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June 9, 2017

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At Castilleja meeting, a call to ‘reset’ the project But school officials, residents who oppose expansion, disagree on the definition of ‘reset’ by Sue Dremann esidents who oppose Castilleja School’s proposed expansion and even some who support the school told Castilleja officials during a Tuesday night neighborhood meeting to hit the reset button on their plans. But in an email to the Weekly on


Wednesday, school officials said they won’t go back to the drawing board. Castilleja parent and neighborhood resident Matt Glickman, who supports the expansion, said a “reset” could possibly cut through the morass of accusations and

anger over the project, which has sharply divided the neighborhood. But exactly what a “reset” means is in itself further polarizing the school expansion’s supporters and opponents. The 110-year-old school, which educates girls from all economic backgrounds, says it must rebuild much of its 6-acre campus to modernize and continue providing young women with a highquality education. But it also

wants to expand its student body to 540 students — about 125 more than the maximum allowed under its current city-sanctioned conditional-use permit, which caps enrollment at 415 students. The school’s proposal, and particularly plans to add an underground garage with an entrance and exit onto residential streets, has set off a firestorm of criticism among a group of residents who say their voices are not being

heard. Other residents supporting the expansion refute that characterization, saying that the school has given ample opportunities for residents to express their views. Tuesday’s meeting, one of two the school is required to hold annually, was an olive branch of sorts by the school, which allowed the opposing residents to set the agenda and format. It (continued on page 10)


High-end restaurant sparks debate over outdoor seating

French Laundry alums on the cusp of getting long-sought permit for California Avenue restaurant by Gennady Sheyner hen Anthony Secviar and Dennis Kelly, alums of three-Michelinstarred restaurant The French Laundry in Yountville, decided three years ago to open a “worldclass” restaurant on Palo Alto’s California Avenue, they didn’t expect to find themselves ensnared in intense zoning debates. But that’s exactly what they say has happened in their quest to open their establishment, called Protégé. To accommodate the restaurant, the developer of the new mixed-use building at 260 California asked the city to modify the building’s plans, which led a resident’s challenge of the proposal, a 10-month process to obtain a permit, a series of public hearings and a bitter dispute over parking spaces, zoning regulations and the nature of public sidewalks. The debate could conclude on Monday night, when the City Council is scheduled to consider approving Protégé’s alcohol permit and affirming the recent conclusions of the city’s Planning and Transportation Commission and Architectural Review Board that the project complies with a vague zoning provision that deals with “common spaces.” Both bodies voted unanimously last week to move the project ahead. At the heart of the debate is the switch of the ground-floor space from planned use as general retail (which was in the development’s initial application that the city approved in 2013) to restaurant, which has more stringent parking requirements. In the eyes of Palo


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Film project highlights Greenmeadow, screens June 10 Art collaboration combines Eichler living, community and dance by Sue Dremann he front walls of 16 Eichler homes in Palo Alto’s Greenmeadow neighborhood will become movie screens on June 10, showing films of the indoor activities of residents in an innovative art installation that will debut at sundown. Titled “California Living Project II: Palo Alto,” the project entails 20 different film loops, all several minutes long, depicting the south Palo Alto neighborhood in a commentary on the paradox of openness and simultaneous isolation, according to its makers, two visual and dance artists. Developer Joseph Eichler’s iconic mid-20th-century tract homes


are known for having private fronts with no windows or very small ones but floor-to-ceiling glass rear windows and doors, allowing residents to interact with the natural environment of their backyards. For filmmaker Nate Page, this architectural design provided him a window into residents’ inner worlds. Page’s camera recorded what the residents did within the homes for between 20 and 90 minutes, capturing both intimate and creative moments: a woman sitting alone practicing her recorder; a man playing with his dog; a family dancing together in their kitchen; a mother coddling her baby; a teen break dancing while talking on his

cell phone; a woman weaving on a loom while a man strolled in a cartoon-character mask. In the films, dinner parties and game nights are punctuated by voices, chirping crickets or atmospheric music. Page’s own childhood experiences in the Midwest suburbs provided the impetus for the project. “It was a fairly alienating experience of neighborhood. I would see the lights of the TV flickering in (people’s) windows, and I’d get a glimpse of the psychology of the residents by what they were watching on television,” he said. Page developed a similar project (continued on page 9)

Alto resident Jeff Levinsky, a land-use watchdog, the project no longer complies with requirements for parking; it’s short by one space. Last week, he argued in front of both the planning commission and the architectural board that the error stemmed from the city staff’s miscalculation of the floor area, which determines how much parking the development needs to provide. City planning staff acknowledged as much: It had initially failed to include the outdoor seating areas — tables, chairs and space to access the seating area — as part of the gross floor area of the building. That outdoor space added up to about 150 square feet. While the zoning code is vague on the subject, staff concluded in the revision of the floor area that outdoor areas where customers are not served should not be counted. Now, staff and the developer maintain that the error has been corrected through several minor revisions. The developer, Mark Conroe, agreed to add two parking spaces through installation of “puzzle lifts” for cars in the garage. Levinsky, however, argued that this isn’t enough and that another space is needed because even the revised calculations fail to consider sections of the building that are deemed “common areas.” He said those areas should be counted as part of the restaurant and thus contribute to the restaurant’s parking requirements. “We do have a parking crisis in (continued on page 7) • Palo Alto Weekly • June 9, 2017 • Page 5


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Anthony Secviar, whose plans to open a high-end restaurant in Palo Alto have been delayed. See story on page 5.

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SCHOOL EYES INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND ... If all goes well, Addison Elementary School could become the site of Palo Alto’s second inclusive Magical Bridge Playground. The school board discussed Tuesday night a staff proposal to apply for a $300,000 grant from Santa Clara County, which would be matched by the Addison Parent Teacher Association, to build the playground, which could accommodate children with varying physical and cognitive abilities. The proposal is part of a major revamp of the Addison campus, to be funded by a private, anonymous donor. (The playground would not be covered by the donor, however.) Board members expressed strong support for the proposal — Todd Collins said he was “wildly in favor” — but said the issue of parity among all elementary schools should be addressed. Will the district plan in its next facilities bond, for example, to build a Magical Bridge Playground at every elementary campus? Board members also raised the question of partnering with the City of Palo Alto to build more playgrounds. The first Magical Bridge Playground opened in Palo Alto’s Mitchell Park in 2015.

POTSHOTS ... Palo Alto’s reputation as a left-leaning leader on all things green will be put to the test next Tuesday, when the City Council’s Policy and Services Committee considers a new law targeting the outdoor cultivation of marijuana. The proposed law would apply to both recreational and medical use. It would also ban commercial cultivation facilities, manufacturing facilities, retailers and warehouses, though delivery of marijuana would still be legal. The new law, if approved, would supplement a similar ordinance that the council passed in October, one week before California voters approved Proposition 64, known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. In anticipation of the act’s passage, council members agreed that banning outdoor cultivation (the Act explicitly permits indoor cultivation of up to six plants) is the safest way to navigate through a shifting legal landscape. Councilman Cory Wolbach argued at the time the

ban would allow the council to “buy ourselves a little bit of time to figure out what the appropriate response is, should Prop. 64 pass.” Under his advice, the council also agreed that the ban would sunset in November 2017, when the situation would be less hazy. But now, with legalized marijuana clearly the law of the land, the council will consider removing the sunset clause. And while pot is hardly a burning issue in Palo Alto, staff is moving ahead with a sense of urgency. According to a report from the office of City Attorney Molly Stump, the city’s ability to ban pot cultivation will be curtailed after Jan. 1, 2018, when the state will begin issuing licenses for marijuana dispensaries. The new prohibitions, Stump argued, “will give the City more time to consider which, if any, commercial activities should be permitted in the City, and whether to adopt more permissive regulations.” NEW COMMISSIONERS ... The Palo Alto Human Relations Commission welcomed two new members last week: Deepali Brahmbhatt and Steven D. Lee. Brahmbhatt, previously an engineer, is an attorney at Palo Alto-based law firm Progress LLP. She’s also an inventor on five patents related to networking, security and multimedia technologies, according to her commission biography. She brings an interest in Palo Alto’s diversity and inclusive policies, including online and cyber-related policies and their impact on seniors, adults and children. She replaces former member and chairman Greer Stone, who has joined the Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission. Brahmbhatt’s term expires May 31, 2019. Lee is corporate counsel at Farmer’s Business Network Inc., a Silicon Valley-based technology startup focused on helping farmers by sharing information, providing unbiased analysis and creating competition for farmers’ business, according to his biography on the city’s website. He has served on seven other commissions, including Santa Clara County’s Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee. He replaces commissioner Daryl Savage, who left for a job with the FBI. Lee’s term expires May 31, 2020. Q


Almost game time

State-of-the-art athletic center ushers in new era for Paly athletics, community alo Alto High School’s new 91,765-square-foot athletic complex, set to open this fall, rivals most high schools’ and even some colleges’ athletic facilities. It has dedicated wrestling and dance rooms, a vast weight room, a training room with a hydrotherapy tub, a golf simulator, numerous coaches’ offices with flat-screen TVs for watching game footage, multiple locker rooms, a large classroom for courses on nutrition and sports medicine and not one but two gyms, among many other bells and whistles. Throughout the building, enormous arched windows that match the architecture of the campus let in natural light. The new complex more than doubles the square footage of Paly’s historic 85-year-old gym, which was demolished in the fall of 2015. “I’ve never seen a high school have this,” said Tom Hodges, principal of fs3|Hodges, the construction management company for the project. “Never.” The $41.6 million project was made possible by a private donation from the Peery family, who in 2013 said they wanted to provide a community space that would “nurture the whole child and provide some balance in the fast-paced, workobsessed environment we live in.” The Peery family donated $23.4 million to build the athletic center


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Palo Alto,” Levinsky said. “We have many under-parked buildings. We’re missing hundreds of parking spaces, and that’s a burden to everybody — commuters, business owners, customers and nearby residents. “And it shifts the cost from the building owner to everyone else.” Levinsky also argued that the city is trying to have it both ways when it comes to the eating areas located on sidewalks: It treats them as relevant when discussing the restaurant’s encroachment into public space but not when calculating the density of the building. Levinsky called it a “Schroedinger’s cafe” — an allusion to the theoretical cat that both is and isn’t alive — and said the paradox makes the city’s laws seem absurd. “I don’t think it’s a good way to make a law that the same area is both an eating area and not an eating area at the same time,” he said. But for Secviar and Kelly, the debate has already gone on for far too long and has already been settled by planning staff. After 10 months of delays, Secviar told the planning commission on May 31, “To say I am frustrated and confused is but a tip of the iceberg.”

— thought to be the single largest gift the Palo Alto school district has ever received. The school district’s share grew from an original $5.7 million in 2013 to a final $18.2 million, funded entirely through the $378 million “Strong Schools” bond voters passed in 2008. Jason Peery, son of Paly graduate Richard Peery, told the Weekly the athletic center has turned out “the way we hoped.” “It’s not only an awesome facility but also an opportunity for the whole school to gather together, hang out together and support each other in a way they couldn’t before with the previous gym,” he wrote in an email. While an official grand opening is scheduled for Oct. 21, coaches, athletics staff and physical-education teachers have been eagerly familiarizing themselves with the space in recent weeks and months, said Palo Alto Unified Bond Program Manager Bob Golton. Student-athletes will be able to use some of the new facilities, primarily the weight room, as early as July. The weight room, despite being below ground, is large and airy, with rubber flooring that features images of Paly’s mascot, the Viking. Next door, a fitness room will soon be filled with rowing, bicycling and other aerobics machines that will be accessible to students of all skill levels, said Paly Athletic Director Kathi Bowers. “We should not be held hostage in order to provide a forum to debate the city’s policies and how you uphold and enforce the laws,” Secviar told the planning commission. “We should not suffer simply because Mr. Levinsky does not trust the city to do its job.” Conroe, the developer, also argued that Protégé is being targeted for political reasons. “We’ve been unfairly caught up in a political crossfire between Mr. Levinsky and the city,” he said. “We’re being used by Mr. Levinsky as his whipping boy or battering ram to promote his political agenda.” The planning commissioners last week agreed that the process has taken too long and that the restaurant should be approved. Commissioners Susan Monk and Eric Rosenblum both fully endorsed staff’s interpretation and favored approving the project, which Rosenblum said is “exactly in keeping” with the city’s objective of developing California Avenue. Having an empty space on a street that the city recently spent $7 million to renovate and revitalize is “exactly anti-public interest.” “We’re trying to balance these things,” Rosenblum said, referring to parking requirements and the public interest. “It seems to me this is compliant. In addition

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The main gym at the new Peery Family Center at Palo Alto High School will be able to seat 1,640 people. The new basement level of the complex, which added 50,523 square feet, houses the weight room and fitness room as well as main PE locker rooms, team locker rooms, restrooms and showers; a PE classroom with a projector; office space for PE teachers; a break room for coaches and teachers; a small, gender-neutral locker room with showers; and a golf room with a simulator so the team can practice even if it’s raining. The complex is a huge boon not only to the sports teams, Bowers said, but to the PE department and broader school community. “It’s more than just athletics,” she told the Weekly. “It’s first and foremost an educational building.” On the ground level is the wrestling room, dance studio (whose floor is made of wood that has more bounce to it), a lactation room and the main entrance. Previously, to that, there is a strong interest in having vibrant space in a place we’re trying to develop.” Commissioners Doria Summa and Przemek Gardias were more skeptical and suggested that the developer provide an additional parking spot. Gardias said he was concerned about a “domino effect” of other restaurants providing insufficient parking. Summa seemed frustrated after Conroe acknowledged that the building was constructed with grease traps on the ground floor, suggesting that he had always intended to have a restaurant there. “What that indicates to me is that it was built to be a restaurant, not general retail,” Summa said. “In 2013, I think everybody would’ve been served better if it (provided parking) for restaurant use.” The Architectural Review Board reached a similar conclusion after a vigorous debate about density calculations, parking and the nature of outdoor seating. While the city generally encourages more activity on its sidewalks — as evidenced by the council’s decision to widen sidewalks and create new plazas on California Avenue — it also has provisions barring restaurants from intruding into pedestrians’ pathway. The permit for 260 California specifies that the restaurant needs

the wrestling and dance teams shared a space about one-third of the size, Bowers said. There’s also a second, small gym, which seats 250 people. A memento from the floor of the old gym — a circular, green piece that reads “Palo Alto Vikings” — is now mounted on one of the small gym’s walls. Outside, the swimming pool was largely untouched, but the pool’s deck was expanded, outdoor showers were added and dedicated locker rooms built for the students involved in swimming activities. The crowning feature of the complex is the new main gym. It seats 1,640, has a new audio-visual system, movable seats and can be split into three sections to accommodate three teams simultaneously. With seats on the court, the space is large enough to accommodate the entire school for assemblies, Hodges said on a recent

tour of the space. A traditional trophy case stretching along one side of the gym above the seats will showcase the history of Paly athletics with trophies, plaques, oil paintings of various sports by an artist and Paly alum and other memorabilia, Bowers said. Just off the gym there’s a small, secondary training room, locker rooms, equipment storage and even a laundry room. As with Paly’s other facilities, the new athletic center will be rentable for community use and events, taking in $25,000 per year or more. Bowers said she has led some “very, very excited” groups of students on early tours of the facility. “They can’t wait” to take full advantage of the center, she said. “They’re chomping at the bit.” Q Staff Writer Elena Kadvany can be reached at ekadvany@

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Man killed train by identified

The San Mateo County Coroner’s Office has identified Kirtee Kapoor, 46, of Menlo Park, as the man who died after being struck by a train near the Watkins Avenue train crossing in Atherton on Monday morning (Posted June 6, 11:35 a.m.)

Man arrested for intent to kill doctors

A 58-year-old Central Valley man with stage 4 cancer was arrested last week after driving from his home in Visalia to the Bay Area with the alleged intent to kill his doctors, Palo Alto police and prosecutors said Tuesday. (Posted June 6, 8:16 a.m.)

Tennis and tutoring program leaves Stanford

After providing tennis lessons, tutoring and support to disadvantaged youth for more than 20 years on the Stanford University campus, East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoringwill have to find a new home in 2019. The university recently decided against renewing its contract with the youth nonprofit. (Posted June 2, 3:45 p.m.)

New Jordan, Terman principals named

A Campbell Union High School District administrator and San Jose Unified School District principal will become the new principals of Jordan and Terman middle schools, respectively, the district announced on Friday. (Posted June 2, 12:14 p.m.)

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the public right-of-way. The business is also required to maintain an 8-foot-wide pedestrian right-of-way clear of all obstructions. Q • Palo Alto Weekly • June 9, 2017 • Page 7


School board majority defends sex-ed process Trustees, community divided over curriculum selection by Elena Kadvany n Tuesday night, three of five Palo Alto school board members stood by the district’s selection of a new sexuality-education program, though they acknowledged some missteps in communication and transparency with parents during its implementation. Board President Terry Godfrey, Vice President Ken Dauber and member Jennifer DiBrienza said that the now-controversial Teen Talk curriculum, taught to seventh-graders this spring by Redwood City nonprofit Health Connected, is appropriate, legally compliant and useful. The district put the program in place to comply with the California Healthy Youth Act, which requires school districts to teach comprehensive sexuality education at least once in middle school and once in high school. (It requires that districts educate students about different methods by which sexually transmitted infections can be spread and acknowledge different sexual orientations, for example.) Parents who oppose the new curriculum maintain its content is inappropriate for seventh-graders and have called for a more in-depth, inclusive review process that would involve parents and look at other available sexual-health programs. Such a process, some board members said during the discussion-only meeting, would not yield a significantly different curriculum and would consume already scarce district resources and time.


“As I’ve heard people speak about their concerns with this curriculum, I don’t find the concerns we’ve heard are specific to Health Connected,” DiBrienza said. “They’re actually requirements of the law.” DiBrienza and Dauber noted that many programs students are exposed to in school do not come before the school board for formal approval. Dauber said in his reading of board policy, the district can select curricula that have been vetted and approved by the state, as Health Connected’s program has. State education code also permits districts to contract with outside consultants with relevant expertise to provide comprehensive sexual-health and HIV-prevention education, DiBrienza noted. A full curriculum-review process would not benefit students, Dauber said. Board members Melissa Baten Caswell and Todd Collins disagreed, arguing the district failed to follow its own policies on curriculum selection, particularly by neglecting to include parents in the process. Parents complained that they had difficulty accessing the Health Connected material before it was taught to their children and that their feedback was not sought in the selection of the program. Collins agreed, stating, “We have effectively shut off community voice in this decision.” Collins said he was “taken aback” that his three colleagues took a different position, arguing


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that an administrative regulation on selection and evaluation of materials requires the creation of a “curriculum steering committee with community representation” to review supplemental materials being taught at the secondary schools. Baten Caswell said she does not support a full, years-long curriculum-adoption process for sex ed but agreed that the administrative regulation allows for a “lightweight review” that sufficiently involves community input. “We are never going to satisfy everybody’s needs, so I don’t think that’s the goal, but the goal for me right now is to not have this division,” she said. More than 30 parents spoke at Tuesday’s meeting, both in protest and in support of the curriculum. Those in opposition argued against the district’s position that the 10-hour sex-ed program is supplemental rather than core curriculum. Reiterating their support for sex education in and of itself, they urged the board to launch a review process to promise greater transparency and parent involvement. “In some aspects, sexual-health education is even more impactful to a student’s life than physics or chemistry lessons. ... Given such importance, I would argue (the) sexual-health-ed program should be treated under (the) process of instructional materials instead of supplementary materials, as it is now,” said one father, Han. One mother urged the board: “Do not take the road of expedience, but take the long road of caution and form an advisory committee.” Other parents, however, said they support the curriculum as muchneeded, well-timed education that goes beyond just reproductive health. Laura Prentiss, the mother of three Palo Alto Unified students, also worried that the creation of a review committee would send the wrong message. She and other parents said that research has shown that comprehensive sex education delays rather than expedites the onset of sexual activity among youth, with other positive outcomes. Three representatives from local chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which sponsored the California Healthy Youth Act, attended Tuesday’s meeting and spoke in support of the curriculum. Phyllida Burlingame, reproductive justice policy director for the ACLU of Northern California, said the law defines “age appropriate” as when young people are developmentally able to process information taught to them. “It does not mean have they reached the age at which their (continued on page 10)

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News Digest New Stanford housing would abut College Terrace

Eyeing future growth, Stanford University is asking for Santa Clara County’s permission to add 1,600 housing units or beds for students along its border with the College Terrace neighborhood, university officials told members of the College Terrace Residents Association last week. The units would comprise over half of the university’s proposed new housing under its 2018 general use permit (GUP) application. But residents of College Terrace say they have borne the brunt of traffic and parking generated by Stanford and raised concerns about the proposed housing. They said that despite Stanford’s trafficmanagement program and a City of Palo Alto-run residential parking permit program, the neighborhood still experiences parking problems and noise late at night from Stanford visitors and residents. Stanford’s application is requesting permission to build 2.275 million square feet of academic and academic-related facilities and 40,000 square feet of child care or transportation-management facilities. To balance that growth, Stanford proposes to add 2,600 units or new beds of student housing and 550 faculty and staff housing units through the year 2035. The number of housing units or beds is tied to a ratio of housing units per square feet of academic development, said Catherine Palter, associate vice president of land use and environmental planning. For every 500,000 square feet of academic construction, Stanford must build 605 housing units. The permit must undergo a county planning commission hearing and recommendation; the county Board of Supervisors will then hold a hearing and vote on approving the permit. Q —Sue Dremann

City crafts battle plan to fight climate change

Palo Alto renewed its vow to fight climate change last week in repudiation of the White House’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. This past Monday night, the City Council began the work of turning that rhetoric into action, considering more than 40 new programs and policies that aim to bring Palo Alto closer to its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2030. On transportation, ideas included shuttle programs, electric vehicles and an expanded bike share program. When it comes to energy, the city would reduce barriers for people looking to switch from natural-gas-powered to electric appliances. By an 8-0 vote, the council directed staff to refine the plan, consider the costs and benefits of each program and come up with a shorter list of programs. Councilwoman Karen Holman proposed a new list of items that should be considered in the plan, but her proposal faltered by a 3-6 vote, with Lydia Kou and Tom DuBois joining her. The majority favored giving City Manager James Keene the latitude to evaluate the different programs and come up with a priority list. Otherwise, there was consensus that the city needs to be very deliberate in how it uses its money and time to lead the way on climate change. Q —Gennady Sheyner

City to outsource Rinconada lifeguard duties

Swimmers at the Rinconada Pool in Palo Alto can look forward to longer hours, different rates and greater stability in lifeguard staffing this summer as part of the city’s proposal to outsource services at the pool. The agreement would put the Menlo Park-based company Team Sheeper in charge of the city’s open swimming and lap swimming services. Additionally, the city is negotiating a separate agreement that would give Team Sheeper oversight of Rinconada Masters and Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics. For the city, the arrangement represents the next step in outsourcing pool functions traditionally performed by Community Services Department staff. The proposed contract will expand Team Sheeper’s responsibilities at Rinconada by entrusting it with operational management of the lap and open swim programs. Even so, the city is not going so far as to hand over full management of Rinconada to Team Sheeper. Instead, city staff are opting for incremental changes to the relationship between the city and the company. Given the negotiations among Team Sheeper, the city and the two swimming clubs, the commission stopped short of approving the staff’s proposal to have the company oversee the clubs. Instead, it approved the lifeguard contract and directed staff to return at a later date with an update about the negotiations before the Rinconada Masters and Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics contracts go to the council for final approval. A community services staff member said the city is looking to add into the contract language that guarantees the two competitive swim teams the same pool access that they’ve had in the past. Q —Gennady Sheyner


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in the Balboa Highlands, an Eichler tract in Granada Hills, California, in September 2013. In Balboa Hills, the residents at times seemed to stage their behavior. Some dressed up in 1950s outfits and had parties, for example. That got Page and his collaborator, dance artist Chelsea Zeffiro, interested in whether the residents were self-conscious and if they were performing or not during the filming. Rather than turning Greenmeadow residents loose and recording them, the two artists decided to add interactive dance to the project, which blurred the lines between spontaneous behavior, self-expression and conscious and deliberate action. “Each became a unique collaboration with the individuals, their ideas, temperaments and personalities,” he said. Zeffiro sat in kitchens and living rooms with residents and developed relationships, noting parts of conversations that could lead the people to develop a sense of what they wanted to do. Sometimes it involved dance; other times it didn’t. Zeffiro described how she and dancer Kaitlyn Petrik helped residents Ann and Don Rothblatt through their process of discovery. “We spent about 30 minutes or more dancing to a Jazz CD by musician Bobby Short. They shared with us that they had just celebrated their 60th anniversary. At first they were reluctant to join myself and Kaitlyn. Once they did, the four of us did very subtle changes in movement that read really well on camera. I think it demonstrates the very sweet interaction we had with an incredibly sweet couple,” she said. Ann Rothblatt recalled: “I felt too self-conscious to be part of the filming at first. Then, after watching Chelsea and another young woman for awhile, I got up the courage to join in. My husband and I moved separately at first, then together. If I had it to do over, I would have danced with him the whole time!” Zeffiro and another colleague, dancer Angel Acuña, did two simple and intimate duets with resident Mary Anne Deierlein and a group dance that included Deierlein’s husband, Greg, and a few friends who live in the neighborhood.

“The concept was so intriguing because I spent most of my life in homes featuring ‘front porch’ living and understood the contrast of Eichler living, where, from the street, (it) is completely private and reclusive,” Mary Anne Deierlein said. “It is a simple concept of filming home life and activities, so at first we over-thought the activities needing to be scripted, rather than natural. After meeting with Nate at our house to discuss the scope and reach and possibilities of the project, I was most interested in dance and movement and creative living activities. Chelsea is a delightful, creative, intuitive artist and dancer,” she said. Resident Julie Zerbib’s 15-yearold daughter, Nelly, and their dog also took part in the project.

Courtesy Nate Page

Dancer Chelsea Zeffiro, left, and Greenmeadow resident Nelly Zerbib perform while seated at the dining table as the family dog looks out into the backyard as part of the “California Living Project II: Palo Alto.”

“For us, our main motivation, aside from taking part of a fun experience, was to immortalize our house that we love so much. Chelsea and Nate offered us that but also gave us a glimpse into the artistic mind and process, and that was a wonderful experience,” she said. In the end, Nelly worked with Zeffiro on an improvisational dance piece centered around the dining table and using everyday objects in an alternative ways. The dog also made it in to the film: As the women moved in tandem, the canine stood nearby, looking out the back window. “My daughter loved the experience. We really appreciated that Chelsea tried something different with her and that was a unique experience for my daughter,” Zerbib said. Deierlein said participation in the project “definitely reaffirmed” her appreciation of Greenmeadow. Rothblatt agreed. “We’ve always loved our house and neighborhood, but this experience made us appreciate both even more,” she said. Zerbib said she is intrigued to see who else in her neighborhood was willing to participate in the project. “You can feel it’s people who love their home and the Eichler style,” she said. For Page, the art installation is about creating community and giving people a chance to experience their environment and each other in ways they hadn’t considered. “I want this to be a disarming experience of intimacy in a

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to consider approving two new five-story Marriott hotels at 744-748 San Antonio Road; and review the Introduction, Governance and Implementation sections of the new Comprehensive Plan. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 12, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. COUNCIL POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to consider an ordinance banning outdoor cultivation of marijuana; discuss the city’s data collection and privacy policy; discuss a request for proposal for a consultant to assist with master planning for Cubberley Community Center; and consider an audit of contract oversight for trenching and installation of electric substructure. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. BOARD OF EDUCATION... The board will discuss a request for proposal (RFP) for the Cubberley Community Center master plan; conceptual designs for three elementary schools’ multipurpose rooms; and hear an update from the district’s Learning Design Team. An evaluation of the superintendent is scheduled for closed session. The board will meet at 8-10 a.m., Thursday, June 15, at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave. PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the city’s Downtown Parking Management Study; and consider zoning changes to enable construction of a four-story, 60-unit building at 2755 El Camino Real. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. CITY/SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to meet at 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 15, at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave. ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to review 4115 El Camino Real, a proposed three-story building with ground-floor retail, offices on the second floor and seven units on the third; consider a proposal to demolish Hotel Parmani and construct a new four-story, 97-room hotel at 3200 El Camino Real; consider a proposal to demolish four single-family residences and construct 16 two-story single-family residences at 567 Maybell Ave.; and consider a proposal for a four-story, 60-unit building at 2755 El Camino Real. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.. on Thursday, June 8, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

community,” he said. Recalling the art-installation night in Granada Hills, he said it exceeded his expectations. “I thought at first it would be creepy and voyeristic, but it felt like Halloween and block party.” Page and Zeffiro self-funded the project. They plan to work in other Eichler communities and to find additional ways to interact with the residents. The pair is looking at an Eichler community in Sacramento, and they hope to return to another Palo Alto Eichler neighborhood. They are also planning a book on the project, he said. Q

IF YOU’RE GOING What: “California Living Project II: Palo Alto” Where: Greenmeadow neighborhood, select streets. Maps are available at Greenmeadow Community Center, 303 Parkside Dr., Palo Alto and on the project website. When: June 10, sundown to midnight Cost: Free Info: californialivingproject. com/#caliving

Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to Palo Alto Municipal Code Section 2.28.070, that the City Council of the City of Palo Alto will conduct a Public Hearing at its Special Meeting on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 5:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California, to consider adoption of the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget. Copies of the budget are available on the City’s website at asd/budget.asp, the City’s library branches, and in the Administrative Services Department, 4th Floor, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. There is a $27.00 per book plus postage or $11.00 per CD-ROM charge for this publication. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, pursuant to Government Code Sections 66016 and 66018, that the City Council of the City of Palo Alto will conduct a Public Hearing at its Special Meeting on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 5:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California, to consider changes to the Fiscal Year 2018 Municipal Fee Schedule, including new fees and increases to existing fees. Copies of the fee schedule setting forth any proposed new fees and increases to existing fees are available on the City’s website at asd/budget.asp and in the Administrative Services Department, 4th Floor, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. There is a $7.00 per copy plus postage charge for this publication. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Palo Alto will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 5:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California, to consider adoption of a resolution determining the calculation of the appropriations limit for Fiscal Year 2018. The calculation of the limit and the supporting documentation are available for review in the City’s Office of Management & Budget, 4th floor, 250 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, California. There is a charge of $0.15 per page for copying documentation. Changes to the City’s Electric and Fiber rates will also be considered during the June 27 Public Hearing, as part of the adoption of the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget. Copies of the proposed water, refuse, electric and fiber rate schedules are available on the City’s website at and in the Utilities Customer Service, Ground Floor, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. There is a $3.00 per copy charge for this publication. BETH MINOR City Clerk • Palo Alto Weekly • June 9, 2017 • Page 9

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parents feel comfortable with them receiving the information,� she said. Parents have the choice to opt out of any or all of the sexeducation lessons, but many said Tuesday that to do so would be to exclude their children. Superintendent Max McGee said the district has received 400 responses to survey of students, parents and teachers about Health Connected and will bring those results to a subsequent school board meeting for further discussion. McGee also made recommendations on Tuesday to develop “specific, detailed, informational� presentations on Health Connected for parents and teachers, provide parents with full access to the curriculum materials before they are taught to students and make “clear� opt-out information available in multiple languages to parents. Q

started as a panel discussion with brief presentations by Kathleen Dowdy, a school trustee; Kathy Layendecker, Castilleja chief financial and operating officer; and seven members of the opposition neighborhood group Protect Our Neighborhood Quality of Life Now (PNQLNow). The presentations were followed by a Q&A session in which people were to submit questions on note cards. But the meeting got off to a rocky start: Some residents -- opposed to a question-card format that didn’t allow them to speak -- started shouting. Hired facilitator Ellen Cross then diffused the situation by letting people speak to the points they made when their question cards were read. Some PNQLNow members expressed adamant opposition to any expansion, insisting the school should move or split the campus. Residents said they feel the proposal is being forced upon

them without the chance to give meaningful input, which school staff refuted. The administrators and neighbors opposing the expansion accused each other of misrepresenting the facts. The rancor prompted Glickman to suggest that the only way forward might be to restart the process — this time with full community input — to break the logjam. “Given all of the work that has gone on, a reset could speed things up. We need to have a comprehensive set of creative solutions� after getting all of the neighbors’ concerns on the table, he said. While it isn’t likely that everyone would be happy, Glickman said, “I think we could get at something that a large majority can be satisfied with.� Mary Sylvester, a member of PNQLNow and a panelist, said she agreed that a reset is necessary. “The neighbors have not had a meaningful role in this process,� she said.


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Tom Shannon, who lives on Kellogg Street across from Castilleja School, addresses Kathy Layendecker, Castilleja School’s CFO, second from left, during a June 6 neighborhood meeting about Castilleja’s proposal to increase student enrollment and construct an underground parking lot, which has sparked concerns among some residents. Kathleen Tandy, member of the Castilleja School Board of Trustees, far left, and Protect Neighborhood Quality of Life group members Mary Sylvester, center, Vic Befera, Stan Shore and Andie Reed listen. Tom Shannon, a Kellogg Avenue resident who was one of four members of a working group that vetted the school’s plans for more than two years, had previously called for a reset during an interview last month with the Weekly. But Castilleja officials said on Wednesday that they don’t plan to restart the process. “Castilleja followed the (meeting) format that was proposed by ... PNQLNow and shortened our own presentation to allow more time for the neighbors to

participate in Q&A. We did this as a good-faith gesture in the hope that we would learn how neighbors would like to move forward,� Layendecker said in a follow-up email to the Weekly. “They did not offer a clear definition of what is meant by ‘reset,’ and to the extent that definitions were offered, they were inconsistent. The interest in a reset in the absence of any sense of a willingness to compromise or offer suggestions as to how we move forward feels more like a delay

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Castilleja casts graduates into the world /L]HWWH/RSH]*XL]DUDQG%UHQGD&DFKD\*XWLÎ UUH]JLYHHDFKRWKHUD KLJKILYHDIWHUJUDGXDWLQJIURP&DVWLOOHMD6FKRRORQ-XQH6HHDUWLFOH RQWKH&DVWLOOHMDFRPPHQFHPHQWFHUHPRQ\DORQJZLWKPRUHSKRWRVRQ 3DOR$OWR2QOLQHFRP VHDUFKIRU´&DVWLOOHMD6FKRROFDVWVJUDGXDWHVÂľ  tactic than a genuine desire to work toward a compromise.â&#x20AC;? Gerry Marshall, a supporter of the Castilleja expansion who lives directly across the street from the current school entrance on Bryant Street, praised Glickmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal. If that means resetting the conversation to be open and hearing all sides, she approves. But she and other supporters said they oppose requiring Castilleja to rescind the plans it submitted to the city and to start over. Marshall called the situation â&#x20AC;&#x153;disappointing.â&#x20AC;? The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opponents are â&#x20AC;&#x153;so demonstrative they had me back on my haunches (at the meeting),â&#x20AC;? she said of her reticence to speak out Tuesday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no progress, no compromise. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what it (takes) to take that veil off their hearts to see that we can work together.â&#x20AC;? Marshall added that people are jumping too far ahead when they demand for the school to pin down every aspect of the project, including construction staging.

All of those issues will be addressed with the city as the process moves forward, she said. Jeannine Marston, a 40-year resident who lives on Waverley Street and also is a Castilleja teacher whose children attended the school, is also opposed to forcing the school to start over because of the time and money already spent on the plans. But Marston also said she appreciates the frustration of people who live in Old Palo Alto, given the constant construction of homes in the neighborhood. Since traffic and parking are major issues for those opposing the expansion, Marston said that those residents should consider the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track record in reducing those problems, which, she said, show the school has been listening. The biggest disappointment she felt at Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting was that those opposing the project didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recognize those efforts and accomplishments through the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transportation management demand program, which has led to

a 23 percent reduction in traffic during peak school arrival and departure hours since the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inception in 2012, according to a traffic consultantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report. As an insider, she said the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts have resulted in a shift away from the car culture; she herself no longer drives to campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If even a single speaker said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We want to acknowledge the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to make traffic reductions,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; at least it says â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m listening and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m noticing,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? she said. To get to a reset of any kind, Marston said that all sides would have to agree to its definition. Mary Sylvester, on behalf of PNQLNow, said in an email that â&#x20AC;&#x153;resetâ&#x20AC;? means starting over. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The school met with a very small group from one street only for a couple of years, upon which they base their claim to have reached out to the neighborhood. They didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reveal the specifics until plans were completed. In fact, those folks, as you heard Tuesday night, felt they were not listened to and they are opposed to the expansion plans,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The school needs to start over, first by making a coordinated effort to involve the immediate neighbors in coming to consensus on what the neighborhood can bear and then by being honest brokers,â&#x20AC;? she said. To illustrate the point that many residents were left out of the process, PNQLNow member Nelson Ng, whose Emerson Street home would have directly faced the garage exit under a prior proposal, asked at the Tuesday meeting for a show of how many residents were school neighbors. Then he asked how many had been aware of the master plan, which showed the garage plans and the exit on Emerson Street, prior to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s submittal on June 30. About six people remained standing.

But Castilleja fought back against residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; characterization that the school hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been forthcoming with the neighborhood about a garage. In an email to the Weekly on Wednesday, Layendecker said the school has many documents dating to 1999 with references from neighbors regarding a garage. Some residents confirmed to the Weekly that they did support

the concept of a garage if it had an entrance and exit on Embarcadero Road, as initially proposed. But they said the school didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell them it had switched to an Emerson Street garage exit after city officials nixed the Embarcadero Road idea until the Castilleja was ready to submit the plans last June. Q Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

CityView A round-up

of Palo Alto government action this week

Board of Education Policy Review Committee (June 2)

Class size: The committee discussed a new draft class-size policy, which the full board will discuss at an upcoming workshop. Action: None Student technology use: The committee discussed updates to a policy that oversees student use of technology. Action: None

City Council (June 5)

Sustainability: The council discussed the Sustainability Implementation Plan and directed staff to do more analysis and prioritize the top programs the city should pursue. Yes: DuBois, Filseth, Fine, Holman, Kou, Scharff, Tanaka, Wolbach Absent: Kniss

Board of Education (June 6)

SPSAs: The board waived its two-meeting rule and approved the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) reports for the middle and high schools. Yes: Unanimous Budget: The board approved a budget balancing plan for 2017-18. Yes: Unanimous Staff reduction: The board approved a resolution to send termination notices to five classified staff at Gunn High School. Yes: Baten Caswell, Dauber, DiBrienza, Godfrey No: Collins Board calendar: The board approved a calendar for its meetings in the 2017-18 school year. Yes: Unanimous LCAP: The board heard a report on a near-final draft of the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Action: None

Council Rail Committee (June 7)

Caltrain: The council heard a presentation from the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board about Caltrain electrification. Action: None

Utilities Advisory Commission (June 7) Electricity: The commission discussed the Utilities Electric Integrated Resource Plan. Action: None

Historic Resources Board (June 8)

Mills Act: The board discussed Mills Act, which provides incentives for preservation of historic properties. Action: None

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A weekly compendium of vital statistics


May 31-June 6

Violence related Attempted murder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Vehicle related Abandoned Auto. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Driving w/ suspended license. . . . . . . . 5 Driving without license . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Misc traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Parking/driving violation . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Lost/stolen plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 7 Vehicle accident/prop damage. . . . . . 13 Stored vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Alcohol or drug related Driving under influence . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Possession of paraphernalia . . . . . . . . 2 Miscellaneous Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Misc penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Outside investigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Protective custody . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Psychiatric subject . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 2 Unattended death. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Menlo Park

May 31-June 6

Violence related Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Extortion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Embezzlement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle related Abandoned auto. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Driving w/ suspended license. . . . . . . . 2 Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Parking/driving violation . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle accident/injury . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Alcohol or drug related Driving under influence . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Possession of paraphernalia . . . . . . . . 1 Under the influence of drugs . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous CPS referral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Civil dispute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Gang validation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Juvenile problem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Located missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Misc penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Psychiatric subject . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Resisting arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 2 Threats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Trespassing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7


Hellyer Road, 5/31, 9:30 a.m.; murder attempt. University Avenue, 5/31, 10:50 a.m.; battery. Middlefield Road, 6/02, 1:55 p.m.; domestic violence/battery. El Camino Real, 6/03, 6:40 p.m.; domestic violence/battery.

Menlo Park

Evergreen Avenue, 6/01, 1:19 a.m.; domestic violence/battery.


Barbara Menker Browne


At rest May 22, 2017 in Palo Alto, CA


Special Orders of the Day 1. Appointment of Three Candidates to the Library Advisory Commission for Terms Ending May 31, 2020 Consent Calendar 3. Approval of a Contract With AECOM in the Amount of $330,000 for the Development of the Baylands Comprehensive Conservation Plan (PG-17000) 4. Approval of Amendment Number 2 to Contract Number S15155738 Between the City of Palo Alto and American Reprographics Company, LLC for Document Scanning Services to Increase Costs by $414,726 for a Total Amount Not-to-Exceed $847,961 and Amend Other Terms and Conditions 5. Adoption of an Ordinance Requiring Expedited Permitting Procedures for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (AB 1236) 6. Approval of the Renewal of a Public-Private Partnership Agreement Between the City of Palo Alto and TheatreWorks, Palo Alto Players and West Bay Opera for the use of the Lucie Stern Community Theatre 7. Approval of a Contract With Tandem Creative in the Amount of $90,000 for Graphic Design and Printing for the Quarterly Production of the Enjoy! Catalog Classes and Activities Guide and Annual Summer Camp Guide 8. QUASI-JUDICIAL: 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 and Deferral of Directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Action to the City Council of an Architectural Review Application Pursuant to Palo Alto Municipal Code (PAMC) Section 18.40.170. Environmental Assessment: Exempt From the Provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) per Guideline Section 15301 (Existing Facilities) Action Items  7<)30* /,(905.! (KVW[PVU VM H 9LZVS\[PVU *VUĂ&#x201E;YTPUN [OL  9LWVY[ VM [OL 7HSV (S[V +V^U[V^U Business Improvement District Advisory Board and Levying Assessments for Fiscal Year 2018 on Businesses in the Downtown Business Improvement District 10. PUBLIC HEARING / QUASI-JUDICIAL. 744-748 San Antonio Avenue [15PLN-00314]: Review and *LY[PĂ&#x201E;JH[PVUVMH-PUHS,U]PYVUTLU[HS0TWHJ[9LWVY[,09(KVW[PVUVM*HSPMVYUPH,U]PYVUTLU[HS8\HSP[`(J[ (CEQA) Findings Including a Statement of Overriding Considerations, Adoption of a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plan, and Consideration of the Applicantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Request for Approval of a Major Architectural Review to Allow the Demolition of Three Existing Buildings at 744 and 748 San Antonio 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 Levels of Basement Parking, requiring approval of a parking reduction. A Draft EIR was Circulated for Public Comment From March 27, 2017 to May 10, 2017 and a Final EIR was Provided to Agencies and Commenters on May 31, 2017. On June 1, 2017, the Architectural Review Board Recommended Approval of the Project 11. Comprehensive Plan Update: Review of the Introduction, Governance, and Implementation Sections Recommended by the Citizens Advisory Committee and Referral of the Entire Draft Comprehensive Plan Update to the Planning & Transportation Commission


The Special Policy & Services Committee Meeting will be held in the Community Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 6:00 PM to discuss: 1) Recreational and Medical Marijuana: Review and Discussion of State Law +L]LSVWTLU[ZHUK0UW\[[V:[HŃ&#x153;VU5L_[:[LWZ0UJS\KPUN7VZZPISL6YKPUHUJL(KVW[PUN3VJHS9LN\SH[PVUZ9LNHYKPUN Commercial Marijuana Activity, Outdoor Cultivation, and Marijuana Dispensaries; 2) Surveillance Consideration of a City Ordinance Protecting Personal Privacy in the Acquisition and Use of Surveillance Technologies by the City; 3) 9LX\LZ[MVY7YVWVZHSZMVYH*VUZ\S[PUN-PYT[V(ZZPZ[[OL*P[`VM7HSV(S[VHUK7HSV(S[V<UPĂ&#x201E;LK:JOVVS+PZ[YPJ[>P[O Master Planning of the Cubberley Community Center; and 4) Audit Status Report: Contract Oversight: Trenching and Installation of Electrical Substructure; and 5) Utilities Department: Cross Bore Inspection Contract Audit. ;OL:WLJPHS*P[`:JOVVS3PHPZVU*VTTP[[LL4LL[PUN^PSSILOLSKH[7HSV(S[V<UPĂ&#x201E;LK:JOVVS+PZ[YPJ[VU;O\YZKH` June 15, 2017 at 8:00 AM to discuss: 1) Discussion and update about Safe Routes to School; 2) Discussion and update City and PAUSD construction updates; and 3) Discussion and Update about Project Safety Net.

Known for her smile and strawberry blonde hair, Barbara Dey White was the second daughter of Halsted and Auda White of Berkeley, CA. Barbara received her AA degree from Univ. of California Berkeley, and later her BA degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University. In her early career years, Barbara was a registered occupational therapist, with a specialty in developing adaptive equipment for people with disabilities. Barbara married Homer E. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Billâ&#x20AC;? Menker and the couple had two children, Lois and Robert. Initially the family lived in Berkeley, then briefly in New Jersey before settling in Palo Alto. Barbaraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children will always remember her as a devoted full-time homemaker and mother who valued harmony and orderliness in her surroundings, her clothing, and her relationships. Family members knew they were loved. Barbara earned her Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Fine and Applied Arts from San Jose State University. In quiet moments, Barbara enjoyed illustrating, drawing, painting and writing. She also owned her own color analysis business, Color & Beyond. It was not unusual for Barbara to ponder what she should be doing to be helpful and useful to others. As the kids were growing up, Barbara volunteered in various occupational therapy departments. Later in the 1970s as the senior citizens movement became strong, Barbara worked on the first Survey of Senior Needs in Palo Alto, which led to establishment of the Senior Center. Other volunteer and paid positions followed with the Los Altos Senior Center, and Little House in Menlo Park. Barbara also served as board members for Avenidas Senior Center, and the La Comida Nutrition Program. Barbara was a member of the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, and the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She is remembered as kind, loving, friendly, helpful, creative, and practical. â&#x20AC;&#x153;O Master Let Me Walk with Theeâ&#x20AC;? was her favorite hymn. Bill and Barbara downsized to Menlo Commons in Menlo Park in later years, where Bill passed away in 1996. In later years Barbara married Harry L. Browne and the couple lived at Channing House in Palo Alto. They enjoyed their travels and times together. Barbara enjoyed singing and playing the harmonica. She was a leader of the Channing House Harmonica Players, and she enjoyed frequent Channing House sing-a-longs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to have more fun around here!â&#x20AC;? was her frequent refrain, and her Channing House friends loved her for this. Barbara was predeceased by her husband Harry, and her sister, Mildred Anderson of Manhattan Beach, CA. She is survived by her son, daughter and son-in-law, and nieces and nephew. A memorial service will be held at Channing House, 850 Webster Street, Palo Alto, CA on June 24 at 10AM, with reception following. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto. PAID

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Transitions William Dworsky

William Dworsky, a resident of Palo Alto since 1965, died on April 23. He was 83. He was born in Iron Mountain, Michigan, on May 12, 1933. According to his family, he enjoyed fly fishing, country walks, mushroom hunting and trapping rodents and squirrels as a youth. In his senior year of high school, his parents moved the family to Beverly Hills, California. He graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1951 and matriculated to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). At UCLA, he studied premedical sciences for three years before transferring to University of California, Berkeley. After he received a bachelor’s degree in medical sciences from UC Berkeley in 1955, he attended medical school at what is now the University of California, San Francisco, and graduated in 1958. In 1959, he was commissioned as captain in the United States Air Force and sent to serve at the 6038th USAF Hospital in Misawa, Japan. His wife, Dorothy Ann Sanders, made the move with him. They honeymooned in rural Japan. He served in Japan for two years until the end of his service in 1961, after which the family returned to the U.S. with Dorothy carrying their first child, Phil. They settled in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he served a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital from 1961 to 1964. He completed his gynecology residency in Chapel Hill and Lumberton, North Carolina. In 1965, he and his family moved to Palo Alto, where their daughter Andrea was later born. He worked as a staff gynecologist-obstetrician for eight years at Kaiser Permanente Medical Group before opening his private practice in Palo Alto in 1973. In addition, he began working as a clinical instructor at Stanford University in 1967. He became an assistant professor in 1975, associate professor in 1985 and clinical professor in 1997. He enjoyed traveling and attending his children and grandchildren’s sports and music events. He is predeceased by his granddaughter, Maya Howard, and great-granddaughter Kaia. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy of San Francisco; brother, Gene of Playa Vista; sister, Evelyn (Dworsky) Weinstein of Recida; son, Phil Dworsky (Deanna Hodgin) of San Francisco; daughter, Andrea (Dworsky) Howard (Donald) of Tacoma, Washington; grandchildren, Claire, Malikand, Jaz and Ziquora; and great-grandchildren, Jashon Jr. and Ezekiel. Donations may be made to Coming Home Hospice (cpmc. org/services/chh/donate.html).

Ruth L. Wasserman

Jan Craig Gay February 2, 1928 - May 18, 2017

May 30, 1915 – May 19, 2017

Jan Craig Gay, formerly of Atherton CA, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2017 at her home in Lahaina, HI. She was 89. Jan and her younger sister Carla were born to Harold and Ruth Craig of Altadena, CA. She attended Altadena High School and the University of California Los Angeles where she was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business in 1949. In 1950 Jan was hired by the Electric Accounting Machine Division of International Business Machines. A Systems Instructor, one of her students was Henry M. Gay, who became her husband in September 1952. Their only son, Craig, was born in 1955. Moving with I.B.M. from Los Angeles, to Endicott (New York), Denver, and Salt Lake City, the family eventually settled in Atherton, California where Jan was active in the Red Cross, the P.T.A., the Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, and Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. Jan ran a successful kitchen design business and designed several of their family homes. She was legendary for her creativity and organizational abilities. She loved planning family events, a competitive game of bridge and traveling with Henry. She was good-humoured and unfailingly forthright. Jan’s faith in Christ was her hope and comfort. She battled Multiple Sclerosis for almost 50 years. Her husband and primary caregiver, Henry, passed away within 48 hours of her death. She is survived by her sister, Carla (Dan), her son, Craig (Julie) and her four grandchildren, Andrew (Casey), Elsa, Owen and Nicholas. A memorial service for Jan (and Henry) will be held at Kumulani Chapel, Maui, on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 2 pm. Donations in honor of Jan can be made to Young Life Maui and/or Kumulani Chapel.

Born Ruth Logasa on May 30, 1915 in Oakland, California, Ruth grew up in Burlingame and San Francisco. She earned a BA from UC, Berkeley where she majored in French. In 1938 she married Dr. Nathan Wasserman at Stanford Chapel. They lived in San Francisco where Nathan finished his ENT residency then moved to Eureka, CA. In 1948 they returned to the Bay Area, settled in Palo Alto, and raised their three daughters. Ruth returned to college and earned a master degree in school librarianship, following which she was a school librarian and the instructional materials librarian for Cupertino Unified School District. Ruth held many volunteer positions, including Chairman of the American Cancer Society of Santa Clara County, Girl Scout troop leader and a monitor at Recording for the Blind. Throughout Ruth’s life she devoted herself to passing along her love of learning and reading. In addition, she was an avid gardener and an active member of the African Violet Society, as well as a lifetime bridge player. She survived her beloved husband, Nathan, and daughter, Nancy Packer. Ruth died quietly in her sleep (May 19, 2017) at The Sequoias in Portola Valley, where she lived since 1988. She is survived by two daughters - Ellen Balcomb of Brentwood, CA and Judy Wasserman of Watertown, MA - four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.



Olive Borgsteadt November 7, 1929 – May 28, 2017 Olive Borgsteadt, of Palo Alto, passed away on May 28, 2017. Born in New York, Olive grew up in San Francisco, and graduated from Lowell High School and San Francisco State. After their marriage in 1952, Olive and her husband John called Palo Alto their home for over 60 years. She was a dedicated Palo Alto elementary school teacher with a lasting impact on her students, many of whom continued to correspond with her decades later. Olive was also an accomplished pianist and organist, studying under Ludwig Altman. As a teenager she studied ballet and danced with the San Francisco Corps de Ballet. Fluent in a number of languages, Olive enjoyed studying Swedish in recent years. She and John, who died in December 2015, were music-lovers, active Sierra hikers, mountain climbers, European travelers, and supporters of numerous marine and Sierra environmental organizations. They maintained many close international friendships which grew from their hosting of overseas visitors in connection with John’s 45-year career at Hewlett Packard. Olive was a longtime member of the Christian Science church in Palo Alto. Family members who are lovingly remembering Olive are her sister, her niece and nephews, and her grand niece and grand nephews. Contributions may be made in Olive’s honor to Arden Wood, 445 Wawona St., San Francisco. PAID




Henry Matthew Gay July 28, 1924 - May 20, 2017 Henry Matthew Gay III, formerly of Atherton CA, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2017 at his home in Lahaina, HI. He was 92. Henry’s was born in Minot, North Dakota in 1924, the third of four children born to Henry and Marion Gay. The family moved to Bozeman, MT when Henry was eight. Henry attended Bozeman Senior High School and Montana State University, where his studies were interrupted by World War II. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army in 1943 and served in Europe until the war’s end. Henry graduated from M.S.U. in 1949 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and, in 1950, took a job with International Business Machines in Los Angeles. At IBM, Henry met his future wife, Jan Craig, in a training class in which she was the instructor. The two were married in 1952 and their only son, Craig, was born in 1955. Moving with I.B.M. from Los Angeles, to Endicott (New York), Denver, and Salt Lake City, Henry was promoted to Branch Manager of I.B.M.’s San Francisco office in 1960 and the family settled in the mid-peninsula in Atherton. In 1970, Henry left I.B.M. to found DynaComp, a computer services provider. In 1972, with partners William W. Stevens and Donald J. Ruder, Henry launched Triad Systems Corporation, a technology company that provided business management hardware and software to the automotive aftermarket. Henry retired from Triad in 1980 to care for Jan, who had contracted Multiple Sclerosis ten years earlier. The two subsequently divided their time between Atherton and Maui, HI. Henry was an active member and elder of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and Kumulani Chapel on Maui. He served on the Board of Governors of Regent College (Vancouver, BC) and was an early board member of the Silicon Valley Bank. He loved dogs, skiing, hiking and the mountains of the West. He lived by the motto “I am Third,” honouring Jesus, then others and lastly himself. Known for his longstanding devotion to Jan, Henry passed away within 48 hours of her death. They will both be greatly missed. Henry and Jan are survived by their son, Craig (Julie) and their four grandchildren, Andrew (Casey), Elsa, Owen and Nicholas, and Happy the Dog. A memorial service for them both will be held at Kumulani Chapel, Maui, on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 2 pm. Donations in honor of Henry can be made to Young Life Maui and/or Kumulani Chapel. PAID

OBITUARY • Palo Alto Weekly • June 9, 2017 • Page 13

Editorial The sex-ed tumult

Updated school curriculum, and process for adopting it, draw fire

ho would have thought that in 2017 Palo Alto parents would find themselves in a debate over sex education? For the last two months a passionate and persistent group of concerned parents, consisting mostly of Chinese-Americans, has organized a campaign to reverse the school district’s adoption of new sex-education curriculum it believes encourages teen sexual activity and other unhealthy behavior and exposes seventh-graders to information some are not yet ready to hear. While the parents insist they are supportive of “age-appropriate” sex education, their vocal objections to a program praised and supported by professional educators and reviewed by the state Department of Education has surfaced tricky questions about cultural differences within the parent community and how the public school system should handle such diversity of values when adopting district policy. They also raise legitimate questions about whether the district failed to follow its own procedures, including those that emphasize parent involvement in curriculum adoptions. The focus of the parent concern is a 10-hour school unit that was implemented this spring for all seventh-graders by educators from Health Connected, a Redwood City-based nonprofit that has a long track record of developing sex-education materials and delivering them in school districts throughout the Bay Area. Palo Alto has worked with Health Connected for more than 10 years. The sex-ed curriculum was revised and strengthened this year to meet the requirements of a new state law that took effect last year. That law, the California Healthy Youth Act, requires more comprehensive sex education for middle and high school students designed to provide students “with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect their sexual and reproductive health from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and from unintended pregnancy” and to “develop healthy attitudes concerning adolescent growth and development, body image, gender, sexual orientation, relationships, marriage and family.” A Palo Alto parent social-media campaign opposing the use of the curriculum erupted at the end of March after some parents became aware of a similar controversy in the Cupertino school district and began asking questions about the curriculum. Since then dozens of speakers have used the “open forum” speaking opportunity at every recent school board meeting to express their unhappiness, often taking up more than an hour of meeting time and derailing other school business. Email campaigns have flooded the in-boxes of school board members. In addition to objecting to the age appropriateness of the curriculum, parents took aim at the lack of parent involvement as is required by district policy for new major curriculum adoptions such as math or science. On Tuesday, the school board finally addressed the matter on its agenda by discussing a recommendation by Superintendent Max McGee that the district improve its outreach to parents on the curriculum but not undertake the new review process being advocated by the concerned parents. We agree with board members Terry Godfrey, Ken Dauber and Jennifer DiBrienza that a “reset” is neither necessary nor in the best interest of the community or students. The new curriculum, which was developed by a respected organization to meet the requirements of the new law, was found compliant by the state Department of Education and appropriate by district teachers. It has now also been the subject of substantially more public discussion than it would ever receive through any new committee process. Trustees Todd Collins and Melissa Baten Caswell are also correct in pointing out that the issue was mishandled by district administrators and probably violated the district’s own procedures for involving the public. School officials should have anticipated some parent concern, publicized the issue and made the materials readily reviewable long ago. They should have held an information session for the board and public at a school board meeting last fall and presented a staff recommendation for approval by the board. In a classic example of bad district-community communications, even today, after all the controversy, a search on the district website for “sex education” brings up no information. For a district with a full-time communications coordinator, there is no excuse for not making information on a current controversial school issue easily available on the web. But one failure should not lead to another, and there are far too many more important issues facing our school district than to go through the motions of a months-long review process of 10 hours of curriculum that will add little or nothing to what has already been brought to light. Q


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Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Blown away

Editor, On May 21, Avenidas hosted its 29th Lifetimes of Achievement event, and I am grateful to the Palo Alto Weekly for being our faithful media sponsor. Once again, I was blown away by the caliber of the individuals we honored. We are blessed to have a rich and diverse community shaped by extraordinary men and women over the decades, and Avenidas could not ask for a better “signature event” that resonates so deeply with our mission of being a leader in the creation of a community that supports and celebrates its older adults. I was a young undergraduate student in Dr. Carol Winograd’s (one of this year’s Lifetimes Honorees) “Women and Aging” class at Stanford when I first learned about Avenidas 12 years ago. It is not just a local community treasure — it is a pioneering institution that is recognized nationally for its long history of developing innovative programs and services for older adults. Avenidas is an integral part of the fabric of Palo Alto and the Midpeninsula. The local older adult population is projected to increase by 113 percent over the next 30 years, and Avenidas is actively preparing to meet its growing and changing needs. With the major expansion and modernization of our facility in downtown Palo Alto, we will set a new national standard for how a vibrant and innovative community center for older adults can help people live longer, healthier, more active and independent lives. To learn more about this exciting project, I encourage you to check out our website avenidas. org/about/build-project. Giving to this project will be a long-term investment in the future of this amazing community, and we hope the whole community will pull together to help us cross the finish line with our campaign! Amy Andonian Bryant Street, Palo Alto

Renaming brouhaha

Editor, I strongly advise the school board to rewrite Board Policy 7310 — Naming of Facility ( policies#/browse/document/1314) to disallow naming a school after an individual. Instead, any new school names should be named for a virtue. I suggest choosing from the list at aristotles_virtues_and_vices.htm. A previous school board shot itself in the foot by naming several schools after people who later fell out of favor. This resulted in a disruptive episode that could have been prevented

by careful naming. Please don’t the repeat that mistake! It would be another unnecessary waste of resources to repeat the renaming brouhaha in 50 years. Stan Hutchings Rinconada Avenue, Palo Alto

Flunking Ethics 101

Editor, The sturm and drang surrounding the expansionist plans of Castilleja School illustrates the difference in style between two Palo Alto private schools. For years Castilleja has been embattled with neighbors who have suffered traffic, parking and noise problems who are now vehemently opposing the school’s lavish expansion project. On the other hand, Bowman International School has enjoyed amicable relations with its neighbors and has won the city’s approval allowing a zoning change to build a gymnasium, art center and theater. Its neighbors applaud the additions. Contrast this with Castilleja; it is locked in a bitter struggle exemplified by its flouting a city Conditional Use Permit limiting enrollment to 415 students. For 15 years, it illegally added large

numbers of students for which it was censured and fined. Now, it is proposing to inflate enrollment by a hundred more students, topping at 540. It is asking us to believe it will not add to the worsening turmoil in its congested traffic zone. Bowman School, located in lighter traffic outskirts, has been transparent and forthright with neighbors and city and is not asking for more enrollment. One font of learning has taken the high road in good community relations while the other has flunked Ethics 101. Vic Befera Bryant Street, Palo Alto

Traffic concerns

Editor, Castilleja was founded in 1907. It was a boarding school till 1996. While a boarding school, there was minimal amount of traffic in the area. Now, there are major traffic problems all over Palo Alto and surrounding areas caused by more cars, and people. Do we really want to disrupt the bike path on Bryant with traffic going into Castilleja’s parking garage proposal? Neva Yarkin Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto

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Guest Opinion As we face our climate crisis, choose your vehicle wisely by Steve Eittreim and Mark Grossman hen discussing the climate crisis, the question most often asked by concerned citizens is “What can I do to help?” Look for the banner hanging along the side of Embarcadero Road Steve Eittreim near Louis Road in Palo Alto for an easy answer. Although pollsters find that 75 percent of Americans are concerned about climate change, not everyone appreciates the central role that carbon dioxide (CO2) plays in the crisis. It Mark Grossman is mainly CO2, derived from our dependence on the burning of fossil fuels, that is the principal villain. It is true that the climate dynamics that result in overabundance of CO2 pollution is complicated; there are many physical, chemical and biological factors to be taken into account, both in the atmosphere and the oceans. But it is clear the overabundance of CO2 is the primary factor that has stolen the mellow climate that


civilized mankind has enjoyed since we 12 pounds of oxygen atoms). A modestfirst populated Earth. All of our vehicles sized gas automobile produces about one that use internal combustion engines and pound of CO2 per mile driven. In Caliour power plants that burn fossil fuels fornia, cars and trucks are the largest should be shifted to alternative energy contributor of CO2 to the atmosphere. As sources. It’s as simple as that. citizens and people who care about the Even oilman George W. Bush told us future of our planet, we must reduce these a decade ago that we are addicted to oil; emissions drastically and quickly. this addiction needs to be broken. Our In auto sales, and on the streets of Palo slow adoption of Alto, the internal hybrid and electric combustion encars and our convergine is still king. sion of power plants The facts are pretty Car companies away from the worst simple: Carbon-dioxide claim their profcarbon culprit of its for hybrids and all, coal, has led to concentration in the electric cars are a small decrease in poor. Because of atmosphere before the CO2 emissions over this they do not the last decade. We Industrial Age was 280 advertise them need to accelerate departs per million. It is now aggressively, that decrease. spite a good selecThe facts are pretty above 400 parts per million tion of nicely desimple: CO2 concensigned cars (many tration in the atmo- and still rising. of which were sphere before the offered for test industrial age was 280 parts per million drives by their volunteer owners at the re(ppm). It is now above 400 ppm and still cent Earth Day celebration in Palo Alto). rising. The Earth has not experienced this Since hybrid and electric cars have now level of atmospheric CO2 since the Mio- been available for more than a decade, cene, 15 million years ago. That was when and since most people renew their cars evlarge mammals began to evolve, millions ery decade or less, the small percentage of of years before humans appeared on the such vehicles on the streets seems counEarth. To avoid catastrophic climate ter to reason if people really care about changes, we need to stop adding to that protecting the planet. What is to be done? CO2 load. Perhaps we the people need to take matA gallon of gasoline burned produces ters into our own hands at the local level almost 20 pounds of CO2 (roughly 8 and work for change. At least we could pounds of carbon atoms combined with do the advertising that the car companies

are not doing for themselves. Rather than advertising the size, speed and acceleration of cars, let’s advertise the wisdom of a low-emission vehicle in protecting the planet for our grandchildren. As Wikipedia points out, because of the relatively constant torque of an electric motor, EVs typically in fact have more powerful acceleration than an internal combustion engine with a similar motor-power rating. Here in Palo Alto we can demonstrate our commitment to drastically reducing CO2 emissions by encouraging our fellow citizens to phase out high-emission vehicles. To that end, two groups of climate warriors, 350 Silicon Valley and Peninsula Interfaith Climate Action, with the blessing of Palo Alto’s Office of Sustainability, have crafted the banner that is being hung in high-traffic areas to remind us all of what we must do. As Stanford University professor Mark Jacobson shows, in his exhaustive study of the economy in all 50 states, making the transition shifting from fossil fuels to renewables can be done without disruptive effects to our economy. Let’s do this, folks! Q Steve Eittreim and Mark Grossman are Palo Alto residents, parents and grandparents and hence share a strong personal stake in the Earth’s future. They are members of Valley, a national group organized to fight climate disruption, and Peninsula Interfaith Climate Action, a group that meets regularly at the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto.


What do you do to manage stress or anxiety? Asked at Rinconada Library in Palo Alto. Question, interviews and photographs by Sophie Pollock.

Darren McBride

Joyce Alba

Jim Mulvey

Bejoy Choudhury

Frances Titterton

Unemployed Valenica Avenue, Sunnyvale

Teacher’s Aide Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto

Retired Rhodes Drive, Palo Alto

Engineer Ross Road, Palo Alto

Retired Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto

“I pray and talk to friends who can empathize.”

“I read and eat chocolate.”

“Irish whiskey.”

“I take a deep breath and then try to remove myself from the situation mentally.”

“I do three things: I walk downtown, read M.C. Beaton and drink coffee at Philz.” • Palo Alto Weekly • June 9, 2017 • Page 15

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This year’s winning short stories show just how versatile the form can be he short story is a peculiarly delightful form — it’s longer than a poem, shorter than a novel and rebelliously shirks the parameters and conventions other forms might impose. It feels free to dip its toes into poetic lyricism, plays with the structures of “story” as it pleases, but — in the end — is beholden to neither. And so, in its unwillingness to conform, it’s a form that has the potential to attract many writers and readers of all ages. From the poetic musings of a mysterious man, to a whimsical world where the forgotten characters of unfinished stories go to live, to a kid’s quiet observations on the daily bike ride to school — these short stories may be part of the same genre but they offer vastly varying takes on topics like memory, life, love and growing up. They are the winners of this year’s


Teen, 12-14 years old 1st place: “The Walking Man” by Benjamin Stein 2nd place: “The Blood Among Shifting Wolves” by Sienna Larney-Badani 3rd places: “Wonderlandia” by Alice Lee and “Sea Glass Memories” by Sydney Lee

annual short story contest, and they offer a glimpse into the creativity that abounds in this community. The Palo Alto Weekly would like to thank the 95 writers who submitted work to this year’s contest; the readers, Danielle Truppi and Sharon Levin, who selected the top entries in each category for the judges to consider; the judges for the adult categories, Mike Nagler, Nancy Packer and Nick Taylor; and the Teen category judges, Caryn Huberman Yacowitz, Marjorie Sayer and Debbie Duncan. The Weekly also would like to thank the contest co-sponsors, Bell’s Books of Palo Alto, Kepler’s Books of Menlo Park and Linden Tree Books of Los Altos. The stories of all 10 first- through third-place winners can be found at short_story.

Thank You

The following businesses co-sponsored the 31st Annual Short Story Contest, providing prizes for winners in all categories.

Young Adult, 15-17 years old 1st place: “The Forgotten” by Christina Hung 2nd place: “Cicada Summers” by Celeste Levy 3rd place: “The Golden Disk” by Amrita Bhasin Adult, 18 years and older 1st place: “Petrichor” by David Pablo Cohn 2nd place: “Small Change” by Margaret Young 3rd place: “Her Heart’s Desire” by Owen B. Greenwald Read all the stories at

Bell’s Books 536 Emerson St. Palo Alto

Linden Tree 265 State St. Los Altos

Kepler’s Books & Magazines 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park

Judges for Adult and Young Adult categories Mike Nagler

Mike Nagler has taught film and fiction writing at Cañada College for more than 30 years. He sits on the Burlingame Library Board and is the co-editor of two short story anthologies about marriage and desire.

Nancy Packer

Nancy Packer is Professor Emerita of English at Stanford University, where she taught in the Creative Writing Program. Her short stories have appeared in such journals as Harper’s, Yale Review, and Sewanee Review and have been included in several O. Henry Prize Stories Awards and Best American Short Stories. Sixty of her stories have been collected and published in five volumes — “Old Ladies” is her most recent collection.

Nick Taylor

Nick Taylor is the author of “The Disagreement” and “Father Junípero’s Confessor”. Under the pseudonym T.T. Monday, he also writes a series of thrillers about the relief pitcher detective Johnny Adcock. The latest book in that series, “Double Switch”, was published by Doubleday in 2016. Taylor is Associate Professor of English at San Jose State University, where he directs the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies.

Judges for Teen category Caryn Huberman Yacowitz

Caryn Huberman Yacowitz writes fiction and nonfiction books for children and plays for both children and adults. Her newest picture book, “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel,” a Chanukah book with an art-history spin, is a Junior Library Guild Selection. “Jeans! The Musical,” co-created with Diane Claerbout and Enid Davis, celebrates those famous pants and the pioneers who invented them. Her website is

Marjorie Sayer

Marjorie Sayer writes books with a multicultural and interdisciplinary perspective. Her middle-grade novel, “The Girl Mechanic of Wanzhou,” is a winner of the Scholastic Asia Book Award. Her nonfiction for adults has appeared in O’Reilly Media, and her recreational math books have been used in clubs throughout the country. She enjoys bicycle travel, her family and the friendship of her cats. She blogs about her interests at

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Debbie Duncan

Debbie Duncan has been reviewing children’s books for the Weekly since 1997. She is the author of the Benjamin Franklin Award-winning picture book “When Molly Was in the Hospital,” as well as a book for parents, “Joy of Reading.” She also contributes to the Perspectives series of commentaries on KQED radio. When she isn’t reading books to find the best to share with Weekly readers, she’s writing her own middle-grade novel or hanging out on Twitter @debbieduncan.

Cover Story t was Ashley who found them. Some kids who came over on the ferry looking for something different on a Saturday night got wild and knocked a couple pints of Newcastle off the old, lacquered baby grand that Lydia kept in the corner. They got sent home, of course, but there was beer everywhere: walls, windows, floor. You know how people slide business cards and the like under the glass at tables in a bar, right? Gives them something to read while waiting for their food. A bunch of the cards around the edge on Hadley’s table got soaked, so Ashley figured she’d better clean them out before it dried and they all got stuck. She was just going to throw the cards away — no point in saving an old coupon for the Belmont Car Wash, or J. P. Giles, C.P.A., For All Your Accounting Needs. But a couple of the cards had writing on the back. And not just scribbled notes; they were lines of poetry, neat and even, drawn lengthwise across in blue ink. She found close to fifty poems on the table, all written on the back of different peoples’ business cards in the same even hand. Some were only a couple of lines; others seemed to continue from one card to the next. Ashley put a rubber band around the ones with poems and returned the rest to the table; she figured she’d tell Lydia about them when she opened on Monday. I had the harborside tables that Sunday. Hadley shuffled in on schedule and slid into his table sideways, the way he always did, bracing himself against the corner to ease the weight on his bum leg. Seemed cheerful enough at first when I brought water and the menu. “Need a few minutes to decide?” “Yes, please.” He clearly appreciated that I understood the ritual. “But I’d be obliged if you’d bring me a glass of your worst cognac in the meantime.” “Certainly. I’ll see what I can scrape out of the sink.” That got a smile. But something had changed by the time I returned with the Courvoisier. Of course, I didn’t know anything about the poems yet. But there was a hollow look in his eyes, and his voice seemed far away when he spoke, like he was trying very hard to remember something that was enormously important. I asked if everything was alright. “Yes, yes... no.” His eyes flitted down to the table, out the window, then back up to meet mine. “Yes, everything is...fine.” I checked on him more than usual that evening but tried not to hover. I just assumed he’d gotten a phone call — some bad news, or something. Maybe a death in the family. He picked tentatively at his pot pie, and held the snifter to the light of the table’s lamp, swirling it and peering into its amber eddy as if it were a crystal ball. He was still at his table near closing, the pot pie long finished, but a full inch of cognac remaining in his glass. The rain had begun, a fresh spring drizzle, and he looked out on it through the obscured dusk with a sort of melancholy. “Is there anything else I can get you?” That was usually just the polite way to ask someone if they’re ready for their check. But I was worried for him and meant it as a real question. He seemed to take it as such and thought a while, his eyes again tracing an arc from the table to the window and then, slowly, back to me.


Illustration by Doug Young

by David Pablo Cohn used to be able to quote a couple of his poems pretty well, and I’d recite them to Louise back when we were courting. But now when I try, it all comes out in broken little pieces: summer sidewalk paving stones, something, something, the forgotten ghost of rain rising underfoot. Doesn’t really give you the same feeling, I know. Because when you got to read it all together, you could just feel the storm coming in and smell that smell. And somehow between the words, you knew that poem wasn’t about the rain, but it was really about a woman, about someone he’d lost. All of them were about her. I’d never been into poetry, or much of any kind of reading for that matter, so maybe it was just having known him that made it special. But it’s been 10 years now and still, whenever it starts to rain after a long dry spell, I catch myself waiting for that smell, and I get a little sad for him. Melancholy, I guess, is the word.


e said his name was Hadley. “As in Richardson,” he said, as if that explained everything. I figured I’d just nod like I knew what he meant. “And you are?” “Ruben.” I usually told customers once they’d sat down and settled in. You know: “Good evening, my name is Ruben. Is there anything I can get you to drink while you look over the menus?” But he asked like he really wanted to know, and put his hand out to shake mine when I told him. “Good to know you, Ruben. It looks like my usual perch is unoccupied.” He wore a sort of wool fedora, like you’d expect of some old time German, and it bobbed just a bit when he cocked his head off toward the round low-top by


the window. “If you don’t mind, that is.” Then he cocked his head back to me to show he knew I wouldn’t mind and shuffled over on his own, one corduroyed leg swinging a little wide with each step, as if there was something about his knee that wasn’t right. I imagined him an old professor, or a sea captain come to shore with some finality. He had the look of someone who’d held a station of some dignity, but who also had lived a bit and not regretted it, even if it had left him somewhat worse for the wear. He’d been coming into the Mermaid a couple times a week since before I started. For years, they said — Tuesdays and Sundays, sometimes Thursdays too. Always right around eight, after the dinner crowd had mostly cleared out. Always took the same seat, and always ordered the same thing: chicken pot pie and a glass of cognac. But he always insisted on spending a couple of minutes with the menu first. Megan told me that once she’d tried to surprise him, told him his order was already in when she brought the water and silver to his table. Said he struggled up to his feet with that bad leg of his and started to walk out, like she’d insulted him or something. Made it as far as the door before stopping. Shook his head a couple of times, then turned around and shuffled back to his seat and asked for a menu. Ordered the house burger, she said, but didn’t touch it, and spent the evening looking out the window, over the harbor. So yeah, he was an odd one, but seemed right enough on his own terms. Kept to himself, mostly. And what with him always wanting that table, everybody just assumed that he was the one who’d written all the poems.

David Pablo Cohn 1st place: Adult, 18 years and older alo Alto resident David Pablo Cohn left Silicon Valley’s startup world four years ago to split his time between fiction writing, working part-time aboard a research icebreaker in Antarctica and restoring a farm in Port Townsend, Washington, which is where he drew the inspiration for his short story, “Petrichor.” With a background in computer science and statistics, Cohn isn’t afraid to try something new; He’s what you might call a lifelong learner with insatiable curiosity. “One of my challenges is that I’m really fascinated by everything, and so I get involved in everything,” said Cohen, who is currently head deep in operating the farm on the Olympic Peninsula that he and his wife “accidentally” purchased for reasons that he’s “still trying to explain,” Cohn, who is the first to say that he “knows nothing about farming,” is working with local organic farmers, Washington’s land trust conservation district, as well as the city and county, to restore a farm that would have otherwise been sold to developers. “Knowing nothing about anything has rarely stopped me before,” he said. Living out this mindset, in 2010, Cohn decided to seize the opportunity to go to what he described as the “magnificent desolation” of the South Pole. Since then, he has become a self-described “lifer.” “They say people go to Antarctica the first time because they’re curious, the second time for the money, the third time because you don’t fit in anywhere else anymore,” he said. Cohn credits his trips to Antarctica as the catalyst for writing fiction. Prior to Antarctica, he wrote a “Travelogues” blog, and before that, he wrote songs and poetry. It was during his first trip to the South Pole that he had an idea for a story — one that he felt “someone ought to write.” He started to write that story, which he said blossomed into a novel that he hasn’t finished yet. In the meantime, he started writing short stories. “I like to tell people, stories are an invitation to fall in love,” he said, explaining that while sometimes you might want to grow up and grow old with characters in a novel or series, other times, “you just want to dive in, your world turned upside down and kind of find yourself before you know it, watching the tail lights go off into the morning light.” Cohn’s writing can be found at — Anna Medina


Judge’s comments on ‘Petrichor’ A young waiter tells of a mysterious old man who comes regularly to the restaurant and places his elegant poems under the glass tabletop. The old man disappears, and to the waiter’s great sense of loss, the poems are destroyed in a torrential rain. A very touching story. — Nancy Packer

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Illustration by Rosanna Kuruppu

by Christina Hung uch of the time, they don’t even do it on purpose. That’s the thing about forgetting. It’s not a conscious act. It happens over time, something subtle in the mind that isn’t ever noticed until whatever they’ve forgotten is gone. And, by then, it’s already too late. Once something is forgotten, it is as if it never existed in the first place. It vanishes into the ether, not even a trace to ever show it once was real. Thoughts are not tangible, after all. Neither are ideas, or dreams, or half-formed creatures of imagination that will never gain physical form. Except, just because something is forgotten, that doesn’t mean that it no longer is. (I think, therefore I am.) We are all sentient. Not all complete, no, but we exist. Maybe some of us are missing voices or bodies or barely have the outlines of a personality, but that doesn’t mean we’re invalid. We had potential, once. We had stories, once. We had characters, once. We are the Forgotten, and isn’t it the highest form of irony that all we want to be is remembered. “What’s your name?” I ask. His form is wispy around the edges, his face indistinct and his clothing a vague blur of dark colors. He’s quite clearly new here, as evidenced by how he’s been wandering around with no rhyme or reason for close to an hour. He blinks. “I... Max? Nathan? I don’t know, I think — I don’t know ...” he trails off, voice hollow and lost. I heave an internal sigh. Great. “Let me rephrase. What do you want your name to be?” “Um.” I can’t make out his face, but if


it was defined, I have a feeling his brows would be furrowed in confusion. “I kind of like Nathan?” “Okay. Nathan it is, then.” I tilt my head at a nearby bench, one that isn’t too rusty or wet from the rain. “Want to sit down? You look like you could use someone to explain what exactly is going on to you.” “Yeah, that ... that would be good.” He seems more than a little dazed as he wanders over and takes a seat, perched on the edge of the bench with hands fisted on his knees. He’s asking questions almost before I can sit down myself, tone edged with the beginnings of panic. “What is this place? Where am I?” “There’s no specific name for this place. It’s just ... “I let my gaze wander over the sagging buildings, the washedout sky, the light that casts pale shadows across bland pavement. “It’s a place for the Forgotten. That’s all it’s ever been.” Nathan still looks confused. “The Forgotten?” I smile at him, soft and sad. Gentle, I remind myself. “You had a story, didn’t you?” He hesitates for a bare moment. “Yeah. I was supposed to save the world. She was so excited about it, too. Wrote down all the outlines and everything, but 20 pages in she just ... stopped. What happened?” Saving the world. How typical. I wish I could have been surprised. Well, I’ve always thought that the best way is the blunt way, and there really isn’t any other easy method to break the news. ’m sorry to tell you this,” I start, and the words make his spine go stiff like a steel rod, “but it sounds like your story got abandoned, long enough


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for her to forget about you completely. That’s why you’re here.” He stares, and I get the impression that he’s horrified. That’s normal. He’ll get over it eventually. “Then, this place is for abandoned characters? But I’m not — “ “Whether you like it or not, you are. You’ll learn to get used to it,” I say, cutting him off. I can already see that if I let him wallow, he’s the type who will stay depressed for an near-indefinite amount of time, and that isn’t fun for anybody. “If you’re lucky, she might come back one day. If you’re not, well. We manage.” I give him a small shrug. “You’re not the first one, you know. This place has existed for as long as humans have told stories. Believe me, you’re not alone.” Nathan shudders, hunching over himself on the bench. A cold wind swirls around him as the skies darken, clouds rolling in with unnatural speed. “No, no, that can’t be right. She spent hours on my story!” “And yet, you’re not even a fully fleshed-out character,” I point out, giving up on being nice since he’s clearly not getting it. Sometimes, the hammer is more effective than the knife. “Seriously, just look at yourself. Maybe your story got developed, but it doesn’t look like you did. You do realize you don’t even have a clear face, right?” Nathan doesn’t reply, only makes a despondent groaning sound. I keep an eye on the skies just in case, though. It would figure that he has weather powers. Those are often among the hardest to both control and defend against. “Look,” I say, hoping to head off a breakdown, “how about this. Let’s go home and you can meet the others, yeah? That sound good?” He looks up, eyes a pair of vague green shapes. “Others?” “Weren’t you listening earlier?” I stand up, moving two steps away from the bench and turning back to look at him over my shoulder. “We’re not the only ones who have ever been forgotten, you know. Come on; you need to get your mind off things. Let’s go before you call down a thunderstorm or something.” Nathan jumps to his feet, almost running in his haste to catch up. “Wait! Could you slow down? Where are we even going?” “Home!” I call back, striding back through the near-empty streets. The city has always been drab and mostly lifeless, one hair shy of a ghost town. Besides the Forgotten, the only beings that live here are the local wildlife. Which, admittedly, can range from pigeons to manticores, but still. avigating the streets with familiar ease, it isn’t long before we come to a massive apartment building stuck between rows of others that all look exactly the same. Except, not quite, because while the architecture and layouts might be identical, the denizens of our building have added certain ... identifying marks over the years. Nathan gapes, wide-eyed. “Is that an airplane hangar? On top of the building?!” “Dragon’s den, actually.” I stride up to the front doors, pushing the buzzer. Almost the moment it sounds, the doors swing open and a veritable horde of children comes barreling through. All of them are covered in some combination of glitter and an unidentifiable pink goop, but their voices are bright with laughter and they bounce around so much that I suspect they must be on sugar high.


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Christina Hung 1st place: Young Adult, 15-17 years old hen she was in elementary school, Christina Hung could be found reading in the far recesses of the old Mitchell Park Library. “I remember that the ceiling was really low, and the lights were a little bit dim, so if you went to the very back of the shelves, it felt really solitary, which was nice,” said Hung, now a junior at Gunn High School. Reading has been a part of Hung’s life for as long as she’s been able to make meaning out of words. One of her fondest elementary-school memories was going to the library and to see how many books she could check out at one time. Hung gravitates toward fantasy adventure. The “Fablehaven” series by Brandon Mull is one of her favorites, and in middle school she was “obsessed with everything Rick Riordan wrote,” in particular his “King” chronicles. “Of course, I love Harry Potter,” she said, adding that she also enjoys reading manga, Japanese-style comics. Hung was inspired to write her short story while watching “Noragami,” an anime television series based on a Japanese manga series. Hung explained that the show’s characters include Japanese deities whose existence depend on whether humans believe in them. One of the main character’s biggest fears is that he’ll be forgotten, and he’ll disappear as a god. This prompted Hung to start thinking about memory and what it means to forget something. She also turned to her “story document,” which she hadn’t looked at in years — remembering characters and ideas she herself had forgotten. Her story document is where she keeps ideas, character sketches and beginnings of stories. It’s now more than 100 pages long. Hung, who plays violin and viola and is a part of California Youth Symphony, said that her writing hobby is squeezed between school work and practicing and “everything else.” Hung, who plans to pursue a medical degree in college, said that she is “definitely going to keep writing” and hopes to publish a novel someday. “Words are something that are pretty underestimated in general,” she said. “I think as to how much they can influence thought. Words are the basis of communication and language and culture, so I think reading ... (can) influence people more than they might even realize,” she said. — Anna Medina


Judge’s comments on ‘The Forgotten’ A wonderful imaginative leap into a world populated with unfinished characters left behind and abandoned by their authors. Witty, thoughtful, and unique, the story is like a visit to a foreign country in which we can’t wait to see what awaits us around the next corner. A very talented piece of writing. — Mike Nagler

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Illustration by Paul Llewellyn

by Benjamin Stein first saw the Walking Man in fourth grade. That was the year I got to bike to school alone. I remember the exact route I took; down Grove Street, left on Lorran, right on Jefferson. At first, my ride to school was uneventful. However, my fourth-grade teacher wanted us to get to school early. She thought we’d drain some of our excess energy before class officially started at 8:05 a.m. Back then it was not difficult to wake up early (or at least not as difficult as it is now), so I started leaving my house earlier and earlier. My original departure time was 7:55, but soon I was leaving at 7:45. Somewhere in


Benjamin Stein 1st place: Teen, 12-14 years old enjamin Stein is a reminder that talented writers can be teenagers, too. Shortly after graduating from the eighth grade, Stein met with the Weekly to talk writing and life as a soonto-be freshman at Palo Alto High School. With the summer stretching before him, he talked of looking forward to playing soccer, joining the summer swim team and taking a trip to Europe with his family — oh, and entering a New York Times writing contest whose winner gets to write a guest column. We think he has


between those times came a specific departure time: 7:48. That meant I would hit Lorran at exactly 7:49. That’s also the exact time the Walking Man turned onto Lorran. I first saw him on a windy day in late February. As I raced to school, he rounded the corner right in front of me. I swerved to avoid him, paying no attention to who he was or what he looked like, and rode off to school. The next day, I saw him again. This time, he had already turned the corner and was fast-walking down the street. The thing about him that stood out was the way he walked. He walked considerably faster than

a pretty good shot. Stein, who said that he wants to be a lawyer and go into politics someday, is a self-proclaimed “news junkie,” turning to The New York Times and The Washington Post, as well as NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” and “A Prairie Home Companion” (he specified that he’s a fan of Garrison Keillor, the show’s previous longtime host.) Stein said that before he started writing, he was a “big reader” and has been particularly inspired by J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series, Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson” series, and Trenton Lee Stewart’s “The Mysterious Benedict Society.” Stein, who also mentioned an interest in history, said that he’s a fan of nonfiction works like Laura Hillenbrand’s book, “Unbroken” and Daniel James Brown’s book, “The Boys in the Boat.” Stein’s foray into writing for fun first started in the fifth grade, when he read the first paragraph of a story that his friend was writing. They started to work on the story, and a love for writing was born. That story since has been abandoned, but Stein continues to write. In fact, last year

the average person, hunching his shoulders forward and taking long, sweeping strides. I quickly passed him and raced off in the direction of school, trying to steal glances back at him as I went. The next day was a Saturday. I woke up early to get to a soccer game. As I sat in the backseat of the car driven by my grumpy, tired father, I found myself looking around as we drove down Lorran. I realized that I was subconsciously looking for the Walking Man. After the game, we drove back home on that same street. My father was still grumpy, but at least more awake. We had been beaten badly in our soccer game, and despite the fact that I was disappointed and tired, I still scanned the sidewalk on Lorran, looking once again for that curious man. Monday rolled around, and I saw the Walking Man again. This time, I noticed something peculiar. He was wearing the exact same thing he wore the previous two days. He wore old khaki pants with black overall straps over his faded yellow and green plaid shirt. His face was barely visible under his large, tortoise shell horned rim glasses, and his gray hair crept back to the edges of his balding head. In his shirt pocket there was a single ballpoint pen. It shone bright against his shirt, reflecting the light that wavered in and out of the shadow of the canopy of leaves overhead. The pen was black with a streak of brilliant gold that shone like so many rainbows, light dancing up and down the lone vein. For the rest of the day, whenever I closed my eyes, I saw light flickering up and down a streak of gold.

man who once occupied all of my thoughts. However, I finally saw the Walking Man again in late October of that year. Suddenly, a tidal wave of memories washed over my brain. That whole day I was unable to focus on anything. My thoughts kept drifting back to the Walking Man.

or the rest of the year, I saw him as I biked to school. My imagination ran wild with different theories about him. Was he was a mad scientist? A treasure hunter? A retired superhero? Slowly but surely, winter turned into spring, spring turned into summer. School ended, and with it, the need to ride down Lorran at such an early hour. I never so much as caught a glimpse of the Walking Man for that whole summer. Between tennis and soccer and swimming and reading, there simply was no time to even think about him. When school started up again in fifth grade, I had no recollection of the

did see the Walking Man one last time. It was the day before a long weekend, and school had ended early, at noon. I went to a restaurant with some friends to eat lunch, and I biked down Lorran on my way home. There I saw him, walking as usual, except for one difference. He was holding hands with a young girl, perhaps his granddaughter, who was happily walking at his side. Looking closer, I saw another thing out of the ordinary. His pen was not in the breast pocket of his shirt. It was in the small hands of the wide-eyed girl, light still engaged in an endless dance up and down its gold streak. Q


he was awarded third place in the Weekly’s annual short story contest. Stein doesn’t have a limit to what inspires him to write — the world is his muse. “I draw a lot of inspiration from the world around us. There’s just so much going on — there’s so many places, so many people, so many different things in this world that it’s like you’ll never run out of things to write about,” he said. “If you just look closely to one thing for a while, then a story will just come to you.” While he usually gravitates toward writing fantasy, “The Walking Man,” (the story that garnered first place in this year’s contest) is realistic. “This is my first time trying to write a realistic story,” he said, adding that it’s both easier and harder to write realistically. He said the challenge is actually making the story realistic. The easy part is that reality is literally all around you, he added. “You can take a story from your memory, which is what I did this time,” he said. “ You can take a story that you read somewhere and basically go on that and evolve

ver the course of that school year, I saw him time and time again. I often considered talking to him, but, to the regret of my later self, I always decided against it. The Walking Man became part of my routine, just as eating and sleeping are. It was near the end of fifth grade that I realized I might never see him again. That realization occurred to me on a bright and warm Saturday in early May. I was taking a trial run on the bike route that I would take to my new school for sixth grade. Down Grover Street, right onto Creekview, left onto Utah, and straight to Pierceson Middle School. No Lorran Street. No Walking Man. As I biked to school on the last day before summer vacation, I studied the Walking Man one last time. He still walked with his eccentric gait, and he still wore his eccentric clothes. And in the breast pocket of his faded yellow shirt, he still had the same black pen with a streak of gold. The Walking Man eventually faded from my memory, and I never thought about him over the next few years. In middle school there was no time to reminisce about the past, no time to relive days that came and went, as ephemeral as sand slipping through your fingers.



it into something new that’s also realistic.” Writing fantasy, on the other hand, “takes a lot of imagination.” While Stein didn’t set out to incorporate particular themes in the story, upon reflection he said that “The Walking Man,” which is loosely based on his own bikeriding experiences, includes a message about not judging people, and always being open minded. He added that there’s a “circle of life” element to the story as well. Stein said that he enjoys writing in part because it calms him down and serves as an escape from the world. “(Writing) is an opportunity to make your own story. It’s cool — putting your imagination into words,” he said. — Anna Medina Judges’ comments on ‘The Walking Man’ This well-crafted, poignant story grabs us from the first sentence to the final image. With abundant sensory details the writer invites the reader onto a bike, then into a neighborhood and makes us wonder about the mysterious walking man. • Palo Alto Weekly • June 9, 2017 • Page 19

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“No, no thank you.” There was a gentle finality in his voice. “I think I’m done here.” And with that, he lifted his glass underhand, cupped in his palm, and drained it in one slow, almost ceremonial draw. He stopped again on the way out and placed a hand on my shoulder. “Ruben,” he said. “Please tell everyone thank you. It has been lovely.” ey, Ruben — you see these?” Lydia had the cards laid out face down on the tally desk when I got in Monday afternoon. I hadn’t, of course. “Ashley found them, cleaning up on Saturday. Thinks they’re from your friend Hadley.” “The old guy?” She nodded. “What are they?” “Looks like poetry.” And she picked one up and read a few lines. Like I said, I’m not one of those guys who’s into poetry, but even with Lydia’s Boston gravel, there was something in those words, something that painted a picture, made it feel like I was remembering something I’d seen and felt a long time ago. “Have you asked him about them?” “Haven’t seen him yet. Sunday and Tuesday, right?” “Also Thursday sometimes.” “I’m not in on Sundays. Was he here? Yesterday?” I told her he was. And how


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“You’re back! You’re back!” they chorus, exuding a cloud of sparkles with every movement. “And there’s a new guy!” “This is Nathan,” I inform them, herding the kids a respectful distance away. “Be nice. He isn’t used to you little terrors yet.” Nathan, meanwhile, is wearing a somewhat dazed, rather shellshocked expression that looks as if someone slapped him with a fish. A rather large one, at that. “Um. What?” is all he can manage. “Why are there kids?” “Adults aren’t the only characters in a story,” I remind him, snagging one of them by the collar when she tries to dodge around me. “Watch your pockets, some of them are tiny thieves. Stay here for a minute while I go find today’s designated babysitter.” “Hold on, what?” Nathan panics. It’s kind of hilarious. “Wait, you can’t just leave me —” “Only for a few minutes!” I don’t bother to disguise the wicked grin behind my words, laughing when the kids take that as an invitation and swarm him. He’ll be fine, I’m sure. The main character hero-types always are.

something felt different about him. “Do you think he knew?” “Knew what?” “That Ashley found his poems. I guess he’d have to notice, wouldn’t he? The cards would have been all moved around. You spend that much time in one place, you’d have to notice something like that.” I supposed she was right. “You okay asking him, tomorrow? If he comes in?” “He always comes in on Tuesdays.” She shook her head a little and gave me that look, the one older folks give you when they’re sure they know better. he was right, though. He didn’t come Tuesday, Thursday, or even Sunday the next week. He’d missed a day here and there in the past, but only one at a time, and always apologized for the absence, explaining it away as bit of a cold or a fall he’d taken. “Doctor told me that if I didn’t keep my weight off that foot, he’d make sure it was broken next time.” And he’d scrunch up the side of his smile as if to say “You know how doctors are.” But July was getting up to speed, and with it came all the weekend festivals on the waterfront. By the time things slowed in October, we hadn’t seen him in over four months. Lydia kept the cards in her desk. Said she’d tried Googling a few of the poems to see if he’d just copied them down from somewhere but found nothing. “I think he just wrote ‘em and left them here.”


The sun, for once, is shining. The sky, for once, is blue. It’s oddly cheery, to tell the truth. The last time the weather was this nice was ... years ago, perhaps. Maybe longer. I suppose there are some benefits to having a weather mage around. “Ow, ow, ow. Watch the hair! The hair!” Nathan cringes, head bowed at an awkward angle as he gingerly extricates himself from sticky fingers. The toddler giggles, patting Nathan’s face and nearly poking out his eye. “Hair!” itting beside me, Wildfire, another of the Forgotten, smirks. “He seems to be settling in well.” I lean back, grass cool beneath my fingers and earth faintly moist. “Eh, well enough. He broods if he’s left alone for too long, so I’m pretty much just keeping him busy until he gets over it.” Wildfire snorts, sparks dancing on the ends of her hair. An idle toss of her head makes them swirl like fireflies in the daylight, settling to earth as burnt-out ash. “Isn’t that your solution to everything?” I let out a short, barking sound of amusement. “What, like the therapists worked so much better?”


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It didn’t make any sense to me, either. “You just going to keep them in your desk?” “What else am I gonna do?” “Find him? Let him know we’ve got his poems?” “I think he knows that already. And I’ve tried. You know who Hadley Richardson is?” “Isn’t that him?” “Hemingway’s first wife.” “No shit?” She nodded. “Why would he...?” “You tell me.” She grunted out a little laugh and gave me that older-and-wiser look again. “But yeah, Google’s got nothing on any Hadleys around here. And don’t think I didn’t ask around town.” Everyone seemed to know who she was talking about, but no one knew anything more about him than we did. Katie out at Hudson Point said he ate breakfast there on Sundays — didn’t talk much, and always got the boatyard hash with white cheddar and black coffee. Paid cash and tipped well. “She find any poetry?” “They’ve got nothing to write on there, do they? Unless you pull a chart off the wall and use the back of that. But no, she looked when I told her.” Lydia let me take them out and look at them whenever I wanted. Eventually hung them up on a bit of foam board, first against the filing cabinet, then on the back wall behind the bar, because people kept asking. There was talk around town of putting them all in a book and publishing it but Anna, at the bookstore across the street, said no one would touch something like that without a “Maybe they would if there weren’t so few of them and so many of us,” she points out. “And, y’know. If anyone actually agreed to therapy.” “Fair enough,” I agree, and she does have a point. Most of the Forgotten, the ones who are self-aware at any rate, are main characters. A few of us might be supporting cast with a relatively large role or characters that our creators were particularly fond of, but on the whole, we’re main characters. Everyone else, the generic citizens who live out in the city and are little more than faceless, shapeless automatons ... they’re the background, the civilians, those unnamed villagers the hero saves. Those aren’t people, not really. They don’t think like sentient beings. If anything, they’re closer to robots. Consequently, as main characters, we’re often more stubborn than is probably good for us. And, depending on what type of story we came from, have a few too many issues that can’t really be handled by any normal therapist. A little ways away, Nathan turns, trips over a little dog that’s too short to notice but just tall enough to be annoying, and goes down in a mess of flailing limbs. He’s instantly buried under a mass of kids, who seem to think that

clear copyright. So we just read them where they were; sometimes we’d call out a line to each other when it seemed to fit. he poems were about all sorts of things — city streets and the open road, or sunrise over the ocean. Fresh coffee, or a bumblebee resting on the window sill. But in each one there was a shadow of something else: the empty space left by someone he’d lost. Maybe she left him. Or maybe he’d left her and regretted it — there was really no way to tell. Everyone had their favorite, of course, and the one that always got to me was about the rain. Maybe that’s the thing about a poem — maybe the right one says something you recognize, something you’ve felt, but never found the words to make real. And by finding the words, even if they’re someone else’s, you finally really understand the feelings and can make them your own. At least that’s the way it felt to me. The irony of it all, of course, was that it was the rain that did everything in. We had a big pour that January — a lot of wind, too. I guess there was enough loose debris to clog the downspouts, and everything just pooled up there on the roof until one of the seams gave way. We came in to a full inch of water on the floor in the morning, with the drywall soaked clean through on three sides. Had to throw out damned near everything that got wet, and there wasn’t much to save from the cards. Hindsight would’ve been to at least put a sheet of plastic over the board, but hindsight’s always


once he’s on their level he’s fair game. I would feel sorry for him if it wasn’t so funny. “Okay, I gotta admit. It’s really nice being able to foist babysitting off on the new guy,” Wildfire admits, sunlight turning her eyes to gold. “Why in the world are there so many kids, anyway? I could’ve sworn there weren’t that many last month.” I grimace, mood dropping. “I think a bunch of stories got abandoned, probably around the same time. Maybe by the same author, even. Half of them are all related in some way or another.” “ ... Ah.” Wildfire goes silent at that. “That really sucks.” In a sense, this makes the children the most tragic of the Forgotten. They will never grow up, not here. This place is timeless, a sort of limbo stuck in some endless cycle of night and day that exists without age. The younger ones will never understand what exactly they had done to be forgotten, never understand that it wasn’t something they could have controlled. Sometimes, I think, it would be all too easy to hate our creators for what they have done. t is months before Nathan comes to terms with things enough to be happy here. He


been worth jack shit, hasn’t it? Some folks had a poem or two they’d memorized or written down — Anna started collecting them once it came out that they’d been ruined. And we all got a good scolding for not having made any copies, just in case. It was all we could do to hang our heads. he Mermaid’s still out there, and I keep promising Louise I’ll take her up to see where it all happened. I kind of owe her that — I mean, he’s the reason we met in the first place. I was pulling cards out from under the glass at the airport diner in Burlington, and Lou spent half her lunch watching before wandering over to ask what the hell I was doing. I told her the story, like I’ve told you, and next thing I know we’re going table to table, looking together. Gave her my number, and she promised she’d give a call if she ever found any. Never did — find any poems that is, but we’ve been married five years now and have a Hadley of our own to chase around. Yeah, I know. I’d wanted to name her Katherine, after my mother, but Louise insisted, and who was I to argue? Even if it does sound like a boy’s name. And I still do think about him whenever it rains. I wait for that smell and let myself feel a little sad, and I get to wondering about all those other things that we don’t notice we’ve got until they’re gone. Maybe it makes me a better person, maybe it makes me a fool. Maybe both; I’m not convinced there’s much difference either way. Q


settles in as the new favorite of the children, spending his days watching them and spending time with the rest of us. He befriends a few others, even, their personalities and abilities complementing his. Just yesterday, the group of them pooled their magic and called up a hurricane, which followed by what felt like half an ocean’s worth of rain and sleet. The reason, apparently, being “to see if they could.” (Wildfire ... is not thrilled with him right now. I suspect that’s why he’s been hiding on the outskirts of the city for the past few hours.) Still, life continues. The world moves on. Time heals all wounds, or at the very least reduces them to fading scars. Every so often, another newcomer joins the ranks. Sometimes I find them first, sometimes not. Some of them remain in denial for what feels like forever. Others adapt quickly, already harsh and jaded and having half-expected abandonment long before it really happened. Inevitably, they will always ask my name. Nathan did, several days into our acquaintanceship. Inevitably, I will smile, shrug, and tell them that I don’t remember. (I was the first, after all, and it has been a very, very long time since I was created.) Q

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Lucas said her grandmother sometimes gathered her possessions, such as these coats, in preparation for an imagined trip.

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cherished travel items and sentimental goods, along with various handwritten notes. “One time she just had nine coats that she was carrying around the house,” Lucas said, pointing to photographs of her grandmother’s coats and a purse. “And it doesn’t make sense, right? She put this photo album in there that my mom makes her every few years just to remind her who her family members are. She packed up her purse and was carrying her wallet around the house, which had a $20 bill, a pin and a hearingaid battery.” Once Amelia had caregivers by her side on a daily basis, Lucas said she didn’t have as much time to pack for anticipated trips. Lucas then began collecting Amelia’s handwritten notes with help from her mother, Esther, who currently lives with Amelia. Esther saved the notes in a box until Lucas could decide how she wanted to use them in her next art installation. Lucas, who’s earned two finearts degrees, has always been interested in how ideas are passed down from generation to generation. A 2013 solo road trip influenced by her family’s history led to a body of work called “In Search of Home,” which captured images of botanicals and rocks

Lucas compiled her grandmother’s notes to photograph for her “Collections from Sundown” exhibition. throughout 13 states, including California. The collection, she said, explored the ties of racial taxonomy and her own family’s emigration patterns. Following her road trip, she captured an index of others’ sentimental items called “Objects to Remember You By,” which originally included Amelia’s items and notes her mother had set aside. Although the project began as one archive of sentimental items, it became two separate chronicles. “Collections from Sundown” became its own standalone story. “It started with these objects ... like what does someone hold onto, that makes it a place of home for them?” Lucas explained. “I think of home more as a concept or idea rather than a place. Our experience has so much to do with how we define that.” Amelia — who sometimes goes by the nicknames Amy or Millie — grew up in New York and moved to Michigan the year she married her husband, 1943. After their relocation, she complained that she was “bored to tears” and decided to go to school. After obtaining her master’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, she obtained her second master’s degree in social work from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1967. Lucas described her grandmother as witty, with a sarcastic sense of humor. Daily three-mile walks, writing classes and quilting, Lucas said, were a few of Amelia’s favorite hobbies before she became ill. “I feel very lucky that I got to know her as an adult, because you have a very different relationship

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alo Alto native and artist Kija Lucas’ “Collections from Sundown” exhibition is a deeply personal one. Each photograph tells a piece of a poignant story about her grandmother, Amelia’s, experience with Alzheimer’s disease and a related set of symptoms called sundowner’s syndrome. The collection of images, featuring handwritten notes and piles of cherished possessions, is currently on display at the Palo Alto Art Center, as a part of the center’s “Summer of Photography” series. “With sundowner’s syndrome, people with Alzheimer’s and dementia, especially in winter time, late afternoon and evening — which is why they call it sundowner’s — become more confused,” Lucas explained. “Sometimes my grandmother would say, ‘Someone dropped me off here. I don’t know when they’re coming back to pick me up. I don’t know where my stuff is.’” Amelia, a Palo Alto resident, often packed or collected personal belongings in preparation for an imagined trip or train ride in the earlier stages of her illness. In an effort to explore the ways that Alzheimer’s has shaped her grandmother’s understanding of the world around her, Lucas has photographed many of Amelia’s

“Try to take a bath (or a shower) sometime today,” reads one of artist Lucas’ grandmother’s notes to herself. with parents and grandparents once you become an adult,” Lucas said. “I feel lucky that I got to spend that time with her. But then I also see a lot of what’s happened because she never seemed like an old lady until she got sick. She’s in her 80s and people would be like, ‘Your grandma seems so young.’ Then all of the sudden, she got really old.” While viewing the exhibit, there is a clear progression in the flow of the photos that conveys Amelia’s yearning to organize her thoughts and her inability to do so. Lucas pointed out that a few of the notes are addressed to “Mom,” which is the name Amelia occasionally calls her daughter, Esther. Amelia calls Lucas “Selma” (Amelia’s sister’s name), which inspired Lucas to get a tattoo of the name on her right arm. “Try to take a bath (or shower) sometime today,” reads one note. “There is redundancy, kind of in the same way that there’s redundancy in a lot of conversations

with her. With somebody with Alzheimer’s or dementia, they often have a repeat loop,” she said. “I hope that people can connect with it in one way or another. I hope that people will feel comfortable looking to their loved ones, asking about their lives and talking about difficult things. It’s an important conversation,” she said. “I feel like it’s been a good way to show her story, sort of like from both of our points of view, together.” Q Freelance writer Chrissi Angeles can be emailed at What: “Collections from Sundown” When: Through Aug. 27, Tuesday-Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Where: Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto Cost: Free Info: Go to depts/csd/artcenter/default.asp • Palo Alto Weekly • June 9, 2017 • Page 21

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Los Altos Stage Company presents the ultimate meta-musical by Karla Kane eff Bowen and Hunter Bell’s “[title of show]” is a musical about a musical called “[title of show],” by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, featuring characters called Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, who are writing a musical called “[title of show].” Yes, it’s a play entirely about its own creation, and Los Altos Stage Company is currently having a blast presenting it for local audiences. Composer Jeff (played by Derek DeMarco in the Los Altos version) and writer Hunter (Nick Rodrigues) are two “nobodies in New York” spending their days doing freelance web design and temp catering jobs and their nights in front of the TV, all the while dreaming of bringing an original musical to Broadway. The two have an encyclopedic knowledge of obscure theater trivia and are bursting with inside jokes and references but have trouble coming up with an idea for something new. Pressed by a three-week deadline to submit something to a festival, the two decide to write what they know, and develop a show about the very development of the show itself, starring themselves, as themselves. They rope in wisecracking Susan (Caroline Clark) and sweet Heidi (Jocelyn Pickett) to help round out the team. Susan is full of zingers but insecure about her talents and has largely backed away from the theater scene, toiling instead as a corporate office manager. Heidi, unlike the rest of the crew, has actually performed in shows on the Great White Way, albeit in bit and off-stage parts. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention music director/ pianist Larry (Katie Coleman, the


REVIEW THEATER Los Altos production’s real musical director and pianist), who is often comically neglected by the rest of the players. Over the course of the oneact production, we see the team come up with ideas, struggle with doubt, bond, bicker and, eventually, bring the titular titleless show to full fruition. Shows about show business are nothing new — neither now, nor when “[title of show]” was first created back in 2004. The way “[title of show]” seems to unfold in real time, though, makes it especially clever. When Jeff mentions that Susan has been quiet,

for instance, she remarks that she didn’t have a line until now. Jeff and Hunter discuss how they’d better make sure each moment of their show is packed with riveting material so that audiences get their money’s worth, then spend several minutes tediously doing not much of anything. One entire number, “Filling out the Form,” is about just that, while “Awkward Photo Shoot” forces the team into a cheesy show of false camaraderie for the camera while their in-fighting is reaching its peak. “Monkeys and Playbills” is a very skillfully done scene involving Jeff rifling through piles of programs from Broadway flops (continued on next page)

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Jocelyn Pickett, Derek DeMarco and Katie Coleman (as Larry/ Pianist) work on a musical number in Los Altos Stage Company’s “[title of show].”

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while Hunter sketches out streamof-consciousness ideas about a speedboating monkey. If this all sounds rather silly, it certainly is, and very enjoyably so (and, parental-guidance alert, full of adult language). Who knows how well such a winking, self-congratulatory, pop-culture heavy show will stand up over the decades. The premise of a show that’s all about making that very show seems like it could be better suited to a single song, perhaps as a jokey opening to a Tony Awards ceremony, and sure, the idea does stretch thin and drag on at times, but such moments are surprisingly few and far between. Director Doug Brook keeps things moving along with high-energy staging. And we actually come to care about these self-absorbed Broadway obsessives, thanks in part to the chemistry and charm of the Los

Altos cast. DeMarco and Rodrigues have a great rapport as the BFFs and partners-in-creative-crime. Pickett’s Heidi is the most sincere and least snarky of the crew, and her “A Way Back to Then” is a wistful look back at her childhood, when she first began to dream of Broadway, before she became jaded by the cruel and competitive world. Clark as the sometimes-grating Susan delivers one of the standout numbers, “Die Vampire, Die!,” a funny but poignant song about the way self-doubt and impostor syndrome can wreak havoc on one’s creative process and feelings of worth. Susan frequently laments that her singing is not up to par with the others, so it perhaps makes sense that the other vocalists tend to drown Clark out. The show has glorious harmonies aplenty, and DeMarco, Rodrigues and Pickett are great and powerful vocalists, a bit too much so at times, actually. For such a small cast, backed by just a keyboard, I was surprised to find my ears

actually painfully ringing after some of the belted high notes. Special kudos go to Coleman as the deadpan Larry, the show’s “fifth Beatle” and secret weapon. “[title of show]” is jam packed with many obscure Broadway references, so if you aren’t a trueblue musical aficionado, you may feel the quips are flying over your head. And that’s OK. While theater nerds are clearly the target audience and will get the most out of the script, even a casual fan should come away well-entertained. Q Arts & Entertainment Editor Karla Kane can be emailed at


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ACCENT ARTS RETURNS TO CAL. AVE. ... The Keeble & Shuchat Photography building on the corner of California Avenue and Birch Street — the longtime home of one of the Bay Area’s last major camera stores until last September when owner Terry Shuchat shut down the beloved 51-year-old business — will become the new home of another California Avenue icon next month. Accent Arts is scheduled to move out of its temporary pop-up shop in the alley at 421 Jacaranda Lane into half of the ground floor space of the Shuchat building in early July. The independently owned artsupply store had operated at 392 California Ave. just two blocks away from Keeble & Shuchat for decades until last February when a rent increase forced owner Gil McMillon to temporarily relocate the shop to his supply warehouse in the alley behind ZombieRunner. McMillon, said he is happy to be returning to California Avenue. He reportedly signed a lease with building owner Shuchat for a 4,000-square-foot retail space at 290B California Ave. in late May. The property has now been divided into three spaces,

including two, 4,000-square-foot retail spaces on the ground floor and one 8,000-square-foot office space on the second floor, which also has been leased. Shuchat declined to name the upstairs tenant, but expects the company to occupy the space in July. As of last week, the remaining groundfloor space was still available for lease. Shuchat said he approached McMillon about leasing space in the building after Accent Arts vacated its California Avenue location earlier this year. Interior renovations were still under way at the site last week, but Shuchat said the space should be ready by the end of June. — S.M. FRENCH LAUNDRY ‘PROTEGE’... Protégé Restaurant, the project from a former sommelier and sous chef from the renowned French Laundry in Yountville, has missed its original hoped-for opening in late 2016 (and then early this year), but last week it secured unanimous approvals from the City of Palo Alto’s Planning and Transportation Commission and Architectural Review Board. The duo plans to open the restaurant on the ground

floor of 260 California Ave., a 26,000-square-feet, three-story building with office space on the second and third floors. Despite concerns about some details of the project, the board ultimately shared the applicants’ urgency in moving it forward. The Planning Commission also agreed that the project warrants approval despite various zoning and parking issues associated with it. The next and potentially final step for Protégé is the City Council. The project will be on the council’s June 12 consent calendar. Anthony Secviar worked as sous chef at the three-Michelin-starred French Laundry from 2005 to 2011. Dennis Kelly was the restaurant’s head sommelier for 10 years and was one of only four people to be granted a master sommelier diploma from the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2012. – E.K. Compiled by the Weekly staff; this week written by Elena Kadvany and Sarah Mason. Got leads on interesting and news-worthy retail developments? Email shoptalk@

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Universal Pictures’ “The Mummy” is the first movie in its planned “Dark Universe” series of films that will revive Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Invisible Man, et al. on the theory that what worked before will work again. After all, Universal is the house the monsters built back in the Golden Age of Hollywood. All of these monsters have been revived already umpteen times, of course, but strangely enough, none more successfully than the Mummy, which spawned a 19992008 trilogy (not to mention the “Scorpion King” spinoffs). This time, however, Tom Cruise anchors “The Mummy” with a big budget but a conspicuously hollow script. It comes as a bit of a shock that the film’s screenwriters include heavyweights David Koepp (“Jurassic Park”) and Christopher McQuarrie (Oscar winner for “The Usual Suspects”), along with actor Dylan Kussman and three writers given “story” credit: Jon Spaihts (“Doctor Strange”), Jenny Lumet (“Rachel Getting Married”) and the film’s director Alex Kurtzman (“Star Trek”). That’s enough writing talent to suggest that the awfully clunky results are the result of too many cooks in the kitchen serving — to mix a metaphor — two masters: Universal and Tom Cruise. Cruise plays antiquities thief Nick Morton, and oh boy, is he some rascal! He forces his sidekick (Jake Johnson) into insanely dangerous situations (a firefight in Iraq laced with bickering-buddy comedy), beds a woman (Annabelle Wallis’ ancient-Egypt expert Jenny Halsey) only to sneak off

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explosions, rolling vehicles), are a reasonable facsimile of the big dumb fun we expect in June, but whenever the movie opens its big dumb mouth and begins babbling, the audience is liable to feel as cursed as the sadly generic characters. Crowe, playing Dr. Jekyll (and Mr. Hyde), gets the worst of it, with lines like “He found his redemption. But at great cost,” and “If evil were a pathogen, then

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there must surely be a cure.” Author Robert Louis Stevenson wouldn’t recognize this Jekyll, whose secret organization Prodigium is in the business of vanquishing evil: “Recognize. Examine. Contain. Destroy.” Very long story short: awake n e d - ev i l- a n c i e nt- p r i n c e s s

mummy (Sofia Boutella) wants to give human form to god of death; curses Cruise; wreaks havoc. Very long story shorter: You can keep this “Mummy” under wraps. It’s disposable, and “Dark Universe,” not surprisingly, looks like a very expensive mistake. Rated PG-13 for violence, action and scary images, and for some suggestive content and partial nudity. One hour, 50 minutes. — Peter Canavese


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The following is a sampling of movies recently reviewed in the Weekly: Wonder Woman 000 Although the origin story of Wonder Woman shifts from World War II to “the war to end all wars” for the new film from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, the phrase “why we fight” leaps to mind to describe the hero’s first solo cinematic outing. Wonder Woman’s journey takes her from sheltered idealism through hard-won hard truths about so-called “mankind” to a heroic purpose with promise of future adventures. When American spy Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes his plane in the waters around the “paradise island” of Themyscira, he must answer for mankind to the Amazons who live there. Princess Diana (a.k.a. Wonder Woman) has trained for the contingency of invaders but couldn’t fully prepare for the horror of war. Diana determines to accompany Trevor into the outside world, where he plans to put the kibosh on the chemical weapons program while she intends to put an end to war with a swing of the “Godkiller” sword. The film has its failings — it falls into a few bland narrative stretches, fumbles over its cardboard villains, and ends with the usual dull clash of titans — but the very existence of “Wonder Woman” makes a much-needed feminist statement in the crowded superhero space. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content. Two hours, 21 minutes. — P.C. Everything, Everything 0 Nicola Yoon’s YA romance novel “Everything, Everything” proffered 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 ImmunoDeficiency), 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 (Tony winner Anika Noni Rose), who also serves as her doctor (uh oh), in an elaborately tricked-out suburban home that she never gets to leave. Nevertheless, events conspire to give Maddy a great adventure: She turns 18 and a cute boy named Olly Bright moves in next door. His curiosity piqued by the glassencased beauty next door, Olly (Nick Robinson) begins reaching out, mostly through text messages and pantomime from his window, but eventually more boldly. Suffice it to say, when desire meets with an obstacle, love finds a way. Sadly, pretty much everything, everything else in “Everything, Everything” adheres to clichÈ, and the story fails to deal honestly with its what-if scenarios. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief sensuality. One hour, 36 minutes. — P.C. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 00 That most flexible of ancient legends gets a new workout in Guy Ritchie’s “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Certainly, this is the first version of the King Arthur story to feature a character referred to as “Kung Fu George,” but let’s just say Ritchie’s take on Arthurian legend isn’t going to surprise anyone who knows what’s up at the multiplex these days. We get a “King Arthur” in which the displaced royal — cast off Moses-like after the murder of his parents — grows up thinking he’s “the bastard son of a prostitute,” raised in a Londinium brothel to become a gangster with a crew. The film, however, feels like a rather desperate attempt — in design, music, and even casting — to score some of that sweet “Game of Thrones” cash. And since “Batman Begins” remains the template for originstory reboots, “Legend of the Sword” doubles down on traumatized boys and gives Arthur martial-arts training sourced from the Far East. Despite some striking visuals and the occasional evocation of “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” this newfangled “Arthur” comes up short on grandeur or even old-fashioned matinee adventure. Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, some suggestive content and brief strong language. Two hours, 6 minutes. — P.C.



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Home Front GARDEN SHARING ... Too many zucchini? Lemons? Do you want to trade them for some turnips? Common Ground Garden will host its next garden-share event on Saturday, June 10, presented by Transition Palo Alto. Bring your excess veggies or fruits to the garden from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and trade with other gardeners. For more details, contact Common Ground Garden is located at 687 Arastradero Road in Palo Alto.

CITIZEN PRUNERS ... Canopy will hold a “Citizen Pruner Training” class on Saturday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for those interested in joining Canopy’s Citizen Pruner Team. In this free, interactive workshop series you’ll learn the art, science and skill of young tree pruning with Program Director Michael Hawkins and other expert arborists. After attending the workshop, you will be prepared to join the group’s Citizen Pruners team that helps maintain young trees throughout the community. No prior pruning experience necessary, and all skill levels are welcome. This workshop is intended for ages 14 and up. For more information, go to or email natalie@ CHILDREN’S PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS ... Parents or grandparents can take a photography class with their children or grandchildren at Gamble Garden, Saturday, June 24, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Students will learn three compositional techniques: portrait vs landscape; leading lines; and photographic grids. Practice your photography skills amidst Gamble Garden’s stunning flowers and plants. At the end of the class, each participant will submit two photos to be posted on Gamble Garden’s website. This class is recommended for children ages 7 - 12. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The fee is $40 for members’ child student (Use code IRIS) / one required adult is free; nonmembers: $50 for child student / one required adult is free. Register at

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tep into Nicole and Philipp Skogstad’s Palo Alto Eichler home and you immediately understand what they achieved: updating all of the home’s major systems, while totally embracing the original indoor/ outdoor aesthetic. “We loved Eichlers because of that California living. We loved the size of the yard and saw the potential,” Philipp said. But, they didn’t like the large single-paned windows, overhead heating, awkwardly located bathroom and insufficient master suite. The results of their remodel can be viewed, along with four other modern homes, on the curated, self-guided Silicon Valley Modern Home Tour, sponsored by the Modern Architecture + Design Society on Saturday, June 17. Working with architect Mark Marcinik of San Francisco-based M110 Architecture, the couple remodeled their 1,955-square-foot, four-bedroom, two-bath house, adding one-and-a-half bathrooms. “We wanted to honor the materials and use materials in their natural state,” Philipp said. That meant stripping the paint off the redwood ceiling (by professionals) and weeks of staining (by Philipp). A major challenge in upgrading the 1954 home was replacing all the old windows with double-paned Fleetwood windows and sliding doors. Another was replacing the roof, which is now layered with foam and topped with a white plastic membrane to create a long-lasting “cool roof.” To add back the radiant heating, the contractor built up the concrete-slab floor by 2 inches, adding flexible plastic tubing and topping with large gray floor tiles (If necessary to repair, one could remove a tile, rather than jack-hammering the concrete). Today the home boasts seven heating zones with separate thermostats, insuring no heat loss even with large windows, Marcinik said. Nicole also wanted a brighter home, which was mainly achieved by adding skylights, removing a wall between


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In order to maximize light flowing into the home, the architect added skylights, as well as a translucent fence so the home could maintain privacy while attracting light. the kitchen and living room and exposing the wood in the ceiling. Bringing more light into the home was a bit of a challenge. Marcinik removed the wall separating the galley kitchen from the small living room and enlarged the exterior windows over the sink. Outside, he added a translucent fence and planters so that light would flow through the fence rather than creating shadows. While following the basic lines of the old galley kitchen, the new version has gray Caesarstone countertops over white, thermoform plastic cabinets manufactured by Gregory Pemberton Designs in Half Moon Bay. An enormous amount of storage is provided by wide, shallow drawers and roll-out, floor-toceiling, vertical cabinets. “This increases usability by 50 percent,” Marcinik said. Discreetly hidden appliances are all by Miele, including an induction cooktop with a downdraft vent (no hood needed), a new appliance called a “speed oven” that combines microwave and convection and a second oven that combines steam and convection. “It maximizes utility, like getting four appliances in two,” Philipp said. Appliances are hidden behind a rolling wood tambour door. “Eichler had zoned areas. We enhanced the footprint,” Marcinik said. They continued the tiled living room flooring to the patio, and added a sliding barn door that opens to the adjacent family room. When the barn door is open, one can not only see into the family room, but out a new window into the garden. A full bathroom was added to create a junior suite, ideal for overnight guests. And, a powder room, with a Duravit Scola white sink with a round wash basin

replaced the former laundry room. The other three bedrooms march down a long hall flanked by closets. “Wherever you are, you look outside,” Philipp said, pointing to the sliding glass doors with landscaping outside one bedroom. At the end of the hall is the new master suite. Philipp calls the shower with two heads “our conference room.” There’s also a separate tub and a gray Caesarstone counter and tile. The bedroom ceiling was kicked up to 10 feet, with lots of windows and uplighting over the bed. “Frank Lloyd Wright used it, but we can do it a lot better than he did,” Marcinik said. The room’s large glass door looks out onto the garden. An added highlight: A wireless switch turns the backyard lights on at sunset; a wall switch next to the bed lets the couple turn off the lights at night. Four other homes, in Hillsborough, san Carlos, Los Altos Hills and Cupertino, are on the tour.Q Freelance writer Carol Blitzer can be emailed at What: Modern Architecture + Design Society’s Silicon Valley Modern Home Tour. Tickets will include information on homes and architects, builders and designers will be available at each home. When: Saturday, June 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Five homes in Palo Alto, Los Altos Hills, Cupertino, San Carlos and Hillsborough Cost: $35 in advance online, $40 day of tour Info:

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390 Greenoaks Drive Johnson Trust to X. Li for $3,330,000 on 05/09/17; built 1955, 3bd, 1,930 sq.ft.

East Palo Alto

1028 Alberni St. N. Tun to G. Himelblau for $750,000 on 05/09/17; built 1962, 3bd, 980 sq.ft.; previous sale 05/14/2013, $400,000 308 Donohoe St. J. Manzi to S. Yuen for $1,150,000 on 05/09/17; built 1987, 4bd, 1,800 sq.ft.; previous sale 10/26/2011, $400,000 2355 Dumbarton Ave. R. Agarwal to E. Chen for $725,000 on 05/03/17; built 1928, 2bd, 1,000 sq.ft.; previous sale 04/28/2016, $595,000 2890 Fordham St. S. Chalfont to Z. Luo for $750,000 on 05/03/17; built 1953, 3bd, 1,010 sq.ft.; previous sale 01/11/2011, $279,000 2531 Hazelwood Way Kaneda Trust to Y. Gan for $870,000 on 05/03/17; built 1956, 3bd, 1,100 sq.ft.; previous sale 11/30/2010, $235,000

Los Altos

231 Alicia Way Benes Trust to J. & L. Percy for $3,300,000 on 05/08/17; built 1957, 4bd, 1,880 sq.ft. 1683 Ben Roe Drive Lappin Trust to J. Soong for $2,580,000 on 05/08/17; built 1958, 4bd, 1,744 sq.ft.; previous sale 08/28/1987, $379,000 221 Chateau Drive Simmons

Trust to B. Lee for $3,150,000 on 05/11/17; built 1965, 4bd, 2,347 sq.ft. 2038 El Sereno Ave. Appler Trust to C. Tam for $2,750,000 on 05/10/17; built 1950, 4bd, 2,838 sq.ft.; previous sale 04/08/1993, $410,000 698 Hollingsworth Drive N. & J. Vukicevic to B. & J. Meiseles for $3,220,000 on 05/09/17; built 1989, 5bd, 3,436 sq.ft.; previous sale 07/21/1993, $675,000 234 Lyell St. Salmon Trust to Reddy Trust for $3,700,000 on 05/05/17; built 1954, 5bd, 2,784 sq.ft.; previous sale 04/1972, $45,500 1424 Marinovich Way Fisher Trust to X. Guo for $2,750,000 on 05/05/17; built 1970, 5bd, 2,479 sq.ft.; previous sale 07/14/2006, $1,500,000 65 Mayer Court M. McAllister to C. Abhyankar for $2,615,000 on 05/10/17; built 1953, 3bd, 1,998 sq.ft.; previous sale 12/15/1999, $750,000 1721 Penny Way Diaz Trust to Gazzera Trust for $2,220,000 on 05/11/17; built 1953, 3bd, 1,254 sq.ft. 22850 Sequoia Drive Knapp Trust to A. & C. Mahimainathan for $2,800,000 on 05/11/17; built 1953, 3bd, 1,940 sq.ft. Los Altos Hills 13415 Country Way M. Page to L. & M. Hartmann for $3,780,000 on 05/09/17; built 1980, 4bd, 3,701 sq.ft.; previous sale 02/06/1981, $545,000

Menlo Park

789 17th Ave. S. & S. Finch to G. Chiao for $1,462,000 on 05/03/17; built 1959, 3bd, 1,170 sq.ft.; previous sale 02/01/1994, $240,000 420 6th Ave. A. & K. Gilbert to W. & M. Lim for $1,030,000 on 05/04/17; built 1947, 2bd, 920 sq.ft.; previous sale 05/14/2013, $600,000

445 6th Ave. Breckenridge Property Fund to D. & J. Stahler for $1,530,000 on 05/08/17; built 1955, 3bd, 1,680 sq.ft.; previous sale 11/28/2016, $900,000 515 Bay Road R. Agarwal to M. Wang for $1,551,000 on 05/05/17; built 1945, 2bd, 950 sq.ft.; previous sale 06/25/2010, $689,000 422 Concord Drive Vrooman Trust to R. Lacasia-Barrios for $1,941,000 on 05/08/17; built 1947, 2bd, 1,380 sq.ft. 532 Hamilton Ave. T. Cuevas to J. Hui for $1,050,000 on 05/05/17; built 1953, 4bd, 1,410 sq.ft.; previous sale 05/25/1994, $165,000 1031 Henderson Ave. Foung Trust to Awland Trust for $2,300,000 on 05/10/17; built 1937, 2bd, 1,040 sq.ft.; previous sale 04/17/2015, $1,400,000 683 Hermosa Way A. Sano to Diebold Trust for $7,500,000 on 05/09/17; built 1998, 4bd, 5,030 sq.ft.; previous sale 06/21/2010, $4,700,000 503 Ivy Drive F. Wallace to N. Zhang for $1,120,000 on 05/04/17; built 1951, 4bd, 1970 sq.ft. 2315 Loma Prieta Lane Schleifer Trust to A. & S. Timm for $2,760,000 on 05/10/17; built 1959, 3bd, 2010 sq.ft. 2162 Menalto Ave. S. McCormick to S. & L. Iwata for $1,780,000 on 05/05/17; built 1954, 3bd, 1232 sq.ft. (Previous Sale 02/15/2012, $563,000) 907 Menlo Ave. R. Diamond to M. Jiang for $1,600,000 on 05/05/17; built 1961, 2bd, 1170 sq.ft. (Previous Sale 03/07/2014, $1,225,000) 1023 Menlo Oaks Drive Dikun Trust to Cheng Trust for $1,480,000 on 05/08/17; built 1939, 2bd, 1080 sq.ft. 1131 Menlo Oaks Drive C. Liang to Bowsher Trust for $1,140,000 on 05/05/17; built 1953, 3bd, 1160 sq.ft. (Previous Sale 09/25/2015, $1,006,000) 2124 Oakley Ave. Kothari-Daryani

Trust to I. Jergovic for $3,175,000 on 05/09/17; built 2008, 4bd, 2800 sq.ft. (Previous Sale 07/01/2009, $2,018,000) 724 Roble Ave. #7 F. Meade to C. Chen for $1,520,000 on 05/04/17; built 1981, 3bd, 1,323 sq.ft.; previous sale 08/05/2011, $700,000 375 Santa Rita Ave. Scacco Trust to Serenity Peninsula for $7,400,000 on 05/05/17; built 2005, 5bd, 5,387 sq.ft.; previous sale 04/27/2005, $4,900,000 2262 Sharon Road Howard Trust to N. Mahilani for $1,495,000 on 05/10/17; built 1967, 3bd, 1,398 sq.ft.; previous sale 03/28/1996, $417,000 1811 Stanford Ave. G. Lencioni to M. Ellman for $3,716,000 on 05/09/17; built 1950, 3bd, 2,100 sq.ft.; previous sale 04/01/2015, $2,960,000

Mountain View

858 Avery Drive #15 Chang Trust to J. & N. Yagnik for $1,461,500 on 05/10/17; built 2010, 3bd, 1,634 sq.ft.; previous sale 03/12/2010, $660,000 938 Clark Avenue #47 K. Doherty to H. Kang for $1,060,000 on 05/09/17; built 1978, 2bd, 1,069 sq.ft.; previous sale 04/17/2009, $32,500 1395 Cuernavaca Circulo R. & J. Roach to H. Xu for $1,860,000 on 05/11/17; built 1985, 3bd, 2,022 sq.ft.; previous sale 05/20/2004, $834,000 181 Del Medio Ave. #211 G. Nogales-Alonso to J. Zhu for $510,000 on 05/05/17; built 1962, 576 sq.ft.; previous sale 12/10/2009, $240,000 433 Nicholas Drive B. Wright to A. & A. Faaborg for $1,700,000 on 05/08/17; built 1998, 4bd, 1,925 sq.ft.; previous sale 04/01/2004, $680,000 169 Ortega Ave. Chiamparino Trust to L. Mi for $1,500,000 on 05/11/17; built 1978, 3bd, 1,755

sq.ft.; previous sale 10/01/1980, $93,000 714 Reflection Way P. Jiang to S. Reddy for $1,400,000 on 05/08/17; previous sale 06/25/2015, $1,195,000 675 Rock Court Y. Liann to Sjs Trust for $1,265,000 on 05/09/17; built 1994, 2bd, 1,426 sq.ft.; previous sale 04/09/2010, $611,000 271 Sierra Vista Ave. #11 D. Evan to R. Wedenig for $1,502,000 on 05/11/17; built 1988, 3bd, 1,424 sq.ft.; previous sale 11/15/1990, $290,000 436 Sierra Vista Aven. #9 Madsen Trust to L. & A. Rinsky for $1,080,500 on 05/05/17; built 1978, 2bd, 1,272 sq.ft.; previous sale 04/03/2007, $621,000 255 South Rengstorff Ave. #32 N. Colker to M. & I. Benjaminson for $676,000 on 05/08/17; built 1965, 1bd, 812 sq.ft.; previous sale 05/06/2011, $255,000

Palo Alto

4177 Cherry Oaks Place Chang Trust to H. Cai for $2,732,000 on 05/09/17; built 1971, 4bd, 2,107 sq.ft.; previous sale 12/05/2006, $1,600,000 521 Colorado Ave. R. Stock to Guo Trust for $4,000,000 on 05/11/17; built 1997, 5bd, 2,579 sq.ft.; previous sale 05/30/1997, $758,000 605 Colorado Ave. C. Bing to Q. Zhou for $2,430,000 on 05/05/17; built 1946, 3bd, 1,300 sq.ft.; previous sale 06/23/2015, $2,350,000 3861 Corina Way Fisher Trust to Ye Trust for $2,605,000 on 05/08/17; built 1955, 4bd, 2,399 sq.ft. 1570 Dana Ave. Dolton Trust to Cao Trust for $3,900,000 on 05/09/17; built 1949, 3bd, 1,763 sq.ft. 223 Edlee Ave. S. Chesters to J. McKinney for $2,398,000 on 05/10/17; built 1951, 3bd, 1,260 sq.ft.; previous sale

12/01/2015, $1,650,000 2717 Gaspar Court Rizza Trust to Liu Trust for $3,517,000 on 05/05/17; built 1993, 4bd, 2,167 sq.ft.; previous sale 11/30/1993, $700,000 3166 Greer Road B. & M. Chen to L. Su for $2,610,000 on 05/10/17; built 1952, 3bd, 1,509 sq.ft.; previous sale 04/04/2006, $1,180,000 818 Los Robles Ave. Los Robles Avenue Limited to P. Mruthyunjaya for $4,024,000 on 05/09/17; built 2014, 5bd, 2,855 sq.ft.; previous sale 08/03/2015, $2,585,000 3341 Louis Road Richter Trust to T. Jog for $2,480,000 on 05/05/17; built 1952, 5bd, 1,722 sq.ft. 161 Lowell Ave. R. & P. Beckstrom to J. Sonneveld for $6,375,000 on 05/05/17; built 1987, 5bd, 4,093 sq.ft.; previous sale 10/12/1995, $1,118,000 760 Moreno Ave. Vail Trust to Moreno Avenue Limited for $2,100,000 on 05/08/17; built 1946, 3bd, 1,752 sq.ft.; previous sale 06/20/1991, $474,000 3042 Price Court Kenny Trust to F. Shi for $2,400,000 on 05/05/17; built 1954, 3bd, 1,505 sq.ft.; previous sale 05/04/1990, $363,000 4244 Ruthelma Ave. Mcguire Trust to S. Ma for $2,463,000 on 05/05/17; built 1950, 4bd, 1,891 sq.ft.; previous sale 11/15/1979, $125,000 906 Van Auken Circle Whitehorn Trust to Y. Zhao for $2,500,000 on 05/09/17; built 1951, 3bd, 1,658 sq.ft.; previous sale 04/14/1994, $345,000

Portola Valley

450 Golden Oak Drive Egbert Trust to M. & S. Melville for $3,510,000 on 05/03/17; built 1960, 5bd, 3,450 sq.ft. 155 Willowbrook Drive D. & V. Pistilli to Flannery Trust for $3,765,000 on 05/03/17; built 1968, 3bd, 3,090 sq.ft.; previous sale 07/15/2008, $2,450,000

y unda m S n e Op – 4:30p 1:30

Magnificent Palatial Estate 996 LAUREL GLEN DRIVE, PALO ALTO (cross street: Alexis)

Virtual tour at:

• Prestigious Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club neighborhood • 8 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms & 2 half bathrooms • House: approx. 7500 sf, attached 3-car garage • Lot: approx. 41,600 sf, Age: custom built in 2007 • Peaceful and resort-like grounds with pool, cabana & outdoor full bathroom • Renowned Palo Alto schools

Julie Lau Coldwell Banker International President’s Premier CalBre#01052924

(650) 208-2287(CELL)

Asking Price: $5,300,000 • Palo Alto Weekly • June 9, 2017 • Page 29


51 CRESCENT DRIVE, PALO ALTO Located in the most sought after neighborhood in the Palo Alto, this estate property designed by Birge Clark was painstakingly restored in 2009. The 7,200sf floor plan spans three levels, and includes 4 en suite bedrooms. The grounds are designed for entertaining on a grand scale, and include sparkling pool of Murano blue glass and gold tile, outdoor fireplace with conversation area, and an open pavilion. A separate, 990sf detached guest cottage accommodates multigenerational living, or long term guests. Close proximity to tech hubs, the vibrant downtown area, and Stanford University make for an ideal location. • Extraordinary Mediterranean villa renovated in 2009 • Original circa 1926 home by renowned architect Birge Clark • Three levels, serviced by elevator or stairs. • 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths, and 2 half-baths in main home • Guest house with kitchen, 1 bedroom, and 1 bath

• Hearst Castle inspired pool with blue Murano glass tiles • 3-car detached garage, 1-car carport for guest house • Lot size of approximately 24k sf (buyer to confirm) • Premier Crescent Park location • Palo Alto schools

Offered at $17,800,000

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60 MICHAELS WAY, ATHERTON This recently constructed Atherton masterpiece strikes a perfect balance between classic styling and contemporary functionality. The three-level ďŹ&#x201A;oorplan offers open concept living areas, high tech amenities, and spacious private areas, all bathed natural light. Fine millwork, custom ďŹ nishes, and top of the line materials make for a stunning presentation, and the home is ideally located just blocks from Downtown and top rated Menlo Park Schools. The 29k plus lot offers the capacity for a pool and cabana/guest house, and currently features a custom tennis court. â&#x20AC;˘ A modern interpretation of a classic Victorian, newly constructed in 2009 â&#x20AC;˘ 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths spread over three levels plus top-level loft â&#x20AC;˘ Approximately 6,295 square feet of living space

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655 Kingsley Avenue, Palo Alto Old World Charm in University South Forming an enticing mix of modern luxury and Tuscan elegance, this tri-level 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath villa of over 3,600 sq. ft. (per /;A:@EJ;//A<51?-3-@10 /1:@>-88E8;/-@10/;>:1><>;<1>@E;26A?@;B1>Z WTT?= 2@ I<1>/;A:@EJ -:0 .8;C:38-??8534@5:3ŋD@A>1?  /;<<1>?5:7? -:0C45@1;-7Ō;;>?-0;>:@41C->9 ;<1:5:@1>5;> A?@ ?11?<-/1?5:/8A01-45348E/A?@;95F103;A>91@75@/41: - ?1:?-@5;:-89-?@1>?A5@1 -:0-8;C1>81B18C5@4-?<-.-@4-:0-2-958E>;;9 ':C5:0C5@43A1?@?.E@41ŋ>1<8-/15:@41/;A>@E->0

style garden. Within moments of exciting downtown amenities, you can also quickly reach Stanford University, Caltrain, popular parks, and outstanding Palo Alto schools. For video tour & more photos, please visit: Offered at $4,788,000


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9 Sylvian Way Los Altos Offered at $3,288,000 Palatial Abode Showcases Elegant Character 6 5 0 . 6 9 0 . 2 8 5 8 | 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 2 1 7 9 1

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

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At DeLeon Realty, we are not limited to accepting only turn-key, luxury-grade listings. Our innovative team of specialists enables us to transform every one of our listings into a truly must-have home. Let us show you what we can do for your home. 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 Page 34 • June 9, 2017 • Palo Alto Weekly •


Open Friday 5-7pm & Saturday 1-5pm

755 Northampton Drive, Palo Alto


Superb Leland Manor Location!

his Charming Dutch Colonial home has been designed with an eye towards blending the interior with the surroundings, making it ideal for indoor and outdoor living. Located in the desirable Leland Manor neighborhood of North Palo Alto the home offers 5 bedrooms, plus a den, 3 bathrooms and an oversized 2 car garage. Situated on a large 9380 sq. ft. lot that meets minimum size requirement for a cottage, too. The wrap around yard with mature landscaping and a majestic tree along with a private brick patio makes this a great home for entertaining large families and hosting big gatherings. Stellar Palo Alto schools and an easy walk to Rinconada Park, Lucie Stern Community Center, the Palo Alto Art Center, the Children’s Museum and Zoo, the Main Library, and Children’s Library make this an ideal place to live.

Offered at $4,750,000 For Virtual Tour and 3D Floor Plan visit:

Arti Miglani (650) 804-6942 BRE# 01150085 • Palo Alto Weekly • June 9, 2017 • Page 35

578 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301


ATHERTON $22,800,000

ATHERTON $9,800,000

LOS ALTOS HILLS $8,995,000

PALO ALTO $8,798,000

178 Patricia Drive | 7bd/8.5ba Ali Faghiri | 650.346.4727 BY APPOINTMENT

120 Toyon Road | 5bd/7ba Laura McCarthy | 650.941.1111 BY APPOINTMENT

27350 Julietta Lane | 5bd/4.5ba Stefan Walker | 650.941.1111 BY APPOINTMENT

11 Phillips Road | 6bd/6ba Greg Celotti | 650.740.1580 BY APPOINTMENT

PALO ALTO $7,878,000

PALO ALTO $4,750,000


LOS ALTOS $3,695,000

471 Nevada Avenue | 5bd/5+ba John Forsyth James | 650.218.4337 OPEN SAT & SUN 1:30-4:30

755 Northampton Drive | 5bd/3ba Arti Miglani | 650.804.6942 OPEN SATURDAY 1:30-4:30

1864 Black Mountain Road | 5bd/4.5ba Nancy Palmer | 650.492.0200 OPEN SAT & SUN 1:00-4:00

434 Orange Avenue | 4bd/3.5ba Kathy Bridgman | 650.941.1111 OPEN SAT & SUN 1:30-4:30

PALO ALTO $3,398,000

MENLO PARK $3,150,000

LOS ALTOS HILLS $2,995,000

MENLO PARK $2,498,000

1001 Fulton Street | 3bd/3ba Sherry Bucolo | 650.207.9909 BY APPOINTMENT

321 Camino Al Lago | 4bd/4ba Keri Nicholas | 650.304.3100 BY APPOINTMENT

13439 Mandoli Drive | 4bd/2ba M. Corman/M. Montoya | 650.543.1164 OPEN SUNDAY 2:00-4:00

1003 Fremont Street | 4bd/3.5ba Barbara Williams | 650.941.1111 BY APPOINTMENT

MOUNTAIN VIEW $1,768,000

MENLO PARK $1,395,000

REDWOOD CITY $1,295,000

REDWOOD CITY $84 5,000

217 Pettis Avenue | 4bd/3ba Maggie Heilman | 650.888.9315 OPEN SAT & SUN 1:30-4:30

802 Fremont Street | 2bd/3ba Keri Nicholas | 650.304.3100 OPEN SUNDAY 1:30-4:30

2513 Roosevelt Avenue | 3bd/1ba Lori Burrows Warren | 650.642.8042 OPEN SAT & SUN 1:00-4:00

279 Sequoia Avenue | 2bd/1ba M. Lockwood/R. Flores | 650.400.2528 OPEN SAT & SUN 1:00-4:00


Over 30 Real Estate Offices Serving The Bay Area Including Palo Alto 650.323.1111

Los Altos 650.941.1111

Menlo Park 650.462.1111

Menlo Park-Downtown 650.304.3100

Woodside 650.529.1111

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

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REMARKABLE UPDATES IN CENTRAL LOCATION 453 N. Rengstorff Ave, #22, Mountain View Nestled within a popular setting, this spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath home of 960 sq. ft. (per county) offers an updated kitchen and baths that lend chic, modern style, and the warm and inviting floorplan boasts a private balcony with exclusive pool views. Community comforts include a freeform pool and extensive courtyard, perfect for outdoor recreation and relaxing. Merely a stroll away lie Monta Loma Park and Monta Loma Plaza, while Rengstorff Park and Pool as well as Thaddeus Park are also nearby. Fine schools including Theuerkauff Elementary, Crittenden Middle, and Mountain View High are also easily accessible (buyer to verify eligibility).

Offered at $798,000

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A Luxury Collection By Intero Real Estate Services 2088 Green Oaks, Pescadero

5 Betty Lane, Atherton

10440 Albertsworth Lane, Los Altos Hills



Listing By: Dana Cappiello & Derek Cappiello, Lic.# 01343305 & 01983178

Listing Provided by: Greg Goumas Lic.#01878208

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

2215 Liberata Drive, Morgan Hill

0 Spanish Ranch Road, Los Gatos

27466 Sunrise Farm Rd, Los Altos Hills


$10,889,888 Listing Provided by: Joe Velasco Lic. #01309200

114 New Brighton Road, Aptos



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

Listing Provided by: Greg Goumas, Lic.#01878208

106 Sacramento Avenue, Capitola

15355 Via Colina, Saratoga




Listing Provided by: Mark DeTar Lic. #01156251

Listing Provided by: Jennifer Cosgrove, Lic.#01334273

Listing Provided By: Andy Tse, Lic.# 01345580

20870 Jacks Road, Saratoga

8715 Leavesley Road, Gilroy

2965 Paseo Robles, San Martin




Listing Provided by: Joe Velasco, Lic.#01309200

Listing Provided by: Don Barnes, Lic.#01791580

Listing Provided by: Violaine Mraihi Lic. #01356269

©2017 Intero Real Estate Services Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and a wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc. All rights reserved. All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. This is not intended as a solicitation if you are listed with another broker. Page 38 • June 9, 2017 • Palo Alto Weekly •

15355 Via Colina, Saratoga $4,250,000 | Listing Provided By: Andy Tse, Lic.# 01345580

Customized to the unique style of each luxury property, Prestigio will expose your home through the most influential mediums reaching the greatest number of qualified buyers wherever they may be in the world. For more information about listing your home with the Intero Prestigio International program, call your local Intero Real Estate Services office. ©2017 Intero Real Estate Services Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and a wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc. All rights reserved. All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. This is not intended as a solicitation if you are listed with another broker. •

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DESIRABLE LOCATION INSPIRES POTENTIAL 403 Farley Street, Mountain View This sunny and spacious 4 bedroom, 2 bath home of over 1,700 sq. ft. (per county) resides on over 5,900 sq. ft. (per county) of property. Updated flooring and new colors provide a fresh look to the open-concept areas, which have been outfitted with multiple skylights and thoughtfully designed to encourage large gatherings. Residing in a central location, you will be within biking distance to top companies like LinkedIn and Google, as well as Rengstorff Park and shopping at Bailey Park Plaza. Take an easy stroll to Stevenson and Rex Manor Parks, plus Theuerkauf Elementary, while other fine schools, including Crittenden Middle and Mountain View High, are also close (buyer to verify eligibility).

Offered at $1,388,000

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777 Bayview Way, Redwood City

Contemporary Home Awesome View 3BR/2BA home in desirable Emerald Hills neighborhood. Extraordinary bay view from inside and out. Dining area leads to lovely side patio, whereas living room leads to deck with full bay view. Cook up gourmet meals in the well-appointed kitchen; Enjoy the endless pool swim spa; Grow your own veggies or make your own wine. Enjoy the best California has to offer! Convenient location and in Roy Cloud school area.

Offered at $1,548,000

Lynne Mercer BRE#00796211 . . 650-906-0162




926± SF D E N I S E

SIMONS Experience No Like Other License #01376733


OFFERED AT $639,000

650.269.0210 Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. • Palo Alto Weekly • June 9, 2017 • Page 41





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HANNA SHACHAM 650.752.0767 CalBRE# 01073658 (HANNA HAS RANKED ONE OF THE TOP AGENTS IN THE COUNTRY IN 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 PER THE WSJ)


Prime Willows location 3 bedrooms plus office/nursery 2 bathrooms 1,590 square feet interiors 7,840 square foot lot

• • • • •

Detached 2 car garage Bonus studio apartment above garage Newly landscaped front yard Award Winning Menlo Park Schools Convenient location


13439 MANDOLI DRIVE LOS ALTOS HILLS CONVENIENT LOCATION | 1.04+/- SF LOT | RESTFUL SETTING • First time on the market in 50+ years • Opportunity to remodel or build new • Private and serene 1.04+/- ac lot in a quiet yet convenient location, Close to Stanford University and Research Park, downtown Los Altos and commute routes • Existing 4 bed home with pool • Biking distance to award-winning Palo Alto Schools

OFFERED AT $2,995,000 | WWW.13439MANDOLI.COM

555 BYRON STREET, #410 PALO ALTO THE HAMILTON, 55+ COMMUNITY | 3 BED | 2 BATH • • • • • • • •

Located in the heart of Palo Alto Overlooks the light-filled inner courtyard 3 bed, 2 bath top-floor unit with well-appointed kitchen Private outdoor balcony Laundry area with washer and dryer included One designated parking space Approximately 1,546 square feet Building amenities include dining room meal service, heated pool, fitness rooms, guest accommodations, gracious public rooms, 24-hour security and daytime on-site management

OFFERED AT $2,300,000 | WWW.555BYRON.COM



Tours Available



BRE #01111473

BRE #01911643

Monica was ranked #160 by The Wall Street Journal 2016 Nationwide List of Top Real Estate Professionals

Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Sq. ft. and/or acreage information contained herein has been received from seller, existing reports, appraisals, public records and/or other sources deemed reliable. Neither seller nor listing agent has verified this information.

Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Buyer to verify all information to their satisfaction. • Palo Alto Weekly • June 9, 2017 • Page 43



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STUNNING INNOVATIONS, ELEGANT DESIGN 433 O’Connor Street, Menlo Park Built in 2015, this gorgeous Mediterranean-style home of over 2,500 sq. ft. (per county) boasts 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, an office, and a property of over 7,800 sq. ft. (per county). Archways and elegant ceiling treatments add drama, while a chef ’s kitchen, built-in speakers, skylights, and hardwood flooring lend style. The open, light-filled interior and the inviting backyard have been optimally designed for both easy entertaining and quiet comfort. This lovely home resides within biking distance of Willow Oaks Park, and is a short drive to Facebook and downtown Palo Alto shops and restaurants along University Avenue. Stanford University and Stanford Shopping Center are also nearby.

Offered at $2,488,000

For video tour & more photos, please visit:

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2199 Clayton Drive, Menlo Park • Offered at $6,000,000 • 4 Bedrooms / 3.5 Bathrooms • Home ±3,196 sf / Lot ±14,620 sf • Newly built in 2013 • Expansive and private flat yard perfect for entertaining • Large gourmet kitchen overlooks family room with fireplace and paneled ceiling • Luxurious master suite with fireplace and sitting area • Close to Stanford University, Sand Hill Road, Stanford Shopping Center, and Interstate 280 • Near award winning Las Lomitas schools


SUSIE DEWS Sales Associate

650.575.0991 License No. 01152002

650.302.2639 License No. 00781220

DOWNTOWN PALO ALTO 728 EMERSON ST, PALO ALTO | DOWNTOWN MENLO PARK 640 OAK GROVE AVE, MENLO PARK | GOLDENGATESIR.COM Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated. • Palo Alto Weekly • June 9, 2017 • Page 45

653 Wildwood Lane, Palo Alto $4,250,000 | 6BR/4BA | Home ±3,645 sf | Lot ±10,080 sf 653WILDWOOD.COM

152 Melville Avenue, Palo Alto $5,250,000 | 5BR/4BA | Home ±3,487 sf | Lot ±7,500 sf 152MELVILLEAVE.COM

1171 Orange Avenue, Menlo Park $2,398,000 | 1171ORANGE.COM

525 Center Drive, Palo Alto $7,995,000 | 525CENTER.COM

14700 Manuella Road, Los Altos Hills $3,800,000 | Palo Alto Schools 14700MANUELLA.COM

Post Modern Masterpiece, Woodside $14,995,000 | 1250CANADA.COM

Silicon Valley Estate $68,000,000 | LAHESTATE.COM

Pebble Beach Oceanfront Estate $44,888,000 | 17MILEESTATE.COM

Coming Soon

5BR/6BA Woodside · Vacant Land Woodside · 5BR/2BA Duveneck


Michael Dreyfus 650.485.3476 CalBRE 01121795

Noelle Queen 650.427.9211 CalBRE 01917593

Ashley Banks 650.544.8968 CalBRE 01913361

Lisa Keith 650.703.8644 CalBRE 00882247

Downtown Palo Alto 728 Emerson Street, Palo Alto | Downtown Menlo Park 640 Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park | Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated.

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TURNKEY HOME IN OLD PALO ALTO 152 Melville Avenue, Palo Alto Offered at $5,250,000 | 5 Beds | 4 Baths | Home ±3,487 sf | Lot ±7,500 sf


NOELLE QUEEN Sales Associate

650.485.3476 CalBRE 01121795

650.427.9211 CalBRE 01917593

728 Emerson Street, Palo Alto | 640 Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park | | Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated. • Palo Alto Weekly • June 9, 2017 • Page 47

53 Politzer Drive, Menlo Park B Y A P P O I N T M E N T O N LY

Meticulously Crafted New Contemporary • Spectacular new construction just one mile to downtown • Three levels with 6 bedrooms, 5 full baths, and 2 half-baths • Open concept design with fully stacking glass doors opening to an outdoor heated living room • 9- to 9.5-foot ceilings and LED lighting throughout • Recreation room, fitness center, refrigerated wine cellar, and media room • Fully landscaped grounds with large, private backyard; thoughtful design is integrated at every turn • Attached 2-car garage wired for electric car charger • Lot size of approximately 10,000 square feet • Menlo Park schools

Offered at $6,995,000

Call Judy for a private showing.

JUDY CITRON • 650.543.1206 •


License# 01825569

#74 Agent Nationwide, per The Wall Street Journal Page 48 • June 9, 2017 • Palo Alto Weekly •

Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.


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CHARMING COMFORT IN CENTRAL LOCATION 807 Bay Road, Menlo Park Flexible living infuses with enchanting character in this lovely 2 bedroom, 1 bath home of 900 sq. ft. (per county) which resides on over 4,900 sq. ft. (per county) of property. A central floorplan outfitted with hardwood flooring and flowing with abundant natural light showcases seamless style throughout, while the sizable front yard boasts fruit trees. This home also grants easy commuting access to Interstate 101, as well as top companies like Facebook, and is within close proximity to Flood and Willow Oaks Parks and excellent nearby schools, including Laurel Elementary (API 927), Hillview Middle (API 950), and Menlo-Atherton High (buyer to verify eligibility).

Offered at $988,000

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Thursday, June 15, 2017 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

FINDING A SILICON VALLEY HOME & PRESENTING A WINNING OFFER Please join DeLeon Realty at our June Seminar. Gain insight from our talented buyer team into various strategies and techniques for finding a Silicon Valley home and presenting a winning offer. Also, hear the latest market updates from Ken DeLeon, the most successful real estate broker in Silicon Valley. Speaker: Ken DeLeon, CEO

To RSVP, please contact 650.543.8500 or by email: VENUE:

Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club, Grand Ballroom 3000 Alexis Drive, Palo Alto

Gourmet snacks will be provided. This seminar will be presented to DeLeon Realty’s potential clients in English.

Seminar is for prospective clients only, no outside real estate professionals permitted.

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385 Westridge Dr Stunning home with guesthouse on 3.25 acres with views - 4 BR 3 BA Ginny Kavanaugh 650.851.1961

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14 Coalmine Vw Stunning Windy Hill views from this beautiful contemporary home in Portola Valley Ranch! 4 BR 3 BA Mia Banks 650.851.1961

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10 Sandstone St Wide,tranquil views. Rustic setting. Contemporary home in community environment. 3 BR 2 BA Nancy Goldcamp 650.325.6161

16 Valley Oak St Sophisticated single-level w/premium finishes & spacious outdoor spaces - 3 BR 2 BA Ginny Kavanaugh 650.851.1961

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885 Espinosa Rd Serene country living on over 3 acs. Spectacular views of the bay & East Bay hills. 4 BR 3 BA Jean & Chris Isaacson 650.851.2666

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YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: (Lo esta Demandando el Demandante): KEVIN KHANH NGUYEN NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www., your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (, the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. AVISO! Lo han demandado. Si no responde dentro de 30 dias la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escuchar su version. Lea la informacion a continuacion. Tiene 30 DIAS DE CALENDARIO despues de que le entreguen esta citacion y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefonica no lo protegen. Su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y mas informacion en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (, en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede mas cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario de la corte que le de un formulario de exencion de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento y la corte le podra quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin mas advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado inmediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remision a abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los requisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (www.lawhelpcalifornia. org), en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California, (www.sucorte. o poniendose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotas y los costos exentos por imponer un gravamen sobre cualquier recuperacion de $10,000 o mas de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesion de arbitraje en un caso de derecho civil. Tiene que pagar el gra-

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COMERICA BANK be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on August 2, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in Dept.: 12 of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, located at 191 N. First St., San Jose, CA, 95113. If you object to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. If you are a creditor or a contingent

creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58 (b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. You may examine the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: Richard R. Guggenheim 152 North Third Street, Suite 550 (408)998-2700 (PAW June 2, 9, 16, 2017)

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TRAVELING HOOPS. . . Stanford’s Briana Roberson and Karlie Samuelson will continue their basketall playing careers in Europe. Roberson has signed with PEACPÈcs in Hungary and Samuelson has inked a deal with Pallacanestro Vigarano in Italy.

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Stanford sophomore Grant Fisher looks to improve upon his sixth-place finish at last year’s NCAA outdoor championships.

‘The best to ever put on a USA cap’ Stanford grad Azevedo to retire after playing one last game



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by USA Water Polo ive-time Olympian and Stanford grad Tony Azevedo will play his final game for Team USA on Sunday at Stanford at 3:30 pm, when the United States senior men’s national team meets 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. It will be a fitting venue to send-off the longtime Team USA captain and 2008 Olympic silver medalist who is retiring from international competition. The match is part of a four-game series between Team USA and


Croatia taking place June 9-14 in California. Azevedo offered his thoughts on his retirement and the match on June 11: “It’s crazy to think that after playing water polo for 27 years I am finally finished. I have often been asked how long I could go and my answer was the same: `When the time comes I will know.’ I still love this sport and will never leave the water polo community. But I’m ready to shift my focus from playing to working outside the pool to grow and innovate the sport in general. I am starting programs that I hope will (continued on next page)

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rant Fisher will finally get tested when he lines up for the men’s 5,000 meters Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field. The sophomore opened his Stanford career by finishing sixth in the NCAA outdoor 5,000 as a freshman, placing fifth in the NCAA cross country championships, and capturing a Pac-12 title in the 1,500. Freshman Fiona O’Keeffe, who runs in the finals of the women’s 5,000 on Saturday, is a bit of a mystery. She raced in one 5,000 during the regular season and won the Cardinal Classic by four seconds, qualifying her for the NCAAs. Thanks to O’Keeffe, Stanford has a finalist in the women’s 5,000 for the 16th time in 17 years, and the eighth consecutive year. Six others were expected to compete Thursday, and three of them were hoping to reach Saturday’s finals. Olivia Baker, a returning first team All-American, is entered in the women’s 800 meters and Rebecca Mehra and Christina Aragon are both running the 1,500. Returning first-team All-American Mackenzie Little and freshman Jenna Gray in the javelin, and Lena Giger in the shot put, participated in finals on Thursday. Fisher, also a returning first team All-American, came to Stanford with rare high school credentials, two Foot Locker national cross country championships, a sub-4 mile, and has exceeded expectations. This spring, Fisher has shown the ability to run any kind of race, fast (13:37.77), or tactical (51-second final lap to win the Pac-12 1,500, 57-second closer at the Cardinal Classic 5,000). Either way, Fisher has yet to be fully tested, as evidenced by his comfort level upon finishing. He is undefeated at any distance this spring and won his Pac-12 and Cardinal Classic races with a wide smile


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POST-SEASON HONORS . . . Stanford women’s golfers Andrea Lee, Casey Danielson and Albane Valenzuela were named AllPac-12 first team on Wednesday, the conference announced. Lee, the conference’s Freshman of the Year, produced the best rookie season in program history by winning three individual titles. she broke the school freshman scoring record with an average of 71.62, the second-lowest single-season total at Stanford. Lee posted nine top 10 finishes in 11 starts and placed third or higher seven times. Danieslon and Valenzuela were WGCA Second Team AllAmericans for the Cardinal, which reached the final four of the NCAA Championships for the third consecutive season. Danielson, who turned professional last week and qualified for the upcoming U.S. Women’s Open, collected eight top 10 finishes and averaged 72.81, the third-best total by a Stanford senior. Valenzuela overcame injuries to capture the NCAA Albuquerque Regional. She finished with six top 10s and averaged 73.21, the third-lowest figure by a freshman in Cardinal history . . . Stanford senior Ruth Narode was named the Pac-12 Women’s Rowing Athlete of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday. Narode was also one of two members of the Cardinal to be named to the 13-member All-Pac-12 Women’s Rowing Team, joining sophomore Stephanie Grauer . . . Stanford sophomore Brennan Wertz was named the Pac-12 Conference Men’s Rowing Newcomer of the Year, as the conference announced its postseason honors Wednesday. The Cardinal had two representatives on the All-Pac-12 Team, as junior Jovanni Stefani joined Wertz on the conference’s 14-man all-star team.


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take water polo to the next level. One thing I’ll miss most from my years as a player will be the team camaraderie. There is nothing better than the bonds and trust I’ve built with my various teammates. “I couldn’t be more excited to play my last game at Stanford, because during my four years at the University I was molded into the pers o n / pl aye r I am today. I met my wife at Stanford, won four Cutino Tony Azevedo awards as a student, and made best friends for life on campus. To officially retire at Stanford is a dream scenario: with my Team USA boys, in front of USA fans, and playing against Croatia. I lived in Croatia for three years and my son was born there. “So, on June 11th I will walk away (for good I promise) from playing the game I love. It will be emotional because many of the USA fans watching have stuck with me over the years. They’ve traveled long distances to cheer me on at the Olympics. Thank you everyone for your support year after year, and know that I am still dedicated to the sport we all love.” Azevedo’s career leaves him as arguably the greatest men’s water polo player in USA Water Polo history. The all-time leading scorer in FINA World Championship history, Azevedo racked up five Pan-American Games gold medals, two FINA World League Super Final silver medals and was named Pac-12 Conference Men’s Water Polo Player of the Century. “It’s hard to express the value and impact Tony has made on the sport of water polo,” Stanford coach and 2000 Olympic coach John Vargas said. “He has given us so many wonderful moments, performances and championships. It’s hard to imagine him not being in the USA lineup. Simply put, he is the best player to ever put on a USA or Stanford water polo cap. Having number 8 return to Stanford to play his last game just feels right.” After his time at Stanford, Azevedo embarked on a professional water polo career that saw him play with some of the top clubs in the world. Stanford grad Alex Bowen, Cardinal senior Drew Holland, Stanford sophomore Blake Parrish and Cardinal freshman Ben Hallock will also be playing for Team USA. The match-up against Croatia, 2012 Olympic champions, will be the second contest in the fourgame set. In addition to the match at Stanford, Azevedo will also be hosting a clinic alongside Team USA Head Coach Dejan Udovicic from 12 pm-1:30 pm. Q

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on his face, despite his devastating final laps. He enters with the No. 3 season-best in the field. Syracuse junior Justyn Knight holds a significant No. 1 from his 13:17.51 at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational with Fisher in the stands. With Oregon’s Edward Cheserek, the reigning champ, going pro, the opportunity to win is even bigger. Fisher and Knight have raced three times, with Knight holding a 2-1 edge. Both came in NCAA cross country, but Fisher has won their only meeting on the track (sixth place to Knight’s 10th) in the 2016 NCAA outdoor 5,000. Stanford, which has a finalist in this event for the ninth consecutive year, will be seeking its first victory since Ryan Hall edged teammate Ian Dobson in 2005 in Sacramento. The women’s 5,000 features two of the biggest names in collegiate running, reigning NCAA cross country champion Karissa Schweizer and Boise State’s Allie Ostrander. O’Keeffe is poised for a strong performance. She is one of two true freshmen in the field, along with Arkansas’ Taylor Werner. Baker placed second in the 800 last year, and Stanford has had a top-three finisher in the event the past four years, including runnerup finishes (also Claudia Saunders, 2014-15) the past three. Oregon’s Raevyn Rogers has dominated NCAA competition the past two years, indoors and outdoors, but Baker is one of the few who can match, and even exceed, Rogers’ speed and should not be overlooked. The two know each other well, having roomed together at the NACAC Under-20 Championships in El Salvador last year. With no 4x400 team this year, this is Baker’s first chance to focus fully on the 800 at this meet. In the women’s 1,500, Stanford freshman Christina Aragon races against her sister, Notre Dame senior Danielle Aragon, in Heat 2. This is their first collegiate meeting on the track, and second overall, with Christina winning by nine seconds and 14 places at the NCAA cross country championships. Aragon has the fastest personal record in the field, 4:08.71 in earning bronze at the World Under-20 Championships last year, and the speed and power to contend. Mehra, a fifth-year competitor who already has earned her master’s in communication (focus on political communication), is much more dangerous than her 4:21 season-best would indicate. The Pac-12 runner-up in 2016, Mehra was making a move off the final turn at this year’s Pac-12 final when she was tripped, costing her a chance at the title in a race she believed she was going to win. After this meet, Mehra will begin a foreign policy job in the

State Department, with a focus on counter-terrorism. Though Stanford has come close, with runner-up Elise Cranny missing victory by 0.004 last year, the Cardinal is seeking its first NCAA title in this event. In the shot put, Lena Giger has proven that if she hits a big throw at the right time, she’s capable of big things. Giger, a junior, has powered herself into her first NCAA Championships with a series of lifetime bests this year under first-year throws coach Zeb Sion. If she can place among the top 11, it will mark Stanford’s highest finish since 2004. Little and Gray give Stanford NCAA entrants in the women’s javelin for the eighth consecutive year. Little is a two-time Pac-12 champion and reached the podium last year with a seventh-place finish. Little, an Australian who holds dual U.S.-Aussie citizenship is familiar with top competition. She was the 2013 World Youth champion and competed at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. Gray is a three-sport athlete who has thrown the javelin on a limited basis this season, with her role on as part of the No. 1 tandem on Stanford’s beach volleyball team taking priority. Gray was the starting setter on Stanford’s NCAA champion indoor volleyball team in the fall. The team’s future looks especially bright considering that four first-team track All-Americans; Valarie Allman (women’s discus), Dylan Duvio (men’s pole vault), Vanessa Fraser (women’s 5,000), and Harrison Williams (men’s decathlon) will be coming off redshirt seasons. Also, two 2016 NCAA outdoor runners-up, Sean McGorty (men’s 5,000) and Elise Cranny (women’s 1,500), will be seniors in eligibility. Q

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the world since 2012, when she led the U.S. Olympic team to its first gold medal in water polo by leading the world in scoring. Steffens was the MVP of the 2012 London Olympics and led Team USA with 17 goals at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Cardinal grad Melissa Seidemann scored in the final seconds to lift the U.S. past Canada during the Intercontinental tournament in May. On Thursday, it was Stanford freshman Makenzie Fischer’s turn. She scored two of her three goals in the final 37 seconds to

help lift the United States to a dramatic 13-12 victory over Russia to complete group play at the FINA World League Super Final on Thursday in Shanghai, China. In 2000, Brenda Villa and Ellen Estes were the lone Stanford players on a team dominated by UCLA and USC players, reflecting the state of the sport at the team. In addition to Steffens, Seidemann and Fischer, there’s also Kiley Neushul, Jamie Neushul, Aria Fischer, Gabby Stone and Jordan Raney with Stanford connections. Add American coach Adam Krikorian to the mix and you’ve got a combined 11 NCAA championships and two gold medals. Team USA (14-1, 3-0) continues its reign as world No. 1 as it advances into the quarterfinal of the Super Final. The Americans meet Australia in Friday’s quarterfinal. The Aussies gave Team USA its only loss of the year in the FINA Intercontinental Tournament championship match at Davis a month ago. The Americans have won nine straight since while the Aussie Sharks have dropped four in a row. Following the World League, the U.S. will try to defend its World Championship in Budapest in July. Steffens and Seidemann are making their eighth consecutive appearance in the Super World League Final. The Americans have won the competition in six of those years and finished third in 2013. The Americans won the gold cup at the Kunshan Cup in China without Steffens and fellow Olympian Rachel Fattal, who were attending the Peter J. Cutino Award ceremonies at the Olympic Club in San Francisco last Friday night. The award went to Princeton’s Ashleigh Johnson. Q

CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Palo Alto City Council will hold a Public Hearing at the regular meeting on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. or as near thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, to consider, adoption of a Resolution for the creation of a new Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) Program in the Southgate Neighborhood bounded by Churchill Avenue, Caltrain Rail Corridor, Sequoia Avenue, and El *HTPUV9LHSHUKHÄUKPUNVML_LTW[PVUMYVT review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to Section 15061(b)(3) of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations. BETH D. MINOR City Clerk • Palo Alto Weekly • June 9, 2017 • Page 59 ATHE AT HERT R ON

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