As I Was
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.
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
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
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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
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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
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.
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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
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,”
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,”
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.”
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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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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
• The Music Man. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Thursday, July
14 – Sunday, July 31.
• 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,
• 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.
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Filoli, designed by California architect Willis
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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
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
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?
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 email@example.com 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
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com. 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-
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)
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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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 email@example.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
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
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
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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
“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!
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)
• 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
• 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
Hiller Aviation Museum
San Carlos Airport, 601 Skyway Road,
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
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
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,
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
• 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
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
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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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
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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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
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
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. 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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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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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?
What talent would you most like to have?
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.”
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
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?
What would life be like if you had wings?
It would be fabulous, fantastic!
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Alpio Barbara and
the team at
Tire are involved
in our community
and urge all to be.