REDWOOD CITY’S MONTHLY MAGAZINE
Redwood City's Monthly Magazine
Vol 3, No. 3
Owner and Publisher
Advertising Graphic Art
James R. Kaspar
Cover/Cover Story Photography
As the holiday season and the year 2006 come to an end,
we welcome you to the December edition of The
Spectrum Magazine. We end this year with several stories
that will command your attention.
We have a unique cover and cover story for you as we ask
community members to reflect on the past year and give their
opinions, hopes and views of what is to come next year. The
photos from James Kaspar (on the cover and in the middle
section) add a beautiful perspective of our community without
Publisher Steve Penna brings you the highlights of the holiday
season party scene in his column, “As I Was Saying …”
He also gives some candid views on a few issues that will
undoubtedly be talked about in 2007.
Our student writers from Woodside and Sequoia high schools
inform you of activity on each campus around the end of the
first four months of the school year.
We also have the conclusion of our three-part series on the
proposed development of the old Leslie Salt property near
Woodside Road and Seaport Boulevard. This month, Valerie
Harris writes on the history and activity of the community
group Friends of Redwood City. Will they be a thorn in
DMB’s side or will they try to work in partnership to make
the best possible development on the site? Only time will tell.
If you still have some holiday shopping to do — or just need
some fine businesses in our community that provide excellent
service — please check out our business directory on page 16.
We know you will find our suggestions favorable.
We encourage you to support community news by filling out
The Spectrum’s subscription form on page 33 and have the
magazine mailed to your home each month. We also would
like to thank our loyal advertisers for supporting community
news and we encourage you to support them by patronizing
them when you can.
The Spectrum staff and contributors wish our community the
best in the New Year and hope you will continue to read and
INSIDE THE SPECTRUM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
FREINDS OF REDWOOD CITY . . . . . . . . . . . .5
CULTURAL EVENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
“AS I WAS SAYING ...” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
LOCAL NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
LOCAL INTEREST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
COVER STORY:THE FUTURE OF REDWOOD CITY . .18
BETHLEHEM A.D. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
NONPROFITS IN ACTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29
SENIOR ACTIVITIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
FINANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31
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P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064
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Inside The Spectrum:
Our Cover Photo Shoot
This month’s cover photo shoot, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 8, at 11:30 a.m.,
was an excellent opportunity for Publisher Steve Penna and Cover Story
Photographer James Kaspar to travel through various neighborhoods of our
city and capture some unique views of issues facing our community through photographs.
As you look through this month’s edition you will see several of these photos. We
know you will enjoy viewing them and we would like to take this opportunity to
tell you a little about Kaspar.
Although initially he spent a number of years in the Midwest, his family moved to
San Mateo in the 1950s and he was in the second graduating class of Hillsdale
High School. His college and graduate school days took him out of California, but
he returned to the Peninsula 35 years ago and has remained here since. He and his
wife have made Redwood City their home since 1988 and have no intention of
leaving. They love this area and its accessibility to the ocean, the mountains and
Kaspar has been involved with photography for almost 40 years. With his retirement
from the San Mateo County Superior Court in 2003 and the advent of digital
photography, his devotion to the art form really accelerated. He now has the
joy, opportunity and time for a variety of photographic experiences. Working with
The Spectrum since its inception in September 2004 has been very rewarding.
The magazine’s focus on Redwood City and the people who make a contribution
to our community fits perfectly with what he feels are appropriate and worthwhile
values. It also has been enriching for him to meet and photograph the individuals
who are the cover subjects. They go about their business without a great deal of
fanfare but are clearly assets to our community who should be, and thankfully are,
Another fine photo from James R. Kaspar
It is hoped that the images you view convey in some measure the quality and character
of the individuals that are featured, because they offer examples of community
involvement that are commendable.
We thank Kaspar for his inspiring photos throughout the years and look forward
to the future ones.
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FRIENDS OF REDWOOD CITY: “MOVE TO THE
NUISANCE” OR AN AMAZING GROUP OF CITIZENS?
Valerie Harris, Special to The Spectrum
In 1982, the Redwood City City Council
approved a development project for Bair Island.
A grassroots citizen organization opposing any
development, called Friends of Redwood City
(FORWC), prepared a referendum. They gathered
the required number of signatures, placed Measure
“O” on the ballot and campaigned for its passage. On
Election Day, most Measure “O” advocates went to
bed acquiescing defeat. The next morning, Measure
“O” had won by 42 votes. A recount cemented the
win by a margin of 40 votes. The win was the first
referendum in this city’s history. The win was tight,
but it exhibited democracy in action. This was a clear
message from the voters: Leave Bair Island alone!
Today, that Measure “O” victory evolved into the
Bair Island National Wildlife Refuge. Redwood City
partnered with the National Wildlife Refuge System,
together with the Fish and Wildlife Service and
community groups, to restore the tidal marshes and
wetlands, allowing the natural habitat to flourish in
that region. Proper care and stewardship will lead to
many years of enjoyment and education not only for
the children of Redwood City, but for people of all
ages in the San Francisco Bay Area.
FORWC maintains that what makes this area so
desirable and so unique is the expansive bay. Almost
85 percent of the bay has been developed — calling
to mind the lyrics of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow
Taxi”: “They paved paradise and put up a parkin’
lot.” The asset that initially drew many to the Bay
Area has slowly become inaccessible and disrupted
from its original pristine state. The collective mindset
of these citizens asks, “Will future generations
ever see glimpses of the bay as it once existed?”
These citizens banded together to ensure that as far
as Bair Island was concerned, the answer would be
Jump ahead 22 years to 2004. Once again, the City
Council approved rezoning to allow residential
development, along with 17 high-rise towers. The
plan outlined Marina Shores Village, a billion-dollar
development with 1,930 housing units, a series of
canals and marinas, restaurants, shops and parks.
FORWC quickly rebanded to create a referendum.
After the high-rise development approval by the City
Council, FORWC had 30 days to gather close to
5,000 signatures of local voters. They gave up their
evenings, weekends and any other available free time
to gather signatures. They infiltrated the farmers
market, grocery stores, malls and schools, but hit the
jackpot during the Fourth of July downtown parade.
This referendum eventually became Measure “Q.” A
“yes” vote on Measure “Q” would favor development.
FORWC championed the No on Q vote.
FORWC is an amazing group of citizens from all
walks of life.
Peggy Bruggman, an attorney at Oracle, has lived in
Redwood City for 25 years. She worked on airport
noise control, participated in her neighborhood association
and was an early member of the No on Q
Dr. Lynne Trulio is a professor of environmental
studies at San Jose State University and lead engineer
on the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration
Project. She moved to Redwood City three years ago.
Kathleen Wade, a former schoolteacher, retired in
1980. She has lived in the area for over 50 years,
with the last 24 in Redwood City. She has always
been involved in conservation and with projects such
as the preservation of Corkscrew Slough.
Dr. Ralph Nobles, a retired research physicist, spent
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ARE TRACKERS CLEARING THE WAY FOR A DEVELOPMENT?
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over 20 years in flight research for Lockheed
Research Park in Palo Alto. He was one of the first
FORWC members, instrumental in the passage of
Measure “O” to save Bair Island. Nobles has long
signatures and drive the campaign.
The fight was not over. After the County of San
Mateo certified all the signatures, the City Council
rejected the verbiage of the petition and promptly
Yes on Q campaign spent around $1.2 million dollars
on the campaign.
FORWC didn’t have the money to promote with
glitzy mailers or media blitz that the Yes on Q group
had, but they had volunteers. Rather than using the
convenience of a mail house, and to avoid the high
cost of mailing to 20,000 households, members of
the No on Q campaign spent time licking and sticking,
efficiently bulk-mailing information to the voters.
Volunteers canvassed the neighborhoods and
educated the public on the environmental matters.
The No on Q group detailed how the development
would hurt the environment, cause traffic gridlock
and overtax Redwood City’s already overtapped
water resources. A study found that the development
project would create 27 immitigable environmental
impacts. The No on Q team disseminated their
information to the voters and educated the voter
population at a grassroots level.
The weeks leading up to the election were as divisive
as campaigns get. In a presidential election year, local
campaigns compete for headlines with national and
state election news. Measure Q news, however, eked
its way into the headlines with vitriolic accusations
hurled all around. The chasm that grew between
opposite camps enveloped citizens who were not
directly attached to either camp but who passionately
let their political views be known. In the last few
weeks before the election, the Yes camp filed an
FPPC violation on the No camp for misreporting
campaign expenditures, claiming a failure to report
certain summertime legal expenses. The FPPC never
found any cause of action against these claims.
been a champion of environmental
causes in the South Bay region and could
be considered the father of environmental issues and
referendums in Redwood City.
Gwenythe “GJ” Scove, a landscape architect, has a
lengthy community involvement résumé: Pride and
Beautification Committee, wetland clean-up efforts
— she was even involved in removing derelict boats
from the sloughs. Her wish for her 50th birthday
party was to stop the high-rise development.
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placed their own referendum
on the ballot. Additional wrangling between
FORWC and the City Council cleared up the ballot
statements and clarified the measure arguments, and
the race was on. Measure “Q” was on the ballot.
Moyer contends, “The County of San Mateo
declared the Measure ‘Q’ petitions the cleanest
Campaign lawn signs for both sides were torn down
shortly after being put up. Signs were vandalized and
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Bob Gelman has lived in Redwood City four years. A
marketing consultant and Web developer, he maintains
the FORWC.org Web site. He is a renter who
embraces smart growth in the community. He and
his partner, Laura, are involved in a number of community
activities including animal rescue and adoptions.
Matt Leddy, a horticulture professor at College of
San Mateo, has been in Redwood City since 1980.
He has two young boys and was involved in Little
League and most recently in the city’s Tree Task
Force. While Leddy was collecting signatures for the
No on Q effort during the Fourth of July parade, a
parade watcher turned to him and asked, “Why are
you collecting signatures at a Fourth of July parade?”
— implying that it wasn’t very democratic.
Cathy Moyer, campaign manager of No on Q, had
just moved into town. She had closed her software
company, so she had time to champion the cause.
Moyer moved to Redwood City from Colorado,
where she had always been a community activist.
She was able to provide guidance on how to collect
count of any petition signature verifications to date.”
The Yes on Q team was formidable. The developer, a
Glenborough-Pauls joint venture, claimed that the
project would supply much-needed affordable housing
for firefighters and teachers in a tight, compact
area. They backed up their fight with a lot of financing
as well. According to the Fair Political Practices
Commission (FPPC), the California state regulator
over political campaign financing and spending, the
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PENINSULA CHRISTIAN CENTER
Bethlehem A.D. Dec. 21-23, 6-9:30 p.m.
This living re-creation of the village of
Bethlehem on the night of the first
Christmas will feature a marketplace,
Roman centurions, the Three Wise Men
and much more. Visitors awaiting
entrance to the village may listen to
informative audiotapes and, upon leaving,
will receive a Certificate of
Pilgrimage. The event will be held
across the street from the Center. Free.
1305 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.
(650) 368-3821. www.bethlehemad.com.
COMMUNITY GALLERY, COUNTY
“Art Outside Lines.” Through Feb. 28. An
exhibit of 60 masks created by young
people in several San Mateo County
programs and facilities. Free. Monday-
Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 400 County
Center, Redwood City.
SAN MATEO COUNTY
The museum is located in the old courthouse
with its historic dome. Its collections
include horse-drawn carriages,
models, railroads from Caltrans and the
Ocean Shore Railroad, relics from San
Mateo’s past and lithographic art dating
“The Great Rotunda.” The stained-glass
dome of the rotunda, thought to be the
largest in a Pacific Coast public building,
is the architectural highlight of the museum
“Courtroom A.” The oldest courtroom in
San Mateo County has been restored to
its appearance in 1910.
“Nature’s Bounty.” This exhibit gallery
explores how the earliest people of the
Peninsula used the natural resources of
the area and how these resources were
used to help build San Francisco after
the discovery of gold in 1849.
“Journey to Work.” This exhibit gallery
shows how transportation transformed
San Mateo County from a frontier to
“Carriage Display.” An exhibit of the
museum’s 30 horse-drawn vehicles.
“Charles Parsons Gallery.” An exhibit of
the 23 historical model ships created by
Charles Parsons of San Carlos.
“Politics, Crime and Law Enforcement.”
The Atkinson Meeting Room includes
the Walter Moore Law Enforcement
Collection of historic badges.
“San Mateo County History Makers:
Entrepreneurs Who Changed the
World.” This exhibit chronicles the entrepreneurs
who made San Mateo County
“Land of Opportunity.” This exhibit tells
the story of the diverse people who
came to the area and explores how different
groups faced hardships and discrimination.
“Living the California Dream.” This
exhibit depicts the development of the
suburban culture of San Mateo County.
“Precious Cargo.” Through May 1. This
exhibit features cradle baskets in their
cultural context through direct collaboration
with contemporary California Indian
weavers. Learn about traditional beliefs
concerning childbirth and the use of cradle
baskets among Pomo and Western
Mono peoples. The exhibit includes
additional material from 28 other tribal
regions throughout California.
Admission $2-$4; children 5 and under
free. Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
777 Hamilton St., Redwood City. (650)
299-0104, (650) 359-1462. www.sanmateocountyhistory.com.
The Little Fox is at 2209 Broadway.
Ticket info and sales (650) 369-4119 for
these shows at the Fox Theater and
Little Fox. Tickets also available at foxdream.com
and at the Fox Theatre Box
Sponsored by Gelb Music
Redwood City Blues Jam
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 7 p.m.
Join Kenny “Blue” Ray for an evening of
quality blues music from the area’s best
musicians, where audience blues musicians
are invited to jam on stage. The
music is real, the mood collegial and the
doors open to the community to enjoy
this uniquely American music. New: The
Jam now meets on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th
Wednesday each month, 7 p.m. to 11
p.m. Bring your friends!
Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy
Thursday, Dec. 28, 8 p.m.
$18 adv./$20 door
This year’s show stars Mr. Will Durst, a
political satirist who can best be
described as a cross between Mort Sahl
and Will Rogers. He’s one half of the
radio show “The Will and Willie Show”
with former San Francisco Mayor Willie
Brown, heard Monday-Friday 7-10 a.m.
on 960-AM Quakeradio. Also appearing
are Jim Short (a favorite of Craig
Ferguson), Debi Durst, Michael Bossier,
Steven Kravitz and Arthur Gaus. The
show is a mixture of stand-up comedy,
improvisation and loosely written
Trailer Park Troubadours
Friday, Dec. 29, 8 p.m.
$20 adv./$22 door
From side-splitting and irreverent humor
to life’s little but lasting treasures, the
Trailer Park Troubadours sing about life
as it really is. You get a good idea of
what’s brewing with the Troubs just by
scanning such song titles as “Aunt
Beulah’s Roadkill Overcoat,” “It Ain’t
Home ’Til You Take the Wheels Off,”
“Skinny Women Ain’t Hip,” “Trailer Park
Princess” and “Redneck Aphrodisiac.”
Flem and Antsy (known to their mothers
as Stephen Foster Fleming III and R.J.
McClain) have built a loyal following.
The Tommy Castro Band plus Lara
Price and Laura Chavez
Saturday, Dec. 30, 8 p.m.
$20 adv./$22 door
The Tommy Castro Band is respected
by many as a firmly established and
highly acclaimed force in the American
roots/blues arena. Tommy Castro’s
prowess as a recording artist is reinforced
by a charismatic and powerfully
charged stage performance. Years of
touring, writing and recording have
resulted in a masterful blend of the musical
genres that he loves: blues, soul and
rock. Carlos Santana, who’s invited
Castro to share the stage with him, said
of Tommy, “The blues is in good hands.”
New Years Eve Celebration
The Sun Kings — A Musically
Remarkable Tribute to the Beatles
Sunday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m.
$40 adv./$40 door
The Beatles. You know the name and
remember the songs. Their music redefined
rock ’n’ roll for an entire generation,
leaving an imprint that endures to this
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CARRINGTON HALL APTLY HONORS
Joan Levy, Special to The Spectrum
Carrington Hall at Sequoia High School in
Redwood City is named after a former faculty
member, Otis M. Carrington. You may not
be familiar with his work or know why Sequoia
named the auditorium for him.
Carrington came to Redwood City in 1907 as an art
and music teacher. He eventually became the head of
the music department at Sequoia Union High
School. It has been said that he was very effective
working with young people. His students did so well
that in 1912 Carrington felt they were ready to perform
operettas for the public. He found very little
music available for that purpose. Operettas are short,
amusing musical plays that were quite popular at the
time, but they were all written for the voices of professional
singers, not school children.
Seeing this need, Carrington wrote his first operetta
in 1912, “The Windmills of Holland.” Over the next
22 years he wrote at least 40 operettas suitable for
school productions. He tried them all out on his students
at Sequoia. Fourteen were written with
Christmas themes. With the help of B.E. Myers, a
commercial arts instructor at the high school, he
published and distributed his work as Carrington and
Myers, School Operettas. His works were sold as sheet
music and achieved some degree of popularity. At
least one, “Love Pirates of Hawaii,” a 1918 light
opera in two acts, is still listed on the Internet. It was
a particularly popular work even in schools in
Hawaii. Carrington had never been to Hawaii.
Music critics rated his work quite highly, and one
called him “the leader in the operatic field of music
education.” He was the only California composer to
make such a contribution to this field. Over 25,000
productions of his works were performed worldwide.
Carrington was responsible for not only the music
but also the lyrics of these productions. The reason
for his success in this field, according to one critic,
was that he understood the limitations of young
singers and worked within those limitations.
Aside from his regular academic work, composing
and performing, Carrington found time in the 1940s
to establish and direct a women’s chamber singing
group called the Treble Clef. He wrote many religious
hymns and one anthem, “Redwood,” that extolled
the virtues of Redwood City. For relaxation, he painted
watercolors of seascapes or redwood trees.
Carrington was born in Oakland on July 18, 1884.
He went to school there and then attended the
Hopkins Art Institute in San Francisco. He had
dreams of being an artist. At some point his interest
shifted and he studied both vocal and instrumental
music. He trained under many famous musicians of
the time. He married Alma Nobs, a graduate of
Sequoia High, and they had five children and eight
grandchildren. In addition to his work at Sequoia, he
performed as organist at the grand lodge of
California Masons. He taught for 43 years before
retiring in 1950. Copies of his original sheet music
and a painting of Carrington have been presented to
the school. An Otis M. Carrington Music
Scholarship was established in his name. Sequoia
High is right in honoring this multitalented man
who gave so much to the musical education of its
students as well as students everywhere.
Rediscovering the Peninsula appears in the Monday edition
of the Daily Journal. For more information on this or related
topics, visit the San Mateo County History Museum,
2200 Broadway, Redwood City.
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As I Was Saying ...
As I Was Saying ...
As we prepared to go to press this month, I
found out that City Manager Ed Everett had
selected a new police chief, and by now you
most likely have heard that it is Louis
Cobarruviaz, former San Jose police chief, and he
will begin work on Jan. 16, 2007.
According to Everett, Cobarruviaz left his previous
job training Iraqi police as head of the International
Police Liaison Officers to return to the Bay Area to
head our 94-member police force. He served as chief
of the San Jose Police Department from 1991 to 1998.
After serving in San Jose, the U.S. Department of
Justice asked Cobarruviaz to teach modern policing
methods and management to law enforcement officers
in El Salvador. Cobarruviaz then spent a year in Iraq,
where he commanded the International Police Liaison
Officers and provided training to Iraqi police as an
employee of DynCorp International, a military contractor.
Everett said Cobarruviaz is known for his
expertise in police training.
Carlos Bolanos, our current police chief since 1994,
will leave the department in January to become the
undersheriff for San Mateo County as Greg Munks
takes over as sheriff.
One has to wonder why Cobarruviaz would choose
Redwood City when he has so many worldwide opportunities.
He chose to head our police department
instead of accepting a position in Brazil as advisor to
the U.S. ambassador. “I feel a great sense of excitement
and anticipation in coming to Redwood City. This
wonderful, diverse community has been well-served for
many years by a professional and progressive police
department. I look forward to continuing that tradition
and to working closely with the entire community
to seek new, creative ways to work together to address
community safety,” Cobarruviaz said in a statement.
It is apparent that our community will benefit from
Cobarruviaz’s experience and expertise, but you can
imagine the second-guessing that will be going on and
what will be said. Considering that in the first two
hours after I got the news of the appointment, I
received three phone calls from those disappointed
that Capt. Ron Matuszak did not get the nod, that
will be one of the issues. Another might be his age and
how long, realistically, he will stay in Redwood City.
More on this subject next month.
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defaced with graffiti. Midnight and early morning
crank calls were made to project supporters, culminating
with nighttime phone calls to former City
Council Member Fernando Vega from a man calling
Vega a high-rise “prostitute” and threatening to beat
him up. The man, who was arrested, was not affiliated
with either camp.
The No on Q camp didn’t escape the brunt either. A
No on Q proponent’s porch was vandalized to the
tune of $8,000 in damage. No one was arrested for
By the last days of the campaign, the police were well
aware of hostility from both sides. What started out
as a grassroots campaign to nix a City Council decision
caused the voters of Redwood City to embrace
the “yea” or “nay” camps with such fervor that the
debate on the issues escaped the confines of the
political camps and took on a life of its own. The
voters were inspired to care about this issue.
On Election Day, heavily outspent, the No on Q
campaign savored a 54-45 percent victory. As No on
Q campaign manager Moyer stated, “The Yes on Q
team sent out a mailer every day for the last two
weeks.” Nobles chimed in: “We knew we would
win.” The results backed Nobles’ prediction.
The voters of Redwood City are clearly divided into
two camps: pro–housing and development versus the
environmentalists. These same voters may now have
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ly salt-saturated land. Mixed-use with residential and
public recreation facilities seems to be a viable solution.
FORWC, on the other hand, prefers little
impact to the area. Trulio contends that in a few
years, if the dikes are broken, the salt ponds will naturally
revert back to pristine wetlands and marshes.
Trulio should know. As lead engineer for the South
Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, she has proof of
nature’s restorative powers. Currently, the project is
in the process of restoring 15,100 acres of tidal salt
march in south San Francisco Bay. According to
Trulio, “over 85 percent of the San Francisco Bay
wetlands have been lost.” Even more amazing are the
before and after photos Trulio provides of salt-harvesting
ponds opened up to tidal flows. The restoration
is so complete it is hard to imagine where the
salt ponds once existed. Trulio contends that to
restore the wetlands “you just add water.”
In addition, by returning the salt ponds back to salt
marshes, the area around the mobile-home parks will
revert back to flood plains for flood control. Every
winter, after a hard rain, the area around the mobilehome
parks floods. The city could engineer drainage
into the bay at very little cost.
Bruggman warns of a possible “moving to the nuisance”
conflict. Currently, businesses on Seaport
Drive include CEMEX, North America’s largest
cement and concrete producer. Cement dust and
$3.5-million homes don’t mix.
DMB contends that little can be done with the high-
largest volume in port history. Seventy percent
of our cargo is construction material. These materials
supply the entire Bay Area and keep construction
A VIEW AT THE OLD CARGIL SALT SITE
FORWC contends that residents of an exclusive
community may put pressure on the industrial businesses
to slow or shut down their operations.
Currently, the channel to the Port is regularly
dredged. This not only allows shipping vessels access
but affords recreational boating as well. The Port is
invaluable to all the residents of the Peninsula and
to decide on the fate of 1,433 acres of salt ponds,
land known as the Redwood City Industrial Salt
Works. Cargill, the company that operated the salt
production plant, is closing its operation, and that
will free up the land. Cargill brought in DMB
Associates Inc., an Arizona-based developer, to conduct
voter outreach to determine the use of that
land. In the past, DMB has developed some outstanding
and award-winning upscale, gated communities
with homes ranging from $1.5 million to $3.5
million. DMB brings with it the staying power of the
Campbell Soup Company and Master Lock fortunes
combined: the heirs to each are partners. History
dictates that DMB would most likely prefer to build
a planned community; however, it is much too early
to surmise, since they are in a fact-finding and community-outreach
phase. DMB hopes that by setting
up a dialogue early in the process, a painful referendum
campaign can be avoided.
DMB has set up talks with FORWC, but both sides
have a long way to go.
Also located along Seaport Drive is the Port of
Redwood City, the only deepwater port in south San
Francisco Bay. The Port of Redwood City specializes
in bulk, neo-bulk and liquid cargoes. According to
Executive Director Mike Giari, “The shipping business
at the Port of Redwood City for the last fiscal
year generated 1,833,022 metric tons, the second
With the increase in fuel costs and the huge turnover
of truckers, Forbes magazine predicted in a May 2006
article that this shortage in the trucking industry will
lead to a boom in shipping and rail transportation.
FORWC questions the viability of housing along the
industry-laden Seaport Drive.
A second possible problem along Seaport Drive is
the flight path of air traffic to and from San Carlos
Airport. The flight noise could pose another “move
to the nuisance” issue to an affluent housing development.
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Moyer also worries about the burden such a development
would have on Redwood City’s water supply.
She contends, “The city already is using 10 percent
more than its allocation [from the Hetch Hetchy system]
and is making up the difference by buying from
nearby communities. The community is studying
alternatives, such as potable water, to ease the burden.
New housing by the bay would increase the
One argument in favor of Seaport Drive development
is the influx of cash and taxes. “Not so,” contends
FORWC. City Manager Ed Everett regarded
the expenditures versus the profits of the Measure
“Q” Marina Shores Project a wash. Could the salt
ponds development be that different? FORWC contends
that the cost of the additional city services,
such as water and garbage, offsets any additional
taxes brought in. Woodside Road could become a
freeway. Traffic mitigations would be another
Will there eventually be development or a return to
tidal wetlands? Will they pave paradise and put up a
parking lot? Only time will tell.
For more on FORWC, visit www.FORWC.org.
For more on DMB Associates, visit www.dmbinc.com.
For more community discussions on the land use of the salt
ponds, visit The Spectrum Magazine’s blog, using the “As I
Was Saying” link at www.SpectrumMagazine.net.
But before FORWC is stamped with an anti-development
tag, one must realize that this band of smart
and educated concerned citizens is not anti-growth
at all. In fact, it is very much pro–smart growth. The
group supports development downtown and near the
rails. That makes sense. Businesses are already downtown,
and you move the customers near them.
To go forward with any development, the City
Council will have to rezone the land parcel from tidal
plains to mixed-use, amending the city’s General
Plan, which is currently a work in progress.
FORWC MEMBERS (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT): BOB GELMAN, GWENYTHE "GJ” SCOVE , DR. LYNNE TRULIO,
CATHY MOYER, PEGGY BRUGGMAN, KATHLEEN WADE, MATT LEDDY AND RALPH NOBLES
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SHIPPING CONTAINERS AS HOMES?
DESIGN STUDENTS ARE CONVINCED
Class project shows Cañada College design students that
shipping containers are livable
Turning used shipping containers into affordable,
eco-friendly housing is the latest trend with innovative
architects, and a recent class project has convinced
future interior designers at Cañada College
that the used metal boxes can have all the comforts
Annie Cronin, the green design and sustainable concepts
instructor at the college, challenged her students
this semester to think inside the box — as in
designing a livable space inside a metal cube. Cronin
used shipping containers because they are routinely
going back to Asia empty out of the Bay Area, can be
purchased for about $900 and are strong enough to
resist winds of up to 170 miles per hour.
While the local hipsters might consider living in a
metal box trendy, is it realistic to think a shipping
container can serve as a home?
“If you lose your home in an earthquake, flood, hurricane
or some other natural disaster, you begin to
look at a well-designed shipping container in a different
light,” Cronin said. “That’s what I told my
students. They need to take the interior of a shipping
container and make it into a home. They all
remembered the images from Hurricane Katrina and
they understand that living in the Bay Area we are
not immune to natural disasters.”
Cronin said her students embraced the project and
provided creative designs ranging from a solar-powered
container home to an entire planned community
that included a garden, kitchen, laundry room,
play area, medical clinic and support services.
“Ultimately, the design process needs to focus on
true basic needs and the current environmental situation,”
said student Anna Teeples, who had an
internship with Habitat for Humanity and worked
on a sustainable home in Brisbane. “With these two
factors in mind, making trade-offs for usual comfort
items is somewhat easier. It challenges you to think
deeply about what is needed versus what is wanted,
both personally and socially.”
The designs included hardwood floors, complete
kitchens and bathrooms, tiles on the countertops
and other amenities found in normal homes.
Student Cristobal Barajas even included sun-tracking
BAR SHOOTING SUSPECTS
ESCAPE DEATH PENALTY
“My solar energy concept uses the simple mechanism
of ordinary sun-tracking solar panels,” Barajas
said. “It offers a computerized sun-tracking mechanism
that can find the most efficient source of solar
power, requires almost no maintenance, no set-up is
needed after installation, and they are more attractive
than ordinary solar panels.”
Cronin said she was amazed at the students’ creativity
and their attention to making the designs ecofriendly.
“They went beyond simply designing the interior of
a shipping container,” she said. “They designed livable
spaces using materials that were either recycled
or environmentally friendly. This is the essence of
Teeples said local governments in areas susceptible to
natural disasters should consider using shipping containers
as alternative housing.
“I believe local governments that are forward-thinking,
socially prepared and are environmentally
responsible would indeed be receptive to this as a
form of alternative, affordable housing,” she said.
While a shipping container isn’t an ideal home,
Teeples said it would be a welcome comfort for people
who have lost their house. “My learning came
from trying to understand the emotional process of
losing a home and the need to re-create that space. A
home is a place to recharge. In losing that space, a
person has lost their ability to rekindle and regenerate
energy that helps them to get through daily challenges.”
Details of a Redwood City bar shooting in April that
left three dead and three wounded remain murky but
at least one aspect of the case is clear: neither man
indicted for murder in the case will face the death
penalty if convicted.
The District Attorney’s Office opted against pursuing
capital punishment for Domingo Samuel
Naranjo, 18, and Rolando Fernandez, 26. The decision
leaves both facing life in prison without parole
if a jury convicts them of the first-degree murder
charges and special circumstances of multiple murders
they respectively face.
“As horrific as their crimes were, they don’t rise to
the level where we can say that they belong in the
ranks of the worst of the worst defendants who
deserve to receive the death penalty,” said prosecutor
Mitigating circumstances such as the defendants’ age
and lack of prior records also played a role in the
decision, Giannini said.
Peter Goldscheider, who represents Naranjo, was
unaware of the decision. He does not believe his
client warrants a capital case but conceded “you
can’t take anything for granted” when waiting for
such a ruling.
Opting not to seek death may spell out the strength
of the defense case, said Tom Kelley, Fernandez’s
“We’ve got some real good self-defense issues at least
on Mr. Fernandez,” Kelley said.
When first arrested for the April 15 shooting at the
Headquarters Bar, only Fernandez faced a capital
trial because he was charged with multiple murders.
Naranjo, who was shot in the neck by Fernandez,
was originally only charged with one count of murder
while Fernandez was charged with three counts
of murder, three counts of attempted murder and the
After a grand jury indictment in late October,
Naranjo was charged for the murders of Jesus
Hernandez, 28, Humberto Calderon Jr., 18, and
Ignacio Villalobos-Mendez, 38, assault with a deadly
weapon for allegedly shooting Camillo Serrano
and the special allegation of personally using a
firearm in the deaths of the last two.
Fernandez is charged with the murders of Hernandez
and Calderon and the personal use of a firearm. The
prosecution claimed Naranjo is responsible for two
more murders because he reportedly began the melee
in which the three died. The grand jury did not
indict Fernandez for shooting Naranjo because it
allegedly appeared to be self-defense.
Both men have pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Motive in the shooting remains hazy but the prosecution
contends it started after two men had an
argument and one called his friends for backup. Both
defendants fled the scene and police stopped a
blood-spattered Fernandez for questioning. After
being released, Fernandez allegedly crashed his car
twice and was arrested on suspicion of driving while
under the influence. Police connected him to the
shooting during his booking process on the driving
charge. Fernandez’s charges of DUI and attempting
to run over a police officer also remain a separate
“We considered each defendant individually and
their conduct in this particular shooting which suggested
this is not a case where the jury would have
imposed death if asked to do so,” Giannini said.
Both Naranjo and Fernandez remain in custody on
AND FOCUS THE
Nicole Quasney, Student Writer
As our first semester comes to an end, the students
and faculty of Sequoia High School wait eagerly for
that last bell to ring on the final day of school before
winter break. This break is definitely a long-awaited
one around our campus and will be the perfect end
to a long and stressful week of final exams.
At Sequoia, you are given your final exams the week
before winter break. Completing your finals is a
three-day process, an idea that many of the students
favor. You take your 1st, 3rd and 7th period finals on
the Tuesday before; 2nd, 4th and 0 on Wednesday;
and 5th and 6th on Thursday. This block schedule
for testing gives students more time to study and
concentrate on the material they have learned over
the past few months of school. The week before
finals is called Dead Week. During this week, you are
not supposed to be taught any new material. There
should also be no meetings, sporting events or outside-of-school
activities happening. By having Dead
Week, Sequoia hopes to achieve higher scores on
final exams by having the students be more focused
on their studies than on other activities they may
take part in.
One team that is much too determined to quit practicing
during Dead Week is our boys’ varsity basketball
team. They have gone through numerous events
over the past couple of years that would break most
teams down, but these boys have stayed strong and
are willing to give anything they need to accomplish
their goals. So far, they have played only four games.
They won against Mountain View but unfortunately
lost their other three games. At Sequoia, we believe
they will do extremely well this year, and we expect
nothing less out of Coach Fine, who will take these
boys all the way this year. Coach Fine is one of the
most well-known adults at Sequoia and wouldn’t let
these boys achieve anything but perfection. The
team is dedicating their lives to basketball this season
and practices six days a week. “We have a pretty
solid team and I think we are a success in the making.
Right now we’re just trying to find our chemistry
together as a team,” says senior Glen
Abramson. The boys’ varsity basketball team is one
of Sequoia’s favorites and we are all looking forward
to watching them do their best!
Besides final exams and the beginning of basketball
season, these early winter months are usually very
slow at Sequoia. Most students are just willing and
waiting to be out of school, so we get back on track
around the middle of January. At that time, basketball
season will be in full swing and the school year
will get going all over again.
TO A CLOSE WITH
Nick Markwith, Student Writer
With the new year steadily approaching, it is time to
look back upon another great year and appreciate
the good and the bad that have happened to us.
Woodside is not any different. Finals are just a few
weeks away, signaling the end of the first semester
and concluding another season of sports, a freshmanand-sophomore
play and most college applications.
Whoever said that the first semester is a piece of
cake must never have had to complete the numerous
and extensive tortures of college applications. But
nevertheless, it has been a productive and exciting
year so far.
Most likely the biggest disappointment up to this
point was the performance of the varsity football
team. The Wildcats pounced into the postseason
with a winning record and had very high hopes of
advancing in C.C.S. They were second seed and their
first game was against a team they expected to defeat
with ease. However, that was not the case at the end
of the game, with a score of 6-12. Many seniors on
the team blamed themselves for ending their high
school football careers in such a way. They wanted to
make this season one to remember, and maybe they
did. Only time can tell.
Varsity cross country and girls’ volleyball also had
noteworthy seasons. For the first time in many years,
both boys’ and girls’ varsity teams qualified for
C.C.S. During Pacific Athletic League championships,
the girls ranked second, the highest in
Woodside’s history. The boys did just as well in a difficult
race and ranked fourth. But by C.C.S., the
teams seemed to have passed their pinnacles of
“finest” and their times slowed down. Lindsay
Brunner, a senior and one of the captains on the
team, was only a few places off from reaching state
The girls’ volleyball season also broke new ground,
especially junior varsity. The varsity team qualified
for C.C.S. again for the second year in a row and
won their first game, but lost in the next round to a
very skilled team. Junior varsity went undefeated in
the season. In an effort to motivate his players,
teacher and coach Kevin Tsui promised the girls that
if they went undefeated, they would be able to dress
him and do his hair in any way they wanted.
Everyone saw the outcome, all in purple and pink
feathers, during the Fall Sports Banquet a few weeks
For the first time since I’ve been at Woodside, students
threw together a play called “Louder! I Can’t
Hear You!” Director and senior Max Schneider ran
the performance, whose young actors and actresses
were only freshmen and sophomores. The upperclassmen
ran the program instead, which was performed
in late October. It was an instant hit and
very well organized due to all the participants’ help.
As winter break slowly creeps closer, so does the lingering
annoyance of college applications. For weeks
and weeks at a time, seniors discussed, argued and
compared the colleges they were applying to. College
applications are an extreme amount of work. For all
those of you who have not endured this grueling
process, you are warned. Do not wait until the last
minute or face the overwhelming stress that accompanies
these documents. After the Nov. 30 deadline
for UC applications, Woodside’s atmosphere turned
from tension that could be cut with a spoon to laidback
Despite that the first semester is a few weeks shorter
than the second one, everyone is glad to know it
is coming to a close, but also sad. To some, it signifies
that their first semester of high school is complete
and now they must face another seven semesters’
worth of Woodside. To others, it indicates the
end of an era of their lives and friends and that this
is it. Hopefully senioritis will not affect the entire
population, because after all the hard work everyone
has done, it would be a shame to see it be wasted in
the next piece-of-cake semester.
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SMILES TO SEQUOIA
A pack of cuddly bears have made their temporary
home at Sequoia Hospital, bringing with
them hugs and smiles for patients and their families.
Seven hundred of the plush teddy bears will
spread throughout the Emergency Department,
Radiation/Oncology and the Birth Center, comforting
patients and easing the loneliness of
spending time in the hospital over the holidays.
For the fifth year in a row, a generous donation to
the Sequoia Hospital Foundation by Genentech
Inc., of South San Francisco, has made this heartwarming
The stuffed animals are already making their way
to those in need of a smile and will continue to
be available throughout the remainder of the holiday
season. On Dec. 21 Sequoia will host two
very special guests from the North Pole, who will
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make the rounds of the hospital personally distributing
the bears and delivering joy.
“The Sequoia Hospital Foundation and all of
Sequoia’s staff would like to extend our warmest
thanks to Genentech for this most generous
donation and the holiday spirit that comes with
it,” said JoAnn Kemist, president of the Sequoia
Hospital Foundation. “The healing power of a
soft hug and a bright smile should never be
Summit Preparatory Charter High School wants
its charter renewal petition considered and voted
upon within a month, since the school district
failed to act during the legal time period.
The school’s lawyer, Paul Minney, sent a letter to
the Sequoia Union High School District requesting
a public hearing by Dec. 15 and a decision on
the renewal by Dec. 30. Summit submitted the
renewal of its two-year charter on Oct. 30, a
move the district returned and deemed “premature”
at the time. Summit, on the other hand,
argues that the district’s only options are to deny
or accept the petition in a timely manner — the
deadline to which has passed.
The Redwood City school was chartered in 2001
by the Summerville Union High School District
in Tuolumne, Calif., and opened its doors in
2003. In 2003, the California Charter Schools
Act was changed to require almost all charter
schools to be within the boundaries of the district
for which the school was chartered. It was
unanimously awarded a two-year charter through
the Sequoia Union High School District in May.
The California Department of Education recommends
that charter schools begin the renewal
process early to provide enough time to finish. If
a charter expires before a renewal is approved,
the school cannot legally operate.
Summit’s charter expires in 2008. Sequoia
offered to consider the petition in August
2007, which is too late, according to Minney.
The district needs to discuss the letter with legal
counsel and decide how to respond, said
Superintendent Pat Gemma.
NAMED AT COLLEGE
OF SAN MATEO
A former San Mateo County Community College
District student has been named the ninth president
of College of San Mateo, the school’s board
of trustees announced this week. Michael Claire,
who after graduation went on to teaching and
administrative positions in the district, most
recently served as College of San Mateo’s vice
president of instruction, board President Dave
Mandelkern said. Claire’s previous work has
included developing programs at College of San
Mateo in biotechnology and paramedic studies
and an apprenticeship program for electricians,
as well as establishing a full-time police academy
at the school, the school reported. Claire, a
Redwood City resident, will begin his position as
College of San Mateo president on Jan. 1.
COUNTY TO SHELL
OUT $1M FOR LAND
A state takeover of the county courthouse
remains up in the air but officials are preparing
for the possibility of a move by shelling out $1
million for a piece of land steps from the current
The Board of Supervisors weighed the idea of
buying 525 Marshall St. in Redwood City back
in July and is now set to close the deal.
The site has been earmarked for a new county
government office if a pending state takeover of
the court system forces those departments from
the current site at 400 County Government
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The Spectrum Magazine knows it’s the time of year when all of us
have been shopping for that special something for that special someone.
We have been out in our community, using businesses that not
only provide excellent service but also contribute to our community.
Check out our Best of the Best selections. When you are shopping,
we urge you to shop local and shop often!
Image Auto Repair – 623 Main St. – Prepare for winter at
Image Auto. Here you will find a neatly landscaped, clean
and attractive facility. They offer scheduled maintenance
inspections, service and repairs for Dodge, Ford and GM
diesels. But that’s not all; they also offer quality repairs on all
makes and models of domestic and Japanese cars, SUVs
and light trucks. They are dedicated to providing their customers
with quality products at competitive prices. Discounts
are offered to senior citizens and fleets. They treat all customers
like they are No. 1! Call today to schedule your
Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway – Whether you
are looking for a new set of tires or need repair work on your
vehicle, this Redwood City institution has been providing
quality vehicle services since 1957 and will provide a perfect
gift for anyone. Redwood General Tire was founded on
the premise that good customer service and quality products
at fair prices will succeed in the marketplace. They continue
to follow this philosophy today and expect it to guide them
into a successful future. Many of their satisfied customers
have been with them since their founding and continue to do
business with them today. They proudly serve the third generation
of many of their first Redwood City customers.
EATING AND CATERING:
Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road – You will find everything at
this Redwood City favorite. The Canyon Inn is nestled in the
small, quiet neighborhood of Emerald Hills. It’s a popular
stop for bicycle touring clubs and local sports celebrities such
as members of the San Francisco 49ers. But the reputation
draws celebrities and personalities from all over the world.
The restaurant is noted for its burgers and beers, most
notably the Hacksaw Burger, a big double cheeseburger
named after Jack “Hacksaw” Reynolds. The Canyon Inn also
offers hot and cold sandwiches, hot dogs, fish and chips,
spaghetti, ravioli, lasagna, tacos and quesadillas. Everyone
has to eat after those long shopping days.
Diving Pelican Café – 650 Bair Island Road, Suite 102 –
This restaurant may be the best-kept secret in Redwood City
and provides the perfect atmosphere for get-togethers of
any kind. They offer a variety of specialty items, including
eggs Benedict with fresh crab and homemade hollandaise
sauce. They also have beer and wine, and espresso drinks
available to go. For your convenience, they have outdoor
seating that overlooks the water. Conveniently located half a
mile from the freeway, it’s easy to stop by and visit. Try the
famous pear, walnut, gorgonzola and grilled chicken salad. It
is so delicious that people come from all over to enjoy it!
They also have a seasonal specialty, which is mango pasticcio
and feta cheese salad with grilled chicken. People tell us
that they want to keep the cafe a secret, because it is such a
nice location with outstanding food. We won’t tell anyone?
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 formal dinners. Despite an entire page devoted just to
warm appetizers, these are mere suggestions, and Hyman is
quick to offer additional possibilities to fit any occasion. He
also has a strong sense of community and participates in
many community-oriented events. Additionally, Hyman is
proud of the fact that his business products are nearly 100
percent recyclable, and leftovers are contributed to St.
Anthony’s Padua Dining Room in Redwood City. Need a
caterer for that holiday party or event? Call Dave at (650)
Little India – 917 Main St. – This stylish Indian restaurant
features a reasonably priced all-you-can-eat buffet for both
lunch and dinner — a perfect way to end a fun-filled shopping
day. The home-style food is mainly from the northwest
region of India, and items from other regions of India are also
featured. The food is low in fat and sodium. You can dine in
or take out. Senior citizens receive $1 off and children (under
12) dine at half price. Bring your appetite, because you will
want to try everything!
Pronto Wood-Fired Pizzeria & Rotisseria – 2560 El
Camino Real – Faithfully serving the Redwood City area
since 1992, Pronto is an established neighborhood pizzeria
and restaurant that specializes in quality brick-oven pizzas,
calzones, panini (sandwiches), piadinas (open-faced pizza
sandwiches), pastas and more. You can also choose from a
wide selection of pizzas. Pronto Pizzeria’s wood-fired oven
gives their dishes a unique taste and flavor. Stop by soon
and treat yourself! After all, you are special too.
Capital Mortgage Lending – 805 Veterans Blvd., #202 –
Lourdes Carini and her team of dedicated loan agents focus
on residential lending, including purchases and refinances.
As a mortgage company, they deal with a large assortment
of lenders, allowing them to research the best financing to
meet each client’s individual needs. Carini has over 25 years’
experience in the Bay Area financial services industry. The
company’s success is based on referrals, its track record and
being accessible to clients. So if you have a mortgage loan
need or question, please pick up the phone and call (650)
362-2700. Refinance and give yourself the gift of extra
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. He understands
that this approach might be considered unfashionable.
But if it means helping his clients achieve their goals,
whether for retirement, education or just financial security, it’s
an approach he plans to stick to. Create a financial portfolio
that will give you extra money for next year’s shopping.
Redwood Massage & Sauna – 797 Arguello St. – First
opened in 1964 by two Finnish women, this professional
facility is now under the management of Beverly and Harold
May. Ms. May is a full-time massage therapist with almost 30
years of experience. They pride themselves on having
exceptionally talented massage therapists to care for you,
trained in a variety of specialized techniques to improve circulation,
mental clarity and creativity as well as optimize
overall physical health. Your experience at Redwood
Massage & Sauna will enhance your health and well-being
naturally in the true Finnish tradition of therapeutic massage
and sauna amid clean, comfortable and serene surroundings.
Gift certificates available for anyone — need we say
Re:Juvenate Skin Care – 805 Veterans Blvd., Suite 140 –
Treat yourself, you deserve it! Re:Juvenate is owned and
operated by Sherna Madan, M.D., and Linda S. Moore, R.N.
Together they have more than 50 years in the healthcare
industry and over 10 years in the field of aesthetics. Both
have lived and worked in the community for the majority of
those years. When a consumer is looking for a facility that
offers a list of services that are so personal, name recognition
and reputation are of the utmost importance.
Relationships are formed quickly, and trust is a huge part of
the equation. Whether you are seeing a Re:Juvenate clinician
for acne, sun damage, skin tightening, wrinkle reduction
or laser hair removal, the process starts with a complimentary
consultation with a member of the aesthetic staff.
Call (650) 261-0500 and mention The Spectrum
Warren Street Chiropractic – 520 Warren St. – Warren
Street Chiropractic Wellness and Injury Center was formerly
Lease Chiropractic Offices, owned and operated by Timothy
H. Lease, D.C. Dr. Lease is beginning his 22nd year of practice
and has a very broad patient base from infants to folks in
their 90s. Cases include work injury (workers’ compensation),
personal injury (car accidents, slips and falls, bicycle
and pedestrian accidents), carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar
fasciitis, headaches, neck pain, back pain and leg and arm
pain. He has a working network of other doctors and therapists,
so he is able to refer for second opinions or other therapy
if appropriate. The office has six spacious exam rooms,
including a massage room. Gift certificates available!
Mayers Jewelers – 2303 Broadway – Redwood City’s oldest
family-owned jewelers still sparkle like they did the first day
they opened in 1969. They have a large selection of necklaces,
rings and watches. If you cannot find exactly what you
want, they have personal designs that have kept Redwood
City residents frequenting this fine business for years. I think
they would love that one. And that one …
Shadzz – 960 Main St. – Visit this unique card and gift boutique
on Main Street. Their fashions range from vintageinspired
to fun and funky. They feature Pandora silver beaded
bracelets you design yourself, Kokojoi Swarovski crystal
ear threads and ShaDazZle, their exclusive line of fun jewelry.
If it sparkles, you will find it at Shadzz. Best-sellers include
hand-painted martini and wine glasses, trendy reading glasses,
faux diamond key rings and enamel and crystal pill
boxes. Come in and sample the latest from Burt’s Bees and
pamper yourself with Camille Beckman hand therapy. And
they just introduced a new section: Shadzz Girlz. Make custom
necklaces, bracelets and key chains or bling your cell
phone. For the men, there are 49ers, San Francisco Giants
and Reyn Spooner shirts. There is something for everyone at
Shadzz, Redwood City’s best-kept holiday shopping
Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1.800.23.LEWIS – Rick Lewis,
founder, started his business in 1985 out of his home, using
a small, portable machine. Today, Lewis successfully operates
and manages an office/warehouse of six employees
and has five working vans, with future plans for expansion
and growth. Lewis moved his business from San Mateo to
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THE YEAR THAT WAS AND
Judy Buchan, Contributing Writer
As the sands drifted to the bottom of Redwood
City’s 2006 hourglass, The Spectrum decided
to take stock of the fading year and look forward
to 2007 by polling our readers for their choice
of the most significant issue of 2006 and the most
critical issues coming in 2007. Here’s what they had
2006: The Year That Was
Looming large on Redwood City’s radar screen of
issues in 2006 for our readers was the completion of
the retail/cinema project and Courthouse Square.
“I would say the biggest issue in 2006 was the
change downtown,” said Council Member Ian Bain.
“This was the year that the downtown came alive
between the theater, the Courthouse Plaza and several
new businesses coming in,” he added.
Spectrum readers who agreed that downtown revitalization
was the key event of 2006 seemed to do so
with a mixture of hope and concern.
Former Mayor Brent Britschgi and his wife, Barbara,
felt “completing construction on the theater and
plaza” was critical. It all came with a price, however:
“Unfortunately, the coordination was very poor
between end of construction, leasing of corresponding
and nearby space and closing of the Bayshore
theater (Century Park 12). A $49 million project
should have been handled much better!”
Barry Jolette of San Mateo Credit Union also chose
the debut of the On Broadway project. “The most
significant happening in 2006 was the opening of
the On Broadway complex and completion of the
plaza,” he said. “I believe those two things will be the
catalyst for further activity and improving the downtown
to make it a center of attraction, drawing many
of our residents to enjoy the renewed downtown.
There is more work to be done but this is a great
“I think that the most significant happening in
Redwood City in 2006 was the completion of the
downtown renovation project and the Courthouse
Square,” said David Amann, financial advisor at
Edward Jones. “The jury is still out as to whether
this will be a tremendous success or a colossal failure,
but, one way or another, it will certainly have an
impact on Redwood City for the next decade.”
“Are we getting our money’s worth?” asked Chris
Bohl, former Redwood City School District trustee,
about the On Broadway project. “In any nongovernmental
project, you’d like to show the rate of return,
but there are uncertainties here. Perhaps it’s too soon
to tell,” he continued. “But I’m amazed that no one
is asking any questions about it.”
“The most significant issue in the past year would
have to be public safety, as we once again saw a
young 16-year-old’s life taken by violence on
Chestnut Street,” said Maria Diaz of the
Stambaugh-Heller neighborhood. The past few years
have brought a spate of gang activity in Redwood
City, with Stambaugh-Heller experiencing its share.
“This brings the total [to] three that have been killed
by gang violence in the Stambaugh-Heller neighbor-
hood, but these last two have been more stressful as
they have remained unsolved,” Diaz continued.
“One life is too many and it was very sad, for the
police and the neighborhood. Our children need to
be reminded of the value of life, and we as a community
must work to bring this message across:
Violence is not acceptable and it doesn’t resolve conflicts.”
Costco’s plans for expansion, including the addition
of a gas station, started to heat up in 2006, with serious
concerns voiced by the Redwood Village neighborhood
association. According to Kathy Soulard of
Redwood Village, “The residents of Redwood City
(600-700) signed a petition last year opposing the
gas station addition. If this is not a hot topic for this
city and the residents, I don’t know what is.”
Soulard spoke of her appearance before the Planning
Commission, where she “used the data in Costco’s
draft EIR and the city’s commissioned fiscal and economic
impact reports to tell the Commission that
within 1.5-2.5 years the Woodside Road/Middlefield
intersection will be graded an F by consultant standards
— with or without this project and proposed
mitigations (they currently rate this intersection as a
D). I pointed out that Costco would be pumping
between seven and 13 Redwood City gas stations’
worth of fuel at their proposed fuel center, according
to the studies.”
Redwood City’s much-valued cultural and ethnic
diversity can be both a positive and, in some cases, a
negative. One of our readers talked about an experience
she had in a local restaurant: “The employees of
COURTHOUSE SQUARE - WHEN WILL IT BE COMPLETE?
THE YEAR THAT WILL BE
“Completion of the precise plan and the general plan
by the city are critical issues for 2007,” added
Jolette. “They will set the direction for future years,
benefiting the residents and making it an even better
place to live and work. It is my hope that we will
then make significant progress in developing housing,
especially in the downtown area, which is so critically
Amann chose “the decisions surrounding the closing
of the Cargill Salt works and the development of
that land” as the key for 2007. “While the development
won’t actually occur for several years, battles
between environmentalists, the city and developers
should be interesting to watch.”
some of our stores speak
only Spanish amongst themselves in front of customers.
Today when I was sitting in a restaurant with
a friend having lunch and heard only Spanish being
spoken, loudly, we were offended and thought it was
rude. This is happening more and more. What has
ever happened to being courteous to the customers?
This division in communication is likely to discourage
many customers from returning to these stores.
You don’t get this treatment in San Carlos, Menlo
Park or Stanford.” How do we deal with the language
issue while respecting each other’s heritage? And can
we even do such a thing?
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we’ll have to consider the
impact on our neighborhoods and traffic,” he added.
Bohl raised a related concern. “2007 may be the year
that we look back at and say, ‘We blew it,’” Bohl
said. “If we’re going to build all this housing, where
are the kids going to go to school?” he asked. Bohl
contended that the city is aware of the potential
problem, with not much being done to deal with it.
With crowded schools and the only available land
perhaps at Cañada College, will the city and the
school districts work together to integrate planning
for schools with planning for development?
“The critical issue for Redwood City is the establishment
of the Gang-Free Zone, with the inclusion of
the library and cinema,” concluded Diaz. “This
hopefully will be brought about with a new police
chief who will continue to work with the community
to solve our mutual problems via the community
policing model we have become accustomed to. The
Gang-Free Zone will be critical to our neighborhood
safety and will continue to foster the vision of
Redwood City being a people-first city, but more
importantly one that values the community’s needs
WHICH TRACK TO CHOOSE?
Our readers have considered some of the key elements
in 2006 and looked ahead at critical issues for
2007. They have raised some important points that
need to be addressed as Redwood City continues its
journey into the 21st century. What track will the
city take on that journey? The choice is up to all of
us. Rest assured, The Spectrum will be along for the
2007: THE YEAR THAT WILL BE
CITY COUNCIL ELECTION YEAR
The Britschgis contended that “The City Council is
badly in need of members who will exhibit critical
thinking. So the election is most important.”
Alpio Barbara, of Redwood General Tire and president
of the Downtown Business Group, thinks it’s
time for a “20-second timeout” while we assess
where we are and where we’re going. “I think we
need to continue to improve downtown; what I
mean by that is bring more retail into the city.”
The Britschgis agreed, advocating a “gold star effort:
to get retail leases completed in downtown.”
Further, Barbara suggested that we need to “continue
with crime prevention, have cleaner streets, get
back to basics.”
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
“It’s hard to say what next year’s big issue will be,
but I think it will again be around development,”
explained Bain. “We’ll deal with Costco reconstruction
and several housing developments, both inside
and outside the downtown. As we deal with these
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REDWOOD CITY’S BETHLEHEM A.D. OPENS DEC. 21
Bethlehem A.D., the annual free-to-the-public
Christmas event in Redwood City, will open
Thursday, Dec. 21, and run through Saturday,
Dec. 23, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The event enters its
14th year at its original location at 1305 Middlefield
The three-night event has grown over the years from
a few dozen performers to a cast and crew of hundreds
along with live animals, craftsmen and dancers
entertaining and educating visitors about the true
meaning of Christmas. Crowds average in the thousands
by the time Bethlehem A.D. closes.
Visitors walk through the living re-creation of
Bethlehem on the first two nights and a drivethrough
option begins on the third night, Saturday,
Visitors can interact with the colorfully costumed
townspeople as they cook over fires, create pottery,
buy and sell in the marketplace and give account of
themselves to the census taker. Roman soldiers
patrol on horseback and Jewish sages and scholars
discuss the news that the Messiah has been born
somewhere nearby, while Magi negotiate the crowd,
searching for the Christ child.
The mood outside Bethlehem A.D. is as lively as
within the village walls. Roman soldiers direct traffic
alongside Redwood City police, and Bethlehem villagers
mingle with modern-day sojourners standing
Visitors receive a Certificate of Pilgrimage and can
warm up with free refreshments (hot coffee, cider
and goodies), served on the patio at host church
Peninsula Christian Center.
For more information call (650) 368-3821, ext.114,
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BETHLEHEM A.D. BABY CAMELS
The “Newborn King” in the manger at Bethlehem
A.D. in Redwood City will be greeted by two more
special “babies” this year: two baby camels recently
adopted for Bethlehem A.D. The camels (both
dromedaries) are Willy Emmanuel, 6 months old,
and Wynonna Noel, 4 months old, who made their
debut at the Redwood City Hometown Holidays
Parade Dec. 2.
Born at Camel Hill Vineyards on June 1, Willy
Emmanuel was purchased for Bethlehem A.D. by
Will Richardson, who then entrusted the baby camel
to Joe and Viki Demma, who oversee Willy’s daily
care at their 40-acre ranch in La Honda. Wynonna
Noel was adopted as a companion for Willy. At the
Demma’s ranch, Willy and Wynonna can roam
freely and play with a menagerie of other animals
including goats, sheep, turkeys, ducks, dogs and cats,
and even a miniature horse named Adam, donated to
Bethlehem A.D. by Ted and Judy Hannig. Adam is
being groomed to pull the cart for the Holy Family
in next year’s Redwood City parade.
On a diet of hay, raw goat’s milk, veggies and fruit,
Willy will eventually weigh 1,600 to 1,800 pounds
and grow to 7 or 8 feet tall, measured to the top of
his hump. Wynonna will eventually weigh 1,400 to
1,600 pounds and grow to 7 feet tall.
Bethlehem A.D. is a living re-creation of the village
of Bethlehem on the night of the first Christmas.
Free to the public, the event attracts thousands of
visitors across three nights, Dec. 21 - 23, from 6 p.m.
to 9:30 p.m. nightly. Animals have always been an
integral part of Bethlehem A.D., which features a
petting zoo for children, with sheep, goats, calves
and a zee-donk (half zebra, half donkey), as well as
Brahmas, llamas, horses and camels, who are led
through the village to interact with visitors.
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Under the six-month agreement reached in July,
the county paid $5,000 in monthly rent for the
vacant building and has the option to buy the
2,780-square-foot land parcel and 2,580-squarefoot
building for $1 million. All $30,000 rent will
be credited toward the $1 million purchase price.
The property is currently zoned as part of the
central business district in Redwood City.
The county’s master plan always included acquiring
the space and neighboring land regardless of
the takeover bill, County Counsel Tom Casey
said at the time.
The space could be used for needed expansion
rather than an entirely new home if county
offices are not forced to relocate.
“Nothing has been decided yet about rebuilding
or moving but the land is within our campus area
so buying it makes sense. It is a good investment
and will be used for something at some point in
time,” said Jerry Hill, president of the Board of
All 450 trial court facilities must be transferred
to the state by June 30, 2007, under the Trial
Court Facilities Act of 2002. In some counties,
the move is purely administrative and financial.
In counties such as San Mateo, where the courts
and the government share space, one must go or
shift to a tenant/landlord arrangement.
Under the law, transfers can be title, lease or
responsibility. The state only owns the facility if
the title is transferred.
County officials don’t expect the local transfer to
happen by next June’s deadline and have yet to
decide whether it is more financially feasible to
forfeit its equity in the building by moving or
become a tenant in the building it financed.
County officials disbanded the Emerald Lake
Hills Design Review Committee to prevent the
controversial group from making any more decisions
before the group is revamped.
The Board of Supervisors voted on an emergency
ordinance to eliminate the committee and temporarily
hand off any design review actions to the
county planning staff.
The decision is welcome to outspoken critics of
the committee like Michael Mangini, spokesman
for the Emerald Hills Community Coalition, who
have fought the committee’s regulations on
house size and appearance.
“I think it’s a step in the right direction and an
opportunity to get some public input. A person’s
home is their castle and the design rules touched
at the heart of people’s sense of privacy,”
Emerald Hills includes more than 1,700 property
owners in unincorporated Redwood City. The
homeowners association spent two years promoting
32 pages of new design and building guidelines,
including types of plants and acceptable
exterior colors. Design guidelines are not law, but
offer a strict direction for the committee.
In response, the Emerald Hills Community
Coalition formed and collected nearly 1,000 signatures
opposing changes to house size, shape
At the prodding of the coalition, the county
agreed to rethink the design guidelines and
review process. Theoretically, the committee
could be reinstated with the same guidelines as it
currently follows but Supervisor Jerry Hill and
Mangini agree the hiatus is a chance to evaluate
the group without worrying about decisions it
makes in the meantime.
“We want to do it now rather than wait 30 days
to make it effective so that the committee doesn’t
have the opportunity to take actions that
might later be challenged,” Hill said.
Instead, he added, the county will be able to
decide if the committee represents community
standards before being allowed to reconvene or
If needed, the Planning and Building Task Force
will look at any design review issues, according to
a staff report on the recommended disbandment.
Although Mangini headed the group fighting the
guidelines, he believes the county’s plan of attack
could be a win-win for both sides.
“If we do nothing, something is going to happen.
The basic thing is we need to figure out how
development and designs are going to affect the
neighborhood. The community as a whole should
be mature enough to want to decide together,”
It was a bittersweet ending to a historic season
for the Cañada College women’s volleyball team.
The host and No. 6 seed Colts lost in four games
to No. 11 Foothill in a California Community
College Northern California playoff opener.
Game scores were 30-28, 30-18, 25-30, 30-27.
Cañada committed 12 service errors in the first
two games and, with the exception of its Game 3
win, could never put together a big run.
That’s because the Owls dug up everything in
sight, imposed their presence at the net and
played unbelievably in every phase of the game.
Kelly Burke led Cañada with 11 kills and 21 digs,
Grace Cordero pumped out 36 assists, Angel
vonBardeleben had 10 kills and Damilola Wusu
had four blocks.
Even though Cañada and Foothill are only 10
miles apart, this was the first time the teams
played each other this season because the Colts
are in the Coast Conference South Division and
the Owls in the North — never mind the fact
that Cañada is north of Foothill. Cañada coach
Kevin Kramer felt his team didn’t play its best,
but knows his players competed to the very end.
Now in its fourth year as a program, Cañada had
its best season in its short history, making the
postseason for the first time by playing some
great and inspired volleyball. It was a lesson in
perseverance and serendipity. With just seven
players, the Colts needed everyone and everything
to pan out. Things did — except last night.
“Every time the door opened, they tattooed us,”
Kramer said. “They didn’t make mistakes, they
dug everything and they reminded me of our win
against Cabrillo last week when we did everything
perfect. They did a good job of hitting
around us. If there was an empty spot on the
ground, they found it. They blocked the hell out
of the ball, and if they didn’t, they slowed it
down. It was almost amazing to watch. Their setter
could jump out of the gym and that definitely
played a factor because they were hitting over
us all night. It’s hard to deal with this and think
about the good things we’ve done all year,
because we didn’t play to our full potential.
“But the girls didn’t quit, and if you can walk out
of the gym and look in the mirror and know you
did everything possible, then you can make a
rationale that losing just happens. And I think
our team did that tonight. They left it all out on
Burke and Setaita Filikitonga, two local products,
enrolled weeks before the season started. Libero
Angela Palmeri attended Sacramento State last
year before making her way to the hilltop.
Middle Alexis Taiviti, out of Moreau
Catholic–Hayward, was set on attending Chabot
College. But when Kramer got the gig at Cañada,
Taiviti followed her coach to Redwood City —
with the blessing of her parents, of course.
Setter Cordero and vonBardeleben have been
major keys to the team’s success. Cordero is from
American High–Fremont and the 23-year-old
vonBardeleben is the elder statesman on the
team. Cañada returns Wusu, Burke and
vonBardeleben, great centerpieces to build a
team around. Kramer has lifted the program to
new heights, and next year should be even better.
Especially if another Wusu comes around. The
freshman from Palo Alto was the team’s most
intimidating force at net with her long wingspan
and athleticism, and met Kramer for the first
time on the first day of practice in late August.
“Lola showed up on the first day and it was ‘Uh,
thank the Lord,’” Kramer said. “It’s very rare for
a kid you didn’t recruit to show up who has that
much talent. Then again, every player on this
team had something special.”
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PRETRIAL CONFERENCE IN
TONGAN FATAL CRASH
The pretrial conference for Edith Delgado,
an 18-year-old Redwood City woman
accused of causing a highway car crash that
killed three people, including two members
of the Tongan royal family, was delayed in
San Mateo County Superior Court. Due to a
schedule conflict with defense attorney
Randolph Moore, the conference was postponed
one week, prosecutor Aaron
Fitzgerald said today. Fitzgerald declined to
comment about whether a plea bargain had
been offered by the district attorney’s office.
Delgado has pleaded not guilty to three
counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross
negligence for her alleged role in a July 5
crash on U.S. Highway 101 in Menlo Park
that killed Tonga’s Prince Tu’ipelehake, 54,
Princess Kaimana Tu’ipelehake, 45, and
their driver, Vinisia Hefa, 36. Delgado
allegedly was speeding north of Willow
Road around 9 p.m. when her Ford Mustang
hit Hefa’s Ford Explorer carrying the royal
couple, causing it to roll several times and
land on its roof, according to the California
Highway Patrol. At a preliminary hearing on
Sept. 20, Judge Robert Foiles ruled that
there was sufficient evidence for Delgado to
stand trial, saying that there was “reasonable
cause” to find that a crime had been committed.
On Oct. 31, a motion was granted to
allow the trial to be set back more than two
months to allow Moore time to seek the testimony
of an expert in accident reconstruction.
Delgado’s jury trial is scheduled to
begin on Feb. 13 at 8:45 a.m., according to
the district attorney’s office. If convicted of
all the charges she is facing, Delgado could
spend a maximum of eight years in prison,
according to San Mateo County Chief
Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Delgado remains in custody in lieu of $1
million bail. An appeals court earlier
reduced bail after it was originally set at $3
PLEA DEAL REACHED IN
REDWOOD CITY NEWBORN
A 30-year-old Redwood City woman
accused of abandoning her newborn girl,
who was later found dead in a Dumpster in
November 2005, accepted a plea bargain
with prosecutors in San Mateo County
Superior Court, agreeing to plead no contest
to felony child endangerment. Hilda
Figueroa faced charges of felony child
endangerment and involuntary manslaughter,
and could have received a maximum of
six years in prison if convicted of those
charges. However, under the terms of the
agreement, Figueroa will now be subject to
a maximum of one year in jail when she is
sentenced in January. On Nov. 30, 2005,
Redwood City police officers found the
child wrapped in plastic bags in the trash at
Figueroa’s apartment building in the 600
block of Buckeye Street. A medical examiner
later determined the child had been born
some time on Nov. 29, approximately 16 to
20 hours before she was found by police,
according to prosecutor Eric Hove. Figueroa
was arrested the same day after she sought
treatment at the San Mateo Medical Center,
telling medical workers she had delivered a
premature, stillborn fetus at home and
flushed it down the toilet. After a routine
medical examination, the hospital contacted
the Redwood City Police Department with
information that Figueroa had given birth to
a full-term child, according to police. With
no signs of trauma or intentional injury, a
coroner’s toxicology report showed that the
baby might have died from a placental infection.
According to Hove, the medical examiner
determined that the child had breathed
on its own for a short time after the birth.
Hove said that according to doctors, this
kind of infection can normally be treated,
but because the child was not found until
hours later, it had little chance of survival.
Hove said that Figueroa’s plea was based on
her failure to provide or get help for the
child when it was born. “I think the plea
reflected the nature of the medical evidence
in the case,” Hove said. “What she did was
the unthinkable. She turned her back on a
living child when she was born.” In addition
to a possible one-year county jail sentence,
Figueroa will receive four years probation
and mandatory child abuse counseling for
one year. Her sentencing is scheduled for
Jan. 24 at 9 a.m.
MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO
EASTER EGG RUSE
A Redwood City man who in 2005 disguised
the eggs of federally protected eagle owls as
Easter eggs in order to smuggle them into
the United States has pleaded guilty to four
felonies in U.S. District Court in San
Francisco, the U.S. Department of Justice
reported . Jeffrey Diaz was arrested by U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service and Immigration
and Customs Enforcement agents at his
home in March after being charged with two
felony counts of smuggling live eagle owl
eggs, as well as two felony counts of making
false statements to federal agents, according
to U.S. Department of Justice spokesman
Luke Macaulay. According to an investigation
conducted by the two federal agencies,
along with the California Department of
Fish and Game, during both the Christian
and Orthodox Easter holidays in March and
April 2005, Diaz brought eagle owl eggs,
painted with Easter decorations and carried
in an Easter basket, from Austria into the
United States. The eggs were kept incubated
during the trip with the plastic grass and
hand warmers that lined the Easter basket,
according to investigators. Three of the eggs
later hatched and the eagle owlets are now
being cared for by local wildlife centers,
Macaulay said. Eagle owls are protected
under the Convention on International Trade
in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and
Flora, according to the U.S. Department of
Justice. No sentencing date has yet been set
for Diaz, who could face up to five years in
prison and a $250,000 fine for each felony
charge, Macaulay said.
HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT LEADS TO
FOOT PURSUIT IN REDWOOD CITY
The California Highway Patrol reports that a
high-speed pursuit ended when two suspects
fled from their vehicle after crashing in
Redwood City. According to the CHP, the
pursuit began on northbound U.S. Highway
101, just south of Marsh Street in Menlo
Park, when authorities attempted to stop a
driver for alleged drunken driving. The pursuit
ensued along the Bayshore Freeway and
proceeded into Redwood City via Woodside
Road before the vehicle crashed at
Woodside and Middlefield roads, CHP
Officer Hendrix said. The two suspects
attempted to flee the accident site but were
quickly apprehended by CHP officers,
Hendrix said. Both suspects sustained minor
injuries and were taken into custody,
49ER BRYANT CHARGED WITH
RECKLESS DRIVING, DUI,
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Antonio
Bryant was arrested on charges of reckless
driving, driving under the influence and
resisting arrest after San Mateo police officers
pulled him over for allegedly speeding
on U.S. Highway 101, San Mateo police
Capt. Kevin Raffaelli said. According to
police, a San Mateo police officer entering
northbound U.S. Highway 101 near Whipple
Avenue in Redwood City saw a 2005
Lamborghini speed past him “at well over
100 miles per hour,” Raffaelli said. The officer
tried to catch up to the Lamborghini but
could not and radioed ahead, Raffaelli said.
Bryant yielded to other San Mateo police
officers further ahead and pulled over near
the Kehoe offramp from U.S. Highway 101
in San Mateo, according to Raffaelli. When
an officer noticed Bryant displayed “signs
consistent with the use of alcoholic beverages,”
he asked Bryant to step away from the
car, but Bryant refused and became
“extremely verbally abusive towards the
officers,” Raffaelli said. Officers then placed
Bryant under arrest for reckless driving, and
as they removed him from his car, he
became combative and had to be restrained,
according to Raffaelli. Bryant was eventually
taken to the county jail in Redwood City,
where he continued to refuse to cooperate
with officers, Raffaelli said. He was booked
on reckless driving, driving under the influence
and resisting arrest charges. According
to the San Francisco 49ers media office, a
statement on the arrest was not immediately
REDWOOD CITY STUDENTS TO BE
TESTED AFTER DANGEROUS LAB
A substitute science teacher at Redwood
City’s Kennedy Middle School was fired
after allowing several seventh-grade students
to share the same instrument to draw
blood during an experiment, potentially putting
them at risk for blood-borne illnesses,
school principal Warren Sedar said.
According to Sedar, the teacher was conducting
a science experiment to study cells
and had about 20 students volunteer to have
their fingers pricked to test their blood,
using lancets similar to those a diabetic
would use to test blood sugar. While being
supervised by the teacher, some of the students
shared the same lancets to draw blood,
Sedar said. Sedar identified these students
and contacted their parents as well as the
San Mateo County Health Department, he
said. Health Department spokeswoman
Doris Estrema confirmed that the department
was contacted after the incident, and
said that the students are being advised to be
tested for possible exposure to blood-borne
pathogens such as hepatitis B and C and
HIV. According to Estrema, San Mateo
County has a very low percentage of cases
of hepatitis B and C and HIV in this age
group and thus a low probability that these
viruses could have been transmitted, but the
Health Department is treating the incident
very seriously. “It is of concern to us and we
have been working with the school to make
sure the proper steps have been taken,”
Estrema said. Sedar said he will meet with
physicians from the Health Department to
help answer parents’ questions about the
possible risks to students, and blood testing
by Health Department officials will be available
for students at the school. In addition,
he said, the school will reimburse parents
who wish to have the students tested by private
physicians. According to Sedar, there is
already a school policy against this type of
experiment and the school will now review
all lab experiments and make sure safety in
labs is approved when a substitute teacher is
involved. Studying cells can be done using a
toothpick to swab the inside of a cheek, he
said, and there will be no more blood-related
experiments conducted at the school, he
said. According to Sedar, the substitute
teacher was released immediately after and
because of this incident.
LEWIS CARPET ANNUAL
FOOD AND TOY DRIVE
This holiday season, Lewis Carpet Cleaners of Redwood City is asking for your
support of their 5th Annual Food and Toy Drive. Last year, half the food raised
was given to the Second Harvest Food Bank, where the donations were distributed
to 618 different agencies that help feed families with children, singles and senior
citizens. This year, the food raised will be donated to Salvation Army and the
Redwood Family House.
On Wednesday, Dec. 20, the entire staff will wrap gifts for the children. With the
help of Santa Claus, they will deliver to the families and children at the Redwood
Family House. They will once again have a holiday party and help bring some holiday
cheer to families in need.
Call now to support the food and toy drive:
Lewis Carpet Cleaners
2658 Spring St. #A
Redwood City, CA 94063
Visit www.4carpetcleaning.com for more details.
If you are able to help with our food and toy drive, you will receive a $30 gift certificate
for any of our services.
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Join us for outdoor
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home-cooked dishes made
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breakfast, lunch, weekend
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Meal Club Memberships
Purchase 10 Meals, excluding Sunday's,
and recieve your next, 11th meal FREE!
Minimum purchase $8.00 - Maximum free meal value $10.00
REDWOOD CITY’S MONTHLY MAGAZINE
Nonprofits in Action
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 lowincome
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.
REDWOOD CITY SUNRISE
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, this club has been
vigorously active helping eyesightimpaired
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 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 RWCWC.com.
The Soroptimists invite you to become a
member of Soroptmist International, the
largest service organization for business
and professional women in the world,
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, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Nursing Mothers Counsel (NMC), 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.
Free breastfeeding 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)
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 at
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.
The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was
chartered in April 1988. Since then, 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
by Rotary District 5150, which includes
San Mateo, San Francisco and part of
Marin counties, as an outstanding small
club. For more information or to join, call
Fred Wolin at (650) 329-1013.
SEQUOIA HIGH SCHOOL
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 sequoiahsalumniassoc.org
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
REDWOOD CITY ROTARY
The club is celebrating the 60th anniversary
of its founding. In addition, the club
hosts interesting weekly speakers and
fosters good fellowship among its members
and within the community.
Redwood City Rotary is an affiliate of
Rotary International, the nation’s first
service club and an organization dedicated
to community service on a local
and global scale. There are 32,000
Rotary clubs throughout the world.
Rotary is known locally for its scholarship
program and support of the Police
Athletic League, Boys and Girls Clubs,
Casa de Redwood senior housing,
Salvation Army, Kainos Home and
Training Center, Sequoia YMCA Family
Connections, St. Anthony’s Padua
Dining Room, Sequoia Hospital
Foundation, Pets in Need and the
Redwood City Education Foundation.
Redwood City Rotary meets at 12:30
p.m. Tuesdays at the Sequoia Club,
1695 Broadway. For more information or
to join, call John Lowe at (650) 367-
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 at least 55 years of
age and looking for work, 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
Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop
communication and leadership skills.
(continued on page 30)
EVENTS AT THE
Join the fun at the Veterans
Memorial Senior Center, 1455
Madison Ave., for these great activities:
Thursday, Dec. 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Enjoy an afternoon of holiday music
and singalong spirit while enjoying
hot cider and cookies. Cost is $2. No
TOAST TO THE TOWN
Saturday, Jan. 6, 1-3 p.m.
Start 2007 off with an afternoon of
music, compliments of the Bob Saul
Orchestra. Chocolate and champagne
will be served. Cost is $10
per person. For tickets, leave a message
at (650) 780-7264 by
Wednesday, Jan. 3.
OLDER DRIVER SAFETY
Thursday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Join us for this popular seminar on
older driver safety. Topics will
include a confidential self-analysis
of driving skills, the importance of
nutrition and exercise, age-related
changes and how to adjust to be a
safer and more alert driver. This
class is sponsored by volunteers
from the California Highway Patrol.
To register, call (650) 780-7270.
Class size is limited. There is no
To learn more about the Veterans
Memorial Senior Center, call (650)
FREE REPORT REVEALS
Why Most "Baby Boomers" Will Not
Be Able To Retire Comfortably And
What To Do About It!
Or "Please pass the dog food"
Do the math. If you have
$50,000 to $100,000 in
an IRA, 401k or other
retirement account and
you are depending on the
market to build the nest
egg you will need to
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income of $5,000+ per
month, you are
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The club meets on Wednesdays 12:30-
1:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at
City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road. Call
Manny Rosas at (650) 780-7468 if you
would like to check out a meeting or just
stop in. Visit www.toastmasters.org for
more information about the
Toastmasters public speaking program.
OPTIMIST CLUB OF
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 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.
WOODSIDE TERRACE A.M.
Since October 1956, the Woodside
Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club and its precedents
have been devoted to community
service in Redwood City. Through the
decades, they have provided funds to
help many worthy community programs
and continue to add more community
projects. The club sponsors the Key
Club of Sequoia High School, chartered
in 1994 and involved in raising money
and donating time and effort to many of
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 www.agencyinfo.org/kiwanis.
ASSOCIATION OF THE
Hearing Loss Association is a volunteer,
international organization of hard-ofhearing
people, 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. Call
Marj at (650) 593-6760 with any questions.
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TIME FOR NEW YEAR’S FINANCIAL RESOLUTIONS
David Amann, Special to The Spectrum
Once again, it’s time to make New
Year’s resolutions. If you can succeed
in your efforts to exercise more, travel,
learn a new language or any of the other worthy
goals you might have, you can expand
your horizons and enjoy a better quality of life.
But if you want to make an even bigger
impact on your future, you may want to make
— and keep — financial resolutions for the
As with all resolutions, the financial ones are
easier to keep if they don’t force you to drastically
change your lifestyle. So, with that in
mind, here are a few attainable financial resolutions
to consider for 2007:
Increase your retirement plan contributions. If
your salary goes up this year, increase the percentage
of your earnings that you defer into
your 401(k) plan — or your 403(b) if you work
for a non-profit agency or 457(b) if you work
for a state, county, city or other governmental
agency. With tax-deferred growth, pre-tax
contributions and a variety of investment
choices, these plans are great retirement savings
vehicles. Plus, since the money is taken
out before it even reaches your check, you
won’t really “miss” your increased payments.
And in 2007, the contribution limit for these
plans has increased to $15,500. (If you’re 50 or
older, you can contribute an additional
“Max out” on your IRA. In 2007, you can put
up to $4,000 into a traditional or Roth IRA, or
$5,000 if you are 50 or older. If you cannot
come up with the maximum amount at once,
try dividing your
IRA contributions into 12
equal monthly payments and have the
money taken automatically from a checking
or savings account.
Build adequate cash reserves. Try to build a
sufficient cash cushion — about six to 12
months’ worth of living expenses — to handle
any unexpected financial needs, such as a
major car repair or an expensive new appliance.
By building an emergency fund, you
won’t need to tap into your investments. And
by giving your investments the potential to
grow for as long as possible, you’ll accelerate
your chances for progress toward your longterm
Review your investment portfolio. It’s a good
idea to review your investment portfolio at
least once a year. Over the course of 12
months, your life can change in many ways
(e.g., new spouse, house, child or job). And if
your life changes significantly, your investment
goals may also change. But even if your circumstances
haven’t changed much in a
year, you should review your holdings to make
sure your investment mix reflects your individual
risk tolerance, time horizon and long-term
objectives. A financial professional can help
you review your investments to make sure you
are still on track.
Don’t take a “timeout” from investing. In every
year, you can find any number of events —
war, political turmoil, natural disasters, market
volatility, etc. — that might motivate you to
“take a break” from investing. But the most
successful investors keep on investing, no matter
how gloomy the news may be. So, in 2007,
look beyond the headlines. Instead, focus on
quality investments and your long-term investment
If you can achieve these New Year’s resolutions,
you’ll go a long way toward potentially
improving your financial situation in 2007 —
Editor’s note: David Amann is one of the
Redwood City community members who contributes
to The Spectrum. If you have any questions regarding
investments please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
or The Spectrum Magazine,
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After a very successful and well-attended Hometown
Holidays event, the Downtown Business Group held
its annual holiday get-together at Mandaloun restaurant
on Broadway. The group presented checks of
$500 to the Woodside High School marching band
and to Bethlehem A.D. volunteers for their winning
participation in the parade.
In attendance were business leaders Alpio Barbara,
Regina Van Brunt, Susan Moeller, Larry and
Loretta Knight, Bob Gelman, Mike and Lorianna
Kastrop, Cherlene Wright, Lourdes Carini, Keith
and Nina Kadera, Ron Lopez and Jay Albay, along
with former Mayor Judy Buchan and Miss
Redwood City Bridgette Chen.
As the event was wrapping up, Council Member
Diane Howard and her husband, Steven, arrived
with former Mayor Dani Gasparini and Alyn Beals
to share a holiday dinner together.
* * * *
The Port of Redwood City and its commissioners
held its annual holiday event and, as usual, it was
fantastic. Enjoying the sautéed shrimp, roast beef
and delicious spread provided by Encore
Performance Catering were Mayor Barbara Pierce;
former Mayor Georgi LaBerge; Council Members
Jeff Ira and Howard; Assembly Member Ira Ruskin;
port Executive Director Mike Giari; port
Commissioners Jack Castle, Dick Dodge, Larry
Aikins, Lewis Miller and Ralph Garcia; Planning
Commissioner Nancy Radcliffe; Civic Cultural
Commission Member Steve Cortez; former City
Attorney David Schricker; George Haga; Warren
Dale; Magda Gonzales; Corrine Centino;
Catherine Fraser; Clem Maloney; Keith Bautista;
John Bruno; Brian Palter; Harry Vaillette; Barry
Jolette and Duane Sandul.
* * * *
The Pacific Shores Center at the end of Seaport
Boulevard was recently sold to Starwood Capital,
which is headquartered in Greenwich, Conn., for a
reported $835 million. The office complex is currently
85 percent leased, with Protein Design Labs
(PDL) moving their headquarters here from Fremont
in 2007. The move will see 600 to 700 employees
also moving there.
Wow! Don’t get me wrong; I am excited about this
and the benefits this will have to our community.
But what I am wondering about is the Friends of
Redwood City group, who is already making the traffic
on Seaport and Woodside Road an issue when
handing out its literature all over town about the
proposed development on Seaport Boulevard —
which, by the way, there is none. Why did they not
get involved in this issue/transaction if traffic is such
a concern? There should be a minimum of 300 new
vehicles hitting our streets with PDL moving here.
And while we are on the subject, why hasn’t this
community group taken up the offer of developer
DMB Associates to sit down and discuss land usage
on the old Leslie Salt property?
I am beginning to wonder about the sincerity of this
group, wanting to avoid and not create controversy.
Whenever those who have or appear to have differences
of opinion do not try to at least discuss their
concerns, the process is skewed from the beginning.
We do not need another Measure “Q” to divide our
community. Let’s work together, friends, and not let
a great opportunity leave our community.
* * * *
A group that is working within the “process” consists
of the neighbors within the Costco block, who are
objecting to the retailer wanting to add a gas station
to their site on Middlefield Road. During recent
Planning Commission meetings their objections
have been loud and well-thought-out. I understand
that change is always hard but the changes to the
site, in my opinion, will only improve the services
there and not create the kind of problems — the traffic,
Hoover School being so close, the real estate
market, etc. — that they are claiming.
I live on Birch Street, and two blocks away on El
Camino is my neighborhood gas station. I could say
the same conditions apply to me but they do not. El
Camino is a lot busier than, let’s say, that stretch of
Middlefield by Costco, and homes are closer to our
station here than there. I don’t sympathize with
those neighbors — it is a problem that is affecting
most neighborhoods in our city. But I respect the fact
that they are using the process to voice their opinions
and do so while gaining as much information as
possible. Other groups should do the same. Get it
* * * *
Just in time for the New Year’s rush, San Mateo
County officials have announced that the new
Juvenile Hall in San Mateo, named Youth Services
Center, will be opening “in time for Christmas.” The
opening of the facility is three months behind schedule
and, because of furniture-ordering delays, failed
fire inspections and staff needing additional training,
it did not meet its new November deadline.
At $148 million, the project is also 18 percent over
budget and some say in jeopardy of losing a $21 million
federal grant that required the construction be
completed by the end of September. But those in the
know say it will not be affected.
The facility — which replaces the old, 55-year-old
juvenile hall — is a 276,000-square-foot complex,
with 10 buildings, probation offices, juvenile courts,
a girls’ ranch (a 30-bed minimum security girls’
camp, which is already operating), a group home, a
cafeteria and school classrooms.
No word on what types of food the cafeteria will provide.
But I can bet there will not be any caffeine
* * * *
Out with the old and in with the new. As mentioned
above, there will be a new sheriff in town starting
this January, but I would like to take this opportunity
to thank two people who have improved our community
for the past several years. First, Chief
Bolanos. Although he is not going far, he will be a
world away in the politics of San Mateo County, as
opposed to the tranquil atmosphere here in
Redwood City — a little joke for you all. Bolanos has
really been a “communities chief” and has reached
out to us since he first began. He will be missed and
I wish him the best in his new position.
I also bid a fond farewell to one of my favorite politicians
of all time, Sheriff Don Horsley, as he exits
and enjoys life a little — well, except for that elected
— do they sit
the H’s together?
I first met
Don when he
a debate I
East Palo Alto,
I was immediately
and, of course,
his charismatic personality,
and I guess
others were too, as he
was elected after a
fierce campaign. Since
then I have followed
his career and have
seen him rise to gain
the respect and admiration
of not only
those he serves but
also others outside of
Case in point: I was
Jones while she was
covering the Michael
Jackson case for Fox
News — we even got
the opportunity to
party a bit with the
prosecution team, but
that is another story
for another time —
and while there I met
Peter Shaplen, who
was hounded day and
night for press credentials
from Asia to
the North Pole. Once
I mentioned I was
from Redwood City and “actually knew” Horsley, my
chest was soon stuck with media passes that would
gain me access to anywhere he could authorize. His
admiration for Horsley and the sheriff’s office here
made me so proud to be a part of this community —
not to mention the reaction that I got from Jones
when I returned to the Fox tent. That was priceless.
Don will definitely be missed, but I have a feeling for
not that long, as he will undoubtedly run for county
supervisor one day. I only wish he would consider a
run for a higher office, as we need more elected officials
* * * *
Happy holidays to all and best wishes in the new
As I was saying …
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day. Imagine the Beatles at the beginning
of their career — during their
Hamburg days, before the suits, haircuts
and fame. Couple the energy and drive
of those early performances with the
diversity of all the Beatles records we
know so well. Put it onstage and you
have a Sun Kings show, one that will
leave the audience screaming for more.
Thursday, Jan. 4, 8 p.m.
$16 adv./$18 door
The hot new Bay Area Celtic quartet
brings joyous energy and soaring fourpart
vocals back to the Little Fox for a
New Year’s party to celebrate the
release of their new CD. Camogie is
Robin Flower and Libby McLaren, multiinstrumental
trailblazers of Celtic
Americana; Danny Carnahan, lead
singer, fiddler and octave mando whiz
with the adventurous jam band Wake
the Dead; and Mary McLaughlin, internationally-acclaimed
and keyboardist. Vocal harmonies soar
over shifting textures.
Rat Bastard, Graveyard Tan plus
Destroyer — A Full-Costume Tribute
Friday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m.
$12 adv./$14 door
Rat Bastard will be doing a “note for
note” tribute to all the bands they cover,
performing hits from the ’80s by mostly
Dio, UFO and Y&T, plus a few by
Sammy Hagar, AC/DC, Alice in Chains
and more. The band played live with
Dave Meniketti and Phil Kennemore (of
Y&T) in November 2003 at a local pub to
a packed house of well over 300 people.
Don’t miss this headlining performance
featuring four very talented local rockers!
Graveyard Tan is a new collaboration
featuring half of Rat Bastard and
half of another local favorite cover band
called Mr. Meanor.
Tom Rigney and Flambeau plus
Saturday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m.
$12 adv./$14 door
Tom Rigney, the fiery, electrifying violinist/composer,
joins forces with some of
the finest musicians on the San
Francisco roots music scene to form
Tom Rigney and Flambeau, a band that
will tear the roof off of anyplace that has
one and raise the spirits of everyone
around. And now, at long last, the new
Tom Rigney and Flambeau CD is here
and it is off the hook! A scaldingly hot
collection of tunes and songs that will
burn a deep groove in your CD player
and in your consciousness with irresistibly
Redwood City Blues Jam
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 7 p.m.
See listing for Dec. 27 above.
Pride & Joy
Friday, Jan. 12, 9 p.m.
$18 adv./$20 door
During its 17 years of phenomenal success,
Pride & Joy has remained among
the most popular bands on the Bay Area
music scene. This group is the pride of
the Bay Area and a joy to anyone who
loves to dance. They have achieved this
by presenting the most timeless
pop/soul music of our time in an electrifying
high-style show that pulls the audience
directly into the heart of their performance.
This band can play anywhere
from the most popular clubs on the circuit
to wedding receptions.
Evolution — A Tribute to Journey
plus Powerage — A Tribute to AC/DC
Saturday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m.
$12 adv./$14 door
Evolution has just been crowned the
best tribute band in Northern California
by KFOX Radio and the Greg Kihn
show! Evolution was formed in late 2004
by lead guitarist Jerrol Reavis. This
unique blend of incredibly talented Bay
Area musicians came together with the
goal of bringing all of Journey’s hits to
the numerous Journey fans throughout
California and Nevada. Evolution
emphasizes the music, energy and professionalism
of Journey. As the stage
lights go down, the audience comes
alive with anticipation.
Presented by West Coast Songwriters and
True Wind Music
Hit Songwriters in the Round featuring
Steve Seskin, Craig Carothers
and Don Henry
Sunday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m.
$14 adv./$16 door
A perfect way to “round” out the day —
any day! Distinguished guest songwriters
share some of their — and your —
favorite songs in wonderfully intimate
and casual in-the-round performances.
Steve Seskin is one of the most
successful writers in Nashville today,
with a boatload of songs recorded by
Tim McGraw, Neal McCoy, John Michael
Montgomery, Kenny Chesney, Collin
Raye, Peter Frampton, Waylon
Jennings, Alabama, Mark Wills, and
Peter, Paul and Mary. Craig Carothers is
a singer/songwriter with a rock sensibility.
Redwood City Blues Jam
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m.
Join Daniel Castro for an evening of
quality blues music from the area’s best
musicians. See listing for Dec. 27
Amazing Recreation of a Live Doors
Jim Morrison Celebration featuring
Friday, Jan. 19, 9 p.m.
$18 adv./$20 door
Celebrate the magic and madness of a
live Doors concert as presented by
David Brock. Wild Child is an 18-yearrunning
Los Angeles–based Doors tribute
band that faithfully re-creates a live
Doors concert. The music of the Doors
and voice of Morrison are faithfully recreated
with all the depth, energy and
emotion of Doors concerts live as they
were back in 1967-1970. Wild Child has
performed on tour nationally as well as
internationally, playing to packed venues.
Wild Child utilizes the same musical
equipment as the Doors.
CD Release Party !
SambaDá plus Point of Order
Saturday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m.
$12 adv./$14 door
SambaDá is soaring to new heights with
the release of the album Salve a Bahia.
After nearly a decade of mixing musical
backgrounds and influences, a new
sound has emerged that truly separates
them from any other group. With one
foot firmly rooted in California and the
other in the deep cultural traditions of
Brazil, SambaDá serves up nonstop, percussion-driven
dance music that leaves
people dripping wet and calling for more.
A Minute With...
What is the most important aspect of
the Planning Commission?
To do research on an issue and make decisions
based on facts.
Should we be concerned about housing
in Redwood City?
Yes, for the placement of and the affordability
of — that is important.
Is there a project you are excited about
in Redwood City’s future?
Peninsula Park. The developer did not go
away and our community should be thankful
for that. We deserve this project.
What historical figure do you most identify
Lassie — she always came home.
What living person do you most
People who are true to themselves and get
involved with their community.
Who are your heroes in real life?
People that face adversity with courage
and through the process teach others to do
What is your most-treasured possession?
I do not treasure possessions.
Janet Borgens was born in San Jose and moved to Redwood City in 1969. She has one son, David
Turchet, 39, and is happily married to her husband, Milt. She has owned the Beauty Wheel salon
on Woodside Road for 36 years. She was appointed to the Redwood City Planning Commission in
May 2006 after serving four years on the Housing and Human Concerns Committee. She also
served four years on the Senior Affairs Commission and as president of the Peninsula Sunrise
Rotary, a local nonprofit group. Borgens was awarded the Citizen of the Year award and the
Sequoia Award for volunteerism.
What talent would you most like to have?
To sing. I want to sing!
Something no one knows about you?
That I cry during television commercials.
If you could change one thing about
yourself, what would it be?
Not to cry during television commercials.
What words or phrases do you most
It will be all right.
If you could choose what to come back
as, what would it be?
A flower — everyone loves flowers.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Having good health and someone to love.
What do you consider your greatest
What is your greatest regret?
Not attending college.
What or who is the love of your life?
My family and friends.
What is your motto?
Senseless acts of beauty and random acts