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Working and Living on the Edge

Peter Ingram

Continuing the Journey Forward!

Also in this issue:

Do you know the way to Monterey?

$250K to $6.8 million — Who’s counting?

in “As I Was Saying…”

Tom’s Outdoor Furniture combines

hands, brains and heart to

create an unsurpassed craft

Liebengood documentary to preview,

Relay for Life fights back

and Immigrants Day is near


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The Spectrum.APRIL.09

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

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Copy Editor

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Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

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Contributing Writer

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Contributing Writer

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Graphic Designer

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Cover/Cover Story Photography

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Welcome to the April issue of The Spectrum Magazine. We are not “fooling” you when we tell you we

have some fantastic people, activities and businesses to tell you about this month.

We are excited to bring you our cover story on City Manager Peter Ingram. Contributing writer Judy

Buchan profiles Redwood City’s “CEO” 10 months into his new position. Although he has been a

member of the city staff for many years, he has stepped into his new position at a time when several

challenges are affecting progress in many areas. How is he dealing with it all?

We are also pleased to bring you this month’s business profile on Tom’s Outdoor Furniture. Contributing

writer Nicole Minieri will tell you all about how the business adjusted to its move from Menlo Park

to Redwood City and how owner Tom Haid has embraced our community and established his quality

business here.

Publisher Steve Penna’s column, “As I Was Saying…,” touches on the subjects of the county’s payment

of $6.8 million to the U.S. government, white flags being waved in the Carcione lawsuit against the city

and the recent Chamber of Commerce Progress Seminar in Monterey.

We also bring you our regular features on community interests and senior activities, financial advice by

David Amann, information from the Redwood City School District, a look at Redwood City “Through

the Years,” parties around town, news briefs, cultural events and popular feature “A Minute With.”

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As more activities in the downtown area and throughout our city begin, we encourage you to celebrate

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Contents

This Month’s Photo Shoot – 4

RCSD Corner – 5

“As I Was Saying...” – 6

Liebengood Documentary

“Serious Radio” to Preview

at Rotary Fundraiser – 7

Cultural Events – 8

“Step Outside and Enjoy Yourself...

All Year Long!” – 9

Relay for Life:

The Community Fights Back – 12

Through the Years – 14

Community Interests – 15

A Conversation with City Manager

Peter Ingram – 18

Nonprofits in Action – 21

Shop Redwood City – 23

Immigrants Day Festival Offers a Taste of Life

Abroad, Literally – 26

News Briefs – 30

Finance: Your Tax Refund: Invest Today

for Tomorrow’s Goals – 33

Senior Activities – 33

A Minute With Silvia Vonderlinden – 34

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Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot

The photo shoot with cover subject and City Manager Peter Ingram was arranged by

Spectrum publisher Steve Penna for Thursday, April 9, at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall on

Middlefield Road.

Cover story photographer James Kaspar arrived first and waited for Penna, whom he

soon noticed entering from the back of the building and stopping to talk with city staff

behind the desks. City Hall is a very inviting and open facility that fosters conversation

and commerce. Kaspar and Penna went upstairs to Ingram’s office and began the shoot.

When shooting a cover subject, Penna is very particular about how he wants the

person to be portrayed. He and Kaspar talk and move around the selected environment

several times, trying to find the best light and background to place the subject in. They

started in Ingram’s office and moved into the office and lobby area outside his open

door in hopes of capturing just the right shot.

Because Penna has covered events and activities in Redwood City for so long, he

has known Ingram for many years. The two were very comfortable and candid with

each other and appeared to be friendlier than mere professional acquaintances. During

the entire shoot, the three men enjoyed conversation that helped them all to relax and

Ingram to look more natural and “real.”

It was apparent that Ingram is well liked by his staff. During the shoot, employees

came out of their offices to watch, and one would think they were almost cheering him

on. They seemed proud that he was being acknowledged, almost as if he were a sibling.

The entire shoot took just about one hour.

Only 10 months into his new job, Ingram has already faced the obstacles of

the Measure W initiative, the Carcione lawsuit that basically halted downtown

development, a potential new jail and the stand by residents to not allow it, an

unacceptable precise plan and a budget crisis, all while he has been trying to adjust his

staff and the City Council to a new way of doing things.

The Spectrum salutes Ingram, salutes his new ideas and new ways of doing things

and, most importantly, salutes his perseverance in taking on the responsibilities of

heading a community that is going through serious changes, doing so with a positive

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RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District

Festival of the Arts Showcases Student Talent in Redwood City Schools

Redwood City K–8 schools have earned

recognition for rising test scores in the last few

years, but an upcoming Festival of the Visual and

Performing Arts in the Redwood City School

District shows that students in Redwood City

schools are focused on more than just reading,

writing, math and science.

The festival is a first-time event for Redwood

City schools and will kick off with an exhibit of

student art featured in the storefront Phantom

Galleries located throughout downtown Redwood

City beginning in mid-May. The festival will

culminate with a showcase of music, drama,

dance and visual artwork at the Courthouse

Square on Tuesday, June 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. This

family-friendly event is free and open to the

public.

The storefront Phantom Galleries will display a

colorful collection of student drawings, paintings

and collage artwork that pedestrians can view as

they walk on Broadway and Jefferson from May

11 through the end of June. Featured artists will

represent students from 15 of the Redwood City

School District’s schools.

Student art pieces will be selected for display

by each school’s visual and performing arts

liaison, and student artists along with their

families, friends and teachers will be invited to

an artists’ reception in their honor on Sunday,

May 17, at the Phantom Gallery space at 2125

Broadway.

Visual and performing arts liaisons are teachers

from each school who attend extensive training in

how to incorporate California state standards for

the arts into classroom curriculum and lessons.

These teachers then take the training they’ve

received and provide professional development to

their colleagues so that other teachers can learn

creative techniques for integrating visual and

performing arts into academic lessons.

“This year our liaisons focused especially

on the visual arts,” said Iris Ross, visual and

performing arts coordinator for the district. “We

learned about the elements and the language of

art, and how to bring that into other parts of the

curriculum that teachers are using.”

The visual and performing arts liaison program

is new to the district this year and was developed

by a districtwide committee of parents, teachers

and administrators.

“Since the district does not receive enough

funding to provide an art teacher for every school,

or even art teachers that can teach at several

schools, we wanted a committee of parents and

staff who are passionate about the arts to study

ways that we could stretch funding so that every

student in the district receives some instruction in

the arts,” said District Superintendent Jan Christensen.

In addition to receiving training and providing

professional development to their colleagues, the

liaisons are planning and organizing the Festival

of the Visual and Performing Arts under the

guidance of Ross.

Despite over $4 million in cuts to its budget

over the last few years, the Redwood City School

District has tapped into every possible resource

to keep the arts alive for kindergarten through

eighth-grade students in its district. In addition

to a small amount of funding received from

the state for the arts this year, the district also

receives private donations from the Redwood City

Education Foundation, school PTAs and parent

clubs to fund programs in the arts. Programs

vary from school to school, but include Music

for Learning for all second- through fourthgraders

and instrumental music offered to all

fifth- through eighth-graders. Some schools also

offer Art in Action classes, after-school drama and

musicals, and dance programs.

“We have been fortunate to offer a range of

programs in the arts, despite the serious budget

challenges we have faced in recent years,”

said Christensen. “We know that visual and

performing arts enhances learning and feeds the

soul, so we hope we can continue to raise the

funds to pay for these vital programs.”

The Festival of the Visual and Performing Arts,

featuring music, drama, dance and visual artwork

by Redwood City students, will be held 5–8 p.m.

on June 2 at Courthouse Square. The event is free

and open to the public.

Portrait collage completed by RCSD first-grader

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As I Was

Saying…

Publisher | Steve Penna

The Redwood City Chamber of Commerce held its

annual Progress Seminar in Monterey, and by all

accounts it was another huge success. Although it was

not the complete sell-out as in years past (economic

times limited some from going), some 175 communityminded

residents, business, political, and individual

leaders from throughout the county were in attendance.

The seminar is orchestrated as a vehicle for attendees

to escape into a comfortable atmosphere and candidly

discuss issues that are facing our community and state.

The weekend started on Friday with registration and a

welcome reception. Then everyone unofficially broke

into groups or couples or whatever and went out to

dinner or socialized, or maybe did what I would have

done—just go to my room and kick back and relax.

Saturday started off with an opening general session

breakfast followed by six “break-out” sessions.

This year, those sessions included: 1) Banking on the

Peninsula, 2) Greening our Economy, 3) How do we

fix the mess in Sacramento (guess who moderated that?

Yes, County Supervisor Rich Gordon) 4) The nonprofit

challenge, 5) Silver Tsunami: Impact on education

and workforce training and 6) High Speed Rail – The

impact on the Peninsula.

A general session for lunch and an evening session

wrapped up a very full Saturday. Sunday’s breakfast

and closing general session featured keynote speaker Dr.

BehnamTabrizi, Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford

University, and author of “Rapid Transformation.” The

seminar adjourned promptly at 11 a.m.

I have to admit, although I am a very active

Chamber member and believe that our members

contribute immensely to our community and also foster

“commerce,” I have not attended the seminar until this

year. Some, including myself, feel that the seminar

should be held in San Mateo County, thus keeping

attendees’ monies and tax dollars local. That argument

has great merit. But so does the concern that if it were

held locally, attendees might go home and not stay in

hotels, attend all discussion sessions or after and before

social events. So the debate will continue.

So I decided to go down this year to basically cover

the social aspect of the event. All six City Council

candidates had registered to go, as had all seated

Council members, several other elected officials from

the county, City Council members from other cities,

School Boards, Hospital Boards, union officials,

business leaders, etc., so I knew it would be a great time

since I enjoy being around most of those people. Also,

the topics of the sessions did not really interest me, so

missing them would not bother me at all.

I arrived just in time for a pre-cocktail party gathering

on Saturday and then was off to the official evening

reception. Everyone was in high spirits and the general

feeling was very comfortable. Although we were in a

social setting, most were discussing topics of interest

and building relationships and sharing information –

which is an important aspect of the event.

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A lot of the discussion seemed to surround the topic

of High Speed rail. I for one don’t understand the whole

high-speed rail “bandwagon.” How can anyone besides

maybe union representatives (because of the jobs it

will create), be excited about us spending that kind of

money on a project that I will probably never use? If I

want to go to Los Angeles I will fly. It is faster, more

convenient, safer and far less hassle. But advocates

for the project are very visible and working everyone

they can. On the Peninsula, the project has encountered

opposition from several communities including Menlo

Park, Atherton and Palo Alto. Redwood City has thus far

been surprisingly quiet on the matter, probably because

we could use one of the main stations here. If you listen

to the advocates, a high-speed rail station here will

create huge business and sales tax revenues around the

area and bring in hundreds of new commuters per week.

There are so many questions to be addressed on the

topic. When you think about it, how many times have

you gone to L.A. in the past ten years? When do you

plan to go there next? Is it really worth all the cost?

What about the businesses and homeowners that will be

displaced by the expansion of the tracks if they are to

be where the Caltrain tracks are now? Where will they

go and how will they be compensated if they lose their

property? How would I feel if that were my home or

business? Is the desired location the best one on the Peninsula?

Why not down Highway 280 and connect in San Jose?

If the rail system is a success, than how many jobs will

be affected and lost at the San Francisco Airport if flights

are cancelled due to a change of travel patterns? Are they

not concerned about their jobs? And where in the world

will we come up with all this month to pay for all this?

Needless to say, there is a lot more to debate on the issue.

After the Saturday reception it was off to a party

thrown by Norcal Waste Systems. It was a fantastic

event and also served as a vehicle for most to continue

the dialog and “commerce” of the event.

I headed home Sunday morning and could not have

been in better spirits. Even though I did not attend any

“official” sessions, I absolutely got the spirit of the

event and felt more “community” than ever before.

Excited about the possibilities of what “we” can do if

we all discuss, dissect and decide as a community. I am

really a sucker for anything that makes me yell “yea!”

Whether we could have accomplished that in our

community is now something I have to look at. Maybe

you have to go outside your own backyard to really be

able to see what is in it? I will definitely be attending the

entire event next year and look forward to it.

.…

Recently City Council candidate Kevin Bondonno held

his campaign kickoff event at the Community Activities

Building on Roosevelt Avenue. Cheering him on were;

Vice Mayor Diane Howard, city commissioners Shawn

White and Jeri Richardson, and community leaders

Pete and Ginny Hughes, Pat Black, Lou Covey and

Colton Danes.

What struck me most about his event was that he had

mostly neighbors, friends, parents and children there,

many who are not involved with city politics. They are

just concerned about the direction the city is taking and

seem to want to support someone who could identify

with them – and he did. I have not heard Bondonno speak

before and was very impressed by his sincerity and the

way he grasps the issues facing our community. He actually

talked about the gang issue – something others seem

to shy away from so far in this campaign and one our

community, according to surveys, finds as the most prevalent

of all issues. That type of frankness and willingness

to talk “real” issues is just what might be needed to

differentiate one candidate from the other in this race.

This is not the first time Bondonno has run for

council. He ran in 2007 and came in behind four

incumbents – placing fifth behind Councilman Ian

Bain. Many saw that run as an attempt to get his name

“out there” and position himself as a frontrunner in this

November’s election. Whether that strategy will work

or not is yet to be seen. But it is clear that he will be a

strong candidate and will be able to raise the funds and

support to wage a competitive campaign.

The top topics of the campaign for the candidates are

gearing up to be: Gang activity, potential new jail in

Redwood City, budget strategies and cuts, the proposed

development in the Downtown area and the Cargill Salt

property, and the levees in Redwood Shores.

Candidate Jeff Gee will hold his kick-off event on

Sunday May 24 in his neighborhood of Redwood Shores.

.…

There are now seven. Yep, Taylor Smith has thrown

his hat into the City Council race. A complete newbie

to the political scene, Smith has lived in Redwood City

for the past 13 years and is the owner of the Electric

Green Showroom – a dealership in San Carlos selling

Electrical Scooters and supplies. He has appeared on

stage at the Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City, has spoken

in front of the Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club, and

applied for the Historic Resources Advisory Committee

in 2005 but was not seated.

He attended the University of California at Davis and

achieved his master’s in Public Administration from the

College of Notre Dame in Belmont, California. He and

his wife Koryne have three children, one girl and two boys.

He told me that it was his visit to the Rotary Club that

prompted him to think about running for office. That

he has given back to the community “here and there”

and now wants to give back a little more. He believes

in a proactive city government and not one that bets its

future and waits for the State or Federal legislatures to

tell us what to do. “We need to go out and get it done,”

he said.

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Liebengood Documentary “Serious Radio” to Preview at Rotary Fundraiser

Former KRON sportscaster Pete Liebengood’s documentary “Serious Radio”

— the inspirational story of a young Malawian man’s campaign to prevent

HIV and AIDS with the support of people in Redwood City — will preview

Thursday, May 21, at a fundraiser open to the public and sponsored by the

Redwood City Rotary Club.

“Serious Radio” is a half-hour documentary about 30-year-old Bayana

Chunga, whose one-man mission is the education of teenagers in Malawi

about AIDS prevention. Chunga lives in Blantyre, Malawi, operating a

radio ministry. His vision is to bring hope to Malawi through this medium.

Through education and inspiration, his dream is for his people to find hope

that will erase the painful wounds caused by the AIDS scourge and replace

them with eternal triumph.

Malawi, with a population of 14 million people, has one of the highest

incidences of AIDS in the world. With 14 percent of the population infected,

80,000 Malawians die every year from the disease. Life expectancy is just

37 years, and there are 1.3 million orphans in Malawi — half of them the

children of AIDS victims.

Liebengood’s OnQCo film production crew — which consists of his wife,

Redwood City Councilwoman Alicia Aguirre, and himself — recently spent

two weeks filming the story of Chunga, doing work financed by members of

the Peninsula Covenant Church in Redwood City.

Redwood City Rotary will host the fundraiser and preview to support two

Malawi-based projects: Chunga’s “Wings of Hope” educational programs and

“Partners in Malawi,” a medical mission founded by Dr. Perry Jansen, which

is also supported by Peninsula Covenant Church.

The public is invited to the film preview, which will include hors d’oeuvres,

wine and an auction, at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center. Tickets are

$50 per person ($10 students, $40 seniors) and may be obtained by sending

a check to Rotary Club of Redwood City, District 5150, P.O. Box 2605,

Redwood City, CA 94064, or by calling Don Horsley at 650-365-0187.

For more information, please check the Redwood City Rotary Club Web

site at www.redwoodcityrotary.org.

Bayana Chunga, Redwood City Councilwoman Alicia Aguirre and OnQCo Producer

(and Aguirre’s husband) Pete Liebengood, filming “Serious Radio” on location in Malawi.

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Cultural Events

San Mateo County History Museum

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650-299-0104

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Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

$2–$4; free for children 5 and under

The History Museum is housed inside the historic 1910 County Courthouse.

Over 50,000 people visit the museum each year, and the number of local

residents who hold memberships is growing. The History Museum teaches

approximately 14,000 children each year through the on- and off-site

programs. The museum houses the research library and archives that

currently hold over 100,000 photographs, prints, books and documents

collected by the San Mateo County Historical Association.

Ongoing Exhibits

The Great Rotunda. The stained-glass dome of the rotunda, thought to be the

largest in a Pacific Coast public building, is the architectural highlight of the

museum building.

Courtroom A. The oldest courtroom in San Mateo County has been restored to

its appearance in 1910.

Nature’s Bounty. This exhibit gallery explores how the earliest people of the

Peninsula used the natural resources of the area and how those resources

were used to help build San Francisco after the discovery of gold in 1849.

Journey to Work. This exhibit gallery shows how transportation transformed

San Mateo County from a frontier to suburbs.

Carriage Display. An exhibit of the museum’s 30 horse-drawn vehicles.

Charles Parsons Gallery. An exhibit of the 23 historical model ships created

by Charles Parsons of San Carlos.

Politics, Crime and Law Enforcement. The Atkinson Meeting Room includes

the Walter Moore Law Enforcement Collection of historic badges.

San Mateo County History Makers: Entrepreneurs Who Changed the World.

The exhibit chronicles the entrepreneurs who made San Mateo County

internationally known.

Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience in San Mateo County.

The exhibit tells the stories of the diverse people who came to the area

and explores how different groups faced hardships and discrimination.

It highlights the experiences of the early immigrant groups — Chinese,

Japanese, Irish, Italians and Portuguese — in the late 1800s.

Living the California Dream. The exhibit depicts the development of the

suburban culture of San Mateo County.

The Celtic Tiger: The Irish Economic Miracle. The exhibit explores how the

Bay Area has participated in Ireland’s current economic boom.

Immigrants Day Festival —

Honoring Our Heritage

Saturday, May 16, 12–5 p.m. (food

tasting 12–2 p.m.)

Free admission ($5 for food

tasting card)

Discover the traditions immigrant groups have

brought to the area. The festival features food,

craft activities for families and performances

by African-American, Basque, Chinese,

Croatian, Filipino, Irish, Italian, Japanese,

Mexican and Portuguese groups. The event

highlights the museum’s exhibit “Land of

Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience in San

Mateo County.”

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The Ron Gariffo Orchestra is now appearing on the first and third

Wednesday nights of every month, 8–11 p.m., at the Broadway Lounge. Hear

audio clips from their new album at www.rgorchestra.com.

Cañada College Theater Department

Presents ‘Every Good Boy Deserves Favor’

The Redwood Symphony Orchestra and Cañada College Theater Arts

Department co-produce this powerful and rarely produced play by Tom

Stoppard, with music by André Previn. Two men are held in a Soviet mental

hospital. One is a political prisoner, struggling for his integrity and for his

release; the other, a schizophrenic, fights to control the orchestra he hears

playing in his mind — an orchestra that actually shares the stage with the

actors. Will they survive their “treatment” and each other?

This production will be held on one weekend only. The opening-night show

is Friday, May 1, at 8 p.m. in the Cañada College Main Theater. The play also

shows on Saturday, May 2, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. Cost is $16

for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. To reserve tickets,

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“Step Outside and Enjoy Yourself … All Year Long!”

By Nicole Minieri, Contributing Writer

There is an old saying: “A man who works with

his hands is a laborer. A man who works with

his hands and his brain is a craftsman. But a

man who works with his hands, his brain and his

heart is an artist.” And there is no denying that

Tom Haid, owner of Tom’s Outdoor Furniture

at 1445 Veterans Blvd. in Redwood City, is

that distinctive type of artist whose hands and

brain partner with his heart to design, build and

assemble fine, grade A sustainable teak furniture

that is precisely suited to the individual as well as

to the outdoor environment.

Haid started Tom’s Outdoor Furniture in

1999 on El Camino Real in Menlo Park before

relocating to Redwood City. The new facility,

right off Highway 101, has an expanded

showroom and is improved overall. “We had to

move because we grew out of our location in

Menlo Park,” said Haid. “And Redwood City is

an excellent location for doing local business on

the Peninsula.” The move to Redwood City has

been a very smart move indeed; the business

continues to double each year despite the current

economic challenges. “We are very fortunate

that the economy has not affected Tom’s Outdoor

Furniture,” said Haid. “If anything, it keeps

getting better. And, so far, this April has been one

of our best months.”

The engine behind this prosperous business

is Haid himself and his committed crew, who

consistently strive every day to provide exemplary

customer service. With an unblemished Better

Business Bureau record, Tom’s Outdoor Furniture

is also a Diamond Certified company. In other

words, the company is known as one that ranks

high in quality, trust and customer satisfaction in

the Bay Area. Going the extra mile while serving

thousands of satisfied customers is common

practice at Tom’s Outdoor Furniture.

“We are known throughout the community for

our outstanding customer service,” Haid said in

response to being voted No. 1 on the Peninsula.

“We build rock-solid furniture because our

customers only want the best. People always

say that we are very helpful and extremely

accommodating, and partly because we actually

have a person from our store who will visit

the customer at their home at no extra charge.

Providing a free consultation home service is an

effective way for the customer and for us to figure

out what piece of furniture will go with what

they already have. It is also a great way to work

out the strategies on how the furniture should be

designed,” added Haid.

Whether you are researching online or

inquiring by word-of-mouth about your next

outdoor purchase, you can count on hearing

nothing but praise for Tom’s Outdoor Furniture.

A few current testimonials and reviews

include: “Everyone we have dealt with here

has been fantastic. Very helpful and not pushy,

just welcoming and friendly. The furniture

is beautiful.” “I can recommend Tom’s for an

overwhelming selection of fine outdoor teak

furniture, excellent customer service and the best

prices. My outdoor dining table and chairs are

out year round and look as good as they did three

years ago. I love teak and the low maintenance.”

“I like the personal service, knowledgeable people

and genuine involvement with the customer.”

(continues on page 22)

“We build rock-solid furniture because

our customers only want the best.”

Tom Haid welcomes you to his store


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Relay for Life: The Community Fights Back

Mia Lee Wagner and great-grandma Wanda walked

their laps among the luminaria in the early morning.

If you’ve ever lost a loved one to cancer, or celebrated with a beloved cancer survivor, then you know the

importance of Relay for Life, the annual nationwide fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.

Whether or not you have experienced either of those two life-changing situations, you can join those

who have on May 30 at 10 a.m. at the Sequoia High School campus.

This year, more than 33 teams are registered for the 13th Relay for Life in Redwood City. “This

activity has raised more than $1 million for the American Cancer Society,” Corinne Centeno, chair

of this year’s relay, said. “Our goal this year is to raise $115,000, to field 40 teams and to honor 100

survivors,” she continued.

All team members solicit donations to “fight back” for friends and relatives who are or who have been

cancer patients. Funds support cancer treatment and cutting-edge research in the Bay Area.

For 24 hours at least one member from each team will be walking the memorial path lined with

donated luminaria — lanterns inscribed with names and messages in honor of survivors or in memory of

those who lost their fight.

The luminaria-lighting ceremony at sunset is beyond awesome,” said Wanda Steffens, captain of

Team Sequoia, a top fundraiser in recent years.

“Family teams have kids of all ages,” explained Steffens, a two-time survivor. “My own family has

four generations on our team. Our 3-year-old and 6-year old great-granddaughters walk laps and help

place luminaria. Our team has walkers from 3 to almost 90. And they all walk and work.”

Redwood City firefighters will barbeque hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken breasts provided by

Sequoia Hospital for dinner on Saturday night. They will return on Sunday morning to serve pancakes

for breakfast.

Throughout the day, musical groups, games and stage performances will entertain walkers and

“resters” alike. Cotton candy and snow cones lead a long list of refreshments.

Local youth are very involved with the Relay for Life. Sequoia High will have six teams. Woodside

Priory, Woodside High, Fox School and John Gill will have teams as well.

A silent auction will offer Giants and 49ers tickets, gift baskets, toys, cases of wine and many other

items. Call 650-726-6902 to make a donation to the auction.

Survivors pose for a picture in front of the school.

Sharkie gives a ride to Elizabeth Steffens. They’re followed by Emmalee Holmes, Maggie Holmes, Timmy Steffens and

Maya Grossman. A tent city is visible in the background.

Luminaria often have pictures of loved ones.

HOPE is lit with luminaria. At about 10 p.m. the word changes to CURE, thanks to a Sequoia team.

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REDWOOD CITY

THROUGH THE YEARS

A Brief History of Memorial Day and the Grand Army of the Republic

By John G. Edmonds, President, Historic Union Cemetery Association

Union soldier statue given by the GAR thanks to a

donation from Mrs. Leland Stanford.

George S. Evans Post No. 72, Grand Army of the Republic, meeting on the steps of the Congregational Church at Middlefield

and Jefferson on Memorial Day, 1886.

In early 1866 the Civil War

had been over for several

months, and the need for

communities across

America to care for those

returning home from

battle was becoming

more and more difficult.

Little preparation had

been made for those who

were missing limbs or

had other serious injuries.

Little was understood

about emotional illness,

and even those who were

not physically injured were

seriously ill emotionally.

The most profound illness was

emptiness. These men had lived

together, fought together, saved each

other’s lives and had survived. They

developed a unique bond that only

those who had similar experiences

could really understand. This

problem, in itself, led to a need for

further camaraderie.

The Grand Army of the Republic

was started for that reason in

Decatur, Ill., on April 6, 1866,

by Benjamin F. Stephenson.

Membership was limited to

honorably discharged veterans of

the Union Army, Navy, Marine

Corps and the Revenue Cutter

Service who had served between

April 12, 1861, and April 9, 1865.

Each community was called a

“Post” and they were numbered

consecutively. Each post was also

given a name of somebody highly

respected in the community or

vicinity.

The Grand Army of the Republic

(GAR) was an immediate success,

and by August 1871 more than half

the survivors of the Civil War were

members. Stephenson, who had

been a surgeon of the 14th Illinois

Infantry, had fought through to the

end of the war. He died at age 43

in August 1871 and really never

saw the tremendous success of

the organization he started. In the

ensuing years, five U.S. presidents

were members of the GAR.

The local post in Redwood

City began in 1886. The first

officers were Benjamin A. Rankin,

commander; Joseph H. Hallett,

senior vice commander; John Poole,

junior vice commander; Elbert O.

Rhodes, adjutant; P.P. Chamberlain,

quartermaster; C.B. Sears, surgeon;

W.H. Pascoe, chaplain; E.W.

Thompson, officer of the day; and

L.L. Stevens, officer of the guard

and sergeant major.

The local chapter of the Women’s

Relief Corps was led by Mrs.

Geraldine Frisbie, who had married

Will Frisbie, a Civil War veteran,

following the death of her first

husband, Lester Cooley.

The first encampment of the

General George S. Evans Post, No.

72, was in 1886 on Memorial Day.

The post had established a GAR

plot in Union Cemetery, and several

burials had occurred by Memorial

Day of that year. The date of the

first Decoration Day celebration is

in dispute, but most people agree

that it started in Boalsburg, Pa.,

population 800, and was celebrated

on July 4, 1866. The first celebration

on the West Coast was in San

Francisco in 1868, with a parade

that started on Montgomery and

ended at Lone Mountain Cemetery.

One of the more prominent

members of the Women’s Relief

Corps was Mrs. Leland Stanford.

Mrs. Stanford donated $1,000 to

the local chapter of the GAR for a

Union Army soldier statue to be

placed in the center of the GAR plot

in Union Cemetery.

The San Mateo County Times and

Gazette on May 30, 1890, reported

on the Memorial Day celebration:

The GAR statue was entwined with

garlands of evergreens and roses

and numerous bouquets deposited

on the graves of the departed.”

The statue has been a statement

of patriotic appreciation for these

many years. Although this soldier

has taken a severe beating and

has been broken on three different

occasions by unconscionable people,

he survives.

This year, Memorial Day is on

Monday, May 25. The program

begins at 10 a.m., but the clamper

band will begin earlier and the

parade of charm will begin slightly

before the beginning. The program

will be a little bit longer this year

because there are added attractions.

After all, this is the 150th year

of Union Cemetery, and yes, the

anvil will fly again. If you have not

witnessed this fine event, now is a

good time to mark your calendars

and come out to the cemetery to

enjoy the color, the roses and the

enthusiasm for the continuing

improvements you will see.

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Community Interests

Tim Griffith Memorial Foundation

4th Annual Day at the Races

On Saturday, May 9, the Turf Club at Golden Gate Fields will be the location

for the fourth annual Tim Griffith Memorial Foundation Day at the Races.

Golden Gate Fields is a spectacular racetrack on the San Francisco Bay in

Albany.

Mother’s Day is May 10, and what better way to celebrate Mom than

to take her out for a lovely day in the Turf Club at Golden Gate Fields on

Saturday! Post time is 12:45 p.m. Adults are $50, ages 19–30 are $35 and

children under 18 are $15. The regular value of this package is $75 per

person, and Golden Gate Fields has graciously offered us this incredible

fundraising rate!

Price includes valet parking, admission to the Turf Club, daily program

and a great buffet lunch. They will also dedicate one race during the day to

the foundation. This is a great way to spend time with family and friends and

maybe make a little money as well!

The Turf Club is a lovely indoor facility at the racetrack, with sweeping

views of the track and the spectacular East Bay hills. Note: no tank tops,

shorts or flip-flops are allowed in the Turf Club.

There will be a hat contest! In the old racetrack style, dress up those hats

and try to win a prize for the fanciest hat, the craziest hat or the “horsiest” hat

— think mint juleps, Secretariat and the Kentucky Derby!

This year the TGMF is pleased to be a part of the Redwood City Rotary

Club’s raffle for a Toyota Prius! Tickets are $5 each, and all proceeds go directly to

Tim’s House. There will also be a raffle for smaller items the day of the races,

so you will get double the fun and value for your raffle ticket purchases.

Register at www.remembertim.org and pay by credit card using the Google

Checkout link. Or send a check to the TGMF, P.O. Box 570, El Camino Real

#150-427, Redwood City, CA 94063-1262.

Veterans Memorial Senior Center

Military Honorary Luncheon:

Celebrating Our Military, Past and Present

On Thursday, May 21, from noon to 2 p.m., the Veterans Memorial Senior

Center will honor our military personnel and veterans with a special luncheon

tribute. This luncheon will feature special guest speakers and veterans of

various wars, including current soldiers from Iraq. Special patriotic music,

compliments of the VMSC Songbirds choir, and special guests, including

Redwood City Mayor Rosanne Foust, will complete the event. All veterans

will receive a discounted lunch for $4. Nonmilitary guests will pay $8. Please

call Christina at 650-780-7343 to RSVP by Monday, May 18.

Senior Center Chevy’s Fundraiser

All Day Thursday, June 18

Eat a delicious meal at Chevy’s in Redwood City on June 18 and help support

the Redwood City Veterans Memorial Senior Center. Chevy’s will donate 25

percent of the proceeds from your meal to their program! To get credit for

your meals, make sure you present this fundraising notice (or pick up a flier

at the center) to the server. The server will attach it to the receipt and give

it to the manager. At the end of the event, Chevy’s will count the receipts

and figure the amount of the donation. It’s that easy! Eat well and support

a wonderful cause. To obtain additional fundraising fliers, please contact

Christina at 650-780-7343 or pick some up in the lobby of the Veterans

Memorial Senior Center.

The Peninsula Celebration Association Needs

Community Support

of families and hundreds of thousands of local residents have attended these

events. Over the last several years, the cost to produce the parade, festival and

fireworks has continued to increase while resources available for these events

have declined.

Due to a combination of lower return on investments and higher overall

cost of producing this citywide event, the PCA is projecting a $30,000 deficit

in its 2009 operating budget.

Without additional funding support, the PCA will have some difficult

decisions to make about this year’s events.

The size and scope of the parade and festival may be reduced and the

fireworks could be eliminated. The organization needs help to continue these

annual Independence Day events for Redwood City that the community has

come to know and enjoy.

Hopefully, with participation from individuals, families and local

businesses, large and small, the PCA can maintain the high-quality family

event that they are proud to have been presenting for the last 70 years in

Redwood City.

Individual donations are welcomed. Information about becoming an event

sponsor can be found at www.parade.org or by calling the PCA office at

650-365-1825. Monetary donations can be sent to Friends of the Peninsula

Celebration Association, P.O. Box 5151, Redwood City, CA 94063-0151.

The Friends of the Peninsula Celebration Association is a 501(c)(3)

nonprofit organization.

Dealership Closes After One Day

Only one car was sold at the new Subaru dealership in Burlingame before

it was temporarily closed by a state superior judge wanting to look into an

appeal from a Redwood City lot selling the same brand.

Putnam Automotive opened a Subaru location at 85 California Drive in

Burlingame. Lawyers for Carlsen Subaru of Redwood City, 480 Veterans

Blvd., filed a petition the same week pointing to a state statute preventing

market saturation. A judge ordered Putnam to close until a hearing can be

held to determine if the business can reopen. A challenge to the decision

moved the case to a different judge and a yet-to-be-determined hearing date,

said Michael Sieving, lawyer for Carlsen Subaru of Redwood City.

Cars purchased by Kent Putnam were put in storage until the issue can

be heard. The halt puts 10 to 15 jobs at the new dealership in limbo. Some

employees have already quit, Putnam said.

City officials were excited about the opening since new car revenue

represents about 35 percent of sales tax coming into Burlingame.

Opening the new location would probably put the Redwood City dealership

out of business, Sieving said.

In March, Subaru of America Inc. announced a 1 percent increase in

sales in February 2009 over the same month in 2008. Year-to-date sales

rose 4 percent with 25,283 cars sold this year compared to 24,195 last year,

according to the company’s Web site. Putnam pointed to this growth as the

initial reason for opening the store.

Redwood City Earns More Than $200K in Federal Grants

The Port of Redwood City was granted $75,705 and the Police Department

received $176,903 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Mayor

Rosanne Foust and Port Chairman Richard Dodge announced.

The Port Security Grant Program is one of six grant programs that

constitute the Department of Homeland Security’s focus on transportation

infrastructure security activities. The program is one tool in the

comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress to strengthen the

nation’s critical infrastructure against risks associated with potential terrorist

attacks, according to a joint statement.

The port’s grant will be used for enhancements and improvements to its

security systems and access control. The Police Department’s grant will be

used for security equipment for its patrol boat and waterside security training.

The Peninsula Celebration Association has been the sponsor of the annual

Fourth of July events in Redwood City for over 70 years. Several generations

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“It Is a Really Fun Job”

A Conversation With City Manager Peter Ingram

By Judy Buchan, Contributing Writer

Who He Is

City Manager Peter Ingram reflected back on his first full day at the

City Hall helm: “Well, day one — June 10, 2008 — was pretty swell!

And since then, I go home at least once a week thinking, ‘Today was

exceptional.’”

Ingram’s move into the city manager’s post would seem to be a natural progression in a public sector

career that includes experience in public works and community development.

“In my first public sector job, I worked for the City of Richmond’s Public Works Department for five

years, first as a superintendent, then as a deputy director,” he said. “In 1992, I decided I was ready for

a change and wanted to work in a more collaborative, appreciative environment. I also wanted to take

on a higher level of responsibility. It was my good fortune that I learned that Redwood City’s new city

manager was recruiting for a general services director — and that the department’s functions were

aligned with my public works experience. I was considering another job opportunity at the same time I

was going through the process here, and I ultimately made a people-based decision that Redwood City

was where I wanted to be.”

In 2006, Ingram became director of the city’s Community Development Services department. “It took

several discussions to convince me it was a good time and the right circumstances to make a move,”

he recalled. “One of my considerations was the

Redwood City Recycled Water Project, which I

had been leading for six years and which was at a

critical juncture in its implementation. In the end,

I was able to move to Community Development

with the project, so that worked out quite well.”

Community Development was “a wonderful

new experience, working with staff on the

completion and adoption of the downtown precise

plan, downtown operations and programming,

and the creation of our new general plan team. I

learned a lot about housing and redevelopment,

and added to my knowledge of the land use

entitlement process, in a very short span of time.”

Former City Manager Ed Everett retired in

November 2007, and the City Council chose

Ingram as interim city manager. “Interim” was

removed from Ingram’s job title in May 2008.

Ingram initially had decided not to toss his

hat in the ring for the city manager position.

“When I agreed to serve the City Council as

their interim city manager in the fall of 2007, I

did not want the job on a permanent basis. I had

served as assistant city manager for three annual

rotations over the years, and I felt I was pretty

clear on the demands of the job, and quite clear

on what a great job being a department head is.

But I also knew that in having the opportunity

to serve in the position for up to six months, I

would surely know with certainty if that was to

stay true — or not. Over the course of the first

three to four months, I began to realize that my

own skills and abilities were serving me well,

and the feedback I was getting suggested that

the council and organization were appreciative

of what I bring to the job. Probably the hardest

part for me was to understand by my own, direct

experience that being very different from Ed in

style and expertise was just fine. Once that sunk

in, and I was feeling the ‘three F’s and a P’ —

focused, fulfilled, fun and passion — I began to

seriously consider the possibility of competing for

the job. I let the council know and asked that they

consider me as a candidate when they reopened a

competitive recruitment process. The rest, as they

say, is history. [I was] a very nervous interviewee

(and I had a terrible cold — really attractive!) and

overjoyed when I got the call from the recruiter,

saying that the council wanted to offer me the job.

I was sworn in June 10, 2008.”

Challenges: Closing the Budget Gap

Meeting the challenges facing the city is a

daunting task, which Ingram handles with steady

determination. “I work with others to capture the

vision and shape ourselves to be ready and able to

attain it,” he said.

A significant challenge will be dealing with a

growing budget deficit. According to the council’s

budget strategies, the city’s general fund budget

has a growing deficit, which is exacerbated by

the current economic downturn. Annual deficits

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million through fiscal year 2011–12 or 4.8 percent

to 7.9 percent of annual revenues.

Some cities are working with their labor

organizations to help close the budget gap.

Among other budget strategies, Redwood City is

doing the same, according to Ingram.

“We have been meeting with labor to discuss

short-term options to save money next year and

also looking at long-term options to work with

labor on to resolve the projected ongoing budget

deficit,” he said. “We worked hard to bring

council a framework in which they could really

discuss their philosophy, approach and decision

criteria, and provide the executive team with

clear direction. Reducing budgets and making

the organization smaller and more sustainable is

difficult work, but if we work together and seize

opportunities, we can stay strong and viable, and

continue to serve this wonderful community.”

Challenges: Cargill Development

Challenges: Redwood

Shores Levees

Will the Redwood Shores levees come through in

a flood? Not all of them, according to the Federal

Emergency Management Agency. Three levees

have not been certified by FEMA yet, with two

being scheduled for repair this year. The third,

a segment of the levee bordering the San Carlos

Airport, needs to be raised by some two feet in

order to meet FEMA requirements. That levee

appears to be owned by San Mateo County.

Naturally concerned about the cost of flood

insurance, the Redwood Shores Community

Association posed their concerns in a letter

to Ingram. In his response, he explained that

Redwood City cannot obtain certification for

portions of the levee that it does not own or

maintain.” He went on to say that the city is

working with the county, San Carlos and the

Federal Aviation Administration to get the

certification issue resolved so that Redwood

Shores will not be designated a flood plain area.

Challenges: Downtown Precise Plan

With the downtown precise plan on hold as a

result of a court ruling, Ingram still sees positive

momentum for making the necessary revisions.

“We are making a very fine plan even better as

a result of the legal challenge,” he said, I think

we will be ready and able to work with property

owners and developers as the economy corrects

course and construction loans become available again.

“Despite the judge’s ruling, I believe that we

have an exceptional, visionary precise plan for our

downtown, and I have full confidence that it will

be reinstated soon after the completion of the new

general plan,” he added.”

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Waiting in the wings is the development

proposal from DMB and Redwood City

Industrial Saltworks. “We anticipate receiving a

development proposal from the DMB Redwood

City Saltworks within the next month or so,”

Ingram said. “Right now, my focus with staff

is on designing and managing an effective and

accessible information system, so that anyone

who wants to see the proposal or understand what

the city is doing as we process it may find what he

or she is interested in. Once we have a submittal,

we will launch a Web-based system and make

sure that any and all stakeholders know about it. I

believe that it will take us most of the remainder

of 2009 to assess and analyze the proposal and

deem that we have a complete development

application. We expect to complete the city’s new

general plan in late 2009, then be ready to launch

our own public outreach process in early 2010 for

the Saltworks project.”

Last year’s debate on Measure W and Measure

V brought many lessons for Ingram and city

staff that will probably be put into play when

the Saltworks proposal is submitted. “I learned

that this community is able to fully and actively

engage in prolonged debate when stakeholders

put their issues out, and this one in particular

brought out passions across the whole spectrum

of people’s values and beliefs. From the beginning

of the ballot initiative to the election, it was

difficult to keep the staff focused on the many

“I work with others to capture the vision and shape ourselves to be ready and able to attain it.”

council strategic initiatives, in that council did not

initiate the debate, but once it began, they needed

to be fully engaged as well. That required a lot

of research and support from the staff, who in

turn had to delay work on other priorities. On the

other hand, I saw the council focused and united

and willing to do whatever it took for them to

do the best and right things for their community.

And it’s always reassuring to me when I see

longtime leaders championing their causes and

new leadership emerging from the public debate.

I see that as an important indicator of our overall

strength as a community.”

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A Conversation With City Manager Peter Ingram (continued from previous page)

Challenges: The General Plan

As the last version of the city’s general plan was

completed in the 1990s, work is underway to

develop a new roadmap for the city’s future. The

new general plan will “be a living document that

is graphically engaging and easy to use,” Ingram

said. “I am especially excited about the evolving

vision for our corridors and how the plan will

enable ‘smart growth’ in the right places, and with

a uniqueness that is Redwood City. I am intrigued

with the notion of ‘streetcar neighborhoods’ and

absolutely believe that a bold vision of ‘complete

streets’ and a sustained commitment to reduce

dependence on cars will yield opportunities that

we can turn into real places.”

Doing Things Right

Ingram holds his bosses, the City Council, in high

regard. “They really care about this community.

I don’t need to question their motives; I just have

add my own caring,” he said. “They demand that

we all do things right (and themselves, too). They

are all about integrity, respect and trust: I have

to meet very high standards. They set a fast pace

and get frustrated when disingenuous actions by

others prevent them from realizing their vision.”

Living on the Edge

It’s not all “swell.”

The worst day is when we get a big

disappointment after a lot of good collaboration

and hard work,” Ingram went on to say. “I

just have to remember that in this job, the

disappointments are just setbacks, and it’s my role

to pull us together, make sense out of something

that may not make sense at all, and find a way to

continue the journey forward.”

And the journey forward will find Peter Ingram

taking it all with determination and a sense of humor.

“Apparently, I love working and living on the

edge,” he said, laughing.

“It’s my role to pull us

together, make sense

out of something that

may not make sense at

all, and find a way to

continue the journey

forward.”

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actively seeking caring and consistent adults

to mentor and speak up for the best interests of

these children. Over 130 children are waiting for

someone who cares.

If you would like to become a volunteer

advocate, or just want to learn more, please attend

an orientation held in their San Mateo office. Visit

their Web site (www.AdvocatesFC.org) or call

650-212-4423 for more information.

City Talk Toastmasters

Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop

communication and leadership skills. The club

meets Wednesdays 12:30–1:30 p.m. in the Council

Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.

Call Manny Rosas at 650-780-7468 if you would

like to check out a meeting, or just stop in. Visit

www.toastmasters.org for more information about

the Toastmasters public speaking program.

CityTrees

CityTrees is a nonprofit working with the Public

Works Department to enhance and care for

Redwood City’s urban forest. They usually plant

or prune on the third Saturday of each month.

Check their Web site (www.citytrees.org) for a

listing of events, dates and how to join.

Family Service Agency of San

Mateo County

Looking for a dependable source of skilled,

reliable workers? Family Service Agency of San

Mateo County provides employers with mature,

ready-to-work, experienced workers who are 55

years and older. Employers contact the service

because they appreciate the superior work ethic

and the commitment to quality that mature

workers possess. There are no fees for hiring

candidates. Contact Barbara Clipper at 650-403-

4300, ext. 4368, to place your job order.

For those who are looking for work and are

at least 55 years of age, Family Service Agency

provides a range of services, including referrals

for classroom training, vocational counseling,

job referrals and on-the-job training for qualified

participants. Contact Connie Tilles at 650-403-

4300, ext. 4371, if you are looking for work.

Friends for Youth

Do you like to play video games, shoot hoops,

watch baseball games or just have fun? Then

you have what it takes to be a mentor! As a

mentor, you can hang out with a young person

like Reggie. He’s a 12-year-old who loves pizza,

baseball and cars. He lives with his grandmother

and three sisters and would love to hang out with

a guy and have fun. There are 30 boys like Reggie

waiting to be matched with a mentor like you.

Most of the boys wait more than a year to meet

their mentors.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor,

you are invited to attend a one-hour information

session in Redwood City. For upcoming

sessions, call 650-482-2871 or e-mail mentor@

friendsforyouth.org.

Funders Bookstore

If you haven’t wandered into the Funders

Bookstore, you have missed one of Redwood

City’s hidden treasures. This project is a

volunteer effort by a group of dedicated people

interested in supporting the San Mateo County

History Museum and simultaneously providing a

community bookstore for everyone’s pleasure. A

large collection of hardback first editions, trade

paperbacks, children’s books, cookbooks and

an entire room of $1 paperbacks are featured.

Bookstore hours are Tuesday through Saturday,

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is on the lower level of the

San Mateo County History Museum at 2200

Broadway, with the entrance facing Hamilton

Street. Stop by for a browse!

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit

organization that seeks to eliminate poverty

housing and homelessness from the world, and

to make decent shelter a matter of conscience

and action. Locally, the Greater San Francisco

affiliate partners with working families and the

community to build affordable ownership homes

in Redwood City. Formed through the merger of

Peninsula Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for

Humanity San Francisco in August 2008, Habitat

for Humanity Greater San Francisco provides a

unique solution to the local housing crisis and

has enabled nearly 150 families to purchase

affordable housing. Contact Jennifer Doettling,

communications director, at 650-568-7335 or

jdoettling@habitatgsf.org. Visit their Web site at

www.habitatgsf.org.

Hearing Loss Association of the

Peninsula

Hearing Loss Association is a volunteer,

international organization of hard-of-hearing

people and their relatives and friends. The

nonprofit, nonsectarian, educational organization

is devoted to the welfare and interests of those

who cannot hear well but are committed to

participating in the hearing world.

A day meeting is held on the first Monday of

the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial

Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. Educational

speakers and refreshments are provided. A

demonstration of assistive devices is held on the

first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the

second-floor conference room at the Redwood

City Public Library, 1044 Middlefield Road.

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

Nursing Mothers Counsel

Nursing Mothers Counsel, a nonprofit

organization since 1955, provides free

breastfeeding education and assistance by highly

trained counselors (moms who breastfed for at

least six months). To speak with a counselor (no

fee), call 650-327-MILK (327-6455).

NMC also has breast pumps and breastfeeding

supplies available for purchase and rent. Call

650-364-9579. If you’d like to become a trained

counselor, call 650-365-2713. Visit their Web site

at www.nursingmothers.org.

Optimist Club of Redwood City

Optimist International is one of the largest service

organizations in the world, where “bringing out the

best in kids” has been their mission for over 80

years. If you enjoy the fellowship and friendship

of others with a common greater good, Optimist

International needs you and would like you as a

member.

The Optimist Club of Redwood City meets

every Tuesday at 12 p.m. at Alana’s Cafe, 1020

Main St. For information, visit www.optimist.

org or call President Ed Rosen at 650-366-7589 or

Membership Chair John Butterfield at 650-366-

8803. Or just come join them for lunch to learn

more about how you can make a difference to the

youth in our community.

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club

Founded in 1960, Peninsula Hills Women’s Club,

a member of the General Federation of Women’s

Clubs and the California Federation of Women’s

Clubs, is a philanthropic organization serving the

community through charitable, educational and

service programs. Meetings are held the third

Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. For additional

information, contact PHWC, P.O. Box 1394,

Redwood City, CA 94064.

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

In addition to sheltering and finding new homes

for stray and unwanted animals (100 percent

placement for healthy dogs and cats since 2003!),

PHS/SPCA has vital programs for people. The

shelter drives its mobile spay/neuter clinic into

low-income neighborhoods, offering owners free

“fixes” for their pets. PHS/SPCA also provides

a free animal behavior help line in English and

Spanish. Call 650-340-7022, ext. 783 or 786.

And domestic abuse victims who wish to leave

their abusive situation but are fearful of doing

so because they have pets can receive temporary

sheltering for their pets through PHS/SPCA. Call

650-340-7022, ext. 330.

Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club

The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered

in April 1988. In the years since that time, the

club has met weekly at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast and

to hear a speaker at the Waterfront Restaurant at

Pete’s Harbor in Redwood City. The club, with

22 members, has frequently been honored as an

outstanding small club by Rotary District 5150,

which includes San Mateo, San Francisco and part

of Marin counties. For more information or to

join, call Brandy Navarro at 650-367-9394.

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“Step Outside and Enjoy Yourself … All Year Long!”

(continued from page 9)

at all if it were not for the crew, who repeatedly

work above and beyond. “The customer’s

experience with us is very important to us,

and that’s one reason why we work so hard,”

said Haid. “It really means a lot to us when our

customers say, ‘We’ve never been treated the

way you treat us.’ It’s that particular customer

satisfaction and appreciation that sets us apart

from everyone else.” Haid added, “We really are a

great crew. Just a great group of people who have

a passion for this business. We definitely work

together like a family.”

When Haid moved Tom’s Outdoor Furniture

from Menlo Park to Redwood City, Redwood

City became a little more colorful and cultivated.

With a flawless reputation and strong work

ethic, Tom’s Outdoor Furniture is all about the

customer, which can be hard to find in the current

marketplace. The company’s ongoing success

lies within three main areas: (a) Design and

custom-build the finest durable outdoor furniture

at unbeatable prices, (b) personally reach out to

each customer in the most humane way and (c)

when not doing both “a” and “b,” reach into the

community and graciously help wherever help is

needed.

There is another old saying: “If you care at

all, you’ll get some results. If you care enough,

you’ll get incredible results.” The motto of Tom’s

Outdoor Furniture is “Step outside and enjoy

yourself.” You won’t be disappointed with the results.

“We really are a great crew. Just a great group

of people who have a passion for this business.

We definitely work together like a family.”

If you would like more information on Tom’s

Outdoor Furniture and the beauty it can bring

to your outdoor space, call 650-366-0411, visit

www.tomsoutdoorfurniture.com or stop by the

showroom at 1445 Veterans Blvd. in Redwood City.

However, exceptional customer service is only

part of what Tom’s Outdoor Furniture is known

for. The other part is the product itself, among

the finest in the industry. According to Haid,

his thumb is green. The grade A teak used to

build all of the furniture is harvested and grown

on government-sanctioned Perum Perhutani

plantations in Indonesia. The Perum Perhutani

operation has a very strict policy that regulates

both the number and size of the trees that are

grown, creating an environmentally friendly haven.

With its fully operational woodworking shop,

Tom’s Outdoor Furniture offers a wide selection

of custom-built furniture. If you name it, they

will build it: tables, chairs, benches, bar seats,

loungers, coffee and console tables, hutches, club

seats, patio umbrellas, Sunbrella cushions and

a host of outdoor teak accessories. “We build

everything super strong,” said Haid. “We provide

the customer with a lifetime guarantee. Our

guarantee is unlimited because if anything goes

wrong with the furniture, we will definitely fix it.

And, if we cannot fix it, we will replace it with a

new one.”

Haid has worked wonders for his business,

www.SpectrumMagazine.net

and he also manages to work wonders for the

surrounding community. “Tom’s Outdoor

Furniture donates to all of the schools in the area.

Menlo-Atherton, Woodside High School and

the Nativity School are some of the schools that

we always donate to,” said Haid. “We have also

participated in the garden show and donated our

furniture. Because we donate a lot to all of the

schools and within the community whenever we

are asked or can, a lot of people have come to

know about us.”

Haid will continue to focus on doing business

in Redwood City and throughout the entire

Peninsula. “We have done some things out of the

area and out of state, but by remaining local, it

keeps the business very unique and specialized.

Redwood City is a good place to do business,

and we are also a member of the Redwood City

Chamber of Commerce,” explained Haid. “It’s

great that we have been given the highest rating

in customer satisfaction. I love what I do and

am able to make a good living out of it. Tom’s

Outdoor Furniture will always be known for our

outstanding customer service.”

This outstanding service, extended to each

customer on a daily basis, would not be possible


Shop Redwood City: Now More Than Ever — Shop Redwood City

Check out our Best of the Best selections below — businesses that not only provide excellent service but also

contribute to our community. Shouldn’t you make the commitment to shopping locally? When you are shopping,

dining or enjoying some entertainment, you will benefit because your sales tax dollars stay local and help us all.

Auto Care:

Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway – Redwood General Tire was

founded on the principles of good customer service and quality products

at fair prices. Many satisfied customers have been with them since their

founding. 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. They even

have free Wi-Fi Internet hookups so

you can work while you wait for your

vehicle to be serviced.

Eating and Catering:

Angelica’s Bistro – 863 Main St. –

Located in the back of an antiques

emporium, Angelica’s Bistro feels

like it has been here since the 18th

century. Sit in a cozy alcove and

listen to romantic live music as you

enjoy your meal. Lean at the counter

and order a microbrew beer. Or sit

in the garden among fountains and

sculptures for afternoon tea. Visit

www.angelicasbistro.com for menu

and live entertainment offerings.

Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road – “The Canyon Inn has had the same owner

for over two decades, and every year it just keeps getting better. They have

everything from their famous hamburgers to pizzas. They also serve all kind

of sandwiches and pastas, and they even have a South of the Border menu!

They now do a Sunday breakfast buffet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Don’t forget to

reserve their closed patio for your next party — they have heaters, fans and a

big-screen TV, for no additional charge. They do catering too!”

Little India – 917 Main St. – “There are good restaurants. There are bad

restaurants. There are okay 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.

Financial Institutions:

San Mateo Credit Union – Two Redwood City locations – As a memberdriven

organization, SMCU does everything possible to ensure that all

of your financial priorities are anticipated and fulfilled. Some of the more

popular offerings include free personal auto shopping assistance, membersonly

car sales, low-rate home loans and lines of credit. Contact them at 650-

363-1725 or 888-363-1725, or visit a branch for additional information. Learn

the advantages of membership banking.

Legal Services:

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

long-term relationships and value-added services, and to supporting and

participating in the communities where they live and work.

Personal Improvement:

Every Woman Health Club – 611 Jefferson Ave. – A women-only, bodypositive

fitness center in downtown Redwood City. Services include classes,

Business Profile of the Month

Schoenstein Physical Therapy – 363A Main St., 650-599-

9482 – The clinical approach of this independent, communitybased

physical therapy practice focuses on thorough physical

therapy assessment, specific treatment strategies and patient

education. The personable and friendly team offers years of

clinical experience to address the variety of medical conditions

sent to them by physicians. One-on-one care with patients

allows for the highest level of care possible and results in more

successful patient outcomes. Individualized treatment programs

are designed to help meet patient goals of restoring function,

returning to sport or occupation and maintaining a healthy

lifestyle. Schoenstein Physical Therapy accepts Medicare,

workers’ compensation and a host of contracted PPO insurance

plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

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.

Re:Juvenate Skin Care – 1100 Laurel St., Suite F, San Carlos – 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

Specialty Businesses:

complimentary consultation with a

member of the aesthetic staff. Call

650-631-5700 and mention The

Spectrum Magazine.

Home Improvements:

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!

Bizzarro’s Auto Auction – 2581 Spring St. – Owner Frank Bizzarro has

a unique business that offers auto auctions, consignment vehicle sales,

appraisal services and even ways to donate your vehicle to charities. If

you are thinking of holding an event with a live auction to increase your

fundraising efforts, Frank and his staff are also a one-stop auction team with

spotters, clerks, sample catalogs, bid numbers, etc. Just give Frank a call at

650-363-8055 and get details on all of their services.

Castle Insurance – 643 Bair Island Road, #104 – Castle Insurance is an

independent insurance agency. They do not work for an insurance company;

they work for their clients to ensure fair, prompt payment. They represent a

carefully selected group of financially sound, reputable insurance companies,

and they place each client’s policy with the company offering the best

coverage at a competitive price. Visit www.insurancebycastle.com or call

650-364-3664 for a free quote.

Saf Keep Storage – 2480 Middlefield Road – What is the Saf Keep

advantage? Safe. Clean. Secure. At Saf Keep, they want you to know that you

and your belongings are safe and secure. They have a friendly and reliable

team that is ready to assist you. Saf Keep offers a variety of storage products

and services to suit all your storage needs. Visit 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.

Michele Glaubert, Realtor at Coldwell Banker – 650-722-1193 – Michelle

doesn’t want to be one of the real estate agents that pass through your life;

she wants to be the only Realtor in your life! When you work with Michelle

once, she will do everything in her power to make you want to come back to

her the next time you need real estate assistance. Since she works mainly on

referral and repeat business, that strategy must be working! “People like my

honesty and my follow-through,” says Michelle. “They know they can count

on me and I absolutely refuse to let them down.” Visit her online at www.

glaubert.com.

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Nonprofits in Action (Continued from page 21)

Rebuilding Together Peninsula

RTP is a Redwood City nonprofit that provides

free home repair and renovations for lowincome

families, seniors and people living with

disabilities throughout the Peninsula. RTP’s

mission is to promote independent living in safety

and warmth through volunteer partnerships

with individuals and groups in the community.

RTP is currently seeking skilled volunteers and

construction captains for its annual National

Rebuilding Day, when thousands of volunteers

and sponsors unite to rehabilitate the homes and

community facilities of our low-income neighbors

and revitalize communities across the Peninsula.

Come see how one day of your time can make a

difference in someone’s life. If you are interested

in volunteering, call 650-366-6597. For more

information, visit rebuildingtogetherpeninsula.org.

Redwood City Art Center

The Redwood City Art Center promotes creativity

and community by providing art education,

exhibitions, studio space for artists and outreach

to the local community and schools. The Art

Center has been involved with several local

events, offering fun, creative art projects for

children, and the center hopes this is just the

beginning of their involvement with the community.

For scheduling or donation, contact artreach@

redwoodcityartcenter.org. For more general

information, visit www.redwoodcityartcenter.org

or call 650-369-1823. Or visit in person at 2625

Broadway, Redwood City.

Redwood City Eagles #418

The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international

nonprofit united in the spirit of liberty, truth,

justice and equality. They support our police,

firefighters and others who protect and serve.

The Eagles have provided support for medical

research and have raised millions of dollars every

year for kids and seniors.

They meet on the second Tuesday of each

month at the Eagles Hall, 1575 Marshall St., at 6

p.m. for a social hour and dinner meeting. They

play cards on the third Thursday and would love

to have you join them. For more information,

call President Ryan Herbst at 408-489-6582 or

Secretary David Tomatis at 650-575-3225, or

check out their Web site at www.foe418.org.

Redwood City Education Foundation

The Redwood City Education Foundation is an

all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated

to providing students in the Redwood City

School District with a strong education that lays

the foundation for future success. They raise

private money to provide enrichment programs

to all students in the district. Their funding is

focused on academic achievement, music and

art, and health and wellness. They are currently

seeking new board members. Board members

are responsible for attending monthly meetings,

chairing board committees, participating

in fundraising and outreach activities, and

promoting RCEF in the community. If you are

interested in the possibility of serving on the

board, please contact Adam Borison at 650-363-

www.SpectrumMagazine.net

7271 or vp@rcef.org. For more information on

RCEF, check out www.rcef.org.

Redwood City Rotary

Redwood City Rotary performs many service

projects, provides college scholarships and

donates to international relief efforts. The

50-member club meets in a spirit of good

fellowship and fun each Tuesday at 12:15 at the

Sequoia Club, 1695 Broadway, to hear speakers

and plan community benefits, including the

annual July 4 raffle that raises $80,000 for 12

local charities. For more information about

joining, contact President Bob Doss at 650-368-3900.

Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club

This group is small but has a growing

membership. All members either live or work

in our community and share a common goal of

making our city a better place to live. This club

is one of over 44,000 Lions Clubs in 199 nations.

Chartered in 1966, the club has been vigorously

active helping eyesight-impaired youth in our

schools and seniors who are hearing-impaired.

Join them for breakfast! The Lions meet every

Wednesday at Bob’s Court House Coffee Shop,

2198 Broadway, beginning at 7:15 a.m. Call Bill

Gibbons at 650-766-8105 for more details.

Redwood City Women’s Club

Founded in 1909 as a member of the General

Federation of Women’s Clubs and the California

Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Redwood City

Women’s Club will celebrate its centennial in

September. The club meets the first Thursday

of each month, September through June, at the

clubhouse at 149 Clinton St., Redwood City.

Social at 11 a.m., lunch at noon, followed by a

meeting and program. For information, call 650-

363-1266 or visit the group’s Web site at rwcwc.com.

Sequoia High School Alumni

Association

The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each

month at the Sequoia District Board Room, 480

James Ave., at 7 p.m. All alumni and friends

of Sequoia are welcome to attend. For more

information call Nancy at 650-592-5822, visit the

Web site at sequoiahsalumniassoc.org or e-mail

sequoiaalumni@earthlink.net.

Sequoia Stamp Club

This club was established in 1947 and invites

community members to visit. The club meets

at the Community Activities Building, 1400

Roosevelt Ave., every second and fourth Tuesday

at 7:45 p.m. There is a program every meeting and

refreshments are served. The dues are only $3

per year. Contact Hank at 650-593-7012, e-mail

sequoiastampclub@yahoo.com or visit the group’s

Web site at www.penpex.org. Sequoia Stamp Club

sponsors a free stamp show at the same location

on the first weekend in December.

Soroptimist International of South

Peninsula

The Soroptimists invite you to become a member

of Soroptmist International, the world’s largest

service organization for business and professional

women, where “improving the lives of women

and children” has been their mission since 1921.

Soroptimists work through service projects to

advance human rights and the status of women

locally and abroad. They meet the second

Thursday of every month. For more information,

please call their president, Maria, at 650-366-

0668, Monday–Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club

Since October 1956, the Woodside Terrace A.M.

Kiwanis Club has been devoted to community

service in Redwood City. Through the decades,

the club has provided funds to help many worthy

community programs and continues to add more

community projects. The Key Club of Sequoia

High School, sponsored by the Woodside Terrace

A.M. Kiwanis Club, was chartered in 1994 and

has been involved in raising money and donating

time and effort to many programs.

The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club

meets every Tuesday evening 6–7 p.m. at Harry’s

Hofbrau, 1909 El Camino Real (one block north

of Woodside Road). They invite you to come to

their meetings and check out the club’s Web site at

www.wtamkiwanis.org.

Woodside Terrace Optimist Club

This is a unique club made up of senior citizens

who want to stay involved. Most, but not all, come

from the residence at Woodside Terrace. The club

is open to all of the community and provides an

opportunity for seniors to be useful. The club’s funds

are raised by a card, candy and necklace sale held

on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the

main lobby at 485 Woodside Road, open to the public.

Lunches/meetings are at 12:30 p.m. on the

second and fourth Wednesdays of each month in

the Assisted Living Dining Room at Woodside

Terrace. Guests are welcome. Please call President

Jack Murphy at 650-780-9891 or Millie Cole at

650-366-1392 for reservations.

YES Reading

This local organization is dedicated to

empowering students through literacy and

investing community members in underserved

public schools. YES Reading recruits and trains

community volunteers to provide one-on-one

tutoring for elementary and middle school

students reading below grade level.

YES Reading operates several reading centers

on the Peninsula and in the South Bay, including

a site at Selby Lane School in Atherton. If you

are interested in becoming a reading tutor for a

child who needs your help, please call 408-945-

9316 or email info@yesreading.org. Visit the YES

Reading Web site at www.yesreading.org.

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

organization and want your information printed in The

Spectrum, send it to writers@spectrummagazine.

net or The Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box 862,

Redwood City, CA 94064. Let our community

know your contributions and maybe they will

want to join you.


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The Spectrum 25


Immigrants Day Festival Offers a Taste of

Life Abroad, Literally

By Michael Erler, Contributing Writer

Have we fallen out of love with America? Only

seven years ago, on the heels of the 9/11 tragedy,

our country was united, and whether or not that

bond was born out of necessity, a common fear,

a common hatred for a shared enemy, a common

grief for all those who lost their lives that day, the

point was that we were united in our pride and

love for our home in a way we hadn’t been in half

a century. Gradually, though, it seems that love

has waned. The previous administration’s foreign

policies have painted all of us in a decidedly

unflattering light on the global canvas with their

open disregard for the Geneva Conventions,

the Kyoto Protocol, the U.N. and even our own

Constitution. We were accused the world over of

empire building. Now, when you factor our rotten

economy into this rotten stew — we are in the

midst of our worst recession since the ’30s — it’s

become fashionable of late to cast wandering eyes

across our borders, to contemplate life abroad.

Maybe the grass really is greener on the other side.

This phenomenon is particularly relevant and

all the more ironic in our neck of the woods, San

Mateo County in general and Redwood City in

particular. We are as ethnically diverse as any

region of the country and a staggering amount

of our citizens are first- or second-generation

immigrants. We’re not Ellis Island at the turn of

the 20th century exactly, but let’s just say that

not many San Mateo County residents claim

ancestors who were on board the Mayflower. So

in the United States, a land of immigrants and the

ultimate melting pot, it’s worth remembering why

we’re all Americans now, why our descendants

came here in the first place. Because it was a

better option than where they were from.

That’s the beauty of America. We can have

the best of both worlds. We can celebrate our

individual homelands and our different ethnicities

and cultures, but we also have a safe haven, a

common home at the end of the day where we can

enjoy our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

Also, as residents of the Peninsula, we enjoy

spectacular weather year round. That’s a nice bonus.

And speaking of the best of both worlds, it’s

time once again for San Mateo County’s annual

Immigrants Day Festival, which will be held

on Saturday, May 16, from 12 to 5 p.m. at the

San Mateo County History Museum and on the

adjacent Courthouse Square. The festival, which

has been a big hit with the community, will give

us a chance to learn about and sample the cuisines

of several other cultures and is expected to draw

about a thousand people. Attendance to the

museum will be free of charge that day and a $5

food card will let us get our fill of a wide variety

of tasty treats from seven different countries.

“Inside the museum, families will have a chance to participate

in craft activities representing traditions from around the world.”

In charge of organizing the event is Carmen

Blair, deputy director of the San Mateo County

Historical Association. She revealed that the

Members of a Japanese dance troupe admire a painting in the San Mateo County History Museum.

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original Immigrants Day Festival in 2006 was

planned as a one-time event to introduce the San

Mateo County History Museum’s new permanent

exhibit, “Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant

Experience in San Mateo County.” The exhibit

tells the stories of the diverse people who came

to this area. It highlights the experiences of Irish,

Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese immigrants

in the late 1800s and early 1900s, as well as the

experiences of more recent immigrant groups

such as Mexicans and Filipinos. The festival was

so well received by the community that it became

an annual event. This year, the event has been

expanded to include representatives from more cultures.

“Inside the museum, families will have

a chance to participate in craft activities

representing traditions from around the world,”

said Blair. “They can make a Filipino parol,

trace Chinese characters, use a Japanese fude

pen, make a Portuguese flag, create an Italian

marionette and paint an Irish shamrock. In the

upper rotunda, visitors can purchase a food-tasting

card for a taste of food from the Basque region,

India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines and

Portugal. Out on Courthouse Square, performances

on stage will represent African-Americans,

Basque, Chinese, Croatians, Filipinos, Irish,

Italians, Japanese, Mexicans and Portuguese.”

Blair went on to add that she herself is of

Swedish descent. “In 1882, John Olson left

Sweden. One of the first jobs he had after leaving

Sweden was working in a logging camp. The

paymaster at the logging camp had a problem.

There were 23 John Olsons working at the camp,

and he couldn’t keep them straight. So he called

[my] great-grandfather into his office and asked

him to change his name. [My great-grandfather]

asked him what he should change his name to.

The paymaster, a big Scotch-Irishman, asked,

‘What do you think of Blair?’ And so John Olson

became John Blair.”

While the “Land of Opportunity” exhibit

does not highlight the Swedish experience, Blair

was able to add this story to the exhibit in the

Immigration Stories kiosk. Visitors are invited to

record a one-minute video at the kiosk, sharing

personal stories about why they left home or the

traditions they still follow.

“We are hoping that many of the visitors to the

Immigrants Day Festival will take time to record

their own stories at the kiosk,” Blair said.

Among the volunteers at the festival will be

Roland Giannini and his wife, Celeste, who

both have been members of the Immigrants Day

Festival Committee from the beginning. Giannini,

who was the San Mateo County assessor before

his retirement, explained that he’s always been

interested in his ancestral roots as well as those

of the people around him. “[My] interest in San

Mateo County history took place when I was

a student at the College of San Mateo,” which

had a small county museum, he said. “I became

involved [in the] fall of 1981 when I approached

the museum to do a history of Italians in San

Mateo County. As a result, the history museum

hired Elaine Thomas to research and write an

Italian county history, which was later published

in ‘La Peninsula,’ through the generosity of

the father of County Supervisor Ed Bacciocco.

‘La Peninsula’ is a history museum magazine

published three or four times a year.” Giannini

suggested to the museum that other immigrant

groups be similarly recognized. The result is the

“Land of Opportunity” exhibit.

Giannini is a native San Franciscan whose

grandparents emigrated from Lucca, Italy, in the

1880s. He moved to Redwood City in 1936 and is

a graduate of Sequoia High School. His first job

was selling newspapers and magazines.

“When my family moved to Redwood City,

there was just a few with last name Giannini in

the county phone book,” he said. “Most of those

were with the Bank of America. I always have

fun when people ask me if I am related to A.P.

Giannini, founder of Bank of America. I often

say yes, and will play with that story for a few

minutes and then let them down and say no!”

Another volunteer is Isabel Jiménez, a 17-year

resident of Redwood City who moved there as a

teenager, living with relatives while her parents

stayed in Mexico. “I wanted to continue my

education and my only opportunity was to move

to United States where many of my relatives and

friends have moved,” she said. “Coming from

a very small town where everybody knew each

other and [where it was] a tight community, I

went through the culture shock. After a couple

years, I adjusted and came to embrace my new

community of friends from school and work. I

continued learning the language and the lifestyle

and getting to know more about America and its

residents. To my surprise, most of the people I

met were from other countries like China, France,

Italy, India, etc., places that I have only seen in a

map, never imagined how people looked. I was

just like a kid with a new book, learning so much,

getting to know many cultures, their lifestyles,

different families, and to my surprise we all

[had] the same common goal of education and a

better future and the need to continue our family

traditions and roots.”

Jiménez went to college, taking courses in

business management, and for the past four

years has been working as a manager for a local

insurance company. She started a nonprofit group

called Casa de la Cultura Quetzalcoatl, based

in Redwood City, that teaches families different

cultural dances of Latin America. This group had

both adults and children performing in the 2008

festival.

“My first Immigrants Day Festival was last

year,” said Jiménez. “I was invited by council

member Alicia Aguirre to represent the Latin

community, [and] I was honored to be part of a

beautiful tradition that has been celebrated here

in Redwood City with many other representatives

that are … dedicated to helping the community

come together.”

She added, “To be honest, the food is great.

When do you get an opportunity to try food from

seven different countries in one day?”

With enthusiastic volunteers like Giannini and

Jiménez, this year’s festival should be the best

one yet, and all Peninsula residents are strongly

encouraged to attend, regardless of their heritage.

It will be just like going on vacation, but without

having to deal with all those annoying airport

security protocols.

“To my surprise, most of the

people I met were from other

countries like China, France,

Italy, India, etc., places that

I have only seen in a map,

never imagined how people

looked. I was just like a kid

with a new book, learning

so much, getting to know

many cultures, their lifestyles,

different families, and to my

surprise we all [had] the same

common goal of education

and a better future and the

need to continue our family

traditions and roots.”

With Carmen Blair, the members of the troupe add to

the “Land of Opportunity” exhibit.

Strike a pose! Ready to perform on May 16.

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San Mateo County Histor y Museum presents

A Day to Honor our Heritage:

IMMIGRANTS

DAY FESTIVAL

2009

Saturday,

May 16

12 PM - 5 PM

Performance Groups

representing

African-Americans, the Basque,

Chinese, Croatians, Irish, Italians,

Japanese, Mexicans, Portuguese and

Filipinos on Courthouse Square

FREE ADMISSION

into Histor y Museum

Thank you to our

Major Sponsors!

Food

$

5 . Tasting

Card

Sold between 12—2 pm

San Mateo County History Museum

2200 Broadway — Redwood City

650-299-0104 historysmc.org

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News Briefs

Pedestrian, House Struck by Car

Police arrested the juvenile driver of a Ford

Expedition after she attempted to flee from

Redwood City officers and lost control of her

vehicle, striking a pedestrian and a house.

Officers attempted to stop the gray Expedition

for a traffic violation near El Camino Real and

Jefferson Avenue, according to the Redwood City

Police Department.

Instead of stopping, the driver fled west on

James Avenue and reportedly lost control of

the vehicle a few blocks away at James Avenue

and Birch Street. The Expedition first struck a

pedestrian, who was hospitalized with injuries to

the right leg and ankle, according to police. The

vehicle then crashed into a house at 410 Birch St.

The driver sustained minor injuries caused by

the deployment of airbags and was arrested after

medical treatment. The house sustained minor

structural damage, according to police.

The suspect was booked at Hillcrest Juvenile

Detention Center for evading a police officer,

reckless driving with injury to a pedestrian, auto

theft and possession of narcotics.

Missing Teen Located, No Merit to

Abduction

A teenage boy believed to have been abducted

from his home was located by police and reunited

with his family, according to the San Mateo

County Sheriff’s Department.

Belmont police located Luis Antonio Ortiz, 17,

as he was walking in the area of El Camino Real

near Ralston Avenue in Belmont.

Ortiz told detectives with the sheriff’s office

that he had left home voluntarily and intended to

return. Belmont police said no crime was committed

and that Ortiz appeared healthy and uninjured.

San Mateo County sheriff’s detectives had

been following up on possible leads in the search

for Ortiz after he placed a 911 call to report two

men who may have been armed in his home

in the 2800 block of Westmoreland Avenue in

unincorporated Redwood City’s North Fair Oaks

neighborhood, according to sheriff’s Lt. Ray Lunny.

When sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found

Ortiz’s two younger brothers, whom he was

babysitting at the time, but the only sign of Ortiz

was his cell phone, which was stained with blood

in the backyard, according to Lunny. His younger

brothers reportedly did not see or hear anything,

Lunny said.

‘Absent’ Father Gets Hearing

The 22-year-old father who prosecutors say left

his children alone to go drinking for several hours

will learn at the end of the month if he’ll stand

trial on felony child endangerment charges.

Abidan Eliel Garcia Vasquez has pleaded not

guilty to three counts of child endangerment

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preliminary hearing on the evidence.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Vasquez, of

unincorporated Redwood City, March 28 after

responding to a call of a 3-year-old boy wandering

alone, shivering and wearing only shorts and a

T-shirt. The child was tracked back to a nearby

residence occupied by two families, including

Vasquez, two other adults and three children

besides his own. The deputies reported the house

being filled with cockroaches, rotting food, an

open beer bottle on the floor and other debris.

Vasquez’s 1-year-old daughter was discovered

at the house with severe rashes and abscesses,

according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Vasquez allegedly had left the children

unsupervised at 9 p.m. after they went to bed but

did not ask anyone to keep an eye on them. The

location of the children’s mother remains unknown.

Vasquez has no prior convictions in San Mateo

County and faces approximately eight and a half

years if convicted, said Chief Deputy District

Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

He remains in custody in lieu of $125,000 bail.

Teen Takes Assault Deal in Fatal

Stabbing

The teenager who participated in a fatal brawl that

left one Redwood City man dead and a juvenile

detention camp walkaway facing murder charges

pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon.

Christian Lopez, 16, changed his plea and

admitted the allegation he committed a serious

felony with no promise of a specific sentence.

However, Lopez was immediately released from

custody on his own recognizance pending a July

21 sentencing hearing at which he faces up to four

years in prison.

Meanwhile, co-defendant Adrian Sedano, 17,

is awaiting doctors’ reports to determine if he is

competent to stand trial for murder in the same

Aug. 9 fight, which left a 23-year-old man dead.

Both teens were originally charged with murder

in the attack, but prosecutors later amended

Lopez’s case to the lesser charge because he did

not wield the knife.

The fatal fight allegedly started between a

group of girls at the 7-Eleven at the corner of

Hess and Woodside roads in Redwood City. The

fighting continued to spark during the evening

and resulted in Sedano, Lopez and the victim

getting into an altercation in front of an apartment

complex at 551 Geneva Ave.

The defendants reportedly charged down the

stairs and Sedano stabbed the victim several

times. Prosecutors originally thought Lopez knew

Sedano had a knife in his hand, but after further

investigation realized they could not prove his

knowledge, according to Chief Deputy District

Attorney Steve Wagstaffe at the time the office

announced its decision to lessen the charge.

The fatal attack caught attention not only for

the young ages of the parties involved but also

because Sedano, then 16, was a recent walkaway

from Camp Glenwood, a San Mateo County

honor camp in La Honda for wards of the juvenile

justice system.

Prosecutors charged both as adults under

California’s Proposition 21. Sedano faces up to

25 years to life in prison if deemed competent to

stand trial and ultimately convicted of first-degree

murder plus the use of a knife. He returns to court

April 28 for receipt of the reports and remains in

custody at the Youth Services Center on no-bail status.

‘Gilligan’ Found Guilty of Voluntary

Manslaughter

The so-called “Gilligan” bank robber who

prosecutors say fatally stabbed his wife because

he believed she was giving the heist proceeds to

men with whom she was unfaithful was convicted

of only voluntary manslaughter.

Jurors deliberated a little less than a week before

finding Robert Lomas, 53, guilty of that charge

plus an additional count of using a knife. The

decision means Lomas will face approximately

11 years in prison for killing 50-year-old Linda

Jackson Lomas, the wife he met in his teens and

whom he told police was “his life.”

Lomas also faces time in prison for each

of seven counts of bank robbery of which he

was also convicted — a total of up to 19 years,

although Judge Cliff Cretan could consider lesser

time, down to probation, said Chief Deputy

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

“Although we do not feel it is the correct verdict,

we accept what the jury has to say,” Wagstaffe said.

Jurors began deliberating the case last week,

after closing arguments that Monday. The

crux was not whether Lomas killed his wife

but whether he was guilty of first- or seconddegree

murder or a lesser charge of voluntary

manslaughter. The jury remained fairly mum,

aside from asking late last week to hear readback

of Lomas’ testimony on his own behalf.

Unlike murder, voluntary manslaughter implies

the jury believed the killing was committed

without malice and possibly in the heat of passion,

Wagstaffe said.

Lomas was nicknamed “Gilligan” by police

investigating a string of Peninsula bank robberies

who noticed the suspect wearing a similar floppy

fishing cap in surveillance video. The crimes went

unsolved until Lomas was arrested on suspicion of

fatally stabbing his wife with a nine-inch kitchen

knife in their North Fair Oaks home.

In opening statements, prosecutor Ivan

Nightengale argued the May 21, 2007, killing

was not a random act by a husband who snapped

but the knowing culmination of a tumultuous

marriage, marked by infidelity and her allegedly

spending the money he stole from multiple banks.

After brutally beating and stabbing Jackson

Lomas, Nightengale said, Lomas called 911 and

told dispatchers to send the coroner rather than

medical attention.

Defense attorney Richard Keyes didn’t dispute

his client stabbed his wife but said the attack

came after months of Lomas, wracked by worries

of his wife’s flagrant adultery, not sleeping and

desperately giving her the stolen money only to

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Smith stated that some of the other candidates “have been in the government a long

time and are probably doing a good job,” but thinks that having one that “has not

been around is good.” He subscribes to the “why to everything” philosophy. Asking

questions and doing things differently. More of which he will explain in upcoming

campaign releases and literature.

He has a campaign kick-off event in the planning stages and will announce his

endorsements later in the campaign season.

.…

The Sequoia Union School District Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of

a new principal for Sequoia High School effective July 1, 2009.

Bonnie Hansen, who is currently the instructional vice principal at Sequoia, has

been tapped to succeed Morgan Marchbanks, who is stepping down after nine years

to focus full time on doctorate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She

was the Spectrum’s cover subject last month.

Hansen started in the Sequoia district as an English teacher at Menlo-Atherton

High School, Atherton, in 1995, and she has been in her current role at Sequoia for

five years. She has a master’s degree in education from UC-Berkeley and a teaching

credential from UC-Davis. She is nationally board certified in English.

A big Cherokee congratulations to both! For moving on and moving in.

.…

In a time when voters are asking even demanding that elected officials and

governmental agencies be held accountable for their actions, non-actions and votes, our

County Supervisors seem to be slapping us all in the face. Let me explain why.

Recently San Mateo County agreed to pay $6.8 million to the U.S. government

to resolve allegations that the San Mateo Medical Center submitted false claims

(overbilled) for payments from the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Here is how it happened. Ronald Davis, a now former county employee, was a

compliance manager who was hired to ensure that the county followed Medicare and

Medicaid billing regulations at the San Mateo Medical Center. He says that he complained to

his bosses - who at the time would have been the hospital CEO and the chief financial

officer. He stated he got nowhere with them so he went to the federal government.

Anyone knows that if someone in Davis’s position comes to a supervisor and makes

such claims that that person should listen and take action. That obviously did not

happen or the federal government does not think it did.

So the medical center was accused of improper conduct between 1997 and 2007,

including falsely inflating its bed count to Medicare to receive higher payments under

the federal program’s Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) adjustment, according

to the U.S. Department of Justice. The DSH adjustment is an extra Medicare payment

available to hospitals that meet certain requirements, including having 100 or more

acute care beds.

The medical center was also accused of improperly obtaining payments under the

Medicaid program for services provided to patients at the center’s Institutes for Mental

Disease who were between 22 and 64 years old. Those services are ineligible for

federal funding, and the county was required to report them separately to the California

Department of Mental Health to ensure that no federal funds were used to pay for

them, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

During the times of the allegations, the hospital had three CEO’s and several chief

financial officers.

The settlement resolves allegations that were filed in San Francisco by Davis, who

filed the lawsuit under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act.

The act permits whistleblowers to bring lawsuits on behalf of the United States and

receive a portion of the proceeds of a settlement. Davis will receive $1.02 million of

the proceeds of the settlement, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. I for one say

“good for him!” I think taxpayers dollars should be spent that way. If someone in his

position does what he is suppose to do and no on listens than how else is the situation

to be corrected? In the end it saves us more than we might have lost.

Putting a spin on the situation and avoiding taking any responsibility and denying

any “intentional” wrongdoing, Beverly Thames, who is the public information officer

for the San Mateo County Health Department, released a statement on behalf of the

county that read, “At the time the alleged overpayments occurred, the regulations were

in flux and open to interpretation...Due to the complexity of the rules, some beds that

we thought qualified under the reimbursement program, in retrospect, may not have

qualified,” she stated.

“We are pleased to settle this matter now. The San Mateo County Board of

Supervisors authorized County Council to settle out of court, rather than risk triple

fines. What she is talking about is the fact that if the county had taken the case to trial

and they lost, the suit could have been subject to triple damages or $13 million.

In addition, the county will enhance training, auditing and reporting in its

compliance program at San Mateo Medical Center,” Thames added.

That statement comes right out of Public Relations 10 deny, deny, deny handbook

and is exactly what we are all tired of hearing from our government. I would much rather have

someone take responsibility for actions whether it is of an individual or organization.

In contrast, Assistant Attorney General Michael F. Hertz said in a statement,

“Today’s settlement demonstrates the government’s ongoing commitment to protect the

integrity of federal health care programs.”

The federal government still has the option of pursuing criminal charges in the

matter if they choose. Maybe that is why responsibility has not been taken?

The City of Redwood City (or you and me as taxpayers) will spend up to $250,000 on

a completely new environmental impact report for the Downtown Precise Plan after a San

Mateo County judge ruled it did not adequately address the environmental consequences.

The plan — roughly six years in the making so far — will establish policies, goals

and programs for the long-term physical development the city’s urban core. Planners

and Council members approved the environmental documents and ultimately the plan

despite some concerns over density, size and traffic.

In 2007, Joe and Roberta Carcione sued the city to halt the report, claiming it

didn’t adequately address all the impacts and asking for revamping. The City pushed

forward despite the suit until Judge Marie Weiner’s ruling on February 11. The

Carciones said the higher structures allowed under the plan allowed “substantial

shadowing” on a two-story office building they own at 601 Brewster Ave. The ruling

requires the existing EIR be invalidated but the City can use a number of its sections in

the new document.

The City, of course, disagrees with the ruling. but feels its legal options are limited

and very risky. Maybe our then City Manager and our City Attorney should have

thought about that when they had the opportunity to listen and address the Carciones

instead of letting it get to the level it did? A lot can be said for good dialog.

The city could appeal Weiner’s ruling. but would spend an estimated 12 to 18

months with no guarantee of prevailing. If the appeal failed on even one element, the

City would be back to square one — having to create a revised EIR — and facing even

greater costs. Instead, the City will head back to the drawing board for a blueprint that

leaders hope will turn the downtown area into an urban draw of retail and housing.

May I also remind you that Weiner also ordered the city to pay the Carciones’

legal fees, which total $352,970 since April 2006? The judge scheduled a hearing to

determine how much to award the Carciones on that.

Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!

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see her pass it along to other men. Jackson Lomas also called the Casual Date

Line often, both sides agreed.

On March 31, 2007, Lomas was arrested for domestic violence against

his wife and ultimately sentenced to 15 days in jail and court-ordered anger

management classes. Lomas lost his job at Auto Zone in East Palo Alto

because of the arrest, and Keyes told jurors Lomas’ wife gave most of the

money he stole from banks to the other men.

On May, 21, 2007, Lomas was unable to enroll in the anger management

class for lack of funds to pay the $75 fee. Instead, he went home to 2830 B

Huntington Ave. and, believing his wife was on the phone with one of those

men, stabbed her several times, including once in the heart.

Lomas cleaned up the scene, locked the door and walked to a store to

buy cigarettes before calling his sister to say, “I killed Linda.” Lomas was

arrested later that night near train tracks. Nearby, authorities found Lomas’

wallet with the couple’s name carved into the leather.

In teary interviews with detectives played by the defense, Lomas detailed

doing everything for his wife while knowing she was calling other men and

referred to her as “his star” and “his life.”

Lomas remains in custody on no-bail status. He returns to court June 8 for

sentencing.

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Finance: Your Tax Refund: Invest Today for Tomorrow’s Goals

By David Amann, Special to The Spectrum

The tax-filing deadline has passed.

Will you be getting a refund? If so,

take the time to consider how

best to use it. When used wisely,

your tax refund can give you a few

added steps on the road toward

achieving your financial goals.

Of course, if you filed your taxes

weeks ago, you might have already

received a refund. But given the

current economic environment,

you might have kept the money

in a “holding place” while you

waited for an uptick in the financial

markets. At any rate, if you have

access to a refund this year, you

now have the opportunity to put

that money to good use.

How? Here are a few ideas:

Help fund your IRA. In 2008, according to the

Internal Revenue Service, the average federal tax

refund was $2,429. If you were to receive that

amount, it would cover almost half of your IRA

contribution for this year, as the annual limit is

$5,000. (You can put in $6,000 if you’re 50 or

older). A traditional IRA grows tax deferred,

while a Roth IRA grows tax free, provided you

have held your account for at least five years

and don’t take withdrawals until you reach age

59½. Your IRA may have taken a hit last year,

but if you fund it with quality investments and

avoid making withdrawals until retirement, you

can take important steps to help rebuild your

portfolio.

Help build an emergency fund. You could use

part of your refund for an IRA and part to help

build an emergency fund. Ideally, you should have

six to 12 months’ worth of living expenses in a

liquid account to help pay for unexpected costs,

such as a major car repair, a new furnace or a

costly medical bill. Without such an emergency

fund, you might be forced to dip into your longterm

investments to pay for these costs — and

that can hurt your progress toward your financial

objectives.

Help rebalance your portfolio. Based on your

risk tolerance, time horizon and long-term goals,

you may have decided to put a certain percentage

of your assets in “growth” vehicles and a certain

percentage in income-oriented investments. At

that point, your portfolio was in equilibrium.

But during the long bear market, your portfolio

may have sustained enough losses to become

“unbalanced.” In other words, some of your

investments may have lost so much value that

they no longer make up the percentage of your

holdings that you had originally intended. Of

course, you could wait for these investments to

bounce back — and they may, given enough time

— but if you wanted to speed up the rebalancing

process, you could use your tax refund to add the

right types of new investments to your mix.

Ironic as it may seem, there may not be a better

year in which to invest your refund. You can find

many quality investments at reasonable prices

today, so your refund can help you add extra

shares to your accounts — and the more shares

you own, the better off you may be when the

market turns around. So put your refund to work

soon.

Editor’s note: This article was written by David

Amann of Edward Jones for use by The Spectrum

Magazine.

Senior Activities

The Veterans Memorial Senior

Center, 1455 Madison Ave.,

Redwood City, provides the

following activities that are open to

the public during the month of May.

Friday Movies for Everyone

Every Friday, 1:15 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

Come to the VMSC in May for a free featured

movie in our state-of-the-art movie theater! Call

650-780-7270 for the most current movie listing.

May 1: “Marley & Me”

May 8: “Bride Wars” (starts at 2 p.m.)

May 15: “Slumdog Millionaire”

May 22: “The Passengers”

May 29: “Doubt”

My Life As a Journalist

Presented by Jim Clifford

Thursday, May 7, 1–2 p.m.

Free

Jim Clifford, a VMSC patron and member of our

creative writing class, is a published writer and

journalist, having covered local stories for over

40 years. He will share his personal experiences

and tell us how journalism has changed over the

years. Perhaps Jim will also talk about his novel,

“Philip’s Code: No News Is Good News — To a

Killer,” a real page turner. (Borrow a copy from

our lending library in the Wellness Building.)

Mother’s Day Tribute Lunch

Friday, May 8, 12–2 p.m.

$10

Join the VMSC as we pay tribute to the women in

our lives. Mothers, daughters and granddaughters

are encouraged to join us for this special

luncheon. All mothers will receive a special gift.

Individuals are also encouraged to send us photos

and stories of their mothers for a special display.

Please call 650-780-7259 for lunch reservations.

VMSC Book Club

Monday, May 11, 7–8:30 p.m.

Free

Love books? Want to socialize more and make

new friends? Bring your passion for reading to

this new book club sponsored by the VMSC.

This will be the first meeting of our new club.

Refreshments will be served and topics will

include future meeting dates and potential books

to read. Everyone is invited.

Lifeline

With Jessica Castro

Thursday, May 14, 1–2 p.m.

Free

This lecture will give us an opportunity to learn

about an important lifesaving device. You may

have heard of Lifeline but might not know of the

details concerning this small device. Families

of aging parents and seniors who live alone are

especially welcome.

Veterans Honorary Luncheon

Thursday, May 21, 12–2 p.m.

Honor our troops at a luncheon featuring special

guest speakers and veterans of all wars, including

current soldiers from Iraq. Special patriotic music

and tributes will complete this event. All veterans will

receive a discounted lunch for $4. Nonmilitary

guests will pay $8. Veterans are also encouraged

to send us photos or stories of their military

experience for a special tribute display. Please call

Christina at 650-780-7343 to RSVP by Monday,

May 18. Special thanks to Harry’s Hofbrau of

Redwood City for co-sponsoring this event!

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

Web site is located at www.redwoodcity.org/parks.

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A Minute With: Silvia Vonderlinden

Silvia Vonderlinden, city clerk of Redwood City, was born in Mozambique.

Her father was in the military, and she grew up and graduated from high

school in Portugal. She made the decision to move to California in 1989.

She achieved a bachelor’s degree in behavioral physiology and an MBA

from California State University, Hayward. She is happily married to Gary,

and they make their home in Woodside.

Silvia first came to the City of Redwood City as deputy city clerk in 1999.

She left in 2003 to become the city clerk in Menlo Park. She returned to

the staff of her favorite city in 2007 as city clerk.

Silvia is very involved with her church and enjoys hiking, camping and

snow skiing. She also enjoys serving the public in her role as city clerk. You

can often catch her and Gary enjoying city activities all year long.

The main responsibility of a city clerk is?

To act as an impartial and objective defender of

public process.

Coming back is?

Exciting!

City council meetings?

Very civil, professional, inclusive.

Which living person do you most admire?

Pope Benedict XVI.

What is your most treasured possession?

That is very easy — my family.

What talent would you most like to have?

The ability to be more graceful.

Something few know about you?

My connection to the sea. I was raised on an island.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

“Don’t have too much fun without me.”

What is your greatest regret?

That I have not achieved all that I know I am

capable of.

What is your motto?

“My own destiny — made and mended here.”

Why do you get up in the morning?

Because life is good.

In 100 years, what will you be remembered for?

The resolutions and ordinances and minutes I

signed for the City of Redwood City.

Anyone you got on your mind?

My husband, always.

Memorable moment?

Flying on a Cessna and fearing for my life.

First word that comes to mind?

Peace.

What or who is the love of your life?

My family.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Walking on the beach.

You currently feel?

Peaceful.

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