A wife, a mom, a mayor!
“It’s all about opportunity and
that’s what I want to focus on”
Also in this issue:
Who’s Been Naughty and
Nice, Parties and more in
“As I Was Saying…”
and Illustrators Festival
A taste of Oaxaca
in Redwood City
The Spirit of Community.
It’s what we’re thankful for this holiday season.
It’s the holiday season and the spirit of community is alive and well in Redwood City – and that makes us grateful for all those
who continue to help us create a community vision for the Saltworks site that will foster neighborliness and inspire goodwill.
The spirit of the season is also why we’ve chosen to support the Shelter Network on behalf of every Redwood City resident.
The Shelter Network defines the essence of community by helping Peninsula homeless families and individuals
find a place to call home and we are proud to lend a helping hand.
If you would like to support Shelter Network, please visit www.shelternetwork.org to learn more about their mission
and ways you can help.
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Welcome to the December issue of The Spectrum Magazine. With the New Year knocking at our door,
we have several community stories we hope you will enjoy this month.
Our cover story, by contributing writer Valerie Harris, is on newly appointed Redwood City Mayor
Rosanne Foust. She is the first Redwood Shores resident to hold that position, but, as you will read, she
is aggressive in representing our entire community. It will be interesting to see how the city progresses
under her leadership and what her priorities will be.
Our business profile this month is on a new restaurant downtown called Black Bean. The owners bring
recipes from the Oaxaca region of Mexico. The offerings are unique, very tasty and priced so you can
enjoy several items if you desire.
Publisher Steve Penna has some interesting items up for discussion this month, including county cutbacks,
parties around town and his holiday list of naughty and nice people, in his column, “As I Was Saying….”
We also have cultural events, news briefs, senior activities, financial advice and details on Orion
Elementary School’s Sixth Annual Children’s Authors and Illustrators Festival.
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Table of Contents
Inside The Spectrum – 4
Hospital Rebuild Approved – 5
“As I Was Saying...” – 6
A Passion at Orion School – 8
Cultural Events – 13
Community Interest – 13
Rosanne Foust – 16
News Briefs – 20
A Taste of Oaxaca – 23
Annual Toy And Book Drive – 25
Shop Redwood City – 27
Finance: Holiday Spending Control – 28
Handyman Hints – 29
Senior Activities – 29
A Minute With Santa Claus – 30
Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot
This month’s photo shoot was scheduled by publisher Steve Penna with our cover
subject, newly appointed Redwood City Mayor Rosanne Foust, for Tuesday, Dec. 11, at
2:30 p.m. at City Hall on Middlefield Road.
Cover story photographer James Kaspar arrived first on the scene and was followed
by Penna a few minutes later. Penna roamed City Hall looking for Kaspar but could not
find him. Foust then arrived and the two began to look for him together as they talked.
After about 10 minutes, all were united as Kaspar was found waiting for the two
upstairs by the city manager’s office. They chose to start shooting the photographs with
Kaspar on the main floor looking up at Foust, who was on the second-story balcony.
It was business as usual in City Hall with customers coming into the different
departments to get information or services. Penna and Foust joked around — they
have been friends for a while — as Kaspar worked away. It must have looked like a
confusing scene, but it was actually calm.
Throughout the shoot, Foust was continually stopped and greeted by police officers,
city staff and residents. She is always attentive and seems genuinely interested in
talking to each person as if they were the only one there.
The final shots in City Hall were taken from the staircase above the council
chambers. The lighting was perfect and, as you can tell by the cover shot, the contrast
of the wood and paint accented Foust perfectly.
The three then moved to a comfortable setting and took the center-spread photos at
La Tartine, the new cafe across from the downtown cinema entrance.
The entire shoot took about an hour and a half and was one of our most enjoyable
The Spectrum congratulates Foust and in doing so realizes she has to follow the hard
work and dedication of her predecessor, Barbara Pierce. As our community knows,
Foust is very capable and will work hard for our city. Her main theme is Redwood City
pride! We are proud to have her on our cover.
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Sequoia to Give Up Power, Hospital Rebuild Approved
Sequoia Hospital is one giant step closer to being
rebuilt after its health care district unanimously
voted to contribute $75 million in tax dollars
to the project and relinquish its seats on the
hospital’s governing board.
The change will be the first time the district
has not had a definitive role in the oversight of
the hospital since its founding 57 years ago. The
new campus will include an 8,740-square-foot
emergency room, advanced cardiovascular center,
medical office building and four-story parking
garage. The new hospital will also have 167 beds,
nearly all private, which are designed to limit
infection and allow overnight family visits.
The district meeting was packed with many
deal supporters, some who spoke in favor of
the proposal. Two people spoke out against
the proposal. Throughout the lengthy process
to strike a deal, some opposed to the proposal
feared the district was giving Catholic Healthcare
West — the parent company of Sequoia Health
Services — too much decision-making power and
feared that could result in a sudden sale or decline
of hospital services.
The health care district, which includes
Redwood City, San Carlos, Belmont, Menlo Park,
Woodside, Atherton and Portola Valley, founded
the hospital in 1950 but has since evolved into
a philanthropic organization distributing its tax
dollars to groups with a health focus.
In 1996, voters approved a proposal that the
district turn over hospital management to operator
Catholic Healthcare West under a 30-year
agreement but continue appointing five members
to the hospital’s 10-person governing board.
In return, CHW paid the district $30 million,
which provided the seed money for its share of the
new hospital funding.
It will give up its right to appoint people to the
Board member Art Faro assured the
“naysayers” the deal was safe. He said it was
better to have an established company run the
hospital than a government agency.
“Don’t look at it as we’re giving the hospital
away. The hospital is going to remain here,” Faro
said. “We did everything we could to tell people
this was coming down the pike. We had public
forums where very few people showed up.”
The hospital, like all in California, is mandated
by the state to meet seismic standards by 2013.
Facilities could either retrofit or rebuild. In
Sequoia’s case, officials felt the order was the
perfect chance to give the hospital a much-needed
Sequoia Hospital’s projected $240 million
rebuilding cost will be met by a collaborative
financing arrangement that calls for $75 million
from the health care district, $75 million from
CHW, $75 million from Sequoia Hospital and $15
million from philanthropic contributions raised
by the Sequoia Hospital Foundation. If more than
$240 million is required to complete the project,
CHW will provide those funds.
Once the rebuild is completed, the agreement
ensures the district will share in Sequoia
Hospital’s profits, provided that certain
benchmarks are attained.
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AS I WAS SAYING
A community and political who’s who in Redwood
City attended the swearing in of our newly
appointed Mayor. Each Council member was
given the obligatory time to speak and honor
outgoing Mayor Barbara Pierce and then voted
for her successor Rosanne Foust. Many had been
wondering if either Alicia Aguirre or Ian Bain
would have been appointed Vice Mayor. If you look
at the normal progression, Bain should have been
appointed – I suspected that would not happen.
Then Aguirre would have been the next in line.
Well, former Mayor and Councilwoman Diane
Howard received the unanimous vote from her
colleagues. Did she deserve it? Of course, she did.
Will she be able to be a strong influence on Foust
and be able to help her adjust to the position? Of
course, she will. Here is the problem.
In two years we have another election where
three seats will be up for grabs. Howard and Jim
Hartnett will be termed out and Jeff Ira has
not announced if he will seek re-election. So the
scenario could go like this. What if none of the three
are running or let’s say for the sake of argument
just two of them are not going to be on the Council
anymore and we get two new council members with
no experience. Who will be appointed Mayor? Who
has been in training if you will as Vice Mayor to
take over? That is a problem. One can not just take
over as the Council’s figurehead unless they have
experience or have someone immediately under
them to assist them. Almost certainly Pierce would
be asked to take over again – that would not be a bad
thing either - as Mayor and Bain or Aguirre tapped
as Vice Mayor. One has to wonder what message
the council quorum was sending those two by their
vote? Just wondering.
. . .
The Hometown Holidays event put on by the
Downtown Business Group was a huge success.
The streets were packed all day with visitors
enjoying the ice sculptures, snow lot, Santa visits,
children’s play area, food and art vendor and of
course the parade and outstanding fireworks. Many
businesses were reporting that the day was one of
if not the most profitable day they have had during
the past year. That is welcoming news to those
who have been suffering of late and encouraging
to those planning events for next year. Keith and
Nina Kadera organized the event and should be
commended for their efforts in pulling together the
group’s membership to put on the event.
. . .
San Mateo County Manager John Maltbie recently
announced that the county will face a $25 million
deficit next year, and to curb the financial hit, he
informed his department heads that all hiring
would cease immediately and will stay in effect
indefinitely. There are over 500 vacant positions
or 9 percent overall job vacancy rate. The county’s
last hiring freeze was in 2002. The move means
that there will be no terminated positions for now
– welcomed news for employees this holiday season.
The main problem in the complicated financial
scenario seems to be salary growth. During the past
five years revenues in the county have grown by
$17.5 million or 71 percent annually. During that
same time, salaries and benefits have grown 32.8
million or 8.4 percent annually. The county’s overall
budget is somewhere around $1.7 billion with the
heath department leading budget allocations with
50.1 million. I don’t know about you, but that does
not sound like very good planning and forecasting
to me. It seems imminent that employees will have
to be sacrificed in the future to control spending.
Wouldn’t you think?
Just as the freeze was announced, new salaries for
county heads have gone up 3 percent. Based on the
increase allotted to the appointed department heads,
five of the county’s top elected officials will get
raises next year effective January 1, 2008. Leading
the pack, District Attorney James Fox will see his
bi-weekly paycheck rise to $9,860.81. The rest in the
order of highest salaries are: Sheriff Greg Monks
$7,470.38, Assessor Warren Slocum $6,422.26,
Controller Tom Huening $6,123.97, Treasure-Tax
collector Lee Buffington $5,658.41 and Coroner
Robert J. Foucrault $4,798.15. Many might suggest
that the increases should not happen at this time
of financial unstability. But I disagree. Those who
work hard should be compensated for doing so
when they have an agreement to do so. Those that
determine when and who will get raises should be
the ones we hold accountable.
. . .
Even though they are strapped for cash Caltrain is
at it again. They will be paying nearly $3 million
on fencing along its railroad ways to keep people
from crossing illegally. Now, I have never been one
that supports such spending and to be quite candid
think it is a total waste of monies, creates blight and
even divides neighborhoods in some areas. Deaths
along tracks have decreased this year (7) from a
high in 2006 of 16. It is hard to tell if the fencing has
assisted in the decrease or more available suicide
prevention efforts have. I just can’t see fencing as a
very large deterrent since you can just walk a little
further and find a way onto the tracks. But if that
makes officials feel good, so be it.
. . .
Redwood City Industrial Saltworks (RCIS) held
its Holiday Open House at the Seaport Conference
Center. Sharing in the spirits were: former Mayor
and current Councilwoman Barbara Pierce and
her husband Jerry, Planning Commissioner Nancy
Radcliffe, Port commissioner Lewis Miller, County
School Board member Memo Morantes, Sequoia
Union High School Trustee Loraine Rumley,
community leaders: Keith and Nina Kadera, Bob
Hoffman, Bob and Irene Bryant, and Alyn Beals.
RCIS is gearing up to hold public informational
meetings in 2008 and inform our community of
the plans for the Cargil Salt property. I for one
am looking forward to hearing what they have to
present and maybe finally seeing the reality for
many of being able to own a home in Redwood City.
Wouldn’t that be nice?
This month’s Chamber of Commerce Business
Holiday mixer was held at the new United American
Bank on Broadway. Enjoying the new offices
and cheer were: former Mayors Dani Gasparini
and Georgi LaBerge, former councilman Paul
Sanfillipo, County Supervisor Rich Gordon,
Port Commissioner Larry Aiken, School Board
members Chris Bohl, Loraine Rumley, Memo
Morantes. Business leaders: Paula Uccelli, Memo
Morantes, Pat Becker, Alyn Beals, Cheryl
Angeles, former San Carlos Mayor Sylvia Nelson,
Mary Mortensen, Katherine Fraiser, Claudette
Woods, Warren Dale, Dave Karow, and Clem
Maloney. Frank Bartaldo who was formally at Bay
Area Bank, has been tapped as the Executive Vice
President of the new location.
He knows if you’ve been sleeping, he know if your
awake, he knows if you’ve been bad or good – but
does he know who has been naughty or nice this
year in our community? Well I do and here goes my
On the other hand, since my turkeys of the year
came out last month and I am not feeling the need
to hold anyone accountable this Holiday season, I
am just doing the nice thing because I am feeling
so incredibly blessed – okay elected officials you
can breath. I want to acknowledge a few people
that have really impressed or have been good this
year. The Redwood City Firefighters Association
for not only helping Abigail Mendoza but for
getting involved in our community. Same with the
Police Athletic League led by Alpio Barbara, Pete
and Ginny Hughes for all their work at Casa de
Redwood, people who help children and adults a
like, volunteers for all the other non-profit groups
that pull our community together and help others
in need. All of you out there who feel good about
your lives and just want to make it better for you
and those around you! I salute you all! And to all a
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!
Thanks for reading.
As I was saying . . .
. . .
. . .
Author! Author! A Passion for Children’s
Literature at Orion School By Judy Buchan, Contributing Writer
Did you know that Orion Elementary School hosts nationally known
children’s authors and illustrators in an annual book signing festival every year?
You do now.
Sharon Levin talked about another of Redwood City’s best-kept secrets, the
upcoming Orion Elementary School’s Sixth Annual Children’s Authors and
“Every year we have ‘lightbulb moments’ where you can see children ‘get
it,’ said Levin with a smile in her voice. The 2008 event is expected to turn
on more lighbulbs for the children.
“Oh! That author’s like me,” they might say, or “I can be an author/
illustrator,” or “Wow, this guy wasn’t a reader at my age and now look at him.
I don’t have to see myself as a nonreader forever.”
“Kids don’t understand that real
people write and illustrate books,”
Levin said. The idea for the festival,
now in its sixth year, was based on
a similar program in Clayton. “It’s
intended to break down barriers
between kids and the authors and
illustrators,” Levin added.
The festival is set for Saturday, Feb.
2, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Orion
School, 815 Allerton St., in Redwood
City. Admission is free and the event
is open to the public. Books and
food will be available for purchase.
Simultaneous Spanish translation and
sign language interpretation will be
available at all the presentations.
Each year, the festival has hosted
six to eight authors/illustrators.
Every classroom will have an author
or illustrator for book signing and
presentations. Authors and illustrators
donate their time to the festival.
Second-grade students will be
docents for the authors and illustrators.
And Levin noted that the children
take time to research the authors.
She recalled one student who recognized an author he had researched by
remembering his favorite food as a kid — macaroni and cheese. “They had a
mac-and-cheese conversation,” she said, laughing.
The Orion teachers recognize the
importance of the festival as well.
“Our teachers so love the insight into
the books and the writing process.
Without that, we wouldn’t be able to
have such a successful event at our
small school,” Levin said.
Presenters at the upcoming festival include Madeleine Dunphy, Candace
Fleming, Elissa Haden Guest, Matthew Holm, Francisco Jimenez, Elisa
Kleven, Katherine Tillotson and Caldecott award–winning artist Eric
Rohmann. A national award, the Caldecott medal is given for the best picture
book of the year.
Kleven, a resident of Albany, Calif., has participated in the festival for
the past six years. “The children get the chance to meet the creators of their
books, to get excited about new books and to see and learn how illustrators
and authors work,” Kleven said. “We authors get to meet the wonderful
people we make our books for, to see their amazing art projects and to spend
the day surrounded by fellow book lovers. Orion’s love for literature and
“Did you know that Orion Elementary School hosts
nationally known children’s authors and illustrators
in an annual book signing festival every year?”
appreciation of authors, illustrators and children shines through in every way.
The fair is always a deeply life-affirming event!” She added, “We are served
a delicious lunch as well.”
Kleven’s most memorable moment of the festival focuses on banners made
for the authors. “Each year an author is presented with a banner the children
have made, celebrating his or her work. Whenever I see ‘my’ banner, my
heart sings, and since we get to take the banners home, and since I hang mine
around my house and studio, my heart sings all year round,” she said.
Levin’s heart seemed to sing as well as she talked about the Orion
community. “We love our diverse community,” Levin said. “And we
understand that not all are readers.” She recalled that Jimenez, now a
professor at Santa Clara, wrote a picture book about life as a child of migrant
workers that “had a big impact on the
kids.” Further, Levin noted that on
a field trip to Sacramento, the Orion
group by chance met a Hispanic
children’s author. Hispanic mothers
talked with the author and thanked
her for her work.
The festival happens, Levin
continued, because of the “passion of
the parents for children’s literature.
If the parents didn’t buy into this, it
would not happen.”
That passion is important to
Orion principal Cathy Okubo. “I
love reading. Everyone always teases
me because I often say, ‘Oh, that is
my favorite book,’ when a book is
mentioned,” she said. “I guess I have
many favorite books. Words and
pictures stay with me. I am always
making text to the world and self
connections,” she added.
Okubo talked about an
experience with her daughter that
perfectly describes her love for
literature. “Last night my daughter
was reading ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’
and asked me what I thought the significance of the mockingbird was. My
whole body lit up and we began to discuss our different ideas. The more
excited I got, the more excited she got. It was synergy. Books are friends.
They keep me company when I need
a friend, they take me to other worlds
and they let me imagine. Reading is a
beautiful experience. I want everyone
to love and cherish books, to be able
to quote them, to make them their
friend,” she said.
She also sees the festival as a “major event because it helps foster the love
of reading and books. Classrooms do in-depth studies of the authors and
illustrators, learn firsthand how people become authors and illustrators, and
get hands-on, personal experience with authors and illustrators.”
Levin herself also has a longstanding passion for children’s literature and
is one of the driving forces behind the event. “I started reviewing children’s
books when my oldest daughter (now an eighth-grader at Kennedy) was in
preschool,” she said. “I wrote a column called Book Corner that had some
reviews but mainly focused on the numerous children’s literature events in
the Bay Area. When my younger daughter started Little Hands Preschool,
they started carrying the column as well.
“As people left the schools (children ‘graduated’),” she continued, “they
asked if they could use the column in their elementary school newsletters,
and it grew from there. Book Corner goes out to parents, teachers, librarians,
bookstore owners, authors, illustrators, schools and the review Web site
childrenslit.com. Since it is no longer Bay Area–centric, it only has reviews,”
“I want everyone to love and cherish books, to be able
to quote them, to make them their friend.”
“However, there are still lots of children’s lit events in the area, and I
love to spread the word about them,” she told me. “So, a few years ago, I
started an e-mail list (cost and obligation free) that keeps people in the loop
about local children’s lit events and some events in the larger (national and
international) world of children’s literature. There are over 500 people on this
list. Again, a mix of parents, children’s literature ‘nuts,’ teachers, authors,
illustrators, bookstore owners, etc. I have no problem saying to a stranger,
‘You need to be on my list.’ Once, while waiting in line for the bathroom at
my favorite storytelling festival, I signed up three new people — they’re still
on the list,” she said. (Author’s note: Now that’s dedication!)
Levin also serves on the Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts
Committee for the National Council of Teachers of English.
Levin told me that the Redwood City Public Library would like the festival
to be a joint effort, but “I told [library director] Dave Genesy no.” Citing
space needs for the festival that can’t be accommodated by the library, she
is very grateful for the display case advertising the event that is set up every
January in the library’s children’s room.
She also goes to other schools, meeting with school staff to update them
on what’s new in children’s literature and to publicize the festival. Schools
help with publicity by advertising the event in their school newsletters. These
visits pay off — schools in East Palo Alto are planning to attend the festival.
And you should, too. Bring your children and immerse them in the
wonderful world of reading.
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Senior Center Gains National
Concurrent with its 25th anniversary, Redwood
City’s Veterans Memorial Senior Center is
celebrating its recognition as the first nationally
accredited senior center in San Mateo County,
only the third center in California to reach this
status and just the 148th to be accredited out of
the 15,000 senior centers across America. The
senior center’s accreditation status is bestowed by
the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), a
unit of the National Council on the Aging.
With this recognition, the Veterans Memorial
Senior Center is considered to be in the top 1
percent of all senior centers nationwide and
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relationships, volunteer programs, outreach
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City Wins ‘Diamond Award’ for
Courthouse Square and Events
Redwood City has been recognized by the
Peninsula Arts Council with its annual Diamond
Award for the city’s vision in developing the
Courthouse Square, which has permanently
enhanced the downtown business area and has
created a vibrant artistic forum for the public’s
The Peninsula Arts Council says that Redwood
Art on Broadway
Resident Artists Ring in the New Year
Champagne reception: Friday, Jan. 4, 6–8 p.m.
Exhibition dates: Jan. 3–Feb. 27
Redwood City Art Center
2625 Broadway, Redwood City
Come meet the artists at Art on Broadway and
ring in the New Year with a champagne reception.
Featured artists will be resident Art Center artists
and gallery partners Duke Collins, Cherry Harborne,
Wendy Lee, Linda Roth and Jeanne Schapp.
For its January and February exhibitions, Art
on Broadway spotlights resident artists from
the Redwood City Art Center as well as gallery
partners. Gift cards and small retail items are
available for purchase. And, while visiting the
gallery, don’t forget to take a look around the Art
Center. You may even be inspired to sign up for a
class from one of the center’s talented instructors.
San Mateo County History
City’s expansive schedule of events such as Art
on the Square, Dancing on the Square, Movies on
the Square, Music on the Square and the Friday
Night Art Walk are now an integral part of the
downtown experience, for the entire community
to enjoy for free.
The combination of the City of Redwood City
and the Redwood City Public Library with its
many hosted readings, musical performances
and film nights, plus the cultural offerings of the
San Mateo County Historical Association, has
created an “artistic synergy that has enlivened the
downtown environment and has made Redwood
City a year-round cultural destination.”
Congratulations all around!
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as you work to become smoke-free. Our January
classes will be held as follows:
Sequoia Wellness Center
749 Brewster Ave.
Monday evenings, Jan. 7–Feb. 25, 6:30–8 p.m.
Fair Oaks Community Center
2200 Broadway, Redwood City
$2–$4; free for children ages 5 and under
Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
The museum is located in the Old Courthouse
with its historic dome. Its collections include
horse-drawn carriages, models, railroads from
Caltrans and the Ocean Shore Railroad, relics
from San Mateo’s past and lithographic art dating
The Great Rotunda — The stained-glass dome
of the rotunda thought to be the largest in a
Pacific Coast public building is the architectural
highlight of the museum building.
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 oldest 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
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Thursday evenings, Jan. 10–Feb. 7, 5–6:30 p.m.
Additional class Feb. 1
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If you are interested and involved in your
community, there is a really great opportunity
to work for Redwood City in a new part-time
position. You may be interested, or perhaps you
know a good candidate. Send them City Hall way!
As part of our community-building efforts, the
city manager’s office is adding the position of
Neighborhood Liaison Coordinator. This will be
10 to 20 hours a week and will focus on helping to
strengthen relationships between the city and its
neighborhoods, and among neighbors themselves.
This is going to be a really fun, dynamic
position, kind of on the front lines of our
community-building, at the neighborhood
level. Neighborhood outreach and organization,
facilitating trainings and events and activities,
supporting neighbors in their efforts to make
connections, making presentations, writing and
distributing materials, and having a great time
Please visit www.redwoodcity.org/hr and
click on “Career Opportunities” and then “Job
Listings” to read about the Neighborhood Liaison
Coordinator position. Maybe you’ll see yourself
in that position or know someone who might be a
County from a frontier to suburbs.
Carriage Display — An exhibit of the museum’s
30 horse-drawn vehicles.
Charles Parsons Gallery — An exhibit of the 23
historical model ships created by Charles Parsons
of San Carlos.
Politics, Crime and Law Enforcement — The
Atkinson Meeting Room includes the Walter Moore
Law Enforcement Collection of historic badges.
San Mateo County History Makers:
Entrepreneurs Who Changed the World — The
exhibit chronicles the entrepreneurs who made
San Mateo County internationally known.
Land of Opportunity — The exhibit tells the story
of the diverse people who came to the area and
explores how different groups faced hardships
Living the California Dream — The exhibit
depicts the development of the suburban culture
of San Mateo County.
The Celtic Tiger: The Irish Economic Miracle
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An Amazing Force of Vibrant Energy,
Opportunity And Success.
By Valerie Harris
Special to The Spectrum
Rosanne Foust was sworn in as mayor of
Redwood City on Monday, Nov. 26. A resident of
Redwood City, she is married to fellow council
member Jim Hartnett. She first met Hartnett when
she joined the Chamber of Commerce in the late
1990s, and they wed in August 2006. Together
they have four children: her two daughters, Julia,
12, and Lydia, 7, and Jim’s two boys, Jake, 20, and
But there is so much more to Foust than just being
a wife, a mom and a mayor. She’s an amazing
force of vibrant energy, opportunity and success.
Foust was born and raised in Shelton, Conn.
She attended Stonehill College, a small, private
Catholic college in Massachusetts, and graduated
with a bachelor’s degree in international studies
After graduation, Foust worked for the World
Trade Center. She learned of a company called
Alsace Development International, United States,
an operation of the regional government of
Alsace, France. Foust said, “They were opening
a Boston office in the beginning of 1988, and
they found out that I spoke French. I knew their
competitors, I knew how economic development
worked, and so they hired me and brought me to
The company first moved Foust to Los Angeles,
where she lived from 1988 to 1995. Foust said,
“I was in product development. I helped U.S.
companies that were setting up operations in that
part of France. I went there three times a year.”
During her stay in Los Angeles, she also obtained
a certificate in executive management from UCLA.
In 1995, Foust transferred to the Bay Area. She
said, “The French had always wanted a Silicon
Valley office. My first husband is an engineer,
and he worked for Hughes Aircraft and Space
Systems Loral. That, combined with the French
wanting a Silicon Valley–based office, brought
us to this area. Plus, we thought it would be
a good place to raise children. Redwood City
was halfway between Silicon Valley and San
Francisco. I needed to be near an international
airport because of my travel.”
When Alsace closed its U.S. operations this
year, Foust had worked for the company for 20
years. As executive vice president and treasurer,
she was essentially the head of North American
Foust joined the Redwood City Chamber of
Commerce in the late 1990s. She eventually
joined the chamber’s board of directors in 2000.
That year seems to be when the community
activism bug bit her. She joined the Redwood
Shores Community Association and worked on
the Redwood Shores Child Care Task Force. The
group was made up of Dick Claire and Ira Ruskin,
who were both council members at the time, and
Corinne Centeno, who is the city’s current Parks,
Recreation and Community Services director.
Foust recalled, “I had a five-year-old and I
was pregnant with my second child, and we
didn’t have a lot of child care available to the
community. So I helped start what is now the
Redwood Shores Child Care. I was also appointed
to the Redwood City Planning Commission in the
summer of 2000. I loved planning, because with
my background in economic development, there
was a fit. And I was getting my master’s in public
administration at the time, so it all came together.
It wasn’t a grand plan. People always ask me
“Life offers you a lot of opportunities. And it
really depends on what your interests are,
where you think you can do something to
about that. Life offers you a lot of opportunities.
And it really depends on what your interests are,
where you think you can do something to effect
change. There are a lot of opportunities that come
your way. And it depends on timing.”
She continued, “I said this the night I became
mayor: The key to succeeding is listening to
people and hard work. Those two things are not
complicated. People want you to work hard. And
they can tell if you do or not. People are very
intelligent. We have an incredibly intelligent
community in Redwood City. They ask a lot of
good questions, and they have high expectations,
as they should.”
When she first considered running for office,
Foust explored her options by talking to various
people in the community. She spoke with people
at the Chamber of Commerce, Dick Claire (who
was still on the council) and former mayors and
council members Barbara Pierce, Ruskin and
Dani Gaspirini. Foust said, “They all asked me to
think about it. I talked to my family and my job,
because I also needed their buy-in. My boss was
mayor of his small village for 12 years in France.
Because my company was a quasi-governmental
private organization, fully funded by the French
regional authorities, the people who ran our
organization were all politicians. Some were
senators, some were county commissioners, so I
was familiar, but I had to make sure that this run
for office was acceptable. It was.”
During this time, Foust also completed her
master’s degree in public administration from
Notre Dame in Belmont.
Foust first ran for office in 2003 and was elected
to the Redwood City City Council. She was reelected
in 2007 and was then elected mayor by
her fellow council members. She deems it a great
honor, because her fellow members chose her as
their leader for the next two years.
Foust’s excitement at facing the challenge of
being mayor is infectious. She enthusiastically
described her goals: “It’s all about opportunity,
and that’s what I want to focus on as mayor.
… Every mayor has a different focus or a
different area that they are interested in.” As she
considered what her focus would be, she asked
herself, “Where could I really make people think
about their communities?”
In a flash of brilliance, Foust seized upon
“Redwood City pride,” which would afford
Redwood City the perfect opportunity to show
off its excellence. Foust believes that people can
have pride in every aspect of our community.
She said, “We can have pride in our downtown.
We can have pride in our neighborhoods. We
can have pride in our communities, in our plot of
land, our front porch. There are so many different
areas where we can have pride in where you live
and where you interact … pride in our business
community. It really can hit every facet of our
community. We can have pride from our children,
from our youth to our seniors. We have an
amazing senior center. We have an amazing city
government and city staff. We have a great Public
Works. It’s pride! It’s Redwood City pride!”
Foust is eager to see where Redwood City goes
in the next three years. There are many changes
facing the city. There is the general plan, the
saltworks project and downtown businesses. She
is eager to start leading the city into a new era,
and a new era of pride!
“The key to succeeding is listening to people
and hard work. Those two things are not
complicated. People want you to work
hard. And they can tell if you do or not.”
“We have an incredibly intelligent
community in Redwood City. They ask a
lot of good questions, and they have high
expectations, as they should.”
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Accused Pimp Slapped
With Criminal Charge
Redwood City police arresting a 24-year-old man
for allegedly pimping out his auto body repair
shop coworker discovered phone videos detailing
his love for the job and a photo of a woman titled
“LoveDisPimping,” according to the District
Prosecutors charged Nicholas Geranios with
one felony count of pimping and he remains out
of custody on his own recognizance.
Redwood City police arrested Geranios after
responding to a Craigslist post and allegedly
arranging a sex act for $250 at a local motel. After
she was arrested, the woman, according to police,
pointed out Geranios as her pimp and explained
that he convinced her to act as his prostitute.
An examination of Geranios’ cell phone
turned up videos in which he speaks of his love
for pimping and a photo of a woman labeled
“LoveDisPimping,” police reported.
Police also reported Geranios rented the
Redwood City motel room for the prostitute and
had a box of 20 condoms in his possession when
Geranios has four prior criminal cases in San
Mateo County, according to court records.
Bair Island Closed up to
Fans of the Bair Island trails will be barred from
visiting for three to five years because ongoing
habitat restoration has turned the former salt pond
into a “veritable construction site,” as one million
cubic yards of dirt is hauled in to shore up levees
and create a tidal wetland.
Up to 200 truckloads of dirt daily are entering
the site as well as large pieces of construction
equipment — all reasons why public access is
banned until further notice, according to the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service.
A number of reported vandalism and
trespassing incidents also led to the decision
announced a few weeks back. The USFWS even
reported that some people have ridden all-terrain
vehicles through the construction area and cut
through barrier chains.
Dirt hauling began in July, and officials wanted
to keep some of the site open, sectioning off a
portion of the trails during construction. However,
unsafe practices and illegal acts prompted them to
drop the option all together.
Bair Island, a 3,000-acre area in Redwood City,
is part of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay
National Wildlife Refuge. The island was diked in
the late 1800s for grazing and later converted into
salt evaporation ponds.
Inner Bair Island contains
the trail loop that draws
An estimated 250,000 people visit the island
annually to jog, hike and appreciate the wildlife.
Those quarter-million visitors, however, will have
to put their trips on hold temporarily while the
USFWS works on improvements.
The current construction is the first renovation
phase to return the island to its former wildlife
habitat and create new tidal wetlands and
trails. Plans also include observation platforms,
expanded parking and restrooms.
To reach the end goal, more than 1 million
cubic yards of dirt will raise the island’s elevation
and shore up levees. The dirt comes from a
number of sources, according to the USFWS, and
is monitored to ensure it is clean. Officials are
hopeful they can use land from the dredging of
the Redwood City port’s channel.
Once complete, wildlife officials expect the
repaired habitat to house a number of species
including the endangered California clapper rail
and salt marsh harvest mouse.
Father Accused of
Whipping Sons With Cord
A Redwood City father accused of whipping his
two young sons with an electrical cord entered a
plea bargain during his pretrial conference and
will now face sentencing in January, according to
a deputy district attorney. Lavadis Henderson, 35,
pleaded guilty to two felony counts of infliction
of corporeal punishment on a child resulting in
a traumatic condition, Deputy District Attorney
Sarah Boxer said.
Henderson will face up to 12 years and eight
months in jail for charges he struck his 9- and
11-year-old sons on the buttocks with a vacuum
cleaner extension cord. The boys’ injuries were
reported to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s
Office by Menlo Park’s Garfield Charter
School officials, who were investigating graffiti
vandalism at the school that was allegedly done
by one of the boys, according to Boxer. The
sheriff’s office then notified Child Protective
Services and Henderson was arrested. The
injuries were reportedly inflicted between
January and May of this year, according to Boxer.
Henderson, who has four prior criminal
convictions — two for rape, one for sodomy on
a child under age 14 and another for lewd acts on
a child under age 14, according to Boxer — had
been ordered by a Sacramento County court to
have no contact with the boys and their mother,
but they were found to have been living with
him in his Redwood City apartment. Henderson
remains in custody on $600,000 bail. His
sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 25.
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A Taste of Oaxaca on Main Street
By Dale McKee
Special to The Spectrum
There’s a new taste in town, one many of you may not have tried. And it’s
right down on Main Street, with bright décor and fresh smiles waiting to
greet you. I’m talking about Black Bean Cuisine, which opened its doors just
three months ago.
Having grown up in California, I’ve been long accustomed to — and in
love with — good Mexican food. But the cuisine at Black Bean is something
different, a flavor I’ve honestly never before encountered in my travels. It’s a
very specific regional cuisine native to Oaxaca (wah-HAH’-kuh). And, after
sampling this flavor, all I can say is: Oaxaca, where have you been all my life?
Even before I sampled the food, though, I had a great impression of the
establishment. It’s brightly painted but not loud, with high, elevated ceilings
and displays of regional art adorning the walls. The owner, Teresa Barrita,
was pleasant and warm. She, her husband and children all help run the
restaurant, putting in their love and attention. And it shows.
Barrita immigrated to San Jose when she was 4 years old and grew up in
the Bay Area, attending both San Mateo High and the College of San Mateo.
She and her husband, Fidel, have been married 25 years. He’s a native of
Oaxaca, and it was during a trip to visit his family that she first fell in love
with the culture there. In Oaxaca, she explained, they still hold to the old
traditions, including art, food, clothing and annual cultural festivals.
“The culture is so rich [in Oaxaca],” Barrita said. “They have their own
dialect. They still dress in their own style. They keep their traditions.” She
hopes to introduce more of Oaxacan culture to Redwood City over time.
Barrita’s family lives in San Mateo but has run a jewelry shop on
Middlefield Road for 20 years now. On opening Black Bean in Redwood
City, she said, “A lot of people around here know a little bit about Oaxaca.
We’ve noticed that.” Another factor was the bustling, booming Redwood
City community. It actually took a year for the work to be completed on
Black Bean, but Barrita notes that the city was very helpful in the process.
The family put a lot of work into the project themselves, helping shape the
restaurant into something they could be proud of.
Oaxacan style isn’t popular here — yet — but it’s something Barrita
is hoping to introduce to the community. There’s a flavor here that is yet
untapped in the area.
Black Bean has all the Mexican staples — burritos, tacos, enchiladas —
that one would expect, although these have a tangy and delightful Oaxacan
twist. But there’s so much more. One notable difference from what I’m used
to is the black bean style, hence the name over the door. “North of Mexico
City, they use pinto beans,” Barrita explained, “and south, they use black
beans.” And these aren’t your plain black beans like you’ll find in a salad bar
or in a Trader Joe’s frozen burrito. They are cooked perfectly and blended in,
infusing the tostadas, for example, with a rich flavor and tang.
My first sample of the cuisine was the Tinga tostada. They say the proof is
in the pudding — and in this case, the truth is in the tostada. It’s excellent, with
a rich, crisp shell and tangy beans with chicken, topped with fresh green fixings.
And that was just the warm-up. Next I sampled the torta, a toasted
sandwich with meat and homemade orange sauce, with just the right blend
of spices. I think this would be a great one for the kids and easy to eat with
your hands, not to mention a treat for your tongue! One thing I’ll note about
the cuisine: it’s rich and flavorful — and certainly filling — but it’s not laden
down with lard like at some of the more commercial chains in the Bay Area.
The food is crisp, clean and refreshing.
I also got a chance to sample the enchilada, enfrijolada and memolita, all
of which were excellent. They were zesty and flavorful, with that black bean
tang but, again, not heavy or fatty. This isn’t a sushi bar, but I have to add
that the presentation was nice as well, with beautiful white oval platters and
dishes and nice arrangement on the plate.
All of this was delicious, and I also managed a taste of the chille relleno
de picadillo, which was a real treat. With sour cream topping a lightlyfried
wrapping and filled with flavorful chile and cheese, this was a highly
recommended menu item. By the time the mole tamale came out, I had cried
uncle, but I took some home and sampled it later with my family.
Even with small samples and a big appetite, I couldn’t hope to try
everything on the menu, but one thing remained consistent in everything I
tried. The flavors had a distinct theme, the regional style that I’ve come to
learn is typical of Oaxaca. This isn’t to say they all tasted the same — far
from it! — but there was a real, unique difference from what I have grown
used to over the years.
So the next time you’re downtown, stop by Black Bean Cuisine at 847
Main St. and give it a taste. The food is well worth it, and the prices won’t
pinch into your Christmas shopping budget, either. With a warm, friendly
atmosphere and pleasant décor, it’s a great place for a business luncheon or a
place to take the whole family. If you’re in a hurry or want food to go, Black
Bean can accommodate you there, too, and they also do catering. Give it a
try, and be prepared for a tasty treat that is truly different!
Owner, Teresa Barrita
Teresa Barrita with Writer Dale McKee
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Police/Fire Annual Toy and Book Drive
Each year, the Redwood City Police Activities League (PAL) Christmas Toy and
Book Drive has brought the holiday spirit right to the doorstep of many needy
families in Redwood City.
In conjunction with the Police Officers Association and Firefighters Association,
and with help from the Fair Oaks Community Center and a corps of volunteers, this
annual event has become a welcome tradition in Redwood City.
This year, 50 local businesses filled 60 donation barrels with over 12,000 toys and
provided them to about 900 needy families. Deliveries took place with Santa Claus
in a police car or a fire engine arriving at a selected home in our community to hand
out the presents, giving the kids a thrill they’ll long remember. One thing that makes
this program special is the collection and distribution of new books as well as toys.
Each child served receives two gifts, a book, a stuffed animal and several stocking
stuffers, all of which bring a holiday sparkle to their eyes.
A wrapping party was held Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Red Morton Community
Center on Roosevelt Avenue. Over 250 community-spirited residents, young and
older, dropped by to help spread the holiday joy!
The following Redwood City businesses provided food for all the volunteers!
Nob Hill Foods
Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria
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Amelia’s Mexican Restaurant
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Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway – “Their personal service is a rare
find. I had to fully re-tire both cars, and they were very helpful. I’ve been back
for tire repairs, too. They have a comfortable waiting area with lots of 49ers
memorabilia. They will be my first and only stop when I need to re-tire again!”
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Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road – “Lots of different burgers to choose from,
as well as other sandwiches, daily specials, pizzas, etc. The mushroom burger
was very good. Could be some of the best fries I’ve had in a long time. And
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Diving Pelican Cafe – 650 Bair Island Road, Suite 102 – “Sit on the patio
overlooking the water. Depending on the time of year, you’ll see all sorts of
waterfowl. My favorite is the Mediterranean salad: seasonal greens, a nice
light dressing, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, crispy croutons, freshly grilled
chicken and green chiles. A great breakfast is the Eggs Bennett: freshly
made Hollandaise sauce over two poached eggs with smoked ham on wholewheat
English muffins. This is truly a very comfortable, laid-back, warm and
friendly place to enjoy a meal.”
Encore Performance Catering – 2992 Spring St. – Owner Dave Hyman’s
menu is eight pages of mouthwatering suggestions for everything from
continental breakfasts to formal dinners, and Hyman is quick to offer
additional possibilities to fit any. His business products are nearly 100
percent recyclable and leftovers are contributed to St. Anthony’s Padua
Dining Room. Call Dave at 650-365-3731.
Little India – 917 Main St. – “There are good restaurants. There are bad
restaurants. There are okay restaurants. Then there are those places, the
magic ones. Little India is one of those places. The appetizers are great (the
spicy wings especially). The dal is uniformly excellent. The various curries
are always good. The tikka masala chicken is an all-time favorite. And don’t
forget the mango lassi! Go. Eat. Be happy.”
Lutticken’s Deli and Catering – 3535 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park
– “Absolutely delicious and generous sandwiches. I tried their turkey and avocado,
and boy, was I excited when they used a whole half of an avocado and carved
up an actual oven-roasted turkey!”
Margaritas Mexican Restaurant – 2098 Broadway – “Their chips and salsa
are great, and their agua fresca selections are usually really good. Their
taco salads are so ginormous and tasty. But the true standout is the huevos
rancheros. Words can’t do it justice. Huevos en fuego. It’s phenomenal!”
New Kapadokia – 2399 Broadway – “I was amazed at the quality of the
food and reasonable pricing. The service is 5 stars. I decided on a big cup of
delicious lentil soup and the lunch wrap with tahini sauce, onions, tomatoes
and parsley. It was very relaxing to have Turkish coffee after. The waiter also
gave us a taste of the baklava: layers of flaky filo dough filled with crushed
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estate market goes through a reality phase. Now more than ever you need an
experienced and reliable mortgage broker who understands what is taking
place. Carini’s ability to place loans with over 50 lenders is the edge you need
in this changing market. Pick up the phone and call 650-362-2700.
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. He understands
that this approach might be considered unfashionable. But if it means helping
his clients achieve their financial goals, it’s an approach he plans to stick to.
Redwood Massage & Sauna – 797 Arguello St. – “I found that the massage
therapists were knowledgeable and able to address my aches and sore muscles
effectively. The place itself is clean and unassuming. The establishment had
a homey feel. I would recommend this place for anyone who wants a good
Re:Juvenate Skin Care – 805 Veterans Blvd., Suite 140 – Together, owners
Sherna Madan, M.D., and Linda S. Moore, R.N., have more than 50 years in
the health care industry and over 10 years in the field of aesthetics. Both have
lived and worked in the community for the majority of those years. Whether
you are seeing a clinician for acne, sun damage, skin tightening, wrinkle
reduction or laser hair removal, the process starts with a complimentary
consultation. Call 650-261-0500 and mention The Spectrum Magazine.
Warren Street Chiropractic – 520 Warren St. – Timothy H. Lease, D.C., 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, personal injury,
carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, headaches, neck pain, back pain
and leg and arm pain. He is able to refer for second opinions or other therapy
Lulu’s – 846 Main St. – Owner Nancy Radcliffe has taken 24 years of design
experience to create a collection of cards and gifts intermingled with eclectic
antique pieces, all affordably priced. Lulu’s carries everything from whimsical
candles to baby gifts that put a smile on your face.
St. Regal Jewelers – 850 Main St. – “This is a great jeweler! Phil, the owner,
is amazing. He crafted a ring on time and on budget. He has an incredible
eye for detail. I can’t say enough. I would never go anywhere else.”
Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1.800.23.LEWIS – Founder Rick Lewis 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. The
Lewis family is committed to the vision and success of our community,
devoting time, energy and services. Call and ask about their Spectrum
special to get 100 square feet of carpet cleaned for absolutely nothing.
Finance : Holidays Are Happier When You Control Spending
By David Amann
Special to The Spectrum
You enjoy giving presents to your loved ones, but if you go overboard with
your spending, you could find yourself swamped by credit card bills. Can you
avoid the “debt trap” and still be generous? Yes, if you make the right moves.
Consider the following suggestions.
Set a budget
Let’s face it: Budgeting is boring. You probably don’t do it during most of
the year, so why should you start at the holiday season? Because setting a
budget, and sticking to it, can be your best debt-busting friend. So before you
begin shopping, determine how much you can realistically afford to spend.
Once you’ve established some self-imposed limits, you’ll be surprised at how
creative you can be in finding nice gifts at reasonable prices.
Make a list
And check it twice. You may not have the luxury of basing your gift
decisions upon who has been naughty or nice this past year, but you do have
some control over who makes your final list. If you’re trying to save money,
you needn’t feel obligated to go beyond your immediate family and friends.
While you might really like to give gifts to everyone in your life, it just may
not be practical.
You’d better shop around
There’s never been a better time to be a comparison shopper. With added
competition from discount stores, many merchants are making concerted
efforts to keep their prices down. And you have the vast expanses of the
Internet to help compare prices on similar items. Here’s a hint, though: To be
a really smart shopper, you’ll want to start early.
Hit the sales
As you know, many retailers have big post-holiday sales to boost business
during January, typically a slow month. Why not take advantage of these
markdowns to buy presents for next year? By “stockpiling” gifts, you may be
able to significantly reduce your holiday budget for 2008.
Save throughout the year
Once the holiday shopping season is over, you may want to start saving for
next year’s gifts. By putting away even a modest amount of money each
month, you’ll have several hundred dollars built up when the holidays roll
around again. If you’re like most people, however, you might find it hard
to spare even $50 a month or so for a holiday gift fund. After all, you have
plenty of other bills and expenses in your life to deal with. And that’s why
you should “pay yourself first” by having the funds taken automatically from
your checking or savings account and placed in an investment account.* You
may earn only a modest interest rate, but you’ll be removing these dollars
from your normal channels of spending.
By following these basic suggestions, you can take a lot of the stress out of
the holiday season — and that may be the nicest gift you can give to yourself.
*A systematic investment plan does not assure a profit and does not protect
against loss in declining markets. Such a plan involves continuous investment
in securities regardless of fluctuating price levels of such securities; the
investor should consider the financial ability to continue the purchases
through periods of low price levels.
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Handyman Hints : A Pound of Cure
By August Murphy
Special to The Spectrum
You’ve inherited a Ming Dynasty vase from your beloved Aunt Bessie, and
you have it proudly displayed as the centerpiece in your living room curio
cabinet. Or maybe it’s the pair of Daffy and Donald Duck coffee mugs
created by your darling 7-year-old granddaughter, especially for you, in her
school ceramics class.
Both are immeasurably valuable in different ways. What a shame if both
were reduced to worthless rubble during an earthquake.
In light of the recent quakes fresh in our minds, many are stocking up
on water, food and batteries in anticipation of the “big one.” Others are
contracting with engineers and construction companies to ensure that their
houses are on sturdy and strapped foundations. Both are extremely good
ideas for earthquake preparedness.
But what of the memories and memorabilia on shelves, in cabinets or hanging
in picture frames? Are they protected as well?
It doesn’t take a big effort to ensure the safety of these precious items.
Quakeproof putty or museum wax will secure items to shelves. Picture hooks
can prevent hanging objects from bouncing off the walls. They’re easy to use
and available at any hardware store.
But that’s only the first step. Securing these items in the curio cabinet
will be of no avail if the cabinet itself comes crashing down. A variety of
safety straps to prevent top-heavy furniture from toppling over during an
earthquake are easily available and easy to install.
And from another point of view, the prevention of crashing furniture might
protect you as well, should you be next to or in front of such furniture.
Small appliances, electronic equipment and desktop computers can also be
secured with safety straps or some of the equally useful fasteners available
Childproof latches work well to prevent toddlers from getting into cleaning
supplies and other hazardous materials, and they also prevent items from
falling out of cabinets and cupboards. You just might save that 18th-century
collection of chinaware if it’s prevented from bouncing out of the cupboard
and onto the floor.
Other tips for your safety:
• Ensure your bed is not up against a window.
• Move the bed if it’s under a heavy chandelier or lamp.
• Do not hang pictures or shelves with items on them above your
• Move that heavy cabinet away from your child’s bed, or ensure it is well
strapped to the wall.
• And, of course, don’t forget your water heater. Make sure it is properly
strapped with two straps, top and bottom, securely fastened to wall studs
So take a moment now. Walk around your house, imagining that you are
sitting in that particular chair or lying in bed, or that your child is right under
that top-heavy TV in the entertainment center. Now imagine it during an
You know what they say: an ounce of prevention ….
The Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City,
provides the following activities that are open to the public during the month
New Year’s Holiday Closure
Dec. 31–Jan. 4
Veterans Memorial Senior Center will be closed.
Make Your Tax Appointment
Monday, Jan. 7
Beginning Jan. 7, you can call the Senior Center to make an appointment for
tax preparation at 650-780-7343. Appointments will be on Wednesdays from
February to April.
Thursday, Jan. 10, 9:30–11 a.m. and 7–8 p.m.
Sign up personally with computer instructors and get basic information about
the class. If you’re unable to register on this date, you can also register by
mail, online or by fax. More information about registering can be found on
page 64 of the recreation guide.
Senior Affairs Commission Meeting
Thursday, Jan. 10, 1 p.m.
The objectives of the Senior Affairs Commission are to encourage, foster,
facilitate, establish and maintain programs for the enhancement of all matters
relating to the social, economic and personal well-being of the city’s senior
population. The public is invited to attend.
Toast to the Town Dance
Saturday, Jan. 12, 1–3 p.m.
Start off 2008 with an afternoon of music, compliments of the Bob Saul
Orchestra. Appetizers, champagne and New Year’s cake will be served. For
tickets, leave a message at 650-780-7264 by Wednesday, Jan. 9. Tickets will
also be sold at the door. Transportation available! $10 per person.
Finding Optimal Health at Every Age
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 1–2 p.m.
Please join us for a free lecture and discussion regarding foods that give
nutrition, changing unhelpful habits, degenerative diseases, oxidation and
more! Start the year by attending this informative lecture and begin making
the lifestyle changes on your New Year’s resolution list. For more info, call
Merrylen Sacks at 650-780-7320.
MLK Holiday Closure
Monday, Jan. 21
Veterans Memorial Senior Center will be closed.
To learn more about the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, call 650-780-
7270. Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department
provides recreational facilities and activities for all ages and interests, and
supplies building and custodial services for city buildings. Redwood City
Parks also operates the Veterans Memorial Senior Center and the Fair Oaks
Community Center, providing social, educational and cultural activities, as
well as information, referral and counseling services to persons living in
Redwood City and neighboring communities. Redwood City Parks is more
than you think! Its Web site is www.redwoodcity.org/parks.
A Minute With Santa Claus
Santa Claus, also known as St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle or simply
Santa, is a fictional folklore figure who, in Western cultures, is presented as bringing
gifts on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or on his feast day, Dec. 6. The legend may
have its basis in hagiographic tales concerning the historical figure of St. Nicholas.
St. Nicholas of Myra is the primary inspiration for the Christian figure of Santa
Claus. He was a fourth-century Christian bishop of Myra in Lycia, a province of the
Byzantine Anatolia, now in Turkey. Nicholas was famous for his generous gifts to the poor.
Modern ideas of Santa Claus seemingly became canon after the publication of
the poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” (better known today as “The Night Before
Christmas”) in the Troy (N.Y.) Sentinel on Dec. 23, 1823. In this poem, Santa is
established as a heavyset individual with eight reindeer, who are named for the
first time. One of the first artists to define the modern image of Santa Claus was
American cartoonist Thomas Nast. In 1863, a picture of Santa illustrated by Nast
appeared in Harper’s Weekly.
What is the most important night of the year?
The night before Christmas, of course.
What is the most important aspect of your job?
Spreading joy around the world.
One word to describe your work?
What historical figure do you most identify with?
Odin, a major god among the Germanic peoples.
Who are your heroes in real life?
All those who are giving to others.
“Santa Baby” — Hurry down the chimney
Favorite television show?
Christmas movies, of course.
What is your most treasured possession?
Something no one knows about you?
I listen to www.radioredwoodcity.com.
If you could change one thing about yourself,
what would it be?
Nothing — I am a jolly old soul.
What words or phrases do you most overuse?
Ho! Ho! Ho!
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Eggnog, a warm fire, dry clothing and Mrs. Claus.
What do you consider your greatest
You try delivering all those gifts and tell me.
What is your motto?
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
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