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Delivering hope
Lucile Packard Children’s
Hospital celebrates 20 years
of evolving medical care
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City: Fire, police must give $4.3 million
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Palo Alto pursues ‘optimistic’ police and fire budgets
City Council committee recommends a budget that assumes $4.3 million in labor concessions rather than cuts
by Gennady Sheyner
P
alo Alto’s message to its public-safety unions during this
budget season has been consistent and clear: Give the city more
than $4 million in concessions or
else.
City officials laid out exactly what
“else” might look like Tuesday night
— fewer officers patrolling the
streets, fewer firefighters working
per shift and temporary closures of
fire stations.
After considering these options,
the City Council’s Finance Committee followed staff’s lead and recommended fire and police budgets
based on optimism rather than staffing reductions.
“The best thing to do right now
is, frankly, to remain optimistic,”
committee Chair Greg Scharff said
at the meeting. “We have outlined
what could happen.”
By taking the “optimistic” route,
the committee and city management
is banking on $4.3 million in concessions from the city’s two major
public-safety unions, the Palo Alto
Professional Fire Fighters, Local
1319, and the Palo Alto Police Officers’ Association. Interim Public
Safety Director Dennis Burns wrote
in a memo to the committee that if
these savings aren’t achieved, the
city would have to eliminate 11 police officers and up to 18 firefighters
to balance the 2012 budget of $146
million ($463 million when including the city’s enterprise and other
funds).
Burns’ memo also called for possible “brownouts” of fire stations if
the number of firefighters on duty
falls to 25 from its current level of
29. A brownout is the temporary closure of a fire station, with its personnel redistributed to other stations.
The proposals in Burns’ memo
would reduce the service levels in
the two departments, particularly
in the Police Department, where
the city has eliminated 31 positions
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EDUCATION
COMMUNITY
District eyes
tougher
graduation
requirements
Veterans consider the
lasting effects of war
Patriotism, pride mark Memorial Day remembrances
by Aaron Guggenheim
T
triotic,” Patton said. “I (also) had
a lot of buddies going.”
Patton went on to basic training and eventually made his way
to jump school, graduating as an
Army Ranger in the 173rd Airborne.
He made it out to Vietnam in
1968 just as General Westmoreland, the commanding general
in Vietnam, was requesting more
troops to fight an expanded ground
war. There were 409,111 servicemen in Vietnam by 1969.
When asked about his combat
experiences, he said, “I don’t talk
about the war because I still have
nightmares and trouble sleeping.”
Patton found that best way to
adapt to the horrors of Vietnam
was “to play a macho solider.”
“I wasn’t so much afraid as curious,” he added.
Patton served in active combat
for most of his two years of service. His memory is scarred by the
loss of his friends in combat, although he tries mostly to remember “the unity and the fun things
we had there.”
Still, he said: “Losing close
friends was hard.”
He returned home as a sergeant,
five ranks above what he had entered the service as.
“I was lucky,” he said.
After returning home, Patton
said he was involved with the
Black Panthers for a couple of
years.
During this time he also began to suffer the consequences
of serving in Vietnam, suffering
from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He spent many years
homeless, in a home for disabled
veterans and as a drug addict.
But with the help of a veteran’s
Goal is to address
disparity but school board
worries about ‘unintended
consequences’
by Chris Kenrick
ith 18 percent of students
graduating from the Palo
Alto Unified School District unqualified to enter the University of California and California
State University systems, district
staff is proposing tougher high
school graduation requirements.
Palo Alto has wrestled for years
with an achievement gap, with lower
percentages of African-American
and Hispanic students taking on
challenging course loads.
In the class of 2010, for example,
82 percent of all graduates had completed or exceeded the UC/CSU
requirements, but only 46 percent
of African-American grads and 50
percent of Hispanic grads had done
so.
Many have argued the achievement gap is at least partly attributable to ingrained lower expectations
for those minority students on the
part of some teachers and others.
Members of the Palo Alto Board
of Education reacted cautiously
Tuesday to the proposal for stiffer
requirements.
Raising the graduation bar “could
be a significant driver of change,”
board member Dana Tom said. “If
done right, it could be one of the best
things we’ve done for these kids. But
if not done right, it could be bad.”
Board members expressed worries about possible unintended consequences of making the four-year
college prep course load a condition
of graduation. Under the proposal,
waivers would be granted, if neces-
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Veronica Weber
his Memorial Day, veterans
throughout the Peninsula
will pause to reflect on their
experiences serving the United
States. Among them will be Edward Patton, who fought in Vietnam, and Herbert Hamerslough, a
World War II veteran.
Patton, a cook at Avenidas senior center in Palo Alto, will be
helping out with a barbecue at the
Menlo Park rehabilitation center
that helped him overcome his drug
problems and gave him vocational
training. Hamerslough, a retiree at
Palo Alto’s Channing House, will
head up the Memorial Day activities at his retirement community
and will say — as he always does
— “a few prayers for my buddies
that didn’t make it back.”
Patton is a tall, solidly built
man with a graying, wispy mustache and several missing teeth.
He speaks softly, his deep voice
becoming almost gravelly when
he talks of the war.
He is only comfortable mentioning his combat experiences in
vague, overarching phrases that
paint a dark picture of what happened.
“When the situation came, I did
what I had to do. I found ways to
deal with it,” he said.
He was born in Baltimore, Md.,
and at the age of 16, enlisted in
the military.
“I got my mom to sign,” he
said.
His reasoning for enlistment was
straightforward: He was a handful
at home, and his uncle, a man of
whom everyone was proud, was
already enlisted in the U.S. Navy.
He signed on as a private on July
7, 1967.
“It was kid stuff and being pa-
World War II veteran Herbert Hamerslough sits in the Channing
House auditorium in Palo Alto, where he will lead the Memorial Day
program.
rehabilitation center, he said, he
has been sober for 14 years.
With the aid of the center’s vocational training, he was able to
find work as a cook.
Despite all that has happened to
him, he said, “I’m more patriotic
now than I was.”
“I am proud of my service,” Patton said.
Hamerslough, born in Washington, enlisted in the Officer Training Corps in the Marines in July
1942. At 22, near the close of the
war, he graduated as a 2nd Lieu-
tenant in the 1st Regiment, 1st
Marine Division.
He was quickly deployed to the
Pacific Theater, where the United
States was wrapping up a brutal island-hopping campaign to
get close enough to the Japanese
mainland to launch an invasion.
During the campaign, each island captured was held by heavily
entrenched Japanese forces that
made U.S forces pay with a massive number of casualties.
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Joseph Eichler (1900-1974) was one of the most influential
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Eichler himself rented, he hired the San Francisco architectural firm
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frankly, to remain optimistic.
—Greg Scharff, Palo Alto City Councilman, about
the chance the city’s fire and police unions will voluntarily cut $4.3 million total from their budgets. See
story on page 3.
Around Town
A BAN WITH AN ASTERISK ... The
bag at the checkout stand of Mollie
Stone’s on California Avenue in Palo Alto looked
like plastic, felt like plastic,
sounded like plastic when
folded and even included
something called “post
consumer plastic” in
its ingredient list on the
back. Yet the bag, to the
surprise of one shopper who visited
the supermarket last week, doesn’t
violate the ban on plastic checkout
bags that the city famously adopted
last year. The reason is thickness.
Unlike the fluttery plastic bags that
end up in local creeks and storm
drains, the bags at Mollie Stone’s
were created to be reusable. Phil
Bobel, the city’s interim assistant
director of public works, said the
bag’s thickness qualifies it as a reusable bag, which makes it kosher by
the city’s standards. Bobel, who as
the city’s environmental compliance
manager spearheaded the effort to
get plastic bags out of the checkout stands of local supermarkets,
said the thicker, heavier bags aren’t
nearly as problematic as the lighter
and more common ones. “I was just
doing some cleanup work at a creek
this past Saturday and I didn’t see
any bags of this type,” Bobel said.
“They don’t blow around like the
other bags do.”
OUTSIDE HELP ... Palo Alto’s staff
may be shrinking, but its ambitions
remain higher than ever. In the coming months, the city plans to create
a new Master Plan for Rinconada
Park, consider new and alternative
uses for the dilapidating Municipal
Service Center, perform mechanical
and electrical repairs at the Children’s Theatre, beef up the city’s
wildly successful “Safe Routes to
School Program” and redesign the
streetscape on California Avenue.
To achieve these goals, the city is
relying on one of its most frequently
used tools: consultants. In fiscal
year 2012, which begins on July 1,
Palo Alto plans to award more than
$1.5 million to consultants for various master plans and infrastructural
repairs. This does not include the
consultants who are already working with the city on creating a new
Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
or the ones who are working with
the city’s recently appointed citizen
task force to formulate the city’s official vision for the Caltrain corridor.
The city is also planning to take a
fresh look this fall at the city’s entire
fee schedule, a task that
will also involve hiring a
consultant, staff said this
week.
A TOUGH SELL ... California’s Legislative Analyst’s
Office made a splash
earlier this month when
it released a scathing report about
the state’s proposed high-speed rail
system. The report recommends,
among other things, renegotiating
the strict construction deadlines set
by federal grants and reconsidering the starting point of the rail line,
which is currently set for launch
in Central Valley. Now it looks like
both of these suggestions would be
harder to implement than originally
thought. Roy Kienitz, the under
secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, wrote a
letter to California High-Speed Rail
Authority CEO Roelof van Ark this
week stressing that both the deadlines and the starting segment are
not subject to further negotiations.
Kienitz defended the federal mandate to spend the stimulus funds
for high-speed rail by 2012, calling
it “one of the most lenient deadline
(sic) for transportation funding in the
Recovery Act.” As far as starting the
rail line in Central Valley? “We believe
the decision to begin there was and
remains a wise one,” Kienitz wrote.
BUILDING A ROBOT ... In snappy
red T-shirts, six members of the
Gunn High School Robotics Team
introduced their red robot to the
Palo Alto Board of Education this
week. Seniors Danielle Tene and
Leonard Woo, juniors Philippe Napaa, Takuto Sasajima and Jeffrey
Sun and sophomore Mia Parat
explained that, to compete in the
recent FRST Robotics Competition,
the robot had to be able to drive
itself, pick up tubes from the ground
and hang them on three racks, and
deploy a “mini-bot” that would climb
10 feet by itself. “Building the robot
is a really busy time but through it all
we manage to have a lot of fun and
a lot of team bonding,” Sun said. In
closing the presentation, Sasajima
couldn’t resist thanking the school
board for its narrow and contentious
May 11 vote to change the academic calendar. “Thanks for changing it
so finals will be before winter break,”
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ineteen-year-old Haitian refugee Peterson Joseph’s sunny
disposition spread across his
face this week as he spoke about his
dreams of a college education. As
he chatted in a Palo Alto church, his
cheeks dimpled deeply and his eyes
twinkled. But they darkened as he
talked about the still-dire situation
in Haiti.
“The dream that we had — everything changed. It was collapsed,” he
said, recalling the devastating January 2010 earthquake that destroyed
80 percent of the island’s housing.
“Everyone was living in a tent city
in Port-au-Prince. Nobody wanted
to live inside.”
Things are not much better a year
and a half later. The water supply is
still not fixed; his mother, two sisters and brother still live in the tent
city, he said.
“Haiti is a very poor country. To
(rebuild) would require to start from
the ground up. It’s not like the U.S.,
where if you have an education, you
can have a place in society. There
you can’t. There is a lot of corruption. They do not take care of
youth,” he said.
Joseph came to Palo Alto in
spring 2010 with a Lucile Packard
Children’s Hospital nurse he’d met
while working as a translator in Delmas, a Port-au-Prince suburb.
But while his entry into the U.S.
seemed like a miracle, staying in
this country has come with certain
challenges. He was learning English
at Language Pacifica in Menlo Park
last July when his sponsor said she
could no longer help him. Suddenly,
Joseph faced losing the roof over his
head for the second time since the
earthquake.
Help, however, was not far off.
Riding his bicycle down Middlefield
Road in south Palo Alto one Sunday
morning that July, he passed church
row — a line of many churches between Loma Verde Avenue and East
Meadow Drive. Joseph was looking
for a place to worship that day.
He turned his bicycle into the
horseshoe-shaped parking lot behind The Father’s House Church at
3585 Middlefield Road, where Pastor Glen Coulter was tending to the
flowers. Joseph asked if there were
any services, and Coulter invited
him in to worship, he said.
When church members learned
about his situation, they decided to
sponsor him and support his education, Coulter said.
Joseph has been living at the
church ever since. But costs are
high for international students, even
at Foothill College, where Joseph
is a full-time student. Coulter estimated expenses run about $1,000
per month.
The church is seeking additional
sponsors to help Joseph complete
his education and has started a fund
for that purpose, he said.
Joseph needs at least two years to
finish his associate’s degree. He is
hoping to continue at a university to
Peterson Joseph, a Haitian refugees, is happy to live at The Father’s
House Church in Palo Alto. He attends Foothill College and hopes to
return to Haiti to work in government and rebuild his country.
get a bachelor’s degree in business.
One way or another, the church remains committed to at least the first
two years of sponsorship, he said.
“The money is not the important
part; the important part is to educate
a mind that wants to do something.
You can send all the money to Haiti, but it doesn’t always get into the
right hands. If we send money there,
the government gets it. We decided
to invest in the young man,” Coulter
said.
Coulter thinks Joseph can get
a scholarship to a university. The
teenager has top grades, he said.
Joseph wants to return to Haiti to
help his family and his country, and
he wants to change the system that
keeps the country poor, he said.
The earthquake caused thousands
of children to drop out of school and
live on the streets in Port-au-Prince.
The long-term consequences of
extreme poverty will be felt for decades, he said.
“We will have this problem for
three more generations because this
generation is not going to school
now,” he said.
Education is crucial to developing the island nation, he added. “I
believe there is an opportunity for
change. We have resources available
but we don’t know how to use them
well.”
Joseph turned the earthquake into
an opportunity to fulfill his dream,
he said. He volunteered for Sean
Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization during the quake’s immediate
aftermath; he saw so many injured
people with broken limbs on the
streets.
He was eventually paid to work
for the medical team, translating
from Creole and French to English.
He saved his money, and he began
talking to the nurse, who arrived
with Palo Alto’s Enoch Choi Foundation as part of the relief effort. He
told her about his dreams. The nurse
agreed to sponsor him, and Joseph
gave her his money to help pay for
his sponsorship and student visa to
the United States, he said.
On the Peninsula, the nurse arranged a 75 percent tuition reduction at Language Pacifica. School
officials were impressed by his
drive, they said.
“Peterson quickly established
himself as a diligent student. Unlike
other students of his age playing video games or watching something on
YouTube, Peterson spent his lunch
and break time buried in his books,
consulting his teachers and doing
his homework,” Language Pacifica
founder Gerald Brett said.
“It’s not that he wasn’t like his
fun-loving peers; it was plain that
he had a different mission than they
did. His goal was to acquire knowledge and professional training in a
skill he would eventually take back
to Haiti to help his country.”
In January, J oseph became a fulltime student at Foothill College. He
is trying to get his GED, since his
high school education was cut short
by the earthquake. He is studying
marketing and business, math and
English, he said.
“With a bachelor’s degree, I could
get a job in Haiti in government,” he
said. He also wants to open orphanages for the many street children.
In addition, he wants to work with
venture capitalists to fund some of
his business ideas, which he believes
can be highly profitable, he said.
Joseph said he could start a construction company to rehabilitate
the ravaged city. He could improve
agricultural infrastructure so that
Haiti won’t have to import most of
its food, or build solar power in the
tropical country, he said.
For now, he spends most of his
time reading and studying. Coulter
and his wife are Joseph’s American
mom and dad, and they have cared
for him “with honor,” he said.
Coulter looked approvingly at the
teen. “Sometimes there is a divine
appointment,” he said. “I believe
this is an appointment for us.” N
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Notice of Intent to Circulate Initiative Petition
Notice is hereby given of the intention of the persons whose
names appear hereon to circulate an initiative petition within the
City of Palo Alto for the purpose of authorizing three medical marijuana dispensaries within the city, taxing sales, and regulating
the time, place and manner of sales. A statement of the reasons
of the proposed action as contemplated in said petition is as follows:
THIS ORDINANCE WILL HELP THE
TERMINALLY ILL IN OUR COMMUNITY
This proposed ordinance would allow our neighbors, who are seriously or terminally ill, to legally and safely obtain marijuana near
their home, if they have the approval of their physician. Proposition 215 was passed by California voters in 1996 with over 5 million votes, and yet Palo Alto has failed to implement the law. 15
years is long enough. Terminally ill patients, many of whom are
elderly, are faced with a Hobson’s choice of buying marijuana illegally, or traveling many miles to a city that has a dispensary.
Marijuana is not a cure, but it can help cancer patients. Many
have severe reactions to the disease and chemotherapy, including nausea. One in three patients discontinues chemo due to
these side effects, despite a significant chance of improvement.
When standard anti-nausea drugs fail, marijuana often eases patients’ nausea and allows continued treatment.
THE TAXES GENERATED BY SALES CAN SAVE MANY JOBS
OF OUR PUBLIC SAFETY WORKERS AND TEACHERS
A similar ordinance in San Jose generated $290,000 in the first
month! Think how many police, firefighters, teachers and libraries
that would support. We have a choice: capture these taxes for
our city or continue to lose them to neighboring municipalities.
The ordinance will tax marijuana sales and place the revenue in
the city’s general fund. This will be in addition to any local sales
taxes generated. The ordinance urges the City Council to use the
revenue for public safety and education.
THE THREE DISPENSARIES WILL BE
RESTRICTED TO APPROPRIATE LOCATIONS
The law will limit the number of dispensaries to three. The dispensaries cannot be located in a residential area, or near a school,
park or day care center. Anyone wishing to operate a dispensary
must meet strict qualification requirements.
MARIJUANA HELPS MORE THAN CANCER PATIENTS
University doctors and researchers have found that marijuana is
also effective in: lowering the pressure inside the eye associated
with glaucoma, slowing the onset of blindness, and alleviating
muscle problems and chronic pain due to multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and spinal cord injuries.
Shouldn’t our city support physicians who prescribe a medicine
capable of relieving suffering?
Marijuana is not a cure. But often it is the only way to get relief.
A Harvard University survey found that almost half of oncologists
nationwide would prescribe marijuana to their patients if it were
legal in their state.
PLEASE JOIN US BY SIGNING THE PETITION!
Thomas Gale Moore, Ph.D.
Cassandra Chrones Moore, Ph.D.
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Veronica Weber
Woodland School, 360 La Cuesta Drive, Portola Valley
www.woodland-school.org
Annette Booker, a resident in the New Court apartments formerly owned
by Page Mill Properties, sits in the courtyard on Monday.
East Palo Alto’s largest landlord
looks to sell properties
Wells Fargo, which took over 1,800 apartment from Page
Mill Properties, searches for a new buyer
by Gennady Sheyner
F
or residents at the Newell
Court apartments in East
Palo Alto, change has become
the new normal over the past two
years.
In the fall of 2009, the sprawling apartment complex in the city’s
Woodland Park neighborhood was
in disarray — its trash bins overflowing, its hallways dark, its fire
alarms malfunctioning, its management office shuttered and its swimming pool covered with a film of
green filth. The building’s owner,
Palo Alto-based Page Mill Properties, had just defaulted on a $50 million balloon payment to Wells Fargo
and was preparing to depart from
the Woodland Park neighborhood,
where it had antagonized thousands
of residents by spiking rents and
launching a flood of lawsuits against
the city.
Over the past year and a half, Well
Fargo has hired a new property manager, resolved Page Mill’s lawsuits
and invested about $4 million in new
roofs, fresh coats of paint, spruced
up landscaping and other building
improvements. The swimming pools
were reopened and the vacancy rates
dropped. At 5 Newell Court, the
hallways are now well-lighted, the
management office is spotless and
the fire alarms up to code. About 40
apartment buildings now sport new
roofs. Some apartment complexes,
including ones on Woodland and
Manhattan avenues, have been repainted and refurbished.
Now, another transition is around
the corner for the residents of the
roughly 1,800 units. Wells Fargo
has just begun its search for a new
buyer and is in the process of winnowing down its pool of candidates,
said Robert Maddox, a Wells Fargo
manager who has been working on
the East Palo Alto portfolio since
the bank took ownership.
“We’re going to significant effort
to make sure they are transferred to
a group with a long-term view toward the properties — a group that
looks to be a partner to the various
stakeholders and can execute on the
city’s long-term vision,” Maddox
told the Weekly.
“We’re working very hard to
make sure neither the city nor the
residents are adversely impacted
because of the sale process, which
could be potentially disrupting.”
The implosion of Page Mill’s portfolio in East Palo Alto in the second
half of 2009 had left Wells Fargo
with a daunting to-do list. Just after
Page Mill defaulted on its loan, the
bank hired a new property manager
and began tackling the safety issues
at the buildings — most notably the
deficient fire alarms, Maddox said.
The San Mateo County Superior
Court appointed a receiver, David
Wald, to oversee the Woodland
Park properties, and Wald brought
in a new property manager to help
resolve the long list of outstanding
concerns — including shoddy maintenance, health-code violations and
confusion over the city’s rent-stabilization ordinance.
Maddox said one of the bank’s
prime objectives when it took over
the portfolio was increasing the occupancy rate. At the time the bank took
over the properties, occupancy was
at 63 percent, which Maddox said
was well below what the Peninsula
market can accommodate. Now, the
occupancy rate is at around 93 percent, Maddox said, an increase he described as “the fruits of our labor.”
Some residents contend the conditions at the mostly rent-controlled
apartments remain far from perfect.
One resident complained at a recent
meeting of the city’s Rent Stabilization Board about a lack of hot water
in his unit, said Matthew Fremont, a
member of the board and a tenant in
one of Wells Fargo’s units. Another
tenant told the Weekly at a recent
tour that her apartment at 7 Newell
Court remains drafty and that she
has been having a hard time getting
someone to come and fix it.
“I see things getting patched
up and patched up, but not really
fixed,” said Annette Booker, 53,
who moved into her Newell Court
apartment in 2009.
Ruben Abrica, a member of the
East Palo Alto City Council and
a Wells Fargo tenant, credited the
bank for bringing a more “collaborative” approach to the city. The
relationship between the bank and
the city has been collegial and Wells
Fargo has done a much better job
than Page Mill in communicating
with tenants and making sure the
buildings meet the fire- and healthcode regulations.
“I think the relationship between
city government and the city’s biggest landlord, in this case Wells
Fargo, has definitely improved,”
Abrica said.
But like other tenants, he said
there’s still plenty of room for improvement in taking care of small,
day-to-day problems such as broken windows, damaged fences and
malfunctioning heaters. Part of the
problem, he said, has been the rapid
turnover in property management
(the current manager, Laramar, took
over in September 2010). It’s not uncommon, he said, for some of these
small projects to get delayed or removed from the manager’s to-do list
altogether when a change occurs.
“I think they still need to pay more
attention and be more responsive to
the maintenance issues,” Abrica
said. “Not just the emergency things
that we know are the most important ones, but the sort of wear-andtear that occurs over the years.
“Those are things people deal
with and live with and while they
may seem minor in the big picture,
they are important.”
But the signs of chaos that dominated the scene in the fall of 2009
have all but disappeared and stability has generally been restored.
Abrica said the bank has not disputed the city’s rent-control laws and
has approached the city when it’s
had questions. John Finau, who has
lived at Newell Court for 11 years,
said many of his friends moved out
of the apartment complex after Page
Mill took over and raised rents. But
Finau, 51, decided to stick around,
and he said everything is now generally back to normal.
Maddox said Wells Fargo had performed its own review of the city’s
rent-control ordinance (a topic of
great dispute and extensive litigation
between Page Mill and the city) and
decided to lower rent for about 430
tenants. The average rent decrease
was $115, he said. The company
also resolved 136 administrative
actions filed by individual tenants,
a process that cost around $50,000.
“We think we had a really good
outcome for the residents, who were
able to continue living in the portfolio, in many cases, without the noise
of administrative actions.”
The most telling change for Wells
Fargo officials is the feedback (or,
as the case may be, the lack of feedback) they’ve been getting from
tenants in recent months, Maddox
said.
“What spoke volumes to us when
we first took over and the receiver took
over was that lots of residents wanted
to talk about a lot of the issues going
on,” Maddox said. “Now, everyone is
quiet. Everyone is happy.” N
Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner
can be emailed at [email protected]
paweekly.com.
Upfront
Edward ‘Eddie’ Patton, a
Vietnam veteran and cook at La
Comida in Palo Alto, stands in
the entryway of the Homeless
Veterans Reintegration Program
in Menlo Park, which trained
him in his profession. Patton will
help at the center’s Memorial Day
celebration this weekend.
Veterans
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Veronica Weber
Hamerslough arrived in time for
the campaign to take Okinawa, one
of the last islands before the Japanese mainland.
“It was a series of ridges, and all
you could do was keep your head
down and hope for the best,” he
said.
“They could see everything you
could do, and it wasn’t fun to know
that you had to climb up,” he added.
In his first week of combat, on
May 21, 1945, Hamerslough suffered a devastating injury to his
legs from a Japanese mortar shell. It
rendered him unable to walk.
“They were targeting officers,”
he said.
“Mortar shells were attacking the
line. I got blown 10 feet back. Any
bigger shell and I wouldn’t be here,”
Hamerslough said, adding, “I was
lucky that I am still here.”
His injury was one of a number
of casualties. Of the 60 officers in
his unit, 40 were casualties. During
the month of May, the casualties
on Okinawa totaled 4,000 men per
week.
It took him two months and nine
days to get back to Seattle for a series of three operations. It was almost a year before he could walk
again.
“Not being able to walk for seven
or eight months (after the operation), I wondered what the hell my
life was going to be,” he said.
He was retired out the military
due to disability and moved to San
Francisco, where he worked as a
notary.
Today, Hamerslough makes time
to stop by the VA hospital to visit
wounded soldiers.
And as for the effect of the war on
him, he has an optimistic outlook.
“Live and let live. I look at it as
part of the bigger picture of life,” he
said. N
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News Digest
Palo Alto’s oldest home coming down
The owner of the Juana Briones House has begun deconstructing
the 166-year-old structure after 13 years of lawsuits that delayed its
removal.
The 1844-1845 house, built by Palo Alto pioneer Juana Briones,
contained remnants of a rare form of adobe architecture, of which
there is only one other example in the state, according to architectural
historians.
Juana Briones de Miranda was part of the California population of
Spanish, Mexican and Native-American descent. She was the daughter
of members of the historic De Anza expedition into California in 1776
and became a prominent Palo Alto rancher, according to the Juana
Briones Heritage Association.
The property at 4155 Old Adobe Road in the Palo Alto hills also
contained a rock wall built by Native Americans that has been taken
down as well, Kent Mitchell, attorney for property owners Jaim Nulman and Avelyn Welczer, said Wednesday (May 25).
Nulman, Welczer and the City of Palo Alto wrote conditions into
the demolition permit after the first lawsuit with the city that allows
preservationists and historians to salvage certain historical elements,
including the rock wall.
Woodside-based Reusable Lumber, which specializes in historical
sites, began work last Friday (May 20).
Clark Akatiff, a member of Friends of the Juana Briones House,
said the group made a careful record of the home during a one-month
window some years ago when they were allowed on the property.
He met with city officials and preservationists this week to discuss
where to store the rock wall and a plaque.
Akatiff said the historic wall cribbing — a slat-style architecture
into which adobe or dirt was poured to make walls — and other parts
of the home might be made available to the group as the building is
deconstructed.
Nulman and Welczer could not be reached for comment on whether
they plan to build on the property. N
—Sue Dremann
VMWare plans massive expansion in Palo Alto
Palo Alto’s information-technology giant VMWare is preparing to
gobble up one of the largest and most lucrative research spaces in Palo
Alto — a 1-million-square-foot property formerly occupied by pharmaceutical company Roche.
City Manager James Keene confirmed Wednesday night (May 25)
that the deal is being finalized. The lease of the former Roche property, which makes up about 10 percent of the entire Stanford Research
Park, would dramatically expand VMWare’s presence in the bustling
technological hub and allow it to nearly double its work force to about
6,000 employees, making it the largest employer in the city.
In the last few years, the Stanford Research Park has seen an infusion
of hot, young companies such as Facebook, Skype, Tesla and Better
Place. The park is also home to a long list of established industry titans,
including HP, Varian Medical Systems and SAP. N
—Gennady Sheyner
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CITY OF PALO ALTO
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to Palo Alto Municipal Code
Section 2.28.070, that the City Council of the City of Palo Alto will
hold a Public Hearing at its Special Meeting on Monday, June 13
and at a Special Meeting on June 20, 2011, at 6:00 p.m., or as
soon thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 250
Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California, on the proposed Fiscal Year
2012 Budget, with adoption on June 20, 2011. Copies of the budget
are available on the City’s website and in the Administrative Services
Department, 4th Floor, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto,
California. There is a $20.00 per book or $10.00 per cd-rom charge
for this publication.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Palo
Alto will hold a Special Meeting on June 20, 2011, at 6:00 p.m., or
as soon thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, City Hall,
250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California, to consider adoption of
a resolution determining the calculation of the appropriations limit
for Fiscal Year 2012. The calculation of the limit and the supporting
documentation are available for review in the City Budget Office, 4th
floor, 250 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto. There is a charge of $.12 per
page for copying documentation.
DONNA J. GRIDER, MMC
City Clerk
Online This Week
These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online throughout
the week. For longer versions, go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com/news
or click on “News” in the left, green column.
Women leaders address East Palo Alto students
State Attorney General Kamala Harris was one of nearly 100 women
leaders to address middle school girls in East Palo Alto Thursday
morning (May 26). (Posted May 26 at 8:54 a.m.)
Neighbors and SFPUC: Move oak tree?
Granny might have to move. Tree advocates and the San Francisco
Public Utilities Commission met Tuesday (May 24) to discuss how
to save the 65-foot heritage oak tree standing in the way of the Hetch
Hetchy pipeline. (Posted May 25 at 2:09 p.m.)
City may raise fees for car chargers, solar panels
For Palo Alto residents, installing a solar panel or an electric-car
charger is about to get a little more expensive. The city is proposing to
raise permit fees for both solar panels and car chargers in July. (Posted
May 25 at 9:25 a.m.)
Zoning administrator OKs Mayfield development
The large Mayfield residential development is on its way to the
Mountain View City Council for a vote on June 21, thanks to a decision Wednesday (May 18) by Zoning Administrator Peter Gilli. (Posted
May 24 at 9:54 a.m.)
Palo Alto Unified School District
Menlo Park: Man robbed in parked car
Notice is hereby Given that proposals will be received by
the Palo Alto Unified School District for bid package:
Two men allegedly robbed an 18-year-old man Friday (May 20) who
was sitting in his car. The duo fled in a 2006 Volvo, but didn’t get very
far. (Posted May 23 at 2:37 p.m.)
Contract No. JLSP-11
DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK: The work includes, but is not limited
to: The relocation of two (2) existing 960 square foot portable classroom
buildings. Work includes dismantling, building moving, asphalt paving
& utility trenching, electrical, fire alarm, EMS and reassembly of units for
complete and operational portable classroom buildings. Bidding documents contain the full description of the work.
Menlo Park home invaded, victim assaulted
There will be a mandatory pre-bid conference and site visit at 3:00 p.m.
on May 18, 2011 at J. L. Stanford (JLS) Middle School located at 480
East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, California 94306. Contractors who attended the previous pre-bid conference and site visit held on May 4, 2011
are exempt from this requirement.
Two suspects were arrested for the severe beating and robbery of an
East Palo Alto man early Sunday (May 22), police said. The victim
told police the suspects had fled after stealing his wallet. (Posted May
Bid Submission: Proposals must be received at the District Facilities
Office, 25 Churchill Ave., Building D, by 3:00 p.m. on June 1, 2011.
PREVAILING WAGE LAWS: The successful Bidder must comply
with all prevailing wage laws applicable to the Project, and related
requirements contained in the Contract Documents.
Palo Alto Unified School District will maintain a Labor Compliance
Program (LCP) for the duration of this project. In bidding this project, the contractor warrants he/she is aware and will follow the Public Works Chapter of the California Labor Code comprised of Labor
Code Sections 1720 - 1861. A copy of the District’s LCP is available
for review at 25 Churchill Avenue, Building D, Palo Alto, CA 94306.
1. A pre-construction conference shall be conducted with the contractor or subcontractors to discuss federal and state labor law
requirements applicable to the contract.
2. Project contractors and subcontracts shall maintain and furnish to
the District, at a designated time, a certified copy of each payroll
with a statement of compliance signed under penalty of perjury.
3. The District shall review and, if appropriate, audit payroll records
to verify compliance with the Public Works Chapter of the Labor
Code.
4. The District shall withhold contract payments if payroll records are
delinquent or inadequate.
5. The District shall withhold contract payments as described in the
LCP, including applicable penalties when the District and Labor
Commissioner establish that underpayment of other violations has
occurred.
Bidders may examine Bidding Documents at the District Facilities Office, 25 Churchill Ave, Building D, Palo Alto. Bidders may purchase
copies of Plans and Specifications at American Reprographics Company (ARC), 599 Fairchild Drive, Mountain View, CA 94043. Phone:
(650) 967-1966
Address all questions to:
Palo Alto Unified School District
25 Churchill Avenue, Building D
Palo Alto, CA 94306-1099
Attn: Heidi Rank
Phone: (650) 833-4205 Fax: (650) 327-3588 e-mail: [email protected]
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An early-morning call led Menlo Park police to the scene of a home
invasion on Sunday (May 22) in the 1000 block of Windermere Avenue. (Posted May 23 at 2:32 p.m.)
Suspects arrested in Sunday beating, robbery
22 at 10:30 p.m.)
Weekly takes home seven journalism awards
The Palo Alto Weekly won seven awards for its work in 2010 at the
Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards dinner in Foster City Saturday
night (May 21), including for coverage of the February 2010 Cessna
plane crash and citywide power outage. (Posted May 21 at 11:17 p.m.)
Palo Alto robber pleads guilty, gets five years
A man responsible for two brazen street robberies that terrorized
Palo Alto residents beginning in September 2010 pleaded guilty to
the crimes Friday (May 20) in Santa Clara County Superior Court in
Palo Alto, Deputy District Attorney James Demertzis said. (Posted May
20 at 9:32 p.m.)
Stanford University trail opens
A long-awaited public hiking trail that has been a decade in the
making opened Friday (May 20). The new trail, called the Matadero
Trail, is the “S1” route in the Santa Clara Countywide Trails Master
Plan. The trail runs on Stanford University land from the south corner
of Page Mill Road and Foothill Expressway and alongside Page Mill
to Deer Creek Road. (Posted May 20 at 10:36 a.m.)
Former firefighter threatens police chief
A former Palo Alto firefighter who has held a grudge against the city
for years pleaded no contest on Thursday (May 19) to a felony count of
making criminal threats against Palo Alto police Chief Dennis Burns
and several city officials. (Posted May 20 at 9:57 a.m.)
Grad requirements
(continued from page 3)
sary, to students who are struggling.
Two members of the Parent Network for Students of Color spoke in
favor of instituting the higher graduation bar.
Kim Bomar and Sara Woodham
Johnson both said Palo Alto’s current system amounts to a two-tiered
structure, where many graduate
with multiple advanced classes and
head to top universities while others
graduate ill-prepared to take care of
themselves in the world in the most
basic ways.
“Our reputation is based on a Tier
One standard that facilitates schools
to provide an education that equips
our children to apply to the best of
the best,” Woodham Johnson said.
“I moved to Palo Alto for exactly
that reason.
“But now that I’m here the system
disturbs me greatly, because for 18
percent of the students, this same
system leaves children behind and
they’re not qualified to apply to the
most obvious state schools.”
Other California school districts,
including large ones such as Los
Angeles Unified, have adopted or
plan to implement the so-called
A-G graduation requirements. All
of those districts have some form of
waiver system, district staff members said.
The majority of parents and
teachers speaking Tuesday urged
the board to move slowly on the
A-G issue.
“We absolutely endorse higher
expectations,” said teacher Trina
Gogarty, president of the teachers’
union Palo Alto Educators Association.
“But it will be tainted if students
aren’t able to graduate or graduate with a diploma stamped with a
waiver.”
Board members said they had too
many unanswered questions to proceed at this time. A major concern
was whether a student obtaining
a waiver of the tougher requirements would end up carrying what
amounts to a black mark on his or
her diploma.
Rather than scheduling a vote on
the proposal for June, as had been
planned, Superintendent Kevin Skelly said he will return to the board
this fall with more information.
In particular, he said he will research why some students are not
currently fulfilling the A-G requirements and how the district would
implement the tougher graduation
requirements should they be adopted.
“I don’t think there’s any way forward except raising the expectations
for the system and the students in it
to achieve,” Skelly said. n
Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can
be emailed at [email protected]
com.
Residents: High-speed rail would affect home values
If and when high-speed rail is built in Palo Alto, properties and
home values will decrease, residents predicted Thursday night (May
19) at the Rail Corridor Study Community Workshop held at Lucie
Stern Community Center. (Posted May 20 at 9:49 a.m.)
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City Council
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The council did not meet this week.
Board of Education (May 24)
Graduation requirements The board discussed a staff proposal to stiffen high
school graduation requirements by aligning them with entrance criteria for the University of California and California State University systems. Members asked for more
information before making a decision, and the issue will be discussed again in the
fall. Vote: None
Garland lease The board discussed terminating the lease of the former Garland
Elementary School site, at 870 N. California Ave., to the private tenant Stratford
Schools, Inc., as of June 30, 2014. A school board vote is expected June 14. The
tenant notification deadline is June 30, 2011. Vote: None
City Council Finance Committee (May 24)
Public safety The committee discussed and tentatively approved the fiscal year 2012
budget for the Fire Department. Yes: Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd Abstained: Yeh
Public Works The committee discussed and tentatively approved the fiscal year
2012 budget for the Public Works Department. Yes: Unanimous
Parks and Recreation Commission (May 24)
Bicycles The commission discussed the city’s proposed bicycling improvements
and ways to improve pedestrian and bicycle connections between the Palo Alto Art
Center, the Main Library and the Community Gardens. Action: None
City Council Finance Committee (May 25)
Municipal fees The committee accepted proposed changes to the city’s municipal
fee schedule in fiscal year 2012. Yes: Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd
Absent: Yeh
Planning & Transportation Commission (May 25)
711 El Camino Real The commission discussed a proposal for a 44-room “concierge wing” and decided to continue the discussion to June 22. Yes: Fineberg, Garber, Keller, Lippert, Martinez, Tuma Absent: Tanaka
City Council Rail Committee (May 26)
Caltrain The committee heard a presentation from Caltrain staff and engineering
consultants about Caltrain’s electrification proposal. Action: None
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CITY COUNCIL ... The council
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1005 University Ave., a request
by Norman Beamer and Diane
Taska to designate the property
to the city’s Historic Inventory.
The meeting will begin at 8 a.m.
on Wednesday, June 1, in the
Council Chambers at City Hall
(250 Hamilton Ave.).
UTILITIES ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans
to discuss a business plan for
the citywide ultra high-speed
Internet system and consider
potential topics for its joint session with the City Council. The
meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on
Wednesday, June 1, in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW
BOARD ... The board plans to
discuss 2080 Channing Ave., a
request by Kenneth Rodriques &
Partners, Inc., for a preliminary
review of a proposal for Edgewood Plaza Shopping Center.
The project includes renovation of three retail structures, a
relocation of one retail structure
and construction of 10 houses.
The meeting will begin at 8:30
a.m. on Thursday, June 2, in the
Council Chambers at City Hall.
RAIL CORRIDOR TASK FORCE
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discussion of the city’s land-use
vision for the Caltrain Corridor.
The meeting will begin at 6:30
p.m. on Thursday, June 2, in the
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“traffic team” and the school crossing-guard program. The council ultimately backed off these proposals
after heavy lobbying from residents
who argued that the cuts would put
their children in danger.
Councilwoman Nancy Shepherd,
much like the rest of the committee,
said she would prefer labor concessions to service cuts. Shepherd, who
serves as one of the council’s liaisons to the Palo Alto Unified School
District, said she has already encountered angst in the school community about the cuts on the table.
“I don’t want to get back to last
year, where we had a room full of
parents worried about the crossing
guard and the traffic team,” Shepherd said.
The council, however, faces significant hurdles when it comes to
both attaining labor concessions and
making staffing cuts. The firefighters’ union and city management
there’s nothing that would tie the
council’s hands that would say we
have to stay with the same methodology,” Keene said. “It may be a
completely different ratio based on
what the impacts of the cuts could
be for the community.”
In addition to assuming $4.3 million in union concessions, Keene’s
proposed budget also allocates
about $1 million for a new Office
of Emergency Services. The office would include a director, two
managers and administrative assistants.
The committee unanimously endorsed the creation of a new office,
which has long been championed
by the city’s robust community of
emergency-preparedness volunteers.
“I see this as tremendous leverage
to resources because there’s a huge
number of people in the community
who have volunteered and who want
to be engaged and active,” Councilman Greg Schmid said. “What we’re
doing is making sure they can be active in a helpful, positive way.” N
Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner
can be emailed at [email protected]
paweekly.com.
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(continued from page 3)
have been negotiating on a new contract for the past year and remain at
an impasse. The two sides are preparing to take their disagreements
to binding arbitration in the fall. The
firefighters’ contract also includes
a “minimum staffing” provision
requiring at least 29 firefighters to
be on duty at all times. The clause
makes it impossible for the city to
unilaterally cut positions in the Fire
Department.
The city is also starting its negotiations with the police union, which
will see its contract expire at the end
of June.
Though the council hopes to get
about $2.3 million from the fire
union and $2 million from the police
union, these numbers are subject to
change. At Tuesday’s hearing, the
committee repeatedly questioned
the staffing level in the Fire Department and wondered whether the
city really needs to have so many
more firefighters (108) than police
officers (91). City Manager James
Keene said other cities typically
have more officers than firefighters.
“The truth is, if we were ultimately unsuccessful (in negotiations),
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On the ground floor, the new hotel would include a cocktail lounge,
guest pantry, business center and
dining room, which would provide
guests with complimentary breakfast, afternoon snacks and evening
hors d’oeuvres. The roof would feature a sun deck, two fire pits and a
hot tub.
The new hotel would stand at
the former site of the Palo Alto Pet
Hospital. Chen, whose father built
the two existing hotels, told the
commission that the constraints of
the proposed site make a zoning
change necessary. These constraints
include the site’s location right next
to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s complex, the existing zoning
designation (which can accommodate only a one-story hotel) and the
small size of the property. Given
these limitations, the only feasible
way to run a hotel at the site is to
share facilities with the Westin and
Sheraton, he said.
“A lot of support functions that
normally a stand-alone has to cram
into the little site, we could be han-
dling with ease and cost efficiency
at the Westin and Sheraton,” Chen
said.
Vice Chair Lee Lippert said he
was “seduced by the project,” which
he called “handsome” and “appropriate” in its land use. The tax revenues make the project particularly
lucrative, numerous commissioners
said.
But Lippert and others also argued the bulk of the public amenities would benefit mainly the hotel
and its clientele, not the public at
large. These benefits, the commission agreed, fall short of what the
applicant would need to offer to get
the zone change.
“It’s rich like cream — there’s
a lot of really good feelings about
the project,” Lippert said. “Many of
the community benefits don’t quite
measure up to the same richness.
“I feel that can possibly be the
skim milk or the low-fat milk or
even the whey of the project.”
Commissioners Eduardo Martinez
and Daniel Garber proposed initiating the zone change at Wednesday’s
meeting but ultimately agreed to
delay the vote and allow the applicant to present a stronger package of
benefits. Garber pointed to the site’s
close proximity to the downtown
transit station as a good reason to
support the new development.
“This is where we want to have
density in the city,” Garber said.
Chair Samir Tuma also said the
proposed project “makes a tremendous amount of sense” when
it comes to land use. But with so
many reservations about the publicbenefits package, he and the rest of
the commission agreed to delay the
vote until June 22. N
Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner
can be emailed at [email protected]
paweekly.com.
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Sheraton hotels, the new structure
would stand across the street from
the existing hotel complex. The top
four floors would house 44 guest
rooms.
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he bustling hotel hub next to
Palo Alto’s downtown transit
center may soon become more
crowded — and luxurious.
Clement Chen of the hotel conglomerate Pacific Hotel Management is asking the city to rezone a
small site at 711 El Camino Real to
enable construction of a new fivestory hotel. The new building would
be an addition to the Westin and
Sheraton hotels, which Chen’s firm
also owns.
Chen has requested that the city
change the site to a Planned Community (PC) Zone, a designation
that enables applicants to exceed
the city’s zoning regulations in exchange for negotiated “public benefits.” The proposed hotel would be
about twice as dense as the city’s
zoning regulations allow.
Members of the city’s Planning
and Transportation Commission
said Wednesday night they would
be open to starting the rezoning
process but decided Chen needs to
provide more benefits. The commission agreed to hold off on the zone
change until Chen comes back with
a stronger proposal.
Although they expressed reservations about public benefits — which
include sidewalk improvements,
new crosswalks, $50,000 in landscaping upgrades and way-finding
signs to direct pedestrians from
downtown to the Town & Country Village shopping center — the
commissioners also found much to
like in the hotel proposal. Perhaps
the most enticing benefit the new
hotel would bring is revenue, in the
form of transient-occupancy taxes.
Chen estimated the new luxury
wing would provide the city about
$500,000 in annual taxes.
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CITY OF PALO ALTO
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
NOTICE OF HEARING ON PARKING ASSESSMENT ROLL
FISCAL YEAR 2012 CALIFORNIA AVENUE PARKING
PROJECT NO. 92-13
(Resolution of Intention No. 7230, Adopted August 9, 1993)
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Engineer has
caused to be prepared and filed with the City Clerk a report
which provides for the levying of special assessments on
the properties within the parking assessment districts
created and established for the projects and pursuant to
the Resolution of Intention cited above. The report sets
forth the amounts proposed to be levied for the fiscal
year 2012 upon the several parcels of real property in the
parking assessment districts created to pay the principal
and interest of the bonds issued in the projects, which
report is open to public inspection.
The report will be heard by the Council at its special
meeting to be held on the 13th day of June 2011 at the
hour of 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall, 250
Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California, at which time said
Council will examine said report and hear all persons
interested therein.
Any person interested in objecting to the amount of the
assessment on any parcel of real property owned by him
or her, may file with the City Clerk, at or before the hour
fixed for hearing, a protest in writing signed by him or her,
describing the parcel so that it may be identified, and
stating the ground or grounds of protest, and may appear
at the hearing and be heard in regard thereto.
DONNA J. GRIDER, MMC
City Clerk
NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING
of the Palo Alto
Planning & Transportation Commission
Please be advised the Planning and Transportation Commission (P&TC)
shall conduct a public meeting at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, June 8, 2011
in the Civic Center, Council Chambers, 1st Floor, 250 Hamilton Avenue,
Palo Alto, California. Any interested persons may appear and be heard
on these items.
Staff reports for agendized items are available via the City’s main website
at www.cityofpaloalto.org. and also at the Planning Division Front Desk,
5th Floor, City Hall, after 2:00 PM on the Friday preceding the meeting
date. Copies will be made available at the Development Center should
City Hall be closed on the 9/80 Friday.
CONSENT.
1. Approval of CIP SubCommittee Letter.
NEW BUSINESS.
Study Session:
2. Rail Corridor Study Session: Study session to receive P&TC’s input to
staff and consultants on the preparation of the Rail Corridor Study. The
consultant, BMS Design Group, will present an update on the process
and the progress of the Rail Corridor Task Force.
Public Hearing:
3. 300 Homer Avenue: Request by Palo Alto History Museum (PAHM) for
a Conditional Use Permit for Community Facility use of the 19,182 s.f.
Roth Building and additional 1,462 s.f. area. Historic and Architectural
Review approvals included exceptions from the South of Forest
Coordinated Area Plan Phase 1 parking requirements and from the
minimum street side yard setback. Request for hearing by Ken Alsman,
1057 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301. Environmental Assessment:
Categorically Exempt pursuant to Sections 15301 and 15331 of the
CEQA Guidelines.
Questions. For any questions regarding the above applications, please contact
the Planning Department at (650) 329-2440. The files relating to these items are
available for inspection weekdays between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This
public meeting is televised live on Government Access Channel 26.
ADA. The City of Palo Alto does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities.
To request accommodations to access City facilities, services or programs, to
participate at public meetings, or to learn more about the City’s compliance with
the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), please contact the City’s ADA
Coordinator at 650.329.2550 (voice) or by e-mailing [email protected]
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the City Council of the City of Palo
Alto will hold a Public Hearing, pursuant to Article XIIID, section
6 of the California Constitution, at its regularly scheduled meeting
on Monday, June 13, 2011, at 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as
possible, in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue,
Palo Alto, California. The Public Hearing will be held to consider
changes to Water and Wastewater Utilities Rate Schedules, which if
adopted, will be effective July 1, 2011.
Copies of the proposed water and wastewater rate schedules
are available on the City’s website at www.cityofpaloalto.org/
rateincrease and in the Utilities Department, 3rd Floor, City Hall, 250
Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. There is a $3.00 per copy
charge for this publication.
DONNA J. GRIDER, MMC
City Clerk
AT&T Mobility, LLC is proposing to construct a new
telecommunications tower facility northeast of the
T-intersection of Page Mill Rd & Deer Creek Rd, Palo
Alto, CA. The new facility will consist of an approximately
30.2-foot tall street light tower with 2 antennas mounted
on the sides at a top height of 24.5 feet. Associated
support equipment will be located on a 6.5 x 9.5-foot
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Nov. 7, 1910-April 9, 2011
Pulse
A weekly compendium
of vital statistics
Palo Alto
May 18-24
Violence related
Assault . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Child abuse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Theft related
Burglary attempt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Checks forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Commercial burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Credit card forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Residential burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Vehicle related
Auto theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Driving w/suspended license . . . . . . . . .3
Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . .1
Vehicle accident/minor injury . . . . . . . . .7
Vehicle accident/property damage. . . . .9
Vehicle impound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Alcohol or drug related
Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Liquor law/possession by minor . . . . . . .1
Possession of paraphernalia. . . . . . . . . .1
N&D possession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Miscellaneous
Animal attack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Elder abuse/financial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Elder abuse/self neglect . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Hate crime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Missing juvenile/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Muni. code/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Muni. code/noise complaint . . . . . . . . . .1
Prowler/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Psych subject . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .2
Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Menlo Park
May 17-23
Palo Alto resident Robert N. Varney, Ph.D., Commander,
USNR (Ret.), died April 9, five months after his 100th
birthday. Dr. Varney, a native of San Francisco, was a
physicist, an educator; a research scientist; an expert witness
on the effects of lightning; and a Navy scientist during
WWII.
A 1931 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley,
Dr. Varney also earned his masters degree in Mathematics
and his doctorate in Physics there. Following his first teaching
assignment at UC, he taught at New York University, and then
for 26 years at Washington University in St. Louis. After that,
he spent ten years at Lockheed, continuing his research on
the behavior of electricity in gasses, a field in which he was a
pioneer.
Fulbright fellowships and other teaching and research
assignments took Dr. Varney and his family to Innsbruck,
Austria, and Stockholm, Sweden. For his work, he was
awarded the Austrian Cross of Honor, First Class, for Arts
and Sciences, along with an honorary D.Sc.
During WWII, Dr. Varney worked at improving the
performance of large naval guns at the U.S. Naval Proving
Ground at Dahlgren, VA. It was at Dahlgren that he met and
married his wife of 62 years, Astrid, known as Rita.
Dr. Varney had a life-long love of music, shared by his
wife and family, and was a long-time supporter of the San
Francisco Opera and Symphony.
Dr. Varney is survived by his wife, Astrid Riffolt Varney,
of Palo Alto; his daughter, Natalie, Menlo Park; his son Nils,
Beaufort, SC; and two grandchildren, Colleen and Tess
Varney
The family asks that donations in his memory be sent to
the Varney Fund, c/o Dr. David Hall, Department of Physics,
Washington University, St. Louis, MO 63130. This fund
supports the Varney Prize, established years ago by alumni
in his honor.
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OBITUARY
Violence related
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Theft related
Attempted burglary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Burglary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Robbery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Vehicle related
Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Driving w/o license . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Suspended/revoked license . . . . . . . . . .6
Vehicle accident/injury . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . .3
Vehicle breakdown/hazard . . . . . . . . . . .1
Vehicle tow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Alcohol or drug related
Drug activity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Possession of controlled substance . . . .1
Miscellaneous
CPS referral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Gang validations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Follow up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Info. case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Located missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Meet citizen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Missing person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Probation violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Registrant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Resist arrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .1
Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Verbal disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Warrant arrest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Atherton
May 17-23
Theft related
Attempted burglary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Vehicle related
Hit and run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
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Births, marriages and deaths
Births
Amy McLaughlin and Fraser
Smith of Menlo Park, a son, Scott
James Smith, April 26.
Gabrielle Moyer and John Foster of Palo Alto, a son, May 10.
Monica Chacon and Florencio
Flores Vasquez of East Palo Alto,
a son, May 10.
Angela and Roy Baiamonte of
East Palo Alto, a son, May 11.
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(continued from preious page)
Parking problem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Suspicious vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Ticket sign-off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Traffic detail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Traffic hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Vehicle accident/no injury. . . . . . . . . . . .4
Vehicle code violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Alcohol or drug related
Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Narcotics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Miscellaneous
Animal call. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Building/perimeter check . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Citizen assist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Construction site check . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Disturbance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Fire call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Hazard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
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A memorial service for
Franklin Smith will be held
Friday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at St.
Raymonds Church, 1100 Santa
Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
A memorial service for Phyllis Johnson will be held Saturday, June 4, at 2:30 p.m. at The
Sequoias, 501 Portola Road,
Portola Valley.
Juvenile problem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Medical aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Meet citizen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . .4
Suspicious person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Town ordinance violation . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Tree down . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Welfare check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
VIOLENT CRIMES
Palo Alto
400 block Alma Street, 5/18, 8:17 p.m.;
assault/police officer.
Unlisted block Colorado Avenue, 5/19,
8:05 p.m.; child abuse/physical.
Unlisted block North California Avenue,
5/20, 5:13 p.m.; battery/simple.
Menlo Park
Seminary Drive, 5/18, 5:04 p.m.; battery.
200 block Waverly Street, 5/21, 11:10
a.m.; battery.
Barbara Katherine Gray
March 28, 1924-May 18, 2011
Barbara K. Gray, a longtime Midpeninsula resident,
passed away May 18 at Palo Alto Commons. She was 87.
Born in Astoria, Oregon to Edward Everett Gray and Edna
Ida (Hahn) Gray, she grew up in Upland, California where
her father was city attorney. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa
in Political Science from Stanford University in 1945. After
graduation she interned at the National War Labor Board
and the President’s Steel Fact Finding Board in Washington
D.C. Barbara loved working for Macy’s in New York City as
a Fashion Publicist and for many years she organized labormanagement conferences in the US and Europe for nonprofit foundations. She was Executive Assistant to Theodore
W. Kheel, a well known New York lawyer, arbitrator and
mediator. In her forties she returned to California to earn a
J.D. degree at the UC Davis School of Law.
Barbara traveled extensively in her later years as she
pursued her love of history, art, museums and books. She
served as an enthusiastic volunteer at the Cantor Arts Center
at Stanford and the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. She
was a deacon at First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto and
was most thankful for the loving support of that community
as dementia reduced her activities in recent years.
Barbara’s brother, Robert Stuart Gray, preceded her
in death. She is survived by her niece, Susan A. Gray of
Vashon, Washington, and nephew, John S. Gray of Glen
Allen Virginia.
A simple service is being planned for family and friends at
First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper Street, Palo Alto.
Contact the church office for date and time, 650-325-5659.
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Bernice Ross Feller
Bernice Ross, daughter of Alex and Rose, was
born in Baltimore, Maryland on August 6, 1924.
Bernice grew up in a loving household with two
working parents; her mother was a seamstress and
her father owned a bowling alley. Bernice grew up
with a love for clothing, occasionally referring to her
eye for fashion as a “sixth sense”.
Bernice attended UCLA where she met David, her future husband. They married in Santa
Monica and moved to Berkeley where Dave attended graduate school. A series of jobs led the
two across the country to Boston, Seattle and
eventually back to California.
Bernice and Dave produced three children, Barbi,
Rich and Steve. As the kids grew up and attended
schools in Palo Alto, Bernice took up knitting, often
creating beautiful sweaters and
blankets for family and friends.
As the kids got older she began
writing poetry and essays that
exemplified her creative and
imaginative talents. She became
an accomplished needlepoint
craftswoman, often showcasing
her beautiful work in picture frames.
After the passing of her husband, Bernice
moved to Channing House in 2006. She lived
life to the fullest, expanding her literary talents
in writing classes, attending cultural events and
spending time with her three kids, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
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U.S. Air Force veteran, WWII
Earl “Don” Alexander passed away peacefully on May 14
after a courageous battle with cancer. Born to Sylvia and
William Hinkley in San Francisco, Earl assumed the name
of his stepfather, Don Alexander, when he entered the Army
Air Force in World War II. He served as a B-17 bombardier
out of Foggia, Italy. Briefly shot down and missing in action,
he was rescued by the Russians. He returned to the U.S. and
married his fiancée the day before the war ended.
Don and his wife Kathryn (Kay) lived in the Bay Area
while attending U. C. Berkeley. Don worked in the fire
insurance business in San Francisco until he was transferred
to Southern California, taking his young family with him,
including three children, Steve, Lauren and Douglas.
He attended Long Beach State College where he earned
a Master’s degree and his teaching and administrative
credentials. He worked in the Savanna and Cypress school
districts as a teacher and principal.
In 1969, the family returned to the Bay Area where
Don became first a teacher and then administrator in the
Menlo Park School District, enjoying his many friends and
colleagues until his retirement in 1983. He was a much
awarded photographer and was active in several camera
clubs over the years. A master wood craftsman, Don stayed
busy with both the practical and arts side of woodworking
the length of his life. He also enjoyed the beauty of his
garden.
Don lived 43 productive and peaceful years in Los Altos.
He is survived by his wife, Kay Alexander of Los Altos and
three children, Steve Alexander of Costa Mesa, Lauren
Hildebrand of Blaine, Minnesota, and Douglas Alexander
of Woodside, California, and by four grandchildren and
one great-grandchild.
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Editorial
Consensus over new hospitals
Stanford Hospital, Packard Childrens’ Hospital
projects should win final approval
A
fter a long review process warranted by the massive size of
the largest and most complex development project ever considered by the city of Palo Alto, the time has come for the
City Council to enthusiastically embrace these critically-important
expansions.
Doing so will ensure the community has adult and children’s hospitals able to withstand and continue operating after a devastating
earthquake, provide exceptional, state-of-the-art care in facilities
designed for patient comfort, and continue to attract the best clinicians and researchers in their fields from around the world.
Anyone who has been a patient or had a relative treated at Stanford is all too familiar with the need for these projects. From the
cramped emergency room to the chronic shortage of available beds,
the infrastructure is no longer able to meet the technology needs
of today’s medical practice or the desires of patients for a more
comfortable environment.
These needs shouldn’t, nor have they, trumped legitimate environmental and other concerns. But through a process that has
remained remarkably focused and productive for more than five
years, Stanford has agreed to a strong package of financial and
other measures that strike the right balance for this enormous $3.5
billion project.
The Planning and Transportation Commission approved a substantial revision to the city’s Comprehensive Plan last week that
will permit Stanford to exceed some zoning regulations in return
for about $45 million in payments to the city. Stanford’s estimate
of its community benefits payments is substantially higher — $175
million — because it includes the cost of purchasing Caltrain Go
Passes for hospital staff over the next 51 years, which the city considers to be mitigations required by state law.
When the development agreement is approved by the City Council it will be the culmination of about 100 meetings and hearings
in front of various city commissions.
At times, there were big disagreements over the severity of the
anticipated impacts and value of the community benefits being offered and concerns that the city might overreach in its demands for
concessions unrelated to the actual hospital projects.
But in the end, even the Planning Commission, some of whose
members were openly hostile during earlier hearings, voted unanimously (Chair Samir Tuma recused himself because his wife works
at Stanford) for the necessary zoning amendments.
The agreement guarantees that the city will receive a major infusion of cash from Stanford related to various aspects of the project,
including $7 million for health care programs and services; $23
million for housing programs and $12 million for climate change
initiatives. In addition to buying Go Passes, Stanford will give the
city $3.4 million to improve bicycle and pedestrian paths near the
hospital buildings.
Construction would begin next year and portions of the buildings
occupied in 2013 or 2014. The project was launched in part to meet
the state’s seismic codes, and would add about 1.3 million square
feet to of total new development to Palo Alto.
According to the development agreement, the project would: rebuild Stanford Hospital and Clinics, replacing 456 hospital beds,
adding 144 beds for a total of 600 beds; expand Lucile Packard
Childrens’ Hospital, adding 104 beds for a total of 361 beds; reconstruct various buildings at the University School of Medicine and
renovate Hoover Pavilion and build new medical office buildings.
The agreement would allow Stanford to exceed the city’s 50foot building height limit by 80 feet, permitting the main hospital
buildings to reach 130 feet. The revised Comprehensive Plan would
create a new “hospital district” that is designed to accommodate
Stanford’s hospital, medical office and research facilities “with
the need to minimize impacts to surrounding areas and neighborhoods.”
Both Stanford and city officials deserve accolades for persevering through the long and arduous negotiations which culminated in
the agreement that the council will vote on June 6. In almost every
respect, starting points in the bargaining over impacts and mitigations changed over the last two years, but as in any good negotiation, both sides now support the finished product. For example,
Stanford did not start off agreeing to pay $23 million into the city’s
housing fund, but the final document specifies that such payments
will be made, which was a significant win for the city.
Only time will tell if the agreements reached to lessen the impacts of this project will do the job. But Palo Altans have every
reason to be enthusiastic and grateful that in a few years it will have
medical facilities in its back yard that will rival any in the world.
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Editorials, letters and opinions
College Terrace parking
Editor,
In the last 10 years the city of
Palo Alto has done nothing to clean
up nonresidents’ parking in the CN
zone of College Terrace on a permanent basis. I live on Oxford Avenue
and pay $50 per year for the privilege of parking on College Terrace
streets. There is a person who does
not own or rent property in Palo Alto
(assuming that if he did he would not
be sleeping in his van on Oxford)
who parks about 15 vehicles on a
permanent basis. Usually six of them
are within 100 feet of my house. The
police cannot do anything because he
keeps a record of when he parks each
vehicle and moves them to avoid the
72-hour ticket.
Right now he occupies on a regular basis six to eight precious parking spaces that Starbucks and the
other businesses near Stanford and
El Camino could use during this
construction period. Why not make
this block of Oxford two-hour parking during the day during this current
construction period? Then if the local
businesses do not complain, make it
permanent. Palo Alto government
could also allow the local businesses
to opt in to the adjacent parking district.
Palo Alto government could also
take a leadership role by proposing
that all blocks in College Terrace
zoned CN be permanently part of the
adjacent parking district. Our country
and state elect leaders by a majority
of those who care to vote. Palo Alto
could create the parking district unless a “majority” of those adjacent
businesses oppose the project. That
way a non-vote is a yes vote instead of
the way they made us adopt our current parking program. In that vote, we
needed to get a majority of residents
to say yes, which was much more difficult. Is this anyway to run a democracy? Making it harder for the majority of concerned, hopefully informed
and community oriented, citizens to
get change is certainly not what our
founding fathers envisioned.
Larry Robert Kavinoky
Cornell Street
Palo Alto
Downtown North parking
Editor,
Bravo to Ken Alsman for his letter
to the editor May 13 regarding downtown employees’ use of residential
parking in Professorville.
We would like to add our “twocents worth” as residents of the
Downtown North neighborhood. Until two years ago, our quiet, residential
neighborhood was mostly frequented
by park visitors and parents walking their young children by day. Our
neighborhood kids play in the streets
and we’ve always felt safe here. Now
we live in a massive parking lot, cars
piled up so tightly in spaces they
overlap our driveways and make it
difficult to get out. Nearly all these
cars belong to downtown startup
employees, who are apparently too
impoverished to afford a parking
garage closer to their jobs. As most
of our houses do not have garages,
we are forced to park blocks away,
difficult with groceries and small
children. The cars often stay parked
on our streets till late at night. When
the owners of these vehicles finally
come to remove their vehicles, they
speed off, iPods dangling from their
ears, oblivious to pets, pedestrians
and kids. We’ve also noticed a huge
increase in weekend parking here as
well.
Downtown has several large parking lots that were put in to appease
residents’ uneasiness about Palo
Alto’s out-of-control growth. The
lots are barely half full. It does not
seem to be an enormous cut to companies’ budgets to simply pay for annual employee parking permits (or,
heaven forbid, require them to pay for
it themselves!).
J Morgan
Cowper Street
Palo Alto
Juana Briones House
Editor,
I was fortunate enough to be born
and raised at the Juana Briones House
and my family was blessed to call it
home for many generations. Ashes of
my relatives are scattered on the property and memories of the years it was
ours fill my heart.
At a time in California history when
women had few options and women of
color fewer still, Juana Briones managed to not just survive, but to flourish. She raised eight children, including an orphaned Ohlone Indian girl.
She gained a clerical separation from
her husband, establishing herself as
the first woman in California to be
granted a divorce.
In 1844 she purchased, from two
Ohlone Indians, 4,400 acres of land
in what are now the foothills of Palo
Alto. It was on this land that Juana built
Rancho La Purisima Concepcion. Juana Briones excelled not only in business and farming but her reputation
for hospitality and skills in medicine
were widely recognized. Although she
never received a formal education and
could not read or write, Juana Briones
thrived as a single mother, a medicine
woman, a business woman and a humanitarian.
Rancho La Purisima Concepcion
was an exceptional and rare monument that has been destroyed.
Cheyenne Goodman
Berkshire Avenue
Santa Cruz
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On Deadline:
What’s revolutionary about ‘InJo’? Plenty, good and bad
by Jay Thorwaldson
he vision of a new
world of technology-assisted
journalism — one
that raises the quality
of political decisionmaking and may even
help achieve peace in
war-ravaged areas of
the world — was outlined in explicit detail
this week in a threeday conference on “innovation journalism” at
Stanford’s Tresidder Memorial Union.
The topic even has a shorthand nickname:
InJo.
But there could be unintended negative
consequences, such as a shallower level of abbreviated discourse and a loss of professional
standards and training found in traditional
newsrooms, one speaker cautioned.
Yet the tsunami of change is impacting traditional forms of print and electronic journalism
around the world. And the economic and technological trends seem to be irreversible, most
panelists and speakers adopted as a premise.
The primary example this year is the “social networking” trigger of the pro-democracy
Arab uprisings in the Middle East. Several
speakers discussed how news was being gathered in Pakistan, India and areas of conflict
throughout the Middle East, where cell-phone
images become part of mainstream news coverage.
Yet the impacts of innovation are being felt in
virtually every town, city and state in America,
as print-based media struggles to adapt to the
economic realities of shrinking revenues and
rapidly changing world of iPhones, Androids,
T
iPads, laptops and the exploding software that
drives them and, increasingly, is melding them
into one big technological melting pot.
The moderate-sized audience of more than
60 persons — perhaps 50 if speakers and
support staff are not counted — was heavily
weighted with journalists, some from traditional media and some self-identified from
their blogging and online reporting projects.
A core theme of the 8th Conference on Innovation Journalism is that “journalism is no
longer a gatekeeper of mass communication
and knowledge dissemination. As the impact
of print and broadcast diminishes, gatekeeping
is evaporating, and the business of journalism
has joined the innovation economy.”
The scope of the change is global: There are
more than 5 billion cell phones in use — more
than 100 million smartphones were sold in the
final quarter of 2010. As of last January, there
were 600 million Facebook users and a billion
Google search queries per day as of March.
David Norfors, the founder and executive
director of the Stanford Center for Innovation
and Communication, which sponsored the
conference, said the awareness of the wave of
innovation surfaced in the 1990s — when it
was primarily focused on new technologies.
Nordfors coined the term Innovation Journalism and set up the first Innovation Journalism
initiatives in Sweden and at Stanford. He is a
member of the World Economic Forum Global
Agenda Council on the Future of Journalism.
He and a range of other speakers noted there
were significant technological changes underway in the 1970s and 1980s, but most were
below the radar of most people, including journalists. Change also was much slower, with
years to bring new technologies to market. Yet
being a “gadget journalist” was not a flashy
beat and the techno devices were left mostly
to special-interest magazines.
“Today when there’s a release of a new cell
phone it’s on the front page of the Wall Street
Journal. It’s not only a gadget anymore.”
In the past decade the economic impacts
of the changes have been felt big time on traditional print and electronic journalism. The
change now encompasses both business and
technology as news organizations desperately
struggle to respond to plummeting revenues
and plunging numbers of readers and viewers.
But the revolution is not complete, Nordfors
warned in kickoff comments Tuesday morning.
“I think the next era of innovation is going
to be focused on ‘story,’” he said.
By “story” he means the broader perspective of recognizing the change as being part
of an “attention economy and an engagement
economy” in which individuals are drawn into
direct involvement with the news in a two-way
flow between devices.
“Your attention and engagement is the commodity,” he said. “We become part of that
story.”
The challenge, Nordfors believes, is that
as a society we need to develop the story, or
language and terms, to describe what is happening.
“Every innovation, everything, needs to have
a name so we can relate to it. If it doesn’t have a
name we can’t talk about it,” he said.
Yet journalists for years failed to recognize
or report cohesively on the early emergence of
technology or its implications, Nordfors and
other speakers noted. Many journalists simply
didn’t recognize the scope of what was occurring, and many newspapers thought it was suf-
ficient to put up websites and just post their
printed content.
Yet there may be a dark side to the brave new
world of omnipresent technology, Stanford
communications professor Theodore “Ted”
Glasser warned on one panel. Glasser, who has
focused for years on press responsibility and
accountability and whose extensive academic
and writing career is recognized internationally, said there are numerous unknowns and
some real dangers “as we try to figure out who
we are and where we fit in.”
Journalism education has evolved from
teaching both writing and production techniques to a multi-media journalism program,
that includes even Web design, he said.
But that takes away from larger questions
and “takes its toll” on the more intellectual
substance of the educational program.
“We ought to be asking about unintended
consequences,” he said.
With lower barriers to entry into journalism
the academic world needs to address questions
such as, “What does professionalism mean?
What does accountability mean?”
He asked about the “unintended consequences of living in a society where you are
constantly tethered to others” in terms of an
individual’s ability to develop as a problemsolver.
One big thing will be “the loss of the institution of journalism,” he said. Newsrooms rapidly disappearing will take a toll on the training and “socialization of journalists” — the
passing on of techniques, writing skills, ethics
and what it means to be a journalist.
The full program is online at http://ij8.innovationjournalism.org/p/program.html . N
Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can
be e-mailed at [email protected]
Streetwise
What was your favorite summer job?
Asked on California Avenue, Palo Alto. Interviews and photographs by Kareem Yasin and Aaron Guggenheim.
Amy Adams
Physician
Fulton Street, Palo Alto
“Probably being a college summer advisor for high-school students, advising
kids in math and science when they were
from areas where they couldn’t get that
kind of experience. They were nice girls
and it was nice to help give them opportunities they might never have had.”
Paul Bundy
Retired
Park Avenue, Palo Alto
“Working as a lab assistant for a mining
company in the highlands of Central
America, when I was 16. I was kind of an
indentured servant, but it was a great
experience and the indigenous community there was super.”
Bruce Olsen
Software Product Marketer
Marine Parkway, Redwood City
“I worked in the carpenter’s shop at my
college. I got to go to all of the buildings
on campus. There was a lot of work to do
but I had a lot of freedom. And my boss
would leave at 2 p.m., meaning I could
do what I wanted from then until closing,
which was perfect for a college job!”
Peter Bade
Attorney
Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont
“Probably working at Great America
when I was younger. I managed rides,
like the roller coasters. It was a lot of fun
working at a theme park.”
Mary Fields
Seminary Student
Churin Drive, Mountain View
“I was a waitress at a steakhouse. I
liked working with people. It was a very
social environment and I like the service
industry.”
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LUCILE PACKARD CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CELEBRATES
20 YEARS OF EVOLVING MEDICAL CARE
BY SUE DREMANN
PHOTOS BY VERONICA WEBER
S
teve Martz cupped his infant son Samuel’s tiny head in his
hand, crooning softly into the glass incubator.
“Hey, little dude,” he said, watching the baby’s delicate lungs
pumping hard to breathe.
Breathing and feeding tubes no thicker
than strands of angel-hair pasta poked out
from Samuel’s mouth and wires connected
him to a heart monitor in the neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, at Lucile Packard
Children’s Hospital at Stanford.
When Samuel was born April 27, he was
just 24 weeks into gestation. His birthday
was supposed to be Aug. 11. He weighed
1 pound and 13 ounces and measured only
14 inches.
Martz and his wife, Stacey Foster Martz,
held hands inside the incubator as they gently touched their firstborn.
“We’re so thankful to be here,” Steve said,
noting the number of times he has watched
warning bells go off around the roomful
of tiny beds, including Sam’s, and seen the
nurses and doctors running to their patients’
sides.
“I hear those bells in my sleep,” Stacey
said.
In the 20 years since the pediatric hospital
opened, thousands of children have received
a chance at life they might not have had if
not for the care they get at Packard Hospital.
The 311-bed hospital is among the nation’s top 10 in cardiology/heart surgery,
neonatology and nephrology, according to
the U.S. News Media Group’s 2011-12 Best
Children’s Hospitals survey. Its cardiology
and neonatology programs are the highestranked on the West Coast, and eight programs in all placed in the top 25.
On June 26, Packard Hospital will cel-
Right, Stacey Foster Martz and her husband, Steve Martz, visit their son, Samuel, who was
born at 24 weeks gestation and only 1 pound, 13 ounces, in the NICU at Lucile Packard
Hospital. They visit three times a day, often staying until 1 a.m.
Veronica Weber
Below, Clayton Hagy, who is being treated for biophenotypic leukemia, laughs with nurse
practitioner Karen Kristovich as she examines his skin for signs of graft-versus-host
disease.
Image courtesy of Stanford Hospital.
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expects to stay in the hospital for another 10 weeks because of her high-risk pregnancy.
ebrate its 20th anniversary with a
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booths, music and more.
The hospital has led many innovations in pediatric medicine, including the discovery of a simple, inexpensive blood test to help doctors
halt organ rejection before it impairs
hearts and kidneys. It launched an
industry-leading program for placental disorders and has been at the
forefront of anorexia and childhood
obesity treatment, according to the
report.
When Samuel was delivered,
Stacey’s room was only steps away
from the NICU. Packard places labor and delivery suites, newborn
nurseries and neonatal intensive
care next to one another — a radical concept at the time, said Dr. David Stevenson, director of Packard’s
Johnson Center for Pregnancy and
Newborn Services.
But the biggest change in patient
care since Packard opened on June
10, 1991, hasn’t been technological
innovation, hospital officials said.
It has been in so-called familycentered care — how families are
integrated into the decision-making
process. Fifteen years ago, parents
stood on the sidelines of decisionmaking, hospital officials said. Now
they participate in every aspect of
patient care, from going on rounds
or being present during medical
crises to joining hospital advisory
groups.
Marilyn Anderson is one family member who returned with her
husband, Arden, to volunteer at
the hospital, following their granddaughter’s liver transplant.
“It’s really different in the 16
years since Miranda’s transplant,”
Marilyn said.
“It seemed like parents were tolerated and medical people did their
job. Now it’s like teamwork,” Arden,
a family-care navigator, added.
“Family-centered care teaches
parents how to use the system for
their child. It helps doctors and
nurses to understand how to communicate with parents on the raw
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ate Meyer wasn’t given
much time when her 13year-old son, Clayton Hagy,
was diagnosed in 2008 with biophenotypic leukemia. Clayton
nearly blacked out in the school
gym. Meyer took him to his pediatrician, expecting diabetes. But
the diagnosis was dire.
On the way home from the doctor visit, Meyer received a call: Go
directly to the emergency room at
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. The oncology team would
meet them there, she recalled.
That day turned the family’s
world upside down. Clayton immediately received chemotherapy
and was isolated in a special room
where visitors dressed in gowns,
masks and gloves so they wouldn’t
transmit infections. His immune
system was wiped out by chemotherapy. It took a year, but he
finally received a bone-marrow
transplant, although it wasn’t a
perfect match, she said.
Meyer became keenly aware of
the family’s good fortune in coming to Packard Hospital, she said.
She had just started working for
a place that brings information to
Third World countries. “In many
places, this (disease) is pretty
much of a death sentence,” she
said.
Not only has the advanced medical care helped Clayton battle the
Packard
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edge of frantic concern,” Marilyn
said.
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n Sunday, May 15, the Martzes were pushed to that raw
edge, they said. Samuel had
surgery on May 13 to repair a hole
in a blood vessel outside of his
heart, which normally closes on its
own after a baby is born. He was
having a couple of rough days, Stacey said.
As the couple comforted Samuel,
they noticed his color wasn’t right.
Stacey notified the nurse.
Then Samuel stopped breathing.
Samuel’s oxygen levels, which are
leukemia, the hospital has tried to
meet his emotional and academic
needs as well.
During the first 56 days of his
initial hospitalization, he was introduced to Packard’s Child Life
program. The service offers art
therapy, schooling and role-playing to prepare patients for difficult
procedures. Clayton received tickets to San Jose Sharks and Golden
State Warriors games, where children with compromised immune
systems stay in special suites in
the stadiums, she said.
“When I went in for the transplant part of it, I got a dartboard
with plastic tips. It was something
to do. It felt good to throw something at the wall,” said Clayton,
now a 15-year-old high school
sophomore.
“One of the most helpful things
was the art therapist,” he added.
Services for family members
are available as well, to help them
keep their emotions and mental
health in balance.
“I used everything,” Meyer
said. She attended a parents’ support group and received 15-minute massages to reduce stress, she
said.
One of the most important elements of care for patients such as
Clayton and their families is the
relationship-based nursing program, according to Packard staff.
monitored on his foot with a tiny
version of the finger oxygen monitor that was developed at Stanford,
started dropping precipitously. Upping his oxygen level didn’t help
achieve the ideal 85 to 95 percent
saturation rate the way it usually
did, Stacey said.
A nurse began administering
breaths manually, but Samuel’s
numbers kept dropping: 50 percent,
then into the 30s, she said.
Bells sounded. All at once, everyone was in motion.
Samuel turned blue.
“Our hearts were in our throats,
and we felt helpless. We thought he
was going to die. His chest did not
rise and fall,” she said.
An issue with the tubing on the
Introduced in 2009, the program
helps Clayton and other children
develop a trusting relationship
with nurses.
Prior to autumn 2009, nursing
care at Packard was largely driven
by a schedule of tasks such as administering medication, inserting
tubes and checking lines, said
Cathy Hedges, project coordinator for relationship-based nursing
practice.
But now nurses spend five minutes on each shift in uninterrupted
conversation at the patient’s bedside. Sitting with the patient at eye
level and making eye contact, the
nurse asks specific questions to
understand the patient’s needs and
concerns, she said.
“It’s very rewarding and helps
establish a relationship with the
patient. Especially with Spanishspeaking families, it’s tremendously helpful. Nurses learn how
the mother thinks the baby is doing or can initiate a social-worker
referral,” she said.
When a new nurse comes on
shift, he or she and the outgoing
nurse go to the patient’s bedside
to see the patient together. They
talk about what was learned about
the patient during the previous
shift and meet with the family,
she said.
“It’s a big change that’s been
positively received. Parents appreciate the tone,” she said. Parents
know which nurse will attend to
their child from the start. Previously, it might be two hours before
a new shift nurse would see the patient, she said.
Nursing team continuity,
through on-and-off shift debriefings, also help identify issues
early and improve patient safety,
she said.
Hedges said she has seen a
cultural transformation that has
improved patient care and nurse
satisfaction since she started at
Stanford in 1984 and began at
Packard when the hospital opened
its doors in 1991.
“There’s been a big shift. It’s
been fantastic to see the transformation in the past five or six
years,” she said. N
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ventilator was fixed, and Samuel
revived.
When things settled down, the
nurse raised the incubator’s lid and
let Stacey and Steve touch their son.
There are no visiting hours for parents of child patients, Karen Wayman, director of family-centered
care, said.
“Families can be present when a
child has a ‘code.’ Before, we used
to make them leave the room. When
I came in 1995, the expert-conducted model of medicine told families
what things were going to happen
and what doctors were going to do.
“Parents used to be considered
visitors. Now we don’t call them
visitors. They are family.
“For families, that’s a huge
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change. You are part of the team —
you are a team member. Rather than,
‘Does this work for the system?’ We
ask, ‘Is this what the family wants?
... What’s their experience? What’s
their journey here?’” she said.
Families bring information that
doctors and nurses don’t know instinctively, and they know their
child best, often alerting nurses to
subtle changes, she said.
The concept of family-centered
care is embedded in all areas of hospital care, with programs adjusted to
address specific needs in cardiology
and lung-, kidney- and liver-transplant programs, and many others,
Wayman said.
Volunteers such as the Andersons
bring their own experience and a
level of comfort and confidence in
helping new families adapt to the
hospital setting, they said.
“We had two very intense encounters with the hospital,” Arden said,
noting his granddaughter’s liver
transplant and a fall that caused a
subdural hematoma, or bleeding in
the brain, in their 5-year-old grandson. The girl is now a happy, healthy
high school sophomore, and the boy
‘Parents used to be
considered visitors.
Now we don’t call
them visitors. They
are family.’
-Karen Wayman,
director of family-centered care
is now a graduate of the University
of Oregon, he said.
As a family-care navigator in the
pediatric intensive-care unit, Arden
teaches parents the ins and outs of
the ICU. He helps nurses locate
parents and accompanies them to a
child’s bedside in the surgical recovery room.
“It’s a continual relationship with
them. I wear a big button that says
‘Ask Me,’” he said.
An even more specific service —
the parent-mentor program — puts
parents new to the hospital experience together with a parent who has
already “walked the walk,” and it is
being replicated in other hospitals,
Wayman said. The mentors don’t
hand out advice but offer only the
example of their experience and
ask how the parents want different
things to work for them, she said.
Problems such as how to coordinate and take care of other children
in the family who are living and going to school three states away or
how to handle coming to the hospital over a long period are experiences parents can share with other
parents, she said.
“They are learning a new parenting role. There’s not a lot of experience about parenting for an ill child.
You’re learning a new set of skills
often in an alien environment: how
to help your child through procedures; how to be in a hospital room
for a long time,” she said.
The hospital offers a variety of
other services to families; the Martzes have used many, from lactation
consultants to an early-development
counselor and social workers.
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“They are helping you understand
what is going on and help you to
progress,” Steve said.
Packard also provided a financial
consultant to help the Martzes understand and gain control over their
medical expenses.
“It’s very easy for things to fall
through the cracks” when all of the
couple’s energy is focused on helping Samuel survive, Stacey said.
Packard is also working to formalize programs to teach families
care management, tracking medications and managing information
among doctors, she said. Learning
family self-management is a need
when caring for kids with complex
medical conditions as they return
home, she said.
E
very day at 9:08 p.m. Stacey
and Steve Martz read a story
to Samuel. It’s the time when
he was born.
The NICU has its rhythm of humming monitors, bells and nurses
administering medications and
adjusting machinery for the other
preemies and infants with medical conditions. No one minds the
couple. Stacey and Steve have been
given more access to Samuel recently. Steve held Samuel for the first
time and the couple has changed
Samuel’s diapers.
Stacey has held her child twice
since his birth, bundled in a blanket that was hand made by senior
volunteers and given to the couple
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1991 At its June 10 opening, Packard Children’s is one of the only children’s hospitals in the country to incorporate labor and delivery and newborn nurseries, setting it up to become a national leader in neonatology
research and care. The neonatology team, for example, developed a new
diagnostic instrument for rapid bedside screening of hemolysis in jaundiced newborns, in 1994.
1993 The first clinical trial testing methods for preventing eating disorders
in adolescents is completed.
Mid 1990s Stanford/Packard research sheds light on how the immune
system responds to varicella, the virus responsible for chickenpox. The
same research group also helps test the now-standard pediatric varicella
vaccine, which has dramatically reduced childhood cases of chickenpox.
1996 Discovery of a mutated gene that causes a childhood form of inherited epilepsy, followed by the development of a genetic model of the
disease in mice two years later.
1997 Completion of a multicenter trial showing that standard chemotherapy for most children with early-stage non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can
be safely reduced.
1999 First experimental trial demonstrating that limiting children’s television watching prevents excess weight gain.
1999 Identification of the disease responsible for Rett’s syndrome, a common cause of mental retardation in girls.
2002 Packard Children’s surgeon Mohan Reddy performs open-heart
surgery on the youngest and smallest infant ever to undergo such an operation, successfully repairing a congenital heart defect in Serena Brown,
who was born prematurely at 25 weeks’ gestation. Serena weighed as
much as two cans of soda at the time of the operation, and her heart was
the size of the tip of Reddy’s thumb.
2003 Stanford/Packard researchers develop a new immune-suppressing
drug regimen for children who have received solid organ transplants,
which allows kids to avoid steroid drugs and their significant side effects.
2005 Research at Stanford and Packard shows that kids with bedroom
TVs have lower standardized test scores.
2007 A Packard team successfully separates a pair of twins born conjoined at the abdomen and sharing a liver. One twin then undergoes surgery to repair her congenital heart defect.
2007 Severe post-traumatic stress disorder is shown to cause lasting
damage to children’s brains, including smaller size of the hippocampus,
the part of the brain responsible for memory.
2008 The first-ever scarless splenectomy in a child is performed at Packard Children’s when an 8-year-old boy has his spleen removed through an
incision in his belly button to treat a genetic disease. The operation demonstrates how Packard Children’s surgeons seek to advance minimally
invasive approaches to cut post-surgical pain, infection risk and scarring.
2008 A new prenatal test is developed for Down Syndrome that carries
lower risks to the pregnancy than amniocentesis.
2009 A 3-year-old boy treated at Packard Children’s becomes the youngest child ever to have a complete bone, his humerus, replaced with a custom-fit implant that will grow with him. The orthopedic surgery, a treatment
for a bone tumor, saves his arm from amputation.
2010 Packard Children’s research shows that family therapy is twice as
effective as individual psychotherapy for treatment of adolescent anorexia
nervosa.
2010 A multidisciplinary team uses a novel combination of prenatal care,
medications and a liver transplant to cure an infant of an often-fatal metabolic disease, an approach that amounts to “gene therapy with a scalpel.”
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as a gift.
She sat in a chair with Samuel
nestled close to her chest. That
bonding, the skin-to-skin contact, is
important and therapeutic to mother
and baby, doctors say.
“Hands down, it was the best day
of my life,” Stacey said.
Samuel’s eyes open as his parents
talk to him, and he looks in their direction. At 2 pounds and five ounces, his face and body have filled out
some since he was born.
“He’s tipping the scales,” Stacey
said.
But they still have a long way to
go, the couple conceded.
Samuel won’t be going home until
he reaches the full nine-month gestation period — until the due date
in August.
“You live breath by breath,” Stacey said.
Last week, a baby boy arrived in
the NICU amid commotion. Nurses
and doctors surrounded the child,
hooking him up to machines.
“So many,” Stacey said later that
day on her blog.
She was scheduled to hold Samuel
for only the second time, but it was
clear that wouldn’t be happening, as
she watched the medical staff work
feverishly over the infant. The child
did not survive.
It was the second time that day
the Martzes witnessed the death of
someone’s child, she said.
It’s a sad reality in children’s hospitals, even though the majority of
newborns — Packard had 4,574
deliveries last year — go on to live
healthy lives.
“I just got an email from a dear
friend whose son was in the NICU
in North Carolina last year and she
talked about the trauma of seeing
other babies not make it. It’s something I will never, ever forget. My
friend mentioned she has PTSD
(post-traumatic stress disorder) and
I’m positive I see signs of that in myself now. I dreamed of (the babies)
over the weekend and continued to
pray and feel a lot of sadness,” she
said.
On her way to the lactation consultant’s office last week, Stacey
passed the room where the complications that led to Samuel’s early
birth began.
“I will always be haunted by room
F239. Lots of flashbacks that leave
me feeling strangely. Fearful,” she
said.
That reaction is common, said
Nancy Contro, director of the Family Partners Program and bereavement services.
“Especially in oncology (cancer),
a lot of families get close to each
other. They feel fear when they see
a child die who was diagnosed at the
same time as their child,” she said.
Social workers assigned to each
family when they arrive help guide
parents and children through the entirety of the life-and-death process,
she said.
Social workers, chaplains and
Packard’s palliative-care division
help families make care decisions.
If the end time comes, programs
are in place to help families through
their grief.
“What I have learned is it’s incredibly important that families
don’t feel completely cut off,” Contro said.
When families leave the hospital,
they often feel the loss of their hospital family and of people who understand them. In the world outside
the hospital, neighbors, friends and
school acquaintances don’t know
what to do or say, she said.
A relatively new Family Partners
program brings together families
who have gone through bereavement
with newly grieving families.
The impact of a death also has a
cumulative effect on staff members,
who become tied to kids and their
families, she said.
Staff members sometimes partake
in memorial services at the hospital.
They receive counseling and staff
debriefings to help continue their
emotionally demanding work, she
said.
As a child goes in and out of phases and in and out of setbacks, palliative care can be used for years so
that the child has the best possible
quality of life, she said.
The ebb and flow of life — and
sometimes death — within hospital
walls has celebratory moments and
setbacks. It is a hugely demanding
experience physically, emotionally
and financially, caregivers said. But
the one consistent thread for everyone involved — from parents and
caregivers to counselors and the sick
child — is hope, Contro said.
“It’s critical we let them maintain
some level of hope. That’s not to
deny what’s going on. ... They need
something to get out of bed for in
the morning. If you support their
strengths, they will come around
to the reality of where they need to
be,” she said.
In the face of difficult challenges, Stacey Martz said the couple is
acutely aware of the fragility of life
and the precarious nature of each
moment.
“We held each other and looked
down at our beautiful Sam, who
continues to do so well, realizing
how lucky we are despite the long
road ahead,” she said. N
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pasta, has already reached
2 pounds, 5 ounces after a
month in the NICU at Lucile
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Midnight in Paris ---1/2
(Guild) The opening montage of Woody Allen’s
wistful comedy reveals the director’s new love affair. Not a word is spoken, but images of the object
of desire cast a spell on you, just as they must have
seduced the filmmaker best known for his long-term
relationship with New York City.
Paris looks breathtakingly beautiful. The City of
Light emerges as a main character, as alive and shimmering as a backlit Marlene Dietrich in a Josef von
Sternberg film. Allen and lenser Darius Khondji (“In
Dreams”) have constructed the Paris of the imagination — idealized and romanticized — in an ode to
imagination.
Meticulous craftsmanship might be expected of a
writer-director who has made more than 40 features.
The big surprise is Owen Wilson (“Little Fockers”)
as Gil Pender, an American in Paris beguiled by the
notion that “every street, every boulevard is its own
special art form.” Bringing a laid-back West Coast
sensibility to the archetypal Woody Allen protagonist,
Wilson offers wide-eyed wonderment tinged with an
underlying regret. A self-described Hollywood hack,
Gil is a successful screenwriter who grinds out movie
scripts but longs to write real literature.
He’s lost. Whether strolling the streets of Paris
alone or with his fiancee, Inez (Rachel McAdams of
“Sherlock Holmes”); her insufferable parents (Mimi
Kennedy and Kurt Fuller); or know-it-all former professor (Michael Sheen); Gil finds solace in dreaming
of the past.
Allen’s self-reflexive script cleverly develops parallel characters and story threads that illustrate the
power and perils of nostalgia. As Inez tours and shops
her time away, Gil wanders or works on his book, a
novel revolving around the proprietor of a nostalgia
shop. And then with a magical stroke reminiscent of
“The Purple Rose of Cairo,” the admirer of 1920s
Paris becomes immersed in his favorite period.
An incredulous Gil interacts with expatriate icons
of the Lost Generation and the artists who contributed
to the legendary time and place: Hemingway (Corey
Stoll), Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston), Picasso (Marcial Di Fonzo Bo), Dali (Adrien Brody) and Gertrude
Stein (Kathy Bates). Marion Cotillard is luminous as
Adriana, the former lover of Modigliani and Picasso,
elevating the definition of art groupie to a whole new
level, as Gil notes.
But the clever and amusing encounters wear a bit
thin, like watching an endless parade of celebrities
walking the red carpet. There’s Man Ray. Here comes
Luis Buñuel. Look at Josephine Baker shake her tail
feathers. The symphony of a great city dwindles to
one note.
Although “Midnight in Paris” lacks the complex
layering of “Match Point,” there’s much to admire.
Woody Allen revisits his signature themes of learning
to enjoy life in the present, celebrating creativity and
searching for meaningful relationships. Allen fans
and armchair travelers alike will find themselves
singing along with Cole Porter’s “Let’s Do It, Let’s
Fall in Love.”
Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and smoking. 1 hour, 34 minutes.
— Susan Tavernetti
The Double Hour --1/2
(Aquarius) The new Italian suspense picture “The
Double Hour” is a slippery piece about slippery characters with slippery identities and slippery states of
mind. So pay attention.
The mere fact that summer is seeing a film release
that requires the viewer’s attention is a victory in itself, and indeed “The Double Hour” offers the oldfashioned pleasure of an unfolding story with an unhurried pace. It’s first-time feature director Giuseppe
Capotondi’s way of encouraging you to stop, look and
“MARVELOUSLY ROMANTIC.
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-A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“EXHILARATING! BRIMS OVER WITH BRACING HUMOR
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Ksenia Rappoport in “The Double Hour.”
listen, the better to process motifs that also function
as pieces to a puzzle.
In Turin, Italy, hotel chambermaid Sonia (Ksenia
Rappoport) must deal with the deeply unsettling suicide of a stranger. Death hangs in the air for the rest
of the film, with ghosts perhaps literal and certainly
metaphorical. Sonia’s friend and co-worker Margherita (Antonia Truppo) consistently prods Sonia about
her love life, leading her to a life-changing speed dating session. There, she meets ex-cop Guido (Filippo
Timi of “Vincere”), a man still contending with his
own ghosts of relationships past.
Before long, hot and heavy appears to turn serious
for the couple, but then the unexpected happens. And
keeps happening. Guido’s current work as a security
guard — a sort of watcher in the woods responsible
for a country estate’s fine art collection — gets both
Sonia and him into trouble, tying a knot the rest of
the film busies itself untying. Reality becomes uncertain and trust issues arise: The duplicity suggested
by the title may refer to people turning up where they
shouldn’t or to run-of-the-mill betrayal.
If I sound like I’m being vague, you betcha. The
film gets by in no small part due to the element of
surprise. The atmosphere is also crucial: Despite
crime and an element of danger, this is a grown-up
mood piece more than a thriller, and Timi and Rappoport (named Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival) give sensitive, subtle performances that make
up for the film’s chain-yanking gimmickry. Due to
the actors and their chemistry — in conversation and
in convincingly intense sex scenes — “The Double
Hour” wins perhaps more audience investment than
it deserves.
Despite being in large part about a security guard,
Capotondi’s film is downright suffused with insecurity. Of speed dating, Guido remarks, “With too many
choices, you always make the wrong one,” and signs
point to his having made a mistake in choosing Sonia.
Add to that Sonia’s growing distrust of her own mind,
and the ostensible genre elements that seem to pitch
the film somewhere between crime film and ghost
story begin to look like the stuff of an allegory about
modern relationships and the fright of commitment.
The results are about what you’d expect from a philosophy student turned music-video director turned
feature filmmaker. Though “The Double Hour” isn’t
quite all that and a bag of cannoli, it’s worth a look.
Not MPAA rated. One hour, 35 minutes.
— Peter Canavese
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-Joe Morgenstern, WALL STREET JOURNAL
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-Keith Uhlich, TIME OUT NEW YORK
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AND A WHOLE LOT OF STARS!”
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Adrien Brody
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Rachel McAdams
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Stanford Theatre: Wed. & Thu. at 5:45 & 9:10 p.m.
Bridesmaids (R) (((1/2
Century 16: 1:25, 4:20, 7:40 & 10:40 p.m.; Fri.-Mon. also at 10:30 a.m. Century 20: 11 a.m.;
12:35, 1:55, 3:35, 4:55, 6:30, 7:50, 9:25 & 10:45 p.m.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
(G) (Not Reviewed)
Century 16: In 3D at 11:20 a.m.; 1:40, 4:05, 7:20 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: In 3D at 12:05, 2:20,
4:35, 7 & 9:15 p.m.
The Conspirator (PG-13)
(Not Reviewed)
Palo Alto Square: Fri.-Tue. & Thu. at 4:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 9:45 p.m.
The Double Hour
(Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)
Aquarius Theatre: 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m.
Everything Must Go (R)
(Not Reviewed)
Palo Alto Square: 2 p.m.; Fri.-Tue. & Thu. also at 7:20 p.m.
Fast Five (PG-13)
(Not Reviewed)
Century 16: 11 a.m.; 1:55, 4:50, 7:45 & 10:40 p.m. Century 20: 10:40 a.m.; 1:45, 4:40, 7:40 &
10:35 p.m.
The First Grader (PG-13)
(Not Reviewed)
Palo Alto Square: 2:15, 4:45 & 7:15 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 9:50 p.m.
The Hangover Part II
(R) (Not Reviewed)
Century 16: 11:30 a.m.; noon, 12:30, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 4, 4:30, 5:10, 5:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:40, 9:40,
10:20 & 11:10 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. also at 10 & 10:50 a.m. & 11:10 p.m.; Mon. also at 10 & 10:50 a.m.;
Tue.-Thu. also at 11 a.m. Century 20: Fri.-Mon. at 10:50 a.m.; 12:10, 12:45, 1:30, 2:10, 2:45, 3:30,
4:05, 4:40, 5:20, 6, 6:45, 7:25, 8, 8:40, 9:20, 9:45, 10:05, 10:40 & 10:50 p.m.; Fri. also at 10:20 p.m.;
Tue. at 12:10, 2:45, 5:20, 8 & 10:40 p.m.
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Incendies (R) (Not Reviewed) Aquarius Theatre: 2:30, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.
Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG)
(Not Reviewed)
Century 16: 11 a.m.; 1:25, 3:05, 4, 6:30, 8 & 9 p.m.; Fri.-Mon. also at 10 a.m.; In 3D at 11:40 a.m.;
12:30, 2:10, 4:40, 5:30, 7:10, 9:40 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: Fri.-Mon. at 10:30, 11:20 & 11:50
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& 10:25 p.m.; In 3D Fri.-Mon. at 11 a.m.; 1:25, 2:15, 3:50, 6:10, 7:15 & 8:30 p.m. Sat 10:30, 11:20 &
11:50 a.m.; In 3D Tue. 11 a.m. & 1:25, 3:50, 6:10, 8:30 & 10:50 p.m.
Maytime (1937)
Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 7:30 p.m.
The Metropolitan Opera:
Century 20: Wed. at 6:30 p.m. Palo Alto Square: Wed. at 6:30 p.m.
Die Walküre (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed)
Midnight in Paris (PG-13)
(Not Reviewed)
Guild Theatre: 2:30, 5, 7:15 & 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Mon. also at noon.
The Pirate (1948)
Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Mon. at 5:35 & 9:25 p.m.
Pirates of the Caribbean:
On Stranger Tides
(PG-13) ((1/2
Century 16: Noon, 1:10, 3:10, 4:40, 6:40, 8:30 & 10 p.m.; Fri.-Mon. also at 10 a.m.; In 3D at 11
a.m.; 12:40, 2:10, 3:50, 5:40, 7:30, 9 & 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 11:40 a.m.; 12:20, 1:40, 3, 3:40, 5,
6:15, 6:50, 8:15, 9:35 & 10 p.m.; In 3D at 11:10 a.m.; 12:50, 2:30, 4:10, 5:50, 7:30, 9 & 10:35 p.m.
Priest (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: 2 & 7 p.m.; In 3D at 11:55 a.m. & 4:50 p.m.
CITY OF PALO ALTO
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS
ON URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN
AND URBAN WATER USE TARGETS
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Palo Alto City
Council will hold a public hearing at the special
scheduled meeting on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 6:00
p.m. or as near thereafter as possible, in the Council
Chambers, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto for the
following purposes:
1. To consider the City of Palo Alto (City) adoption
of the draft 2010 Urban Water Management Plan
(Draft 2010 Plan) in compliance with the California
Urban Water Management Planning Act; and
2. To allow community input regarding the City’s
implementation plan for compliance with the
California Water Conservation Act of 2009
(SBx7-7), consider the economic impacts of
its implementation, and adopt a method for
determining the City’s urban water use target as
required under SBx7-7.
Rio (PG) ((
Century 16: Fri.-Wed. at 1:20 & 7 p.m.; In 3D Fri.-Thu. at 3:55 & 9:55 p.m.; Also in 3D Fri.-Mon. at
10:45 a.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m. & 4:25 p.m.; In 3D at 2:15 & 7:20 p.m.
Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Mon. at 7:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. also at 3:40 p.m.
Something Borrowed
(PG-13) (1/2
Century 16: 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m.
Thor (PG-13) (((
Century 16: 4:10 & 9:55 p.m.; Fri.-Mon. also at 10:40 a.m.; In 3D at 1:15 & 7:05 p.m. Century 20:
11:45 a.m.; 2:35, 5:15, 7:55 & 10:40 p.m.; In 3D at 10:45 a.m.; 1:35, 4:15, 6:55 & 9:45 p.m.
The Vagabond King (1930)
Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 5:35 & 9:50 p.m.
X-Men: First Class (PG-13)
(Not Reviewed)
Century 16: Thu. at 12:01 a.m.
Century 20: Thu. at 12:01 a.m.
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requires the City to review and update its Urban Water
Management Plan every five years. The City’s Draft
2010 Plan includes an evaluation of methods to comply
with the requirements of SBx7-7. The Draft 2010 Plan
is available for public review and comment through the
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sensation in 2009. The principal
cast — led by hunk du jour Bradley Cooper, “Office” standout Ed
Helms and oddball funnyman Zach
Galifianakis — returns for this
comical romp through the streets of
Bangkok, Thailand.
And while Cooper, Helms, Galifianakis and Ken Jeong (reprising
his role from the first film) serve
up terrific performances and plenty
of humor, “Hangover Part II” is so
similar to its predecessor — right
down to the “hurry up and get to
the wedding” climax — that the
story feels stale after about the first
30 minutes. Director Todd Phillips
and his filmmaking team could
have taken a lesson from anyone
who has ever experienced an actual
hangover: One is enough.
Phil (Cooper), Stu (Helms), Doug
(Justin Bartha) and Alan (Galifianakis) — the “wolf pack” from the
first flick — reunite for Stu’s wedding to Thai beauty Lauren (Jamie
Chung of “Sucker Punch”). Stu is
somewhat of a square, ridiculed by
his condescending soon-to-be father-in-law and determined to avoid
the same kind of bachelor-party antics that led him to lose a tooth in
the first “Hangover.” So the gang —
joined by Lauren’s younger brother
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Teddy (Mason Lee) — agrees to a
quiet night on the beach (with only
a six-pack of beer) in lieu of a traditional bachelor party.
If only it were that easy. Phil, Stu
and Alan awake in a dingy room
with no memory of the previous
night. Alan’s head is mysteriously
shaved and Stu has a tribal tattoo on
the left side of his face. Doug and
Teddy are nowhere in sight, though
a phone call from Doug reveals
that he left the group earlier in the
night. As Stu and company go into
full-blown panic mode searching
for Teddy, they turn to help from
gangster Mr. Chow (Jeong) and a
pint-sized monkey that sports a tiny
Rolling Stones jacket.
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for Teddy, leading to interactions
with a no-nonsense tattoo artist (a
cameo by “Alpha Dog” director
Nick Cassavetes), a pair of Russian
drug dealers, a wheelchair-bound
monk and a group of transsexual
Thai prostitutes. “I can’t believe this
is happening again!” Stu exclaims.
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“Hangover Part II” is not a standalone film, so if you haven’t seen
the first one, don’t bother with the
second. Characters and scenarios
from the gang’s wild experiences in
Las Vegas are frequently recounted,
including even a return cameo by
former boxing champ Mike Tyson.
Laugh-out-loud moments abound
early on, usually courtesy of Galifianakis and Cooper, but taper off
down the stretch. A pre-Thailand
scene in Alan’s bedroom, where
a poster of recently deceased pro
wrestler Randy “Macho Man” Savage hangs on the wall like a specter,
is rife with humor.
But the novelty of the first “Hangover” has worn off, and a lack of
creativity (not to mention an uptick
in squirm-inducing debauchery)
makes the film feel like the cinematic equivalent of the backwash
at the bottom of a beer bottle. The
monkey is an amalgam of the baby
and the tiger from the first “Hangover”; the guys have to get to Stu’s
wedding instead of Doug’s; the tattoo artist stands in for the doctor
from the first flick; and so on.
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Galifianakis give it a yeomen’s effort and truly do shine in their respective roles, the seen-it-all-before
factor lands “Hangover Part II” directly in the drunk tank.
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Arts & Entertainment
A weekly guide to music, theater, art, movies and more, edited by Rebecca Wallace
T
o the Stanford student pausing between classes to
listen to her favorite song, sound is as small and
simple as a pair of white earbuds and an iPod
shorter than her thumb.
Below her feet, sound is thousands of things. It’s
reel-to-reel tape players the size of
carry-on luggage. Shellac 78s and
vinyl LPs. The earliest wax cylinders, and gleaming
wooden phonographs to play
them. Even a few
8-tracks.
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Stanford’s Braun Music
story by Rebecca Wallace
photos by Veronica Weber
Center, the university’s Archive
of Recorded Sound is a growing
cornucopia tracing the history of
humans’ efforts to conserve spoken words, music and
other sounds for posterity.
The archive stretches from the 19th-century wax cylinders developed by Thomas Edison all the way to digital
files. Together with an off-campus storage facility, the
collection encompasses some 350,000 items. Visitors can
hear Eleanor Roosevelt’s voice for the first time, gaze
upon autographed photos of early-1900s opera divas, or
watch an archivist wind up a silver music box.
“It just kind of brings the past back to life,” says
Jerry McBride, head librarian of the archive and Stanford’s Music Library.
Above: A brilliantly
green Aretino
phonograph from the
early 1900s.
Left, from top: An
1890s music box, one
of the many donated
items in the archive;
a 1902 portrait of
an unnamed opera
singer, from the
collection of baritone
Mario Ancona;
head librarian Jerry
McBride looking
through vintage discs.
Past meets present in the archive’s listening
room, where machines from earlier decades
are patched into a computer for making digital
copies of recordings. But there’s something special about hearing an album or a poetry reading
on the device it was meant for. Listeners can
choose from turntables and cassette decks, or
players for CDs, digital audiotape and VHS and
Betamax videos. A reel-to-reel tape player atop
a tower of machines looks down on its neighbors, seeing the past and the future.
In other rooms, shelves are packed with
books and periodicals on the recording industry, along with the recordings and their many
accoutrements: liner notes, sheet music, concert
programs, photos and record catalogs. Related
videotapes and video discs abound as well.
Neatly stacked boxes of newer acquisitions
wait to be cataloged. LPs are everywhere
— some of the very same LPs, in fact, that
might have been new when the archive was
founded in 1958.
Music librarian Edward Colby started the archive when the popularity of 78-rpm discs was
giving way to a love for LPs. Libraries were
starting to collect LPs, and he wanted to make
sure the older items weren’t lost, McBride says.
Stanford graduate William Moran, who had an
interest in vintage recordings, was also an early
force in helping the archive grow.
Over the years, the collection has indeed
grown, fueled mostly by donations. One never
knows what will arrive in boxes. While archive
staff members don’t seek out phonographs, for
instance, one might show up as part of a donated assortment.
At the moment, McBride is surrounded by
many such pleasant surprises. A corner of the
archive’s front room is filled with wooden cabinets that house phonographs. Unlike today’s
minimalist iPod speakers, these were often
large decorative pieces of furniture with ornamental carving.
McBride turns to a tabletop phonograph for
cylinders. Its smooth wood looks pretty good
for being from 1903. “This recording that I’m
going to play is about 100 years old,” he says
matter-of-factly, holding a dark wax cylinder.
When the cylinder spins on the phonograph,
fuzzy-sounding men’s voices emerge from the
machine’s large horn. McBride gently advises
a visitor to stand right in front of the horn, and
the sound gets clearer. It’s “The Jolly Blacksmith,” a chipper novelty number sung by the
Edison Quartet.
“They were making these cylinders up until about 1929,” McBride says. “Then discs
really took over.”
Moving forward in time, McBride places a
disc on a record player that was state-of-theart in 1927. Its gold-colored arm gleams as he
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Unpacking the Ambassador
Concert hall’s archive yields hundreds of boxes of recordings, photos and programs
by Rebecca Wallace
P
earl Bailey did a television special there with Ella
Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. Rudolf Nureyev
danced there. Gene Kelly recorded a concert there
called “An American in Pasadena.”
The glass-fronted concert hall known as the Ambassador
Auditorium had a heyday of only 20 seasons, from 1974 to
1995, but those seasons were remarkable. Built as a house
of worship by the Worldwide Church of God, the venue became a popular destination for such big names as Luciano
Pavarotti, Emmylou Harris, the Peking Acrobats, Dizzy
Gillespie, Bob Hope, Ray Charles and Yo-Yo Ma.
The hall closed in 1995, and the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound acquired its collection of artistic and business materials. All told, it’s more than 600 boxes. Sound
and video recordings are plentiful, but the boxes have also
yielded photos, concert programs and original artwork of
the venue.
With such a big project, the boxes are still being unpacked
and their contents cataloged. It’s been a major project for archive sound cataloger and project archivist Frank Ferko and
archival assistant Anna Graves.
“Six hundred and nine of the boxes are done,” Ferko says
earlier this week in the archive. “We have more coming,
about another 40-some boxes.” He smiles. “We’re getting
real close to the end.”
The friendly Ferko is also a composer whose music is often performed by choral groups and other ensembles. He’s
clearly been enchanted by the Ambassador, and can recite
details and history at will.
“They were called the Carnegie Hall of the west,” he
says, noting that the performers were high-quality and the
venue was, too. He speaks of the top-notch acoustics, the
Baccarat-crystal chandeliers. “No expense was spared.”
The Ambassador is relatively small; it seats 1,262, compared to Carnegie Hall’s main auditorium, which can hold
Memorabilia from the Ambassador Auditorium.
2,804, Ferko says. So the Ambassador was also used for
solo recitals and chamber concerts.
One particularly memorable solo performance was given by the pianist Arthur Rubinstein in 1975. “January 15,”
Ferko clarifies without looking it up. The performance was
called “The Last Recital for Israel,” and a recording of it
was released posthumously. “It was full of wrong notes, but
the man was 88,” Ferko says.
The Ambassador closed because its operators ran out of
money, Ferko says. Things are looking brighter these days.
The HRock Church bought the venue in 2004 for worship
services, but has also been restoring the building and bringing back artists.
“Now the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra has made it
their home,” Ferko says.
As Ferko catalogs the past, he’s hoping to plan the future
— a future visit to the Ambassador, that is. He’s never been
there and is waiting for the right concert.
“I’m keeping my eye on their website,” he says. “It looks
like an absolutely breathtaking place.” N
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nographs in the room, it’s mechanical
instead of electronic.
“It’s just the way Edison did it in
1877, only with a bigger horn and
more sophisticated equipment,” he
says. Fittingly, a piece of brass music
comes trumpeting through the horn.
McBride has spread out several other kinds of discs on a table, including
huge ones used by radio stations. A
disc might have an entire program on
it. Here, one contains several spots for
Burgermeister Beer. Its label sports a
cheerful red logo for the “Song-ads”
company, with a treble clef for the S.
The cylinders and older, thicker discs look remarkably sturdy.
McBride notes that they last longer
than some of their newer cousins, as
anyone who’s gotten a cassette tape
hopelessly snarled can imagine. Still,
cylinders can scratch, and will break if
dropped, he says. He’s careful to pick
up discs by their sides or in the center,
or sometimes with white gloves.
“Old discs can be brittle,” sound
cataloger and project archivist Frank
Ferko notes later. “When you handle
them, it’s like glass.”
One can easily wax nostalgic over
vinyl. Less familiar to modern eyes
are the wire tapes that McBride has
stored in a little box. Popular in the
1930s and ‘40s for dictation machines,
they saved sounds on thin wires.
McBride unrolls one to display the
wire, which looks like a hair. “If it
gets out of control, it’s like your worst
Slinky nightmare,” he says.
This recording method fell out of
favor when reel-to-reel came in. It had
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Benjamin Bates with some of the many records at the Stanford
Archive of Recorded Sound.
better fidelity and was easier to work
with, McBride says.
Also on the table is the scrapbook of Mario Ancona, an Italian
baritone who died in 1931. Photos
of his fellow singers fill its pages,
many crowned with looping autographs. Ancona’s memorabilia are
some of the many donated personal
collections. The archive recently
acquired more than 1,000 discs and
reels from the collection of the late
violinist Jascha Heifetz.
Another assortment has yielded a
small exhibition. On the ground floor
of the music library, glass cases are
filled with concert programs and photos assembled by the late Jack Lund,
an active Bay Area arts patron.
And archive staff are still cataloging boxes from the Ambassador Auditorium, the Pasadena concert hall that
had its heyday in the 1970s, ‘80s and
‘90s. (See separate story above.)
The heart of the archive’s jazz
holdings is the Monterey Jazz Festival Archive. The festival donated all
its recordings dating back to its first
year, 1958, together with posters and
programs.
McBride clearly has a particular appreciation for jazz. His eyes light up
when he mentions the collection of
present-day drummer Peter Erskine.
Recently, McBride watched a home
video of Erskine playing with the late
pianist Stan Kenton.
“It was an early camcorder. We
didn’t even know if we could play
it,” McBride says. “It was just really
thrilling to see.”
McBride is also a musician with a
degree in clarinet performance. His
first job was as an archivist at the Arnold Schoenberg Institute in Southern
California. Seeing and hearing the
past has given him a greater understanding of musical trends, especially
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us at the wedding party, with fabulous
flamenco dances from Julia Schmitt,
Javier Frésquez and Rose Leitner, set
to perhaps the best-known music from
the opera. As Paco’s betrayal unfolds,
Salud weakens, and finally succumbs
in her uncle’s arms — but not before
she has a chance to expose his doubledealing.
“La Vida Breve” is not often performed, being relatively short as
operas go, but also for the musical
challenges presented to orchestra and
singers, and the need for genuine flamenco dancers. Opera lovers should
thrill at the chance to see this operatic
gem, especially with this fine staging.
Candia shows her mettle in another
iconic role; Betancourt’s pleasing vocals make up for the nasty character
(he graciously takes playful boos
from the audience at curtain call);
and Aguilar, always a West Bay favorite, admirably fulfills the uncle’s
role. López-Speziale is so completely
transformed and terrific as the abuela
that one scarcely realizes she was also
the gleefully wicked sorceress.
If you find the first opera taxing,
don’t give up — stick around for the
gratifying finish of de Falla, well
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Berman, created a bit of a buzz.
In addition, stage director Ragnar
Conde’s inventive staging delivers
engaging visuals and action galore —
and a little welcome skin, too.
It must be noted, though, that the
music can be challenging for the modern ear. One needs to understand the
Baroque sensibility with regard to line
and flourish, and not expect a lush Romantic sound. There are long stretches
of melodic flourishes that may not
sound like standard operatic fare to an
audience unused to this musical era.
The score is somewhat in question, although it is frequently hailed as a great
example of early English opera.
The payoff for your Baroque education comes after intermission, with the
stunning Romantic music of de Falla
and a most unusual opera, reflecting
the composer’s interest in his culture
and the music of his country. The
modern ear is rewarded with gorgeous
orchestral passages, soaring lyrical
arias and a story steeped in Spanish
folktale.
Young gypsy Salud (Candia) is in
love with higher-class Paco (Pedro
Betancourt), who throws her over
to marry wealthy Carmela (Alexandra Mena). Salud leans on her
grandmother (López-Speziale) and
her uncle (Carlos Aguilar), but they
can’t spare her the heartbreak that
ultimately kills her.
Act One sets the stage for Salud’s
betrayal, and includes marvelous solos
from Candia as well as a touching duet
for Betancourt and her. Act Two puts
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in classical music, he says. In the early
1900s, recordings were more like live
performances; now musicians sound
“much more exact and precise,” with
nary a note mistake.
Vocal styles in popular music were
more influenced by opera, and singers
once had to fill a room with sound on
their own. The advent of microphones
made more intimate vocalizing possible. Before the mic, McBride says
with a laugh, “you couldn’t do crooning in an auditorium.” N
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each production. It also has the guts to
take on lesser-known works, choosing
to broaden its repertoire rather than
continually repeat the usual canonic
warhorses.
The latest production is an excellent example of this, pairing the oneact “Dido & Aeneas,” written in the
mid-1600s by Henry Purcell, with “La
Vida Breve,” a two-acter by Manuel de
Falla from 1913.
Both operas cover tragic love and
women dying from grief and heartbreak, but that’s where the similarity ends. “Dido” is a rather fanciful,
perhaps allegorical, retelling of one
chapter of Virgil’s “Aeneid,” wherein
the Queen of Carthage (Cathleen
Candia) has a brief but intense romance with Trojan hero Aeneas
(Zachary Gordin), only to kill herself after an evil sorceress (Carla
López-Speziale) lures him away.
The voices are superb, Candia’s
liquid-velvet sound matching beautifully with Gordin’s solid baritone,
and both are appealing protagonists.
Candia capably sails through the
better-known arias, “Dido’s Lament”
and “Ah, Belinda.” Secondary voices
are strong in their own right, including
López-Speziale’s excellent mezzo as
the sorceress, and Shawnette Sulker as
Belinda. López-Speziale almost steals
the show with her wonderful writhing
and hip-swinging sorcery. The corseted costumes of the three witches, reminiscent of the busty figurines from
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Mostly pub grub
St. Stephen’s Green is mostly Irish and all good for
food, drink and watching sports
by Dale F. Bentson
T
he first time I stepped into
the St. Stephen’s Green pub
in Mountain View, I did a
double take. I thought I’d absentmindedly wandered into Fry’s
Electronics by mistake. The walls
were lined with oversized television sets airing a myriad of sporting events from across the globe.
There were 10 high-definition
screens, including one that was
a mini-cinema-sized 106 inches.
With sports coming at me from all
directions, I was in my male element.
St. Stephen’s Green’s borrows
its name from a 300-year-old park
in Dublin. The 22-acre common
was laid out, fittingly, by the greatgrandson of Arthur Guinness.
Both owner Erik Barry and general manager Des Whelan hail from
County Wexford south of Dublin,
which borders the Irish Sea. While
the two share Irish roots, they met
here, through a mutual friend.
Barry, whose day job is in hightech, bought the pub, formerly Fibbar Magee’s, in 1999. He brought in
Whelan eight years ago to manage
the spot. Whelan gained his restaurant experience in Dublin, London
and Frankfurt before deciding California was the place to be.
“We’ve gone from a pure Irish
pub, catering to Irish people and
blue-collar workers, to more whitecollar office people. From Irish appeal to American appeal,” Whelan
said. “In the beginning, we catered to adults. Now we encourage
families and even have a children’s
menu.”
Not to give the wrong impression. St. Stephen’s is solidly adultthemed. Besides the television sets,
there are DJs on weekends, early
and late happy hours, Peruvian
nights, Irish nights and an online
calendar full of events. The pub is
on Facebook, has an ATM on the
premises and boasts a late-night
food menu. There’s a lot going on.
Physically, everything is sturdy
inside St. Stephen’s Green, from
the tables and chairs to the hearty
fare turned out by the kitchen.
Lest anyone forget where they are,
there is a digital countdown to St.
Patrick’s Day that starts March 18
and subtracts every day, hour and
minute until the next shamrock
celebration.
The menu is straightforward:
nothing frilly, nothing fussy, but
almost everything is nourishing
and well prepared. The waitstaff,
many with bouncy Irish lilts, are
attentive and efficient.
I found the bucket of onion rings
($6.50) plump, crispy, hot from
the fryer and not overly greasy.
We waited several minutes for the
rings to cool enough to eat. There
was plenty for two to share as an
appetizer.
The fish and chips ($12.50)
were generous hunks of cod filets,
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breaded and fried to perfection,
golden on the outside and snowywhite and flaky on the inside. The
chips, or French fries, were thickcut, crisp and meaty. I was particularly fond of the fries.
Shepherd’s pie ($11.95) was a
tasty concoction of ground beef
and vegetables in gravy topped
with a double scoop of mashed
potatoes. It was definitely stickto-your-ribs fare. The meat was
tender, the saucing generous and
flavorful, with plenty of mashed
potatoes to mop it all up.
Irish stew ($12.95) was loaded
with tender chunks of lamb, onion,
carrots, celery and potatoes in a
rich brown gravy. Stews are simple
dishes but restaurants have a tendency to overcook them, making
mush instead of a dish with color,
texture and layers of flavor. Here,
it’s perfectly cooked.
No pub these days, American or
Irish, from The Curragower Seafood Bar in Limerick to The Brazen Head in Dublin to St. Stephen’s
Green in Mountain View can subsist without a burger on the menu.
St. Stephen’s takes its burgers
to the next step with the buildyour-own burger concept ($9.50).
Choices are many: beef, turkey,
salmon, buffalo, Kobe beef for an
additional $2.45, and a vegetarian
option that is already topped with
mushrooms, onions, peppers and
Swiss cheese. Each burger comes
with a pile of fries; additional toppings are available for a nominal
charge.
I built a salmon burger with sauteed onions ($.75) and Irish bacon
($2). Irish bacon is made from the
back meat of the hog, while American bacon comes from the belly.
Veronica Weber
Stained-glass booth partitions at St. Stephen’s Green show scenes of the Irish countryside.
The stick-to-your-ribs shepherd’s pie with a pint of Guinness.
Irish bacon is similar to Canadian
bacon, does not crisp when cooked,
is a tad chewier and delivers a load
of flavor.
There was a trough of condiments on the table to enrich my
salmon burger. After I loaded it up,
the bun and patty were too thick to
eat. I cut it in half and scrunched
the bun to get my mouth around
the sandwich. It wasn’t the most
flavorful salmon I ever tasted,
likely mixed with breadcrumbs
and spices. The onions and bacon
elevated the sandwich, though. I
had no regrets.
Additional Irish menu items included chicken and mushroom pie,
Guinness steak pie, sausage and
mash, and mixed grill. Non-Gaelic-inspired dishes were chicken,
pasta, seafood and steaks along
with soups, salads and sides.
Desserts are not house-made but
I was encouraged to try the apple
pie ($5.50). It came with a double
scoop of vanilla ice cream. The pie
itself, one of those lattice-topped
crusty affairs,was just okay: a touch
too sweet, a tad lacking in apples.
As for alcohol, there is a formidable offering of martinis, a so-so
wine list and solid lineup of draft
and bottled beers.
Many food items are 40 to 50
percent off during happy hour, 5 to
6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday:
a very good deal.
St. Stephen’s Green is what a
good public place should be: reliable, friendly, a hub of activity
serving tasty food and drink at fair
prices. Despite its Americanization, I think this pub keeps Irish
eyes smiling. N
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HALL OF FAME . . . The Stanford
tennis program was well-represented
when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) inducted seven new
members into the ITA Men’s Collegiate
Tennis Hall of Fame during the NCAA
Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis
Championships on Wednesday on
the Stanford University campus. The
Class of 2011 consists of one coach
and six players, four of whom played
varsity collegiate tennis at Stanford.
The former Cardinal players were
Scott Davis, Jim Grabb, Gene Mayer
and Jonathan Stark. Players are eligible for election to the ITA Men’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame 15 years
after their last collegiate match and
coaches are eligible following retirement. The main criteria for election
are college accomplishments as well
as honors earned after college.
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Winning pitcher Jake Bruml (30) is hugged by Robert Wickers while Freddy Avis and Jake Batchelder (12)
rush to congratulate Bruml following Menlo School’s 9-8 CCS Division III semifinal victory on Tuesday.
ometimes, just getting to a
championship game is more
difficult than winning it.
The Palo Alto and Menlo School
baseball teams will gladly test that
theory.
Both squads probably felt they
were playing for Central Coast Section titles during their semifinal
games this week. The No. 3-seeded
Vikings faced No. 2 Mitty while the
No. 3-seeded Knights took on No.
2 Carmel.
On paper, Paly and Menlo were
underdogs. Paper, however, can be
crumpled up and thrown away and
that’s exactly how the Vikings and
Knights treated their respective opponents.
On Tuesday, Menlo rallied from
six runs down in the top of the sixth
to tie its Division III game with Carmel, before finally claiming a 9-8
victory with a sacrifice fly in the top
of the ninth.
On Wednesday, Palo Alto jumped
out to a four-run lead in the first inning and played solidly on defense
while showing defending champion
Mitty, 5-2, the in a Division I showdown.
On Saturday, Menlo (25-5) will
seek its fifth section title against
No. 8 Santa Cruz (15-14) at San Jose
(continued on page 36)
NCAA WOMEN’S TENNIS
End of streak was
inevitable for Stanford
Cardinal had to win national title to keep
historic home winning streak alive
by Rick Eymer
ooking back at Stanford’s historic 184-match home winning streak, it’s a wonder something like this could be
accomplished over a 12-year span, especially with the
popularity of tennis and the explosion of foreign players adding
to an already talented group of college players.
The Florida women earned the NCAA national championship with its dramatic 4-3 victory over the host Cardinal on
Tuesday night at the Taube Family Tennis Center. The Gators
survived a grueling four-hour match to grind out the victory,
taking three singles victories in three sets, including the clincher
in a tiebreaker.
Florida (31-1) will carry the nation’s longest home winning
streak, at 95, into next season. Stanford (28-1) will start another
one.
Cardinal women’s tennis coach Lele Forood said the team
never made too much of the streak because it involved generations of players long since graduated or even retired from the
professional game.
“We knew it wasn’t going to go on for infinity, so we will take
a loss and move on,” she said. “The streak doesn’t mean a lot to
us. It is interesting, but it is not a motivating thing. It is kind of
fun, but it is trivia. We are much more on the year to year with
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COACHING CORNER . . . Palo Alto
Knights Youth Football is seeking experienced head and assistant football
coaches for the 2011 season. Contact: Mike Piha 269-6100 or [email protected]
in2change.com. . . . Sacred Heart
Prep is seeking frosh-soph and freshman football coaches as well as a
girls’ junior varsity volleyball coach for
next season. All interested applicants
should contact SHP Athletic Director
Frank Rodriguez via email at [email protected] or by phone at
(650) 473-4031.
by Keith Peters
Keith Peters
OF LOCAL NOTE . . . The Palo Alto
American Legion Post 375 baseball
program will hold two tryouts for the
upcoming season, the first on May
28 and the second on May 30th,
both from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Palo
Alto High . . . The Menlo Polo Club
will host its second US Polo Association (USPA) sanctioned Ladies Cup
on Saturday at the Menlo Circus
Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton. The
event is also an entry level qualifier
tournament for the Womenís Championship Tournament (WCT), the
most-prestigious tournament title in
womenís polo today as well as the
largest womenís tournament series in
the world. Opening ceremonies begin
at 11 a.m. and last match is estimated
to end at 4 p.m. There is an admission
fee with limited bleacher seating on
the west side of the field. Spectators
are encouraged to bring comfortable
chairs. Parking is available at nearby
Sacred Heart Prep or St. Joseph
Middle School.
Palo Alto and Menlo
make pitch for section
crowns on Saturday
Stanford seniors (L-R) Jennifer Yen, Carolyn McVeigh and Hilary Barte had to
settle for the NCAA runnerup trophy after the Cardinal lost to Florida, 4-3.
NCAA MEN’S TENNIS
Clayton helped Stanford
get back on its feet
Cardinal senior closes his career on a positive note as he
leaves program in better shape than when he arrived
by Rick Eymer
lex Clayton’s professional
tennis career will likely last
about a month. He’s scheduled
to join the American work force in
July and figures there may not be
enough time to stay sharp.
Clayton, one of three seniors (with
Greg Hirshman and Ted Kelly) on
Stanford’s men’s tennis team, leaves
behind a memorable legacy of success and triumph over adversity. The
Cardinal (21-6) saw its season end
with a 4-3 loss to top-seeded and unbeaten Virginia in the quarterfinals
of the NCAA team tournament last
Sunday.
For the first time in his tennis life,
Clayton had to fight back the tears.
“It’s hard being done,” Clayton
said. “It’s a weird feeling. I’ll wake
up tomorrow and won’t be back here
playing with the team again.”
Stanford coach John Whitlinger
had to fight back tears himself when
speaking about Clayton and his influence on the program.
“When he first got here the program was somewhat in a shambles,”
Whitlinger said. “He leaves it in
better shape and I can’t thank him
enough for his leadership and his
contribution.”
As a freshman, Clayton helped
lead Stanford into the postseason
after failing to reach the NCAA
tournament the previous year. He
was ranked as high as No. 2 in the
country, named the ITA National
Rookie of the Year, the Pac-10 Player of the Year and Pac-10 Freshman
of the Year.
Numerous injuries and setbacks
kept Clayton from returning to full
strength but that was never an excuse for the man Whitlinger says “is
like a son.”
Clayton, who won a pair of NCAA
matches before losing the clinching
point against the Cavaliers, departs
with a 109-44 career singles record
and the admiration of his coaches
and players. Hirshman, injured for
the NCAA tournament, and Kelly
combined for a 78-55 career mark.
“I feel like I played as well as I
have ever played,” Clayton said. “It
was just so close and I just couldn’t
get over the line.”
Clayton plans to play in a handful
of professional tournaments in June
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The Stanford women’s tennis team cheers on teammate Carolyn McVeigh in the next-to-last match during
Tuesday’s NCAA team final at Stanford. The outcome went down to the final match as the Cardinal lost, 4-3.
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Stanford senior Hilary Barte can’t believe her team’s
undefeated season is coming to an end.
someone on your team that is so successful at what she
does, in a lot of ways she is a huge idol,” Burdette said
of Barte. “I’ve always wanted to be like her, to carry
myself like her, with a lot of class. I feel like I have just
learned so much, that it is hard to even say everything.
It is the little things here and there, how she handles
people, how she handles herself out on the court. It has
been a really cool two years. And it’s not over yet; we
have next week. We still have doubles and we are going
to do very well.”
Stacey Tan recovered from a first set loss to beat Joanna Mather, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 4 singles and give
Stanford a 3-1 edge but Alex Cercone returned the favor
at No. 5 singles, beating Veronica Li, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Olivi Janowicz’s 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-1 win over McVeigh
at No. 6 singles to tie it.
“It was an incredible match,” Forood said. “It was the
most electric atmosphere I have experienced at a college
tennis match. It was an amazing day; we just came up
a little short.”
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what we do because players, situations and teams are
different. It just happens that we went an incredibly long
period of time without losing a match.”
Stanford and Florida seem to be handing the baton off
to each other. The Cardinal had a 52-match home streak
end in that February of 1999 loss to California. Stanford
ended the Gators’ 60-match home winning streak in the
national championship match in 1999. It’s Florida’s turn
to carry the banner.
Stanford has won 236 of its past 238 matches played
at home, a span that dates to the 1995 season.
The Cardinal loses three seniors in Hilary Barte,
Carolyn McVeigh and Jennifer Yen. Barte, who likely
will become a four-time All-American this year, took
an overall singles record of 136-28 and a doubles mark
of 117-33 into the NCAA individual tournament that
began Wednesday.
Barte owns a career 90-13 (87-10 as the No. 1 player)
in dual matches, tying her with Lauren Kalvaria for seventh on the all-time list. She is 71-22 (70-22 as No. 1) in
dual match doubles victories.
“It has been the most special experience I have ever
had, especially in tennis,” Barte said. “I think this team
especially, we had a lot of mountains and we climbed
them. The memories I’ll take away, I will have for the
rest of my life.”
Mallory Burdette, who fought from behind to give
herself, and the team, a chance to win, walked off after her final shot went long Tuesday night, shoulders
slumped and head down.
Stanford didn’t necessarily lose the title on Court 2,
or anywhere else. Florida just won it, taking advantage
of an ankle injury to Cardinal freshman Kristie Ahn to
win at No. 5 and No. 6 singles and setting the stage for
an epic battle at No. 2 singles.
“It’s hard to lose an impact player like her but I felt
comfortable with the people we put on the court,”
Forood said. “I feel like we can get four points on anybody.”
The Gators also won the doubles point, taking it to
Stanford right away and winning convincingly.
Embree, who played No. 1 singles last year, was ahead
5-1 in the first set before Burdette won seven straight
games to snatch the set away. Embree, who won her 24th
consecutive match, was in control of the second set.
Burdette went up 4-0 in the third set and Embree rallied to win five straight games and was at double match
point before Burdette rallied to take the game and then
send it to the tie-breaker.
Burdette faced a 6-4 deficit before winning the next
two points. Then she missed a sure winner and sent the
next one long, ending the marathon.
Barte gave Stanford its first point at No.1 singles,
beating Allie Will, 6-2, 6-4. Freshman Nicole Gibbs
gave the Cardinal the lead, 2-1, with a 6-4, 7-5 win over
Sofie Oyen at No. 3 singles.
“I think that ever since freshman year, when you have
before beginning a job with Goldman-Sachs in San Francisco.
Whitlinger is glad he’ll be close
to “home.”
“It’s been a crazy ride,” Clayton said. “I almost didn’t come to
Stanford. I thought about playing
professionally. But this has been the
most amazing experience of my life.
Coach and the team have become
like family. Countless people have
made it happen and given me lifelong memories.”
Clayton reached the semifinals of
the NCAA tournament as a freshman and the quarterfinals as a
sophomore, earning All-American
honors both years. He was a second
team all-Pac-10 honoree as a junior.
“We were OK when I was a freshman but we needed help at the top of
the singles and that’s where Bradley
(Klahn) and Ryan (Thacher) made a
huge difference,” Clayton said. “To
get this far, and to take the No. 1
team to the limit is the best experience I’ve had in tennis.”
Whitlinger first saw Clayton as
a singles finalist at the USTA Nationals in Kalamazoo, Mich., as a
16-year-old. He was the nation’s
second-ranked player in the age
group and the two of them formed
a bond that will continue far past
graduation.
“Coaching the team is part of it
but it’s also about helping them prepare for later in the life,” Whitlinger
said. “This guy will be a success.
Alex has a great base from which to
draw. He’s part of the Stanford family. He’s part of the legacy.”
Klahn, Thacher, Matt Kandath
and Denis Lin are eligible to return
for Stanford, a solid foundation for
another run at a possible title. Walker Kehrer and Menlo School grad
Jamin Ball also saw significant action on the year.
Thanks to players like Clayton,
the Stanford men’s program is
healthy and headed in the right direction.
Blue chip recruit Robert Stineman, a senior at New Trier High
School in Illinois, has made a verbal
commitment to Stanford. Stineman
has been ranked as one of the top
two recruits in the nation. He will
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Stanford coach John Whitlinger (right) salutes senior Alex Clayton for
his career contributions following the team’s season-ending loss.
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Sections 66016 and 66018, that the City Council of the City of
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on June 13, 2011 and June 20, 2011, at 6:00 p.m., or as
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Municipal Stadium at 4 p.m. Upon
that conclusion, Palo Alto (27-9)
will seek its first section title against
No. 5 San Benito (22-8) at 7 p.m.
Both teams were in similar situations last season as they advanced to
section finals, even though both beat
lower-seeded teams in the semifinals. Menlo was seeded third and
faced No. 16 Hillsdale in the finals,
winning 8-2. Palo Alto was seeded
No. 1 in Division II and faced No.
6 Burlingame in the finals, but
dropped a 7-4 decision.
Both Menlo coach Craig Schoof
and Paly coach Erick Raich believe
the tough semifinals provided good
tuneups.
“I do think it was good for us for
a couple of reasons,” Schoof said.
“One, things had been pretty easy
for us in the first two rounds with
8-0 and 10-0 victories, and that
game (against Carmel) was a reality
check. Two, it proved we can come
back no matter what. We will not
relinquish the title without a fight —
and the seniors will lead the way.”
Raich is probably thinking the
same way, especially after facing
Mitty’s top two pitchers, Brett Fuller
and Tyler Davis.
“We didn’t approach the game last
night as our championship,” Raich
said. “We just wanted to make sure
we played our game of baseball and,
if we got beat, we could live with
that. Our game plan was to put pressure on Mitty offensively and defensively, make them earn everything
they get.”
Menlo was favored against Hillsdale last season and proved the
seedings correct. Saturday’s matchup with Santa Cruz may be a little
different.
“As for being the favorite, not
so sure about that,” Schoof said.
“They are from an ‘A’ League, have
played very tough competition, are
on a roll, and we will be facing their
ace. Watched them the other night (a
12-1 semifinal win over Half Moon
Bay), not sure why they were 12-14
coming into the tournament.”
Palo Alto also was favored in last
year’s title game against Burlingame
for a number of reasons, but came
up short. The Vikings have to guard
against any letdown on Saturday.
“As for San Benito, they are a very
good team and from what I hear,
they are bringing Darrin Gilies back
to pitch from a wrist injury, and he
is very good,” Raich said. “We need
to have another great two days of
practice and get in the mind frame
for a dogfight of a game.”
Raich and his players probably
were expecting a dogfight with
Mitty on Wednesday as the Monarchs came in ranked No. 20 in
the state while the No. 3-seeded
Vikings were No. 41, according to
MaxPreps.
When Palo Alto scored four runs
in the first inning, those rankings
went out the window along with
Mitty’s hopes of defending its title
as the Vikings went on to post its
5-2 victory.
“What a win for the Palo Alto
team and community,” said Raich,
whose team earned the program’s
fourth trip to the finals and second
straight.
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Menlo’s Jake Bruml celebrates his
game-ending strikeout Tuesday.
It didn’t take long for Paly to put
itself in position for another title
shot. Senior Christoph Bono got the
first of his three hits in the first after one was out. Junior Austin Braff
walked and both runners moved up
on a wild pitch. Senior T.J. Braff
was intentionally walked to load the
bases for senior Will Glazier, who
lofted a sacrifice fly to score Bono.
When the relay throw to the plate
got past the catcher, Braff also came
home for a 2-0 lead.
Senior Drake Swezey walked and
stole second, one of five bases the
Vikings swiped. That set the stage
for junior Jack Witte, who lined a
single to right to score Braff and
Swezey.
Bono gave Paly a 5-0 lead in the
third after getting a leadoff single
and stealing second and third before
scoring on a wild pitch by Davis.
“Bono had a huge game offensively and, top to bottom, the offense
had great at-bats,” Raich said.
After that it was all pitching and
defense for Palo Alto. Junior Ben
Sneider retired the first seven batters he faced and allowed four hits
and two runs over 4 1/3 innings.
Swezey, a senior, held Mitty scoreless the final 2 2/3 innings.
“We played unbelievable defense
and Sneider and Swezey did an unbelievable job of attacking the zone
and going right at the Mitty hitters,”
Raich said.
Austin Braff made two standout
plays at shortstop, taking away potential hits in back-to-back innings,
while Alec Wong made two nice defensive plays on tough ground balls
in the sixth as the Vikings avenged
their 6-3 loss to Mitty in the Mike
Hazlett Memorial Tournament on
Feb. 28. Paly started the season 1-3,
but has gone 26-6 since.
Palo Alto will take a five-game
win streak into Saturday’s championship game and now has won 16 of
its past 18 games.
This will be the first all-public
school Division I final since 2004,
when Wilcox defeated Palo Alto,
5-4, and only the third in the past 21
years. Monta Vista beat Leland in
the Division 4A title game in 1990.
Menlo, meanwhile, will be attempting to win back-to-back titles
since first accomplishing that in
1988 and ‘89. The Knights have a
seven-game win streak, outscoring
the competition by 78-18 during the
streak.
Schoof had plenty of standouts on
Tuesday, with junior Freddy Avis
and freshman Mikey Diekroeger
being two of them. Avis delivered a
clutch two-run double to cap a sixrun sixth inning and tie the game,
8-8, and force extra innings. The
Knights loaded the bases in the
ninth and Diekroeger brought home
Phil Anderson with a sacrifice fly as
Menlo escaped with a hard-fought
win over Carmel (26-4).
“Freddy’s hit was huge,” said
Schoof.
“That’s what baseball is all about,
having those kind of moments,”
added Avis.
Trailing 8-2 heading into the top
of the sixth, Schoof gathered his
team for one final talk. The situation looked grim, for sure.
“Coach Schoof said ‘show the
heart of a champion. Leave it all on
the field,’ related senior Jake Bruml.
“We just left it all out there. We felt,
and knew, we could do it.”
Bruml, who had relieved Avis
in the fifth and allowed a two-run
double, took matters into his own
hands with a leadoff double in the
top of the sixth.
“I think that leadoff knock was
huge,” Bruml said. “I think it put
pressure on them. Everything just
went our way from then on.”
After a strikeout, Diekroeger
singled home Bruml and it was 8-3.
Tim Benton’s double-play grounder
was dropped at second and Jake
Batchelder was safe on a error to
load the bases. Senior Robert Wickers then delivered a two-run single,
a chopper over the third baseman’s
head. Suddenly, it was 8-5. Austin
Marcus was safe when his apparent
groundout was dropped at first, with
another run coming home for an 8-6
game. After Carmel switched pitchers, Avis greeted him with a booming double to the left-field gap that
scored two runs and tied the game.
In the top of the ninth, Anderson
walked and Bruml’s popup to short
right was mishandled for an error by
two converging players. The Padres
tried to get Anderson at second, but
the throw was wild and both runners
were safe. Dylan Mayer laid down
a bunt, with the new pitcher throwing late to third in an attempt to get
Anderson.
With the bases loaded and no outs,
Diekroeger brought home Anderson
with his sacrifice fly.
Menlo didn’t get its first hit until
Anderson singled to center in the
fourth. The Knights didn’t get their
first run until the fifth, when Anderson drilled a two-run single with
the bases loaded. That gave Menlo
life at 5-2 until Carmel scored three
runs in the bottom of the frame for
an 8-2 lead. The Knights’ chances
of defending their title looked all but
gone at that point.
But, they never gave up.
“I thought it was possible,” Schoof
said of coming back, but he wasn’t
sure how probable it was. “We were
beating ourselves early. It did not
look like our game.”
The Knights proved otherwise.
Bruml, Batchelder and Anderson
all had two hits. Avis, Anderson
Diekroeger and Wickers all drove
in two runs.
“It doesn’t get any better than
that,” Schoof told his team afterward. Except, perhaps, for winning
a fifth CCS title on Saturday. N
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could be a really, really dangerous won, 6-0, 6-1, while Carlisle and
t was a weekend of celebrations team. I was pleasantly surprised Nishimura battled for a 7-5, 6-4
for the Menlo School boys’ ten- on how easily we beat some good triumph. Menlo sophomore Annis team. Head coach Bill Shine teams this year.”
drew Ball won an important No. 1
celebrated his 57th birthday on SatDuring Menlo’s 4-0 sweep of its singles match against Monte Vista
urday and assistant coach David CCS foes and 3-0 effort at NorCals, senior Shaun Chaudhuri, 6-0, 4-6,
Wermuth turned 32 on Sunday.
the Knights won six of the matches 10-8. Chaudhuri is ranked among
While there was no cake and can- by 7-0 scores and lost only their first the top Boys’ 18s singles players in
dles for the coaches, they got some- point in Saturday’s finale as junior Northern California, according to
thing even better as the Knights Justin Chan fell at No. 2 singles, Shine.
claimed their third straight CIF- 6-3, 6-4. Other than that, Menlo was
“I thought that was his (Ball’s)
USTA NorCal Championship with a perfect in the postseason.
best match of the year,” Shine said.
6-1 victory over Monte Vista (Dan“Even though we’re young, the
Sophomore Richard Pham won
ville) on Saturday at the Natomas guys thrive on competition,” Shine at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-1, while the
Racquet Club in Sacramento.
said.
No. 2 doubles tandem of senior Kyle
“They won on my
The
K nights
Sum and freshman Dabirthday,” said Shine. “It
put their competivid Ball won, 6-4, 6-0,
was a great present. And
tive shoes on folwhile senior Mac OsDavid Wermuth had his
lowing Saturday’s
borne and sophomore
birthday Sunday. The
semifinals, which
Michael Hoffman proboys wrote up a nice card
saw CCS runnerup
duced a 6-2, 6-4 win at
for David and myself, so
Bellarmine fall to
No. 3 doubles.
it was nice . . . it was a
Monte Vista, 4-3.
Shine credited Werperfect weekend.”
“I was kind of
muth, a former standThe triumph on Satrooting for Monte
out player at Palo Alto
urday afternoon, which
Vista,” Shine adHigh, with Menlo’s imcame on the heels of a David Wermuth
mitted, “so the guy Bill Shine
provement this season.
7-0 win over Piedmont
would have somone
In his sixth season with
on the semifinals earlier in the day, new to play. If it was Bellarmine, it the Knights, Wermuth whipped the
wrapped up a 28-1 season for the would have been, ho-hum, Bellarm- team into great shape.
Knights and provided Shine with a ine for a fourth time.”
“He’s instilled a physical toughbit of history as Menlo as his team
The Knights beat the Bells twice ness,” Shine said. “Before, we were
won three straight Central Coast during the regular season and again really, really good. Now, we’re reSection and NorCal titles for the in the CCS finals, 7-0. Thus, having ally, really great. A lot of the credit
first time in the same season.
a new opponent in the NorCal finals goes to him.”
During this three-year stretch, got the Knights’ in a better competiWermuth will be working with
Menlo has gone a remarkable 82-3 tive frame of mind.
many of the same players next seawhile producing its best record ever
While the 6-1 score seemed lop- son as the Knights lose only Carl(27-0 last year) and the most single- sided, five of the seven matches isle, Sum and Osborne. The Knights
season victories in school history were competitive.
return their top three singles players
(28 this year).
“Monte Vistas was tough,” said -- Andrew Ball, Chan and Pham -Shine, meanwhile, improved to Shine, who made a slight adjust- along with Nishimura, David Ball,
351-41 in his 15th season, winning ment in his lineup by moving senior Morkovine and Hoffman.
his 10th CCS title this season and Andrew Carlisle from No. 4 singles
If Menlo needed any motivation
eighth NorCal crown.
to No. 1 doubles (to team with fresh- for next season, improving upon a
Shine had no idea that this season man J.T. Nishimura) and moving one-loss season is of course there,
would be so good, even though “I sophomore Daniel Morkovine from along with the opportunity to win
was hoping it would,” he said. “As doubles to No. 4 singles.
four straight CCS and NorCal titles
the season went along, I thought this
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wo relay teams from Palo Alto and was second in the long jump
High and 14 local individuals at 21-10. He’s also on the Vikings’
will put it on the line at the 400 relay team that clocked a 42.85
2011 Central Coast Section Track while finishing third.
and Field ChampionThe other relay memships on Friday at Gilbers are Tremaine Kirkroy High. At stake for
man, Morris Gatesthe top three finishers
Mouton and Miles
will be trips to the CIF
Anderson. Their 42.85
State Meet at Buchanan
ranks second in school
High in Clovis on June
history to the 42.74 re3-4.
cord from 1980.
The local qualifiers
Robinson cruised to
to the CCS finals are up
a fourth-place finish
from last season when
of 11:11.98 in the girls’
only nine individu3,200 while Gregory
als and one relay team
finished eighth in
made the grade.
11:15.95 after qualifyFour veterans from
ing in the 1,600 with a
last year’s section finals
5:11.80 for 11th.
return for another shot
Gallagher was one of
at the state meet. That
two local winners from
group includes Palo
the semifinals as she
Alto senior Maurice Paly’s Maurice Williams raced to victory in the
Williams, Gunn senior
girls’ 800 in a season
Erin Robinson, Gunn junior Kieran best of 2:12.82. She set the Gunn
Gallagher and Priory junior Kat record of 2:11.36 in last year’s semiGregory. All four qualified follow- finals. Teammate Kirsten Baird, a
ing solid efforts at the CCS semi- sophomore, was among four who
finals this past Saturday at Gilroy cleared 5-2 in the high jump while
High.
tying for first.
Williams, who is hoping to earn a
Other qualifiers for the girls inthird trip to the state meet, will be clude Menlo School freshman Madbusy in three events on Friday. He
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qualified fourth in the 100 at 11.09
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dy Price in the 400 (sixth in 57.76),
Menlo-Atherton’s Catherine Carpenter in the 400 (eighth in 58.14),
Sacred Heart Prep’s Maggie Fong in
the 100 (seventh in 12.67) and the
Palo Alto 1,600 relay team advanced
after taking fourth in 4:04.54.
For the boys, Menlo-Atherton’s
Michael Hester qualified in the
1,600 with a season-best time of
4:22.87, while Gunn junior Andrew
Prior was a surprise non-qualifier
while taking 19th in 4:29.24 after having a season best some 10
seconds faster. He was among the
leaders when he was tripped with a
lap to go. While he did manage to
get up and finish, it was too late to
qualify.
Palo Alto’s Grant Sauer continued
to run consistent times in the 110
high hurdles and earned a berth in
the CCS finals with a 14.85 clocking. Cameron Van of Sacred Heart
Prep and Victor Du of Palo Alto
each cleared 6-2 in the high jump
to advance while M-A senior Stas
Della Morte went 21-3 1/2 in the
long jump and was the final qualifier despite being the CCS leader at
23-1 1/2.
Menlo School senior Sam Parker
made it to the CCS finals in the 800
with a solid time of 1:56.56.S
The CCS finals get under way
Gunn’s Erin Robinson will run in
the 3,200 finals on Friday.
with the girls’ pole vault at 4 p.m.
The girls’ 400 relay is the first running event at 6 p.m. The 1,600 relays
will wrap up the evening, with the
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Tom Kremer
Palo Alto High
Sacred Heart Prep
The junior swimmer set a
national record of 51.92
in the 100 fly prelims,
winning that race and the
200 free in the finals and
anchoring the 200 free relay team to victory to help
the Vikings take second at
CCS.
The junior swimmer set a
CCS record of 1:36.72 to
win the 200 free, won the
100 back with a school record of 48.50 and swam on
the winning 400 free relay
to help the Gators finish
fourth at the CCS championships.
Honorable mention
Rachael Acker
Gunn swimming
Kirsten Baird
Gunn track & field
Erin Gallagher
Gunn track & field
Grace Greenwood
Palo Alto diving
Ally Howe*
Sacred Heart Prep swimming
Erin Robinson
Gunn track & field
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Freddy Avis
Menlo baseball
Austin Braff
Palo Alto baseball
Jake Bruml
Menlo baseball
Nick Henze
Menlo-Atherton swimming
Richard Pham
Menlo tennis
Maurice Williams
Palo Alto track & field
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