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Vol. XXXVI, Number 22 Q March 6, 2015
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Palo Alto divided over limits on office space
City Council agrees to protect retail
but is split over annual office cap
by Gennady Sheyner
alo Alto’s polarizing de- competing motions, clashing phibate over the growth of of- losophies, complex amendments
fice space hit a stalemate riddled with bullet points and deep
Monday night when a deeply di- disagreement among both the pubvided City Council agonized over lic speakers and the council on the
the topic for more than four hours big question of the night: whether
before deciding to wait before im- Palo Alto should set an annual cap
posing any dramatic restrictions. on office development.
With two long public meetings
It was an evening that featured
providing insufficient time to answer that question, the council ultimately voted to schedule another
hearing on the topic for March 23.
The debate roughly split into
two camps. On one side were
Marc Berman, Greg Scharff and
Cory Wolbach, all of whom opposed moving forward with a cap
on new office space. All three said
that the city’s time and resources
would be better spent on addressing not so much new development
itself but rather its impacts on
traffic and parking. The argument echoed the view of the Palo
Alto Chamber of Commerce and
numerous business leaders who
argued that restrictions would
threaten downtown’s vitality without achieving anything useful.
Berman ticked off a list of initiatives that the city is already pursuing
to address traffic and parking woes,
which include a new downtown
Residential Parking Permit Program
limiting the amount of time employees can park in neighborhoods; a
new Transportation Management
Association that will offer local employees incentives to switch from
commuting by car to other modes
of transportation; and an expansion
of the city’s free shuttle system.
“We need to dedicate those
resources to the programs and
policies that will get the biggest
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City tries to get a piece
of the ‘sharing economy’
Palo Alto looks for ways to regulate and tax
short-term rental services like Airbnb
by Gennady Sheyner
Veronica Weber
Swingin’ in the sun
Reyn Johnson, 4, left, gets a hearty push from his grandmother Joanna Reynolds as he swings with
twin sister Mabel Johnson at Mitchell Park during the siblings’ quick break from preschool on
Students speak to
experiences, good and bad
Palo Alto youth ask community to focus on student
issues year-round — and to follow up
by Elena
midst Palo Alto’s ongoing
community conversation
about youth health and
well-being — one that so often
cries out for the youth voice — a
room full of parents, students,
school administrators, city leaders
and community members gathered
Sunday evening to hear just that.
On a stage at First Congregational Church, 12 Palo Alto and Gunn
high school students talked to a
standing-room-only audience about
their academic, social and personal
experiences, both good and bad, as
part of “Listening to Youth Voices,”
a forum organized by community
leaders and organizations. The forum was moderated by Becky
Beacom, a health educator with the
Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
The students’ comments came
at a time of deep reflection for the
two high schools, with numer-
ous policy proposals and changes
aimed at reducing student stress
already in place or on the horizon,
from the superintendent’s enforcement of a districtwide homework
policy to a potential change in bell
schedule for Gunn.
Several of the students called
for change beyond oft-discussed
issues like heavy homework load,
oversubscribed advanced placement (AP) classes and rigorous
“We aim our arrows at false
targets,” said Gunn senior Jessica Luo, reading a letter she had
written to her ninth-grade self.
“That’s because it’s easier to think
of culture as a tumor that can be
attacked, to throw policy changes
like block schedules and homework restrictions at the tumor in
the hopes of shrinking it. But the
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t’s called the “sharing economy,” but Palo Alto officials
are growing increasingly concerned that the city isn’t getting
its fair share from Airbnb and
other services that allow visitors to rent rooms in local homes
without paying hotel taxes.
On Monday night, the City
Council is scheduled to consider
new laws the city could adopt to
regulate an industry that didn’t
even exist 10 years ago.
While services such as Airbnb
are increasingly popular among
users, they enjoy an ambiguous
relationship with the city’s zoning code. The short-term rental
of dwelling units or bedrooms for
fewer than 31 days is technically
prohibited in Palo Alto; the city’s
code defines “dwelling units” as
rooms that constitute a “separate
housekeeping unit, occupied or
intended for occupancy on a nontransient basis.” The city further
defines “transient” occupancy as
one lasting fewer than 31 days.
But the city’s code does allow
residents to use up to 25 percent
of their homes’ gross floor area
(or 500 square feet, whichever is
less) for something called “home
occupation.” This refers to an
“accessory activity” conducted
in a dwelling unit by the home
occupant “in a manner incidental
to residential occupancy.” Home
occupation must not generate
traffic or parking beyond what
would normally be associated
with residential occupancy.
Some Palo Altans who have
waded into the waters of the sharing economy are unequivocal in
their appraisals of such companies. Daniel Gold has been shar-
ing his Palo Alto home through
Airbnb since last year and touted
the service to the council in January.
He said his experience with
Airbnb highlighted for him how
“overburdened the real estate
market was here in Palo Alto.”
His guests have included Stanford University students who may
not otherwise be able to afford
to stay locally and would have
to rely on lodging in other communities.
“It’s important to me that these
people are able to work here and
study here and be able to afford it
— not having them stay in outer
boroughs like Mountain View,
where real estate is cheaper,”
Gold said.
He also noted that offering students short-term rentals allows
them to spend money in Palo
Alto, which translates to tax revenues for the city.
Taxation is very much one
of the issues that the council is
exploring, following a successful ballot measure Palo Alto
voters approved last November.
The measure raised the city’s
transient-occupancy-tax (TOT)
rate — commonly known as the
hotel-tax rate — from 12 percent
to 14 percent and specified that
“rental agents” who collect rent
but do not directly operate transient lodgings are “subject to the
same obligations as a hotel operator to collect and remit the TOT.
“Staff is in the process of notifying Airbnb and other brokers,
websites and providers of the requirement to collect and remit the
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All I hear is, ‘I got mine and
the rest of you can take a walk.’
Dan Garber, a Palo Alto businessman,
characterizing advocates for restrictions on new
office development. See story on page 5.
Around Town
IN LIMB-O ... Someone has
walked off with Ranjit Steiner’s
leg. The specialized prosthetic
limb, which the 2009 Gunn High
School graduate was counting
on to carry him to a Paralympic
victory, was stolen from his car in
San Francisco overnight Tuesday,
which coincidentally was also
his birthday. Steiner, a multiple
Athlete of the Year while a student
at Gunn, lost the leg he was born
with after contracting bone cancer,
he told the Weekly. But it didn’t
stop him from running. Steiner got
the $30,000 sprinter’s prosthesis,
which helped him win the bronze
medal at nationals. On Tuesday
morning, Steiner jumped into his
car and was halfway to work when
he felt “the helicopter effect” of
wind rushing through his hair, he
said. He looked back and saw the
passenger-side window of his car
had been smashed. “Anything of
value was gone,” he said, including
his laptop and a bag. “I thought, ‘I
hope my leg’s here,’ and I started
looking under the seats.” It wasn’t.
The custom-made limb isn’t really useful to anyone else, he said,
since it is specially fitted to his
leg. But it is designed with top-ofthe-line knee and foot units that
provide the necessary power and
torque for Steiner to run 100- and
200-meter races and to perform
the long jump, he said. “Without
that leg, I can’t do high-level training. ... If someone stole my walking
leg, I’d say, ‘Whatever,’” he said.
Steiner is hopeful that someone
will find and return the limb. He
has heard of people finding stolen
prosthetic limbs, usually after the
thief opens the bag and finds the
limb inside. A
site has been set up to help raise
money for a new limb. Anyone with
information about Steiner’s leg can
contact him at [email protected]
... Forty business-savvy Gunn High
School students competed in a Future Business Leaders of America
competition on Saturday, Feb. 28,
at Westmoor High School in Daly
City, with 24 students moving on
to the state competition, which will
take place in Santa Clara in April.
Gunn students competed in events
testing their business knowledge
and skills against 26 other schools’
students. The club came home
with 32 awards. Winners include
Lynn Serizawa, who took first place
in “spreadsheet applications”; Jo-
seph Ng, who placed third in “business procedures”; Alisen Chung,
who placed fourth in “computer
applications”; and Christopher
Yang, who placed fourth in “word
processing.” Other students placed
in areas including management decision-making, impromptu speaking and parliamentary procedure.
The top state winners will go on
to compete in the national conference, which will be held in Chicago
in the summer.
High School students got a loving,
aerial surprise last week when an
airplane pulling a banner that read,
“WE LOVE YOU, GUNN,” written
in Titan red, flew over the school.
“It was a very sweet gesture, and
a lot of people were talking about
it,” sophomore Chloe Sorensen
wrote in an email to the Weekly.
The banner was organized by
former Gunn English teacher Marc
Vincenti, also co-founder of the
student well-being campaign Save
the 2,008. “A friend of mine, musing aloud a couple of weeks ago
— as we were wondering if there
were anything we could do to help
lift the gloom at Gunn — finally just
sighed and said, ‘The only thing,
really, that could help Gunn at all
right now would be a great big
hug,’” Vincenti wrote in an email.
“This was my idea for the next
best thing to that.” View a photo of
the banner, taken by Tim Hill, in the
Weekly’s online photo gallery at
RALLY TIME ... Residents of the
Buena Vista Mobile Home Park
and their supporters plan to rally in
front of City Hall on Monday, March
9, to show their support for preserving the city’s sole mobile-home
park and to thank city and county
officials for setting aside $16 million for its preservation. The future
of Buena Vista has been mired in
uncertainty since 2012, when the
owners first proposed closing the
park and redeveloping the site at
3980 El Camino Real. The City
Council is scheduled to consider an
appeal from residents next month
to forestall the closure. Residents
and their supporters are preparing
for a “good, vigorous rally in support of Buena Vista,” said Winter
Dellenbach, a Barron Park resident
who founded the group Friends of
Buena Vista. Monday’s event will
begin at 5:30 p.m. in front of City
Hall at 250 Hamilton Ave. Q
Corporation endured in 2013 over
its proposed housing development
of 12 single-family homes and 60
apartments. The plan fizzled when
voters overturned in a referendum
a zone change that would have allowed the construction to proceed.
Bonnie Packer, president of the
Housing Corporation’s board of directors, elaborated on these points
in a letter that she read to the council Monday. Packer wrote in her
letter that the Housing Corporation chose “the best offer based on
price, contingencies and the closing
timeline” and pointed out that all
of the loans that the Housing Corporation acquired to develop the
housing development in 2013 were
“paid off with interest,” including
the one it received from the city.
Gonzalez also emphasized during the interview that the home
on the Maybell site that she has
been occupying since September
2013 was never designated for affordable housing. Gonzalez said
that the Housing Corporation’s
board of directors agreed to rent
the house to her after it stood vacant for six months, with no takers. Packer’s letter indicated it was
marketed through Craigslist.
“It was hard to find a tenant,”
Gonzalez said. “Everyone knew
there was a possibility of redevelopment, and we weren’t going
to provide anything more than a
month-to-month lease.”
Had the Housing Corporation
prevailed in the referendum, it
would have given the Maybell
house tenant a 30-day notice to
relocate once the properties were
ready to be demolished.
Furthermore, Gonzalez noted,
the four single-family homes on
Maybell are not part of the Housing Corporation’s inventory of af-
Housing Corporation fends off
‘whispers of suspicion’
he Palo Alto Housing Corporation, a nonprofit that
in 2013 tried to develop a
controversial housing complex
on Maybell Avenue, is fending
off criticisms from residents who
have questioned both the rental of
one of its houses to its executive
director and the sale of the Maybell property via her husband.
Several members of the Housing
Corporation’s board of directors
attended Monday’s meeting of the
City Council to defend Executive
Director Candice Gonzalez from
accusations that her use of the
Maybell home constitutes a possible
conflict of interest. Her lease and
her husband’s involvement in the
sale of the property by the Housing
Corporation to Golden Gate Homes
in April 2014 were both subjects of
speculation last week, with dozens
of readers questioning the arrangements on the Weekly’s online forum, Town Square, and one vocal
opponent of the Maybell development summarizing his concerns in
an open letter to the council.
Though a private nonprofit organization, the Housing Corporation has strong ties to City Hall. It
is contracted by the city to administer its below-market-rate housing program and receives millions
of dollars in loans to develop affordable housing.
by Gennady Sheyner
Former City Council candidate Tim Gray, in his letter to the
council, called for more information about both Gonzalez’s housing situation and her involvement
in the sale of the property. This
included information about how
much she’s paying in rent, whether Golden Gate Homes offered the
highest bid and “all contracts that
are related to staff, managers, and
board members, in the operations
of PAHC,” Gray wrote.
“In light of the recent disclosures
that presented at least the appearance of conflicts of interest around
the subsequent sale of the Maybell
property and the use of the property for the personal benefit of PAHC
employees, it would seem wise to
deliver a report to the citizens that
provided factual answers to both
the issues that have come to light in
recent reports, and some additional
questions that have only been the
subject of community whispers of
suspicion,” Gray wrote.
Officials from the Housing Corporations have asserted that they’ve
done nothing improper. In an interview with the Weekly, Gonzalez
stressed that she had nothing to
do with the property sale, having
recused herself from all discussions and decisions as soon as her
husband, real estate broker Ted
O’Hanlon, submitted a bid on be-
File photo/Gennady Sheyner
Leaders of development nonprofit say they’ve done nothing wrong in renting
Maybell home, working with chief’s husband
Candice Gonzalez of the Palo
Alto Housing Corporation
half of Golden Gate Homes.
The board ultimately chose
Golden Gate over other buyers
even though one or two other bids
were higher. Gonzalez said the
board chose Golden Gate Homes
because the higher offers all included contingencies and longer
timelines for closing the deal.
In one case, she said, a bidder
stipulated that the Housing Corporation get the city’s approval to
have the Maybell property subdivided into 34 fee-simple lots before the deal is closed, she said.
That approval would have been
next to impossible to secure given
the intense battle that the Housing
fordable housing. It would have
run counter to the organization’s
mission to provide “stable, longterm housing” to offer a month-tomonth lease to a low-income family for a property that was expected
to be demolished, Gonzalez said.
According to Packer’s letter, the
Housing Corporation’s board approved the rental of the house to
Gonzalez’s family at a fair market rate “after considering comparable rents and ensuring that
this was an ‘arms-length’ transaction.” Gonzalez declined to say
how much she is paying in rent,
citing her privacy, but she said her
rent is higher than what the home
was advertised for. She also noted
that as part of the deal, the organization filled out all the required
conflict-of-interest disclosures.
“Everything we did was professionally and legally done,” Gonzalez told the Weekly. “The board
stands by its decisions 100 percent. They know everything we’ve
done has been ethical and legal.”
Palo Alto officials, meanwhile,
have their own questions that they
want the Housing Corporation to
answer. On Monday, just hours before Packer made her presentation,
City Manager James Keene submitted a letter asking the Housing
Corporation to provide “clarification” on several issues. These include its policy for interim use of
properties purchased for the purpose of redevelopment; its policies
for choosing brokers to represent
them in sales and purchases of
properties; and its rules and guidelines regarding “real or perceived
conflicts of interest and nepotism
by staff and board members.”
Packer told the Weekly the organization plans to respond to Keene’s
questions “as soon as possible.” Q
Office building planned for three
Cambridge Avenue parcels
developer’s proposal to enliven a mostly commercial
street parallel to California
Avenue with a new three-story
office building earned a mixed
reception on Thursday from city
officials, who urged the developer
to further refine the design.
The plan from Steve Pierce on
behalf of Cambridge Investments,
LLC, targets three buildings on
Cambridge Avenue. It calls for demolishing the existing building at
380 Cambridge and renovating 400
and 410 Cambridge. The proposed
replacement would be 35,000
square feet, with 33,400 square feet
of space reserved for offices.
The overriding goal, Pierce
said, is to “really create a much
better experience on Cambridge,”
which currently houses a mix of
small businesses, residential units
and office buildings, including the
Palo Alto Weekly’s headquarters.
While the Architectural Review
by Gennady Sheyner
Board agreed on Thursday that
this is a worthy goal, members
were skeptical about the building’s ability to achieve it.
Board Chair Randy Popp said
the proposed building is “just not
exciting” and likened it to a building in an office park. The new development, he said, would span
a major stretch of a street in an
important commercial area.
“We really need a building that’s
going to be great here,” Popp said.
“It needs to be something that we
can all say, ‘It’s the best possible
solution for the site.’”
During the discussion — known
as a preliminary hearing — board
members offered initial reactions
to the proposal but didn’t take any
votes. But others shared Popp’s
concern and urged the applicants to
make the design more interesting.
Vice Chair Robert Gooyer called
the proposed building “awfully
big” and “a bit bland.” He also rec-
ommended the developer include
parking on the ground floor.
“It doesn’t jump out at me,”
Gooyer said. “Part of it is that because it looks so large, so rigidly
segmented, it comes across as one
large structure.”
Board member Alexander Lew
had mixed feelings about the lack
of windows in the back of the
proposed buildings, which abut a
residential neighborhood. He also
called Cambridge “not that great
of a street” and said the city should
be looking at ways to make roads
around California and University
avenues better than they are.
He also asked whether the developer considered demolishing
all three buildings and starting
from scratch.
Pierce said in response that one
reason for preserving two of the
three buildings was to make the
project financially viable. Both
buildings are sound, he said; ac-
Gennady Sheyner
Development receives mixed reviews from Palo Alto’s architecture board
A proposal to create a three-story office building by demolishing
380 Cambridge Ave. and renovating 400 and 410 Cambridge was
sent back for further refinement by Palo Alto’s architecture board.
cording to a staff report, 400 and
410 Cambridge were built in 1971
and 1963, respectively.
Board member Kyu Kim said
he had no problem with Pierce’s
proposal to merge the three Cambridge sites, but like others he
advocated for further design revisions. He urged the architect to
do a better job in “giving a pedestrian rhythm to the building.”
“I think there has to be some
kind of interest introduced to the
project so it doesn’t feel like one
long building,” Kyu said.
The proposed development is
just the latest in a stable of commercial projects that have recently
been introduced (and, in most cases,
approved) in the rapidly changing
California Avenue Business District. These include a nearly finished three-story building at 260
California Ave., former site of Club
Illusions; an under-construction
four-story, mixed use building at
2650 Birch St.; a recently approved
mixed-use development at 385
Sherman Ave.; and Stanford University’s recently approved residential project at 2500 El Camino Real,
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Police are investigating nine vehicle break-ins that occurred Tuesday night, March 3, in Palo Alto.
The auto burglaries happened between 6 and 10 p.m., and most
were reported in the downtown area. Three of the break-ins occurred
on the upper floors of City Parking Garage R, at 528 High St., and
four took place in the downtown area on Webster Street, Hamilton
Avenue, University Avenue and Lytton Avenue, police said. The other
two auto burglaries occurred on El Camino Real.
In each incident, the burglars smashed the car windows to gain
entry. Thieves took backpacks, bags or briefcases left inside the vehicles in plain view, police said. Electronic devices, including laptops
and tablet computers were stolen in eight of the break-ins.
Although police do not believe the suspects targeted any particular
make or model of car, seven of the nine vehicles targeted were rental
cars, police said. There have been 65 auto burglaries reported in Palo
Alto this year, police said.
Police advise residents and visitors to lock their unattended vehicles and close all windows, as well as take valuables with them or
keep things out of sight.
In response to the spate of auto burglaries, uniformed officers are
increasing their patrols, and plainclothes detectives are also out looking for the thieves, police said.
Anyone with information pertaining to these incidents is asked to
call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips
can be emailed to [email protected] or sent via text message or
voicemail to 650-383-8984. Q
— Palo Alto Weekly staff
Palo Alto launches business registry
Palo Alto may be a haven for high-tech workers, but exactly how
many employees come to the city everyday and how they get here
has long been a mystery based on educated guesses, rough estimates
and vague projections.
On Monday, the city took a significant step toward replacing some
of the guesswork with actual data when it unveiled its long-awaited business registry, an online tool that requires every business to
provide the city information about its workers and their commute
patterns. Each business will have to pay a flat fee of $50 to cover
administration expenses.
The City Council approved the registry in September, with council members agreeing that the information about local employment
trends is critical to the city’s efforts to reduce traffic and alleviate
downtown’s parking congestion. The council is now considering
whether to cap office development, and it has recently funded the
launching a Transportation Management Authority, a nonprofit that
will offer incentives to workers to switch from cars to other modes
of transportation. The employee data is expected to assist with both
The registry requires every employer with a “fixed place of business” in Palo Alto to register annually. It does not apply to businesses
that are located in other cities but operate locally.
Businesses have until March 31 to register, though there will be a
grace period of 30 days to “inform and educate the business community about the requirement before any enforcement actions are
necessary.” Q
— Gennady Sheyner
Plan to collect food scraps wins support
Banana peels and apple cores may look like garbage to most
Palo Alto residents, but city leaders are increasingly viewing such
food scraps as a key ingredient in a decade-long drive to reduce the
amount of local waste that gets shipped to landfills.
That was the consensus at the Tuesday night meeting of the City
Council’s Finance Committee, where members voted unanimously to
support several aggressive new proposals aimed at encouraging more
composting. The committee endorsed a curbside-collection program
that would allow residents to dump their food scraps and food-soiled
paper into their green yard-waste bins and a new regulation requiring
commercial customers to compost.
The new push for more composting aims to bring Palo Alto’s rate
of diverting waste from landfills from 78 percent to about 82 percent.
Councilman Greg Scharff expressed concerns about funding, as
the most costly services will result in higher rates for customers.
Scharff proposed that staff evaluate spreading the rate increase over
more than three years. Council members also encouraged staff to
continue exploring partnering opportunities with the private sector.
Phil Bobel, assistant director of Public Works, said staff is talking
to neighboring cities but noted that potential collaborations are complicated by the fact that each city has its own contracts and schedules.
The full council will review the proposals later this spring. Q
— Gennady Sheyner
Office for Civil Rights investigates
Stanford University
Student alleges university violated Title IX in handling of her sexual-assault case
leging the university’s investigation took more than twice as long
as the 60 days recommended under
Title IX and that the consequences
imposed on her assailant, whom a
university panel eventually found
responsible for sexual misconduct
and violation of university policy,
fell short of his crime.
“I filed a complaint because I
want future survivors at Stanford
to receive better treatment than I
did and feel safer on campus than
I did, (to be) more protected by
the university than I was,” Francis
told the Weekly Wednesday.
Francis’ complaint alleges Stanford failed to provide her with a
prompt and equitable resolution
for her sexual-assault complaint;
promptly and equitably respond
to sexual-violence complaints, reports and incidents; and provide
prompt and equitable response to
notices of sexual violence, (which)
“allowed students to be subjected
to a hostile environment on the
basis of sex,” Francis said.
The male student found responsible for assaulting Francis, a graduating senior whom she was instructed
by the university not to name due to
confidentiality issues, was at first
suspended for five quarters — a suspension that would begin in the summer, after he graduated from Stanford — and required to complete
40 hours of community service and
participate in an educational program on sexual-assault awareness.
Francis appealed these sanctions,
demanding the student be expelled.
In response, Vice Provost of Student Affairs Greg Boardman ruled
against expulsion, instead adjusting the sanctions to delay the male
student’s diploma for two years and
allowing him to return to campus in
fall 2016 to attend graduate school.
Francis also filed a police report in her hometown of Juneau,
Alaska, where the assault took
place. The Juneau district attorney
decided in August not to bring
charges against the male student,
also an Alaska resident, citing in-
Mothers Symposium returns
with theme of ‘resilience’
Event organizers hope to provide community, connection to local mothers
ince 1998, a group of local mothers has organized
a symposium to talk about
the experience of motherhood
through the lens of topics like balance, self-compassion, happiness
and calm (“Momma Zen: Walking
the Crooked Path of Motherhood”
was the title of the 1999 event).
This year on Saturday, March 7,
the 12th Mothers Symposium will
focus on resilience and the power
of purpose.
Sharon Murphy, one of this year’s
panelists and one of the original
symposium co-founders, sees resilience not as a departure from past
event themes but rather an extension.
“All of those themes that we’ve
had in the past, as I look at it, are
about how to re-focus our purpose,” she said.
The mothers symposium, now
a biennial event, is dedicated to
that, Murphy said, as well as to
cultivating community, connections and a sense that mothers are
“all in the trenches together.”
Attendees will also learn about
resilience from a diverse set of panelists and a keynote speaker, whose
backgrounds range from pediatric
pain management to women’s leadership and technology.
Murphy, who is now retired,
by Elena Kadvany
worked in experimental oncology
and then as a research microbiologist before giving birth to her two
daughters. As a mother, she served
as PTA president and taught
parent education
at PreSchool
Family, a Palo
Alto organization that provides resources
and education
to families with Sharon Murphy
young children.
She also developed and managed
the Jewish Community Center-Xerox Parent Resource Center for three
years, and, most recently, the City of
Palo Alto’s Family Resources program for 11 years.
Murphy will be joined by panelists Julie Good, a clinical associate professor of pediatric pain
management and pediatric palliative care at Stanford University,
and Sherri Lassila, a career and
life coach with a focus on women’s leadership. Lassila currently
co-leads the Women In Management Groups Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business
and is also the founder of the business school’s Professional Reboot
Program, a two-day workshop for
women looking to return to work
after any sort of career break.
Keynote speaker Pat Christen is
the CEO of HopeLab, a Redwood
City technology company whose
founding product is Re-Mission, a
video game aimed at helping young
cancer patients relieve stress and
improve well-being. Players operate a robot that travels through the
bodies of fictional cancer patients,
destroying cancer cells, battling
bacterial infections and managing
side effects associated with cancer
and cancer treatment, according to
the company’s website.
Prior to HopeLab, Christen
served as president and executive director of the San Francisco
AIDS Foundation.
Murphy recently sat down with
the Weekly to talk about resilience,
the experience of mothering in Silicon Valley and the importance of
parent-education programs. This
interview has been edited for length.
Q: How and why was this year’s
theme of resilience chosen?
A: Most of us, I think, learn to
be mothers. A few people that I’ve
known and observed kind of come
by it naturally if they’ve had a family with a lot of kids and really good
relationships with their moms and
Veronica Weber
by Elena Kadvany
tanford University has
joined the growing list of
universities under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights for
violations of federal gender-equity
law Title IX, according to a list released by the office Wednesday.
The investigation was opened at
Stanford on Feb. 26 as the result of
an Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
complaint filed in December by
student Leah Francis, who is alleging the university failed to promptly
and equitably provide a response to
and resolution for a sexual-assault
report she filed in January 2014.
Francis said she was sexually assaulted off campus on Jan. 1, 2014,
by a male student with whom she
had a previous romantic relationship but was not dating at the time.
Francis ignited a firestorm of
student activism and attention
around sexual assault on the Stanford campus last June when she
publicly challenged the administration’s handling of her case, al-
Stanford University student
Leah Francis leads a chant
during a rally in support of
victims of sexual assault at
White Plaza on June 5, 2014.
sufficient evidence. Under Alaska
law, the standard for determining
whether an assault is rape hinges
on whether the victim verbally
says “no” or does something to
indicate strong lack of consent.
Francis joins the numerous college students across the country
who have turned to the Office for
Civil Rights in the hopes that the
federal government will help to
spur what they see as much-needed sexual-assault reform on their
campuses. As of March 4, there
were 106 sexual-violence cases
under investigation at 101 universities across the country. Stanford as
all of that. That’s because they’ve
already learned a lot. So it’s not
something that we do without learning. We just have to learn it. And it’s
wonderful; it’s transforming; it’s
many, many things that are wonderful. It’s also difficult and stressful.
So most of the themes of the
Mothers Symposium, I would say,
are about those things that we need
to keep a grip on and that we need
to have supported as mothers doing this in-the-trenches work that
doesn’t get much (recognition).
(This is) a day to support each
other and ... to develop this common sense of what we’re about,
which is purpose, to provide us
with the resilience that you need
when you’re in the trenches and
it’s difficult and you lose sight of
what the real importance is.
Q: When you say resilience,
what does that mean for mothers?
A: For mothers, I think it means
the ability to keep the larger purpose in mind — the deeper purpose, maybe — and to bounce
back from the difficulties that are
presented every second. There’s
nobody who’s helping you manage
your time and who’s saying, “OK,
now you get to set aside time to do
this, and no, this deadline doesn’t
have to be paid attention to.” We’re
all torn from stem to stern. There
you are with a child that you know
needs you, no questions asked.
I think we need moments like
(this), once every two years now
(the Mothers Symposium used to
be once a year). I think we need big
things outside ourselves that help us.
We need things inside ourselves that
we can only do ourselves and that we
well as Washington and Lee University in Virginia, the University
of Wisconsin at Madison and Point
Park University in Pennsylvania
were among the latest, putting that
number over 100. These cases were
either initiated by the federal body
or, as in Francis’ case, as a result
of complaints filed by individuals.
The Office for Civil Rights does
not disclose any details about its
investigations other than when they
were opened, though when they
conclude, the office will disclose
whether a resolution agreement to
address compliance concerns at a
particular school has been signed
or there was insufficient evidence
of a Title IX violation.
“Stanford is aware of the Office
for Civil Rights investigation and will
cooperate fully,” university spokeswoman Lisa Lapin wrote in an email.
“Our policies for investigating and
adjudicating sexual misconduct
claims are in compliance with both
the letter and spirit of Title IX.”
Lapin said she is unaware of
any prior Office for Civil Rights
investigation at Stanford.
Francis said she hopes the office will look into not just her
case, but the many other cases of
sexual-assault survivors at Stanford that she’s aware of and make
sure that all survivors are “treated
with dignity and respect.” Q
Staff Writer Elena Kadvany
can be emailed at [email protected]
pay attention to. In an ideal world, we
would all be strong and do it. This
is a day to help us narrow our focus,
come back to what’s important, to be
mindful of the things that we really
want. That’s somewhat unique for everyone, and there’s no dictation as to
what you should do or you shouldn’t
do. Take the time to discover it, to
nurture it and cultivate it.
Resilience, though, might
imply in the business world or
elsewhere, some new measure of
perfection. Don’t give us that. We
don’t need that. I hope in the concept of resilience is an unspoken
acceptance of: “Things don’t go
right all the time, and that’s OK.”
In fact, it may be better. It’s out of
crises that we sometimes discover
what’s really important.
But one of the tough things
about Silicon Valley is that there is
so much success here. The individuals who started so many things —
we grew them. It makes everybody
think that they should do that too. I
hope (resilience) doesn’t mean being successful in spite of the odds.
I hope it’s deeper, something very
internal, more like mindfulness. I
hope that’s more what it’s like because we don’t need another goad
to be perfect and the best.
Q: Were these things you
thought about when you were a
young mother?
A: As a young mother, I went to
a parent-education program, PreSchool Family, which is still here. I
think those (programs) — there are
many in the community — I think
they’re very important, because it’s
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bang for our buck and that will
not complicate things,” Berman
said. “I’m worried that a cap will
absolutely distract us for minimal
gains and, frankly, for detriment
and damage in some areas.”
Wolbach agreed and said that
while he is in favor of “slowing”
office construction, he opposes
capping development unless it is
accompanied by significant efforts to control traffic and promote
transportation and housing. Berman’s motion, which was seconded
by Wolbach, directed staff to consider ways to extract revenue from
new and existing developments to
support the city’s transit efforts.
Do you favor an annual limit or a
moratorium on new office space?
Share your opinion on Town Square,
the community discussion forum at
“Saying we’re going to cap office development or stop office
development and somehow we’ll
find resources to deal with transportation, deal with housing isn’t
going to work,” Wolbach said.
On the other side of the scale
were the council members who
favor slow-growth policies: Tom
DuBois, Eric Filseth and Vice
Mayor Greg Schmid. All three
supported the idea of exploring an
office cap as part of the city’s update of its Comprehensive Plan, its
guiding land-use document. Under
that proposal, which ultimately
fizzled, the cap would be set in the
range of 20,000 to 40,000 square
feet of new office or research-anddevelopment space per year.
Supporters of the cap sided
with the residents, neighborhood
leaders and land-use watchdogs
who argued that the rapid pace
of office development is the root
cause of the city’s worsening
traffic and parking problems and
should be addressed in conjunction with all the parking and traffic initiatives. Filseth said that the
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idea of setting an office cap isn’t
that complex, a proposition that
Berman fiercely contested.
“The idea of slowing down office
growth and letting housing catch up,
(providing) relief for retail, this is
not a complicated idea,” Filseth said.
DuBois warned that the city is in
danger of a “monoculture in zoning,” with office development gradually spreading and retailers being
priced out. The trend was one of the
major themes of Mayor Karen Holman’s “State of the City” address
last month. She noted that since
2008 the city has gained 537,144
square feet of office and researchand-development space while losing 70,514 square feet of retail.
“The status quo is ... pushing out
diversity,” DuBois said Monday.
DuBois also proposed a series of
amendments to Schmid’s proposal
of an office cap. These included an
elimination of all zoning exceptions
and a revision to the city’s parking
requirements based on new assumptions that offices pack in more
employees per square foot than previously. The two amendments were
Veronica Weber
A building on the 430 block of Hamilton Avenue used to house a
florist shop, the Mango Caribbean restaurant and dry cleaners. The
cleaning business remains, but Boxfish office headquarters moved
into the other spaces.
ultimately rejected by the council es that have recently departed befor being too broad and too arbi- cause they were priced out, includtrary, respectively. Holman, who ing a local plumber he has used.
“When you say ‘office cap,’ all I
normally supports slow-growth policies, declined to support Schmid’s hear is, ‘I got mine and the rest of
proposal primarily because of the you can take a walk,’” Garber said.
Randy Popp, an architect who
tacked-on amendments.
Councilman Pat Burt criti- chairs the city’s Architectural
cized both motions, calling Review Board (but who specithem “premature” and chiding fied that his comments represent
his colleagues for hastily pro- his personal views and not the
posing “polarizing alternatives” board’s), characterized the proand “mischaracterizing” each posed cap as “metaphorically
other’s positions. He vehemently slamming a door shut” and preopposed DuBois’ proposal to dicted that the proposal would
change the city’s assumption fail to achieve its desired effects.
“Capping growth as you have
about employee density, which
would shift the requirement from suggested ... would be a tragic misone parking space per 250 square step. ... More people will cram into
feet of development to one space existing buildings and the problem
will be exacerbated in ways we canper 175 square feet.
He also provided his colleagues not predict,” Popp said.
But for residents like Ben Lerner,
with a memo containing more than
20 bullet points and laying out the a restriction on office developments
problems, issues and options that is a perfectly reasonable response
to the problems of worsening trafthe council should consider.
“We have a bunch of half-baked fic congestion and parking. Lerner
ideas,” Burt said. “I don’t feel said he supports a cap, even though
we’ve gone through an adequate he would prefer a “full moratoprocess to make a really thought- rium” on new office development
until these problems get solved.
ful, adequate recommendation.”
Terry Holzemer took a similar
At least one idea, however, had
no trouble winning consensus. stance and said the city desperately
The council unanimously agreed needs a “limit, cap or moratorium
that the city should expand its on development before we do any
protection of ground-floor retail more work on approving projects
space to prevent its conversion that impact our communities.”
In the end, though the council
to offices throughout the city.
Though the idea was quickly didn’t adopt a cap or consider a full
embraced and adopted almost as moratorium, members indicated
an afterthought, Burt called it a that they may limit office growth
in the near future. In addition to
“very significant measure.”
Specifically, it directed staff to the three council members advocome back with an interim ordi- cating for a cap, two others exnance prohibiting the conversion pressed support for it even as they
of retail and service space to any criticized the specific proposals.
“It’s not an onerous tool but
other use. It also requested that
staff consider options to expand something we can use as a careground-floor retail locations and fully crafted measure that would
“reconsider definitions of retail potentially add quality to what
and services along with their we do and ability to control our
location throughout commercial future,” Burt said.
Holman agreed and said that
areas as quickly as possible.”
The council’s decision not to it’s time to act. Palo Alto, she
move ahead with an office cap said, “is known for studying
provides at least a temporary re- things to death and sometimes we
prieve for business owners, Cham- do it to such an extent that things
ber of Commerce executives and happen that we can’t reverse.
“If we don’t make any changes
local architects who attended the
about office development at this
meeting to blast the proposal.
Architect Dan Garber, a former time, it seems like the data we’re
planning commissioner, argued trying to collect is being collected
that the council’s consideration of in a mercurial environment,” Holan office cap is already changing man said. “We can’t sit here and
the marketplace and prompting not act.” Q
higher rents in anticipation of a
Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner
restricted supply of office space. can be emailed at [email protected]
He cited various service business-
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tumor just comes back because
the disease is somewhere else.
“The culture and the system are
not some monster looming above
Palo Alto. The system is made up
of your actions and the actions of
the people around you,” she said.
She urged her freshman-year self
to swim against the current and to
challenge “all the little assumptions
we take as truth,” from the value
of attending a name-brand college
and taking extracurriculars for the
sake of appearance rather than passion to the need to stack achievements against one’s peers.
“How do we fight the invisible
enemy?” Luo asked. “The enemy
is fought through noticing, through
asking yourself, ‘Is this really
true? Is this really what I think and
not what the culture says?’ Doing
this is hard. When someone asks
you what your hopes and dreams
are, making a joke about getting
into Harvard is a lot easier than
admitting to yourself that you really don’t know right now.”
Gunn junior Marek Harris
similarly spoke of himself and
his peers entering high school already steeped in a “preconceived
idea that they have to do well.”
Paly sophomore Cezanne Lane
told the audience about her progression from “ecstatic and curious
to tired and worn out,” a result of
memorizing and rushing through
homework assignments and studying instead of actively engaging.
“School has become less and
less about learning and exploring
the world for me in all of its greatness and more and more about the
amount of APs that you’re planning on taking next year and what
will look good when applying to
college and your exact test average compared to the guy next to
you,” she said.
“I think that’s become a really big
problem, and I think that may be
why I don’t love school anymore,”
Lane added. “Because instead of
learning, I’m doing school.”
School board member Ken
Dauber echoed Lane’s sentiments:
“We want schools where comprehension is prized over compliance
and completion.”
Many students also spoke to
the need to keep the community’s
focus on school issues throughout
the year, not just when there are
dedicated events like Not In Our
Schools week, Unity Day or in the
event of a student death by suicide.
They offered suggestions —
large and small — for how to do
this, from asking teachers to simply
check in with them by asking how
their weekends were to vowing
themselves to invite a student eating lunch alone to join them. Many
spoke fondly of teachers and programs that have made their experiences at school positive ones. Luo
said her physics teacher has text
hanging in the back of his classroom
— so that he can see it while he’s
teaching — that reads, “Have you
connected with a student today?”
“I really like that because I
think that’s one of the really im-
A video of Sunday’s forum has been
posted on the Weekly’s YouTube
channel at
portant parts of our school that
we need to emphasize more. Even
when we’re advocating policy
changes and ways to concretely
change how much homework we
have or something like that, we
should keep in mind that there’s
this other side to changing the
culture as well,” Luo said, adding that she will feel heard by the
adults in the community when
they make efforts to connect with
students on a more personal level.
Several students also suggested
that Camp Everytown, an intensive weekend retreat that explores
issues like racism, stereotypes
and bullying, be expanded from
the select number of Gunn and
Paly students who attend each
year to all high school students.
During an open-mic period after the panelists spoke, a student
who attends a local private school
told about his diagnosed depression and suicidal thoughts to stress
the importance of helping people
with depression and mental illness
seek professional medical help.
“Although I am here with you today, I do not think that would be the
case if I hadn’t received the proper
medical care and treatment,” he said.
Some of the student-panelists
called for improved special-education and counseling services,
for more teacher collaboration to
decrease test and project stacking and for better communication around district-level policy
changes that deeply and directly
affect students’ lives.
Lane said that many Paly students, herself included, didn’t
know what the homework policy
was until recently.
“I’ve attended a lot of meetings
and a lot of different conversations
with people who are titles in this
community. And I think people
will sit, and I think people will listen, and I think they’re willing to do
that and I think they’re interested
— I just think as a student there’s a
bit of a disconnect,” Lane said. “We
don’t know what is happening.”
Gunn sophomore Shannon Yang,
who spoke during the open-mic
period, said students want to know
that the decision-makers in the community will “bring reform to what
students are saying and follow up.”
In closing remarks, school
board member Dauber vowed that
he and others in leadership positions will put action to words and,
as Yang said, follow up.
“My job now, and I think our job,
is to turn those ideas into action that
will benefit our youth,” Dauber said.
Sunday’s forum was one in
a series of independent events
focused on student wellness in
recent weeks, from a sleep-education night for parents to a community conversation held this
week. There will be another youth
forum on Friday, March 27, at 6
p.m. at the Mitchell Park Community Center, at 3800 Middlefield
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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.
Online This Week
These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online
throughout the week. For longer versions, go to www.PaloAlto
Robert Rauschenberg’s
“Stoned Moon”
Projects, 1969–70
December 20–March 16
Community examines rail-crossing hazards
After a 35-year-old woman died when a bullet train struck her car
at the Ravenswood Avenue crossing in Menlo Park, the community
is searching for ways to prevent more tragedy. (Posted March 4, 9:54 a.m.)
Google unveils new HQ plans
Google has unveiled plans for an office campus that will undoubtedly be called extraordinary. (Posted March 2, 12:08 p.m.)
Stanford upholds frat housing suspension
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.
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This exhibition is organized by the Cantor Arts Center in close collaboration with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Works in this exhibition
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We gratefully acknowledge support for the exhibition from the Cantor Arts Center’s Halperin Exhibitions Fund and the Contemporary Collectors Circle.
After reviewing an appeal filed by a Stanford University fraternity whose housing privileges were suspended in December
following a sexual-harassment investigation, the university has
decided to uphold its initial decision to suspend Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s (SAE) on-campus housing for two years, according to a
university statement. (Posted March 2, 11:31 a.m.)
VIDEO: Conversation with Stephanie Martinson
Armed with a matter-of-fact cheerfulness and her fellow Palo
Altans’ willingness to help, Stephanie Martinson, a part-time
speech pathologist at the VA, mom and founder of Racing Hearts,
is on track to save a lot of lives. She talks with Lisa Van Dusen
about her journey. (Posted March 1, 9:19 a.m.)
Police seek man who exposed himself to girl
A man driving a newer black hatchback exposed himself to
an 11-year-old girl as she walked her dog last Sunday, Palo Alto
police reported. (Posted Feb. 28, 6:36 p.m.)
Teens share stories in ‘Youth of the Year’
Silicon Valley luminaries heard stories of parental neglect, local
poverty and domestic violence Thursday night as teenage participants in the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula competed in a
speaking contest. (Posted Feb. 27, 9:48 a.m.)
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CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to have a joint session with the Human Relations Commission; discuss short-term rentals and home-occupation uses in residential neighborhoods; adopt the long-term financial
forecast for 2016-25; and meet in a closed session to discuss the city’s
labor negotiations with the Utilities Management and Professional Association of Palo Alto. The regular meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday,
March 9, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. The
closed session will follow.
BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will take action on the high
schools’ Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) reports,
the second interim budget and discuss quarterly goals. The meeting will
begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at school district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave.
plans to discuss a recent audit of the city’s utility meters and consider
changes to the city’s green-building ordinance. The meeting will begin
at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, in the Council Chambers at City Hall,
250 Hamilton Ave.
plans to discuss reforms to the planned-community process and hear
an update about the city’s new Transportation Management Association. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, in the
Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.
HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board plans to elect its officers
and consider items that will be discussed at its joint meeting with the
City Council. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 12,
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HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the city’s Community Development Block Grant priorities; consider
the funding for the Human Services Resource Allocation Process for the
years 2015-17; discuss projects for the Housing Issues Subcommittee;
and hear an update on the Civility Roundtable. The meeting will begin at
7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250
Hamilton Ave.
South African brothers create app
to help fight Ebola
by My Nguyen
lthough the Ebola crisis
has been snuffed out of
the news cycle in the U.S.
these days, the epidemic continues to ravage parts of West
Africa. And health workers are
increasing their efforts to combat Ebola, including using smartphone applications to monitor the
situation on the ground.
Malan and Philip Joubert, brothers from South Africa who recently moved to Palo Alto to expand
their app-development company,
Journey, saw the demand for mobile solutions, so they created the
Ebola Care app to help aid organizations in Liberia, Sierra Leone
and Guinea. The app has several
core functions, including contact
tracing, which identifies and diagnoses people who may have
come into contact with an infected
person; quarantine management,
which tracks and manages the 21day quarantine period of a patient;
psychological assessments to determine the well-being of health
workers; social work to build case
files for orphaned children; survivor surveys, which are assessments
of Ebola survivors upon leaving
treatment centers; verification that
supplies have been distributed; and
event feedback, which captures
thoughts from the community after educational events.
Malan said the app is designed
to work well on low-end Android
phones, which make up the vast
bulk of smartphones in West Africa. If there is no wireless signal,
the data is stored in a mobile relational database until there is, he
said. Then the data is uploaded to
the cloud where it can be accessed
by approved agencies.
The app, built on the Journey
platform, launched last November,
a month after three U.S. residents
contracted the Ebola virus and
one man visiting the United States
from Liberia died from the disease.
“We had been following the
Ebola crisis for a while, but like
everyone else we didn’t think we
could help,” Philip said. “When I
arrived in California, Malan and I
started talking about Ebola, and it
occurred to us that the challenges
facing aid organizations in West
Africa are actually similar to the
challenges we solve for our business customers every day.”
Initially, their goals for employing the mobile technology were
“quite humble,” the brothers said.
“We wanted to help a couple
of organizations fighting Ebola.
It turns out that there was a huge
demand for the mobile solutions
we were building, and we’re now
helping more than 20 organizations,” Philip said.
Malan and Philip contacted
GlobalGiving, a nonprofit organization that provides a global
crowdfunding platform for grassroots projects, and the organization helped distribute the apps and
smartphones, which were donated
by tech companies, individuals
and other organizations.
“Based on early successes with
organizations like More Than Me
(a group that provide girls in West
Point, Liberia, education, health
Courtesy IsraAID
Mobile technology is being used to prevent spread of deadly disease
Counselors use the Ebola Care app in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
and social services), we received
a donation of 1,000 smartphones,”
Malan said. “This helped us scale
our work very fast. By simply being
consistently responsive to the needs
of the organizations on the ground,
the project got a life of its own.”
All 1,000 smartphones haven’t
rolled out yet but are being distributed in batches of a few hundred, Malan said.
“Depending on the organization
and the work they do, the apps
can be very leveraged,” he said.
“Some organizations might issue
a phone to a team lead with five
to 10 workers reporting to them,
and each worker helps dozens of
people in a week, so the ‘reach’ of
a single phone can be huge.”
Being digital, the app replaces
paper forms and gives decision
makers real-time access to data
from the field, Malan said.
“A large part of fighting Ebola
is about making smart decisions:
Should this person be quarantined?
Should we provide more health
care to this area? In which zones
is an outbreak spreading?” he said.
“Accurate and timely data leads to
better decisions, which results in
less mistakes and smarter resource
allocation, which in turn prevents
infections and saves lives.”
The feedback from health workers using the app has been overwhelmingly positive, Malan said,
but the brothers are setting a higher
standard on how successful the app
is by looking at the “quantifiable
change on the ground,” he added.
“As Africans, we’ve seen the
kind of damage that well-intentioned but ultimately misguided,
aid efforts can create,” Malan
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said. “So we ask hard questions
to make sure we’re creating real
value: Do organizations actually
use the app? Do they keep using
it? Is the data they collect actionable and actioned? Does the utility of the app extend beyond the
Ebola crisis and make their lives
better on a sustainable basis?
“It’s just like building a startup:
You have to talk to your customers all the time, you have to hear
them out, look at what they do and
keep asking yourself, ‘How can I
make their lives better?’” he said.
The brothers are trying to raise
funds to expand the app to 10,000
health workers over the next year
and to add additional features like
education, chronic-disease tracking and hospital management.
“If we’re serious about preventing something like this from happening again the root problems
need to be tackled. We see the
Ebola Care app as a good proof
point that apps delivered in this
manner can add massive value to
aid organizations,” Malan said. Q
Digital Editor My Nguyen
can be emailed at [email protected]
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hard to do alone. For me, it was a
lifesaver. It became my family. It
was a community of people in the
same boat. And we also had some
parent education along with it, so we
learned things, which I needed. I felt
overwhelmed by the responsibility.
(I was) afraid to make mistakes.
Q: Do you think that mothering
today — and in Palo Alto and the
Bay Area — requires more resilience, more understanding of these
kind of things you’re talking about?
A: I think the Bay Area has probably a faster-paced existence because
of the tech world and the number of
people here now. It’s gotten pretty
intense. It feels crowded. It feels like
there’s less space for exploration.
I think that everyone — and
mothers — need to learn the beauty of saying, “no,” of being limited.
Saying “no” means that you’re not
going to have that experience and
you’re not going to know about
that. We teach our kids very little;
we model. And to model that, to
say, “No, I won’t have time for that
because I want to do this well. ... I
will do a good job but my best I’m
reserving for something else.” Q
What: Mothers Symposium:
‘Resilience in Motherhood: Pathways to Purpose’
When: Saturday, March 7,
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
(Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.;
program begins at 9:30 a.m.)
Where: Stanford University
School of Education,
Cubberley Auditorium,
485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford
Cost: $25, go to bit.
or [email protected]
A round-up
of Palo Alto government action this week
City Council (March 2)
Office cap: The council discussed a proposal to create an annual cap on new
office and research-and-development space and continued the discussion to
March 23. The council also directed staff to consider expanding ground-floor
retail protections in the city’s commercial areas. Yes: Unanimous
Council Finance Committee (March 3)
Prenatal Yoga
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mechanics most applicable in pregnancy and in the birthing process. Ongoing
monthly classes can be started at any point in your pregnancy.
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Finances: The committee heard the latest update on tax revenues and adopted
a staff proposal for mid-year budget reconciliation. Yes: Unanimous
Waste: The committee recommended approving staff proposals for diverting
more organic waste from landfills, including a new residential curbside-pickup
service for food scraps. Yes: Unanimous
Utilities Advisory Commission (March 4)
Wastewater: The commission discussed the long-term facilities plan for the
city’s wastewater-treatment operation. Action: None
Topics: The commission adopted a list of potential discussion topics for its upcoming joint meeting with the City Council. Yes: Unanimous
Architectural Review Board (March 5)
Preparing for Multiples
Saturday, April 4: 12:00pm to 4:30pm
Are you expecting twins, or triplets or more? With the potential for early
delivery, expectant parents of multiples are encouraged to learn everything
there is to know about carrying and delivering multiple infants.
451 University Ave.: The board discussed proposed changes, including a
rooftop terrace, for 451 University Ave., a building that was formerly occupied
by the Apple Store. The board voted to continue the discussion and to solicit
feedback from the Planning and Transportation Commission. Yes: Unanimous
380-410 Cambridge Ave.: The board discussed but did not vote on a proposal
to merge three parcels at 380, 400 and 410 Cambridge Ave., demolish one of the
buildings and to build a 35,000-square-foot development at the site. Action: None
LET’S DISCUSS: Read the latest local news headlines and talk
about the issues at Town Square at
Wednesday, April 15: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Dads of Daughters:
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Julie Metzger RN, creator of our “Heart to Heart” program, hosts an evening
for fathers who seek understanding and open communication with their preteen and teenage daughters.
4 Fridays, April 17 – May 8: 11:00am to 12:30pm
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TOT,” a new report from the Department of Planning and Community Environment states.
Letters sent by the city to companies last week note that the updated
TOT ordinance went into effect on
Jan. 1 and that the city expects remittance of taxes by March 30.
Other cities, such as San Luis
Obispo and San Francisco, have
gone further with taxation, adopting requirements that homeowners who rent out their homes pay
transient-occupancy taxes and
also that they acquire administrative permits for short-term rentals. Enforcement in both cities is
based on complaints.
The new staff report also states
that if voluntary compliance is
not obtained, “additional enforcement steps could include use of
subpoenas to gather information
and potential legal action to obtain compliance with TOT requirements.”
The city’s dilemma over how to
regulate Airbnb extends to Uber,
Lyft and other poster children of
the sharing economy, which encourages peer-to-peer collaboration between service users and
providers but often pits entrepreneurs and customers against established laws and bureaucratic
structures that never envisioned
these kinds of services.
This past Monday night, as
the council considered how new
ride-sharing services could help
solve the city’s traffic problems,
council members expressed both
caution and enthusiasm about
Uber and Lyft. Councilman Greg
Scharff, a regular user of Uber,
praised the service for its convenience while Vice Mayor Greg
Schmid cautioned that these services may not work as well in
Palo Alto as they do in denser
communities such as New York
or San Francisco.
A skeptical Councilwoman Liz
Kniss noted that the city doesn’t
know anything about the background of the drivers involved
in these services or about the
companies’ impacts on the taxi
She has taken a similarly critical view of Airbnb, suggesting in
a colleagues memo last December
that the city needs to get a better
grip on regulating the company
and understanding its impacts.
This past Monday, Kniss pointed
out that the city has received numerous complaints from residents
about Airbnb and suggested that
short-term rentals are “one of
the areas where we need to have
oversight, if not control.”
“The problem is that I’m not
sure that this economy is sharing
with us, the cities,” Kniss said.
“That’s one of my biggest concerns.”
Kniss, along with now-Mayor
Karen Holman and former council members Larry Klein and
Gail Price, co-signed the colleagues memo calling for new
regulations. The memo estimated
that Palo Alto has about 300 to
400 listings on Airbnb per night,
about the same as San Jose, and
highlighted various issues posed
by its business model: the collection of transient-occupancy
tax, whether zoning regulations
should allow such rentals, and the
impacts on parking and traffic in
residential neighborhoods.
“San Jose, San Francisco and a
few other larger cities have been
negotiating agreements with
Airbnb and other similar businesses on taxation and other matters,” the memo states. “Our situation may be different than these
larger cities in some respects,
but we believe it’s time for us to
review what has been done and
consider what additional steps
Palo Alto should take.”
The council memo notwithstanding, data from city staff suggest that complaints about Airbnb
rentals have been minimal. In the
past year and a half, the city’s
code-enforcement staff has received seven complaints from
residents affected by short-term
rentals. In two of these cases, the
rental did not violate code. Four
other cases were addressed and
closed and one is ongoing, according to the report. The city
has also received 10 complaints
in the past year about home occupations (which may or may not
relate to rental operations). To
date, code-enforcement activity
has affected only a “small fraction of home occupations and
short-term rentals” in Palo Alto,
the report states.
If the council chooses the most
aggressive approaches for regulating and taxing short-term rentals, the rule changes are expected
to draw significant time and effort from a planning staff that
is already juggling a hefty suite
of new parking and traffic programs. The staff report estimates
that it would take a minimum of
eight to nine months to develop
a new ordinance, obtain community feedback and go through the
approval process. Q
Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner
can be emailed at [email protected]
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the spiritual
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Inspirations is a resource for ongoing religious
services and special events. To inquire about
or to reserve space in Inspirations,
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MOUNTAIN VIEW | MVCPA | MAR 19 - 22 | 650.903.6000 • Palo Alto Weekly • March 6, 2015 • Page 15
Christina McNamara Roche
Alice Tallmon Roberts
November 14, 1914 – February 4, 2015
Alice Tallmon Roberts, a 75year resident of Palo Alto, died
Wednesday February 4. She was
100. A native of Morgan Hill,
she was preceded in death by her
husband, John F. Roberts, Jr.
A long time member of OES,
PEO, DAR, Avenida’s Art Class,
Menlo Park Presbyterian Church
and past member of the Palo Alto
First Methodist Church. She was a
caregiver over the years to family
and friends, loved children, flowers,
art, music, horses and dogs and was
known for her bright smile and stylish clothes. She is survived
by her children, Sondra Erickson (James), John F Roberts
III (Lila), Margery Flowers (Donald), Carolyn Karhu (John),
14 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, one great, greatgrandchild, and sister Evelyn Pilgrim of Sequim WA.
A memorial celebration will be held on Monday, March 23, 1:00
p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Palo Alto, 475 Homer, Palo Alto.
Donations can be made to The Michael Fox Foundation for
Parkinson’s Research at or the Palo Alto
Humane Society at
Douglas Michael McDonnell
July 4, 1961 – February 8, 2015
Douglas Michael McDonnell,
53, passed away peacefully in
his sleep on February 8, 2015.
Doug was born in Ridgewood,
New Jersey and lived in Newark,
California. Doug (also known as
“Bug” to his family and friends)
attended Menlo-Atherton High
School (Class of ‘79), UCLA,
and graduated from Saint
Mary’s College of California, in
Moraga, in 1984. Over a 25-year
span, Doug worked for noted
architects Albert A. Hoover, and
Bill H. Bocook, of Hoover & Associates and B. H. Bocook,
Architect, Inc. in Palo Alto. His office designed many projects
throughout Northern California including the renovation of
the Stanford Sunken Diamond, the award winning William
and Flora Hewlett Foundation building, and an AIA design
award winning office building in Menlo Park.
Doug adored his family, friends and animals, and his
passion for life and positive energy were infectious. He shared
his boundless creative ideas and wonderful sense of humor
with everyone he met in every aspect of his life - work, school,
vacations and family gatherings. Doug had an amazing
ability to create memorable moments and lasting friendships
wherever he went. Forever outgoing, ebullient, selfless,
caring and kind-hearted, Doug will be greatly missed by his
parents Philip A. and Catherine McDonnell of Atherton;
by his seven adoring brothers and sisters and their spouses:
Philip J. McDonnell (Pat) of Menlo Park; Dennis McDonnell
(Celeste) of Atherton; Adrienne McDonnell (Barry Staw) of
Kensington; Corinne Chavez of Danville; Kevin McDonnell
of Pleasanton; David McDonnell (Ardis) of San Ramon;
and Carolyn Beckwith (Dave) of Menlo Park; and by his 15
cousins, 13 nieces and nephews, as well as 6 great nieces and
A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Doug’s Life will be
held on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 1:30pm at The Church
of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Avenue in Menlo Park. His
interment will be at Holy Cross in Menlo Park. In lieu of
flowers, contributions to Douglas M. McDonnell’s memory
can be made to Saint Mary’s College of California, P.O. Box
4300, Moraga, CA 94575, or at 655
Oak Grove Avenue #53, Menlo Park, CA 94026 or any charity
of the donor’s choosing.
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December 6, 1941 - February 20, 2015
Palo Alto, California
Christina passed away peacefully
with her children by her side on
Friday, February 20, 2015 after a long
Christina was born in Limerick,
Ireland and later moved to England
to become a mid-wife and eventually
a registered nurse. In 1972 she moved
to Palo Alto with her former husband,
Aidan Roche, where they raised their
three children. Christina also began
working for Kaiser Permanente in
Redwood City as an RN and worked
there for over 20 years.
Christina was a devoted mother, traveling all over the country
to visit her children and support them in their accomplishments.
Christina loved Palo Alto, whether it was attending her
children’s sporting events at Palo Alto High School, walking in
the Baylands, swimming at Eichler Swim and Tennis Club, or
enjoying coffee at the café in Midtown near where she lived.
Christina will be deeply missed by her family and friends,
who will remember her warm greeting of “Oh dears” whenever
she ran into you. She loved a good giggle and you knew it was
coming when her shoulders started that slow shake and sooner
or later the laughter burst out.
Family and friends will celebrate Christina’s life with a
memorial service on March 7th, at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of the
Rosary Church in Palo Alto. All are welcome to attend; smiles
and laughter will be the orders of the day.
Christina is survived by her 3 children, Kieran Roche (Elaine)
Julie Roche Schram (Robert), and Colin Roche (Colleen) and
her 6 grandchildren: Julia, Connor, Mandy, Declan, William
and Nora, as well as her sisters and extended family in Ireland.
A weekly compendium
of vital statistics
Palo Alto
Feb. 25-March 3
Violence related
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Theft related
Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Defrauding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Vehicle related
Abandoned auto. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Abandoned boat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Auto burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Driving with suspended license . . . . . . 5
Driving without license . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Lost/stolen plates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . 3
Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . 9
Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Alcohol or drug related
Driving under influence . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Sale of drugs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Brandishing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Disobey court order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
False info to police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Indecent exposure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Psychiatric subject . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 3
Trespassing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Unattended death. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Menlo Park
of the City of Palo Alto
Comprehensive Plan Update
Leadership Group
5:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 10, 2015, Mitchell Park
Rd, Palo Alto, 94301
The City of Palo Alto’s Comprehensive Plan Update Leadership
Group will be meeting to discuss community engagement
opportunities for the City’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan. The
group’s primary role is to assist with community engagement
during the Comprehensive Plan Update planning process.
If you have any questions or you would like additional
information about the Comprehensive Plan Update, please
contact Consuelo Hernandez, Senior Planner, at 650-3292428 or [email protected]
The City of Palo Alto does not discriminate against
individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation
for this meeting or an alternative format for any related
printed materials, please contact the City’s ADA
Coordinator at 650.329.2550 (voice) or by e-mailing [email protected]
Feb. 25-March 3
Violence related
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Theft related
Attempted burglary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Burglary undefined . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Prior burglary reported . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Prior theft reported . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Vehicle related
Abandoned auto. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Bicycle found . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Driving with suspended license . . . . . . 5
Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . 3
Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Alcohol or drug related
Driving under influence . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Possession of paraphernalia . . . . . . . . 1
Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . 1
APS referral. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Coroner case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
CPS referral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Gang info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Info case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Juvenile problem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Located missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Possession of switchblade . . . . . . . . . . 1
Psychiatric evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
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Births, marriages and deaths
Robert Sleeper
Antigone Bellas
Robert Clark Sleeper, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died
on Feb. 11. He was 76.
He was born
Ma rch
17, 1938, in
La rch mont,
New York,
to George E.
Sleeper Jr.
and Winifred
McCargar. A
descendant of
California pioneers, he grew up
in Berkeley, California, and went
on to study at Art Center in Los
Angeles, from where he earned a
bachelor’s degree in illustration.
He spent his career working in
commercial art, graphic design
and illustration, working for both
companies and independently.
He married Marina Gysbers on
Feb. 24, 1962, and in 1966, they
moved to Palo Alto, where he
lived for the rest of his life. He enjoyed painting, visiting museums
and all things art. His Christadelphian faith was also important to
him, and he attended services for
many years in Redwood City.
He is survived by his wife,
Marina Sleeper of Palo Alto; his
son, Jan R. Sleeper of Sonoma,
California; his son, David A.
Sleeper of Palo Alto; and his
grandchildren, Joshua J. Sleeper, Jeremy R. Sleeper and Jordan
M. Sleeper of Sonoma. He is
also survived by his brother, Edward A. Sleeper of San Mateo;
his sister, Susan Jarvela of Novi,
Michigan; his aunt, Beatrice McCargar Groner of Menlo Park;
and five nieces, three nephews
and many cousins.
Antigone T. Bellas, a longtime
Palo Alto resident, died suddenly
on Feb. 11. She was 77.
born on June
14, 1937, in
Detroit, Michigan, to Peter
and Potoula
T h e o ph el i s.
She studied at
the University
of Michigan,
graduating in 1959. She married
Neil Bellas and settled in Palo
Alto in 1964.
She worked as a dental hygienist for many years, until 1981
when she founded a dental temporary personnel agency called
Dentu Temps.
She and her husband attended
services for many years at the
Greek Orthodox Church of the
Holy Cross in Belmont, where
they both sang in the choir for
about 25 years. In her later years,
Antigone helped to care for her
husband who struggled with Parkinson’s disease.
She was predeceased by her
husband, Neil Bellas, in 2007;
and her brother, George Theophelis of Detroit. She is survived
by her three sons, John Bellas of
Los Altos, Peter (Paula) Bellas of
Danville and Michael Bellas of
Los Altos; four grandchildren,
Kristina, Maria, Sofia and Nicolas Bellas; and her sister, Barbara
Bruce of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Services were held in February at Spangler Mortuary in Los
Altos and at the Greek Orthodox
Church of the Holy Cross. In lieu
of flowers, memorial donations
Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra
MARCH 7, 2015
7:30 PM
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Michel Taddei: conductor
Maria Valdes: soprano
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PACO favorite Michel Taddei returns to the podium in a wide ranging
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song cycle Les Illuminations featuring soprano Maria Valdes, a San
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Margaret Marquardt, a resident of Palo Alto, died on Jan.
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Greg Nelson
March 27, 1953 - February 2, 2015
Greg Nelson (born Charles Gregory Nelson),
a long-time Palo Alto resident, died on February 2, 2015 after a 17 year battle with brain cancer. Greg grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, where
he attended the University Laboratory School.
He moved to the mainland to attend college
and graduate school. He lived in Juno, Alaska
for a year before settling permanently in the
Bay Area.
Greg received his B.A. degree in Mathematics from Harvard in 1976, and his Ph.D. in
Computer Science from Stanford University in
1980, where he worked under the supervision
of Bob Tarjan on program verification and algorithms for automatic theorem proving. As
an undergraduate at Harvard, he
invented a method of combining
decision procedures for different logical theories into a decision procedure for the combination of the theories (often called
the “Nelson-Oppen method”)
that has become influential in
the automatic theorem-proving
community. In 2013 he received
the Herbrand Award for Distinguished Contributions to Automated Reasoning for his pioneering contributions to theorem
proving and program verification. Greg was a
Renaissance computer scientist, combining a
deep understanding of mathematics and theory
with a strong ability to design and implement
systems. He brought his passion for precision
and correctness to all of the work he did. He
made significant contributions in the areas of
programming language design (as a member of
the Modula-3 committee), distributed systems
(Network Objects), constraint-based graphics editors (Juno and Juno-2), window systems
(Trestle), optimal code generation (Denali), and
multi-threaded programming (Eraser). He had
a profound influence on the many students who
he hosted for internships and advised on their
thesis research, as well as the many colleagues
with whom he collaborated throughout his
professional career, first at the Xerox Palo Alto
Research Center and later at DEC’s Systems Research Center and HP’s research laboratories.
He was a brilliant researcher and teacher. His
commitment to excellence, evidenced in his
own work, inspired others to do the same.
Greg loved being physically active. As a
boy he excelled at gymnastics and tennis, and
enjoyed body surfing. He loved being in the
mountains and in the wilderness, hiking, backpacking, skiing, and kayaking. His favorite
sport was volleyball, and he regularly played
in pick-up games until the brain tumor recurrence made that impossible. For many years at
the research labs where he worked he organized
weekly volleyball games for the staff and interns, which was a great opportunity for people
to get out from behind their screens into the
fresh air, get some exercise, and socialize. He
encouraged people of all abilities to play, and
created a fun environment that fostered both
good sportsmanship and development of skills.
Greg had many interests. He enjoyed playing pool, poker, backgammon, chess, cooking,
ballroom dancing, traveling,
hosting dinner parties, spending time with friends and family,
and learning about new things.
He was a life-long reader, spending many hours every week at
the library. He was equally likely
to be found reading an economics or physics textbook as a book
on history, or a biography, or a
novel. A well-used copy of The
Random House Unabridged dictionary was usually by his side.
In addition to his intellectual
brilliance, Greg will be remembered for his
adventurous spirit, humor, modesty, personal
integrity, kindness, generosity, courage, and
optimism. The latter two qualities were especially evident in the last few years as he faced
his illness with an equanimity and grace that
inspired all who knew him. Even as the illness
took away his ability to enjoy so many of the
things he loved, Greg was grateful for what he
had, and that he lived to see his daughter graduate from high school and start college.
Greg is survived by his wife, Sharon Perl and
daughter Julia Nelson of Palo Alto, brothers
David Nelson (married to Loretta) and Michael
Nelson (married to Karen), and mother Alice
Nelson of Honolulu, Hawaii. He was preceded
in death by his father, Charles Edward Nelson,
his brother Richard Nelson, and twin sons
Adam and Andrew, who died in infancy.
A memorial gathering will be held at the
Stanford Faculty Club at 2 p.m. on Sunday,
March 8. Friends, family, and colleagues are
welcome to join us in celebrating Greg’s life.
Memorial donations may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society (http://braintumor.
OBITUARY • Palo Alto Weekly • March 6, 2015 • Page 17
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MARCH 2015
A monthly special section of news
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Mining memories helps retiree
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Veronica Weber
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Susan Vogel takes notes in the legacy-letters class led by Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia as he discusses the
many approaches to writing ethical wills at the Moldaw Residences.
fter the death two years
ago of her husband, Susan
Vogel could not bear to
listen to the violin string quartets
they had both loved.
In the 52 years of their marriage,
she had listened as Manfred Vogel, a rabbi and professor at Northwestern University, practiced his
violin almost daily. When he died
it became “impossible” for her to
hear the music without feeling
overwhelmed with grief.
Over time, music gradually has
regained a place in Susan Vogel’s
life; today she even counts it as
one of the most important parts.
Through the process of drafting “legacy letters” for her two
children and seven grandchildren,
she has mined her memories and
realized that her husband’s music
— carried forward by one of their
sons, a cello player — is actually
one of the things she values most.
Vogel is part of a small group
of residents at Moldaw Residences retirement community in
south Palo Alto that meets almost
weekly to work on legacy letters
with guidance from Rabbi Hugh
The writing process, she said,
has given her a way to express
some of her deepest thoughts and
values, which she would never
consider voicing out loud. It’s also
prompted changes in her daily life.
“It’s very hard to talk about my
values with my children and grandchildren. If I were to start they’d
say, ‘Oh Mom, not again.’ It’s not
something you have an opportunity
to do,” Vogel said. “Even my husband — and he was a rabbi — was
never the one teaching or preaching
to the kids. He was very laid back.”
The fact that the letters, at least
initially, were not meant to be
shared until after she’s gone somehow made it easier for her to put
thoughts to paper. In the future, she
said, “They’ll always be able to hear
my voice and perspective when
they read through my memories.”
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After crossing the pond,
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Legacy letters
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During the regular gatherings
of the legacy-letters group, members share their thoughts and
some read what they’ve written.
Seid-Valencia reads examples of
legacy letters, alternatively known
as “ethical wills,” from the textbook “So That Your Values Live
On: Ethical Wills and How to
Prepare Them” edited by Jack
Riemer and Nathaniel Stampfer.
The book includes long lists of
writing prompts, suggesting that
people consider formative events
in their lives, important lessons
learned, mistakes they’ve made,
meaningful scriptural passages,
things they’d like to be forgiven
for, people who influenced them
and important causes.
Seid-Valencia has presented
workshops on ethical wills at a
number of senior communities
and synagogues in the Bay Area.
“Many of the seniors with
whom I work have never heard of
this literary form, and quite a few
of them are immediately struck by
its appeal,” he said in an email.
“A few have used the experience of writing a legacy letter to
start conversations with family
members about what should be
included. After we spend time
writing in the sessions, I ask for
volunteers to share their work, and
this often sparks lively dialogues
about the lessons we learn through
“My impression is that these
conversations help seniors connect with each other in a deeper
way than might otherwise be possible,” Seid-Valencia said.
Vogel, a retired professor at
Northern Illinois University who
continues as a researcher in the
field of learning disabilities,
has authored or co-authored six
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Living Well
Menlo Park - San Mateo - San Jose
Rabbi Hugh
reads an
ethical will,
also known
as a “legacy
letter,” from
the book,
“So That
Your Values
Live On:
Ethical Wills
and How
to Prepare
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books and scores of articles during her career, but she had never
attempted writing memoirs.
She’s always done her best writing late at night, in her study, surrounded by generations’ worth of
family photos and mementos of a
fulfilling career.
“I can sometimes work until 2
or 3 or 4 in the morning — that’s
my best writing time and it’s been
that way since our children were
young. My writing simmers first
in my head for quite a long time,
and then it’s all there and I can
spill it all out,” she said.
While working on the legacy
letters, Vogel also has taken up
the task of converting old family
videotapes — including tapes of
her husband conducting the wedding ceremonies of both of their
sons — into DVDs. In addition,
she’s working with a friend to use
decoupage to transform old lace
doilies, handmade by her Yiddishand Polish-speaking grandmother, into decorative plates.
The personal reflections sparked
by the legacy letters project also
prompted Vogel to make changes
in her current life in the form
of listening to more music and
spending more time with family.
“Writing my legacy letters gave
me the strength to express the importance of music in my life and
to be able to listen first to the cello
and gradually to string-quartet
music,” including the Bach cello
suites played by her son, she said.
“I want to tell my children that
the most important part of my life
has always been to be a mother, to
be available for them and to spend
time together even though I had a
very full, demanding and satisfying career,” she said. “The second
most important part of my life that
I want to share with my children
had been for over 50 years listening to my husband practice the
violin daily and play string quartets weekly, especially the late
Beethoven quartets.”
Listening to her son play the cel-
lo “now gives me the same pleasure, and he tries to make time to
play for me, especially my favorite
Bach cello suites,” Vogel said.
“I now see that both my sons
spend a great deal of time with
their children and share in their
passions. I see this is the legacy
we have left them. I want them to
know how gratifying it has been
for me to see this emerge.” Q
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March 12, breakfast fundraiser for
Avenidas at the Garden Court Hotel,
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Stanford School of Medicine Dean
Philip Pizzo will speak about recommendations to reform end-of-lifecare in the United States that were
made recently by a committee of
the Institute of Medicine of the
National Academy of Sciences.
Joining Pizzo, who co-chaired the
national panel, for discussion will
be Stanford Law School Professor
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care expert V.J. Periyakoil, clinical
associate professor at the Stanford
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2:30 to 4 p.m. at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Free. To RSVP, call
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p.m. at Mitchell Park Community
Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo
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PUNCH YOUR CARD ... The Community Tuesdays program at the
Oshman Family Jewish Community
Center enables nonmembers to
attend classes at the fitness center
as well as daytime lectures or musical offerings with the purchase of a
Community Tuesday Punch Card.
Punch cards good for five or 10 activities cost from $55 to $110. They
can be purchased at the Goldman
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March 10, there will be a presentation on “Reducing Gunfire in the Bay
Area and Beyond,” and on March 31
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MARCH 2015
Mar 2
UNA Film Festival: “Grandmother to
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2-3:30 @ Avenidas. Free.
Lecture: “Overhauling End-of-Life
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2:30-4pm @ Avenidas.
Call 650-289-5400 to register. Free.
Mar 3
Mar 13
Avenidas Open House for the public
Learn more about classes and wellness
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Mar 4
Musical Moments: “Ravel & Bolero”
2:30-3:30pm @ Avenidas. Try it free.
Mar 5
Movie: “Chef” (2014)
1:30-4pm @ Avenidas. $0/$2
Saturday, March 21, 2015
9:30 am – 4 pm
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Blood Pressure Screenings
10:00-11:30am @ Avenidas. Drop-in, free.
Mar 6
Skin Cancer Screening
9-10am @ Avenidas. Call 650-289-5400.
Mar 9
Better Breathers Group
1:30-3pm @ Avenidas. Call 408-998-5865.
16mm Film Screening: “High Noon”
2:30-4:30pm @ Avenidas. Free.
Mar 10
10-11am @ Avenidas. Free.
Mar 11
Parkinson’s Support Group
2-3:30pm @ Avenidas. Call Robin
[email protected] for more info. Free.
Mar 12
Breakfast with longevity expert Dr. Laura
7am @ Garden Court Hotel. Tickets $100.
Call (650) 289-5454 to register.
Garden Club: “Succulents”
1-2:30pm @ Avenidas.
Call 650-289-5400 to register. Free.
Mar 21
Home for All Ages Housing
8:30am-4pm @ Mitchell Park
Community Center.
Call 650-289-5435 to register.
Early bird price $40.
Mar 23
Mar 16
Partner/Spouse Caregiver Support
12-1:30pm @ Avenidas. Drop-in, free.
Mar 17
Workshop: “Making the Most of Your
Long Term Care Insurance Policy”
2-3:30pm @ Avenidas. RSVP required.
Call 650-289-5400. Free
Senior Legal Assistance appts
Santa Clara County residents, 60+.
Call 650-289-5400 for an appt. Free.
St. Pat’s Luncheon
11:15am-12:15pm, La Comida
@ Avenidas. $3 for 60+.
Polewalking Workshop
2:30-5pm @ Avenidas.
Call 650-289-5400 to register. $28.
Mar 18
Mar 24
Avenidas Walkers
10am. Call 650-387-5256 for trailhead
info or to schedule. Free.
Mar 25
Mindfulness Meditation
2-3pm @ Avenidas. Free.
Therapeutic Nail Care appts
9am-3pm @ Avenidas.
Call 650-289-5400 for appt and price.
1-on-1 computer tutoring appts.
available. Call 650-308-4252. $5/$10
Mar 26
Mar 19
Caregiver 101: “Activities for
Engaging Your Loved Ones with
3-4pm @ Avenidas Rose Kleiner
Center, 270 Escuela, Mountain View.
Call 650-289-5499 to register. Free.
Mar 20
Lecture: “How to Optimize Brain
1:30-2:30pm @ Avenidas. Call 650289-5400 to register. Free.
Caregiver 101: “How to Hire Agency
3-4:30pm @ Avenidas.
Call 650-289-5400 to register. Free.
Mar 27
Anti-Oxidant Screening
9am-12pm @ Avenidas.
Call 650-289-5400 for an appt. $10/$15
Mar 30
Accupuncture appts. available
9:15-11:30am @ Avenidas.
Call 650-289-5400 for appts. $25
Mar 31
10am @ Avenidas. RSVP required.
Call 650-289-5405
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Arts & Entertainment
A weekly guide to music, theater, art, culture, books and more, edited by Elizabeth Schwyzer
Two weeks before the show opens, Gunn High School students rehearse the finale of the 1934 Cole Porter musical, “Anything Goes.”
The curtains rise on Gunn and Paly musicals
story by Elizabeth Schwyzer | photos by Veronica Weber.
tor, his tone a mixture of equal parts
affection and exasperation.
Next week, the curtains will rise
on “Anything Goes,” this year’s musical-theater production at Gunn High
School. Today is the first day they’ve
rehearsed with a rough version of the
set: an impressive tiered structure representing the ship, with vertiginous
staircases rising to platforms high
above the stage where key scenes
Justin Cooper plays Wall Street broker Billy
and dance numbers will take place.
Crocker in Gunn High School’s production of
The set is clearly adding an element
“Anything Goes.”
of excitement to rehearsal, and Shelby
struggles to rein in the attention of 43
he year is 1934, and aboard the luxury giddy teenagers.
“We need to stay focused, people,” he
ocean liner the S.S. American, sailors
and starlets gad about, flirting and calls from his seat in the house. “Take a deep
hatching secret plans. Everyone seems to breath.”
be having a ball, dancing about with mops
and belting out lusty show tunes.
ne hour later and four miles across
It’s when the seas get rough that things betown, a butler in tails approaches
gin to fall apart: Some sailors sway left while
two dapper gentlemen, proffers
others go right. A few simply stand stock still cocktails from a tray held aloft and then
and look around blankly. There’s a wave of scoots away, tap dancing the entire time.
nervous giggling.
Here at Palo Alto High School’s Haymar“Who’s on book?” a voice eventually cries. ket Theater, dress rehearsals are underway
“I am, but I don’t know where we are!”
for this year’s musical-theater production.
Last spring, Paly junior Will Kast had
“Dude!” exclaims director Jim Shelby, never heard of “The Drowsy Chaperone.”
Gunn High School’s veteran theater instruc- Tonight, Friday, March 6, Paly’s theater de-
Page 24 • March 6, 2015 • Palo Alto Weekly •
partment opens its production of the show
— an uproarious parody of 1920s musical
theater — with Kast playing the lead character, Robert.
For those who aren’t familiar with it: “The
Drowsy Chaperone” had its stage debut in
1998 and made it to Broadway in 2006, where
it won a series of accolades, including Tony
Awards for Best Score and Best Book and a
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical.
Originally written as a gag wedding gift for
a theater director and his fiancée, it was simply too good to remain an inside joke. The
production is a play within a play, and tells
the story of a lonely modern-day theater lover
who puts on a record of his favorite musical in
an attempt to cheer himself up. Known simply
as Man in Chair, he narrates the musical as its
characters come to life, transforming his drab
apartment into a snazzy Broadway set.
Now a senior, Kast described his part in
“The Drowsy Chaperone” as a dream come
true: It’s his first time playing the lead in a
musical, he’s learned to tap dance for the role,
and in one of his main numbers — “Accident
Waiting to Happen” — he even gets to rollerskate blindfolded across the stage.
Yet for all the razzle-dazzle, what Kast and
so many of his 31 fellow cast members talk
about isn’t just the thrill of treading the boards:
It’s the joy of being part of the theater family.
“The Paly theater community is very
close-knit,” Kast observed. “By the time
you’re a senior, you’ve had great experiences
with just about everyone and usually end up
marrying or proposing to about 10 percent
of your classmates onstage, so it’s hard not
to get close with the group.” And even aside
from the social benefits, Kast said, there’s a
certain self-assurance that transfers from the
stage to the rest of school life.
“Knowing that I can break out into song
and dance at any moment gives me a strange
burst of confidence from time to time,” he
admitted. “It isn’t something that I would
ever do, but knowing that I can helps me relax and stress less.”
he Drowsy Chaperone” will likely
be the last musical performed in
the old Haymarket Theater, which
was built in 1918 and seats 520. Construction is now underway for a new performing-arts center adjacent to Embarcadero
Road. The new theater will seat close to
600 and will include an orchestra pit, full
fly loft and green rooms, among other
The last musical to be performed on the
Haymarket stage also marks the first musical-theater production at Paly in two years,
since 2013’s “Legally Blonde: The Musical”
Arts & Entertainment
Alia CuadrosContreras, center,
plays showbiz hopeful
Kitty; Paul Bleich,
left, and Elizabeth
McCole play gangsters
posing as pastry
chefs in “The Drowsy
Chaperone” at Palo
Alto High School.
Senior Cara Kienitz plays Broadway star Janet van de Graaff in
Palo Alto High School’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.”
Jackson Kienitz, left, as best man George and Will Kast as Robert the
groom learned to tap dance for their roles in “The Drowsy Chaperone.”
ran away with BroadwayWorld.
com’s San Francisco Bay Area
Award for Best Production Performed by Youth.
It’s a similar story over at Gunn
High School, where next weekend,
“Anything Goes” opens on the
Spangenberg Theatre stage, following Gunn’s 2013 production
of “Into the Woods,” which tied
for first place for set design in the
Stage’s Top Honors Awards.
Since musicals are a biennial affair at both Paly and Gunn (unlike
other theater productions, of which
there are four annually at each
school), there’s a special excitement
surrounding auditions, casting and
rehearsals for these major productions, not to mention the student
(and in some cases professional)
effort that goes into set design and
construction, costumes, props,
lighting, sound, choreography,
vocal direction and instrumental
performance. In addition to large
casts, both shows boast a full live
orchestra and a huge stage crew.
With shows going up just one
week apart, one might think the
Gunn and Paly theater departments
would feel a sense of rivalry. That
doesn’t seem to be the case at all.
The schools collaborate on an annual theater trip to the Oregon
Shakespeare Festival in Ashland,
and both send student delegations
to the Northern California Thespian
Leadership and Tech Conference at
Santa Clara University each year.
Here on home turf, despite their
packed schedules, theater students
make an effort to support each
other’s shows.
“Announcement, people!” one
cast member called out at the start
of rehearsal at Gunn last week.
“‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ opens
at Paly next Friday. They’re offering us comps to see the production,
so let me know ASAP if you want
a ticket!”
Both “The Drowsy Chaperone”
and “Anything Goes” are set on the
Eastern seaboard in the early 20th
century, introducing a range of particular theatrical challenges: period
costumes, dated dance styles and
era-appropriate New York accents.
Though they’re nearly a century removed from the characters they’re
playing, students at both schools
seem smitten with the whole interwar period aesthetic.
“It’s so good,” said Gunn senior and the show’s student director Dakota Baker, speaking about
Cole Porter’s music for “Anything
Goes.” Baker’s responsibilities
range from helping Shelby run rehearsals to rewriting entire scenes
to make them more politically correct for contemporary audiences.
Meanwhile, senior Sondrine
Bontemps, who plays Bonnie in the
production, pointed out that part of
what gives “Anything Goes” its infectious, madcap energy is the fact
that it was written during the Great
Depression, when Americans
needed a good distraction from
significant financial stress.
“People went to the theater to
escape their lives,” Bontemps
noted, “so naturally, this show is
nothing but fun. I love the huge
dance numbers in this musical.
It’s extremely exciting to have an
entire cast tap dancing on stage.”
Like Kast in Paly’s production
of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” Bontemps sees a connection between
the no-holds-barred spirit of musical theater and the management of
school and life stressors.
“High school can be overwhelming at times, and I believe it’s essential to find a welcoming and supportive group of people where you
feel you belong,” she said. “Theater
isn’t just a group; it’s a family.”
For Bontemps, musical theater
feels like a way of life: She just
finished auditioning for university
musical-theater programs across
the country, and plans to pursue
musical theater professionally after graduation. The same is true of
Paly senior Cara Kienitz, who plays
Broadway star Janet van de Graaff
in “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and
who recently accepted a scholarship to attend New York University
(NYU) as a performing-arts major.
“Janet has been one of my dream
roles for a very long time,” Kienitz
said. “I love playing her because of
all of her fun dance numbers and
her over-the-top personality.
“Theater has made me more
outgoing,” she added. “I have decided this is what I want to do for
a career.”
et students like Kienitz and
Bontemps are actually in the
minority. Most students, said
Paly musical director Kathleen
Woods, go on to vastly different
careers, and think back fondly on
their high school theater days.
What: “The Drowsy Chaperone”
and “Anything Goes”
Where: Palo Alto High School’s
Haymarket Theater, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, and
Gunn High School’s Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero
Road, Palo Alto
When: “The Drowsy Chaperone,”
Friday, March 6 to Saturday,
March 14, with shows Thursday
to Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.; “Anything Goes,”
Thursday, March 12 to Saturday,
March 21, with shows Thursday
to Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and
Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Cost: $10-$15
Info: Go to or
call 650-329-3857; go to or call 650-354-8258.
Among those who think of theater more as a hobby than a career
path is Hannah Nguyen, a Paly senior and stage manager for “The
Drowsy Chaperone.” During dress
rehearsal, she slipped away for a
few minutes to talk about why she
chooses to spend her extra-curricular time in a dark theater, calling
“I just really like the community
of theater: People are passionate
and driven to do well,” Nguyen explained, adding that she hoped to
continue to pursue theater in college as a side activity. Up on stage,
the cast launched into a big dance
Though she was an actor in the
Paly musical production two years
ago, Nguyen said it’s working invisibly behind the scenes that really
gives her satisfaction. “If something goes wrong, everyone looks
your way, but if it goes right you
can take credit,” she said, before
excusing herself and hurrying back
to her job.
According to Woods, “Only
about five to seven kids a year go
on to become professional actors,
directors, filmmakers or theater
teachers, but theater education is
good for everybody.” The seasoned
theater instructor has been teaching since 1980 and joined Paly
eight years ago; Shelby has been
with the Gunn theater department
since 1983.
For Shelby, the best reward is
seeing the way his students learn
to work together over the course of
“A large production like this one
is like a large snowball that needs
pushing down a hill,” he noted. “It’s
a challenge to get it rolling, but once
it starts and picks up momentum,
there is just no stopping it. There is
so much joy coming to rehearsals
every day and hearing Cole Porter’s peerless music, which the cast
has truly learned to love. It’s a real
privilege to be part of helping these
great kids learn about working together, whether they’re musicians,
techies or singer-actors tapping
their hearts out, and finding essential truths about ensemble, focus
and bringing their A-game ... and
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Arts & Entertainment
The examined life
Esteemed psychologist and author Dr. Irvin Yalom to speak in Palo Alto
n 1989, a Stanford professor
of psychology published a collection of stories inspired by
his work with patients. He wrote
about their struggles to come to
terms with what he called the four
“givens” of the human experience: mortality (the inevitability
of death), freedom (the ability to
determine our own lives), existential isolation (the impossibility of
being completely known by others) and meaninglessness (the absence of an overarching reason for
our lives).
Personal, vulnerable, revealing and beautifully written, Irvin
Yalom’s “Love’s Executioner”
became a New York Times bestseller and demystified the process
of therapy for thousands of readers. With 1999’s “Momma and
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2015-2020 Consolidated Plan and the Draft Annual Action
Plan for the allocation of Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, has been extended
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priorities, and proposed activities to be undertaken under
certain HUD programs, including CDBG. The Draft Annual
fund under the 2015-2016 CDBG Program. Collectively
the activities in the Annual Action Plan are intended to meet
objectives described in the Draft 2015-2020 Consolidated
Copies of the Draft 2015-2020 Consolidated Plan and
the Draft Annual Action Plan will be available beginning
on February 17, 2015 at the Department of Planning &
Community Environment, 250 Hamilton Avenue, 5th Floor,
Palo Alto, CA 94301, on the City’s website http://www., and by
contacting Consuelo Hernandez, Senior Planner at (650)
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Interested parties may submit written comments on the
Draft Consolidated Plan and the Draft Annual Action Plan
during the public review period, as well as comment at the
public hearings and meetings described below.
The City of Palo Alto Finance Committee will hold a
Public Hearing on March 17, 2015 to review the Draft
2015-2020 Consolidated Plan and the proposed Fiscal
the Draft Annual Action Plan. The Public Hearing will be
held at 7:00 p.m., or as soon as possible thereafter, in the
Community Room, 1st Floor, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo
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the Meaning of Life,” Yalom once
again exposed the process of the
therapeutic encounter for a popular
audience, gently guiding readers to
a deeper understanding of the value
of therapy.
Now, the 83-year-old psychotherapist and author has published
“Creatures of a Day,” a book whose
subtitle, “And Other Tales of Psychotherapy,” points to its similarities with his earlier collections. Yet
“Creatures” is its own beast: a book
that circles around the crisis of our
mortality and finds redemption in
our capacity for growth, in love and
in language.
On Saturday, March 14, Yalom
will give a talk at Palo Alto’s Lucie
Stern Community Center.
The title of his latest book comes
from the Roman emperor Marcus
Aurelius, who writes in “The Meditations”: “All of us are creatures of
a day; the rememberer and the remembered alike. All is ephemeral.
... Always reflect that soon you will
be no one and nowhere.”
Over the phone last week, Yalom
talked about his book as a teaching
tool and the stories in it as narratives that emphasize the importance
of the therapeutic relationship.
“My primary secret audience
always is the young psychotherapist,” he explained. “Earlier on in
my career I wrote textbooks and I
smuggled stories into them, but in
these books I let the narrative do
the teaching. I am trying to show
how important it is that there be a
genuine and important relationship
between therapist and patient. And I
am trying to say to students, ‘Look:
You don’t need to be so hidden.’”
It’s a very different vision of
therapy from Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic model that requires that
the therapist maintain a dispassionate distance, and even from the approach to clinical therapy espoused
by more contemporary psychologists. Yalom acknowledged that not
everyone in his field shares his enthusiasm for self-disclosure.
“I am rather far out on the continuum of therapists who feel it’s help-
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then when it crystallizes into a brilliant, show-stopping number, it just
doesn’t get any better than that!”
Shelby and Woods’ devotion to
teaching and enthusiasm for musical theater is mirrored in their
students, who spend 10 hours each
week in rehearsals and even more
in the weeks leading up to the show,
which becomes nearly a full-time
job during production.
For some, that level of commitment is daunting, but students say
the long hours and hard work are
well worth it.
As junior Julia Axelrod, who
plays Angel Serenity in “Anything
Goes” at Gunn, explained, “Being
Reid Yalom
by Elizabeth Schwyzer
Author and psychotherapist
Irvin Yalom will speak at the
Lucie Stern Community Center
on Saturday, March 14.
ful to reveal oneself,” he admitted.
In “Creatures of a Day,” Yalom
reveals himself to both reader and
patient, allowing the reader into the
sanctity of the one-on-one therapy
session. Though he works carefully
to conceal the true identity of his patients by changing names and combining elements of various cases,
he himself appears in these stories
without such disguise. In one story,
he admits to his own curiosity about
a patient’s life steering him away
from the central issue; in another,
he acknowledges that his impatience
makes him push too hard. In “Get
Your Own Damn Fatal Illness,”
Yalom describes returning to a patient’s letters after her death, only to
realize he hadn’t read them carefully
the first time. Yet all along, he tempers his admissions of his shortcomings with a confident narrative voice
and a generous attitude toward both
himself and his patients.
Among the most powerful stories
in the collection is “Show Some
Class for Your Kids,” in which
Yalom recounts a session with a
nurse who reports having been
“scorched” by life and who carries
a deep well of grief and resentment,
yet who is still able to help her own
patients face the end of their lives
with dignity.
When asked what he has learned
about himself over more than 50
years of work as a therapist, Yalom
spoke about his work with people
who are terminally ill.
“I always have a few patients in
my practice with a lethal illness,
and I have learned a tremendous
amount about myself through working with them,” he said. “Early on,
when I started working with groups
of people with cancer, I heard many
people say, ‘What a pity that we had
to wait until now, until we’re riddled
with cancer, to learn how to really
live.’ Terminally ill people talked
about living authentically, without being so defensive or hidden. I
thought, Perhaps there’s some way
to use our foreknowledge of death
to learn how to live and not wait
until we have a fatal illness.”
How can one learn to live authentically and without unnecessary defenses?
For example, Yalom suggested,
“Draw a line from left to right on
a sheet of paper. The left edge of
the paper represents your birth; the
right is your death. Mark on that
line where you are now. Meditate
on that for a while.”
Is therapy appropriate for everyone? Yalom tends to think so.
“I think everyone can profit from
some form of therapy. It’s a way
of learning about yourself. It’s the
whole idea of Socrates: The unexamined life is not worth living. I
agree completely.” Q
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in a show takes a lot of time, so it
forces me to be more efficient and
on task regarding school work. Theater is also an incredible confidence
booster, and a lesson in teamwork
and thinking on your feet.”
Axelrod also described the theater community at Gunn as a place
where students who might appear
to lack commonalities discover a
shared interest and mutual respect.
“The theater community is so
diverse, and there are so many different types of students, but we are
super close because we spend so
much time working together,” she
said. “Theater is a safe place; everyone is kind and accepting, and
stepping into the theater provides
an escape from the outside world.”
And while creating a make-believe world on stage may not seem
to have much to do with one’s personal and emotional life, Axelrod
pointed out that acting can help get
to the heart of things.
“An aspect of theater is examining characters’ relationships and
emotions,” she noted. “I’ve felt
much more aware of my own emotions and relationships with others
since I started theater.” Q
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What: Dr. Irvin D. Yalom, presented by the Center for the Study of
Group Psychotherapy
Where: Lucie Stern Community
Center ballroom, 1305 Middlefield
Road, Palo Alto
When: Saturday, March 14, 11
a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $50 through March 12, $60
on-site. Two CEUs available.
Info: Go to
Watch videos of Paly’s “The Drowsy
Chaperone” and Gunn’s “Anything
Goes” in the online version of this
story at
Arts & Entertainment
Worth a Look
‘Les Miserables’
Lyn Flaim Healy, Spotlight Moments Photography
“Do You Hear the People Sing?” ask student
revolutionaries in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s
production of “Les Miserables.”
Heartbreak. Passion. Resilience. Victor Hugo’s
story of a French peasant who serves a 19-year jail
sentence for stealing a loaf of bread for a starving
child, “Les Miserables” has captured the imagination
of theatergoers worldwide since its musical adaptation in 1980. Now, Mountain View’s Peninsula Youth
Theatre presents the challenging full-length version
of the musical — all three and a half hours of it. Directed by Michael Champlain with music direction
by Dan Shaindlin, PYT’s production includes “Les
Mis” hit songs “On My Own” and “One Day More.”
Student groups are welcome, though the show includes some mature content and may not be appropriate for young children. The production runs from
Saturday, March 7, through Sunday, March 15.
Tickets range from $10-$22. For a full schedule of
performance times and castings, go to
For tickets, go to or call 650-903-3000.
‘Emotional Landscapes’
Courtesy Gallery House
If you didn’t know to look for it, you
might almost miss Gallery House, the art
exhibition space tucked inside Printers Cafe
at 320 California Ave., Palo Alto. Just a few
steps past the glass cases of tempting baked
goods lies a haven for regional visual art.
Tonight, Friday, March 6, catch the opening reception for “Emotional Landscapes,”
a show of acrylic paintings and prints by
Sydell Lewis and mixed-media paintings by
Midori McCabe.
In Lewis’ works, panels of abstract geometric lines reminiscent of geological striations give way to aerial views of earth, with
white clouds floating over fields and urban
landscapes. McCabe’s bright, kinetic canvases combine the grace of calligraphy with
the dynamism and boldness of Jackson PolAmong the works included in “Emotional Landscapes”
lock’s action paintings.
at Gallery House is “A Venetian Tale” by Midori
“Emotional Landscapes” runs March
3-28; the gallery is open Tuesday through
Sunday. On Friday, March 6, from 6-8
p.m., Gallery House will hold an opening reception for the show, with artist talks beginning at 7 p.m.
To learn more about the artists, go to or For more about the gallery, go to or call 650-326-1668.
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ur City’s Future
Community Workshop
The City of Palo Alto is hosting a community
workshop to allow the public to review and comment
on the preferred plan line concept for the Charleston
/ Arastradero Corridor Project before it is presented
to the Planning and Transportation Commission. The
City worked to incorporate the comments received
at previous community meetings into the plans for
this safety oriented, multi-modal transportation
project. There will be one meeting for the entire
corridor; see below for details.
Community Workshop:
Thursday, March 19
6:30 - 8 PM
at the Elks Lodge, Palo Alto Room,
4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
The workshops will be hosted by the Engineering
Services Division of the Public Works Department.
For more information, visit
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(650) 329-2295.
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‘Musique de Joie’
In the era of MP3s and Internet streaming, it’s easy
to hear recorded music of all kinds from the comfort
of your home. But there’s nothing like witnessing
music played live, especially for children. This Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m., Mountain View’s Community School of Music and Arts (230 San Antonio
Circle) will host a free, family-friendly concert at the
Tateuchi Hall.
“Musique de Joie” features faculty members
and accomplished concert pianists Klara Frei and
Temirzhan Yerzhanov, who will perform a sprightly
Georges Bizet piano duet, “Jeux d’enfants” (“Children’s Games”), as well as lively works by composers
Dmitri Shostakovich and Witold Lutoslawski. The
concert is aimed at children of all ages — as well as
their parents.
The Community School of Music and Arts is
Northern California’s largest nonprofit provider of
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Courtesy Community School of Music and Arts
Pianists Klara Frei and Temirzhan Yerzhanov will
give a family-friendly performance, “Musique de
Joie,” at Mountain View’s Community School of
Music and Arts on Sunday, March 8.
arts-education programs. To learn more about the
CSMA and for a full schedule of its free community
concerts, go to or call 650-917-6800. Q
— Elizabeth Schwyzer • Palo Alto Weekly • March 6, 2015 • Page 27
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Chambers, 1st Floor, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue.
Plans may be reviewed at the Development Center at 285
Hamilton Avenue or online at: http://www.cityofpaloalto.
org/planningprojects; contact Diana Tamale for additional
information during business hours at 650.329.2144.
Arte Ristorante is located at 473 University Ave., the former home of Café Alto.
Care and
at Arte
at Arte
is a tender
veal shank
braised in
and served
by Sheila Himmel
photos by Veronica Weber
rom zuppa to pesce, the
menu at 3-month-old Arte
Ristorante in downtown
Palo Alto is easy to scan on
one page. The owners, two
guys from Sicily, want nothing to be difficult.
Had a hard day? “Forget your stupid boss,
your ridiculous employees,” co-owner Eduardo
D’ignoti advises. Relax, enjoy and feel a little Italian while dining.
For starters, you don’t have to ask for bread.
Half-inch-thick slices of focaccia arrive warm,
having been perfectly toasted so that the inside is
still soft. Fresh olive oil accompanies.
Even the wine list, though packed with littleknown Italian and boutique wines, is made effortless with the help of enthusiastic servers. And
co-owner Mario Alessi, who continues to refine
the list, is always there with advice.
At a recent dinner, a beet salad ($15) was a refreshing daily special. Lots of restaurants overcook beets, but this mélange of red and yellow
offered just enough tooth resistance, pairing perfectly with pomegranate seeds (both sweet and
tart), crisp baby arugula and dabs of mild, creamy
goat cheese.
Alessi and D’ignoti worked together at two previous Italian restaurants in this cavernous space
at 473 University Ave. Wisely, they brought in
Michael Meyer Fine Woodworking to divide it up,
so that now there are multiple venues. Each serves
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Study session prior to application for Architectural Review,
to learn about the Junior Museum and Zoo revitalization
project on the site located adjacent to Rinconada Park.
The proposed concept includes the demolition of the
existing 9,000 square foot museum building, construction
of an 18,400 square foot museum and education building,
and improvements to the zoo support building, outdoor
zoo area, entrance plaza, and site perimeter. Zone District:
Public Facilities (PF) District.
,S *HTPUV 9LHS B735 D: Request by
AT&T, on behalf of the Board of Trustees to the Leland
Stanford Junior University for Architectural Review, and
a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for installation of a new
parapet wall to exceed the existing height of the building
to screen the proposed roof-top mounted wireless
communications facility and associated equipment for 16
antennas on top of the Pottery Barn and Abercrombie and
Fitch building (Stanford Shopping Center). Environmental
Assessment: Exempt from the provisions of the California
Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) per CEQA Section
15301. Zone District: CC
(YIVYL[\T9VHKB735D: Request by Mark
Miller, on behalf of the Board of Trustees to the Leland
Stanford Junior University, for Architectural Review
for the replacement of existing doors and glazing at all
four entrances of the Nordstrom building in the Stanford
Shopping Center, located in the Community Commercial
(CC) zoning district. Environmental Assessment: Exempt
from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality
Act (CEQA) per CEQA Section 15301. Zone District: CC
The City of Palo Alto does not discriminate against individuals
with disabilities. To request an accommodation for this meeting
or an alternative format for any related printed materials, please
contact the City’s ADA Coordinator at 650.329.2550 (voice) or
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a different purpose. Customers
can relax in the lounge area with
a drink (and not be annoyed by
the televisions over the bar), pull
up a bar stool (and enjoy soccer
without the sound), explore the
wine room (always 57 to 58 degrees) and dine casually near the
street scene or more privately
farther back (with white tablecloths).
Be sure to visit the restrooms.
To describe them would be to
spoil the effect. Suffice it to say,
they glitter.
On the whole, service was
excellent. You get the idea that
real people are behind this
restaurant, and that they care.
Sometimes plates were cleared
a little too expeditiously, while
tablemates were still eating.
A larger lapse occurred when
our server listed specials but not
prices and, foolishly, we didn’t
ask. So it was an unhappy surprise when two specials turned
out to be much more expensive
than other items in their categories. Lobster bisque, though
delicious, cost $14. The soup of
the day and the minestrone were
half that. And the beet salad was
$15. OK, you pay for lobster and
Arte Ristorante’s delicious spaghetti carbonara is a balance of salty
pancetta, tangy Parmigiano cheese and a shallot cream sauce.
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perhaps for someone else to pry
delicate pomegranate seeds from
their nests, peel and cook beets
and deal with the juicy messes of
The server clearly knew the
menu, and steered two of us to
share spaghetti carbonara ($17)
and ossobuco ($27), both terrific
and reasonably priced. Portions
are generous. A person would
have to be very hungry to down
both a primo and a secondo in one
sitting. Keep in mind that you really want to save room for dolce.
For the carbonara, noodles were
cooked just enough to absorb flavors, and the supporting players
were evenly spread so that in just
about each mouthful you got a
chew of pancetta with creamy
sauce. Wisps of Parmigiano were
sprinkled on top.
Ossobuco also had depth of flavor in the incredibly tender veal
shank braised in onions, tomatoes, carrots, celery and more.
One of D’ignoti’s hometown
dishes is braciole alla messinese
($22), rolled beef scallopini. He
learned to cook from his grandmother.
“She never trusted the younger generation of women, so she
taught me instead,” he explained.
The wine list is a joy, and servers clearly enjoy sharing it. Each
varietal list goes in order of price.
There are lots of good choices,
especially among the voluminous
Italian whites, in the $30-$40
range. Then there is a small multihundred-to-$1,800 range. With no
half-bottles, there could be more
selections by the glass. On the
other hand, they have invested in
a wine dispenser that protects the
open bottles and precisely measures the pour.
A glass of Italian Barolo ($20)
may be worth the memory. Or, go
local with a refreshing aperitif
such as Jardesca, from Sonoma
Desserts include chocolate
mousse, chocolate cake, maybe
an almond cake. Have the tiramisu ($7). A deep glass of light
cake plunged in mascarpone, coffee liqueur and rich chocolate,
this tiramisu lives up to its translation: “Carry me up.” You walk
out happy. Q
Arte Ristorante 473 University
Ave., Palo Alto; 650-329-8300;
Hours: 11:30 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11:30
a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.
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‘Leviathan’ is a whale
of a political
and moral parable
Sony Pictures Classics
000 1/2 (Aquarius)
Andrei Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan” is a film of ideas. The title
alone works on two levels, borrowed from Thomas Hobbes’
17th-century treatise of the same
name that argues for sovereign
rule to avoid an anarchist society,
and at the same time alluding to a
biblical sea monster churning the
waters of Chaos. Although the
most accessible of the director’s
four features, the drama sometimes waivers between pretension
and profundity — at best recalling
the Russian art cinema of Andrei
Tarkovsky (“Ivan’s Childhood”)
and Aleksandr Sokurov (“Mother
and Son”).
But this film of ideas took courage to make.
The narrative, co-written by
Oleg Negin who also collaborated with Zvyagintsev on “The
Banishment” and “Elena,” begins
with a simple premise: Auto-repair shop owner Kolya (Aleksey
Serebryakov) must fight to keep
his home and land from being
seized by the crooked mayor (Roman Madyanov) of a remote fishing village near the Barents Sea in
northern Russia. The tension escalates between the working-class
citizen and iron-fisted government
in this thinly veiled political parable criticizing Vladimir Putin’s
regime. Like the waves repeatedly crashing against the rocks,
the volatile Kolya slams against a
corrupt, powerful system bent on
crushing any opposition.
Winner of Best Screenplay at
Director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s moody political parable, ‘Leviathan,’
is rich with metaphor.
the 2014 Cannes Film Festival reveals a tangled web of secrets
and Oscar nominee for Best For- and lies. The film’s humor helps
eign Language Film, “Leviathan” keep the portentousness in check,
offers more levels of interpretation particularly as Kolya’s losses
as the story unspools. Kolya and mount and he begins to resemble
his former military buddy Dimitri a present-day Job tested by God.
Cinematographer Mikhail
(Vladimir Vdovichenkov), a hotshot Moscow lawyer, try to black- Krichman’s stunning images
mail the mayor after exhausting complement the narrative. The
attempts to work through the legal cool gray dawns and barren landsystem. At the same time, tempers scapes express Kolya’s despair
flare at home, where Kolya’s un- and isolation. The bones of a dead
happy second wife Lilya (Elena whale on the beach counterpoint
Lyadova) and his teenage son from the live whale roiling the wahis first marriage (Sergey Pokho- ters while Lilya contemplatively
daev) complicate matters. When a watches. These leviathans, dead
local priest enters the picture and and alive, take on another form as
warns against kicking up God’s a monstrous machine with a deanger, the Orthodox Church also structive claw threatens to demolcomes under Zvyagintsev’s fire. ish the home that Kolya has loved
Each character makes self-serving all his life.
When the priest quotes a paschoices that develop the concept of
Hobbes’ social contract and raise sage from the Book of Job —
“Can you pull in Leviathan with
moral questions.
And, yes, loaded guns are intro- a fishhook or tie down his tongue
duced in the first act, reminding with a rope?” — Kolya swears
the viewer of Anton Chekhov’s at him for talking in riddles. For
dramatic principle that the seem- some viewers, the enigmatic,
ingly insignificant object must be slow-paced film may elicit the
fired at some point. A light-heart- same reaction. Others will revel
ed, vodka-fueled picnic that starts in its depths.
Rated R for language and some
out with Kolya and his friends
(Aleksey Rozin and Anna Uko- sexuality/graphic nudity. Two
lova) target shooting at portraits hours, 20 minutes.
— Susan Tavernetti
of former Russian leaders soon
Laurie Sparham/Fox Searchlight
March 9, 2015 6:00 PM
Study Session
1. Joint Study Session with the Human Relations
Commission on Accomplishments, Projects and
Priorities in 2015
2. Short-Term Rentals and Home Occupation Uses in
Residential Neighborhoods
Consent Calendar
– 2040 Cowper Street
4. Approval of Contract to Hunt Design for $104,600 for
and Development of a Parking Brand, and Approve
a Budget Amendment Ordinance in the Amount of
$104,600 Transferring Funds from the University
Avenue Parking Permit Fund to CIP PL-15004, Parking
5. Approval of Amendment No. 1 to Contract #C13148075
with West Coast Arborists, Inc., for an Additional
Amount of $182,410 for a Third Year of a Three Year
Tree Pruning and Removal Services; and Adoption of a
Related Budget Amendment Ordinance in the General
Adoption of a Related Budget Amendment Ordinance in
the Amount of $368,500
7. Request for Finding that Stevenson House Rehabilitation
Proposed Ownership Structure is Compliant With the
Adopted in June 1965
Authorizing Closing of the Budget for the Fiscal Year
Amending Municipal Code Sections 2.16.070, 2.20.020,
2.21.025, 2.25.030, 2.27.020 to Change the Start
of Terms on the Architectural Review Board, the
Historic Resources Board, the Parks and Recreation
Commission and the Planning and Transportation
Commission from November 1st to December 16th
Update the Fiscal Year 2015 Table of Organization for
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11. Adoption of a Resolution Approving Interim Appointment
Position Pursuant to Government Code Section
Action Items
12. Finance Committee Recommendation to Accept the
Fiscal Year 2016 to 2025 General Fund Long Range
Financial Forecast
Closed Session
The Policy & Services Committee Meeting will meet on
Meter Audit: Procurement, Inventory, and Retirement; and
Maggie Smith returns as dry-witted hotel manager Muriel Donnelly
in “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”
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‘Exotic Marigold
Hotel’ reopens for
romantic old folks
00 1/2
(Palo Alto Square, Century 20)
One wedding, one divorce,
two fraught business deals and
a still-impressive ensemble cast
populate “The Second Best Ex(continued on next page)
otic Marigold Hotel,” a certified
follow-up to 2011’s “The Best
Exotic Marigold Hotel.” When,
in a pre-title sequence, Maggie
Smith’s Muriel Donnelly calls a
cup of tea “tepid nonsense,” it’s
fair to wonder if we’re in for two
hours of the same. Though the
film won’t be to everyone’s taste,
returning screenwriter Ol Parker
and returning director John Madden keep a collective eye on the
quality control, delivering an
amiable sequel that will surely
please fans of the first film.
Whereas the first film derived
from a novel, Parker’s screenplay
this time is original, and he does
a fair job of loosening and fray-
ing the bows he neatly tied three
years ago. All of the still-living
characters from the first film return, played by the same actors,
and the sequel proposes romantic complications for the couples
while offering up some fresh romance for the unattached.
The opening shot is a surprise,
placing Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) and Muriel — co-managers
of an Indian hotel “for the Elderly and Beautiful” — in an
iconic American landscape.
Their overseas jaunt sets up the
investment consideration of an
American hotel magnate (David Strathairn), who promises to
send an undercover hotel inspector to check out the Jaipur establishment and a potential second
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.
A la Mala (PG-13) Century 16: 11:20 a.m., 4:35, 7:10 & 9:50 p.m., Fri & Sat 2 p.m.
Century 20: Noon, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50 & 10:20 p.m.
Century 20: 1:05, 4:30, 7:30 & 10:35 p.m.
American Sniper (R) ++
Birdman (R) +++ Aquarius Theatre: 1:30 & 9:55 p.m.
Century 20: 11:05 a.m., 4:45, 7:35 & 10:25 p.m., Fri & Sat 1:55 p.m.
The Birds (1963) (PG-13)
Stanford Theatre: 7:30 p.m., Sat & Sun 3:20 p.m.
Bolshoi Ballet: Romeo and Juliet (Not Rated)
Century 16: Sun 12:55 p.m. Century 20: Sun 12:55 p.m.
Chappie (R) Century 16: 10:30 a.m., 12:05, 1:35, 3:05, 4:35, 6:10, 7:35, 9:10
& 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 12:05, 2:55, 5:50 & 8:45 p.m.
The DUFF (PG-13) ++1/2 Century 16: 10:50 a.m., 1:25, 4:15, 7:15 & 10 p.m.
Century 20: 11:50 a.m., 2:30, 5:15, 7:55 & 10:30 p.m.
Fifty Shades of Grey (R) ++ Century 16: 10:30 a.m., 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 & 10:25
p.m. Century 20: 10:50 a.m., 1:50, 4:45, 7:45 & 10:45 p.m.
Focus (R) Century 16: Noon, 2:35, 5:15, 7:55 & 10:35 p.m.
Century 20: 10:55 a.m., 12:10, 1:45, 2:45, 4:25, 5:25, 7:05, 8:05, 9:40 & 10:45 p.m.
The Imitation Game (PG-13) +++ Century 20: 11:30 a.m., 2:15 & 4:55 p.m.,
Fri & Sat 7:40 & 10:20 p.m., Sun 10:40 p.m.
Jupiter Ascending (PG-13) ++
Century 16: 10:30 a.m., 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 & 10:30 p.m.
Kingsman: The Secret Service (R) ++1/2 Century 16: 10:45 a.m., 1:45,
4:45, 7:45 & 10:45 p.m. Century 20: 1:15, 4:20, 7:25 & 10:30 p.m.
The Lazarus Effect (PG-13) Century 16: 11 a.m., 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8 & 10:15 p.m.
Century 20: 11:20 a.m., 1:30, 3:40, 5:55, 8:15 & 10:40 p.m.
Leviathan (R) +++1/2
Aquarius Theatre: 12:30, 3:45, 7:05 & 10:10 p.m.
McFarland, USA (PG) ++ Century 16: 10:40 a.m., 1:40, 4:40, 7:40 & 10:40
p.m. Century 20: 12:30, 3:35, 7 & 10 p.m.
Paddington (PG)
Psycho (1960) (R)
property. That promise serves
as the spine for this mostly conventional light farce, with Sonny
nearly unraveling while trying
to please the presumed inspector
(Richard Gere’s Guy Chambers)
and not ruin, through inattention,
his pending wedding to Sunaina
(Tina Desai).
Eight months have passed
since the events of the first film,
and Evelyn and Douglas (Judi
Dench and Bill Nighy) have gotten off on the wrong feet in their
relationship (it doesn’t help that
Douglas is still married to Penelope Wilton’s Jean). Meanwhile,
Sonny’s mother (Lillete Dubey)
and Madge (Celia Imrie) find
romances in unexpected places,
and Norman and Carol (Ronald
Pickup and Diana Hardcastle)
troubleshoot their relationship in
an irreverent subplot that adds a
touch of tartness to the confection. As for Muriel, her withering wit remains intact, even in
the face of new business and personal crises.
Though Gere’s American
twinkle makes for a slightly jarring addition to this essentially
British comedy, “The Second
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
shows little strain in maintaining its cute factor, thanks to the
drily winning personalities of the
likes of Smith, Dench and Nighy,
and the comic ebullience of Patel.
Believe it or not, Parker quietly
clears room for a “one last ride”
sequel if this film performs well
(and why wouldn’t it?). For now,
“Second Best” offers viewers one
more chance to savor late-blooming romance, played out across
long summer days and sultry
Jaipur nights. As the film’s carpe
diem message goes, “There’s no
present like the time.”
Rated PG for some language
and suggestive comments. Two
hours, 2 minutes.
— Peter Canavese
(continued from previous page)
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Century 20: 11:05 a.m., 1:30 & 3:55 p.m.
Stanford Theatre: 5:30 & 9:45 p.m.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1957) (R)
Guild Theatre: Sat at midnight
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG) ++1/2
Century 20: 10:55 a.m., 12:15, 1:50, 3:10, 4:40, 6, 7:35, 8:55 & 10:25 p.m.
Palo Alto Square: 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 7 & 8:30 p.m., Fri & Sat 10 p.m.
Selma (PG-13) +++ Century 20: 7:10 & 10:10 p.m.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (G) ++
Century 20: 11 a.m., 1:40, 4:05, 6:40 & 9:10 p.m.
Still Alice (PG-13) ++1/2 Aquarius Theatre: 4:15 & 7:30 p.m.
Century 20: 4:35, 7:20 & 9:50 p.m., Fri & Sat 11:25 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Sunset Boulevard (1950) (Not Rated)
Century 16: Sun 2 p.m. Century 20: Sun 2 p.m.
Unfinished Business (R) Century 16: 11:50 a.m., 2:30, 5:10, 7:50 & 10:30 p.m.
Century 20: 12:40, 3:05, 5:30, 8 & 10:35 p.m.
What We Do in the Shadows (Not Rated) +++1/2
4:40, 7:15 & 9:40 p.m.
Guild Theatre: 2:30,
Century Theatres at Palo Alto Square
Fri – Sat 3/6/2015 – 3/7/2015
The Second Best Exotic Marigold
Hotel – 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, 5:30,
7:00, 8:30, 10:00
Sun – Thur 3/8/2015 – 3/12/2015
The Second Best Exotic Marigold
Hotel – 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, 5:30,
7:00, 8:30
Tickets and Showtimes available at
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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)
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Edible garden and Permaculture consultant Drew Harwell,
manager of Jesse Cool’s Seeds
of Change Garden and a former Common Ground Garden
manager, will offer a series of
gardening classes, “From Design
to Harvest 2015,” from 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. on five Saturdays: March
7, March 28, April 18, May 9
and June 6. The class will be
held at Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo
Alto. The series will cover garden
design, composting, soil issues,
seeds, watering and nurturing
healthy crops, using Grow Biointensive methods. Cost is $325.
Harrell Remodeling is offering
a workshop on “Remodeling
for Indoor/Outdoor Living” from
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday,
March 7, at 1954 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. The
free workshop includes a light
breakfast. Info: 650-230-2900 or
Gardeners will give a free workshop on “Soil Management for
Vegetable Gardens” from 10 to
11 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, at
the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto.
They will talk about improving
soil structure, using amendments
and fertilizers, and growing and
cutting in cover crops. Info: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105,
between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30
p.m., Monday through Friday, or
UC Master Gardener Roberta
Barnes will discuss “Succulents”
— including growing, caring and
propagating them — from 1 to
2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13,
at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo
Alto. She will also demonstrate
how to plant a small container
with succulents. The talk is free.
Info: Master Gardeners at 408282-3105, between 9:30 a.m.
and 12:30 p.m., Monday through
Friday, or
Raftery, owner of Raftery Garden Design, will offer a class on
how to shrink or replace a front
lawn from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
on Saturday, March 14, at the
Gamble Garden Carriage House,
1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Raftery will talk about removing
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Eric Rosenblum, co-founder of Palo Alto Forward and a
member of the Planning and Transportation Commission, rides
his bike down Bryant Street as he escorts his neighbor and his
daughter (not pictured) to Addison Elementary School.
A walkable, bike-able,
friendly community
story by Carol Blitzer
photos by
Veronica Weber
alkability is what attracted Eric Rosenblum
and his wife Titi Liu
to their Downtown North neighborhood in 2012. They loved that
they could walk to restaurants, ice
cream or the kids’ schools.
After college, the couple spent
10 years living in China, before
settling in South Palo Alto, which
Rosenblum describes as “much
more suburban.”
“We see people a lot more here,”
he said.
An additional motivation for the
family was to find a place where
their son, who has vision problems,
could get around by himself, either
by foot or bike.
“We had friends in Downtown
North, and we were jealous. We
asked them to keep their eyes open”
for a house, Rosenblum said. They
waited more than a year.
Besides being close to University Avenue’s amenities, Rosenblum’s family enjoys their easy
access to Johnson Park, where
neighbors started a “mash up.” Every Friday last year, families from
his daughter’s third-grade class
at Addison Elementary School
would meet up at the park with
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Left: Many of the homes in the Downtown North
neighborhood, such as this one on Everett Avenue, harken
back to turn-of-the-last-century. Above: This home on
Webster Street is typical of the more modern versions that
are replacing some of the older ones.
potluck dishes to share.
He’s never found the park crowded and said the kids can play on the
jungle gym without having to wait
their turn.
“Johnson Park is like a block
party every week,” he said.
A major potluck has been held for
the last few years at Johnson Park
the weekend before Memorial Day,
with close to 80 people in attendance, longtime resident Geoff Ball
said. There’s even a booth set up to
tell neighbors about the Emergency
Preparedness Committee, as well as
a fire truck that “draws the kids.”
Downtown North’s location also
encourages walking and biking to
nearby spots.
“We’re close to everything downtown. I like being close to services”
like banks, and “the library is a
good substitute for a home office,”
Ball said.
“We spend more time exploring
new places,” Rosenblum added,
CHILDCARE AND PRESCHOOLS (and nearby): Discovery Children’s
House — Montessori, 437 Webster St.; Downtown Children’s Center, 555
Waverley St.; First School, 625 Hamilton Ave.
FIRE STATION: No. 1, 301 Alma St.
LIBRARY: Downtown branch, 270 Forest Ave.
LOCATION: between San Francisquito Creek and University Avenue, Alma
Street and Middlefield Road
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Geoff Ball, neighborhood preparedness
coordinator, [email protected]
PARKS: Cogswell Plaza, Lytton Avenue between Ramona and Bryant streets;
El Camino Park, 100 El Camino Real; El Palo Alto Park, Alma Street at El
Camino Real; Hopkins Creekside Park, Palo Alto Avenue from El Camino Real
to Middlefield Road; Johnson Park, Everett Avenue and Waverley Street
POST OFFICE: Hamilton, 380 Hamilton Ave.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Addison Elementary School, Jordan Middle School,
Palo Alto High School
SHOPPING: University Avenue, Stanford Shopping Center
noting they’ve biked to Stanford
for concerts, and they’re very close
to Caltrain.
“We will go for weeks without
driving cars. That’s a luxury,” he
While the Rosenblum/Liu family was attracted by the walk-ability,
Geoff and Camille Ball came to
Downtown North in 1977 because
of the trees, Geoff Ball said.
By then the downtown area was
“really suffering, a pretty sorry
space in terms of retail,” he said.
Some of the actions taken by the
City Council then to induce people
to return downtown have come
back to haunt them — especially
by offering breaks in parking responsibilities that encouraged people to travel by car, he said.
But that dynamic is shifting, he
said, and he’s noticed more bicycles.
Rosenblum agreed that many
more residents are biking rather
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than driving. He bikes with
his daughter to Addison before returning downtown to
his office — which sports
a huge indoor bike-parking
Although car parking
has become a major issue
for some of his neighbors,
Rosenblum said “the tradeoff of living close to friends
and work — you just can’t
calculate that. It’s worth a
lot,” he said.
“So much about the neighborhood is great. People are
overly obsessed with parking,” he added. Q
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a lawn with invasive weeds,
laying out a new garden with
paths and low fences, planting beds, no-mow meadows,
seating, lighting and water
features, as well as flowering
and edible plants. She will
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Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains
the information from the County
Recorder’s Office. Information
is recorded from deeds after the
close of escrow and published
within four to eight weeks.
Los Altos
100 1st St. #208 Los Altos Limited to Singh Trust for $897,500
on 2/13/15
1943 Annette Lane Frederickson Trust to Gibeau Trust for
$2,775,000 on 2/13/15; previous
sale 9/89, $565,000
1502 Country Club Drive Marie
Trust to Peir Trust for $3,600,000
on 2/6/15; previous sale 11/84,
150 W. Edith Ave. #15 Prorock
Trust to C. Jiang for $950,000
on 2/9/15; previous sale 8/84,
2452 N. Foothill Blvd. Kirby
Trust to P. Zucker for $1,810,000
on 2/6/15; previous sale 12/98,
153 Fremont Ave. N. McVernon
to Kuo & Yu Trust for $1,556,000
on 2/6/15; previous sale 8/11,
914 Regent Drive S. Hur to B.
Lui for $2,600,000 on 2/13/15;
previous sale 10/13, $1,980,000
Los Altos Hills
13075 S. Alta Lane Stewart
Trust to ALTA Inc. for $2,925,000
on 2/11/15
26810 Ortega Drive Andersen Trust to Banatao Trust for
$4,210,000 on 2/11/15
Menlo Park
1112 Henderson Ave. Charles
Trust to L. Ma for $545,000 on
675 Monte Rosa Drive #822 T.
Martino to S. Yang for $600,000
on 1/20/15; previous sale 10/06,
1027 Valota Road N. & R. Adair
to Casaretto Trust for $935,000
on 1/23/15; previous sale 4/11,
Los Altos
Palo Alto
Total sales reported: 7
Lowest sales price: $897,500
Highest sales price: $3,600,000
Total sales reported: 4
Lowest sales price: $1,750,000
Highest sales price: $4,950,000
Los Altos Hills
Total sales reported: 2
Lowest sales price: $2,925,000
Highest sales price: $4,210,000
128 Audiffred Lane M. & A.
Williams to Thunder Trust for
$3,200,000 on 1/20/15; previous
sale 11/95, $605,000
375 Woodside Drive F. Tabrizi
to M. Liang for $3,100,000 on
1/26/15; previous sale 10/05,
Redwood City
Total sales reported: 11
Lowest sales price: $585,000
Highest sales price: $1,395,000
Menlo Park
Total sales reported: 3
Lowest sales price: $545,000
Highest sales price: $2,007,000
Total sales reported: 2
Lowest sales price: $3,100,000
Highest sales price: $3,200,000
Source: California REsource
Mountain View
Total sales reported: 5
Lowest sales price: $395,000
Highest sales price: $1,680,000
on 1/21/15; previous sale 3/12,
2156 Sterling Ave. T. Zappert
to Seelig Trust for $2,007,000
on 1/21/15; previous sale 10/12,
Mountain View
114 Bentley Square P. Su to H.
Peng for $1,680,000 on 2/13/15;
previous sale 12/11, $970,000
767 Burgoyne St. N. & M.
Bocalan to H. & B. Dickins for
$1,660,000 on 2/6/15; previous
sale 9/04, $531,000
127 Easy St. Robson Homes
to S. & A. Gillen for $1,438,000
on 2/6/15
280 Easy St. #423 B. Seaborn
to K. Tseng for $462,000 on
2/10/15; previous sale 11/93,
255 S. Rengstorff Ave. #168
V. Kuang to P. & N. Gries for
$395,000 on 2/6/15; previous
sale 7/14, $318,000
Palo Alto
3433 Cowper St. Young Trust
to Goldsilverisland Homes for
$1,950,000 on 2/6/15
258 Middlefield Road Chapin
Trust to Equity Smart Investments for $1,750,000 on 2/6/15
1051 Parkinson Ave. Mcgrath
Trust to W. Gwyn for $4,950,000
on 2/10/15; previous sale 4/11,
3477 South Court Tanaka
Trust to W. Wu for $2,680,000
on 2/6/15; previous sale 3/95,
Redwood City
650 Bair Island Road #1301
One Marina Homes to C. Liang
for $1,035,000 on 1/22/15
650 Bair Island Road #1305
One Marina Homes to R. Urbina
for $927,500 on 1/23/15
3212 Bay Road S. Lal to J. Cis-
neros for $649,000 on 1/22/15;
previous sale 4/08, $440,000
505 Carlos Ave. Levie Properties
to CD Investors for $749,500 on
1 Chart Lane C. Venkataramani
to I. Passos for $1,010,000 on
1/23/15; previous sale 2/09,
1730 Lauren Lane Valota Development Partners to P. Lai for
$1,395,000 on 1/16/15
1750 Lauren Lane Valota Development Partners to C. O’Neill for
$1,395,000 on 1/16/15
802 Mediterranean Lane J.
Gimbel to K. Srinivasan for
$1,049,000 on 1/22/15; previous
sale 7/89, $403,000
1727 Oak Ave. L. & M. Gotelli
to S. & S. Harper for $880,000
on 1/22/15; previous sale 2/06,
253 Oak Ave. #201 K. & R.
Tipton to J. Yort for $585,000
Palo Alto
220 Tennyson Ave. re-roof detached garage, $3,000
3233 Bryant St. demo pool and
associated equipment, $n/a
4005 Miranda Ave. ADA upgrades to accessible path of
travel and parking stalls, $n/a
3652 South Court install 20
square torchdown over roof
sheathing, $6,500
733 Seminole Way remodel
bathroom, $7,000
405 Waverley St. revised accessible upgrades outside, $n/a
1290 Dana Ave. demo pool;
equipment and spa to remain,
479 Ferne Ave. addition and
remodel, $107,500
4075 Campana Drive extend
wood-burning fireplace flue, $n/a
3125 Louis Road revise load
path of hip at front of building,
2090 Williams St. change
roofline, $n/a
601 Forest Ave. Forest Villa
Homes, facade improvements,
including replacing wood
shingles with cement siding and
replacing 18 windows and four
sliding glass doors, $98,000
As home to world-renowned Stanford University
and a multitude of high-tech companies, Palo Alto is the
epicenter of Silicon Valley in all regards. From its vibrant
downtown to its architecturally diverse neighborhoods, let
our specialists at DeLeon Realty show you why Palo Alto is
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Peaceful Midtown Cul-de-Sac
Move right in, remodel, or design your own custom home on this peaceful Midtown Palo
Alto cul-de-sac. Featuring a sunny courtyard and walls of windows that bring the outside
in. It uniquely retains the original historic features.
• Three bedrooms, one bathroom
• Parquet floors
• Some double pane windows
• Walls of windows look on to courtyard
and backyard
• Detached two-car garage
• 1,120 square feet of living space (approx.)
• 6,000 square foot lot (approx.)
• Neighbor-friendly cul-de-sac
• Walk to Mitchell Park Community center, parks,
cafés, shopping
• Close to Stanford University
• Prestigious Palo Alto School District includes Gunn
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HOME 1,364± sq ft*
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Efi Luzon Does It Again.
Intero Real Estate Closes Sale of Macy’s in Record Time
Efi Luzon, Senior Vice President of Intero Commercial
and managing director of the Luzon Team, a commercial
REALTOR with Intero Real Estate Services, Inc.,
a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned
subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., recently
represented the buyer for the purchase of the Macy’s at
the Sunnyvale Town Center.
The sale happened in a record 3 days to a private
development firm. “I think this sale is a great
opportunity to reinvent this area into the thriving
Silicon Valley community it should be. It is my job to
keep these transactions moving forward no matter how
long it takes, and I’m glad we were able to close this
deal so quickly,” says Luzon.
apartment buildings, hotels, shopping centers and land
for development. Luzon has exclusively represented
some of the largest commercial transactions completed
in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. Some of his most
notable deals have included the sale of the Hyatt Rickey’s
property in Palo Alto, Downtown Sunnyvale Town &
Country, and the H&M retail store in San Francisco.
He also solely put together the buyer and seller for a
transaction that encompassed half of the rental inventory
of apartment buildings in East Palo Alto, totaling
approximately 1,300 units, assembling over 80 different
owners, with an aggregate sale price of over $100 million.
As well Luzon represented the sale of the Palo Alto
Lumber Yard and Palo Alto Hyatt Cabana now known as
the Crowne Plaza Palo Alto.
Based out of Intero’s Los Altos office, Luzon is the
leading commercial real estate agent in the greater
Bay Area and U.S. He has over 27 years of real estate
experience both nationally and internationally. His
expertise is in selling investment real estate such as
“Once again, Efi has made the impossible possible. Only
someone as experienced as Efi could successfully put
together a deal like this and make it happen in record time.”
-Tom Tognoli, President and CEO of Intero Real Estate
Services states.
Efi Luzon
Senior Vice President, Intero Commercial
and managing director of the Luzon Team
(650) 465-3883
[email protected]
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Offered at $3,498,000
OPEN HOUSE SAT 3/7 & SUN 3/8 1:30-4:30PM
Located on one of Crescent Park’s most desirable
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features 4 bedrooms plus a family room situated
on a generously-sized lot of 8,610 sq ft. A gracious
living room with beam ceilings, built-in cabinetry
and a fireplace welcomes the visitor to this inviting
home. The open kitchen-family room has expansive
sliding glass doors which open to a private center
courtyard. This home is ideal for everyday living and
indoor-outdoor entertaining.
Special features include:
4 Bedrooms & 2.5 Bathrooms
Hardwood Floors
Gracious living room with beam ceilings and
Family room off kitchen with built in
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Detached two car garage with extra storage
2,328 sq ft of living space per county records
Lot Size approx. 8,610 sq ft per county records
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1218 West Selby Lane, Redwood City
Offered at $1,498,000
Picturesque Home with Detached Guesthouse
Prepare to be charmed by this 1 bedroom, 1.5 bath home of 1,050 sq.
ft. (per county) with a detached 1 bedroom, 1 bath guesthouse on a lot
of 8,470 sq. ft. (per county). This private home boasts a wood-shingled
exterior and park-like front lawn. French doors, elegant molding, and
original hardwood floors refine the interior, and multiple storage options
are at your fingertips. Featuring a wood-burning fireplace and a gorgeous
oversized window, the large living room opens to the lovely dining
room. Beautiful tile finishes grace the kitchen, and built-in shelves, a
walk-in closet, and bathroom access enhance the spacious bedroom.
The guesthouse adjoins the one-car garage and workshop. An
enclosed deck and a paved terrace with a rustic fireplace complete
the property. Set between El Camino Real and Woodside Road,
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Erika Ameri LOS ALTOS
At the end of one of Los Altos’ most coveted streets, this
[email protected] spectacular custom home has been constructed with extraor-
[email protected]
Stunning 5bd/3.5ba home situated on a serene 1+/-acre lot
surrounded by majestic oaks.
dinary attention to detail.
Lynn Wilson
Judy Citron
WOODSIDE $4,200,000
[email protected] Just a mile from Woodside Road, but away from the hustle
[email protected]
and bustle. Swimming pool, spa, lush lawns, stable, decks,
view to the bay, vineyard, in law unit and much more.
[email protected]
Stunning modern home on over an acre with glorious views,
5bd/4ba, 4400+/-sf, huge windows, magnificent entertaining
Monica Corman
Exceptional 4bd/3.5ba custom-built home, 2883+/- sf, on a
9476+/- sf lot. Los Altos Schools with Oak Elementary.
[email protected]
Very charming and classic 3bd/2ba home in downtown
Menlo Park, close to everything. Menlo Park Schools.
Ellen Ashley
[email protected]
Angie Galatolo
Charming University Heights 4bd home sold in 8 days with
multiple offers. Updated with professionally designed outdoor areas.
[email protected]
Picturesque creekside setting! 13,000+/- sf lot located across
the street from Los Altos Golf & Country Club.
Square footage, acreage, and other information herein, has been received from one or more of a variety of different sources. Such information has not been verified by Alain Pinel Realtors. If important to buyers, buyers should conduct their own investigation.
See it all at
Palo Alto 650.323.1111 | Menlo Park 650.462.1111
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6 Bedrooms
2 Bedrooms - Condominium
86 Michaels Wy
Alain Pinel Realtors
1204 Sharon Park Dr #79
Coldwell Banker
5 Bedrooms
2 Bedrooms
140 Forest Ln
Sun 1-4 Dreyfus Sotheby’s Realty 644-3474
5 Bedrooms
1148 Bernal Ave
Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker
3 Bedrooms - Condominium
1100 Sharon Park Dr 6
Sun 2-4 Pacific Union International 314-7200
3 Bedrooms
3 Bedrooms
21991 Oaknoll Ct
Sereno Group
(408) 335-1400
659 Marsh Rd
Sun 1-4:30
Coldwell Banker
2010 Oakley Ave
Sat/Sun 1-4 Intero Real Estate
4 Bedrooms
4 Bedrooms
2881 Drew Ct
Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker
163 Verbena Dr
Sereno Group
823 Paulson Cir
Coldwell Banker
2191 Gordon Ave
Sat/Sun Dreyfus Sotheby’s Realty
5 Bedrooms
104 Laurel St
Alain Pinel Realtors
3 Bedrooms - Condominium
1 W Edith Ave A205
Sereno Group
3 Bedrooms
1505 Cedar Pl
Coldwell Banker
510 Outlook Dr
Sereno Group (408) 741-8200
2 Bedrooms - Condominium
1993 Plymouth St #8
Sat/Sun 11-4:30Sereno Group
3 Bedrooms
4 Bedrooms
4 Bedrooms
5188 Selinda Way
Sat/Sun 1-4
Sereno Group
(408) 335-1400
3 Bedrooms
31 Aliso Way
Coldwell Banker
116 Portola Rd
Sat 2-4pm Sun 2-5pm Oliver Lux
4 Bedrooms
812 La Mesa Dr
Sun 12-4:30 Coldwell Banker
6 Blue Oaks Ct
Sat/Sun 2-4 Dreyfus Sotheby’s Realty 644-3474
1390 Westridge Dr
Coldwell Banker
1413 Pitman Ave
Sereno Group
4147 Barrymore Dr
Sat/Sun Intero Real Estate Services 543-7740
5 Bedrooms
1730 Peregrino Way
Sun 1-4 Intero Real Estate Services 206-6200
3 Bedrooms
630 Parrott Dr
Coldwell Banker
2 Bedrooms
680 Crescent
Call for price
Coldwell Banker
2 Bedrooms
2 Bedrooms
1218 West Selby Ln
Sat/Sun 1-5
Deleon Realty
3 Bedrooms
2774 Delaware Ave
Sat/Sun 12-4:30 Coldwell Banker
2232 Harding Ave
Coldwell Banker
246 Beresford Ave
Alain Pinel Realtors
4 Bedrooms
960 Berry Ave
Sat 2:30-5/Sun 2-4 Sereno Group (408) 335-1400
947 Embarcadero Rd
Coldwell Banker
76 Roosevelt Cir
Alain Pinel Realtors
3434 Ashton Ct
Midtown Realty
4 Bedrooms
4 Bedrooms
569 Lowell Ave
Coldwell Banker
860 Lincoln Ave
Alain Pinel Realtors
75 Belle Roche Ave
Sat/Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker
117 Glenwood Ave
Coldwell Banker
4 Bedrooms
555 Manzanita Way
Alain Pinel Realtors
740 Whiskey Hill Road
Alain Pinel Realtors
95 Roan Pl
Coldwell Banker
136 Otis Ave
Sat/Sun Dreyfus Sotheby’s Realty
5 Bedrooms
83 Tum Suden Way
Sun 1-4 Intero Real Estate Services 543-7740
6 Bedrooms
2 Bedrooms
4774 Raspberry Pl
Coldwell Banker
330 Jane Dr
Sun 1-4
Coldwell Banker
Your Realtor and You
REALTORS® Offer Seniors Help with Household Tasks
The DeLeon Difference®
650.543.8500 | | DeLeon Realty CalBRE #01903224
real estate
expertise for the
Broker Associate
Alain Pinel President’s Club
DRE #00994196
[email protected]
For homeowners or renters who are
advanced in years or disabled, tasks
like replacing smoke detector batteries, flipping a mattress or washing the
windows can be a major challenge.
Seniors and the homebound who live on
the Peninsula or in the South Bay may
now request free assistance with such
household tasks through the REALTOR®
Service Volunteer Program (RSVP) for
the week of May 4-8, 2015. The deadline for seniors to request assistance is
Friday, March 20.
RSVP is a community outreach
program offered each year to qualified
seniors who cannot otherwise perform
certain household tasks due to physical and financial constraints. This free
assistance is offered by members and affiliates of the Silicon Valley Association
of REALTORS®, the local trade associations of the real estate industry on the
Peninsula and in the South Bay.
During RSVP Week, teams of REALTOR® volunteers and affiliates (professionals who provide industry-related
services) will visit senior citizens and
perform various cleaning and maintenance tasks free of charge. Seniors may
request to have light bulbs replaced, furnace filters changed, windows cleaned,
mattresses turned, new smoke detector batteries installed, and other light
housekeeping tasks.
The REALTORS®’ community outreach program was launched in 2001.
Last year 180 volunteers from SILVAR
assisted 123 senior households.
“RSVP has the unique opportunity to
help seniors and the homebound stay
in their properties longer,” said Eileen
Giorgi, SILVAR’s RSVP Committee
chair. “The little we do in someone’s
home can make the difference between
their remaining independent, or having
to give up that independence to some
form of caregiving and dependence on
strangers. RSVP has the unique opportunity to help seniors and the homebound
stay in their home longer.” Seniors residing in the communities
of Atherton, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto,
Palo Alto, Woodside, Portola Valley, Los
Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View,
Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Saratoga, Monte
Sereno and Los Gatos may apply for this
free service by contacting the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS® at (408)
200-0100 for information and an application. Seniors may also visit
to download an application and submit to
SILVAR before the March 20 deadline.
Information provided in this column
is presented by the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS®. Send questions
to Rose Meily at [email protected] • Palo Alto Weekly • March 6, 2015 • Page 51
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Offered at $799,000
CalBRE #00902501
995 Fictitious Name
File No.: 600326
The following person (persons) is (are)
doing business as:
1.) Gunn Senior High School
Foundation, 2.) Gunn High School
Foundation, 3.) Gunn Foundation, 4.)
The Gunn Foundation, located at 780
Arastradero Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94306,
Santa Clara County.
This business is owned by: A Trust.
The name and residence address of the
owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are):
ANN KELLY (Trustee)
268 Margarita Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
BETH SEARS (Trustee)
888 Robb Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
JOSE E. GARCIA (Trustee)
777 San Antonio Rd., #29
Palo Alto, CA 94303
JOAN LIN (Trustee)
931 Curlew Lane
Palo Alto, CA 9433
3430 Notre Dame Dr.
Santa Clara, CA 95051
2534 Hayward Drive
Santa Clara, CA 95051
JEAN HSIA (Trustee)
3126 Floweers Lane
Palo Alto, CA 94306
LYNN DRAKE (Trustee)
3415 Louis Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
3149 Ramona St.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
4020 Amaranta Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
4246 Manuela Ct.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Registrant/Owner began transacting
business under the fictitious business
name(s) listed above on 06/01/1968.
This statement was filed with the
County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara
County on January 15, 2015.
(PAW Feb. 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6 2015)
File No.: 600922
The following person (persons) is (are)
doing business as:
Bilingual Speech & Language Services,
located at 503 Palo Alto Ave., Mountain
View, CA 94041, Santa Clara County.
This business is owned by: An Individual.
The name and residence address of the
owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are):
503 Palo Alto Ave.
Mountain View, CA 94041
Registrant/Owner began transacting
business under the fictitious business
name(s) listed above on 10/10/2014.
This statement was filed with the
County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara
County on February 2, 2015.
(PAW Feb. 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 2015)
File No.: 601326
The following person (persons) is (are)
doing business as:
Akamai Real Estate, located at 970 Palo
Alto Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301, Santa
Clara County.
This business is owned by: An Individual.
The name and residence address of the
owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are):
970 Palo Alto Ave.
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 February 11, 2015.
(PAW Feb. 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 2015)
File No.: 601185
The following person (persons) is (are)
doing business as:
Palo Alto Smart Therapy, located at 825
San Antonio Rd., Suite 202,
Palo Alto, CA 94303, Santa Clara County.
This business is owned by: A Corporation.
The name and residence address of the
owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are):
825 San Antonio Rd. Suite 202
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Registrant/Owner began transacting
business under the fictitious business
name(s) listed above on 1/1/2015.
This statement was filed with the
County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara
County on February 9, 2015.
(PAW Feb. 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 2015)
File No.: 601629
The following person (persons) is (are)
doing business as:
HDS, located at 3260 Hillview Avenue,
Palo Alto, CA 94304, Santa Clara County.
This business is owned by: A
The name and residence address of the
owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are):
3260 Hillview Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304
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 February 19, 2015.
(PAW Feb. 27, Mar. 6, 13, 20, 2015)
File No.: 601771
The following person (persons) is (are)
doing business as:
Affimity, located at 5581 Camden Ave.,
San Jose, CA 95124, Santa Clara County.
The principal place of business is in
Delaware County and a current fictitious
business name statement is on file at
the County Clerk-recorder’s office of
said County.
This business is owned by:
A Corporation.
The name and residence address of the
owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are):
5581 Camden Ave.
San Jose, CA 95124
Registrant/Owner began transacting
business under the fictitious business
name(s) listed above on 06/20/2014.
This statement was filed with the
County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara
County on February 23, 2015.
(PAW Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2015)
File No.: 602071
The following person (persons) is (are)
doing business as:
Place Architectural Design, located at
3208 Bryant St., Palo Alto, CA 94306,
Santa Clara County.
This business is owned by:
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An Individual.
The name and residence address of the
owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are):
3208 Bryant St.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Registrant/Owner began transacting
business under the fictitious business
name(s) listed above on 02/27/2015.
This statement was filed with the
County Clerk-Recorder of Santa Clara
County on February 27, 2015.
(PAW Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2015)
File No.: 602082
The following person (persons) is (are)
doing business as:
Tan Boys Insurance Partnership, located
at 870 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto,
CA 94303, Santa Clara County.
This business is owned by: A General
The name and residence address of the
owner(s)/registrant(s) is(are):
JOSEPH TAN, Trustee, Caleb Tan 2012
Irrevocable Trust, a General Partner
870 East Charleston Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
JOSEPH TAN, Trustee,
Joshua Tan 2012 Irrevocable Trust,
a General Partner
870 East Charleston Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
JOSEPH TAN, Trustee,
Noah Tan 2012 Irrevocable Trust,
General Partner
870 East Charleston Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
JOSEPH TAN, Trustee,
Joseph Tan Children’s 2012 Irrevocable
General Partner
870 East Charleston Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
a General Partnership
870 East Charleston Road
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 February 27, 2015.
(PAW Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2015)
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For Sale
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Learning Laptop/pads age 3-7 years - $5
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115 Announcements
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Evolution of Disruption in Healt
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Filing for Social Security: Flex
210 Garage/Estate
Art Open Studio
Little League Umpires Wanted
Meet & Move for Family Caregiver
Soccer Cleats Size 2 $7 Diadora
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& Body
403 Acupuncture
Mountain View, 1005 High School Way,
Saturday Nov 15 8-3
Special Concert & Worship
World Affairs Council on UN
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March 14, 8-2pm
130 Classes &
215 Collectibles
& Antiques
Stanford music tutoring
Aviation Grads
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133 Music Lessons
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245 Miscellaneous
Did You Know
Newspaper-generated content is so valuable it’s taken and repeated, condensed,
broadcast, tweeted, discussed, posted, copied, edited, and emailed countless times
throughout the day by others? Discover
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Piano lessons in Menlo Park
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Convenient location. Easy Parking.
Contact Alita (650)838-9772
135 Group Activities
Thanks St Jude
140 Lost & Found
Kate Spade Purse
Found, Kate Spade Purse, Sunday
March 1st, Menlo Park. Call 650 387 1429
145 Non-Profits
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Little House St. Patrick’s Day
Stanford Museums Volunteer
150 Volunteers
Become a Nature Volunteer!
Fosterers Needed for Moffet Cats
345 Tutoring/
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Classified Deadlines:
Online Writing Tutor
Treatments for Alzheimers
Acupuncturist Jay Wang PhD, specialized in chronical illness for seniors.
Call 650-485-3293 for a free consultation. 747 Altos Oaks Dr., Los Altos
So Sweet! Teddy Bear Cookie Jar - $22.00
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350 Preschools/
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Hi Five Sports
Informatica Corporation is accepting
resumes for the following positions in
Redwood City, CA:
Senior Product Marketing Manager
(RCPCH): Assist with creation of
marketing collateral including product data sheets, sales scripts, FAQs,
and white papers on Master Data
Management (MDM) technologies
and business solutions targeting
both business and technology leadership. Position may require travel to
various unanticipated locations.
Please mail resumes with job title and
reference Job Code # to Informatica
Corporation, ATTN: Global Mobility,
2100 Seaport Blvd., Redwood City,
CA 94063. No phone calls please.
Must be legally authorized to work
in the U.S. without
sponsorship. EOE.
Newspaper Delivery Route
Immediate Opening.
Route available to deliver the Palo
Alto Weekly, an award-winning community newspaper, to homes in Palo
Alto on Fridays. Approx. 1,070 papers,
8.25 cents per paper (plus bonus
for extra-large editions). Additional
bonus following successful 13 week
introductory period. Must be at least
18 y/o. Valid CDL, reliable vehicle and
current auto insurance req’d. Please
email your experience and qualifications to [email protected]
Or (best) call Jon Silver, 650-868-4310
Swim Instructor
Must like children. Good pay. Must have
swim background. Will train. Location:
Terman Middle School, Palo Alto. 3 days/
wk. Part or full time, 2-7pm. Call Carol,
Email: [email protected]
Pure Storage, Inc. has following job
opps. in Mountain View, CA:
Member of Technical Staff [Req.
#ZYR39]. Design and develop SW for
all-flash enterprise storage system.
Member of Technical Staff [Req.
#GUQ47]. Design and implement
SW for flash storage array.
Mail resumes referencing Req. # to:
H. Thibeault, 650 Castro St, Ste 400,
Mountain View, CA 94041.
VP, Product Advertising
VP, Product Advertising (Redwood
City, CA): Lead global team prod
mgrs specializ’g in advertis’g prod,
report’g prod and content mgmt
systems form half of revenue stream
for Co. Mail resumes: Shazam Media
Services, Inc., Yvonne Caprini,
2114 Broadway St., Redwood City,
CA 94063. Ref job# RW0215.
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Informatica Corporation is accepting resumes for the following positions in
Redwood City, CA:
Senior Product Specialist (RCVRA): Manage customer support cases on a daily
basis, including verifying cases, isolating and diagnosing the problem, and resolving the issue.
Senior Solutions Developer (RCLTR): Assist with the development of solution
design and delivery. Coordinate project resources in the delivery of high-quality
solutions within committed timeframes. Position may require travel to various,
unanticipated locations.
Senior Program Manager (RCBEK): Define current and to-be states within systems or organizational processes including user interface/user experience components, data governance, workflows, upstream/downstream interfaces and impact
and requirements development.
Senior Software Engineer (RCIWY): Responsible at a feature level for delivering
well tested, scalable, and robust components.
Sales Consultant, Pre-Sales (RCVGO): Respond promptly to customer questions
with deep, detailed technical explanations of product features and capabilities.
Position may require travel to various, unanticipated locations.
Senior Technical Support Engineer (RCAPA): Provide technical support for
Informatica products. Responsible for ensuring customer success and satisfaction
with products and contributing to their long-term loyalty.
500 Help Wanted
Hewlett-Packard Company is accepting
resumes for the position of Director
Service Segment in Palo Alto, CA
(Ref. #PALILW1). Lead activities
required to build and develop capabilities to support product development,
product management and business
development for a combination of
product and service types, worldwide,
including: methods and practices;
operations; technology and tools;
quality and performance; go-to-market
enablement; knowledge management;
and content strategy. Mail resume
to Hewlett-Packard Company, 3000
Hanover Street, MS 1117, Palo Alto, CA
94304. Resume must include Ref. #,
full name, email address and mailing
address. No phone calls please. Must
be legally authorized to work in the
U.S. without sponsorship. EOE.
Technical Architecture Manager (RCJSI): Liaise with architects, technical teams,
and leadership (both business and IT) across the customer’s organization. Position
may require travel to various, unanticipated locations.
Technical Architecture Manager (RCRNA): Liaise with architects, technical teams,
and leadership (both business and IT) across the customer’s organization. Position
may require travel to various, unanticipated locations.
Lead Subject Matter Expert (Lead Support Engineer) (RCNKA): Work closely
with the Master Data Management (MDM) support team, QA, Engineering,
Solutions Delivery, Sales, and Product Management to ensure that MDM is
delivering overall superior service and support to
Senior Consultant (RCJYE): Ensure customers are successful in deploying
Informatica data integration and analytic platforms. Position may require travel
to various, unanticipated locations.
Please mail resumes with job title and reference Job Code # to Informatica
Corporation, ATTN: Global Mobility, 2100 Seaport Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94063.
No phone calls please. Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without
sponsorship. EOE.
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HOOP BERTH . . . The Menlo College women’s basketball team
received a reprieve from the NAIA
and was awarded an at-large bid into
the national championships that get
underway on Wednesday. The 13thranked Oaks (22-5) were upset in
the Cal Pac Conference tournament
semifinal, 51-49, by UC Merced after
going undefeated in the regular conference season. Menlo enters the
tournament as a No. 4 seed and will
meet No. 5 seed Briar Cliff (23-9) at
10 a.m. PT Wednesday. No. 19 Briar
Cliff lost to top-ranked Morningside,
77-62, in the semifinals of the Great
Plains Athletic Conference tournament, after finishing fourth in the regular season, to earn its 12th all-time
trip to the National Championships.
Menlo won its fourth-straight Cal Pac
regular-season title this season and
is making its seventh all-time appearance at the tournament.
On the cover: Palo Alto’s
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the top defenders in a 5-0
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ith little rain pelting the
landscape these days,
there is much talk about
drought. The Palo Alto girls soccer team would agree, but that
discussion has nothing to do with
the weather.
It has been 33 years since the
Vikings have shared a Central
Coast Section title in soccer. It
has been 35 since the girls have
claimed one. Clearly, the program is long overdue for one or
the other.
Palo Alto is now just one victory away from joining the 1982
team (co-champ) or 1980 squad
(outright champ) following
Wednesday’s 5-0 triumph over
visiting Santa Teresa in a CCS
Division I semifinal.
The No. 2-seeded Vikings (172-1) advanced to their first title
match since 2009 and will take on
No. 1 Mountain View (17-2-1) on
Saturday at Valley Christian at 10
a.m. The Spartans advanced with
a 1-0 victory over No. 5 seed Carlmont (13-8-2) at Milpitas High in
the other semifinal.
The Vikings and Spartans split
Palo Alto junior Heidi Moeser (24) and her teammates are heading to the CCS Division I soccer finals
on Saturday at Valley Christian (10 a.m.) after beating Santa Teresa, 5-0, in the semifinals Wednesday.
(continued on next page)
Gunn wrestler, coach head to state meet for final time
Cramer has few goals
left after pinning
big one at CCS
Horpel plans to step
down as head coach
after 40-year career
by Keith Peters
by Keith Peters
unn senior Ian Cramer
still has a few goals left to
achieve as he heads into
the 2015 CIF State Wrestling
Championships this weekend in
One big item, however, has been
checked off his list — one he has
been chasing for quite some time.
Cramer remembers seeing “The
Wall” the first time he walked
into the Gunn wrestling room. He
was in the sixth grade.
“There’s a big drawing of Coach
(Chris) Horpel doing a famous
move and a list of all their CCS
individual champions,” Cramer
said of his first visit.
It was at that moment that Cramer wanted his name on the wall,
as well.
“Since the moment I walked
into the room and saw it,” he confirmed. “I didn’t completely understand how they got their names
on it, but I knew they had to be
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Butch Garcia
by Keith Peters
Al Chang
HOOP HONOR . . . Hamilton College senior guard Joseph Lin of Palo
Alto has been selected for the 2015
NESCAC Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team. Lin was placed on
the second team and was one of 10
players that received all-conference
honors. He was named the NESCAC
Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
on Jan. 12 after he handed out a
team-record 16 assists on Jan. 9.
Lin leads the conference with 6.4 assists per game and he is ranked third
with 1.8 steals per game and 12th
with 13.5 points per game. He was
even better in NESCAC games as
he ranked fifth with 15.0 points per
game, fifth with a 3.0 assist-to-turnover ratio and fifth with a free-throw
percentage of 85.2 percent against
conference opponents.
Palo Alto girls
will play for first
title in 35 years
Gunn senior Ian Cramer (left) will seek to medal at the state meet
while head coach Chris Horpel is making his final trip.
he drive to Bakersfield will
be the same and Rabobank
Arena will be familiar as
ever. But, the 2015 CIF State
Wrestling Championships will be
different for Chris Horpel.
This will be his last one as
Gunn’s head coach.
“I think it’s time for somebody
else to be the head guy,” said Horpel, 63. “I’ve had a good run and
it has been a blast. I love the kids
I work with, all 40 years worth.”
Time has taken its toll on Horpel, a former All-American wrestler at Stanford, and his body is
telling him to step away.
“I keep adding to my injury
list,” said Horpel, who has taken
an active coaching role during his
career. His instruction often is on
the mat.
He has a ruptured disc in his
lower back and neck. He needs
double knee replacements, despite having three surgeries on
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Al Chang
CCS soccer
(continued from previous page)
Girls Division III
Top-seeded Sacred Heart Prep
rolled into its second straight title
match with a 5-1 romp over No.
12 King’s Academy at Westmont
High in Campbell on Wednesday.
The Gators (18-2-1), who have
outscored two opponents by 15-1
in the postseason, will take on No.
7 Sacred Heart Cathedral in Saturday’s finals at Valley Christian
at 3 p.m.
The Irish (10-8-5) eliminated
No. 6 Menlo School (12-5-4) in
penalty kicks, 4-3, after the teams
had tied at 1-1 in regulation at
Palo Alto High.
Menlo erased a 1-0 deficit in
regulation with a late goal in the
first half as senior co-captain Alexandra Walker took a free kick,
senior Leah Swig controlled and
assisted on Emily Demmon’s
Sacred Heart Prep had no need
for PKs as junior Tierna Davidson
scored unassisted in the fourth
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minute and sophomore Sophie
Amid-Hozour tallied the eventual
winning goal in the 16th minute.
Brigid White, one of only four
seniors on the team, scored in the
46th minute off an assist from
freshman Mia Shenk. Davidson
got her second goal in the 72nd
minute with Lauren Von Thaden
assisting and Shenk wrapped
things up in the 75th minute with
sophomore Olivia Athens assisting.
Should SHP win its second outright section title on Saturday, the
Gators will tie the school record
for single-season wins (19) set last
Boys Division I
Top-seeded Menlo-Atherton
saw its season come to an end in
a 2-0 loss to No. 5 Bellarmine in
a semifinal match at Milpitas.
The Bears finished the year 16-4
while the Bells take a 15-4-4 record into Saturday’s section title
Boys Division II
Third-seeded Gunn played
100 scoreless minutes with No.
2 Leland (13-1-8) and wound up
falling in penalty kicks, 3-2, in a
semifinal at Valley Christian in
San Jose on Wednesday night.
The Titans finished 15-4-3 after
winning the SCVAL El Camino
Division title this season.
Boys Division III
Sacred Heart Prep survived
penalty kicks for the second
straight match and advanced to
the championship match with a
3-1 shootout win over No. 4 seed
Santa Cruz at Westmont High in
The No. 8-seeded Gators (13-27) will play No. 2 Sacred Heart
Cathedral (15-3-4) in the finals
Saturday at Homestead High at
12:30 p.m.
After playing to a 1-1 tie and
winning in PKs (5-4) over No. 1
Pajaro Valley on Saturday, SHP
nearly duplicated that effort in
Wednesday’s semifinals.
After Santa Cruz had gone
ahead, the Gators tied the match
in the 65th minute after a corner
kick found Cam Chapman. He
first headed the ball into a group
in front of the goal and, when the
ball bounced back to him he returned a shot into the back post.
Once in penalty kicks, sophomore keeper Zach Haire (returning from illness) made three huge
saves to send SHP into its second
CCS Division III title match since
2013, when the Gators tied Menlo.
Sacred Heart Prep coach Armando Del Rio is still looking for his
first outright championship. Q
Al Chang
their SCVAL De Anza Division
matches with each other this season, but Mountain View won the
division title by one point.
“I think we have a really good
shot at them,” said Paly junior
Jacey Pederson, who provided the
first and fifth goals against No. 6
Santa Teresa (15-7). “I’m definitely looking for the win.”
Is this the Paly team that ends
the title drought?
“Could be,” said coach Kurt
Devlin. “Hopefully, the motivation is if we didn’t get the league
title we could get this.”
Devlin had a feeling this year’s
squad could reach the finals after
he took over the program for the
2011-12 season.
“From the beginning, I think
it’s always been a goal,” Devlin
said of reaching the CCS final.
“Our seniors, I think three or four
of them, have been contributors
since they were freshmen, so that
year I knew that in the future the
team was going to be good. And
then Jacey (Pederson) comes into
the scene, and then Alison Lu
and other juniors behind them,
and all of a sudden it’s that much
more talented. And the rest of the
players, being role players or not,
they’ve all done well, they’ve all
Palo Alto will be playing for its
first outright title since the 1980
team went 19-0 and won the section title when there was just one
Palo Alto put the match away
with three goals in the opening
half. Pederson lofted in a shot
from 30 yards out in the 25th minute, junior Nika Woodfill made it
2-0 in the 22nd minute and and
sophomore Natalie Maloney con-
nected in stoppage time on a cross
from Woodfill.
The offensive onslaught continued in the second half with
defender Alison Lu knocking
home a shot from in front of the
Saints’ goal in the 38th minute. In
the 24th minute, a Santa Teresa
player was called for a hand ball
inside the penalty box and Pederson tallied her second goal on the
penalty kick and now has 26 goals
this season.
Palo Alto’s defense blanked the
Saints’ senior standout, Tegan
McGrady, who is headed to Stanford in the fall. Paly sophomore
Lauola Amanoni was all over
McGrady, who wound up being a
non-factor in the match.
“Defensively, they were fantastic,” Devlin said of his squad.
“The girls were energetic and
were rewarded for their effort.”
Al Chang
Paly’s Lauola Amanoni (16) help blank Stanford-bound Tegan McGrady (19) of Santa
Teresa during a 5-0 CCS semifinal win by the Vikings that saw Jacey Pederson (right)
celebrate two goals, here with Emily Tomz (10) and Talia Malchin (5).
Menlo School’s Emily Demmon (11) celebrates her goal that tied the CCS Division III match at 1 against
Sacred Heart Cathedral on Wednesday and sent it to overtime, where the Irish won on penalty kicks.
Pinewood girls making most
of trip to CCS Open Division
Prep turnovers. Another layup
by Eackles off an inbounds pass
from Bade gave Pinewood a 45-43
lead with 45 seconds left.
Eastside Prep had two chances
to tie after that, but Chacitty Cunningham was called for an illegal
screen with 31 seconds to play,
and after Hing missed the front
end of a 1-and-1, Tahaafe couldn’t
get her shot to fall.
Hing then made two free throws
with 11.5 seconds remaining to
put Pinewood ahead 47-43. Brije
Byers converted a drive with three
seconds left to cut the deficit to
two, but Eastside Prep was out of
timeouts, so Pinewood allowed
the clock to run out instead of inbounding the ball.
After scoring eight points in a
span of five possessions early in
the third quarter, Graham was
held scoreless for the rest of the
game as Pinewood beat Eastside
Prep for the third time this season — including twice to win the
West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division title.
“I think we bring the best out of
one another,” Eastside Prep coach
Donovan Blythe said. “They’re a
great team. They deserve to move
on. We’re in the same league so
I’m cheering for them.”
Pinewood now has a rematch
with Sacred Heart Cathedral. The
Panthers outscored the visiting
Fighting Irish, 26-7, in the fourth
quarter to win the previous matchup this season, 61-48, on Dec. 20
at the Presentation Shootout.
“It’s a great thrill,” Schlepper
said of reaching the final. “That
was the goal after last year’s state
championship. The girls were put
to the question, if you want to go
Open (Division) you have to work
really hard to get there, because
the way we have to play to win is
like we did in the last 3:30 of this
game, where you get a stop, get a
score, run our sets to perfection
and get to the basket.”
Scheppler hopes to have Kailahi
for Friday’s title game. She missed
the final four minutes after she
landed awkwardly after a drive to
the basket and appeared to injure
her left knee. Kailahi missed four
games earlier this season with a
right knee injury.
In Open Division consolation
action, No. 8 Palo Alto (22-4)
dropped a 76-60 decision to No. 4
seed and host Scotts Valley (24-4)
to end its first time in the division
at 0-2.
The Vikings were led by Lauren
Koyama’s 15 points while Alexis
Harris added 12 and Maddy Atwater had 10.
“Scotts Valley shot the ball very
efficiently,” said Paly coach Scott
Peters. “Don’t have the numbers,
but it must have been 60 to 70 percent from the field (22 of 26 from
the foul line). They executed very
Palo Alto will return to Division I for the CIF NorCal playoffs
and discover its seed on Sunday.
Division I
The last time Menlo-Atherton
reached a CCS title game, the
Bears fell to North Salinas in the
Division I finals in 2010. Five
years later, Menlo-Atherton has a
chance to avenge that loss.
The No. 2-seeded Bears (24-5)
will face top-seeded North Salinas (23-2) in Saturday’s section
finals at Santa Clara University
at 6 p.m. M-A will be seeking its
first CCS title since winning the
Division II crown in 1993.
The Bears advanced to the finals with a 55-52 overtime win
over No. 3 and host Piedmont
Hills on Wednesday while North
Salinas moved on with a 51-43
triumph over No. 4 Silver Creek.
Freshman Greer Hoyem scored
eight straight points (of her teamhigh 20) to help give the Bears a
Don Feria
by Harold Gutmann
he Pinewood girls showed
a knack for playing their
best basketball in crunch
time last season when they won
the CIF State Division V championship. That quality appears to
have carried over to this season,
as well.
Second-seeded Pinewood
scored 10 straight points late in
the fourth quarter to beat No. 6
Eastside Prep, 47-45, in a Central Coast Section Open Division
semifinal Tuesday night at Milpitas High.
Pinewood (24-2) will face No.
5 Sacred Heart Cathedral (16-10)
in Friday’s title game at Santa
Clara University at 6 p.m. Eastside Prep (21-5) faced No. 1 seed
St. Ignatius (21-5) for third place
last night.
The Panthers from Los Altos
Hills won despite shooting an uncharacteristic 1 of 26 from behind
the arc, including 0 of 18 in the
first half.
“If we can win a game shooting
1 for (26) from 3, that’s a joke,”
Pinewood coach Doc Schlepper
said. “I always tell our girls if we
get our shots, we’re going to win.
And we got our shots, couldn’t hit
‘em, but we found a way. Got to
the basket, got some layups, made
our free throws at crucial times,
and when you’re down six with
3:30 to go, I think our poise held
Freshman post Stella Kailahi
had 13 points and senior guard
Marissa Hing added 12 in the
win, while freshman guard Kayla
Tahaafe had 15 points and Arizona-bound center Destiny Graham
had 12 for Eastside Prep (21-5).
Pinewood trailed 43-37 midway
through the fourth quarter when it
made its decisive run. Hing made
two free throws, and then Chloe
Eackles and Gabi Bade both
made layups following Eastside
Pinewood senior guard Marissa Hing had 12 points in a 47-45 CCS
Open Division semifinal win over Eastside Prep.
25-13 halftime lead. With the Pirates in foul trouble and the Bears
hitting threes and scoring in the
paint, it looked like an easy victory for the Bears.
However in the second half,
the Pirates began chipping away
and held a 44-43 lead with 15
seconds remaining. With just 2.3
seconds left in regulation, M-A’s
Megan Sparrow drew a foul and
converted a free throw to send the
game to overtime. Three starters
for Piedmont Hills fouled out
in the fourth quarter, but with a
minute left in overtime the Pirates
still led by two. With 44 seconds
remaining, Hoyem scored, drew a
foul and hit the free throw to regain the lead at 50-49. Ilana Baer
and Carly McLanahan converted
two free throws each to put the
game away.
Division IV
Menlo School advanced to its
third consecutive CCS championship after a convincing 58-45 win
over visiting Soquel in Atherton.
Second-seeded Menlo (18-8)
plays top seed Notre Dame-Belmont (13-13), a 37-32 winner over
The King’s Academy, in Saturday’s championship game at Independence High at 2 p.m.
Menlo came out strong going
ahead early against Soquel and
grabbed a 29-9 lead with 5:24 left
in the second quarter. It was 38-28
at the half.
Menlo sophomore guard Sam
Erisman paved the way with a
team-high 18 points while both
Hannah Paye and Mackenzie
Duffner chipping in 12 points.
The Knights used a full-court
press to pressure Soquel and
limit Natalie Diaz, who scored 31
points in the quarterfinals. Diaz
did finish with 20 and had only
two by the time Menlo had gone
up by 20 in the second quarter.
Soquel turned the ball over 26
With Tuesday’s victory, Menlo
also earned a berth in the CIF
NorCal playoffs, which begin next
Upset victory gives Priory boys a shot at their first CCS title
by Andrew Preimesberger
lways a bridesmaid and
never a bride. That pretty
much describes the Priory
boys when it comes to the Central Coast Section basketball
The Panthers have played in
five Division V championship
games in program history, the
first in 2002 and the last in ‘14,
and are still waiting for something more than just a pat on the
Priory, however, will have an
opportunity to take that final step
when it play for the CCS Division
V title on Saturday at Notre Dame
de Namur University in Belmont
at 8 p.m. The No. 4-seeded Panthers (16-9) will face No. 6 R.L.
Stevenson (19-7).
RLS eliminated No. 7 Eastside
Prep (14-13) in one semifinal on
Wednesday at Santa Clara High,
48-44, while Priory upset top seed
Pinewood, 50-47.
Junior Scott Harris scored 17 of
his 19 points in the second half to
help rally Priory from a 20-point
deficit. The Panthers trailed by
17-4 after the first quarter and
were down 37-25 heading into the
final period. Pinewood (17-9) was
still on top, 43-39, with 3:25 left in
the game when Priory continued
its rally to reach the championship
Pinewood had won the past
four section titles, including last
year over Priory, 47-46. Pinewood, however, played again
without scoring leader Ryan
Brice. Jordan Riches filled in
with 14 points, 10 rebounds and
three blocked shots.
By reaching the title game,
Priory will earn a berth in next
week’s CIF NorCal playoffs.
While Priory won’t have to worry
about facing Pinewood, another
familiar foe from the West Bay
Athletic League will be there —
Sacred Heart Prep.
The No. 4-seeded Gators saw
their 16-game win streak end
in a 64-59 loss to St. Francis in
the Open Division semifinals on
Tuesday at Independence High.
SHP The No. 4-seeded Gators
dropped to 23-3 overall while
top-seeded St. Francis improved
to 22-4. Sacred Heart will place
for third place and will visit No.
3 Mitty (16-9) on Friday at 7:30
p.m. The Monarchs lost to to No.
2 Serra, 55-52, in overtime on
“We had a lot of people think
we’d get beat by 20,” said SHP
senior Corbin Koch, who led all
scorers with 28 points. “Every-
one underestimates the heart and
determination that our team has.
As long as we keep buying into
our system and what’s going on, I
think we’ll be fine.”
With five seconds left in the
fourth quarter, St. Francis senior Joseph Mihanovic sank two
clutch free throws to make it a
five-point lead and seal the win
for the Lancers.
In the fourth quarter, Sacred
Heart came storming back from
a deficit when Koch hit a huge
3-pointer from the top of the key
for a 60-57 game. The Gators,
however, never got any closer
since taking the lead with 4:45
left in the first quarter.
With six seconds left in the
game and St. Francis up 62-59,
SHP’s Mitch Martella got an open
look at a 3-pointer, but it rattled
off the rim and the Lancers took
possession — leading to two converted free throws.
Division IV
Menlo School rolled to a 62-37
victory over Terra Nova at KaiserPermanente Arena in Santa Cruz
on Tuesday and into the CCS
championship game this weekend.
The No. 2-seeded Knights (18-7)
will face No. 1 Santa Cruz (226) on Saturday at Independence
High at 4 p.m. The Cardinals advanced with a 55-48 win over No.
4 Pacific Grove (19-6).
Menlo senior Liam Dunn paved
the way, scoring 13 of his gamehigh 22 points in the second quarter. The Knights led by 27-21 at
the half. Menlo pulled away with
a 22-8 third quarter.
Dunn sank three 3-pointers,
and Charlie Roth contributed 15
points for the Knights. Q • Palo Alto Weekly • March 6, 2015 • Page 57
Stanford women face a new hoop scenario at Pac-12s
Cardinal takes a No. 3 seed into conference tournament after an up-and-down regular season marks by an uncharacteristic nine losses
By Rick Eymer
t’s a crazy scenario that seems
to defy description. The Stanford women’s basketball team
has shown this season it can beat
the best, and has also shown it
can lose to the not-so-best.
No other women’s team in the
country has beaten both the topranked team in the nation and
a power conference champion,
and has lost to a pair of teams
with losing records in the same
The 19th-ranked Cardinal (219) owns wins over top-ranked
and defending national champion
Connecticut and Pac-12 champion Oregon State. Stanford lost to
teams seeded 10th and 11th in the
Pac-12 Conference tournament,
which got under way Thursday in
Stanford, seeded third, plays its
first game Friday at 2 p.m. at Key
Arena in Seattle.
The Cardinal will meet either
No. 6 UCLA or No. 11 Arizona,
who met Thursday. The Wildcats
beat Stanford this season.
“I would not rule out anybody,”
Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer
said of the potential tourney
champ. “It’s been a competitive
season and any team can get on
a roll and continue to play well.
Last year, USC came out as a 5
seed and ran through the tournament.”
It’s hard to tell whether the Cardinal is entering the tournament
on a roll, or on a down note. Stanford is coming off a 62-55 loss at
Oregon last weekend. A few days
earlier, the Cardinal toppled Oregon State.
To make matters worse, standout sophomore Karlie Samuelson
will miss the rest of the season
with a foot injury.
“This team responds well when
we’re backed into a corner,”
VanDerveer said. “This is one
game and that’s it. I like that pressure for our team.”
Arizona and the Bruins have
been Stanford’s tournament opponents more than any other conference team. The Cardinal is a
combined 15-1 against them, 8-1
versus UCLA and 7-0 against the
Stanford enters the tournament
as something other than the top
seed for the first time. Of course,
the last time the Cardinal finished
out of first place was in 2000, a
full two years before the tournament’s inception. Overall, Stanford has never finished below
third after finishing sixth in 198687, the first year the then Pac-10
sponsored women’s basketball.
The Ducks, who beat the Cardi-
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nal for the first time more than 10
years, met seventh-seeded Washington State on Thursday.
Stanford owns a 34-3 all-time
record through the first 13 years
of the conference tournament and
has never lost a quarterfinal game.
The Cardinal is 12-0 all-time in
the quarterfinals, 12-1 in the
semifinals and 10-2 in the finals.
The No. 3 seed is 18-11 all-time
at the Pac-12 Tournament. It’s 8-3
against the No. 6 seed and 1-1
against the No. 11 seed.
Stanford is currently 21st in the
NCAA RPI and has played the nation’s 15th-toughest schedule. Ten
of its 30 opponents are in the RPI
top 25, something only one other
school can claim (UCLA; 12).
In hindsight, the roller coaster
ride that has been Stanford’s season should not come as a surprise.
First of all, Chiney Ogwumike
left a void in the All-American
category when she graduated and
left for the WNBA.
The Cardinal returned solid
players in seniors Orrange, Bonnie Samuelson, Taylor Greenfield
and Erica Payne but it also had
to rely on sophomores and freshmen like Lili Thompson, Karlie
Samuelson, Briana Roberson,
Erica McCall, Brittany McPhee
and Kaylee Johnson.
Orrange was named to both the
All-Pac-12 squad and the Pac-12
All-Defensive Team, Thompson
earned her first All-Pac-12 nod,
Bonnie Samuelson was picked
All-Pac-12 honorable mention and
Johnson earned a spot on the Pac12 All-Freshman team.
Connecticut and Oregon State
are a combined 54-4 and Stanford is 2-0 against them. Throw
Washington and California into
the mix and the Cardinal is 5-1
against teams with a combined
96-20 mark.
Oregon and Arizona are a combined 23-35 this season and Stanford is a combined 1-2 against
In other words, when the
sophomores and freshmen are
good, Stanford is very, very good.
Thompson scored 24 points in the
win over the Huskies. In fact, she
scored at least 24 in four of the
first five games she played.
She never did it again afterward, though she hit 21 in a win
over USC and reached double figures in all but six games in which
she played.
Johnson grabbed 22 rebounds
in a game twice in her first eight
games. She’s reached 17 twice
since and had 14 double-digit
games. She also has five doubledoubles, more than the rest of her
teammates have accumulated
“Kaylee has done real well
for us, especially rebounding,”
VanDerveer said. “Brittany is just
a high-energy player and that’s
exactly what we need eight now.”
Roberson has reached double
figures eight times, McPhee has
done so three times, McCall seven
times and Karlie Samuelson six
It’s just been a year of extreme
peaks and valleys. Four different
underclassmen have combined to
score at least 20 points in a game
eight times. The talent is evident
but the consistency is not.
It should make for an interesting tournament. Stanford could
win three straight and capture its
11th conference tournament title,
or it could bow out in the quarterfinal.
Against Oregon, Orrange
played her 140th game in a Cardinal uniform, just the eighth player
in Stanford history to reach that
number. She joined Kayla Pedersen (150), Jeanette Pohlen (150),
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude (148),
Jayne Appel (147), Chiney Ogwumike (145), Nnemkadi Ogwumike
(145) and Joslyn Tinkle (142).
Should the Cardinal play five
more games this season, Bonnie
Samuelson would join that group
as well. Q
(continued from page 55)
Alexandra Walker
Ian Cramer
The senior co-captain helped
the Knights post a pair of
CCS Division III soccer wins,
getting one goal and assist
in an opening win before
scoring the winning goal in a
2-0 upset of No. 3 Harbor in
the quarterfinals.
The senior wrestler went 5-0
with four pins and a 5-1 win
in the finals to capture the
138-pound title, his first, at
the CCS Championships and
qualify for the State Meet.
He improved to 31-1 with 25
pins this season.
Honorable mention
Olivia Athens
Sacred Heart Prep soccer
Zoe Enright
Menlo soccer
Destiny Graham
Eastside Prep basketball
Greer Hoyem
Menlo-Atherton basketball
Emily Katz
Menlo-Atherton softball
Jacey Pederson*
Palo Alto soccer
Alex Gallo
Menlo-Atherton soccer
James Giaccia
Palo Alto wrestling
Alex Gil-Fernandez*
Gunn basketball
Darius Riley
Eastside Prep basketball
Alex Ruber
Gunn soccer
Alex Szeptycki
Sacred Heart Prep soccer
* previous winner
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Butch Garcia
among the best wrestlers in school
Cramer set a goal to join the
Wall of Fame. Six years later, that
goal is a reality.
The Gunn senior earned his
place on the wall by winning
his first title at the Central Coast
Section Championships with a
5-1 victory over Max McCann of
Monta Vista on Saturday night at
Independence High in San Jose.
Cramer, who finished second
last year at 132 pounds, improved
to 31-1 with 25 pins while earning his second trip to the State
Meet, set for next weekend at
Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
This marks the 11th year in row
that Gunn has qualified for state
in wrestling.
Cramer beat McCann for the
fourth time this season and the
sixth time in his career.
“Max is a really great opponent,” said Cramer. “He really
rises to the occasion when the
pressure is the highest. Last night
was probably my toughest match
against Max yet. It feels so good
to have beaten him, since it was
such a tough match. He really
made me work for it.”
Cramer becomes one of only
five male CCS champs from
Gunn. Dwight Miller won titles
at 103 and 112 pounds in 1973
and ‘74 under coach Bill Sperry,
Dan Gebben won at 165 pounds
in 1979, Zack Blumenfeld (171)
in 2009 and Stefan Weidemann
(152) in 2011.
“I am really proud of Ian’s
performance,” said Gunn coach
Chris Horpel. “He was ranked
first all season and had a target on
his back because of it. Even still,
he dominated the weight class and
lived up to his ranking.”
During Horpel’s 12-year tenure, Gunn had 14 finalists and
four won titles — including Cadence Lee at the girls’ section
meet. Now, Cramer is finally one
of them.
“It’s a great feeling of accomplishment that I’m going to be up
there,” Cramer said.
Cramer heads to the state meet
ranked No. 7 in California by The
California Wrestler. The top six
are all returning medalists.
“I have goals for the state meet,”
said Cramer. “I want to be on the
Gunn senior Ian Cramer (top) posted a 5-1 win over Max McCann of Monta Vista to win his first CCS
wrestling title, at 138 pounds, and qualify for the CIF State Meet. Cramer is 31-1 with 25 pins this season.
podium (top 8). The goal is to take
first, but that will be tough.”
One big goal perhaps within
Cramer’s reach is the school record for single-season victories.
Miller (1973 and ‘74) and Nic Giaccia (2008) hold the mark with
“Dwight Miller really set the
bar high,” Cramer said.
Miller also was Gunn’s first
state meet entrant, in 1973, when
he finished third. No Gunn boy
has ever won a state title in wrestling, even though Cadence Lee
did it twice for the girls. Other
than Miller and Lee, Gunn wrestlers have fared no better than the
seventh — by Floyd Williams
(1978) and Erik Duus (1984).
At 31-1, Cramer heads to the
state meet with the fewest losses
in program history.
The only setback came in the
finals of the Mid Cal Invitational,
where Cramer took second to a
wrestler from Buchanan (Fresno).
Unfortunately for Cramer, he
won’t have a chance to avenge that
defeat since his opponent dropped
weight and will compete at 132
Also advancing to the state
meet was Palo Alto’s James Giaccia at 126 pounds following a
4-3 decision over Eric Loredo of
San Benito. Giaccia opened with
an 8-0 major decision over Joshua Garnica of Sobrato, pinned
Orion Bautista of Pacific Grove
in just 29 seconds, pinned Anthony Pacheco of Palma in 4:56
before dropping an 11-4 decision
to Gio Zacarias of Aptos. Giaccia
bounced back with a 5-3 decision
over Vinnie Santiago of Wilcox to
reach the third-place match.
Palo Alto’s Chioke BryantAnderson was fifth at 170 pounds
and Menlo-Atherton’s Donald
La Haye was fifth at 182 pounds.
Only the top three finishers ad-
vanced to the state tournament.
Gilroy won its 13th straight
team title with 282 points. Bellarmine finished second and the
SCVAL’s Fremont High placed
third in the 75-team field. Gunn
finished 21st with 42 points with
Palo Alto scoring 39.5.
Gunn’s David Abramovitch was
1-2 at 126 pounds, Tanner Kerrins
was 1-2 at 132, Aaron Schultz was
0-2 at 145, Thomas Chang-Davidson was 0-2 at 152, and Kirill
Demyanenko (2-2) placed ninth
at 285.
At the fifth annual CIF Girls
Wrestling State Invitational
Championships at the Visalia
Convention Center, Palo Alto senior Alexa Austin’s prep career
came to an end Saturday with a
13-6 loss to Priscella Lopez of
Edison in the second round of the
consolation bracket. Austin went
0-2 for the second straight season
in the state meet. Q
with his wife, Sandi. The long
wrestling season, however, often
interferes with the couples’ vacation schedules.
“I planned my departure from
Stanford,” he said. “People didn’t
think I could do it, but it did. I
think I can switch gears and be
the photographer/surfer dude. My
Newport Beach upbringing is too
much a part of me.”
Horpel recorded an undefeated
season in 1970 at Newport High
and set the national high school
pin record by pinning 34 of 36
opponents. At Stanford, he set the
school career record (56) and season (18) pin records.
Horpel began his coaching career as the assistant coach at Stanford (1975-76) while training for
the ‘76 Olympics. After the Montreal Olympiad, he was assistant
coach at Palo Alto High (197677), head coach at Gunn (197778), and assistant coach at UCLA
(1978-79). In 1979-80 Horpel was
named the head coach at Stanford
and remained in that position for
22 years before taking over as the
Director of Wrestling.
In his 24 years on the Farm,
coach Horpel achieved three impressive goals: made Stanford
wrestling competitive nationally,
enabled Stanford’s wrestling program to be financially self-sufficient, and made Stanford one of
the top two academic wrestling
teams in the U.S. (Stanford’s
team GPA has averaged between
a 3.2 and 3.4 every year).
Horpel has been at Gunn for 12
years, guiding the Titans to five
league titles and three undefeated
seasons. He also produced one to
six state meet qualifiers each year
for 11 straight years.
When he started at Gunn, he
had 12 wrestlers for 14 weights.
He built that up to 35 wrestlers
at one point and doesn’t want to
see the program return to its early
Horpel plans on coaching the
Terman Middle School team this
spring, where he will continue to
impart his three rules: have fun,
get in shape and learning something new.
It has been a successful formula
for the past 40 years. Q
(continued from page 55)
his knees. He has undergone hip
surgery and even tore an ACL following one knee surgery.
“I can still roll around with these
guys, but something always gets
tweaked,” he said. “I like sports
that throw you around and slap
you in the face. (But) The older
you get, the more brittle you get.”
Once he made his decision to
step aside, Horpel set out to make
this final season as enjoyable as
“I’ve been trying to appreciate
everything,” he said, whether it
was a dual match, a tournament
or the league finals.
While he hopes to stick around
and help out the program since
Gunn will be hosting the SCVAL
Championships next season, it
won’t be as the head coach. It’s
time, he says, to start enjoying the
things that he missed.
Horpel grew up in Newport
Beach and learned to surf. He now
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