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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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about our community. Until next month, get out there and enjoy our community!
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
“Groovin’ in the Grove” music festival and pledges gathered for participating
in Redwood City’s annual Fourth of July Fun Run.
“Groovin’ in 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
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
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
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”
such as Samaritan
Army, Goodwill, etc.,
citizens’ tax money
should not be dispensed
by any government
agency. Charity is the
exclusive and direct
the citizen and the
charity of his choice.
Hickey: Just the
opposite is true. It
is important not to
money to local
corrupts their true
nature. Two civil grand
to engage in
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
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
Stogner: To strengthen
with an eye toward
maintaining a voter
base. It casts the
district in an angelic
light while at the same
the directors as the
dispenser of these
District has a long
tradition of supporting
community health in
southern San Mateo
County. We support
serve the young, the
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
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
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.
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT
THE SEQUOIA HEAlTHcARE
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 TO KEEP OUR LOCAL
HEALTHCARE DOLLARS LOCAL!
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
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
Vote for Barbara, Faro, and Shefren!
Absentee Ballot or at the polls on November 2!
JERRY SHEFREN, MD
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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
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.
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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
www.AdvocatesFC.org or call 650-212-4423 for
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
www.toastmasters.org 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 www.citytrees.org for a listing of events,
dates and how to join.
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.
familyconnections.org 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
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.
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
email@example.com. 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
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.
peninsulacollegefund.org or contact Charles
Schmuck at firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Fox Theatre and Club Fox
2209 Broadway, downtown Redwood City
Tickets available at www.clubfoxrwc.com
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.
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
Friday, Nov. 5
Show 8 p.m.
$18 adv. / $20 door
Friday, Nov. 12
Robert Cray Band
Show 8 p.m.
San Mateo County
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
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
transformed San Mateo
County from a frontier
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
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
The Celtic Tiger: The Irish Economic Miracle.
The exhibit explores how the Bay Area has
participated in Ireland’s current economic boom.
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
“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
“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.
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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
Tickets are $9 for each movie (community
college screenings are free). Complete
movie descriptions, event details and ticket
information are online at www.redwoodcity.org/
Gala Opening Reception
“Tribute to Women and Film”
Friday, Nov. 5, 5 p.m.
Under the Rotunda at the San Mateo County
$25 per person, including Latino delicacies,
beverages and live entertainment
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;
“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
“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
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.,
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!”
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 www.everywomanhealthclub.com or call 650-364-9194.
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
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 www.insurancebycastle.com 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 www.hectorflamenco.com.
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 www.glaubert.com.
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 www.safkeepstorage.com
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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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.
Above: photos from last year’s event.
2nd Annual Veterans Day Celebration Planned for
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 email@example.com.
“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 www.redwoodcity.org/generalplan.
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 rebuildingtogetherpeninsula.org.
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@
redwoodcityartcenter.org. For more general
information, visit www.redwoodcityartcenter.org
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 www.foe418.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on
RCEF, check out www.rcef.org.
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 email@example.com
or 650-703-5957, or visit www.redwoodcityrotary.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
(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@
rwcwc.com or visit www.rwcwc.com.
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 sequoiahsalumniassoc.org 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 www.sequoiahs.org.
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 email@example.com
or visit www.penpex.org.
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to a Curb Near You!
Recology San Mateo County
Garbage Cart : Basically
anything that doesn’t go
in the Recycle or Compost
Cart will go in this cart
now instead of your old
Got old containers?
Please make sure to set out your old
green yard trimmings cart on your
FIRST COLLECTION DAY immediately
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
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 www.glaubert.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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,
sustainabilityhub.net, green business workshops and more. If you would
like to volunteer, contact the SSMC office at 650-638-2323 or e-mail
email@example.com. 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 www.wtamkiwanis.org.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the YES Reading
website at www.yesreading.org.
Editor’s note: If you are connected with a nonprofit organization and want your information
printed in The Spectrum, send it to email@example.com 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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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 www.redwoodcity.org/parks.
Call Us Today
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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?
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.
“Ballad of Curtis Loew” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
What is your motto?
It will all work out.
Anyone you got on your mind?
My dad and the SF Giants.
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
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