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                                                                                  New dog park
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Upfront                 Local news, information and analysis

 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)


                                                                                                                                                                                  Dog area
                                                                                                                                                                                approved for
                                                                                                                                                                                 El Camino
                                                                                                                                                                                 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
                                                                                                                                                             Veronica Weber

                                                                                                                                                                              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

      Baylands, foothills

                                                                                                                                                       Palo Alto


      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



                                                                                                                                     t                                                                                         lor

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
                                                                                                University                                                 lvd
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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Fabian Wy
to create two cross-city trails to pro-    Altos and Mountain View, to walk
                                                                                                            Existing                                                                                                                                                     Rd

vide nature lovers from throughout         or bicycle from one nature preserve
                                                                                                              trail                                                                                                                                                              Dr



the region easy access between the         to another. He called urban trails                                                                                                                                                                                            ad

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Pa                                                                  e


                                                                                                                                                                                                    r                                                      EM

various open-space reserves. On            a “regional concept” that seeks to                                                                                                                           kB

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Tuesday night, the Parks and Recre-        attract as many users as possible to                                                                                                                                                                                           Middle                    Rd

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          School                n
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
                                                                                                                                                           en                                                                                                                 EC
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.             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)

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                                                                                                                          Proposed upgrades to Ross Road and Oregon Expressway intersection

                                                                                                                               Oregon Expwy.

                                                             County of Santa Clara Roads and Airports Dept.
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                                                                                                              medians are installed.
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                 All Day - Monday Only                                                                                             New traffic signal would link Midtown and North Palo Alto for bicyclists
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                                                                                                                                                                     by Sue Dremann

                                                                                                                     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
                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         to Palo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Alto Bowl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         crews tear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         down Palo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Alto Bowl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         on April
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         23, 2012. A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         hotel and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         built on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         at 4329 El
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Camino Real.
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                                                      Upfront                                                                                       REAL ESTATE TRENDS
                                                                                                                                                                       by Samia Cullen
                                                                                                                                                     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
                                                                                  tions are too conservative.
make decisions, with community                                                       “Rather than having controlled                          For the latest news, follow my blog at
comment and suggestions gathered                                                  conversations and making incre-
in the meantime.                         ing on program availability in a giv-    mental decisions, I’d rather have ev-
   “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,
                                         she suggested.
                                                                                  and think outside the box of mar-
                                                                                  ginal changes,” Klausner said.
                                                                                     Board members agreed to con-
                                                                                                                                  KEEP YOUR VTA
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
                                                                                                                                  YOUTH DISCOUNT
the emotion and just talk about what     growth.                                  return to the board in June with rec-
                                                                                                                                          Apply for a Youth Clipper
the facts are.”                             “I don’t think we’re going to adopt   ommendations on how to facilitate a
   Board member Barbara Klausner         any of these scenarios, but I’d rather   community discussion.
laid out a series of what she called     stir the pot now than make limited          Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can                       card at an upcoming
“pie in the sky scenarios” for the       choices so we don’t stir the pot,” she   be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly.
Garland campus at 870 N. Califor-        said.                                    com.                                                    Walgreens event.
nia Ave., currently leased to the in-       On the need for additional mid-
dependent Stratford School.              dle-school space, board member                   TALK ABOUT IT                          Starting July 1, 2012, VTA youth monthly passes will be
   Scenarios included partnering         Dana Tom asked whether it’s pos-                        available only on Clipper. To apply for the Youth Clipper
with the Stanford School of Educa-       sible to add second stories to build-
                                                                                   What “outside the box” ideas do you           card, bring your proof of age to an upcoming application
tion to create a school heavily fo-      ings at Terman Middle School,             think the Palo Alto school district should
cused on closing the achievement         which has a current enrollment of         consider? Share your opinion on Town          event (a parent/guardian signature is also required).
gap, with capacity to accommodate        663 compared to the more than             Square, the community discussion fo-
a “critical mass” of Tinsley Volun-      1,000 student-enrollments at JLS          rum on Palo Alto Online.

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       alo Alto students’ need for       school students will have first-se-      plication, each school will have four
       help with college-essay writ-     mester finals before the December        or five independent essays,” Foung                  Santa Clara, 5pm - 8pm
       ing emerged as a theme Tues-      holidays rather than in late January,    said.
day night, April 24, in a Board of       leading to worries the new schedule        School officials noted that 39 of                 Saturday, May 12
Education discussion of the school       will hurt seniors contending with        the 46 public high schools in Santa                 1795 E. Capitol Exp
district’s transition to a new, early-   college applications at the same         Clara County already have made a                    San Jose, 9am - 12pm
start academic calendar.                 time.                                    similar calendar shift and generally
   As school officials described their      “I believe my daughter, a rising      are happy with it.
                                                                                                                                      Saturday, May 12
efforts to make the calendar transi-     senior, is the victim of a perfect         Nonetheless, they said the calen-
tion a smooth one, board members         storm,” parent Cheryl Foung told         dar debate had illuminated the re-                  770 First St.
said those efforts should include        the board. “They’re guinea pigs on       lated but separate issue of college                 Gilroy, 2pm - 5pm
more explicit help and essay-writ-       a completely untested calendar.”         essay-writing help, which in the past
ing feedback for seniors applying           The college process has become        has taken place in English classes at               Tuesday, May 15
to college.                              increasingly pressured and competi-      the discretion of the teacher.                      4170 El Camino Real
   The calendar change, which takes      tive due to growing numbers of in-         School officials said English                     Palo Alto, 5pm - 8pm
effect next academic year, means         ternational applicants, she said.        teachers this fall will offer at least
school will begin earlier in August         “Kids are applying to more and        one session of essay-writing help.
— this year, Aug. 16 — and the           more schools. If a student is apply-     In addition, a summer essay-writing
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 or call 877.878.8883.

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                                                                                                                   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
                                                                                                                      This won’t be the first time that      can be emailed at gsheyner@

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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
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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-
vanced Placement English over such         Vacation                                                          children ages 4-12. June 18 - August 24
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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essays they’ll be doing
is 50.’
                  —Cheryl Foung,
                  parent, Palo Alto

year we do this, that (students) don’t
get hurt by the changes we’re mak-
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  Despite the popularity of the new                                                                                    can come together to learn and
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  “We need to be driven by the
realities of our district, which in
some ways are very unique here,”                                                                                                                       June 11-15, June 18-29,
Townsend said.
  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
the site of the Peninsula Day Care
  The school district spent $8.5                                                                                                       Space is limited, sign up now!
million last December to acquire
the 2.6-acre site with the idea of
eventually building school facilities                                                                                          50
  In the meantime Carla Rayac-                                                                                              725 Portola Rd., Portola Valley
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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
the board.
  “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.

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El Camino Park
(continued from page 3)

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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   opportunity here
                                                                                                                                 advanced sports

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   that we don’t have
                                         high school


                                                                                                                                                      SUMMER FUN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      —Larry Klein,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               councilman, Palo Alto

                                                                                                                                                      FOR EVERYONE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   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
                                                                                                                  sports & activity                    YMCA OF SILICON VALLEY                                                      World War I soldiers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Greg Betts, Palo Alto’s director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of community services, said Mon-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   day the city is evaluating three new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   it would replace the current club-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   house; and El Camino Park. Though
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the project is still in an early con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ceptual phase, several members
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   said Monday they were hesitant to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   sign off on the proposed El Camino
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Park improvements while the fate
                                                                                                  middle school

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of MacArthur Park remains up in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the air.
  SPORTS & ACTIVITY CAMP                                                                                                                                                                                                              “What’s to say that a major build-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ing there wouldn’t call for a major
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   redesign of the park which wasn’t on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   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
                                                                                                                                                                          View our Camp Guide at                                   commitment,” Espinosa said.
   Register online                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner                                                                                                                                                                              can be emailed at gsheyner@

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Inspector                                                     CAROL MACPHERSON AQUATIC CENTER
(continued from page 5)
                                                    Water Babies to Adults Swim Lessons
height of between 12 and 24 inches,
while the top rail was secured with                    Carol has 50 years of experience
nails at about 40 to 43 inches high.                      World & National Champion
  By all accounts, Collins climbed
onto the guardrails to gain a better                         Hall of Fame Swimmer                                                                                                  Prices starting
vantage point to inspect the shaft.                                                                                                                                                at $259/week
                                               Carol’s precise technical teaching methods allow
He placed one foot on the lower                    students to progress rapidly, developing
rail and swung his other leg over                                                                                                                June 11-August 24, 2012
the top rail, according to the wit-                           trust and confidence.
nesses. As he placed his weight                         All instructors trained by Carol.
on the rails, they came out of the
wall.                                                            June 11-August 15
  Collins landed on his knees, with
his body leaning into the shaftway.
                                                              In Palo Alto: Jordan Pool                                                                 (408) 934-1130, ext.225
He was unable to regain his balance                                                                                                            
and fell down the shaft 12 feet to
the concrete floor. He was not con-
scious when paramedics arrived,
according to the report.
  During the investigation, eyewit-
ness testimony varied significantly
about the position and integrity of
the guardrails, but investigators                                                                                                               at Stanford University
found the rails were of acceptable
construction, based on witness de-                                                                                            THE 43nd ANNUAL STANFORD TENNIS SCHOOL
scriptions, according to the report.                                                                                                 Directed by Dick & Anne Gould
  Cal-OSHA did not issue a serious,
accident-related violation in the case
or against the contractor, Center-
Line Construction of San Carlos,                                                                                                    JUNIOR OVERNIGHT AND DAY CAMPS
according to the report.
  Cal-OSHA investigators did is-
sue three “general citations” against                                                                                                             JUNIOR DAY CAMP
4Leaf, Inc., according to the report:

dent, the company did not document
safety and health training required                                                                                           
for every employee.                                                                                                                 1-800-NIKE CAMP (1-800-645-3226)
written plan in place of procedures
for responding to heat-related ill-
                                                                                                                                PE ON
                                                                                                                              O ATI
                                                                                                                            W R

garding factors that create heat ill-
                                                                                                                           O IST

ness, or how to avoid heat illness,

such as proper water consumption

and acclimatization, symptoms of

on the importance of reporting the
symptoms to coworkers or supervi-              STAN FOR D WATER POLO CA M PS                                               K-12 LEARNING AND FUN
sors, and were not given procedures                                                                                        MORNING ACADEMICS                  AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES
for addressing heat illness.                                                                                               MATH     LANGUAGE ARTS            SCIENCE         ART      AND MORE!
                                                 Ages 7 and up. New to the sport or have
and was to be abated by March 26,                 experience, we have a camp for you.
                                                                                                                             Grades K-6                          Grades 6-12
pany has not contested the citations,                            Half day or full day option for boys and girls.
                                                          All the camps offer fundamental skill work, position work,         Summer                              Summer
                                                                                                                             Camp +
Cal-OSHA spokeswoman Patricia
Ortiz said.
   Kevin Duggan, president of 4Leaf,
                                                                           scrimmages and games.
Inc., responded by email on Wednes-                               650-725-9016
day regarding the violations.
   “Our violations from Cal-OSHA                
were not related to the accident and
were found to be general, or admin-
istrative, in nature,” he wrote.
   During an April 20 interview,
Duggan said he is saddened by Col-
lins’ death.
   “My heart goes out to the family. I                                                 Summer Fun 2012 at PACCC
feel very bad for him,” he said. Dug-       Palo Alto Community Child Care
gan said that Collins had a wife and        The Best in Child Care Begins With Us
two children.

projects such as the Amtrak light-
rail extension in Sacramento, the
                                             SIX CAMP OPTIONS - June 11 to August 3
the light-rail project for San Fran-                                                                                           OTHER PROGRAMS
cisco MUNI.                                       Each offering exciting themes and activities!
                                                                                                                               · Sport Camps          · English Language Institute
                                                                           Kindergarten to Grade 6                                                      for International Students
        TALK ABOUT IT                                                                                                          · Swim School
 Should the City of Palo Alto have in-
 formed the public about the death of the
                                                                                    Activities Include:                       
 building inspector who had been con-         Swimming - Bike Rides - Field Trips - Organized Activities                                Held on our beautiful lower and upper school campuses
 tracted to work for the city? Share your
 opinion on Town Square, the community                                                                                         | 408.553.0537
 discussion forum on Palo Alto Online.                         Camp details at
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   Camp Connec tion
                                                                                                                                                   & Teen Aca
                                                                                                                                                 CREATE VIDE
                                                                                                                                                              O GAMES!
                                         Summer 2012                                                                                            DEVELOP iPH
                                                                                                                                                              ONE® APPS!
             For more information about these camps, see our online directory of camps at To advertise in a weekly directory, contact 650-326-8210                                           PROGRAM R
                       Athletics                               Oshman JCC                                      Palo Alto
                                                               Exciting programs for preschool and grades K-12 include                        MAKE MOVIE
 Bald Eagle Camps                       Mountain View          swimming, field trips, crafts and more. Enroll your child in                                 S!
 Bald Eagle Camps is the only camp Approved by the             traditional camp, or specialty camps like Pirates, Archery,              60+ UNIVER
 nationally recognized Positive Coaching Alliance,             Runway Project, Kid TV and over 25 others!                                            SITIES. AGES
 teaching their principles to every camper through our                    650-223-8622                                             7-18.
 Certified Coaches. We offer 3 uniquely FUN Summer                                                                                                        Stanford
 Camps, each of which exude our encouraging team               Palo Alto Elite Volleyball Club              Palo Alto/
 culture: Non-Traditional Sports Camp (1st-8th), Basketball                                                                                              UC Berkeley
                                                               Summer Camp                                 Menlo Park
 Camp (3rd-8th), and Leadership Camp (7th-8th only).
 Come experience our positive atmosphere, great                Girls Volleyball - fastest growing, non-impact sport
                                                                                                                                                         Santa Clara
 coaching, unique structure, inspiring life message and        for girls, emphasizing team work. Camp provides age                                      Princeton
 5-STAR service. Bald Eagle Camps is guaranteed to be a        appropriate fundamentals; setting, hitting, passing,                                     UCLA
 highlight of your child’s summer.                             serving, plus; offense vs defense strategy and learning                    w w w.interna
                                                                                                                                           1-888-709-TE                     888-505-2253       rotations. 3rd - 12th grades (separate camps). High coach
                                                               to player ratio. Email:
 California Riding Academy’s                                                                                                                             CH (8324)
 Camp Jumps For Joy!                        Menlo Park
 Join us this summer for fantastic and fun filled week with
 our beautiful horses and ponies! Each day Campers have
                                                               Spring Down
 riding instruction, develop horsemanship skills, create fun   Equestrian Center                        Portola Valley
 crafts and enjoy with our kids’ jump course. In addition,     Spring Down camp teaches basic to advanced
 campers learn beginning vaulting, visit our Full Surgical     horsemanship skills. Ages 6-99 welcome! Daily
 Vet Clinic, and much more! Voted the best horse camp          informative lecture, riding lesson, supervised hands-on
 by discerning young campers. Choose English, Western          skill practice, safety around horses, tacking/untacking of
 or Cowboy/Cowgirl. Ages 5-15 welcome. Convenient
                                                               own camp horse, and arts/crafts.
 close-in Menlo Park location and online Registration and
 Payment with either PayPal or Google Checkout.
                                                                                                                                  Weekly C June-July-Augus
                                                               Stanford Water Polo Camps                       Stanford
                                                                                                                                              oaching T
 or for more
                                                               Ages 7 and up. New to the sport or have experience, we
 information                                  650-740-2261
                                                               have a camp for you. Half day or full day option for boys
 Champion Tennis Camp                          Atherton        and girls. All the camps offer fundamental skill work,
 CTC programs provide an enjoyable way for your child          position work, scrimmages and games.
 to begin learning the game of tennis or to continue                  650-725-9016
 developing existing skills. Our approach is to create lots
 of fun with positive feedback and reinforcement in a
 nurturing tennis environment. Building self-esteem and
                                                               Summer at Saint Francis                Mountain View
 confidence through enjoyment on the tennis court is a         Sports & Activity Camp (ages 6-12): This all sports camp        Mini (3-5)
 wonderful gift a child can keep forever! Super Juniors        provides group instruction in a variety of field, water
 Camps, ages 4 – 6. Juniors Camps, ages 6 - 14.                and court games. Saint Francis faculty and students staff       Beginner (5-7)                  650-400-0464       the camp, and the focus is always on fun. The program
                                                               is dedicated to teaching teamwork, sportsmanship and
 Earl Hansen Football Camp                     Palo Alto       positive self-esteem. After camp care and swim lessons
 No tagline, no logo, just football. Earl Hansen Football      available.
 camp is a non-contact camp for participants ages 9 to                   650-968-1213 x650
 14. Develop fundamental skills with proven drills and                                                                          games
 techniques. Sessions are 9:30 to 3:00, July 30 to August
 3. Save 10% with Early Bird registration through April        Summer at Saint Francis                Mountain View
 30. Four morning practice days and 7 on 7 games in the        Advanced Sports Camps (5th-9th grades): We offer a wide
 afternoon. Lunch provided daily. Palo Alto High School        selection of advanced sports camps designed to provide
 Football Field.                                               players with the opportunity to improve both their skill             650-269-7793       and knowledge of a specific sport. Each camp is run by
                                                               a Head Varsity Coach at Saint Francis, and is staffed by
 Glenoaks Stables’ Horse Camp Portola Valley                   members of the coaching staff.
 Giddy up your summer at Glenoaks Stables’ horse camp.                  650-968-1213 x650
 Each full day of equestrian fun includes supervised riding,
 horsemanship, vaulting, pony games and arts & crafts. 6
 one-week sessions. All skill levels welcome, ages 6+.
                                                               YMCA of Silicon Valley                        Peninsula
                                                               Say hello to summer fun at the YMCA! Choose from
                                                               enriching day or overnight camps in 35 locations: arts,
                                             650-854-4955      sports, science, travel, and more. For youth K-10th             Intermediate I - Intermediate II
                                                               grade. Includes weekly fieldtrips, swimming and
 Kim Grant Tennis Academy & Palo Alto/                         outdoor adventures. Accredited by the American Camp             Advanced - Elite
 Summer Camps Menlo Park/Redwood City                          Association. Financial assistance available.
 Fun and Specialized junior camps for Mini (3-5), Beginner,
 Intermediate 1&2, Advanced and Elite Players. Weekly
 programs designed by Kim Grant to improve players
 technique, fitness, agility, mental toughness and all                              Academics
 around tennis game. Camps in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and
 Redwood City. Come make new friends and have tons of          Galileo          Los Altos/Palo Alto/Menlo Park/
                                                               Learning                 Woodside/Hillsborough                      650-752-8061      Galileo Learning operates award-winning summer day
                                                               camps at 31 Bay Area locations. Camp Galileo (pre-K -
 Nike Tennis Camps                Stanford University          rising 5th graders): Inspires campers to bring their ideas
 Dick Gould’s 43rd Annual Stanford Tennis School offers
 day camps for both juniors a&dults. Weekly junior             to life through art, science and outdoor activities. Galileo
 overnight & extended day camps run by John Whitlinger         Summer Quest (rising 5th - 8th graders): Campers dive
 & Lele Forood. Junior Day Camp run by Brandon Coupe           into exciting majors like Chefology and Video Game
 & Frankie Brennan.                                            Design.        1-800-NIKE-CAMP                   1-800-854-3684
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                                                                    mp Connec tion

                                                                  Ca                                        Summer 2012
                                                                             For more information about these camps, see our online directory of camps at
                                                       To advertise in a weekly directory, contact 650-326-8210
      SUMMER SCHOOL                                             (continued from previous page)
                                                                                                                                   Synapse School & Wizbots                   Menlo Park
                                                                                       Academics                                   Cutting-edge, imaginative, accelerated, integrated, and
                                                                                                                                   hands-on academic summer enrichment courses with
                                                                 GASPA German                                                      independent in-depth, project-based morning and
                                                                 Summer School Camp                            Menlo Park          afternoon week-long programs for children ages 4-12.
                                                                 Learn German by way of Fairytale! GASPA is taking                 Young Explorers, Thinking Math, Leonardo da Vinci’s
                                                                 Summer Camp into the world of fairy tales and everything          Inventions, Nature Connections, Girls’ & Soccer Robotics,
                                                                 that comes with it…in German of course! Offering a 4              and more!
                                                                 week program for children ages 3-12.                            650-866-5824
                                                                                                                                   Write Now!
                                                                 Harker Summer Programs                            San Jose        Summer Writing Camps                          Palo Alto
                                                                 K-12 offerings taught by exceptional, experienced                 Emerson School of Palo Alto and Hacienda School of
                                                                 faculty and staff. K-6 morning academics - focusing on            Pleasanton open their doors and offer their innovative
                                                                 math, language arts and science - and full spectrum of            programs: Expository Writing, Creative Writing,
                                  (650) 321-1991 x110            afternoon recreation. Grades 6-12 for-credit courses and          Presentation Techniques, and (new!) Media Production.
                                 1340 Willow Road, Menlo Park    non-credit enrichment opportunities. Sports programs              Call or visit our website for details. Also Pleasanton.
                                        also offered.
                                                                                                                                         650-424-1267, 925-485-5750
                                                                                                                                        Arts, Culture and Other Camps
                                                                 iD Tech Camps -
                                                                 Summer Tech Fun!                                  Stanford        Community School of
                                                                 Take hobbies further! Ages 7-17 create iPhone apps,
                                                                 video games, movies, and more at weeklong, day and                Music & Arts (CSMA )                  Mountain View
                                                                 overnight programs held at Stanford and 60+ universities          50+ creative camps for Gr. K-8! Drawing, Painting,
                                                                 in 27 states.. Also 2-week, Teen-only programs: iD Gaming         Ceramics, Sculpture, Musical Theater, American Idol
                                                                 Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD visual Arts               Workshop, more! Two-week sessions; full and half-
                                                                 Academy (filmmaking & photography).                               day enrollment. Extended care available. Financial aid
                                                                      1-888-709-TECH (8324)         offered.
                                                                                                                                           650-917-6800 ext. 0
                                                                 iD Teen Academies                                 Stanford
                                                                 Learn different aspects of video game creation, app               India Community Center Palo Alto/ Sunnyvale/
                                                                 development, filmmaking, photography, and more.                   Summer Camps                Milpitas/Olema
Give Your Child a                                                2-week programs where ages 13-18 interact with industry
                                                                 professionals to gain competitive edge. iD Gaming
                                                                                                                                   Join ICC’s Cultural Camps which give campers a quick
                                                                                                                                   tour of India and its vibrant culture. These camps include

Summer to Remember!
                                                                 Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts               arts, crafts, folk dance, bollywood dance, music, yoga,
                                                                 Academy are held at Stanford, and other universities.             Indian history and geography. Over 10 different camps
                                                                 1-888-709-TECH (8324)            all through the summer for Grades K-12. To register or for
                                                                                                                                   more details visit:
Camps for preschoolers through                                   ISTP’s Language Immersion Summer Camp                                   408-934-1130 ext. 225
                                                                 ISTP Summer Camp is designed to give participants
teens at the Oshman Family JCC                                   a unique opportunity to spend their summer break
                                                                                                                                   Pacific Art League                           Palo Alto,
                                                                 having fun learning or improving in a second language.
                                                                                                                                   Art camps are fun, and stimulate visual perception and
                                                                 Students are grouped according to both grade level and
                                                                 language of proficiency. Our camp offers many immersion           cognitive thinking. Week-long camps are available
                                                                 opportunities and consists of a combination of language           for kids and teens 5 – 18, from June 18 to August 19,
                                                                 classes and activities taught in the target language.             including Glass Fusing, Cartooning, Printmaking and
                                                                 Sessions are available in French, Mandarin, Chinese and           Claymation.
                                                                 English ESL and run Monday through Friday, 8am-3:30pm,                    650.321.3891
                                                                 with additional extnding care from 3:30-5:30pm.
                                                                                       650-251-8519          Palo Alto Community
                                                                                                                                   Child Care (PACCC)                            Palo Alto
                                                                 Mid-Peninsula High School                                         PACCC summer camps offer campers, grades kindergarten
                                                                 Summer Program                                Menlo Park          to 6th, a wide array of fun opportunities! K-1 Fun for the
                                     in                          Mid-Peninsula High School offers a series of classes and          youngest campers, Nothing But Fun for themed-based
                                                                 electives designed to keep students engaged in learning.          weekly sessions, Neighborhood Adventure Fun and
                                                                 Class Monday-Thursday and limited to 15 students. Every           Ultimate Adventure Fun for the more active and on-the-
                                                                 Thursday there’s a BBQ lunch. The Science and Art classes         go campers! Swimming twice per week, periodic field
                                                                 will have weekly field trips.                                     trips, special visitors and many engaging camp activities,
                                                                              650-321-1991 x110           songs and skits round out the fun offerings of PACCC
                                                                                                                                   Summer Camps! Registration is online. Open to campers
                                                                 SuperCamp                                         Stanford        from all communities! Come join the fun in Palo Alto!
                                                                 Increases Grades, Confidence and Motivation. Academic                                  650-493-2361
                                                                 pressure to stand out. Social pressure to fit in. It’s not easy
                                                                 being a high school or middle school student. Straight            TechKnowHow Computer        Palo Alto/
                                                                 A or struggling, kids are overwhelmed by homework,
                                                                 activities, and technology distractions. SuperCamp
                                                                                                                                   & LEGO Camps    Menlo Park/Sunnyvale
                                                                 provides strategies to help kids succeed. Bobbi DePorter          Fun and enriching technology classes for students, ages
                                                                 created SuperCamp to empower kids. Now in its 30th                5-14 Courses include LEGO and K’NEX Projects with
                                                                 year with 64,000 graduates, SuperCamp builds study                Motors, Electronics, NXT Robotics, 3D Modeling, and
                                                                 skills, self-esteem, and test scores. SuperCamp works.            Game Design. Many locations, including Palo Alto, Menlo
                                                                 Parent Patty M. says, “We saw a jump in grades … the              Park, and Sunnyvale. Half and all day options. Early-bird
                                                                 things she learned about her worth are of lasting value.”         and multi-session discounts available.
                                                                                 1-800-285-3276.                    650-638-0500                                        Summer at Saint Francis                  Mountain View            Theatreworks Summer Camps                     Palo Alto
                                                                 Summer at Saint Francis provides a broad range of                 In these skill-building workshops for grades K-5, students
                                                                 academic and athletic programs for elementary through             engage in language-based activities, movement, music,
Oshman Family JCC                                                high school students. It is the goal of every program to          and improvisation theatre games. Students present their
3921 Fabian Way | Palo Alto, CA                                  make summer vacation enriching and enjoyable!                     own original pieces at the end of each two-week camp. | (650) 223-8622                                     650-968-1213 x446 650-463-7146

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                                                                                           Online This Week
                                                                                           These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online throughout
                                                                                           the week. For longer versions, go to
                                                                                           or click on “News” in the left, green column.

                                                                                           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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                                                                                                         The    Jean and Bill Lane
News Digest                                                                                                  Lecture Series 2011–2012
Most of Palo Alto’s low-income grads go to college                                                                                      Presents

                                                                                                                              Martin Amis
  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.
                                                                                                                            CEMEX AUDITORIUM
  Nearly a third of the low-income graduates of 2011 had completed the                                                  KNIGHT MANAGEMENT CENTER
entrance requirements for California’s four-year, public universities, the
so-called “A-G requirements,” Wilmot found.                                                                            641 KNIGHT WAY, STANFORD UNIVERSITY
  Of those 19 students, 16 had parents with some college experience.
  In contrast, of the 20 students who had parents with no college experi-                                            “Sentence by sentence, Amis still writes some of
ence at all, only three students completed the A-G requirements.                                                          the keenest prose in English today.”
  “The impact of parent education is obvious,” Wilmot said. Among all        Photo by Isabel Fonseca                                - The New Republic
Palo Alto students, about 80 percent complete the A-G, four-year college
prep curriculum.
  Wilmot noted that the college-going rates of Palo Alto’s low-income                                  FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
students far exceed those of low-income students statewide or nation-
wide.                                                                                 INFORMATION: 650.723.0011       HTTP://CREATIVEWRITING.STANFORD.EDU
  “We have something to celebrate here. The vast majority of our socio-
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  Of the 20 low-income students whose parents never attended college,
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  “This is about social mobility and the American dream here,” Superin-
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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
was working.
  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-
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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
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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                           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-
                                                                                           Alto Online.
 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     

                                                                                                                                                                Public Agenda
                                                                                                                                        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.).

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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.

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
                                            Veronica Weber

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
                                                               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-

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                           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
                                                                                                                Renate Merredew
                                                                                                                   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
                                                                                                                                                                                     A weekly compendium
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 Appeal Of An Architectural Review Approval And A Record Of Land
                                                                                                   from Valparaiso University and a post graduate degree                             POLICE CALLS
 Use Action Regarding the Director's Architectural Review Approval                                                                                                                   Palo Alto
                                                                                                   from Northwestern University, Renate achieved success and
 Of A Three Story Development Consisting Of 84 Rental Residential                                                                                                                    April 19-25
 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
                                                                                                                                                                                     Theft related
 Surface Parking Facilities, And Offsite Improvements, With Two                                    Jersey, California, England and Germany. She is survived by                       Checks forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
 Concessions Under State Housing Density Bonus Law (GC65915)                                       her husband, Clive Merredew, and her niece and nephew, Dr.                        Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
                                                                                                                                                                                     Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
 On A 2.5 Acre Parcel At 195 Page Mill Road And 2865 Park                                          Kristin Pampel and Erik Pampel, both of Chicago. No services                      Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
 Boulevard. * Quasi-Judicial                                                                       are planned. Those wishing to make donations in her name                          Vehicle related
                                                                                                   may do so to Pathways Hospice Foundation, 585 N. Mary Ave,                        Abandoned bicycle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
                                                     DONNA J. GRIDER, MMC                                                                                                            Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
                                                     City Clerk                                    Sunnyvale, CA 94085.                                                              Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . 13
                                                                                                                                                            PA I D   O B I T UA RY
                                                                                                                                                                                     Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
                                                                                                                                                                                     Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
                                                                                                                                                                                     Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
                                                                                                                                                                                     Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .2

                                                                                                        Carl Langdon
                                                                                                                                                                                     Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .4
                                                                                                                                                                                     Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
                           City of Palo Alto                                                                                                                                         Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
                                                                                                                                                                                     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, or Hospice of the Valley                Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
                                                                                                   (4850 Union Ave) San Jose, CA 95124 or                         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
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                                                                                                                                                                                     Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4                                                                                                                        Vehicle related
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    (TENTATIVE) AGENDA–SPECIAL MEETING-                                                            Public Hearing:                                                                   Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
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             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
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          Amgen co-founder
                                                                                                     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
                                                                                                                                                  industry executives
                                                                                                                                                  on the directions of
                                                                                                                                                  computer technology.
                                                                                       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                            she lived for more than a decade, making new     
  (831) 430-3000.                                             PA I D   O B I T UA RY
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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
 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 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 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-

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                                                                                       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
                                       Governments (ABAG)
                                       will surely seize on this
                                                                     CON                              But three
                                                                                                 cheers for Plan-
                                                                                                 ning Commis-
                                                                                                 sioner Susan
                                                                                                 Fineberg who
                                                                                                                     were “affordable” below-market-
                                                                                                                     rate units.
                                                                                                                        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.
drawing board.
   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-
                                                                                                                     ing innovations.
                                                                                                                                              PRO                         For example:

                                                                                                                                                                          efits include more
                                                                                                                                                                          than $2 million for
                                                                                                                                                                          affordable housing,

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)
                                                                                                                                                                                      Page 23
                                                 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
as follows:

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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Page 25
          Cover Story

                          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. “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

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                                                                                                Veronica Weber

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Veronica Weber
                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

A                                                                                                                B
         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)

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                                                                                                 Veronica Weber

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Veronica Weber
                Phyllis Moldaw                                                                                                         Ken Sletten
                      ‘Seeing the potential’ and reaching out                                                                            A passion for building community
                                      by Chris Kenrick                                                                                               by Sue Dremann

   P                                                                                                              K
           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)

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                                                                                                                 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

                                                                                                                 Jean Coblentz                                   Bill Floyd
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                                                                                                Veronica Weber

                                                                                                                 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
           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@
                                                                                                                                                                 Phyllis Moldaw
                                                                                                                                                                 (continued from previous page)
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-
teer work.
                                                 Advancement of Management Education,
                                                 he was sent around the world to speak with
                                                                                                                 Kenneth Sletten                                 anthropic initiatives.
                                                                                                                                                                    “He could see needs. There are some
                                                                                                                 (continued from previous page)
   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
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

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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
them away.”
   Lettieri probably never throws anything away.
But you wouldn’t know it from a peek into her
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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
ply “Pretties.”
   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
                                                          Veronica Weber

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
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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
a frame.
                                                                                           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
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                                                                                           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
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.                                      or P.O. Box 1610,
red North Carolina dirt. In “They         In a sense, Lettieri’s art is all                 Palo Alto, CA 94302.

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                                                                                                                                       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 or cit-
                                                               (it’s usually about 120 cars), but will        and dancers. (Contest entries are no for May Fete details,
                                                               get to link up with a major city wing-         longer being accepted.) The grand          and to 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-
                                                                          forward to again seeing the 1937    
                                                                                                              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
Veronica Weber

                                                                                                                            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
                                        by Sheila Himmel                                Kaplan had Electrolux, the vac-     behind the grilled cheese sand-               Reservations         Catering
                                                                                     uum-cleaner people, design non-        wich. Thanks to the Food Time-                 Credit cards        Takeout

                  n a cold Tuesday night, not what they want: five varieties of stick sandwich presses that require         line, we learn that ancient Roman
                  much is happening at Stan- one much-beloved American com- very little butter and don’t squish             cookbooks offer the earliest recipes             Parking           Website:
                  ford Shopping Center. Yet fort food. Start with three stores in the bread. The sandwiches emerge          for cooked bread and cheese, and                       
           the Melt is doing a brisk business. San Francisco. Multiply.              hot and soft.                          that the American version owes its                               Noise level:
           Who doesn’t love a grilled cheese        The main ingredients of the Melt    Which is great if you’re very old   birth in the 1920s to the inventions           Highchairs        medium-high
           sandwich, right?                       are technological:                 or very young. But for anyone be-      of inexpensive sliced bread and                 Outdoor           Bathroom
              Anyway, that’s the premise that       1. You can order and pay on the tween, say, 7 and 85, a little crunch   American cheese. World War II                    dining          Cleanliness:
           Jonathan Kaplan, co-founder of Web or the Melt mobile app, scan would be nice, to remind yourself                sailors enjoyed “American cheese                                  very good
                                                                                                                                                                            Party and
           the company that brought you the the QR code when you arrive at that you’re eating and not just swal-            filling sandwiches” and soon so did              banquet
           Flip Video camcorder, brings to the restaurant so the sandwich is lowing. Just about every food item at          school and company cafeterias, of-              facilities
           the fast-food table. Give the people cooked right then (in a minute or the Melt is soft, almost drinkable.       ten including a side of tomato soup.

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                                                   The Five-Year

                                                      (Century 16, Century 20) Albert
                                                   Brooks meets Hal Ashby meets
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                                                   Tom and Violet, a San Francisco
                                                   couple ready to take their relation-
                                                   ship to the next level ... or so they
                                                   think. Planning follows proposal,
                                                   but everything gets put on hold when
                                                   Violet gets a chance at having it all.
          526 Waverley Street Downtown Palo Alto   Her acceptance into the University
                                                   of Michigan’s grad-school psychol-
                                                   ogy program prompts classic pleaser
                                                   Tom to prove his love by offering to
                                                   quit his job as a top chef, postpone
                                                   the wedding and move.
                                                      Violet’s mother (Jacki Weaver
                                                   of “Animal Kingdom”) warns of
                                                   grandparents who might not live to
                                                   see the big day (will there be four       Some of the lively Claymation characters in “The Pirates! Band of
                                                   funerals and a wedding?), but the         Misfits.”
                                                   greater problem may be Tom’s fes-         Segel — is equally adept at crafting (from the likes of Chris Pratt, Min-
                                                   tering resentment, which he keeps         legitimate “aw shucks” sweetness dy Kaling and Brian Posehn), and
                                                   shoving deeper as he deals with his       that doesn’t lose the film’s “cool,” so its emotional range distinguishes it,
                                                   new surroundings. Becoming an             to speak (hence the dash of Ashby). up to and including a climax that
                                                   overqualified sandwich-maker at a         The inherently male point-of-view achieves true romance.
                                                   deli, Tom tries to settle into his role   somewhat upsets the film’s balance,
                                                   as the college husband, forgotten by      but it also means a thorough explo-        Rated R for sexual content and
                                                   Violet at departmental parties.           ration of the unfair-er sex’s post- language. Two hours, four minutes.
                                                      Meanwhile, Violet is happily con-      feminist defensiveness.
                                                   sumed in her work, and falls into the        As Bill, a fellow college husband                      — Peter Canavese
                                                   thrall of her teacher and boss, Win-      who becomes Tom’s mentor, Chris
                                                   ton Childs (Rhys Ifans). It’s apt that    Parnell embodies the consequences The Pirates! Band of
                                                   Violet’s field is psychology, since the   of emasculation. Left to his own Misfits
                                                   film — more so than any in recent         devices, Bill has taken to knitting        (Century 16, Century 20) “Wal-
                                                   memory — becomes a psychoc-               sweaters — poorly, for double the lace & Gromit.” “Chicken Run.”
                                                   omedy, à la Brooks’ “Modern Ro-           embarrassment — and amping up “Arthur Christmas.” In its consistent
                                                   mance.” Every issue gets examined,        his hunting hobby. Tom embraces excellence, England’s Aardman An-
                                                   usually in the language of therapy,       the latter, which leads the film into imations might well be called Eu-
                                                   leading to lengthy arguments and          its most exaggerated territory (the roPixar if its U.S. distributor weren’t
                                                   a great deal of acting out, whether       better for a crossbow accident).        Sony, and if clay didn’t trump pix-
                                                   passive-aggressive (Tom growing              Because this is an Apatow pro- els at Aardman. Aardman’s streak
                                                   a wild-man beard) or just plain ag-       duction, absurdity is welcome, the continues with “The Pirates! Band
                                                   gressive-aggressive (infidelity).         film can be too eager to shock, and of Misfits,” 88 minutes of sublime
                                                      That the film isn’t afraid to go       the running time creeps past two silliness.
                                                   dark may be its greatest strength.        hours. But the heroes remain like-         Though “Pirates in the Caribbe-
                                                   However, director Nicholas Stol-          able, thanks to Segel and Blunt. The an” has long since gotten long in the
                                                   ler — who co-wrote the script with        film is full of funny performances tooth, there’s still some cachet left in
                                                                                                                                     the pirate trend. In fact, Aardman’s
                                                                                                                                     latest film derives from a series of
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                                                                                                                                     here adapts his own “The Pirates! In
                                                                                                                                     an Adventure with Scientists.” Since
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                                                                                                                MOVIE TIMES
                                                                                                                       Mirror Mirror (PG)    1/2
   21 Jump Street (R) (Not Reviewed)                                                                                   Century 16: Fri-Thurs 4:05 p.m. Century 20: Fri-Tues & Thurs 11:25 a.m., 4:40 & 9:50 p.m.
   Century 16: Fri-Wed 11:40 a.m.; 2:25, 5, 7:40 & 10:25 p.m. Thurs. 11:40 a.m.; 2:25, 5 & 7:40 p.m.     Century       Monsieur Lazhar (PG-13)
   20: Fri-Tues & Thurs 11:40 a.m.; 2:15, 5:05, 7:45 & 10:30 p.m. Wed 7:40 & 10:15 p.m.                                Guild Theatre: Fri-Mon 1:45, 4:15, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Tues-Thu 4:15, 7 & 9:30 p.m.
   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 &
                                                                                                                       10:35 p.m.
   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
   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
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Sports                                                                                                                                                                                     PREP BASEBALL

Shorts                                                                                                                                                                                 Another
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-
                                                                                                                                                                                       for Paly
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
                                                                                                                                                                                    an elephant.
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

                                                                                                                                                                     Keith Peters
Crusaders won West Catholic Athletic
                                                                                                                                                                                    Eagles’ field.
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
                                                                                                                                                                                    my players.”

                                               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                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-

                                                                                                                    Keith Peters
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
                                                                                                                    Keith Peters

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-
                                                                                                                    Keith Peters

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.
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                                                                   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                        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.
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                   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.
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                          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
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         Castilleja softball                   Sacred Heart Prep swimming
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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 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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