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Palo Alto

Vol. XXXVIII, Number 24


March 17, 2017

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How one Palo Alto teacher’s lesson on fascism changed the world Page 20

Neighborhoods 9 Spectrum 18 Worth a Look 24 Eating Out 25 Shop Talk 26 Movies 28 QArts Family drama explores clash of immigrants, natives

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QHome For gardeners, success is in the soil

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QSports Stanford women headed for NCAA tournament

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At the Y, children and teens of all abilities acquire new skills, make friends, and feel that they belong. With hundreds of Summer Day Camps at 30+ locations plus Overnight Camps, you will find a camp that’s right for your family.  Financial assistance is available.


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Local news, information and analysis

State to probe Kniss’ campaign for possible violations FPPC launches investigation into whether Palo Alto vice mayor improperly reported her contributions by Gennady Sheyner


rompted by a citizen complaint, the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has launched an investigation into the campaign of Palo Alto Vice Mayor Liz Kniss, whose re-election bid was boosted by a flurry of late contributions from developers and who did not

disclose most of these contributions until well after the election. The state agency, which enforces the requirements of California’s Political Reform Act, informed Kniss in a March 10 letter that it has initiated an investigation into whether she violated the act. The FPPC has not made any

determinations at this time, the letter states. The complaint that triggered the investigation pertains to Kniss’ Jan. 11 campaign-finance statement, which covers the period between Oct. 23 and Dec. 31. The statement shows that between Nov. 18 and the end of the year, Kniss received $19,340 in contributions, with the lion’s share coming from local developers and property managers. Earlier in the campaign, Kniss said she would not accept

contributions from developers. As the Weekly previously reported, two developers who gave to Kniss said that they had actually contributed to her campaign before the Nov. 8 election and well before the dates in which their contributions are listed on Kniss’ statement. In addition, Kniss reported that she had received a $2,500 contribution from the California Association of Realtors Political Action Committee (CREPAC) on Nov. 18, while the association’s own filing

shows that the contribution was made on Oct. 18. The list of late donors to the Kniss campaign also includes developers Jim Baer, Chop Keenan, Joseph Martignetti, Premier Property and Thoits Bros. In almost all cases, the occupation of each contributor is listed on Kniss’ campaign filing as “unknown.” When the Weekly asked Kniss about these contributions in (continued on page 10)


School district repeatedly failed to investigate claims Civil-rights agency details district’s improper handling of sexual-harassment complaints, incident by Elena Kadvany


Veronica Weber

Tech workers take a stand Kira Od and John Lau, center, hold up Od’s critical illustration of President Trump as Maria Martinez, far right, and Joshua Davis, center behind Od, and others listen to speakers on March 14 at the Tech Stands Up event at Palo Alto’s King Plaza. For the story, go to


Amid backlash, city to reconsider decision on Comp Plan Citizens committee blasts City Council’s vote to remove programs from land-use guide by Gennady Sheyner


alo Alto officials will revisit on Monday their controversial January decision to strip all programs from the city’s guiding land-use document, the Comprehensive Plan — a move that some characterized as a “formatting” change and others decried as a betrayal of public trust. The decision to remove the more than 400 proposed programs from the updated document, which lays out the city’s

growth strategies between now and 2035, was proposed for the first time at the City Council’s Jan. 30 meeting and abruptly approved by a 5-4 vote that reflected the council’s ideological division. The five members most open to development — Mayor Greg Scharff, Vice Mayor Liz Kniss and Councilmen Adrian Fine, Greg Tanaka and Cory Wolbach — all supported the change, while the four who favor slower city growth — Tom DuBois, Eric

Filseth, Karen Holman and Lydia Kou — opposed it. The cut was proposed by Wolbach, who said it was a way to streamline and make clearer the Comprehensive Plan. Though his motion called for the programs to be removed, he later clarified that he would like to see them included in an appendix. DuBois, on the other hand, characterized the action as the (continued on page 12)

formal letter of findings from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released on March 9 details how the Palo Alto school district repeatedly failed to “promptly and equitably” respond to and investigate reports of sexual harassment and assault on and off its campuses — and thus violated federal antidiscrimination law Title IX. The agency released the findings about a week after the Palo Alto school board unanimously approved a resolution agreement that commits the district to a range of efforts it will take to address these violations. The findings paint a detailed if clinical picture of the district’s failure to not only comply with federal law but follow its own policies and procedures in eight separate sexual harassment, assault and misconduct cases involving students, teachers, staff and an administrator since 2013. In numerous cases, the district failed to conduct any Title IX investigation after receiving reports of sexual harassment and violence, including when it became aware of allegations that a Palo Alto High School student had been sexually assaulted off campus and that former Paly Principal Phil Winston had sexually harassed students and staff. The resolution agreement directs the district to address these and other missteps by hiring an outside investigator, to be approved by the Office for Civil Rights, to conduct proper investigations into the district’s handling of several cases. Other violations that were common across cases include: failing

to promptly investigate reports of incidents, provide notice of the outcome of an investigation to the affected parties and assess whether allegations of sexual harassment or violence caused a hostile educational environment for students at school, the Office for Civil Rights found. The school district’s former Title IX coordinator, Associate Superintendent Charles Young, also failed to “discharge his responsibilities” in the role — including not reviewing both oral and written Title IX complaints made at school sites nor scrutinizing them to identify “patterns or systemic problems” — which violated Title IX, the Office for Civil Rights determined. (Young left the district in 2015 to become superintendent of the Benicia Unified School District; the district’s chief student services officer, Holly Wade, now serves as Title IX coordinator.) The federal agency also found the school district’s own policies to be in violation of Title IX. The letter of findings describes numerous instances in which the district’s policies on sexual harassment, discrimination and complaints regarding employees were inconsistent, non-compliant or not followed. The school district has already started reviewing and updating its policies in these areas and is required to do so as part of the resolution agreement. Superintendent Max McGee told the Weekly on March 12 that the district “want(s) to ensure that every student is safe and feels safe.” The district is “eager,” he added, to (continued on page 13) • Palo Alto Weekly • March 17, 2017 • Page 5


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I frankly was a little bit ashamed that they would so cavalierly throw away the work of so many people. —Doria Summa, planning commissioner, on proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan. See story on page 5.

Around Town

SNAIL MAIL ... President Donald Trump is known for exchanging harsh words over Twitter, but is he ready to express them in writing? Whether he’s ready or not, more than 4,000 postcards from Palo Alto and a multitude more from around the country are heading to the White House as part of “The Ides of March” campaign that took place on Wednesday, March 15. The national event coincided with “The Ides of March,” the day Julius Caesar was assassinated. Organizers aimed to send a million postcards to Washington, D.C. Stephanie Grossman opened her doors for a postcard-writing party the previous day between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. An estimated 500 people arrived for an opportunity to write greetings to the president. Word of her event passed through fliers and emails with local Democratic groups. Grossman has hosted other political parties at her Joseph Eichler-built home where she’s resided since 1974, welcoming notable politicians including Howard Dean, Barbara Boxer and Anna Eshoo, but Tuesday’s turnout was like nothing she’s seen before. Visitors took up her kitchen table, side patio, couches and bar stools. She had to set up extra tables and chairs to accommodate everyone, including strangers, who waited in line for a spot. “I should’ve had a sign-in sheet. I never expected this,” she said. Grossman started out with a bunch of pens and 300 prestamped cards from the Capitol because she couldn’t find any in Palo Alto. As the day went on, her daughter traveled to San Carlos and a friend went to Belmont for a combined 1,100 preprinted postcards. Eventually the group resorted to 4x6 index cards to pen their messages, one of which said, “Stop creating CHAOS. Support all women’s causes; especially Planned Parenthood.” Grossman laid out cheese and crackers, fruits and pastries for her guests, but as the day went on she ran out of food. Once 6 p.m. rolled around she was ordering pizza to feed her visitors. What motivated the flock

of people to come to her home? “I think that people are so upset with Trump, and there’s tremendous frustration. People want to do something,” Grossman said. “I’m finding people who have just taken politics for granted realize they can’t do that.” She was busy putting stamps on all the cards on Wednesday morning before handing them to the post office. GLIDING TO FIRST PLACE ... A Palo Alto teen has gained worldwide attention on the ice rink. Vincent Zhou took first place in the men’s division of the International Skating Union World Junior Championships in Taipei, Taiwan that began Wednesday, March 15, and ends Sunday, March 19. For the short program he performed to “Writing’s on the Wall,” a song by Sam Smith written for the 2015 James Bond film “Spectre” on the first day of competition and a track from the 1942 film “Casablanca” for his free skate a day later. The 5-foot-5 inch skater received 258.11 points, his personal best score. YOUNG CONTENDER ... A fourth-grader at Palo Verde Elementary School will be putting his brain to the test as a semifinalist in this year’s California National Geograhic State Bee in Fresno on March 31. Abhivir Arvind Iyer is one of the youngest students entering the contest open to children in fourth through fifth grades. He’s one of five people in fourth grade to qualify for the competition, which takes the top 100 students from each state who earn top scores in the qualifying test sent to the National Geographic Society. The state winner will earn $100, a copy of the book National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent California in the National Geographic Bee Championship in mid-May. The winner’s prizes get even bigger for whoever comes out on top with a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership with the Society and an all-expenses paid trip to the Galapagos Islands. Q

Upfront nature preserves (Foothills Park is 1,400 acres; Baylands is 1,940 acres and Pearson-Arastradero is 622 acres), Stanford noted that the average “visitors per acre” is zero. Stanford’s analysis also shows that the four small parks in the College Terrace neighborhood would collectively see a growth of 37 daily visitors. Palo Alto, for its part, is challenging the idea that the large size of the city’s open space preserves makes Stanford’s impact negligible. “The City of Palo Alto disagrees with these statements because — although the open space preserves are large — the areas where people actively recreate are a very small percentage of the


City requests more analysis on Stanford expansion Palo Alto wants information about impact on local parks, roads and emergency services by Gennady Sheyner


tanford University’s plan to build more than 2 million square feet of academic facilities and 3,150 housing units by 2035 has Palo Alto officials raising concerns about the impact of the new construction on the city’s public services, traffic conditions and recreational facilities. These concerns, as well as others, are outlined in a comment letter the City Council approved last week in response to Stanford’s recent application for a new General Use Permit. If the permit is approved by Santa Clara County, Stanford would be able to gradually expand over the next 18 years, albeit under conditions intended to address the negative effects of the growth. The city’s letter to the county includes a request that Stanford consider paying for the acquisition of new parkland; analyze the impact of construction on air emissions; evaluate the university’s use of groundwater; and provide “detailed information” about the number of new students, staff and residents who would accommodated on and off campus by the proposed development between now and 2035. The letter also expresses concerns over the development’s

impact on parking and traffic in a region already reeling from traffic congestion and a housing shortage. While Stanford is committing to continue its policy of lessening or maintaining the number of cars traveling during peak commute hours (a policy that made its debut in the 2000 General Use Permit), the city is hoping for more data and analysis about the university’s plan to achieve this. “Members of the Palo Alto community ... are increasingly skeptical that the university’s trip-reduction programs are living up to their promise,” the letter states. “We would ask the county to take a hard look at how the ‘no net trips’ goal is structured, starting with the baseline, and including the methodology, reporting, peer reviews and penalties for not achieving the promised result.” In addition, the city is asking the county to demand that Stanford include in its Environmental Impact Report for the permit a host of detailed analyses relating to traffic. These include the construction’s impact on transportation and the expansion’s effect on transit performance and emergency-response times. Some council members are also

concerned that limiting the “no net new” auto trips policy to peak commute hours fails to capture the scope of the traffic generated by Stanford. During the council’s Feb. 27 discussion with Stanford officials about the permit, Councilwoman Karen Holman said she had observed traffic on Page Mill Road heading west back up well before evening commute hours. The city requests that Stanford “identify peak travel periods for the campus based on vehicle volumes collected across an entire day.” “Due to the university’s unique land-use mix, the city is interested in understanding how travel patterns may differ from typical morning and afternoon peak periods,” the letter to the county states. Recreation is another area of concern. Stanford’s analysis concluded that its proposed expansion would not lead to substantial deterioration in local parks owing to the minuscule increase in usage of the parks that’s projected. This includes about 41 new daily visitors to Foothills Park, 32 visitors to the Baylands Nature Preserve and 27 to the PearsonArastradero Preserve. Given the large amount of space in these

unanimously on March 6, there were a few disagreements. Holman’s proposal that Stanford analyze the demand for housing that its growth would generate outside the university’s boundaries prevailed by a 4-3 vote, with Mayor Greg Scharff and Councilmen Greg Tanaka and Adrian Fine dissenting. The university’s expansion, Holman said, would create jobs and greater demand for housing in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. Emergency response is another concern. The Palo Alto Fire Department has been providing services to Stanford since 1976 (the city and Stanford are in the midst of prolonged negotiations over a new fire department contract).

‘Members of the Palo Alto community ... are increasingly skeptical that the university’s trip-reduction programs are living up to their promise.’ —City of Palo Alto letter to Santa Clara County entire preserve area,” the letter states. “The impact of concentrating more people into these areas should be studied and identified impacts should be addressed with appropriate mitigation.” The letter also notes that visitation to parks by Stanford campus residents is not limited to the four College Terrace parks. “Please consider whether provision of funding for acquisition of new parkland (in addition to funding to address impacts on existing parks) would address identified impacts,” the letter states. While the council reached a consensus on most of the points in the new letter, which it approved

The letter states the department has been “challenged” to meet the response-time performance standards laid out in the 1976 contract and in Stanford’s 2000 permit. “The primary reason for response-time performance challenges have been due to increased calls for service, the frequency of simultaneous calls for service, the location of the fires, speed limits and the frequency of detours and lane closures due to construction activities,” the letter states. “The (Draft Environmental Impact Report) should assess how the 2018 General Use Permit will affect response times and provide appropriate mitigations.” Q


Housing advocate, drama teacher among Tall Tree awardees Winter Dellenbach, Jim Shelby, Presidio Bank and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford to be honored for community work


our dedicated individuals and organizations that have focused on affordable housing, community health, educational excellence and helping those who struggle will be honored at the 2017 Tall Tree awards on May 16 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto. The 38th annual event, which is sponsored by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and the Palo Alto Weekly, recognizes the outstanding contributions and service to the community by two individuals, one business and a nonprofit organization. This year’s awardees are Winter Dellenbach, Jim Shelby, Presidio Bank and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. In addition, a Global Impact Award winner, honored for work that has made a lasting impact beyond Palo Alto, will be

announced on March 24. Dellenbach, a longtime Barron Park resident, is receiving the award for Outstanding Citizen Volunteer. She has been instrumental in advocating for the preservation of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto, home to nearly 400 low-income residents, including many children and Latino immigrants. As an attorney, she previously worked in public interest law for Legal Aid and the Midpeninsula Citizens for Fair Housing. To help Buena Vista’s residents, she founded Friends of Buena Vista to rally Palo Alto residents, community organizations, school and church groups on the mobilehome park residents’ behalf. “Winter worked tirelessly to preserve the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park since its potential

closure was announced in 2012,” Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian wrote in a letter supporting her nomination. “She has been indefatigable and effective.” Gail Price, former Palo Alto City Council and Palo Alto Unified School District school board member, complimented Dellenbach for being “focused, wellinformed and persuasive.” “Twelve years ago, I met Winter when she was educating the Palo Alto school board about the negative health and environmental impacts of using herbicides/pesticides on school sites. She advocated for stopping such practices,” said Price, who also worked with Dellenbach in different capacities through the years. Dellenbach’s activism dates back to early protests against the Vietnam War and helping draft

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James Shelby, theater teacher and director, stands in front of the boisterous cast of Gunn High School’s production of “The Music Man,” which will be performed in April. Shelby is being recognized with a Tall Tree Award as this year’s Outstanding Professional. resisters. In addition to her efforts on behalf of Buena Vista and school campuses, she conducted a two-year study of the city’s use of planned-community (PC) zoning and public benefits, which resulted in a call to reform both. She also led a successful effort to save Deer Meadow in the Palo Alto foothills from development, noted Judith Steiner, who nominated Dellenbach.


his year’s recipient of the Outstanding Professional/ Business Person award is longtime Gunn High School drama teacher Jim Shelby. At Gunn since 1983, Shelby is known for drawing out the creativity and professionalism in his students and productions. Many of his students have continued in (continued on page 8) • Palo Alto Weekly • March 17, 2017 • Page 7

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professional theater, Dev Rose, a longtime colleague, said in a nominating letter. “He is a thoughtful, caring and inspiring teacher. Jim is a tireless individual who leaves me in awe at his ability to encourage his students to constantly grow in new directions,” she wrote. Former student Ella Cooley said Shelby constantly challenged her sense of possibility. “I was a young high school girl, and Shelby cast me as the grandfatherly shepherd in Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale.’ I was a young mixed-race brown girl, and he cast me as an old English patriarch in a scene from Pinter’s ‘The Homecoming.’ I was a young girl searching for answers as to what it meant to be female in our society, and he cast me as Petruchio in a scene from ‘The Taming of the Shrew’; he cast himself as Kate. “He challenged assumptions and invited you to do the same by creating conditions within which you were free to lose yourself in exploration,” she said. Jenni Putney, a former student and professional actor in New York City, named a theater group, The Shelby Company Theatre, after her former teacher. “My classmates and I were empowered to dive into the arts and figure out how we could have an impact on the world

for good. ... I have never had a teacher like Shelby, who created such a positive and inspiring environment in which students could thrive,” she said in a nominating letter.


elping children thrive has been the mission of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, and this year’s award for Outstanding Nonprofit coincides with the organization’s 25th anniversary and the completion of its expansion this year. In fiscal year 2016, Packard Hospital provided nearly $206 million in community-benefit services, including more than $185 million in under-compensated medical costs to government-covered patients and $2.8 million for community healthimprovement services such as an adolescent mental wellness conference, child-safety programs and community health education. The hospital is a founding partner of the Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo Alto and a contributor to Palo Alto’s Mayview Clinic, both of which offer services to low-income individuals and families. Packard developed a medical coalition, the HEARD Alliance, after the suicide clusters in Palo Alto schools and offered free services to help with community efforts through Project Safety Net. It has also created bike helmet and child-passenger safety programs to prevent pediatric injuries.

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of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council

The council did not meet this week.

Human Relations Commission (March 9)

Community Development Block Grants: The commission discussed its subcommittee’s proposal for CDGB grant allocations. Two amendments allow the subcommittee to approve changes to applications for non-allocated funding without commission approval. Yes: Unanimous, with Gordon Gray and Savage absent. Emergency funds: The commission voted to adopt a new policy for allocating emerging-needs fund and to raise the cap to $10,000. Yes: Unanimous, with Gordon Gray and Savage absent.

Board of Education (March 14)

Retreat: The school board discussed its meeting protocols and operations at a retreat. Action: None Renaming: The board postponed a vote on a proposal to rename David Starr Jordan and Terman middle schools until Friday, March 17. Yes: Unanimous Middle school math: The board discussed a committee’s recommendation to adopt a new middle-school mathematics curriculum. Action: None Equity plan: The board deferred a vote on a proposed districtwide equity plan, asking staff to return with further revisions at a later date. Action: None

Architectural Review Board (March 16)

Junior Museum and Zoo: The board held a study session to discuss the proposed design for the Junior Museum and Zoo. Action: None Garages: The board voted to deny proposals for solar canopies at two city garages at 275 and 475 Cambridge Ave. No: Unanimous

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Activist Winter Dellenbach is the 2017 Tall Tree Award’s Outstanding Citizen.


residio Bank, this year’s Outstanding Business award winner, supports many local nonprofit groups. Committed to working with charitable organizations, the bank has introduced its nonprofit clients to shareholders at its annual meetings, featured the organizations in advertising and donated through its Community Values CD, according to Julie Jerome, vice-chair

of development for the Palo Alto nonprofit Environmental Volunteers, who nominated the bank. The bank has donated to Abilities United, Achieve Kids, Adolescent Counseling Services, Children’s Pre-School Center, Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club, the Palo Alto Housing Foundation and other organizations. All branch employees serve on local boards and

News Digest Hundreds turn out for tech rally Under the slogan “don’t wait for change, create it,” hundreds of Silicon Valley workers rallied against President Donald Trump’s administration’s policies on immigration, health care and other issues on Tuesday in front of Palo Alto City Hall. The event, sponsored by Tech Stands Up, urged tech workers to promote the values of fact- and science-based truth, inclusion and diversity in the workplace, society and government. The 26 speakers, from CEOs and venture capitalists to tech-company cafeteria workers, kicked off what organizers hope will grow into a movement to push back on federal policy changes and to make up for deficits that already exist in Silicon Valley, such as under representation and pay inequality. McKensie Lock, Tech Stands Up member, noted that the group has written a manifesto based on what they say are the Valley’s values. Brad Taylor, founder of Tech Stands Up, said that the organizers invited 15 nonprofit groups to participate, including groups supporting service workers and affordable housing and opposing the spread of misinformation on the internet. Any Debaets, an engineer, said he is working on software that could help nonprofit groups manage databases and find the most efficient ways to distribute their information. One goal is to create software that could help win Democratic congressional campaigns in 2018. The software would complement existing database and phone-banking software. Taylor said a hackathon is planned for April 7-9 and is the next step to find ways to protect immigrants and refugees, free speech and freedom of the press. Q — Sue Dremann

subcommittees, noted Philippe Rey, executive director of the nonprofit Adolescent Counseling Services, in a nominating letter. “Their passion and dedication to all residents of the communities they service set them out as an example to the business community.” More information about the Tall Tree Awards, including ticket information, can be found at Q

Housing proposal on Compadres site wins key vote A proposal to demolish the El Camino Real building that once housed the Compadres restaurant and to build a mixed-use development with 17 residential units advanced this week after winning a Planning and Transportation Commission vote. Under the proposal by Zijin LLC, the 1938 building would be replaced with a three-story mixed-use development with six units fronting El Camino and 11 more units behind the building. On Wednesday, the planning commission recommended approving the plan by a 3-1 vote, with Doria Summa opposing and Przemek Gardias recusing himself. The vote came after a few residents urged the city to hold off on the approval until more research is conducted to ensure the building is not a historical structure. Stuart Welte, architect with Environmental Innovations in Design Architecture, argued that the question has already been analyzed. Both the applicant and city’s own historical consultants had determined that it’s not a historical structure. One neighbor called the proposed project “a little too high-density.” Another urged the city to ensure the developer conduct a geotechnical study before constructing the underground garage. Commissioner Eric Rosenblum lauded the fact that the project will create a new anchor for a neighborhood that has been dominated by oil change shops and automobile service stations. The commission specified that the approval is subject to the city’s review of the project’s historic significance. The proposal still has to be vetted by the city’s Architectural Review Board, which would forward its recommendation to the city’s planning director for final approval. Q — Gennady Sheyner



A roundup of neighborhood news edited by Sue Dremann

EVERGREEN’S PARKING PLAN ... Parking permits for the Evergreen Park-Mayfield neighborhoods went on sale on March 12, and signage announcing the new permit-parking restrictions will be installed in April, according to City of Palo Alto officials. The city expects to begin enforcing the program April 24. A warning period will be in effect before citations are issued to non-permit holders. A total of 250 employee permits will be made available for the one-year pilot project, along with residential permits. Those wishing to apply for a permit must sign up online at More information is available by calling 650-440-8074 or emailing The phone number only takes messages. SOUTHGATE SURVEY ... The City of Palo Alto will be sending the Southgate neighborhood a survey at the end of March to learn whether a neighborhood majority supports adopting a parking program. As currently envisioned, the program would limit the number of nonresident vehicles from parking in the neighborhood Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. A trial program would be evaluated after a year. TREE CELEBRATIONS ... The nonprofit Canopy is offering free neighborhood tree walks of the following Palo Alto neighborhoods: April 8, Midtown and May 13, Southgate. Cubberley Community Day Tree Planting takes place March 25, 9 a.m.-noon at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. More information about the tree planting and tree walks is available at Q

In her cooking class on Jan. 27, Sonali Patwardhan, second from left, shows, from left, Ashley Meyer, Ginger Quigley and Edie Gollub the best way to thinly slice a cabbage while the girls learn and practice knife skills.


What’s cooking? Neighborhood residents offer after-school culinary classes by Sue Dremann


he afternoon serenity of Sonali Patwardhan’s kitchen was suddenly broken as six middle and elementary school girls piled in through the back door on a recent weekday. “We’re back! Let’s party!” one of the girls said, reaching for a brightly colored apron. After hugging Patwardhan, they washed their hands, put up their hair and prepared to fix not only an after-school snack but an entire meal. The girls — Evie Barclay, Poppy Barclay, Lily DeAndre, Edie Gollub, Ashley Meyer and Ginger Quigley — are among multiple groups of students that two Palo Alto neighborhood chefs have been teaching. Patwardhan, a Duveneck/ St. Francis resident, and Cindy Roberts of Professorville each offer the classes in their homes. Both trained in the culinary arts: Patwardhan is a professional chef trained in India who worked at Delhi’s most prestigious hotels; Roberts studied at the Cordon Bleu in Paris and with Bay Area chocolate masters Alice Medrich, John Scharffenberger and Michael Recchiuti. Both said they hope to instill the love for an art that is dying in the Bay Area. Adults these days might eschew the kitchen for the restaurant, but kids are clamoring to create their own meals, Patwardhan and Roberts said.

“Kids have so much passion in them. They give me a list of the things they want to learn. They go home and make dinner for their family and bring pictures of what they have made,” said Patwardhan, who has taught kids since 2009 through her Adding Spice to Life classes. A white board on her kitchen island informed the young students of the week’s mouthwatering menu: guacamole, chicken and mushroom tacos, cilantro slaw, avocado crema and flan. First on the class’s agenda: dessert. The girls passed around a large bottle of vanilla extract and deeply breathed in its aroma. “It smells so, so good,” Lily said. They crowded around the stove to watch Patwardhan caramelize sugar for the flan. The white crystals magically turned to a golden liquid with the help of heat. “It’s an exothermic reaction,” Evie, a Jordan Middle School sixthgrader, announced definitively, applying principles to the kitchen that she recently learned in science class. As the flan baked in the oven, the students prepared the ingredients for chicken tacos, marinating the meat in garlic, salt and cumin and other herbs and spices. Ashley reached to sample a piece of the marinating fowl. “Can I try it?” she asked. “No! It’s raw meat!” Patwardhan

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MEETINGS IN THE ‘HOOD ... The College Terrace Residents Association and the Barron Park Association are hosting annual neighborhood meetings this weekend. College Terrace will gather on Saturday, March 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Escondido Elementary School Multipurpose Room, 890 Escondido Road, Stanford. Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff will be the guest speaker with a question-and-answer period to follow. Barron Park’s meeting will take place on Sunday, March 19, 2-4 p.m. at Barron Park Elementary School Multipurpose Room, 800 Barron Ave., Palo Alto. Guest speakers Max McGee, superintendent of the Palo Alto Unified School District, Rob De Geus, director of City of Palo Alto community services, and Doria Summa, Palo Alto Planning and Transportation commissioner, will discuss “The Future of Barron Park.” A Q&A will follow.

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Chef Cindy Roberts stands in her Professorville kitchen, where she teaches kids culinary skills and imparts her love of cooking. said, instilling awareness of sanitary practices. Eighth-grader Edie, who is a vegetarian, prepared sliced portobello mushrooms for her entree. Patwardhan said she is mindful to add vegetarian and gluten-free dishes to the menu to accommodate students’ dietary needs and preferences. Patwardhan also promotes adventuresome eating. There’s a rule in her kitchen: Never say, “I don’t like” or “hate.” Instead, students say, “I’m not fond of.” Kitchen knives in hand, the students chopped and diced the vegetables for their individual guacamole bowls with precision and speed. “Look at how colorful this is,” one of the girls said, rotating her bowl of bright green mashed fruit studded with chunks of tomatoes, mango and chopped green onions and garnished with blue tortilla chips. “I don’t prefer my guacamole spicy; I like it salty,” said Poppy,

a fourth-grader at Duveneck Elementary School. Someone wanted to know about saffron; one of the seasoned cooks had an answer: “Saffron is in the middle of a flower — like in the ‘Little Buddha’ movie,” Evie said. The six girls are old timers by now; each has attended between two and four of Patwardhan’s 12week classes. Inga Thurston, the Barclay sisters’ mother, said she signed her daughters up for Patwardhan’s classes after seeing a posting on a neighborhood Yahoo group. Evie and Poppy have taken to cooking wholeheartedly. “They’ve graduated from assistant to the head chef at home,” she said. Like Patwardhan, Roberts’ La Toque de Cindy California Culinary Experiences are geared to instill a love for cooking and eating. In her white chef’s jacket and toque — a professional’s tall hat with vertical folds for every dish she has mastered — Roberts holds contests and trivia quizzes, cooking games and raffle tickets to spice up her cooking sessions. She has offered themed classes such as the “Best of NY Times,” “Easy Peasy Meals for Younger Kids” and “Pizza and Pasta Pros.” She has guest instructors, Christmas cookie baking and a class for older teens, “Chocolate Challengers.” Roberts’ own love for cooking began at age 3. By kindergarten she had marked on an exam that cooking was “fun” and not “work,” she said. Later in life, she turned a hobby into a profession. She worked in tech at Apple and Netscape, and then she began teaching at the Palo Alto Adult School. Parents there asked her to teach their kids, so she began with summer camps in 2008. This year she is offering her first after-school programs. “Middle school age is the sweet spot,” she said. “The kids are so enthusiastic.” Both chefs’ classes also attract male students; Patwardhan has a class that is all boys, she said. When classes end, the students continue to learn and have fun. A team of Roberts’ students have had a booth in the past at the Palo Alto Chili Cook Off, she said. “One way to get amazing practice with your cooking and to build community among fellow home cooks is volunteering to cook for your local school or your favorite nonprofit organization,” she notes on her website, where she posts recipes and stories. “Think of it as a cooking ‘quilting bee’ of sorts, with a cause.” More information about Patwardhan’s and Roberts’ classes can be found at and Q Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@ • Palo Alto Weekly • March 17, 2017 • Page 9




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Complaint prompts state probe of Tanaka’s campaign Fair Political Practices Commission launches investigation into whether Palo Alto council member inaccurately reported contributions by Gennady Sheyner


he agency that oversees California’s campaign-finance laws has launched an investigation into the campaign finances of Palo Alto City Councilman Greg Tanaka, who reported an influx of cash from developers after winning the election last November and who accepted and later returned $5,000 from a property owner whose project he was set to review. That investigation was prompted by an anonymous complaint against Tanaka, said Jay Wierenga, spokesman for the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), which oversees compliance of the Political Reform Act. (Another anonymous complaint was rejected, Wierenga stated in an email.) As the Weekly first reported in February, Tanaka received $47,895 in late contributions (those reported after the November election), which was more than half of the total his campaign raised. Most of the late cash came from developers and property managers, a few of whom gave the campaign $5,000 checks. Tanaka is one of three council members who benefitted from the late surge of developer cash. Vice Mayor Liz Kniss and Councilman Adrian Fine also reported contributions from the builder community after their election and both are also subjects of anonymous complaints, according to the FPPC. The agency has opened an investigation into Kniss’ campaign (see article on page 5) but has not indicated whether Fine will be investigated. Tanaka previously told the

Weekly that he was not involved with his campaign’s fundraising and that his campaign had not done anything improper. He could not be reached for comment for this story. The Feb. 27 letter from the FPPC to Tanaka cites three potential violations that are being looked at. It notes that Tanaka was the “recipient of an approximately 13-foot campaign sign mounted atop the building of the architect for 429 University Ave.,” a development that the council was set to review in February (and which it ultimately approved). The building is being developed by the family of Elizabeth Wong, whose son Andrew Wong contributed $5,000 to Tanaka. The other two violations are more general in nature. One notes that Tanaka’s filings leave blank the occupations of several developers, including Chop Keenan, Jim Baer, Chasen Rapp, Mark Gates Jr., Joseph Martinetti, Jr., and Perry Palmer. “These inaccurate filings allowed Mr. Tanaka to conceal the amount of donations he received from real-estate developers and mislead the voting public,” the complaint alleges, according to the letter from the FPPC. In addition, the FPPC cites a personal loan Tanaka made to his campaign, which was later paid back from late donations, according to the FPPC letter. “The reporting of this transaction hid the source of his campaign financing from the voters,” the letter states. “Because these late donations reimbursed

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Man linked to pharmacy robberies One of the two East Palo Alto men who was arrested on Monday on suspicion of robbing two pharmacies at gunpoint earlier that day in Livermore has now been linked to a series of other robberies in three more East Bay cities, police said. (Posted March 15, 2:36 p.m.)

the candidate’s personal loan to his campaign, should these donations instead be classified as gifts and have triggered a recusal on the Wong property vote.” The concerns in the complaint hew closely to those made by Michael Harbour, a downtown property owner who appealed the council’s prior approval of 429 University, and various members of the group Palo Altans for Sensible Zoning. Before the Feb. 6 discussion of 429 University, several speakers called for Tanaka to recuse himself. The fact that Tanaka said he had returned the $5,000 to Andrew Wong — citing the “proximity of time” between the donation and the review — did not assuage these concerns. “I encourage you to recuse yourself, even though you refunded it,” downtown resident Andrew Gottlieb told Tanaka during the public-comment portion of the meeting. “It creates a cloud and appearance of impropriety, which undermines the public’s confidence in the process.” But after publicly confirming with City Attorney Molly Stump that he was not legally required to recuse himself from the discussion, Tanaka decided to participate. Later in the meeting, he was one of five council members to vote in favor of the revised project, which passed by a 5-3 vote. The letter from the FPPC notes that at this time, it has “not made any determinations.” “We are simply providing you with this information and will be contacting you again to regarding this matter,” the letter states. Q

Sexual assault suspect nabbed A man who police said committed sexual assaults on at least two occasions near the downtown Palo Alto Transit Center earlier this month was arrested Friday after he turned himself in. (Posted March 14, 11:36 a.m.)

Fire extinguished at Stanford Firefighters put out a three-alarm fire at a Stanford Medical School building, where they were faced with a hazardous materials situation deemed under control later on Saturday, the Fire Department said on Twitter. (Posted March 11, 8:08 a.m.) Want to get news briefs emailed to you every weekday? Sign up for Express, our daily e-edition. Go to to sign up.


The sidebar to the March 10 story about Palo Alto’s new rules on accessory-dwelling units misstated the council’s newly approved parking and height requirement for ADUs. The units are now not required to provide parking and the height is limited to 17 feet. To request a correction, contact Editor Jocelyn Dong at 650-223-6514, or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302.

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January, she acknowledged she had not initially intended to accept developers’ contributions because of negative perceptions from the community and potential accusations of being “in a developer’s pocket.” She also attributed her late reporting of the contributions to the fact that her treasurer, Tom Collins, was in rehabilitation from knee surgery and did not Liz Kniss open any mail between Oct. 22 and Nov. 15. That explanation did not, however, account for the four contributions she had received and reported between Oct. 26 and Oct. 30 — from Hal Mickelson, William Reller, Martha Kanter and Josh Becker. Kniss did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday. While the FPPC received the complaint in late February, it did not announce its decision to investigate Kniss until this week. The agency is also investigating the campaign of Greg Tanaka, who was elected to the City Council in November (see article at left). Tanaka, who had campaigned alongside Kniss and now-Councilman Adrian Fine, finished second in the 11-member race for four seats. Kniss finished first. The six-page FPPC letter is filled with excerpts from the complaint, which alleges at least six violations of the Political Reform Act. The complaint, signed by “Palo Alto Residents,” alleges that Kniss failed to comply with a requirement that pre-election contributions of $1,000 or more be reported within 24-hours. Even allowing for “extraordinary postal delay,” the complaint states, the Oct. 18 contribution from CREPAC “must be deemed to have arrived in the committee/candidate’s (or their agent’s) possession prior to election day on Nov. 8.” The complaint also took issue with Kniss’ explanation about why the check wasn’t received until Nov. 18. Both she and Collins are “campaign veterans,” the complainants wrote, and were well aware of the 24-hour reporting rule. The contribution, the complaint states, should have been listed in the Oct. 22 campaign filing, the final major statement each candidate must submit before the election. Instead, the contribution was “forward dated: as received well after the election,” the complaint states. “The candidate/committee’s failure to ensure prompt and accurate disclosure and reporting consistent with financial disclosure requirements hid the CREPAC contribution from voters,” the complaint states. “The candidate/ committee’s inconsistent and inaccurate reporting undermines public confidence in campaignfinance transparency, creates the

appearance that candidates/committees may freely ‘sit’ on preelection contributions in order to manipulate the system, and may well have hidden the existence, source and amount of several large, pre-election contributions from the voting public.” In addition, the complaint notes that for 18 individuals who made late contributions to Kniss, the occupation/employer is listed as “unknown.” The FPPC’s Campaign Disclosure Manual for local candidates states that committees must return contributions of $100 or more within 60 days of receipt “if the committee has not obtained the contributor’s name, address, and, in the case of a contributor who is an individual, his or her occupation and employer.” If the committee returns the check to the donor who does not cash it within 90 days, the committee is required to forward the amount to the city’s General Fund within the next 30 days, the manual states. The FPPC manual also lays out provisions for what campaigns should do if a treasurer is unable to carry out his or her duties. It notes that contributions may not be accepted and expenditures may not be made if the treasurer’s post is vacant at any time. “If the treasurer is unavailable to carry out his or her duties, a new treasurer must be designated and the committee’s Statement of Organization (Form 410) amended,” the manual states. Kniss has consistently maintained since January that her campaign hasn’t done anything in proper. In a late January text, Kniss pointed out that she has been a candidate in nine previous elections “and to my knowledge, have always complied with all rules and laws as I have done this time.” After the Weekly inquiry in January, Kniss also solicited the advice from an FPPC hotline. Unlike the FPPC’s Enforcement Division, hotline employees do not perform their own fact-finding and rely solely on the information provided to them by those seeking advice. The hotline employee concurred with Collins’ position that because he “had not opened the $2,500 contribution (from CREPAC), the contribution is not considered ‘received.’” As a result, he would not have been required to make a separate filing for this contribution. After receiving the FPPC advice, Kniss forwarded the email from the hotline employee to area newspapers, prompting the Daily Post to run a story with the headline: “State: Kniss didn’t break campaign cash rules.” The complaint accuses Kniss of “manipulating the press” and notes that the Daily Post “reported the content of that limited, hot-line advice as fact, implying that the FPPC had ruled that there had been no campaign finance violation.” “In REAL FACT, there has been no investigation and no finding that ‘Palo Alto Vice Mayor Liz Kniss did not violate rules,’” the complaint states. Q

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“hijacking of democracy” and a slap in the face of the Citizens Advisory Committee, a 20-member group that has spent more than a year-and-a-half updating the Comprehensive Plan (because of attrition, the group is now at 17 members). Many members of the citizens committee agreed. Six of them co-signed a letter admonishing the council for its swift action, which they said “devalues the challenging and responsible efforts of the CAC and the input of hundreds of citizens.” “It undermines and discourages future citizen engagement in the self-governance of the city,” states the letter signed by Len Filppu, Annette Glanckopf, Jennifer Hetterly, Hamilton Hitchings, Shani Kleinhaus and Mark Nadim. Filppu said during the committee’s Feb. 21 meeting the council “threw the baby out with the bathwater” and said he doesn’t believe the council had expected the reaction it elicited. He urged the committee to “save the baby” by re-emphasizing all the input that the committee has been getting from the community as it crafted its policies. Many of their colleagues shared this view. Doria Summa, a city planning commissioner,

acknowledged the committee is a “recommending body” and that the council can do whatever it wants with the recommendations. Even so, she said she was surprised by the council’s action, which she called a “very disappointing turn of events.” “I frankly was a little bit ashamed that they would so cavalierly throw away the work of so many people, including staff, the co-chairs and this body with no discussion, no warning,” Summa said at the meeting. Even those members not affiliated with the city’s slow-growth faction criticized the council’s unexpected move. Don McDougall, a council candidate last year November who aligned himself with Kniss, Fine and Tanaka, co-wrote a letter with Hetterly in which they said they were “appalled” and “deeply offended” by the action. Their letter argued that programs are “integral and fundamental” to the desired balance in the document. Some of the policies in the Comprehensive Plan were designed with the expectation that the programs would “provide necessary detail and clarity.” Without the programs, council members, staff and community members can only speculate about the policies’ meanings, McDougall and Hetterly argued. “Council’s blanket approach to the Land Use and Transportation

Programs belittles the effort, subverts the balance and invalidates the consensus. This is not a mere formatting change, nor can it accurately be described as ‘accepting strong consensus where it existed,’” the letter from McDougall and Hetterly states. “In the name of council flexibility, council has damaged public trust and undermined the very work enabling them to earn it.” Dan Garber, a former chair of the Planning and Transportation Commission who co-chairs the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) with Arthur Keller, said at the Feb. 21 meeting that he “wasn’t happy” with the program removal, which he said “threatened to undermine the hard work that we’ve done here at the CAC.” “I recognize the CAC is advisory and the council can take or leave our work as they wish, but Arthur and I have worked our butts off to get the CAC to work together toward a consensus where we can to provide clear alternatives where we cannot.” Alex Van Riesen, associate paster at Palo Alto Vineyard Church, agreed and called the council’s action “highly suspect.” “At the best it seems it was an unwise move. At worst, it seems somewhat questionable in terms of motives and intentions,” Van Riesen said. “I don’t know enough and I’d love to hear more, but I’m disappointed in their decision.”

A few committee members defended the council’s move. Bonnie Packer, board member at Palo Alto Housing Corporation, said the council didn’t throw away the programs but merely separated them from the chapter (known as an “element”). Even Packer, however, said that the motion was “poorly drafted” and noted that had the committee known this would happen, “everything would be written differently.” “They’d kind of created a mess.” Packer said. “One of their priorities is to finish the Comp Plan and they’ve kind of just thrown in a monkey wrench because it’s going to take us too long to unravel what it is they did, which they may have thought would be streamlining but looks like, maybe not.” While a sizable majority of the CAC agreed that the programs should be returned to the body of the Comprehensive Plan, planning staff are proposing a compromise. City Planning Director Hillary Gitelman suggested creating an “implementation plan” that would include all the programs, which would be organized by goals and policy numbers to maintain connections with the plan’s other sections. Gitelman also recommended eliminating redundancies and consolidating programs wherever possible. She noted only about 15 percent of the current Comprehensive Plan’s roughly 260 programs have been implemented.

It’s unrealistic, she said, to expect that staff would reach a higher percentage with the new plan, given the high number of programs. “My prediction or my hope is we will end up in the middle somewhere,” Gitelman said. “In a place where people who hate what they did on (January) 30th and people who loved what they did on the 30th can realize there’s common ground here and there’s a way to get to the finish line when a plan that respects the current plan’s current structure,” Gitelman said at the committee’s Feb. 21 meeting. But Keller, a former vice chair of the planning commission who is generally allied with the city’s residentialists, said he didn’t see Gitelman’s proposal to put the programs into an implementation plan as a compromise at all. Had the committee known the programs would not be included in the Housing Element, it would have written the policies differently, so that they would be self-contained. “The compromise sounds to me like Solomon splitting the baby,” Keller said. “In fact I don’t see a compromise: Either the programs are in the Land Use Element or they’re not in the Land Use Element. ... You can’t be half-pregnant.” Q Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

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launch proper investigations into the cases required by the Office for Civil Rights and will select an independent firm to do so in the next few weeks. McGee said he was not surprised by any of the findings, in contrast with some community members who worried that signing the resolution agreement would mean getting “blindsided with findings.” “We weren’t,” he said. The Office for Civil Rights opened an investigation in Palo Alto in June 2013 in response to Palo Alto High School student publication Verde Magazine’s investigation into “rape culture” at the school. Stories included accounts of off-campus sexual assault and at least one student who said she was harassed by other students at school as a result. The agency determined the district violated Title IX when it failed to “take immediate and appropriate steps” to investigate the sexual assault itself as well as the peer harassment. The federal agency opened another investigation in March 2014 in response to a parent’s allegations that the district mishandled allegations of dating violence and stalking at Gunn High School. The district violated Title IX by failing to take immediate interim measures to protect the victim in this case, the findings state, and to “assess and address the hostile environment” the student faced at school as a result of the harassment. As in many other cases, district officials did not provide her family with a notice of the outcome of their investigation. Gunn administrators also “did not understand” the district’s obligation to respond to off-campus sexual harassment and to consider the “full scope” of the impact of that harassment at school, OCR said. (Training for employees and staff, particularly at Gunn and Paly, is another stipulation of the resolution agreement.) The complainant in the Gunn case, whose name is being withheld by the Weekly to protect the family from further public exposure, told the Weekly her family is “relieved that the investigation has finally concluded and that the OCR has confirmed that serious mistakes were indeed made in our case.” She is working with district staff on suggested policy revisions, which the Board of Education’s policy review committee will be tasked with over the next weeks and months. “We are glad that the new board is moving forward in a more collaborative way with the OCR, and we are more hopeful that future victims will be protected,” she said. The scope of the federal investigation expanded over the years as new allegations arose. In total, the Office for Civil Rights conducted four site visits in Palo Alto and interviewed about 55 school and district staff, including former Superintendent Kevin Skelly, current Superintendent Max McGee, Young, Gunn’s and Paly’s current principals, assistant principals, teachers, staff, counselors, teachers and student club advisers,

according to the letter. The agency also interviewed the student and parent in the Gunn case. Q For additional information about the Office for Civil Rights findings,

go to and read a longer version of this article. Staff Writer Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session to discuss the status of the city’s labor negotiations with the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 1319. The council will also discuss the Comprehensive Plan Update and give direction to staff about the plan’s organization and the preferred planning scenario. The closed session will begin at 6 p.m., Monday, March 20. The regular meeting will follow at 7 p.m. or as soon as possible after the closed session in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the preliminary financial forecasts and rate changes for electric, gas, wastewater collection and water utilities. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. COUNCIL RAIL COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to meet at 8 a.m., Wednesday, March 22, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board plans to hear a presentation on moving of historic resources and discuss the city’s ordinance on accessory dwelling units. The board will meet at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, March 23, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

Reuel Backus Van Atta March 6, 1958 – February 23, 2017 Reuel Backus Van Atta, 58, of Palo Alto, California, died on February 23, 2017 after a brief battle with an aggressive form of cancer. Reuel was born in Binghamton, New York, on March 6, 1958 to Margaret Butler and the late David Scott Van Atta. As a child, Reuel received a chemistry set which determined his future career path. Reuel received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University and proceeded to UCLA for his Ph.D. At UCLA he found his love for California and solving complex analytical problems, and he returned to the Golden State after post-doctoral Biochemistry work at the University of Virginia. His interests and skills in innovative biochemical technologies eventually led him to become a Principal Scientist, then Fellow, at Cepheid in Sunnyvale, California. Much of his work was foundational to the success of the molecular diagnostics field. Reuel was instrumental in producing several patents for diagnostic testing, and his recent work included methods for monitoring disease levels in cancer patients and designing a rapid test for Ebola infection during the recent outbreaks in Africa. As a son, brother, scientist, mentor, and friend, Reuel’s warmth, wisdom, and moral accountability were felt by all. He worked as hard as he played, seeking out others who could keep up. Reuel is survived by his mother, Margaret Butler, and three siblings, Inge, Renn, and Todd Van Atta, four nieces and nephews, and many cousins. Reuel is also survived by a large, gregarious, and loyal family of friends. Whether he was working in the laboratory, skiing in Tahoe, biking Old La Honda Road, tailgating at Stanford games, enjoying the abundant sunshine at the beach in La Jolla, or holding court over a glass of wine in downtown Palo Alto, Reuel was always surrounded by loving friends who appreciated his wit, unique personality, and booming laugh. Our family would like to thank Reuel’s many wonderful California friends for making him a part of your family. According to Reuel’s wishes, there will be no funeral. A scholarship has been established at Carnegie Mellon University in Reuel’s honor, and donations to the scholarship can be sent to: Carnegie Mellon University, PO Box 371525, Pittsburgh, PA 15251-7525, or made online at PAID


CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Palo Alto City Council will hold a Public Hearing at the special meeting on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. or as near thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, to consider, 900 N. California Avenue [15PLN-00155]: Appeal of the Planning and Community Environment Director’s Architectural Review Approval of three new single-family homes, one with a second unit. Environmental review: Categorically exempt per California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines Section 15303(a) (New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures), Zoning District: R-1. BETH D. MINOR City Clerk

John Felstiner July 5, 1936 – February 24, 2017 John Felstiner, Stanford Professor and poetry scholar, dies at age 80 Louis John Felstiner, Jr., died on February 24, 2017 at the age of eighty. Professor Felstiner was a translator, literary critic, teacher, poet, and ardent environmentalist. He is survived by Mary Lowenthal Felstiner, his wife of over fifty years, their two children, Sarah and Alek, and two grandchildren, Brayden and Asa. Professor Felstiner was born in Mount Vernon, New York, in 1936. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard, then served for three years as a naval officer on the USS Forrestal before returning to Harvard to earn a PhD. He taught at Stanford University, in English, Jewish Studies, and Comparative Literature, from 1965 until his retirement in 2009. Through translations of poets such as Paul Celan and Pablo Neruda Professor Felstiner pioneered a critical approach to literary translation that incorporates history, poetics, and self-reflection. His books Translating Neruda: The Way to Macchu Picchu and Paul Celan: Poet, Survivor, Jew fused literary criticism and biography, while exposing readers to the art and mechanics of translation. Professor Felstiner augmented his scholarly pursuits with political activism. He organized support for oppressed poets and academics abroad, and in later years devoted himself to environmentalism and the nexus of literature and ecological awareness. His other works include Can Poetry Save the Earth?, Selected Poems and Prose of Paul Celan, The Lies of Art, The Norton Anthology of Jewish American Literature (co-ed.), this dust of words (now a documentary by Bill Rose), and numerous essays on literature and translation, as well as his own poetry. In 2010 he established the Save the Earth Poetry Prize, an annual high school poetry competition for poems that “evoke humankind’s awareness of the natural world.” In addition to teaching at Stanford, Professor Felstiner taught at the University of Chile, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Yale University, and Stanford’s programs in Oxford and Paris. He received the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism, as well as honors from the Modern Languages Association, PEN West, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Commonwealth Club of California, among others. Professor Felstiner held Guggenheim, Rockefeller, NEA, and NEH fellowships. He became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005. Professor Felstiner was a lifelong athlete and music lover. He played varsity soccer and lacrosse at Harvard, and continued to swim every day until shortly before he died. He also performed in amateur singing groups from high school through college, and up until retirement. Professor Felstiner and his wife were devoted patrons and fixtures in attendance at Stanford’s Lively Arts programs. He often brought musicians and recordings into his classrooms to draw connections between music and poetry. As an active and committed Jew, Professor Felstiner served on the Board of Stanford Hillel, participated in services, offered courses in Jewish Studies, and helped organize events and bring speakers to campus. A private memorial is planned for later this spring. In lieu of any memorial gifts, the family suggests donations in Professor Felstiner’s memory to the Sempervirens Fund ( or the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment ( PAID

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Robert N. McLean

Elmer W. Dieck

March 6, 1923 – February 26, 2017

May 24, 1914 – February 28, 2017

Robert Nesbitt McLean passed away Feb. 26, 2017 at Belmont Village in Sunnyvale. He was born in Minneapolis, Mn., grew up in Burlingame, Ca. and in Minneapolis where he attended West High School, graduating in 1941. In World War II Robert served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, in the 376th Bomb Group in Italy, as a waist gunner and flight engineer on a B-24. He flew 48 missions over Europe and parachuted into the Adriatic Sea on his final mission in Sept. 1944 when his plane experienced mechanical problems. In 1945, Robert married Mary Pat MacWilliams of Burlingame, Ca. They were married 66 years until her death in 2012. He studied industrial engineering at Stanford University and graduated in 1948. After graduating he worked at Swift and Co., Fairbanks Morse, and E.C. Cooley Co. of San Francisco. Bob worked as a sales engineer specializing in mechanical equipment, principally submersible pumps used in water treatment systems. In the 1980s, he became a partner in SHAPE Inc., a manufacturer’s representative, until his retirement in 2012. He was active in the Unitarian Church of Palo Alto for many years, as well as the Aurora Singers, a choral group. Robert was also for many years a pole vault judge for the Amateur Athletic Union, officiating at the U.S.—U.S.S.R. combined track and field meet at Stanford in 1962. His hobbies including listening to music, singing, swimming, writing limericks, looking for wine bargains, and studying French. In his post-Stanford years, he also hosted folk dancing parties with Mary Pat at their home in Palo Alto. In the 1970s he made “hoppy” craft beer in the garage years before it became fashionable. Robert and Mary Pat’s circle of friends included many Stanford and UC Berkeley alumni, including Bob and Peggy Arnold, Bob and Jackie Abbott, and Bill and Joann Bardet. He took his family on many camping trips around California to state and national parks, and to Ashland, Ore. for the Shakespeare Festival there. Robert is survived by his daughter Ann of Kirkland, Wa., and sons Don of Oroville, Ca. and Jim of Oakland, Ca. A memorial service for Robert N. McLean will be held at the Palo Alto Unitarian Church, 505 E. Charleston Rd., Palo Alto, Ca. 94306 on Sun., June 11, at 3:00 p.m.

Elmer Dieck passed away peacefully at his home in Palo Alto, California, on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Several of his children, grandchildren and other loved ones were at his side. Elmer would have celebrated his 103rd birthday within three months and he led a remarkably active and meaningful life during his 102 years. He was loved and admired by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed. Elmer was born in Chicago, Illinois, on May 24, 1914, to Pearl and Emil Dieck. Elmer was married to Marie Dieck for 51 joyful years, during which time Elmer, a member of the teamsters’ union, worked as a salesman and supported his wife, Marie, in her home beauty salon business. They raised two sons, Ronald Lee and Robert Lee Dieck. Elmer was preceded in death by wife, Marie and son Robert. He is survived by son Ronald Dieck and his wife, Erin McGurk, and seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren: Martin Dieck (and his wife Michelle Lepori and their children Logan, Miranda and Kaylee); Amanda Dieck (and her partner Avey Gonzalez and son Jayden); Meghan Burleson; Michael Burleson (and his partner Yareslyn Arauz and daughter Isabelle); Katarina Dieck; Anna Dieck and Clare Dieck. In 1997, Elmer moved from Chicago to Palo Alto after his wife’s passing, to be close to his children and grandchildren. Elmer was a prominent and much loved figure in the lives of his family. He spent the majority of his week enjoying dinnertime with his children and grandchildren and even until recent years, playing baseball in the backyard with them, helping with homework projects, telling stories from his childhood and captivating everyone with his remarkable memory of important historical events that he had experienced. Elmer’s grandchildren have special memories of frequent visits to his home, where “Grandpa” would make them wonderful breakfasts and hot chocolate. He always seemed to have a box of See’s candy on hand to offer his guests and satisfy his “sweet tooth”. A private memorial to celebrate Elmer’s extraordinary life will be held by his close relatives. His remains will be buried in the Oakland Cemetery (Dolton, IL) with those of his wife and son. Condolences can be made at



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Longtime Palo Alto resident Helen Margaret Portz Ogle died on March 6. She was 94. Helen was born on Oct. 7, 1922, in Flossmoor, Illinois, where she also grew up. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a major in Latin American relations and a minor in Spanish. During World War II, she worked in the Foreign Service. After the war, she met and married Hugh Malcolm Ogle, her husband of 56 years. They moved to Palo Alto with their four children in 1956. Soon after Malcolm’s death in 2003, Helen moved to Channing House, where she resided for the rest of her life. Painting, especially watercolors, was a lifelong passion for Helen, and she was for many years active in the Palo Alto Art Club (now the Pacific Art League). Helen was also an avid musician and an enthusiast for languages; she encouraged her children particularly in these areas. Helen is survived by three of her children, Nancy of Bangor, Maine, Charles (Susan) of Menlo Park, and Roger of Santa Clara; daughter-in-law, Barbara of Olympia, Washington; grandchildren, Brian (Alenda) of Santa Barbara, Paul of Los Angeles, and Laura of Oakland; and great-grandson, Elliot of Santa Barbara.

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Pulse A weekly compendium of vital statistics


March 8-14 Violence related Battery/sexual. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Child abuse/physical. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Domestic violence/battery . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle related Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Bicycle recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Driving w/ suspended license. . . . . . . . 5 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Lost/stolen plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Misc traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 5 Vehicle accident/prop damage. . . . . . 11 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Alcohol or drug related Drinking in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Driving under influence. . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 DUI adult/accident . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of paraphernalia . . . . . . . . 1 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous B&P misc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Elder abuse/financial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Elder abuse/self neglect . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Found dog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Internet hacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Muni code/misc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Penal code/misc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Psych hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 1 Unattended death. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Menlo Park March 8-14

Violence related Assault with a deadly weapon . . . . . . . 1 Rape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Spousal abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Vehicle related Abandoned auto. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Driving w/ suspended license. . . . . . . 12 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Lost/stolen plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Stored vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . 3 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of paraphernalia . . . . . . . . 4 Under the influence of drugs . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous Animal call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 APS referral. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Assist outside agency. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 CPS referral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Gang validations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Medical call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Mental evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Returned missing person . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vicious animal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6


Alma Street, 3/8, 9:10 p.m.; battery/ sexual. San Antonio Road, 3/8, 12:45 a.m.; domestic violence/battery. Seale Avenue, 3/8, 4:41 p.m.; child abuse/physical.

Menlo Park

500 block Pierce Road, 3/10, 4:07 p.m.; rape. Adams Drive and University Avenue, 3/10, 9:32 p.m.; spousal abuse. 1100 block Sevier Avenue, 3/12, 5:07 p.m.; assault with a deadly weapon.

Joseph Andrew Gist, Jr. Joseph Andrew Gist, Jr. of San Jose and Palo Alto, passed away on Dec. 20, 2016. He was 91 years old. Joe’s family moved to Clinton, OK, when he was 12, where he met Barbara Lou Mills, also age 12, who was the church organist. Little did they know that one day they would marry, move to California, and raise a family together! When he was 18, Joe joined the Navy and spent several years on a destroyer during WWII, operating the sonar. He then spent 9 months in Japan as part of the occupying force immediately after the war. Joe attended college in Chico, CA, married Barbara Lou, and moved to Redding, CA, where he was a school teacher and principal. The family later moved to Palo Alto, where they lived for 35 years.  The family would pile into the car in the summertime to see the country, picking up antique tools along the way to add to Joe’s collection. The old army tent was pitched in all weathers as the family “roughed itâ€? through their adventures. They saw Niagara Falls, the Smithsonian, NY City, New England, Banff, Yellowstone, and more.  Joe continued to teach in San Jose for 30 years. Many of his students were immigrants, from many countries, and he was so proud of their efforts and abilities. After retiring, Joe wrote five historical novels about the Gold Rush, the Wild West, and WWII.   Joe is survived by son Herschel Gist, daughter Barbara HannelorĂŠ, and sister Jeanne Hess. Condolences may be sent to PO Box 61838, Santa Barbara, CA 93160. A Memorial Service will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church, 470 Cambridge Ave, Palo Alto, on Saturday, March 25 at 1 pm. Donations are appreciated at either Wesley United Methodist Church, Mailing Address: 463 College Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306 (where Barbara was organist), or Pathways Hospice More information available at obituaries. PAID


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Editorial A necessary investigation State opens inquiries into Kniss and Tanaka campaign practices


tate and federal campaign laws have long been rooted in the principal that the transparency of campaign contributions is the most effective way to discourage and expose special interests attempting to influence elections and public policy. These laws establish strict rules for reporting of donors, their occupations and the amounts given in all local, state and federal elections. And because of past abuses, where major donors would wait until after the final pre-election reporting deadline to make contributions, in California any donation of $1,000 or more received within the final two weeks before the election must be publicly reported within 24 hours. These requirements are the backbone of our election system, and those who are found to have violated the law face potential fines, or in extreme cases, criminal prosecution. The law does not provide a means of negating an election outcome or forcing a new election. Palo Alto Vice Mayor Liz Kniss, the most experienced and longest-serving public official serving on the City Council and the top vote-getter in last November’s election, was notified this week, as was Councilman Greg Tanaka last month, that the state Fair Political Practices Commission’s enforcement division is investigating anonymous allegations that her campaign failed to make timely reports of contributions. Tanaka’s final post-election campaign report, covering the period of Oct. 23 to Dec. 31, showed that he received $48,000, more than half his total contributions, after Oct. 23. The FPPC will investigate complaints that he failed to include the occupations of several developers on his reports and did not report the value of a campaign sign on the building of the architect for 429 University Ave., a property owned by Elizabeth Wong. Wong’s son, Andrew, had also made a $5,000 campaign donation to Tanaka, which Tanaka returned prior to voting on Feb. 6 to approve Wong’s controversial project at that site. The complaints against Kniss are potentially the most serious because they allege a failure to report in a required, timely manner of a $2,500 campaign donation sent to her campaign by the California Association of Realtors PAC and other large donations, primarily from development or real estate interests. The Realtors reported they made the donation on Oct. 18, but Kniss didn’t report receiving it until Nov. 18. She told the Weekly in January that her campaign treasurer, Tom Collins, was unable to process any contributions between Oct. 22 and Nov. 15 due to knee surgery and that the campaign was advised by the FPPC that if the envelope hadn’t been opened it didn’t need to be reported (a position that FPPC regulations appear to contradict). The commission will also examine the reporting of other contributions Kniss received during this period, mostly from real estate interests and many without the required occupations listed. The FPPC has not issued any notice to a third councilman, Adrian Fine, who also received substantial donations after the final pre-election campaign filing on Oct. 23, including six $999 donations from real estate interests. Although he reported receiving $26,000, about a third of the total money he raised, after Oct. 23, he was not required to report the donations under $1,000 until his final report filed in January, which he did. He also properly reported two contributions of $1,000 or more within 24 hours in the period leading up to Election Day. The $999 contributions, however, were clearly designed to avoid pre-election reporting requirements. The laws and guidelines for compliance with campaign laws are well-documented and even novice political candidates have no excuse for not complying. An experienced candidate such as Kniss, who has run successfully in nine elections subject to the Political Reform Act, knows the legal importance of reporting large campaign contributions in the final days of a campaign and the responsibility to appoint an alternative treasurer if necessary to meet reporting requirements. It is disturbing if she did not do this. We are pleased that the FPPC will investigate and render a judgment on what violations, if any, occurred in last fall’s campaign. Everyone in the community should support this inquiry. But regardless of the commission’s legal findings, the actions of the Kniss, Tanaka and Fine campaigns in the handling of late campaign contributions established a new low for politics in Palo Alto that future candidates must commit to correcting. Kniss in particular, a political veteran who pledged not to accept financial support from developer or real estate interests early on in her campaign, owes her supporters and constituents an apology for reneging. And attributing the investigation to sour grapes by those who lost the election, as she told the Weekly, is a diversionary tactic unbecoming of such a successful politician. Q

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Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Allow studies to continue Editor, Bill Leikam’s gray fox studies in the baylands are interesting and valuable. Few professionals are able to devote the time he has given to the study of the boundary between human and wildlife habitats. It is a rare opportunity presented by such a high density of humans (city workers and open-space joggers and bikers) where these wild creatures can be studied. As our population grows, these studies become more and more important. A Palo Alto parks and recreation ranger has advised Bill Leikam that the city will deny him a study-permit renewal based on the premise that he is habituating the foxes. I have attended a lecture at the Environmental Volunteers facility and found Leikam’s work patiently careful and non-invasive. I hope that the Palo Alto Staff

will allow Bill Leikam to continue his useful and important studies of this wonderful animal. Robert Roth Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Maintain building codes Editor, We should vehemently oppose flexibility in height limits on buildings in Palo Alto. We must adhere to city guidelines, without exemptions sought by investors, to ensure that our city’s buildings remain of low profile and minimal impact on our sky views and ambient light. The town-style charm of Palo Alto could be destroyed by allowing tall buildings that encroach upon our views of sky and space and that could create cold street canyons and shadows on the ground. Students of architecture learn about the psychology of building spaces as they affect human mood and well-being. Feeling hemmed-in, crowded or

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shadowed leads to feelings of tension in people. Our familyoriented city is full of light, sky and trees. When we look up, we can see clouds, sun and birds. Our commercial areas are pleasant places to walk, bicycle, get an ice-cream, go for coffee or shop at street markets in. We host an annual children’s parade. Let’s keep it this way — family-friendly, low-key and bright. Architects and our city planners have an obligation to the public to protect the long-term interests of Palo Alto by maintaining its well-conceived building codes that promote the suburban relaxed, low-profile, charming buildings of this lovely place we are so fortunate to live in. Amy Fudenberg Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Don’t reduce AACI services Editor, Lest we forget that for the last eight years, the Palo Alto community has anguished over the nine teen suicides between 2009 and 2015. From these tragedies, the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) recognized that new and more effective measures were urgently needed to cope with and prevent additional suicides. It was apparent that the district could do more in assisting our high-risk students with limited-Englishfluent parents. After years of strongly recommending the employment of licensed, culturally competent and appropriate bilingual mental health professionals, the PAUSD finally negotiated a contract with the highly regarded agency Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI). Their contract provides bilingual, culturally competent, licensed, professional mental health clinicians to provide after-school counseling, education and support groups to Chinese, Korean and Latino highrisk students and their parents. Many of the families are firstgeneration immigrants. One of the most important provisions for these immigrant families is while they are learning English, a language-appropriate professional assists them to understand the new and different cultural expectations of the community in which they now live. With such assistance, the parents can adopt more readily and rapidly our educational system’s rules, regulations and practices and effectively communicate the information to their youngsters. It seems that reducing the critically needed and unique

Guest Opinion

Safer streets: What’s been done, what’s possible by Maria Abilock s traffic increases, dangers multiply. The question we really should be asking is: “How can the city help the community find alternatives to driving?” As a former Safe Routes to School assistant coordinator in the City of Palo Alto’s Transportation Division, a PTA Safe Routes to School champion, and a bicycling member of the community, I have seen firsthand what our city has done to improve safety — and can suggest some concrete traffic solutions that build on this work.


The Bike Plan The Bike Plan was adopted by the city in 2012. Currently 14 bike boulevard projects and neighborhood improvements are in the pipeline. Design plans approved by the City Council on 19 street segments displayed at the Neighborhood Traffic Safety and Bicycle Boulevard Projects open house will increase safety and connectivity through the town and entice residents and commuters to try bicycling and public transit. City action: While continuing aggressive progress on the bike plan, the city needs to educate road users about the new facilities. For example, explanation of the safety and navigation of Middlefield Road and N. California Avenue, where a twoway protected bike lane was installed, will help all road users understand and appreciate the new road treatments. services of AACI is “penny wise but pound foolish.” AACI’s language-appropriate professionals have been successful in educating immigrant parents and stimulating them to become active and involved in their children’s schools. The after-school counseling of high-risk suicidal students has been accepted and well-attended. Cutting AACI’s already anemic contract could potentially jeopardize students, their parents, our school district and community. Instead, the district should consider increasing these important services. Allan Seid Webster Street, Palo Alto

Create more housing Editor, We have a housing shortage in the entire Bay Area, and it’s not going to blow over unless we change some things. Palo Alto’s

Safe Routes to School The Safe Routes program is a result of the strong partnership among the City of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) and the Palo Alto Council of PTAs. Safe Routes to School aims to reduce risk to students and encourage more students to walk, bike and use other alternatives to driving more often. Safe Routes activities include: fall and spring Walk and Roll days, pedestrian safety lessons, the third-grade bike-safety program that culminates with the “Third Grade Bike Rodeo” and a fifth-grade bikesafety refresher assembly at all district elementary schools. Sixth-grade orientation programs at JLS, Jordan and Terman include a “Drive that Bike” safety assembly, and summer Middle School Bicycle Skills classes are offered for students and their parents through a collaboration between Wheel Kids and Safe Routes to School. A “Getting to High School” program organized by the JLS PTA was piloted in April 2016 and will be offered at all middle schools this spring. City action: Unsafe riding behaviors such as ignoring stop signs, riding on the wrong side of the street, and not using lights at night cannot be changed without parent cooperation and support. The city needs to effectively engage parents in the programs for students and encourage them to practice pedestrian and bicycle safety skills with their children. Furthermore, the police need to engage as partners by patrolling key intersections to educate and enforce safety.

Walk and Roll maps A VERBS (Vehicle Emission Reductions Based in Schools) grant was awarded to Palo Alto’s Safe Routes program in 2012 to develop “Walk and Roll” maps

recent lifting of restrictions on in-law units is a great step in the right direction. Accessory Dwelling Units, as they are officially known, are an effective and minimally disruptive way to add some more housing capacity to an existing residential neighborhood. This won’t be enough, though. In the absence of abundant vacant land within commuting distance of job centers, new townhouse and apartment developments are going to be needed within each Bay Area community, lest all but the rich and famous be forced to commute from Stockton, or give up altogether and move to Texas. Solving the housing crisis is not helped by pointing fingers at other communities. Reform has to start at home. Palo Alto should take a cue from Redwood City, where the recently approved Greystar IV project will have 350 units on a lot one-tenth the size

and school zone improvements for all K-12 campuses. This fall, the Palo Alto Library installed bike repair stations and developed a “Walk and Roll to Libraries” map so residents can successfully navigate to all five library branches by foot or bike. Greendell School, which houses the district’s pre-K programs, PreSchool Family and the Adult School’s ESL classes, begins its Walk and Roll map development process this month. City action: The city needs to monitor and enforce safety in designated school commute routes identified on the Walk and Roll maps, and as future bikeways are constructed, maps need to be updated. The city should develop a comprehensive Walk and Roll map by compiling data from all 18 schools and make it available at all community centers, schools and community events and make it accessible online. The Palo Alto 311 app should include an option for reporting obstructions in these designated routes during school commute times.

Transit To relieve traffic congestion, more people need to choose transit. The Palo Alto Shuttle and VTA bus run through a few corridors in town, serving mainly senior and student riders. VTA is undergoing route and service changes and has proposed to eliminate route 89 and replace the 88, 88L and 88M lines serving Gunn High School students with minimal service on the proposed lines 288A/B, only at school bell times so students with later start times or after-school activities will not be able to ride VTA. City action: The City Council needs to put pressure on VTA to serve the taxpaying residents in Palo Alto or subsidize the Palo Alto Shuttle to fill the gaps in service due to cuts. The Palo Alto Shuttle

of the still stagnant Fry’s site project in Palo Alto. When I first started work in Palo Alto in 2011, I moved to a $1,400 apartment in Menlo Park that is now $2,200. A home where you can live with kids will cost you twice that, and buying one is out of the question for many young people. Even tech workers have started to move into places like East Palo Alto; I lived there myself for three years. And I saw first hand how much people in tight-knit immigrant communities are being forced to crowd into existing space just to avoid seeing their community and support network dispersed. Part of any solution to the housing shortage is to make it not illegal to create more housing. Let’s continue to make that happen. Jaap Weel King Street, San Francisco

improvements were put on hold pending VTA’s updates. The shuttle needs to update routes, frequency, hours, and marketing to increase and diversify ridership.

Bicycle Friendly Community status Palo Alto has earned and maintained (since 2003) Gold status as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. A report card issued by the league offered “Key Steps to Platinum,” outlining specific ways Palo Alto can work towards Platinum, the highest level of bicycle friendliness awarded by the league. City action: To increase bicycle friendliness and achieve platinum status in 2020, Palo Alto needs to follow the recommendations from the report card, such as: QIncrease parking space for bicycles. Q Host “Open Streets” events where main corridors are temporarily closed. Q Complete the Bike Plan adopted in 2012. Q Work with local employers to promote alternatives to driving solo. Q Offer retraining for cyclists who get traffic citations for poor safety behaviors. Platinum isn’t just a “status” symbol; it will alleviate traffic congestion. With the city government’s support and community involvement, these concrete and achievable changes will make streets safer. We are the safety problem, and we can solve it together. Q Maria Abilock is a Palo Alto PTA Safe Routes to School champion and former Safe Routes to School assistant coordinator for the City of Palo Alto. She can be reached at biotechteacher@

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Courtesy of Philip Neel, Bill Parrish, Hal Sampson and “Lesson Plan”

Members of the Third Wave hung posters and signs in Ron Jones’ homeroom class (the Wave headquarters) to promote the social movement.


Fifty years ago, a Palo Alto teacher’s lesson on fascism took on a life of its own by Linda Taaffe quickly, and at the end, I was scared to death.” Jones posted student guards at the classroom door, ordered students to march into class and sit at attention with their hands clasped behind them. He taught them to salute each other with a curved hand similar to the salute used during the Nazi regime. To avoid rebellion, he made it illegal for any party members to congregate in groups larger than three outside of class — a rule that had to be followed 24/7. He used students as secret police and held public trials to banish “resistors” to the library with a reduced grade, according to an account by student reporter Bill Klink that appeared in the school newspaper, “The Catamount,” on April 21, 1967. At the time, no one realized the experiment would become a significant catalyst for much broader discussions about bullying, history, peer pressure, fascism and psychology or inspire multiple stage productions, a musical, movies and books. In more than 32 countries, study of the Third Wave has become part of the classroom curriculum, including in Israel and Germany, where the story is a high school reading requirement. Palo Alto City Historian Steve Staiger said the Third Wave is

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Courtesy of Philip Neel and Mark Hancock

he classroom guards, symbolic armbands and secret salutes carried out by members of an elite student movement at Cubberley High School in Palo Alto may have ended decades ago, but that brief, ominous week in April 1967 when a history lesson took an unexpected turn continues to have worldwide impact on the eve of its 50th anniversary. The Third Wave began as an experiment in the classroom of firstyear history teacher Ron Jones to simulate fascism in World War II and demonstrate to skeptical students how the Nazi Party rose to power. Over five days, the movement took on a life of its own as it spread from the 30 sophomores in Jones’ homeroom class to more than 200 students from all three high schools in the Palo Alto school district eager to pledge allegiance to a social movement that promised acceptance and reward to those who obediently followed its rigid rules. “It started out as a fun game with the most popular teacher at school,” said Mark Hancock, one of the students in Jones’ Contemporary World History homeroom class. “He told us, ‘If you’re an active participant, I’ll give you an A; if you just go along with it, I’ll give you a C; if you try a revolution, I’ll give you an F, but if your revolution succeeds, I’ll give you an A.’ “I was a mischievous 15-yearold, and I remember right away, I wanted to be one of those revolutionaries who got an A. ... But it went well beyond (grades) pretty

First-year history teacher Ron Jones was only 25 when he joined Cubberley High School in 1967. among the most-asked-about topics, behind the Grateful Dead and developer Joseph Eichler’s homes. “It’s become one of the more significant historic events in Palo Alto’s past,” Staiger said. But back in 1967, the classroom experiment drew little attention. Local media didn’t report on it, parents quickly dismissed it, and most of Jones’ students seemed to drop the subject the following week when they moved on to a history lesson about Vietnam. Life went on with no one publicly talking about the experiment for an entire decade until Jones unexpectedly bumped

into a former student on a street in Berkeley who immediately gave him the secret salute. That brief encounter inspired Jones to write a short article in a local magazine about his Third Wave experience, which captured the attention of Hollywood and beyond. The 1981 film “The Wave” and subsequent book of the same name are based on his article. Hancock, too, eventually decided to speak out about those five days during his sophomore year that had gnawed at him for more than 40 years. “’It had gotten to be such a big story — obviously something much bigger than all of us — that I knew the time was right to talk to the other students and give us a voice,” said Hancock in a telephone interview from his Seattle home last week. At the same time, former classmate and Hollywood film editor Philip Neel (“Twin Peaks,” “Boston Common”) said he had decided to begin tracking down classmates to get their take on the experiment after discovering that his two daughters were learning about the Third Wave in their southern California school. The duo ultimately teamed up and produced the 2010 awardwinning documentary “Lesson

Plan,” which weaves together personal accounts from schoolmates, Jones, parents and former Principal Scott Thomson. On March 22, the Palo Alto History Museum will show the film for the first time in Palo Alto during a special event at the school site where it all happened (now Cubberley Community Center) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Third Wave experiment. Hancock, Neel and Jones will be on hand to answer questions. “It wasn’t until we started doing the movie that I found out the depth of what had really happened. We were all blindsided by how everything unfolded at the time,” said Neel over the telephone from his southern California home.

The experiment


ones had just graduated from Stanford University when he was hired at Cubberley during the 1966-’67 school year. At the time, Cubberley was a freewheeling school that prided itself on being experimental, and Jones, who liked to bring in guest speakers and conduct unorthodox lessons, quickly became a favorite teacher on campus, Hancock recalled. “He was very charismatic and his classes were really fun. They were so good that if a particular speaker came to campus, other kids in other classes would sneak out and watch our class,” Hancock said. “A lot of students wished they had him as their teacher, and we knew we were lucky.”

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Courtesy of Philip Neel

have to say for yourself? ... If we are going to be a disciplined group and do great things, we can’t have a rule breaker here.’” He would then ask the students one by one, “Is this person guilty?” until he had everyone chanting “guilty, guilty, guilty,” Hancock added. “It scared the hell out of me.” Once convicted, the student was exiled from the Wave and not allowed to come back to class. “I had no idea it would go this far, but it grew exponentially,” Jones said. “By the third day, other students were cutting class to be in the Wave, and by the fourth day, they were migrating from Paly and Gunn to be part of it.” Jones said the experiment reached its turning point for him on Day 3 when a student body guard accompanied him into the teachers’ faculty room. “There was an English teacher sitting there who said, ‘Hey, students aren’t allowed in here.’ And this child said, ‘I’m not a student, I’m a bodyguard.’ I knew at that very moment that that young adult had crossed some invisible line, and this was no longer a game or classroom activity. It was something real to this person, and I was crossing the same line,” Jones said. “I was beginning to like the order and the adulation. It was pretty intoxicating.” Jones kept waiting for someone to step in and stop the experiment — but no one ever did. The parents, the faculty, the students all trusted him without question. “By now, I’m deep into it and I’m thinking, ‘How is this going to end?’ I was hoping some faculty member would come into the room and challenge it ... but that teacher never arrived.” Even the principal, Jones said, liked the fact that students seemed more ordered and weren’t roaming the halls. At the end of the week, Jones dropped a bombshell on the students: He entered the class and pulled the curtain across the windows to darken the room. He was no longer smiling. He lowered his voice and told the students he had an important announcement: “The Third Wave isn’t just an experiment. ... It’s real,” Hancock recalled. The students had been chosen

No one had any reason to be alarmed that April when a student asked how the Nazis could have been so appealing to the general population that no one spoke up during the Holocaust, and Jones responded, “I don’t know. Let’s try an experiment. I will be the dictator, and you will be the movement,” Hancock recalled. The following Monday, Jones ordered the students to address him as Mr. Jones, instead of Ron. He lectured them on the benefits of discipline and ordered them to practice the proper way to sit and stand at perfect attention through repeated drills. “It was really only meant to be a one-hour exercise,” Jones said in an interview with the Weekly. “I definitely wanted the students to have some understanding of the Holocaust. I thought it would be a stepping stone into what it was like to be in a totalitarian state if they followed the directions of a teacher in a marshal-like way.” When Jones returned to class the next day, he discovered the students sitting in the same posture that he had left them in the previous day with “these zipper smiles on their faces,” Jones said. He thought, “Oh my gosh, what is this about?” and spontaneously, like improv, Jones went to the blackboard and wrote the slogans, “strength through discipline,” and “strength through community.” The class began to chant the words in unison, and a movement was born. “There was this excitement about being part of a community,” Jones said.

In class that day, he created the secret salute and gave the group the name, “The Third Wave” — surfer lingo used to describe the last and strongest wave in a series of swells. “When the bell sounded ending the period, I asked the class for complete silence. With everyone sitting at attention I slowly raised my arm and with a cupped hand I saluted,” Jones recalled in his article, “The Third Wave, 1967: an account.” “It was a silent signal of recognition. They were something special. Without command the entire group of students returned the salute.” The next day, Jones issued membership cards to any student that wanted to continue in the Wave. Not a single student elected to leave the room, he said. Then, he had the students put their heads down and secretly tapped three of them on the shoulder. Whoever received a tap was given the special assignment to report any students not complying to the Wave’s rules. “I remember not being tapped and thinking, ‘I’m going to miss out on something here,’” Hancock said. “This is when it was still a fun little game. But then, he started rolling out the rules.” Anyone accused of not following the rules faced a public trial. “In the morning, he would come in and stand at the front of the class with us sitting up straight,” Hancock recalled. “Then, he would pull a piece of paper out of his shirt pocket, and he would say a name. That person would stand up, and he would say, ‘My secret police have informed me that you have broken a rule. What do you

endorse him today. “My feeling is the opposite,” Neel said. “It was a given that was he was doing was ethically wrong, but the lesson he taught far outweighed (that).” Neel called the experience a wake-up call that has had lifelong impact. “I think I process things differently now,” said Neel, who remains leery about joining any kind of group and questions everything he hears and reads.

The appeal


ones launched the Wave just two months before the Summer of Love got into full swing. It was a time of unwanted war, protests and racial integration taking place for the first time. “With the unrest that all of that brought, there was a sense that maybe we could change these things,” Jones said. That made the Wave appealing, especially to the boys who were facing the draft in two years. Hancock said he remembered thinking, “I don’t want to get drafted. Maybe this is a good thing even though I don’t like how this feels.” There also were grades to think about and the peer pressure of being part of an elite group. “Jones pulled it off so well because we could identify so easily with him,” Neel said. “He was young, he spoke our language, and we felt very comfortable with him.” He didn’t make the experiment racist or anti-Semitic, Hancock added. “If he had crossed that line and asked us to turn against each other, it might have been a different outcome,” he said. The biggest appeal was the way Jones conducted the experiment, Hancock said. “What people don’t understand is the way that Jones rolled out the Wave. We got sucked into it because it was gradual,” Hancock said. “By the time you felt trapped, there wasn’t much you could do. The reality is that it was your social studies class, and you really couldn’t go anyplace else. The only thing you could have done is take the game to a new level and (continued on next page)

Courtesy of Mark Hancock

The award-winning documentary “Lesson Plan,” has been shown in classrooms around the world.

to be part of a new third political party that was going to revolutionize American politics. He told them their national political leader would unveil himself during a televised speech at a rally that afternoon. “That was the turning point for me. I had this horrible sense of being trapped,” Hancock said. That afternoon, students piled into the auditorium carrying posters, chanting and believing the large number of “reporters” and “cameramen” documenting the event were from real outlets, not part of Jones’ experiment. When Jones turned on the television, however, only white snow appeared on the screen. Everyone silently sat in position waiting and waiting for their leader to appear. Several minutes passed and nothing happened. Moments later, video of the Nuremberg Rally started on a giant screen against the wall, displaying Hitler and the Third Reich. “Listen closely, I have something important to tell you,” Jones recounted in his article. “Sit down. There is no leader. There is no such thing as a national youth movement called the Third Wave. You have been used. Manipulated. Shoved by your own desires into the place you now find yourself. You are no better or worse than the German Nazis we have been studying.” Jones said there was a wide range of reactions. Hancock said he remembers some students cried, while others said they knew it was a joke all along. Others, like him, had run out of the rally in fear before Jones made his final announcement. Jones said silence was the common experience shared by all. No one publicly spoke about that rally for 10 years. “That was really the genesis of that student question, ‘How could the Germans behave that way after the war?’” Jones said. “Silence is what happens when you feel shame.” Neel said when it was over, his initial reaction was, “Wow. That was an amazing experience, and boy did I learn a lesson.” He said there are some who see the documentary and say Jones should have never conducted the experiment in the first place and are upset that his students still

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be a revolutionary or try to get out through the administration, but that didn’t seem like a possible avenue because everyone was part of the Wave as far as you knew.” Hancock, who now travels the globe to speak to students about the Wave, said the experiment was an emotional milestone in their lives. “Most of us have very strong memories of it,” he said. “But the reality is not everyone had the same experience. Each one of us had to make the decision during that time whether we were going to be for it, resist it or just try to stay out of the way and get an A and move on.” For Hancock, he wanted to be a revolutionary but never found a way to resist. “I wish I had done more and could say I was a major resistor,” he said. “I had good intentions, but it was like a totalitarian state, so if you said the wrong thing, you would disappear. I made up my mind to try to figure it out from inside the system, but everyday everything kept changing. I kept thinking, ‘The clouds will part and I’ll know what to do,’ but that never happened, and I didn’t act.” Neel said he opted to stay out of the way — a decision he regrets. “I was in the middle, which is probably the worst place to be,” he said. “I was just going along with the flow and going along with everybody else and not challenging it, but not entirely endorsing it. ... I stayed too long. Some people ran out of the rally, but I was there until the bitter end.” Out of all the students, only two actively resisted — sophomores Alyssa Hess and Sherry Tousley. On the final day, Hess stood up in class and urged her classmates not to attend the rally. Tousley resisted from the start. Tousley was one of Jones’ top students who had been banished from class early on for questioning the movement’s purpose. She anonymously launched an anti-Wave resistance group, “The Breakers.” In the documentary “Lesson Plan,” she said her father drove her to Cubberley before school hours so she could hang anti-Wave posters up high in the halls so students couldn’t tear them down. Until the making of the documentary 40 years later, not a single person — except her father — knew Tousley was the sole person behind the resistance group. “I remember thinking,’Who was this resistance group that I could go find and join?’” Hancock said. “(Tousley and Hess) put themselves in considerable personal risk.”

Can it happen again?


eople often say it wouldn’t work today because there would be parent involvement, but take a look at our own national election,” Jones said. Many of the questions those students faced 50 years ago, he said, are the same ones we are facing today: “How do we change things? Do we work within the system, or risk arrest? Do we accept civil disobedience?” For Jones, who now spends his time in the theater and writing, the Wave represents a period in his life that he prefers not to talk about. The experiment ultimately brought an end to his teaching career in the public school system two years later when he was denied tenure despite support from hundreds of students and parents who petitioned to have him stay. “It makes me quite pleased that this has become a catalyst for people to talk about history. That’s very rewarding, but I’m not proud of the Wave, and I don’t want to see it repeated,” said Jones, who has turned down inquiries about how to re-enact the Wave from everyone from cult leader Jim Jones to a British television company wanting to turn the experiment into a reality show. Jones said he was particularly surprised how the students in the middle — those who weren’t the athletes, cheerleaders or part of the “in” crowd — responded to the Wave. “Sometimes as a teacher, you miss the middle group, those who just want to be successful at something for once in life,” he said. “What was interesting during the Wave was that the very bright kids were excluded and martialed out of the classroom by guards early on. That left the middle group, who then felt empowered. That’s probably what’s happening today in the United States. People who felt left out suddenly are in control, and it feels good. “Can it happen again? I say, ‘It’s happening.’” Q The March 22 free event is full but the documentary is available on Amazon, iTunes and Google Play, and other materials are posted at and Associate Editor Linda Taaffe can be emailed at ltaaffe@ About the cover: Photos courtesy of Philip Neel and “Lesson Plan.”

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Left to right: Marjorie Hazeltine, Richard Holman, Geoff Fiorito and April Culver play Italian-Americans in a close-knit Brooklyn neighborhood in “A View from the Bridge.”

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must “run its bloody course.” He, like the other players, like the protagonist himself, is powerless against Eddie’s demons: possessiveness, an insistence on respect and a pathological need for control. Hanging over this household is the fear that Eddie, or someone else, will commit the unpardonable and rat out the Sicilians to the immigration authorities. Like many tragedies, “A View from the Bridge,” which is based on a true story, begins with an aura of normalcy. The middleaged Eddie (Geoff Fiorito) is a congenial-enough Archie Bunker type, a decent breadwinner respected by coworkers, and a devoted father figure to his too-affectionate, strawberry blond niece (April Culver). But it doesn’t take long to recognize danger. Eddie is antsy, afraid of losing control, afraid of losing Catherine, who is about to embark on a career as a stenographer. Meanwhile, the frazzled Beatrice, brilliantly played by Marjorie Hazeltine, who has the Brooklyn Italian speech patterns and mannerisms down pat, reveals the frustrations of a trapped housewife, determined to please but experiencing little pleasure. Enter the two Sicilians: Marco, the tough, hard-working older brother (Drew Reitz), bears his

own tragedy. To support his wife and three children, one of whom has serious health problems, he leaves the land he loves because there are no jobs. By contrast, the younger brother, Rodolpho, a blond cut-up on the Brooklyn docks, with a penchant to burst into song and dance at the drop of a hat, is determined to become American as quickly as possible. Played by Anthony Stephens, he injects notes of comic relief into this dark drama with an

over-animated rendition of “Paper Doll.” This play is a clash of cultures between native-born and immigrant as well as between first and second-generation Americans. Above all, it is Eddie’s story, and Fiorito captures the tragic hero’s inevitable descent into a hell of his own making. Given the current political climate, Pear Avenue director Ray Renati sees a contemporary message in the drama that goes

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n a nearly bare stage roped off in red, white and blue, like a patriotic boxing ring, a cultural battle plays out in the home of Eddie Carbone, a domineering Brooklyn longshoreman with a long-suffering wife, Beatrice. The third party in the domestic triangle is their stunning 17-yearold orphaned niece, Catherine, for whom Eddie’s unsavory attraction is obvious to all but him. With the sudden arrival of two Sicilian stowaways, brothers and family members who inject themselves into the Carbones small apartment, that triangle turns into a precarious pentagon. Then, when the handsome younger brother takes a shine to the sexy Catherine and she returns his affection, that pentagon implodes. Set in a Brooklyn tenement, “A View from the Bridge,” Arthur Miller’s 1955 drama, runs through April 2 at Mountain View’s Pear Theatre. Although the Fates and the Furies may be conspicuously absent, this is a classic Greek tragedy, with a working-class everyman as flawed hero and a neighborhood attorney as a one-man Greek chorus. At the outset, the all-knowing Alfieri, aptly played by Brian Levi, lets the tale unfold, warning us that the drama

Left to right: Marjorie Hazeltine, Anthony Stephens, April Culver and Drew Reitz are a Brooklyn family in crisis in “A View from the Bridge.”

beyond forbidden love and illegal immigration. “Eddie’s simultaneously a bully, and a sad victim of his past — old-fashioned Catholic guilt and shame,” he said. “To defy Eddie is to incur his rage. He will make sure that you pay. Donald Trump does the same thing.” If Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” epitomizes the American dream gone sour, “A View from the Bridge” reveals the nightmare of decent working-class folk, trapped in trauma. Director Renati, lighting and sound designers Meghan Souther and Will Price, respectively, invite us into that world, and perhaps help us to see similarities with our own. This play is a winner. Q Freelance writer Janet Silver Ghent can be emailed at What: “A View from the Bridge” Where: Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View When: Through April 2, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Cost: $35, senior and student discounts Info: Go to or phone 650-254-1148. • Palo Alto Weekly • March 17, 2017 • Page 23

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‘Reflections on Water’ Maryland-based artist Katherine K. Allen’s vivid, colorful, nature-inspired paintings will be featured in a new exhibition titled “Reflections on Water,” which will be on display at the Los Altos Hills Town Hall through September. A free opening reception with wine and other refreshments will be held Sunday, March 19, 2-5 p.m., including a tour of the exhibition by the artist at 3 p.m. The paintings focus on Allen’s personal, transient impressions of water and landscape. The Los Altos Hills Town Hall is located at 26379 Fremont Road. Go to

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Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn

The classic “tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme” story of “Beauty and the Beast” (as interpreted by Disney) has been chosen to be the first musical performed in Palo Alto High School’s new performing-arts center (50 Embarcadero Road). The production, which runs Thursdays-Sundays, March 17-26, involves more than 100 Paly students as actors, singers, musicians and technicians. Starring seniors Alia Cuadros-Contreras as Beauty and Jackson Kienitz as the Beast, the show is appropriate for ages 7 and up. Tickets are $10-$15 and showtimes vary. Go to

Dueling banjos, anyone? Jazz-and-classical composer and banjo master Bela Fleck will team up with fellow banjoist and singer/songwriter Abigail Washburn for a concert on Thursday, March 23, at 8 p.m. at the Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. The pair’s differing styles of playing banjo (Washburn using oldtime clawhammer technique and virtuosic Fleck using a pick and three fingers) will accompany Washburn’s lead vocals (with some backing vocals by Fleck). Tickets are $55-$70. Go to

On stage ‘Love Sick’ “Love Sick,” a new musical based on the erotic, biblical Hebrew text “The Song of Songs,” will run for one more weekend at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts (500 Castro St.), with shows March 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 19, at 2 and 7 p.m. The show, set in ancient Jerusalem, tells the story of a woman stuck in a passionless marriage who embarks on an intense love affair with an admirer. Ofra Daniel, founder of Jewish Circle Theatre and co-creator of the show, stars as Tirzah. The ensemble features a mix of Israeli, Palestinian and Syrian musicians/actors. Tickets are $28$52. Go to Page 24 • March 17, 2017 • Palo Alto Weekly •


Fine art Creative Ecology: Mari Andrews The latest in the Palo Alto Art Center’s Creative Ecology series (which bring together art, science and an appreciation for the natural world), sculptor Mari Andrews’ exhibition will open with a reception at the art center (1313 Newell Road) on Friday, March 17, 7-8 p.m. Andrews’ installation features natural objects, such as pine cones, twigs and leaves, many of which were collected and donated by community members. Go to Above: Artist Katherine K. Allen’s paintings inspired by water, including “Downstream,” will be featured in an exhibition at the Los Altos Hills Town Hall.

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DE-STRESS KITCHEN SHOP OPENS ... What do Palo Altans need? That’s what Nathan Boothe and Koji Tokuda want to know. Both are the managers of the newly opened Kitch’n Office, which is actually an active work in progress, according to Boothe. “We’re trying to figure out what people want. We’d really like to have their input,” he said. Kitch’n Office took over the the two-story, Birge Clark historic building barely a month ago. The location at 532 Ramona St. has seen several businesses come and go in the last few years. Most recently, it has been a carpet store, a clothing boutique and an art gallery. “We decided to open the store in Palo Alto because it’s the heartbeat of Silicon Valley. We want to be here to learn more about the needs of working people and be able to provide products to alleviate stress in the home-office setting,” Boothe said. He and Tokuda are hoping their new store will have some staying power. “Our focus is on home offices because so many people have them these days,” Boothe said, explaining there’s a stress that can often accompany the home-office arrangement. “We’re trying to create a blend between kitchen, home and office. With that blending, the hope is to produce a sense of ease and de-stress the environment. We want to offer unique items that stimulate curiosity as well as introspection,” Boothe said. The management duo appears to already have captured a soothing, stressfree environment in the 2,000-square-foot space they occupy. A walk through the store, minimally decorated with bonsai plants, handblown vases, and glassware and teacups that resemble works of art, seem to produce somewhat of a calming effect. Other items include a variety of housewares, kitchen utensils and dinnerware. The current bestseller, according to Boothe, is an $8 all-purpose spiny, silicon sponge that’s reminiscent of a children’s koosh ball, popular about 20 years ago. “Everybody who touches it remarks about it. Customers love it,” he said. By the way, directly next to Kitch’n Office is Good Vibrations at 534 Ramona St., an adultoriented boutique selling sex toys and erotica books. The shop opened there in 2013. Said Boothe of the adjacent retailer, “They’re great neighbors. Their store provides a lot of foot traffic for us.”

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“While it had been a restaurant, everything was outdated and nothing up to code,” Barton said. “It needed a complete makeover.” The space now accommodates 80 diners — 56 in the dining area and 24 in a separate bar area. With sky-high ceilings and dangling pendant lights, the décor has a utilitarian-industrial feel, simple and sturdy, yet comfortable enough for a social gathering. The walls are decorated with photo blowups of midcentury California, courtesy of Redwood City’s public library system. Barton left a tech startup to fuel her interest in opening a restaurant. With no previous experience, she’s learning on the fly. “I just took the leap and jumped right in,” she said. Barton found an excellent chef in Mario Ochoa and toPage 26 • March 17, 2017 • Palo Alto Weekly •

SUMMIT ROLLS INTO PALO ALTO ... After searching for the perfect Palo Alto location for nearly five years, Summit Bicycles has finally found a site. The fullservice bike shop is set to open next month in the (very) recently vacated retail space at 392 California Ave. that was home to Accent Arts for many decades until the art supply store relocated around the corner on Feb. 25. Summit moved into the 5,192-square-foot space earlier this month and is already making minor upgrades and fixes for its April opening. Marketing Manager Pancho Pimentel said California Avenue, with its foot traffic and proximity to the train station, large number of tech commuters and Stanford University, is an ideal location for a bike shop in a place he calls a “phenomenal cycling city.” The shop will offer a wide selection of bikes — from kids’ bikes to $30,000 custom race bikes — as well as bike parts, accessories, repairs and general bike maintenance services. This is the fifth brick-and-mortar Summit shop in the Bay Area chain for owner Ian Christie, who got his start in the biking business at family friend’s Peninsula shop when he was 13. Last month, he also added seven mobile bike repair shops to his chain, which will provide on-site assembly and repair services up and down the Peninsula. AMERICAN APPAREL TO CLOSE ... It’s a good news, bad news kind of day for devotees of American Apparel, the trendy, edgy, affordable clothing chain with an appeal to young people. The Palo Alto store, which moved into town more than 10 years ago, is calling it quits. It’s part of the nationwide closure of all 110 American Apparel stores. And here’s the good news: As a result of the impending shuttering, all merchandise is 40 percent off. The store at 170 University Ave., expected to close by the end of April, still has a remarkable amount of clothing and accessories. “Yep, we got a decent amount of stuff here,” said one employee who asked not to be identified.

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Emma Watson, right, and Dan Stevens star in “Beauty and the Beast.” • Ever popular happy hour features discounts on favorite bar bites and drink specials: 4:30-7:00 p.m. Mon-Fri • MacPark’s “American BBQ Road Trip” is stopping at BBQ hotspots including New Mexico in March, then Georgia. Seasonal produce is paired with regional BBQ techniques [VJYLH[LHWYP_Ä_LKPUULYTLU\)VVR[VKH` ‹6\Y,HZ[LY*OHTWHNUL)Y\UJOIVVRZZ^PM[S`)VVR[VKH`

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East and West collide in Tokyo and Los Angeles, past and present, as two determined cousins confront tradition, prejudice, and a heritage of filial duty to reunite their estranged Japanese mothers.

Now thru April 2 Lucie Stern Theatre Palo Alto 650.463.1960

Live-fraction ‘Beauty’ not as animated as it used to be 00 (Century 16 & 20) Few properties have a greater market penetration than an animated Disney musical, so it’s been no great surprise to see the Mouse House capitalize on the possibilities of exploiting such material, with direct-to-video sequels, then Broadway musicals and now liveaction animated remakes (live action combined with animation). The 1991 classic “Beauty and the Beast” — the first animated film to receive a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars — now gets the live-action treatment, but where last year’s “The Jungle Book” felt fresh and vibrant in live action, “Beauty and the Beast” proves dispiriting. Director Bill Condon

(“Dreamgirls,” “Mr. Holmes”) only manages to breathe life into the material when he diverges from the original film, as in the sumptuous bookends set in the pre- and post-curse castle of the French prince of swell hair (Dan Stevens). There, Madame de Garderobe (Broadway goddess Audra McDonald) sings a new number as the screen fills with gloriously costumed waltzers. Once the prince is cursed to live as a beast, his castle enchanted, and his attendants turned into furniture, not much changes about “Beauty and the Beast,” except our enjoyment of it. At first, it appears the material may play in live-action: “Belle,” the number

that introduces the story’s winningly bookish heroine (Emma Watson) kicks off the story proper with a bit of musical charm and a handsome village square populated with a diverse chorus. The always welcome Kevin Kline shows up as Belle’s father, then Luke Evans as dastardly narcissist Gaston (both, not for nothing, solid singers), and the injection of character-actor vigor stokes hope that this was all a pretty good idea after all. But then we arrive at the cursed palace, domain of a CGI beast (who obviously hails from the Uncanny Valley) and his collection of photo-real furniture: candelabra Lumière (Ewan McGregor), clock Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), teapot Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson), et al. And all at once it hits us: nope. The story’s intact, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s songs remain (with four nice-enough but narratively unnecessary new songs by Menken and Tim Rice), and there’s still plenty to look at it. But the tone is all wrong: The warmth is gone, and Condon’s version of the spectacle feels cluttered, claustrophobic and hurried in ways the original doesn’t. The kaleidoscopic “Be Our Guest” isn’t delightful anymore; it’s anxiety-inducing at best and numbing at worst. Most of the sight gags, like moths flying out of the wardrobe’s “drawers,” just don’t land as well in the live-action idiom. Had Condon simply put Stevens in makeup and a suit, that would (continued on next page)

MOVIES NOW SHOWING Beauty and the Beast (PG) ++ Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun.

Before I Fall (PG-13)

Lion (PG-13)

Palo Alto Square: Fri. - Sun.

The Little Kidnappers (1953) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 7:30 p.m., Friday

The Belko Experiment (R) Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun.

Logan (R) +++ Century 16: Fri. - Sun.

Bolshoi Ballet: A Contemporary Evening (PG) Century 20: Sunday

Lost (Tears for Simon) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 5:50 & 9:15 p.m., Friday

Get Out (R) +++1/2 Century 16: Fri. - Sun.

Moonlight (R) Century 20: Fri. - Sun.

Hidden Figures (PG) ++1/2 Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun. Kong: Skull Island (PG-13) ++1/2 Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun. La La Land (PG-13) Century 16: Fri. - Sun. The Last Word (R)

Century 20: Fri. - Sun.

Aquarius Theatre: Fri. - Sun.

The Lego Batman Movie (PG) ++1/2 Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun.

Century 20: Fri. - Sun.

Century 20: Fri. - Sun.

Nine Lives: Cats in Istanbul (KEDI) (Not Rated) Aquarius Theatre: Fri. - Sun. Ninotchka (1939) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 3:40 & 7:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday Personal Shopper (R)

Guild Theatre: Fri. - Sun.

The Sense of Ending (PG-13) Century 20: Fri. - Sun. Palo Alto Square: Fri. - Sun. The Shack (PG-13)

Century 20: Fri. - Sun.

The Shop Around the Corner (1940) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 5:40 & 9:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday

+ Skip it ++ Some redeeming qualities +++ A good bet ++++ Outstanding

“Intimate, sensitive. The emotional stakes are high.” Los Angeles Times

Aquarius: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (For recorded listings: 327-3241) Aquariuspa Century Cinema 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View Century 20 Downtown: 825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City

CineArts at Palo Alto Square: 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (For information: 493-0128) Guild: 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (For recorded listings: 266-9260) Stanford Theatre: 221 University Ave., Palo Alto (For recorded listings: 324-3700)

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have gone a considerable way to solving this remakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problems. But the fact of the matter is that, pound for pound, scene for scene, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a sequence here that the original film doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t execute better in the clean lines The following is a sampling of movies recently reviewed in the Weekly: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kong: Skull Islandâ&#x20AC;?001/2 Warner Brothers and Legendary Entertainment are throwing more â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aâ&#x20AC;? money at moreâ&#x20AC;?Bâ&#x20AC;? material with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kong: Skull Island,â&#x20AC;? the second installment of a burgeoning â&#x20AC;&#x153;MonsterVerseâ&#x20AC;? inititated in 2014â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godzillaâ&#x20AC;? reboot. The watchwords, then, are â&#x20AC;&#x153;dumb fun,â&#x20AC;? and on that level, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kong: Skull Islandâ&#x20AC;? must be said to deliver. Oscar winner Brie Larson stars opposite Tom Hiddleston, with support from Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and an ensemble populated with some familiar character actors. The only problem with casting heavyweight talent: We expect more than an inherently flimsy B-movie scenario is likely to deliver in terms of characterization and dialogue. Bound to explore the remote Skull Island, they lobby for a military escort of men just released from Vietnam War duty (led by Jackson). Upon arrival, and a very hairy meeting with giant ape Kong, the mission immediately becomes one of exfiltration (a.k.a. â&#x20AC;&#x153;get the hell out of hereâ&#x20AC;?). That action builds to the fulfillment of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;MonsterVerseâ&#x20AC;? promise of monster-onmonster action. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kong: Skull Islandâ&#x20AC;? is all very silly. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for brief strong language. Two hours. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loganâ&#x20AC;?000 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loganâ&#x20AC;? marks the third and final solo film for the long-running Marvel Comics character introduced to screen audiences in the 2000 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;X-Men.â&#x20AC;? Screenwriters

of hand-drawn animation and the crisp vocals of the original cast. So why should anyone see the remake? Beyond curiosity, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of many compelling reasons. Perhaps thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why Condon started a buzz about Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;first exclusively gay moment,â&#x20AC;? a nice touch (and, as it should be, no

big deal), but not a good enough reason to spend a weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s salary to take your family to an inferior version of a classic you probably have on hand at home. Rated PG for some action violence, peril and frightening images. Two hours, 9 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peter Canavese

Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green take very loose inspiration from a comic book run known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Man Logan,â&#x20AC;? but only a few plot points carry over: a futuristic setting 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. And so â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loganâ&#x20AC;? becomes an unconventional-family drama with three generations of mutants forced onto a road trip, although â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Miss Sunshineâ&#x20AC;? this ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Rated R for violence, bloody images and language including sexual references. One hour, 43 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C.

the tension and comedy of coded racial language to the hilt, and were it â&#x20AC;&#x153;onlyâ&#x20AC;? a comedy of mixed-race dating, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get Outâ&#x20AC;? would already be winning in the wittiness of its satire. Obviously, the film goes further: thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something sinister going on in Evergreen Hallow, and the storyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s satirical charge carries over into its horror. Despite its terrible implications, his film is entertaining as all â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get Out.â&#x20AC;? Rated R for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references. One hour, 43 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get Outâ&#x20AC;?000 The new horror picture â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get Outâ&#x20AC;? is advertised as being â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the mind of Jordan Peele,â&#x20AC;? and a beautiful mind it is. Peele made his name as the cocreator and co-star of the racially themed sketch comedy show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Key and Peele.â&#x20AC;? Now Peele makes a bold turn to horror, writing and directing what he calls a â&#x20AC;&#x153;social thrillerâ&#x20AC;? or, to state the obvious, â&#x20AC;&#x153;a horror movie that is from an African Americanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perspective.â&#x20AC;? The result is an imaginative, classically styled paranoid thriller speaking directly to an AfricanAmerican audience while remaining playfully accessible to everyone else. After five months of dating, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for young African-American photographer Chris Washington (a pitch-perfect Daniel Kaluuya) to meet the parents of his white girlfriend Rose Armitage (Allison Williams). The early movements of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get Outâ&#x20AC;? play

â&#x20AC;&#x153;John Wick: Chapter 2â&#x20AC;?00 1/2 â&#x20AC;&#x153;John Wick: Chapter 2â&#x20AC;? provides a wild and captivating ride while staying true toâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and happily expandingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the world established in 2014â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;John Wick.â&#x20AC;? The first film was a grotty and dour revenge thriller about an assassin who just wants to be left alone, graced with a witty notion of an ornate criminal underworld but allowing only a minimum of fun. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chapter 2â&#x20AC;? makes the case for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wickâ&#x20AC;? franchise as a kind of bizarro James Bond. This antihero may not be licensed to kill, but now he lives in a similarly slick universe of action fantasy and exotic settings. Wick and his dog with no name ostensibly want a peaceful retirement, but that darn criminal code keeps roping him in, this time by way of a nasty Italian mobster (Riccardo Scamarcio), who still holds a blood-oath marker demanding Wickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s services. Rated R for strong violence throughout, some language and brief nudity. Two hours, 2 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; P.C.

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BACK YARD FOUNTAIN CLASS ... Lyngso Garden Materials in San Carlos will hold a workshop on “Fountainscapes” on Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to noon. Are you curious about how a rock can become a bubbling fountain? It’s easier than you may think. This presentation will guide you through creating a pondless water feature, using a natural basalt column as an example. Lyngso’s water feature specialist, Jake Persichetty, will demonstrate each step from start to finish. Learn how to choose the right pump and basin, get installation tips, and take away some fresh design ideas. Go to to register. Lyngso is located at 345 Shoreway Drive, San Carlos. 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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FOR LEASE ... Developers have begun leasing Elan Menlo Park, the new luxury multifamily complex on Haven Avenue in Menlo Park. The new structure is situated minutes away from major Bay Area employers and will be managed by Greystar. It has 146 luxury apartments and more than 17,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor amenity space for residents. Elan Menlo Park includes one-, two- and threebedroom apartments ranging in size from 715 to 1,249 square feet. Units have upscale kitchens with custom islands, quartz countertops, European cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Floor plans will incorporate features such as wood-style plank flooring, 9-foot ceilings, natural light, air conditioning, walk-in closets and full size washers and dryers.

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LOCAL HOME SALE STATS ... February stats are out for home sales in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. For San Mateo County, single-family homes under $1 million, the median price was $828,000 and for single-family homes more than $1 million, the median price was $2,280,000. For Santa Clara County, the median price for single-family homes under $1 million was $789,000, and it was $1,899,000 for single-family homes more than $1 million.

Dig down a few inches into your soil to see how moist it is. If it is hard to get your fingers or a trowel through, it needs to be amended.


ooks will tell you it’s mostly about using the best ingredients. For gardeners, it’s all in the soil. If you have the soil right, you can plant anything and it will grow. If you don’t have the soil right, you can grow many things poorly a nd cause many to die. How much do you know about your soil? Do you know the pH balance? Do you know Jack McKinnon its density? Do you know how well it retains water, air and nutrients? Do you know if it is alive or dead? Do you know the importance of fungi in your soil or how it can cause problems? When was the last time you amended your soil with compost? These are all factors in how your garden will or will not grow. The plant selection, the maintenance schedule and quality of maintenance all depend on good soil. Soil makes the garden a place where we glean a reason to exist aside from jobs, our devices and our vehicles. Here is the recipe for good soil. Put your hand into your flowerbeds. If you can stick your hand all the way in to the wrist and it feels nice and moist, and you can easily grab a hand full of soil and squeeze

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Set your plants out and survey what they look like. Rearrange them and then plant them. Fertilize the whole bed and add mulch.


on gardening

If you have the right soil, nearly anything can grow by Jack McKinnon it without it being too wet or too dry, you’re probably good to go. If your hand can go into the soil easily, then roots can go into the soil easily. Most garden beds are not that good, so they need amending. You can have your soil tested at a lab but my experience is most soils just need compost fertilizer and good hard work. Fungi make the soil alive. They break down organic matter, creating a rich environment for bacteria, worms and other microorganisms that make for healthy biodiversity. Compost is the simplest way to get good fungi growing in your soil. Now, start looking at nursery flowers. Visit several different places that sell plants, especially annuals. While you’re waiting for your soil test to come back or you are building your soil, look at all the different colors and types of plants coming in to nurseries now. Take notes. If you don’t do your homework you will not have a good flower bed. Hint: Both Sloat Gardens and the San Jose Mercury News have plant lists online. Now is the time to get amendments. Almost all soils need amendments once a year. What are amendments? Compost is the primary amendment. There’s

organic compost and redwood compost (made from ground up sawmill trimmings and amended with nitrogen). There’s mushroom compost, horse manure and cow manure. There’s kitchen waste compost. There is homemade compost and there’s commercial compost. What’s the best? It’s a good idea to research this. Depending on what kind of compost you’ve decided to use, determine how much you need for the amount of soil surface and depth you want to use it for. For example, I like to use redwood compost. I put on about four inches on the surface of any soil and I dig it in about 10 inches. Mix the soil and compost really well. Once you’re finished amending your soil, you can buy some plants. Take a list of types of plants you think will look good, and calculate roughly how many plants you’re going to need for your bed. Add 10 percent more just in case. It’ll probably save you an extra trip to the nursery to fill in the holes. Plant all in one day. Place all the plants (still in their pots or sixpacks) where you want them to go. Stand back and look at the whole scene to make sure that it looks right. Then plant all the plants.

Fertilize the whole bed. What kind of fertilizer should you use? If you’re an organic gardener you’re going to use organic fertilizer which requires a bit more research. You have to learn about chicken manure and green sand, cottonseed meal, seaweed, bat guano, alfalfa meal, blood meal and bone meal. Then mix up your own recipe. I can’t emphasize enough doing your homework because this can be pretty rich stuff. If you use synthetic fertilizer premixed in packages from stores like Home Depot or Orchard Supply or even the local nursery, follow the instructions on the package. Once everything is planted and fertilized, water it well. This will set the plants and get the fertilizer down into the root systems. Now it’s time to go have a cup of iced tea and sit back and appreciate what you have done. To keep the moisture in and the weeds down, it is good to add mulch. I usually mulch within a day or so of planting, using two to three inches of fir bark. Once you’ve mulched, you’re done until the next time you need to water. Don’t over water, or you will rot the roots (bad fungi) and don’t under water or your plants will die. If you stick your finger into the soil and it comes out dry, it’s time to water again. Good gardening.Q Jack McKinnon is a garden coach and can be reached at 650-455-0687 or on the web at




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752 S. El Monte Avenue | 4bd/3ba Kathy Bridgman | 650.941.1111 BY APPOINTMENT

2040 W Middlefield Road #16 | 3bd/3ba M. Corman/ M. Motoya | 650.462.1111 OPEN SAT & SUN 1:30-4:30

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xquisitely remodeled 4 bedroom/2.5 bath home with exceptional finishes and attention to detail. Every room of the home enjoys a view of the peaceful garden or the western hills, harmoniously integrating exterior and interior beauty.

The living, dining and family rooms feature dramatic window walls and doors that open to an inviting deck spanning the rear of the home providing a perfect place for enjoyment of the western hills views. The kitchen is sure to please the home chef! Furniture-quality cabinets have been enhanced with rich slab granite counters and new stainless steel appliances. The kitchen is bathed in natural light streaming through skylights set into the soaring vaulted ceiling. A stunning floor to ceiling window in the adjacent breakfast room frames views of the peaceful garden. Renovated bathrooms feature luxurious stone counters and tiles as well as new lighting and plumbing fixtures. Additional amenities include a gym with rubber floor, swimming pool, a 3-car garage with built-in cabinets and a storage loft. The home is fully air-conditioned and recent renovations include ethernet in every room, new acacia wood flooring, new windows and sliding doors, and new interior doors. Enjoy the natural beauty of Los Altos Hills as well as the convenience of being close to downtown Los Altos and Palo Alto. Home is located in the acclaimed Palo Alto Unified School District. Living Area: 3,029 sq. ft. (Per Appraiser, Kimberly Townsend, unverified) Lot Size: 1 acre (Per tract map, unverified)

Offered at $3,600,000

Carol Carnevale

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A Luxury Collection By Intero Real Estate Services

5 Betty Lane, Atherton

26880 Elena Road, Los Altos Hills


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Listing Provided by: Greg Goumas Lic.#01878208

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0 Spanish Ranch Road, Los Gatos

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Listing by: Matthew Pakel & Craig Gorman, Lic.#01957213 & Lic.#01080717

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8715 Leavesley Road, Gilroy



Listing Provided by: Jess Wible & Kristine Meyer, Lic.#01077539 & #01443520

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10440 Albertsworth Lane, Los Altos Hills | $11,488,000 | Listing by: Greg Goumas & John Reece, Lic.#01878208 & 00838479

Customized to the unique style of each luxury property, Prestigio will expose your home through the most influential mediums reaching the greatest number of qualified buyers wherever they may be in the world. For more information about listing your home with the Intero Prestigio International program, call your local Intero Real Estate Services office. Woodside 1590 Cañada Lane Woodside, CA 94062 650.206.6200

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

Los Altos 496 First Street, Ste. 200 Los Altos, CA 94022 650.947.4700 ©2017 Intero Real Estate Services Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and a wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc. All rights reserved. All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. This is not intended as a solicitation if you are listed with another broker. • Palo Alto Weekly • March 17, 2017 • Page 41

471 S. Clark Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94024 6 Bedrooms | 5½ Bathrooms | 5,200 Sq. Ft. | 21,060 Sq. Ft. Lot Stunning Modern Contemporary Masterpiece, Designed by renowned Elevation Architects! Custom Built with High End Components, Workmanship and Professional Appliances. This Extremely Efficient Home was constructed with Numerous Echo Friendly Amenities that will Reduce Your Carbon Footprint and Save on Your Energy Bill! Entertainer’s Dream Home with Amazing Chef’s Kitchen and Large Wall of Accordion Style Glass Doors for True Indoor Outdoor Living. Outdoor Kitchen, Pool, Separate Cottage, Radiant Floor Heating, 7500W SunPower Solar Array, Buderus Boiler w/Solar HW Integration, Night Breeze Ventilation System, Indoor/Outdoor Audio System with Surround Sound and Many More Features That Make This Home Absolutely Unique!

Vahe Baronian, REALTOR®

List Price: $5,988,000

650.906.0098 Lic. No.01373114

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1065 Deanna Drive, Menlo Park Offered at $2,498,000 Illustrious Spaces with Upgraded Amenities Located in tranquil Sharon Heights, this illustrious suburban home of 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms occupies over 2,300 sq. ft. (per county) on a generous property of approximately 10,000 sq. ft. (per county). The flexible open floorplan floods with abundant light from extensive picture windows. Easy backyard access encourages guests to spill out into the private backyard which hosts several patios with room for seating, blossoming fruit trees, and incredible mountain views. Enjoy a quick drive to Las Lomitas Elementary (API 943) and Menlo-Atherton High, and easily stroll to beautiful Sharon Park and La Entrada Middle (API 963) (buyer to verify eligibility).



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PRICE Contact The AW Team for Offer Price WEBSITE THE SCHOOLS • Palo Verde Elementary • Jane Lahtrop Stanford Middle • Palo Alto High

THE NUMBERS • 3 Bedrooms • 2.5 Baths • House: 1,650 SF +/- (as provided by architect) • Lot: 6,030 SF +/-

THE FEATURES • Large windows throughout invite the beautiful gardens in for quintessential California indoor/ outdoor living • Spacious living spaces off the kitchen are ideal for entertaining • Generous sized master suite opening to the lush, rear, yard • New carpeting, paint and refinished hardwood floors • A well appointed home, located on a quiet street with convenient access to downtown and freeways • Close proximity to top Palo Alto schools

361 Lytton Avenue Suite 200, Palo Alto, CA 94301 • Palo Alto Weekly • March 17, 2017 • Page 45

1550 Waverley Street, Palo Alto PRIME OLD PALO ALTO With a premier location on one of the ďŹ nest streets in Old Palo Alto, this special ďŹ ve bedroom home is an architectural gem. Boasting classic Arts and Crafts style with numerous updates over the years, this home has been well maintained by the same family for over 50 years. Outside, the grounds of approximately one-third acre are a signature of the home with wisteria-draped porches, vast brick terraces, and a sparkling pool. Ideal location near Gamble Garden Center and convenient to Downtown and all schools.

OFFERED AT $7,998,000



1492 Webster Street, Palo Alto




(650) 475-2035 CalBRE# 01747147

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Dating back to 1917 and owned by just three families, this Craftsman home is located on a rare subdividable lot of more than onehalf acre. The spacious ďŹ&#x201A;oor plan includes 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths arranged over 3 levels with approx. 4,223 sq. ft. of living space. The property also includes a large detached garage and workshop. Located in the greater Professorville neighborhood, this home beneďŹ ts 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.





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â&#x20AC;¢ Traditional 6-bedroom, 5.5-bath home with approximately 6,465 square feet of living space â&#x20AC;¢ Unusually large common areas including separate living, dining, and dual family rooms, MIKPKWVVMK\ML\WITQOP\Ã&#x2026;TTMLSQ\KPMVIVL breakfast room â&#x20AC;¢ Perfect outdoor entertaining venues includes large deck and patio with built-in barbecue overlooking a luxurious custom pool and spa with views of the adjacent open space hills â&#x20AC;¢ Lot size of 3.14+ acres â&#x20AC;¢ Minutes from Town Center shopping, restaurants, and the acclaimed Woodside School (pre-K â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8th)

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March 16th, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm Topic: Real Property Tax – From the Seasoned Citizen’s Point of View Speaker: Michael Repka March 30th, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm Topic: How to Purchase a Silicon Valley Home for Less than Fair Market Value Speaker: DeLeon Realty Buyer Agents April 13th, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm Topic: How to Prepare Your Home to Sell for Top Dollar Speaker: Michael Repka


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Stunning New Construction in Barron Park - Designed by Local Architect Roger Kohler


OFFERED AT $7,388,800 |

7 Beds, 6+ Baths | House: 5,539± SF | Lot: 7,136± SF | Offered at $7,388,800 | Fine architectural details and luxury amenities such as quartzite natural stone counters, imported Italian Calacatta and Cararra marble, wide plank European ZKLWHRDNÃ&#x20AC;RRULQJDQG,WDOLDQWUDYHUWLQHOLPHVWRQH¿UHSODFHVXUURXQGV7ZROHYHO Ã&#x20AC;RRUSODQRIIHUVDKRPHWKHDWUHVWRQHZDOOZLQHFHOODUUHFUHDWLRQURRPZLWK NLWFKHQH[HUFLVHURRPIDPLO\URRPPDLQOHYHOPDVWHUVXLWHSOXVORZHUOHYHO bedroom suites and much more! /RFDWHGQHDU6LOLFRQ9DOOH\KLJKWHFKFRPSDQLHV6WDQIRUG8QLYHUVLW\WRSUDWHG 3DOR$OWRVFKRROV%RO3DUN ELNHSDWKDQGHDV\DFFHVVWR+LJKZD\ Page 50 â&#x20AC;¢ March 17, 2017 â&#x20AC;¢ Palo Alto Weekly â&#x20AC;¢



578 University Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94301

Lic. #0180 #01808874

650.291.8487 Woodside


Los Altos Hills




140 Winding Way Country estate built in 2012 to LEED Silver standards. Aprx 3+ stunning ac in Central WDS. 5 BR 5.5 BA Erika Demma CalBRE #01230766 650.851.2666

11627 Dawson Dr Rancho San Antonio sits on 5.7 ac w/private Western Hills exposure. Garages for 35+ cars! 9 BR 5.5 BA David Kelsey CalBRE #01242399 650.851.2666

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100 Phillip Rd Craftsman-style estate in Central Woodside. Apprx. 3 flat sunny acres w/pool. Studio apt. 5 BR 4.5 BA Erika Demma CalBRE #01230766 650.851.2666

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1337 Sherman Ave Brand new West Menlo Park home offers comfortable & flexible living! 4 en-suite bedrooms 4 BR 4.5 BA Judy Shen CalBRE #01272874 650.325.6161

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

1785 Croner Ave Charming home built in 1925 set on a quiet street with a country feel. Remodeled kitchen. 3 BR 2 BA Margaret Williams CalBRE #00554210 650.941.7040

162 Linfield Drive This less than 10 year old home features a beautiful open floor plan, & 3 spacious bds. 3 BR 2.5 BA Katie Hammer Riggs CalBRE #01783432 650.324.4456

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228 Sand Hill Cir Wonderful & sunny end unit on quiet side of circ. Shows great w/walls of windows in the LR 4 BR 2.5 BA Wendi Selig-aimonetti CalBRE #01001476 650.324.4456

145 Henrik Ibsen Rd Good horse property set on approx 5acs w/potential ocean vu. Home is filled w/charm. 4 BR 2 BA Valerie Trenter CalBRE #01367578 650.324.4456

363 Orchard Ave Major remodel and expansion. Upbeat, open plan. Great room opens to deck and yard. 3 BR 3 BA Nancy Goldcamp CalBRE #00787851 650.325.6161

Mountain View

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113 Pacchetti Way Spacious tri-level 3B/3b Rowhome. Los Altos Schools! 3 parks, 2 playgrounds. 3 BR 3 BA Gwen Luce CalBRE #00879652 650.324.4456

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2140 Santa Cruz Ave A101 Opportunity to own at Menlo commons-end unit-1st floor-pool-easy access to I-280. 2 BR 2 BA Beth Leathers CalBRE #01131116 650.324.4456

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4 Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms

355 Lloyden Park Ln Sun 1-4


Coldwell Banker

84 Edge Rd Sat/Sun

324-4456 $4,985,000

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41 Maple Ave Sun

462-1111 $3,195,000

Coldwell Banker


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1550 Montebello Oaks Ct. Sun 2-4 Alain Pinel, Realtors

$2,999,888 323-1111

LOS ALTOS HILLS 4 Bedrooms 12742 Leander Dr. Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$3,600,000 462-1111

5 Bedrooms


13686 Page Mill Rd Sun Sereno Group

3 Bedrooms 522 Ferdinand Av.


Sat/Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors



$5,975,000 323-1900

6 Bedrooms 27466 Sunrise Farm Rd. Sat/Sun Intero Real Estate

$8,750,000 206-6200


6 Bedrooms 120 Hildebrand Rd


Sun 1-5 Century 21 Sunset Properties 726-6346


2 Bedrooms - Condominium 2140 Santa Cruz Av #A101 Sat/Sun 1-3 Coldwell Banker

$758,000 324-4456

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$1,449,000 206-6200

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$1,418,000 206-6200

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$2,275,000 324-4456


1270 Trinity Dr $2,298,000 Sun Pacific Union International 314-7200 162 Linfield Dr. Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,895,000 323-7751

Tri-level 3BR, 3BA Rowhome in the Crossings community 3 Parks, 2 playgrounds, Los Altos Schools! Offered at $1,280,000

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11 Susan Gale Ct $2,250,000 Sun Pacific Union International 314-7200

$849,000 324-4456

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$3,199,000 400-8707

4 Bedrooms

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1360 Elder Av. $3,495,000 Sun Pacific Union International 314-7200

1565 Maddux Dr.

1065 Deanna Dr. Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

$2,498,000 543-8500

3452 Oak Knoll Dr.

1040 Hermosa Way Sun 2-4 Coldwell Banker

$4,495,000 324-4456

5 Bedrooms

161 Willow Rd Sun 1-5 Alain Pinel Realtors

$2,798,000 323-1111

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5 Bedrooms

$1,798,000 323-1900

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3 Bedrooms 166 Centre St. Sat/Sun Sereno Group




$1,280,000 323-7751

1058 Montgomery St.


Sat/Sun 1-4


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SAN JOSE 3 Bedrooms 5838 Porto Alegre Dr.



Coldwell Banker

$1,175,000 323-7751

3 Bedrooms 906 Van Auken Cir. Call for price Sat/Sun Pacific Union International 380-0220


3372 Ramona St $2,495,000 Sat/Sun 1-5:30 Alain Pinel Realtors 323-1111

3 Bedrooms 363 Orchard Av.

4 Bedrooms


3239 Maddux Dr. $3,198,000 Sun Keller Williams Palo Alto 454-8500


1357 Pitman Av Sun Coldwell Banker

$7,995,000 323-7751

4 Bedrooms

764 Sutter Av. Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

$3,488,000 543-8500


5 Bedrooms 1729 Middlefield Rd. Sat/Sun Zane Macgregor

$3,898,000 324-9900

Coldwell Banker

970 Mountain Home Rd Alain Pinel Realtors

145 Henrik Ibsen Park Rd. Sun 1-4

Coldwell Banker

650 Woodside Dr Sat/Sun 1-4

7 Bedrooms

Coldwell Banker

891 San Jude Av. $7,388,800 Sat/Sun 12:30-5 Alain Pinel Realtors 323-1111

618 Manzanita Way


13890 Skyline Blvd

155 Willowbrook Dr. Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

Sun 1-4 Sun

3 Bedrooms $3,995,000 323-7751

Coldwell Banker Alain Pinel Realtors

237 Mapache Dr Sat Deleon Realty

$7,988,000 543-8500

20 Cordova Ct Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$3,998,000 851-1961

$1,398,800 325-6161

$11,550,000 529-1111 $1,598,000 323-7751 $2,998,000 851-2666 $8,695,000 851-2666 $1,998,000 529-1111

5 Bedrooms 155 Kings Mountain Rd Sun 1-4

5 Bedrooms

Gwen Luce 566-5343

Coldwell Banker

$14,995,000 851-2666

6 Bedrooms 340 Jane Dr. Sun

Alain Pinel Realtors

$5,750,000 529-1111



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Coach Tara VanDerveer and the Cardinal women’s basketball team earned a No. 2 seed and was placed in the Lexington Regional and will open its tournament against No. 15 seed New Mexico State in Manhattan, Kansas.

Stanford reaches 30th consecutive NCAA tournament Second-seeded Cardinal women return for another postseason run by Rick Eymer ramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan. is about 500 miles directly north of the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Stanford women’s basketball team would like nothing more than to wind up in Dallas for the NCAA Final Four after beginning its journey at Kansas State on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (ESPN2) It won’t be a direct route, though, as the Cardinal will first need a regional stopover in


Lexington, KY, about 700 miles southeast of Kansas. The Cardinal (28-5) earned a No. 2 seed and was placed in the Lexington Regional and will open its tournament against No. 15 seed New Mexico State (24-6) in Manhattan, Kansas. Host No. 7 seed Kansas State (22-10) and No. 10 Drake (28-4, 18-0 Missouri Valley) will play in the other first-round matchup, with the winners meeting in Monday’s second-round contest at a time to be determined. As one of the nation’s top 16

overall seeds, Stanford would customarily host first- and second-round games, but is unable to this season. The Pac-12 women’s gymnastics championships are scheduled for Maples Pavilion this weekend. Stanford is 15-4 in first- and second-round NCAA Tournament games away from home and is currently on a 12-game winning streak. Stanford and New Mexico State will be meeting for the first time on the hardwood. The Aggies are riding a 17-game winning streak

and last weekend captured their third straight WAC Tournament crown with a 63-48 victory over Seattle University. The teams may be meeting for the first time but Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer and Aggies coach Mark Trakh have a history. Trakh spent five years coaching at USC (2004-09), leading the Trojans back to national prominence. VanDerveer owns a 1,008-230 career record and has more wins than 341 of the country’s 349 (continued on next page)



Cardinal women host Pac-12 Championships

Paly seeks a berth in state Division I championship The ninth-seeded Vikings have exceeded all expectations

Stanford’s Price ranks fourth nationally on the bars

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tanford junior gymnast Elizabeth Price is a six-time All-American, an NCAA vault champion, Pac-12 Gymnnast of the Year, Pac-12 Specialist of the Year. Price currently ranks fourth nationally on the bars with an average score of 9.872. The Cardinal ranks 16th nationally on the vault. Price and the Stanford women’s gymnastics team will be performing at the Pac-12 championships, to be held at Maples Pavilion on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. Stanford is hosting the conference championships for the first time since 2009, when (continued on next page)

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College women’s basketball: NCAA tournament, Stanford vs. New Mexico State, 10:30 a.m., ESPN2 College women’s gymnastics: Pac12 championships at Stanford, 1 p.m., Pac-12 Networks College men’s volleyball: Pepperdine at Stanford, 4 p.m., ESPN2

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PREP REPORT . . . Menlo-Atherton opened its PAL boys lacrosse season with a 7-4 victory over defending champion Sacred Heart Prep. Jack Wolf scored both of his goals in the fourth quarter. Andrew Ojeda also scored a pair for the Bears (5-0, 1-0), who play at Urban on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Tommy Barnds recorded a pair of goals and two assists for the Gators (3-2, 0-1), who host Menlo at 3:30 p.m. Friday ... The Palo Alto softball team is certainly enjoying the first few games of the season. That wasn’t the case last year. The Vikings opened its SCVAL El Camino Division season with a 15-0 victory over host Lynbrook on Wednesday. Paly (3-1, 1-0) hopes to continue its good fortune Friday when it hosts Cupertino at 4 p.m. Palo Alto dropped the first eight games of last season and finished 7-16 overall. The Vikings, who took advantage of seven Lynbrook errors to score nine unearned runs, are on their way to reversing that this time around. Freshman Ella Jones hit her first career home run, doubled and drove in two runs for the Vikings, who scored all their runs in the first three innings. Sydney Liu added three hits and drove in a run, Mackenzie Glassford doubled twice and drove in two runs and Maggie Renteria added two hits and two RBI. Fabiana Teofan (2-0) walked one, struck out five and allowed five hits in pitching the five-inning shutout. She has yet to give up an earned run in 9 2/3 innings this season. Teofan also collected a pair of hits. Liu has six hits in her last nine official at bats and is hitting .545 for the season ... The Menlo boys tennis team continues its dominance of the West Bay Athletic League play. Its 6-1 victory at Sacred Heart Prep on Wednesday upped the Knights record to 6-0 in league play and extended their league winning streak to 246 matches. The Knights sailed to straight-sets victories in singles with freshman Brandon Aprill and junior Clark Safran winning at Nos. 1 and 2. Sacred Heart Prep’s Will Texido and Jack Stone won at No. 3 doubles.

Elizabeth Price currently ranks fourth nationally on the bars with an average score of 9.872. The Cardinal ranks 16th nationally on the vault.


alo alto boys basketball coach Peter Diepenbrock began his high school basketball playing career on the Burlingame frosh-soph team in 1978. His coach was a recent Burlingame graduate, a 24-yearold by the name of Doc Scheppler, currently coaching the Pinewood girls team. Over the years, Scheppler has become renowned for his expertise in teaching the art of shooting. Diepenbrock was asked what Scheppler was like then, fresh out of college. “He taught me everything I know about shooting,’’ Diepenbrock said. Palo Alto earned a shot at Saturday’s NorCal (continued on page 59) • Palo Alto Weekly • March 17, 2017 • Page 57


Priory and Eastside Prep familiar foes ECP seeks its third straight trip to state final by Rick Eymer riory junior guard Tatiana Reese could have gone to another high school when the time came to choose. The school, especially girls basketball coach Buck Matthews, is happy she choose to stay. Reese attended the lower school at Priory. When she was in the eighth grade, Priory didn’t have a girls basketball team. “I thought maybe they could start one,” Reese said. When the school decided to add a team, it became a no-brainer. “I just love this school, with the small class sizes and individual attention,” she said. Reese grew up playing basketball against her father and uncle, both of whom played at MenloAtherton. She also played at Kelly Park, forming friendships with girls from other nearby high schools. For good measure, she also played on a boys club team in a program that produced twotime PAL South Division MVP Eric North of M-A. Reese was not lacking basketball opportunities. Still, she formed a unique bond with the players at Priory and now, in its third season, the Panthers may have fully bloomed. Priory (21-9) plays at Eastside College Prep (21-8) in the NorCal regional final on Saturday at 6 p.m. Eastside Prep is the defending state Division V girls champion and is seeking its third consecutive trip to the state final. Eastside pounded Argonaut, 63-25, in the regional semifinal. Priory did the same to Mt. Shasta, 61-35. Priory lost both regular-season meetings but has been gaining confidence as the team returned to full health. “This is really the first time we have the whole team,” Reese said.

“We were missing a player in the two other games. It should be a completely different game.” Eastside is known for its aggressive, full-court pressure and energized play. Reese thinks Priory might be better prepared. “We beat Capital Christian, another really aggressive team who plays like every possession matters. We’ll see if that helps. It should be a good matchup.” Eastside spread the wealth against Argonaut, getting 14 points from Zion Gabriel and 12 from Kayla Mahan, all on 3-pointers. Ra’Anaa Bey and DeDe Franklin each added nine points, Mina Tameilau led the team with eight rebounds and the ever-reliable Kayla Tahaafe had seven assists and eight points. In Priory’s win, Samantha McCabe recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Ila Lane was a point away from a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds. Lala Niu added 12 points. Junior spark plug Tatiana Reese is getting close to a triple-double. Tuesday she had 12 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and added three steals. Sacred Heart Prep (16-14) lost in its bid to reach the Division IV regional final, dropping a 69-59 decision to St. Joseph’sNotre Dame, teh same team that knocked off Priory last year. After falling behind by 12 in the first quarter, the Gators roared back to gain a 36-35 halftime advantage. The Pilots soared ahead again in the third quarter and SHP could not answer the second run. The Pilots were led by Zhane Duckett, who scored 23 points, had six assists, and recorded seven steals. Pinewood made its run, but a little too late.

Cardinal Newman jumped all over a much smaller Pinewood team at the game’s outset and completely dominated the first three quarters of the Northern California Open Division semifinal game Tuesday at Pinewood. The Panthers waged a furious comeback in the fourth quarter and finished the game on a 13-2 run -- only to fall short as Newman held on for a 59-57 victory. The No. 7 seed Cardinals will play top seed Archbishop Mitty for the NorCal Open Division regional championship Saturday at 6 p.m. at Santa Clara University. “It was a tough way to lose, but I’m really proud of the girls,’’ Pinewood coach Doc Scheppler said. Cardinal Newman (30-3) jumped to an 8-0 lead to start the game and led 15-9 at the end of the first quarter, 31-23 at halftime and 53-41 after three quarters behind 6-foot-3 senior forward Hailey Vice-Neat, a Boise State commit, who made six 3-pointers and scored 24 points. “She was a tough matchup and a great shooter,’’ Scheppler said. “They beat us at our own game.’’ After Newman extended its lead to 57-44 in the fourth quarter the Panthers launched their comeback, using a full-court press to force turnovers and -- other than one 3-pointer by Mikaela Topper -- scored the rest of their points on drives to the basket. Point guard Brianna Claros made two driving layups during that run, sophomore Hannah Jump, the leading 3-point shooter in the CCS, also converted two baskets off of penetration. And Klara Astrom added another bucket on an inside move. “We played a little too tight, nervous and stressed,’’ Scheppler said of his team in the early going.

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beat Cal State Bakersfield, 77-56, in a nonconferec game while the Aggies beat the Roadrunners twice, 64-55 and 69-55, in Mountain West Conference play. New Mexico State lost to Arizona, 74-63, during the nonconference season. The Cardinal beat the Wildcats twice, 77-55 and 7346, in Pac-12 Conference play. Stanford is 11-5 against the 64team NCAA field, including 3-1 against teams in the top 10 at the time of the competition. The Cardinal has a 10-2 road record this season, losing at Tennessee and Oregon State but also suffering home losses to Gonzaga, Oregon State and UCLA. Stanford sophomore Alanna Smith is averaging 13.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over the last 10 games. She’s one of three non-starters in the country to average 13 points, six rebounds and two blocks in the month of

February. Senior Erica McCall ranks 25th in school history in points (1,311), seventh in rebounds (921) and fourth in blocks (191). She has recorded 31 double-doubles in her last 67 games, the 10th most in the country over the past two seasons. Cardinal senior Karlie Samuelson is fourth among active players in career 3-point field goal percentage (.438), fourth in school history in 3-point makes (233) and 33rd in points (1,111). She is fourth nationally in 3-point field goal percentage this season (.476). Brittany McPhee’s 6.2 per game scoring increase over last season is the third-best in the Pac-12. Stanford’s 28 wins are its most entering the NCAA tournament since the program was 29-3 in 2014, the last time the Cardinal reached the Final Four. Q


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Stanford has finished fourth or higher in 15 of the past 16 conference championships.

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current Arizona coach Tabitha Yim earned a spot in the NCAA regional individual championships while competing for Stanford. The Pac-12 Conference boasts seven of the nation’s top 31 teams, with UCLA ranked third, Utah fifth and Oregon State 10th. Washington ranks No. 15, California is at No. 16, Arizona at No. 30 and Stanford at No. 31. While the Cardinal (6-11) may not be the favorite, there’s still plenty of excellence to go around. Stanford will compete in the first of two sessions and will be joined by California, Arizona and Arizona State. The second session will begin at 6 p.m. and include UCLA, Utah, Oregon State and Washington. Both sessions will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. Each team will hold a public workout on Friday, free admission, beginning at 1 p.m. with Cal, Arizona, Stanford and Arizona State practicing until 2:40 p.m. and the other four teams beginning at 3:30 p.m. Stanford has finished fourth or higher in 15 of the past 16 conference championships. Since the conference championships began in 1987, UCLA has won 17 titles, Oregon State has claimed six, the Cardinal holds five and Utah has two. Stanford finished first at the conference championships in 1998, 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2008. Saturday, Stanford opens on bars and then rotates through beam, floor and vault. Three Stanford gymnasts combined for three individual event victories but it was not enough to

cover a challenging day at the regular-season ending George Washington Quad Meet. The Cardinal finished fourth. Price finished first on bars with a 9.925 and Ashley Tai and Nicolette McNair tied for the individual victory on beam with scores of 9.875. Stanford seniors Rachel Daum, Danielle McNair, Nicolette McNair and Haley Spector have each made contributions to the program throughout their four years. They have excelled in practice, in the classroom and on the competition floor. The group has helped Stanford reach the NCAA championships in each of their first three seasons, including a 2015 Super Six appearance. Stanford returns six gymnasts and 14 routines from last year’s NCAA championship roster. The Cardinal has four gymnasts who were part of the lineups that competed in the 2015 NCAA Super Six finals in Fort Worth, Texas, on the Cardinal’s fifth-place team. Stanford is one of seven teams in the nation to make at least seven Super Six appearances in the past 15 years (2002-16). (Alabama-14, Utah-11, Georgia-11, UCLA-10, Florida-10, Stanford-7, Nebraska-7) The Cardinal coaching staff enters each season with a carefully calculated outline of goals for different points during the season. A major focus for the beginning of the season is on consistency, building depth in lineups and health. As the season continues, the Cardinal adds difficulty and unique elements to routines to ensure it peaks during postseason competition. It should come as no surprise, then, if the Cardinal provide electrifying performances during the conference championships. Q

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Division I programs. Trakh, who graduated from Long Beach State with a journalism degree in 1981, got his start coaching Brea-Olinda and building the program into a national powerhouse. He had an overall record of 354-45, winning four state titles, six CIF Southern Section championships and 12 Orange League crowns. Brea Olinda, which beat Priory during the during regular season, remains one of the nation’s top programs. Stanford is 80-28 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 4624 in games away from Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal and Aggies share two common opponents. Stanford

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Chang, Hall help Paly stay unbeaten in SCVAL Lillios comes in to get the final out and close the game for the Knights by Glenn Reeves yan Chang was one out away from a complete game in Palo Alto’s SCVAL De Anza Division game Wednesday at Milpitas. Pitching with a 3-1 lead, Chang retired the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh on grounders to shortstop Max Jung-Goldberg before walking pinch hitter Quentin Yago on a 3-2 pitch. And once he went 2-0 on the next batter, Palo Alto coach Pete Fukuhara came out to the mound with the hook. Niko Lillios came in to pitch and threw two more balls to put the tying run on base. But then Lillios, who played the first six innings at second base, made a flashy middle-infielder’s stop on a grounder up the middle and threw to first for the third out. With the win Palo Alto improved to 7-2 on the season and 3-0 in De Anza Division play. “I did want to finish,’’ Chang said. “But we have a great closer. He’s lights out.’’ It was the fourth save for Lillios, who also came into the game hitting .619. Chang improved to 2-0 on the season. Chang said he didn’t have his good stuff to start the game. “But halfway through something clicked in my head,’’ he said. “The first few innings I just got by believing in myself and believing in my teammates.’’


Rick Eymer

Eastside College Prep is seeking to reach the state Division VB title game for a third straight season.

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“But when we had nothing left to lose we did a great job of finding the basket on drives late in the game.’’ A layup by Claros brought Pinewood (25-4) within 59-57 with 11.5 seconds left. A quick foul put Newman’s Taylor Hextrum on the line with 9.1 seconds to go. She missed both free throws and Pinewood senior Akayla Hackson was fouled with 2.8 seconds left. She missed the first shot and Newman called timeout.

Scheppler had Hackson intentionally miss the second shot but Newman’s size, a huge factor all game, made itself felt again with the defensive rebound as time ran out. “That’s been our Achilles heel all year,’’ Scheppler said. “Size differential. Size matters. That made it easy for them to find ways to get easy baskets.’’ Astrom led Pinewood with 15 points. Claros scored 12 while Jump and backup guard Caitlin Leung had 11 apiece. “That was a great high school game,’’ Scheppler said. “I hate to lose, but that was a great game.’’ Q

Jackson Hall’s two-out, tworun single in the fourth inning broke up a scoreless tie. The Vikings plated a third run in the sixth on Jung-Goldberg’s two-out single. Milpitas (4-5, 0-3) broke up Chang’s shutout bid with a run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth. Jung-Goldberg, who has signed with the University of San Diego, reached base in all four at-bats out of the leadoff spot. “We want to win our league, get to the CCS Open and hopefully compete at a high level,’’ he said. “We’ve got some things to work on offensively and defensively. But the guys, each and every day come to the yard and want to play.’’ Fukuhara is waiting for the Paly basketball team, which plays James Logan in Saturday’s Division I NorCal championship game, to finish its

season. Once that happens, Fukuhara will receive reinforcements in Ethan Stern and Spencer Rojahn. Stern was an all-league shortstop last year and Rojahn will bolster the pitching staff. But with Jung-Goldberg, who played second base last year, playing well on defense while holding down the shortstop position, Fukuhara said he will play Stern at second base, at least at first. “Our philosophy is the best nine play,’’ Fukuhara said. “But I see Stern being a second baseman in college. Those two guys could play shortstop for any team in the league.’’ Catcher Nathan Willis, along with Jung-Goldberg, had two hits apiece. Willis, Ben Cleasby and Jonathan Gottlieb all had stolen bases. Palo Alto will host Milpitas in the second of the two-game set on Friday. Q


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regional Division I final by beating St. Mary’s of Stockton at San Joaquin Delta College, 75-63. Diepenbrock learned a lot. “He really fires you up with his halftime speeches,” Vikings junior 6-4-1/2 forward Max Dorward said. “He can get you going.” Dorward is one of Paly’s top scorers, who prefers driving to the basket than firing up 3-pointers, of which he’s attempted maybe three or four all season. “I let the other guys do that,” he said. “They’re better at it than I am.” No. 9 seed Palo Alto (26-4) plays No.3 James Logan (27-5) at 4 p.m. at Santa Clara University for a chance to reach the st Dorward scored 27 points in the Vikings victory over the Rams, 18 in the second half. He also scored 10 of his 12 points in an opening round NorCal game against Fremont. Palo Alto beat Los Gatos on a last-second shot to win the CCS title at Santa Clara. The Vikings are the lowest seed left of any Division and gender in Northern California. Only No. 13 Pasadena in Division II is seeded lower and still playing.

No. 9 seed Palo Alto plays No.3 James Logan on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Santa Clara University for a chance to reach the state title game. Of course, Paly was oh-so-close to being selected for the Open Division, and perhaps its performance to date shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Spencer Rojahn had the hot hand early, scoring 20 of his 24 points in the first half, all on 3-pointers and a pair of free throws. The Vikings grabbed the early advantage and maintained a respectful distance from the Rams the rest of the way. Palo Alto shot a decent 68 percent from the foul line while the Rams struggled at just over 38 percent. The Rams were also 13

percent from 3-point land. The Vikings also out-rebounded the Rams, 44-43, with Rojahn leading the way. He grabbed nine of them while the omnipresent Miles Tention grabbed seven of them to go with his 10 assists and his 6-of-8 effort from the foul line, all in the final period. Paly and James Logan have played two common opponents in Burlingame and Dublin. Logan lost to Dublin by three in the section tournament and beat the Panthers, 82-41. The Vikings just knocked off the Gaels by three and beat Burlingame, 81-41. Q

Tatiana Reese

Max Dorward



The junior guard led the Panthers to three NorCal regional victories and into the regional final. She scored 37 points, grabbed 20 rebounds, made 14 steals and contributed 15 assists. Reese had a double-double, with 14 points and 12 rebounds, against Capital Christian.

The junior forward scored 61 points in three NorCal games that led the Vikings to the regional final. He was also the leading rebounder against Fremont, a game in which he scored 10 points in the fourth quarter in a 3-point victory. He had 22 in a 3-point win over Dublin.

Honorable mention Haley Arrington Menlo-Atherton swimming

Izzi Henig Menlo-Atherton swimming

Charlotte Levison Sacred Heart Prep basketball

Zoe Lusk Palo Alto swimming

Kayla Tahaafe Eastside Prep basketball

Grace Zhao Palo Alto swimming

Emmanuel Ajanaku-Makun Priory basketball

Eric DeBrine Sacred Heart Prep baseball

Aaron Kuo Palo Alto swimming

Alex Liang Palo Alto swimming

Theo Mackler Gunn swimming

Nathan Willis Palo Alto baseball * Previous winners

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