Alpio! - The Spectrum Magazine

Alpio! - The Spectrum Magazine


Hail to the Chief…









The Spectrum.MAY.07

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

Valerie Harris

Contributing Writer

Nicole Quasney, Nick Markwith

Student Writers

James Massey

Graphic Artist

DJ Design, Dale McKee

Advertising Graphic Art

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

Table of Contents

Welcome to the May edition of The Spectrum Magazine. Over the next few months, you will see some changes in

our format and we hope you like them. This month is a great issue with several stories and features we know you

will enjoy.

Last month, our cover story on Patricia Miljanich and the Advocates for Children (CASA) program proved to be a

reader pleasure. Miljanich reports she got a lot of positive response and, hopefully, some volunteers and donations

to go along with that.

Our cover story this month is on one of our community’s most active residents and business owners, Alpio Barbara.

You know his business, may know him personally or have heard of his contributions, but Valerie Harris’ story will

enlighten you on why he dedicates so much of himself to others. Enjoy the read.

Publisher Steve Penna discusses the recent controversy about our county sheriff and undersheriff plus a few other

items in his column, “As I Was Saying….” His candid views and opinions will, as always, provoke some conversation

around town.

Contributing Writer Judy Buchan brings our readers the story of two Redwood City youths who are in desperate

need of community support. After reading the challenges they are going through, we hope you will respond in a

giving way and do whatever you can to help out.

Remember the days of experiencing the excitement and sometimes despair of attending school dances? Our student

writers from Sequoia and Woodside high schools both write about their schools’ recent proms and, as you might

imagine, things have not changed that much.

Many of our stories and features come from suggestions from our readers. If you have a story idea, please contact

us at (650) 368-2434 or The Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064. You can also leave comments

or view missed copies of past issues by visiting our Web site at

We encourage you to support community news by filling out The Spectrum’s subscription form on page 32 and have

us mailed to your home each month. We also would like to thank our loyal advertisers for supporting community

news and we encourage you to support them by patronizing them when you can.

All around our city, you can tell summer is near because all the outside activities are starting. The Spectrum and its

staff will be there and we hope you will enjoy some of them too. If not, just pick up next month’s edition to see what

you missed. Enjoy Redwood City!

Inside The Spectrum – 4

And a Little Child Shall Lead Them – 5

“As I Was Saying...” – 7

Cement King – 9

Badges of Sacrifice – 11

Community Interest – 13

Youth: Prom Nights – 14

Parking Meter Times Adjusted – 15

Alpio Barbara (Cover Story) – 18

Nonprofits in Action – 21

News Briefs – 22

Summit Charter School – 27

Shop Redwood City – 29

Cultural Events – 30

Finance – 31

A Minute With Regina Van Brunt – 34


Inside The Spectrum : Our Cover Photo Shoot

After rescheduling the cover photo shoot twice, Publisher Steve Penna finally secured the date of Tuesday,

May 1, at 7:45 a.m. at the Redwood General Tire site on Broadway.

Cover Story Photographer James Kaspar arrived at the same time as Penna, and they both began designating

locations for various photographs. The first in the series was taken in front of the main entrance

with cover subject Alpio Barbara and his sales and mechanical staff. Getting all 27 of them to converge

at the same time and be patient was easier than expected.

After Kaspar took some exterior shots of the building and the big “G” sign, shots were taken of staff inside

all areas of the building. Many of the photos were to be used not only for this issue of The Spectrum but

for the Redwood General Tire anniversary brochure as well.

After about 45 minutes it was time to begin the process of placing Barbara in different poses, atmospheres

and lighting to get the perfect cover shot. As you can imagine, we had several to choose from and we

wanted to capture his real personality in and atmosphere he must call his second home — his business.

Special assignment writer Valerie Harris arrived about an hour and a half after the shoot began. Her

cover story interview began as Penna and Kaspar completed the shoot and left the site.

Many in our community give their time, money and effort to those who are less fortunate, in need of a

little boost, strapped financially or who hunger for the basic needs in life. The Spectrum is pleased and

honored to present such an exemplary person this month.

Barbara has been honored publicly — including the Sequoia Award for Citizen of the Year in 2005

— but those types of accolades are not what is most important to him. Barbara is a true representative

of community giving, and what he receives in return is personal, private and unselfish. Just the way he

wants it to be.

Photography by James R. Kaspar

and a little

Child Shall Lead Them

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer


uietly they meet the daily challenge of just plain living, always with the

knowledge that their medical conditions make each day a precious gift.

Two young Redwood City girls, their families and their community are examples

of courage and commitment that should make us all stand back, take

notice and get involved.

Here are their stories.

Michelle Hosking, born in July 1998,

is in third grade at Our Lady of Mount

Carmel School. Like most girls her age,

Michelle enjoys being with friends, riding

her bike, skating, reading, and arts and

crafts activities — when her health permits.

Michelle was diagnosed with severe

aplastic anemia in May 2006. An Internet

search on reveals

that this disease strikes the bone marrow.

With the disease, the bone marrow

stops making enough red blood cells,

white blood cells and platelets for the body. Any blood cells the marrow does

make are normal, but there are not enough of them. Aplastic anemia can be

moderate, severe or very severe. People with severe or very severe aplastic

anemia are at risk for life-threatening infections or bleeding.

Children of Courage,

a Community of Hope

Doctors performed a bone marrow transplant on Michelle in September

2006 at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto. The cost for this

lifesaving procedure can run approximately $500,000. The transplant helped

Michelle to return to school in March, where she now “participates 100 percent,

even in PE,” according to Development Director Michelle Conci.

But there’s still the matter of $500,000 and expenses for drug treatments.

The Hoskings’ friends, family and the Mount Carmel school community

have set a goal of raising $50,000 for Michelle’s family. So far, Conci said,

they have raised about $25,000. Fundraisers included a Valentine’s Day cupcake

sale that raised $288 and a Fat Tuesday pancake breakfast that brought

in over $2,000. During the season of Lent, when the parish traditionally

collects money for the Holy Childhood Association, the drive was for the

Hosking family instead. And the parish men’s club sponsored a cash raffle

that raised $5,000 for the family.

The most touching fundraiser was the work of a fellow third-grade student,

Julia Pellizzari. It all began with Julia wanting to earn enough money to buy

her friend an American Girl doll. Julia sold lemonade in front of her house

and got help from her family and friends. She recalled that “the doll made

Michelle so happy.” After Michelle’s bone marrow transplant, Julia learned

more about how sick Michelle is and that health insurance does not pay for

all her health care expenses. “I wanted to help Michelle’s parents pay her bills

and make sure they could be with her and not worry about working,” said Julia.

Julia wrote a letter to her family, friends and father’s business colleagues telling

them about her friend and

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Top: Michelle Hosking of Mount Carmel School. Directly Above: Abigail Mendoza (center) with her parents and members of the Redwood City Firefighters.


Publisher Steve Penna


As I arrived at the Palm Springs airport for five

days of relaxation and nonexistence, I got a call

from a county employee who asked me if I had

“heard about” the sheriff and undersheriff. “No

— and I am not going to be drawn into any story

that would have me wanting to hear — but what

should I have heard?” I asked.

The employee informed me that they were in

Las Vegas and that police at a house busted for

prostitution had detained San Mateo County

Sheriff Greg Munks and Undersheriff Carlos

Bolanos. My first thought was, no way, someone

in my media circle is pulling me and getting me

all worked up to distract me from relaxing. Then I

became pissed off because I realized that the person

was telling the truth and I was not in a position

to break the news and beat all the other media

outlets to the story, which I would have done had

I been home. Oh well, it would all be there when I

returned, I thought, and I was correct.

Despite all the rumors that they were actually

arrested, accusations that they knew where they

were going and what for, and assumptions that

one or both of them had a sexual encounter while

at the house, here is what we know as fact. Munks

and Bolanos were in Las Vegas for the 23rd annual

Baker-to-Vegas 120-mile, 20-stage, foot relay race.

Participation in the two-day, weekend race is

limited to law enforcement agencies from around

the world.

The two rented a limousine that Saturday

evening and asked the driver to take them to a

massage parlor because “Munks was sore from

the race,” Bolanos explained to KLAS television

station in Las Vegas. Why he made a statement to

someone other than locally is beyond me.

Munks and Bolanos were detained for a short

time after police located the two at a residence

under investigation by local and federal law

enforcement officers for prostitution and human

trafficking. Neither of the two officials was arrested.

Munks has said that Bolanos did not enter the

residence but waited in the limo.

According to Bill Cassell, public information

officer for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police

Department, police said the two were not given

any special treatment. “They were treated no

differently then anyone else. The target was the

operators,” Cassell said. “All of the customers …

we simply identified them.”

Munks read a prepared apology outside, of all

places, his Redwood City office. I would have

advised him to do so in the press room at 455

County Center, thus removing the situation from

his official office. He stated: “I want to apologize

to my family, the Sheriff’s Office and its fine men

and women, and to the people of San Mateo

County for my lack of judgment and the undue

attention and embarrassment this incident has caused.

“I would not, nor did I, break any laws. Neither

did the undersheriff,” Munks said. “I believed I

was going to a legitimate business.”

The operation that led to this incident was the

result of a two-year joint investigation by Las

Vegas Metro and the FBI’s Organized Crime

Squad. Members of the Metro Vice Section, Gang

Unit and SWAT teams assisted in serving eight

separate search and arrest warrants. The eight

different locations were at either single-family

residences or apartments within a half-mile of

each other on the west side of the Las Vegas Strip.

A total of seven people were arrested on various

prostitution-related charges. Another 25 alleged

prostitutes were taken into custody. Police also

seized $20,000 in cash from all the locations and

3,500 ecstasy pills from one location.

Talk about being in the wrong place at the

wrong time. This has to be up there as one of the

all-time examples.

Bolanos and Munks are known to be the best

of friends. They both rose through the ranks at

the Palo Alto Police Department and, according

to Munks, the two share a brotherly rivalry. They

are frequently seen at lunch or political events


Bolanos served as the Redwood City police

chief for 12 years before Munks appointed him to

his current position after he was sworn in as the

sheriff on Jan. 8. Munks previously served 13 years

as the undersheriff to his predecessor, Don Horsley.

To say that these series of events have cast a

shadow on Munks, Bolanos and the Sheriff’s Office

is like saying San Francisco Mayor Gavin

Newsom should be forgiven for his recent sex

scandal and his total lack of judgment and moral


He admitted to cheating with his best friend’s

wife, a serious no-no between friends of the male

gender and against the religion he so proudly

aspires to. But should he be forgiven and face no

repercussions for his actions because of his honesty?

It is a good start; being honest always is. But

the ultimate repercussion will be at election time,

when the voters that elected him choose to reelect

him or throw him out of office. At least they

have all the facts to make the decision.

I, for one, would not vote for him because he

had the poor judgment to marry someone as

pathetic as Kimberly Guilfoyle — but that is

another story for another column.

The reaction around our community to the Las

Vegas “top cop scandal” has been startling, and

the repercussions are just beginning.

There are those asking Munks to resign or

answer some questions, and if he does not, they

want to organize a recall election. Local media

publications have been running editorials calling

for the same, including caricatures of Munks in

his underwear. Letters to the editor have been

flooding in and Web site blogs are filled with

negative comments. I find most of them tasteless,

but everyone is entitled to opinions.

I got several messages and information via

phone calls (some of them anonymous), e-mails

and letters. I even got one call from an angry

reader who had read last month’s “A Minute

With” and was scolding me for not mentioning

the Las Vegas issue — she was not going to be

reading anymore. Our last issue actually came out

before the trip — get your facts straight.

But most of the word on the street is not good.

Getting back to those rumors, accusations and

assumptions — they are plentiful and being said

at almost every event I have attended and just in

day-to-day conversations. Are they fair? Deserving?

Even justified?

Perhaps the most logical and reasonable statement

from anyone has been from the former sheriff

himself. Horsley cautioned the public against

“ascribing the worst possible motives” to what

happened. I, for one, take that to heart.

I remember a time when I was vacationing with

friends and we pulled over to lodge at an unfamiliar

hotel in Los Angeles. I was sent to the lobby

to ask about price and availability of a few rooms.

Since it was late, there was no one at the front

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Mon - Sat 5 - 9pm

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650-361-8737 •

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with your Parking


• Catering

• In-House Parties


• Takeout

“Cement King” Landscaped

Sequoia High

Joan Levy

Special to The Spectrum


ome of the more elaborate landscaping on the campus of Sequoia High School in Redwood City is

left over from the gardens of an estate, Dingee Park.

William Jackson Dingee has been described as one of the most colorful but also one of the most unscrupulous

of California’s millionaires. His success in business has been attributed to his ability to gain

influence over men in government through generous donations.

The site of Sequoia High School was originally part of the old Las Pulgas Rancho. A section was later

purchased by Horace Hawes and then sold to Moses Hopkins, who built Emerald Lake to supply water

for his horse farm. In 1902, Dingee bought the estate.

He built a home where Sequoia’s main school building is located and put in gardens for Dingee Park.

The house was completely destroyed in the earthquake of 1906, and by 1907 the 3,000-acre property was

sold to a developer.

Dingee was known as the “Cement King” as he owned the Standard Portland Cement Company and

had plants in Napa, Washington state, Pennsylvania and finally in Santa Cruz. Construction of brick and

mortar was giving way in the early 20th century to concrete construction.

Cement is a main ingredient for concrete, so its value was increasing. The United States had begun

work on the Panama Canal and Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and the demand for cement along the Pacific

Rim was booming.

Dingee moved his Santa Cruz operation to the isolated north of town to avoid opposition from townspeople

to the dust and noise. He said he planned to ship his product from a wharf at Davenport. It turned

out that he had also been talking to people about building a railroad.

Southern Pacific presented a plan to build along the coast to San Francisco and an unrelated plan for

the Ocean Shore Railroad along our coast was developing in 1905. Ocean Shore was the first to build

north out of Santa Cruz, and they rushed to get their track built before Southern Pacific laid their track

and took away the lucrative freight business.

The 1906 earthquake delayed the progress of the Ocean Shore line. Rebuilding after the quake also

increased the demand for cement throughout the Bay Area. In July 1907, Southern Pacific completed its

line to the cement plant, and the Ocean Shore freight monopoly was over.

Dingee, meanwhile, had started to build another estate, Cliff Manor, in Santa Cruz. His planned

Moorish mansion was never built, but a modest villa was erected and landscaping was done using mature

plants he moved from his San Mateo County estate.

Dingee had begun his career in real estate in Oakland. In 1884, he had his offices there. He acquired

control of the water supply, establishing the Oakland Water Company in the process. He had an estate in

the Piedmont hills and homes in New York City as well as San Francisco.

In addition to the cement business, he also owned all of the slate quarries that produced the preferred

roofing material of that time. He was a close friend of San Francisco Mayor Eugene Schmitz.

The mayor expressed his gratitude to Dingee for his generous gifts by endorsing legislation that enhanced

Dingee’s business projects and appointing him to the Parks Commission.

Dingee’s complex financial empire began to crumble in 1909, and he finally declared bankruptcy in

1921. He died in obscurity in Sacramento in 1941.

Editor’s note: Articles like this appear in the Monday edition of the Daily Journal newspaper. For more

information on this or related topics, visit the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway,

Redwood City.


Badges of Sacrifice:


onoring peace officers both past and present

and their families, a crowd of around a

hundred gathered at the County Center and San

Mateo County History Museum in the downtown

area on Tuesday, May 8. “In Valor There Is Hope”

was the theme of the program, which included

fallen officers being remembered and prayers said

at the Fallen Peace Officers Memorial Service.

All San Mateo County officers who have placed

their lives on the line were recognized for having

helped ensure the safer existence of our community.

“A peace officer’s job description

is not for the faint of heart and,

for many, the job is a calling.”

Each year the San Mateo County Police Chiefs

and Sheriff’s Association conducts the ceremony

at the History Museum to honor those officers

who have fallen in the line of duty in our county.

This year’s ceremony included a wreath laying

and the posting of colors by the San Mateo

County Sheriff’s Honor Guard, a speech by Chief

Craig Courtin of the Foster City Police Department,

an opening prayer by Pastor Mark Mitchell of the

Central Peninsula Church in Foster City and the

Pledge of Allegiance led by Chief Susan Manheimer

of the San Mateo Police Department.

Local officers “honoring our fallen” included

Sgt. Kathy Anderson and Officer Richard Harrington

of the Redwood City Police Department;

Capt. Mark Hanlon, Lt. Ken Jones, Lt. Gil Rodriguez

and Correctional Officer Overman from the

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office; Sgt. Laura

Clare and Officers Victor Forero, Jeff Egeline,

Tony Tam, Eric Pohrman and Eric Gutierrez of

the California Highway Patrol.

Peace Officers, Friends Attend Annual Service

In the Line of Duty: This memorial is a tribute to the dedicated men and

women of the San Mateo County law enforcement family who have given

their lives to assure a peaceful and orderly society for their fellow citizens.

The San Mateo County Police Chiefs and Sheriff’s Association dedicates

this monument to our fallen brothers and sisters who will forever be in our

hearts. We honor them, for we can do no less.

1888 Jailer George Washington Tallmen

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office

1897 Sheriff William Phillip Mcevoy

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office

1923 Marshal Arthur G. Meehan

San Bruno Police Department

1924 Sheriff Herbert W. Lampkin

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Marshal Albert D. Coturri

San Bruno Police Department

1927 Undersheriff Pierre J. Larrecou

San Mateo Sheriff’s Office

1929 Officer Leland Stanford Bond

California Highway Patrol (State Traffic


1936 Officer Jack Doyle

Daly City Police Department

1939 Officer Herman G. Fleishman

Redwood City Police Department

1944 Traffic Officer Forrest Gerken

California Highway Patrol

1945 Traffic Officer James Dalziel

California Highway Patrol

1953 Officer William Moyle

South San Francisco Police Department

1959 Officer Eugene A. Doran

Hillsborough Police Department

1960 Officer John W. Lyle

Menlo Park Police Department

Officer William E. Pitois

California Highway Patrol

1962 Traffic Officer Dale Krings

California Highway Patrol

1964 Officer Charles Manning

Broadmoor Police Department

1966 Officer Richard J. Klass

Daly City Police Department

1968 Sergeant Gordon Joinville

San Mateo Police Department

1974 Traffic Officer Ralph Percival

California Highway Patrol

1981 Sergeant George L. Garrett, Jr.

Redwood City Police Department

1988 Officer Joel M. Davis

1989 Officer Hugo Olazar

California Highway Patrol

1998 Officer David J. Chetcuti

Millbrae Police Department

2006 Officer Richard A. May

East Palo Alto Police Department


We’re on the move!

After several years in our offices at 570 El Camino Real in Redwood

City, Coldwell Banker has moved our Managers, Agents and office

professionals to 580 El Camino Real in San Carlos.

Our new premier office is devoted to servicing our clients with

integrity and character. Our office, located in beautiful downtown

San Carlos, is within minutes of highway 101, and surrounded by

local restaurants and unique shops and opposite the historic

San Carlos train depot.

If you are looking for a friendly place to serve all your real estate

needs, stop in and say hello.

Redwood City-San Carlos Office

580 El Camino Real, San Carlos

Office: 650.596.5400 • Fax: 650.637.9857


Community Interest

Save the Date

Thursday, June 7, 5:30 p.m.

Create-A-Smile Fundraiser for

Abigail Mendoza

Abigail Mendoza is a 6-year-old Redwood City

girl with an inoperable cancerous brain tumor.

Despite heavy treatments of radiation and chemotherapy,

doctors have advised the family that

there is little hope for recovery. Her mother is on

a nonpaid leave of absence from work in order

to make daily trips to the hospital for treatments.

Her father is working long hours of overtime and

extra shifts to make ends meet, leaving him precious

little time to spend with young Abigail.

The Mendoza family is in a less-than-fortunate

financial situation already. The Redwood

City Firefighters Association’s Create-A-Smile

foundation is holding a special fundraising dinner

and auction to help offset some of the family’s

expenses and give Abigail’s father the opportunity

to spend more time with his very sick daughter.

This special event will take place at A Tavola

restaurant and the adjacent City Center Plaza,

located at 1041 Middlefield Road. Live music,

wonderful food and silent and live auctions will

all help in providing much-needed funds to the

Mendoza family. It’s an incredible opportunity for

the Redwood City community to come together

and help some of our fellow community members

in need.

Create-A-Smile is gratefully accepting donations

of funds and auction items to help the family

and to make this event a great success. Volunteers

who wish to participate in the planning and

implementation of the Mendoza fundraiser are

also welcome. To donate or volunteer, contact

Justin Velasquez, Redwood City Fire Department,

at (650) 868-4270.

July Fourth —

The Main Event

Join Main Street in bringing back an old-fashioned

Fourth of July. Activities include a talent

contest sponsored by the Miss Redwood City

Foundation, local moms selling apple pie, a

watermelon-eating contest, face painting, the

opportunity to throw a pie at the mayor or vice

mayor, various booths with local artists and more.

Complete details will be in next month’s issue of

The Spectrum Magazine. All activities will be on

Main Street.

Port Receives Security

Grant From Department of

Homeland Security

The Port of Redwood City has received a $181,527

grant from the Department of Homeland Security

to improve security in and around port facilities,

Port Commission Chairman Jack Castle announced.

Port Executive Director Michael Giari said that

the funds will be used in three areas: emergency

operations support, landside/waterside intrusion

detection, and training support. Specifically, the

port will acquire emergency equipment including

a portable generator, waterside lighting, one new

guard shelter and improvements to an existing

one, closed circuit television monitors to patrol

the wharves from the guard houses, and a port

vessel for patrol when ships are at dock and upon

arrival. Redwood City was one of 183 ports and

private entities that received a combined $202

million in federal grants to improve security.

President Bush has said, “Protecting our homeland

also requires protecting our seaports. Our

seaports are a gateway to commerce, a source

of opportunity and a provider of jobs. Our ports

could also be a target of a terrorist attack, and

we’re determined to protect them.” Castle said

that the Port of Redwood City has implemented

numerous security initiatives since Sept. 11, 2001,

and lauded Congress and Homeland Security for

providing additional funds to assist security efficiency

at the port.

Teacher Named Local Wal-

Mart Teacher of the Year

Ann Mercurio, a reading specialist working with

children who need one-on-one help with reading

at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Redwood

City, was honored in a surprise ceremony on

Tuesday, May 8 — National Teacher Appreciation

Day — as local Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year.

Parent and employee Diana Silva

nominated Mercurio because “my second-grade

son really struggled with reading since he started

school three years ago. Mrs. Mercurio has made

tremendous progress with him and he is finally

able to read. His progress has been remarkable,

and she has changed his life.”

As part of the Teacher of the Year program,

each Wal-Mart store, neighborhood market,

Sam’s Club location and Wal-Mart distribution

center across America selected a local teacher

winner. Teachers were nominated by members

of the community in February and selected by a

committee of store or club associates. The winning

teachers each received a $1,000 grant for his

or her school, a $100 gift card to buy classroom

supplies, a Teacher of the Year polo shirt and a

personalized certificate.

Teresa Anthony, principal, said, “We are so

blessed and grateful that through the success and

generosity of our fundraisers and donors that we

are able to provide a reading resource program for

children in grades one through five that their parents

might otherwise have to spend thousands of

dollars for. We strive to provide ways for all our

students to be successful learners.” Mercurio has

designated the grant funds to purchase Earobics, a

software program that develops phonemic awareness

and phonic skills, as well as Sunshine level

readers, SRA readers and additional copies of

Newbery and Caldwell award-winning literature.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is a K–8

Catholic school located at 301 Grand St., Redwood

City, and has been serving the Redwood

City community for over 100 years. The school

combines Catholic education with a challenging

curriculum in a community rich in tradition and

with active and supportive parents. For more

information, please call (650) 366-6127 or visit

Water Rates to Be Restructured;

Water and

Sewer Rate Increases Proposed

A new, less complicated and more conventional

rate structure for your water usage bills will be

implemented as of August 27.

Up until now, Redwood City’s water rates have

been based on a “variable usage” rate. Under that

structure, wherever your total usage was, all of

your water beyond the first 10 units (1 unit = 748

gallons) was charged at the rate for that total usage

level. In other words, if your total water use went

just 1 unit into a higher price bracket, then all

the water you used above 10 units got charged at

that higher rate. The new structure simplifies the

calculation of your water bill into a more conventional

set of incremental rates.


During last year’s rate adjustment, the city indicated

that water rate increases would be occurring

each year for the next few years. So, concurrent

with this simplified water rate structure, the city

is considering a slight rate increase: The monthly

basic service charge, which is currently $14.25

per month, is proposed to increase by 9.5 percent

to $15.60 in order to pay for increases in the fixed

costs of providing water to the community.

The monthly “consumption rates” (the amount

you pay per unit of water used) are proposed to

increase by approximately 12 percent to pay for

the purchase and distribution of wholesale water,

capital improvements to the water system and our

water conservation and recycled water programs.


The monthly basic service charge for residential

customers is proposed to increase from the current

$33 to a new rate of $35.66 (an increase of $2.66

per month, or about 8 percent).

Commercial sewer rates vary based on the

type of business. Those with so-called “higherstrength”

wastewater, such as restaurants, pay a

higher usage charge per unit (1 unit = 100 cubic

feet = 748 gallons).

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When the Night Fell at Sequoia Prom

Nicole Quasney

Student Writer

For most juniors and seniors, the best season of the year is Prom Season! It is

a time of excitement, romance and end-of-the-year sadness. At Sequoia, prom

is a very important event that is long awaited throughout the entire year.

Many of the girls start looking for dresses months in advance, just to find the

right one that no one else will have. The boys wait those long months to find

out what their dates’ dresses will look like, just to match perfectly. It is a time

of corsages, dressing up, dates, dancing and money.

This year’s junior and senior prom’s theme was “Al Anochecer,” which

means “When Night Falls.” It was held at the Decathlon Club in Santa Clara

on April 28. The venue accommodated us very well and it looked absolutely

gorgeous. We had many desserts, including tiramisu, cookies, cheesecake,

brownies, a chocolate fountain and marshmallows. The club had its bar open

and happily served us Shirley Temples, sodas and an endless amount of water.

The Decathlon Club is also very unique because it has a two-level dance

floor. It wasn’t a very popular aspect for our student body, because they would

have rather had one dance floor where everyone could have been together.

Nonetheless, it was an interesting twist to an exciting evening.

The word around campus was that this prom was one of the best dances

Sequoia has seen in a long time. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves

and had one of the best nights of their lives.

Woodside’s Prom Was a Night to Treasure

… ARG!

Nick Markwith

Student Writer

After spending $140 for two Woodside High School Prom tickets, I was

handed the ticket to the eventful night. It, itself, was a sight to behold. Rolled

and tied with string, it appeared a pirate’s treasure map. The entire paper took

the form of a tarnished, old-fashioned map, with a country and writing in the

center. As I opened it, it greeted me with, “Ahoy there matey! Ye be invited

for a swashbuckling Prom ‘A Night To Treasure’ that’s set to ride them seas.

Get set to hoist the rigging at the Westin San Francisco Market Street Hotel.

And me galleon sets sails on April 28, 2007 from 8 pm to 12 am. Be prepared

to plunder the booty en’ have a Jolly Roger of a time. So make sures ye wears

yer kit or be prepared to walk them planks.” With such an elaborate ticket,

everyone believed it truly would be a night to remember.

The night began and ended in San Francisco. Most people headed to the

city for a pre-prom dinner, ranging from elegant, expensive restaurants to

the California Pizza Kitchen across the street from the hotel. The hotel itself

“Prom is always a night to remember and a high

school tradition that should never stop.”

glowed and was overflowing with adolescents ready for the night to begin.

Formerly the Argent Hotel, the Westin San Francisco Market Street Hotel

accommodated well, considering the enormous number of people who

walked through its doors. After getting off the escalator necessary to get to

the second floor where prom was held, we were, as is the custom at Woodside

dances, lightly frisked and forced to breathe into a breathalyzer to detect any

pre-prom partying. Once passed through security, we headed into the ballroom.

There was a dance floor placed in the center and a DJ already blasting music.

As if a scene from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” had been splashed into

the room, pirate paraphernalia was scattered within the room, adding to the

theme. Skulls and actual statues of life-size pirates with parrots on their shoulders

were common sightings during the night. Situated around the dance floor

were tables and chairs to place our things and occasionally take a breather

from dancing. Unlike other proms, Woodside’s prom does not offer dinner,

only an array of desserts on the other side of the room.

Music floated through the air as students danced to their hearts’ content,

despite the occasional “Achy Breaky Heart” and swing music. By the time

the dance was halfway through, the music stopped. Alex Purcell and Jen

Harvath were announced Prom King and Queen and were adorned with an

overly large pirate’s hat and other pirate things, respectively. As the night

slowly came to an end, people left happy and ready to continue to party at

their after-prom events.

Prom is always a night to remember and a high school tradition that should

never stop. It might be a cliché at times, but a sprinkle of cliché here and

there cannot hurt. The things that can hurt are the prices for prom. Over $100

for two tickets without dinner? The necessary limousine and pre-prom dinner?

Tux rentals? Prom dresses? As my mom continually reminded me, prom

definitely empties your wallet very quickly. The high prices can be accounted

for. A combination of failed fundraisers, rental for the hotel and the over-the-top

decorations certainly added to the price of each ticket. It seems too much for

a single night. However, as I told my mom, it is only one night and, for the

seniors, it won’t happen again. Prom is an event everyone should experience,

especially seniors, because it will be one of the very few times everyone is

together again.

So, you scallywags, next time you have the opportunity to go to prom,

don’t skip out or it’s off to the planks for you. Arg!

(Community Interest—continued from page 13)

Commercial sewer bills are calculated based on

metered water use, with a minimum charge equal

to the residential basic service charge (which is

proposed to increase to $35.66).

Over the past 10 years, commercial usage rates

have only increased by about 8 percent (less than

1 percent per year), putting the city’s commercial

sewer rates among the lowest in the region. The

city needs to realign commercial rates with the

cost of service, and this will result in an initial

sewer charge increase of between 8 percent and

20 percent for most businesses, with smaller increases

in subsequent years. However, some customers,

such as restaurants, will face substantially larger

initial rate increases as their rates are brought

back up to levels that reflect the cost of service.

For more details on these proposed increases,

read the articles in the May–June issue of “Our

Water Supply” newsletter at www.redwoodcity.


There will be a public hearing on the proposed

water rate and sewer rate increases on July 9 at 7

p.m. at City Hall. If approved by the City Council,

the new rates will be effective on August 27, and

all bills generated on or after that date will be impacted

by the new rates for the full billing period.

Because of our bimonthly billing cycle, for some

customers the new rates will apply to water or

sewer services used as of June 27.

Emergency Preparedness

for Family and Home

In the event of a major disaster, you can be sure

that the staff of the City of Redwood City is doing

all it can to ensure the public safety and is working

hard to restore services and return our community

to normal.

But remember, disaster can strike quickly and

without warning. It can force you to evacuate

your neighborhood or confine you to your home,

and your family may be without basic services

like water, gas, electricity and telephones or access

to stores and other services for several hours

or days. While public safety personnel will be

on the scene after a disaster, they cannot reach

everyone right away.

Therefore, the best way to make your family and

your home safe is to be prepared before disaster

strikes. The Redwood City Fire Department urges

everyone to be responsible for their own and their

family’s safety and emergency preparedness by

taking the time now to plan for such a situation.

Visit the Fire Department’s Disaster Preparedness

page at for lots

of great information on how you can prepare and

make sure your family and home are safe.

Parking Meter Times Adjusted

For Redwood City parking meters, it’s about time — literally.

In response to frustration over the prices and hours of the new downtown parking meters, the city will

trim two hours of enforcement six days a week and leave Sunday completely free.

The new hours — 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday — began Tuesday, May 8.

The adjustment comes after a review of the meters’ use for the past two months, said Project Manager

Dan Zack.

The parking plan requires the city to make changes based on actual conditions at least once and not

more than four times a year. While the tweaks were always part of the plan, the first round comes on the

heels of concerns by residents and business owners about the new system.

The 40 high-tech pay stations handle multiple spaces and are meant to make parking more convenient in

Redwood City’s core downtown area, which includes the 20-screen theater/retail complex and renovated

Courthouse Square. The solar-powered “smart meters” accept bills, coins, credit cards and pre-established

accounts via cellular phone.

They also eliminated time limits, leaving drivers to pay for as much time as needed and even add extra

minutes from any of the new payment units.

The centralized system and staggered prices,

however, confused some drivers along Broadway,

Middlefield Road and Jefferson Avenue and left

merchants unhappy the late enforcement cutoff

might drive away business.

Mayor Barbara Pierce and Vice Mayor Rosanne Foust even attended a meeting of the Redwood City

The new hours — 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Monday through Saturday — began

Tuesday, May 8.

Downtown Business Group to apologize for any difficulty the new meters caused merchants.

Prior to the meeting, Foust didn’t mince words.

The responsibility for the downtown parking and people’s dissatisfaction lies with the council and

we’re very sorry that things haven’t gone according to how we all wanted it to go,” she told the Daily Journal.

According to data from the last two months, Broadway is still nearly full at peak times. The 75-cent

rate seems to hit the mark but 50 cents may be on the high side for streets north. Sunday is the slowest

day, with only about one-third as many cars as Fridays and only half as many as all other days.

On average, 1,700 transactions happen daily and 65 percent of payments are made with coins, followed

by 25 percent by credit card.

The new hours are expected to take about $1,000 from the roughly $9,000 per week generated by

the meters, but Zack notes in a memo to the council that the low revenue is in part due to a slow movie

period, a lack of events at Courthouse Square and an abundance of empty retail space.


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From Malta to Redwood City

Alpio Barbara

Celebrates Life

and Gives Back

Valerie Harris

Special to The Spectrum

Photography by James R. Kaspar


edwood General Tire in Redwood City is

celebrating its 50th birthday this month.

But what do we know about the man behind the


If ever there was a poster child for community

service, it’s Alpio Barbara (known to everyone

as just “Alpio”). He is a fit, trim, energetic

man with sparkling eyes and an abundance of

energy and devotion to his company and his


Barbara was born in 1953 in Malta, a small

island in the center of the Mediterranean Sea.

Malta represents true old-world European values.

Barbara was one of seven children, all born at

home. His mother was a stay-at-home mom.

He recalls, “If you talked to her, she would tell

you that she worked, although the only job she

ever had was for three weeks. My grandfather,

her father, was really mad at her for working.

Women just didn’t work outside of the home.

She was there when we came home

and she made dinner every night. The

love was constantly there.”

When Barbara was 2 years old, his

father, a young merchant marine,

brought his family to the United States

through Ellis Island. The family settled

in San Francisco, where they lived for

the next twelve years before moving to

San Mateo. There, Barbara attended

Aragon High School, then studied

administration of justice at the College

of San Mateo. He wanted to be a cop, until a knee

injury thwarted that dream.

Barbara was always an enterprising and hardworking

kid. He worked in a stationery store and

also had a paper route. He attributes his business

acumen and work ethic to that paper route. He

said, “Working as a paperboy gave you great

business training. You have to be responsible. You

have to deliver the newspaper at a certain time.

I’ve always had a lot of responsibility in my life.

“I was one of seven children, and

we didn’t have the luxury that

children do now.”

I was one of seven children, and we didn’t have

the luxury that children do now. We didn’t have

the time to play after-school sports, which would

have been nice. But, being one of seven children,

if I wanted some spending money, I had to go

out and get it. It made me a bit more responsible.

It’s also the reason I am so involved with kids.

We never lacked food on the table or clothes,

but we didn’t have 15 toys or any excess.”

Barbara connects with kids who need a haven

for activities that more affluent kids can afford.

He believes in these kids and spends most of his

free time to help them.

As a young adult, Barbara lived at home and

turned over all his income to his parents, who

saved it for him. At 21, he had enough money

saved to buy his first house in San Carlos. He

moved to Redwood City in 1973 and has lived

and worked in the community ever since. He

currently lives in the West Oakwood neighborhood

near Selby Lane.

In 1969, when Barbara was 17 years old, he

started working for Al Howard of Howard Tire

Company. He started on the ground floor as a

tire mechanic, then became an auto mechanic.

He was promoted to assistant store manager,

then warehouse manager and then general


In May 1985, at the California State Tire Association

trade show, Barbara chatted with Dave

Redfern, whose father had started Redwood

General Tire in May 1957. After the trade show,

Redfern approached Barbara with hesitation,

figuring Barbara planned to stay put at Howard

Tire. But after some discussion about future


opportunities, Barbara 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,” Barbara recounted. Luckily,

everything since has been a smooth undertaking.

Barbara came in as a partner in General

Tire, and when Redfern retired three years ago,

Barbara bought out the business and now owns

it in its entirety.

Currently the company employs 40 workers,

who Barbara considers his “family.” A hands-on

boss, he truly cares about the personal aspects

of his employees.

While business is a huge part of Barbara’s

life, his true love is community service. He is

involved in the Police Activities League (PAL)

and was responsible for raising millions of

dollars to develop the new youth center at Taft

School. Barbara considers PAL a tremendous

asset to the community. “Kids need a place to

go,” he said.

He sponsors Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)

golf tournaments as well as PAL Comedy Nights

featuring such local talents as Bob Sarlatte, field

announcer for the San Francisco 49ers. Barbara

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 participation

Alpio with Assemblyman Ira Ruskin, San Mateo County Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos and John Adams of Wells Fargo Bank

in various associations, Barbara has helped raise

over $1.5 million for charitable and community

causes, all of which led to him being honored as

Citizen of the Year by the prestigious Sequoia

Awards in 2005.

Barbara’s brothers and sisters all live in the Bay

Area, from San Jose to Discovery Bay. The oldest

is his brother Charlie, who resides in San Jose and

is retired from Interstate Concessions, a canteen

vending business. His sister Mary Spiteri, also

retired, lives in San Mateo and worked at the Pisano

Bakery, formerly in Redwood City. Sister Theresa

Stellini lives in Discovery Bay and is a retired

machinist. Brother Joe, the “family handyman,”

lives in San Carlos and is a senior manager of

operations at Pitney Bowes. Brother Emanuel

(Manny) is a retired educator who was a school

superintendent in San Jose in the 1980s. Barbara

had another brother, the second born, who was hit

and killed by a car when he was 3 years old. He is

buried in Malta.

The siblings didn’t even know about this brother

until Barbara took a trip to Malta in 1978 with his

parents and his brother Joe. “We went to this one

area where you go on this boat, and you go into

these caves filled with water. The boat captain

asked me my name, and I said, ‘Alpio Barbara.’

The captain exclaimed, ‘Barbara! Are you Sgt.



Abigail Mendoza (center) with her father Crispin and businesswoman

Janet Borgens, spending some time with firefighters

Marc Bernall, Bruce Meisenbach and Jason Fox.

John Zerelli and Mike King Jr. serve out some nice beverages.

Norm Gilbert and a surprised Julie Mooney sharing a few

moments together.

Barry Jolette, County Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson and her aide Paula

Duarte share a laugh.

Alpio Barbara : Celebrates Life and Gives Back continued

Barbara’s kid?’ because my father was a policeman back in Malta. I said, ‘Yes, that’s my dad.’ The

captain rowing the boat responded, ‘My God!’ I asked, ‘Why is that?’ When he was 8 years old, he

was in the truck that hit my brother. I get goose bumps when I think of that story. He’s the one who

told me the whole story about my brother being hit.”

However, Barbara has found his true “soul mate” in PAL. With the support of his good friend

Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos, who was formerly the Redwood City police chief, Barbara has thrown

himself into supporting the organization. “Every dime that is raised for PAL goes to PAL. There is no

executive director salary. There are no staff salaries to pay. The Police Department pays for PAL and

its staff. Also, Ed Everett, from the City of Redwood City, helps the city support PAL.” All the effort

is directed to helping kids. Through concerted efforts by the city and the Police Department, along

with contributions from Cargill Salt, San Mateo Credit Union, EA Sports and Stanford Hospital, PAL

raised enough money to build the $4.5 million youth building. Kids can take lessons in karate, dance,

computers, music and more. PAL keeps the kids focused on positive activities and keeps them away

from gangs, guns and drugs. For example, the annual PAL 100-mile motorcycle ride raises $10,000 to

$12,000 and every dime is spent on charitable activities.

A recent health crisis — a very minor stroke — has reordered Barbara’s priorities. The hard-driven

boss, who declares his status with his cell phone ring tone of “Hail to the Chief,” is reflecting on his

life. His parents lived well into old age; his father passed away at 91 and his mother at 88. Neither

parent ever went to see a doctor their entire lives. Barbara hasn’t cut back in his efforts; he has just

reprioritized his life. He loves the kids and loves the community more than ever.

Redwood City is lucky to have such a wonderful patron. As we concluded our interview, Barbara

looked at me, choking back tears, and said, “I am so blessed. I just want to give back.”

Nonprofits in Action


CityTrees is a nonprofit working with the Public Works Department to enhance

and care for Redwood City’s urban forest. They usually plant or prune on the

third Saturday of each month. Please check their Web site (www.citytrees.

org) for a listing of events and dates.

Redwood City Education Foundation

The Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit

organization dedicated to providing students in the Redwood City

School District with a strong education that lays the foundation for future

success. The organization raises private money to provide enrichment programs

to all students in the district. Funding is focused on academic achievement,

music and art, and health and wellness. They are currently seeking new board

members. Board members are responsible for attending monthly meetings,

chairing board committees, participating in fundraising and outreach activities,

and promoting RCEF in the community. If you are interested in serving on

the board, please contact Adam Borison at (650) 363-7271 or

For more information on RCEF, check out

City Talk Toastmasters

Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop communication and leadership

skills. The club meets Wednesdays 12:30–1:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers

at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road. Call Manny Rosas at (650) 780-7468

if you would like to check out a meeting or just stop in. Visit

for more information about the Toastmasters public speaking


Family Service Agency of San Mateo County

Looking for a dependable source of skilled, reliable workers? Family Service

Agency of San Mateo County provides employers with mature, ready-to-work,

experienced workers who are 55 years and older. Employers contact the service

because they appreciate the superior work ethic and the commitment to

quality that mature workers possess. There are no fees for hiring candidates.

Contact Barbara Clipper at (650) 403-4300, ext. 4368, to place your job order.

For those looking for work, Family Service Agency provides a range of

services for those who are at least 55 years of age, including referrals for

classroom training, vocational counseling, job referrals and on-the-job training

for qualified participants. Contact Connie Tilles at (650) 403-4300, ext. 4371,

if you are looking for work.

Friends for Youth

Do you like to play video games, shoot hoops, watch baseball games or just

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

can hang out with a young person like Reggie. He’s a 12-year-old who loves

pizza, baseball and cars. He lives with his grandmother and three sisters and

would love to hang out with a guy. He wants to have fun. There are 30 boys

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

wait more than a year to meet their mentors.

As a mentor with Friends for Youth, you will have access to group activities

like bowling, miniature golf and camping trips, as well as free tickets to Giants,

49ers, Warriors and Sharks games and more. In just a few hours a week

you can make a difference in the life of someone like Reggie by just being you.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, you are invited to attend an information

session. The session lasts approximately one hour and takes place

in Redwood City. Please call (650) 482-2871 for upcoming sessions or e-mail

Hearing Loss Association of the Peninsula

Hearing Loss Association is a volunteer, international organization of

hard-of-hearing people, relatives and friends. The nonprofit, nonsectarian,

educational organization is devoted to the welfare and interests of those who

cannot hear well but are committed to participating in the hearing world.

A day meeting is held on the first Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the

Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. Educational speakers

and refreshments are provided. A demonstration of assistive devices is held

on the first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the second floor conference

room at the Redwood City Public Library, 1044 Middlefield Road.

Please call Marj at (650) 593-6760 with any questions.

Nursing Mothers Counsel

Nursing Mothers Counsel, a nonprofit organization since 1955, provides free

breastfeeding education and assistance by highly trained counselors (moms

who breastfed for at least six months). To speak with a counselor (no fee), call

(650) 327-MILK (327-6455).

NMC also offers free breastfeeding classes. Moms (including babies),

dads, grandmas and friends are welcome. Free breastfeeding classes are held

the first Saturday of each month at Mills Hospital in San Mateo from 10 a.m.

to noon. Call (650) 327-MILK (327-6455) to RSVP.

NMC also has breast pumps and breastfeeding supplies available for purchase

and rent. Call (650) 364-9579. If you’d like to become a trained counselor, call

(650) 365-2713. Visit their Web site at

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

In addition to sheltering and finding new homes for stray and unwanted

animals (100 percent placement for healthy dogs and cats since 2003!), PHS/

SPCA has vital programs for people. New in 2006 and beginning with the

North Fair Oaks community, the shelter began driving its mobile spay/neuter

clinic into low-income neighborhoods, offering owners free “fixes” for their

pets. PHS/SPCA also provides a free animal behavior help line in English and

Spanish. Call (650) 340-7022, ext. 783 or 786. And domestic abuse victims

who wish to leave their abusive situation but are fearful of doing so because

they have pets can receive temporary sheltering for their pets through PHS/

SPCA. Call (650) 340-7022, ext. 330.

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club meets the third Wednesday of each month at

the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave. For more information,

call (650) 366-6371.

Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club

The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered in April 1988. In the years

since that time, the club has met weekly at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast and to hear

a speaker at the Waterfront Restaurant at Pete’s Harbor in Redwood City. The

club, with 22 members, has frequently been honored as an outstanding small

club by Rotary District 5150, which includes San Mateo, San Francisco and

part of Marin counties. For more information or to join, call Fred Wolin at

(650) 329-1013.

Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club

This group is small but has a growing membership. All members either live

or work in our community and share a common goal of making our city a

better place to live. This club is one of over 44,000 Lions Clubs in 199 nations.

Chartered in 1966, the club has been vigorously active helping eyesight-impaired

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

Join them for breakfast! The Lions meet every Wednesday at Bob’s Court

House Coffee Shop, 2198 Broadway, beginning at 7:15 a.m. Call Bill Gibbons

at (650) 766-8105 for more details.

Redwood City Women’s Club

Redwood City Women’s Club meets at the clubhouse, 149 Clinton St., the

first Thursday of each month September through June. Social at 11:30 a.m.

and lunch at noon, followed by meeting and program. For information call

Loretta at (650) 368-8212 or visit the group’s Web site at

Redwood City Rotary

(continued on page 23)


News Briefs

Retired Officer Accused of

Tracking Daughter’s Boyfriend

A retired Redwood City police officer illegally

used the state criminal computer system last year

to track his estranged daughter’s boyfriend as a

way to keep track of her whereabouts, according

to prosecutors who charged him with two dozen

misdemeanors and infractions.

Barry Finch, 55, is charged with 18 misdemeanor

counts of unlawfully receiving records to which

he is not authorized and six infraction counts of

knowingly and without permission accessing a

computer network.

The infractions are alternative ways of charging

the misdemeanors, said Chief Deputy District

Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

If convicted, Finch faces up to six months per


Finch appeared in court for his initial arraignment

on the charges but did not enter a plea, according

to court records clerks. He returned to court May

23 for further arraignment.

On multiple occasions beginning April 14,

2006, Finch used the state criminal history

tracking computer system to pinpoint where his

daughter’s boyfriend was living, according to the

District Attorney’s Office.

The system includes Department of Motor

Vehicles and criminal records.

Finch reportedly used the boyfriend’s location

as a means to track his estranged daughter. Prosecutors

filed charges against Finch April 12 and

ordered him to appear yesterday with attorney

William Rapoport. Redwood City hired Finch in

February 2001 but he retired after the department

began investigating the claims.

The department became aware of the allegations

after the boyfriend discovered Finch knew their

address, Wagstaffe said.

Finch remains free from custody on his own


“Gilligan” Bandit Strikes Again

The “Gilligan” bandit struck again at a Redwood

City grocery store, bringing the total number of

banks he has robbed to five in three weeks.

Wearing a fisherman-style hat, the man strolled

into the Wells Fargo Bank within the Sequoia Station

Safeway at 1071 El Camino Real. He handed

a demand note to the teller and left the bank with

an undisclosed amount of money. He was last

seen walking north through the parking lot.

This is the latest in a string of robberies the man

committed in the last three weeks. He is also believed

to be the criminal who robbed some of the same

banks four to five years ago. Police are hoping

people might recognize one of the photos captured

by bank security cameras and help identify “Gilligan.”

The man is between 45 and 50 years old with a

tan complexion and weighs between 200 and 210

pounds. He has a pot belly, is between 6 feet and

6 feet 2 inches tall and wears a fisherman-style

hat that looks similar to the one worn by Gilligan,

a character from the television show “Gilligan’s

Island.” Police believe he is the same man who

robbed the same banks in 2002 and 2003, said

Redwood City police Detective Jeff Price.

In 2002 and 2003, wearing the same type of

hat, the man robbed banks in Redwood City, San

Carlos, Mountain View, Fremont and Union City.

In the last month, the man has allegedly robbed

two banks in Redwood City and the rest in San

Carlos, Mountain View and Union City, Price said.

On Saturday, April 21, at approximately 11:27

a.m., police said the man robbed the Washington

Mutual Bank, located at 845 Laurel St. in San

Carlos. The man demanded money from multiple

tellers. No weapons were displayed and no one

was hurt during the incident, according to a statement

released by San Carlos police.

On April 28, the same man allegedly robbed

a bank in a Mountain View Albertson’s grocery

store, Price said.

On May 4, just after 2 p.m., the man allegedly

robbed the Fremont Bank inside a Newark Safeway,

Price said.

Just 45 minutes later, the same man robbed

the First National Bank at 700 El Camino Real

in Redwood City. He walked into the bank, approached

a teller, handed over a dark blue canvas

bag and demanded money. He left with an undisclosed

amount of money, police said.

All those banks, except for the San Carlos

Washington Mutual and the Sequoia Station Wells

Fargo, were robbed by a man matching the same

description in 2002 and 2003.

He has a tan complexion, dark brown eyes, a

gray bushy mustache and large cheeks. He was

wearing brown-rimmed prescription glasses.

Anyone with information about these cases

should contact detectives Jeff Price or Ed Feeney

at the Redwood City Police Department at 780-7100.

Competency Questioned

for Accused Baby Beater

The 22-year-old Redwood City man accused

of approaching a mother exiting Safeway and

bashing her 18-month-old baby in the head with

a softball-sized rock for no apparent reason is

unable to aid in his own defense, according to his

defense attorney, who raised questions about his

client’s competency.

Criminal proceedings were suspended against

Jose Rivera Salvador at his preliminary hearing and

he was instead ordered back to court to appoint

two doctors to evaluate his mental state, according

to court records clerks.

If Salvador is deemed competent, he will move

forward with the charges of felony child abuse.

If the doctors believe he cannot help his attorney,

Salvador will be sent to a state hospital for treatment

until he regains his competency.

Competency refers to a defendant’s mental state

at the time of prosecution, while sanity refers

to his or her condition at the time of an alleged


The Sheriff’s Office Transit Unit officers who

responded to the April 20 incident indicated he

appeared to have mental problems, said Chief

Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. that day, a woman

left the Safeway grocery store at Sequoia Station

in Redwood City and was headed to the SamTrans

bus stop with child in hand when Salvador reportedly

approached and hit the child in the back of

the head with a rock. As the toddler bled and the

mother screamed, Salvador allegedly dropped the

rock and silently walked away. He was later discovered

in the Sequoia Station parking lot and arrested.

The child was treated at Stanford Medical Center

and received extensive sutures.

Salvador was charged with assault with a deadly

weapon causing great bodily injury, felony battery

causing great bodily injury and felony cruelty

to a child with great bodily injury. If convicted, he

faces up to nine years in prison.

He has a 1999 conviction for misdemeanor battery.

Salvador, who pleaded not guilty during his

initial arraignment, remains in custody in lieu of

$100,000 bail.

Woodside Student

Escapes Charges

Prosecutors declined to file any charges against a

15-year-old Woodside High School student who

told a school counselor he was considering harming

fellow students, saying there is no proof any

crime was committed.

“It appears he was only thinking about things

and never acted on it,” said Chief Deputy District

Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. “If that was a crime, it

really would be the thought police.”

Police searched the student’s Redwood City

home and three computers after he told the counselor

the previous day he had begun putting a plan

together and had downloaded a map of Woodside

High School.

The boy was placed on psychiatric hold and

taken to San Mateo Medical Center for evaluation.

The student, who is in the ninth grade, reportedly

told his counselor he was thinking about hurting

“disruptive” and “bad” students at the school and

mentioned being able to get information about

explosives from the Internet, according to the

Sheriff’s Office.

(continued on page 24)

Nonprofits in Action : continued from page 21

Redwood City Rotary serves the community by raising $60,000 or more each

year through its July Fourth car raffle to fund college scholarships, support

local charities and provide international relief aid. In addition, club members

volunteer at a host of local events and meet in fellowship each Tuesday at

12:15 at the Sequoia Club, 1695 Broadway, to hear from a variety of interesting

speakers. For more information about joining, please contact Roland Haga at

(650) 482-6300.

Sequoia High School Alumni Association

The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Sequoia

District Board Room, 480 James Ave. All alumni and friends of Sequoia are

welcome to attend. For more information call Nancy at (650) 592-5822, visit

the Web site at or e-mail

Sequoia Stamp Club

This club was established in 1947 and invites community members to visit.

The club meets at the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave.,

every second and fourth Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. There is a program every

meeting and refreshments are served. The dues are only $3 per year. Contact

Hank at (650) 593-7012, e-mail or visit the

group’s Web site at Sequoia Stamp Club sponsors a free

stamp show at the same location on the first weekend of December.

Soroptimist International of South Peninsula

The Soroptimists invite you to become a member of Soroptmist International,

the largest service organization for business and professional women in the

world, where “improving the lives of women and children” has been their

mission since 1921. Soroptimists work through service projects to advance

human rights and the status of women locally and abroad. Soroptimist International

of South Peninsula needs and wants you as a member. While helping

women’s and children’s causes, you will enjoy fellowship and lasting friendships.

They meet the second Thursday of every month. For more information,

please call their president, Maria, at (650) 366-0668, Monday–Friday between

9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Camp near La Honda for needy children, the Optimist Jr. World Golf program,

Challenge Day and many other programs for kids.

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

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

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

Millie Cole at (650) 366-1392 for reservations.

Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club

Since October 1956, the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club and its precedents

have been devoted to community service in Redwood City. Through

the decades, they have provided funds to help many worthy community

programs and continue to add more community projects. The Key Club of

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

Club, was chartered in 1994 and has been involved in raising money and

donating time and effort to many programs.

The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club meets every Wednesday morning

7:15–8:30 a.m. at the Waterfront Restaurant, 1 Uccelli Blvd. (at Pete’s Harbor).

They invite you to come to their meetings and check out the club’s Web site


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

your information printed in The Spectrum, send it to

or The Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA

94064. Let our community know your contributions and maybe they will

want to join you.

(continued on page 25)

Optimist Club of Redwood City

The Optimists invite you to become a member of Optimist International,

one of the largest service organizations in the world, where “bringing out the

best in kids” has been their mission for over 80 years. Whether you’re a club

officer or a club member who enjoys the fellowship and friendship of others

with a common greater good, Optimist International needs and wants you as

a member.

The Optimist Club of Redwood City meets every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m.

at Bob’s Court House Coffee Shop at Middlefield and Broadway. For more

information please call their president, Steve, at (650) 365-8089 or their

secretary, Ted Cole, at (650) 366-1392. Or come join them for lunch to learn

more about how you can make a difference.

Woodside Terrace Optimist Club

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

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

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


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

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

open to the public. All greeting cards are a dollar each. They sell See’s and

other candy bars and hold a See’s fundraiser for holidays. One of their members

makes beautiful necklaces and sells them for $10 or more if one wishes to

make a larger donation to the club.

The club has a tutoring project at Taft School and has contributed to school

libraries, the Children’s Cancer Campaign, the Optimist Volunteers for Youth


News Briefs : continued from page 22

No proof was found he downloaded such information

or had explosives.

The case was turned over to the juvenile division

of the District Attorney’s Office but Wagstaffe

said Thursday it was considered closed.

The Woodside High incident came in the wake

of not only the Virginia Tech massacre but also

the prosecution of a San Bruno man who told a

Kaiser Hospital psychiatrist he drove to Planned

Parenthood with a gun to shoot the doctor who

had performed an abortion on his girlfriend

before changing his mind. That case received

national attention because of its connection to the

controversial topic of abortion and sparked debate

about whether the initially filed attempted murder

charges were appropriate.

A legal case, known commonly as the Tarasoff

ruling, establishes a duty to warn for counselors

or therapists in situations with clear evidence of

danger to the client or others.

“Mr. Universe” Pleads

Not Guilty

The diabetic bodybuilder arrested outside a Redwood

City movie theater by officers who thought

he was intoxicated pleaded not guilty to battery

and resisting arrest but is still hopeful the charges

will be dismissed outright.

Doug Burns, 43, of Redwood City, appeared in

court for the first time since his April 1 arrest and

the subsequent media blitz caused by the alleged

medical misunderstanding of insulin shock and

his position as the reigning Mr. Natural Universe.

“Honestly, I was pretty surprised it still went

to court,” Burns said after his arraignment on the

two misdemeanors.

He believes the district attorney should accept

the word of the paramedics who treated him and a

physician who wrote a letter on his behalf.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe

does not discount the possibility of dropping the

case but needs proof of his diabetic conditions,

such as medical records.

If the prosecution is not satisfied, Burns is

scheduled for a pretrial conference May 30 and

a jury trial July 2. All earlier suggested dates,

Burns said, conflicted with previously scheduled

engagements for diabetic children.

Burns was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 35

years ago, is a board member of the American

Diabetes Association and frequently speaks as a

health and fitness expert at diabetes and medical


As first reported in the Daily Journal April 3,

police said Burns was escorted outside the theater

by a security guard who believed he was intoxicated

and took a fighting stance when officers

were called. Four officers and mace were needed

to subdue Burns, according to police reports.

Burns said any flailing was due to his low blood

sugar, which can lead to seizures and in extreme

cases coma.

A medical test confirmed Burns’ low blood

sugar but he was cited and released on his own

recognizance after being taken to the hospital.

Wagstaffe said the office’s decision to move

forward is based on the belief he was not out of


“That’s not what we see in the police reports,”

he said.

After the incident, Burns weighed civil action

against the Redwood City police but said yesterday

any suits will wait until after the criminal

matters are settled.

Although Burns believes his run-in with police

is unfortunate, he still sees a silver lining: the outpouring

of support and education about diabetic


The reaction has been astounding,” he said.

Jail, Probation in Shooting

Trauma-Related DUI

A 24-year-old man who blamed the trauma of

witnessing a triple-fatal bar shooting for speeding

toward a Redwood City police officer was sentenced

to two months in jail and must pay more than

$32,000 in restitution.

Tomas Lucatero Rodriguez receives credit for

eight days toward his 60-day jail term for misdemeanor

driving while intoxicated, according to

court records clerks. He changed his plea after his

trial began in February in return for no more than

a year in jail and the dismissal of felony charges

including assault with a deadly weapon.

Rodriguez took the offer after a Stanford psychiatrist

testified on his behalf that he was suffering

from an acute disassociative state at the time

and wasn’t aware of what he was doing.

Rodriguez was a customer at the Headquarters

Bar April 15 when gunfire erupted, leaving three

dead and three wounded.

He ran from the bar and fled the scene in his

car. An officer at a nearby DUI checkpoint waved

at Rodriguez to stop but he drove directly at him,

according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Under the terms of his sentence, Rodriguez

must also serve two years supervised probation

and one year court probation.

He opted to serve an extra 14 days in jail rather

than pay a $1,421 fine and was ordered to surrender

July 30. He must pay an additional $32,437.68 in

restitution to a victim’s fund.

He is free from custody on $100,000 bail pending

his surrender.

Meanwhile, the two men charged in the murders

— Rolando Fernandez, 26, and Domingo

Samuel Naranjo, 18 — are scheduled to stand

trial in October. A motive in the shooting remains

hazy but the prosecution contends it started after

two men had an argument and one called his

friends for backup. They face life in prison without

parole if convicted.

Both men remain in custody on no-bail status.

RWC Man Who Died in

Garage Fire Identified

A 54-year-old man died in a garage fire at a

Redwood City home April 13 that left 12 people

displaced when the blaze spread to neighboring


The fire started in the garage of a home at 571

MacArthur Ave.

Manuel Vallejo died in the fire, according to the

San Mateo County Coroner’s Office.

Firefighters first found the interior of the

garage, as well as a storage area to the rear of the

garage, engulfed in flames, Redwood City Battalion

Chief Steve Cavallero said.

Six adults and six children were displaced

from their home at 570 Douglas Ave. after the

fire spread to a room of their home, damaging the

entire home’s electrical wiring, Cavallero said.

Nonprofits in Action : continued from page 23

Left to right: Ella Morris, honoree Doris Rankine, Judy Archibald and Kit Fragulia

Nonprofits in the News

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club celebrated “Federation Day” in April by

honoring Doris Rankine for her 50 years of community service and 50 years

of being a member of PHWC. Doris joined the organization in 1957 and

has been an active member ever since. She has benefited the Redwood City

community over the past 50 years by being a member of many organizations

including Native Daughter, Inter-service Council and Lathrop House.

The slate of PHWC officers for the years 2007–2009 are as follows:

President Margaret Cassetta, First Vice-President Nancy Radcliffe, Second

Vice-President and Membership Chairman Judy Yoakum, Corresponding

Secretary Kathleen Brooks, Recording Secretary Teresa Garcia, Bulletin

Chairman Elaine Raines, Treasurer Kit Fragulia, Auditor Arcie Eppler.

Kiwanis Awards Scholarships to Local High

School Students

The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club of Redwood City has selected 15

local high school students as recipients of their annual scholarship program.

Seniors from Sequoia, Woodside, Carlmont, Castilleja, Junipero Serra and

Menlo-Atherton high schools were honored at the annual breakfast on May

24 at the Waterfront Restaurant in Redwood City.

The following senior high school students have demonstrated academic

achievement and commitment to community service and volunteerism and

will receive these awards:

Phillip and Louise Wang Scholarships

Drew Plak, Carlmont High School; Jordan Sanvictores, Menlo-Atherton High

School; Kara Mantani, Woodside High School; Jessica Brandt, Woodside

High School; Nicholas Markwith, Woodside High School

Yamada Family Scholarships

Johanna Calvillo, Sequoia High School; Wendy Renderos, Sequoia High

School; Viral Shah, Sequoia High School

Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Scholarships

Ryan Duchin, Menlo-Atherton High School; Richard Morowski, Junipero

Serra High School

The Mayers Community Service Award

Polly Tseledis, Woodside High School

The Walter Butler Memorial Scholarship

Nikki Ellis, Woodside High School

The Bogart Family Scholarship

Andrea Isabel Godoy-Orantes, Castelleja School

The Charles and Jean Rigg Scholarship

Max Schneider, Woodside High School

The Maggie Cuadros Memorial Scholarship

Janet Girardot, Woodside High School

Nonprofit Activities

Prune ’N’ Pub with CityTrees

Come prune then enjoy City Pub with CityTrees on Wednesday, June 6. The

group will meet at 6 p.m. for some pruning. Don’t worry; they will teach you

how! Then it’s down to City Pub for some social time together. Community

residents are encouraged to join in the fun. Call (650) 556-9588 for details.

B.O.K. Ranch 22nd Annual Western Day

Sunday, June 10, 12–5 p.m.

1815 Cordilleras Rd., Redwood City

$45 per person; children under 10 free with an adult

Join B.O.K. Ranch for a fun-filled day of student horseback-riding demonstrations,

sheep and duck herding and dog agility demonstrations, children’s

games, silent auction and raffle drawing. Special appearances by the Redwood

City Fire Department, Jerry Mertens and NFL alumni. Live music and

BBQ lunch included. Proceeds benefit B.O.K. Ranch’s therapeutic horsebackriding

program for children and adults with special needs. For more information

call (650) 366-2265 or visit

Kiwanis Car Show and Craft Faire

Sunday, June 24, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Sequoia High School

No gate fee, $30 registration

Award ceremonies, food, autos, arts, crafts and auto vendors. Entertainment,

raffle, safety information. All proceeds go to community projects sponsored

by the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club. Pre-register by June 16 for

early-bird $100 drawing. To download registration forms for car entries and

vendors, visit or call (650) 368-8212. This show

is generously supported by Guaranty Bank and Peninsula Digital Imaging.



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Summit Charter School

Hosts O’Connell

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell

got a lesson in physics yesterday when he sat down on

Summit Preparatory Charter High School junior Nik

Romano’s hovercraft while visiting the school to observe

the hands-on learning style.

The 400-student Redwood City school welcomed

O’Connell by showcasing classes and projects that help

students succeed. The campus tour took O’Connell

through classrooms to watch as students at various grade

levels gave speeches, shared projects and explained why

Summit was a fit for them.

“I’m a big proponent of rigorous education opportunities

for every student. The small size and individual learning

opportunities [are] clearly reaching each student. [Summit]

is a clear example of the three Rs of learning: rigor, relevance

and relationships. The staff is very dedicated and

committed. ... It’s a very good school,” O’Connell said

after his tour.

O’Connell watched as freshman geometry students

critiqued the various end-of-the-year projects. Freshman

Claire Wampler gave her persuasive speech, “Boycott the

bacon,” which gave an overview of the economic, environmental

and health benefits of cutting meat consumption

by 10 percent.

An outdoor physics fair got the most attention. Juniors

created projects incorporating the various elements

learned through the year.

Romano took two months building his hovercraft, inspired

by students who took on the idea last year. He wasn’t

finished until 4 a.m. Thursday. Romano had ridden it only

twice so he wasn’t sure how fast it could go.

Eighteen-year-old junior Zach Shpizner’s physics project — a small mechanical car of

sorts — was tested to see if it could pick up items such as paper clips. It took two tries

before Shpizner was successful as O’Connell watched.

Eighteen-year-old junior Zach Shpizner tests his physics

project while State Superintendent Jack O’Connell

and Diane Tavenner, Summit Preparatory Charter High

School executive director, watch.

O’Connell’s final stop was into a senior seminar class to hear the end of a discussion

on genocide. Students were given the opportunity to share their thoughts on Summit’s

teaching style with O’Connell.

At first students simply said, “It works,” and “We like it.” Senior Patrick Reneau followed

by explaining how Summit differed from his experience at Menlo-Atherton High

School, where kids were segregated.

“You can have one class without dividing people and prepare students for college,” he

said. “It’s been tricky but I think it’s worked.”


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Shop Redwood City : It’s All Right Here!

The Spectrum Magazine has been out in the community, using businesses that not only provide

excellent service but also contribute to our community. Shouldn’t you make the commitment to

shopping locally? Check out our Best of the Best selections.

Auto Care

Redwood General Tire — 1630 Broadway — Whether you are looking

for a new set of tires or need repair work on your vehicle, this Redwood City

institution has been providing quality vehicle services for 50 years. Redwood

General Tire was founded on the premise that good customer service and

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.

Eating and Catering

Canyon Inn — 587 Canyon Road — You will find everything at this

Redwood City favorite. The Canyon Inn is nestled in the small, quiet neighborhood

of Emerald Hills. It’s a popular stop for bicycle touring clubs and

local sports celebrities such as members of the San Francisco 49ers. But

the reputation draws celebrities and personalities from all over the world.

The restaurant is noted for its burgers and beers, most notably the Hacksaw

Burger, a big double cheeseburger named after Jack “Hacksaw” Reynolds.

The Canyon Inn also offers hot and cold sandwiches, hot dogs, fish and chips,

spaghetti, ravioli, lasagna, tacos and quesadillas. If you cannot make it to

the site, they cater all types of parties from business events to home-style


Diving Pelican Cafe — 650 Bair Island Road, Suite 102 — This restaurant

may be the best-kept secret in Redwood City and provides the perfect

atmosphere for get-togethers of any kind. They offer a variety of specialty

items, including eggs Benedict with fresh crab and homemade hollandaise

sauce. They also serve beer and wine, and espresso drinks are available to

go. For your convenience, they have outdoor seating overlooking the water.

Conveniently located half a mile from the freeway, it’s easy to stop by and

visit. Try the famous pear, walnut, gorgonzola and grilled chicken salad. It is

so delicious that people come from all over to enjoy it! They also have a seasonal

specialty, which is mango pasticcio and feta salad with grilled chicken.

People tell us that they want to keep the cafe a secret, because it is such a nice

location with outstanding food. We won’t tell anyone?

Encore Performance Catering — 2992 Spring St. — Owner Dave

Hyman’s menu goes on for eight pages of mouthwatering suggestions for

everything from continental breakfasts to formal dinners. Despite an entire

page devoted just to warm appetizers, these are mere suggestions, and Hyman is

quick to offer additional possibilities to fit any occasion. He also has a strong

sense of community and participates in many community-oriented events.

Additionally, Hyman is proud of the fact that his business products are nearly

100 percent recyclable and leftovers are contributed to St. Anthony’s Padua

Dining Room in Redwood City. Need a caterer for that party or event? Call

Dave at (650) 365-3731.

Little India — 917 Main St. — This stylish Indian restaurant features

a reasonably priced all-you-can-eat buffet for both lunch and dinner. The

home-style food is mainly from the northwest region of India, and items from

other regions of India are also featured. The food is low in fat and sodium.

You can dine in or take out. Senior citizens receive $1 off and children (under

12) dine at half price. Bring your appetite, because you will want to try



Arthur Murray Dance Studio — 2065 Broadway — Put a little

fun in your life; try dancing! Whatever your goal — meeting people, gaining

confidence or preparing for the first dance at your wedding — the expert

instructors can design a customized program that’s just right for you! One

strength of the Arthur Murray system is the wide variety of dances you can

choose from: foxtrot, merengue, waltz, swing, hustle, rumba, cha-cha, tango,

salsa and many more. You can hire genuine Arthur Murray professionals

to teach and dance at your special event. For weddings, hire dance hosts to

come and dance with your guests. For birthday parties, have a group lesson.

Go with the era of your choice for anniversary parties. At business parties,

they will teach your group with fun and flair. For holiday parties, they will

prepare your crowd for the festivities. Hire someone to teach at your ’50s

party, ’70s party or at the theme party of your choice. Take the first step to

years of fun and confidence on the dance floor. Contact Arthur Murray to get

started today. And your first lesson is always complimentary!

Financial Institutions

American Coast Mortgage — Whether you need to purchase property,

refinance or obtain a home equity loan, for over 25 years owner Paul

Sanfilipo has been helping thousands do just that. Call (650) 365-2144 now

for your complimentary mortgage consultation.

Capital Mortgage Lending — 805 Veterans Blvd., #202 — Lourdes

Carini and her team of dedicated loan agents focus on residential lending,

including purchases and refinances. As a mortgage company, they deal with

a large assortment of lenders, allowing them to research the best financing

to meet each client’s individual needs. Carini has over 25 years experience

in the Bay Area financial services industry. The company’s success is based

on referrals, its track record and being accessible to clients. So if you have a

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Cultural Events

Music on the Square Friday

Evenings 6:00-8:00PM

June 1 • Livewire

Six-Piece Dance Party Cover Band

Showcasing an eclectic mix of the best danceable

songs from the 1970s through current dance hits,

the band accurately covers a wide range of dance

music, from Kool and the Gang, Chic and Bon

Jovi to Maroon 5, Gwen Stefani and Weezer.

June 8 • Sun Kings

Beatles Tribute Band

With a repertoire of over 100 songs, the Sun

Kings shine with spot-on arrangements and vocal

harmonies, delivered with a driving energy that

recalls the earliest Beatles shows. The band has

won over fan and skeptic alike with their love of

the music they play and delight in sharing it.

June 15 • Aja Vu

Steely Dan Tribute Band

The SF-based Aja Vu performs the music of

Steely Dan, from “Hey Nineteen” to “Rikki Don’t

Lose That Number.” The Aja Vu show recreates

the combination of rock, jazzy blues and unique

storytelling typical of Steely Dan.

June 22 • Bingtones

R & B With Lots of Horns

Join Bing and the Bingtones as they perform their

style of “rhythmic nighttime music with a soul,”

reminiscent of the great horn groups of the ’70s

and ’80s, such as Tower of Power, Sons of Champlin

and Cold Blood.

Sponsored by the City of Redwood City Redevelopment

Agency. Co-hosted by the Redwood City

Civic Cultural Commission and Redwood City

Parks, Recreation and Community Services.

Art on the Square 2007

Redwood City is fast becoming the Peninsula’s

epicenter for the arts with new galleries and

great places to hear live music. This summer, Art

on the Square 2007 joins the mix. Courthouse

Square will be transformed as fine artists and

crafters exhibit their work in the heart of the

beautifully renovated downtown. Presented by

the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission

and the Redwood City Redevelopment Agency,

the three juried outdoor shows will complement

Music on the Square, the city’s Friday evening

summer concert series. The public can enjoy the

Friday evening art shows from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on

July 6 with Handful of Luvin’ (Seattle-based folk

rock band), on August 3 with Ben Maarcato and

his Mondo Combo (jazz, soul) and on September

21 with La Ventana (salsa rock). And they can

enter a drawing to win gift certificates good that

evening to spend at the show. Artists interested

in having their work considered can download an

application at

San Mateo County History


2200 Broadway, Redwood City

(650) 299-0104,

$2–$4; free for children ages 5 and under

Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

The museum is located in the Old Courthouse

with its historic dome. Its collections include

horse-drawn carriages, models, railroads from

Caltrans and the Ocean Shore Railroad, relics

from San Mateo’s past and lithographic art dating

from 1875.

Ongoing Exhibits

The Great Rotunda — The stained-glass dome of

the rotunda thought to be the largest in a Pacific

Coast public building is the architectural highlight

of the museum building.

Courtroom A — The oldest courtroom in San

Mateo County has been restored to its appearance

in 1910.

Nature’s Bounty — This exhibit gallery explores

how the oldest people of the Peninsula used

the natural resources of the area and how these

resources were used to help build San Francisco

after the discovery of gold in 1849.

Journey to Work — This exhibit gallery shows

how transportation transformed San Mateo

County from a frontier to suburbs.

Carriage Display — An exhibit of the museum’s

30 horse-drawn vehicles.

Charles Parsons Gallery — An exhibit of the 23

historical model ships created by Charles Parsons

of San Carlos.

Politics, Crime and Law Enforcement — The Atkinson

Meeting Room includes the Walter Moore

Law Enforcement Collection of historic badges.

San Mateo County History Makers: Entrepreneurs

Who Changed the World — The exhibit

chronicles the entrepreneurs who made San

Mateo County internationally known.

Land of Opportunity — The exhibit tells the story

of the diverse people who came to the area and

explores how different groups faced hardships

and discrimination.

Living the California Dream — The exhibit depicts

the development of the suburban culture of

San Mateo County.

Special Exhibit

The Celtic Tiger: The Irish Economic Miracle

(ongoing) — The exhibit explores how the Bay

Area has participated in Ireland’s current economic



Service Before Self: 100 Years of Rotary (May

20–Oct. 13) — Items on display include memorabilia,

photography and videos related to the activities

of local Rotary clubs of District 5150.

Immigrants Day Festival

Saturday, June 16, noon to 4 p.m.

The San Mateo County History Museum presents

its second annual Celebration of the Peninsula’s

Diversity: Immigrants Day Festival. About a third

of the population of the ethnically rich San Mateo

County has been born in another country. This is

a historical legacy. As early as 1880, a third of the

population of San Mateo County was born in another

country. A new, permanent, 2,000-squarefoot

exhibit gallery — Land of Opportunity: The

Immigrant Experience in San Mateo County

— within the museum documents this history.

The Immigrants Day Festival will feature, in

addition to the museum’s regular offerings, food

tasting reflecting countries from which people

have historically come to the Peninsula, including

Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Mexico, Japan, China and

the Philippines. Children will try traditional craft

activities like writing their name in Japanese with

a “Fude-Pen.” Cultural dances and other performances

will be staged on Courthouse Square

at the steps of the History Museum. Acts will

include Chinese lion dancing, the Murphy Irish

Dancers and Japanese taiko drums. Readings by

immigrant authors, such as Mexican immigrant

and media personality Rose Guilbault, will speak

about recent experiences.

Admission to the museum will be cut in half for

the day — $2 for adults and $1 for seniors and

students; children five and under are free.

Parking for the museum is free on weekends.

There is a lot directly behind the museum on

Marshall that is designated for museum visitors.

The large county “jury and public parking” area

at 400 Middlefield is also free on weekends. This

lot is only one block from the museum.

Major sponsors of the Immigrants Day Festival

are Safeway and the Redwood City Redevelopment

Agency. For more information call (650) 299-0104.

(continued on page 33)

Finance : To Build Wealth, Look at Both Sides of Balance Sheet

David Amann

Special to The Spectrum

To achieve your financial goals, you need to be a diligent saver and investor.

But you need to do more than just build your assets — you also must do a

good job of managing your debts. If you let your debts get out of control, they

will eventually erode your savings and investments — and when that happens,

the road to financial success can get pretty bumpy.

Unfortunately, your fellow Americans are doing a poor job of saving

money and staying out of debt. Here are some telling statistics:

Debt is rising. By September 2006, household debt had reached 130.9 percent

of disposable income, according to the Center for American Progress. In

plain English, that means we owe about a third more than we have available

to spend after we’ve paid our taxes and met our expenses.

Savings have fallen. For most of 2005 and all of 2006, the personal savings

rate was negative, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Previously,

we haven’t had a negative savings rate since the Great Depression. In

short, we’ve gotten into the habit of spending more than we save.

“While you’re taking steps to cut your costs, you can

still add to your investments.”

These grim figures foretell a discouraging financial future for many of us.

Every dollar you pay for debt is a dollar you can’t use to invest. Furthermore,

if you have too little in savings, you may well be forced to dip into your exist-

(Shop Redwood City—continued from page 29)

Edward Jones — 702 Marshall St., #515 — For decades, Edward Jones

believed in building relationships through face-to-face interaction and adherence

to a strategy of recommending quality investments that have proven

themselves over time. So does Investment Representative David Amann, who

manages the Redwood City office. He understands that this approach might

be considered unfashionable. But if it means helping his clients achieve their

goals, whether for retirement, education or just financial security, it’s an approach

he plans to stick to. Create your financial portfolio now!

Personal Improvement

Redwood Massage & Sauna — 797 Arguello St. — First opened

in 1964 by two Finnish women, this professional facility is now under the

management of Beverly and Harold May. Ms. May is a full-time massage

therapist with almost 30 years of experience. They pride themselves on having

exceptionally talented massage therapists to care for you, trained in a

variety of specialized techniques to improve your circulation, mental clarity

and creativity as well as optimize your overall physical health. Your experience

at Redwood Massage & Sauna will enhance your health and well-being

naturally in the true Finnish tradition of therapeutic massage and sauna amid

clean, comfortable and serene surroundings.

Re:Juvenate Skin Care — 805 Veterans Blvd., Suite 140 — Treat

yourself; you deserve it! Re:Juvenate is owned and operated by Sherna

Madan, M.D., and Linda S. Moore, R.N. Together they have more than 50

years in the health care industry and over 10 years in the field of aesthetics.

Both have lived and worked in the community for the majority of those years.

When a consumer is looking for a facility that offers a list of services that are

so personal, name recognition and reputation are of the utmost importance.

Relationships are formed quickly, and trust is a huge part of the equation.

Whether you are seeing a Re:Juvenate clinician for acne, sun damage, skin

tightening, wrinkle reduction or laser hair removal, the process starts with a

complimentary consultation with a member of the aesthetic staff. Call (650)

261-0500 and mention The Spectrum Magazine.

ing investments to pay for short-term needs, such as a car repair or an expensive

new appliance. And the more you take from your investments today, the

less you will have available tomorrow — when you might need the money to

help pay for retirement or your children’s college tuition.

So what can you do to protect your savings and investments against the

demands of debt? You probably already are familiar with some steps you can

take to cut costs: Extend the life of your old car, eat out less often, look for

cheaper phone and cable service, etc. In short, review your entire lifestyle

and try to separate the “nice to have” items from the “must have” ones. If you

can reduce your expenses, you can start whittling away at your debt.

While you’re taking steps to cut your costs, you can still add to your investments.

How? For starters, increase your contributions to your 401(k) or other

employer-sponsored retirement plan every time you get a raise. Until you

retire, you generally won’t be able to access this money without taking a big

tax hit, so you won’t be tempted to “raid” your 401(k) to pay off debts. (You

can, however, typically take loans from a 401(k) or similar account.)

You also may want to “pay yourself first.” Each month, before you pay

the mortgage, the utility companies and your other obligations, set aside an

amount for your investments. It’s easier if you set up a bank authorization

to move the money directly into the investment you choose. By having the

money taken out this way, you are less likely to “miss” it — and, hopefully,

you’ll be less likely to look at it as a source of funding for your daily life.

By cutting your debts, boosting your 401(k) contributions and paying yourself

first, you can help yourself get a firmer grip on your financial situation

— today and tomorrow.

Warren Street Chiropractic — 520 Warren St. — Warren Street

Chiropractic Wellness and Injury Center was formerly Lease Chiropractic

Offices, owned and operated by Timothy H. Lease, D.C. Dr. Lease is beginning

his 22nd year of practice and has a very broad patient base, from infants to

folks in their 90s. Cases include work injury (workers’ compensation), personal

injury (car accidents, slips and falls, bicycle and pedestrian accidents), carpal

tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, headaches, neck pain, back pain and leg

and arm pain. He has a working network of other doctors and therapists, so

he is able to refer for second opinions or other therapy if appropriate. The office

has six spacious exam rooms, including a massage room.


Lulu’s — 846 Main St. — Lulu’s is the latest and most unique gift store to

open in downtown Redwood City. Owner Nancy Radcliffe has taken 24 years

of design experience to create a collection of cards and gifts intermingled

with eclectic antique pieces, all affordably priced! In addition, Lulu’s carries

everything from baby gifts that put a smile on your face to whimsical

candles. Pamper your dog or cat or find that perfect hostess gift.

Home Improvements

Lewis Carpet Cleaners — 1.800.23.LEWIS — Founder Rick Lewis

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

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

employees and has five working vans, with future plans for expansion and

growth. Lewis moved his business from San Mateo to Redwood City in 1995.

The Lewis family works and lives in Redwood City and has truly made this

town their home. They are committed to the vision and success of our community

and with relentless effort will continue to support the community, devoting

time, energy and services today and in the future. Call and ask about

their Spectrum special. You can get 100 square feet of carpet cleaned for absolutely

nothing. Call today and make your house or living space luxurious!

(And a Little Child Shall Lead Them—continued from page 5)

how she wanted to help. So far she has raised $4,500.

The family continues to work with the Children’s Organ Transplant Association

(COTA), an organization that provides fundraising assistance for children

and young adults needing lifesaving transplants and promotes organ, marrow

and tissue donation. You can learn more about Michelle, her illness and how

you may help by visiting

Donations may be made in person at any Wells Fargo Bank branch location

(to account number 8096484871) or mailed to the Children’s Organ Transplant

Association, 2501 COTA Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403. Checks or money

orders should be made payable to COTA, with “in honor of Michelle Hosking”

written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are

also accepted through the Web site above. All donations will go directly to

Michelle’s fund. Abigail Mendoza had a winsome smile on her face as she

leaned close and whispered, “You know what? I L-O-V-E Y-O-U!”

At the tender age of six years, Abigail was diagnosed this past January

with an inoperable malignant glioblastoma in her brain. An Internet search

on finds glial cells are part of the cells that make up

the nervous system. They surround the neurons and play a protecting and

nourishing role for neuron cells. According to the Web site, glioblastomas are

considered the “most invasive type of glial tumor.” Glial tumors commonly

spread to nearby tissue and grow rapidly.

Abigail’s condition first made itself known when Engine 10 of the Redwood

City Fire Department responded to the Mendoza home for a seizure episode.

Shortly after that visit, Abigail and her mother, Deborah, traveled to Central

Need a ticket to the dinner? Can you help with the logistics? Call firefighter

Justin Velasquez at (650) 868-4270.

So it’s all about courage, commitment and caring. Little children are leading

the way, teaching us lessons to last for a lifetime.

They care so much; they are truly selfless. And this

is all a blessing in disguise. God is using Abigail to

bring people together,”

America to distribute toys to less-fortunate children at a mission they helped

to bring about some years earlier. While in Central America, Abigail began

to experience recurring seizure episodes during sleep. She had a CT scan in

Nicaragua and was told to return to California for an MRI and more extensive

examinations. Doctors at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital found

the inoperable malignant glioblastoma. Abigail is undergoing radiation and

chemotherapy, and doctors have advised the family there is not much hope

for her recovery.

“I felt like life itself had ended,” Deborah said of the moment she heard the

news. “I felt helpless, like I couldn’t do anything.” She has taken a nonpaid

leave of absence from her job to care for her daughter as they make the daily

trips to the hospital. Her husband, Crispin, works long hours of overtime and

extra shifts to try to meet their financial obligations, leaving him precious

little time with his wife and daughter.

Enter the Create-A-Smile foundation, established by the Redwood City

Firefighters Association in 1993. Thanks to the firefighters, Abigail recently

had her 6 1/2 birthday party at Fire Station 9, an event filled with piñatas, a

bounce house, cotton candy, hot dogs, a cake, family, friends and firefighters

(most of whom were off duty and volunteered their time).

And the firefighters are only starting. They have teamed up with the community

to present a fundraising dinner on June 7 for Abigail and her family

at A Tavola restaurant and City Center Plaza in downtown Redwood City.

Featured that evening will be a silent auction, a live auction hosted by Michele

Sharkey of the 49ers Academy, live music from the Back Burner Blues

Band, fabulous food and the opportunity to help a family enjoy the gift of

their daughter for each precious day she has. All donations will go through

the Create-A-Smile foundation into a special account for Abigail at the San

Mateo Credit Union.

“I can’t believe that the firefighters are doing all this,” Deborah Mendoza

said. “They care so much; they are truly selfless. And this is all a blessing in

disguise. God is using Abigail to bring people together,” she added.

(As I Was Saying...—continued from page 7)

desk but a sign displaying the “hourly” and “daily” pricing. Not missing a

beat, I returned to my friends and provided the information they requested.

After they called me naive, laughed at me and pulled me back into the car,

we left and found another place that was not accepting of clients paying by

the hour. What if we had been detained and questioned by police at that time?

I am sure those who found out would have just assumed I was inside having

a sexual encounter while my friends were outside waiting for me or had

finished before I had and had returned to the car.

Regardless, I would have defended my friends and myself, given a complete

explanation and apologized for my stupidity at being in the wrong place at

the wrong time — but I would have come clean, completely, and answered

responsible questions to clear up any implications of wrongdoing.

So, without knowing the complete facts, it is totally irresponsible for

anyone in the media or, for that matter, anyone at all to believe and report

rumors, accusations and assumptions as fact.

What needs to happen here is Munks and Bolanos coming clean and giving

our community a clear explanation of what happened. I am sure their political

advisors are telling them the opposite, but the only thing those people

have invested in them is making more money from them in future elections.

It does no one any good in this situation to stay silent and just hope it all goes

away; it will not.

What has been said to date is not enough of an explanation. There are

serious questions that need to be answered and a respected office that needs

serious image damage control right now.

The chairman of the Port Commission, Jack Castle, who has served for

20 years, was not reappointed to a new term and was replaced by former

Mayor, City Councilman and Planning Commissioner Dick Claire. Only two

positions were up for reappointment, and the results were 6 votes for current

Commissioner Ralph Garcia, 5 votes for Claire and only 3 for Castle.

Whether the council is looking for new blood (Claire — new blood?) or

paying back a political supporter is not clear. Regardless, Claire will bring a

different perspective to the commission — he feels the port should contribute

more money to the city coffers, and we all have to wait and see if he can pull

it off and make a difference. But beyond that, Claire has worked on the campaigns

of Jim Hartnett, Diane Howard, Jeff Ira, Rosanne Foust and Barbara

Pierce (who all voted for him), and those in the know knew he would be

appointed for that reason alone. Especially since it is an election year for the

City Council — Foust and Pierce would not dare vote against him.

But to add insult to injury, Mayor Pierce embarrassed herself and Castle by

recommending to him that he apply for a different board or commission because

he was a valuable asset to the city, just as she slammed the door in his

face and, figuratively speaking, kicked him out of the council chambers. She

does not need to embarrass and patronize a person who has given so much to

this community — just vote and move on. I get so tired of politicians trying

to explain themselves and their guilty feelings when it is not necessary. You

lost his support in this year’s election, so just move on and count the donations


I think I will have to go on vacation more often.

As I was saying…

(Cultural Events—continued from page 30)

Documenting Oral Histories:

Holocaust Survivors’ Stories

Thursday, June 28, 1 to 4 p.m.

The San Mateo County History Museum presents

Dr. Anne Grenn Saldinger, director of the Bay

Area Holocaust Oral History Project (BAHOHP),

who will speak about the importance of oral history

and how to investigate resources for oral history

research (including some Web opportunities).

After the talk, program participants will watch

and analyze an oral history video from the BA-

HOHP archives housed in the History Museum’s

archives. The audience will develop a summary

and index for the video to help researchers find

important information on this tape more easily.

The lessons learned can be applied to documenting

other types of oral histories and using them for


Dr. Grenn Saldinger has been director of BA-

HOHP for over eight years. For the last six years,

she has been running workshops similar to this

one at various colleges in the Bay Area. In that

time, college students have helped the organization

document several hundreds of oral history videos.

This program is free with the price of admission

to the museum: $4 for adults, $2 for students and

seniors. Advance reservations are required since

space is limited. For reservations, please contact

Katrina Donovan at (650) 299-0104 ext. 31.






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A Minute With Regina Van Brunt

Photograph by James R. Kaspar

Regina Van Brunt was born in

Chicago and currently lives in

Menlo Park with her boyfriend

of 16 years, Michael. She has

one daughter, Nicole, and one

granddaughter, Chloe, whom

she calls the “love of my life.”

After graduating from high

school, she attended Foothill

and DeAnza colleges. She is

an administrative assistant at

Arthur Murray Dance Studio

and for the Downtown Business

Group (DBG). She is a

member of the Terrace Kiwanis

Club of Redwood City and

sells Cookie Lee jewelry at the

downtown farmers market on

the second and third Saturdays

of each month.

Why do we need the DBG?

So businesses in the core area can assist and help

one another be successful.

Are there any downtown projects you are

excited about?

Just to see the empty storefronts filled with businesses.

Retail! Retail! Retail!

Parking meters — yea or nay?

Yea! They will bring needed revenues to the city

and, after the adjustment period is over, will solve

the parking issues.

What historical figure do you most identify


Florence Nightingale. I wanted to be a nurse when

I was younger.

What living person do you most admire?

Diane Rummel, San Mateo Historical Museum,

and Karen Francone, Service League of San

Mateo County.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Princess Diana. She helped so many people.

Favorite song?

“Up on the Roof” — The Drifters.

What is your treasured possession?

Jewelry items I have from long ago.

What talent would you most like to have?

To sing better.

Something no one knows about you?

When I was a little girl, I was really shy.

If you could change one thing about yourself,

what would it be?

To be more optimistic at times.

What words or phrases do you most overuse?

I make excuses for people — apologize for their


If you could choose what to come back as, what

would it be?

An angel.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Peace and love in the world.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

That I am still alive.

What is your greatest regret?

To have not spent more time with my family.

What or who is the love of your life?

My mother, daughter and granddaughter.

What is your motto?

One day at a time!

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