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A quiet downtown revolution

Main Street

R e a d y t o B u r s t ?

PAL Boxers

Punching their

way to the top

Is there really a

judge election?

in "As I Was Saying …"

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

May 2006

Vol 2, No. 8

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

Robby Schumacher

Contributing Writer

Valerie Harris

Contributing Writer

Katherine Ehat, Nick Markwith

Student Writers

Dale McKee

Graphic Artist

Damaris Divito

Photography Stylist

Clayton Shyne Ramos

Sales Associate

DJ Design

Advertising Graphic Art

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

Welcome to the May issue of The Spectrum

Magazine. This month we have several stories

with historical themes and some youth profiles we

think you will enjoy reading.

Our cover story is unique this month in the fact that it is

not just on one person but on a block of the Downtown

area that is defying odds and coming back stronger than

ever. Its revitalization is due to the efforts of individual business

owners who have invested their hard earned dollars not

only in the hope of providing a decent income for themselves

and their families, but also to provide services that

will make Main Street a popular destination point for our

community and surrounding city residents.

Publisher Steve Penna’s column, “As I was Saying …,” discusses

the upcoming Superior Court Judge election and several

parties and events that have taken place over the past

month. He will also try to predict the outcome of some of

the June election races.

Our youth writer from Woodside High School writes about

this year’s prom, while our writer from Sequoia highlights

its golf team and coaches.

We also have stories on City Council member Jim Hartnett

and Vice Mayor Roseanne Foust’s relationship and wedding

plans, the county’s crackdown on the Day Laborer Center

on Middlefield Road, two Police Athletic League boxers who

are making quite an impression on the boxing community,

and a event that had hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts

enjoying a long ride to support our community.

We encourage you to support community news by filling

out The Spectrum’s subscription form on page 36. That way

you will not miss an issue of The Spectrum and it will be

mailed to your home each month before it hits the streets.

We would like to thank our loyal advertisers for supporting

community news and we also encourage our readers to support

them by using their services. They provide excellent

services and many are helping our community by volunteering

and supporting our nonprofit, senior and youth groups.

Until next month, Redwood City, enjoy our community!

Table of


INSIDE THE SPECTRUM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

PAL BOXERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

CULTURAL EVENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

DOWNTOWN REDWOOD CITY . . . . . . . . . . .27

LOCAL INTEREST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34

“AS I WAS SAYING ...” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

FINANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33

POLITICIANS IN LOVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15

COVER STORY: MAIN STREET . . . . . . . . . . . . .20

NONPROFITS IN ACTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

REDWOOD CITY YOUTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

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When deciding what or whom each cover of The Spectrum is going to represent,

we try to expose our readers to subjects that are current and

valuable to our community. This is the first time we have featured a subject

other than a person on our cover.

The Spectrum’s publisher, Steve Penna, arranged the photo shoot for Monday,

May 23, at 2 p.m. and called cover story photographer James Kaspar and stylist

Damaris Divito to make sure they could attend. All were in check and met at

Lulu’s gift shop.

Our concept for the cover was to highlight those buildings on Main Street that

have new businesses occupying them, have undergone renovations or hold historical

significance to the area. There is a lot of activity going on in those four blocks.

New businesses are moving in, historical buildings are undergoing renovations and,

in the midst of it all, run-down establishments like the Sequoia Hotel seem to keep

thriving, even though they look like they are just asking for a new life.

Inside The Spectrum:

Our Cover Photo Shoot

Photographer James Kaspar and stylist Damaris Divito scope the cover

Walking down the street, we were all amazed at the lack of visitors. True, some

businesses were closed, as many are in the Downtown area on Mondays. But the

new deli, hair salons and restaurants were open and could have used some company.

That will come!

There is a spirit, an excitement in the atmosphere. Old and new business owners

alike are sprucing up their “homes” and laying out the welcome mat. Soon there

will be a couple more restaurants and businesses, including a pizza parlor, an outdoor

garden bistro and the lovely Alhambra Theatre. All has been done without

big corporation money or redevelopment input.

We are pleased to be able to tell our readers about the past, present and future of

Main Street. When you get a chance, take some time to visit and let them know

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There are many

dedicated athletes

active in

Redwood City’s Police

Activities League.

Recently, I was able to

speak with two accomplished

young men who

have risen to the top of

the boxing program and


On April 22, 11-yearold

Gerardo Godinez,

representing Redwood

City PAL, won the

Norcal Junior Olympics

championship in the

90-pound class. He

scored a unanimous

decision over an opponent

from Novato.

On March 24,

Redwood City PAL’s

Juan Hernandez, 20,

scored a third-round

TKO over Eric Estrada

of San Jose PAL to win

the Open International

class heavyweight

championship at the

San Francisco Golden


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In boxing, you have to be tough; and in the ring,

By Dale McKee

Contributing Writer

both these young men are.

In person, however, they

are friendly and soft-spoken,

with an easy-going

manner. Their coaches,

Rick Nava and Dan

Hance, obviously hold a

great deal of respect for

their fighters — and

have earned the same in

return. Nava has been

with the program for two

years; Hance has done it

for four, coming in as a

former gang task force


“Boxing is the hardest,”


Hance said, “because in any

other sport, you can give like 90 or 95 percent, and a teammate picks it up. In boxing

it’s just you.”

“We’ve had kids that look fantastic out there,” Nava clarified. “Then they get hit,

and they don’t come back.”

“A lot come and go,” said coach Hance. “Not many stick it out. At one point, in

six months, we had 80 kids come through, and maybe eight that stuck it out.”

Gerardo and Hernandez have not only “stuck it out,” they have excelled.

Gerardo has been boxing for a year, during which time he’s had three fights. The

Oscar vs. Vargas fight was what first caught his interest in the PAL boxing program.


Starting out, he found it “a little bit intimidating,” but he stuck with it. There were

three or four kids in his age and weight range, so he had sparring partners, but

among them, he stood out. “I’m 86 pounds, so I spar kids 100 pounds and smaller,”

said Gerardo,

known for his speed

and left jab.

decision and I got that one.

The second one, that

one was harder, because

he was a southpaw,”

Gerardo added, meaning

his opponent was lefthanded.

“I’d never

fought a southpaw

before. I kept on going

back, and I just couldn’t

get out of the corner,

and he kept on nailing


“If you’re mad at something,

you can come

and hit the bag and get

your mind off of it,” he

added, saying that boxing

provides a safe outlet

for aggressions. It

sometimes proves a

challenge to work

around his school and

family schedule, however.

“I have to come

here, then go to school

to study. I go to school

in Sunnyvale. I try my

best to keep up my

grades.” He added that

since he started the

program, his grades

have improved, a comment

his mother, Patty,

is quick to confirm.

Of his three fights,

Gerardo won two and

lost the other to a close

decision. “The first

one, I fought this kid

named Rudy,” he says.

“He’d already won his

first fight. So I just wanted to go in, win … try

winning,” he amended. “It came down to the

His most recent bout in

Concord was against a

familiar opponent with

higher stakes: the Norcal Junior


Olympics championship in the

90-pound class. The youth he fought in his third match was the same boy he’d

faced in his first fight. “It was a rematch. He showed off, and I just got mad and

wanted to nail him,” he added with a smile.

“He listens well,” said Hance. “He’s got the natural ability and he’s able to comprehend

what’s going on, and he adjusts when he needs to.”

Boxing is something Gerardo wants to do professionally. “When he’s not practicing

here, he’s practicing with his dad,” Gerardo’s mother added.

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The positive, the way I see it, is learning discipline and how to work hard,” Nava

said. “When they come in, I tell them, ‘Look in the mirror. Don’t let that person

down. When you’re working out, it’s the same with your homework and everything

else.’ I’ve had some kids come in that were in trouble and were able to

straighten out their lives.”

Gerardo wasn’t one of those troubled kids. He has a very supportive family. He

also has had experiences working with other kids and even mentoring them. “I just

help them,” he added humbly.

Hernandez, now 20, came into the program at 16. “He started fighting competitively

a little over three years ago. He beat the open light heavyweight champion

in a bout before the Golden Gloves, and he won the Golden Gloves. Before that,

he’d had five fights, and he’d won all of them,” Hance explained.

“I was going to Sequoia High School, and a friend invited me to come. I started

there, and I liked it,” Hernandez said. Boxing four years now, he has been in seven

fights — three knockouts, four decisions, all in his favor. Most recently, he won his

Golden Gloves. The program has helped Hernandez with school and his personal

life. “I feel more confident about myself,” he said. “My family is very proud of me

because I’m the first one to do boxing, and also to graduate from high school and

go to college.” Hernandez attends Cañada College and is majoring in architecture.

“Boxing is very good, but it’s a really short career,” he added.

There have been others in the PAL boxing program to earn their Golden Gloves.

“Red won the Golden Gloves, and Jason got to the finals; but Juan had the best

bout. The guy he won the Golden Gloves from just won the Irish national champion

in Boston in a split decision. Historically, the Irish and Mexican boxers that

come here from other countries have been the best,” Hance said. “Juan stopped

him. The Irish national champion.

“When he came here four years ago, he was very mature for his age,” Hance continued,

“but what I’d say is that he paid attention and trained so hard. That’s the

secret. There’s no magic formula. But see, most kids don’t want to do it. They get

hit; they don’t want to take the punishment. When a guy that’s 190 is hitting you,

that’s brutal.”

Hernandez has two brothers and two sisters, and his family is from Michoacán,

where one of his sisters still lives; the rest live here in the United States.

Hernandez is the youngest of his siblings. He enjoys working with the younger

kids in the program and has guided kids at Sequoia to get enrolled.

They have a new category, which is called Open International,” Hance explained.

“You have to be 18 and have five fights to enter. You can’t continue to the

Nationals unless you’re a citizen. A lot of the Open International fighters are much

better than the National.”

There’s this guy, Jim Zimmerman — he’s number two in the country, he’s out in

San Jose — Rick and I feel that in ten more fights, Juan will be ready to fight

Zimmerman,” Hance said. “We could do it in a year. Anybody else here in northern

California 200 pounds or below, I’d have him fight, but it’s just Zimmerman,

he’s had 50 fights and he’s fought internationally. He has way more fights than


“Ten more fights,” added Nava, “or when he looks like he’s ready.”

Hernandez has some excellent, dedicated coaches. “I’m really proud of them, too,”

he said. “They spend their time with me. I really appreciate it.”

“My boxing coach from San Francisco — he wasn’t anyone world-famous, but anyone

who boxed in San Francisco my age or older would know him — he won the

Golden Gloves in ’42,” Hance added. “He won, and he was my coach, and then in

’69 I won, and now Juan won. It’s three generations.”


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Golfing and Good Teachers

at Sequoia

By Katherine Ehat

Student Writer

Week after week the Sequoia High School golf team got ready for practice

only to have the rain interfere. So much rain this season led to a late

start for this golf team. But the late start didn’t slow the team down.

Having won the division last season, the team was moved up to a higher and more

competitive division. This was quite an accomplishment for the team and something

that had not happened in a number of years. The very wet and rainy spring

led to the cancellation of most of the scheduled practice games. Despite this start,

the team did very

well. Three players

advanced to the

final round of the

PAL tournament.

One player, Chris


advanced to the

CCS Regional level,

an achievement not

seen by Sequoia

High School in

many years! Golf

does not have the

level of school spectator


that other sports

have, and golfers go

quietly about their

practices and competitions.

This team and their coach, Jamie Beacom, deserve recognition for their

hard work and perseverance this year. A little more about Beacom… Not only does

he coach the golf team, but he is well known for taking the team to In-N-Out or

California Pizza Kitchen after a victory. Did I mention yet that he is one of the

most loved teachers at Sequoia?

Beacom is not only known around Sequoia for his coaching skills, but is possibly

better known for his teaching in Sequoia’s science department. Sequoia’s science

department is a true gem in the district. Every teacher associated with the department

is highly qualified, and most are published and have received awards. Among

them are two incredible men, Beacom and Mitch Weathers. These teachers are

praised by staff and parents, and any student who has been privileged enough to

have had either as a teacher will give endless praise. These teachers care about the

students as well as the subject matter.

Weathers, a fourth-year teacher at Sequoia, teaches AIS (Advanced Integrated

Science), biology and ICAP (International College Advancement Program) biology.

He has always taught science because he loves science. “It is a subject that offers

students an opportunity to think critically and discover while challenging previously

held beliefs.” There are many things Weathers enjoys about teaching at

Sequoia, including the outstanding staff and students. Sequoia is different from

other schools where he has taught because, “although ethnically, socially and economically

diverse, there is a palpable sense of kindness and one-mindedness on

this campus.” The science department at Sequoia has been described as the best

in the county, and according to Weathers, “this is a result of highly committed,

highly educated teachers who love students and show up every day for the wellbeing

and future success of their students.” Weathers’ love for Sequoia and teaching

is very obvious to any student who has had the pleasure of having him as a

teacher. Weathers also has a very high opinion of Sequoia’s science department

and its new building wing. Not only does the new building have air conditioning,

a great addition to Sequoia, but it provides an “environment for clean, sterile labs

and a lecture format in which there is equality; all students can easily see and hear

what is being presented.”

Beacom, as previously stated, is another gem in Sequoia’s outstanding science

department. He is known and loved all over campus. A student doesn’t have to

have had him as a teacher to be greeted with a friendly smile and be called by first

name. In his 17 years at Sequoia, Beacom has taught science and coached football

and golf. He is currently teaching human biology and AIS, but in the past has

taught chemistry and biology. Beacom enjoys teaching science “because it is the

area that I have studied and liked for many years, including college.” He majored

in kinesiology at UCLA. He believes that science is a class in which students and

teachers “can be active, doing labs and experiments, as well as discuss current

events and topics like biotechnology discoveries, environmental issues or health

science advances.” Beacom’s favorite part of teaching is “seeing students be successful

either by mastering a concept, acing a test, or winning on the playing

fields.” Another of his favorite things about teaching is getting to know the students

and being a part of their lives for their stay at Sequoia. “There are a lot of

great young people here at Sequoia, and I’m glad to know a lot of them, either by

teaching them, coaching them or just by being friendly. I love coming to school to

see the happy students, the friendly and caring fellow teachers, and the always

helpful support staff.” And, Beacom says, “I love coaching JV football and varsity

golf!” Beacom is able to see a great difference between here and the other schools

he’s taught at. In his experience, Sequoia has great resources for the teachers and

students. Especially with the addition of the new science wing, “teachers are never

worried about not having enough school supplies or lab equipment.” In addition,

“each science teacher here at Sequoia has their own room.” At other schools many

science teachers have to “share rooms or have to move around to different classrooms

each day.” Not only has the learning environment improved with the selfdesigned

science wing, the science department is great because the teachers continually

collaborate. As Beacom states, “We have many award-winning science

teachers here; we’re proud of our department.”

Sequoia has benefited greatly by having these two amazing teachers in the science

department. I have been fortunate to have had each of these teachers, and I know

that my four years at Sequoia will be more memorable because of them!

Do You Remember Your Prom?

Fun, Rumors and Excitement!

By Nick Markwith

Student Writer

High school creates many memories for everyone who experiences it. I asked

my dad if he had many memories from high school and after every second

that passed, a smile grew wider and wider, for which Steve Penna is mostly

to blame. And like many other people, my dad answered that one of his more

vivid memories was from his senior prom. Prom is a time of limousines, elegant

dresses, matching tuxedos and pictures galore (not to mention a little bit of dancing).

Woodside High School’s prom was no different.

This year, prom was on Saturday, April 22, at the Regency Center in San Francisco.

With the theme of “Springtime in Paris,” it is not surprising that this location was

picked. Its majestic architecture and delicately carved balcony required very little

decoration, otherwise the natural beauty would have been tarnished. The decorations

that were there consisted of small flower centerpieces on each table and balloons

on the stage. A miniature Eiffel Tower stood in the entrance of the center.

Dinner was not provided,

but there

were various


As my group of

friends slowly

arrived, a parade of

limousines blocked

traffic as Woodside

students got out of

their transportation

and went

inside. A Woodside

tradition for a few

years now, everyone

was patted

down and had to

blow into breathalyzers

as they

entered, a precaution

to avoid any

illegal activities

during the dance.

The front chamber

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of the center was packed with people, mostly couples and groups waiting in line

for unforgettable pictures. After waiting for what seemed like at least an hour or

two, my group of friends entered the main dance floor. The DJ, playing a variety

of music from alternative to salsa to line dances all night long, was up on the stage,

next to balloons and more decorations.

By the middle of the dance, junior and senior prom court was announced. For

those of you who have not realized yet, junior and senior proms are no longer separated.

Junior prom court was announced first. Brieanna Wright and Garrett

Introcaso were crowned princess and prince. Then came the much-anticipated senior

court. Yuni Cisneros and DeShawn Lax were declared prom queen and king.

The juniors and seniors of prom court were the first to dance while the rest quickly

filled in.

The fun-filled night slowly began to wind down. By midnight, juniors and seniors

flooded out and headed to their limos. Some people headed off toward hotel

rooms or people’s houses, but many students headed back home to get a good

night’s sleep.

Rumors have the uncanny ability to spread quickly and without remorse. Rumors

about prom spread like wildfire throughout Woodside when everyone arrived back

at school on the following Monday. One such tale was regarding a small group of

students being mugged by two much larger men in a hotel elevator. Another concerned

a couple that allegedly broke up during prom. Nevertheless, rumors are still

rumors and none of these stories has been verified.

Overall, according to Ms. Mazzei, the student activity coordinator at Woodside, it

was an “effortless prom.” There was only one slight problem. The check-in room

for everyone’s things was hectic because it was such a small room. Besides that,

prom went smoothly.

With just under 700 students attending in couples, groups and a few solos, prom

was a success. Although many students who attended found the music choices to

be random and uninspiring, I am sure we all will be smiling years later when our

children ask about our high school experiences and we reminisce about that night.

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Laborers who stray from the county-operated day worker center are risking a citation

and fine under a proposed ordinance that bans soliciting in roadways and trespassing

on private property.

The Board of Supervisors affected the law regulating exactly where day laborers

can loiter outside the center at 3180 Middlefield Rd. The county center is near the

intersection of Fifth Avenue, close to where many laborers sought work near El

Camino Real. County officials hoped opening the center last May would help both

the laborers and the businesses, which felt the impact of the laborers’ presence.

The county signed a $50,000 contract with El Concilio, a local Latino advocacy

nonprofit, to operate the center but plans to switch the contract to the

Multicultural Institute, a Berkeley-based nonprofit, to run through June 30, 2008.

The new $238,000 agreement accepted in March aims to increase street-based

outreach to laborers and connect workers to training opportunities and social services,

according to a staff report from Human Services Agency Interim Director

Glen Brooks. Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson, who spearheaded the ordinance for

the board, was not available for comment.

Part of the new agreement includes contractors working with businesses in the

North Fair Oaks area to designate multiple loading zones where the laborers will

least impact the surroundings, according to the report. The idea came from a task

force that voiced concern about a lack of enforcement for traffic safety, congestion

and trespassing. The county’s proposal has been in the works for months and mimics

ordinances already in place in the county.

The city of San Mateo opened a day laborer center two years ago and soon instituted

a similar ordinance allowing officers to ticket any workers loitering on the

streets. The proposed county ban notes that the congregation of day laborers in

busy roads leads to hazardous situations and affects traffic. If approved, the ordinance

lets officers cite workers who trespass on clearly marked private property or

who are involved in the illegal parking of a vehicle in a road. The driver of the

involved vehicle can also be liable if he or she is soliciting a day laborer. The citation

carries an unspecified fine, according to the ordinance. If passed, the ordinance

takes effect 30 days from final adoption.

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Daily Journal newspaper.


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As I Was Saying ...

As I Was Saying ...


Steve Penna


It has been several years since our community

was last given the opportunity to elect a

Superior Court judge in a contested race. On

June 6 in the Primary Election, our community will

choose between Deputy District Attorney Susan

Etezadi and attorney Lisa Maguire. Neither has

run an exciting campaign to date or has presented

much to voters to differentiate themselves from one

another. I have gotten one mailer and have seen a lot

of lawn signs for both — many on public property —

but have not been given any real reasons why I should

choose one over the other. Both have impressive

resumes, both have served our community as prosecutors,

and both would be effective judges.

What I want to know is where they stand on the death

penalty, the “three strikes” law, and crimes against children

and seniors, and their percentage rate of convictions

when prosecuting cases, not just how many they

have. So what is one supposed to base their vote on?

Name recognition? Maguire wins there. Job title?

Etezadi wins there. People love to vote for those locking

up criminals instead of defending them. Age?

Etezadi is 47, Maguire 40. Your guess is as good as

mine. Perhaps we will be informed as the campaign

enters the final days?

In a campaign footnote, current San Mateo County

Sheriff Don Horsley, who is a Democrat, has

endorsed Etezadi, while Maguire has gotten the nod

from Undersheriff Greg Munks, a Republican who

will take over Horsley’s office in January 2007.

Election predictions — Governor: The two top

Democratic candidates, Phil Angelides and Steve

Westly, are campaigning to take on current Gov.

Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Democratic Party has

made a huge mistake and endorsed Angelides.

Unfortunately he will win and then lose big time to

Arnold. They just can’t get it right. In the third district

of the County Supervisor race, incumbent Rich

Gordon will defeat his closest challenger, Jack Hickey,

by a large margin. There is a heated race going on

among Leland Yee, Mike Nevin and Lou Papan for

the Democratic nomination to replace State Sen.

Jackie Speier. Although Redwood City voters cannot

vote in this category, it has been fun to watch. I like

Mike, but I think Yee will win in a close race. In the

Superior Court Judge race, will the Maguire name or

the ballot title of Deputy District Attorney (for

Etezadi) decide who will win? I think so. I predict

Etezadi in a close race.

* * * *

Moving out and moving on was the theme of Pat

Miljanich’s house party, held earlier this month. In

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THE MAIN GALLERY invites you to “Anima

Mundi Beastly Beauty”, featuring new

installation and mixed media work by

Belinda Chlouber and Judith Serebrin. The

artists explore social awareness within our

culture in relationship to the choices we

make and the effects they have on other

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Rich Bielsker and Gloria Strongin are the husband and wife artist team that comprise

Windy Hill Fine Art. Each artist has 35 to 40 years of art experience, and the

company was formed three years ago in order to go public and elevate their efforts

to that of professional artists.

Rich is primarily a sculptor working in stone, clay, polymer clay and foam. The animal

world and aesthetic tree structures are his passion.

Gloria is primarily a painter working with oil, acrylic and colored pencil. Her varied

subject matter includes landscapes, seascapes, people and more.

This two-person show will be on display at STUDIO 411 at the Redwood City Art

Center, 2625 Broadway, Room 101, through the entire month of June. Gallery

viewing hours are 6–8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11–2 on Wednesdays and

Fridays. Other hours are available by appointment by calling (650) 369-4096.

There will be a reception Friday, June 2, 7–9 p.m. Street parking is available around

the building. For further information contact Joyce Faulknor or Marie Soderlund

at (650) 369-4096.


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


“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 earliest 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.

Special Exhibits

“San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame.” Through June 30, in the upper rotunda.

$4 general; $2 seniors and students; free for children ages five and under.

Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 777 Hamilton St., Redwood City.

(650) 299-0104, (650) 359-1462,


2209 Broadway, downtown Redwood City

Coco Montoya plus the bluestate band

Friday, June 2, 8 p.m. $16 adv./$18 door

Coco Montoya is among the most recognized modern blues guitarists playing

today. He was introduced to the blues by the great guitarist Albert Collins, who

hired him as his drummer. Collins taught the youngster guitar and, armed with his

experiences, Montoya has gone on to become one of the strongest modern blues

talents touring today. Montoya has developed his own style, which fits in somewhere

between Collins and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Currently finishing up a new CD.

Big Bang Beat

Saturday, June 3, 9 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

Tried and true, full-strength, high-octane, professional party entertainment. Big

Bang Beat is good, clean, slightly irreverent fun and they can really loosen up a

crowd! Big Bang Beat is an inspired mix of ingredients that always adds up to a

packed dance floor. It’s seamless entertainment from start to finish, performed


with the wild abandon that’s become the trademark of the ultimate party machine.

AC/DShe plus Ride the Blinds

Friday, June 9, 9 p.m. $14 adv./$16 door

AC/DShe are an all-girl AC/DC tribute band doing Bob Scott–era songs. These gals

have been committed to staying true to the heart-pounding rhythms and highenergy

presentation of early AC/DC. Like AC/DC, AC/DShe knows it’s a long way

to the top if you wanna rock ’n’ roll, but they’ve been doing a kick-ass job of delivering

some high voltage rock to maximum capacity crowds nationwide (soon to be


Mandonna plus Tom Jonesing

Saturday, June 10, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

This all-male Madonna tribute band does more than just play Madonna’s songs;

their show is a regular production. Though one or two tattered bridal gowns may

appear onstage, Mandonna is still all man. The seven mostly straight band members

aren’t female impersonators and sing all the songs in bass and tenor keys. The

lead singer even has a beard. Along with the vocal differences, Mandonna plays the

music differently as well. Tom Jonesing is a Tom Jones tribute band.

Acoustic Alchemy with special guest Terry Disley

Tuesday, June 13, 2 shows: 7 & 9 p.m. $18 adv./$20 door

Radio chart-topping and best-selling contemporary jazz supergroup Acoustic

Alchemy brings their savvy new album “American/English” to the Little Fox for two

shows! Entering their twentieth anniversary year, Acoustic Alchemy’s trans-

Atlantic membership and wide-ranging influences make them a conduit for a myriad

of sounds and textures. With tunes that run the gamut from breezy reggae to

Motown grooves and disco slick.

Redwood City Blues Jam

Wednesday, June 14, 7 p.m. Free admission!

Join Kenny “Blue” Ray for an evening of quality blues music from the area’s best

musicians, where audience blues musicians are invited to jam on stage. The music

is real, the mood collegial and the doors open to the community to enjoy this

uniquely American music. The Jam meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of

each month from 7 to 11 p.m. Bring your friends!

Zoo Station plus TinMan

Friday, June 16, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

From the mountains of Red Rocks to the fields of Slane Castle, U2 has been building

musical monuments for decades. At the heart of the U2 phenomenon is the

power and energy of their live performances. This same passion can now be found

in the live shows of the Bay Area’s own Zoo Station, the complete U2 experience!

Founded in January 2002, Zoo Station has been steadily making a name for itself

in the Bay Area music scene.

Paul Thorn Band plus Keith Greeninger

Saturday, June 17, 8 p.m. $15 adv./$17 door

The colorful past of Paul Thorn, a native of good old rockin’ blues country in

Tupelo, Mississippi, includes gigs performed at the age of 3 while traveling with his

evangelist preacher father, a career as a professional boxer (he went seven rounds

with Roberto Duran on national TV), factory work, and skydiving — not to mention

some really great songwriting. Thorn writes and performs songs taken from

life — good times, bad times, and everything in between.

Terry Hanck plus Janiva Magness

Friday, June 23, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

Terry Hanck is well known for his hard-blowing sax, incredible range and gusty

vocals. Born in Chicago, Hanck was heavily influenced by the blues, soul and jazz

music of the ’50s and early ’60s. After moving to California in 1965, he toured

with Elvin Bishop through most of the ’70s and ’80s, and Bishop gave him plenty

of opportunities to hone his craft on stage. “Terry Hanck is a fine vocalist, an

amazing showman, and my favorite sax player,” says Bishop.

Rat Bastard, SFO plus Terry Lauderdale Project

Saturday, June 24, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

Rat Bastard will be doing a note-for-note tribute to all the bands they cover, performing

hits from the ’80s by mostly DIO, UFO and Y&T, plus a few by Sammy

Hagar, AC/DC, Alice in Chains and more. This band played live with Dave

Meniketti and Phil Kennemore (of Y&T) in November 2003 at a local pub to a

packed house of well over 300 people. Don’t miss this headlining performance featuring

four very talented local rockers! SFO is the original Joe Satriani tribute


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What happens when two friends find love? It’s

beautiful, right? Right. It’s beautiful and personal.

Well, if those two friends are serving on the same

City Council, it becomes something everyone wants

to hear about. But for recently engaged Rosanne

Foust and Jim Hartnett, the key is keeping what’s

private separate and special from their active civic

lives in Redwood City.

Although Vice Mayor Foust, 42, and Councilman

Hartnett, 55, announced their marriage plans in

April, the question was actually popped a couple

weeks before on March 20 at Left Bank restaurant

in San Mateo, Foust’s favorite. It’s hard to pinpoint

a first date. The two were friends for years before

exploring the relationship as a love interest, said

Hartnett. The two met in the late ’90s through the

Chamber of Commerce. Foust served on the

Planning Commission while Hartnett continued his

stint on the council. The two became friends

through their mutual interests and found out there

was more in common than a desire to work to

improve the community. Now they’re giggly, lovey

dovey in a silly way like lots of laughing and finishing

of each other’s sentences.

“You’ve got to have fun, but we’re still who we were

before,” said Foust.

“Oh, but I’ve never been the same since I’ve met

you,” Hartnett said as he looked over to Foust

laughing at him.

The silliness began last summer. They might not have a first date anniversary, but

that’s when they estimate the ball started rolling. No announcement of dating had

to be made though. “We didn’t have to. People could just see how we were together.

Each of us would light up when we saw each other,” Hartnett said.


“Other people probably saw this before we did,” Foust said.

Similarities aren’t just related to the elated feelings of love. Both are proud parents

of two. Hartnett has two boys in their early 20s while Foust has two young girls.

They share a love for international politics as well as history. Hartnett was born

and raised in the area, but Foust is a transplant. She is originally from the East

Coast but ended up in Redwood City in 1995. “We talk a lot. I often say there

aren’t enough hours in the day,” she said.

The silly demeanor and shared interest for history won’t interfere with their ability

to serve the city and make decisions independent of one another, they said.

When Foust first ran for City Council, she got some advice on how to make the

tough decisions regardless of the other members. “You need to make decisions

based on you. You have to be able to go home and sleep at night. Decisions have

to be made on your principles. I’ve learned you can’t take things personal,” said


But their differing opinions don’t keep them from supporting one another. And

they definitely are coming from different standpoints when it comes to politics,

they said. “I happen to be right in my beliefs,” Hartnett said.

“And so [am] I,” Foust said.

Even Foust’s 5-year-old, Lydia, took an interest in politics. “She said, ‘Mommy, do

you think Jim would vote for you?’ And you never know what she’s going to say,

so I said, ‘I don’t know. What do you think?’ She said, ‘I think he would ’cause

he’s your best friend,’” said Foust.

The couple plans to marry in August in front of a smaller group of family and

friends at Emerald Lake.

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Daily Journal newspaper.


Redwood City businesses are

here to serve you!

The Spectrum Magazine knows you are always looking for different places to dine, bank,

invest, shop, work out or treat yourself. We have been out in our community, using businesses

that not only provide excellent service but also contribute to our community. 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 since 1957. 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:

Bluefin Sushi & Teriyaki Grill – 2327 Broadway – Wow! This place is popular. Whether

you dine in or take out, everyone is discovering that their sashimi, nigiri sushi, donburi

and bento dishes are irresistible! No MSG and no chemical additives. Low in cholesterol.

Low in calories. Low in sodium. Their sushi is made fresh daily by experienced sushi chefs,

which has made this restaurant a favorite Downtown eating spot. It’s a must try!

Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Rd. – 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 use their coupon in this month’s Spectrum, you can get 10 percent

off all meals. Now that’s an offer you cannot pass up!

Diving Pelican Café – 650 Bair Island Rd., Suite 102 – This restaurant may be the bestkept

secret in Redwood City. They offer a variety of specialty items, including eggs

Benedict with fresh crab and homemade hollandaise sauce. They also have beer, wine, and

espresso drinks available to go. For your convenience, they have outdoor seating that overlooks

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 cheese 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 they contribute their leftovers 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 everything!

New Kapadokia – 2399 Broadway – From soups, salads and kebabs to entrees of doner, et

kavurma and vegetarian manti, this restaurant is Turkish cuisine at its best! A special lunch

menu at $6.95 for all entrees makes it even better. Wine and Turkish beer are available.

This restaurant is a must try for all Redwood City residents and friends!

Savvy Cellar Wines – 2048 Broadway – One of the newest “hot spots” in town, they provide

daily specials of wine tasting flights. The specials are rotated biweekly, and all wines

are drawn from their retail wine shop inventory. The wine bar is always open during regular

business hours. Sampling wines side by side is a great way to expand your wine knowledge.

All their wines are rated 90 and above. All bottles are priced $39 or less. They have

live jazz once a week. They also provide great food complements to wine: artisan cheeses,

quiches, fresh baguettes, olives, chocolates and more. Tuesday through Saturday (11 a.m. –

2 p.m.) they offer a European lunch plate for $11.95, which includes quiche, cheeses,

baguette, fruit and a glass of wine. Taste what you want. Buy what you like.

Financial Institutions:

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 mortgage loan need or

question, please pick up the phone and call (650) 362-2700.

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 Amman, who manages their 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.

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

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

matters. Independent banks and small local banking chains, which take the time to listen,

are slowly becoming things of the past. Luckily, this is not the case at First National Bank

of Northern California, according to Brian Palter, branch manager of the Redwood City

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

Doing right by a client, whether old or new, requires taking extra steps in situations

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

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 thirty 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 healthcare 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.

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.


Mayers Jewelers – 2303 Broadway – Redwood City’s oldest family-owned jewelers still

sparkle like they did the first day they opened in 1969. They have a large selection of

necklaces, rings and watches. If you cannot find exactly what you want, they have personal

designs that have kept Redwood City residents frequenting this fine business for years.

Home Improvements:

Bay Area Maintenance – (650) 368-3906 – No matter how small or large your workplace

or home, this company can tailor a cost-effective cleaning and maintenance program for

you. By adding in the periodic services you can budget your maintenance needs with confidence.

They listen to you, your tenants, employees and customers and pattern their task

assignments accordingly. These are but a few of the reasons Bay Area Maintenance has

withstood the test of time – service!

Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1.800.23.LEWIS – Rick Lewis, founder, 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, efforts, energy

and services today and in the future. Lewis has built his company on a foundation of

integrity, loyalty and communication. Call and ask about their Spectrum special. You can

get 100 square feet of carpet cleaned for absolutely nothing. Call today!

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Molano Twins

Perform for Arnold


The Molano twins of

Redwood City performed

with Candace Zheng for

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

on May 12 in San Francisco’s

Chinatown at a dinner tribute for

the late Dr. John Tsu during the

celebration of Asian Pacific

American Heritage Month. After

their unique, powerful and awardwinning

rendition of “The Star

Spangled Banner,” the twins were

escorted by event officials to meet

the governor at his table. As the

twins approached the governor, he

stood up to meet the sisters. With

camera lights flashing and

reporters ready for their interviews,

the twins enjoyed all the

attention at the event. In a short

conversation, the governor told

the twins that they were very

good. Still 12 and playful, the

“multicultural twins” are more

than eager and excited to perform

for their fans and supporters.

Candace Zheng, Chinese superstar entertainer, brought calming and peaceful

music to the audience. Later, before she left, she came to the twins’ table and

praised them for their rendition of the national anthem. Ms. California San

Francisco (of Chinese and German descent), who will represent San Francisco at

the Ms. California Pageant on June 1, asked the twins for a picture with her and

Ms. Asia Pacific.

The Molano twins will also be featured in the July Fourth Parade in Redwood City,

which will be attended by statewide and local officials, Ms. California and her

court, and bands from all over the Golden State. Everyone is invited to join them

there. The twins will be in New York and Los Angeles to do their mainstream project

after school closes.



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By Judy Buchan

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Stand in the parking lot adjacent to City Hall, close your eyes, and transport

yourself back 150 years.

Instead of a parking lot, you would be standing on “The Embarcadero,” the

southern bank of Redwood Creek, where loading, unloading and construction

of ships was a primary activity as Redwood City made its way toward the 20th


Move forward to the mid-1890s, and you’d find the Alhambra Theatre on

Main Street, the first theater opened on the Peninsula, billed as “the finest

playhouse between San Francisco and San Jose.” If you stopped in at the

Alhambra Bar on the first floor of the building, you might find yourself having

a drink with Wyatt Earp as his wife sang opera upstairs in the theater.

In the Redwood City of days gone by, according to a brief history of Main

Street and Broadway provided by Jeanne Thivierge, local history specialist of

the Redwood City Public Library, “the heart of Redwood City has always centered

around the Broadway–Main Street intersection. … The history of

Redwood City is directly related to this intersection in the collective biographies

of the people, businesses, and activities that were and are now located

here.” (Source: “The History of Main and Broadway,” Redwood City Public

Library, July 1999.)

Redwood Creek, a deep-water channel off San Francisco Bay, dominated the

landscape in the Main/Broadway part of town from the 1850s until the late

1920s. The library’s history continues: “A wharf system was built which

extended for more than a mile along each side of the creek. Lumber, shingles,

grain, and many other local products were shipped from here to San Francisco,

and eventually to other cities throughout the world. The turning basin for

ships was located to the northwest of the intersection.”

Main Street also contains the oldest business in Redwood City, the Sequoia

Hotel. Built in 1912, the three-story structure had 60 rooms with private

baths, three social parlors, and a dining room. President Herbert Hoover

stayed at the Sequoia Hotel when he visited Redwood City in 1928 and rode

in the Fourth of July parade.

With its rich blend of architecture and history, portions of Main Street and

Broadway were designated as the Main Street Historic District by the City

Council in October 2002. The Historic Resources Advisory Committee is currently

at work to form a second historic district in the Main Street/Stambaugh


As with anything else in life, the passing of time and changing of attitudes

were not kind to Main Street. The area struggled to find its identity during

the late 1980s, with numerous plans put forth to revitalize the street. For a

while, Main Street was a hotbed for antique dealers, but that phenomenon

gradually subsided.

Main Street became a place to drive through and avoid transients, not a place

to stop and savor the atmosphere.

The coming of City Center Plaza, the mixed use retail/housing development

at Main and Middlefield, and the UC Berkeley Extension building at

Broadway and Main were the first tiny steps toward today’s quiet revolution.

Now there’s hope, according to Philippe Bucher of St. Regal Jewelers at 850

Main. “I see a renaissance here, more or less. There is more hope on Main

Street than I have seen in 30 years,” Bucher said. “There are new businesses

coming. People are feeling positive and upbeat about Main Street. It has the

potential to be a strong retail area of Redwood City.”

Bucher moved his business to Main Street from the 2100 block of Broadway

in May 2005. “I was very skeptical about the move. I looked at other locations

and in other cities, but I wanted to stay in Redwood City, because it’s home,”

he said.

As the city grew, so did Main Street. The first house and the first general store

in Redwood City were built there. Main Street was home to the first firehouse

used by the volunteer fire department. Not far away at 2000 Broadway was

the Bank of San Mateo County, now the Fitzpatrick Building. Lumber wagons

and passenger stages used Main Street as their direct route to town from

Woodside Road. When Redwood City was chosen to be the county seat in

1856, the area soon became both the center of business life and a social hub

of town.


He added that the familiar problems of Main Street, centering on two hotels

in the block, have been dealt with in a positive way by the Police Department.

“I give full credit to the Redwood City Police Department. They have really

assisted us and helped in such a big way. I can’t thank the Police Department

enough for their assistance,” Bucher said.

“If we, the City and businesses, work together, we can make Redwood City

what we want it to be: a good place to raise a family,” he added.

Nancy Radcliffe of Lulu’s at 846 Main was equally enthusiastic. Radcliffe

opened her gift shop on July 4, 2005, and business “was totally difficult for

the first year.” Citing negative elements from the street’s two hotels as the

source of many problems, Radcliffe said that the Police Department “has been


wonderful,” adding that she sees “changes already.”

The “up and coming” atmosphere of Main Street, Radcliffe said, is evident in

the operative expression “coming soon.” Coming soon to Main Street are Gold

Rush Brick Oven Pizza, Cuschineri’s Bistro and Victorian Tea Room, and the

complete renovation of the Alhambra Theatre.

And the Anagnostou family could not be happier about the Alhambra. After

fire gutted the building some years ago, restoration work is going full speed

ahead. John Anagnostou explained that the Alhambra was built in 1896 and

was the center of cultural and social events until the coming of motion pictures.

The building facade was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and replaced

in 1910. In 1921, the local Masonic order purchased the building. The

upstairs theater area became a meeting space, while the ground level area was

leased as retail.

Now, the building has been structurally and seismically restored. Honduran

mahogany doors with fixtures that complement the turn-of-the-century style

are in place. Upstairs windows have been painstakingly replaced to match

their historic ancestors of 110 years ago. The ground floor is divided into two

retail spaces; Anagnostou explained that they are currently in negotiations

with one prospective tenant. The original brick walls have been restored and

reinforced, and the original terrazzo steps will be retained.

The fact that this 1896 building is fully restored with both retail spaces will

send a message to every property owner on Main Street that this is a fastimproving

street with a potential anchor for entertainment. It’s a good time

to invest here.”

So, perhaps the real Downtown renaissance is not so much in the construction

zone a few blocks away. It is the quiet revolution on Main Street, which will

take time, but which will, with the enthusiasm of the community, come to



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Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) held a community

reception in honor of Paula Uccelli, the 11th State

Senate District’s Woman of the Year, in Redwood City

on Thursday, April 27, at the San Mateo county

History Museum.

Uccelli, a founder of the Sequoia Awards and owner of

Pete’s Harbor, was honored last month at the annual

Woman of the Year ceremony on the floor of the State

Senate. One woman from each senate and assembly district

is invited to the Capitol to celebrate her accomplishments.

This reception gave Redwood City residents

and others an opportunity to celebrate Uccelli’s

contributions to the community.






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Twelve San Francisco State University students may be visiting campus for

the first time when they graduate with Bachelor of Arts degrees in child and

adolescent development later this month. They comprise the first group to

graduate from SF State through a partnership with Cañada College that allows

them to take all university coursework together at the Redwood City community

college campus.

For years, many of the 12 graduates have been working in child care on the

Peninsula and attending Cañada College but were previously unable to advance in

their careers because they did not possess a bachelor’s degree. There is no public,

four-year university within 30 miles of Cañada, making it difficult for working professionals

and parents to obtain a bachelor’s degree or higher.

“I am already doing my life’s work — as an early childhood professional — but this

increases my salary and gives me more professional clout as well as opportunities

for positions not available to me prior to having my college degree,” said Pam

Harris, a Redwood City resident who works at Trinity School in Menlo Park.

“Having a full-time job, as well as being a single mother, being able to attend classes

in the evening close to home has made all the difference.”

A reception honoring the SF State graduates, as well as Cañada College students

graduating with associate’s degrees and certificates in early childhood education,

was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at building 22-116 on the Cañada

College campus, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd. in Redwood City.

There is a growing need for well-educated child care professionals in California,

including San Mateo County, said Janet Egiziano, faculty adviser and off-campus

program coordinator of SF State’s Child and Adolescent Development Program at

Cañada. Egiziano noted the strict state qualifications for varying levels of child

care work and initiatives such as Preschool for All, which would likely require a

bachelor’s degree for teachers and expand access to child care for low-income families.

The SF State Child and Adolescent Development Program at Cañada College

offers two emphases: young child and family, and school-age child and family. The

program consists of 55–68 upper-division units, including an internship. Students

take all classes together. All courses are taught by SF State faculty members at

Cañada College’s University Center, which is home to several other SF State

degree programs, including a Bachelor of Science in nursing, Bachelor of Science

in business administration and executive Master of Business Administration.

SF State began offering classes at Cañada in 2001. The Child and Adolescent

Development Program launched in 2002. To date, 746 SF State students and qualified

community college students have taken part in this program on the Cañada

College campus.

For more information about SF State degree programs offered at Cañada College,

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By Joan Levy

In 1853, a Mr. Harris built the American House Hotel on Main Street in Redwood

City. It was a two-story structure without any modern conveniences. The upper

floor consisted of one single room, where bunks lined one side of the wall and people

— presumably men — could sleep barracks fashion, in what was called true

California style. This was certainly more luxurious than most of the accommodations

available on the Peninsula in those days. Redwood City was becoming a real

town, and that called for a real hotel.

In March 1862, David Aldrich purchased the concern and advertised that it held

a dining table, bar, billiard table, post office and Wells Fargo Express office. At that

time, the county assessed its value at $740. In 1864, the Masonic Ball held its banquet

supper at the rebuilt American Hotel. It was advertised as commodious in

1867 by its new proprietor, E. I. Armstrong. In 1869, a reading room was added,

and warm and cold showers were advertised as being available free of charge for

boarders. Various managers operated the place over the years. In 1883, it burned


In the 1856 election, the ballots were counted in the downstairs parlor of the

American House. The tabulation was to be made on the second day after the election.

That would have made it Wednesday, May 14. The Mulligan brothers and

their men received the ballots from the 13 polling places and began the calculation

of the totals while prominently displaying their guns to any local people around.

They didn’t allow the election judges, John Johnston or Charles Clark, to inspect

the votes. The third election judge, Dr. Tripp, had already refused to take any part

in the sham election.

Whether an actual count was ever made is really just incidental. The returns from

three precincts were fraudulent, so the outcome was predetermined. Some testimony

indicated the players met across the street from the hotel just to be sure the

fake count was sufficient. The result of the tabulation was that out of the total

population of 2,500, some 1,800 votes were cast. Remember, this was before

women had voting rights, and certainly children had not participated. Of course,

the outcome of this wondrous election favored the candidates of the thugs and

crooked politicians.

One of the things being decided was where to have the county seat. Redwood City

was on the ballot and was obviously the logical choice, but Belmont was also being

considered. At that time Belmont was a crossroads with a few homes and farms

and a small hotel. No other businesses had yet been established there. The eligible

voters in the Belmont precinct were estimated at 45 to 50, yet after the votes

were counted, Belmont had been selected to become the county seat! There was

some indication that as much as $1,000 was offered to swing the vote to Redwood

City, but that presumably was not enough. It was no coincidence that ex-governor

John McDougal lived in Belmont and had allowed his home to be used as the

polling place. The decision was later reversed when the fraudulent election was


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News Briefs


Did Hilda J. Figueroa know her newly delivered baby girl was born alive or did the Redwood

City mother honestly think the child was deceased when she wrapped her in plastic and put

her inside a trash container? A preliminary hearing may not fully answer the primary question

in Figueroa’s case but will determine if enough evidence exists to try the 30-year-old for

involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment. However, that decision is still weeks

away because more medical tests are under way, said prosecutor Eric Hove. The preliminary

hearing was delayed three to four weeks, Hove said. “This is a horrible crime and we need

to make sure we have all the facts.” Hove declined to elaborate on the nature of the new

information, offering only “there are some items of curiosity.”

Defense attorney Jonathan McDougall, who is pushing for a reduction to the misdemeanor

charge of unlawful disposal of human remains, said he asked for the reports to help crossexamine

the forensic pathologist. An autopsy report indicating the infant was born septic due

to a placental infection could be enough to bolster Figueroa’s claim and drastically reduce the

chance she’ll serve a prison term. McDougall said the evidence he has reviewed has not convinced

him the baby was born alive. Figueroa told San Mateo Medical Center staff Nov. 30

she was several months pregnant but miscarried at her home. Figueroa claimed she flushed

the stillborn and premature fetus down the toilet. After an exam proved Figueroa was likely

lying, Redwood City police detectives went to her home in the 600 block of Buckeye Street

and discovered her plastic-wrapped child in the trash container. She then admitted she had

concealed her pregnancy and secretly gave birth at home the previous day. She said the baby

was dead at birth because she never saw it draw breath before setting it in the trash container.

Initial autopsy results showed air in the lungs, a sign she was born alive and drew at least one

breath. Prosecutors, believing the child’s death can be linked to Figueroa’s actions, charged

her with involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment. Further tests on the placenta

turned up signs of an infection which may have sent the baby into shock and caused it to

die shortly after birth. If the child took any breath and Figueroa’s actions can be shown to

have accelerated death in any way, she is still culpable, said Chief Deputy District Attorney

Steve Wagstaffe. Figueroa is free from custody on a $100,000 bail bond.


A Redwood City woman who was heroically saved from a burning triplex on Friday afternoon

passed away. The woman, who suffered second degree burns over 60 percent of her body, was

identified as 50-year-old Pamela Drummer by a spokeswoman at the Santa Clara County

Coroners Office. The coroner’s office has yet to identify a cause of death. Emergency dispatchers

received a report of smoke coming from 1193 King St. and a possible rescue. Police

officers arrived on scene to find three civilians trying to rescue Drummer, who was trapped

inside her complex. The Redwood City Fire Department is still looking into causes of the fire

and talking to witnesses, said Fire Marshal Louis Vella.

Drummer was just starting to get her life back together and was about to start a new job this

week, said Sandy Klink, a friend of Drummer. “She’s a really good person who was just trying

to get on her feet. She was finally ready to start a new job this week. She was just an awesome

person and she just had such a great heart. She just had a lot of challenges,” said Klink.

Redwood City resident Mike Nuñez, Menlo Park resident Fred Babcock, San Mateo resident

Jess Coronel and police officer Dan Sharp managed to open the door and pull the woman

outside, Redwood City Battalion Chief Steve Cavallero said. The woman was on fire when

they pulled her from the building and the men used a garden hose to spray her down. She

was quickly moved to the lawn in front of the house across the street, where paramedics gave

her morphine and attended to her injuries until a medical helicopter was able to land at nearby

Red Morton Park. She was then airlifted to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Burn Unit.

The triplex suffered about $100,000 worth of damage to the interior structure and contents.

The two closest units were burned.


San Mateo County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two men in unincorporated Redwood City

after the two engaged in a fistfight with one another. Deputies responded to the 2900 block

of Curtis Avenue after hearing reports of some type of altercation in progress, the office

reported. Upon arrival, deputies found East Palo Alto resident Jesus Reyna, 40, and Redwood

City resident Jose Alvarado, 45, in the midst of a fight. The two were taken to San Mateo

General Hospital for treatment of injuries they sustained during the fight. They were arrested

and booked in San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of battery, the office reported. Reyna

was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Alvarado was wanted on a $5,000

warrant for driving with a suspended license. He was also wanted on a no-bail warrant stemming

from previous drug charges, the sheriff’s office reported.


A 22-year-old man accused of shooting at a Redwood City bouncer who threw him out of a

bar for fighting with another customer pleaded not guilty to an array of felonies, including

attempted murder. Julio Lara Jr. is also charged with assault, drug possession, gun possession

and discharging a firearm. He pleaded not guilty and next heads to trial, according to court

records clerks. According to Redwood City police, Lara assaulted a drunk man he thought

hit on his girlfriend at Mr. Frog’s, a Brewster Avenue bar, on Oct. 8 shortly after midnight.

After a security guard threw Lara from the bar, he allegedly grabbed a 9 mm handgun from

his girlfriend’s Jeep Cherokee and fired a single shot at the man while his back was turned.

Despite the close proximity of the two men, the shot missed its mark and the victim was

unharmed. The couple fled but a cab driver who reportedly saw the shooting passed the

license plate number to officers. Redwood City police staked out the girlfriend’s car and followed

her to East Palo Alto where she picked up Lara. The police, California Highway Patrol

and San Francisco police worked together to arrest the couple as they drove north on

Highway 101. Lara had a small amount of cocaine in his possession at the time of arrest,

according to the district attorney’s office. Lara was initially given no-bail status but a judge

later reduced it to $500,000. Lara, however, remains in custody awaiting trial.



Two people dressed in black tried to set fire to the Redwood City bar where a triple homicide

occurred during a drunken fight. One police officer was stationed across the street from

Headquarters Bar, located at 895 Second Ave., when two people dressed in dark clothing and

wearing black hooded sweatshirts tried to torch the place with Molotov cocktails. Neither

was caught because the police officer was busy putting out the blaze with a fire extinguisher.

Two fires at the south side of the building were quickly extinguished. One Molotov cocktail

hit the western fence and another fell short of the front door. There was some structural

damage to the building, according to a police report.

An anonymous caller tipped off police that arson might occur before 3 a.m. and would be in

retaliation for the triple homicide there on April 15. Police were also at the bar when it

reopened for business. A number of people protested the re-opening of the bar during a

nighttime vigil on the sidewalk outside the front doors. Shots rang out at the bar during the

early morning hours of April 15. Three people ultimately died from the gunfire that night

and two people were arrested.


A convicted child molester who was allegedly caught on videotape exposing himself to a

Redwood City neighbor in December will go to trial. Danny Epperson, 51, was charged with

felony indecent exposure after he reportedly masturbated near the front door of his home on

Sequoia Avenue on Dec. 10, according to the San Mateo County district attorney’s office.

Today at his preliminary hearing, San Mateo County Superior Court Judge John Schwartz

found there was sufficient evidence to hold Epperson for trial. According to the prosecution,

at about 3 p.m. on Dec. 10, a neighbor witnessed Epperson pacing in front of his open front

door. At the time he was reportedly wearing a T-shirt and backless underwear, San Mateo

County sheriff’s deputy Ryan Johnson testified today. The neighbor said Epperson “started

fondling himself,” Johnson said. “She saw that his hand was inside his underwear.”

According to Johnson, Epperson reportedly began to masturbate in his doorway in front of

the victim and she, in turn, grabbed a video camera and secretly recorded him. Upon his

arrest, Epperson reportedly denied the incident. However, when shown the tape, he said his

privacy was violated, the district attorney’s office reported. Epperson was convicted of four

counts of child molestation in 1986 and indecent exposure in 2000, according to the district

attorney’s office. Epperson, who was released from custody on $250,000 bail, will appear in

court on June 2 at 8:30 a.m. for further arraignment.


Sheriff’s deputies are searching for four men they say stole thousands of dollars after pistolwhipping

a security guard at the Chavez Supermarket in unincorporated Redwood City,

sheriff’s Capt. Don O’Keefe said. As staff were preparing to close, four men reportedly

entered the store, located at 3282 Middlefield Rd., and pistol-whipped a security guard,

O’Keefe said. The men entered the store and stole between $50,000 and $75,000 in cash

before fleeing, according to O’Keefe. A store clerk flagged down a nearby deputy and authorities

immediately set up a perimeter around the area, O’Keefe said. The Redwood City police

SWAT team and sheriff’s SWAT team were called in. According to O’Keefe, the suspects

could be heard running through the backyards of homes in the area. However, deputies were

unable to locate them. They are described as black men in their 20s, standing between 5 feet

5 inches and 6 feet tall. They were last seen wearing dark clothing, O’Keefe said. Anyone

with more information is asked to contact the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office at (650)



A Woodside High School girls’ basketball coach accused of child molestation will stand trial

before a jury in September, a San Mateo County Superior Court judge decided when the

defendant pleaded not guilty and waived his right to a speedy trial. Guy Hayman, 43, had

pleaded not guilty on Jan. 13 to three felony counts of committing lewd acts upon a 14- or

15-year-old child, and 41 counts of misdemeanor annoyance or molestation of a child,

according to San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. The

charges against Hayman go back as far as Nov. 1, 2003. Hayman waived his right to a preliminary

hearing on April 19, meaning he will stand trial on all 44 counts filed against him.

Hayman reportedly fondled the alleged victim multiple times. He is also accused of masturbating

in front of her, often while she was in the shower, the district attorney’s office reported.

Woodside High School Principal Linda Common has said Hayman served as the girls’

varsity basketball coach at the high school for seven or eight years, and coached some 15

girls on this year’s team. According to Wagstaffe, Hayman’s alleged crimes do not involve

any of the girls on the varsity team. In June 1991, Hayman pleaded no contest to one count

of peeping, according to the district attorney’s office. He was placed on supervised probation

for 18 months following that incident. Hayman, who was released from custody on

$300,000 bail, will appear in court for a pre-trial conference at 1 p.m. July 18. His trial is

set to begin in San Mateo County Superior Court Department 12 at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11.


Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to rescue a 53-year-old Redwood City man who was

trapped in his car after it rolled over on El Camino Real in Belmont. Belmont police and the

South County Fire Authority responded to the 100 block of El Camino Real after hearing

reports of a rollover accident, the Belmont Police Department reported. Upon arrival, officers

located a 1997 Subaru Outback on its side near the center divide of the thoroughfare.

Inside the vehicle was John Sankovich, who was removed from the vehicle after firefighters

used the Jaws of Life to pry open the vehicle, police reported. Sankovich sustained minor

injuries in the crash and was transported to Stanford Hospital for treatment. Police believe

Sankovich was traveling northbound on El Camino Real when he lost control of his vehicle

and drove onto the center island in the 100 block of the roadway. Sankovich’s car then

struck a tree and rolled over, police reported. Investigators do not believe drugs or alcohol

played a role in the crash. Two dogs that were in the vehicle at the time of the crash were

taken to San Mateo County Animal Control for safekeeping.

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Nonprofits in Action

Redwood City Women’s Club

Tea was held at noon May 25, honoring members of long standing. Please join us

at our clubhouse and get acquainted. Regular meetings are the first Thursday of

each month at 149 Clinton St. Social at 11:30, lunch at noon ($10), general meeting

at 12:30. Put on your boots! We are going to line dance again on June 1. The

garden club will have a plant sale in the patio. For more information call (650)


Redwood City Rotary

This group celebrated its 60th birthday this year and continues to serve the community

and foster international goodwill by raising funds for 12 local charities

through its July 4 car raffle, giving college scholarships, and donating medical,

housing and sanitation supplies to alleviate human suffering in Africa, Sri Lanka,

the Gulf Coast and elsewhere. Redwood City Rotary meets at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays

at the Sequoia Club, 1695 Broadway. For more information or to join, call

President John Lowe at (650) 367-9387.

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, extension 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, extension 4371, if you are looking

for work.

Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club

The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered in April 1998. In the 16 years

since that time, the club has met weekly at 7:30 a.m. at Pete’s Harbor for breakfast,

which features various speakers on a wide range of subjects.

It has been named the “Best Small Club” in Rotary District 5150, which comprises

Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties. One of the club’s fund-raising

activities is their beverage booth at the annual Vertical Challenge air show at

Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos. Funds raised this past year by the 20-member

club provided nearly $46,000 in contributions for community, youth, international

and vocational projects.

The club meets every Tuesday at the Waterfront Restaurant. For more information

or to join, call Lorianna Kastrop at (650) 299-0303.

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club

The Hotel Sofitel in Redwood City was the site of our convention with the

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club as the Hostess Club. Club members Kit Fragulia

and Trynie Hermary were Convention Chairmen.

Peninsula Hills won several awards on the District level — first place in Arts,

Education, Conservation, Citizenship, Home Life, Reaching Out Internationally,

Safety, and Leadership; and second place in Membership — and

a certificate of award was given to the club for participation at the Very Special

Arts Festival held at the Veterans Hospital in Menlo Park.

In May, the club attended the California Federation of Women’s Clubs 103rd

annual convention in San Jose. The club was awarded a first place in Home Life

and a certificate of award for New Horizons in Health.

Five new members were initiated at the May meeting, and the June meeting will

be held at the Redwood City Elks Club. Installation of officers will take place at

this meeting: President Kit Fragulia, 1st Vice President Margaret Cassetta, 2nd

Vice President Jacquie Fetherolf, Recording Secretary Barbara Tyson,

Corresponding Secretary Ella Morris, Bulletin Chairman Judy Archibald, Treasurer

Fran Mylod, Parliamentarian Judy Imperiale, and Auditor Fran Ferrando.

Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the

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

(650) 366-6371.

City Talk Toastmasters

Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop communication and leadership skills.

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

Hall, 1017 Middlefield Rd. Call Manny Rosas at (650) 780-7468 if you would like

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

about the Toastmasters public speaking program.

Redwood City Women’s Club

Redwood City Women’s Club meets the first Thursday of each month at 149

Clinton St. Call Lorretta at (650) 368-8212 for reservations or visit

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 the president, Steve, at (650) 365-8089 or the 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 A.M. Kiwanis Club

“Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world

one child and one community at a time.”

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 of our programs.

The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club meets every Thursday 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:

Hearing Loss Association of the Peninsula (formerly SHHH)

Hearing Loss Association is a volunteer, international organization of hard-of-hearing

people, relatives and friends. Hearing Loss Association is a nonprofit, nonsectarian,

educational organization 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. We provide educational

speakers and refreshments. 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 Rd. Please call Marj at (650) 593-

6760 with any questions.

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B.O.K. Ranch 21st Annual Western Day

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 activities, and

a raffle drawing. Special appearances by artist/designer Laurel Burch, Jerry

Mertens and NFL alumni. Live music by Sidesaddle and Company. BBQ lunch

catered by Canyon Inn. Proceeds benefit B.O.K. Ranch’s therapeutic horseback

riding program for children and adults with special needs.

Sunday, June 4, 11 a.m. ‘til 5 p.m.

1815 Cordilleras Rd., Redwood City

Admission is $45; children under 10 free with an adult. Includes BBQ lunch.

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Redwood City Preserves Its History

Long before residences sprouted up in neighboring cities of San Carlos, Belmont

and Menlo Park, pioneering working-class residents inhabited the Mezesville district

of Redwood City, founded in 1856. The first and possibly one of the last

working-class neighborhoods in Redwood City today, the Mezesville district features

an architectural array of quaint, finely crafted houses, sitting on what was

once marshland near the Caltrain tracks in the northern end of the city. Many of

these houses feature small stoops held up by elegant knee-brackets, a traditional

detail of the architectural periods represented in the neighborhood. On one street,

a well-preserved Queen Anne–style cottage sits close to a detailed Craftsman-style

home with thin, horizontal rows of tear-drop siding, and nearby a pink art deco

triplex stands an unusual one-and-a-half stories tall.

But concerns about gradually losing the character of the neighborhood, largely

defined by its architecture and non-rigid grid, were brought to the forefront when

Jaime Gonzalez purchased three houses in the area. He met with concerned residents

regarding his plans for the property. While Gonzalez’s purchase was handled

peacefully, it had residents realizing the threat of development to their historic,

pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.

notable work of a builder, designer or architect, according to the Draft Report for

Proposed Mezesville Historic District.

While each of the buildings in the district is uniquely charming or historically

valuable, Ken Rolandelli, chair of the Redwood City Historic Resources Advisory

Committee, said the true value of the neighborhood is the Mezesville district as a

whole. “The reason that makes this area really stand out as opposed to other

neighborhoods is that it is one of the original developments of Redwood City,”

Rolandelli said. “[The properties have] historical significance, not individually, but


Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Daily Journal newspaper.

Residents and historical preservation activists, aided by Redwood City principal

planner Charles Jany, recently joined together to encourage the City Council to

pass a resolution to preserve the historic district. The resolution was passed unanimously

by the council at a May 8 meeting, designating the Mezesville district historic.

This was followed by two meetings with property owners in the district to

discuss the implications and benefits of designating the area as historic this past


Part of the historic district resolution includes the Mills Act, which provides a tax

break for property owners who currently own property considered contributing

resources. Those obtaining tax-cut benefits are expected to use funds saved

through the act to repair and maintain the historical details of their homes.

Another benefit is the information and guidance on how to preserve a historical

property, from advice on restoration to suggestions for appropriate landscape

design. “The feedback for the neighborhood meetings was very positive,” Jany


“I think [the resolution] will give homeowners with historic properties avenues to

maintain their homes in an appropriate fashion, and it gives the recognition of

what this area means to the heritage of Redwood City,” said Laura Stewart, a 13-

year Mezesville resident. Circa Historic Property Development consultants produced

a report and made a recommendation to the Planning Commission to adopt

this report. On March 21, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended

to the council that the proposed Mezesville district be approved in whole.



The Mezesville district area loops around Howland Street, Arguello Street,

Brewster Avenue and Winslow Street, with Mezes Park, one of the first public

parks in the state of California, included in the preserved space. Many of the

homes within the boundaries of the newly official historic district have been preserved

by property owners, who appreciate their houses’ historical value and aesthetic.

But some residents feared that rising property values and the economic and

real estate trends on the Peninsula would eventually lead to modern building and

the destruction of the town’s historic character.

This is a character largely defined by its pedestrian-oriented, as opposed to autooriented,

arrangement, said Mayor Barbara Pierce.

Without a rigid layout, the streets in the district have noticeably large, grassy

planter strips with mature fruit and oak trees growing tall from their wide, green

columns, flatly running between the sidewalk and the street, setting each home far

back from pavement, said Jany.

Pierce said that the importance of the historic district is not only to preserve the

neighborhood, but also to educate current landowners about their homes. “The

benefit is not only the tax break, but also information and guidance on how to preserve

a property’s value,” Pierce said.

Although there are 77 parcels within the district’s boundaries, only 52 are considered

contributing resources. A property achieves a historic district designation if it

exemplifies or reflects special elements of the city’s cultural aesthetic; identifies

with persons or events historically significant; embodies distinctive characteristics

of a style, type, period or method of construction; or is representative of the


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New Tax Laws May Aid Your Investment Strategy

By David Amman

Special to The Spectrum

If you’re an investor, you’ll want to pay close attention to some of the provisions

of a bill that President Bush signed into law on May 17. The new legislation

extends the lower tax rates on capital gains and stock dividends, temporarily

removes restrictions on transfers from traditional to Roth IRAs, and raises

the exemption level on the alternative minimum tax (AMT). Clearly, the new

laws can have a big impact on your investment strategies over the next few years.

Let’s take a look at the tax law changes and see how they might affect you.

Extension of 15 percent rate on dividends and capital gains.

Until a few years ago, dividends were taxed at your personal income tax rate. But

changes in tax laws resulted in a 15 percent tax rate on dividends through 2008.

This rate has now been extended through the end of 2010. Also, the maximum

long-term capital gains rate will remain at 15 percent through 2010; this rate,

too, was slated to expire at the end of 2008. For taxpayers in the 10-percent and

15-percent brackets, long-term capital gains will be taxed at 5 percent for the

2006 and 2007 tax years and at 0 percent for 2008-2010. Clearly, these changes

give you some incentives to look for high-quality, dividend-paying stocks and to

hold your stocks for at least one year — long enough to receive the best capital

gains rate when you sell. Some stocks have paid — and increased — dividends

for 25 or more straight years. These companies are typically well-run businesses

that strive to reward their investors. (Keep in mind, though, that no company is

obligated to pay dividends and may lower or discontinue dividends at any time.)

Removal of restrictions on conversions to Roth IRA.

Starting in 2010, you can convert your traditional IRA to a Roth IRA, regardless

of your income level. Currently, only taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes of

$100,000 or less can make this conversion. The amount you transfer will be

included in your gross income, so you’ll have to pay taxes on it, but you can

spread the taxes out over two years if you make the rollover in 2010. This traditional-to-Roth

conversion may benefit you in at least two important ways. First,

qualified withdrawals from a Roth IRA are not taxable. And second, you won’t

have to start taking distributions from your Roth IRA at age 70 1/2 , as you must

with a traditional IRA and a 401(k).

Increased Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) exemption.

For years, many taxpayers have been shielded from the AMT by its large exemption,

but this exemption has not been adjusted for inflation, so, as wages and

earnings rise each year, more and more people will be subject to the AMT.

Recent cuts in income tax rates also mean that more people may face the AMT.

The new tax bill provides AMT relief by raising the amount of the exemption to

$62,550 for joint filers, $42,500 for singles and $31,275 for married persons filing

separate returns. This new exemption level applies only to the 2006 tax year,

so when 2007 rolls around, watch for the results of new legislation.

So, there you have it — news you can use about the new tax laws. Consult with

your investment professional and tax advisor to see how you can benefit from

these changes.

Editor’s note: David Amman is one of the Redwood City community members who contributes

to The Spectrum. If you have any questions regarding investments please send them

to or The Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box 862, Redwood

City, CA, 94064.


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Upcoming Workshops at

Every Woman Health Club

Aging and Memory — Wednesday, June 7, 7–8:30 p.m. $15 — Can’t find your

keys? This informative workshop covers effects of healthy aging on thinking and

memory, differences between memory loss and stress, five indicators of memory

problems, and simple ways to enhance your memory.

Fitness Balls How-To — Saturday, June 10, 10:30–11:15 a.m. $10 — What is the

excitement about those fitness balls? Why are there so many different sizes? This

workshop gives an overview of all the great ways you can use balls for improved

stability, muscle tone and balance. Join us for this fun and informative workshop.

information,” Carrington said. “Many students and parents don’t realize that

financial aid is still available for summer and fall terms. Students may not know

how to register for classes or how to work with an academic counselor to make sure

they meet the requirements for transferring to a four-year college or university.

This program is designed to answer some of those basic questions.”

Carrington said participants can drop in at any time during the session and preregistration

is not necessary. Prospective students can register for classes, get help

filling out financial aid forms, meet with academic counselors, and learn about

academic programs at any time during the fair.

For more information, contact Carrington at (650) 306-3174.

Pre-registration recommended for all workshops. For more information or to register,

call (650) 364-9194 or e-mail

Every Woman Health Club, 611 Jefferson Ave., Redwood City,


Grants Awarded for

Redwood City Child Care

Ten local child care programs received 2006 grants from the LaBerge/Dale Child

Care Fund. The purpose of the grants is to enhance the quality of child care in

Redwood City.

Child care center grant recipients are Noah’s Ark Preschool, Family Service

Agency/Plaza Child Development Center, Community Education Center

Preschool, St. Matthias Day Care and Kiddie Garden at Peninsula Christian

School. Five family child care providers received grants. They are Rosalie

Cavanaugh, Maria Andino, Martha Venegas, Sherry Arce and Neighborhood

Childcare Program of Family Service Agency. The grants range from $200 to $500.

Several of the grants will be used to help cover the cost of program accreditation.

Other grantees received funds for multicultural books and dolls, science and math

learning toys, educational CDs, and sand and water play trays.

Georgi LaBerge and Warren Dale established the fund when they married in 1992.

The couple requested that guests donate to the fund in lieu of wedding gifts. Since

that time, LaBerge and Dale have raised funds through personal donations and

contributions from friends and family. Since the fund’s inception, nearly $23,000

has been awarded to 63 child care facilities in Redwood City. “We believe that high

quality, preschool learning experiences are critical in order for children to develop

into healthy and productive citizens,” said Dale.

Cañada College Introduces

Student Services Fair

Starting college can be intimidating, so Cañada College is making it easier with a

half-day student services fair. It is designed to help incoming students become

familiar with the school before they start classes in the summer and fall.

The fair will be held Saturday, June 3, 9:30 a.m. to noon, in the Student

Center/Cafeteria. The college is located at 4200 Farm Hill Blvd. in Redwood City.

The program is free and open to all graduating high school seniors and their parents

and anyone who is considering returning to college. In addition, high school

juniors and sophomores interested in the college’s concurrent enrollment program

are invited to attend.

“Everyone knows how the first day of school feels,” said Margie Carrington,

Cañada’s director of financial aid. “We just want to make it a little less stressful.”

College staff will be available to answer questions on admissions, academic counseling,

transfer opportunities, financial aid, and academic programs. At 10 a.m.

there will be a short welcome and presentation detailing how students enroll in

classes, degree and transfer requirements for select programs, an overview of financial

aid, and programs for low-income, first-generation and disabled students. That

will be followed by a question-and-answer session. “It’s important to provide basic

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the spirit were Mayor Barbara Pierce and husband, Jerry; Councilman Ian Bain

with kids in tow; former Mayor Dick Claire and his wife, Pat; San Mateo County

Community College District trustees Karen Schwarz and Helen Hausman;

SMCCCD Chancellor Ron Galatolo; and Redwood City School District board

member Patricia Wright. Miljanich recently sold her home on Finger Avenue

(hence the theme).

If you will remember, the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) organization

abruptly fired administrator Miljanich in March. Then presiding Juvenile

Court Judge Marta Diaz announced plans to create a new CASA program for San

Mateo County, focusing solely on this county rather than sharing duties with

Santa Clara County. Miljanich, who is currently working without pay, is busy gathering

a board of directors, seeking a new administrative home and negotiating a

monetary settlement with her former employer. She has secured insurance coverage

and will be moving into new offices soon. The new CASA agency has been

named Advocates for Children. Pat also serves on the San Mateo County

Community College District board. Looks like she has moved on and is going to

make it after all.

* * * *

Senator Joe Simitian held a reception at the San Mateo County History Museum

to honor Paula Uccelli for her “tireless efforts to promote education, the arts and

volunteerism” and to name her the 11th State District Woman of the Year. Over

300 people attended, including San Mateo County Sheriff Don Horsley; San

Mateo County supervisors Rose Jacobs Gibson, Rich Gordon and Adrienne

Tissier; Redwood City Mayor Barbara Pierce; Vice Mayor Rosanne Foust;

Council members Bain, Jim Hartnett, Alicia Aguirre, Jeff Ira and Diane

Howard; San Mateo County Board of Education member Memo Morantes;

Sequoia Union High School District board members Don Gibson and Lorraine

Rumley; San Mateo County Community College District Chancellor Galatolo and

trustees Schwarz and Miljanich; Port of Redwood City Commissioner Jack Castle;

newly appointed Redwood City School District Superintendent Jan Christensen

(who moved to California just one day before the event and still made it!); San

Mateo County District Attorney Jim Fox; SamTrans CEO Mike Scanlon; former

Redwood City Mayor Claire; and former Redwood City School Board member

Chris Bohl.

The event was one of the most spirited and enjoyable I have attended — aside

from the fact it was so hot in the rotunda that I looked like I had just taken a swim

in my suit. But hey, it was to honor Paula and, given the outpouring of accolades

she has gotten, so many others feel the same way.

* * * *

This month’s Chamber Business Connection was held at the Fair Oaks

Community Center and was hosted by the Chamber’s Latino Business Outreach

Committee. Enjoying the fine entrees from local Mexican restaurants and beverages

from San Mateo Credit Union were Council member Howard, County

Supervisor Jacobs Gibson, former Mayor Judy Buchan, Young Latino Leaders

Director Paul Vega, and business leaders Barry Jolette, Lourdes Carini, Paul

Powers, Magda Gonzales, Connie Paniagua and Arthur Navarro.

The committee, made up of mostly Latino business leaders, is trying to establish

itself in the mainstream of our community and encourage residents to use their

services. This event was a successful one in creating that partnership.

* * * *

After being hired on July 16, 1979, one of Redwood City’s finest and best loved

officers, John Harp, will be retiring this July. John has been a very visible face in

the Downtown area and will be missed by everyone. He plans on retiring to his

home in Reno, Nevada, with his wife, Mary, and also spending time with his twin

daughters, Jessica and Lauren. Should be a great party in the works for him!

* * * *

City Manager Ed Everett was recently invited to address the general membership

of the Police Officers Association (POA) and explain to them the city’s position on

the continuing labor negotiations. He declined, as I am told, because he felt the

second largest labor organization in the city already was informed and did not

need further explanation. Seems like someone needs to explain something to

someone, because the POA has been without a contract for over a year now and

there is going to be some hefty retroactive pay once this is all solved.

* * * *

Cost Plus opened with an impressive VIP party that was attended by Mayor

Pierce, Vice Mayor Foust, Council members Bain and Howard, former Mayor

Dani Gasparini (she sure can shop), Georgie LaBerge, Bob Bury, County

Supervisor Jacobs Gibson, City Manager Everett, redevelopment staffers Susan

Moeller and Pat Webb, Downtown Business Group President Alice Louise, business

leaders David Amman, Jim Massey, Alyn Beals, Keith and Nina Kadera,

and about a hundred more.

The retail establishment is the first to open

its doors as part of the new downtown cinema

project. If the first day of business — or

the amount of items bought by Gasparini —

was any indication of how successful they

will be, then they will be. The first 100 shoppers

were given $10-off coupons as they

lined up for the first-day opening, and all

were gone even before the doors opened.

Talk about holiday shopping. The store itself

is quite impressive, and once all the parking

and traffic issues are resolved it looks like we

have a sales tax revenue winner here!

* * * *

Now let our politicos figure out how to

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If a kid in Redwood City needs a pal, there’s one organization there to help.

Since the Police Activities League in Redwood City started in 1996, thousands

of youth have had the opportunity to play sports, get tutoring, learn skills and

even play the guitar. But the nonprofit is always trying to raise funds for its services,

and on May 7 motorcycle and poker enthusiasts alike had a chance to play

for the kids.

to study,” he said.

The group is always looking for new fund-raiser ideas as well as sponsors for the

events. For more information about PAL activities, fund-raisers or how to get

involved, call Chris Rasmussen at (650) 556-1650.

The group serves about 4,000 kids per year through numerous activities like afterschool

sports, sports leagues for the elementary and middle schools, boxing, tutoring

and karate. Most activities cost people $20, or $20 per quarter for ongoing

activities. The after-school sports are charged on a sliding scale, said Executive

Director Chris Rasmussen. To offer the services at a low rate, the group must raise

funds and hold a number of large fund-raisers throughout the year. There is a large

golf tournament coming up in June, a big comedy night in October and a blues festival

in July. This was the second year for the motorcycle poker run, an idea

thought up by the president of PAL. “There’s always different ideas on how to

raise different money. I used to have a couple of street rides, with hot rods. I have

a Harley myself. I thought, now let’s try to tap into a different type of audience,”

said President Alpio Barbara.

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Daily Journal newspaper.

Riders gather on Sunday morning for a 90-mile ride. The group is given a list of

stops to make along the way. At each stop the rider picks a card out of a bag and

the selection is marked on a tab sheet and initialed. At the end of the ride, the

group meets up at Redwood General Tire for a barbecue. Whoever has the best

hand wins $250. It’s not only the best hand that is awarded; the group also gives

$125 to whoever rides in with the lowest hand. Everyone walks away with something.

There are raffles for tires, hats and T-shirts among other prizes, and all the

money goes to support the programs.

Those working with PAL who get a salary are paid through the city’s police budget.

Everyone else working is volunteering their time, said Barbara. For Barbara,

working with PAL is a chance to give something back to the community. “People

always say there is no I in team. Here is when you ask what can I do to help. For

some of these kids, it’s tough. When they’re here may be the only time they get


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A Minute With ...

John Anagnostou

John was born in San Francisco and moved to Redwood City when he was 28.

He and his wife of eight years, Patty, have two children, George, 8, and

Alexandra, 6. He was one of the founding members of the Downtown Business

Group and served as president in 1997 and 2001. He and his partners currently

own several properties in the Downtown area, including the Fox and Alhambra

theaters and Foresters Hall on Middlefield.

Why did you become so involved in

the Downtown area?

Because I thought Redwood City was a

sleeping giant.

After all the renovations, the

Downtown area will be?

The most viable nightlife scene in the

Bay Area — excluding San Francisco.

Will the Fox Theatre ever play

movies again?

Possibly “Gone With the Wind” during

the Victorian Days at the Old


What would be your dream act to

perform live at the Fox Theatre?

Paul McCartney.

Favorite movie?

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”


“Back on the Streets Again” by Tower

of Power.

Television show?


What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Good health for myself, family and

friends. Seeing Redwood City come into

its own.

Which living person do you most


Nelson Mandela.

Which living person do you most


Osama bin Laden.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My father and mother.

What is your most treasured possession?

My children!

What talent would you most like to


I wish I had a singing voice.

Something no one knows about you?

In 1990 to 1995, I lost everything I

worked hard for 20 years to obtain.

Five years from now, you will be?

Sharing in the success of one of the

most vibrant cities in America.

If you were to die and come back as

a person or thing, what do you think

it would be?

One of the eagles on the restored courthouse.

What do you consider your greatest


Helping to restore many historical

Downtown buildings and creating a

wonderful music scene.

What or who is the love of your life?

My wife, Patty, and my two children.

20th Annual

Redwood City Police Activities League

Invitational Golf Classic

Friday, June 16th 2006

Shoreline Golf Links

2940 N. Shoreline Blvd.

Mountain View

2pm Shotgun start

Check-in begins @ 12:30

6:30 dinner program

Cost: $140

Includes golf, cart, T-shirt, team photo,

tee prizes, dinner

$100 golf only, $40 dinner only


The Redwood City Police

Activities League Programs

Live auction during dinner


Scramble Team Format,

Prizes for top teams in

Three Flights

Longest Drive

Putting Contest

Closest to the Cooler

For more information please contact Officer Chris Rasmussen (650) 556-1650 or Officer Jaime Mateo (650)444-7225

Marshmallow Drive

Closest to the Pin

Send your check(s) and entry

form(s) to:

Redwood City PAL

Golf Classic

1301 Maple St

Redwood City, CA 94063

Phone: 650-556-1650

Fax: 650-556-1653




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