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Who and What He Is





Confident & a Kid

Also in this issue:

Families Working and

Growing Together

in the RPNS Community

Carpetbaggers and

Speaking to Seniors

in “As I Was Saying...”

Original World Premier


a Swashbuckling Woman

at Cañada College



For nearly two years, the DMB Redwood City Saltworks team has asked for community

suggestions to help guide future plans for the 1,433 acre (2.2 square mile) Saltworks site.

More than 5,000 residents have contacted us.

You told us you’d like new parks and open space. You said you’d like new housing for working

families and fixed income seniors. You asked for new transit opportunities with a link to downtown

Redwood City, new access to the Bay and habitat creation, all at NO COST to taxpayers.

In response to your ideas and suggestions, we have committed

to a 50/50 balanced approach for the Saltworks site

This 50/50 balanced approach sets aside 50 percent of the site for habitat, active

recreation and open space uses, and 50 percent for a mixture of development uses.

Is a balanced approach the right plan for the

Redwood City Saltworks site?

We would like to hear your opinion.

Please take a moment to call us at 650-366-0500

or visit us at

The 2.2 square mile Saltworks site covers 1,433 acres. It is

surrounded on three sides by urban development.

Redwood City


1700 Seaport Blvd., Suite 200 | Redwood City, CA 94063

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The Spectrum.MAR.08

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

Valerie Harris

Contributing Writer

Michael Erler

Contributing Writer

James Massey

Graphic Designer

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

Contact Information:

Phone 650-368-2434

E-mail addresses listed above

We are excited to bring you another edition of The Spectrum Magazine. As communities throughout the

United States spring ahead and experience madness in March, we have some of our own in Redwood City.

Our cover story this month is on a unique youth in our community: Graham Garvin. He started

attending our very own Cañada College at the age of 15 and is currently taking 17 units while being

home-schooled by his parents, Royce and Darrah. If you think Graham is just another typical American

couch potato teenager, our cover story will set you straight.

Contributing writer Judy Buchan brings you the story of a local nursery school that is celebrating its 56th

year of operation. This Redwood City facility is affiliated with the San Mateo County Council for Parent

Participation Nursery Schools, and families have found warmth, support and tools for living there. We

hope you enjoy the read.

In publisher Steve Penna’s column, “As I Was Saying…,” he brings forth various issues, including his

recent speech in front of the senior community and an initiative that is being presented around our

community. As usual, he is candid and trying to provoke conversation around town.

We also have information on a theater production at Cañada College, items of community interest,

senior activities, financial advice by David Amann and our new monthly features, “My Favorite Public

Servant,” “Redwood City Through the Years” and information from the Redwood City School District.

Tell us what you think by writing to P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064, or by e-mailing writers@

Again this month, we would like to thank our loyal advertisers for supporting our publication, and we

encourage you to support them by using their services when you are out shopping, dining or enjoying

yourself with friends and family. Many of them have special offers for you, so please take the time to

look over their ads this month and use their coupons and discounts.

Because of our readers, The Spectrum is the most-read publication in Redwood City, and we are

thankful to be able to bring you community information each month. Take time to enjoy our community!

Table of Contents

Inside The Spectrum – 4

My Favorite Public Servant – 5

RCSD Corner – 5

“As I Was Saying...” – 6

Redwood Parents Nursery School – 10

Cañada’s Three Musketeers – 12

Shop Redwood City – 13

News Briefs – 14

Setting the Record Straight – 15

P.S. The People Speak – 17

Redwood City Through the Years – 18

A Boy Apart, Classmates or Not – 20

Nonprofits in Action – 23

Community Interest – 24

Club Helps to Honor Women – 28

Fine Dining at Angelica’s Bistro – 30

Cultural Events – 34

Finance: Spring Cleaning – 36

Senior Activities – 36

A Minute With Nathalia Kelsey – 38

The Spectrum

Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot

This month’s photo shoot was arranged by cover story photographer James Kaspar with our cover

subject, Graham Garvin, for Thursday, March 13, at 3 p.m. at Cañada College on Farm Hill Boulevard in

Redwood City. The two waited for each other in the courtyard and, because they had never met before,

neither recognized the other. About ten minutes after their meeting time had passed, Kaspar called

Garvin (who was in a red sweatshirt and backpack) on his cell phone and discovered they were standing

practically next to each other.

Once the two connected with a friendly wave, they traveled a short distance and took a few shots in front

of and inside the campus bookstore. This young man’s excitement for reading materials was obvious.

Even in a facility he surely had been in several times before, he still looked at each book with eager

anticipation of a knowledgeable read. Kaspar took some other shots around the campus, and the two

were done in about an hour.

We wanted to capture Garvin in a couple of different environments, so the shoot continued that evening.

Kaspar arrived at the Garvin home to take some relaxed photos in our subject’s most comfortable

environment, where he lives and is educated. Our cover shot was taken there, and his smile tells a story

of how happy this young man really is — a million-dollar smile, for sure.

The Spectrum is proud to introduce you to a special youth in our community who is bucking the

“slacker” teenager labels and representing his generation in a positive and productive manner — a true

role model for those seeking one and a positive alternative for those who are not.

Another photo from James Kaspar.

Garvin is confident, innocent, inquisitive, complacent and aggressive but refreshing just the same. One

can only imagine what his future will offer: excitement, accomplishments, praise, anticipation and

rewards. One can only hope that he continues on his road of success with the same encouraging, loving

and supportive family and friends he has now. We are proud of you, Graham!

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My Favorite Public Servant: Firefighter Justin Velasquez and the Redwood City Firefighters

By Crispin and Deborah Mendoza

We are thankful, grateful and blessed to have had the opportunity to meet

such wonderful individuals in this community. Firefighter Justin Velasquez

and the Redwood City firefighters have truly been a godsend into our lives.

This past year (2007), our daughter, Abigail Mendoza, was diagnosed with

an inoperable brain tumor with no hopes of surviving. Our journey with

our daughter was one that was shared with Justin and the Redwood City

firefighters. Through their Create-A-Smile foundation, they were able to

celebrate Abigail’s sixth (and a half) birthday and also raise money for our

family. Justin organized both events (which were pretty big) and also made

precious time to visit and play with Abigail.

Justin would never take sole credit for what he did, because he worked with

a group of firefighters who cared just as deeply as he did. We want the whole

community to know that every time we visited Station 9, we always felt

like we were part of their family. Create-A-Smile allowed us to meet many

amazing individuals who consistently put their lives on the line for us yet still

find the time to give (even more) back to the community. Thank you!

Justin just had a special place in Abigail’s heart that could be seen by


We want him to know that his hard work, persistence and love for our

daughter were the most precious gifts he could have ever given her and us.

As we remember our daughter, we will always know that Justin was a big

part of her life. We’re so proud to say that he has become our dear friend and

we are grateful that it was he who got to share a very personal part of our

journey with our daughter.

One of the sweetest memories we have is Abigail sniffing Justin every

time she saw him. We think she had a “special” sense of smell, but really she

just liked him. Thank you, Justin, for adding more laughter and love to our

memories of Abigail but mostly for becoming our friend!

Deborah and Crispin Mendoza with Abigail.

RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District

Selby Lane Offers International Baccalaureate Program

When sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students at Selby Lane

School study ancient history, European history and American history, they

learn it from a global perspective. Students learn all subjects, including

language arts, Spanish, humanities, sciences and visual or performing arts,

through the lens of an international focus, as part of the school’s International

Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme.

Selby Lane was named an IB World School last September by the

International Baccalaureate organization after going through an intensive

four-year application process. The Middle Years Programme is designed to

help sixth- to eighth-grade students develop the knowledge, understanding,

attitudes and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in a

changing world, and is used by IB World Schools in countries all over the globe.

Students in the IB Middle Years Programme study the same content areas

as other students in California public schools, but they learn them through

the lens of five specific areas: health and social education, homo faber (man

the learner), environment, community service and approaches to learning.

The Middle Years Programme is based on international academic standards

in eight subject areas: mathematics, language arts, a second language

(Spanish), humanities, technology, physical education, sciences and visual or

performing arts. All students have classes in each of these subject areas.

The IB programs gives students a framework in which to think about

the world,” said Vicki Lawlor, the IB program coordinator at Selby Lane.

“In every subject area, students focus on a guiding question that encourages

students to think about the broader impact of the subject they are learning.”

For example, in a recent eighth-grade class on westward expansion in the

United States, teacher Christian Baquero asked students a guiding question

to help them think about the topic through the lens of the environment. “I

challenged students to consider the effect on the land,” said Baquero.

Seventh-grade teacher Darylan Stratten has been teaching for 25 years, the

last three in the IB program at Selby Lane. “The IB approach makes for more

holistic learning,” said Stratten. “Students have to use their skills to think

rather than just regurgitate facts.”

According to principal Carolyn Williams, the process of bringing the

IB program to Selby Lane began about six years ago, when several staff

members began exploring the idea of offering the rigorous academic program

at Selby. After visiting a successful Middle Years Programme at another

school, the staff approached the Redwood City School Board and proposed

the idea. The board approved the idea and granted funds for the teacher

training that would be needed to get the program started.

The IB program brings a richness to our middle school students that is

preparing them to live and work in a culture that is increasingly diverse and

globally oriented,” said Williams. “We want our students to be prepared

for high school and adult life, and we see how this program is helping our

students to become scholars and lifelong learners.”

Selby Lane is one of only 18 middle schools statewide and one of

only three in the San Francisco Bay Area that is authorized to offer an

International Baccalaureate program for middle school students. “We are

very proud to offer the IB Middle Years Programme as an option for parents

looking for an academically rigorous middle school program,” said Jan

Christensen, superintendent of the Redwood City School District. “The high

standards of the IB curriculum are recognized worldwide and will provide a

strong foundation for students as they prepare for college and adult life.”

Selby Lane students completing the requirements of the Middle Years

Programme will receive International Baccalaureate recognition and will

have the opportunity to continue on with the IB program offered at Sequoia

High School. For more information about Selby Lane’s Middle Years

Programme, please contact Vicki Lawlor, program coordinator, at 650-368-

3996 or via e-mail at Selby Lane School is located at

170 Selby Lane, Atherton.

Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a column by the RCSD that

will be published each month in The Spectrum. To view past articles, visit our

Web site at

The Spectrum

As I Was Saying…

Publisher | Steve Penna

To say that current Mayor Rosanne Foust and

some of our City Council members felt betrayed

and bewildered by the recent announcement that a

coalition of environmental groups were planning

on gathering signatures in our community to put

an initiative on the November 2008 ballot is a

complete understatement. They did and continue

to feel that way.

If you have not heard yet, the coalition — Save

The Bay, Committee for Green Foothills and the

Friends of Redwood City — have filed paperwork

to change the city’s charter and to place the fate of

all projects involving open space in the hands of

voters rather than the City Council.

To qualify for the November ballot, proponents

must gather signatures of 15 percent of the registered

voters in Redwood City at the time the city clerk

qualifies the document. There are approximately

35,000 registered voters in the city. That means

they need, give or take, 5,250 signatures.

The filed petition now reads that by passing

the amendment, “the voters of Redwood City

ensure that current and future voters have the

right to protect open spaces from the threat of

inappropriate development.” What they are really

saying is that the environmentalists hope to stunt

future Redwood City developments — any and all

— and are targeting any development on Cargill

Salt’s 1,433-acre property.

Save The Bay Executive Director David Lewis

— who is not a Redwood City resident — said

the proposal is a “response to the assault on parks

and open space.” I have to wonder what assault

on parks and open space he is referring to in

Redwood City? He and his group clearly do not

have our community’s best interest at heart and his

use of scare tactics is not helpful to the process

in our community. This is exactly why his words

and absurd accusations should be rejected by us.

Redwood City has a reputation for being

environmentally friendly. One need only to look

at our city’s parks and trails, Bair Island and

designated open space to qualify statements to

the contrary as untrue and inflammatory. Why

not just stick to facts and your opinions to gather

support? Why resort to those types of tactics that

have divided our community in the past? In my

opinion, they do not care about are community,

as most special interest groups do not. They just

want what they want at any cost.

What this initiative/charter change would

actually do is take away the rights of all property

owners in our community, and not just big

developers trying to get projects approved. Why

should people from outside our community

have the right to come here and try to enact

change for their benefits? They should not! It is

clear that signing the initiative would put our

community into severe debt by having to pay for

election after election after election and so on.

This would also take away our electoral process

of electing City Council members who fairly

and impartially gather facts and information on

projects and issues facing our community and act

appropriately according to the judgment we have

bestowed upon them by electing them. Why don’t

these groups just run residents who share their

views during the election process? Oh wait, they

did that already and lost.

(continues on page 26)

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Redwood Parents Nursery School


estled in the hills is a very special place

where Redwood City families have found warmth,

support and tools for living since 1952. Redwood

Parents Nursery School has since become a

mainstay of childhood and parent education in

Redwood City.

“It is most rewarding to watch kids

grow up,” said RPNS Director Margie

Lawson. And Lawson has seen a number of

children grow during her 18-year tenure with

the school. “I started as a parent and became a

board member,” Lawson recalled. Eventually she

earned her early childhood education certification

at Cañada College and became a teacher at the



ith encouragement from the late Janet

Cocconi, a former director of RPNS who lost her

battle with breast cancer in 1995, Lawson moved

into the director’s position herself. “Now they

can’t get rid of me,” she said, laughing.

“We were founded on parent

education,” Lawson said. RPNS is a

parent cooperative preschool, one of seven

such preschools affiliated with Sequoia Adult

School. Parents participate one day a week in

their children’s classes, a requirement that can

be difficult to meet when both moms and dads

are working outside the home. “It’s harder for

co-ops now; co-ops are feeling the pressure

with both parents working,” Lawson said. She

noted that many parents work very hard with

their employers to arrange time to meet their

obligations at RPNS.

The day classes are really lab

classes for the parents,” she added.

Parents also participate twice a month in classes

on appropriate topics. Lawson said that parents

are really the students of the school.


et all the work pays off with the relationships

that are nurtured through years at the school.

Lawson’s son, now age 23, has a best friend from

his days at RPNS. The RPNS community truly is

just that, families working and growing together.


he RPNS Web site ( stresses

the importance of parent and family education:

Redwood Parents Nursery School offers children

a stimulating and unique place to begin their

educational experience. It also offers parents the

opportunity to learn a great deal about parenting

styles and early childhood development. All of

the RPNS teachers hold California state teaching

credentials in Parent Education and it is during

the night classes that the parents are given the

By Judy Buchan, Contributing Writer

opportunity to increase their knowledge and

share their observations of the children. Parent

education is also a way that RPNS receives

important state funds from the Sequoia Unified

School District Adult School.”


he fundamental philosophy of RPNS,

again according to its Web site, is simply that

“children will experience an opportunity to learn

through play with a broad selection of hands-on

experiences and materials. The children will

participate in large group, small group and free

play activities with an emphasis on free play.

Children need the opportunity to practice skills

over and over and then teach them to others in

order to internalize them. The environment here

is set up so that the children will be free to stay

with an activity for as much or as little time as

needed and move on when they are ready. The

children will develop their self-esteem as they

participate in an environment that encourages and

respects their independence and capabilities in

physical, social and emotional development. We

believe this is the foundation for personal success

and academic achievement in years to come.”

RPNS is also affiliated with the San Mateo

County Council for Parent Participation Nursery


RPNS programs for 2007–2008 include:

Toddler Class (one day per week)

Teacher: Anne Vidovich

Age: For children 15 months (and walking)

through 23 months as of Sept. 2

Time: Monday or Tuesday 9:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Snack: Parents take turns providing snack

for children

Parent participation: Parent remains with

child during class, taking different areas

of responsibility in turn, such as snack, art,

play-dough or outside yard. Attends at least

one three-hour parent education class per

month. Each family is required to participate

on a school committee, volunteer hours

toward fundraisers and contribute three

hours of indoor maintenance per year.

Tuition: $75 per month

Twos Class (two days per week)

Teacher: Diane Herman

Age: For children 2 years but no older than 2

years 11 months by Sept. 2.

Time: Tuesday and Thursday 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Snack: Provided by RPNS

Parent participation: Parent works in the

classroom one day per week, taking a

different area of responsibility in turn,

such as kitchen, art, main room or upper

yard. Attends two three-hour parent

education night classes per month. Each

family is required to participate on a

school committee, volunteer hours toward

fundraising and contribute six hours of

indoor maintenance.

Tuition: $146 per month

Threes Class (three days per week)

Teacher: Kathy Pastore

Age: For children 36 months and up as of

Sept. 2

Time: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 to

11:30 a.m.

Snack: Provided by RPNS

Parent participation: Parent works in the

classroom one day per week, taking a

different area of responsibility in turn,

such as kitchen, art, main room or upper

yard. Attends two three-hour parent

education night classes per month. Each

family is required to participate on a

school committee, volunteer hours toward

fundraising and contribute six hours of

indoor maintenance.

Tuition: $212 per month

Pre-K Class (four days per week)

Teacher: Margie Lawson

Age: For children who reach age eligible for

kindergarten the following fall

Time: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and

Thursday 12 to 3 p.m.

Snack: Provided by RPNS

Parent participation: Parent works in the

classroom one day per week, taking a

different area of responsibility in turn,

such as kitchen, art, main room or upper

yard. Attends two three-hour parent

education night classes per month. Each

family is required to participate on a

school committee, volunteer hours toward

fundraising and contribute six hours of

indoor maintenance.

Tuition: $313 per month

Is preschool

important for a

child’s development?

Absolutely, Lawson said.

“Social development

is key. It makes a huge

difference with kids not

feeling as comfortable in

the classroom with other

kids by not attending

preschool. In preschool,

they blossom.”

Space is available for 80 children; 70 spaces

are currently filled. Registration packets can be

downloaded from the Web site. The site also

includes the school’s newsletter, “RPNS Bulletin.”

RPNS is a nonprofit organization with its own

board of directors. The school participates in a

number of community activities, including an

annual Halloween carnival and the annual Janet

Cocconi dinner and auction. Lawson said that the

most recent auction brought the school $5,000.

Ten percent of the funds raised from each year’s

auction are donated to Peninsula Breast Cancer.

Is preschool important for a child’s

development? Absolutely, Lawson said. “Social

development is key. It makes a huge difference

with kids not feeling as comfortable in the

classroom with other kids by not attending

preschool. In preschool, they blossom.”

And parents blossom as well at their own

graduation ceremony, Lawson added. Graduation,

however, often doesn’t mean that parents are

ready to let them go. Lawson spoke of instances

where brand-new kindergartners simply said,

“Bye, Mom!” and left their teary-eyed parents at

the classroom door.

So here’s a place where families can find help

to meet the challenges of living that simply were

unheard of 56 years ago. The key is family. “We

serve the whole family,” Lawson said. “We are

here for the whole family, and we want to help in

any way we can.”

Contact information:

Redwood Parents Nursery School

A Parent Participation School

3997 Jefferson

P.O. Box 759

Redwood City, CA 94064


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Cañada College Theater Arts Presents:

Left to right: Claire Cover as Milady Du Winter, Tom Rehor as Cardinal Richelieu, Ben Farber as D’Artagnan and Chelsea Hinkson as Constance

The Three


& the Famous Female

Duelist of France

Cañada College in Redwood City presents

The Three Musketeers and the Famous

Female Duelist of France,” a world premier

of an original adaptation by Anna Budd of

the classic Alexandre Dumas novel.

Budd introduces an authentic historical figure into the classic

story: La Maupin, a 17th-century French swordswoman, adventuress

and opera star, who was said to have been “born with masculine

inclinations.” She sang, dueled and intrigued in the streets of Paris

very close to the same period in which the Three Musketeers

— Athos, Porthos and Aramis — first encountered D’Artagnan, the

young adventurer freshly arrived to Paris, eager to prove himself

worthy to become a Musketeer.

Athos, Porthos, Aramis, D’Artagnan and La Maupin struggle

to protect Queen Anne’s secret — her love affair with the Duke of

Buckingham — as the manipulative and sinister Cardinal Richelieu

employs the Milady Du Winter in his efforts to expose the Queen and

weaken the young and inexperienced King Louis XIII. Much dueling,

intrigue, drunken brawls and love affairs ensue in this genderbending,

swashbuckling adventure!

Budd directed Cañada College’s fall production, “Twilight Los

Angeles, 1992” by Anna Deavere Smith. She joined the faculty last fall

after working at the College of the Siskiyous in Shasta.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April

3; Friday, April 4; Saturday, April 5; Friday, April 11; and

Saturday, April 12. A special matinee will be held on

Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. All shows are in the Flex

Theatre, Building 3, Room 129, on the Cañada College

campus at 4200 Farm Hill Boulevard, Redwood City.

Tickets are $12 general admission and $8 for students

and seniors.

Tickets will be available at the box office, or

reservations can be made by calling 650-306-3396.

Shop Redwood City: And Keep Our Sales Tax Dollars Local!

With spring and summer just around the corner, shouldn’t you make the

commitment to shopping locally? Check out our Best of the Best selections

— businesses that not only provide excellent service but also contribute to our

community. When you are shopping, we urge you to shop local and shop often!

Eating and Catering:

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

City favorite. Nestled in the quiet neighborhood of Emerald Hills, Canyon

Inn is a popular stop for bicycle touring clubs and local sports celebrities.

The restaurant is especially noted for its burgers and beers, but it also offers

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

tacos and quesadillas.

Diving Pelican Cafe – 650 Bair Island Road, Suite 102 – “Sit on the patio

overlooking the water to see all sorts

of waterfowl. My favorite item is

the Mediterranean salad. A great

breakfast is the Eggs Bennett: freshly

made Hollandaise sauce over two poached

eggs with smoked ham on wholewheat

English muffins. This is truly

a very comfortable, laid-back, warm

and friendly place to enjoy a meal.”

Encore Performance Catering

– 2992 Spring St. – Owner Dave

Hyman’s menu goes on for eight

pages of mouthwatering suggestions

for everything from continental

breakfasts to appetizers and formal

dinners, and he is quick to offer

additional possibilities to fit any

occasion. Having a strong sense of

community, he participates in many

local events and contributes leftovers

to St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room.

Hyman is also proud of the fact that

his business products are nearly 100

percent recyclable. Need a caterer?

Call Dave at 650-365-3731.

Little India – 917 Main St. – This

stylish Indian restaurant features a

reasonably priced all-you-can-eat

buffet for both lunch and dinner, to

dine in or take out. The home-style food is mainly from the northwest region

of India, though items from other regions of India are also featured. Senior

citizens receive $1 off and children under 12 dine at half price. Bring your

appetite, because you will want to try everything!

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant – 2098 Broadway – “Their chips and

salsa are great, and their agua fresca selections are usually really good. Their

taco salads are so ginormous and tasty. But the true standout is the huevos

rancheros. Words can’t do it justice. Huevos en fuego. It’s phenomenal!”


Arthur Murray Dance Studio – 2065 Broadway – Put a little fun in your

life! Whatever your goal — meeting people, gaining confidence or preparing

for the first dance at your wedding — the expert instructors can design a

customized program just for you! Their professionals can also teach and

dance at your special event. Get started today. Your first lesson is always


Financial Institutions:

Edward Jones – 702 Marshall St., #515 – For decades, Edward Jones

believed in building relationships through face-to-face interaction and

adherence 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. So does investment

representative David Amann, who manages their Redwood City office and

will help you reach your financial goals.

Personal Improvement:

Business Profile of the Month

Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway – “Been using these guys

and gals for a couple of years now; they are a winner to me. Their

personal service is a rare find.

“I’d previously bought tires at Wheel Works and Costco and had

tire repairs done at wherever was closest. In the case of the former, I

always felt like I was being had; at Costco I always just wondered.

“In the space of two months, about a year ago, I had to fully retire

both cars, and they were very helpful and not condescending in

reviewing my preliminary choices. In one case they recommended

a different tire that I went with, and in the other case they specialordered

the tires I wanted. I’ve been very happy with both sets of tires.

“I’ve since been back for tire repairs; one they could fix and another

that had to be replaced. (Yep, it was the special-order one.)

“Installation is completed as promised. If it’s a same-day job, I love

to kill time at Big Lots kitty-corner, so I have no problem hanging

around. They also have a comfortable waiting area and lots of 49ers

memorabilia to ogle. (I wish they’d use UV-resistant cases for their

footballs. It pains me to see signatures of the greats fading away!)

They will be my first and only stop when I need to re-tire again!”

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

fitness center in downtown Redwood City. Services include a

variety of classes plus plenty of weight and cardio equipment. Additional

services include functionality assessments, personal training and therapeutic

massage. One of the best things about the club is their flexibility in pricing,

with several options available for members and nonmembers alike. At Every

Woman Health Club, they want every woman to feel strong from the inside

out. Visit or call 650-364-9194.


Redwood Massage & Sauna – 797

Arguello St. – This professional

facility prides itself on having

exceptionally talented massage

therapists, trained in a variety of

specialized techniques to improve

your circulation, mental clarity

and creativity as well as optimize

your overall physical health. Your

experience at Redwood Massage

& Sauna will enhance your health

and well-being naturally amid

clean, comfortable and serene


Re:Juvenate Skin Care – 805

Veterans Blvd., Suite 140 – Together,

owners Sherna Madan, M.D., and

Linda S. Moore, R.N., have more

than 50 years in the health care

industry and over 10 years in the

field of aesthetics. 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. Call

650-261-0500 and mention The

Spectrum Magazine.

Lulu’s – 846 Main St. – Owner Nancy Radcliffe has taken 25 years of design

experience to create a collection of cards and gifts intermingled with eclectic

antique pieces, all affordably priced! You’ll find everything from baby gifts

and whimsical candles to perfect hostess gifts.

St. Regal Jewelers – 850 Main St. – “This is a great jeweler! Phil, the owner,

is amazing. He crafted a ring on time and on budget. He has an incredible

eye for detail. I can’t say enough. I would never go anywhere else.”

Home Improvements:

Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1.800.23.LEWIS – Founded in 1985, Lewis Carpet

Cleaners has grown from one small, portable machine to an office/warehouse

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

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News Briefs

Taxi Driver Delays Rape Plea,

Says Victim Consented

A 36-year-old taxi cab driver

accused of sexually assaulting an

intoxicated passenger he picked

up from a San Carlos bar told

police the woman was aware

and consented to the encounter,

according to prosecutors.

Jose Anenias Ramirez, of Redwood City,

denied raping the woman to police, according to

the District Attorney’s Office.

However, he has yet to enter a plea in court to

the 12 charges, including three counts of raping

an unconscious person, three counts of raping

an intoxicated woman, two counts of forced oral

copulation, one count of assault with an intent to

rape, one count of false imprisonment and one

count of sexual battery.

The kidnapping count alone carries a life prison


Ramirez was to return to court March 18 to

identify his court-appointed attorney, enter a plea

and set a preliminary hearing date.

San Carlos police arrested Ramirez Feb. 23 for

allegedly assaulting a 31-year-old San Carlos

woman in the early hours of the previous day.

Ramirez, who owns his own cab, picked up the

woman from Clooney’s Pub at 1189 Laurel St.

in San Carlos. The following day she told police

Ramirez assaulted her over several hours in two

Redwood City locations, including his residence.

Ramirez has four misdemeanor criminal cases

in his past, according to court records, including

an August hit-and-run for which he was sentenced

five days in jail and is still awaiting a restitution

hearing. He also pleaded no contest to possessing

a stolen car in 2004 and was sentenced to 30 days

jail and two years probation.

Cops Arrest Bank Robber

A 34-year-old man was arrested for

robbing a Redwood City bank and

is being considered as a potential

culprit in at least one other robbery,

according to police.

Joshua Minor Jr., of Redwood City, was

arrested without incident and was booked into

San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of bank

robbery and parole violation. Redwood City

detectives are working in collaboration with the

San Mateo Police Department to see if Minor

is connected to a similar robbery in their city,

according to police.

On Feb. 12, Redwood City police responded

to a bank robbery at the San Mateo Credit Union

at 830 Jefferson Ave. The bank robber handed a

teller a demand note that said, “This is a robbery.”

The teller handed the man money and he fled on

foot, according to Redwood City police.

The robber was not wearing any gloves and

did not attempt to hide his identity with a hat or

sunglasses. Clear pictures of him were captured

by a bank security camera.

San Mateo police are investigating a similar

bank robbery at the San Mateo Credit Union at

1515 S. El Camino Real on Feb. 28, in which the

thief and his tactics appear similar.

Both departments released surveillance

camera images last week of their suspects. Close

investigation of the images could not rule out the

suspect as the same man, said San Mateo police

Lt. Mike Brunicardi.

Both departments described their suspect in his

20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, around 170 pounds,

dark complexion and clean shaven. Redwood City

police described his hair as in cornrows and San

Mateo described it as dreadlocks pulled into two

buns. The additional charges may be added by the

San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Mr. Natural Universe Sues City

The diabetic bodybuilder clubbed

and arrested last April by Redwood

City police who allegedly mistook

insulin shock for intoxication

— sparking international attention

— filed a lawsuit against the city.

Doug Burns, the reigning Mr. Natural Universe,

named Redwood City, the Redwood City Police

Department and officers Jaime Mateo, David

Gough, Ramiro Perez, Stephen Sysum and Rich

Harrington, according to the suit filed Feb. 27.

A case management conference was scheduled

for July 15.

Civil attorney Don Galine was unavailable for

comment on the suit but previously argued that

the altercation left Burns, 43, with lingering pain

and cost him money from speaking engagements

and training.

The suit comes on the heels of a $5 million

claim in which Burns claimed violation of his

civil rights, battery, assault, Americans with

Disabilities Act violations, false imprisonment

and invasion of privacy. He broke the request

down as a loss of $2 million in economic damages

and $3 million noneconomic damages, according

to the July 24 claim filed with the Redwood City


The city denied the claim last fall and officials

questioned whether they should actually be

seeking restitution from Burns because of injuries

inflicted on the Redwood City officers involved.

Redwood City attorney Stan Yamamoto did not

return a call for comment.

Burns never ruled out civil action against

Redwood City after prosecutors dropped the

misdemeanor criminal charges lodged following

the police tussle but said he hoped instead to work

with law enforcement to provide diabetes training

for officers.

As first reported in the Daily Journal April

3, Burns was at the new Century Theatres in

downtown Redwood City two days prior when

he felt his blood sugar dropping. Burns was

diagnosed with type I diabetes for 35 years,

is a board member of the American Diabetes

Association and frequently speaks as a health

and fitness expert at diabetes and medical

conferences. He normally wore a 24-hour insulin

pump but was transitioning to a new medication.

Burns said his vision grew so blurry he couldn’t

read, and he headed to the snack bar for food. A

security guard later told police Burns was wobbly

and unstable on his feet and wouldn’t reply to his

questions. Thinking Burns was intoxicated, the

guard walked him outside and told him to leave.

When Burns didn’t, the guard called police to

report his loitering.

Burns’ last memories of the evening were being

on the sidewalk in front of the theater, wrestling

with four officers and hearing police dogs. He

regained consciousness at the San Mateo Medical

Center with mace on his shirt and glucose paste

on his face.

Redwood City police reported a slightly

different version with Burns lunging at one

officer, pushing him to the ground with both

hands and taking a fighting stance. One officer cut

a finger and a sergeant hurt his right shoulder. The

injury is expected to keep him from work for six


Burns has a Medic Alert bracelet but it was not

on his wrist. A medical test confirmed Burns’

low blood sugar but he was cited by police and

released on his own recognizance after being

taken to the hospital.

The fact is Mr. Burns assaulted our officer,”

Redwood City police Capt. Chris Cesena told the

Daily Journal following the arrest. “If he had just

stood there and let us help him maybe they would

have called the medics if he didn’t seem to fit

the description of being under the influence. All

that changes when the subject wants to attack an


Prosecutors followed through with the arrest,

formally charging Burns days later and setting

a trial date. The District Attorney’s Office

never discounted the possibility of dropping the

case but wanted sufficient proof of his “viable

unconsciousness” in hand first.

On May 30, prosecutors formally dismissed

the charges after an endocrinologist evaluated the

medical records and could not rule out diabetic


Mullin Endorses Jerry Hill for

His Seat

Assemblymember Gene Mullin (D-

South San Francisco) endorsed

Supervisor Jerry Hill in his bid for

the 19th Assembly District seat,

which will be vacant in 2009 when

Mullin is termed out.

Hill is currently a supervisor of the second

District of San Mateo County, a position he has

held since 1998. Before then he served on the San

Mateo City Council and was mayor in 1994.

Mullin said that Hill’s extensive background at

all levels of government gives him a “high level of

expertise.” He also mentioned that Hill is always

at the same community events that he attends, and

that he truly has his “finger on the pulse of the


Mullin said that he spoke extensively with all

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Setting the Record Straight: Superior Court Family Law Facilitator’s Office

By Judy Buchan, Contributing Writer

When information flows fast and

furious, it’s sometimes a herculean

task to keep all the facts straight.

Much to my chagrin, I wasn’t up to

that task in last month’s story on

the Family Law Facilitator’s Office.

Here’s what you need to know,

thanks to Lauren Zorfas:

1. The Family Law Facilitator Act came into

being in 1996.

2. The Facilitator’s Office has never been under

the jurisdiction of the District Attorney’s Office.

Zorfas used to work in the Family Support

Division of the DA’s Office, which is now a

state agency with local county offices. The

Facilitator’s Office is within the Superior Court,

but the statewide program is governed by the

Administration Office of the Courts.

3. Title IV-D of the Social Security Act allots

money to each state for child support services.

AB1058, enacted in 1996, allows some of that IV-

D money to flow to the courts for the Family Law

Facilitator programs.

4. The Domestic Violence Restraining Order

Clinic is a cooperative effort between the court,

Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) and CORA.

BayLegal operated a similar clinic in Contra

Costa County, and the Family Law Facilitator’s

Office modeled their collaboration after that.

5. Two bilingual attorneys were added.

6. Preregistration is not necessary for the divorce

workshops, but those who want to register must

do so in person. The divorce workshop is also

offered in South San Francisco on Tuesdays at 9


7. The Family Law Facilitator’s Office does not

provide assistance in probate or small claims,

other than to answer general questions at the

workshops offered at the law library.

8. Assistance at the unlawful detainer (eviction)

pretrial calendar is provided by the self-help

center, not the Family Law Facilitator’s Office.

Zorfas says, “It’s all semantics, we are all the

same office, but it makes more sense to say

self-help center rather than family law, because

evictions are definitely not family law.”

9. There is a 40 percent default judgment rate

on collection cases within the court. A default

judgment can be set aside only within six months

after it is entered.

10. Zorfas did not suggest that men getting more

involved early means they are more apt to pay

child support. Studies have shown that men who

are more involved in the process of setting child

support (if they are to be the payers of child

support) and are also involved in their children’s

lives, are more apt to pay child support.

My sincere apologies to Lauren and

the dedicated staff of the Family Law

Facilitator’s Office. I appreciate the

opportunity to help set the record straight.


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P.S. The People Speak: Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

In a recent Spectrum column, Steve Penna referenced a community forum

hosted by our church, the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Redwood

City, along with our inter-faith partners. After a brief description of the

event (which explored plans to develop the former Saltworks site on the bay)

he asked: Weren’t there other, more pressing issues that a group of local

churches could choose to engage?

UUFRC has a broad, far-reaching involvement in issues that affect life on the

Peninsula and beyond. Within the past year alone, we have:

• Hosted a forum on the state of public schools in Redwood City.

• Provided tutors to English language learners at Roosevelt

Elementary School.

• Hosted the “Let Freedom Ring” gay marriage forum.

• Helped put health care for low-income families on the California


• Bought books for libraries in Guatemala.

• Hosted a death penalty forum.

• Hosted League of Women Voters forums.

• Supplied volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest, St.

Anthony’s Dining Room and Samaritan House.

• Collected goods and money for Hope House, Second Harvest,

Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA), Maple Street

Homeless Shelter, My New Red Shoes (a foundation established

by one of our members) and Peninsula Open Space Trusts, among


Working for a more just and sustainable world is a value at the heart of

Unitarian-Universalism. The majority of our 150 members are active in

social, political, environmental and human rights causes.

It seems that our organizations could join forces for a powerful collaboration

of social organizing power and media impact. At the very least, we could

co-venture another forum on the very question you ask: What are the most

pressing issues facing our community?

I hope Mr. Penna will call me to learn more. Thank you for your

consideration and for your own efforts in this community we share.

The Reverend Julia Older

Minister, Unitarian-Universalist Church of Redwood City

Kudos to residents who participate

Dear Editor,

On March 15 and 16 at Cañada College, a group of caring citizens convened

to address the housing crisis in San Mateo County. Under the auspices of

Threshold 2008, the participants were encouraged to come forward with

possible solutions. The planners and organizers of this event deserve plaudits

for encouraging creative approaches to the problem. We need more endeavors

such as this. Prospects look good for future activity in this direction.

Panelists representing several responsible agencies in the area listened

closely to what was said. Recommendations included variances and enabling

legislation to allow residency in garages, basements and attics. Too often

this is now being done illegally. In-law apartments and additions to existing

structures should be facilitated. Flexible zoning could help.

It is a national disgrace that we have so many homeless. There must be ways

to deal with it. Where is that old American ingenuity?

Rent control as a band-aid was discussed. The U.S. Supreme Court validated

rent ordinances in Berkeley, San Jose, Santa Monica and East Palo Alto. This

was brazenly disregarded in Sacramento by Costa-Hawkins, a despicable

piece of legislation which ought to be repealed.

It is heartening to know several hundred people would give up their entire

weekend toward solving community problems. Let’s have more.

Majority London Wallace

Redwood City

Questions of youth escape

Dear Editor,

There are those that have now said that we know how Josue Raul Orozco

escaped from the Youth Service Center and it is no longer necessary to

allocate $54,000 for an internal study, a sheriff’s study or an outside study. It

would be a mistake and a public crime to curb the studies announced.

The escape study hasn’t even come close to being completed. We may know

a great deal about the escape itself and the vulnerability to the exterior of

the facility, but this incident is but one of the center’s problems and probably

the easiest to fix. Thus far, about six to eight exterior problems have been

identified. The problematic one is denying vehicles and people operating

outside of the last line of protection. We have yet to interrogate and debrief

the escapee.

Staff safety and inmate safety and security of the facility’s interior

compartments have to be incorporated into this study. There are likely small

blind spots inside the building, key and audio-visual control issues and

ensuring double staffing when inmates are outside of their cell. Staff has

to control their units and assignments: conduct suicide prevention, control

potential hostage-taking situations and extraction exercises. Understanding

the nuances for dangers to and from those inmates who are not in the line

of sight is challenging. Distractions by the behavior of an inmate, a staff

member or visitor has to be monitored and reviewed.

There will be other escape attempts and maybe even a few successful ones

over time, even from the least dangerous inmates. Pretrial inmates, those

awaiting adjudication and those in rehabilitation programs, have nothing

better to do all day and night than to talk up, develop alliances, create ideas,

plan, compare notes, take trial risks and accomplish the task that subverts the

YSC operation and is a way to make a name for themselves.

I am of the opinion that, as a new facility, this will be money well spent by a

bottom-up review by inside, outside and independent inspections and reports.

This escape was caused more from the bottom, a staffing post problem and

not following policy. Subsequent layers upward failed from that point. A topdown

review will be warranted, but for now, the bottom starts with intake

and what was known and passed up to living unit staff, to the recreational

staff and upward, and then information slides up and down the facility so we

can access information.

[With] recent claims that the probation department staff has abused inmates

and probationers, I am surprised that anyone would not want to provide the

safest facility for everyone (including staff-on-staff safety and private trysts),

and that can’t really be done with just these reviews. A host of hourly, daily,

weekly, monthly and yearly checks and overviews have to occur and some

exercises must be random and irregular to keep inmates off-centered. When

vulnerable situations are discovered, it must be reported, inspected and

corrective action must be taken followed by passing on training to all staff.

By the way, as far as I am concerned, this is a prison facility, wards are

inmates and group supervisors are prison guards that usually put in an extra

effort [to] counsel and to sell youthful offenders on changing their life for

the better. I salute their courage. They operate in a very vulnerable and

potentially dangerous job where seemingly minor problems can escalate to

serious injury and death. Staff have a very small support group even in an


Jack Kirkpatrick

Redwood City

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The Industrious William Littlejohn

By the Archives Association and from the Historic Union Cemetery Association

William Littlejohn came to

California with his wife, Emma,

in 1850 and went directly to the

Coloma area, where he built the

first stamp mill. This machine broke

down quartz so that the gold could

be panned out. It is still in use today

though in a much improved and

exaggerated way.

The Littlejohns came from

Devonshire, England, where

William had worked in the coal

mines. He felt the fever of gold

in California, as had many of his


Littlejohn was paid well for

his invention and enjoyed the

experience of construction. He

and Emma came to Redwood City

in 1857, and he immediately went

to work building sawmills. His

first was Charles Brown’s mill on

Alambique Creek, where he worked

with Willard Whipple to build the

small mill. He was then hired by

Dennis Martin to build his sawmill

on the San Francisquito Creek

near its intersection with Bear

Gulch Creek. Efforts on these two

sawmills started about the same


While William Littlejohn was in

the hills building sawmills, Emma

did not sit still. She purchased

three side-by-side properties on

the south shore of Redwood Creek.

These very deep lots provided the

Littlejohns the opportunity to do

business on Main Street as well as

on the creek.

The construction of the drawbridge

over Redwood Creek was done in

the same fashion as the streamcleaning

dams. It took several

men, on both sides of the creek,

to open the bridge; it did not rise

up but rather pivoted in opposite

directions. This bridge improved

life in Redwood City substantially.

The building of the B. G. Whiting

was a major accomplishment. It was

the largest ship built in the South

Bay at that time and was one of the

few built on the bay that could sail

the ocean waters as well.

William and Emma Littlejohn

were the parents of three children.

Chase was the first boy born in

Redwood City and became famous

throughout the world as a naturalist

and taxidermist. The second child,

George, went to sea and became

captain of a sea otter–hunting

schooner, the Otter. The third child,

Flora, married a man from San Jose

as soon as she reached maturity, and

very little has been recorded about

her life.

William Littlejohn celebrated

his 92nd birthday on Oct. 25,

1906. The event was recorded in

the San Mateo Times-Gazette.

Littlejohn was well known for his


Built the first stamp mill used in

deep rock mining near Coloma on

the American River. Lived in Grass

Valley and Nevada City during this


Built the first lumber mills, for

Charles Brown on the Alambique

Creek and Dennis Martin’s first

sawmill on San Francisquito Creek

at Searsville.

Built Redwood City’s first water

mains by boring out the center

cores of redwood trees.

Built the drawbridge that extended

over “A” Street (Broadway) at the

intersection with Jefferson. Prior

to that, the only way to cross the

creek was to put on very large hip

boots that were kept at Livingston’s

Store at the corner of “A” Street and

Mound Street (Main Street).

Built a system of gates, near the

bridge, that were used to dredge

the creek for shipping. The gates,

when closed, acted as a dam and

held the water back. When backed

up sufficiently, they were opened

rapidly, which allowed the water to

flood the ebbing creek and cleanse

the bottom. The system included

large wheels that required a number

of men to turn them rapidly.

Built on Redwood Creek, about

where the city hall stands today,

the schooner B.G. Whiting, a 90-

ton ship that plied the waters of

San Francisco Bay and the coast of


Parties Around Town

The Spectrum 19

A Boy Apart,

Classmates or Not By

Michael Erler

What Garvin, 15, is attempting to do is in fact quite

extraordinary. He is taking college courses — a hefty 17

units’ worth of them — at Cañada College in Redwood City

concurrent with his regular high school curriculum. These aren’t

your typical “toe in the water,” introduction-to-university-life

courses like English 101 and History of Music that we all took

as freshmen to ease our transition from high school and pad

our GPAs. On the contrary, Garvin’s academic load is enough

to make one’s head spin just contemplating his schedule.

Graham Garvin has never watched an

episode of “Doogie Howser, M.D.”

He told this to an inquirer, one of many

strangers who have asked for some of his

valuable time in the past year. While the

answer to the more-curious-than-serious

query isn’t surprising — the Neil Patrick

Harris–starring sitcom ended its five-year run

right around the time Garvin was born — the

manner in which he said it was, in a word,


He didn’t laugh. He didn’t bow his head

to suppress a smirk or cover his eyes

to hide his embarrassment. This makes

perfect sense considering that he wasn’t

embarrassed, not in the slightest.

Not for himself, anyway.

It was a stupid question, harmless but

inane in the way icebreakers have to be. Yet

the way Garvin answered it, the rigidness of

his posture, the way his glare never wavered,

the significance was unmistakable. He

knew it was a dumb question but was polite

enough — barely so — to not say so overtly.

This is not an “aw, shucks” kid, amazed

at his good fortune and buried under an

avalanche of his own humility. Garvin, at

first impression, shows you many sides.

He is at turns brilliant, calm, focused and

unflinchingly uncompromising. He is not,

however, adorable or precocious, the way

Disney would demand he be were they to

make a sitcom about his life.

Garvin knows exactly who and what he is

and he makes no apologies for it.

“I’m pretty mature for my age,” he said


No kidding. He’s mature for anyone’s age.

He’s mature for his age the way that Yao

Ming was tall for his age or Tiger Woods was

good at golf for his age.

What Garvin, 15, is attempting to do is

in fact quite extraordinary. He is taking

college courses — a hefty 17 units’ worth

of them — at Cañada College in Redwood

City concurrent with his regular high school

curriculum. These aren’t your typical “toe

in the water,” introduction-to-university-life

courses like English 101 and History of

Music that we all took as freshmen to ease

our transition from high school and pad our

GPAs. On the contrary, Garvin’s academic

load is enough to make one’s head spin just

contemplating his schedule.

“Every day is different. On Mondays I’ll

get up at 7 and tutor my sister in math, then

from 8 to 11 I’ve got Chemistry Lab, then

from 11 to 12 I have chemistry class, then

Calculus from noon to 1:30, and then I study

for a while, come home at 4 o’clock or so

and then study at home. Other days, I have

Economics, Engineering and a one-unit

fitness class,” he said, before pausing a beat

to add, “which I’m behind in.”

Yup, just another typical American couch

potato teenager, too lazy to exercise. What’s

with kids today?

Except Garvin’s silhouette resembles

a hockey stick more than a football. He

doesn’t seem to have an ounce of fat on his

body and is always twitching, always shifting

in his seat, so eager to move, to get his limbs

going, to get his blood flowing. Between

questions, he can’t hold his gaze, can’t keep

from jutting his head in a hundred different

directions around his familiar house. He’s not

nervous or intimidated in the least. He’s just

bored and filled with the consciousness that

right now he’s not doing anything productive

or worthwhile, not bettering himself in any

measurable way. He’s not getting any closer

to one of the countless goals he has for

himself. Sloth is not in his vocabulary.

Oh, he has hobbies. He’s quick to tell you

he has hobbies, lest you stereotype him as

some type of bookworm. “My favorite hobby

is dirt biking; I’m a pretty big motocross guy.

We go to the Wild Horse Ranch, about a fivehour

drive from here, in Red Bluff. We have

a trailer up there with all of our vehicles and

another we sleep in,” he said. Just as one

struggles to picture this wisp of a boy with

his golden goose of a mind on a powerful,

dangerous bike, he admits to his other

hobby, the one more typical to how the world

sees him.

“My other hobby is Botball. I’m on the

West Bay Home Educators, and the team is

me and two other guys. We build two robots

and are programming them to move balls

from one bin to another. I’m the chief builder

and have less time, because I’m the only one

in concurrent enrollment. I wake up at 8 a.m.

every Saturday and go to San Francisco and

work on it all day until 5 p.m. or so. We have

a competition coming up in a month. It can

get pretty expensive. You need sponsors or

you can’t do it or go to the competitions and,

so far, fundraising has been an epic failure.”

This once-in-a-blue-moon concession

to something going another way than he’d

planned triggered something in Garvin, a

realization that he looked weak, if only

for an instant. He quickly recovered and

recomposed himself, locked his eyes back

to the stranger in his home and finished his

dissertation with tales of prayer groups with

church friends and night sessions of “Guitar

Hero” with the same. He plays electric

guitar in a church band and has been on an

AYSO team that won first place in its region.

“I have lots of stuff in my life that’s not

academics, but I do study a lot more than

the average person,” he explained, his way

of simultaneously defending his fun-loving

spirit and his crystal-clear awareness that he

is special, unique.

Ever the multitasker.

What makes Garvin’s tale different and

somewhat more controversial than the

typical boy-genius story is that until he set

foot inside his first classroom at Cañada at

13 years of age (a Political Science class to

which his mother accompanied him), he had

been home-schooled his whole life. That life

entailed no classmates and no governmentmandated

structure. What it did have was

lots and lots of private tutors and field

trips to places like Costa Rica for Spanish

class and Washington, D.C., for American

History. His academic resume, just from the

past nine months, is so jam-packed that it

boggles the mind. How can one find enough

hours in the day to do all this? A cynical

person would have a hard time legitimizing it.

To Garvin’s credit, he understands the

perception that home schooling has. He

notices the raised eyebrows and curious

looks people make when he tells them of his

education. Again, he makes no apologies for

it, as there is no need.

“I’ve been home-schooled my whole life. It

has brought a whole lot to me. We can tune

it just to me instead of the whole student

“I have lots of stuff in my life that’s not academics,

but I do study a lot more than the average person,”

body. I’m actually dyslexic, and at first it

was very hard for me to read, and that was

the main reason I started to home-school,

because it was very hard for me to read and

spell. Now I’m not at all. I know eventually I

would’ve caught up, but I’m glad it worked

out the way it did. We can tweak it to be the

way I need it to be. The public school system

just can’t do it,” he said emphatically.

He’s also aware, perhaps more aware

than his parents would prefer, of the

downside of home schooling, that some

youth psychologists argue it takes away

from a child’s social development, his sense

of social interaction and teamwork. That it

breeds narcissistic behavior.

Garvin, though, is undaunted by all these

stereotypes. He has fought the pitfalls of

home schooling his whole adolescence and

will continue to do so.

The cons are friendships. Most people

are like ‘I hate this, I’m home all day doing

schoolwork,’ even though it wasn’t like that

for me. But I made friends through youth

groups, soccer, water polo, swimming. I had

to try to make friends. I had to network. The

major disadvantage is the social life, but it’s

a sacrifice and people make them all the

time. I would’ve had a better time in middle

school, would’ve made more friends, but

from what I hear about high school, I don’t

think I’m missing anything,” he argued,

before closing his rebuttal with “Socially, I’m

not out of the loop.”

While Garvin admits that home schooling

was his mother’s idea, his defense of her

isn’t merely dutiful but genuinely touching.

Yet their relationship is fragile, edgy, filled

with constant peaks and valleys the way

one would expect of any teenager and his

parents. Proud and fiercely protective of

him, she tried in vain to shape his answers,

make him seem softer around the edges.

Naturally, every interruption annoyed the

boy more, and he snapped at his mother,

scolded her and coolly reminded her that he

was the one being interviewed. One second,

a chilling admonishment, and in the next,

he offered a wide, gleaming, braces-filled

smile and explained, “My parents are very

interested in my academics. My mother is a

Ph.D. psychiatrist, and she could be making

a lot of money but instead chooses to

home-school my sister and partially me, so

obviously a mother like that is very invested.

My dad majored in chemistry and he helps

me study for chemistry tests. He’d probably

do more, but we live in Silicon Valley and

someone has to work.”

He isn’t fazed at all by his celebrity. In

fact, he rather relishes it. The boy wonder

who is on track to earn his associate degree

at Cañada by age 17 and almost certainly

an engineering scholarship to Berkeley

immediately after is the kid who says of his

future, “I don’t have it nailed down to the last

spec, but ….”

But you get the feeling that he does. His

picture greets you when you visit Cañada’s

Web site. He signs autographs at school. He

says if an executive came along to pitch a

movie or a TV show about his life that he’d

probably go along with it, “if it paid a certain

percentage.” He is very comfortable in his

own skin and you get the feeling that finding

a girlfriend won’t ever be a problem for

him the way it was for the pocket-protector

brigade at your high school. The kid is simply

too confident, too magnetic to suffer such

menial struggles. And he’d probably let you

know it too, if his mother wasn’t around.

Graham with his parents, Royce and Darrah.

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Parties Around Town

Nonprofits In Action

Advocates for Children

For as little as 10 hours a month, you could make

a lasting difference in the life of an abused and

neglected child.

Each year, 600 to 800 San Mateo County

children enter the foster care system as a result of

abuse and neglect. Advocates for Children, CASA

of San Mateo County, is actively seeking caring

and consistent adults to mentor and speak up

for the best interests of these children. Over 130

children are waiting for someone who cares.

If you would like to become a volunteer

advocate, or just want to learn more, please attend

an orientation held in their San Mateo office. Visit

their Web site ( or call

650-212-4423 for more information.

City Talk Toastmasters

Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop

communication and leadership skills. The club

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

Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.

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

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

the Toastmasters public speaking program.


CityTrees is a nonprofit working with the Public

Works Department to enhance and care for

Redwood City’s urban forest. They usually plant

or prune on the third Saturday of each month.

Check their Web site ( for a

listing of events and dates.

Family Service Agency of San

Mateo County

Looking for a dependable source of skilled,

reliable workers? Family Service Agency of San

Mateo County provides employers with mature,

ready-to-work, experienced workers who are 55

years and older. Employers contact the service

because they appreciate the superior work ethic

and the commitment to quality that mature

workers possess. There are no fees for hiring

candidates. Contact Barbara Clipper at 650-403-

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

For those who are looking for work and are

at least 55 years of age, Family Service Agency

provides a range of services, including referrals

for classroom training, vocational counseling,

job referrals and on-the-job training for qualified

participants. Contact Connie Tilles at 650-403-

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

Friends for Youth

Do you like to play video games, shoot hoops,

watch baseball games or just have fun? Then you

have what it takes to be a mentor!

As a mentor, you can hang out with a young

person like Reggie. He’s a 12-year-old who

loves pizza, baseball and cars. He lives with his

grandmother and three sisters and would love to

hang out with a guy and have fun. There are 30

boys like Reggie waiting to be matched with a

mentor like you. Most of the boys wait more than

a year to meet their mentors.

As a mentor with Friends for Youth, you will

have access to group activities like bowling,

miniature golf and camping trips, plus free tickets

to Giants, 49ers, Warriors and Sharks games and

more. In just a few hours a week you can make a

difference in the life of someone like Reggie.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor,

you are invited to attend a one-hour information

session in Redwood City. For upcoming

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

Hearing Loss Association of the


Hearing Loss Association is a volunteer,

international organization of hard-of-hearing

people and their relatives and friends. The

nonprofit, nonsectarian, educational organization

is devoted to the welfare and interests of those

who cannot hear well but are committed to

participating in the hearing world.

A day meeting is held on the first Monday of

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

Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. Educational

speakers and refreshments are provided. A

demonstration of assistive devices is held on

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

in the second-floor conference room at the

Redwood City Public Library, 1044 Middlefield

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


Nursing Mothers Counsel

Nursing Mothers Counsel, a nonprofit

organization since 1955, provides free

breastfeeding education and assistance by highly

trained counselors (moms who breastfed for at

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

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

NMC also offers free breastfeeding classes.

Moms (including babies), dads, grandmas and

friends are welcome. Classes are held the first

Saturday of each month at Mills Hospital in San

Mateo from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 650-327-MILK

(327-6455) to RSVP.

NMC also has breast pumps and breastfeeding

supplies available for purchase and rent. Call

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

counselor, call 650-365-2713. Visit their Web site


Optimist Club of Redwood City

The Optimists 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 and 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 p.m. at Bob’s Court House Coffee

Shop at Middlefield and Broadway. For more

information please call their president, Steve, at

650-365-8089 or their secretary, Ted Cole, at 650-

366-1392. Or come join them for lunch to learn

more about how you can make a difference.

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club meets the third

Wednesday of each month at the Community

Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave. For more

information, call 650-366-6371.

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

In addition to sheltering and finding new homes

for stray and unwanted animals (100 percent

placement for healthy dogs and cats since 2003!),

PHS/SPCA has vital programs for people. New

in 2006 and beginning with the North Fair

Oaks community, the shelter began driving

its mobile spay/neuter clinic into low-income

neighborhoods, offering owners free “fixes” for

their pets. PHS/SPCA also provides a free animal

behavior help line in English and Spanish. Call

650-340-7022, ext. 783 or 786. And domestic

abuse victims who wish to leave their abusive

situation but are fearful of doing so because they

have pets can receive temporary sheltering for their

pets through PHS/SPCA. Call 650-340-7022, ext. 330.

Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club

The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered

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

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

to hear a speaker at the Waterfront Restaurant at

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

22 members, has frequently been honored as an

outstanding small club by Rotary District 5150,

which includes San Mateo, San Francisco and

part of Marin counties. For more information or

to join, call Marc Manuel at 650-306-9606.

Redwood City Education Foundation

The Redwood City Education Foundation is an

all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated

to providing students in the Redwood City

School District with a strong education that lays

the foundation for future success. They raise

private money to provide enrichment programs

to all students in the district. Their funding is

focused on academic achievement, music and

art, and health and wellness. They are currently

seeking new board members. Board members

are responsible for attending monthly meetings,

chairing board committees, participating

in fundraising and outreach activities, and

promoting RCEF in the community. If you are

interested in the possibility of serving on the

board, please contact Adam Borison at 650-363-

7271 or For more information on

RCEF, check out

Redwood City Rotary

Redwood City Rotary performs many service

projects, provides college scholarships and

donates to international relief efforts. The 50-

member club meets in a spirit of good fellowship

and fun each Tuesday at 12:15 at the Sequoia

Club, 1695 Broadway, to hear speakers and plan

community benefits, including the annual July 4

raffle that raises $80,000 for 12 local charities.

For more information about joining, contact

President Alpio Barbara at 650-369-0351.

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Community Interest

Woodside High School

Music Boosters

“This is Sparta” Annual Dinner

Dance Fundraiser

Friday, April 11, 7–11 p.m.

Woodside High School Multi-Use


Adults $30, couples $50, students

and staff $15

Dinner, drawing and performances

by Concert Band, Jazz Band,

Orchestra and Choir. Enjoy a funfilled

evening and dance to the

sounds of the WHS Jazz Band!

Call Laura Rhodes at 650-365-3203

for tickets.

Introduction to Hip-Hop

Sunday, April 13, 1–3 p.m.

Every Woman Health Club, 611

Jefferson Ave., Redwood City

Workshop fee: $20

Take a break from your taxes and

blow off some steam with this fun

and energizing hip-hop dance class!

Learn basic hip-hop moves like

body rolls and isolations in a sizepositive,

welcoming environment.

You will learn a short routine by

the end of class that will definitely

be phat, fly and fun. Please wear

clothing you are comfortable

moving in and sneakers or jazz

shoes. All levels welcome. This

workshop is for women only.

For more information or to register,

call 650-364-9194, e-mail info@ or visit

Consulting Firm

Releases Strategic

Assessment of

Maritime Business

for Port of Redwood


A strategic assessment of

maritime business for the Port of

Redwood City has been released.

The San Francisco–based

transportation engineering firm

of TranSystems concluded that the

port should maintain its present

course with existing customers.

Opportunities for new business

are limited by constraints on land


The long-term opportunity

for port expansion lies with the

neighboring lands proposed for

development by Redwood City

Industrial Saltworks, the report


“A portion of this acreage would

allow the Port to develop new

opportunities — light industrial

or cargo terminal — in addition

to providing a buffer between the

Port’s operations and residential

developments on the salt works

land,” the report stated.

Redwood City Industrial

Saltworks, formed by the land’s

owners, Cargill and DMB

Associates, plans to unveil a

development proposal this spring

for its 1,433 acres across from the

port and industrial areas along

Seaport Boulevard.

The opportunities for the Port

include a separate access road for

commercial/industrial traffic which

is a definite requirement in order to

develop the former salt flats beyond

open space,” TranSystems stated.

The second opportunity would

be the possibility to purchase or

reserve a strip of land adjacent to

the Port as a buffer to the future

development, specifically if it’s

proposed as high or low density

residential,” the report added. “This

buffer between the Port’s dry bulk

business and the salt flats’ future

residential could be light industrial,

such as warehouse, container, or

auto staging. A separate access

road for the salt flats residential

development would be on the other

side of the buffer strip and this

road could also be used for Pacific

Shores Center. They currently share

Seaport Boulevard with the Port and

its industrial traffic.”

The strategic assessment

weighed in on the port’s strengths,

weaknesses, opportunities, threats

and strategic options.

One of the port’s strengths,

coupled with its profitability, is that

the San Francisco Bay Conservation

and Development Commission

(BCDC) designates the Port of

Redwood City an important part of

planning for future cargo growth in

the San Francisco Bay region.

The main threat to the port is

the “highest/best use” adjacent

land values challenge, which has

occurred in both San Francisco

and Sacramento (and most ports

near large population centers

around the world), according to the

TranSystems report. “Encroaching

residential, recreational, and

commercial office waterfront space

does not mix well with the open

dry bulk cargo movement and

storage. Adjacent homeowners and

commercial office tenants would

complain about the Port’s tenants’

noise, lights, and dust.”

The second potential threat to

the port is any downturn in the

Peninsula’s economy that affects

building and the import of needed

materials. While the housing market

is down, new office buildings and

highway infrastructure upgrades

may still support this activity in

the short to medium term. On the

positive side, long-term regional

population growth is expected to

support the movements of bulk

materials through the port.

Inadequate channel dredging

continues to be a threat when

funding and scheduling of needed

maintenance dredging are uncertain.

The report stated, “Extensive

port management (and customer)

attention has to be constantly

focused on this issue.”

Port Commission Chairman

Lewis Miller said that many of

the “opportunities” for new cargo

listed in the report are not practical

at this time because the port does

not have sufficient land to seek the


However, if mitigation for the

development of Cargill’s land

involves providing the port land

as a buffer between residential

uses and industrial uses, then new

opportunities like an auto import

terminal or other maritime-related

businesses could be considered.

The report recommended that

the port position itself to become

the “recycling port” for San

Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Noting that Sims Metals has been

recycling ferrous metal at the port

for more than 25 years, the report

contended that there may be a

market for barging yard and food

waste generated in the two counties

to a composting facility in the

Sacramento Delta.

TranSystems recommended that

the port focus on maintaining its

present course and work closely

with tenants such as Cemex and

Sims Metals to expand port

cargo throughput. The report

also recommended that the port

pursue land expansion from

Cargill “because of the near term

opportunity and the potential upside

to the Port, and the elimination

of a threat if a port managed or

owned land buffer is accepted.”

A development plan for the land

buffer needs to be started early

and coordinated with the city and


The report is available at

the port’s Web site, www.

Redwood City

Begins Cleaner City


Redwood City residents are

forging together in a communitybased

effort to lower carbon

emissions and protect the

community from climate change.

The Cool Campaign, a

community project geared at

bringing communities together over

the issue of climate change, started

its five-month campaign on Feb.

7. The program was started based

on the idea that working together

is a more effective way of living a

sustainable life.

“In Redwood City, we know

that it takes our entire community,

working together, to make a positive

impact on reducing energy use and

waste, lowering our community’s

carbon emissions,” said Beth Ross,

the Redwood City community

climate protection specialist and

campaign organizer.

The program sends out monthly

challenge e-mails to the 85 residents

currently participating in the


The challenge for March focuses

on water conservation. Residents

are encouraged to lower their water

heater temperature, take shorter

showers, use a low-flow showerhead,

which the city offers for free, and

take various other steps to reduce

water use and conserve energy.

Simple steps can make a big impact

if the entire community changes

their habits.

“Because the overwhelming

majority of carbon emissions are

created by human behavior, it is

imperative that everyone makes

changes in their daily patterns to

protect the health of our planet,”

Ross said.

After each month, residents

are given an anonymous oneminute

survey that measures

carbon dioxide and kWh (how

many kilowatts are used per hour)

reductions among the participants.

“We would like to see residents

make changes in their personal

habits that reduce their energy use

and carbon footprint,” Ross said.

The Cool Campaign was created

in partnership with Acterra, a Bay

Area nonprofit organization that

brings communities together to

protect the environment. Acterra

designed the program model and is

working collaboratively with and

giving guidance and support to

Redwood City.

The campaign is organized

through a Web site that allows

members to interact and read about

how to live a more sustainable life.

The campaign will commence in

June with a celebration at Redwood

City City Hall.

As spring approaches, mops and

dusters come crawling out of the

closet for the annual spring cleaning,

but so do harmful cleaning

products. This year Redwood City

residents are urged to clean using

environmentally friendly products,

many of which are probably

available in the house.

“Do your spring cleaning with

environmentally safe cleaning

products or make your own using

readily available products from your

supermarket,” Ross said.

For example, vinegar can be used

to clean kitchen floors and wash

windows without the harmful chemicals

that some other products use.

Cleaning products can become

toxic waste after they are disposed

of. The Environmental Protection

Agency says these products can lead

to air and water pollution, ozone

depletion and accumulation of toxic

materials in plants and animals.

Some of these products create

indoor pollution that can cause

respiratory problems, asthma and

skin irritations in some people.

While there are several alternative

ways to concoct green cleaning

solutions with simple household

products, some environmentally

friendly products are available in stores.

Companies like Seventh

Generation, carried at Whole Foods,

offer nontoxic and biodegradable

cleaning products as well as a

whole line of products that are

environmentally friendly and safe

for the whole family.

Activists Seek

Charter Change

Environmentalists hoping to stunt

future Redwood City development

filed paperwork to change the city’s

charter to place the fate of all projects

involving open space in the hands of

voters rather than the City Council.

The effort, known as the Open

Space Initiative, is a smack at

the pending Cargill saltworks

plan, although proponents are

hesitant to say so. The Cargill

site, approximately the size of the

Presidio in San Francisco, is the

largest untouched land parcel on

the bay and the subject of intense

scrutiny for more than a year as

developers, the city and the public

grapple with its future.

Instead of targeting Cargill directly,

those pushing the initiative, particularly

nonprofit group Save The Bay, say

a charter amendment is a way to

broaden democracy and involve

voters directly in rezoning decisions.

In unveiling the initiative last

week, Save The Bay Executive

Director David Lewis said the

proposal is a “response to the

assault on parks and open space.”

City officials, who said they were

broadsided by the proposal, see the

effort differently. Mayor Rosanne

Foust expressed disappointment the

city was not alerted to the ballot

initiative and worries a city charter

amendment will be harmful to the

pre-vote public hearing process in

the long run.

They have truly hijacked our

community process,” Foust said.

To qualify for the November

ballot, proponents must gather the

signatures of 15 percent of the

registered voters in Redwood City

at the time the clerk qualifies the

document. There are approximately

35,000 registered voters in the city.

The ballot initiative is a joint

effort by Save The Bay, Committee

for Green Foothills and the Friends

of Redwood City.

By passing the amendment, “the

voters of Redwood City ensure

that current and future voters have

the right to protect open spaces

from the threat of inappropriate

development,” the filed petition reads.

While Foust argues the proposal

cripples the community’s public

process, the proposed amendment

claims “the residents of Redwood

City are also particularly well

qualified” to evaluate and approve


Foust doesn’t discount the

community’s qualifications but

believes the initiative implies the

City Council doesn’t care or is illequipped

to listen to the public.

“I think that message was

delivered loud and clear in 2004.

We get it,” Foust said, referring

to the community divide over a

similarly controversial plan for the

Marina Shores development.

After the City Council approved

the proposal, a grassroots effort

headed by the Friends of Redwood

City placed Measure Q on the

ballot and defeated the plan. The

development was resurrected as

a scaled-down project, Peninsula

Park, through a collaborative effort

of developers, city officials and

former opponents.

Foust hoped for a similar

approach to the Cargill land but said

the initiative amendment shows that

viewpoint is not shared.

As the city embarks on a 20-

month general plan creation, Foust

said she also doesn’t understand

why initiative backers have chosen

to apparently work against rather

than with the city.

The question is, why now?” she said.

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As I Was Saying… (continued from page 6)

Having stated that, I have no problem with

residents stepping up and wanting change. As

long as it benefits our community, I commend

them! But that is not what is happening in this

situation. With the exception of the handful of

members of the Friends of Redwood City group,

the other organizations are people who are

from outside our community — carpetbaggers.

The corrupt activities of some made the term

carpetbagger synonymous with any outsider who

meddles in an area’s political affairs for his own

benefit, if you will.

The Friends group sponsored a “call to action”

meeting recently at the Unitarian Fellowship

facility on Brewster Avenue. The meeting was

held to give supporters the opportunity to learn

more about the “open space” initiative, as well as

“protecting our parks from overcrowding.” They

are ready to go and should not be underestimated.

Remember Measure Q?

The talk of the initiative comes just as the city

begins a 20-month review on the $1.6 million

overhaul of its general plan and after Lewis

and members of his group met separately with

selected City Council members — hence the

feelings of betrayal and bewilderment. From the

action that was taken, I would imagine that he

did not like what he was hearing from them and

chose to buck the system and adapt a get-whatwe-want-at-any-cost

concept. Why not wait out

the rezoning process for that area?

Now I guess it is up to our community to figure

out if the initiative deserves our support. Now

more than ever we must all gather the information

needed before signing or not signing the petition,

thus accepting or rejecting the arguments. The

Friends of Redwood City can be contacted at

650-369-7268 or through their Web site at www. If you wish to gather information

on the proposed development on the Cargill

Salt property, you can contact Redwood City

Saltworks at 650-366-0500 or visit their Web site



I recently had the extreme pleasure

of being asked to speak in front of the senior

community at the Veterans Memorial Senior

Center. It is not unusual for me to speak in front

of clubs such as the Rotary or Optimists, etc., and

when I was asked — a full two months in advance

— I accepted with enthusiasm. I have always

enjoyed attending activities at the center and try

to interact with seniors as much as possible. I was

taught at a very young age that the knowledge

they possess is invaluable and I try to tap into that

as much as possible. I mean, who else can tell me

about life’s experiences except someone who has

been there, done that?

As it got closer to my speaking day, just like

clockwork the anticipation set in and I got nervous

and started to stress out. On most occasions like

this, I start to bombard my mind with questions

like, What if no one shows up? What if I can’t fit

into my suit and don’t look good? What if I sweat

and I concentrate on that instead of what I want

to project? What if I get “writer’s” or “speaker’s”

block and sound like a complete idiot? The

negative thoughts go on and on.

Well, on the day of the event I showed up a

good 15 minutes early and there were 55 seniors

(and a few friends I had asked to attend) waiting,

my suit fit perfectly, I had on a good deodorant

and not a drop of sweat appeared on my forehead

and I was in a very chatty mood, so I was fine and

ready to go. When I speak, I almost never plan what I

am going to say. I just have an idea of what I want

to say and never write it down; I wing it. That

may not work for most, but it does for me. I know

The Spectrum story, I know my story and I know

what topics I want to discuss. So I just let it flow.

I was introduced to the audience by George

Habit, who is on the Senior Board and someone

I have admired for years. He worked at the

Independent Newspaper Group/Examiner when

I did (remember “Going Out With the Habits”?),

so I feel comfortable around him. He is a fantastic

person and to be introduced by him is an honor to

say the least. I spoke for about ten minutes, and

then they had a question-and-answer period. As

usual, seniors are very direct in their concerns

and opinions. I would say about 90 percent of the

comments were about the new downtown parking

meters. They don’t like them, they don’t want them

and they are not going downtown because of them.

I get it — I wonder if the City Council does?

After about 30 minutes, I was finished. As I

sat down to eat lunch with the group (the facility

is open to the public for lunch each day during

the week and you get quite a good meal for only

$4.95), I asked myself why I had been nervous in

the first place. I have heard that other speakers use

different methods to overcome their nerves. Some

look into the audience and picture them naked —

I was not going to go there with this group — and

others prepare so much that they are not candid in

their speeches, and that is kind of boring. What I

have decided to do, and did, is to look at those I

am talking to as “lights” or “friends” instead of

possible intimidators. We all have roles to play

in life, and I have taken steps to secure mine.

One of those is to provoke conversation in our

community, and how can I do that if I don’t speak

in front of groups from time to time? After all, it

is something I enjoy extremely!

I want to end this month with a little good

news. From what I am hearing, and it has not been

confirmed yet, in about two weeks we should all

be hearing that parking times in the downtown

area will be pulled back to 6 p.m. That means we

will not have to pay after that time in any area.

That will be welcome news to my seniors and a

few youngsters in our community.

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Nonprofits In Action: Continued

Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club

This group is small but has a growing

membership. All members either live or work

in our community and share a common goal of

making our city a better place to live. This club

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

Chartered in 1966, the club has been vigorously

active helping eyesight-impaired youth in our

schools and seniors who are hearing-impaired.

Join them for breakfast! The Lions meet every

Wednesday at Bob’s Court House Coffee Shop,

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

Gibbons at 650-766-8105 for more details.

Redwood City Women’s Club

Redwood City Women’s Club meets at the clubhouse,

149 Clinton St., the first Thursday of each month

September through June. Social at 11:30 a.m. and

lunch at noon, followed by meeting and program.

For information call Loretta at 650-368-8212 or

visit the group’s Web site at

Sequoia High School Alumni


The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each

month at the Sequoia District Board Room, 480

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

of Sequoia are welcome to attend. For more

information call Nancy at 650-592-5822, visit the

Web site at or e-mail

Sequoia Stamp Club

This club was established in 1947 and invites

community members to visit. The club meets

at the Community Activities Building, 1400

Roosevelt Ave., every second and fourth Tuesday

at 7:45 p.m. There is a program every meeting and

refreshments are served. The dues are only $3

per year. Contact Hank at 650-593-7012, e-mail or visit the group’s

Web site at Sequoia Stamp Club

sponsors a free stamp show at the same location

on the first weekend in December.

Soroptimist International of South


The Soroptimists invite you to become a member

of Soroptmist International, the world’s largest

service organization for business and professional

women, where “improving the lives of women

and children” has been their mission since 1921.

Soroptimists work through service projects to

advance human rights and the status of women

locally and abroad. Soroptimist International

of South Peninsula needs and wants you as a

member. While helping women’s and children’s

causes, you will enjoy fellowship and lasting

friendships. They meet the second Thursday of

every month. For more information, please call

their president, Maria, at 650-366-0668, Monday–

Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club

Since October 1956, the Woodside Terrace A.M.

Kiwanis Club has been devoted to community

service in Redwood City. Through the decades,

the club has provided funds to help many worthy

community programs and continues to add more

community projects. The Key Club of Sequoia

High School, sponsored by the Woodside Terrace

A.M. Kiwanis Club, was chartered in 1994 and

has been involved in raising money and donating

time and effort to many programs.

The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club

meets every Wednesday morning 7:15–8:30 a.m.

at the Waterfront Restaurant, 1 Uccelli Blvd. (at

Pete’s Harbor). They invite you to come to their

meetings and check out the club’s Web site at

Woodside Terrace Optimist Club

This is a unique club made up of senior citizens

who want to stay involved. Most, but not all, come

from the residence at Woodside Terrace. The club

is open to all of the community and provides an

opportunity for seniors to be useful.

The club’s funds are raised by a card, candy

and necklace sale held on the fourth Wednesday

of each month in the main lobby at 485 Woodside

Road, open to the public. All greeting cards are a

dollar each. They sell See’s and other candy bars

and hold a See’s fundraiser for holidays. One of

their members makes beautiful necklaces and

sells them for $10 or more if one wishes to make a

larger donation to the club.

The club has a tutoring project at Taft School

and has contributed to school libraries, the

Children’s Cancer Campaign, the Optimist

Volunteers for Youth Camp near La Honda

for needy children, the Optimist Jr. World

Golf program, Challenge Day and many other

programs for kids.

Lunches/meetings are at 12:30 p.m. on the

second and fourth Wednesdays of each month in

the Assisted Living Dining Room at Woodside

Terrace. Guests are welcome. Please call president

Jack Murphy at 650-780-9891 or Millie Cole at

650-366-1392 for reservations.

YES Reading

This local organization is dedicated to

empowering students through literacy and

investing community members in underserved

public schools. YES Reading recruits and

trains community volunteers to provide oneon-one

tutoring for elementary and middle

school students reading below grade level.

The organization partners with historically

underresourced public schools and works closely

with classroom teachers to provide curriculumbased,

results-oriented intervention for lowperforming


YES Reading operates several reading centers

on the Peninsula and in the South Bay, including

a site at Selby Lane School in Atherton. If you

are interested in becoming a reading tutor for a

child who needs your help, please call 408-945-

9316 or email Visit the YES

Reading Web site at

Editor’s note: If you are connected with a

nonprofit organization and want your information

printed in The Spectrum, send it to writers@ or The Spectrum

Magazine, P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064.

Let our community know your contributions and

maybe they will want to join you.

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club Helps to Honor Women

On March 8, Peninsula Hills Women’s Club, West Valley Federated Women’s

Club and the Iranian Federated Women’s Club, together with De Anza

College, put together an event honoring International Women’s Day.

They had several very distinguished guests. The panel of speakers on the

rights of women included state Sen. Elaine Alquist (D-San Jose), Dr. Homa

Mahmoudi, Judge Erica Yew, journalist and human rights activist Fariba

Davoodi Mohajer and the moderator, Cupertino Mayor Dolly Sandoval.

The president-elect of the California Federation of Women’s Clubs, Vicki

Holden; the president-elect of the Loma Prieta District, Kit Fragulia; and

the second vice president of Loma Prieta District, Cindy Biesemeyer, held

workshops on the California Federation of Women’s Clubs: “Who We Are”

and “How to Become a Member.” Raania Mohsen from Sen. Alquist’s office

held a workshop on the legislative process. Dr. Mahmoudi, a psychologist,

founder and director of the Transcultural Communications Center in Los

Left: state Sen. Elaine Alquist and Mary Ruth Dargis, past

president of GFWC California Federation of Women’s Clubs

Angeles, held a workshop on a “New Way of Thinking.” Farideh Loui, a

nurse practitioner, gave a workshop on women’s health issues, and Maiz on

international struggle.

After the workshops, there were performances by Adriana Garcia on

“indigenous woman,” poetry by Milpitas fiction writer Azin Arefi and

music by Xoe, a songwriter and vocalist from San Francisco. Dancers

choreographed by Laura Marguard were Suzanne Duval, Ashley Freitas,

Babi Houge, Gina Jarka, Rene Jarka, Josephine Nguyen, Nancy Vaca and

Sara Worrell. Lujun Wang performed a beautiful Chinese dance.

Redwood City Kiwanis Farmers Market

Starts April 5

The Redwood City Kiwanis Farmers Market is the oldest and largest

farmers market on the Peninsula. The market was established in 1979

by community-oriented individuals who wanted to support local,

independent farmers and supply the community with fresh produce.

In the late ’80s, managing responsibilities were transferred to the

Redwood City Kiwanis Club, and the market was expanded and used

as a vehicle for community service.

The emphasis of the market has always been on providing the

community with fresh, locally grown produce. Expanding from

six booths at its inception to over 70 vendors today, the market has

remained true to its original spirit while including other venues and

activities. The children’s corner has face painting. There is also a

nonagricultural section for jewelry, clothing, handicrafts, fine-arts

photography and other nonfarm products. Music is heard weekly,

performed by vibrant and culturally diverse local musicians, with

genres from Brazilian and Peruvian to country, jazz and the blues.

The opportunity to meet and converse with local elected officials is a

unique feature of this market. The typical shopper is likely to run across

long-term Redwood City Councilwoman Diane Howard discussing issues of

local interest while having a cup of coffee. State Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo

Alto) is also frequently seen conferring with his constituents at his “sidewalk

office.” Local nonprofit organizations regularly set up booths at the market to

exhibit and promote their community services.

Charitable organizations are the direct beneficiaries of the market

activities. Every week, volunteers from the Redwood City Kiwanis Club

gather unsold (otherwise discarded) fresh produce and deliver it to St.

Anthony’s Padua Dining Room. In addition, all proceeds from the market

fund the club’s clothes-shopping sprees for underprivileged children from

the Redwood City School District. The club also sponsors numerous other

community enrichment programs with funds generated from this market.

Come join the thousands of shoppers every Saturday morning between

the first weekend of April and the last weekend of November at this unique

market. You’ll undoubtedly have a great time shopping. More importantly,

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By Valerie Harris, Contributing Writer

Antiques Shopping

and Fine Dining at

Angelica’s Bistro


When you first walk up to Anjelica’s at 863 Main St., a

sign directs you away from the front door. Instead, you

walk through the garden patio filled with Greek statues,

water fountains and plants. Once you enter the double

doors, your eyes are drawn to the myriad antiques.

There are statues, teacups, cases laden with European

cut diamond rings, necklaces, dining room sets, armoires

and even a grand piano. You have definitely entered an

antiques store. The incongruous pairing of antiques with

sumptuous kitchen aromas initially makes you forget why

you are there.

The back part of the establishment holds

tables with people drinking pub beers; this

is the bistro area of the building. The bar

displays a well-stocked variety of wines

and beers, coffees and teas. Turning

toward the front doors, the main part of the

establishment opens into a large room with

high ceilings, dining tables and a stage.

At first, you’re struck by the fact that this

could be a business struggling to find its

identity. Where am I? And what’s with all the

antiques? And what on earth smells so dang


All these questions come to a

screeching halt with the first taste of cream

of mushroom soup, or a forkful of the fresh

green salad with homemade dressing, or a

bite of the Irish pub-style corned beef pie

with a thick, flaky, golden-brown crust. You

quickly realize you are in one of the finest

dining establishments on the Peninsula,

maybe even the whole Bay Area.

While waiting for your meal, you can

window-shop the thousands of antiques.

Many jewelry pieces are on consignment.

While I was there, one patron asked to view

a white pearl ring for his daughter. Store

owner Anjelica Cuschieri bartered with the

gentleman, which escalated into a back-andforth

contest, with other patrons soon joining

in and taking sides. The man ultimately

passed on the ring, but the scene was highly

entertaining. It’s never happened to me

before, not ever at any dining establishment

here in the U.S. It did make me insanely

homesick for my days of employment in

North Yorkshire, England. A lot of businesses

have tried to capture the charming and social

atmosphere of an English village pub, but

none have been able to do it with the totality

that Anjelica’s has. Perhaps the presence of

all the antiques makes you drop your guard,

and you don’t feel like you are in an upscale,

snooty restaurant; you feel like you are in a

pub where it is perfectly okay to chat up the

people sitting at the next table. I don’t know

how owners Peter and Anjelica Cuschieri

have done it, but they have captured

lightning in a bottle.

The Cuschieris bought the establishment

in 1999 from an antiques dealer named

Frank Bizzarro. Peter Cuschieri had been

a good customer of Bizzarro’s antiques

store, and when Bizzarro decided to sell, he

approached Cuschieri and asked him if he

wanted to buy. At that time, Cuschieri was

retiring from his business of selling home

purification systems from Rainbow and

decided to take Bizzarro up on the offer.

Cuschieri was expert at reselling antiques.

Once he bought in to the shop, he started

trading in antiques. He also expanded to

selling garden statues and fountains. Then

he expanded to a pub/bistro and restaurant.

Currently the business functions as an

auction house, a consignment store, a retail

store, a restaurant and a garden store. They

even handle eBay drop-off items and sell

items as well.

Because the business was originally

an antiques auction site, people continued

to show up to purchase antiques. The


reputation stuck. In fact, today people

throughout the area call to either purchase or

consign antiques. That part of the business

lives on through tradition.

What people don’t realize about

Anjelica’s is that the business has expanded

to include high-end wines, coffees,

microbrewery beers and gourmet food.

Tables have been set up inside the main

part of the building, surrounding a stage,

complete with white linen tablecloths and

napkins. Lunch and dinner are served in

this area. Antiques are displayed along the

walls surrounding the dining area. In the

back bistro area, there is a full pub with

additional tables, where food is also served.

The shelving displays over 70 different local

microbrews and imported bottled beers. The

coffee bar displays freshly roasted coffees

made especially for their bar.

Most nights, as you dine in the main

room, local musicians perform on the stage.

Most of the musicians are quite talented

and have recorded CDs, which are on sale

in a rack by the register. The Cuschieris do

a great job at supporting local artists by

providing a venue where they can showcase

their music.

The smells of the meals cooking

permeate the establishment. The cooks use

a full outdoor barbeque grill for their steaks

and burgers. One of their must-try dishes

is the corned beef pie. You will never have

a meat pie so unique and so delicious. Pair

that with an imported English ale, and you

have the most amazing sense of sitting by a

lake in Grasmere in the Lake District of the


On days with pleasant weather, you

can dine outside in the garden, which is

resplendent with flowing fountains and mini

waterfalls. Anjelica’s provides the perfect

escape for a business luncheon with clients

or a music-filled evening with friends.

For an establishment that, at first,

seemed to be struggling to find its identity,

you quickly realize all the fun possibilities

the bistro offers. Because the place is so

eclectic, you are welcome to whatever dining

area fits your mood. Perhaps the most

enchanting aspect of Anjelica’s Bistro is the

warmth and welcoming spirit of the owners.

The scrumptious food, the excellent drinks,

the fabulous desserts, the amazing antiques,

all wrapped in the sincere and welcoming

smiles and spirit of camaraderie of the

Cuschieris, make this not just a dining spot

but a place you will quickly make your local


And did I mention the exquisite

mushroom soup?

For more information:

Angelica’s Bistro

863 Main St.

Redwood City, CA 94063


Open for breakfast, lunch

and dinner. Visit the Web

site for times, menus and

schedules of performers.

Top left: Peter and Angelica Cuschieri. Top right & below: Fine dining and atmosphere galore!

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Saturday, April 4 & 5 and April 11 & 12 at 8 pm;

and a special matinee performance on Sunday,

April 13 at 2 pm

All performances will be held in the Flex

Theater at Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd.,

Redwood City.

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Cultural Events

Second Saturday Art Walks

April 12–Sept. 13

At the Second Saturday Art Walks, you make

the difference by visiting local artists, supporting

the world’s fair-trade craft and enjoying the

liveliness of the all-new Redwood City. Four

galleries/studios on the 2600 block of Broadway

plus The Main Gallery will be participating. Art

with a good feeling on every second Saturday of

the month from April through September.

Brazil, California, Mexico and Zimbabwe

transform Second Saturday Art Walk into a

multicultural, socially responsible and ecofriendly

event. Fair-trade crafts are being

promoted at the five main art galleries, compiling

over 75 local artists and bringing inspiration,

culture and entertainment this spring and summer

to the Peninsula.

Recycled and ethnic design is present in every

piece of bazaarbrazil’s arts and crafts. Discarded

coffee filters become canvas and are transformed

into art, and recycled cardboard and banana fiber

art is captivating the world through its social

inclusion and environmentally friendly proposal.

The traditional indigenous art from the Amazon

promotes cultural identity and sustainable usage

of local resources, an alternative to cutting trees

and a way to save the Amazon rainforest and

diminish the enormous carbon footprint.

Gallery 2611 with its five artists and many

guest artists brings a vanguard and inspiring

environment. The goal is to bring new and fresh

art to the local community on a regular basis,

always with a consciousness of social justice

through its fundraising events. Here the diversity

is in harmony: from art of reclaimed mannequins

to acrylic, watercolor, glasswork and an icon

room space to exchange energy with nature.

Art on Broadway Gallery is a partnership of

four artists and resides at the Redwood City Art

Center, which operates with over 25 artist studios.

Art Center artists work in a wide variety of media

including painting, Chinese calligraphy, murals,

mixed media, assemblage, sculpture, book arts

and jewelry design. Art on Broadway Gallery

displays the work of its partners as well as guest

artists, and is currently featuring the handicrafts

of Batsiranai, crafts made by a group of mothers

with disabled children in Zimbabwe.

The Main Gallery offers original, contemporary

fine arts and crafts. A cooperative of 24 Bay Area

artists, they offer work in a broad range of media

including painting, photography, printmaking

and ceramics. Their monthly show installations

ensure an innovative and exciting collection

of art. The gallery is located in a historic 1857

building and surrounded by a charming Victorian


San Mateo County History Museum

777 Hamilton St., Redwood City


Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

$2–$4; free for children 5 and under

The museum is located in the Old Courthouse

with its historic dome. Collections include horsedrawn

carriages, models, railroads from Caltrans

and the Ocean Shore Railroad, relics from San

Mateo’s past and lithographic art dating from 1875.

Ongoing Exhibits

The Grand Rotunda is the architectural highlight

of the restored 1910 building. Its stained glass

dome is reported to be the largest on the Pacific

Coast in a public building.

Courtroom A, restored to its 1910 appearance,

features a stained-glass ceiling and is the oldest

courtroom in San Mateo County.

Living the California Dream is an object art

theater exploring the development of the suburban

lifestyle on the Peninsula. Sit down and enjoy the


Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience

in San Mateo County features the cultural groups

that formed the county, including the Irish,

Filipino, Portuguese, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese

and Italian.

San Mateo County History Makers:

Entrepreneurs Who Changed the World follows

a timeline of innovation in business and industry

with “touch-and-learn stations” about computer

technology, medicine and finance.

Nature’s Bounty explores how the earliest people

of the Peninsula used natural resources and how

those resources were utilized to help build San

Francisco after the discovery of gold in 1849.

Includes interactive displays for young children.

Journey to Work describes how transportation

transformed San Mateo County from a frontier

to a suburb with “touch-and-learn stations” and

historical photo opportunities.

Charles Parsons Ships of the World features 24

historic model ships hand-crafted by Charles

Parsons of San Carlos. Based on the historic plans

for the ships, each model is completely unique

and intricately pieced together.

San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame honors

athletes who have made significant contributions

to their sport. The exhibit pays homage to John

Madden, Barry Bonds and Tom Brady, among


Politics, Crime and Law Enforcement is the

theme of the Atkinson Meeting Room, including

a display of the Walter Moore Law Enforcement

Collection of historic badges.

Changing Exhibits

A Photo Tribute to Mel Lane: Champion of the

California Dream (through June 8). Enjoy family

photos and official photos of the Lane family, the

history of Lane Publishing Co. and Mel Lane’s

enduring influence upon the San Mateo County


Outstanding African-Americans of San Mateo

County (through Oct. 5). View artifacts, photos

and memorabilia from local community members

who have observed the impact of the African-

American people upon this county.

Behind the Gates of the Great Estates on the

Peninsula (March 30–Nov. 9). Enter the world of

refined Victorian mansions, elaborately carved

furniture and formal dining that set the tone for

gracious and elegant living, where good manners

were highly valued while questionable behavior

was not discussed in polite conversation … except

in secret, behind the gates.

Gabriel Moulin’s Photos of San Francisco

Peninsula from 1910 to 1930 (March 30–Nov. 9).

Be transported back to the days of elegant living

by viewing photographs of the great estates in San

Mateo County by Gabriel Moulin (1872-1945),

California’s premier society photographer. The

treasury of his photographs are the most beautiful

mansions we will never see except in rare photos.

It is an era that is gone with the wind.

The Main Gallery

1018 Main St., Redwood City


Wednesday–Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.;

weekends, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

“On the Surface” and “Outside Inside”

Painter Katinka Hartmetz explores texture and

color while mixed media artist Marianne Lettieri

conceptualizes freedom and confinement in

concurring shows at The Main Gallery.

“On The Surface,” featuring new paintings

“Untitled” by Katinka Hartmetz, oil on canvas, 4’x7’

“Castle in the Air” by Marianne Lettieri, mixed media,


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Finance: Time for Some Financial Spring Cleaning?

By David Amann, Special to the Spectrum

You may or may not engage in many of the typical

activities of “spring cleaning” — de-cluttering the

attic, reorganizing your closets, touching up the

paint, etc. — but you can almost certainly benefit

from “sprucing up” your financial situation.

As you survey your financial landscape, what

areas might you want to tidy up? Here are a few


Clear your portfolio of “redundant”


Over time, you may have built a sizable

investment portfolio. But if you have too many

investments that look alike, you may actually be

hindering your progress toward your goals. After

all, if you own stocks of a dozen companies in the

same industry, they’re all likely to be buffeted by

the same economic forces. Look for opportunities

to replace some of these redundancies with

different types of securities, taking into account

your risk tolerance and time horizon.

Organize your financial records

If you’re like those of us who file our taxes at the

last minute, now is the perfect time to organize

your financial records, because you’ve probably

got them close at hand. And it’s not just a matter

of having your brokerage and 401(k) statements in

nice, neat piles. Once you’ve got these documents

together, you might see opportunities to

consolidate some of your accounts. For example,

you may have IRAs with different banks and

financial services companies. By moving them all

to one provider, and possibly rolling over an old

401(k) into an IRA, you could save some fees and

reduce your paperwork, but, more importantly,

you may find that such a move actually helps you

better manage your investments. You’ll know

exactly what you’re invested in, and it will be

easier to follow a single investment strategy. Also,

with all your IRAs in one place, it will be much

easier for you to manage the required minimum

distributions you must start taking when you turn

70½. (These distributions are not required for

Roth IRAs.)

Review your “systematic”


Many years ago, you might have started

systematically moving money from your checking

account into an investment. But perhaps the

circumstances of your life have changed and this

money could better be used elsewhere. Scrutinize

your automatic investments to see if they still

make sense for you.

Check your beneficiaries

Beneficiary designations on financial documents

— insurance policies, IRAs, 401(k)s, etc. — are

extremely important, because they supersede

even the instructions in your will. Over time,

your family situation may have changed, through

death, divorce, remarriage or the birth of new

children, so you should periodically review all

your beneficiary designations.

Examine your insurance coverage

When you have a young family, you need a

certain amount of life insurance coverage to

provide for some major expenses, such as your

mortgage, college for your kids, perhaps some

retirement funds for your spouse. But when

your children have grown, your mortgage is

paid and your spouse has decades’ worth of

retirement savings, your insurance needs may

change considerably. At the same time, you may

find other uses for insurance. Take some time

and review your insurance coverage with your

financial advisor.

By following these “spring cleaning” suggestions,

you can help put your financial house in order for

the seasons to follow. Take action soon.

Senior Activities

The Veterans Memorial

Senior Center, 1455

Madison Ave., Redwood

City, provides the following

activities that are open to

the public.

AARP Tax Preparation Services

Feb. 6 through April 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunset Room

Tax season is here. AARP provides free tax service

to low- and middle-income seniors. To schedule an

appointment please call 650-780-7274.

Senior Affairs Commission Meeting

Thursday, April 10, 1 p.m.

Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Road

The objectives of the Senior Affairs Commission

are to encourage, foster, facilitate, establish

and maintain programs for the enhancement of

all matters relating to the social, economic and

personal well-being of the city’s senior population.

The public is invited to attend.

Monterey Whale Watching Tour &


Saturday, April 12, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Monterey whale watching tours take place

in the third largest deep submarine canyon in

the world. The Monterey Bay National Marine

Sanctuary is home to 27 species of marine

mammals, 100+ species of marine birds, 345

species of fish and the leatherback turtle. After the

tour, we will have lunch at a wonderful restaurant

in Monterey. To sign up for this exciting excursion

please contact Christina Canessa at 650-780-7343.

Fee: $60.


Wednesday, April 16, 1–2 p.m.

Dr. Gerald Cohen will help us understand just

what the medical field of homeopathy is all

about and how it can be helpful in providing us a

healthier lifestyle. Plenty of time will be available

for questions and answers. Dr. Cohen is in private

practice in Menlo Park. For more info, call

Merrylen Sacks at 650-780-7320.

To learn more about the Veterans Memorial

Senior Center, call 780-7270. Redwood City

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Department provides recreational facilities and

activities for all ages and interests, and supplies

building and custodial services for city buildings.

Redwood City Parks also operates the Veterans

Memorial Senior Center and the Fair Oaks

Community Center, providing social, educational

and cultural activities as well as information,

referral and counseling services to persons living

in Redwood City and neighboring communities.

Redwood City Parks is more than you think! Its

Web site is located at

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Cultural Events: Continued

by Hartmetz, a resident of Redwood City, and

“Outside Inside,” showcasing new works by

Lettieri, a resident of Menlo Park, will run from

March 19 to April 20. The artists will host a

reception at the gallery on Sunday, March 30,

from 4 to 7 p.m.

“In this show I wanted to do very large paintings

where I could be exuberant in the movement of

my paintbrush,” Hartmetz said. “In some areas I

just threw the paint on. It was very liberating.”

Flowing black lines capture areas of color and

texture, she explained. Hartmetz also splattered

and dripped paint to make the work “alive with


Hartmetz’s new works are a mixture of acrylic

paint and collage of paper, photographs and tissue

created on wood panels or canvas. The layering of

these materials creates multiple surfaces, below

and above “the surface.” The pieces range in size

from 16 inches by 16 inches to 5 feet by 10 feet.

In “Outside Inside,” Lettieri’s new assemblages

shake up the concepts of freedom and

confinement, suggesting that they might be

the same. Cages, lanterns and paintings of sky

are juxtaposed with familiar objects to create

unsettling tension. The viewer may have to

question what is outside and what is inside.

“For years I have collected a great inventory of

interesting containers to use in my art,” Lettieri

said. “The challenge for me with this series was

to work with enclosures that have strong symbolic

imagery but say something unexpected.”

The resulting exhibit offers thought provoking

and ironic visual metaphor. For example, a red

birdcage appears as if it would fly off into the blue

canvas behind if it were not tethered to a chain

and barbell. A house-shaped sculpture painted

with clouds and encased in a wrought-iron cloche

gives new meaning to the phrase “castle in the sky.”

These and other pieces in “Outside Inside”

reveal what is normally concealed by the

placement of objects in such a way that poetic

resonance happens.

Angelica’s Bistro

863 Main St., downtown Redwood City

Reservations 650-365-3226

Friday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.

No cover charge

Lisa Kelly Band (

Lisa Kelly’s album “Into the Fire” is the perfect

balance of production that does its job. It simply

acts as the vehicle for the music and the message.

“Into the Fire” is wonderfully lean and sparse.

Kelly’s voice is clean, clear and compelling.

Her writing is like a musical journal of her life

experiences and what she feels about her journey

— what she has seen and felt about the world

around her.

Saturday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.

No cover charge

Deke Rivers (aka Edward Escobar)

Deke Rivers’ music has its roots in rock ’n’ roll,

folk, country and blues but also incorporates other

influences as well as his original musical ideas for

what he feels is a unique and individual style. His

goal remains the same as when he started to write

songs — to work on original material for both

recording and performance with an emphasis on

developing a unique sound for both while making

the best use of his background in a group setting.

Rivers is currently playing guitar, writing and

performing with his longtime musical partner,

Jack Fate, as Rivers & Fate.

Monday, April 7

Dinner Auction & Cabaret Night

Auctioneer: Frank Bizzarro

Dinner is prix fixe $20 ($25 at the door)

Auction will be held to a limited number of

selected items, including jewelry, art, silver,

collectibles, garden ornaments and wine. Live

music throughout the evening provided by Marty

Atkins, who is a member of the West Coast

Songwriters Association. Seating is limited! Call

650-365-3226 to reserve, fax your reservation

with payment to 650-556-0800 or e-mail info@ This will be a great evening!

Tuesdays, April 8, 15 & 22, 7 p.m.

No cover charge

This is a night for those who want to get known

and be recognized as a singer. Longtime singer/

songwriter David Trabue (

is hosting the event. Just show up with your guitar

and bring some friends to hear you sing and play

while enjoying some great food and drink.

Thursday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.

No cover charge

Seraphim Zupan & The Innocent Bystanders

Friday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.

Cover charge

Garrick Davis With His Band (www.garrickdavis.


The spirits of Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Richie

Havens, Elvis Costello, Seal, Muddy Waters and

Dave Matthews. Davis serves up lot of kick-ass

depth, emotion and beauty and a free-wheeling

display of his immensely passionate heart!

Festival blues with funk/folk/rock flavors.

Saturday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.

No cover charge

Amy Obenski (

“Amy Obenski employs breathy, jazzy vocals with

luxurious, catchy hooks that bend and drip down

your spine, giving you a nice tingle of delight.”

–Smother Magazine. Obenski’s song “Carousel”

was recently placed on the hit TV show “Grey’s

Anatomy.” Since then, the song moved to number

23 on the iTunes folk chart. Obenski’s first

success landed in her lap when an MTV executive

approached her after hearing her songs on

someone’s iPod. Her first album, “What We Tell,”

which was finished only two years after she wrote

her first song, was then licensed by MTV for use

in their show “Made.”

Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.

No cover charge

Jason Yano, with head-bopping soul and spinetingling

blues, will entertain you with a mixture

of acoustic songs. He will definitely surprise you

in a very pleasant way, as he is very entertaining.

Thursday, April 17, and Friday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.

No cover charge

Seraphim Zupan & The Innocent Bystanders

(When they played at the bistro during Redwood

City’s Bluegrass Festival, there was a one-hour

wait to get a table, so make reservations early, as

there is limited seating.)

Songwriter Seraphim Zupan (lead vocal, acoustic

guitar), backed up by Anne Schoepp (vocal,

fiddle, mandolin, recorder) and Paul Trigg

(acoustic stand-up bass), has been performing his

Americana “boot stumpers, ballads and waltzes”

originals around the Bay Area for about six years

now. These are songs about land and life, set to

melodies with an overall rootsy sound that’ll

stay with you far on down the road. Schoepp and

Trigg bring with them a wealth of talent to the

music; Schoepp with a standard music degree in

composition and choral direction, and Trigg with

extensive experience as a jazz bassist in the Santa

Cruz area. Zupan likes writing and performing

music and has been doing that since he was

a teenager in his uncle’s polka band back in

Wisconsin. (Accordion, guitar, banjo and drums

— how’s that for a sound!)

Saturday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.

No cover charge

Lisa Loosong & Greg McCann

Lisa Loosong and Greg McCann have, so far,

composed and written over 100 songs and selfproduced

three CDs containing folk and jazz

originals. They have the working experience that

provides a professional entertainment package of

“old school” and “straight ahead” jazz.

Wednesday, April 23, 7 p.m.

Cover charge

Australian recording artist and songwriter Lee


Concert poet Jakob Martin

Artistic genius and guitar virtuoso Aaron Bowen

News Briefs: Continued

three candidates before making the decision to

endorse Hill.

“On top of being a really good guy, I believe

that Jerry is the best qualified for the job,” Mullin


Hill will be facing Millbrae Mayor Gina Papan

and community college trustee Richard Holober

in the June primary election.

Hill thanked Mullin and said he was “honored

to have [Mullin’s] endorsement, support and

friendship.” He has amassed a number of highlevel

endorsements, including Congresswoman

Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto), Assemblymember

Ira Ruskin (D-Redwood City), Assemblymember

Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco), San Francisco

Mayor Gavin Newsom and the California League

of Conservation Voters. “He [Hill] will be an

excellent successor,” Mullin said.

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A Minute With: Nathalia Kelsey

Nathalia Kelsey was born at Kaiser Hospital in Redwood

City. She lived with her parents, Jaime and Carmen,

and her two younger brothers, Jamie and Jacob, in

Daly City and graduated from El Camino High School

in South San Francisco. She has been married to her

husband, Peter, for five years. They reside in San Mateo.

Kelsey is currently the branch manager of the First

National Bank location in Redwood City. Among her many

community activities she is a member of the Redwood

City–San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce, the

Service League of San Mateo County and the San

Mateo County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

How do you like the Redwood City


So far I find it supportive and

encouraging to others.

One word to describe the banking


With a smile — helpful.

One word to describe your life

right now?


Which historical figure do you

most identify with?

Franklin Roosevelt, because of the

adversity he had to overcome.

Which living person do you most


My mother. She has always been so

open-minded and nurturing.

How would your mother describe

you in one word?

Hermosa, which means “beautiful.”

What is your most treasured


My iPod — it connects me to the


What talent would you most like to


To sing, so I could be on “American


Something no one knows about you?

Mum — I would like to keep it that


Favorite song?

“Imagine,” by John Lennon.

Favorite television show?


If you could change one thing

about yourself, what would it be?

To be more outgoing.

What words or phrases do you

most overuse?

Oh my God!

If you could choose what to come

back as, what would it be?

A bird, because you are free to go

wherever you want.

What is your idea of perfect


Spending time with all of my family

— so much love to go around.

What do you consider your greatest


I’m working on it.

What is your greatest regret?

Not starting school earlier.

What is your motto?

Dreams are life’s previews of

coming events.

What or who is the love of your life?

My husband, Peter. He has taught

me so much about myself.

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