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The Spectrum.MAY.2010

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

Nicole Minieri

Contributing Writer

James Massey

Graphic Designer

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

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Welcome to the May 2010 edition of The Spectrum Magazine. As thoughts of summertime

begin to arise, we have a few stories we think will excite, inform and (we hope) inspire you to

get active.

This month, contributing writer Dale McKee brings you our cover story on an active 90-yearold

in our community, Nick Ioimo. As you will read, Nick inspires so many not just by playing

softball but by enjoying life. You will find out why so many think Nick is “one in a million.”

In his column, “As I Was Saying…,” publisher Steve Penna gives his opinions on some recent

activity of our City Council, which is trying to keep a new jail from the downtown area and

keeping their comments to themselves on the proposed Cargill development. But that is not

all; he discusses some other topics that will undoubtedly provoke conversation around town.

We also have our regular features on items of community interest, senior activities, information

from the Redwood City School District, parties around town, news briefs, cultural events and

entertainment, the popular feature “A Minute With” and insurance tips from Russ Castle.

And along with all that, we also have a story on some Redwood City seniors getting “crunk”

and Serve The Peninsula’s generous outreach to our community.

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you are out shopping, dining or enjoying yourself in our community with friends and family.

Many of them have special offers on services, food or beverages, so please take the time to

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This Month’s Photo Shoot – 4

RCSD Corner – 5

“As I Was Saying...” – 6

Redwood City Seniors

Keeping It “Crunk” – 7

Cultural Events – 9

The People Speak: Letters to the Editor – 11

Over 4,000 Get “Served”

on Local Campuses – 12

Nick Ioimo: One in a Million – 16

Community Interest – 20

Shop Redwood City – 21

News Briefs – 22

Meet Our Community-Minded

Realtors of Redwood City – 26

Insurance Tips: New Health Care

Reform Law – 29

Senior Activities – 29

A Minute With Anne Callery – 30

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Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot

This month’s cover shoot was not scheduled in the usual manner because

capturing our subject, Nick Ioimo, in his natural surroundings was the main

focus. We planned on shooting him during one of his softball games at

Griffin Field in Red Morton Park.

The group has games on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Due to

rainy weather, Thursday was the only day during the week of April 26 that

we could shoot, and it was also our exact deadline date. So Thursday, April

29, was it.

After a few days of rain, cover story photographer James Kaspar arrived on

a perfectly sunny morning and started scoping out the field and surrounding

area for the best natural lighting. Penna arrived shortly after, greeted Ioimo

and introduced him to Kaspar.

Penna has known Ioimo since his high school days, as he was friends with

Ioimo’s son John and spent countless hours at their home. Ioimo also has

older sons who played sports with Penna’s brothers at Sequoia High School,

so they reminisced about that too.

To capture Ioimo while playing in the game, Kaspar positioned himself

around the field but out of the playing areas. Natural lighting can be difficult

during a shoot, but Kaspar used it as an enhancement instead of a detraction.

During the shoot, Ioimo’s teammates gave him a hard time about all

the press he is going to receive. “Poster boy” and “shining star” were just

a couple of the comments coming from his friends. All, of course, goodnaturedly.

The entire shoot took about an hour and a half and several at-bats.

Redwood City has a great wealth of community groups and residents who

participate in and benefit from them. Ioimo is no exception and is an example

of how members of our community excel and inspire those around us.

We salute Ioimo for inspiring others and for his dedication to family,

friends and life. Ciao, Nick!

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RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District

Focus on Science Promotes Literacy at Clifford School

Parents of Clifford students participated in a workshop

led by a Lawrence Hall of Science trainer to discover

how their students learn academic language in the

context of science activities.

When parents think about how

their children learn to read and

write, they don’t usually think

of science first. But thanks to

a program developed by the

Lawrence Hall of Science at

the University of California,

Berkeley, Clifford teachers are

learning how to improve literacy

through hands-on science activities.

Clifford is one of only a handful of schools in

the state that were selected by the Lawrence Hall

of Science to participate in a three-year grant that

allows four lead teachers, the school principal and

a district representative to attend an intensive,

week-long summer institute each year on how to

maximize student learning using the Full Option

Science System (FOSS) kits, a hands-on science

curriculum developed by the Lawrence Hall of

Science and recently adopted by the Redwood City

School District for kindergarten through fifth

grade. Lead teachers also attend two two-day

state conferences, and the school is entitled to six

customized days of assistance from Lawrence Hall of

Science. Clifford has chosen to use those days for

a combination of training and school community activities.

“One of the goals of the program is to create

sustainability by nurturing leadership and shared

expertise among teachers,” said Cheryl Cleeves, a

former Clifford teacher who oversees the program

as the district’s math and science professional

development coach. “We are striving to take

teachers who are excellent leaders of children,

and make them leaders of other teachers. We hope

they will share the strategies they learn with other

teachers at Clifford, who can incorporate new

ideas into their classrooms. Beyond that, ideas

and concepts can be shared districtwide to benefit

students at other schools.”

Clifford designated two of the assistance days for

model lessons and one for an all-staff workshop

where teachers learn strategies to help students

record what they learned during a hands-on lesson.

Lawrence Hall of Science trainer Kimi Housame

visited Clifford and taught model lessons for each

grade level up to fifth grade. All teachers at each

of the six grade levels observed her lesson and

then had the opportunity to interact with her after

the lesson and talk about effective techniques for

integrating literacy into science lessons.

For example, during the model lesson for

second-graders, students explored what happens

when two rocks are rubbed together. Then students

were instructed to write a series of sentences describing

their discoveries. Students began each sentence

with the phrase “When you rub two rocks together,”

and then added their own observations, such as “it

makes dust,” or “it looks like powder,” etc. The

instructor had word cues written on cards and posted

them in the front of the class as students discussed

their results. Students could then refer to sample phrases

and words as they constructed their sentences.

“We are trying to show teachers how they can

reinforce language arts standards through the

teaching of science,” said Housame.

Parents often don’t realize how much reading

and writing students learn through science

lessons. Clifford is using two of its assistance

days for family activities designed to help parents

learn the link between science and literacy.

Later this year they will hold a Science Night for

all families of Clifford students. In March, an

event was held especially for parents of students

learning English. More than 50 parents and kids

came to school one evening for a parent/child

hands-on experiment. Parents were challenged to

answer the question “When you think of science,

what words come to mind?” Housame explained

that many adults think of science as something

intimidating, and they can learn along with their

students that the foundation of science is simply

asking questions and looking for answers.

“At the beginning of the lesson the students

asked all the questions,” said Housame. “But

as the lesson progressed, the parents got very

enthusiastic and wanted to answer the questions

along with their students.”

Clifford School is a K–8 school located at 225

Clifford Ave. in Redwood City.

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As I Was


Publisher | Steve Penna

At the forefront of community issues and

conversation has been the proposed building

of a new jail in downtown Redwood City. As I

informed you last month, the City Council has

approved some $300,000 in redevelopment money

to hire a consultant to fight the proposal from

the county and the Sheriff’s Office. More on that

further down in my column.

At stake is the financial investment and revitalization

the city has planned in the area. If the new jail is

built, it is perceived that developers will run away,

people will not want to live close and the city

will not be successful in implementing the new

downtown precise plan (by the way, when is that

ever going to be completed?) that includes new

housing and business developments.

I can agree with that. No one wants to live by

a jail. And I would imagine that, unless you are

a bail bonds business, attorney or some sort of

social service agency, you would not necessarily

want your business near it either. So it is understandable

that the city wants to protect their investment and

is doing so by waging a campaign to stop it.

Here is where I get lost. If the City Council

and City Manager Peter Ingram are so strongly

fighting the jail, why are they not offering

alternatives to the downtown site that include

Redwood City locations? Do they feel it is not

their obligation to do so? Or do they just not want

a jail in Redwood City at all? If that is the case,

we may have a “no win” situation.

If they are in favor of looking at another site

within our city limits, let’s say Maple Street,

wouldn’t that be a way to create some positive and

constructive dialog with Sheriff Greg Munks and

move away from such a confrontational approach

and toward a more positive and negotiable one? If

the approach is not a “No More Jails” mentality,

then the city should offer an alternative or some

sort of negotiation, considering that if the county

wants to build the jail downtown, they can do so

without any agreement with the city at all. Once

the county has made up its mind, there will be no

room to negotiate, so the time is now. What about

it, council and Ingram?

I will be the first to admit and agree with

Councilwoman Rosanne Foust that the process

used to select the location for the jail was flawed.

She participated in the process, as did Nancy

Radcliffe of the “No More Jails in Redwood

City” group, even after being warned beforehand

of where the selected site would be, that the “outreach”

was nothing more than a smokescreen and that

they knew all along where they (Sheriff Munks)

wanted it, and it ended up being so. Isn’t that obvious?

Foust feels her time as well as the council’s

was wasted in that process, and her intention of

actually working with Munks was in vain. She is

correct in feeling so. I would feel the same way

and I know Radcliffe does too.

I am wondering if the “No More Jails in

Redwood City” campaign and philosophy are

at this point a reasonable expectation. Sure, our

community houses the Maguire facility, the

women’s jail and the county courthouse. We are

the leader in welcoming various halfway houses

in the county as well as service agencies, and we

seem to be the “doormat,” if you will, for all those

and other types of social services and facilities.

Why should we stop there?

Outside of Redwood City, there are locations

that will work. Menlo Park is the best of them,

and there is also South San Francisco and the

Humane Society location off Highway 101 in

Burlingame. But there are also locations here

besides downtown that would fit. So let’s start the

discussion before it is done and decided and we

have been forced into another jail downtown and

stalled downtown redevelopment.


While I am on the subject, I wonder why, given

the city’s budget issues (we are in better shape

than other cities, but some difficult decisions will

still have to be made really soon), why our council

members or Ingram have not brought up the issue

of the heavy demand the county jail and other

county facilities put on our emergency resources

like fire, medical and police?

Each time there is a call for service at any of

those facilities (and there are a lot), Redwood City

must respond because it is in our jurisdiction.

Someone gets sick while in jail — Redwood

City is called. There is a fight or crime in the

courthouse — Redwood City is called. Get the

picture? Start adding up the numbers and cost.

How would other communities feel if they had

to bear the same burden? Maybe that is why they

are not receptive to housing or accepting any such

facilities in their towns.

Does the county reimburse us for any of these

services? No. Maybe they should and maybe

that can be an excellent bargaining tool, because

housing another jail will surely increase those

types of service demands from our city at a time

when we cannot afford it. There are many layers

to this issue, and those criticizing our council for

hiring the consultant should realize that. Maybe

there are costs that in the long run will be much

more costly for our community than $300,000.

Stay tuned.


Another proposed project that is continuing

to create controversy and discussion in our

community and unfortunately other communities

is the Cargill development. Although it is many

years away from any type of legitimate discussion

or decision, those against the project have forced

us all to look at the issue even though we have

other serious issues to discuss and decide upon.

Do they know that people are actually going to

lose their jobs, and services are going to be cut

in our community? Damn right they do, and they

don’t care. They are single-issue–oriented and

that is a fact.

So how do we react to all this interference

from “outsiders” of our community? Here is how.

Our City Council and our community should

be proud of ourselves for respecting the process

while elected officials from Atherton, Menlo Park

and Belmont have not. Not to mention various

“environmental” has-been officials who have

joined the weak flock of sheep who are coming

out against the project even though they have no

idea what it will be.

The project has been submitted for review, and

our council asked us to respect that and the time

it will take to move it to the next level. Just as

voters rejected Measure W in 2008, we believe

in the process and that we live in a community

where fair discussion is offered and taken. Until

then, let’s concentrate on the other issues that have

real meaning right now. Budget cuts, economic

development, crime reduction, teacher layoffs,

suffering schools and providing public safety during

needed financial cuts throughout our city departments.

Our community is educated and informed

enough to know that the process is going to be a

long one. We know that impact studies need to

be made to see if the development is even viable.

When the time comes to discuss and decide on

the project, we will do so. As a community. What

the “outsiders” are trying to do is stop the process

and create the appearance of strong opposition

to the project when those in our community are

respectful of the process. That is the fact.

Will these tactics from the “outsiders” work

and kill the project? Well, I would just look at the

results of the Measure W election and surmise

that our community does not like to be told what

we should think and, more importantly, what is

best for our community. During that election, the

“outsiders” described the taking of Redwood City

homeowners’ property as “collateral damage.”

Give me a break. Don’t try to fool us again.


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RWC Seniors Keeping It ‘Crunk’

Fourteen ladies were backing it up while a voice

said “keep it crunk” and “work that booty” on a

recent Thursday morning in Redwood City.

It wasn’t a midday club outing, but rather an

aerobic social meet-up at the Family Service

Intergenerational Center at Fair Oaks. Every

Thursday morning, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., adults

50 years old and older can drop in to groove to a

variety of tunes for free in the soul line dancing

class. Mixing in a little twisting, wiggling and

basic slide moves, the ladies worked up a sweat

while laughing.

“It’s usually intimidating to young people,”

69-year-old Helen Person said about getting younger

people to join in. When the group performs,

Person noted the reaction is universal. “They say,

‘Old people can do that?’” she said with a laugh.

And get down they can.

Before the music goes on, instructor Juanita

Croft goes over the moves. It takes about three

weeks to get all the basics down and three months

to be really comfortable, she said.

“It’s all about movement,” Croft said.

Classes start with five warm-up classes, a

familiar way to begin the lesson. Then Croft goes

into new dances or revisits one the class has not

reviewed in some time. She switches the music

up, adding funky beats, sometimes jazz, and

introduces more current music to those in the

class. Limitations happen with age, and Croft

easily adjusts the moves for those who need a

little help to get their groove on.

And those in the class love it. Person has always

exercised and when she heard about the class, she

gave it a go. Now she’s coming weekly.

Seventy-eight-year-old Lupe Quinones started

the course two years ago when it was introduced.

She needed to exercise and she likes music.

“Sometimes I start with my right foot when

we’re supposed to start with my left, but I’m

moving,” Quinones said.

Keeping up with the classes has helped

Quinones stay healthy.

Eleanor M. follows Croft to various locations

around the Bay Area to take her classes. She and

her husband volunteered during the holidays at

the center. That’s when Eleanor heard about the

class. It’s more than a class for her; it’s a time to

Soul line dance class instructor Juanita Croft, 62,

teaches a group of seniors how to dance at the

Family Services Intergenerational Center at Fair

Oaks in Redwood City.

get healthy and provides a social atmosphere. She

enjoys getting together with the ladies and taking

part in potlucks and other social get-togethers.

Editor’s note: Anyone wanting to take the class should

drop by 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Family Service

Intergenerational Center at Fair Oaks, 2600 Middlefield

Road, Redwood City. The class is free. To support Family

Service’s work with older adults via donation, contact

Manny Chargualaf at 650-403-4300, ext. 4417, or visit www.

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Cultural Events

The Main Gallery

1018 Main St., Redwood City


Wed.–Fri. 11–4, Sat.–Sun. 10–3, and by


Seasons: Exploring Time of Place

The exhibition “Seasons” features five of The Main

Gallery artists: Arup Biswas, Brandy Brune,

Elizabeth Noerdlinger, Erna Metzger and Robert

Terrebonne. The show opened on April 28 and runs

through May 30. All these artists have a deep

connection and love for the natural world, and

we are fortunate to get a glimpse of the seasons

through their eyes. Drop by on Saturday, May 8,

from 7 to 9, when the gallery will participate in

Redwood City’s Second Saturday Artwalk.

The rhythm of the seasons often brings a

sense of renewal and inspiration to transform and

change that can lift and awaken the human spirit.

These artists have come together to rejoice in that

inspiration and to remind us of nature’s beauty and

inherent mystery.

Elizabeth Noerdlinger’s travels to Iceland

inspired her to paint Icelandic summer scenes

using a vibrant green palette. “Summer that

far north is really an amazing experience — so

much daylight!” she says. Noerdlinger builds up

the color with thin layers of oil paint to create

beautiful, soft, ethereal oil paintings. And Erna

Metzger, a mixed media artist, is working with

colorful handmade paper that a friend gave her

to create two-dimensional pieces representing

the different seasons. The transformation of

wood into paper, which is then used to represent

seasons, is a lesson in transformation unto itself.

Arup Biswas will be showing four photographs

taken in California, each of a different season.

Biswas states, “After I started photography I

became more and more aware of the different

seasons. The vibrancy of spring, the color palette

of autumn and the simplicity of winter refreshes

my soul and makes me feel more connected

to nature.” Biswas was born in the Himalayan

foothills of India and the beauty of the area

instilled a love for nature in him, which he

rediscovered after moving to the United States in

1992. That is when he acquired his first camera.

“I remember crying in front of the Merced

River when I saw the first snow in my life. This

intensity of feeling drives me around the country

capturing and revealing the splendor of the

landscapes,” he says.

Both Robert Terrebonne and Brandy Brune

are displaying photographs from all the seasons.

Brune is very drawn to summer but loves

exploring the specific timeframes of spring and

fall; the colors, smells and temperatures of those

seasons awaken her senses and inspire her work.

Terrebonne’s photos of hydrangeas, located in the

gallery’s courtyard, capture the cycle of seasonal

changes within this specific plant. He has been a

professional photographer since 1995 and shows

at several galleries here in the Bay Area and in Maui.

Bringing their unique experiences from

traveling and living in distant places, these artists

find the subtle (and not so subtle) inspiration

in nature and have put together a unique and

intriguing show. Come to the opening at The

Main Gallery, meet the artists and enjoy their

work. It’s a wonderful chance to ask questions and

enjoy hors d’oeuvres.

The Main Gallery, an artists’ cooperative with

22 members, showcases the work of some of the

best local talent in the Bay Area. The gallery is

located at the corner of Main and Middlefield in

the historic yellow Victorian cottage. The gallery

is open Wednesday through Friday. For more

information, hours and directions, see www. or call 650-701-1018.

Immigrants Day Festival:

Honoring Our Heritage

Sunday, May 16, 12–5 p.m., food tasting

12–2 p.m.

History Museum and Courthouse Square

Free admission, $5 for food-tasting card

Citizenship Ceremony at Popular

Immigrants Day Festival

Explore the history of San Mateo County with a

visit inside the San Mateo County History Museum

as it presents its Fifth Annual Immigrants Day Festival

on Sunday, May 16, between noon and 5 p.m.

This is the second time the museum has extended

its hours to accommodate the increased number of

performers at this popular local festival.

Climb the stairs and pass through the double

doors to enter a world of the past where the whole

family can explore the History Museum’s exhibit

“Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience

in San Mateo County.” The exhibit highlights the

experiences of a variety of immigrant groups of the

late 1800s. It also explores the recent immigrant

experiences of other cultures. Add your own immigrant

story to the exhibit at the Immigrant Stories video kiosk.

A citizenship ceremony at 12:30 p.m. will be

included this year to showcase the diversity of our

community and to honor the 100th anniversary of the

1910 County Courthouse. One can only imagine

the many people who as immigrants had their first

experience with American government within the

walls of the Courthouse building in those 100 years.

Appearing for the first time this year at the festival

are classical dancers from the Thai Cultural Center

in Berkeley, who will dance at 2:30 p.m. Founded

in 1989, the Wat Mongkoratanram Thai Temple’s

mission is to instill pride in Thai culture among

Thai-American youth, to build self-confidence,

camaraderie and leadership skills through

performance, and to introduce Thai performing

arts and music to audiences in California. Other

performing groups include the Eden Community

Center Taiko (Japanese drums) at 12 p.m., Far

East Dragon Lion Dance Association (Chinese

dancers) at 1 p.m., Kennelly School of Irish Dancing

at 1:30 p.m., Trio Amore (Italian singers) at 2 p.m.,

Halau Kamakaniwaianuhea and Halau Keikiaii’l

(Hawaiian dancers) at 3 p.m., Casa de las Cultura

Quetzalcoatl (Mexican-Aztec dancers) at 3:30 p.m.,

Tempos de Outrora (Portugese dancers) at 4 p.m.

and Kababayan (Filipino dancers) at 4:30 p.m.

Join us to celebrate living in a culturally diverse

community! The whole family can participate in

international food tasting by purchasing a card

for $5 to sample foods from over 10 countries,

while children can enjoy making crafts such as a

Chinese dragon kite and an Italian marionette and

then try Japanese writing in the museum’s rotunda.

The San Mateo County History Museum is located

inside the restored 1910 Courthouse building at

2200 Broadway in Redwood City. Major sponsors

are Redwood City Redevelopment Agency, City

of Redwood City, Safeway Stores, Cargill Inc.,

and Wells Fargo Bank.

Admission is free into the museum.

For more information, call 650-299-0104 or


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

Council shows responsibility in action on jail debate

Dear Editor,

The Redwood City council did the responsible thing by hiring a team of

experts to study the impacts of another jail downtown, look at alternative

locations, reach out to city residents about what they want and invite them to

join in the conversation.

It would have been irresponsible for the council to not take this action.

With the potential impacts of another jail in our downtown, the council had to act.

Our downtown renaissance is ongoing, with a community that has come

together around a new sense of pride and vibrancy, and the new downtown

precise plan creates the foundation for downtown’s future. We need to attract

new retail investment as well as new housing close to transit. The uncertainty

of another jail downtown threatens our community’s vision for this future by

being a clear disincentive to prospective investment downtown.

The city, its residents and its businesses must have a strong voice in the

process of locating an additional jail, and must protect its tax base and

ability to attract future investment. That is why the city did the right thing

in bringing in a team of consultants with site analysis, planning, economic,

criminal justice, legal and public involvement expertise.

A decision that will shape the future of Redwood City for generations

to come should not be crammed down our throats; any such decision must

include a robust public process. If that requires a Redwood City investment

today to protect our tax base and future downtown investment, so be it. I

applaud the council for its foresight.

Nancy Radcliffe, Redwood City

Belmont council is against the public majority

Dear Editor,

It really felt odd. It was surreal. There I was in the Belmont City Council

Chambers, and their agenda had an item concerning a property over in

Redwood City. It must have been a slow agenda night in Belmont. They

were considering a proclamation to request that Redwood City quash a

development proposal before any facts could be brought forth through

the regular environmental impact report procedure. The public input at

the meeting was 9-3 opposed. Well, they went ahead and approved the

proclamation by a vote of 3-2. Pure chutzpa!

Foster Kinney, Redwood City

Commission’s role clarified on Saltworks project

Dear Editor:

The Saltworks project, a mixed-use housing development proposed for

1,400 acres of salt ponds in Redwood City, is in the media spotlight and

about 100 elected officials, including members of the San Francisco Bay

Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), have signed a letter

opposing it.

The Saltworks proposal is complex, and determining whether it should

be approved will require government decision makers to face challenging

tradeoffs. On the one hand, it would provide an infusion of new housing

— needed by Silicon Valley and a mandate for local governments under

California law. More housing in the core of the region is also a goal of the

sustainable communities strategy established under state law SB 375. On

the other hand, while the land where the development would be built has

long been used for salt production, it has the potential of being restored to

wetlands. The developer has proposed developing half the site and reserving

the other half for open space — parks and restored marsh. To complicate

matters, the property is vulnerable to future sea level rise, raising policy

questions about whether it should be developed and how it can be protected.

The Bay Area has a system for dealing with such complex issues. The San

Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the nation’s first

state coastal management agency, is governed by a board that includes elected

representatives from throughout the region, public members appointed by the

governor and the Legislature, plus state and federal agencies, and has a 45-

year history of dealing successfully with projects in its jurisdiction. Before

BCDC can consider a permit application for the Saltworks project, California

law requires a comprehensive assessment of its environmental impacts,

approval by Redwood City, and other permits. This will probably take three

to five years. During that time, it is likely that the project will be refined to

address regulatory requirements, community concerns and other issues.

While elected officials and other community leaders can freely express

their personal views on this or any other issue, this should not pre-empt the

processes that have been established to deal with projects impacting the bay.

If and when BCDC receives a permit application for the Saltworks project,

we are confident the commission will do what it has done successfully over

the past 45 years — use its best judgment, based on all the facts, to decide

whether the project is in the interests of the region.

Sean Randolph, chairman, and Will Travis, executive director

San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission

Ideas for Redwood City

Dear Editor,

Another proposed rate increase from Redwood City — how predictable.

How many times do those who beg to differ have to say no? It’s time the City

Council understood that water usage is not only a necessity but also a luxury.

When will they start billing that way? If it’s left up to Redwood City, we’ll

all be forced back onto septic tanks and, between chants of “alms for the

poor renter,” have our tin cups held out for well water. But to Redwood City’s

credit, it did, once upon a time, have a clever program of installing lowflow

toilets to anyone lucky enough to get one. It’s a shame that it couldn’t

continue, or that they didn’t follow up with something else like, let’s say, a

plastic rain barrel program in collaboration with Allied Waste (for gray water

collected and reused from inside and outside). We’re all pretty sure Allied

Waste has more recycled plastic than they know what to do with.

Then again, there’s the whole Cargill controversy. Why bail out of the

salt business? It’s time Redwood City took charge and considered putting a

divining rod to the backs of Cargill’s engineers. If they could possibly come

up with a new design to build desalinization rig platforms out in the middle

of the South Bay, then maybe they could extract salt sludge onto barges while

pumping greedy gray water to both the sinking east and west shores. Better

an idea than a vision of them with gills doing an aqua-fraction rain dance.

Fooled you.

Give Saltworks proposal a chance

Al Berne, Redwood City

Dear Editor,

Art Agnos got it exactly right. The Saltworks proposal deserves a full and

complete environmental review. Here is a proposal that puts housing where

it’s needed: near jobs on the Peninsula, where we have the worst jobs/housing

imbalance in the area.

We’re choking on our own exhaust as people who work on the Peninsula

have no choice but to drive for hours every day to a home they can afford.

That’s what environmentalists really ought to worry about. The more they

delay a solution to this problem, the more greenhouse gas emissions we

produce, the more global warming grows and the more we see adverse health

effects like childhood asthma in the Central Valley.

This project could go a long way toward solving that problem. Let’s move

forward with the review.

Will Richardson, Redwood City

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P.S. The People Speak: Letters to the Editor (Continued from previous page)

Information, not smokescreens, for our community

Dear Editor,

It is puzzling to me why a public official would term an environmental

impact review (EIR) process a “smokescreen,” as did Yoriko Kishimoto

(former Palo Alto mayor) in writing about the Cargill Salt Pond process

in Redwood City. An EIR is quite the opposite. It is the most open and

transparent way of studying the impacts of a proposed development on the


This analysis by local and state environmental agencies will inform the

City Council and the public of significant environmental impacts of the

project and ways that these effects can be minimized. It will also give a range

of alternatives to the proposed project.

It is true, as Ms. Kishimoto states, that the Cargill site is zoned “tidal

plain” in the Redwood City general plan. However, any city’s general plan

can be modified as the needs of the community change. That is why the

general plan amendment process is available.

Clearly, a thorough EIR process will provide valuable information to policy

makers and community members for their discussions regarding the merits of

the proposed project.

Let your opinion be heard!

Send your letters to or

Opinions & Letters, The Spectrum Magazine, P.O.

Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064

Letters to the editor should be no longer than 300 words.

Columns should be no longer than 750 words. Illegibly

written and anonymous letters will not be accepted.

Please include a daytime phone number where we can

reach you.

Georgi LaBerge, former Redwood City mayor

Over 4,000 Get ‘Served’ on Local Campuses

Serve The Peninsula, a local organization that works

to support public schools, recently executed a School

Community Family Fair Day at Taft, Fair Oaks and

Hawes elementary schools in Redwood City.

According to John Luff, executive director of Serve The Peninsula, the

purpose of the school fairs was to create a fun environment at the school for

families and staff.

The staffs are experiencing a very challenging time with the budget cuts.

We want to encourage them and let them know they are appreciated,” Luff said.

Due to the budget cuts, district schools will be more dependent next year

on parent participation in the classrooms. “We want to help the schools

build those bridges with the families to hopefully make parents feel more

comfortable getting involved at their children’s school,” Luff said.

The events, held Saturday, April 24, featured live music, face painting,

jumpers and carnival games for the kids. The fairs ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,

with lunch being served from 11:30 to 1:30. Lutticken’s Deli in Menlo Park

provided a nice sit-down hot meal for 3,500 students, families and teachers

and around 600 volunteers. The coaches from the RWC PE program arrived

at 1:30 to organize an Ultimate Frisbee game for the students.

The staffs are experiencing a very challenging time

with the budget cuts. We want to encourage them and

let them know they are appreciated,”

RWC PE is a very successful partnership Serve The Peninsula has with the

Redwood City Education Foundation and Peninsula Community Center. The

program is for schools at which the PTAs don’t have the resources to contract

with a traditional provider and therefore might be at risk of not meeting the

state’s requirement of providing a PE activity and promoting wellness. The

program was recently recognized by the Redwood City School Board as a

benchmark for how community organizations can partner together to fill gaps

created by the current education budget crisis.

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Nonprofits In Action (Continued from previous page)

Advocates for Children

Advocates for Children, CASA of San Mateo County,

is actively seeking caring and consistent adults

to mentor and speak up for the best interests of

these children. Over 130 children are waiting for

someone who cares.

If you would like to become a volunteer advocate,

or just want to learn more, please attend an orientation

held in their San Mateo office. Visit www.AdvocatesFC.

org or call 650-212-4423 for more information.

City Talk Toastmasters

Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop

communication and leadership skills. The club

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

Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.

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

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

the Toastmasters public speaking program.


CityTrees is a nonprofit working with the Public

Works Department to enhance and care for

Redwood City’s urban forest. They usually plant

or prune on the third Saturday of each month.

Check for a listing of events,

dates and how to join.

Family Connections

This nonprofit group is the only parentparticipation

preschool in San Mateo County

focusing on low-income families. Their Redwood

City classrooms offer children through age 5 and

their parents a tuition-free learning environment

that’s supportive and fun. Family Connections

parents stay involved in their children’s education

and, as a result, their children are more prepared

for kindergarten and beyond. They are always

looking for volunteers to play with the children

while moms and dads attend parent-ed classes,

organizers to help coordinate fundraisers,

and people from the business world to initiate

new corporate partnerships. Check www. for more information.

Family Service Agency of

San Mateo County

Looking for a dependable source of skilled,

reliable workers? Family Service Agency of San

Mateo County provides employers with mature,

ready-to-work, experienced workers who are 55

years and older. Employers contact the service

because they appreciate the superior work ethic

and the commitment to quality that mature

workers possess. There are no fees for hiring

candidates. Contact Barbara Clipper at 650-403-

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

For those who are looking for work and are

at least 55 years of age, Family Service Agency

provides a range of services, including referrals

for classroom training, vocational counseling,

job referrals and on-the-job training for qualified

participants. Contact Connie Tilles at 650-403-

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

Friends for Youth

Do you like to play video games, shoot hoops,

watch baseball games or just have fun? Then you

have what it takes to be a mentor! As a mentor, you

can hang out with a young person like Reggie.

He’s a 12-year-old who loves pizza, baseball and

cars. He lives with his grandmother and three

sisters and would love to hang out with a guy and

have fun. There are 30 boys like Reggie waiting

to be matched with a mentor like you. Most of the

boys wait more than a year to meet their mentors.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor,

you are invited to attend a one-hour information

session in Redwood City. For upcoming

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

Funders Bookstore

If you haven’t wandered into the Funders

Bookstore, you have missed one of Redwood

City’s hidden treasures. This project is a

volunteer effort by a group of dedicated people

interested in supporting the San Mateo County

History Museum and simultaneously providing a

community bookstore for everyone’s pleasure. A

large collection of hardback first editions, trade

paperbacks, children’s books, cookbooks and

an entire room of $1 paperbacks are featured.

Bookstore hours are Tuesday through Saturday,

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is on the lower level of the

San Mateo County History Museum at 2200

Broadway, with the entrance facing Hamilton

Street. Stop by for a browse!

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit

organization that seeks to eliminate poverty

housing and homelessness from the world, and

to make decent shelter a matter of conscience

and action. Locally, the Greater San Francisco

affiliate partners with working families and the

community to build affordable ownership homes

in Redwood City. Formed through the merger of

Peninsula Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for

Humanity San Francisco in August 2008, Habitat

for Humanity Greater San Francisco provides a

unique solution to the local housing crisis and

has enabled nearly 150 families to purchase

affordable housing. Contact Jennifer Doettling,

communications director, at 650-568-7335 or Visit their website at

Hearing Loss Association of the


Hearing Loss Association is a volunteer,

international organization of hard-of-hearing

people and their relatives and friends. The

nonprofit, nonsectarian, educational organization

is devoted to the welfare and interests of those

who cannot hear well but are committed to

participating in the hearing world.

A day meeting is held on the first Monday of

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

Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. Educational

speakers and refreshments are provided. A

demonstration of assistive devices is held on the

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

second-floor conference room at the Redwood City

Public Library, 1044 Middlefield Road. Please call

Marj at 650-593-6760 with any questions.

Nursing Mothers Counsel

Nursing Mothers Counsel, a nonprofit

organization since 1955, provides free

breastfeeding education and assistance by highly

trained counselors (moms who breastfed for at

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

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

NMC also 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 website at www.

Optimist Club of Redwood City

Optimist International is one of the largest service

organizations in the world, where “bringing out the

best in kids” has been their mission for over 80 years.

The Optimist Club of Redwood City meets

every Tuesday at 12 p.m. at Alana’s Cafe, 1020

Main St. For information, visit www.optimist.

org or call President Ed Rosen at 650-366-7589 or

Membership Chair John Butterfield at 650-366-

8803. Or just come join them for lunch to learn

more about how you can make a difference to the

youth in our community.

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club

Founded in 1960, Peninsula Hills Women’s Club,

a member of the General Federation of Women’s

Clubs and the California Federation of Women’s

Clubs, is a philanthropic organization serving the

community through charitable, educational and

service programs. Meetings are held the third

Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. For additional

information, contact PHWC, P.O. Box 1394,

Redwood City, CA 94064.

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

In addition to sheltering and finding new homes

for stray and unwanted animals (100 percent

placement for healthy dogs and cats since 2003!),

PHS/SPCA has vital programs for people. The

shelter drives 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.

Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club

The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered

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

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

hear a speaker at the Waterfront Restaurant at

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

22 members, has frequently been honored as an

outstanding small club by Rotary District 5150,

which includes San Mateo, San Francisco and part

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Parties Around Town Chamber of Commerce Business Mixer — Wednesday, April 21

The Spa Luxe/Spectrum Magazine co-sponsored event drew a large crowd and fun was had by all attending. Various members enjoyed a great time along with Spa Luxe owners Sky

Hill (bottom center, with Cheryl Angeles) and Roger Spring (bottom left, with Nancy Radcliffe) and Spectrum owner Steve Penna (not pictured).

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N i c k

1One in a



April 22, a Thursday

afternoon, I was fortunate

enough to attend a very

special birthday party at

the fields at Red Morton

Park. As with most parties,

what made it special was

the people, and this

celebration was honoring

a very special person indeed.

Nick Ioimo, one of the

players for the Redwood

City Señors, the senior

softball club, was turning 90.

And he’d just finished playing in a game.

He got three hits — something that everyone I

spoke to was quick to point out. Ioimo frequently

outperforms players many years his junior,

everybody told me. Everyone I spoke to was

happy to talk about Ioimo, as well as the club in

general. Ginger Mah took the time to make sure

I got a hot dog fresh off the grill as she shared

stories about Ioimo, such as the time he handpicked

grapefruit from his own trees to share with

her and the club. She introduced me to the other

members of the club and also introduced me to

Ioimo. I honestly had a hard time picking him out

of the crowd of people 20 years his junior. He has

an incredible, positive energy that shows in his

step and in his smile.

Ioimo has played ball all his life, starting at

age 7 with stickball in the streets of New York.

Meeting him, I could believe it. An incredibly

warm and generous man, he was at home with

his teammates, sharing stories and posing for

pictures. The team is like an extended family for

many of the players, and Ioimo is no exception.

With a twinkle in his eye, Ioimo said, “My wife

told me, ‘You love playing ball more than me!’

And I told her, ‘At least you came in second!’”

Although his wife is no longer with us, they were

married 56 years — an accomplishment in itself.

Courtney Ioimo, the youngest of Ioimo’s nine

grandchildren, was also present at the celebration,

and I had the opportunity to speak to her about

her lively grandfather and their remarkable family.

“We’re a really big Italian family; he came from

a family of 18. He had 17 siblings. He was born in

the Bronx. He and my grandmother actually met

Members of the senior softball league and family members of Nick celebrate his birthday in style.

as children; they grew up in the same tenement.

She had nine siblings,” Courtney Ioimo said.

They were 3 years old when they met. They

literally grew up across the street from each

other,” she added.

Longevity runs in the family. A lot of the

family moved to Los Angeles during World War

II. Ioimo served in the European theater during

the war. “He’s so proud of what he did. He saw

much of Europe. He’s so full of energy, obviously.

He’s more athletic [at 90] than I am at 24! He’s

incredible. I think it’s really what keeps him

going. It keeps him young at heart,” she said.

That certainly showed. There’s an obvious

energy and love that is shared among these warm

and generous people. This isn’t just a sports

group; there’s a real social aspect of the club,

and it’s obvious these people really care for each

other. The camaraderie is akin to that of a second

family, and the obvious admiration and affection

for Ioimo is reciprocated.

Bob Cushman and Joe Kirby, members of the

club’s board, were happy to talk to me about

Nick and the club. It’s a powerful connection for

seniors, some of whom come to watch and share

stories and friendship even after they can no

longer play. Several members are in their 80s —

the minimum age to join is 50 — and there are

special rules for the elder members, including the

ability to use substitute runners after they hit the

ball. Some are allowed to use special bats, and

double plays aren’t allowed. But the essence and

vitality of the game are preserved, and nobody

fights about it.

There are 300 club members in total.

Games are held three times per week — every

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Nick’s

90th birthday, enough players were present

to make four teams, so two games were held

simultaneously. The club enjoys a positive

relationship with the city, contributing to park and

athletic facilities that benefit everyone, not just the

club. The Señors have donated money for lights

on both fields, for example, although they have no

special rights to use the fields.

Many of the members grew up playing ball

together, but they’re happy to include new members.

“I’m always amazed at how open they are,” club

Vice President Dennis Logie said. The club is an

official one, with bylaws and dues — a whopping

$35 a year. It’s a great deal for over 100 games!

In addition to regular games, the club

occasionally holds skill competitions, comparing

abilities in hitting, catching and throwing in

fielding challenges, grounding challenges or what

have you. They also play against other senior

leagues. Thanks to California’s weather, they get

to play year-round, unlike clubs on the East Coast

or in the Midwest.

Logie spoke with glowing respect for Ioimo and

his accomplishments with the club. “I only know

bits and pieces about Nick’s life, but I know a lot

about Nick’s ability to still play softball at age

90,” Logie told me.

“To play softball successfully, one needs

to swing a bat quickly, have the hand-eye

coordination to hit the ball, and then be able to

run fast to first base and beyond. To defend in

softball, you need the same hand-eye coordination

to catch the ball, the ability to throw the ball

hard and the same ability for an outfielder to run

swiftly to catch a ball,” Logie said.

“In one’s 50s, not one in 100 men can still run.

I mean run, not jog or shuffle or take a few quick

steps. Run, with feet barely touching the ground,

legs stretching out, arms in motion. In one’s 60s,

not one in 500 men can still really run; in one’s

70s, not one in 1,000 men can still run and in

one’s 80s, not one in 10,000 men can still run. But

in one’s 90s? Maybe one in 50,000? Nick can still

run — in the outfield after a ball and on the base

paths. Although substitute runners are allowed in

senior softball, Nick runs for himself, from home

plate and on the bases,” Logie added.

Nick can still hit. Like he did in his 40s?

Probably not, but farther than some of the younger

members of the Señors Club. In the last month, he

hit a double over the left fielder’s head, and some

thought he should have stretched it to a triple.

Nick can still field. Last week, he was playing

first base. Batters who can hit a softball 300 feet

were swinging against him. He also plays second

base at times, but usually plays a short outfield. In

another game in the last month, Nick caught two

fly balls for outs in the same inning!

Nick can still throw. Not very far any more,

but accurately.

“That’s why Nick is such a treasure for our club

and an inspiration to the other players who hope

they can still be active as the years roll by,” Logie


That’s what makes Nick Ioimo one in a million.

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Parties Around Town Sister City International Fundraiser — Friday, April 23

The Sister City event was held at Deseo Tequila Lounge and Restaurant on Main Street. Top row, left to right: Committee members Georgi LaBerge, Vice Mayor Alicia Aguirre, Mayor

Jeff Ira and Councilwoman Barbara Pierce draw names for the raffle. The mariachi plays on. Vanessa and James pose before taking to the dance floor. Bottom row, left to right: The

Shoyers enjoy the fun. Aguirre is happy with the event support. Another supporter having fun.



Paint Your Home’s Exterior

Spring into

Action Before


Did you know that Redwood City’s Home

Improvement Loan Program provides a FREE

EXTERIOR PAINTJOB (up to $5000) to qualified loan

applicants? Spring is the best time to paint your

home; after winter rainstorms but before hot and

sunny summer days. Redwood City will pay a local

professional painting contractor to perform the work.

So don’t wait, apply today. Protect your investment

and keep your home in great shape!

Take Advantage of Redwood City’s

Home Improvement Loan Program

Low interest home improvement loans are available to eligible owners of

single-family homes and owners of rental property located within incorporated

Redwood City. Single-family homes include structures of 1–4 units, one

of which must be owner-occupied. Rental property owners must rent 51% of

their units to low-income tenants. Rehabilitate your home and take

advantage of these generous loan terms — 3% interest fully amortized over

15 years. There are no points and no “out-of-pocket” expenses for loan fees.

Call us for more information: 650.780.7290, or go to

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of Marin counties. For more information or to

join, call Brandy Navarro at 650-367-9394.

Rebuilding Together Peninsula

RTP is a Redwood City nonprofit that provides

free home repair and renovations for low-income

families, seniors and people living with disabilities

throughout the Peninsula. RTP’s mission is to

promote independent living in safety and warmth

through volunteer partnerships with individuals

and groups in the community. RTP is currently

seeking skilled volunteers and construction

captains for its annual National Rebuilding Day,

when thousands of volunteers and sponsors unite

to rehabilitate the homes and community facilities

of our low-income neighbors and revitalize communities

across the Peninsula. Come see how one day of

your time can make a difference in someone’s

life. If you are interested in volunteering, call

650-366-6597. For more information, visit

Redwood City Art Center

The Redwood City Art Center promotes creativity

and community by providing art education, exhibitions,

studio space for artists and outreach to the local

community and schools. The Art Center has

been involved with several local events, offering

fun, creative art projects for children, and the

center hopes this is just the beginning of their

involvement with the community.

For scheduling or donation, contact artreach@ For more general

information, visit

or call 650-369-1823. Or visit in person at 2625

Broadway, Redwood City.

Redwood City Eagles #418

The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international

nonprofit united in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice

and equality. They support our police, firefighters

and others who protect and serve. The Eagles have

provided support for medical centers across the

country to build and provide research on medical

conditions including heart disease, cancer, spinal cord

injuries, kidney disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s

disease. They raise millions of dollars every year

to help handicapped kids, uplift the aged and

make life a little brighter for everyone.

They meet on the second Tuesday of each

month at the Eagles Hall, 1575 Marshall St., at 6

p.m. for a social hour and dinner meeting. They

play cards on the third Thursday and would love

to have you join them. For more information,

call President Ryan Herbst at 408-489-6582 or

Secretary David Tomatis at 650-575-3225, or

check out their website at

Redwood City Education Foundation

The Redwood City Education Foundation is an

all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated

to providing students in the Redwood City School

District with a strong education that lays the

foundation for future success. They raise private money

to provide enrichment programs to all students

in the district. Their funding is focused on

academic achievement, music and art, and health

and wellness. They are currently seeking new

board members. Board members are responsible

for attending monthly meetings, chairing board

committees, participating in fundraising and

outreach activities, and promoting RCEF in the

community. If you are interested in the possibility

of serving on the board, please contact Adam

Borison at 650-363-7271 or For more

information on RCEF, check out

Redwood City Orators

Toastmasters Club

Learn effortless public speaking as a beginner

or polish existing skills. Join the Redwood City

Orators Toastmasters Club, a fun, friendly, supportive

and diverse group that meets every Friday morning

from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church,

178 Clinton St. (at Brewster). Look for their sidewalk

sign or check them out at

Redwood City Rotary

Redwood City Rotary performs many service

projects, provides college scholarships and donates

to international relief efforts. The club meets in a

spirit of good fellowship and fun each Tuesday at

12:15 at the Sequoia Club, 1695 Broadway, to hear

speakers and plan community benefits, including

the annual July 4 raffle that raises $80,000 for

12 local charities. For more information about

joining, contact Dr. Paul R. Piccione at drpaul@ or 650-703-5957, or


Redwood City Señors Softball Club

These recreational and tournament-level senior

men and women play slow-pitch softball all year

long. Membership is open to anyone at least 50

years old within the calendar year. Many of the

players are in their 60s and 70s and still going

strong. Club members play every Tuesday, Wednesday

and Thursday morning at Griffin Field at Red

Morton Community Park. For more information

or to join the club, contact Joe Kirby at 650-366-

5299 or (include “Senior

Softball Club” in the subject line).

Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club

This group is small but has a growing membership.

All members either live or work in our community

and share a common goal of making our city a better

place to live. This club is one of over 44,000 Lions

Clubs in 199 nations. Chartered in 1966, the club has

been vigorously active helping eyesight-impaired

youth in our schools and seniors who are hearing-impaired.

Join them for breakfast! The Lions meet every

Wednesday at Bob’s Court House Coffee Shop,

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

Gibbons at 650-766-8105 for more details.

Redwood City Women’s Club

Founded in 1909 as a member of the General

Federation of Women’s Clubs and the California

Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Redwood City

Women’s Club will celebrate its centennial in

September. The club meets the first Thursday

of each month, September through June, at the

clubhouse at 149 Clinton St., Redwood City.

Social at 11 a.m., lunch at noon, followed by a

meeting and program. For information, call 650-

363-1266 or visit

Sequoia High School

Alumni Association

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

or e-mail

Sequoia High School

Education Foundation

The Sequoia High School Education Foundation

is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving

the high school experience for all students. Their

mission is to support student success by investing

in projects and programs that will have a substantial

impact on the school community. If you applaud

and appreciate Sequoia’s rise to academic prominence,

consider a financial contribution that will guarantee

the continuation of the programs and resources

that have made Sequoia a winning school. For

more information, go to

Sequoia Stamp Club

This club was established in 1947 and invites

community members to visit. The club meets at

the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt

Ave., every second and fourth Tuesday at 7:45 p.m.

There is a program every meeting and refreshments

are served. The dues are only $3 per year. Contact

Hank at 650-593-7012, e-mail sequoiastampclub@ or visit Sequoia

Stamp Club sponsors a free stamp show at the

same location on the first weekend in December.

Soroptimist International of

South Peninsula

The Soroptimists invite you to become a member

of Soroptmist International, the world’s largest

service organization for business and professional

women, where “improving the lives of women

and children” has been their mission since 1921.

Soroptimists work through service projects to

advance human rights and the status of women

locally and abroad. They meet the second Thursday

of every month. For more information, please call

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

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

Sustainable San Mateo County

Established in 1992, this local nonprofit is dedicated to

the long-term health of our county’s environment,

economy and social equity. Programs include

an annual report, an annual awards event with

over 450 attendees,, green

business workshops and more. If you would like

to volunteer, contact the SSMC office at 650-638-

2323 or e-mail advocate@sustainablesanmateo.

org. For more information, visit www.

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Community Interest

Groovin’ in the Grove Concert Seeks Volunteer Talent

The first event in the parent fundraising campaign to save the instrumental

music program in Redwood City’s elementary school district will take

place May 29 at Sequoia High School. Undertaken with sponsorship by the

Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF), the Groovin’ in the Grove

planning committee seeks all types of performing music groups to participate

in this all-day concert.

During the day there will be 10- to 20-minute performances, including

those by high school performing groups or clubs, community groups

and “garage bands,” to name a few examples. In the evening, there will

be 20-minute performances by individuals and groups with professional

experience before paying audiences, including at local restaurants and clubs.

Already signed up are the Ron Gariffo Orchestra, the San Francisco Bay

Jazz Ensemble and Corazón del Sur. All proceeds from the concert will

go directly to the campaign to fund continuation of instrumental music for

grades 5–8 in the Redwood City School District.

The parent fundraising campaign began with the news in February of

massive state budget cuts to schools. For the Redwood City School District,

2010–11 cuts are expected to range from $4.7 million to $13.7 million. The

instrumental music program, considered invaluable by parents, students,

educators and the district, is a likely candidate for elimination.

On Feb. 2, 100 people filled the Kennedy Middle School music room to

form a plan of action. The May 29 concert and a July Fourth fun run, cosponsored

with Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services,

were selected as key fundraising activities. Meanwhile the RCEF has

been reaching out to local businesses, parents and major corporations and

foundations to raise the additional money needed to ensure that students don’t

have to eliminate instrumental music from their lives.

Information and applications may be found at Groups

selected to perform will be notified at least one week before the concert.

Alternative Plans for New Area School Move Ahead

Plans to construct an alternative school on 1.67 acres in unincorporated

Redwood City are closer to being approved after the Sequoia Union High

School District Board of Trustees approved the environmental impact report.

In 2006, the district purchased the three acres, which at the time housed

the Redwood City Baptist Church, for $5.9 million. By August 2011 the site,

located between Fourth and Fifth avenues by Middlefield Road, will be home

to a new alternative school building. No one showed up to comment on the

environmental report, giving the board the green light to approve it, which it

did unanimously. The district will begin accepting bids for construction this summer.

The program is on the fast track, said Assistant Superintendent Jim Lianides.

“We are certainly on track,” he said.

The new development will consist of 16,103 square feet of space in a new

two-story building with up to 72 parking spots in two lots. If the site houses a

charter school, it would accommodate up to 400 students and 20 faculty and

staff. If the district uses it for an alternative program, the hours of use would

be extended, increasing the number of people served at the site, according to

the report prepared by Menlo Park–based TRA Environmental Sciences, Inc.

It will also include various green components like solar panels, said Lianides.

Although the environmental report shows no major impacts on the

surrounding neighborhood, contaminated soil was previously removed. Soil

around the building footprints was removed after being found to include

pesticides and run-off from lead-based paint, according to a report by the

Cornerstone Earth Group.

Contaminated shallow soil areas were removed from Oct. 9, 2009, through

Nov. 4, 2009. Building foundations were removed during the same time

period, and clean soil was placed on the site.

The original site also included a private residence. Plans allow for the preschool

at the private site to remain during and after construction. At some point, the

district will need to assign the project an actual address, said Lianides.

Bacteria Forcing Sand Removal at Two Local Parks

Redwood City is completely removing sand areas from two of its parks because

workers have not been able to prevent the bacteria E. coli from contaminating them.

After a year in which the sand play areas of Stafford and Maddux parks

were periodically closed because of the bacteria, officials say they are unable

to keep it from happening and want to instead replace the sand entirely.

“Everybody likes the sand but quite honestly there are reasons why it’s not

a good idea,” said Redwood City Parks Superintendent Gary Hover.

Contamination was linked to cat feces at Maddux Park but the reasons at

Stafford remain unclear. The bacteria require a combination of sand, water,

shade and some sort of fecal matter.

The city will replace the sand areas with other play features and is asking

the community to attend either of two meetings for input on what the

replacement should be. Possibilities include a soft rubber surface or a water

feature like a mister, Hover said.

The sand removal won’t begin until after the city knows what is going in

its place. In the meantime, the sand area of Maddux Park remains closed.

Stafford Park tested clean and is open but still slated for renovation, Hover said.

The battle to contain and ultimately prevent E. coli began in January 2009

after an anonymous caller reported their grandchild grew ill after playing in

the tot area of Stafford Park. The city detected higher-than-expected levels of

the bacteria and removed 40 cubic yards of sand.

The city used the finding to establish guidelines for the testing of soil and

sand in all parks because there were no criteria on a national or state level.

After cleaning Stafford, the city tested it and other parks at three- and sixmonth

intervals. The city also cleans and rakes the sand of all its parks at

least five days a week.

After finding E. coli again in Stafford and then Maddux Park, city workers

replaced the sand with a larger-grain product that doesn’t clump and rebuilt the

container shallower to improve drainage. Afterward, the tests came back clean,

but the following month there were once more higher-than-expected levels of E. coli.

E. coli is a common bacteria existing in the digestive tract of humans and

other warm-blooded animals. Most E. coli strains are harmless but some can

cause flu-like symptoms and gastrointestinal problems in humans if ingested.

Hover said park visitors don’t need to take particular precautions but did

have one bit of advice.

“Don’t eat sand,” he said.

Father of Man Killed on Tracks Files Claim Against Caltrain

The father of a man who was hit and killed by a train in Redwood City in

September as he tried to drive across the tracks has filed a claim against

Caltrain alleging negligence by the agency.

Charles “Chuck” Isaacson, 64, was hit by a train the afternoon of Sept. 15,

2009, at the Whipple Avenue crossing. The claim states the traffic just ahead

of Isaacson stopped as he was crossing, forcing him to stop on the tracks in

his green Honda Civic.

His father, Donald Isaacson of Lynden, Wash., filed the claim against

Caltrain on March 8, said Gary Mann, an attorney for the Mann Law Firm

in San Jose. Similar claims were filed the same day against SamTrans, San

Mateo County, Redwood City and Davy Dushawn, the engineer operating the

train at the time, Mann said.

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors rejected the claim against the

county, county spokesman Marshall Wilson said.

Mann said he expects the other entities to also reject the claims, and that

the next step would be to file a wrongful death lawsuit in San Mateo County

Superior Court.

“We believe this incident could have been avoided,” Mann said. “We believe

this is a situation that Chuck Isaacson didn’t have to die as a result of.”

The claim alleges that Caltrain employees were negligent in their operation

of the train that struck Isaacson’s car, and that the crossing where the crash

occurred doesn’t have enough warning signs for motorists.

Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn was not available to comment.

At the time of the accident, Dunn said the cars in front of Isaacson had

stopped to yield to a fire engine. The train was traveling at about 60 mph

when it hit Isaacson’s car.

Shop Local! – Shop Redwood City!

Check out our Best of the Best selections below. Shouldn’t you make the commitment to shopping

locally today and every day? Whether you are out shopping, dining or enjoying some entertainment,

you will benefit because your sales tax dollars stay local and help us all. These businesses not only

provide excellent service but also contribute to our community.

Auto Care:

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. 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. They even

have free Wi-Fi Internet so you can

work while you wait for your vehicle

to be serviced.

Eating and Catering:

Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road –

The Canyon Inn has had the same

owner for over two decades and every

year it just keeps getting better. They

serve everything from hamburgers

to pizza, all kinds of sandwiches and

pastas, and they even have a South of

the Border menu! There’s a Sunday

all-you-can-eat menu and NBA games

on the big flat-screen TVs. Don’t forget

to reserve their closed patio for your

next party — it has heaters, fans and a

big-screen TV (no extra charge). Why

cook when you don’t have to? They do

catering too for any special event!”

Home Improvement:

Lewis Carpet Cleaners –

1-800-23-LEWIS – Founded in 1985,

Lewis Carpet Cleaners has grown

from one small, portable machine to

a company of several employees and

vans. The Lewis family works and lives in Redwood City and is committed

to our community. When you’re choosing a reputable company, that should

make you feel secure. Ask about their Spectrum special: Get 100 square

feet of carpet cleaned for absolutely nothing. Call today and get your home

looking great.

Legal Services:

Hannig Law Firm – 2991 El Camino Real – Hannig Law Firm LLP provides

transactional and litigation expertise in a variety of areas. The professionals

at HLF are committed to knowing and meeting their clients’ needs through

long-term relationships and value-added services, and to supporting and

participating in the communities where they live and work.

Personal Improvement:

Re:Juvenate Skincare Clinic – 1100 Laurel St., Suite F, San Carlos –

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 today

and let the professionals at Re:Juvenate Skincare Clinic help you love the skin

you’re in! Visit or call 650-631-5700.

Business Profile of the Month

San Mateo Credit Union Continues to Aid Those in Need

Members of San Mateo Credit Union (SMCU) are continuing to

demonstrate their commitment to supporting their community

by helping to feed the hungry through the credit union’s unique

Refer-a-Friend program.

Every time a referral to SMCU results in a new membership,

the credit union donates 20 lunches to Second Harvest Food

Bank of San Mateo County. The program was started in June

2009, and by the end of last year, just over 1,200 meals had been


This year, the program has blossomed considerably. As

of the first quarter of 2010, 1,140 lunches — representing 57

membership referrals — have been sponsored. A check in the

amount of $570 was presented to the food bank to cover the

cost of these meals.

Refer-a-Friend invites members to share the advantages of

credit union membership with people they care about, and that’s

a good thing. But it also demonstrates a deeper level of caring,

because generous people are reaching out to strangers who are in

need of help.

Refer-a-Friend was initiated after a successful Share Your

Lunch program in April 2009. As a result of that program’s

efforts, 3,718 meals were donated. Call 650-363-1725 or 888-

363-1725 or visit a branch for additional information.

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

fitness center in downtown Redwood City offers a variety of classes,

weight and cardio equipment, personal training, therapeutic massage and

skin care. Flexible pricing, with several options available for members and

nonmembers. Visit or call 650-364-9194

to get started.

Specialty Businesses:

Bizzarro’s Auto Auction – 2581

Spring St. – Owner Frank Bizzarro’s

unique business offers auto auctions,

consignment vehicle sales, appraisal

services and even ways to donate your

vehicle to charity. If you are thinking

of holding an event with a live auction

to increase your fundraising efforts,

Frank and his staff are also a one-stop

auction team with spotters, clerks,

sample catalogs, bid numbers, etc. Just

give Frank a call at 650-363-8055 and

get details on all of their services.

Castle Insurance – 643 Bair Island

Road, #104 – Castle Insurance is

an independent insurance agency

representing a carefully selected

group of financially sound, reputable

insurance companies. They provide a

wide range of policies, from renter’s

insurance to auto and more. Visit or call

650-364-3664 for a free quote.

Hector Flamenco Insurance (State

Farm) – 151 Fifth Ave. – Hector

has been in the insurance business

and with State Farm for 20 years.

He specializes in auto and business

insurance. A local resident, he also provides servicio en español! Visit his

website at

Schoenstein Physical Therapy – 363A Main St., 650-599-9482 – The

clinical approach of this independent, community-based practice focuses

on thorough physical therapy assessment, specific treatment strategies and

patient education. Individualized treatment programs are designed to help

meet patient goals of restoring function, returning to sport or occupation and

maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

St. Regal Jewelers – 850 Main St. – Listen to what customers are saying

about this fine downtown jewelry store: “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.” Phil has

become an expert in repair service and welcomes your “fix-it” pieces.

Terry Finn and Madonna’s Bail Bonds – 234 Marshall St., Upstairs

#3, 650-366-9111 – Finn and Madonna’s provide bail bonds to any court

jurisdiction, jail or police agency in California and in many other states.

Interested parties representing incarcerated subjects are encouraged to

contact the licensed bail agent on duty at the above office for immediate bail

bond assistance.

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News Briefs

Handyman Guilty of Murder

A former Menlo Park handyman prosecutors say fatally shot a Redwood City

cabbie and attempted to kill a fellow passenger during a botched robbery six

years ago is guilty of murder, a jury decided.

The jury found Lousa Mataele, 37, guilty of first-degree murder with the

special allegation it was committed during a robbery, attempted robbery with

a firearm and attempted murder with a firearm — charges that when taken

together will send him to prison for life without the possibility of parole.

The verdict came in less than two days after the jury resumed

deliberations. The jury was on hiatus for one week and had deliberated

roughly two days previously before the decision. The jury acquitted Mataele

of attempted robbery of the passenger.

In finding Mataele guilty, the jury rejected the defense argument that

Mataele was actually unaware during the shooting of driver Davinder Singh,

21, because of an epileptic disorder.

“I’m glad the 21st-century version of the Twinkie defense did not win out,”

prosecutor Joe Cannon said.

Defense attorney Gerritt Rutgers could not be reached for comment on the

verdict. During the trial he also argued Mataele did not attempt to rob Singh

and passenger Jaime Torres, because items like money and cell phones were

left in the cab when he fled.

Cannon had countered that Mataele knowingly climbed into a cab with

Jaime Torres, a fellow bar patron with whom he drank that night, with plans

to rob him and Singh. Torres, who survived with a bullet graze, testified

during the trial and endured grilling by Rutgers on what he could actually

remember in his intoxicated state.

Cannon credited physical evidence to corroborate Torres’ testimony and

said it is not surprising he was shaky on some details considering he had

survived an attempt on his life.

Neither side debated that Torres and Mataele drank together on Sept. 13,

2003, at Sodini’s bar on El Camino Real or later went to the home of Torres’

friend. They even agree the pair both climbed into Singh’s cab — but that is

where the versions diverged.

Torres testified that Mataele pulled out his gun, pointed it at the driver and

told him, “Break yourself” — street slang indicating a robbery — before

firing twice into Singh’s head. Mataele then reportedly demanded Torres’

cell phone and gold teeth before firing at him. The cab crashed into a parked

Taurus at Elena Street and Oak Avenue. Mataele fled but was found at a

nearby bus stop with a backpack carrying the gun and unused bullets.

Rutgers called Mataele’s mother to testify that when he lived with her he

spoke with “ghosts.” Psychologist/neurologist Dr. Howard Friedman testified

that testing showed his intelligence is equivalent to that of a 10-year-old.

Other witnesses addressed possible links between alcohol and blackouts

and neurological conditions uncovered when Mataele was hospitalized

as incompetent for three years prior to trial. Rutgers told jurors the fatal

shooting was not a murder but “something else” because his client was

essentially unconscious.

Mataele returns to court June 4 for formal sentencing and remains in

custody on no-bail status.

Former Nurse Pleads Not Guilty to Hospital Peeping

The male nurse accused of setting up a video camera in the bathroom of a

Redwood City hospital to surreptitiously record those inside pleaded not

guilty and will stand trial in July.

Carlo Magallanes Alcober, 34, is charged with one misdemeanor count of

illegal videotaping. Prosecutors alleged Alcober filmed at least five users of a

unisex employee bathroom at the Kaiser Medical Center but can be charged

for only a single act of recording.

Alcober pleaded not guilty and was scheduled for a pretrial conference

May 5 followed by jury trial July 12.

If convicted, Alcober faces up to a year in jail on the single count.

Prosecutors say Alcober, while working a night shift in October, placed

a micro digital camera inside a bathroom on the seventh-floor surgical unit,

covering it with white surgical tape and leaving a small hole through which to record.

The last of five women filmed discovered the camera and Alcober was

reportedly identified by both his image in the footage and his behavior.

Alcober no longer works for Kaiser Permanente and the incident was

reported to the California Board of Registered Nursing, according to Kaiser

spokesman Karl Sonkin.

Alcober is free from custody on his own recognizance but prohibited from

possessing weapons and cameras.

Car Thief With How-To Book Gets Year in Jail

The man caught in a stolen car with the book “How to Be a Successful Criminal”

was sentenced to a year in jail on two counts of felony vehicle theft.

Brian Winner, 29, has approximately a month left to serve, having earned

credit since his arrest, said a District Attorney’s Office spokesperson.

Winner was originally charged with vehicle theft, possession of a

stolen vehicle, second-degree auto burglary, receiving stolen property and

misdemeanor possession of burglary tools.

On Oct. 21, Redwood City police located and arrested Winner after

responding to a call for a suspicious person looking into parked cars. Winner

was allegedly driving a stolen car containing property taken from multiple

victims, including the book.

Train Fatality Was Redwood City Man

A pedestrian who died after being hit by a Caltrain in San Bruno was

identified as a 52-year-old Redwood City man, according to the San Mateo

County Coroner’s Office.

Jon Armstrong was hit in the pedestrian crossing area at the north end

of the San Bruno Caltrain station, located at 481 Huntington Ave., Caltrain

spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.

Armstrong, who was hit by northbound express train 305, was Caltrain’s

third fatality this year. Dunn said the gate was down when Armstrong

crossed the track.

The lights and bells were all operating,” she said.

After the incident, Caltrain vehicles ran on a single track and experienced

delays of up to an hour. The tracks were reopened at 9:15 a.m., and all the

trains were operating on time by the afternoon.

Body Found on Pacifica Beach Identified

A body found washed ashore in Pacifica has been identified as the 44-yearold

man who was swept out into the ocean from Sharp Park Beach last

month, San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said.

Richard Lee Serrano Jr., of Redwood City, was knocked down by waves

and disappeared into the ocean on March 18, according to police.

He never resurfaced, and authorities spent hours searching for him.

On Tuesday morning, a contractor surveying the cliffs along Esplanade

Avenue, where some residents were forced to evacuate last year due to the

eroding cliffs, spotted Serrano’s body on the beach.

Foucrault said the coroner’s office used fingerprints to identify Serrano. He

said a cause of death will be determined in two to three weeks.

Serrano’s death was not the only likely drowning at Sharp Park Beach

recently. On March 28, 44-year-old San Carlos resident Grelia Smith was

pulled underwater while trying to rescue her dog, which had gone into the

ocean, police said.

She, too, was knocked down by a large wave and swept away from the beach.

Family members and witnesses were unable to reach her in the heavy surf.

The dog was able to swim back to shore. Smith was taken to a hospital,

where she died.

In January, 37-year-old Berkeley resident Amy Kelleen Nicholson died

after being pulled into the ocean while walking near the surf line at Sharp

Park Beach.

Pacifica police Capt. Dave Bertini said there are signs posted along the beach

promenade warning of the dangerous surf, but no lifeguards are on duty there.

San Mateo County History Museum presents

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Meet Our Community-Minded Realtors for Redwood City

Michelle Glaubert

at Coldwell Banker

650-722-1193 – Michelle has been a

full-time, top-producing Realtor since

1978. With a proven track record, she

has helped buyers achieve their dreams

of home ownership and sellers make

successful moves to their next properties.

The majority of her business is garnered

through referrals from her many satisfied

clients. Living in Emerald Hills, she

knows the area well and is involved in

the community. Count on Michelle’s

years of experience to guide you through

your next real estate transaction. Visit

her online at

Jim Massey

at Keller Williams

650-207-5120 – Jim has been

active for over 30 years in business

and leadership in Redwood City.

With that involvement, he has

become a Realtor familiar with our

community, and his clients feel

comfortable knowing he has that

expertise and knowledge to guide

them. Visit him online at

Buying or selling?

Turn to one of these experts!

Get the red carpet treatment

Everything you need is here at On Broadway. A full-service branch featuring friendly

knowledgeable staff. Validated parking. Convenient late hours and we’re open on Saturdays, too!

Come see what all the fuss is about.

Get a Free Movie Ticket!

When you open your membership at the On Broadway Branch.

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your local hero

When you refer a friend or family member to SMCU,

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Offer valid while supplies last. You are eligible for membership in SMCU if you live, work, worship, or study in San Mateo County. A one-time, non-refundable membership fee of $10.00

($1.00 for age 17 and under) is required to join. Federally insured by NCUA. When a referral is made for a new membership and account opening is verified, SMCU will make a contribution

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As I Was Saying…(Continued from p6)

In case you have not heard by now, and to make a very long story short,

an Apple iPhone prototype was recently left at a Redwood City drinking

establishment and ended up being taken by someone who was not the owner

of the phone. Not a good image for our community, considering the story

broke nationwide.

To make matters worse, according to the crew at Wired, that someone

was Brian Hogan, a 21-year-old resident of Redwood City. Yes, he was the

individual who “found” the Apple iPhone prototype.

Hogan sold the phone to an Internet site called Gizmodo — a geek website

to say the least — for $5,000. Who knew?

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Hogan said through his lawyer

that when he accepted $5,000 from Gizmodo for the phone, he thought he

was providing Gizmodo exclusive access to review it. “He regrets his mistake

in not doing more to return the phone,” said attorney Jeffrey Bornstein in a

statement. “Even though he did obtain some compensation from Gizmodo,

Brian thought that it was so that they could review the phone.” Yeah, right, to

review it. Then why accept the $5,000? That is not even a good argument.

According to the Chronicle, the unmasking of Hogan was just the latest

twist in a case that has gripped the technology world. Gizmodo posted a

stunning piece on the lost prototype after buying the phone.

Hogan has been interviewed by police but has not been charged. Under

California law, a person who finds an object that has information about its

owner must make reasonable and just efforts to return the object before

appropriating it for themselves.

A friend of Hogan made attempts to return the phone to Apple but to no

avail. Hogan, however, apparently made no attempt to return the phone to the bar

or contact Apple or authorities directly. He apparently did find the name of

the iPhone’s owner, Apple engineer Gray Powell, through Powell’s Facebook

application on the phone. But then Apple remotely killed the phone, it was reported.

Wired found Hogan after investigating clues on social networking sites,

which allowed them to confirm his identity with a source. Police have been

investigating the case and are looking at possibly charging Hogan with theft

and Gizmodo with receipt of stolen property. Investigators served a search

warrant on Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s Fremont home, but prosecutors

have not filed a complaint in the case.

I assume they won’t, considering there has to be a victim to charge

someone and considering Apple does not want to prosecute.

Some of the unflattering comments from Internet blogs that have been

directed at Hogan include: “This guy is a thief, opportunist and liar. An

honest person who finds a phone at a bar gives it to the bartender. Bottom

line: You found something that belonged to somebody else and you sold it

without really doing anything to get it back to the owner. The cops call this

fencing stolen property.”

“Where’s the ‘I’m sorry for stealing’ quote? Why are we excusing theft?”

“Horsefeathers. Best case, this guy found a phone in a bar and had every

intention of keeping it for himself. Worst case, he actively stole it from the

guy at the bar.”

“I’ve actually found a cell phone and called the last number dialed and asked

them if they knew whose phone this was and to let them know I had it. I met

the lady at the local Starbucks and she was very happy, even bought me a coffee.”

“I think the tale told by the finder lost a little credibility when $5,000

changed hands and then Gizmodo ‘dismantled’ the phone to look inside. Not

a sale? Let’s see. You took $5,000, gave away the phone with no expectation

ever to see it again. Yep, that’s a sale.”

I must say when I first heard about this story, my initial reaction was, “Why

would anyone take a cell phone and not just leave it where it was or give it to

the restaurant owners?” It is one of those moral situations we all face in our

life, and unfortunately Hogan flunked it while the Internet community was

watching, and he is now facing ridicule and disdain from them. What were

you thinking, Brian?

OK, the kid made a mistake, obviously the wrong decision. But if we were

all held accountable for mistakes that we all made during our younger years,

we might all end up being chastised by thousands on the Internet. Maybe that

is all right? That is his punishment? That, along with his parents hopefully

grounding him! I don’t know.

I would not be proud if I were him or his family or friends. But to be

thrown into the public spotlight like this is unfortunate, and one would never

imagine a single, slight decision could lead to such exposure. But that is the

new media world we live in.

I guess the kid has a lot of soul searching to do. I would imagine many

lessons have been learned and he, along with many others, will think twice

before “finding” something and taking it and profiting from it.

“Forget about the past and press on to the greater achievements of the

future.” That is what the Optimist organization states in their official creed.

Good luck, Brian. Oh, and Brian, you should get your butt back in school and

learn something. The lessons taught by hard knocks are tough. Try to avoid

them in the future. But move on.

Congratulations to the Canyon Inn in the Emerald Hills neighborhood. As of

May 1, they are celebrating their 37th year of providing our community with

some of the tastiest burgers, fries and pizza, plus a whole menu that is simply

to die for. If you have not visited them lately, you should. Congratulations to

owner Tim Harrison and his beautiful family, and here’s to another 37 years!

How good is the Hacksaw sounding right now?

Judging by the amount of e-mail and correspondence we got last month, I am

sure many of you are wondering why I have not written about the upcoming

June 8 election this month. Well, I still have another issue before then, and

there are a lot of topics that needed exposure this month.

Rest assured, I will have plenty of insight for you next month, so don’t vote just yet.

As I was saying…




Nonprofits In Action (Continued from p19)

Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club

Since October 1956, the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club has been

devoted to community service in Redwood City. Through the decades,

the club has provided funds to help many worthy community programs

and continues to add more community projects. The Key Club of Sequoia

High School, sponsored by the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club, was

chartered in 1994 and has been involved in raising money and donating time

and effort to many programs.

The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday evening

6–7 p.m. at Harry’s Hofbrau, 1909 El Camino Real (one block north of

Woodside Road). They invite you to come to their meetings and check out the

club’s website at

Woodside Terrace Optimist Club

This is a unique club made up of senior citizens who want to stay involved.

Most, but not all, come from the residence at Woodside Terrace. The club is

open to all of the community and provides an opportunity for seniors to be

useful. The club’s funds are raised by a card, candy and necklace sale held

on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the main lobby at 485 Woodside

Road, open to the public.

Lunches/meetings are at 12:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays

of each month in the Assisted Living Dining Room at Woodside Terrace.

Guests are welcome. Please call President Jack Murphy at 650-780-9891 or

Millie Cole at 650-366-1392 for reservations.

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

printed in The Spectrum, send it to or The Spectrum Magazine,

P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064. Let our community know your contributions and

maybe they will want to join you.

Insurance Tips: Understanding the New Health Care Reform Law

By Russ Castle, Special to The Spectrum

Needless to say, there will be numerous interpretations

of the new law and many subsequent changes.

Here is an overview of the key provisions and a

timeline for implementation of the new law:

Title I Coverage, Medicare, Medicaid and Revenues

Subtitle A Coverage Sec. 1001. Affordability.

A) Premium Tax Credits. Section 36B of the

Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as added by

section 1401 of the Patient Protection and

Affordable Care Act and amended by section

10105 of such Act, is amended (1) in subsection

(b)(3)(A)(A) in clause (I), by striking with respect

to any taxpayer and all that follows up to the end

period and inserting for any taxable year shall be

the percentage such that the applicable percentage

for any taxpayer whose household income is

within an income tier specified in the following

table shall increase, on a sliding scale in a linear

manner, from the initial premium percentage to

the final premium percentage specified in such

table for such income tier ...



New programs

• Temporary retiree reinsurance program is established.

• National risk pool is created; small business tax

credit is established.

• Medicare members who reach the “donut hole”

receive $250 rebate.

Insurance reforms

• Lifetime benefit limits based on dollar amounts

are prohibited.

• Annual limits on the dollar value of certain

benefits are restricted.

• Coverage rescissions/cancellations are

prohibited (except for fraud or intentional


• Cost-sharing obligations for preventive services

are prohibited.

• Dependent coverage up to age 26 is mandated.

• Internal and external appeal processes must be


• Pre-existing condition exclusions for dependent

children (under 19 years of age) are prohibited.

• New health plan disclosure and transparency

requirements are created.



• Employers are required to report the value

of health care benefits on employees’ W2 tax


• Annual industry fee for pharmaceutical

manufacturers of brand-name drugs is


• Voluntary long-term care insurance program

is made available to provide cash benefit for

assisting disabled individuals to stay in their

homes or cover nursing home costs. Benefits

start five years after people begin paying a fee

for coverage.

• Funding for community health centers is

increased to provide care for many low-income

and uninsured people.



• Hospitals, physicians and payers are encouraged

to band together in “accountable care


• Hospitals with high rates of preventable

readmissions face reduced Medicare payments.


Coverage mandates and subsidies

• Individual and employer coverage

responsibilities are effective.

• Individual affordability tax credits are created

and small business tax credits are expanded.

Taxes & Fees

• New taxes on health insurers are added.

Any questions?

Editor’s note: This article was written by Russ Castle of

Castle Insurance Agency, a licensed and experienced health

insurance resource center. The professionals at Castle are

fully prepared to help you navigate the complex health care

waters that are approaching. If you need help, call them at


Senior Activities

The Veterans Memorial Senior

Center, 1455 Madison Ave.,

Redwood City, is providing the

following activities that are open to

the public during the month of May.

Friday Movies for Everyone

Every Friday, 1:15 p.m. (unless otherwise


Come to the VMSC in April for a free featured

movie in our state-of-the-art movie theater!

May 7: “The Blind Side”

May 14: “The Hurt Locker”

May 21: “Up in the Air”

May 28: “An Education”

AARP Driver’s Safety Renewal

Saturday, May 1, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Room 20 in Wellness Building

Need to renew your AARP Driver’s Safety

Certificate? If you’ve already taken the 8-hour

class, this is a great refresher and a way to

make sure you continue to receive an insurance

discount. You can sign up at the VMSC front

desk or by calling 650-780-7270 and pressing

#2. Leave your name and number, and a staff or

volunteer member will you back to confirm your

spot. Space is limited, so sign up early! Cost is

$12 for AARP members or $14 for nonmembers.

Baghdad to Bombay Presentation

Wednesday, May 5, 1–2 p.m.

Sunset Room, Free

Pearl Sofaer will discuss her new book, “Baghdad

to Bombay: In the Kitchens of my Cousins,”

offering a view into the world of Baghdad Jews

who journeyed from Iraq to India.

Lifeline Medical Alert Service

Thursday, May 20, 1–2 p.m.

Sunset Room, Free

Mills Peninsula Lifeline Coordinator Jessica Castro

will discuss the medical alert service, which

summons help in an emergency. A question-andanswer

session and self-evaluation will follow.

VMSC Memorial Day Luncheon

Celebrating our military soldiers,

past and present

Thursday, May 20, 12–1:30 p.m.

$7 per person

Honor our troops during our second annual

Memorial Day Luncheon. This BBQ luncheon

will feature special guest speakers and veterans

from various conflicts. Special patriotic music

and tributes will complete this event. Veterans

are encouraged to send us photos or stories of

their military experience for a special tribute

display. Wear your uniform for a special treat. For

reservations, please call the VMSC lunch desk at


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

website is

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A Minute With: Anne Callery

Anne was born in St. Paul, Minn. She did her undergraduate work in history and

English at the University of Minnesota. She moved to California in 1992 and did

her graduate work at San Jose State University, where she majored in library and

information science.

She worked at Yahoo for a few years before opening the Redwood City business

Every Woman Health Club in 2003 with co-owner Stephanie Dressing. Anne and her

husband, Kevin, were married in 1997 and have lived in Redwood City since 1998.

Anne is the copy editor for The Spectrum Magazine. She is also a member of the

Downtown Business Group and has served with the alumni association of the School

of Library and Information Science at SJSU.

How do you like owning a business in Redwood City?

I like it. It’s a good place to be.

What event are you looking forward to this summer?

Road trip to Minnesota.

You love Redwood City because?

It has just about everything.

Who do you most admire?

My grandma.

What phrase do you most overuse?


Favorite song?

“I Can See Clearly Now” — Hothouse Flowers.

Favorite movie?

The Empire Strikes Back.”

What is your motto?

Things could be worse.

You still can’t believe?

That the club has been open seven years in October.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A day with absolutely nothing scheduled.

What or who is the love of your life?

My husband, Kevin.

You currently feel?


What talent would you most like to have?

To be funny.

Something few know about you?

I made marksman first class while in the JROTC

in high school.

The Spectrum Mag AD 4/2/08 4:23 PM Page 1

Anyone you got on your mind?

My little dog, Maggie.

Memorable moment?

Sunset at Moonstone Beach in Cambria.

First word that comes to mind?


You are inspired by?

People who know what they want to do and make

it happen.

If you’re happy and you know it?

Clap your hands.

Thank You

for Supporting the

Uccelli Family

Through the Years

We urge you to contribute

and support our local

non-profits who do

outstanding work in

our community.

Peter and Paula Uccelli Foundation


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