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$40.4M deal saves Buena Vista mobile homes Residents can stay; aging park to be renovated by Sue Dremann early 4.5 years after announcing plans to close the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto, the Jisser family has agreed to sell the low-income residential park to the Santa Clara County Housing Authority for $40.4 million, Housing Authority officials and the Jissers announced on Thursday afternoon. The agreement ensures the preservation and upgrade of the mobile-home park at 3980 El Camino Real so that the roughly 400 people who live there can remain. The Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners must formally approve the deal on May 23, according to the statement.


The agreement ends what has been a long battle between the Jissers and the park’s residents and their allies, which included lawsuits filed by both sides against the City of Palo Alto over its process in closing the park. Supporters of the residents claimed the financial reimbursement offered by the Jissers was insufficient and violated a city ordinance that called for a just replacement of their housing. Saving Buena Vista became a movement 2012 to preserve an imSeptember: portant chunk The Jissers notify of Palo Alto’s more than 400 affordableBuena Vista housing residents in 117 stock. 2001 The City enacts an ordinance regulating the conversion of the 4.5-acre mobile-home park.



The Jisser family buys the land, now a trailer park, from the Weiler family.

Buena Vista is created as a tourist camp for travelers

Loss of the park would likely have resulted in residents leaving the city, amounting to the largest displacement since the internment of Palo Alto’s Japanese community during World War II, according to advocates. But all of the arguments are now moot. “We are really happy the Housing Authority could join the community-wide effort to ensure the permanent availability of this important affordable housing resource in Palo Alto,” said Kathy Espinoza-Howard, chair of the

November: The Jissers apply with the City of Palo Alto units the park will to close close. The Buena the park. Vista Residents Association is formed, followed by Friends of Buena Vista, composed of park neighbors.

Santa Clara County Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners, in the announcement. Joe Jisser stated, “I am pleased we reached this settlement that will enable the families to stay here and also allow the Housing Authority to pursue the park’s renovation and upgrade.” The Jissers will retain ownership of a commercial parcel adjacent to Buena Vista on El Camino, which includes a strip mall and gas station, the statement noted. The sale negotiations took four months and were preceded by months of work by the Housing Authority to obtain

November 2012 to May 2015: 2015 A series May 26: of city The Palo Alto and judicial City Council hearings are approves the held over closure of the the closure. park.

Aug. 24: The Buena Vista Residents Association files a lawsuit against the City of Palo Alto over the closure process and conditions of approval.

a fair market value appraisal, engage the affordable-housing nonprofit Caritas Corporation (which will serve as the master leaseholder), and obtain approval from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to use federal funding, Housing Authority officials stated. The purchase and redevelopment of the park’s infrastructure will be funded through a three-way partnership between Santa Clara County, the City of Palo Alto and the Housing Authority. The city and county previously committed $29 million (continued on page 10)

Nov. 19: The Jissers also sue the City of Palo Alto over the conditions associated with the closure approval.

2017 May 18: The Housing Authority and Jissers announce a $40.4 million deal for Buena Vista, pending approval on May 23 by the Housing Authority board of directors.

Timeline: Buena Vista Mobile Home Park Source: Santa Clara County, Palo Alto Weekly

Fran Weiler purchases the property


Buena Vista Mobile Home Park residents appeal to the City of Palo Alto for protection from rapidly rising rents.


August: Residents offer to buy the park for around $14.5 million through low-interest state and federal loans and a cooperative membership, but the offer is rejected.


June 24: A federal court judge dismisses the Jissers’ lawsuit against the City of Palo Alto.


Dec. 20: The Housing Authority of Santa Clara County makes a $36 million offer to the Jissers for Buena Vista.

Dec. 21: A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge rules in favor of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park Residents Association, reversing the City Council’s closure approval. • Palo Alto Weekly • May 19, 2017 • Page 5


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My hope is that this is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. —Laura Prentiss, a Paly parent, on how the school district handles reports of sexual assault. See story on page 7.

Around Town A BLOODY GOOD JOB ... Palo Alto resident Stan Shore will mark a milestone on Tuesday, May 23, when he marks giving 18 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross at the organization’s San Jose center. The 77-year-old man, who has Type A-positive blood, has donated his blood more than 100 times in the past 60 years. He remembered the first time he willing gave away the red bodily fluid in 1957, when he was a student at Baruch College, one of the 10 senior colleges of The City University of New York. He was recruited to organize an on-campus blood drive that gathered 151 pints. Shore compared getting his blood drawn to receiving a flu vaccination. After the needle is pricked into his arm, he feels nothing for about 15 minutes as a pint’s worth of his blood flows out through a tube and into a bag. Once the needle’s out and he’s patched up, Shore always has a cup of orange juice to regain his energy before he leaves. What motivates him to keep coming back? “(Blood) is the one thing you can openly give of yourself, and it’s a good feeling,” Shore said. “Science hasn’t figured out yet how to make blood. It has to come from a human, which makes it personal,” he said. AMERICAN IDLERS ... Shortly before Shelly Gordon came to City Hall on Monday night to address the City Council, she took a walk and spotted three different “idlers.” Gordon, a board member at the local Sierra Club chapter, has become especially attuned to idlers — those drivers who are running their engines without going anywhere. Once the hearing about idling began, she told the council, you too will start noticing it everywhere. Her intent in addressing the council was to put the issue on Palo Alto’s radar and to urge council members to pass an ordinance banning idling — an activity that she said wastes gas, wastes money and pollutes the air. In addition, idling cars spew all

sorts of particulate matter into the air — particles that get lodged into children’s lungs and contribute to asthma. She had plenty of allies in her anti-idling crusade. A group of local high school students recently monitored Hoover Elementary School over a four-day period. Gordon said they spotted 162 cars idling for more than a minute; 40 of them were idling for more than 10. Other cities, including Park City, Utah, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, have passed anti-idling ordinances, she said. “So when people say, ‘I’m keeping the engine running because it’s cold or hot,’ — it’s not a good reason,” Gordon said. Her request is already getting traction. Councilwoman Karen Holman said a group of council members is already in the midst of drafting a memo about establishing an anti-idling ordinance. And the city has just updated the Natural Environment chapter of its Comprehensive Plan which now includes a new program: “Consider adopting and enforcing penalties for drivers that idle for longer than three to five minutes.” BURNING ISSUE ... When Palo Alto officials and residents flock to the Baylands on Wednesday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, they won’t be celebrating the construction of a new park, library or playing field. Rather, they will be celebrating the impending retirement of two public servants that for decades have been performing a dirty and thankless task: the city’s two sewage-burning incinerators. The retirement of the incinerators — which are among the city’s most significant pollution sources — will be made possible by the construction of a new sludge dewatering facility, a project that the council approved earlier this year. Once built, the dewatering facility will allow Palo Alto to haul sludge to a regional facility for further treatment. To mark the transition, the city is inviting the public to tour the incinerators and watch the first shovels hit the ground. The event will take place at 10:45 a.m. on May 24 at the Regional Water Quality Control Plant, 2501 Embarcadero Way. The city will offer short tours of the incinerators before the ceremony and longer, 45-minute tours of the entire 25-acre plant after the groundbreaking. To schedule a tour, call 650-329-2396. Q


Students, parents react to reports of sexual violence Teens express solidarity with victims of assault by Elena Kadvany Veronica Weber

Juniors from Palo Alto High School hand out wristbands that state “I Stand With Victims of Sexual Assault” to students on the quad on May 17. A fellow student started a GoFundMe campaign that raised $2,001 to purchase 2,600 wristbands following news reports that a male student sexually assaulted a girl on campus last October.


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Palo Alto High mother: District ‘failed my daughter’ by Elena Kadvany he Palo Alto Unified Board of Education, facing pressure from alarmed parents and reacting swiftly to media reports of repeated sexual assaults by a Palo Alto High School student, decided Tuesday afternoon to hire a law firm to investigate district administrators. In an emergency closed session meeting just five days after a local TV station exposed the allegations, the school board agreed to direct national law firm Cozen

O’Connor to investigate “how district staff handled the issues surrounding the events at Palo Alto High School,” to assist the board in its evaluation of the superintendent and to “aid the district in addressing any Title IX or other issues,” board President Terry Godfrey told reporters after the meeting. The district already contracted the firm, nationally renowned for


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alo Alto students and parents reacted swiftly to last week’s media reports that a Palo Alto High School varsity athlete had been convicted of a sex felony in January and had allegedly assaulted a Paly freshman on campus last fall in a separate incident. Paly junior Darrow Hornik launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to buy teal wristbands, the color of National Sexual Assault Awareness month, to wear in solidarity with victims of sexual assault. Surpassing her funding goal, she purchased 2,600 wristbands — enough for every Paly student to wear one — and gave them out to students on the quad at lunch on Wednesday. On Monday, multiple Paly students wore white to school to stand with the victims and send a message to their school. Posters also appeared briefly at Paly and the district office identifying the male student and calling for the resignations of Superintendent Max McGee and Paly Principal Kim Diorio for “failing the students that you have promised to protect.” Paly freshman Emma Higgins, who also wore white on Monday, said in an interview she was “outraged” that Paly allowed the student to stay in school.


“Wearing white is a peaceful yet forceful way of showing the administration that we support the victims and urge them to expel the predator, as it would ensure the safety of both the victims and all girls attending Paly,” she told the Weekly. Anmol Nagar, Paly’s student body president, said she’s heard both concern and confusion among students in recent days. She’s hoping to see more transparency from the district in the coming days and weeks. “I don’t think that it is helpful for the community to simply demonize this student in front of his fellow students, and I think efforts would be better placed in reassessing how we address the issue of sexual assault as a whole, getting justice for the victims and their families and supporting the victims personally,” she told the Weekly. For the Gunn High School mother who in 2014 filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights that helped launched a yearslong federal probe into how the Palo Alto school district responds to reports of sexual misconduct, the current reports are “deja vu,” she told the Weekly Tuesday. The mother, whose name is

being withheld to protect her privacy, filed the complaint alleging the district violated Title IX in its handling of stalking and relationship violence her daughter experienced as a Gunn student. This spring, the Office for Civil Rights found the district violated Title IX in her case by failing to take immediate interim measures to protect the victim and to “assess and address the hostile environment” she faced at school as a result of the harassment, a letter of findings states. In the current case involving the male Paly student, the district has emphasized that he was not convicted for the on-campus incident but rather for the off-campus assault. A legal Q&A prepared by the district’s new law firm, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, on Palo Alto Unified’s behalf in response to this specific case states that a school cannot expel a student for committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault “unless the acts took place at school or at a school activity.” However, if an off-campus incident, such as a sexual assault, affects the victim on campus — such as being bullied or harassed — the school is “obligated to investigate, stop the harassment, prevent its recurrence and remedy (continued on page 9)

Timeline: Palo Alto High sexual assault case Oct. 25, 2015: Male Palo Alto High School student sexually assaults a then-15year-old MenloAtherton High School student in a bathroom at a local church. The victim files a report with the Palo Alto Police Department in November and a restraining order is issued.

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How the Palo Alto Unified School District handled the allegations

January 2016:

The same male Paly student allegedly sexually assaults a non-PAUSD student at a Redwood City house party, according to KTVU. Her mother reports the incident to the Palo Alto Police Department, according to KTVU. (The Weekly has been unable to confirm this information.)

On/Around Oct. 11, 2016:

Jan. 18, 2017: Jan. 30, 2017:

Jan. 31, 2017: March 2017:

A female Paly freshman reports to school officials that the male student forced her to perform oral sex in a Paly bathroom. Palo Alto Police Department is notified. Her mother says an emergency restraining order was issued and served on the boy in the presence of a Paly vice principal. (Superintendent Max McGee tells the Weekly on May 15, 2017, that Paly received the restraining order but that he was unaware of it at the time.)

Johnson signs a three-year restraining order prohibiting contact between the male student and the October 2015 victim. The student is placed on probation.

A letter from the Juvenile Justice Department with this date is sent to PAUSD notifying the district that the male Paly student was convicted in juvenile court.

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December 2016:

Dec. 22, 2016:

The federal Office for Civil Rights (OCR) submits a draft resolution agreement to the Palo Alto school district after completing its investigation into unrelated sexual harassment and violence incidents at Paly and Gunn over the preceding three years.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Margaret Johnson finds that beyond a reasonable doubt, the male student committed oral copulation by force, violence, duress, menace or fear for the October 2015 church bathroom assault.

The PAUSD Uniform Compliant Procedure (UCP) log indicates a Title IX investigation was opened at Paly, but it is unknown if it related to the Paly bathroom incident. (The log states “Memo to file” and was marked closed on March 13.)

March 31, 2017:

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District UCP log shows 2017: KTVU the opening of a Title IX airs its story. investigation at Paly. The Paly victim’s mother has stated she is being asked to cooperate with the law firm conducting the investigation. No resolution has been noted.

The victim from the January 2016 Redwood City house party, who is not a PAUSD student, notifies the district that she was allegedly sexually assaulted by the same male student, according to KTVU. (The Weekly has been unable to verify this information.)

March, 2017: March 8, 2017: March 24, 2017: The school board unanimously approves a resolution agreement with OCR pertaining to past sexual harassment and assault issues at Paly and Gunn.

OCR releases its letter of findings, detailing the district’s repeated failure to properly respond to and investigate reports of sexual misconduct over several years.

The 2015 church victim and her mother meet with PAUSD Chief Student Services Officer Holly Wade, the district’s Title IX coordinator, to request the district open an investigation.

—Elena Kadvany

May 11, 2017: McGee notifies OCR about the allegations, stating to the Weekly he doesn’t know if other staff notified the agency earlier.

May 16, 2017:

May 16, 2017:

The school board holds a special meeting to evaluate the performance of McGee, Wade and Paly Principal Kim Diorio. Board takes no personnel action but decides to hire national law firm Cozen O’Connor to investigate district administrators’ handling of the assault reports and to aide in evaluating the superintendent’s performance.

In a statement, an attorney for the male student says he will not complete the school year at Paly and that the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office declined to file charges against him “other than consensual underage sexual activity” for the October 2016 incident at Paly. • Palo Alto Weekly • May 19, 2017 • Page 7





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its effects on campus,” the Q&A states. This could also warrant transferring a student to another school, “consistent with Title IX guidance,” the firm wrote. But it is “absolutely the school’s responsibility,” the Gunn mother said, to address any effects of harassment or sexual assault, whether it happened on or off campus. The mother said involved administrators as well as board members, who have said they were largely in the dark about the specifics of this case until media reports last week, should be held accountable for their apparent failure to adhere to district policy — and federal law — in this case. Last week’s news has spurred difficult conversations about sexual assault, consent and safety in homes, on campus and on social media. Acknowledging that not all facts about the different incidents are publicly known — and might not be, given the students involved are minors and the school district is limited in what it can say


by federal student privacy laws — students and parents have expressed concern about the district’s handling of the case, particularly the fact that the male student remained at school and has been playing on a varsity sports team. Some parents are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to trying to stem sexual violence and misconduct. Two days after KTVU broke the story, 50 parents gathered for two hours midday at a Palo Alto parent’s home to learn about the ins and outs of federal anti-discrimination Title IX from Stanford University law professor Michele Dauber. They planned to talk about “how the process is supposed to work when someone reports a sexual assault, how we can talk to our daughters about sexual assault, rape and rape culture, and how to empower our girls,” parent Jill Asher wrote in a Facebook post inviting others to the event. Paly parent Laura Prentiss, a social worker, said she and another local mother, a marriage and family therapist, started teaching an informal workshop out of Prentiss’ home to teach other mothers

Due to an error in a city report, the May 12 story about increases in municipal fees stated an incorrect proposed fee for employee permits in the Evergreen Park Residential Preferential Parking program. The correct proposed fee is $280 per year. The Weekly regrets the error. To request a correction, contact Editor Jocelyn Dong at 650-223-6514, jdong@ or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302.

how to talk about sex, consent, body image and related issues with their daughters. They started it because of incidents in the district, she said, from the former Paly principal being disciplined for sexual harassment to student media reports about a “rape culture” at Paly. They just started a second group for mothers of boys. Parents’ desire for more information and guidance, she said, underscores the need for a comprehensive sex-education program that continues through high school and touches on these topics. “To me, it’s all related,” she said in an interview with the Weekly. “I don’t know that these assaults could have been prevented with (students) having had more information about consent, but I do think that the more and more kids are talking about it and knowing about it and know who to go to when things go sour and how to get the proper help, then at least some of the damage can be reduced when these kind of situations happen.” “My hope is that this is the straw that breaks the camel’s back,” she added about the Paly case, “and the district really stops and looks at how our district handles these kinds of issues, what kind of messaging our kids get about sexual relationships, about consent (and) about safety on campus.” Q Staff Writer Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@

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its work investigating Title IX violations, this spring to investigate past sexual misconduct cases as required by a resolution agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. The board had called the closed meeting to evaluate three top district officials over their involvement in the case: Superintendent Max McGee, Paly Principal Kim Diorio and Chief Student Services Officer Holly Wade, also the district’s Title IX coordinator. All appeared to dodge a bullet Tuesday. Godfrey announced that the board took no personnel action. The board will conduct McGee’s annual evaluation in June and share the results of that publicly “to the extent we can,” Godfrey said. She later said the board hopes the firm will start its investigation “as soon as possible” and complete it in time for McGee’s evaluation. Even as the administrators remain in their jobs for now, the attorney for the male Paly junior who was convicted of one felony for an incident that occurred off campus in 2015, issued a statement that the teen has “elected not to complete the school year on campus.”

The district attorney’s office also filed a charge against him for “consensual underage sexual activity” for an incident that occurred at Paly last October, attorney Stephanie Rickard said. It’s unclear if he was convicted of this crime, a misdemeanor, since court records for that charge are sealed. Students and parents filled a standing-room-only meeting at the district office on Tuesday afternoon to express their shock, outrage and concern at the district’s handling of the multiple sexual assault allegations, calling on trustees to show leadership in addressing what one parent called an “epidemic.” “We don’t expect passivity. We expect things of this nature and things of this consequence to be handled proactively, and that’s just not what I feel has happened here,” Paly parent Chris Cummings told board members. Multiple speakers called for the firing of McGee, Diorio and Wade. Others came to tell of their own experiences with inappropriate behavior at the hands of other students, including stalking, at both Palo Alto and Gunn high schools. Eleanor Lee Wang said her daughter, a Gunn student, was groped on campus and reported it to the school after seeing the (continued on page 12)

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250 Hamilton Avenue, Council Chambers June 1, 2017 at 8:30am Study Session 1. 250 and 350 Sherman Avenue [17PLN-00136 and 17PLN-00135]: Preliminary Architectural Review of a New Approximately 40,351 Square Foot Public Safety Building at 250 Sherman Avenue and a New Parking Structure at 350 Sherman Avenue to Contain 636 Parking Spaces on Six Levels (Two Below Grade) with a footprint of 37,075 sf HUK ÅVVY HYLH VM   ZM 7\ISPJ :HML[` )\PSKPUN :P[L Would be Developed with Three Individual Buildings and Provide 167 Parking Spaces for Use by the Palo Alto Police +LWHY[TLU[ ,TLYNLUJ`+PZWH[JO*LU[LY,TLYNLUJ` 6WLYH[PVUZ *LU[LY 6ɉJL VM ,TLYNLUJ` :LY]PJLZ HUK -PYL +LWHY[TLU[ ,U]PYVUTLU[HS (ZZLZZTLU[! (U ,U]PYVUTLU[HS 0TWHJ[ 9LWVY[ PZ )LPUN 7YLWHYLK" -VYTHS Project Application not yet Submitted. Zone District: PF. For More Information, Please Contact Matt Raschke at matt.raschke@cityofpaloalto.orgVY*OPLM7SHUUPUN6ɉJPHS Amy French at 2.  ,S *HTPUV 9LHS B735D! 9LX\LZ[ MVY Preliminary Architectural Review of a Proposed ThreeStory, 16,747 Square Foot Mixed-Use Development *VTWYPZLKVM.YV\UK-SVVY9L[HPS:LJVUK-SVVY6ɉJLHUK Residential, Third Floor Residential (Seven Residential Units PU ;V[HS HUK )LSV^.YHKL 7HYRPUN 3L]LS ,U]PYVUTLU[HS Assessment: Not a Project. Formal Application will be Z\IQLJ[ [V *,8( YL]PL^  AVUPUN +PZ[YPJ[! *5 -VY 4VYL Information, Contact the Project Planner Phillip Brennan at

Action Items 3. 7<)30* /,(905.  8<(:01<+0*0(3  :HU Antonio Avenue [15PLN-00314]: Recommendation on Applicantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Request for Approval of a Major Architectural 9L]PL^ [V (SSV^ [OL +LTVSP[PVU VM ;^V ,_PZ[PUN *VTTLYJPHS6É&#x2030;JL)\PSKPUNZH[HUK:HU(U[VUPV Avenue and Construction of Two, Five-Story Hotels (Courtyard by Marriott with 151 rooms and AC by Marriott with 143 rooms). The Site Will Include Surface and Two 3L]LSZVM)HZLTLU[7HYRPUN,U]PYVUTLU[HS(ZZLZZTLU[! (+YHM[,U]PYVUTLU[HS0TWHJ[9LWVY[+,09^HZJPYJ\SH[LK for public comment from March 27, 2017 to May 10, 2017. Zoning District: CS. For More Information, Contact the Project Planner Sheldon Ah Sing at 4. 7<)30* /,(905.  8<(:01<+0*0(3  ,S *HTPUV Real [15PLN-00312]: Request for Architectural Review for a new Three Story Mixed Use Project with 275 Square Feet of Commercial Space and Three Residential Units (4,435 Square Feet). The Applicant Also Seeks a Variance to the Minimum Mixed-use Ground Floor Commercial -SVVY (YLH 9H[PV HUK +LZPNU ,UOHUJLTLU[ ,_JLW[PVU to Reduce the Required Driveway Width from 20-feet [V MLL[ HUK :P_PUJOLZ ,U]PYVUTLU[HS (ZZLZZTLU[! Pending Further Review. Zoning District: CS. For More Information, Contact the Project Planner Adam Petersen at 5. 7<)30* /,(905.  8<(:01<+0*0(3  *HSPMVYUPH Avenue [16PLN-00352]: Request for a Hearing on the Directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tentative Approval of a Minor Architectural Review for an Outdoor Seating Area and Other Associated *OHUNLZ ,U]PYVUTLU[HS (ZZLZZTLU[! ,_LTW[ MYVT [OL WYV]PZPVUZ VM *,8( WLY .\PKLSPUL :LJ[PVU  ,_PZ[PUN-HJPSP[PLZAVUPUN+PZ[YPJ[!**97-VY4VYL Information, Contact the Project Planner Graham Owen at The Architectural Review Board is live streamed online at O[[W!TPKWLUTLKPHVYNJH[LNVY`NV]LYUTLU[JP[`VMWHSVHS[V and available on via cablecast on government access channel 26. The complete agenda with accompanying reports is available online at O[[W!^^^JP[`VMWHSVHS[VVYNNV]IVHYKZHYIKLMH\S[ asp. For additional information contact Alicia Spotwood at alicia.spotwood@cityofpaloalto.orgVYH[. Page 10 â&#x20AC;˘ May 19, 2017 â&#x20AC;˘ Palo Alto Weekly â&#x20AC;˘


News Digest Woman pleads not guilty to sister-in-lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s murder

A woman pleaded not guilty Monday to a murder charge in the death of her sister-in-law whose bloodied body was found in a Palo Alto home last summer, prosecutors said. Jingyan Jin, 41, of Palo Alto, denied a murder charge at the Hall of Justice in San Jose. Prosecutors amended the complaint against her by adding a personal use of a deadly weapon enhancement, which in this case was a knife. The defendant is accused of killing Jenny Shi, 65, an acupuncturist who was found by a relative in Shiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creekside Drive residence in the Greenmeadow neighborhood on the night of July 7, police said. An autopsy four days later showed the 65-year-old woman died from multiple stab wounds, according to the Santa Clara County Medical-Examiner-Coronerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. Jin was arrested Oct. 6 on a warrant based on evidence turned over to the Santa Clara County District Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office that showed probable cause to arrest her in Shiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death, according to police. Jin was linked to the death based on partial DNA evidence taken from a window knob and window edges, submitted to the Santa Clara County Crime Lab, according to a police statement of facts by Detective Eric Bulatao filed in court. Jin allegedly stabbed Shi 41 times in Shiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bedroom and had a verbal altercation with her within the past year, according to Bulatao. Jin is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Monday, May 22, in San Jose. Q â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Palo Alto Weekly staff

City mulls ways to strengthen code enforcement

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a busy year in Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning department, which among other responsibilities is working on the update of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Comprehensive Plan, revamping downtownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parking policies and reviewing development proposals. But along with such high-profile projects, one smaller planning duty continues to snag city residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attention: code enforcement. The most recent National Citizens Survey, which came out in January, shows only 52 percent of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents rating code enforcement as â&#x20AC;&#x153;good or excellentâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though most respondents also noted that they had not personally observed any code violation. Councilwoman Karen Holman, who sits on the Finance Committee, shares these concerns. While reviewing the proposed city budget on May 9, Holman recommended funding another code-enforcement position, which would bring the size of the team to four officers. This could mean relying more on fines and fees to offset the costs of the worker, she said. The idea of further bolstering the code-enforcement program was also floated by Planning Director Hillary Gitelman but did not get the support of City Manager James Keene, whose proposed budget the committee is now reviewing. After Holmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two committee colleagues, Chairman Eric Filseth and Adrian Fine, rejected her recommendation, she voted against the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget (the committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth member, Greg Tanaka, was absent). Gitelman, whose department includes 42.5 full-time-equivalent positions, called code enforcement a â&#x20AC;&#x153;resources-constrained function.â&#x20AC;? The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current system is based on complaints, she said â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the officers respond when they are notified of a possible violation. Even without any budget increases, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s code-enforcement program is being examined by the office of City Auditor Harriet Richardson. In reviewing the budget for Richardsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, the Finance Committee voted to add $20,000 for survey work relating to code-enforcement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an expenditure proposed by Holman. Q â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Gennady Sheyner

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in affordable-housing funds, and the Housing Authority will contribute $26 million through federal funding from HUD, which will also pay for improvements to the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aged utilities infrastructure. Residents currently living at the park will retain the right to lease their spaces, according to the statement. Erika Escalante, president of the Buena Vista Park Residents Association, expressed her gratitude over the news on Thursday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not completely done, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very excited and thankful. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing to reflect back. At times it seemed impossible to get here,â&#x20AC;? she said. When the possibility of losing their homes first surfaced, she said, it seemed as though the residents were alone in their battle. But then she met Winter Dellenbach, who spearheaded the Friends of Buena Vista group in support of the residents, at a City Council meeting and the two women began to work together. Since then, hundreds of supporters have come out to help the Buena Vista residents. Escalante said that Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian help was essential in saving the park. Simitian launched an effort to purchase Buena Vista from the Jissers in January 2015, as the City of Palo Alto was reviewing the Jissersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; park closure plan. As part of the closure, residents would have received some relocation costs and the assessed value of their mobile homes, which the residents own. The council approved the park closure in May 2015, which led to multiple lawsuits and ultimately a Superior Court judgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reversal of the approval last December. Simitian worked to get the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors to approve $8 million toward the purchase of Buena Vista, which it did in January 2015. The board voted unanimously to increase the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to $14.5 million in June 2015. The Palo Alto City Council followed suit, approving $8 million initially and then upping the total to $14.5 million in June 2015. On Thursday, Simitian reflected on the deal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any day you can save 117 units of affordable housing, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good day,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I moved here 50 years ago, Palo Alto was a place of economic diversity and a place of opportunity. There is a threshold question: Is Palo Alto still a place of opportunity?â&#x20AC;? Saving Buena Vista is a significant victory toward maintaining the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic diversity, Simitian said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At one level this was a test â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a test of whether or not our region remains a place of inclusivity and opportunity,â&#x20AC;? he said in a statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In this instance, at least, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gratified to say we passed the test.â&#x20AC;? Simitian added that the process was complicated because it required five entities to come

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Upfront to an agreement. All worked together to find an equitable solution, he said. But he also gave credit to the residents of Buena Vista. “It’s hard to overstate the dignity and decency with which the residents carried through this process. Every day these folks got up and wondered if an eviction notice would be in their mailbox. That’s a very tough way to have to live, especially for people of limited economic means,” he said. Barron Park resident Dellenbach said that preserving the mobilehome park required the work of the entire community, from neighbors and the residents to church groups, the Palo Alto PTAs, government and nonprofit groups. “Overjoyed doesn’t even begin to describe it,” she said upon learning just minutes before of the agreement. “This news transforms what we used to describe as a potentially slow-moving catastrophe into an almost unimaginable victory.” Many people said five years ago that with Palo Alto’s high land prices the purchase of Buena Vista would be impossible, but there were so many resources in the community that worked together to make it happen, she said. “For the first time the residents of Buena Vista can exhale and be secure and feel safe. This puts all of the unpredictability and insecurity to rest,” she said. “It took a whole lot of resources, so much intelligence and a whole lot of faith and trust, and it all came together.” Escalante said that she, too, wanted to thank the entire community, from the PTAs to the churches, the city and county and other groups and individuals. “I am so grateful to live in this community and to know when we needed it they came through. I would not be here talking to you if it wasn’t for the community. I am grateful to know that the community values what we bring to the bigger community. That’s just amazing,” she said. Simitian said the victory is not just for the residents. “On a very practical level, this has also been an effort that benefits us all. The people who live at Buena Vista are mostly working

class folks filling the jobs that make our community run. They’re working at local businesses, nonprofits, colleges and universities. They’re essential to our continued economic vitality. We need them in the workforce,” he said. “And if they’re forced out of the region, commuting from

God knows where, that has traffic congestion implications for all of us as well.” Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff also applauded the outcome. “This is an extraordinary opportunity to preserve affordable (continued on next page)

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet with the Palo Alto Youth Council; hold a joint session with the Parks and Recreation Commission; consider approving the Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Master Plan; and review the Business & Economics elements in the updated Comprehensive Plan. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 22, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

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COUNCIL POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to get an update on federal legislative matters relating to airplane noise; discuss options for implementing a Fiber-to-the-Premises or Fiberto-the-Node network; and consider an ordinance prohibiting outdoor marijuana cultivation. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will discuss its legal services contracts, a plan for renaming Jordan and Terman middle schools, a K-12 computer science committee, an update on district policies on sexual harassment and discrimination, a plan for a reorganization of district-level leadership roles and reporting and the two high schools’ Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) reports. The board will take action on a recommendation to appoint a new assistant superintendent for strategic initiatives and operations. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23, at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave. PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to review the mitigated negative impact declaration for the Parks, Trails, Natural Open Space and Recreation Master Plan and consider an amendment with Team Sheeper Aquatics pertaining to management of the city’s aquatics program. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23, in the Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave. COUNCIL RAIL COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to hear a presentation from the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board about Caltrain electrification; and recap the May 20 community meeting on rail corridor design. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board plans to consider 250 and 350 Sherman Ave., the city’s application for a new public safety building and parking structure; 303 Parkside Drive, an update of the pool and deck and construction of a community room at Greenmeadow Community Center; and 640 Waverley St., an application for a mixed-use building to replace two existing structures. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 25, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to conclude its review of the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

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housing for low-income residents, including at least 100 children, in a city where it is desperately needed. Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment of affordable housing funds to this project are well spent,â&#x20AC;? he said in the joint statement. U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, who lobbied the HUD for approval of funds, said she is proud to have helped. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These resources will also help to renovate over 100 units of affordable housing for the community. The efforts of the Santa

Clara County Housing Authority, the City of Palo Alto, the County of Santa Clara, and the superb leadership of Supervisor Joe Simitian have brought about a remarkable success for our mutual constituents,â&#x20AC;? she said in the joint statement. The acquisition is expected to conclude by early fall after the park is subdivided from the the commercial property that the Jissers will retain. Caritas will hold the ground lease and oversee the residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; subleases. The nonprofit will bring in a firm to manage the property, said Katherine Harasz, Housing Authority

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executive director. Caritas will continue to assess the park and the residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; needs. The parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water, sewer and electrical systems will be upgraded. Some of the mobile homes might also need work. Although the residents own their mobile homes, Caritas is also committed to helping the residents where they need assistance, she said. The Housing Authority is the largest provider of affordablehousing assistance in the county, aiding nearly 18,000 households. Q Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

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student do the same to another girl. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a sense of safety,â&#x20AC;? she said, urging more transparency around notifying parents about unsafe behavior on campus. A Paly parent said her daughter was stalked by male students the past two years. Her daughter, whose name is being withheld to protect her privacy, told the board that she felt â&#x20AC;&#x153;fearfulâ&#x20AC;? at school, like â&#x20AC;&#x153;my world had been turned upside down.â&#x20AC;? Despite reporting the stalking to administrators, she said she felt like â&#x20AC;&#x153;no one was there for me.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m here to speak on behalf of the students who are silent,â&#x20AC;? the teenager said. McGee told reporters outside the meeting that he was unaware of these incidents and would follow up on them. At next weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board meeting, he said he plans to propose a new district-level position â&#x20AC;&#x201D; assistant superintendent for strategic initiatives and operations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to oversee Title IX compliance and to make sure that â&#x20AC;&#x153;nothing like this will slip through the cracks.â&#x20AC;? He also said he is organizing a community panel with the Palo Alto Council of PTAs that will feature him, a police officer, juvenile justice department representative and education lawyer. uestions about the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s handling of the junior student-athleteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conviction and reports of alleged assaults stem from cases in 2015 and 2016. He was convicted in juvenile court of a felony charge â&#x20AC;&#x201D; oral copulation by force, violence, duress, menace or fear â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in December for assaulting a female Menlo-Atherton High School student, then 15 years old, in October 2015, according to court documents reviewed by the Weekly. Although juvenile court proceedings are typically sealed, the records were made public due to the seriousness of the offense. (Forced oral copulation is on a list of several crimes that, if committed by a minor, are still public record in California.) The judge who heard the case,


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Margaret Johnson, ordered the student to enroll in and complete a sexual offender counseling program, court documents show. She also signed a three-year restraining order in January but dismissed a second felony charge stemming from the same assault (oral copulation with a minor) and struck a requirement that the student register as a sex offender, according to court documents. The victim, whose name is being withheld to protect her privacy, said she never consented to the act and that the Paly student ignored both verbal and non-verbal cues that indicated that. “When you assaulted me, you might as well have taken my life, my sense of self, my security, and thrown it across the room,” she wrote in a victim impact statement she read aloud in court at his sentencing, provided to the Weekly. “You shattered me into a million pieces, and I have spent the last 15 months cleaning up the mess you made. In one night, you irreversibly changed me in countless ways.” She said she told her mother what happened that night, but it wasn’t until a month later — a month she spent on her bedroom floor, researching the definitions of sexual assault and consent on her laptop until 1 in the morning

— that she decided to file a police report. The school district has said it was notified of the male student’s conviction in January. It is unclear what, if anything, the district or school officials did in response, as McGee and Diorio have told the Weekly they will not disclose information about this case, citing student-privacy law Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the fact that the students involved are minors. The school board was first notified of the student’s conviction on March 31, according to Vice President Ken Dauber. He said he did not learn of “any details, including the nature of the offense, until the media reported them.” Two months prior to the conviction, in October, a female Paly freshman, then 14 years old, reported to school administrators that the same male student had forced her to perform oral sex in a campus bathroom. Beforehand, he had been “taunting” her and sending her nude photos over Snapchat, said her mother, who asked that her and her daughter’s names be withheld to protect their privacy. The girl’s mother said in a phone interview Monday that she plans to file a lawsuit against the school district for its failure to protect her daughter and other students at Paly. About a month after the incident, becoming frustrated by what she described as a lack of action on behalf of

the Paly administration, and her daughter’s worsening emotional state after the incident, she decided to pull her daughter out of school. The family has relocated 160 miles away from Palo Alto, the mother said. “I felt like they failed me as a parent, and as a student that attends Palo Alto, they failed my daughter,” she said. “They’re continuing to fail all the students that are attending that school now by not speaking out and informing them there’s a person that has assaulted students.” odfrey told the Weekly previously that the Paly freshman’s report to school administrators was “handled as a discipline case ... because of how it was characterized,” as a “sexual incident” rather than a “sexual assault.” She declined to elaborate on the distinction. Under board policy, when school employees become aware of any allegations of sexual misconduct, they are required to report them to their principal, who has one day to notify the district’s Title IX coordinator. The superintendent must ensure any sexual-misconduct complaints are “immediately” investigated under the Uniform Complaint Procedure (UCP), a district-level process for investigation unlawful discrimination, bullying and other allegations. No such notification is shown on the district’s UCP log for October 2016. The Paly victim’s mother said school officials did not inform her of her right to file a complaint through the district’s Uniform Complaint Procedure, which is required by policy. Godfrey said the district opened the Title IX investigation in late March after a person from outside the district notified Palo Alto Unified that he or she had been the victim of a sexual assault by the same male student, although the Weekly has been unable to confirm any information on this third alleged incident. Although both the Paly and M-A students said they reported their incidents to the Palo Alto Police Department, spokesman Capt. Zach Perron declined to provide details about the cases, stating that “as a matter of department procedure and under the legal protections afforded by state law to victims of sex crimes, juvenile victims, juvenile suspects, and juvenile arrestees, we do not release information on such cases.” The church victim said shared her story publicly in the hopes not only to spur the Palo Alto school district to action, but to raise awareness about the prevalence of sexual violence in high schools. Sexual assault is “not some obscure issue that happens only in dark alleys and frat parties,” she said. “It happens everywhere and it’s something we all need to have in our sphere of discussion and consciousness.” Q Staff Writer Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@


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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


Castilleja Summer Camp for Girls

Palo Alto

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.

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


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.

650.917.6800 ext. 0

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.

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! 650.321.3891

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.


TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Palo Alto Menlo Park


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


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.

Emerson: 650.424.1267 Hacienda: 925.485.5750

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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Camp High Five Overnight Camp

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

Sacred Heart Schools Atherton

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

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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John Andrew Dahlquist December 5, 1933 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; May 1, 2017 John Andrew Dahlquist, 83, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died unexpectedly but peacefully on May 1, 2017, while vacationing in Mexico. Before his retirement, John worked as a physicist for Measurex, which was later acquired by Honeywell. John enjoyed classical music, art, dance and theater. He dabbled in woodworking as a hobby. John was much loved and will be missed by friends and family, including his wife of 60 years Mary, his son Brian and daughter-in-law Patty of San Jose, his daughter Lynn Sanford and son-in-law Will of San Ramon, his sister Joyce

Ayse G. Whitney December 17, 1937 - May 10, 2017 Ayse G. Whitney, 79, of Dexter, Oregon, passed away peacefully at home on May 10, 2017. Born in Istanbul, Turkey, she was a resident of Menlo Park, California, before moving to Dexter in 1988. She is survived by her daughter, Lara, of San Francisco, California. A memorial service was held Thursday, May 18 at Andreasons Funeral Home, Springfield Oregon. Memorial donations may be sent to Food for Lane County, Eugene, Oregon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be Kind, Be Gentle, Tell the Truth, Trust Lifeâ&#x20AC;? PAID OBITUARY

Bogenholm of Minnesota, and his grandchildren Robert, Jonathan, Christine and Mitchell. A Celebration of Life is being planned but details are not yet finalized.

Jacquelyn Thenn March 4, 1928 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; April 27, 2017

The family requests that memorial donations be made to: Bay Pointe Ballet 271 Wattis Way, South San Francisco, CA 94080 PAID


PALO ALTO PLANNING & TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING 250 HAMILTON AVENUE, COUNCIL CHAMBERS May 31, 2017 at 6:00 PM Study Session: 1. STUDY SESSION. Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bicycle Overpass and Adobe Creek Reach Trail Project [17PLN-00086]: Preliminary Planning and Transportation Commission Review of a Proposal for an Overpass Structure Near San Antonio Road, and Trail, and YLJVUĂ&#x201E;N\YH[PVU VM [OL HKQHJLU[ 7HYRPUN 3V[ H[  West Bayshore Road. Environmental Assessment: Not a Project. Formal Application will be Subject to CEQA and NEPA Review. Zoning Districts: PF(D), PF, ROLM, and GM. For more information, contact the project planner Claire Hodgkins at Action Items: 2.  /HTPS[VU (]LU\L! +V^U[V^U .HYHNL! ;OL 7SHUUPUN and Transportation Commission Will Hold a Public Scoping Meeting on the Notice of Preparation for an Environmental Impact Report for the Replacement of a Surface Parking Lot with Parking Structure. Public Input is Encouraged. For More Information, Please Contact Holly Boyd at  QUASI JUDICIAL / PUBLIC HEARING. 260 California Avenue [16PLN-00289]: Request for a Hearing on the Tentative Approval of a Conditional Use Permit to Allow the Sale of Beer, Wine, and Liquor in Conjunction With a Restaurant With an Outdoor Seating Area. Environmental Assessment: Exempt From the Provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act per :LJ[PVU  AVUPUN +PZ[YPJ[! **97 -VY 4VYL Information Contact project planner Graham Owen at The Planning and Transportation Commission is live streamed online at and available on via cablecast on government access channel 26. The complete agenda with accompanying reports is available online at boards/ptc/default.asp. For Additional Information Contact Yolanda Cervantes at VYH[  Page 16 â&#x20AC;˘ May 19, 2017 â&#x20AC;˘ Palo Alto Weekly â&#x20AC;˘

Former Palo Alto resident Jacquelyn Elsner Thenn was born March 4, 1928, in Los Angeles, California. She lived on Alger Drive in Palo Alto for more than 10 years in the 1950s and 1960s. She passed away peacefully April 27, 2017, in Sparks, Nevada surrounded by her children. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite animal charity. PAID


Pulse A weekly compendium of vital statistics

POLICE CALLS Palo Alto May 10-16

Violence related Attempted suicide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Domestic violence/battery . . . . . . . . . . 2 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Credit card forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Stolen medical prescription . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Driving w/ suspended license. . . . . . . . 5 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 6 Vehicle accident/prop damage. . . . . . . 7 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Alcohol or drug related Drinking in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Driving under influence . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Possession of paraphernalia . . . . . . . . 2 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Miscellaneous Animal call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Found dog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . 3 Outside investigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Sex crime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Sick and cared for . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 3 Unattended death. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Menlo Park May 10-16

Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Theft undefined. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Driving w/ suspended license. . . . . . . . 8 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 4 Vehicle accident/prop damage. . . . . . . 7 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Alcohol or drug related Drinking in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Driving under influence . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous Adult protective services referral . . . . . 2 Child protective services referral. . . . . . 3 Coroner case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Dog bite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Info. case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Psychiatric subject . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7


Page Mill Road, 5/10, 11:44 p.m.; domestic violence/battery. Old Trace Road, 5/13, 5:49 p.m.; suicide attempt. El Camino Real, 5/13, 7:20 p.m.; domestic violence/battery.

Menlo Park

600 block Santa Cruz Avenue, 5/13, 11:46 a.m.; battery.

Transitions Ruth Marilyn Goldbeck

Ruth Marilyn Goldbeck, a 54year resident of Palo Alto, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on April 17, after a brief illness. She was 90. She was born in 1926, the youngest of five children, to Carl and Florence Nordwall of Oak Park, Illinois. After a stint with the Civil Air Patrol during WWII and attending art school in Chicago, she met Robert “Bud” Goldbeck; they married in Oak Park on June 12, 1948. Together, they raised three children and moved around the country multiple times before eventually settling on the West Coast, where her husband pursued his doctorate and a career as a research psychologist. After her children were grown, she worked as an optical technician building research and industrial lasers at Spectra-Physics in Mountain View. After retiring, her attentions focused on family and caring for her ailing husband. As a lifelong music fan, she attended Chicago jazz clubs, where she met legends like Charlie Parker; kept up with the 1960s San Francisco jazz and rock scene; and attended the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s opera and classical music concerts. She also enjoyed traveling in Europe, Africa and the U.S. with her husband and family. She is survived by her older son, Robert (Jennifer) Goldbeck Jr. of Santa Cruz; her daughter, Mardi (Jeff) Williams of Palo Alto; her younger son, Steven (Solveig) Goldbeck of San Francisco; her grandchildren, Jessica (Joe) Tollkuhn of Huntington, New York, Brenna (John) Bontrager of San Rafael, Justin Williams of Palo Alto, Brittany Williams of Washington, D.C. and Eric Goldbeck-Dimon of San Francisco; and great-grandchildren, Franklin Mulvaney and Linus Tollkuhn of Huntington, New York. A celebration of life will be held on June 9 at 6 p.m. at the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.


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Duncan L. Matteson Duncan Matteson, a prominent Peninsula real estate and banking executive, community leader and philanthropist, passed away peacefully at home in Palo Alto on May 12, 2017 after a prolonged struggle with heart disease. He was 82. Natives of Missouri, Duncan and his wife of 61 years, Shirley, arrived in Palo Alto in 1959 and have made the Peninsula their home for 58 years. Duncan was born in Kansas City, Missouri on June 15, 1934. The youngest of three children born to George and Bernice Matteson, Duncan was especially close to his older brother George and his sister Nancy. Duncan was an avid athlete starting at a young age, and beginning with baseball, he was a member of the Missouri State Championship little league team in 1948. He was a metropolitan Kansas City All Star in high school in football, basketball and track, and was also an avid golfer and tennis player. Athletics played a large role during his life through his personal participation, avid spectating, and consistent financial support of collegiate athletics in partnership with his wife Shirley. Duncan majored in business administration at the University of Missouri, where he played on the Men’s Basketball Team and rose to No. 2 on the Men’s Golf Team. He was a member of the Missouri chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity and became President of the chapter in his junior year. Playing for Sigma Chi, Duncan was named University of Missouri’s Intramural Athlete of the Year in 1955. Duncan and Shirley met in Kansas City (Duncan was 15 and Shirley was 14), and have been sweethearts ever since, dating through junior high school, high school and college. Shirley followed Duncan to the University of Missouri, where they continued their romance and married in 1955. In 1956, Duncan graduated from Missouri and entered the Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC) as a Navigator. While with SAC, they were stationed in Houston, Texas where their daughter Melissa was born in 1957 and in Riverside, California where their son Matt was born in 1958. After leaving the Air Force, Duncan and Shirley moved to Palo Alto in 1959, following Shirley’s parents to California and the Bay Area where they had relocated to Hillsborough in 1952. Duncan began his career in Palo Alto in the securities business with Schwabacher & Company, but migrated to the commercial real estate business in 1964. In late 1967, Duncan became a partner in California Lands Investment Company, and in 1971 co-founded Stanford Financial Company in Palo Alto with his close friends Dennis LeVett and Bill Reller. They have remained close friends to this day. In 1978, Duncan founded Matteson Investment Corporation, focusing on multi-family housing in California. Successor companies to Matteson Investment Corporation, most notably JB Matteson, Inc., remain active in the apartment housing sector on the west coast today. While involved in the commercial real estate industry, Duncan was involved in the development and acquisition of several thousand apartment units as well as a number of office and retail developments. In 1992, he was named Chairman of the National Multi-Housing Council, the largest group of apartment owners and managers in the country. Looking for new challenges, in 1987 Duncan co-founded MidPeninsula Bank in Palo Alto with several other long-time local community leaders. In 1996, Mid-Peninsula Bank merged with Cupertino National Bank, and the combined entity, Greater Bay Bancorp, acquired 9 more Bay Area regional banks, with Duncan serving as Chairman of the holding company. In 2007, Greater Bay was merged with Wells Fargo Bank. Duncan, in partnership with his wife Shirley, was actively involved in a multitude of community and charitable organizations. After moving to California, Duncan remained actively involved in supporting the University of Missouri Business School, notably serving as co-founder and the first chairman of the Davenport Society, an organization providing capital for the rebuilding of the business school campus as well as scholarship funds for graduate students. However, during their life on the Peninsula, Duncan and Shirley “adopted” Stanford University and related entities as significant focuses

of their philanthropic efforts, including the Hoover Institution at Stanford, Friends of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford, the Stanford Health Library, Stanford Hospital, and Stanford Athletics, where Duncan served on the Stanford Athletic Board and where Duncan and Shirley funded football, basketball and athletic department scholarships and internships over many years. Duncan joined the Board of Trustees and subsequently became Chairman of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and in the 1990’s he co-chaired the committee that raised the funds to build PAMF’s signature campus on El Camino Real in Palo Alto. Duncan and Shirley have also been exceptionally active at Menlo Church (formerly Menlo Park Presbyterian Church), where Duncan served as an Elder as well as Trustee on the board of the Church of the Pioneers Foundation, where he focused on managing the real estate holdings of the Foundation used to support the Church. Duncan was particularly devoted to the American Cancer Society, and over many years championed the founding and ongoing fundraising success of the Golden Gate Invitational, an annual golf tournament held on the San Francisco Peninsula to benefit the Cancer Society. Duncan’s other philanthropic focuses over many decades have been the March of Dimes, the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, Job Train, and the Bay Area Council. Duncan was recognized for his commitment to public service and support of worthy causes. In 2005, Duncan was named a “Significant Sigma Chi,” an award given to less than 1% of the national fraternity’s membership for exemplary public service or other accomplishments that bring honor to the fraternity. In 2017 shortly before his death, Duncan was given the Lou Spadia Award by the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his devoted support of BASHOF’s program supporting athletic opportunities for inner-city youth. Duncan and Shirley traveled extensively, one of their most passionate pastimes. An avid golfer all his life, Duncan set out to play as many of the most renowned golf courses around the U.S. and in Europe as possible. Throughout his life, Duncan was active in the Republican Party on a local, state, and national level, primarily supporting candidates at all levels with name building exposure and financial support. Most importantly, he was a devoted family man and made his family his primary focus. In addition to his beloved wife Shirley, he is survived by his sister Nancy Lewis Hoke of Glendale, Arizona, his daughter Melissa Matteson Badger and her husband Dr. James T. Badger of Atherton, California, his son Matt and his wife Betsy Hirsch Matteson of San Francisco, California, and five grandchildren: Brady Badger, Brooke Badger, Brig Badger, Courtney Matteson and Sydney Matteson. His greatest joy was participating in each of their lives, attending countless athletic games and matches, and gathering everyone together as often as schedules and logistics would allow. Organizing family adventures and trips was a special love of his. He loved all in his family deeply, was close to each of them, and he will be sorely missed as the family’s patriarch and cheerleader. As with his family, Duncan was also truly devoted to his friends and their families throughout his life, doing whatever he could to assist them with life’s opportunities and challenges. His definition of “family” extended far beyond his immediate family. A celebration of Duncan’s life will be held at Menlo Church (formerly Menlo Park Presbyterian Church) on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 1 p.m. A reception at Menlo Circus Club in Atherton will follow the ceremony. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Duncan’s memory to the hospice organization Pathways, 585 North Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale, California 94085; The Cardiovascular Program at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Department of Philanthropy, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301; or to The Church of the Pioneers Foundation, c/o Menlo Church, 1177 University Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025. The family wishes to send their heartfelt thanks to Frank VanderZwan of Menlo Church, and to the caregivers and those from Pathways who so lovingly cared for him during his final days. PAID OBITUARY • Palo Alto Weekly • May 19, 2017 • Page 17

Cover Story

Coming into focus City leaders set vision for Palo Alto in 2030 A view of downtown Palo Alto as seen from the rooftop of Channing House includes City Hall, to the left.


n his “State of the City” speech on Feb. 8 — a talk normally confined to highlighting the City Council’s recent accomplishments and annual priorities — Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff took a detour to address an unusually heated and convoluted meeting that had taken place the prior week. In deliberating over an update to the city’s guiding land-use document, the Comprehensive Plan, the council voted to abolish downtown’s limit on new development and remove any mention of height limits for buildings. Most controversially, it decided on a 5-4 vote to strip all programs from the plan, a decision that sparked such a community backlash that the council later reversed it. Despite these actions, which took many in the community by surprise, Scharff assured the crowd at HanaHaus that the sudden changes wouldn’t dramatically impact the Comprehensive Plan, a vision document that some

Story by Gennady Sheyner | Photos by Veronica Weber regard as the city’s “constitution.” for new multi-family housing in told the council in March that the “No one will see every policy areas served by public transit and city needs to have “diverse housor implementation program they allowing more dense new hotels. ing for the diverse community want in the plan, but I’m confident Earlier this month, the council that has come to Palo Alto and to that the finished product will not hit a critical milestone when it ap- help regional needs.” Judy Kleinbe vastly ideologically different proved the plan’s two most critical berg, president of the Palo Alto from the current plan we have, chapters (or elements): Land Use Chamber of Commerce, urged and that it will accurately reflect and Transportation. council members to “be bold.” our collective vision for Palo Alto Now, if things go as planned, “Let’s get housing downtown, in 2030,” Scharff said. the updated document will be near transit, and let’s help solve His speech came at a transition adopted later this year, paving this housing imbalance,” Kleinpoint for the Comprehensive Plan the way for new zoning policies berg said at the hearing. update. Launched in 2006, the and — ultimately — development At the other end of the politiprocess has been undermined by projects. cal spectrum are those who bepolitical indifference, disagreeAs this “collective vision” lieve the city needs to focus less ments about the preferred ap- comes into focus, residents on on building and more on existing proach and laborious copyediting both sides of the political divide “quality of life” issues — parking by the a group of planning com- are becoming increasingly en- shortages, traffic jams and unwelmissioners with little input from gaged. Hundreds have attended come urbanization. the council or the community. recent public hearings on the Joe Hirsch, a Barron Park Then this year, the update pro- Comprehensive Plan or submitted neighborhood resident who cocess jumped into warp speed — letters to the council advocating founded the group Palo Altans for and then some. Between January for or against policies. A grow- Sensible Zoning, told the council and this week, council members ing coalition of housing advo- at the same meeting that the city introduced and approved new cates, buoyed by last November’s needs to “focus on the needs of Comprehensive Plan policies that council election, is calling for the current residents who are here and had not been previously discussed, council to “go big” on housing. now.” More growth and more peomuch less vetted, including ones Diane Morin, member of the ple means more cars and worsencalling for less required parking citizens group Palo Alto Forward, ing gridlock, Hirsch said.

“Have a plan in place that will mitigate the problems we have now and then gradually expand housing to the extent it can be accommodated without adversely affecting the quality of life for all of us — those who are here and now and those who will come afterwards,” Hirsch said. While much work remains to be done, the blurry outlines of the “collective vision” Scharff cited began to crystallize this month. Over a dizzying series of page-long motions, amendments, substitute motions and counteramendments that at times left council members wondering what they were voting on, the council swiftly adopted policy changes. Those changes — large and small — promise to alter the city’s path between now and 2030 and, in many ways, belie Scharff’s claim that the new plan will not be much different from the current one. So, what exactly should residents expect to see in the new vision? Q


Lifting the lid


The modernist mixed-use development at 636 Waverley St. in downtown Palo Alto has been under construction for a few years. Page 18 • May 19, 2017 • Palo Alto Weekly •

ome call it a blunt and unnecessary tool. Others say it’s a muchneeded panacea for the city’s growing pains. The topic of whether the city should limit development to a fixed total square footage and, if so, what that cap should cover has been debated in Palo Alto for more than three decades. The driver of the conversation is usually, well, drivers. In 1986, downtown’s parking and traffic problems prompted the City Council to approve a study that ultimately established a 350,000-square-foot cap on nonresidential development in downtown and to tighten up rules on building density and required

parking spaces. At the time, the council was responding to a period of rapid growth, with more than 470,000 square feet of commercial space approved between 1980 and 1984. (By contrast, the city produced only 120,000 square feet of new commercial space between 1971 and 1979.) This dynamic, according to a 1985 report, “recreated a vitality of downtown Palo Alto which has been lost after the opening of Stanford Shopping Center, almost 30 years later.” Yet the growth also created traffic jams and parking shortages, according to the study. “Congestion Downtown continued to increase, caused by

Cover Story both Downtown Palo Alto traffic and by through traffic going to and from other locations, generally outside the city’s boundaries,” states a 1986 study that could’ve easily been penned in 2017. “Concerns in the community arose regarding the increased level of traffic that was being generated by the recently approved projects in Downtown Palo Alto.” In addition to creating the 350,000-square-foot cap, the council directed staff to review the limit once new development reached a threshold of 235,000 square feet — which it did in 2013. Today, there are 281,770 square feet of new development in the downtown area, along with two projects in the city’s planning “pipeline” totaling 29,950 square feet. This leaves just 38,280 square feet of development allowed under the downtown cap.

The limitation — along with the policy of re-evaluating it — is enshrined in the existing Comprehensive Plan, approved in 1998. The document also includes a broader cap of 3.26 million square feet on non-residential development in nine planning areas throughout the city that were identified in a 1989 land use study. In addition to these two longexisting caps, the City Council adopted two years ago an annual 50,000-square-foot limit on office and research-and-development projects in downtown, along El Camino Real and around California Avenue. As part of the Comprehensive Plan revision, one of the most significant questions that the council wrestled with is what to do about these three caps. It didn’t take long for members to reach a consensus on maintaining the overall cap, which today allows

an additional 1.7 million square feet of development throughout the city. That cap will remain the Comprehensive Plan. There was more disagreement about the 50,000-square-foot office cap, with council members generally agreeing that it should be kept but disagreeing over whether it should be included in the updated Comprehensive Plan. (They ultimately agreed to leave it out but to pass an ordinance continuing the policy.) The biggest clash came over the downtown cap. On Jan. 30, the council moved to abolish the downtown development limit entirely, with Councilman Cory Wolbach and Mayor Greg Scharff advocating that route. Both argued that, as the city’s most transit-friendly area, downtown is also the part of the city most suitable for growth. “If we’re gonna have further

office development or RND (research-and-development) development in Palo Alto, downtown is still one of the smartest places to put it,” Wolbach said. Scharff seconded Wolbach’s motion and pointed to the low rate of solo drivers among employees of downtown’s biggest companies (a recent survey by the Palo Alto Transportation Management Association indicated that only 26 percent of them drive alone to work). Scharff called the rate “amazing.” “If we’re looking for the best places to do (commuter) trip reduction, it’s downtown,” Scharff said. “Nowhere else in the city comes close to that.” Those on the council who favor slow city growth rejected this view. Much like their 1986 counterparts, they pointed to downtown’s parking and traffic problems as the main reasons why the

downtown cap should remain. Councilman Eric Filseth, who made a failed bid to restore the downtown cap, pointed to a recent citizens survey showing a growing number of citizens reporting that they don’t believe the council is acting in their interests. “Why is this happening?” Filseth asked. “Probably not because we let Facebook get away, and we haven’t densified fast enough.” While he agreed that downtown is served by more public transit than other areas, he said that adding development will not reduce car commuters but merely increase them at a slower rate. Councilman Tom DuBois joined Filseth, Karen Holman and Lydia Kou in dissent. “I think it’s pretty radical to just blow away the cap ... when we recognized all the issues we’ve been dealing with downtown,” DuBois said. Q


A modest proposal


hen Vice Mayor Liz Kniss was campaigning for re-election last fall, one issue towered above all others among residents with whom she spoke. “It was housing, housing and more housing,” Kniss said during the City Council’s March 20 meeting, as the council was deciding how many new housing units to plan for between now and 2030. Public calls for more housing remained high after November, with hundreds of residents flocking to council hearings, signing petitions and penning emails urging the City Council to “go big” on housing. John Kelley, who is part of the growing crowd, told the council that if the city doesn’t do anything “dramatic” about housing, families and friendships in Palo Alto will be torn apart. “Are we simply going to be a community of the most wealthy of the world, or are we going to be a community that respects continuity of families, continuity of friendships and continuity of people living here?” Kelly asked on Jan. 30. Some on the council share his view. Adrian Fine, who made housing the centerpiece of his council campaign, called it the community’s “No. 1 concern.” The city, he said, has not pulled its weight on housing for decades. The fact that between 2007 and 2013 the city only constructed 13 percent of the housing units that it was asked to plan for under its regional housing allocation only underscores that fact. “I just don’t think moderation is the way to go on this. ... I’d like to see Palo Alto be a leader on this,” Fine said. Councilman Cory Wolbach agreed and called the Comprehensive Plan a chance for the council to “right our wrongs” and

“clean up our mess.” But as the council wrestled with the question of how much new housing to add, moderation was exactly what it settled for. Faced with six potential city-growth scenarios — ranging from 2,720 (in the scenario that continues all existing planning policies) to 6,000 housing units (the most aggressive growth scenario, added at the urging of the pro-housing crowd), the council’s two wings agreed to meet somewhere the middle. At the urging of Mayor Greg Scharff, the council chose a scenario that would produce between 3,545 and 4,442 units by 2030 — far short of the 10,000 that Kelley urged, the 8,000 that Wolbach had advocated for and the 10,225 that the City of Mountain View is including in its precise plan for the North Bayshore area. Scharff and Councilman Eric Filseth both said that taking the middle path on housing is a “balanced” approach to growth. The city, Filseth said, has done a good job maintaining its balance between being “a purely residential suburb like Saratoga and Woodside versus a crowded urban city like downtown San Francisco. “A lot of cities would like to be where we are,” Filseth said. “Would everybody in Palo Alto like to have this and also have no traffic, easy parking everywhere, all the dog parks and playing fields you can possibly imagine and housing that everybody can afford who wants to live here? Of course. But it’s not going to happen.” “I think what most people want is for us to keep this balance. I think most people don’t want to be Atherton, and they don’t want to be the Mission District either.” After Wolbach’s bid to raise the number of housing units faltered by a 4-5 vote (with Kniss, Fine and Greg Tanaka joining him), the

The Park Plaza at 195 Page Mill Road is a development located near the California Avenue Caltrain station that features 82 apartments above commercial space. full council voted 8-1 to accept Scharff’s more moderate proposal. Yet the council also approved by a 5-4 vote — with all four residentialist-leaning members dissenting — to add to the plan a program exploring more dense multifamily complexes in areas well-served by public transit. There was far more consensus on the topic of new housing sites. In addition to reaffirming its often-stated preference for small housing units in transit-rich locations, the council unanimously agreed to explore multi-family housing along El Camino Real at Stanford Shopping Center, near the Stanford University Medical Center and at Stanford Research Park. (The only major disagreement came over whether housing should also be considered at Town & Country Village; the council voted 5-4 not to include it as a potential residential site.) Tiffany Griego, manager of Stanford Research Park, indicated on March 20 that the idea of adding housing is one the park has

Housing advocates favor taller, denser afforable housing complexes. also been considering. “Stanford and the council have a shared vision in encouraging a mix of uses in Stanford Research Park,” Griego said. “Where we see great opportunity

is encouragement of housing in Stanford Research Park and in close proximity to jobs and transit.” Q (continued on next page) • Palo Alto Weekly • May 19, 2017 • Page 19



Study Session

1. Joint Study Session With the Palo Alto Youth Council AT THIS TIME COUNCIL WILL MOVE TO THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS 2. Joint Study Session With the Parks and Recreation Commission Consent Calendar 4. Preliminary Approval of the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) 2017-2018 Annual Report; Adoption of a Resolution Declaring an Intention to Levy an Assessment Against Businesses Within the BID for Fiscal Year 2018 and Setting a Time and Place for a Public Hearing on June 12, 2017 at 6:00 PM or Thereafter, in the City Council Chambers 5. Approval of Amendment Number 3 to Professional Services Contract Number C15157200 With Walker Parking Consultants for the Design of a Downtown Automated Parking Guidance System Extending the Contract Term Through June 30, 2018 6. Adoption of a Resolution Amending Utility Rate Schedule D-1 (General Storm and Surface Water Drainage) to Implement the Storm Water Management Fee Approved by Palo Alto Property Owners via Mail Ballot Election on April 11, 2017 Action Items 7. Parks, Trails, Natural Open Space and Recreation Master Plan 8. Comprehensive Plan Update: Business & Economics Elements Recommended by the Citizens Advisory Committee

STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS The Special City Council Meeting will be held at the Mitchell 7HYR *VTT\UP[` *LU[LY  4PKKSLÄLSK 9VHK 7HSV Alto on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM to discuss: 1) Rail Program Community Workshop #1. The Special Policy & Services Committee Meeting will be held in the Community Meeting Room on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM to discuss: 1) Discuss the Reports of the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals and the San Francisco International Airport/Community Roundtable Response to the Federal Aviation Administration Initiative and Provide an Update on Federal Legislative Matters Related to Airplane Noise; 2) Policy and Services Committee Recommendation that Council Approve Recommendations Concerning: (1) Future Plans for Fiber and Broadband Expansion; and (2) Expand Wi-Fi to Unserved City Facilities; and Discontinue Consideration of City-Provided Wi-Fi in Commercial Areas (IT); and 3) Review of an Ordinance of the Council of the City of Palo Alto Moving and Amending Chapter 9.17 of Title 9 (Public Peace, Morals and Safety) of the Palo Alto Municipal Code to Extend the Prohibition on Outdoor Marijuana Cultivation and Prohibit Commercial Marijuana Activities Except for Deliveries. This Action is Exempt Under Section 15061(b)(3) of the California Environmental Quality Act. The Special City Council Rail Committee Meeting will be held in the Community Meeting Room on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at !(4[VKPZJ\ZZ!9HPS7YVNYHT)YPLÄUN7HWLYMYVT(WYPS May 2017; 2) Receive a Presentation from the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board and Discuss the Status of the Peninsula *VYYPKVY ,SLJ[YPÄJH[PVU 7YVQLJ[" HUK   9LWVY[ HUK +PZJ\ZZPVU Regarding the May 20 Workshop & Community Input Received. The Special Finance Committee Meeting will be held in the Council Chambers on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 6:00 PM to discuss: 1) Budget Wrap up (NOTE: this meeting will only happen if the Budget discussion is not complete.) Page 20 • May 19, 2017 • Palo Alto Weekly •


Cracks in the ceiling


or 40 years, almost all new buildings in Palo Alto had to be shorter than 50 feet in height. The invisible ceiling remains intact to this day and, much like in the past, it has its ardent supporters and detractors. For “residentialists,” who favor slow city growth, it’s a bedrock protection against the “Manhattanization” of their fair city. Even the City Council’s most progrowth members — Cory Wolbach and Adrian Fine — have been cautious about slaying this political sacred cow. Both have said in the past that they support maintaining the limit, even though Fine had once called it “arbitrary.” The current Comprehensive Plan doesn’t have a formal policy on height limits, but it notes that the established 50-foot threshold “has been respected in all new development since it was adopted in the 1970s.” “Only a few exceptions have been granted for architectural enhancements or seismic safety retrofits to noncomplying building,” the Comprehensive Plan states. But for city growth advocates, architects and developers, that’s not exactly a good thing. For them, the height limit, which is codified in a city ordinance, is an arbitrary barrier that exacerbates the city’s housing crunch and prevents quality building design. Randy Popp, a former chair of the city’s Architectural Review Board, has argued on many occasions that allowing a few extra feet would free architects to design more attractive four-story buildings. And Charles “Chop” Keenan, one of the city’s most prominent developers, urged the council in an April letter to focus less on height and more on the number of stories, particularly when retail is planned for the ground floor. (Tetail space typically demands a 15-foot ceiling, he said.) “Four stories in 50 feet can be done, but having 65 feet would be a much better building,” Keenan wrote. The council continues to voice support for the 50-foot height limit, which remains politically popular. But even after praising it, they took a vote in January that opened the door to changing — or abolishing — the restriction. The updated Comprehensive Plan, they decided, will have no mention of the height limit. Vice Mayor Liz Kniss, who

The building at 525 University Ave. towers over the street in downtown Palo Alto. proposed editing out the height limit, acknowledged at the council’s Jan. 30 meeting that the rule has worked well over the years. She then argued that, rather than being embedded in the document, the policy should be kept on as a regular ordinance, subject to the whims of the present and future councils. “It worked well,” Kniss said of the height limit. “If it continues as an ordinance, we’ll have flexibility with it.” Some council members took issue with her logic. Karen Holman and Lydia Kou took the opposite view and said the height limit should be included in the Comprehensive Plan. Tom DuBois joined them in dissent. “If our policy is to retain the 50-foot height limit, then it belongs in the Comprehensive Plan,” Holman said. But on this issue, like on most others, those favoring more city growth carried the day. Councilman Eric Filseth, who typically sides with the “residentialist” camp, joined the council majority in voting 6-3 to remove the height restriction from the Comprehensive Plan. “I’m certainly not prepared to repeal and replace it tonight, but at the same time we shouldn’t ban it outright,” Filseth said. “We don’t know what our needs will be 10 or 15 years from now.” The council’s Jan. 30 vote

doesn’t mean that the city’s 50foot height limit will become completely irrelevant with the Plan’s adoption. It does, however, suggest that the council will be more lenient about breaking the limit for projects that offer coveted amenities like affordable housing and ground-floor retail. The fact that three of the six city-growth scenarios being analyzed as part of the Comprehensive Plan update include what staff calls “modest exceptions” to the height limit for such projects further underscores the ceiling’s crumbling foundation. Even so, the council took pains at the January meeting not to go too far on the issue. Members opted not to include any policies explicitly allowing greater heights. Mayor Greg Scharff, like his colleagues, observed that the community generally likes the restriction, with not too many people saying that it needs to be raised. That sentiment, however, is starting to change, as evidenced by the crowds of people attending meetings over the past two years to urge the council to “go big” on housing. Leaving the height limit out of the land-use document, Scharff argued, will allow this debate to continue. “We’re not trying to change (the height limit), but we’re leaving the door open for that conversation in the future,” Scharff said. Q



Driving away from cars

ometime between now and 2030, Page Mill Road will get new lanes, buses will run with greater frequency along El Camino Real, and the railroad tracks will no longer intersect with local streets at four Palo Alto locations. Or so, at least, the City Council hopes. All these projects are included in Palo Alto’s new transportation vision, which the council unanimously adopted earlier this month. The list of goals in the updated Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan includes reducing traffic congestion, improving local bikeways, adding transit options, protecting neighborhoods from traffic, and improving parking. At its core, it rests on two objectives that both complement and contradict each other: make driving more pleasant; and get people to stop driving. When it comes to big-ticket regional improvements, the council’s focus is clearly on the former. Its top priority is separating the Caltrain tracks from the city’s roadways, known as “grade separation” — a project that will likely

cost more than $1 billion and take years to complete. The council’s Rail Committee is kicking off a campaign to solicit public input on grade separations, a project that was kick-started by a $700 million allocation to Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto from Measure B, a sales tax that county voters approved last November. Another regional project, the county’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) program — which would create curbside boarding platforms along El Camino Real and enable faster and more frequent bus service — is also endorsed in the new Transportation Element. (The council stopped short of supporting a prior BRT proposal that would have featured dedicated bus lanes on El Camino.) And after some debate, the council backed earlier this month a proposal by Santa Clara County to add lanes on Page Mill Road/Oregon Expressway, provided these lanes are designated for carpools or buses. But when it comes to local projects, the council’s goal is to get as many people as possible to switch from driving to other modes of transportation. It’s eyeing a set

Commuters wait for the train at the University Avenue station in downtown Palo Alto. of policies, called transportationdemand management (TDM), that incentivize people to make the switch. The new Transportation Element includes programs calling for the city to create formal TDM requirements for new developments; require new developments to pay transportation-impact fees that would be used for programs that reduce congestion; and require enforcement with “meaningful penalties” for non-compliance. It also establishes targets that developers will have to meet in shrinking the number of solo drivers during peak commute hours. The targets are a 45 percent reduction downtown; 35 percent in the California Avenue area; 30 percent in Stanford Research Park and along El Camino Real; and 20 percent in other parts of the city.

On the issue of parking, the Citizens Advisory Committee on the Comprehensive Plan Update drafted a policy that new development projects should “meet parking demand generated by the project, without the use of on-street parking, consistent with the established parking regulations.” In May, however, the council made a few moves to loosen the rules. Councilmen Adrian Fine and Cory Wolbach changed “meet” to “manage.” The idea, Fine told the Weekly, is to recognize that the conversation should include — in addition to parking requirements — strategies for managing demand through TDM measures and paid parking. The council also agreed to explore requiring less parking at multi-family residences located near public transit. Wolbach and Fine, the council’s leading housing



Embracing tech, but carefully

t’s a problem most cities would envy. But job growth in Palo Alto — a regional leader in both technology innovation and traffic frustration — is as much a problem to be solved as a sign of prosperity. As part of updating its Comprehensive Plan, the City Council agreed to a goal of creating between 9,850 and 11,500 new jobs by 2030 — a middle ground on a menu of options that ranged from 8,868 to 15,480 jobs. Much like with housing targets, the goal struck a compromise between residentialist council members looking to rein in job growth, which they see as unsustainable, and development-friendly council members who believe the city should celebrate its high-tech roots and create more jobs. The new Business Element crafted by the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Comprehensive Plan clearly acknowledges this tension. While calling successful businesses “an integral part of a thriving, complete community,” it also alludes to Palo Alto’s most intractable land-use dilemma: the fact that it has about three times as many jobs (more than 100,000) as employed residents (about 36,000).

“This indicates an exceptionally strong local economy, but it has also brought negative side effects over the past decade,” states the proposed Business Element, which the council is scheduled to review on May 22. “Due to the high number of jobs, relative to a low number of employed residents, many workers must commute to Palo Alto, resulting in traffic congestion, air pollution and parking constraints.” Without a dramatic increase in housing or a devastating recession, this tension is unlikely to disappear any time soon. None of the planning scenarios that the city is evaluating as part of the environmental analysis for the Comprehensive Plan update came anywhere close to reducing the jobs-housing imbalance (which ranged from 2.71 to 3.20 in the six proposed scenarios). That’s not to say, however, that the council is business unfriendly. Earlier this month, members sought to correct a zoning anomaly that generated national headlines about Palo Alto over the past year — the uncertainty over whether software startups are legally allowed to operate in downtown Palo Alto.

Employees at SAP in the Stanford Research Park dine outside during lunch.

It became an issue after former Mayor Pat Burt suggested that downtown’s zoning wasn’t intended to accommodate the types of research-and-development uses one can find at Stanford Research Park and that the city should revise its zoning code to ensure consistency. Mayor Greg Scharff noted that people from elsewhere were laughing at Palo Alto because of rumors that the city that gave rise to Facebook and Google is outlawing startups. Scharff characterized the new policy as an important correction. Councilman Adrian Fine called the new policy “an affirmative vision.” “Software development and technology is the lifeblood of this community,” Fine said. The council majority agreed, but not everyone was enthusiastic about rolling out the red carpet to tech in the Comprehensive Plan.

Councilman Tom DuBois and Councilwoman Karen Holman argued against adopting any broad land-use policies for downtown without more analysis of potential negative impacts. Holman said the question is one of size and scale. Should the city encourage the types of small startups that have cemented Palo Alto’s reputation as an incubator, or should its zoning policies acquiesce to tech giants like Palantir, which now has about 800 workers spread out among its leased downtown properties? Or, to put it in the TV show “Silicon Valley” terms: Should Palo Alto be known as the home of Pied Piper or the home of Hooli? Given the council’s recent swing toward more development-friendly policies, the new Comprehensive Plan is unlikely to establish any new limitations on high-tech businesses. But the council also agreed on May 1

advocates, both led the charge on the new program. Parking, Fine said, is “a large cost to housing, and I believe this council is supportive of housing.” The proposal passed 6-3, with Eric Filseth, Karen Holman and Lydia Kou in dissent. “We can only encourage so many things with reduced parking requirements without creating other kinds of issues,” Holman said. “We can’t use that as the carrot to encourage the kinds of development we want in all areas.” Filseth said the big flaw in the proposal is that it fails to consider a critical question: Where is everyone going to park? “All the good feelings in the world aren’t going to create a place for the cars to go,” Filseth said. Q not to disrupt things too much. A separate proposal by Tanaka to legalize the long-established practice of launching startups out of residential homes fizzled by a 3-6 vote, with only Fine and Cory Wolbach joining him. Scharff called the proposal “radical,” while Eric Filseth said he would be “astonished if a majority of Palo Alto residents supported legalizing hacker houses in R-1 (single-family) neighborhoods.” In addition to embracing Palo Alto’s tech DNA, the updated Comprehensive Plan will likely address other emerging issues relating to jobs, retail and the world of tech. One new proposed policy calls for attracting businesses that innovate in the areas of “mobility and sustainability”; another calls for helping traditional retail adapt to the impacts of online shopping; yet another would consider ways to give more “development flexibility” to Stanford Research Park while not worsening traffic conditions. Q About the cover: From top left to bottom right: Palo Alto officials expect train ridership and bicycling to rise (photos courtesy Thinkstock) between now and 2030, while city open space is preserved. New policies aim to allow the number of technology firms, dense housing complexes and commercial developments to increase. Photos by Veronica Weber. • Palo Alto Weekly • May 19, 2017 • Page 21

Arts & Entertainment A weekly guide to music, theater, art, culture, books and more, edited by Karla Kane

Jake Shimabukuro brings dazzling skills and a positive spirit to the JCC by Karla Kane unexpected viral-video success. “I feel like YouTube is such a great vehicle for people to just get their music out there. I go on there if I hear a new song that I like, I’ll look for people covering that song. I enjoy hearing other people’s interpretations ... it’s a little closer to a live performance.” He tours frequently, sometimes tailoring his set lists to suit the show’s location and often preferring to remain flexible. “I try not to think too far ahead. We always try to keep the show fresh and add some new things,” he said. At the time of this interview, he hadn’t yet planned his song selection for his Palo Alto gig, where he’ll be accompanied by a bassist, but said he had a fondness for the food and culture of the Bay Area, having had a best friend who lived for years in San Jose and a cousin in San Francisco. He’s performed in Redwood City and at Stanford University fairly recently, and has played at Google over the years. Now that he’s married and a father to two young sons back in Hawaii, being on the road for long periods of time is trickier. “This year, we’re doing about 120 shows,” he said, “which is a little less than we have in the past.” Shimabukuro, who once thought he’d become a school Ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro will perform in Palo Alto on May 25. teacher, has also long been an advocate for arts education and a drug-free lifestyle, and is dedicated to He’s not bothered that the ukulele is You can’t take a violin to the beach, right?” Q nonprofit work involving youth, music and sometimes underestimated. After all, deArts & Entertainment Editor Karla Kane making healthy choices. “I just love work- fying expectations has been part of his ing with people who have great ideas to success. In fact, he said, other instruments can be emailed at make our world a better place,” he said. could take a lesson or two in pure joy from “If there’s anything I can do to support that the uke. and draw more people, I’m all for that.” “I definitely embrace the novelty aspect, As a master of an instrument some have where people kind of don’t take it seriWhat: Jake Shimabukuro written off as a novelty or twee trend, he’s ously. I don’t think musical instruments Where: Oshman Family JCC, expanded the perceived limits of what it should always be taken seriously!” he said. 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto can do. But although he’s a virtuoso, he “This is fun; it’s a toy; I just wish people When: Thursday, May 25, 7:30 p.m. says a large part of the ukulele’s appeal is would have that attitude toward other Cost: $80 ($180 for VIP tickets, which its accessibility and ease of use. instruments.” includes cocktail and dessert receptions “It’s one of the only string instruments Like a true Hawaiian, he also appreciates before and after the show) that I know of where you can play multiple the uke’s surf-and-sand-friendliness. Info: Go to and chords just using one finger on one string,” “It can fit in a backpack, you can take it he said. “You get that instant gratification.” to the beach and it’s very low-maintenance.

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o musician Jake Shimabukuro, the sound of the ukulele is akin to the sound of children’s laughter. “When you pick up the ukulele, it brings out the inner child in you. It makes you want to say, “That looks like fun, let me try it,”’ he said. “If you’ve never played an instrument before you wouldn’t grab someone’s cello and say, ‘Oh let me try that.’ With a ukulele, you can.” Though it’s been more than a decade since a YouTube video of Shimabukuro delivering a mind-blowing performance of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on uke went viral, turning the Honolulu native into an international superstar, Shimabukuro hasn’t let fame go to his head, nor lost his enthusiasm for sharing his beloved four-string instrument with audiences around the world. He’ll perform for local fans at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto on May 25. “It doesn’t matter what the song is. To me every song is just a combination of notes set to different rhythms, but what makes it magical is the way it’s interpreted; the emotion; the human aspect behind it; how you feel those notes,” he said. For Shimabukuro, the connection between music and listeners still has the power to awe. “One of the songs that I cover is (Queen’s) ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ he said, recalling a recent concert in Australia. “As soon as I started playing the first note, people started yelling and screaming and singing along. It was the most magical moment. They knew all the words, they sang in tune; it was really beautiful. We had a few thousand people singing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to the ukulele.” Growing up in Hawaii, homeland of the ukulele, he first picked one up at the age of 4, learning from his mother. And while he tried his hand at piano, guitar and drums, the humble uke, with its two-octave range and four soft nylon strings, stole his heart. Now, he’s one of the instrument’s most beloved modern players. Best known for his inventive covers of pop and rock hits, he also plays and records folk, classical, jazz and his own original fusion compositions. Over the years, Shimabukuro has starred in a documentary, released a number of albums, collaborated with the likes of YoYo Ma and Bette Midler and even met the Queen of England. He said that he hopes to do more collaborations with musicians in a range of genres in the future. “I feel very fortunate I was in the right place at the right time,” he said of his

Arts & Entertainment

A celebration of ‘Sisterhood’

Dragon offers warm-hearted, southern-fried show by Karla Kane


What: “The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church” Where: Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City When: Through June 4, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. Cost: $27-$35 Info: Go to

Jennifer Tipton, Lisa Burton and Stephanie Crowley bond over an old song in “The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church” at the Dragon Theatre.

Centennial Year Cubberley Lecture Series presents an evening with author

Jacqueline Woodson

followed by a conversation with Harry J. Elam, Jr. Senior Vice Provost for Education, Vice President for the Arts and the Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities, Stanford University MARTY UMANS

vaguely 70s costumes designed by Catalina Elgarrista, the year doesn’t seem to matter too much. The characters and their lives have a fairly timeless quality. The set by Christopher Fitzer captures the feel and look of a 20th-century church basement (Sunday-school coloring pages on the wall included), and the enormous pile of donated goods (props also by Fitzer) is practically a character in and of itself, as is a much-discussed painting featuring the unlikely (third?) trinity of John Wayne, Jesus Christ and Elvis Presley. A retro radio tunes in classic Christian hits (in one memorable scene, the ladies joyfully sing a few bars of “Put Your Hand in the Hand”) and offers occasional weather and emergency updates from a chipper DJ. Thanks to Wilson’s appealing script and the actors’ fine performances, the audience quickly gets a feel for the characters’ temperaments and differing viewpoints, even as some are revealing surprising new dimensions about themselves. Crowley’s Lorraine is often the comic relief, offering plenty of snark, and also a tutorial on the many nuances of the phrase “bless your heart,” which can move from fond term of endearment to put-down in a heartbeat. Burton’s smug Bea seems at first at risk of slipping into Dana Carvey’s “Church Lady” parody territory but ultimately proves to be more. And Suliak’s wide-eyed Riley, on the run from a dark past, is an intriguing mix of innocence and rough edges. Sure, it can be a little corny at times, but “The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church” provides a welcome blend of down-home charm, gogirl power and a touch of spiritual-moral pondering that fans of “Fried Green Tomatoes” should flock to. As they alternately bicker and bond, the Second Victory ladies discover — and share with the audience — a more complex understanding of each other and their ideas about what charity means. Bless their hearts. Q Arts & Entertainment Editor Karla Kane can be emailed at

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he feel-good dramedy “The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church” (yes, it’s a mouthful) is the latest in Dragon Productions Theater Company’s “Women Take Center Stage” themed series, boasting an all-female cast, female director (Cindy Powell) and a celebration of the bond between women — in this case, the five women stuck together in a Virginia church basement on a stormy afternoon. They’re ostensibly there to sort through a massive pile of items (largely rubbish) that congregation members of the titular Second Trinity Victory Church have donated in a charity drive, to send to poor folks in Guatemala who’ve lost their homes and possessions in a flood. Volunteer turnout is low, partially due to the deluge they’re experiencing in their own town and partially due to possible charity fatigue from the frequency of such events organized by the overzealous pastor’s wife, Bea (Lisa Burton). Bea is, as her name suggests, the queen bee of the bunch, a tyrannical micro-manager with a passive-aggressive side beneath her pious veneer (but, just maybe, a warm heart further beneath that). She’s joined by longtime frenemy Lorraine (Stephanie Crowley), a down-to-earth, wisecracking mother of nine who, though a devoted Christian, sees her volunteer work as less a mission from God and more the rare chance to escape her husband and kids for a few hours. New to the “Charitable Sisterhood,” as Bea’s dubbed her group of gals, is newish-in-town Tina (Jennifer Tipton) a former trauma nurse from Baltimore whom the others view as a Yankee and who’s keen to fit in and eager to take part, even if she does present some unwitting challenges to Bea’s authority. Eventually, they’re also joined by Janet (Ambera De Lash), a flashy dresser with a deep-south drawl whom the others mistrust, and the mysterious young Riley (Caley Suliak), who seems to be full of secrets. As they rifle through the brica-brac and old clothes, tempers flare, gossip is shared and devoured and personalities clash. The early portion of the play is comedic, full of snappy retorts and folksy quips, but as it goes on, themes of betrayal, abuse, sexism, murder and loss bubble up into the women’s conversation. Some major plot twists drive the story along, and by the end there’ve been plenty of tears, hugging, new understandings reached and a true feeling of sisterhood on stage. The play, by Bo Wilson, is set in 1977, although, apart from the

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Eating Out At Napoletana Pizzeria in Mountain View, all the recipes owner Costas Eleftheriadis uses, including for the Margherita pizza and coppa mascarpone above, are from his grandmother in Naples.

Napoletana Pizzeria stays faithful to family recipes, with tasty results By Dale F. Bentson | Photos by Veronica Weber

t was the authentic Neapolitan pizza I went for, but it was the spaghetti carbonara ($16) that I loved and dreamed about for days afterward. A large, glorious bowl of pasta, eggs, pancetta, Parmesan and olive oil in perfect harmony. It sat before me like a golden nest, velvety but not runny, the sauce adhering to the fork as I twisted and spun the noodles around a spoon. No cream in the sauce, just raw eggs cooked by the hot pasta. According to Costas Eleftheriadis, owner of Napoletana Pizzeria


in Mountain View, all the recipes he uses are from his grandmother in Naples. Nonna was a great cook. Carbonara has been fancified since its humble origins. Alan Davidson in “The Oxford Companion to Food” suggests that spaghetti alla carbonara was created in Rome in 1944 with American occupation troops sharing their abundant rations of eggs and bacon with local chefs. Naples isn’t Rome, but the way Napoletana makes it, it’s about the best carbonara I’ve had either here or in Italy.

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The fettuccine alla Bolognese ($18), made with minced beef and tomato sauce, was also delicious, with an abundance of meat and not overly sauced. In Italy, ragùw alla Bolognese dresses the pasta, not drowns it. The kitchen at Napoletana struck the right balance. The sauce was made with Italian plum tomatoes, garlic, carrots, onion and celery, and was modestly seasoned and abundantly delicious. Napoletana is famed for its authentic Neapolitan pizza. Eleftheriadis earned his VPN certification

in 2010 from the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, an international organization established in 1984 to cultivate the culinary art of Neapolitan pizza. The organization offers classes, workshops and training. It’s not like earning an MBA in pizza-making, but the Associazione teaches methods and techniques and has specifications to maintain the best Neapolitan standards. One VPN requisite is a woodfired dome oven that maintains a temperature of at least 900 F. Pizzas are fully baked in 60 to 90 seconds. Fortuitously, Eleftheriadis found a spot that had an existing wood-fired oven when he opened in 2011. The small space, adjacent to Cost Plus in a strip mall, had housed a hodgepodge of restaurants over the years and the oven had been idle for some time. He uses a combination of walnut, almond and oak hardwoods in his oven. “They burn hotter, with no smoke, and maintain a nice even heat,” Eleftheriadis said. Eleftheriadis only uses flour, water, salt and natural yeast to make his pizza dough. The wheat flour, type “00” or doppio zero, is imported from Italy. It’s lower in protein and gluten than American flours, mellower, more supple and easier to shape. The resulting pizza crusts are light, airy and have a crisp snap, with just a slight blistering around the edges. Eleftheriadis changed careers when the company he worked for as a pilot and flight instructor consolidated local operations in Connecticut. He became interested in pizza-making while visiting family in Naples. All the pizza varieties Eleftheriadis makes are combinations found in Naples — no pepperoni, no bacon-stuffed crusts and no pineapple. The Napoletana pizza ($18) came topped with tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, a generous amount of homemade Italian sausage, basil leaves and drizzled with olive oil. It was my personal favorite, though Eleftheriadis says the Margherita is his best seller. The Napoletana looked as good as it tasted, with succulent slices, luxuriously layered, slightly

aromatic and a slight tang to the crust and hint of spiciness in the sausage. The thin pizza cooled down within a minute or two and was easy to handle without utensils. The bianca al prosciutto ($17) was covered with fresh mozzarella and garlic and topped with sweet Parma prosciutto curls and crisp, peppery arugula. Napoletana seats just over 40, so arriving early is advisable. The restaurant doesn’t deliver, but it does offer take-out. Besides pizza and pasta, there is a small selection of soups, salads, antipasti and a dozen reasonably priced wines and beers. I was fascinated by the dessert menu’s eight options, all frozen and imported from Italy. Not only were the desserts tasty, the presentation was high-quality. The limoncello tartufo ($6) with lemon gelato and a frozen limoncello core came covered with meringue sprinkles. It was zesty, clean and vibrant, a yellowy dome of creamy delight. Coppa mascarpone ($7) was luscious chocolate cream layered with silky mascarpone, and topped with crunchy amaretto cookie crumbs and tiny chocolate curls. Napoletana is a small restaurant with a justifiably large reputation. Eleftheriadis has been unwavering in his adherence to Neapolitan standards. That’s been good for him and good for us. Q Freelance writer Dale Bentson can be emailed at Napoletana Pizzeria, 1910 West El Camino Real, Suite C, Mountain View, 650-969-4884 Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Reservations

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Parking: strip mall lot Alcohol: beer and wine: Noise level: moderate Bathroom cleanliness: very good


‘Everything’ is not all that

YA romance works out to less than the sum of its parts 0 (Century 16 & 20)

YA romance “Everything, Everything” (based on Nicola Yoon’s novel) proffers a canny allegory for teenage girls: Parents not letting you do anything resembles having a disease that keeps you housebound. Heroine Madeline Whittier has SCID (Severe Combined Immuno-Deficiency), effectively making her the Girl in the Plastic Bubble, but when love comes knocking, Maddy answers the call. Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) lives with her mother Pauline

(Anika Noni Rose), who also serves as her doctor (uh oh), in an elaborately tricked-out suburban home. “Simple viruses can kill me,” Maddy explains, and the specters of a dead husband and child fuel Pauline’s intense fear for Maddy’s health. Nevertheless, events conspire to give Maddy a great adventure: She turns 18 and a cute boy moves in next door. And with a name like Olly Bright, he’s got to be prime YA romance material. And indeed he is. His curiosity

piqued by the glass-encased beauty next door, Olly (Nick Robinson) begins reaching out, mostly through text messages and pantomime from his window, but eventually more boldly. I’ll avoid spoiling the movie (the trailer does a good enough job of that), but suffice it to say that when desire meets with an obstacle, love finds a way (and a credit card). When all is said and done, though, “Everything, Everything” plays fast and loose to give teens (and, more likely, preteens) what they want. The more the story panders, the less interesting it gets — which is not to say it was terribly interesting from the start. As a character, Olly is little more than an ideal-boyfriend foil for Maddy, who’s not terribly deep herself. Soft-touch kids may enjoy the smooth-jazz romance of this ludicrous fantasy, with true love challenged by caring but misguided parental overprotectiveness, but the story fails to deal honestly with its what-if scenarios. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief sensuality. One hour, 36 minutes. — Peter Canavese

MOVIES NOW SHOWING A Quiet Passion (PG-13) Aquarius Theatre: Fri. - Sun. Alien: Covenant (R) Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun. The Apartment (1960) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 5:15, 9:35 p.m., Fri. - Sun. Baahubali 2: The conclusion (Not Rated) Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Beauty and the Beast (PG) ++ Century 20: Fri. - Sun. Born in China (G) Century 20: Fri. - Sun. The Boss Baby (PG) ++1/2 Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 7:30 p.m., Fri. - Sun., 3:10 p.m. Sat. & Sun. The Circle (PG-13) Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (PG) Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun. Everything, Everything (PG-13) + Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (PG-13) ++1/2 Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun. How to be a Latin Lover (PG-13) Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (PG-13) ++1/2 Century 16: Fri. - Sun. The Lost City of Z (PG-13) The Lovers (R)

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Lowriders (PG-13)

The 2016-2017 Arrow Lecture on Ethics & Leadership at Stanford

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Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (R) +++ Guild Theatre: Fri. - Sun. Snatched (R)

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The Wall (R) Century 20: Fri. - Sun.

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

CineArts at Palo Alto Square: 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (For information: 493-0128) Guild: 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (For recorded listings: 566-8367) Stanford Theatre: 221 University Ave., Palo Alto (For recorded listings: 324-3700)

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How Travel Can Change the World

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Far and Away will examine nationalism and identity through the lens of Solomon's travels in a time of Trump and Brexit, arguing strongly that isolationism is a vulnerability, not a defense. Andrew Solomon is a writer and lecturer on psychology, politics, and the arts. Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change (Scribner, 2016) will be available to purchase. The author will be signing books after his talk.

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“BROWN GOLD” ... Learn how to compost during an upcoming Common Ground Garden class led by master gardener Carol Cox on Saturday, June 10,.2 - 4 p.m., at 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Participants will learn how compost works, why compost is important for sustainability and how to produce lots of quality compost. Cox managed Ecology Action’s Research Garden in Willits for nearly 20 years. For more information, contact paul@

MODERN HOME TOUR ... The Modern Architecture + Design Society is holding its annual Peninsula home tour on Saturday, June 17. The tour gives the public a chance to visit and explore some of the best examples of modern architecture in the area as well as an opportunity to talk to the people that had a part in creating the homes. This year’s tour includes the following participants and neighborhoods: A remodel of a 1954 mid-century classic home by M110 Architecture in Palo Alto; a new modern mansion by Swatt Miers Architects in Los Altos Hills; and homes in San Carlos, Hillsborough and Cupertino. Tickets are $35 and children under 12 are free. For tickets, go to

Evergreen Park’s blue-collar roots give way to a more upscale lifestyle by Angela Swartz photos by Veronica Weber Palo Alto’s Evergreen neighborhood has “become a destination spot,” said resident Paul Machado. In spite of its hipness, it’s still a close-knit community made up of an eclectic mix of families and individuals.


He’s talking about his neighborhood, Palo Alto’s Evergreen Park, where he was born and raised, started a family and stuck around for the long haul. The Stanford Avenue resident said he’d describe Evergreen Park as “a close-knit community comprised of diverse families and individuals.” Evergreen Park has gone through its fair share of growing pains over the last couple of decades as Silicon Valley has come into prominence, including the addition of Visa’s new 62,000-square-foot office and research-and-development space on Sherman Avenue. The formerly blue-collar neighborhood is now a little more upscale, boasting

SAVE THE DATE ... Common Ground Garden’s main fundraising event, the 2017 Edible Garden Tour, will be on Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds from ticket sales go to support the group’s programs, which include the demonstration garden, youth education, adult volunteering and education, and donating fresh vegetables each week to local food closets. Participating gardens feature mini orchards, graywater catchment systems, gardening demonstrations, berry varieties, native plants, medicinal herbs, ancient grains, and vegetables. This year, gardens will be concentrated in Palo Alto and neighboring cities (Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Mountain View and Los Altos). For more information, go to 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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ordering the California Avenue shopping district and just a mile away from Stanford University’s campus, sits what Paul Machado calls “a real gem.”

Evergreen is a visually eclectic neighborhood with varying home styles and sizes on small and big lots. There are almost as many multifamily units as there are single-family homes.

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bigger houses than the traditional two-bedroom ones of days past, Machado said. “It’s become a destination spot,” he said. “It’s a residential neighborhood in what’s becoming a very urban setting.” Homes in the neighborhood are eclectic, with different sizes, styles and lot sizes. There are about 206 single-family homes in the neighborhood and 178 multifamily units, according to Evergreen Park Neighborhood Association President David Schrom. Oxford Avenue resident Irene Au moved to the neighborhood in 1999. She likes the neighborhood’s (continued on page 27)

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Garden Tips Going underground Fertilizing your garden is crucial to healthy plants by Jack McKinnon hat is it about fertilizer that plants know and people never ponder? We commonly think that if a plant is planted in the soil then it will thrive and grow to its ultimate ideal mature size and flowering or fruiting ability. Often this is not the case, and frequently the plants we cultivate donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t thrive at all. In the past, bringing in a cartload of steer manure, some chicken poop, and a bucket of egg shells would make for a good garden. Granted the smell was pretty bad for a couple of weeks but the tomatoes would be worth it. Some just buried a fish under each plant and that would do the trick. Now we have boxes and bags of pelletized organic fertilizer. We have synthetic granules that have coatings of polymer lasting up to three months slowly releasing the fertilizer into the soil whenever watered. We also have liquid fertilizers that come in myriad formulas you mix in a watering can or dilute from a concentrate. These fertilizers access the roots of plants quickly and thoroughly, feeding immediately and giving results for two weeks. They can create a spectacular bloom show in a flower bed. There are problems with fertilizers, however, and using them incorrectly may cause damage to your garden or runoff downstream. What Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to attempt to cover in this column is how to use fertilizers in your garden. 1. Different plants prefer different fertilizers. Know your plants, and then you can learn the foods that work best for them. Take photos of the whole plant, some leaves and a flower or two and then bring the photos and a sample leaf to a nursery and ask for identification. 2. While at the nursery, ask what fertilizer they


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proximity to California Avenue, the Caltrain station, parks, the Sunday farmers market, Stanford University and the freeway, along with its walkability. She also enjoys teaching yoga at Avalon Yoga on California Avenue, where she feels a real sense of community. The neighborhood has lost some of its sleepy quality over the years, Au said, as traffic and parking challenges have begun to compromise the quality of life in the neighborhood. These days, cars block block fire hydrants, double park in front of peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s driveways, and cruise the neighborhood looking for places to park as the area has become more popular, she said. The City of Palo Alto has been working to alleviate some of this parking overload with a new program called the Residential Preferential Parking Program aimed at providing preferential use of on-street parking to residents and either restricts or eliminates parking for outside users during select periods. Parking permits in the Evergreen Park area became available in 2017. A total of 250 employee permits will be made available for the one-year pilot project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope that the RPP that will be implemented by the city soon will help relieve us from some of these issues,â&#x20AC;? Au said. Meanwhile, Christina Justiz Roush, an artist who moved into the neighborhood with her family at the beginning of February, is enjoying living in Palo Alto after 10 years of life in Brooklyn, New York, and a stint in Venice in Southern California. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very charming and beautiful,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s around the block from a playground, which is important for my 2- 1/2-year-old. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very communityminded place. The thought of moving to a

recommend for that type of plant and write down the brand name of the fertilizer and the three numbers found on the package. For example, 5-1-1 is blood meal, 15-30-15 is one of several different types of the Miracle Grow brand. 3. Look up your plant on the Internet or in your plant encyclopedia. The Sunset Western Garden Book is a good encyclopedia to get. Once you have a pretty good idea about your plant fertilizer needs, compare that information with the information you got from the fertilizer package. 4. The numbers you saw on the fertilizer package at the nursery are the percentages of nitrogen, phosphorus and potash. Nitrogen stimulates green growth, phosphorus stimulates bloom, and potash stimulates root growth and plant vigor. These, in correct proportions for your plants, make for ideal growing, flowering and fruit or vegetable production. 5. Some plants like more acid in their soil. This can be achieved with fertilizers. Camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and hydrangeas are just a few types of plants that like a lower pH in their soil (higher acid level). This does not mean that giving your plants coffee grounds or vinegar will be a good thing. You can too easily overdo the acid doing this. Look up the correct types of fertilizers, go to several nurseries and ask for help. You will find dozens of fertilizers and easily become overwhelmed. Take in the information and make your decisions at home. Write everything down. 6. Take before-and-after color photos of your plants. That is, before fertilizing and again two weeks later. You may think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll remember what the plant looked like, but a photo taken in the same light, the same time of day two weeks apart should show you if your fertilizer program is working. 7. Read all the instructions on any packages of fertilizer and the proportions to use for different sized plants. Read about all the types of plants this fertilizer is good for. Look

much more suburban place and not being walking-distance to stores was very scary for me, so it was a bit of serendipity (to find Evergreen Park).â&#x20AC;? She also has been enjoying taking her toddler to an indoor play space called Wund3rkid on College Avenue, which has helped her connect with neighbors, since she came to Palo Alto without knowing anyone, she said. For additional community building and fun, the neighborhood has hosted an annual picnic for more than 30 years and holds a block party every year.Q Angela Swartz is a freelance writer. She can be emailed at angelaswartz531@


for warning labels. Follow the instructions as written and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use more than is advised. 8. If you get fertilizers without any instructions, ask the person selling them or giving them to you for the proper proportions to apply to your plants. Some plants will take longer to respond to fertilizers. This is especially important for organic fertilizers. If a person sells or gives you a bag of chicken litter with manure or a bucket of fish guts, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to know what they recommend the proportions are to put around your plants. More is not necessarily better when it comes to fertilizer. 9. Do not put piles of fertilizer around your plants. Spread the fertilizer evenly over the root zone, not around the trunk. What is the root zone? It is the area from the drip line (straight down from the outside of the leaves) to about a foot or more from the trunk. A tree will obviously have a greater drip line than a camellia bush and a plant like a tomato even less. Always water in your fertilizer. No matter what kind you use, the only way it can get to the roots is if you water it in. Think about how deep your roots are and how deep you have to water to get it down to where most of them are. Most plants have a root surface equal to the canopy surface. Most roots (even on trees) are only 18 inches deep. 10. The difference between organic fertilizers and synthetic or chemical fertilizers is the concentration of nitrogen, phosphorus and potash. Organic fertilizers have lower concentrations and often more micronutrients. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to know this because if you apply synthetic fertilizers in the same proportion as organic fertilizers, you may burn your plants. Organic fertilizers are most often used on vegetables, fruits and edible plants. Often they can contribute to good fungi and bacteria growth in the soil which is good for plants. They do less harm to worms and microorganisms, they add a natural aesthetic to plant cultivation that one does not get from a bag of chemistry. Q Jack McKinnon is a garden coach. He worked in the Sunset Magazine Gardens for 12 years and can be reached at 650-455-0687 or email at Jack. Mckinnon.

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FACTS CHILDCARE AND PRESCHOOLS (nearby): Casa dei Bambini Montessori School, 463 & 457 College Ave.; Escondido Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Club, 890 Escondido Road FIRE STATION: No. 2, 2675 Hanover St. LIBRARY: College Terrace branch, 2300 Wellesley St. LOCATION: between California Avenue, Park Boulevard and El Camino Real NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Evergreen Park Neighborhood Association, President David Schrom, 650-323-7333 PARKS: Alexander Peers Park, 1899 Park Blvd. POST OFFICE: Cambridge, 265 Cambridge Ave. PRIVATE SCHOOL: The Living Wisdom School, 456 College Ave. PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Escondido Elementary School, Jordan Middle School, Palo Alto High School SHOPPING: California Avenue

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1 Barry Lane, Atherton Gated Elegance in Coveted Location Located within one of the most elite settings in Silicon Valley, this Neoclassical 6 bedroom, 7.5 bath residence of nearly 5,000 sq. ft. I<1>/;A:@EJ19-:-@1?1D/1??5B1/4->9/;A<810C5@48ADA>5;A?VU?@ /1:@A>EA<3>-01? ;:?@>A/@10.E:;@10.A5801>;.AŊ @41 gated estate occupies a level, spacious corner lot of almost one acre (per county) designed by famous landscape architect Thomas Church and nestled along prestigious Atherton Avenue, presenting a world of exciting possibilities. Exclusive Menlo Circus Club and sought-after Menlo Park schools are within mere moments (buyer to verify eligibility). Stanford University, two international airports, and the urban centers of both San Francisco and San Jose are easily accessible. For video tour & more photos, please visit: Offered at $8,988,000


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SOPHISTICATED LIVING IN CENTRAL LOCATION 593 Tami Way, Mountain View Residing on a property of nearly 4,600 sq. ft. (per county) is this stylish 3 bedroom, 3 bath home of approx. 2,000 sq. ft. (per county). Upgraded heating and cooling plus an updated kitchen and baths usher in revived elegance, while inviting warmth is displayed throughout with hardwood floors, soaring ceilings, and abundant sunlight. This lovely home is located within strolling distance of Sylvan Park, while easily accessible Grant Park Plaza and El Camino Real permit convenience and recreation. Fine schools such as Landels Elementary, Graham Middle, and Mountain View High are also within close proximity (buyer to verify eligibility).

Offered at $1,498,000

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525 CENTER DRIVE, PALO ALTO 5 Beds | 4 Baths | Home ±4,465 sf | Lot ±14,685 sf

Michael Dreyfus Broker 650.485.3476 License No. 01121795

Noelle Queen, Sales Associate 650.427.9211 License No. 01917593

Ashley Banks, Sales Associate 650.544.8968 License No. 01913361

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POST MODERN MASTERPIECE, WOODSIDE Offered at $14,995,000 | 4 Beds | 6.5 Baths | Home ±6,886 sf | Guest House ±1,364 sf | Lot ±4.93 acres Post modern masterpiece designed by Ettore Sottsass, founder of the Memphis Group. A home built to challenge your sense of convention while still providing an intimate and functional dwelling. On 4.93 acres, the property includes a working equestrian center complete with stables, tack room, birthing shed, barn, riding ring and turnouts. Excellent, quiet Woodside location, set back off road yet walking distance to town.

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CONTEMPORARY STYLE BLENDS INTO NATURAL LIVING 1580 Plateau Avenue, Los Altos Masterfully redesigned in 2012 with modern living in mind is this spectacular 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath custom home of over 2,200 sq. ft. (per plans) on over 7,400 sq. ft. (per survey) of property. Reclaimed wood accents, solid maple flooring, and easy outdoor access complement indoor-outdoor living with verdant beauty. Stunning features include an open floorplan, an exercise studio, and soaring ceilings with clerestory windows, while home automation incorporates motorized blinds, whole house audio/video streaming, and more. This incredible location showcases an exclusive view, and boasts close proximity to Los Altos Golf and Country Club while Interstate 280 grants easy commuting access. Excellent nearby schools include Loyola Elementary (API 954), Blach Middle (API 958), and Mountain

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NEW CONSTRUCTION REVEALS LUXURY 3198 Maddux Drive, Palo Alto Boasting stunning features is this brand-new home of approx. 3,016 sq. ft. (per plans) with 4 beds, 4.5 baths, and a private office on 7,560 sq. ft. (per city) of property. Abundant sunlight floods the open floorplan through clerestory windows, showcasing engineered oak floors, plus an exquisite chef ’s island kitchen outfitted with marble countertops, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, and a Bosch dishwasher. Centrally located, this lovely home is within strolling distance of Seale and Greer Parks, while top schools such as Palo Verde Elementary (API 961), JLS Middle (API 943), and Palo Alto High (API 905) are also nearby (buyer to verify eligibility).

Offered at $2,988,000

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DESIRABLE LOCATION, DESIGNER LUXURY 2063 Gordon Avenue, Menlo Park Extravagant yet practical living defines this 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home of 2,550 sq. ft. (per county) that occupies a fabulously convenient lot of 5,000 sq. ft. (per county). Thoroughly refinished by a well-respected local designer, this like-new home presents breezy, flexible gathering areas centered by a breathtaking kitchen finished with chic marble and quartzite surfaces. Delightful amenities include two fireplaces, an enticing backyard retreat, stunning custom touches, and must-have features like high-end appliances and Sonos sound. Enjoy strolling to local dining, everyday conveniences, Sharon Hills Park, and terrific Las Lomitas schools (buyer to verify eligibility).

Offered at $2,688,000

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2277 BRYANT STREET, PALO ALTO PRIME OLD PALO ALTO LOCATION! Traditional two story home with 6 large bedrooms and 4 baths. Features hardwood ï¬&#x201A;oors, lovely wood moldings and details. Large living room & formal dining room. Ground ï¬&#x201A;oor master bedroom plus bonus room. 6th bedroom has its own kitchen and bath, plus private entrance. Perfect for extended family.

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Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac, this spacious single-family home is the perfect place for play and entertainment. The large lot is dressed with beautiful landscaping and mature trees. The cypress trees envelope the backyard creating a private oasis around the oversized swimming pool. The backyard offers two separate play areas with a custom playhouse featuring a skylight and lots of space for outdoor enjoyment. Close to parks, shopping and easy access to commuter routes.

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21724 Regnart Court Cupertino Offered at $2,998,000 Upgraded Living in Desirable Location 6 5 0 . 4 8 8 . 7 3 2 5 | i n f o @ d e l e o n r e a l t y. c o m | w w w. d e l e o n r e a l t y. c o m | C a l B R E # 0 1 9 0 3 2 2 4 ®

21311 Sarahills Drive Saratoga Offered at $3,988,000 Captivating Villa with Privacy 6 5 0 . 4 8 8 . 7 3 2 5 | i n f o @ d e l e o n r e a l t y. c o m | w w w. d e l e o n r e a l t y. c o m | C a l B R E # 0 1 9 0 3 2 2 4

12008 Adobe Creek Lodge Rd Los Altos Hills $ Offered at $5,988,000 Rich Living, Alluring Serenity

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LA HONDA 4 Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms

14700 Manuella Rd $3,800,000 Sun Golden Gate Sotheby's Realty 485-3476

3239 Maddux Dr $2,998,000 Sun Keller Williams Palo Alto 454-8500

5 Bedrooms

84 Edge Rd Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$4,985,000 462-1111

120 Hildebrand Rd Call for price Sat 2-4 Golden Gate Sotheby's Realty 678-1108

4 Bedrooms

1 Fairfax Av Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$3,798,000 324-4456


12742 Leander Dr Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

5 Bedrooms 399 Atherton Ave Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$5,495,000 324-4456

40 Selby Ln Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$5,880,000 324-4456

6 Bedrooms 1 Barry Ln Sat/Sun 1-5

Deleon Realty

$8,988,000 543-8500

3 Bedrooms 1580 Plateau Av Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

5 Bedrooms

3 Bedrooms

21724 Regnart Ct Sat Deleon Realty

$2,998,000 543-8500

6 Bedrooms

$2,495,000 324-4456


1870 University Ave $16,998,000 Sat Pacific Union International 208-5196

1 Bedroom - Condominium

25 Willow Rd #49 Sun Coldwell Banker $2,695,000 305-0065

14510 Manuella Rd $3,750,000 Sun 2-4 Golden Gate Sotheby's Realty 450-0450

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775 16th Av $1,549,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 Golden Gate Sotheby's Realty 380-0085 1068 Sonoma Av Sun Coldwell Banker

Xin Jiang 650.283.8379

$1,649,000 324-4456

3 Bedrooms - Condominium

$2,688,000 543-8500

2023 Liberty Park Av Sat/Sun 1-4 Yarkin Realty

$2,895,000 322-1800

1911 Oakdell Dr Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$4,998,000 325-6161

128 Hillside Av Sun Coldwell Banker

$2,995,000 325-6161

2165 Prospect St Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$2,958,000 324-4456

746 Partridge Av Sun Deleon Realty

$2,398,000 543-8500

13 Artisan Way Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$2,050,000 324-4456

5 Bedrooms

1300 Alamo St $2,000,000 Sun 2-4 Golden Gate Sotheby's Realty 678-1108


593 Tami Way Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

5 Bedrooms

$1,498,000 543-8500

1107 Boranda Av Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$2,388,000 323-1111

278 Carmelita Dr Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$3,295,000 462-1111

PALO ALTO 3 Bedrooms

3487 Bryant St $4,889,000 Sat/Sun Keller Williams Palo Alto 454-8500

$1,998,000 324-4456

748 Montrose Av Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$1,950,000 941-1111

4046 Ben Lomond Dr Sat/Sun Midtown Realty

$2,395,000 387-5078

1021 Fife Av Sat/Sun 2-5 Alain Pinel Realtors

4 Bedrooms $3,430,000 851-1961

2 Bedrooms 279 Sequoia Av Sat/Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors

$875,000 529-1111

5 Bedrooms 9 Colton Ct Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$3,595,000 851-2666

SAN CARLOS 2 Bedrooms - Condominium 757 Elm St #1 Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$699,000 324-4456

SAN JOSE 175 W. St James St #405 Sat/Sun 2-4 Coldwell Banker

$5,888,888 325-6161

3 Bedrooms 2371 Sunny Vista Dr Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$1,325,000 324-4456

SUNNYVALE 3 Bedrooms 1627 Redwing Av $1,468,000 Sat/Sun Golden Gate Sotheby's Realty 248-0006

6 Bedrooms 645 Litton Ct Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$2,198,000 323-1111

WOODSIDE 3 Bedrooms 662 W Glen Way Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors

$4,650,000 529-1111

4 Bedrooms

3496 Cowper St Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

4 Bedrooms

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7 Bedrooms

1 Bedroom - Condominium $6,895,000 324-4456


650.543.8500 | | DeLeon Realty CalBRE #01903224

$4,980,000 325-6161


2063 Gordon Ave Sun Deleon Realty

625 Hobart St $6,800,000 Sat/Sun 2:30-4:30 Coldwell Banker 324-4456


3452 Cowper Ct Sun Coldwell Banker

20 Navajo Pl Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

455 San Mateo Dr Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

The DeLeon Difference®

$6,588,000 462-1111

3 Bedrooms - Townhouse

$2,249,000 324-4456

$4,995,000 323-1111

175 Tennyson Ave Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors


5 Bedrooms


2277 Bryant St Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

300 Sand Hill Cir #205 $2,195,000 Sun 1-4 Pacific Union International 314-7200

4 Bedrooms

Speaks Japanese & Chinese Fluently

$799,000 324-4456

3 Bedrooms

33 Biltmore Ln Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

BA: Waseda University, Japan

525 Center Dr Call for price Sat/Sun Golden Gate Sotheby's Realty 485-3476

13070 S. Alta Ln $8,188,000 Sun Morgan Lashley Distinctive Properties 644-0125

2 Bedrooms


$3,985,000 323-1111

5 Bedrooms

LOS ALTOS HILLS 12516 Robleda Rd Sat/Sun Cassidy Real Estate

$3,450,000 462-1111

2742 Ross Rd Sat 2-4 Alain Pinel Realtors

$2,588,000 543-8500

4 Bedrooms 481 San Luis Av Sun Coldwell Banker

11523 Summit Wood Rd $2,695,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 Golden Gate Sotheby's Realty 847-1141

$3,595,000 323-1111

3433 Kenneth Dr $2,450,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 Golden Gate Sotheby's Realty 766-9429 3198 Maddux Dr Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

$2,988,000 543-8500

3428 South Ct Sat Deleon Realty

$3,498,000 543-8500

618 Manzanita Way Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$7,995,000 851-2666

650 Woodside Dr Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$2,998,000 851-2666

280 Family Farm Rd Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$8,599,900 529-1111

65 Roan Pl Sat/Sun 1-4

Coldwell Banker

$3,495,000 851-2666

145 Henrik Ibsen Park Rd Sun 2-4 Coldwell Banker

$1,495,000 324-4456

6 Bedrooms 15 Upper Lake Rd Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$2,850,000 851-1961

340 Jane Dr Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$5,750,000 529-1111





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825 Homes/Condos for Sale Redwood City, 5+ BR/4+ BA - $2668000

850 Acreage/Lots/ Storage LAND AUCTION Yolo County, California LAND AUCTION. Fri., June 2nd @ 11 AM. 275 ACRES ± • 1 TRACT, Highly Productive Tillable Farmland! 8 miles SE of Davis, CA (844) 847-2161 (Cal-SCAN)

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NORTHERN AZ RANCH $249 MONTH- Quiet secluded 37 acre off grid ranch bordering 640 acres of wooded State Trust land at cool clear 6,400’s elevation. Near historic pioneer town & fishing lake. No urban noise & dark sky nights amid pure air & AZ’s best year-round climate. Blend of evergreen woodlands & grassy meadows with sweeping views across uninhabited wilderness mountains and valleys. Abundant clean groundwater, free well access, loam garden soil, maintained road access. Camping and RV use ok. $28,900, $2,890 down, seller financing. Free brochure with additional property descriptions, photos/ terrain map/ weather chart/area info: 1st United Realty 800.966.6690. (Cal-SCAN)

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37 “Why don’t you make like a ___ and leave?” 38 Some broadband connections 40 Jake Shimabukuro instrument 41 It may get covered in throw pillows 42 Pantry stock 43 Dr. ___ (sketchy scientist who’s a supporting character on “Archer”) 46 “___ With Flowers” 47 Kagan of the Supreme Court 48 Metal-on-metal sound 49 Attacked in the groin, maybe 51 “___ Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” 52 Hawaiian foods 53 “Green-eyed monster” 55 Shad eggs 56 2022’s Super Bowl 57 “___ Can Cook” (former cooking show) 59 “___ Gratia Artis” (MGM motto) 60 Body art piece ©2017 Jonesin’ Crosswords (editor@ • Palo Alto Weekly • May 19, 2017 • Page 51

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THE FINAL GAME . . . Five-time Olympian and Stanford grad Tony Azevedo will play his final game for Team USA on June 11 at Stanford at 3:30 pm when the Americans play Croatia. Azevedo called Stanford’s Avery Aquatic Center home during his decorated collegiate career that saw four consecutive Cutino Award honors and two NCAA championships. GETTING AN EXTRA YEAR . . . Stanford basketball’s Reid Travis has received approval of his medical hardship petition and has been granted an extra year of NCAA eligibility.

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POST-SEASON HONORSGunn High grad Claire Klausner was named the Ivy League softball Pitcher of the Year on Thursday. Klausner compiled an 11-6 record in 19 starts this season, throwing 116 1/2 innings. The Princeton senior recorded a 3.55 ERA and averaged 4.15 strikeouts per seven innings. She ranked third in the conference with 11 wins and 11 complete games, and fourth with 69 strikeouts. In Ancient Eight action, she posted a 7-2 mark in 10 starts with a 3.03 ERA. Klausner was also 1-of-3 pitchers to boast more than four strikeouts per nine innings (4.38) in Ivy competition. Klausner helped the Tigers qualify for the NCAA Gainesville regional tournament, which gets underway Friday . . . Stanford freshman Andrea Lee has been named to the Women’s Golf Coaches Association Division I Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year watch lists. A three-time winner and all-Pac-12 first team selection, Lee is ranked second nationally and leads No. 1 Stanford in scoring with an average of 71.42. She is on pace to break the Cardinal freshman (72.03) and season (71.56) scoring marks set by graduate Mariah Stackhouse, who is currently competing professionally and entered in the LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship.

Mark Marquess led the Cardinal to 39 winning seasons, 16 College World Series appearances and two national titles.

Nine - much more than a number Long-time Stanford baseball mentor waving his career around third

by Glenn Reeves n era is most definitely coming to an end at Sunken Diamond. Mark Marquess, the man synonymous with Stanford baseball, is retiring after 41 years as Stanford head coach. Marquess will lead the Cardinal into its final regularly-scheduled series at home this weekend against Washington. Game times are 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Disbelief is the common reaction that anyone but Marquess, or’


9’ as he’s known around the Stanford baseball program by his uniform number, will be in charge of the Cardinal next season. It hasn’t quite sunk in for Marquess, either. “It will kick in a couple weeks after this season is over,’’ the 70-year-old Marquess said. “I still have the energy, still like to go out to the field. I originally thought I’d go out after 2018. My contract runs through 2018. But by retiring now it gives my assistants another year to figure out what they want to do, gives (athletic director) Bernard Muir




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assistant to Marquess at Stanford who went on to serve as head coach at Santa Clara. “You’d better be the same. He expects it out of his coaches and players on a daily basis. He has a tremendous work ethic, could’ve been a CEO. A special person. I think he could still coach another 15 years.’’ The Stanford program was at its peak from 1999-2003 when it made five consecutive trips to the College World Series. But since its last trip to Omaha in 2008, the (continued on next page)

Young team has a rosy Cardinal future

by Sarah Mason or the first time in five years, Stanford’s men’s tennis team is not only one of the top 16 teams in the country, but is currently in Athens, Georgia, competing for a possible NCAA championship title. Paul Goldstein, the men’s tennis coach, is in his third season of coaching but is no stranger to competing for an NCAA title. As a former NCAA athlete himself, he knows its importance to a school and the process of competing for the championship title. “It’s an important milestone, and we’ve been working our tails off to try to continue in that direction,” Goldstein said.


When competing to go to Athens, Stanford hosted the first two rounds for the first time since 2012. The Cardinal beat Idaho on Friday and then beat Michigan on Saturday to advance. The program, which is looking for its first national title since 2000, has seen its share of trials and tribulations over the last 40 years. Since its last title, the Cardinal has reached one semifinal (2003) and six Elite Eights. Bradley Klahn won the singles title in 2010. That’s a record most colleges would be proud to own. Between 1976 and 2000, Stanford failed to reach the semifinals twice.

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another year to figure out what to do. I thought I’d err on the side of a year early.’’ Marquess took over as head coach in 1977. He has guided the Cardinal to 39 winning seasons in his 41 years and made 14 College World Series appearances, winning the national championship in 1987 and 1988. He has won more than 1,600 games, fourth-most in NCAA Division I history. “I’ve never been around a person more prepared, energetic and passionate about what they’re doing,’’ said Mark O’Brien, a former

Senior Brandon Sutter was instrumental to Stanford’s success this season. Dick Gould, currently Stanford’s director of tennis, coached the men’s tennis team between 1966 and 2004, and ended his coaching career with 17 national titles. He won his first national title in his seventh year. John Whitlinger, Gould’s

associate head coach, took over between 2005-13, though he was a long-time assistant and a former national singles champion (1974) under Gould. “John and Paul are great (continued on next page) • Palo Alto Weekly • May 19, 2017 • Page 53


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Paul Goldstein made an immediate impact, named the ITA Northwest Region Coach of the Year and Pac-12 Coach of the Year in his first year.

Tennis (continued from previous page)

coaches,” Gould said. “(We’re) right at a turning point ... with a great future.” Goldstein was admitted to Stanford in 1995 and became the first player to attend and be part of four consecutive NCAA championships. After graduating from Stanford in 1998, Goldstein had a 10-year pro career before entering the corporate world and then returning to Stanford as coach in 2014.

“(This was) a very unique opportunity for me to be able to come back and coach and be the caretaker of a program that I feel so strongly about,” Goldstein said. “When the job became available in 2014, it was an opportunity I was humbled to take.” Goldstein also mentioned that the tennis program had fallen off a bit when he had taken over. He said that admission challenges had gotten increasingly difficult as well as the increasing percentage of international student-athletes in the landscape, which has made it increasingly competitive.

“There’s nothing else like the collegiate system that the U.S. has, or that exists anywhere else in the world,” Goldstein said. “So if you’re not ready to make it to the professional level, it’s great training; it’s great facilities and development, so a lot of folks choose to go the route of playing collegiate tennis.” Goldstein credits his coach, Gould, for creating the tennis culture at Stanford. Goldstein said that Gould feels a responsibility for each of his players on his team. “College tennis is a very interesting dynamic because traditionally (it’s) the most individual sport out there,” Goldstein said. “When you’re a junior player up until you’re 18, you play strictly as an individual. And then, all of a sudden, you find yourself on a collegiate college team, and it’s a really awesome experience, and some tennis players are not necessarily used to that.” Gould noted that the current team is young, and many members are playing for the first time. “(It’s) remarkable, and a real testament to the kids,” Gould said. Brandon Sutter, a senior on the team, is playing this year for the first time. He worked through injuries the last three years. Q


Paly girls overcome obstacles to repeat as champions

Zhao leads Vikings effort into state meet this weekend by Glenn Reeves he Palo Alto girls swimming and diving programs hope to establish a different kind of streak when they’re able to move back into their spiffed-up gymnasium and pool next year. The Vikings are OK with practicing and competing away from campus every day the past two years. The formula worked in Paly’s first back-to-back Central Coast Section championships. The Vikings repeated as champs Saturday at the Santa Clara International Swim Center. Palo Alto scored 209 points. St. Francis was second with 197, followed by Mitty (179) and Gunn (178). It was the fourth CCS girls swim title in school history and first back-to-back. The last three CCS championships were recorded when the Paly pool was unavailable. The Vikings hope to change that next year. “There are a lot of good girls


coming back and a bunch of good freshmen coming in,” said Palo Alto senior Grace Zhao, who will be swimming just across El Camino Real at Stanford’s Avery Aquatic Center next year. The last two years Paly did it despite not having a home pool to train in, as the school pool is unavailable due to the renovations taking place on campus. Practices were conducted at Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School and at Gunn. “These girls had to go through so much and they were so stoic, so understanding,’’ Palo Alto coach Danny Dye said. “I am so happy for them. It is something they deserve due to their positive demeanor. They bought in and stayed focused the whole time.’’ Paly was tied for first place with St. Francis heading into the final individual event, the 100 (continued on next page)

Marquess (continued from previous page)

Courtesy of Stanford Athletics

The 1971 Stanford coaching staff: (left to right) Ray Young, Tom Dunton, Mark Marquess.

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Mark Marquess in his first year as Stanford’s head coach. percentage. What’s most important is to never lose sight our role as educators.’’ So it’s no surprise when he points to the graduation rate of his players as the achievement he’s most proud of. ‘’Most of the better college baseball players go into pro baseball,’’ Marquess said. “It’s very difficult for them to graduate with baseball taking up so much of their time. Starting 28 years ago I had every player take one extra class. After three years,

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when most would turn pro, they’d be one quarter ahead, making it a lot easier to graduate.’’ The end is rapidly approaching. After the home series against Washington, the Cardinal plays a three-game series at Washington State and then the NCAA Tournament begins. How will Marquess spend his time once he no longer has the all-consuming task of guiding the Stanford baseball program? “I don’t know, I’m not going to think about it until it’s over,’’

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program has experienced a relative decline. In 2015 the Cardinal had its worst season under Marquess, going 24-32, and then went 25-21 last year. But this season has been a pleasantly surprising upbeat one. His players seem determined to send their coach out on a positive note. The Cardinal is 34-14 heading into this weekend’s series against Washington, 15-9 in the Pac-12. Longtime supporters of the program can envision nothing better than a deep post-season run in Marquess’ final year. But for all his success in making Stanford a national power in college baseball, Marquess doesn’t point to any one game or season as the pinnacle of his career. “The highlight of my career came this February when they surprised me and honored me before we played Kansas,’’ Marquess said. “120 to 130 former players came back. You figure you have 10 new players a year. Over 40 years that’s 400 players. I had nearly a third come back. And Stanford is not a local school. Guys were coming in from New York, Florida ...’’ Marquess played baseball and football at Stanford in the late 1960s. After a stint in professional baseball as a first baseman in the White Sox and Reds organizations he came back to Stanford to start his coaching career. So he is well-versed and comfortable with the unique emphasis placed on academics at the school. “Obviously we won two national championships and had guys play in the big leagues,’’ Marquess said. “But that’s a small

Mark Marquess shows he’s still got the right stuff in 2011.

Marquess said. “I’ll have a lot of time to reflect. I’d like to remain in the game in some kind of educational setting, maybe mentoring

coaches, definitely not at the professional level. I’d like to continue to combine that love I have for the sport with education.’’ Q


CCS swimming


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Menlo advances in CCS baseball playoffs

breaststroke. Good news. That event is the dominion of Zhao, the top swimmer on the team. Zhao had broken her own CCS record in the preliminaries with a time of 1:00.94. She didn’t swim as fast in the final, but still won easily and all but clinched the meet for her team. “Going into the meet we had the feeling there was some work to be done,’’ said Zhao, who will major in math or science. “But about halfway through the meet we caught our stride.’’ Zhao also swam legs on Palo Alto’s winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams. Gunn fell short in its bid to repeat as boys champion. A year ago the Titans snapped Bellarmine’s unprecedented 31-year reign as CCS boys swimming champions. The Bells bounced back, taking first with 264 points. St. Francis was second with 230, followed by Gunn with 174. “We’re disappointed for sure,’’ Gunn coach Mark Hernandez said. “But the positive is if we’re disappointed to finish third, that’s not too bad. I feel we wore the crown well.’’ Gunn got a first-place finish from Max Pokutta in the 100 breast in 55.29 and a pair of seconds from Michael Lincoln in the 200 free and 500 free. Pokutta also took second in the 200 IM. Pokutta and Lincoln will continue as teammates next year at Brown University in Rhode Island. Alex Liang was a double winner, helping the Palo Alto boys to a seventh-place finish. Liang won the 200 IM (1:47.65) and the 500 free (4:25.54). Liang was a decisive winner in both of his events despite not registering Alex Liang a PR in either. “I wasn’t really tapered,’’ said Liang as he concluded competing in his final CCS meet. He will join his older brother Andrew, another former Paly standout, at Stanford. “This is a bittersweet moment, kind of surreal. I will definitely come back to visit.’’ Menlo-Atherton’s Izzy Henig repeated as champion in the girls 50 free in 22.88. “I’m really happy to win the 50 free again,’’ Henig said. “The energy here is just so great. All the energy and all the fun really helps you go fast.’’ Henig was nosed out by Mitty’s Cathy Teng in the 100 free, 49.43 to 49.45. Gunn’s Sarah Snyder (51.10) and Ashley Stahmer (51.13) were third and fourth. Castilleja’s Natalie Tuck finished fourth in the 200 IM and 500 free. Stanford-bound Mia Paulsen won the girls 1-meter diving event with a score of 514.80 for MenloAtherton. Q


Palo Alto, Pinewood fall in first round games by Rick Eymer

enlo School can’t seem to escape Half Moon Bay when it comes to athletic endeavors. The Knights have played the Cougars during the regular season and in postseason in both football and basketball this school year. Now it’s baseball’s turn. Griff McGarry collected three hits and drove in a pair of runs as Menlo scored twice in each the third and fourth innings to snap a tie en route to a 10-3 victory over PAL Lake Division champion El Camino in the first round of the CCS Division II playoffs Wednesday. The PAL Ocean Division champion Knights (16-10) get a rematch with Ocean second-place team Half Moon Bay at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Prep in the quarterfinal round. The two teams split their regular-season meetings, each winning at home. The Menlo boys and girls basketball teams also split their games with Half Moon Bay while the football lost twice, including in the CCS championship game. It was the only two losses the Knights suffered. The Menlo baseball team has a chance to swing the balance in its rubber match of the series. There’s a berth in the semifinals at stake this weekend. The Knights are seeded 11th and the Cougars are seeded 14th, with both teams knocking off higher seeded teams to advance. Half Moon Bay beat No.3 Pacific Grove, 11-5, while El Camino was seeded sixth. Chandler Yu earned the victory against the Colts, allowing six hits in five innings. Sophomore Justin Nam pitched the final two innings. Catcher Ben Somorjai, headed to Haverford in the fall, had two hits and drove in three runs. He has driven in 11 runs over the past four games. Also in Division II, Pinewood’s first appearance in the CCS tournament was short-lived as the Panthers (14-6) lost to top-seeded Sacred Heart Cathedral. Bo Fick collected two hits and Casey Bates tripled for Pinewood, which lose only senior Chris Burton (.357 batting average) to graduation. Fick was the Panthers top hitter with a .567 average, 33 RBIs and four home runs. Jackson Haun, who suffered his first pitching loss, hit .522 and drove in 27 runs. He was 6-1 with a 1.76 ERA. Palo Alto has been good enough to earn the No. 1 overall seed in the Central Coast Section baseball Open Division in each of the past two years. The Vikings had


the misfortune to run into quality West Catholic Athletic League teams both years too. Mitty starter Aidan Goicovich tossed a four-hitter in the Monarchs 1-0 victory over the host Vikings. The Vikings (25-7) have lost their last six games to WCAL teams, dating to last season. Vikings starter Ryan Chang had to work a little bit but he was no less effective. He allowed an unearned run on five hits while getting into and out of trouble all day. He had runners on base in all but one inning. Chang stranded nine runners on base, six in scoring position. Palo Alto had a total of five baserunners. Mitty’s lone run was the result of a couple of walks, a bloop hit, a slight bobble and a hurried throw. In a game of inches, an inch was all it took. “It’s not the result we wanted but when your playing in the Central Coast Section playoffs, you’re facing the toughest competition,” Chang said. “I’m so thankful for this year. These guys are my brothers and they have more heart than I can say. This is a special group. We’re all devastated because we wanted to keep playing with each other.” The game never lacked for drama. Hyunwoo Roh stretched as far as he could to make a diving catch in right-center to deny Mitty in the fifth and Angus Stayte somehow got to a ball deep in left-center, making the catch inches from the wall in the sixth, robbing the Monarchs of two runs. Third baseman Niko Lillios, earlier in the same inning, ranged far to his right to keep a sharp grounder in the infield and, when he had every right to hang onto the ball, fired a strike to get the out at first and keep a Mitty runner rooted to second base. Stayte brought the crowd to life with a bouncer into left field to start the seventh. With two outs, Josh Kasevich put a pretty good swing on a ball and lined it into right. It stayed up, though, and Mitty slipped the win in its pocket and scurried off the field. “I’m as proud of these guys as I can be,” Fukuhara said. “They carried themselves like champions. This is a special group of guys.” Palo Alto loses a couple of outfielders, a shortstop and a couple pitchers to graduation. The Vikings return a solid corp “and we have guys ready to step up,” Fukuhara said. Softball The season came to an end Wednesday for the Palo Alto

Grace Zhao

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The senior won two events, the 200 IM and 100 breast, and swam on two winning relays in helping the Vikings win the Central Coast Section title. She set a CCS and school record with a 1:00.94 in the 100 breast, lowering her own mark of a year ago.

The junior shot a 7-under 64 at the Central Coast Section regional tournament at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey last week, helping the Vikings qualify for the CCS finals. His round of 64 matches the low score for any single CCS competition.

Honorable mention Joanne Chan

John Foley

Amaya, Anysa Gray

Alex Liang

Maggie Hall

Andrew Scoffone

Izzi Henig, M-A swimming*

Ben Somorgai

Electa Narasin, Alex Chan

Kevin Tinsley

Mia Paulsen

Ken Zhu

Gunn badminton Priory track and field

Menlo-Atherton track and field Gunn track and field

Menlo track and field

Menlo-Atherton diving

Pinewood golf Palo Alto swimming Menlo-Atherton track and field Menlo baseball

Sacred Heart Prep lacrosse Gunn badminton * Previous winners

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softball team in a 5-1 loss to host Los Gatos in the Central Coast Section Division I playoffs. But the season ending in the CCS playoffs represents a big step forward. The Vikings improved from 7-16 in 2016 to 12-6 this year. “We made a ton of progress,’’ Palo Alto coach Brooke Binkley said. “We went from third to last all the way to CCS against a very good team. We need one more year. Then we’ll be ready to go.’’ Golf Menlo School’s Max Ting finished in a sixth-place tie at the Central Coast Section boys golf tournament Tuesday at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey. Ting shot a round of 71, matching fellow WBAL golfer Daulet Tulebayev of Harker. Both golfers advance to the NorCal tournament on Monday at Sierra View CC in Roseville. Menlo-Atherton was seventh with a team score of 397 and Palo Alto finished eighth with a score of 414. Menlo’s Charlie Hsieh shot a 72 to finish in an eighth-place tie, just missing the cutoff for the

NorCal tournament. Pinewood’s John Foley came in with a score of 75, good for an 18th-place tie. Leo Tuchman shot a 76 to lead Menlo-Atherton. Jonathan Dicks added a 78 for the Bears and Jackson Lee turned in an 80. Sergi Mata shot a round of 77 to lead the Vikings. Bob Zhu was next with a 79. Badminton Gunn’s boys doubles team of Adrian Lee and Rasmus Jammyr drew Amador Valley’s Winston Tsai and Devin Ma in the first round of the Northern California Regional that will held Saturday at Independence High. Lee and Jammyr finished second in last weekend’s CCS tournament while the Amador Valley duo were fifth in the North Coast Section. In mixed doubles, Gunn’s Ken Zhu and Joanne Chan were slotted into the top of the bracket and play Irvington’s Daniel Huang and Jamie Wang in the first round. Zhu and Chan were crowned CCS champs last weekend after beating Palo Alto’s Michael Chau and Flavia Stiglich in the finals. Q • Palo Alto Weekly • May 19, 2017 • Page 55 Woodside








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