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Harold Zwierlein, Woodside farrier,
councilman and rodeo star, dies at age 83
By Barbara Wood
Special to the Almanac
Harold Zwierlein, who
lived in Woodside for
nearly 70 years, died at
his home in Woodside
on Nov. 9. A rodeo star as
a young man, Mr. Zwierlein
toured the country
on the rodeo circuit,
competing in venues
as exalted as Madison
Mr. Zwierlein spent
decades as a farrier
in Woodside, shoeing
many of the horses in
town until he retired in
He also served a term on the
Woodside Town Council, for a
short time owned the Hitchrack
saloon, was a volunteer firefighter
and a founding member
of the San Mateo County Horsemen’s
Association, running the
Junior Rodeo for them for 31
He also served on Woodside’s
History Committee and was a
Mr. Zwierlein was a thirdgeneration
and his grandfather, William
Pajaro King, was the first white
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Memorial services will be
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child born in Watsonville, family
In an interview on Oct. 19, Mr.
Zwierlein reminisced about his
He was born in Palo Alto on
Dec. 24, 1926, and attended
Addison, Lytton, Channing and
Palo Alto High schools. His
mother was Elfleda King Zwierlein
and his father, Edmund
Zwierlein, owned shoe stores.
The family moved to Woodside
in 1941 and the teenage
Zwierlein went to work for
Holt’s Country Store afternoons
and weekends. Mr. Zwi-
erlein said he worked
at the Holt gas station,
ice house and the soda
fountain — all at the
same time. “It wasn’t that
busy, so basically I could
handle all three,” Mr.
When he moved to
Woodside, a decade and
a half before the town
was incorporated, the
population was under
500, he said. In those days, it was
considered a building boom, he
said, “if three houses were built
in Woodside at one time.”
Mr. Zwierlein grew up around
horses and he began competing
in rodeos at a young age. “I
started riding calves at the age of
10,” he said.
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By Sandy Brundage
Almanac Staff Writer
6-year-old girl riding in a
car with her parents died
after a street racer broadsided
their Toyota Camry at the
intersection of Bayfront Expressway
and Willow Road early on a
clear fall afternoon last year.
Lisa Xavier was her parents’
only child. The family still lives
in Menlo Park, according to
Despite witnesses and video
recordings of the Nov. 12, 2009,
accident, there’s still no sign of
Witnesses saw the driver of the
black 1989 Ford Mustang that
struck the family’s car exit his
vehicle and jump into a white
Honda involved in the race, which
then fled the scene, police said.
Video from a surveillance camera
at Sun Microsystems showed
heavy traffic at the scene of the
collision, and that at least one
vehicle ran a red light before colliding
with the vehicle carrying
the family, according to police.
Shannon Fox, the 25-year-old
East Palo Alto man who drove
the Mustang and named a “person
of interest” by police, is no
longer in the Bay Area. “We are
working nonstop to find him,”
said Cmdr. Lacey Burt of the
Menlo Park Police Department.
Mr. Fox is described by police
as a black man, 6 feet 2 inches tall,
220 pounds and muscular. The
police also know him by other
names: Shanon Steven Hodgson
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A year later, no answers in girl’s death
Photos of Lisa Xavier with family and friends adorn poster boards at vigil at Laurel School in 2009.
Fox; Shannon Steve Brooks.
Wherever Mr. Fox currently is,
he remains a source of anguish
in Menlo Park.
“It still is an open wound.
It’s an open wound for me
personally, an open wound for
our community, this wonderful
small child of ours we couldn’t
protect,” said Councilman Heyward
“I feel like we failed her. And
now ... we can’t even apprehend
(the people responsible) so they
can be held responsible for their
actions, and that keeps it an
open wound,” he said.
The councilman called for the
community to remember Lisa
and her parents. “I think there
ought to be some kind of public
display. ... (We need to say) that
we’re just not going to tolerate
this in our community. We’ve
got one of the best police departments
around; if they can’t track
these people down, it’s not for
Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac
lack of effort.”
A public display, Mr. Robinson
hopes, may put pressure on
anyone who knows where Mr.
Fox is to help deliver justice in
the death of a little girl.
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pictures of suspect.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage acquires Cashin Company
Coldwell Banker Residential
Brokerage announced Nov. 11
that it has acquired the assets
of Cashin Company Realtors.
Terms of the acquisition were
Founded in 1995 by Emmet J.
“Skip” Cashin III, Cashin Company
has 270 real estate agents
in seven offices in San Mateo
County and accounted for more
than $1 billion in sales volume
in the last 12 months, said Coldwell
Banker spokesman Steve
Cashin offices will now oper-
ate under the Coldwell Banker
Residential Brokerage name, he
Cashin, which is owned by
Skip Cashin and his partner
Chuck Alloo, is headquartered
in Menlo Park and has offices in
Menlo Park, Portola Valley and
Woodside. Coldwell Banker,
whose Bay Area operation is
headquartered in San Ramon,
has offices in Menlo Park and
Rick Turley, president of Coldwell
Banker Residential Brokerage
in the Bay Area, announced
the acquisition to Cashin staff,
agents and managers at the
Sharon Heights Country Club
in Menlo Park.
For Cashin, the benefits are
the “added technology and tools
and vast network of Coldwell
banker agents,” said Mr. Turley
in an interview. “For Coldwell
Banker, we’re going to enjoy the
distinction of the wonderful
clientele (Cashin has) built up
over the years.”
Mr. Turley also noted Coldwell
Banker’s name recognition
around the world, which is criti-
cal to the Silicon Valley market.
A prospective client in China,
for example, might not know to
search for Cashin.
There are no immediate plans
to close offices or lay off people,
“but it would be silly to say we
are not evaluating” duplications
and possible synergies, he said.
With this acquisition, Coldwell
Banker Residential Brokerage
has 60 offices in the Bay
Area with 3,500 sales associates
who accounted for more than
$11 billion in sales last year, Mr.
Cashin Company is “a perfect
fit with Coldwell Banker in
terms of our respective cultures,
our core values and our strength
in the local marketplace, especially
in the luxury market,” Mr.
Turley said in a press release.
“During this economic climate
and challenging real estate market,
it’s more important than
ever to be the clear industry
Mr. Cashin said in a press
release that his firm had many
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By Dave Boyce
Almanac Staff Writer
Another voice — the Portola
Valley Town Council
— has joined the chorus
of opposition to a proposal by
Minneapolis-based Cargill Salt
Corp. and an Arizona developer
to convert 1,436 acres of
salt flats off Redwood City into
five residential communities
that would house up to 30,000
Residents and officials in
Atherton, Woodside and Menlo
Park have let their opposition
be known. Portola Valley’s
contribution came Wednesday,
Nov. 10, at a council meeting
before a group of about 30 residents
of The Sequoias retirement
community at 501 Portola
Road. (The council meets
at The Sequoias about once a
year, usually in the fall.)
Jon Silver, a former mayor
and former San Mateo County
planning commissioner, captured
the mood as the first
speaker in the public comment
period. “There are certain
ideas that are so bad that you
just don’t need to study them
much,” he said. “The days of
pillaging the Bay for money
ought to be over. ... If we can’t
oppose something this bad, we
might as well pack it up.”
There could be as many as 19
regional and six federal agencies
with oversight, including the
town of Woodside (which borders
Redwood City), according
to a 99-page study by the Redwood
City Planning, Housing
and Economic Development
Department. Portola Valley is
not listed but as a member of
the public, the town can submit
comments ahead of the Feb. 28
deadline for this first stage in a
lengthy environmental study.
On Dec. 8, the Portola Valley
council also plans to take a step
that the Woodside council considered
but declined: issuing a
strongly worded resolution in
opposition to the project.
A staff report recommended
that Portola Valley monitor
N E W S
Council joins chorus against Cargill project
continued from page 5
suitors in recent years, but decided
that Coldwell Banker Residential
Brokerage was the right
choice in terms of the scale and
scope of the company, agent
support, technological tools,
networking opportunities, and
Mr. Cashin will not have a
“leadership role, but will certainly
be consulting for us,” Mr. Turley
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Woodside’s ongoing monitoring
of the project, but that idea
faded after members of the
public reminded the council of
Portola Valley’s view of itself as
an environmental leader.
“It’s not Portola Valley and
Woodside. It’s Portola Valley,”
resident Ward Paine said. “It’s
not Palo Alto. It’s Portola Valley.
We have more stroke than
the 4,500 people who live here.
What we do will be a lot more
important that what other
“It’s not a time to meditate,”
added resident Marilyn Walter.
“It’s a time to act.”
level rises “should be a far more
important element in this discussion
than it has been,” said
Portola Valley resident Marion
“I can’t believe we’re sitting
here and that this (project) is
even a possibility,” said councilman
and architect John
Richards after the public had
Derwin, who summarized the
topic for the council ahead of
the discussion, noted that she
has read the Redwood City
study. “After I was done, I was
even more alarmed than when
I began,” she said. The traffic
in and out of the communities
would be “a nightmare.”
Fresh water would come via a
swap with Kern County, where
the developer owns water rights
for up to 70 years, but getting it
to Redwood City will require
the participation of intermediary
public agencies that get
their water from the Hetch
Hetchy reservoir and the San
Joaquin Valley, Ms. Derwin
The project’s location on a
salt flat would necessitate a
levee, she added. The study
describes a perimeter levee 14
said in the interview.
Chuck Alloo, who has served
as chief operating officer and
co-founded the firm with Mr.
Cashin, will continue in a
senior management role, Coldwell
Cashin is the latest in a list of
acquisitions of Northern California
brokerages by Coldwell
Banker. Others include Fox &
Carskadon, TRI, Contempo, Del
Monte Realty, Cornish & Carey
Residential Real Estate, Grubb
feet high, including an extra 4
feet to deal with “anticipated
Go to tinyurl.com/Cargill-
Study for a copy of the study.
A U.S. Geological Survey
map depicts the site as bright
red, Ms. Derwin noted, meaning
that it’s vulnerable to seismic
rupture and liquefaction
— sedimentary soil liquefying
by a sudden infusion of ground
Ms. Derwin contended that a
combination of a major earthquake
and a break in the levee
could be disastrous for that
Liquefaction is a problem,
resident and geophysicist Sheldon
Breiner said in an interview,
but such land can be
made safe by piling on soil and
driving long stabilizing posts
deep into the ground. “There
are solutions to it, but it takes
money and it takes engineering,”
The study lists 17 categories
of concern (such as air quality
and biological resources),
which are subdivided into 88
issues. Of that total, 72 (82 percent)
are listed as potentially
significant, including all of the
issues identified for air and
water quality, biological and
cultural resources, greenhouse
gas emissions, population and
housing, public services and
While this list looks foreboding,
the study noted, preparing
an environmental impact
report requires such an explicit
listing of issues.
“Many of the potentially significant
impacts identified in
this checklist could be avoided
through changes in design or
mitigation, both of which will
be developed during preparation
of the EIR,” the report
says. “Agencies are encouraged
to submit comments proposing
mitigation measures to address
impacts subject to their jurisdiction
& Ellis, and Pacific Preferred
The acquisitions have helped
Coldwell Banker build its position
in the luxury market in
Northern California, the company
said. Year to date, the
company accounted for the
sale of more than one out of
four properties priced above
$3 million and one out of three
properties above $5 million in
the Bay Area, according to MLS
Listings, the company said.
REAL ESTATE Q&A
by Gloria Darke
You Fix It!
We bought our house five years ago
and actually paid over asking for it.
We bought it with no contingencies
and there were a number of things we
had to fix, although they were fairly
minor. We have now had to put our
house back on the market for financial
reasons. We are fortunate that we
have an offer, although it is below our
asking price and the buyers are asking
us to fix everything that was in the
inspection report. We are just livid
and tempted to tell them to forget it.
Do buyers have the right to do this?
Dear Dana, Two things you mention
are most illustrative of the change in the
market from when you bought in 2005
and here at the end of 2010. What a
difference five years makes. We’ve gone
through an enormous stock market
plunge, amassed huge national debt, have
a new 3.8% health care tax on gains from
selling your house (at certain levels) and
have a tax structure that leaves buyers,
investors and most everyone guessing
what the future holds. In 2005 we were
experiencing double digit appreciation
on real estate in this area so if you didn’t
buy the house you wanted this month,
next month you would pay more. If there
were items to be fixed, as long as it wasn’t
major, such as a foundation or roof, most
buyers were willing to buy a property “as
is” and just happy if they got it. These
are different times and sellers need to
come to terms with that. While I feel the
market is steadily improving, offers are
being made subject to inspection contingencies.
You might be well advised to
negotiate with the buyers on what might
seem like reasonable requests and put
both you and the buyer in the frame of
mind that neither of you got everything
you want but it’s a good transaction.
For answers to any questions you may have on real estate, you may e-mail me at gdarke@apr.
com or call 462-1111, Alain Pinel Realtors. I also offer a free market analysis of your property.
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BevMo fight really over?
■ Store plans February opening.
By Sandy Brundage
Almanac Staff Writer
Even before voting to let BevMo
keep its use permit for a store
the chain wants to open in a
strip mall at 700 El Camino Real,
the Menlo Park City Council was
bracing for the consequences.
City Attorney Bill McClure
explained the options remaining
to anyone who didn’t like the outcome.
Either side could contest the
decision in court; those asking for a
denial of the use permit could also
go before the California Alcoholic
Beverage Control (ABC) Board.
He also told the council that
legally they weren’t allowed to
protect one business from competition,
citing a case where the courts
upheld the Davis City Council’s
decision to allow a Borders bookstore
Maureen Hogan, who filed the
appeal of the Planning Commission’s
approval that brought the
decision to the council, said she
won’t file an appeal of the council’s
decision with the ABC.
At the Nov. 9 council meeting,
Ms. Hogan presented a succinct
argument for denial based on
lack of need and convenience,
but in the end lost the appeal
with a 3-2 vote by the council to
uphold the permit.
“I appreciate that the City
Council faced a difficult decision
and deliberated at length. †While
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I wish the outcome had been different,
I respect their decision,”
Ms. Hogan said.
Council members Kelly Fergusson
and Heyward Robinson disagreed
with their three colleagues.
Mr. Robinson later sent an
opinion piece to local newspapers,
saying he wishes he’d been able to
persuade his colleagues to deny
the permit. He cited high rents
charged by the property owner
as the primary reason the spot
has sat vacant for 18 months, and
doesn’t think it was, as Mayor Rich
Cline said at the meeting, “a choice
between BevMo or nothing.”
Dan Beltramo did not respond
to questions about whether his
family’s company will appeal the
decision to the ABC. The amount
of correspondence the city received
from the public before the Nov.
9 meeting, much of it from Beltramo’s
supporters, filled a 5-inch
binder, such an “overwhelming
amount” that management decided
it would be a huge time drain for
staff to count the total number of
comments received, according to
the city clerk’s office.
Jeff Sealy, vice president of real
estate for BevMo, said the company
was excited, and anticipates opening
the store by mid-February. “It
was never our intent to come to
Menlo Park with an eye to Beltramo’s,”
he said. “They have a
respected business, as do we.”
Menlo College president resigns
Menlo College President G.
Timothy Haight is resigning his
post on Dec. 31, to be replaced by
the college’s provost and executive
vice president, James Kelly, according
to the college.
Mr. Haight began his tenure in
Responding to the question of
whether Mr. Haight was leaving
voluntarily, Julie Filizetti, president
of the board of trustees, said: “It is
not Menlo College’s policy to discuss
personnel matters; however, it
is important that we recognize the
valuable contribution Dr. Haight
has made to Menlo College during
his four-year tenure as president.
“The most essential issue is
that we have continuity moving
forward with the leadership of the
Menlo College, located at 1000
El Camino Real in Atherton,
announced the change in leadership
in a press release issued the
night of Nov. 10. The announcement
noted that Mr. Kelly has
worked closely with the current
president “in carrying out Menlo’s
mission and regaining its reputation
as a premier, nationally recognized
In a prepared statement, Ms. Filizetti
said: “We are deeply grateful
to President Haight for his leadership
during this time of transition
and growth for Menlo College.
He was faced with a number of
significant challenges over the past
few years and has worked with the
faculty and staff to make sure we
are in a much stronger position
academically and financially, as
well as with our enrollment, our
faculty and our accreditation agencies.
We owe a great deal of our
success to President Haight.”
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Junior League to tour Atherton homes
The Junior League of Palo
Alto/Mid Peninsula will hold its
third annual fundraiser, “Finishing
Touches: A Holiday Tour
of Fine Homes and Boutique”
from Dec. 2 to 5.
The tour will include several
homes in the Atherton area decorated
for the holiday season by
local interior and floral designers,
as well an expanded boutique for
“Finishing Touches” is based at
Sacred Heart Schools, 50 Emilie
Ave. in Atherton, where guests
can park and check in, and then
take a shuttle bus to each home.
Guests can shop in the holidaythemed
boutique, which features
Tour hours are from 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec.
4 and 5.
Sponsors include Emily Joubert,
Frette, Tomís Teak Furniture
and Tiny Prints.
An opening night celebration
at a local residence kicks off the
event Thursday, Dec. 2, and features
cocktails, gourmet food,
and a raffle.
In addition, the League will
throw a festive luncheon Friday,
Dec. 3, at the Menlo Circus Club
in Atherton. It includes a hometour
ticket that can be used for a
Friday-only, self-driven tour, or
for the shuttle-guided tour on
Saturday or Sunday.
“Finishing Touches” supports such League
projects as Done in a Day, First Teachers, Fostering
Families, and Shelter Network, as well as
community grants the League makes to nonprofit
Go to juniorleaguehometour.com to buy tickets.
Krista Skehan, Personify Visual Communications.
Florabella’s floral design and decor creates a welcoming entry.
Tickets for the weekend tour are $40 in advance
and $50 at the door.
The Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid Peninsula
is made up of about 1,200 local women. Each year,
the League contributes more than $400,000 and
an estimated 35,000 volunteer hours to the community,
a spokesperson said. Its offices are at 555
Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.
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In wake of fatality, bike lane could be
coming to Alpine Road/Interstate 280
By Dave Boyce
Almanac Staff Writer
bike lane could be in the
works for the ambiguous
of Alpine Road that runs
westbound under Interstate 280.
The road is two lanes at a stop
sign before the ambiguous section
and two lanes after it: one for
through traffic into Ladera and
the other for traffic headed on to
Bikes headed into Ladera must
somehow get to the through
lane by crossing the freewayentrance-ramp
lane, a dangerous
maneuver in traffic.
The half lane between these two
lanes is where Los Altos cyclist
Lauren Perdriau Ward, 47, died
on Nov. 4 after colliding with the
left side of a big-rig cab headed for
the freeway. Investigators from the
California Highway Patrol have not
yet determined what happened.
Will that half lane will be
re-striped with a bike lane? It
depends on whether the California
Department of Transportation
and the local public works
department agree that there
Trial set for BBC assaults
A busboy and a cook at the British
Bankers Club will stand trial
for four counts of sexual assault
on Monday, Dec. 6, in San Mateo
County Superior Court.
Moises Rojas, 26, and Juan
Gustavo Robles-Alejo, 30, allegedly
assaulted two women at the
club on June 9, according to the
district attorney’s office.
The women went to an upstairs
room to sleep after becoming
intoxicated, and reportedly
awoke to find Mr. Robles-Alejo
fondling them while Mr. Rojas
kept a lookout. The district
attorney’s office said the incident
was caught by the club’s
Downtown plan update
Members of the Menlo Park
Downtown Alliance, a group of
local business and property owners,
told the city they’re concerned
that the draft environmental
impact report and fiscal impact
analysis of the proposed downtown
specific plan could be publicly
released in early December,
when most people are preoccupied
with holiday celebrations.
Nancy Couperus, founding
member of the organization, listed
several components of the plan
that the alliance thinks needs
closer scrutiny, including eliminated
parking in the plaza behind
is room for one, said Caltrans
spokeswoman Gidget Navarro.
How can a cyclist safely negotiate
such an interchange? “(It) depends
on the skill level of the cyclists, road
conditions, traffic volumes (and)
road design,” Ms. Navarro said.
Asked to comment, former Menlo
Park mayor and prominent cyclist
Steve Schmidt noted that cyclists of
all skill levels use that intersection
on Alpine Road. “There’s very little
guidance on the road in the form
of striping to put or direct cyclists
into that situation where they’re not
in conflict with vehicles headed for
the freeway,” he said.
A boldly striped bike lane sets
some ground rules for traffic, Mr.
Schmidt said. Several days after
the accident, he and representatives
of the San Mateo County
Public Works Department stood
at the Alpine Road/I-280 intersection
for about 45 minutes to
watch cyclists’ behavior.
“A lot of people stay to the right
too long and get trapped (in the
approach to) the southbound onramp,”
Mr. Schmidt said.
At the other end of the spectrum
Trader Joe’s, a lot used by farmers’
market shoppers on Sundays, and
the partial closure of Chestnut
Street, which may interfere with
City seeks planning
With Kirsten Keith elected to the
City Council, Menlo Park’s Planning
Commission has a seat to fill.
The city is now accepting applications;
the deadline is Wednesday,
Dec. 8. The newly appointed
commissioner’s term will last
until April 30, 2012.
Applications are available on
the city’s website. Residents can
also obtain copies by e-mailing
City Clerk Margaret Roberts at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or at
the Civic Center 701 Laurel St. For
more information, call 330-6620.
Pharmaca, Menlo Park’s newest
pharmacy, will host a free, hour-
or hyper-assertive” cyclists, Mr.
Schmidt said. These cyclists make
the crossing early by approaching
the stop sign on the white line
separating the two lanes. As they
bravely thread the needle in this
cramped space, the advantage as
they head into the two-and-a-half
lane section is that everyone starts
from zero, Mr. Schmidt said.
There are mid-road bike lanes
where I-280 meets Woodside and
Sand Hill roads. The first was
done in cooperation with the
town of Woodside and the second
with Menlo Park and the San
Mateo County Bikeways Committee,
Ms. Navarro said.
One scenario that Mr. Schmidt
found agreeable in making the
Alpine Road intersection safer
would restrict the left-hand through
lane to Ladera traffic and the right
lane to freeway traffic, with a
dedicated bike lane in between that
begins before the stop sign.
Caltrans is aware of the safety
issue for “non-motorized users” of
the roads. “We are in the process
upgrading freeway interchanges to
better provide for cyclists and
pedestrians,” Ms. Navarro said. A
long webinar on Thursday, Nov.
18, that will offer tips on staying
healthy during the holidays. Dr.
Bradly Jacobs will host.
Register at https://cc.readytalk.
If the grocery store decorations
didn’t give it away, the holiday
season is now in full swing. The
Menlo Park Chorus will hold its
free winter concert, titled “Twisted
Christmas,” at 11 a.m. Sunday,
Dec. 4, in the Menlo Park Library
at 800 Alma St.
Why the concert title? According
to the flier, “The Menlo Park Chorus
will perform seasonal songs
that you know, but not like you’ve
ever heard them sung before.”
April McNeely will serve as
musical director, and John Iosefa
Free van service is available for
Menlo Park seniors and people
with disabilities. Call 330-2512
or e-mail rlroth@menlopark.
org for more information
Sunday memorial for Diana Real Goldberg
A memorial service for 10-year
Woodside resident Diana Real
Goldberg is set for Sunday, Nov.
21, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the headquarters
of the Mounted Patrol of
San Mateo County at 521 Kings
Mountain Road in Woodside.
Ms. Real Goldberg, 46, was a
native of Ottawa, Canada, who
earned a bachelor’s degree in
geology and a master’s degree in
psychology and did consulting
work for the high-technology
Ms. Real Goldberg is survived
by her husband Stan Goldberg;
her father Roderick Real of Victoria,
Canada; and her brother
Robert Real of Ottawa, Canada.
The couple have two children.
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From there he progressed to
steers until, at the age of 18, he
could ride bulls. He also competed
in bareback bronc riding
and steer wrestling.
He practiced at least three or
four nights a week in his father’s
lighted arena. “My dad had a big
ring on his property. He had 10
acres on Olive Hill Lane.”
From 1946 to 1952, Mr. Zwierlein
competed as an amateur
and was the Tri-State bareback
champion of the Cowboys
Association of America in 1952,
when he was 26.
The next year he turned professional,
the beginning of a
“I was a very good cowboy,”
he said. “I was probably one
of the 10 best bronc riders in
He competed all over the
country, sometimes in two or
three rodeos in a weekend. He
won in several big rodeos — and
lots of small town ones.
In Madison Square Garden, at
a 28-day competition, Mr. Zwierlein
came in sixth out of 80
bronc riders. He placed second
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in bronc riding at the world’s
biggest one-day rodeo at the Los
Angeles Coliseum, in 1956.
The rodeo days weren’t all glory,
though. “When I first started
out I basically didn’t have any
money,” Mr. Zwierlein said.
Instead of paying for hotels and
restaurant meals, he brought
a sleeping bag and sandwich
With wins came prize money
and improved traveling conditions,
until finally he found
himself able to “travel in a
friend’s airplane, a Cessna 171.”
“I was probably the best bronc
rider that ever came out of San
Mateo County,” Mr. Zwierlein
said, rather matter-of-factly. In
steer wrestling, “I still hold the
record down at Redwood City,”
he said. “I have the fastest time
ever recorded in the 30 years of
rodeo,” at 4.4 seconds.
Injuries suffered in the rodeo
days, including a broken toe,
ankle, elbow, left arm and ribs
(twice), a wrecked knee and a
fractured spine, have kept Mr.
Zwierlein off horses for the past
six years. “I can’t touch my toes
and I can’t put my foot up high
enough for the stirrup,” he said.
The injuries weren’t what got
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him off the rodeo circuit, though.
What did? “Age. I quit at the age
of 36. That’s getting up there Ö.
the average guy maybe only goes
to age 28, 29 because of the injuries,”
Mr. Zwierlein said.
“I just got tired of driving up
and down the road, and thought
I’d stay home.”
Staying home wasn’t entirely
successful, though, and at 39 he
went back “because I had some
of the young guys calling me a
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sent California at the finals in
Reno,” he said, one of only five
cowboys from California. Then
he retired for good.
Except Ö “I still wrestled (a
steer) at the Mounted Patrol at
the age of 50. They asked me
to fill an event,” Mr. Zwierlein
said. “I did it — I did very well
— I threw one in 9.6 seconds
— and that was the first time
I’d steer wrestled in probably 12
Mr. Zwierlein competed in
four sports in high school —
basketball, baseball, football
and swimming. In Woodside,
he formed a men’s basketball
league, soon after what is now
the Sellman Gymnasium was
“I played in that gym from
(when) I was 21 until I was 50,”
he said. “We played any team
that would volunteer to come
up.” Two memorable games were
against 49er football players,
which the public was charged
admission to watch. “They beat
us,” he admits.
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Others on the team included:
Cliff Andrews (recently
deceased); Ross Stewart, Gene
Decker (a vet), Don Acker (a
horseshoer), and Tom Lagerquist
(an attorney who still lives
Mr. Zwierlein served as president
of the San Mateo County
Horsemen’s Association in 1970
and 1973, a position his father
Ed had held before him. Ed Zwierlein
was a professional baseball
player, announced at the
Fourth of July rodeos, and was
twice captain of the Mounted
The Zwierlein picnic area in
Huddart Park is named after Ed
Zwierlein, in honor of his work
promoting recreation, including
serving on the Riding and
Hiking Trails Committee of the
state parks commission.
Harold Zwierlein always loved
to tell a good story. Some of his
oft-repeated favorites include
the time he rode his horse into
the Pioneer Hotel bar at the age
of 16; the time he was baptized
by an old classmate who had
become a preacher who was just
supposed to be baptizing his
daughter, or the time a bucking
bronco fell on him, fracturing
his spine, and the rodeo doctor,
who Mr. Zwierlein suspected
was actually a vet, wanted to
shoot him up with morphine
and send him back into the
Mr. Zwierlein said he led a
good life. “I’ve been a very, very
lucky person,” he said. “I had
good parents. Moved up here
to Woodside. Went to Palo Alto
High School, I enjoyed that.”
He was able to spend his working
life outdoors, he said, adding:
“I don’t think I’ve had too
many bad days in my life.”
Mr. Zwierlein is survived by his
wife, Irenne Zwierlein of Woodside;
his daughter, Carolyn of
Ben Lomond; son Kurt; granddaughters
Allison and Ashley
of Acampo; his older brother,
Edward Zwierlein of Palo Alto;
and three stepchildren, Garrett
Auger, Danniel Auger and
Michelle Zimmer, who all live
nearby with their children,
Garry Zimmer, Andrew Mendez,
Phoenixx Auger, Christopher
Zimmer, Nora Whiting,
Shelby Zimmer, Hailee Auger,
Preston Auger, Kylie Auger, and
Memorial donations may be
made to Sutter VNA & Hospice
(suttervnaandhospice.org) or the
San Mateo County Horseman’s
Association (sncha.org). A
Barbara Wood is a freelance
writer, photographer and
gardener from Woodside
Woodside merchants seek
exemption from new
rules restricting parking
By Dave Boyce
Almanac Staff Writer
Motorists — potential
customers, actually —
have been seen driving
away from downtown Woodside
after not finding a place to park,
according to members of the
town’s retail business community.
“They make two or three
circuits (of the full parking lot)
and leave and don’t come back,”
Jamis MacNiven, the owner of
Buck’s of Woodside restaurant,
told the Town Council at its
Tuesday, Nov. 9, meeting.
With Mr. MacNiven were
Roberts Market owner George
Roberts and several other retailers
who do business at the corner
of Canada and Woodside roads.
No-parking signs have been
up along Woodside Road west of
the intersection since September.
The signs, along with more oncampus
parking at Woodside
Elementary School, seem to have
ended an endemic 10 to 15 minutes
of stop-and-go crawl that
occurred twice a day as parents
arrived at the school to drop off
and pick up their kids.
The California Department of
Transportation has jurisdiction
over Woodside Road. The town,
which erected the signs at Caltrans’
behest, did so in antici-
Ormondale School’s Turkey Trot
set to run and walk on Saturday
Rain or shine, the sixth annual
Turkey Trot is all set for Saturday
morning, Nov. 20, at Ormondale
School in Portola Valley.
Once again, the fun run and walk
will loop around Shawnee Pass and
Cervantes Road, and traffic will be
blocked off in the area.
Volunteers with the Portola Valley
have just extended the registration
deadline, allowing all community
members to sign up for a discount
as long as the forms are handed in
to the Ormondale or Corte Madera
school offices by Nov. 19.
The race starts with check-in
and registration at Ormondale,
at 200 Shawnee Pass, at 8 a.m.
The 5K Fun Run/walk will
begin at 9 a.m. and is open to all
runners and walkers (no bikes
pation of feedback. A Sept. 10
letter to Town Manager Susan
George provided some.
“We merchants ... would like
the town to consider helping
us with the lunch parking
by exempting the no-parking
restriction between 11 a.m.
and 2:30 p.m. seven days of the
week,” the letter said.
The town has some discretion
in making exemptions to the
The letter to Ms. George was
signed by Mr. MacNiven, Mr.
Roberts and five other retailers.
Their proposal would allow a
total of about 200 feet of bike
lane on both sides of the road,
thereby increasing capacity by
about 10 spaces.
The council agreed on a temporary
exemption while town
staff discusses the matter with
Caltrans. The parking problem
came to Caltrans’ attention
when at least one cyclist complained
about the blocked bike
lanes that had been the consequence
of the school traffic
twice a day.
Caltrans wrote to the town in
September 2008 to propose noparking
signs to “remind drivers
of the prohibition” on parking
in bike lanes not wide enough to
accommodate vehicles. A
The 1K Fun Run/walk will
then start at 10. It is only
open to those in kindergarten
through third grade, and closed
to adults, bikes and scooters.
Afterward, the awards ceremony
will include prizes for
the 5K male and female winners
in each grade level up to eighth
grade, and in the high school
and adult categories.
Go to pvsd.net to get registration
forms. The entry fee
includes food and refreshments.
Individuals may enter for $10
before race day, or for $15 the
day of the race. The family rate
is $20 before race day and $25 on
race day. Long-sleeved T-shirts
featuring student art will be for
sale at the race for $15.
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Woodside Priory School
Theater will present the play,
ìThe Adventures of Huckleberry
Finn,î at 7 p.m. Thursday and
Friday, Nov. 18-19, and 1 p.m.
and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20.
Performances will be at the
Rothrock Performance Hall at
the school, 302 Portola Road in
Portola Valley. Among those in
the cast are Bruno Geoly, left, as
Tom Sawyer and Graham Hughes
as Huck Finn. Tickets are $12 for
adults and $5 for students. The
Mark Twain classic was adopted
by Matthew Francis for the stage.
John Sugden is chair of the
Performing Arts Department
at Woodside Priory.
Committee for Green Foothills celebrates life of Mary Davey
The Committee for Green Foothills
is holding a ìWonderful, Marvelous
Celebration of Lifeî in memory
of Mary Davey, a longtime local
environmentalist and a founder of
the Midpeninsula Regional Open
Space District, who died of heartrelated
illness on Oct. 2.
The family of Mary Davey and
Hidden Villa are joining in the
event, which will be held from 2 to
4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at Holbrook-Palmer
Park, 150 Watkins
Ave. in Atherton.
There will be light refreshments
and an open mike for ìshortî memory
sharing, according to Cynthia
D’Agosta, executive director of the
Committee for Green Foothills.
Car pooling is highly recommended
as parking is extremely
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By Renee Batti
Almanac News Editor
The attorney defending
Atherton and Councilman
Jerry Carlson in a federal
lawsuit filed by Jon Buckheit is
attempting to get a judge to rule,
before the trial begins next year,
that the plaintiff has no legal basis
for his claim against Mr. Carlson.
Mr. Buckheit named the town
and San Mateo County as defendants
in his original lawsuit, but
later added three Atherton police
officers and Mr. Carlson — the latter
for allegedly retaliating against
him because of his lawsuit.
The claim stems from Mr.
Carlson’s resistance to appointing
Mr. Buckheit to the town’s
Finance Committee when the
City Council appointed public
members in April. Although
three seats were open, only two
applicants received the three
necessary council votes.
Two, Mr. Buckheit and Alain
Enthoven, received two votes
each. Mayor Kathy McKeithen
urged the council at that time
to expand the number of public
seats to four, and appoint both
Mr. Buckheit and Mr. Enthoven,
but the council majority declined
to do so. Later, Mr. Buckheit was
told by someone he trusts that
Mr. Carlson said he wouldn’t
appoint him because of his
litigation against the town, Mr.
Buckheit told The Almanac.
“The government is not supposed
to retaliate against people
who air grievances,” Mr. Buckheit
said. “It’s actually against
the law — the Civil Rights Act
— and for obvious reasons.”
Jeffrey Vucinich, the attorney
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defending the town against
the lawsuit, filed a motion of
summary judgment last month
to convince a judge that Mr.
Carlson should be dropped as
a defendant in Mr. Buckheit’s
lawsuit, claiming, among other
things, that the councilman’s
decision not to support Mr.
Buckheit’s committee appointment
“did not result in the requisite
‘chilling effect,’ as lawfully
mandated for alleged civil rights
violations brought under the
The motion also states that
Mr. Carlson “is entitled to the
defense of qualified immunity
for his discretionary acts as a
Although a court hearing on the
motion had been set for Dec. 3, it
was recently pulled from the court
calendar, City Attorney Wynne
Furth confirmed, although she
said she couldn’t provide more
information because she is not
handling the case.
Repeated calls to Mr. Vucinich
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The appointment of an
interim city manager who
would oversee operations
in Atherton Town Hall for several
months, until a permanent
manager is found, may be made
as early as Wednesday, Nov. 17, at
the City Council meeting.
The council interviewed five
Ms. Furth was quoted in
another local newspaper that
the town plans to refile the
motion next year.
Mr. Buckheit’s lawsuit stems
from his 2008 arrest during a
domestic violence incident; he
had called police out to his home
to help during a dispute with his
then-girlfriend in which he was
The police arrested him
instead of the woman, then
refused to give him the police
report on the incident until he
sued to obtain it. When he did,
he was stunned: In addition to
a charge that he had been the
aggressor during the incident,
the report included a charge
of child abuse against the girlfriend’s
Mr. Buckheit was never
charged, and early this year
obtained a declaration of factual
innocence in Superior Court.
During the court hearing, police
officer Tony Dennis testified
that he had not included the
child abuse charge, although he
had written the report. A
candidates — among them the
town’s current “bridge” interim
manager — for the interim city
manager position when it met
on Monday, Nov. 15. The special
meeting began in open session,
but the interviews were conducted
in closed session after a
public comment period.
In a departure from the typical
hiring practices in most
cities, the council released the
Contracts with two groups
of town employees are on the
agenda when the Atherton
City Council meets at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 17. Both
two-year contracts allow for
no pay increases for the first
year, and a small increase in
Rather than the council
chambers, the meeting will be
held in the Jennings Pavilion
in Atherton’s Holbrook-Palmer
Park at 150 Watkins Ave.
The council must vote on
the proposed contracts, which
cover the fiscal years 2009-10
and 2010-11. Because the second
year began in July, the pay
increases would be retroactive
to that month.
For both groups, the pay
increase will reflect an amount
that will place them at the
70th percentile pay range for
comparable positions in other
towns. That means an average
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names of the candidates last
week. They live in California
cities large and small.
In addition to Nadine Levin of
San Mateo, who was appointed
to oversee Town Hall operations
until a longer-term interim
manager is found, the candidates
are John Danielson of Elk
Grove, Martha Debry of San
Jose, Eli Naffah of Crescent
City, and Gene Rogers of Pebble
Among the duties the longerterm
interim manager will be
charged with is overseeing the
process of recruiting a permanent
The council decided to appoint
an interim town manager while
launching a more intensive process
to find a permanent manager
soon after then-City Manager
Jerry Gruber announced his resignation,
effective Oct. 22. But
before the Oct. 29 application
deadline for the interim position
closed, Assistant City Manager
Eileen Wilkerson unexpectedly
announced her retirement,
giving only one week’s notice,
leaving the town without leadership.
The council scrambled to find
someone to manage town operations
until a longer-term interim
manager could be found, and
to join the conversation online.
2.4 percent increase for nonmanagement,
miscellaneous employees. The
estimated cost of the increase
is $52,000 for this fiscal year.
Management staff would
average a 5.4 percent increase,
at an estimated cost of $72,000
this year, a sum based on all
positions being filled. (The
town’s assistant city manager
and building official positions
are now vacant.)
The management contract
also requires those employees
to pay 3 percent of their
medical coverage; the town
currently pays 100 percent of
The council will also vote
on a new water-efficient landscaping
ordinance, and an
ordinance that would change
building rules on Parker Avenue.
The appointment of a
new interim manager is listed
as a tentative agenda item.
Ms. Levin, who retired earlier
this year as Mountain View’s
assistant city manager, was hired
and on the job by Oct. 22.
During the public comment
period at the Nov. 15 meeting,
resident Jon Buckheit challenged
the council’s earlier decision
to put City Attorney Wynne
Furth in charge of overseeing
the hiring process. Ms. Furth,
who did background checks on
the candidates, will also have
to reapply for her job soon, and
that fact might influence her
work in helping to choose a new
interim manager, he said after
The town provided brief background
information on Ms.
Levin and the other four candidates,
including the following.
Mr. Danielson is a former city
manager of Elk Grove and Wildomar.
He operates Danielson
Associates in Sacramento.
Ms. Debry is public works
director of Hillsborough, and
previously served as that town’s
assistant city manager.
Mr. Naffah is a former city
manager of Crescent City and
Rio Dell. He now operates Naffah
Mr. Rogers was city manager
of Moreno Valley, and served
for five years as Sunnyvale’s
employment development director.
He now works with Local
Government Management Consultants.
Go to tinyurl.com/2eh4hwn
for more information about the
By Sue Dremann
Without funding to stabilize
costs, commuters could
find themselves without the rail
line on the Peninsula for the first
time since 1864, when two trains
a day carried riders between San
Francisco and San Jose.
That’s the message a new group,
Friends of Caltrain, told nearly
100 people at the Menlo Park
Library on Nov. 9.
The grassroots coalition of
cities, neighborhood groups,
transit advocates and residents is
seeking ways to find a permanent
and dedicated source of operating
funds for Caltrain. The commuter
service could face a $30
million deficit in 2012, its next
fiscal year, said former Palo Alto
Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto, who is
leading the coalition.
Caltrain is facing a tipping
point, coalition members said.
It lacks funds to either run an
existing service so as to keep rider
levels up or modernize services so
they’d attract and increase ridership
Caltrain is operated by the
Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers
Board, made up of representatives
from three counties: San Mateo,
Santa Clara and San Francisco.
The Friends are working on a
ballot measure they hope to put
before voters in 2012 that would
institute a tax to provide a steady
source of revenue for Caltrain,
Ms. Kishimoto said. The rail line
also has costly plans for electrification,
which would increase the
line’s efficiency, reduce emissions
by up to 90 percent, and attract
more riders, coalition members
The Metropolitan Transportation
Commission (MTC), in a
March 2009 report, found that
the regional transit system’s longterm
viability is at risk and not
sustainable, based on current
projections of transit costs and
The report, “Transportation
2035 Plan for the San Francisco
Bay Area,” outlined how $218
billion in anticipated federal,
state and local transportation
funds would be spent in the ninecounty
Bay Area during the next
Caltrain has the second highest
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Clevenger of MTC said.
Caltrain takes in 43 percent
through fares, according to preliminary
findings by the MTC’s
“Transit Sustainability Project”
report, a follow-up to “Transportation
Nearly 40 percent of Caltrain’s
funding comes from three
other county transit agencies:
Santa Clara Valley Transportation
Authority (VTA), San
Mateo County Transit District
(SamTrans), and San Francisco
Municipal Transportation Agency
But those agencies are experiencing
their own crises due to
decreased ridership and budget
cuts, officials said.
Caltrain “is just one competitor
for the beleaguered general
budgets,” Ms. Kishimoto said.
“We have to look down this
frightening cliff and ask ourselves
some basic questions: ‘Can we
imagine life on the Peninsula
without Caltrain?’; ‘What structural
changes should we examine
to control long-term costs and
increase our ability to deliver
more and better service that will
attract more riders, not less?’”
Ms. Kishimoto and others said
the time is ripe to leverage federal
“If high-speed rail comes, we
want to work with representatives
to get electrification for Caltrain.
The worst nightmare would be
for high-speed rail to come with
its own independent funding and
for Caltrain to go,” she said.
But getting joint funding would
only be possible if there is an end
to the squabbling regarding the
California high-speed rail initiative
and if there is a common
voice on regional transportation
planning, coalition members
“This is the turning point,”
Burlingame Vice Mayor Terry
Nagel said, after having met with
federal representatives earlier that
day. “The federal folks are looking
for areas that reach consensus.”
More than $139 million in
federal funds could potentially
be part of Caltrain’s share if highspeed
rail receives federal funding,
which would fund a study on
electrification, according to the
Caltrain board member Arthur
Lloyd said modernization provides
good potential for financial revitalization.
That was shown when
“baby bullet” trains were added
and ridership increased. Ironically,
electrification was explored
with a number of engines in 1923,
but the project halted during the
Depression in 1929, he said.
Todd McIntyre, SamTrans community-relations
funding isn’t likely to improve
from Caltrain’s usual funding
sources, the other transit agencies.
SamTrans eliminated 60 employees
during the last fiscal year, he
Electrification would help
improve financial sustainability
by doubling ridership, reducing
pollution from trains by up to 90
percent, and allowing for more
efficient service. One additional
train in each direction could run
every peak hour, he said.
If Caltrain does encounter its
“worst case scenario” — the $30
million deficit in 2012
train service could be reduced to
one an hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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and could be eliminated entirely
on weekends, he said.
Losing Caltrain could have a
much greater regional impact
on Bay Area quality of life and
economics, said Sue Lempert,
a member of the Metropolitan
“If Caltrain went out of business,
what happens to transit villages
along the way?” she asked.
Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt said
losing Caltrain would have enormous
impacts on Palo Alto and
“Stanford as an entity is helping
to subsidize Caltrain more than
any other entity,” he said. Many
university employees and workers
in Stanford Research Park,
including Facebook, use Caltrain,
“We would have great congestion,
and the Stanford campus
and (proposed) hospital development
are hinged upon Caltrain,”
he said. The primary recommendation
for easing traffic congestion
as a result of Stanford’s
planned expansion is the GO Pass
from Caltrain, which provides
unlimited rides for a year for one
The university accounts for 50
percent of Caltrain’s GO Passes
currently. When the hospital is
added, Stanford will account for
two-thirds of all Caltrain GO
Passes, he said.
The Friends group plans a summit
on Jan. 29, 2011, with an
official kickoff to include Rep.
Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, and
the Silicon Valley Leadership
Council, among others. A “stakeholder”
outreach meeting is
planned for spring, with another
public outreach meeting for summer
or fall 2011. A
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Some like it hot
The Hot Club of Palo Alto keeps the gypsy-jazz
tradition alive and swinging
By Rebecca Wallace
It’s been raining for hours, but
there’s a Sunday-afternoon
warmth inside Menlo Park’s
Cafe Zoe that has nothing to do
with the soup of the day.
Rich gypsy jazz swings through
the small room and out the front
door: bittersweet violin solo
atop vigorous rhythm guitar
and bass, layered with accordion,
lead guitar, saxophone
and shaker. People at the tables
— some neighbors and some
fans of the band, The Hot Club
of Palo Alto — nod in time over
their lattes. When the players
take a break, a man shouts from
outside, “You guys are good!”
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Gypsy jazz, also known as jazz
manouche, blends the sounds of
tango, swing and even Dixieland
jazz into its often minor-key
mix. It began really making
its voice heard in 1930s Paris.
Much of the music’s enduring
popularity today is thanks to a
Belgian-born gypsy guitarist,
the iconic Django Reinhardt
(1910-1953), and his Quintet of
the Hot Club of France.
This year, many concerts have
marked what would have been
Reinhardt’s 100th birthday,
including a tribute performance
at the Stanford Jazz Festival this
summer. The Hot Club of Palo
Alto honors the master and his
swinging style year-round, performing
at Cafe Zoe, Red Rock
Coffee in Mountain View, and
Longtime Menlo Park guitarist
and teacher Ken Brown is the
band’s musical director, doing
all the arrangements and planning
sets. He’s got a background
in classical music, a guitar pin
on his lapel, and a love for introducing
new tunes to the band
and its audiences.
One of the features of gypsy
jazz is that it lacks a drummer.
Doesn’t need one. The rhythm
guitar provides the distinctive
percussive sound known as “la
pompe,” which can skip along at
quite a clip. In The Hot Club of
Palo Alto, Atherton resident Paul
Getty plays rhythm guitar with
Menlo Park’s John Higham also
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The Hot Club of Palo Alto’s musicians play a tune at Cafe Zoe in Menlo Park.
providing a rhythmic anchor
on bass. Both also jump in with
solos from time to time.
Alen Cieli of Palo Alto alternates
between bowing and
strumming his violin, with Don
Dias providing that distinctive
Continental sound on the accordion.
Chazz Alley, who grew up
in Palo Alto, plays saxophone
and shaker. When a song needs
words, he’s the vocalist.
“Chazz has a beautiful voice,”
Cafe Zoe owner Kathleen Daly
says. She describes the band’s
music as “really happy, feel-good
stuff,” and adds, “We fight over
who’s going to work Sunday
afternoons because we all enjoy
them so much.”
All the band’s instruments
add up to a textured sound that
appeals to many players because
of the chances for lengthy
improvisation and technically
“I’m a rock and roll guitarist,”
says Mr. Getty, who toured
with Stevie Wonder in the early
1970s. “Django’s style is hard to
play. We like the challenge.”
Mr. Getty and Mr. Brown
have known each other for 15
years. In fact, Mr. Brown used
to give Mr. Getty lessons. The
other musicians connected more
recently, bringing backgrounds
in traditional jazz, rock and
classical. “Ken kind of got us all
playing this kind of music,” Mr.
“It’s very accessible,” Mr. Brown
says of gypsy jazz. “It’s got a great
feel and a great tradition.”
If these musicians live in different
towns, why name the
band after Palo Alto? Someone
had already taken the domain
name for Menlo Park, Mr.
Getty says. And “The Hot Club
of Atherton” just didn’t sound
On this Sunday afternoon,
the band sounds just fine to
the crowd at Cafe Zoe. The
musicians play the warm “Blue
Bossa,” the dreamy “Nuage”
and other tunes, communicating
with each other through eye
contact and nods, taking turns
on solos. A boy in a baseball
cap too big for him watches so
intently that he forgets to eat his
Mr. Getty seems to enjoy his
emcee role as he calls out each
song title. Before the band plays
“Midnight in Moscow,” Mr.
Getty announces: “We’re going
to take you back east of the Volga
for the next tune. ... It’s older
than dirt. Probably a greatest hit
“Top 10,” another musician
During “The Sheik of Araby,”
Mr. Alley commands the microphone
like an old-timer. “At
night when you’re asleep, into
your tent I’ll creep,” he croons,
garnering appreciative laughs
from the audience.
After the show, the musicians
chat with patrons as the cafe
quiets down and the cozy room
begins to empty out. Instruments
get packed up, and the
players start talking about their
They’ll play over at Red Rock,
then back at Cafe Zoe, then back
at Red Rock. Other gigs might
pop up. Mr. Brown has music
lessons to teach. Some of the
guys have day jobs. It’s a traveling
band for travelers’ music. A
■ The Hot Club of Palo Alto’s
upcoming local gigs include a
performance planned from 2 to
4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, at Red
Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St.,
> Go to redrockcoffee.org or call
■ The band also regularly plays
at Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave.,
Menlo Park. The next scheduled
gig is Sunday, Nov. 28, from 1
to 3 p.m.
> Go to cafezoemenlopark.com
or call 322-1926.
> Go to hotclubpaloalto.com for
the band’s website.
Art Lloyd talks on railroad history and Menlo Park
Arthur Lloyd, a man who for
decades has been immersed, by
vocation and avocation, in the
world of railroads and public
transportation, will speak at
a program sponsored by the
Menlo Park Historical Association
at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21.
The program, “Menlo Park
and the Railroad: The First
Hundred Years,” will be present-
ed in the Fireside Room of the
Menlo Park Recreation Center,
700 Alma St., in the Menlo Park
Mr. Lloyd, a longtime advocate
for rail travel, was director
of public affairs for Amtrakís
Western operations for 20 years
before retiring in 1991.
He continues to be involved
with public transportation mat-
Photo by Ron Evams
ters as a director of the San
Mateo County Transit District,
and a director of Caltrain’s Joint
Powers Board, according to the
A railroad buff, he also is a
member of numerous railroad
history groups and museums.
The event is free and open to
In Portola Valley: images
of the American West
Portola Valley nature and travel
photographer David Cardinal
will exhibit his images of the
American West at Allegro Gallery
in Portola Valley from Nov.
21 through Dec. 31. A reception
for the artist will be held Sunday,
Nov, 21, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the
gallery, 3130 Alpine Road, #370,
in Portola Valley.
For this show, Mr. Cardinal has
selected images from Texas, Utah,
Arizona, New Mexico, Alaska and
California. Subjects range from scenics
to rare bird species with a variety
of “Old West” subjects as well.
“I was particularly inspired this
spring by a road trip to the Western
United States that my daughter
Annie and I took along the lines of
Steinbeck’s ‘Travels with Charley,’”
he said. “While we didn’t lodge in
an RV like Steinbeck did, we did
amble our way through parks and
small towns with an eye for appreciating
special sights that may not
be there much longer.”
Mr. Cardinal leads small-group
photo safaris to Africa, Asia and
Alaska, as well as to destinations in
Here is the question I have been
asking myself lately: Do other
normally rational and mature
adults routinely indulge in dangerous
and embarrassing activities for the sake
of their animals — or is it just me?
It started the night I found myself
teetering on top of the bunny hutch
attached to our chicken coop, stretching
one arm as far
as it would go in a
vain attempt to grab
a chicken with the
hand not holding
the flashlight, when
I heard an ominous
cracking sound, and
began to think about
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dies after crashing through roof of
chicken coop in the dark” the headline
would say. This is not how I want to be remembered.
So why, instead of going inside and crawling into
bed right then, did I persist in grabbing chickens,
tucking them under my arm, climbing down, taking
them into the coop and putting them on their perch,
where they should have been to start with? (After the
hutch roof cracked, I did fetch a step ladder.)
Four times I repeated the maneuver, placing the
silly birds safely inside, where they were safely off the
dinner menu of the neighborhood raccoons.
Job completed, I snuck back into the house, my
hand bleeding from a chicken wire scratch, grateful
that I had escaped the embarrassing headlines.
For some reason, my eight young hens keep trying
to roost on the roof of the chicken coop instead of
the continental United States. He
specializes in rare and endangered
animals and environments.
The Allegro Gallery hours
are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday
Go to cardinalphoto.com for
more information on David
Persimmon sale for charity
Local youth Lisa and Sara Hewitt,
members of their philanthropy
group, ChAngels, are hosting their
third annual persimmon sale at
the family-owned shop, Beltramo’s
Wines and Sprits, 1540 El Camion
Real in Menlo Park, from 1 to 2:30
p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21.
The sale of organic, locally harvested
persimmons is a tradition
started by the girls’ mother, Diana
Beltramo Hewitt, who peddled
persimmons as a girl. Her stand
featured the fruit accompanied by
a family dessert recipe incorporat-
from the home front
C O M M U N I T Y
David Cardinal’s special perspective on a Portola Valley vineyard is among his American West images on exhibit
at Allegro Gallery. The image, says Mr. Cardinal, is an “infrared digital capture” converted to black and white.
ing the persimmons. Her daughters
and friends are carrying on the
tradition, this time for charity.
ChAngels is a mother-daughter
philanthropy group, founded in
2007 with the goal of effecting
change on both a local and global
Barbara does Stupid Human Tricks
Photo by Barbara Wood
Barbara Wood’s dog
Wheeler seems to have
the ability to inspire her
to embarrassing and
dangerous actions just to
make him happy; but then,
so do her chickens.
safely inside. I try to venture out to
latch the coop door just before full
dark each night, so I can see to round
up any who haven’t made it inside.
I started this routine after the night
that two chickens fell on my head as
I shut the coop door, which they were
Then, a few days ago, I found
myself scrambling down a steep
embankment that I wasn’t sure I
could get back up. The dog’s ball was
stuck somewhere down there in the
It wasn’t a case of life or death, but
I knew that Wheeler, my 90-pound
lap dog of a Labrador retriever, would
be nervous and unhappy the entire
mile and a half back home without
a ball to carry. Plus, that grocery-bag
full of lacrosse balls a friend had given
us was being depleted as Wheeler lost
the balls in drainage ditches, under fences or down
embankments even a dog wouldn’t attempt.
So I abandoned common sense and decorum and
headed downhill — just as I had a few weeks earlier
when I scaled a 6-foot-high fence to retrieve a ball
that had gotten away from him.
This time, the ball was under a root, deep in a hole
that probably was the front door for some dangerous
form of wildlife. I bravely stuck my arm in halfway to
the elbow to grab the ball.
“Woodside woman starves to death with arm stuck
in gopher hole,” that headline would have read. A
Barbara Wood is a freelance writer, photographer and
gardener from Woodside. Her column runs the third
week of the month.
level by collecting and earning
spare change. Other members are
Atherton and Menlo Park residents
Annie and Lily Barnett, Sarah and
Kate Lucas, Melissa and Alison
Freeman, and Kim Guthrie and
daughters Jessie and Clara.
Go to thechangels.blogspot.com
for more information or call Kate
Lucas, founding member of ChAn-
“Serving The Peninsula Since 1983”
gels at 568-0395.
Members, who range in age
from 8 to 11, have been involved
in a number of charitable activities,
including collecting shoes for
homeless children, donating books
to Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital,
and making toys and collecting
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A community health education series from Stanford Hospital & Clinics
After Indigestion Resolves:
Tissue changes can raise
risk of esophogeal cancer
James Revier’s timing, some might
say, couldn’t be better. When he was
diagnosed with lung cancer in 1983
and told he had six months to live, he
ended up at Stanford Hospital & Clinics,
where physicians offered him the
chance to try some new treatments just
out of research.
The chemotherapy they tried worked.
“It worked so well, they were surprised,”
Revier said. “They started in
March or April and by August they
could no longer see the tumor.” Revier
received radiation treatments, too, and
after five years of clean check-ups, his
Stanford doctors told him there was no
reason for him to come back.
In 1983, fewer than 20 percent of lung
cancer patients survived for five years
after the diagnosis. One of those lucky
few, Revier picked up his life again, although
he was no longer the two-packa-day
smoker he had been. The one
thing that was still with him, however,
was indigestion. “I’ve always had indigestion,”
Millions of other Americans have it,
too. It’s a word that describes a handful
of unpleasant feelings centered
in the body’s core the bloating, burning
and belching that can make meal
times miserable. Sometimes it’s called
heartburn, a label that’s erroneous,
16 � The Almanac � November 17, 2010
of course, because it’s acids from the
stomach that are the problem; the
heart isn’t involved at all. Some digestive
problems are more common in
older age, but there is no gender or age
category for distress around eating.
Why it happens
After minimally invasive treatment for damage done by indigestion to his
esophagus, James Revier is back at work in the Food Services Office at a local
The causes for gastric upset are many:
irritable bowel syndrome, stomach
infection, medications, eating too fast,
eating high-fat foods, stress, alcohol
and smoking. In many cases, it’s what
doctors call GERD gastroesophageal
reflux disease. Each part of the digestive
system has its own particularities,
of course; trouble starts when there’s
interaction that goes in the wrong direction.
With heartburn, acid from the
stomach, designed to break down food,
moves into the esophagus, whose tissues
are seriously altered by the corrosive
effects of regular acid reflux.
“ The treatment for Barrett’s
involved removing a part of
the esophagus and pulling up
the stomach to attach it to the
remaining esophagus. That can be
a risky procedure.”
– Ann Chen, MD, Director, Stanford Hospital
Barrett’s Esophogus Center
Norbert von der Groeben
Most of us will experience
at least once in a lifetime.
When it begins
to happen on a regular
basis, the problem is
serious. Typical treatments
the acids and promote
the healing of damaged
And more than
$1 billion in over the
are sold each year for
acid relief. But while
antacids offer pain
relief, they do not
reverse the potential
damage to the esopha-
James Revier survived lung cancer only to discover that years of indigestion had left their mark on his esophagus.
gus. Once someone has suffered from
acid attacks for five years, physicians
recommend an endoscopy to look for
signs of change.
What worries them are the changes
that can happen to the esophagus
after long-term exposure to acid. The
rate of esophageal cancer in the lower
esophagus has more than doubled in
the last 25 years, making it by far one
of the fastest increasing cancers in the
U.S. The National Cancer Institute
estimates 16,640 new cases this year.
When someone has GERD, the odds
increase for the development of a condition
called Barrett’s esophagus, a signal
of tissue changes that raise the risk
that cancer will develop there. Early
detection, as with all cancers, is tied to
the most effective treatment.
People like Revier, for whom gastric
discomfort was the norm, may go
for years without knowing about the
changes taking place inside their
esophagus. He found out only because
he swallowed a piece of meat that
was too big and he ended up in the
emergency room. The physician who
examined him noticed immediately
that something was wrong. Revier was
later diagnosed with Barrett’s that had
produced pre-cancerous cells in his
Revier’s health history and current
medical conditions raised very high
the risks for invasive surgery. By the
time he found Ann Chen, MD, at Stanford
Hospital & Clinics, he had gone
through a series of unsuccessful hot
laser treatments and the pre-cancerous
cells were progressing toward cancer.
Chen, MD, who leads the Hospital’s
Barrett’s Esophagus Program, became
Revier’s physician. For decades, “the
treatment for Barrett’s involved removing
a part of the esophagus and pulling
up the stomach to attach it to the
remaining esophagus,” she said. “That
can be a risky procedure and cause
long-term nausea, vomiting and complications.
Nor has it been shown to prevent
further Barrett’s in the remaining
“ Endoscopes have long been
neglected in terms of the biotech
and device industry, but things
are beginning to change.”
– Pankaj Jay Pasricha, MD, Chief
of Stanford Hospital’s Division of
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
The biggest change since those
days has come because of the
endoscope a slender, flexible wand
that can be sent into the esophagus
with light-projecting optics and
surgical tool attachments. Stanford
opened a new endoscopy center in
2009, where patients can be treated
for a wide range of conditions,
with the endoscope’s minimally
invasive approach taking the place
of traditional and more invasive
Pankaj Jay Pasricha, Chief of the
Hospital’s Division of Gastroenterology
and Hepatology, has been
working to improve endoscopic
tools since he entered the field.
“Endoscopes have long been neglected
in terms of the biotech
and device industry,” he said, “but
things are beginning to change.”
Norbert von der Groeben
Inside Your Digestive System
� Our digestive system has its own brain. Within the nearly 20 feet of
tissues that line our food-processing organs are nerves that run the
show. In fact, there are 500 million nerve cells and 100 million neurons
that, if consolidated, would be about the size of a cat’s brain.
� This enteric (meaning: within the intestines) brain has its own senses,
responding to food with the appropriate actions—controlling the
system’s muscles, enzymes and hormones.
� Research into neurogastroenterology holds potential in important ways.
Among its other functions, our digestive system represents 70 percent
of our immune system’s response to unrecognized intruders.
What is Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease?
� Commonly shortened to GERD, this condition happens when stomach
contents come back up into the esophagus. Because the stomach
contains acids whose job is to dissolve food into digestible material, the
esophageal tissue can be damaged as it comes into contact with those
New tools, like a flexible suturing
device, have made endoscopicallyperformed
surgical procedures more
The digestive system is far more complex
than most would assume. In fact,
the nearly 20 feet that run from end to
end contain an independent brain not
a solid organ like the one in the skull,
but a system of 100 million neurons,
an integral part of the tissues. This
enteric (which means relating to the
intestines) brain controls all the contractions
and biochemical processes
rd physicians didn’t use a scalpel to repair Revier’s
ged esophagus. Instead, they carefully inserted a slender
alled an endoscope to carry both heat and freezing gas to
e unwanted tissue. Revier was back at work within days.
Norbert von der Groeben
that support how humans process
food and the pain we might feel in our
intestines. The nerves are wired differently
in each person, Chen said, which
may explain why some people with just
a bit of acid reflux experience severe
pain while others with large amounts
of acid reflux don’t know they have a
problem until cancer is already developed.
Pasricha leads research at the
Enteric Neuromuscular Disorders and
Pain Laboratory at Stanford, also home
to the NIH-funded Digestive Disease
“ I keep thinking about what would
have happened if it hadn’t been for
that piece of meat getting stuck.”
– James Revier, Stanford Hospital
& Clinics patient
It was Pasricha who developed the
endoscopic technology to deliver the
first round of successful treatment for
Revier. Instead of removing the Barrett’s
tissue with a scalpel, Chen was
able to spray the pre-cancerous cells
with a very cold gas to freeze them in
a technique called cryotherapy. She
followed that a few weeks later with radiofrequency
therapy, burning off any
residual Barrett’s tissue with quick,
short pulses of heat directed with an
endoscope. There was no blood loss, she
said, and less post-procedure pain, too.
“It really improves the care we can offer
patients,” Pasricha said. “We are
able to do many
more things than
Revier did not
need to be fully
which he was very
happy about. “They
did it and it went
well,” he said.
fine,” Revier said,
“and things are
looking very good.”
Chen said checkup
new tissue regrowth
and no sign
of the Barrett’s.
The next step will be to refine who is at
risk and who to treat, Chen said. Stanford
is involved in research to follow
patients and develop new techniques to
diagnose patients earlier and to build
preventive care strategies. “We think
tobacco and alcohol are factors, and
genetics likely plays a significant role,”
she said. “There are people who have
acid reflux for years but never develop
Barrett’s or pre-cancerous changes.
Then there are those who have only
mild acid reflux and develop esopha-
� This reverse action usually takes place because the valve between the
esophagus and the stomach fails to work properly. Instead of closing
after allowing food to move through to the stomach, it stays open,
allowing reverse movement.
� Most of us will experience digestive discomfort on occasion. If we eat
too fast or too much all at once, or lay down less than three hours after
eating, we are more likely to feel that burning sensation. Sometimes,
medications can disrupt digestion, too.
� Smoking can also affect the valve muscle’s function. Tobacco relaxes
that muscle and stimulates stomach acid production.
� Women secrete fewer stomach acids than men; they also have stronger
valve muscles. Those two elements help reduce the damage done if
acids do reach the esophagus.
When Should I See a Doctor?
� If you suffer such upset on a regular basis, physicians recommend that
you see your doctor. The longer stomach acids are in contact with your
esophagus, the more likely it is that damage will occur.
For more information about digestive disorder care, visit stanfordhospital.org/gastroenterology or call 650.736.5555.
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The rate of esophageal cancer has risen dramatically in the last few years, sending
physicians looking for new ways to detect changes in the esophagus and to
remove damaged tissue with more precise and minimally invasive procedures.
Revier’s care at Stanford made his recovery a quick one.
geal cancer at a young age. We just
have not yet found the answer to why.
We just can’t predict it yet.”
Revier still needs to watch what he
eats. “I’ll probably always take my
medications, just to make sure I don’t
have anything going back up to irritate
that area,” he said. “I keep thinking
about what would have happened if it
hadn’t been for that piece of meat getting
Having a place like Stanford, he said,
“is one very good thing about living
where we do if something comes up.”
Stanford Hospital & Clinics is known worldwide for advanced treatment of complex
disorders in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer treatment, neurosciences, surgery,
and organ transplants. Consistently ranked among the top institutions in the U.S. News
& World Report annual list of “America’s Best Hospitals,” Stanford Hospital & Clinics is
internationally recognized for translating medical breakthroughs into the care of patients.
It is part of the Stanford University Medical Center, along with the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard
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The turkey is the star, but
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show depends on
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mashed potatoes, cranberry
sauce, sweet potatoes and green
bean casseroles accompanying
the big bird are often the most
delicious and memorable parts
of the day’s dinner.
What are the side dishes that
make the Thanksgiving meal?
A few area chefs, grocers and
other foodies agreed to share
the dishes that make their holiday
productions a hit.
Cindy Roberts, who teaches
“The Ultimate Thanksgiving”
class for Palo Alto Adult School,
combines traditional and contemporary
ingredients in recipes
that reflect her experiences
studying cooking in the Bay
Area and at the Cordon Bleu in
“I want to teach home chefs
to create extraordinary things
at home,” she said. “The class
is inspired by the thought that
this is one meal of the year
when families come together
and they’re really expecting a
Her class and her family din-
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ner are filled with unusual dishes such
as shiitake mushroom gravy, cranberry
orange chutney and mashed potatoes
with chilies and jack cheese. Roberts’
recipes come from a variety of sources,
including family specialties and culinary
Her personal favorite is potatoes gratin
with porcini mushrooms and mascarpone
“It incorporates one of the traditional
elements of Thanksgiving — potatoes,
but with an Italian twist. It’s not so far
off tradition, so it’s appropriate, but it
also appeals to the people who have more
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Scott Nishiyama, executive chef at Chez
TJ in Mountain View, likes to stick with
“It is a traditional time when we don’t
want to stray from the comfort food that
everyone enjoys,” he said. His favorite
dish is gravy, which he always makes from
“The key to a good gravy is making a
nice aromatic broth from poultry bones
and giblets, using lots of fresh vegetables,”
he said. “You have to simmer it a long time.
It’s one of those things you can’t rush.”
He then makes a roux with butter and
flour, cooks it until it is nice and brown
and then slowly adds the stock, stirring so
it is smooth.
Another fan of
traditional sides is
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According to chef Scott
Nishiyama, the key to a
good gravy is making
a nice aromatic broth
from poultry bones and
giblets, using lots of
Cascal in Mountain View also features a mini-version of pumpkin cheesecake.
“I could pass on the turkey,
but I love mashed potatoes
with gravy,” she said. “And they
have to have lots of butter and
It’s not surprising that Antonio
Flores Lopez, executive chef
at Cascal in Mountain View,
likes to add a little Latin flavor
to his Thanksgiving dinner. He
usually hosts a large family gettogether,
roasting two or three
turkeys braised in a sangria
mixture of red wine, sugar and
juice, stuffed with zucchini,
breadcrumbs and chorizo. He
serves the turkey with a mole
verde sauce made with pumpkin
seeds, jalapeños, cilantro, green
onions and peppers.
His family’s favorite dish is the
same every year: dessert. They
always serve Lopez’s signature
pumpkin cheesecake that also
appears on the menu at Cascal
every year at this time.
A lucky accident led Charlie
Ayers, chef at Calafia Café in
Palo Alto, to create his favorite
Thanksgiving side dish.
“Years ago when I was at
Google, we ran out of a side dish
for that day’s service, so I threw
together some random ingredients,”
he said. His butternut
chilijack recipe was a huge hit
and is included in his cookbook,
“It’s a wonderful, balanced,
savory dish that combines butternut
squash, corn, jalapeño,
pepper jack cheese and cilantro
baked in a casserole. The end
result is yummy, creamy, fullmouthed
Ayers also has a favorite holiday
recipe for vegans.
“I make a Swiss chard dish
with almond butter, mustard
seeds, turmeric, chili flakes,
onions and a touch of lime
pureed and folded into the
chard. The taste fools your brain
into thinking you’re having
The favorite of Craig Kozy,
owner of DeMartini Orchard in
Los Altos, is reflective of the season’s
bounty of fresh produce.
“My favorite side dish is green
beans with slivered almonds. It’s
straight tradition,” he said.
Kozy’s preference may have
more to do with commerce than
“I sell a lot of beans this holiday.”
Cranberry Orange Chutney
Recipe by Cindy Roberts
24 oz. fresh cranberries
2 C. water
3 C. granulated sugar
1 large pippin or tart baking apple,
1) Prepare the orange: Zest the entire orange.
Squeeze the juice from the orange with a
juicer and set aside the juice and zest.
2) Heat the water and sugar together until the
sugar is just dissolved.
3) Add cranberries, apples, orange zest and
orange juice to the sugar water. Stir constantly
to ensure fruit is continually covered
with water. Cook at a high temperature until
the berries pop.
4) Reduce the heat to medium. Continue to
cook until a foam appears, stirring occasionally,
about 5 minutes.
1 navel orange
3 T. candied ginger, chopped finely
3 t. red pepper flakes
1/2 C. golden raisins
5) Add the candied ginger and cook for another
5 minutes longer to soften the ginger and
release the flavor.
6) Add the red pepper flakes.
7) Turn off the heat. Add the golden raisins.
Sample the chutney and adjust sugar and
peppers to taste.
Store the chutney into a glass jar. This will last
two weeks in the refrigerator. Remove from the
refrigerator and serve at room temperature.
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by Kathy Cordova
Uncle Ted, Nanna and your third cousin already
have enough neckties and slippers. So here’s another
thought: Most everyone loves to eat and
lots of people love to cook or entertain, so why not give
gifts of good taste this holiday? Whether you’re buying
for chefs, party hosts or anyone who loves food, local
shops offer an array of epicurean selections.
Maria’s France-Italy-England in Stanford Shopping
Center stocks imported ceramics, table linens and
accessories to imbue a European feel to any dining experience.
Deborah Believeau, visual merchandising manager,
has noticed a trend among shoppers this year.
“People are being more creative,” she said. “Cookbooks
are big. People like fun items that don’t cost
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Believeau suggests combining items to create custom
gifts, like giving a homemade cake on a hand-painted
cake plate or a vino carafe with a bottle of wine. Maria’s
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Also at Stanford, and in Redwood City, Sigona’s Farmers
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olive oil to locally produced cheeses such as the
Moo-Na Lisa, from Central Coast Creamery. Many of
these gifts can be thoughtfully paired by the market’s
staff and custom packed into gift baskets, said Carmelo
Sigona, president of Sigona’s.
Want just the right sauce to go with whole wheat
pasta? How about a tasty cheese to complement locally
grown apples? The cost is $15 to customize a basket, plus
the cost of the basket and the products.
Also of note, Sigona said, are the market’s olive oils.
They’re so popular, customers buy $6,000 worth of olive
oil each week.
“They’re flying off the shelves,” Sigona said.
The reason is that the olives are pressed within three
to six hours of being picked, and the oil is bottled at the
stores so it doesn’t start to degrade sitting too long in the
bottle, he said. With varieties of olive oil from across the
globe, Sigona’s oils boast all sorts of tones, from fruity
to buttery. Bottles of 750 ml cost $14.99.
For gifts with a Mediterranean flair, Mountain View’s
Casablanca Market offers gourmet foods from Morocco
and Spain, Moroccan glassware and ceramics and cooking
classes. Distinctive selections include their ceramic
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truffles with special holiday
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($2 per truffle or $24
for 10 truffles in a gift box).
Want a gift that also benefits
a good cause? The Artisan Shop
in the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo
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created by Bay Area craftspeople,
with all profits going to the
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.
Cesare Reyneri from Los
Altos is one of their featured artists,
offering a carved spalted oak
bowl ($75) and wine stoppers
with carved wooden tops ($30).
Iridescent blue coasters made
from recycled glass ($40) are an
ecologically friendly gift idea.
If luxury is on your list, Neiman
Marcus’ gourmet gift section
offers a variety of delicacies
and to-die-for hostess gifts.
There is the traditional fruitcake
($30), the biscotti cookie
hamper — a festively ribboned
wicker basket filled with an
assortment of breakfast cookies
($65) — and a four-cake sampler
with chocolate champagne,
Amaretto, Irish whiskey and
lemon vodka confections ($32).
Neiman Marcus’ home gifts
are traditionally over-the-top.
Consider the14-karat gold-plated,
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For those on a tighter budget,
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One consistent destination
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Born in Chicago, Ms. Henzel
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from the University of Wisconsin
in Madison, Wisconsin.
In 1986, she graduated from
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Ms. Henzel began her career in
real estate in Laguna Beach, California.
After five years there, she
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agent and broker for that company.
She also served in various leadership
positions with the Silicon Valley
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as Menlo Park district chair.
Ms. Henzel is survived by her
husband and running partner of
23 years, Robert Grey Henzel of
Portola Valley; her brother, Russell
F. Schmitt of Anaheim, California;
and several nieces and nephews.
A service was held Nov. 12 at
Memory Garden Memorial Park in
In lieu of flowers, her family
prefers donations to Rhema Bible
Training Center, P.O. Box 50126,
Tulsa Oklahoma 74150-1026.
Alumni basketball at Woodside High
The public is invited to Woodside
High School’s annual alumni
basketball game Wednesday
night, Nov. 24, in the new gym
at Woodside High School.
Former Utah Jazz center Rich
Kelly will face his son, senior
The alumni women take the
court against the varsity girls at
Vikings wrap up Pop
The Junior Midgets team (12/13
year-olds) made it to the second
round of the playoffs, playing the
Cambrian Valley Longhorns at Gilroy
High on Nov. 6 in a hard-fought
and exciting game.
In the first half, the Vikings
scored, but missed the extra point.
Then the Longhorns scored and
made the extra point. At halftime
the score was 8-6.
The Kelly men will go head-to-head
at 8 p.m. as the alumni attempt to
maintain their undefeated record
against the varsity boys.
All proceeds will benefit the
basketball program. There will
be food, a drawing for prizes, and
entertainment by the cheerleaders,
dance team and marching band.
In the second half, Vikings
scored and took the lead 14-8.
Then the Longhorns crossed
the goal-line with less than
two minutes to go, edging the
The Vikings finished the season
8-2. Running back David Teu had
an unbelievable season, scoring 21
Submitted by Adam Greenlow of
Menlo Park, a player on the Junior
Midgets team and an eighth-grader
at St. Raymond School.
RESOLUTION NO. 1745 (2010)
RESOLUTION OF INTENTION TO ANNEX CERTAIN TERRITORY TO THE WEST BAY
SANITARY DISTRICT ON-SITE WASTEWATER DISPOSAL ZONE
Lands of Golden Oak Partners
The District Board of West Bay Sanitary District finds and determines as follows:
A. This Resolution of Intention is adopted pursuant to the District’s “Zone Master Annexation Resolution”
(“ZOMAR”), which was adopted by the District Board August 12, 1996. The provisions of ZOMAR are incorporated by
reference into this Resolution of Intention.
B. The District has received an application to annex a parcel of real property (the “Parcel”) to the District’s
On-Site Wastewater Disposal Zone (the “Zone”). The Parcel is described in Exhibit “A” attached to this Resolution of Intention
and the description contained in the Exhibits are incorporated by reference. The name and address of the applicants and
the number, type, volume and location of on-site wastewater disposal systems which are proposed to operate on the parcels
to be annexed are described in Exhibit “B” attached to this Resolution of Intention and the information contained in the
Exhibit are incorporated by reference.
C. The applicants have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the District Board that the Parcel constitutes “real
property” for the purposes of Section 2(b) of ZOMAR in that:
X All of the conditions described in Subsections i., ii., iii., iv. and v. of ZOMAR Section 2(b) are satisfied; or
Other conditions exist which demonstrate that the Parcel will benefit directly or indirectly from the activities of
the Zone. If applicable, those conditions are also set forth in Exhibit “B” and are incorporated by reference.
D. All of the conditions and requirements of ZOMAR Sections 2(a), 2(c), 2(d) and 2(e) have been fully satisfied.
In consideration of the foregoing findings and determinations,
IT IS RESOLVED by the District Board as follows:
1. It is the intention of the District Board to annex the Parcel to the Zone pursuant to the provisions of ZOMAR and
applicable provisions of law.
2. In conjunction with a meeting of the District Board to be duly and regularly called and conducted, the Board will
conduct a Public Hearing for the purpose of considering all matters pertaining to this Resolution of Intention.
The time, date and place of the Public Hearing are:
Date: December 8, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: West Bay Sanitary District Offices
500 Laurel Street
Menlo Park, CA 94025
At the Public Hearing, all interested persons will be heard.
3. This Resolution of Intention shall be published and copies shall be delivered to the persons and entities as
specified in ZOMAR Section 2(e)(i.).
4. A true copy of this Resolution of Intention shall promptly be filed for record in the office of the County Recorder
of the County of San Mateo.
5. The Interim District Manager shall cause the matters set forth in Sections 3 and 4 of this Resolution of Intention
to be completed as directed.
LANDS OF GOLDEN OAK
295 GOLDEN OAK DRIVE,
ALL THAT REAL PROPERTY SITUATE
IN THE TOWN OF PORTOLA VALLEY,
COUNTY OF SAN MATEO, STATE OF
CALIFORNIA DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
ALL OF LOT 19 OF BLOCK 1 AS SAID
LOT IS SHOWN ON THAT CERTAIN MAP
ENTITLED ”TRACT NO. 711 ALPINE HILLS
UNIT 2” BEING A PORTION OF THE
RANCHO EL CORTE MADERA FILED IN
THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER
OF THAT SAID COUNTY AND STATE, ON
MARCH 17, 1955 IN VOLUME 41 OF
MAPS ON PAGES 40, 41 AND 42.
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St. Raymond School in Menlo
Park has launched a program
that helps families teach their
the benefits of
fruits and veg-
etables, while supporting the
school’s garden program.
About 25 participating families,
who have children at the
pre-K through eighth-grade private
Catholic school, pay $240
for eight deliveries of produce
over four months.
Each family receives two tote
bags, which are filled by parent volunteers,
plus a bag of mixed green
leaf lettuce mix, says Kathleen
O’Sullivan, chair of the school’s
garden advisory committee.
Peter “Farmer Pete” Trembois,
owner of Field of Greens Farms
in San Juan Bautista, delivers
boxes of fresh produce to the
school twice a month.
Proceeds help pay for the school’s
garden coordinator, Betsy Colby.
St. Raymond is located at 1211
Arbor Road in Menlo Park.
— Samantha Bergeson
her latest film
Menlo Park filmmaker Dorothy
C O M M U N I T Y
St. Raymond joins local-food movement
Fadimanís newest documentary,
“Reclaiming Their Voice: The
Native American Vote in New
Mexico & Beyond,” will be shown
for free in San Francisco on Nov.
24 and Palo Alto on Dec. 14.
Narrated by actor Peter Coyote
along with Stanford University
scholar Dr. Michael Wilcox,
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
Amending City of Menlo Park
Master Fee Schedule
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Menlo Park,
California, will hold a Public Hearing to consider amending the City’s Master
Fee Schedule concerning proposed changes in fees for the Community
Development Department. The primary fees under consideration are as
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round of updates to the Master Fee Schedule.
The amounts of the proposed fees are based on information which will
be available to the public at least 10 days in advance of this Public
Hearing at the Finance Department.
NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that the City Council of the City
of Menlo Park will hold this Public Hearing on Tuesday, November 16,
2010, at 7:00 p.m., or as near as possible thereafter, in the City Council
Chambers of the City of Menlo Park, Civic Center - 701 Laurel Street,
Menlo Park, California, at which time and place interested persons may
appear and be heard thereon.
NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that “if you challenge this matter
in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone
else raised at the Public Hearing described in this notice, or in written
correspondence delivered to the City of Menlo Park at, or prior to, the
Photo by Kathleen O’Sullivan
Pattie Lindquist joins other parent volunteers to fill recyclable tote
bags with fresh produce.
the film is a collection of stories
about Native Americans and
their efforts to combat injustice.
Ms. Fadiman, producer and
director of the film, runs a nonprofit
video production company
called Concentric Media.
American Indian Movement-
West is sponsoring the first
showing of the film at 1:45
p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the
Bahai Center, 170 Valencia St. in
The Peninsula Peace and Justice
Center is hosting a showing
at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 in
the Fireside Room at the Unitarian
Universalist Church, 505 E.
Charleston Road in Palo Alto.
Go to tinyurl.com/reclaimingsynopsis
for more information
about the film.
Amy Sedaris gives talk
Amy Sedaris, comedienne,
playwright, actress, and now
author of the new book, ìSimple
Times: Crafts for Poor People,î
is speaking at a benefit for
Breast Cancer Connections at
Gunn High School at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 17.
The talk will take place in
Spangenberg Theatre at Gunn
High School, 780 Arastradero
Road in Palo Alto.
Go to keplers.com for tickets
at $38 for one person and one
copy of her latest book, and $45
for two tickets and two books.
source for local
C O M M U N I T Y
Filoli estate celebrates holidays
By Samantha Bergeson
Special to the Almanac
Filoli, the historic estate
in Woodside, holds its
nine-day Holiday Traditions
from Nov. 26 through Dec. 4.
This year’s theme is “Visions
of Sugarplums Dancing,” with
decorations and merchandise
inspired by classic tales of past
Holiday Traditions is centered
on the first floor of the 36,000square-foot
mansion, with each
room transformed to showcase
the merchandise on sale for the
The Filoli house courtyard will
be turned into a 19th century
winter park with gas lamps, park
benches, and ice skaters, said
Filoli spokeswoman Christina
Highlights of the nine-day event
include a dinner party with live
music on Saturday, Nov. 27, and
a Filoli Children’s Party on Saturday,
Dec. 4. Buffets lunches and
bistro dinners are held at select
times throughout the event.
Proceeds support the preservation
of Filoli, a 654-acre
property that is a historic site of
the National Trust for Historic
Go to filoli.org or call 364-8300,
ext. 508, for more information
or to purchase tickets. Space is
limited. Tickets are non-fundable
Filoli’s mansion is
the nine-day Holiday
Photo by Ned Gault
More than 700 volunteers help
create Holiday Traditions, Filoli’s
largest fundraiser of the year.
Photo by Margaret Mitchell
“Visions of Sugarplums Dancing”
is the theme of this year’s Holiday
Traditions, Filoli’s largest fundraiser
of each year.
Photo by Margaret Mitchell
Filoli’s Holiday Traditions fundraising
celebration runs from Nov. 26
through Dec. 4.
Photo by Ned Gault
November 17, 2010 � The Almanac � 27
The Boys & Girls Clubs
of the Peninsula offers
places where young
people from six to 18
are welcome every day
after school and all
day in summer.
At each of the Club’s
three clubhouses and
five school-campus sites,
trained and caring staff
and a cadre of volunteers
work through a broad
range of programs
helping kids develop
attitudes and life skills
they need for good
productive lives. Now in
its 50th year, the Club
focuses on academics,
science and technology,
social education and life
skills, athletics and
fitness, and the arts.
The club also offers
specifically to engage
and support teens from
13 to 18. These include
COLLEGE BOUND, which
provides mentoring and
guidance to help teens
graduate from high
school with a plan for
Many of the Club’s
programs are offered in
partnership with local
schools and community
The Club’s annual
budget, this year nearly
$5 million, depends on
support of individuals,
and public partners.
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28 � The Almanac � November 17, 2010
OF THE PENINSULA
Guiding the youth of our community to develop
attitudes and life skills they need to thrive: that’s
the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula.
faced in the challenged
areas served by the Club.
� Too few places for children
to learn and play.
� 80% of students score below
grade level in reading and math.
� Nearly 70% of kids don’t
graduate from high school.
� Average per capita income is
$19,000 (in a normal economy).
� Many families are working
� Too few affordable childcare
� Many families don’t speak
English or have limited
education and cannot help
children with homework.
� Gangs are prevalent.
Club solutions working in partnership
with schools and families.
� Club offers safety and support for children at
eight sites in the community.
� Provides after-school academic programs, focuses
on literacy, and aligns with programs at schools.
� Runs prep operations like COLLEGE BOUND,
designed for teens.
� Volunteers and staff mentors offer positive adult
role models for youth at all ages.
� Provides “Whole Child” nurturing, that blends
technology, science, social and leadership skills,
graphic and performing arts, as well as fun, healthy
games and sports.
� Encourages full Club membership at affordable
fees so young visitors can participate in all
programs to benefit from added continuity and
3,000 kids participate in the Club’s programs
annually. 1,000 attend daily.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Volunteer -- The Club has both ongoing and done-in-day opportunities.
Become a Mentor -- Inspire a young person ro realize his or her potential.
Donate -- Support us in maintaining the youth development so families depend on.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michael Gullard, President
E XECUTIVE D IRECTOR
P RESIDENT’ S A DVISORY
BOYS &GIRLS CLUBS
OF THE PENINSULA
McNeil Family Clubhouse
Belle Haven Community School
James Flood Magnet School
EAST PALO ALTO
East Palo Alto Academy
Mervin G. Morris Clubhouse
Hoover Community School
Taft Community School
401 Pierce Road, Menlo Park,
Visit us at www.bgcp.org
‘Oughta be a law’
“There oughta be a law” about
what?, State Sen. Joe Simitian is
asking. The 11th District senator
has been asking his constituents
the same question for a decade
now, and has just extended the
deadline to Wednesday, Nov.
24, for people to submit their
proposals in writing this year.
Go to senatorsimitian.com/oughta
to fill out an application for the
“There oughta be a law” contest.
Since 2001, according to the
senator’s office, 16 of the contest
winners’ proposals have been
signed into law.
Winners are entitled to lunch
with the senator in Sacramento,
and are invited to testify on
behalf of their proposals in a
formal hearing. They also will
receive a state flag that has flown
over the Capitol building.
Be sure to
this holiday ay
Dick was born in Ludington,
Michigan. His family relocated
to Burlingame in 1927, when
Dick was 5 yrs old, when his
father accepted an executive
position as a cosmetic buyer at
Emporium in San Francisco.
Dick went to Burlingame
high school, college at CSM, then UC Berkeley. He joined
the navy in his senior year as an officer, and served for
4 yrs during WWII. He received his commission and
reported to Charleston for amphibious duty aboard an
LCT not knowing he was about to sail from Pearl Harbor
He met the love of his life, Barbara Ann Hanchett at
C O M M U N I T Y
� POLICE CALLS
Celeste Mariana Schmitt
Henzel, 60, of Portola Valley,
California, died November
Celeste was born
January 10, 1950 in
Chicago, Illinois to Russell
G. and Rose Schmitt. Celeste
received her Bachelor of
Science degree from the
University of Wisconsin and
graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center in 1986. She
began a successful career in Real Estate in Laguna Beach,
California and became a highly esteemed Realtor/Broker in
the San Francisco Bay area.
This information is from the Atherton
and Menlo Park police departments
and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s
Office. Under the law, people
charged with offenses are considered
innocent until convicted.
Grand theft reports:
■ Copper pipes and gutters stolen
from job site, 100 block of Catalpa
Drive, Nov. 10.
■ Text books stolen, Menlo College
at 1000 El Camino Real, Nov. 11.
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Commercial burglary report: Several
leaf blowers stolen from yard of
landscaping company, 1100 block of
O’Brien Drive, Nov. 6.
Auto burglary report: Window
smashed and loss estimated at $740
in case of stolen purse, 500 block of
Portola Road, Nov. 6.
WEST MENLO PARK
Theft report: Loss of $100 in theft
of purse and contents accessed via
unlocked driver’s side door, 2000
block of Harkins Ave., Nov. 9.
Roller & Hapgood & Tinney
Celeste is survived by her husband, Robert Grey Henzel
of Portola Valley, California, her brother, Russell F. Schmitt
of Anaheim, California, and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Russell G. and
In lieu of flowers, Celeste’s family requests donations
be made to Rhema Bible Training Center, P.O. Box 50126,
Tulsa Oklahoma 74150-1026.
A service for Celeste will be held at: Memory Garden
Memorial Park, 455 West Central Avenue, Brea, Ca. 92821
Friday, November 12th, 1 PM. 714-529-3961. Meal will
follow for family and friends.
For more information refer to Spangler Mortuaries, 399
So. San Antonio Road, Los Altos, Ca. 94022. 650-948-
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UC Berkeley. They married in 1946.
They lived on the Peninsula, first in Atherton, then in
Menlo Park where they raised 2 sons. They were married
for 64 glorious years, and traveled the world.
Dick worked for Chanel, then Guerlain as Vice
President of Sales on the West Coast.
Dick is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara. Adored
father of Gary, of San Carlos, and Dean of Carefree,
Arizona, their spouses, as well as a brother, John, of San
Carlos. Preceded in death by his brother, George.
Dick will be remembered for his infectious laugh, his
warm personality and his love of family.
Private family services are planned.
Donations in his memory may be made to The
The Bowman program builds
confidence, creativity and
SUMMA CUM LAUDE
WITH A BACHELORS
OF MUSIC IN VOICE
WENT ON TO EARN AN
M.A. ALSO IN VOICE
SAN JOSE STATE
She hopes her students
leave her classroom every day with a sense of accomplishment,
a desire to improve, and to develop a deep and lifelong love of
When Tina isn’t teaching, she loves to sing, read, play piano,
hike, and run. She also attends as many concerts and theater
events as she can and loves to go dancing.
Tina’s ultimate goal as an educator is to let her students experience,
create, and participate in as many “musical moments” as
possible. She wants her students to learn that when many voices
come together as one, it creates beauty that is transcendent.
ONE OF THE MANY REASONS TO SEND YOUR CHILD TO:
Woodside Priory School
302 Portola Road,
Portola Valley, CA 94028
OPEN HOUSE for Prospective Students and Families
Wednesday, Nov. 17th, 2010 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 4th, 2010 at 10 a.m.
For information and to R.S.V.P. contact Admissions at 650. 851. 8223
November 17, 2010 � The Almanac � 29
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Coordinator Diane Martin
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Ideas, thoughts and opinions about local issues from people in our community. Edited by Tom Gibboney.
The difficult decision on BevMo
There are no doubt plenty of local residents and merchants who are
disappointed that on a 3-2 vote the City Council approved a new
Beverages and More (BevMo) store on El Camino Real last week.
But clearly the three council members who voted in favor, Rich Cline,
Andy Cohen and John Boyle, felt they had no basis for making the
findings that having an additional liquor store was NOT a convenience
to Menlo Park residents. The requirement is a vague and unhelpful
legal standard, and it worked against those who wanted to put a lid on
opening an additional liquor store in town.
The opinion of The Almanac
Measure T tab: $80 per vote
The recent election campaigns
offer interesting food
for thought about how much
spending is necessary to win.
If the report that Dave Bohannon
spent $475,000 to support
Measure T is accurate, his winning
total of about 6,000 votes
cost him almost $80 a vote. In
contrast, the $141.6 million Meg
Whitman spent amounted to
only about $35 for each vote in her
Imagine what the outcome of
the gubernatorial race might
have been if Whitman had been
willing to spend as much per
vote as Bohannon. On the other
hand, if Bohannon had limited
his investment to the Whitman
level, it would have yielded on a
straight line extrapolation only
about 2,700 votes and not have
been enough to buy Measure T.
James R. Madison
Holly Avenue, Menlo Park
Now it will be up to Menlo Park
shoppers to vote with their feet
and support locally owned liquor
establishments like Beltramo’s,
the company that helped gain
wide public support for their contention that BevMo would be an
For its part, BevMo says its 9,000-square-foot store at the old Chili’s
location will provide jobs and only make life easier for the many
Menlo Park customers who now shop at BevMo’s Redwood City store.
The company also agreed to a request by council member Heyward
Robinson, who along with Kelly Fergusson voted against BevMo, to
lock up its display of miniature “airplane” liquor bottles to keep them
away from potential underage shoplifters. And the city will reconsider
BevMo’s use permit in two years, rather than the traditional three, a
stipulation the company readily agreed to.
There were good arguments against adding another liquor outlet
to the 17 already doing business in Menlo Park, although whether
one modest-sized BevMo will cause any of them to suffer greatly is
far from certain. Costco and other nearby chain and big-box stores
sell virtually the same merchandise as BevMo, and sometimes at even
lower prices. Despite the proximity of such competitors, including the
Redwood City BevMo, Menlo Park stores like Beltramo’s, Draeger’s
and others have survived by providing superior quality, selection and
Our readers write
Something is terribly wrong
The release of comparative math
scores from students around the
world is shocking. The U.S. ranks
31st in the world rankings and the
picture is even worse in California.
I guess we should get ready for
Some customers might trickle away to BevMo, but only if local businesses
are complacent. Long-established merchants have a great selling
advantage in Menlo Park, with its discriminating shoppers who often
look for quality first, not price. Local stores have a compelling story to
tell and should tell it again and again to their customers via the myriad
information channels available today.
Look back at the rebirth of Kepler’s Books and Magazines in 2005
when Clark Kepler was ready to throw in the towel, and actually did
for a few days. But the community refused to let it happen and now
Kepler’s is working hard to stave off competition from behemoths like
Amazon and other major online retailers that often have an unfair
advantage over local booksellers.
Now Mr. Kepler is president of Hometown Peninsula, a group
of businesses, including The Almanac, which is promoting a Shop
Local campaign that points out why dollars spent in our community
stay here, while those spent at big-box chains go back to the home
office. When money circulates here, local jobs are created because
merchants live and do business here. In small towns like Menlo Park,
shoppers can get to know local store owners, who are eager to serve
them and are uniquely able to provide the kind of personal service
that is not available at a chain store.
Menlo Park merchants can also avail themselves of a new ShopMenloPark.com
website and directory that allows them to conduct all kinds
of business online at virtually no cost. Similar sites are up and running
in Palo Alto and Mountain View. All the sites are supported by Hometown
Peninsula, the Chambers of Commerce, the three cities and
Embarcadero Media, the Almanac’s Palo Alto-based parent company.
Using these and other channels, local merchants and BevMo can
engage in healthy competition that will only be good for consumers.
There was strong sentiment that another liquor store was the last thing
Menlo Park needed. But the law imposes a great restraint (and legal
risk) on city governments in these circumstances. The council majority
cannot be faulted for being concerned about that risk, nor should
BevMo be faulted for wanting to have a store in Menlo Park.
Our Regional Heritage
This 1910 photo shows the just-completed, two-room Woodside School at 3195 Woodside Road. The school served
the community into the 1960s, when it was taken down to make way for a new administration building and library.
more education bond measures
with the implied message of “just
a little more money and we will
get it right.”
Wrong! The problem is in the
home and in the schools. Maybe we
should give grades for cell phones
and electronic games. We as a
community need to figure out that
Jac Audiffred Collection
being able to add, subtract, multiply
and divide without the aid of a calculator,
and basic language skills are
building blocks to successful lives.
The educational system is obviously
broken and we need to quit pouring
more money into it.
I see that recently we have deemed
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that the schools had to have huge
theatrical arts facilities costing millions
of dollars, at the same time
that kids could not serve as cashiers
without electronic cash registers to
tell them how much change to give
a customer for his or her ticket.
Something is wrong with that, terribly
Fremont Street, Menlo Park
Striping may not improve
bike safety at I-280
Will a bike lane or restriping
improve safety on Alpine Road? I
In the past few years, I’ve seen
modifications to the interchanges
at Page Mill Road and Interstate
280, and Woodside Road and 280,
but really see little if any change in
the hazards presented to cyclists at
Some restriping was done on
Woodside Road after the 2005 death
of Menlo Park teacher Michelle
Mazzei, but westbound bicyclists
still must negotiate through traffic,
which is turning right onto 280
north, often with a blinding sun in
On Page Mill Road, westbound
bicyclists must cross two lanes of
high-speed traffic in order to access
the bike lane, which runs between
car lanes going under Interstate 280.
This can be unnerving and very
I bicycled past the accident that
took the life of Lauren Ward on Nov.
4. The truck that killed her was still
there and was positioned straight in
its lane. It was exactly where you’d
expect it to be in approaching the
southbound ramp to Interstate 280.
By Steve Schmidt
It’s been approximately two
years since the battle against
high-speed rail began.
Opponents have worked
diligently to expose the rail
authority’s suspicious ridership
numbers and financial plans.
Legal battles have been waged,
some partially won, others
dismissed or lost. Decision-makers in Washington,
D.C., heard the rumble of discontent
and sent the project to the Central Valley, and
with it the jobs and the federal funding.
In the waste pile left behind is Caltrain, our
dependable link between San Francisco, San
Jose and Gilroy. Every weekday, 40,000 commuters
rely on this system. That’s 40,000 fewer
people in cars on our roads. On Nov. 3, Caltrain
once again was there to carry an extra 30,000
baseball fans to and from San Francisco to celebrate
the Giants winning the World Series.
Without the improvements provided by
high-speed rail, we are left with the problems
that have plagued the neighbors along the
I don’t know exactly where Lauren
Ward was when she was struck, but
safety dictates that she should have
been well to the left of the truck.
No amount of striping or addition
of bike lanes is going to change
the dangers presented in crossing
over lanes at busy interchanges.
As cyclists, it is our responsibility
to negotiate these traffic situations
in a manner that put us at least risk.
This means paying extra attention
to where auto traffic is and adjusting
to it accordingly. There are
times to take charge and take your
right-of-way when you are sure you
are being seen by drivers, and there
are times to slow down and wait for
traffic to clear around you before
Watkins Avenue, Atherton
V I E W P O I N T
Why I voted no on BevMo
By Heyward Robinson
On Nov. 9, I voted against approving
BevMo’s request to open a liquor store
in Menlo Park. I believe that another
liquor store, even if it might
provide added convenience for
some, is not desirable and will
result in an overall detriment
to the city. I regret that I was not
more articulate or persuasive
in convincing a majority of the
City Council of this view.
The BevMo permit was
approved by the Planning
Commission (and then appealed to the City
Council) because BevMo wants to open a
liquor store. City code wisely requires that
liquor stores, gun shops, and massage parlors
receive explicit approval to operate here. Any
other type of retailer would not have been subject
The density of liquor stores in downtown
Menlo Park also exceeds state regulations.
Opening an additional liquor store in this area
requires an affirmative determination by the
local governing body (the Planning Commission
or City Council) that another store is
The process for approving the permit is to
first decide if the proposed use would be desirable
or have any potential detriments, and then
to make a finding that a new liquor store is
either “necessary” or provides greater “convenience.”
Unfortunately, the council spent little
time debating this question and I believe came
to an incorrect determination. For some of my
colleagues, the choice was viewed as approving
BevMo or leaving the space vacant. I believe
there were other options.
The landlord at the location of the proposed
store (700 El Camino Real) charges some of
the highest rents in downtown Menlo Park.
Other retailers (non-liquor stores) have
expressed interest in locating there but chose
other locations, at least in part because of the
If the landlord was truly desperate to fill the
vacancy, he could lower the rent. He has not
‘Friends’ seek to avert
Posted by Morris Brown, a resident
of the Menlo Park, Park Forest
The Friends of CalTrain should not
be supported, nor should a ballot
measure to support CalTrain be
supported, so long as CalTrain
continues to support running the
high-speed rail line along their corridor.
Making it very simple, if you
support CalTrain with their present
alliance with the high-speed
rail authority, you are supporting
the high-speed rail project. Now
that high-speed rail will not come
Rail foes: Don’t forget about Caltrain
tracks: loud diesel engines, blaring horns, and
air pollution as well as the tragic deaths from
grade-crossing accidents and suicides.
While the Civil War was still being fought
in 1865, the mainline between San Francisco
and the Peninsula was completed on what is
now Caltrain’s right-of-way. Towns cropped up
around the rail stations and invited the founding
of Stanford University in 1885. After 145
years of operation, we might now be witnessing
and sadly even participating in the demise of
A group of Peninsula leaders have formed an
organization, Friends of Caltrain, to address
the need for a dedicated source of funding specifically
for Caltrain operations. An anticipated
annual operating deficit of up to $30 million is
due to declining sales tax revenues, increasing
operating expenses, and competing primary
obligations of the agencies that provide the
funding for Caltrain: San Francisco Muni,
Samtrans and VTA.
The vocal opponents to high-speed rail are
now demanding that the Friends of Caltrain
denounce, renounce and repudiate high-speed
to the Bay Area anytime soon, if
ever, CalTrain should wise up, dissolve
their agreement with the rail
authority, and get going on a new
Posted by WhoRUpeople, a resident
of another community.
Morris Brown’s opinion that Caltrain
should not be supported is
one of the most self serving, shortsighted
comments I’ve ever seen.
Don’t support a service that serves
millions of people each year, keeps
hundreds of thousands of cars off
rail and any agreements that have been made
between Caltrain and HSR. I am asking the
anti-high-speed rail insurgents to stop their
attacks and join us in saving Caltrain. I refuse
to believe that these opponents have all along
wanted Caltrain to curtail service or even stop
A reliable source of Caltrain operating money
as advocated by Friends of Caltrain is needed
regardless of the fate of high-speed rail or its
relationship with Caltrain. It is time for San
Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara County
residents to stand up for the system that connects
the region and enables us to live, work
and enjoy life in this remarkable sprawl-free
environment. Let’s keep Caltrain rolling!
Friends of Caltrain is planning a Summit on
Jan. 29, 2011. Prominent elected officials, transit
experts, and community advocates will be
exploring all ideas for sustaining and improving
Caltrain’s service to the Peninsula and Silicon
Valley. Stay tuned for details, time and
Steve Schmidt is a former mayor of Menlo
Park who served on the Joint Powers Board,
the organization that manages Caltrain.
done so, even though the property has been
vacant for more than a year. The only tenant
willing to pay the high rent is BevMo, whose
presence will do little to enhance our quality
of life. By approving this permit, we become
complicit in the landlord’s high-rent strategy,
extending the life of a building that should be
demolished, and putting upward pressure on
other downtown rents.
There is much talk about the uniqueness of
Menlo Park. In bringing in BevMo, we diminish
that uniqueness, becoming more like other
communities so desperate for revenue that they
leap at the first opportunity instead of thinking
long-term. BevMo will likely want to remain at
this location in perpetuity.
Over the years, as the El Camino corridor
transforms, BevMo, and the 700 El Camino
building, will become more and more out of
place. We can only hope that when BevMo’s
permit comes up for renewal in 10 years, a
future City Council will say no, allowing the
space to be filled with a retailer Menlo Park’s
residents truly desire, not just one willing to fill
a high-rent space. A
Heyward Robinson is a member of the
Menlo Park City Council.
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the roads, and, in many cases, represents
people’s sole way to get to
work just because he owns property
near the railroad track! I don’t care
how you feel about high-speed rail,
we (all of us on the Peninsula and
south) must support Caltrain.
Who should be the next
Menlo Park mayor?
Posted by who knows?, a resident of
the Menlo Park: Fair Oaks neighborhood.
The next big City Council decision
will be who will be the next
mayor of Menlo Park. With two
new council persons to be seated,
under usual policy, neither should
serve as mayor until they have had
at least a year of experience. Current
Mayor Rich Cline would also
be eliminated as policy says a new
mayor should not be the previous
mayor. So that leaves members
Andy Cohen and Kelly Fergusson.
Ms. Fergusson is out actively looking
to be elected. To me, she is out
of touch with the community. Not
only did she oppose Measure L, the
pension reform, she wrote the arguments
against it (by herself), and
continues to push for union perks
and salary increases. I don’t think
the voters of Menlo Park need her to
be mayor again. Previous councils
have gone against mayoral succession
policy, which is not city code,
but just an informal set of previous
rules. Remember the Lee DuBoc,
Mickie Winkler and Nicholas Jellins
era, when in eight years Mr. Jellins
managed to be mayor three times
(very unfortunately). With newly
elected members Kirsten Keith and
Peter Ohtaki perhaps becoming a
voting block, maybe they will want
to violate policy and be appointed
mayor immediately. You only need
three votes. We shall see.
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