Working and Living on the Edge
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
Owner and Publisher
James R. Kaspar
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
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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This Month’s Photo Shoot – 4
RCSD Corner – 5
“As I Was Saying...” – 6
“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
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
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
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
“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
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.
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
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,”
(continued on page 32)
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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San Mateo County History Museum
2200 Broadway St., Redwood City
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.
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
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
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
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
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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
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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
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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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
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
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
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,
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
are projected to range from $4.3 million to $6.9
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
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.”
(continued on next page)
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
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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
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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.
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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
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For those who are looking for work and are
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job referrals and on-the-job training for qualified
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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,
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waiting to be matched with a mentor like you.
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If you are interested in becoming a mentor,
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volunteer effort by a group of dedicated people
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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
email@example.com. Visit their Web site at
Hearing Loss Association of the
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
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
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
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
Haid has worked wonders for his business,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
complimentary consultation with a
member of the aesthetic staff. Call
650-631-5700 and mention The
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.
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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-
7271 or firstname.lastname@example.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
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
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
email@example.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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
587 Ruby Street, Redwood City
Nestled behind a white picket fence you will find this charming one story 3 bedroom,
2 bathroom home. Meandering brick walk-way leads to the front porch and entry.
Hardwood floors, Crown molding, recessed lights, wood-burning fireplace in living
room, Granite kitchen w/tile floor, stainless appliances, new dual pane windows,
skylight in one bedroom. Master bedroom suite w/walk-in closet, updated bath &
sliding doors to the deck, patio & wonderful lawn. Built in 1949 with 1360 sf and a
landscaped 6000 sf lot. Pull down storage in the attached garage. Easy access to
280,101, shops, Parks, schools. Go to www.587ruby.com for pictures & VT.
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.
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
“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
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
“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:
12 PM - 5 PM
African-Americans, the Basque,
Chinese, Croatians, Irish, Italians,
Japanese, Mexicans, Portuguese and
Filipinos on Courthouse Square
into Histor y Museum
Thank you to our
5 . Tasting
Sold between 12—2 pm
San Mateo County History Museum
2200 Broadway — Redwood City
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
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
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,
‘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
and was ordered back to court April 29 for a
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
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
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
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,
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
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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As I Was Saying…Continued from p6
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
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!
As I was saying . . .
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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
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
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
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
Editor’s note: This article was written by David
Amann of Edward Jones for use by The Spectrum
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.
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.
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.
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.
With Jessica Castro
Thursday, May 14, 1–2 p.m.
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
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
Coming back is?
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
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.
Flying on a Cessna and fearing for my life.
First word that comes to mind?
What or who is the love of your life?
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Walking on the beach.
You currently feel?
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by Thermage ® , Laser Hair and Vein Removal, Laser Skin
Resurfacing, Brown Spot Treatments, Medical Microdermabrasion,
Medical Peels and Leg Vein Sclerotherapy. We carry many medical
skincare product lines including SkinCeuticals, Remergent,
CosMedix, La Roche-Posay and DNA Health Institute.
Re: Juvenate Skincare Clinic is a full service,
non-surgical rejuvenation center.
DOT Therapy Pattern
Linda S. Moore, R.N.,
Restylane ® Trainer
Thermage ® Trainer
Sherna Madan, M.D.,
Our New Location
RE: JUVENATE, INC
1100 Laurel Street
San Carlos, CA 94070