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High schools to stop reporting decile rankings to colleges
With so many students at the top, A very respectable 3.55 GPA, for school populations. kids by putting them into these bins?
rankings are counterproductive, officials say example, puts a Palo Alto student And students in Palo Alto’s top “I don’t want to invoke Lake
squarely in the middle — the fifth decile “have such strong academic Wobegon analogies, but we have an
by Chris Kenrick decile. A 3.0 relegates the student to profiles that they speak for them- incredibly strong population of stu-
decile eight. selves,” Milliken said. dents,” he said.
n Palo Alto’s high-flying high ing a student’s decile ranking — that “Our ‘2s’ would be ‘1s’ in most With ranking systems such as that More than 24 percent of current
schools, it’s crowded at the top. is, the student’s standing on a scale other places,” said Director of Sec- of U.S. News & World Report, col- high school seniors, for example,
So many students earn stellar of 1 to 10, with 1 being the highest, ondary Education Michael Mil- lege admissions officers are under were recognized as National Mer-
grade-point averages that the school when compared with classmates. liken. pressure to select applicants from it Semifinalists or Commended
district years ago quit reporting a With the top decile bottoming Getting ranked below the second top deciles, Milliken said. Scholars.
student’s class rank to colleges. out at 3.947 GPA, school officials decile is “not helpful to students” — “A lot of these colleges want kids And SAT data shows that students
Beginning next year, for similar decided that decile sorting harms particularly when that same student stacked up 1 to 10 so they can scoop
reasons, the district will stop report- more students than it helps. would rise to the top in most other off the top two. Have we helped our (continued on page 16)
Palo Alto City Council
endorses $2.5 million in
improvements for busy park
by Gennady Sheyner
hat began as an effort to
build a reservoir at El
Camino Park in Palo Alto
transformed into a broader overhaul
Monday night, April 23, when the
City Council approved $2.5 million
in new improvements, including a
synthetic turf, expanded parking
and a dog exercise area.
The council voted 6-2, with Coun-
cilwomen Karen Holman and Gail
Price dissenting and Mayor Yiaway
Yeh absent, to add a host of ame-
nities to the park, which lies near
the Menlo Park border. The project
is intended to leverage the current
work to build a new reservoir, which
city voters approved in 2007. The
2.5-million-gallon tank will provide
water for Palo Alto if the Hetch Het-
Look out, Pele chy system that currently supplies
Carl Albrecht, 80, left, squares off with Bill Mayfield while playing soccer at the Stanford/Palo Alto Community Playing Fields on April 26. the city were to become damaged
The men belong to a 60-and-up recreational soccer club that meets four days a week. in an earthquake.
The council agreed the emer-
gency project provides the city an
property, which is under construction, opportunity to pursue additional
CRIME at about 1:30 p.m., and police found improvements at the park, including
him on Hamilton Avenue. the creation of an amenity that has
But Philip said that Hicks wasn’t been sorely lacking in the north part
Squatter arrested for living stealing from the home. He was liv-
ing there. Police are coming upon
of the city: an exercise area for dogs.
The city currently has three dog
in Palo Alto mansion more people who are taking up resi-
dence in vacant Palo Alto homes,
parks, in Greer, Hoover and Mitch-
ell parks. Staff and council mem-
he said. bers have long acknowledged the
Not the first time police have found homeless living in houses “There are so many homes under dearth of open spaces for dogs and
under construction, sergeant says construction. It does happen more had agreed to keep that in mind any
by Sue Dremann often now,” he said. time the city improves its parks.
Squatters find the homes attrac- In this case, the dog area would be
alo Alto residents have some- going for empty mansions in some glarizing a Crescent Park home in tive because they are in safe, quiet one of many added amenities. The
thing else to watch for besides of the city’s toniest neighborhoods. the 500 block of East Crescent Drive neighborhoods and are frequently project approved by the council also
burglars these days — squat- Police arrested Matthew Hicks, 38, between University Avenue and obscured by cloth-covered fencing. includes a turf field for soccer and
ters. And these individuals don’t in- for trespassing on Tuesday, April 24, Southwood Drive, Sgt. Brian Philip
habit dilapidated structures. They’re after a resident thought he was bur- said. The resident saw Hicks leave the (continued on page 16) (continued on page 10)
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RECREATION Proposed Bay-to-Ridge trails
City eyes new trails between
Palo Alto hopes to create a regional trail network
to link local open-space preserves Rd
by Gennady Sheyner
alo Alto is flanked by pristine by integrating the 101 project into the
landscapes, from the sprawl- broader Bay-to-Ridge effort, the city Al ve
ing Baylands in the east to the would have a better chance to acquire m oA
rolling foothills in the west, but con- grant funding for the new bridge.
necting these popular destinations Betts said Tuesday that the pur- Route proposed by
with trails has been a challenge for
pose of a Bay-to-Ridge trail is to Pa Parks & Recreation
the densely developed city split by a connect as many parks and open r kB Commission
major highway, two busy traffic ar- spaces as possible and to make it M
teries and a set of railroad tracks. easier for residents of Palo Alto and ve dl
Now, however, the city is looking surrounding cities, particularly Los eA iel
e rd d
to create two cross-city trails to pro- Altos and Mountain View, to walk
vide nature lovers from throughout or bicycle from one nature preserve
the region easy access between the to another. He called urban trails ad
various open-space reserves. On a “regional concept” that seeks to kB
Tuesday night, the Parks and Recre- attract as many users as possible to Middle Rd
ation Commission endorsed a staff local nature preserves. El sto
Ha Ca rle
proposal to plan for one path that “If you’re hiking the 13-mile track ns
m ino ha
would take travelers along Fabian up the hill, you’ll have a place to Wy Re
Way, Charleston Road and Aras- stop in parks to refresh yourself at W
tradero Road and another one that restrooms or drinking fountains,” ie
would follow Matadero Creek. Betts told the commission. Trail proposed y Al
The city already has a Bay-to- A southern 13-mile trail would
by city staff aS
Ridge Trail, but it is largely concep- seek the “most central and direct
tual, steering nature lovers along route” between the Lucy Evans
California Avenue through the cen- Baylands Nature Center at the edge
ter of Palo Alto without the benefit of the San Francisco Bay and the
of directional signs. Greg Betts, the Daniels Nature Center on Skyline Foothill
city’s director of community ser- Boulevard, Betts said. Expy
vices, wrote in a new report that the “Along the way the trail route Trail proposed
by city staff
M ill Rd
“urban trail” is “only depicted on would pass as many urban parks as High
website and printed trail maps.” possible, would pass by the Aras- School
i l l Rd
This route was, however, bol- tradero Gateway Educational Cen-
stered by Stanford University’s re- ter and Foothills Park Interpretive
cent completion of a trail route near Center, and would provide safe g e
Deer Creek and Page Mill roads that routes away from busy streets and
R d Los Altos
leads to the Interstate 280 underpass intersections, whenever possible,” stra
at Arastradero. Betts wrote in his report.
The two new paths, to the south The commission agreed with
of the existing Bay-to-Ridge Trail, staff that creating a new urban trail
would complement another major in south Palo Alto is a great idea,
project the city is pursuing — the though members had some reserva-
construction of a bridge over U.S. tions about the details of the proposed
Highway 101 at Adobe Creek to Fabian/Charleston/Arastradero route.
improve east-west connectivity in Though Betts wrote in his report that bicyclists and is more suited to work south Palo Alto urban trails, though construct.” Major challenges include
south Palo Alto. Officials hope that this trail would take advantage of commuters than to nature lovers. Het- it included in its approval Crom- finding ways to cross Alma Street,
“existing safe on-street and off-street terley called Fabian Way “an unpleas- mie’s and Hetterley’s suggestion to the Caltrain tracks and El Camino
TALK ABOUT IT bike and pedestrian routes,” Com- ant place to ride.” use Meadow Drive. Real, he wrote in his report.
www.PaloAltoOnline.com missioners Deirdre Crommie and They both proposed an alterna- The creekside trail along Matadero “For the time being, and until
Which of the three southern routes from Jennifer Hetterley both argued that tive route that would use Meadow is more tentative than the one pegged grant funding for the 101 Overcross-
bay to ridge do you favor and why? the Charleston-Fabian Way portion Drive instead of Charleston Road for Charleston. Betts noted that the ing can be secured, this trail route
Share your opinion with others on Town of the route is not attractive to rec- and then Wilkie Way to get to Aras- Matadero trail “would take consider- would serve as a guide for long-
Square, the online discussion forum on
Palo Alto Online.
reational users. Crommie said this tradero Road. The commission vot- able planning and negotiation with the range trail planning and construc-
portion of the route is “too busy” for ed 6-0 to support the two proposed Santa Clara Valley Water District to tion,” Betts wrote.
Collins was an employee of not respond to inquiries regard- regarding the Palo Alto High
CITY HALL 4Leaf, Inc., a Pleasanton construc- ing why the city did not make the School incident.
tion-management and engineering death public. According to this week’s Cal-
Building inspector died corporation. City of Palo Alto Chief
Building Official Larry Perlin con-
Perlin speculated that the city
didn’t make the December inci-
OSHA report, Collins had been
inspecting drywall installation in
after climbing guard rails firmed earlier this week that Collins
was contracted by the city. He said
that Collins fell on his head, strik-
dent public because Collins was
not a city employee and worked
for a contractor.
the kitchen, dining room and main
hallway on the ground floor prior
to the accident.
City of Palo Alto-contracted inspector plunged ing the concrete floor below. The Weekly learned of the inci- The 4-foot-wide and 7-foot-high
to his death down an elevator shaft in December The city, however, did not make dent from a reader after reporting elevator opening, located in the
a public announcement about Col- on a separate April 17 accident, main hallway, was an opening in
by Sue Dremann lins’ death in December, despite during which a construction work- the wall. It connected the lower
City of Palo Alto-contract- by the city when he was critically the fact that he was working on er fell 13 feet onto a concrete floor level of the house to the ground
ed building inspector who injured Dec. 6. He was inspect- behalf of the city. at a classroom-building project at floor and upper story.
plunged down an elevator ing a home under construction on Perlin said he recalled a memo Palo Alto High School. The elevator-shaft entrance was
shaft to his death had climbed on the 1700 block of Waverley Street about Collins’s accident or death The worker broke a hip and blocked on the ground floor by
two guardrails that gave way, ac- near Lowell Avenue, according to that did circulate among some city sustained facial injuries in that two guardrails. Witness testimony
cording to an investigative report a report by the California Occupa- staff. Collins was known to several incident. varied regarding the rail positions,
released this week. tional Safety and Health Adminis- staff members at the city’s develop- Perlin said he did not know but the report noted the bottom rail
Gary Collins, 43, a resident of tration (Cal-OSHA). ment center, as he had frequented what city policy is regarding mak- was secured to the wall by nails at a
San Ramon, was working for an He died Dec. 19 after being in a the office for several months. ing public fatal accidents. The city
inspection-services company hired coma for nearly two weeks. City Manager James Keene did also did not issue any statement (continued on page 11)
Proposed upgrades to Ross Road and Oregon Expressway intersection
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long-awaited traffic signal that on Ross Road to a “right turn only” of biking and walking while creat-
650-843-0658 is key to the future Ross Road
Bicycle Boulevard received
onto Oregon. Cars on Oregon would
be allowed to turn left onto Ross us-
ing a safer Oregon Expressway.
“A capital investment in the infra-
3196 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306 the green light from the Palo Alto ing new left-turn signals. structure of our community in our
email@example.com City Council Monday, April 23. Residents expressed approval for area of town is unprecedented,” she
The council voted unanimously the new signals during 2008-09 said.
on the $410,000 budget amendment, community-outreach meetings for Michael Aberg, a Midtown resi-
which is the city’s fair-share contri- the overall Oregon Expressway proj- dent and a father of three young
bution to the $3.1 million Oregon ect, according to a city staff report. boys, told the council Monday he’s
Expressway Improvement Project, Louis Road improvements include looking forward to the new traf-
planned by Santa Clara County. modifying the existing “rolled” curbs fic light on Ross, which will help
Changes to the intersections along to vertical curbs on the south side be- school children cross the busy Or-
the expressway are intended to in- tween Oregon and Warren Way. egon thoroughfare.
crease safety and traffic flow along Bicycle-boulevard proponents “I think this will be the first step
the corridor. have pushed for years for a traffic to getting a nice Ross Road bicycle
The $410,000 will provide fund- light at the busy intersection of Or- boulevard that will help us and a
ing for work on intersections at Ross egon and Ross, saying it would help lot of our neighbors who also have
and Louis roads — adding a spe- link the Midtown area to North Palo young kids in the community,” Ab-
cialized bicycle light at Ross and Alto. erg said.
equipment that uses microwaves Pam Radin, a member of the Palo City staff had recommended ap-
to detect bicycles as they approach Alto Bicycle Advisory Committee, proval of the budget amendment.
Ross and at Bryant Street. The de- said she was thrilled the light could Funding would come from previous-
vices would extend the length of the become a reality. ly collected fees from the Stanford
green lights when bicycles are cross- “Ross Road Bicycle Boulevard will Research Park Transportation Im-
ing. Bryant is already a designated be a foothold for biking and walking pact Fee Program, according to the
bike boulevard. across town. ... This project is a huge staff report. The council approved
The signal will allow bicyclists and public benefit to Palo Alto residents the item as part of its consent calen-
pedestrians to cross Oregon while and their health and safety and a way dar. Construction could begin in the
restricting traffic in both directions to maintain our community values fall, according to city staff.
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Keeping Your Home Assessed
Value When Moving
School board gets creative on enrollment Propositions 60, 90 and 110 allow qualiﬁed homeowners
Seeking options, members hazard ‘pie-in-the-sky’ scenarios for growth over the age of 55 or persons of any age who are severely
by Chris Kenrick and permanently disabled to transfer a property’s base value
Stanford University-affiliat- tary Transfer students and poten- and Jordan middle schools. from an existing residence to a replacement residence, under
ed “lab school” at Garland tially better serve their social-emo- Board member Barb Mitchell said
Elementary? Converting Es- tional as well as academic needs. she’d prefer to see a fourth middle certain conditions. These propositions apply to homeowners
condido or Nixon Elementary to a Currently, the 560 students in the school in the area where growth is who relocate within the same county or between participating
two-story middle school? court-ordered Tinsley program are most likely, which she thinks will
Confronting a looming shortage scattered among the district’s 17 be related to Stanford housing now counties (currently, Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Diego,
of classrooms in Palo Alto, Board campuses. on the drawing board. Alameda, Los Angeles and Ventura).
of Education members, in a study Garland also could become a “Currently we only have two fa-
session Thursday, began to pry the stable home for special-education cilities — Nixon and Escondido — Additional requirements for this tax treatment include:
lid off a Pandora’s Box of options to children, who now frequently must in that area,” Mitchell said. “I’d like (1) the cost of the replacement property can’t exceed the
capture more space through creating move from school to school depend- to see us consider converting one
new programs or shifting the venues of those campuses to a two-story current appraised value of the original property, (2) the
of existing ones. middle school and addressing the replacement property must be acquired within two years of
Wary of “stirring the pot” of com- ‘I’d rather stir the pot domino effect on elementary.” the sale of the original property and (3) the owner should ﬁle
munity emotions with bold sugges- now than make limited Rather than making bets now on
an application within three years.
tions, board members nonetheless where to place a 13th elementary
said they were hungry for a broad choices so we don’t stir school and fourth middle school, This tax treatment may be of great beneﬁt to qualifying
discussion that would lay all options the pot.’ board members agreed to wait a
homeowners who wish to downsize.
on the table. year, despite expressing worries that
They said they’re willing to wait —Barbara Klausner,
the school district’s growth projec- If you have a real estate question or would like a free market analysis for your home,
a year to have that discussion and school board member, Palo Alto please call me at 650-384-5392, Alain Pinel Realtors, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“There are some real emotions en year, Klausner said. ery possible option laid out and give
about moving anything in this Under both Garland scenarios, ourselves some room to brainstorm
district,” member Melissa Baten
Caswell said, adding she believes
significant housing growth in Palo
part of the campus still could be
reserved as a neighborhood school,
and think outside the box of mar-
ginal changes,” Klausner said.
Board members agreed to con-
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Alto is ahead.
“Somehow we need to be able to
have a conversation — to remove
Klausner also suggested the pos-
sibility of using Garland to accom-
modate middle-school enrollment
tinue their study session on enroll-
ment and facilities in May. Superin-
tendent Kevin Skelly said he would
the emotion and just talk about what growth. return to the board in June with rec-
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“pie in the sky scenarios” for the choices so we don’t stir the pot,” she be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly.
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dependent Stratford School. dle-school space, board member TALK ABOUT IT Starting July 1, 2012, VTA youth monthly passes will be
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with the Stanford School of Educa- sible to add second stories to build-
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tion to create a school heavily fo- ings at Terman Middle School, think the Palo Alto school district should
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first semester will end before winter ing to 10 schools, the average num- course and fall campus workshops For a list of accepted proofs of age,
break in December. ber of essays they’ll be doing is 50,
The new calendar means high because in spite of the Common Ap- (continued on page 9) visit clippercard.com/VTA or call 877.878.8883.
state law that restricts the amount a study to help it deal with this
NEIGHBORHOODS of chemicals a company can store problem. Last year, the consultant
before it has to add safety mea- CB Richard Ellis completed an
Palo Alto orders analysis of CPI’s toxic risk Fickett told the council Monday
the company takes the safety of its
amortization study to determine a
reasonable period for CPI to phase
out its operations. The consultant
City seeks to quell community concerns about chemicals at Barron Park site workers and nearby residents very determined that a 20-year period
seriously and that it has been work- would be reasonable with the clock
by Gennady Sheyner ing for the past five years to reduce starting in 2006, the year CPI com-
aced with protests from Bar- managing the risk. urged council members to begin the the amount of hazardous materials pleted its most recent improve-
ron Park residents over toxic The City Council’s decision to process of ushering CPI out of their at its site. He said that CPI’s facili- ments. Had the council pursued the
materials at a nearby plating pursue further analysis followed neighborhood. The company is lo- ties are monitored around the clock amortization option as Barron Park
shop, Palo Alto officials on Mon- testimony from top staff at Commu- cated at 607 and 811 Hansen Way. and that a trained employee over- residents had urged, CPI would
day, April 23, commissioned new nications & Power Industries (CPI) Though council members ex- sees each delivery of chemicals. have 14 years to move its plating
studies to determine the risk level and from more than a dozen Barron pressed concern about residents’ Fickett also said that the company, shop elsewhere.
and consider possible options for Park neighborhood residents who health and safety, they concluded which manufactures microwave and Now that CPI is no longer a Title
that they don’t have enough informa- radio-frequency equipment, em- 19 facility, the council is taking a
tion to determine the exact nature of ploys about 650 workers and has no look at its options and reassessing its
the threat or to make a decision on plans to relocate in any foreseeable definition of a hazardous facility.
what to do about it. future. Any attempt by the city to Councilman Pat Burt proposed
The 8-0 vote (Mayor Yiaway Yeh force it to move would be unlawful, Monday hiring a third party within
was absent) was the latest chapter Fickett said. 30 days to consider different hazard
in the six-year dispute between “We’ve done a tremendous assessments. The consultant would
CPI and its neighbors. The com- amount, and we will continue to fo- also evaluate the best practices for
pany made upgrades to its plat- cus our efforts here,” Fickett said. management of hazardous materials
ing shop in 2006, when it moved “While neighbors and the commu- and compare them with CPI’s prac-
a product line from San Carlos to nity are very important to us, our tices and recommend possible risk
Palo Alto. It attracted scrutiny sev- employees and their well-being is thresholds that could be considered
eral months later when it released equally important.” for a zoning amendment.
nitric acid into the air, prompting But residents weren’t convinced. Burt’s colleagues agreed that
reports of an unusual smell from One after another, they asserted to more analysis is needed given the
the Chimalus neighborhood. Con- the council that an industrial opera- wide range of views expressed at
cerns magnified in March 2008, tion containing hazardous chemicals Monday’s meeting. They also ac-
when CPI spilled water containing has no business being so close to cepted Councilwoman Gail Price’s
hydrochloric acid in the rear drive- single-family homes. Samir Tuma, proposal that once the consultant’s
way, and two months later, when who lives on Chimalus Drive near study is complete, the city would
the company accidentally dumped the CPI site, praised the company take the appropriate action within
about 50 gallons of wastewater for taking steps in recent years to six months.
containing copper and nickel into reduce its levels of hazardous ma- Councilmen Larry Klein and Sid
Matadero Creek. terials. But even with these actions, Espinosa both lauded CPI and its
Since then, CPI has upgraded he said, the company’s proximity to recent efforts. But both ultimately
its risk-management procedures the residential neighborhood does agreed that the company’s proxim-
and delivery protocols to prevent not make sense. ity to the residential homes is trou-
future calamities and reduced the “This plating shop is right behind bling.
amount of hazardous materials our neighborhood,” Tuma said. “A “It’s true that if we were starting
stored on the site. Bob Fickett, the plating shop with potassium cyanide from scratch, and we’re not, that we
company’s president and chief op- and nitric acid does not belong right wouldn’t approve it, and we wouldn’t
erating officer, said the amounts next door to our neighborhood.” have it so close to the neighbor-
of potassium cyanide and nitric Council members agreed and said hood,” Espinosa said. “I think the
acid at the company’s site are now the CPI plating shop would not have additional information would prove
below the threshold of Title 19, a been approved today. The company critical.”
has occupied the site since 1953. Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner
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will be offered, they said.
Board member Barb Mitchell said
the district should consider offering
a University of California-approved Art Classes
essay-writing class, in which stu- Private Lessons,
dents could work on polishing their
college essays. Classes &
Superintendent Kevin Skelly said Ensembles
Synapse School in Menlo Park
the district may already offer such
a class and that he would look into Preschool Cutting-edge, imaginative, accelerated, integrated, and hands-on
it. He also warned that many stu- Program academic summer enrichment courses with independent in-depth
and project-based morning and afternoon week-long programs for
dents would be likely to select Ad-
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a class. Camps Experience innovative and
Board members said they were inventive learning
generally happy with the calendar Concerts & Young Explorers (Play School)
transition plan but want the situation Exhibitions Constructivist Math
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“We need to be driven by the
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In other business Tuesday, school July 9-20, July 23-August 3,
officials said they will prepare a August 6-17, August 20-31
$10,000-a-month, two-year lease for
recently acquired district property June 11-14, August 6-9
at 525 San Antonio Road, formerly
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million last December to acquire
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Academy “for children gifted with
dyslexia,” is seeking to rent the
The plan is for joint use of the
property with Jane Yang, who cur-
rently operates the Champion after-
school Chinese program on the Gar-
land campus, Facilities and Bond
Program Manager Bob Golton told
“They intend to bring portables
onto the site and start Athena with
18 students and grow by 18 students
a year,” Golton said.
“Champion (the Chinese pro-
gram) will have approximately 60
Golton said he would continue
negotiations with the prospective
tenants and return to the board with
a proposed lease.
Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can
be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly.
El Camino Park
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lacrosse, a grass field for softball,
pathways in the north and 26 new
parking spaces (bringing total num-
Renderings courtesy of the City of Palo Alto
ber to 68).
But it was the dog park that proved
the most controversial proposal. The
Parks and Recreation Commission
had endorsed all the improvements
except the one for dogs and the ex-
panded parking lot, arguing that the
city shouldn’t spend nearly all the
funds in its $2.8 million park-devel-
opment-fees fund on one project.
Park development fees are collect-
ed from developers for the purpose
of improving parks, as compensa- The dog run at El Camino Park in Palo Alto would be located to the far left, past Alma Street.
tion for the increased demand for
city facilities and services that new Holman and Price both opposed For Price, money was the sway- new dog park slip away. Council- “Yes, it’s expensive, but we have an
residential and commercial build- the project, though for differing rea- ing factor. Given the city’s limited man Larry Klein said the city is not opportunity here that we don’t have
ings bring. sons. Holman argued that the dog resources, she said, the council a dog-friendly one, despite the huge elsewhere, so we should spend the
The dog run, which would be the run’s proposed location on the north should defer its discussion of a number of dog owners. Deferring park-impact fees.”
size of half a football field, would side near San Francisquito Creek dog park “to a future time when the project, Klein said, creates a Klein’s colleagues agreed,
include a wood-chip base, benches, would make it a difficult place for we can complete environmental likelihood that it would never hap- though with some reservations.
a water fountain for humans and a dog owners to reach. (analysis) and identify the appro- pen. The project is complicated by the
special spigot for dogs, according to “I wouldn’t take my dog there be- priate funding.” “I think this is an exciting oppor- anticipated relocation of MacAr-
Daren Anderson, the project man- cause I think it’s poor access for a But others argued the city tunity to get an excellent commu- thur Park restaurant, which stands
ager. dog park,” Holman said. shouldn’t let the opportunity for a nity asset completed,” Klein said. nearby at 27 University Ave. The
city is working with philanthro-
pist John Arrillaga on a proposal
Summer at Saint Francis ‘Yes, it’s expensive,
but we have an
that we don’t have
councilman, Palo Alto
to build an office building and a
Camps theater at the restaurant’s site,
which would necessitate a reloca-
for all ages tion of the historic Julia Morgan-
HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES YMCA Day & Overnight Camps designed building that once served
as a meeting point for families of
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Greg Betts, Palo Alto’s director
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locations for the historic building:
ADVANCED SPORTS CAMPS the former Camp Fremont on Wil-
low Road in Menlo Park; the Palo
Alto Municipal Golf Course, where
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MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMPS
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ceptual phase, several members
said Monday they were hesitant to
sign off on the proposed El Camino
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SPORTS & ACTIVITY CAMP “What’s to say that a major build-
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the table when we first started go-
Your child will discover hidden talents, experience ing with these plans,” Councilman
Sid Espinosa said. “I have difficulty
reconciling these plans.”
Ultimately, however, he sided with
bea part of it now
the council majority. He referred
to the city’s prior commitment to
pursue spaces for dogs during park
“If we don’t put it in now, we
won’t get it, so I think it’s good to
take that bold step and make that
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Police hail Menlo Park woman’s actions
Menlo Park Police recognized a woman on Tuesday, April 24, for
helping catch a thief in February. (Posted April 26 at 9:57 a.m.)
NASA asks public for meteor photos and videos
NASA and the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence Institute
are asking for the public’s help finding footage photos and video of
a daylight meteor that fell over Northern California on Sunday, the
NASA Ames Research Center announced Wednesday. (Posted April 26
at 9:15 a.m.)
Addison boundary change recommended
School boundary changes are in the works for some families in the
Addison Elementary School neighborhood as well as for high school
students living at Stanford West or in the Oak Creek Apartments.
(Posted April 25 at 11:09 p.m.)
Menlo Park fire district strikes deal with Facebook
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District board voted unanimously
on Tuesday to enter into an agreement between Facebook and the fire
district that would provide expanded emergency and fire services for
the company and for residents within the district. (Posted April 25 at 2:52
Palo Alto lands bill to aid responders
Palo Alto’s effort to improve communications between first respond-
ers during major emergencies could get a boost thanks to an effort led
by U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, to provide airwaves in the na-
tion’s broadcast spectrum to emergency operations and to give grants
to local jurisdictions for new infrastructure. (Posted April 24 at 10:01 a.m.)
The walls came a-tumblin’ down
Palo Alto Bowl, the city’s last bowling alley, started falling to demo-
lition crews Monday, April 23. The 60-year-old establishment closed
last September, prompting outcry in the community about the demise
of places where youth and families could go to enjoy recreation to-
gether. (Posted April 23 at 1:46 p.m.)
PAMF to break ground on $200 million campus
After a decade of planning to build a new four-story medical campus
in San Carlos, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation received the go-ahead
from the California State Water Quality Control Board to build on a
formerly contaminated industrial site. (Posted April 20 at 3:57 p.m.)
Slight rise is state unemployment rate
Bay Area jobless numbers rose slightly in March, following a state-
wide trend that saw a small uptick in California’s unemployment rate
in the past month, according to a report released Friday by the state’s
Employment Development Department. (Posted April 20 at 1:51 p.m.)
Rail analysis sets stage for more suits
The state agency charged with building California’s high-speed rail
system approved on April 19 a long-debated environmental analysis
for the San Francisco-to-Los Angeles line — a voluminous document
that the project’s opponents immediately characterized as an invitation
to more lawsuits. (Posted April 19 at 4:34 p.m.)
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Most of Palo Alto’s low-income grads go to college Presents
Low-income students who graduated from Palo Alto’s high schools last
year were far more likely than their parents to go on to college, school
district officials said Tuesday, April 24.
In an analysis of the 7 percent of last year’s graduates considered
“socio-economically disadvantaged” — 60 students in all — at least 52
had plans to attend college, a rate of 87 percent, said Diana Wilmot, the
school district’s coordinator of research and evaluation.
But among the 60, the rigor of their high-school curricula still bore a
MONDAY, MAY 7 , 2012, 8:00 PM
relationship to the educational attainment of their parents, Wilmot told
the Board of Education.
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parents,” she said.
Of the 20 low-income students whose parents never attended college,
80 percent were going to college, she said.
“This is about social mobility and the American dream here,” Superin-
tendent Kevin Skelly said. “These students are exceeding the education
levels of their parents.”
— Chris Kenrick
Police arrest suspect in March burglary
Police arrested a man on Tuesday, April 24, who is suspected in a
March 22 home burglary in Palo Alto.
Tony Lopez, 27, of East Palo Alto was arrested without incident on a
felony burglary warrant at a construction site in Portola Valley where he
Police say they believe Lopez was involved in a home burglary on the
3000 block of Louis Road last month.
During the burglary, a resident saw a man running from a neighbor’s
yard carrying property and getting into a vehicle driven by a second
The resident called police and reported the pair, and police confirmed
that the neighbor’s house had been burglarized.
A locked window had been pried open in the back yard, and among
other property, a big-screen television had been stolen.
Later that morning a Mountain View police officer spotted a car that fit
the description of the one that drove away from the Palo Alto burglary.
The car made an erratic U-turn and got away from the officer. About
a minute later, another officer spotted the same car driving erratically
through a Gold’s Gym parking lot.
The driver sped away from police and got away again. About 10 min-
utes later, police found the vehicle abandoned in a Google parking lot.
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Panel to advise on Cubberley gets going
Five community leaders — three from the Palo Alto City Council and
two from the Board of Education — will set the tone for upcoming com-
munity discussions on the future of Cubberley Community Center.
Members of the new Cubberley Policy Advisory Committee are Mayor
Yiaway Yeh, council members Larry Klein and Nancy Shepherd, and
school board President Camille Townsend and member Barb Mitchell.
On Tuesday, April 25, the Board of Education took up the first product
from that policy group — a draft set of “principles” to guide the joint
discussions on Cubberley.
The 35-acre site at 4000 Middlefield Road closed as a high school
in 1979 and has been leased by the city for use as a community center
in the years since, generating about $7 million in revenue to the school
The lease is up for renewal in 2014 and, for the first time, school of-
ficials have indicated they may need to take at least part of the campus
The online guide
back for future school use.
In addition to making recommendations to the council and the Board
to Palo Alto businesses
of Education, the Cubberley Policy Advisory Committee is charged with
providing guidance to a much larger group, the Cubberley Community Good for Business. Good for You.
Advisory Panel. That panel is expected to have more than 20 members
representing a wide array of community groups. Good for the Community.
— Chris Kenrick
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How GPAs translate into decile rankings
at Palo Alto high schools
ranking in Palo Alto’s 25th percen- Palo Alto High School, Gunn High School,
tile — with a combined score of 1,740
class of 2012 class of 2011
— would rise to the 75th percentile if
A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week compared with seniors across Cali-
fornia or across the nation. Decile GPA (unweighted) Decile GPA (unweighted)
Officials conferred with leaders
City Council (April 23) from other high-achieving school 1 4.000-3.947 1 4.000-3.976
CPI: The council voted to hire a consultant to evaluate the hazardous risk at the
CPI plating operation, to evaluate best practices and to recommend definitions and
districts, including New Trier Town-
thresholds of hazardous materials that could be considered for a zoning ordinance ship in Illinois and Eanes Indepen- 2 3.945-3.800 2 3.975-3.878
amendment. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd dent School District in Texas, who
Absent: Yeh already have dropped deciles and 3 3.795-3.675 3 3.875-3.778
El Camino Park: The council voted to use $2.5 million in park development fees for
improvements to El Camino Park, including a synthetic turf, a dog exercise area and
believe it helped their students.
expanded parking. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Klein, Scharff, Shepherd, Schmid No: Hol- “We want an environment here 4 3.666-3.555 4 3.775-3.673
man, Price Absent: Yeh where kids can try new things and
make mistakes — an atmosphere 5 3.550-3.435 5 3.667-3.580
Parks and Recreation Commission (April 24) that’s mutually supportive, not en-
Rinconada: The commission heard a presentation about the long-range plan for couraging competitiveness, and we 6 3.429-3.250 6 3.575-3.452
Rinconada Park. Action: None
Trails: The commission discussed potential new trail connections between the
think this will help,” Milliken said.
Baylands and the foothills and recommended a staff proposal for new trails along 7 3.238-3.031 7 3.450-3.222
Arastradero Road and Matadero Creek. The commission also recommended that TALK ABOUT IT
the Arastradero trail use East Meadow rather than Charleston Road. Yes: Unanimous www.PaloAltoOnline.com 8 3.030-2.825 8 3.220-2.948
Board of Education (April 24) Do you agree that reporting decile rank-
ings to colleges harm students? Talk 9 2.818-2.452 9 2.929-2.666
Disproportionality: The board heard an update on early intervention efforts to help
about the issue on Town Square, the
struggling students in regular classrooms, without having to refer them to special
community discussion forum on Palo 10 2.451-1.441 10 2.665-1.125
education. The district is currently under state sanctions for having a disproportion-
ate number of Hispanic and African-American students in special ed. Action: None
Calendar: The board heard a report on staff efforts to promote a smooth transition to
a new, district-wide academic calendar for 2012-13 and 2013-14. Action: None
Planning and Transportation Commission
(April 25) Squatter ing for shelter and a way to set up
camp. They are most often detected
squatters. He said the problem is
a big issue in larger cities, such as
Sustainability: The commission heard an update on the Sustainable Community (continued from page 3)
Strategy Draft Preferred Scenario recently released by the Association of Bay Area
when workers stumble upon their Detroit, and in some areas of Mas-
Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Action: None belongings. sachusetts.
They set up residence in abandoned “People are desperate for a place Philip said neighbors should keep
Council Rail Committee (April 26) homes or ones that are being remod- to stay,” he said. an eye on properties that are vacant
Rail: The committee discussed the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s revised eled, he said. The squatters haven’t set any fires or being remodeled. Some signs of
2012 business plan and the rail authority’s recently approved revised program Envi- Philip said the squatters don’t de- in the homes, Philip said. But they squatters include lights or flash-
ronmental Impact Report for the Bay Area-to-Central Valley segment. Action: None
stroy the house. They are just look- will sometimes use the backyard to lights used in the house or shopping
set up a kitchen. carts and bicycles sitting in the yard.
“We had one on Northampton Often the construction fencing has
where the guy was barbecuing in been pulled out and moved to gain
the backyard,” he said. entry, he said.
Palo Alto Fire Battalion Chief Staff Writer Sue Dremann can
Chris Woodard said his depart- be emailed at sdremann@paweek-
ment hasn’t encountered many ly.com.
A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week
CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to hold a retreat to discuss funding
options for repairing the city’s infrastructure. The council will also receive
the city manager’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2013. The meeting
begins at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 30, in the Council Chambers at City Hall
(250 Hamilton Ave.).
RAIL CORRIDOR TASK FORCE ... The task force plans to discuss its re-
cent report outlining the community vision for the Caltrain corridor. The
meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, in Room H-1 at Cub-
berley Community Center (4000 Middlefield Road).
UTILITIES ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss
the utilities budget for fiscal year 2013 and proposed adjustments to the
gas rate. The meeting will begin at noon on Wednesday, May 2, in the
Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).
Memberships begin at only 17¢ per day
Community A roundup of community news edited by Sue Dremann
A RARE SIGHT ... Pandemonium
Aviaries, a Palo Alto-area nonprofit
that provides care and conservation
breeding of more than 40 non-native
bird species in 54 aviaries, will open
its doors to the public for the first
time in its 16-year history on Satur-
day, May 5. Pandemonium Aviaries,
featured in an April 13 cover story in
the Palo Alto Weekly, will offer guided
tours for a suggested, tax-deductible
donation of $50 per child, $75 per
adult or $200 per family. The non-
profit aviary began with the 1996 res-
cue of a wounded dove at the side
of a road. Now it shelters rare birds
such as the Victoria-crowned pigeon,
blue-crowned pigeon and Bartlett’s
bleeding heart. Reservations: www.
Location information will be provided
upon receipt of a donation.
TEEN SUBSTANCE-ABUSE WORK-
SHOPS ... Adolescent Counseling
Services (ACS), a nonprofit that
provides free and affordable men-
tal health services and preventive
education to teens and families, is
offering new workshops: Esther’s
Pledge Substance Abuse Preven-
tion Workshops and the Substance
Abuse Information Line (SAIL). The
new services are free. SAIL, a confi-
dential information line, will go live on Alana Schwartz takes Andretti, a yellow Labrador retriever she’s been training for Guide Dogs for the Blind, everywhere with her, including to
May 1, and will provide resources, Nordstrom’s to exchange some shoes.
referrals and information for teens,
parents or community members.
wanted to start a party everywhere. ternship through the Guide Dogs
The information line, 650-384-3094,
ANIMALS We’ve had some wild ones,” she for the Blind campus in San Rafael.
will operate Monday through Friday
said. And when she leaves for the Univer-
On average, 50 percent make it sity of Oregon in the fall, she’ll be
from 5 to 7 p.m. It will be staffed by
local professional treatment coun-
selors and supervised by a drug-
An act of devotion as guide dogs, she said. Three of
Schwartz’s dogs have graduated to
blind owners, she said.
situated near the Guide Dogs’ sec-
ond campus. She wants to continue
training dogs, she said. Schwartz
and-alcohol-treatment expert. The Training guide dogs for the blind is a life-long passion for The dogs must go far beyond isn’t sure what she wants to study,
prevention workshops will take place
May 3 and 17. The one-session
Alana Schwartz training for an average canine, she but veterinary medicine and busi-
workshops will be offered monthly
said. They learn not to pick up food ness are two interests.
by Sue Dremann on the ground and not to chase balls When it comes time to give up
and followed by regular meeting
times for two different age groups:
ver since she was 8 years old, is 8 weeks old, she said. And at the or sticks — a serious hazard when Andretti, Schwartz will take him
young adults (ages 15-21) and par-
Alana Schwartz has trained end of all that work and bonding, a blind person is at the other end of to the San Rafael campus, where
ents of young adults; and parents of
guide dogs for blind and visu- she has to give the dog back. the leash. he will be trained to wear a harness
youth (ages 10-14). Workshops cover
ally impaired persons. A senior at But Schwartz said even as a child Schwartz shares Andretti’s train- and stop at curbs. At his gradua-
substance-abuse warning signs,
Palo Alto High School, Schwartz, she understood there was a greater ing and care with her aunt. She tion, she will get to meet the blind
drug-use information, how to talk to
18, is training her ninth dog, a yel- purpose to her efforts. takes the dog everywhere so he person with whom he will reside.
kids and steps for getting help. Res-
low Labrador retriever named An- “Hopefully, he will help someone will not be anxious or feel threat- That moment is when the parting is
ervations: 650-424-0852, ext. 200,
dretti. get their eyes back. You have to look ened by any situation. Andretti ac- palpable.
“I loved dogs as a young kid,” she at it positively,” she said. companies her to Paly, to elemen- “Now his main attention is with
said. All of the dogs she’s trained have tary schools, on field trips and to the blind person. It’s cool to watch
CAREGIVER WORKSHOPS ... A
Schwartz got into Guide Dogs been yellow Labs, she said. Poised the California Avenue Farmers what our training has contributed. It
series of practical caregiver work-
for the Blind dog training because and self-assured, Schwartz said the Market. The latter provides plenty really does change their lives,” she
shops for residents who are caring
of her aunt, Robin Levy, a Jordan dogs have taught her much. of commotion and noisy children, said. “I feel fortunate to do some-
for frail, elderly loved ones are being
Middle School teacher. When Levy “I learned a sense of responsibil- she said. thing a little selfless — maybe it’s
given by Avenidas Rose Kleiner
“dragged” Schwartz to a meeting, ity. Even from a little age, it gave me As they learn more skills, the dogs a little selfish because I love the
Center, 270 Escuela Ave., Mountain
she met other young people who confidence. You know people are learn to process their surroundings. dogs.”
View. Professionals will teach skills
were raising the dogs. And she was watching, so you try to make things “It’s almost like they have a hu- Schwartz has kept in touch with
on how to improve the caregivers’
hooked, she said. go smoothly,” she said. man brain,” she said. some of the dogs. Their owners post
quality of life and the lives of those
Her first dog, Logger, went every- Outside Coupa Café, Andretti, a Two Sundays each month, photos on Facebook, she said.
for whom they give care. Free, on-
where with her. large male with soft brown eyes and Schwartz meets with other volun- “I can’t believe it’s already been
site care of the elderly person will
“He came to school, and we flew a relaxed demeanor, lay stretched teer dog trainers. 10 years. It makes me feel so old.
be available during the workshop;
on a plane and went to Disneyland out at Schwartz’s feet. A man at the “I definitely looked up to older It’s definitely a community-out-
48-hour advance notice is required.
with him,” she recalled. next table edged around the sprawl- kids when I was young. It’s fun now reach sort of thing. Everyone asks
“How to cope with a loved one’s
Logger didn’t make it as a guide ing dog, but the yellow Lab didn’t to help the younger kids,” she said. about it. I definitely think it’s very
dementia or Alzheimer’s” will be dis-
dog — not all have the requisite budge. Schwartz described herself as a important to be involved in the
cussed May 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.;
temperament — but Schwartz was Schwartz reached down and “people person.” Besides attending community. People get to know
“How to help a family member who
able to adopt him back, she said. scratched behind his ears. school, she works part time at the you,” she said.
has Parkinson’s” will take place June
She’s had Andretti for 10 months. “I think he might be the best one downtown yogurt shop Fraiche and Staff Writer Sue Dremann can
27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Information:
Training means 14 to 16 months of we have raised. The one we had also babysits. be emailed at sdremann@paweek-
commitment, starting when the pup before was very energetic. He just She has applied for a summer in- ly.com.
CITY OF PALO ALTO
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Palo Alto City Council will hold
a public hearing at the regularly scheduled meeting on Monday,
May 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. or as near thereafter as possible, in the
Dec. 14, 1946-Feb. 21, 2012
Renate Gruber Merredew passed away February 21, 2012 at
her home in Atherton, California at the age of 65. Renate was
born in Walern, Austria December 14, 1946. She emigrated
to the United States with her family in 1951 and they settled
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from Northwestern University, Renate achieved success and
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Units In 104,971 Square Feet Within The Upper Floors, 50,467 S.F.
personal satisfaction in a variety of careers. She enjoyed Violence related
Ground Floor Research And Development Area, Subterranean And living in a number of locations including Glenview, Ill, New Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Surface Parking Facilities, And Offsite Improvements, With Two Jersey, California, England and Germany. She is survived by Checks forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
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Alcohol or drug related
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT Carl W. Langdon passed on April 16, Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
2012 surrounded by his wife Henriette and Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . .1
daughter Maxine following a courageous Miscellaneous
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Draft Negative Declaration has been
prepared by the Palo Alto Department of Planning and Community
battle with lung cancer. Carl graduated Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Environment for the project listed below. In accordance with A.B. 886, this from Whitman College, the University of Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
document will be available for review and comment during a minimum 20- Washington, and Santa Clara University. Other/misc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
day circulation period beginning April 30 through May 21, 2012 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
In 1976, he and Henriette relocated to the Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . .7
during the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. at the Development Center, 285 Silicon Valley to work in the computer Trespassing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
industry. Later on, he practiced as a ﬁnancial advisor. Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
This item will be considered at a public hearing by the Architectural Review In addition to Henriette and Maxine, he leaves his mother Weapon disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Board, Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 8:30 AM. in the Palo Alto City Council Harriet, sister Leslie and her children Liam and Lindsay. Carl Menlo Park
Chambers on the ﬁrst ﬂoor of the Civic Center, located at 250 Hamilton April 19-25
was also uncle to Alexander and Anne, Henriette’s brother’s Violence related
Avenue, Palo Alto, California. Written comments on the Negative
Declaration will be accepted until 5:00 PM on May 21, 2012 in the
children. Assault & battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Donations may be made to CancerCare (275 7th Ave.), New York, Assault with a deadly weapon . . . . . . . .1
Planning and Community Environment Department Civic Center ofﬁces on Child abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
the ﬁfth ﬂoor of City Hall. NY 10001 or at www.cancercare.org/donate, or Hospice of the Valley Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
(4850 Union Ave) San Jose, CA 95124 or hospicevalley.org. Theft related
3825 Fabian Way [11PLN-00318]: Request by Brian B. Lawry of Gordon Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Prill, Inc on behalf of Space Systems Loral for Major Architectural Review
PA I D O B I T UA RY Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Board review for a proposed 50 foot tall approximately 15,763 square Vehicle related
foot addition to an existing building with associated equipment, parking, Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
and landscaping modiﬁcation for a manufacturing and testing facility. Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .2
Environmental Assessment: an Initial Study and Negative Declaration have
NOTICE OF A SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
been prepared. Zone District GM. of the Palo Alto Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Parking/driving violation . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Planning & Transportation Commission Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .4
Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Curtis Williams, Alcohol or drug related
Director of Planning and Community Environment Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Please be advised the Planning and Transportation Commission
Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, listening assistive devices are (P&TC) shall conduct a special public meeting at 4:30 PM, Wednes- Minor possession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
available in the Council Chambers and Council Conference Room. Sign language interpreters day, May 9, 2012 in the Council Chambers, Ground Floor, Civic Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
will be provided upon request with 72 hours advance notice. Sale of drugs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Center, Palo Alto, California. Any interested persons may appear
and be heard on these items. Miscellaneous
Coroner case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
CPS Referral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
PALO ALTO CITY COUNCIL Staff reports for agendized items are available via the City’s main Disturbing the peace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
website at www.cityofpaloalto.org. and also at the Planning Division Gang validations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Front Desk, 5th Floor, City Hall, after 2:00 PM on the Friday preceding Information case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
CIVIC CENTER, 250 HAMILTON AVENUE the meeting date. Copies will be made available at the Development
Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Misc. penal code violation . . . . . . . . . . .1
BROADCAST LIVE ON KZSU, FM 90.1 Center should City Hall be closed on the 9/80 Friday. Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
CABLECAST LIVE ON GOVERNMENT ACCESS Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .2
Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . .1
CHANNEL 26 NEW BUSINESS. Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
***************************************** Public Hearing: Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
THIS IS A SUMMARY OF COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS. Welfare check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
THE AGENDA WITH COMPLETE TITLES INCLUDING LEGAL 1. Capital Improvement Program Plan FY 2013-17: Review and rec- Atherton
ommendation of the Capital Improvement Program Plan FY 2013- April 19-25
DOCUMENTATION CAN BE VIEWED AT THE Theft related
17 for Comprehensive Plan consistency.
BELOW WEBPAGE: Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/knowzone/agendas/council.asp Vehicle related
UNFINISHED BUSINESS. Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
(TENTATIVE) AGENDA–SPECIAL MEETING- Public Hearing: Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Parking/driving violation . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
COUNCILCHAMBERS 2. Housing Element Update: Review and Recommendation to Coun- Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Ticket sign-off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
cil of Proposed Draft Comprehensive Plan Housing Element.
APRIL 30, 2012 - 5:00 PM Traffic hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .5
Questions. For any questions regarding the above items, please con- Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
tact the Planning Department at (650) 329-2441. The ﬁles relating to Drug or alcohol related
Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
these items are available for inspection weekdays between the hours Miscellaneous
ACTION ITEMS- RETREAT of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This public meeting is televised live on Gov- Animal call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
ernment Access Channel 26.
1. Presentation and Transmittal of FY2013 Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Proposed Budget – Referral to Finance ADA. The City of Palo Alto does not discriminate against individuals Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
with disabilities. To request accommodations to access City facilities, Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Committee services or programs, to participate at public meetings, or to learn Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
2. Council Retreat No. 3 for Further Discussion more about the City’s compliance with the Americans with Disabili- Meet citizen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
ties Act of 1990 (ADA), please contact the City’s ADA Coordinator at
of Infrastructure Investment and Renewal. 650.329.2550 (voice) or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special detail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .5
Direction to Staff Regarding Implementation ***
Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Issues, Funding, and Other Items. Curtis Williams, Director of Planning and Community Environment Tree blocking roadway . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Welfare check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Spurgeon (Tim) Tyler
May 6, 1927-April 16, 2012
Spurgeon S. (Tim) Tyler died suddenly on Monday,
April 16, 2012 just before his 85th birthday. He was a
resident of Palo Alto from the early 197Os until 1998
when he and his wife Martha (Dibby) Tyler moved to
He wrote reports for
on the directions of
The Sea Ranch. Tim was born in Baltimore, Maryland He retired gradually
George Rathmann Dies on May 6, 1927. He grew up in Baltimore spending
summers on the Chesapeake Bay with his grandparents
and after years of
visiting The Sea Ranch
Palo Alto resident George two multi-billion dollar products, in Chance, Maryland on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. and experimenting
Rathmann, co-founder and first Epogen and Neupogen. The Tyler men “followed the water” dredging for with telecommuting,
CEO of Amgen, died in his home In 1990, he retired from Am- oysters. His father became captain of one of the last he and Dibby made
April 22 after a long illness. He gen to form ICOS, a new biotech- four- mast schooners used in trade with Latin America. the move to the coast in 1998. He read, wrote, walked,
was 84. nology company in the Seattle When he was three, Tim’s father disappeared and he visited with friends and traveled, but most of all he
He was area. While at ICOS, he raised read--everything from poetry to mathematics.
was told he had been lost at sea.
born on Dec. the largest-ever-to-date private
25, 1927, in offering for a biotechnology At the age of 12, Tim entered McDonogh School, a His son-in-law, Mark Ostrau says: “Tim’s life–both
Milwaukee, company. The offering included boys’ boarding school in Baltimore. He graduated in professional and personal–was anchored in a belief
Wis. He re- an investment from Bill Gates, 1945 just as World War II was ending, enlisted in the in the power of knowledge and the desire to make
ceived Bach- his first investment in biotech- Army and served with the Army Air Corps in Germany knowledge accessible to others, from foundational
elor of Sci- nology. during the early occupation witnessing part of the work in computing and digital information to helping
ence degrees In 1993, he was approached Nuremberg trials. underprivileged children or those with special needs
in biology by the late former Secretary of After completing his service in the Army, Tim learn to read.”
and chemis- Commerce Ron Brown to find entered the University of Maryland graduating in Along with his wife, he is survived by his children
try from Northwestern University a way to highlight the achieve- 1950 with a BS in industrial engineering. His varied Stephanie of Acton, Massachusetts, Marc and wife
and a doctorate in physical chem- ments of the country’s highest
istry from Princeton University. career began with the Federal government where he Beth of Cape Elizabeth, Maine and Eric and wife Angie
award recipients — the laureates
In 1951, he went to work as a sci- receiving the Presidential Medal worked in personnel for the Department of the Navy of Las Vegas, Nevada; stepchildren Sandy Ostrau and
entist for 3M, where he helped de- of Science and the Presidential recruiting college graduates for government service. husband Mark of Palo Alto, Steven Blair and wife Haley
velop 3M’s Scotchgard product. Medal of Technology (the U.S. He left government for Southern Railway where he Jackson of Long Beach. He also leaves his grandchildren
By the late 1970s, he had as- equivalent of the Nobel Prize). helped develop the ﬁrst computer program to manage John Tyler Kergil, Skylar Kergil, Heather Ostrau and
sumed numerous management To accomplish this, he started the rail operations. The rest of his career was spent in the Scott Ostrau.
roles and had become vice presi- National Science and Technology forefront of the new and vibrant computer industry. He He was predeceased by his ﬁrst wife and mother of
dent of research and development Medals Foundation, which con- became a program manager at IBM in New York and his children, Betty Lou Tyler and is survived by his
for the diagnostics division at tinues to this day. served as a vice President of the Singer Corporation. second wife Judy Golub of Los Altos.
Abbott Laboratories in Chicago. He is survived by his wife of
In the early 1970’s, Tim moved to California as an A memorial service to honor the life of Tim Tyler
During his eight years at Abbott, almost 62 years, Joy Rathmann;
his products built the diagnostics five children, James (Anne Noo- independent consultant, working on a major study for will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00
division from almost nothing into nan), Margaret (John Wick), the National Bureau of Standards on how computer pm at the Del Mar Center Hall at The Sea Ranch.
$1 billion in revenue. Laura Jean, Sally Kadifa (Abdo technology could improve community and education Any donations in Tim’s name can be made to a local
As a technical manager with a George), and Richard (Mary services using Jacksonville, Florida as a case study. charity of your choice. PA I D O B I T UA RY
background in both biology and Anne); and 13 grandchildren.
chemistry, he was a first choice In commemoration and cele-
for an entirely new field of sci- bration of his life, there will be a
ence and industry: biotechnology.
In 1980, he was recruited by ven-
ture capitalists as the first CEO
memorial service held at the First
Congregational Church, 1985
Louis Road, Palo Alto, at 10:30
Doris D. Salzer
and co-founder of Amgen. Over a.m. Friday, May 4. In lieu of (1917 – 2012)
the next 10 years, he built Amgen flowers, the family requests that
from its four initial employees those interested in honoring him Doris Salzer died peacefully in Palo Alto friends, traveling
into a biotechnology company make a donation to their favorite Saturday, March 31, 2012 after a long illness. to new places and
with thousands of employees and charity in his memory. Doris was born in 1917 in Boston, Mass. undertaking new
to Molly (Berlin) and Abraham Lyon. Doris endeavors. Later,
Norvin Powell attended Wellesley College during the while suffering
Norvin Powell, a lifelong resident School of Professional Bodywork Depression, earning a bachelor’s degree in from Alzheimer’s,
of the Bay Area, died April 8 after in San Diego. chemistry. After graduating, she worked for a she beneﬁted from
over a year of declining health. He built his life around his daugh- Columbia University research lab that she would the support of
He was born July 22, 1952, in San ter Serena, and in his last years en- ﬁnd out later had been part of the Manhattan several devoted
Francisco. He served in the U.S. joyed a blossoming relationship with Project. caregivers.
Army, and then studied engineering Becky Wecks.
at San Jose State University and later Norvin is survived by his daugh- She and her late husband Peter were married She is lovingly remembered by her family and
bodywork at Body Therapy Center ter Serena Powell, his partner Becky for 50 years, most of it in Worcester, Mass. many friends for her generous and warm heart,
in Palo Alto and the Hendrickson Wecks, Serena’s mother Kristin During that time, Doris raised three children her intellect and love of learning, and her abiding
Institute in Kensington. Powell, his father Ethan Powell and next door to her two sisters and across the street support and devotion to her family, especially
He then attended International his sister Debra Powell.
from their mother. She also completed a Ph.D. her grandchildren, whom she adored.
in Educational Psychology at Clark University Doris is survived by three children, Karen
Marian “Polly” Montrouil Tierney in Worcester, and she worked for many years in
the local school system as a psychologist and in
Salzer Wiener of Los Altos and her husband
Bruce, Susan Fort of Seattle and her husband F.
Oct. 17, 1920-April 15, 2012 a group practice testing and advising children William, James of New York City and his wife
Polly passed away peacefully with family at her side. She was with learning disabilities. Barbara Hempstead; a sister, Norma Kumin of
preceded in death by her ﬁrst husband, George Montrouil. She She and Peter were active in Worcester’s Peabody, Mass.; nine grandchildren, Jocelyn,
and George founded Royal Glass & Mirror Company in Palo Temple Emanuel, and enjoyed frequent trips to Jonathan, Andrew and Matthew Wiener, Sarah,
Alto in 1950 with Polly serving as Secretary Treasurer to the New York and around the world. A second home Meredith and David Fort, and Rebecca and
corporation. Polly was proud to hold her own private pilot’s
on Cape Cod served as a family destination for Abigail Salzer; six great-grandchildren; and
license and she ﬂew often with George in their Piper Cherokee.
nearly 50 years where Doris entertained family many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is survived by her loving family ~ daughters, Joan Phelan
and friends, and delighted in collecting shellﬁsh, A memorial service was held April 15 at noon
and Georgia Keeran, grandchildren Mariana, Carla, Ryan and
Kimberly, great-grandsons Tyler and Michael, and her nieces preparing large family meals, swimming with at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills.
and nephews. Polly also preceded in death her second husband her grandchildren and taking them to the ﬂea Charitable donations in her memory may be
Michael Tierney, and her sister Marjorie Bailey. market. made to the Doris Salzer Memorial Scholarship
Services will be private. After her husband’s death, Doris moved to Fund c/o Greater Worcester Community
Memorial donations may be made in Polly’s name to The Oak Creek Apartments in Palo Alto, where Foundation. For information, contact lisi@
Hospice of Santa Cruz County at www.hospicesantacruz.org. she lived for more than a decade, making new greaterworcester.org.
(831) 430-3000. PA I D O B I T UA RY
PA I D OBITUARY
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Toxics don’t belong
next to homes
Zoning should prohibit use of industrial toxic chemicals
near Barron Park and other neighborhoods Editorials, letters and opinions
he six-year conflict between Barron Park residents and Communica-
tions & Power Industries (CPI) over the company’s use of toxic chemi-
cals illustrates the difficulty of removing a legal non-conforming use Support Cal Ave plan tally friendly and economically other appropriate length dur-
from a neighborhood that is threatened by a spill or the accidental release Editor, productive manner. I think the ing normal business hours? The
of these dangerous substances. I want to voice my strong and city should start a dialogue and business along El Camino from
Located at 811 Hansen Way in one of the original Varian Associates wholehearted support for the explore alternative uses of the Starbucks at Stanford Avenue to
buildings built in 1953, CPI is one of the few companies left that are operat- city’s plan to improve California property. Panda Express at Cambridge Av-
ing hazardous production processes in a research park that has gradually Avenue and make it more of a des- Joseph Afong enue have to suffer every day with
evolved to be dominated by office uses. tination. I am a resident of one of Harriet Street one individual who is utilizing 15
And while Barron Park was developed after Varian built its facility, the large condo complexes near parking spaces within the com-
concern over the toxic hazards to the neighborhood didn’t arise until CPI California Avenue, and I believe College Terrace parking mercial neighborhood zone along
expanded its plating operation in 2006 and soon after accidentally released Editor, El Camino. I am sure the business
that those objecting to the plan are
nitric acid into the air and raised alarms in Barron Park. I just got done talking with two could use 15 more spaces for their
Residents became more concerned in March 2008, when CPI spilled a wrong.
Just consider vibrant Castro very nice police officers. A local customers.
hydrochloric acid and water solution in a rear driveway and then two months The police know who this per-
later, dumped nearly 50 gallons of wastewater containing copper and nickel Street in downtown Mountain business called them to complain
View, which has a similar lay- about my car being parked in front son is and spend a great deal of
into Matadero Creek.
The three incidents galvanized the neighbors, who have persistently tried out. Merchants do not appear of its store. The police politely time on trying to enforce parking
to get CPI’s hazardous activities stopped. Monday night, more than a dozen to be struggling there. What is explained to the sales clerk that laws. Their hands are tied because
Barron Park residents pressed the council to force CPI to either move or stop most troubling to me is that a few I have a right to park there and of the parking rules that have been
its use of toxic chemicals. Such substances should not be located so close shortsighted people are blocking that I had done nothing wrong. allowed to remain in place. The
to their homes, they said. change at a time when the city is This is the same thing I told the city should get with the police
“This plating shop is right behind our neighborhood,” said Samir Tuma, (finally!) attending to our often- sales clerk an hour earlier, but she chief and work out a set of fair
a Barron Park resident who lives on Chimalus Drive near CPI. “A plating neglected neighborhood. evidently was upset enough to call parking so our businesses do not
shop with potassium cyanide and nitric acid does not belong right next door Jamie Beckett the police. have their customers go elsewhere
to our neighborhood.” Park Boulevard It seems to me to be a waste of for services. This was promised
It shouldn’t be allowed next to any neighborhood, and the City Coun- precious police time to constantly to the College Terrace Residents’
cil appears on track to do what should have been done long ago: provide Move center to airport have to deal with parking in and Association five years ago when
reasonable notice to CPI that the use of toxic chemicals next to residential Editor, around business in Palo Alto. The the city initiated the residential
neighborhoods will be prohibited. In a recent editorial comment, businesses pay taxes, generate parking program.
Complicating the matter for the council were assertions from CPI Presi- sales tax and otherwise are good How long does it take to get ap-
you mentioned a move of the
dent and Chief Operating Officer Bob Fickett, who said the amount of for all of us who live here. propriate changes made in your
chemicals stored at the company are now below the threshold of Title 19, a animal shelter would free up the
space for an auto dealership. You Why do you not make all com- city?
state law that restricts the amount of chemicals a company can store before mercial neighborhood parking Larry Robert Kavinoky
it has to add safety measures. said the Municipal Services Cen-
ter would offer space for even into three-hour parking, or some Oxford Avenue
He said CPI’s premises are monitored 24-hours a day and that trained
employees watch over every delivery of dangerous chemicals. The company more dealerships if the center
can be moved. The land (where YOUR TURN
employs about 650 workers and Fickett said it has no plans to move anytime
soon. And in his view, it would be unlawful for the city to force it to move. the center and the animal shelter
Sorry, we don’t buy it. are) can be developed into a real The Palo Alto Weekly encourages comments on our coverage or on
While CPI is in compliance with the zoning code by virtue of its grand- auto row to house four to five auto issues of local interest.
fathered rights to continue what is known as a non-conforming use, the city dealerships and generate millions What do you think? Should Palo Alto prohibit use of hazardous
has several ways to begin a process that would eventually require CPI to per year for the city in rent and materials near neighborhoods?
either shut down its plating operation or move it to another location. Three sales taxes. You posted a ques-
options were laid out in a staff report for the council and could be imple- tion asking where the center can
mented regardless of whether CPI’s use is now below Title 19 thresholds be moved. Submit letters to the editor of up to 250 words to email@example.com.
for hazardous materials. Include your name, address and daytime phone number so we can reach you.
I have an answer. Palo Alto can We reserve the right to edit contributions for length, objectionable content, libel
The first, and in our view the most practical, is for the city to amend the close its under-performing air- and factual errors known to us. Anonymous letters will generally not be ac-
zoning to prohibit plating shops or facilities using similar hazardous ma- port and use the land to house the cepted.
terials from being located within 300 feet of residential zones, and require Municipal Services Center. There You can also participate in our popular interactive online forum, Town
current uses to cease after a reasonable period. will be enough land at the airport
Square, at our community website at www.PaloAltoOnline.com. Read
A study done for the city found that 20 years is a reasonable period for blogs, discuss issues, ask questions or express opinions with you neighbors any
for other exciting uses. time, day or night.
CPI to phase out its operations, with the clock starting in 2006, the year CPI
made its most recent improvements at the Hansen Way site. That would give The airport is a large 100 acres Submitting a letter to the editor or guest opinion constitutes a granting of
of land that is generating only 50 permission to the Palo Alto Weekly and Embarcadero Media to also publish it
the company 14 years to phase out its use of toxic chemicals. online, including in our online archives and as a post on Town Square.
Other options would require that more details be disclosed about haz- cents of rent per year for the city.
ardous chemicals and their use near residential areas, while a third would It is being used mainly by pilots For more information contact Editor Jocelyn Dong or Online Editor Tyler Hanley
not seek to modify zoning but would work with CPI and the neighbors to who are not Palo Alto residents. at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-326-8210.
achieve voluntary reductions in the use of hazardous chemicals near the The airport is an operation that is
neighborhood. outdated and not compatible with
The council is taking a cautious approach to the issue, but did move the green goals of the city. Besides
toward what we hope will be a solution, deciding to ask a consultant to re- housing the Municipal Services
assess the definition of a hazardous facility like CPI. The consultant would Center, the airport land can house
compare the best ways to handle hazardous materials with practices cur- a new public-safety building and
rently in use by CPI and advise the council on possible risk levels that could be used to expand the Baylands
assist in making a zoning change. Park and to provide more much-
After this study is complete, the council gave itself six months to take ac- needed playing fields.
tion, a reasonable amount of time but still addressing the urgency expressed Another exciting potential is a
by the Barron Park homeowners. We hope that the plan laid out this week land swap with the Bayland Ath-
will finally bring a resolution to a problem that has been festering unneces- letic Center, which is currently in
sarily for six years or longer. a prime location for office devel-
Today, no company using hazardous materials like CPI would be permit- opment. The current playing fields
ted to locate near a residential neighborhood. Now, it is the city’s responsibil-
at the athletic center can be moved
ity to remedy a situation that has gone on long enough.
Apologies for past problems and improved emergency procedures aren’t to the airport and the city can sell
enough. It is time for the city to begin the amortization process and for or develop the land at the athletic
CPI to find another site for its plating operation. Residents should not be center.
subjected to the risks that these substances could escape containment and I think the airport is a very valu-
threaten their homes and lives. able piece of property that can be
used in a much more environmen-
Palo Alto Weekly
Guest Opinion A five-story building has
been proposed for the corner
of Lytton Avenue and Alma
Street in downtown Palo Alto.
Courtesy of Korth Sunseri Hagey Architects
‘Gateway’ elicits strong feelings on either side
Project breaks all of city’s zoning rules Even without housing,
by Ellen Wyman with a 20-foot tower. In my book cannot be allowed that exacerbates
Gateway offers many benefits
that’s an 84-foot building. Appro- by Jim Baer
he Palo Alto City Council this problem. dential streets by Downtown em-
seems to priately, the council reduced the One fact that cannot be ignored ployees. The next hearing will be
fter eight public hearings
have for- height by one floor but appears to is that any building as excessive- with few opposing speakers, May 7 before the City Council.
gotten that the accept the tower if reduced propor- ly large as the proposed Lytton we believe the Gateway proj- Even with the removal of the
role of a city tionately. That would still be about Gateway will serve as precedent. ect, a transit- fifth-floor residences, the 101
council is to 36 percent taller than our 50-foot Approve one egregiously outsize oriented de- Project remains a leader in transit-
represent the height limit. structure, and it serves as prec- velopment oriented-development. The new
will of the pub- The City’s Architectural Review edent thereafter, thus encouraging with Planned office building greatly reduces
lic. For years Board ignored its mandate and more such deviations from code. Is Com mun ity vehicular traffic. The Metropoli-
our council did simply rubber-stamped the project this what we want? zoning pro- tan Transportation Commission
a good job of stating, “The design is consistent The Weekly tells us that this posed for 101 reports that offices near a train
being in tune and compatible with applicable ele- project represents in many ways Lytton Ave., station can reduce car trips by up
with the public Ellen Wyman ments of the city’s Comprehensive the city’s drive to encourage more is nearing fi- to 42 percent. A downtown office
and responsive Plan...” The board did so despite intense development near major nal approval. reduces far more car trips than
to their con- the fact that our Comprehensive traffic centers. Is this the city’s Both the Ar- does downtown housing. Few resi-
cerns; those were years when we Plan states, “Maintain the scale new drive? Does the community c h it e c t u r a l Jim Baer dents ride the train. Instead, be-
enacted the 50-foot height limit and character of the city. Avoid support this “new urbanism” goal? Review Board cause of the high cost of Palo Alto
and adhered to it and when exemp- land uses that are overwhelming I would wager that most residents and the Plan- housing, residents choose to live in
tions were truly exceptionally rare and unacceptable due to their size couldn’t even define “new urban- ning and Transportation Com- Palo Alto so they can be near their
as they were intended to be. and scale.” Talk about a feckless ism” let alone have an informed mission recommended the City work in Palo Alto. On the other
The Lytton Gateway project at board. opinion of it. The public was cer- Council approve an earlier version hand, many employees commute
Alma and Lytton is simply a de- In addition, since the tainly not in- of the project with four floors of by train to Palo Alto for legal, fi-
veloper’s dream. This building project has the potential volved in adopt- office space and a fifth floor of nancial and technology jobs. As
wildly exceeds our zoning code for creating 200 new jobs ing this “goal.” rental apartments, of which half the highest train-boarding and de-
and is dramatically out of step
with our Comprehensive Plan. It
even calls for removing 30 mature
trees in a community known for
its trees. Are we really ready for
and provides for only 14
dwelling units, the As-
sociation of Bay Area
will surely seize on this
CON But three
cheers for Plan-
were “affordable” below-market-
Then on March 12, the City
Council, while indicating support
for a strong Gateway building,
parting location between San Jose
and San Francisco, Palo Alto is a
leader for transit-oriented-devel-
The 101 Project offers the great-
another California Avenue tree to demand that Palo Alto build 186 voted against Lytton Gateway be- directed the removal of the fifth- est variety and value of public ben-
fiasco? Appropriately, the council more dwelling units somewhere. cause it is inconsistent with Com- floor residences, efits ever provided
did send the developer back to the The developer’s proposed finan- prehensive Plan, the city’s own land preferring instead in the downtown.
However, it also proposed
awarding PC (Planned Commu-
nity) zoning that is worth millions
of dollars. As originally proposed,
cial donation for a parking study
won’t begin to make up for the
project’s parking deficit. The mon-
ey will be gone in a few years, and
we will be left with the problems: a
use document and guide mandated
by the state that is supposed to
govern the city’s development. But
where were the rest of our Planning
Commissioners? And where oh
that the 101 Project
provide greater in-
vestment in trans-
portation and park-
PRO For example:
efits include more
than $2 million for
the project substantially exceeded larger ABAG housing mandate and where are our council members? Other PC zones within the down- with a $1.2 million contribution
code not only on height but also a truly serious parking deficit. They don’t have to approve a proj- town area have included many and an $826,000 impact fee.
density FAR (floor-to-area ratio), Ah yes, the parking deficit. New ect even in concept simply because other well-supported “landmark”
and disregarded daylight plane and developments must provide park- someone proposes it. buildings, including 250 Univer- far the largest in-lieu parking fee,
parking requirements. It simply ing for all employees and the devel- Palo Alto needs to get back to sity, 529 Bryant, 531 Cowper, $1.5 million, ever paid in the city.
thumbed its nose at the city’s long- oper speaks of 200. But shouldn’t involving the residents in setting 499 University, 400 Emerson, the None of this fee would be required
standing height limit — proposing he provide parking for clients and public policy — and needs to do Byxbee House, among others. The if the council allowed the 1:1 FAR
84 feet in a 50-foot zone, a whop- customers as well? Parking is a so quickly. The council must not new direction from the council parking exemption provided under
ping 68 percent more than code serious problem now; just ask assume that the community sup- was largely in response to neigh- any standard zoning, without dis-
permits. Of course, the project is Downtown North or University borhoods that have been impacted
referred to as a 64-foot building South residents. New development by obtrusive parking on their resi-
(continued on page 24) (continued on page 24)
Palo Alto won’t remain the attractive
‘Gateway’ con and inviting community with tree- ‘Gateway’ pro
(continued from page 23) lined streets that we all enjoy without (continued from page 23)
ports “new urbanism” or a seriously awareness and involvement by each of cretionary approval. -
oversized Lytton Gateway. us. ■ In addition, the project will:
Moreover, if the residents care about Ellen Wyman, a long-time Palo building standards for improved energy and water
our community and the direction it’s Alto resident, has been involved in spaces are credited). conservation. ■
going, they need to get back to watch- numerous local issues from the time - Jim Baer is one of the city’s most active develop-
ing the council and current events and of the 1967 City Council recall to, ervation and Permit Parking Program for Professor- ers and real estate consultants. He is represent-
involving themselves in the discussions most recently, preserving the historic ing the three developers of the 101 Lytton project,
that set the direction of development. “bird bath” fountain on California Lund Smith, Boyd Smith Jr. and Scott Foster.
Avenue. spaces. Baer helped the Weekly develop its office building
- on Cambridge Avenue and co-owned it until con-
grams. struction was completed in 2009, when the Weekly
bought out his interest. The Weekly has no current
financial ties to Baer.
Do you think Palo Alto needs more playing fields?
Asked on Middlefield Road. Interviews and photographs by Bryce Druzin.
Henry Jackson Robert Menjivar Jennifer Rishy-Maharaj David Brown Mary Wong
Architect Supervisor at Starbucks Homemaker Retired Stay-at-home mom
Maddox Drive Emerson Street Celia Drive East Palo Alto Ross Road
“I’m not so sure about playing fields, “Yes, it’s very important for children “There’s lots of space at Greer Park. “Palo Alto does not need new parks. I “I think Palo Alto could use more play-
but certainly parks and green spaces. during their childhood. It keeps kids ... I think what we really need is a good have a family member who works for ing fields because of all the teams that
It’s what Palo Alto’s known for.” out of trouble.” dog park.” the City of Palo Alto and he tells me utilize the green spaces.”
how they waste money.”
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CITY OF PALO ALTO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, That The City Council Of The City Of Palo Alto Will Hold A protest shall contain or be accompanied by written evidence that the person subscribing is
Public Hearing At The Regular Council Meeting On Monday, May 7, 2012 At 7:00 P.M., the owner of the business. A written protest which does not comply with the requirements
Or As Near Thereafter As Possible, In The Council Chambers, City Hall, 250 Hamilton set forth in this paragraph will not be counted in determining a majority protest (as deﬁned
Avenue, Palo Alto, California Declaring Its Intention To Levy An Assessment Against below).
Businesses Within The Downtown Palo Alto Business Improvement District For Fiscal
Year 2013. If, at the conclusion of the public hearing, written protests are received from the owners of
DONNA J. GRIDER, MMC businesses in the District which will pay 50 percent or more of the assessments proposed to
City Clerk be levied and protests are not withdrawn so as to reduce the protests to less than 50 percent
(i.e., there is a majority protest), no further proceedings to levy the proposed assessment,
Resolution No. _____ as contained in this resolution of intention, shall be taken for a period of one year from the
Resolution of the Council of the City of Palo Alto Declaring Its Intention date of the ﬁnding of a majority protest by the City Council.
to Levy an Assessment Against Businesses Within the Downtown Palo
Alto Business Improvement District for Fiscal Year 2013 and Setting If the majority protest is only against the furnishing of a speciﬁed type or types of
a Time and Place for May 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM or Thereafter, in the improvement or activity within the District, those types of improvements or activities shall be
Council Chambers eliminated.
SECTION 10. For a full and detailed description of the improvements and activities to be
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO DOES HEREBY FIND, provided for ﬁscal year 2013, the boundaries of the District and the proposed assessments
DECLARE, AND ORDER AS FOLLOWS: to be levied against the businesses within the District for ﬁscal year 2013, reference is hereby
made to the Report of the Advisory Board. The Report is on ﬁle with the City Clerk and open
SECTION 1. The Parking and Business Improvement Area Law of 1989 (the “Law”), to public inspection.
California Streets and Highways Code Sections 36500 et seq., authorizes the City Council
to levy an assessment against businesses within a parking and business improvement area SECTION 11. The City Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to provide notice of the
which is in addition to any assessments, fees, charges, or taxes imposed in the City. public hearing in accordance with law.
SECTION 2. Pursuant to the Law, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 4819 SECTION 12. The Council ﬁnds that the adoption of this resolution does not meet the
establishing the Downtown Palo Alto Business Improvement District (the “District”) in the deﬁnition of a project under Section 21065 of the California Environmental Quality Act and,
City of Palo Alto. therefore, no environmental impact assessment is necessary.
SECTION 3. The City Council, by Resolution No. 8416, appointed the Board of Directors Exhibit “A”
of the Palo Alto Downtown Business & Professional Association, a California nonproﬁt mutual
beneﬁt corporation, to serve as the Advisory Board for the District (the “Advisory Board”).
SECTION 4. In accordance with Section 36533 of the law, the Advisory Board prepared
and ﬁled with the City Clerk a report entitled “Downtown Palo Alto Business Improvement
District, Annual Report 2012-2013” (the “Report”). The City Council hereby preliminarily
approves the report.
SECTION 5. The boundaries of the District are within the City limits of the City of Palo
Alto (the “City”) and encompass the greater downtown area of the City, generally extending
from El Camino Real to the East, Webster Street to the West, Lytton Avenue to the North
and Addison Avenue to the South (east of Emerson Street, the boundaries extend only to
Forest Avenue to the South). Reference is hereby made to the map of the District attached
hereto as Exhibit “A” and incorporated herein by reference for a complete description of the
boundaries of the District.
SECTION 6. The City Council hereby declares its intention, in addition to any
assessments, fees, charges or taxes imposed by the City, to levy and collect an assessment
against businesses within the District for ﬁscal year 2013 (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013).
Such assessment is not proposed to increase from the assessment levied and collected for
the prior ﬁscal year. The method and basis of levying the assessment is set forth in Exhibit
“B” attached hereto, and incorporated herein by reference.
SECTION 7. The types of improvements to be funded by the levy of an assessment
against businesses within the District are the acquisition, construction, installation or
maintenance of any tangible property with an estimated useful life of ﬁve years or more. The
types of activities to be funded by the levy of an assessment against businesses within the
District are the promotion of public events which beneﬁt businesses in the area and which
take place on or in public places within the District; the furnishing of music in any public place Exhibit “B”
in the District; and activities which beneﬁt businesses located and operating in the District. Downtown Palo Alto Business Improvement District
Annual BID Assessments
SECTION 8. New businesses established in the District after the beginning of any ﬁscal
year shall be exempt from the levy of the assessment for that ﬁscal year. In addition, non-
proﬁt organizations, newspapers and professional “single-person businesses,” deﬁned as
those businesses which have 25% or less full time equivalent employees, including the
business owner, shall be exempt from the assessment.
SECTION 9. The City Council hereby ﬁxes the time and place for a public hearing on the
proposed levy of an assessment against businesses within the District for ﬁscal year 2013
TIME: 7:00 p.m. or soon thereafter
DATE: Monday, May 7, 2012
PLACE: City Council Chambers
250 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, California 94301
At the public hearing, the testimony of all interested persons regarding the levy of an
assessment against businesses within the District for ﬁscal year 2013 shall be heard. A
protest may be made orally or in writing by any interested person.
Any protest pertaining to the regularity or sufﬁciency of the proceedings must be in
writing and shall clearly set forth the irregularity or defect to which the objection is made.
Note 1: For retail, restaurant, service, and professional businesses, size will be determined
Every written protest must be ﬁled with the City Clerk at or before the time ﬁxed for the by number of employees either full-time or equivalent (FTE) made up of multiples of part-time
public hearing. The City Council may waive any irregularity in the form or content of any employees. A full FTE equals approximately 2000 hours annually. Lodging facilities will be
written protest and at the public hearing may correct minor defects in the proceedings. A charged by number of rooms available and ﬁnancial institutions will be charged a ﬂat fee.
written protest may be withdrawn in writing at any time before the conclusion of the public
hearing. Note 2: Second ﬂoor (and higher) businesses located within Zone A will be assessed the
same as similar street-level businesses located within Zone B.
Each written protest must contain a description of the business in which the person
subscribing the protest is interested sufﬁcient to identify the business and, if a person Note 3: Assessment amounts are rounded to the nearest ten dollars. The minimum
subscribing is not shown on the ofﬁcial records of the City as the owner of the business, the assessment will be $50.00.
Avenidas honors those who’ve made
a huge difference over their lifetimes
ach year, Palo Alto nonprof- munity, and this valley doesn’t ex-
it Avenidas honors citizens ist because people only cared about
age 65 and older who’ve themselves. It exists because people
made significant contributions to went out and did for others, and this
the community, professionally and is a great reflection of that.”
through volunteer service. Avenidas will host a garden party
This year’s Avenidas Lifetimes of for the honorees on Sunday, May
Achievement honorees have contrib- 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. along with
uted much more than their money. its community partners, the Palo
They’ve given their time, care and Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online.
effort to the causes and organiza- Proceeds from the garden party,
tions that they believe are important which will be held at 334 Lincoln
to the community. Ave., will help fund the programs
“There are always more people offered at Avenidas. Tickets can be
than we are able to honor in this purchased for $75 by contacting
community,” said Mary Hohensee, Avenidas at 650-289-5445 or www.
vice president of development at avenidas.org.
Avenidas. “There’s been so much
incredible work done in this com- — Eric Van Susteren
Jean Bill Phyllis
Coblentz Floyd Moldaw
Kenneth Jill Boyd
Sletten Smith Smith
Jean Coblentz Bill Floyd
Still growing after more than 50 years of volunteerism Retired executive has always found satisfaction in charity
by Eric Van Susteren by Eric Van Susteren
fter decades of volunteer work and praised the company. ill Floyd first did work to benefit Fund, he raised money for the engineering
community service, Jean Coblentz She went to the company “just to peep his community as an Eagle Scout portion of Berkeley’s New Century Capital
said she got where she is today by in the window” but after a 15-minute con- in the late ‘40s. Today, even as a Campaign. The campaign, which ended in
offering to do the work no one else want- versation was hired on as a secretary for major fundraiser and donor, he still enjoys 2001, surpassed its $1.1 billion goal, reach-
ed. the vice president of marketing. From this putting in the hours to help people. ing $1.4 billion.
“You never know when volunteering will position, she said she learned a lot about “I make gifts to a wide range of organi- He also helped complete a $13.5 million
take you to the next step,” she said. “So volunteerism, which Hewlett-Packard zations, but I only spend time on some,” project to renovate the area at the base of
many of the interesting things I’ve done I championed. he said. “I get more satisfaction working Yosemite Falls.
did because nobody else wanted to.” “It was a wonderful start for the world of with those I devote my time to as well as “My late wife and I had talked about it
The daughter of missionaries, Coblentz volunteerism and giving,” she said. my money.” about the time she died,” he said. “I pur-
spent several years of her childhood in She worked at the Hewlett-Packard Floyd has devoted himself to more than sued the project, and it was 10 years from
China. She joined Stanford University’s until she had the second of her four chil- a few organizations and causes. A graduate planning to ribbon cutting — that was
Cap and Gown, a women leaders’ honors dren with her husband, Maurice “Harry” of University of California, Berkeley, he 1995 to 2005.”
society, in 1947, co-founded the society’s Coblentz. But she wasn’t idle. has been a Berkeley Foundation Trustee He has since remarried, and he and
board in 1953, and hasn’t stopped since. She said she was very involved with since 1994 and has chaired the Berkeley his second wife have six children and 16
She is chair of the Allied Arts Guild the PTA and scouting troops for boys and Engineering Fund Board since 1996. Lo- grandchildren between the two of them.
Auxiliary in Menlo Park, where she has girls. Close to 50 years ago she started a cally, he’s served Lytton Gardens, Com- Currently, he’s president of Friends of
volunteered for 50 years. She has been book club with two friends. That led to an munity Housing Inc., YMCA of the Mid- Cal, an advocacy organization for UC
a development officer at Stanford for 27 invitation from Channing House in 1968, Peninsula, the Children’s Health Council Berkeley created in response to declining
years, where she served two terms with where she’s given book reviews twice a and Avenidas. He’s also served on the state funding for the university.
Associates of Stanford Libraries. She is year since. Yosemite Conservancy Board since 1993. “Each campus needs to capitalize on its
also an honorary member of the PTA. By the time her last child went to school Floyd has received recognition for his individual strengths so it can thrive,” said
Coblentz came to Stanford in 1943 and, in 1962, one of Coblentz’s friends offered efforts, particularly in the area of fund- Floyd, who received his Bachelor of Sci-
after a brief stint living in San Francisco, her a spot on the Menlo-Atherton Auxil- raising. ence degree in engineering from Berkeley.
has lived in the area ever since. As a fresh- iary, a volunteer organization that supports In 1997, he was named the Silicon Val- “We need more decisions made at the cam-
man at Stanford she majored in social sci- the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. ley Distinguished Fundraiser for helping pus level. There are a lot decisions made
ences and minored in psychology. “By George, I was ready to get back to raise $2.2 million to renovate the Sequoia by the office of the president that would be
“I’d recommend that major for a lot peo- work,” she said. YMCA in Redwood City. Floyd grew up better made by the chancellor’s office.”
ple who have no particular talent, but the She said she’s still very active with what using the YMCA, and he sent his children A native San Franciscan and fourth-gen-
goal was that I wanted an education, and is now the Allied Arts Auxiliary, has been to its programs as well. He said he supports eration Californian, Floyd has spent much
it allowed me to get some of this and some the president three times, and sits on the the organization’s mission. of his life in the Bay Area. After attending
of that,” she said. “It was a good platform board today. “It’s a lot more than a place to lift weights the Harvard Business School, he started
to launch to other places.” Coblentz was organizing volunteers for and exercise,” he said. “There are youth a family and worked as a vice president
The first place her education “launched” the Homemaker Service of Santa Clara leagues, parenting classes, youth camps and director at Sierra Chemical Company,
her was the Hewlett-Packard Company, County when she was tapped by the new and swim lessons and a lot more.” which made fertilizers for greenhouses and
which was then still a fledgling in the cor- director of the annual fund at Stanford to While serving on the board of the Chil- nurseries until he retired in 1989.
porate world. be a development officer for the school. She dren’s Health Council in Palo Alto, Floyd “At that point I took off my for-profit hat
During her last quarter at Stanford, was told that the organization needed more helped double the organization’s endow- and put on my charitable hat,” he said.
Coblentz took a class in industrial psy- ment from $15 million to $30 million. As
chology, and the professor had continually (continued on page 29) general chair of the Berkeley Engineering (continued on page 29)
Phyllis Moldaw Ken Sletten
‘Seeing the potential’ and reaching out A passion for building community
by Chris Kenrick by Sue Dremann
hyllis Moldaw observes that she’s dren. en Sletten has built some of the “The most gratifying thing is on dedi-
“come full circle” in Palo Alto, “You can’t put a price on it. I don’t know Bay Area’s best-recognized build- cation day, when we open up the homes
where in the 1950s she and her hus- how to describe it, seeing these young peo- ings, among them the Monterey and present the key. That is the most mov-
band, Stuart, started their family. ple having a home away from home where Bay Aquarium, Lucile Packard Children’s ing thing that anybody sees,” Sletten said.
Stuart Moldaw — an entrepreneur who people understand their lives,” she said. Hospital and more than 20 buildings at “They always feel so grateful. It’s hard to
went on to found Ross Dress For Less and Moldaw participates in major clubhouse Stanford University. find a dry eye in the house.”
Gymboree, among other retail winners — activities, including the annual “Youth of But Sletten, 82, isn’t being honored for The living conditions for many of the
launched his first venture, Country Casu- the Year” competition, in which teenagers his building prowess this time. His Life- families before obtaining Habitat homes
als, at Palo Alto’s Midtown Shopping Cen- speak before a large audience of family, times of Achievement Award is for his are “pretty terrible. ... Most are living five
ter in 1958. classmates and donors about their experi- work helping to build homes for the dis- families in a one-bedroom apartment,” he
Last week, Phyllis Moldaw sat for an ences and views of the world. advantaged with Habitat for Humanity, said.
interview at the Moldaw Family Resi- “The struggles they face in their lives among his other philanthropic achieve- As a high school student in the Midwest,
dences, the new senior housing complex at and the obstacles they’ve overcome is re- ments. Sletten worked for city water company dig-
the Taube-Koret Campus for Jewish Life, markable,” said Moldaw, who has served Sletten spent 10 years on the Habitat ging ditches. He also worked on a paving
less than a mile from where the couple first on the speech-judging panels. for Humanity board “pounding nails” and crew for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation,
made a home more than a half-century ago As the December holidays approached serves on the boards of Stanford Athletics he said. He majored in civil engineering at
in the Greenmeadow neighborhood. one year, shortly after her husband died, and the Palo Alto Club. He is a past board the University of Colorado, always know-
The Campus for Jewish Life housing was Moldaw found herself wishing she could member of Children’s Health Council and ing he wanted to go into construction, he
named for the Moldaws after a major gift take someone to the Nutcracker at the San Peninsula Family YMCA and is a donor to said.
from the family in 2008, the year Stuart Francisco Opera House, a tradition she had the Stanford DAPER Investment Fund. Serving in the U.S. Marine Corps dur-
Moldaw died. always loved with her two daughters and His former construction company, Ru- ing the Korean conflict, Sletten was badly
“I feel very privileged and honored to four grandchildren. dolph and Sletten Inc., took on some of injured by a mortar attack. He spent a year
have this award,” she said of the Lifetimes “It’s such a magical moment, and then I the most complex, specialized building in the hospital and received a Purple Heart.
of Achievement honor. realized: The children are right here at the demands for Silicon Valley companies, he After leaving the hospital and service, he
“But I’m not standing alone in receiv- Boys & Girls Club.” said. went to the Stanford Graduate School of
ing it.” With help from the staff — and new But through his philanthropic work, Business.
Moldaw has served as board president outfits courtesy of Ross Dress For Less — Sletten said he is able to express his pas- “By that time, I decided to be in business
of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in Moldaw for the past three years has taken sion to change communities and make for myself,” he said.
San Francisco, as board member of the 18 girls from the club to a matinee Nut- them more livable. It’s the responsibility Sletten took a job at a medium-sized
Moldaw Family Residences, and as a ma- cracker performance of the San Francisco of every business to influence positive, hu- construction company Williams and Bur-
jor supporter of the San Francisco Museum Ballet. manitarian change, he said. He was hon- roughs, Inc., where he could learn what he
of Modern Art, Communities in Schools “The girls walk into the Opera House, ored for his work by Habitat for Humanity didn’t yet know about the business, he said.
and other organizations. and they feel like they’re in a palace or at its Blueprints and Blue Jeans gala on He met Onslow “Rudy” Rudolph while
She and her husband helped fund con- a castle. Their wonderment is precious,” April 26. working there. Rudolph started a small
struction of the Moldaw-Zaffaroni Club- Moldaw said. Through Habitat, he’s seen a Redwood construction business in his Los Altos ga-
house for the Boys & Girls Club in East Moldaw largely credits her husband, City neighborhood rife with drugs and rage, and Sletten joined him as a partner.
Palo Alto, which holds classrooms, a full- whom she met when both were students at prostitutes turn into a clean, safer com- Work for businesses in the burgeoning
size gym and indoor and outdoor play Syracuse University, for the family’s phil- munity. He’s taken great satisfaction in fields of high-tech and biotech followed.
spaces that serve as a daily after-school helping a schoolchild to have an individual
base for hundreds of East Palo Alto chil- (continued on next page) bedroom in which to study, he said. (continued on next page)
Program that worked with at-risk youth Latter-day Saints (Mormon), where Boyd
from Belle Haven; and with Jill endowed has served as a bishop for nine years and as
the Housing Assistance program for fami- stake president. When Boyd would devote
lies attending Stanford and the Martin 30 to 40 hours a week to a church commit-
Luther King Jr. Centennial Professorship ment, Jill would scale back and teach just
Chair and Martin Luther King Jr. student one class.
scholarships. With their Roadrunner second family
As for Jill, her greatest time commitment grown up and no major church assignment,
was to the Roadrunners Sports Club in east the Smiths are spending more time restor-
Menlo Park, which started as a community ing an old ranch in Idaho. In summer their
basketball team and evolved into an athletic five children bring their children — there
and academic program for college-bound are 20 grandchildren ranging from 22 years
youth. to 2 months — for a camp-like experience.
“I didn’t know how to administer, work At 71, Boyd balks at the idea of retiring.
on a (Silicon Valley) board. Boyd has lead- “I don’t even know what the word means.
ership skills. I had mothering skills. I used I like working. It’s fulfilling,” he said, add-
what skills I developed and applied it,” she ing that he’s spent the last five years as
said. Northern California finance vice chair for
Jill’s mothering skills came in handy at Mitt Romney and continues to serve on the
Roadrunners, where she guided boys from Hoover Institution Board of Overseers and
East Palo Alto and east Menlo Park, sent the Lucile Packard Foundation for Chil-
most to St. Francis High School in Moun- dren’s Health board.
tain View, took them on college visits — Jill just comes back to her earlier thought:
even tutored around her dining-room table. “I just quietly go about doing things, not
Today she refers to them — all graduates head of this or chair of that,” like the peo-
of colleges plus one technical school — as ple she described as taking care of others
her second family. She keeps in close touch in the community.
with the boys who’ve gone on to volunteer “I want to represent those people, who
at Roadrunners, giving back to the next take individual responsibility for doing that
generation. sort of thing.”
Always key to the Smiths’ lives is their Associate Editor Carol Blitzer can be
involvement in the Church of Christ of emailed at email@example.com.
Jean Coblentz Bill Floyd
(continued from page 27) (continued from page 27)
minority representation and still jokes that Looking back on the volunteer work dur-
she was “the token older woman.” ing his life, Floyd said he has intentionally
She stayed on at Stanford for 27 years focused his time to help with primarily lo-
and became Honorary Life Member of cal and statewide efforts.
Jill and Boyd Smith
Stanford Associates Board of Governors “I have devoted my efforts to the organi-
after 21 years. zations that benefit a lot of people,” he said.
Coblentz said she thinks anyone can “While I think the worldwide efforts people
The glue that makes a community work benefit from volunteering. are engaged in are terrific, there’s an awful
“People don’t realize that volunteering is lot that needs to be done here as well.”
by Carol Blitzer an amazing way to create and hone skills Editorial Assistant Eric Van Susteren
and to think about things differently,” she can be emailed at ericvansusteren@
n a typical morning in Old Palo give away, knowing that they’d increase it said. “You never know where it will lead paweekly.com.
Alto, neighbors can spot Jill and as they earned more, since charity was now you.”
Boyd Smith taking their daily a line item on their budget. Editorial Assistant Eric Van Susteren
walk — if they are up early enough. Out-
side by 5:30 or 6 a.m., the Smiths usually
Another defining moment for Boyd came
just after he earned his MBA at the Stanford
can be emailed at ericvansusteren@
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spend about an hour talking about the most Graduate School of Business. As assistant
pressing issues in their lives, whether it’s director of the International Center for the
family, church, business, politics or volun-
Advancement of Management Education,
he was sent around the world to speak with
Kenneth Sletten anthropic initiatives.
“He could see needs. There are some
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That desire to communicate — and the professors in developing countries. people who see the big picture, and they
built-in discipline to do it — has defined “It exposed me to a much broader world, have the confidence and courage to step
their 51-year marriage. They’ve accom- and I came back with a greater appreciation “You could name any good-sized bio- where other people wouldn’t think of go-
plished much — their list of achievements for America and what we had,” he said. tech company or electronics company, and ing. I was fortunate to have had 57 years
could fill many lifetimes — but shy away Later he would take his whole family on we did work for them,” he said. with that special person,” she said.
from taking credit. a yearlong round-the-world adventure. Rudolph and Sletten was acquired in “He could see potential in people they
Jill, who punctuates her straight talk with “I wanted my family to see the bigger 2005 and is now one of the largest and couldn’t see in themselves. When he passed
a hearty laugh, instead sees herself as rep- world, to know that they are citizens of a greenest builders on the West Coast. away I got hundreds of letters from people
resenting the great unnoticed sea of volun- greater world,” he said. Sletten is still working. He is managing saying he changed their lives.”
teers “who are never ... recognized for their As he worked his way up in the work director of the advisory board for Level 10 In a 2006 memoir intended for his grand-
service but who quietly take responsibil- world — as a cofounder and partner of WSJ Construction in Sunnyvale. children, Stuart Moldaw laid out the perils
ity for doing what needs to be done, often Properties, a real-estate development and Married with two grown children, he and opportunities confronting people of
one person at a time, to make our commu- investment company — he took on more resides in Woodside. He recalled that his economic privilege.
nity a better place. They are the glue that leadership responsibilities in the nonprofit son’s early behavior drew him to early phi- “The advantage of financial well-being
holds our community together and makes it world. lanthropy, and he and wife Phyllis took a can make a person indulgent, rob him of
work,” she wrote in a prepared statement. “We’ve had a philosophy that our time particular interest in the Children’s Health the true measure of meaningful accom-
From the beginning of their relationship, needed to follow our money. We didn’t Council. plishment and allow him to live a shallow
both Smiths have looked beyond their im- want to just give money and hope for the “When our son was 4 years old, he was life,” Moldaw wrote.
mediate needs, ahead to a future when they best,” he said. giving us trouble. We took a course on how “Or it can give him the ability to make
could focus on making that “better place.” “Much of our money has gone to Stan- to raise a kid. The most wonderful thing a difference in the world that cries out for
As young marrieds (and students) living in ford. Most of our time has gone to these about it was that the other parents there compassion, action and commitment.”
Utah, they set up a budget and stuck to it. other organizations,” he added, point- were just as terrified as we were,” he said. Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be
“Ten percent was ours, 10 percent was ing to the California Family Foundation Before, kids got passed around and went emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
the Lord’s” and the rest was for basics, Jill (which funds Beechwood School in East to one kind of a doctor for one thing and
said, noting they kept track of every ham- Palo Alto), YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula, another kind of doctor for another. About the Cover: Avenidas’ 2012
burger, movie, “every blessed cent.” Avenidas, Community Foundation Silicon The Children’s Health Council “won’t Lifetimes of Achievement award
But just before Christmas that year, they Valley and Children’s Health Council, to turn you down and won’t back off a di- winners are (from left) Ken Sletten,
came across a Salvation Army bell-ringer name a few. agnosis. We helped them remodel a lot of Phyllis Moldaw, Bill Floyd, Jean
and realized they’d left an important cat- He has served as a member of the Board stuff,” he said. Coblentz, and Boyd and Jill Smith.
egory out of their meager budget: charity. of Governors of the Stanford Associates; Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be Photo by Veronica Weber.
They then squeezed out $1 per month to a founder of the Student Athlete Outreach emailed at email@example.com.
Arts & Entertainment
A weekly guide to music, theater, art, movies and more, edited by Rebecca Wallace
by Rebecca Wallace
very year around May, strangers send in-
scrutable gifts to Marianne Lettieri. Sil-
ver platters are common, and pincush-
ions that look like fat red tomatoes.
A farmer in Woodside once sent her an antique
weed sprayer. An old woman brought her a box
of cat bones.
“Objects appear on my porch like orphaned ba-
bies in baskets,” she says.
Lettieri is used to people presenting her with
oddities, pieces of what she calls “cultural detri-
tus” that she uses in her mixed-media construc-
tions. The number of gifts just goes up in the
spring, after crowds drop by her Palo Alto studio
during Silicon Valley Open Studios. Lettieri is
one of more than 300 area artists who open their
doors to the public during the annual event the
first three weekends in May.
“I get all this cool stuff,” she says. Excitedly,
she pulls out a flat mahogany-colored box about
the size of a vinyl record and flips it open. The
box is full of teeth. A dentist has given her sev-
eral sets of old veneers, and Lettieri regards the
choppers fondly. “Aren’t they just creepy enough
to be fabulous?”
She laughs with evident delight, and her long
earrings swing. “People don’t know what to do
with these things, but they don’t want to throw
Lettieri probably never throws anything away.
But you wouldn’t know it from a peek into her
space at Cubberley Studios in the Cubberley
Community Center. This has got to be one of the
most organized studios ever. Lettieri’s treasures
are neatly stored on shelves and in cupboards,
drawers and plastic boxes with snap-on tops, all
organized by type or subject matter.
Assemblage artists are always looking for the
perfect juxtapositions of objects where art is born.
Fellow Cubberley Studios artist Inge Infante,
who will also be in Open Studios, collects tick-
ets, posters and other items from cities she visits.
Julia Nelson-Gal, whose studio is next door to Objects and oddities come together in artist’s
Lettieri’s, gleans old photos at flea markets.
When Lettieri obtains new items — whether
works about women’s lives and the past
as gifts, at garage sales or online — she likes to
group her treasures by “visual metaphors.” One Objects and oddities come together in
box is devoted to measurement: clock pieces, rul-
ers and barometers. Others contain sand dollars artist’s works about women’s lives and
and scallops, or animal bones. One is labeled sim- the past
The familiar tomato pincushions fill another
box. As part of her thesis at San Jose State Uni-
versity, where Lettieri is pursuing an MFA in
sculpture, she plans to combine the pincushions
into a cathedral rose window, 6 feet across, with
a wooden frame. The Middle Ages meet the Vic-
torian era, when the tomato pincushion became
“For me, the pincushion is the soul of a wom-
an,” she says.
Lettieri often pays tribute to the hardworking
domestic woman in her art, exploring what life
was like when women couldn’t have careers out-
side the home. She opens another box, fingering
circles of handmade lace.
“This, maybe, was the only way women could Top: Marianne Lettieri surveys her treasures,
express themselves. These were feats of engineer- which include pink cowboy boots and birdcages
ing. They measured out their lives in skeins of dangling from the ceiling. Above: Lettieri’s “The
string,” she says. Luminatus Reliquary” is a piece about light,
It can’t have been all bad, though, Lettieri mus- with burned-down candles and old Christmas
es, picking up a rolling pin. “All these pies,” she bulbs. Right: In “They Dream and Stare Upon
says. “Think of the love that went into them.” the Roving Sky,” the artist built a village on an
Nearby in the studio, the assemblage “Wisp” old doll pram.
is one of many pieces about women’s lives. Let-
tieri has spread a white pinafore in a frame, then
strung oval photos across it. Girls’ faces look out
from the antique graduation pictures. Mirroring
age and time passing, the outlines of swallows and
the skeletons of leaves dot the piece.
Another assemblage, “Church Ladies,” was
sold to a Palo Alto resident. It was two angel
Assemblages at home in the artist’s studio. “I Hear Music in My Head,” with a sculpted head in a basket
of leaves, was inspired by Lettieri’s musician son, while “What If” places a doll’s head inside a gas lamp.
Shining keys and pins emerge from the head, representing creativity. The nostalgic “Wisp” sits nearby in
about resurrection, and her Chris-
tian faith an integral part of her
creativity. In 2005, she founded
Arts of the Covenant, a group of
artists, art therapists and art edu-
cators who explore “the intersec-
tion of Christian faith and the vi-
sual arts.” About 175 people are
members, meeting at the Menlo
Park Presbyterian Church.
Besides holding lively discus-
sions about the spiritual context
of artworks, the members also
hold exhibits and do community
service. They have held art activi-
ties for spiritual retreats and made
quilts for rape victims in an Afri-
can hospital. This weekend, they
plan to do free portraits at the VA
Palo Alto Health Care System
Several artists will also take
part in Silicon Valley Open Stu-
dios, joining their comrades from
the Peninsula down to Gilroy in
opening up individual and group
Lettieri and her Cubberley co-
horts will open their doors the
weekend of May 5 and 6, along
with many other studios in Palo
Alto, East Palo Alto, Stanford, Los
Altos, Los Altos Hills, Ladera,
Mountain View and Sunnyvale.
The weekend of May 12-13, the
event moves to the South Bay, with
locations in the San Jose environs
and parts farther south. On May
19-20, Open Studios returns to the
Peninsula: Menlo Park, Portola
“Aren’t they just creepy enough to be fabulous?” Lettieri says Valley, Woodside, Redwood City,
delightedly about a set of old tooth veneers she may use in her work. San Carlos, Belmont, San Mateo
wings made from pale vintage Dream and Stare Upon the Roving and Hillsborough.
gloves. Lettieri calls it “an hom- Sky,” the artist built a miniature Studio visits are free, with no
age to those women who serve wooden village upon a doll pram. reservations required. Event hours
others,” be they housewives or Faces in old photos peer out the are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sat-
house cleaners. windows but never see each other, urday and Sunday each weekend.
“I embroidered four-letter words like the neighbors who never meet For details, go to svos.org.
on the gloves,” she says with a gig- each other today.
gle, “like ‘cook,’ ‘wash,’ ‘bake.’” Lettieri has played her role in Correction
Another theme is a gentle nudge the high-tech world. She previ- Due to an error in a press release
to turn away from today’s fast- ously was a graphic artist in public sent to the Weekly, an article
paced world to appreciate “the en- relations. Even now, she is in the in last week’s paper gave the
chantment of everyday life,” she midst of a series of assemblages incorrect date for a concert by
jazz singer Kitty Margolis. It is
says in an artist’s statement. commissioned by Oracle Corp. on Sunday, June 17, at the Osh-
“Buck Saw Ace” nods to the Her materials are computer parts man Family Jewish Community
male laborer, with a half-wing harvested from company dump- Center in Palo Alto. To request a
built of canvas gloves on a buck sters and given new life as trip- correction, contact Editor Jocelyn
Dong at 650-223-6514, jdong@
saw, their fingertips covered with tychs. paweekly.com or P.O. Box 1610,
red North Carolina dirt. In “They In a sense, Lettieri’s art is all Palo Alto, CA 94302.
Arts & Entertainment
Left: A 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton
belonging to Steve Moore. Above: This 1946 Ford
station wagon is owned by Rosemary and Hoag
community-advisory board member
Floats and roadsters Steve Moore. “It’s a beautiful art car.
White. It’s gorgeous,” she said.
Palo Alto plans a busy May 5, with May Fete Parade During the auto show, the museum
will have a free open house with an
and Vintage Vehicles festival ongoing exhibition of vintage toys, a
by Rebecca Wallace printing press that visitors can try out,
and a relaxation area for seniors in
the gardens. In the science area, peo-
nce upon a time, people really “It’s a really nice tie-in. We’re
knew how to name a car. “Don’t happy to be more connected with ple can experience a Van de Graaff
cry, dollface. I’ll buy you a Su- the city,” said Gwenyth Claughton, generator and a Tesla coil.
percharged Phaeton.” “Goodness, executive director of the Museum of
Chauncey. Watch out for that Model American Heritage, which organizes What: The May Fete Parade and Fair,
T Speedster.” Vintage Vehicles every year. the Vintage Vehicles and Family Festi-
Saturday, May 5, should be a fine The new location also brings the val, and open house at the Museum of
day for Skylarking, as these and other auto show closer to the museum — American Heritage
old-school autos cruise into Palo Al- right across the street. This is fitting Where and when: Downtown Palo
to’s Heritage Park at 300 Homer Ave. because Vintage Vehicles is a major Alto. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at
The eighth annual Vintage Vehicles fundraiser for the museum, bring- University Avenue and Emerson Street,
and Family Festival will feature ing in donations from sponsors and then continues down University to end
about 40 retro cars and motorcycles underwriters from this event and an at Heritage Park, 300 Homer Ave. The
on display for free viewing. associated June gala. fair is in the park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
Vintage Vehicles is usually at El As for the parade, it’s a 90-year and the auto show is in the park from
Camino Park, but the event was up- tradition in Palo Alto. The theme 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The museum, at
rooted this year when the city closed for 2012 is “Palo Alto at Play,” with 351 Homer Ave., is open from 11 a.m.
the park through the summer of 2013 a parade-float contest, marching to 4 p.m.
to build an underground reservoir and bands, old-time cars and contempo- Cost: Admission to all events is free.
well. The auto show will be smaller rary “green” vehicles, clowns, kids Info: Go to pamayfetefair.com or cit-
(it’s usually about 120 cars), but will and dancers. (Contest entries are no yofpaloalto.org for May Fete details,
get to link up with a major city wing- longer being accepted.) The grand and to moah.org for information about
ding: the annual May Fete Parade. marshal is Robert N. Klein II, former museum events.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the head of the California Institute of Re-
corner of Emerson Street and Univer- generative Medicine.
sity Avenue downtown, then heads The May Fete Fair is scheduled at A&E DIGEST
down University, turns right on Wa- Heritage Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
verley Street, and ends up at Heritage Bands, kids’ activities, refreshments, MENLO TO JUILLIARD ... Cellist
Park with all the swanky roadsters. performances and picnicking are be- David Finckel, who co-founded
ing planned by the Palo Alto Recre- the popular Music@Menlo cham-
ation Foundation and the Kiwanis ber-music festival with his wife,
Club of Palo Alto. pianist Wu Han, has joined the
Meanwhile, Vintage Vehicles will faculty of the Juilliard School as
run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with a cello professor. Finckel recently
cars as old as a 1912 Ford Model T announced his departure from the
Speedster and a 1919 Buick Racecar. Emerson Quartet, but still directs
Convertibles from the 1950s will be Music@Menlo with Wu Han. The
particularly well-represented. 2012 festival begins July 20 in
Join today: Claughton said she’s looking Atherton; details are at musicat-
SupportLocalJournalism.org forward to again seeing the 1937 menlo.org.
Ford Phaeton owned by museum
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All the soups are puréed. You Grilled cheese sandwiches were
can watch them being aerated in open-faced until the 1960s.
tureens, also thanks to Electrolux. The Melt, located where Smith &
Within minutes my dining com- Hawken used to sell garden tools,
panion and I downed a boatload is very pleasant, with high ceilings
of calories and fat — and, with a and comfortable blond-finished
grilled s’more for dessert, a bit of plywood booths. It’s fun, with ‘50s-
sugar. We felt uneasy when we left style globe lamps, subway-style
the Melt. Full, yes, but like we’d white-tiled walls, splashes of bright
had dinner at a day-care center. orange signage, and metal cafeteria-
It isn’t cheap, especially when style trays. All the cups, spoons and
you consider the ingredients and napkins are bio-compostable.
lack of labor involved. A small Naturally, many of the drinks
sandwich is $5.95. (The Classic, are organic (milk) or natural (Izze
sharp cheddar on potato bread, sparkling juice and soda). Beer
packs 590 calories and 35 grams of runs $3.50 for the Anderson Val-
fat.) A cup of soup is $3.95. (Toma- ley’s Boont Amber Ale and $2.75
to basil is just 110 calories, 6 grams for the urban hipsters’ Pabst Blue
of fat.) Buy them together on the Ribbon. Also popular are mini-
combo, $8.75, and they throw in cans of Francis Coppola Winery’s
a Barbie-size bag of potato chips. Sofia sparkling wine.
(Unstated calories and fat.) Grilled We didn’t spring for drinks, but
dessert sandwiches are $3.95. because of that unfinished feeling
We tried the tomato basil soup we did split a grilled s’more sand-
and the creamy wild mushroom wich. This involves milk chocolate
soup. Both were smooth and warm melted into a smidgen of marsh-
and tasted like their ingredients. mallow — or marshmallow sauce,
Similarly, though, both sand- it was hard to tell — between fin-
wiches were soft and bland. Bread ger-sandwich slices of indistinct
The “Italian Job” sandwich at The Melt features fontina and provolone cheese on garlic bread, with varieties are: potato, sourdough, bread. A graham cracker would
Italian sausage-and-pepper soup. eight-grain, garlic, whole wheat have been nice.
so), and pick it up without wait- and gluten-free. But the two we
Melts in your mouth, ing in line.
2. If you order in person, the
tried, potato and garlic, didn’t taste
or feel all that different. You can The Melt, Stanford Shopping
Center, 180 El Camino Real,
and in your hand counterperson asks for your ini-
tials, which seems a little weird.
But then your initials show up on
add, for free, bits of bacon and/or
tomato. This helped beef up the
Classic, but on the Italian Job, fon-
Palo Alto (Sand Hill Road side,
near Pottery Barn);
New mall restaurant serves up a menu a screen showing where you are tina and provolone cheese merged Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.-10
of squishy comfort food in the queue of orders: Working, into indistinctness. p.m. Sun. 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
working ... order up! But that’s always been the idea
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ford Shopping Center. Yet fort food. Start with three stores in the bread. The sandwiches emerge for cooked bread and cheese, and themelt.com
the Melt is doing a brisk business. San Francisco. Multiply. hot and soft. that the American version owes its Noise level:
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American Reunion (R) The Pirates! Band of Misfits (PG)
Century 16: Fri-Thurs 11:30; 2:15, 4:55, 7:45 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: Fri 11:30 a.m.; 2:15, 5, 7:50 & 10:35 Century 16: Fri-Thurs 11 a.m. & 4:15 p.m. (standard 2D) In 3D at 1:20, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Century 20: Fri-Thurs
p.m. Sat 11:30 a.m.; 2:15, 5, 7:50 & 10:35 p.m. Sun 11:30 a.m.; 2:15, 5, 7:50 & 10:35 p.m. Mon 11:30 a.m.; 2:15, 11:15 a.m.; 1:35, 3:50, 6:10, 8:25 & 10:40 p.m. (standard 2D) In 3D Fri-Wed at 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:20 & 9:40 p.m. In
5, 7:50 & 10:35 p.m. Tue 11:30 a.m.; 2:15, 5, 7:50 & 10:35 p.m. Wed 11:30 a.m.; 2:15, 5, 7:50 & 10:35 p. 3D Thu at 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:20 & 9:35 p.m.
Bringing Up Baby (1938) The Raid: Redemption (R) (Not Reviewed)
Stanford Theatre: Fri 7:30 p.m. Sat 7:30 p.m. Sun 3:45 & 7:30 p.m. Century 20: Fri 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35 & 10:15 p.m. Sat 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35 & 10:15 p.m. Sun 12:05, 2:35,
The Cabin in the Woods (R) 5:05, 7:35 & 10:15 p.m. Mon 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35 & 10:15 p.m. Tue 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35 & 10:15 p.m. Wed
Century 16: Fri-Wed 11:25 a.m.; 2, 4:50, 7:50 & 10:15 p.m. Thurs 11:25 a.m.; 2, 4:50 & 7:50 p.m. Century 20: 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35 & 10:15 p.m. Thu 12:05
Fri-Tue & Thu 12:30, 2:55, 5:25, 8:05 & 10:45 p.m. Wed 12:30, 2:55, 5:25, 8:05 & 10:45 p.m. The Raven (R) (Not Reviewed)
Casablanca (1942) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: Fri-Thurs 11 a.m.; 1:35, 4:10, 7:20 & 10:20 p.m. Century 20: Fri-Tues 11:35 a.m.; 12:55, 2:15,
Century 20: Fri 7 p.m. Sat 7 p.m. Sun 7 p.m. Mon 7 p.m. Tue 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 3:35, 4:55, 6:15, 7:35, 7:40, 8:55 & 10:20 p.m. Wed 11:30 a.m.; 12:55, 2:15, 3:35, 4:55, 6:15, 7:35 & 10:20 p.m.
Thurs 11:35 a.m.; 12:55, 2:15, 3:35, 4:55, 6;15, 7:35, 7:40, 8:55 & 10:20 p.m.
Chimpanzee (G) 1/2
Century 16: Fri-Thurs 11:30 a.m.; 1:45, 3:55, 6:30 & 9:10 p.m. Century 20: Fri-Tues & Thurs 11:15 a.m.; 1:25, Safe (R) (Not Reviewed)
3:35, 5:40, 7:50 & 10 p.m. Wed 8:05 & 10:45 p.m. Century 16: Fri-Thu 11:50 a.m.; 2:10, 4:50, 7:55 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: Fri-Thu 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8:10 &
Come and Get It (1936)
Stanford Theatre: Fri-Sun 5:40 & 9:25 p.m. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)
Century 20: Fri-Tues & Thurs 2 & 7:15 p.m. Wed 7:15 p.m. Palo Alto Square: Fri & Sat 1:50, 4:30, 7:15 &
Damsels in Distress (PG-13) 1/2
9:50 p.m. Sun-Thu 1:50, 4:50 & 7:15 p.m.
Palo Alto Square: Fri & Sat 2, 4:20, 7:25 & 9:45 p.m. Sat 2, 4:20, 7:25 & 9:45 p.m. Sun-Tues & Thurs 2, 4:20 &
7:25 p.m. Wed 2 p.m. Think Like a Man (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)
Century 16: Fri-Wed 11 a.m.; 1:50, 4:40, 7:35 & 10:30 p.m. Thurs 11 a.m.; 1:50, 4:40 & 7:35 p.m. Century
The Five-Year Engagement (R)
20: Fri-Tues 11:20 a.m.; 12:40, 2:10, 3:35, 4:55, 6:30, 7:45, 9:25 & 10:35 p.m. Wed 12:40, 3:30, 6:30 & 9:25 p.m.
Century 16: Fri-Thurs 11 a.m.; 12:30, 2, 3:50, 5, 7:30, 8:30 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: Fri-Thurs 11:20 a.m.;
Thu 11:20 a.m.; 12:40, 3:30, 6:30, 7:45, 9:25 & 10:35 p.m.
12:50, 2:10, 3:40, 5, 6:35, 7:55, 9:30 & 10:45 p.m.
The Three Stooges (PG) (Not Reviewed)
The Hunger Games (PG-13)
Century 16: Fri-Thu 11:20 a.m.; 2:05, 4:30, 7:10 & 9:45 p.m. Century 20: Fri-Wed 11:25 a.m.; 1:50, 3, 4:15,
Century 16: Fri-Wed 12, 3:20, 6:50 & 9:55 p.m. Thurs 12, 3:20 & 6:50 p.m. Century 20: Fri-Tues 11:20 a.m.;
6:50, 7:55 & 9:15 p.m. Thu 11:25 a.m.; 1:50, 4:15, 6:50 & 9:10 p.m.
1:05, 2:30, 4:10, 5:40, 7:20, 8:55 & 10:25 p.m. Wed 11:20, 2:30, 5:40, 7:20, 8:55 & 10:25 p.m. Thurs 11:20, 1:05,
2:30, 4:10, 5:40, 7:20, 8:50 & 10:25 p.m. Titanic 3D (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)
Century 16: Fri-Tues noon); in 3D at 6:40 p.m. Century 20: Fri-Tues 11:50 a.m. (standard 2D); In 3D Fri-Mon
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)
at 3:55 & 8 p.m.
Aquarius Theatre: Fri-Sun 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Mon-Thurs 5:30, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.
Wrath of the Titans (PG-13)
Lockout (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)
Century 16: Fri-Wed 9:35 p.m. Century 20: Fri-Tue & Thu Noon; In 3D from Fri-Thu 7:30 p.m.
Century 16: Fri-Mon & Wed 11:35 a.m.; 1:55, 4:35, 7:30 & 10:10 p.m. Tue 11:35 a.m.; 1:55 & 10:10 p.m. Thu
11:35 a.m.; 1:55, 4:35 & 7:30 p.m. Century 20: Fri-Tues & Thurs 2:30, 5:10 & 10:05 p.m. Wed 10:05 p.m.
Skip it Some redeeming qualities A good bet Outstanding
The Lucky One (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)
Century 16: Fri-Wed 11 a.m.; 12, 1:40, 2:30, 4:20, 5, 7, 8 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: Fri-Tues 11:30 a.m.; 1, 2,
3:25, 4:30, 5:55, 7, 8:30 & 9:35 p.m. Wed 11:30 a.m.; 1, 2, 3:25, 5:55, 7, 8:25 & 10:05 p.m. Thurs 11:30 a.m.; 1, Aquarius: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto Guild: 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
2, 3:25, 4:30, 5:55, 7 & 8:25 p.m. (266-9260) (266-9260)
Marley (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century Cinema 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Stanford: 221 University Ave., Palo Alto
Aquarius Theatre: Fri-Sun 2, 5:15, 7:50 & 8:30 p.m. Mon-Thurs 5:15, 7:30 & 8:30 p.m.
Mountain View (800-326-3264) (324-3700)
Marvel’s The Avengers (PG-13) (Not Reviewed)
Century 16: Thurs 12:01 a.m. Century 20: Thurs 12:02, 12:06 a.m. & 12:08 a.m.; in 3D at 12:01, 12:03 and Century 20 Downtown: 825 Middlefield Road, Internet address: For show times, plot synop-
12:07 p.m. Redwood City (800-326-3264) ses, trailers and more information about films
The Metropolitan Opera: La Traviata (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) playing, go to PaloAltoOnline.com/movies
Palo Alto Square: Wed 6:30 p.m.
CinéArts at Palo Alto Square: 3000 El Cami-
no Real, Palo Alto (493-3456)
to “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” and funny hats, but everything gets
but fear not: The story still ropes in a winningly ironic spin. The pirates,
smarty-pants historical and literary for instance, look forward to nothing
allusions. so much as “Ham Nite.” Darwin has
Due to its often-sophisticated hu- a monocled monkey servant named
mor, “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” Mr. Bobo who communicates with
should appeal in equal measure to cue cards, and at one point Jane
adults and children. The madcap Austen goes on a date with the El-
plot concerns the also-ran Pirate ephant Man.
Captain (the inestimable Hugh Of course, as directed by Aard-
Grant), who covets the “Pirate of man co-founder Peter Lord, the
the Year” award but stands little picture offers visual delights in old-
chance of winning it for his bum- school Claymation style, with an
bling plundering (especially given assist from some CGI effects (plus,
the stiff competition from Salma pie-throwing in 3D). The production
Hayek’s Cutlass Liz and Jeremy design comes courtesy of three-time
Piven’s Black Bellamy). Oscar nominee Norman Garwood
All bets are off when The Pirate (“Brazil”), and the soundtrack in-
Captain and his crew haplessly cludes the Pogues, the Clash and
board the Beagle. Though they dis- Flight of the Conchords.
cover Darwin (David Tennant) has Though the film is full of Anglo-
no booty, the naturalist recognizes phile Easter eggs for adults (read
the Pirate Captain’s “parrot” Polly quickly for a great gag, that’s doubly
to be the last living dodo. And so paid off later in the film, about actor
our hero resets his sights on the Roy- Brian Blessed), kids will appreciate
al Society’s “Scientist of the Year” the action, the goofy characters and
award. But he’ll have to contend sentiments like this one: “It’s only
with Darwin — here cast as an am- impossible if you stop to think about
bitious if pathetic villain — and the it.”
menacing Queen Victoria (Imelda
Staunton), who avers to hate pirates Rated PG for mild action, rude
(it’s right there on her coat of arms, humor and some language. One
don’t you know). hour, 28 minutes.
The story doesn’t skimp on the
looting, cutlasses, plank-walking — Peter Canavese
Sports PREP BASEBALL
PALY OLYMPIAN . . . It may be tough
for Palo Alto High student Lily Zhang
to return to her normal class schedule
for the remainder of the school year.
She just might have other things on
her mind. Like, for instance, compet-
ing in the 2012 Summer Olympics in Vikings clinch no worse
London. Zhang, 15, made the final than co-title, top seed
day of the North American table ten-
nis qualifier a good one for her coun- for league playoffs
try by claiming the final Olympic berth
with a victory on Sunday in Cary, N.C.
by Keith Peters
Zhang beat Canada’s Anqi Luo in a
five-game women’s final for a spot in
o say the Palo Alto baseball
London.”It feels like I’ve been waiting
team has made a turnaround
for this opportunity for so long. It’s
under third-year coach Erick
been my dream ever since I was a
Raich would be an understatement,
little kid,” Zhang told The Associated
sort of like comparing a mouse to
Press. “And now that it’s finally here, I
just feel like it’s still a dream.” The 15-
The Vikings’ program has grown
year-old Zhang joined San Jose’s Ariel
that much under Raich, who is 78-
Hsing — her teammate and friend
16 and has taken Paly to a pair of
from the Palo Alto Table Tennis Club
Central Coast Section championship
who earned her spot Friday — as
games in his first two seasons —
American women qualifying for the
winning the school’s first-ever CCS
title last season and the program’s
first since 1927 when the Vikings
OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Stanford sopho-
competed in the North Coast Sec-
more Marissa Ferrante outlasted
more than 500 competitors to take
In the five years prior to Raich’s
the women’s overall title at Saturday’s
arrival, Palo Alto went 74-76-1 un-
USA Triathlon Collegiate National
der three different coaches, reached
Championship in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
the CCS playoffs four times and lost
A standout runner, Ferrante put to-
in the opening round each year. Paly
gether a complete race to cruise to
had only two winning seasons dur-
victory on the women’s side. She
ing that span.
lifted the tape in 2 hours, 6 minutes,
The current Paly seniors pretty
28 seconds -- more than five minutes
much have known nothing but suc-
clear of the field on the 1,500-meter
cess. Expectations have been high
swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer
and the players have been well-pre-
run course . . . Menlo-Atherton has
pared to reach them.
named Mike Molieri as its new head
On Wednesday, the Vikings
coach for boys’ basketball. Molieri has
clinched no worse than a tie for a
been a member of the Bears’ staff
third straight SCVAL De Anza
for the past two years. Prior to arriv-
Division title after rallying from a
ing at M-A, Molieri spent three years
3-0 deficit to pull out an 8-3 victory
as a varsity assistant at Riordan. The
over a solid Los Altos team on the
Crusaders won West Catholic Athletic
League and Central Coast Section
“Just great at-bats,” Raich said
championships during his tenure. Be-
of the comeback, which moved his
fore that, he was an assistant varsity
team to 12-1 in league (21-3 over-
Despite receiving pressure from Palo Alto defender Scotty Bara (25), Menlo-Atherton’s Duncan McGinnis (5) all) while dropping Los Altos to
coach and the head frosh-soph coach managed to score four goals to help the Bears post a 10-7 victory in a key De Anza Division lacrosse match Tuesday.
at Jefferson High for eight years . . .
11-2 (17-5). “It was a great job by
Lacrosse titles coming and going
M-A is looking for a new girls’ varsity
volleyball head coach after Jen Wilson
Palo Alto will host Los Altos on
recently resigned. She led the Bears
Friday (3:30 p.m.) to conclude the
to a 31-7 record and a berth in the
regular season. Should Paly win, it
NorCal Division I finals opposite even- Sacred Heart Prep away from a 3-3 halftime dead- Paly girls move on will be the division’s outright cham-
lock, controlling the draws and at pion. If the Vikings lose, the teams
tual state champ Palo Alto. Interested
coaches should e-mail a resume and
boys close in on one point scoring three unanswered from forfeiture will share the crown. No matter the
letter(s) of recommendation to Athletic first league crown goals. Sophomore attack Duncan of six matches outcome, Palo Alto will take the No.
Directors Paul Snow (psnow@seq.
McGinnis scored four goals and 1 seed into next week’s league play-
by Keith Peters added an assist to help spark the by Keith Peters offs, thanks to holding a tiebreaker
org) and Steven Kryger (skryger@
hile Sacred Heart Prep is
second-half comeback that saw the t has been a tumultuous week over Los Altos — how the teams
closing in on its first-ever Bears outscore Paly in a crucial for the Palo Alto girls’ lacrosse fared against third-place Saratoga.
regular-season champion- third period, 5-2. team, which has experienced Paly swept the Falcons while the
ON THE AIR ship in SCVAL De Anza Division “We were very flat in the first the high of being tied for first place Eagles split.
boys’ lacrosse, a battle for the next half, not much energy, a lot of stand- in the SCVAL De Anza Division Wednesday’s victory, Raich said,
Friday three seeds for the division playoffs ing around and watching, especially before facing the low — having to took “a lot” of pressure off his team.
College baseball: Stanford at UCLA, 6 next week rages on. from our midfield lines,” said M-A forfeit six matches due to an ineli- Friday’s game and the ensuing play-
p.m.; KZSU (90.1 FM)
Menlo-Atherton made a big move coach Steven Kryger. “Paly was gible player. offs are more preparation for the
Saturday toward securing a high seed by pull- clearly the aggressor and better The Vikings, however, bounced CCS playoffs than anything else.
College baseball: Stanford at UCLA, 2 ing into a tie for second place with team in the first half. Paly moves back from that disappointing news
p.m.; KZSU (90.1 FM)
The Vikings are ranked No. 3 in the
an important 10-7 victory over visit- the vall very well and finds the open last week and posted a 12-8 victory section, No. 41 in the state and No.
ing Palo Alto on Tuesday. man almost every time. The score over visiting Pioneer to keep its 195 in the nation by MaxPreps. Cal-
College baseball: Stanford at UCLA, 1
p.m.; KZSU (90.1 FM) The Bears (7-3, 14-4) now share could have been a lot worse for us playoff hopes alive. Hi Sports has Paly ranked No. 16 in
Tuesday second with Palo Alto (5-3, 8-5) at halftime. We were very fortunate The Vikings, who would have the state.
College baseball: Stanford at San
with the regular season winding to be tied. been 10-1 in league without the “Now’ it’s like icing on the cake
Jose St., 2:30 p.m.; KZSU (90.1 FM) down. “In the second half, all phases our forfeits, are now 4-7 (6-9 overall) for us,” Raich said. “We perennially
The victory put M-A in position to our game came alive. Our midfield- with three league matches remain- get better, offensively, as the season
secure the No. 2 seed in the division ers were moving both with the ball ing. Next up will be a home match goes along.”
READ MORE ONLINE playoffs, depending on how both the and, most importantly, moving off against fourth-place Los Gatos on On Wednesday, Paly got better as
www.PASportsOnline.com Bears and Vikings finish up. M-A the ball, setting lots of screens. The Friday at 7 p.m. the game went along.
For expanded daily coverage of college still has to play SHP to wrap up the midfielders were also getting back Despite a steady rain in the sec- Trailing 3-0 heading into the top
and prep sports, please see our new regular season.
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Prep baseball Prep roundup Club. The Knights finished 9-1.
Senior Will Petit played the No.
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1 spot for Menlo on Senior Day and
shot a 41 with birdies on the par-3
of the fourth, Paly got a bad-hop sin- on defense and swarming the ground second hole and par-5 seventh hole.
gle by Christian Lonsky and a single balls much better than in the first Senior Jackson Dean shot a 38 in
by Isaac Feldstein. Justin Grey faked half. Our attack made crisp passes, the second spot for Menlo and fired
a bunt, then chopped an RBI single as evidenced by the seven assists five pars and a birdie on holes 4
for a 3-1 game. Jack Witte walked to from our starting attackman.” through 8.
load the bases with two outs, bring- M-A junior attack Kotaro Kihira Junior Andrew Buchanan earned
ing the dangerous B.J. Boyd to the provided five assists and one goal medalist honors by shooting a 1- un-
plate. Before Boyd got a chance to while sophomore Nick Schlein and der-par 34. Freshman Ethan Wong
perhaps tie the game or give Paly the junior Drew Uphoff each added two shot a 39 with six pars and Junior
lead, Grey was picked off second by goals. Max Garnick started slowly at 6-
Los Altos pitcher Luke Wiechec to The Bears grabbed an 8-5 lead over after three holes but rallied to
end the threat. after three goals and then kept the shoot 3-over on the last six holes.
Despite that deflating ending, the Vikings in check in the final period In another WBAL season-ending
Vikings bounced back in the fifth. as Paly’s final goal came in the last match, Sacred Heart Prep sopho-
Ozzie Braff singled to left field minute of play. more Bradley Knox made his third
and, with two out, Lonsky ripped a Jonny Glazier led Paly with three birdie of the round on the par-5 ninth
towering home run over the wall in goals and one assist with teammates hole to wrap up a 1-under-par 35 and
left-center field — well beyond the Lukas Peterson, Jordan Gans, Chris lead Gators to a 196-203 win over
345-foot sign to tie the game at 3. Hoglund and Josh Stern each adding Pinewood at Palo Alto Muni.
Consecutive singles by Alec one goal. William Hare provided SHP, which finished second at
Wong, Witte and Boyd in the sixth two assists. 8-2, also got a strong showing from
loaded the bases with no outs for Elsewhere in boys’ lacrosse on senior Zach Lamb (38).
Braff, who singled in two runs for Tuesday: In the SCVAL De Anza Division,
a 5-3 lead. A sacrifice fly by Isaac Sacred Heart Prep took a break Palo Alto wrapped up the division
Feldstein later in the inning made from its chase for the SCVAL De title by defeating rival Gunn, 193-
it 6-3. Witte ripped an RBI triple Anza Division title and took on pe- 196, at Palo Alto Muni to improve to
in the top of the seventh and Braff rennial power Bellarmine in a non- 11-1. Freshman Alex Hwang led the
doubled him home to wrap things league match. The host Bells (13-7) Vikings with a 37. Gunn finished
up at 8-3. Los Altos pinch-runner Ryan Smith is called out after being tagged by proved too tough while recording a 9-3, needing a victory to force a tie
Palo Alto escaped a potential big Paly catcher Christian Lonsky to end a threat in the fifth. 13-5 decision. for the title.
inning by Los Altos in the bottom The Gators hold a two-game lead
of the fifth after the Eagles loaded over Menlo-Atherton and Palo Alto, Softball
the bases with none out. Rohit Ram- needing only a win over Mountain Castilleja remained in the hunt for
kumar relieved Danny Erlich and View (Thursday) to clinch no worse a possible title in the WBAL Foot-
induced a groundout with no runs than a tie for the division title. With hill Division following a 10-0 five-
scoring. John Dickerson came on that accomplished, SHP can win inning victory over visiting Alma
to relieve Ramkumar and face the its first-ever league title by beating Heights on Tuesday.
dangerous Wiechec, who grounded Burlingame on Saturday on the Ga- The Gators (5-2, 7-14) are in a
to first baseman Jack Cleasby, who tors’ field at 10 a.m. second-place tie with Harker (5-2),
bobbled the ball before tagging the In Larkspur, Menlo School en- trailing both Mercy-Burlingame
base for a second out. The Los Al- gaged in a tug-of-war with host Red- (6-1) and Notre Dame-San Jose
tos runner at third was slow to react wood, eventually falling by a 13-12 (6-1) with five games to play.
and headed to the plate late, with tally. The Knights (7-9) scored with Aryana Yee and Sarah Shore each
Cleasby firing home to Lonsky, who 39 seconds left to narrow the lead had three hits for Castilleja with
tagged out the runner to complete an to one, but the Giants held on for Sarah Hinstorff and Callie Brown
inning-ending double play. the win. each driving in two runs to support
Senior Ben Sneider, who was the Yee’s one-hit pitching gem that in-
schedule pitcher for Friday’s game, Girls’ lacrosse cluded 10 strikeouts.
came on in relief in the bottom of With Brooke Bullington scor-
the sixth and retired the four hitters ing five goals and adding two as- Swimming
he faced to preserve the victory. sists, Menlo School moved closer The Sacred Heart Prep boys and
The win over Los Alto wouldn’t to clinching the West Bay Athletic girls finished off a third straight
have had such an impact had not League (Foothill Division) title with unbeaten dual-meet season in the
Paly beaten Wilcox on Monday in a dominating 21-5 victory over visit- WBAL as each team won a double
the continuation of game halted on ing Sacred Heart Prep on Tuesday. dual over King’s Academy and host
March 9 by rain. The Knights (7-0, 10-4) won their Harker on Wednesday.
The game resumed in the ninth seventh straight by grabbing an 18-3 Getting a pair of victories from
inning with the teams tied at 4. halftime lead and coasting from sophomore Ally Howe in the 200
Lonsky scored the winning run on there. Junior Michaela Michael free (1:52.15) and 100 back (55.59),
a bunt by Wong for a 5-4 triumph. added four goals and one assist, the SHP girls defeated Harker, 100-
In the West Bay Athletic League Lonsky (right) is greeted by Ozzie Braff (6) and Isaac Feldstein after giving her 103 goals and 22 assists 70, and King’s Academy, 92-78, to
on Wednesday, Menlo School hitting a two-run homer in the fifth to tie the game, 3-3. this season. finish 10-0.
strengthened its hold on first place Menlo seniors Sophie Sheeline In the boys’ competition, SHP’s
with a 7-0 victory over host Pin- umph over Hillsdale. Ryan Cortez his eight-game hitting streak, go- and Kacie Madeira added three Tom Kremer ripped off a 1:41.50
ewood in a game that was delayed got the win and plenty of support ing 2-for-4, with a triple, two runs goals each while senior teammate win in the 200 free and anchored
more than 30 minutes due to a gas as Dylan Cook had three hits, in- scored, ond RBI and a stolen base. Elyse Adler contributed four assists. the 400 free relay to victory in
leak in the snack shack. cluding a double, and drove in three Junior catcher Ben Sampson also Caroline Cummings and Melissa 3:19.90 as the Gators beat Harker,
Jake Batchelder got the Knights runs. The Bears pounded out 14 hits had two hits on the day, with two Holland each scored twice for the 111-58, and topped King’s Academy,
(5-0, 14-7) rolling with a three-run and improved to 7-2 in league (17-5 RBI and one run scored. Gators (3-4, 7-6). 104.5-62.5.
homer in the top of the first to pro- overall). In Burlingame, Castilleja dropped
vide himself with all the runs he In a makeup game Monday, Gunn a 15-12 WBAL Foothill Division Boys’ tennis
would need. The Davidson-bound ran its winning streak to 11 straight match to the host Panthers. The Ga- Menlo School swept the WBAL
senior finished with a complete- by handing host Burlingame a 9-7 tors (3-4, 8-4) were led by junior singles and doubles championships
game six-hitter, striking out eight nonleague loss at Washington Park. Katherine Hobbs (five goals) and on the second day of the league’s in-
while walking none. The game originally was rained out senior Martha Harding (four goals). dividual tournament at Menlo.
Batchelder had two singles later on March 17. Gunn moved to 16-5. Lou Biffar, Ellie Zales and Char- Knights’ freshman Victor Pham
in the game while sophomores Will Gunn senior right-hander Ryan lotte Jones each tallied one goal defeated Sacred Heart Prep’s Nick
King and Sam Crowder contributed Gorman took the mound and got his while sophomore goalie Rebecca Pizzuti, 6-2, 6-2, in the singles fi-
a pair of hits each. third consecutive complete-game Merenbach made eight saves. nals. Pham had blanked Sacred
Menlo opened a two-game lead in victory while improving to 7-0. In San Francisco, Menlo-Atherton Heart Prep’s Cameron Kirkpatrick,
the WBAL thanks to Sacred Heart Uncharacteristically, however, he (4-3, 6-5) romped to a 24-5 victory 6-0, 6-0, in the semifinals, and Piz-
Prep’s 2-1 loss at King’s Academy allowed at least one baserunner in over host Sacred Heart Cathedral. zuti had topped Graham Keystone
on Wednesday. The Gators fell to every inning, and had no strikeouts. of Crystal Springs, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, in
3-2 in league (12-9-1 overall) while The defense, however, contributed Boys’ golf the other semifinal.
King’s moved into a tie for second, two double plays in the first two in- Menlo School successfully de- In doubles, Menlo’s duo of ju-
also at 3-2. nings to shut down Panther threats. fended its West Bay Athletic League niors Michael Hoffman and Wil-
In the PAL Bay Division, host On the day, Gorman allowed five title with a 196-231 victory over liam Boyd took a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) vic-
Menlo-Atherton remained in the earned runs on 12 hits. King’s Academy on Wednesday tory over Harker’s Derek Tzeng and
thick of the race with an 11-2 tri- Senior Jake Verhulp continued Menlo’s Jake Batchelder at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Chris Chang to earn the crown.
Stanford women put No. 1 seed and rank
on the line in MPSF water polo tournament
by Rick Eymer parents, who won’t have to stray far season. Tanner kept insisting there
acred Heart Prep grad Pallavi to watch their daughters in action. was plenty of talent available to
Menon has spent much of her Menlo-Atherton grads Emily Dorst compete for the national title.
athletic life at Avery Aquatic (Stanford) and Becca Dorst (UCLA) Kaley Dodson, Alyssa Lo, Kate
Center. A senior driver with the also will be in action. Baldoni and Menon, among others,
Stanford women’s water polo team, Two others familiar with Avery proved him right. The Cardinal lost
she’ll have one last go-around at her Aquatic Center are also making ap- three of its top four scorers from
stomping grounds this weekend. pearances. Woodside Priory grad last year, losing 152 combined goals
The top-ranked and top-seeded Constance Hiller plays for USC and from Seidemann, Dries and Menlo
Cardinal (21-1) hosts the Mountain M-A grad Morgan Leech is at Ari- School grad Kim Krueger.
Pacific Sports Federation tourna- zona State. Dodson, Lo and Menon, along
ment and will meet No. 8 seed Ha- While Stanford hopes to be the with freshmen Kiley Neushul and
waii (10-12) on Friday in a quarter- team celebrating Sunday, the Car- Ashley Grossman, stepped up to fill
final match at 11 a.m. dinal will likely be joined by at least in the missing pieces.
No. 2 UCLA takes on No. 7 San three other MPSF teams at the na- “This year’s group comes back
Diego State, No. 3 USC meets No. tional championships, an eight-team eager to prove themselves as great
6 San Jose State and No. 4 Arizona affair. water polo players and to craft a
State plays No. 5 California in other The MPSF is, by far, the strongest great championship team,” Tanner
quarterfinal games. conference in the nation, with seven said at the beginning of the season.
The championship match will be of the eight teams ranked among the “We have a lot of players who are
Sunday at 4 p.m., with third place nation’s top nine. Hawaii is ranked just great water polo players and can
decided at 2:30 p.m. No. 15. play anywhere in the pool.”
The tournament winner receives Stanford, the defending national Junior goalie Kate Baldoni
an automatic bid into the NCAA champion, is a lock to reach the stepped in for the departed All-
tournament, which will be held at national tournament however the American Amber Oland, Menon, Lo
San Diego State beginning May 11. conference championships play out. and fellow seniors Cassie Churnside
Menon won’t be alone in finish- The final three at-large bids could and Monica Coughlan stepped in to
ing her college career at Stanford as be decided as late as the fifth-place provide leadership and everybody
former Gators’ teammate KK Clark match. else simply stepped up to contribute
is a senior at UCLA. Sacred Heart Cardinal coach John Tanner, an for another run at the national title.
Prep grad Lindsay Dorst, a junior M-A grad himself, knew he would Stanford has won 49 of its past 51
at California, also will join in the be without Olympians Melissa Sei- contests dating to a loss in the 2010
celebration. dermann, Annika Dries and future national championship game.
The Dorst family is well-repre- freshman Maggie Steffens this sea- The tournament continues Satur-
sented in this weekend’s tourna- son. From the outside, it appeared day and Sunday, with matches be-
ment, a thankful relief for their Stanford would be vulnerable this ginning at 11 a.m. each day.
Stanford’s Shoji makes volleyball history
with fourth first-team All-American honor
Inspirations by Rick Eymer
and Dave Kiefer
Pepperdine hitter on Saturday was
spectacular, as was his kick-assist
against UC San Diego in 2009 that
ence season, the group has become
important contributors to the Cardi-
nal postseason hopes.
a guide to the spiritual community
rik Shoji has become the was No. 2 on ESPN SportsCenter’s Heading into last weekend’s Ari-
first player in the 22 years of Plays of the Day. zona State series, the Cardinal bats
American Volleyball Coaches “It’s a well-deserved award,” Ko- seemed to be in hibernation, it was
Association All-America selections sty said. “His ability to pass and learned shortstop Lonnie Kauppila
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC to be named to the first team all four play defense, and his consistency, would miss the rest of the season
seasons of his collegiate career. is remarkable. It’s been an honor to with a knee injury and regular cen-
Shoji, a libero from Honolulu, coach him for four years.” ter fielder Jake Stewart would miss
was one of three Stanford seniors Lawson, a 6-foot-7 outside hit- a few games because of a knee in-
10:00 a.m. This Sunday: I Know That Voice named to AVCA All-America ter and close friend of Shoji while jury.
Rev. Dr. Eileen Altman preaching teams Thursday, joining three-time growing up in Honolulu, now is Enter Blandino, Doran and Diek-
Danger Dan, Adventure Man first-team choice Brad Lawson and among four Stanford players to re- roeger, the self-named “steal squad”
second-team setter Evan Barry, who ceive at least three first-team hon- who were suddenly needed in the
April 27, 28 & 29 at 7:00 pm becomes the 23rd All-America in ors, along with Shoji, Fortune, and lineup. They didn’t just fill spots,
Featuring over 80 children and youth
program history. Fuerbringer. they excelled.
Only 1988 Olympic gold medal- Lawson, who is averaging 4.07 “Things always happen,” Cardi-
ist Scott Fortune and future beach kills per set and has a hitting per- nal coach Mark Marquess said. “A
star Matt Fuerbringer were four- centage of .335, recently broke two team can go into a slump or you can
time All-Americans among Stan- Stanford career rally-scoring era get an injury. When guys come off
ford players. But no Cardinal had records, in kills and service aces. the bench and perform offensively
received first-team honors all four Lawson’s totals, going into Thurs- and defensively like they did, it’s a
years, whether from the AVCA or day night’s Mountain Pacific Sports plus. You’re always going to need a
another organization. Federation tournament semifinal little help.”
“He’s the greatest libero in col- against BYU at USC’s Galen Cen- Blandino hit four home runs in
legiate volleyball history,” Stanford ter, are 1,788 kills, and 126 aces. three games, helping him earn Na-
coach John Kosty said. “He owns Barry leads the nation in assists tional Player of the Week honors,
every record; he’s the only four- per set (12.04) and has set the Cardi- and Stanford swept Arizona State,
time first-team All-America. He’s nal to a national-leading 13.96 kills earning a series victory over the
incredible.” per set and a .343 hitting percentage, Sun Devils for the first time in four
Official NCAA records only have the second-highest in the nation. years.
been kept in men’s volleyball since Doran and Diekroeger also added
2009, but Shoji’s 1,375 career digs Baseball their own offensive output, with
and single-season high of 446 digs Alex Blandino, Brett Michael Diekroeger hitting his first career
in 2009 are believed to be the most Doran and Danny Diekroeger home run. Doran was slotted into
Inspirations is a resource for ongoing religious services all-time, including sideout and rally- formed a special bond early. They the leadoff spot and responded bril-
and special events. To inquire about or to reserve space in scoring eras. sat on the bench together and helped liantly.
Inspirations, please contact Blanca Yoc This season, Shoji is third in the Stanford baseball coach Mark Mar- The Cardinal (8-7, 26-10) takes
at 223-6596 or email email@example.com nation with a 2.66 digs per set (277 quess keep charts, record pitches a four-game winning streak into
total), and is second on the team and send offensive and/or defensive an important series at UCLA (11-7,
in assists, with 49. His diving dig- signals to the team. 26-10), which begins Friday at 6
assist against an unblocked 6-foot-9 Halfway into the Pac-12 Confer- p.m.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK Forfeits ginning of the season, but the proper
paper work of her transfer was not
ditional checks and balances to en-
sure this doesn’t ever happen again.”
(continued from page 36)
filed with the CCS office. Winston added that the student
“We didn’t catch the situation and family are not responsible for
ond half and missing numerous in time and another school filed a the situation.
players to illness and injury, the complaint with CCS,” Palo Alto “We are responsible for this un-
Vikings moved comfortably ahead Principal Phil Winston wrote in an fortunate situation,” he said. “We
when goals by Simone Buteau, Emy e-mail. “So, we did an investigation also have an action plan to ensure
Kelty and Anna Marie Drez pushed and the result, based on CCS rules, this doesn’t happen again.”
their lead to 8-4. is the team has to forfeit the games Paly Athletic Director Earl Han-
Drez scored a career-high three the student played in. sen said letters were sent to the
goals while Allie Peery had a ca- “This has raised questions for me schools involved in the forfeits and
reer-best two. Kelty and Charlotte about our enrollment process and the apologies were made by Palo Alto.
Biffar finished with two goals. checks and balances within our ath- Despite the foul up, Hansen didn’t
The forfeits were a result of a letic department for new students that lay blame on the athlete or coach.
violation involving one player who want to play a sport,” Winston added. It was pretty much a lack of com-
transferred from Menlo-Atherton “This terrible, unfortunate situation munication.
to Palo Alto High at mid-term. She has caused us to review our enroll- “This one just fell through the
joined the lacrosse team at the be- ment process and has resulted in ad- cracks,” he said.
Rachael Acker Zeke Brown, L U C I L E PA C K A R D C H I L D R E N ’ S H O S P I TA L
Gunn High Matt Giordano
The senior swimmer won the Menlo-Atherton High
50 free, led off two winning The seniors combined to
relays and won the 100 free win five of six matches over- PROVIDED BY LUCILE PACKARD CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
over Paly’s Jasmine Tosky all, teaming to win at No. 1
(her first prep individual doubles twice, while helping
loss ever) while helping the the Bears’ tennis team win
Titans top the Vikings to re-
main unbeaten in the SCVAL
the PAL Bay Division title for
a fourth straight unbeaten Your Child’s Health University
De Anza Division. season.
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital offers classes and
Honorable mention seminars designed to foster good health and enhance
Brooke Bullington Freddy Avis the lives of parents and children.
Menlo lacrosse Menlo baseball tennis
Ally Howe Graham Fisher*
Sacred Heart Prep swimming Gunn baseball
Casey Maltz Isaac Feldstein HEART TO HEART SEMINARS ON GROWING UP
Gunn softball Palo Alto baseball Informative, humorous and lively discussions between parents and their pre-teens on puberty,
Michaela Michael* E.J. Floreal the opposite sex and growing up. Girls attend these two-part sessions with their moms and
Menlo lacrosse Palo Alto track & field boys attend with their dads.
Selby Sturzenegger Bradley Knox - For Girls: Two Wednesdays, May 2 & 9 and May 23 & 30: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Sacred Heart Prep swimming Sacred Heart Prep golf
- For Boys: Tuesdays, May 22 & 29: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Aryana Yee Tom Kremer
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SIBLING PREPARATION CLASS
This class for children two years of age and older will help prepare siblings for the emotional
and physical realities of the arrival of a newborn.
- Saturday, May 5: 9:30 – 11:00 am
Palo Alto Uniﬁed School District GRANDPARENTS SEMINAR
Designed for new and expectant grandparents, this class examines changes in labor and
delivery practices, the latest recommendations for infant care and the unique role of
Notice of Public Hearing on Increase in School Facilities Fees grandparents in the life of their child.
as Authorized by Education Code Section 17620 - Thursday, May 10: 6:00 – 8:30 pm
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that immediately following a public
hearing on the matter, a proposed resolution will be considered NEWBORN CARE 101
by the Board of Education of Palo Alto Uniﬁed School District at This interactive program teaches the speciﬁcs of newborn care including bathing, swaddling,
its regular meeting on May 8, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at 25 Churchill soothing and more. Infant doll models are used to allow for hands-on practice.
Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306, which if adopted by the Board will
- Saturday, May 26: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 12:30 – 3:30 pm
increase developer fees established by the District against new
residential construction to $3.20 per square foot and against new
commercial or industrial construction to $0.51 per square foot,
except for parking structures and self storage buildings which Call (650) 724-4601 or visit calendar.lpch.org to register or obtain more
would be $0.17 and $0.50 per square foot respectively. The
information on the times, locations and fees for these and other courses.
proposed fees are authorized by Education Code Section 17620
for the purpose of funding the construction or reconstruction of
school facilities. Data pertaining to the cost of school facilities
and the availability of revenue sources is available for inspection
during regular business hours in the District’s Business Ofﬁce.
Any interested party may make an oral or written presentation at
the public meeting. The fee, if approved by the Board of Education,
will become effective on July 9, 2012.
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