Marshall Deitsch, a retired metallurgical engineer and serious collector of paperweights, told his wife she’d have to make a real commitment if she wanted to collect. And so she did, purchasing her first tussie-mussie — a small, cornucopia-shaped one made of silver — a few days later from a shop in Charleston, South Carolina. Deitsch’s subsequent quest for information about tussie-mussies — and for the rare objects themselves — has taken her all over the world, including research trips to the Library of Congress and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. For centuries, she learned, flowers had played a prominent role in social events not only because of fashion but also to mask the unpleasant odors of life with infrequently laundered clothing and no proper sewage systems. By the 1730s, Paris jewelers advertised “portebouquets” — small gold and silver tubes lined with glass vials that could then be lined with sponges or moss to keep flowers fresh. The porte-bouquets had reached England by 1745 and became known as “tuzzy-muzzys,” “tuzzy” being an old English word meaning “knot of flowers” and “muzzy” referring to the damp moss wrapped around stems to keep them moist, Deitsch wrote in her book. Ultimately, “tussiemussies” became the accepted name and spelling.

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Palo Alto author Irene Deitsch shows off her book, “Tussie-Mussies: A Collector’s Guide to Victorian Posy Holders,” with her tussiemussies collection in the background. “Nosegays would feature a very strong, sweetsmelling flower in the center of the bouquet,” the book states, “with smaller, less fragrant flowers and herbs surrounding it; and wealthy ladies would hold these fragrant bouquets, sniffing and admiring them as they walked through the muck.” The fashion for tussie-mussies reached its peak between 1837 and 1901, during the reign of Queen Victoria. “When Victoria was crowned, it was said that many attendees carried tussie-mussies,” Deitsch wrote, “And during her reign, dignitaries would often bring posy holders to present to the queen. Being very fond of them, Victoria often carried an ornate tussie-mussie herself, and she favored them as gifts.” The Victorians also became enamored with a “language of flowers” around their small bouquets, Deitsch said, connecting certain blooms to human emotions — red roses signifying passion; yellow roses jealousy or infidelity; daisies freshness and modesty. The use of tussie-mussies declined following Victoria’s death, although Deitsch’s display cabinet includes a 1912 childhood photograph of her father, Benjamin Levin, and his 5-year-old sister, Clara, who is holding what appears to be a tussie-mussie with a bouquet. Deitsch’s richly illustrated 130-page hardback book (available at covers the history of tussie-mussies and their range of styles, including some designed to hold dance cards and others with a ring so they can be held by a finger, or a pin so they can be worn as brooches. She offers guidance for would-be collectors, including where to find the rare objects that most people have never heard of, and how to display them. “If you decide you want to collect tussie-mussies, (continued on page 22)

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Sightlines Project website, containing information on healthy living, financial security and social engagement, aims to “help people have a long-term view of their life,” said Laura Carstensen, a professor of psychology and director of the center. “We’re trying to help people think about living lives as older people much earlier in their lives.” Go to MIND-BODY CONNECTION ... Instructor Heidi Vandermolen offers free classes in Rosen Movement, a gentle movement class created by physical therapist Marion Rosen and designed to help people balance as they move. Drop in on Tuesday, March 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Avenidas. THE OTHER BAGPIPES ... The Community Tuesdays series at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center offers a presentation on “Exotic and Lesser-Known Piping Traditions of the World” on Tuesday, March 14, from 1-2:30 p.m. at the JCC’s Schultz Cultural Arts Hall. Multi-instrumentalist and storyteller Kevin Carr will

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Violinist Daniel Cher, pianist Russell Hancock and cellist Michel Flexer have performed together as the Saint Michael Trio for the past decade. by Janet Silver Ghent ehearsing in the alcove of Russell Hancock’s Palo Alto living room, Michel Flexer’s cello and Daniel Cher’s violin engage in playful dialogue as Hancock maintains a percussive beat on piano. The romantic piece is “Two Kites,” by Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, better known for “The Girl From Ipanema.” Ten years ago, the Saint Michael Trio was founded in Hancock’s living room on St. Michael Drive, performing house concerts for up to 40 guests. But the house was too small for the trio’s growing fan base. A decade and several albums later, earning stellar reviews along the way, the trio has performed everything from Beethoven to the blues at venues from the Bay Area to Salt Lake City and Seattle. On Saturday, March 4, the trio will host a 10th anniversary concert at Redwood City’s historic Fox Theatre. Jazz pianist David Benoit, in the liner notes for the trio’s “French Fusion” album, called the group “a boy band that is the musical embodiment of Silicon Valley.” The three musicians personify Silicon Valley in another way: All are classically trained musicians who contemplated concert careers but chose to make a living as entrepreneurs in completely unrelated fields. Hancock, who teaches in the public policy department at Stanford University, is president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley as well as a concerto soloist with symphony orchestras. Cher, a physician, designs and tests medical devices and also


plays violin and accordion with a klezmer band. Flexer, who was principal cellist and a soloist with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra while growing up, is a software engineer and serial entrepreneur. “We all decided independently that music might be more rewarding if it wasn’t the only thing we were doing,” said Hancock. “We wanted it to be a passion.” That said, “We’re not playing as amateurs or hobbyists but as concert musicians. We’re not looking to be a novelty act.” What is novel is the trio’s approach to programming. Hancock calls it a “smorgasbord.” The anniversary event will open with classics and segue into jazz and rock, followed by a post-concert chocolate reception with the artists at Club Fox. Advance ticket holders also had the opportunity to vote on some concert selections on the website, choosing from such offerings as the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” Claude Bolling’s crossover jazz “Amoureuse” and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” In keeping with that eclecticism, the group will play selections from 250 years of trio music, from baroque to Broadway, at a sold-out March 12 concert at Saratoga’s Montalvo Arts Center. “This is not your grandmother’s chamber music,” wrote Angela McConnell, Montalvo’s executive director on the liner notes for “Warning: May Cause Mood Swings.” “This is music that grabs you by the throat or tickles your funny bone or surfaces an erstwhile sadness, sometimes all at once but always in rapid-fire

succession.” The trio, which anchors the Villa Chamber Series at Montalvo, is also affiliated with Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont and performed two concerts with the Peninsula Symphony earlier this year. “These three remarkable musicians bring a special brand of musicality, panache and infectious energy to their music, and it was a complete joy to perform with them,” conductor-music director Mitchell Sardou Klein wrote in an email. The Saint Michael Trio prefers to play close to home, not only because the three have day jobs but because “we’re all committed family men,” Hancock said. They rehearse in the evening, after dinner, enabling them to spend time with their families. The three have a combined total of seven children, six of them girls who also play instruments. For Flexer, music is a family affair. “I play at home in the basement with the Flexer Quartet,” he said, noting that his wife and one daughter play violin, another daughter plays cello and he himself plays the viola part on cello. Like the Flexer Quartet, the Saint Michael Trio plays for fun, albeit on a professional level. However, because the group doesn’t rely on concert fees to make a living, the audience benefits. While many concerts are free, the proceeds from such events as the anniversary gala, where tickets are a modest $15, finance pieces they commission from up-andcoming composers. The Fox Theatre concert will hold the world

premiere of a piece by Canadian composer Cameron Wilson. Commissions can cost anywhere from $5,000 to six figures for a John Williams piece. “We haven’t yet commissioned a John Williams,” Flexer joked. However, Williams’ haunting “Schindler’s List” theme is on the trio’s debut album, and another Williams piece, the theme from “Sabrina,” is a candidate for the March 4 event. Freedom from economic constraints gives the trio the wherewithal to pioneer a new “edutainment” format that Hancock patented as an “Informance,” delivering music to wider audiences at minimal ticket prices. Focusing on a single composer, these Informances incorporate slides and explanations along with musical interludes. During an April 7 Informance titled “Delineating Dvorak,” which costs a mere $5, noted violinist and Stanford lecturer Robin Sharp will join the trio at Stanford’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium. “The combination of entertainment, knowledge and emotional connection is what music is all about, and they share it with such aplomb,” according to Sharp. “When I am able to perform with them, it is always a joyous collaboration.” Prospective audiences can pick up the flavor of an Informance from a 2013 event at Dinkelspiel captured on YouTube ( Discussing French impressionist composer Claude Debussy, Hancock described him as “cantankerous, a maverick, a renegade ... a womanizer, constantly in

debt. His wife threatened to shoot him if he didn’t kick his mistress out of the house, and she had the gun in her hand. And yet he wrote melodies of unspeakable sweetness, of incredible delicacy.” He stepped over to the piano to play a few bars from “Clair de Lune.” “You know this?” The audience laughed. “Of course you do. It’s the music that rolls during the credits of ‘Oceans Eleven.’” When three passionate people come together to select music and create a program, “we disagree all the time,” said Cher. Hancock calls it “creative tension. ... We sometimes have animated discussions about the proportion of classical and the proportion of contemporary. Danny always lands on the side of doing more classical music. I always take the point of view that some of the deep classical stuff can leave the audience behind. I care about that a lot. Danny cares about it less. Michel always ends up casting the deciding vote.” Said Flexer, “I’m in the middle. I try to keep the peace in the group.” Q Freelance writer Janet Silver Ghent can be emailed at What: Saint Michael Trio’s 10th Anniversary Gala Where: Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City When: Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15 Info: Go to saintmichaeltrio. com or phone 650-FOX-7770 • Palo Alto Weekly • March 3, 2017 • Page 25

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fter a year of work, “Metamorphosis: Junior Year,” a collaboration between local high school students and filmmaker James Franco (whose mother, Betsy Franco, authored the novel the film is based on), will make its big-screen premiere March 4 in Redwood City as part of the Cinequest Film & VR Festival. The film is a coming-of-age story, following high schooler Ovid

by Karla Kane and his friends as they struggle with family pressures, sexuality, experimentation with drugs, romance and other issues. Ovid (named after the Roman poet) is a budding artist fascinated by classical mythology, which he uses to frame his observations on life (the film uses animated sequences to show his artistic perspective). After the disappearance of his drugaddicted sister, Ovid becomes the focus of all his parents’ hopes and

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expectations. The opportunity to create a full-length film, mentored by professionals, was priceless for the students involved. Peter Gold, a current Paly junior who served as a co-director, animator and actor, called the project “one of the single best experiences I have ever had in my life, if not the best. ... I met lifelong friends and mentors; I learned from the best in the business. And I got a chance to express my vision.” James Franco, an alumnus of Palo Alto High School, met with 40 students (mostly from Paly and Gunn) for four hours a month starting in the autumn of 2015, with the students working on their own in between the sessions (due to overwhelming response, the hundreds of students not selected for the project were invited to


participate in a self-directed online course offered in a partnership between the Paly Media Arts program and Cinequest, a nonprofit that champions the intersection of film, Silicon Valley innovation and leadership opportunities for youth). Betsy Franco and artist/producer Tom Franco (brother to James and son of Betsy) were also heavily involved with the project. The students were divided into eight groups of five, with each group choosing to focus on a specific character and members of each group taking on different roles in the filmmaking process. Gold’s group focused on the character of Mei, whom he described as “a free-spirited bisexual who has trouble getting acceptance from her extremely successful mom.” Gold also animated the film’s opening sequence and received guidance from Tom Franco, who encouraged Gold to try his hand at animation despite his never having done it. “He put a key aspect of the film into my inexperienced hands. It was actions like these that made this experience lifechanging,” Gold wrote in an email interview. Paly senior Alec Cohen-Schisler and his good friend Juan Santos (with whom he’s been working since they were 12-year-olds) codirected the “Ovid at home” section of the film, working closely with head producer Iris Torres (“Rise of Planet of the Apes”) and cinematographer Christina Voros (“127 Hours”). Torres also appointed Cohen-Schisler head of animation, on which he said he spent around 100 hours over the summer. Viewers can keep an eye out for familiar locations, such as Paly, the Baylands and other spots around town. Cohen-Schisler said his own house, car and voice


appear in the movie, and he remembered fondly a moment when his dog, Chloe, unexpectedly walked through a shot. Arash DeMaxi, who plays Ovid, was a Dublin High School senior when he scored his leading role. DeMaxi said James Franco had long been one of his favorite actors. He said he related to his character immediately. “He is a frustrated teenager longing to pursue his passion for art; I like to think of him as the version of myself if my parents didn’t support the path I’ve chosen to take,” said DeMaxi, who is now studying acting at Pace University. “It makes me thank my lucky stars that they do.” Cohen-Schisler said he appreciates the way in which the film shows realistic perspectives from both teens and parents. “Several characters love art and want to pursue it in the future, but many parents, especially in Palo Alto, force their kids into STEMrelated professions,” he wrote in an email interview. “This movie is an argument for art — this movie is art — and it has helped dozens of students hone in on their interests and find what they love. We hope the audience can do the same thing and that they can learn more about themselves in the process.” Q Arts & Entertainment Editor Karla Kane can be reached at What: “Metamorphosis: Junior Year” Where: Cinequest Film & VR Festival, Century 20 Redwood City, 825 Middlefield Road When: Saturday, March 4, at 10:30 a.m. (screen 19) and 10:45 a.m. (screen 10) Cost: $11 Info: Go to

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was planning a dinner party recently and faced an all-toocommon modern dilemma: I had to put together a menu for two vegetarians, a vegan, someone who was lactose-intolerant and another who was trying a paleo diet. I managed to cobble together a repast to satisfy all proclivities, but next time I’m going an easier route: I’m taking us all out to True Food Kitchen. True Food, which opened last October in the Stanford Shopping Center, is a growing national chain that purports to cater to every food preference. The menu is based on an anti-inflammatory diet designed by Andrew Weil, a physician who espouses holistic health and integrative medicine. According to assistant manager Johnny Lugo, all dishes are made from scratch, starting with a vegan base and expanding from there, with options to accommodate all sorts of food allergies or personal quirks. All menu items are clearly marked as vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free and whether ingredients are served raw or undercooked. Salads and bowls, for example, stand alone just fine or, for an extra fee, can incorporate grass-fed beef, salmon, tuna,


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chicken or shrimp. But don’t let the “healthy” aspect make you think of bland brown rice concoctions or triedand-true stir-fried vegetables. The menu is creative, varied and diverse, and I did not have one dish that let me down in terms of either taste or presentation. Starters include kale guacamole ($10) a surprisingly piquant blend of puréed kale, avocado, grapefruit, cilantro and poblano peppers, sprinkled with sunflower seeds and served with a side of crispy pita chips. One of the most popular appetizers is the edamame dumplings ($12), silky-smooth wontons stuffed with blended edamame basking in a truffle-infused broth and garnished with Thai basil. My favorite remains the charred

hip cauliflower ($8), roasted to bring out its nutty essence, coupled with Middle East-inspired flavors from tahini, dates, mint and pistachios. More substantial selections range from terrific fish tacos ($19), loaded with beans, soft cheese, cilantro and yogurt in a way that allows all the flavors to remain strong yet balanced, and lasagna Bolognese ($18) with house-made chicken sausage and lemon-spiked ricotta. The lasagna, though tasty, was disappointing in that the dish was less refined in flavor and served barely warm.

The Brussels sprouts and wild mushroom pizza ($15), on the other hand, was addictive, with large chunks of meaty mushrooms and gooey cheese on grainy, thin-crust dough. And don’t skip the ancient grains bowl ($16), a gorgeous and well-balanced composition of quinoa, farro and brown rice topped with sweet potatoes, portobellos, avocado and crispy onions. True Food also breaks the organic/vegetarian stereotype with a full bar that serves creative (and delectable) cocktails alongside a well-thought-out selection of beer and wine, plus some trademark concoctions. “Kale Aid” ($7) is a glass of bright green, freshly pressed veggies infused with a jolt of ginger. Matcha horchata ($5) jazzes up the traditional Mexican almond milk beverage with zingy spices. With its tall ceilings, wideplank wood floors, huge overhead lighting fixtures and lime-green accents, True Food has a sleek, modern look that counters its holistic approach to food. The space is massive, with seating for more than 250, and an open kitchen that showcases an ongoing onslaught of carefully choreographed preparations. Additional seating is offered at the bar, along with nearby family-style high-top tables that you share. A word about reservations: Make one, if at all possible. True Food is immensely popular and waits can be long — especially in the evening — and the noise level is high, especially from the

sheer number of people milling by the door. Once you are seated, however, you can relax. Service is consistently exceptional, with young upbeat servers in tight Tshirts reading “True,” “Honest” and “Fresh,” who are simply oozing with personality and charm — in a good way. According to Lugo, the menu will change in April to incorporate more seasonal produce, and plans are under way for an expanded catering enterprise and possibly a happy hour. In the meantime, True Food Kitchen is using fresh, high-quality ingredients in dishes with robust, satisfying flavors that take “healthy” to a whole new level.Q Freelance writer Ruth Schechter can be emailed at True Food Kitchen, Stanford Shopping Center, 180 El Camino Real, #1140, Palo Alto; 650-272-5157; Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.


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Dafne Keen and Hugh Jackman form a bond in “Logan.”

Hit the road, Jackman Wolverine actor logs last adventure in ‘Logan’ 000(Century 16 & 20) Much of the comic book crowd (and 20th Century Fox executives) probably hoped Hugh Jackman would eternally come back to Wolverine, the mutant he’s now played for 17 years over nine films. But time and death stalk every man, and nothing is forever: a

theme of principal interest to the creative team behind “Logan.” “Logan” marks the third and final solo film for the long-running Marvel Comics character introduced to screen audiences in the 2000 film “X-Men.” Director James Mangold (who helmed previous installment

“The Wolverine”) returns, bringing with him a Western sensibility honed on his 2007 remake of “3:10 to Yuma.” Screenwriters Scott Frank, Mangold and Michael Green take very loose inspiration from a comic book run known as “Old Man Logan,” but only a few plot points carry over: a futuristic setting (in this case, 2029) that ages our hero, his mentor Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and fellow mutant Caliban (Stephen Merchant), and the notions of Logan having a child and a cross-country road trip to undertake. Beyond that, the writers give themselves the freedom to invent. There’s a new corporate “big bad” called Transigen Research, a company weaponizing mutant children. Circumstances conspire to place one of those children — 11-year-old Laura (newcomer Dafne Keen) — in the care of ever-reluctant hero Logan, a.k.a. James Howlett, a.k.a. Weapon X, a.k.a. Wolverine. When Transigen’s dirty worker Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) (continued on next page)

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Home Front

SF FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW ... The 2017 annual San Francisco Flower & Garden show will be held Wednesday, April 5 to Sunday April 9 at the San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. Hours will be Wednesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10a.m. to 6 p.m. Go to for tickets and more information. BUY SOME RHODIES ... The De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society will hold a rhododendron sale in downtown Los Altos in the parking lot south of State Street and north of the Los Altos Masonic Lodge on Saturday April 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Q Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or email elorenz@ Deadline is one week before publication.


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When life gives you

lemons... Protect your citrus trees now to get more fruit later by Elizabeth Lorenz

Courtesy of Photospin

Citrus trees are heavy feeders because they keep their leaves all year and have a heavy fruit load. They are also heavy water users, needing enough water in summer to moisten the soil to a depth of two feet.


ackyard gardeners with citrus trees are enjoying their freshly squeezed orange juice and lemons for cooking. But as spring approaches, now is the time to pull off the leftover fruit, fertilize, prune and get the trees ready for next year’s crops. The UC Master Gardeners will hold a free class on March 16 to educate the public on caring for their citrus trees. Master Gardener Candace Simpson will talk about pruning, fertilizing and watering, frost protection, and identifying and managing pests and diseases. First of all, she warns, it won’t work to save those seeds from the fruit you are eating now to try to grow new trees. It’s much better to buy a new tree at a nursery, one that has been grafted. “The reason they graft,” Simpson said, “is to select root stock for compatibility with soil types and disease resistance.” The minimum size should be a 2-gallon pot with a plant that comes just above the knee. Tomorrow — Saturday, March 4 — at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, Simpson and other gardeners will plant a kumquat and a mandarin tree, both of which are frosttolerant. The planting will be at 10 a.m. at 851 Center St. in Palo Alto. If you already have mature citrus trees in your yard, Simpson offers this advice: The main thing that needs protecting from frost, she said, is the tree’s graft union, where the graft comes into the main stock of the tree. By now, Simpson said, fruit should be mostly harvested and the fruit that is still on the tree should be picked. That way, the tree will properly prepare for next year’s harvest with an empty tree and will produce a maximum harvest. The main enemy facing citrus trees in this area is a pest called a citrus leaf miner. This bug feeds off of new growth on citrus trees. Because of this pest, master gardeners have

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recently changed their fertilizing and watering advice: The old advice was to fertilize in early spring and again at the end of September. But the new advice is to fertilize only once, in early spring, and to do the pruning then as well. “Once you prune and fertilize, and the new growth starts, you will get some citrus leaf miner, but that’s it,” Simpson said. “The bug only comes out for new growth.” The amount you fertilize is dependent on the size of your tree, so seek advice before doing it. Citrus fertilizers include the many trace elements (like iron, zinc, manganese etc) that citrus trees need, Simpson said. There are both organic and synthetic complete citrus fertilizers available in garden centers. Usually all nutrients except nitrogen are in good supply in our local soils, so one can assume that a more general-purpose fertilizer will also work, especially for growers who regularly use compost as mulch. A full-grown, average size, fruit-bearing lemon, orange or grapefruit tree needs about one pound of nitrogen per year. If you buy a fertilizer that is 10 percent nitrogen (N), you would need 10 pounds of that per year to supply a pound of nitrogen. Smaller trees would need less in proportion to their size. Young non-fruit-bearing trees of any type need much less, about one-tenth of a pound of nitrogen the first two years (doubled each year after that). Citrus trees are heavy feeders because they keep their leaves all year and have a heavy fruit load, Simpson said. They are also heavy water users. In winter, the trees are trying to support the crop of fruit, so they need to be watered even with the occurrence of heavy rains. In summer, the tree is pulling a lot of water out of the ground. The master-gardener watering guidelines are to water about two times a month in summer, making sure to get soil wet down to two feet. It is best to water evenly throughout the growth period, especially for thicker rind, larger oranges. Uneven

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REAL HELP FOR SENIORS ... Seniors and the homebound residing on the Peninsula may request free assistance with household tasks during the week of May 8-12 through the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors’ Realtor Service Volunteer Program (RSVP). RSVP is offered each year in the month of May to qualified seniors who cannot perform certain household tasks due to physical or financial constraints. The deadline for seniors to apply for this free assistance is March 22. During RSVP Week, volunteers will visit senior households and perform various cleaning and maintenance tasks free of charge. Seniors can request to have light bulbs replaced, furnace filters changed, windows cleaned, mattresses turned, new smokedetector batteries installed and other light housekeeping tasks. Local RSVP days are as follows: Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Atherton and Woodside will be on Monday, May 8; Palo Alto and East Palo Alto on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 9-10; Los Altos and Mountain View on Tuesday, May 9. Seniors may request an application by contacting SILVAR at 408-200-0100 or visiting silvar. org to download an application. The application should be mailed to Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, 19400 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 100, Cupertino, CA 95014 before the March 22 deadline.

watering will cause the rinds to split. Besides the citrus leaf miner, other pests can attack citrus trees. They include white flies, aphids, mealy bugs and scale. These pests suck on leaves and exude sticky stuff, which then attracts a dirty black fungus to grow on the leaves. If you are vigilant, you can catch the white waxy material (called honeydew) being exuded by pests and wash it off. “It usually starts on one branch. Sometimes you might want to prune it out,” Simpson said. She said there is one kind of scale that can kill a citrus tree. Scale is an insect that covers itself with a protective shell like a dome. Eggs hatch underneath the dome, producing “crawlers.” A tree infected with scale will look like it has white pustules on the bark. In the crawler stage, you can spray with light oil. “If you keep these things in check, natural predators can take over and eat the pests,” Simpson said. Q Elizabeth Lorenz is the Home and Real Estate Editor at the Palo Alto Weekly. She can be emailed at elorenz@

Citrus tree-planting demonstration Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, March 4, 10 a.m. at 851 Center St.

Class on caring for citrus trees Palo Alto Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road. March 16, 7- 8:30 p.m. Information:


650.964.3722 License# 01980343




Your Realtor & You REALTORS® Will Assist Seniors with Household Tasks May 8-12 Deadline for senior applications for the free service is March 22. Seniors and the homebound residing on the Peninsula and in the South Bay may request free assistance with household tasks through the REALTOR® Service Volunteer Program (RSVP) during the week of May 8-12. RSVP is offered for one week each year in May by REALTOR® and affiliate members from the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS® (SILVAR) to qualified seniors who cannot perform certain household tasks due to physical or financial constraints. The deadline for seniors to apply for this free assistance is March 22.


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“RSVP is our way of thanking our seniors for all they have done for our communities,” said Eileen Giorgi, SILVAR’s RSVP Committee chair. “Through the RSVP program, we can make the difference between a senior remaining independent, or having to give up that independence to some form of caregiving and dependence on strangers.” During RSVP Week, teams of REALTORS® and affiliates (professionals who provide industry-related services) will visit senior households and perform various cleaning and maintenance tasks free of charge. Seniors can request to have light bulbs replaced, furnace filters changed, windows

cleaned, mattresses turned, new smoke detector batteries installed, and other light housekeeping tasks. The annual community service program was adopted as an official association community outreach project in 2001. Last year 170 REALTORS® assist 79 senior households in Silicon Valley senior households in the Menlo Park/Atherton, Palo Alto, Los Altos/Mountain View, Cupertino/Sunnyvale and Los Gatos/ Saratoga communities. Seniors residing in the communities of Atherton, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, Woodside, Portola Valley, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Campbell, Saratoga, Monte Sereno and Los Gatos may apply for this free service by contacting the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS® at (408) 200-0100 for information and to request an application. Complete the application and submit to SILVAR before the March 22 deadline. *** Information provided in this column is presented by the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS®. Send questions to Rose Meily at

120 Hildebrand Road, La Honda (1/2 (1/2 mile east of Apple Jack’s)

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Absolute luxury awaits at this stunning townhouse built by PPG in 2011. The location is superb - less than 1/2 mile to downtown Menlo Park and the home is exceptional with premium upgrades throughout. It includes an amazing outdoor living space complete with full bar and large spa in a very private setting. Inside this bright 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home, top-of-the-line finishes, a state-of-the-art sound system, and a main-level master suite are just some of the highlights of this special opportunity for downtown living.


650.400.8707 mobile 650.332.1525 Fax BRE# 00481470

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- 20 acre custom built 1 Owner Ranch with Main House & Guest Cottage - Walls of windows facing sweeping views of tree lined mountains - 6 Bedrooms & 4 Full Baths - Exceptional Landscaping with many native grasses & trees - Great soil for starting vineyard or farming - Near Silicon Valley

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Century 21 Sunset Properties 700 Main St, Half Moon Bay

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375 Walsh Road, Atherton Woodland Retreat in Exclusive Atherton Tucked within leafy grounds of over an acre (per county) that establish natural privacy, this treehouse-like 4 bedroom residence of 3,120 sq. ft. (per county) with an additional lower level provides 3 full and 2 half baths, and an adjacent parcel of almost an acre I<1>/;A:@EJ5?-8?;-B-58-.812;>01B18;<91:@ &41.>11FEŌ;;><8-:501-82;>1:@1>@-5:5:3-//1??1?-:181B-@;>-:0-3->-31C5@4 -?@A05; 88A>5:3;A@0;;>->1-?5:/8A01-<;;8-:09A8@5<8101/7? ':A?A-82;>185@1@41>@;: @41<>;<1>@E;Ŋ1>?4588?50185B5:3  yet retains excellent proximity to prestigious clubs and private schools. For video tour & more photos, please visit: Offered at $4,988,000


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1492 Webster Street, Palo Alto BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 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. 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.


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) 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

(650) 475-2035 CalBRE# 01747147 • Palo Alto Weekly • March 3, 2017 • Page 33

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650.543.8532 | CalBRE #02012195 |

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Saturday & Sunday, 1:30 - 4:30 pm

1109 MILKY WAY, CUPERTINO Enjoy entertaining your friends and family in this updated home with large formal dining room, home office, remodeled kitchen, and a family room that opens to a spacious backyard with pool, spa, gazebo, and built-in barbecue area. Plus, access to award-winning schools!

Offered at $1,948,000 For photos visit

DANTE DRUMMOND • 4 bedrooms and 3 baths • Beautifully remodeled kitchen with granite slab counters, breakfast bar, and stainless steel appliances • Family room with built-in wet bar and French doors to patio/pool

• Large formal dining room with romantic gas fireplace and magnificent chandelier • Additional amenities: attached 2-car garage; central forced-air heat and air conditioning; solar power system; dual-pane windows

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LIST PRICE $2,595,000

Charlene Chang Realtor / Stanford M.B.A.

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Realtor / MIT M.B.A.

(650) 543-1108

(650) 543- 1087

CalBRE #01353594

CalBRE# 01927512 • Palo Alto Weekly • March 3, 2017 • Page 35


Alain Pinel Realtors®


ATHERTON $14,950,000

ATHERTON $10,800,000

LOS ALTOS $9,500,000

1 Ridge View Drive | 7bd/9ba Samira Amid-Hozour | 650.462.1111 BY APPOINTMENT

96 Faxon Road | 4bd/4.5ba Mary & Brent Gullixson | 650.462.1111 BY APPOINTMENT

65 Selby Lane | 7bd/11ba Mary & Brent Gullixson | 650.462.1111 BY APPOINTMENT

12825 Deer Creek Lane | 6bd/8ba Kathy Bridgman | 650.941.1111 BY APPOINTMENT

LOS ALTOS $4,275,000

WOODSIDE | $3,988,000

PALO ALTO $2,880,000

MENLO PARK $2,798,000

671 Benvenue Avenue | 5bd/7ba Soli Saatchi | 650.941.1111 OPEN SAT & SUN 1:30-4:30

9 Summit Road | 3bd/2ba Loren Dakin | 650.462.1111 BY APPOINTMENT

1665 Middlefield Road | 3bd/3ba Jean-Luc Laminette | 650.323.1111 BY APPOINTMENT

161 Willow Road | 5bd/4ba Derk Brill | 650.323.1111 OPEN SAT & SUN 1:00-5:00

ATHERTON $2,598,000

MENLO PARK $2,595,000

LOS ALTOS $2,500,000

SUNNYVALE $1,998,000

1035 Middle Avenue | 3bd/2ba Judy Citron | 650.462.1111 OPEN SAT 1:30-4:00 & SUN 2:00-4:00

1031 Henderson Avenue | 4bd/3ba S. Yie /C. Chang | 650.323.1111 OPEN SAT & SUN 1:30-4:30

25 Stuart Court | 3bd/2ba Jeff Stricker | 650.941.1111 OPEN SAT & SUN 1:30-4:30

835 Dartshire Way | 5bd/4ba Sophie Tsang | 650.323.1111 OPEN SAT & SUN 1:00-4:30

WOODSIDE $1,998,000

PALO ALTO | $1,495,000

LOS ALTOS $1,345,000

LA HONDA $1,198,000

13890 Skyline Boulevard | 4bd/3ba Stephanie Nash | 650.529.1111 OPEN SUN 2:00-4:30

277 Bryant Street | 2bd/2.5ba Zachary Trailer | 650.462.1111 OPEN SAT & SUN 1:30-4:30

1 West Edith Avenue, Unit D2220 | 1bd/2ba Connie Miller | 650.941.1111 OPEN SAT & SUN 1:30-4:30

126 Canada Vista | 3bd/2.5ba K. Bird & S. Hayes | 650.529.1111 OPEN SAT & SUN 1:00-4:00


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237 Mapache Drive, Portola Valley Fabulous Resort-Like Compound 991>?105::-@A>-8<>5B-/E @45?3-@10 />117 ?501<>;<1>@E;2W WW-/>1?I<1>/;A:@EJ2;>9?;:1;2@418->31?@Ĺ&#x152;-@8;@?5:";>@;8- Valley. The luxuriously upgraded estate is every entertainerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream, and includes a guesthouse, a poolhouse, and a studio for a total of 5 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, and a living area of approx. 8,100 sq. ft. (per drawings). French doors throughout the singlelevel main home open to the exciting grounds, allowing easy indoor-outdoor enjoyment. Excellent amenities include six-car garage parking, a sauna, and a heated pool and spa. Stroll to trails throughout the surrounding woodland paradise while easily accessing local shopping and scenic open spaces. For video tour & more photos, please visit: Offered at $7,988,000


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   139 GREENMEADOW WAY - PALO ALTO â&#x20AC;˘ Luxurious, sky-lit living distinguishes this beautifully remodeled 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home of 1,030 sq. ft. (per county). Modern amenities like quartz countertops, globe pendant lighting and rich cabinetry enhance the bright, open floorplan, which flows freely into fascinating outdoor spaces. This mid-century style Eichler home is configured to maximize indoor-outdoor living and entertainment, with walls of glass and sliding doors in each room that extend out to a spacious courtyard and sun-drenched rear garden patio flourishing with a pond, bamboo and ample fruit trees. â&#x20AC;˘ Versatile layout boasts radiant floor heating, large concrete-block fireplace, and abundant upgrades like stylish bathrooms, soundproofed walls, and solid bamboo flooring. Brand new paint throughout, full size washer and dryer inunit, and additional storage closets with built-in organizers provide for easy living and comfort. Parking made easy with one designated carport space, one additional assigned space, and

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650.543.8532  CalBRE #01925245

28 Sneckner Court, Menlo Park Offered at $2,998,000 Sun-Lit Spaces Showcase Palatial Living Opulent yet inviting, this 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home consists of approx. 4,000 sq. ft. (per county) on a property of nearly 11,000 sq. ft. (per county) and showcases prestige with vast living spaces, an attached three-car garage, an additional finished attic of approx. 600 sq. ft. (per seller), and wood flooring throughout. Stunning features such as soaring ceilings and must-have amenities grant luxury while large windows flood the interior with natural light. Nearby are attractions like Stanford Hills Park, Stanford Golf Course, Sharon Heights Shopping Center, and worldrenowned Stanford University. It also boasts close proximity to exceptional schools such as Las Lomitas Elementary (API 943), La Entrada Middle (API 963), and Menlo-Atherton High ®

(buyer to verify eligibility).

For video tour & more photos, please visit:

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585 Old San Francisco Road, #4, Sunnyvale Offered at $998,000 Extraordinary New Townhome A fantastic location is just one of many highlights offered by this newly built 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome of over 1,700 sq. ft. (per plan). Quickly reach local attractions from this stylishly finished home that enjoys an open layout, an attached two-car garage, and a host of energy-efficient features. An island kitchen with a breakfast bar centers the home, while an extravagant master suite showcases his-and-her closets and a luxurious bath. Also included are an upper-level laundry center and two outdoor lounges. Easily stroll to popular shopping and dining, spacious Braly Park, and Ellis Elementary, and live within moments of top downtown



venues (buyer to verify eligibility).

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3247 Emerson Street, Palo Alto Offered at $1,998,000 Open-Concept Home Enjoys Chic Style Located in sought-after South Palo Alto, this graciously updated 3 bed, 2 bath home of over 1,200 sq. ft. (per county) on a property of 6,250 sq. ft. (per county) integrates contemporary amenities with zen-inspired landscaping. This lovely abode is privately tucked away on a sizable lot and flaunts open-concept living areas, beamed ceilings, and floor-length windows, while stylish upgrades include a remodeled kitchen and spa-like baths. Local recreation like verdant Hoover Park is within biking distance, while bustling California Avenue is within moments. Stroll to excellent schools such as El Carmelo Elementary (API 944) and JLS Middle (API 943), and easily bike to Gunn High (API 917) (buyer to verify




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1425 Harker Avenue, Palo Alto State-of-the-Art Paradise Thoroughly remodeled in 2014, this opulent 5 bedroom, 4 bath residence of over 3,200 sq. ft. (per county) rests on spacious premises of approx. 9,700 sq. ft. (per county) in highly desired Community Center. A chef’s kitchen, cutting-edge home automation, and Ō1D5.8E01?53:1085B5:3->1-?->1;:8E-21C;2@412-:@-?@5/-91:5@51? A1?@?C5888;B1@411D@>-B-3-:@3>;A:0? /;9<81@1C5@4- pool, a heated porch, and a kitchen with a barbecue. This coveted setting is within mere moments of vibrant downtown Palo Alto and Stanford University, and also enjoys excellent proximity to top-ranking Palo Alto schools. For video tour & more photos, please visit: Offered at $5,988,000


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601 Bryson Avenue, Palo Alto Offered at $1,788,000 Updated Spaces Emulate Modern Style Modern style and character harmoniously blend in this sun-lit 3 bedroom, 2 bath abode of nearly 1,200 sq. ft. (per county) on a lot of over 5,800 sq. ft. (per county). The newly updated kitchen and baths lend fresh vibrancy to the interior, while charming features like Andersen windows, hardwood flooring, and beamed ceilings add warmth. Also included is a convenient two-car garage, citrus tree, and tastefully landscaped outdoor areas. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, this home is within strolling distance of Midtown Shopping Center and Hoover Park, and within biking distance of excellent schools like El Carmelo Elementary (API 944), JLS Middle (API 943), and Palo Alto High (API 905) (buyer to ®

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52 Surrounded by standstill traffic

11 Tilted

54 Beer barrels

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30 Dave Grohl band ___ Fighters

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33 Actor Diggs

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COASTSIDE CLINIC ... The Menlo College women’s basketball team hosted a clinic in Pacifica. The free event was for girl basketball players grades 6-8, and featured the Menlo College coaching staff, and members of the team. Nearly 30 kids from several different organizations, including two local CYO programs, the IBL middle school league, and the local Boys & Girls Club, were on hand. MENLO MEMO . . . Menlo College men’s volleyball is set to kick off its inaugural season in the fall and it will do so under the guidance and tutelage of a familiar face in former women’s volleyball coach, Atlee Frechette, who played briefly at Menlo-Atherton. Frechette recently completed her fourth season as the head of the women’s program. She led the Oaks to a Cal Pac title in 2014 and is fourth in all-time wins at Menlo College . . . Menlo slugger Joe Gillette earned Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors for baseball after helping the Oaks win five of six games over the weekend.

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Erica McCall makes her presence felt The Cardinal opens play in Pac-12 women’s basketball conference tournament by Rick Eymer


tanford’s Erica McCall knows her way around a classroom as much as she understands her role on the basketball court. The senior forward was named to the Academic All-American Division I second team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America and announced Thursday. McCall will be there when No. 10 Stanford (25-5, 15-3) goes for the program’s 12th Pac-12 Tournament title. The Cardinal received a bye into the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. on Friday and will meet the winner of Thursday’s game between Washington State (11-18, 6-12) or seed Colorado (15-14, 5-13).

Stanford’s unquestioned leader, McCall has been a team captain each of the past two seasons and has served in the same capacity for her country. The senior cocaptained the United States to a perfect 6-0 record and gold at the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea, her fourth world championship with USA Basketball teams. She becomes the eighth academic All-American in program history, joining Chiney Ogwumike, Kristin Folkl, Kate Starbird, Chris MacMurdo, Julie Zeilstra, Jeanne Ruark Hoff and Louise Smith, and her award is the 208th for a Stanford studentathlete all-time. A psychology major with a

3.58 GPA, McCall is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree and two-time Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention pick. She’s a finalist for this year’s Senior CLASS Award, given to the nation’s top senior who excels in four areas -- community, classroom, character and competition -- and will graduate a quarter early, finishing her studies at the end of the winter session. McCall was awarded AllPac-12 accolades for the second consecutive season on Tuesday after averaging team highs in points (15.0), rebounds (8.5) and blocks (1.5). The senior has scored in double figures in all but three games this season, collected 12 double-doubles and leads the

conference in offensive rebounds with 3.9 per game. On watch lists for the Naismith Trophy, Wade Trophy, Wooden Award and Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, McCall is 27th in school history in points (1,278), eighth in rebounds (889) and fourth in blocks (182), one of a select group at Stanford with those career numbers (Jayne Appel, Chiney Ogwumike, Val Whiting). In addition to McCall, Brittany McPhee and Karlie Samuelson were voted to the 15-person All-Pac-12 squad, Briana Roberson was one of six named to Pac-12 All-Defensive team and Nadia Fingall earned Pac-12 (continued on next page)


Pinewood girls lead group of locals into CCS finals Palo Alto and Priory each have two teams in finals, Menlo boys, SHP girls also in by Glenn Reeves lara Astrom remembers last year’s Central Coast Section girls basketball Open Division championship game and it didn’t sit well with her. She and her Pinewood teammates are ready for the rematch. The third-seeded Panthers (242) qualified for Friday’s final against Mitty by whipping the No. 2 seed Sacred Heart Cathedral,


84-66, in Tuesday’s semifinal at Piedmont Hills High School. The Mighty Monarchs (24-2) roared to a 49-19 halftime lead against Valley Christian and took it easy in the second half of their semifinal. They are currently ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps. Pinewood is ranked No. 4 in the state and 11th in the nation. (continued on page 55)

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WATER WORLD . . . For the second consecutive week and third time in four weeks, Stanford freshman Makenzie Fischer was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s top newcomer when the conference announced its honors on Tuesday afternoon. Fischer was Stanford’s secondleading scorer at the Barbara Kalbus Invitational in Irvine over the weekend. She poured in 11 goals in the four games (2.75 GPG), including five in the Cardinal’s 12-9 semifinal win over No. 4 Cal and four in a 10-9 championship setback to No. 2 USC. The freshman is averaging 3.20 goals in her last five outings, including a pair of five-score efforts, and her 2.33 overall goals per game average this season is tied for fourth in the MPSF.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING of the City of Palo Alto Historic Resources Board [HRB] 8:30 A.M., Thursday March 9, 2017, Palo Alto Council Chambers, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue. http://www. may be reviewed at the Development Center at 285 Hamilton Avenue or online at: ; contact Robin Ellner for additional information during business hours at 650-329-2603. NEW BUSINESS 1. Selection of Chair and Vice-chair CONTINUED BUSINESS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Discussion items from HRB Retreat of February 23, 2017 2. Governance subcommittee 3. Prioritization of potential projects regarding historic preservationin Palo Alto (T`-YLUJO*OPLM7SHUUPUN6É&#x2030;JPHS The City of Palo Alto does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation for this meeting or an alternative format for any related printed materials, please contact the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ADA Coordinator at 650.329.2550 (voice) or by e-mailing

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PUBLIC HEARING/QUASI-JUDICIAL: 275 Cambridge Avenue [16PLN-00278]: Request for ARB Hearing of a Tentative Approval of an Architectural Review to allow a Steel Beam Trellis Structure Over a 20,645 Square Foot Area to Support a Solar Development on the Top Floor of an Existing City Parking Structure. Environmental Assessment: Exempt From CEQA per Guideline Sections 21080.35, 15303, and 15301 (Existing Facilities). Zoning District: Planned Community (PC-4127). For more information, contact the project planner Amy French at PUBLIC HEARING/QUASI-JUDICIAL: 475 Cambridge Avenue [16PLN-00250]: Request for ARB Hearing of a Tentative Approval of an Architectural Review to allow a Steel Beam Trellis Structure Over a 28,051 Square Foot Area to Support a Solar Development on the Top Floor of an Existing City Parking Structure. Environmental Assessment: Exempt From CEQA per Guideline Sections 21080.35, 15303, and 15301 (Existing Facilities). Zoning District: Public Facility. For more information, contact the project planner Amy French at PUBLIC HEARING / QUASI-JUDICIAL: 240 Pasteur Drive [16PLN00362]: Recommendation on the Applicantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Request for approval of an Architectural Review to Allow the Construction of the a new Biomedical Innovations Building for the Stanford University School of Medicine. The Approximately 215,000 Square Foot Building was Previously Entitled in 2011. The Proposed Project 0UJS\KLZ (YJOP[LJ[\YHS 4VKPĂ&#x201E;JH[PVUZ [V 9LĂ&#x2026;LJ[ <WKH[LK 0U[LYUHS Program Needs, Surrounding Pathways, Heritage Trees, and the Architecture of the Adjacent Hospital. Environmental AssessTLU[!(U,U]PYVUTLU[HS0TWHJ[9LWVY[^HZ7YL]PV\ZS`*LY[PĂ&#x201E;LK for This Project Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Zoning District: HD. For more information contact project planner Rebecca Atkinson at

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All-Freshman honorable mention accolades. Stanford is 37-4 all-time at the Pac-12 Tournament and has won 11 of the 15 titles. The Cardinal is 18-1 at the event when it scores 70 points and 37-0 when it holds its opponent under 70. Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swimming Palo Alto grad Andrew Liang and Sacred Heart Prep grad Tom Kremer will be in the spotlight when Stanford continues in the Pac-12 swimming and diving championships in Federal Way, WA on Friday. Liang is seeded second in the 100 fly behind Calâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Josh Lynch, though the qualifying time difference is negligible. He finished seventh in the event last year. Liang went 46.39 in the prelims. He has a qualifying time of 45.93 (to Lynchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 45.85) this season. Kremer, a 12-time All-American, placed fifth in the 200 free two years ago. He was third in the event at the NCAA championships four years ago and his times this year are comparable to his 1:33.07 in 2013. The 400 individual medley could also be a strength for the Cardinal, with Abrahm DeVine, Curtis Ogren and Max Williamson among th conference leaders. Freshman True Sweetser is the top seed in Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1,650 free. Liam Egan and Grant Shouts are also among the top four. Sam Perry in the 100 free and Matt Anderson in the 200 breast are also among the top seeds in their respective events. Softball Stanford continues its longest road stretch of the season this weekend when it travels to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for the Easton Crimson Classic. The Cardinal (10-5) will play five games in three days and take on a group of quality teams, including No. 11 Alabama. The trip is the second of a back-to-back as Stanford played five games in three days this past weekend in Cathedral City, California, at the Mary Nutter Classic. Stanford opens the weekend Friday with games against Drake (9 a.m. PT) and Jacksonville (11:30 a.m.). The Cardinal plays the Dolphins for a second time on Saturday morning (9 a.m.) before taking on the Crimson Tide (11:30 a.m.). Stanford concludes play Sunday with its second game against Drake at 9 a.m. Beach volleyball Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beach volleyball team kicks off its 2017 regular season this weekend with dual matches against Santa Clara, Cal Poly, Saint Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Pacific at the Stanford Sand Volleyball Stadium. Led by first-year head coach Andrew Fuller, the Cardinal enters the campaign as the 13thrated team in the nation. Q


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“I’m really excited about it,’’ Astrom said. “From the start of the season playing Mitty again was on our minds. Every practice was a preparation for this game.’’ Mitty won last year’s matchup 79-60. Pinewood came out hot and had a 27-19 lead after one quarter, but the Monarchs dominated the second half. “We finished plays at the rim tonight,’’ Pinewood coach Doc Scheppler said. “In the CCS championship game last year we got to the rim, but couldn’t finish in the second half.’’ They share six common opponents, with the Panthers losing to Bishop O’Dowd and Mitty beating the East Bay powerhouse twice. The Monarchs have seven players 6-feet, or taller, on its roster. Sophomore Hannah Jump is Pinewood’s tallest player at 5-11. The 5-9 Astrom usually gets matched up against the opposing team’s center. In Mitty’s case that’s 6-2 senior Tahlia Garza. The Monarchs’ best player is 6-1 sophomore Haley Jones, who averages 15.2 points and 8.2 rebounds a game. Garza averages 8.2 points and 5.1 rebounds. Mitty point guard Karisma Ortiz is a 6-0 senior and experienced. Pinewood counters with 5-3 junior Brianna Claros. SHC coach LyRyan Russell has seen plenty of Mitty. He was asked whether Pinewood would be able to hang tight with the Monarchs. “Oh, yes,’’ he said. “Pinewood is a well-coached team, a welloiled machine. They are fearless. It should be a great matchup.’’ The Pinewood players remember that game and are motivated to strive for a different outcome. Astrom went up against IImar’I Thomas, Sacred Heart Cathedral’s standout senior center, on Tuesday. She rose to the occasion, scoring a career-high 24 points. “I like being physical, being physical is just part of my nature,’’ Astrom said. “I feel I can use my physicality on every play, even though I’m not that tall.’’ Astrom’s 3-point shooting prowess makes her a tough matchup for

Pinewood coach Doc Scheppler hopes to point his team in the right direction Friday night against Mitty. opposing centers, many of whom are not comfortable following her out to the 20-foot range. She knocked down four 3-pointers against the Fightin’ Irish. Following on the heels of a 79-46 win over St. Ignatius in the CCS quarterfinals, Tuesday’s outing was another spectacular offensive performance by the Panthers. Their 84 points resulted from scoring 21 points in each quarter. They shot an even 60 percent for the game (32 of 54). Jump, who was coming off a career-high 36 points against SI, didn’t take a lot of shots against SHC but still scored 18. Claros was relentless in attacking the basket. She scored 15 with all seven of her field goals on drives down the lane. “When teams play us they have to account for all the shooters on the floor,’’ Scheppler said. “(Claros) was our advantage. She created an advantage at the basket, which was open.’’ Thomas, a Division I recruit headed to Cincinnati, scored 33 points for SHC (17-8). CCS Division I The fortunes of the Palo Alto basketball teams continue to move forward in a parallel fashion. The Palo Alto boys and girls both won their semifinal matchups Wednesday to advance to the Central Coast Section Division I championship games on Saturday. Both teams were originally considered for the CCS Open

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Senior guard Miles Tention (22) leads Palo Alto into the CCS Division I finals against Los Gatos.

Division but were both placed in their enrollment division, Division I, instead. Both received No. 1 seeds in Division I. Now both are going to play No. 2 seed Los Gatos in the CCS final. And both, of course, are very familiar with Los Gatos. Both Palo Alto teams finished in first place in SCVAL De Anza Division play. The Los Gatos boys and girls teams both finished in second place. The Paly-Los Gatos girls play at 5 p.m. and the Vikings-Wildcats boys follow at 7 p.m. at Santa Clara University. In CCS semifinal action Wednesday, the Palo Alto boys escaped with a 53-48 victory over upset-minded Cupertino, another SCVAL De Anza team. The Los Gatos boys won in far easier manner, dispatching Piedmont Hills, 59-36. The Palo Alto girls had little difficulty in defeating No. 4 Silver Creek, 53-39. The Los Gatos girls outlasted Cupertino, 45-42, in a tough battle. So it will be Palo Alto-Los Gatos III in both CCS Division I finals. Here the fortunes of the two Paly teams diverge a bit. The Palo Alto girls swept Los Gatos while the Palo Alto boys split with the Wildcats, winning at Los Gatos, 56-47, before losing a home game at Gunn, 54-49. “Los Gatos is a good team, they give us a lot of problems,’’ said Palo Alto point guard Miles Tention, who went off for 29 points in the win over Cupertino. “They’re big. It will be two good teams going against each other. Whoever plays better that day will come out on top.’’ Lauren Koyama scored 23 points and Carly Leong had 20 for the Paly girls (21-3) against an overmatched Silver Creek team. The Vikings were not as sharp with their offensive execution as they often are, but it made little difference. CCS Division IV Thanks to another outstanding shooting performance and disciplined defense, the Menlo School boys’ basketball team is headed to the CCS Division IV championship against Half Moon Bay at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Santa Clara High.

By defeating No. 2 seed Pacific Grove, 54-23, in Tuesday’s semifinal at Hartnell College, the No. 3 Knights (18-7) earned their spot. Half Moon Bay beat Santa Cruz, 72-36. Menlo lost at Half Moon Bay, 46-41, on Dec. 17. Charlotte Levison probably didn’t know it at the time but all those years of playing one-on-one basketball with her twin brother Daniel helped hone her instincts and shooting skills. The Sacred Heart Prep freshman has already had a fine rookie season and Tuesday night she raised her game to another level. Levison scored 17 of her season-best 33 points in the first quarter and the third-seeded Gators romped past No. 2 OceanaPacifica, 72-46, in the semifinals of the Central Coast Section girls Division IV tournament at Notre Dame-Belmont. Defending champion Sacred Heart Prep (13-11) advances into Saturday’s championship game against No. 4 seed Half Moon Bay at 5 p.m. at Santa Clara. The Cougars (20-8) knocked off top-seeded Menlo, 49-33, in a game that was tied after three quarters. The Knights (14-11) had their winning streak against Division IV teams snapped at 34. Levison scored the Gators’ first 11 points and didn’t miss in the early going, hitting all five of her 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes.

CCS Division V Size matters. Exhibit A is the Priory boys basketball team, which boasts 6-foot-10 Emmanuel Ajanaku-Makun and 6-6 Ayo Aderoboye. No. 3 Stevenson of Pebble Beach can attest to the height factor after Ajanaku-Makun and Aderoboye helped wreck the speedy Pirates, 65-59, in Wednesday’s Central Coast Section Division V semifinal at Santa Clara High. The Panthers (21-5) next play No. 1 St. Francis-SCP of Watsonville (25-2) in Friday night’s title game at Notre Dame de Namur University at 7:45 p.m. Priory is seeking its third straight Division V crown. Priory returns to the Girls’ Division V championship game after a 57-13 victory over Alma Heights. Priory lost to Eastside College Prep in last year’s final but Eastside earned a berth in the Open Division this year. The Panthers (17-9) meet Saint Francis SCP in Friday’s 6 p.m. title game at Notre Dame de Namur. Priory has prepared for this moment by playing one of the toughest schedules possible. The Panthers are 12-9 against teams that reached their respective sectional playoffs and nine of those games were played against teams that were in the Open Division. Q


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The diminutive senior won the state wrestling title at 106 pounds. She recorded two pins, two sudden victories and a decision en route to the championship.

The junior scored three goals in overtime periods in CCS first-round and quarterfinal wins, including game-winning goals on Wednesday and Saturday.

Honorable mention Sam Erisman* Menlo basketball

Katie Guenin Menlo-Atherton soccer

Hannah Jump Pinewood basketball

Carly Leong Palo Alto basketball

Briana Sandoval Menlo-Atherton soccer

Kayla Tahaafe Eastside Prep basketball

Max Dorward Palo Alto basketball

Joe Foley Menlo basketball

Lucas Harris Priory basketball

Jeffrey Lee-Heidenreich* Gunn basketball

Charlie McKay Menlo-Atherton soccer

Tevin Panchal Sacred Heart basketball * Previous winners

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