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Lights, Camera, Action

Lights, Camera, Action


As I Was Saying

As I Was Saying

Redwood City Loses A

“Special Glow”

The Spectrum.NOV.2010

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

Nicole Minieri

Contributing Writer

James Massey

Graphic Designer

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

Contact Information:

Phone 650-368-2434

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This Month’s Photo Shoot – 4

RCSD Corner – 5

“As I Was Saying...” – 6

Sequoia Health District Candidates

Speak on Issues – 7

County Supervisor Hopefuls Talk Issues – 8

Nonprofits in Action – 13

Cultural Events – 14

We are excited to bring you the November 2010 edition of The Spectrum Magazine. This

month we have a diverse collection of stories that are geared toward community-building.

Our cover story this month is on the annual International Latino Film Festival. The event

includes special free community screenings of movies and kicks off with a fabulous gala

event, a “Tribute to Women and Film.” We hope the community will respond and attend some

of the events and movies.

In her last article for The Spectrum, contributing writer Nicole Minieri writes about a new

neighborhood-building organization in Redwood City called GoGoVerde. We also have a

profile on a very special community member, Amy Morgan, who recently passed away. We

know you will enjoy reading about both.

In his column, “As I was saying…,” publisher Steve Penna gives his predictions for the upcoming

November election, discusses the potential of a new jail in Redwood City and writes about the

recent visit by Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Barbara Boxer to a Redwood City school.

We also have our regular features on items of community interest, senior activities, parties

around town, news briefs, cultural and entertainment events, insurance tips from Russ Castle,

information from the Redwood City School District and the popular feature “A Minute With.”

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Kennedy Middle School Welcomes Alumni

Into Hall of Fame – 15

International Latino Film Festival – 18

Shop Redwood City – 21

News Briefs – 22

Community Interest – 23

Meet Our Community-Minded

Realtors of Redwood City – 28

Candidates for County

Treasurer/Tax Collector – 31

The Shining Light

That Was Amy Morgan – 32

Insurance Tips: Auto Insurance Tips

for Senior Drivers – 33

Senior Activities – 33

A Minute With Mary Albitz – 34

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Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot

This month’s cover photo shoot was planned using publisher Steve Penna’s

latest obsession, Facebook. He contacted the first cover subject, Hector

Flamenco, and after that, the messages started to roll. In a matter of 10 minutes

Connie Guerrero, Lilia Ledezma, Arnoldo Arreola and Manuel Ramirez all

said yes. The shoot was scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 4:45 p.m.

The shoot was originally planned for the Fox Theatre but moved to

Carrington Hall on the Sequoia High School campus after a scheduling

conflict. Penna arrived first and was greeted by Dave “Papa Bear” Briggs,

who runs the venue. They were joined by cover photographer James Kaspar

shortly afterwards, and then they discussed where to shoot and what effects

would be needed.

The cover story in this month’s edition does not have photos that are

community-oriented, so Penna thought it would be interesting to have some

of the community members who have been involved with the planning of the

Latino Film Festival represent the event. It proved to be an excellent idea.

Penna wanted to create the illusion that the group was watching a film

and wanted them to project excitement at the festival coming to Redwood

City. Getting into the spirit was not a hard task for this group. They all know

each other and quickly started to interact and have fun. During the shoot,

the Sequoia High School drama group was in rehearsal for their November

production of the musical “Footloose.”

Props from the Century Theatres (popcorn boxes, soda cups, etc.) were

used, and the subjects wore jerseys from United Soccer, a shop at 2075

Broadway in the downtown area.

The entire shoot took about an hour.

One of the mission’s of The Spectrum is to explore and discover our

community’s diversity and introduce our readers to it. With a large portion of

our community of Latin descent, celebrating the accomplishments of the film

community seems an appropriate vehicle to do so.

We invite you to attend and support this cultural event and the many

offerings it has. Viva Redwood City!

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RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District

Music Alive and Well in Schools Thanks to Community-Based Effort

Kennedy Middle School student learns to play the violin.

Last spring as state budget cuts threatened to end instrumental music

education in Redwood City elementary schools, the Redwood City

community took matters into their own hands. With the support of the

Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF), a group of parents and local

music teachers from both the elementary and high school districts came

together and organized the Save Our School Music (SOSM) campaign,

specifically designed to raise money to save the instrumental music program.

In five short months, the campaign organized a series of events that raised

a total of $90,000 — just enough to keep the $300,000-plus music program

alive for another year.

“I took this on because as a community it is up to us to prevent further

cuts to a well-rounded educational experience,” said Kennedy parent Georgia

Solkov Jack, who headed up the SOSM campaign. “Kids need to learn in

many ways because it strengthens them overall as life-long learners. And

from a personal perspective, this program directly affects my own son, who,

like many other students, really needs a break from pure academics to stretch

himself in other ways.” Solkov Jack, who works as a development officer for

Stanford University, brought a full range of professional strategies to quickly

raise the funds needed.

According to RCEF President Jo-Ann Sockolov, the foundation has

long supported music out of the conviction that music improves academic

and social skills. For many students in Redwood City, the instrumental

music program offers the only opportunity they will ever have to learn an

instrument. In turn, the local high schools, which are governed by a separate

high school district, rely on elementary schools to graduate students who play

instruments to keep their band and orchestra programs alive.

While the district still needed to reduce the number of music teachers from

four to three and will no longer offer instrumental music to fifth-graders,

the money raised by the SOSM campaign enabled the district to preserve

instrumental music instruction for sixth- to eighth-graders, which will give

students the basic instruction they need to join the band or orchestra when

they are in high school.

The money raised also enabled the RCEF to extend its Music for Learning

program, previously offered only to second- through fourth-graders, to all

fifth-graders in the district. Music for Learning is a sequentially structured

general music program taught by professional educators from the Music

for Minors organization. The program has been fully funded by the RCEF

for about 15 years. The program provides instruction in singing, rhythm,

movement and listening for younger students and playing the recorder for

fourth- and fifth-graders.

“We wish we could continue to teach fifth-graders how to play a band or

orchestra instrument, but this solution provides a silver lining to our loss,”

said Superintendent Jan Christensen. “Now all fifth-graders, even those who

would not have signed up for instrumental music, will have education in

music-making and music literacy. This program will help prepare them for

learning an instrument in sixth through eighth grade.”

The SOSM campaign was a multi-faceted effort that involved close to

50 volunteers investing many hundreds of hours over about 20 weeks in a

variety of fundraising activities, including a direct contribution appeal, the

“Groovinin the Grove” music festival and pledges gathered for participating

in Redwood City’s annual Fourth of July Fun Run.

“Groovinin the Grove” which featured an afternoon of family-oriented

entertainment by local bands, high school groups and other area musicians

performing, followed by an evening benefit concert featuring the popular

local groups Dúo Cascada de Flores, the San Francisco Bay Jazz Ensemble,

Corazón Al Sur, and Bing and the Bingtones, raised $10,000 toward the

campaign. The Fourth of July Fun Run raised another $25,000, and the

balance of the funds came from private donations ranging from $1 to $6,000.

The $90,000 raised by the SOSM campaign boosted the RCEF’s total

fundraising to $460,000 — the largest amount it has raised in its 20-year

history. The SOSM campaign has a goal of raising $150,000 in 2010–11.

“We are grateful to the RCEF and our community for stepping up to the

plate to make sure our students are able to learn music and benefit from many

other enrichment activities,” said Christensen. “We are very fortunate to have

many partners who take an interest in our students.”

For more information on the SOSM campaign, please visit the RCEF


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Once again I am looking into my crystal ball to

give me some direction as I try to predict results

of the local races that our community will be

voting on this Nov. 2. It looks a little foggy and

the crystals have not settled down, but I think I

can see through all the campaign rhetoric and tell

you what you will be reading on Nov. 3.

The county supervisor race between former

Sheriff Don Horsley and Coastside resident April

Vargas will go in the direction of Horsley. The only

question is how much of the vote he will gather.

In the race for county treasurer–tax collector,

between Deputy Treasurer–Tax Collector Sandie

Arnott and Dave Mandelkern, Arnott will win

and, in the process, upset the unions that are

working so strongly for Mandelkern.

The Sequoia Healthcare District Board race has

seven candidates vying for three seats. Among

those running are incumbents Art Faro and Jack

Hickey.Also running are business owner and

Redwood City resident Alpio Barbara, health

care professional Ruth West-Gorrin, retired

engineer Frederick Graham, physician Jerry

Shefren and businessman Michael Stogner.

This race is a hard one to call because there are

so many different scenarios that could happen

depending on voter awareness. Hickey is running

with candidates Graham and Stogner, and if elected

they want to dissolve the district, while Barbara,

Faro and Shefren are in an unofficial slate to keep it going.

West-Gorrin is also a proponent of continuing the district.

Political watchers have underestimated Hickey

before, and given the fact that his slate is spending

money this election on mailers, newspaper ads

and literature, he is serious in his attempts. On the

other hand, the slate that wants to save the district

is doing much the same but has done mailings to a

broader numbers of targeted voters.

Voters are confused about the issue of dissolving

the district, but once it is explained that the taxes

currently collected would continue being collected

if the district were to dissolve, and that those

taxes would go to the state, it makes a tremendous

difference. I think the only way this issue will be

resolved is though a future ballot initiative.

So, given all that, and taking into account voter

intelligence and information, I would go out on

a limb and say that incumbents Hickey and Faro

will win, with Barbara gaining the third spot. It

must be noted that those three candidates were the

only ones to submit statements in the voter guide.

When I write about voter intelligence, I am

focusing on voters who vote because of a ballot

designation. For instance, Shefren is a physician

and West-Gorrin a health care professional. Will

voters vote just based on that, since it is a health

care district? If so, the whole scenario could

change, as would the results.

As I Was


In the San Mateo County Harbor District race,

current Commissioner Jim Tucker is looking to

hold on to his seat, while newcomers Sabrina

Brennan, William Klear and Robert Bernardo

are vying for the position being vacated by Ken

Lundie. Tucker and Brennan will win.

Measure U is a charter amendment by the

County of San Mateo. Voters want a say in who

is representing them and will pass this measure.

Measure N is a bond for the Belmont–

Redwood Shores School District that needs a

55-percent approval to pass. It will pass easily.

Measure M is a vehicle registration fee for

the County of San Mateo. “Shall the Congestion

Management Agency for San Mateo County levy

a $10 registration fee, for 25 years, on vehicles

registered in San Mateo County?” Voters will tell

the Board of Supervisors to get to work and stop

asking us for more money. Won’t pass.


Halle-julia! (that’s her daughters name) stated

Councilwoman Rosanne Foust when she heard

that county supervisors had voted 5-0 to consider

building a new jail on Chemical Way rather than

at the “motor pool” site at the current Maguire

Correctional Facility near downtown. You may

remember the discussion was started under her

leadership as mayor, and a strong stance against

a new jail downtown was established. Current

Mayor Jeff Ira continued that effort and has

mastered a great alternative site. Even though it is

still in Redwood City, it is not downtown.

As proposed, the new jail would have 768

beds and require some 145 additional employees.

County Sheriff Greg Munks estimates needing

$18 million in operating costs. But remember it

also has an estimated jail construction price tag of

$150 million. Let me just say now that the county

will have to try to pass a voter-approved bond or

special taxes to pay for all this. Not to mention the

operating costs once it is completed, which will

be more in the range of $20 million.

A year ago, I wrote that the final location for

the new jail would be “off Maple Street by the

Redwood City police station” and it is. Now I

will predict that the jail will never be built. How

can it be, given all the costs involved? There are

also still lingering doubts that a new jail is even

needed. With two new county supervisors being

seated within the next five months, the momentum

of support for a new jail will undoubtedly change.

In an article written for the Daily Journal

newspaper about the new jail location,

Councilman Jeff Gee stated, “Adding a new

county jail on Chemical Way could help boost the

area.” He also said, “Adding new infrastructure

to that part of town will hopefully energize it.”

Publisher | Steve Penna

Which leads one to ask the question, if a new jail

would “boost and energize” the area, why not

build it downtown, because we all know that is

still needed there? Ah, freshman councilmembers,

you never know what they are going to say.

Sounds like he is still campaigning to me.

There is nothing “boosting or energizing” about

having a jail in your neighborhood. That is why

those working against it did so.

In typical political posturing, Vice President Joe

Biden and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., caused

traffic backups and used local law enforcement

resources without compensation to meet with 16

third-graders from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the

Peninsula’s “Center for a New Generation” after-school

program at Taft School in the Fair Oaks neighborhood.

Normally I would say, what a great event

and experience for some of the youth in our

community and our community as a whole. And it

is. But this is election time and Boxer seems to be

in some trouble in the polls. Granted, the school’s

program receives roughly $112,000 annually in

21st Century funds, a program the senator has

been involved in. So she should be interested in

its progress and visit. But why now? I don’t need

to answer that at all, do I?

Had I been in the company of two powerful

elected officials like Biden and Boxer and been

interested in improving the lives of students here,

I would have had a few things to say and it would

not have been, “Can I stroke your back?”

It would go something like this: The Redwood

City School District has faced many challenges in

the last several years as state funding has steadily

dwindled. Over the past four years, they have cut

more than $14 million, including $7.1 million

from the 2010–11 budget alone. In 2007–08, they

educated around 8,000 students with about $78

million; in 2010–11, they will educate more than

9,100 students with about $71 million.

I would also point out that the district receives

less money per student than most districts

surrounding them, and we can’t convince a

majority of our community to pass a bond or

parcel tax to help them out. What can either, or

both, of you do to help them out? Will you come

back and visit us when we need you, given the fact

that we helped you possibly win your election?

I don’t need to answer that at all, do I? Go vote!

As I was saying…


Sequoia Healthcare District Candidates Speak on Issues

With two incumbents running for re-election and

another seeking a county supervisor’s seat, the

number of candidates for three open seats on the

Sequoia Healthcare District spiked to seven this year.

Current board members Jack Hickey and Art

Faro are looking to rejoin the district but have

different perspectives on how the district should

move forward.

Hickey, a Libertarian, wants to ultimately

dissolve the district, which doles out millions

each year in taxpayer money to various nonprofits

that provide health care services in southern San

Mateo County.

Faro, the former chief executive officer at

Sequoia Hospital, wants to keep the district intact

so it can continue to help keep the community

healthy by supporting preventive care and

wellness programs.

Hickey recruited two others, Frederick Graham

and Michael Stogner, to run as a slate with the

intent to stop collecting the nearly $7 million a

year the district gets in property taxes.

The other candidates in the race — Alpio

Barbara, Jerry Shefren and Ruth West-Gorrin

— want to keep the district running the way it

currently does. Barbara, Faro and Shefren have

formed an unofficial slate to derail the Hickey slate.

The following interviews allowed each

candidate a forum to express their opinions on

the issues discussed. Candidates were given the

same five questions and asked to answer each in

approximately 50 words. Responses were edited

for grammar, punctuation and length. Answers are

arranged alphabetically by the candidate’s last name.

1. Why is it important to disburse

taxpayer money to local nonprofits?

Barbara: Nonprofits play

a very important role in

delivering health services in our

community. They are needed

today more than ever, as is

evident by the huge demand for

their services. Private donations

are down, corporate giving

is down, foundation giving is

down and they simply need our

help to provide the services


Faro: The grand jury endorsed

the district’s activities in 2004

and again in 2008. The state

Legislature also supports and

promotes these activities by

their enacting the District

Healthcare Act, a change from

the District Hospital Act. The

local nonprofits are severely

underfunded. By assisting them,

they can continue to provide

the needed access to health care

and health promotion for all

our residents, thus significantly

increasing the level of health

care in our community.

Graham: If “nonprofits”

means “charities”

such as Samaritan

House, Salvation

Army, Goodwill, etc.,

citizens’ tax money

should not be dispensed

by any government

agency. Charity is the

exclusive and direct

responsibility between

the citizen and the

charity of his choice.

Hickey: Just the

opposite is true. It

is important not to

disburse taxpayer

money to local

nonprofits. This

corrupts their true

nature. Two civil grand

juries (2000–2002)

questioned the

district’s authority

to engage in

philanthropy without

voter approval. The

choice of charitable

contributions should be

left to individuals.

Shefren: The health

care district was

formed with the intent

of improving the health

of the community by

collecting tax dollars

from the community

and dispersing those

funds in ways that

would best accomplish

the mission. Local

nonprofits are often the

very best organizations

to accomplish specific

health care goals and

therefore provide

the best bang for the buck in meeting specific

community needs. We are fortunate to have

many excellent local nonprofits but they are not

adequately funded to meet their goals without

additional help.

Stogner: To strengthen

political alliances

with an eye toward

maintaining a voter

base. It casts the

district in an angelic

light while at the same

time empowering

the directors as the

dispenser of these

taxpayer funds.

West-Gorrin: The

Sequoia Healthcare

District has a long

tradition of supporting

community health in

southern San Mateo

County. We support

organizations that

serve the young, the

elderly, students,

schools and clinics.

In these challenging

times, the district’s job is even more vital to the

overall quality of life in our community.

2. Should the health care district

consider merging with other area

health care districts, such as

Peninsula or El Camino, to better

serve the community by reducing

administrative cost?

Barbara: As a business owner, I am always

looking for options and opportunities to

cut overhead expenditures and streamline

administrative costs. So yes, I would consider

looking into merging districts. The districts

have looked at merging in the past and it was

concluded they would not function as effectively

as one. But times are different now and so should

be our philosophies.

Faro: We have looked into this in the past and

studied it in depth and concluded that it would not

work, as our missions are somewhat different. I

would be supportive of meeting with Peninsula

Healthcare District to discuss again. As for El

Camino, certainly I would talk with them but they

run a hospital and have a different mission and are

located in a different county than ours.

Graham: Negative. There are health care districts

all over the state of California (hundreds at last

count per the Little Hoover Commission), many of

which should be dissolved, as they have outlived

their charter. SHD was formed specifically to

support Sequoia Hospital, which relationship was

severed when the hospital was sold to Catholic

Healthcare West.

Hickey: As a team, Hickey, Graham and

Stogner’s proposal for an orderly shutdown of

unapproved philanthropic activities and obsolete

hospital taxes of the Sequoia Healthcare District

would directly address the grand jury’s concerns

and ultimately reduce administrative costs to zero.

Shefren: It is always appropriate to explore

options for partnering with other organizations

to improve or expand the impact of a program

as well as to reduce overhead. That exploration

process has to include identifying whether the

other districts have similar goals and objectives

as well as ensuring that Sequoia district residents

receive the full benefit of their tax contributions.

I believe that local control of the tax dollars is an

important component for success.

(continued on page 10)

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The Shining Light That Was Amy Morgan

By Judy Buchan, Contributing Writer

While their light continues to grow dim from age and illness, the Greatest

Generation, known for living through war and economic disaster, will shine

a lasting beacon of hope, faith and hard work on our neighborhoods and our


On Oct. 14, Amy Morgan, a light of the Greatest Generation long known

for her tireless work for the Italian-American community in San Mateo

County, joined the ranks of those who gave their best for their families and

their neighbors. She was called out of this life after a lingering illness, but she

will not be forgotten.

During the Columbus Day Celebration at the historic courthouse downtown

just six days prior to her passing, Morgan was honored by Celebration

Chairperson Terry Anderlini for her “lifelong contributions and dedicated

service to the Italian-American community of San Mateo County.”

“For many years, Amy has been a devoted volunteer to help run and

organize this event,” Anderlini said. “Her spark and amazing energy has helped

make our Columbus Day Celebration a great success year after year. Her

recognition this year is well deserved. Our Italian-American community of San

Mateo County holds her in highest regard.”

“We all love our good friend, Amy Morgan,” Anderlini added. And who

couldn’t love her! Though felled by illness, Morgan could “light up a room

with her special glow,” said longtime friend Paula Uccelli.

“She made everyone feel special,” Uccelli continued.

And her spirit of giving was amazing, considering all that she experienced

in her 80 years. Born in 1930 in Torino, Italy, Amy and her family had to live

in bomb shelters after their apartment was bombed in World War II. At age

17, her parents sent her to live with a relative in the North Beach district of San

Francisco. Her first job was working at a spaghetti factory there, which she

continued while going to night school to learn English.

Mayor Jeff Ira, Morgan, Sharon Medrano, Steve Penna and Sue Uccelli at last year’s

Columbus Day event.

She went on to become a secretary at Hartford Insurance Company, and

she spent time walking though the post-war melting pot that was San Francisco.

Amy and a girlfriend also visited the local USO, where she met Jim

Morgan, a Marine from Daly City who had served in Korea. They married

in 1954, and their son, Steve, was born later that year. The family spent time

in San Mateo and moved to Redwood City in 1961. Amy worked for a local

insurance agent and worked at Chope Hospital until she retired.

The Morgans found a Redwood City that was just beginning its evolution

into a post-war suburban community. Amy quickly found her niche in the

Italian-American community, devoting her time to the Sons of Italy, the

Italian Cultural Center and the Columbus Day celebration in San Mateo

County. She joined the Galileo Galilei Lodge of the Sons of Italy in 1962 and

didn’t look back. She served in many capacities, including lodge president,

for many years. She also served as a state trustee.

Amy taught Italian at lodge meetings, and her Italian and English were

“impeccable, whether spoken or written,” according to Anderlini. He

recalled that if Amy “had something to say, a letter would be written to her

congressman or local city official, or to the editor of the newspaper.”

Amy took her freedoms here very seriously. Her garage was often used as

a neighborhood polling place. And I recall meeting Amy at a neighborhood

meeting during my time as Redwood City’s mayor. As we discussed a

particularly tough issue, Amy’s suggestions for solving the problem were full

of such clarity, logic and confidence that they were easily adopted. I don’t

recall the specifics of the issue, but I do recall that Amy had me believing that

her proposed solution was the best idea I’d had in a long time…

After being widowed for many years, Amy met John Linda at a Sons of

Italy event, and they spent some 15 years enjoying each other, Amy’s son and

his family, and life overall.

Helping to plan the Columbus Day Celebration was her forte. Uccelli

remembers that Amy “did it all! She did the raffle prizes, helped us with

baskets … she really did it all!” Former Mayor and current Councilmember

Barbara Pierce also remembered Amy’s hard work. “She was such a

sweetheart and a pistol of a person!” Pierce said.

Amy had to be a “pistol of a person” and full of courage to leave her warravaged

country at the tender age of 17 to come to the United States without

knowing the language. She refused to give in to fear or uncertainty. She

quickly understood that education was the key to her future and worked hard

to learn English so she could move on with her life.

But she did not forget her Italian heritage and spent her life working with

many Italian-American organizations. She also worked with seniors at

Redwood City’s Veterans Memorial Senior Center and with all who needed

the healing touch of cheer that only Amy could give.

Another light from the Greatest Generation has dimmed, but it will never

be completely extinguished. We can learn from Amy’s caring and dedication

for others while we continue to make Redwood City the shining light it should be.

Let’s do it. Amy, we won’t forget.




There is a group of candidates running to

gain a majority on the Sequoia Healthcare

District in this November’s election. Their

goal is to eliminate the Healthcare District.

We cannot let this happen!

Those candidates claim that by eliminating

the District it will lower your property taxes.

This is FALSE! If the district is eliminated

YOUR property taxes will continue to be

collected and go to the STATE and not stay

in our community where they belong.

We cannot let this happen!



Vote for Barbara, Faro, and Shefren!

Absentee Ballot or at the polls on November 2!

infant and Children’s Healthcare

The Sequoia Healthcare District Provides Critical Support to Our Local Healthcare System!

support for Working Families & single parents

services to Keep seniors Active & Healthy

Here are 3 candidates who will continue the great

work done on behalf of all property owners in the

Sequoia Healthcare District . . .


Local Business Owner


District Board member

Dear Neighbor,

The Sequoia Healthcare District partners with public and nonprofit community providers

to improve the health of children, youth, adults and older adults in ways both innovative

and traditional. Sequoia Healthcare District applies public funds to major health initiatives

through well-known agencies and monitors achievement of measurable goals through a

periodic reporting program and a system of community involvement. Thousands of residents

benefit from these clinics and services and are provided care that helps keep them out of

very expensive hospital emergency rooms.

I am one of those residents whose life was saved by the District’s funding of defibrillator

heart machines in public places. Without the Sequoia Healthcare District’s grant to place a

defibrillator at Woodside High School, I would not be alive today!

We must help support candidates that will continue the works of the District. Please join me

in voting for District Board member Art Faro, Dr. Jerry Shefren, and local Business Owner

Alpio Barbara for the Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors on your Absentee Ballot

or at the polls on November 2, 2010.

I am confident these three candidates will continue the life saving works done by the Sequoia

Healthcare District.


Richard Mitra

Vote for Barbara, Faro, and Shefren!

Absentee Ballot or at the polls on November 2!



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Sequoia Healthcare District Candidates Speak on Issues (Continued from page 7)

Stogner: No. The reason for this is that the

health care district cannot legally be merged with

any entity because it has no legislative basis for

existence in its current form.

West-Gorrin: We should consider strategic

alliances that would expand our ability to serve

our community.

3. The district spends roughly 8

percent of its annual budget on

the San Francisco State University

Nursing Program. How does this

expenditure specifically help

residents of the district?

Barbara: There are many benefits to our district

coming from our partnership with this program.

Many of the students that are trained through the

program are residents of the district. The classes

are held locally at Cañada College and many of

the graduates are hired at Sequoia Hospital and

other facilities within the district.

Faro: It assures us that we have a sufficient

supply of registered nurses for our hospitals

(including Sequoia and Kaiser), clinics and

outpatient facilities. Secondly, it helps us ensure

that we can meet the demand of the future. And

thirdly, guarantees we have the optimum level of

patient-nurse ratios for maximum patient care.

Graham: If at all, only marginally. What

percentage of nursing graduates from SFSU

Nursing Program actually work in the district to

justify the investment?

Hickey: The current program disproportionately

favors Sequoia Hospital, begging a class action

lawsuit by members of Kaiser, Stanford Medical,

PAMF and other health care providers who benefit

little from the program. Nurses unions logically

should address nurses’ training by making student

loans paid back through surcharges on union dues

collected from nurses.

Shefren: This program was developed as a

partnership with Cañada College through the San

Francisco State University program. All classes

are held at Cañada and most of the students are

district residents. At the initiation of the program,

there was an increasing nursing shortage in the

district. The changes in the California state laws

since that time has made the shortages even more

acute. A steady supply of qualified nurses in this area

is an important component to having an effective

health care system and a healthy community.

Stogner: The issue is not how expenditures

benefit residents. The issue is that the Sequoia

Healthcare District in its current form has never

been approved by the voters.

West-Gorrin: This program is part of the

curriculum offered at our local community

college, Cañada College, in partnership with

San Francisco State and Sequoia Hospital. The

goal is to produce 300 to 400 new nurses for this

region, benefiting both the local students and our

community by increasing the number of qualified

nurses as we face a shortage of nurses.

4. How can grant recipients prove

the money they receive from the

district goes toward improving the

health of district residents?

Barbara: The district staff currently monitors

the grants and holds recipients responsible for

delivering on their promises by following up with

them and including district board members and

our grants committee members in the process.

If elected, I would like to expand the volunteer

grants committee’s responsibilities to include

quarterly progress reports.

Faro: The district staff, grants committee and

board have procedures in place to monitor the

efficacy of the work the recipients do that is

funded by the district. Reviews are routinely

conducted by the grants committee and staff.

Board members (four out of five) actually make

site visits, as does the staff.

(continued on page 29)

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Nonprofits in Action

Advocates for Children

Advocates for Children, CASA of San Mateo

County, is actively seeking caring and consistent

adults to mentor and speak up for the best

interests of these children. Over 130 children are

waiting for someone who cares.

If you would like to become a volunteer

advocate, or just want to learn more, please attend

an orientation held in their San Mateo office. Visit or call 650-212-4423 for

more information.

City Talk Toastmasters

Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop

communication and leadership skills. The club

meets Wednesdays 12:30–1:30 p.m. in the Council

Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.

Call Manny Rosas at 650-780-7468 if you would

like to check out a meeting, or just stop in. Visit for more information about

the Toastmasters public speaking program.


CityTrees is a nonprofit working with the Public

Works Department to enhance and care for

Redwood City’s urban forest. They usually plant

or prune on the third Saturday of each month.

Check for a listing of events,

dates and how to join.

Family Connections

This nonprofit group is the only parentparticipation

preschool in San Mateo County

focusing on low-income families. Their Redwood

City classrooms offer children through age 5 and

their parents a tuition-free learning environment

that’s supportive and fun. Family Connections

parents stay involved in their children’s education

and, as a result, their children are more prepared

for kindergarten and beyond. They are always

looking for volunteers to play with the children

while moms and dads attend parent-ed classes,

organizers to help coordinate fundraisers,

and people from the business world to initiate

new corporate partnerships. Check www. for more information.

Family Service Agency of San Mateo County

Looking for a dependable source of skilled,

reliable workers? Family Service Agency of San

Mateo County provides employers with mature,

ready-to-work, experienced workers who are 55

years and older. Employers contact the service

because they appreciate the superior work ethic

and the commitment to quality that mature

workers possess. There are no fees for hiring

candidates. Contact Barbara Clipper at 650-403-

4300, ext. 4368, to place your job order.

For those who are looking for work and are

at least 55 years of age, Family Service Agency

provides a range of services, including referrals

for classroom training, vocational counseling,

job referrals and on-the-job training for qualified

participants. Contact Connie Tilles at 650-403-

4300, ext. 4371, if you are looking for work.

Friends for Youth

Do you like to play video games, shoot hoops,

watch baseball games or just have fun? Then

you have what it takes to be a mentor! As a

mentor, you can hang out with a young person

like Reggie. He’s a 12-year-old who loves pizza,

baseball and cars. He lives with his grandmother

and three sisters and would love to hang out with

a guy and have fun. There are 30 boys like Reggie

waiting to be matched with a mentor like you.

Most of the boys wait more than a year to meet

their mentors.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor,

you are invited to attend a one-hour information

session in Redwood City. For upcoming

sessions, call 650-482-2871 or e-mail mentor@

Friends of the Redwood City Public Library

The Friends support the mission of the four

Redwood City libraries to fully serve the

community. Through membership and sales of

donated books, the Friends fund a variety of

community programs, including school literacy

outreach at Redwood City grammar schools. The

Friends fund approximately $65,000 in programs

each fiscal year.

Visit their newly expanded bookstore at the

Main Library (1044 Middlefield Road), where

they sell a wide variety of books in excellent

condition and at extremely low prices. Or visit

them at the Redwood City Farmers Market on

Saturday mornings, where they sell books for 50

cents each. When you visit the store, consider

becoming a Friend — support starts at only $10.

Funders Bookstore

If you haven’t wandered into the Funders

Bookstore, you have missed one of Redwood

City’s hidden treasures. This project is a

volunteer effort by a group of dedicated people

interested in supporting the San Mateo County

History Museum and simultaneously providing a

community bookstore for everyone’s pleasure. A

large collection of hardback first editions, trade

paperbacks, children’s books, cookbooks and

an entire room of $1 paperbacks are featured.

Bookstore hours are Tuesday through Saturday,

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is on the lower level of the

San Mateo County History Museum at 2200

Broadway, with the entrance facing Hamilton

Street. Stop by for a browse!

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit

organization that seeks to eliminate poverty

housing and homelessness from the world, and

to make decent shelter a matter of conscience

and action. Locally, the Greater San Francisco

affiliate partners with working families and the

community to build affordable ownership homes

in Redwood City. Formed through the merger of

Peninsula Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for

Humanity San Francisco in August 2008, Habitat

for Humanity Greater San Francisco provides a

unique solution to the local housing crisis and

has enabled nearly 150 families to purchase

affordable housing. Contact Jennifer Doettling,

communications director, at 650-568-7335 or Visit their website at

Hearing Loss Association of the Peninsula

Hearing Loss Association is a volunteer,

international organization of hard-of-hearing

people and their relatives and friends. The

nonprofit, nonsectarian, educational organization

is devoted to the welfare and interests of those

who cannot hear well but are committed to

participating in the hearing world.

A day meeting is held on the first Monday of

the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial

Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. Educational

speakers and refreshments are provided. A

demonstration of assistive devices is held on

the first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m.

in the second-floor conference room at the

Redwood City Public Library, 1044 Middlefield

Road. Please call Marj at 650-593-6760 with any


Nursing Mothers Counsel

Nursing Mothers Counsel, a nonprofit

organization since 1955, provides free

breastfeeding education and assistance by highly

trained counselors (moms who breastfed for at

least six months). To speak with a counselor (no

fee), call 650-327-MILK (327-6455).

NMC also has breast pumps and breastfeeding

supplies available for purchase and rent. Call

650-364-9579. If you’d like to become a trained

counselor, call 650-365-2713. Visit their website at

Optimist Club of Redwood City

Optimist International is one of the largest service

organizations in the world, where “bringing out

the best in kids” has been their mission for over

80 years.

The Optimist Club of Redwood City meets

every Tuesday at 12 p.m. at Alana’s Cafe, 1020

Main St. For information, visit www.optimist.

org or call President Ed Rosen at 650-366-7589 or

Membership Chair John Butterfield at 650-366-

8803. Or just come join them for lunch to learn

more about how you can make a difference to the

youth in our community.

Peninsula College Fund

PCF enables underrepresented graduating high

school seniors from the Peninsula to achieve their

dreams of college education by providing fouryear

mentors, summer jobs and internships, and

critical four-year scholarships. PCF needs your

support. Become a mentor; provide a summer

job or internship; spread the word with your

public relations, marketing or grant-writing skills;

help read applications or interview candidates;

become a donor or create a donor team; or

contribute to the general fund. Visit www. or contact Charles

Schmuck at or 650-561-9534.

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club

Founded in 1960, Peninsula Hills Women’s Club,

a member of the General Federation of Women’s

Clubs and the California Federation of Women’s

Clubs, is a philanthropic organization serving the

community through charitable, educational and

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Cultural Events

Fox Theatre and Club Fox

2209 Broadway, downtown Redwood City

Tickets available at

650- 369-7770

Club Fox (formerly the Little Fox) is up and

running with tickets on sale and the calendar

coming together. Two great shows are lined up

for Halloween weekend. The new Club Fox really

wants to support local talent as well as touring

acts, with ZEBOP!, Pop Fiction, Luce and the

Bingtones all representing the Bay Area.

Club Fox

Friday, Oct. 29

Woodstock Halloween featuring ZEBOP! Santana

tribute band and Liquid Sky, a tribute to Jimi Hendrix

Doors 7 p.m. / show 8 p.m.

$12 adv. / $14 door

Saturday, Oct. 30

Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours

Doors 7 p.m. / show 8 p.m.

$22 adv. / $25 door

Friday, Nov. 12

Pop Fiction — Northern California’s premier party band

Doors 7 p.m. / show 8 p.m.

$13 adv. / $15 door

Saturday, Nov. 13

An Evening With Gino Matteo featuring special

guest Tip From the Top

Doors 7 p.m. / show 8 p.m.

$13 adv. / $15 door

Saturday, Nov. 20


Doors 7 p.m. / show 8 p.m.

$14 adv. / $16 door

Friday, Nov. 26

“Club Fox Comedy Kickoff” with Dan St. Paul,

Mark Pitta and Johnny Steele

Doors 7 p.m. / show 8 p.m.

$15 adv. / $18 door

Saturday, Nov 27

The Bingtones and the Tribal Blues Band

Doors 7 p.m. / show 8 p.m.

$16 adv. / $18 door

Fox Theatre

Friday, Nov. 5

Tainted Love

Show 8 p.m.

$18 adv. / $20 door

Friday, Nov. 12

Robert Cray Band

Show 8 p.m.


San Mateo County

History Museum

2200 Broadway St., Redwood City


Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

$2–$4; free for children 5 and under

The History Museum is housed inside the historic

1910 County Courthouse. Over 50,000 people

visit the museum each year, and the number of

local residents who hold memberships is growing.

The History Museum teaches approximately

14,000 children each year through the on- and

off-site programs. The museum houses the

research library and archives that currently hold

over 100,000 photographs, prints, books and

documents collected by the San Mateo County

Historical Association.

Ongoing Exhibits

The Great Rotunda. The

stained-glass dome of

the rotunda, thought to

be the largest in a Pacific

Coast public building,

is the architectural

highlight of the museum


Courtroom A. The oldest

courtroom in San Mateo

County has been restored

to its appearance in 1910.

Nature’s Bounty. This

exhibit gallery explores

how the earliest people

of the Peninsula used

the natural resources of

the area and how those

resources were used to

help build San Francisco

after the discovery of

gold in 1849.

Journey to Work. This

exhibit gallery shows

how transportation

transformed San Mateo

County from a frontier

to suburbs.

Carriage Display. An

exhibit of the museum’s

30 horse-drawn vehicles.

Charles Parsons Gallery.

An exhibit of the 23

historical model ships

created by Charles

Parsons of San Carlos.

Politics, Crime and

Law Enforcement. The

Atkinson Meeting Room includes the Walter Moore

Law Enforcement Collection of historic badges.

San Mateo County History Makers:

Entrepreneurs Who Changed the World. The

exhibit chronicles the entrepreneurs who made

San Mateo County internationally known.

Visitors are invited to review biographies of such

innovators as A.P. Giannini (who created the

Bank of America and lived in San Mateo) and

other entrepreneurs whose innovations have left a

substantial impact.

Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience

in San Mateo County. The exhibit tells the stories

of the diverse people who came to the area and

highlights the experiences of early immigrant

groups of the late 1800s, including the Chinese,

Japanese, Irish, Italians and Portuguese.

Living the California Dream. The exhibit depicts

the development of the suburban culture of San

Mateo County.

The Celtic Tiger: The Irish Economic Miracle.

The exhibit explores how the Bay Area has

participated in Ireland’s current economic boom.

Special Exhibits

100-Year History of the Courthouse. Exhibition

celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 1910

County Courthouse (through Dec. 31).

Kennedy Middle School Welcomes Alumni Into Hall of Fame

Success is measured differently depending on

one’s intentions, but setting any goal often starts

with a dream while one is little.

The Kennedy Middle School community welcomed

former students who found success in a number

of fields. Many of the alumni who attended had

been previously inducted into the Redwood City

school’s Hall of Fame. However, three — Dennis

Haussler, Kristina Holland and Jorge Martinez

— were inducted during a free community event

on the school campus, located at 2521 Goodwin

Ave. Regardless of how long these alumni have

been Hall of Famers, they all come together to

emphasize that anything is possible with hard work.

Holland recalled dreaming of dance as a young

girl at Goodwin, which is what Kennedy was called

at the time she attended. She would walk to take

dance classes and later studied singing and acting.

“My first professional jobs were in musical

theater — singing, dancing and acting,” she said.

Those first jobs led to a number of others in

television, most notably as Tina Rickles on “The

Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” a show that aired

from 1969 to 1972.

Holland has since left Hollywood behind,

following an interest in psychology, particularly

the work of Carl Jung.

“A part of me was thinking, ‘Oh gosh, I can’t

change [my career]. I already chose,’” she said. Making

such a change is becoming much more common.

With great trepidation, Holland applied and was

accepted to graduate school. She has a practice

today in the East Bay focusing on artists and

people with artistic sensibilities.

The further I’ve gone along, the more I realize

[the careers] aren’t exactly the opposites I thought

they were. I realized after a while, as a performer,

I was most interested in what’s going on under the

surface, not just the lines they are saying, but the

person underneath,” she said.

Holland hopes children realize change is OK.

“You can change your mind. If you just give

your all to whatever you’re doing at the moment,

once you get old and look back at it you see it all

was important,” she said.

Holland joins the ranks of many others from

Kennedy who followed their passion and were

previously added to Kennedy’s Hall of Fame.

Many of those individuals were on hand to

celebrate the new inductees.

For 61-year-old Michael Shrieve, his passion

started when he was passing by the band room

at Kennedy and saw the percussion section

performing by the door.

“That day I went and bought my first drumsticks and

acquired three carpet samples to practice on,” he said.

Shrieve, who now lives in Seattle, became a

well-known drummer. He played with Carlos

Santana from ’69 through ’74. Shrieve is also

known for an impressive solo during Woodstock.

“It is just hard work. I was fortunate to have

success at a very young age. It’s what happens after

the success that is the most challenging,” he said.

Success, and living in a different state, hasn’t kept

Shrieve from Redwood City. Every few years he returns

to Kennedy with his sons to perform for the kids.

The thing about inspiration is it can strike at any point.

John Radetich was just a skinny kid who was

always on the B team when one of his physical

education teachers suggested the high jump.

Radetich had seen Valery Brumel, a Russian high

jumper, on television and thought it was a fun idea.

He got some training books and began to improve.

During his eighth-grade year, Radetich was

lucky enough to see Brumel live at Stanford

University, where the Russian broke a world record.

“From that time I kind of focused on it and

continued to high jump through high school,” he said.

Radetich chose Oregon State, thinking he

would be the best high jumper in the school but

ended up being one of three able to jump 7 feet.

A teammate had created a new style of jumping

— one Radetich resisted until not qualifying for

a major meet his senior year. The change boosted

Radetich’s performance at the first professional

track and field event, where he broke Brumel’s record.

“Sports mirrors life. The successes you get from

that, you learn a lot from those failures too,” he said.

Athletics and children became Radetich’s focus.

Now retired, he spent 29 years working with the

Boys & Girls Clubs.

The Arthur and Marilyn Miller love story started on

Kennedy’s playground, which was then Goodwin.

Both Arthur and Marilyn were inducted three years ago.

“I remember it exclusively, walking down a

ramp and saw this guy — I was in fourth grade.

He was playing handball. I said I was going to

marry him,” she said with a laugh.

Arthur didn’t figure out their connection until

Woodside High. While she waited for him,

Marilyn took to dating others and enjoying life.

She wanted to become an attorney, but when Art

went to medical school, Marilyn decided one of

them needed to work. She earned her teaching credential.

“I’ve been one of those lucky people in life. I’ve

always left my jobs loving them and ready to do

something else,” said Marilyn.

Gaining the leadership skills to get such a luxury

dates back to Goodwin for Marilyn. She recalled

learning to understand leadership skills while

there, preparation that enabled Marilyn to serve as

the first commissioner of social activities at Woodside.

She tried to bring that opportunity to the

children she taught. Marilyn retired from her

position as superintendent in 2009 after 34 years

in the Hillsborough City School District.

Arthur, 67, also ended up in the world of

education. He began life planning to become a

minister but changed direction.

The biggest challenges of changing direction

and going into science [were] having enough motivation

to want to succeed among so many other much

more outstanding people who were going into

science, but there is always a place for someone

who has a passion about their work,” Arthur said.

He’s spent 35 years as a professor at the University

of California, San Francisco, since following that

passion. Arthur’s experience includes numerous

degrees, and he joined the Brain Research Institute

to do work on the central nervous system.

“It is nice to have a school look back over its

history and invite you, and give you a sense of its

long-term commitment to children and the quality

of the children that go to a local public elementary

school in a small town,” said Arthur, who lives

with Marilyn in neighboring San Carlos.

Unlike Arthur, 51-year-old Jeff Richardson

knew he wanted to be a pilot early in life. The

idea only grew when, in science class, Richardson

made a rocket.

“I don’t know if they’d let you do that now. But

it was neat,” he said.

From there, it was just a matter of classes.

Richardson started with gliding flights and ended

up getting his private license in San Carlos,

then worked to earn what was needed to be

commercially rated before finishing his training

in Arizona. He eventually taught and got married

in Arizona.

“Somewhere there’s a 3-minute reel of me taking

off in an airplane and, as I came back, I could

barely see over the top of the thing,” he said.

In December 1985, Richardson was hired by

American Airlines, where he currently works as a

captain. After a short stint in Dallas, Richardson

moved back to the Bay Area, taking flights out of

San Francisco.

The funny part about being a pilot is when I

get home, my wife says let’s go somewhere, like

asking the postman to go for a walk on his day

off,” he said with a laugh.

To date, he’s logged over 18,000 hours of flight

in a variety of planes to different destinations but

most frequently heads to Hawaii.

When inducted in 2000, Richardson questioned

why he would be included. The idea, as it was explained

to him, was to honor different accomplishments,

like sticking with a goal. This thought was

welcomed as Richardson described the variety

of “successful” individuals honored at Kennedy.

Maybe a student will look at the wall and not

want to be an athlete but find another future goal.

The key, Richardson said, is sticking with it.

Gary Beban may be one of the most well-known

people whose photo rests in the Hall of Fame,

which is located in the gymnasium named in his honor.

The 64-year-old, who now lives in a village

outside of Chicago, thought he’d be a teacher

when he grew up. Beban was on track to do so as

a history major at the University of California,

Los Angeles. Instead, he decided to continue with

his football success. Beban earned the Heisman

Trophy thanks to his performance as quarterback

for UCLA. He then played two seasons with the

Washington Redskins before leaving the sport behind.

Rather than be a teacher, Beban found a new

passion that paid a bit better. He began work with

CB Richard Ellis, a global real estate company,

for which he is currently an advisor.

“I found a business I truly enjoyed. It’s

challenging and stimulating and I’ve been at it for

the last 41 years,” he said.

Beban is looking forward to actually seeing

the inside of the building that bears his name and

sharing with kids what hard work can do.

“We all lived somewhere in those

neighborhoods,” he said. “Some of the [students]

may be living where we did. … Here’s a chance

for us to support them and give them part of the

vision that hard work and studies … will be as

beneficial today as it was to us.”

Editor’s note: This article appeared first in the Daily Journal


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Events Around Town ROTARY’S “NIGHT OF STARS”

A red-carpet gala at the Fox Theatre capped a two-month fundraising drive by Redwood City Rotary that yielded $64,000 in contributions toward the creation of a youth digital

arts center. “The generosity of the community is overwhelming,” says Rotary President Pete Liebengood. “It shows people believe in creating more and better resources for

teens.” Proceeds from the event went toward the purchase of equipment, software and instruction for the center, which will have a downtown Redwood City location.

Get the red carpet treatment

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knowledgeable staff. Validated parking. Convenient late hours and we’re open on Saturdays, too!

Come see what all the fuss is about.

Get a Free Movie Ticket!

When you open your membership at the On Broadway Branch.

your local hero

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20 lunches will be donated to the Second Harvest

Food Bank of San Mateo Co.

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($1.00 for age 17 and under) is required to join. Federally insured by NCUA. When a referral is made for a new membership and account opening is verified, SMCU will make a contribution

to the Second Harvest Food Bank of San Mateo County within 60 days of account opening. Must complete referral card. See branch for details.

Jefferson Ave.

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Redwood City International Latino Film Festival

Coming Nov. 5–7 to Downtown!

Once again, the City of Redwood City

and the Latino Leadership Council are

proud to host the International Latino

Film Festival Nov. 5–7 in beautiful

downtown Redwood City. The festival

kicks off with a fabulous gala event, a

Tribute to Women and Film, followed

by three evenings of incredible, awardwinning

international Latino films.

Continuing with the festival’s long

tradition of offering the community the

best of Latino cinema, the Redwood

City International Latino Film Festival

offers the best features, shorts and

documentaries from Latin America, Spain

and Latinos in the U.S. Free screenings of

selected award-winning documentaries

take place Nov. 2 and Nov. 4 at Cañada

College and College of San Mateo.

The festival takes place Nov. 5–7 at the Century

Theatres in downtown Redwood City. To start the

festivities, the gala opening reception, a Tribute

to Women and Film, honors this year’s opening

film, “Habana Eva,” and its director, Fina Torres.

It takes place on Nov. 5 at the San Mateo County

History Museum, under the dramatic rotunda and

its magnificent stained-glass dome.

Film lovers from the local community and

throughout the Bay Area will enjoy a total of

17 films from Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, U.S.,

Argentina and Spain, including eight features,

three documentaries and six shorts. All films are

in Spanish with English subtitles.

A great feast of films is promised at this

renowned festival, as it brings a new level of

culture and art to our community. The film

festival showcases the best in new international

“Tiempo de Leyenda” / “Time of Legend”

Latino cinema, encourages emerging film talent

and pays tribute to celebrated Latino actors,

directors and producers.

Redwood City is fortunate to be collaborating

with Sylvia Perel, the founder and long-time

director of the International Latino Film Festival.

Perel curates the fabulous selection of movies,

which celebrate the breadth and diversity of Latino

culture through the powerful medium of film.

The entire community is invited to join film

aficionados and festival novices alike at the

gala opening reception for Latino delicacies,

wonderful beverages and live entertainment,

and then to enjoy a fabulous weekend of awardwinning

Latino cinema.

Tickets are $9 for each movie (community

college screenings are free). Complete

movie descriptions, event details and ticket

information are online at


Gala Opening Reception

“Tribute to Women and Film”

Friday, Nov. 5, 5 p.m.

Under the Rotunda at the San Mateo County

History Museum

$25 per person, including Latino delicacies,

beverages and live entertainment

“Habana Eva”

Friday, Nov. 5, 6:45 p.m.

Director: Fina Torres; Cuba/Venezuela; 2010; 100


Plus Q&A with invited guest, Director Fina


“Habana Eva” takes place in a Havana shaken

by Fidel’s retirement when winds of hope are

blowing over the island. Eva, a young seamstress

confined in a despotic and monochromatic

government clothing factory that makes only

one style of dress, dreams of designing beautiful

clothes and becoming a fashion designer.

Frustrated by her lazy though adorable Cuban

boyfriend, she meets a sophisticated expatriate

Cuban-American who dazzles her with a

glamorous future. After many deceptions and

surprises, Eva has to choose between the two

men she loves. Winner of Best Picture at the Los

Angeles International Latino Film Festival, 2010.

“Oveja Negra” / “Black Sheep”

Friday, Nov. 5, 9 p.m.

Director: Humberto Hinojosa; Mexico; 2009; 86


“Black Sheep,” acclaimed at Karlovy Vary Film

Festival, is a story full of emotions, laughs,

tears and unforgettable characters. José and

Kumbia work as shepherds at Leandro’s ranch.

They’re sick of his bad treatment and their

own helplessness. They come up with a plan to

change their future: steal a sheep and sell it at

the Mexican-American border and thus be able

then to fulfill their dream of a better future. What

could possibly go wrong? Awarded Best Film at

Guadalajara Film Festival, 2009, by FIPRESCI

(International Federation of Film Critics), and

Audience Award at the same festival.

“Memorias del Desarrollo” /

“Memories of Over-Development”

Saturday, Nov. 6, 3 p.m.

Director: Miguel Coyula; Cuba/U.S.; 2010; 113


Sergio Garcet is an intellectual who leaves the

Cuban revolution and “underdevelopment”

behind only to find himself at odds with the

ambiguities of his new life in New York City, the

“developed world.” Frustrated by his publisher’s

lack of interest in his new novel and his increased

inability to relate to others, he builds collages

depicting his mordant vision of the world. A

character study of a loner with no clear-cut

politics or ideology, struggling with age, desire

and the impossibility of belonging to any society.

Official Selection at Sundance Film Festival,

2010. Best Picture, 11th Havana Film Festival

New York, 2010. Best Feature, New Media

Film Festival. Best Narrative Feature, Dallas

Video Festival. Honorable Mention, Cine Las

Americanas Film Festival.


Saturday, Nov. 6, 5:30 p.m.

Director: Marcos Carnevale; Argentina; 2009;

104 minutes

“Anita” is the story of a young woman with

Down syndrome living in Buenos Aires with

Dora, her devoted mother (Norma Aleandro).

Following the 1994 bomb attack on the AMIA

(Jewish Community Center), Anita’s mother

does not show up. Anita is left alone, confused

and helpless in the big city. While searching for

her mother, she gets help and companionship in

unexpected quarters through the simple force of

her ingenuous personality and open heart. On

her meanderings, she learns not only to care for

herself, but touches the lives of those around

her, from an alcoholic man to a family of Asian

immigrants. Best Film, Los Angeles Latino

Film Festival, 2009. Gotham Independent Film

Award, New York, 2009. Best Actress, Argentine

Academy of Film, 2009. Preceded by the short

film “A “Papá” / “To Daddy” (director: Sergio

Teubal, Argentina).

“La Pantera Negra” / “The Black Panther”

Saturday, Nov. 6, 8 p.m.

Director: Iyari Huerta; Mexico; 2010; 105 minutes

When God calls you on the phone and tells you

to find the mysterious Black Panther, you’d best

listen up and do as you’re told. At least that’s

what Nico Beamonte — a decadent private eye

— thinks. And so, despite having nothing but a

name as a clue, he goes off. What he finds is a

stew of femmes fatales, gangsters, horse killers,

the Mexican idol Pedro Infante (who is very

much alive) and even aliens! Iyari Huerta’s “La

Pantera Negra” is a fun look at the pulpy B films

Mexico turned out in the 1950s and ’60s, and is

a daring homage to film noir. Awarded Mexican

Opera Prima at the Festival Internacional de

Cine de Guanajuato, 2010. Preceded by the short

film “Lupano Leyva” (director: Felipe Gómez,


“La Mitad del Mundo” /

The Half of the World”

Sunday, Nov. 7, 3 p.m.

Director: Jaime Ruiz Ibáñez; Mexico; 2009; 93


Mingo is a shy and innocent young man with a

mild mental retardation. He is a romantic and a

kind of imaginative poet. After an unusual sexual

awakening, he gets involved with an older woman

who introduces him to the highest pleasures and

introduces him to some of her friends; she makes

an ideal lover out of him. Although he surrenders

to such temptations, Mingo is secretly in love

with a girl who lives near him. Soon enough,

his adventures as a good lover become common

knowledge, bringing him some popularity and

a few problems. Little by little, the plot will

unveil the false morality of a town blinded by its

own bigotry. Best Actor Hansel Ramirez at the

Iberoamerican Film Festival, Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Preceded by the short film “La Nuera de Don

Filemón” / “Don Filemon’s Daughter–in-Law”

(director: Gabriel Guzmán, Mexico).


Sunday, Nov. 7, 5:15 p.m.

Director: Diego Rafecas; Argentina; 2010; 128


Paco is a quantum physicist. He is in prison.

He was caught in the suburbs of Buenos Aires

suffering from a “paco” overdose. “Paco” is the

newest and worst lethal drug, made from the

waste of cocaine cooked in urban kitchens. He

is accused of bombing one of these kitchens,

killing not only the dealers but also innocents.

Paco’s mother is a very important senator in the

Argentinean congress, with a rising political

career. Suddenly she finds herself involved in a

nightmare. Her son is accused of terrorism; the

media implicates him in a narco-trafficking war.

She places him in a rehabilitation center where he

will start unravelling his past. Nominated for the

Gold Award at the Festival de Valladolid, Spain.

“Cuestión de Principios” /

“A Matter of Principles”

Sunday, Nov. 7, 7:45 p.m.

Director: Rodrigo Grande; Argentina; 2009; 90


Adalberto (Federico Luppi), a port employee with

an unadventurous life and seemingly unwavering

ethics, is challenged by his new boss, who

believes that everyone and everything has a price

and is willing to prove it. The boss, a collector

of an old literary magazine called “Tertulias,”

insists, making him lavish offers, but Adalberto is

intent on teaching this yuppie a lesson in ethics.

In this Capra-esque tale, no one leaves unscathed

when principles and pragmatism collide. Best

Film, San Diego Latino Film Festival, 2009. Best

Film, Huelva Film Festival, Spain, 2009. Preceded

by the short film “5 Recuerdos” / “5 Memories”

(directors: Alejandra Marquez and Oriana

Alcaine, Mexico/Spain).

Free screenings at San Mateo

County Community Colleges:


Wednesday, Nov. 2, 12 p.m.

Director: Luciano Larobina; Mexico; 90 minutes;


Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City

In the words of its director, this exhilarating

documentary “established a musical bridge

between two cities that are political rivals,

Havana and New York, although their populations

are more united than people would think.” The

rebellious and dissident discourse of the musicians

invites us to reflect on the counterculture and the

parallel realities that arise in every government

system. Preceded by the short film “Firmes” /

“Stand” (director: Yordi Capó, Mexico).

“Tiempo de Leyenda” / “Time of Legend”

Thursday, Nov. 4, 5 p.m.

Director: Jose Sanchez-Montes; Spain; 2009; 57 minutes

College of San Mateo, 1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd.,

San Mateo

Camarón de la Isla is considered to be the single

most popular and influential flamenco cantaor

(singer) of the modern period. In 1979, Camarón

recorded “La Leyenda del Tiempo” with lyrics

of Federico García Lorca, Omar Khayan and

Kiko Veneno. Rejected in his time, today it is

now considered the best flamenco album of all

time and opened new stylistic roads. Preceded

by two short films: “Los Trashumantes” / “The

Trashumants” (director: Federico Cecchetti,

Mexico/Italy) and “Lupano Leyva” (director:

Felipe Gómez, Mexico).

“La Clave”

Thursday, Nov. 4, 6 p.m.

Director: Mariella Sosa; U.S.; 90 minutes;


Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City

“La Clave” is a fascinating musical documentary

about the similarities between two types of music

genres known today as salsa and reggaeton. A

unique gathering of the hottest stars of reggaeton

as well as the old school greats of salsa. Preceded

by the short film “La Nuera de Don Filemón”

/ “Don Filemon’s Daughter–in-Law” (director:

Gabriel Guzmán, Mexico).

“La Pantera Negra” / “The Black Panther”

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It’s Holiday Time! – Shop Redwood City!

Check out our Best of the Best selections below. Shouldn’t you make the commitment to

shopping locally during the holidays? Whether you are shopping, dining or enjoying some

entertainment, you will benefit because your sales tax dollars stay local and help us all. These

businesses not only provide excellent service but also contribute to our community.

Auto Care:

Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway – Redwood General Tire was

founded on the principles of good customer service and quality products

at fair prices. Many satisfied customers have been with them since their

founding. Whether you are looking for a new set of tires or need repair work

on your vehicle, this Redwood City institution has been providing quality

vehicle services since 1957.

Eating and Catering:

Little India – 917 Main St. – “There

are good restaurants. There are bad

restaurants. There are OK restaurants.

Then there are those places, the

magic ones. You come back again

and again because the food doesn’t

just taste good and satisfy hunger, but

helps heal the heart and soul.” Senior

citizens receive $1 off and children

under 12 dine at half price. www.

Deseo Tequila Lounge and Restaurant

– 851 Main Street – “We went

there and it was fabulous! We were

impressed by their food menu, and

the burger I had was tasty. They have

21 big-screen TVs for viewing sporting events and more. It’s a wonderful

place for watching your favorite sports team, having a drink with friends or

dancing the night away.” Start booking your holiday events now.

Financial Institutions:

San Mateo Credit Union – Three Redwood City locations – As a memberdriven

organization, SMCU does everything possible to ensure that all of

your financial priorities are anticipated and fulfilled. Offerings include free

personal auto shopping assistance, members-only car sales, low-rate home

loans and lines of credit. Call 650-363-1725 or 888-363-1725, or visit a branch

to learn the advantages of membership banking.

Home Improvements:

Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1-800-23-LEWIS – Founded in 1985, Lewis

Carpet Cleaners has grown from one small, portable machine to a company

of six employees and five working vans. The Lewis family works and lives in

Redwood City and is committed to our community. Ask about their Spectrum

special: Get 100 square feet of carpet cleaned for absolutely nothing. Call

today! Get your home ready for the holidays.

Legal Services:

Hannig Law Firm – 2991 El Camino Real – Hannig Law Firm LLP provides

transactional and litigation expertise in a variety of areas. The professionals

at HLF are committed to knowing and meeting their clients’ needs through

long-term relationships and value-added services, and to supporting and

participating in the communities where they live and work.

Business Profile of the Month

Canyon Inn

587 Canyon Road – “The Canyon Inn has had the same owner

for over two decades, and every year it just keeps getting

better. They have everything from hamburgers to pizzas, plus

all kinds of sandwiches, pastas and even a South-of-the-

Border menu. They have a Sunday breakfast buffet from 9 a.m.

to 1 p.m. where you can enjoy watching NFL Sunday Ticket

games on big flat-screen TVs. Don’t forget to reserve their

closed patio for your next party. They have heaters, fans and

a big-screen TV. Why cook when you don’t have to? They do

catering too for the holidays!”

Personal Improvement:

Every Woman Health Club – 611 Jefferson Ave. – A women-only, bodypositive

fitness center in downtown Redwood City. Services include classes,

weight and cardio equipment, personal training, therapeutic massage and

skin care. Flexible pricing, with several options available for members and

nonmembers. Visit or call 650-364-9194.

Specialty Businesses:

Bizzarro’s Auto Auction – 2581

Spring Street – Frank Bizzarro’s

unique business offers auto auctions,

consignment vehicle sales, appraisal

services and even ways to donate your

vehicle to charities. If you are holding

a fundraising event with a live auction,

Frank and his staff are also a one-stop

auction team with spotters, clerks,

sample catalogs, bid numbers, etc. Call

650-363-8055 and get details on all of

their services.

Castle Insurance – 643 Bair Island

Road, #104 – Castle Insurance is an

independent insurance agency. They

represent a carefully selected group of

financially sound, reputable insurance

companies, and they place each client’s policy with the company offering the

best coverage at a competitive price. Visit or call

650-364-3664 for a free quote.

Hector Flamenco Insurance (State Farm) – 151 Fifth Ave. – Hector

has been in the insurance business and with State Farm for 20 years. He

specializes in auto and business insurance. A local resident, he also provides

servicio en español! Visit his website at

Michelle Glaubert, Realtor at Coldwell Banker – 650-722-1193 – When

you work with Michelle once, she will do everything in her power to make

you want to come back to her the next time you need real estate assistance.

Since she works mainly on referral and repeat business, that strategy must be

working! Visit Michelle online at

Saf Keep Storage – 2480 Middlefield Rd. – The friendly and reliable team at

Saf Keep is ready to assist you with a variety of storage products and services

to suit all your storage needs. Visit their website at

to see exactly what products and services are available. Compare them to

other facilities and you’ll see why their service makes the difference.

Schoenstein Physical Therapy – 363A Main St., 650-599-9482 –The

clinical approach of this independent, community-based physical therapy

practice focuses on thorough physical therapy assessment, specific treatment

strategies and patient education. Individualized treatment programs are

designed to help meet patient goals of restoring function, returning to sport

or occupation and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

St. Regal Jewelers – 850 Main St. – When you start your holiday shopping,

listen to what customers are saying about this fine downtown jewelry store.

“This is a great jeweler! Phil, the owner, is amazing. He crafted a ring on

time and on budget. He has an incredible eye for detail. I can’t say enough.

I would never go anywhere else.” Whether you are looking for men’s or

women’s fine quality jewelry, shopping local does not get better than this.

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News Briefs

Sewage Spill Costs Redwood City at Least $158K

Redwood City is on the hook for at least $158,000 of the costs associated with

a 48,000-gallon sewage spill in a local lagoon.

The Palo Alto Daily News reports that city officials posted a list online

of the expenses connected with the Aug. 25 spill. They include testing and

treating the lagoon’s water and hiring tanker trucks.

City officials say they are expecting additional costs as repair and cleanup

efforts continue. The sewage was released when a pipe burst. Investigators

are still trying to determine what caused the pipe to fail.

Redwood City Public Works Superintendent Marilyn Harang says she

suspects a buildup of pressure since the pipe shows no signs of corrosion.

Second Conviction in Witness Tampering Case

A gang member accused of helping a jailed murder defendant scare off

witnesses in his trial just weeks before jurors deadlocked on the charges

pleaded no contest to felony intimidation and was immediately sentenced to

probation and credit for time served.

The settlement by Arturo Becerra, 20, is the second so far in a witness

tampering case that began with seven arrests, including that of murder

defendant and alleged conspiracy ringleader Josue Orozco. Since then,

prosecutors declined to charge one man, dropped the case against another and

saw one plead no contest last week to conspiracy.

After Becerra pleaded no contest to an added count of felony witness

intimidation, he was immediately given three years probation and credit for

time earned while in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail.

The terms are similar to those of Edgar Cibrian, 20, who pleaded no contest

to conspiracy and received three years supervised probation and credit for time served.

The District Attorney’s Office dropped conspiracy and gang charges

against Cesar Ponce, 20, of Redwood City, due to insufficient evidence.

Ponce received a call from Orozco asking him to participate but never

acted on it, according to his defense attorney, Eric Liberman.

Charges still stand for Bianca Aguillon, 19, Alexandro Stephen Villar, 19,

and Orozco. A preliminary hearing for the three was scheduled to finish Oct.

19, said prosecutor Josh Stauffer.

Orozco, an alleged Sureño gang member, is accused of fatally shooting

Francisco Rodriguez, 21, outside his Redwood City home in July 2005.

Orozco believed Rodriguez was a rival gang member who had slighted his

gang, according to the prosecution.

Orozco, who was 14 at the time and later escaped from the county’s

juvenile hall, stood trial for murder last winter and jurors deadlocked in

December on murder and gang charges. He is currently facing retrial Nov. 15.

After the trial, prosecutors announced that between May 2009 and March

2010, he allegedly organized fellow gang members to keep witnesses from

testifying or change their testimony in his last and upcoming case. The plan

was uncovered through jailhouse phone records.

The conspiracy suspects were arrested in a multi-agency, multi-city raid in March.

But Prosecutors Drop Another Case

San Mateo County prosecutors dropped conspiracy charges against a gang member

they once claimed helped a jailed murder defendant scare witnesses from testifying

in his trial because they said there is insufficient evidence to prove his involvement.

Cesar Ponce, 20, of Redwood City, had been charged with conspiracy and

acting to further a criminal street gang. Prosecutor Josh Stauffer asked the

court to drop all charges.

Similar charges still stand for four others — Bianca Aguillon, 19, Arturo

Becerra, 20, Edgar Cibrian, 20, and Alexandro Stephen Villar, 19 — accused

of helping Josue Orozco, 20, intimidate witnesses. Orozco, who is awaiting retrial for

allegedly murdering a Redwood City man, is also charged in the conspiracy

case. All five were scheduled for a preliminary hearing Oct. 8 with a one-day estimate.

Ponce, who faced a life sentence if convicted, was so certain of his innocence he

turned down a plea deal with credit for time served, said defense attorney Eric Liberman.

Although Liberman does not believe his client should have ever been arrested, he said

the wording of the conspiracy law shows prosecutors didn’t necessarily jump the gun.

Ponce received a call from Orozco in which he was asked to act but he did

not, which is why the case couldn’t be sustained, Liberman said.

Prosecutors alleged, between May 2009 and March 2010, Orozco organized

fellow gang members to keep witnesses from testifying or change their

testimony in his last and upcoming case. The plan was uncovered through

jailhouse phone records during the last half of the first trial, which ended with

jurors deadlocked in December on Orozco’s guilt in the July 2005 death of

Francisco Rodriguez and his participation in a gang.

Orozco, whom Josh Stauffer argued killed Rodriguez to avenge a perceived

slight against his gang, is scheduled for retrial Nov. 15.

Suspects in the conspiracy were nabbed Wednesday, March 17, in a multiagency

raid in Redwood City, East Palo Alto and Oakland. The arrests were

the culmination of an investigation sparked in December when authorities

first got wind that Orozco might be dissuading witnesses.

While Orozco was at large, getaway driver Faustino Ayala was convicted

of second-degree murder. During his trial, Orozco said Ayala was the real

shooter and another man the driver.

Ponce remains in custody for a misdemeanor probation violation but

Liberman expects him to be released.

RWC Bicyclist Struck, Killed in Crosswalk

A 62-year-old bicyclist was struck by a car and killed while crossing a major

thoroughfare in Atherton, a police spokesman said.

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District received numerous 911 calls

reporting that a car had hit a man on a bicycle on southbound El Camino Real

at Isabella Avenue, Atherton police Lt. Joe Wade said.

The victim, Chris Chandler, a resident of unincorporated Redwood City,

was pronounced dead at the scene.

A preliminary investigation indicated the bicyclist was in a crosswalk when

a southbound Toyota struck him, Wade said.

The driver of the Toyota stopped and was cooperating with investigators.

It does not appear that alcohol played a role in the accident, and it has not

been determined whether speed was a factor, Wade said.

Southbound El Camino Real was closed between Watkins and Atherton

avenues for about five hours while the accident was investigated.

Man Arrested for Diamond Pendant Theft

A Redwood City man confessed to snatching a $12,000 canary diamond

necklace off the neck of a 58-year-old woman at the Sequoia Caltrain station

Sept. 25, according to police.

Jeffrey Thompson, 51, was arrested in Redwood City for strong-arm

robbery, according to police.

The suspect followed the woman off a bus before taking the necklace, according to police.

Video surveillance cameras captured the suspect, and his photograph was

distributed among local law enforcement. Based on information from the

flier, police received information that the suspect could be Jeffrey Thompson.

The victim was shown a photo lineup where she positively identified Thompson

as the suspect. Redwood City police officers located Thompson in the 500

block of Woodside Road, where he was taken into custody without incident.

The whereabouts of the necklace are still unknown and Thompson was

booked at the San Mateo County Jail for robbery.

Teens Robbed at Gunpoint

Two teens were robbed at gunpoint on Spring Street in Redwood City, according to police.

Two teens were standing on Spring Street just north of Chestnut Street

when they were approached by two young men who removed property from

the victims’ pockets, took their shoes and took a bicycle, according to police.

One suspect was wearing a black mask and the other was wearing a

bandanna over his face. Both had black hooded sweatshirts pulled up over

their heads. One of the suspects produced a handgun and ordered the victims

to the ground, according to police.

One of the suspects struck one of the victims on the head with his handgun,

causing a small cut, according to police.

One suspect was apprehended in the 400 block of Chestnut Street as he

was seen pushing the victim’s bicycle. The second suspect is still outstanding,

according to police.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes is encouraged to contact

the Redwood City Police Department at 650-780-7100.

Community Interest

Above: photos from last year’s event.

2nd Annual Veterans Day Celebration Planned for

Courthouse Square

On Nov. 11, starting at 9:30 a.m., Redwood City Post 105 of the American

Legion will honor veterans from all service branches and wartime eras at

the second annual Veterans Day celebration at Courthouse Square, 2200

Broadway St., in downtown Redwood City.

“This event is the fulfillment of my vow to see that anyone who wore a

uniform and fought for the freedom we wake to each morning is greeted with

a thank-you for serving. Being able to honor these men and women again this

year is a dream come true,” said Romie Bassetto, commander of Redwood

City Post 105 and a Vietnam-era veteran. “I vowed when I returned from

Vietnam that every service person I met would be welcomed home with

respect and honor.”

Redwood City Post 105 has planned an event that will start at 9:30 a.m.

with coffee and doughnuts served by the Redwood City Sunrise Lions for

early birds who want to come and meet other vets and service personnel.

Patriotic music will be performed by the Peninsula Scout Band. Again this

year, representatives from the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration

Service (USCIS) will swear in a special group of veterans and service

personnel: resident aliens who accepted the call to service in the U.S.

military. There will be informational displays prepared by area veteran

organizations, including the mobile veterans center, Spirit of ’45 and scouting.

Admission to the museum is free for all veterans. The formal event will

culminate at 11:11 a.m. with a flyover by the U.S. Coast Guard and the playing

of echo “Taps” by Ted Marcopulos and his son, Alex. Following the formal

event, the music will continue and a hot dog lunch will be served by the

Redwood City Sunrise Lions. For additional information about the event, contact

Post Commander Romie Bassetto at 650-207-0426 or

“As I reflect on the poppy that symbolizes Flanders Field and those that

died [in] World War I, I think also of the families of our service personnel

and those whose jobs it was to provide for the soldiers in the thick of

the firefights. This event is a time to come together with them as well,”

commented Di Schwartz, Veterans Day Committee member.

This event started last year with the idea of sharing camaraderie, coffee

and doughnuts with local vets and active service men and women. The

program grew to an audience of 350 vets, active service men and women and

local residents joining together to celebrate the day with keynote speakers,

patriotic music, exhibits and the swearing-in of eight new citizens previously

and currently serving in the Armed Forces.

The American Legion Post 105, Redwood City, chartered in 1919, is the

oldest continuously active post in California. The post moved to its current

location at 651 El Camino Real, Redwood City, in 1948 after H.D. McGarvey

bequeathed the property’s use to Post 105. For information about joining

American Legion Post 105 call 650-365-1337 and leave a message for the

membership chairman or adjutant.

City Council Certifies Environmental Impact Report,

Approves New General Plan

At its meeting Oct. 11, the City Council of Redwood City gave final approval

to the city’s new general plan and also certified the plan’s environmental

impact report (EIR). This is a remarkable milestone for Redwood City as it

implements this years-in-the-making plan that establishes the key goals, policies

and programs for the long-term physical development of the community.

Over the last several years, Redwood City has gathered a great deal of

community input, comment and opinion on the new general plan through a

series of public workshops, Planning Commission sessions and City Council

meetings. The result is a general plan that is a highly evolved and flexible

blueprint for the community, written to reflect that significant community

input received, as well as Planning Commission and City Council direction.

The general plan creates a framework for maintaining the qualities

that distinguish Redwood City while establishing a solid foundation for

anticipating and responding to changing conditions over the next 20-plus


Redwood City’s new general plan is an investment in the city’s future,”

said Peter Ingram, city manager. “It enables thoughtful, sustainable change in

our community, as a living document containing flexible, adjustable tools. It’s

a foundation for future discussions, deliberations and decisions involving the

future of our community.”

Throughout the extensive community input process, Redwood City

received hundreds of ideas and comments. Often referred to as a “blueprint

for the future,” the general plan is a document that establishes policies, goals

and programs for the long-term physical development of the community —

how the city will look, how development will occur and what the community

wants the city to be for future generations.

The new general plan, as well as a timeline and documentation leading to

its approval, is online at

SF Giants Give Grant to Tim Griffith Foundation

The Tim Griffith Foundation of Redwood City announced that they were

selected by the San Francisco Giants to receive a grant through their

Community Fund. “We have received the grant specifically for the antiviolence

work we do (and will continue to do) in our local communities,”

stated Julie Gayner, a founding member of the nonprofit organization. The

award was presented at a pregame ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 19, at the

Giants’ annual Anti-Violence Game.

For more information about the Tim Griffith Foundation and their work,


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Nonprofits in Action (Continued from page 13)

service programs. Meetings are held the third

Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. For additional

information, contact PHWC, P.O. Box 1394,

Redwood City, CA 94064.

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

In addition to sheltering and finding new homes

for stray and unwanted animals (100 percent

placement for healthy dogs and cats since 2003!),

PHS/SPCA has vital programs for people. The

shelter drives its mobile spay/neuter clinic into

low-income neighborhoods, offering owners free

“fixes” for their pets. PHS/SPCA also provides

a free animal behavior help line in English and

Spanish. Call 650-340-7022, ext. 783 or 786.

And domestic abuse victims who wish to leave

their abusive situation but are fearful of doing

so because they have pets can receive temporary

sheltering for their pets through PHS/SPCA. Call

650-340-7022, ext. 330.

Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club

The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered

in April 1988. In the years since that time, the

club has met weekly at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast and

to hear a speaker at the Waterfront Restaurant at

Pete’s Harbor in Redwood City. The club, with

22 members, has frequently been honored as an

outstanding small club by Rotary District 5150,

which includes San Mateo, San Francisco and part

of Marin counties. For more information or to

join, call Brandy Navarro at 650-367-9394.

Rebuilding Together Peninsula

RTP is a Redwood City nonprofit that provides

free home repair and renovations for lowincome

families, seniors and people living with

disabilities throughout the Peninsula. RTP’s

mission is to promote independent living in safety

and warmth through volunteer partnerships

with individuals and groups in the community.

RTP is currently seeking skilled volunteers and

construction captains for its annual National

Rebuilding Day, when thousands of volunteers

and sponsors unite to rehabilitate the homes and

community facilities of our low-income neighbors

and revitalize communities across the Peninsula.

Come see how one day of your time can make a

difference in someone’s life. If you are interested

in volunteering, call 650-366-6597. For more

information, visit

Redwood City Art Center

The Redwood City Art Center promotes creativity

and community by providing art education,

exhibitions, studio space for artists and outreach

to the local community and schools. The Art Center

has been involved with several local events,

offering fun, creative art projects for children, and

the center hopes this is just the beginning of their

involvement with the community.

For scheduling or donation, contact artreach@ For more general

information, visit

or call 650-369-1823. Or visit in person at 2625

Broadway, Redwood City.

Redwood City Eagles #418

The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international

nonprofit united in the spirit of liberty, truth,

justice and equality. They support our police,

firefighters and others who protect and serve. The

Eagles have provided support for medical centers

across the country to build and provide research

on medical conditions including heart disease,

cancer, spinal cord injuries, kidney disease, diabetes

and Alzheimer’s disease. They raise millions of

dollars every year to help handicapped kids, uplift the

aged and make life a little brighter for everyone.

They meet on the second Tuesday of each

month at the Eagles Hall, 1575 Marshall St., at 6

p.m. for a social hour and dinner meeting. They

play cards on the third Thursday and would love

to have you join them. For more information,

call President Ryan Herbst at 408-489-6582 or

Secretary David Tomatis at 650-575-3225, or

check out their website at

Redwood City Education Foundation

The Redwood City Education Foundation is an

all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated

to providing students in the Redwood City

School District with a strong education that lays

the foundation for future success. They raise

private money to provide enrichment programs

to all students in the district. Their funding is

focused on academic achievement, music and

art, and health and wellness. They are currently

seeking new board members. Board members

are responsible for attending monthly meetings,

chairing board committees, participating

in fundraising and outreach activities, and

promoting RCEF in the community. If you are

interested in the possibility of serving on the

board, please contact Adam Borison at 650-363-

7271 or For more information on

RCEF, check out

Redwood City Orators Toastmasters Club

Learn effortless public speaking as a beginner

or polish existing skills. Join the Redwood City

Orators Toastmasters Club, a fun, friendly,

supportive and diverse group that meets every

Friday morning from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at St. Peter’s

Episcopal Church, 178 Clinton St. (at Brewster).

Look for their sidewalk sign or check them out at

Redwood City Rotary

Redwood City Rotary performs many service

projects, provides college scholarships and

donates to international relief efforts. The club

meets in a spirit of good fellowship and fun

each Tuesday at 12:15 at the Sequoia Club, 1695

Broadway, to hear speakers and plan community

benefits, including the annual July 4 raffle that

raises $80,000 for 12 local charities. For more

information about joining, contact Dr. Paul R.

Piccione at

or 650-703-5957, or visit

Redwood City Señors Softball Club

These recreational and tournament-level senior

men and women play slow-pitch softball all year

long. Membership is open to anyone at least 50

years old within the calendar year. Many of the

players are in their 60s and 70s and still going

strong. Club members play every Tuesday,

Wednesday and Thursday morning at Griffin

Field at Red Morton Community Park. For more

information or to join the club, contact Joe Kirby

at 650-366-5299 or

(include “Senior Softball Club” in the subject line).

Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club

This group is small but has a growing

membership. All members either live or work

in our community and share a common goal of

making our city a better place to live. This club

is one of over 44,000 Lions Clubs in 199 nations.

Chartered in 1966, the club has been vigorously

active helping eyesight-impaired youth in our

schools and seniors who are hearing-impaired.

Join them for breakfast! The Lions meet every

Wednesday at Bob’s Court House Coffee Shop,

2198 Broadway, beginning at 7:15 a.m. Call Bill

Gibbons at 650-766-8105 for more details.

Redwood City Woman’s Club

The Redwood City Woman’s Club, established

in 1909 and a member of the California and General

Federations of Women’s Clubs, meets at its

historic clubhouse, built in 1911, at 149 Clinton St.

the first Thursday of each month from September

through June. Typical agenda: social at 11:30 a.m.,

lunch at 12 p.m., followed by meeting and program.

Guests and new members are always welcome.

For more information about membership or

clubhouse rentals, call 650-363-1266, email info@ or visit

Sequoia High School Alumni Association

The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each

month at the Sequoia District Board Room,

480 James Ave., at 7 p.m. All alumni and

friends of Sequoia are welcome to attend.

For more information call Nancy at 650-592-

5822, visit or e-mail

Sequoia High School Education Foundation

The Sequoia High School Education Foundation

is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving

the high school experience for all students.

Their mission is to support student success by

investing in projects and programs that will have

a substantial impact on the school community.

If you applaud and appreciate Sequoia’s rise

to academic prominence, consider a financial

contribution that will guarantee the continuation

of the programs and resources that have made

Sequoia a winning school. For more information,

go to

Sequoia Stamp Club

This club was established in 1947 and welcomes

all attendees to their bimonthly meetings. The

club meets at the Community Activities Building,

1400 Roosevelt Ave., at 7 p.m. on the second and

fourth Tuesday of each month. There is a program

every meeting and refreshments are served. The

dues are only $3 per year. Contact Hank at 650-

593-7012, e-mail

or visit

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Coming Soon….

to a Curb Near You!

Recology San Mateo County

and CartSMART

Garbage Cart : Basically

anything that doesn’t go

in the Recycle or Compost

Cart will go in this cart

now instead of your old

garbage can.

Got old containers?

Please make sure to set out your old

green yard trimmings cart on your


following the delivery of your new carts.

The old cart will be taken away. You can choose to

keep your recycling tubs, but if you want them taken

away, simply place them upside down next to your carts

during a recycling collection week. You can also have

your old garbage cans taken away. Simply affix one of

the “Take Me” stickers that came with the information

kit attached to your carts. You can have your old tubs

and cans taken away through December 31, 2010.

Beginning August 30, 2010, all single family

homes will receive three new wheeled carts

- a new Garbage cart, a 64-gallon singlestream

blue Recycle cart and a 96-gallon

green Compost cart.* You can begin using

your new CartSMART carts immediately on

your current collection schedule. Recycling

and yard trimmings (except for San Carlos) will

continue to be collected every other week

until January 3, 2011. Please, no food waste in

the Compost cart until January, 2011.

WEEKLY Service starting January 3, 2011

Recycle Cart : No more

sorting! With single-stream

recycling, you can mix

your newspaper, junk mail,

cardboard and other paper

products with your plastic,

metal and glass containers.

*Hillsborough residents will continue to use their existing green Yard

Trimmings Carts, and only receive new Recycle and Garbage Carts.

Compost Cart : Use your new green

Compost Cart the same way as you

have been using your current green

Yard Trimmings* Cart by placing only

materials that come from your yard.

(No change for San Carlos residents.

Continue to put food scraps in with your

yard trimmings for weekly collection.)

Questions? Call (650) 595-3900 or



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Meet Our Community-Minded Realtors for Redwood City

Michelle Glaubert

at Coldwell Banker

650-722-1193 – Michelle has been a

full-time, top-producing Realtor since

1978. With a proven track record, she

has helped buyers achieve their dreams

of home ownership and sellers make

successful moves to their next properties.

The majority of her business is garnered

through referrals from her many satisfied

clients. Living in Emerald Hills, she

knows the area well and is involved in

the community. Count on Michelle’s

years of experience to guide you through

your next real estate transaction. Visit

her online at

Jim Massey

at Keller Williams

650-207-5120 – Jim has been

active for over 30 years in business

and leadership in Redwood City.

With that involvement, he has

become a Realtor familiar with our

community, and his clients feel

comfortable knowing he has that

expertise and knowledge to guide

them. Visit him online at

Buying or selling?

Turn to one of these experts!

Sequoia Healthcare District

Candidates Speak on Issues

(Continued from page 10)

Graham: Not yet being elected, I can’t say how it is done now, but if elected,

I would press for a requirement that all grants, as a contractual requirement

of the grantee, be subject to detailed line item certified audit performed by a

third party independent audit firm.

Hickey: The problem isn’t with grant recipients, but rather their receipt of tax

dollars from the district. Two grand juries said this was never approved by

voters. District boundaries are blurred. East Palo Alto, not in the district, is a

prime example of benefits spilling over.

Shefren: Grant applications require a detailed description of the intent of the

grant, the process by which it will be accomplished as well as measures to

determine if the goals were met. The application also requires a description

of how district residents will benefit from the program, and grants are not

extended to programs not intended for district residents. The grant recipients

report twice yearly to the district and the district administration visits the

grantees at least yearly.

Stogner: Proof that money received from SHD goes toward improving the

health of district residents is irrelevant considering the fundamental issue of

the illegality of the existence of the district in the first place.

West-Gorrin: The board is aware of the importance of oversight of all funds

allocated from the district. Program evaluation efforts are already under way,

and increased oversight will provide valuable feedback to the board and the

grants committee in determining future goals and fund allocations.

Let your opinion be heard!

Send your letters to or

Opinions & Letters, The Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box

862, Redwood City, CA 94064

Letters to the editor should be no longer than 300 words.

Columns should be no longer than 750 words. Illegibly written

and anonymous letters will not be accepted. Please include a

daytime phone number where we can reach you.

Nonprofits in Action (Continued from p24)

Soroptimist International of South Peninsula

The Soroptimists invite you to become a member of Soroptmist International,

the world’s largest service organization for business and professional women,

where “improving the lives of women and children” has been their mission

since 1921. Soroptimists work through service projects to advance human

rights and the status of women locally and abroad. They meet the second

Thursday of every month. For more information, please call their president,

Maria, at 650-366-0668, Monday–Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Sustainable San Mateo County

Established in 1992, this local nonprofit is dedicated to the long-term

health of our county’s environment, economy and social equity. Programs

include an annual report, an annual awards event with over 450 attendees,, green business workshops and more. If you would

like to volunteer, contact the SSMC office at 650-638-2323 or e-mail For more information, visit www.

Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club

Since October 1956, the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club has been

devoted to community service in Redwood City. Through the decades,

the club has provided funds to help many worthy community programs

and continues to add more community projects. The Key Club of Sequoia

High School, sponsored by the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club, was

chartered in 1994 and has been involved in raising money and donating time

and effort to many programs.

The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday evening

6–7 p.m. at Harry’s Hofbrau, 1909 El Camino Real (one block north of

Woodside Road). They invite you to come to their meetings and check out the

club’s website at

Woodside Terrace Optimist Club

This is a unique club made up of senior citizens who want to stay involved.

Most, but not all, come from the residence at Woodside Terrace. The club is

open to all of the community and provides an opportunity for seniors to be

useful. The club’s funds are raised by a card, candy and necklace sale held

on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the main lobby at 485 Woodside

Road, open to the public.

Lunches/meetings are at 12:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays

of each month in the Assisted Living Dining Room at Woodside Terrace.

Guests are welcome. Please call President Jack Murphy at 650-780-9891 or

Millie Cole at 650-366-1392 for reservations.

YES Reading

This local organization is dedicated to empowering students through literacy

and investing community members in underserved public schools. YES

Reading recruits and trains community volunteers to provide one-on-one

tutoring for elementary and middle school students reading below grade level.

YES Reading operates several reading centers on the Peninsula and in

the South Bay, including a site at Selby Lane School in Atherton. If you are

interested in becoming a reading tutor for a child who needs your help, please

call 408-945-9316 or email Visit the YES Reading

website at

Editor’s note: If you are connected with a nonprofit organization and want your information

printed in The Spectrum, send it to or The Spectrum Magazine,

P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064. Let our community know your contributions and

maybe they will want to join you.

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Thank You

for Supporting the

Uccelli Family

Through the Years

We urge you to contribute

and support our local

non-profits who do

outstanding work in

our community.

Peter and Paula Uccelli Foundation


Candidates for County Treasurer/Tax Collector

Ready for Run-Off

Although the two remaining candidates

for treasurer–tax collector both say

their focus and priorities have not

changed since the June primary,

they are still trying to distinguish

themselves from each other for voters

and show why each believes they

are best suited for the elected office.

Candidate Sandie Arnott is currently the acting

treasurer–tax collector, filling in while current

Treasurer–Tax Collector Lee Buffington is on

extended medical leave. Dave Mandelkern is an

elected San Mateo County community college

trustee who has founded and sold several private

companies. Both were the top vote-getters in June,

beating out opponents Richard Guilbault and Joe

Galligan, but require a run-off election because

neither secured more than 50 percent of the vote.

The following interviews allowed each

candidate a forum to express their opinions on

the issues discussed. Candidates were given the

same five questions and asked to answer each in

approximately 50 words. Responses were edited

for grammar, punctuation and length. Answers are

arranged alphabetically by the candidate’s last name.

1. Please describe your key

platform issues and how you plan

to implement any desired changes

or programs if elected.

Arnott: A) Consider hiring an investment advisor

to provide oversight, funded by commissions. No

cost to taxpayers or pool participants. B) Pursue

passage and adoption of AB1718, the County

Deferred Property Tax Program for seniors

and disabled citizens. Adopt an administration

process consistent with the other 57 counties. C)

Generate revenue and protect the environment by

implementing California First, a state-administered

energy conservation improvement loan program, in 2011.

Mandelkern: 1) Invest our money safely in

accordance with an updated investment policy.

2) Efficiently collect all taxes and revenue we’re

due, improve customer service via “one-stop

shop” for property tax payments and assessment

issues, and help the medical center reduce deficits

by improving payments. 3) Advocate strongly,

aggressively represent taxpayers’ interests and

defend us against raids from Sacramento.

2. Should the Board of Supervisors

have asked voters to make the

elected position of treasurer–tax

collector an appointed job?

Arnott: No. I believe the position should remain

elected and accountable to the taxpayers of the county.

Mandelkern: The board made the right decision,

respecting the public’s previous votes to continue

directly electing key county officials. Keeping this

position an elected office provides accountability

to the public. An appointed official wouldn’t have

authority to speak out on behalf of taxpayers or

stand up to the board when necessary.

3. What attributes or skills make

you better prepared for the position

than your opponent?

Arnott: Twenty-one years experience. Ethical,

accountable and customer service oriented.

Currently acting treasurer–tax collector.

Expertise of county government regulations,

budget development and implementation,

governmental banking, school bond issuance,

revenue collections, treasury and pension

management. Cognizant of departmental changes

needed and how to implement and pay for them.

Mandelkern: I currently represent every

person in the county as their elected community

college trustee, overseeing a balanced $100

million annual budget and $500 million capital

improvement fund. As a successful Silicon Valley

entrepreneur, I have experience dealing with

Wall Street, investment bankers and managing

complex organizations. I earned my bachelor’s

and master’s degrees from Stanford.

4. What role, if any, do outside

managers and consultants have in

the office?

Arnott: Management of the county pool is

very unique. Outside management would not

guarantee increased safety of principal or yield,

only increased costs. An investment advisor could

provide an additional layer of oversight.

Mandelkern: Our $2.4 billion County Pooled

Investment Fund has grown larger than can

be safely managed by our internal investment

professional. As other counties have shown, using

outside professional investment managers will

allow us to invest smarter, with greater safety and

at a lower cost. I also want to increase the public

oversight of our investments.

5. How can you protect San Mateo

County from future investment

losses like the $150 million

attributed to the Lehman Brothers

bankruptcy two years ago?

Arnott: Significantly reduced credit exposure

due to changed financial environment. Increase

transparency and education of all participants

to have more eyes on the process. Adjust the

investment policy annually to anticipate market

changes. Continue having rating agency rate the

fund. Consider hiring an investment advisor to

monitor and report on the fund.

Mandelkern: I’ll insist that the Board of

Supervisors approves an updated investment

policy to reduce our risk: further limits on

exposure to a single issuer, clearer guidelines

dealing with ratings downgrades, and tighter

investment maturity restrictions. The investment

process should be strengthened to include outside

investment professionals, greater public oversight

and automated compliance monitoring.

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County Supervisor Hopefuls Talk Issues

The candidate pool for county supervisor has been whittled down to two, but those two are no less

invested in convincing voters they are the best choice to represent District Three.

Candidates Don Horsley and April Vargas face off Nov. 2, having both nabbed the top votes in the

June primary. But neither received more than 50 percent, necessitating the November runoff.

The following interviews allowed each candidate a forum to express their opinions on the

issues discussed. Candidates were given the same five questions and asked to answer each in

approximately 50 words. Responses were edited for grammar, punctuation and length. Answers

are arranged alphabetically by the candidate’s last name.

1. What attributes or experiences

make you a better choice than your

opponent for the supervisor position?

Horsley: I’ve helped expand health care for

women and children, improve schools and

advance women in law enforcement careers. I’ve

balanced budgets totaling millions of dollars,

making tough decisions to do it. As a former

teacher, police officer, sheriff for nearly 14 years

and president of the Sequoia Healthcare District, I

have the hands-on experience and track record to

make a difference.

Vargas: I am a new voice for San Mateo County.

I have no obligation to special interests. As a

small business owner, I know what it is to live

within a budget. I am endorsed by the Democratic

Party and the Sierra Club because of my record of


2. Should a sales tax measure be

considered in the future? What are

your budget solutions?

Horsley: The county provides health services to

one in seven residents, funds the criminal justice

system, runs the park system and manages a

number of state-mandated programs. My solution

is to reduce the layers of management and

supervision, work with employee groups to find

creative solutions to delivering the services that

are critical, such as public safety, and continue to

follow a prudent course of using reserves so the

safety net isn’t abruptly ended. I would consider

placing a sales tax measure on the ballot in the

future and letting the voters decide.

Vargas: Of the four actions proposed by the

supervisors to solve the structural budget deficit

increasing taxes, union concessions, use of all

capital reserves, layoffs of county employees —

taxes should be the last consideration. When all

other options are exhausted, then we should go to

the voters.

3. If elected, what is the first action

or plan you wish to implement aside

from those related to the budget?

Horsley: I will lead efforts to stimulate our

local economy, fostering green technology and

biotechnology industries. I will meet with the

mayors and council members of our cities and

CEOs of local technology companies. I’ll find

ways that we can work together to improve

infrastructure, zoning, planning and permitting

processes to encourage these companies to

expand employment opportunities.

Vargas: Until we solve the structural budget

deficit by streamlining county services, any plans

for the future will be held hostage.

4. What decision by the current

Board of Supervisors do you most

agree or disagree with?

Horsley: San Mateo County is considered the

best-run county in the state. I was part of the

management team that, together with wise

decisions by the Board of Supervisors, budgeted

prudently during good times as well as bad and

set aside funds in reserves that have permitted

this county to preserve public safety and health

services while others have had to make draconian

cuts. The result is that our county has the lowest

crime rate of urbanized counties in the state.

Vargas: I agree with the decision not to put

the sales tax on November’s ballot. I strongly

disagree with the supervisors’ decision to block

district elections and their initiative to appoint

supervisors rather than have elections. We need

greater local representation and more democracy,

not less, in our county.

5. How can you balance what is

good for your district with what is

good for the overall county?

Horsley: I have committed to serve without pay

or benefits, pledged to have weekly office hours

on the Coastside and at least one of my aides will

be a Coastside resident. My years of service as a

teacher, police officer, sheriff and on the Sequoia

Healthcare District equip me with a unique

understanding of the county and the various

communities that make up San Mateo County.

Vargas: The district and the county’s interests are

interconnected at every level, but for 40 years we

haven’t been represented by a supervisor from the

Coastside. It is time for that to change and for the

Coastside to have a seat at the table.

Insurance Tips: Auto Insurance Tips for Senior Drivers

By Russ Castle, Special to The Spectrum

Like all drivers, senior citizens (or,

as I like to call them, “seasoned

citizens”) want to get the best rates

on their auto insurance policies.

What they may not be aware of

is that older drivers may present

a higher risk than other drivers,

usually leading to higher auto

insurance rates.

Following a few simple tips and taking these

measures will ensure that you are getting the lowest

rates possible on your auto insurance policy.

1. Avoid more accidents. Pay close attention at

intersections. Auto accidents involving seniors

often occur at intersections. Make sure to look

ahead if you plan to quickly change lanes after an

intersection. Pay attention to protected left-turn

lanes with their own arrows, and always keep

your tires pointed straight ahead when stopped,

so that a rear-end accident doesn’t push you into

oncoming traffic.

2. Follow the flow of traffic. Drive at or near the

speed limit. Driving too slowly can be just as

dangerous as speeding, especially when entering

or exiting interstates or freeways. It can also

trigger dangerous “road rage” in less-patient

drivers. You don’t have to be Mario Andretti,

but keeping to the right and following the flow of

traffic is the safest bet.

Senior Activities

The Veterans Memorial Senior

Center, 1455 Madison Ave.,

Redwood City, offers the following

activities that are open to the public

during the month of November.

Friday Movies for Everyone

Every Friday, 1:15 p.m. (unless otherwise announced)

Come to the Veterans Memorial Senior Center in

November for a free feature movie in our state-ofthe-art

movie theater!

Nov. 5: “The Joneses”

Nov. 12: “Jonah Hex”

Nov. 19: “The Extra Man”

Nov. 26: Thanksgiving Day holiday —

the center is closed

A Different Approach

for Relieving Insomnia

Thursday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m., Free

Presented by Bob Rewick, the author of “Breathe,

Sweep and Sleep: A Different Approach for

3. Many violations include failure to yield rightof-way,

improper turning or incorrect lane

changes, so keep current on the traffic laws

relating to new traffic designs.

4. Sit high enough in your seat so that you can see

at least 10 feet in front of your car, advises the

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If your car seat does not adjust to allow this,

add a cushion. This will make it easier to see

pedestrians and bike riders, and reduce problems

from oncoming headlight glare at night.

5. Do not wear sunglasses or tinted glasses when

driving at night. For many older drivers, night

vision is reduced, so safety dictates not driving at

twilight or after dark.

6. Make sure you learn how to operate a new car.

Things like anti-lock brakes, for example, operate

differently in slippery situations. If you have

never driven a car with anti-lock brakes, be sure

to get training on proper use.

7. Senior drivers can refresh their skills and

knowledge — and get a discount on auto

insurance coverage in many states — by taking

a refresher driving course, such as the eight-hour

“55 Alive” course offered by AARP. More than

two-thirds of states mandate auto insurance policy

discounts for such courses, and many insurance

companies offer the discounts voluntarily.

Relieving Insomnia.” This talk will cover why

common sleep-help methods don’t always work,

alternative methods to help you sleep and more.

AARP Driver Safety Class

Saturdays, Nov. 13 & 20

Wellness Annex, Room 20

AARP members $12/non–AARP members $14

This is an eight-hour class given over two days.

Both sessions must be attended for certification.

Insurance companies may provide a discount to

those who complete this class. Call 650-780-7270,

press option 2 and leave a message. Your call will

be returned to confirm.

VMSC Thanksgiving Luncheon

Thursday, Nov. 18, 12–1:30 p.m., $8

Come join us for a traditional Thanksgiving holiday

meal in our Redwood Room. Call 650-780-7259.

Holiday Decorating Party

Monday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

’Tis the season to be jolly! Come help us decorate

your senior center for the holiday season.

Refreshments will be served.

8. Look for cars with rear-view mirrors that

automatically dim and filter out headlight glare.

9. Air bag technology has become more advanced,

with sensors that deploy air bags based on the

weight of the occupant, reducing air bag–related

injuries. Some new cars also have side air bags

in the seats or door frame that offer better


10. Consider fit and comfort in your new car. Seat

belts that comfortably fit over your shoulder and

low on your lap will keep you safer. Automatic

transmission, power steering and power brakes

require less physical effort.

11. Last, but definitely not least, check to see

which insurance companies offer specific senior

discounts. While shopping around for the best

auto insurance rates is important, which insurance

company you choose might depend on how they

treat senior drivers. You’ll get their best rates if

you’re healthy and drive a safe, modern vehicle.

Editor’s note: This article was written by Russ Castle

of Castle Insurance Agency, a licensed and experienced

insurance resource center fully prepared to help you navigate

through the process of changing or gaining a policy. If you

need insurance help, call him at 650-364-3664.

To learn more about the Veterans Memorial

Senior Center, call 650-780-7270. Redwood City

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Department provides recreational facilities and

activities for all ages and interests, and supplies

building and custodial services for city buildings.

Redwood City Parks also operates the Veterans

Memorial Senior Center and the Fair Oaks

Community Center, providing social, educational

and cultural activities, as well as information,

referral and counseling services to persons living

in Redwood City and neighboring communities.

Redwood City Parks is more than you think! Its

website is located at

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A Minute With: Mary Albitz

How is the retail business downtown?

Hmmmm. [with laughter]

How can it change?

Attracting more retail businesses to fill vacancies.

Working in downtown Redwood City is?


Whom do you most admire?

My father, Joseph.

What talent would you most like to have?

To be able to sing.

Something few know about you?

Played rugby in college.

What phrase do you most overuse?

Oh, gosh!

Mary Albitz was born at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City. She attended grammar school at Our

Lady of Mount Carmel, then Notre Dame High School in Belmont. After graduation, she went

to college at Santa Clara University, where she achieved her bachelor’s degree in sociology.

After college, she served one year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Cincinnati, Ohio. She

then moved to Denver, Colo., for 12 years. Mary moved back to Redwood City in November

1997. She still lives here with her husband, Gary. She has a 19-year-old son named Dewayne.

She is the owner and operator of downtown business Jigsaw Java, which she opened in 2008.

Mary is active in the Redwood City–San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown

Business Group, Peninsula Sunrise Rotary club and Business Networking International.

Besides puzzles, her hobbies include showing roses, which her husband grows, and cooking.

Favorite song?

“Ballad of Curtis Loew” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Favorite movie?


What is your motto?

It will all work out.

Anyone you got on your mind?

My dad and the SF Giants.

Memorable moment?

Birth of my son.

First word that comes to mind?


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You still can’t believe?

That I am doing what I am doing with Jigsaw Java.

You currently feel?


You are inspired by?

People with disabilities.

What or who is the love of your life?

Wooden jigsaw puzzles.

When you die you want to come back as?


If you’re happy and you know it?


November 2, 2010

“I am pleased to support Alpio

for the Sequoia Healthcare Board.

Having served 4 years as a board

member I would feel confident that

Alpio will continue the good work

of the Hospital District.”

Don Horsley, Sequoia Healthcare

District Board President,

former Sheriff & Teacher

Join our Community Leaders and support ALpio!

sequoia Healthcare District Board Members: Don Horsley, Art Faro, Katie Kane, Kim Griffin, RN County supervisor Rose

Jacobs-Gibson, Rich Gordon, redwood City Mayor Jeff Ira, Vice Mayor Alicia Aguirre, redwood City Council members:

Rosanne Foust, Barbara Pierce, John Seybert, Jeff Gee, Ian Bain, Former redwood City Mayors: Jim Hartnett, Diane Howard,

Dani Gasparini, Judy Buchan, Brent Britschgi, Jack Greenalch, Georgi LaBerge, Atherton town Council: Jerry Carlson,

Charles Marsala, san Carlos City Council member: Bob Grassilli, Former san Carlos Mayor Sylvia Nelson, Elementary,

High school and Community College Board members: Carrie Dubois, Don Gibson, Alisa Greene MacAvoy, Olivia Martinez,

Shelly Masur, Dennis McBride, Patricia Miljanich, Hilary Paulson, Seth Rosenblatt, Lorraine Rumley, redwood City police Chief

Lou Cobarruviaz, Former Atherton police Chief Glenn Nielsen, County sheriff Greg Munks, County undersheriff Carlos

Bolanos, County Coroner Robert Foucrault, redwood City Fire Chief Jim Skinner, Menlo park Fire protection District Board

Peter Ohtaki, Woodside Fire Chief Armando Muela, school District superintendents Craig Baker, Jan Christensen and Jim

Lianides, Chancellor/CEo, san Mateo Community College District Ron Galatolo, Canada College Chancellor Tom Mohr,

Commissioner, California Commission for Economic Development Virginia Chang Kiraly. st. Francis Center Executive

Director Sister Christina Heltsley, O.P.,

redwood City Firefighters Association, IAFF Local#2600

Medical professionals: Dr. Lisa Boohar, Dr. Denise Brown, Dr. Steve Howard, Dr. Mark Engel, Dr. Chris Threatt, Dr. Gerald

Sheffron, Glenna Vaskelis, Diane Howard, Debbie Oppenheimer, Dr. Julie O’Callahan, Dr. Mike O’Holleran, (Partial list).

Your neighbors and friends from Atherton, Menlo park, portola Valley, redwood City, san Carlos, Woodside and Belmont:

John Adams, Larry Aikins, Eddie Andersen, Adrian Anderson, Arnoldo Arreola, Craig Baker, Darlene Barbara, Manny Barbara,

Joseph Barbara, Eric Barrett, Frank Bartaldo, Keith Bautista, Alyn Beals, Chris Beth, Bill Bergler, Chris Bohl, Barbara E. Bonilla,

Janet Borgens, Bob Bryant, Jack Castle, Lourdes Carini, Tom Cronin, Renalto and Diane Cusimano, Colton and Jeri (Richardson)

Daines, Deanne Dooley, Sandy Ferrando, Bob Franciscini, Steve Friedman, Mary Gardiner, Kenneth Gerstle, Jim Gordon, Joe and

Nancy Greenbach, Ted Hannig, Frank and Theresa Hannig, Frank Hannig Jr., Ed Hernandez, Pete and Ginny Hughes, Barry Jolette,

Nina and Keith Kadera, Gloria Kennet, Mike King, Lilia Ledezma, Pete Liebengood, Gary and Rosie Markwith, Bernadette Mellott,

Clem Molony, John Nelson, Gary and Donna Penna, Jerry Pierce, Nancy Radcliffe, Chris and Johanna Rasmussen, Denny Reiser,

Will Richardson, Mike Scanlon, George and Ruth Schoenstein, Naramin Teymourian, Debbi Jones-Thomas, Rod Towes, Paula

Uccelli, Sue Uccelli, Alex and Cherlene Wright, Jamie Young, Marie Zahn, (Partial list)

“Alpio Barbara has a large body of experience in volunteerism and community service

and while his job as owner of an auto retail and service business may not seem to

be a direct match for a health care district, he has a certain business acumen and

community service background that actually makes sense in the district’s new role. He

also would like to see if there are ways individual organizations funded by the district

could combine forces to also cut overhead and better utilize grant money.”

“I am supporting Alpio Barbara

for the Sequoia Healthcare

District Board because I know

firsthand of his community

involvement, commitment and

dedication. It is hard to imagine

anything more important than

maintaining the health of the

citizens in our community. The

District and Alpio are committed

to that goal.”

Diane Howard, Nurse and

former Redwood City Mayor

“I have no doubt Alpio will be

able to make an instant difference

to our Board bringing his years of

business experience and community

commitment. That is why I am

supporting him and encourage voters

in the District to do the same.”

Art Faro, Sequoia Healthcare

District Board member

and Chairperson of Sequoia

Hospital Board

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