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Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

December 2006

Vol 3, No. 3

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher


Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer


Valerie Harris

Contributing Writer


Dale McKee

Graphic Artist

Contributing Writer

Damaris Divito

Photography Stylist

Sales Associate


DJ Design

Dale McKee

Aurora Tucker

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

using words.

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

support us!

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

FREINDS OF REDWOOD CITY . . . . . . . . . . . .5

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

“AS I WAS SAYING ...” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

LOCAL NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

LOCAL INTEREST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15


BETHLEHEM A.D. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

NONPROFITS IN ACTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

SENIOR ACTIVITIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30

FINANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

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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

San Francisco.

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.







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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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.


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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This living re-creation of the village of

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Roman centurions, the Three Wise Men

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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.

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“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.



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

from 1875.

Ongoing Exhibits

The Great Rotunda.” The stained-glass

dome of the rotunda, thought to be the

largest in a Pacific Coast public building,

is the architectural highlight of the museum


“Courtroom A.” The oldest courtroom in

San Mateo County has been restored to

its appearance in 1910.

“Nature’s Bounty.” This exhibit gallery

explores how the earliest people of the

Peninsula used the natural resources of

the area and how 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

internationally known.

“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.

Special Exhibit

“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.

Free admission!

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

Show XIV

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

plus TinMan

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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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 ...


Steve Penna


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

the damage.

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


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

costs low.”


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

South Bay.


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.


Related links:

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.







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

of home.

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

solar panels.



“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

green design.”

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

Al Giannini.

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

defense attorney.

“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

special circumstances.

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

no-bail status.












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.





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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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

tradition possible.

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


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.




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.



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

government center.

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.


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

shopping dollars.

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

Redwood City in 1995. The Lewis family works and lives in

Redwood City and has truly made this town their home. They

are committed to the vision and success of our community

and with relentless effort will continue to support the community,

devoting time, effort, energy and services today and in

the future. Call and ask about their Spectrum special. You

can get 100 square feet of carpet cleaned for absolutely

nothing. Call today and make your house or living space

luxurious for the holidays!













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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

to say.

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





“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?


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

and input.”


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





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.”


“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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The wrapping fun takes place at Red Morton

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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,

Dec. 23.

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

in line.

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,

or visit www.BethlehemAD.com.


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.






Local Interest

(continued from page 15)


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,”

Mangini said.

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

and appearance.

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

move forward.

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,”

Mangini said.



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

the court.”

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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News Briefs





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





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.




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.



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,

Hendrix said.




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





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.







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

(650) 366-3477

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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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Nonprofits in Action




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.



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)

to RSVP.

NMC also has breast pumps and breastfeeding

supplies available for purchase

and rent. Call (650) 364-9579. If you’d

like to become a trained counselor, call

(650) 365-2713. Visit their Web site 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.



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 sequoiaalumni@earthlink.net.


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-




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

for work.



Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop

communication and leadership skills.

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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.

Redwood Room

Enjoy an afternoon of holiday music

and singalong spirit while enjoying

hot cider and cookies. Cost is $2. No

reservation required.



Saturday, Jan. 6, 1-3 p.m.

Redwood Room

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.



Thursday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Sunset Room

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)



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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.



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.



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

its programs.

The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis

Club meets every Wednesday morning

7:15-8:30 a.m. at the Waterfront

Restaurant, 1 Uccelli Blvd. (at Pete’s

Harbor). They invite you to come to their

meetings and check out the club’s Web

site at www.agencyinfo.org/kiwanis.





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.

Editor’s note: If you are connected with

a nonprofit organization and want your

information printed in The Spectrum,

send it to

writers@spectrummagazine.net or The

Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box 862,

Redwood City, CA 94064. Let our community

know your contributions and

maybe some will want to join you.





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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

coming year.

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

financial goals.

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 —

and beyond.

Editor’s note: David Amann is one of the

Redwood City community members who contributes

to The Spectrum. If you have any questions regarding

investments please send them to writers@spectrummagazine.net

or The Spectrum Magazine,

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


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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

together, friends!

* * * *

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

position on

the Sequoia


District Board

— do they sit

the H’s together?

I first met

Don when he

was running

against Hank

Durner in

1993. During

a debate I

attended in

East Palo Alto,

I was immediately

drawn to

his honesty,

common sense

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

our community.

Case in point: I was

visiting Aphrodite

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

media coordinator

Peter Shaplen, who

was hounded day and

night for press credentials

by correspondents

from everywhere

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

like him.

* * * *

Happy holidays to all and best wishes in the new


As I was saying …


(continued from page 7)

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

Irish chanteuse

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

opener TBA

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

infectious grooves.

Redwood City Blues Jam

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 7 p.m.

Free admission!

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.

Free admission!

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

Wild Child

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

the same.

What is your most-treasured possession?

I do not treasure possessions.


Janet Borgens

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


My son.

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

of kindness.





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