WITH THE TIMES
Let’s Talk Solutions
Can ONE project be a catalyst to help solve many existing local problems?
The Answer is YES.
The Saltworks project in Redwood City can help address serious issues in the
Redwood City community, like FLOODING.
Low lying areas in Redwood City flood each year because
the Bay Front Canal (a City-owned and maintained facility
adjacent to this area) doesn’t have enough capacity to store
and convey the huge volume of water from the multiple
watersheds that drain into this canal.
The Atherton Channel in particular brings significant
amounts of water into the area from Menlo Park, Atherton
and other areas. Unfortunately, these communities have yet
to address this issue.
Solution to Flooding
While the Saltworks site doesn’t contribute to this problem, we
want to help fix it. A new on-site basin would give those flows
of water someplace to go other than these neighborhoods,
even the vast majority of a 100-year flood event.
Saltworks would build and maintain this basin at no cost
to existing residents.
What do critics of the Saltworks proposal have to offer to
help alleviate this chronic problem? NOTHING.
The Saltworks site, because of its scale, can help satisfy
this important community need. Even though Saltworks
did nothing to cause the problem, it is volunteering to
help fix it!
But don’t take our word for it. See for yourself. Examine
the facts. Ask Redwood City officials for a thorough
evaluation of our proposal and the opportunities – all of
the opportunities – presented by this site.
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Table of Contents
Inside The Spectrum – 4
RCSD Corner – 5
“As I Was Saying...” – 6
Cultural Events – 7
The Davies Bunch: Keeping It
All in the Family – 10
P.S. The People Speak: Letters
to the Editor – 12
News Briefs – 14
Gold on the Vine:
The Dirty Dozen – 16
Community Interest – 21
Millie Cole Honored for Her
Decades of Volunteerism – 24
Shop Redwood City – 26
Insurance Tips: Tips for Buying
a New Home – 29
Senior Activities – 29
A Minute With Bob Bell – 30
April showers bring May flowers, but those flowers could not be any more colorful than the
April 2011 edition of The Spectrum Magazine. We may have outdone ourselves this month with
the quality of people and businesses we are introducing you to.
Our cover story this month is twofold. Sonia Picone has been growing tomato plants and
helping the Sequoia YMCA kids for years. Contributing writer Dale McKee writes about her
and the “Dirty Dozen” and the positive contributions they are making to our community.
On the subject of making positive contributions, Millie Cole was recently honored at the
Sequoia Awards for doing just that. She is a former schoolteacher who has continued the
philosophy of giving back in so many ways. As you will read, she is an inspiration and a true
role model for so many.
For over 75 years, Davies Appliance has been a strong, stable presence in our community,
and that tradition continues today. Learn how Redwood City’s oldest business has survived
the “big box” store invasion and continues to thrive.
This month, publisher Steve Penna writes about the May county supervisor race, a couple of
departures in our community and the new city manager position requirements he favors in his
column “As I Was Saying….”
We also have our regular features on senior activities, items of community interest, news
briefs, cultural and entertainment events, insurance tips from Hector Flamenco, information
from the Redwood City School District and the popular feature “A Minute With.”
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Please visit our website for up-to-the-day information about our community at www.
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Using the technologies of telephone, texting and Facebook, this month’s cover
photo shoot was arranged by Spectrum publisher Steve Penna and cover
subjects Sonia Picone and Millie Cole for Tuesday, March 22, at 2 p.m. at the
“garden” on Cerrito Avenue, off Woodside Road and Alameda.
Penna arrived first and parked on the street, finishing up a telephone
interview as members of the “Dirty Dozen” started showing up. Kaspar
arrived shortly after, followed by Cole. Picone was already at the location
getting things ready because the weather conditions had blown the tarp off
the greenhouse covering the tomatoes.
Over the years, several readers have suggested The Spectrum do a story
on the group but it wasn’t until recently that Penna met Picone, and an
instant friendship and admiration led to this month’s cover. It was Penna who
thought of putting Cole in the shoot after she received the Sequoia Award.
Penna has known her for years and has admired her from day one.
Once they had all moved to the back of the house where the garden is
located, everyone started to exchange greetings and connect the “six degrees
of separation” that were discovered among those they knew. A sense of pride
and excitement was in the air. It was a magical shoot for all.
The entire shoot took about one hour.
Who could have come up with the idea of pricking (transplanting) 600
tomato and pepper plants for a total of 3,000 plants to sell, benefiting local
kids at the Sequoia YMCA Redwood City summer camp? An obvious answer
would be Cole herself.
By the 1920s, a “hot tomato” was slang for an attractive woman, and
though the term is no longer current, most Americans recognize it. We kindly
refer to Picone and Cole as such in jest on the cover to convey the mood of
the shoot and the spirit they both possess.
The Spectrum is extremely honored to introduce you to Picone and the
Dirty Dozen as well as to Cole. They are all examples of what our community
spirit is all about. Those who give of their time, efforts and commitment
are inspiring and serve as examples for our community to emulate. Let’s all
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RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District
Roy Cloud “Dads Club”
A few years ago, Matt Castagnola sat down with Greg
Land, the principal at Roy Cloud School, where his
daughter attends, to discuss what needs existed in
the school community that might be met by increased
parent involvement. Out of that conversation was born
the Roy Cloud Dads Club, a group that has since grown
to include more than 30 fathers dedicated to improving
the quality of their neighborhood school and, more
importantly, to building community.
“It’s really like the social arm of the PTA,” said Castagnola, who grew up
in private school and saw firsthand the positive benefits that organized parent
engagement had on his school experience. “It’s all about bringing the parents
together to meet people and families you’ve never met, and also to help bring
the kids together outside of their usual social groups.”
The dads tackle a wide array of undertakings at Roy Cloud, a school in
the Redwood City School District spanning kindergarten through eighth
grade. Founder and President Castagnola, together with Vice President Mike
Jackson, coordinates various annual social events, which have exploded
in popularity among students and parents. Last year’s spaghetti dinner, for
example, attracted close to 300 pasta lovers, prompting the club to consider
adding a grill-out event in the spring. Dad Steve Salazar, also the owner of
Sneakers Pub & Grill, a favorite San Carlos eatery, was the lead organizer of
the toothsome evening.
The club also organizes family fitness nights geared toward wellness and
designed to keep the kids active, moving and enjoying healthy food options.
Periodically, a dad will also set up a projector to host outdoor movie nights.
“This is not about fundraising,” said Castagnola. “It’s about giving parents a
break and families having fun, together.”
An overnight campout on the baseball field, facilitated by the Dads Club,
is another recurring event that is growing into a much-loved tradition among
Cloud students. The theme for the annual event this past year — fittingly, in
light of the Giants World Series run — was “Field of Dreams” and tickets
to the event quickly sold out at Cloud’s auction party at the Elks Club.
Participation in the on-campus sleepover has fully doubled since last year,
from 40 to 80 campers, who enjoyed the classic baseball movie The Sandlot and
a barbecue dinner of burgers and hot dogs. “The kids really loved it and then
everyone woke up and had a pancake and bacon breakfast,” said Castagnola.
One notable Dads Club project this past school year has been the
construction of nine backpack racks, which Land has praised as improving
campus neatness. The lead organizer of the project, dad Adrian Smith,
designed the racks to hold the older students’ backpacks, which, when laden
with myriad textbooks and school supplies, were determined to weigh up to
50 pounds each! Twenty dedicated dads spent a weekend sawing, hammering
and painting the racks, finished in a bright sky blue.
“The Dads Club has created a venue for more dads to get involved in our
school and has created some new social connections among our families,”
said Land. “We are so incredibly fortunate to have so many dedicated parent
leaders and volunteers at our school, and we simply could not do it without them.”
Above, from left: John Banfield (drilling), Adrian Smith and Vince Kapral. Below, from
left: Patrick Truby, Chris Rohlfes (with screw gun), Twain Mein and Matt Castagnola.
Above: All the material before assembly, being touched up by Alan Hansen. Below,
from left: Mein, Rohlfes, Smith (the designer), Truby and Castagnola.
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As I Was
Publisher | Steve Penna
In case you haven’t noticed, a county supervisor
campaign is going on right now. Six candidates
are running for the seat that was vacated by Mark
Church when he was elected last November
as county chief elections officer and assessor/
county clerk/recorder. He could have resigned his
supervisor seat then instead of forcing a special
election, but he did not have enough respect for us
taxpayers to do so. So we have to foot the bill for
the May 3 contest.
The election is an all-mail ballot that has Richard
Holober, president of the San Mateo County
Community College District board, Burlingame
Mayor Terry Nagel, San Mateo resident
Demetrios Nikas, Millbrae Councilwoman Gina
Papan, San Mateo Union High School District
trustee Dave Pine and activist Michael Stogner
all running to win the seat.
If most of the candidates seem unfamiliar to
Redwood City voters, they should. The seat that is
up for grabs is in District 1, which is in the north
county. But since it is an at-large election, we all
get the chance to vote. There has been discussion
about holding elections from within each district,
but since all supervisors vote on all county
issues, holding them accountable to all residents
is important. The fact that there are so many
candidates running from different backgrounds
and financial statuses should eliminate talk of
district elections in the near future.
Here’s how I see the election so far. U.S. Sen.
Barbara Boxer, the California Federation of
Teachers and the California Nurses Association
announced their endorsements of Holober, which
is not surprising since he is viewed as a candidate
who heavily supports unions and their causes.
But what was surprising was that the San Mateo
County Central Labor Council endorsed three
of the six candidates: Holober, Papan and Pine.
That shows me they (unions) don’t think Holober
will win and don’t want to throw all their eggs in
one basket but wanted to show support for him
supporting them. That’s how the game works.
The race really seems to be between two
candidates, Papan and Pine. Pine got a key
endorsement from the Sierra Club. He is also
endorsed by Redwood City Councilmen Ian Bain
and John Seybert as well as Assemblyman Rich
Gordon. He also has a very large campaign war
chest to get his message out to voters.
At this point, Papan seems to have the most
support and momentum. The San Mateo County
Association of Realtors, the San Mateo County
Deputy Sheriff’s Association and the International
Association of Firefighters Local 1879 all
endorsed her, as did Redwood City Vice Mayor
Alicia Aguirre and state Sen. Leland Yee. Her
father is the late Lou Papan, who was known as
the “Dean of the Assembly” for his 20 years of
service as assemblyman.
Of all the candidates I have met, Holober,
Papan and Pine are all worthy of the seat and each
brings some different quality that will make them
effective in the position.
Registered voters should have received or
will soon receive their ballots in the mail. Voter
response is expected to be very low, so be sure you
make it a priority to check your favorite candidate
and mail in your ballot before May 3.
By the way, I predict Papan will win.
Just as the search and recruitment process for a new
city manager began, our City Council announced
they were going to forgo the process and appoint
interim City Manager Bob Bell as permanent.
Surprised? I wasn’t. Even though when Bell first
took over he and several council members said it
would be just to guide “us” through the next couple
of months until “we” find a replacement, it became
apparent to so many that he seemed to just grow
into the position. Similar to how his predecessor,
Peter Ingram, did, but in a different way.
Some may attribute his recent handling of union
negotiations and his willingness to clean house
and make needed cuts to all departments and
personnel as reasons for his appointment. But I
look at other qualities as well. If he couldn’t do
those basic tasks, then I would hope our council
would not have appointed him. After all they are
paid to make those decisions, I trust that they feel,
moving forward, that he is the type of leader who
will work well with them.
I remember watching a council meeting one
Monday night when some youth group was being
honored. Bell was so excited for them that he literally ran
off the dais and took a picture of the group getting
a proclamation. In all my years of reporting, I have
never seen any elected official or department head
do that. That is when I thought to myself, that is
the kind of manager I want for my community.
Someone who is so involved and so proud that
he wants to capture the moment much as a parent
would. To me, actions like that speak so much
stronger than any words. Along with that, he has
been quite effective in implementing council
policy and assisting in moving our community in
a more fiscally responsible direction. So, forward
we go. One of his first major tasks will be to
recruit and hire our next police chief.
After I found out about the appointment, I
started to think about the issue of our city manager
being required to live in Redwood City. According
to the city charter (the community bible that
governs us all), section 26, the city manager’s
“residence shall not be a qualification for his
appointment; but promptly thereafter, he shall
become and thereafter remain an actual resident
of the city.” Since the city manager is essentially
our CEO and the administrative head of the city
government, it makes complete sense that he/she
should be required to live in the community he/she
is responsible for. Bell lives in Belmont and has
not voiced any plans of moving.
Does that really matter in today’s business
environment? It seems that the charter has the
right concept, and the argument of requiring
residency is very valid, but after all, that person
is chosen solely with reference to “executive and
administrative qualifications,” so, like many CEOs,
he might not live in the area he works for.
That has been the case here with past city
managers. Peter Ingram lived in unincorporated
Redwood City, Ed Everett in Belmont (he moved
to Redwood City after his divorce several years
after taking the helm) and James Smith in Foster
City. Now you might think this is unusual because
the city charter must be changed by voters to allow
one to live elsewhere. Not so.
Precedence was set by a California ruling that
basically threw out any type of residency requirement
because it is, you guessed it, discriminatory.
That ruling supersedes Redwood City’s charter,
so recently contracts have been worded that it is
“desired” that the employee live in Redwood City.
End of that story.
As I have been telling you for the past couple
of months, there have been changes at City Hall
and a big one happened last month. Pat Webb,
who has been with city for 13 years, retired. The
last title she held for the city was community
development services supervisor. During her time
with the city, she saw and was instrumental in
so many changes to our community, including
affordable housing, grants and the downtown area.
She was also someone who contributed to our
community in her off hours through Chamber of
Commerce and other activities.
I hope they downloaded just a few megabits of
the information in her brain so the good work she
started can continue. Best of luck, Pat!
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2209 Broadway, downtown Redwood City
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Pride and Joy. 9 p.m. Friday, April 8.
Metal Shop and The Butlers. 9 p.m. Saturday,
Comedy Monday. 8 p.m. Monday, April 11.
E.C. Scott and Smoke (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7
p.m. Wednesday, April 13.
“Tickle Me” Comedy Special. 8 p.m. Thursday,
An Evening with “House of Floyd.” 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 16.
The Art of Tango. 6 p.m. Sunday, April 17.
Comedy Monday. 8 p.m. Monday, April 18.
Wendy DeWitt (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 20.
Luce. 8 p.m. Friday, April 22.
Richard Bean & Sapo. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 23.
Comedy Monday. 8 p.m. Monday, April 25.
Bluestate (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 27.
Guitarfest 2011. 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28.
Mustache Harbor. 9 p.m. Friday, April 29.
The Refugees – A Tribute to Tom Petty & the
Heartbreakers. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30.
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Filoli, designed by California architect Willis Polk
and built in the early part of the 20th century,
is one of the finest examples of country house
architecture in the United States and is one of the
few in California that remains intact in its original
setting. Bruce Porter, with later help from Isabella
Worn, laid out the 16 acres of gardens. Both guided
and self-guided tours of the house and grounds
are available from February through October.
• Guided House and Garden Tour – This twohour,
docent-led tour includes both the house
and the gardens. Reservations required.
• Self-Guided Tour – No reservations required
for this tour. A map is available for the selfguided
tour and volunteers are posted in both
the house and the gardens to answer questions.
There is also a continuous 14-minute video on
the history of Filoli available in the Visitor and
• Nature Hike – This hike is available by
reservation only on Saturdays at 10 a.m.
The hike covers roughly three miles of trails
and takes approximately two and a half
hours. Nature docents describe wildlife,
plants, endangered species and the historical
background of the area. Visitors may not hike
without a docent.
• Orchard Tour – This tour is available on
selected days throughout the open season. With
a docent tour of the unique heirloom orchard,
learn about the tradition of the gentleman’s
orchard, and how Filoli is conserving not only
rare fruits but also this defining landscape
feature of the country estate. Reservations required.
Open Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.,
Sunday 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (last admission is 2:30 p.m.)
Admission: adults $15, seniors (ages 65 and older)
$12, students $5, children ages 4 and younger are
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The Davies Bunch: Keeping It All in the Family
By Nicole Minieri, contributing writer
Who could have guessed that a failed 1923 invention would pave the way
for one of Redwood City’s most profitable and upstanding establishments?
Located at 1580 El Camino Real, Davies Appliance is a family-run company
that’s been serving the San Francisco Bay Area for over 75 years and is still
going strong, with a remarkable Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating of A+ to
boot. In addition to such well-deserved accolades and commercial success,
this dynamic retail enterprise has an engaging history.
Originally established in 1916 as a small auto
repair shop at the corner of El Camino Real and
Vera Avenue, Davies Auto Repair was owned and
operated by Edward Davies, one of seven children
of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Davies. After suffering a series
of financial struggles over the next several years
and diverting his attention toward developing an
engine invention only to have it fall short in 1923,
Davies decided it would be best to pass his beloved
business on to his younger brothers, Albert and
Thomas, with the hope they would assume full
responsibility for his debts. At the time of the
business transfer, Thomas was already an employee
at the auto repair shop and Albert was fresh out of
Sequoia High School. Upon assuming ownership,
the brothers remodeled the outdated outfit and
changed the nature of the business from fixing
“buckets of bolts” to selling Willys-Overland cars
under the new name of Davies Auto Company.
“In 1931 Al Davies didn’t really like the style
of the Willys dealership, so he chose to take on
the Chevrolet franchise and held it until 1992, one
of the oldest franchises in the country,” said Joe
Biddle, present owner of Davies Appliance. “But
also, during the 1930s General Motors owned
Frigidaire and asked the Davies dealership to put
some appliances on the floor, which was mainly
refrigerators and ranges at that time. The selling
of appliances along with Chevrolet cars continued
on until appliances became more popular, and that
is what initially started Davies Appliance.”
With the slow but steady increase in popularity
of household appliances and the sudden increase
in the sale of automobiles, the Davies brothers
determined that it was time to separate the
two entities, and in 1941 a new showroom was
built at Jefferson and El Camino Real (Sequoia
Station) to accommodate auto sales and service
work only. The grand opening of the showroom
was in January 1942. However, even as business
was growing, the Davies brothers began to face
unavoidable hardships with both endeavors as a
result of World War II. But with smart thinking
in the midst of the war years, they acquired used
cars and supplemented their business with the
handling of general merchandise.
“Sales were very poor during the second
world war, but they took on Firestone and other
accessories to pull them through because they
couldn’t sell automobiles, and appliances were
scarce during the war as well,” said Biddle.
“Luckily, they managed to sell enough to keep
them afloat and remain in business. Actually,
things turned out very well for them after the war
because Al stockpiled a lot of automobiles during
the war, and the sale of used cars opened up by
the late 40s–early 50s.”
The appliance sector, which was still a small,
separate operation, also experienced postwar
financial gain. Business was booming, and
by 1951 the Davies brothers moved the entire
appliance department to a larger location at
1502 El Camino Real in order to accommodate
the expansion of a variety of home appliances,
including televisions and radios. And good
fortune would stretch quite a way for the Davis
Brothers, because by 1963 the annual sale of
appliances and TVs grossed approximately
$300,000, and auto sales and service totaled in
excess of $3 million.
Grateful for their wealth, Al and Thomas
Davies always publicly expressed gratitude
toward their hard-working loyal staff as well,
which consisted of 68 employees in the auto
division and seven employees in TVs and
appliances. Joining the dedicated Davies force
was Biddle, who married Al’s eldest daughter,
Virginia, in 1953. Oddly, the two had been in the
same graduating high school class in 1951 but
never personally met until they ended up going on
skiing trips at the same time in Long Barn, Calif.,
well after commencement.
“I came into the picture because of my wife,
Virginia,” said Biddle. “I went into the Air Force
right out of high school and was stationed all over
this country and in Germany,” he said. “When I
came home from the Air Force in 1955, I went to
work in a grocery store and decided I better go
to college. Virginia’s father offered to give me a
part-time job detailing automobiles while I went
to San Jose State. I graduated third in my class in
1960, an achievement I am very proud of today. I
was hired out of San Jose State to work at Ampex
as a military project administrator in Redwood
City. Once funding was lost, the job became less
interesting, and that’s when Virginia’s father
offered me a job running the appliance store. So I
came to this store in 1963 and have been here ever
since. This store has been my life.”
While caring for their two children and keeping
house, Virginia also worked alongside Biddle at
the appliance store, doing all of the bookkeeping
and accounting. When she retired from work to
care for their grandchildren, their daughter, Linda,
took over the position and currently manages all
of the daily operations of Davies Appliance with
her brother, Bill. Biddle highly praises his entire
team as being just as committed and involved
as the staff was back in 1963. “This business is
very rough because it takes a lot of money to run
and you really have to get the right people to run
“We do not do any baitand-switch
advertising like some
of our competitors.
Everything on the floor
is truthfully priced”
it. We have the best staff without question,” said
Biddle. “Our sales manager, Dennis Morelli, is
absolutely the best salesman I have ever had in 48
they don’t pay for it; we do.”
But getting once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to
travel to exotic, faraway places may not be nearly
“We are back and ahead of the game now!”
years. He is a fantastic person and always does a
In fact, Morelli will in be in charge of operating
the store after this year, along with Biddle’s
grandson, Chris Chambers, another ace employee.
“He has been with us for several months, and we
are going to lose him for four months while he
plays semipro baseball this summer in Canada,”
said Biddle. “I’m very proud of my grandson.
He is an excellent salesman and has a great
personality. He is just a wonderful kid.”
I suppose it should come as no surprise to
any of us that Chambers happens to be Biddle’s
numero-uno contender to take over the historic
family business when he retires. Oh, wait, that’s
right, Biddle doesn’t plan on retiring. “I won’t
retire,” said Biddle. “I come and go as I please,
plus my wife and I take a lot of time to travel. In
the earlier days most of the companies we dealt
with had incentive trips, and we won so many
of those trips all over the world. We have been
to Europe 34 times, the Far East 15 times, South
America, Africa, Hong Kong and China. But now,
as exhilarating to Biddle as the success streak
Davies Appliance has had under his reign. “We
run a very honest business,” said Biddle. “We do
not do any bait-and-switch or false advertising
like some of our competitors. Everything on
the floor is truthfully priced. Our reputation
is such that we even sell to a lot of celebrities.
We definitely keep it real, even through the
difficult times. Business was slow over the last
several years, but now business has picked up
tremendously over the last few months. We are
back and ahead of the game now!”
In a Feb. 13, 1963, Redwood City Tribune
article titled “Invention That Failed Led to Start
of Davies Auto Co.,” Al Davies was quoted as
saying, “The next 20 years will be important
in America’s future. I hope and pray that there
will be enough strong people to keep alive the
American way of life as I have known it.” Who
would have guessed 48 years later that this
sentiment was a self-fulfilling prophecy? How
amazing is that!
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Davies bunch! This page, top: Davies offers pickup and delivery service daily. Above: the Davies office and sales team.
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P.S. The People Speak: Letters to the Editor
Mayor Ira: ‘The definition of insanity’
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and
expecting different results.”
This quote is sometimes attributed to Benjamin Franklin, and other times
to Albert Einstein, but either way, it’s clear that these wise men weren’t
talking about municipal finance and the staggering increases in employee
costs facing local governments. But they might as well have been. To
continue to allow exploding increases in employee costs and expect to
maintain any sense of financial stability is nothing less than insanity.
In the last 10 years in Redwood City, while revenue has crept up by a mere
16 percent, the number of employees has decreased by 19 percent (a reduction
of 83 positions) and the average total cost per employee (salaries and benefits)
has risen over 90 percent to a staggering $156,000 per employee. It’s a fiscal
trajectory faced by local governments that will bankrupt cities in a few years
or require intolerable cuts in services to the community. Employee costs need
to be brought under control now.
Those of us who have been given the mantle of leadership owe it to those
we serve, the people of our communities, to ensure there is integrity in the
fiscal stability of the communities in which they live, work, play and serve.
A practical, realistic approach is needed, not a continuing erroneous belief
that we can continue on the same path as in years past. Those who represent
employee labor groups also need to realize we are on an insane course toward
financial demise and need to come to agreement on the best approach to rein
in these costs.
Mayor Ira wrong on his ‘frustration’
Jeff Ira, Mayor, City of Redwood City
Redwood City Mayor Jeff Ira said on March 22 that he is frustrated by
Redwood City residents voicing their opposition to the proposed Cargill
project. He states that no one yet knows what the proposal is and therefore
commenting is premature. This confuses me. In May 2010, Cargill submitted
an application to develop 1,436 acres of salt flats in Redwood City. The
application, which can be found at www.redwoodcity.org/phed/planning/
saltworks, specifically proposes to build 12,000 housing units and 1,000,000
square feet of commercial and office space.
Hundreds of Redwood City residents are voicing their opposition to these
specific plans. I am disheartened to hear any elected official publicly say he is
frustrated when citizens express their opinions on issues that will affect their
The commuter side of Saltworks
I recently read the results of the commuter survey, and it made me wonder if
people who oppose new housing on the Saltworks here in Redwood City ever
thought about what really matters to people who work here but can’t afford to
I myself used to commute long-distance from Tracy every day to come to
work in Redwood City, which made my quality of life terrible. It was a twohour
drive one-way for a total of four hours of commuting per day. Now I am
a business owner and I can afford to live here. I have employees who work
for me, and none of them can afford to live in Redwood City. One is a mother
of three and commutes every day from Hayward. Another is a single mother
with a son and commutes from South San Francisco. One of my employees
resigned last month because he was unable to make the commute every day
from Albany. Both of the ladies I still employ would love to live in Redwood
City but cannot afford to. My business is a 24-hour business that would
function more effectively if my employees could actually live in this city and
be closer to work.
I feel for these ladies and their daily commute. Is that what we really want?
For dedicated working people to choose between hours on the road, and away
from their children and families? As far as we are concerned, those new
houses can’t get built fast enough.
New soccer fields needed
Corrin Rankin, Redwood City
It’s hard to find a family in Redwood City that doesn’t have a child playing or
wanting to play youth soccer. We have kids with so much talent and desire (I
myself have two kids who are great soccer players), but they wind up having
to play on crowded and terrible fields.
The beating the current fields take is tremendous: There’s just too much
demand for them, from both youth and adult leagues. Playing on fields like
that is not only frustrating to kids, it can increase the risk of injury.
So I was more than thrilled to see how much of the Saltworks site will be
devoted to new soccer fields as part of setting aside half the land for open
space. We need those fields, badly. And to have it paid for by the developer
makes the proposal even better.
This is just what the soccer playing kids of Redwood City need.
Joel Sage, Redwood City
Kaia Eakin, Redwood City
And on his criticism?
Recently Redwood City Mayor Jeff Ira said that Cargill is paying for staff
time to work on their application to develop 1,436 acres of salt flats. This
“provides an additional revenue source” for the city, he says, which is
particularly helpful in these lean times. Unfortunately for the citizens of
Redwood City, it seems that not all revenue sources are equal. When staff in
the city manager’s office raised over $100,000 in grants in 2009–10 to study
and implement a climate action plan and environmental program, the council
in its March 22, 2010, meeting criticized them and ordered an audit to make
sure they were not costing the city any money. Is it that when the source is
Cargill, the revenue is good, but when the source is the Packard Foundation
for implementation of environmental programs, the revenue is bad?
Bryan Beck, Redwood City
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Sketch Released of Attempted Kidnapper
Year in Jail for Giants ‘One-Punch Death’
Redwood City police released a
sketch of a man who attempted to
kidnap a 14-year-old girl, police
The girl was walking in the 100
block of Arch Street when a man
drove his car into a driveway, blocking
her path. The suspect opened the door
of his car, threatened the girl and
ordered her into his car. The girl
refused and the suspect drove away.
The man, described as a white man
in his 40s with short gray hair and a
heavyset build, was last seen driving
east on Hopkins Avenue, police said.
The man’s car was described as a
newer model, gray, four-door sedan,
with dry cleaning hanging in the
driver-side rear window, police said.
Anyone with information
regarding this incident is urged to
call the Redwood City police at 650-
A San Carlos man was sentenced to a year in jail for the one-punch death of
another man outside AT&T Park during a San Francisco Giants game in 2008.
Taylor Buckley, 20, was sentenced at a tear-filled hearing in San Francisco
Superior Court that drew dozens of family members and friends of the victim,
18-year-old Anthony Giraudo, as well as Buckley’s family and friends.
Buckley agreed to a plea deal last month on an involuntary manslaughter
charge for sucker-punching Giraudo during an argument outside the stadium
during a Giants game on May 9, 2008.
Giraudo, a baseball player who was a student at Cañada College in
Redwood City, fell and struck his head on the pavement. He died the next day
at San Francisco General Hospital.
His father, Bob Giraudo, spoke at the sentencing, calling the death
“senseless. There are no words to express the pain my family feels,” he said.
Buckley had been out of custody on bail until pleading guilty on Feb. 10,
and Giraudo’s mother, Sherri, described getting late-night phone calls on
several occasions from friends who were “hysterical” after seeing Buckley
out at parties and concerts.
Five friends of the Giraudo family also spoke at the hearing, with many
saying the sentence was too light and admonishing Buckley for his actions,
causing Buckley’s mother at one point to storm out of the courtroom.
Before being sentenced, Buckley tearfully apologized to the Giraudos. “I’m
sorry; I truly am,” he said while choking back tears.
Buckley’s attorney, Douglas Horngrad, pointed out that more than 40
letters were submitted to the court by Buckley’s family and friends vouching
for his character. “This is not a time for bitterness or anger,” he said.
However, Judge James Collins said, “The Taylor Buckley in the letters is
different from the Taylor Buckley in the probation report,” which showed a
young man who was violent and disrespectful and “always with alcohol on board.”
Collins sentenced Buckley to a year in county jail, with 47 days’ credit for
time served, and five years’ probation. He added a stipulation requiring that
Buckley “not have a drop of alcohol” during the probation period.
Buckley will also have to repay the state more than $9,000 in restitution
that it paid to Giraudo’s family.
Collins said he hopes the hearing “gives some closure to everybody.”
Two Arrested for Strong-Arm Robbery
Two men are in custody after robbing and beating a man waiting for a taxi
on the 1800 block of Broadway in Redwood City, according to police. The
victim was treated and released at a local hospital, according to police.
The victim was approached by four men, who punched and kicked him
while taking his cell phone and shoes. He received a laceration to the head,
according to police.
One suspect, a 17-year-old from East Palo Alto, was arrested shortly after
the incident and was found to have the man’s cell phone. The other three
suspects were identified, and detectives located and arrested Damar Desean
Walker, 18, of Redwood City, according to police.
Two Arrested in RWC Caltrain Attack
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of beating and robbing a man at the
Redwood City Caltrain station last month, agency officials said.
Desean Walker, 19, and Thomas Nicholas Furman, 18, both of Redwood
City, were arrested by transit police on suspicion of robbery and assault with
great bodily injury, according to Caltrain officials.
The pair was arrested in connection with the March 4 attack that left a
47-year-old man in critical condition at a hospital, officials said.
The victim was attacked by a group of assailants who were trying to rob
him as he waited for a southbound train at about 7:30 p.m. that day.
If Walker’s name sounds familiar it is because he was already in custody
(see above item) on unrelated robbery charges when he was arrested for the
Caltrain attack, according to officials.
Three search warrants were also executed in Redwood City and East Palo
Alto in connection with the case, and evidence recovered during the searches
has provided investigators with information that they say will help locate
other suspects in the case.
“We are confident that everyone will be brought to justice,” Dave Triolo,
Caltrain’s chief of protective services, said in a statement.
“This incident is an extremely rare occurrence in the Caltrain system and
we want to deliver a clear message: Commit a crime and face a swift and
effective response from law enforcement,” Triolo said.
Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to contact Detective
Victor Lopez at 650-622-8048.
Orozco Takes 43-Year Plea Deal
The county’s youngest murder defendant, known mostly from his escape
from juvenile hall and jailhouse plot to intimidate witnesses, took a 43-year
plea deal rather than face life in prison without parole.
Josue Raul Orozco, 20, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter for
shooting Francisco Rodriguez, 21, in the back of the head on July 12, 2005,
as he ran to safety outside his Redwood City home. Orozco also admitted
several gang and witness-tampering charges. In return, Orozco received a
43-year sentence of which he must serve 85 percent. He has credit for several
years served already.
Prosecutor Josh Stauffer called the resolution good considering his age and
that the first trial ended with a hung jury.
“We were able to secure a very large sentence on a very bad guy,” Stauffer said.
Stauffer and the defense had been discussing a possible plea deal since the
end of Orozco’s first trial, which ended in a mistrial, but nothing was secure.
Orozco was just 14 when charged with murder, gun and gang allegations in
Rodriguez’s death. The case gave Orozco the dubious distinction of being the
youngest person ever charged as an adult with murder in San Mateo County.
Two years later, he became the first ward to escape from the county’s recently
opened juvenile hall.
Orozco was not charged with the escape attempt although jurors in
the 2009 trial learned of it from Stauffer, who argued fleeing showed
consciousness of guilt. Jurors primarily were asked to decide if Orozco was a
cold-blooded killer looking to earn respect of fellow gang members or a shy
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Events Around Town
Kiwanis Club Crab Cioppino
From top left: Councilwoman Rosanne Foust and Jeff Thorson shared a laugh. Members of the Sequoia High School Key Club volunteered. Elizabeth Goleta had a blast. Lynne
Mercer showed off her special Kiwanis shirt. A group of attendees struck a pose for Kiwanis. A joyful cioppino lover and Nicole McKay finished up a successful night.
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Gold on the Vine: The Dirty Dozen
By Dale McKee, contributing writer
When I was told I would be writing a story about the Dirty Dozen,
I half expected something involving Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas
and World War II movies. I certainly didn’t expect to find a pastoral
garden hidden in Redwood City — a peaceful, idyllic yard that
stretches back over two lots and has lush, green vines, crated plants
and flowering fruit trees. And I can’t imagine a person who’s more
the antithesis of a squinting, dirt-faced commando than Sonia Picone.
Sonia Picone readies seed for sale to help send local kids to camp.
Picone is a warm, classy lady with great drive
and incredible optimism. She’ll insist that the Dirty
Dozen is a team effort and that it’s not about her.
The group is a motivated collection of volunteers,
centered around the Sequoia YMCA, who work
an impressive organic farm and organize the sale
of its proceeds for the benefit of the community
youth. But the story of the Dirty Dozen certainly
begins with Picone. We spoke as she gave me a
tour of the amazing garden that — like Picone —
gives so much to the community and its future.
“When my mom died in 2005,” Picone said,
“she had this beautiful garden. She had tomato
plants, pepper plants, a giant pumpkin growing,
she had basil — you name it, she had it in the garden,
the most beautiful garden she’d ever had. And
so I was really suffering. I didn’t know what to
do. I was in despair about my mom’s death. And
I thought, you know what, I’m going to call my
cousin, who’s a master gardener. Why don’t we pick
all of the seeds out of the tomatoes and save them?”
She explained this to me as she showed me
a tented enclosure that held no less than 3,000
tomato plants of all varieties. There were types
I’d never even heard of, all in little planter boxes
covered on top but open to the weather on the sides.
“My mother had the tomatoes named after a
lot of people,” Picone added, showing me a few.
Some of the seeds came from Italy. “We planted
all the seeds, and then we saved them for the
next year. And then I gathered my grandchildren
and my kids, their spouses, the people in the
neighborhood, whoever wanted to come who felt
close to my mom and dad, and I asked them if
they would want to plant the seeds again for the
next year.” They planted so many that they didn’t
know what to do with them all, and that’s where
the story gets really interesting.
“What can we do with all these plants?” she’d
wondered. “So my grandkids said maybe we
should sell them. So we ended up selling them.
My mother was really involved with the Sequoia
YMCA, and so I thought, let’s bring them the
money.” They were able to hand Julie Wesolek,
the executive director of the YMCA, a $100 check
that first year. Their fledgling effort, however, was
only just taking off.
The next year, they gathered and were able to
recruit more people to help, and they made $350.
The third year, that number swelled to $975, and
the fourth, it reached $3,500. Last year, they were
able to raise and donate $7,000, which sent 50
children to summer camp.
“It’s all about helping, giving back to the
community,” Picone said. “Sustainability.
We want to teach the kids, and now we have
a greenhouse donated to the Y.” They’re not
benefiting the kids just by sending them to camp.
They’re also educating and enriching them by
teaching them about sustainable agriculture.
Most kids these days think apples come from the
supermarket, Picone pointed out, and learning the
process of how they are grown is a valuable and
eye-opening experience for them.
“We’re really hard-working people, and I don’t
want my grandkids to ever forget where we came
from. We came from dirt gardeners. In this country
you can do or be anything you want to be,” she said.
When she was a child, Picone’s parents sent
her down to the valley to pick fruit and work.
“I really became very attached to the land,” she
said. She wanted to continue her parents’ legacy,
“especially my mother, because she was a giving
person. She gave to everybody.”
It was this generosity that inspired Picone
to continue the project to benefit the Y and the
community. “We have fruits and vegetables here
during summer months,” she said. “We collect
all the fruits, harvest them and bring them to the
YMCA and give them away.” Fig trees, plums,
Asian pears and many grafted trees bearing
multiple fruits thrive beyond the tomato plants,
not to mention a chicken yard with egg-laying
fowl. “I guess I’m like the Scarlett O’Hara of
Redwood City,” she smiled. “Over my dead body
will there ever be a house here. My husband
agrees, and he’s also the one who trims the trees
The Dirty Dozen, which is now actually more
like two dozen, got together through a chain of
networking and interest, primarily through the Y.
What started with the Picone family has grown to
become a much larger effort. “It’s really exciting
because a lot of people have gotten together for
a common cause, which is to help the children,
the community and the YMCA.” The group has
grown over the years, and now includes Sueann
Stone, Jean Dini, Janet Thomas, Sue Eyre, Lynette
Bogan, Kay Grant, Donna Forsman, Barbara
Wilson, Ray and Sonia Picone, Pat Davey, Judy
Zugelder (who has the distinction of naming the
group), Lilo Leupi, Judy Lund, Glenda Maguire,
Christiane Barth, Judith Uccelli, Larry Dini, Margie
Chiechi, Donna and Vince Aiello, Judy Allbritton,
Dolores Malmborg and Maria Tarczy. Picone had
high praise for her team’s efforts, along with those
of the community and supporters.
“They are truly amazing. Most are longtime
Sequoia Y members’ family and friends,”
Picone said. ”We are a group of volunteers, no
membership, that grew from 12 to what it is today
because we wanted to work together for one
common bond, to give back to children in our
community so that they would have the benefit of
going to Sequoia Y summer camp.”
Picone continued, “Maria Peterson, owner of
Styles Hair Design in Redwood City, is our Dirty
Dozen cheerleader! Historically she has given
plants from our sale to her clients. We gave her
an honorary Dirty Dozen shirt to thank her and
named a tomato after her. The other person we
named a tomato for is Donato, owner of the Donato
Enoteca restaurant. He has been a local supporter
to our group since he opened his restaurant almost
two years ago.” Other major supporters have been
Lyngso Garden Materials, Wegman’s Nursery and
Franchi Seeds/Farmer John.
All this work culminates in the benefit sale, where
you can take home some of these magnificent,
locally grown tomatoes. One type of tomato, Maska’s
Favorite, is named after Picone’s mother and is an
award-winner. They have cherry, beefsteak, plum
and many other varieties. The sale is Saturday, April
16, starting at 9 a.m. at the Picone residence: 262
Santiago Ave., Redwood City, off of Woodside
Road. Over 3,000 tomato plants of all varieties
will be selling for $3 each. Picone has already
passed out over a thousand postcards and is
hoping to make this year their best sale yet. “We
can send so many more kids to camp,” she said.
Last year, people made purchases, but some also
made donations. People came from San Francisco,
San Jose, and some from as far away as Boulder
Creek. A lot of people donated boxes, dirt and
even coffee — an element this writer understands
and appreciates — to the effort. They save and
reuse seeds. Everything is done organically, with
no pesticides involved. They use recycling and
composting to this end, even laying down straw
instead of spraying herbicide to control weeds. It’s
about sharing the legacy of her family.
“One thing people should know is you sell the
tomatoes in mid-April, but you can put them in
your window sill until May before putting them in
the ground. You don’t have to rush home and get
them in the ground right away,” Picone said.
Maintaining this garden and contributing to the
community looks like a lot of work, even to my
untrained eyes. And it is, Picone agrees, but she
insists that it’s a labor of love. It’s a living legacy
and testament to her family. She insists it’s a team
effort and not about her, but her positive drive and
determination began a benefit to the community
and the generations to come.
Let Telly Savalas top that.
Editor’s note: For more information about the sale and other
ways to benefit the youth programs, visit the YMCA website at
Members of the Dirty Dozen showing love and care for the plants and our community.
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Events Around Town
Rotary Club Irish Night
From top left: Supporting Kainos and the Rotary Club were Gary Markwith, Rosanne Foust, Rosie Markwith and Lourdes Carini. Friends from the San Mateo Credit Union had
a blast! Former Redwood City Mayors Jim Hartnett, Jack Greenalch, Rosanne Foust and Bill Royer. Kainos family members enjoying the dinner and auction. Cheri Hurst gets
catered to by one of the Smith twins. Auctioneer Jack Stephens gets the crowd in the giving mood. Jack Castle is always there to support a great cause.
give our students
the education they
need to succeed!
Benefit for a Brighter Future 2011
May 6, 2011 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Pacific Shores Center
A lively evening featuring students, sharks, jazz, and the business,
community, and education leaders of Redwood City.
Sponsor, volunteer, or buy a ticket!
See how you can help at www.rcef.org/brighter future. For
sponsorships contact Zeke Mead at: email@example.com or
Presenting Sponsor: Wells Fargo
Program Sponsors: Google, Port of Redwood City
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Events Around Town
Goodwill Hunting Fashion Show
The eighth annual show at Casa de Redwood on Veterans Boulevard proved to be a great afternoon of style and community sharing. From top left: Ginny Hughes and
Councilwoman Rosanne Foust outbid each other for auction items. A group of residents enjoy the show. Modeling is so much fun! Paula Uccelli with the Easter Bunny. A lady in
red and her friend look for a special outfit. Dwayne McDowell serves up some bubbly.
News Briefs (Continued from page14)
boy with a low IQ whom the convicted getaway
driver ordered to confess.
According to the Stauffer, Orozco shot Rodriguez
as the man tried running for safety, slowed by a
deformed leg. Orozco, who Stauffer contended
was an active participant in a Sureños gang if not a
full-fledged member, gathered into a car his troops
carrying a gun, a bat and a shank and sought out
Norteños as payback for an earlier slight. They
circled Rodriguez twice, covered their faces with
blue rags and Orozco struck, he said.
Defense attorney Ray Buenaventura did not
return a call for comment on the negotiated settlement.
During Orozco’s first trial, he claimed
convicted getaway driver Faustino Ayala was the
shooter and a man named Chongo was the driver.
Buenaventura claimed the prosecution tailored its
evidence to convict Orozco rather than focusing
on the truth of the case.
After the murder, Orozco, Ayala and three
minors including Orozco’s brother were arrested.
The minors were convicted of murder in juvenile
court but Orozco, then 17, escaped juvenile hall
in February 2008 before he and Ayala stood trial.
Ayala was singularly convicted of second-degree
murder and sentenced to 46 years to life in prison.
Orozco was apprehended in Texas while
allegedly burglarizing houses and extradited back
to California for trial.
In December 2009, jurors split almost evenly
between guilt and innocence and a judge declared
a mistrial. In January, prosecutors announced
retrial plans. The next month, the District
Attorney’s Office also announced Orozco was
suspected of organizing five other alleged Sureños
gang members outside of jail between May
2009 and March 2010 to threaten witnesses into
changing testimony or not appearing. The plan
was uncovered through jailhouse phone records
during the last half of the first trial.
Three of the conspirators took plea deals and
prosecutors dropped charges against another
due to insufficient evidence. Another, Alexander
Stephen Villar, 20, is scheduled for trial July 11
but has an offer on the table that expires April 29.
Orozco is in custody without bail. He will be
formally sentenced April 29.
RWC Nurse Jailed for Elder Abuse
A Redwood City Kaiser nurse accused of hitting
an elderly female patient in the mouth with her fist
was sentenced to four days in jail after pleading
no contest to misdemeanor elder abuse.
Joan Rogers, 61, must surrender to the jail April
16 and should be eligible to serve her four-day
sentence through a work program. She was also
placed on two years’ probation.
On Oct. 29, 2009, Rogers, of San Carlos, was
treating a 91-year-old woman hospitalized for
a hip fracture who was reportedly combative.
Prosecutors said another hospital employee heard
the woman yell for Rogers to stop hitting her and
saw Rogers strike her in the mouth “with a fist in
a hammer-like motion.” The woman’s lip was cut
Rogers told her supervisor she was only
defending herself against the patient, according to
the District Attorney’s Office.
Rogers settled the case the morning of jury
She has been out of custody on her own
recognizance and has no credit for time served
against her sentence.
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7th Annual ‘Poker Ride’ to Aid Redwood City Youth
Paul Dazey and Alpio Barbara and riders. Dotress and Bruce Rollin from last year’s event.
Generally it’s not good news when you find yourself surrounded by police
vehicles, but as the official escort, a group of officers will make for smooth
riding as over 250 motorcyclists are expected to take part in the annual 100-
mile Poker Run benefiting the youth of San Mateo County. You too have the
opportunity to join in the fun.
Dudley Perkins Harley Davidson & Golden Gate HOG Chapter
Saturday, May 14
Registration fee includes: one ride T-shirt per bike, one ride patch, BBQ
lunch, poker hand and raffle ticket (passengers receive BBQ lunch only)
The day of the ride, activities will begin with registration from 8:30 to 9:45
a.m. at Dudley Perkins Co. (333 Corey Way, South San Francisco). The “Ride
Out” is set for 10 a.m. and will end with a BBQ lunch at Sparky’s Hot Rod
Garage (975 Industrial, Suite B) in San Carlos.
Early registration (prior to April 29) will be $25 per motorcycle ($30 with
passenger), $10 additional T-shirt and $5 additional ride patch.
Among the recipients of the ride proceeds will be the Redwood City
Police Activities League. The organization works with 3,500 at-risk and
economically challenged youths each year, providing programs including
computer lab, karate, dance, after-school tutoring and boxing.
For more information, please call Alpio Barbara at 650-245-4653.
Kainos Launches Community-Wide Funding Challenge
In a period when every day we hear of dire cuts being made in an effort
to balance budgets on the federal, state and local levels, many of our own
community-based organizations are being impacted. Kainos Home and Training
Center, a not-for-profit organization in Redwood City that helps adults with
developmental disabilities live more independent lives, is one such group.
In an effort to address the impact these cuts will have, Kainos launched a
community-wide funding campaign at its recent Annual Dinner on March 25.
What’s unique about Kainos’ approach, however, is that it acknowledges the
individual financial constraints donors are also feeling as a result of the economy.
“The reality is that while funding for local organizations like Kainos is
being cut to perilous levels,” noted Kainos volunteer Alex Wright, “many
of us simply aren’t in a position to write a four- or five-figure check to
personally support these agencies, no matter how much we wish we could.”
So Wright, together with his wife, Cherlene, became the first to join the Kainos
24-Hour Challenge. The Challenge provides a manageable alternative to
writing a single large check while still enabling members of the community
to have a meaningful impact on Kainos and its clients. By pledging one hour
of their salary each pay period, donors contribute the equivalent of less than
the cost of a Starbucks venti coffee each day. That hour, multiplied by an
average of two pay periods per month and 12 months in a year, becomes a
donation of 24 hours of salary over the course of the year. By the end of the
year, the total donation is significant to both Kainos and the donor.
Kainos serves hundreds of developmentally disabled clients through
its vocational and residential programs and, through work placement
opportunities throughout the community, the organization impacts countless
thousands more. If you shop at local Safeway, Lucky or Whole Foods grocery
stores or patronize businesses like Planet Pooch or Kohlweiss, the odds are
that you have met, or been helped by, a member of the Kainos community
without even knowing it. Kainos clients work in many of our local
businesses, live in independent and assisted living environments throughout
the community and are often seen enjoying the city’s public events. You’ve
probably bought water or popcorn from a Kainos client at one of the
downtown concerts. All of the organization’s services are provided through a
variety of governmental funding sources as well as private donations.
Because of Kainos’ deep connections throughout the community, the
Wrights were quickly joined in the 24-Hour Challenge by former Redwood
City Mayor Dani Gasparini, current City Council Member Ian Bain,
community members Cheryl Monroe and Kennedy Golden and many others.
“Many Challenge donors choose to give by automated bi-weekly bank
transfer, while others plan to make regular credit card or check payments.
It’s completely up to the donor,” noted Kainos Development Director Kristen
Uthman. “It doesn’t even have to be an hourly salary. We have businesses and
retired donors who have simply opted to name an amount they wish to give
every other week.”
Kainos hopes that even those who aren’t aware that they have a direct
connection to the agency or those it serves will understand its impact
throughout the community and consider giving to the Challenge.
“One hour every two weeks feels like a drop in the bucket,” commented
the Wrights. “But if you’ve ever had a leak in your roof, you know that those
drops add up and soon the bucket is full. This is something we can easily do
that will make a difference in the community. Why wouldn’t we?”
Those interested in learning more about Kainos Home and Training Center
or the Kainos 24-Hour Challenge can visit www.kainos24hourchallenge.org.
City Council Appoints Bob Bell as Permanent City Manager
The City Council announced the appointment of Robert (Bob) Bell to
the position of city manager. Bell has served in the interim position since
November. Since serving in this role, according to city spokesman Malcolm
Smith, Bell has demonstrated strong leadership by working with the city’s
labor groups and department-head team in restructuring benefit and pension
programs to reduce costs. He is also spearheading an organizational analysis
to streamline and add efficiencies to government operations.
The City Council had initially embarked on recruitment for the city
manager position, but as Bell served in the interim role it became clear that
his leadership ability was producing the necessary results for the organization
and community. Mayor Ira stated, “The City Council, department-head team,
employees and community members have been very complimentary of Bob
in the position of interim city manager. The City Council decided it was
in the best interests of the city to maintain stability with a leader who was
already proving his effectiveness in leading and developing the organization
in the right direction.”
Bell has been with Redwood City for over five years as the city’s human
resources director and was also in the rotational assignment of assistant city
manager for over two years. During that time, he articulated a strong vision
for the organization to the City Council based on principles of customer
service, efficient service delivery and responsiveness to community needs.
He described it to the council as “Government Best by Climate Test” and Bell
is committed to leading an organization that is responsive and accountable.
Prior to coming to Redwood City, Bell was the human resources director for
Burlingame. Bell has a doctorate in organizational leadership from the University
of San Francisco and he holds a master’s degree in public administration
from California State University, Northridge. Bell was the 2005 recipient of
the career leadership award from the League of California Cities.
Vice Mayor Aguirre summed up: “The council is excited to have Bob as
our next city manager and have him take the organization to the next level.”
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Dudley Perkins Harley Davidson &
Golden Gate HOG Chapter
7th Annual Redwood City Poker Run
Saturday, May 14th, 2011
Benefiting the Youth of San Mateo County
Best Contact Phone Number:_____________________________________________________
Please check all that apply.
Early Registration (Prior to April 29th, 2011)
(Check all that apply.)
_____ $25 per Motorcycle ($30 with Passenger )
_____ $10 Additional T-shirt
_____ $5 Additional Ride Patch
Registration Fee includes:
1 Ride T-Shirt per bike, 1 Ride Patch,
BBQ lunch, Poker Hand, and Raffle Ticket.
Passenger recieves BBQ lunch only.
Registration After April 29th, 2011 ($30 per Motorcycle, $40 with Passenger)
Day of Ride Information:
Dudley Perkins, Co. (333 Corey Way, SFF) NEW ROUTE
End of Ride/BBQ Lunch: Sparky’s Hot Rod Garage (975 Industrial, Suite B)
Length of Ride:
Approx. 100 miles (1 gas stop)
Make all checks payable to Redwood City Police Activities League
Mail payment and Registraion Form to Redwood City Poker Run
P.O. Box 5037 Redwood City, Ca 94063. For more information,
please call Alpio Barbara at 650.245.4653 or email at
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Millie Cole Honored for Her Decades of Volunteerism
One would think that to have accomplished and
volunteered as much as Mille Cole has, she must
have lived twice as many years as she actually has. But
at 90 years young, Cole has given countless hours
of time and enthusiasm back to the community,
service that was honored at the annual Sequoia
Awards Banquet on March 17, which honors
outstanding volunteerism in the community.
A 67-year resident of Redwood City, Cole said
she enjoys not only volunteering but helping others,
especially the youth, volunteer in their communities.
“It just feels so good to volunteer,” the active
Optimist Club member and president said.
“Everyone has the spirit of volunteerism in them.”
Under this tenet, Cole helped spur the spirit of
volunteerism in the youth in the community. She
embodied the Optimist Club’s motto, “Bringing
Out the Best in Kids,” when she helped start
the Junior Optimist Clubs at McKinley Middle
School, Kennedy Middle School and North Star
Academy and the Octagon Clubs at Menlo-
Atherton, Sequoia and Woodside high schools.
She has been active in the Woodside Octagon
Club for 17 years.
“This award is long overdue,” said Dennis
McBride, a parent of two of the students she
helped mentor at the Octagon Club. “She does all
of her volunteerism with a huge smile and always
downplays her role.”
Cole said she loves to see young people continually
volunteering. When she tried to organize a Second
Harvest Food Bank event for the 85-member
Octagon Club at Woodside High School, the food
bank organizers told her she’d have to wait until
April because they were booked.
“Volunteerism is alive and well even in this
fast-paced society,” she said. “I’m just sorry I
didn’t plan this sooner!”
Parents of students in the club recognize Cole’s
dedication and constant efforts as a primary
reason their children love volunteering.
“The club teaches them leadership and
responsibility, giving back to the community and
thinking about the world in a larger context,”
Octagon Club members volunteer at events such
as clean-ups at Venice Beach, Edgewood Park and
While youth have plenty of opportunities to
volunteer today, Cole had to make an effort back
when she was a young woman.
Originally, the bylaws of the Optimist Club
applied specifically to “men.” But in 1987, when
that one word was switched to “adults,” Cole’s
husband was able to invite her to join. She became
the first female Redwood City Optimist member,
a sponsorship that sparked national debate in a club
that traditionally allowed only male members.
Once Cole was initiated into the club, she took
it by storm. She went on to become the president,
the first female to do so, and is still an active
member. Her role expanded further when she
became lieutenant governor of the Pacific Central
District Optimist International and the first
female governor of the Pacific Central District
(Northern California, Nevada and Utah). She was
the sergeant-at-arms at six Optimist International
conventions, the first female to assume this role.
She formed the Woodside Terrace Optimist Club
in 1992 and is the current president.
But even before her role in the Optimist Club,
volunteering had always been a steadfast part of
Cole’s life. After years as a professional dancer,
she took a reprieve to raise her four sons and one
daughter. Not surprisingly, she was a Cub Scouts
den leader for her boys and a Brownies and Girl
Scout leader for her daughter.
After her reprieve from the labor force, Cole went
back to work in another capacity: teaching. She
was a first-grade teacher at Selby Lane for 11 years,
the best part being her students’ eagerness to learn.
“Everything about Millie exudes goodness,
sincerity and effort,” said Kathleen Coughlin, a
Woodside High School teacher. “Millie embodies
“Everyone has the spirit of
volunteerism in them”
the definition of optimism.”
Cole would visit the students’ homes before
the school year began in order to get to know her
“The families’ involvement in their children’s
education was astonishing,” she added. “The
entire neighborhood would turn out at one
family’s home, saying ‘La Maestra is coming!’”
As with any activity she ever endeavored, Cole
invested the maximum amount of effort she could.
In addition to teaching, she was on the PTA board
for Hoover, Roosevelt, Kennedy and Sequoia
High School. She served on the San Mateo
County Retired Teachers Association board for
many years and as president from 1994 to 1996.
But while teaching, Cole never put volunteering
on the back burner.
She still helps organize the Optimist
Volunteers for Youth Camp, a camp program
for disadvantaged youth 10 to 13 years old. The
94-acre campsite in La Honda has been offering
programs for 50 years.
“I probably need to pray that I would have her
kind of energy and spirit, as I am now half her age,”
Coughlin said. “Come to think of it, I have no
doubt that that’s how she’s gotten to where she is.”
Editor’s note: This article, written by Stacie Chan, appeared
first on redwoodcity.patch.com.
Cole honored by Mayor Jeff Ira. Cole and cover subject
3/24/11 4:44 PM
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Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway –
Following the principles of good customer service
and quality products at fair prices, Alpio Barbara
and the crew at Redwood General Tire keep
satisfying customers year after year. Whether
you are looking for a new set of tires or need
repair work on your vehicle, this Redwood City
institution has been providing quality vehicle
services since 1957.
Eating and Catering:
Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road – Tim Harrison
and the staff at Canyon Inn serve everything from
their famous hamburgers to pizzas, all kinds of
sandwiches and pastas, and South-of-the-Border
specialties while various sports play on the big,
flat-screen TVs. Don’t forget to reserve their
closed patio for your next party — it has heaters,
fans and a big-screen TV (no extra charges). Why
cook when you don’t have to? They do catering
too for all occasions!
Deseo Tequila Lounge and Restaurant – 851
Main St. – “We went there and it was fabulous!
We were impressed by their food menu, and the
burger I had was tasty. They have 21 big-screen
TVs for watching your favorite sports team,
having a drink with friends or dancing the night away.”
Little India – 917 Main St. – “There are good
restaurants. There are bad restaurants. There
are OK restaurants. Then there are those places,
the magic ones. You come back again and again
because the food doesn’t just taste good and
satisfy hunger, but helps heal the heart and soul.”
Senior citizens receive $1 off and children under
12 dine at half price. www.littleindiacuisine.com
San Mateo Credit Union – Three Redwood City
locations – As a member-driven organization,
SMCU does everything possible to ensure that
all of your financial priorities are anticipated and
fulfilled. Offerings include free auto-shopping
assistance, members-only car sales, low-rate
home loans and lines of credit. Call 650-363-1725
or 888-363-1725, or visit a branch to learn the
advantages of membership banking.
Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1-800-23-LEWIS –
Founded in 1985, Lewis Carpet Cleaners has grown
from one small, portable machine to a company of
six employees and five working vans. The Lewis
family works and lives in Redwood City and is
committed to our community. Ask about their
Spectrum special: Get 100 square feet of carpet
cleaned for absolutely nothing. Call today! Get
your home ready for entertaining during the year.
Hannig Law Firm – 2991 El Camino Real –
Hannig Law Firm LLP provides transactional
and litigation expertise in a variety of areas. The
professionals at HLF are committed to knowing
and meeting their clients’ needs through longterm
relationships and value-added services,
and to supporting and participating in the
communities where they live and work.
Michelle Glaubert at Coldwell Banker
– 650-722-1193 – Michelle has been a fulltime,
top-producing real estate agent since
1978. With a proven track record, she has
helped buyers achieve their dreams of home
ownership and sellers make successful moves
to their next properties. The majority of her
business is garnered through referrals from
her many satisfied clients. Living in Emerald
Hills, she knows the area well and is involved
in the community. Count on Michelle’s years
of experience to guide you through your next
real estate transaction. Visit her online at www.
Jim Massey at Keller Williams – 650-207-5120
– Jim has been active for over 30 years in business
and leadership in Redwood City. With that
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involvement, he has become a real estate agent
familiar with our community, and his clients feel
comfortable knowing he has that expertise and
knowledge to guide them. Visit him online at
John Nelson at Coldwell Banker – 650-566-5315
– John has been a resident of Redwood City for
21 years and has been a real estate agent for 18
years. He is known for doing his clients’ legwork,
keeping them up to date with new listings and
conditions as they impact the market. He will
make the process as pleasurable and stress-free an
experience for you as he can. Let John guide you
through the complexities of buying or selling your
home, eliminating hassles and stress. Visit him
online at www.johnnelsonhomes.com.
Davies Appliance – 1580 El Camino Real –
“Davies helped me with my appliance purchases
and they know what they are doing. All they
carry is appliances; you don’t have to worry about
anything else. Leave it to them to assist you with
your kitchen remodel and you will be very happy.
I recommend Davies to anyone who is interested
in great pricing and even better service. The focus
is appliances and service.”
Every Woman Health Club – 611 Jefferson Ave.
– A women-only, body-positive fitness center
in downtown Redwood City. Services include
classes, weight and cardio equipment, personal
training, therapeutic massage and skin care.
Flexible pricing, with several options available
for members and nonmembers. Visit www.
everywomanhealthclub.com or call 650-364-9194
to get started.
Hector Flamenco Insurance (State Farm) –
956 Main St. – Hector has been in the insurance
business and with State Farm for 20 years. He
specializes in auto and business insurance. A local
resident, he also provides servicio en español!
Visit his website at www.hectorflamenco.com.
Saf Keep Storage – 2480 Middlefield Road – The
friendly and reliable team at Saf Keep is ready
to assist you with a variety of storage products
and services to suit all your storage needs. Visit
their website at www.safkeepstorage.com to see
exactly what products and services are available.
Compare them to other facilities and you’ll see
why their service makes the difference.
Schoenstein Physical Therapy – 363A Main
St., 650-599-9482 –The clinical approach of
this independent, community-based physical
therapy practice focuses on thorough physical
therapy assessment, specific treatment strategies
and patient education. Individualized treatment
programs are designed to help meet patient
goals of restoring function, returning to sport or
occupation and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
St. Regal Jewelers – 850 Main St. – “This is a
great jeweler! Phil, the owner, is amazing. He
crafted a ring on time and on budget. He has an
incredible eye for detail. I can’t say enough. I
would never go anywhere else.” Whether you are
looking for men’s or women’s quality jewelry,
shopping local does not get better than this.
Woodside Terrace – 485 Woodside Road, 650-
366-3900 – Woodside Terrace understands that
in choosing a senior living community, residents
are looking for much more than a comfortable
living environment to call home. Brookdale
Living’s Redwood City community delivers
inspired independent living with the promise of
exceptional experiences every day. As residents’
needs change, they are provided with a variety
of ancillary services and a personalized assisted
living environment that encourages them to
continue to live as they please.
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As I Was Saying… (Continued from p6)
Speaking of leaving, Bob’s Court House Coffee Shop has officially closed its
doors. Yes, after 21 years on Broadway, Bob and Irene Bryant have decided
to retire and enjoy the results of their hard work and success. I remember in
the days when I first came on to the scene, Bob’s was the place to see and be
seen. Bob’s served as a place for community leaders and politicians to gather
during the day, no matter what time, and mingle. I first met Bob Bury, Bill
Stangel, Judge Frank Piombo and so many more there. Needless to say, it
was fun and the food wasn’t bad either.
We really don’t have that kind of place anymore. It is rare you see an
elected official (except for county ones) out to lunch in our community or
for that matter just somewhere meeting residents and talking and discussing
issues. To do that, you have to attend fundraisers or events of that sort, and
that eliminates most of our community from having that personal touch with
them. It’s just the way it is.
Through the years, Bob’s went through many changes. Most notably,
a move from the corner of Hamilton to the corner of Middlefield and the
entire redevelopment of the area. Moving to the spot will be a new restaurant
described as a “Benihana” type with sushi. Bob and Irene will be missed, but
they will still be in the community because they live here. Wonder where they
will be going for breakfast? Best of luck!
Some other changes in the downtown area include the soon-to-be-opening
Sandwich Stop on Broadway and a New Vietnamese restaurant on Hamilton.
The Club Mayan on Broadway will now be Club Rio (hopefully that will calm
the crowd down) and one of our only retail shops, Skateworks, has closed.
One of the best aspects of my job is attending events that honor those who
really are making a difference in not only our community but the world. One
such event this year was the San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame awards
dinner. The event honors women in our county who are doing extraordinary
things. Redwood City was very well represented, with several tables filled
by those supporting two honorees from our community, Raegene Castle and
Karen Schwarz. Both women have impressive resumes of service and going
beyond the norms to better the lives of so many others. They are both fantastic
women and I am so honored know them.
When attending these types of events, I am always inspired to do more,
inspired to ask others to step up, and inspired to be all that I can be. I know it
sounds corny, but that is how I feel. I thank women like Raegene and Karen
and so many other men and women in our community who inspire me to be
more than I thought. How about you?
You ready to get involved?
As I was saying…
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Insurance Tips: Tips for Buying a New Home
By Hector Flamenco, Special to The Spectrum
Buying a new home can be a daunting task, even
for someone who has owned several homes. If you
recently purchased your first home, you probably
found that it is hard to find good advice that is truly
useful. Here are some helpful hints I’ve picked up
along the way:
1. Use all of the online resources available.
Almost every state and local government has a website where you can
research real estate information. The data on home sales, taxes and
neighborhoods is invaluable when you are shopping for a home. I was able
to find out the most recent sale prices in the neighborhood I selected, and
I didn’t have to rely on a real estate agent to get the data for me. Doing the
research yourself will make you more knowledgeable about the market,
which is key to making a good purchase.
2. Be realistic about how much you can spend.
Try to buy a home in a price range that allows you to put down 20 percent.
If you put down less than this, you will have to pay PMI (private mortgage
insurance) to protect the lender in case you default on the loan. I know that 20
percent is a lot, but it’s not unrealistic. You may not be able to do it on your
first home, but hopefully you can on your second home. If you can, save some
money for the unexpected expenses that come with buying a home as well.
3. Shop for a home in the winter, preferably around the holidays.
Since most people just aren’t interested in buying a home when they are
trying to deal with the holidays, there are fewer buyers out there. I bought my
home right before Christmas, and it was definitely a buyers’ market. I had my
pick of homes and was able to underbid on the asking price, even though I
live in one of the hottest real estate markets in the country.
4. Use a smaller mortgage company that can offer personal service.
People tend to go with large, well-known mortgage companies because
that’s all they know. But the smaller, regional companies provide excellent
customer service and can often give you better rates than the big companies.
Since they don’t advertise and instead rely on word of mouth, they have to be
good in order to get your service.
5. Always have a home inspection.
I think most people know this fact already, but it is really important in areas
with a hot real estate market. It can be easy to get caught up in bidding
wars and to want to get a house at all costs. Some friends of mine wanted
a house so badly that not only did they overbid, but they also waived the
home inspection. They got the house — and right along with it they got
several thousand dollars worth of damage that would have been found in an
6. Save money and shop for your home insurance the easy way!
Yeah, I know this is a shameless plug for my business, but seriously, whatever
insurance broker you do use, get on the phone and shop around for your home
insurance. You can get multiple home insurance quotes from me or any of a
dozen or so reputable companies in the Redwood City area, and then you can
decide for yourself who is the best.
As a final note, try to remember that buying a home doesn’t have to be scary.
It’s very exciting to own your own home, so think of all the good things that
will come once you have made it through the home-buying process. If you
follow the advice above, then you should be well-equipped to make it through
Editor’s note: This article is for general information only and is not a professional consultation.
Always seek specific information from a licensed insurance professional. Hector Flamenco is
an agent with State Farm Insurance. Visit his website at www.flamencoinsurance.com.
The following activities are open to the public during the month of April at
the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City.
Friday Movies for Everyone
Every Friday, 1:15 p.m. (unless otherwise announced)
Come to the Veterans Memorial Senior Center in March for a free feature
movie in our state-of-the-art movie theater!
April 1: “Burlesque”
April 8: “The Switch”
April 15: “The Next Three Days”
April 22: “The Tourist”
April 29: “The King’s Speech”
Tax Preparation Appointments (Sponsored by AARP)
AARP is providing free tax preparation at the VMSC by appointment only.
Appointments will be held Wednesdays through April 13, from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. Call 650-489-6023 to make your appointment. Appointments can be
made only by calling this number.
Feel Good Workshop — In Spite of Grief
Presented by Nicole Boulanger
Tuesdays, April 5 through May 3
All five sessions for $25
This workshop is designed to alter your way of thinking about daily events
and past memories. Call 650-780-7274 to sign up. www.mindhealthcoaching.com
AARP Driver Safety Class
Saturdays, May 14 & May 21, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Room 20, Wellness Building
AARP members $12, nonmembers $14
This is an eight-hour class over two Saturdays. Call 650-780-7270 and press
option 2; leave your name and number, and your call will be returned to
confirm your spot. You must attend both sessions to obtain a certificate.
Veterans Honorary Luncheon
Friday, May 27, 12 p.m.
Honor our troops during this honorary luncheon. Veterans are encouraged
to bring stories and memorabilia. There will be an opportunity drawing and
gifts will be offered. Special gifts for the first 25 people who sign up. Call
650-780-7343 to sign up.
Adaptive PE Classes
Weekly: Mondays through Fridays
A fitness program for you! Our program is designed for individuals at all
levels of ability, including those with limitations and disabilities. The longterm
goal is to increase the level of function and wellness of all participants.
Come join a great group of people in a great program. Call 650-368-7732 for
more information. www.adpativepevmsc.org
To learn more about the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, call 650-780-
7270. Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department
provides recreational facilities and activities for all ages and interests, and
supplies building and custodial services for city buildings. Redwood City
Parks also operates the Veterans Memorial Senior Center and the Fair Oaks
Community Center, providing social, educational and cultural activities, as
well as information, referral and counseling services to persons living in
Redwood City and neighboring communities. Redwood City Parks is more
than you think! Its website is located at www.redwoodcity.org/parks.
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A Minute With: Bob Bell
Bob Bell was born in Oakland and grew up in San Lorenzo and Castro Valley.
He attended and graduated from Pacific High School in San Leandro in 1981. While there,
he was the editor of the yearbook, was involved in student body government and did the
triple jump in track.
Bob earned a doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of San
Francisco. He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from California State
He was the human resources manager for the City of Foster City and then for the City of
Burlingame from 2000 to 2005. He joined the City of Redwood City team in 2005 as human
resources director. He served a dual role from 2007 till 2010 as assistant city manager.
Bob was the 2005 recipient of the career leadership award from the League of California
Cities. He is a member of the League of California Cities, governing board president of San
Mateo County Training Consortium and a member of the Inter City Managers Association.
Bob’s hobbies include exercising, running with his dogs and playing basketball on weekends.
Congratulations! Are you ready?
Looking forward to?
Finishing the budget process.
Redwood City is?
Full of great people.
Whom do you most admire?
My mother, Bettie.
What talent would you most like to have?
Wish I could sing, but…
Something few know about you?
I love to eat Mexican food.
What phrase do you most overuse?
“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. A lot of
“Inception,” with Leonardo DiCaprio.
What is your motto?
I don’t have one.
Anyone you got on your mind?
Not at the moment.
When asked to serve as interim city manager.
You still can’t believe?
It was warm all week, and today (Saturday) it is
gray and cold.
You currently feel?
You are inspired by?
The people I work with.
What or who is the love of your life?
My partner, Eric.
When you die, you want to come back as?
A bird, so I can fly all over the place.
If you’re happy and you know it?
Clap your hands.
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