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Palo Alto

Vol. XXXIX, Number 23


March 9, 2018

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Principals disciplined; one blames district District reprimands Diorio, Laurence over sex-assault mishandling by Elena Kadvany


fter trying to block the school district from publicly releasing its Jan. 11 letter of reprimand of her, Palo Alto High School Principal Kim Diorio took the offensive Wednesday and released the letter herself, along with a seven-

page rebuttal that states she and other school staff were following the district administration’s “directions” in their handling of a 2016 campus sexual assault case. As reported by the Weekly Wednesday, Diorio’s attorney — in response to the newspaper’s

Public Records Act request for the letter — had asserted to the district that the letter’s release would “violate her privacy interests” and that “the public interest in nondisclosure clearly outweighed the public interest in disclosure.” The district said it intended to release the document by March 13, providing Diorio time to seek a court order to prevent the disclosure if she wished. Diorio, who announced on Feb.

23 she was taking a medical leave, opted to disclose the documents to Paly’s student newspaper, The Campanile, and student online news site, The Paly Voice. The Jan. 11 letter of reprimand, from interim Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Anne Brown, states that Diorio failed to provide a female Paly student who said she had been sexually assaulted on campus in 2016 with the “full range of

procedural options” under federal and state law and district policy. The reprimand letter cites the findings of an external law firm the district hired last year to investigate its handling of the sexual-assault report. The firm, Cozen O’Connor, found that while Paly administrators initially responded promptly to the student, multiple missteps (continued on page 12)


Palo Altans join railway debate More than 100 attend community meeting following release of paper on underground options by Gennady Sheyner

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Deconstructed Crews use cranes to demolish the frame of a Brutalist building at 2600 El Camino Real in Palo Alto last week. A four-story office building is planned.


City puts Cool Block program approval on ice Council to review proposed $100,000 expenditure in April by Sue Dremann


popular Palo Alto city initiative intended to bring together residents to make more environmentally conscious decisions, called the Cool Block program, has some neighbors divided over whether $100,000 should be spent to expand its scope. The Palo Alto City Council was scheduled to vote on March 5, without discussion, on a contract with the Global Action for the Earth (a nonprofit of the Empowerment Institute), but City Manager Jim Keene pulled the item from the meeting agenda because some residents, including the group Palo Alto Neighborhoods, opposed a vote on the funds until there’s been a public discussion.

The council will revisit the issue at its April 2 meeting. During spring 2016 and summer 2017, two pilot sessions of the Cool Block program were held in which teams of five to eight households on various Palo Alto neighborhood blocks met and covered topics including energy conservation; emergency preparation; water reduction; what people want in their neighborhood, such as to remove blight, add a community garden or calm traffic; and what it means to engage in civic life. Participants then committed to taking specific actions in those areas and tracked their progress through a website built by the Empowerment Institute, which

contained resources to help them achieve their goals. The first pilot had 15 households; the second pilot involved 175 households on 24 blocks and lasted 4.5 months. The pilots resulted in households on average reducing their carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent and their carbon output by 7 tons. Each household on average engaged in nine disaster-preparedness actions, among other outcomes, according to the Empowerment Institute. Neither pilot cost the city money. Numerous letters sent to the City Council participants in the pilot programs stated that Cool (continued on page 13)

alo Alto’s debate over the future of its rail corridor began to rev up Tuesday night, when a crowd of residents joined city leaders in plotting the best path forward for the city’s rail intersections. A standing-room-only crowd of more than 100 residents packed into the Palo Alto Art Center to hear a presentation on a recent study the city commissioned to gauge the feasibility of constructing a trench or a tunnel for Caltrain along the city’s 4-mile corridor. Performed by the consulting firm Mott McDonald, the study considered three underground options (an open trench, a cut-andcover trench and bored tunnels), listed the engineering challenges associated with each and estimated the cost. The white paper concluded that building a trench or a tunnel from one end of the city to another would cost between $2.4 billion and $4 billion, depending on the design chosen. The range prompted city staff to declare that these options are “practically unworkable” from both political and financial perspectives. For staff, the Tuesday meeting was a chance to explain how it arrived at its conclusion, get community feedback and bring more residents onboard for what promises to be a complex multiyear conversation. Assistant City Manager Ed Shikada highlighted the main reason for pursuing the separation of roadways from the railroad tracks (known as grade separation): growing train traffic. By 2025, Caltrain expects to run

up to 20 trains during peak hours. By 2030, car traffic congestion is projected to double from current levels. “If nothing is done, and (crossing) gates will continue to be the methods through which trains are given priority at intersections; gates will be down 25 percent of the time,” Shikada said. “This could cause a doubling of our traffic congestion in addition to the safety and access concerns and constraints created at those grade crossings.” But the city’s preferred remedy — grade separation — entails significant disruptions. These include closing two lanes of Alma Street to create “shoofly tracks” — temporary tracks that would allow Caltrain to operate during construction; the need to secure environmental permits and Menlo Park’s cooperation; relocation of utilities; and the need to dig under San Francisquito Creek. Because of the creek, the trench would need to be at least 50 feet deep in the northernmost segment. Another obstacle is the sheer duration of construction. Under the current schedule, which Shikada called “aggressive,” construction wouldn’t launch until 2023 and the project wouldn’t be completed until 2028. Currently, the city is weighing about 40 different grade-separation configurations for its numerous intersections, which currently include four street-level crossings and other underpasses and (continued on page 10) • Palo Alto Weekly • March 9, 2018 • Page 5

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ROSS ROAD CHANGES UPDATE ... Opponents to the Ross Road bicycle boulevard redesign might notice some changes made by Palo Alto’s transportation division. The minor adjustments involve the location of curb extensions and new drainage structures to avoid underground utilities, city spokeswoman Claudia Keith said. The changes were all done before, and not as result of, a petition signed by more than 175 residents against the reconfiguration, she added. One perspective floating around town is that the transportation division is violating the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design guidelines, particularly, the definitions of bulbouts. One resident sent an email to the Weekly stating that the structures on Ross are actually “pinch points,� which NACTO explicitly states should only be used where traffic speeds are already low and cut-through passageways should be provided outside of the pinch point to accommodate bicyclists. “No such cut-through passageways have been provided to the outside on Ross Road. To the contrary, the cut-through passageways have been placed in the middle of the traffic lanes, which is exactly opposite to what NACTO advocates,� the resident noted. But Keith refuted those claims in an earlier email in late February. “(Palo Alto Chief Transportation Official) Josh Mello actually helped write the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide. The engineers from Alta Planning + Design who designed the Ross Road bike boulevard also were on the project team for the NACTO guide. The curb extensions on Ross Road only extend into the parking lane and are not considered ‘pinch points’ due to their 20-foot(travel way) width, so the pinch point guidance regarding bike bypasses isn’t applicable.� TO THE RESCUE ... Former Stanford University football star Christian McCaffrey is making headlines off the gridiron for his role in rescuing a 72-year-old man who fell down a cliff at Castle Rock in Colorado on Saturday, March 3. The 21-year-old Carolina Panthers running back, his two brothers and two friends assisted the man, Dan Smoker Sr., who fell 20 feet

down onto rock while visiting the open space with his 13-year-old grandson, Eli Smoker. “It felt like he was in the air for 10 seconds,� McCaffrey said of Smoker in an interview with “I had never seen anything quite like that in my life as far as the trauma and the sound. We were in shock.� The young NFL player immediately called 911 from his cellphone and paramedics arrived 11 minutes later. Smoke was hospitalized for a broken neck, broken femur, broken pelvis, internal bleeding and bleeding in the brain, according to Eli had called his father, Dan Smoker Jr., who was in San Diego at the time celebrating his 15th wedding anniversary, to alert him of the fall immediately after it happened. Dan Smoker Jr. thanked McCaffrey and his group for their heroic actions via Twitter. “My 13yo son isn’t telling a story about how he went on a hike with his grandpa and his grandpa died. He’s telling a story about strength, hope, and human goodness,� the younger wrote. McCaffrey still exchanges text messages with Eli following the traumatic experience. “We all took it upon ourselves to check up on that kid,� the Cardinal alumnus said. “It could be a lifelong bond between us. He experienced a lot in those five minutes.� BLAST OFF ... Space System Loral successfully launched the Hispasat 30W-6 communications satellite created at the company’s Palo Alto manufacturing facility this week. The satellite built for Spanish company Hispasat to expand communication services in Europe, North Africa and the Americas entered space through Falcon 9, a rocket manufactured by space transport company SpaceX, founded by Tesla’s Elon Musk, that took off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida around 12:30 a.m. EST Tuesday. “At 6 metric tons and almost the size of a city bus, it will be the largest geostationary satellite we’ve ever flown,� Musk said in a tweet. The launch was originally scheduled for Feb. 25, but called off for additional testing on the “fairing’s pressurization system,� SpaceX tweeted. It was the 50th launch by Falcon 9 since the rocket first made trips to space about eight years ago. Q


Stanford students call on public to unplug At Apple store protest, group aims to raise awareness of device addiction

City plots new vision for Ventura The City Council took a critical step toward facilitating the redevelopment of the Venture neighborhood on Monday night, when it unanimously voted to move ahead with a “concept area plan” for a 39-acre portion of the neighborhood. Over the next year-and-a-half, city officials, residents, business owners will propose, debate and ultimately select their preferred land uses for the North Ventura area, located just east of El Camino Real and just south of Page Mill Road. With its vote, the council finalized the physical boundaries for the area; accepted a $638,000 grant from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and $250,000 from The Sobrato Organization for the planning exercise; adopted its goals for the concept area plan; and approved the creation of a new working group that will steer the process forward. Housing will almost certainly be a key feature of the Ventura plan. The project’s other goals include creating well-defined connections to transit, pedestrian and bicycle facilities; a connected street grid that fills in sidewalk gaps and street connections to the California Avenue Business District; new community facilities and infrastructure; and urban-design strategies that “strengthen and support the neighborhood fabric.” The council also agreed Monday that the new plan should minimize displacement of existing residents and small businesses — particularly the startups that dot the neighborhood. Most of the heavy lifting on the new plan will be done by the working group, which the council plans to appoint later this spring. Q —Gennady Sheyner

Palo Alto sets bike-share program on new path Palo Alto kicked off its newest bike- and scooter-share experiment Monday night, when the City Council approved a one-year pilot program that puts private-sector providers firmly in the saddle. By a 7-2 vote, with Karen Holman and Lydia Kou dissenting, the council approved a program that effectively invites all vendors in the growing fields of bike- and scooter-sharing to bring their services to Palo Alto. This is a sharp turn from the city’s prior program, which centered on a partnership between the city and the company Motivate, which operates the regional Bay Area Bike Share. That 37-bike program was discontinued in fall 2016 because of low ridership. While the city’s first attempt fizzled, the second one never took off. Last year, the city was negotiating a deal to expand the program to 350 bikes equipped with a GPS. That program, which would have required an investment of $1 million from the city, died when negotiations collapsed. This time, the city plans to limit both its role and its investment in bike sharing. The rules that the council approved allow any operator to acquire permits for their ride-sharing program, with no investment of public funds. City officials plan to largely sit back, monitor results, enforce rules and then determine in a year whether the program is worth continuing. The pilot program will be in place until March 31, 2019. Q —Gennady Sheyner

First Baptist Church tenants, neighbors seek truce Tenants and neighbors of the First Baptist Church in Palo Alto came together on Wednesday night to exchange grievances, explain their positions and make inroads toward a resolution. The meeting, which brought about 50 people to the Jordan Middle School auditorium, focused on a conditional-use permit that the church is applying for under protest. The City Council is set to rule on the permit in May. At stake in the debate is the church’s ability to rent out its space to nonprofits and other tenants. In recent years, these activities have attracted increased scrutiny from nearby residents, who on Wednesday related their horror stories about traffic collisions, parking congestion and — above all — noise. During an emotional and largely collegial meeting, neighbors reiterated that they have nothing against the church itself, which has stood at 305 N. California Ave. for 70 years. Their concern has more to do with the increasing level of activity in the last few years. Others defended — and even welcomed — the church’s activities. The city, they argued, has a shortage of meeting spaces. Activities that provide community services should be encouraged not banned, they said. The Rev. Rick Mixon, pastor at First Baptist, said the church is not proposing any new uses but is merely doing what it has always done. It is only moving ahead with the conditional-use permit because the city mandated that it do so, he said. Q —Gennady Sheyner

by Marley Arechiga


tanford Students Against Addictive Devices held a protest last Saturday afternoon at the Apple store on University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto with the aim of raising awareness of an increasing concern: “device addiction.” The students formed the group two months ago, they said, after they realized they had several friends who could be more engaged with one another in social situations if they were not on their phones. Founders Sabri Eyuboglu, Sanjay Kannan, Cameron Ramos and Divya Gupta on Saturday held up signs and spoke with passersby and Apple customers. Several cars drove by and honked in response to the students’ “Honk if you’re addicted to your iPhone” sign. A steady stream of friends and supporters joined them throughout the afternoon. “It’s sad to see that kids aren’t playing outside anymore,” said passerby Bernadette Hsing, a Fremont resident. “I heard one man (tell the students) to just use self-discipline, but what if you don’t have self-discipline or if you’re a child?” The movement urging people to take a break from their smartphones has been gaining steam across the country in recent years. In 2010, a Jewish group called Reboot launched an annual National Day of Unplugging, which this year will occur from sundown March 9 to sundown March 10. In Palo Alto, one elementary school, El Carmelo, has been hosting educational “Unplugged” events all week for its students and families. A 2016 Common Sense Media poll that found that 69 percent of adults check their iPhone hourly and 50 percent of teens feel addicted to their iPhones, according to a pamphlet the Stanford students were distributing during their protest. Their definition of “device addiction” closely resembles that of “internet addiction,” which was outlined in a 2008 paper by University of Iowa psychologists Martha Shaw and Donald W. Black. The paper states that “internet addiction is characterized by excessive or poorly controlled preoccupations, urges or behaviors regarding computer use and internet access that lead to impairment or distress.” The group contends that Apple is uniquely suited to address this issue given its products’ ubiquity and because Apple has pioneered many of the features that people come to expect on cellphones today. According to Kannan, it also is not necessarily in Apple’s business interest to keep users hooked on their devices — unlike Facebook, which relies on customers to continuously use their networking services. Apple’s iPhone is a viable product whether a user is on for a few minutes a day or many hours. The group believes that Apple

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Fremont resident Bernadette Hsing, left, speaks with Divya Gupta, center, and Sanjay Kannan of Stanford Students Against Addictive Devices during a protest outside the Apple store in downtown Palo Alto on March 3. can take three actions that will help screen displays to grayscale to minicurb the impact of device addiction: mize dopamine hits. The Stanford student group has giving users the ability to track their cellphone usage, more control over also attracted fellow undergraduwhat notifications they want to ates at other top universities to receive and creating an “essential raise awareness about device admode” (akin to “airplane mode”) diction, with one student at the wherein users can select access Massachusetts Institute of Techonly to “essential” functions, such nology showing interest in starting a chapter of the group at that as phone calls, texts and maps. The student group is not alone in campus, according to Kannan. The group also recently paid their pleas to Apple to take a more active role in curbing the overuse a visit to Apple’s headquarters of smartphones. In January, Jana in Cupertino, where the students Partners LLC and the California spoke with employees as they were State Teachers’ Retirement System, leaving the building after work which collectively own approxi- hours. Kannan said they received mately $2 billion worth of shares in positive engagement from the emApple Inc., published an open letter ployees — some even agreed with asking the tech giant “to offer par- their message — and were invited ents more choices and tools to help to return in September, when Apthem ensure that young consumers ple employees spend two weeks to are using (Apple’s) products in an work on an annual project of their choice and may be able to pursue optimal manner.” The letter cites multiple studies the issue more actively. The students have also created that link increased cellphone use to higher risks of sleep depriva- a website at “At the end of the day, what’s gotion, depression and lack of empathy in children and adolescents. ing to drive Apple to change is what According to the student group, their customers want. It would be iPhone and other smartphone users great to talk with someone in the can request these features directly decision-making (division) at Apwith their cellphone makers by voic- ple, but if change is going to come, ing their concerns through feedback it’s going to come from their cusforms. Users can also make their tomers,” Eyuboglu said. Q cellphones less addictive now by Editorial Intern Marley monitoring their usage, turning off Arechiga can be emailed at notifications and changing their

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Residential park’s overhaul could cost $30 million New mobile homes, infrastructure upgrades planned for Buena Vista Mobile Home Park


sweeping transformation of Palo Alto’s Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, including the replacement of all 103 mobile homes and 12 studio apartments with new units and other park upgrades, could cost upwards of $30 million, according to the organizations newly in charge of the park. Park operator Caritas Communities, which was brought in after the Santa Clara County Housing Authority purchased the 4-acre El Camino Real site last fall, told nearly 50 park residents about the proposed four-year redevelopment at a meeting on March 2. It is the first time that the scope of the plans have been made public since the Housing Authority bought Buena Vista for $40.4 million, using $14.5 million each from the city of Palo Alto and Santa Clara County and $26 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In addition to new homes for the residents, the renovation will include upgrading gas-line infrastructure, eliminating blight and vermin and adding social and

health programs to benefit the low-income and largely immigrant population of about 400 people. The staff of Caritas, an Irvinebased nonprofit organization, unveiled its timeline for the redevelopment at the meeting: • Gas-line repairs, March-May. • New lease agreements signed through May. • Architect selection in June. • Site design from June 2018-March 2019. • Construction design through December 2019. • New-home construction from January 2020 to December 2021. “All current homes will be moved off-site. Everyone will get a new home,â€? Chief Operating Officer Tracy Bejotte told the residents. She added that the homes will be mobile units and not apartments or single-family homes. The studio apartments, built in the 1950s, will be demolished and replaced with mobile homes, she said in a followup email to the Weekly. Caritas doesn’t have an estimated cost for the replacements, nor a fixed idea of what they will look


like, she said. Much depends on the appraisals of the existing units and funding that is yet to be secured. Katherine Harasz, executive director of the Santa Clara County Housing Authority, said county officials had only â&#x20AC;&#x153;a ballpark guessâ&#x20AC;? for the total cost of infrastructure improvements. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought it could go as high as $30 million,â&#x20AC;? she said, including the relocation of residents during construction, payment of federally required local prevailing wages for laborers and mechanics, and construction costs in the currently hot market. The $30 million redevelopment estimate, in addition to the $40.4 million land price, pencils out to approximately $609,000 for each of the 115 units. In comparison, the median value of a single-family home in Palo Alto was $3.1 million as of Jan. 31, according to the online real estate website Zillow. In East Palo Alto, the median was $907,000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We took on this project not because we had all the answers but because it was the right thing to do and we felt we had the skill and support to get the answers,â&#x20AC;? Harasz stated in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have $14.5 million in county funds set aside for upgrades. We expect weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need more, and Caritas will likely approach the need in the same way most affordable housing developers do: They will look around for available sources at the time, determine what the best terms are and apply for those funds,â&#x20AC;? she said. Funds could come from the public, private and nonprofit sectors; specific methods might involve grants and bond financing. Harasz said residents would be temporarily relocated during construction. That â&#x20AC;&#x153;adds cost to the project and is disruptive to working families, students and anyone who may be mobility impaired,â&#x20AC;? she acknowledged. For that reason, she added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is our best judgment not to increase or replace the population at the park until the rehabilitation is complete.â&#x20AC;? Bejotte said that Caritas will look at whether any more renters could be added after construction is complete. The rent for existing residents would not be raised for at least three years, after which an increase might be necessary, she said. Caritasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Chief Investment Officer John Woolley has reiterated Caritasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; commitment to keeping the park affordable for low-income residents, even as he admitted the agency is â&#x20AC;&#x153;quite a way away from understanding solutions on how to keep the park affordable when the newer homes come in.â&#x20AC;? Even as the nonprofit works on

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Oscar Coronado of Rivera Construction carries a box of laminate flooring into a residence at Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto on March 8. Coronado is working to bring mobile homes up to code as part of Caritas Communitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; renovation of the El Camino Real site.

Buena Vista in brief Details on the redevelopment of 3980 El Camino Real Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Owner: Santa Clara County Housing Authority, as of September 2017. Operator: Caritas Communities, a nonprofit affordable-housing provider. Management: Birtcher Anderson Realty Management Company. Addition of an on-site manager and contracted on-site security.

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening Clean up: Abandoned and non-operating vehicles, illegal additions, vermin, overgrown vegetation removed. New trash receptacles and washing machines added; public bathrooms repaired. Home repairs: Electrical, lighting, plumbing, flooring, smoke detectors. Services: Buena Vista Homework Club launched with Stanford University tutors. A van providing free dental services visited the park. Community Services Agency of Mountain View and West Valley Community Services host a monthly food truck. Governance: New park rules under development by the residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; association. Community: New clubhouse for residents and students. Safety: Crackdown on drug dealing and parking; speed bumps added; access to public bathrooms and laundry area changed. Addition of a security officer.

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planned Now through May: Gas-line repairs. New lease agreements being signed. June 2018-December 2019: Site and construction design and planning for 4-acre parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s redevelopment. January 2020-December 2021: Construcation/installation of new mobile homes. Q

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sue Dremann its ambitious redevelopment plan, residents have already seen significant changes at the park. Caritas is funding the repairs of existing homes to bring them up to HUD standards; about half of the repairs have been completed, Chief Mission Officer Thomas Mauro said. The organization has also put an end to much of the drug dealing that was taking place, although staff said more must be done to eradicate the problem. The park now has security and a pest-control service and an attentive on-site manager, Mauro said. There is an afterschool homework club, and a dental-services van recently came to the park. Depending on the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reconfiguration, Caritas will look at the possibility of adding a small park and other amenities that residents said they want. Caritas is also moving forward with a zero-tolerance policy for abandoned and inoperable vehicles, in part because parking space is limited. Woolley said the park

cannot accommodate four or five vehicles per household. Currently, there are not even enough spaces for two cars per unit, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a universal problem. This has nothing to do with Palo Alto. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just life today,â&#x20AC;? he said. Currently, the park is operating under the rules put in place by the previous owners. But Caritas is also working with the Buena Vista Park Residents Association to develop new rules for parking, trash, noise levels, loose animals, unattended children, parties and other conditions. Those regulations will be presented to all residents for discussion, as some of the new changes might be difficult for residents to accept â&#x20AC;&#x201D; particularly about parking and vehicle storage. Erika Escalante, board president of the residents association, said she is pleased with the progress taking place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like we are doing good work. Caritas is very inclusive and not just coming to impose their rules. I feel pretty good about the future.â&#x20AC;? Q • Palo Alto Weekly • March 9, 2018 • Page 9


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bicycle/pedestrian tunnels. In the coming months, it plans to narrow down the list to between four and eight. The City Council has set a goal of picking the preferred alternative by the end of this year. But for all the challenges the project will entail, the mood at Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t entirely downcast. Guest speaker Mark Christoffels, chief engineer and executive at San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, listed the many obstacles his group has had to overcome since the late 1990s, when it embarked on a similar project. Responding to a huge increase in freight traffic and growing train lengths, 31 cities formed a joint powers authority for grade separations at Alameda Corridor. The project in the Los Angeles area had to overcome a host of obstacles. These included digging a trench that could accommodate three Union Pacific tracks (which included the shoofly track), protecting a historic mission in San Gabriel and figuring out what to do with each of the 52 grade crossings along the corridor (the group chose 19 to work on, based on traffic level, safety aspects and other criteria), Christoffels said. Construction on the $1.7 billion project launched in 2000, and it is still about five years from completion, he said. Yet many of the crossings have already been either separated from the tracks or equipped with new security measures, including quad gates. In five years, the project is set to reach the finish line, he said. Christoffels noted that each project comes with its unique challenges, though they all take

a long time to resolve. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of agreements have to be put in place before you put in the first bucket of dirt,â&#x20AC;? Christoffels said. Much of Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting was devoted to residents discussing grade separations in small groups. They were prompted by questions: What one option should remain on the table? Which should be off the table? Do you agree or disagree that a citywide trench or tunnel is unrealistic? In many cases, conversations strayed to broader issues. At one table, resident Arthur Keller led a group of residents in calculating how much money an employee tax could generate to fund gradeseparation work. At another, Steven Rosenberg and his tablemates questioned Chief Transportation Official Joshuah Mello about the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to abandon the trench â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a decision they deemed premature. Residents were encouraged to write their answers to the questions on the paper tablecloths. Some offered ideas, such as the formation of a joint-power authority or the creation of a Peninsulawide plan. Others advocated for keeping the tunnel dream alive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is this a meeting to steer people away from the trench?â&#x20AC;? one comment stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be pennywise and pound foolish,â&#x20AC;? wrote another. Q Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@

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resulted in legal and policy violations “under your leadership,” Brown wrote to Diorio. Diorio did not inform the student and her parents of their right to file a complaint under the district’s Uniform Complaint Procedure (UCP), the letter states. School administrators also failed to maintain required documentation, conduct thorough interviews of the students involved and Kim Diorio witnesses, conclude the investigation or reach a determination as to whether the reported conduct violated federal gender-equity law Title IX, state Education Code or board policy, the reprimand letter states.

The letter does not mention a federal Office for Civil Rights investigation that found Diorio, while assistant principal at Paly, was not prompt in reporting sexual-harassment allegations about former Principal Phil Winston that she had received from numerous staff over the course of three years. As a “high-level district employee,” Diorio “did not discharge her responsibility to take immediate and appropriate steps to address them when they were reported to her,” the Office for Civil Rights wrote in a formal letter of findings last year. Brown suggested a series of remedies to Diorio, including creating a “clearly identified sitebased flowchart of responsibilities and communication regarding all Title IX investigations” that identifies the principal as the first person to whom staff should report any complaints received and should provide regular updates during the investigation process. In her Jan. 29 response, Diorio defended her and her staff’s

actions and laid responsibility for the flawed handling of the incident squarely on the district office. “School staff should not be held personally or professionally responsible for implementing district office directives,” she wrote. Diorio wrote that she and staff “repeatedly” asked the district’s Title IX coordinator at the time, Holly Wade, and a district attorney, Dora Dome, and “were told that neither UCP procedures nor a ‘Title IX launch’ were warranted.” Diorio said she was “never informed” by district staff that her response was “inappropriate” in any way. (Wade resigned at the end of the last school year.) “Staff followed directions not wishing to defy the district structure or act in a subordinate manner,” Diorio wrote. Diorio said that Paly staff had not received training in “traumainformed or effective investigative practices” — a misstep identified by the Cozen lawyers — until last May, after the case was reported publicly. The training was “requested by the


school site,” according to Diorio. (Numerous Title IX trainings have been held over the past few years for administrators and teachers, however, as the district worked to comply with directives of the federal Office for Civil Rights. Those trainings included specific instruction on the UCP, which is identified as the district’s procedure for resolving all sexual harassment and sexual violence complaints.) Diorio stated further that any inconsistent documentation practices at Paly were “consistent with district procedure.” Diorio noted that the Cozen O’Connor lawyers were “complimentary” of the school’s initially prompt and compliant response. “Simply put, the Cozen report is replete with multiple determinations that the district had deficient policies, protocols and implementation,” she wrote. “Outside counsel and the Title IX coordinator provided erroneous information to the school making it impossible to comply with the letter of Title IX.” She noted that Paly has completed the recommendations Brown made in the reprimand letter, establishing new “internal structures and improved communication” at the school.

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unn High School Principal Kathie Laurence was also formally disciplined for her handling of the case while she was assistant principal at Paly. Laurence declined to comment for this story but according to the district did not object to her disciplinary letter being released in response to the Weekly’s request. On March 5, the district provided a Nov. 16, 2017, warning letter for LauKathie rence that was Laurence placed in her personnel file. The letter, from Brown, states that Laurence’s violations of district policy and federal law “adversely impacted” the female Paly student “by failing to protect (her) rights.” Several weeks after the alleged incident, the female student

reported to Laurence that other students were harassing her. While Laurence “took timely action to address the concern, spoke with the students whose behavior was at issue, and admonished them to stop the conduct,” lawyers from Cozen O’Connor found that she did not communicate this to other administrators, nor Wade. Laurence “failed to identify the subsequent behavior reported to you as potential harassment, retaliation, or continuation of a hostile environment under Title IX,” Brown wrote in the warning letter. Laurence did follow up with the female student about a week later but did not inform Paly administrators about it, document the conversation contemporaneously nor inform the student of her right to file a UCP complaint, according to Cozen O’Connor. And when Laurence was copied on an email that described the female student’s intention to leave Paly because of the impact of the incident and “subsequent rumors,” Laurence again did not share information about the harassment to which she had responded, the Cozen O’Connor lawyers found. Laurence later told interim Superintendent Karen Hendricks that she “had shared information with other members of the administrative team” about the case, but there was no documentation to confirm that, Brown wrote. In her response, Diorio describes the district’s failures to uphold Title IX as “a sad chapter in an otherwise successful story. “The district’s reputation has been harmed and careers have ended. I understand that in an institution such as ours, we share our successes as well as our failures,” she wrote. “The Cozen report made it acutely evident that without training, communication, and accountability the system can break down.” Diorio, who has not responded to multiple requests for comment from the Weekly, is quoted by the Paly Voice as writing in an email to staff that “Our administrative team has acted with integrity, character and professionalism, despite the personal attacks, harassment and threats we’ve endured.” Q Go to for the latest updates on this continuing story.

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Bike-share: The council approved the guidelines for bike-share and scootershare operators. Yes: DuBois, Filseth, Fine, Kniss, Scharff, Tanaka, Wolbach No: Holman, Kou Ventura: The council approved the goals and boundaries for the North Ventura Concept Area Plan. Yes: Unanimous

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Water: The commission approved the Fiscal Year 2019 Water Utility Financial Plan and supported a staff recommendation to raise rates by 4 percent in July. Yes: Unanimous Wastewater: The commission approved the Fiscal Year 2019 Wastewater Utility Financial Plan and recommended raising the wastewater rate by 11 percent, which is higher than the staff proposal of 10 percent. Yes: Danaher, Forssell, Johnston, Schwartz, Segal, Trumbull No: Ballentine


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Block achieved something other city and neighborhood programs have not: getting residents to team up to make meaningful change in their neighborhoods and helping them to feel like they are part of a community again. “This is a wonderful program that inspires, and it builds bridges,” said Shannon Rose McEntee, a Sheridan Avenue resident. Her neighborhood of mostly apartments and condominiums doesn’t have a neighborhood association. But the program gave neighbors of different backgrounds common ground. Another participant, Lee Birdsey, now bikes whenever she can, and she and her husband only put their garbage can out once a month because everything else is recycled, she wrote in an email to the council. They have supplies for a disaster, and they now know who their neighbors are who might need extra help. “It really feels like a safe and warm place to live again after this program,” she wrote. As envisioned, the program would expand to a four-year project in several phases. Phase I would target 30 blocks and would be completed by the end of this year. The cost would be $200,000, of which the city would contribute $100,000

plus staff time. The Empowerment Institute would match the city funds with up to $100,000 in services. The as-yet-unfunded Phase II would scale up to 350 or more blocks — about 25 percent of all the city’s blocks, according to the proposed contract. Sandra Slater, Cool Block volunteer program manager for Palo Alto, said most of Institute’s contributed services would involve customized web development for Palo Alto, data gathering, maintenance on the existing web service, e-newsletters, program marketing, recruitment, online tracking and coaching. So far, the Institute has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the web programming for the pilot program, for which the city was not charged. But some Palo Altans are questioning the proposed $100,000 city expenditure, calling for greater accountability and a clear vision of the program’s cost for all phases — not just the first. Palo Alto Neighborhoods, which represents 33 neighborhoods and three affiliates, asked the council in a March 2 letter to remove the Cool Block funding request and contract from the agenda. The organization wants public discussion on the merits of the investment, co-chairs Sheri Furman and Rebecca Sanders wrote. “The proposed work for $100,000 would target just 30 blocks or household groups. The cost per block/group seems

extremely high and is not explained. Could we ever afford to replicate this across the approximately 1,400 such blocks/groups in Palo Alto?” they wrote. The group also raised questions about the completeness of the pilot data and how it is tracked. They noted that of the 175 households, only 97 had reported their results. Palo Alto Neighborhoods also said the proposal overlooks other city programs, such as its Zero Waste program and an extensive and well-organized volunteer emergency-preparedness team, which are integrated with the city staff. There is no analysis in the staff report of how Cool Block overlaps with other city efforts on energy and waste reduction, they noted. But Slater said in a phone interview that the Cool Block program isn’t reinventing the wheel; it leverages existing programs, bringing in city staff to inform and recruit residents and spreading information about existing incentives. It interests whole neighborhoods in city programs such as the Emergency Services Volunteers and its Healthy Cities, Healthy Community resolution, she said. When people are part of a group — and accountable to each other — they are more apt to learn about and spread ideas, she said. Q A longer version of this article is posted on Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council has no meeting scheduled this week. BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board plans to discuss an update on the district’s work to comply with an Office for Civil Rights resolution agreement and Title IX; recommendations for new names for Jordan and Terman middle schools; the formation of a community advisory committee for the superintendent search process; a resolution on gun violence; a progress report on the high schools’ accreditation processes; and vote on the district’s second interim budget report, among other items. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave. PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to continue its discussion of creation of a new affordable housing combining district; and discuss its schedule for providing input on the 2018 Housing Work Plan. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to review a proposed 57-unit multifamily development at 2755 El Camino Real; consider a proposal to demolish a four-unit development at 356 Hawthorne Ave., and replace it with three single-family residences; consider the construction of a two-story, 67,200-square-foot office and research-and-development building at 3223 Hanover St.; and consider a wireless communication facility permit application to install 11 small cell nodes on utility poles. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March. 15, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. PUBLIC ART COMMISSION ... The commission plans to consider approving the artwork concept for the new downtown garage by Amy Landesberg; accept the acquisition of artwork donated by artist Marianne Lettieri; consider approving funding for irrigation and landscaping, as well as conservation of Nude in Steel sculpture, at the Rinconada Library; and review the sculpture proposed for 429 University Ave. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March. 15, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. BOARD POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE ... The Board of Education’s policy review committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 16, at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave., Room A. Agenda items were not available by press deadline.

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Editorial Blame to go around In response to letter of reprimand, Paly principal turns table on the district


hat began as an effort by Palo Alto High School Principal Kim Diorio to block the public release of a letter of discipline issued to her by the school district in January over her handling of a sexual assault case at the school in 2016 has now, with her sudden release of the documents herself on Wednesday evening, turned into an unprecedented public conflict between Diorio and her district office superiors and their predecessors. The letters of reprimand issued to Diorio and Gunn High School Principal Kathie Laurence, who served as a Paly assistant principal under Diorio when the assault occurred, were not unexpected. Both the federal Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and an outside law firm, Cozen O’Connor, conducted extensive investigations into sexual harassment and assault incidents on the campus and issued reports that concluded both school and district officials failed to follow the law and district policies in responding to them. The OCR report, which summarized a years-long investigation that started in 2013 and looked at how both Paly and Gunn had handled numerous incidents, sharply criticized Diorio’s failure as assistant principal to report to district officials harassment by then-Principal Phil Winston. She kept a log of such conduct over a period of three years but did not bring it to district administrators until days before Winston resigned his position citing health problems in June 2013. The Cozen O’Connor report, which only examined how school and district administrators responded to a student’s complaint of being sexually assaulted in a campus bathroom in October 2016, detailed both successes and failures. It made abundantly clear that Diorio and her assistant principals, including Laurence, made numerous serious mistakes, as did former Superintendent Max McGee and Associate Superintendent Holly Wade. As the failures became well-documented, and with more expected to be revealed soon with the conclusions of another investigation into a 2015 incident at Paly, the Board of Education has been in the difficult position of having numerous senior administrators, including its superintendent, who failed to perform their responsibilities and who had violated federal, state and district laws or policies. Over the last several months, in many closed sessions noticed as either “evaluation of superintendent” or “employee discipline,” the board has acted to address the failures. The resignations of McGee, Wade and other senior administrators, the dismissal of the district’s two primary law firms and the issuance of letters of reprimand to Diorio and Laurence, while stretched out over too long a period, are all part of the school board finally doing its job of holding employees accountable and implementing appropriate remedies. There are no winners or heroes to be found in how these matters were handled and plenty of blame to go around. But no matter how much Paly staff, students and parents like and value Kim Diorio and other administrators at the school, the mistakes made were indisputable and there is nothing unfair or inappropriate about disciplinary letters being issued. And while there are some, as there were in the Winston, Kevin Sharp and other cases, who believe the mistakes made by these individuals should be handled out of the public eye because of damage to the school district’s reputation, the sunshine on these problems actually strengthens our district, as it does any institution that acknowledges its mistakes and fixes them. That’s why Diorio’s seven-page response to the two-page letter of reprimand is so disappointing and in all likelihood signals her intention to resign. Instead of acknowledging her well-documented mistakes, she shifts blame to Wade, McGee, a district lawyer and others. They deserve their share of the responsibility, but thankfully they are also all now gone, partially as a result of their repeated mistakes. In many ways, Diorio has been a tragic figure in all this. She was a victim herself of inappropriate conduct by her popular boss, Winston, and quietly chronicled incidents reported to her by other staff members about Winston. Her accounts ultimately enabled the district to terminate Winston, but her delay in reporting him put students and staff at continuing risk. After becoming principal, Diorio repeatedly pleaded with the district, to no avail, to remove former English teacher Kevin Sharp from the classroom after she learned of allegations that he was in an inappropriate relationship with a recently graduated student. But her and Laurence’s handling of the 2016 sexual assault case shows a lack of understanding of their individual and independent obligations as school officials to follow the law and established policies. We hope that what is emerging from the sad rubble of the last five years is a new culture of accountability and transparency at all levels of the school district, with the school board and new superintendent leading the way. The days of burying bad news to protect the Palo Alto “brand” should be forever put to rest. There is too much good about the district to be ashamed to address what is bad. Q

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Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Honor Fred Terman Editor, The Palo Alto Unified School District decided last year to proceed with renaming the Jordan and Terman Middle Schools because of the advocacy of eugenics by the namesakes. A district committee had looked at the well-known literature concerning David Starr Jordan and Louis Terman and found them to be supporters of the dangerous pseudoscience of eugenics. However, Terman Middle School also bears the name of Frederick Emmons Terman, Louis’ son, and the committee found no evidence of any support of eugenics on the part of Fred. The district seems to have decided to dishonor Fred along with Louis Terman and Jordan without sufficient careful thought about the problem. Fred Terman is one of the most important and consequential people this community has produced. We should honor his memory and spread the word of his legacy. We certainly should not dishonor him for things that he did not do, or cloud his memory with unfounded accusations. The essence of eugenics is that people are judged by their heredity rather than their potential andcontributions. This is exactly what is happening to Fred Terman: He is being lumped together with his father and dishonored because of his father. The district is missing a teachable moment in allowing this to happen by not emphasizing that we have to treat everyone as an individual, even someone named “Terman” or “Jordan.” Fortunately, the district has alternatives. Even if Fred’s name is removed from the middle school, there are plenty of other buildings and conference rooms that can be renamed for Fred and other ways of highlighting his legacy. The district needs to assume some responsibility for this and make certain that this renaming process itself stands the test of time. Robert Smith Greer Road, Palo Alto

Elevate train tracks Editor, Simply elevating the Caltrain tracks 20 feet over Charleston and Meadow, and separately over Churchill, on graceful arches or other attractive supports (not a berm) is the best and least expensive solution to grade separations in Palo Alto. Elevating only about 2 miles of tracks at a Caltrain-acceptable slope of 1.25 percent should cost no more than $137 million, which perhaps could be fully funded by Measure B. This approach eliminates the costs and impacts of lowering the roadways, rerouting utilities under the roadways, property acquisitions,

driveway access and traffic complications. It avoids the costs of adding pumps to clear water from lowered roadways, which would introduce a permanent maintenance and operational cost and risk. Electrification will minimize noise concerns. This approach is the least disruptive. Construction disruption and timeframe would be minimized compared with lowering the roadways. Caltrain service would be maintained during construction using temporary shoofly tracks. Graceful arches or another attractive style could enhance the city rather than detract from it. Tall trees on both sides could further reduce the visual impact. Land beneath and beside the elevated tracks could be repurposed, for parks or community gardens, pedestrian/bike crossings, bike paths, parking lots or perhaps even low-income housing. This less complicated, lowercost approach could be achieved sooner, with less funding and government agency approval hurdles. Mike Forster Stanford Avenue, Palo Alto

Fund neighborhood associations Editor, Help me understand why the city of Palo Alto has proposed spending $100,000 on yet another program, called Cool Block. How about dedicating that $100,000 towards the neighborhood associations, in place for 40 years? The neighborhood associations of Palo Alto receive almost no funding; my association solicits $10 donations from members so we can pay for printing, buy newer radios to use in emergencies and pay for drinks at an annual picnic. Yet, the city is considering spending $100,000 on Cool Block to promote “disaster resiliency” and “physical connectivity” so one can “get to know neighbors” and promote “empowerment at the local level.” Well, all the latter for decades now has already been the mission of the neighborhood associations, which operate on shoestring budgets. City Manager Jim Keene should spend our money wisely. Give neighborhood associations, long established and organized by

volunteers, the $100,000 to “empower” the neighborhoods. How about funding sheds, medical supplies and rescue equipment at the “grassroots level” for each neighborhood to prepare for disaster? Perhaps give it to the Office of Emergency Services for similar valuable preparedness. How about funding our picnics so we can “get to know our neighbors”? Another mission of Cool Block is to promote grassroots awareness of climate change. Shouldn’t our city engineers plan for climate change? Palo Alto leadership wastes money and ignores those whose money they spend so cavalierly. CeCi Kettendorf Grove Avenue, Palo Alto

Prioritize neighborhood businesses Editor, At Monday’s meeting, the City Council voted 7-1 to advance the Downtown Residential Preferential Parking (RPP) program by limiting non-resident permits to match actual sales in the most recent RPP period. This action aligns with the established goal of reducing car trips and programs of the Transportation Management Agency. Kudos on demonstrating consistent stewardship. However, the council did not address the failure of staff to follow council’s direction from a year ago to establish a permit-priority model for neighborhood-serving businesses. These are our local dentists, therapists, etc., who are a vital part of the community. Residents overwhelmingly support giving these service organizations priority over enterprises not primarily focused on the community. In addition, the original RPP resolution allowed for one-year nonresident permits, but council voted to eliminate this option without consulting members of the original stakeholder group, residents or businesses. As a result, our dentists/therapists now have to queue twice a year for permits needed by their long-serving employees. So one touchdown and one fumble: The city needs to work on effective communications and follow through on commitments. John Guislin Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

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Off Deadline Can the fading ‘American Dream’ be revived? by Jay Thorwaldson


he so-called “A m e r i c a n Dream” of better days ahead economically for one’s children has itself seen better days, according to a recent report by Stanford University economics researchers. The prospect of a next generation doing better than the present generation — a bedrock of the nation’s view of itself — has eroded steadily since the 1940s, when about 90 percent of the population experienced better economic futures for children over their parents. Today that has cascaded down to about 50 percent, according to the study. “It’s basically a coin flip as to whether you’ll do better than your parents,” Professor Raj Chetty, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and one of the study’s authors, said of the findings. There is a fancy term for the general area of the study: “intergenerational income mobility.” A lower-income mobility can hit just about everyone, but it is most broadly and critically felt in lowincome communities and families.

“A defining feature of the ‘American Dream’ is upward income mobility: the ideal that children have a higher standard of living than their parents,” Chetty and Harvard professor Nathaniel Hendren, who also worked on the study, wrote in an introduction to a future-oriented website ( they created based on the study’s findings. “Our work shows that children’s prospects of earning more than their parents have fallen from 90 percent to 50 percent over the past half century. Understanding what has led to this erosion of the American Dream — and how we can revive it for future generations — is the motivation for the ‘Equality of Opportunity Project.’” Chetty sums up: “What emerged from the empirical analysis was an economic portrait of the fading American Dream, and growing inequality appeared to be the main cause for the steady decline.” The study used both Census data and Internal Revenue Service records (anonymous) to measure “absolute income mobility” measured at age 30. Chetty notes a real-world relevance, citing the ideal of the American Dream: “We assessed whether the U.S. is living up to this ideal and found a steep decline in absolute mobility that likely has a lot to do with the anxiety and frustration many people are feeling, as reflected in

the (2016 presidential) election.” The core question raised is both simple and crucial: “Can the American Dream be revived?” A dream, in the sense of being a wish or hope, is directed toward the future. It is past experiences refocused into a perceived future. And perception/belief throughout history frequently becomes reality in terms of choices made and incentives to work hard “to succeed.” Thus the historical decline has serious implications socially and educationally in terms of perceived incentives and positive outlook, the depths of which have yet to be explored. The economic disparities, and related levels of optimism and pessimism, vary by region, and the study breaks regions down exquisitely in a complex set of maps and statistics. Chetty and Hendren otherwise leave the future and hopes for reviving — perhaps “resuscitating” might be a better term — the American Dream to the website. The report on the findings was co-authored by David Grusky, a SIEPR senior fellow, sociology professor and director of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. Others involved in the study include Harvard doctoral student Robert Manduca; Maximilian Hell, a sociology doctoral student at Stanford; and Jimmy

Narang, a former SIEPR pre-doctoral fellow now a doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley. Chetty received his doctorate from Harvard University in 2003 at age 23 and became a professor at University of California, Berkeley. He rejoined Harvard in 2009 as one of the youngest tenured professors in Harvard’s history. He joined the Stanford faculty in 2015. Both the New York Times and the Economist magazine have named Chetty one of the top economists in the world. One aspect that caught my personal attention was the 1940 birth date used in the comparative study of generations. That was the year I was born. In my case, my father, who headed the Mitchum, Jones & Templeton stock exchange in downtown San Jose in the early 1950s, made enough to support a large Victorian home on three acres in Los Gatos, along with three or four horses for my older sisters and me. But his death in 1956 when I was 16 (which I still feel) threw me onto a different path than a “Thorwaldson and Son” local brokerage. I fell into having fun in full- or part-time journalism for a half century. Thus any income disparity was my own doing. Q Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at


What do you do to make sure that you or your kids are not overusing your cellphone? Asked at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto. Question, interviews and photographs by Marley Arechiga.

Alyssa Giacalone

Craig Taylor

Stephen Atkinson

Letitia Burton

Ritika Bhalla

Physician Assistant Channing Avenue, Palo Alto

Search and Rescue Santa Maria Avenue, Portola Valley

Architect Guinda Street, Palo Alto

Teacher Garland Avenue, Sunnyvale

Student Serra Street, Palo Alto

“It was actually my New Year’s resolution to not look at my cellphone while I’m walking around. No phones are allowed at the table in my family.”

“I don’t really overuse my phone. Since I’m in search and rescue my phone is on all the time, but there are lots of apps to control phone use.”

“I can’t get my daughter to use her cellphone enough actually, and I don’t have (enough) fun things to do on my phone, so I don’t really use it. I’m a late adopter.”

“I put my phone in the drawer after 9 p.m. and make a concerted effort to not use it when I’m out in public. I’m always having to tell my students to put their phone away.”

“I keep it away from where I can reach it and put it in my bag when I’m out.” • Palo Alto Weekly • March 9, 2018 • Page 15

James Steven de Genova Surrounded by his loving family, James Steven de Genova passed away January 18, 2018 after a brief illness. James was a life-long resident of Palo Alto who graduated from Cubberley High School. He was most recently a resident of Webster House. A trivia sports expert, James loved all sports, especially football, baseball, basketball and tennis. His favorite teams included Stanford Football, the San Francisco Forty Niners, the Oakland A’s, the Golden State Warriors, and the LA Lakers. He was always a loyal fan whether his teams won or lost. He worked at Best Buy, Sears, and Bargain Box, and volunteered at S.P.C.A., Peninsula Bible Church and Mitchell Park Library. In addition to sports, James will be remembered for his love of animals, especially his beloved Scooter and Muffy and for his love of singing.He had a beautiful voice and enthusiastically  participated in church choirs. He will also be remembered for his love of family, his kind spirit, loving heart, and an infectious laugh. Grieving his passing are his siblings, Linda LaBrado (Edmund), Donna Cabanne (Bernard), Arthur de Genova (Suzanne), Laura Gleeman de Genova(Daniel),his aunt, Mrs. Monique Cannell, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Colette and Arthur de Genova, and his beloved brother John de Genova. Burial will be a private ceremony at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos. A Celebration of Life ceremony will be scheduled at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, the S.P.C.A., or a charity of your choosing.  PAID


Paul Burt Clarkson September 16, 1938 – February 12, 2018 Paul Burt Clarkson in Ashland, Oregon, son of John F. Clarkson, DC, and Mary Elizabeth Wood (Clarkson) Duckworth. Survivors include sons Peter Winn Clarkson and Daniel Wood Clarkson; grandchildren Cyrus, Sarah, Reilly, Lila and Stella; sister Marcia Raven, stepsisters Janet (Stewart) Wilson and Gail Morris, half-brother Robert (Fredrique) Duckworth; niece Karen, nephew Sean; ex-wife Susan B. Winn. Paul taught high school history and international relations in Hayward, Menlo Park, San Mateo, East Palo Alto, San Carlos, and Sacramento. He was a member of Sunburst Brotherhood of the Sun in Gaviota, California, and in Northeastern Nevada. He attended Menlo Atherton High School, College of San Mateo where he was president of the student body, and UC Berkeley, S’60, where he was a member and president of Tau Kappa Epsilon. His ashes were scattered at sea. Donations to local public school appreciated. PAID



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Deveda Littauer August 2, 1944 – February 11, 2018 Deveda Merrilyn Littauer, 73, of Los Altos Hills, died unexpectedly on February 11, 2018, of cancer. Such a one is rare among us. Decent and true; caring and giving; friendly, thoughtful and kind, her life was an inspiration. Married nearly 50 years to retired Lockheed Vice President Dr. Ernest Littauer, their home became a gathering place noted for its cheerful hospitality, gorgeous orchids, and casual elegance. Deveda graduated from Stanford University in 1966 and received her Master’s Degree from San Jose State. A psychologist for 35 years at Davis Intermediate School in San Jose, Deveda established personally funded scholarships for kids who might not have been able otherwise to attend college. The school’s library is named in her honor. A lover of music, the arts, and helping others, she contributed to many causes including Kohl Mansion, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Haas Center for Public Service, the Stanford University Music Department, the Holocaust Museum, the Second Harvest Food Bank, as well as to innumerable folks that needed a friendly word, a sincere smile, encouragement when times were hard and a celebration when times were good. Her wonderful presence and charm brought light with her wherever she went. She was, and is, greatly loved. Deveda is survived by her brother Joel McDonough of Eureka and dear friends around the world. She was preceded in death by her mother, Beth McDonough, and her father, John McDonough. A Memorial Service honoring her life will be held on April 15 at 3:00 at the Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley. PAID


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How Palo Alto’s fastest-growing startups went from pipe dreams to success Story by Eric He | Photos by Veronica Weber


alo Alto entrepreneur Phil Shpilberg owns one of the fastest growing startups in the Bay Area. But four years ago, the future of his tech company was not so certain. It was April 2014, and Shpilberg was nervous. He was awaiting a $300,000 payment from a client in Ukraine. At the time, Russia was invading Ukraine, and he couldn’t reach his client. Without receivables insurance and with no contact for weeks on end, Shpilberg and his Palo Alto startup, GameChangerSF, faced a daunting reality. “We couldn’t pay our bills. We didn’t have $300,000 laying around to cover our you have to get losses,” said Shpilberg, who eventually received most of the money. “If they didn’t pay us, we would have probably declared bankruptcy.” That experience was a wakeup call for him and his startup, which helps mobile apps acquire users by means of data analysis, primarily with advertising on platforms such as Facebook, Apple and Google. Shpilberg bought receivables insurance, outsourced his credit department and recruited new clients. “I had to figure this out, right then and there,” he said. “We couldn’t live like that. We couldn’t do business like that.” Today, Shpilberg’s company is booming. With its revenue jumping to $9.18 million from $1.78 million between 2015 and 2016, the company sits at the top of the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2017 list of fastest growing private companies in Silicon Valley. In many ways, Shpilberg’s story epitomizes Palo Alto’s startup culture: GameChangerSF was his second attempt at a startup after his location-based social network, called City Chatter, didn’t pan out. Following that initial failure, he jumped right back into the startup world with a new idea and was able to successfully carve out a niche in the middle of a gargantuan advertising industry. GameChangerSF was a good idea at the perfect time, he said, harnessing the societal shift toward mobile devices. Shpilberg is among thousands

of entrepreneurs who have flocked to Palo Alto hoping to find that perfect formula that has catapulted so many others in this famed tech community to success. The city is home to more than 2,300 of the Bay Area’s 32,000plus startups, according to networking website AngelList. That’s more than in neighboring Menlo Park and Mountain View combined. And seven out of the 174 companies on Fortune’s 2016 Unicorn List of international startups valued at over $1 billion are based in Palo Alto. Only Bejing, China, and San Francisco claim more rankings on the list with 21 and 34 respectively. But while Palo Alto has churned out some of the biggest tech giants in the world, the reality is that only a small percentage of startups actually find success. So exactly what does it take to stand out in a world saturated with entrepreneurs all hoping to disrupt the market? The Weekly decided to ask executives from some of the fastest-growing startups in Palo Alto how they turned their ideas into full-fledged, flourishing enterprises.

Entrepreneur Phil Shpilberg works in his coworking space in Palo Alto. His company GameChangerSF is one of the fastest-growing startups in the Bay Area. With fewer than 50 employees for most of last year, Essential managed to release a phone and is preparing to launch a home automation product. Its phone, the PH-1 is compatible with accessories such a cordless docking station and what its website bills as the world’s smallest 360-degree personal camera that magnetically snaps onto the back of the phone. “I don’t think we could’ve done it anywhere else in the world because it would’ve taken much longer to get the talent. You wouldn’t have people who are as experienced, and you would’ve had to have multiple satellite offices ... that slows down the pace,” de Masi said. “(Here), you can build true innovation, strategic thought and execution.” Shpilberg said there is an intangible benefit to having a Palo

Alto address; when he’s had GameChangerSF valuated, he believes there was a multiplier for his location. “When your card says ‘Palo Alto,’ people go, ‘Oh, OK,’” he said. “You’re probably innovative — that’s the assumption. The other thing is that you’re successful enough as a company to be able to afford it.” And when things don’t work out, it’s also better to be in Palo Alto, added Shpilberg’s wife, Sandra, who operates a health startup. In Palo Alto’s culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, failure isn’t a shameful act but rather a lesson, she said. “Failure is how we get to the next day so that tomorrow, we can do it differently and better,” she said. “There aren’t a lot of places that are like that.”

Ready for risks


esides being in Palo Alto, successful entrepreneurs thrive on taking risks, whether that means leaving behind a comfortable job at an established company or trying new strategies to get their startups off the ground. De Masi gave up his role of chairman and CEO at Glu Mobile so he could join Rubin’s team as executive chairman and “make a truly bold vision and a big swing into reality.” Rubin wanted him, de Masi said, to help “put a dent in the universe.” De Masi, who now is running the company’s day-to-day operations, is taking another big strategic risk as the company positions itself to challenge the likes of Apple and Samsung by taking (continued on next page)

Palo Alto’s strong entrepreneurial culture


here’s no magic formula, but if there’s a place that could be considered magical for startups, it’s Palo Alto. That’s where brainpower, venture-capital funding and the innovative spirit all converge, according to the commonly held wisdom. Niccolo de Masi, president of tech startup Essential, believes that in Palo Alto, he can find people who can do the work of 10. “A good engineer is 10 times better than an average engineer,” de Masi said. Founded in 2015 by Andy Rubin, the co-founder of Android, the Palo Alto company reached a valuation of over a billion dollars before shipping a single product. It has raised $330 million over the last 18 months, placing it second on the Business Journal’s list of hottest Bay Area startups, and aims to become a major player in the smartphone space.

Sandra Shpilberg, center, founder and CEO of Seeker Health, which pairs health care patients to pharmaceutical companies for clinical trials, holds a meeting with her team — Heather Hernandez, left, director of business development and Sharon Francis, right, digital marketing manager — at her office in Palo Alto. Her husband, Phil Shpilberg, also operates a startup in the same building. • Palo Alto Weekly • March 9, 2018 • Page 17

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a page out of Apple’s playbook from when the Cupertino-based company developed the iPhone. De Masi claims the PH-1 is the first phone to be made of a combination of ceramics (a premium material) and titanium, which is usually reserved for luxury watches and cars. This is no different from a decade ago when Apple only built 1-2 million of the first iPhone to challenge then-industry leaders Nokia and Blackberry, who knew about the technology, but could not produce it en masse, de Masi said. “Smaller companies can often access innovation earlier than established ones,” de Masi said. “That’s what the spirit of Essential is about, fundamentally. If Apple tried to make 100 million titanium iPhones, it would turn out that they couldn’t find enough materials and the titanium machines to do that.” He said the company’s goal right now isn’t to maximize profits. The company wants to innovate, build a new national consumer electronic brand and make a run at Apple and Samsung. “We are trying to disrupt a duopoly by showing consumers great things that can be achieved when you focus on innovation first, not on maximizing how much money you can get out of consumers’ pockets for buying your product,” he said. Shpilberg left his job at 2K, a branch of Take-Two Interactive, to jump into the startup world. After realizing that mobile gaming was the future, he developed a system that could track advertising using data points to determine profitability. No one else in the gaming world was doing this at the time, but he felt that he wouldn’t make any headway at 2K, where coworkers dismissed his efforts as “cute,” and others said he was wasting his time. “They looked down on these (gaming) phones because it was not cool,” Shpilberg said. “It was sort of beneath them.” Five years later, with the mobile gaming market thriving, Shpilberg began seeing his former colleagues moving into the industry, and they asked for his help.

How Silicon Valley ranks nationally Silicon Valley is home to 20.8 percent of the nation’s 156,612 startups. The region has 9,675 more companies than the entire state of New York, which ranks as the second state with the most startups.

California 56,370 Silicon Valley 32,633 New York 22,958 Texas 9,561 *Source: AngelList

Celeste Ford, founder and CEO of Stellar Solutions, launched her aerospace engineering startup in Palo Alto 23 years ago. Today, her company is ranked among the fastest-growing private companies in the Bay Area. “That felt nice,” he said. “Almost everybody is working in this space.”

Right idea, right time


or Sandra Shpilberg, her success came down to having the right idea at the right time. In 2015, she founded Seeker Health, a startup that uses social media to help biopharmaceutical companies enroll patients in clinical trials. Instead of following the traditional method of bigger recruiting companies, which use newspaper, radio or television ads to publicize a clinical trial, Seeker Health focuses on social media — such as Facebook ads — to target patients. “We’re disrupting the whole clinical trial enrollment process, bringing technology and social media into a very antiquated and old process,” said Sandra, who has seen the company’s revenue double from 2016 to 2017. She expects it to double again this year, though she declined to disclose those figures. Using Facebook, her company can focus recruitment messages on a specific target range — for instance, women ages 35-62 who have expressed certain interests. “If I put (the ad) on a bus stop, and it’s a rare disease, I’m very unlikely to find that person,” Sandra said. “But if I can find some way to show this ad to those that may be most interested, then I have a better shot.” Sandra also culled lessons that she learned from working at BioMarin Pharmaceutical and Nora Therapeutics, where she found that patients wanted some way to interact with companies online, and that some patients may talk about their medical conditions on social media. With a team of seven, Sandra works with 16 different biopharmaceutical companies and has enrolled patients in about 22

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different clinical trials in 2017. Sandra is often asked if she wishes she had started the company sooner, perhaps 10 years ago. She couldn’t have — the world wouldn’t have been ready, she said. Now is the perfect time for this idea, especially with Facebook’s demographics expanding in age, she added.

Built to flip


ike many entrepreneurs, Phil and Sandra Shpilberg expect to flip their companies at some point — either merging them with similar startups or having a larger company acquire them. They aren’t necessarily aiming to build the next Google. When online advertising was introduced 10-15 years ago,


companies sprang up that eventually went out of business or were acquired, Phil said. To him, there is no question that the mobile advertising industry will go the same route. Eventually, the larger agencies will catch on and take over his niche. “Eventually, they’re going to learn what we do and we’ll either join them or they’ll probably put us out of business,” he said. “As much as we’re the fastest growing company, we’re still small compared to the advertising behemoths out there.” The same is true for Sandra’s company. She believes Seeker Health is positioned for great growth for the next few years and beyond, but she would eventually like to be acquired by a larger services or biotech company that

Where Silicon Valley’s startups are located

San Francisco 18,642 580 101



280 84

Fremont 360

Redwood City 612 Menlo Park 675 Palo Alto 2,346


Mountain View 1,339 Sunnyvale 1,029


Santa Clara 1,088 San Jose 1,828 17 The number of startups per city based on AngelList recruitment site, Feb. 26, 2018. Average value of each startup is more than $5 million.

might benefit from her customer base. Flipping companies is common among startups today, though it was not the case 23 years ago, when Celeste Ford started Stellar Solutions, a Palo Alto-based aerospace engineering service company that does work for clients such as system integration ó working through all phases of advanced engineering projects. Her goal was to create a built-to-last company, which was more of the norm back in 1995. “Now, it’s, ‘How quick can you flip the company?’” Ford said. “Their investors or shareholders need that. It’s a different business model but one that I think is a good one.” Ford has instead sustained her startup — she still considers it one — for more than two decades. It made more than $46 million in revenue in 2016, ranking it among the fastest growing private companies in the valley. Though more established than its junior startups in Palo Alto, Stellar Solutions has likewise focused on innovation as its approach to business. What Stellar Solutions offers is a “crossing the boundaries” theme, combining intelligence, defense, civil, commercial and international work into one. Ford had previously worked in each field with organizations such as COMSAT and NASA before launching her own company, seeing a need to combine the branches. “Being able to borrow ideas from one place that could be used in another in a way that works technically is really valuable to customers,” Ford said. The company’s innovation is not limited to products but also extends to the workplace culture. Ford’s overarching goal for the company is to “satisfy our customer’s critical needs while realizing our dream jobs.” For instance, if an employee wanted to work in the civil department today but the commercial space tomorrow, he or she can. In essence, the company supports workers creating their dream jobs. Ford takes the slogan literally. In 2000, Stellar Solutions created a humanitarian division called QuakeFinder, which aims to find a way to forecast earthquakes. It was an employee’s dream job, and Ford agreed to fund the new branch. “It’s a passion project for sure,” said Dan Coughlin, the director of QuakeFinder. “It’s completely off the beaten path from Stellar Solutions.” But it’s become a full-fledged effort to find a way to predict earthquakes. QuakeFinder has deployed around 150 remote sensors in California, Peru, Chile, Indonesia, Greece and China, collecting data from about 1,000 earthquakes since 2005 above a magnitude of 2.5. Coughlin’s team has developed enough evidence to show a correlation between electromagnetic signals and earthquakes, some two weeks before they happen, and it

Cover Story Palo Alto’s top 6 startup sectors 1. Enterprise Software 2. Mobile 3. Ecommerce 4. Health care 5. Education 6. Games *Source: AngelList, February 2018

is also publishing a series of papers documenting both the algorithm and results. Coughlin believes that QuakeFinder is the only private entity making earthquake forecasts, and the continued support of Stellar Solutions, he said, is a “clear idea of Stellar supporting employees’ dream jobs.” To this end, Stellar Solutions has been recognized three years in a row in Fortune Magazine’s list of great places to work. Last year, it was named a Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award Winner by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The award is nation’s highest honor for performance excellence and sustainability.

Reality check


o matter how successful or innovative, there is a reality for all startups: They are still startups.

Dan Coughlin, director of QuakeFinder, explains the components of the company’s 170 earthquake sensors that are located in six countries. Sandra Shpilberg struggles with the administrative work that comes with running a small business. Essential has had to be judicious with its funding and hiring; the company now employs 120 workers. “While we’ve raised a lot of money for startup, it’s not a lot of money when we’re competing with an Apple or a Samsung,” de

Masi said. Ford has dealt with funding coming and going, commercial companies folding and programs being canceled, leading to major fluctuations in Stellar Solutions’ workforce. Over a decade ago, when the company was a lot smaller, a defense program called Discovery Two was called off. Just like that, 20 percent of her

workforce was gone. “You have some job security in that you’re working critical needs, but you don’t have job security if the whole thing you’re working on goes away,” Ford said. And should a startup fizzle, there’s still a positive side to failing in an environment saturated with entrepreneurs, according to Jamie Russo, CEO of the Global

Workspace Association, who founded Enerspace in 2012 to provide coworking space to startups struggling in expensive real estate markets. Enerspace, located on East Bayshore Road in Palo Alto, is where both Shpilbergs work, along with about 100 other Enerspace members, the majority of whom are in tech. While Palo Alto isn’t the only city where startups can and do thrive, the density of young companies and people all striving to be innovative in the city helps. It’s beneficial for entrepreneurs in a high-stakes, stress-inducing business, to be around like-minded peers, Russo explained. “When you’re in an environment when other people are going through the same ups and downs that you are, there’s something very comforting in that,” she said. “You can look around and say ‘I’m not by myself in this journey.’” Q Eric He is a freelance writer and former Weekly editorial intern. He can be reached at About the cover: Phil Shpilberg, founder of GameChangerSF, a mobile marketing company for game platforms, stands outside his coworking space in Palo Alto.

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achine de Cirque” creative director Vincent Dubé never thought that his hobby — circus arts — would actually become his career. While studying to obtain his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Dubé enjoyed working at a circus. Living a double life as a student and circus performer involved studying on airplanes and in dressing rooms and occasionally negotiating with professors when touring interfered with his studies. Finding a proper life balance was challenging, but he was determined to find a symbiotic union between his two passions. “I was a circus artist for a few years after graduating with my degree in engineering and I felt that it was not enough for me,” he said. “I wanted to combine my engineering knowledge (with) circus projects.” As an artistic director and company president, Dubé’s performance and engineering backgrounds are aptly put to use in “Machine de Cirque,” a humorous circus show about five apocalypse survivors: Ugo Dario, Raphaël Dubé, Maxim Laurin, Frèdèric Lebrasseur and Yohann Trèpanier. The show is set in a computerless world, where the men find their way to other survivors through a strange machine. Locals can catch two performances of “Machine de Cirque”: Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17, at Stanford University’s Memorial Auditorium. Audiences can expect to see a display of acrobatics, dance, comedy, juggling and musical performance as characters manipulate various props: a bath towel, drum kit, juggling clubs and a teeterboard (seesaw) in a playful “spare parts” world. The Quebéc City-based circus company — founded by Dubé in 2013 as a collective of several artists and performers — has performed globally since their production took off in 2015. In 2016, company acrobats Maxim Laurin and Ugo Dario broke the Guinness World Record of most consecutive backflips on a teeterboard. The performance took place outdoors in front of a city hall building, before an audience in Sherbrooke, Quebéc. Though the duo had previously rehearsed their record-breaking act indoors, Dubé said, no one knew for certain that they would be able to perform 101 backflips outdoors without injury. “I was there!” Dubé said. “I was pretty excited about it (but) I wanted to make sure they wouldn’t get injured from that because it’s a small crew show. I was confident they would break the record but I was not expecting them to do that much.” According to Dubé, his prior studies in civil engineering have allowed him to push the limits of

‘Machine de Cirque’ blends circus arts, comedy, music and engineering know-how.

Canada’s ‘Machine de Cirque’ comes to Stanford by Chrissi Angeles what could be done in a circus act with a set and props. He collaborates over calculations and design with an engineer who currently works with the Canadian Space Agency and produces sets for the circus company as a hobby. Dubé credits his fellow artists as his primary sources of inspiration, considering them his concepteurs, rather than interpreters. As an experienced juggler with 22 years of circus experience, he admitted that he is picky about what he

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would like to see in a circus. He described three major factors that create the “signature” of a “Machine de Cirque” show, which stretch far behind the parameters of juggling and clowning. “First, we like to have a live musician who is also a performer in the show,” he explained. “He’s not in the shade, he’s really on stage performing (as) a character, being mixed with the other artists. They’re all together as a group.” In addition to integrating

musicians into the performance, the sets and props are used in multiple ways for different acts throughout the show. This multipurpose utilization of materials, he said, make up the second key component of his show. “We do a lot of research on the relation with different objects and how they can be used, not just for one purpose but in different ways to be very creative,” he explained. “I think it’s just my engineering background.”

A particular blend of comedy, dance and theater make up the third pillar of Dubé’s signature modern circus style. “A lot of contemporary circuses (move) all together but you won’t feel every individual personality that much,” Dubé said. “We’re a little more theatrical. You will feel a little bit more of all of the individual personalities in the creative process and in the results we tend to have.” The trapeze act, he said, exemplifies the company’s tendency to eschew expectations of what people expect to see in a modern circus show, as the act embraces tension and strangeness. A comedic viral video of the performers dressed only in bath towels brought attention to the company’s cheeky sense of humor. What began as one performer experimenting with strategic placement of props developed into an ever-changing improvisational act. “I just told them, ‘you’d better be good!’” Dubé said, laughing as he described the high stakes of over-exposure during the act. “So the first time it was just (Raphaël) and then he created another version with his partner, Yohann, of the duo ‘Les Beaux Frères.’ This version has been on T.V. and went viral, so it was very important for me that we were not doing the same thing with the towels in the show. It’s with no music; it’s just four guys fooling around. There are a lot of improv moments to keep them on their toes,” he said. “Each of them doesn’t know what’s going to happen because they can react in different ways. With comedy, it’s easy to get bored once you know the act. But this ... I still like to watch it.” Dubé is looking forward to their upcoming performance at Stanford before he debuts their new road-trip themed show, titled “Truck Stop,” in which the company will actually tour and perform across Canada from east to west this summer. “I create acts and shows for the general public, not just for people who know the techniques,” he said. “I don’t really care about that. I want to give a good show to move them, to make people feel something.” Q Freelance writer Chrissi Angeles can be emailed at What: “Machine de Cirque.” When: Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 17, at 2:30 p.m. Where: Stanford Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford. Cost: $15-$65. Info: Go to calendar/march-2018/machinede-cirque.

Hello, Dolly Foothill Music Theatre does Dolly Parton’s ‘9 to 5 The Musical’ by Karla Kane t’s been nearly 40 years (!) since THEATER REVIEW the feminist workplace-revenge film “9 to 5” was released but, alas, the grievances the three fe- but is forced to join the workforce male protagonists have against after her husband dumps her for their loathsome boss — sexual his young secretary. When Hart’s harassment, glass ceilings and bad behavior pushes the trio too unequal pay included — remain far, they form an alliance built on surprisingly pertinent in the year vengeance and a growing sense 2018, even if sexism comes in of self-worth. Wacky kidnapping subtler shades now. “9 to 5” was highjinx, boob jokes, power balturned into a Broadway musical lads and you-go-girl sentiments a decade ago, and Foothill Music ensue. National treasure Parton, who Theatre is currently presenting a revival, just in time to jump on the wrote the irresistible title track #MeToo bandwagon. The show is and starred as Doralee in the an enjoyable — albeit pretty corny original film, also wrote the lyrics and music for the play. Parton is — production. The plot sticks closely to that of a wonderful songwriter, especially the movie, including keeping its gifted at heartfelt, plainspoken sto1979 setting. In a branch office of a rytelling matched with infectious generic business corporation, lech- melodies, but the “9 to 5 The Musierous, incompetent Franklin Hart cal” soundtrack, while pleasant, is (Aaron Hurley) makes life miser- not her best work. It’s an adequate able for his female underlings, but somewhat bland assortment including office manager Violet of country, pop and ballad-tinged (Glenna Murillo), who should have showtunes designed for commerbeen promoted into upper man- cial, mainstream appeal. Nothing agement long ago; sexy, southern reaches the level of the theme song, Doralee (Allie Townsend), who’s with its twang-meet-disco insistent sick of being treated like a piece of rhythm. The Foothill orchestra meat by the men and ostracized by does an excellent job keeping the the rumor-churning women; and ‘70s sounds going strong throughmeek new hire Judy (Rachelle Ab- out, and the cast proves capable bey), who’s never had a job before at singing and busting out some


goofy dance moves. The character of Doralee was clearly written with Parton in mind and she gets one of the best songs: “Backwoods Barbie.” Townsend goes overboard in her attempt at delivering a Parton impression, with some struggles with her “hillbilly” accent, but she’s a good singer and captures some of the Dollywood charm. Murillo is likeable as the sensible Violet and has a good time with the sultry number “One of the Boys,” a clear homage to the style of “Chicago,” while Abbey as Judy best captures the retro vibe of the show, with her voice and mannerisms reminiscent of an older era. She also gets the most blatantly vintage costumes (by Chiara Cola) and shows off her lovely voice on her big secondact number, “Get Out And Stay Out.” Hurley gets to ham it up as the odious Hart, more buffoon than true menace in this version, while his frumpy personal secretary Roz (Angela Cesena), blind to his many faults, secretly pines for him. It’s a tired trope, but Cesena has an especially strong voice and commanding stage presence and makes the most of her character. The script was written by Patricia Resnick, who also wrote the film, and the jokes fly freely, including humor based on the nowobsolete office technology of the ‘70s and some anachronistic references delivered with a wink, so if quips based on Xerox machines, typewriters and Ataris are your

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Doralee (Allie Townsend), Violet (Glenna Murillo) and Judy (Rachelle Abbey) worry about a mix-up involving rat poison in Foothill Music Theatre’s “9 to 5 The Musical.” thing, you’ll come away satisfied. The scenes in which the women act out their fantasies of getting rid of Hart may have seemed audacious in the 1980 movie (Judy imagines herself a femme fatale from film noir; Doralee is a rootin’, tootin’ cowgirl; Violet’s a toxic fairytale queen) but here, the gag seems to drag on too long. Still, the main characters are loveable, the villain suitably jeer-worthy and the energy high and giddily positive. Audiences will get a kick out of the “empowerment” message of the show in spite of — or maybe because of — the cheesy, nostalgia packaging, and a dose of Dolly Parton always brightens up an evening. It’s also worth remembering that most of the hardworking cast members no doubt toil at “9 to 5” Silicon Valley day jobs of their

own and still find the time and inspiration to nurture their love of theater. Foothill’s “9 to 5” never feels like a professional production but for a post-office evening out, it works just fine. Q Arts & Entertainment Editor Karla Kane can be emailed at What: “9 to 5 The Musical.” Where: Lohman Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. When: Through March 18, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Cost: $30 general; $28 senior; $22 student; $12 youth under 18. Info: Go to productions/9to5.html.

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Teena Arora demonstrates how to make pakora during a cooking class she offers through her company Explore Culinary Arts. By Marley Arechiga Photos by Michelle Le t least twice a month, passionate chefs and hungry students gather for cooking classes offered by Explore Culinary Arts at the Atherton Appliance and Kitchens showroom in Redwood City. Eager pupils range from newlyweds to sweet 16 party-goers, but most are groups from companies like Facebook, Groupon and Google seeking creative teambuilding activities outside the office. Through cooking classes, personal chef services and corporate team-building events, the company aims to teach that cooking a fresh, wholesome meal can be a fun — and manageable — feat. “I think the mindset still exists that people don’t have the time or the interest to cook,” said Teena Arora, founder of Explore Culinary Arts. “But if I can just show them that it’s not treacherous, they can make meals in 30 minutes.” Arora grew up in the restaurant industry. Her parents owned multiple businesses in Minneapolis, including an Indian restaurant that she said attracted the likes of Prince and members of Led Zeppelin. Her experience working there stayed with her, though she never aspired to open her own restaurant, calling it a “tiresome” undertaking. Instead, she directed her passion for food toward educating others about the importance and joy of cooking for oneself. While in college in Minneapolis,


Arora began to offer classes at a local adult school and a Whole Foods Market through her personal company, Currysutra, which focuses mainly on vegetarian and vegan cuisine. For many years, Currysutra was Arora’s creative outlet on evenings and weekends. She still operates the company but is now focusing on Explore. Arora started Explore with a friend and colleague, Tony Dietz, after deciding to leave her corporate job in 2016. Explore offers a range of culinary services, with aspirations to expand in the future. Personal-cooking services vary by client — for example, the Explore team has cooked a week’s worth of meals for some clients and taught private classes for others. Personal chef services cost $99 per hour with a minimum of three hours and a flat $50 fee is charged for groceries, with a travel fee for customers located farther north than South San Francisco and farther south than Sunnyvale. Explore has also served as a restaurant consultant for a vegan restaurant in San Jose, where Arora’s team created 12 new menu items. The chef-instructors at Explore bring a wealth of knowledge to the kitchen, she said. Amy Fothergill, for example, has 25 years of cooking experience in restaurants and hotels and is the author of a gluten-free cookbook. Another is Bruno Ponsot, who was born, raised and trained in France and has won 12 medals in American Culinary Federationsanctioned cooking competitions.

Explore Culinary Arts offers a variety of classes, ranging from $100 to $250 per person, that can be tailored to meet different goals. (Be sure to check with the chef before registering, though, as each sets his or her own price points, and some have a minimum number of students required.) Arora runs a tight ship in her classes. She will spend three to four hours prepping the ingredients for her corporate team-building classes and baking the dessert, which is always on the house. Students arrive to find stations instructing them on how to prepare a particular course of the meal. Throughout the evening, the Explore team offers helpful tips on how to best prepare the ingredients and swiftly cleans the space as the night progresses. Varun Sood, a director of engineering at Groupon, recently attended an Indian/Mediterranean cuisine-themed class with some of his colleagues. Together, they made chicken kebabs, a Mediterranean salad, potatoes and pakora, a fritter made of vegetables and sometimes meat. “I don’t think we’ve ever talked so much to each other outside of this class,” he said. With pop music playing overhead and wine glasses in hand, participants get a casual setting in which to chat about non-work matters — and tease one another about their chopping skills. (continued on next page)

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Students learn how to make pakora during an Explore Culinary Arts class on March 2. (continued from previous page)

As the students eat the dinner they just worked together to prepare, Arora and her staff quietly eat dinner of their own and within 10 minutes are bustling in the kitchen once again — washing dishes, clearing the space and plating dessert. The Explore staff works quickly, and with customers always in sight, the team is required to be “on” all evening, but with none of the drama that cooking shows might lead students to expect.

(Arora said she was, however, recently approached by “Chopped”, a Food Network cooking competition show, which is searching for Bay Area chefs to participate.) “It’s a culinary orchestra and we all have a part to play,” Arora said. Arora said she hopes to expand her offerings in the future to include pop-up dinner tastings, cookbook clubs, mindful eating and wellness seminars, Ayurvedic cooking, workshops for industry professionals and culinary tours. Q Email Marley Arechiga at


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VIVRE ENDS RUN ... One of downtown Palo Alto’s longtime fitness centers is calling it quits. After 15 years, Vivre fitness center is preparing to close its doors at 611 Emerson St. “A major rent increase, and a difficult competitive environment created by so many new fitness options, has made it unattractive to continue operating,” owner Shawn Mackenzie told gym members in a March 2 email (shared with the Weekly by a member) announcing the center’s closure. “It’s time to move on. ... It’s been a great 15 years, but we’re done!” she wrote. The center is set to close on March 31. In an email to the Weekly, a member expressed surprise that the “beloved gym” would be closing. Some at the gym have been members since its opening. Mackenzie, a Palo Alto resident who was a physical education teacher and gymnastics and diving coach at Gunn High School before opening the full-service gym, focused on providing customers a personalized fitness experience in a friendly atmosphere. From the start, the center offered personal trainers and group exercise as well as concierge service, child care and onsite nutritionists — a model that helped Vivre distinguish itself from the competition when it opened within a two-block radius of three other gyms back in 2003. “It’s been a labor of love for us,” Mackenzie said. — L.T.

HIDDEN GARDEN REPLACES HOMMA’S ... Fans who miss Palo Alto restaurant Homma’s Brown Rice Sushi can now rejoice: Owner Masakazu Homma’s recipes are back at a new Japanese restaurant in the same alleyway location. Hidden Garden Sushi opened on Feb. 26 at 2363 Birch St., Suite B, behind Bistro Elan. Like its predecessor, the restaurant serves only brown rice sushi. New owner Huong Huynh, a native of Vietnam, said she wanted to open her own restaurant after working for more than 10 years as a server in Japanese restaurants. She took over the tiny Birch Street space after Homma’s closed in 2016. She said her husband remodeled the space, which still offers a small amount of seating inside and outside in an updated patio. All of the sushi is made with brown rice. Huynh said she’s using some of Homma’s recipes. The menu includes classic and signature rolls, nigiri, sashimi and other dishes such as teriyaki, agedashi tofu, karaage and a poké bowl. Hidden Garden Sushi is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. — E.K. Shop Talk is compiled by the Weekly staff; this week written by Linda Taaffe and Elena Kadvany. Got leads on interesting and news-worthy retail developments? The Weekly will check them out. Email


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San Jose

Choose from 10 weeks of Tennis Camp – plenty of play time, focus on fundamentals & sportsmanship, talented coaches, Cuesta courts. Full day or morning camp for 7 to 14 year olds and new, morning camp for 5 to 6 year olds. Discounts for residents and registering by 3/31.

The Harker School’s summer programs for children K-grade 12 offer the perfect balance of learning and fun! Programs are led by dedicated faculty and staff who are experts at combining summer fun and learning. Strong academics and inspiring enrichment programs are offered in full-day, partial and morning-only sessions.

(650) 967-5955

Nike Tennis Camps

Bay Area

(408) 553-5737

i2 Camp at Castilleja School

Palo Alto

Junior overnight and day tennis camps for boys and girls, ages 9-18 offered throughout June, July and August. Adult weekend clinics available June and Aug. Camps directed by head men’s coach, Paul Goldstein, head women’s coach, Lele Forood, and associate men’s and women’s coaches, Brandon Coupe and Frankie Brennan. Join the fun and get better at tennis this summer.

i2 Camp offers week-long immersion programs that engage middle school girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The fun and intimate hands-on activities of the courses strive to excite and inspire participants about STEM, creating enthusiasm that will hopefully spill over to their schoolwork and school choices in future years.

(800) 645-3226

(650) 470-7833

Palo Alto/La Honda

iD Tech Camps Campbell

Stanford/Bay Area

Run for Fun Camps

Run for Fun’s mission is to provide creative and engaging play for all youth by getting kids active in an inclusive community centered around outdoor fun! We pride ourselves on hiring an enthusiastic, highly trained staff who love what they do. Summer 2018 features four weeks of Adventure Day Camp and two weeks of Overnight Camp High Five. Adventure Day Camp is a new discovery every day filled with sports, crafts and nature, including explorations to Camp Jones Gulch, Capitola Beach, Foothills Park, Shoreline Lake and Great America. Camp High Five is six days and five nights of traditional overnight camp mixed with challengeby-choice activities, campfires, friendships and lots of laughter. (650) 823-5167

Spartans Sports Camp

Mountain View

Spartans Sports Camp offers multi-sport, week-long sessions for boys and girls in grades 1-7, sport-specific sessions for grades 2-9, color guard camp for grades 3-9, and cheerleading camp for grades pre-K – 8. We also offer a hip hop dance camp for grades 1-7. Camp dates are June 4 through July 27 at Mountain View High School. The camp is run by MVHS coaches and studentathletes and all proceeds benefit the MVHS Athletic Department. Lunch and extended care are available.

(650) 479-5906

The world’s #1 summer STEM program held at Stanford, Palo Alto High School, and 150+ locations nationwide. With innovative courses in coding, game development, robotics, and design, our programs instill in-demand skills that embolden students to shape the future. iD Tech Camps (weeklong, 7-17), Alexa Café (weeklong, all-girls, 10-15), iD Tech Academies (2-week, 13-18).

Emerson: (650) 424-1267 Hacienda: (925) 485-5750


Palo Alto

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

(650) 269-0423

Castilleja Summer Camp for Girls

City of Mountain View Recreation

Mountain View

Community School of Music

Stanford EXPLORE: A Lecture Series on Biomedical Research


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

Summer at Sand Hill School

Palo Alto

(650) 688-3605

Mountain View

(650) 917-6800 ext. 0

Let’s Go Crafting

Palo Alto

Let’s Go Crafting’s Studio is where your child will have fun while learning many different fiber related arts. We teach sewing, knitting, crochet, weaving and jewelry making to children ages 8 years to 15 years. AM or PM camps $275/week. Full day camps $550/week. 5 student minimum for all sessions; 10 student maximum. Contact Connie Butner at

Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC)

(650) 949-7614

(650) 903-6331

Community School of Mountain View Music and Arts (CSMA) Mountain View 50+ creative camps for Gr. K-8! Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Musical Theater, Summer Music Workshops, more! One and two-week sessions; full and half-day enrollment. Extended care from 8:30am-5:30pm. Financial aid offered.

Los Altos Hills

(650) 470-7833

Come have a blast with us this summer! We have something for everyone: Recreation Camps, Specialty Camps, Sports Camps, Swim Lessons, and more! Programs begin June 4 – register early!

KCI Summer Camp

Students ages 11-16 discover endless possibilities as they design and engineer their own projects. Hands-on learning of latest technologies including virtual reality, 3D printing, video production, and more in KCI’s new makerspace.

Palo Alto

Castilleja Summer Camp for Girls Palo Alto Casti Camp offers girls entering gr. 2-6 a range of age-appropriate activities including athletics, art, science, computers, writing, crafts, cooking, drama and music classes each day along with weekly field trips. Leadership program available for girls entering gr. 7-9.

(650) 725-2054

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

(844) 788-1858

At Sunken Diamond on the campus of Stanford University. Four or five day camps where the morning session includes instruction in several baseball skills, fundamentals, and team concepts. The afternoon session will be dedicated to playing coach pitched games and hitting in the batting cages. Session 1: June 18 - 22 Session 2: June 25-29 Session 3: July 16-20


Palo Alto Pleasanton

June 26 to July 20; If you’re looking for a great summer learning plus fun option for your child and you want them to be ready for fall, please join us at Sand Hill. The morning Literacy Program (8:30 to noon) provides structured, systematic instruction for students with learning challenges entering grades 1-8 in the fall. The afternoon Enrichment Camp (Noon to 4) focuses on performing arts, social skills and fun. Choose morning, afternoon or full day. Visit for more details and application.

Stanford Baseball Camps

Write Now! Summer Writing Camps

(650) 814-4183

Palo Alto

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

Stanford Jazz Workshop

(650) 493-2361


On campus of Stanford University, Week-long jazz immersion programs for young musicians in middle school (starts July 9), high school (July 15 and July 22), and college, as well as adults (July 29). All instruments and vocals.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

(650) 736-0324

Los Altos Menlo Park, Palo Alto

Kids can have fun, be a character, and learn lifelong performance skills at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s Theatre Camps. Spring Break and Summer camps for K-6. (650) 463-7146 • Palo Alto Weekly • March 9, 2018 • Page 25

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Class Guide s Spring settles in, with flowers blooming and the air warming, you might feel more inclined to go outside, take a walk or get more active in general. With the cold drifting away, you’ll have to momentarily bid goodbye to watching your favorite TV shows in bed or on your couch while being snuggled in with blankets. Now is the perfect time to get out, learn something new or improve on something you’ve been wanting to return to — and make this year count. Whether you’re looking to cook nutricious meals, stay fit with yoga or cultivate painting and sculpting techniques, we’ve got you covered. This list is sure to help you fulfill at least one of your goals, interests or passions. The Class Guide is published quarterly by the Palo Alto Weekly, The Almanac and the Mountain View Voice.

CareerGenerations 2225 E. Bayshore Road, Suite #200, Palo Alto, 650-320-1639,, CareerGenerations offers group workshops and programs to meet the career needs of a variety of individuals, including college students looking for internships, graduates looking for employment and those re-entering the market.

teaches the Vaganova method beginning with children at age 3. The academy offers a variety of classes to prepare students for the professional level, as well as a new program specifically for boys.

Dance Connection Cubberley Community Center, L-5, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-852-0418, Dance Connection offers a preschool combination class for preschool-age children (beginning at age 3), graded classes for youth and adults and other programs to meet dancer’s needs. Ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, Pilates and more are available for students at various levels of ability.

Bayer Ballet Academy 2028 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View, 650-988-9971,, Bayer Ballet Academy is a school of Russian ballet that



July 9 - August 3  Expository Writing  Creative Writing  Presentation Skills

Ananda Palo Alto Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650-323-3363 ext. 0,, Ananda Palo Alto classes and events cover various topics including yoga, meditation and spirituality.

Barre3 4758 W. El Camino Real, Los Altos, 650-481-8139, losaltos@, los-altos Classes at this studio combine ballet barre exercises with elements of yoga and Pilates, aiming to help students develop flexibility, strength and improved posture.


    PALO ALTO, (650) 424-1267     PLEASANTON, (925) 485-5750

440 Portage Ave., Palo Alto, 650-319-1700, northern-california/paloalto Equinox’s Palo Alto location offers a variety of fitness and wellness

activities including cycling, Pilates, yoga, barre, conditioning, Zumba and more. It also hosts dance-based fitness classes by Danceation, which encourage movement, positivity and community.

Flying Fish Swim School 280 Polaris Ave., Mountain View, 650-625-1333, Flying Fish Swim School in Mountain View offers group and private swimming instruction for all ages and skill levels. Online registration is available for classes.

Integrated Healing Arts 4153-4161 El Camino Way, Palo Alto, 650-493-7030,, Integrated Healing Arts instructors teach ongoing classes on meditation, self-development, self-realization, tai chi, qigong and spiritual health.

Jacki Sorensen’s Fitness Classes Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View, 650-941-1002, joanier@pacbell. net, Jacki Sorensen’s Fitness Classes offers dance classes with abdominal work, strength training and easy-tofollow aerobic routines. Complimentary child care is available. Classes meet at 9 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays year-round.

Kim Grant Tennis Academy 3005 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-752-8061,, The Kim Grant Tennis Academy organizes an array of tennis classes and programs for adults and children, as well as those with special needs. Online registration is available for summer season.

Studio Kicks 796A San Antonio Road, Palo Alto, 650-855-9868,, Studio Kicks is a family fitness center offering cardio kickboxing classes and training in martial arts for children and adults.

Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA Unity Church, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto; St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto; Mitchell Park, The Bowl, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto; 650-396-9244; taoist. org/usa The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA, a charitable organization with nationally accredited volunteers, holds classes designed to improve balance, strength, flexibility, relaxation and health. Beginner classes are held a few days each week.

YogaWorks Palo Alto 440 Kipling St., Palo Alto, 650-468-2929, location/palo-alto With locations across the nation, YogaWorks studio holds classes on yoga fundamentals, vinyasa, Hatha and Iyengar styles, restorative yoga and circuit training.

Art with Emily 402 El Verano Ave., Palo Alto, 650-856-9571, emilyjeanyoung@, Emily Young teaches mixedmedia and multicultural art classes in small groups for children and adults at her studio in Palo Alto, as well as individual lessons.

Art Works Studio 595 Lincoln Ave., Palo Alto, 650-796-1614, artworkspaloalto@, Art Works Studio holds regular fine-art classes for youth, who are given the chance to explore and learn about art history.

Art & Soul Webster Street Studio, 2326 Webster St., Palo Alto, 650-269-0423, 650-316-9208, artandsoul.paloalto@, Art & Soul runs after-school art clubs throughout the week at Walter Hays and Ohlone elementary schools as well as Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School. Additionally, it hosts a club on Wednesdays at Hoover elementary and Fridays at Barron Park elementary school. Programs allow children to explore drawing, painting and sculpture techniques, as well as develop their observational skills. Page 28 • March 9, 2018 • Palo Alto Weekly •

Spring Class Guide Art & Soul also offers Art & Wine events for private groups.

Deborah’s Palm 555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto, 650-473-0664,, Deborah’s Palm is a nonprofit community organization that aims to provide a warm and supportive environment for all women. Its class offerings range from workshops on compassion and stress management to classes on job strategy, knitting, goal setting and art.

Peninsula Youth Theatre 2500 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View, 650-988-8798,, Peninsula Youth Theatre (PYT) offers drama classes in acting, musical theater and other skills to children of various abilities and ages. Registration for the summer camp is now open online.

Lingling Yang Violin Studio Middlefield Road and East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, 650456-7648,, This studio offers private violin instruction to children ages 7 and up and adults of all levels. Enrollment is offered year-round and auditions are required for intermediate and advanced violin players. Classes are taught by a classically trained violinist and experienced violin teacher.

Opus1 Music Studio 1350 Grant Road, #5, Mountain View, 4131 El Camino Real, #200, Palo Alto, 650-625-9955 (Mountain View), 650-384-6848 (Palo Alto), Opus1 Music Studio holds group music lessons for young children, including classes for first-time music learners (ages 3 to 6) and sessions on piano performance and music theory. Private lessons are also offered.

The Midpen Media Center 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto, 650-494-8686,, The center offers workshops for a range of media arts, including video production, photo enhancement, studio work and more. The center suggests starting with one of its free hour-long orientation sessions.

Palo Alto Art Center 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, 650-329-2366, gov/depts/csd/artcenter Palo Alto Art Center classes and workshops — teaching children, teens and adults — cover such areas as ceramics, painting, drawing, jewelry, sculpture, Adobe PhotoShop and more.

Sur La Table Cooking School Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, #57, Palo Alto, 650289-0019, cooking073@surlatable. com, Sur La Table offers hands-on

cooking classes, guiding students in making regional cuisines, themed meals or special foods like bread, croissants and baked goods. Classes for kids, teens and adults are available.

Tumasov Fine Art Studio 823 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, 415-490-8925,, The studio offers workshops and classes in painting, drawing, ceramics, piano and more, as well as an after-school art program for kids.

Children’s Health Council 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto, 650326-5530,, Children’s Health Council holds a variety of classes touching on child-behavior issues, dyslexia, anxiety and depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism and other topics related to encouraging all children’s success.

Parents Place 200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto, 650-688-3040, A resource center for parents, Parents Place on the Peninsula offers workshops on subjects ranging from sibling rivalry to building a child’s self-esteem and confidence.

Parent and child activity groups are also organized.

Emerson School 2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, 650-424-1267,, headsup. org/emerson-school Emerson School provides a fullday, year-round program for grades one to eight, teaching a personalized, Montessori curriculum. Lessons draw from classical subjects and other areas, including art, music, foreign language, physical education, communication, life skills and more.

German International School of Silicon Valley 310 Easy St., Mountain View, 650-254-0748,, The German International School of Silicon Valley is a private school providing preschool to high school students with a bilingual education. The school also offers German language courses for all ages on Saturdays, as well as adult and corporate courses on weekdays.

HeadsUp! Child Development Center 2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, 650-424-1221,, HeadsUp! Child Development

Center serves infants, toddlers and preschoolers (to age 6) with a fullday program, year-round. The Montessori curriculum focuses on building thinking skills and personal values. A bilingual Chinese-English preschool classroom is also available.

Kehillah Jewish High School 3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, 650-213-9600, This college-preparatory high school (grades nine through 12) features modern science and computer labs, art and music studios, a drama program, a full range of academic courses with small class sizes, sports teams and more.

Living Wisdom High School of Palo Alto 4000 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto, 650-646-1066,, Living Wisdom High School serves ninth through 12th grade, and offers a strong emphasis on personalized learning as well as project-based, experiential, in-depth study rooted in creativity, inner development, compassion, critical thinking and problem-solving. Additionally, daily yoga and meditation instruction is included, and curriculum includes a balanced approach to academics and well-being through outdoor adventures and field trips abroad. The school will open in the fall of 2017. (continued on page 30) • Palo Alto Weekly • March 9, 2018 • Page 29

Spring Class Guide Spring Class Guide (continued from page 29)

Oshman Family JCC Leslie Family Preschool 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, 650-223-8788, earlychildhood@, preschool The Oshman Family JCC’s award-winning preschool program provides an atmosphere for building healthy and positive learning experiences. The Yad B’ Yad program is for children 12 to 18 months of age. Parent/caregiver participation programs are available for children 12 to 23 months old.

Meira Academy 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, 650-485-3589,, Meira Academy is a traditional, all-girls Jewish high school devoted to academic excellence in general and incorporates Jewish studies as well as seminaries in Israel with an

overarching goal of preparing its students for college.

Milestones Preschool 3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-618-3325,, Milestones Preschool offers a year-round, project-based program that fosters the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children ages 2 to 5.

Mustard Seed Learning Center 2585 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, 650-494-7389,, The Mustard Seed Learning Center is an after-school tutoring and care program that teaches local youth to speak Mandarin Chinese, in addition to emphasizing social development and excellence in mathematics, science, arts and music. It also has a preschool program.

Sand Hill School 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto, 650688-3605, info@sandhillschool.


org, As part of the Children’s Health Council, Sand Hill School teaches children from kindergarten through eighth grade with language-based learning differences, and assists with the attention and social difficulties that go along with them.

Stratford School 870 N. California Ave., Palo Alto, 650-493-1151,, Stratford School teaches children from kindergarten through eighth grade, approaching the learning experience by infusing a strong liberal arts curriculum with STEAM inspired learning. The school also offers summer camps.

Waldorf School of the Peninsula Mountain View Campus, 180 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View, 650-417-7600; Los Altos Campus, 11311 Mora Drive, Los Altos, 650209-9400,, Waldorf School of the Peninsula serves children from nursery up through high school. Areas of focus include fostering self-discipline, critical thinking, independence and cooperation, creative expression and a love of learning.

WriteNow! Writing Camps 2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, 650-424-1267, activityhero. com/biz/writenow-writing-camps The writing course is designed to improve student’s skills in formal, informal and creative writing. Individualized coaching is used to help with his/her thinking, writing and revising and presentation skill.

Yew Chung International School of Silicon Valley (YCIS) 310 Easy St., Mountain View, 650-903-0986,, YCIS provides a multicultural and bilingual (English and Mandarin Chinese) education to children from preschool to middle school. Teachers facilitate student’s academic, personal and social development and emphasize a global perspective.

REGISTER NOW! (650) 329-3752

PALO ALTO ADULT SCHOOL offers new classes each fall, winter, spring, and summer Art / Birding / Cooking ESL / Healthcare Training / Music Upholstery / World Languages / Woodworking 10% discount available at Page 30 • March 9, 2018 • Palo Alto Weekly •

Advantage Aviation 1903 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, 650-494-7248, info@, With many instructors, Advantage Aviation has a selection of flying classes that train new pilots as well as help more experienced ones acquire needed licenses.

Avenidas 4000 Middlefield Rd #I-2, Palo Alto, 650-289-5400, Avenidas offers a plethora of classes, as well as lectures and workshops, for seniors focusing on topics such as general health, physical fitness, languages, humanities, computing, music and writing. Membership costs, fees and class descriptions are listed on the website.

Bay Area Friendship Circle 3921 Fabian Way, Suite A023, Palo Alto, 650-858-6990,, The Bay Area Friendship Circle offers programs for kids and teens with special needs ages 2 to 22 year round as well as winter and summer camps. Trained teen volunteers provide one-on-one friendship and support. To register for programs or camp visit their website.

Language classes at the Palo Alto Adult School Palo Alto High School, Tower Building, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, 650329-3752, adultschool@pausd. org, world-languages Classes are offered in Spanish, French, Italian and Mandarin Chinese. The classes cover beginning and advanced skills and sometimes literature and arts.

computer use and exercise — including Feldenkrais and pickleball, a low-impact game played with a paddle.

Palo Alto Adult School 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, 650-329-3752, adultschool@, Computer, language, cooking, writing, art, outdoor and finance classes — and many other offerings — are available through the Palo Alto Adult School.

Stanford Continuing Studies Littlefield Center, 365 Lasuen St., Stanford, 650-725-2650,, Stanford Continuing Studies organizes classes in liberal arts and sciences, creative writing and professional and personal development. Courses are held in the evenings or on Saturdays. Stanford Continuing Studies also presents lectures, performances, conferences and other events. Class Guides are published quarterly in the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice and the Almanac. Descriptions of classes offered in Palo Alto, Stanford, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Atherton, East Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Portola Valley and Woodside are provided. Listings are free and subject to editing. Due to space constraints, classes held in the above cities are given priority. To inquire about submitting a listing for the next Class Guide, email Editorial Assistant Christine Lee at or call 650-223-6515. To place a paid advertisement in the Class Guide, call the display advertising department at 650-326-8210.

Mountain View Senior Center 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View, 650-903-6330,, The Mountain View Senior Center organizes a wide array of classes exploring topics and activities such as art, music, dance, languages,

Early Learning Institute • Emerson School • HeadsUp! Child Development Centers • WriteNow! Summer Writing Camps German International School Stratford School

Home&Real Estate

OPEN HOME GUIDE 46 Also online at

A weekly guide to home, garden and real estate news, edited by Elizabeth Lorenz

Home Front SAVE WATER AND MONEY ... Learn how to save water and money each time you do laundry. On March 10 from 10 a.m. to noon, the City of Palo Alto will host a workshop on adding a graywater system to your home at the Palo Alto Mitchell Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. CAPTURE RAINWATER ... Grassroots Ecology and the Watershed Stewards Program is looking for volunteers to help install rain barrels and create a rain garden at Gamble Garden in Palo Alto during a two-part event on Saturdays, March 17 and 31. The barrels are intended to capture stormwater that would otherwise travel over paved surfaces, picking up trash and pollution before entering the nearby San Francisquito Creek through storm drains. The rain garden is designed to absorb stormwater, which reduces creekside erosion and filters pollution. Participants should register online at Gamble Garden is located at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. LEARN HOW TO BUILD A TABLE ... If you’re interested in learning woodworking, the Palo Alto Adult School is offering “Woodworking 1: Build a Table,” a nine-week course held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 28 - June 6, at the Palo Alto High School woodshop. Instructor Derek Witte will teach students how to develop woodworking skills while building a table from rough wood using power tools. The class will focus on safety, project planning and understanding the medium of wood. Cost is $216, not including a $60 materials fee paid to the instructor to cover the cost of wood. To register, go to Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or email elorenz@ Deadline is one week before publication.


There are more real estate features online. Go to real_estate.

Lippert described the kitchen as “small, but mighty.” Completing the kitchen are a gas Samsung stove and refrigerator and white Caesarstone counter tops.


hen the City of Palo Alto passed new rules last year easing the creation of accessory dwelling units — aka granny units, in-law units or backyard cottages — a Barron Park couple was already thinking about how this could work. Their 17,000-square-foot property clearly met the minimum lot requirement (5,000 square feet). Previous owners had added a family room and extended the garage deeper into the lot, creating space for two cars and a workshop, and a place to keep their boat. From the existing garage footprint, Palo Alto architect Lee Lippert and his wife, Carol, an interior designer, created a 600-square-foot, one-bedroom unit that opens onto a private backyard. Lee designed the spaces with 7-foot walls and retained the sloped ceiling to make the rooms feel larger. While retaining the roof line, he restructured the inside part of the roof, eliminating cross beams and adding a structural post. The new tenants will be able to park their car in the driveway in front of the owners’ functioning garage, then walk up a flagstone path to get to their home. The owners can park in a front circular driveway. The unit consists of a great room (kitchen plus living room), a bedroom, laundry room and bathroom. “I think of it as a large studio,” Lee Lippert said, because of the pocket doors separating the living


boathouse to backyard cottage

Garage remodel creates light-filled new rental unit

story by Carol Blitzer | photos by Veronica Weber and bedroom spaces. People living there could leave the doors open and watch a TV mounted on a wall in the great room from the bed. Large French doors lead to the spacious backyard from both the great room and bedroom. Structurally, there were challenges, Lippert said. The old garage had a sloping concrete floor that had to be jack-hammered out. The floor was raised, leveled and covered with Pergo, a pre-finished, engineered flooring. Carol Lippert describes the bathroom as “modern and clean.” The shower is lined with white subway tile with a little metal edge and features a clear glass wall and no door. Inside are a shelf and a horizontal grab bar. A white low-flow toilet, pedestal sink and mirrored medicine cabinet complete the room. The laundry room has a stacked washer/dryer plus plenty of extra storage space. The furnace is located in attic space, and an

on-demand water heater only “heats the water you use,” she said. What she was seeking in her design was “lots of light, long sight lines.” She envisions the outside terrace, easily seen through the French doors, as a second room. “We increased the size with the tall ceilings, wherever possible,” she said. Pointing to the built-in combo eating and storage area, Lippert described the kitchen as “small but does everything you need to do: small, but mighty. ... You can cook in this kitchen and easily make a meal for a group.” Completing the kitchen are a gas Samsung stove and refrigerator and white Caesarstone counter tops. LED lighting with dimmers were mostly purchased at Home Depot. Lippert chose white throughout the space because “one, it reflects the most light, and two, it looks as fresh and new

as you can make it.” And because the accessory dwelling will be a rental unit, it was important to have a neutral palate, Lee Lippert added. The architect estimated the total cost for the project at about $150,000 to $180,000 (it was actually part of a larger updating of the main house). The unit is renting for $3,100 per month. The Lipperts and the homeowners started with a feasibility study to determine whether they should remodel the existing attached garage or build a separate accessory unit in the deep backyard. “The option we settled on was to build in the footprint. We started with the idea that the (owner’s) son would move in,” Lee Lippert said, but that evolved to a rentit-out now but maybe use it for a home-health worker in future. Because the city’s regulations are new, the planning process took longer than anticipated (and caused the homeowner to line up financing months before it was actually needed). Planning took about nine months and construction another nine months. Another issue was finding a contractor willing to take on a relatively small job, Carol Lippert said. The Lipperts consider the new regulations still a work in progress, citing a lack of coordination between planning and utilities (they had to bifurcate the utilities to enable separate billing for (continued on page 32) • Palo Alto Weekly • March 9, 2018 • Page 31

Home & Real Estate SALES AT A GLANCE East Palo Alto

Highest sales price: $4,100,000 Average sales price: $2,187,000

Total sales reported: 4 Lowest sales price: $ 845,000 Highest sales price: $1,300,000 Average sales price: $1,092,500

Mountain View Total sales reported: 12 Lowest sales price: $775,000 Highest sales price: $3,225,000 Average sales price: $1,774,167

Los Altos Total sales reported: 5 Lowest sales price: $3,000,000 Highest sales price: $5,050,000 Average sales price: $3,757,000

Palo Alto Total sales reported: 5 Lowest sales price: $1,875,000 Highest sales price: $4,400,000 Average sales price: $3,039,600

Los Altos Hills Total sales reported: 1 Sales price: $8,300,000


Menlo Park

Total sales reported: 1 Sales price: $2,250,000

Total sales reported: 4 Lowest sales price: $1,265,000

The Lipperts were seeking a design that had â&#x20AC;&#x153;lots of light, long sight lines,â&#x20AC;? with the outside terrace as a second room. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We increased the size with the tall ceilings, wherever possible,â&#x20AC;? Carol Lippert said.

Rental units (continued from page 31)

the rental unit) as an example of cause of delays. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of lip service by the city to wanting ADUs, but the city puts up roadblocks,â&#x20AC;? Lee Lippert said. A big one is charging more than $10,000 in development

fees, the same that would be charged a developer of a large housing project, to build one ADU, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see the city really figure out ways to expedite (the process),â&#x20AC;? the homeowner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve met people who were enthusiastic, but decided to deferâ&#x20AC;? after hearing about the fees. Q Freelance writer Carol Blitzer can be emailed at


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HOME SALES Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. Information is recorded from the deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to six weeks.

East Palo Alto 860 Donohoe Street J. Nunes to A. Aboobacker for $845,000 on 02/08/18; built 1947, 2bd, 1,250 sq.ft. 2108 Myrtle Place Abhiman Trust to R. Naranjan for $1,300,000 on 02/05/18; built 2001, 4bd, 1,440 sq.ft.; previous sale 01/24/2001, $518,000) 2359 Palo Verde Avenue Working Dirt to J. Massar for $1,250,000 on 02/02/18; built 1952, 2bd, 1,260 sq.ft. (previous sale 12/09/2013, $310,000) 2228 Terra Villa StreetPang Trust to Z. Wu for $975,000 on 02/08/18; built 1953, 3bd, 1,370 sq.ft.; previous sale 08/03/2010, $246,500

Los Altos 1484 Cedar Place Juracich Trust to Moon Trust for $3,000,000 on 02/14/18; built 1963, 4bd, 2,151 sq.ft.; previous sale 09/05/1990, $499,000 1666 Kensington Avenue Delacy Trust to Tawakol & Salama Trust for $5,050,000 on 02/15/18; built 1948, 5bd, 4,561 sq.ft.; previous sale 04/19/2013, $3,050,000 1400 Montclaire Place T. & T. Joyce to C. Song for $3,700,000 on 02/14/18; built 1952, 6bd, 3,359 sq.ft.; previous sale 07/29/2013, $2,450,000 24225 Summerhill Avenue Newberry Trust to R. Venkatesh for $3,610,000 on 02/16/18; built 1947, 3bd, 3,021 sq.ft. 2204 Vineyard Court Mix Trust to Sobrato Trust for $3,425,000 on 02/14/18; built 1959, 5bd, 2,743 sq.ft.; previous sale 03/25/2011, $1,670,000

Source: California REsource

Los Altos Hills 14329 Miranda Way C. Yu to Chiang Trust for $8,300,000 on 02/20/18; built 2015, 7bd, 8,492 sq.ft.; previous sale 03/30/2004, $2,800,000

Menlo Park 264 Leland Avenue Weisel Trust to E78 Holdings Trust for $4,100,000 on 02/08/18; built 2012, 4bd, 2,720 sq.ft.; previous sale 02/21/2012, $2,325,000 1100 Sharon Park Drive #2 S. Ermon to S. Li for $1,283,000 on 02/02/18; built 1965, 2bd, 1,196 sq.ft.; previous sale 05/27/2015, $876,000 722 University Drive J. & L. Maynard to Loomis Trust for $2,100,000 on 02/08/18; built 1981, 2bd, 1,530 sq.ft.; previous sale 04/01/2016, $1,850,000 21 Willow Road #25 K. Marechal to S. Baijal for $1,265,000.00 on 02/08/18; built 1976, 2bd, 1,167 sq.ft.; previous sale 07/28/1995, $196,000

Mountain View 1184 Barbara Avenue Lazzarini Trust to R. Ryskamp for $3,225,000 on 02/16/18; built 1954, 4bd, 2,252 sq.ft. 505 Cypress Point Drive #127 V. Moretti to S. Dautricourt for $775,000.00 on 02/15/18; built 1971, 1bd, 668 sq.ft. (previous sale 09/06/2001, $216,000) 154 Holly Court D. Sanchez to Y. Li for $1,570,000.00 on 02/20/18; built 1998, 3bd, 1013 sq.ft. (previous sale 07/30/1999, $360,000) 918 Marilyn Drive W. & T. Nippes to P. Dalal for $2,400,000.00 on 02/16/18; built 1948, 3bd, 1,596 sq.ft.; previous sale 09/26/1990, $310,000 114 Oak Haven Place Williamson-Harris Trust to R. Sevile for $2,500,000 on 02/14/18; built 2000, 4bd, 2,081 sq.ft.; previous sale 06/03/2008, $1,150,000 121 Pacchetti Way BransiHinse Trust to D. Tran for $1,985,000 on 02/15/18; built 1996, 4bd, 1,900 sq.ft.; previous sale 05/14/2012, $890,000

1921 Rock Street #18 H. Wu to S. Liu for $1,100,000 on 02/14/18; built 1974, 2bd, 972 sq.ft.; previous sale 11/02/2016, $810,000 1963 Rock Street #23 Ching Trust to K. Nie for $1,230,000 on 02/15/18; built 1973, 2bd, 1,257 sq.ft.; previous sale 07/14/1978, $85,000 760 San Pablo Drive J. Sun to L. Lan for $1,000,000 on 02/14/18; built 1962, 3bd, 1,827 sq.ft.; previous sale 05/21/1999, $425,000 220 Sierra Vista Avenue Mv Sierrapoint to V. Tang for $1,880,000.00 on 02/14/18; built 2017, 4bd, 1,907 sq.ft. 1662 Tulane Drive Onstad Trust to Hau Trust for $2,100,000 on 02/16/18; built 1952, 3bd, 1,178 sq.ft. 1101 West El Camino Real #411 El Camino Real Limited to S. Satheesh for $1,525,000 on 02/14/18; built 2017, 3bd, 1,464 sq.ft.

Palo Alto 101 Alma Street #503 C. McCarthy to S. Haji-Loannou for $1,875,000 on 02/15/18; built 1960, 2bd, 1,216 sq.ft.; previous sale 12/15/2015, $1,300,000 377 Diablo Court Hatfield Trust to A. Magnani for $2,923,000 on 02/20/18; built 1954, 3bd, 1,866 sq.ft. 1879 Hamilton Avenue H. Blumstein to L. Yang for $3,050,000 on 02/15/18; built 1950, 3bd, 1,357 sq.ft.; previous sale 02/08/1994, $425,000 3787 Louis Road Q. Zhang to D. Reuveni for $4,400,000 on 02/15/18; built 2016, 5bd, 2,743 sq.ft.; previous sale 04/15/2014, $1,650,000 244 Webster Street Sheats Trust to Kemkar-Larsen Trust for $2,950,000 on 02/14/18; built 1910, 3bd, 1,806 sq.ft.

Woodside 190 Alta Mesa Road Neese Trust to A. Howard for $2,250,000 on 02/02/18; built 1994, 2bd, 1,630 sq.ft.

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5.5-Acre Woodside Estate SOLD – Represented Seller

280 Family Farm Road, Woodside FOR SALE - Offered at $7,995,000

340 Jane Drive, Woodside PENDING OFF MARKET - Offered at $5,350,000

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3.3-Acre Woodside Parcel SOLD - Represented Buyer

4.7-Acre Woodside Estate SOLD - Represented Seller

4.2-Acre Portola Valley Parcel SOLD - Represented Seller

2.0-Acre Portola Valley Estate SOLD - Represented Buyer

1.0-Acre Portola Valley Home SOLD - Represented Buyer

1.0-Acre Portola Valley Home SOLD - Represented Seller

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Residing within a sought-after setting, this thoughtfully renovated 3 bedroom, 2 bath home of nearly 1,400 sq. ft. (per county), grants prime access to some of the area’s best amenities. The bright floorplan offers flexible living in recently upgraded climate control, and leads out to a private balcony overlooking mountain and pool views. Community comforts abound in two private pools, a children’s play area, and a clubhouse while Klein Park, Google, San Antonio Shopping Center, and Caltrain all reside within strolling distance. Children may attend excellent schools like Los Altos High (#9 High School in California) (buyer to verify eligibility).

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• Detached 2-car garage plus fully finished artist’s studio • Barbecue kitchen, fire pit with seating, and in-ground spa • Lot size of approx. 9,000 sq. ft. • Outstanding Menlo Park schools (buyer to verify)

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Amazing opportunity to have your own secluded villa on a Caribbean island. Complete with beach front and up to 45 acres of private grounds. The villa is 560 Sq. M (Approx. 6,000 sq. ft.) with beautiful hand crafted, local hardwood finishing. Imagine impressing your guests with this stunning getaway or having a private corporate setting for retreats or entertaining business clients. The opportunities to simply enjoy or further develop this gem are endless. Located on Corn Island, Nicaragua. Easily accessed from Managua with several regular flights per day. Also has 2,000m (6,500’) runway to accommodate corporate aircraft. Seller has spent decades amassing this unique holding. Something that is almost impossible to replicate here or anywhere in the Caribbean. Corn Island is a quiet, safe island with welcoming people. You won’t find crowded beaches or persistent marketers here. Amenities include many restaurants featuring fresh local seafood, dive shops and fishing guides.

Asking Price: USD $4.5 Million

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COLDWELL BANKER Woodside | 4/4.5 | $13,500,000 1250 Canada Road Approx. 5 acs in Central Woodside, working equestrian center. Fantastic Woodside Value

Central Woodside | 6/5 | $10,750,000 Sun 1 - 4 307 Olive Hill Ln Exceptional 6 BR/5 BA Woodside Prop on over 3 sun-swept acres. Vinyard, garden, pool & More

Woodside | 5/5.5 | $8,900,000 Sun 1 - 4 135 Farm Rd Classic estate on 4+ acres w/ equestrian facilities, pool and tennis court.

Central Woodside | 4/4.5 | $7,995,000 Sun 1 - 4 3970 Woodside Rd Custom Home on approx 2 acres w/ vineyard, vast lawns & next to Wunderlich Park.

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Woodside | 5/3.5 | $5,995,000 Sun 1 - 4 27 Preston Rd Contemporary Retreat on 3.8 Ac has it ALL; Outstanding Views, privacy & a spacious flrpln.

Emerald Hills | 5/7 | $4,295,000 Sat/Sun 1 - 5 7 Colton Court 7,700 sq ft stunner on +/- a 1/2 acre on one of the most desirable st in Emerald Hills

Portola Valley | 5/3.5 | $3,395,000 Sun 1:30 - 4:30 900 Wayside Rd Stunning views across SF Bay from Mt. Diablo to Black Mountain!

Woodside | 4/3.5 | $2,850,000 580 Old La Honda Rd It’s worth the drive. Custom-built home on 9.5 acres w/splendid views.

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Burlingame | 4/3 | $2,495,000 Sat/Sun 1 - 4 1125 Oxford Rd Beautifully remodeled on one of Burlingame’s Premier streets. Great curb appeal. It’s a 10!

Woodside | 6/4.5 | $2,250,000 10691 La Honda Rd Magnificent country property bathed in sunlight against a backdrop of towering redwoods

Mountain View | 3/1 | $1,999,999 1172 Farley Street Land, Mature Trees & Remodeled Home.Prime corner lot walking distance to Google & shopping

Menlo Park | 3/2.5 | $1,985,000 137 Buckthorn Way Townhouse.2300+ sq.ft. 3/2.5 w/fam room, 2-car gar.Near downtown Menlo Park

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Menlo Park | 3/2.5 | $1,800,000 Sat/Sun 1 - 4 2417 Sharon Oaks Dr. Distinctive townhome in the sought-after Sharon Oaks neighborhood.

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846 Lytton Avenue, Palo Alto Each Parcel $3,500,000

!<1:%-@A>0-E%A:0-EU WT X WT &C;-:p@ 5??">;<1>@51?:>1?/1:@"->7 Just steps away from popular University Avenue, two adjacent parcels have just been made available. Purchased a century ago by one of Palo Altoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original families, these properties have remained within the same family until today. They are now being sold separately with the potential to be merged into one spacious lot, perfect for a world-class Silicon Valley estate (buyer to verify). Basking in the leafy, suburban paradise of Crescent Park, the parcels lie within moments of Stanford University, Caltrain, exclusive dining and shopping venues, and schools that rank among the highest in the state. One parcel includes the original residence (circa 1918) built with a lower level rare in downtown Palo Alto, while the other parcel holds an immense garage. Both parcels share formal gardens showcasing one of the most impressive private redwood groves in the area. Come witness for yourself the unlimited potential of these exquisite premises.

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Palo Alto, CA 94301

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5 Bedrooms 165 Patricia Dr Sun Deleon Realty 95 Maple Leaf Way Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

$8,790,000 543-8500 $4,988,000 543-8500

$1,298,000 543-8500

EAST PALO ALTO 4 Bedrooms $1,288,000 543-7740

2 Bedrooms $2,998,000 323-1900

LOS ALTOS HILLS $4,988,000 543-8500

6 Bedrooms 26401 Eshner Ct Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

$9,988,000 543-8500

MENLO PARK $2,995,000 462-1111

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101 Hillside Av $4,150,000 Sat 1-4:30/Sun 1:30-4:30 Coldwell Banker 324-4456 1180 Cloud Av $4,688,000 Sat/Sun 2-4 Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty 847-1141 930 Berkeley Av $7,350,000 Sun Miles McCormick 400-1001

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$1,298,000 543-8500 $1,198,000 543-8500

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846 Lytton Sat/Sun 846 Lytton Sat/Sun

Av Parcel 1 Alain Pinel Realtors Av Parcel 2 Alain Pinel Realtors

333 Santa Rita Av Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$7,995,000 323-1111

PORTOLA VALLEY 4 Bedrooms $5,695,000 529-1111

281 S Balsamina Way $2,549,000 Sat/Sun Intero Real Estate Services 543-7740

REDWOOD CITY 1721 Connecticut Dr Sat/Sun Coldwell Banker

$1,695,000 324-4456

810 Breeze Pl Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$1,589,000 529-1111

4 Bedrooms 2786 Ohio Av Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$2,388,000 323-1111

6 Bedrooms 917 Masson Av Sat/Sun 2-4 Intero Real Estate Services

$1,799,000 543-7740

SAN FRANCISCO 1 Bedroom - Condominium 550 Davis St #39 $1,196,000 Sun 2-4 Intero Real Estate Services 543-7740

2 Bedrooms 3011 E Van Ness Av $2,298,000 Sun 2-4 Intero Real Estate Services 543-7740

SAN JOSE 4 Bedrooms 3357 Cropley Ct $1,125,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty 644-3474 1088 Corvette Dr Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$1,798,000 529-1111

541 San Juan St $5,500,000 Sat/Sun 2-4 Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty 847-1141

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3 Bedrooms - Condominium

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680 Emily Dr Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

$4,788,000 543-8500

6 Bedrooms

191 Reef Point Rd $3,600,000 Sun 2-4 Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty 847-1141

2047 Montecito Av #2 Sat/Sun 1-4 Intero Real Estate

$2,898,000 323-1900


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3 Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms 27830 Elena Rd Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

685 High St 2C $1,698,000 Sun Pacific Union International 285-5450

133 Ash Ln Sun 2-4 Alain Pinel Realtors

LOS ALTOS 494 La Prenda Rd Sat/Sun 1-4 Sereno Group

2 Bedrooms - Condominium

490 Loma Verde Av Sat Deleon Realty

3 Bedrooms

632 Montage Cir Sat/Sun 1-4 Intero Real Estate

$1,395,000 304-3100

5 Bedrooms

BELMONT 309 Chesterton Av Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

1337 Alma St Sat/Sun Alain Pinel Realtors

$3,500,000 323-1111 $3,500,000 323-1111

788 S. Bernardo Av Sat/Sun 1-5 Deleon Realty

$1,498,000 543-8500

WOODSIDE 4 Bedrooms 3970 Woodside Rd Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$7,995,000 851-2666

5 Bedrooms 135 Farm Rd Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$8,900,000 851-1961

27 Preston Rd Sun Coldwell Banker

$5,995,000 851-2666

6 Bedrooms 307 Olive Hill Ln Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$10,750,000 851-2666



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Legal Notices 995 Fictitious Name Statement MN ENTERPRISE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: FBN639149 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: MN Enterprise, located at 1346 Old Park Place, San Jose, CA 95132, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): NGUYEN HOA MINI 1346 Old Park Place San Jose, CA 95132 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 02/20/2018. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on February 21, 2018. (PAW Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018) PALO ALTO SMART THERAPY FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: FBN639300 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Palo Alto Smart Therapy, located at 2799 Middlefield Dr., Suite A, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): KRISTA REGEDANZ, PH. D., A PSYCHOLOGICAL 1171 Cedar St. Montana, CA 94037 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on February 26, 2018. (PAW Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018)

997 All Other Legals NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: JACK SHIPPER Case No.: 18PR182786 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of JACK SHIPPER. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: RONALD SHIPPER and MARK SHIPPER in the Superior Court of California, County of SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: RONALD SHIPPER and MARK SHIPPER be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates

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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 April 18, 2018 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: Elijah M. Keyes Gilfix & La Poll Associates LLP 2479 E. Bayshore Rd., Suite 220 Palo Alto, CA 94303 (650) 493-8070 (PAW Feb. 23; Mar. 2, 9, 2018)

encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale.

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA Case No.: 18CV323573 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: IRENE M. GALINDO and MAXIMO GALINDO filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JULIAN LEON GALINDO-MACIAS to JULIAN LEON GALINDO MACIAS. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: May 22, 2018, 8:45 a.m., Room: Probate of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: PALO ALTO WEEKLY Date: February 20, 2018 /s/ Risë Jones Pichon JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (PAW Feb. 23; Mar. 2, 9, 16, 2018)

NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property.

T.S. No. 17-47511 APN: 124-11-057 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 11/21/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described below. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or

Trustor: JACKLYN TRAN-NGUYEN, AND TYRONE TRAN, WIFE AND HUSBAND, AS COMMUNITY PROPERTY WITH RIGHT OF SURVIVORSHIP Duly Appointed Trustee: Zieve, Brodnax & Steele, LLP Deed of Trust recorded 11/29/2005 as Instrument No. 18694650 in book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Santa Clara County, California, Date of Sale:3/27/2018 at 10:00 AM Place of Sale: At the Gated North Market Street entrance of the Superior Courthouse, 191 N. First St., San Jose, CA Estimated amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $944,090.09 Note: Because the Beneficiary reserves the right to bid less than the total debt owed, it is possible that at the time of the sale the opening bid may be less than the total debt owed. Street Address or other common designation of real property: 2374 COWPER STREET PALO ALTO, CA 94301-4114 Described as follows: As more fully described on said Deed of Trust. A.P.N #.: 124-11-057 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale.

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME AND GENDER SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA Case No.: 18CV321342 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: NAOMI MEI LI ELLEN ROACH has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing petitioner’s name to: ROBERT HARVEY WHITELEY, III. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: April 10, 2018, 8:45 a.m., Room: Probate of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, 191 N. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: PALO ALTO WEEKLY Date: January 2, 2018 JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (PAW Mar. 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: CAROL COBB BRIGHAM AKA CAROL BRIGHAM, CAROL C. BRIGHAM, CAROL ELIZABETH COBB BRIGHAM Case No.: 17PR000017 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of CAROL COBB BRIGHAM aka CAROL BRIGHAM, CAROL C. BRIGHAM, CAROL ELIZABETH COBB BRIGHAM. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: NANCY B. BLATTEL in the Superior Court of California, County of SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: NANCY B. BLATTEL, named in the will as NANCY B. BLATELL be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. 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 April 12, 2018 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: Carolyn West Horton, West & Chambers LLP 1901 Harrison Street, Suite 1500 Oakland, CA 94612 (510) 452-2133 (PAW Mar. 9, 16, 23, 2018)

Answers to this week’s puzzles, which can be found on page 48.

NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (714) 8489272 or visit this Internet Web site www., using the file number assigned to this case 17-47511. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Dated: 2/26/2018 Zieve, Brodnax & Steele, LLP, as Trustee 30 Corporate Park, Suite 450 Irvine, CA 92606 For Non-Automated Sale Information, call: (714) 848-7920 For Sale Information: (714) 848-9272 _______________________________ Christine O’Brien, Trustee Sale Officer THIS FIRM IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION WE OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE EPP 24782 Pub Dates 03/02, 03/09, 03/16/2018 • Palo Alto Weekly • March 9, 2018 • Page 49

Sports Shorts

Palo Alto grad Gifford a product of Earl Hansen by Glenn Reeves


Max Dorward (11) scored 23 points in Palo Alto’s win over De La Salle on Wednesday. He’ll lead the Vikings into the quarterfinals of the NorCal Division I tournament at Heritage in Brentwood on Saturday.



Menlo, Paly, SHP ready to hit the road


Eastside Prep, Priory girls host quarterfinal games

College women’s lacrosse: Stanford at Colorado, 2 p.m. Colorado Live Stream College softball: Wagner at Stanford, 3:30 p.m., Stanford Live Stream-2 College softball: Cal State Bakersfield at Stanford, 6 p.m., Stanford Live Stream-2 College men’s volleyball: UC San Diego at Stanford, 7 p.m., Stanford Live Stream

Saturday College beach volleyball: Boise State at Stanford, 11:30 a.m.,Pac-12 Networks College softball: Wagner at Stanford, noon, Stanford Live Stream-2 College softball: Cal State Bakersfield at Stanford, 2:30 p.m., Stanford Live Stream-2 College beach volleyball: Arizona State at Stanford, 4 p.m.,Pac-12 Arizona College men’s gymnastics: Ohio State at Stanford, 4 p.m. Stanford Live Stream College men’s volleyball: UC Irvine at Stanford, 7 p.m., Stanford Live Stream

Sunday College softball: Wagner at Stanford, 11 a.m. Stanford Live Stream-2 College women’s gymnastics: UCLA at Stanford, 1 p.m. Pac-12 Networks College women’s softball: Stanford at Oregon, 3 p.m. Stanford Live Stream-2 College women’s lacrosse: Stanford at Pac-12 Championships, 3 p.m. Pac-12 Networks NCAA Track and field: Stanford at Division I Indoor Championships, 4 p.m., ESPN2

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by Glenn Reeves Hoosier’s style gym, packed. An fter two blowout losses in unbelievable high school environthe Central Coast Section ment. They were running three or Open Division playoffs, four guys at Joe, trying to get the the No. 13 seed Menlo School ball out of his hands. Riley was boys team righted itself in memo- relentless on the boards.’’ Menlo advances to play at Cenrable fashion Wednesday, pulling off a stunning 65-61 upset at No. tral-Fresno on Saturday at 6 p.m. Central upset St. 4 seed Clayton ValFrancis, 73-72. ley Charter in the “Congratulations NorCal Division I on the best win quarterfinals. in school history, “I don’t know if now you get to go we surprised ourto Fresno,’’ Larsen selves,’’ Menlo cracked. “The kids coach Keith Larsen were really looking said, with a chuckle. forward to playing “It takes a while to St. Francis. I haven’t get used to competiseen film on Cention we weren’t used tral yet, but I know to seeing.’’ Riley Woodson scored they’re athletic and The West Bay 31 points in Menlo’s Athletic League, on upset of Clayton Valley. that they play real fast.’’ the boys side, was Sounds a lot like Clayton not very good this year, other than Menlo. Then Menlo got the No. Valley. After a great win at home over 2 seed in the CCS Open and lost to Mitty by 22 and to St. Ignatius De La Salle, Palo Alto faces a big by 32, allowing 80 points in each challenge with a 6 p.m. game Saturday at No. 1 seed Heritage of game. “My job was getting their Brentwood. “They’re very talented,’’ Palo confidence back,’’ Larsen said. “Thomas Brown missed the first Alto coach Peter Diepenbrock game and Joe Foley dislocated said. “It’s going to be tough.’’ One thing the Vikings have his shoulder against Mitty. When you’re a small school with any on their side is the memory of issues with injuries, that’s real last year, when they won at No. 1 seed Dublin, a team very similar tough.’’ Riley Woodson went for 31 to Heritage, at the same stage of points against Clayton Valley, the playoffs, in the NorCal semifinals, 83-80. Foley had 14 assists. “Contrasting styles,’’ De La “It was as good a high school basketball game as I’ve ever Salle coach Justin Argenal said been part of,’’ Larsen said. “A of the Paly-Heritage matchup.


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“Heritage is more up and down. (Palo Alto) will have to do a good job of keeping people in front. But if they can run their stuff I think it will be a good game.’’ Eastside and Priory are both at home Saturday in the girls NorCals. Eastside, the No. 2 seed in Division I, will play No. 10 Sacred Heart Cathedral for the third time this season. Priory, No. 1 in Division IV, hosts No. 8 St. Bernard’s-Eureka. “Sacred Heart is going to fight and battle,’’ Eastside coach Donovan Blythe said. “They have a bunch of seniors who don’t want their season to end.’’ Eastside has only one senior, but she has been a special one for the program. Kayla Tahaafe played in the state Division V championship in each of her first three seasons, winning state titles the last two years. Blythe was asked what he expects from SHC this time around: “You have to make adjustments on the fly,’’ Blythe said. “I think my players are smart enough to do that.’’ Sacred Heart Prep, which is coming off an impressive performance in a 52-40 win over Campolindo, has to travel to Redding to take on No. 1 seed Enterprise. The Gators held Campolindo’s Haley Van Dyke to 11 points. Van Dyke, who is committed to Washington, went into the game averaging 29.8 points per game. She scored 60 points in one game this season and 40 or more four times. Q

elson Gifford didn’t know what to make of the Peery Family Center when he stopped by to watch Palo Alto’s boys’ basketball victory over De La Salle Wednesday night. The place never looked like that when Gifford was attending Paly in the late 90s. “I was there last night to watch the basketball game with De La Salle,’’ Gifford said in an interview conducted T h u r s d ay morning. “It was kind of surreal. It’s so different, the place has changed so much. That gym ... is it a gym or is Nelson Gifford it an athletic complex? Calling it a gym doesn’t really describe it.’’ Gifford will have plenty of time to figure it all out. The Palo Alto grad, class of 1999, has been hired by his alma mater as head football coach. “I’m very excited to be there,’’ Gifford said. “I can’t wait to get started.’’ Gifford was the head coach at Fremont the last two years, going 12-8 and earning a promotion for the Firebirds from the SCVAL El Camino to the De Anza Division. He currently teaches math education for special needs at Fremont and is hoping to teach, as well as coach, at Palo Alto. Gifford played running back and safety for Earl Hansen at Paly. He rushed for a season-high 60 yards against Wilcox in the fall of 1998. His hiring was formally announced late Wednesday evening, but the word had already gotten out. Gifford has received numerous congratulatory calls from “guys I went to school with, teachers I had in middle school. I’m wondering, ‘how do they remember me? Was I that bad?’ ‘’ Gifford initially went to Morehouse College in Atlanta before transferring to UC Davis. “I was going to study pre-med, going to be a doctor, then football started calling me in a big way,’’ Gifford said. That call, oddly enough, came when Gifford was spending a year abroad in England. “I was playing rugby when I learned there was an American football team there in England,’’ Gifford said. “It was like the worst JV football team you’ve ever seen, but I had a blast playing for them. It rekindled my passion for football and put me on a mission to find my

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CARDINAL CORNER . . . Stanford junior right-handed Tristan Beck earned Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season. Beck earned the win in No. 7 Stanford’s two-hit, 7-0 shutout of Michigan last Friday night. He completed seven innings with a frugal 89 pitches. He allowed three base runners (two hits, one walk) while striking out eight. On the season, Beck (2-0) has pitched 18 innings, allowing 10 hits and four walks with 20 strikeouts and three earned runs . . . Stanford senior Elizabeth Price was selected Pac12 Gymnast of the Week, her sixth such honor. She scored 9.900 or higher in every event last Friday night at Elevate the Stage in Augusta, Georgia. Competing against No. 16 Nebraska, No. 17 Georgia and No. 33 Illinois, Price won the uneven bars (9.950) and vault (9.900), finished second on floor exercise (9.900) and third on balance beam (9.900). She also captured her sixth all-around title of the year (39.775). Price has now won 25 events this season, with 21 scores of 9.900 or above. She will be recognized during Senior Day on Sunday, when No. 27 Stanford hosts No. 3 UCLA in


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Brittany McPhee, named a third team All-American on Wednesday, will help lead Stanford into the NCAA tournament that opens next Friday.


Stanford’s McPhee earns spot on All-America team Senior guard leads Cardinal into the NCAA tournament by Rick Eymer he Stanford women’s basketball team is preparing for the NCAA tournament. The first step is figuring out where the Cardinal will play. There’s still a possibility Stanford (22-10) could host the first two rounds as one of the top 16 seeds. That would be especially true if the committee gives added weight to Stanford’s final 20 or so games. The field will be revealed at 4 p.m. Monday, with games beginning next Friday. The committee may also consider the difference senior guard Brittany McPhee makes when she’s in the lineup. McPhee missed nine games in November and December recovering from a foot injury. The Cardinal won five of those or 55 percent. The 17-6 mark with McPhee equates to a 74 percent success rate. McPhee’s value to the Cardinal goes beyond numbers but numbers do tell a story and perhaps that is why McPhee was named to the USA TODAY Women’s Basketball All-America third team on Wednesday. McPhee, the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and an

All-Pac-12 selection, is averaging career highs in points (17.0), rebounds (5.0), assists (2.4) and steals (1.2) this season. A two-time national player of the week, McPhee has scored 20plus nine times and is one of 11 Power 5 conference guards in the country averaging 17.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. She scored 31 of her career-high 33 points in the second half of Stanford’s 78-65 upset at No. 6 Oregon on Feb. 4, the first 30-point road performance for a Stanford player against a top-10 team since 2007. McPhee became Stanford’s 39th 1,000-point scorer in its win over No. 25 Arizona State on Jan. 26 and is currently 30th on the Cardinal’s all-time scoring list with 1,207. She led the Pac-12 in scoring in the month of February, averaging 22.9 per game, which was the 19thbest mark in the country. McPhee will become the first Stanford guard to average more than 15 points per game in a season since Candice Wiggins in 2007-08 (20.2). A human biology major with a 3.71 cumulative GPA, McPhee was voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team on

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Invitational on Friday and Saturday, playing host to Arizona State, Boise State, California, Tulane and San Jose State . . . Stanford junior Isaiah Salinda collected his third eagle in the last two events and forged an even-par 71 on Tuesday to help Stanford finish 11th at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate at Querencia Golf Club. The Cardinal combined for a 5-over score of 289 — its best total of the week — to complete the 54hole, 15-team tournament at 22-over 874 . . . Stanford softball finishes its preseason tournament schedule this weekend, hosting the Stanford Easton Classic Friday through Sunday. The Cardinal (13-8) is slated to play six games, squaring off against both Wagner (2-5) and CSU


(continued from previous page) its home finale at 1 p.m. in Maples Pavilion . . . Stanford’s Morgan Hentz and Amelia Smith were named the Pac-12 Conference Beach Pair of the Week. The Cardinal’s No. 2 pairing put together a four-win performance during the Stanford Bay Area Kickoff last weekend, helping Stanford earn wins over Saint Mary’s, San Francisco, Sacramento State and Pacific. Hentz and Smith did not lose a set in their four matches. Their opposition also never earned more than 17 points in a set across the four-match run. Stanford continues its home slate with the Stanford

Feb. 22 and is now eligible to earn academic All-America honors. Last season she was honored at the 2017 Final Four as women’s basketball’s Elite 90 award winner, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 90 championships. With a roster that returned just two starters and lost half of its scoring from a season ago, Stanford played five top-10 teams during the nonconference portion of its schedule and stumbled to a 6-6 mark, its worst heading into league play since 1998-99. Those tough lessons were learned without McPhee, Once McPhee returned and the calendar switched to 2018, the Cardinal regrouped, finished second in the Pac-12 with a 14-3 record and secured the program’s 17th consecutive 20-win season. After falling out of the AP poll for the first time since 2001 in mid-December, Stanford is back up to No. 15. Track and field Nine Stanford athletes and two relay teams will compete in a total of nine events at the two-day NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, which begin Friday at Texas A&M’s Gilliam Indoor Stadium. Stanford figures to have national championship contenders in several events. The centerpieces of Stanford’s schedule are the distance medley relays -- Stanford’s men have qualified for the ninth consecutive year, and the women are on a seven-year streak. Synchronized swimming Erica Slavin, a two-time Collegiate All-American, is among three seniors to receive the Terman Award, presented for academic achievement by the School of Engineering.


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The junior center dominated the semifinal and championship games of the Central Coast Section Division V playoffs last week. She started with a 32-point, 17-rebound effort in a semifinal win over St. FrancisWatsonville and then added 15 points and 13 rebounds in the championship victory over Castilleja.

The senior guard led the Panthers to the Central Coast Section Division V championship with two big two games in the semifinal and championship games. Aderoboye scored 21 points against Eastside Prep in the semifinals and then scored 17 points, including 9-of-9 from the foul line, against Pinewood.

Honorable mention Bri Claros* Pinewood basketball

Greer Hoyem* Menlo-Atherton basketball

Hannah Jump* Pinewood basketball

Tatiana Reese* Priory basketball

Ashley Scafetta Menlo swimming

Sammy Wong Castilleja basketball

Bakersfield (1-12) three times over the three-day stretch. The 13 victories are six shy of last year’s season total. The Cardinal has won 11 of its last 15 games. Three of Stanford’s regulars are hitting at least .320. Teaghan Cowles leads the Cardinal in average (.370) and hits (27), Alyssa Horeczko follows at .362 with a team-best 17 runs scored while Montana Dixon is close behind at .322 with a team-high 23 RBI . . . The 18th-ranked Stanford lacrosse team will be part of the first game in the history of the Pac-12 Conference when the Cardinal travels to take on Colorado at 2 p.m. on Friday. The road trip continues on Sunday with a nationally-televised game on Pac-12 Network against Oregon at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Priory basketball

Nick Anderson Menlo-Atherton track and field

Cache Fields Pinewood basketball

Josh Kasevich Palo Alto baseball

Joseph King Woodside baseball

Andy Zhou Gunn golf *Previous winner

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Women’s diving Senior diver Kassidy Cook qualified for the NCAA Championships on the 1-meter and 3-meter at the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships this week. Menlo-Atherton High grad Mia Paulsen reached the finals on each of the springboards. She finished 16th on the 1-meter (520.20) and 17th on the 3-meter (567.85). The freshman was also 32nd on the platform (179.80). Q

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place in the football world.’’ UC Davis coach Bob Biggs offered Gifford an undergrad assistant position and that is how his coaching career began. He spent a brief time at Cal on Jeff Tedford’s staff as an assistant to Pete Alamar, currently the special teams coordinator at Stanford, then moved on to Laney College, where he spent four years as an assistant to John Beam, a man Gifford regards as a mentor. “I learned a lot about leading a team from him,’’ Gifford said. “I got to wear a lot of different hats.’’ Working with kids in Oakland made Gifford want to get into an actual high school teaching job. One opened at Oakland High, along with a football head coaching position, and Gifford took it. He soon found the environment there to be a very difficult place to start a head coaching career. “I learned that coaching X’s and O’s is just a small part of being a football head coach,’’ he said. “You’ve got to work with the administration, work with parents.’’ Gifford got a call from Jake Messina, who coached him in high school as a member of Hansen’s

staff. Messina, then coaching at Golden Valley in Merced, offered Gifford the offensive coordinator position. “We set school records, scored a lot of points,’’ Gifford said. From there Gifford went back to Cal to get his M.A. in education and then got another call from Messina about joining forces again at Fremont. When Messina left two years later to take the Carlmont job, Gifford became head coach. Now it’s back to where it all started. “I’ve seen a lot of the country, seen a lot of the world and feel I have some perspective on what the job is all about,’’ Gifford said. “I can call Earl, not about X’s and O’s, but about relationships, about the approach to the game you need to maintain.’’ “I think Nelson has everything you need in a leader,’’ Palo Alto athletic director Therren Wilburn said. “The kids will play hard for him. He knows Paly and will be a good fit.’’ Gifford likes what he’s seen of the returning players. “I went by the weight room there were 10 kids in there working out on their own,’’ Gifford said. “They have talent, they’ve got real football players, kids that can play.’’Q • Palo Alto Weekly • March 9, 2018 • Page 51


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