Spectrum - The Spectrum Magazine - Redwood City's Monthly ...


Spectrum - The Spectrum Magazine - Redwood City's Monthly ...

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

November 2005

Vol 2, No. 3

Steve Penna



Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer/Editor


Valerie Harris

Contributing Writer


Katherine Ehat

Nick Markwith

Student Writers


Dale McKee, Damaris Divito

Graphic Artists

DJ Design

Advertising Graphic Art

James R. Kaspar

Special Assignment Photography


Magazine. We have a real fascinating issue for you

this month.

If our first 13 issues have not inspired you to do so, and if

this issue does not do the same, we encourage our readers

to support community news by filling out the subscription

form below. That way you will not miss an issue of The

Spectrum and it will be mailed to your home each month.

Last month’s issue on Pete Uccelli seemed to have struck a

chord with our readers because we got dozens of calls,

emails and messages congratulating us on the tribute.

This month we bring you another Redwood City treasure

Mrs. Jean Cloud. Although you might not know her, she is

responsible for leading the efforts on many community projects.

We know you will enjoy getting to know her.

Next we have a story written by Redwood City resident

Warren Dale. Dale has been traveling the world in recent

years assisting those in troubled situations. In this issue, he

writes about his experiences while traveling and helping

those effected by recent hurricanes.

Everyone is starting to say “Hometown Holidays,” and there

is not a better place to begin the holiday season than in our

own town. The Downtown Business Group is holding its

parade and fantastic firework event on December 3 and

this month’s issue tells you about the entire activities and

celebration schedule.

Publisher Steve Penna’s column “As I Was Saying . . .” will

inform readers of how his election predictions panned-out

and who is our Turkey of the Year. Last year, it was attorney

Gloria Allred; let’s see who will be eating a lot of dressing

this year.

Since the holiday season is coming faster then we want, we

want to remind you to shop local for those special gifts and

make sure that our sales tax dollars stay in our community.

After all, they help fund many of the activities and places

you enjoy year around. So it is kind of like a gift that keeps


Until next month, The Spectrum staff wishes you all a Happy


Table of


INSIDE THE SPECTRUM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4


CULTURAL EVENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

DOWNTON REDWOOD CITY . . . . . . . . . .19-21

LOCAL INTEREST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8, 27


FINANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

SENIOR ACTIVITIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29


NON-PROFITS IN ACTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

PHOTOS ABOUT TOWN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22

THIS ONE’S FOR YOU, PETE . . . . . . . . . . .27

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~



PO Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064.

Advertising/Subscription telephone:

(650) 368-2434.

E-mail: spectrumtext@yahoo.com

Published the third week of each month.

Periodical rates paid at Redwood City,


Subscription rate: $30 per year, $24 for

seniors. Not responsible for the return of

unsolicited material.

Subscriber's Name:

Email Address:

Delivery Address:


Zip Code:

Payment Method:

Check - made out to The Spectrum Magazine - $30 in Redwood City, San Carlos, and Menlo Park

($60 All other cities)

Credit Card - (Visa, MC, AMEX)



Subscribe To Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

Your subscription will begin when The Spectrum Magazine is delivered to your

doorstep during the third week of the month following your mailing.

Expiration Date:

Billing Address (if different):

Zip Code

Mail this form to: The Spectrum Magazine P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

Inside The Spectrum:

Our cover photo shoot

attorney, he suggested that we rethink our plans. Our February 2005 cover on

the railroad tracks keeps coming back to haunt us, especially after we told him

that Publisher Steve Penna would be picking up Mrs. Cloud.

Penna sought the assistance of Spectrum Sales Associate Clayton Shyne Ramos

and picked up Mrs. Cloud at her Edgewood Park home. The three of them

arrived early and were quickly met by The Spectrum’s special assignment

photographer James Kaspar with stylist Damaris Divito closely behind.

Mrs. Cloud immediately captivated everyone. She is one of those women we call

a “lady.” She is gentle, strong, paternal, everything our mothers taught us to be.

We were all amazed at how cooperative she was doing the shoot, virtually going

along with every suggested theme. Must be her experience in entertaining during

her vaudeville days?

The entire photo shoot was exhilarating and took about 90 minutes. To tell the

truth, we all could have stayed a lot longer in the hopes that we could capture

this “lady” and do her justice.

Photographer James Kaspar zooms in on cover subject Jean Cloud

photo by Steve Penna

After last month’s cover subject, we felt the need to introduce our readers to

another individual in our community who has been working hard for us for several

years. Do we love anyone more than our cover subject, Mrs. Jean Cloud?

The photo shoot was scheduled for Friday November 11 at 2:00 p.m. at

Powerhouse Gym on Broadway.

Our first idea was to have Mrs. Cloud roller skating, but after consulting our

Whether it is volunteering for the Redwood City Public Library or restoring Union

Cemetery on Woodside Road, Mrs. Cloud pours her heart and soul into each

project. That is why she has been so successful.

Mrs. Cloud had been given many awards in her lifetime, both public and private,

but The Spectrum staff fells incredibly honored to be in the presence of someone

who is such an inspiration and role model for the young and old alike.

Thank you Mrs. Cloud; we are sure our readers will feel the same.

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine


By Warren Dale, D.D.

Special to the Spectrum

After arriving at a safe place, he recalled his lessons from the Hurricane Camille that

occurred when he was twelve years old. After his father ascertained that his family was

His story is not unlike others. As the wind grew in excess of 125 miles, he finally decided

that it was time to leave his collapsing house. He escorted his wife and children outside

the door to find his car sitting in three feet of water. Hurrying his family into the

flooding car, he drove to higher ground, his church. There he found a single mom and

her two children, two single women, and an elderly man. As the winds continued, the

water continued to rise. Once again he decided to seek higher ground. He herded the

larger group into his vehicle and began to drive the one mile to the fire station.

The mile took an eternity. He drove streets only to find them cut off with downed trees.

On several streets he mobilized the women in the vehicle to help him push and shove the

trees off the roadway… only to see the wind move the huge trees back on the road. After

each clearing, he would continue the move toward his goal of the safer place. There were

times while pushing away the trees, that the strength of the wind broke through his focus

and he would respond with a deep prayer, “Please, don’t let the trees fall on us.”

safe enough, he called his young son… to follow him and find others who needed help in

getting to safety. And so, after he was sure that his family was safe at the fire house, he

dedicated himself to helping others.

In other parts of the county the wind continued to rip off roofs, while the sea continued

to move inland. The sea shattered the scenic road that outlined the once delightful

artists’ town of Bay St. Louis. The tsunami destroyed homes from the beach inland past

Waveland, Mississippi. And with the destruction of homes and dreams came the loss of

life and the sense of safety that so many had enjoyed in these towns an hour away from

the congestion of New Orleans.

Neighborhoods of people left the coast for higher ground. Some left the state for the

sense of comfort and support of families. Some stayed to witness in agonizing detail the

(continued on page 6)

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

(continued from page 5)

unteer clean-up crews. The husband has now built a volunteer city and is recruiting

teams from churches to come for brief periods to help people re-enter their homes, take

out whatever items they can, bulldoze the devastated homes, and help clear the property

for rebuilding.

In another part of the town, a washed-out shopping center parking lot has been converted

to a food and water supply area, a medical facility, and a support center to help local

people register for needed benefits. There is a hospital in Goshen, Indiana that has

released crews consisting of a doctor, nurse, and pharmacist to volunteer in the medical

center a week at a time.

Through all these connections, I have been working with local groups to establish places

for people to share their grief and heal their trauma. We have inaugurated a program at

three levels: one, for those who are helping the survivors in supplies or home clearing;

two, for those hosting discussion groups for trauma healing; and three, for those who will

be providing for the most seriously traumatized.

People rebuilding, volunteers helping, and donations that provide support have made

these tragic events a truly remarkable experience of connection and healing.

Editor’s note: Warren Dale is a Redwood City resident and is the director of international

trauma care services for the Center for Changing Systems. Tax deductible donations to

support trauma recovery throughout the world may be sent to the Center for Changing

Systems, 1637 Carleton Court, Redwood City, California 94061.

loss of all they had built. While some seemed stunned by the devastation, others were

too busy helping others. In the aftermath of the devastation came an interesting

response. Firefighters and police sent teams to help extricate survivors and casualties

from the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Local pastors set up tables on what were previously

the foundations of their churches to hold the clothes, food, and water for all those

in need. Others came from other parts of the states to help in whatever way they could.

One man sat in his home in Georgia watching the devastation. His mother lived on the

edge of the lake in Louisiana just outside New Orleans. As soon as he determined that

she was safe, he loaded a truck with food and water and headed toward the disaster

area. Unsure of his destination, he stopped in an area just west of Bay St. Louis and

began handing out the food and water. He found a “little old lady” sitting on a chair in

front of her devastated home. He asked if she needed anything. “Water,” she said. And

water he gave her and food and blankets. In gratefulness she offered him some of what

she food she had been saving.

From there this man from Georgia stopped at a church and asked if he could help. From

that connection, he helped obtain a portable saw mill to help turn the destroyed trees

into useable lumber for rebuilding. He arranged to have a small donated bull dozer stay

for the duration of neighborhood cleanups, and negotiated the use of a heater and air

conditioner for volunteer housing.

In another church, a husband and wife team used to working in the military drove from

Alabama and after introducing themselves to a church pastor, offered to coordinate vol-

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine



“What’s On the Other Side,’’ Nov. 1 through Dec. 30. An exhibit of surrealistic oil paintings by Boris

Koodrin. Free. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 400 County Center, Redwood City.


The 467-acre preserve includes grasslands, chaparral, coastal scrub regions, foothill woodlands

and year-round seeps and springs offering hundreds of plant varieties, many animal habitats and

over 70 resident and migratory birds. Bird Walk, Ongoing. Audubon Society docent Lee Franks leads

a monthly bird walk. Meet at the kiosk in the Day Camp parking lot. Last Sunday of the month, 8

a.m. Free. Edgewood Road and Interstate Highway 280, Redwood City. (650) 361-1218, (866) 463-

3439 or www.friendsofedgewood.org.

Little Fox in Redwood City.

2209 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063

Info number is 650-369-4119 for all shows at the Little Fox.

Ronnie Montrose Acoustic

Sat. Nov. 26, 2005, 8pm $16 adv./$18 door

One of the first American-bred hard rock groups to challenge British supremacy in the early ‘70s,

Montrose is still remembered as one of the most influential bands of the era. Ronnie Montrose was

a true original of the instrument.. After cutting his teeth as a session musician with the likes of Van

Morrison and the Edgar Winter Group, guitarist Ronnie Montrose decided to form his own, selfnamed

band in 1973. Enlisting the help of fellow session pros Bill Church, Denny Carmassi and a

talented, up-and-coming Californian singer named Sammy Hagar, Montrose soon released their

eponymous first album. Montrose eventually went platinum and was arguably the first full-fledged

heavy metal album by an American band (early proto-metal efforts by Blue Cheer and Steppenwolf

notwithstanding). With classics like “Space Station No. 5” and “Bad Motor Scooter” leading the

charge to the nation’s airwaves, it is still considered one of the finest, most influential releases of

the decade. Gamma, early acoustic albums and much more followed. See Ronnie Montrose as you

have never seen him before. Up close and personal and 100% acoustic. The man and his guitar.

Ronnie Montrose will be bringing his talents on acoustic guitar out in full force. Ronnie’s Don

Quixote’s show will consist of many songs from his acclaimed CD Bearings as well as stylized

acoustic versions of many of his previous electric instrumental hits. Accompanying Ronnie will be

two of his long-time musical associates, the very talented Edward Roth on keyboards and equally

impressive Jimmy Paxson on percussion. www.ronniemontrose.com

Best of the San Francisco Comedy Competition

Sun. Nov. 27, 2005, 7:30pm $13 adv./$15 door

Contemporary impressionist Dave Burleigh will conclude his first tour since earning the runner-up

spot and $5,000 in the recent 30th Annual San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy Competition. It will be

a night of local hilarity as along with Dave will be Ken Koskella from Hillsborough and Randy Harken

from San Mateo, all performing under the title “Best of the San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy

Competition”. Yes, it’s true, Dave Burleigh grew up “on the mean streets of Los Altos.”

He quarterbacked the high school football team and went on to study broadcasting at Cal Poly, all

in preparation, as it turned out, to become one of the most engaging new presences on the Bay Area

comedy scene. And speaking of new faces, one of the most weathered around is worn by Ken

Koskella, a retired finance executive who says of himself, “this is what Ken looks like after 30 years

of having to pay for Barbie’s stuff.” Picture a tanned and dapper Henny Youngman. www.sanfranciscocomedycompetition.com

Blue Coast Records Holiday Party

Thurs. Dec. 1, 2005, 8:30pm $30 adv./$45 door

A celebration of music, magic, fun and friends to announce the formation of the Bay Area’s newest

label of exceptional acoustic recordings. Join the party with featured performers Keith Greeninger

(winner - Telluride Bluegrass Festival Singer Songwriter award 2005), Rob Ickes (Nashville’s premier

Dobroist), Jason McGuire & Jose M. Blanco (new stars of flamenco), Jane Selkye & Chris Kee

(extraordinary song stylings), Garett Brennan (from Portland on tour with his new CD sponsored by

Clif Bars), and other special guests.

A portion of the proceeds go to Art Into Action, an organization utilizing art as a catalyst to engage

the public in environmental conservation.

The night includes free dessert, goody bag and Blue Coast Records ringtone. Register for a free

download online at bluecoastrecords.com and receive a free advance CD of the Blue Coast

Collection with ticket purchase. www.bluecoastrecords.com/party

San Francisco Summer Of Love Revue

Fri. Dec. 2, 2005, 9pm $14 adv./$16 door

Tribute Performances of The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf, Janis Joplin, and The Mamas & The


San Francisco’s Summer of Love revue will take you back to a “Dance Concert” in the late 60’s and

feature live replica performances of any number of psychedelic bands that might have taken the

stage at either the Avalon Ballroom or the Fillmore Auditoriums. Talented young musicians and

actors are learning the most popular songs from these legends and will recreate their colorful attire,

famous vocal melodies and soaring guitar licks! Guided by the director’s own musical experiences,

these players are quickly becoming comfortable in their roles emulating some of history’s most

renowned Rock pioneers.

A multi-media collage featuring the infamous liquid lightshows and historical footage and images

that shaped the era will enhance this fast moving and highly entertaining revue. www.sfsummeroflove.com

Coco Montoya

Sat. Dec. 3, 2005, 9pm $14 adv./$16 door

Coco Montoya was introduced to the Blues by the great guitarist Albert Collins, who hired him as his

drummer. Collins taught the youngster guitar and, armed with his experiences, has gone on to

become one of the strongest modern Blues talents touring today. Montoya has developed his own

style which fits in somewhere between Collins and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

“Blistering contemporary blues...piercing attack, funky, shivery guitar tones and aggressive, soulful

vocals” ~ Blues Revue

“In a world of blues guitar pretenders, Coco Montoya is the real McCoy. Be prepared to get

scorched.” ~ Billboard www.cocomontoya.com

Laurence Juber

Sun. Dec. 4, 2005, 7pm $14 adv./$16 door

As a young working musician in London, England in the 1970s, Laurence Juber got an extraordinary,

life-changing break when Paul McCartney hand-picked him to become Wings’ lead guitarist. Juber

spent three years recording and touring with the band. During that time he won a Best Rock

Instrumental GRAMMY® Award for the track “Rockestra” from the Wings album Back To The Egg .

After Wings disbanded in 1981, Juber embarked on a career as a solo artist, composer and

arranger, and soon developed a reputation as a world-class guitar virtuoso, recently being voted #1

by Fingerstyle Guitar magazine. He has released 10 critically acclaimed solo albums, including “LJ

Plays the Beatles” and his latest, “ One Wing “.

As a studio and touring musician he has worked with such artists as George Harrison, Ringo Starr,

Paul Williams and Al Stewart. His guitar playing is featured on films such as “Dirty Dancing”,

“Pocahonatas”, “Good Will Hunting” and many TV shows including “Home Improvement” and

“Seventh Heaven”. “One of the most gifted and versatile fingerstyle guitarists on the scene” ~

Acoustic Guitar Magazine www.laurencejuber.com

Dave Meniketti Annual Birthday Bash

Sat. Dec. 10, 2005, 9pm $25 adv./$27 door

Dave Meniketti—the name is synonymous with music—raw, hard-edged, melodic, soulful. His first

solo CD ON THE BLUE SIDE received worldwide acclamation—particularly in Europe and Japan. His

sophomore solo CD, the self-titled Meniketti revisits, as Dave says, his “melodic, rock-based roots.”

From its first churning note on Messin’ with Mr. Big, Dave’s music grabs you. This is not background

music. It pins your ears to the speakers and kicks you in the butt. It’s infectious, delicious rock and

roll that satisfies the soul. In other words MENIKETTI is pure Meniketti.

As the lead singer/lead guitarist with Bay Area Rockers Y&T, Meniketti has sold over 4 million

records worldwide, recorded 17 albums and toured across the United States and around the world.

His style has influenced some of the major stars in rock and over the years he’s been asked to join

many top bands including Ozzy Osbourne and Whitesnake. www.meniketti.com

Elvin Bishop plus Good Medicine

Fri. Dec. 9, 2005, 8pm $20 adv./$22 door

Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Elvin Bishop has been singing and recording his rollicking brand of

electrified down-home blues for almost 40 years. Bishop’s history-making tenure as a founding

member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the 1960s, his chart-topping hits in the 1970s, and

his emergence on Alligator Records in the late 1980s and into the 1990s place him at the forefront

of electric blues guitarists. Elvin’s music is a mix of his blues roots with contemporary funk and rock

flavors spiced with a touch of country and the laid-back feel of his Northern California home. Rolling

Stone referred to Bishop’s music as “a good-time romp...raucous blues with high-energy soloing,

mixtures of careening slide and razor-edged bursts, all delivered with unflagging enthusiasm and


Bishop’s newest CD, entitled Gettin’ My Groove Back, was released by Blind Pig Records on August

16, 2005. Long time fans will find what they’ve come to expect from a Bishop recording - that “let’s

have a good time” party vibe! www.blindpigrecords.com/artists/Bishop,+Elvin.html

Good Medicine is about great music performed with the traditional GM Pholkadelic twist that puts

the band outside of all music boxes. No two songs sound alike and no group has such an uncanny

ability to lift spirits and captivate crowds like Good Medicine. Good Medicine is a band that transcends

time and reaches audiences of all ages who appreciate amazing guitar and bass licks,

accompanied by the strongest vocals gifted to any group. www.goodmedicinemusic.com

Gypsy Soul

A Special Holiday Concert

Thur. Dec. 15, 2005, 8pm $15 adv./$17 door

Gypsy Soul’s lush and sensual, acoustic based music has been called “Gourmet Music”, by K-LOS

Radio in LA. Their unique blending of Americana, Celtic and Roots influences heard both live and on

their original CDs, has earned this independent band legions of devoted fans internationally and

over 100 placements on national TV Shows and Films. Their eclectic sound has been compared to:

Loreena McKinnett, Sarah Mclachlan, Fleetwood Mac and Eva Cassidy, among others.


Tommy Castro

Fri. Dec. 16, 2005, 9pm $20 adv./$22 door

Tommy Castro is respected by many as a firmly established and highly acclaimed force in the

American Roots/Blues arena. His prowess as a recording artist is reinforced by a charismatic and

powerfully charged stage performance. Years of touring, writing, and recording have resulted in a

masterful blend of the musical genres that he loves: blues, soul and rock.

Carlos Santana, who’s invited Castro to share the stage with him, said of Tommy, “The blues is in

good hands. This is the person who has the voice, the sound, and the right intentions to touch everybody’s

heart.” www.tommycastro.com

A trio of incumbents plus one candidate

whose election was assured

retained their Redwood City council

seats, beating out a current

planning commissioner and a political


From the moment the first absentee

ballots were announced, the

council race was headed by

Councilwoman Diane Howard,

Mayor Jeff Ira and Councilman Jim


Alicia Aguirre retained her seat

with 100 percent of the vote but

her victory was never in doubt. She

ran unopposed for the two-year

seat after being appointed in

January to replace outgoing councilman

Ira Ruskin. Ruskin, who

made an appearance at the incumbents’

party, won a state Assembly

seat the previous year.

Rounding out the race were Hilary

Paulson who ended the night with 14.41 percent of the vote and Adrian Brandt who finished

with 14.50 percent.

As the evening progressed, the final percentages varied slightly but the standings never

swayed. Howard garnered 25.54 percent followed by Ira with 23.52 percent and Hartnett

with 22.03 percent.

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

Incumbents win in RWC

Term limits will force the three

winners out of office in four years.

Both Brandt and Paulson were

endorsed and received financial

backing from the Friends of

Redwood City. The political action

committee formed from the remnants

of the No on Q group, a

grassroots effort that defeated the

proposed Marina Shores development.

The proposal, passed by the council

before voters shot it down,

remained an issue at numerous

forums prior to the election.

However, most candidates said

just before Election Day that traffic,

schools and gangs were more

pressing issues for the average

voting resident.

The [results] show that Measure

Q was not the divider that people

said it was. Many said we made a

mistake but you learned from it and they’re content to let us go forward,” Ira said.

Hartnett, too, thought the challengers’ campaigns focused intently on the development

with the underlying idea of “throw the bums out” — a theme soundly rejected by voters.

Howard, the biggest vote-getter, is happy for another four years in which to finish pet projects,

like downtown revitalization and a shuttle service.

Celebrating together at Hartnett’s law office, the three challenged incumbents all agreed

the win shows unwavering support by residents for the current regime.

“Each of us have different qualities and experience but having everybody win means the

voters think we’re in touch with the community and their broad values,” Hartnett said.

Hartnett wasn’t surprised by the three leaders but by the wide margin between them and

the two challengers.

Paulson was “very disappointed” by her loss but believes it shows the difficulty in unseating


“It is very hard to do the fundraising necessary to go against incumbents that are wellfunded

by developers,” Paulson said.

“I am just very pleased,” she said. “I think all of the candidates worked very hard but I’m

very happy with the outcome. I’m in the middle of so many things I want to continue.”

The hoopla over Marina Shores did prove the council must really outreach to communities

for input before making any decisions, she said.

The council will see the opening of the long-anticipated downtown cinema and retail project

and will likely review new plans for the Marina Shores area, all the winners agreed.

Gang suppression is also high on the agenda and Hartnett said he’d like to see more

done with parks and playgrounds.

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

Paulson, twice the former chair of the Planning Commission, will continue serving out her

term on the board and doesn’t rule out a future bid for the council.

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

As I was saying...


Steve Penna


The November Election results are all counted,

and of the 14 races I predicted the outcomes

for, I only got one incorrect – the San

Mateo Community College District’s Measure A

bond. Quite impressive, if I do say so myself. Now

to what happened.

In the City Council race, Diane Howard was the big

winner in more ways then one. She was not only the

highest vote getter at 10,067 votes but did so without

newspaper or the Police Officers Association’s

endorsement. She campaigned as she always does –

hard – and attracted the senior vote heavily. Several

of her supporters were concerned that she was facing

a defeat, but as we now know, do not underestimate

her tenacity in getting her message across to


I was surprised that Jim Hartnett did not finish with

the highest vote total. I guess some people still don’t

trust attorneys, let alone vote for them.

Another big winner was challenger Adrian Brandt who

managed to come in fourth place and ahead of

Planning Commissioner Hilary Paulson. How did he

come out of now where to place just 2,983 votes

away from being elected? He did it the old-fashioned

way – he earned it by walking, meeting, talking and

listening. Look for him to run again in 2007.

In the Redwood City School District race, challenger

Catherine Fraser spent next to nothing to finish just

2,341 votes away from upsetting incumbents Maria

Diaz Slocum and Patricia Wright. Fraiser is well

known in the business community and recently

adopted a son with her husband Steven Hall. For her

to garner that many votes without a full-blown campaign

speaks highly of her backing and reputation.

All the other races and issues were quite unexciting

and not even worth mentioning so I won’t.

Despite a last-minute hit piece on Paulson and

Brandt in the council race, which was unneccesary

and tacky, this election season was quite calm. We

did not even hear that much from Jack Hickey. Go figure.

(continued on page 28)

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

Redwood City businesses are

here to serve you!

If you are looking for a place to dine, bank, invest, shop, work out, or treat yourself, The

Spectrum staff has been out doing just that, using businesses that not only provide excellent

service but those who contribute to our community. Check out our Best of the Best


Personal Improvement

Redwood Massage & Sauna: 797 Arguello Street - First opened in 1964 by two Finnish

women, this professional facility is now under the management of Beverly and Harold

May. Ms. May is a full time massage therapist with almost thirty years of experience. They

pride themselves on having exceptionally talented massage therapist to care for you,

trained in a variety of specialized techniques to improve your circulation, mental clarity

and creativity as well as optimizing your overall physical health. Your experience as

Redwood Massage & Sauna will enhance your health and well being naturally in the true

Finnish tradition of therapeutic massage and sauna - amidst a clean, comfortable and

serene surrounding.

Powerhouse Gym: 2075 Broadway - With the winter blues upon us, why not take advantage

of their current new member rates and get out of the house and work out? Since

1995 thousands of fitness enthusiasts and professionals have joined this fitness center

in their quest for a healthier lifestyle. Their facility is not overcrowded and is the largest

gym on the peninsula. But they still know the secret to success is the one-on-one service.

They are known for their friendly, inviting atmosphere. To spice things up a little, they

also offer Aerobics, Spinning, Kickboxing, Cardio Funk, Step, Yoga and Pilates. They also

provide several other amenities including a full Service Pro Shop, Showers and Day Care.

Re:Juvenate Skin Care: 805 Veterans Blvd., Suite 140 - Treat yourself, you deserve it! Re:

Juvenate is owned and operated by Sherna Madan, M.D., and Linda S. Moore, R.N.

Together they have more than 50 years in the healthcare industry and over ten years in

the field of aesthetics. Both have lived and worked in the community for the majority of

those years. When a consumer is looking for a facility that offers a list of services that

are so personal, name recognition and reputation are of the utmost importance.

Relationships are formed quickly, and trust is a huge part of the equation. Whether you

are seeing a Re: Juvenate clinician for acne, sun damage, skin tightening, wrinkle reduction

or laser hair removal, the process starts with a complimentary consultation with a

member of the aesthetic staff. You can call 650.261.0500 and mention The Spectrum


Eating and Catering:

Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road – You will find everything at this Redwood City favorite.

The Canyon Inn is nestled in the small quiet neighborhood of the Emerald Hills region bordering

Woodside and Redwood City. It is a popular stop for bicycle touring clubs, and

local sports celebrities such as members of the San Francisco Forty Niners football team.

But the reputation draws celebrities and personalities from all over the world. The restaurant

is noted for its burgers and beers, most notably the Hacksaw Burger, a big double

cheeseburger named after Jack “Hacksaw” Reynolds. The Canyon Inn also offers hot and

cold sandwiches, hot dogs, fish and chips, spaghetti, ravioli, lasagna, Mexican tacos and

quesadillas. If you use their coupon in this month’s Spectrum, you can get 10% of all

meals, now that’s an offer you can not pass up!

Encore Performance Catering - 2992 Spring Street – Owner Dave Hyman’s menu goes

on for 8 pages of mouthwatering suggestions for everything from Continental Breakfasts

to Formal Dinners. Despite an entire page devoted just to warm appetizers, these are

mere suggestions and Hyman is quick to offer additional possibilities to fit any occasion.

He also has a strong sense of community and participates in many community-oriented

events. He participates in the City Trees program helping to plant and maintain greenery

around the area and works with other local organizations such as the Peninsula Sunrise

Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce, and Rebuild Together. He participates in the San

Mateo County Civil Grand Jury. Additionally, Hyman is proud of the fact that his business

products are nearly 100% recyclable, and, they contribute their leftovers to Saint

Anthony’s Dining Room in Redwood City. Need a caterer for that Holiday gathering? Call

Dave at 650.365.3731.

Bluefin Sushi & Teriyaki Grill: 2327 Broadway – WOW! This place is popular. Whether you

dine in or take out everyone is discovering their sashimi, Nigiri sushi, donburi, and bento

dishes are irresistible! No MSG/No chemical additives added. Low in Cholesterol. Low in

Calories. Low in Sodium. Their sushi is made fresh daily by experienced sushi chefs which

has made this restaurant a favorite Downtown eating spot, this restaurant is a must try!

Financial Institutions:

First National Bank: 700 El Camino Real - In the ever merging world of the banking industry

it’s hard to find places where the consumer or small business owner’s voice still matters.

Independent banks and small local banking chains, which would take the time to

listen, are slowly becoming a thing of the past. This is not the case luckily at First National

Bank of Northern California, according to Brian Palter. Palter is the branch manager of

the Redwood City location, which is currently housed at 700 El Camino Real. “When we

have a new client and do right by them,” said Palter, “they tell others.” Doing right by a

client, whether old or new, requires taking extra steps in situations which nationwide

chains might not do. Give Brian a call and see what he means!

Edward Jones: 702 Marshall Street #515 - For decades, Edward Jones believed in building

relationships through face-to-face interaction, and adhering to a strategy of recommending

quality investments that have proven themselves over time. So does Investment

Representative David Amann who manages their Redwood City office. He understands

that this approach might be considered unfashionable. But if it means helping his clients

achieve their goals, whether for retirement, education, or just financial security, it’s an

approach he plans to stick to.

Real Estate:

Vicky Costantini - RE/MAX Dolphin Real Estate: 601 Marshall Street - Are you looking for

a home? Would you like to hear about new properties as soon as they are listed? Vicky

works hard to make sure that her clients are the first one to know about new listings. She

has 10 years of customer service. Vicky has a starong Lending and Banking background,

remodel and building experience, she is up to date on City and County standards and had

in depth knowledge of Redwood City neighborhoods and schools. Her objective in real

estate is simple: using her work experience in lending and banking, together with her

experience renovating and building should be a resource above and beyond the real

estate transaction. Another Redwood City individual working hard in our community.


Mayers Jewlers: 2303 Broadway – Redwood City’s oldest family owned jewelers still

sparkles like it did the first day they opened in 1969. They have a large selection of necklace’s,

rings and watches. If you can not find exactly what you want – they have personal

designs that have kept Redwood City residents frequenting this fine business for years.

Auto Care:

Redwood General Tire: 1630 Broadway –Whether you are looking for a new set of tires,

or need to tune your vehicle, this Redwood City institution has been providing quality vehicle

services since 1957. Redwood General Tire was founded on the premise that good

customer service, quality products at fair prices will succeed in the marketplace. They

continue to follow this philosophy today and expect it to guide them into a successful

future. Many of their satisfied customers have been with them since their founding and

continue to do business with them today. They proudly serve the third generation of many

of their first Redwood City customers. Winter is coming, maybe you should give them a


Home Improvements:

Lewis Carpet Cleaners: 1.800.23.LEWIS - Rick Lewis, Founder, Lewis Carpet & Upholstery

Cleaners started his business in 1985 out of his home using a small portable machine.

Today, Lewis successfully operates and manages an office/warehouse of six employees

and has five working vans with future plans for expansion and growth. Lewis moved his

business from San Mateo to Redwood City in 1995. The Lewis family works, lives and

resides in Redwood City and have truly made this town their home. The Lewis family is

committed to the vision and success of our community and with relentless effort will continue

to support the community devoting time, efforts, energy and services today and in

the future. Lewis has built his company on a foundation of integrity, loyalty and communication.

Call and ask about their Spectrum special. You can get 100 sq. ft. of carpet

cleaning for absolutely nothing $0.00. Call today!

As Mayor in late November 1992, I

received an invitation to come to

Downtown on the first Saturday in

December and watch the children’s holiday

parade. A long-standing tradition

from decades past, the event was being

revived by community volunteers.

So I made my way to Downtown that

morning and joined a small group of folks

in front of what was then Bob’s Court

House Coffee Shop near the Fox Theater.

The parade began and proceeded up

Broadway toward our location, and I

turned for a few moments to acknowledge

a greeting from a person standing

behind me.

When I turned back to see the parade, it

had already passed me by.

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine



by Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

Fortunately, Virginia Ball and Jeff Filippi of

the Civic Cultural Commission, along with Lorretta Knight and other dedicated volunteers,

stepped in the next year. A particularly tenacious member of the Civic Cultural

Commission, Ball along with her colleagues worked long and hard to develop “Tis the

Season,” a holiday event that included a children’s parade, fireworks, and information

about other yuletide events throughout Redwood City.

Last year, Virginia’s wish for a true holiday festival grew into the “Hometown Holidays”

Children’s Parade and Fireworks Festival presented by the Redwood City Downtown

Business Group and Peninsula Sunrise Rotary. Spearheaded by Fred Ganjei of Mayers

Jewelers, Lorianna Kastrop, and many volunteers, last year’s event saw snowballs fly in

Downtown as kids and parents played in the snow lot provided by the Downtown

Business Group. Families lined up for a city block to have free photos taken with Santa

in front of the San Mateo County History Museum.

The parade had some 800 participants, and included floats, mariachis, twirlers, guide

dogs, Miss Redwood City, Studio S dancers, just to name a few. Resplendent in their holiday

attire, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus were the highlight of the parade and helped to usher

in the holiday season.

All of the above

and more

awaits you and

your family

w h e n



returns to


Redwood City

this year on


December 3,

featuring the

traditional children’s


and a dazzling

fireworks display.

“To me, this festival reflects the spirit of our community and our downtown Renaissance,”

said Lorianna Kastrop of The Kastrop Group, Inc., Architects, located in Downtown

Redwood City, and Peninsula Sunrise Rotary.

“Business people have found this way to do something special for families as a holiday

gift,” she continued. “Most importantly, the kids all seemed to have a great time, and

since it’s free, it is available to everyone.”

“And it’s a great collaborative effort

between the downtown businesses and

other business sponsors, the Civic

Cultural Commission, many City departments,

Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club,

and youth groups,” Kastrop added. “Last

year the CBS news affiliate announcer

proclaimed on their TV broadcast “Way to

go Redwood City!” and that’s exactly the

reaction we want.”

Fred Ganjei, of Mayers Jewelers and the

Downtown Business Group, agreed that

collaboration is key. “It’s great working

with the merchants, the city, and the City

Council,” he said. He also spoke about an

interesting discovery from last year’s

event: “We were surprised that half the

kids at the snow lot last year had never

seen snow.”

Hometown Holidays is for “the kids, we’re doing it for them,” Ganjei said. “We want to

make it bigger and better next year, with more floats and activities for the kids and families.

This is our gift to the community.”

The day kicks off with playing in the snow at the San Mateo Credit Union parking lot, 411

Middlefield, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; the “Discover Downtown” beverage walk from 11 a.m.-

4 p.m.; free photos with Santa at Washington Mutual, 2400 Broadway, from 12 p.m.-4

p.m., an ice sculpture demonstration, musical entertainment, and entertainment at the

San Mateo County History Museum and the Redwood City Public Library.

Event programs and maps will be available at City Hall and also at the information booth

located at Marshall and Middlefield.

Led by the Woodside High School Wildcat Marching Band and the Redwood City Twirlers,

this year’s parade will kick off at 4:30 p.m. at Hamilton and Marshall. In addition to the

band and the twirlers, this year’s current list of entries is a cross section of the community.

A partial list of entries includes: the Peninsula Symphony, San Mateo Guide Puppies,

Open Gate Nursery School, Peninsula Christian School, Redwood City Mothers Club,

Redwood City

Girl Scouts,

San Mateo

Gymnastics, El

C o n -



Latina, the

Redwood City

Fire Department/Police


League Toy and

Book Drive,

Salvation Army

Redwood City

Corps, Miss

Redwood City



Citywide Children’s Chorus, Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, Ballet America, and the

return of Bethlehem A.D. from Peninsula Christian Church.

(continued on page 12)

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

(continued from

page 11)

The parade will

wind its way on

Marshall to


Jefferson to


Broadway to

Main, and Main

to Middlefield

by City Hall and

the Library.

There the official

City Tree

Lighting will

take place at

5:45 p.m., with

the fireworks

spectacular ushering in the joy of the holidays. The festival ends at the Redwood City train

station, where the Caltrain Train for Tots arrives at 6:15 p.m. Be sure to stop by and bring

an unwrapped toy for a needy child.

After the Caltrain event, take time to enjoy dinner at one of Downtown’s many restaurants.

You can also check out the Fox marquee for the latest show, do the Electric Slide

at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio, and more.

On a bittersweet note, Virginia Ball passed away last year before seeing her holiday wish

bring joy to Redwood City. This year, I suspect she’s somewhere in a civic group meeting

telling her committee members about how a five-minute parade has grown into a fullblown

festival, thanks to people working together for the community.

Merry Christmas, Virginia, and to all a wonderful, joyous season of peace.

Editor’s Note: For more information on Hometown Holidays, call 650-361-0538 or visit


Saturday, December 3, 2005

Downtown Redwood City

Fun, Free Holiday Event, Rain or Shine!

Event schedule - maps available at City Hall - Snow Play Lot the day of the event.

For more information, call 650-361-0538 or visit www.hometownholidays.org

Play in the Snow! (11:00 - 4:00) San Mateo Credit Union, 411 Middlefield

Photos with Santa! (12:00 - 4:00) Washington Mutual 2400 Broadway

“Discover Downtown” Walk (11:00 - 4:00)

Ice Sculpture Demonstration (1:00 - 2:00)

Musical Entertainment (1:00 - 4:15)

Children’s Parade (4:30 - 5:30)

City Tree Lighting (5:45) City Hall

Fireworks Spectacular (5:45 - 6:00)

Caltrain Train for Tots (6:15 - 6:30)

Presented by the Redwood City Downtown Business Group

Sponsored by the Redwood City Cultural Commission

Schedule subject to change

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

Non-Profits in Action


Since 1956 The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club has devoted itself to community

service and is one of three Kiwanis Clubs in Redwood City. Through the decades, they

have provided funds to help many worthy community programs.

The Key Club of Sequoia High School, sponsored by The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis

Club was chartered in 1994 and has been actively involved in raising money and donating

time and effort to many of our programs such as the Special Game Day, Christmas

Wrap, Car Show and even taking pledges for KQED.

They currently meet every Thursday mornings at 7:15 a.m. at The Waterfront

Restaurant,1 Uccelli Drive. Come join them for breakfast. Listen to interesting speakers

from our community. Share in the fun, the laughs, the strength, the drive, and the generosity

that makes up the camaraderie of The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club.

Sunrise Rotary Club

The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered in April, 1998. In the 16 years since

that time, the Club has met weekly at 7:30 a.m. at Pete’s Harbor for breakfast, which features

various speakers on a wide range of subjects.

It has been named the “Best Small Club: in Rotary District 5150, comprised of Marin, San

Francisco, and San Mateo counties.

The Club’s major fund raising activity is its annual Irish Night, held at the Senior Center

on Madison Avenue, on a date near to March 17. Another Club fund raising activity is the

Club’s beverage booth at the annual Vertical Challenge air show at Hiller Aviation

Museum in San Carlos. Funds raised this past year by the 20-member club provided

nearly $46,000 in contributions for community, youth, international, and vocational projects.

This club meets every Tuesday at the Waterfront restaurant. For more information or to

join them, call Lorianna Kastrop at 650-299-0303.


(A Community Service Organization) meets the first Thursday of each month at 149

Clinton Street. Social at 11:30 a.m., lunch ($10.) at noon, general meeting at 12:30 p.m.

Program at 1 p.m. Visitors welcome.

Public invited on Dec. 1 to enjoy a Holiday Brunch and Boutique. Information call: (650)


“Holiday Giving Project” Provides Holiday Visits & Gifts to the Homebound and Children

in Need.

Every holiday season, while many of us are celebrating with friends and family, there are

homebound seniors and children in need who don’t get the chance to participate in holiday

festivities. For these people, the “Holiday Giving Project” provides a holiday visit and

a gift bag, to help share the spirit of the holidays with one and all.

Redwood City’s Veterans Memorial Senior Center is seeking contributions of time and

money in order to provide these gifts and visits to the homebound and children in need.

Funds are needed to help buy items for the gift bags, and volunteers are sought to put

them together, decorate them, and deliver them to the homebound. All donors and volunteers

will have their names added to the Senior Center’s “Holiday Giving Wall” as

recognition of their holiday spirit.

People wishing to contribute funds can make a check payable to VMSC Advisory Council,

and mail it to Holiday Giving Project, Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison

Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94061. Those who wish to volunteer their time to help others

enjoy the holiday spirit should call Redwood City Senior Services at 650-780-7274 for


Let’s all chip in and help!

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

printed in The Spectrum – email it to: writers@spectrummagazine.net or The

Spectrum Magazine mailing address at: 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.


The Optimist’s invite you to become a member of Optimist International, one of the

largest service organizations in the world—where “Bringing Out The Best in Kids” has

been their mission for over 80 years! Whether you’re a club officer or a club member who

enjoys the fellowship/friendship of others with a common greater good, Optimist

International needs and wants YOU as a member.

The Optimist Club of Redwood City meets every Tuesday at 12:15 PM at Bob’s Court

House Coffee Shop at Middlefield and Broadway. For more information please call:

President Steve — 365 8089 or Secretary Ted Cole — (650) 366 1392 or come join them

for lunch to learn more about how you can make a difference.

SHHH-Peninsula (Self Help for Hard of Hearing People)

SHHH is a volunteer, international organization of hard of hearing people, relatives and

friends. SHHH is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, educational organization 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 Building, 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City. We have provide educational

speakers and refreshments.

A demonstration of assistive devices is held on the first Wednesday of the month at

10:30 a.m. at the Redwood City Public Library, 2nd floor conference room, 1044

Middlefield Road, Redwood City, California.

An evening meeting is held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the

Redwood City Public Library, 2nd floor conference room, 1044 Middlefield Road,

Redwood City, California.

Please call Marj at 650-593-6760 for any questions.

SHHH is the nationâ˜s voice for people with hearing loss. Our members include people

with hearing loss, their families and friends, and caring professionals.

City Talk Toastmasters Club

Join the Redwood City Toastmasters Club to develop your communication and leadership

skills. The club meets on Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 in City Hall at 1017 Middlefield

Road in the Council Chambers. 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.

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

Sequoia Students

Commemorate Memorial Day

Katherine Ehat

Student Writer

On Thursday November 10, Sequoia High School held a memorial service at the recently

erected Veteran’s Memorial on campus. The memorial was opened in a beautiful dedication

service on

September 17, 2005,

which was attended by

hundreds of people

from the community

and the school, as well

as Veterans, family

members and members

of the military.

There were guests in

attendance that traveled

from other states

in order to be a part of

the day’s events. The

event on Thursday was

held to honor the

Veterans of Redwood City and past Sequoia students in honor of Veterans Day.

Students from the Sequoia Leadership class participated in the ceremony that took place

at lunch time. Catherine Keithley sang the National Anthem, Anna Borden read “On

Flanders Fields”, and Alisha Chavez read a letter from former Sequoia student David

Callis which was published in a book called Letters from Vietnam. David Callis was also

the son of former

Sequoia faculty member

George Callis.

Haneen Saideh, Anna

Borden, Mary

McDonald, Niveeta

Sharma and Shanika

Badoya-Mulkerin read

the names of the men

on the Gold Star list.

Ben Southward played

Taps, and an antique

canon was fired in

memory of the soldiers

that served for our

country. A purple and

white floral wreath was

placed in front of the monument. There were students, staff and community members

present to honor the men and women who gave their lives for this country while members

of the Armed Services.

It was once a long standing tradition at Sequoia

High School to hold a Memorial Day Program to

honor former Sequoia students who had given

their lives in war. The tradition was stopped during

the Vietnam era. During its time, the ceremony

was attended by the entire student body

and included participation by staff, student

body and class officers, the school’s A Cappella

choir and the school band. Hopefully this tradition

will be revived with the building of the new

memorial. This year’s event was a new beginning

and a step in the direction of bringing traditions

back to Sequoia.

A Woodside Athlete

Who’s Testing His Limits

By Nick Markwith

Student Writer

Two, the number of touchdowns Zack Test has made for Woodside High School this

year. Eight, the number of interceptions he has made this season. Nine, the number of

sports he has played in his life. Twenty-two, the number of completed passes he has

caught. Seven, the number of times he had to rewrite his essays because of his dyslexia.

These are only a few numbers of his sports and school career.

Zack Test, a junior at Woodside High School, has been playing sports throughout his

life. The first sport he played was soccer at age seven, and ever since, he has continued

to play a diverse variety of them. Other than soccer, Test has experience in other

sports such as basketball, baseball, rugby, football, hockey, racquetball, tennis, swimming,

and water polo. With such a wide range of talent, it is not surprising that he

excels at two specific sports: football and rugby.

With three years of high school football under his belt, Zack Test, has only begun to show

enormous talent on the football field. This is Test’s second year on the varsity football

team and as Woodside’s starting wide receiver and free safety, he has twenty-two catches

and is leading CCS (Central Coast Section) with eight interceptions. He has also gained

an impressive two hundred and ninety-five yards for the Woodside Wildcats. Although he

may be a key player on the varsity football team, Test shows even more talent on the

rugby field.

Outside Woodside High School, Test plays rugby for the Peninsula Green Beavers along

with other Woodside students. On the rugby field, he plays wing and side center. This is

only his second year and yet he has been chosen to play for the under nineteen development

Eagles, a national team that prepares for the Junior World Cup.

“Scouts were at a tournament at Stanford and they thought I had some talent and they

invited me to there high performance team,” said Test.

In December, Test goes to a training camp in Arizona and in April, he flies to Washington

D.C. to play in a tournament. If he gets picked, he then joins the junior world cup team.

There will be two hundred athletes who will go to the camp in December and out of them,

eighty make the first cut. Out of the first eighty, forty make the second cut to make the


“It’s an honor to have a chance to be on this team,” added Test.

Although it might seem at a glance that a starting wide receiver and star rugby athlete

has a lot going for him, Zack Test has problems of his own to deal with. He is dyslexic. For

those who do not know, dyslexia is a learning disorder that impairs the ability to read or

comprehend written words. At his middle school, Charles Armstrong School, their main

priority is to treat dyslexia by teaching different methods to overcome their disorder. Test

has picked up little tricks to deal with his dyslexia, either by sounding out words or being

made to rewrite his essays six or seven times to make sure there wasn’t any mistakes. It

might not seem that big of an issue for an athlete, but there is more to football than

shown on the field

“I have to visualize the plays in my head in order for me to understand what I have to do

on the field,” said Test.

Even after finding out he had a disorder, Test has never given up and always puts forth

his best effort. He is living proof that even if you might have a disadvantage to others that

you can achieve your goals through determination and hard work. Test also tries to teach

others what he has


“In my RSP classes, I

help other kids with

their homework and

help them understand,

“ said Test. “I try to do

that in all my classes.”

Test hopes to take

rugby and football to

the college level, and

some day make it professionally.

With all his

determination, hard

work, and natural talent,

it is obvious he will

be able to do just that.

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

Jean Cloud is the kind of lady that makes you believe anything is possible. Born in

1906, Jean just celebrated her 99th birthday at a surprise party at the library's community

room. She impressed me with her charm and engaging manner. She was

keenly curious about changes to Redwood City and the world around her, and had a

delightful laugh when she would generously share stories of the City's past - and her role

in it.

Jean was born in San Jose. Her father, a locomotive engineer, quit smoking and invested

in a phonograph when Jean was born. She grew up listening to "high-class music" and

opera. Music was part of her life. After graduating from San Jose High, she went on the

stage. Jean was a true showgirl at heart.

"As a little girl, if anyone would ask what I wanted to be when I grew up, I'd always say

'an opera singer'," Jean said.

by Dale McKee, Special to the Spectrum

Jean C

The Lady i

"But after I did “Carmen” in San Jose, I could see that an opera singer lived a very disciplined

life. You had to save your voice always, had to spend hours vocalizing to keep your

voice in tone. And I thought, well, they had these kind of stage shows in those days with

a stage show and a movie. We did five shows a day," Jean recalled. The show traveled -

they started in Los Angeles and went up the coast as far as Canada. From there, it was

across to Chicago and finally into New York. They played New York for six weeks

before moving on to D.C. and Atlanta. The last stop was at New Orleans; the

entire itinerary took 11 months. Jean made the circuit twice.

"In New York, we worked every day. You were doing something you loved to

do. But the last time, I had to sing a solo. Then, I had to learn to tap

dance and work with a chorus. On the last act of the chorus, it was all

on roller skates - I had to learn to roller skate. Sometimes if the girls on

the end were too far, I'd be jumping over the footlights," she laughed.

During her travels, Jean got to know a lot of famous performers of the

time. "I've had a wonderful life. Not many people get to do what they

really, all their life, wanted to do," she added.

She also got to know Roy Cloud, and his son, "Little Roy" - whom Jean

would later marry. It was "Big Roy" who set Jean on the path of education.

The county superintendent of schools, he urged Jean to go to college. "I

went to San Mateo Junior College. I came up on the train every day, because

San Jose didn't have one. It was in the old Kohl Mansion. The college was just

starting at the time. I never thought I could go to college. Only the 'smart kids'

went," she laughed. "I truly thank San Mateo for starting a junior college. Because it

was unheard of then."

"Life, it tricks you. You have something happen that makes you think, yeah, I'd like that.

You have to be challenged."

"When I met Roy Cloud up at Big Basin, he had just graduated from Sequoia, and I had

just graduated from San Jose High. His father was intent on making him a schoolteacher.

And if that wasn't the last the last thing he wanted to be, it was next to the last thing,"

she laughed. "When I told my mother I was going to get married, she said, 'don't get married

and have some old man bossing you around!'. But he never bossed me," she

laughed. "He never gave up on me. We didn't marry until about 7 years after we met.

We had a wonderful marriage. So, your folks don't always know what's best for you. I

never wished for one second that I hadn't married [Roy]."

"We were living in Albany, and I

taught school there. Big Roy

made a schoolteacher out of me,

because I knew I was going on

the stage, but he said, 'You might

as well get your certificate.' I was

having fun, and I thought well,

yeah, I'll get my teacher's certificate,

and then when I get old, and

can't be on the stage anymore, I'll

be a schoolteacher."

"After three years on the stage, I

was ready. I taught in Albany, and

I loved to teach school. All my

experiences on the stage gave

me little operettas for my kids. I

loved doing that as much as I

loved being on the stage."

"When we moved down here, we

were renting a house in Albany.

Our house was sold, so we had to

get out. 'I'll go down there, but I

want to move back,' I told Roy. He

said, 'I promise you we'll move

back as soon as the war is over'.


I came

down here,

and I was working,

volunteering for Red Cross

down on Broadway and at the Library. I

went down to General Hospital down on Middlefield

Road. I loved working with them. They had a lot of shell-shocked soldiers that were

down here. I loved helping them write - they wanted to write letters home."

"I never got back to Berkeley," she laughed. "It was the luckiest day in my life when I

came to San Mateo County. I wouldn't have left for a million dollars."

In addition to her volunteer work

at the Red Cross and an avid

involvement in the PTA, Jean

started the Archive at the

Redwood City Library. She'd

been doing geneology at the


"Life goes on. You never know

where it's going to take you," she

added. "I don't know of anything

that I wanted to do, that I haven't


How many of us can make that


Jean has literally seen Redwood

City grow, very nearly from the

ground up. "To me, Redwood City

was a little one-horse town. And

San Jose had 40,000 people."

Her husband, "Little" Roy Cloud,

worked in the salt business. He

"liked golf, and dancing, and all

the fun things. He would not


s a Champ

Photos coutesy of Jean Cloud

"When I got back to the library committee, I said, 'I've been to the East Coast and seen

what they do with cemeteries there'. We talked about it at the Archives meeting and

decided to do something about it. Nita Spangler was interested, and began doing

research and finding out that it was one of the first public cemeteries in the nation."

"And so we began researching on it. And agitating about it. When I first wrote to them,

they said they don't put cemeteries on the National Register. Well this is so historic, that

we finally got enough evidence that it was the kind of a cemetery with Civil War veterans

in it, that it was eligible. We worked hard and finally it was accepted in the National


"I never go out there where I don't think of what would have happened to it if we hadn't

rallied all those people," Jean said.

"We had lots of people say 'Well that old cemetery is a disgrace'. They wanted to level it

and make it into a park. But there's been loads of research on people that are buried

there. That is something that proves that when you get something that's worth saving,

there are enough people that can rally to help you."

The Historic Union Cemetery Association keeps track of the cemetery although it was

born from the Archive Society. "It was an old broken down cemetery," Jean said.

"It is something that people had saved. But if Mr. Vollmayer hadn't told me the

park and recreation were going to talk about it, it'd be gone."

"It pays to attend a meeting," she said with a wry laugh. Of her efforts to

save the cemetery, Jean commented, “I loved every minuted of it.”

Jean was one of the founders of the Archive, the primary source of historical

inventory for the city, along with Karl Vollmayer, the city librarian.

Mary Spore-Alhadef of the Redwood City Library said, "She's been

the font of so much good stuff - started it, pushed it, promoted it and

beavered away working at it in this town."


made a

good school

teacher," she laughed.

"He was with Leslie Salt. They

don't make that anymore - the big pile was

down here at the harbor. There used to be just fields of little

boxes where they were drying the water to make the salt. It's a changed world."

"Change is inevitable. You can't stop change. You have to go with it; you can't buck it.

You want to accept the things that are worthy; but you don't want to accept the things

that aren't," she added.

A change Jean found unworthy

was the proposed demolition of

Union Cemetery. "I got interested

in the Cemetery because my

boyfriend's family had some

uncles buried there. And always

on Memorial Day we'd want to

put flowers on the graves. Mr.

Vollmayer (the city librarian) one

day called me and said, 'I see

that the park and recreation

commission is having their meeting

on Monday night, and they've

got Union Cemetery on their

agenda. Why don't you go and

see what they're planning?' So I

went. And when they got to that

part of the agenda, one member

said, 'You know that old cemetery

is a disgrace to the city, and if we

could only knock off those old

tombstones that are broken, we

could make nice picnic tables

and a little league baseball field.'

I almost feel off of my chair," Jean


"You know, she's got the intellectual curiosity of a young person. Which

is what keeps her a young person," she added. "She gave a huge gift to

this library, because she started and helped create all the stuff that is this

wonderful archive and local history collection. That's a huge gift. This is a

town with a real history - it's not the nice anonymous suburbs of San Jose. This

place had a rollicking history in the 19th century. Young people that come in here

can keep rediscovering the history of Redwood City. The gift that keeps on giving.

Jean Cloud… galvanized a lot of other people into helping out. She was a real leader and

managed to charm everybody into doing all kinds of things."

John Edmonds of the Cemetery Association said, "She started the cemetery association

- that's how I got involved. She is, more than any other person, responsible for this

Archive's history. Jean was also instrumental in getting the cemetery to mean more to

people, by involving Boy Scouts in Eagle projects. And that continues."

"How many people do you know at that age that would stand up and give an impromptu

speech at her own birthday party?" Edmonds mused.

Tim Orazem of the library's history room commented, "I want to relate Cloud like David

and Goliath - the city was really bent on putting a ball field in, and she had to fight, I mean

she had to rally. She did get a blackened name for it. So it's just amazing to see someone

that you'd think would just

kick back, but she continued on.

She still wanted Redwood City to

be something she was proud of.

She had that gumption."

"It's a strange thing to outlive

your generation," Jean said wistfully.

Of course, even Jean has

had to slow down a bit now.

"When you can't drive anymore,

you have limited freedom." Jean

finally had to give up her driver's

license last year - at age 98.

"Just don't get old," she laughed.

"There's no part of my life that I'd

take out," she amends. "They

were good days. I hope my

grandkids have as happy memories

as I have."

A true champion and a grand lady

in the finest sense of the word,

Jean has given Redwood City a

lifetime of gifts - and a living history

that continues to unfold.

Chamber Presents

$30,000 to Kainos

A $30,000 check was presented to Redwood City based Kainos Home & Training Center

for Adults with developmental disabilities. The proceeds come as a result of the success

of the 2005 Wells Fargo Benefit Golf Tournament held in May, which is sponsored by the

Redwood City-San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce.

This check represents the largest one time donation that Kainos receives the entire year.

Although the Chamber of Commerce benefits equally, it is very unusual that one non-profit

would contribute such a large amount to another. “The Chamber is proud of the relationship

that they have with Kainos. It’s a great cause and one that we as the Chamber

really believe in and feel motivated to help as much as we can” said Chamber Chairman

of the Board Mike Giari.

Pictured left to right Tournament Committee cochair

Gino Gasparini, Chamber Chairman of the

Board Mike Giari, Kainos Executive Director Andy

Frisch and Wells Fargo Title Sponsor and

Committee co-chair John Adams.

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

Kainos Executive Director,

Andy Frisch in accepting the

check on behalf of Kainos

thankedthe Chamber and the

golf committee profusely. He

said that the contribution

means so much to Kainos in

enabling them to continue to

do the work they do to serve

adults with developmental disabilities

by helping them to live

fulfilling lives as independent

and contributing members of

their community. Frisch particularly expressed his appreciation to John Adams, Executive

Vice President, Northern Division Area Manager and Wells Fargo for their Title

Sponsorship of the tournament.

The $30,000 check was presented at the Chamber’s Board of Directors meeting this


The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine



Lunch Special - CHOICE OF 4 ITEMS - served with: Soup, Salad, Rice, Fresh Fruit

Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Daily Specials for Lunch and Dinner

2432 Broadway . Downtown Redwood City


Open: Mon - Fri Lunch and Dinner

Saturday Dinner Only

Closed Sundays

Dine in our restaurant or enjoy our outdoor patio

Catering Available for all occasions

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine


Board members of the Horses to Horsepower

Committee presented a $5,000 check to Sequoia

High School Principal Morgan Marchbanks and Vice

Principal David Reilly. The funds were raised from

the car show event held Oct 2 on campus.

The unusual summer like weather brings out these

residents to the Farmers Market on Broadway. The

weekly event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of

Redwood City. Top-bottom, Farmer’s Market.

Assembyman Ira Ruskin watches

totals come in during a party held

by the incumbants in this month's

City Councuil election.

Having Twice the Fun...

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

News Briefs


A Redwood City man faces a year in jail when he is sentenced in January after pleading

no contest to hacking his friend’s dog to death with an axe while pet sitting, according to

the San Mateo County District Attorney’s office. Mark Merjil, 41, was convicted of one

count of animal cruelty after the brutal attack on March 29, prosecutor Morris Maya said.

Merjil fatally attacked the dog, a brindle-colored Mastiff named Titan, after the dog bit his

girlfriend, Maya said. Merjil and his girlfriend were staying at the dog owner’s mobile

home in Redwood City. Titan’s owner was out of town and the pair agreed to watch the

dog, Maya said. According to Maya, Merjil and his girlfriend were having an argument

when the dog bit the woman on the head, causing a minor head wound. Following the biting

incident Merjil took an axe to the animal and killed him. Animal abuse of this nature

is “so distasteful that many people don’t engage in it thankfully,” Maya said. “People in

general are very respectful of animals, and they treat their animals well.” Merjil is the second

Redwood City man to plead no contest to felony animal abuse charges in the last two

weeks. Joshua Allen Emert, 30, faces more than six years in prison after he admitted to

committing animal abuse, residential burglary, auto theft and assault with a deadly

weapon on June 16, the district attorney’s office reported. Emert strangled his grandmother’s

dog Benji, a terrier mix, with a length of wire, according to Maya. Unable to kill

the dog with the wire, Emert then proceeded to hit Benji over the head with a mallet, and

then buried the dead dog in his grandmother’s backyard, Maya said. Of all the crimes

Emert committed on June 16 “the most distasteful and most offensive conduct he conducted

was what was done to the animal,” Maya said. “There was a certain sadistic

pleasure that he took in torturing this dog.” According to Maya, though felony attacks of

this nature on animals are not common, some animal owners do treat their pets like

property and not actual living beings. “There’s always a concern that a person will view

their animal as something that falls outside the penal code,” Maya said. “Fortunately the

laws of the state of California view that there is value to life for both animals and

humans.” Peninsula Humane Society and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to

Animals spokesman Scott Delucchi agreed stating more often cases of neglected animals

are seen than attacks like Merjil’s and Emert’s. “It’s not often where someone

deliberately goes out of their way to maliciously kill an animal,’’ Delucchi said. “What we

usually see are people who neglect an animal.’’ Maya said cases like Emert and Merjil’s

will “send a strong message to people.” “If the dog is being aggressive call the Peninsula

Humane Society,” Maya said. “You can’t decide to take matters into your own hands.’’

Emert is scheduled to appear in court for sentencing on Jan. 17 at 9 a.m., and Merjil will

be sentenced on Jan. 20 at 8:45 a.m.


San Mateo County Superior Court Judge John Runde sentenced Raymond Lewis to 130

years to life in prison after a jury convicted him of sexually assaulting a Redwood City

woman in June. Lewis, 35, was found guilty on Oct. 12 on all five felony counts he was

facing including rape, false imprisonment and terrorist threats for the June 16 incident

at the Garden Motel at 1690 Broadway St. in Redwood City. Lewis was found to be eligible

for both a one-strike life in prison case and a three-strike life in prison case by Runde

because of the severity of the attack, according to prosecutor Melissa McKowan. “It’s

nice to know (Lewis) can’t do this again,” McKowan said today. “He is a horrible, violent

and dangerous person who deserves to be put away for the rest of his life.” The victim

and her husband own and manage the motel, which they had purchased in 1981, according

to testimony. According to McKowan, Lewis lived at the motel off and on for several

months at a time, from 2001 until the time of the incident. According to the victim’s

brother-in-law and motel employee Kiran Patel, the motel was known to rent its 15 rooms

to various parolees. Lewis at the time had a 1991 conviction for rape and forcible oral

copulation in San Mateo County, and was reportedly set to be off parole on Aug. 16. The

victim, whom Lewis called “sister,’’ reported that on the night of the attack, Lewis rang

for her at the motel manager’s office at 11 p.m. claiming he had been given dirty sheets.

“He complained about not having clean linen, and he wanted me to look at the dirty linen

in his room,’’ she said. The woman retrieved clean linen for Lewis and followed him to his

room, where he grabbed her arm and forcibly dragged her into his room, according to the

prosecution. She “said that Raymond had pushed her onto the bed and put something in

her mouth like a sock or a towel to keep her from screaming,’’ Patel said. Lewis held the

woman captive in his room for four hours, repeatedly assaulting and threatening her until

she was released at 3:30 a.m. on June 17. Patel said his sister-in-law knocked on his door

at 3:30 a.m., immediately after she left Lewis’ room. “I asked her what was wrong,’’ Patel

said. “Her whole body was shaking and her whole face was red and puffy and there was

blood coming from her mouth.’’ After talking to his sister-in-law for about an hour, Patel

said he tried to telephone the police, but she wouldn’t let him. “Raymond told (the victim)

that if she called the police, because he knew all her family, that he would kill them and

her,’’ Patel said. The prosecution reported that it wasn’t until 8 a.m. on June 17 that Patel

was able to contact Lewis’ parole officer, who subsequently contacted the Redwood City

Police Department. Lewis, who remains in custody on $1 million bail, was made to

appear in court today for the sentencing after his continued refusal to attend the trial.


In an effort to encourage more parents of newborn babies to read to their children at an

early age, the Redwood City Public Library is giving all babies born at Sequoia Hospital

their first library card. In addition, the hospital will also send each baby home with their

first book entitled “I Kissed the Baby” by Mary Murphy, hospital spokeswoman Joanie

Cavanaugh said. “We thought, what a great tie-in this program would be,” Cavanaugh

said. “It benefits the library and the families of new babies.” Cavanaugh, who helped

spearhead the partnership, said the book was chosen mainly because its characters are

animals, which helps prevent the alienation of any one person, and it’s primarily in black

and white, making it easier for the babies to see. “As a community hospital, our goal is

to promote strong, healthy families,” Sequoia president and administrator Glenna

Vaskelis said in a statement. “Childhood reading affects not only how successful children

are in school but how well they do throughout their lives.” Library director Dave Genesy

said, “reading to children from birth has been proven to ensure strong literacy skills,”

which helps build healthy communities. According to Cavanaugh, the hospital, which usually

helps deliver 1,400 babies a year, has purchased enough books to last the first year

of the program. The first book will be presented on Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. at the Sequoia

Hospital, located at 170 Alameda de las Pulgas in Redwood City.


The City Clerk’s Office of Redwood City is pleased to announce that it is now accepting

passport applications on behalf of the United States Department of State. The City has

been designated as an official Acceptance Agency for passport applications. To best

serve the community, the City Clerk’s office will accept passport applications Monday

through Friday, between the hours of noon and 4:00 pm. No appointment is necessary.

U.S. citizens needing a passport for international travel may call 650-780-7588 or go

online for more information. The Clerk’s office does not provide passport photos - these

must be obtained from an appropriate passport photo vendor (call the Clerk’s office or

visit the website for a partial list of locations). For complete passport application information,

prospective applicants are encouraged to visit www.travel.state.gov, which is the

only official website for passport information. At this site are downloadable passport

application forms, current requirements and applicable fees, travel warnings, consular

information sheets, and a wealth of other international travel more.

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

We Got To Get Paid

As a long time business partner and resident of Redwood City and San Carlos, I am writing

to you as a concerned citizen and parent in relation to the murder of Tim Griffith of

Redwood City. Tim was murdered following a SF Giants game last year on September

17th 2004.

I recently attended the Tim Griffith Memorial Foundation benefit this year on October 1st

and saw a video presentation of Tim’s life. In this video, Tim was giving an 8th grade

graduation speech and he paused to thank Mayor Jim Hartnett of Redwood City for introducing

him to his classmates and helping him with his speech. It was evident to me in

hearing this that Mr. Hartnett was a mentor to Tim and influential in his life.

When attending the most recent hearing in support of Tim’s family in this murder case, I

was shocked to hear that one of Tim’s accused killers, Jeffrey Skivitch, is being defended

by Jim Hartnett’s partner, Chuck Smith of Redwood City. I was even more shocked to

find out that Chuck Smith and Jim Hartnett were both involved in Tim’s young life not only

as coaches and managers of his Little League baseball team but as parents at Tim’s middle

school. Mr. Hartnett’s son and Tim attended 8th grade together. Again, both of these

men were influential in Tim’s young life. After further conversations, I found out that not

only did they coach the little league team, but Mr. Hartnett’s son was part of a carpool

with Tim’s mother to and from those games. Incidentally, these two men were also

coaches and managers of Tim’s brother’s little league team.

Did Mr. Smith take this case to further his own publicity? He was in the public eye

through the recent high-profile Peterson case and now, agreeing to defend Tim’s murderer,

also a high profile case, I find is an act of greed and lack of moral fiber on Mr.

Smith’s part. How could Mr. Smith and Mr. Hartnett defend this case and not think

about the history they have with the murder victim?

I find it inconceivable that two people who were part of the community that raised Tim

and had such a personal connection with him could defend the men that murdered him.

As a mother of two boys that grew up in Redwood City, I am bewildered that Chuck Smith

and Jim Harnett would not have referred this case to other counsel.

Beautification Committee’s non-political community efforts. Now she is using clean-up

press to publicly express her own political views about Redwood City’s gang war, stating

that, “neighborhood residents were the missing link in crime prevention efforts”.

However, many of us who have been involved with this committee over the years, know

that the “missing link” in Redwood City is not its residents but disconnected leadership.

Mayor Ira just publicly stated that in spite of several years of meeting with the Police Chief

on a daily basis, they did not see the increase in gang activity coming. A 68% increase

in gang related activity over the past thirteen years reflects more upon the level of inaction

by our Police Department and City Council, than the implied non-involvement of

Redwood City residents or activity in any particular neighborhood.

We fully support the so-called “war on gangs”, but do not understand the need for our

city leadership to unnecessarily stigmatize particular neighborhoods, or misdirect any

blame or responsibility for gang problems toward its residents.

Mike Spence

Redwood Oaks Resident

To submit Opinions & Letters: Email: letters@spectrummagazine.net

Or mail to: The Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064

Letters to the Editor should be no longer that 300 words. Perspective

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.



The preliminary hearing was scheduled for 9:00am on November 21st 2005 at the San

Francisco Court House on Bryant street, Department 20 (2nd floor). The family welcomes

any support. You can also visit the website established for the Tim Griffith

Memorial Foundation at www.remembertim.com.

Concerned Parents for Tim

Dear Editor,

Not My Neighborhood

A recent “Daily News” headline entitled “Gang areas to be cleaned up” describes three

“gang areas” that the City designated for its fall cleanup. My neighbors and I were

shocked to see our “Redwood Oaks” neighborhood being publicly identified by a Council

Member as a “gang area.” In this article, Council member Diane Howard publicly

describes how “neighborhood gang activity is making people afraid to come out of their

homes.” This intentional classification appears to be based on some graffiti on a wall

and a single beating incident that occurred in a public park. We find these damaging

generalizations to be offensive, since our own personal residences could be said to be

included in the suspect area. Such statements are not only damaging to property owners

but have unfairly stigmatized our entire residential neighborhood. We do not see

Council candidate Howard calling “Woodside Plaza” a “gang area” because of the shooting

that occurred at nearby Red Morton. Nor is she labeling “Farm Hill” as a “gang area”

because of beatings and graffiti in Stulsaft Park.

The 3-hour Pride & Beautification cleanup was a laudable community effort needlessly

linked with political issues surrounding a re-election campaign. Diane Howard has

always chastised others for connecting individual political opinions with the Pride &

is now the largest

distributed paid subscription

publication in our city!

ADVERTISING: 650.368.2434


The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

Time to Think About Year-end Tax Tips

By David Amman

Special to the Spectrum

Now that December is looming, you’re probably busy with family gatherings and

holiday celebrations. Still, try to find some time to think about a non-holiday

topic: taxes. You may have until April 17, 2006, to file your taxes, but you only

have until the end of the year to make some moves that could benefit your tax

situation - so you’ll need to take action soon.

Here are some suggestions to consider:

Maximize your retirement account contributions. If you haven’t “maxed out” on

your 401(k), see if your employer will allow you to make additional contributions

before year-end. For 2005, you can contribute up to $14,000 (or $18,000 if

you’re over 50 years old). You typically fund your 401(k) with pre-tax dollars, so,

the more you contribute, the lower your taxable income.

Donate appreciated securities to charities - If you have stocks that have appreciated

greatly over the years, you might want to donate some shares to charitable

organizations. Suppose, for instance, that you bought shares of XYZ stock for

$250, and that they are now worth $1,000. If you were to give these shares to

a charitable group, and you are in the 28 percent tax bracket, you would get a

$280 tax deduction, based on the shares’ current market value. Furthermore,

because you are not selling the shares, you will avoid having to pay any capital

gains taxes on your $750 profit.

Sell your “losers” - Did any of your stocks lose value in 2005? If so, you may want

to sell some of them to take the tax losses. If these losses exceeded your capital

gains from selling appreciated stocks, you can deduct up to $3,000 (or

$1,500 for married couples filing separately) against your other income, reducing

the amount on which you must pay taxes. And if you lost more than $3,000,

you can carry over the excess into subsequent years. o Consider buying “big-ticket”

items now - If you are planning on buying a car, boat or other “big-ticket”

item, you may want to do so before the end of the year. If the total sales tax is

more than your state or local income taxes, you can choose to deduct any of

these taxes on your 2005 federal tax return - but this is the last year in which

this benefit will be offered.

Defer income when possible - If you’re self-employed, defer billing until late

December. If you work for a company, and you’re scheduled to get a year-end

bonus, see if you can put it off until January.

Delay exercising non-qualified stock options - You will be taxed on any non-qualified

stock options you exercise, so you may want to delay exercising them until

next year. (Before you make this decision, though, you’ll want to evaluate the

price and prospects of the stock on which you hold an option. If you hold an

option too long, you will eventually be forced to exercise it; if the stock price is

down at that point, you might not make much of a profit - and, in a “worst-case”

scenario, your option could become worthless.)

If you are unsure about which of these suggestions may be appropriate for your

individual situation, see your tax adviser. But don’t wait too long - 2006 will be

here before you know it.

Editor’s note: David Amann is one of the Redwood City community members

who contributes to The Spectrum. If you have any questions regarding investments

please send them to: writers@spectrummagazine.net or The Spectrum

Magazine – P.O. Box 862 – Redwood City – California – 94064.

Advertise with the



Using computer-aided systems, our experts create effective

graphic designs and signage for all types of businesses. From

custom banners to point-of-purchase signage to vehicle graphics,

FASTSIGNS® has the expertise and resources to fill almost

any signage need.

Norm Gilbert - President

2504 El Camino Real . Redwood City

650.368.7446 (S-I-G-N)

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

And Now It’s Their Turn!

When Marnie and Nicole decided to have their first solo concert "Beautiful, From Our

Heart and Soul " in Redwood City, the first one they approached to sponsor them was

Peter Uccelli. Peter and Paula did not know the twins that much but no questions asked,

they handed them a check to start their mission. The twins were not given a hard time by

the Uccellis. The first and the last time that Peter saw the twins sing was at the July

Fourth Northern California Parade Celebration in Redwood City. You could tell that Peter’s

heart belongs to the community. He went to see the twins sing even though he was not

well. The presence of Peter has touched the lives of the twins, their older sister and their

mother who is a single parent. This is the second time, that when no one was there for

the twins, again Peter was there to make a difference. To Pete, financial support is not

enough, he wants to be there with you in person. And now it is their turn to remember

Peter by dedicating the Holiday Presentation-- For YOU PETE (" It’s Christmas with Marnie

and Nicole.") According to Marie (the twins’ mother), “We were all hoping that Peter could

come to the upcoming event this holiday because he missed the first one in June.

However, it is sad he passed away before Christmas. The twins told me that they will just

dedicate their presentation to him instead. However, it was not easy for me and for the

girls, because we have to tell Paula Uccelli about the plan. I was hesitant because I know

she and her family are still grieving. This time, I asked Peter's help again. In October 22,

2005, I went to church to pray for this intention. After the Mass, I saw Paula Uccelli right

in front of me where the candles are placed. I told her about the musical presentation

which we are going to dedicate to Pete and to the community he loves. I did not realize

that it was Peter’s first month anniversary since he died. To the twins, even if Peter

Uccelli is gone, he will always be a part of the twin’s dream. He is always their hero. The

twins will also remember their avid fan, Mr. Charlie Galdez from Menlo Park, Mrs. Nancy

Mengel, their Kindergarten Teacher, and their Grandparents Mirando and Flor. "For You

Pete -It’s Christmas Presentation" is made possible by the generosity and kind heart of

some sponsors. Part of the proceeds from their most awaited holiday presentation will

go to Mr. Peter Uccelli's Community Causes (Peter Uccelli's Foundation), MNC Kids

Charity, Hurricane Katrina Victims and Pakistan Earthquake Survivors (c/o American Red


places, the twins went to audiences without their mother’s approval and started selling

their musical CDs. Their small income from donations and from their CDs just went back

to the community. However, the twins had fun and their experiences have taught them

many things. At a very young age, they have learned to know their business by heart.

They sing with admirable confidence, innocence, freedom, and style.

Entertaining others is all that matters to them. Their oldest sister Louise claimed that her

sisters can change many hearts when it comes to entertainment. Their achievements as

self starters are very admirable. Their self earned popularity soared in some parts of the

country. They grabbed the media's attention and sometime steal the spotlight. They performed

before hundreds of national and local officials. They are the recipients of many

awards and commendations from former Governor Gray Davis, US Senator Fienstien and

Senator Boxer. They emerged among many other talents and grabbed the media’s attention

wherever and whenever they perform. The twins got their first working permit from

Hollywood provided by Warner Brothers when they performed in national TV at Steve

Harvey’s Big Time Show as "Little Big Time Guests." Madeline Smithberg, the Producer of

David Lettermen Night Show and Steve Harvey’s Big Time aired every Sunday at WB20

was so impressed with the twins performances. As Award Winners, the twins also joined

for the first time a talent show competition in the South Bay and won First Place (Nicole)

and Second Place (Marnie). They were the recipients of "America’s Rising Stars Award "

in Nevada. However they were unable to get the award in person because they were in

San Diego performing. They continue to share their talents, time and revenue to their

charitable causes in spite of struggling to survive on their own. After their national

appearance at Steve Harvey, a mainstream producer Mr. Franklin Grant from New York

who also has worked with some famous stars to name a few such as Jennifer Lopez,

Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, and Aaliyah is excited to produce their first mainstream

musical CD. According to Grant, "The Molano Twins are blessed with vocal capabilities

that could make a vast impact in the music industry. They possess the two most important

requirements needed to be in this lucrative field, looks and talents." Today, the

Molano Twins would like to welcome angel investors who are interested to help them. The

twins potentials are overwhelming and their venture is a "sleeping giant." No matter what

the future will bring, the Molano Twins will always perform for a cause. Regardless of talent

fees and if their schedule will allow, Marnie and Nicole will always be there for the


For you PETE "It’s Christmas With Marnie and Nicole " Presentation is slated on

December 16, 2005, 7:30 PM Friday, at John Gill School Auditorium, 555 Del Ora Ave (by

Jefferson in Redwood City). Admission is free to all kids from ages 1 to 102.

The Molano Twins have rendered countless of services in a form of healthy family entertainment

to the communities that appreciated and welcomed them. Few of the places

they have performed to were the After Fifty Club in Redwood City, Widow and Widowers

Club in San Mateo County, Doelgers Senior Center in Daly City, Hopkins Manor Home in

Redwood City, San Carlos Senior Center, Mayor Green's Oath taking celebrations as

mayor in South San Francisco, Seton Medical Center Volunteer Award Day and Hospital

Christmas Party, Agnew Development in Santa Clara, Sports Event in Stanford University,

Redwood City School District Sports Events, Northern California Parade Celebration,

Redwood City Library talent shows, Northern California Parade Celebration (three years

now), Meet The Mayors in Atherton, Celebrando America in Santa Rosa, San Mateo,

Alameda, and Orange County Fairs, Grand National Rodeo at Cow Palace, Disneyland

Music Magic in Anaheim and more. During election time in 2004, the twins were busy

singing some patriotic songs to both GOP and Democratic camps. They performed before

some White House officials, Secretary of State McPherson, Secretary of Labor Elaine

Chao, and to the GOP and Democratic Chairpersons. They are the VIPS of US President

George W. Bush on his sixth visit in California at the United Defense in Santa Clara. They

also helped out the John Gill School KI and K2 Productions. They have traveled all over

California, Nevada and to Washington DC just to share their time and talents. Marnie and

Nicole began singing at age two and a half way before they can even read or right. They

memorized 16 songs at age six. When they turned seven years old, they asked their

mother, who is a single parent to record their songs into one CD and share them to other

kids. In 2001, Lucky Stars Production of Marnie and Nicole became a reality. Their family

business started in a studio apartment of their late grandparents. The twins themselves

market their own products. When invited to sing in many occasions in different

(continued from page 9)

* * * *

This month’s Chamber of Commerce business connection was held at the First

National Bank on El Camino Real. In attendance were: Councilman Ian Bain, former

Mayor Georgi La Berge, Port Executive Director Mike Giari, Board members

Cheryl Angeles, Alyn Beals, Gino Gasparini, Barry Jolette, Glenna Vaskelis,

Planning Commissioner Jeff Gee, community leaders Brian Palter, Catherine

Fraiser, Memo Morantes, Jim Massey, and Frank Bartaldo. A fun time was had

by all.

* * * *

After that event, I attended the retirement party for Keith Bautista – yes, he has

retired - at the County Museum. He has been with DES Architects for 35 years

and has been deeply involved in our community for much of that time. Spotted

there were: Vice Mayor Barbara Pierce, former Mayo’s Dick Claire and Dani

Gasparini, Port Commissioner Jack Castle, community leader Paula Uccelli, and

Cheryl Angeles (she gets around). Bautista has been instrumental in planning

many projects throughout our community, including Carrington Hall, and the new

theater at Woodside High. One of my fondest memories of Keith’s community

service was when he spoke at a Council meeting and played Patula Clark’s hit

“Downtown” in its entirety. He wanted to get the message across that the redevelopment

of the downtown area was vital – he succeeded. Best of luck and I

am sure we will be seeing him still active although not as visible. I heard that

Keith’s wife is now considering going back to work.

* * * *

The Downtown Business Group Board has appointed Alice Louise of Arthur

Murray Dance Studio as President and Alpio Barbara from Redwood General

Tire as Vice President. Congratulations!

* * * *

The Dancing with the Stars television show is sending a producer and cameraperson

to a studio on Broadway next week for filming. The plan is to shoot

some film and get background to take to another producer who will decide if

they do the filming in Redwood City. Rumor has it that former professional football

player Jerry Rice is the person who will be dancing with the stars.

* * * *

Former Port Commissioner and Sequoia High School teacher and administrator

George Dragan passed away earlier this month. He taught for some 32 years.

One reader, upon hearing of his passing, commented to me: “Given how we all

drove him crazy, I’m surprised he lived this long.” All the community and the

many children he served so competently will miss him.

* * * *

The rumor mill is saying that the City of Redwood City is 1) planning to take the

Wells Fargo property on Broadway for housing, 2) that two big power lines and

some heretofore unknown tile work have been discovered in the front area of

Court House Plaza and the go ahead has been given to the architect to do a

redesign with the trees being removed due to the power lines.

* * * *

Downtown Cinema project developer Dave Irmer says the cinema complex will

be opening in March, Dan Zack in City Hall says it’s opening in April, either way

residents and business owners are gearing up to see if this is going to be the

project that will return our Downtown area into the cash-cow it once was attracting

visitors from other areas. Here are some changes happening now.

Powerhouse Gym just got its facade improvements approved and has begun its

work. Pizza Parlor’s (dine in and take out) will be locating on Middlefield Road

and Main Street. The owner of Izzy’s Steaks & Chops restaurant by the San

Carlos Airport will be opening up something in the former Mulligans Pub location

on the 2600 block of Broadway down the block from where Peet’s Coffee just

opened. Mimi’s Café reopened after a renovation and a business will be opening

in next door to them and they will be serving beer and wine. The Little Fox

Theater has gotten new signage and a plan between the Federal government

and Tarboosh restaurant on Jefferson is in the works for them to use the grass

area next to the Post Office for nighttime dining. I just hope they clean it up a little

better then they have been lately, ever seen it after a weekend?

* * * *

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, I did some research and once again

came up with my annual list of the Redwood City Turkeys of the Year. Now

turkeys come in all different shapes and sizes, but the one thing these turkeys

have in common is that they provoke conversation and affect our lives in one

way or another.

So here we go. Number 5) – The Redevelopment Agency for the Middlefield

Road renaming fiasco. Seems plans were to rename the road Theater Way. That

is until local businesses got wind of it and faster than you can say – “let’s all go

to the movies” - a decision was made to leave it just the way it is.

4) Although he might not have intended it to come across as supporting a convicted

child molester, Jack Hickey sent a “letter to the editor” to all the local

media outlets asking for respect for “mother” Rebecca Boicelli. Bad decision.

3) Elected officials, school board members, superintendents, teachers, business

owners, parents and all were stunned as they watched the Redwood City

School District’s Parcel Tax, Measure V go down in defeat. The five year $85 a

year tax would have raised $3.3 million a year for the school district. But lowand-behold,

the district came up with the funds needed to save projected cuts.

2) It was a foregone conclusion that the Redwood City School Board of Trustees

would appoint Catherine Fraser to fill the seat vacated by Chris Bohl. But as in

love, politics are unpredictable. Fraser applied but was not appointed – talk

about not taking the opportunity to listen to 7,724 your constituents who voted

for her and giving someone their just dues. They felt they needed someone who

could step right in and know the issues and contribute right away. Go figure.

1) The San Mateo Board of Supervisors – for continually making decisions without

giving its constituents the opportunity to voice their opinions and thus taking

away rights from us. 1) They gave themselves a raise even though voters said

not to. 2) They are trying to eliminate smoking in all county public areas. 3) They

backed a moratorium on state executions even though voters overwhelmingly

want the death penalty. 4) They failed to take any substantial action against

Maureen Borland, director of the San Mateo County Human Services Agency,

and she continued in her job. 5) They voted to make our residents pay a special

“fee” of $4 per vehicle tacked on to registration fees. And on and on.

All the while - San Mateo County employees are getting higher pensions. The

County has seen a surge in youth gang violence, and as arson and theft, vehicle

theft, property crimes have increased more than five percent county wide, not

to mention that the new Juvenile Hall is behind schedule and over budget.

For all the above the County Board of Supervisors are this year’s Turkey of the


* * * *

I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with family, friends and happiness and that

our Turkeys did not steal your stuffing.

As I was Saying . . .

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

Senior Activities

Activities at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center

The Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City, will

be providing lectures and activities during the month of December that are open

to the public.

Holiday Giving, Monday, December 5, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

he Veterans Memorial Senior Center is sponsoring our annual “Holiday Giving”

project. We will be providing gift bags for the elderly who are homebound and

children in need. If you would like to volunteer to help with this project, please

contact Senior Services, 780-7274. Donations can be mailed to Holiday Giving

Project, Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City,

CA 94061.

The Holidays” Free Lecture, Wednesday, December 7, 10:30 a.m., Goldstar

Room. Come and share your favorite holiday stories, and learn helpful tips to

make your holidays more enjoyable.

Holiday Sing Along, Thursday, December 15, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Redwood Room.

Join us for two hours of joy, friendship and memories of holidays past! Sing the

old holiday songs with your friends and enjoy cookies and hot cider. Family and

friends are welcome. For tickets, call 780-7270. Cost is $2.

Holiday Jolly Follies, Friday, December 16, 7:00 p.m., Veterans Memorial Senior

Center Theater.

If you missed last year, you’ve got to see them this year! This holiday variety

show, with holiday songs, classic radio parodies, and crazy skits is sure to get

you in the holiday spirit. Light appetizers, homemade chocolates and holiday

spirits will be served. For more information call 780-7270. Tickets cost $10.


6PM :.

Join Redwood City Community Services as we enjoy the Bay Area’s newest holiday

tradition, Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” in San Francisco. The classic holiday

movie is now a Broadway musical the whole family can enjoy. Trip includes

round-trip transportation on a luxury shuttle and orchestra seating. Cost is $75

per person. To purchase tickets, please contact Michele Venneri at (650) 780-

7344 or email Mvenneri@RedwoodCity.org. Limited tickets available, so sign up


To learn more about the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, call 780-7270, or for

Accessible Recreation Activities, call 780-7313 or 780-7344 or visit our website

at www.redwoodcity.org. The Veterans Memorial Senior Center is located at

1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City.

Visit Redwood City’s

website at www.redwoodcity.org

for information

about the City

and its services, the

community, recreation

programs, education,

City government, and

local business.

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

County swaps land for housing

San Mateo County will swap a small remnant of land in Redwood City to a developer planning

a multi-story housing complex in return for two affordable housing units.

Supervisors voted 3 to 1 in favor of the agreement with Tuscan Tower, LLC, over the objection

of both board President Rich Gordon and neighboring property owner Joe Carcione.

Carcione, an attorney whose land abuts the 3,000-square-foot Winslow Street site in

question, asked the county to sell him the land at a higher cost instead as a way for him

to prevent what he believes to be a 10-story building and an unnecessary trade.

“We do not need to give away county assets ... It’s worth [$400,000]. I’ll write you a check

right now,” Carcione said.

Carcione suggested the county take his offer and leverage the funds in a way that can

provide for more than the two below-market units afforded in the 80-space proposal.

However, all fair market prices associated with land trades like this must be deposited in

the road fund rather than used for housing, said County Counsel Tom Casey.

If the land at 490 Winslow St. is not developed within four years, the agreement requires

it be given back to the county or bought for $600,000.

Supervisor Adrienne Tissier supported the trade, but expressed some concern that the

county has no control over the project’s ultimate design. She warned developer Mike

Sayer the county will offer insight to Redwood City planners and members of the City

Council and urged him to be a good neighbor by setting back the building.

“It doesn’t have to be invasive to the neighbors next to you,” Tissier said.

Carcione also worries that another tall building near the county jail on Winslow will create

a cold, windy corridor.

Sayer said he is working with Redwood City on a final high-rise design and no plans are


Eminent domain guidelines passed

Redwood City leaders hope to stave off future squabbles over eminent domain by unanimously

adopting property acquisition guidelines similar to those a civil grand jury suggested earlier this


The guidelines are not mandatory but the ad hoc committee in charge of their creation hope it

pushes city staff and officials toward greater sensitivity and respect when contemplating land

grabs. After the eminent domain policy used in connection with the downtown cinema project

came under fire, the City Council began brainstorming better methods, said Councilwoman

Rosanne Foust.

Unfortunately, according to Foust, the civil grand jury delivered its scathing report on the city’s

eminent domain use without first consulting the officials involved or asking what was being

done. If they had, she added, the jurors would have found that the city was already creating recommendations

similar to those later issued in the report.

The grand jury never ever called any of us sitting up here. They didn’t bother to. That’s sort of

an interesting statement,” Foust said.

In April 2004, Judge Quentin Kopp ruled the city unlawfully seized private property and razed a

building to make room for the 20-screen cineplex and parking garage on land bound by

Broadway, Jefferson Avenue and Middlefield Road. James Celotti’s two-story building was taken

on the grounds that a public parking lot would be built on the land but Kopp ruled it was in fact

being used to benefit a private developer.

The city declared the block a blighted area and acquired it using eminent domain. Celotti later

received a $3 million settlement.

Eminent domain does have it’s place, said Mayor Jeff Ira, as long as it is “not done in a way that

would embarrass the city.”

Foust, who served on the committee with councilmembers Barbara Pierce and Jim Hartnett, said

the key component to the new guidelines is recognizing the uniqueness of each property owner

and the land parcel. While city interests may be benefited by taking private land, it is important

to be sensitive to the intangible impacts on a person’s connection to the community, she said.

The guidelines help residents realize the city is “not just a faceless bureaucracy that is going to

take people’s land,” said Councilman Ian Bain.

The adopted guidelines also establishes the mayor as the point person for any future land acquisition

issues. City Manager Ed Everett will spearhead the distribution of the recommendation to

city employees.

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines