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NOVEMBER 17, 2010 | VOL. 46 NO. 12



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Courtesy of the Harold Zwierlein family

Harold Zwierlein was a rodeo star as a young man, traveling the national rodeo circuit, winning big prize

money and breaking many of the bones in his body. This photo was taken in 1950.

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

Square Garden.

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

road commissioner.

Mr. Zwierlein was a thirdgeneration

native Californian,

and his grandfather, William

Pajaro King, was the first white

Photo by Barbara Wood

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Harold Zwierlein in the

back yard of his home in

Woodside in October.

Memorial services

Memorial services will be

held at the Mounted Patrol

Grounds, 521 Kings Mountain

Road in Woodside, at 2

p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20.

child born in Watsonville, family

members said.

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.

Zwierlein said.

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.

Continued on page 10

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Engagement Announcement!

Jean and Nina Cornil and Jean-Francois and Lindsay Gerber

Cornil of Portola Valley and Woodside are thrilled to announce

the engagement of their son and brother, Julien, to Ashley

Kellenberger, daughter of Steve and Annie Kellenberger of Los

Altos Hills as well as sister to her twin Sara and brothers Justin

and Shawn and wife Kari.

The bride is a graduate of St. Nicholas School, St. Francis

High School and the University of San Diego, where she received

a bachelor’s degree in Computer Graphics and Art History.

Ashley currently works in San Francisco where she is an account

manager at Godfrey Q and Partners, a tech advertising firm.

The groom is a graduate of Woodside Elementary, Menlo-

Atherton High School and the University of Colorado,

Boulder, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Business

Communications. Julien currently works as a Commercial

Market Developer with Comcast Inc. in San Francisco.

Julien and Ashley reside in San Francisco and are planning

a September 10, 2011 wedding in the Chapelle de St. Jeannet,

France (South of France)

Both American and French relatives will be attending the

wedding there.








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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

an arrest.

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

M E N L O P A R K | A T H E R T O N | W O O D S I D E | P O R T O L A V A L L E Y

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.

Go to AlmanacNews.com to see

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

not disclosed.

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.

Maita said.

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

See COLDWELL, page 7

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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


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

cultural fit.

Mr. Cashin will not have a

“leadership role, but will certainly

be consulting for us,” Mr. Turley


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

people do.”

“It’s not a time to meditate,”

added resident Marilyn Walter.

“It’s a time to act.”

Climate-change-induced sea

level rises “should be a far more

important element in this discussion

than it has been,” said

Portola Valley resident Marion


Council views

“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


Councilwoman Maryann

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

Banker said.

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

sea-level rise.”

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,”

he said.

Significant impacts

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

or expertise.”

& Ellis, and Pacific Preferred

Properties Inc.

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.


by Gloria Darke

You Fix It!

Dear Gloria,

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?

Dana W.

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

to open.

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

December 2006.

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

business college.”

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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Cover Story of Los Altos shows how to set the table with holiday-themed colors and accessories.

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

holiday shopping.

“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

local vendors.

Tour hours are from 10 a.m. to

3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec.

4 and 5.

Sponsors include Emily Joubert,

Florabella, Sprinkles,

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.

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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.


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

two-and-a-half-lane section

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

I-280 southbound.

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

security cameras.

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

are “hyper-experienced

Trader Joe’s, a lot used by farmers’

market shoppers on Sundays, and

the partial closure of Chestnut

Street, which may interfere with

vendor traffic.

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

msroberts@menlopark.org, or at

the Civic Center 701 Laurel St. For

more information, call 330-6620.

Online Pharmaca

wellness seminar

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.


Twisted Christmas

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

as accompanist.

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

12-year career.

“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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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

has-been and I wanted to show

them that I could still do it.”

He placed first in the first

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A young Harold

Zwierlein with his

daughter Carolyn.

Courtesy of the

Harold Zwierlein family

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

in Woodside).

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

Kaitlynn Lane.

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

Parent/Teacher Organization

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

no-parking rules.

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

or scooters).

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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Priory presents

‘Huck Finn’

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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November 17, 2010 � The Almanac � 11

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

First Amendment.”

The motion also states that

Mr. Carlson “is entitled to the

defense of qualified immunity

for his discretionary acts as a

public official.”

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

went unanswered.

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

young son.

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

the next.

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

Appointment near for Atherton interim city manager




Employee contracts on

Atherton council agenda

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

city manager.

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


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2.4 percent increase for nonmanagement,

non-police, and

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

that cost.

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 meeting.

The candidates

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

candidates. A

By Sue Dremann

Embarcadero Media

Without funding to stabilize

Caltrain’s operating

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,

employers, environmentalists,

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

and revenues.

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

anticipated revenues.

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

25 years.

Caltrain has the second highest

ticket-sales revenue among

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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

stimulus funds.

“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

manager, said

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

Transportation Commission.

“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,

he said.

“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

Embarcadero Media

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

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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

other venues.

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

difficult solos.

“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.

Getty says.

“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

chocolate-chip cookie.

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

in 1870.”

“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

next gig.

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.,

Mountain View.

> 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

Civic Center.

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

historical association.

A railroad buff, he also is a

member of numerous railroad

history groups and museums.

The event is free and open to

the public.

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

my obituary.

“Woodside woman


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

through Saturday.

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


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

roosting on.

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

poison oak.

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-






Lic. #835173

“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,

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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,”

he said.

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

school district.

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

that sensation

at least once in a lifetime.

When it begins

to happen on a regular

basis, the problem is

serious. Typical treatments

include medications

that counteract

the acids and promote

the healing of damaged

esophageal tissue.

And more than

$1 billion in over the

counter medications

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


Better options

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

surgical procedures.

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.”

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tube c


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

harsh acids.

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.

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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

just surgery.”

Revier did not

need to be fully

anesthetized for

the cryoblation,

which he was very

happy about. “They

did it and it went

well,” he said.

“Everything went

fine,” Revier said,

“and things are

looking very good.”

Chen said checkup

endoscopies of

Revier’s esophagus

showed healthy

new tissue regrowth

and no sign

of the Barrett’s.

Next steps

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-

special feature

� 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.

Join us at: stanfordhospital.org/socialmedia

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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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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

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“I want to teach home chefs

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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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eccentric palates.”

Scott Nishiyama, executive chef at Chez

TJ in Mountain View, likes to stick with

the basics.

“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

Sarah Kottmeier,

event coordinator

at Catering by the

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According to chef Scott

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“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,

“Food 2.0.”

“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

dairy products.”

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.”

Michelle Le

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,

chopped finely

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.


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3 t. red pepper flakes

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5 minutes longer to soften the ginger and

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6) Add the red pepper flakes.

7) Turn off the heat. Add the golden raisins.

Sample the chutney and adjust sugar and

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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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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

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For those on a tighter budget,

Neiman Marcus has created

“Little Gems,” offering fun gift

ideas for $100 or less, including

a gorgeous, illustrated “Vintage

Cocktails” book ($50) with

vibrant photos exploring the art

of making drinks.

To make your own sodas and

fizzy waters at home, Los Altos

Cook’s Junction recommends

The SodaStream Soda Maker


“It is one of our top sellers,”

owner Linda Janes said. “We

sell lots of different types of

syrups, and it is good for the

environment since the sodas

don’t have to be shipped and

you reuse your own bottles at


One consistent destination

spot for home chefs is Sur la

Table in the Town & Country

Village shopping center in Palo

Alto, where a display of brightly

colored small appliances greets

customers at the door. The seven-speed

hand mixer ($49.95),

the mini food processor ($39.95)

and the immersion blender

($29.95) in colors such as lime

green, cherry red and sunshine

yellow make gifts with electrical

cords cool.

The coffee area features “the

ultimate coffee maker,” according

to David Pavot, store manager.

At $2,999.95, the Jura®

Impressa Z7, is not cheap, but

the convenience of making 11

different kinds of fancy coffee

drinks at the touch of a button

have led local aficionados to

make Pavot’s store the top seller

of the Z7 in the country.

Along with great tools to

inspire the home chef, Sur la

Table offers an array of classes

held in their professional kitchen

most evenings and weekends

— a gift sure to kick off a delicious

new year. �

Veronica Weber


Celeste Henzel

Top-ranked real estate agent

Celeste Mariana Schmitt Henzel

of Portola Valley, a top ranked real

estate agent on the Peninsula, died

Nov. 6 of cancer at age 60.

Born in Chicago, Ms. Henzel

received a bachelor’s degree in psychology

from the University of Wisconsin

in Madison, Wisconsin.

In 1986, she graduated from

Rhema Bible Training Center in

Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Ms. Henzel began her career in

real estate in Laguna Beach, California.

After five years there, she

moved to Portola Valley in 1977 and

joined Cornish & Carey.


When the Portola Valley office

was acquired by Coldwell Banker,

she then worked as a real estate

agent and broker for that company.

She also served in various leadership

positions with the Silicon Valley

Association of Realtors, including

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

Brea, California.

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

Sam Kelly.

The alumni women take the

court against the varsity girls at

6 p.m.

Vikings wrap up Pop

Warner season

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

Vikings, 16-14.

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)



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.

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Park has launched a program

that helps families teach their

children about

the benefits of

locally grown

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

Fadiman shows

her latest film

Menlo Park filmmaker Dorothy


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,


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Fee Schedule concerning proposed changes in fees for the Community

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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

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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

San Francisco.

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.


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Filoli estate celebrates holidays

By Samantha Bergeson

Special to the Almanac

Filoli, the historic estate

in Woodside, holds its

nine-day Holiday Traditions

fundraising celebration

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

Holiday Boutique.

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

and non-exchangeable.

Filoli’s mansion is

transformed during

the nine-day Holiday

Traditions event.

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

educations and

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

programs designed

specifically to engage

and support teens from

13 to 18. These include


provides mentoring and

guidance to help teens

graduate from high

school with a plan for

their futures.

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,

foundations, corporations

and public partners.

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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.

Community conditions

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

multiple jobs.

� 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

progress measurement.

3,000 kids participate in the Club’s programs

annually. 1,000 attend daily.


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.


Michael Gullard, President

Wendy Adams

Paul Bains

Amy Boyle

Barry Carr

Nina Demmon

Roy Demmon

David Doolin

Cathy Friedman-Duane

Andrea Gandolfo

Daniela Gasparini

Patrick Goodenough

Constance Heldman

David Kanner

Tracy Koon

Dennis Lenehan

Matt Mayerson

Debra McCall

Milbrey McLaughlin

Tom Mohr

Bill Ring

Theresa Rutledge

Barbara Silverman

Matthew Sonsini

John Straubel

Dana Weintraub

Quin Whitman

Marcia Wythes


Peter Fortenbaugh



Lloyd Carney

Susan Ford-Dorsey

Jeffrey Henley

Dave House

Robert Jaunich

Robert McNeil

Phyllis Moldaw

Mervin Morris

Raymond O’Brien

Alejandro Zaffaroni





McNeil Family Clubhouse

Belle Haven Community School

James Flood Magnet School


Moldaw-Zaffaroni Clubhouse

East Palo Alto Academy


Mervin G. Morris Clubhouse

Hoover Community School

Taft Community School


401 Pierce Road, Menlo Park,

California 94025

Tel. 650-646-6128

Visit us at www.bgcp.org

‘Oughta be a law’

deadline extended

“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


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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

to Guam.

He met the love of his life, Barbara Ann Hanchett at



Celeste Mariana Schmitt

Henzel, 60, of Portola Valley,

California, died November

6, 2010.

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.


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

Rose Schmitt.

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

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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

Salvation Army.


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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

making music.

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.



Woodside Priory School

Admissions Office

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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and Woodside for 44 years.

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Heather Hanye

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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

unfair competitor.

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

extraordinary service.


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


Pat White

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

doubt it.

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

those locations.

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

their eyes.

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

you proceed.

Don Fabiano

Watkins Avenue, Atherton


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

to review.

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

Caltrain demise

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

business model.

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

place. A

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.

Here’s what they’re saying on Town Square

Below are posts from the Town Square

forum on AlmanacNews.com/square. TownSquare

Visit AlmanacNews.com/square to

join the conversation online.

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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