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While county pushed to ensure university growth wouldn’t create problems for surrounding communities, Stanford gauged the mitigation measures as economically ‘infeasible’ by Gennady Sheyner he largest project in Santa Clara County’s history got the axe just before noon on Nov. 1, when Catherine Palter, Stanford University’s associate vice president for land use and environmental planning, sent a letter to county Planning Director Jacqueline Onciano informing her that Stanford was pulling its application to expand development on the campus. “We regret that it is necessary for Stanford to withdraw the permit application, and we greatly appreciate the hard work of your office in reviewing it,” Palter stated, alluding to the nearly three years of analysis that culminated in an environmental impact report, three meetings by the county’s Planning Commission and three more by the Board of Supervisors, which was set to rule on the application on Nov. 5. The decision provoked a wide range of reactions, including relief, anger and a mixture of the two. Students from the group Scope 2035 (Stanford Coalition for Planning an Equitable 2035), who had consistently argued that the university needs to do more to support its workforce, immediately issued an opinion piece saying they were “saddened and frustrated” by Stanford’s decision, which they called “a stalling tactic.” “We think in a matter of a few years, supervisor elections will happen and there will be student turnover. Stanford will initiate this permit and it will be able to negotiate for having much fewer mitigation measures than we may have now,” Kate Ham, a Stanford senior and member of Scope


2035, told the Weekly. Joe Simitian, the president of the five-member Board of Supervisors and Palo Alto’s representative, said he was surprised to see the university walk away just days before it was set to get the board’s approval. “I thought we were headed for a win-win,” said Simitian, who sat on a two-member subcommittee charged with negotiating with Stanford and who had become a lightning-rod figure during the Stanford process. “The authorization of 3.5 million square feet over 15 to 20 years certainly would’ve been a substantial benefit to the university ... but I respect their decision.”

For Stanford, now what?

tanford, for its part, framed its decision as a chance to regroup after a process that had become increasingly contentious and that culminated in about 400 people cramming into Palo Alto City Hall for an Oct. 22 public hearing on the general use permit (GUP). Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne said in a statement Friday that the university took this step “with regret, but with a clear-eyed understanding of the challenges before us in achieving a successful long-term permit at this time.” In the near-term, however, Stanford’s options for campus development appear to be very limited. The university is authorized under its existing general use permit, approved in 2000, to construct 175,257 square feet more of net new academic and


academic-support space, according to a new report from Deputy County Executive Sylvia Gallegos and Onciano of the Planning Department. Stanford has developed an average of about 98,000 square feet of academic development per year, not including housing. Based on that rate, Stanford will exhaust is remaining allotment for new academic space in about two years. Stanford can still demolish and replace buildings, provided it doesn’t increase the square footage. It can continue to build housing, provided it seeks and gets the approval of the county Planning Commission. It can also re-apply for a new general use permit at any time. Or it can propose a modification of the existing permit. “The time needed to process a proposed GUP modification and (the) extent of environmental review would depend upon the nature of the modification proposed,” the county report states. Martin Shell, Stanford’s vice president and chief external relations officer, said the university will take some time to assess its options. “Our focus has been for the past many months on reaching an agreement with the county that benefited the county, benefited our neighbors and benefited the institution,” Shell said. “We’re going to have to take a pause ourselves to assess what the priorities are. We clearly heard a lot from the community over the past many weeks and months, and we want to reflect on what we heard.” When asked how Stanford plans to get the additional academic space that, according to its

application, is needed to support newly emerging academic fields and allow the university to “maintain its leadership in teaching and research,” Shell suggested that the university may have to shift its emphasis. “We may need to focus more on people and programs for a while, and a little less on facilities,” Shell said.

The mantra of ‘full mitigation’

he beginning of the end for Stanford’s application can be traced to a community meeting in March when, after more than two years of analysis, county planners released a sheet of paper with a set of conditions that Stanford would have to meet to win permission for its highly contentious campus expansion. Stanford’s application, which called for 3.5 million square feet of new development by 2035, had been going through the planning process since 2016 and, up until that point, things appeared to be going relatively smoothly. In October 2018, the Board of Supervisors authorized the use of a “development agreement” for the approval process — a mechanism strongly favored by Stanford that would allow county supervisors to negotiate directly with the university over project parameters and community benefits. This was the first time that the county had ever approved the use of such a process.


And in December, the county released an environmental impact report for the campus expansion, which proposed managing the expected new traffic problems through the existing “no net new commute” requirement — a recommendation that Stanford supported. And while the analysis also evaluated two new housing alternatives, each of which went

well beyond the 550 staff housing units that Stanford had proposed, it stopped short of recommending either of these. All that changed on March 14, when Simitian came to Palo Alto for a special town hall meeting on the general use permit, at which county staff’s proposed conditions were publicly unveiled. These included a requirement that Stanford build 2,172 units of staff housing — the most ambitious option studied in the environmental impact report — and that Stanford meet more stringent traffic-reduction goals, including a mandate to limit average daily traffic and the number of reverse-commute trips. The county’s conditions came with a clear requirement: full mitigation of all impacts caused by the expansion. Because the county’s nexus study showed that Stanford’s plan would increase the campus population by 9,601 people, the university would be required to add significant amounts of housing. And because building thousands of housing units for staff and their families would likely bring more cars to campus, Stanford would have to redouble its transportation management efforts to prevent traffic jams. Simitian made it clear at the beginning of the March 14 meeting, which was co-sponsored by the Palo Alto Weekly, that “full mitigation” wasn’t just an aspiration. It was an imperative. “For 20-plus years, as long as I can remember, local communities up and down the Peninsula have told their constituents that when they approved a project, the impacts were fully mitigated,” Simitian said. “Twenty years later, traffic is worse, not better; housing is worse, not better. So I think there is a fair measure of skepticism out there in the community, which I understand, as to whether or not (continued on page 6) • Palo Alto Weekly • November 8, 2019 • Page 5

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In a jam over traffic requirements

he insistence on full mitigation, while theoretically reasonable, became practically untenable for Stanford, which found itself facing approval for a project it didn’t ask for, one with 2,172 housing units and new traffic restrictions. As the county’s Planning Commission reviewed the proposal over the summer, university leaders protested that the county’s housing conditions would turn the university’s campus into an “urban apartment complex” and result in more than 1,000 new vehicle trips in the evening peak commute hour. Palter pointed to Stanford’s own traffic analysis, which showed that to comply with the new “reverse commute” restriction, the university would need to “generate trips at a rate that is less than that generated by housing in Manhattan.” “This is simply impossible on the San Francisco Peninsula where Stanford is located,” Palter said at the June 27 meeting. The Planning Commission largely sympathized with Stanford and requested that the county consider alternative measures to curb


traffic. Commissioners Bob Levy and Marc Rauser each argued that this traffic mitigation would put too large a burden on Stanford, particularly with the county also requiring more than 2,000 new housing units for staff. Levy noted the county’s condition that 70% of the workforce housing get built on campus. Even if Stanford staff who live on campus won’t have to drive to work, their spouses and roommates might — to get to their workplaces elsewhere in the county, Levy said. But while Stanford argued that it was being asked to do the impossible, the county’s team disagreed. Geoff Bradley, the planning consultant in charge of the environmental-impact report process, acknowledged that the university would need to add new transportation services but suggested that Stanford University is “one of the few places in the county where you can do this, where all of these pieces come together.” “The goal really is to create a dense, compact, comfortable envi-

‘We didn’t feel we were in a position to accept conditions that we did not believe we could meet.’

— Martin Shell, vice president and chief external relations officer, Stanford University

ronment and not repeat the autocentric environment where everyone does have to get into their car,” Bradley said. Disputes over traffic restrictions dogged the process until the very end. On Oct. 21, Robert Reidy, Stanford’s vice president for land, buildings and real estate, proposed a different approach to manage traffic: keep the existing “no net new commute trips,” require the university to make intersection improvements to address the increase in reverse commutes and replace the existing “daily trips” standard with one that considers a “vehicle miles traveled (VMT).” But with the county preparing for its final scheduled hearing on the general use permit, it became clear that the board was unlikely to budge from the conditions of approval recommended by the county. Just before the Nov. 5 hearing, Simitian and Supervisor Cindy Chavez proposed in a memo some revisions to the conditions, including new provisions that would give Stanford “trip credits” for providing child care services, for constructing affordable housing and for providing Marguerite bus service (or another transit service) to non-Stanford-affiliated people in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and unincorporated San Mateo County. These credits could be applied to the county’s tallies of reverse commutes and average daily traffic. (continued on page 8)


Points of contention between county, university Stances on development agreement, negotiation rules drove wedges between Stanford, Santa Clara County by Gennady Sheyner

1. Was a development agreement necessary?

tanford University has claimed throughout the review process of its general use permit that a development agreement — a negotiated document spelling out how much growth Santa Clara County would allow and how much Stanford would contribute to cover the growth’s impacts — would be critical for the university to proceed with its expansion plan. Jean McCown, Stanford’s associate vice president for government and community relations, said the county’s “flat-out, continued refusal to engage with us on a development agreement” was the main factor in Stanford’s decision not to move ahead. The two sides were not always so polarized as they ended up over a development agreement. In October 2018, the county Board of Supervisors agreed to negotiate such an agreement that potentially could be considered as part of the approval process — or not. Joe Simitian, president of the county Board of Supervisors, said at the time that the agreement would ultimately be considered alongside other mechanisms, which would include ordinances, legislative actions and quasi-judicial actions. “The full array should be before us so that we can understand which tool is the most appropriate tool for which particular challenge in the exercise,” Simitian said. But while Stanford sought to get started immediately on negotiations, Simitian underscored that the board would not be making any decisions on a development agreement until after the environmental review of the project was completed in December. By April, however, the negotiations still hadn’t begun; Simitian said it was owing to the fact that county staff had not yet finalized conditions of approval, which would be key to negotiations. Even before talks collapsed in April, the two sides had starkly different ideas about what a development agreement would look like. Stanford repeatedly referred to a “comprehensive development agreement” governing the entire project. McCown said Stanford was being asked to deliver far more community benefits as part of the current proposal than was the case with its existing general use permit, approved in 2000. To provide these benefits, Stanford needs “protection and predictability” for its new development over the long-term horizon, she said. The county, however, was planning to use its regulatory powers to require many mitigations, such as housing and traffic regulations, and saw a development agreement as a tool that could be used for benefits that go beyond the scope of these powers. “I was open to the notion that a development agreement was an appropriate tool for some narrow and limited set of benefits,” Simitian told the Weekly after the university withdrew its application.


2. Did Stanford University violate its ground rules for negotiations with the county?

hen county staff and Supervisors Simitian and Cindy Chavez announced on April 16 that they were indefinitely suspending their negotiations with Stanford on a possible development agreement, they pointed to Stanford’s side deal with the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) as the reason. The ground rules that Stanford and the county agreed on in January 2019 for their negotiations over a development agreement specifically prohibited the two parties from reaching a deal with another “interested party” and presenting that deal as a proposal during the negotiations period.


Stanford leaders rejected the notion that they broke the rules and pointed to Simitian’s own comments at a March 14 community meeting, where he urged Stanford to collaborate with the school district on a package of benefits. “Supervisor Simitian and the county had actively encouraged us to engage with PAUSD as part of these negotiations, and we believe this discussion is not in violation of the ground rules,” McCown said in an email. After halting negotiations, county officials informed Stanford that they would consider reopening them if two conditions were met: the talks, unlike before, would occur in open and public meetings and Stanford would offer benefits to the Palo Alto Unified School District equal to or greater than those contained in the April 15 agreement (but without being contingent on a development agreement). According to a report from Deputy County Executive Sylvia Gallegos and Planning Director Jacqueline Onciano, Stanford leaders did not agree to these conditions.

3. Does the community support Stanford’s expansion?

oth Stanford and Santa Clara County officials claim to have support for their respective positions from the broader community. On Nov. 1, Stanford released a survey by Benenson Strategy Group indicating that most voters in Santa Clara County support what the university is doing. The results, however, also show that most people haven’t really been paying attention. Only 38% reported having heard anything about the university’s plans to expand. The survey also indicated that 75% of the respondents supported a “development agreement” with Santa Clara County that would “require Stanford to commit to providing specific benefits to the community, including housing, school funding and transportation improvements, over the next 20 years.” The question did not, however, inform the respondent that Stanford’s proposed housing and traffic benefits were less than what the county would have required without such an agreement. The survey also noted that 84% of voters agreed with the statement, “By investing $4.7 billion in workforce housing, local schools and transportation, Stanford University is doing its part to support our community.” That statement, however, belies the fact that a significant share of the $4.7 billion (more than $1 billion) would go toward constructing student beds and much of the rest would pay for fixing the problems caused by Stanford’s very project. From the county’s standpoint, public pressure placed on Stanford to fully mitigate the expansion’s anticipated impacts on housing, traffic and more shored up the county’s stance. The procession of mayors requesting that the county require full mitigation made it politically easy for the Board of Supervisors to stay the course with their housing and traffic requirements, Stanford’s protests notwithstanding. And the requests that various student groups presented to the county (including calls for additional child care services, subsidies for graduate students and transportation services for Stanford staff) aligned neatly with new conditions of approval that Simitian and Chavez released after the Oct. 22 board meeting. “When dealing with challenging land use matters, I have to ask: What does the law require? What are my constituents hoping for? And what’s my own best judgment — what values do I bring to the consideration? In this case, all three were aligned,” Simitian said. Q


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A deal or a dealbreaker?

f disagreements over conditions of approval sowed the seeds of a stalemate, one incident in the spring created a fissure between the county and university so great that neither one could span it during the months that followed. In mid-March, Stanford and the Palo Alto Unified School District kicked off a discussion of how the university could compensate for the new students who would be living in new Stanford housing and


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That, however, was not enough for Stanford. Shell told the Weekly that the university had commissioned numerous traffic engineering firms to evaluate the county’s conditions and to see if they were feasible. “The analysis kept coming back that they were infeasible,” Shell told the Weekly. “And the penalty of that — if we were unable to meet those conditions — meant immediate suspension of construction of new development. We didn’t feel we were in a position to accept conditions that we did not believe we could meet.”

Aric Floyd, a junior at Stanford University, and Stanford alumna Meiko Flynn-Do protest outside City Hall on Oct. 22. attending district schools. Under state law, counties and cities are unable to impose requirements on developers pertaining to schools beyond a school-mitigation fee, and the district would have been eligible for only about $4.2 million from Stanford, far short of what would be needed to educate the hundreds of new students. After several days of negotiations using a professional mediator, the two sides unveiled on April 15 the result: a $138-million deal under which Stanford would provide

the district between $5,800 and $8,450 for every student that Stanford’s expansion would bring to the campus; $15 million for an “innovative space” that would be shared by the university and the school district; and $500,000 for various transportation improvements near schools. The deal, however, came with a key condition. It was contingent on the county inking a development agreement with Stanford. For Simitian and Chavez, that was a dealbreaker. One day after

the deal was announced, Simitian stated that he and Chavez were indefinitely suspending their negotiations with Stanford on a development agreement. By conditioning its mitigations for schools on a broader development agreement, Stanford was using Palo Alto students as a “bargaining chip” to get out of other requirements such as housing and traffic mitigations, Simitian told the Weekly at the time. “What we’re faced with now is, in what purports to be an agreement, is a pretty explicit threat: If you don’t back off on expectations of traffic mitigations and open space protections, we won’t honor our commitment that we made to the school kids in Palo Alto,” Simitian said. “That’s not a good-faith effort.” County leaders also argued that Stanford had violated the ground rules for its negotiations with the county. The ground rules allowed Stanford and the county to discuss the development agreement with other “interested parties,” including public agencies, but expressly prohibited making “a deal between the party and the interested party that would be presented as a proposal during the negotiations period.” The county’s decision to call-off negotiations rankled some Palo Alto Unified board members. “If the end result is that our

students get less, then I think Supervisor Simitian will inevitably be blamed — and properly, in my opinion,” board member Ken Dauber said at a May 14 meeting. But while Simitian and Chavez rejected Stanford’s proposal for a development agreement, they continued to call for Stanford to maintain its pledge to the Palo Alto school district, at one point making it a condition for reopening the negotiations. Once closed, however, the negotiations between the county and Stanford never reopened. County staff and supervisors opted to stay the course on using a traditional approval process while Stanford consistently argued that by providing significant community benefits upfront, it would need a development agreement to provide guarantees of the county’s approval for future development. Reidy wrote on Oct. 21 that the development agreement is “the only legislative tool that can provide such predictability — there is no other.” “It is undisputed that county laws and regulations that affect Stanford’s academic and housing development under the general use permit can be changed absent a development agreement,” Reidy wrote. “For example, the county could impose new fees that would

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Upfront make development under the general use permit economically infeasible. This is the type of uncertainty that dissuades an applicant from investing in long-term planning and prevents an applicant from committing to expensive community benefits that go beyond the conditions of approval.” But county staff saw Stanford’s insistence on a development agreement as a way to negotiate its way out of the conditions of approval. In June, when several Planning Commissioners signaled their interest in having more negotiations with Stanford, Gallegos reminded the commission: “This is not a negotiation process. This is a regulatory process.” “We don’t negotiate away conditions of approval,” Gallegos said.

Some pressure, then the stalemate

he tension between Stanford and its critics reached its apogee on Oct. 22, when the Board of Supervisors convened at Palo Alto City Hall for what turned out to be the final meeting on the general use permit. Prior to the meeting, more than 100 Stanford students chanted, “Cut our housing? We say no. / Stanford has got to go!” and “Down, down with exploitation! Up, up with mitigation!” Speakers talked about the need to keep the university accountable for the impacts of its growth. Erica Scott, president of the Associated Students of Stanford University, drew applause from the assembled crowd after she accused the university of having an “incredibly conservative bias.” “It means that whenever Stanford is making a decision, it will always prioritize its interests first. That’s how institutions operate,” Scott said. “Student pressure is absolutely vital in forcing Stanford to create decisions that are inclusive in their scope and that take into account repercussions that echo beyond Stanford campus.” Things got even dicier at the meeting itself, with close to 300 people packing into the Council Chambers and spilling over into the lobby, where the meeting was televised. Some of the public speakers, including Stanford doctors, nurses and professors, spoke in favor of the university’s request for a development agreement. Buzz Thompson, a Stanford law professor who had previously served as head of the Woods Institute for the Environment, told the board that the institute’s headquarters, which was made possible by the 2000 general use permit, was “crucial to our success” and urged the board to support the new permit. Jonathan Levin, deal of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, made the same request. “Growth is intrinsically tied up with the excellence of the university,” Levin said. But of the roughly 140 people who spoke, the vast majority urged the board to require “full mitigation” and to hold the line on the county’s conditions of approval.


These requests came not just from residents who tend to view most new developments with skepticism. They also came from dozens of local officials, many of whom had praised Stanford at prior hearings, from public-school advocates wearing “Full Mitigation” stickers and from hundreds of Stanford students, including undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Graduate student Alexa Russo spoke on behalf of Stanford Solidarity Network, a group of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, who requested more support in terms of housing and child care services. “While we do different jobs and face different conditions, we are linked by our dire need for affordable housing and our concern about the equity implications of Stanford’s development plans, not only for us but the community as a whole,” Russo said. After the Oct. 22 meeting, Stanford and the county continued to exchange proposals in hopes of breaking the stalemate. Days before the scheduled Nov. 5 hearing, Stanford presented the county a “proposed motion,” which called for suspending the hearing and directing the county executive to “ensure” that county staff and Stanford representatives meet regularly between now and Feb. 1 to “work collaboratively toward a revised set of draft conditions of approval that are feasible and that establish clearly defined requirements.” Simitian and Chavez proposed their own conditions, including trip “credits” for reverse commutes and average daily traffic; a new study to create “affordability standards” for graduate students; and the establishment of a “school operations funding formula” along the lines of the one contained in the doomed agreement between Stanford and the school district. The conditions, however, proved moot. As Nov. 5 approached, the two sides weren’t getting any closer to consensus, they told the Weekly. Facing the prospect of a Pyrrhic victory, the university decided to walk away. Jean McCown, Stanford’s associate vice president for government and community relations, who took part in the last-minute discussions, said it became apparent to Stanford that the board majority wasn’t willing to delay its consideration of the

application or to consider a development agreement, as Stanford had requested. “We did not get any affirmative answers. We didn’t see that the position on the county’s side was changing,” McCown said. “Since we’ve been very consistent that the development-agreement piece is

‘I thought we were headed for a win-win. ... But I respect their decision.’

—Joe Simitian, president, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

critically important to what we’d like to do and what we think the community would like us to do, we didn’t see how we could move forward.” Stanford President Marc TessierLavigne, who was not available for an interview for this article, issued his own letter to the Stanford community on Nov. 1, explaining the university’s decision to withdraw and promising a “new phase of engagement with our local communities.” “Through that process, we hope to gain a deeper mutual understanding of the challenges facing our region, how Stanford can best enhance its contribution to addressing those challenges, and what the implications are for our long-term campus development,” TessierLavigne wrote. But some critics of the proposals, including members of Scope 2035, believe that by withdrawing its application, the university is seeking to avoid — rather than engage — the students who have been calling for the university to do more. Ham, an urban studies major, lamented that she and other activists will soon be graduating. Convinced that Stanford’s strategy amounts to waiting its critics out, Ham said the group is now focusing on passing its knowledge to the next generation of student activists. Others have blamed the county and Simitian for halting negotiations with Stanford in April. Supervisor Dave Cortese voiced his frustrations at the Sept. 24 hearing, at one point accusing County Executive Jeffrey Smith of “running a rogue operation” by not considering a proposal from

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Natural gel could help prevent wildfires

A long-lasting gel-like fluid developed by Stanford University researchers could keep wildfires from starting and spreading when it’s combined with a common fire retardant. The substance extends the retardant’s ability to extinguish fire, researchers said. (Posted Nov.

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Stanford in June and not submitting any counter-offers. Dauber, meanwhile, criticized Simitian for proposing a “school operation funding formula” for Palo Alto schools that would fall well short of what the university had offered in April. Both he and board Vice President Todd Collins said they were taken aback by the fact that the district wasn’t consulted before the formula was proposed. “It’s hard for me to understand how this fits with the collaborative, respectful relationship between the governing bodies to have no consultation with district,” Dauber said. Simitian said he believes that the issues that came up over the course of the approval process — and the “full mitigation” standard — will not go away any time soon. Simitian’s seen Stanford protest new policies before and then ultimately accept them, namely during the last general-use permit approval process in 2000. Simitian, who served on the

board back then, said the 2000 process resulted in a new “housing linkage” policy (which requires Stanford to provide 605 housings units for every 500,000 square feet of academic space), a “no net new commute trips” standard and the existing policy on protecting the foothills from development. Simitian’s take on Stanford’s withdrawal is simple: The university “didn’t want to fully mitigate the impacts of development.” “Not sure that will serve the university well in the years ahead, but it’s their right to make that choice,” Simitian said. “In this climate, getting approval for 3.5 million square feet of development and pre-authorization for 20 years is hard to imagine. “Yet we got there. As long as there was full mitigation.” Q Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be emailed at gsheyner@ About the cover: Illustration by Douglas Young.

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Transitions Births, marriages and deaths

Walter G. Vincenti

Walter G. Vincenti, a Stanford University emeritus professor of aeronautics and astronautics, died on Oct. 11. He was 102. The cause was complications from pneumonia. Vincenti earned his undergraduate degree in engineering in 1938 and an engineer degree in 1940, both from Stanford. He was a research scientist with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics at Moffett Field and engineered the nation’s second high-speed wind tunnel. He was a pioneer in computational fluid dynamics, and his work on gas dynamics at high temperatures helped to predict what happens when a spacecraft re-enters the atmosphere. Vincenti’s work in aerodynamic theory caught the attention of faculty at Stanford, and in 1957 he was offered a full professorship and tasked with re-invigorating the department of aeronautics and astronautics. In 1965, Vincenti built a hypersonic wind tunnel at Stanford. His penchant for history led him to co-found the interdisciplinary program at Stanford now known as Science, Technology,

and Society. His books include “Introduction to Physical Gas Dynamics� — co-authored with Charles Kruger and used by students to this day — and “What Engineers Know and How They Know It,� which won him the prize for best book from the Society for the History of Technology. Capping his career in aeronautics, Vincenti was awarded the David Guggenheim Medal for lifetime achievement in the field of flight. The medal’s citation noted his “seminal pioneering supersonic wind tunnel research, education in high-temperature gas dynamics, and exceptional contributions to the history of engineering technology.� In his spare time, Vincenti enjoyed the performing arts, following Stanford football, dogs, working in the garden, and supporting the work of his painter wife, Joyce. Vincenti is survived by his daughter, Margi VincentiBrown, and son, Marc Vincenti; two granddaughters; four greatgrandchildren; his sister, Jeanne Guichard; two nephews; two nieces; and a great-niece and great-nephew. Q

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John (Vern) Cloutier

September 16, 1933 – October 16, 2019 John (Vern) Cloutier, 86, passed away in his home on Wednesday, Oct 16, after a long illness. Vern was born in London, Ontario on September 16, 1933 to John Gillespie and Charlotte (Best) Cloutier. He emigrated to the US in 1960 after working for the National Research Council in Ottawa, Ontario. He spent a year north of the Arctic Circle as an electronic technician working on the Distant Early Warning radar system, which was intended to detect Russian bombers. After his experience with HP test gear, he was interested in working for HP and this he was able to do when he arrived in California in May of 1960. He worked for Hewlett Packard from 1960 until his retirement in 1998, where he was known as John. Much of his work there included writing: being head of the Publications team, editing Instrument News and the Test and Measurement catalogue. He also worked on trade shows, advertising, and public relations.  A typical Virgo, Vern was a perfectionist, insisting on the highest standards, whether it was building bunk beds for his sons, buying a real hammer for his three-year old to practice pounding holes in balsa wood, to taking loving care of his cars. He loved WWII airplanes and had a collection of model planes that he cherished.  He used to joke about sloppy British automobile engineering: why could they never figure out how to make leak-proof seals in their engines, so car owners had to invest in sheet metal pans to keep the drips off their garage floors.  As a husband and father, Vern was supportive and

nurturing, always with the goal of creating a better quality of life for his family. He played endless games of catch with his sons and never missed a baseball or soccer game. He even signed his wife up to umpire Little League games. He designed and faithfully hung up the team banners at each game. Whatever his sons expressed an interest in, he encouraged and supported them. Though plagued by health issues and frequent hospitalizations throughout his life, he maintained an upbeat attitude.  Friends recall Vern’s generosity; one remembered a time when he was having trouble with a project and Vern dropped his own to help him out. The “to do� list at home was put on hold so he could help a neighbor rewire his boat. Another recalled how, when he was a new hire at HP, John took him under his wing, helped him to understand the HP Way and took time out each day to come and see how he was doing.  He was supportive of Mary’s many acts of help to people in need and encouraging her to have an active life outside of the home by being involved in church activities and sports, activities he was unable to do.  Vern is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary, his sons Brad (Susann) and David (Schia), sister and brother-in-law Marlene and Alex Campbell of Ottawa, Ontario, four nieces and one nephew.  Friends and family are invited to celebrate Vern’s life at All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the All Saints’ Episcopal Memorial Fund, 555 Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301. PAID

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Editorial Stanford’s miscalculations One misjudgment after another left the university in an unfamiliar place — cornered and without leverage

tanford University’s decision last Friday to pull the plug on a plan that would have given it approval to build all 3.5 million square feet of new development it had asked for over the next 25 years is as difficult to understand as the strategy it has followed throughout the last year. It means that the long and tedious review of its application will eventually need to start anew, since the university cannot proceed with any development once it uses up the remaining 200,000 square feet or so of growth authorized under the 2000 general use permit. Both Stanford and county staff, plus elected officials and the staffs of surrounding communities, have invested enormous time, professional expertise and money that may now need to be largely re-done. That’s frustrating for all involved, as well as the public. Before it returns with a revised application, Stanford must reassess its negotiating and public relations strategies, both of which have hurt, not helped, the university’s case. Unless Stanford reconsiders its intransigence over the county’s review process it will encounter the same (or worse) public and political opposition and find itself back in the same place. The university cannot simply take a time-out and hope for a change in the political landscape that will make county officials and the public more receptive to its wants. Obtaining approvals for massive development will only become more difficult over time. That Stanford would be given permission to expand was never in doubt. The entire process, which is now in its fourth year, centered around how the impacts of its desired expansion needed to be mitigated. But from the start, process was a huge issue. The university felt the way to achieve the best outcome was to negotiate the major mitigation requirements in private meetings with county staff. For months, it repeatedly — almost obsessively — sought to move negotiations with the county from the normal public forum to closed-door negotiations. Over and over, the county made clear it would not agree to a process that wasn’t transparent to the public and that it would proceed with normal public hearings and decision-making. Whether it was because it never anticipated such a robust and comprehensive county review of its application or believed it would eventually persuade three supervisors to relent to its insistence on a negotiated development agreement is unclear. For some inexplicable reason, Stanford believed that the county would eventually capitulate to its demands for negotiating a development agreement, in spite of the fact that it could never make a persuasive case for its necessity and didn’t have one when the last use permit was approved 20 years ago. Frustrated, in September Stanford made a shocking ultimatum. It announced that unless the county agreed to negotiate a development agreement it would withdraw its application. Then last Thursday, just five days prior to Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting at which Stanford’s proposal would have been approved, university representatives made a last-ditch effort. They told county officials the university would accept the proposed housing mitigation requirements if the board agreed to suspend the process and direct the staff to negotiate a development agreement over the next four months. It was a bizarre offer given that the housing mitigation measures are completely within the county’s legal authority and an obligation under CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act, and given that the county has repeatedly made clear it had decided against using a comprehensive development agreement. The next day, Stanford made good on its threat to withdraw its application. Successful negotiating requires both parties to understand who has what leverage and to find ways around road blocks. Stanford is usually quite good at this, and the result is more often than not something with which both the university and public are satisfied. The question that has thus far produced no satisfactory answer is why Stanford was so invested in negotiating a development agreement that it was willing to withdraw its application even when approval was days away. Appropriately, Stanford says it wants to step back and reassess its plans and engage in a new public outreach effort before returning with a new application. We hope and assume it will also include a new, more collaborative and fully transparent approach to negotiating mitigation measures with the county, the cities of southern San Mateo County and the Palo Alto Unified School District. Most importantly, a successful process will depend on repairing the strained relationships between Stanford, county staff and elected officials. Q


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Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

This week on Town Square

Town Square is an online discussion forum at In response to ‘Police nab alleged bank robber after chase through Paly’

Posted Nov. 5 at 12:13 p.m. by Sally-Ann Rudd, a resident of Downtown North: “If every visitor without a pass on the Paly campus caused a lockdown it would be pretty much constant lockdown. It is an open campus, like every Palo Alto school and every college campus; there are people, adults and students, coming and going all the time. The students are all well versed in what to do in these situations, even the ones who happened to be caught outside know they have to run (and fences would have impeded that). The whole thing was over in 5 minutes probably. No one had time to react, the principal sent out the first email to parents minutes after it was clear it was all over. This is the world our kids live in now. Neither of my kids felt it was important enough to even mention at dinner until I asked. For my daughter it was the second fake active shooter scare in 2 weeks — she was at Great America when there was a much longer, more worrying incident the last Saturday before Halloween. People need to calm down and not put

Make Halloween PG again

Editor, Palo Alto closed at least six blocks around Waverley Street and Santa Rita Avenue on Halloween night so thousands could freely roam the streets. Tons of candy was distributed in the neighborhood, and there was a vacant lot-carnival that looked like fun, but the centerpiece of the show was at the Jobs’ residence. While it managed to be offensive to almost anyone, it was particularly horrifying when viewed through the eyes of the hundreds of small children in the crowd who paraded past the scene. In case you missed it, a table saw seemed to be cutting realistic bloody body parts — portions of arms, legs and skulls, which were then fed into a simulated “meat grinder.” Children filing by were offered the opportunity to toss an arm, leg or skull into the grinder. A bit farther along, actors sat at a table apparently enjoying cannibalism. All in good clean fun, of course! Adults in their homes and at private parties may engage in whatever ghoulish Halloween behavior they choose, but there is enough violence in the world already. To expose very young children to what would surely receive at least an R rating as a movie was reprehensible. There are many ways creative people can have fun with Halloween. Surely, Palo Alto can do better. Donald Brown Lowell Avenue, Palo Alto

unreasonable expectations on the people running the schools, they are teachers not professional security consultants although increasingly that’s what they are asked to be.”

In response to ‘Palo Alto to ban natural gas in new buildings’

Posted Nov. 5 at 12:08 p.m. by Dave Ross, a resident of Portola Valley: “We have a gas furnace for heating our home, a gas oven, range and a gas water heater. Now we’re thinking about adding a gas (or liquid propane) generator so that we continue using electricity. Kind of ironic. If the gas gets turned off, I suppose we’ll have to use the fireplace for heating and burn kerosene or beeswax for lighting. This is not a criticism of the goal to reduce greenhouse gases — I’m all for it. I’m just struck by the irony of an unreliable delivery system provided by an electric utility company that, last year, was probably the biggest single source of carbon-based atmospheric pollution (from wildfires). It actually doesn’t get any more ironic than this. Is electricity really our savior?”

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Guest Opinion My town, a love letter by Gina Dalma ea r Palo Alto, It has been almost 26 years since we fell in love with you as sta r r y-eyed graduate students a r r ivi ng f rom Mexico — we felt very foreign and couldn’t believe you would be so welcoming. We never predicted that you’d be so bold in your ideas and values that you encouraged, even expected, the community to believe themselves capable of changing the world. We’ve lived through a lot together. You’ve seen us through the birth of our children and their coming-ofage — through tech bubbles and bursts, through moments of wild growth and startling silence. Sometimes, there are moments in a relationship when we need to make sure that we are growing together and not apart. This is one of those moments. When we see worlds being torn apart — refugees seeking asylum being referred to as “illegal” people; children ripped away from their parents and locked in cages; the unending attack on our environment; when the safety net for immigrants and low-income people is being dismantled and overall humanity challenged, it is time to define who we are and act accordingly to our values. Who are you today? Are you seeing


folks of incredible wealth standing next to those who are struggling to find their next meal? Have you seen that these two worlds barely interact — never really see each other? Do you notice the bumper to bumper RVs lining El Camino? They’re mostly families or working adults who contribute to our communities but can’t afford to live here, and yet you fight tooth and nail every time we could be building more affordable housing. We raise incredible amounts of money for all presidential candidates who espouse progressive values, feel really good when we do, but then turn away or don’t care when our own community has become more segregated, less caring and less willing to invest in all of us. I see our community changing. It is palpable how we are driving people away and not welcoming our new starry-eyed ones. Our own children cannot afford to come back; our community members who help keep our city running — teachers, police officers, and restaurant workers — are commuting for hours and our seniors cannot age in place. Remember my son’s extraordinary seventh-grade teacher — the one who changed his life? She left our town for a cheaper place to live; she can’t teach in our town anymore. Or, remember Katie — who after serving as an accountant for a bunch of medical departments at Stanford retired after a career of more than 25 years, then became like a second mother to all our children as volunteer extraordinaire at Ohlone? She also had to leave her home, friends and community

because she could not afford to stay. How many stories like this do you need? What will happen to us if we don’t fix this now? Do we understand our own responsibility in the tragedy that so many of our neighbors are living in? Do we understand that the more that our home prices rise because we are not building more housing for all income levels, the more that we are creating an exclusive, segregated and lethargic economy and community? I know who you are. You are the inventor of bold solutions, the innovator who knows that diversity is your strength, that inclusion is your weapon — that caring for each other and building a vision that includes us all is the only way that we will be the sustainable, diverse, thriving community that we both want in the future. So, this is the time when we say enough “buts,” enough “they’re different,” enough “why do they have to park there?” enough “but, my property value” and enough “us versus them” mentality. Let’s become together the strategic, visionary, caring and cohesive community that would be an example and an antidote to what is happening in many parts of our country and of the world. Let’s build housing solutions for every income level — including for those who struggle every day to make ends meet, those who take care of our kids, clean our houses and mow our lawns. How? How about streamlining the permitting process, intentionally seeking and investing in inclusionary projects, getting rid of constraints that discourage more dense development?

That would be a start. Let’s be intentional about ensuring that those most affected by the housing crisis are at the table and an integral part of our decision making — and yes, let’s make it easier to run and elect more young people and people of color to our school board and city council. How? How about putting limits on campaign expenditures, reaching out to young leaders in our communities and supporting their campaigns, making council meetings off-working hours and providing stipends for child care? Let’s ask for those companies within our borders to enter a shared compact where they are also responsible in generating solutions for challenges that their growth has created. Let’s ask them not to stop growing but to sit at the table and help us find common solutions. How? By investing capital in housing projects and initiatives, offering surplus land to developers and maybe even using technology to support shared housing models in our town. The future does not have to be defined by our past. Where we are today is not a good place for most of us. Where we are today is clearly the result of policy decisions and actions we have taken in the past. Let’s take different ones going forward to build the vibrant, cohesive, sustainable and diverse future we both want — together. I’m in. Are you? Q Gina Dalma is a resident of the Midtown neighborhood in Palo Alto. She can be reached at


What about Palo Alto are you thankful for? Asked on Newell Road, Town & Country Village and Homer Street in Palo Alto. Question, interviews and photographs by Jonathan Guillen.

Peyma Trus

Jeremias Henriquez

Gary Greenberg

Lise Greenberg

Ed House

Homemaker Mariposa Street, Palo Alto

Courtesy Clerk Emerson Street, Palo Alto

Retired Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Retired Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Retired Kipling Street, Palo Alto

“I’m thankful for the school system and the quality education for my kids.”

“I’m thankful that there are so many things happening here all the time, community events, commercial centers, and Stanford always has activities to do.”

“I’m thankful for the city’s resources. Like today, I enjoyed the chance to pet donkeys at Barron Park.”

“I’m thankful for the libraries and all the books that are available to me within walking distance.”

“I’m thankful for the really good water that the city gets and the great weather.” • Palo Alto Weekly • November 8, 2019 • Page 15

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Royal drama at the Dragon Tudor tale, ‘Anne of the Thousand Days,’ is an intimate approach to history

hough it all went down nearly 500 years ago, the tempestuous, world-changing romance between England’s King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, remains an eternally compelling topic. It’s juicy royal drama that seems to make great, well, drama, no matter how many books, movies or plays come out about it. Dragon Productions Theatre Company’s current take on Maxwell Anderson’s 1948 play “Anne of the Thousand Days” offers a stylized yet human examination of the fateful couple. In case you aren’t a history nerd like me and need a refresher, Henry’s desire to get rid of his first wife and marry Anne Boleyn, who refused to be his mistress like her sister, Mary, led him to make a break from Catholicism and create the Anglican church, reshaping world history in accordance with his lust/love/desire for a legitimate son. This also set him on an increasingly tyrannical path that would see him marry four more wives before he finally wore out. Anne Boleyn, maligned by her detractors and idolized by her fans, serves as a complicated heroine (or anti-heroine). Was she a witch, a calculating schemer, a whore? Or a feminist icon, victim and modern reformer? In Anderson’s play, Anne is definitely a sympathetic protagonist. Played quite well at


the Dragon by Ivette Deltoro, she’s a fiercely intelligent, independent young woman who’s dragged unwillingly into the royal circle, eventually embraces her powerful new station, then finds herself out of favor and about to lose her head (spoiler alert?) in one of history’s most spectacular rises and downfalls. Peter Ray Juarez, as Henry VIII, offers a surprising and ultimately very winning performance, his every facial expression reflecting the arrogant, yet charming, monarch’s thoughts and feelings and his smooth voice reminiscent of a televangelist. His Bluff King Hal is still young and virile, the ideal Renaissance prince, and not yet fully the ill, paranoid despot he’d become. Juarez gets audience laughs as he displays Henry’s astounding, clueless ego and sense of entitlement, a living example of male privilege and power in action, but he shows, too, his genuine desire to live up to his kingly duties, to get that elusive, all-important male heir and to be truly loved. Though it’s definitely Henry and Anne’s story, there are a number of fascinating side characters and the Dragon’s ensemble members (directed by Melinda Marks), including Lisa Burton, Helena G. Clarkson, April Culver, Tonya Duncan, Ronald Feichtmeir and Keenan Flagg, all tackle multiple

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King Henry VIII (Peter Ray Juarez) plots with Anne Boleyn (Ivette Deltoro), Cardinal Wolsey (Helena G. Clarkson) and Thomas Cromwell (Tonya Duncan) in Dragon Theatre’s “Anne of the Thousand Days.”

roles, sometimes even switching characters within the same scene and featuring a number of genderbending casting choices. It’s fun to watch, seeing folks take on roles they would not have been offered in more traditional versions. Those unfamiliar with the history, however, may find themselves confused. Interludes of period-style music, often led by Flagg on classical guitar and vocals with others joining in, is a nice touch (although he struggled opening night with the melody to “I Had a Little Nut Tree”). For a “costume drama,” this production is not heavily costumed. Henry, as befitting the king, gets the most sumptuous of Marley Teter’s attire, while most of the cast are outfitted in neutral clothes (think gray yoga pants and boots)

with key period elements (a hat here, a cardinal’s cloak there) representing their various characters. Deltoro’s neck goes from holding Anne’s trademark “B” necklace to a white ruff to one in blood red, representing her grim fate. Anderson’s script is witty and poetic and the structure of the show, framed by Anne’s imprisonment in the Tower of London, her execution nigh, flashing back to key moments of her “thousand days” with Henry, is well done. Audiences will laugh (or cry) knowingly at dialogue that resonates, such as when Henry and his mates engage in some ye olde “locker room talk,” and appreciate the irony of Henry’s doubt that a woman could ever rule England. (He and Anne’s only living child, Elizabeth, whose birth deeply

disappoints them both, would of course go on to reign as one of the nation’s most successful sovereigns, among several other notable English queens.) Dragon’s “Anne of the Thousand Days” is another good version of a great old story, an intimate tale with global implications. Q Arts & Entertainment Editor Karla Kane can be emailed at What: “Anne of the Thousand Days.” Where: Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. When: Through Nov. 24. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. Cost: $29-$37. Info:

Celebrating feline form and friendship

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Cubberley Artist Studio Program exhibition explores ‘CATS, From Artist Expression to Devotion’

The feline-inspired art of Junko Tsuchida (top) and Harumo Sato (right) is on view at Cubberley Community Center for the exhibition “CATS, From Artist Expression to Devotion.”

Courtesy of the artists/CASP

by Karla Kane

brown tabby cat named Roy joined artist Junko Tsuchida’s family in the year 2000. During a difficult period of Tsuchida’s life, she took comfort in sketching Roy, sometimes for up to five hours a day. “The drawings acted as meditation and a creative tool to express my feelings,” Tsuchida wrote in an artist’s statement. By the end of 2011, she had 450 drawings of the beloved feline, who died in 2017. “184 Days with Roy,” her installation included in the new “CATS, From Artist Expression to Devotion” exhibition at Cubberley Community Center, offers 184 of her graphite Roy depictions. The drawings are displayed on cards, reminiscent of a wall calendar, and connected by a red thread, which Tsuchida said is a powerful symbol of fate and attachment for soulmates in Japanese culture.


“This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never breaks,” she said. “I use the metaphor in my installation to connect Roy and myself, and in a broader sense to connect humans and cats as lasting companions.” Cubberley Artist Studio Program (CASP) member Pantea Karimi curated the show, which also includes the cat-themed ink art of fellow CASP artist Harumo Sato. “To me, both (artists) have an elegant, minimalistic approach to drawing which emphasizes the cat in a beautiful, heartfelt way,” Karimi said. Cats, according to Sato, are mysterious, which is part of their appeal. “Each cat has some drama in his or her life, but their sleeping face looks like an angel. My goal has been to catch their varied personality and emotion with my Chinese brush,” she said. The free exhibition will be

on display through Nov. 11 in the Art Lab, Room U7, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto (open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 2-4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m, with a reception Saturday, Nov. 9, 4:30-6:30 p.m.). A calligraphy workshop hosted by Karimi, Tsuchida and CASP artist Chandrika Marla will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m to 1 p.m., in which participants will learn to write “cat” in Japanese, Persian and Hindi, using origami paper and traditional calligraphy tools. Visitors can also share their own experiences with cats on the small papers provided at the gallery, which will then be showcased with the exhibition. More information about CASP is available at Q Arts & Entertainm ent Editor Karla Kane can be emailed at kkane@paweekly. com. • Palo Alto Weekly • November 8, 2019 • Page 19

Eating Out Your food is here. It’s from a restaurant that doesn’t exist. Delivery apps spur surge in virtual restaurants on the Peninsula

by Elena Kadvany ocal diners can order delivery from Manzo’s Artisan Pastas in Menlo Park, with a few taps on a smartphone app sending fettuccine alfredo and linguine with meatballs straight to their doorstep.


This is despite the fact that the restaurant doesn’t actually exist. Manzo’s Artisan Pastas is a virtual restaurant. Virtual restaurants live on mobile delivery apps and operate out of the kitchens of brick-and-mortar restaurants — in this case, Amici’s East Coast

your existing equipment, operations, and staff, and most importantly, makes you money!” reads a page on Uber’s website dedicated to virtual restaurants. Cooperstein declined to disclose what profit the virtual concepts have generated for his business. But delivery makes up the majority of Amici’s overall business. For decades, before the advent of delivery apps, the company has run its own delivery business — which is costly, Cooperstein said. He employs over 100 people to deliver from 10 Amici’s locations. (Compared with the third-party apps, whose drivers are less expensive independent contractors.) All of the third-party apps take a commission on deliveries, though they’re tight-lipped on just how much. Cooperstein said his percentages have ranged between 20% and 30%. Chain restaurants or ones with higher volume have more leverage to negotiate a lower commission fee compared to smaller mom-and-pop places, he noted. Robert Earl, the owner of the Buca di Beppo chain and founder of Planet Hollywood, is behind P.Za. It’s one of several delivery brands owned by Virtual Dining

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Pizzeria, which runs two deliveryonly concepts in addition to its traditional restaurants in Menlo Park, San Mateo, Mountain View and elsewhere in the Bay Area. Manzo’s is simply Amici’s pastas and other select dishes repackaged to look like a local Italian restaurant (one that happens to have the same address as your local Amici’s). Virtual restaurants are a growing phenomenon in the Bay Area, and the Peninsula is no exception. As local owners search for creative ways to survive in the face of rising labor costs, costly real estate and an industry-wide push toward delivery, these deliveryonly concepts offer an undeniable appeal. They allow restaurants to generate additional sales without the trouble of hiring additional staff, creating a new menu or renting more space. “From a restaurant point of view, the world is changing and we really need to adapt,” said Peter Cooperstein, president of Amici’s, which first opened in 1987 in San Mateo. “We can complain about it but I think we can either jump on the bandwagon or miss the boat.” A quick search on a handful of delivery apps and a cross-referencing of restaurant addresses shows there are several virtual restaurants on the Peninsula. Amici’s runs Manzo’s and Freddie Parker’s Pasta + Salad Shop, the latter being exclusive to Uber Eats. A national virtual restaurant chain called P.Za Kitchen operates out of Buca di Beppo in Palo Alto. Dumplings from Bun Bao, which primarily does delivery and catering out of a kitchen in Fremont, have been available locally from now-closed Chilly and Munch in Mountain View, but it is working with the new owner to continue delivering out of the space. Pearl Hawaiian Musubi & Bowls on Uber Eats appears to be a delivery concept for Pearl Cafe,

a family-owned Hawaiian restaurant in Mountain View. In a sign of the times, DoorDash last month opened a 6,000-squarefoot space in Redwood City exclusively for virtual restaurants. The company’s first-ever shared commissary kitchen allows more restaurants to deliver on the Peninsula without the risk and cost of opening their own brick-andmortar spaces. Cooperstein said he’s been approached by several third-party delivery apps interested in helping Amici’s expand digitally. He started with Freddie Parker’s on Uber Eats a few years ago (Uber’s food delivery arm has reportedly helped launch 4,000 virtual restaurants worldwide) and then grew to the other big-name apps: Caviar, DoorDash, Grubhub and Postmates. For Cooperstein, the advantages were obvious. “Simply, it’s more sales,” he said. “If we get an order from, say, Uber Eats for three pastas and it comes in under the name Freddie Parker’s, for us operationally it’s just like it’s coming in under Amici’s.” “Create your own concept or work with the Uber Eats team to build a menu that best utilizes

Above: Fernando Osuna, Amici’s kitchen manager, tosses penne pasta into a pan. The restaurant delivers pasta through a separate virtual restaurant called Manzo’s. Top: A Halal Guys employee prepares a meal for delivery at DoorDash’s shared kitchen in Redwood City. Photo courtesy of DoorDash.

Eating Out Concepts, which provides a proprietary online delivery platform, marketing and other services to restaurateurs who want to go digital. In an interview, Earl said he’s “bullish” on delivery, a multibillion-dollar industry that is growing rapidly. According to eMarketer, 38 million Americans will use a food-delivery app this year, up 21% over 2018. Earl said he knows a restaurant owner that runs between eight and 10 brands out of a single kitchen. “He’s thinking the cumulative of all of those equals a successful business,” Earl said. “It helps with the economics for the existing restaurant.” It’s a win for consumers as well, who “are no longer as concerned about whether it’s coming from a physical building that they are familiar with,” he said. “I’ve heard people in the industry say that dining in ... is the new dining out,” Cooperstein said. “My generation, it was really a treat to go out to dinner. A lot of the younger people would rather stay home. It’s a little bit less about quality for a lot of people and more about the convenience.” P.Za serves Roman-style pizzas, salads and desserts out of the Buca di Beppo on Emerson Street in downtown Palo Alto. The parent company provides recipes and product specifications to the local kitchens to execute. Virtual Dining Concepts also offers marketing support in the form of social media campaigns and “digital influencers,” Earl said. The company plans to open more P.Za locations in the Bay Area, but Earl declined to state where or how many. “I’m old school and I love to go to a restaurant. But that’s not where the world is going,” he said. Last week, the owners of Poki Time, a string of fast-casual poke restaurants in the Bay Area, announced that they would be converting all three of their locations into delivery-only “hubs,” taking “the first step in growing multiple delivery hubs up and down the entire Bay Area.” (Though they aren’t changing Tuna Kahuna, a new restaurant they opened in Burlingame this spring as an option between fast-casual and full service.) “Right now we’re at a crossroads between human behavior and technology,” co-owner Doug Wong said in an interview. “If our customers want delivery, then we gotta get the food to them somehow.” Moving to delivery-only will allow their business to expand to 10 new markets within a few months, which would be unheard of with brick-and-mortar restaurants. “I think the restaurant business is no different from what brickand-mortar retail went through with the rise of Amazon,” Wong said. “It looks like restaurants are geared toward the same thing. We need to adapt.” Q Staff writer Elena Kadvany can be emailed at ekadvany@



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Kick off the holidays with this gorgeous production, featuring world-class singing and a rich score! Opera San José presents Engelbert Humperdinck’s

NOW SHOWING The Addams Family (2019) (PG) Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun. ShowPlace Icon: Fri. - Sun. Arctic Dogs (PG) Century 20: Fri. - Sun.

A holiday treat for the whole family!

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Countdown (PG-13) Century 20: Fri. - Sun. The Current War: Director’s Cut (PG13) ++1/2 Century 20: Fri. - Sun. ShowPlace Icon: Fri. - Sun. Doctor Sleep (R) Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun. ShowPlace Icon: Fri. - Sun. Downton Abbey (PG) ++ Century 20: Fri. - Sun. ShowPlace Icon: Fri. - Sun. Gunga Din (1939) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Friday Harriet (PG-13) Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun. Jesse James (1939) Stanford Theatre: Friday

All kids receive a small gift, treats, a chance to meet characters, and visit fun, fairy tale settings in the lobby. Recommended for children ages 6+

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December 13-15 & 21-22 Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center * 800.595.4849 FOOTHILL-DE ANZA Community College District Board of Trustees seeks applicants for its Measure C Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee Candidates appointed to the independent, volunteer Measure C Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee review and report to the public on the district’s Measure C bond expenditures. Applicants must reside in the district’s service area, which includes the cities of Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale and portions of San Jose, Santa Clara and Saratoga. Applicants may not be an employee, contractor, consultant or vendor of the district. The Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee bylaws are available at or by calling (650) 949-6100. Currently, two committee members are needed for two-year terms in the following category: • (1) At-Large representative • (1) FHDA Auxiliary organization representative (foundation or advisory council) This committee is responsible for reviewing expenditures related to the district’s $490,800,000 general obligation bond, Measure C, approved by the voters on June 6, 2006. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter KL[HPSPUN[OLPYX\HSPÄJH[PVUZHUKUV[PUN[OLHIV]LJH[LNVY`[OL` would represent, to any of the following: E-mail: Mail:6ѝJLVM[OL*OHUJLSSVY Foothill-De Anza Community College District 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 Fax: (650) 941-1638 Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 20, 2019. For more information, please call (650) 949-6100 or email Page 22 • November 8, 2019 • Palo Alto Weekly •

JoJo Rabbit (PG-13) Century 20: Fri. - Sun. Palo Alto Square: Fri. - Sun. Joker (R) ++1/2 Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun. ShowPlace Icon: Fri. - Sun. Judy (PG-13) Palo Alto Square: Fri. - Sun. Last Christmas (PG-13) Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun. ShowPlace Icon: Fri. - Sun. Love Affair (PG-13) +++ Stanford Theatre: Saturday Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (PG) Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun. ShowPlace Icon: Fri. - Sun. +1/2

California Theatre • 345 South 1st Street, San José

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Midnight (1939) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: Saturday Midway (PG-13) Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun. ShowPlace Icon: Fri. - Sun. Motherless Brooklyn (R) Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. Sun. ShowPlace Icon: Fri. - Sun. Pain and Glory (R) Aquarius Theatre: Fri. - Sun. Parasite (R) +++1/2 Aquarius Theatre: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun. ShowPlace Icon: Fri. - Sun. Playing with Fire (PG) Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun. Terminator: Dark Fate (R) Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. Sun. ShowPlace Icon: Fri. - Sun. Western Stars (PG) Fri. - Sun.

Century 20:

Zombieland: Double Tap (R) Century 16: Fri. - Sun. Century 20: Fri. - Sun.

+ Skip it ++ Some redeeming qualities +++ A good bet ++++ Outstanding Aquarius: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (For recorded listings: 327-3241) Century Cinema 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View

Century 20 Downtown: 825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City

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Homeowners aren’t required to buy earthquake insurance but some may not realize earthquakes aren’t covered by their existing policy. ‘If they don’t have earthquake insurance, they aren’t covered for earthquake damage,’ said Sarah Sol of the California Earthquake Authority. s wildfires burn throughout the state once again, for the moment, earthquakes might seem like a more distant worry. But two large southern California quakes this summer, a few minor shakers in the Bay Area last month — not to mention the recent 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake — are reminders that California’s second-most infamous natural disaster could strike again at any time. But even so, earthquake insurance doesn’t seem high on many homeowners’ to-do lists, either locally or statewide. If you have homeowners insurance, “your company must offer to sell you earthquake insurance. It must offer this every other year,” according to an explainer published by the California Department of Insurance. But homeowners aren’t required to have earthquake insurance. And the Department’s statistics bear that out: As of 2017, 13% of California homeowners with home


insurance had an earthquake insurance policy. Locally, the numbers match up with the state average. The Department’s fire and earthquake policy count per county, also as of 2017, shows that 13%, or 36,708 homeowners, had earthquake policies in Santa Clara County. Likewise, in San Mateo County, 13%, or 16,894 homeowners, had earthquake policies. When there is a significant quake, it does jolt more homeowners into getting policies, said Chris Grammar, owner and president of Insurance by Allied Brokers in Palo Alto. “Every time there’s an earthquake, there’s a slight bounce. The Napa earthquake (of 2014) was a pretty good bounce. The insured losses on the Napa earthquake were not that extreme,” Grammar said. The fact that homeowners aren’t required to have earthquake insurance may contribute to some common misconceptions. “A lot of people think they already have it. They think that

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earthquake damage is covered in their regular residential insurance policy, and it’s specifically excluded, actually. So if they don’t have earthquake insurance, they aren’t covered for earthquake damage,” said Sarah Sol, media relations manager for the California Earthquake Authority. Sol said that the Earthquake Authority found another common misconception: In the aftermath of a major disaster, the government will lend assistance in rebuilding. “We hear from a lot of people that they think government is going to come in and bail them out. If an earthquake happens in your area, that’s just not realistic. FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) grants do exist, but they’re typically capped at around $34,000 which is not going to be enough to rebuild your home,” she said. The Earthquake Authority is a not-for-profit, privately funded, publicly managed organization that provides residential earthquake insurance in California. Most earthquake policies in California are through the Earthquake Authority, according to the California Department of Insurance. The state legislature created the California Earthquake Authority in 1996, to stop insurers from abandoning the California insurance market in the aftermath of the 1994 Northridge quake near Los Angeles. Those who have insurance through the Earthquake Authority don’t buy it directly from the organization, but from insurers who are members of the organization. As earthquake insurance policy holders, Grammar’s clients beat the local and state average by almost double. “Of my clients, 25% have

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earthquake insurance. Most brokers don’t concentrate on it,” Grammar said. The Authority has about 70% of the market, Grammar said, but in addition to policies offered through the Authority, he also writes policies for insurers that aren’t members of the Earthquake Authority. He said that these specialty companies, such as GeoVera and Palomar, are often focused on providing insurance for natural disasters and tend to be more selective for “better” risks: homes that aren’t in liquefaction zones or newer homes that meet more stringent building codes. Regardless of the insurer, the location, as well as the age of a home, the number of stories, how it’s constructed and whether it’s been seismically retrofitted, are all factors that will affect premiums. For instance, a more stable slab foundation is a plus, but an older home — one built before 1980 — is less likely to be up to code. “In your area, there are multiple faults, you’re right between the San Andreas and the Hayward faults, so you’re definitely going to have a location-related risk there,” Sol said. That said, there isn’t an easy average premium for the area, because homes vary in age and construction methods, Sol noted, and with Earthquake Authority insurers, there’s a variety of policies with a range of deductibles from 5 to 25%. But as an example, Sol checked the data for California Earthquake Authority policy holders in the 94306 zip code and found that, with the average age of houses dating to 1960 and slab foundations typical in the area, the average (continued on page 24) • Palo Alto Weekly • November 8, 2019 • Page 23

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reconstruction cost for a house in the zip code would be $630,000. “That’s the other key factor that goes into the rate: It’s not the value of the house, including your land and what you would sell it for; it’s how much it would cost to rebuild the structure on it,” Sol said. “For that house, the policy could be anywhere from about $1,063 all the way up to $5,487 a year. That’s taking into account whatever the purchaser chooses, how much coverage they want and what deductible.” Considering the worst case scenario might be key to whether a homeowner

decides earthquake insurance is worthwhile. What’s typically covered by an earthquake policy is major structural damage, loss of personal property and “loss of use” — when a damaged home cannot be lived in and its residents must find other accommodations. Coverage exists to repair more cosmetic issues, such as cracked finishes, but that will generally be more expensive. An Allied Brokers brochure put it plainly: “Earthquake insurance is for major damage only,” citing the example of a policy holder’s swimming pool “emptying completely into his house” during the Loma Prieta quake. “He was happy to pay his deductible.” Q Home & Real Estate Editor Heather Zimmerman can be emailed at

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58 Northgate Sun 2-4 Compass 40 Selby Ln Sun 1:30-4 Coldwell Banker 248 Greenoaks Dr Sun 2-4 Compass 77 Serrano Dr Sun 1-4 Compass 86 Tallwood Ct Sat 1:30-4:30 DeLeon Realty

$3,495,000 4 BD/3.5 BA 465-5971 $5,800,000 5 BD/4 BA 855-9700 $7,650,000 6 BD/4.5 BA 465-6210 $10,695,000 6 BD/6.5 BA 207-0781 $14,988,000 7 BD/6+2 Half BA 900-7000


1708 Terrace Dr $1,800,000 Sun 2-4 3 BD/3 BA Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty 465-2180 1503 Folger Dr $2,798,000 Sat/Sun 2-4 4 BD/3.5 BA Compass 274-5187

EAST PALO ALTO 2772 Georgetown St Sat 1-4 Coldwell Banker

HILLSBOROUGH 1310 Brandt Rd Sat/Sun 2-4:30 Compass


1070 Mercedes Av #20 Sun 2-4 Sereno Group 920 Damian Way Sun 1:30-4:30 DeLeon Realty 5 Alma Ct Sat/Sun 1-4 Intero 465 Knoll Dr Sun 1-4 Sereno Group 540 Pine Ln Sat/Sun 1:30-4:30 Intero

$879,000 3 BD/1 BA 408-644-5041 $3,498,000 5 BD/4.5 BA 387-2603 $975,000 2 BD/2 BA 434-2755 $2,988,000 3 BD/2.5 BA 900-7000 $3,889,000 4 BD/3 BA 996-9898 $5,999,000 5 BD/5.5 BA 465-7628 $4,198,000 5 BD/4 BA 464-0692


26880 Ortega Dr $4,248,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 3 BD/2.5 BA Sereno Group 207-0226 11564 Arroyo Oaks Dr $4,995,000 Sun 2-4 4 BD/4.5 BA Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty 408-656-9816 10776 Mora Dr $3,788,000 Sat/Sun 1:30-4:30 4 BD/2 BA DeLeon Realty 900-7000 11801 Francemont Dr $6,488,000 Sat 1:30-4:30 5 BD/6+2 Half BA DeLeon Realty 900-7000

27500 La Vida Real By Appointment DeLeon Realty

$49,990,000 5 BD/7+5 Half BA 900-7000

14780 Manuella Rd Sun 1:30-4:30 DeLeon Realty

$6,488,000 5 BD/5.5 BA 900-7000

25850 Westwind Way Sat/Sun 1:30-4:30 DeLeon Realty

$5,988,000 5 BD/4.5 BA 900-7000


32460 Loma Chiquita Rd Sat 1-4 Keller Williams Realty

MENLO PARK 391 Oak Ct Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

$1,895,000 2 BD/2 BA 704-5134

1202 Sharon Park Dr #68 (C) Sun 1:30-4:30 Intero

$1,698,000 2 BD/2 BA 948-1100

816 Arnold Way Sat/Sun 1:30-4:30 Coldwell Banker

$1,895,000 3 BD/1.5 BA 400-5039

1175 Hermosa Way Sat/Sun 2-4 Compass

$3,798,000 3 BD/2.5 BA 207-0781

415 Lemon St Sun 1:30-4:30 Coldwell Banker

$3,595,000 3 BD/3 BA 743-7702

485 Arbor Rd $3,198,000 Sat/Sun 1:30-4:30 4 BD/3 BA Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty 400-6364 723 College Av Sun 1-4 Compass

$3,749,000 4 BD/2.5 BA 862-3266

725 Evergreen St Sun 1:30-4 Compass

$3,800,000 4 BD/2.5 BA 888-4898

655 Gilbert Av Sun 2-4 Compass

$3,798,000 4 BD/3.5 BA 269-8556

1700 Bay Laurel Dr Sat/Sun 2-4 Compass

$5,895,000 5 BD/2.5 BA 823-8212

1165 Klamath Dr Sun 1-4 Compass

$6,989,000 5 BD/4.5 BA 255-6987

1131 Hobart St Sun 2-4 Compass

$5,998,000 6 BD/6.5 BA 799-3130

1740 Oak Av Sun 1:30-4:30 DeLeon Realty

$6,988,000 7 BD/5.5 BA 900-7000


725 Mariposa Av #205 (C) Sat/Sun 2-4 Coldwell Banker 238 Mercy St Sat/Sun 2-4 Sereno Group 2110 Stanford Av Sat/Sun 1-4 Intero




$1,499,000 3 BD/3 BA 271-2845

$749,000 1 BD/1.5 BA 776-1581 $1,800,000 3 BD/2 BA 408-569-0242 $1,358,000 3 BD/2 BA 248-6069

555 Byron St #101 Sun 1:30-4:30 DeLeon Realty

$2,188,000 3 BD/2.5 BA 900-7000

2351 Emerson St Sat/Sun 1-5 DeLeon Realty

$2,988,000 3 BD/2 BA 900-7000

2102 Old Page Mill Rd Sun 1:30-4:30 Coldwell Banker

$3,095,000 3 BD/3 BA 207-1555

3421 Orinda St Fri 1-4 Keller Williams Realty

$1,989,000 3 BD/2 BA 630-2147

555 Byron St #303 (C) $2,200,000 Sun 2-4 3 BD/3 BA Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty 208-8824

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2951 Bryant St $4,950,000 Sun 2-4 4 BD/4.5 BA Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty 255-7372 1023 Forest Av $5,488,000 Sat 1:30-4:30 4 BD/3.5 BA DeLeon Realty 900-7000 640 Fulton St $3,488,000 Sat 1:30-4:30 4 BD/3 BA DeLeon Realty 900-7000 515 Jefferson Dr $4,995,000 Sun 2-4 4 BD/3 BA Compass 380-5989 685 Lowell Av $4,795,000 Sat/Sun 2-4 4 BD/2.5 BA Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty 408-656-9816 1023 Middlefield Rd $2,895,000 Sat/Sun 1:30-4:30 4 BD/3.5 BA Keller Williams Realty 278-1249 1027 Middlefield Rd $2,895,000 Sat/Sun 1:30-4:30 4 BD/3.5 BA Keller Williams Realty 278-1249 638 Middlefield Rd $2,995,000 Sat 1-4 4 BD/3.5 BA Coldwell Banker 619-6461 471 Pepper Av $3,198,000 Sat/Sun 1:30-4:30 4 BD/3.5 BA Compass 245-4490 3124 Alexis Dr $3,495,000 Sun 1:30-4 5 BD/3.5 BA Compass 888-4898 369 Churchill Av $39,988,000 By Appointment 5 BD/7+3 Half BA DeLeon Realty 900-7000 741 Homer Av $6,550,000 Sun 1:30-4:30 5 BD/5.5 BA Compass 906-8008 1039 University Av $12,500,000 Sun 1-4 5 BD/4.5 BA Yarkin Realty 387-4242 3513 Waverley St $5,298,000 Sun 2-4 5 BD/5 BA Compass 269-8556 2001 Webster St $9,980,000 Sun 1:30-4:30 5 BD/4 BA Keller Williams Realty 269-7538 593 Glenbrook Dr $4,350,000 Sat/Sun 1-4 6 BD/4 BA Compass 464-6080 142 Kellogg Av $4,988,000 Sat 1:30-4:30 6 BD/5 BA DeLeon Realty 900-7000 1436 Harker Av $5,500,000 Sat/Sun 2-4 7 BD/5.5 BA Intero 400-4208


210 Escobar Rd $2,895,000 Sun 1:30-4:30 3 BD/2.5 BA Coldwell Banker 619-6461 277 Mapache Dr $7,750,000 Sun 1:30-4:30 3 BD/4.5 BA Coldwell Banker 619-6461 229 Grove Dr $4,150,000 Sun 2-4 4 BD/2 BA Coldwell Banker 400-8076 50 Hayfields Ln $4,695,000 Sun 2-4:30 4 BD/3.5 BA Compass 400-1317 177 Ramoso Rd $6,500,000 Sun 1:30-4:30 5 BD/4 | 2 BA Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty 408-489-0025


4032 Farm Hill Blvd #4 (T) Sat/Sun 1-4 Compass 2020 Stockbridge Av Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker 8 Sequoia Ct Sat/Sun 1:30-4:30 Compass

$979,000 2 BD/1.5 BA 740-5746 $2,500,000 3 BD/2.5 BA 728-7300 $2,195,000 4 BD/2.5 BA 888-9315

3615 Farm Hill Blvd Sun 1-4 Compass


415 Cunningham Way Sat/Sun 1-4 Compass


$2,498,000 5 BD/4 BA 222-0706

$1,317,000 3 BD/2.5 BA 274-5187

777 Elm St Unit C Sat/Sun 1:30-4:30 Keller Williams Realty

$1,459,000 2 BD/2 BA 255-5007

3338 La Mesa Dr #5 (C) Sat/Sun 1-4 Compass

$1,145,000 3 BD/2 BA 464-6080

192 Coronado Av $2,525,000 Sat/Sun 2-4 4 BD/2.5 BA Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty 823-0002 742 Crestview Dr Sun 1-4 Compass


1398 Pierce Ranch Rd Sat/Sun 1:30-4:30 Coldwell Banker

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Playing for a better seed in postseason Gunn playing for first title in seven years

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Stanford sophomore Lexie Hull, slowed by injury last year, “played like a woman possessed,” coach Tara VanDerveer said.


Youth movement strengthens Stanford Top three scorers against Eagles are freshmen


but we have a lot of work to do.” Eastern Washington coach Wendy Schuller may have spoken for many when she called the thirdranked Cardinal “a team that can win a national championship. They showed a lot.” Schuller said watching Stanford compete with Team USA was impressive. “I think Stanford is unbelievable,” she said. “I knew coming in we would hit a buzz saw.” Reese, who sat out last year to heal an injury, will likely work her way into the Eagles rotation as she gets her legs. “She’s a kid with a great personality,” Schuller said. “Her basketball knowledge is extensive. I’m excited about her future.” VanDerveer loves the future possibilities at Stanford, with four

and strong safety Eric Stuart. One player not able to come back is Skyler Thomas, a starting defensive back a year ago as a sophomore who hurt his shoulder in a scrimmage against Los Gatos, then reinjured it in practice when he was preparing to see his first game action of the season. A good thing that M-A is blessed with depth. While the TKA game has lost some of its luster with the Bears already having clinched the Bay title, it still has importance for Papin and the team. “Our goals were to win league,’’ Papin said. “Even though we’ve wrapped up league we want to go undefeated for the second year in a row.’’ CCS playoff matchups will be announced Sunday in the new competitive equity format. Papin said he expects, barring upsets in the final week of West Catholic Athletic League play, for M-A to be the No. 3 or No. 4 seed in Division I and to play St. Ignatius or Mitty in the first round.

scored. Lacie Hull, who started 30 of the 36 games she played last year, was 0 of 4 from the floor but had four rebounds, a pair of assists and two blocked points. “Lacie was huge for us last year,” VanDerveer said. “Lexie (Hull) played like a woman possessed. She wants to be out there in the worst way. We’re counting on Lexie and Lacie every game.” Lexie Hull started the first three games of last year, recording a double-double in her debut. She missed six games due to injury and never fully regained her touch. She was 5 of 9 from the field against the Eagles, a good sign. She added four rebounds and a pair of assists. Senior DiJonai Carrington, who came into her own last year, scored seven points, had five rebounds and a pair of assists in just

over 10 minutes. Jump and Prechtel combined to connect on 64 percent (7 for 11) of their 3-point shots. Junior Kiana Williams and Estella Moschkau were 5 of 6 and the team was 13 of 28. Senior Anna Wilson made her lone 3-point attempt. Sophomore Jenna Brown, expected to give Williams (34.5 minutes a game last year) some rest this season, was a different player from a year ago. In her 15-plus minutes, Brown was more aggressive in attacking the basket and running the team. She finished with five assists. Wilson added five. Following Saturday’s game in San Francisco, Stanford returns home for games against Northern Colorado on Thursday, Gonzaga three days later and Buffalo on November 24. Q


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by Rick Eymer annah Jump and Tatiana Reese shared the same basketball court for the first time in two years and they were both the second-leading scorers for their respective teams. Jump, who graduated from Pinewood, got the better deal, scoring 12 points, all on 3-pointers as the Stanford women’s basketball team won its season-opener with a 92-27 victory over Eastern Washington on Tuesday night in a nonconference contest. Reese, whose graduated from Priory, scored five points, including a 3-pointer, for the Eagles. Stanford meets USF at 3 p.m. Saturday at Chase Center in San Francisco, home to the Golden State Warriors. Eastern Washington is at San Jose State for a 7 p.m. Friday night game. Palo Alto alum Alexis Harris is in her senior season with the Spartans. Jump was one of several freshmen who made their mark against the Eagles. Fran Belibi led the way with 12 points and 15 rebounds. Ashten Prechtel, who started, scored 15 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots. Haley Jones, generally considered the nation’s top recruit out of Mitty High last year, played 16 minutes and scored once, grabbed a rebound, and added two assists, a steal and a blocked shot. She missed Stanford’s first exhibition and seems to be rounding into shape, merely adding to the potential of this freshman class. “The freshmen joined right in there,” Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer said. “The youth was ready to go. We showed our depth

by Glenn Reeves wo weeks ago it appeared as though Friday’s game between Menlo-Atherton and host The King’s Academy would decide the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division championship. M-A, a defending state 3-A and Central Coast Section Division I champion, had just beaten Sacred Heart Prep, the other team in a three-team chase for the division title. TKA, the defending CCS Division V champion, was 7-0. But since then TKA lost twice, to SHP and Terra Nova, and M-A, after blasting Burlingame 42-0 clinched the division title last week without playing, receiving a win by forfeit from Aragon to improve to 6-3 on the season and 4-0 in the PAL Bay. Not being able to play last Friday was a disappointment on several levels, but it also provided some benefits. “The good thing was we got some guys back who were hurt,’’ M-A coach Steve Papin said, mentioning lineman Uate Uhila, receivers JD Carson and Jayden Stanley

freshmen joining three sophomores who also arrived with fanfare. It’s a nicely balanced roster with four seniors and four juniors leading the way. Stanford started a freshman, a sophomore, two juniors and a senior against Eastern Washington but all of them played fewer than 20 minutes. Belibi, whose dunk during a high school game last season went viral, easily had the best game and she’s only been playing basketball five years. She first picked up a ball as a freshman in high school. “Fran doesn’t back down,” VanDerveer said. “She’s confident, a hard worker, a quick learner and she’s going to get better.” Of the 13 players who saw action (senior Mikaela Brewer and junior Maya Dodson are out), 12 of them

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ATHLETES OF THE WEEK Sydney Sung PALO ALTO GOLF The sophomore recorded a round of 70 to earn medalist honors at the Central Coast Section tournament, helping the Vikings win their third straight CCS title. She shot a 72 at NorCals in helping Paly finish third.

Jake Tsotadze SACRED HEART PREP WATER POLO The freshman scored four goals in the Gators WCAL semifinal victory over St. Francis and another two goals against Menlo in the WCAL championship match. He also drew nine exclusions in the tournament.

Honorable mention Addie Ahlstrom

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A+ COMMERCIAL SERVICES FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: FBN659500 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: A+ Commercial Services, located at 2526 Qume Drive, Suite 25, San Jose, CA 95131, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Corporation. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): YAYAKK, INC. 2526 Qume Drive, Suite 25 San Jose, CA 95131 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 8/27/2019. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on October 7, 2019. (PAW Oct. 18, 25; Nov. 1, 8, 2019) JANO HINDI FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: FBN659496 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Jano Hindi, located at 4177 Hubbartt Dr., 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): US HINDI FOUNDATION (USHF) 4177 Hubbartt Dr. Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 01/01/2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on October 7, 2019. (PAW Oct. 18, 25; Nov. 1, 8, 2019) JANO INDIA FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: FBN659499 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Jano India, located at 4177 Hubbartt Dr., 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): US HINDI FOUNDATION (USHF) 4177 Hubbartt Dr. Palo Alto, CA 94306 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 01/01/2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on October 7, 2019. (PAW Oct. 18, 25; Nov. 1, 8, 2019) SONATA APARTMENTS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: FBN659348 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Sonata Apartments, located at 8101 Kelton Dr. Gilroy, CA 95020, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: An Individual. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): EDUARDO CERNA 2105 S. Bascom Ave., Ste. 230 Campbell, CA 95008 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 10/1/19. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on October 1, 2019. (PAW Oct. 18, 25; Nov. 1, 8, 2019) BABES MUFFLER SERVICE FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: FBN660091 The following person (persons) is (are) doing business as: Babes Muffler Service, located at 808 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126, Santa Clara County. This business is owned by: A Limited Liability Company. The name and residence address of the registrant(s) is(are): JC AUTOCARE LLC 697 Lakehaven Dr. Sunnyvale, CA 94089 Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed above on 10/28/2019. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara County on October 28, 2019. (PAW Nov. 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019)

997 All Other Legals NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: ESTELLE JEAN BRODY aka ESTELLE JEAN ALEXANDER BRODY Case No.: 19PR186971 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of ESTELLE JEAN BRODY aka ESTELLE JEAN ALEXANDER BRODY. A Petition for Probate has been filed by: GORDON ALEXANDER BRODY in the Superior Court of California, County of SANTA CLARA. The Petition for Probate requests that: GORDON ALEXANDER BRODY 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 November 20, 2019 at 9:01 a.m. in Dept.: 13 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: Brandi P. Chavin Friedman McCubbin Law Group LLP 425 California St., 25th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 (415) 974-5008 (PAW Nov. 1, 8, 15, 2019) NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. : 00000008500399 Title Order No.: 190970183 FHA/VA/PMI No.: ATTENTION RECORDER: THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE TO AN ATTACHED SUMMARY APPLIES ONLY TO COPIES PROVIDED TO THE TRUSTOR, NOT TO THIS RECORDED ORIGINAL NOTICE. NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED. YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 10/17/2011. 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. BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER TREDER and WEISS, LLP, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 10/25/2011 as Instrument No. 21382129 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of SANTA CLARA County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: ELAINE HEAL, AND MICHAEL GRIFFIN, WIFE AND HUSBAND AS COMMUNITY PROPERTY WITH RIGHT OF SURVIVORSHIP, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by

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California Civil Code 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 12/09/2019 TIME OF SALE: 10:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: AT THE GATED NORTH MARKET STREET ENTRANCE OF THE SUPERIOR COURTHOUSE, 191 N. FIRST STREET, SAN JOSE, CA 95113. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 609 ARASTRADERO RD, PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA 94306-3858 APN#: 167-07-015 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $978,313.75. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. 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. 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 714-730-2727 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 00000008500399. 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. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: AGENCY SALES and POSTING 714-730-2727 www. BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER TREDER and WEISS, LLP as Trustee 3990 E. Concours Street, Suite 350 Ontario, CA 91764 (866) 795-1852 Dated: 10/30/2019 BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER TREDER and WEISS, LLP IS ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. A-4709200 11/08/2019, 11/15/2019, 11/22/2019

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If the Bears are a No. 4 seed or better they would get a home game in the first round. “Then we could do our Senior Night,’’ Papin said of the event that didn’t take place due to the Aragon forfeit. “But you never know, the way the points go we could be a 5 and have to go on the road.’’

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Gunn at Homestead, 7 p.m.: Gunn coach Jason Miller was already calling it the Hoedown at Homestead last Friday, hours after beating Cupertino. Gunn, Homestead and Saratoga are in a three-way tie for first place in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League’s El Camino Division standings and Gunn has already defeated Saratoga. So a win over Homestead would Saia Faasisila give the Titans their first league title since 2012. “Our guys are excited,’’ Miller said. “It took a while. During the long days of practice I told them their reward would be one day playing on the big stage. This is their reward.’’ Both teams employ run-oriented offenses. Gunn is averaging 47.7

points and 10 yards per carry on the season out of its double-wing scrum offense. “They have superior athletes,’’ Miller said. “It will be a challenge to match up with their talent. For us it will be a bare-knuckles, backalley fight, an irresistible force against an unmovable object. We’ll see who imposes their will It’s an old-school matchup, a shootout at the OK Corral.’’ Gunn will be without top lineman Ken Erlan, who injured a knee against Cupertino. “It’s a huge hole,’’ Miller said. “At times he’s been the best lineman in the league.’’ Neil Hanson will be asked to fill in for Erlan on the offensive line. Palo Alto at Milpitas, 7 p.m.: Milpitas is not the powerhouse it was for a number of years earlier this decade. But Palo Alto coach Nelson Gifford is wary of the Trojans, nevertheless. “There’s no doubt Milpitas still has talent,’’ Gifford said. “They just don’t have first round NFL talent.’’ Palo Alto (6-3, 3-2), the thirdplace team in the SCVAL De Anza Division standings, is coming off a 36-7 win over Mountain View. Gifford was most pleased with the number of players making contributions. “Our offensive line played very well.’’ Gifford said. “It’s been a huge struggle for us since losing Alberto Ruiz (knee injury against Wilcox), a leader and our best offensive lineman. Michael Young got his first

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start at right guard and it was like he’d been out there all year. Sebastian Rice at right tackle and Bryon Escarsega-Calderon at left guard. Bryon has been a defensive specialist for us. I told him we needed him to change gears and limited his snaps on defense. He stepped up. And Patrick Crowley didn’t play. We ran the ball and protected without two of our best guys.’’ Sacred Heart Prep vs. Menlo School at Sequoia, 7 p.m.: These two Atherton neighbors are in different divisions of the PAL and heading in different directions, but this game — the Valpo Bowl — is always a big deal. “Having them so close geographically and being so close demographically, competing with people you know is fun,’’ Menlo coach Josh Bowie said. “It raises the stakes as well. Games like this ... throw the records out the window.’’ SHP (6-3, 3-2) finished in a tie for second place with Terra Nova in the PAL Bay. Menlo (3-6, 1-4) is in fifth place in the PAL Ocean. But a win for the Knights would go a long way toward erasing the frustration the team has experienced. “They’re good, they run the ball real well and that’s something we’ve struggled with,’’ Bowie said. “We’ve got to find a way to get it done. Anything can happen. Look what Burlingame did.’’ Bowie was referring to Burlingame upsetting Sacred Heart Prep 21-14 last Friday, a week

after losing to M-A 42-0. “It’s human nature to look at their record and some of the scores of their games and maybe overlook them a little bit,’’ SHP coach Mark Grieb said of the loss to Burlingame. “But the things they do on offense and defense are tough to defend. They were really fired up. I thought our kids played hard and did some things well. Two or three or four plays in the game are the difference in if you win or lose. A learning experience for sure. It gives us that extra incentive to improve as we prepare for the playoffs.’’ Woodside at Jefferson, 7 p.m.: Woodside (2-7, 2-2) is


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coming off a 54-0 win over South San Francisco, an outcome that surely raises the spirits of a Woodside team that has gone through some difficult times. “You have to take that in perspective,’’ Woodside coach Justin Andrews said. “South City is really struggling. But, yeah, that was a huge pick me up.’’ The Wildcats won’t have such an easy time of it this week against Jefferson (6-3, 3-1), the secondplace team in the PAL Lake standings. “They’re dynamic,’’ Andrews said. “Some good ball carriers and a physical line. It’s a challenge, one we’re excited about." Q

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