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3 Upfront Local news, information and analysis Police: Wildfires caused by arsonist Suspicious man detained, released; investigation continues by Sue Dremann and Jocelyn Dong A n arsonist is suspected of setting five wildfires that burned 4 acres of Pearson Arastradero Preserve in the Palo Alto hills Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 8, sending up plumes of white smoke that could be seen for miles and requiring both helicopter and aircraft to quell the blaze. Palo Alto police officers detained a man walking in the area of the fires after a passing bicyclist reported him to a firefighter, the police stated in a press release Thursday. The man was released pending further investigation into the cause of the fire, but police and fire officials have determined that five small fires in the same immediate area had been intentionally set. Detectives said Thursday that they would like the bicyclist to contact the department to give a more detailed statement. The fires were reported in the grasslands of the wooded preserve west of Interstate 280 at 4:08 p.m. and came within about 200 feet of a horse ranch on the adjacent Stanford University campus. No structures were threatened, and no one was injured. Madeleine Todd, the owner of three horses at Portola Pastures, reported the fire after she noticed smoke and flames from four separate blazes, she said. Todd said she was checking on her horses at the time. The fire was near the parking lot of Palo Alto University on Arastradero Road, she said. Todd said she saw three, equally spaced fires near the road. A fourth, a larger blaze, was farther in the grass up a hill near a trail. When she called in the fire, people were still biking and jogging along the road. The fires had probably been burning for 10 to 15 minutes, she said. It was so big by the time the fire trucks got here, there was lots of smoke and about 15-foot flames. It took down a couple of trees, she said. She and Portola Pastures manager Jose Ruelas were on alert in case (continued on page 11) A firefighter lays down red tape around one of the sites where five fires were started at the Pearson Arastradero Preserve on Aug. 8. Fire districts revving up cross-border aid Palo Alto and Menlo Park personnel will respond to fires within each others service areas EMERGENCY RESPONSE by Sue Dremann W hen a wildfire ignited grasslands in Pearson Arastradero Preserve on Wednesday afternoon, the various city and county fire departments that responded ignored their usual boundaries. Multiple fire agencies, including Palo Alto s and Menlo Park s, battled five blazes that could have harmed people and property had the response not been rapid. Pastures that contain about 155 horses are just 200 feet from the burned area, and the hills are surrounded by homes in Portola Valley and Los Altos. The joint attack is one example of how fire responses will look in the near future due to expanding automatic-aid agreements. One year ago, the Palo Alto City Council unanimously approved a new arrangement between the Palo Alto and Menlo Park fireprotection districts in which engines and personnel in closest proximity to a fire or emergency will respond regardless of jurisdiction. The agreement covers Code 3 incidents, which require a siren and red flashing lights. Paramedic services are not included. Although the two agencies have cooperated since 1999, the updated arrangement will ensure that one truck company and a battalion chief from each agency will be present on the scene, allowing for better direction for personnel. The departments are also looking at ways to meld their communications and dispatch systems. Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said the 2010 plane crash into an East Palo Alto residential neighborhood brought to light the need for a new agreement. Confusion among the various departments responding to the incident led to his initiation of discussions with Palo Alto, he said. The main reason for the agreement is maximum protection for (continued on page 7) Veronica Weber ELECTION 2012 Ken Dauber enters school board race Fourth candidate vying for three seats, seeks open community discussion by Chris Kenrick P arent activist Ken Dauber announced Tuesday, Aug. 7, he will run for the Palo Alto Board of Education in this November s election, injecting some competition into the race. The Google software engineer and cofounder of the group We Can Do Better Palo Alto will vie for one of three available seats on the five-member board against incumbents Melissa Baten Caswell and Camille Townsend and newcomer Heidi Emberling. The election is Nov. 6. I want to ensure that there is a contested election so that we have the opportunity to have a full and open community discussion of our values and priorities for our schools, Dauber said in a statement. I am particularly interested in bringing to the school board clearer and more transparent decision making backed by data and agreed-upon metrics.... I will work to bring my experience in educational data and large, complex organizations to bear on bringing more effective governance to the board, he said. Dauber and his wife, Stanford Law School Professor Michele Dauber, burst onto the school scene early last year, criticizing Superintendent Kevin Skelly and the school board and calling for new leadership in the Palo Alto Unified School District. The two founded We Can Do Better Palo Alto, which has 165 Facebook followers and has doggedly lobbied the school board on issues relating to academic stress. Between April and June of this (continued on page 7) Page 3

4 Upfront Give blood for life! bloodcenter.stanford.edu Urban Meditation Retreat 450 CAMBRIDGE AVE, PALO ALTO, CA (650) PUBLISHER William S. Johnson EDITORIAL Jocelyn Dong, Editor Carol Blitzer, Associate Editor Keith Peters, Sports Editor Tyler Hanley, Express and Online Editor Rebecca Wallace, Arts & Entertainment Editor Rick Eymer, Assistant Sports Editor Tom Gibboney, Spectrum Editor Sue Dremann, Chris Kenrick, Gennady Sheyner, Staff Writers Eric Van Susteren, Editorial Assistant, Internship Coordinator Veronica Weber, Staff Photographer Colin Becht, Dale F. Bentson, Peter Canavese, Kit Davey, Iris Harrell, Sheila Himmel, Chad Jones, Karla Kane, Kevin Kirby, Jack McKinnon, Jeanie K. 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Box Palo Alto CA Government works more efficiently if we all work together. Harold Schapelhouman, Menlo Park fire chief, on the new mutual-aid pact between Palo Alto and QUOTE OF THE WEEK Around Town MUSIC TO THEIR EARS... Lytton Plaza has long served as Palo Alto s prime meeting ground for the discontent masses, from the Vietnam War protests in the 1960s to the demonstration against the city s freshly passed noise ordinance in the 1970s. But a musician looking to blast an angry riff on her electric guitar may soon have a new set of rules to follow. The Parks and Recreation Commission is expected to approve an ordinance later this month that would set time limits for amplified music. The proposal is far less drastic than the one the commission reviewed and rejected in October, which would have prohibited amplified sound unless the user takes out a $300 permit. The latest proposal would limit amplified sound to 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Those who honor these hours can blast music for free on a first-come, first-serve basis. Amplified sound would also be allowed outside these hours through a $90 permit. At its July 24 meeting, the commission was generally pleased with the revised proposal, with Chair Ed Lauing pointing to it as evidence that the city has listened to the public. Amplified sound became an issue two years ago when the city installed outlets to enable concerts at its newly established weekly farmers market. The market idea ultimately flopped but the outlets remained. According to Daren Anderson, a manager at the Community Services Department, people have been using these outlets to power portable stereos, heaters, stoves and various other personal electronic devices. Police have also been getting complaints about loud music being played during the day and late at night. Not everyone, however, is enthused about the new rules. Mark Weiss, a concert promoter and unofficial City Council candidate, criticized the proposed revision as overly broad, convoluted and inconsistent with the First Amendment. Menlo Park fire departments. See story on page 3. SENDING SIGNALS... Drivers crossing and cruising along the Caltrain tracks will see some changes to the timing of traffic signals along Alma Street at East Meadow, Churchill and Charleston crossings. The City of Palo Alto last week made the changes at East Meadow and plans to schedule the other intersections as early as next week, Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez said. The signal operations would be the same at all three intersections and include the left-turn movements on Alma Street. When a train has passed through the intersection the signal can allow northbound left-turn traffic if there is demand. If no vehicles are turning left, the signal would turn green when a sensor finds a car waiting. The change affects traffic going westbound (towards El Camino Real) and eastbound (towards Middlefield Road). The light sequence that clears traffic off of the eastbound approach to the tracks before arrival of the train remains the same, however, he said. TUNING IN... While Palo Alto officials fret about the rising costs and unexpected delays associated with the construction of the new Mitchell Park Library, a different sort of library is quietly rising behind the scenes. Library officials in the famously high-tech city have been working on opening a virtual branch that would greatly expand online services and allow users to interact with library staff and check out books and music without leaving their homes. Though online services are far from new, the city s library system plans to bring this digital branch to a new level in the coming weeks by adding a host of new features, including the Discover & Go service that allows users to get free passes to selected museums, and an interactive Magic Wall platform for e-books, courtesy of the company Axis 360. The latest offering is Freegal, a service that allows anyone with a library card to download up to three songs per week. Sure, it s not exactly itunes or Amazon, but music selection is broad, if not deep. Songs available for downloading range from the familiar (Neil Diamond s Sweet Caroline and A Flock of Seagulls I Ran (So Far Away) are both in the catalog) to the eclectic (anyone up for some Classical Hindustani or Oceania?). Library Director Monique le Conge said at last month s Library Advisory Commission that the intent is to have the virtual branch operate as another library, with a branch manager who curates the collection and makes sure everything is running seamlessly. It s not just a web page; it s actually a branch with people behind it, interacting with the customers and allowing them to interact with us in the ways that they need to and want to, le Conge said. Page 4

5 W hen flood-control officials finally break ground next year on a long-awaited effort to calm the flood-prone San Francisquito Creek, it won t be just the human residents around the creek whom they ll be looking to protect. The downstream area that s targeted for construction, between the Baylands and U.S. Highway 101, is home to a rich array of wildlife, including the California clapper rail, the white-tailed kite and the doublecrested cormorant. The salt marsh harvest mouse, an endangered species, makes its home in the Baylands and the salt marsh wandering shrew has been known to wander in this area as well. California red-legged frogs have also been observed several miles from the construction area, as have western pond turtles. The regional strategy for protecting these species from construction is detailed in the newly released environmental impact report (EIR), a state-mandated document that analyzes the expected impacts of the ambitious project and proposes strategies for minimizing the problems. The effort is being spearheaded by the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority, which consists of officials from Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, the Santa Clara Valley Water District and the San Mateo County Flood Protection District. The overarching goal is to protect the partner cities from the dreaded 100-year flood, which by definition has a 1 percent chance of happening in any given year. The major project targets the particularly flood-prone area downstream, which suffered millions of dollars in damages in a February 1998 flood. To calm the floodwater in this area, the creek authority plans to knock down an old, largely degraded levee to allow floodwater from the creek to enter the Baylands. New levees would then be constructed to widen the channel, and floodwalls would be added along East Bayshore Road. On a parallel track, the agency is also looking to upgrade several bridges over the creek starting with the Newell Road bridge between Palo Alto and East Palo Alto and explore possible options for retaining flood water in the upstream area in the Santa Cruz Mountains. While the primary goal of the downstream project detailed in the new environmental analysis is to calm the creek, officials from the partner cities also hope to use this opportunity to enhance the area s natural habitat and recreational uses. The destruction of the old levee, for example, would create new marshlands, while the reconstruction of the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course would make space available for three athletic fields, an amenity that Palo Alto officials enthusiastically endorsed last month. But as the new report makes clear, the project comes with plenty of challenges, including the task of ensuring that construction won t harm or displace members of the rich and delicate Baylands ecosystem. The creek authority is proposing a wide array of measures to protect the area s biological resources. These include installing nesting exclusion devices to prevent birds from setting up nests in construction zones, planting native vegetation species and conducting extensive surveys of nesting raptors, migratory birds, burrowing owls and other species just prior to construction. The agency would then establish buffer zones and, if necessary, delay or relocate portions of the project as needed to accommodate the wildlife. The creek authority plans to begin relocating utility equipment in December and to start work on the levees in January. Much of the levee excavation and construction is pegged for next summer. The authority plans to start constructing floodwalls in May 2014 and to Upfront ENVIRONMENT San Francisquito Creek project to surge ahead next year Long-stalled flood-control plans include new levees, protection for wildlife Along with the salt marsh harvest mouse, California red-legged frog, white-tailed kite and double-crested cormorant, this Snowy Egret makes its home in the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. Veronica Weber Veronica Weber by Gennady Sheyner The area adjacent to the San Francisquito Creek is slated for a flood-reduction and ecosystem-restoration project. have the project largely completed by the end of that year. These deadlines could slip, however, if the wildlife doesn t cooperate. The environmental report notes, for example, that if a biologist identifies a nesting burrowing owl in an area that would be affected by construction, a 250-foot no-activity buffer would be established and remain in place while the nest is active. Similarly, if a California clapper rail or a California black rail sets up nests near the construction area, project activities will be postponed until after the young have fledged. And if a salt marsh harvest mouse or a salt marsh wandering shrew is observed while workers are clearing pickleweeds, clearing will cease and workers will move to a new area. The new report also dedicates a section to protection of the steelhead trout, another prominent member of the Baylands ecosystem. The authority plans to avoid in-channel construction between early October and the end of April, the steelhead migration period, and to have a fisheries biologist survey construction areas for surface water before construction commences. Before an area is dewatered, the report states, fish will be captured and relocated to avoid injury and mortality and minimize disturbance. The new environmental analysis acknowledges that the project will have other unwanted impacts, some of which cannot be mitigated. This includes pollution from construction, which is expected to exceed the Bay Area Air Quality Management District s threshold for significance. The level of nitrogen oxide, the report notes, While the primary goal of the downstream project detailed in the new environmental analysis is to calm the creek, officials from the partner cities also hope to use this opportunity to enhance the area s natural habitat and recreational uses. would remain significant and unavoidable by state standards. But in the creek authority s view, this short-term spike in air pollution is a reasonable price to pay for longterm flood protection. The authority s judgment is that the flood control benefits to residents in East Palo Alto and Palo Alto outweighs the temporary significant and unavoidable NOx emissions during project constructions, the environmental report states. Another impact that cannot be avoided is disruption to Palo Alto s golf course, the environmental report notes. In this case, however, the city has its own plan for addressing this significant recreation impact. On July 23, the City Council unanimously approved a $7.5 million plan for redesigning the golf course to align it with the proposed levee configuration. The project would get about $3 million in funding from the creek authority. Palo Alto would foot the rest of the bill, with the city s share coming from playing fees at the golf course. The project detailed in the new report is a major step forward for a flood-control effort that languished under inadequate funding for more than a decade before generating momentum in the past three years. It also signifies the fresh approach toward flood control that the creek authority adopted under Len Materman, who became the agency s executive director in Previously, officials from the three cities and the two water districts had pinned their hopes on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering, which had been conducting its own study for protecting the area from floods. But with the federal study underfunded and making imperceptible progress, the creek authority elected to pursue its own smaller-scale projects targeting specific portions of the watershed. The downstream project has already received the backing of all five members of the creek authority. In Palo Alto, residents in the Crescent Park and Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhoods near the creek have been particularly adamant over the years about the need to boost flood protection. The release of the Environmental Impact Report triggers a 45-day review period during which people can submit comments and questions, which the creek authority must address. The review period concludes on Sept. 13. The report is available at The authority also plans to hold public hearings on the project at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, and Wednesday, Aug. 29, on the first floor of the East Palo Alto City Hall. Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be ed at paweekly.com. 5

6 Upfront MENTAL HEALTH How to capitalize on failure Stanford luminaries share personal stories of rejection in resilience project R ejection. Many Stanford University students having assiduously polished their grades and resumes to gain admission to the university have never really experienced it. Some of Stanford s respected professors, students and alumni now are sharing their personal memories of rejection in a project to teach failure-deprived undergraduates not to be defeated by setbacks but to capitalize on them. In the Resilience Project, computer-science professor and former Google research scientist Mehran Sahami recounts rejection letters for jobs he badly wanted; Pandora founder Tim Westergren recalls experiencing hundreds of rejections; and former freshman dean Julie Lythcott-Haims tells of feeling crushed after earning a D in the first quarter of her freshman year. I just saw that as the university s indication that I was in fact the one admission mistake in the great class of 89, Lythcott-Haims recalls in a video on the Stanford Resilience Project website. If I failed at this class that was supposed to be the easy entry point to academic life, then clearly I was not cut out for anything, so that was hard. When she finally told her parents, they reacted beautifully, told her they loved her and helped her find resources at Stanford to help her get back on track. Over the 20-plus years from that D in communications, I ve learned how to sit with those disappointments and not let them become me, said Lythcott-Haims, a Harvard Law School graduate who recently resigned to study writing and poetry after 14 years as a Stanford adviser and dean. I sit and examine them and take from them what I can and learn from them.... I strengthen myself and become a stronger, more effective person as a result of that bad thing instead of feeling that bad by Chris Kenrick thing is the cloak that I m wearing as I walk through life. Other Stanford luminaries sharing their stories with the Resilience Project include award-winning writer and English professor Tobias Wolff, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O Connor, HP CFO Cathie Lesjak, novelist and School of Medicine Professor Abraham Verghese and retired chemistry professor Carl Djerassi, famous for his contribution to the development of the birth-control pill. The project was launched in 2011 by Adina Glickman, associate director for academic support at Stanford s Center for Teaching & Learning. She was inspired by Harvard University s Success/Failure Project, which generated a handbook for students called Reflections on Rejections. I thought our students are similar and that it would be good to start something speaking to the same issues for Stanford students, said Glickman, who coaches students who are struggling with academic or other issues. A lot of times, when you re feeling stressed, you feel like you re the only one, she said. Last year Glickman and her steering committee assembled a wish list of Stanford faculty and alumni they hoped would share their stories and began approaching people. So far, she said, Nobody s turned us down. In fact, the most common response is, Which of the stories should I talk about? Of the 16 interviews posted so far, several including those of Lesjak, Djerassi, O Connor and Breyer are restricted to viewers with a Stanford password. Glickman said that s either at the request of the interviewee or because she hasn t had a chance to clear it with the subject. She plans to continue adding stories, with a new focus on student stories, at the request of other students. Caltrain s average weekday ridership in June was a record 50,390, an 11 percent increase over June 2011, the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, which governs Caltrain, announced Thursday, Aug. 2. This was the first time in Caltain s 149-year history that weekday ridership exceeded 50,000, Stanford students are amazingly diverse in personality and outlook and world view, Glickman said. While some have never known rejection, others have overcome huge obstacles of poverty and homelessness but haven t figured out how to transfer those coping skills to academic life in an elite institution. Others, when met with a challenge, TRANSPORTATION Erin Simongs, a Stanford University graduate student, commutes from San Francisco to Palo Alto via Caltrain on Aug. 6. Caltrain reports record ridership, revenue boost the board stated. Also, June was the 23rd consecutive month of ridership increases. As a result, Caltrain plans to restore four midday trains that were eliminated last year due to budget cuts and add two new evening trains in the fall. Caltrain attributes the growing ridership in part to schedule changes and know to roll up their sleeves and say, What can I do differently? It s a full range, but Stanford is such a challenging place to be that almost everyone feels at some point they don t belong and they were the admission mistake, and it challenges their sense of belonging and sense of capacity, she said. In July, Glickman presented the increased Baby Bullet express service. Caltrain revenue in the fiscal year that ended June 30 totaled $59.8 million, a 22 percent increase over the previous year, Caltrain spokesperson Christine Dunn stated. Almanac staff Daniella Sanchez Resilience Project to fellow educators attending the National Resource Center s International Conference on the First-Year Experience. There was a lot of interest by people in developing something similar on other campuses, she said. Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be ed at com. COMMUNITY A celebration of cycling to roll into Palo Alto Palo Alto Gran Fondo set for Sept. 16 O n the list of things the Palo Alto community enjoys, bicycling and food are right at the top, and the Italian-inspired Gran Fondo bike ride and festival is bringing them together in a celebration of cycling and food Sept. 16 in front of City Hall. Italian professional cyclist Michele Scarponi will headline this year s Gran Fondo (Italian for big ride ), which features courses of 30 miles, 75 miles and 95 miles. The two longer courses take riders over the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Pacific Ocean before looping back to Palo Alto. Elevation changes of thousands of feet will challenge riders. Participants not looking to spend hours on a bike seat can take part in the Echelon Challenge, a 0.6- mile loop around downtown Palo Alto for walkers, joggers and cruiser bikes. Hunter Ziesing, executive director of Echelon, the San Franciscobased nonprofit hosting the event, was encouraged by the turnout last Page 6 by Dean McArdle year the Gran Fondo s first year and is hoping for even more riders this September. We had about 600 or 700 (participants) last year, Ziesing said. And we are expecting between 800 and 1,200 this year. More than 40 charities will benefit from fundraising by Gran Fondo and Echelon Challenge participants. The number of charities has gone from 17 to over 40, Ziesing said. About 70 percent of those charities are local, he said, referring to the Bay Area nonprofits. The entrance fee for fundraising teams is $5 for the Echelon Challenge event and $50 for the Gran Fondo. Echelon Challenge teams are required to raise an additional $100 for their charity of choice, and Gran Fondo teams are likewise required to raise $250. After completing the 95-mile Gran Fondo course, or the 0.6- mile Challenge course, hungry participants can converge on a post-race food-and-drink festival. The event will offer a sampling of dishes from local restaurants, including The Flea Market and New Leaf Market, along with a selection of cheeses from Pescadero s Harley Farms. I really want to get the people of Palo Alto who are health minded to come out and have a good time, Ziesing said. More information on the event can be found at Editorial Intern Dean McArdle can be ed at paweekly.com.

7 G oogle will be required to pay a $22.5 million penalty after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged the Mountain View-based Internet search giant with misrepresenting its privacy settings to its users. The privacy settlement, which according to the FTC is the largest penalty ever for violation of a commission order, came after a Stanford University graduate student uncovered the company s placement of cookies on users computers even if they use Apple s Safari browser, which is set by default to block the cookies. Cookies are data stored in a browser that track users online activities. They are often used by companies the residents of both cities in the shortest amount of time, he said. Fire departments have had a traditional culture of turfing, he noted. He recalled a 1943 newspaper to send targeted ads to users. In addition to the penalty, the FTC s order requires Google to disable all tracking cookies it had said it would not place on consumers computers, according to the commission s statement. Jonathan Mayer, the Stanford student who brought Google s cookie policy to light, wrote in a February post on his blog that Google and Vibrant Media (a company that specializes in display advertising) intentionally circumvent Safari s privacy feature. He also provided on his blog a detailed technical analysis of Apple s Safari browser and the process Google followed for planting cookies despite the privacy features. Upfront TECHNOLOGY Google fined $22.5M for privacy misrepresentations Search giant charged with planting cookies on computers of Apple s Safari users Fire (continued from page 3) Palo Alto/Menlo Park shared fire-protection areas Watkins Ave Bay Rd Menlo Park fire district Ringwood Ave Ravenswood Ave Valparaiso Ave Santa Cruz Ave Alameda de las Pulgas Willow Rd Caltrain Altschul Ave Sa n Francisqu ito Cr e ek Santa Cruz Ave Sand Hill Rd Sand Hill Rd University Ave Campus Dr W Middlefield Rd Alpine Rd El Camino Real Galvez St Stanford University Embarcadero Rd Campus Dr Palo Alto fire district by Gennady Sheyner Map by Shannon Corey The FTC charged in its complaint that Google had been placing cookies on computers of Safari users for several months in 2011 and 2012, although Google had previously told these users they would automatically be opted out of such tracking, as a result of the default setting of the Safari browser used in Macs, iphones and ipads. According to the FTC, Google s misrepresentations violated its October 2011 settlement with the FTC, which barred the company from misrepresenting the extent to which consumers can exercise control over the collection of their information. The commission issued a statement Thursday, Aug. 9, saying that An updated automatic-aid agreement between Palo Alto and Menlo Park fire-protection districts will dispatch equipment and personnel beyond city boundaries in a fire or emergency. Map boundaries are approximate. its settlement is intended to provide a strong message to Google and other companies under order that their actions will be under close scrutiny and that the Commission will respond to violations quickly and vigorously. No matter how big or small, all companies must abide by FTC orders against them and keep their privacy promises to consumers, or they will end up paying many times what it would have cost to comply in the first place, John Leibowitz, chairman of the FTC, said in a statement. Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be ed at paweekly.com. article he found that quoted a Menlo Park fire chief who was angry after Palo Alto had responded to a fire on his side of the border near San Francisquito Creek. He told the Palo Alto fire chief to get the hell out of his town, Schapelhouman said. We re in Government works more efficiently if we all work together. At the end of the day, it s better for the citizens of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. In an emergency, they want the closest resource. A mutual response to a house fire on Jasmine Way in East Palo Alto on July 31 helped keep a second home where an elderly disabled woman lived from serious fire damage, he said. Also last month, crews from both departments kept contained a Baylands grass fire that came within feet of homes in an adjacent East Palo Alto neighborhood. Under the agreement, Menlo Park fire crews will go into Palo Alto as far as Embarcadero Road and up to Interstate 280 to the west, and to West Bayshore Road to the east. Palo Alto personnel will cover Menlo Park from Sand Hill Road and San Francisquito Creek to Valparaiso, Ravenswood and Ringwood avenues to the north (See map). Palo Alto fire protection will extend into East Palo Alto from Highway 101 to Bay Road and to Cooley Landing. Menlo Park Fire will respond to emergencies at the Palo Alto Municipal Airport and in the surrounding Baylands, as well as providing water rescue in the San Francisquito Creek. Schapelhouman said he hopes the entire program will be running by the end of the year. The real work to be done is within the dispatch center, which would send out the nearest units. Both agencies must find ways to meld or revise their different communications systems, he said. Palo Alto fire department personnel and Schapelhouman will meet next week to talk about providing Palo Alto with additional communications equipment. Both departments recently conducted major radio system improvements so that they can talk on each department s frequencies, he said. We shouldn t rush that part because we need to do the analytics every time we make a change to ensure that the change is actually an improvement and working the way we want it to, he said. Geo Blackshire, Palo Alto Fire deputy chief of operations, said a trial run in East Palo Alto in the last year has worked out well. While initially there were concerns that the aid would be lopsided, Blackshire said that has not turned out to be the case. Palo Alto has benefited when incidents occur closer to a Menlo Park station. If a Palo Alto station is closed or understaffed because of a response to another emergency, equipment and personnel from the nearest Menlo Park station can be used, he said. The agreements will not cost the departments additional money, he said. The multiple responses could help cover any personnel or equipment deficits, Schapelhouman said. He is also seeking an automaticaid agreement with Fremont Fire to cover parts of East Palo Alto beyond Bay Road to the Dumbarton Bridge. That agreement will come before the Fremont City Council in September. Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be ed at City Council The council did not meet this week. Dauber (continued from page 3) year, Dauber filed seven requests with the school district under the California Public Records Act, seeking district staff communications that mentioned himself, his wife or We Can Do Better, as well as staff communications regarding the Gunn counseling system and board member Barb Mitchell s s with school staff. We Can Do Better supported the school board s decision to shift the academic calendar to end the first semester before winter break and has pushed for Gunn High School to adopt the teacher advisory counseling model used at Palo Alto High School. The group also backed the board s decision this past spring to stiffen high school graduation requirements so they align with entrance criteria for California s public fouryear universities beginning with Ken Dauber the class of Students unable or unwilling to complete the four-year college prep curriculum will be able to negotiate alternative graduation requirements. The new standards will not affect the more than 80 percent of Palo Alto students who already meet or exceed the four-year college-prep curriculum but are aimed at raising the bar for the 20 percent who consistently fall short of that. Dauber was a member of the school district s Homework Committee, which in May issued recommendations to the school board, including specifying amounts of time students at each grade level should be spending on homework. He has consulted on education data and educational equity with the U.S. Department of Education, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Education Trust West. He holds bachelor s and master s degrees from Yale University and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Arizona. The candidate filing period for the Nov. 6 election ends Aug. 15, an extended deadline due to the fact that an incumbent member, Barbara Klausner, decided not to seek re-election. Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be ed at com. CityView A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week Page 7

8 PAGE 4 PAGE 10 PAGE 18 Upfront Great News! Space added to id Tech Camps held at Stanford! Weeklong camps now through August 24 th --- Seats are filling up. Register now before it s too late! & Teen Academies CREATE VIDEO GAMES! DEVELOP iphone APPS! PROGRAM ROBOTS! MAKE MOVIES! 60+ UNIVERSITIES. AGES Stanford UC Berkeley UC San Diego UC Irvine UCLA TECH (8324) Online This Week These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online throughout the week. For longer versions, go to or click on News in the left, green column. Wave of property crimes hits Menlo Park A walker, a generator, computers and a gun were among the items stolen in a wave of property crimes in Menlo Park over the past several days that included seven burglaries and three cases of theft, according to police reports. (Posted Aug. 9 at 8:25 a.m.) East Palo Alto celebrates National Night Out A barricaded East Palo Alto street was not the scene of a police action Tuesday night, Aug. 7, but a celebration to increase neighborhood unity and cooperation with police. (Posted Aug. 8 at 10:45 a.m.) East Palo Alto police investigate assault, shooting Two suspects forced their way into a residence and shot a victim in East Palo Alto Tuesday morning, Aug. 7, police said. (Posted Aug. 8 at 9:48 a.m.) CVS manager struggles with alleged thief A man who stole $10 worth of food from a CVS pharmacy could face strong-arm-robbery charges after engaging in a struggle with the store manager, Palo Alto police said. (Posted Aug. 7 at 4:53 p.m.) Firefighters contain woodland fire in Woodside Firefighters needed about 20 minutes Monday, Aug. 6, to contain a woodland fire that burned some 600 square feet of vegetation in an upland Woodside neighborhood. Investigators are attributing the fire to a stray spark igniting natural gas when workers broke a gas line. (Posted Aug. 7 at 4:06 p.m.) NASA Ames scientist to analyze Mars data Thousands of people gathered at the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field Sunday night, Aug. 5, to watch the historic landing of the Mars rover Curiosity on the mysterious red planet. (Posted Aug. 7 at 8:34 a.m.) ATTENTION ADVERTISERS Motorcyclist dies in crash on Woodside Road A 27-year-old San Francisco man was killed Friday, Aug. 3, on Woodside Road when his motorcycle collided with a car heading out of the Menlo Country Club. (Posted Aug. 7 at 8:20 a.m.) Computer with patient info stolen from Stanford A computer containing some medical and personal information for approximately 2,500 patients was stolen from a Stanford faculty member s locked office sometime between July 15 and 16, according to Stanford University Medical Center. 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(Posted Aug. 3 at 9:45 a.m.) Want to get news briefs ed to you every weekday? Sign up for Express, our new daily e-edition. Go to to sign up. Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week The City Council has no meetings scheduled this week. COUNCIL RAIL COMMITTEE... The committee plans to hear a report from its Sacramento high-speed-rail lobbyist and discuss proposed modification language for the high-speed-rail appropriation legislation. The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). CUBBERLEY POLICY ADVISORY COMMITTEE... The committee plans to discuss the scope of the Community Advisory Committee report addressing the future of the Cubberley Community Center. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, in the school district boardroom (25 Churchill Ave.). ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD... The board plans to discuss the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority s initial flood-control project, which includes riparian corridor enhancements and a redesign of the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). Page 8

9 Upfront News Digest Palo Alto Sikhs try to raise awareness Local Sikh philanthropist and entrepreneur Narinder Singh Kapany sees the Aug. 5 shooting in Wisconsin that left six Sikhs dead as part of a disturbing trend of violence against his religious group. Sikhism is a monotheistic religion from the Punjab region of Southeast Asia whose men traditionally wear turbans and long beards. Kapany said that Sikhs have increasingly been the victims of acts of violence since the Sept. 11 attacks, often because they re confused with Muslims. Wade Michael Page, the alleged perpetrator of last weekend s shooting, had ties to white supremacist organizations, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups and other domestic extremists. While Page s motives remain unknown, the New York-based Sikh Coalition has reported more than 700 attacks or bias-related crimes against Sikhs since the Sept. 11 attacks. In 2006, Iqbal Singh, a Sikh living in Santa Clara, was stabbed in the neck by a man with a steak knife who apparently believed Singh was a member of the Taliban. Instances of vandalism, arson, assault and murder have also occurred across the country. Right here in the Silicon Valley, there are 40 or 50 Sikhs running their own companies, hiring people and doing wonderful things for our country, Kapany said. Kapany himself is credited with being one of the founders of fiber optics. He founded the Sikh Foundation, located in Palo Alto, in 1967 to advance the Sikh culture in the West. The only answer, quite frankly, is to get the people to learn what we re all about, he said of anti-sikh sentiments. Come to our temple. We welcome everyone. Meet with us, try to understand, and that s all we ask. Eric Van Susteren PiE announces fundraising goal An independent, parent-led foundation that raises funds for Palo Alto s public schools announced a fundraising goal of $4.75 million. Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) will solicit contributions from parents, community members and businesses to support classroom aides; specialists in reading, math, science and the arts; student guidance; college and career counseling; and an array of electives. Launched Tuesday, Aug. 7, the campaign will run through January with the resulting gift to the school district to be announced in March. In , PiE donated $4.4 million to the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD), comprising nearly 3 percent of the district s total operating budget of approximately $160 million. Of that amount, $2.35 million went to the district s 12 elementary schools and Young Fives program, $850,000 to the three middle schools and a combined $1.2 million to Gunn and Palo Alto high schools. In the face of ongoing state budget cuts, donations to our schools through PiE have become a bedrock of support for PAUSD. Every student in the district benefits from PiE dollars, which are allocated on a per student basis to provide funding at each school, Superintendent Kevin Skelly said. Last year PiE received donations from more than 4,600 school families and community members. Families received direct appeal letters in their back-to-school packets. Since its inception in , PiE has donated nearly $20 million to Palo Alto schools. Information is available at Chris Kenrick East Palo Alto selects new city manager A former Redwood City deputy city manager who worked with underserved youth and families has been chosen as East Palo Alto s new city manager, the city announced on Friday, Aug. 3. Magda Gonzalez, 48, will replace ML Gordon, who retired March 2. Police Chief Ronald Davis has served as interim city manager since then but chose not to apply for the permanent position. Gonzalez s selection follows an extensive six-month national search that attracted 78 applicants. Gonzalez holds a bachelor s degree in social science from California State University, Sacramento, and a law degree from Santa Clara University Law School. She has extensive experience in municipal government, working in executive-level positions, including as human-resources director, assistant city manager and deputy city manager, in the cities of Belmont, San Bruno and Redwood City. She was laid off from her position in Redwood City last year. She grew up in Redwood City and graduated from Sequoia High School in She spent her teen years working at the Fair Oaks Community Center in the city s core Latino district. She also worked as the center s director. Gonzalez is president-elect of the International Hispanic Network and is current conference-planning chairperson at the International City/ County Management Association (ICMA). She is the recipient of the 2008 Rising Star Award from the Municipal Managers Association of Northern California, Women s Leadership Summit, and a 2007 Leadership Hall of Fame Inductee for the Redwood City/San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce. She is married and has a 13-year-old son. Sue Dremann Come join us to celebrate our 5 th SATURDAY, AUGUST 18TH Extended Hours 9am-7pm FREE LENSES Single vision plastic with purchase of any frame with mention of this ad ANNIVERSARY PARTY RAFFLE EVERY HOUR Prizes include 2 Oakley sunglasses, Chanel perfume, Face a Fame frame, Judith Leiber frame, $100 gifts cards and much more. Don t miss this event~it only happens once a year! 1805 El Camino Real, Ste. 100 Palo Alto

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11 Upfront PALO ALTO CITY COUNCIL RAIL COMMITTEE CIVIC CENTER, 250 HAMILTON AVENUE ***************************************** THIS IS A SUMMARY OF COUNCIL RAIL COMMITTEE AGENDA ITEMS. THE AGENDA WITH COMPLETE TITLES INCLUDING LEGAL DOCUMENTATION CAN BE VIEWED AT THE BELOW WEBPAGE: (TENTATIVE) AGENDA CUBBERLEY POLICY ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING PAUSD DISTRICT OFFICE, 25 Churchill Avenue, August 15, :00 PM 1. Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Report and Timeline for Submission 2. Discussion of Preliminary and Final CAC Report 3. Budget for Cubberley Committee Work Horses at Portola Pastures (from left, Paddington, Dakota and Jamie) munch on feed in their pasture, seemingly oblivious to the smoke coming from fires a few hundred feet away on the hillside of the Pearson Arastradero Preserve on Aug. 8. Arson (continued from page 3) Veronica Weber Good for Business. Good for You. Good for the Community. they needed to move the 15 or 20 horses out of the upper pasture, she said. Ruelas said Portola Pastures shelters about 155 horses. Firefighters from Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Coastside in Half Moon Bay, Woodside, Santa Clara County and Cal Fire, plus aircraft that dumped fire retardant and a helicopter that dropped water, swooped down on the blaze, according to Cal Fire. Police blocked traffic along Arastradero Road from Page Mill to Alpine roads and closed the preserve. Only horse owners were allowed to check on their animals. Crews had the fire contained by 6 p.m. and remained into the evening to ensure the hot spots did not flare. The open-space preserve is open, with all hiking trails available, according to the police statement. Police are asking anyone with information about the fires to contact the department at Anonymous tips can be ed to or sent via text message or voic to Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be ed at Feeling Good Is EVEN BETTER With Our Private Pay Short Term Care. Transitions in chemo therapy and surgical recoveries can be difficult. But with our staff (care and supervision by our licensed nurses), experience, and assistance, your short-term stay is the best. If you or a loved one would like help with medications, assistance as needed even 24 hours a day we can do all of it. And your stay includes your own private room with comfortable bed, plasma TV, luxurious bath, optional meals, as well as transportation for doctor s appointments. For only $135 a day we offer the very best private pay care. Scheduling your stay is easy. Call Support Palo Alto Weekly s coverage of our community. Join today: SupportLocalJournalism.org 401 Webster Street, Palo Alto, CA websterhousepaloalto.org A non-denominational, not-for-profit community. License No COA #246 EPWH645-01EA Page 11

12 Editorial Bike-sharing plan readied Innovative pilot program will allow Caltrain commuters biking option A transportation grant designed to provide 100 bikes for Palo Altobound Caltrain commuters unfortunately got tangled in a discussion at the Architectural and Review Board (ARB) last week, delaying approval of the sites selected for the automated stations where bikes could be checked out and returned as part of a pilot program. The hang-up focused on one station, near Lytton Plaza, which board members thought would not appeal to most commuters, who could walk there, they said. The ARB, which has a role because it must approve the aesthetics of new commercial development, ultimately decided to send it back for more study and will consider it again next Thursday. It was an ignoble beginning for what is a substantial grant approved two years ago that will bring the city the beginnings of a bike rental program. It will add another option for commuters, residents and visitors to get around town. Similar programs are in place in many large cities, including Washington, D.C., Boston, Denver and Paris, and increasingly in other smaller communities. The Palo Alto portion is part of a larger, $7.9 million Metropolitan Transportation Commission s Climate Initiatives Grant, which will pay to purchase 1,000 bikes for cities on the Caltrain corridor, including San Jose, Mountain View, Redwood City and San Francisco. The idea is for the bikes to make Caltrain more appealing for commuters, who could use the bikes to reach their final destination. The bikes, all equipped with radio-frequency identification tags (RFID), will be available at the University Avenue station and at several locations downtown and California Avenue, as well as sites still to be announced at Stanford. Users pay a deposit fee electronically and then get the first half-hour of use free, generally enough time to get to a rental station near their destination and return the bike. They then pick up a new bike for the return trip. Rafael Rius, the city s traffic engineer, told the ARB that many potential bike station locations are not included in the pilot program yet because they are too far from public transit, would need approval from multiple public agencies or are under construction. They include the county courthouse, Mitchell Park Library, Main Library, Lucie Stern Community Center, the park-and-ride lot at El Camino Real and Page Mill Road, Heritage Park and the Downtown Library. These stations will have to wait until another phase of the program, when it is hoped there will be adequate funds to expand beyond serving just commuters. The grant will pay for the program to be established and for the first bikes. It is expected that the ongoing program will be funded by corporate sponsorships and membership and rental fees, which would be used to maintain the bikes and operate the program and ultimately expand the number of station locations. That is when it might be possible to operate more stations outside the downtown core. The plan is supposed to be on a fast track for city approval. Once the ARB approves it, it will be considered by the Transportation and Planning Commission later in August and the City Council in September or October. When it was announced in 2010, the grant reflected the groundwork done by then-mayor Yoriko Kishimoto, who had spearheaded a 2008 effort for the city to launch its own bike-loan program. But the City Council decided then to back out of a $65,000 commitment for a 20-bike program. Instead, the staff was directed to find opportunities for a regional bike-sharing program with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, which is in part responsible for winning the grant announced in At the time, Kishimoto, who served on the boards of directors of the VTA and the air-quality district, was a leading proponent of the regional bike-sharing program, which she found consistent with the goals of Palo Alto and the VTA to boost the number of commuters who use bikes to get around the city. Kishimoto said transportation agencies wanted to provide train riders with a unified message that bikes are a viable option for getting around town and can solve the problem of the last mile by giving commuters a way to get to their ultimate destination once they step off the train. Only in Palo Alto would a pilot plan to have 100 bikes available for rent in a few locations, paid for by a grant, require review by two city commissions and the City Council, as well as the staff time needed to attend these meetings. This modest plan is appropriately aimed at in-bound train commuters to Palo Alto and should be embraced by the city as another way to encourage workers to get out of their cars. It should be up to city staff members to select the best locations for this innovative pilot program, and to change them if they turn out to be underutilized. We trust the ARB will lead the way toward quick passage of the plan, and its eventual approval by the City Council, while resisting the temptation to pick apart every detail. Page 12 Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions Ptah for council Editor, My first vote for a Palo Alto City Council member went to an artist and denture technician who billed himself as the reincarnation of the Egyptian god Ptah. Why throw away my vote? The sameness of the candidates, their backgrounds and positions almost demanded I vote for the Pan-pipe playing Ptah. With rare exceptions, I ve continued that practice. My desire for a more diverse leadership is why I cringed when the Weekly bemoaned the lack of qualified candidates for the City Council and school board. In Palo Alto a candidate is generally considered qualified if he or she has served on several of the city s umpteen commissions, been a leader of one of its amorphous neighborhood associations or risen through the ranks of some other civic organization. That commonly accepted definition builds a leadership cadre of people with a good grasp of community issues. But it also guarantees a sameness of thinking that stifles the creativity required to solve difficult problems. Palo Alto is homogenous demographically but not necessarily in the opinions and knowledge needed to make it a better place to live. Fresh approaches to issues, even if impractical right now, can stimulate thinking that produces new solutions. In the 1980s, Ptah (aka Ronald Bennett) proposed building a tunnel between Palo Alto and Half Moon Bay to ease traffic congestion. Like his candidacy, the idea went nowhere. To me, though, the ability to conjure up even fanciful solutions such as that is more important than service on a dozen boards. Bill Bucy La Selva Drive Is this right? Editor, I recently returned to find a Weekly article referring to my appeal of the conversion of Casa Olga into an 85-room hotel and restaurant and the developer s attorney basically calling me a selfserving crackpot. Yes, I support residential permit parking. Here are facts; make your own decision. 1. Less than one-third of the more than 6,000 downtown employees are provided with parking in private or public lots/structures. Maybe percent use transit; the rest park on residential streets. 2. Casa Olga generated few cars and little need for parking. The hotel-restaurant conversion eliminates six existing spaces but generates the need for more than 100 parking spaces for employees and guests. (Although a developergenerated report says that only 25 percent of the guests and employees will drive. Is that believable?) 3. City approval says this is OK, but in truth there is no space for any of these added vehicles. Shortterm parking is for shoppers, and permits are unavailable for employees. 4. The attorney says the hotel will valet park, but where? Will they displace other already spoken-for parking in private lots or in structures with no net gain in parking? 5. Casa Olga is one of 12 approved but as yet unoccupied downtown projects in the pipeline, none of which meet their real parking needs, uses that will force 400 or more cars further into neighborhoods spreading commercial parking intrusion into another 25-plus residential blocks, diminishing the livability and values of yet more of Palo Alto s residential areas. Is this right? Ken Alsman Ramona Street WHAT DO YOU THINK? The Palo Alto Weekly encourages comments on our coverage or on issues of local interest.? What This week on Town Square Town Square is an online discussion forum at www. PaloAltoOnline.com Blog: London Posted Aug. 5 at 6:58 a.m. by David Vinokur, a former resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood: A chance sighting of Christine Lagarde and impromptu interview by NBC were mere accents to the greatest show on British soil. A week after the Opening Ceremony, we are still buzzing about that amazing night. Opening volley The O.C. (sic) was equal parts awe-inspiring, humorous, deeply touching and, at times, an endurance test. The atmosphere in and around the Olympic Stadium was actually very relaxed and upbeat. Dress code was largely casual, security was friendly, efficient and a piece of cake. The run up was largely uneventful with two notable exceptions: we walked past Christine Lagarde with her small entourage nice tan and an NBC reporter do you think of the proposed bike-share pilot program? Submit letters to the editor of up to 250 words to Submit guest opinions of 1,000 words to Include your name, address and daytime phone number so we can reach you. We reserve the right to edit contributions for length, objectionable content, libel and factual errors known to us. Anonymous letters will generally not be accepted. 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13 Check out Town Square! Hundreds of local topics are being discussed by local residents on Town Square, a reader forum sponsored by the Weekly on our community website at Post your own comments, ask questions, read the Editor s blog or just stay up on what people are talking about around town! grabbed me for an interview, trying unsuccessfully to get me to comment on whether Trainspotting would be mentioned during the ceremony very cheeky. London on stonking good form With the first week of the 2012 Olympics in the bag, the resounding consensus, based on our experience and that of our friends attending Olympic events and public festivals, is that London is functioning very smoothly and more than rising to the occasion. The medal table is well and truly filling up, with records being set at a rapid pace and controversy, badminton notwithstanding, kept to a minimum. When asked which country I support, I fall back on the parents prerogative: I couldn t possibly choose a favorite. Between my homeland and my country of residence, I thankfully haven t had to do too much choosing. Amidst following Team U.S.A., it s worth highlighting that Britain is threatening to exceed their record, set in Beijing, of 19 Olympic gold, and that Aug. 4 they enjoyed their biggest ever one-day gold medal haul, behind Golden Girl Jessica Ennis. These are truly proud days for London and Great Britain. I look forward to reporting more on London 2012, and to further reflections on being a Palo Alto expat in this fine land. Read more online by going to and clicking London Correction In the Aug. 3 column On Deadline: A stronger Project Safety Net is patching holes, renewing its vision, Greg Betts was incorrectly identified as the city s liaison to the Project Safety Net collaboration to enhance the well-being of Palo Alto youth. The liaison is Rob de Geus. The city recently hired social worker Christina Llerena to lead Project Safety Net. To request a correction, contact Editor Jocelyn Dong at , or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA Guest Opinion Front-loading respect and compassion in the digital age by Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet L ike many people throughout the world, I m mesmerized by the Olympics. The pomp of the opening ceremony in London, the parade of athletes from all over the world, the tenacity of the underdog Egyptian men s soccer team s second half against soccer power Brazil, the smile of 17-year-old Colorado high school student Missy Franklin when she won the women s 100-meter backstroke last week, and then dedicated her medal to the victims of the Aurora movie theater massacre. The list goes on and on... I m finding myself equally mesmerized by other Olympic headlines; the headlines of yet another athlete being kicked out of the Olympics for racist tweets. There is no doubt that the 2012 Olympics are being fashioned and changed by social media that was just in its toddlerhood four years ago in Beijing. Greek triple-jumper Paraskevi Papachristou was kicked off her country s Olympic team before the start of the Games after she posted an offensive comment on her Twitter account: With so many Africans in Greece, the mosquitoes from the West Nile will at least be eating some homemade food, the tweet read. Papachristou later apologized, but the damage was done, both to herself and to the many Olympic athletes competing from Africa. The Hellenic Olympic Committee barred her from competing. Early last week, Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella posted an offensive comment after his team s 2-1 loss to South Korea. In his tweet, Morganella said he wanted to beat up South Koreans and that they should burn. He also referred to them as a bunch of monogloids. His Twitter account has been deleted, but the damage was already done. He was sent home from the Games. The 23-year-old player later released the following statement: I am sincerely sorry for the people of South Korea, for the players, but equally for the Swiss delegation and Swiss football in general. It s clear that I m accepting the consequences. After the disappointing result and the reaction from Korea that followed, I made a huge error, Morganella added. Again, the harm to self and others was huge. Morganella was stripped of his Olympic accreditation after insulting the dignity of the South Korea soccer team. The Swiss Olympic team chief has said of Morganella after stripping him of Olympic accreditation, We hope that he will draw the necessary lessons for his still young football career, an Olympic spokesperson said. So how are these necessary lessons drawn in a world of living out loud? A world where thoughts and messages, often sent without much forethought, become permanent digital tattoos and change the lives of not only the athletes that face the enormous consequences, but also greatly hurt the recipients of their tweets? How are children and teens who look to these athletes as heros going to draw the necessary lessons from broken dreams, lost careers, racist rants, insensitive comments and hurt national pride? It would be much simpler to call these offensive tweets an aberration, a one-time event from a few insensitive athletes, or to ban the tool from the Games. But from my work with children and teens, I know that neither is an effective response. Banning the tool does not solve the problem and marginalizing these athletes is both an inhumane response and loses this opportunity to truly learn from these events. Social media it is not going away. The immediacy and public nature of Facebook and Twitter has made it necessary to teach children and youth the importance of thoughtful communication, respect and compassion on-line. We need to help children learn, as early as elementary school, the power and permanence of the words they chose to post, tweet, share and forward. We need to help them understand that with the great power of the Internet comes great responsibility. And it is only through early education that we can front-load thoughtful use, respect and compassion in the digital age. Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet has been a school social worker, educator, program developer and university lecturer since She was the coordinator of Parents Place Community Education and Bullying Prevention Center on the Peninsula for five years and a lecturer in the graduate program of social work at San Jose State University for 20 years. Her company, mydigitaltat2.com, has an office in Palo Alto. Streetwise What has been your favorite story of the Olympics so far? Asked on Cambridge Avenue, Palo Alto. Interviews and photographs by Dean McArdle. Jonathon Kao Graduate student Stanford Missy Franklin winning the 200-meter backstroke and breaking the world record. Ben Clowe Marketing Downtown The competition between Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps. Mandy Goldman Bookkeeper Palo Alto Ali Raisman winning the floor exercise. You could tell she wanted it so badly. David Giuliani Analyst Midtown Usain Bolt winning the 100-meter dash again. Emily Mosbacher Student Menlo Park Gabby Douglas winning the gymnastics all-around gold medal. Page 13

14 City of Palo Alto DIRECTOR S HEARING AGENDA To be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, August 23, 2012 in the Palo Alto City Council Conference Room, Civic Center, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. Hearing Officers Steven Turner, Advance Planning Manager Hearing Procedures Please be advised the normal order of agenda items is as follows: Boyce Avenue (12PLN-00032) Request by Steve Pierce, on behalf of Lester Loops, for a preliminary parcel map to subdivide a single parcel containing a Category 4 historic home located at 872 Boyce Avenue into two separate parcels. Environmental Assessment: Exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) per Section Zone District: R-1. Appeals If you wish to appeal any item on this agenda, contact the Planning Division ( ) regarding time and fee. 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Transitions with Renee Serventi Services were held Aug. 8 for Renee Serventi, a teacher at Walter Hays Elementary School who died Aug. 4. Serventi, 38, died from complications of Type 1 diabetes, which she had lived with since the age of 4, her husband, Tony Serventi, said. Walter Hays Principal Mary Bussmann called Serventi an incredibly devoted teacher who was passionate about teaching and preparing her students academically but also building skills to become contributing members of society. The Walter Hays community is feeling a great loss at this time, Bussmann said. We send our prayers and thoughts to her wonderful family. Renee and Tony Serventi moved to Sunnyvale from Grosse Pointe, Mich., last year, and Renee Serventi began teaching fourth and fifth grade at Walter Hays at the start of the school year. Born July 5, 1974, in Grosse Pointe, Renee Bommarito Serventi was the first of four children of Mary Margaret Felling and Vito Bommarito. As a child she attended ADA Camp Midicha, a camp for children with diabetes. She attended Grosse Pointe public schools, graduating from Grosse Pointe South High School in She earned bachelor and master s degrees in autism spectrum disorders from Wayne State University. She loved children, her husband said. While completing her education, she worked for many years as a nanny. She taught in the Grosse Pointe public schools until moving to the Bay Area last year. As a child, Serventi enjoyed spending time on her ancestral family farm in Padua, Minn. She celebrated her 38th birthday in July with her husband, mother and dozens of aunts, uncles and cousins. She enjoyed pottery, shopping, arts, cooking, reading and entertaining. In addition to her husband and parents, Serventi is survived by her siblings, Helen, Frank and Edward; nieces, nephews and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Midicha, ADA Southfield, 300 Galleria Office Center, Suite 111, Southfield, MI ( or to Adrian Dominican Sisters, Adrian, MI ( Chris Kenrick Russell Wright Russell Wright, a popular children s gymnastics teacher, drowned in Yosemite National Park Aug. 1. Wright, 57, taught Palo Alto children for a decade at Gym Fit for Little Ones at the Lucie Stern Community Center. He taught toddlers and kids up to age 12 a creative, everchanging gymnastics program that was meant to open them up to the joys of gymnastics and self-expression rather than turning them into professional athletes, said his sister, Moria Peters. He was teaching children how to be children, she said. Rusty always tried to draw out from everyone their highest creative potential. He had this ability to get people to open up to the natural world. Peters said he was an extraordinary father to his 20-year-old daughter, Monica, and his eldest daughter, Rachelle Thomas, 28, of Springfield, Ore. She said he attended Aragon High School and Walden School in San Mateo and lived in San Mateo with his mother, Elsie Wright. She said his death is the hardest thing she has ever dealt with. Everybody that knew him was extremely fond of him. He had a personality that just seemed to mix everybody, she said. He loved music and was a wellknown local guitarist for many years, filling the home s family room with instruments of all kinds, she said. He was a composer and guitar teacher who wrote and performed avant-garde improvisational jazz. Peters said her brother was extremely bright, but he initially had trouble in school because of undiagnosed dyslexia. But his introduction to guitar at age 14 and his love of gymnastics opened up his world. As a boy he loved to climb a large tree in the family s yard and walked along the top of the backyard fence. His agility earned him the nickname Monkey Boy, she said. He would hop the fence and sneak into the adjacent College of San Mateo gym. He taught himself gymnastics there, she said. Parents whose children took lessons from him also expressed sadness. Gabrielle Conway said Wright s death is a huge loss for the children. Her daughter, Abigail Brown, was in his class. My daughter absolutely adored Russ. Russ was so amazing. A gentle giant. My daughter loved being free to do what she wanted in his class. It was a class full of joy, she said. Personnel at Lucie Stern on Saturday expressed shock and sadness when they learned of his death. He was at a Merced River swimming hole with his daughter when currents carried him downstream. His foot became caught between two boulders, his sister said. His daughter Monica was with him for their annual trip. They loved to swim in rivers and often went snorkeling, Peters said. On Wednesday they were alone in the spot near the entrance of Yosemite when the accident occurred. His daughter sustained minor injuries while trying to rescue him. After she realized she could not safely free him, she sought help, Peters said. It was a real ordeal. He was her best friend and her entire world. When they left here they drove out of here laughing. He was probably as happy as he ever was moments before he died, she said. He is survived by his mother, Elsie Wright; daughters, Rachelle Thomas and Monica Wright; sister, (Nancy) Moria Peters; and a large and loving extended family and many grieving friends, Peters said. Sue Dremann Visit Lasting Memories An online directory of obituaries and remembrances. Search obituaries, submit a memorial, share a photo. Go to: Give blood for life! bloodcenter.stanford.edu Ernest Lee Bryant, Jr. Resident of Palo Alto Ernest Lee Bryant, Jr. passed away on July 1, 2012 after a short battle with cancer. Ernest was born on August 11, 1946 in San Francisco, CA, the eldest of six children. He graduated from Ravenswood High School in E. Palo Alto in 1965 where he was an outstanding athlete and scholar. He graduated from the College of San Mateo in 1967 with an A.A. Degree. Ernest held a variety of jobs while living in the E. Palo Alto area the majority of his life, including Raychem, Stanford Hospital, and as an automotive mechanic. One of his favorite sayings was, I may give out, but I ll never give up. Ernest was preceded in death by his parents Ernest Lee Bryant, Sr. and Rosie Lee Bryant, and sisters Regina Bryant and Linda Bowers. He is survived by his daughter, Adrienne Bryant; sisters Patricia Bryant and Terry Clark; brother Glen Bryant; and a host of other relatives and friends. Ernest is interred in the Community Niche at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto, CA. In lieu of flowers or cards, please make a donation in his name to: Senior Adults Legal Assistance (SALA), 160 E. Virginia Street, Suite 260, San Jose, CA PAID OBITUARY Page 14

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16 Cover Story Above: Construction is underway on a new gymnasium at Gunn High School. Six of Palo Alto s 17 public schools will start the school year with construction projects on campus. Major construction to greet students next week in earliest-ever school start by Chris Kenrick Veronica Weber Sierra Duren Above: Rohit Sharma and his son Sahir Sharma peer into a classroom at Ohlone Elementary School during a kindergarten meet-and-greet event on Aug. 5. Left: Ruby Zadik climbs a tree outside Ohlone during a kindergarten meet-and-greet day. Sierra Duren A long with teachers, major construction will greet many Palo Alto students as they head back to school next Thursday, Aug. 16 the earliest start to the school year in local history. The mid-august start reflects a new academic calendar adopted by the school district for and The object of the hotly debated calendar change was to squeeze in the first semester before the December holidays, hence the early start date. Most public and private high schools in the area already have adopted calendars with prewinter-break finals in efforts to give students a work-free vacation. Six of Palo Alto s 17 public school campuses both high schools, all three middle schools and Fairmeadow Elementary School open the school year with fenced-off hardhat zones as the school district scrambles to modernize facilities and create space for a flood of new students who have come through the doors in recent years. In addition, a groundbreaking for major construction at Duveneck Elementary School is likely by early At Ohlone Elementary School, a new, two-story classroom building was completed and occupied last winter. Funds for the construction come from the $378 million Strong Page 16

17 Cover Story From English learner to master teacher Understanding what makes the teenage brain tick in the melting pot of Gunn by Chris Kenrick Veronica Weber Veronica Weber Workers pour new pavement at Terman Middle School on Aug. 3. Funds for the construction projects at six of Palo Alto s public schools came from the $378 million Strong Schools facilities bond measure, which passed in New classrooms are being constructed at Jordan Middle School. District enrollment has been steadily increasing, last year reaching 12,286. Schools facilities bond measure approved in 2008 by more than 77 percent of voters. Besides adding space on existing campuses, the Board of Education is pondering where to locate entirely new schools. If enrollment trends continue, officials have said a new elementary school and a new middle school will be needed within the next five years. The venues most often discussed are recently acquired district property at 525 San Antonio Road, the old Garland Elementary School campus at 870 N. California Ave., or the old Cubberley High School campus at 4000 Middlefield Road, currently leased to the City of Palo Alto for use as a community center. Districtwide K-12 enrollment which stood at 12,286 last fall has been on a steady upward trajectory since hitting a post-baby Boom low of 7,500 in The official headcount for will be taken a few weeks into the school year. Palo Alto had three high schools, three middle schools and 22 elementary schools when enrollment hit its historic high of 15,000 in Today there are two high schools, three middle schools and 12 elementary schools. A 13th elementary campus, Greendell in south Palo Alto, houses preschool and adult-education programs. Two elementary school campuses, Hoover and Juana Briones, open the school year with new principals. At Hoover, Katy Bimpson replaces Susanne Scott, who retired in June. At Juana Briones, Lisa Hickey replaces Matthew Nagle. In total, the district employs about 800 full- and part-time teachers. Construction crews worked overtime on some campuses to make sure academic space would be accessible when teachers return Monday, Aug. 13, to prepare their classrooms for the arrival of students. Below, a random handful of teachers and administrators shared their thoughts on the coming school year. Veronica Weber Ronen Habib, who attended Gunn as a new immigrant who spoke little English, will teach two AP economics courses and help faculty integrate technology into their teaching this year. W hen he arrived at Gunn High School as a 14- year-old newcomer in 1995, Ronen Habib spoke so little English he was placed in the school s special program for English learners. Fast forward 17 years: Habib is entering his eighth year of teaching, six of them at Gunn and all of them in English. Gunn was just an amazing place to integrate into American society and get all the skills I needed to be successful in college in just four years, Habib said. There are definitely colleagues out there who used to be my teachers, and they re incredible people. Hebrew was the first language of Habib, a native of Israel. And French he lived in Brussels from age 8 to 14 was his second, instilling a global outlook even before his family arrived in the Bay Area for his father s high-tech job. To see so much at such a young age was a big privilege. To learn another language, about cultures and stuff was quite special, said Habib, who still has a grandfather, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends in Israel. Habib has taught math, accounting, history and economics. He particularly loves teaching the history curriculum developed by the nonprofit, Boston-based Facing History and Ourselves. The program asks students to imagine themselves in historical situations, such as events leading up to the Holocaust, and then to relate those situations to choices they might face in the present. Facing History just understands what makes the teenage brain tick, he said. We take these case studies and learn about the steps it took to get to those events, and the actions or inactions people took when they were faced with different conditions. Then we can look at our own lives and see how we d behave in certain conditions try to take case studies from history and apply them to things that occur in school. For example, if there s a fight in school, what do you do? A lot of people, when they re honest, find that their actions would not necessarily be that clear. Students get hooked by Facing History, Habib said, because they start to see that history doesn t just happen, that it occurs because of actions people like them decide to take. Habib won t be teaching history this fall but rather two AP economics courses, with the rest of his time spent as Gunn s technology lead helping colleagues integrate technology into their teaching. While not required for good teaching, technology can make a great teacher even better and really add significantly to the curriculum and the teacher s professional growth, he believes. For example, screencasting apps for the ipad have enabled students in his economics classes to divide into small groups to create short videos to teach one another the material. In microeconomics and macroeconomics there s a lot of material for the kids to know, and when we review for the tests it s always rushed, Habib said. I feel like technology allows us to take a little more time to learn, gives the students more access to the material. When a kid creates something and sees that other kids are learning from it, it s pretty powerful, and there s a huge collaborative environment that s created because of that. I think collaborating effectively will be one of the most important skills of the 21st century, and technology allows kids to be active participants in the learning process. As a student at Gunn in the 90s, Habib remembers feeling academic stress but admits it might be a little bit worse today, despite myriad school initiatives (continued on page 20) Page 17

18 Twilight Concert Series 2012 July 28 Rinconada Park Fil Lorenz Orchestra August 4 Mitchell Park Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet August 11 California Avenue The Unauthorized Rolling Stones August 18 Mitchell Park Teens on the Green Presented by the City of Palo Alto Arts and Sciences Division and the Palo Alto Weekly, with additional support from Palo Alto Online, Palo Alto Community Fund, Whole Foods, The Counter, and Gordon Biersch Cover Story Seeing math as a whole gorgeous piece of art Paly teacher uses mindset learning theories to help kids believe in themselves H ow do you help students especially the struggling ones learn to love math? Palo Alto High School math teacher Suz Antink wrestles with the question on a daily basis. You have to keep looking at how the students are hanging, what they might need, said the Palo Alto resident, who this month begins her 30th year of teaching at Paly. If education stands still, it s dead in the water. Antink is famous among students for riding a motorcycle to school a blue one that matches her eyes. It s a real release to do something like that. When you ride a motorcycle, you have to be in the moment, she said in a recent interview in Paly s Math Resource Center, where she was working with students over the summer. In the classroom, Antink says she aims to foster the growth mindset theories of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck that intelligence and talent are not fixed traits, and that even the most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. Her advice to struggling students: Believe in yourself. Veronica Weber by Chris Kenrick Suz Antik, a math teacher at Palo Alto High School, believes dedication and hard work can help students intelligence and talent. Know that you can learn anything, and that learning takes time and effort. Be patient with yourself and get enough sleep. Make friends with your teacher, and let the teacher know what s going on with you. For her recent PhD dissertation in educational leadership and change, Antink tested Dweck s growth mindset theories on geometry students at Paly. We worked on building a collaborative atmosphere in the classroom. We field-tested Brainology (an online curriculum based on Dweck s theories), taught students about growth mindsets and fixed mindsets and how it works. We reiterated it throughout the year and watched the kids grow, Antink said. She concluded that, even a year later, students with the mindset training were earning a full letter-grade higher than other, similar cohorts in Algebra 2 and Calculus because they had learned how to learn. Antink herself had no trouble falling in love with mathematics, viewing it from an early age as gorgeous. As a student, she was equally passionate about Shakespeare, Chaucer, Beowulf, leading her to double major in math and English at Sonoma State University. Her engineer father urged her to pursue the math route so she d always have work. (continued on page 19) Financing up to 100% of purchase price, plus tax, license and service contracts Terms up to 7 years Convenient online application *YOUR ANNUAL PERCENTAGE RATE (APR) MAY BE HIGHER BASED ON CREDIT QUALIFICATION. THE RATE SHOWN INCLUDES A 0.25% RATE DISCOUNT WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSFER AND A 0.50% RATE DISCOUNT WITH DIRECT DEPOSIT. THE RANGE OF APRS FOR NEW AND USED AUTO LOANS IS 2.25% TO 7.25% AFTER DISCOUNTS. A SAMPLE PAYMENT ON AN 84-MONTH LOAN AT 2.25% APR IS $12.88 PER $1000. A $75 FEE WILL BE ASSESSED TO REFINANCE OR MODIFY A STAR ONE AUTO LOAN. RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Page 18

19 Cover Story Making the elementary connection The importance of mentors and helping teachers learn from one another by Chris Kenrick Veronica Weber Matt Linder, an elementary teacher on special assignment, will travel among schools to help teachers develop their strategies and to spread new ideas. A s the oldest of seven children growing up in Minnesota, Matt Lindner did plenty of teaching from an early age but always planned to follow his grandparents into the dairy-farming business. His thinking shifted after conversations with his mother during his freshman year at the University of Minnesota. I realized in talking with my mom that my real passion was with kids, working with my brothers and sisters, teaching them and seeing that growth, he said. Lindner switched his major to education, began volunteering in a first-grade classroom and never looked back. Faced with a shortage of teaching jobs in Minnesota when he graduated, he moved to California to begin his career. After teaching third and fourth graders at Palo Verde Elementary School for the past four years, Lindner shifts gears this fall to begin coaching fellow teachers. As a teacher on special assignment, or TOSA, he ll travel among elementary classrooms to model lessons, help teachers learn how to adapt their strategies depending on how kids are reacting, and try to spread new teaching ideas from school to school. Teaching can be somewhat isolating you re in a room with 24 students all day, and that makes it difficult to get out and see other teachers, Lindner said in a summer interview. He had just returned from an institute for reading and writing teachers at Teachers College of Columbia University, courtesy of the Palo Alto school district. Palo Alto has been trying to provide more opportunities for teachers to be able to see each other, and principals have been very supportive of providing classroom coverage for an hour and a half so a teacher can observe another teacher s lessons and talk about it, he said. Lindner has a personal appreciation for the value of coaching and mentoring. As a new graduate scouring for jobs, he was hired by San Jose s Oak Grove School District on a Friday and asked to show up for class the following Monday. They d already been in session two weeks. They had more students show up than they d anticipated, Lindner recalled. LUCILE PACKARD I d just moved here, had virtually no school supplies and had two days to get a classroom together. I went in on Saturday, and the principal showed me where my room was and said, Go for it. I remember thinking, Can I actually do this? It was a big shift from when I d student-taught. Another teacher was on campus that day and helped Lindner set up his room. Having people there to support you and say, Yes, you can, makes all the difference, he said. Lindner taught in San Jose for five years before switching to Palo Alto in order to be closer to San Francisco, where he lives with his partner, a customer-service officer with the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. My partner came on a field trip with us at the end of last year and he said, I don t know how you do this. That s what my mom says too, and she s the mother of seven children. She said, I have a lot of respect for you. I couldn t do that. And that kind of makes you feel good. Lindner said he ll miss having his own classroom this fall, for the first time in nine years. His advice to elementary students: It almost sounds like a cliché, but the world is yours. 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On the cover: Giacomo Resmini swings on the monkey bars at Ohlone Elementary School during an Aug. 5 kindergarten meet-andgreet event. Photo by Sierra Duren. Today s news, sports & hot picks Suz Antink (continued from page 18) She was drawn to teaching from a young age, when she attended Catholic school in Erie, Penn. I noticed the nuns got to wear long dresses, and I thought that was pretty cool even though some of them were pretty mean, she said. Later, as a high school student in California, Antink lost a younger brother to leukemia. I m the oldest girl, and one of the ways our family coped was I took over my mom s duties, getting home in time to greet my siblings and make a home and hearth. I d help them with their homework, and I really enjoyed it. The hardest thing about teaching, she said, is trying to meet the needs of a lot of different students and keeping things fair and balanced, and keeping some basic rules so everybody knows how to operate. Antink said she feels more support than pressure from parents in Palo Alto but occasionally finds it heartbreaking when parents have unrealistic expectations for their child. There s nothing more painful to a student than when a parent doesn t recognize who he or she is and is always wanting something different from their child. That s got to be really hard on a kid. The highs of teaching, she said, come when the kids get it, and they have that aha moment and totally take over the classroom and start explaining to everybody why things are as they are. It s phenomenal when they find value, when they come in and say, We re actually using this in physics when they see math as a whole gorgeous piece of art. Antink also appreciates it when kids laugh at her jokes, because math teachers have great jokes, she said. And when you re doing something as wonderful and beautiful as math you should be laughing and smiling a lot. 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20 Cover Story Nurturing kindness, resilience in middle school If they re going to make mistakes, this is the time, principal says K atherine Baker can relate to the Type A moms in Palo Alto she remembers having been one herself. I wanted everything to be perfect for my child, said the principal of Terman Middle School of her daughter, now a professor in Connecticut. But I finally realized she s got to fall down, skin her knees a little bit. It just makes her stronger and more resilient. Middle school, Baker said, is just the place for kids to do that. If they re going to make mistakes, this is the time, she said in an interview on the Terman campus, where construction crews were working seven days a week to make classrooms accessible in time for school opening next week. We have firm boundaries, and we try to teach them so they don t make the same mistake again. After working with many age groups, Baker says she s found her niche with 11- to 14-year-olds. 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Baker came to Palo Alto as Terman principal three years ago after working as a teacher and principal for 16 years in San Jose s K-8 Oak Grove School District. Opportunity brought me here, she said. We were cutting back so much (in San Jose) it was kind of heartbreaking. It was very attractive to have the resources for programs and interventions and everything you want to do in a school district. Today s middle schoolers strike Baker as more in charge than she remembers feeling during her own junior high school years in Sheboygan, Wis. I was on student council, in acting and theater, but I still had a horrible insecurity complex and never wanted to be embarrassed. Educators have come a long way since then in knowing how to handle the middle-school years, she believes. There s a lot of drama, and I think people used to think, That s just the way it is in middle school. But we re much more savvy now about what helps children and what they respond to. Kids need to be known as individuals. You need to know their names, and they need to be connected to school, she said. At Terman this month, sixth- graders will be greeted with a sixday Tiger Camp in which they get acclimated to the school and spend time with every one of the 10 sixthgrade teachers. Only after being observed and assessed at Tiger Camp are students assigned to their classes for the year, with an effort to make sure every child has someone in her class she went to elementary school with. To address bullying a big issue in the middle school years we have a very strong social kindness program, Baker said. The lessons are taught explicitly at least once a month. Eighth-graders can become leaders in the TASK program (Tigers Achieving Social Kindness), in which they agree to be role models, give school tours and host lunches for new students. To foster more human interaction and a warmer environment Ronen Habib (continued from page 17) to address it. Kids feel societal pressure to take difficult courses, he said, quickly adding, That s not pressure that comes from the school. This is a greater societal issue not just in Palo Alto but in our country as a whole, and certainly in very affluent areas. Adding to that, high school is a time when students move toward being assessed mainly on performance, he said. I certainly express how effort is extremely important, and I mostly praise effort, not performance. But when it comes down to your evaluation on how well you understand the material, at the end of the day it comes down to your performance, whether you actually get it, he said. on campus, cell phones are supposed to be turned off and out of sight during school hours even at lunchtime. We have land lines in the office, and they can always call home, Baker said. We encourage parents not to text-message their kids because it puts the student in a difficult position of trying to follow a school rule but disobeying the parent. Lunchtime activities at Terman are driven by students. Students get the ideas for a club, find a teacher sponsor and have a big sign-up day, she said. There are students who raise money for all kinds of things. Kids this age are much more confident than I remember feeling. They have great ideas and a lot of energy. They want to make a difference, change the world. I see evidence of that every day. I m a nice person, but I have very high expectations for my students. Habib advises kids to surround themselves with positive influences adults as well as peers and not be afraid to seek help or to ask questions, even questions that seem stupid. Students need exercise and rest and should try to strike a healthy balance between social life, academics and just learning for the sake of learning. This could be whatever playing a sport, listening to music, drawing, whatever. And help others. That s very important, he said. Having been a student and a teacher at the school, Habib, not surprisingly, is a Gunn booster. Gunn is a freakishly amazing school on many levels primarily the students, he said. The quality of the people, the quality of the students it just doesn t exist in other places. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please submit your resume and cover letter to: Tom Zahiralis, Vice President Sales and Marketing 450 Cambridge Avenue Palo Alto, CA PaloAltoOnline.com TheAlmanacOnline.com MountainViewOnline.com Page 20 Sierra Duren Sahir Sharma digs a hole in the sand pit at Ohlone Elementary School during a kindergarten meet-and-greet on Aug. 5.

21 Arts & Entertainment A weekly guide to music, theater, art, movies and more, edited by Rebecca Wallace The print Above: Daumier s most famous print, Rue Transnonain, le 15 April 1834, shows the civilian victims of a military massacre. Left: Victims of a revolution against an earlier king emerge from the grave in this 1835 Daumier print to see that the violence has begun again. The lithograph s title translates to It was hardly worthwhile getting killed for that! DAUMIER S BITINGLY SATIRICAL LITHOGRAPHS RECALL A 19TH-CENTURY BATTLE BETWEEN THE ARTS AND THE KING I t s France in 1833, and you really, really hate the king. But you don t want to get thrown in prison for shouting, Down with Louis-Philippe! in a crowded theater. So you go to the produce market. You pick up a pear and make a snide face, and everyone around you laughs. You feel better. Protesting authority through symbols is as old as by Rebecca Wallace time. There s the raised fist, the peace symbol, the flag. The Guy Fawkes masks worn by Occupy protesters. The elephant signs carried by Spaniards angry at their king for going on a pricey safari during the recession. In France in the early 1830s, it was all about the pear. The French word la poire was already a slang term; it was great for calling somebody a blockhead or a Above, this 1834 Daumier lithograph satirically depicts Louis-Philippe I as a three-faced pear; its title translates to The past, the present, the future. dope. Then Charles Philipon, publisher of the satirical journal La Caricature, noticed that the plump King Louis-Philippe who was declining rapidly in popularity looked a lot like the fat-bottomed fruit. His pointy hairstyle didn t help. The joke took off. People drew graffiti of pears on Notre Dame and inside prison cells, and artists slipped tiny pears into their artwork. Today, about 180 years later, framed prints are arranged on the wall of a Cantor Arts Center gallery in the shape of a giant pear. Each lithograph contains an image of a pear: Louis-Philippe s head; the king gathering inside a giant fruit with his advisers, all looking like furtive seeds; Frenchmen straining to support a massive pear. These and the other prints in the new exhibition When Art- (continued on page 22) In the 1834 print Don t You Meddle With It, a printer is caught between two French regimes, neither offering any hope for freedom of the press. Page 21

22 It s coming! September 29th 7 pm - 1 am the Palo Alto Black White Ball Media Sponsors: 5K walk, 5K & 10K run Moonlight RUN & WALK Sept. 28 Register online at PaloAltoOnline.com/moonlight_run Page 22 ists Attack the King come from a specific and significant period in French history: the five years between two times of weighty press censorship. La Caricature was published only for these five years, 1830 through This was also when the noted printmaker, sculptor and painter Honoré Daumier ( ) emerged as an artist to be reckoned with. Half the prints in the Stanford exhibition were done by Daumier: biting, darkly humorous and boasting fine draftsmanship. Daumier, Philipon and their colleagues were young and audacious, risking and sometimes enduring prosecution for printing just what they thought during these tumultuous times. The previous king, Charles X ( ), had become hated in France because of high unemployment, low wages and rising grain prices, according to an exhibit card. In 1830, a violent uprising called the Three Glorious Days broke out, and Charles abdicated. He had no clear heir, and Louis- Philippe I ( ) was seen as a citizen king who could be a compromise between the working class and the wealthy. It didn t quite work, said Elizabeth Kathleen Mitchell, the exhibition s curator, standing in the gallery on a recent morning. It was a complicated time for France. Mitchell gestured to one Daumier print that illustrates the tough position the artists found themselves in. Titled Ne vous y frottez pas!! (Don t you meddle with it!!) the lithograph depicts a finely chiseled printer, almost Social Realist in his sturdy stance. At his right, Charles Arts & Entertainment In the 1832 print Masks of 1831, Daumier caricatures French government officials, who all surround the pearlike king. (To the right of the king is Count d Argout, the king s main censor. In many prints, Daumier likened the count s pointy nose to the censor s scissors.) The mighty print (continued from previous page) Support Local Business X swoons into the arms of his advisers; at his left, Louis-Philippe charges menacingly toward the printer. The artist is trapped between two regimes but not ready to give up without a fight, Mitchell said. His clenched fists seem to be vibrating with defiance. Indeed, there was something to be defiant against. Once on the throne, Louis-Philippe quickly retreated from his pledge to uphold the freedom of the press guaranteed in the Charter of As he started getting criticized in the press, he started putting laws and bureaucracy in place, Mitchell said. An 1831 La Caricature print by the artist Auguste Desperret ( ) reflects the mood of the times. Ironically titled La Charte est une vérité... donc, la presse est parfaitement libre! (The Charter is fact... therefore, the press is perfectly free!) the lithograph depicts a printing press being quashed by weights, quoting the king s words back to him. This is the first Cantor exhibition for Mitchell, who previously worked at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She s clearly pleased with the display, which features 50 satirical prints, a photograph of Daumier and yellowed issues of La Caricature. The walls are painted royal burgundy and pearcolored, and Mitchell had all the prints frames gilded. The items come from the collection of the Cantor, which owns the entire five-year run of La Caricature, Mitchell said. The museum has hundreds of prints from the journal in its collection, along with many of Daumier s later works, which included sculptures and paintings and tended to be lighter in style. Their satire made fun of the bourgeois lifestyle, for example, instead of the rulers. I was downstairs in storage going through boxes of prints, Mitchell said. There are so many different stories that could be told. The story of got darker over the five years as the fight between the king s July Monarchy and the satirists heated up. The July Monarchy confiscated 28 issues of La Caricature, broke lithographic stones, and prosecuted several staff members, one exhibit card reads. Daumier served six months in jail, and Philipon made 11 appearances in court and served a total of 20 months behind bars. The publisher reportedly came up with his pear symbol while testifying in court. They got arrested; they got fined; they got brought into court, Mitchell said of Daumier and his cohorts. They were playing a very serious game. But they were doing what they thought was the right thing to do. All along, the artists satirical voices were getting harsher and their images sharper. In 1834, Daumier made his most famous print, Rue Transnonain, after a worker uprising in Paris turned bloody. Soldiers, thinking a sniper had fired on them from a building on Rue Transnonain, stormed the building and killed indiscriminately, an exhibit card reads. Daumier s meticulously drawn reaction to the event presents multiple generations of family, victims of the soldiers vicious retaliation, lying dead in their home. In the print, a man has fallen dead on his child, with bloody footprints scattered about. The image is not as gruesome as it could be; at first glance, the man could be sleeping. Yet the print is far more vicious than any image showing the king as a grotesque, bulging pear. It s the most scathing image related to Louis-Philippe, and yet it doesn t depict him, Mitchell said. In the end, the king lost all patience with the press. In 1835, the French government passed the September Laws. They banned political images totally, and La Caricature shut down. One of the last prints published in the journal was Daumier s eerie image of people climbing out of a grave. Titled C était vraiment bien la peine de nous faire tuer! (It was hardly worthwhile getting killed for that!) the lithograph represents victims of the Three Glorious Days revolution against Charles X, reborn later in They emerge, open-mouthed, to see soldiers attacking citizens and clergymen doing nothing to help. Meet the new king, same as the old king. What: When Artists Attack the King: Honoré Daumier and La Caricature, , a new exhibition of prints and newspapers at the Cantor Arts Center Where: 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford University When: The museum is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and until 8 p.m. on Thursday. Cost: Free Info: Go to museum.stanford.edu or call READ MORE ONLINE For more images by Honoré Daumier, including a vivid 1860 oil painting called The Drama, check out Weekly arts editor Rebecca Wallace s blog, Ad Libs, which is now in a spiffy new location on Tumblr. Go to adlibs.paloaltoonline.com.

23 Arts & Entertainment Arastradero Park Apts. Section 8 Waiting List opens for 1, 2, 3, & 4 bedrooms. Tenant Selection Criteria, Income limits & family size requirements apply. Application available: Matched CareGivers 8/20/12-8/24/12 (8am-12pm) Michelle Le The members of the band Dogcatcher are, from left, bassist Jared Milos, pianist and singer Andrew Heine, guitarist Ryan Kingsmith and drummer Ramon Esquivel. Taking it easy on the Peninsula Suburban pace suits indie-rock band just fine J ust north of Highway 101, tucked into the back corner of a squat, unassuming strip of Mountain View office space, Andrew Heine hunches over the piano, listing slightly to the quick rhythm of Ramon Esquivel s kick, snare and high-hat; and to the bouncy, rapid punches of Jared Milos bass guitar. Heine tickles the keys, coaxing out chords and melodic accents that dance around the beat, linking with Ryan Kingsmith s acoustic guitar work, swinging about in the higher registers, as he croons in a quiet, gravely voice. This is Dogcatcher. The Mountain View-based alternative rock band recently released its second album, It s Easy : a six-song set peppered with jazz-funk syncopation and rough-around-the-edges indie charm. The Dogcatcher musicians are the artists-in-residence at Red Rock Coffee in downtown Mountain View, performing regularly at the Castro Street cafe. Dogcatcher recently released its second album, It s Easy, recording it at the band s practice space: the Red Rock Recording Company s recording studio, where Kingsmith works part time as an audio engineer. The Bay Area has spawned its fair share of rock n roll legends. The Grateful Dead began its long strange trip in San Francisco in 1965; The Doobie Brothers came smoking out of San Jose in 1970; and Green Day came out of the late- 80s and early- 90s East Bay punk scene. Obviously, talent factored heavily in all these bands respective success stories, but so did access to the clubs where they were able to build their fan base. Many suburban bands serious about making it in the music biz will relocate to the nearest big city in order to be closer to the bars and clubs, and to the other artists and musicians inhabiting these urban centers. But Heine and his cohorts make no bones about it: Dogcatcher is a Mountain View band, and plans are for it to remain that way. For the past year they have played at Red Rock Coffee on the first Saturday of each month. Their next Red Rock gig is scheduled for Sept. 1. We feel pretty patriotic about Mountain View, Heine says. They say they like the slower, laid-back pace of this city, a preference that is reflected in their tunes and perhaps even in the title of their latest release. It s cool being a little bit outside, because it keeps you a bit isolated, he said. If the band enjoys the Midpeninsula community, the locals seem to appreciate the musicians in return. Dogcatcher frequently plays shows outside of Heine and Esquivel s house in the Old Mountain View neighborhood. People come from the surrounding blocks to listen to by Nick Veronin Michelle Le Andrew Heine rehearses at the Red Rock Recording Company in Mountain View. them play, and Heine said he even gets requests to leave the front door open when he is practicing the piano. At the end of the day, the guys from Dogcatcher say that as long as they can play a few shows here and there and have some fun, that s all they really care about. And if it just so happens that their friends and neighbors want to listen to them while they do it well, that s even better. I think, no matter what, the plan is to just keep playing and keep making music, Heine says. Info: Dogcatcher is scheduled to perform with the San Francisco band Sunrunners starting at 8 p.m. Sept. 1 at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View. Admission is free. For more information, go to redrockcoffee.org or call Nick Veronin is a staff writer at the Mountain View Voice, one of the Weekly s sister papers. 8/27/12-8/31/12 (1pm-5pm) Applications NOT accepted after 5:00pm on 8/31/2012. For applications call (650) or apply in person at 574 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA Inspirations a guide to the spiritual community There s no place like home. When you, or someone you care about, needs assistance... you can count on us to be there. We provide Peninsula families with top, professional caregivers. Call now (650) FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC Mission Trip Sunday Reflections by the Mission Trip participants An Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ Inspirations is a resource for ongoing religious services and special events. To inquire about or to reserve space in Inspirations, please contact Blanca Yoc at or 23

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25 ery week. I never have enough to sell, Kevin said. But the berry business is more of a side project for Kevin and his family. They aren t in it for the money. It s a real social thing, Kevin said about the market. He said the family has made friends with returning customers, other vendors and local chefs who buy their produce. Involving their sons is another important part of the Lynches farm. It s precious, Monica said. They appreciate the labor. For her, knowing where their food comes from and understanding the importance of eating locally and organically are invaluable lessons for her children. And even when selling to chefs at well-known restaurants, Kevin said he appreciates his relationships with them more than the fact that they will pay almost any price for his precious mulberries. He mentioned Nikki Baverso and Marco Fossati, the executive chefs at Pampas and Quattro, respectively, saying he and they are on the same wavelength. You just gotta love eating and making food and making people happy, he said. Info: Recipe taken from metromulberry s Facebook page. For more information about the company, go to metromulberries.com. Eating Out The fruits of their labor: black raspberries, mulberries, Pakistani mulberries and apricots from Kevin and Monica Lynch s Palo Alto backyard. Mulberry cocktail Ingredients: Ice 5 to 10 mulberries 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon sugar 1 scant pinch of salt 1 shot of triple sec 2 shots vodka and just enough water to help it all move around Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously to break up the berries for flavor and color. Strain out into each glass, then top with a shot or two of bubbly water. Garnish with a fresh mulberry in each glass. Leave out the triple sec and vodka to make a non-alcoholic version. Editorial intern Lauren-Marie Sliter can be reached at paweekly.com. Veronica Weber DEADLINE EXTENDED! BUY 1 ENTREE AND GET THE 2 ND ONE PENINSULA Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest ENTRY DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 For entry form and rules: with coupon (Dinner Only-Coupon not valid Friday & Saturday) 369 Lytton Avenue Downtown Palo Alto (650) Fax (650) Family owned and operated for 17 years Discover the best places to eat this week! AMERICAN Armadillo Willy s N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos Cheese Steak Shop B El Camino Real, Palo Alto Lutticken s Alameda, Menlo Park The Old Pro Ramona Street, Palo Alto STEAKHOUSE Sundance the Steakhouse El Camino Real, Palo Alto CHINESE Chef Chu s N. San Antonio Road Ming s Embarcadero East, Palo Alto New Tung Kee Noodle House Showers Drive, Mountain View INDIAN Janta Indian Restaurant Lytton Ave. Thaiphoon Emerson Ave, Palo Alto Read and post reviews, explore restaurant menus, get hours and directions and more at ShopPaloAlto, ShopMenloPark and ShopMountainView Veronica Weber powered by Monica and Kevin Lynch admire some of the 20-plus mulberry trees growing in their Palo Alto backyard. 25

26 City of Palo Alto Presents the 28th annual 5K walk, 5K & 10K run Great for kids and families A benefit event for local non-profits supporting kids and families Register online: PaloAltoOnline.com/moonlight_run TIME & PLACE 5K walk 7:00pm, 10K run 8:15pm, 5K run 8:45pm. Race-night registration 6 to 8pm at City of Palo Alto Baylands Athletic Center, Embarcadero & Geng Roads (just east of the Embarcadero Exit off Highway 101). Parking go to PaloAltoOnline.com to check for specific parking locations. COURSE 5K and 10K loop courses over Palo Alto Baylands levee, through the marshlands by the light of the Harvest Moon! Course is flat, USAT&F certified (10k run only) on levee and paved roads. Water at all stops. Course map available at REGISTRATIONS & ENTRY FEE Adult Registration (13 +) registration fee is $30 per entrant by 9/14/12. Includes a long-sleeved t-shirt. Youth Registration (6-12) registration is $20 per entrant by 9/14/12. Includes a long-sleeved t-shirt. Youth (5 and under) run free with an adult, but must be registered through Evenbrite with signed parental guardian waiver, or may bring/fill out a signed waiver to race-night registration. Late Registration fee is $35 for adults, $25 for youth from 9/15-9/26. Race night registration fee is $40 for adult; $30 for youth from 6 to 8pm. T-shirts available only while supplies last. Refunds will not be issued for no-show registrations and t-shirts will not be held. MINORS: If not pre-registered, minors under 18 MUST bring signed parental/waiver form on race night. SPORTS TEAM/CLUBS: Online pre-registration opportunity for organizations of 10 or more runners; DIVISIONS Age divisions: 9 & under; 10-12; 13-15; 16-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70 & over with separate divisions for male and female runners in each age group. Race timing provided for 5K and 10K runs only. COMPUTERIZED RESULTS BY A Change of Pace Chip timing results will be posted on PaloAltoOnline.com by 11pm race night. Race organizers are not responsible for incorrect results caused by incomplete/incorrect registration forms. AWARDS/PRIZES/ENTERTAINMENT Top three finishers in each division. Prize giveaways and refreshments. Pre-race warmups by Noxcuses Fitness, Palo Alto PALO ALTO GRAND PRIX Road Race Series Moonlight Run, 9/28; Marsh Madness, 10/27; Home Run, 9/11, for more information go to BENEFICIARY Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund. A holiday-giving fund to benefit Palo Alto area non-profits and charitable organizations. In April 2012, 55 organizations received a total of $353,000 (from the Holiday Fund.) MORE INFORMATION Call (650) , (650) , or go to For safety reasons, no dogs allowed on course for the 5K and 10K runs. They are welcome on the 5K walk only. No retractable leashes. Bring your own clean-up bag. Jogging strollers welcome in the 5K walk or at the back of either run. Friday Sept. 28 7pm Corporate Sponsors Event Sponsors Community Sponsors Page 26

27 Movies Hope Springs (Century 16, Century 20) I want a real marriage again. With those words in the dramedy Hope Springs, Meryl Streep s housewife throws the gauntlet before her husband of 31 years, played by Tommy Lee Jones. Despite the film s title, which sounds suspiciously like a spoiler, hope could well come from these two people freeing themselves from a broken union. Can this marriage be saved? Streep s Kay Soames believes it can, by roping husband Arnold into a weeklong program run by You Can Have the Marriage You Want author Dr. Bernard Feld (Steve Carell). Dragged into Great Hope Springs, a quaint Maine fishing village, Omaha accountant Arnold immediately goes on the defensive, shifting gears from terse to out-and-out cranky. Everyone and everything else is the problem, and he s come only out of fear that Kay would otherwise walk out on him for good. She s learned to be a little afraid of her husband, or of triggering his displeasure. Though he s not abusive, his has become a practiced neglect: The couple sleeps in separate rooms, with no more sexual contact than a morning peck on the cheek. Feld gently forces Kay and Arnold to confront their issues, primarily the erosion of communication and the roots of their sexual schism. The doctor also assigns them sexercises to reconnect them physically. Though Streep s effort to save the marriage is half the battle, sexually frank screenwriter Vanessa Taylor wisely doesn t absolve her of responsibility for the couple s doldrums; Kay s realization of partial culpability gives Streep an opportunity for a subtly painful moment of truth. The master class in acting put on by Streep and the particularly pitch-perfect Jones is the big draw here. While Carell, like his character, expertly facilitates, the leads put themselves under the microscope, finding fascinating rhythms in their give-and-takes, and speaking volumes with body language. As a result, Hope Springs turns out to be a different kind of mainstream movie, wielding star power to turn a giant, unsparing mirror on its target audience: in this case, baby boomers in stale marriages. And so Hope Springs evinces a certain kind of bravery, with its relationship-confrontation subject matter and its consistent refusal to open up the story with, say, a subplot involving Carell and his own marriage or, indeed, any subplot at all. Instead, there s a weirdly riveting intensity and a real sense of privilege to the way the movie takes us into squirmy private moments and focuses nearly every scene on the sometimes funny, more often sad dynamic between the two lead characters. Director David Frankel ( The Devil Wears Prada ), who inherited the project when Mike Nichols unfortunately departed it, shows a tone-deaf allegiance to intrusive pop music that exacerbates a broader tonal imbalance. A handful of comic flourishes lean toward jokiness at odds with the film s greater scheme, of dramatic cultivated awkwardness between two people facing hard truths. Also, one might well wish for a chink in the armor of Carell s too-perfect shrink. But the movie s countercultural commitment to character and performance is enough to give Hope a try. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving sexuality. One hour, 40 minutes. Peter Canavese Killer Joe (Aquarius) Warning: The film Killer Joe contains brutal violence, an obscene act performed with a leg of fried chicken, and such lines as Do you want me to wear your face? OPENINGS It s also the work of a Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright and an Oscar-winning director, slumming in nihilism and trailer-trash Texas. Billed as William Friedkin s film of Tracy Letts Killer Joe, the NC-17 picture amounts to an ideal adaptation of Letts first play, a merrily sleazy black-humor melodrama culminating in the most demented family dinner this side of Titus Andronicus. Whether Killer Joe is worthy material to begin with is questionable. It doesn t run much deeper than man s inhumanity to man (or woman), and its sick delight in torturing its characters is palpable. But Friedkin and his cast certainly suck the marrow out of it, with relish. Matthew McConaughey gives a mightily impressive controlled performance as the title character, a Dallas detective who doubles as a contract killer. Hired by dangerously-in-debt Chris Smith (Emile Hirsch) and his father Ansel (Thomas Haden Church) to kill Chris mother, Joe smells the kind of situation it s probably better to walk away from, but, ay, there s a rub: Chris addled young sister Dottie (Juno Temple), whom Joe immediately desires. In lieu of payment, Joe will take Dottie, thank you very much. As per the tradition ranging from Euripides through the Elizabethans and Jacobeans and straight through to Quentin Tarantino and Martin McDonagh, blood will have blood, and family is no object to looking after number one. ( It s all anyone really cares about, if you think of it, Ansel sighs.) The only morally excusable character in Killer Joe is the evidently crazy one, Dottie, who accepts the dregs of humanity around her for what they are. Letts is a not-untalented dramatist, but he built the play mostly for shock value, and as such it tests one s tolerance for systematic degradation of human life. Then again, some people like that sort of thing. Even though Killer Joe plays sort of like Wild at Heart without the love, sympathy and wonder, the acting is superb, and Friedkin expertly stages Letts screenplay for the camera of five-time Oscar nominee Caleb Deschanel. Hirsch gives good dim desperation; the deadpan Church again proves hysterically funny and surprisingly moving as an utter failure; and Temple and the always fierce Gina Gershon (as Ansel s wife) are intensely believable and unflinching as the women the men treat like dogs. Abuse of women is partly the point, to the degree there is one, and so are the ways in which power is given up by the weak and taken by the shrewd. (Joe significantly alludes to how Oklahoma just plain gave up land.) Friedkin s pretty shrewd himself, in how he teases out the humor without indulging Letts immature glibness, and how he sidesteps Bible Belt baptism to waterboard us in the sewer of selfish human nature. Rated NC-17 for graphic disturbing content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality. One hour, 43 minutes. Peter Canavese The Bourne Legacy (Century 16, Century 20) Meet the new Bourne, same as the old Bourne. That s the impression left by The Bourne Legacy, a would-be franchise refresher in which Jeremy Renner grabs the baton from Matt Damon. The new movie is directed and co-written by Tony Gilroy ( Michael Clayton ), who has screenwriting credit on all three of the previous films starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. And it can be said for Gilroy and The Bourne Legacy that they do a decent job of convincing us that, for over two hours, we re watching something other than a plate of reheated leftovers. But we re not. (continued on next page) MOVIE TIMES All showtimes are for Friday through Sunday only unless otherwise noted. For other times, as well as reviews and trailers, go to PaloAltoOnline.com/movies. An American in Paris (1951) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Tue. at 7:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. also at 3:30 p.m. Battle Cry (1955) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Fri. at 7:30 p.m. Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13) Century 20: Fri. & Sat. at 11:50 a.m.; 2:15, 4:50, 7:15 & 9:35 p.m. Guild Theatre: 1, 3:30, 6 & 8:30 p.m. The Bourne Legacy (PG-13) Century 16: 11 a.m.; noon, 2:30, 3:30, 6:10, 7:20, 9:30 & 10:30 p.m.; Fri. also at 8 & 8:50 p.m. Century 20: 11 a.m.; 1:15, 2:10, 4:20, 5:15, 7:25, 8:25 & 10:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 12:05, 3:10, 6:20 & 9:30 p.m. Brave (PG) 1/2 Century 16: 11:05 a.m.; 1:35, 4:05, 6:45 & 9:25 p.m. Century 20: Fri. & Sat. at 11:05 a.m.; 1:55, 4:25, 6:55 & 9:25 p.m. The Campaign (R) 1/2 Century 16: 11:20 a.m.; 12:20, 1:50, 3:10, 4:40, 5:40, 7:30 & 10:10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 8:20 & 10:50 p.m.; Sun. also at 8:30 p.m. Century 20: Fri. & Sat. at 11:20 a.m.; 12:35, 1:45, 3, 4:30, 5:35, 7:05, 8:10, 9:40 & 10:40 p.m. The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Century 16: 11 a.m.; 12:30, 3, 4, 7, 8:10 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: Fri. & Sat. at 11:15 a.m.; 12:55, 2:50, 4:40, 6:35 & 8:30 p.m. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG) Century 16: 11 & 11:50 a.m.; 1:20, 2:10, 3:40, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 9:55 p.m.; Sun. also at 9:05 p.m. Century 20: Fri. & Sat. at 10:55 a.m.; noon, 1:20, 2:30, 3:45, 4:55, 6:15, 7:20, 8:40 & 9:45 p.m. The Expendables 2 (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: Thu. at 12:01 a.m. Century 20: Thu. at 12:01 a.m. Hope Springs (PG-13) Century 16: 11:20 a.m.; 12:10, 1:55, 2:35, 4:30, 5:20 & 7:20 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 8:20 & 10:45 p.m.; Fri. & Sun. also at 10:05 p.m.; Sat. also at 10:15 p.m.; Sun. also at 8:30 p.m. Century 20: Fri. & Sat. at 11:10 a.m.; 12:25, 1:40, 2:55, 4:05, 5:30, 6:50, 8, 9:20 & 10:25 p.m. Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11 a.m. & 3:50 p.m.; In 3D at 1:25 & 6:10 p.m.; In 3D Sat. also at 9:45 p.m.; In 3D Sun. also at 8:55 p.m. Century 20: Fri. & Sat. at 10:45 a.m.; 5:40 & 10:20 p.m.; In 3D at 1, 3:20 & 8 p.m. The Imposter (R) 1/2 Century 16: 11:10 a.m. & 4:10 p.m.; Sat. also at 10:30 p.m.; Sun. also at 9:35 p.m. The Intouchables (R) Aquarius Theatre: 12:30, 3:15, 6 & 8:45 p.m. Killer Joe (NC-17) Aquarius Theatre: 1:45, 4:15, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Love is Better than Ever (1952) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Wed. & Thu. at 6 & 9:20 p.m. Magic Mike (R) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: Fri. & Sat. at 10:10 p.m. Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13) 1/2 Century 16: 11:40 a.m.; 2, 4:20, 7:30 & 9:50 p.m. Century 20: Fri. & Sat. at 12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:30 & 10 p.m. Nitro Circus: The Movie (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m.; In 3D at 2:50 & 7:45 p.m.; In 3D Fri. & Sat. also at 10:25 p.m.; In 3D Sun. also at 10:05 p.m. RiffTrax Live: Manos The Hands of Fate (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: Thu. at 8 p.m. Century 20: Thu. at 8 p.m. Palo Alto Square: Thu. at 8 p.m. Royal Ballet: La Fille Mal Gardee (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: Sun. at noon; Tue. at 7 p.m. Palo Alto Square: Sun. at noon; Tue. at 7 p.m. Ruby Sparks (R) 1/2 Palo Alto Square: 1:45, 4:45 & 7:25 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 9:55 p.m. Singin in the Rain (1952) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Sat.-Tue. at 5:35 & 9:35 p.m. Step Up: Revolution (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 20: Fri. & Sat. at 12:30 & 5:25 p.m.; In 3D at 3, 8:05 & 10:35 p.m. Susan Slept Here (1954) (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Stanford Theatre: Wed. & Thu. at 7:30 p.m. Ted (R) Century 20: Fri. & Sat. at 11:35 a.m.; 2:20, 5:10 & 7:55 p.m. To Rome With Love (R) Palo Alto Square: 4:30 & 7:15 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 1:30 & 9:45 p.m. Total Recall (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: 11 a.m.; 1:45, 4:40, 7 & 9:55 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. also at 7:50 & 10:40 p.m.; Sun. also at 8:20 p.m. Century 20: Fri. & Sat. at 10:45 a.m.; 12:30, 1:25, 3:25, 4:10, 6:10, 7, 9:05, 9:50 & 10:45 p.m. The Watch (R) Century 16: 1:40 p.m.; Sat. also at 7:40 p.m.; Sun. also at 6:50 p.m. Century 20: Fri. & Sat. at 11:55 a.m.; 2:35, 5:05, 7:40 & 10:15 p.m. Skip it Some redeeming qualities A good bet Outstanding Internet address: For show times, plot synopses, trailers, theater addresses and more information about films playing, go to PaloAltoOnline.com/movies Page 27

28 WOODY ALLEN ALEC BALDWIN ROBERTO BENIGNI PAUL ZOE ANTONIO ANNETTE STEVE ELLIOTT CHRIS PENÉLOPE CRUZ TO ROME WITH LOVE WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY WOODY ALLEN NOW PLAYING JUDY DAVIS JESSE EISENBERG ALTO SQUARE 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (800) FANDANGO VIEW THE TRAILER AT DANO KAZAN BANDERAS BENING COOGAN GOULD MESSINA A magical, MODERN-DAY LOVE STORY, one with razor-sharp edges and a tender heart. INGENIOUS AND DELIGHTFUL... Zany and sweet. A SWEET, TRIPPY COMEDY. GRETA GERWIG ELLEN PAGE ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES OF THE YEAR! RICHARD ROEPER MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY STARTS FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 ONE HELL OF A MOVIE! ROGER EBERT HHHH! ONE OF THE MOST SATISFYING MOVIES OF THE YEAR! MICK LASALLE, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE #KillerJoe EMILE HIRSCH VIEW THE TRAILER AT FACEBOOK.COM/KILLERJOETHEMOVIE (continued from previous page) Everything in this film you ve seen before, and quite recently, whether it be recycled from the Bourne trilogy or even Joe Wright s Hanna, fer gosh sakes. What is this movie about? A chemically enhanced super soldier let s call him Aaron Cross (Renner) discovers his masters have turned on him. He s the spy that went out in the cold. (Literally. He spends the first leg of the picture in Alaska.) Cross tracks down Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz), the only surviving doctor who used to maintain him; now she too has been targeted for a government cleanup. Without his chems, Cross has begun to degrade, so he grabs Marta and starts running around the world to evade capture and secure survival. Meanwhile, an army of character actors, led by alpha character actor Edward Norton, barks at monitors and each other. Universal Pictures and Gilroy don t take any chances here: Tin rooftops will be dashed upon, blue filters will be applied liberally to the photography, and man and woman will speak breathlessly to, and sexually imprint on, each other, as they bond on the lam. The familiar action includes a few swift bone-crunchings of outmatched security men and a couple of dodge-and-duck third-person shooter Movies DISCOVER THE MOST MAGICAL FILM OF THE YEAR A BLAST OF SHEER IMPROBABLE JOY. A.O. SCOTT sequences. When the story threatens to fall apart but good, Gilroy lets a dog off a leash (another super soldier with diminished empathy ) to justify a chase climax. Renner and Weisz are as solid as one might respectively expect, but Gilroy doesn t make us care much about them, or say anything more pointed about the state of American covert affairs than We are morally indefensible and absolutely necessary. Instead, the film expends acres of talk on military doublespeak and technobabble. As Scott Glenn s CIA director confesses early on, I ve kind of lost my perspective on what s possible. Just remember, kids, you re not paranoid if they re really out to get you... or your movie dollars. Rated PG-13 for violence and action. Two hours, 15 minutes. Peter Canavese The Campaign 1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis bring their boundary-pushing comedic sensibilities to the world of politics with this uneven chuckler. The strong cast (including John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd) and topical plot help make for a hilarious first hour. But The Campaign eventually fizzles beneath a spattering of raunchy humor that too often misses the mark. Ferrell plays North Carolina-based U.S. Rep. Cam Brady as sort of an amalgam of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Brady has long run unopposed in his district and again looks destined for re-election despite an episode of infidelity. The greedy tycoon Motch brothers (Lithgow and Aykroyd) are eager to supplant Brady with a candidate who will support their agenda, and turn to the oblivious and awkward Marty Huggins (Galifianakis), the son of a wealthy businessman. Brady is politically savvy and embarrasses Huggins at every opportunity until the Motch brothers hire shady campaign manager Tim Wattley (Dylan McDermott in a terrific performance) to transform Huggins from frumpy to ferocious. Brady s own campaign manager, Mitch (Jason Sudeikis), struggles to reign in his candidate, who begins to lose control as Huggins moves up in the polls. Ethics, integrity and tact are thrown by the wayside as the rivals trade barbs in full view. The film enjoys its funniest moments while Huggins is learning how to be a politician. Wattley is determined to turn the soft-spoken and somewhat effeminate Huggins into a real American, including redesigning the family s living room to feature a gun rack, and supplanting Huggins beloved pugs with more pro-american breeds. Huggins discomfort leads to a slew of laughs. In contrast, Ferrell s Brady is a live-wire riot. He is an irresponsible, womanizing lush, and while that sort of character makes for good comedy, it is difficult to care about him. Seeing Lithgow and Aykroyd together as brothers is a particular treat, and the filmmakers do well in not pandering to one particular side of the political spectrum. In fact, part of the movie s flair comes in avoiding actual politics (when an intern brings up a real political issue, Brady kicks him out of the campaign headquarters). Where the film falters is in its script. Winning scenes trade time with squirm-inducing moments, such as several tasteless political ads courtesy of both candidates. There is some smart social commentary tucked in, but it s tough to take seriously given the picture s crude undertones. The Campaign shows a great deal of promise and is a worthwhile viewing for Ferrell and Galifianakis fans. But, not unlike some politicians, it proves unable to live up to its own potential. 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29 Sports Shorts STANFORD ADDS COACH... Former UMass star and Olympic gold medalist Danielle Henderson was added to the staff of Stanford softball coach John Rittman Wednesday. She takes over for Trisha Ford, who left the program in June to become the head coach at Fresno State. Henderson spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Ohio State. We are extremely excited to add Danielle to our coaching staff, Rittman said. She has a complete understanding of what it takes to compete and perform at the highest level both as a player and a coach. Henderson played with the 2000 Sydney Olympic gold medal team. CARDINAL CORNER... The Stanford field hockey team held its first official practice on Thursday. Stanford is set to host three exhibition matches, tentatively slated for Aug. 12, 14 and 18. Stanford s 18-game regular-season slate includes eight contests to be played at the Varsity Turf, beginning with the home opener on Aug. 24 against La Salle in what represents the Cardinal s earliest start to a season in school history... Defending national champion Stanford has been projected to win a fourth consecutive Pac-12 women s soccer title by a vote of conference coaches. Stanford, which opens its season Aug. 17 against visiting Santa Clara, received all but two first-place votes, though coaches could not vote for their own team. UCLA received the others and is predicted to finish second, with Cal third and Oregon State fourth. Stanford will play at UCLA on Oct. 28 and at Cal on Nov. 4 in backto-back matches, and Oregon State comes to Laird Q. Cagan Stadium on Sept. 27. Stanford ( overall and 11-0 in the Pac-12 last year) enters the season on a 31-match conference winning streak, the third-longest alltime in collegiate women s soccer.... Football fans can catch a preview of the 2012 Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, as the team s seventh practice of training camp will be open to the public. Saturday s practice session will begin at 9 a.m. on Elliott Field and conclude at approximately 11 a.m. Stanford football will host its annual Open House event on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stanford Stadium and Dan Elliott Practice Field. The event, which will include admission to Stanford s open practice, behind-the scenes tour of Stanford Stadium and its locker room facilities, football skill stations, a mini fan fest and player autographs, is free and open to the public. Fans will also have the opportunity to take photos with the 2011 Orange Bowl Trophy, an Andrew Luck cutout and learn more about the upcoming season and the Pac-12 Networks football posters will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. Fans will also have the opportunity to select their seats for new season ticket purchases. READ MORE ONLINE For expanded daily coverage of college and prep sports, please see our new site at GOLDEN GIRLS US women s soccer and water polo claim gold nearly simultaneously. T his time it didn t even get to overtime as Carli Lloyd scored in each half to lead the United States women s soccer team past Japan, 2-1, in the gold medal game of the 2012 London Olympic Games on Thursday. Relegated to the bench before the Olympics and forced into action by injury, Lloyd delivered as the U.S. claimed Olympic gold for the fourth time in five opportunities. She scored on a header in the eighth minute, and with her right SPORTS The Gold Standard remains with American women Walsh Jennings and May Treanor earn third straight Olympic title I f one didn t know any better, the way Stanford grad Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor celebrated their third Olympic gold medal in women s beach volleyball reminded you of a couple of teenagers at a rock concert. They were just reminding us that Olympic fervor is doing well, thank you, and then even the most experienced of all beach volleyball players can still act like kids in sand. It doesn t feel real, Walsh said. I am scared that I might wake up tomorrow and discover that we have to replay that match. It didn t feel like that last time. Extending their Olympic winning streak to 21 matches and improving to 42-1 in sets, Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor beat fellow Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross 21-16, on Wednesday in London for the gold medal. It s a dream come true, said Walsh, who plans on continuing her beach volleyball career. To win, you have to have the mindset to win. Kessy and Ross were in their first Olympic competition. It is one thing to play an Olympic final and another to play one with people you know so well, Walsh said. It ups the stress levels and anxiety levels. I was more nervous (continued on page 31) London2012 foot in the 53rd, in front of 80,203 fans, an Olympic record for a women s soccer game. A world record 90,185 spectators watched the U.S. women win the 1999 World Cup at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The Japanese beat the U.S. on penalty kicks at last year s World Cup, which left many Americans stunned. They took advantage of their second chance, just Lloyd took advantage of her opportunity. Lloyd was benched during exhibition matches leading up to the Olympics. Lauren Cheney started instead. Center midfielder Shannon Boxx, a defensive anchor, injured a hamstring in the 4-2 victory against France. Lloyd took on a defensive role that wasn t really her style. When Cheney got hurt, Boxx returned to the center and Lloyd was moved forward. The U.S. women won all six games in this tournament, coming (continued on page 31) SPORTS 2 Steffens 1 Gold Fourth time the charm for USA women s water polo Rick Eymer M aggie Steffens was at it again, scoring five times to lead the United States women s water polo team to a 8-2 victory over Spain in the gold medal game of the 2012 London Olympic Games on Thursday. Steffens, who enters Stanford as a freshman this fall, recorded a tournament-best 21 goals to help the Americans win their first gold medal in the event and send Stanford grad Brenda Villa and Cal grad Heather Petri, who both scored, off as champions. Team USA had two silver medals and a bronze in its collection through the first three Olympic Games to include women s water polo. Villa, age 32, and Petri, age 34, were there each time a last second goal beat the Americans. Both have said they are retiring after this Olympic Games. Steffens, the youngest player on the team at 19, made sure her older teammates would not leave without gold again. Mountain View native Adam Krikorian, who coached at UCLA before taking the Olympic job, was thrown into the pool afterward as the final horn sounded to send the players and USA fans into a delerium. The game was tied at 2-2 early in the second quarter when Maggie Steffens, taking a pass from older sister Jessica Steffens, scored the goal that put the Americans ahead to stay. That was part of a streak of seven straight goals for the U.S., which was content to run the clock out most of the fourth quarter. Stanford senior Melissa Seidemann also scored for the Americans, who also featured Cardinal junior Annika Dries on defense. (continued on next page) Misty May-Treanor and Stanford grad Kerri Walsh Jennings earned their third straight Olympic gold medal. John Todd Page 29

30 Sports Stanford freshman Maggie Steffens scored a tournament-high 21 goals while helping Team USA wins its first ever gold medal in water polo. Water polo (continued from previous page) Krikorian, who called an illegal timeout during the U.S. s 11-9 overtime thriller against Australia that nearly cost his team, can shrug that off now as he became the first American coach to lead an Olympic water polo team, men or women, to a gold medal since That s because his team rallied in and out of the pool. The Americans are the only country to medal in each of the four Olympic Games in which women s water polo was a sport. Of course, that didn t mean anything Thursday when players were awarded the gold. Krikorian tried calling a timeout with one second remaining of the semifinal match. His team, however, did not have possession of the ball, which becomes an automatic penalty. Australia s Southern Ash converted the shot to tie it at 9 and force overtime. Krikorian thought his goalkeeper, Betsy Armstrong, had control of the ball. Everything happened so quickly, Krikorian said. It went through my mind that I might have blown it. The Aussies won the gold medal in 2000 after scoring in the final three seconds of the gold medal match against the U.S. We looked at each other and said We ve been through this before, Steffens said. Nothing is going to affect us. We re going to be the team that finishes this. We knew that whatever it came down to, we re going to keep fighting. Steffens, leading the way on the offensive end, made good on her word. She put the U.S. ahead halfway through the first of two three-minute overtime periods, with a skip shot. She doesn t play like a newcomer, Krikorian said. Kami Craig added a goal to finish the scoring and give the Americans another shot at their first gold medal in the women s event. I was feeling horrible, Krikorian said. After it happened, it took me a couple of minutes to take a deep breath and realize what I had done and get out of the funk. But the team s response to his mistake, he said, was evidence of just how much the squad has developed since he took over in When you mess up, you ve got to own up to it, Krikorian said. They came over and I said, My bad. This is not going to stop us. We ve made mistakes before and we ve overcome a lot of adversity over the last three and a half years so one stupid call by the coach isn t going to affect the team s performance. He was right. The slip turned to gold. Kami Craig proved instrumental in the semifinal and championship games. Maggie Steffens scores one of her five goals Thursday. Page 30 Stanford grad Logan Tom, in her fourth Olympic Games, records a spike against South Korea in Thursday s semifinal. Another golden opportunity awaits American women Unbeaten Team USA heads into finals of indoor volleyball tournament S tanford grad Logan Tom has won a national title with Stanford women s volleyball team. Foluke Akinradewo did not, though she played in the Final Four and Championship matches. They get a chance to share an international championship after beating South Korea, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22, in Thursday s semifinal. The team will play for the title Saturday against the winner of a later semifinal between Brazil and Japan. It s great to be in this position, U.S. middle blocker Christa Harmotto said. It s a position we ve worked for for four years, and we re exactly where we want to be. The top-ranked United States has dropped just two sets in London. In the latest victory, Destinee Hooker scored 24 points. The American women made it to the final at the 2008 Beijing Games but settled for the silver medal, falling 3-1 to Brazil. The team has won silver twice and bronze once since volleyball joined the Olympics in They ve yet to win a gold. The U.S. got an emotional boost for the match with the return of captain Lindsey Berg, who was held out of the team s quarterfinal victory over the Dominican Republic with an injury to her lower left leg. It s game time and I feel great, and I don t care how I feel after Saturday, Berg said of the final, when the Americans will face either Brazil or Japan for gold. Fifteenth-ranked South Korea upset No. 4 Italy in four sets Tuesday to advance before losing to the Americans. South Korea s best result in Olympic play came at the 1976 Montreal Games. The United States has a 6-2 record against South Korea in Olympic matches, including a 3-1 U.S. victory in the opening match of the tournament. The semifinal was tight at the start, but the United States pulled Stanford grad Foluke Akinradewo (middle) goes for a block in Team USA s three-set sweep of South Korea. USA Volleyball ahead in the first set on Hooker s kill. The South Koreans denied the U.S. its first chance at set point before Kim Yeon-koung s serve sailed out to give it to the Americans for set point. I think we came out a little bit tight to tell you the truth, said Logan Tom, a four-time Olympian. We made some errors. We weren t moving very well. We didn t have our usual rhythm. I think we just picked it up. We needed a little bit of time to get accustomed to it. I think we do a really good job when it comes to that. I get nervous when I don t have a match like that. Jordan Larson s spike made it in the third set, but South Korea evened it at 18 on Kim s ace. The U.S. wouldn t let the South Koreans take the lead. Hooker s monster spike set up Tom s kill for match point as the crowd at Earls Court chanted U-S-A! U-S-A! Berg, a three-time Olympian, hurt her leg in the Americans final preliminary-round match against Turkey on Sunday, and the U.S. kept quiet about when she might return Berg warmed up before the U.S. women s volleyball straight-set victory the Dominican Republic in the quarterfinals on Tuesday night but didn t play. Courtney Thompson started in her place. After the match, U.S. coach Hugh McCutcheon made a point of embracing Berg. It will be the second straight Olympic final for McCutcheon, who guided the American men to a gold medal in That s great that she feels so positive about it, McCutcheon said. I had time to give her a hug and tell her nice job. If she feels good then the rest of us do as well. USA Volleyball

31 Sports London2012 Carli Lloyd (10), Shannon Boxx (13) and Rachel Buehler (16) look to contain a Japanese player. California grad Alex Morgan scored the game winning goal during the Americans 4-3 overtime win over Canada in Monday s semifinal. Soccer (continued from page 29) from behind in two. The Americans posted three consecutive shutouts before facing Canada, which threatened to snap the USA s 26-game unbeaten streak in the series. In Monday s semifinal, Cal grad Alex Morgan scored in the second overtime period to lift the U.S. to a dramatic 4-3 victory over Canada. Megan Rapinoe scored twice and Olympic veteran Abby Wambach converted a penalty kick in the 80th minute to set up overtime. In the 123rd minute, the match on the verge of going into a shootout, Morgan headed a cross from Heather O Reilly into the back of the net to give the U.S. its first lead of the match. Christine Sinclair, who scored all three goals, gave the Canadians the early advantage, scoring in the 22nd minute. Stanford grad Kelley O Hara, the left outside back, continued her streak of playing every minute of every match, one of three U.S. players to do so. She was forced to step off the field in overtime after a collision forced her to receive treatment. O Hara sparked several attacks up the left flank, and Cardinal grad Rachel Buehler, who was replaced in the second overtime shortly after landing awkwardly in another collision, was a stalwart in central defense. The Americans outshot the Canadians 18-9, though both countries got seven shots on goal. John Todd London2012 Carli Lloyd celebrates her second goal of Team USA s 2-1 win over Japan on Thursday. London2012 Shannon Boxx, Kelley O Hara (5), Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath start counting down the final seconds. London2012 Carli Lloyd is about to get mobbed by Alex Morgan and Kelley O Hara after scoring her first goal. London2012 Japan s Yuki Ogimi is challenged by Rachel Buehler during the USA s 2 to 1 victory over Japan in the Gold medal game Thursday. Olympics (continued from page 29) for that match than any other. The celebration began when the two-time defending champions fell to their knees and hugged as Ross final serve went long on match point. Then it turned viral. The Athens, Beijing and now London gold medalists remained unbeaten through three Olympiads. It was the Olympic farewell for May-Treanor, who has said she would like to have children. May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings, three-time FIVB SWATCH World Champions (2003, 2005, 2007) leave with an unparalleled Olympic record of 21 consecutive match wins without a loss (7-0 this year) and a 42-1 won-loss record in Olympic sets, led this yearís Games as a team in blocks with 25 and digs with 151. Individually, May-Treanor led in digs with 107 and was tied for second in points with 125 while Walsh led the Olympics with 24 blocks. They are the best team of alltime, said Kessy, and it doesnít hurt too bad to be second to them. Men s water polo The U.S. men s water polo team season came to an abrupt end Wednesday in the quarterfinal of the 2012 London Olympic. This time the Americans, led by Stanford grads Tony Azevedo, Peter Varellas, Peter Hudnut and Layne Beaubien, won t get the chance to appear in a medal game after dropping an 8-2 decision to Croatia. Tony Azevedo I m really searching for answers, U.S. center forward Ryan Bailey said. We had a great training, we ve been together for seven to eight months training, just ourselves, getting in great shape. Physically we re fantastic, best we ve ever been. And then we came out and kind of laid an egg in some of these games. I have no excuses. Croatia put an early end to the Americans Olympic campaign with a sterling performance at both ends of the pool. We came into this Olympics wanting and thinking that we would win a medal, and we really haven t performed. I don t take anything away from Croatia, those guys played their butts off and played great defense and completely shut us down on six-on-five. They re a great team, but we just didn t have it today. The Americans didn t have it really any day at the London Olympics. Other than an opening 8-7 win against Montenegro, a veteran U.S. team that boasts 10 players from the 2008 squad never really showed up in London, struggling defensively and sputtering in big games offensively. We came out hard, we played hard, I can t fault the effort out there. It s just our shots weren t falling and sometimes that s how it goes, Bailey said. You hope it s not in the quarterfinals of the Olympics, but sometimes that s how it happens. The loss brings an end to the international career of many of the Americans, Bailey s included, and starts what will likely be a bit of a rebuilding phase for the U.S. team. We re going to lose a number of these guys, a number of them are going to retire, and the next generation is Arantxa King going to have some big footprints to fill in, U.S. coach Terry Schroeder said. We chose a team that was an older team, and thought that experience would give us our best chance, but it didn t work out. Track and field Stanford grad Arantxa King, competing for Bermuda, finished sixth in her qualifying group of the long jump to narrowly miss advancing to the finals. King matched Belarus Veronika Shutkova, each at 21-0, but King s +0.3 wind-aided jump kept her from advancing. Shutkova s reading was Stanford grad Jillian Camarena- Williams finished eighth in her group of the women shot put qualification round at the summer Olympics on Monday. Camarena-Williams best effort was /4, off her personal best by over six feet, and just under her /2 from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where she finished 12th overall. Synchronized swimming Stanford junior Maria Koroleva, with partner Mary Killman, finished 11th overall Tuesday in women s pair. The scored a combined Page 31

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