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As I Was


Redwood City’s

Queen Bee

Has Us All


Let’s Talk Solutions

Can ONE project be a catalyst to help solve many existing local problems like parks?

The Answer is YEs.

Conceptual rendering.

Redwood City has a shortage of active park

and recreation facilities. The city is below statewide

standards for parks, which has forced youth and

adult sports teams to compete over these limited

fields and facilities.

The 50/50 Balanced

Plan will reduce the

shortage of parks and make

Redwood City a leader in

parks and recreation lands

on the Peninsula.

The 50/50 Balanced

Plan includes a 60+

acre multiple use sports

complex (with more

than a dozen new soccer

and baseball fields as well as basketball and other

facilities) and more than 100 acres of Bayside

recreation parks and other neighborhood parks.

This expansion of city park and recreation lands

“We recently had tryouts and once again we

have more kids who want to play than we can

accommodate effectively due to the shortage

of fields. The city understands the need, but has

limited resources. New field space in Redwood

City paid for by a private developer would

really help with the problem.”—Dan Gibson,

Redwood City Resident and Baseball Organizer

will be funded by the 50/50 Balanced Plan – with all

costs borne by the project.

So when groups keep arguing that housing

should be built in downtown or along the El Camino

Real corridor (which we

agree with) where will

other important public

benefits, like parks, be

located? What’s their plan

for addressing parks?

The Saltworks site,

because of its scale, can

satisfy this important

community need.

But don’t take our

word for it. See for

yourself. Examine the facts. Ask for a thorough

evaluation of our proposal and the opportunities –

all of the opportunities – presented by the

Saltworks site.

Redwood City



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The Spectrum.JULY.2011

Table of Contents

Inside The Spectrum – 4

RCSD Corner – 5

“As I Was Saying...” – 6

I Scream, You Scream, We All

Scream for Queen Bee – 7

Cultural Events – 8

Letters to The Editor – 11

Nonprofits In Action – 13

Elks Honor Redwood City

Safety Officers – 15

The Blues Ain’t Nothing But a

Good Man Feelin’ Bad – 16

Community Interest – 19


Here we go! Summertime in Redwood City can only get better as the July edition of The

Spectrum Magazine comes out. We are excited about it.

Our cover story is on a community favorite, George Schoenstein. As one of the founders of the annual

PAL Blues Festival, this lifelong Redwood City resident and business owner has combined his

professionalism and his commitment to the community to present a musical extravaganza while

raising much-needed funds for our community’s youth. Contributing writer Nicole Minieri will introduce

you to Schoenstein and, we hope, entice you into supporting another great community event.

Our business profile this month is on a Redwood City couple who decided late in their careers

that ice cream would be smooth sailing. Sequoia High School graduates Ken and DeAndra Axlund

started the Queen Bee Ice Cream shop in the newly renovated March Manor Shopping Center

at Florence Street and Marsh Road, and the community is glad they did. We will tell you why.

In publisher Steve Penna’s column, “As I Was Saying…,” he discusses issues in our community

and expresses his views on the controversy surrounding a sexual assault during a field trip by

Kennedy School students to Stulsaft Park.

Once again this month, we continue to bring you our regular features on senior activities, items of

community interest, news briefs, cultural and entertainment events, insurance tips from Hector Flamenco,

information from the Redwood City School District and the popular feature “A Minute With.”

We want to encourage you, our readers, to support our valuable Spectrum advertisers by using

their services when you are out shopping, dining or enjoying yourself in our community with

friends and family. Many of them have special offers for you to cut out and present, including

discounts on services, food and beverages, so please take the time to look over their ads this

month and use their coupons and discounts. And when you visit them, let them know you

appreciate their support of our local community publication.

If you want to keep up with all the up-to-the-day information about our community, please visit

our website at www.spectrummagazine.net. Until next month, thank you, Redwood City, and

enjoy our community!

Insurance Tips – 21

Senior Activities – 21

News Briefs – 22

Shop Redwood City – 26

A Minute With Phil Bucher – 30

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher


Anne Callery

Copy Editor


Dale McKee

Contributing Writer


James Massey

Graphic Designer


James R. Kaspar

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Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot




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July means summer, and summer means outdoor events and fun

with family and friends. And in Redwood City, that means the annual

Police Activities League (PAL) Blues Festival will take place. Spectrum

Publisher Steve Penna contacted our cover subject, George Schoenstein,

the founder and chairman of the event, and scheduled our cover shoot for

Wednesday, June 29, at high noon at Courthouse Square downtown.

Penna is a co-owner of one of the retail shops on the Square

(Stuff on the Square) and works each Wednesday, so he arrived to

work early that day and was joined by cover subject photographer

James Kaspar around 11:45 a.m. They were joined soon after by PAL

Executive Director Tom Cronin, who brought a shirt for the shoot, and

then by Schoenstein.

The “blues” theme took a new meaning after Penna suggested spraycoloring

Schoenstein’s hair blue and using eyebrow liner to color his

brows yellow (PAL colors) for the shoot. Being the sport that he is,

Schoenstein had no problem cooperating, and Penna began his work.

The four then headed over to the permanent stage on Courthouse

Square, where the Blues Festival is held and Schoenstein has performed

several times. They took several shots while Schoenstein played his

“blue” guitar and had some fun while he and Penna laughed about

how fun it was and how Penna gets people to “do strange things.”

Then they all headed to the Courthouse steps and in front of one of

the light posts, where the lighting was perfect.

The entire shoot took about an hour.

There are so many special and unique people in our community who

step up every day to volunteer and organize events that help others.

The Spectrum is extremely proud to present one of those this month.

Schoenstein contributes so much to our community as a business

owner and as an involved citizen. We salute his dedication to our

youth and hope he serves as an inspiration for others to emulate.

Now let’s all get our blues on!

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RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District

Stanford Pre-College Math Institute: ‘We’re making it cool to be nerdy’

Since 1992, the Pre-College Math Institute (PCMI) at Stanford

attending the PCMI program, despite living mere miles away. To promote

University has partnered with the Redwood City School District accountability and provide structure, strict rules require exemplary decorum

to provide summer math classes to middle school students in the and consistent attendance (students missing more than two days of class are

Migrant Education program. Under the leadership of its highly dismissed from the program). Current college students, mostly engineering

passionate and motivated director, Noe Lozano, Ph.D., students enjoy the majors, act as T.A.s, tutoring students one-on-one but also re-teaching certain

twofold opportunity of advancing, on average, a full year in math ability and lessons in order to present the same information from a fresh perspective.

getting a taste of the college experience at one of the country’s most elite In Bruce Robinson’s pre-algebra class, for example, a Stanford student was

educational institutions.

busily illustrating scientific notation, a concept with which his students had

“This population is not expected to graduate high school, let alone go to struggled in the previous week, using a clever sandwich analogy.

college. But we create higher expectations, treat them like they are college While the more advanced students may be learning brand-new material,

students and let them see people who are like them who are successful,” said others who are performing below grade-level can review material they may

Lozano. “We treat them like they belong here, and we’re showing them the not have completely grasped during the school year. Because it is a volunteer,

bar we want them to reach.”

summer intervention program, though, all academic progress is identified as

Incoming students to the intensive six-week program are first administered meaningful gain. Ramon, who will be a sixth-grade student at Garfield this

a 50-question test to determine their placement in one of four classrooms, fall, a school he has attended since coming to the United States when he was

including algebra, pre-algebra and two in-between–level classes. All classes in first grade, listened intently to a review of rules for rounding numbers.

are taught by Redwood City School District teachers, who are hired not

“This class is pretty easy for me,” he stated proudly. “It’s mostly stuff I’ve

because they are looking for extra summer income, but because they have seen before, but it’s good for me to practice it again.” Seated next to him is

demonstrated a strong commitment to creating positive change for socioeconomically

disadvantaged youth. Slightly more than half of the kids, subject but admits, “You have to know a lot of math to be able to do science.”

Victor, a Kennedy Middle School student who says science is his favorite

the youngest of which will be entering sixth grade this fall, are students in “We’re making it cool to be nerdy,” said Lozano. He sees the program as a

Redwood City, with the remainder coming from Ravenswood and Santa Clara. powerful equalizing force in the battle to bridge the achievement gap. “A lot

“Without algebra, your chances of going to college are close to zero!” Lozano of the kids we graduate from this program will start the coming school year

exclaimed to a roomful of algebra students in Alonso Dueñas’ class (the most with more confidence and become leaders to their peers.”

advanced grouping, three of whom are tackling geometry curriculum). “You The hope is that this exposure to the academically rich Stanford culture

can usually draw a parallel between your math background and your salary.” combined with the students’ increased proficiency in mathematics will

Many of the students, all of whom fall under the Migrant Education

engender in them an aspiration toward higher education and a true belief in

umbrella, have never had occasion or opportunity to visit the campus before their own ability to succeed.

The Spectrum 5

As I Was


Publisher | Steve Penna

I, like most of you, was shocked when I heard

about the five Kennedy Middle School students

who have been accused of trying to rape two

12-year-old girls on a school field trip to Stulsaft

Park in March. The girls did not report the

incident until the last week of school, when

they told their school counselor they had been

sexually assaulted on the outing. The counselor

immediately informed the school principal,

Warren Sedar, who in turn informed police,

which led to the boys being taken into custody

during one of the last days of the school year.

The boys, ages 13 and 14, appeared in juvenile

court last month at the Youth Services Center in

Belmont and are charged with felony counts of intent

to commit rape, sexual battery and committing a

lewd act on a minor under 14 by force. They were

arraigned and set for trial this month.

According to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe,

the boys could not be charged as adults and are

being charged as juveniles, meaning if convicted,

they cannot be held past their 25th birthday. It has

not been disclosed yet whether any of the students

are undocumented residents.

School district authorities said the alleged attack

occurred March 4, when 20 Kennedy Middle

School students went to the park, chaperoned

by a teacher and an aide. The 10-to-1 ratio is in

accordance with policy. Reports indicate that there

were also two adult chaperones on the outing.

The juveniles all belonged to an optional

newcomers class for students who’ve been in

the country less than one year. The district didn’t

disclose whether the students involved in the

crime were separated from the others as part of the

program or left the larger group on their own. But

what is known is that the students were out of the

supervision of any adult or school official for an

extend amount of time.

The district is conducting an internal investigation

of the incident and the safety procedures in place,

stated district Superintendent Jan Christensen. She

also stated that she was “very distressed by the report.”

“Nothing matters more to us than the safety of

our students, and we are thankful the police acted

quickly after the students reported this incident to

their counselor. Our first priority is to assure that

students are always safe at school and on field

trips,” Christensen said in a prepared statement.

Yes, indeed, police have acted fast and often

in regard to the middle school. In fact, during the

last school year, police received an average of 1.5

calls per school day from Kennedy administrators

and also from concerned neighbors, according to

police reports.

Throughout the school year, there was one

report of sexual battery on Sept. 9, in addition


to the attempted rape incident. Other charges

included: three reports of assault or battery, seven

reports of possession or possible possession of

marijuana by a minor, six arrests, four reports

of attempted robbery and one of attempted

theft, three reports of vandalism, one report of

obstructing or resisting a peace officer, one online

impersonation with intent to harm, and four

reports of mentally disturbed individuals.

So the incident at Stulsaft is obviously a

continuation of unlawful activities that occur on

the westside campus daily. Kennedy Principal

Sedar has since been reassigned to another school

but, according to district officials, the move was

planned before the incident came to light.

One’s first instinct would naturally be to blame

the school district and the faculty and adults involved

— which I do to a certain extent. Should parents

expect their children to be supervised the entire

time they are on a field trip? I say yes, most certainly

in one form or another. Where were these adults?

To let a group of seven students go off on their

own at Stulsaft Park, where there are unknown

adults, gang activity and graffiti, homeless

residents, and other people not connected with

the school or district roaming the park — and to

let them do so for a long period of time — is in

my opinion unreasonable and, to be quite honest,

irresponsible. Had they not been allowed to go

off on their own, this incident would not have

happened and these seven children’s lives would

not have been changed negatively forever.

I don’t know if it is the right time for the

blame game, but it is time for district officials to

recognize that current policies need to change.

It is unacceptable for this type of activity to be

related to any school, district or activity in our

community. Students are sent to school with the

basic expectation of being safe and supervised. Is

that now too much to ask?

Although all media outlets picked up and

reported on the incident, there has been minimal

outcry from our community or parents in the

district. I would go out on a limb and say that

it is most likely because the students involved

were in this country less than a year and therefore

perceived as being Latino. I can assure you, had

this incident been reported by students of upperclass

Caucasian families, our district officials

would be preparing their resignation letters. Where

are our Latino community leaders?

In the meantime, district officials are awaiting

an incident report before discussing possible

action. Much will depend on the details of reports,

including whether the staff members responsible

for the safety of the students should be disciplined

or dismissed. They are also promising their own

investigation and a review of safety policies and

procedures when it comes to off-campus school trips.

Until then, five young boys are awaiting trial

and will most likely be severely punished for the rest

of their lives. Two girls have to deal with being

traumatized and abused, while their parents are

undoubtedly talking to attorneys about lawsuits.

All this, when all of them should have been in an

environment where they were protected. Very sad

indeed. Let’s hope things do change.


I recently got an email from the City of Redwood

City informing me that I “may be interested to

know that when developers seek to build multifamily

housing here, the City strongly encourages

and negotiates with them to assure that some of

the units are affordable, or ‘below-market-rate’

(BMR). This is an important aspect of helping

to provide quality housing in our community, at

various income levels. It’s one way of addressing

our ‘jobs-housing imbalance’ where the high cost

of housing makes it very difficult for many people

to work here and afford to live here.”

OK, I knew that and I can buy into that. Great

idea and something needed in our community. I

even know a local magazine publisher who might

qualify, and you will soon find out why.

In case you do not know, the city has helped

to provide the availability of affordable housing units

in a number of developments in Redwood City,

including the Franklin Street Apartments, Villa

Montgomery, City Center Plaza, Habitat for Humanity

townhomes on Rolison Road and the Wyndham

Place condominiums. And in the near future, we’ll

be seeing affordable units at the new One Marina

project on Bair Island Road and affordable,

special-needs–supportive housing on Cedar Street,

both of which are just starting construction.

All great projects and great for our

community. Redwood City has had some great

accomplishments in this area.

The email went on to inform me that “there are

six ‘moderate’ BMR rental units available at the

885 Woodside Road project.”

As you may recall, during this project’s initial

approval process, the developers were met with

resistance by neighbors who were concerned that

the units would not sell and that they would have

to be rented out, thus making the development a

less desirable neighbor for them. Guess they had a

point in their objections, wouldn’t you say, since

that is exactly what happened?

What does affordable mean? In the case of

the 885 Woodside Road development (and

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Queen Bee

By Nicole Minieri, contributing writer

Let’s face it; there is absolutely nothing more

refreshing than a big, delicious scoop (or two)

of your favorite flavor of ice cream on a sizzling

hot summer day. And, with the grand opening

of Queen Bee Ice Cream, nestled in the newly

remodeled Marsh Manor Shopping Center,

Redwood City residents now have more than just

the marine layer to cool them down. Owned and

family-run by husband-and-wife team Ken and

DeAndra Axlund, this ice cream parlor features

the famed Marianne’s ice cream from Santa Cruz

and a wide-ranging selection of exotic ice cream

flavors, frothy sweet beverages, delectable treats,

and a variety of scrumptious sundaes.

The ambiance of the ice

cream shop is very inviting,

warm, quaint, charming and

slightly vintage. And serving

the community with a quality

product and making them

happy is really important to

all of us.”

The eclectic menu is mainly how this

independent ice cream shop has quickly gained so

much public favor over other ice cream stores in

the surrounding area since opening its doors back

in February. The shop usually carries 37 flavors,

including sherbets with no added sugar and

sorbets. “But we are a full-service ice cream shop,

serving more than just ice cream,” said DeAndra.

We make all sorts of layered milkshakes, cream

soda and root beer floats, malts, banana splits,

brownie sundaes, caramel sundaes and hot fudge

sundaes. We also have a special cappuccino ice

cream drink, where we take one scoop of ice

cream and then pour cappuccino on top. And [we]

bake fresh homemade snickerdoodle, chocolate

chip and oatmeal raisin cookies every Sunday.”

Two particularly enticing specialties that are

made from scratch on the premises have had

customers coming back for more. “We make our

own homemade ice cream sandwiches in the

back. We bake four different types of cookies,

and then let the customer choose the ice cream

they want for the middle,” said DeAndra. And, in

May, she premiered another signature sweet treat,

ice cream cupcakes: small, angel heart–shaped

cupcakes with ice cream, filled in the center and

topped with frosting and miniature decorations.

Choosing a prime location such as Marsh

Manor for the ice cream shop has certainly been

advantageous for this business. “I have been

coming to this shopping center for many years

to get my hair done. I noticed some vacancies

and also that they were renovating it. There

weren’t any ice cream stores in the area, but lots

of families, so we thought it would be the perfect

spot. The neighborhoods around us have been

very supportive and are pleased to have an ice

cream store here. Plus, there are many businesses

in walking distance, so we get a lot of traffic,”

said DeAndra.

With their three daughters grown and after she

had worked as a social worker for over 31 years,

DeAndra and Ken, who have been married for

25 years, felt it was the perfect time to open up

a business. “My husband and I originally talked

about opening up an ice cream store about nine

years ago, but our girls were still in grammar

school. And now seemed like a better time since

they are older and can help us at the store,” said

DeAndra. “Even my dad, who is 86, comes once a

week from Sunnyvale to help us out in the store.”

Being able to own and operate an ice cream

shop with her immediate family brings back a

lot of fond childhood memories for DeAndra,

who was an only child. She was born and raised

in Redwood City and attended local schools:

Roosevelt, Kennedy and Sequoia, where she and

Ken met. They have been inseparable ever since.

Growing up, she shared a special bond with her

grandmother Phyllis, and she named the ice cream

store after her. “She was the next to last born of 18

children in England. Her nickname was Queen,”

said DeAndra.

The closeness DeAndra has shared with her

family, especially her grandmother, has been

intentionally incorporated into the culture of the

ice cream shop. “It’s very family-friendly here. It

reminds me of an old-time family spot I went to as

a kid,” she said. “The ambiance of the ice cream

shop is very inviting, warm, quaint, charming and

slightly vintage. And serving the community with

a quality product and making them happy is really

important to all of us. We want to make sure all of

our customers have a good experience here.”

(continues on page 10)

DeAndra Axlund in front of her Marsh Manor shop.

The friendly staff is ready for you.

DeAndra and Ken Axlund, owners of Queen Bee Ice Cream.

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Cultural Events

The Main Gallery

1018 Main St., Redwood City



The Main Gallery, an artists’ cooperative with

23 members, showcases the work of some of the

best local talent in the Bay Area. The gallery is

located in the historic yellow Victorian cottage at

the corner of Main and Middlefield. The gallery is

open Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

and weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nancy Terrebonne, “Aloha,” watercolor, 22” x 18”

Nancy Terrebonne, “Kaanapali Hibiscus,” watercolor,

20” x 23”

Robert Terrebonne, “Marian’s Hibiscus,” photograph,

16” x 20”


Robert Terrebonne, “Ti Leaf,” photograph, 24” x 20”

Aloha — Return to Paradise

The Main Gallery is proud to announce the

exhibition “Aloha — Return to Paradise,”

which will run July 6 through Aug. 7. Artists

Nancy Terrebonne and Robert Terrebonne will

exhibit artworks inspired by the tropical beauty

of Hawaii, especially Maui, where they have

been part-time residents and active in the art

community for many years. A reception with the

artists is scheduled for Saturday, July 9, 6 p.m.

until 9 p.m. One or both of the Terrebonnes will

also be at the gallery to interact with visitors on

July 16, July 27, July 28, Aug. 3 and Aug. 6.

In her efforts to capture the brilliant colors and

textures of Maui, Nancy Terrebonne has created

a series of watercolor and mixed media paintings

of flowers and trees and fanciful fish. “We are

constantly reminded of how lucky we are to

experience aloha first hand,” she says. “The bright

colors speak to me, and I use my brushes and

pens and paints to capture on paper what I see and

experience whenever we travel to the islands.”

Robert Terrebonne will be displaying his

photographs of tropical subjects taken on Maui

and the other Hawaiian Islands. Many of the

photographs were inspired by colorful plants,

such as ginger and heliconia flowers, croton and

taro leaves, and palm fronds. He has also included

brilliant sunsets and typical Hawaiian animals

like the nene goose and the gecko. His photos

include recent ones taken with a digital camera as

well as some of his earlier ones taken with film

and transferred to digital format for this show.

“Many of my photos are extreme close-ups,

which capture an artistic quality not evident

to the casual viewer,” Robert Terrebone adds.

He challenges the viewer with an unexpected

treatment of his subject, evoking a deeper

response than the “pretty picture” reaction one

might have to a tourist postcard.

Fox Theatre and Club Fox

2209 Broadway, downtown Redwood City

Tickets available at www.clubfoxrwc.

com, 650-369-7770 or tickets.foxrwc.com

Fox Theatre

The Music Man. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Thursday, July

14 – Sunday, July 31.

Club Fox

• Wild Night & The Newcastles. 9 p.m. Friday, July 1.

• ZEBOP! & Liquid Sky. 8 p.m. Saturday, July 2.

• Pat Wilder (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 6.

• Who Too & The Minks. 9 p.m. Friday, July 8.

• Leah Tysse (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 13.

• An Evening With Pop Fiction. 9 p.m. Friday, July 15.

• San Francisco’s Summer of Love Revue. 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 16.

• An Evening of Award-Winning Hawaiian Music

Featuring Kupaoa. 5 p.m. Sunday, July 17.

• Frank Bey (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 20.

• Comedian Hannibal Thompson. 9 p.m. Friday,

July 22.

• Ed Reed CD Release With Born to Be Blue

Band. 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 26.

• Cold Feat (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 27.

• Duran Duran Duran. 9 p.m. Friday, July 29.

Filoli House

Cañada Road, Woodside

650-364-8300, ext. 507


Filoli, designed by California architect Willis

Polk and built in the early part of the 20th century,

is one of the finest examples of country house

architecture in the United States and is one of the few

in California that remains intact in its original

setting. Bruce Porter, with later help from Isabella

Worn, laid out the 16 acres of gardens. Both guided

and self-guided tours of the house and grounds

are available from February through October.

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Queen Bee (Continued from page 7)

According to the customer comments posted on the user-review website

Yelp, DeAndra, Ken and their three daughters are doing a fantastic job in

providing exemplary customer service and serving the best ice cream and

sweet treats in town. The many rave reviews include: “Super clean and super

friendly staff and such creative ways to present ice cream treats.” “Finally

an ice cream parlor in my neck of the woods. Just what the neighborhood

needed.” “Marianne’s ice cream is rockin’, which makes this place rockin’.”

“Super nice folks run the place. Give them your business.” “The Peninsula

really did need more independent ice cream parlors, and thank goodness

Queen Bee answered that call.” “I can hands-down say they are awesome,

and I will be gaining 20 pounds.” “To get your ice cream fix on the

Peninsula, come here!”

Various sports teams come to the ice cream shop to get their fix, whether

they are celebrating a victory or just coming in for comfort food after a loss.

In any case, every team that comes in together is given a nice discount. To

expand on their business, DeAndra and Ken also do catering for just about

any type of event. “We cater to private parties, corporate events, special

events, baby showers and bridal showers,” said DeAndra. “All of these types

of events are custom orders and only require a few days prior to place the

order by phone or email.”

Despite putting in long days Tuesday through Sunday to accommodate

convenient store business hours and trying to expand on their catering

division, DeAndra still finds time to enjoy some of her favorite hobbies. “I

enjoy cooking, gardening, baking and shopping for great bargains,” she said.

“I also love spending time with my family and animals.”

And if you ask DeAndra, she wouldn’t want to have it any other way. “I

love it,” she said, referring to owning an ice cream shop. “I want to do this for

as long as I live, and I hope to pass the business on to our children and future

grandchildren.” As for now, DeAndra and Ken are very content to own and

run one ice cream shop, and if all continues to work out well, then opening

a second ice cream shop at another desirable location on the Peninsula will

definitely be a part of their future plans.

In the meantime, if you are looking to get some relief on a hot summer day

because it’s 110 in the shade, then maybe it’s time to chill out at Queen Bee

Ice Cream and get a taste of the ultimate creamery experience. Not only will

your sweet tooth be fully satisfied, but you will have made some awesome

new friends in the process!


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

Embarrassed by those who do not want facts

Dear Editor,

As a Redwood City resident, I am embarrassed to read letters by other

Redwood City residents complaining about the unanimous decision by our

council members to move forward with the environmental impact review for

the Cargill salt ponds development project. I am proud that the city wants to

learn the facts before making a decision.

Council members made it very clear when they voted that moving forward

with the process is not the same as endorsing or supporting the project. To

suggest that the council is doing something wrong by going through the

well-established legal process for project review is preposterous. It is also

surprising that John Cieslewicz thinks that taxpayers pay for project review.

The process is well established by law so that taxpayers do not foot the

bill for review of the project. The city manages the process and bills the

applicant. Stop trying to make the city look bad for, once again, going

through the normal process.

Pay now, save our county’s future

Maria Cortes, Redwood City

Dear Editor,

With the Board of Supervisors borrowing $49 million to help meet the

needs of the upcoming budget, San Mateo County is making the deficit

larger and getting deeper in debt. That is just more money that our children,

grandchildren or great-grandchildren are going to have to pay back just to get

San Mateo County back into financial shape.

Attention San Mateo County: What we should do instead is cut more services

and departments that we can go without for the time being while we clean up

this financial mess that we are in. Unfortunately, these cuts might mean more

layoffs, but there is no other way around it. We will either pay for this mess

to get straightened out today or in the future, but we will have to pay. So let’s

start to buckle down and start saving money to help our county’s future.

Self-serving conduct? Or smart lobbying?

Dear Editor,

Both the New York Times and the San Francisco Business Journal reported

that Cargill’s designated developer for their Redwood City salt ponds,

DMB and Associates, paid $350,000 to lobby the Bay Conservation and

Development Commission (BCDC). What did DMB/Cargill get for its

money? It disseminated a false story that BCDC’s 26-page, scientifically

based proposal to study and plan for sea level rise in the bay is just an attempt

to expand its jurisdiction.

DMB/Cargill pitched this story to municipalities, some of which put a great

deal of political pressure on BCDC to delay or eliminate a vote to implement

climate change guidelines for the bay.

Why is Cargill/DMB spending this money to lobby BCDC? Because

guidelines to plan for sea level rise would likely discourage new development

in the bay at or below sea level, which is exactly what Cargill/DMB proposes

to do in Redwood City. Can Bay Area residents afford to trust Cargill/DMB

on issues of public safety when they display such self-serving conduct?

Kaia Eakin, Redwood City

Let your opinion be heard!

Send your letters to letters@spectrummagazine.net 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.

Frank Lopez, Redwood City

Not surprised at recent actions

Dear Editor,

It is no surprise that the Redwood City Chamber of Commerce was fined

by the California Fair Political Practices Commission for failing to disclose

that it spent $25,000 to oppose a 2008 local ballot measure that would

have restricted development on open space in Redwood City, including the

controversial DMB and Cargill salt ponds development. However the real

news in that story (“Chamber fined over campaign contributions” in the June

18 edition of the Daily Journal) was missed. It turns out that current and

former City Council members Jeff Ira, Jeff Gee, Jim Hartnett and Rosanne

Foust are, or were, Chamber of Commerce board members. Nancy Radcliffe,

Redwood City planning commissioner, and John Bruno, a principal of DMB

Associates, also serve on the chamber’s board. I doubt it is a coincidence

that the chamber failed to disclose its $25,000 to defeat a measure directly

opposed to DMB’s interests. This is now the second time that Redwood City

public officials have been either directly or indirectly found in violation of

California state law (the first violation was in 2010 and involved Rosanne

Foust). The decision to approve or reject DMB and Cargill’s massive

development plan for the salt ponds is still pending before the City Council

and Planning Commission. However, the public can no longer trust that they

will make a fair and impartial decision free of undue influence.

Marsha Cohen, Redwood City

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Nonprofits In Action

Get Involved!

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 the second and fourth Wednesday of

each month 12:30–1:30 p.m. in the Community

Room at the Redwood City Main Library, 1044

Middlefield Road. Contact John McDowell at

johnmcd@hotmail.com or 202-390-7555 if you

would like to check out a meeting, or just stop in.

Visit www.toastmasters.org for more information

about the Toastmasters public speaking program.


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 www.citytrees.org 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. 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.

familyconnections.org 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@


Friends of the Redwood City

Public Library

The Friends support the mission of the four Redwood

City libraries to fully serve the community.

Through membership and sales of donated books, the

Friends fund a variety of community programs,

including school literacy outreach at Redwood

City grammar schools. The Friends fund approximately

$65,000 in programs each fiscal year.

Visit their newly expanded bookstore at the

Main Library (1044 Middlefield Road), where

they sell a wide variety of books in excellent

condition and at extremely low prices. Or visit

them at the Redwood City Farmers Market on

Saturday mornings, where they sell books for 50

cents each. When you visit the store, consider

becoming a Friend — support starts at only $10.

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.

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 jdoettling@habitatgsf.org. Visit

their website at www.habitatgsf.org.

Hearing Loss Association of the Peninsula

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


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 College Fund

PCF enables underrepresented graduating high

school seniors from the Peninsula to achieve their

dreams of college education by providing fouryear

mentors, summer jobs and internships, and

critical four-year scholarships. PCF needs your

support. Become a mentor; provide a summer job

or internship; spread the word with your public

relations, marketing or grant-writing skills; help read

applications or interview candidates; become a

donor or create a donor team; or contribute to the

general fund. Visit www.peninsulacollegefund.

org or contact Charles Schmuck at cschmuck@

pacbell.net or 650-561-9534.

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

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Nonprofits In Action (Continued from p13)

Get Involved!

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

low-income neighborhoods, offering owners free

“fixes” for their pets. PHS/SPCA also provides

a free animal behavior help line in English and

Spanish. Call 650-340-7022, ext. 783 or 786.

And domestic abuse victims who wish to leave

their abusive situation but are fearful of doing

so because they have pets can receive temporary

sheltering for their pets through PHS/SPCA. Call

650-340-7022, ext. 330.

Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club

The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered

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

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

to hear a speaker at the Waterfront Restaurant at

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

22 members, has frequently been honored as an

outstanding small club by Rotary District 5150,

which includes San Mateo, San Francisco and part

of Marin counties. For more information or to

join, call 650-556-9380, ext. 3.

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 rebuildingtogetherpeninsula.org.

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@redwoodcityartcenter.org.

For more general information, visit www.

redwoodcityartcenter.org 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 www.foe418.org.

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 vp@rcef.org. For more information on

RCEF, check out www.rcef.org.

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@woodsidewellnesscenter.com

or 650-703-5957, or visit www.redwoodcityrotary.org.

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 joekirbyis@comcast.net (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 Woman’s Club

The Redwood City Woman’s Club, established

in 1909 and a member of the California and

General Federations of Women’s Clubs, meets

at its historic clubhouse, built in 1911, at 149

Clinton St. the first Thursday of each month

from September through June. Typical agenda:

social at 11:30 a.m., lunch at 12 p.m., followed by

meeting and program. Guests and new members

are always welcome. For more information about

membership or clubhouse rentals, call 650-363-

1266, email info@rwcwc.com or visit www.


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 sequoiahsalumniassoc.org or

e-mail sequoiaalumni@earthlink.net.

Sequoia High School Education


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 www.sequoiahs.org.

Sequoia Stamp Club

This club was established in 1947 and welcomes

all attendees to their bimonthly meetings. The

club meets at the Community Activities Building,

1400 Roosevelt Ave., at 7 p.m. on the second and

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Elks Honor Redwood City Safety Officers

The Redwood City Elks Lodge

#1991 held its annual “Public Safety

Night” dinner and ceremony on

Wednesday, June 15. The following

San Mateo County safety officials

from Redwood City were honored

for their actions over the past year.

Redwood City Fire Capt. Terry Condon —

On Sept. 2, the Redwood City Fire Department

responded with other fire units to a report of

a plane down in the Redwood Shores Lagoon.

While returning to Fire Station 9 from a previous

detail, Condon heard on the radio that one

member from the E20 crew was going in the

water to assist any survivors. Condon responded

to the incident. Upon arrival, he entered the

lagoon to assist the member from E20. Condon’s

courage and determination led to the removal

of a female passenger. He continued to search

the submerged aircraft for any other survivors.

When it was determined that there were no other

survivors, Condon returned to shore.

For his selfless and courageous actions, the Redwood

City Fire Department would like to nominate

Condon for the Firefighter of the Year Award.

Redwood City Firefighter Julie Badertscher —

On Sept. 2, the Redwood City Fire Department

responded with other fire units to a report of a

plane down in the Redwood Shores Lagoon. Upon

arrival, Badertscher entered the water to assist any

survivors. Her selfless actions and determination

led to the removal of a female passenger from

the plane. Badertscher continued to stay in the

water to search the submerged aircraft for other

survivors. She returned to shore only when she

determined there were no other survivors.

For her selfless and courageous actions, the

Redwood City Fire Department would like to

nominate Badertscher for the Firefighter of the

Year Award.

Redwood City Police Officers Jesse Bets and

Steve Unga — On March 1, at approximately

19:27 hours, Officers Bets and Unga were in the

parking lot of 485 Woodside on a traffic stop. At

this time they heard two gunshots fired east of

their location. Looking toward the sound, they

observed a suspect with a handgun struggling

with another subject.

Taking immediate action, Unga ran around the

block and Bets jumped over a fence onto Ash

Street. Bets announced his presence, and the two

subjects began running away. The suspect with

the gun fled east on Ash Street. Both officers were

able to catch up to this subject, cornering him

as he was trying to hide behind a garbage can.

The suspect initially refused to obey commands

but was taken into custody without incident a

short time later. The gun was recovered near

the location of the arrest and was found to have

been reported stolen by its owner. Witnesses later

stated the suspect had been pointing the gun at

another person just prior to its being discharged.

The quick, decisive and brave action

demonstrated by Bets and Unga during this

incident may have saved the life of one or more

persons and is a testament to their commitment to

ensuring the safety of the community.

Left to right: Councilwoman Rosanne Foust, Officers

Jesse Bets and Steve Unga, Interim Police Chief Chris

Cesena, former Mayor Jim Hartnett and Councilwoman

Barbara Pierce.

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The Blues Ain’t Nothing But a Good Man Feelin’ Bad

By Nicole Minieri, contributing writer

After decades of retaining a good reputation

in the community as an expert physical

therapist, a blues concert promoter and a

multi-talented rhythm guitarist, Redwood

City native George Schoenstein remains hard at

work with his professional endeavors and has no

intention of stopping any time soon. Even when

Schoenstein is off the clock, he keeps equally

busy with his valuable humanitarian work that

completely enriches the lives of local people in

need. Clearly his creditable efforts demonstrate

how much he values keeping the community

cohesive and thriving. While we should be

grateful to have Schoenstein in our corner, we

should also be indebted to the inspiration behind

his comings and goings: good ol’ blues music.

“When I was a freshman at Woodside High

School, I started listening to KMPX [106.9 FM],

an underground radio station in San Francisco,”

said Schoenstein. “They played blues and I fell

in love with it the very first time I heard it. To me,

blues is genuine music because it has rhythm and a

story that always talks about the human experience.

I was taken back by this music from day one and

it has been the background of my life ever since.”

As a matter of fact, blues music has become a

major staple at the outpatient clinic he owns and

operates with his wife, Ruth. Schoenstein Physical

Therapy and Worker Selection Testing Inc. is located

near Redwood City’s downtown business district.

Blues music is piped throughout the facility and

blues-themed décor is displayed in every room to

encourage smiles and put all of the patients in a

good mood. “There is blues stuff all over the place,”

said Ruth Schoenstein. “It makes it a real upbeat

atmosphere and a positive one for all of our physical

therapy patients recovering from their injuries.”

But for George Schoenstein, blues background

music and paraphernalia are not the primary

reasons his patients rave about him. “We do good

work and people really like us around here,” said

Schoenstein. “I think we will be around for a

long time.” Now in its 11th year, the independent

community-based physical therapy practice has

earned a reputation as a top-notch modern-day

physical and occupational rehabilitation center.

Schoenstein and his small clinical team are

remarkably skilled at conducting thorough

physical therapy assessments, specific treatment

strategies and programs, individualized exercise

prescription, patient education and aftercare programs.

But Schoenstein is also an innovator and the

only physical therapy provider in the Bay Area

to offer worker selection testing, a specialized

strength-examination program geared toward

matching prospective employers to potential

candidates who meet the required physical

demands of a given job description. Schoenstein

administers a broad range of tailored tests to

each applicant prior to their job placement in

industries such as emergency medical systems,

concrete delivery and water bottle delivery, as

well as nursing and garden supply. “I developed

all aspects of strength-testing used towards

pre-employment for various industries,” said


Schoenstein. “I get to go out and lecture at different

companies and do job-site assessments. I create

all of these tests and use my own equipment. Not

very many people can do that.”

Although he is very pleased that business is booming

at his physical therapy practice, Schoenstein

and his wife still have to deal with their share of

financial setbacks on a daily basis. “We are busy

all of the time because our practice is definitely

growing,” said Schoenstein. “But despite our

growth, insurance companies are paying less

than before, so we have to keep on top of finding

productive and creative ways to stay profitable.”

Despite the economic struggles, Schoenstein

absolutely adores all of his patients as much as

he loves his profession, which happens to be

profoundly. “I really enjoy my work, and it’s the

patients that keep it very stimulating for me,” said

Schoenstein. “What’s also nice about my clientele

is the diversity. I get a lot of referrals from doctors

and that keeps my cases very broad-based. I may

have a general practice, but every day is different

and that is what I prefer.”

To date, Schoenstein has over 30 years of

physical therapy experience in general practice

environments under his belt. He graduated from

Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles School of

Physical Therapy in 1979 and furthered his

education in orthopedic manual therapy and

occupational rehabilitation. He holds clinical

certifications and is a member of the American

Physical Therapy Association. In addition,

Schoenstein is active in nonprofit organizations

such as Redwood City Police Activities League

(PAL), the American Cancer Society, Agnews

State Hospital, the National Center for Equine

Facilitated Therapy (NCEFT), Festiv Italiano,

St. Pius Catholic Church and the San Francisco

Archdiocese. He and Ruth have been happily

married for six years, and he is a devoted father

to two sons and two stepdaughters. “It’s never

about one person. It’s about a village of family,

and I have a very large family and tap into their

resources all of the time,” said Schoenstein. “My

wife, Ruth, has been very supportive and very

patient. And she has been especially supportive

with all of my blues endeavors.

This year will mark Schoenstein’s sixth consecutive

year acting as co-promoter for the PAL Blues

Festival, Redwood City’s biggest summer weekend

bash in the Courthouse Square downtown on

the weekend of July 22. Planning for this huge

recreational event started in January with Schoenstein,

PAL board member Gino Gasparini, the City of

Redwood City and Steve Penna of The Spectrum

Magazine. Over the course of the last six months,

Schoenstein and the others have put in a lot of

long, arduous hours laying the groundwork to

ensure the success of the festival. “George is a

great part of the Blues Festival,” said president of

PAL Jim Gordon. “I don’t think we could pull this

event off without him.”

The Blues Festival is going to be big, really

big, this year,” said Schoenstein. “It is all about

blues, barbecue and beer.” The festival will

also include Arts in the Square and a 15-vendor

barbecue competition, a newly created event

open to professional and amateur chefs, both

individuals and teams. Their mission is to

barbecue beef, pork, fish and more, and then

sell their grilled specialties to the general public

during the Blues Festival. Festival-goers will be

able to vote for their favorite dishes, and a qualified

panel will judge each entry based on several

factors. After careful deliberation, a “people’s

choice award” plaque will be given to the winners

of each meat category at a finale ceremony.

However, the main attraction of this 48-hour

festive event is definitely the music, and as in previous

years, numerous authentic blues bands are scheduled

to perform in front of more than 2,000 elbow-toelbow

onlookers. On Friday night, Earl Thomas

& the Blues Ambassadors band will take center

stage and kick off the music marathon. The blues

talent featured on the lineup for the following day,

Saturday, July 23, includes Blues Cadillac, John

Le Conqueroo, Tip of the Top, Ron Hacker, Rusty

Zinn’s Roots Reggae Band, Mark Hummel with

“It’s the perfect marriage for my love of blues music and giving back to the

community. I have a lot of fun, it’s a good way to get the community to come

together and it benefits our children.”

Nathan James, Alabama Mike and 3rd Degree,

and Johnny Rawls. “It is so much fun to see the

community have a blast,” said Schoenstein.

The annual blues music blast is sponsored by

a group of local business owners and nonprofit

organizations. The list of wonderful supporters for

this year’s Blues Festival includes: San Mateo Credit

Union, Recology, See’s Candies, Provident Credit

Union, Krefeld’s Awards, Sequoia Healthcare

District, Redwood City Saltworks, Art on the

Square, NFL Alumni, Gelb Music, Downtown

Business Group, Fox Theatre, Golden Gate Blues

Society, The Spectrum Magazine, Redwood

General Tire, Saier Services, Schoenstein

Physical Therapy and Worker Selection Testing,

South San Francisco Foundation, Equilar, Uccelli

Foundation, Danford Foundation, City Pub and

Stanford University.

“I really enjoy being co-promoter for the Blues

Festival,” said Schoenstein. “It’s the perfect

marriage for my love of blues music and giving

back to the community. I have a lot of fun, it’s a

good way to get the community to come together

and it benefits our children. The Blues Festival is

about our children having a great time too. There

will be a kids’ fun zone of games and rides on one

of the side streets.”

Schoenstein is very proactive in making sure

the little ones are well cared for in the community.

“Children play a significant role in our community

and I will do anything for them,” he said. “When

it comes to children, I believe paying forward is

important because you are busy grooming them

for the future. The community is theirs too, and

we are just their caretakers, because they are next

to take care of the community.”

“George Schoenstein is just a wonderful human

being who runs completely under the radar,” said

Dennis McBride, Redwood City School District

trustee. “George heard that the Woodside High

School band needed money and put together a

fundraiser at the American Legion to help raise

funds for the band. Here was this financial need

and he automatically reached out to the students

without being asked. He is always doing what

is best for the kids in the community. George is

genuinely a nice person. There just is not enough

to say about him.”

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George and Ruth Schoenstein

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Events Around Town Sequoia Foundation Raises $167K

From top left: Chef John Bentley. Ken Flower and Sandra Ferrando. David Larwood, Ernie Ulibarri, Frank Hannig Jr. and Martin Miller. Event Co-Chair Lisa Boohar, M.D., and the

Honorable Quentin Kopp. Event Co-Chairs Boohar and Denise Brown, M.D., with Foundation Board Chair Steve San Filippo. Mia Threatt and Memo Morantes. Photos by Drew Altizer.

The Sequoia Hospital Foundation’s 13th annual food and wine event, A Sunset Safari, was held on Friday, June 25, on the grounds of a

private Atherton estate. The event featured more than 40 restaurants, wineries, and food and beverage partners, including local favorites John

Bentley’s, Thomas Fogarty, Deseo Tequila Lounge and Restaurant, Martins West, Donato’s, Madera Sand Hill, Domenico Winery and Lambert

Bridge. The evening raised more than $167,000 and included both a live and silent auction as well as the unique Last Man Standing, featuring

the awarding of a $15,000, 7.5-carat diamond tennis bracelet from Geoffrey’s Diamonds and Goldsmith of San Carlos. Guests included the

Honorable Quentin Kopp, Dr. and Mrs. Greg Engel, Ted Hannig, Memo Morantes, Dieter Bruno, M.D., and Gloria Kennett.

The Blues Ain’t Nothing But a Good Man Feelin’ Bad Continued

from the previous page


“When it comes to children, I believe

paying forward is important because

you are busy grooming them for the

future. The community is theirs too, and

we are just their caretakers, because

they are next to take care of the community.”

When he is not tending to the welfare of a

child, rehabilitating a sports injury or booking

a prominent blues band, George “Westside”

Schoenstein is happy to be jamming on his guitar

in the Madison Blues Band. This accomplished

blues union includes Schoenstein (rhythm

guitar), Kerry Daly (vocals), “Pinetop Dave”

Bogart (keyboards), Madison Sink (guitar),

Bryan “Bad Boy Bry” Lujan (bass) and Mark

Del Bono (drums). The Madison Blues Band has

been featured at the PAL Blues Festival and is

also well-known to the local blues music scene,

performing frequently in small venues like Club

Fox and in large arenas alongside a number of

legendary blues bands. Although these talented

blues brothers are taking a little break from the

live music scene, they are still alive and kicking

and plan to return to the beat in the near future.

Thanks to Schoenstein’s enviable passion,

Redwood City now has every element of an

authentic blues music scene and a buoyant yet

stellar physical therapy practice. “It’s great to live,

work and play the blues here,” said Schoenstein.

And it’s been great having him making a

difference in the community every day. He truly

is a man for all seasons. However, Schoenstein

would want people to think of him as just an

ordinary man who fell in love with the blues. And

we all know “the blues ain’t nothing but a good

man feelin’ bad!” It’s OK, George “Westside”

Schoenstein, go on and be bad!

Community Interest

Redwood City Neighborhood Street Improvements

Scheduled to Begin in July

As part of its roadway preventive-maintenance program, Redwood City

is about to start road resurfacing projects on Veterans Boulevard between

Whipple Avenue and Chestnut Street and East Bayshore Road between

Seaport Boulevard and Haven Avenue.

This will provide smoother, safer, improved roadways — but will cause

some inconvenience to residents and motorists in these areas during the

work. In addition to the roadway surface improvements, both Veterans and

East Bayshore will be striped with new bicycle lanes. The work is scheduled

to begin mid-July and will be completed in approximately 10 weeks.

The total cost of this roadway improvement project is approximately $1.4

million. Redwood City has received nearly $950,000 in grants from the

Federal Surface Transportation Program to pay for about two-thirds of the

project, with the remainder funded with “Measure A” transportation funds.

Neighbors are being notified of specific scheduling and details of the

work, and appropriate “No Parking” signage is being installed. The short-term

inconvenience consists of a requirement to keep cars off the street during certain

portions of the work. The city will take all reasonable measures to minimize

the impact of construction activity in neighborhoods, though some inconvenience

is unavoidable. Motorists should expect periodic lane closures, detours, some

dust and temporary parking restrictions during construction. All roadway

users are asked to be particularly cautious during construction. If possible,

motorists should use alternate routes during the work in order to avoid delays.

Overall work hours will be 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., but due to traffic

concerns, certain major work elements may be completed at night. Veterans

Boulevard will remain open to traffic in both directions at all times during

construction. During major work, East Bayshore Road will be under one-way

traffic control with flaggers to stop traffic so that opposing vehicles may pass.

Appropriate signage will be posted in the area.

In general, the process for this resurfacing project will involve two phases,

prep work and overlay. Prep work involves repairing failed areas and low

spots, and removing weeds. Overlay involves sweeping up loose material and

placing a two-inch layer of new asphalt on top of the existing surface. Traffic

controls will be in place to direct vehicles around the new asphalt. Drivers are

asked to proceed carefully and look for signs to direct traffic.

The city thanks residents and motorists for their patience during work

to improve Redwood City’s roadways, and apologizes in advance for any

inconvenience. Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at www.

redwoodcity.org for information about the city and its services, the community,

recreation programs, education and local business. Subscribe to Redwood City’s

electronic newsletter or other city documents at www.redwoodcity.org/egov.

New Law Requires Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Homes

Starting July 1, new legislation goes into effect requiring homeowners to

install carbon monoxide detectors in every California home, a move CAL

FIRE officials say will save lives. “Carbon monoxide is a silent killer, each

year claiming the lives of an average of 480 people,” said Acting State Fire

Marshal Tonya Hoover, “and sending more than 20,000 people to emergency

rooms across the nation.”

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced from

heaters, fireplaces, furnaces and many types of appliances and cooking

devices. The best way for homeowners to stay protected from CO is to have a

carbon monoxide detector installed on every floor and outside each sleeping

area. A recent study found that nearly nine in 10 California households did

not have a CO detector. “Having a CO detector is a small investment that

really can help save your life and the lives of your family,” said Hoover.

To help educate homeowners about the new law and to encourage them

to install a carbon monoxide detector, CAL FIRE/Office of the State Fire

Marshal teamed up with fire departments across the state, the Home Safety

Council, First Alert and Lowe’s to host “CO Saturday” on June 4, a special

day-long safety celebration to teach families how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Though previous laws required only newly constructed homes to have CO

alarms, the state’s new Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act (Senate

Bill 183) requires owners of all existing single-family homes with an attached

garage or a fossil fuel source to install CO alarm devices within the home by

July 1. Owners of multi-family leased or rental dwellings, such as apartment

buildings, have until Jan. 1, 2013, to comply with the law.

For more information on how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, visit

the CAL FIRE website at www.fire.ca.gov.

Sequoia High School District to Approve $5M in Cuts

Fewer administrators, less counseling and two furlough days for teachers are

among the cuts being made by the Sequoia Union High School District Board

of Trustees as it prepares for an uncertain state budget.

Earlier this year, the board directed staff to create a plan to cut $4.5 million

to $5 million from next year’s budget. With little guidance from the state, the

board approved a $5 million cuts package.

That cut will not eliminate the deficit but will allow the district to slowly

spend down the reserves.

This year, Sequoia has a budget calling for $101.2 million in revenue and

$104.5 million in expenditures — a $3.4 million deficit, according to a staff

report. A portion of the deficit, $1.8 million, is offset by one-time federal


Proposed cuts include reducing five administrative vice principal positions

for an $800,000 savings, instituting two furlough days for a $580,000 savings,

reducing counseling services by 4.6 full-time equivalent positions and savings

from closing the pools during colder months, according to a staff report.

Reducing $1.07 million in funding divided among the schools — $70,000

at Redwood High School and $250,000 at each of the others — is also part of

the plan. In total, the changes will result in a loss of more than 30 employees.

The budget assumed $4 million in additional cuts for the 2012–13 school

year and $1.7 million during 2013–14.

Redwood City School District Faces Further Furlough Days

Three furlough days for teachers, and possibly other employees, along with

using about $1.7 million in reserves are part of the Redwood City School

District budget plan for next year.

Looking at about $5 million less in revenue next year, the Redwood City

School Board of Trustees will vote on next year’s plan to continue serving

students with less.

Assuming $75.9 million in revenue and $78.2 million in expenditures,

the budget calls for three furlough days for teachers, which was previously

negotiated. The district plans to negotiate similar concessions for classified

employees. A number of positions will be reduced. For example, a portion of

a receptionist job will be lost as the district upgrades the telephone system,

hopefully cutting the workload. Less professional development money,

$61,000, will be available. The district also relies on $1.7 million from reserves.

Should the state budget require more cuts, the district will look at additional

furlough days for all employees as well as dipping further into reserves.

Port Awarded Homeland Security Grant

The Port of Redwood City is receiving a $542,490 grant from the Department

of Homeland Security to digitally map and collect data about its facilities and

infrastructure for a “visual port” used for safety and emergency response,

according to port officials.

The planned geographical information systems (GIS) and tactical survey

information system has two parts requiring separate contractors. The

Homeland Security grant, made through the San Francisco Bay Marine

Exchange, will pay for both the $84,000 contract with Redwood City and the

$445,405 agreement with Tactical Survey Group Inc., according to port officials.

GIS is a digital mapping system that identifies utilities, roads, train tracks

and land use designations in a series of visual layers. The tactical survey

gives port personnel and first responders advanced visuals and information

by integrating the port’s applications, including security, executive

management and operations management.

Redwood City finished a GIS project for internal use along with a public version.

The city’s version lacks much detail about the port, and the authorities want

to build on that platform rather than creating a new, stand-alone program

limited only to the port area, according to port officials.

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Cultural Events (Continued from p8)

Tours (ongoing)

• Guided House and Garden Tour – This twohour,

docent-led tour includes both the house

and the gardens. Reservations required.

• Self-Guided Tour – No reservations required

for this tour. A map is available for the selfguided

tour and volunteers are posted in both

the house and the gardens to answer questions.

There is also a continuous 14-minute video on

the history of Filoli available in the Visitor and

Education Center.

• Nature Hike – This hike is available by reservation

only on Saturdays at 10 a.m. The hike covers

roughly three miles of trails and takes

approximately two and a half hours. Nature

San Mateo County History Makers:

Entrepreneurs Who Changed the World

Visitors to this ongoing exhibit are invited to

review biographies of such innovators as A.P.

Giannini (who created the Bank of America

and lived in San Mateo) and other entrepreneurs

whose innovations have left a substantial impact.

The Celtic Tiger: The Irish Economic Miracle

This ongoing special exhibit explores how the

Bay Area has participated in Ireland’s current

economic boom.

Hiller Aviation Museum

San Carlos Airport, 601 Skyway Road,

San Carlos



Daily, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

$6-$9, free for children 4 and under, with

a paid adult

docents describe wildlife, plants, endangered

species and the historical background of the

area. Visitors may not hike without a docent.

• Orchard Tour – This tour is available on

selected days throughout the open season. With

a docent tour of the unique heirloom orchard,

learn about the tradition of the gentleman’s

orchard, and how Filoli is conserving not only

rare fruits but also this defining landscape feature

of the country estate. Reservations required.

San Mateo County

History Museum

2200 Broadway St.



Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

$2–$4, free for children 5 and under

The History Museum is housed inside the historic

1910 County Courthouse. Over 50,000 people

visit the museum each year, and the number of

local residents who hold memberships is growing.

The History Museum teaches approximately

14,000 children each year through the on- and

off-site programs. The museum houses the

research library and archives that currently hold

over 100,000 photographs, prints, books and

documents collected by the San Mateo County

Historical Association.

Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant

Experience in San Mateo County

This exhibition tells the stories of the diverse

people who came to the area. It highlights the

experiences of the early immigrant groups —

Chinese, Japanese, Irish, Italian and Portuguese

— in the late 1800s.

This museum covers the history of airplanes in

Northern California, from an 1869 unmanned

plane to today’s jets, and also looks ahead to

possible future designs. The museum features

full-sized models, a restoration shop where new

museum acquisitions are being repaired and

preserved for later display, hands-on displays and

an aviation library.

Ongoing Special Events

“Young Eagles.” Kids between ages 8 and 17 fly

free every third Saturday of the month 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

“Soar With Books.’’ A preschool reading program

offered the fourth Saturday of each month at 11 a.m.

Art on the Square

Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway,

Redwood City


For the fifth straight year AOTS will showcase the

best in original fine arts and crafts at Courthouse

Square in downtown Redwood City. Discover

unique paintings, photography, jewelry, glass,

ceramics and more at prices for every budget.

• Friday, July 8, 5–8:30 p.m., with Jewelry on the

Square and Steely Dan tribute band Aja Vu

• Friday, July 22, 5–8:30 p.m., with Earl Thomas

& The Blues Ambassadors

• Saturday, July 23, 12–8 p.m., with the PAL

Blues Festival

• Friday, Aug. 26, 5–8:30 p.m., with Springsteen

tribute band The Rising

• Friday, Sept. 23, 5–8:30 p.m., with salsa band


• Saturday, Sept. 24, 12–8 p.m. with the Redwood

City Salsa Festival

Artists: There are still spaces available. Go to

www.redwoodcityevents.com to download an

application now!


Insurance Tips: What Happens If Another Driver Has an Accident in Your Vehicle

By Hector Flamenco, Special to The Spectrum

Many different factors affect the price that policyholders pay for their car

insurance. Driving records are a major concern for insurance companies

when determining prices. Each accident and ticket that makes its way onto

your driving record will increase the price of your monthly premium. Your

insurance is there to protect you in case you are involved in a collision while

driving on the roads. An auto accident can cost a lot of money in repair bills

and medical bills of both drivers and cars. Whoever is responsible for the

crash is responsible for the bills of both drivers involved. Auto insurance

rates can be influenced when another driver gets in an accident in your car as


Most people who own a car are not the only person ever driving the vehicle.

You have your insurance coverage on the vehicle, and your auto insurance

rates were approved for you as the primary driver. Most people occasionally

let other people drive their cars, though, and that can lead to some issues with

your insurance coverage. Some people have friends and family members who

frequently drive their car, so they choose to add them as a secondary driver,

which increases auto insurance rates by a small amount every month. This

protects the owner of the vehicle from an increase in rates if another driver

causes a collision in their vehicle. If you do not have someone else driving

your car frequently enough to justify adding them as a secondary driver, then

all of the responsibility falls to you as the policyholder.

When another driver causes an accident in your car, the accident damage

is covered under normal circumstances. There are situations in which the

insurance company can decline coverage, but it is not common. After an auto

accident caused by another driver in your car, the insurance company first

needs to be notified about who was driving and what kind of bills they can

expect from the collision. After they pay out to cover the damages caused

by the accident, they will increase rates. The collision will not go on your

driving record, but it will go on your insurance record because they had to

pay out. Having a secondary driver listed helps avoid this increase in rates

because the increase would go on the insurance record of the other driver.

Auto insurance rates reflect the driving record of the policyholder. They

also reflect what kind of coverage the car has. If you have another driver

frequently using your car, contact your insurance agent to add them as a

secondary driver to your policy. Also, make sure you know what coverage

you have.

Editor’s note: This article is for general information only and is not a professional consultation.

Always seek specific information from a licensed insurance professional. Hector Flamenco is

an agent with State Farm Insurance. Visit his website at www.flamencoinsurance.com.


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Trivia Sweepstakes

on Page 29

Senior Activities

The following activities are open to the public during

the month of July at the Veterans Memorial Senior

Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City.

Friday Movies for Everyone

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

Come to the Veterans Memorial Senior Center in July for a free feature

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

July 1: “Unstoppable”

July 8: “Get Low”

July 15: “The Adjustment Bureau”

July 22: “The Company Men”

July 29: “The Green Hornet”

The center will be closed Monday, July 4. Happy Birthday, USA! Have a very

safe and happy holiday!

AARP Driver Safety Class

Saturdays, July 16 & July 23

Room 20, Wellness Building

AARP members $12, nonmembers $14

This is an eight-hour class over two Saturdays. You must attend both sessions

to obtain a certificate. Insurance companies may provide a discount to those

who complete this class. Sign up at the front desk in the Main Building or

call 650-780-7274, press option 2 and leave your full name and phone number.

Adaptive PE Classes

Weekly: Mondays through Fridays

A fitness program for you! Our program is designed for individuals at all

levels of ability, including those with limitations and disabilities. The longterm

goal is to increase the level of function and wellness of all participants.

Come join a great group of people in a great program. Call 650-368-7732 or

visit www.adaptivepevmsc.org for more information.

Save the Date!

AARP 746’s Luau Luncheon

Aug. 17

Wear your muumuu or a wild Hawaiian shirt and join the fun. Purchase your

tickets at the next general meeting on July 20. We have a great meal and

entertainment planned. You may even go home with a pineapple.

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 located at www.redwoodcity.org/parks.

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News Briefs

Man Wanted for Robbing Liquor Stores

A man suspected of an armed robbery of the Redwood City and Menlo

Park Beverages and More is thought to be linked to numerous burglaries

throughout the county.

On May 1, a man demanded $400 from the manager’s office at the

Redwood City BevMo, located at 1745 El Camino Real. Sixteen minutes later,

the same man is believed to have robbed the Menlo Park BevMo, located at

700 El Camino Real, according to San Mateo County court documents. San

Jose police now believe the same man committed a robbery Sunday, June 12,

in the 1100 block of Lincoln Avenue in San Jose. In total, the man is tied to

more than 20 such robberies throughout the Bay Area.

Described as a black man in his mid-30s, the suspect is thought to be 5

feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches, about 200 pounds, with black hair and brown

eyes, according to San Jose police.

Earlier, San Mateo County executed a search warrant related to the BevMo

robberies for a cell phone bill.

The man is considered dangerous. Anyone with information is asked

to contact Detective Adam Hutson in the San Jose Police Department’s

robbery unit at 408-277-4166. Anyone who wants to provide information

anonymously can call 408-947-7867 or visit www.svcrimestoppers.org.

RWC Norteño Caught in New Mexico for Local Homicide

A fourth and possibly final suspect has been arrested in New Mexico in

connection with a November gang-related shooting in Redwood City that left

21-year-old Julio Pantoja Cuevas dead.

Jaime Treto Rodriguez, 20, was arrested in Santa Fe after officers

responded to a report of a domestic dispute in a casino, Redwood City police

Sgt. Sean Hart said.

Rodriguez is a known Norteño and will be charged with being affiliated

with a criminal street gang, Hart said.

Police in New Mexico determined that Rodriguez was wanted in San

Mateo County in connection with the homicide of Cuevas, who died Nov. 28

in an alley near the 400 block of Madison Avenue after being shot several

times, Hart said.

“We had an idea he either fled to Mexico or New Mexico,” Hart told the

Daily Journal. Rodriguez waived an extradition hearing in New Mexico and

is expected to be returned to San Mateo County in the next few days, Hart said.

Investigators believe the shooting followed a shoving match and an

argument over gang colors.

Three other suspects have already been arrested in connection with the homicide.

Redwood City resident Michael Rodriguez and Palo Alto resident Mario

Cazares, both now 18 years old, were arrested the day after the shooting and

remain in custody without bail, according to the San Mateo County District

Attorney’s Office. Both suspects pleaded not guilty to homicide charges Jan. 11.

Police also arrested a 15-year-old suspect at his home in January who

was then booked into the county’s Youth Services Center for murder and

participation in a criminal street gang.

Michael Rodriguez is the suspected shooter in the incident, police said, and

is not related to Jaime Rodriguez, the suspect arrested in Santa Fe.

On the night of the homicide, Cuevas was allegedly visiting three female

friends at an apartment complex at 426 Madison Ave. in Redwood City.

He was allegedly wearing a navy blue jacket with the letters “LA” on the

back when he exchanged words with a group of Norteños standing across the

street, with one sitting on a bicycle.

One of the suspects started punching Cuevas before Michael Rodriguez

allegedly pulled a weapon and fired, according to police. Cuevas was found

dead in an alleyway adjacent to the Madison Avenue apartments. Norteño

gang graffiti was clearly displayed on the exterior of the apartment complex

the day after Cuevas died.

Police were originally looking for five to eight suspects involved in the

incident but now think all of the suspects are in custody. “Jaime Rodriguez is

the final suspect we are aware of now,” Hart said.

Teen Arrested for Burglary, Second Suspect Sought

A man returning home to his C Street home in Redwood City discovered two

male juveniles attempting to pry open his rear sliding glass door, according

to police.

The victim yelled at the suspects, who then fled, and a chase ensued,

according to police. Responding officers located one of the teens in the area

of Mezes Park. The suspect, a 16-year-old Menlo Park resident, was identified

by the victim and was booked into the San Mateo County Juvenile Detention

Center for burglary and possession of burglary tools, according to police.

Anyone who has any information regarding this burglary is encouraged to

contact Detective Val Cook 650-780-7697 or Sgt. Sean Hart 650-780-7681.

As I Was Saying… (Continued from p6)

understanding the high cost of living in the Bay Area), these six affordable

units are priced to be available to households earning up to 120 percent of the

area median income, which equates to $1,890/month for a one-bedroom and

$2,370/month for a two-bedroom apartment. That means to qualify for one

of these units, for a household of two people, your annual income can be no

more than $95,450.

I am thinking the same thing you are — sorry, that does not seem like very

affordable housing to me. First of all, if a household is making over $95K, that

is pretty good, if you ask me, and I don’t think that is “moderate” at all. At

least not for Redwood City.

There are always different configurations used to determine what

“BMR rental units” will be priced at. The way they figured this particular

development definitely benefits the developer and not those who are truly in

need of housing at below-market rates. That is too bad and totally undermines

the spirit in which such units are made available to those deserving and

needing them in our community.

The email went on to state, “Overall, housing prices are still sky-high in the

Bay Area, making the City’s work to help provide for affordable housing an

important factor for a lot of people.”

I feel that this project and the abuse of the system in determination of the

“BMR rental units” are not indicative of how other projects in our community

help to benefit those needing assistance. I mean, really, who can afford a one-

bedroom apartment for $1,890 and be considered “moderate income”?

In case you have not seen the project or taken a tour of it, it is a stunning

facility and one I sought to live in and purchase. I can’t say that I would

discourage anyone from renting there, regardless of income levels. It is perfect

for my lifestyle and others. Secured building and parking, fitness center, a

common area for socializing that overlooks our city’s hills, and the units are

spacious and very upscale. With the exception of the gas station on Woodside

Road that some units have to look down upon, the project is the type of

development we need more of in our community.

After I submitted my application to purchase a unit, the developers decided

to go the rental route due to lack of interest in sales. To say the least, I was

disappointed. Since I was “in the system,” I was promised to be kept in the

loop and informed of the future plans for the project. I was not and only found

the new information from the city’s email.

I don’t think they are so perfect after all.

Here’s to communication.

As I was saying…





San Mateo Credit Union’s On Broadway branch has it all.

From Auto Loans to Credit Cards, we can answer your

questions and find you a better product to help

your budget.


830 Jefferson Avenue, Redwood City

(650) 363-1725 | www.smcu.org



San Mateo Credit Union has a special Mortgage Center,

staffed by our mortgage experts.

Come in and ask a question about your current mortgage.

We love those! We want to give you the best loan with the

most reasonable payments.

619 Bradford Street, Redwood City

(650) 363-1799 | www.smcu.org

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Auto Care:

Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway –

Following the principles of good customer service

and quality products at fair prices, Alpio Barbara

and the crew at Redwood General Tire keep

satisfying customers year after year. 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.

Eating and Catering:

Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road – Tim Harrison

and the staff at Canyon Inn serve everything from

their famous hamburgers to pizzas, all kinds of

sandwiches and pastas, and South-of-the-Border

specialties while various sports play 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 charges). Why

cook when you don’t have to? They do catering

too for all occasions!

Deseo Tequila Lounge and Restaurant – 851

Main St. – “We went there and it was fabulous!

We were impressed by their food menu, and the

burger I had was tasty. They have 21 big-screen

TVs for watching your favorite sports team,

having a drink with friends or dancing the night away.”

Little India – 917 Main St. – “There are good

restaurants. There are bad restaurants. There

are OK restaurants. Then there are those places,

the magic ones. You come back again and again

because the food doesn’t just taste good and

satisfy hunger, but helps heal the heart and soul.”

Senior citizens receive $1 off and children under

12 dine at half price. www.littleindiacuisine.com

Financial Institutions:

San Mateo Credit Union – Three Redwood City

locations – As a member-driven organization,

SMCU does everything possible to ensure that

all of your financial priorities are anticipated and

fulfilled. Offerings include free auto-shopping

assistance, members-only car sales, low-rate

home loans and lines of credit. Call 650-363-1725

or 888-363-1725, or visit a branch to learn the

advantages of membership banking.

Home Improvements:

Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1-800-23-LEWIS –

Founded in 1985, Lewis Carpet Cleaners has grown

from one small, portable machine to a company of

six employees and five working vans. The Lewis

family works and lives in Redwood City and is

committed to our community. Ask about their

Spectrum special: Get 100 square feet of carpet

cleaned for absolutely nothing. Call today! Get

your home ready for entertaining during the year.

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 longterm

relationships and value-added services,

and to supporting and participating in the

communities where they live and work.

Real Estate:

Michelle Glaubert at Coldwell Banker – 650-

722-1193 – Michelle has been a full-time, topproducing

real estate agent 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

























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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 real estate agent

familiar with our community, and his clients feel

comfortable knowing he has that expertise and

knowledge to guide them. Visit him online at


John Nelson at Coldwell Banker – 650-566-5315

– John has been a resident of Redwood City for

21 years and has been a real estate agent for 18

years. He is known for doing his clients’ legwork,

keeping them up to date with new listings and

conditions as they impact the market. He will

make the process as pleasurable and stress-free an

experience for you as he can. Let John guide you

through the complexities of buying or selling your

home, eliminating hassles and stress. Visit him

online at www.johnnelsonhomes.com.

Specialty Businesses:

Davies Appliance – 1580 El Camino Real –

“Davies helped me with my appliance purchases

and they know what they are doing. All they

carry is appliances; you don’t have to worry about

anything else. Leave it to them to assist you with

your kitchen remodel and you will be very happy.

I recommend Davies to anyone who is interested

in great pricing and even better service. The focus

is appliances and service.”

Every Woman Health Club – 611 Jefferson Ave.

– A women-only, body-positive fitness center

in downtown Redwood City. Services include

classes, weight and cardio equipment, personal

training, therapeutic massage and skin care.

Flexible pricing, with several options available

for members and nonmembers. Visit www.

everywomanhealthclub.com or call 650-364-9194

to get started.

Hector Flamenco Insurance (State Farm) –

956 Main St. – 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 www.hectorflamenco.com.

Saf Keep Storage – 2480 Middlefield Road – The

friendly and reliable team at Saf Keep is ready

to assist you with a variety of storage products

and services to suit all your storage needs. Visit

their website at www.safkeepstorage.com to see

exactly what products and services are available.

Compare them to other facilities and you’ll see

why their service makes the difference.

Schoenstein Physical Therapy – 363A Main

St., 650-599-9482 – The clinical approach of

this independent, community-based physical

therapy 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. – “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.” Whether you are

looking for men’s or women’s quality jewelry,

shopping local does not get better than this.

Woodside Terrace – 485 Woodside Road, 650-

366-3900 – Woodside Terrace understands that

in choosing a senior living community, residents

are looking for much more than a comfortable

living environment to call home. Brookdale

Living’s Redwood City community delivers

inspired independent living with the promise of

exceptional experiences every day. As residents’

needs change, they are provided with a variety

of ancillary services and a personalized assisted

living environment that encourages them to

continue to live as they please.

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Nonprofits In Action (Continued from p14)

Get Involved!

fourth Tuesday of each month. 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@yahoo.com

or visit www.penpex.org.

Soroptimist International by the Bay

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

contact their president, Teresa, at 650-743-1073 or


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, sustainabilityhub.net, green

business workshops and more. If you would like

to volunteer, contact the SSMC office at 650-638-2323

or advocate@sustainablesanmateo.org. For more

information, visit www.sustainablesanmateo.org.

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 www.


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.

YES Reading

This local organization is dedicated to

empowering students through literacy and

investing community members in underserved

public schools. YES Reading recruits and trains

community volunteers to provide one-on-one

tutoring for elementary and middle school

students reading below grade level. YES Reading

operates several reading centers on the Peninsula

and in the South Bay, including a site at Selby

Lane School in Atherton. If you are interested in

becoming a reading tutor for a child who needs

your help, please call 408-945-9316 or email

info@yesreading.org. Visit the YES Reading

website at www.yesreading.org.

Editor’s note: If you are connected with a nonprofit

organization and want your information printed in The

Spectrum, send it to writers@spectrummagazine.net or The

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

Let our community know your contributions and maybe they

will want to join you.

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• Friendly, helpful staff

• Classes for all fitness levels

• Personal training

• Spa services

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Purchase a 10-visit punch card to

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Some restrictions apply.

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A Minute With: Phil Bucher

Phil Bucher was born at Mills Hospital in San Mateo and grew up in San Carlos. He attended

Clifford and McKinley schools in Redwood City and graduated from Sunnyvale High School in 1967.

He graduated from Cañada College with an associate degree.

After serving in the military, Phil decided to continue his family’s jewelry business, Reinhardt

and Company, which had been in downtown Redwood City since 1926.

He also worked at Gold Coast Jewelers for 12 years. He began working at St. Regal in 1989,

when it was owned by Joe and Sandy Ferrando. Phil bought the business from them in 1999

and moved it to its current Main Street location in 2005. He is well-known and respected for

jewelry and watch repairing.

Phil has lived in Redwood City on and off since 1971. He is engaged, but he and his fiancée,

Jeannette, have not set a definite wedding date. He has two daughters: Melissa, 30, and

Jeanette, 27. Jeanette works at his shop on Saturdays.

He is active in the Downtown Business Group, the Chamber of Commerce and the Kings

Mountain Archers, which is an archery club in the Kings Mountain area.

Phil loves to play the guitar and is in a band called Carson City Crew. He also enjoys the study of

ancient north and central South American history, as well as the study of natural phenomena.

His hobbies include exercise, and he is an avid nutritionist.

Downtown Redwood City is?


Why retail here?

Enjoy the people.

The future for downtown is?

Only go up.

If you were stuck on a desert island, which one book,

movie or person would you want to take along?

My fiancée.

What talent would you most like to have?

Time travel.

Something few know about you?

My life’s an open book.

What phrase do you most overuse?

Did you know?

What is your favorite book?

“Grapes of Wrath.”

Favorite movie?


What is your motto?

Live in peace with nature.

Anyone you got on your mind?

Grandparents, who started the jewelry business.

Their energy is around me all the time to help me


Memorable moment?

Camping/fishing trip with my children to

Yosemite National Park.

You still can’t believe?

That we are not living in peace.

What is a dream you have or something you’d

like to accomplish in your life?

To produce a classic rock song and have it published.

When you die, you want to come back as?

An eagle.

What would life be like if you had wings?

It would be fabulous, fantastic!


The Spectrum 31

Alpio Barbara and

the team at

Redwood General

Tire are involved

in our community

and urge all to be.

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