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Palo Alto looks to firm up rules for vulnerable buildings page 5 Spectrum 12

Eating Out 17

Shop Talk 19

Movies 20

Home 23

QArts TheatreWorks’ ‘Rags’ is rich with history, music

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QHome Uncoverering the truth about tomatoes

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QSports Palo Alto-Gunn swim meet has unique history

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Atrial Fibrillation Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm problem, affecting over 2 million Americans. Without detection and treatment, atrial fibrillation can affect quality of life and cause stroke and heart failure. Stanford Medicine specialists will discuss the signs and symptoms of atrial fibrillation and the options for evaluation and treatment, which may improve quality of life and decrease complications.

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G U I D E TO 2017 S U M M E R C A M P S FO R K I D S

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For more information about these camps, see our online directory of camps at To advertise in this weekly directory, call: 650.326.8210

ARTS, CULTURE, OTHER CAMPS Art and Soul Summer Camps

Palo Alto



Stanford, Palo Alto High School

Art, cooking, tinkering, Yoga and mindfulness. We celebrate multiple perspectives and recognize the many ways for our children to interpret their world! Summer Unplugged! Ages 5-13 years. Walter Hays School

Girls ages 10-15 discover technology in a unique environment that celebrates creativity, social activism, and entrepreneurship. Girls learn engineering principles, code games, design websites, explore cyber secuirty, and much more.

Athena Camps


Los Altos & San Jose

Community building weekly day camps for girls K 8th grade.   A unique combination of sports, art projects and mentorship designed to build confidence. Sports: tennis, volleyball, yoga, fitness, and self-defense and more.  Themes: Connect & Communicate, Love & Express Yourself, Unleash Your Happiness. 408.490.4972

Community School of Mountain View Music and Arts (CSMA) Mountain View 50+ creative camps for Gr. K-8! Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Musical Theater, Summer Music Workshops, more! Two-week sessions; full and half-day enrollment. Extended care available. Financial aid offered.

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J-Camp at the OFJCC

Palo Alto

With options for every age, schedule and interest, J-Camp has you covered. Traditional camps focus on variety and building friendships, while specialty camps include fantastic options like Robotics, Ceramics, Ocean Adventures, Food Truck Challenge, TV Studio Production and more. We’re looking forward to our best summer ever and want your family to be part of the experience. 650.223.8622

Pacific Art League

Palo Alto

Dive into creativity this summer! Sign up now to reserve a seat in our week-long half- and full-day camps for youth and teens ages 9-16. Topics include painting, printmaking, cartooning, anime, digital art, animation, photography, ceramics and more! Scholarships available!

Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC)


Palo Alto

PACCC summer camps offer campers, grades 1st to 6th, a wide variety of fun opportunities! We are excited to announce all of your returning favorites: Leaders in Training (L.I.T.), PACCC Special Interest Units (S.I.U.),  F.A.M.E. (Fine Arts, Music and Entertainment), J.V. Sports and Operation: Chef! Periodic field trips, special visitors and many engaging camp activities, songs and skits round out the fun offerings of PACCC Summer Camps! Open to campers from all communities! Come join the fun in Palo Alto! Register online.

Summer at Athena Academy


Palo Alto

Summer at Athena Academy offers specialized week-long camps for children to EXPLORE their passions, CREATE new memories, BUILD friendships and PLAY to their hearts’ content. Camps include coding, sports & fitness, art, music and more.

Castilleja Summer Camp for Girls

Palo Alto Menlo Park

Palo Alto

Casti Camp offers girls a range of age-appropriate activities including athletics, art, science, computers, writing, crafts, cooking, drama and music classes each day along with weekly field trips.

Harker Summer Programs


San Jose

Harker summer programs for preschool -  grade 12 children include opportunities for academics, arts, athletics and activities. Taught by exceptional, experienced faculty and staff, our programs offer something for everyone in a safe and supportive environment.


iD Tech Camps

Stanford, Bay Area

Students ages 7–17 can learn to code apps, design video games, mod Minecraft, engineer robots, model 3D characters, design for VR, explore cyber security, and more. Students explore campus, learn foundational STEM skills, and gain selfconfidence.


Mid-Peninsula High School

Menlo Park

Mid-Pen’s Summer Session offers an innovative series of oneweek courses that give students the opportunity to customize their own summer program. These courses go beyond traditional curriculum, giving students the opportunity to enhance their skills while seeking either enrichment or credit repair.


STANFORD EXPLORE: A Lecture Series on Biomedical Research


EXPLORE biomedical science at Stanford! Stanford EXPLORE offers high school students the unique opportunity to learn from Stanford professors and graduate students about diverse topics in biomedical science, including bioengineering, neurobiology, immunology and many others.

Write Now! Summer Writing Camps

Palo Alto Pleasanton

Improve your student’s writing skills this summer at Emerson School of Palo Alto and Hacienda School of Pleasanton. Courses this year are Expository Writing, Creative Writing and Presentation Techniques. Visit our website for more information. 650.543.4560

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley


Emerson: 650.424.1267 Hacienda: 925.485.5750

Sacred Heart Schools Atherton

We are the Premier youth sports summer camp. We bring the fun to camp and with over 25 years of experience we make sure your child has an experience of a lifetime!!!!


Kim Grant Tennis Academy Summer Camps

Palo Alto Monterey*

Fun and specialized junior camps for Mini (3-5), Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, High Performance and Elite levels. Weekly programs designed by Kim Grant to improve player technique, fitness, agility, mental toughness and all around game. Weekly camps in Palo Alto and sleep away camps at Meadowbrook Swim and Tennis*.

Nike Tennis Camps


Stanford University

Junior Overnight and Day Camps for boys & girls, ages 9-18 offered throughout June, July and August. Adult Weekend Clinics (June & Aug). Camps directed by Head Men’s Coach, Paul Goldstein, Head Women’s Coach, Lele Forood, and Associate Men’s and Women’s Coaches, Brandon Coupe and Frankie Brennan.  Come join the fun and get better this summer!

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Run for Fun Adventure Day Camp Camp High Five Overnight Camp

Palo Alto La Honda, Pinecrest

Our Camp offers the ultimate combination of sports, adventure and creativity! Coaches bring lots of positive energy and enthusiasm every day.  Each week of day camp features two to three adventures with all other days held at Juana Briones Elementary.  Adventure highlights include climbing tower, archery, dodgeball on the beach, kayaking, Great America and more. Overnight Camp includes kayaking, horseback riding, archery, campfires, sports, crafts and more.  Ages 6-14.  Financial aid available.

Spartans Sports Camp


Mountain View

Spartans Sports Camp offers multi-sport, week-long sessions for boys and girls in grades 2-7, sport-specific sessions for grades 2-9, color guard camp for grades 3-9, and cheerleading camp for grades pre-K – 8. We also offer a hip hop dance camp for grades 1-7. Camp dates are June 12 through  July 28  at Mountain View High School. The camp is run by MVHS coaches and student-athletes and all proceeds benefit the MVHS Athletic Department. Lunch and extended care are available.

Stanford Water Polo



Ages 7 and up. New to sport or have experience, we have a camp for you. Half day or fully day option for boys and girls. All the camps offer fundamental skill work, scrimmages and games.

ATHLETICS City of Mountain View Recreation

Hi Five Sports Summer Camp

YMCA Summer Camps


Silicon Valley

Kids who love to act have fun, put on a show, and learn from pros at the acclaimed TheatreWorks Silicon Valley camps for budding theatre enthusiasts. Spring Break camps for K-6. Summer Camps for K-12, plus special teen programs.

Come have a blast with us this summer! We have something for everyone – Recreation Camps, Specialty Camps, Sports Camps, Swim Lessons and more! Programs begin June 5th – register early!

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

Study: Earthquake damage could top $2.4 billion Palo Alto looks to firm up rules for seismic retrofits by Gennady Sheyner


f a giant earthquake were to shake up Palo Alto, it would likely devastate more than 200 buildings, cause about $2.4 billion in damage and wipe out about four years’ worth of construction. Buildings with concrete shear walls, which bear a structure’s

weight, or constructed using the tilt-up method — in which concrete is poured into the ground, cured and lifted — would likely feel the brunt of a 7.9-magnitude quake, according to a new risk assessment that the city has just completed. About 100 structures in these

two categories would face extensive damage and possible destruction. Wood-frame homes with “soft stories” — garages or commercial space on the ground floor, which are not as structurally robust — could also be in danger of collapsing, according to the assessment. In most cases, these are apartment buildings that were built in the 1960s or 1970s. Palo Alto has 294 wood-frame

buildings with soft stories, yet none of them are covered by the city’s building code. Neither are the tilt-up structures, the concrete soft-story structures or, for that matter, the majority of the buildings constructed before 1977 and that are now deemed vulnerable. To better brace for the inevitable Big One, Palo Alto is considering following in the footsteps of cities such as Berkeley and San Francisco, which recently revised

their building codes to encourage — and, in some cases, require — retrofits to soft-story structures and other vulnerable building types. In doing so, however, Palo Alto officials are confronting a series of complex and politically thorny questions, including: What types of buildings should be regulated? Should the city rely on carrots (continued on page 10)


Suspect charged in Palo Alto Online hacking case Federal grand jury indicts San Francisco man by Palo Alto Weekly staff


Veronica Weber

Hanging out at The Farm Okidoki, a horse held at the Stanford Red Barn, stands in his pasture on April 13. The Stanford Red Barn is home to 100 horses, the Stanford Equestrian Team and the Stanford Red Barn Equestrian Center.


School district seeks new counseling agency Longtime provider Adolescent Counseling Services will not submit application by Elena Kadvany


he Palo Alto school district has for the first time issued a request for proposals (RFP) for counseling services for its secondary schools, which will bring an end to a decadeslong partnership with its current agency, the nonprofit Adolescent Counseling Services. After 37 years of providing on-campus counseling to Palo Alto Unified’s middle and high schools, Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) does not intend to respond to the RFP, Executive Director Philippe Rey confirmed

to the Weekly. The school district is facing a multimillion dollar budget shortfall and is seeking to reduce its spending on programs and services, Superintendent Max McGee said of his decision to issue the request for proposals. At the same time, ACS recently requested an increase in funding from the district. “We put an RFP for new auditors; we put out an RFP for legal firms,” McGee told the Weekly in an interview. “Given that we’re in a time where we really can’t

afford to increase our costs by the amount they were initially asking, (I thought) ‘Let’s put out an RFP.’” From ACS’ perspective, the shorter-term model of care the district has implemented in the last two years in response to student demand following a youth suicide cluster has been at odds with ACS’ typical focus on longterm, comprehensive counseling, Rey said. “Over the years, on-campus (continued on page 9)

34-year-old San Francisco man was arraigned on April 11 in federal District Court for the Sept. 17, 2015, hacking of Palo Alto Online and other websites operated by Embarcadero Media. Ross M. Colby was charged by a federal grand jury in a sealed five-count indictment April 6, following an 18-month investigation by the FBI’s Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property unit in San Jose. The indictment was unsealed on April 11. At the arraignment Colby entered a plea of not guilty, posted a $50,000 bond and was released. He was represented by Palo Alto criminal defense attorney Vicki Young and will appear before U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose for a status conference on May 24. Colby is charged with one felony for intentional damage to a protected computer, another for attempted damage to a protected computer and three misdemeanors for obtaining information from a protected computer. If convicted, the two felonies carry maximum sentences of 10 years imprisonment and $250,000 in fines. The indictment alleges that Colby gained access to the corporate Google email account of an Embarcadero Media employee in July 2015 and then used information to cancel four domain names and change the company’s email exchange records to redirect email. The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until

proven guilty. On the evening of Sept. 17, 2015, all of the websites operated by Embarcadero Media were taken over and all content removed. The home pages were replaced with an image of Guy Fawkes and a message stating the sites had been hacked because Embarcadero had “failed to remove content that has been harmful to the well-being and safety of others” and threatened that “Failure to honor all requests to remove content will lead to the permanent shutdown of all Embarcadero Media Group Websites.” The URL header on each website stated: “Unbalanced journalism for profit at the cost of human right. Brought to you by the Almanac.” The Guy Fawkes mask has been associated with the hacktivist group known as Anonymous. The Almanac, serving Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside and Atherton, is one of Embarcadero Media’s four newspapers. The company, which is headquartered in Palo Alto, also publishes the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice, the Pleasanton Weekly and websites in each community. The company’s IT staff was able to regain control over the sites and shut them down within an hour of the hack so they were no longer accessible to the public, but it took almost a full day to restore the content from backups and bring the sites back up. The Palo Alto Police (continued on page 9) • Palo Alto Weekly • April 14, 2017 • Page 5


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AGENDA- SPECIAL MEETINGâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;COUNCIL CHAMBERS April 17, 2017, 5:00 PM Closed Session A. Conference with City Attorney - Buena Vista Mobile Home Park Consent Calendar 2. Approval of Amendment Number One to Contract Number S16163411A With Tou Bar Equipment Company, Inc., for an Additional $70,000 for a Not-to-Exceed Amount of $325,000 to Provide Maintenance Services at the Former Los Altos Treatment Plant Over the Term of Three Years 3. Adoption of a Resolution of the Council of the City of Palo Alto Declaring the Results of the Mail Ballot Election in Connection With the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Proposed Storm Water Management Fee 4. FIRST READING: Adoption of an Ordinance Amending Chapter 18 (Zoning) to Implement a new State Law Related to Accessory Dwelling Units and Junior Dwelling Units and to Reorganize and Update the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Existing Regulations. The Ordinance is Exempt From the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) per Public Resource Code Section 21080.17 and CEQA Guideline Sections 15061(b), 15301, 15303 and 15305 and was Recommended for Approval by the Planning and Transportation Commission on November 30, 2016. (FIRST READING: March 6, 2017 PASSED: 6-2-1 DuBois, Holman no, Kou abstain) 5. Adoption of an Ordinance Amending Chapter 2.11 of Title 2 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code to Reauthorize Public, Education, and Government (PEG) Access Fees That Will Apply to AT&T as it Provides Service Under its State Video Franchise 6. SECOND READING: Adoption of an Ordinance of the Council of the City of Palo Alto Updating the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Below Market Rate (BMR) Housing Program as Recommended by the Finance Committee: (1) Repealing Municipal Code Section 16.47 (Non-residential Projects) and 18.14 (Residential Projects) (FIRST READING: March 27, 2017 PASSED: 5-4 DuBois Filseth, Holman and Kou no); and an Ordinance of the Council VM[OL*P[`VM7HSV(S[V(KKPUNHUL^:LJ[PVU*P[`^PKL(Ń&#x153;VYKHISL Housing In-lieu Fees for Residential, Nonresidential, and Mixed Use Developments). The Proposed Ordinances are Exempt From the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) per Sections 15378(b)(4), 15305 and 15601(b)(3) of the State CEQA Guidelines (FIRST READING: March 27, 2017 PASSED: 5-4 DuBois, Filseth, Holman, Kou no) 7. Policy and Services Committee Recommendation to Accept the (\KP[VYÂťZ6Ń?JL8\HY[LYS`9LWVY[HZVM+LJLTILY 8. Policy and Services Committee Recommendation to Accept the Community Services Department: Fee Schedule Audit Action Items 9. Review the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Next Network Initiative -PUHS7SHUHUK[OL+YHM[7HSV(S[V;YHUZP[=PZPVU7SHUHUK+PYLJ[:[HŃ&#x153; [V7\YZ\L-\UKPUN-YVT=;([V)HJRĂ&#x201E;SS:LY]PJL9LK\J[PVUZ>P[O3VJHS Shuttle Service 10. Approval of a Construction Contract With C. Overaa & Co. in the Total Amount of $22,867,900 and a Construction Management *VU[YHJ[>P[O;HUULY7HJPĂ&#x201E;JPU[OL;V[HS(TV\U[VM  MVY[OL Sludge Dewatering and Loadout Facility Project (WQ-14001) at the Regional Water Quality Control Plant, and Adoption of a Resolution 1) Authorizing an Installment Sale Agreement With the California State Water Resources Control Board for Financing the Design and Construction of the Sludge Dewatering and Loadout Facility; and 2) Authorizing the Amendment of two Related Financing Agreements With the California State Water Resources Control Board THESE TWO ITEMS WILL BE HEARD CONCURRENTLY 11. Discuss the Draft 2017-2020 Sustainability Implementation Plan (SIP) HUK+PYLJ[:[HŃ&#x153;VU5L_[:[LWZ 12. Annual Earth Day and Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) Update STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS The City School Liaison Committee Meeting will be held at Palo Alto <UPĂ&#x201E;LK:JOVVS+PZ[YPJ[VU;O\YZKH`(WYPSH[!(4[VKPZJ\ZZ! 1) Discussion and update about the Joint Cubberley Master Plan.

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While weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not catching you most of the time, when we do catch you, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dead. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Greg Tanaka, Palo Alto councilman, on new parking regulations. See story on page 7.

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CASUAL FRIDAY ... The Palo Alto City Council didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pass any laws, approve any new developments or launch any new initiatives during its special two-day meeting at Rinconada Library last week. The councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal for this two-day retreat was, quite simply, to learn to govern more efficiently. Some may find irony in the council spending two days talking about â&#x20AC;&#x201D; among other things â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the need to talk less, but the event gave the nine members a chance to talk about past challenges, discuss hopes for the future and learn a thing or two from other citiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experiences. On April 8, City Manager James Keene and top City Hall staff joined the council for a workshop led by John Nalbandian, a faculty member at the Department of Public Administration at the University of Kansas and a veteran of local politics (he had spent eight years on the Lawrence, Kansas, council, including two terms as mayor). The discussion focused on the best ways for council members to interact with staff (very selectively), how to balance the four chief values of a public servant (representation, efficiency/professionalism, social equity and individual rights), when to talk during meetings (not on every single item) and what to do when, despite all efforts, a consensus is out of reach (just vote). Nalbandian cautioned council members about getting too far into the weeds on legal and technical issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to out-lawyer the lawyer out there, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wasting your position,â&#x20AC;? Nalbandian said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to out-engineer the engineer. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not where you add value.â&#x20AC;? More than a few council members chuckled when Nalbandian hit them with this piece of news: â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to speak on every item!â&#x20AC;? HEY HEY, WEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE THE DONKEYS ... It was an unusual moment of harmony in City Hall where the City Council joined dozens of residents last December for a rendition of, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sweetly Sings the Donkey.â&#x20AC;? The occasion at the time was the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to contribute $10,000 to support Perry and Jenny, Bol Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous residents. The

council also agreed at that time to give the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donkey Projectâ&#x20AC;? another $5,000 if the community raised $10,000. This week, the council received an update on the fundraising effort, and it was all positive. Jenny Kiratli, one of the donkey handlers, told the council that the group met its goal by Feb. 22, and that it has raised $11,726 to date. The combination of city funding and citizen donations has allowed the volunteers to purchase Jenny (the donkey who replaced the recently departed Miner), install new water basins for the donkeys, improve pasture maintenance and bring in a veterinarian for a donkey health clinic. The group also has attracted new volunteers and has brought back the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sundays in the Parkâ&#x20AC;? event, which allows families to visit Perry and Jenny between 10 and 11 a.m. PRESERVING ART ... A group of community members have banded together to turn a temporary art exhibit thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been on display downtown for nearly a year into a permanent fixture along University Avenue at the cross of Emerson, Bryant and Waverley streets in downtown. Five brightly colored benches by artist Colin Selig are set to leave this spring, but a GoFundMe page has been made to help the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Public Art Program purchase and maintain the pieces. They started the fundraiser in December and as of this week, 16 people have contributed $1,025 of the $21,700 goal they hope to reach by May 15. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also an environmentally friendly aspect to the benches â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they were made from propane tanks. The installation was brought to town with help from the Department of Public Works and Downtown Business and Professional Improvement Association. Why propane tanks? Selig explains on his website that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a large supply around since regulations limit their usage. The eccentric shape is meant to maximize your comfort by providing good lumbar support compared to your usual metal bench with flat seats. The Leadership Palo Alto fellows are accepting contributions of any amount online at gofundme. com/downtown-palo-altos-artbenches. Q


Council backs paid parking in downtown Palo Alto to explore different technologies, policies for paid parking by Gennady Sheyner


eeking to bring some order to downtown’s chaotic parking scene, Palo Alto officials signaled on Tuesday night their intent to abolish the existing system of color zones and to bring back paid parking. The details of downtown’s new parking program are yet to be hashed out, but members of the City Council indicated Tuesday that they generally support the recommendations of a newly released study, which surveyed downtown’s parking landscape and urged a switch to paid parking.

said. “The RPP doesn’t work if we have free two-hour parking downtown. Our TMA doesn’t offer much incentive because people don’t have incentive to take transit when they can drive downtown for free.” While his colleagues agreed that paid parking makes sense, they offered a variety of opinions about what kind of system to implement. Should on-street parking feature parking meters at every space or a few pay stations per block? Should customers on University Avenue be offered a brief period of free

‘I’m concerned about the cost of infrastructure, and I’m even more concerned about the cost of personnel.’ — Greg Scharff, mayor, Palo Alto By a unanimous vote, the council directed the city’s planning staff to begin laying the groundwork for a revamped downtown program that will likely include some combination of parking meters, pay stations and new price structures at cityowned garages and parking lots. In the coming months, planning staff will be conducting public outreach and establishing the new program with feedback from the public, the Planning and Transportation Commission and the council’s Finance Committee. The council also directed planning staff to return with different options for a paid parking program, with financial projections and an implementation plan. Councilman Adrian Fine, who crafted the motion, echoed the prevailing sentiment when he characterized paid parking as a critical measure to complement the other parking programs now in the works. These include downtown’s evolving Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) program, which limits parking on residential blocks to two hours for cars without permits; the recently launched Transportation Management Association (TMA), a nonprofit that offers incentives for drivers to switch to other means of transportation; and a new five-story downtown garage with 339 spaces, which the council approved earlier in the evening. Free parking, Fine argued, undermines these efforts. “This is a vital parkingmanagement piece that I see as needed as a centerpiece to hold all the other pieces,” Fine

parking before charges kick in? Which options will generate the most revenue? On all these questions, they landed on the same answer: to be determined. If the council opts to follow the recommendations of the report from Dixon Resource Unlimited, downtown would have parking meters in its core area, around University and Hamilton avenues, and pay stations among the more peripheral blocks. Downtown would also be divided into three tiers that would generally charge between $1.50 to $2.50 per hour, with the more central areas charging a higher amount within that range. The report also recommends setting a lower rate for garages and off-street lots than for onstreet parking, thus providing an incentive for people parking long-term to use these structures; making parking meters compatible with cellphones and credit cards; and replacing today’s scattered system of parking management (which involves at least four departments) with a unified Parking Division. The council agreed that these recommendations, while sensible, require more exploration. Councilwoman Karen Holman was one of several council members who voiced concerns about the impact that parking meters would have on downtown retail. Mayor Greg Scharff said he was concerned about how much it would cost to install all the equipment and enforce the new restrictions. “I’m not convinced that we’re going to make money on it,” Scharff said. “I’m concerned about the cost of infrastructure, and I’m even more concerned

about the cost of personnel.” The city would pay an estimated $1.2 million under a hybrid option that would include parking meters and pay stations, according to the report. If it decided to only set up meters, the cost would come in at about $1.5 million. The council didn’t spend too much time on Dixon’s recommendation that the city purchase license-plate readers to assist with enforcement (one of the many components that will be evaluated in the coming months). But Councilman Greg Tanaka offered additional enforcement ideas. One that could be explored, he said, is having drones track license-plate information (he noted that there are startups now offering the service). Another idea is to sharply raise penalties — instead of a $50 or $100 fine, it would be about $400, he suggested — to deter violations. “You get nailed once, word would spread,” Tanaka said, “While we’re not catching you most of the time, when we do catch you, you’re dead.” While neither idea gained much traction, the council was united in offering measured support for paid parking, which would replace the current system of four color zones, each of which offers free parking with a twohour time limit. All nine council members also agreed that it’s too early to make any decisions and that the city’s Planning and Transportation Commission and the council’s Finance Committee should each vet the new program before adoption. There was less unanimity in the community, with several residents saying that paid parking would bring in much needed revenue to the city for trafficreduction efforts and others saying it would simply deter people from coming downtown. Bob Moss recalled the city’s prior experience with parking meters, which stretched from the 1940s to 1970s. The city ultimately scrapped the meters to make downtown retailers more competitive with Stanford Shopping Center. Moss called the return of parking meters “a lousy idea.” “We did it before. It hurt the city and it hurt the economy,” Moss said. “It’s going to be bad for business. Don’t do it.” But Peter Stone, representing the Chamber of Commerce, said he’s not terribly worried about the effect of paid parking on downtown retail. Other cities with meters — including Redwood City — seem to be doing

News Digest Voters approve stormwater fee increase Palo Alto’s bid to raise stormwater fees to fund 13 projects cruised to victory Wednesday, with nearly two-thirds of the voters in the city’s mail-only election supporting the change. Of the 8,092 ballots that were submitted by local property owners, 5,161 were cast in support of the increase while 2,931 were cast in opposition. The City Clerk’s office, which had been hand counting ballots throughout the day, concluded its count at about 3:45 p.m. The Wednesday results mean that the city will now create a two-tiered structure for its stormwater program, with one component ($6.17) used to pay for 13 infrastructure projects and another ($7.48) devoted to ongoing maintenance of the stormwater system, rehabilitation projects and permit compliance. Phil Bobel, assistant director of Public Works, said the city will begin with the areas that have the greatest amount of ponding — specifically, the areas near U.S. Highway 101 along East Bayshore and West Bayshore roads. The city’s list of projects also includes capacity upgrades on Loma Verde Avenue in Midtown, East Charleston Road in Charleston Meadows, Center Drive in Crescent Park and East Meadow Drive. The plan is to implement these projects — totaling about $23.8 million — over the next 15 years. Just as importantly, the city will not have to stop any of its existing maintenance and pollution-prevention activities, Bobel said. Residents should also expect to see “percolation basins” and other forms of green infrastructure that cleanse the water and keep the stormwater system from getting overwhelmed. — Gennady Sheyner

City moves ahead with new downtown garage For the second time in two weeks, the Palo Alto City Council approved on Tuesday night moving ahead with construction of a garage that would add hundreds of spots to a badly congested commercial area. Unlike the parking structure that the council approved for the California Avenue area earlier this month, the five-story downtown garage would have a retail component, the council decided by a unanimous vote. Once built, the new facility would have about 339 spaces and one level of basement parking. The council’s unanimous vote underscores the severe nature of downtown’s parking challenges. While members are typically extremely cautious about approving tall and bulky buildings in the downtown area, the new garage moved ahead despite its 50foot height. And just like with the California Avenue facility, the council agreed to go with the priciest of the options, choosing the only alternative on the menu that includes a basement. The new garage would go up on the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Waverley Street, currently the site of a city-owned parking lot with 86 spaces. Public Works staff had recommended moving ahead with a five-story garage with a retail component but without a basement. That proposal would have accommodated about 291 cars. The one that the council approved would have 339 spaces, up to 3,800 square feet of retail and a price tag of more than $20 million. If things go as planned, the city will complete the design of the garage by September 2018 and complete construction by winter 2020. Q — Gennady Sheyner LET’S DISCUSS: Read the latest local news headlines and talk about the issues at Town Square at

fine, he said. “What I’m looking for is to see some paid-parking revenues flowing into TMA and trip reduction, which in the long term is going to be the best way to make sure these problems get better and not worse,” Stone said. Q

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Eichler owners to city: One size doesn’t fit all by Sue Dremann


crowd of Eichler-loving residents overflowed the Mitchell Park Library conference room in Palo Alto Tuesday night to offer the city their ideas for guidelines to preserve their neighborhoods’ character. But despite their united interest in the thorny subject, they also stressed that one size does not fit all. City officials held the workshop to explore creating design guidelines for neighborhoods developed mostly in the 1950s and 1960s by Joseph Eichler, whose architects favored a clean, Midcentury Modern aesthetic of open floor plans, post-and-beam construction and floor-to-ceiling windows. In Palo Alto, there are more than 30 Eichler developments, according to Jonathan Rush, the city’s consultant from the historic architecture firm Page & Turnbull. He called the concentration “really astounding.” The City Council approved hiring consultants to create potential guidelines after a number of neighborhoods petitioned for single-story overlay zoning, which would prevent the addition of second floors to homes. Given Eichler homes’ large windows, residents of one-story houses have

expressed concerns that people living in adjacent two-story homes could invade their privacy. The council approved two single-story-overlay zones in 2015 (in Los Arboles and Greer Park North) and rejected two applications in 2016 for Royal Manor and Faircourt #3 and #4 — the latter in part based on the lack of homeowners’ support and the confusing process that accompanied the bids. Homeowners have also, over the years, fought over the design of houses added to their architecturally distinct neighborhoods. In light of the ongoing challenges, the council directed staff last May to evaluate developing design guidelines and to explore whether the city should also review and amend its codes and regulations regarding Eichler neighborhoods. Rather than favoring hard-andfast rules, residents Tuesday had several different suggestions for how people could expand their homes. One option would be to allow construction of a basement, some residents said. Others suggested a second story could be made less potentially invasive if homeowners add windows to the front of

Public Agenda

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Residents debate potential construction guidelines, code changes in Eichler neighborhoods

A classic home developed by Joseph Eichler features the clean lines of Midcentury Modern architecture. Palo Alto has more than 30 Eichler enclaves, according to a City of Palo Alto architectural consultant. the building rather than the back. Still others recommended that remodels could add space to the front of the house — pushing out into the front yard by 6 feet or converting the garage, if the city were to ease requirements on the use of garages for vehicles. Residents said it’s no secret that most people park in their driveway or on the street rather than using their garages, so the space might be used as an addition. Some meeting attendees favored allowing second stories, but only if they are small and discreet. But whatever regulations are in place, the participants urged some flexibility. One resident noted that the roof lines of some original Eichlers are “ugly forms” and said homeowners should be allowed to swap shapes with a better-looking Eichler roof design. As for the method that the city takes to govern the process, participants were not cohesive in their opinions about revising codes and regulations. Code changes could improve the process by which neighborhoods apply for single-story overlay zones. City codes could

also establish a specific “Eichler Overlay” combining districts that would allow for compatible second-story additions and creating criteria for compatibility, according to a staff report. The city might also modify its Individual Review guidelines to require review of house projects with specific guidelines for second-floor additions and new two-story homes in Eichler neighborhoods. The Individual Review would consider privacy and compatibility with nearby homes. The city could also add a review process for one-story homes in Eichler tracts. Some participants on Tuesday favored guidelines but not codified regulations. “Regulations should not be so stringent to make it difficult to buy and repair the home,” one resident wrote on a Post-it, which was affixed to a wall poster as part of an exercise at the meeting. Others stressed that whatever policy is adopted, it needs to have “teeth” lest it be unenforceable. In addition to discussing the potential guidelines, the crowd Tuesday chastised city officials

for not giving adequate notice of the meeting and for holding it during Passover, when many people could not attend. Citing Eichler neighborhoods’ past and fractious bids for singlestory overlays and other restrictions, residents asked that city planners and consultants make a more concerted effort to involve the neighborhoods in this process. Consultants and the city plan to work on the guidelines and potential code changes and share a draft with the public in August. They will hold a second community workshop on the draft in September, to be followed by an information hearing before the Historic Resources Board that month. A hearing with comments and adopted recommendations by the Planning and Transportation Commission is scheduled for October. The council would then hear and consider the design guidelines and zoning changes in December with final adopted guidelines to be published in January. Q Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to review the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s Next Network Initiative Plan and the city’s Transit Vision Plan; consider approving a $22.9 million construction contract and a $2 million management contract for a new sludge dewatering and load-out facility; and discuss the new Sustainability and Climate Action Plan and the 2017-2020 Sustainability Implementation Plan. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 17, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will discuss a budget balancing plan for the 2017-18 school year, preparation to update the district’s 10year facilities master plan, an Office for Civil Rights complaint alleging the district’s website is inaccessible to people with disabilities, revised board policies and other items. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave.

PUBLIC ART COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the seven artworks deemed most in need of restoration or deaccession; hear an update on artist selection for the proposed expansion of Avenidas at 450 Bryant St.; and hear an update on the Public Art in Private Development program. The meeting will begin a 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. BOARD POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE ... The school board’s policy review committee will meet on Friday, April 21, at 8:30 a.m. at the district office, Room A, 25 Churchill Ave. Agenda items were not available before press deadline.

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CITY/SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to meet at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 20, in the district office, 25 Churchill Ave.

With floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, Eichler homes blur the lines between inside and outside. However, the expanse of glass also leaves residents vulnerable to intrusions of privacy, especially if a neighbor’s house is two stories tall.


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Department conducted a precautionary search of the company’s offices at 2 a.m. on the night of the hacking, and the FBI began an immediate investigation and secured company computer records and logs later that day. According to Embarcadero Media President Bill Johnson, the damage went far beyond the unauthorized access to and seizure of the websites. Many internal company computer records, including all employee user accounts and client account

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services within PAUSD have moved toward brief, therapeutic interventions and triage and away from the intense, longerterm therapy and family-system care that ACS wishes to practice,” Rey and ACS Board of Directors President Annette Smith wrote in a message sent to supporters Monday afternoon, announcing the nonprofit’s exit from the school district.

information and billing records, were erased, Johnson said. Fortunately, the company’s back-up systems made it possible to restore all the information over the following week. The indictment offers no clues as to Colby’s possible motivation or connection to The Almanac or Embarcadero Media. Colby attended Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts, his father, John Colby, confirmed Wednesday. He was raised in Athol, Massachusetts, a small town of about 11,300 persons in northwestern Massachusetts. According to his LinkedIn

page, Colby claims to be a software researcher and developer at EMC2, now a subsidiary of Dell Technologies. Dell EMC has offices throughout the Bay Area, including in the Stanford Research Park, according to its website. However, company spokeswoman Lauren Lee said that Dell does not employ anyone by Colby’s name. Colby could not be reached for comment. His father said on Wednesday that he did not know anything about the indictment or his son’s arrest. Young, Colby’s attorney, did not return a request for comment. Q

message to supporters. The RFP asks providers to submit proposals for a comprehensive, “short-term counseling” model for the 2017-18 school year for all middle and high schools. Under the contract, licensed therapists would be required to provide individual and group therapy, case management and education and outreach to families; participate in student meetings and as part of the school wellness teams; serve as a resource to administrators and school staff; and manage all intakes, assessment caseloads

between 650 and 800 students with five or more therapy sessions each year across the five schools. McGee said the school district’s estimates are based on services provided by licensed therapists and did not include interns. Several local mental health providers already working in the district have confirmed they plan to respond to the request for proposals, including Counseling and Support Services for Youth (CASSY), which provides counseling at eight Palo Alto Unified elementary schools, and Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley, which serves Addison Elementary School. Another elementary-level provider, Acknowledge Alliance, said it does not plan to apply. San Josed-based Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), which the district contracted with two years ago to provide counseling and parent education in Mandarin, Korean and Spanish, also plans to respond, according to interim president and CEO Sarita Kohli. As the demographics of the district have shifted, with a growing number of Asian students, Kohli said that “culturally sensitive services that focus on involving the family as well as the students are much needed in the district.” A spokesperson from Palo Alto youth mental health nonprofit Children’s Health Council (CHC) said the organization does not plan to apply. Local nonprofit Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC), which provides on-campus counseling to Mountain View schools, did not receive the RFP and won’t be responding. Providers have until April 17 to respond to the RFP. The contract with the selected provider will begin on July 1. In addition to its contract with Adolescent Counseling Services, the school district pays AACI $83,700 for three clinicians who speak Mandarin, Korean and Spanish to spend one day a week at each high school, as well as hold after-school clinic hours at the district office for three to four hours three times a week and parent-education classes in those three languages. Stanford University receives about $62,800 to pay for two

‘Given that we’re in a time where we really can’t afford to increase our costs by the amount they were initially asking, (I thought) “Let’s put out an RFP.”’ — Max McGee, superintendent, Palo Alto school district Adolescent Counseling Services, which provides Palo Alto Unified’s three middle schools and two high schools with a mix of part- and full-time licensed psychotherapists and counseling interns five days a week at no cost to students, has also increasingly struggled to raise the funds necessary to maintain its services, primarily due to a sharp rise in salaries, its leadership has said. The nonprofit’s board decided to dip into its reserve last year for the first time to pay staff salaries. The district’s contract with ACS has seen $10,000 annual increases in the last several years, but that hasn’t been sufficient to cover rising costs, Rey said in a previous interview. The district currently pays the nonprofit $100,000 for its services. ACS asked the district this year to contribute an additional $50,000. Adolescent Counseling Services also receives close to $25,000 from the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) at the five schools. The school district and City of Palo Alto (through the Human Services Resource Allocation Process, which provides grants to organizations that provide direct services to residents) have historically covered approximately 30 percent of the funding for ACS’ services, “leaving ACS to fundraise the majority of necessary funding from private donors, foundations, and corporations,” Rey wrote in his

and discharge or termination of services. The district will also allow, as it currently does with ACS, for the provider to use interns to counsel students. The RFP describes Palo Alto Unified students as facing the social emotional challenges of a “fast paced, high performance, technologically driven society” and living in a community that has experienced two youth suicide clusters in the last nine years. “For the upcoming school year, PAUSD is interested in receiving proposals that address the ongoing issues that students face in light of these recent events,” the RFP states. “Proposals should establish how (the) provider would work with school-site personnel to support students toward wellness and balance in their lives.” It also requests a “specific explanation of how short-term, school-based counseling will benefit individual students, student groups and families” and the scope of services, “making clear the distinction of shortterm, goal-oriented counseling and when long-term counseling might be needed.” The district estimates the new provider would at least initially assess 400 to 450 students throughout the year and individually counsel about 300 to 350 students. According to ACS, however, the nonprofit has provided on average

CityView A round-up

of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (April 11)

Parking: The council directed staff to pursue a five-story garage with one level of underground parking and up to 3,800 square feet of retail space on a city-owned parking lot on Hamilton Avenue and Waverley Street. Yes: Unanimous Parking: The council directed staff to move ahead with a public outreach process to facilitate a switch to paid parking on downtown streets. Yes: Unanimous

Planning and Transportation Commission (April 12) Sherman: The commission held a scoping meeting on the environmental analysis for the proposed public safety building and garage at 250 and 350 Sherman Ave. Action: None

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City looks to revamp sewage operation Palo Alto’s plan to retire the two sludge-burning incinerators in the Baylands could receive a major boost next week, when the City Council is set to approve construction of a $22-million facility that would allow the city to haul out — rather than burn — local sewage. (Posted April 13, 9:31 a.m.)

‘Masseur’ arrested for sexual assault A 55-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting female clients in his East Palo Alto home, police said in a statement on Monday. (Posted April 10, 3:47 p.m.)

D.A. endorses judge facing recall Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky, the embattled judge whose controversial sentencing of former Stanford University student Brock Turner made waves across the globe last year, has received a high-profile endorsement in his fight to retain his seat on the bench from the county’s district attorney, Jeff Rosen. (Posted April 10, 2:45 p.m.)

Stanford investigates two sexual assaults Two sexual batteries happened less than 30 minutes apart at Stanford University on Friday night, the Department of Public Safety said Saturday. (Posted April 8, 3:41 p.m.)

Hazardous material hospitalizes man Exposure to a household chemical used for opening clogged drains sent a man to the hospital and triggered a response from a hazardous materials team Thursday afternoon in East Palo Alto, a fire spokesman said. (Posted April 7, 9:13 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.

child psychiatry fellows, supervised by a Stanford psychiatry faculty member, to provide shortterm consultations to students and families for four hours a week at each high school. (Stanford does not intend to respond to the RFP given it doesn’t have the personnel for what the district is seeking, said Steven Adelsheim, director of the university’s Youth Center for Mental Health and Wellbeing.) As part of potential budget cuts to address the ongoing shortfall, district staff have suggested cutting the Stanford and AACI contracts by half, leaving AACI services only at the high schools and eliminating the Stanford fellows program.

ACS will continue to serve three other local public schools, where Rey said ACS still provides a longer-term model of care. Rey said his organization will redirect the approximate $330,000 it spends in Palo Alto Unified to develop a clinical training program for interns and to expand existing community services. Local students and families will still be able to access — for a fee on a sliding scale — therapy and ACS’ substance abuse treatment facility as well as Outlet, a free support program for LGBTQ youth. Q Staff Writer Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@ • Palo Alto Weekly • April 14, 2017 • Page 9


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or sticks in seeking compliance? And how much time should a building owner be given to make the needed repairs before the city takes further action? The risk assessment, prepared by the consulting firm Rutherford + Chikene, is intended to inform the debate. The study relied on taxassessor files, GIS data, Fire Department surveys and an “extensive sidewalk survey” to examine more than 2,300 buildings in Palo Alto. It also identifies new building categories for the city to consider for seismic upgrades, surveys the efforts in other jurisdictions and lays out the factors that the city should consider in developing its own program, which could involve new requirements for disclosures, surveys and/or retrofits. Given the variety of vulnerabilities in the city’s building stock, a 7.9-magnitude tremor would cause about $1.7 billion in building damage and another $700 million in “content damage,” which includes furniture, equipment and other items not integral to the structure, the report states. A 6.7-magnitude quake would result in about $800 million in building and $400 million in content damage, the study found, noting that this does not include “the effects of lives lost, business disruptions or ripple effects in

the local economy or real estate market.” One thing the report does not do is recommend a specific course of action. Different cities, it notes, have crafted, often over a decade or more, a “unique package of measures suited to their own local economic, social, political and risk realities.” Palo Alto, the report states, must do the same. In pursuing seismic improvements, some cities have relied on disclosure requirements and community outreach, while others have taken more aggressive actions and mandated buildings be retrofitted. Richmond, for instance, developed an inventory of vulnerable buildings, hosted a community meeting and created a “very lowcost voluntary approach to (retrofitting) soft-story wood-frame buildings,” according to the report. Compared to jurisdictions that have done nothing, Richmond’s program achieved “meaningful progress,” the report stated. However, the program has been stymied by the city’s — and the property owners’ — limited resources, the report states. Other cities have taken more aggressive action. Berkeley’s program addressed retrofits of softstory structures in phases but did not address the city’s roughly 50 tilt-up concrete structures. It is also now producing a comprehensive assessment of earthquake vulnerabilities, an approach similar to the one taken by Los

Mary F. Lawry August 19, 1923 – March 31, 2017 Mary F. Lawry died peacefully at her home in Palo Alto’s Channing House on March 31, 2017 at the age of 93. Mary was born August 19, 1923 in Cleveland, Ohio the daughter of Myron and Avis Flack. She moved to Palo Alto in the late 1940s and married Joseph S. Lawry in October 1955. He preceded her in death March 9, 1987. Mary graduated from Collinwood High School in Cleveland and entered secretarial school in 1945. After moving to Palo Alto in 1948, she worked as a secretary at Stanford University and later as a legal secretary in a private law firm where she met and married attorney, Joseph Lawry. They had a daughter, Tena Lawry, in December 1960. In addition to being the consummate mother and homemaker, Mary did volunteer work supporting children with disabilities and worked for many years at a downtown Palo Alto resale shop that supported both RCG and CARE charities. She was an avid bridge player and continued playing weekly into her late-80s. After moving to Channing House in 1992, she continued to lead a very active life working as the Channing House treasurer, teaching line dancing classes and attending Bible study at PBC and the First Lutheran church. While at Channing House, she met and then married resident Jim Flynn in October, 1994, who preceded her in death in October, 2005. She is survived by her daughter, Tena Lawry, her son-in-law, Scott Evans, and her twin grandchildren, Emma and Jack Evans of Redwood Shores, California. A Memorial Service is scheduled for 11AM, April 21st at the First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave. in Palo Alto. A reception will follow in Redwood Shores, all are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Channing House (memo “Heritage Circle-Mary Lawry”) at 850 Webster St. Palo Alto, CA 94301. PAID


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Angeles and San Francisco. San Francisco also required retrofits of soft-story buildings in phases, a process that initially targeted large institutional buildings and later encompassed roughly 500 apartment buildings with 15 or more units. The next deadline will come in September, when roughly 3,500 soft-story buildings with five to 15 units are required to begin their retrofits. (These requirements come with their own logistical and enforcement challenges. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, owners of more than 1,800 of these buildings have yet to start the process, prompting concerns about whether there are enough seismic retrofitters out there to handle the workload.) If the Palo Alto council opts to follow in the footsteps of San Francisco, Los Angeles and Berkeley, it would oversee the most significant revamp of Palo Alto’s seismic rules since 1986, when the city adopted an ordinance that identified three types of buildings as particularly vulnerable, instituted mandatory reporting requirements and created incentives for downtown property owners to upgrade deficient buildings. Those who retrofitted their buildings became eligible to add to their buildings without being required to provide additional parking. That ordinance specifically targeted downtown structures constructed of unreinforced masonry (these are called Category I buildings), those constructed before 1935 (Category II) and those that were built before 1976 and that have 300 or more occupants (Category III). The 1986 program has seen some success, according to Development Services staff. Owners of all 89 buildings that fell into these categories complied with the ordinance and submitted engineering reports about structural deficiencies and potential improvements. Furthermore, 67 of these buildings were strengthened, demolished or proposed to be demolished, a new staff report states. One such soft-story building on University Avenue houses the six-story Hotel President, whose ground-floor retailers include Yogurtland and Pluto’s. It was retrofitted in 2004 by adding three steel interior frames on the first floor and a wall along Cowper Street that extends from below the basement grade up to the bottom of the second floor, building owner Chris Dressel told the Weekly in 2015. Only 22 buildings in the original three categories remain in place today, according to the new assessment. Yet officials also acknowledge that the program has significant gaps, particularly when it comes to soft-story buildings and old concrete ones. As the Rutherford + Chekene report notes, problems with soft-story construction became more apparent after the 1994 Northridge earthquake in the Los Angeles area. The event, which saw the collapse of a Bullock’s department store, a Kaiser medical office and other concrete

Assessing Palo Alto’s risk What types of buildings are vulnerable? Category I: Constructed of unreinforced masonry* (10 buildings) Category II: Constructed prior to 1935, with 100+ occupants (4 buildings) Category III: Constructed prior to August 1976, with 300+ occupants (9 buildings) Category IV: Pre-1977 soft-story wood frame (294 buildings) Category V: Pre-1998 tilt-up concrete (99 buildings) Category VI: Pre-1977 concrete soft-story (37 buildings) Category VII: Pre-1998 steel moment frame (35 buildings) Category VIII: Other pre-1977 concrete construction (170 buildings) * Except for those smaller than 1,900 square feet with six or few occupants

What could the city do to minimize damage? Among the options on the table: • Expand the existing seismic-retrofit program to encompass more building types. • “Nudge” building owners to retrofit through new disclosure methods (including signs or notifications to tenants of the building’s vulnerability). • Add incentives (such as allowing buildings owners with soft-story retrofits to add accessory-dwelling units). • Different combinations of incentives and requirements to achieve retrofits.

Source: City of Palo Alto structures, prompted changes in construction-industry standards. In Palo Alto, the recent effort to upgrade seismic regulations was sparked by a 2014 assessment of threats to the city, which identified earthquakes as one of the city’s leading dangers. The study noted that Palo Alto’s land-use decisions have “not always taken hazards into consideration.” “Moreover, older buildings and infrastructure reflect the construction and engineering standards of their era, which in most cases fall short of current standards for seismic safety,” the study stated. “As a result, a portion of the city, including 130 soft-story structures, would be at some risk in the event of a major earthquakes.” Later that year, the council directed staff to come up with a new inventory and consider additional ways to make local buildings more resilient. During a December 2014 meeting, Councilman (and now Mayor) Greg Scharff said he’s been through several earthquakes in his life, including the 1971 earthquake in Los Angeles that sent his bed “flying across the room.” “And I’m thinking to myself, ‘It’s one thing for the bed to fly, it’s another thing if a building came pancaking down like that,’” he said. “I do think we need to take care of this.” Scharff also said at the time that he is in favor of a mandatory program, particularly one that targets offices and homes (retail would be a slightly lower priority). When compared to other jurisdictions, Palo Alto’s existing rules for seismic retrofitting are somewhere in the middle of the pack in terms of scope and safety requirements, the report states. Though the council set some important policy precedents in the 1980s, the voluntary program that came out of the effort addressed only a small subset of the city’s vulnerable building

stock, Rutherford + Chikene found. “By investing in data collection and community discussions this year, Palo Alto is now poised to move forward into a new position of seismic policy leadership,” the study states. If the goal is to prevent the greatest amount of damage and loss, the report states, Palo Alto should focus on building types that are both potentially hazardous and that exist in large numbers. The most effective programs, the report states, “use a package of measures to tip the balance away from the status quo by publicizing and increasing the consequences of not retrofitting while also publicizing, easing the costs, and increasing the benefits of retrofitting.” Among the options on the table are expanding the existing program to encompass more building types, “nudging” building owners through new disclosure methods (including notifications to tenants of the buildings’ vulnerability or signage requirements), adding incentives (San Francisco, for instance, allows buildings owners with soft-story retrofits to add accessory-dwelling units) and different combinations of incentives and requirements to achieve retrofits. Peter Pirnejad, director of the Development Services Department, said that given the large volume of data and the array of options, staff decided to pursue change in three steps. The new report represents the first step, he said. Next, the city plans to hold a study session in which the council members will offer feedback about their preferred direction. Staff would then use this feedback to return to the council for a public hearing with proposed language for amending the municipal code, Pirnejad said. Q Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

Daniel (Danny) Gureasko Bobrow, PhD

Leon Francis Stowers

November 29, 1935 – March 20, 2017

A Life of Service to God and Country

Daniel (Danny) Bobrow passed away peacefully at home with his wife Toni and daughters Kimberly and Deborah in Palo Alto, California, on March 20, 2017, having bravely fought a five-month battle with cancer. Danny was born to Ruth Gureasko Bobrow and Jacob Bobrow on November 29, 1935, in the Bronx, NYC. A gifted student, he attended Bronx High School of Science and went on to earn a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MS from Harvard, and a PhD in Mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the supervision of Marvin Minsky. His was one of the first MIT doctoral theses in Artificial Intelligence. A pioneer with a long and distinguished research career in Artificial Intelligence as a Research Fellow in the System Sciences Laboratory of the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), he is remembered as a mentor, friend, and role model for many. One esteemed colleague wrote: “Danny Bobrow’s death is a huge loss for PARC/Xerox and the research community at large. Danny was an influential researcher, true gentleman and a wonderful person.” Danny served as president of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), president of the Cognitive Science Society, editor-in-chief of the Artificial Intelligence Journal, and also was a recipient of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Software Systems Award and a fellow of both the ACM and AAAI. He was key to the development of many ground-breaking systems, starting with his doctoral dissertation, STUDENT, and followed by the widely used programming languages Logo and Interlisp; the (innovative) operating system TENEX; the knowledge-sharing system Eureka; and more recently, Powerset, the natural language search engine. Beyond his profound professional accomplishments, Danny was a truly caring husband, father, and friend to all who had the privilege to know him. He shared 39 joyful years with his beloved wife Toni Wagner Bobrow. Together, they enjoyed many world travel adventures and had a mutual passion for the arts and literature. Danny took great pleasure in fatherhood, enjoying a rich and special relationship with each of his daughters, Kimberly and Deborah, and his son Jordan. He shared a warm and close relationship with his brothers, Michael, Rusty and Eric, as well as many extended family members. Danny is survived by his wife, Toni Wagner Bobrow; his children, Kimberly Bobrow Jennery, Deborah Bobrow, and Jordan Bobrow; and his brothers, Michael Bobrow, Robert (Rusty) Bobrow, and Eric Bobrow. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation in his name be given to one of Danny’s favorite nonprofit organizations: KQED (or a local PBS/NPR station) PLANNED PARENTHOOD ACLU A celebration of Danny Bobrow’s life will be announced at a later date. PAID



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Leon Francis Stowers, retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant, passed away December 18th of 2016 from a massive stroke. Leon hails from Norwood, Massachusetts, growing up also in Islington, Walpole, and Woonsocket, Rhode Island, throughout his youth. Leon was baptized at the Community Church of Islington in June of 1938. Leon was stationed across the U.S. and abroad throughout his 32-year Air Force career; retired with his wife, Marion, in Medford, Oregon; and spent the majority of the past 10 years at their daughter and son-in-law’s home in the Barron Park community in Palo Alto, California. Leon leaves behind his cherished wife of 60 years, Marion; daughters, Christine of Manteca, CA, and Susahn of Palo Alto, CA; son, Eric of Trabuco Canyon, CA; 8 Grandchildren, 1 Great Granddaughter, and a forthcoming Great Grandson. Leon was the only child of Charles Everett Stowers and Doris Louise Holmberg-Stowers (Thompson). Leon was a member of the Boys Scouts of America, Civil Air Patrol, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and American Legion. Volunteers from these organizations will join the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard in honoring Leon with full military honors at his Celebration of Life ceremony on April 15, 2017, at The Elks Lodge in Palo Alto. Leon, known in his military career as “The Chief”, defended our nation at the end of World War II as part of the Civil Air Patrol; and served as a U.S. Air Force non-commissioned officer (NCO) in the timeframe of the Vietnam, Korean, and Cold Wars, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Leon was the Crew Chief on numerous aircraft, including the B-29, B-36, B-52G, and the KC-135; was the Flight Engineer for the RB-36; a graduate of the SAC Aero Club by soloing, and held a private pilot’s license. Enlisting at Boston Army Base in 1951 and receiving his basic training at Sampson Air Base in New York, Leon served as Student Squadron Instructor while completing general and specialized aircraft maintenance training at Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB), Texas. Leon was assigned to the 5th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing (Headquarters) at Travis AFB, California in 1952 where he served as crew chief and flight engineer on worldwide rotation exercises. Leon also served as Technical Advisor to the Wing Deputy Commander for Material (DCM) and Maintenance Manager in Plans and Scheduling and Job Control. Leon served as the Missile Electronics Manager for the Minuteman, Hound Dogs, Quail, and SRAM. While stationed at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, Chief Stowers was selected as Outstanding Airman of the Year for 1967 and was the first Senior Enlisted Advisor serving as Division Sergeant Major to the 821st Strategic Aerospace Division Commander, serving under Brig. General Richard C. Neeley. The Chief advised to his Commanding General of a division headquarters, 2 air bases, 4 major weapons systems, 30 command units, and 2 large communities. Chief Stowers was one of the first three enlisted personnel to be assigned duty as a Headquarters Air Force (HAF) Inspector General. In 1973, Chief Stowers was nominated as Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. Later in his

career, CMSgt Stowers was the Superintendent of the Range Maintenance Division Headquarters, at the USAF Satellite Control Facility at the now decommissioned Onizuka Air Force Base (aka: The Blue Cube), in Sunnyvale, California. Chief Stowers’ military decorations include Small Arms Expert marksman, Army Good Conduct Medal (with 3 bronze loops), the Air Force Good Conduct Medal (with 1 silver oak leaf), the Air Force Longevity Service (with 1 silver oak leaf), the National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze star), the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (with one oak cluster), and the Meritorious Service Medal. Leon also earned the Master Missileman Badge. Leon’s 2nd career for near 15 years was that of Engineer at Lockheed Space Systems Company Research and Development Laboratories in Palo Alto. During this time, Leon also served as a Deacon at the First Baptist Church in San Jose. Upon retiring to Medford, Oregon, Leon took on a 3rd career with the DOT as a Motor Carrier Enforcement Officer. Leon was a Bachelor of Science graduate of the University of San Francisco, an Associate Degree graduate in Applied Science from the Community College of the Air Force, graduated from the Civil Service Middle Management Institute, and graduated with honors from the Second Air Force (2AF) Strategic Air Command (SAC) Noncommissioned Officers Academy (NCO) (Class 61-H) and the Senior NCO Academy Course. Chief Stowers was the Commander’s Liaison and Enlisted Advisor Report (CLEAR) Columnist in the Black Hills Sentinel while stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota, and authored numerous articles in the Secretary of the Air Force/The Inspector General (SAF/TIG) Brief during his assignment with the IG team. Leon served his communities as a 100-pint+ Blood Donor and hospital Guild volunteer. Leon was an avid bowler and received the Triplicate Chevron award from the American Bowling Congress. Most importantly, Leon was the Piped Piper guardian to his much-adored rescue cats and dogs. Leon continued his life of service through his passing; donating his body to science at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The Stowers family extends heartfelt appreciation to Stanford University Medical Center for the good care of Leon for the past 10 years that afforded us more time with The Chief. The Celebration of Life ceremony for Leon will be held Saturday, April 15, 2017 at The Elks Lodge in Palo Alto, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations with the VA Hospital’s Fisher House Foundation and/or Stanford University supporting Stanford Medicine/Med Fund ( in memory of Leon Francis Stowers. Your donations to support these worthy causes allows Leon’s life of service to continue through your generous contributions. Leon’s Fisher House Foundation memory page: sonal&fr_id=1493&et=hFLN3hZCL1WVjfmcIQ gvzw&s_tafId=5613 PAID

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Editorial Unintended consequences Nonprofit pulls out of school district mental health services bid process


decision by Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent Max McGee to seek formal competitive proposals for mental health services at its five secondary schools erupted in controversy this week as the district’s current and longest-running partner, Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS), announced it could no longer afford to provide therapists in the districts middle and high schools for what the district was paying. In announcing that it would not respond to a long and complex Request for Proposals (RFP) by Monday’s deadline, the nonprofit is also digesting the troublesome revelation that other agencies providing similar services to the district are being paid substantially more and that a district shift to a more short-term therapy model conflicts with ACS’s philosophy of how to best counsel teens. McGee defends his decision to issue the RFP as an appropriate response to the budget problems the district is facing due to its miscalculation of property-tax revenue growth. He likened the competitive bid process to what the district occasionally does for legal, auditing and other services to ensure it is getting a good price. To ACS, however, which has provided mental health services in the secondary schools for 37 years, it was the last straw in a relationship that has not seemed fair and equally beneficial for many years. In a program that is well-established and integrated into the schools, ACS has staffed the middle schools five days a week with a part-time licensed therapist and two or three interns, and Paly and Gunn with a full-time psychotherapist and five or six interns at each campus. The agency serves between 650 and 800 students each year and the district currently pays ACS $100,000 for its services, substantially less than the full cost of just one district teacher or administrator. In early March the district rejected an ACS request that it increase the contract by $50,000 to cover the nonprofit’s rising costs of hiring qualified licensed therapists, and shortly thereafter the district issued the RFP, a step that appeared to some to be triggered by the additional funding request. Meanwhile, in recent years the district has without any competitive process entered into more generous piecemeal contracts with other service providers. San Jose-based Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) receives $84,000 to provide three clinicians to each spend one day a week at the two high schools, as well as afterschool “clinic” hours at the district office three evenings a week for three to four hours, plus some parent-education classes in Mandarin, Korean and Spanish. Stanford Health receives $63,000 to provide four hours a week of services at each high school. At the elementary school level, Counseling and Support Services for Youth (CASSY) is paid $400,000 for providing a total of 250 hours of therapy per week at eight Palo Alto elementary schools, or an average of 30 hours a week per campus, substantially fewer hours than currently provided by ACS. Acknowledge Alliance currently receives $117,000 for services it provides at three elementary schools. Like a long-term employee who discovers that a comparable, newly hired employee is being paid substantially more, ACS is understandably disappointed and humiliated to learn about the inequities that district administrators have allowed to develop in its contracts with mental health agencies. These agencies, all respected and well-supported in the community, have each worked hard to co-exist and to work collaboratively for the best interests of students. While ACS has its critics, who generally complain that more licensed therapists and fewer interns are needed on the campuses, the staffing make-up has been driven by the small amount of money the district has been willing to pay and the large amount of fundraising needed to cover the nonprofit’s costs. Superintendent McGee is not wrong to want to conduct an assessment of the mental health services provided by its contractors, but in undertaking a competitive bidding process, creating an unreasonably burdensome RFP without consultation and feedback from the current providers and a short three-week deadline, he has created controversy and upset over a critical district priority — mental health services for students — in the name of budget reductions. At this point, McGee has two options. He can proceed with the process and select a new contractor, likely at substantially greater cost. Or he can suspend the RFP and engage all the current vendors in a longer process of analyzing how mental health services are delivered. Either way a lot of hard work and rebuilding of relationships lie ahead. What he should not do is look to this as a target for budget cuts. The school board has repeatedly made clear it considers expanding mental health services to ensure sufficient availability of counseling for students a priority, and cutting this investment should have been a non-starter. Q Page 12 • April 14, 2017 • Palo Alto Weekly •

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Guest Opinion It’s time to set campaign contribution and spending caps by Fred Balin


alo Alto City Council candidates broke records for total contributions and expenditures. Large cash and nonmonetary contributions played a role. Post-election developer infusions erased debts. The year was 2005, and I wrote about it in this space. The aftertaste lingered, and in mid-2007, Council members Peter Drekmeier, who set the records, and LaDoris Cordell, who accepted no monetary contribution, called for limitations. Encouraged to pursue, they dutifully returned from committee with voluntary monetary contribution and expenditure caps: $300 and $30,000 respectively. But with the next campaigns in view, all other council members withheld support. The effort, however, was not in vain, as candidates publicly adopted the limits or stayed relatively close, especially on the expenditure side. A positive norm of self-restraint ran through the 2007, 2009, and 2012 elections. But in 2014, there were large fissures. Greg Scharff loaned his campaign $60,000, part of $97,000 in total expenditures, which was more than twice the previous record. In 2016, candidate leanings across the contentious fault line of development could be generally classified as “Slow” or “Pro.” At September’s end, the Pros (Greg Tanaka, Liz Kniss, Adrian Fine and Don McDougal) led in contributions, topping out at $47,000. They were bolstered, in variation, by personal loan and cash infusions, carryover money from previous campaigns, family and friends, developers, and two $5,000 checks. But their supporters remained antsy, and when the Chamber of Commerce attacked an unnamed slate of Slows as “anti-business,” while also certifying the Pros by name, it initiated a fear-driven chain reaction. Five families of early contributors to two leading Slows responded with an eye-popping total of $61,100 for each of those campaigns (Arthur Keller and Lydia Kou). Supporters of the Pros cried “foul.” But the cash infusion had its downside. Other contributions disappeared, and the two campaigns abdicated the virtuous high ground of small donations and a broadly-financed campaign. In addition, all that money and more was paid to a San Francisco firm for consulting, design and targeted advertising, which strayed into negative campaigning. Meanwhile the Pros wanted additional funds, knew a willing collective, and reasoned “who’s to mind?” if the money was received under the radar or after Election Day. Developer dollars covered new spending, erased candidate debts, and, in one case, created a sizable surplus. But the required year-end disclosures revealed failures: to be forthright during the campaign and to be transparent in financial reporting. Playing catchup, Pros’ expenditures totaled about $85,000 for Tanaka and Fine, $72,000 for Kniss, and $50,000 for McDougal. The Slows’ Keller landed at

$111,000, a record breaker, and Kou at $90,000. But Pros, rest assured, this is a game where you have the upper hand, although it delivers with other costs. Slows, you have made your point. Now let’s all move on to finally fixing the system. Most important, we need a limit on total campaign expenditures. By law, participation must be voluntary. Yet with incentives to opt in, such as notification to voters coupled with financial penalties and publication of violation, they can work. Mountain View has had one on the books since 2000. Indexed for inflation, the 2016 voluntary expenditure limit was $24,073. Curiously, Palo Alto also has one on the books, passed in June 1997, but marked “suspended from enforcement” two years later after a court injunction halted campaign reforms in voter-approved state Proposition 208. The specific issue related to voluntary expenditure limits was resolved by Proposition 34 in 2000, but the city never re-enabled its own rule. The second must-have is a mandatory limit on total contributions from a single source. Here mandatory limits are legal, and we need them. In 2016, contributions from a single source of over $500 accounted for a striking 75 percent or more of all contributions to two Slows and two Pros (Keller, Kou, Tanaka and McDougal). It was at 58 percent for Fine and 40 percent for Kniss. In addition to cash, this mandatory limit on contributions must also apply to nonmonetary contributions. They reached well into five figures in 2016 via those who picked up the tab for kickoffs, lawn signs, surveys, literature distributions and design work. What are the right numbers for Palo Alto expenditure and contribution caps? I leave that open pending more information and council and public discussion. But it is imperative we have an appropriate ordinance well before the next election season. If the council fails to act or its ordinance does not pass public muster, citizens will need to put one on the ballot that does. There are other areas we also should look at, such as an additional pre-election filing to help reveal more late-stage contributions; restrictions on carrying over debts or a cash surplus to another campaign; and top contributor disclosures on mailings from unknown or out-of-the-area political action committees. Juxtaposed to the deficiencies above, there are some special things we do in Palo Alto to increase transparency and participation in council elections. We lower the threshold for disclosure of contributor name, location, and occupation to $50 from the $100 in state law. In participation, we have absolutely no financial bar to entry as the city picks up close to $2,000 in county fees. Twenty-five signatures and $25, or 100 signatures and no fee, gets you on the ballot, a 200-word statement in the county’s Voter Information Pamphlet, invitation to forum appearances, press coverage, and a big soap box. Now we need to deliver on the long-overdue issue of contribution and expenditure limits to greatly lessen the potential for corrupting influence when a relative few bankroll election campaigns. Q Fred Balin was treasurer of Stewart Carl for Palo Alto City Council 2016 and can be reached at

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Off Deadline Can ‘Motivational Interviewing’ help parent-teen/family communications? by Jay Thorwaldson


K, raise your hands if you can remember what it’s like to have been a teenager. How about being a parent of a teenager? In either case, can you recall it as something other than a blur, a paradox of being both too short and seemingly endless? The blur is not just from the energy of young people in that challenging age but from the energy it takes parents to cope with that complex period in their and their children’s lives. In a high-energy community such as Palo Alto and an intense Silicon Valley culture, a big question is how best to sustain — or establish — family connections in the face of smartphone and other addictions and too-busy schedules. The overall topic has been an underlying concern of many parents over several decades of a sense of increased pressure on young people and their families. It also has become a focus of many health professionals and counselors, especially those who work with families with adolescents in cases where some form of addiction is involved. “Motivational Interviewing” (abbreviated as “MI,” like a British intelligence service) is primarily intended for use by professional counselors. It was developed during the 1980s by clinical psychologists William R. Miller, Ph.D., and Stephen Rodnick, Ph.D., who in 1991 published a detailed how-to description of procedures for clinicians. It since has become an international

practice guideline for use predominantly by all levels of therapists. I was intrigued by an announcement of a two-day workshop March 16 and 17 on MI, having been engaged personally in interviewing literally thousands of people over five decades in full- or part-time journalism. When working with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, I spearheaded creation of a program called Family LifeSkills, with life-affirming examples and suggestions about strengthening family communications relating to dealing with anger, blame, positive communications, negotiation and problem-solving. (The series is still available online at emotions/family.) The MI workshop was cosponsored by the Palo Alto-based Adolescent Counseling Service and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and held at the Silicon Valley offices in San Mateo. I was the only journalist among the nearly two dozen attendees, nearly all one form of counselor or therapist. My interest was primarily in whether the MI techniques could be applied within families, derived from my development of the “Family LifeSkills” materials for Palo Alto and Gunn high schools in the early 1980s, when I was with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. The materials were developed as a life-affirming series of mailings giving concrete examples and suggestions relating to personal choices and a sense of personal power. A follow-up program for workplaces, “WorkSkills,” has been widely used by professional consultants. Both programs, developed in the 1980s and early 1990s, rely heavily on approaches similar to MI concepts and techniques. Yet MI, it turns out, focuses mainly on helping people overcome addictions, itself a life-changing achievement for those who

This week on Town Square Town Square is an online discussion forum at Council backs shift to downtown parking meters Posted on April 12 by Stephen Levy at 5:50 a.m., a resident of the University South neighborhood Thanks to the council for approving the garage downtown and especially for moving forward on paid parking. Both are good moves at this time. As Peter Stone from the Chamber said, paid parking for customers will not harm merchants but will provide funding for trip-reduction efforts. A win-win result. I would add that parking monies can be used to help low-wage workers handle parking costs. Well done, and I look forward to hearing more about the details.

Posted on April 12 by Gale Johnson at 1:20 p.m., a resident of the Adobe-Meadow neighborhood I probably shouldn’t comment because I’ve already solved my downtown parking problem. I just don’t go there anymore. Years ago, when there was real retail, we shopped there regularly, at many of the great stores, Wiedeman’s, Rapp’s, book stores, florists, et al, even when the meters were there. The meters were taken out in an attempt to bring shoppers back, or at least to stem the tide of their exit, when Stanford Shopping Center grew and grew. That might have worked for a while but then the box stores and online shopping came along and destroyed it.

succeed. It is not intended to be a cure-all for mental illnesses, depression or suicidal thinking, but MI might help with the combination of helplessness/hopelessness that is a factor in self-destructive actions, including addictions. The central message is something that might apply in almost any situation, whether within families or in a workplace. The core message is that one needs to avoid preaching, and the infamous “should” so common in our national culture, and instead adopt a “nonjudgmental, nonconfrontational and nonadversarial” approach. The latter is something that might be a challenge for parents concerned about their teenagers’ behavior. But it seems to work. One MI-related website even reprinted a Hagar the Horrible cartoon in which a doctor instructs him to “stop overeating, stop drinking, stop staying out late, stop fighting, stop worrying, stop eating sweets, stop gambling.” When his wife later asks what the doctor said, Hagar replies: “I don’t know. I stopped listening.” Ring true, parents and kids? There is a mnemonic-style reminder: RULE. R means Resist telling them what to do; U means Understand their motivations; L is for Listen with empathy; E means Empower them to set achievable goals and identify techniques to overcome barriers. To be an ally for change, in other words, not a judge. At the outset of the MI workshop, Rosalind Corbett, M.S., CATC, a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, underscored the core message with an interactive “persuasion exercise.” First, she outlined traditional persuasion techniques of telling a person he or she should (emphasis on should) make a change; list three benefits; say how to change; emphasize the importance of a

What’s left? Steve Levy, please define “merchants” who won’t be hurt for me. If you’re talking about restaurants, salons, coffee shops, a couple pharmacies and the Apple Store, then I get it, and they will survive with metering. What they offer can’t be purchased online or in box stores, except maybe for the Apple Store, and people will go there anyway for their friendly service and “genius corner.” Restaurant-goers can cut back on that third martini or fourth glass of wine, or leave a smaller tip; that will cover the cost of metered parking. For most of them, however, a meter cost will be a non-issue and won’t affect them in anyway. They are just out having too much fun, and they make enough money coding all day to cover it. So, let the grand experiment begin.

change; tell the person to just do it; and if there is resistance repeat the above exercise Sound familiar, parents and kids? She asked participants how that approach made them feel. Responses were “argumentative, judged, resistant, embarrassed, hopeless, shamed.” She said that authoritarian approach may work in some cultures, but definitely not in others. “Children expect this kind of communication,” Corbett noted. “What they’re thinking is: ‘You don’t understand.’ And/ or: ‘I wish you would just shut up.’” In contrast, the MI approach would be to start by asking questions, once a change topic is identified, such as, “Why would you want to make this change?”; “How might you go about it, in order to succeed?”; and “What are the three best reasons to do it?” Then you summarize what you heard and ask, “What will you do next?” Attendee reactions included “affirmed, understood, empowered, supported, respected,” with more “clarity on own values.” With addictions, age of a person may not be a factor in using MI, Corbett said: Due to the time-arresting nature of addiction, “You can be talking to a 13-year-old in a 50-year-old body.” The idea of taking a nonjudgmental approach dates back a century or so: It was a key element of Freud’s psychoanalytic theories. “Time” is another key element of change, but today it becomes a key barrier for many busy Silicon Valley families. Carving out a slice for an MI-type talk might help, along with a simple reminder from LifeSkills: “Take time to listen.” Q Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at jthorwaldson@ and/or jaythor@well. com. He also writes periodic blogs at

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Editor: I was dismayed by DA Jeff Rosen’s endorsement of Judge Persky. This is completely contradictory to Rosen’s other public actions in the matter of Judge Persky and his handling of the Brock Turner sentencing. In my opinion, this shows very poor judgment on Rosen’s part and a complete disregard for his own prior statements on the matter of justice for sexualassault victims. Furthermore, one of Rosen’s own executive team members, Cindy Hendrickson, a stellar female DA with 22 years of experience, has announced that she supports the recall and will run against Persky for his seat in the recall election. Hendrickson is a much better candidate than Persky. This makes Rosen’s decision even more nonsensical. We need judges — and DAs — who take violence against women seriously. Judge Persky doesn’t. I strongly support the recall. Amado Padilla Tolman Drive, Stanford



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‘Rags’ is rich with history, music Broadway’s flop is TheatreWorks’ rousing revival success ags,” on stage now at the Mountain “R View Center for the Performing Arts, boasts an impressive batch of creators. In addition to the book by Joseph Stein (“Fiddler on the Roof”), its music was composed by Charles Strouse (“Annie,” “Bye Bye Birdie”) and its lyrics were written by Stephen Schwartz (“Godspell,” “Pippin,” “Wicked”). So it’s surprising to learn that when it debuted on Broadway back in 1986, “Rags” lasted for only four performances, partially thanks to bloated production costs and an unfocused story. TheatreWorks debuted a revised version of “Rags” in 1989, which was a hit for the company. Judging by the standing ovation on opening night, its current version, directed by company Artistic Director Robert Kelley, looks to further redeem the show, letting it live up to its considerable potential. At the end of “Fiddler on the Roof,” theater fans will recall, protagonist Tevye and his family are forced to leave their ruined Ukrainian shtetl and, when the

audience last glimpses them, are on their way to New York to start a new life in the New World. “Rags” is not a sequel but is, in some ways, a natural follow up, showing the world in which Tevye and co., and millions like them, might have found themselves (and Stein’s writing and characterizations in “Rags” do echo “Fiddler” at times). Set in 1910, “Rags” follows Rebecca Hershkowitz (Kyra Miller), her young son David (Jonah Broscow, or Nic Roy Garcia in select performances) and some of their fellow Jewish immigrants fleeing persecution in Imperial Russia. As they’re processed through Ellis Island, Rebecca and David meet Tevye-ish curmudgeon Avram (Donald Corren), his vivacious daughter Bella (Julie Benko) and charming Ben (Travis Leland), who has fallen for Bella over the course of the ship’s voyage, much to Avram’s chagrin. Rebecca is looking for her husband, Nathan, who left for America six years earlier, but in the meantime, newfriend Bella invites her and David to stay in the Lower East Side

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Refugees from Europe sail to the United States with dreams of a new start in the musical “Rags.” tenement she and Avram are sharing with relatives. Soon, Rebecca is settling into the harrowing-butvibrant, culture-rich-but-impoverished neighborhood, with its blend of old traditions and new innovations like gramophones, which Ben gets a job hawking. Rebecca takes a sewing job in a sweatshop, where she encounters progressive Saul (Danny Rothman), who tries to convince the workers to unionize and fight for better conditions. Soon Saul is opening Rebecca’s eyes to radical ideas, taking her to hear speakers like Emma Goldman and, in one memorable scene, to see a Yiddish version of “Hamlet.” Rebecca and Saul develop

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Sweatshop workers stand up for their rights in “Rags.”

deeper-than-comrade feelings, even as the return of long-lost Nathan (Noel Anthony), now a rising star in New York’s corrupt Tammany Hall system, threatens to sever their bond. Meanwhile, Avram finds his own potential new love in fruit-vendor widow Rachel (Darlene Popovic), while Bella, still dreaming of a future in the Bronx with Ben, struggles to accept both the oppressive life under her father’s thumb and the scorn and indignities heaped upon her by higher-class, uptown Americans. And when she takes a job in a notorious sweatshop, well, students of history will feel some foreshadowing. Audiences may be confused by the near-identical title of “Ragtime,” another, better-known musical set in the same time period, location and with some plot and character similarities, but “Rags” deserves its moment in the spotlight. The music, originally marketed as an American opera of sorts, is ambitious and excellent, with an appealing mix of swelling ballads, ragtime jazz and Klezmer. The TheatreWorks cast is uniformly outstanding as well, with strong voices and acting. One of many standouts is Benko as Bella, who passionately delivers the show’s rousing title song. Corren, too, is wonderful as the dryly humorous Avram. And while the principals are all great, the ensemble players, who portray a range of characters from immigrants to Cossacks to socialites, give the production a solid foundation and help its world come to life. Set design by Joe Ragey, invoking the majesty of the Statue of Liberty, the crowded alleys of

the Lower East Side and more, and costume design by Fumiko Bielefeldt, with the characters’ costumes evolving from fresh-offthe-boat peasant garb and headscarves, to more American-style duds, are of top-quality as well. The journey of the Old World immigrant to the mean streets of New York is not an unfamiliar one. Some of the images and characterizations have become shorthand, almost cliché, as representations of “The Immigrant Experience.” At times, “Rags” verges into over-obvious territory (a character proclaims, “these are exciting times!”), but it also serves as a reminder of why the stories of people like Rebecca are so important and compelling, as well as a reminder of just how much these millions of immigrants have contributed, and continue to contribute, to American culture. The issue of immigration is, clearly, a topic that looms large in the present political climate; TheatreWorks’ production offers a very natural and touching way of connecting the centuries-old story with today. “Rags” is a good oldfashioned musical with plenty to offer modern audiences. Q Arts & Entertainment Editor Karla Kane can be reached at What: “Rags” Where: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. When: Through April 30; see online for specific show dates and times Cost: $35-$86 Info: Go to • Palo Alto Weekly • April 14, 2017 • Page 15




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as his staff). Her uncle owned a local meat-processing plant, which Cool said exposed her to whole-animal eating â&#x20AC;&#x201D; cutting down on food waste by using every part of an animal. Food carried her through raising her child as a single mother on welfare (she cooked natural foods for lunch several days a week in exchange for her sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tuition at a private Quaker preschool in Pennsylvania). And when she arrived in Palo Alto in the 1970s in a Volkswagen bus she painted with rainbows, she became one of the first waitresses at the health-conscious Good Earth Restaurant on University Avenue. In 1976, when she opened Late for the Train in Menlo Park with her then-husband Bob Cool, the premise was â&#x20AC;&#x153;food that had no artificial anything in it that was made by hand and (with) love,â&#x20AC;? she said. Cool went on to open four more restaurants under the same belief: Flea St. in 1980, the now-shuttered jZ Cool in downtown Menlo Park in 1999, Cool Cafe at Stanford Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cantor Art Center in 2000 and a second cafe at the Menlo Business Park seven years ago. At Flea St., the kitchen staff draw inspiration from local farms, Coolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own gardens and a row of unlikely planting beds in the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back parking lot, brimming this spring with herbs like Thai basil, cilantro and peppermint celery. They follow a menu but are constantly adjusting dishes based on what produce, meats or seafood are available. Over the years, Cool has worked to spread her dogma beyond the kitchen. For 11 years, she has taught a cooking curriculum class for the Stanford Teaching

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thank the four generations of families, corporations and dedicated patrons who walked through our doors, helping make Chantilly one of the top eating establishments in the Bay Area,â&#x20AC;? the four coowners wrote in an email last week, declining to comment further. The two-story building at 3001 El Camino Real afforded Chantilly private dining rooms â&#x20AC;&#x201D; where â&#x20AC;&#x153;for over three decades, some of the most significant Silicon Valley deals have occurred,â&#x20AC;? the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website states. A 1994 Palo Alto Weekly review of the second iteration of the restaurant describes the original Chantilly on Ramona Street as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;haunt for high-tech movers and shakers.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Muckety-mucks from Intel, Intuit, Microsoft, AMD, National Semiconductor, HewlettPackard and all the other big names in the Valley were closeted in the private rooms of Chantilly II while the rest of us ate in the main dining room and wondered what deals were being cut behind those doors,â&#x20AC;? reviewer Laura Reily wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; E.K. BIG BIZ RECOGNITION ... A few shout-outs to some area businesses that have been recognized big time: The first accolade goes to Rosewood Sand Hill, Menlo Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five-star boutique hotel near Interstate 280. It was named on Travel & Leisure magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website as one of the top 100 hotels in the world. Rosewood came in at number 37, tying with the Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Switzerland. And KQED has put Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anatolian Kitchen on the map with its popular â&#x20AC;&#x153;Check Pleaseâ&#x20AC;? TV show. The segment on the restaurant, which serves authentic Turkish cuisine at 2323 Birch St., is scheduled to air April 27. And the website recently published its â&#x20AC;&#x153;San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Highly Anticipated Bar and Restaurant Openings of 2017.â&#x20AC;? Of the 11 establishments mentioned in the article, only one was a non-San Francisco business, and that was Nobu, the Japanese restaurant scheduled to open in June in the Epiphany Hotel, 180 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Congrats all around. Q â&#x20AC;&#x201D; D.S.

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Education Program (STEP) and nine years ago spearheaded an effort to revamp the food Stanford Hospital serves its employees. Today, Cool is still unapologetically political, with a penchant for social justice. She recently designated Flea St. Cafe a sanctuary restaurant in support of her immigrant employees. A sign posted outside the restaurant’s front door, next to the menu of the day, reads: “We welcome everyone at our tables and in our kitchen.” Flea St. is also entering a new chapter, with a new executive chef heading the kitchen: Charlie Parker, a 30-something Menlo Park native who grew up blocks from the restaurant, often dining there with his parents. He went on to cook at esteemed restaurants like Manresa in Los Gatos, the Village Pub in Woodside, the now-closed Ubuntu in Napa and famed Noma in Copenhagen before ending up at Flea St. six months ago. Read on for excerpts from an interview with Jesse Ziff Cool. A longer version of this story is posted at How novel was the concept of clean, organic food when you opened Late for the Train? It was so not trendy. It was so not heard of. People called us ‘lunatic fringe.’ People still smoked in restaurants then. I was 27 years old, a hippie in a long dress with hair to here, embroidering all the chefs’ hats. The vendors would come in and say, ‘Can I talk to the owner?’ ... I would sit these guys down (and) say, ‘I need to know the ingredients in your food.’ They would just stare at me. I’d say, ‘It’s OK; go find out and come back.’ And I was cooking seasonally because I knew that food that wasn’t seasonal had preservatives and chemicals in it. It was the opposite of trendy. I couldn’t even put organic on the menu. We would be ridiculed. Was that concept something you had to educate diners about? Because the food was good, people came. Because Palo Alto has always been, in my opinion, a think tank, a place of thoughtfulness, of resilience and resource and energy, a lot of people got it. They started liking it because it was alternative and real and genuine ... I was following the farmers. Because that’s what I was taught. What has it been like to watch the evolution of the farm-totable and slow food movements — from when you were called “lunatic fringe” to now, when it’s expected and even trendy? There were no words like that. There was the word organic but ... there wasn’t even the word sustainable. I find it really exciting and respectful that this next generation of cooks for quite a while now — at the beginning, it was really hard. They would say they understood it when they came to our kitchens but they didn’t. Now, these kids are light years ahead. They get it. The

new definition of food is genuinely connected to where it comes from. I’m glad I’m still alive to see it. Recently you declared Flea St. Cafe a sanctuary restaurant. Why did you want to do that?? I think we’ve always stood for human rights. You don’t poison people with food. That means, how dare we want cheap, big food ... and possibly have people breathing or touching or around something that hurts them so that we can have big, inexpensive plates of food? It’s wrong. When the sanctuary restaurant came up, it was — these people are my family. They were scared. ... I just wanted them to know that this is a place that respected them and honored them, paid them better than anywhere else would. I need them and they need me. We talked about, what if some people didn’t want to eat here anymore? I said, ‘It’s OK.’ What has your experience been as a female chef in a

male-dominated industry? Being a woman was really hard. I was not respected. But a woman using organic food with no classic training ... (there was) a lot of disrespect. I had to learn how to be strong and not just a sweet little hippie chick. I had to learn how to be in charge and trust my values. It took me, I’d say, 35 years to do that. It’s just settling in that it’s OK, as a woman I can say ‘my way, not your way.’ Tell me about Charlie Parker. Is he your successor? I hope so. He’s the right person. I say he started 20 years ago going on six months. He says, ‘I remember your spinach salad.’ He is one of the finest chefs, one of the best palates. He teaches me; he pushes my limits. He brings new but respects the old. That is a project, to figure out how to take a 36-year-old restaurant and keep it going. Staff Writer Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@

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The following is a sampling of movies recently reviewed in the Weekly: “Going in Style,” the 2017 remake of Martin Brest’s 1979 bank-caper comedydrama, is polished but hollow. Written by Theodore Melfi (“Hidden Figures”) and directed by Zach Braff (“Garden State”), the movie center around three old codgers who often kibitz about how they’ve earned the right to be able to enjoy their pie in their old age (and be able to afford it whenever they wish). A heavyweight trio of Oscar winners play the codgers, which gets this “Going in Style” as far as it was going to go. At the film’s outset, all three — Joe (Michael Caine), Willie (Morgan Freeman) and Albert (Alan Arkin) — lose their pensions following the acquisition of the steel company where they worked for decades. The trio hatches a crazy plan to rob a bank that, in a twist of ethical convenience, has some responsibility for enabling their financial plight. Given modern security measures, this plot makes for an even harder sell in 2017 than in 1979. This tenaciously populist, unreasonably optimistic feel-good fantasy fully embraces comedy, covering its ears and braying “Nah nah nah!” to drown out the original film’s darkness and realism and genuine emotion. RatedPG-13 for drug content, language and some suggestive material. One hour, 36 minutes. —P.C.

Boss Baby 001/2 Loosely adapted from Marla Frazee’s 2010 children’s book, “The Boss Baby” constructs an elaborate fable of hardfought sibling rivalry overcome. The shortest distance between the two points of a child’s fear and jealousy at a baby sibling’s arrival, and acceptance and love of said sibling would probably look a lot more like a “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” talk-it-out, perhaps gussied up with a gentle song. But this version takes a wild ride on corporate chutes and ladders to get where it’s going. Like last fall’s “Storks,” “The Boss Baby” begins with an alternate-reality depiction of where babies come from. Heaven happily dispenses babies from an assembly line. A few are singled out for the executive track, and hence the Boss Baby (voiced by Alec Baldwin), a cubicle dweller who dreams of one day taking the top office in the baby biz. After a strong start, “The Boss Baby” turns out to be fairly one-note in its humor, and not as lively as you would assume it would be. But the animation charmingly evokes an earlier era (despite some fresher references, the style is 1950s-ish), and Oscar winner Hans Zimmer turns in a winningly John Williams-esque score. Rated PG for some mild rude humor. One hour, 37 minutes. — P.C.

Beauty and the Beast 00 Disney’s live-action animated remake of its 1991 classic “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. 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. (continued on next page)


Movie reviews (continued from previous page) So why should anyone see the remake? Beyond curiosity, I can’t think of many compelling reasons. Rated PG for some action violence, peril and frightening images. Two hours, 9 minutes. — P.C.

Kong: Skull Island 001/2 Warner Brothers and Legendary Entertainment are throwing more “A” money at more”B” material with “Kong: Skull Island,” the second installment of a burgeoning “MonsterVerse” inititated in 2014’s “Godzilla” reboot. The watchwords, then, are “dumb fun,” and on that level, “Kong: Skull Island” 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. “get the hell out of here”). That action builds to the fulfillment of the “MonsterVerse” promise of monster-onmonster action. “Kong: Skull Island” is all very silly. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for brief strong language. Two hours. — P.C.



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Logan 000 “Logan” marks the third and final solo film for the long-running Marvel Comics character introduced to screen audiences in the 2000 film “X-Men.” Director James Mangold (who helmed previous installment “The Wolverine”) returns, bringing with him a Western sensibility honed on his 2007 remake of “3:10 to Yuma.” Screenwriters Scott Frank, Mangold and Michael Green take very loose inspiration from a comic book run known as “Old Man Logan,” but only a few plot points carry over: a futuristic setting (in this case, 2029) that ages our hero, his mentor Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and fellow mutant Caliban (Stephen Merchant), and the notions of Logan having a child and a cross-country road trip to undertake. Beyond that, the writers give themselves the freedom to invent.And so “Logan” becomes an unconventional-family drama with three generations of mutants forced onto a road trip, although “Little Miss Sunshine” this ain’t. Rated R for violence, bloody images and language including sexual references. One hour, 43 minutes. — P.C.

Get Out 000 The new horror picture “Get Out” is advertised as being “From the mind of Jordan Peele,” and a beautiful mind it is. Peele made his name as the cocreator and co-star of the racially themed sketch comedy show “Key and Peele.” Now Peele makes a bold turn to horror, writing and directing what he calls a “social thriller” or, to state the obvious, “a horror movie that is from an African American’s perspective.” The result is an imaginative, classically styled paranoid thriller speaking directly to an AfricanAmerican audience (and indirectly to a white audience) while remaining playfully accessible to everyone else. After five months of dating, it’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 “Get Out” play the tension and comedy of coded racial language to the hilt, and were it “only” a comedy of mixed-race dating, “Get Out” would already be winning in the wittiness of its satire. Obviously, the film goes further: there’s something sinister going on in Evergreen Hallow, and the story’s satirical charge carries over into its horror. Despite its terrible implications, his film is entertaining as all “Get Out.” Rated R for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references. One hour, 43 minutes. — P.C.


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SEE CHINESE RHODODENDRONS ... Learn about rhododendrons from Sichuan, China, on Wednesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. The free event will be part of the monthly chapter meeting of the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. Jason Martinez, a horticulturalist at the San Francisco Botanical Garden recently went on a San Francisco Botanical Gardensponsored collecting trip to China where he studied the flowers in the area of Mount Emei and the Mount Gongga region, including the Hailuo Valley and the Juizhaigou World Heritage Site. The meeting will be in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. For more information, go to THE BIRDS AND THE BEES ... Got your attention! The UC Master Gardeners will offer a class called “Plants that Attract Birds, Bees and Beneficial Insects,” on Thursday, April 20, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Master Gardener Joan Cloutier will talk about how birds, bees and certain insects can be an important part of creating a healthy landscape as well as which plants provide a welcoming habitat and can beautify your yard all year round. The class will be held at Palo Alto’s Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto. 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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t starts with that pyramid-shaped because it keeps and cage. To a novice gardener, any plant growing that needs such a structure around it growing and putting out flowers must be hard to grow. Not so, says Palo Alto master gar- over a long peridener Candace Simpson. Tomatoes od of time. Cages, are easy, even for someone who has never Simpson said, are very important grown them before. “The cage keeps them off the ground. They for indeterminate tomatoes. really are a vine,” she said. Ironically, she said most people are very successful the first time they plant tomatoes. The problems occur when bacteria that attacks tomatoes builds up in the soil over a number of years. To prevent that, it’s important to read the tags on the plants you buy. Many tomato plants available at nurseries are hybrids, which means they’ve been bred to resist common diseases. The way Don’t be intimidated by to tell is to read the tags on this easy-to-grow vine hybrid plants. For example, by Elizabeth Lorenz if you buy a tomato called “Better Boy,” the tag might When you go to say something like “VFNT,” which are the initials of all the things the plant is resistant plant it, you can to, Simpson said, things like nematodes and set it in the soil all the way up to fungi. Once you’ve chosen your plants, get either its top leaves, some organic or regular compost. Make sure especially if the the spot you’ve chosen is sunny and that if the plant is too legsoil is clay, it’s been mixed with compost so gy. This sounds Vine-ripened tomatoes are fairly easy to grow and the reward — weird, but she sliced and salted — is great. that the roots can go deep enough. You can also choose to buy heirloom toma- said the roots will toes, which differ from hybrids, in that you come out all along the buried stems and make tomatoes as well as introduce students to difcan save the seeds and plant them later. Heir- the plant stronger. “Put the cage in place right ferent varieties and tastes of tomatoes. If you want to grow tomatoes from seeds, it when you plant it. It will throw a branch out looms never come in hybrid form, she said. Another term to learn when you are think- and get caught in the cage. Sooner or later the isn’t hard, but you do need good plant lights to successfully grow them indoors until the ing of planting tomatoes is “determinate” and branches will go out of the cage,” she said. Each indeterminate plant will need about seedlings are ready to be planted outdoors, “indeterminate.” Determinate means the plant will grow a two-by-three-foot space to itself. Growing Simpson said. Most likely they will have to be inside for at three to four feet high and stop. Then it will something nearby like lettuce or basil while “set” all of its flowers and produce all of its the tomatoes are still small is one space-sav- least a month before you can put them outside, tomatoes at once. These plants are good when ing strategy. With cherry tomatoes, you can even in pots. After your tomato harvest is done, you gensimply cut off branches if it gets too big. you want to dry or preserve tomatoes. One thing that goes wrong with tomatoes, erally pull out the old plants and start over. The other kind of tomato is “indeterminate,” she said, is people don’t water them. Even though tomatoes might live several She warns against “dry farming,” years in a warm winter area, they won’t sura popular trend in which the soil is vive here. By the way, Simpson’s favorite way to eat saturated before planting so that the plant will send roots down deep and her tomatoes? Fresh, sliced and sprinkled essentially stress the plant. It’s done with salt and sometimes a touch of balsamin relatively sandy soil, and it should ic vinegar. Another option: roasted tomato be a variety that puts out its fruit sauce, which she freezes and uses all year. Q early. Elizabeth Lorenz is the Home and Real In the Bay Area, most summer veg- Estate Editor for the Palo Alto Weekly. etables and fruits need the soil to be at least 60 degrees, with nights not getting any colder than 50 degrees. Master gardeners recommend not to FACTS: plant before May 1 to ensure that the SECRETS TO GREAT TOMATOES ... temperature is warm enough. Common Ground Garden is offering a Once you start seeing tomatoes, workshop on growing tomatoes taught there’s no reason not to let them ripen by retired master gardener and owner of on the vine until they are a little soft. All Things Edible, Nancy Garrison. Learn They turn red before they are fully which tomatoes have great flavor, reliable ripe, so you will need to feel them. If production and are able to hold up under you are worried about rodents getting regular garden conditions. You will learn them, you can pick them a day or two trellising methods, soil preparation and what short of being fully ripe and let them not to do so a bountiful harvest will be yours. ripen indoors, Simpson said. WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2-4 p.m. Simpson’s former master gardening WHERE: Common Ground Garden, 687 colleague, Nancy Garrison, will teach Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. To register, go a class for the Common Ground Garto den on tomato-growing on April 29. Better Boy tomatoes are hybrids that grow well for COST: $30 She will go over the basics of growing first-timers and resist most diseases.

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38 Practical joke

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4 Folklore automaton

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40 Record producer with the 2017 single “Shining”

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59 “Terrible” ages

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63 Conservation subj.

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by Glenn Reeves alo Alto could clinch a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division baseball title as early as Friday when it hosts second-place Los Gatos at 4 p.m. The Vikings outlasted Los Gatos, their nearest pursuer, with a 2-1 win in nine innings Wednesday at Los Gatos. The win extended Paly’s lead over Los Gatos to three games in the De Anza standings. A win on Friday would make Ethan Stern it a fourgame lead with four games left to play and the Vikings in possession of the tiebreaker. The game on Wednesday was a classic: a tight, taut battle between two fundamentally sound teams. A game for baseball purists, not something that happens all that often at the high school level. Los Gatos (13-5-1, 6-3) went with ace pitcher Ryan Wilcox, who went into the game with a 5-0 record and an ERA of 0.00. That’s right, in 39 innings he had yet to allow an earned run. Los Gatos got a run in the bottom of the first inning off Palo Alto starter Ryan Chang as Wilcox led off with a single, was sacrificed to second and scored on a two-out double to deep center by cleanup hitter Tyler Williams. Palo Alto came back in the third inning to tie the score with the first earned run off Wilcox on the season. Jackson Hall, the No. 9 hitter in Palo Alto’s lineup, made sure it was earned as he launched a home run over the fence in right-center. Not bad for a No. 9 hitter. “He’s gotten better all year long,’’ Palo Alto coach Pete Fukuhara said of Hall. The score stayed 1-1 through the rest of regulation. Wilcox went seven innings as his ERA ‘soared’ upward to 0.15. Chang struck out the first batter he faced in the bottom of the seventh and then induced a ground out for the second out. But he walked the next Los Gatos hitter, shortstop Troy Gillmore, and was taken out of the game. Closer Niko Lillios moved over from third base to take over on the mound. The first pitch he threw was hit down the right-field line by catcher Thomas Moore. With two out, Gilmore was running at


Palo Alto’s Claire Lin is one of the top sprinters in the area along with Gunn’s Milan Hilde-Jones

Diving in full speed ahead Gunn, Palo Alto compete in annual dual meet by Rick Eymer


unn High gave us the high school story of the year at last May’s Central Coast Section swimming and diving championships when the boys team wrenched the title from Bellarmine Prep after 31 years. The Titans were comprised by a group of determined, battletested seniors who clinched the championship in the meet’s final event; the 400 free relay. Gunn set a school record in winning the event by .02 seconds over Palo Alto. Gunn and Palo Alto have produced significant performances over the year and their dual meet, which gets underway Friday at 3:45 p.m. at Gunn, usually creates a high-energy atmosphere. Both schools concentrate on the SCVAL and CCS meet but the dual meet remains a special time on the schedule. “A lot of our athletes train together during the off season, and they are very passionate about the sport,” Palo Alto coach Danny Dye wrote in an e-mail. “This is one of the attributes that helps to make this rivalry so strong, they are used to pushing each other.” Gunn returns top swimmers like school record holders Michael Lincoln and Max Pokutta, along with David Shau and Michael Chen. Palo Alto school record holder Alex Liang, who will be swimming at Stanford next year, gives the Vikings a solid foundation along with CCS veterans Matthew Liang, Jack Callaghan, Thibault Collignon, Andrew Jozefov, Austin Cheok, Alex Beaudry and Ethan Bundy. “When they get the opportunity to represent their school in the sport they are most passionate about, against friends who they have trained with and known for

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a long time, it really makes it fun,” Dye wrote. It’s the same on the girls’ side, where the competition figures to be closer. Both teams were fairly young last year, with Palo Alto edging Gunn for the CCS title, 231-190. The Vikings went on to finish second at the state meet. Gunn’s all-freshmen relay team of Ashley Stahmer, Sarah Snyder, Clara Schultz, and Grace Tramack recorded a third-place finish in last year’s CCS 400 free relay and placed seventh in the 200 free relay. Marisa Agarwal is one of the top divers in the CCS. Paly’s Zoe Lusk, Grace Zhao, Peyton Wang,Claire Lin,Kayleigh Svensson and Sofia Sigrist all return from championship final relays. Girls lacrosse Andrea Garcia-Milla scored five goals and recorded a pair of assists to help the Gunn girls lacrosse team beat host Saratoga 17-5 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League contest earlier in the week. Combined with Palo Alto’s 1711 loss to visiting Los Gatos, the Titans (10-2, 8-1) moved into a three-way tie for first place in the standings. The Vikings (8-4, 8-1) dropped their first league match while Gunn handed the Wildcats (9-1, 8-1) their lone loss. Palo Alto beat Gunn. Palo Alto looks for revenge Friday in a 7 p.m. league match at Los Gatos while the Titans host Saratoga at the same time. Grace Williams added five goals and an assist for Gunn, which has won four of its last five matches. Janis Iourovitski and Becca Chapman each added a pair of goals and an assist, Jenilee Chen scored twice and Laurel Comiter

added a goal to go with five draw controls. Senior Lucy Augustine recorded three draw controls and three good turnovers. Senior Mikaela Wayne made nine saves. Softball Palo Alto scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a lead and Mackenzie Glassford retired the side in the top of the seventh to help the Vikings beat visiting Gunn 9-8 in a SCVAL El Camino Division game Wednesday. Madeline Frick had two hits and drove in three runs for the Vikings (6-3, 3-2), who play at Harker in a nonleague game at 4 p.m. Thursday. Mary Racz collected a pair of hits and drove in two runs to lead the Titans (4-6, 2-2), who host Saratoga at 9 a.m. Saturday. Q

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IT’S IN THE HOLE ... Palo Alto junior Stephanie Yu, who won the Central Coast Section individual title in the fall, won her first American Junior Golf Association event, taking home top honors of the girls division of the AJGA Preview at Yolo Fliers Club in Woodland on Sunday, posting a two-round score of 148. Yu recorded three birdies over the final round to maintain her first-day lead of 75. Yu shot a 1-over 73, the second best round of the day, over the final 18 holes. Concord’s Gia Feliciano was the lone golfer to shoot par (72) during the tournament. Castilleja sophomore Niav Layton placed third with a 78-74--152 and Paly freshman Priya Bakshi tied for ninth (83-77-160).

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HEAD OF THE CLASS. . . Stanford men’s basketball coach Jerod Haase announced the signing of standout guards Daejon Davis and Isaac White, completing a consensus top-15 national recruiting class and one of the highest-rated classes in school history. Davis and White join California Player of the Year finalist and top-30 national prospect Kezie Okpala and top international prospect Oscar da Silva to complete a signing class that is ranked No. 10 by 247Sports, No. 11 by Rivals, and No. 14 by ESPN’s recruiting services. The class ranks as one of the highest for the Stanford program since Rivals began ranking recruiting classes in 2002. A consensus top-50 prospect in the 2017 class, Davis is ranked No. 44 by Scout and ESPN, and No. 47 by Rivals and 247Sports. One of Australia’s top prospects, White led his South Australia team in scoring each of the last two years at the Under 20 Junior Championships.


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the crack of the bat. He rounded third and went full speed for home. The only way to prevent him from scoring the winning run was with a perfect throw and relay. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Paly came up with. Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s throw from right field went to first baseman Josh Kasevich, whose throw home was right on the money. Cleanup hitter and shortstop Ethan Stern led off the top of the ninth for Palo Alto and bunted for a base hit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every time I come up I look to see where the first baseman and third baseman are playing,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; said Stern, who will play collegiate baseball at Lafayette in Pennsylvania. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not so used to batting cleanup.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Stern, who came to baseball late because of Palyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successful run in basketball, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Willis, to third on a ground out and scampered home with the winning run on a wild pitch by Los Gatos reliever Luke Short. Lillios set the side down in order in the bottom of the ninth, and all that was left was to appreciate what had just taken place. As Fukuhara put it: â&#x20AC;&#x153;A 2-1 game with no errors on either side.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Elsewhere, Menlo School beat Del Oro 5-1 in the San Diego Lions Club tournament. Ben Somorjai singled home a run in the first to put the Knights on the board and back-to-back two-run doubles from Somorjai and Justin Nam in the fifth helped put the game out of reach. Nam threw four shutout innings to earn the victory. Ty Corley, Kevin Alarcon and Jake Schiff each pitched an inning to finish it off. The Knights did not allow an earned run. Griff McGarry added three hits for Menlo (8-7-1), which hosts Half Moon Bay in a PAL contest Tuesday at 4 p.m. Bo Fick doubled and drove in three runs and host Pinewood beat Westmoor 4-2 in a noneague baseball game Monday. Pinewood has won five straight since opening its season with a pair of losses. Q

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The senior dominated play in two victories last week. Overall, she had 11 goals and 11 draw controls. In a win over Mitty, she scored four times and added an assist. Against St. Francis, she scored six of her seven goals in the second half.

The Knights senior co-captain played, and won, at the No. 1 singles spot, 6-0, 6-0, in the match that clinched Menlo Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 21st consecutive league title. Earlier in the week he won at No. 1 doubles to help Menlo beat Sacred Heart Prep.

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24 Edge Rd $6,725,000 Colonial-style residence + spacious pool house on over one acre in the prestigious Lindenwood area.

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65 Roan Place $3,695,000 This Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home provides gorgeous views & modern flair nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac among the Redwood groves. Woodside schools. 4BR/3BA

Hugh Cornish 650.619.6461 CalBRE #00912143

1290 Trinity Dr. $2,275,000 Light & bright end-unit townhome with office/ bonus room, 3BD/2.5BA, 2,865 sq. ft.

THIS IS HOME This is where love and friendship bloom, memories unfold and flowers are always welcomed. Coldwell Banker. Where home begins. |

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