Andy Nystrom hard rocking the Pacific Northwest

Andy Nystrom was kind to Earthwise at the Cub, back in the day, for the Town Crier — Earthwise of Palo Alto sometimes pretended to be for expedience reasons based in Los Altos Hills.

He and his eventual wife Carrie also took in a few shows.

I exchanged emails with him just today, spurred by something about Death Cab for Cutie that he had written a few years back.

Here’s his skateboard, courtesy (internet euphemism for I STOLE THIS) of his blog. Called something hard in there.
andynystromdeck

KORITFW.

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DOLK @ Halden fengsel

DOLK @ Halden fengsel

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Congrats, SRV

Keith Smith against Davis at St. Francis tourney in December; I noted at the time they were only 68th in the state, but obviously kept improving

Keith Smith against St. Francis in December; I noted at the time they were only 68th in the state, but obviously kept improving


Congrats to Brian Botteen and the San Ramon Valley Wolves on their State Championship in basketball, division I, which means all but the open division (won by Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland the next night).

I caught two early season Wolves games at the St. Francis tournament and followed them from afar. My former coach Hans Delannoy taught there for 30 years (and coached the lady Wolves to a section title in 2006).

Keith Smith greeted Hans after that December game, and I met him as well.

Hans says that Botteen was a longtime assistant and this is his first year as head coach.

Compared to December (when they lost to the Lancers) he said that the football players like Christian Fuca and JJ Koski improved their game and the team play.

I also noted that Kyle Spackman started over Gregg Polosky against Chino Hills, and that the double-big-men lineup was key to their triumph. That plus Chino’s superstar Lonzo Ball fouled out with 3 minutes to play in regulation (after scored 30 beautiful points).

Eric Sondheimer of LA Times adds his notes:
Keith Smith, the nephew of L.A. Windward Coach Steve Smith, had 20 points for San Ramon Valley (27-6). Christian Fuca, whose father, Joey, was an athlete during his days at Crespi High, had 18 points, including four three-pointers.

“We made some critical mistakes in not guarding Fuca,” Baik said.

Smith, in discussing the strategy for Lonzo Ball, said, “We tried to attack him every chance we got. He’s a key component to everything they do, so the idea was to get him out of his comfort zone, be physical and tire him out. He’s an unbelievable player. One of the best I’ve played against.”

Hans also told me that the top three athletes on that team, Fuca, Smith and Koski, were the best trio of teammates he had noticed in 30 years. MaxPreps has SRV finishing at #14 in the state, ahead of De La Salle and Monte Vista, both of whom had beaten them during the regular season. They finish 27-6.

and1: The Daily News listed their top 15 players on the Peninsula, including Kevin Mullin of Paly (1st team), Alex “al-Palo Alto” Gil-Fernandez of Gunn (2nd team, a junior) and Chris Russell of Gunn (3rd team). I counted having seen 9 of the 15, plus Chris Bene of Sequoia (Tony Fenwick’s nephew) on tv highlights plus radio. I probably caught parts of 40 games on 20 occasions, mostly at Gunn.

This doesn’t fit here really but it is the Dollies and Tree Sarah Young ’17 (by suss) at the Stanford victory of Vanderbilt in NIT action. I sat next to Dr. Dahl and his wife (also Dr. Dahl, I think) and pledged to donate $500 if they could correctly identify the song the band was playing (which was Green Day, “Welcome To Paradise” — I may make a smaller gift in his name in that I at least got him to humm the melody):

A tree grows in Maples

A tree grows in Maples

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Total recall (2016)

scharffenegger

scharffenegger

The Downtown Cap as prescribed in the Comp Plan, on the books since at least 1998, would dictate a moratorium on further builds there, pipeline be damned.

That current council, 5/9s of which were elected as so called “Residentialists”, changes the subject from “Downtown Cap” to “Annual Floating Approximate Pretty Please Thank You Sir Can I Have Another Cap, Halo or Scarf” is simply put, cowardice.

I would say “moratorium” or “total recall”.

(And although Steve Levy always deletes my obscure pop references, “Total Recall” is also the name of a movie in which a future Governor of California or his character sends himself a video letter about the things he has forgotten to do, or the true nature of the crazy dystopian world he lives in).

edit to add: Steve Levy edited out 3/4s of my comment and then what remains is “false’ so I added a comment 9 hours later:

OK Steve you are correct and I have oversimplified the case or am technically incorrect in that it was Sophie Martin of Bhatia et al who Jim Keene commissioned that is paid to tell us on December 10, 2014 at the Planning Commission meeting to switch the discussion from Policy L-8 or whatever in the Comp Plan from Downtown cap, ” to “annual cap” which I would term s regulation or guideline yet rather permissive and gutless and ultimately ineffectual and a capitulation as much as what I so disresoectfully or irrelevrntly or irlevyly called a failure of will of leadership here to face down the billion dollar real estate cartel, the people you are indebted to and reliant upon for your survival and that likewise Bill Johnson is.
But feel free be my guest to alter my words and then have the gall to call “false” you pausing to remove your fat face, burpingly from your deep suck of the Moloch teet.

Posted by Mark Weiss, a resident of Downtown North,
9 hours ago
Mark Weiss is a registered user.
The Downtown Cap as prescribed in the Comp Plan, on the books since at least 1998, would dictate a moratorium on further builds there, pipeline be damned.

SL; The above statement by Mark is false., There is a downtown square feet limit of 350,000, with a trigger for study when 235,000 square feet have been built. The city just initiated a study because the downtown square foot 235,000 square foot trigger has been met. The study findings are available below for interested readers.

[Web Link ](to the study by Bhatia SF about 70 pages I skimmed before replying — by the way, how much did we pay those guys?)

[portion deleted–disrespectful and irrelevant comments

and1: I wrote this on my handheld, my cell, while sitting outdoors at dusk, under ReedMadden poppies on Cali Ave, enjoying a yogurt parfait from Palo Alto Cafe and skimming the Chron for relevant gist for the mill but checked back to see what had become of my post and then counter-posting, jumped into my car to rush back to Terry’s place to open my laptop jobbie to cut and paste and rescue my work before it’s imminent slaughter. Like I say, the Weekly is not so much a market place of ideas as a slaughter house and mockery of such.

posted this minutes later:
and1: I wrote this on my handheld, my cell, while sitting outdoors at dusk, under ReedMadden poppies on Cali Ave, enjoying a yogurt parfait from Palo Alto Cafe and skimming the Chron for relevant gist for the mill but checked back to see what had become of my post and then counter-posting, jumped into my car to rush back to Terry’s place to open my laptop jobbie to cut and paste and rescue my work before it’s imminent slaughter. Like I say, the Weekly is not so much a market place of ideas as a slaughter house and mockery of such.

My language is metaphorical: I don’t actually imagine the Good Doctor of social science engaged in intimate acts with monsters, mythological or otherwise.

Moloch is Biblical, but it appears in Ginsberg “Howl” which is partly about the same issues, real estate development and crass commercial culture.

andand: Wow. By the time I posted that last bit,the entire Moloch section had been all et up.

andandand: This is the relevant plot bit from the 1990 movie:
After evading his attackers, Quaid (Arnold) is given a suitcase containing money, gadgets, fake IDs, a disguise, and a video recording. The video is of Quaid himself, who identifies himself as “Hauser” and explains that he used to work for Cohaagen, but learned about the artifact and underwent the memory wipe to protect himself. “Hauser” instructs Quaid to remove a tracking device located inside his skull before ordering him to go to Mars and meet “Kuato”, the leader of the rebels. I am saying we may need a type of intervention before we agree to remember what we told ourselves we would do in 2015. The story, based on Philip K. Dick is set in 2048.

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CJ, Coach, Rambis and me, no kidding: honorable mentions of all time Bay Area and Palo Alto prep hoops legends

Gunn coach, Cubberley player and 2006 California coach of the year, Hans Delannoy, posing in front of Charles Johnson monument, Redwood City, California, February, 2015

Gunn coach, Cubberley player and 2006 California coach of the year, Hans Delannoy, posing in front of Charles Johnson monument, Redwood City, California, February, 2015

Hans Delannoy and I it seems like just yesterday — March 25, 2015 — were discussing an all time Palo Alto All City team, maybe five groups of five or 25 deep, and maybe a top 20 all Gunn team — which I thought would generate up to 100 names of honorable mention or nominees, and thinking back to a visit to the San Mateo County slash Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame recently (in Redwood City, the old court hours). Yeah it was yesterday.

So today I was psyched, if a bit provoked, that the Chronicle had an all time Bay Area hoops team, by Vic Tafur and a so-called panel of experts.

The Chron listed 10 players and an honorable mention of another 19 names, or 29 total. For example, they have Kurt Rambis as a two-time CCS champ for Cupertino High in 1975 and 1976 and second team, or top 10, all time, among 3 of the 10 from South Bay or Peninsula, and seven of the 29 from this region.

Kurt Rambis

Kurt Rambis

Hans texted me some names he hoped were included.

I posted to the Chron 11 more names, including my teammate Kent Lockhart (obviously I have a bias). I would say it’s hard to list 13 all time in Bay Area without generating 100 candidates.

I would think in all time Palo Alto, 25 names, there would be about 16 from Paly, five from Gunn and four from Cub.

I happened to run into Peter Diepenbrock — who I recall from Dick Dibiaso’s Stanford camp back in 1978 or so — also just yesterday and maybe could follow up with him to see if he could offer, for Plastic Alto, a quick and non-definitive top 10 Diepenbrock players — the All-Diep Team. He’d certainly be represented on all Palo Alto team beyond Jeremy Lin. Or we’ll see. (He’s also by the way in the All San Mateo County slash All Peninsula for playing days at Burlingame plus coaching not just Jeremy at Paly. It’s interesting that the year we 1981 and 1980 Titans had a reunion 25 year, that Hans was California Coach of the Year for San Ramon Valley lady Wolves beating Berkeley in North Coast Final and Diepenbrock won state and Boys coach of the year statewide for Paly).

Off the top of my head a list of top Gunn players all time would include, as nominees: Lockhart, Vaughn Manns, Danny Brown, Mike Gulevitch, Peter Jordan, Kyle Perricone, Niel Brennan, Gus Brennan, Alex Fernandez Gil, David Riley, Carl Gooch, Akira Tana, Keith Peters, Bob Pritchett, Griffin Bonini, Colin Bonini, Brian Dibiaso, Derek Leith, Jason Olaine (more for his prowess in jazz I admit, but he said he played and I believe him), Keith Mackey (as league MVP frosh-soph), Tony Bower, Andy Hargadon, Jerry Chang, Omar something from the team that won the junior league title circa 2000, Chris Russell. That’s 25, to start. Maybe people would come up with equal number from eras I missed seeing. Danny McCallister. Lamont McCallister, whose brothers think was removed from a game when he got to 39 points, to protect Lockhart’s 42 ten years earlier. Dick Supan.

(And for myself I alternate between admitting I am probably the worst varsity player in Gunn history, or claiming that I know I am no worse than 2nd worst because I claim to be better than a certain 1980 champ reserve. Put it this way: I am barely in the top 100 teams which is funny because Gunn is celebrating 50 classes and years. There are probably not 500 players all time. I was barely second team all Gunn in 1980-1981; I could rank all time as a sportswriter, perhaps).

People like Hans, John Reid, Keith Peters would have a better view on this. Tom Jacoubowsky the recent era. John Spalding also has a book on 100 Years of Sport in Santa Clara County and is considered the CCS historian.

My neighbor Nick Peterson who played with Rich Kelley at Woodside but Little League here suggested going thru the lists of all league players (SCVAL, SCVAL De Anza and SPAL) to get lists of candidates.

Here is my post to the Chron site, on All Bay area, or I was arguing for inclusion honorable mention for more Peninsula guys:

Mike Norman of Saint Francis.
It’s sort of an inconsistency that you mention Bill Russell but also claim that he does not make “honorable mention”. Of course he does.

It’s hard to limit this to 29 and not 99, so how about two-time all NorCal and current Raiders football coach Jack DelRio?

Palo Alto has “the three L’s”, Lin, Kent Lockhart and Jungle Jim Loscutoff. Senator Ron Wyden.

There’s sort of an undercount of Peninsula players.
Troy Tulowitzki of Fremont of Sunnyvale, more of a diamond great, but people do talk about his buzzer-beater. (Less so, Barry Bonds of Serra). Lockhart was two-time CCS player of the Year for Gunn of Palo Alto, later on coach Don Haskins list of all time great UTEP Miners, drafted by NBA Knicks, played for Cazzie Russell and Phil Jackson in CBA, first team All -Australia and actually coached Andrew Bogut down under.

John Paye, state champion and two-sport Stanford star, for Menlo.

The Ogdens. Jim Harbaugh.

Again, if you mention Frank Robinson in the article, that’s an honorable mention for hoops as well.

Rich Kelley of Woodside High (Stanford, NBA Jazz).

jump ball Rich Kelley and Mark Weiss, fall, 2014

jump ball Rich Kelley and Mark Weiss, fall, 2014

Or, how about Jacque Robinson of San Jose High, played football for Washington Huskies but fathered Nate the Great Robinson of the Knicks.

I’d love to harvest some names from the 1940s and 1950s which means Paly. The old gym, the Pit, has information for champions teams in those eras. But I’d like to delegate wholesale the task of finding the top 50 or so Paly players. Maybe David Feldman would be good at this. (And he’d be nominated certainly, played for Tufts. So indirectly I am nominating David Feldman for the larger all time Bay Area prep hoops greats! If only to explain why I failed to stop him on three consecutive possessions frosh-soph-jayvee summer league me a rising junior, 1980).

I told Hans yesterday that I’ve scored more than 10,000 buckets in people’s driveways but that lone field goal versus Buchser of Santa Clara in 1981.

edit to add: not sure where I get this, but Bob Portman of SI:
A 6’5″ shooter from San Francisco, Portman’s offensive skills at St. Ignatius in northern California were legendary.
-Tom Gibbs, Awalt ’64 I met briefly at Gunn-Bellarmine game and Don Yarkin says he is an all time great, would probably want to confirm that with the Spalding book or other sources. Sussing that got me to this 1976 footage of Rambis:

On following Monday: The Chron ran a part of my post, which I had forwarded to the writer plus this bit:
My two cents. I think my brother, Nick Vanos, warranted an honorable mention. But then again, if Bill Russell didn’t make the cut, I guess I shouldn’t complain.
Annette Vanos,
San Mateo
I never played against Vanos but I recall his teammate the guard Jerry Glessing at Stanford camp; I remember seeing Vanos in high school more than once at the 49ers games, him wearing a t-shirt that said “6′ 10″ ” or ” 7′ “

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Judy Kleinberg says corporations are people too

former council member Judy Kleinberg addressing private function at new HanaHaus at The Varsity, March, 2015

former council member Judy Kleinberg addressing private function at new HanaHaus at The Varsity, March, 2015


Judy Kleinberg said recently that “corporations are people too” if that helps explain her stance here. She was speaking of the German software giant SAP (market cap $18B) which is now also a tenant on University, running the cafe in The Varsity. So I guess she is saying that their $200K managers and their subtenant $10/hr baristas or billionaire CEO Hasso Plattner all deserve the right to park in front of the houses of Mr. Rosenblum, Mr. Filseth and Mr. Buchanon for the near future if not forever. She probably thinks that in the case of Rosenblum he has double rights, as a homeowner and corporate equity holder, although not on his own street.

Oligarchy, not a Democracy.

Didn’t you get the memo?

note: the Palo Alto City Council, in October, 2012 — a few years after Kleinberg’s tenure — deliberated Citizens United but came out as ambivalent towards trying to repeal the Roberts Court ruling that Kleinberg’s bold statement seems to exemplify and further.

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Vannevar Bush

I am working on something about Vannevar Bush. He worked with Lewis Terman.
More to come.
Whatever fits, print.

http://www.dougengelbart.org/events/vannevar-bush-symposium.html

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