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The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

June 2005

Vol 1, No. 10

Steve Penna


Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer/Editor

Valerie Harris

Contributing Writer

Melanie Myers

Contributing Writer

Nick Mukhar, Katherine Ehat

Student Writers

Dale McKee, Damaris Divito

Graphic Artists

DJ Design

Advertising Graphic Art

James R. Kaspar &

Sarah G. Gist

Special Assignment


Snap, Crackle, Pop, and welcome to the tenth edition of The

Spectrum Magazine. As all residents of Redwood City are

doing, we are getting ready to celebrate our country’s

Independence Day. Look on page 22 and see what activities are

planned for our community. The aunnual parade sponsored by the

Peninsula Celebration Association’s, a Redwood City-based group, is

expected to attract over 100,000 viewers this year.

We want to thank our readers for making the Spectrum Magazine the

largest distributed publication in Redwood City and also for visiting

our website: We have had a few technical

problems with the site, but are working them out. We plan on

having community updates throughout the month so please check it out.

The response we got on the cover story with Police Chief Carlos

Bolanos last month was great. We also received several responses

about the youth profiles on Christy Lynch and John Bordy as well as

Publisher Steve Penna’s column about all the political going-ons.

With an active election season upon us, he will make sure you are

informed to the who, what, when, where and how the campaigns will


Our cover story this month is on Mayor Jeff Ira. What a treat it is for

us to bring him to our readers. You may think you know everything

about someone and what motivates them, but until you sit with them

you don’t. Regardless of your political leanings, we hope you enjoy it.

Redwood City is going through a positive renaissance with the

Downtown and Emerald Hills business areas being redeveloped and

the new Sequoia Veteran’s Memorial planned to be dedicated in

September. We are proud to keep you updated.

This month, we have a business profile for you we know you will

enjoy reading about. Redwood General Tire has been in our community

for around 50 years. As you will read, business owner Alpio

Barbara contributes to our community in many ways and in return

deserves our patronage. If you know of a business that you would

like to learn more about please let us know.

We encourage our readers to support our business advertisers by

using their services when you can. They are the real reason you are

reading community news every month. We also encourage you to

subscribe to our publication by filling out the form below. You can

have The Spectrum delivered by mail to your home each month for

only $30 per year, seniors $24.

Until next month, Happy Independence Day!

Table of Contents

Inside the Spectrum . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Dee’s Labor of Love . . . . . . . . . .5-6

Cultural Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

Much Ado about Middlefield .19, 20

Business Spotlight:

Redwood General Tire . . . . . . . . .8, 27

“As I Was Saying” by Steve Penna . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9, 28

Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

Cover Story “Suited to be Mayor” .16 17

Youth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13, 14

Social Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

“A Minute With...” . . . . . . . . . . . .30

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Inside The Spectrum:

Our cover photo shoot

Ira seems very relaxed with himself and makes those around him feel the same. He was

incredibly accommodating to us and had our stylist Damaris Divito not been interviewing

for a “real” job, she would have had him doing all sorts of things to capture

sides of him we don’t normally see. But as you will see in some of the center spread

photos he was loose and having some fun with us as the Fourth of July celebration


We started out shooting in his office, which has a great view and overlooks a business

park. Gist suggested going outside because the lighting was so magnificent with the

clouds overhead threatening rain. She was right, and that is where the cover photo was


The entire shoot lasted about thirty minutes, quick by any standards, but Harris had to

interview Ira afterwards and had only an hour to do so because of meetings and other

commitments that a businessman/mayor has to do.

Spectrum photographer Sarah G. Gist and cover subject Redwood City Mayor Jeff Ira.

Photo by Steve Penna

What better way to begin the summer then by being introduced to our Mayor, Jeff Ira.

When Publisher Steve Penna arranged this month’s photo shoot for Thursday June 16

at 10:00 a.m., he did so after returning from a trip down south and called Ira at home

to see if he could meet the next day. Thankfully, he could.

One of the Spectrum’s special assignment photographers, Sara G. Gist, arrived for her

first Spectrum photo shoot shortly after Penna did. They were quickly joined by writer

Valerie Harris at Ira’s business office in the Redwood Shores neighborhood.

When Jeff Ira was first elected to the Redwood City Council, he was seen as someone

who was willing to take on the status quo with fellow members Matt Leipzig and

Colleen Jordan. As we have watched him evolve over the years, his politics have

become more middle of the road, and he now is rarely on the losing end of a four to

three council vote.

As you will read in our cover story, Ira has overcome several personal tragedies in his

life and professes that they have made him the person he is today. They say “tragedies

that do not break us will make us stronger.” Thankfully for Redwood City, our Mayor

has done just that.

Although quiet in his demeanor, Ira will stand firmly on issues he believes will improve

the quality of his constituents’ lives. He is focused, dedicated and above all that, honorable

in his desire to do so.

Sequoia Veterans Memorial:

Dee’s Labor of Love

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by Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

Dee Eva’s labor of love began in Europe during the aftermath of September 11, 2001,

when there were many more questions than answers in the world.

As Eva and her husband Rich watched events unfold in Europe after the terrorist

attacks that September, one of their questions focused on what type of memorial

might be constructed for those who lost their lives in the attacks. Their discussions

gradually evolved into a memorial monument for Sequoia High School students who

lost their lives while in military service. It didn’t take much for Dee to say, “I could do


On October 5, 2001, Dee contacted the Assistant Superintendent of the Sequoia High

School District to ask if there might be interest in such a project. Much to her astonishment,

the answer was a positive “yes,” as it was from the Board of Trustees.

“Great!” Dee said, “I’ll get on it!”

The past four years, she related, have been a labor of love, filled with starts and stops.

She began with a letter-writing campaign, but eventually Dee realized that she was “trying

to do it by myself; I needed community support.”



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Enter the Sequoia High School Alumni Association, which helped with community

outreach and gradually adopted the project. Community outreach guided Dee to the

Civic Cultural Commission, which awarded a $3,000 grant for the memorial. The

Commission has also given $500 for the dedication ceremony coming September 17.

Information about the project was disseminated to local organizations and appeared in

local news publications as well as “Smoke Signals,” the Alumni Association’s publication.

As a result, a few hundred donors helped raise $27,000 of the $30,000 needed for

the monument.

The memorial will be located on the campus lawn across from Carrington Hall. Dee

explained that the monument, made of California gray granite, weights about 4,000

pounds, stands 5 1/2 feet tall, and is 54 inches wide. Seals of all military services -

Army, Navy, Marines, Merchant Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard - will be

depicted in black granite with gold leaf on the monument. The Sequoia school seal and

the Gold Star seal will be engraved in gray granite. The Gold Star list of Sequoians who

died while serving in the military will also be engraved on the monument. “There will

be room on the back for more names,” Dee said, “however, we all hope that won’t ever

be necessary.”

An American flag that flew over the White House on Memorial Day will fly at the site,

which is also envisioned to have a plaza around the monument as well as redwood and

weeping cherry trees.

All of this will come together on September 17 at 11 a.m., in the dedication ceremony

on campus. Sequoia students, grads, and the community will hear music, speakers,

watch the wreath-laying ceremony, and remember those who have made the ultimate

sacrifice in service of their country.

A very special guest will be Joseph Manfredi, who is coming from New Jersey and will

read a published letter from David Callis, one of the Sequoia Gold Star students, to his

parents before his death in Vietnam.

Donations are still needed, Dee said. A $100 donation will purchase a dedication stone

engraved with the donor’s name and the name of the person the donor wishes to

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The response to her labor of love has left Dee

“absolutely astounded.” “The memorial is

growing into something more than for the military,”

she continued. “It is becoming a place

for family members who had connections to

Sequoia, or just family members who want to

honor their loved ones. It’s more than just a

military memorial.”

For more information on this project, call Dee

Eva at (650) 368-4800 or e-mail

Donations for the monument and to

help defray the cost of the September 17 dedication

are greatly appreciated.

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honor. A $1,000 donation will purchase a tree to be planted near the monument and

marked with a plaque naming the honoree and the donor. A $3,000 donation will purchase

a stone bench to be placed near the monument and marked with a plaque naming

the honoree and the donor. The person memorialized with a dedication stone, tree,

or bench does not need to have attended Sequoia or served in the military.

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Bring the family to enjoy free live music in the 2005 Summer Concert

Series sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department at Stafford Park.

Concerts are held on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 pm in Stafford Park

starting on June 29.

Here’s the Wednesday night lineup:

* June 29 The Internationals - Bavarian & polka

* July 6 Los Boleros - Latin Cubano and Saxophone

* July 13 Big Hair - We love the 80s!

* July 20 Double Funk Crunch - Discomania

* July 27 Mollys Revenge - Celtic

* August 3 Zydeco Flames - Down on the bayou Cajun

* August 10 Pure Ecstasy - Motown and R&B

* August 17 Ben Marcato & His Mondo Combo - Rockin swing

Fox Theatre

Montalvo presents Indigo Girls. Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 8 pm

Little Fox - June/July

Brass Blast: Sage plus Houserockers, Friday, June 24, 2005 - 8 pm

Spangalang featuring Tony Lindsay, Saturday, June 25, 2005 - 9 pm

Bartron/Tyler Group plus Kenon Chen, Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8 pm

Tainted Love, Friday, July 1, 2005 - 9 pm Luce plus Acoustic Son, Saturday,

July 3, 2005 - 8 pm

Bing & The Bingtones with special guest Lydia Pense plus Ray Cepeda

Sunday, July 3, 2005 - 7 pm Carol McComb, Keith Little , Anita Grunwald


Thursday, July 7, 2005- 8 pm Big Bang Beat, Friday,

July 8, 2005 - 9 pm A Tribute to The Police: Stung,

Saturday, July 9, 2005 - 8 pm GrooveLily,

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8 pm David Martin’s House Party,

Friday, July 15, 2005 - 9 pm Van Halen Tribute Band: Hot For Teacher PLUS

Junkhead - A Tribute to Alice In Chains

Saturday, July 16, 2005 - 8 pm The Wonderbread Five,

For more information, log on to, or call (650) 369-4119.

Friday Night in Downtown

The “Live in Downtown” free concert series returned on Friday, June 17

and continues through Friday, September 2 (excluding July 29). Concerts

take place at City Center Plaza, right next to City Hall at 1017 Middlefield

Road from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. in the City Center Plaza, right next to City Hall at

1017 Middlefield Road. “Live in Downtown” is sponsored by the Redwood

City Civic Cultural Commission and the City of Redwood City.

Here is the “Live in Downtown” Summer Concert Series 2005 Schedule:

* June 24 Aja Vu - Steely Dan tribute

* July 1 Cool Jerks - Motown meets big band

* July 8 The Sun Kings - the best of the Beatles

* July 15 Take Two - hits from the 70s, 80s, and 90s

* July 22 California Cowboys - California Country

* July 29 Wallys Swing World - stylish swing to modern

* August 5 Hale Baskin - a rising local star

* August 12 Garage Band - from the 40s to today

* August 19 Orchestra Kalachin - Latin salsa

* August 26 Larry Lynch and the Lynch Mob

* September 2 Jackie Payne - big blues sound

New at The Main Gallery

States of mind played a key role in new works by painter David Baltzer and

mixed media artist Belinda Chlouber, which will be presented at the Main

Gallery from June 29 to July 31. A reception for the artists will be held on July

3 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the cooperative gallery, located at 1018 Main Street.

Baltzer’s inspiration came from a heavy heart, as he has been caring for his

aging father for the last two years. Chlouber, meanwhile, marvels at the wonders

of life.

Both artists point to perspective.

“For me,” Baltzer said, “the work reflects the combination of physical and

emotional isolation from the world I would prefer to live in. And it also afforded

me the opportunity to re-examine inter-family dynamics and to express it

in my continuing series of multi-media painting constructions.”

The work,” he continued, “comes out of my experience of watching my

father waste away and the isolation and emotional conflicts of re-engaging

the family dynamic while cutting myself off from the sources of my own


For Chlouber, inspiration came simply from how “unbelievably beautiful and

amazing life can be and how lucky we are to be here at all.”

“Sometimes it’s easy to become immersed in all the troubles of the world

and I, as an artist, have felt a need to keep reminding myself what an incredible

place we live in. This doesn’t mean that the work denies the problems we

face, but seeks to balance them out and put them in perspective.”

Baltzer paints mostly with oil, but in this show he has several pieces that

could best be described as mixed media because they include areas of

acrylic and encaustic as well as incorporated objects.

The paintings are a continuing evolution of a series that I began last year,

which explores our modern spiritual Diaspora, or, as Bob Dylan would say,’the

new dark ages.’”

Chlouber works with many different mediums,

ranging from watercolor, oils, collage,

printmaking and encaustics.

“In recent years, I have been working to

balance abstraction with the narrative in

art,” she said. “The work has layers and

sometimes has hidden images and symbols

that only reveal themselves when

studying the work.”

The Main Gallery is open Wednesday

through Friday from 11 to 4 and weekends

from 10 to 3 p.m.

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Through the years

Redwood General Tire

has been here for us

Valerie Harris

Special to the Spectrum

Alpio Barbara’s office at

General Tire in Redwood City

is adorned with a wall of golf

balls and two other walls of

plaques of honor. Instantly,

the read on Alpio shows his

deep commitment to everything

he tackles in life. The

walls show gratitude for

benevolence from the police

and fire departments, and a

number of community organizations.

Alpio was even a

police reservist.

Alpio Barbara (everyone calls

him, simply, “Alpio”) was born

in Malta, of Maltese immigrant

parents. When his parents

emigrated to the United States,

they moved to San Francisco.

Alpio was two years old. Alpio

lived in San Francisco for the next 12 years, before moving to San Mateo. There he

attended Aragon High School, then studied Administration of Justice at the College of

San Mateo. Alpio wanted to be a cop, until a knee injury thwarted that dream. He

moved to Redwood City in 1973.

Alpio started working for Al Howard of Howard Tire Company in 1969. He started

on the ground floor as a tire mechanic, then became an auto mechanic, was promoted

to assistant store manager, then warehouse manager, then general manager. When

Alpio tackles a job, he sticks with it.

In May of 1985, at the California State Tire Association trade show meeting, Alpio

chatted with Dave Redfern, whose father started General Tire in May of 1957. After

the trade show, Dave approached Alpio with hesitation, figuring Alpio planned to stay

put at Howard Tire. But after some discussion about future opportunities, Alpio took

Redfern up on his offer and moved to General Tire in 1985. “On my first day on the

job, a transformer blew and a fire started,” Alpio recounted. Luckily, everything since

has been a smooth undertaking. Alpio came in as a partner in General Tire, and when

Redfern retired three years ago, Alpio bought out the business and now owns it in its


Sitting in his office, it becomes clear that the customer comes first. The store fields

customers’ questions at the front desk. The garage is humming with compressed air

wrenches and clanking with mechanics’ tools. The toolboxes shine and are absent of

grease smudges. The most remarkable aspect of the garage was the spotless floor.

With such a clean work environment, Alpio insures that the customers’ cars are

returned clean and smudge free.

“We offer a full-service garage. We do full automotive repair: tires, brakes, and everything

else. Denny and Carlos at the counter are there to answer questions such as: ‘Is

this the right tire?’ “What about my brakes?’ or ‘How long for a tune-up?’” Alpio states.

“Our customers are number one. We have been voted number one ever since they

started the number-one contests. But we really don’t need to see the results of the contests.

Our business is always on a steady climb.”

General Tire can give the customer great service because it re-mains a small inde

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As I was saying...


Steve Penna


The Redwood City Chamber of Commerce

held its monthly Business Connection at the

Sequoia Building on Broadway, and boy, oh

boy, you could tell this is election season. In attendance

were: Mayor Jeff Ira, Council members

Diane Howard, Barbara Pierce, Jim Hartnett, San

Mateo County Under Sheriff Greg Monks, County

School officials Memo Morantes and Pat

Miljanich, Port Executive Director Mike Giari, business

leaders Gus Anagnostou (host), Lourdes Carini

(hostess), John Anagnostou, Cheryl Angeles, Frank

Bartaldo, and Bill Conklin. Yes, it was as fun as it


* * * *

Under Sheriff – I think that is such a unique title -

Monks threw a campaign kick-off party earlier this

month and raised some $80,000 for his war chest to

become the Sheriff of San Mateo County. He may be

jumping into the race a year and a half early to detour

any challengers to fill supporter Don Horsley’s office.

But I am hearing that a formidable opponent, San

Mateo Police Chief Susan Manheimer, is considering

entering the November 2006 race. Manheimer has

led the force there since May of 2000. She is the

fourth female Police Chief in the state of California,

and the first in the history of San Mateo County. She

came to San Mateo after serving 17 years with the

San Francisco Police Department. This could end up

being a North versus South campaign, as Monks has

strong support in the Menlo Park, Portola Valley and

Redwood City areas. Manheimer obviously will have

support in the San Mateo, Burlingame and

Hillsborough areas. Should she plan to run, she will

have to announce soon to catch up with Monks and

his already built momentum.

* * * *

Councilwoman and former Mayor Howard kicked-off

her re-election bid with an afternoon Barbecue at

Red Morton Center. Assemblyman Ira Ruskin, past

Redwood City Mayors Dani Gasparini, Bob Bury,

Hartnett, Dick Claire, former and present Council

members – Ian Bain, Alicia Aguirre, Rosanne Foust,

Fernando Vega and Pierce along with city commissioners

Jack Castle, and Shawn White, celebrated

with about 100 voters. During her speech, Howard

positively emphasized that she is staying on course

even though there are “some” in our community who

want to go in a different

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Redwood City businesses here to serve

you from Emerald Hills to the Flatlands!

The Spectrum staff has been out looking for the best businesses in Redwood City and we

thought our readers might want to know who they are. We like businesses that not only

provide quality service but also take an active role in our community by donating their

services and or time. We have found some great ones for you. Here is our Best of the

Best selections.

City Pub: 2623 Broadway – Talk about Redwood City flare – this pub favorite offers a wide

range of items on its menu including: Starters & Soups, Burgers & Sandwiches, Pastas

& Entrees, and of course 24 Beers on tap, Beverages & Wine. City Pub also has a Kids

menu and serves Breakfast on Saturday and Sundays from 11: a.m. to 2:00 p.m. They

offer daily specials and feature Fish and Chips on Friday’s. You will enjoy the outdoor front

patio once the warm weather begins, why has it still been raining in June?

First National Bank: 700 El Camino Real - In the ever merging world of the banking industry

it’s hard to find places where the consumer or small business owner’s voice still matters.

Independent banks and small local banking chains, which would take the time to

listen, are slowly becoming a thing of the past. This is not the case luckily at First National

Bank of Northern California, according to Brian Palter. Palter is the branch manager of

the Redwood City location, which is currently housed at 700 El Camino Real. “When we

have a new client and do right by them,” said Palter, “they tell others.” Doing right by a

client, whether old or new, requires taking extra steps in situations which nationwide

chains might not do. Give Brian a call and see what he means!

OK Maguey: 2616 Broadway –Redwood City’s favorite Downtown Mexican restaurant has

a full dinner menu of reasonably priced selections that will keep you coming back for

more. They now feature a lunch menu starting at $5.95 and up. Check out the coupon

in this month’s Spectrum for 50% off your lunch entree. They also feature live music

every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening to enhance your eating experience. The outdoor

patio is great for those warm nights and a Margarita.

Bluefin Sushi & Teriyaki Grill: 2327 Broadway – WOW! This place is popular. Whether you

dine in or take out everyone is discovering their sashimi, Nigiri sushi, donburi, and bento

dishes are irresistible! No MSG/No chemical additives added. Low in Cholesterol. Low in

Calories. Low in Sodium. Their sushi is made fresh daily by experienced sushi chefs which

has made this restaurant a favorite Downtown eating spot, this restaurant is a must try!

American Capital Financial: 2317 Broadway #200 – Treat yourself to the ultimate gift –

a new home! They make it easy for you to bid on a house by having your pre-approval letter

with you. These friendly professionals have the right home loan for you and your family!

Competitive Rates: They work quickly to get you the best rates and explore all the

options that fit your needs. Fast Pre-Approvals: They can have your pre-approval ready for

you in 48 hours or less. So when do you want to close?

Edward Jones: 702 Marshall Street #515 - For decades, Edward Jones believed in building

relationships through face-to-face interaction, and adhering to a strategy of recommending

quality investments that have proven themselves over time. They understand

that this approach might be considered unfashionable. But if it means helping their

clients achieve their goals, whether for retirement, education, or just financial security,

it’s an approach they plan to stick to. So does Investment Representative David Amann

who manages their Redwood City office.

Redwood General Tire: 1630 Broadway –Whether you are looking for a new set of tires,

or need to tune your vehicle, this Redwood City institution has been providing quality vehicle

services since 1957. Redwood General Tire was founded on the premise that good

customer service, quality products at fair prices will succeed in the marketplace. They

continue to follow this philosophy today and expect it to guide them into a successful

future. Many of their satisfied customers have been with them since their founding and

continue to do business with them today. They proudly serve the third generation of many

of their first Redwood City customers.

Warren Street Chiropractic: 520 Warren Street - Warren Street Chiropractic Wellness and

Injury Center was formally Lease Chiropractic Offices, owned and operated by Dr. Timothy

H. Lease, D.C. Dr. Lease is beginning his 21st year of practice and has a very broad

patient base. He sees patients from infants to folks in their 90’s. Cases range from Work

Injury cases (Workers Compensation cases), Personal Injury (car accidents, slip and falls,

bicycle and pedestrian accidents), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Plantar Fascitis,

Headaches, Neck Pain, Back Pain, Low Back Pain, Leg and Arm pain. He has a working

network of other Doctors and Therapists so that if and when the need arises he is able

to refer for second opinions and or other therapy if appropriate. They have 6 spacious

exam rooms, one of which is a massage room.

Lewis Carpet Cleaners: 1.800.23.LEWIS - Rick Lewis, Founder, Lewis Carpet & Upholstery

Cleaners started his business in 1985 out of his home using a small portable machine.

Today, Lewis successfully operates and manages an office/warehouse of six employees

and has five working vans with future plans for expansion and growth. Lewis moved his

business from San Mateo to Redwood City in 1995. The Lewis family works, lives and

resides in Redwood City and have truly made this town their home. The Lewis family is

committed to the vision and success of our community and with relentless effort will continue

to support the community devoting time, efforts, energy and services today and in

the future. Lewis has built his company on a foundation of integrity, loyalty and communication.

Call and ask about their Spectrum special. You can get 100 sq. ft. of carpet

cleaning for absolutely nothing $0.00. Call today!

Re:Juvenate Skin Care: 805 Veterans Blvd., Suite 140 - Treat yourself, you deserve it!

RE:JUVENAT’s medical staff is experienced in all of the known non-surgical aesthetic procedures

including: Thermage, Botox, Restalyne, sclerotherapy, laser treatments for hair,

vein, brown spot removal and skin resurfacing, medical microdermabrasion and skin

peels. Their aim is to assist you in choosing the very best options that will find you smiling

each and every time you look in the mirror. You can have a complimentary consultation

by calling 650.261.0500 and mentioning The Spectrum Magazine. We hear they are

now offering a new skin tightening procedure that show immediate results. Make that


Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road – You will find everything at this Redwood City favorite.

Although owner Tim Harrison offers tasty Burgers – try the “Hacksaw” double cheeseburger,

he also has Sandwiches - Steak Sandwich with melted Swiss, sautéed mushrooms,

grilled onions and fries, Deli sandwiches – various meats are served hot or cold

on your choice of bread and cheese, with lettuce, tomato, and onions, to fill you up. They

also have Specials like Fish and Chips, Raviolis, Spaghetti, Lasagna, and a variety of

Quesadilla’s. If you use their coupon in this month’s Spectrum, you can get 10% of all

meals, now that’s an offer you can not pass up!

1-800-DRY-CLEAN: Enjoy the timesaving convenience of free pick-up and delivery from 1-

800-DryClean and eliminate those last-minute trips to the cleaner. Imagine not having to

remember to drop off of pick up your dry cleaning.

With the personalized attention you will receive from 1-800-DryClean, you will feel like

you have your very own valet!

Place your clothes at your front door on the morning of your service day. We will pick up

yourorder that day. We will deliver your clothes on the following route day.

Curves – 3211 Oak Knoll Drive & 734 Woodside Road - To find out if Curves is right for

you, ask yourself these questions: Can you spend 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week, to

improve your quality of life?

Would you rather exercise in an environment designed especially for women?

Would encouragement from other women help you reach your fitness goals? Have you

tried or considered other fitness clubs and just never found one that felt right for you?

Have you ever wished for a fitness program that was “doable” and fun? Are you ready to

amaze yourself?

If the answer is yes, then find the Redwood City location nearest you and walk in and get

started. Summer is here!

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How to Make Sure Your Home Sells at the Right Price

By Marianne Zanone Rush

When thinking about selling your home, establishing a reasonable and, ultimately,

profitable listing price is perhaps the biggest challenge that every

homeowner faces. The fair market value is simply the price a buyer is willing to

pay for your home, and you are willing to accept. But go too high with the asking

price and risk scaring away potential buyers who won’t even bother making

an offer. Set the price too low and you could end up leaving tens of thousands

of dollars on the table.

So what’s a homeowner to do? Here are some suggestions that can help sellers

get the very best possible price for their home:

Choose the Right Agent. I know this sounds obvious and self-serving, but

you’d be surprised at how many people don’t do their homework when choosing

the person who will be in charge of cashing in their most valuable asset. A

recent study by the National Association of Realtors found that 44 percent of

home sellers use a friend or relative’s referral when selecting a real estate

agent. That’s fine as far as it goes, but sellers would be smart to interview a

variety of prospective agents and invite them to show their listing presentations.

Evaluate Marketing Plans. Pay attention to how agents plan to market your

home, and find out how many homes they (and their companies) listed in your

local market in the past year and how many of them were sold. Also, make certain

they plan to list your home on the multiple listing service (MLS), and

inquire about the breadth of the agent’s network of contacts. Remember, the

more prospective buyers an agent can attract, the better the chance for a successful

sale. Finally, because selling a home will require a lot of communication,

the seller should ensure he or she connects with the agent’s personality.

Comparative Market Analysis. Home sellers should work with a real estate

agent to develop a written comparative market analysis (CMA). This will provide

a list of recent sale prices of similar homes in the area with factual information

about the comparable homes – i.e., the number of bedrooms, baths,

square footage, lot size, pools, etc. – and the asking prices of homes currently

for sale in the neighborhood, as well as other important information. Based on

the CMA, an agent will provide his or her professional estimation of a legitimate

selling price.

Take the Emotion Out of It. While a homeowner likely has spent years in the

home and takes pride in it, the agent will not set the price based on a seller’s

emotion. Instead, the location, condition and size of the home will significantly

impact the list price. A house in a secluded, exclusive area may be appealing

to some buyers, while others will want to be closer to schools, shopping and

health care facilities. What is the physical condition of the home? Is it a fixerupper?

Does it make a good first impression (the ever important “curb

appeal”)? Will it attract a growing family, or is it better suited to empty

nesters? A good real estate agent will know the type of buyers who will be

interested in the home.

Determine Current Market Conditions. Home inventory, mortgage interest

rates and the economy play a role in determining whether the buyer or seller

has a negotiating advantage. Currently, most experts agree that this is a seller’s

market because inventory is relatively low and demand from buyers is still

strong. Also, interest rates remain at historically low levels even as the economy

shows signs of improving, allowing more buyers to be in a position to shoulder

the debt of homeownership. But conditions change as the economy, interest

rates and other factors change. An experience agent will know the inventory

levels in the community and how best to react to the current market conditions.

Give It the Once Over. After working with a real estate agent to get a CMA and

considering all the other factors, the list price will be set. But there is one

more step in trying to ensure that the house sells for that price, or more. Do as

much as possible to improve the home’s appearance: touch up the paint, fix

leaks, seal any cracks, clean the home, eliminate clutter and consider replacing

worn carpets. Many sellers also turn to decorators to professionally “stage”

their home for sale. Remember: Your house has only one chance to make a

good first impression.

Do the Math. Do not forget to figure in closing costs, legal fees and other selling

expenses when determining the selling price. A real estate professional

should be able to provide cost estimates upfront, and negotiate with a potential

buyer to ensure the best possible sale price.

Editor’s Note: A Bay Area real estate veteran with nearly two decades of experience,

Marianne Zanone Rush is Manager of Coldwell Banker Northern California’s Redwood

City office. She can be reached by via e-mail at or by

mail at: Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box 642, Redwood City, California, 94064.

T i p s o n P a y i n g f o r C o l l e g e

By David Amann

Special to the Spectrum

If you have a college-bound senior in your house, you know that the end

of this school year means the beginning of a new adventure. However,

while college can be exciting, it’s also expensive. If you haven’t saved as

much as you would have liked, don’t despair - even at this late date, you

can take some steps to help pay those college bills.

Here are a few ideas to consider:

Don’t panic - You don’t have to pay the full year’s tuition, room

and board up front - you will likely be billed in installments that may correspond

to the school’s quarter or semester system. This payment system

doesn’t lessen your overall costs, of course, but it does give you a bit

of time to come up with additional funding sources. For example, if you

have a bond coming due in the middle of the college calendar, you can

use the proceeds to help pay for school.

Liquidate assets in timely manner - If you’ve earmarked certain

investments for college, try not to liquidate them until it’s absolutely time

to write out a check - the longer you can keep your investments growing,

the better off you’ll be.

Look at Roth IRA - If you have a Roth IRA, you can withdraw contributions,

tax- and penalty-free, to help pay for your child’s education.

Certain conditions apply to penalty-free withdrawals, so you should talk

to your tax advisor for more information. And keep in mind, if you start

withdrawing earnings, you’ll have to pay taxes on them unless you meet

certain conditions.

If you have more time

If you still have a few years before your children head off to school, you

may want to take advantage of some of the more popular college-savings

plans. Here are two to consider:

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Section 529 plans - When you set up a Section 529 savings plan,

you put money in specific investments, which are managed by the plan

administrator. If you participate in your own state’s Section 529 plan, you

may be able to deduct your contributions from your state income taxes.

Your plan contribution limits are high, and your withdrawals are free from

federal income taxes, as long as the money is used for qualified college

or graduate school expenses. Withdrawals for expenses other than qualified

education expenditures may be subject to federal, state and penalty

taxes. (Section 529 tax benefits are only effective through 2010,

unless extended by Congress. Also, a Section 529 plan could reduce your

child’s or grandchild’s ability to qualify for financial aid. Because tax

issues for 529 plans can be complicated, please consult your tax adviser.)

Coverdell Education Savings Account - Depending on your

income level, you can contribute up to $2,000 annually to a Coverdell

Education Savings Account. Your Coverdell earnings and withdrawals will

be tax-free, provided you use the money for qualified education expenses.

(Any non-education withdrawals from a Coverdell Account may be

subject to a 10 percent penalty.) You can fund your Coverdell Education

Savings Account with virtually any investment you choose - stocks,

bonds, certificates of deposit, etc. And you can contribute to a Coverdell

Account in the same year that you put money into a Section 529 plan.

Consider all options

Putting together a good college-funding plan - either at the last minute or

years in advance -can test your resources and ingenuity. But by diligently

exploring all your options, it’s a test you should be able to “pass.”

Editor’s note: David Amann is one of the Redwood City community members

who will be contributing to The Spectrum. If you have any questions regarding

investments please send them to: or The

Spectrum Magazine P.O. Box 862 – Redwood City – California – 94064.

Sequoia Honors its Sports Leaders

By Katherine Ehat

Student Writer

Another school year has come to a close and another class has graduated

from Sequoia High School. The 108th Commencement has taken place and

the young men and women of the class of 2005 are moving on!

Many of them have left their mark on the sports legacy of Sequoia, and along

with other athletes, were honored at the Spring Sports Awards Night on May

25, 2005.

The awards were announced as follows:

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Varsity Softball: Most Inspirational: Vanessa Langston (senior)

Most Improved: Jenna Thal

Most Valuable: Denise Chisum (senior). Denise also received the

Jerry Griggs Award. This is a perpetual award given to an outstand

ing Varsity Softball player.

Frosh-Soph Softball: Most Inspirational: Gloria Delgado

Most Improved: Berta Garcia

Most Valuable; Nicole Bloom

Varsity Baseball: Most Inspirational: Kyle Perry (senior)

Most Improved: Mat Gensel (senior)

Most Valuable: Wade Reynoso. Wade also was named Baseball

Player of the Year.

Frosh-Soph Baseball: Most Inspirational: Tim Rivera

Most Improved: Scott Raeside

Most Valuable: Bryon Paulazzo

Boy’s Tennis: Most Inspirational: Ajit Rajput (senior)

Most Improved: Thomas Grana

Most Valuable: Matt Nutini

Badminton: Boys: Most Inspirational; Hector Carlos (senior)

Most Improved: Jay Jai

Most Valuable: Nick Shah (senior)

Girls: Most Inspirational: Anna Borden

Most Improved: Christina Ruetz

Most Valuable: Victoria Sexton

Swimming: Boys: Most Inspirational: Mauricio Schmidt

Most Improved: Matt Gordon

Most Valuable: Justin Endo

Girls: Most Inspirational: Chris Reynolds

Most Improved: Hannah Steiner

Most Valuable: Stephanie Brooks

Golf: Most Inspirational: Eric Webb

Most Improved: Chris MacDonald

Most Valuable: Kevin Ryan (senior)

Track and Field:Boys: Most Inspirational: Leo Salto (senior)

Most Improved: Matt Hunter

Most Valuable: Andrew Hutchinson (senior).

Andrew also recieved the Joe Mann Award

Girls: Most Inspirational: Rebecca Musser

Most Improved; Brooke Rumley

Most Valuable: Mercedes Marchbanks. (senior). Mercedes also

received the Joe Mann Award.

Change Remembered by

Woodside Seniors

By: Nick Mukhar

Student Writer

After attending the same high school for four consecutive years of your life, things can begin to

become very repetitive. One goes to school and sees the same buildings, with the same people,

every day. For the class of 2005 at Woodside High School, that is not the case. Over the course of

four years at the school, this graduating class has seen this school go through a severe makeover.

I, for one, have often found myself pondering all of the changes that have taken place since the

first day of my freshman year. Thankfully, I am not the only one who has witnessed and appreciated

the changes in my surroundings at Woodside.

"I have seen this school go through so many changes, like the front office, and it really is amazing

what they have done to this school in such a short amount of time," said senior Brenda Romero.

Romero has attended Woodside all four years of her high school life, and has also come to

acknowledge the benefits that we have at our school.

Without a doubt, the biggest renovation has taken place in the athletic department, as Bradley Field

now has artificial turf and stadium lights, and the swimming pool is brand new and state of the


" I think the field was very important to us as a football team, " said starting quarterback Julian

Edelman when speaking of Bradley Field. "We were proud of our home field and the turf left us

a much healthier team with a lot fewer injuries than last year.

Although sports has been the big theme at this school, when it comes to renovating and remodeling,

there is also a new performing arts center which opened just a few short months ago situated

at the front of the school.

"The performing arts center is such a great facility for our school to have," said senior Alicia Molin

who has performed in many plays since the grand opening of the newly manufactured building.

"I enjoyed performing in it the few times I

did, and I wish that it was built a little bit

sooner so that I could make even more use

of it than I already have." Still, senior Jarod

Tondino brings up a change that has been

the case for all classes at Woodside.

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"The people have been the biggest change

at this school," he said. "I have seen so many

people grow and find new friends and

become more mature." Maturing in high

school is not only inevitable, but it is key to

the rest of our lives beyond high school.

Some of the maturing process that took

effect at Woodside High School could be

attributed to the faculty that gave us so many

life lessons along the way.

Editor’s note: This is Nick's last article for the

Spectrum as he is heading to college. We wish him

well and honored him with a scholarship check for his

efforts in helping establish the Spectrum in the youth

community. Good luck Nick!

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Celia Holmes of Nelson Staffing Services listens

intently to some business information.

The Redwood City Chamber of Commerce held its

monthly Business Connection at the Sequoia

Building on Broadway. The event was attended by

over 100 politicians and business leaders. Read

more about the event in “As I Was Saying...”.

Under-Sherrif Greg Monks shares a

moment with party host Gus Anagnostou.

Pat Becker and Memo Morantes are caught

off-guard as they enjoy the fun!

Party hostess Lourdes Carini and Frank

Bartaldo enjoy a laugh.

Redwood City’s mayor, Jeff Ira, is a second generation native of the United States.

Born of Sicilian heritage, his father, Fred Ira, and his mother, Jackie, moved to

Redwood City from Bismark, North Dakota, in the 1930’s. Jeff was born and raised

in Redwood City; he married his wife, Joan, here; and he has raised his four children:

Josh, 25; Julie, 20; Joe, 14; and Jessie, 10; here (the keen-eyed reader can see this family

all uses the same monogram: “JI.”) Jeff ’s grandparents lived here, and his parents

currently live here. If ever there was someone who has Redwood City’s interests at

heart, it’s mayor Jeff Ira. Redwood City is not only Ira’s home, it’s his heritage.

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By Valerie Harris

Special to the Spectrum

As a youth, Ira attended St. Pius

Catholic School, and attended

high school at St. Francis High.

After graduating, Ira transferred

to Humboldt State University

near Eureka, majoring in Wildlife.

Some of his friends and classmates

were having problems getting

jobs in that field after graduation,

so Ira changed his major to

business. After a two-year internship,

and passing an exam, Ira

became a CPA (Certified Public


In 1984, Ira joined C G UHLEN-

BERG LLP Certified Public

Accountants & Consultants, located

in Redwood Shores, as a manager.

Three years later, Ira became a partner. In 1997, the Redwood City Council race

opened up and Ira was encouraged to seek a Council seat. With a background in

finance, Ira was well suited to guide the city on budgetary and financial matters. Ira’s

CPA firm audits government agencies, so Ira could use his expertise in analyzing

Redwood City’s finances.

Ira was elected on his first attempt for a Council seat. He has been there ever since,

and plans to run again this November, though he won’t know how many are running

until the end of July. Ira is allowed four 4-year terms before the city charter imposes

termination through term limits.

When asked what Redwood City’s top priority was, Ira stated without hesitation:

“Community involvement!” Ira embraces public inputs, and the city is ripe with programs

for that very purpose. Redwood City’s City Council has implemented two highly

successful programs to educate the public on the inner workings of the city: PACT

and the Community Builders.

PACT is a nine-week seminar offered by the city, that teaches residents the inner workings

of the city. This seminar is held twice a year, and meets one Thursday a week for

the duration. Participants learn about Public Works; the Police Department; the Fire

Department; the City Council; Finance, the Library; neighborhoods; volunteer opportunities;

and everything community related, giving the participants an educational

backbone into the workings of the city.

PACT states: “The more people know about and are involved in City government, the

greater success and health Redwood City can experience. The City’s progress is built

upon our diverse communities, our civic pride, our strong neighborhoods, and each

individual’s sense of responsibility for making the City a better place for everyone –

(sic) we want people to be involved in PACT as one way of strengthening our community,

and building a better City.”

The course is designed to groom future volunteers and leaders of the community, and

the program is working. In the past, when an opening occurred, it could go unfilled.

Ira states: Now for an opening on one of our commissions, we have nine very-qualified


The other city-sponsored program is “Community Builders”. Community Builders is

a guest-speaker forum series, three hours per session, bi-monthly for three months,

held in the spring of the year. The sessions are limited to 100 participants, and the city

requests a non-mandatory $25 fee for food and refreshments. This past spring, community

leaders such as Peter Block, Margaret Wheatley, Angeles Arrien, Juanita Brown,

the job of

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Downtown area, developers are knocking at the door offering to develop and spend

money, when they never did in the past. People from neighboring communities are

now asking Ira when housing is going to be available in the downtown area.

With the impact to parking such an important issue resulting from Downtown redevelopment,

Ira states: “I can usually drive Downtown and park anywhere I want. What

a pleasure it is to have a parking issue. We are actively addressing the parking issues in

the Parking Plan and through parking fees and free parking in lieu of a ten-minute

walking radius. The city owns other possible lots for future parking structures.”

Measure Q was an interesting lesson in measuring the pulse of the community. Ira

considered the project visionary, but took the defeat of the measure in stride. Ira’s goal

is to support the wishes of the community. The next step will be to consider building

housing Downtown to support the rail system and the restaurants and theaters.

Measure Q was valuable because the residents were catapulted into community

activism. “People were coming to meetings and asking questions, which fulfills the

goals of community cooperation,” states Ira. “We want the same goals, and now the

residents are active in the decision-making process.”

Ira was a bit private in recounting the loss of his first wife to heart disease or the death

of his 11-year old daughter to an accident where she was hit by a car while riding a bike.

“I’ve been through so much in my life. When you have family taken away, you realize

how precious life is. There is absolutely no confusion in my goals (for my


Jeff Ira could not be more suited for the job of mayor of Redwood City.

and Dr. John L. McKnight, lectured to the audiences about a myriad of subjects on

community building and community communication. The whole purpose of the

lecture series is civic engagement. The program has been highly successful.

Possibly the best idea put forth by Redwood City is the emailed newsletter, Redwood

City E-News. Ira recalls: “In the past, everyone read the local paper to see what was

going on in the community. My wife is from Keene, New Hampshire. In Keene,

every resident knew what was happening in their community. But today, fewer people

read newspapers. We used to have the Redwood City Tribune that informed

everyone. But today, according to polls, most people get their news from television.

We analyzed possible tools such as mailings, but that did not reach the community.”

So the city embarked on an electronic newsletter via email. The E-News lists upcoming

concerts; schedule of city meetings for the Downtown Precise Plan; the Mayor’s

Beautification Program; community grants; events at the Senior Center; vacancies on

boards, committees, and commissions; and information on upcoming city programs

such as PACT. Residents can send an email to and receive

monthly updates about Redwood City events, or go to

and pull-down the “I want to …” list on the lower right-hand corner of the home

page. Past issues of E-News can be found at the link:

The other major area of interest for Mayor Ira is Downtown development. Ira wants

to transition “Deadwood City” to a bustling and vibrant entertainment destination

spot. The Fox Theatre will provide live entertainment, and the new 20-threatre complex

and mall will draw people downtown for entertainment. Ira envisions: “I want

Redwood City to draw people in for entertainment, have dinner, go to a movie or a

concert, and have drinks in town afterwards. I want people to come here and stay all


Ira notes that since Redwood City has ponied up a substantial investment in the


Nearly $33,000 was distributed by the Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club of

Redwood City to local and international non-profit agencies at a presentation in

front of City Hall.

All recipient groups had their representatives present to accept the checks.

Proceeds are from the Rotary Club's recent "Irish Night" fund-raising event is the

source for these charitable gifts.

The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary club meets each Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. at

the Waterfront Restaurant at Pete's Harbor, 1 Uccelli Boulevard in Redwood City.

For more information about club meetings, contact club president, Lorianna

Kastrop, 368-7143.

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y Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

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Much Ado About Middlefield

the City Council, stating that he “would hope that the City will allow input from our

group and at least call a meeting were we could participate.”

Transforming the east-west segment of Middlefield Road that bisects Downtown into

Theater Way so that drivers can find what will evolve into Redwood City’s theater district

with the multiplex cinema and the historic Fox Theater seemed like a good idea.

But not all the affected businesses on Middlefield knew of the concept, which was

incorporated into a Parking Facilities Agreement ratified by the City Council last year

until a few months ago.

The ensuing controversy played out in earnest this month, and will surely be part of

the City Council’s final call on renaming

the street sometime in July.

“We should have argued about this last

year instead of this year,” Mayor Jeff Ira


Ira was adamant that nothing about the

proposal is set in stone. “This is definitely

not a done deal; there is no commitment

to do this,” he said,.

He explained that turning Middlefield

Road into Theater Way was a concept

raised by the project developer early in

the negotiations with the City and

Redevelopment Agency. When the final

amended Disposition and Development

Agreement (allowing the project to

move forward) was approved in

December 2002, renaming the street was

left out of final negotiations. Instead, an

attachment to the document listed the

“business points” which were agreed on

by the City, the Redevelopment Agency,

the developer, and Century Theaters, the

project’s main tenant.

The Parking Facilities Agreement for the

retail-cinema project, which incorporated

the “business points,” was adopted by the

City Council on June 28, 2004.

Should the street renaming proposal have

been presented to affected businesses on

Middlefield Road last year? Joel

Patterson, Community Development

Services Director, was quite candid when

describing the myriad tasks involved in

preparing for the cinema. “There are one

dozen ordinances and other changes to be put in place before the cinema opens,”

Patterson said. “It (notifying the affected businesses) was considered a smaller issue in

relation to dealing with parking.”

“We are facing the same issues now as we would have faced last year,” Patterson said,

as he acknowledged that City staff should probably have worked with the businesses


Dr. Jeffrey Filippi, Redwood City chiropractor, whose practice spans the past 20 years

at 627 Middlefield Road, agrees. Filippi learned of the street name change from one of

his patients in late March of this year. Taken by surprise, Filippi took his concerns to

Approximately 10 days later, Filippi said, affected businesses were invited to attend

city-sponsored meetings where they could learn more about the potential name change.

The Council absolutely insisted that staff go out and talk to them,” Mayor Ira said,

adding, “we forced them to go out.”

The meeting was attended by Filippi, the owners of his building, neighboring chiropractor

Dr. William Amalu, attorneys Anthony Gibb and Geoff Carr, and a representative

of the Service League, Susan Moeller of the Redevelopment Agency, and John

Anagnostou of the Fox Theatres. It

started, Filippi said, with a presentation

of the “whole scenario of the rebirth of

downtown Redwood City.” He was quick

to note that his group is “all happy about

what’s coming and we support it.”

As the discussion turned to the renaming

issue, Filippi said there was “downright

deception.” The section of Middlefield

from the parking lot to Broadway was

presented to the group as having historical

significance because it was once

known as “Theater Way.” In actuality,

Filippi said, Theater Street was once

behind the Fox Theater (and is now

known as Hamilton Street).

Filippi claimed his group was then told

that Middlefield Road has a “bad image.”

A member of the City Council, he said,

also told him that the street has a “bad


“Do we have racism going on here?”

Filippi asked. “Middlefield is an old area

of Redwood City with a large Hispanic

population.” He expressed concern

about what he felt was an “elitist/racist

attitude” on the part of City Hall. He

added that the he and his neighbors

came away from the meeting “unanimously

against this” (renaming the

street) and “believing it was a done deal.”

Susan Moeller, Redevelopment Director,

did not return a call for comment on

Filippi’s assertions.

When Filippi and his neighbors subsequently

learned that the renaming concept was part of the 2002 agreement and ratified

by the Council in 2004, they took their frustrations to the City Council on June 13. “If

this was in the works in 2002, why didn’t they talk to us about it then?” he said.

For John Anagnostou, the historical problem with Middlefield Road is one of logistics.

“Middlefield Road starts in San Jose,” he said “and runs straight to Redwood City,

where motorists encounter a right turn to continue on the street. People get lost.”

“Everybody who has real estate around here knows there’s a problem.”

Anagnostou contended that he made the original suggestion to rename the street. He

believes changing the street name is a “chance to fix a historical problem.” He envi-

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sions Theater Way leading visitors to “two wonderful theaters’, the cinema and the


They don’t get the picture,” he said of those who oppose the name change. “People

are so worried, but they don’t realize that there will be thousands of cars passing by

their businesses. They need to focus on how to market their businesses to these visitors.”

Adding more fuel to the controversy was a flier that surfaced at City Hall about a

month ago and found its way to Anagnostou a few weeks ago. Titled “Your

Redevelopment Agency Proudly Presents - The Secrets of Shared Parking,” the flier

appears to be an attempt to satirize many of the elements involved in current downtown

projects/conditions. Items included in this piece, which has no identification as

to authorship, include how to find the downtown cinema from the freeway, how to find

a parking space, criticism of developers, criticism of the County practice of releasing

inmates from the County Jail into downtown, and more.

Two of his neighbors agree. “This piece of paper, it’s a joke, isn’t it?” asked Dr. William

Amalu. He also denied any responsibility, saying, “I don’t have time for this nonsense.”

Attorney Geoff Carr laughed and said that the flier “is interesting and appears to have

been done by someone who knows the details of the cinema project. I am not involved

in any way; I have no knowledge of this.”

As all involved await the City Council’s decision in July, those in opposition to the name

change are “frustrated and concerned about how some City staff handle issues and

deal with the public and businesses,” according to Filippi. “The City can bully anyone.

I’m not pleased with how the Redevelopment Agency has handled this matter.”

One particular statement in the piece led Anagnostou to speculate that it came from

those who oppose the name change: “Strategies to understanding the street grid differences

of Redwood City and to “sense” for yourself when your street name may have

just changed, is about to end or has new and confusing left and right turn arrows.”

“This was given to me by multiple sources a few weeks ago,” Anagnostou said. “It is

uncalled for and in very poor taste. These people are speaking out now with anger; they

don’t know what is going on in the city and they’re not asking questions.”

“My style is not to cause wars,” he added. When asked if he had any proof that Filippi

and his neighbors wrote the flier, Anagnostou said, “No, I don’t. I did not say Jeff

wrote the flier. And I don’t have time for this.”

Filippi denied any involvement in creating or distributing the flier. “I swear to you that

I did not write this,” he said.

July 4th Festival

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Celebrate the Fourth of July in Redwood City


7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Benefit Pancake Breakfast

The Peninsula Celebration Association presents the 17th annual Independence

Day Downtown Festival. This event is the complement to the 65th annual

parade. The delights and diversions of the festival are as varied as our Peninsula

community. You will find something for everyone.

The following information is taken from

Entertainment Stage

Arts & Crafts Battle of the Bands


Entertainment Stage

July 4th - Bradford by Jefferson

Emily Lord Band 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Marshall Law Band 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Marshall St. Fire Dept - Benefits Redwood City Firefighters Association

$4/Adults, $3/kids 12 & under

July 4th Festival - 9:00 am

· Over 100 Arts & Crafts Booths

· Great Food - Support your favorite local non-profit organization

65th Annual Independence Day Parade - NEW TIME - 10:00AM

9:30 p.m. Fireworks above the Port of Redwood City

Come see the show VIA magazine picked as one of the "BEST SHOWS IN THE


Bring a radio with you to the Port to hear the show.

Arts & Crafts Booths

A great variety of items, all hand crafted by talented artists will be available for


Items include paintings, fine jewelry, pottery, clothing, flower arrangements,

woodcrafts,sculpture, toys & more! Presented by California Artists*.

* If you are interested in having your hand-crafted wares considered for our festival,

please call Nancy Allie at 650-348-7699.

Battle of the Bands -1:00 to 3:00

California Repercussions .vs Cal-Berkeley vs Who will win? vs Stanford

University vs UC Davis

Don't miss these bands that marched in the parade, taking turns playing their

favorite tunes.

The catch is that they can't play a song that has already been played.

Come and enjoy, then you decide who is the best in the west.

Great Food

Support your favorite local non-profit organization ...

Many of these groups use this event for a major

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June 4 - Attempted Murder

On Saturday, June 4, at approximately 11:43 p.m., Redwood City police officers

stopped a silver-colored Honda that had been traveling without lights and

running red lights along El Camino Real. Immediately after the stop, the driver

jumped out and claimed that one of his passengers had been stabbed and they

were enroute to the hospital. Officers confirmed this and requested medical

assistance for the 16-year-old male victim, who had been stabbed twice in his

left hip area. Officers learned that the victim had been confronted by the

suspect, described as a Hispanic male in his late teens, near the Chevron gas

station (El Camino and Laurel) where the victim was stabbed. At some point, the

victim telephoned his friends, who then arrived in the Honda. Upon doing so, the

suspect jumped on top of the Honda and attempted to again stab the victim

through an open sun roof. The suspect was able to puncture and shatter the

rear windshield before falling off the Honda as it sped away. Language used by

the suspect prior to the altercation indicated that the incident was gang-related.

The victim was transported to Stanford Hospital, where he remained for observation.

His injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

June 5 - Robbery

On June 5 at 4:03 p.m., Redwood City police responded to the Silver Gas Station

at 1603 Broadway on report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.

Officers arrived and contacted the victim inside the station’s convenience store.

The victim explained that the suspect had approached the store on foot, entered

the store, produced a dark colored handgun, and demanded money from the

clerk. The clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of money, and the suspect

fled on foot. The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male, 28-32

years old, wearing blue jeans, a brown sweatshirt, a brown baseball cap, and

sunglasses. No injuries were reported.

June 8 - Fraud/Scam

On June 8 three different Redwood City residents in their 50’s and 60’s were

approached at their residences by a single adult Hispanic male. The male

knocked on the front door and advised the resident that he was there to check

on a report of contaminated water problems in their area. The male would

convince the resident that he needed to check the water in their bathroom, and

lead the resident through the house to the bathroom. While in the bathroom, the

male would continue the ruse of checking for contaminated water, and would

distract the resident by checking water pressure and connections. In one of the

incidents, the resident saw two other subjects inside his residence and chased

after them. The subjects then all got into a dark-colored, full-sized pick-up truck

which was driven by a fourth subject, and left the area. Two of the three victims

realized that property was taken from their residences during the time frame.

June 11-Robbery

On Friday, June 11, at 4:15 a.m., an unknown suspect entered Chuck’s Donuts

at 801 Woodside Road and approached the cashier. While simulating a weapon

in his waistband, the suspect demanded the cashier open the cash register. The

cashier complied, and after doing so, the suspect removed the cash from the

register and fled the scene on foot. The cashier later reported the incident to his

employer, who then notified the police. The cashier was uninjured, and the

suspect has not been apprehended.

June 17 - Sexual Assault, Suspect in Custody In the early morning hours of June

17 at the Garden Motel, 1690 Broadway, suspect Raymond Lewis held the

victim against her will and sexually assaulted her. Lewis ultimately released the

victim, but threatened to harm her if she reported the assault to the police.

Several hours after the incident, the victim contacted police and reported the

crime. The victim was able to provide identifying suspect information to police,

and Lewis was located and arrested for the sexual assault. Police sources said

that Lewis would be booked into San Mateo County Jail. The victim, a Redwood

City resident, did not suffer any life-threatening injuries as a result of the


Anyone with information on these cases is encouraged to call the Redwood City

Police Department at (650) 780-7100.

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A new summer youth program begins this July at Clifford School in Redwood City.

The Spark Program will be launched on July 5, 2005, through a partnership with

the Redwood City School District and Resonate, an educational non-profit based

in Burlingame, CA.

GOALS: Spark aims to engage local youth by helping them pursue their interests

and connect with inspirational community members. Each student is matched

one-on-one with an apprenticeship in their field of interest. For example, one

student will complete a hands-on project at a law office, another will learn to fly

from a local pilot, and several students will apprentice with doctors at local hospitals.

Spark also invites community members from all walks of life to share their

stories and career interests with students. Community leaders such as Ed

Everett, City Manager of Redwood City, and Jane Choi, Director of the Citizen

Schools program, will join Spark to lead workshops. The aim is to offer students

the opportunity and connections to explore their interests, building motivation to

succeed in school and beyond.

WHO: Spark works with middle-school students from Redwood City and surrounding

towns. Spark has a sliding-scale tuition model in order to be provide

access to families of all backgrounds, and most Spark students are from lowerincome


WHEN: Spark runs from 9 am to 3 pm during weekdays from July 5 th to 29 th at

Clifford School. There will be a celebration of learning, called “Discovery Night,”

from 6-8pm on Friday, July 29 th at Clifford School. All community members are

invited to the event, which will be free of charge.

BACKGROUND: Spark was created by two young educators, Christopher Balme,

23, and Melia Dicker, 24. Christopher and Melia came together to create Spark

after working in public schools, Christopher with the Philadelphia Public Schools

and Melia with the Mountain View-Whisman School District. Both educators felt

a pressing need for programs that motivate youth by helping them pursue their


CONTACT: Melia Dicker, Co-Director. Phone: (650) 558-8650. Email:

Soccer Camps Coming to Redwood City

A very special opportunity for Redwood City children to learn the fine points of

soccer from the pros is coming soon. Soccer coaches visiting from Great Britain

will be on hand for week-long camps sponsored by Challenger Sports Soccer

from June 20-24 at Sandpiper Community Center in Redwood Shores and from

July 11-15 at Red Morton Park.

The Monday through Friday camp is open to all kids, with sessions available for

all ages and ability levels. Prices range from $74 for “mini soccer” to $194 for a

full day. Players will receive instruction to improve their footwork, passing, dribbling,

shooting, heading and tackling. During the week, the players will be part

of a program of educational and fun camp break activities, learning more about

the sport of soccer, and about Europe. Every day of the camp the coaches will

go over different aspects of good character that are important in sports and in

everyday life, such as respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and integrity.

To sign up for the camp or for more information, please contact the Redwood

City Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department (650) 780-7311 or

register online at

Challenger Sports Soccer ( is a nationwide network of

sports services for children, parents and coaches, operating tours, tournaments,

clinics, and camps that emphasize constant positive feedback, maximum

participation, and fun and progressive learning of skills through innovative

games and practices.

For more information, contact Jordana Freeman, Community Services Manager,

at(650) 780-7323 .

July Activities at Veterans Memorial Senior Center

“Older California Driver Traffic Safety Seminar,” Free, Wednesday, June 29,

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Sunset Room. The program is sponsored by the

California Highway Patrol and presented by the Senior Volunteers of the

California Highway Patrol. The seminar is designed to help you tune up your driving

skills, refresh your knowledge of the rules of the road and learn about normal

age-related physical changes and how to adjust to changes and be a safer

and more alert driver. To register, call the Senior Center at 780-7270.

Lunch will be served at 12:00 noon in the Redwood Room after the SAIF Lecture

and the Driver Safety Seminar. Cost is $4.50 for lunch, and a reservation is

required by calling 780-7270.

Red, White and Blue Barbecue, Friday, July 1, 11:00 to 2:00 p.m., Redwood

Room “Oh Say, Can You See.” Join the Veterans Memorial Senior Center for a

barbecue in the sun, games, food, fun and music. There will be a special performance

by the Veterans Memorial Senior Center Songbirds. Please be sure to

wear your red, white and blue! The charge is $7 per person. For reservations,

call 780-7270.

“Cancer Update—What Everyone Should Know,” Wednesday, July 6, 10:30 a.m.,

Goldstar Room, Free. Marie Rinaldi, R.N., Mills-Peninsula Health Services, will

provide updates on the most common cancers in San Mateo County: Lung,

Colon, Prostate and Breast Cancer. Cancer screenings and risk reduction will

also be discussed. For those who are interested in staying for lunch, it will be

served at 12:00 noon in the Redwood Room. Cost is $4.50, and a reservation

is required by calling 780-7270.

Continental Breakfast and Presentation by Jean Tinelli, Saturday, July 9, 9:30

a.m. to 12:00 noon, Sunset Room, $4.00. Start your weekend with this very

enjoyable program! Jean Tinelli will discuss the Christo’s Gates in Central Park,

New York, and show a slide presentation. In addition, a healthy and delicious

breakfast will be served. Call 780-7270 for reservations.

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

Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at for information

about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education,

City government, and local business.


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ans line up to watch the Show Biz Dance show at

Carrington Hall

This suspected gang member did not enjoy the rest of

his weekend after encountering Police at a hotel on El

Camino Real.

Past Redwood City Mayors and Council members - (L to R) Ian

Bain, Alicia Aguirre, Dani Gasparini, Bob Bury, Rosanne Foust, Jim

Hartnett, Diane Howard, Dick Claire, Fernando Vega, and Barbara

Pierce help Howard kick off her campaign for re-election.

Veteran Redwood City

Port Commissioner Guy Smith

Announces Resignation

Guy Smith, who has given 37 years in voluntary public service, is stepping

down from the Redwood City Port Commission after nearly 21 years service.

Facing increasing challenges from Parkinson’s disease, Smith has decided to

resign in order to focus his energies on his health and his family.

In addition to 21 years on the Port Commission, Smith served six years on

the Redwood City Planning Commission. He has served as chairman of the Port

Commission on six separate one-year terms and as chairman of the Planning

Commission for one year.

Prior to moving to Redwood City, Smith served as mayor of Lynwood, CA,

where he was on the City Council for four years and on the Parks & Recreation

Commission for six years.

“I can truly say I have enjoyed every

moment of my participation,” Smith said.

“I am very proud of my involvement in

Redwood City for more than a quarter

century. The community has changed significantly

over these years, and I can say

categorically the changes have been for the


Smith said of all his involvement,

the Port Commission has been his favorite.

The Port of Redwood City is very

unique in that the Port is managed like a

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business,” Smith said. “The devotion of

the Commission, staff, and the City

Council to improve the port over the past

two decades is to be commended.”

Smith said the port benefits from having experienced commissioners

“because the continuity in managing with business expertise is essential.”

During his tenure on the Port Commission, the Port has grown by 228% with

revenue increases from $1.6 million to $5.3 million.

Smith is a retired administrative services manager for the formerly-named

Pacific Bell. He and his wife, Donna, have two adult daughters. Smith has lived in

Redwood Shores for more than 30 years, where he has been a director on the Redwood

Shores Homeowners Association.

Unintended Consequences

by W.M.B. Riggen

Change doesn’t come easy, particularly when the change comes slower than a snail’s

pace. And that’s true now in downtown, which is heading into an especially intense

time as construction work really heats up.

It’s understandable, as Judy’s article noted, that because there has been so much for

City Hall staff to handle with the cinema, working with the businesses on Middlefield

Road about the change to Theater Way didn’t rank high on the list of things to do.

Now the law of unintended consequences has played out, and, as the Mayor said in the

article, the argument, or a least a few discussions, should have happened last year.

And it didn’t help much when the absolutely ridiculous flier (Judy was kind enough to

let me read it) brought about more dissention at a time when people need to pull

together. I suspect the author thought his or her words were terribly funny.

Unfortunately, they caused more hurt than chuckles.

The lessons here: Think ahead. Anticipate problems before they happen. And remember

the law of unintended consequences.

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pendent business. When a customer has any concerns, Alpio can be found in his office

between the front desk and the garage. As Alpio states: “I’m always here. At a big

chain of stores, the manager cannot be in nine places at once. I’m the owner and the

owner is here. And the customers know I’m here. (And, because it is a small business)

I sign both the front of the check and the back of the check.”

That commitment to service pays off. Alpio boasts service to third and fourth generations

of customers. “I served the parents, and grandparents, and now the kids and

their kids are coming in to the

shop.” That commitment to

service continues even though

modern cars have become

extremely complex.

Besides general car care,

General Tire also services foreign

cars, trucks, and diesel

engines. The store also provides

customers with three

mobile service trucks.

General Tire is also environmentally

friendly. Tires are

recycled. Great care is taken

never to spill oil or antifreeze,

and those fluids are also recycled.

All cleaning materials are

environmentally approved.

Alpio also maintains a dress code for his thirty-three employees. The employees all

wear the same beige shirts. The customer is given that extra assurance with the cleanliness

and uniform dress. Most of the employees have been with Alpio for years.

Some even moved from Howard Tire to stay under his employ and are still there.

For someone who is so committed to business, Alpio devotes almost as much time to

the community. Alpio is involved in PAL (the Police Activities League) and helped

with developing the new Youth Center. He sponsored CYO golf tournaments and

sponsored Comedy Nights featuring such local talents as Bob Sarlotte, the announcer

for the San Francisco Forty Niner football team. Alpio served as president of the local

chapter of the Rotary Club, and has been very involved in the California Tire Dealers

Association. Through his community involvement and various associations, Alpio has

helped raise over $1.5 million dollars for charitable and community causes.

Sometimes these connections pay off in ways you never expect. Last month, Alpio

took a holiday trip to Washington D.C. Prior to his departure for D.C., Alpio called

some people he knew who could arrange a private tour of The White House. Alpio

left without a confirmed White House tour, but still managed to have a wonderful time

visiting the monuments, and touring the Air and Space Museum and the National

Archives branches of the Smithsonian. “It should be mandatory that every kid visit

the Capitol before graduating high school,” Alpio contends. I saw the actual

Declaration of Independence.” Clearly, Alpio was moved by the experience.

Then the call came … the call, which would allow Alpio to tour the inner sanctum of

the White House. Quickly, Alpio called the Men’s Warehouse, and as advertised, they

outfitted Barbara in a suit and tie in about an hour. Alpio was taken to the West Wing,

to the Oval Office, to the Cabinet Room, the Roosevelt Room, and the Secretary’s

Office. Alpio was even escorted through the Situation Room, swarming with Secret


Before he departed, Alpio was even exposed to high drama. A two-seater plane invaded

the Capitol’s no-fly zone, and he watched as the F-16 jets scrambled on a high-alert

warning. “It was very exciting!” Alpio said.

Alpio does, indeed, lead a charmed life.

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direction. She was no doubt referring to the “Friends of Redwood City” group

that is holding a community forum June 30 in the Main Library Community room.

Howard is seeking her fourth term in office.

* * * *

Speaking of Howard, she recently sent a letter to Redwood City businesses as

chair of the Pride & Beautification Committee, explaining that “tough budget

times” had hit the Mayor’s Beautification Awards program. Howard wrote that

funding for the program has been eliminated in the upcoming budget year.

Howard said that the awards “foster civic pride in or community, help beautify

our entire City, and, of course, recognize people and organizations for their work

to make Redwood City a better, more attractive place to live and work.” She is

hoping that businesses will step up and send tax-deductible contributions to

keep the program alive.

* * ** *

The resistance of businesses in the 500-800 blocks of Middlefield to changing

the name from Middlefield Road to Theater Way does not seem to be because

of the main issue – I mean stationery and such can always be changed – but

how the City works with the business community in general. They feel they have

not been asked or informed to be a part of the process. Sound familiar? That is

exactly what the opponents of the Marina Shores – Measure Q – were saying.

Look for a compromise on the issue and that the street will remain the same

name and Theater Way as an honorary name. As far as the stir about the mock

Redevelopment Seminar flier – looks to me like it was just a satire, and people

should take it for what it is and not themselves so seriously. Lighten up!

* * * *

Dear Colleagues, I am writing to inform you that I have been offered the position

of Chancellor for the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District. That is

how Rosa Perez, President of Cañada College began her letter informing administration

that she was soon to be gone. She called her six years as president the

“most fulfilling ones of my career.” Perez will be at Canada for several more

weeks while Chancellor Ron Galatolo and the Board of Trustees actively considers

an orderly transition plan. Are you wondering how she ended her letter?

“With great respect and fondness” – oh Rosa, we feel the same way baby! And

good luck!

* * * *

Catherine Fraser has been calling business and community leaders asking them

to support her in her bid to grab a seat on the Redwood City School District’s

(RCSD) Trustee board in this November’s election. Fraser has been active in our

community for years, serving various positions with the Chamber. She is retired

and her husband Steve Hall and her just adopted a baby boy. Yes, she is getting

the support she is asking for.

* * * *

There is a lot of activity going on in the RCSD. With the defeat of the Measure V

parcel tax and the District threatening to cut $3.5 million from the budget, which

would have affected class size reduction, music, outdoor education, librarians,

GATE and outreach programs, the District unanimously voted to avoid laying off

at least 57 teachers, drawing money from its reserves to cover funds it sought

from voters. Good for the staff and students, but not a good move if the District

is going to try for another vote on the issue. The naysayers have their ammunition

now in the form of letting voters know that the District threatened cuts

before and came up with the funds and they will do it again.

* * * *

At its June meeting, RCSD board members delayed public comments until some

student awards could be given. Sequoia Healthcare District Trustee Jack Hickey

said he “resented” the move because he said it would take too long, and

stormed out past throngs of parents and teachers, some hissing. Trustees finished

the awards about 10 minutes later and called his name to speak, but he

was gone. Come on Jack, remember patience is a virtue.

* * * *

The one silver lining in the defeated parcel tax is how parents and students are

stepping up and getting involved. Redwood City schoolchildren are coming

together in support of their schools. In a symbolic buy-in, students at all fifteen

RCSD schools donated $2.00 each from their own piggy banks to purchase links

in a paper chain. On Monday, June 13th, students joined their colorful paper

chains with the chains from all the other schools and present one large, unified

chain to Redwood City’s City Council. The money collected is going to the

Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF), which is working to raise emergency

funds to save some of the programs that would have been cut as a result

of the parcel tax measure defeat. That was the kickoff fundraiser for the district

wide grassroots fundraising campaign by the Redwood City Education

Foundation (RCEF). RCEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides

educational enrichment opportunities for the students in the RCSD.

If you are interested in viewing the links, they are on display at City Hall and it

looks amazing. There are also links available for donation at the City Hall receptionist

desk and I for one will be getting a few.

The Redwood City Education Foundation is planning a large benefit concert to

raise money for the district’s instrumental music program. The date is to be

announced, and more information about fund-raising can be found at

* * * *

I am a little confused, so help me out. At a meeting of the Parcel Tax Committee,

a presentation was made by Bryan Godbe pursuant to a taxpayer-funded study

addressing the issue of why Measure V failed. Participating members of the

audience included former Mayors Brent Britschgi, Claire, and Superintendent

Ron Crates. If you will remember, Godbe’s marketing group conducted the study

that assured the tax would overwhelmingly pass. I have a question: Did anyone

question that maybe that data was flawed and should have been part of the new

study? Just a thought!

* * * *

A new Parking Management Plan went to the Council for a receive-only basis. It

is due to come back in July for necessary ordinances after Council gives “direction.”

After reading the report, one must question whether the City gave up too

much in order to get the cinema project. According to the DDA, parking in the

Winslow and Middlefield lots and the Jefferson garage will jump up to $5 per

hour between 5 p.m.-2 a.m., with cinema patrons getting four hours free; others

get validation from participating merchants. Is that suppose to excite us – since

we paid for the parking in the first place?

* * * *

Mayor Ira has been publicly describing “a major developer who wants to piece

together an entire city block for new housing.” Until we find out more about

these Downtown developments and how the precise plan will change things, it

will be difficult to address the need for housing on the bayfront or Downtown as

they are trying to do.

* * * *

Recently, an email circulated among the RCSD parents yahoo group suggesting

that they march naked down El Camino to highlight the fact that their children

have been stripped of their education due to the failed parcel tax and the state

budget cuts. I’m told the email was done in humor, quite tongue in cheek don’t

you think?

Just don’t do it during our Fourth of July activities. The New Year’s baby that

plays with the Los Trancos Marching Band is enough for my stomach.

As I was saying . . .

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Teen Mother Who Dropped Out of Junior High

School Receives Scholarship to Attend

Cañada College

Three years ago, Rocio Aguilar was a 14-year-old junior high school dropout making

unhealthy choices and living life with little ambition. Today, Aguilar is preparing to

enter college to complete her general education requirements and, hopefully, start a

career in health care.

Aguilar’s college dreams are being made a reality thanks to a scholarship developed by

KTVU Television Anchor Leslie Griffith. Aguilar was the first recipient of the Leslie

R. Griffith Woman of Courage Scholarship. Griffith and Cañada College President

Rosa Perez presented Aguilar with the scholarship on June 16 on the front lawn of

Redwood High School campus.

Griffith learned first-hand the hardships faced by teen moms in continuing their education

when she attended last year’s Redwood High School graduation ceremony. The

continuation school has the School-Aged Mother’s Program (SAMP), which Aguilar

attended. Following the ceremony, Griffith asked Perez how she could help.

“I told Leslie how difficult it is for these young mothers to attend college because they

simply can’t afford it,” Perez said. “She wrote me a check for $5,000 and told me to

help any young woman who wished to continue her education at our college.”

The only criteria for the scholarship was that the recipient value education, place children

first in her role as a woman, make significant changes in her own life and/or the

lives of others, and is a role model for other young women.

Aguilar represents those values. While she failed to finish junior high school she completed

high school in three years. She now realizes that an education is the way to a positive

life for herself and her 2½-year-old daughter, Vivian. Aguilar’s daughter attends

the Redwood Child Development Center located on the Redwood High School campus.

It is designed for school-aged parents, staff, and faculty of the Sequoia Union

High School District and is operated by the Family Service Agency. Aguilar has volunteered

at the center for two afternoons a week because she wants to be with Vivian in

a school setting and actively participate in her care. She also wants her daughter to be

ready for preschool.

“This scholarship will help me to be a good role model for my three younger sisters

and my daughter,” Aguilar said. “It also gives me no excuse to not go on to college.”

She is encouraging her sisters, cousins and friends to stay in school and break the cycle

of teen pregnancy in her family and the community.

Denise Plante, principal of Redwood High School, said Aguilar came to the school

when Kathleen Kaz, the school’s California School-Aged Families Education coordinator,

spotted her walking the streets and asked why she wasn’t in school.

“It is with great awe that I have seen Rocio grow and mature successfully in our program,”

Plante said. “To have yet another ‘angel’ guiding her to greater success through

this scholarship is wonderful.”

Aguilar said the turning point in her life came when she began attending SAMP at

Redwood High School in the fall of 2002. Her attendance was dreadful and she was

less than enthusiastic about school but her teacher, Merren Carlson, guided her

through her pregnancy and motivated her to take her education seriously. After completing

the SAMP program, Aguilar enrolled Vivian into the child development center

and began attending the Opportunities Industrial Center West (OICW) Culinary Arts

program in Menlo Park..

Community Reclaims Fair Oaks Elementary

School let out for summer last week at

Fair Oaks Elementary School in Redwood City,

and school administrators said this year might

be remembered for cleaning out teen gang

members, graffiti and vandalism.

The school received a three-year community

policing grant, and the San Mateo

County Sheriff ’s Office assigned a school

resource officer. Fields have been renewed,

there are fewer broken bottles, and leaders said

the community reclaimed the school.

“If you came here a year ago, there

was a lot of drinking, a lot of gangbangers,” said San Mateo County Sheriff ’s Deputy

Encarnacion Gonzalez, who works at the school 20 hours a week. “You can drive

around now and it’s a whole different environment.”

Norte?o gang members often loitered at the school in the past few years,

Gonzalez said, and students and their families were intimidated not to use the fields

after school. Troubled teens used it as a hub.

Maria Diaz-Slocum, a trustee in the Redwood City Elementary School

District, met with parent Josefina Chavez about three years ago. A student had been

killed near the school, Diaz-Slocum said, and it shocked residents into taking action.

Chavez showed her what was broken around the school — and who they feared.

Playing fields were dirty, potholed and dark at night, and families wouldn’t go

near them, especially at night.

There was graffiti, too many speeding cars and other problems in Fair Oaks,

an unincorporated area of the county.

Diaz-Slocum brought some of their concerns to the school district and

changes were made. More parents started to come to board meetings and became

empowered with her help.

A district installed a new field with lights, and the school added afternoon and

evening activities like basketball, English and reading courses.

“We cannot live in fear,” Diaz-Slocum said.

“We have to invite the community to use [the fields] and enjoy them.”

Last fall, Gonzalez started teaching classes and counseling students, and a

series of community meetings followed. Fair Oaks students and parents are about 95

percent Spanish speaking, Gonzalez said, and he drew on some of his experiences

growing up in Hayward to try to build the community around Fair Oaks. He and Diaz-

Slocum speak Spanish.

Houses surround the school, and a series of community meetings led to the

formation of a neighborhood association called the Neighborhood to Neighborhood

Campaign in May. A neighborhood watch also formed.

Fair Oaks Principal Katherine Rivera said community dialogue has grown,

and Gonzalez’ presence alone has deterred crime.

“We’ve seen a big improvement over the last school year,” Rivera said.

However, not all the school’s problems have been solved.

Chavez has been asking the school

board to install video cameras at the school’s

entrance to deter crime. The district installed

security cameras at Kennedy Middle School

and in the hallways of McKinley Institute of

Technology, and Rivera said they could only

help the school security.

The cameras also might last longer

than Gonzalez’s stint, since his job at the

school is federally funding for two more years.

Diaz-Slocum said she would like to open the

fields at Hoover Elementary and Garfield Elementary Charter School next.

Chavez said the new school sign and cameras are expected to be installed in

the fall.

“Our community has been changing a lot and it’s for the good of the kids,”

Chavez said. “They have it a little bit better.”

Editors note: This article first appeared in the Daily Journal.

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A Minute With... Ed Everett

What is your main goal as City


To help Redwood City build a

great community.

One word to describe the

budget effecting City

Government this year?

Better then the last three.

Who is the elected politician

that is the furthest from your


Governor of Wyoming.

Favorite movie?

“Four Weddings and a



“Butterfly Kisses” by Bob


Television show?

Don’t have one.

Do you agree with the Michael

Jackson verdict?

Did not hear the evidence so I don’t


What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Time to appreciate love ones, joy of a

great job and good health.

Ed took over as the City Manager in Redwood City in 1992. The City Manager is the administrative head of city

government. It is the responsibility of Everett to implement all City Council policy decisions and directions, to

provide leadership and direction to department heads and other staff, and to work with both Council and staff

to develop action plans and programs for the operation of the City’s functions. Ed lives in Redwood City and has

two daughters Nicole and Heather.

Which living person do you most


Nelson Mandella.

Which living person do you most


I don’t despise people.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Just read a book – “Greatest

Generation” – so that generation.

What is your treasured possession?

My two children and loved ones.

Which talent would you most like to


To play a musical instrument.

Something no one knows

about you?

I was a Vista volunteer in

Philadelphia for a year and

a half.

In five years from now you

will be?

I never think five years a


In five years from now

Redwood City will be?

A much stronger community

with an absoluty beautiful

and fun Downtown.

If you were to die and come back as a

person or thing, what do you think it

would be?

If it were an animal, it would be an

eagle or bear.

What do you consider your greatest


Personal – Help raising two children.

Professional – Playing a part in helping

Redwood City.

What is the love of your life?

It’s people, the ones I love.

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