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Vol. XXXVI, Number 15 Q January 16, 2015
Dealership brings
its fleet to animal
shelter lot
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Local news, information and analysis
Dealership brings its fleet to animal shelter lot
City agreement gives Anderson Honda access
to East Bayshore Road property
by Gennady Sheyner
The cars belonged to Anderson
n May of last year, Palo Alto’s
utility workers arrived at the Honda, an Embarcadero Road
Animal Services Center site dealership that has been coveton East Bayshore Road to move ing the shelter land for well over
a giant container filled with a decade. The site’s location at
emergency-response supplies but 3281 East Bayshore Road, south
found an unexpected sight: a fleet of Oregon Expressway and immeof Hondas occupying the city- diately adjacent to U.S. Highway
owned lot and blocking access to 101, makes for ideal visibility for
an auto dealership, a fact that has
the container in question.
not been lost on Palo Alto officials. Every few years, a proposal
has surfaced to move the animal
shelter and make its land available
to car dealers. Anderson Honda
has invariably been at the center
of these talks.
The council held a study session on the topic in 2006, and in
May 2008, when a worsening economic climate placed new pressures on dealerships to secure
freeway-friendly locations, thenCity Manager Frank Benest told
the council that John Anderson,
who owns Anderson Honda, “is
under incredible pressure from
Honda to get freeway frontage.”
“Unless we find a way to do
that, we are going to lose Anderson,” Benest told the council at
the time.
The land swap Benest and others had envisioned — Honda’s
property for the animal shelter’s
— never materialized, as residents and council members struggled to reach a consensus about a
plan that would place a dealership
and possibly a billboard next to
the Baylands. Some, like Benest,
maintained that the city should do
what it can to promote economic
vitality and help local dealerships,
which are a major source of sales
taxes. Others balked at any talk
of allowing more human activity near the Baylands, even in the
largely industrial city-owned parcel next to the highway.
(continued on page 12)
Board backs
parcel tax
Members debate tax
amount, priorities
for funding
by Elena Kadvany
(continued on page 8)
(continued on page 14)
Veronica Weber
homeless persons and for society.
Embarrassed, some people avoid
important medical and mental
health appointments, he said.
“Having a place to shower and
clean clothes helps to restore dignity for clients. Society can be harsh
if your clothes are dirty and your
hair is not combed. We want to remove those stigmas,” Bains said.
The hygiene services will also
serve as a screen for other potential
problems. Dignity on Wheels staff
members will be able to spot clients’ minor illnesses, such as colds,
and help keep them from turning
into pneumonia, Bains said. Each
station will be equipped with a
wireless tablet to allow staff to take
information from clients and con-
ll of the members of the
Palo Alto Board of Education expressed support
Tuesday night for what they said
is a much-needed financial injection from an increased parcel tax
that will likely appear on the ballot this May, with only one member dissenting on the amount of
the tax.
The parcel tax, which would
begin on July 1 and last six years
with 2-percent annual increases,
would raise the $589 per-parcel
tax that voters approved through
Measure A in 2010 to $638 per
parcel. The increase would generate an additional $2.3 million
in parcel-tax revenue, initially
providing $14.7 million in total
revenue in the 2015-16 year, Chief
Business Officer Cathy Mak said.
While Mak painted a dim outlook for the future of the district’s
finances — warning that while
the local and state economies
seem to be rebounding, Palo Alto
Unified is not getting any new, ongoing, unrestricted funding from
the state — board member Terry
Godfrey said she was wary of
asking voters for a $120 increase.
She cited a poll that a consultant administered for the district
in December, which found that 70
percent of the 402 registered Palo
Alto voters surveyed supported
the $120 increase after hearing
both positives and negative arguments for it. (The poll simulated
opposition arguments to the in-
Do you hear what I hear?
Helping the Magical Bridge Playground at Palo Alto’s Mitchell Park to take shape, construction worker Chris Chamberlain mixes
cement under the recently installed Magical Laser Harp adjacent to the play mound in mid-January. The laser harp uses laser lights
that, when disrupted, make sounds such as musical notes and rustling leaves.
Nonprofit aims to bring laundry,
shower services to homeless
Group hopes new service will help people maintain dignity
eople who are homeless
in Palo Alto and East Palo
Alto could soon have free
showers and laundry services
through a new initiative that
would bring the facilities to them.
The mobile Dignity On Wheels
service would include showers,
restrooms, washers and dryers in
a trailer that would visit rotating
shelters at local churches, includ-
by Sue Dremann
ing Palo Alto’s 15-bed Hotel de
Zink. The effort is being undertaken by East Palo Alto’s Project WeHOPE, which also runs a
shelter that serves 58 homeless
citizens in East Palo Alto and Palo
Alto, said Pastor Paul Bains, the
nonprofit’s president and founder.
The program’s goal is to reach
adults throughout San Mateo and
Santa Clara counties, at first by
bringing the services to shelters
and later to homeless encampments, Bains said.
Most emergency shelters do not
have shower and laundry facilities, and many clients have difficulty finding or traveling to places
to bathe or launder their clothes,
he added.
The inability to maintain good
hygiene has many implications for • Palo Alto Weekly • January 16, 2015 • Page 5
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The committee doesn’t need
to boil the whole ocean.
— Ken Dauber, Palo Alto school board member,
on proposed goals for a new group studying the
number of type of schools the district needs.
See story on page 9.
Around Town
IT’S ELEMENTARY ... The Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences
and Medicine’s newest furry
team member is helping Stanford
physicians explain sleep disorder
to children. Watson, a narcoleptic
Chihuahua, was adopted last
spring by Dr. Emmanuel Mignot,
a professor of psychiatry and
behavioral sciences. Mignot, who
is also the director of the center,
takes Watson, a black-and-white
puppy with brown splotches, into
the clinic when he treats children
with narcolepsy — a condition
that makes people suddenly fall
asleep. Narcoleptic children, of
whom there is a growing population, can develop particularly severe symptoms, including almost
constant sleepiness or sudden
episodes of muscle paralysis that
occur with specific emotions,
according to Stanford Medicine.
Watson’s cataplexies can be
triggered by certain foods — especially roast beef from Whole
Foods — or when he sees a
favorite toy. Sometimes the episodes are quick and other times
they happen repetitively. Watson’s
comic performance can put
frightened children at ease and
help them understand their own
conditions, Stanford Medicine
reported. Mignot’s prior studies
of canine narcolepsy led to the
discovery of the genetic basis of
the disorder, which could help
research on human narcolepsy,
a condition affecting about 1 in
2,000 people.
Hundreds of Chromebooks will
soon find their way into the hands
of Palo Alto students and teachers. The Board of Education this
week indicated support for using
$157,507 of a generous $520,000
gift from the Brin Wojcicki Foundation to purchase the laptops
and train teachers to use them
at both Palo Alto and Gunn high
schools. Initially, the foundation
wasn’t quite so generous: The
original donation was $260,000
and only for Paly, but Superintendent Max McGee said he asked
local tech-benefactors Sergey
Brin (a Google co-founder) and
Anne Wojcicki (founder of genetictesting company 23andMe and
daughter of Paly journalism teacher
Esther Wojcicki) to either split that
amount in half or double it so Gunn
could get in on the Chromebook
fun. They doubled it. With Gunn
not quite ready to move forward
with its plan for the laptops,
$157,507 will be used to purchase
465 Chromebooks, some of which
are headed to Paly’s ninth- and
10th-grade English and history
classes and others to specialeducation classes. Every student
in Paly’s AVID (Advanced Via
Individual Determination) program
will also receive a Chromebook,
as well as approximately 50 to 100
students from socio-economically
disadvantaged families. They’ll
also be used when students take
the state’s Smarter Balanced Assessment test this spring, the new
standardized test that has replaced
the STAR test (and No. 2 pencils
along with it). The board will vote to
authorize the purchase on Jan. 27.
BE COUNTED ... Caltrain will conduct its annual on-board count
of riders starting Tuesday, Jan.
20, a way to help the agency plan
future service improvements and
allocate its resources, the organization stated in a press release.
Currently, it’s estimated that there
are 60,000 riders on an average
weekday. The week-long census
will entail a headcount of every
rider on every train. The number of
bicycle boardings and bike riders
not able to board due to overcrowding also will be tallied. Results will be released after the data
has been analyzed, and previous
counts are posted at caltrain.
com/ridership. The data collected
will also reveal the most popular
stations and trains in the Caltrain
system. In the past, Palo Alto’s
University Avenue station has
been the second busiest station in
the Gilroy-to-San Francisco line.
IF A TREE FALLS ... A woman
who had only been at work 10
minutes received a phone call
from Palo Alto police Jan. 12. Her
car had been in an accident, the
officer said. “But I’m at work,”
Jia Wang told police. “Yes, but
your car was in an accident with
a tree,” Wang said the officer responded. Wang said she couldn’t
understand. “I kept thinking that
my car somehow hit a tree,” she
said. When Wang checked her
car, she found a large acacia had
crashed onto her parked Honda
Civic sedan, completely crushing the passenger-side door, roof
and windshield and blocking the
downtown street. Wang said she
felt grateful that neither she, nor
her child, were in the car at the
time. A City of Palo Alto employee
estimated the tree was about 35
years old. Q
Bridge designs wow
Palo Alto commissioners
City’s planning and architecture boards struggle
to pick a favorite from three distinct visions
espite a design jury’s
choice in December of a
bold archway as the best
concept for a new bike bridge
over U.S. Highway 101 in south
Palo Alto, the city’s Planning and
Transportation Commission and
Architectural Review Board this
week both agreed that each of the
three finalists in the recent design
competition is spectacular in its
own way.
One cries for attention with its
prominent red arch and a row of
changing lights. Another is an understated ribbon that tries to blend
into the Baylands. The third is inspired by a kayak, even though it’s
meant for use by bicycles.
“I think it’s hard to go wrong
with either of the choices,” planning Commissioner Michael Alcheck said during Wednesday’s
meeting on the bridge.
“I think we have three awesome
bridges here,” concurred acting
commission Chair Adrien Fine
at the end of the discussion. “Palo
Alto would be lucky to have any
of them.”
The three finalists were chosen
out of a pool of 20 proposals for
the bridge that will span the highway at Adobe Creek, giving south
Palo Alto residents year-round
access to the Baylands. With an
estimated budget of $10 million,
the bike bridge is one of the most
ambitious and expensive components of the bike and pedestrian
master plan that the City Council
approved in 2012.
On Dec. 17, a jury chose as its
winner the arch concept proposed
by HNTB Engineering, 64North,
Bionic Landscape Architecture
and Ned Kahn. The jury agreed
that the design comes the closest
to achieving the City Council’s
stated goal of creating a prominent landmark that would serve as
a gateway to the city.
The final design choice will be
made by the council, which will
consider the jury’s recommendation in late February. This week,
several individual commission
and board members made a case
for one option or another, though
neither body took a vote.
On Wednesday night, the planning commission’s general con-
Weekly file photo
by Gennady Sheyner
The gently curving bridge designed by Moffatt and Nichol, Steven Grover and Associates, Lutsko
Associates, JIRI Strasky and Mark Thomas and Co. is still in the running for the Adobe Creek Bike Bridge.
sensus was that despite their stark
differences, any of the bridges
would make for a proud addition
to Palo Alto. Only Alcheck expressed a preference, giving the
nod to the subtlest of the three
proposals: the ribbon-like bridge
designed by Moffat and Nichol,
Steven Grover and Associates,
Lutsko Associates, JIRI Strasky
and Mark Thomas and Co.
Fine offered words of high
praise for all three proposals, but
said he was a bit puzzled by the
kayak shape of the design proposed by Endrestudio, OLIN, SBP
and Biohabitats.
“It might not come across as
a bike bridge — the fact that it’s
imitating a kayak,” Fine said. “It’s
nice to know a bike bridge is a
bike bridge.”
Roy Snyder, a bicyclist and
birder who lives in the Palo Verde
neighborhood, made a pitch for
keeping things simple and focusing on the bridge’s function rather
than the frills. The overcrossing,
he said, “is the means, not a destination, nor the attraction itself.”
“Nor should it be a distraction
from the natural Baylands environment,” Snyder said. “The Baylands are where the action is. The
Baylands is where we want to go.
We want to get there as expedi-
tiously and easily as possible.”
Commissioner Mark Michael
expressed similar leanings. He
called all the designs “impressive” but wondered if the HNTB
arch design, known as “Confluence,” is a little “too grandiose”
and suggested that there might be
a benefit to having a bridge that
has a lower profile.
“I do like the arch, but I’m worried that it’s gonna be quite the
landmark,” Michael said.
Despite his misgivings, Michael
called both the arch and the Moffatt and Nichol proposals “inspir(continued on page 15)
Paly journalism teacher pens book on innovative education
Esther Wojcicki to give Jan. 24 talk at Oshman Family JCC
by Elena Kadvany
hen Palo Alto High
School journalism
teacher Esther Wojcicki
told one of her classes what her
new book, “Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom,” is about,
they burst into spontaneous
Wojcicki, an award-winning
teacher who founded the Paly
journalism program in 1984, sees
“Moonshots” as an instruction
manual for educators who have
yet to make a shift from a rote
podium-to-student style of teaching to project-based, collaborative
learning that grants students more
freedom and ownership over their
own education. This shift, she
said, is comparable to the effort
it took for the first-ever moonshot
that landed man on the moon in
the 1960s.
“The reason I called it ‘Moonshots in Education’ is because
I want to change the culture in
the classrooms,” Wojcicki said,
“and that is like a moonshot. It’s
probably worse than a moonshot
because getting teachers to stop
lecturing (for) 50- or 90-minute
periods all day — I don’t know
what it’s going to take.”
The book itself serves as an example of Wojcicki’s teaching philosophy, with chapters written by
not only Wojcicki but also fellow
journalism teacher Paul Kandell,
a former Paly journalism student, a Google
search expert
Izumi, senior
director of education studies
at the Pacific
Research Institute in San
Wojcicki and Esther Wojcicki
several of her
students will give a talk at the
Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto
on Saturday, Jan. 24, about the
book and their experiences in the
In “Moonshots,” Wojcicki advocates for small-group projects,
real-world applications and student autonomy. She said she made
a compromise, asking teachers
unwilling to forgo all lecturing
to allot 50 percent of class time
to more hands-on learning. (This
50-50 split is what “blended learn-
ing” refers to.)
“Right now, they don’t have 50
percent of the time,” Wojcicki
said. “They don’t even have 20
percent of the time. A lot of classes, they have zero time.”
Wojcicki thinks much of what
drives teachers’ and schools’ fear
of making this shift is a pressure
to meet standards and produce
high test scores.
“A lot of school districts, if
your test scores are down, instead
of getting more funding, you get
less funding. The system is upside
down,” she said. “I think the pressure (for teachers) is, those kids
have to work and they have to
learn this stuff because otherwise,
I personally am going to lose my
job, and I’m going to lose face in
the community.”
The book highlights classrooms
in Palo Alto and beyond that do,
however, give this time. It’s on full
display at Paly’s journalism program, where more than 200 students independently (with teacher
advisers) report, write and produce
a total of eight publications (including an online news website
and broadcast TV station). While
Wojcicki gave this interview, staff
for Paly newspaper The Campanile
were busy at work at rows of computers in a separate, unsupervised
classroom, putting together this
week’s edition with laser focus.
Former Campanile editor Maya
Kitayama, now a freshman at
Fordham University in New York
City, described Wojcicki’s teaching style as “just a little guidance
and a whole lot of trust.”
“The most unique thing about
The Campanile is it’s the only program where we as students take
the learning and the work into our
own hands,” said Kitayama, who
wrote a chapter in “Moonshots”
on Paly music teacher Michael
Najar’s application of blended
learning in an AP music theory
class. “We work for the paper for
the sake of the paper, not for the
sake of a grade or a GPA.”
“Moonshots” also advocates
for use of technology in the classroom, with a chapter by Google
research scientist Dan Russell,
who studies the field of search,
and several chapters on the history of technology in education by
Izumi, who’s written extensively
on using technology to revolutionize learning.
Kandell’s chapter is devoted to
the importance of journalism education in teaching motivation and
character development.
A short film that shows
Wojcicki’s classroom in action
was also produced in conjunction
with the book and will be posted on YouTube in a few weeks,
Wojcicki said.
“If people think about a typical
class ... everybody envisions the
teacher standing up in the front of
a room, an American flag next to
her head and all the students sitting there in rows staring at the
teacher with a pencil in their hand
and a paper on the desk,” she said.
“I wanted to show them what it
really looks like. And it looks like
chaos, but they are learning.” Q
When: Saturday, Jan. 24, at 7:30
Where: Oshman Family JCC,
Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural
Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo
Cost: $10 advance registration;
$15 at the door
Info: • Palo Alto Weekly • January 16, 2015 • Page 7
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Antenna proposals on the rise,
but city still working on master plan
Wireless facilities meet with fuzzy reception in Palo Alto
by Gennady Sheyner
JANUARY 20, 2015 6:00 PM
1. Palo Alto Bicycle Boulevard Program Summary
2. Recognition of Mitchell Park Library and Community
Center Grand Opening Volunteers
3. Adoption of a Resolution to Authorize the City Manager or
his Designee to Purchase Greenhouse Gas Allowances to
Satisfy the City’s Cap-and-Trade Compliance Obligations
for the Gas Utility in an Amount Not to Exceed $4,000,000
per Year and for the Electric Utility in an Amount Not to
Exceed $250,000 per Year
4. Approval of Utilizing CALNET3 State Contract for
Telecommunications in the Amount of $400,000 Annually
for a 3.5 Year Term from January 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018
5. Approval of a Contract with C.F. Archibald Paving Inc. in
The Amount of $2,220,134 for the FY 2015 Asphalt Paving
Project, the 2nd of 4 Contracts in the FY 2015 Street
Maintenance Program Project (CIP PE-86070)
6. Approval of a Contract Amendment to Sierra Infosys Inc.
(C10135998) in the Amount of $120,000 for the Support
Human Resources Modules, Business Mapping and
7. SECOND READING: Adoption of Park Improvement
Ordinance for Bowden Park (First Reading: December 15,
2014, PASSED: 9-0)
8. Approval of Concept Plan Line and Implementation Plan
for the Maybell Avenue Bicycle Boulevard and Churchill
Avenue Enhanced Bikeway Projects
9. Adoption of Procedure to Vote Before Holding Closed
10. Policy and Services Recommendation to Adopt an
Ordinance Increasing Council Salary From $600/Month to
Page 8 • January 16, 2015 • Palo Alto Weekly •
The bitter dispute over the Verizon tower is precisely the type of
controversy that the council had
hoped to avoid when it approved
an $81,000 contract last April for
the creation of a citywide master
plan for wireless facilities. The
company, Anthem Telecom, was
charged with assessing the city’s
wireless communication needs,
creating a plan for meeting those
needs and developing a strategy
for implementing and managing
an infrastructure program for the
needed facilities.
But when it comes to wireless
equipment, the city’s planning
effort is struggling to keep up
with the telecom companies. The
city’s contract estimates the consultant’s work to take 72 weeks,
and the planning staff expects
the report to be completed by the
end of this year, said Jonathan
Lait, the city’s assistant planning
“They (the consultants) are interested in understanding more
about some of the other utilities in
the area and what their expansion
needs are in Palo Alto,” Lait said.
“They are conducting that research and doing that work now.”
Meanwhile, applications continue to file in. When the new
year launched, eight applications
for wireless equipment were in
the pipeline. On Jan. 6, the city
approved two of these applications, at 3600 Bayshore Road and
at 925 Commercial St. Each included three panel antennas and
radio equipment.
As of last week, the city had
applications pending at 1891
Page Mill Road (two rooftop antennas); 180 El Camino Real (16
rooftop antennas at the Pottery
Barn building at Stanford Shopping Center); 675 El Camino Real
(three rooftop antennas at a hotel);
2701 Middlefield Road (replacement of three rooftop antennas);
and 801 Middlefield Road (AT&T
antennas on a utility pole).
Some believe there should be
a moratorium on new antennas
until the citywide master plan is
In urging the council to reject
Verizon’s application for the Palo
Alto Little League field, opponent
Jason Yotoupolis argued that the
city should wait before considering such proposals.
“The city is spending $80,000
on a wireless-communication
plan and yet at the same time
proposing an ad hoc ‘Ready, fire,
aim’ approach,” he said. Q
Mobile showers
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nect them with other services.
Project WeHOPE originally
planned to operate two units —
one for each county — but Santa
Clara County officials have asked
for an additional trailer to accommodate a large demand, especially
after the shutdown of The Jungle
homeless encampment in San
Jose, Bains said.
Each unit would have two shower/restrooms and two washer/dryers. The units would be able to
provide 30 showers and clean 18
loads of laundry per night at the
rotating shelters. The host churches would provide water, electricity
and sewer hookups; clients would
do the janitorial work.
During the daytime, the units
could travel to homeless encampments, where each unit would offer
an additional 60 showers and 36
loads of clothes per day, Bains said.
Used day and night, the units
would provide roughly 29,000
showers and more than 17,500
loads of clean laundry annually,
he said.
The program would eventually
add a volunteer nurse and casemanagement services to offer
medical assistance, referrals and
counseling to encampment resi-
Courtesy Project WeHOPE
Inspirations is a resource for ongoing religious
services and special events. To inquire about
or to reserve space in Inspirations,
please contact Blanca Yoc at 223-6596
or email [email protected]
rom lanky poles masquerading as light fixtures to
modest spikes hiding in the
rooftops or jutting out of utility
poles, cell antennas have been
proliferating in Palo Alto over the
past year, trying to keep pace with
the city’s growing population and
swelling digital demands.
They come in different shapes
and sizes, and they target just
about every neighborhood, from
Downtown North to Greenmeadow. Some plans go through years
of revisions and stoke neighborhood debate before winning approval, such as AT&T’s proposal
for a “distributed antenna system”
two years ago and Verizon’s recent plan for a cell tower at a ballpark on Middlefield Road.
The latter, which the City
Council approved on Dec. 15,
proved particularly thorny, with
five years of revisions and an appeals process that pitted neighbor
against neighbor in south Palo
Alto. The council’s vote allows
Verizon to replace a 60-foot-tall
light pole with a 65-foot-tall pole
that would support three antennas in the Palo Alto Little League
ballpark. The new pole’s diameter
would be 18 inches, 6 more than
the existing pole’s.
A program offering mobile shower and laundry services for
homeless persons in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties would be
accessible to persons with disabilities.
dents, he said. A truck that would
accompany each trailer would be
stocked with towels, soap and used
clean clothing and would have a
fresh-water tank and generator. Locations for dumping gray and black
water still need to be identified, according to a program summary.
The project needs about
$170,000 for the three units, Bains
said. So far, the organization has
raised $50,000 in the last 60 days.
Oakland-based Philanthropic Ventures Foundation has committed
$44,000 of that money, Bains said.
Dignity On Wheels is inspired
by Tide Loads of Hope, the detergent company’s mobile-laundryservices program for disaster vic-
tims, which were deployed after
hurricanes Katrina and Sandy,
Bains said. Project WeHOPE also
studied San Francisco’s Lava Mae,
which offers homeless persons
showers in converted city-donated
buses, Bains said.
People interested in donating
to Dignity On Wheels can visit or send a
check to Project WeHOPE, P.O.
Box 50624, Palo Alto, CA 94303.
Checks should be made out to
Project WeHOPE with Attn:
Dignity On Wheels in the memo
line. Q
Staff Writer Sue Dremann
can be emailed at [email protected]
Committee to take broader look
at enrollment in Palo Alto schools
Board urges goal to go beyond potential 13th elementary school
by Elena Kadvany
he third time’s the charm,
the school district hopes,
as it moves toward creating the third committee in two
years that is charged with issuing
recommendations to the board on
how to best accommodate growing enrollment in Palo Alto’s
School board members Tuesday night were encouraged that
a committee with a broader
scope, charged with looking
deeper and beyond the isolated
option of opening a 13th elementary school, will be the renewing
push that this long-debated issue
“When we’ve done this before,
it’s always been about the financials and the number of students
we have,” board President Melissa Baten Caswell said. “That’s
always been the driving force.
It’s always been a bit frustrating
to me because really, it should be,
‘What do we want our academic
program to look like? What do
we want the environment around
What do you think the future composition of Palo Alto schools should
look like? Share your ideas on Town
Square, the community discussion
forum at
that academic program to be?’
And then, ‘How can we accomplish that and serve all the kids
that come in to us?’
“It’s been backwards. I think
this is a way to make it forwards,”
she said.
The new advisory committee
will be tasked with bringing to
the board a set of “strategic, evidence-based, actionable recommendations that will enable the
district to design, develop and
implement short- and long-term
plans for accommodating projected PAUSD enrollment,” the
group’s charge reads.
These recommendations are
not limited to a 13th elementary
school but could mean a new K-8
school, fourth middle school or
something else entirely, Superintendent Max McGee said. The
committee will also explore the
possibility of changing attendance-area boundaries, moving
popular choice programs or recommending new ones.
Board member Camille
Townsend stressed the importance
of the committee coming up with
multiple fleshed-out options for
the board to eventually vote on.
“Part of the reason we have
committees do this is not that
they have the answers,” she said.
“It’s that they get their questions
answered and it exposes the information throughout the community that this is complicated.
I’d like to see the information
they come up with. For me, I’d
like to see options.”
Board member Ken Dauber
agreed but repeated a point he
continually made throughout
the recent school board campaign: The district needs to deal
with its overcrowded elementary schools, even if recent data
shows enrollment growth is temporarily slowing.
Total enrollment in kindergarten through fifth grade is down
by 131 students, from 5,816 last
year to 5,685 this year, according
to the 14th-day enrollment report
released in the fall. (However, a
total of 132 K-5 students were
overflowed this year, meaning
there was insufficient room for
them to attend their neighborhood school.)
“What I do want to make certain of is that we don’t treat enrollment growth as the criteria
because I think that with respect
to elementary schools ... there’s a
good case for middle schools as
well,” Dauber said. “Our current
state isn’t the state that we should
be happy with.”
Dauber also urged McGee to
think about the time and opportunity costs of yet again deferring
a board decision on enrollment.
“I encourage you to make this
as short a time frame as is reason-
able and to focus the committee
on where we can get value out of
the committee’s work,” he said.
“The committee doesn’t need to
boil the whole ocean.”
Dauber said the committee, for
example, doesn’t need to make any
financial recommendations to the
board but rather simply present the
costs of potential options.
All board members also told
McGee that they want to be connected to the committee’s process
and want the public to be regularly updated on the group’s work,
which is slated to begin in late
February or early March, McGee
The committee’s charge will
return to the board at its next
meeting on Jan. 27 for approval,
after which the application process will begin. The committee
will aim to issue its recommendations to the board this fall. Q
Staff Writer Elena Kadvany
can be emailed at [email protected]
In “Sweet community” in the Jan. 9 issue, it was incorrectly stated that
Stacy Sullivan attended high school in the 1960s. She attended high
school in the 1980s.
The Weekly regrets the error. To request a correction, contact Editor
Jocelyn Dong at 650-223-6514, [email protected] or P.O. Box 1610,
Palo Alto, CA 94302.
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News Digest
Sutter Health, Blue Shield in contract dispute
Courtesy Veronika/Sidewalk Salon
Haircuts for the homeless
Richard, above, a Downtown Streets Team member, poses for his “before” and “after” shots
during the during the Sidewalk Salon event at All Saints Episcopal Church in Palo Alto on Jan.
12. Great Clips hair stylist and Sidewalk Salon volunteer Antoinette-Marie Figueroa, below, styles
Downtown Streets Team member Sylvia’s hair during the event.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been told they will need to
switch doctors soon due to a contract dispute between Sutter Health
and Blue Shield of California.
Notices sent to customers warn the health insurer canceled coverage as of Jan. 1 for all hospitals and medical providers affiliated with
Sutter Health.
Palo Alto Medical Foundation is part of the Sutter Health network
of providers.
The cancellation affects 140,573 HMO members, who will get letters later this month stating that they will be assigned a new primary
physician as of April 1, according to Blue Shield spokesman Steve
In addition, letters have been sent to 4,413 PPO members who have
used Sutter facilities in the past 12 months and another 139,338 PPO
members living within 15 miles of a Sutter facility.
The letters inform patients that they can continue using Sutter
providers until June 30, with some possible increase in out-of-pocket
costs. After June 30, if no new contract is reached, Sutter will become an out-of-network provider and out-of-pocket costs will increase substantially.
Blue Shield is asking for a cut in reimbursement rates, and Sutter
officials have asserted that the two sides remain “very far apart” on
the financial terms of the contract.
Bill Gleeson, a spokesman for Sutter Health, said on Tuesday, Jan.
13, that the two sides are not currently in negotiations but that Sutter
has received offers from Blue Shield in recent days. However, he said
that Blue Shield has not yet offered a deal that “represents significant
financial movement.” Q
— Bay City News Service and Sam Sciolla
Buena Vista residents allowed to appeal
Page 10 • January 16, 2015 • Palo Alto Weekly •
Palo Alto officials set the stage on Monday for an emotional hearing over the future of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park when they
affirmed the right of the park’s roughly 400 residents to challenge a
decision authorizing their eviction.
After a long discussion and plenty of testimony from Buena Vista
residents and their supporters, the City Council voted unanimously
that the Buena Vista Residents Association could appeal an administrative judge’s September decision that found the park’s owner, Joe
Jisser, offered the residents fair compensation for relocation from the
4.5-acre property in the Barron Park neighborhood.
Residents and their attorneys have consistently contended that the
compensation offered is insufficient and that Buena Vista’s closure
will cost them not just their homes but also their jobs and their children’s Palo Alto education.
The council rejected the argument from Jisser’s attorney that the
appeal shouldn’t be allowed to proceed and then focused on the
details of the appeals hearing. The process will include 30-minute
presentations from each side, followed by rebuttals and a period for
public comments; expert testimony by each side for up to 10 minutes;
and submission of statements from each side, which would be made
available 21 days before the hearing begins, most likely some time
in April. Q
— Gennady Sheyner
Man dies from injuries sustained in brawl
Palo Alto resident Oleg Talamai was pronounced
dead on Jan. 9 after more than two weeks on life
support, and a man involved in a Dec. 21 brawl
with Talamai outside a Palo Alto bar has been
charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Talamai, a young, athletic tennis instructor at
Kim Grant Tennis Academy, was out for a good
time with a friend at The Patio bar on Emerson
Street when they got into an argument with four
other young men. A single punch to Talamai’s
head — so loud it was heard from 75 feet away, Oleg Talamai
according to police who were patrolling the area
near Lytton Plaza — knocked him to the ground. He never woke up.
He was struck by Neil Brian Rotroff, also known as Neil Brian
Alamban, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Rotroff’s friend, Akshay Vijay Mastakar, 21, of Sunnyvale, faces
a felony count of being an accessory to involuntary manslaughter as
well as charges of assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon for
allegedly nearly striking two officers with his vehicle as he, Rotroff
and two friends fled the scene.
Rotroff and Mastakar are due in court on Tuesday, Jan. 20. Q
— Sue Dremann
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Local events commemorate
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Volunteerism and remembrances mark birthday of civil-rights leader
by Palo Alto Weekly staff
Luther King Jr. Freedom Train on
Monday, Jan. 19, to commemorate
the 50th anniversary of the civilrights leader’s march from Selma to
Montgomery, Alabama. The train
is chartered by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Santa
Clara Valley and will depart from
the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station at 9:45 a.m. and will travel to
the San Francisco Caltrain Station.
There is no special southbound service, but Freedom Train tickets will
be accepted on southbound trains
departing San Francisco after 1
p.m. that day. Tickets are $10 and
can be purchased through the Dr.
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elebrations honoring civilrights leader Martin Luther King Jr. are set to begin Friday. Here is a list of events
in the Palo Alto area.
King Institute open house: On
Friday, Jan. 16, the Martin Luther
King, Jr., Research and Education
Institute at Stanford University
will host its annual open house
and celebration of the civil-rights
leader’s life and work.
The event starts at noon and
will highlight the institute’s newest publication, “The Papers of
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Volume
VII ‘To Save the Soul of America, January 1961 - August 1962,’”
which documents King’s early relationship with President John F.
Kennedy and his efforts to remain
relevant in an increasingly militant protest movement.
The event will also feature entertainment from 3 to 5 p.m. from
acclaimed jazz pianist Tammy Hall
and Stanford University alumna
Jessica Anderson, a former member of the Stanford Gospel Choir
and co-founder of the Afro-Fusion
Jazz ensemble Chicago Collective.
Jewelle Taylor Gibbs, professor
emerita, author and activist, will
be present to sign her new book,
“Destiny’s Child: Memoirs of a
Preacher’s Daughter,” which traces 200 years of African-American
history through Gibbs’ own family
and personal story. She will also
talk about her memories of dating
King during the early 1950s when
they were both students in Boston.
For more information, visit
MLK Freedom Day: Heartbeat
Earth and Silicon Valley Families
are holding its MLK Freedom Day
on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. at the Onetta Harris Community Center, 100 Terminal Ave.,
Menlo Park. The event, sponsored
by the Social Justice Committee of
First Presbyterian Church of Palo
Alto, Youth Community Service,
Reach and Teach, and PAN African City Alive, will feature games,
expressive art and guest speakers.
Entrance is free, but a $5 donation to benefit Youth Community
Service, an organization that offers students ways to get involved
in the community, is suggested.
For more information, visit
Day of service: Join the nonprofit Youth Community Service
and the City of Palo Alto Recreation Department for a community-wide day of service as part
of a nationwide event to honor the
life and legacy of Martin Luther
King Jr. The event will take place
on Monday, Jan. 19, from 11 a.m.
to 2 p.m. at the Martin Luther and
Coretta Scott King Plaza, 250
Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
Freedom Train: Caltrain will
run the annual chartered Dr. Martin
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A round-up
of Palo Alto government action this week
City Council (Jan. 12)
Buena Vista: The council affirmed the right of the Buena Vista Residents Association to appeal the pending closure of the mobile-home park and adopted procedures for the appeals hearing, which will take place in April. Yes: Unanimous
El Camino: The council approved a letter to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority expressing the city’s concerns with the proposed Bus Rapid
Transit project. This includes opposition to the alternative that would create
dedicated bus lanes on El Camino. Yes: Unanimous
Board of Education (Jan. 13)
Gunn High: The board approved a revised schematic design for the Central
Building Project at Gunn High School. Yes: Unanimous
Planning and Transportation Commission
(Jan. 14)
Downtown Cap: The commission continued its discussion of the city’s Downtown Cap Study, which evaluates future restrictions on commercial development downtown. Action: None
Bike bridge: The commission discussed the proposed designs for the Highway
101 overpass at Adobe Creek. Action: None
Architectural Review Board (Jan. 15)
Bike bridge: The board commented on the three final designs for the proposed
Highway 101 overpass at Adobe Creek. Action: None
429 University Ave.: The board discussed a proposal from Kipling Post LP for
a four-story mixed-use building at 429 University Ave. and agreed to continue
the discussion on Feb. 19. Yes: Unanimous
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This is an entry-level position, but an ideal candidate would have
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For discounts, workshop
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visit or call
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Experts will discuss:
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TOOLS FOR POSITIVE AGING • Palo Alto Weekly • January 16, 2015 • Page 11
Honda lease
(continued from page 5)
But while the plan to create a
cluster of dealerships never really
advanced, it never really died either. Neither did Anderson’s interest in the site.
City staff again explored the
idea of a land swap as part of
its 2011 assessment of the city’s
infrastructure. A specially appointed Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission in its report
highlighted sales-tax revenues as
an “important component of the
city’s financial stability.”
“The city recognizes a need to
pursue economic-development
strategies that enhance the benefits for businesses to locate in
Palo Alto and, for that reason, has
begun to consider the creation of
an auto-dealer cluster along East
Bayshore Road,” the report states.
Though the current council
hasn’t really explored the topic, the
idea came up last October when
officials considered approving
funds for a study of the sprawling
Municipal Services Center immediately next to the animal shelter.
The $250,000 study would consider “options for relocating City
functions, personnel, and equipment currently operating out of
the Municipal Services Center
(MSC) and Animal Services Center (ASC), and then repurposing
the sites to produce longterm economic benefits for the city.”
At the time, council members
Karen Holman and Greg Schmid
both expressed concerns about
the study and the potential effect
on the animal shelter, prompting
staff to defer the item to a meeting
the following month.
“The consideration of moving
those facilities and locating those
that will bring revenues to city,
such as auto dealerships, has been
at the front of discussion for a few
years,” Holman said at the Oct.
20 meeting, in stating her dissent.
“When those projects came forward before, it seemed like it really was not a financial advantage
to the city.”
When the proposed study resurfaced on Nov. 4, the council voted
unanimously not to proceed with
it at the time. The $250,000 was
placed into the city’s Infrastructure Reserve, with the intent of revisiting the appropriation request
in 2015.
But even though a land swap is
not currently in the works and the
stretch along Highway 101 in Palo
Alto remains billboard-free, Anderson Honda has quietly moved
onto a peripheral portion of the
animal-services property — and
it did so without a peep of public
Last April, John Anderson
reached out to the city about leasing an L-shaped portion of the animal shelter parking lot and using
it for car storage. About a month
later, a licensing agreement was in
place, with Anderson paying the
city $5,400 a month to store cars
at the lot, which was previously
used by the Utilities Department
and the city’s Office of Emergency Services.
The city’s agreement with
Anderson Honda was never discussed by the council or publicly
disclosed until December, when it
was mentioned in City Manager
James Keene’s annual report on
the city’s leases of public sites.
Documents obtained by the
Weekly through the Public Records Act paint a picture that is
quite different from the one Benest painted in 2008, when the
land-swap proposal was framed
as a way to keep an important
revenue generator from leaving
the city during a time of economic
stress. Last April, the dealership
was facing a different problem:
rising sales and not enough space
to fit all of its cars.
“Our business is booming right
now, and it looks like we may need
more storage soon,” John Anderson wrote on April 3 to Thomas
Fehrenbach, the city’s economic
development manager. “Is there
any place we could store cars in
the back of the Corp yard?”
The following day, Fehrenbach
replied that there “might be space
in the Animal Services lot.” A
few days later, he put Anderson
in touch with Hamid Ghaemmaghami, who runs the city’s
Real Estate Division. On May 2,
Anderson, who signs his emails
John “BigDog” Anderson, wrote
to Ghaemmaghami that he would
“love to grab that Animal Services lot for two months if I could.”
On May 6, Fehrenbach emailed
Ghaemmaghami to “follow up
with this important request.”
“If you could get rolling on this,
I know John would appreciate it!”
Veronica Weber
Honda Civics from Anderson Honda sit in a parking lot adjacent to the Animal Services Center in Palo
Alto in mid-January.
Veronica Weber
The parking area available for lease adjacent to the Animal
Services Center is surrounded by a large row of trees facing East
Bayshore Road.
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Fehrenbach said.
Later that day, Anderson sent
his own email to Ghaemmaghami,
saying, “Sorry to rush you, but we
need to start parking there asap.”
Within days, the agreement was
in place and Honda moved the
fleet south to its new station near
the animal shelter. Unlike a formal lease, this was a “license
agreement” that functioned on a
month-to-month basis and gave
each party the right to cancel the
agreement with a 30-day notice,
Ghaemmaghami told the Weekly.
Under the terms, Anderson paid
the city 40 cents per square foot,
the lot’s appraised value. For the
13,500-square-foot site, this came
out to $5,400 a month.
The arrangement was made at
the city-staff level, without council or public input, and the timing
seemed to surprise even some city
employees. In early May, Nathan
Rainey from the city’s Office of
Emergency Services was preparing to move a 20-foot long container stored at the animal-shelter
site and requested assistance from
other departments with lifting the
container. On May 12, the day
before the container was to be
moved, Rainey received an email
from Russ Kamiyama, a manager
in the Utilities Department.
“I happened to stroll over to
the Animal Shelter, and I noticed
that Anderson Honda has already
begun to park their cars, and the
container in question is buried,”
Kamiyama wrote.
City officials quickly reached
out to Anderson Honda and the
company agreed to move its cars
later that afternoon. In response
to a Weekly inquiry, Rainey said
the container included emergency
supplies and equipment “tailored
to large field operations or a large
disaster, which are not routine in
Palo Alto.” He emphasized that
there was no risk to public safety
as a result of the cars and noted
that since the incident the city has
“repositioned some of the equipment from that container to be
more mobile and accessible.”
Though Anderson initially re-
quested leasing the land for two
months, the Anderson fleet has
remained on the shelter property
ever since. This week, about 30
Hondas were parked there.
John Anderson did not respond
to a request for comment, but in an
interview with the Weekly, both
Fehrenbach and Ghaemmaghami
said that there is nothing unusual
or improper about the city’s agreement with the dealership. City
policy gives City Manager James
Keene the right to lease land for
up to three years without approval
from the council (at Cubberley
Community Center, the terms
are five years). The rules did not
‘This was just about
parking some cars in
a place where we’ve
had a history of
parking vehicles.’
—James Keene,
city manager, Palo Alto
require staff to notify the council
and, accordingly, no one on staff
did so, even when the topic of the
Animal Services Center came up
during last fall’s discussion of the
Municipal Services Center study.
When asked whether this agreement should have been disclosed
more publicly, Fehrenbach noted
that the animal shelter was listed
on LoopNet, a website for commercial sites available for rental.
“Hamid marketed this through
public real estate channels, so it
was sitting out there as a potential
situation,” Fehrenbach told the
Weekly. “We took the opportunity
of Anderson needing some shortterm parking space.”
But unless one takes time to go
through the city’s LoopNet listings, the fleet of Hondas sitting
next to the animal shelter could
raise an eyebrow or two. Both
Holman and Councilman Greg
Scharff were surprised Wednesday when the Weekly asked them
if they knew about Anderson
Honda’s use of the lot. Neither
was aware of that fact.
Ghaemmaghami also noted that
in reaching the license agreement,
the city did not play favorites with
Anderson Honda. The rental rate
was based on the site’s appraised
value. Furthermore, this was an
opportunity to support a local
business, Ghaemmaghami said.
“They are part of the community, too,” he said. “They bring
in sales tax, they hire people and
they’re good citizens for the community.”
Keene told the Weekly that the
ongoing agreement with Anderson in no way implies that the city
has any larger or more permanent
plans for the animal-shelter property. The idea of having a cluster
of dealerships in the Baylands is
“ancient history,” he said.
“Our sense was that any idea
about Anderson Honda going there
permanently was just not an option
at all,” Keene said. “This was just
about parking some cars in a place
where we’ve had a history of parking vehicles, both for Utilities and
Emergency Services.”
Keene also noted that, as a
month-to-month license from
which the city can get out any
time, the arrangement is sensible
and low-risk, as well as one that
provides a “small revenue stream
to the city.” If the council were
to ask staff to move the cars, that
would happen.
Keene also noted that the city’s
recent projects near the Baylands
make it increasingly unlikely that
the chronically percolating idea
of a land swap with a commercial
entity will ever resurface.
“I just think that the efforts
we’ve made with the early closure
of the landfill, the planning and
design we’re doing now on the
Highway 101 pedestrian-and-bike
bridge and the general sensitivity
about land around the Baylands
and in the whole area really argues for us moving as much as
possible (away) from an industrial
presence there.” Q
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a procedure for voting before going into a closed session; and consider
increasing the council’s salary from $600 to $1,000 per month. The
meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.
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Churchill Ave.
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Parcel tax
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crease and asked what amounts
voters would support based on
both the positive and negative arguments.)
“I don’t actually support the
$120 increase not because we
don’t need it but because the
polling in my mind was not completely solid,” she said, comparing it to the 69 percent of original support indicated for a 2004
parcel tax (which would have
boosted an existing tax from
$293 per parcel to $521) that fell
just short of the two-thirds of
support needed to pass.
Godfrey also warned that “a
400-person survey isn’t representative of the community.”
But district consultant Charles
Heath said of the poll as a whole,
“I don’t think it’s a barrier to success.”
“The rest of the poll is a glowing green light that the community would support a renewal and
an increase,” he said.
Godfrey said she was more
comfortable with a $96 increase,
which garnered 73 percent of support after voters heard both positive and negative information.
Godfrey also urged her colleagues to align the ambitious
wish list of programs and efforts
that the new tax could pay for
with the district’s overarching
strategic plan and focused goals.
That wish list is divided into
three sections — equitable opportunities and access; STEM
(science, technology, engineering,
math) programming and pathways;
and student wellness — and asks
for the community’s support in enabling efforts like the expansion of
summer school and early literacy
intervention, support for Buena
Vista Mobile Home Park students who face eviction from their
homes, engineering curriculum for
middle and high school, family
counseling programs, nursing services at the elementary schools and
annual bias and harassment training for students and staff.
Missing from the ballot language itself is the piece on student
wellness, however, board Vice
President Heidi Emberling said.
“Students’ social-emotional
health should not be an afterthought,” she said. “It should be
an integral part of any districtwide goal.”
Emberling suggested adding
a clause to the ballot that reads,
“Strengthen efforts to promote
student health and well-being.”
The other board members expressed support for doing so.
Board member Camille
Townsend said the increased revenue from the renewed parcel tax
is “critical.”
“If you compare ourselves to
equivalent districts across the
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money,” she said. “The demands
that this community puts on its
administrators, its teachers and
its students, frankly, is incredible.
How do we do all that the community wants?”
According to the poll, the top
three issues that the parcel tax
currently supports that voters
smaller class sizes.
The most important new use for
additional parcel-tax money, according to those surveyed, would
be adding support staff to help atrisk students who are struggling
with the basics (78 percent said it
is very/somewhat important and 31
percent said it is very important).
Townsend said there are other
‘Students’ social-emotional health should
not be an afterthought.’
—Heidi Emberling, board vice president,
Palo Alto Board of Education
viewed as most important are attracting and retaining qualified
teachers; supporting advanced
programs in science, math and
technology; and providing enhanced electives for high school
students, including art, music and
social sciences.
In descending order, the other
important goals to voters are
keeping elementary school libraries open and fully staffed; maintaining teaching specialists in the
areas of reading, math and science; maintaining teacher training and support programs; providing additional school counselors
and psychologists for students
who need help; and maintaining
priorities she felt weren’t represented in the survey, such as world
language instruction.
Board president Melissa Baten
Caswell cautioned that even with
a $120 increase, the district will
not be able to accomplish all of
the items on the community’s or
the district’s wish list.
“Staff will have to pick from the
categories,” she said. “They’re not
going to be able to do the whole
ball of wax.”
The board will vote on the
parcel tax at its next meeting on
Tuesday, Jan. 27. Q
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can be emailed at [email protected]
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throughout the week. For longer versions, go to www.PaloAlto
Traffic hampered firefighters response
Firefighters were hampered from reaching an East Palo Alto
home on Monday evening when a fire broke out because of heavy
traffic. And the problem of delayed response times is becoming
an increasing concern for departments across the area, including
in Palo Alto, local fire chiefs said. (Posted Jan. 14, 8:27 a.m.)
East Palo Alto’s wireless network to shut down
In May 2008, the WiFi101 network went live in East Palo Alto
to bridge the “digital divide” separating residents from the benefits
of Internet access. Now, that free wireless network, which covers
East Palo Alto and the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park,
will shut down, according to nonprofit Computers for Everyone.
(Posted Jan. 13, 2:55 p.m.)
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Palo Alto recreation chief says farewell
After a varied three-decade career that took him from a teenaged volunteer at Palo Alto’s animal shelter to the director of the
city’s Community Services Department, Greg Betts is preparing
for the next phase. (Posted Jan. 13, 8:50 a.m.)
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House fire starts in cluttered garage
A fire that damaged an East Palo Alto home on Monday evening
started in a densely cluttered garage, causing an estimated $80,000
in structural damage and $40,000 in losses to the home’s belongings, Menlo Park Fire Protection District officials said. (Posted Jan.
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TEDx returns to Gunn High on Jan. 16
TEDx is returning to Gunn High School in Palo Alto for the
fourth year this Friday, Jan. 16, with high school students lined
up to give talks along with speakers like the founders of Siri, a
Stanford University genetics professor and an 18-year-old Google
intern from Tel Aviv. (Posted Jan. 12, 2:55 p.m.)
Masseur pleads ‘not guilty’ for alleged crimes
An East Palo Alto man facing sexual battery charges pleaded
not guilty on Thursday, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. (Posted Jan. 10, 4:17 p.m.)
Bike bridge
(continued from page 7)
ing.” “It’s a shame there has to
be a winner and someone who
doesn’t win,” he said.
“But whoever gets the second
place, maybe that bridge should be
considered for the span between
Town and Country (Village) and
Paly,” he added, deadpan.
The debate over the bridge’s
“iconic” character re-emerged
Thursday morning, when the architecture board took up the subject. Board member Catherine
Ballantyne made a case for keeping things subtle near the Baylands, a part of the city that she
said is marked by a “low-profile
elegance” and that should “speak
for itself.” While she acknowledged the arch bridge would be
iconic, she wondered if that quality should really be the deciding
“Does ‘iconic’ really need to be
an attribute, or is it just a product
of Palo Alto’s ego?” she asked.
Board Chair Randy Popp and
Vice Chair Robert Gooyer both
went over the tradeoffs inherent in
each of the proposals before stating a preference for the arch concept over the other two. Gooyer
said that the choice should come
down to which attribute the council values most: an “iconic statement” or a “subtle, low-keyed and
delicate” structure.
The kayak bridge, which finished third during the jury’s deliberations last month, retained its
underdog role during the reviews
this week, though Popp praised
its “exceptional design.” The
problem, he said, is that it doesn’t
seem to be very compatible with
the freeway beneath it. The trucks
and the diesel exhaust will “override the beauty of that in a very
short period of time,” Popp said.
The board members were the
only ones who struggled to pick
a favorite. Judith Wasserman, a
former member of the Architectural Review Board and chair of
the jury that selected the arch proposal, said in December that she
was “blown away by how beautiful and poetic all of these were.”
“That’s what most people who
preferred the arch said — that you
will see this more than the other
bridge,” Wasserman said. “The
other bridge was very elegant,
structurally amazing, and looked
like it was self-supporting. We
looked for sky hooks and didn’t
see them.”
But much like the planning
commission, Wasserman had
nothing but love for all three
“I personally felt that you can
close your eyes and throw darts
and come out good,” she said.
Popp made a similar point
Thursday and praised the city
for going along with the design
competition that netted the three
“It’s really remarkable what
we got here today,” Popp said. “I
think we’re really on a spectacular
path to having something amazing
added to the fabric of our city.” Q
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Last Year’s Grant Recipients
10 Books A Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500
Ada’s Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$20,000
Adolescent Counseling Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000
Bayshore Christian Ministries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000
Breast Cancer Connections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000
Building Futures Now . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000
CASSY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000
Children’s Center of the Peninsula . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,200
Collective Roots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500
Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500
Computers for Youth Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000
Deborah’s Palm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000
Downtown Streets Team. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000
DreamCatchers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$15,000
East Palo Alto Kids Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000
East Palo Alto Youth Court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000
Environmental Volunteers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000
EPA Tennis & Tutoring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000
Family Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500
Foothill-De Anza Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500
Foundation for a College Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000
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Friends of Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000
Hidden Villa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000
InnVision Shelter Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000
JLS Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,500
Jordan Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,500
Kara. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$15,000
Mayview Community Health Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000
Music in the Schools Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$15,000
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408 donors have contributed $ 199,210.
With match $349,210 has been raised
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New Creation Home Ministries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000
New Voices for Youth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500
Nuestra Casa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500
Palo Alto Art Center Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000
Palo Alto Community Child Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000
Palo Alto Historical Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000
Palo Alto Housing Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000
Palo Alto Humane Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500
Parents Nursery School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000
Peninsula HealthCare Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500
Project WeHOPE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$15,000
Quest Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000
Racing Hearts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500
Rebuilding Together Peninsula . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000
Silicon Valley FACES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500
St. Elizabeth Seton School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500
St. Francis of Assisi Youth Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000
St. Vincent de Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6,000
Teen Talk Sexuality Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000
Terman Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,500
TheatreWorks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500
Youth Community Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$20,000
Youth Speaks Out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000
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Jacqueline Reynolds-Rush ............ 200
Tony & Jan DiJulio ............................ *
Joan Norton..................................... *
Jean & Charles Thompson .............. 50
Ellie & Dick Mansfield ...................... *
Theodore & Frances Jenkins ........... 50
Luca & Mary Cafiero ........................ *
Richard Baumgartner
& Elizabeth Salzer ..................... 300
Anne Talbott ................................ 300
Diane & Brandy Sikic........................ *
Irene Schwartz................................. *
Helen Feinberg ......................... 2,000
Jack & Susan Thomas ...................... *
Veronica Tincher .......................... 100
Bryan Wilson ............................... 100
William Macrae ................................ *
Elisabeth Seaman ........................ 100
Living in Balance .............................. *
Sandra Slater .................................. *
Daniel Cox ................................... 200
Weil Family .................................. 250
Lorrin Koran M.D. .......................... 50
Mary Lorey ...................................... *
David Wells ................................... 50
Robert & Betsy Gamburd.................. *
Anne & Don Vermeil ......................... *
Sandra & Scott Pearson ............... 500
Bjorn & Michele Liencres........... 1,000
Lorraine Macchello........................... *
Ken & Michele Dauber ................. 500
Amy Harris & Joss Geiduschek ..... 100
Jack & Martha McLaughlin ............... *
Barbara & Charles Stevens............... *
Patrick & Emily Radtke .............. 2,000
Margaret & Les Fisher .................. 100
Marjorie Giles .............................. 300
David & Karen Backer .................. 250
Laura Simeone .............................. 50
Noble & Lorraine Hancock ................ *
Martha Shirk ............................... 500
Ellmann Family............................. 100
Dorsey and Katherine Bass .......... 300
Faith Braff ................................... 500
Wendy Sinton .............................. 100
Victor & Norma Hesterman ............... *
William & Sally Hewlett.............. 2,000
Edward Kanazawa ............................ *
Donald & Adele Langendorf .......... 200
Ellen Lillington ............................... 75
Jean M. Colby .................................. *
Chris & Beth Martin ......................... *
Lawrence Naiman ........................ 100
Tom & Patricia Sanders .................... *
Dorothy Saxe ................................... *
Roger Smith ................................ 300
Marian Adams ............................. 100
Brigid Barton ............................... 400
Lucy Berman ............................ 1,000
Harriet & Gerald Berner .................... *
Roy & Carol Blitzer ........................... *
John & Olive Borgsteadt ................... *
Linda & Steve Boxer......................... *
Larry Breed ................................. 100
Bruce F. Campbell ..................... 2,000
Mr. George Cator ....................... 300
Ted and Ginny Chu ........................... *
Keith Clarke..................................... *
Constance Crawford ......................... *
Theodore and Cathy Dolton .......... 350
Eugene & Mabel Dong ................. 200
Tom & Ellen Ehrlich ..................... 300
David & Diane Feldman ................ 750
Bonnie Packer ............................. 100
Hans & Judith Steiner .................. 100
Harry & Susan Hartzell .................... *
Carolyn & Tony Tucher ...................... *
Marc & Ragni Pasturel ................. 200
Tony & Priscilla Marzoni.................... *
Tom & Patricia Sanders .................... *
Robert & Connie Loarie .................... *
Sallie & Jay Whaley ...................... 100
Eric Richert.................................. 100
Jerry and Linda Elkind .................. 250
Leif & Sharon Erickson ................. 250
Russell Evarts ................................. *
Solon Finkelstein ......................... 150
Annette Isaacson ......................... 100
Hoda Epstein ................................... *
Chittra Chaivorapol....................... 400
Arden King..................................... 20
Marie Earl & Peter Skinner............ 100
John & Florine Galen ........................ *
Greg & Penny Gallo ...................... 500
Betty Gerard ................................ 100
Dena Goldberg............................. 250
Margot Goodman ............................ *
Lynda & Richard Greene ............... 300
Eric and Elaine Hahn ........................ *
Phil Hanawalt & Graciela Spivak.... 500
The Havern Family..................... 5,000
Walt and Kay Hays ........................... *
Joe and Nancy Huber ....................... *
Jon & Julie Jerome ........................... *
Michael & Marcia Katz ................. 200
Sue Kemp ................................... 250
Christina Kenrick....................... 1,000
Michael & Frannie Kieschnick ........... *
Hal & Iris Korol ................................ *
Tony & Judy Kramer.......................... *
The Kroymann Family ................... 250
Patricia M. Levin .......................... 100
Steve and Nancy Levy .................. 500
Mandy Lowell ............................... 100
Gwen Luce ...................................... *
Lori & Hal Luft ............................. 100
Kevin Mayer & Barbara Zimmer......... *
Richard L. Mazze ......................... 100
Drew McCalley & Marilyn Green .... 100
Eve & John Melton ....................... 500
Merrill & Lee Newman ................. 250
Craig & Sally Nordlund.................. 500
Jim & Alma Phillips....................... 250
Helene Pier...................................... *
David & Virginia Pollard ................ 300
Teresa Roberts ......................... 2,000
Dick and Ruth Rosenbaum ........... 100
Peter and Beth Rosenthal ............. 300
Steve & Karen Ross ..................... 100
Nancy & Norm Rossen ..................... *
Don & Ann Rothblatt ........................ *
Dan and Lynne Russell................. 250
John and Mary Schaefer ............... 100
Jerry & Donna Silverberg .............. 100
Bob and Diane Simoni.................. 200
Art and Peggy Stauffer ................. 500
Peter S Stern ................................... *
Jeanne and Leonard Ware ................ *
Roger Warnke .............................. 200
Susan & Doug Woodman.................. *
Gil and Gail Woolley ..................... 300
Lawrence Yang & Jennifer Kuan . 1,000
Art & Helen Kraemer ........................ *
Barbara Klein & Stan Schrier ............ *
Patti Yanklowitz & Mark Krasnow... 200
Andrea Smith............................... 100
Larry Baer & Stephanie Klein............ *
Ms. Amy Renalds ........................... *
Jody Maxmin................................... *
Van Whitis ................................... 200
Diane Doolittle ................................. *
John & Nancy Cassidy .................. 300
Charles P. Bonini.............................. *
Lee & Judy Shulman ........................ *
Robert & Barbara Simpson ............... *
Janis Ulevich ............................... 100
Judith & James Kleinberg ................. *
Leo & Marlys Keoshian .................... *
James & Renee Masterson............... *
Ralph Britton ............................... 300
Nancy Steege .............................. 100
Joanne Koltnow ........................... 200
Diane & Steve Ciesinski ............... 500
Charlotte Epstein ............................. *
Caroline Hicks & Bert Fingerhut .... 100
Jessie Ngai .................................. 100
Xiaofan Lin .................................... 50
Hal and Carol Louchheim ................. *
Rathmann Family Foundation ............ *
Judy Ousterhout ............................... *
Debby Roth.................................. 100
Sandy & Rajiv Jain........................ 101
Dennis & Cindy Dillon ....................... *
Ho John Lee ................................ 100
Stan & Yulia Shore ........................... *
Mehdi Alhassani .......................... 150
Dmitri Seals .................................... *
Mike & Dana Nelson ...................... 75
Brigid Barton & Rob Robinson ...... 400
Adria & Beau Brown ......................... *
Meri Gruber & James Taylor .............. *
Janice Bohman ............................ 250
Jan Swan......................................... *
Dexter & Jean Dawes ....................... *
Nina Kulgein ................................ 200
Rick & Eileen Brooks ........................ *
Michael & Jean Couch .................. 250
Martha Cohn ............................... 100
Maureen Martin ............................... *
Diane Moore.................................... *
Micki & Bob Cardelli ......................... *
Matt Glickman & Susie Hwang ...... 500
Ralph Wheeler ............................. 225
Robyn Crumly .................................. *
Bill Johnson & Terri Lobdell........ 1,000
Jan Thomson & Roy Levin ............. 250
Shirley Ely.................................... 500
Tatyana Berezin ............................... *
Bonnie & Bryan Street ..................... *
Bob & Joan Jack .......................... 300
Annette Glanckopf & Tom Ashton ...... *
George & Betsy Young ...................... *
Mahlon & Carol Hubenthal................ *
John & Ruth Devries......................... *
Linnea Wickstrom ........................ 100
David & Lynn Mitchell ................... 300
Virginia Fehrenbacher ................... 100
Lani Freeman & Stephen Monismith... *
Mike & Cathie Foster.................... 500
Don & Bonnie Miller ......................... *
Page & Ferrell Sanders................. 100
Joyce Barker ................................ 100
Lijun & Jia-Ning Xiang ................... 200
Hugh McDevitt ............................. 200
Robert French.............................. 100
Patricia Thomas ........................... 100
Scott Wong .................................. 200
Pam Mayerfield ............................ 100
Thomas Rindfleisch .......................... *
David Labaree ............................. 200
Mike & Lennie Roberts................. 100
Boyce & Peggy Nute ......................... *
Zelda Jury ................................... 100
Karen Sundback & James Moore... 500
Steve & Mary Chapel ....................... *
John & Lee Pierce ........................ 250
Mary Jo & Leonard Levy ............... 250
Al and Kay Nelson ............................ *
Dr. Elliot Eisner ................................ *
Ruth & Chet Johnson ....................... *
Robert Lobdell ................................. *
Baxter Armstrong ......................... 100
Phillip Gottheiner ............................. *
Boyd Paulson, Jr .............................. *
Dan Dykwel ..................................... *
Dr. David Zlotnick ............................. *
Dr. John Plummer Steward............ 100
Richard Brennan .............................. *
Bob Donald ..................................... *
Leonard W. Ely ............................. 200
Don and Marie Snow .................... 100
Kathy Morris .................................... *
Pam Grady................................... 250
Carol Berkowitz ................................ *
Yen-Chen and Er-Ying Yen ............. 250
Francine Mendlin ............................. *
Richard Brennan .......................... 100
Helene F. Klein ................................ *
Jean M. Law ................................ 100
Ernest J. Moore ............................... *
Mary Floyd..................................... 25
Thomas W. and Louise L. Phinney ..... *
Leo Breidenbach .............................. *
Bob Schauer ................................ 150
Bertha Kalson ................................. *
Steve Fasani................................ 100
Jimmie Dickinson ......................... 100
John F. Smith............................... 250
Robert Spinrad ............................ 500
My sweet Dad Al Pellizzari ................ *
My sweet dog “Tufi” ......................... *
Ed Arnold......................................... *
Sam Stewart & Alan Stewart ............ *
August Lee King ............................. 25
Nate Rosenberg ............................. 75
Betty Meltzer ................................... *
Aarol O’Neill .................................... *
John Black................................... 500
Jim Byrnes................................... 100
In Honor Of
Our grandchildren Emma,
Greyson, Elizabeth & Samuel ..... 300
Richard Van Dusen & Kaye Kelley ... 250
Marilyn Sutorius ........................... 300
The Barnea-Smith Family .................. *
Hamilton Avenue friends................... *
Sallie Tasto.................................. 100
Gary Fazzino .................................... *
Uncle Bill’s 50th birthday ................. *
The Settle Family ......................... 500
Palo Alto Weekly staff ...................... *
Sandy Sloan ................................ 100
Larry Klein’s service on City Council.... *
As a Gift For
Mark Zuanich............................... 150
In Memory Of
Foundations, Businesses
& Organizations
Bob Markevitch ................................ *
Mom, Dad and Louie ........................ *
Ryan ............................................... *
Florence Kan Ho .............................. *
Dominic Greening .......................... 50
The other 99% ............................. 200
Nickolas Rudd ............................. 100
Ludwig Tannenwald .......................... *
Jack Sutorius ............................... 300
Nick ........................................... 500
Emmett Lorey .................................. *
Becky Schaefer ................................ *
Ted Linden................................... 200
Palo Alto Business Park ............ 1,000
United Methodist Women
of the First United Methodist
Church of Palo Alto .................... 500
Arrillaga Foundation ............... 10,000
Peery Foundation .................... 10,000
Communication & Power Industries....500
Attorney Susan Dondershine ........ 250
Harrell Remodeling, Inc. ................... *
Bleibler Properties LLC ................. 500
Alta Mesa Improvement
Company ............................... 1,500
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Alcohol or drug related
Drinking in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Driving under influence . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Open container. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Possession of paraphernalia . . . . . . . . 3
A weekly compendium of vital statistics
Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Prowler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Palo Alto
Jan. 7-13
Violence related
Arson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Strong arm robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Suicide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Theft related
Attempted burglary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Vehicle related
Abandoned auto. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Driving with suspended license . . . . . 10
Driving without license . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 9
Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . 3
Camping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Disobey court order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . 1
Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Unattended death. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Warrant notice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Menlo Park
Jan. 7-13
Violence related
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Theft related
Check fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
George Koestner
Palo Alto
El Camino Real, 1/8, 8:52 p.m..; suicide
180 El Camino Real, 1/9, 10:23 p.m.;
robbery attempt/strong arm.
1540 Middlefield Road, 1/9, 11:56 p.m.;
845 Ramona St., 1/11, 11 a.m.; domestic violence/battery.
Menlo Park
500 block El Camino Real, 1/7, 3:58
p.m.; battery.
1300 block Garden Lane, 1/12, 9:48
a.m.; battery.
December 31, 1931-December 29, 2014
After working at Reynolds as a management
trainee, George returned to Washington University.
In 1964 he received his MBA degree, which
spearheaded his highly successful business career.
That year Corning Glass Works hired George as
the financial manager of a small branch in Newton,
New Jersey. During the following ten years Corning
offered him three promotions. The last of these was
a job as the financial manager of a small pioneering
subsidiary in Silicon Valley.
Ultimately George, with other officers and
employees founded Scientific Micro Systems Inc. in
Mountain View, California. He became the CFO.
SMS was one of the first companies to develop new
kinds of storage systems for computers.
The company grew and flourished until
it had nearly 900 employees. George
was highly involved in ushering SMS
to “go public”. Before and after its
incorporation George managed all of
the financial and legal affairs of the
company, as well as HR.
Some years later, after retirement
George was asked to become the CFO
of Buslogic, Inc., a start-up formed by
two young engineers. This company,
too, prospered.
Along the way George expressed his
love for his family and his interest in youth sports,
by coaching Little League teams. Through coaching
George instructed and inspired young players to
develop their skills and special talents. He encouraged
them to fearlessly seize opportunities on the field and
to play wholeheartedly. If there were mistakes, he
never judged his players; he forgave them.
Besides baseball, George coached, managed, and
became a commissioner of both AYSO and later,
CYSA teams on which Paul and Sarah played. As a
result of these activities George, his family, and a Palo
Alto soccer team of 16-year-old boys, were able to go
on a spectacular sports-cultural tour to Hamburg,
Germany. This people-to-people tour was not only
educational but yielded wonderful friendships.
George also loved music of all kinds. While young
he played the saxophone. Later he pursued public
speaking through Toastmasters. He was able to
express humor in speeches at work which delighted
all. He also taught Sunday school and became the
head usher at his church. He and his family are
grateful to have realized so many dreams: beautiful
homes, skiing at Northstar, children’s educations,
vacations and much more. Such a joyful life!
A celebration of George’s Life will be held at the
Forum at Rancho San Antonio in the Sierra Room,
23500 Cristo Rey Drive, Cupertino, California
95014, on Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 2PM4PM. Donations in George’s honor may be made to
charities of your choice.
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Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Property for destruction . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Psychiatric evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Jacquelin Mitchell
June 29, 1934 – December 24, 2014
George Koestner, a man whose heart was full
of love for his family, friends, business associates,
neighbors, pets, and the larger community, both at
home and abroad has moved to a higher realm.
George, also known as “Red” or “Bud”, died
on December 24, 2014 at age 80, while living in
Cupertino, California. He is survived by Julie, his wife
of 57 years, son, Paul, daughter-in-law Amy, daughter,
Sarah Cording, son-in-law Richard Cording, three
granddaughters--Emily Koestner, Alexa and Elise
Cording, Karen Gerdel, niece, of Montpelier, Vermont,
and cousin Gloria Gottschalk of St. Louis, Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and
Hazel Koestner and his sister, Peggy Koestner Freund.
George was born on June 29,
1934 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was
brought up a Christian Scientist, and
later became a lifelong member of the
Mother Church of Christ, Scientist
in Boston, Massachusetts and of the
Frist Church of Christ, Scientist in
Palo Alto, California.
George began his baseball odyssey
at about age 11. He became such a
strong pitcher that when he entered
Cleveland High School, his coach
of both baseball and basketball told
him to prepare for a college athletic
scholarship. He gladly did this. By the end of his senior
year in high school he had become the second most
winning pitcher in the state of Missouri. After tryouts
with the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers, a
group of professional baseball scouts came to his door
with contracts. He also received scholarship offers. His
very wise parents helped him consider these offers and
they all concluded that he should go to the University
of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. In the fall of 1953
he went to class and pitched baseball very well against
strong competitors at the U of I, while working toward
a degree. During the summer after his sophomore
year he played semi-pro baseball for a community
team in Pierre, South Dakota. That fall he transferred
to Washington University in St. Louis. While there he
continued to play baseball and earned his Bachelor of
Science degree in Business Administration.
In the summer after his junior year George met
Julie. Cupid’s arrows flew between them. Immediately
after graduation George joined the United States
Army for a program of six months Basic Training
followed by five years of Reserve Duty. He was offered
Officers Training. Although he enjoyed military
duty, he had Julie, his fiancée, and a very good job
with Reynolds Metals Company waiting in St. Louis.
George and Julie married in 1958. Their happily
awaited first child, Paul, was born in 1964. This was
joyfully followed by the birth of the daughter, Sarah
in 1966. A more loving husband and father could
never be found!
Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Theft undefined. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Vehicle related
Auto burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Driving with suspended license . . . . . . 5
Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Vehicle accident/injury . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . 6
Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Alcohol or drug related
Driving under influence . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Coroner case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
CPS referral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Disturbing/annoying phone calls . . . . . 2
Domestic dispute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Gang validations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Juvenile problem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Jacquelin Baumgarten Mitchell of
Atherton died on December 29, 2014,
after a brief illness.
She is survived by her husband,
Lincoln A. Mitchell, daughter
Rebekah Ann Mitchell of Kentfield,
sister Rebekah Ann Bashford of
Idyllwild, and nephew Morris D.
Mitchell and niece Elizabeth D.
Mitchell, both of Soquel.
Jackie, then “Miss Baumgarten,”
taught kindergarten at Hillview
School and then Encinal School in the Menlo Park School District
from 1955 to 1961. She subsequently substituted in the Menlo
Park and Palo Alto Unified School Districts as “Mrs. Mitchell”
from 1962 until their daughter was born in 1969.
Jackie was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on December 31,
1931 and graduated from the Packer School in Brooklyn Heights,
New York, where she made her debut in 1949. She also graduated
from Southern Seminary in Buena Vista, Virginia, and the
Denver School of Education in 1955.
She met her husband on Friday, October 13, 1961, when he was
a third year student at Stanford Law School. They were married
two and a half months later on December 29. She died on their
53rd wedding anniversary.
He described their marriage as a 53-year love affair and said
that both of them would have signed up for another 53 year tour
if they could.
Jackie was active in the Junior Leagues of Brooklyn Heights
and Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula, doing her volunteer work at the San
Francisco Airport Travelers Aid in the evenings to accommodate
her teaching schedule.
She joined the Woodside-Atherton Auxiliary to the Lucile
Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford in 1977 and was the
complex director from 1994 to 1996 and in 2002 for the Allied
Arts Guild, which the Auxiliary operates on Arbor Road in
Menlo Park. She leased and managed the various shops on the
property for the benefit of the hospital. She also chaired the
Friends of Allied Arts in 1998, 1999 and in 2001.
She and her husband, and often their daughter Rebekah,
together with the family Airedale, cruised their 26-foot boat in
the Pacific Northwest during most Augusts for 40 years, from
the San Juan Islands north through the coastal waters of British
Columbia and southeast Alaska to Skagway, Sitka and Glacier
Bay. They never tired of the snow-capped peaks, pristine forests
and ever present salmon, eagles and orcas and the occasional
brown (grizzly) bear.
Jackie never forgot her students and was able to recall each of
them by name and description more than 50 years later. She loved
every last one of them.
Her husband practiced law in Palo Alto for 50 years, always
with her support. They were members of the Delta Yacht Club
and the Ladera Oaks Swim Tennis and Fitness Club.
A memorial service, followed by a celebration of life, will be
held on Friday, January 23 at 2:00pm at the Trinity Episcopal
Church, 330 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park. Burial will be
Births, marriages and deaths
Elsie Trojak
Elsie Ruth Trojak, a longtime
Palo Alto community member
and St. Thomas Aquinas parishioner, died peacefully in her
home on Jan. 2, 2015. She was
wa s
born on June 2,
1916, to Harry
and Ber tha
McGinnes. She
grew up on a
family farm
with many cattle and chickens in coastal
Maryland. She had three siblings: Ralph, Harry and Helen,
now all deceased.
During World War II she became a U.S. Army nurse, a role
that satisfied her desires for both
service and adventure. She was
stationed in a region of India,
which later became a part of
Pakistan, and she remembered
Gandhi making a speech during
her time there.
Following the war, she returned to the U.S. and eventually became a licensed nurse
in four states, including California. Among her many posts,
she served at Letterman Hospital in San Francisco, including
for years as head of pediatrics.
While there she met her future
husband Emil Trojak, and they
married in 1952. Together they
Memorial services
Alan Henderson, former
mayor of Palo Alto, died on
Sept. 13, 2014. He was 89.
A memorial service will be
held on Sunday, Jan. 25, at 3
p.m. at Avenidas, 450 Bryant
St., Palo Alto.
Joan Robinson, a longtime
Palo Alto resident, died on
Dec. 14, 2014. She was 87.
A memorial service will be
held on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 2
p.m. at First Congregational
Church, 1985 Louis Road,
Palo Alto.
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bought a house in Palo Alto in
She was involved in the congregations at the St. Thomas
Aquinas and St. Albert the Great
churches in Palo Alto for more
than 50 years. She helped in a
variety of ways with the parish,
as well as the Poor Clares of Los
Altos Hills, including giving car
rides to church members, cloistered nuns and even Mother Teresa when she came to visit Palo
Alto. The parish also helped
her cope with the deaths of her
daughter MaryAnne in 2002 and
her husband in 2011.
She kept in touch with her
family in Maryland through frequent phone calls, and last summer, her nieces and nephews surprised her by visiting Palo Alto
to celebrate her 98th birthday.
She loved being a nurse, as
well as going on walks in her
neighborhood and dancing —
which she first learned to do
from English soldiers during the
She is survived by her nephews and niece in Maryland, William (Lucy) McGinnes, Ralph
McGinnes, Robert (Linda)
McGinnes, Jerry (Donna) McGinnes and Jean McGinnes — as
well as their children and grandchildren. On the Trojak side, she
is survived by her nephew, Eric
(Lynne) Trojak of Half Moon
A memorial Mass will be held
on Friday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m. at
St. Albert the Great Church,
1096 Channing Ave., Palo Alto.
Memorial donations can be
made to St. Thomas Aquinas
Parish, 3290 Middlefield Road,
Palo Alto, CA 94306.
Anne Moss Steinberg
Anne Steinberg died peacefully in her sleep on Dec. 26, 2014.
A long-time resident of Palo Alto, Anne was committed to
civic interests. For many years, she was a very active member
of the League of Women Voters, becoming a member of the
California State Board of that organization. On a more local
level, she was the founder of the Rose Kleiner Frail Elderly
day program, and actively participated as a member of the
Palo Alto Friends of the Library, the Palo Alto Planning
Commission and the Palo Alto Housing Corporation Board
for years. She was very proud of all her work, but especially
the Housing Corporation.
Anne subsequently moved to San Francisco where she was
a member of the San Francisco Friends of the Library. Being
a Friend of the Library was extraordinarily meaningful to her
because it affirmed her life-long love of literature.
Anne was born in London, UK, in 1919, to parents Abram
and Rachel Moss. A teenager during the Blitz, Anne met her
future husband, David Steinberg, in London; his youngest
brother had been sent to stay with her family as part of the
kindertransport program. Anne and David were married in
London on June 8, 1944, while David was on leave from the
After the war, they lived in London until 1948, when they
immigrated to the US, as a family of three with daughter,
Aline and lived in Queens, NYC, where their son, James (Jim)
was born. With many friends and family in New York, they
remained there until 1957 when they moved to Palo Alto.
Over the years, Anne became close to many friends and
family members who also moved to California.
Her love of travel gave her numerous opportunities to
explore overseas and visit far-flung family members. She
treasured trips to Japan with David, a visit to Singapore for a
family wedding, and many trips to the UK to see family. One
regret she had about aging was that she eventually had to give
up traveling – and always cautioned Aline and Jim to travel
while they could!
Anne’s treasured grandchildren were all close to their
grandmother: Chaz and Jake Steinberg, Risa Strobel and Kate
Fletcher loved to listen to her stories and, as they grew older, to
share their own with her. She will be missed by them, as well
as by Jim and his wife Brenda, Aline and her partner Susan,
and Andrew Moss, her closest and devoted nephew who has
lived in San Francisco for many years. Her husband, David,
preceded her in death.
Although Anne had requested no funeral, a memorial event
will be held during the spring to give her many local friends
and relatives an opportunity to remember her together.
Daphne Hannig
Resident of Palo Alto
Oct. 21, 1989 - Jan. 4, 2015
Daphne Hannig, 25, of Palo
Alto, was born to Frank Hannig
and Karen Guttieri in Vancouver,
British Columbia. She studied
linguistics, English and art
history at Foothill College and
recorded music as The Amy
Lynns. Daphne’s wit and beauty
permeated her music, poetry,
art and everyday conversation,
bringing joy to all who knew her. A profound thinker, she found
meaning in all experiences. And she was unbeatable at Boggle.
She is survived by her parents and step-parents, Rodney
Searcey and Mei-Hui Yang, her beloved sister, Contessa, three
loving pets, many friends and relatives.
A memorial will be held at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church,
600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306 at 2pm on Saturday,
January 17th with reception following.
Spangler Mortuary is assisting with services www.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rock Medicine
or Victory Ranch Inc.
Gerry C. Wagstaffe
Gerry C. Wagstaffe, a lifelong resident of San Mateo
County, died unexpectedly at home on January 9, 2015 at
the age of 55. Gerry was the cherished only daughter of
Gerard and Jean Wagstaffe, both of whom preceded her
in death.
A graduate of St. Francis High School, Gerry received
her Associate of Arts Degree from Foothill College in
2006 and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from San Jose
State in 2012. She was a loyal follower of the San Jose
State Spartans.
Previously an employee of Raychem Corporation,
Gerry was employed by Stanford Hospitals & Clinics
for more than 28 years, most recently as an Inventory
Control Clerk. She traveled widely in her free time.
Gerry was especially appreciative of the care provided
her by the physicians and staff of Kaiser Hospital and
UCSF in her recent kidney transplant.
Gerry is survived by her brother, Dennis Wagstaffe,
his wife Cathy Wagstaffe, and their children, Jeffrey
Wagstaffe and Elizabeth Wagstaffe. Gerry is also
survived by her dear friend, Coulter Cleary, and brothers
Raymond Wagstaffe, James Wagstaffe and Stephen
Wagstaffe. Her brother, John Wagstaffe, preceded her in
her death.
A memorial Mass will be held in her memory on January
23, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church,
131 Marine View Avenue, Davenport, California.
The family asks that donations in Gerry’s
memory be made to Kainos (for “Pete’s Place”) at
3631 Jefferson Avenue, Redwood City, California.
OBITUARY • Palo Alto Weekly • January 16, 2015 • Page 19
Toward greater
Council should adopt policy requiring
vote before closed sessions
e are all for a proposal to be considered next Tuesday
by the Palo Alto City Council that would require an affirmative vote to authorize any closed session, whether
born out of last year’s scathing Grand Jury report, a sincere belief
in greater transparency or pure political grandstanding.
It is impossible to know whether such a rule would have resulted
in any past closed sessions not happening, but it’s a reasonable
and harmless step toward greater transparency and individual accountability.
Under the current practice, used by most local agencies, a decision to have a closed session is made unilaterally by the city manager and the city attorney and is guided by the state open-meeting
law, the Brown Act, which spells out the limited circumstances
when meetings may exclude the public. The most common exceptions are for personnel matters, labor or real estate negotiations
and litigation.
The law is permissive, not prescriptive; nothing requires a public
body to meet in closed session except in a very few cases that, in
general, involve individual privacy rights.
But the practice in most cities is to take full advantage of the
Brown Act’s exceptions and to meet in closed sessions whenever
the city manager and city attorney believe it is legally permissible.
A notice of the closed meeting and the topic(s) to be discussed must
appear on the agenda and by law the public must be given an opportunity to comment prior to the commencement of the closed meeting.
Since the closed meetings are often set to happen prior to the
start of the open public meetings, however, no members of the public are usually present, and often neither are most council members.
The proposal to change this process was made by Councilman
Greg Scharff in the wake of the Grand Jury report, which found
that the City Council inappropriately noticed and held closed meetings to discuss developer John Arrillaga’s unsolicited interest in
purchasing a city-owned parcel that was not for sale next to his
property near Foothills Park. The discussions did not involve negotiations nor any other legitimately exempt matters and was a clear
violation of the law. Every council member, and especially lawyers
Scharff, Larry Klein and Marc Berman, should have recognized
the problem, raised objections and, if necessary, left the meeting.
Scharff now proposes that the City Council vote in public prior to
going into closed session, primarily as a way to make council members assume the responsibility for affirmatively determining a closed
session is in compliance with the Brown Act and in the public interest.
Former councilman Klein, who opposed the idea when it was
proposed and again when it was considered last October by the
council’s Policy and Procedures Committee, argued that the proposal was a solution in search of a problem and that under the current process any council member may make a motion in closed or
open session not to close the meeting to the public.
Klein is right, but so is Scharff.
Although Klein successfully argued that there should be a public
discussion about the city’s Cubberley lease negotiations with the
school board when legally the council could have avoided doing so
under the Brown Act’s real estate negotiation exception, such action
is virtually unprecedented, and the council willingly defers to city
staff on closed-session determinations. While an individual council
member can object to a closed session, either before or after it has
started, we know of no instance where this has occurred and then
led to the reversal of the staff’s decision.
Elected officials are well-known to use closed sessions, especially those noticed as performance reviews of the city manager or
school superintendent, to discuss matters the Brown Act prohibits,
but there is no effective enforcement mechanism.
In considering Scharff’s proposal last October, the Policy and
Procedures Committee split 2-2, with now retired Klein and Gail
Price opposing it and Scharff and now-Vice Mayor Greg Schmid
favoring it.
The idea therefore comes to the council next week with no recommendation from the committee, but also without two opponents.
It is not likely that imposing the requirement for a vote prior to
going into closed session will dramatically change the number of
closed sessions held by the City Council, but it does achieve greater
transparency and will, on occasion, cause both staff and council
members to think twice about it.
Had this proposal been the policy back in 2013 when the Arrillaga discussions took place, we hope that a council member would
have raised objections prior to a vote to go into closed session,
sparing the council the embarrassment that later followed.
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Editorials, letters and opinions
Equal access needed
A recent article in the Daily
Post (“Cop car cams fight crime,”
Dec. 27-28) provoked me to do
some thinking about the public’s
right to access police videos.
The updated video system that
the Palo Alto Police Department
(PAPD) has recently purchased,
and are now using in their patrol
cars, sounds excellent. It is great
that the updated video equipment
allows for the wider and more
accurate capture of activity by
alleged criminals, as well as the
police. Moreover, it is important
that the tapes content can be accessed by defense attorneys representing someone charged with
a crime, pursuant to criminal law
discovery practice.
However, if a citizen is not arrested and charged with a crime,
but still believes they have been
abused, beaten or in some other
fashion treated unfairly by the
police, there is no policy in place
to allow the videos to be viewed
by the complaining party, police
watchdogs or representatives of
the press.
Notwithstanding the fact that
the police can release a video
as evidence that they have been
falsely accused of police misconduct, the alleged victim of police
abuse has no equal right to demand access to the tapes. Gaps
in the California Public Records
Act, and special protections afforded by the Peace Officers Bill
of Rights, must be closed to ensure public access to this valuable
The same legal dilemma will
apply to the use of body-worn
cameras, when the PAPD implements them in the future. The
lack of a firm policy allowing full
access to police videos undercuts
the credibility of the video program. It leaves the public feeling manipulated and mistrustful
of the police. With a more equal
policy in place, we can ensure
that Palo Alto takes a leadership
role in police transparency and
community police relations.
Aram James
Los Robles Avenue, Palo Alto
Same standards?
As a fellow graduate of William
S. Hart High School, I must come
to the defense of Trent Irwin’s
commitment tweet to “the university of Stanford,” mentioned
in the Jan. 9 issue’s Sports Shorts.
Applying the same standard
you apply to the tweet to your
coverage, there are no less than
three times as many grammatical and accuracy issues in your
coverage of the tweet than in the
tweet itself. I would expect you to
apply the same level of attention
Trent’s given to catching balls to
catching your own slips, when
calling out the slips of others.
Love to the Weekly! And love to
Hart High!
Bryan Kirk
Emerson Street, Palo Alto
Not Greendell
In your latest Palo Alto Neighborhoods booklet (Dec. 31, 2014),
once more you called my neighborhood “Greendell” when it
should be known as “Fairfield
Estates.” Our 77 homes, built by
Mackay and McKellar, were built
in two sections, first in 1953, the
balance in 1954.
The Greendell Eichler homes
were built arriving about two
years later, and there were only
48 homes.
Someone fell short on their
Warren Storkman
Mackay Drive, Palo Alto
Where does one park?
What a mess the city of Palo
Alto has made of parking at the
new Mitchell Park library. There
are six handicapped spaces; that
would be OK if there were not
four more handicapped slots
nearby at the edge of Mitchell
Park, all of them empty when I
went by.
There are three parking spaces
for hybrids only and four parking
slots set aside to recharge electric
autos. Then there are 12 parking
spaces with signs that say “car
pool,” with an additional sign
that reads “car share only except
by permit.” (Who is eligible for
a permit anyway?) Behind the
library are eight parking spaces
identified as “staff parking,” and
if you park there the minimum
fine is $250.
In the nearby Mitchell Park
parking area they have painted a
red curb where there used to be at
least 10 parking spaces.
It appears that many of the
parking slots that could have been
made available to those using either the library or Mitchell Park
have been otherwise assigned.
The clear message here is, if you
plan to drive alone to the Mitchell
Park Library, be prepared to park
on nearby residential streets.
Jean Wilcox
Sutherland Drive, Palo Alto
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Guest Opinion
To sleep, perchance to dream of change
by Maria Daehler
he Palo Alto
Weekly article (Jan. 9)
on the sleep assembly at Gunn
High School continued a lively discussion on how we
can best help our
students have a
healthier and happier adolescence. I
was struck by the numerous online comments about the need to limit homework
and the hopes that the administration
would do so soon.
Some of these comments were similar to
the recommendations by two sleep experts,
Drs. William Dement and Rafael Pelayo,
who spoke at the assembly. They discussed the need to increase sleep and not
do homework at the expense of sleep. They
also shared how a sleep deficit can impact
the safety of our students in many ways,
such as unsafe driving, increased illness,
an increase in impulsivity and irritability,
a decrease in academic performance, increased risk of sports injuries and even an
increased risk of suicide. Dr. Pelayo emphasized that research findings show students with increased sleep perform better
academically and in athletics.
As a child and adolescent psychiatrist,
it was concerning that much of the community discussion centered on the need
for the Palo Alto Unified School District
(PAUSD) to limit homework as a tool for
increasing sleep but with little mention of
other very important variables. Limiting
homework is certainly one step that can
help our kids, and I believe the school administration is working toward that end.
In fact, Gunn Principal Denise Herrmann
said last semester that all teachers will be
estimating the amount of homework assigned, and students will be surveyed on
homework load. This was already done in
November for all math classes at Gunn.
However, there are many causes for
sleep abnormalities, and not all of them
are school-related. It is helpful as parents
to see where we can affect the safety of our
children. Parents can be alert to biological,
psychological, cultural and environmental
contributors to sleep loss and seek information and help if needed in these areas.
Contributing conditions such as sleep apnea, asthma, anxiety and mood disorders
can be treated by health professionals, and
kids should be referred who have symptoms suggesting such underlying causes of
sleep loss. Simple steps such as no caffeine
after lunch time make a world of difference for many people with insomnia. Psychological issues include teens feeling it is
cool to stay up late or that school work or
socializing is more important than sleep.
Parents can help their teens solve these
problems of adolescence whether it is an
attitude change, learning how to organize
their time better or setting limits to allow for
more sleep. In the past, social mores helped
parents in setting these limits. Now, social
networking and hand-held electronic devices
obliterate what was once a cultural norm of
no calling after 9 p.m. on a school night.
Parents can also help when there are
environmental stressors that contribute
to sleep loss. For example, the reliving of
trauma can be disruptive to sleep and can
be relieved by getting psychological help
for these teens.
More commonly, electronic devices have
entered the environmental scene of teens’
lives in ways we middle-aged parents can
barely anticipate. Lights shining from
these devices into the retinas of the user
prevent release of melatonin in the brain
and delay sleep onset. Also, they are small
and portable, which makes them a common part of teens’ bedtime routines. This
can keep the user’s mind turned on and
tuned in. Instead, people are better able to
fall asleep by lying in bed with a routine
of dim lights, and less thought and stimuli.
Recommendations are that these devices
not be used for one hour prior to a planned
bedtime, and never in bed.
At the Gunn assembly students were
asked about their use of these devices.
They indicated that their usage was even
higher than teens studied by Dr. Pelayo in
his research. This is not surprising given
that PAUSD teens live in the heart of Silicon Valley, the place of invention and promotion of such devices.
Given these findings, it is not surprising that teens were openly texting during
the assembly last week. What’s critical is
not that they were texting during the talk
on sleep, but that they don’t interrupt each
other’s sleep by texting after 10 p.m. on
weeknights. Again, parents can set limits
on texting, teens can re-create social norms
and turn off their devices by a certain hour
so as not to disturb their or others’ precious
sleep time, and the industry can consider
options such as automatic off times programmed into devices for users.
Schools cannot be wholly responsible
for the biologic, cultural and environmental contributors to our children’s mental
and physical health. However, as Gunn
administrators Dr. Herrmann and Tom Jacoubowsky noted, they can help educate
our children and our community on ways
to be healthy in mind and body. I applaud
their work to collaborate with experts in
these areas and to bring internationally
known sleep experts to our students as they
did last week.
Ongoing education and discussion on
these topics is critical to change our new
culture of electronic devices. Perhaps, the
next step is pairing homework policy with
sleep standards and continuing a collaboration between schools and parents to see
where it takes us.
I recommend a plan to encourage students to not work after a certain time at
night so that sleep becomes the top priority. If students utilize a system in which
they stop doing homework by 10 p.m. and
are given no consequences in making up
the work, the school can start to more readily determine who needs more support to
maintain healthy boundaries. Sometimes
that support is less homework or a lighter
course load. Sometimes it is a medical referral. Sometimes it might be a contract
with a student and parents to turn off electronic devices and go to bed.
Sleep well Palo Alto. Dream of change.
It has been possible. It still is. Q
Dr. Maria Daehler is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, a parent of PAUSD
students and an over-user and admirer of
electronic devices (but working at turning them off by 10 p.m.).
Do you consider sustainability or ethics when deciding where to dine out?
Asked at California Avenue. Interviews and photos by Sam Sciolla.
Elissa Hirsch
Jordan Sanches
Pam Conner
Suresh Gopalakrishnan
Gordon Reade
La Cresta Drive, Los Altos Hills
Stanford administrator
Mayfield Avenue, Stanford
Military Way, Palo Alto
East Evelyn Avenue, Sunnyvale
Software engineer
Bryant Street, Palo Alto
Flight instructor
“I usually don’t dine out, because
I mostly eat organic. ... There are a
few restaurants I could eat, but I
usually don’t.”
“If I’m eating out, I’ll eat food
that’s good for me, so organic or
sustainable. ... I know that eating
meat isn’t sustainable, but I do that.”
“I don’t. I go where I like the food. ...
It’s hard to find places that publicize
that they are practicing sustainability.”
“I don’t do that at all. ... (I consider)
taste, price, cleanliness, maybe. ...
Most restaurants are ethical by
default, I think.”
“Oh, I’d put that at about 70 percent.
... I don’t want animals to needlessly
suffer.” • Palo Alto Weekly • January 16, 2015 • Page 21
Raúl Cañibano
Among Cañibano’s signature talents is that of capturing multiple subjects in a single frame, as in this 1998 shot taken at a Psychiatric Hospital in Havana.
The story of
told on film
Cristina García Rodero, Magnum
here are many ways to tell
the story of a people. For
Cuban photographer Raúl
Cañibano, there’s no better way
than with a camera, some film
and his favorite 28-millimeter
Next week, an exhibition of the
artist’s black-and-white photographs opens at Foothill College.
“Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller”
draws together images taken over
the course of more than 20 years
and is the result of an ongoing collaboration between curator and
Foothill photography professor
Ron Herman and Cañibano, one
of Cuba’s most celebrated photographers.
By pure chance, Cañibano’s
first solo exhibition in the Western
United States has coincided with
a momentous shift in U.S. and
Cuban relations, with presidents
Raul Castro and Barack Obama
announcing on Dec. 17 their intention to restore diplomatic relations, followed by the release of
53 American political prisoners
from Cuba, confirmed earlier this
week. As the 55-year-old U.S. embargo against Cuba looks poised
to lift, the two countries enter a
new era of tentative re-engagement in which the future, though
uncertain, looks brighter than the
It’s against this hopeful backdrop that Cañibano travels to
California next week to share and
speak about his work. It’s an opportune moment for Americans to
reflect on images of Cuba and to
Acclaimed Cuban
photographer Raúl Cañibano
will speak about his work
at Foothill College on
Wednesday, Jan. 21.
Photographer Raúl Cañibano’s Bay Area
exhibit comes at a pivotal moment in
Cuban history
by Elizabeth Schwyzer
learn about the country from an
artist who has spent his career
documenting its people.
The country depicted in Cañibano’s black-and-white photographs is not the Cuba Americans
think of first: that of scruffy guerrilla fighters Fidel Castro and Che
Guevara scowling into the lens or
puffing on Cuban cigars.
Born in Havana in 1961, two
years after the end of the Cuban Revolution, Cañibano never
knew those political struggles
firsthand. The Cuba he inherited
was a country reeling in the aftermath of a massive upheaval, and
the people he has documented
over the course of three decades
are not revolutionaries; they are
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children and neighbors, workers
and elders. Neither does he tend to
turn his lens on the vintage 1950
automobiles and once elegant,
now crumbling facades that visitors to Havana find so visually alluring.
Instead, Cañibano’s work evidences an insider’s eye. His gaze
takes in the full range of Cuban
life: the city and the countryside,
the young and the old, the proud
and the vulnerable, the beautiful
and the lost. Across all his subjects, Cañibano’s gaze is intimate,
sometimes humorous and sometimes haunting, but always compassionate. In one image, a barechested young boy with worried
eyes stands awkwardly against a
wall, posing with a lineup of dead
rodents. In another, a child uses
washing hanging on the line as an
eerie disguise. In the city, a young
bride wilts in the heat of a power
outage as her coterie attends to
her; in the country, a man carries
the curled body of a crocodile
against his chest.
The title of his exhibition, “Storyteller,” reflects the way Cañibano sees his role in Cuban society:
as a writer of visual stories.
“I practice documentary photography,” the artist explained in
an email interview earlier this
month. (His responses, written
in Spanish, were translated by
Palo Alto-based photographer
and graphic designer Alejandra
Chaverri, who collaborated with
Herman on this project.)
“I narrate my time and place in
a very personal way,” Cañibano
continued. “I develop photographic essays about a variety of topics.
I narrate a history with beginning
and end.”
To Cañibano, the most interesting stories are those of the ordinary Cuban people.
“I am interested in people as
my main topic; their experiences,
their surroundings, their customs
and traditions,” he wrote.
In his series “Chronicles of
the City,” Cañibano tells the stories of urban Cubans. In “Guajira’s Land,” he draws close to
those who live and work in the
countryside, while in “Sunset,”
he portrays the loneliness of aging with piercing candor. Works
from all three series will be on
view at Foothill College’s KCI
Gallery as part of the exhibition,
which opens Wednesday, Jan. 21,
with a talk by the artist, and runs
through March 11. A hardcover
book with an introduction by Herman accompanies the exhibition.
Today, Cañibano’s work is internationally recognized. “Guajira’s Land” won the grand prize
in Cuba’s National Photography
Exhibit in 1999. The following
year, Cañibano was one of 11
photographers selected for a major retrospective show at London’s
National Theatre, “50 Years of
Cuban Photography.”
Cañibano’s artistic success is
all the more remarkable given the
Raúl Cañibano
Raúl Cañibano
In the village of Crucecita, a boy and a woman sit sorting beans at a table,
while behind them a man plays violin outside the window.
As diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba shift, Cañibano sees his photographs
as documenting a way of life in Cuba that may not last.
Raúl Cañibano
Raúl Cañibano
The contrast between young and old is among the recurring themes in
Cañibano’s oeuvre, as seen in this 2012 shot from his “Sunset” series.
Attendants swarm around a young Havana bride during a 2005 blackout in Cañibano’s series,
“Chronicles of the City.”
nearly insurmountable challenges
he faced to develop his craft.
As a child, Cañibano had always found photography compelling but had never had the means
to pursue his interest. It wasn’t until he was in his his mid-20s that a
friend lent him a Russian camera
to take on a visit to his childhood
home of Manatí, on the northern
coast of the island. On this trip,
he met a schoolteacher who practiced photography as a hobby and
showed Cañibano how to develop
and print photographs.
“This caused a great impression
on me,” Cañibano remembered.
“When I returned to Havana from
this vacation, with the little money I had, I bought the necessary
equipment to take and develop
photographs. I started shooting
weddings and birthday parties
and began making money with
Yet it wasn’t until he stumbled
across a posthumous exhibition
of work by Cuban magical realist photographer Alfredo Sarabia
that Cañibano was moved to take
his camera to the streets and to
compose images that captured
the Cuban people as he saw them.
In his late 30s, he quit his job as a
welder in order to pursue his art.
Sadly, only a few images remain
from the early years of his career.
In a decidedly less lucky twist
of fate than the one that brings
him to the states today, Cañibano
made the decision to devote himself to photography in the early
1990s, just as socialism collapsed
in the Eastern Bloc, the Soviet
Union dissolved and Cuba found
itself without military, political
or economic support. In the ensuing years, known in Cuba as the
“special period,” the country’s
economy shrank by nearly 50
percent, trade dwindled and daily
essentials grew scarce.
For the budding photographer,
this meant supplies like film and
photo-processing chemicals were
practically nonexistent.
“Cuba stopped receiving photography materials as the econom-
ic exchange with East Germany
stopped,” Cañibano explained.
“This made the beginning of my
career as a photographer very difficult. I had to work with expired
materials and took just a few photographs during this period.”
Aside from these daunting technical limitations, there was the
question of how to learn the craft
of photography. With the country
in a state of grave economic crisis and no institute of photography in Cuba to begin with, there
were few options available for
formal training. Cañibano tried
to read technical photography
manuals but found them so dry
that he turned to studying classic
photographs and even paintings,
absorbing the fundamentals of
composition by example.
It was Cañibano’s distinct
compositions that first attracted
Herman to his work. A Bay Areabased photographer and organizer
of international trips for photo enthusiasts since 2001, Herman took
his first group to Cuba in 2010,
where he met Cañibano and saw
his work at Havana’s photography
museum, the Fototeca de Cuba.
“What attracted me to his work
initially were his compositions,”
said Herman. “I was drawn to his
unique sense of framing, often
placing subjects on the edge of the
picture frame and capturing multiple scenarios going on simultaneously within the same frame.”
This talent for combining multiple subjects and capturing an
unfolding scene at the most crucial instant recalls the work of
Henri Cartier-Bresson. The late
French photographer was known
for images that arrest “The Decisive Moment” when action and
composition converge. According
to Herman, Cañibano similarly
“captures the apex of multiple
stories unfolding simultaneously
within the same scene, thereby
defining ‘The Decisive Cuban
Cañibano’s use of surprising
juxtapositions, his subtle humor
and his instinct for compositions
that convey what Herman calls
the “intoxicating chaos” of Cuba
made his art instantly unforgettable to the American photographer.
“His work was so powerful to
me,” said Herman, “that the images stayed in my mind long after
I returned to the U.S.”
Cañibano’s flair for layering
subjects in a single shot is evident
in works like “Guarija’s Land,
Crucecita, 2001,” in which a boy
and a woman sit sorting beans
at a table, while beyond them, a
man stands outside playing a violin, his body perfectly outlined by
the rough boards that make up the
window frame.
In “Sunset, Psychiatric Hospital, Havana, 1998,” a male figure
in the foreground strides past the
lens, his weathered skin and oddly
puckered lips grabbing the viewer’s attention. Over his shoulder,
another figure sits in the distance,
head tipped back as if gulping a
drink; a third figure appears at the
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far right edge of the frame, visible
only from the ankles down.
It’s photos like these that capture Cuba not as a political symbol, a romantic ideal or a national
tragedy but as a specific and vivid
place where people go about their
daily lives. And while Cañibano
may capture fleeting moments in
his work, it’s his long-term studies of communities — he often returns to the same street or village
over the course of months or years
— that allows him the privileged
access and trust of his subjects, resulting in remarkably candid images of people going about their
lives, unguarded.
In his photographs, Cañibano
offers a point of view that is both
honest and idiosyncratic, that
draws startlingly close to its subjects and yet dignifies them with
an air of mystery.
It’s a vision of Cuba few outside
the country have seen, and fewer
still in the U.S.
As Herman noted, America’s
vision of Cuba has been obscured
for more than half a century; this
exhibition provides a glimpse of
a nation where life goes on in the
face of all challenges.
“Cuba and its people have been
shrouded in mystery largely due
to the embargo,” Herman noted.
“Cañibano’s images provide insight into Cuba, which is largely
unknown to many.”
As Herman sees it, these images reflect not just the daily reality
of life in Cuba but also the spirit
of its people.
“I think his photographs can
teach Americans about the openheartedness and resilience of the
Cuban people,” Herman said.
“Despite daunting everyday
challenges, Cubans display their
warmth and resourcefulness in
everything they do.”
Resourcefulness and perseverance have been key to Cañibano’s
success and also to Herman’s ongoing collaboration with the Cuban artist. Since 2001, Herman
has returned to Cuba four times,
an effort that requires authorization by the U.S. Department of
Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and often involves
delays while visas are approved,
or in some cases, denied.
“Organizing creative collaborations with artists living in Cuba
has its challenges,” Herman acknowledged. “Communication
can be difficult. We are so used
to getting immediate responses in
the United States because of our
access to the Internet and telecommunications. In Cuba, Internet access is limited and unreliable, so sometimes I wait two to
three weeks for an email response
to a simple question.”
Even phone calls and Skype
from the U.S. to Cuba are many
times more expensive than to
any other country, due to the embargo. Still, Herman said, there’s
no question the effort is worth the
opportunity for cultural and creative exchange. His next trip to
Cuba is planned for March of this
year, with another planned for the
end of June. In both cases, he’ll
be taking a group of Bay Area
artists along to meet Cuban photographers and to document the
changing country.
Both Herman and Cañibano
express hope that these collaborations will continue and that the
coming years might ease the process of arranging travel and communication between Cuba and the
United States.
Among the many lessons Cuba
holds for Americans, Herman
thinks, is that of valuing artistic
talent and achievement.
“One of Cuba’s greatest
strengths is the arts,” he said. “Unlike most cultures, artists and musicians in Cuba are highly regarded. Many creative professionals
in Cuba make more money than
doctors and lawyers because they
can sell artwork and CDs to tour-
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In this 2004 shot from Santo Tomás, a young boy poses with
dead hutia: a common rodent in Cuba that is hunted for its meat.
Raúl Cañibano
Raúl Cañibano
Raúl Cañibano
Raúl Cañibano
Photography professor Ron Herman was initially drawn to Cañibano’s powerful use of framing, as in
this 2006 shot from the town of Viñales.
Among the works from Cañibano’s series “Guarija’s Land” is this
startling image taken in the swamps of Ciénaga de Zapata in 2006.
ists and abroad in hard currency,
whereas doctors and lawyers are
paid the normal Cuban salary of
approximately $20/month.”
When asked whether he felt visual arts and artists were highly
respected in Cuba, Cañibano
made it clear he did, and also that
respect and money were two distinct issues.
“Yes, of course,” he wrote.
“Overall we have a great artistic
tradition and very good schools.
Artists are well-respected, which
has nothing to do with the economy.”
As for the place of photography
in Cuban politics, Cañibano preferred not to comment, although
he acknowledged his own reaction
to the news of recent weeks.
“I felt very emotional with
Obama’s speech because I am almost as old as the Revolution,” he
wrote. “I am very happy with the
good relationships between the
peoples of the United States and
Cuba. The Cuban people are very
happy. It is time to sand off the
harshness from the past.”
Though a warming trend in
U.S.-Cuban diplomacy is welcome news in Cuba, such changes
are likely to herald a shift in the
lives of the Cuban people, both
in the cities and in rural regions.
That’s one of the reasons Cañibano sees his work as a kind of anthropological study.
“My intent is to document a
way of life and customs that may
be lost with the passage of time,”
he wrote.
For now, “Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller” offers an intimate and
vivid telling of the story of Cuba
and its people, frame by astonishing frame. Q
Arts & Entertainment Editor Elizabeth Schwyzer can be
emailed at [email protected]
What: Raúl Cañibano: “Storyteller”
Where: Krause Center for Innovation (KCI) Gallery, Lower Level,
Foothill College, 12345 El Monte
Road, Los Altos Hills
When: Jan. 21-March 11. Gallery
hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.6:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4:30
p.m. Artist lecture Wednesday,
Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. in room 1501,
followed by a reception from 7-9
p.m. Gallery talk with curator Ron
Herman on Wednesday, March 4,
from noon-1 p.m.
Cost: Free
Info: Go to or call 650-949-7082.
To learn more about Ron Herman’s
organized trips to Cuba, go to
About the cover: In works
like “Series: Guajira’s
Land, Viñales, 2007,”
Cañibano shows his eye for
the decisive Cuban moment.
Photo by Raúl Cañibano.
A weekly guide to music, theater, art, culture, books and more, edited by Elizabeth Schwyzer
St. Lawrence String Quartet premieres John Adams’ ‘Second Quartet’
by Janet Silver Ghent
but sound really cool.”
That’s because Adams’ inspirations come not only from
Beethoven and Bach, but from
Broadway, blues and big band.
He sometimes treats the cello as
if it were a bass in a jazz quartet
or a rock band, beating out the
rhythm. “I feel like my role is to
provide that strong grounding,”
said Costanza, qualifying, “that
rhythmic drive is offset by a singing, lyrical quality.”
Over the years, Adams’ music
has engendered its share of controversy along with kudos. The
New York Metropolitan Opera’s
recent revival of his 1991 opera, “The Death of Klinghoffer,”
has fomented protests over what
some call a pro-Palestinian slant.
Adams’ minimalist instrumental
pieces have occasionally caused
critics to raise their eyebrows.
Among these is “Grand Pianola
Music,” which Adams refers to
in his autobiography, “Hallelujah
Junction,” as “a P.T. Barnum of a
work. ... It is my truant child, the
one that antagonizes those listeners overburdened with good taste.”
Coincidentally, Adams conducts
that work this weekend with the
San Francisco Symphony. On
Sunday, following an afternoon
performance in the city, he’ll hop
in the car for “Second Quartet”’s
evening premiere at Stanford.
Marco Borggreve
Margaretta Mitchell
“It’s still in-house,” said cellist
laying John Adams’
“Chamber Symphony” at Christopher Costanza. “It hasn’t
its 1993 American pre- escaped yet.”
Like Adams’ “String Quartet”
miere, cellist Stephen Harrison
experienced a mixture of surprise (2008) and “Absolute Jest” (2012),
and familiarity. “(It) had a sense of which were both composed with
humor, the likes of which I’d never the St. Lawrence String Quartet in
heard before,” Harrison recalled. mind and altered along the way,
“Some of the music reminded the new quartet is a work in progme of what I used to hear when ress, as Adams himself admits.
“What I appreciate about my
I listened to cartoons.” Think
Bugs Bunny chase scenes: the ca- friends in the St. Lawrence is their
reening momentum, the sense of willingness to let me literally ‘imimpending climax. “That jack-in- provise’ on them as if they were
the-box feeling I got when I was a a piano or a drum and I a crazy
kid was almost irresistible,” said man beating away with only the
Harrison, Stanford senior lecturer roughest outlines of what I want,”
in cello as well as cellist with the Adams said in a press release from
Palo Alto-based Ives Quartet and Stanford Live. “They will go the
the San Francisco Contemporary distance with me, allow me to try
and fail, and they will indulge my
Music Players.
After 40-plus years of creating seizures of doubt, frustration and
chamber works, orchestral com- indecision, all the while providing
positions, operas and ensembles, intuitions and frequently brilliant
suggestions of their
Adams continues to
generate surprises.
“He’s willing to
Audiences shouldn’t
give and take,” said
necessarily expect
Nuttall, who has
shades of “Kill the
been rehearsing the
Wabbit” — more
new piece at Adams’
properly known as
home in Berkeley,
Wagner’s “Ride of
along with Costanthe Valkyries” —
za, second violinist
when the St. LawMark Fewer and viorence String Quartet
Composer John
list Lesley Robertpremieres Adams’
Adams has worked
son. The piece is one
“Second Quartet”
closely with the St.
of three new works
on Sunday, Jan. 18,
Lawrence String
commissioned to
at Stanford’s Bing
Quartet to develop
celebrate the quarConcert Hall. But
his “Second
tet’s 25th anniverthey should expect
shocks of recogni“One of the great joys of playtion.
The first movement, a sprightly ing new music in general is that we
Allegro Molto, is based on phrases spend so much of our time playfrom the scherzo of Beethoven’s ing music by dead people,” Nuttall
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Ma- added. “When we get a score from
jor, Op. 110. The two-part second John, there are always an amazmovement begins with a slower ing number of changes in terms of
Andantino inspired by the open- articulation and tempo and gesture
ing bars of the same piano sonata, and vibe — even orchestration and
before segueing into an Energico pitches. ... It’s a real gift not only to
inspired by one of Beethoven’s have him write a piece for us but
be willing and able to work with
“Diabelli Variations.”
“Good composers borrow and us so closely in preparation for the
great composers steal,” said St. premiere.”
In Sunday’s concert, Adams’
Lawrence String Quartet first violinist Geoff Nuttall, paraphrasing new work will be sandwiched
composer Igor Stravinsky. “Adams between pieces by storied “dead
steals from Beethoven but turns people”: Haydn’s String Quarit into Adams. He’s totally Ad- tet No. 5 in F minor, Op. 20, and
ams, but totally connected to the Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14
past. Most of the great composers in C-sharp minor, Op. 131.
“We feel very strongly about
through history have been inspired
by what came before them (while) playing new work this way,”
having their own voice — and Costanza said. “It’s quite rewardJohn is a perfect example of that.” ing ... to see how the evolution has
Apart from the members of the gone.”
The challenge in playing Adquartet, all of whom are artists in
residence at Stanford, few have ams, he added, is “the complexity
heard so much as a downbeat from of rhythms — rhythms that don’t
line up with the time signatures
the “Second Quartet.”
The St. Lawrence String Quartet will perform the world premiere of John
Adams’ “Second Quartet” on Sunday, Jan. 18, at Stanford University.
“He’s gonna be a busy guy this
weekend,” said Costanza, who
doesn’t expect raised eyebrows at
Bing, emphasizing that Adams’
treatment of Beethoven is “respectful.”
“He’s writing pure music about
what interests him musically,”
Costanza noted.
Given the sheer breadth of Adams’ music, he’s not a composer
who can be easily pigeonholed.
“Although John Adams is often
labeled a minimalist, his music
defies categorization,” wrote Jonathan Berger, composer and Stanford music professor, in an email
interview. “Just when he seems to
be veering toward repetitive patterns, he will introduce a highly
expressive, lyrical turn. A strong
sense of spontaneity imbues even
his most process-oriented music.
It is no surprise at all that the St.
Lawrence Quartet and John Adams have found one another as
collaborators. Both Adams’ music
and the SLSQ’s performance are
a magical blend of intellect and
intuition, of witty surprise and sophistication.” Q
Freelance writer Janet Silver
Ghent can be emailed at [email protected]
What: St. Lawrence String
Quartet premieres John
Adams’ ‘Second Quartet’
Where: Bing Concert Hall, 327
Lasuen St., Stanford
When: Sunday, Jan. 18, at 7
Cost: $30-$75; $15 students
Info: Go to or
call 650-724-2464.
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go to or call 650-493-2006, ext. 2.
‘The Libation Bearers’
Pallade Musica
Elizabeth Delage
Early music lovers take note: Montreal’s acclaimed
Pallade Musica makes its West Coast debut tonight, Friday, Jan. 16, when it comes to Palo Alto’s First Lutheran
Church (600 Homer St.) at 8 p.m. courtesy of the San Francisco Early Music Society. The grand-prize winners of
the 2012 Early Music
Baroque Performance
Competition, the quartet will play a program
of 17th-century European instrumental
music, including works
by Italian composers
Dario Castello and
Bellerofonte Castaldi,
Austrian composer H.
I. F. Biber and Danish- Montreal early music ensemble
German organist Diet- Pallade Musica comes to Palo
rich Buxtehude. Unlike Alto on Friday, Jan. 16.
a typical chamber-music quartet consisting of two violins, a viola and a cello,
Pallade Musica draws together baroque violin, baroque
cello, harpsichord and theorbo, a plucked string instrument
from the lute family.
Tickets range from $30-$35; season subscriptions to the
San Francisco Early Music Society are also available. Go
to or call 510-528-1725.
Courtesy Palo Alto Art Center
James Kasyan
For its 15th season opener, Redwood City’s Dragon Theatre has chosen a Greek tragedy: a powerful tale of violence
and revenge. Aeschylus’s “The Libation Bearers” is the second book of the trilogy the “Oresteia,”
and the play takes as
its subject the murder of Clytemnestra
by her son Orestes,
who is avenging his
father’s murder. First
performed nearly
2,500 years ago, the
“Oresteia” remains at Tasi Alabastro, left, plays
the foundation of the Orestes and Jessica Bettencourt
Western theatrical plays his sister Electra in
Dragon Theatre’s production
Dragon Theatre’s of “The Libation Bearers.”
updated production
runs now through Sunday, Feb. 1, with shows Thursday
through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are
$22 general admission, $10 for limited-availability rush,
and $125 VIP. There’s also an opening-night gala after
the show tonight, Friday, Jan. 16, as well as a post-show
panel discussion on Saturday, Jan. 31, when Stanford Classics professor Rush Rehm will join the show’s director,
Tunuviel Luv, to discuss the play and its relevance to contemporary audiences. The discussion will be followed by
a reception with the artists; tickets to the Jan. 31 event are
$30. The Dragon Theatre is located in downtown Redwood
As part of its ongoing artists-in-residence program, the
Palo Alto Art Center presents ‘lift/HEFT,’ new sculptures
by fiber artists Lauren DiCioccio and May Wilson. The
two have been busy for the past few months creating art
out of fabric donated by community members. Starting
tomorrow, Saturday, Jan, 17, the results of their labors
go on view to the public. The show runs through April
12, with an opening celebration on Friday, Jan. 23, from 7
to 10 p.m.
San Francisco-based
Wilson tends to use
heavier materials, including industrial felt,
vinyl, nylon and concrete, to explore the
themes of struggle
and restraint, while
DiCioccio often inSculptures by Lauren
corporates discarded
DiCioccio and May Wilson will
items like newspapers,
be on view at the Palo Alto Art
magazines and plastic
Center Jan. 17 to April 12.
bags in her intricate,
embroidered works. In their first-ever collaboration, the
artists have employed a range of techniques — stapling,
sewing, stuffing and weaving — to create a series of whimsical, vaguely anthropomorphic fabric sculptures.
The Palo Alto Art Center is open Tuesday to Saturday,
10 a.m. to 5p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday,
1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. To learn more, go to tinyurl.
com/lvxy6et or call 650-329-2366. Q
— Elizabeth Schwyzer
Watch a YouTube video of Pallade Musica in the online version of
this story at
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Eating Out
Michelle Le
Co-owner Myrra Rivera walks back to the kitchen after delivering
lunch to customers.
Michelle Le
Small venue,
Taqueria La Cazuela’s chicken meatball soup comes loaded with fresh vegetables.
huge flavors
Revelation-inducing burritos and artful
tacos abound at Taqueria La Cazuela
by Dale F. Bentson
n the first day of preparation before each school year
begins, Principal Tami Espinosa of Brentwood Academy in
East Palo Alto brings 60 staff and
faculty members to nearby Taqueria La Cazuela for lunch.
“The first year, I was overwhelmed,” said La Cazuela owner Gabriel Sanchez. “We could
only seat 30.”
But Espinosa brought tables
and chairs and set them up outside. It’s become a tradition.
“I was hooked on their food the
first time I ate there,” Espinosa
said. “We use them for all our
parent events. Last year we had a
shower for a teacher and needed a
table for 10. When we arrived, the
table was decorated. They are such
nice people, very accommodating.”
It’s hard to miss Taqueria La
Cazuela. Not only is the location
prominent — at the corner of Bay
Road and Clarke Avenue — but
the structure is also painted jalapeño green. It simply radiates
“good Mexican food made here.”
It wasn’t always that way. Four
years ago this month, Sanchez
and his wife, Mayrra Rivera, took
over the space, which had housed
a similar restaurant.
“The clientele was not so good,”
Sanchez said. “Not only did we
have to clean up the restaurant,
we had to chase away some of the
characters who hung around. It
was slow going, so one day, I just
took platters of tacos out on the
street and gave them away.”
It worked. Business has been
solid ever since — and the clientele has improved.
But nothing comes easy. Sanchez worked two jobs for years in
order to set aside enough to buy
the space at 2390 Clark Ave. He
spent the daylight hours working
in building maintenance, then
went straight to the graveyard
shift as a hotel receptionist.
Once he opened the restaurant,
Sanchez went from seeing little
of his family to being surrounded
by them. His mother makes the
mole sauce twice weekly; his wife
Mayrra makes the other sauces
and specialties and handles the
front of the house. One son and
three daughters help out, school
schedules permitting, but Sanchez
does most of the cooking. His
brother, who owns Taqueria La
Veracruzana in Santa Clara, has
also been a big help, Sanchez said.
Recipes come from family,
friends and adaptations of traditional regional dishes.
“I am from Veracruz (the Caribbean side of Mexico) and my wife is
from Michoacán (the Pacific side),”
Sanchez said. “She makes enchiladas Michoacanas ($10.50), which
customers specifically come in for.”
The small but colorful interior
is designed for eating, not lingering — although no one is rushed.
In summer, tables and chairs are
added outdoors for al fresco noshing. There’s no alcohol, but there
are several flavors of aguas frescas: refreshing beverages made
with fruits and even flowers.
The food is impressive: fresh,
without too many distractions.
The chili peppers in the sauces
don’t overwhelm, but enhance the
flavors. Everything on the menu
is made to order.
The carnitas super burrito ($6)
was a revelation. Not only were
the ingredients moist and juicy,
but the tortilla was grilled, rather
than steamed, which gave it a
flaky crispness. The ingredients
weren’t all squished together ei-
ther because it was just made, hot
from the kitchen.
Special one day, the chicken
meatball soup ($7.99) was loaded
with vegetables and the broth was
golden and thick, almost creamy.
The chicken meatball was large
enough that I quartered it.
The delightful chicken sope
($2) was made with the characteristic thick tortilla topped with
refried beans, green chilies, tomato, chicken and a squiggle of
sour cream, and sprinkled with
fresh queso fresco.
Enchiladas Michoacanas
($10.50) is not an easy dish to
make. It’s a many-step process
involving red chilies, onions,
cabbage, potatoes, garlic, sauces,
herbs and spices — and technique.
The resulting dish is stacked with
rich flavors, topped with avocado
and queso fresco and served with
fried chicken or steak on the side.
Tacos al pastor ($1.35) came
with tender barbequed pork, onions and cilantro dabbed with a
slightly piquant red chili sauce.
Other taco choices were carne
asada (steak), carnitas (braised
pork), chicken, and lengua (beef
tongue). Both the fish (cod) and
shrimp tacos ($2.50) were as artful as they were delectable.
La Cazuela also serves breakfast with eggs four ways ($8 each)
and a breakfast burrito ($5.50).
Throughout the day there are burritos, tacos, tortas, nachos (with
meat), sopes, tostadas, combination plates and specialties such as
chile rellenos, shrimp cocktail,
flautas and a dozen others.
There are also daily specials such as tamales and soups.
Menudo, the traditional Mexican
soup made of tripe, red chilies,
onions and herbs, is prepared on
Fridays and Saturdays. One cool
morning, there was champurrado ($2.75), a thick maize-based
chocolate drink with hints of cinnamon and vanilla. Just delicious.
That’s what you get with dedicated on-site owners and a loving
touch, not only in the food but in the
ambiance, be it ever so humble. Q
Taqueria La Cazuela
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East Palo Alto
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Eating Out
by Daryl Savage
... One of downtown Palo Alto’s
oldest shops is closing next
month and moving to Sharon
Heights Shopping Center in
Menlo Park. Shady Lane, 441
University Ave., is an eclectic
craft store, art gallery and gift
boutique. Owner and artisan Alice
Deutscher said she will miss having her shop downtown, but she
had no choice. “It’s been a wonderful experience being on University Avenue for 40 years, but
our building is being demolished,”
she said. “It’s definitely a bump
in the road, but I’m a survivor.”
Shady Lane will close next month,
approximately one week after
Valentine’s Day; its tentative Menlo
Park opening date is early March.
Deutscher found an octagonalshaped building for the store’s rebirth. The boutique’s new location
has been vacant for about a year,
ever since Fino Fino, a hat shop,
moved out of the center. The unusually shaped space is located
between Wells Fargo Bank and
Starbucks, and Deutscher has big
plans for it. “It has a courtyard, so
I can hold outdoor artisan events,”
she said. During her four decades
on University Avenue, Deutscher
witnessed many changes. “Rents
have increased so much that a
lot of the independent stores had
no other option but to close,”
she said. “Then the chain stores
moved in. We still have local businesses here, but they are holding
on for dear life.” Also involved
in the planned demolition is the
upscale furniture store, Design
Within Reach, located at 447 University Ave. next to Shady Lane at
the corner of Kipling Street. That
store’s current lease expires in
July 2015 and is expected to continue on a month-to-month basis
until further notice, according to a
shop employee. The proposal for
the new development calls for a
four-story, 50-foot building at 429447 University Ave., replacing the
two current shops as well as the
two vacancies established when
yogurt shop Red Mango and
clothing store Fashion Passion
closed. Plans detail a concept for
new ground floor retail, with a mix
of offices, apartments and commercial space on the upper three
nearly 18 months and more than
$250,000, but restaurant owner
Dino Tekdemir finally has managed to double the size of his
Turkish restaurant. The addition
to Anatolian Kitchen, 2323 Birch
St., Palo Alto, opened last month.
“I couldn’t be happier or prouder.
It’s hard to believe this used to
be a pizza place,” said Tekdemir,
referring to the new wing of his
restaurant, formerly the home of
Ramona’s Pizza, which unexpectedly closed in May 2013. It was
then that Tekdemir grabbed the
space. “I completely gutted it and
started fresh,” he said. The casual
pizza joint has been transformed
into an elegant bar and lounge.
Pointing to the suede stools and
elaborate marble bar, Tekdemir
said, “Everything here has been
custom-made from A to Z, and it’s
all from Turkey. Once customers
sit in these chairs, they don’t want
to get up; that’s how comfortable
they are.” A collection of Turkish rugs decorates the walls and
floors of the 1,000-square-foot addition. Tekdemir has thrown himself into his restaurant. “I sold my
other restaurant in San Francisco
last year,” he said. “It was too
much. I couldn’t keep going back
and forth. My time and energy had
to be focused on my Palo Alto restaurant. I even moved to Palo Alto
recently so that I can walk to work
every day.” Menu prices have not
increased as a result of the expansion. “It’s killing me, but we have
not raised our prices. Everything
has remained the same,” Tekdemir
said, adding that he has big plans
for the future of his restaurant.
“We’re going to add live music
and belly dancers. And we’ll be
announcing a happy hour.” Anatolian Kitchen is a family-based
business. Tekdemir’s brother and
wife work at the restaurant. “But
I consider everyone who works
here my family,” he added. “My
success is their success.”
Heard a rumor about your
favorite store or business moving out or in, down the block
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Palo Alto’s Anatolian Kitchen, located at 2323 Birch St., has
developed the adjacent space into an elegant bar and lounge.
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Timothy Spall plays the irascible 19th century English painter
J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner.”
Painting with light
‘Mr. Turner’ revives an Old Master,
his world and how he saw it
0000 (Century 16)
One Old Master deserves another. And so it is that one of the
finest films of 2014 finds English
filmmaker Mike Leigh taking as
his subject English painter J.M.W.
Turner. “Mr. Turner,” like Leigh’s
equally sublime “Topsy-Turvy,”
revives an era in astonishing, delicate detail, then moves through
the world with a documentarian’s
eye. Leigh takes Turner out of art
history and puts him back in the
In his role as cultural historian,
Leigh more commonly focuses
on contemporary life in lowermiddle-class English ’hoods
(“Happy-Go-Lucky,” “Secrets &
Lies,” “Naked,” “Life is Sweet”),
but his obvious fascination with
and affection for his fellow artists
(perhaps especially the grouchy
ones) and their pains are evident.
Though Leigh probably isn’t quite
as cantankerous as Turner, he’s
well qualified to see the 19th century British painter for his faults
as well as his genius, and to guide
his cast through a well-honed pro-
cess of improvisatory rehearsal to
arrive at life’s reflection caught on
Leigh opens on a beautiful
landscape with river and windmill, and soon enough, we see the
man regarding it with a thoughtful scowl. This is what passes for
peacefulness for Turner (Timothy Spall), who only seems truly
happy in the merry company of
his beloved father (Paul Jesson).
A coarse, grunting grump, Turner
nevertheless remains consistently,
quietly and compulsively driven
to paint his landscapes and his
seascapes, and to perfect his form
through thoughtful regard and
restless experimentation.
“Mr. Turner” is as much about
a way of viewing as it is about
Turner himself, and it’s fascinating to enjoy Leigh’s entirely distinct viewpoint and technique in
dialogue with his subject. Leigh is
a dedicated, unblinking observer
not of nature but of human nature,
and he allows us to draw our own
conclusions about what he shows
us of Turner’s topsy-turvy interac-
tions with his world and his peers:
his deep love of his father but his
denial of his own illegitimate
children, his sensitivity to nature
and his brusqueness with people
(including his sexual exploitation
of women and lack of interest in
marriage), his total dedication to
art and his iconoclasm within the
English art world, dominated by
the standing-on-ceremony Royal
Academy of Arts.
Leigh’s narrative approach
tends toward the episodic, with
little interest in conventional
“drama” and every interest in nuances of behavior and meaning,
applied with gentle brushstrokes.
Just as Turner had a penchant for
moving incognito, Leigh wants to
be a fly on the wall of history as
he time-travels through Turner’s
last quarter-century of life, up
to and a bit beyond his “famous
last words.” The collage of scenes
accumulates Turner’s character,
from moments of great emotional
impact to those of passing fancy,
like the artist’s fascinated encounter with a camera: wondrous new
technology destined to evolve into
the vehicle of “Mr. Turner” itself.
Turner has been oft described
as “painting with light,” terminology that’s also applied to the art
of cinematography. Accordingly,
Leigh’s right-hand man Dick Pope
delivers the most stunning cinematic paintings of the year with
“Mr. Turner,” which seems likely
to collect the Best Cinematography Oscar. Less likely to make it
to the podium, but no less deserving, is Spall, a career character
actor and Leigh vet who inhabits
Turner with a rare totality of presence and a depth that insists we
love the man, despite his many
warts, for being so thoroughly, unapologetically himself; for being
redeemed by love and vocation;
for having, like Leigh and Spall,
the soul of an artist.
Rated R for some sexual content. Two hours, 30 minutes.
— Peter Canavese
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‘American Sniper’ takes
a hazy look through
a sniper’s sights
00 (Century 16, Century 20)
For decades now, Clint Eastwood has cast his squinty eyes
on violence, pondering when it is
necessary and how it affects the
individual. Iraq warrior biopic
“American Sniper,” about the late
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In Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper,” Bradley Cooper stars as
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Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle,
affords Eastwood another opportunity to wrestle with the way of
the gun, yet the film gets mired in
military hero worship.
Based on Kyle’s autobiography
(with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice), “American Sniper: The
Autobiography of the Most Lethal
Sniper in U.S. Military History,”
the film stars a bulked-up Bradley Cooper as the bronco-riding,
beer-swilling, Texas-drawling
good ol’ boy who becomes “The
Legend” (“a title you don’t want,”
the screen Kyle avers) on his way
to 160 confirmed kills behind the
long barrel of an M40 rifle.
“Sniper” covers Kyle’s four
tours of duty in Iraq (between
1999 and 2009), his meeting and
winning his wife Taya (Sienna
Miller) and the domestic spaces
between and after his time incountry. Early and often, Kyle
gets depicted as a God-fearing
alpha American male who’s motivated by vengeance for America
and his fallen brothers in arms,
and whose only fault may be loving his country too much.
Along these lines, Eastwood
and screenwriter Jason Hall insist
upon the nobility of Kyle, showing
W I N N E R!
how he takes no pleasure — and
exhibits humility, not pride — in
picking off his targets. Little evidence supports this view when it
comes to the real Kyle, and some
evidence points to the contrary
(“I only wish I had killed more,”
the man wrote). Kyle was given
to boastful self-mythologizing;
“American Sniper” is content to
Above and beyond the script, a
haggard, coiled, grunting Cooper
does heroic service to Kyle’s humanity, inhabiting his self-confidence and patriotic blinders, his
post-traumatic stresses and creeping doubts.
Back home, Kyle turns a corner
into service for the V.A., but this
and his strange subsequent fate
get entirely short shrift, though
they’re at least as important to the
meaning of Kyle’s life as the military service that absorbs most of
the film’s running time. “Sniper”
turns out to be perfunctory in exploring the human dimension of a
complicated man and the thoughts
and experiences so many American military families have struggled to come to terms with.
Rated R for strong and disturbing war violence, and language
throughout including some sexual
references. Two hours, 12 minutes.
— Peter Canavese
Century Theatres at Palo Alto Square
Fri 1/16/2015
Robert Rauschenberg at Kennedy Space Center with Apollo 11 launch vehicle assembly in background, July 15, 1969.
Photograph by James Dean. Courtesy James Dean and NASA Art Collection, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Birdman – 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:05
The Theory of Everything – 1:00, 4:00,
7:00, 10:00
Sat 1/17/2015 Birdman – 4:15, 7:15, 10:05
The Theory of Everything – 1:00, 4:00,
7:00, 10:00
Met Opera: The Merry Widow – 9:55 AM
Sun - Tues & Thurs 1/18 – 1/20 & 1/22/2015 (Not Weds)
Birdman – 1:15, 4:15, 7:15
The Theory of Everything – 1:00, 4:00, 7:00
Weds Only
Birdman – 1:15, 4:15, 7:15
The Theory of Everything – 1:00
Met Opera: The Merry Widow – 6:30
Tickets and Showtimes available at
All showtimes are for Friday – Sunday only unless otherwise noted.
For other times, reviews and trailers, go to
Movie times are subject to change. Call theaters for the latest.
All About Eve (1950) (Not Rated)
Century 16: Sun 2 p.m. Century 20: Sun 2 p.m.
American Sniper (R) ++ Century 16: 10:55 a.m., 12:30, 2:10, 3:45, 5:25, 7,
8:40 & 10:15 p.m., Fri & Sat 12:10 a.m. Century 20: 11:30 a.m., 2:35, 5:40 &
8:50 p.m. In X-D at 10:20 a.m., 1:20, 4:25, 7:30 & 10:35 p.m.
Annie (PG) Century 20: 5:30 p.m., Sat & Sun 11:50 a.m. & 2:40 p.m.
Big Eyes (PG-13) +++ Aquarius Theatre: 1:45, 4:30, 7:20 & 9:45 p.m.
Century 20: 5 & 10:20 p.m., Sat & Sun 10:55 a.m.
Big Hero 6 (PG) Century 16: 10:35 a.m., Fri & Sat 1:15 & 3:55 p.m.
Century 20: 5:05 p.m., Sat & Sun 10:50 a.m. & 2:15 p.m.
Birdman (R) +++
Palo Alto Square: 4:15 & 7:15 p.m., Fri & Sun 1:15 p.m., Fri 10:05 p.m.
Blackhat (R) Century 16: 10:30 a.m., 1:30, 4:30, 7:35 & 10:40 p.m.
Century 20: 10:40 a.m., 1:40, 4:45, 7:50 & 10:45 p.m.
Foxcatcher (R) +++1/2 Aquarius Theatre: 1:15, 4, 7:05 & 9:55 p.m.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (PG-13) ++1/2
Century 16: 12:20, 3:50, 7:05 & 10:20 p.m.
Century 20: 7:10 & 10:25 p.m., Sat & Sun 12:35 & 3:50 p.m.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (PG-13) ++1/2
Century 16: 10 p.m., Sat & Sun 7 p.m. Century 20: 7:45 & 10:35 p.m.
I (Tamil) (Not Rated) Century 16: 12:45 & 9:35 p.m.
Century 20: Fri 8:30 p.m., Sat & Sun 11:40 a.m. & 8:15 p.m.
I (Telugu) (Not Rated) Century 16: 5:10 p.m., Fri & Sat 11:45 p.m.
Century 20: Fri 4:30 p.m., Sat & Sun 3:45 p.m.
The Imitation Game (PG-13) +++ Century 16: 11:25 a.m., 2:15, 5, 6:35,
7:50, 9:20 & 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m., 2, 4:55, 7:55 & 10:40 p.m.
Inherent Vice (R) +++1/2 Century 16: 12:05, 3:40, 7:20 & 10:45 p.m.
Century 20: 7 & 10:15 p.m., 12:10 & 3:35 p.m.
Interstellar (PG-13) ++1/2 Century 20: 6:30 p.m., Sun 11:15 a.m.
Into the Woods (PG) +++
Century 16: 10:25 a.m., 1:20, 4:15, 7:10 & 10:05 p.m. Century 20: 10:30 p.m.,
Fri 4:35 & 7:30 p.m., Sat & Sun 10:20 a.m., 1:25, 4:20 & 7:25 p.m.
Met Opera: The Merry Widow (Not Rated) Century 16: Sat 9:55 a.m.
Century 20: Sat 9:55 a.m. Palo Alto Square: Sat 9:55 a.m.
Mr. Turner (R) ++++ Century 16: 3:30 & 10:25 p.m.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (PG) Century 16: 11 a.m., 1:35 &
4:10 p.m. Century 20: 7:05 & 9:40 p.m., Sat & Sun 11:25 a.m., 2 & 4:30 p.m.
Notorious (1946) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 5:35 & 9:30 p.m.
Paddington (PG) Century 16: 11:15 a.m., 1:50, 4:20, 7:10 & 9:45 p.m.
Century 20: 11 a.m., 1:35, 4:05, 6:55 & 9:25 p.m.
Selma (PG-13) +++ Century 16: 10:25 a.m., 1:25, 4:25, 7:30 & 10:30 p.m.
Century 20: 4:40, 7:40 & 10:40 p.m., 10:25 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Spare Parts (PG-13) Century 16: 10:50 a.m., 1:40, 4:50, 7:45 & 10:35 p.m.
Century 20: 10:30 a.m., 1:15, 4:15, 7:15 & 10 p.m.
Taken 3 (PG-13) Century 16: 10:45 a.m., 1:45, 4:45, 7:40 & 10:40 p.m.
Century 20: 10:35 a.m., 5:15, 6:45, 8, 9:30 & 10:45 p.m., Fri & Sat 1:15 & 3:55
p.m., Sat & Sun 11:45 a.m. & 2:25 p.m.
The Theory of Everything (PG-13) ++
Palo Alto Square: 1, 4 & 7 p.m., Fri & Sat 10 p.m.
To Catch a Thief (1955) (Not Rated)
Stanford Theatre: 7:30 p.m., Sat & Sun 3:35 p.m.
Unbroken (PG-13) ++1/2 Century 16: 7:15 p.m., Fri & Sun noon
Century 20: 7:20 & 10:25 p.m., Sat & Sun 12:50 & 4 p.m.
The Wedding Ringer (R)
Century 16: 11:10 a.m., 1:55, 4:40, 7:25 & 10:10 p.m., Fri & Sat 12:05 a.m.
Century 20: 11:20 a.m., 1:55, 4:35, 7:10, 8:20, 9:45 & 10:50 p.m.
Wild (R) +++ Century 20: 7:35 p.m., Sat & Sun 1:50 p.m.
Guild Theatre: 1:30, 4:15, 7:05 & 9:40 p.m.
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (PG-13)
Century 20: 10:10 p.m., Sat & Sun 3:20 p.m.
+ Skip it ++ Some redeeming qualities +++ A good bet ++++ Outstanding
Robert Rauschenberg’s
“Stoned Moon”
Projects, 1969–70
December 20–March 16
Discover an iconic artist’s depiction of the
Apollo 11 Mission, the launch that put the
first man on the moon. Rarely seen art is
accompanied by photographic documentation
and artist’s notes never before on view.
Aquarius: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (266-9260)
Century Cinema 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View
Century 20 Downtown: 825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City
CinéArts at Palo Alto Square:
3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (493-0128)
Guild: 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (266-9260)
Stanford: 221 University Ave., Palo Alto (324-3700)
Internet address: For show times, plot synopses, trailers and more
information about films playing, go to
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are on loan from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York, Special Collections at the Getty Research Institute, and a private collection.
We gratefully acknowledge support for the exhibition from the Cantor Arts Center’s Halperin Exhibitions Fund and the Contemporary Collectors Circle.
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Home Front
Peninsula Rose Society will meet
at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16,
at the Redwood City Veterans
Memorial Senior Center, 1455
Madison Ave., Redwood City. This
month’s topic is “rose pruning and
tool care,” and consulting rosarians will demonstrate dormant
rose pruning and care of hybrid
teas, floribundas, climbers and
miniatures. The meeting is free
and open to the public. Info: or contact
Jerry Georgette at 650-465-3967.
Cornez, an aesthetic pruner and
docent at Hakone Japanese Gardens in Saratoga, will talk about
“How to Care for Maples” at 7:30
p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at
the next meeting of the De Anza
Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. Arnez will cover
maintenance and care of the larger Japanese maple, remediation
and grafting. The group meets in
Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los
Altos. Info:
Gardeners of San Mateo County
have posted a monthly list of
garden chores. Among January’s items are the following: Pull
weeds brought on by recent
rains now before they go to seed;
plant dormant fruit trees and
roses; top dress tender plants
with a mulch mix; prune and
cut back overgrown perennials,
roses and shrubs; and protect
plants from frosty nights. Info:
LIKE A PRO ... In this Palo Alto
Adult School class, Mollyanne
Sherman will talk about “Managing Your Remodeling Project Like
a Pro” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on
Tuesdays, Jan. 27 to Feb. 24,
at Palo Alto High School, Room
1706, 50 Embarcadero Road,
Palo Alto. Focus of the class is on
learning the steps, understanding the process and gaining
resources to go beyond surviving
a remodel. Cost is $91. Info: 650329-3752 or
THANKS TO SILVAR ... The Silicon
Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation gave more than $50,000 in
grants to local nonprofits in 2014,
including East Palo Alto Kids
Foundation, JustREAD and Youth
Community Service (YCS). They
also presented $1,000 grants to
18 graduating seniors from public
high schools. Q
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An Arabian lentil soup that Julie Shanson prepared contains
lentils, rice, carrots, cumin, lemon juice and parsley.
story by Carol Blitzer
photos by Veronica Weber
Shanson’s salad features purple cabbage, carrots, cilantro, green
onions, lemon juice, a ginger vinaigrette and a sprinkling of salt.
‘Tasty and vegan’ does not
have to be an oxymoron
the dinner table
at your vegetables.
Like most people, Menlo
Park resident Julie Shanson
knows that eating healthy is no
great mystery.
She just wishes she knew growing up what
she knows now about nutrition and eating
right. And she’s passionate about sharing
her knowledge, mainly through her website,, her blog and her cooking
Shanson will be teaching a class called
“Easy Soups and Salads for Short Winter
Days” through Palo Alto Adult School on Jan.
28. She plans to share some of her family’s
favorite recipes, including tortilla soup and
While in elementary school, Shanson was
captivated by cooking. When her mom was
getting a master’s degree, she would go to a
neighbor and help her cook, using homegrown
vegetables and fruits. She even chose to go
to Cornell University because it was near the
Moosewood Cooperative, the source of an
early (and very popular) vegetarian cookbook.
But her junior year in Paris sealed the deal
for her; that’s when she learned the concepts
of buying what’s fresh, eating it the same day,
having two-hour dinners and enjoying wine
with that dinner.
Post-college, she found that even when
working full time, she could still experiment
in the kitchen for herself and friends.
But four years ago, when her mother was
diagnosed with cancer (and later died), she
turned her interest to whole-food, plant-based
cooking. Today she cooks mostly vegan for her
husband and children.
“It was something to do to control the grief.
I have two girls. I want to be around for them,”
Shanson said.
About a year ago she participated in a Stanford program that focused on healthy eating,
absorbing some simple principles. Key to the
principles is sorting foods by caloric density
into red (e.g., ice cream), yellow (e.g., wholewheat bread) or green (e.g., broccoli). In the
program she learned to track by color, with the
goal of increasing the number of foods in the
green column.
“If I’d learned (the principles) the way I
learned to balance my checkbook, it would
have changed my life,” she said.
“One of the great things about cooking for
yourself is you know what’s in it. You know
when you’re splurging,” she said, adding that
the hardest place for her is the grocery store.
“If I buy it, I’ll want to cook with it and eat
it. I look at the cart and ask how many reds are
in it” before checking out, she said.
But Shanson acknowledged that “eating delicious food is important” and is delighted that
one of her friends commented that “she makes
healthy food taste good.”
With so many steps involved in food (acquiring, preparing, cooking, consuming, dealing with leftovers, cleaning up), she said she
plans carefully while in a store, loading up on
staples that will keep (rice, beans, pasta) while
being conscious of how to quickly use those
that won’t.
She’s always thinking about ways to build
up those greens. One suggestion she offered a
friend whose child loved instant ramen soup
was to throw in some edamame, shredded carrots and spinach.
But Shanson said she’s no purist, calling herself an 87 to 97 percent vegan.
“The minute you hear you can’t have anything, you want it,” she said, adding that one of
her favorite sayings is “not right now,” meaning she could choose to have cream in her coffee at another time.
When she first came to California in the
early ’90s, she worked for Stanford University
in fundraising, then later in high-tech. Today’s
she’s in the early stages of crafting a livelihood
that will incorporate her love of cooking.
On her website she outlines the services
she’s offering, from marketing with a client to
brainstorming meal planning and preparation
(including packing healthy lunches and snacks
for kids) and customized cooking classes.
She’s already teaching a soup-making class
at The Girls Middle School in Palo Alto and
plans to teach a second class through Palo Alto
Adult School in April.
One needn’t be a vegan to appreciate Shanson’s classes. She hopes to have students in her
soup-and-salad class who “want to switch up
their routine, add vegetables to their diet and
who are looking for inspiration.” Q
Associate Editor Carol Blitzer can be
emailed at [email protected]
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16 Irving Ave. Bach Trust to B.
Pang for $4,500,000 on 11/25/14
East Palo Alto
Julie Shanson, shown here chopping green onions for
a salad, will be teaching a course on “Easy Soups and
Salads for Short Winter Days” on Jan. 28.
Greening up (continued from page 31)
What: Easy Soups and Salads for Short Winter Days
When: Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero
Road, Palo Alto
Cost: $50
Info: or 650-329-3752
What: Potluck Winners
When: Tuesday, April 14, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero
Road, Palo Alto
Cost: $50
Info: or 650-329-3752
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143 Aster Way C. McHugh to
J. & N. Wilson for $445,000 on
11/24/14; previous sale 8/12,
1147 Camellia Drive Williams Trust to I. Randhawa for
$520,000 on 11/26/14
2650 Fordham St. A. Hernandez to K. Yang for $447,500 on
11/26/14; previous sale 10/10,
106 Mission Drive Bartlett Ventures to Y. Chalova for $530,000
on 12/2/14; previous sale 3/08,
1162 Weeks St. Weeks Street
Limited to Y. & A. Bayani for
$780,000 on 11/25/14; previous
sale 9/11, $220,000
Los Altos
1621 Kingston Court Li Trust
to Y. Kim for $2,250,000 on
12/16/14; previous sale 11/10,
624 Loyola Drive K. Washington to P. He for $2,398,500 on
12/16/14; previous sale 8/13,
10350 W. Loyola Drive J. &
M. Mouton to B. & H. Smith for
$5,250,000 on 12/12/14; previous sale 8/12, $4,550,000
1166 Richardson Ave. P.
O’Driscoll to M. Szarindar for
$2,000,000 on 12/15/14
Menlo Park
Total sales reported: 1
Lowest sales price: $4,500,000
Highest sales price: $4,500,000
Total sales reported: 7
Lowest sales price: $550,000
Highest sales price: $2,725,000
East Palo Alto
Mountain View
Total sales reported: 5
Lowest sales price: $445,000
Highest sales price: $780,000
Total sales reported: 9
Lowest sales price: $443,000
Highest sales price: $1,900,000
Los Altos
Palo Alto
Total sales reported: 4
Lowest sales price: $2,000,000
Highest sales price: $5,250,000
Total sales reported: 1
Lowest sales price: $1,700,000
Highest sales price: $1,700,000
Los Altos Hills
Total sales reported: 1
Lowest sales price: $2,100,000
Highest sales price: $2,100,000
Redwood City
Total sales reported: 23
Lowest sales price: $440,000
Highest sales price: $1,800,000
Source: California REsource
Los Altos Hills
12121 Foothill Lane J. Sphar
to M. & S. Flierl for $2,100,000
on 12/17/14; previous sale 11/05,
Menlo Park
1135 Almanor Ave. Bacon
Trust to W. Sin for $550,000 on
11/26/14; previous sale 8/99,
30 Bishop Oak Court Welch
Trust to Kaplunov Trust for
$2,725,000 on 11/21/14; previous
sale 3/05, $760,000
851 Cambridge Ave. Bland
Trust to J. & R. Andrews for
$1,995,000 on 11/26/14
381 Mckendry Drive Jensen
Trust to N. Pisco for $1,342,000
on 11/21/14
331 Oak Court M. Straube to
A. Landsdorf for $600,000 on
712 Partridge Ave. Goldsilverisland Capital to B. Chudoba for
$2,000,000 on 12/1/14
1065 Ringwood Ave. Rendon Trust to H. & R. Hayer for
$1,181,000 on 11/26/14; previous
sale 8/06, $965,000
Mountain View
134 Avellino Way Tri Pointe
Homes to N. & S. Mikhail for
$1,595,000 on 12/12/14
140 Beverly St. D. Weekes to C.
Fan for $1,155,000 on 12/16/14;
previous sale 5/98, $354,500
193 Darya Court A. Parthasarathy to R. Chang for $900,000
on 12/15/14; previous sale 1/08,
181 Del Medio Ave. #205 T.
Heyfitch to S. Jeon for $443,000
on 12/12/14; previous sale 2/06,
112 Hilary Ave. H. Cha to F. & K.
Shen for $1,210,000 on 12/17/14;
previous sale 8/11, $720,000
2625 La Salle Drive Toby Trust
to C. George for $1,900,000 on
485 Mariposa Ave. Gloria Trust
to SHL Properties for $1,665,000
on 12/17/14
1108 Sussex Square Pellatt
Trust to S. & A. Richards for
$1,750,000 on 12/17/14
532 Tyrella Ave. #9 Brent
Trust to H. Do for $728,000 on
Palo Alto
850 Boyce Ave. Dechomai
Foundation to Y. Fan for
$1,700,000 on 12/12/14
Redwood City
1069 Alameda de las Pulgas
(continued on page 34) • Palo Alto Weekly • January 16, 2015 • Page 33
Home & Real Estate
Home sales
Trust to J. Crowther for $940,000
on 11/21/14
437 Cork Harbour Circle #C S.
Hanlon to L. Elberty for $440,000
on 11/26/14; previous sale 10/05,
413 Cork Harbour Circle #E
J. Podolsky to H. & J. Soto for
$460,500 on 12/2/14; previous
sale 10/04, $420,000
483 Denise Lane Bidondo Trust
to N. Hao for $1,458,000 on
119 East St. G. & K. Scherba to
D. Guckenheimer for $820,000
on 12/1/14; previous sale 6/87,
2489 Edith Ave. Sequoia Realty Group to E. & T. Spiva for
$1,340,000 on 11/25/14; previous
sale 12/83, $145,000
3176 Fair Oaks Ave. B. Reyes
to D. Valdez for $780,000 on
11/26/14; previous sale 3/04,
938 Fulton St. Equity Growth
(continued from page 33)
RE/MAX Star Properties
Ronald Lim & The LIM Group Emily & Jo Ann Lim
Real Estate Consultant Residential & Investment
650-592-8500 (Ron)
650-454-6250 (Jo Ann)
[email protected]
BRE# 01383384
prime area, 5br/3.5ba, usable 1 acre+, palo alto schools
27724 Via Cerro Gordo
Partly Remodeled, 3980 sqft
Palma Trust to J. & T. Cogan for
$1,080,000 on 11/21/14; previous
sale 12/06, $870,000
478 Ave. Del Ora M. & D. Chadwick to F. & C. Campilongo for
$1,150,000 on 12/2/14
642 Bair Island Road #1011
One Marina Homes to T. Hoang
for $675,000 on 11/26/14
642 Bair Island Road #1017
One Marina Homes to J. Hong
for $843,000 on 11/24/14
250 Biarritz Court RWW
Properties to K. Deshmukh for
$1,800,000 on 11/25/14; previous sale 1/97, $485,000
12 Cape Hatteras Court A.
Desu to B. Yuan for $820,000
on 11/25/14; previous sale 9/06,
1628 Carleton Court Heavey
Offered at $2,588,000
Open Sat & Sun 2-4pm
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Palo Alto
2 I I L F H (650) 326 - 2900
' L U H F W (650) 346 - 4150
©2015 Imprev, Inc., 282 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood City, CA 94065
Each Office Independently Owned and Operated.
Asset Management to J. & T.
Throckmorton for $900,000 on
11/26/14; previous sale 5/07,
687 Hurlingame Ave. J. Dai to Y.
Wang for $735,000 on 12/1/14;
previous sale 9/13, $590,000
335 Mcevoy St. Wong Trust to
R. & D. McCarty for $832,000 on
1345 Norman St. S. Madan to
C. Yu for $680,000 on 11/26/14;
previous sale 6/96, $200,000
1615 Oak Ave. Buchin Trust to
J. & A. Furutani for $1,000,000
on 11/25/14; previous sale 10/13,
1138 Oliver St. C. Tantivilaisin
to A. Henderson for $932,500
on 11/21/14; previous sale 6/06,
3732 Page St. M. & B. Latora
to R. Conti for $922,000 on
11/26/14; previous sale 10/06,
552 Shorebird Circle #1203 A.
McBeath to Y. Lin for $720,000
on 12/1/14; previous sale 4/04,
544 Shorebird Circle #25204 X.
Jin to Neo Romax for $716,000
on 11/21/14; previous sale 2/12,
212 Yarborough Lane Piazza
Trust to G. & V. Bechthold for
$1,350,000 on 11/21/14; previous
sale 9/85, $217,000
150 Forest Ave. change floor
plan layout, $n/a
400 Hamilton Ave. Altamont
Capital Partners: remodel for
existing tenant, in-fill exit corridor door, remove internal door,
744 High St. interior layout
changes, interior partitions and
related mechanical support, $n/a
Your 1939 Crescent Park Charmer Awaits!
“great room” feel with vaulted ceilings & an abundance
Kim Copher
Coldwell Banker Los Altos - San Antonio
BRE #01423875
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Charming Home Updated Throughout
1105 Briarwood Court, Los Altos
Storybook charm is what you’ll find in this delightful residence, filled with traditional elements as well as quality remodeling, creating a warm and inviting home for now and years
to come. Surrounded by picturesque landscaping, the gardens are stunning, both front and
back. Special spaces are specifically designed for entertaining and outdoor relaxation, including a covered brick terrace, a large lawn area, and a rose garden traversed by river rocks
and sandy paths.
The harmony between the home and grounds is apparent at the curb, but step inside
and be wowed by the view through the enormous picture windows that draw in natural
light and verdant treescapes. Designed to offer gracious comfort, the living space boasts
a brick-surrounded fireplace with a beautiful carved mantelpiece and nearby built-in
bookcases. Crown molding, deep baseboards, and original hardwood flooring add to
the classic appeal. The dining room makes it easy to host guests, and the beautifully
remodeled kitchen offers everything for the family cook or the weekend gourmand.
This home is nestled into a highly-desirable South Los Altos cul-de-sac, within walking
distance to Andronico’s Market and Loyola Elementary School. This home is a gem!
Offered at $1,980,000
Enis Hall
Broker Associate
(650) 917-8265
[email protected] |
161 South San Antonio Rd,Los Altos, CA 94022
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303 Atherton Avenue
Atherton, CA 94027
This spacious trophy property with its prestigious statement address awaits the
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7 Bedrooms
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Approx. 11,017 Sq. Ft.
Approx. 1.14 Acre Lot
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BRE# 1900986
Coldwell Banker
12.98acres of rolling hills, bordered by 60acres of open space, close
to downtown Saratoga 3 BR/2 BA
Debbie Nichols
CalBRE #00955497
Incomparable Quality Custom-built French masterpiece with
unsurpassed attention to detail. 5 BR/7 full BA + 3 half
Chris McDonnell/Kelly Griggs
CalBRE #00870468/01812313
Palo Alto
By Appointment
$11,888,000 Palo Alto rare Zoned R-E Density
Residential. New Price. /
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CalBRE #00620365
San Mateo County
Listed 2013 for $8,000,000 Now $3,888,000! Hurry! 38 Acres
Jan Strohecker
CalBRE #00620365
Palo Alto
Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30
3725 El Centro St Spectacular & brand new home in the beautiful
area of Barron Park! Elegance & finesse. 4 BR/3 BA
Hanna Shacham
CalBRE #01073658
Los Altos
Sat/Sun 1 - 4
1398 Marinovich Way Totally remodeled w/ new kitchen & baths
on quiet street. Oak Elem & Mountain View High. 6 BR/3 BA
Liz Daschbach
CalBRE #00969220
Palo Alto
Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30
153 Primrose Way Charming home located on a picturesque &
spacious lot w/private garden & fruit trees. 2 BR/1 BA
Hanna Shacham
CalBRE #01073658
Portola Valley
Sun 1:30 - 4:30
377 Wayside Rd Beautifully remodeled single level home in a sunny
woodland setting of approx. 1.5 acres. 2 BR/2 BA
Jean & Chris Isaacson
CalBRE #00542342/01754233
Menlo Park
Sun 2 - 4
151 Leland Ave Charmingly eclectic home circa 1934 in desirable
neighborhood near downtown and Stanford. 3 BR/2 BA
Sarah Elder
CalBRE #00647474
Menlo Park
Sat/Sun 1:30 - 4:30
132 Stone Pine Ln Contemporary home w/ double height LR, formal DR, oversized windows, balconies & garden! 3 BR/2.5 BA
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CalBRE #00938234
Redwood City
Open floor plan w/ upgrades throughout! New kitchen, new bathrooms, new landscaping! 3 BR/2 BA
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Redwood City
Excellent investment opportunity. 4 1BD/1BA units fully occupied.
Well maintained/updated.
Sarah Rivers
CalBRE #00878979
San Jose
Sprawling estate, soaring ceilings, gorgeous kitchen, spacious master,
park like grounds. 4 BR/2.5 BA
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CalBRE #01038260
San Mateo
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Well maintained home with 3 bedrooms and 1 bath in the desirable Marina Gardens area.
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CalBRE #01801231
East Palo Alto
Located in the Gardens near schools. 3 bedroom home with an
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Two Exceptional Properties presented by Monica
650.543.1164 | [email protected] |
OPEN SAT & SUN. 1:30 - 4:30
his well-loved property is on the
market for the first time in 55
years. Passersby have loved this
home whose exterior is charmingly
finished in the colors of a Van Gogh
painting. The main house has three
bedrooms and two baths; there is
a one bedroom and one bath guest
house, and a separate bonus room
that could be used as an office or
studio. The property is set on a
prime and quiet street, close to the
pedestrian/bike bridge that leads to
Stanford, and convenient to
Menlo Park shops, parks, schools
and Caltrain.
Listed at $2,498,000
his gorgeous 25-acre property has
views to the Bay, San Francisco and
beyond. Situated just minutes from Portola
Road and Roberts Market, this is the
first time this special property is being
offered for sale in more than 40 years. It
is adjacent both to open space and to the
Fogarty Winery.
There are three residences on the property: the warm, contemporary-style main
house has 2 bed and 1.5 baths, fabulous
kitchen, and amazing views from nearly
every room. There are two other smaller
cottages, each with one bedroom and one
bath, located near the main house.
There are inviting pathways around much
of the property, leading to sunny, level and
gently sloped areas. The land is protected
from the wind and fog that moves in
seasonally. This rare and special property
can be kept as it is or be developed by
a new owner. It enjoys excellent Portola
Valley Schools.
Offered at $5,000,000
BRE #01111473
Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Sq. ft. and/or acreage information contained herein has been received from
seller, existing reports, appraisals, public records and/or other sources deemed reliable. Neither seller nor listing agent has verified this information.
If this information is important to buyer in determining whether to buy or the purchase price, buyer should conduct buyer’s own investigation. • Palo Alto Weekly • January 16, 2015 • Page 41
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©2014 Jonesin’ Crosswords
1 Affected mannerisms
5 “The Munsters” son
10 Dollar bill’s weight, roughly
14 Abbr. on a bottle of Courvoisier
15 New, in Nogales
16 2000s sitcom starring a country
17 Response to King Kong after
being carried away?
20 Depression Era agcy.
21 Checks out suggestively
22 Big song
25 Type
27 Urban blight
29 Haifa resident, e.g.
31 Roofing material
32 Castellaneta, the voice of Homer
on “The Simpsons”
35 Low poker hand
36 One-eyed character on
38 Bob Hope’s entertainment gp.
39 King Kong’s act of barroom generosity?
43 Mighty tree
44 Meteorologist’s tracked prediction
45 Parallel, e.g.
46 Retreating
47 “___ favor!”
48 Breakfast fare where you might
take your lumps?
51 Catch forty winks
52 Earth orbiter until 2001
53 Punctured tire sound
54 Corrective eye surgery
57 “Dawson’s Creek” actor James Van
___ Beek
59 King Kong’s hoped-for response?
67 Paste alternative
68 Constellation with a belt
69 Bring under control
70 “The camera ___ 10 pounds”
71 Becomes liquid
72 Christian Louboutin item
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584 Sand Hill Ci
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1 Beginning for the birds?
2 Patriot ending
3 “Ruh-___!” (Scooby-Doo gulp)
4 Disgorge
5 Final purpose
6 Penn & Teller, e.g.
7 “Slumdog Millionaire” actor ___
8 “So, ___ been thinking...”
9 Musical taste
10 Allman brother who married Cher
11 Slot machine spinner
12 Up to the task
13 ___ movement
18 “Four and twenty blackbirds
baked in ___”
19 “Yay, team!”
22 “Hungry Hungry ___”
23 Washington dropped from
“Grey’s Anatomy”
24 Deceptive
26 East Texas city or college
27 Parent not related by blood
28 ___ liquor
30 Boat full of animals
32 Job description list
33 Yoga postures
34 Prestigious prizes
37 Iberian Peninsula’s cont.
40 “Looks like ___ too soon”
41 File cabinet label for the latter
half of the alphabet
42 “A Nightmare on ___ Street”
49 Actors Quinn and Mitchell
50 Uno + dos
51 Small change?
54 Annika Sorenstam’s gp.
55 “___ Lang Syne”
56 Poker option
58 Charlie Brown utterance
60 Burt Reynolds co-star DeLuise
61 Hematite, e.g.
62 “Star Trek: TNG” alum Wheaton
63 Forget-me-___
64 “Boo-___!”
65 Music genre with a lot of guyliner
66 “What’d I tell ya?”
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3 Bedrooms
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455 San Mateo Dr
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3 Bedrooms
482 Fulton St
Sereno Group
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3 4
File No.: 599340
The following person (persons) is (are)
doing business as:, located at 409 Sherman
Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara
This business is owned by: A
The name and residence address of the
owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are):
409 Sherman Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Registrant/Owner began transacting
business under the fictitious business
name(s) listed above on 11/21/2006.
This statement was filed with the
County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara
County on December 16, 2014.
(PAW Dec. 26, 2014, Jan. 2, 9, 16, 2015)
File No.: 599531
The following person (persons) is (are)
doing business as:
Alviso Funding, located at 13131 Diericx
Dr., Mountain View, CA 94040, Santa
Clara County.
This business is owned by: A Limited
Liability Company.
The name and residence address of the
owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are):
13131 Diericx Dr.
Mountain View, CA 94040
Registrant/Owner began transacting
business under the fictitious business
name(s) listed above on 12-22-14.
This statement was filed with the
County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara
County on December 22, 2014.
(PAW Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2015)
File No.: 599596
The following person (persons) is (are)
doing business as:
Jambip, located at 3247 Murray Way,
Palo Alto, CA 94303, Santa Clara County.
This business is owned by: An
The name and residence address of the
owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are):
3247 Murray Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Registrant/Owner began transacting
business under the fictitious business
name(s) listed above on N/A.
This statement was filed with the
County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara
County on December 24, 2014.
(PAW Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, 2015)
File No.: 599774
The following person (persons) is (are)
doing business as:
1.) Blue Turtle Dental, 2.) Blue Turtle
Dental, Practice of K. Scheel, DDS Inc.,
located at 2290 Birch Street, Ste. A, Palo
Alto, CA 94306, Santa Clara County.
This business is owned by: A
The name and residence address of the
owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are):
2290 Birch Street, Ste. A
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Registrant/Owner began transacting
business under the fictitious business
name(s) listed above on N/A.
This statement was filed with the
County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara
County on December 31, 2014.
(PAW Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, 2015)
L.S. & CO.
LS & CO.
File No.: 599976
The following person (persons) is (are)
doing business as:
1.) L.S. & CO., 2.) LS & CO., 3.) LS and
Company, located at 555 Byron St. #105,
Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara County.
This business is owned by: A General
The name and residence address of the
owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are):
555 Byron St. #105
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Campbell, CA 95008
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Palo Alto, CA 94303
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County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara
County on January 7, 2015.
(PAW Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 2015)
for contact information
227 N. 1st. St.
San Jose, CA 95112
Registrant/Owner began transacting
business under the fictitious business
name(s) listed above on 01/05/2015.
This statement was filed with the
County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara
County on January 6, 2015.
(PAW Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, 2015)
File No.: 599861
The following person (persons) is (are)
doing business as:, located at 443 Waverley
Street Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa Clara
This business is owned by: A
The name and residence address of the
owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are):
443 Waverley Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Registrant/Owner began transacting
business under the fictitious business
name(s) listed above on N/A.
This statement was filed with the
County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara
County on January 5, 2015.
(PAW Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 2015)
File No.: 600010
The following person (persons) is (are)
doing business as:
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Palo Alto, CA 94303, Santa Clara County.
This business is owned by: An
The name and residence address of the
owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are):
702 Garland Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Registrant/Owner began transacting
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name(s) listed above on 01/07/2015.
This statement was filed with the
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County on January 7, 2015.
(PAW Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 2015)
Call Alicia Santillan
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PRICE IS RIGHT . . . East Palo Alto’s
Raymond Price III was one of 10
young athletes among a field of 40
national finalists from across the
United States to finish first in the NFL
PUNT, PASS & KICK National Finals
this past Saturday in Renton, Wash.
Finalists competed separately in five
age divisions at the Virginia Mason
Athletic Center. The top scorer in
each group was crowned national
champion. Competitors launched
two punts, two passes and two
kicks with scores based on distance
and accuracy (in feet). Price won
his title in the 10-11 category with a
cumulative distance of 324 feet, 3
Men’s basketball: Connecticut at
Stanford, 6 p.m.; ESPN; KNBR (1050
College wrestling: Cal Poly at Stanford, 3 p.m.; Pac-12 Networks
College wrestling: Air Force at
Stanford, 5 p.m.; Pac-12 Networks
Women’s basketball: Arizona St.
at Stanford, 3 p.m.; Pac-12 Networks;
KZSU (90.1 FM)
Men’s volleyball: Stanford at USC,
5 p.m.; Pac-12 Networks
For expanded daily coverage of
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Cardinal men host
UConn in another
important showdown
By Rick Eymer
Goldstein has men
off to winning
start already
Cardinal women
expecting good
results again
By Rick Eymer
By Rick Eymer
s a tennis player, Paul
Goldstein was associated
with the most successful
four-year span in the history of
Stanford men’s tennis. Whether
that translates into his coaching
career, which began successfully
Tuesday with a 6-1 victory over
UC Davis, remains to be seen.
One thing is clear, the four-time
collegiate All-American expects
his players to compete at the highest level, with the highest expectations.
The Cardinal (5-2 in the Pac-12
last year, 14-6 overall) played in
its 35th NCAA tournament last
year but is looking for its first national title since 2000, two years
into Goldstein’s professional career, in which he set the record
(which has since been broken) for
most USTA Pro Circuit titles.
Goldstein became the first
NCAA Division I player to participate on four consecutive team
titles. No one knows more about
what it takes to win than he. Goldstein hasn’t been out of tennis all
that long and understands the demand of academics and athletics.
Goldstein also has one of the
all-time greats as a mentor. Hall
of Famer Dick Gould maintains
an office at the Taube Family Tennis Center.
“I visit his office four times a
day asking for advice,” Goldstein
said. “He’s been a tremendous
help for me.”
Goldstein was the captain of
arguably the best college team
ever assembled in 1998, coached
by Gould. Goldstein reached the
NCAA singles finals, where he
lost to teammate Bob Bryan.
Goldstein helped Stanford record a 28-0 record, which included 25 shutouts and all four in the
NCAA tournament. Bryan also
teamed with twin brother, Mike,
ele Forood acknowledged
there’s a different approach
to Stanford’s women’s tennis season this time around. She
started the year with six players,
the minimum needed to play,
and she did not have any recruits
coming in to replace the graduating seniors.
Make no mistake, Forood expects the Cardinal (8-2 in the
Pac-12 last year, 20-3 overall) to
compete at the highest level. It’s
just going to take a little more
All six players return from last
year’s team, which reached the
national semifinal match, and all
six have experienced success at
the collegiate level. Grads Kristie Ahn, now on the pro circuit,
and Amelia Herring, left a bit of
a void.
“We all knew it was going to be
a bit of an uphill battle,” Forood
said. “Our goals are to be at the
top of the conference and to win
the Pac-12 title. We’ll just have to
see from there. That’s where we’re
coming from.”
One of the nation’s top recruiting classes will be joining the
program next year, so Forood will
be looking to get the best out of
another one of the nation’s top recruiting classes in current sopho-
aturday’s nonconference
men’s basketball game
against visiting Connecticut may not hold the same significance of last year’s contest,
though hosting the defending national champions still holds the
promise of a marquee matchup.
The Huskies (9-6) enter the
weekend unranked and are coming off a loss to Tulsa. They have
won five of their past seven and
played as tough a schedule as
anyone in the country.
Stanford (12-4) comes to the 6
p.m. contest (ESPN2) from the
same direction. The Cardinal
has won six of its past seven following Wednesday night’s 69-59
victory at California.
Stanford beat the then-No. 10
Huskies in Connecticut last year,
a game that helped boost the Cardinal’s bid for the NCAA tournament. It’s unlikely the Huskies
will treat this game as anything
other than a statement game.
“It’s good for us,” Stanford
coach Johnny Dawkins said. “I
told our guys that we’re almost
at the halfway point of the season
now and we should be learning
from each one of these games
and getting better. We talk about
finishing all the time — finishing possessions, finishing games.
We use that word all the time.”
The Huskies have lost, by a
point, at Texas and by 10 points
at Duke. Connecticut also beat
Dayton this season, the team that
ended the Cardinal’s run in last
year’s NCAA tournament.
The last time Connecticut
visited Stanford, in February of
1999, both teams were ranked
among the top 10. The Huskies
went on to win the national title
while the Cardinal lost to Gonzaga in the second round of the
NCAA tournament.
There was so much media interest in that 1999 contest that the
postgame press conference was
held in an auditorium in a neighboring building.
This year, both teams have lost
significant players to the NBA
draft but there is plenty of talent
to go around to assure a competitive atmosphere at Maples Pavilion.
It’s the start of a three-game
homestand that also includes visits from Arizona, on Thursday,
and Arizona State.
For Stanford, seniors Chasson
Randle, Anthony Brown and Stefan Nastic are the heart and soul
of the team. They combined to
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Carol Zhao is back for her sophomore year at Stanford after earning All-American honors and being
ranked No. 22 nationally in singles last season after compiling a 30-7 record.
Stanford tennis quests begin
David Elkinson/
Prep basketball: Menlo-Atherton
at Sequoia, 6 p.m. (girls, boys at 7:45
p.m.;); KCEA (89.1 FM)
Women’s basketball: Arizona at
Stanford, 8 p.m.; Pac-12 Networks;
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on the
Hector Garcia-Molina/
SO HONORED . . . Stanford midfielder Andi Sullivan was named
national women’s Freshman of the
Year by Soccer America on Wednesday. Sullivan becomes the second
Stanford player to receive that honor,
following Lindsay Taylor in 2008. It
also gives her a sweep of freshman
of the year honors, joining those
from Top Drawer Soccer and the
Pac-12 Conference. Sullivan also
becomes the 11th Stanford player
since 2000 to be named to the Soccer America All-Freshman first team,
and the first since teammate Chioma
Ubogagu in 2011 . . . Palo Alto High
grad Joseph Lin of Hamilton College
has been named the NESCAC Men’s
Basketball Player of the Week after a
career effort in conference outings.
One day after receiving that honor,
Lin was named the Co-Player of the
Week in the Eastern College Athletic
Conference. Lin, a senior, Lin averaged 21.5 points, 11.0 assists and
2.5 steals in two NESCAC games
last week. He set a team record with
16 assists and added 16 points in
Friday’s 93-86 setback against nationally ranked No. 18 Amherst College. The 16 assists are tied for the
highest total by any NCAA Division
III player this season. Lin poured in a
career-high 27 points and dished out
six assists in Saturday’s 60-51 loss
to Trinity College. He committed just
three turnovers in the two games.
Freshman Tom Fawcett is
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Women’s tennis
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Four-time All-American Paul Goldstein got his first coaching
victory as the Stanford men’s tennis coach this week.
down 3-1 in the second set before
sweeping the final five games.
Wilczynski fought back from
a first set loss in a tie-breaker to
handily win the next two sets, 6-1
and 6-1.
“He started tentatively and was
nervous,” Goldstein said. “He
kept his composure.”
Hsu recovered from a third set
deficit to win his match, 6-4, 5-7,
7-5, at No. 4 singles.
“To come back after getting
down is something to be proud
of,” said Goldstein.
Stanford resumes its dualmatch schedule at the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Florida on Jan,
24, playing South Carolina. The
Cardinal will face either the host
Gators or Mississippi the following day. Q
Stanford ranks eighth in the with 36 wins as a freshman.
“Everybody has improved,” FoITA’s preseason poll. It will be interesting to see how the Cardinal rood said. “We see some players
fares through its first 13 matches, who have made tremendous imwhich include seven ranked op- provement. You may see some of
ponents — including four of the them play higher this year.”
Forood filled out her 2015
top seven.
Stanford has a stretch of four roster by recruiting four players
matches in February against No. who were already on campus,
including Castilleja
11 Vanderbilt, vs. No.
grad Paulette Wolak,
2 Duke in Gainesa two-time first team
ville, at No. 3 Florida
All-WBAL pick. Her
and against No. 7
father, Frank, is a proCalifornia. That’s
fessor in the Departall before the Pac-12
ment of Economics at
conference schedule,
Stanford and a former
which includes a trip
tennis player at Rice.
to defending national
Other additions inchampion and No. 1
clude Montana MorUCLA and to No. 14
gan, Isabel Prado and
Nora Tan.
“It’s good for us to
“They all have juget the tough competinior tennis experition early and see how
ence,” Forood said.
the players stack up,” Taylor Davidson
Forood said. “Playing Duke and “They’ve all been ranked players.
Florida back-to-back is like play- They just haven’t played recently
ing in the national semifinal and so it will take some time. We need
national final. It’s good training.” them to get up to speed and get a
Doyle, who had a late start to chance to play. That’s why these
training due to an illness, led tournaments are important to us.
Stanford with her 34-6 overall We’ll get to see them all in comrecord (20-2 in dual meets) while petition.”
The seventh spot in Stanford’s
Zhao finished 30-7, Davidson was
26-8 and Tsay 24-10. Kostas is 22- lineup has always played an im11 in her career and played regu- portant role. Should one of them
larly at the No. 6 spot as a fresh- step up, who knows, maybe anman. Hardebeck led the Cardinal other title could be in the cards. Q
Shirley Pefley
Shirley Pefley
will help the team. When we start
seeing that improvement, it trans(continued from previous page)
lates to confidence and gives the
team a lift.”
Stanford has a reputation for
mores Carol Zhao, Taylor Davidson and Caroline Doyle. They all showing up at tournament time.
finished last year ranked among The Cardinal was seeded No. 11
the top 50 — led by Zhao, an All- last year and proceeded to knock
off No. 6 California and No.3 VirAmerican, at No. 22.
ginia before losing to
Senior Ellen Tsay
No. 7 North Carolina
and junior Krista
in the Final Four.
Hardebeck and LindStanford became
say Kostos make up
the lowest-seeded
the rest of the core
team in NCAA hisgroup. Hardebeck
tory to win the team
ranked 42nd at the
title in 2013, carrying
end of last season and
a No. 12 ranking into
Tsay was at No. 69.
the tournament and
Stanford will be
beating No. 5 USC,
sending players to a
No. 4 Georgia, No.
couple of tournaments
1 Florida and No. 3
this weekend: the
Texas A&M to capFreeman Invitational
ture the title.
hosted by UNLV and
In 2010, the Cardithe National Col- Caroline Doyle
legiate Tennis Classic, played at nal was No. 8 and bounced No. 1
Baylor, No. 6 Notre Dame and No.
Indian Wells.
The Cardinal opens its dual- 3 Florida from the tournament to
match season on Jan. 29 with a win the team crown.
“Whatever was working those
visit from Princeton, which is
coached by Stanford product and years, we don’t question it,” Fotwo-time NCAA singles cham- rood said. “It just works and everybody seems to do their part.
pion Laura Granville.
“We’re stressing just getting Those years were unlike the
better by May,” Forood said. 2005 or 2006 teams, which were
“You’re not going to win any expected to win. Sometimes it’s
championships until then and if about what you believe and playeverybody looks to improve, it ing one match at a time.”
Stanford hoops
David Elkinson/
to win the NCAA doubles title.
The 1998 team won 167 of 170
matches played overall. Stanford
was 104-6 in Goldstein’s playing
The Cardinal continues its
season this weekend, traveling
to Thousand Oaks to play in the
Sherwood Cup, which begins Friday and runs through Monday.
“I just want to see everybody
playing the tennis they are capable of playing,” Goldstein said.
“I expect the lineup to evolve
through the course of the year.
We have 11 guys who all deserve
to be playing.”
Goldstein inherited a team
mixed equally with experience
and youth. Seniors and team captains John Morrissey and Robert
Stineman helped make the transition easier for Goldstein.
“I cannot ask for two better
team leaders,” Goldstein said.
“They set the tone every day and
have incorporated the freshmen
into the program. The chemistry
is as good as I could hope for.”
Morrissey brings an overall
59-36 record into the season and
played the past two years at the top
of the ladder. As a freshman he led
the Cardinal with 23 victories.
Stineman owns a career mark of
55-38, and recorded 22 wins as a
freshmen, playing at No. 5 or No.
6 singles.
Morrissey and Stineman are
doubles partners for the first time
since they were freshmen and produced an 8-6 mark together.
Junior Maciek Romanowicz
finished last year ranked 88th
overall, despite missing two
months with an injury. He was
13-4 overall and played both No.
2 and No. 3 singles.
Junior Nolan Paige also returns
with experience, accumulating an
overall 28-27 record playing everywhere from No. 1 to No. 4.
Juniors Trey Strobel and Anthony Tsodikov give Stanford
solid depth throughout the lineup.
Strobel tied for the team lead in
wins as a freshman and Tsodikov
led the Cardinal with 21 victories
last year, playing at No. 5.
Sophomore Yale Goldberg
came to Stanford as an Ohio state
champion in high school. He had
most of his success as a doubles
player last year, with Strobel and
Morrissey. He was the national
clay court doubles champion two
years ago.
Sophomores Brandon Sutter
and Roy Lederman missed their
freshmen seasons with injuries.
All three freshmen, Tom Fawcett, David Hsu and David Wilczynski, were in the starting lineup
on Tuesday and all three won their
“It’s exciting for me,” Goldstein
said. “To get a win the first time
out was exciting for me and all the
coaches Brandon Coupe and volunteer assistant Bijan Hejazi. We
felt good about it, though there are
things we need to work out as a
The 6-foot-6 Fawcett, who won
eight of his 10 matches during the
fall season, beat Aggie Alec Adamson, 6-1, 6-3, at the top of the
ladder to lead the way.
“He’s a tremendous competitor,” Goldstein said. “He’s already
leading by example. He wants to
keep hitting balls after the match.”
Fawcett, the ITA Northwest
Regional singles champion, was
score 58 points against the Golden Bears and grabbed 21 of the
34 rebounds.
“The seniors were terrific,”
Dawkins said. “Those guys have
all stepped up. Whether it’s a big
defensive play for us, scoring
the basketball, they seem to always come up with a play that’s
Randle scored 25 points to regain the Pac-12 scoring leader
with 19.6 points a game, while
Cal’s Tyrone Wallace, who was
held to 16 points, remains third
in the Pac-12.
The Golden Bears were within
two of Stanford at 53-51 with
7:26 left in the game when the
Cardinal went on a 12-2 run,
highlighted by a pair of Brown
3-pointers, over the next several
minutes to take control of the
Cal missed 10 of its final 13
shots to allow Stanford to win at
Haas Pavilion for the third consecutive visit, its longest streak
since a four-game span ending in
Stanford shot 48 percent from
the field, including an 8-of-16 effort from 3-point range. Randle
and Brown combined for all eight
on 11 attempts. The Cardinal was
15 of 28 from the field in the second half.
The Cardinal opened the second half on an 11-4 run to pull
ahead, 37-35, with 16:32 remaining to play. There were five ties
and 12 lead changes during the
course of the contest.
Randle recorded his eighth
20-point game of the season and
34th of his career while Nastic
reached double figures in scoring
for the 15th time in 16 games.
Women’s basketball
It’s an interesting weekend for
No. 13 Stanford, which hosts
Arizona on Friday at 8 p.m., on
the Pac-12 Networks, and No.
14 Arizona State on Monday at
3 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Cardinal (4-0 in the Pac12, 12-4 overall) has won six
straight since losing at Tennessee
just before the Christmas break
and it’s been anything but easy.
Stanford needed to rally from
deficits to beat both Washington,
60-56, and Washington State, 8676 in overtime, on the road last
weekend and the Sun Devils (4-0,
15-1) are one of the hottest teams
in the nation.
Arizona State, Oregon State
and Stanford share the Pac-12
lead heading into the weekend,
with California (3-1, 11-4) right
Stanford is 60-12 all-time
against Arizona and has won the
past 24 in the series. The Cardinal last lost to the Wildcats in
Tucson in 2004.
This year, senior guard Amber Orrange and sophomore Lili
Thompson are the catalysts for
the Cardinal. They have combined to score 135 of Stanford’s
263 conference points. Q
A final
of honors
Teamwork keeps Paly
girls tied for first
Vikings among seven teams that lead or share their divisions
by Andrew Preimesberger
SHP’s Burr-Kirven
earns All-American,
state football awards
by Keith Peters
acred Heart Prep senior
Ben Burr-Kirven got his
2014 football season off to
a slow start when he missed the
first five games of the season due
to injury. The final eight games,
however, were quite remarkable.
Those final eight games saw
the University of Washingtonbound Burr-Kirven rush for 862
yards and 18 touchdowns on 106
carries as he averaged more than
100 rushing yards per game. He
also caught a touchdown pass.
On defense, the 6-foot,
200-pound Burr-Kirven averaged
more than 11 tackles per game
while finishing with 116 stops,
two sacks and two interceptions
while helping the Gators wrap
up a historic 13-0 season by winning the Central Coast Section
Open Division championship for
the first time in program history.
For his standout effort, BurrKirven received national and
state honors.
He was named to the first team
on defense on the MaxPreps
Small Schools All-American
Team, which consists of players
from schools that play in state
enrollment divisions that generally have fewer than 1,000 students.
Burr-Kirven also was named
the state player of the year in the
Small Schools Division by CalHi Sports.
Girls soccer
The nationally ranked Palo
Alto girls exploded for a quartet
of goals in the second half while
rolling to a 5-0 soccer victory
over visiting Saratoga in SCVAL
De Anza Division action on
The Vikings (2-0, 8-0), who
came into the match ranked No.
14 in the state and No. 57 in the
nation by, got
two goals from freshman Emily
Tomz and solo goals from senior
Katie Foug, junior Ansley Queen
and sophomore Natalie Maloney
as every class was represented
in the scoring column. Palo Alto
now has outscored the opposition
32-2 this season.
In Atherton, Sacred Heart
Prep opened its West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division)
season with a 7-0 romp over
visiting Priory on Tuesday. The
Gators (1-0, 7-2-1) got the eventual winning goal in the seventh
minute by McKenna Angotti off
an assist from fellow sophomore
Lauren Von Thaden. That started
a seven-goal explosion in the first
Stella Kailahi
Ian Cramer
The freshman basketball
center scored a career-high
24 points with 10 rebounds
to help beat rival Eastside
Prep in an early WBAL showdown and finished a two-victory week with 35 points, 22
rebounds and three assists.
The senior won three matches, all by pin, to capture the
145-pound title at the San
Ramon Invitational and was
named the Outstanding Wrestler in the lightweight divisions while improving to 14-0
with 12 pins this season.
Honorable mention
Olivia Athens
Sacred Heart Prep soccer
Ilana Baer
Menlo-Atherton basketball
Skyler Burris
Palo Alto basketball
Tierna Davidson
Sacred Heart Prep soccer
Marissa Hing
Pinewood basketball
Ofa Sili
Menlo-Atherton basketball
Ryan Brice
Pinewood basketball
Andrew Daschbach
Sacred Heart Prep basketball
Liam Dunn
Menlo basketball
Alex Gil-Fernandez*
Gunn basketball
Kevin Mullin*
Palo Alto basketball
Riley Tinsley
Sacred Heart Prep soccer
* previous winner
Watch video interviews of the Athletes of the Week, go to
half. Tierna Davidson finished
with three goals and three assists.
In Campbell, Menlo School
opened its WBAL Foothill Division season with a 4-1 win over
host Harker. The Knights (1-0,
4-2-3) jumped on top, 1-0, in the
14th minute when senior Leah
Swig scored from close range off
a cross from junior Zoe Enright.
In Atherton, Menlo-Atherton
overpowered Half Moon Bay,
6-0, in PAL Bay Division. junior Sarah McLeod and senior
Amanda Wiseman each scored
two goals with senior Annie Harrier providing three assists as the
Bears moved to 2-1 in league (52-1 overall).
In WBAL Skyline Division
action, host Pinewood and Castilleja played to a 2-2 deadlock.
In the SCVAL El Camino Division, host Gunn got goals from
Natalie Perreault and Kia Green
to defeat Monta Vista, 2-1, as the
Titans moved to 1-1 in league (43-1 overall).
Boys soccer
Michel Siaba tallied a second-half goal off an assist from
Ariya Momoney to lift Palo Alto
to a 1-0 soccer victory over host
Monta Vista in SCVAL De Anza
Division action on Tuesday. The
victory moved the Vikings to 2-0
in league (6-1-2 overall) and kept
them tied atop the standings.
In Saratoga, seniors Sean
MacPherson and Dmitriy
Timokhin combined for four
goals and four assists to carry
Gunn to a 5-3 victory over Saratoga in SCVAL El Camino Division action. MacPherson tallied
twice and assisted three times —
twice on Timokhin’s goals.
In Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep
registered its third straight shutout, 3-0 over visiting Priory, to
remain unbeaten in the WBSL on
The Gators (3-0, 7-1-2) got the
eventual winning goal from Matthew MacFarquhar (unassisted)
in the first half. Following intermission, Josh Lin scored off
an assist from Riley Tinsley and
Derek Chou finished things off
with a penalty kick.
Just down the road, Menlo
School remained in the thick of
the WBAL race with a 4-1 win
over visiting Eastside Prep. The
Knights (2-1, 4-4-1) got all four
goals from junior striker Will
Chisholm. Q
handful of local basketball
teams are sitting atop their
respective divisions as
league play begins to heat up. No
team may be hotter than the Palo
Alto girls, who have won three
straight to open their SCVAL De
Anza Division season and 13 of
their past 14.
On Wednesday, juniors Coco
Lovely and Alexis Harris plus
sophomore Lauren Koyama combined for 34 points to lead the
Vikings to a 57-44 win over visiting Saratoga as the Vikings (3-0,
13-2) remained tied for first place
with Mountain View.
“Our passing has been the key,”
said Palo Alto head coach Scott
Peters. “Our girls are willing to
pass to every player and trusting
all our players to perform. We
want everyone contributing because it makes it harder to scout
us; it shows confidence in our
Early in the fourth quarter, junior guard Maddy Atwater found
Koyama and the guard drained
a 3-pointer to give the Vikings a
48-38 lead. Koyama finished with
four three’s and 12 points.
Palo Alto got off to a fast start
in the first quarter with a 10-0 run
to begin the game. In the second
quarter, freshman guard Carly
Leong got fouled and nailed a
3-pointer from the corner. She
converted the free throw for the
four-point play and Paly led 2615.
With just over three minutes
left in the third quarter, Atwater
attempted a 3-pointer and missed
but Harris came down with the offensive board, made the putback
and got fouled. She converted the
three-point play for a 36-31 lead.
Harris finished with 12 points.
“We weren’t getting a lot of
rebounds in the first half,” said
Lovely, who finished with 10
points. “He (Peters) told us to
go to the boards harder and pick
up on our defense, after that we
turned it around.”
In Palo Alto, host Gunn
knocked off Los Gatos, 39-37.
The Titans (1-2, 4-6) got 12 points
and three rebounds from Georgia
Hake with Olivia Tapia adding
eight points and four rebounds.
In the PAL South Division,
starting center Ofa Sili was sidelined by a knee injury and Menlo-Atherton came up short and
dropped a 54-53 decision to visiting Capuchino on Wednesday.
The loss knocked the Bears (2-1,
10-5) out of first place. Fresman
center Greer Hoyem led the Bears
with 17 points.
In San Francisco, Pinewood
remained unbeaten and atop the
West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) following a 70-38
romp over host Mercy-San Francisco on Tuesday night. Freshman Stella Kailhi led the way
once again for the Panthers (3-0,
9-2) with 19 points, 10 rebounds,
three assists and and two steals.
Senior Monique McDevitt tallied
a season-high 17 points.
In Atherton, host Menlo School
finally found its shooting form
and raced to a 70-52 nonleague
victory over King’s Academy.
Junior Hannah Paye tossed in 22
points to pace the Knights (8-3).
In Palo Alto, Castilleja dropped
its WBAL home opener to Notre
Dame-San Jose, 49-44. The Gators, playing for the first time in
two weeks, fell behind by 10-2
and 21-13 in the first half before
senior Paige Vermeer led a late
surge. Vermeer had a game-high
19 points and 12 rebounds.
In Portola Valley, freshman Tatiana Reese scored 26 points to
help host Priory (1-1, 4-1) defeat
Crystal Springs, 45-22.
Boys basketball
Palo Alto remained the only
unbeaten team in the SCVAL De
Anza Division race following a
dominating 66-36 thumping of
previously unbeaten Milpitas on
Tuesday in the Vikings’ gym.
Paly (3-0, 12-2) was led by
senior Kevin Mullin’s 15 points
with junior Mike Grandy adding
10 points, five rebounds and four
In the SCVAL El Camino Division race, junior Alex Gil-Fernandez poured in 23 points to help
Gunn remain atop the standings
following a 72-41 victory over
host Lynbrook. Senior Chris Russell added 17 points as the Titans
improved to 3-0 in the division
and 9-1 overall.
In Campbell, junior guard
Mason Randall poured in five
3-pointers and finished with a
team-high 18 points to help Sacred Heart Prep remain tied for
first place in the WBAL race with
a 70-44 triumph over host Harker. The Gators (3-0, 10-2) got 13
points each from seniors James
McLean and Corbin Koch.
In Atherton, host Menlo (30, 9-3) pulled away from King’s
Academy in the third quarter to
post a 55-43 victory. Liam Dunn
led Menlo with 19 points.
In Hillsborough, Pinewood kept
pace with SHP and Menlo with a
76-52 victory over host Crystal
Springs. Ryan Knotts led the
Panthers (3-0, 9-2) with 17 points .
In Portola Valley, Andy Isokpehi tossed in 21 points and Scott
Harris added 18 as host Priory
(1-2, 9-3) held off Eastside Prep,
58-51. Eastside Prep (0-3, 7-3) was
led by Chris Southall and Darius
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