Poker Run to
help our youth
MUCH More in
“As I Was Saying…”
Table of Contents
Inside The Spectrum – 4
RCSD Corner – 5
“As I Was Saying...” – 6
Riding in the Most Beautiful
Country for RWC Youth – 8
Cultural Events – 10
Nonprofits in Action – 12
Community Interest – 13
RWC Native Suzie Daines
Set for Fox Club Show – 16
The Sweet Sounds of
Amanda Sirota – 17
Shop Redwood City – 18
Welcome to the March 2012 printed edition of The Spectrum Magazine. This month we have
profiles of several people and activities that we hope you will enjoy reading about.
It has been said that music makes the people come together — and this month our cover
story is on two Redwood City “gals” who are doing just that with their music. Contributing
writer Julie McCoy introduces us to Suzie Daines and Amanda Sirota. Both have just released
CDs and are enjoying the publicity ride that goes along. Let’s take a look at their unique styles
Once again this month, we bring you our regular features on senior activities, items of
community interest, cultural and entertainment events, insurance tips from Hector Flamenco,
information from the Redwood City School District and the popular feature “A Minute With.”
We also have information about the annual Poker Run fundraiser, nonprofit groups you can
become involved in and businesses in our community that deserve your support.
In his column, “As I Was Saying…,” Spectrum publisher Steve Penna writes about the
upcoming county supervisor race, union influences and a few other topics that he hopes will
provoke some good community conversation.
In Redwood City as in all communities, businesses are an important component because
they create sales tax revenues that contribute to our overall city budget while providing muchneeded
services for our community. In that spirit, we encourage you, our readers, to support
our valuable Spectrum advertisers by using their services when you are out shopping, dining
or enjoying yourself in our community with friends and family. Many of them have special
offers for you to cut out and present, including discounts on services, food and beverages, so
please take the time to look over their ads this month and use their coupons and discounts.
Anytime you are looking for up-to-the-minute information about our community, visit us online
May the luck of the Irish be with all of you this month. We here at The Spectrum feel lucky to
have been able to become Redwood City’s largest publication. “Top o’ the morning to you.”
California Law on
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Requirements – 28
Senior Activities – 28
A Minute With
Jo-Ann Byrne Sockolov – 30
Owner and Publisher
James R. Kaspar
Cover/Cover Story Photography
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Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot
This month’s cover shoot was arranged by Spectrum publisher Steve
Penna. Those who know Penna quickly realize he is a Facebook fanatic. He
scheduled the photo shoot through the message center on that website and,
after several exchanges, all were set to meet on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 3:30 p.m.
Thirty minutes early, Penna arrived first, which gave him time to sit
outside the Fox and return emails and text messages that had been waiting
for his attention all day. Cover subject photographer James Kaspar arrived
shortly after, and the two sat and enjoyed the Redwood City sunshine.
One of our cover subjects, Amanda Sirota, arrived with her parents, Art
and Lynda. Penna knows the family because Amanda attends the same
school as his godsons here in Redwood City. They all exchanged greetings as
our other cover subject, Suzie Daines, joined the group.
Penna’s and Daines’ paths have crossed over the years, as he is friends with
her son Colton and his wife, Jeri Richardson-Daines. She also has practiced
her music with Penna’s sister Sue for years. The two exchanged hugs, then all
were introduced to each other and headed into the historical Fox Theatre for
The shoot was all about music. Shots were taken in the lobby area of the
two female cover subjects, and then Amanda was joined by her father to show
their musical talents as a duo. The lobby is where the chosen cover shot was
taken. Then all headed into the main area of the theater to continue and finish
During the shoot all of the musicians gave mini performances for each
other, turning the event into an impromptu concert — it was magical. The
entire shoot took about one hour.
There are several artists in our community who accomplish so many
things. They show art at galleries, speak or perform in front of audiences,
write, direct and release music CDs. The Spectrum salutes all of them by
presenting two very talented gals. We wish you the best of luck.
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RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District
TRWC Hero Custodian Gives District Heart
he past few years have represented a time of transition for the
Garfield School community. After several years of operating
independently as a charter school, the K–8 school of nearly 700
students rejoined the Redwood City School District and also got a
new principal. One exceedingly popular long-time employee has served as a
comforting constant during this time — custodian Luis Hinestroza.
Hinestroza, who Principal Michelle Griffith refers to as her “rock,” is so
well-liked and respected by the Garfield student body that last year’s eighthgraders
overwhelmingly selected him to address their class at its promotion
ceremony. Recently, during an otherwise typical Tuesday lunch hour in the
cafeteria, he also proved himself a hero.
On Jan. 31, a bustling group of first-, second- and third-grade students was
eating lunch when yard duty staff and Hinestroza were notified of a thirdgrader
struggling, evidently choking on her food. Drawing on his annual
safety training, a requirement for all school staff members, Hinestroza knew
exactly how to respond and did not hesitate when it became evident that the
child was unable to breathe. He deftly performed the Heimlich maneuver,
effectively dislodging the food from the girl’s throat.
To their credit, all 300 children present in the cafeteria at the time remained
seated and remarkably calm, enabling staff to keep everything under control.
Owing to Hinestroza’s quick actions, the student, though shaken, suffered
no injuries. She was taken to the hospital for observation but was soon
released with a clean bill of health.
Hinestroza’s supervisor, Director of Facilities Don Dias, said, “What
happened [that day] was a wonderful thing and lets everyone know what
we have already known — that Luis is a great man and great things happen
to great people. I am so happy for everyone involved, but especially for the
student, who was in the arms of an angel.”
On Feb. 8, the RCSD Board of Education recognized Hinestroza for his heroic
actions that afternoon and, more generally, for his unwavering dedication
to the students of Garfield School. Principal Griffith presented him with a
booklet of handwritten thank-you letters written by classmates of the student.
Community Pancake Breakfast and Open House
Redwood City Police Activities League (PAL)
Saturday March 10, 2012 9:00am to 11:00am
Place: PAL Community Center 3399 Bay Rd (at Taft School)
Free Pancake Breakfast -- 9:00am to 10:30am
Building Tours including our new Digital Creative Arts Studio
Free PAL Program demonstrations 9:30 - 11:00
Zumba for Kids
Hip Hop Dance
Peruvian Folk Dance
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As I Was
| Steve Penna
Let’s start out this month with this June’s District
4 San Mateo county supervisor election, in which
Rose Jacobs Gibson will term out and her seat
will be up for grabs. District 4 includes Redwood
City, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and the unincorporated
areas of North Fair Oaks and Oak Knoll and is
very important to the Redwood City community.
Last time I wrote about this race, there were
four candidates: Redwood City school board
trustee Shelly Masur, San Mateo County Board
of Education member Guillermo “Memo” Morantes,
Redwood City planning commissioner Ernie
Schmidt and East Palo Alto councilman David
Woods. Jacobs Gibson has already endorsed Woods.
With just three months until the election, four
others have entered the race and there is now a
total of eight. The new candidates joining the
race are: Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith, East
Palo Alto councilman Carlos Romero, Menlo
Park councilman Andy Cohen and victim rights
advocate Michael Stogner.
As you may remember, there is a pending lawsuit
over just how supervisors are chosen. Currently,
each supervisor represents his or her district but
is elected by the county at large. A lawsuit filed
last April on behalf of six residents calls this a
violation of the California Voting Rights Act and
seeks a move to districtwide contests. Proponents
now want that decision to come before this county
supervisor race. The suit calls the method discriminatory,
arguing no Asians have ever held a supervisor
seat and only one Latino since 1995.
The group claimed that although Latinos and
Asians each comprise approximately 25 percent
of the county’s population, only one Latino has
held a seat since 1995 and no Asians. However,
Robert Bernardo, commissioner for the San
Mateo County Harbor District, pointed out he is
an Asian/Filipino and was elected countywide.
Given the makeup of the candidates in this
supervisor race — three Hispanics, two blacks,
two women, two from East Palo Alto, three
from Menlo Park, two from Redwood City and
one candidate who moves into different district
boundaries to run — this election will all but
nullify their main argument.
So how is this election shaping up and who are
the strongest candidates so far?
Here is a rundown on the election. If one candidate
does not get 50 percent of the vote or higher in the
June election (and no one will), then the top two
candidates will face off in November.
Given that fact, Morantes has the largest campaign
war chest and he is the only candidate with countywide
name recognition. Therefore, I would go out on a
limb and say that he is the front-runner and will be one
of the candidates who make it to the November runoff.
Of the remaining candidates, Masur is the
strongest, with the most contributions and
endorsements so far. But a main factor that might
come into play will be the “woman candidate”
vote. San Mateo County voters have historically
liked women candidates. If this is a factor, then
Keith could get a boost. But since she, Morantes
and Cohen are dividing the Menlo Park vote, she
will have to do some serious fundraising and
campaigning to take advantage of that factor. I
don’t think Cohen will be a major factor in this race.
Of the two East Palo Alto candidates, Romero
and Woods, Woods has the advantage because
of the Jacobs Gibson endorsement. However,
he still does not have a campaign website and
has not collected the contributions needed to be
considered a serious candidate and get his message
out to voters. Romero is in the same situation.
Even though there are two candidates (Masur
and Schmidt) from Redwood City, the vote will
be divided among three candidates, as Morantes
has been involved with the Redwood City–San
Mateo County Chamber of Commerce for years
and some think he lives here too. Schmidt has
the endorsement of Redwood City Mayor Alicia
Aguirre and has also been campaigning in all
areas of the county and, quite frankly, has been
impressing voters and contributors.
Now we have North County. This is where the
name recognition and contributions come into play.
You have to have both to get your message out
to those voters, who are not familiar with any of
the candidates, with the exception of Morantes.
So the other candidate who will move on to the
November election will have to work fast, hard
and tirelessly to earn the position. This will be
interesting and exciting to watch.
Now let’s take a look at the challenges facing the
current group of county supervisors and what
these candidates are getting themselves into.
The county has approximately 5,187 employees
and spends $1.79 billion a year. According to
County Controller Tom Huening, the county’s
structural budget deficit still stands at $50 million
for the fiscal year 2011–12. That is after diving
into reserves. Obviously the county needs to start
cutting out some excesses.
The main area of concern is the county’s future
obligation toward employee pensions and benefits.
Huening stated he is particularly worried about
pensions. “The actual future pension obligation
is much higher than accounted for.” He blames
that on the use of overly optimistic estimated
rates of return on pension investments, which are
“significantly higher than average market returns
used by private industry.”
He notes that, fairly soon, more conservative
accounting rules may go into effect, forcing the
county to account for “a staggering reduction
of discretionary resources.” In other words,
new long-term pension liabilities would require
that a large amount of money that used to go to
important county services (health care, parks,
criminal justice, etc.) instead be set aside for retirees.
No current supervisor has given any legitimate
solution for how to work on this issue, and until
they start to solve it, they will get deeper and
deeper into a budget disaster.
Also in the mix for the future is the sheriff’s
plan to construct a new jail facility that will cost
$145 million to $160 million for construction and
$27 million for annual operations, in addition to
the current Sheriff’s Office budget of $17 million.
Huening says of the plan, “My job as controller
is about county finance and, based upon our
living off reserves for the last four years, I say
we cannot afford a new jail. The $150 million to
$200 million in potential lease finance (not voter
approved bonds) is troubling, but the ongoing
additional $30 million per year for operations is
the budget buster.” He is not in favor of the jail plan.
You might wonder why Huening is so candid
in his reports and seems to not be playing the political
game. Well, he is not beholden to county supervisors
because he is an elected official. But that might change.
Unfortunately, after serving 14 years, Huening
will resign midterm on March 31, leaving the
Board of Supervisors to either appoint his replacement
or fill the vacancy through an election. The position
pays $164,000 a year.
Under county rules, the board must either
appoint someone to replace Huening or call for a
special election so voters can decide who should
succeed him. A charter amendment approved
by 65.9 percent of county voters in November
2010 allows the supervisors to start the process
of filling the vacancy as soon as a letter of
resignation is submitted, instead of waiting until
after the position is vacated. The amendment also
gives supervisors the option of filling the vacancy
through an “all-mailed ballot” election.
Given the history of the current supervisors, they
just might choose to appoint someone. They should
take the “all-mailed ballot” election route, having
the position accountable to voters instead of supervisors.
A few things that tell us the current supervisors
are continuing “business as usual” are the following.
I know in the scheme of things $64,000 may
not seem like a large amount of money (though
it is to me), but that is exactly what the county’s
health system recently spent on a redesigned
website. The website is designed to help users find
information and access county services.
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The Spectrum 7
Riding the Most Beautiful Area in the Country for RWC Youth
Eighth Annual Poker Run Set for May 12
By Julie McCoy, contributing writer
It’s all about motorcycle riding for a good cause.
On Saturday, May 12, more than 300 motorcyclists
will participate in the eighth annual Redwood City
Poker Run to raise money for San Mateo County youth.
“We’re doing something we love and at the
same time raising money for kids in San Mateo
County, all in the name of giving back to the
Redwood City community,” said Redwood
General Tire owner Alpio Barbara, who is
organizing the event.
The Poker Run will raise money for Redwood
City’s after-school programs, including the Redwood
City Police Activities League (PAL), a nonprofit
community-based organization that provides
intervention, prevention and alternative programs
to 3,500 at-risk youth and economically challenged
youth in Redwood City annually; the Redwood
City Parks and Recreation Department; and the
San Mateo County Sheriff’s Activities League
(SAL), which connects cops with kids through
a variety of sports, mentoring, arts and dance,
healthy living and character development programs.
Due to today’s challenging economic climate,
San Mateo County’s youth need the community’s
help now more than ever.
The Poker Run is the second-biggest revenue
generator for PAL after the Blues Festival, according
to Executive Director Tom Cronin. “For us, the
event is very significant as far as revenue,” he said.
Without the event, PAL would have to have
to eliminate some of its programs or have fewer
students in its programs, Cronin explained. “It’s a
real big, important part of our programs.”
This year, PAL will use the money it receives
to provide scholarships for its karate, hip-hop and
boxing programs, Cronin said. The money also will
be used to help fund a new creative arts studio that
PAL will be opening this year.
“Alpio has been a super champion of PAL for
years,” noted Cronin. “We have benefited by his
leadership in the community.”
The 100-mile Poker Run begins at Dudley Perkins
Harley-Davidson in South San Francisco and takes
the motorcyclists along the beautiful San Mateo
coastline. “You have the ocean right there,” Barbara
said. “It’s just you and the road.” Riders finish at
the Sparky Hot Rod Garage in San Carlos. They
will be escorted by the California Highway Patrol
and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department.
The $30 registration fee includes a T-shirt,
hat and lunch at Sparky Garage. Lunch will be
provided by the Redwood City Fire Department.
There also will be entertainment and prizes,
including tires, shirts, hats and bags.
Gary Kenney — a trained chef and
photographer who has ridden motorcycles since
he was 14 — has participated in the Poker Run
since it began and will hit the road again this year.
“First of all, I love supporting the police
department,” he said. “Supporting the community
is a piece of it as well. It’s an important event. It
really is a great way to get everybody [motorcycle
riders and cops] involved. You get to go down
Highway 101 at great speed. It doesn’t matter what kind
of motorcycle you ride. This event is important for
all of us to support.”
Gordon Gibbs, head road captain for the
Golden Gate HOG Chapter — who has ridden
motorcycles for 12 years and ridden across the
country — is participating in the Poker Run for
the seventh time this year. “It’s a great charity to
start with,” he said. “Alpio reached out to us to
support that charity. The effort that Alpio puts
[into it] makes it worthwhile. You get involved in
a lot of charities. You try to donate time or effort,
but sometimes it seems the effort [isn’t enough].
The effort that he puts into this has a great return.
None of it would be possible without Alpio’s
efforts. It just seems like a good mix. The support
we get from so many people is tremendous. It’s a
very organized ride. It’s safe. It’s got great food, a
fantastic raffle. I think we have the most beautiful
area to ride in the whole country. You just can’t
have a more beautiful ride.”
The goal is to raise $60,000 this year, according
to Barbara. Last year, the event raised nearly $40,000.
Dudley Perkins Co. and Redwood General
Tire are title sponsors of this year’s event. “Our
dealership feels very lucky to have ‘adopted’ San
Mateo HOG because of their active charity work,
with this ride being a good example of their generosity,”
said Tom Perkins, president of Dudley Perkins.
“They are always ready to help those in need,
even if their own wallet may be slim at the time.
Why do we participate and why should others?
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Poker Run organizers Alpio Barbara, Erin Niemeyer and Chris Beth (back row)
pictured with Redwood City youths who benefit from the event.
Because there are always others that need our help
and that would be worse off without it, and the
feeling that you might make a difference is good
for the soul. Not only that, but Alpio and the entire
crew of volunteers put on a great ride with a beautiful
route and delicious food. It is a great and fulfilling
way to spend the day.”
Other businesses that have committed to sponsoring
the event include Bridgestone, Continental, Hankook,
Wells Fargo, Tire Pros, Arata Equipment Co.,
AutomotiveEnterprise.net, City Auto Supply,
Harley Owners Group, Spiteri’s, Redwood City
Saltworks, Recology San Mateo County, United
American Bank, Pirelli, Patrick’s Floral Studios,
Port of Redwood City, John Plane Construction
Co., Sparky’s, City Pub, Barrett Insurance Services,
Goetz Bros. Sporting Goods, Able Engineering
Services, R&B Co. and Walschon Fire Protection Inc.
Organizers are still in the process of securing
sponsors. For more information, contact
Alpio Barbara at 650-245-4653, email him at
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.
Poker Run organizers Alpio Barbara, Erin Niemeyer and
Chris Beth display donation check from last year’s event.
When: Saturday, May 12
Begins: Dudley Perkins Harley Davidson,
333 Corey Way, South San Francisco
Ends: Sparky’s Hot Rods Garage, 975
Industrial Road, Ste. B, San Carlos
Registration fee: $30
Registration fee includes: T-shirt, hat, bag, lunch
San Mateo Credit Union’s On Broadway branch has it all.
From Auto Loans to Credit Cards, we can answer your
questions and find you a better product to help
830 Jefferson Avenue, Redwood City
(650) 363-1725 | www.smcu.org
San Mateo Credit Union has a special Mortgage Center,
staffed by our mortgage experts.
Come in and ask a question about your current mortgage.
We love those! We want to give you the best loan with the
most reasonable payments.
619 Bradford Street, Redwood City
(650) 363-1799 | www.smcu.org
The Spectrum 9
North Star Academy Presents:
Cole Porter’s Anything Goes
March 8–10 at 7 p.m. and March 11 at 2 p.m.
McKinley Auditorium, 400 Duane St.,
Appropriate for all ages
$8–$14 depending on attendee age and
date of performance
Order tickets: www.northstartix.com
More information: northstaranythinggoes.
North Star Academy is proud to present Cole
Porter’s Anything Goes. Set aboard an ocean
liner bound from New York to London, it
follows the story of Billy Crocker who is a
stowaway on the ship following his love, Hope
Harcourt, who is engaged to Sir Evelyn Oakleigh.
Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and Public
Enemy No. 13 Moonface Martin help Billy with
a number of mistaken identities and mishaps.
With a cast of over 100 students, catchy tunes
and exciting dancing, this production is sure
to please everyone. Anything Goes will be
performed by North Star Academy March 8–10
at 7 p.m. and March 11 at 2 p.m. in the newly
renovated McKinley Auditorium at 400 Duane
St. in Redwood City. See www.northstartix.
com for ticket purchase, or purchase tickets one
hour before performance. If you need further
information, please contact 650-367-1250.
Fox Theatre and Club Fox
2209 Broadway, downtown Redwood City
Tickets available at www.clubfoxrwc.
com, 650-369-7770 or tickets.foxrwc.com
• Tainted Love. 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 16.
• The Ugly Duckling. 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17.
• Hybrid 3 St. Patty’s Day Brawl. 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 17.
• The Volker Strifler Band (Club Fox Blues Jam).
7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7.
• The Peatot Purim Party 2012. 9 p.m. Thursday,
• An Evening with The Eleven and Chum:
Grateful Dead and Phish Tributes. 8:30 p.m.
Friday, March 9.
• Terry Hanck (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 14.
• Spring Break Reggae Party hosted by
International DJ Supamario. 9 p.m. Friday,
• Bluegrass & Green Beer – St. Patty’s Day
Celebration with Windy Hill & Snap Jackson
and the Knock on Wood Players. 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 17.
• Earl Thomas and the Blues Ambassadors (Club
Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21.
• An Evening with Pop Fiction and Metal Shop. 9
p.m. Friday, March 23.
• Uncle Buffett – A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett. 8
p.m. Saturday, March 24.
• Johnny Rawls (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 28.
• Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Cha Cha Cha. 9
p.m. Friday, March 30.
San Mateo County
2200 Broadway St., Redwood City
Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
$5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students,
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 offsite
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.
Steve Jobs Exhibit Continues
The San Mateo County History Museum is proud
to announce a new addition to our permanent
exhibit San Mateo County History Makers:
Entrepreneurs Who Changed the World.
The new exhibit features an original 1988 NeXT
computer and will discuss NeXT Inc., the company
local Woodside resident Steve Jobs founded in
Redwood City after leaving Apple in 1985. Tim
Berners-Lee used NeXT technology to create the
World Wide Web and, according to Jobs’ 2005
Stanford commencement speech, “the technology
… developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s
current renaissance.” Also on view are books,
brochures and an original NeXT decal given away
free with the purchase of the computer.
Free First Fridays Program
The San Mateo County History Museum
continues its “Free First Fridays” program on
April 6. Not only is admission free that day, but
two programs are planned for the public without
any fees. At 11 a.m., preschool children will be
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Nonprofits in Action
CASA of San Mateo County
Advocates for Children, CASA of San Mateo
County, is actively seeking caring and consistent
adults to mentor and speak up for the best interests
of these children. Over 130 children are waiting
for someone who cares. If you would like to become
a volunteer advocate, or just want to learn more,
please attend an orientation held in their San
Mateo office. Visit www.AdvocatesFC.org or call
650-212-4423 for more information.
City Talk Toastmasters
Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop
communication and leadership skills. The club
meets the second and fourth Wednesday of
each month 12:30–1:30 p.m. in the Community
Room at the Redwood City Main Library, 1044
Middlefield Road. Contact John McDowell at
email@example.com or 202-390-7555 if you
would like to check out a meeting, or just stop in.
Visit www.toastmasters.org for more information
about the Toastmasters public speaking program.
CityTrees 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 www.
citytrees.org for a listing of events, dates and how to join.
This nonprofit group is the only parent-participation
preschool in San Mateo County focusing on lowincome
families. Their Redwood City classrooms
offer children through age 5 and their parents a tuitionfree
learning environment that’s supportive and fun.
They are always looking for volunteers to play
with the children while moms and dads attend
parent-ed classes, organizers to help coordinate
fundraisers, and people from the business world to
initiate new corporate partnerships. Check www.
familyconnections.org for more information.
Family Service Agency
of San Mateo County
Looking for a dependable source of skilled,
reliable workers? Family Service Agency of San
Mateo County provides employers with mature,
ready-to-work, experienced workers who are 55
years and older. Employers contact the service
because they appreciate the superior work ethic
and the commitment to quality that mature
workers possess. There are no fees for hiring
candidates. Contact Barbara Clipper at 650-403-
4300, ext. 4368, to place your job order.
For those who are looking for work and are
at least 55 years of age, Family Service Agency
provides a range of services, including referrals
for classroom training, vocational counseling,
job referrals and on-the-job training for qualified
participants. Contact Connie Tilles at 650-403-
4300, ext. 4371, if you are looking for work.
Friends for Youth
Do you like to play video games, shoot hoops,
watch baseball games or just have fun? Then you
have what it takes to be a mentor! As a mentor, you
can hang out with a young person like Reggie.
He’s a 12-year-old who loves pizza, baseball and
cars. He lives with his grandmother and three
sisters and would love to hang out with a guy and
have fun. There are 30 boys like Reggie waiting
to be matched with a mentor like you. Most of the
boys wait more than a year to meet their mentors.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor,
you are invited to attend a one-hour information
session in Redwood City. For upcoming sessions, call
650-482-2871 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of the Redwood City
The Friends support the mission of the four Redwood City
libraries to fully serve the community. Through
membership and sales of donated books, the
Friends fund a variety of community programs,
including school literacy outreach at Redwood
City grammar schools. The Friends fund approximately
$65,000 in programs each fiscal year.
Visit their newly expanded bookstore at the Main
Library (1044 Middlefield Road), where they sell
a wide variety of books in excellent condition
and at extremely low prices. Or visit them at the
Redwood City Farmers Market on Saturday mornings,
where they sell books for 50 cents each. When
you visit the store, consider becoming a Friend —
support starts at only $10.
If you haven’t wandered into the Funders
Bookstore, you have missed one of Redwood
City’s hidden treasures. This project is a
volunteer effort by a group of dedicated people
interested in supporting the San Mateo County
History Museum and simultaneously providing a
community bookstore for everyone’s pleasure. A
large collection of hardback first editions, trade
paperbacks, children’s books, cookbooks and
an entire room of $1 paperbacks are featured.
Bookstore hours are Tuesday through Saturday,
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is on the lower level of the
San Mateo County History Museum at 2200
Broadway, with the entrance facing Hamilton
Street. Stop by for a browse!
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit
organization that seeks to eliminate poverty
housing and homelessness from the world, and
to make decent shelter a matter of conscience
and action. 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 website at
Hearing Loss Association
of the Peninsula
Hearing Loss Association is a volunteer,
international organization of hard-of-hearing
people and their relatives and friends. The
nonprofit, nonsectarian, educational organization
is devoted to the welfare and interests of those
who cannot hear well but are committed to
participating in the hearing world.
A day meeting is held on the first Monday of
the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial
Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. Educational
speakers and refreshments are provided. A
demonstration of assistive devices is held on the
first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the
second-floor conference room at the Redwood City
Public Library, 1044 Middlefield Road. Please call
Marj at 650-593-6760 with any questions.
HIP Housing, funded by the County of San
Mateo, cities in the county and private individuals
and foundations, offers programs for people in
need of housing and for renters and homeowners
who could use some help with their housing costs.
Programs include a one-on-one service linking
people who have housing to share with those
seeking a place to live, housing support and case
management for families with children who are
working toward educational and career goals, and
subsidized and below-market rent in units owned
and managed by the organization.
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 website at
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. 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 College Fund
PCF enables underrepresented graduating high
school seniors from the Peninsula to achieve
their dreams of college education by providing fouryear
mentors, summer jobs and internships, and
critical four-year scholarships. PCF needs your
support. Become a mentor; provide a summer job
or internship; spread the word with your public
relations, marketing or grant-writing skills; help
read applications or interview candidates;
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Historical Tall Ships Coming to the Port of Redwood City
The brig Lady Washington and topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain arrived at
the Port of Redwood City Feb. 23 and berthed at the guest dock on Seaport Court.
The ships are scheduled to stay in Redwood City through March 7. The
Lady Washington Adventure Sail is March 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., for $35.
Walk-on tours are March 6–7, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., for a $3 donation per person.
No reservation required.
The three-hour Battle Sails feature the re-creation of a typical 18th-century
naval skirmish involving two ships. Both vessels will fire real cannon
charged with real gunpowder, but no cannon balls. Guests are encouraged to
verbally taunt their adversaries and will have a chance to take the helm of a
real tall ship, conditions permitting. Three-hour Adventure Sails include a
chance to raise a sail, sing a sea shanty and hear maritime stories. Tickets are
available online or by calling 800-200-5239.
Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will also host a number of K–12
school groups from these area communities: Fremont, Los Gatos, Mountain
View, Redwood City and San Jose. Space is still available for programs. Title
I schools are eligible for large discounts on program pricing. For information,
contact Roxie Underwood, education programs manager, 800-200-5239,
7th Annual Redwood City PAL Blues Festival —
Call for Volunteers
The Redwood City Police Activities League (PAL) is hosting its seventh
annual Blues Festival at the Courthouse Square in Redwood City. This
program is the largest single fundraising event hosted by PAL each year.
This year the event is expanding to two days on Saturday and Sunday, July
28 and 29. The Blues Planning Committee is looking for dedicated volunteers
to help plan and implement this festival. All help is appreciated and we are
looking for volunteers who are interested and experienced in helping in the
following areas: fundraising and sponsorship; administration (data entry,
mailings, etc.); raffle item solicitation and sales; T-shirt and merchandise
sales; vendor solicitation and management; food booth setup and sales;
advertising, promotion and marketing; logistics, setup and breakdown; stage
and sound activities; beverage booth personnel (must be 21).
To volunteer or get more information, please contact Tom Cronin,
executive director, Police Activities League (PAL), 650-556-1650, ext. 11,
Make a Difference for Redwood City Schools
The Redwood City Education Foundation is currently seeking business
sponsors at the $1,000, $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000 levels for the Benefit for a
Brighter Future, which will be on Friday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m. at the beautiful
Pacific Shores Center in Redwood City. We are expecting over 350 business,
community and education leaders as well as parents, principals and staff
from the 16 K–8 schools that serve our district. Last year the event raised
over $110,000 for the RCEF.
The RCEF supports music instruction for students in grades two through
eight, outdoor education for fifth-graders, SMART teaching innovation
grants, the middle school Summer Math Institute and wellness programs for
all students. The Redwood City School District offers a unique opportunity to
make a difference. Our students represent a diverse spectrum of backgrounds
from well-to-do to struggling. Of our 9,200 students, 48 percent are learning
English for the first time while 65 percent meet federal poverty levels. Every
year, our achievement scores grow dramatically, and our district includes
three California Distinguished Schools.
We want to make sure our strongest supporters receive the public
recognition they deserve! Our event is marketed widely through electronic
communications, social media and printed material. New for 2012, sponsors
of the Benefit for a Brighter Future at the $2,500 level and above will also be
listed as sponsors of our Fourth of July Parade Run (www.paraderun.org) and
Oktoberun 5K and half marathon (www.oktoberun.com), to be held on Oct.
13 in association with the Oktoberfest Festival.
Please contact Jane Taylor for more information: janeyappleseed@
sbcglobal.net, 650-996-2321 or www.benefitforabrighterfuture.org.
As County Sets to Raise Taxes, Grand Jury Lights Into
Fire Choice and $2 Million Savings Loss
The full Board of Supervisors should have considered a request by the city of
San Carlos to contract fire services, and the finance subcommittee that chose
not to move the idea forward missed out on roughly $2 million in savings for
both, according to the civil grand jury.
The local fire union gave “significant pressure” not to consider the
California Department of Forestry and Fire as an outsourcing option,
according to the report by the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury, but
it stops short of concluding that was a primary reason why supervisors
Adrienne Tissier and Carole Groom, the two members of the committee,
would not take the idea to the entire board.
Regardless, San Carlos Mayor Andy Klein called the report validation of
prior claims that county officials were influenced by political pressure.
“Really, the thing [from] the civil grand jury is what we’ve been saying
from the beginning,” Klein said. “They wanted to find any way they could
not to give us an offer because they didn’t want to upset their friends.”
But Groom is equally emphatic that a preference for long-term savings
through regional fire service rather than a short-term contract with one city
was the motivating factor.
“This was not political. For me, it was all about the future of this county
and the way I think we ought to be creating a fire department,” Groom said.
Tissier did not return a call for comment.
The battle with the county was just one for San Carlos after it decided in
April 2010 to dissolve the Belmont–San Carlos Fire Department as a costsavings
measure. Having already outsourced its police department, the City
Council looked at similar arrangements for fire, one of which was asking the
county to allow San Carlos to subcontract through its Cal Fire contract.
The county — which gives the fire fund a $1.05 million yearly subsidy —
was estimated to save $650,000 annually while San Carlos could save up to
$1.4 million under the arrangement.
On Feb. 15, 2011, the second of two meetings, the finance and operations
committee declined to forward the request and offered instead to fund
mediation between the two cities in hopes of saving the joint powers
authority. Officials from both cities said it wouldn’t work but then-mayor
Omar Ahmad and Belmont Councilwoman Christine Wozniak did give it
a try. Ultimately, Belmont formed its own department, and after a lengthy
consideration of possible partners, San Carlos launched a hybrid department
with Redwood City in which they share management. The arrangement
still provides San Carlos savings but not as much as with Cal Fire under the
“That’s just a fact. I don’t know that we would have gone with them but as
a city we wanted the right to choose. The board said we didn’t,” Klein said.
Going forward, the civil grand jury recommends the county renew its
contract with Cal Fire by June 30 and include a provision that any future
contract negotiations allows “fiscally qualified cities” to subcontract if it is
beneficial to both.
Supervisor Dave Pine said the provision is a bit confusing because the
current contract doesn’t appear to prohibit subcontracting. However, he
thinks cities interested in Cal Fire would simply approach the agency itself.
Groom, too, isn’t certain the recommendation is a good move.
“I still believe that if a city likes to contract with Cal Fire they do it directly
and not put it on our contract,” she said, adding any dissolution would be
more cumbersome if others are involved.
Before going to the county, the city of San Carlos did directly approach
Cal Fire and initially found some interest. In November 2010, though, Acting
Director Ken Pimlott informed the city Cal Fire would not submit a bid and
added “concern from regional legislative members and significant opposition
from local labor organizations” among the reasons why. Others were that
the Oct. 12, 2011, dissolution date was too compressed a time frame for
completing a contract and that the proposed partnership with San Carlos is
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A cleaner, greener
one stop at a time!
6/24/2011 11:11:52 A
Genuine Kindness and Phenomenal Voice:
RWC Native Suzie Daines Set for Fox Club Show
By Julie McCoy
Redwood City resident Suzie Daines has always
loved to sing. Growing up, she would sing along
with songs on the radio. About 12 years ago, she
began taking voice lessons. Her coach had a karaoke
machine and after trying it out, she decided to get
one of her own. She also bought a guitar, sang
in band called Along for the Ride, and joined
West Coast Songwriters, a nonprofit organization
that helps people in the music industry develop
personally and professionally. Although Daines
has always been passionate about singing, she
didn’t ever envision herself doing it professionally.
But now she is.
Love Is Absolutely Free CD
to be released this month
This month, Daines is releasing her first CD, titled
Love Is Absolutely Free, which has 11 songs, including
“Love Is Absolutely Free,” “Beauty,” “Choose
Peace,” The Way You Move Your Body” (both
short and long versions), “Unsinkable,” “Happily
Ever After,” “America’s Closed,” “I Give In,”
“One More Day” and “Lift Me Up.”
“My music is about life experiences, whether mine
or about other people in life,” she said. “It could
just be something I witness that moves me.”
“Love Is Absolutely Free” is a song about having
hope in difficult situations, Daines said. “God gave
us the gift of love and I just want the world to have hope,”
she said. “We all have things that are thrown at us
but we all have hope. Love is free.”
“Beauty,” on the other hand, is about her mom,
Jackie Polati. “She is a beautiful lady to look at, but more
importantly, her spirit is so beautiful,” Daines said.
Meanwhile, “Choose Peace” was written in
memory of her son Colton’s friend, Tim Griffith.
Daines’ personal favorite song is “One More
Day,” which, like “Love Is Absolutely Free,” is
about having hope in difficult situations.
Raw vocals sound like Jewel, Natalie
Merchant and Sarah McLachlan
Daines’ vocals, while uniquely her own, are similar
to that of Jewel, Natalie Merchant and Sarah
McLachlan. She likes them as artists in general
and the majority of their material, she said.
“I feel like I write honest lyrics,” she said. “She
[Jewel] seems to write from her heart. I love the
pure sound of her vocals. The melodies she writes
have just always been beautiful.”
Performing at Club Fox in April
Daines will perform all 11 songs on her new
CD — plus some songs that aren’t on her CD
— Saturday, April 21, at the Club Fox, formerly
the Little Fox. The whole band on the CD —
including drummer extraordinaire Ronny Crawford,
who also has been the drummer for Lisa Loeb and
Anna Nalick — will be there.
“I am looking forward to it,” Daines said, noting
that she expects at least a couple hundred people to attend.
“It’s going to be a full night of music and a full
band,” she said. “These musicians are as good as
you can get.”
Her cousin Mitch Linville, who lives in Los
Angeles and is singing with her on some of the
songs, is coming up for the event.
A kind person with a lot of humanity
Keith Greeninger produced the Love Is
Absolutely Free CD, co-wrote some of the songs
on it and was the guitarist on most of the songs.
“She has got a beautiful voice and been very
open to all of the people who have come in on the
project,” Greeninger said. “One of the strongest
elements of Suzie’s personality is kindness.
It’s not a forced kindness. Some people have a
genuine kindness for people and she is one of
those people. It comes through with her CD. She
has a lot of humanity. I would describe her as
an up-and-coming artist. She is a very authentic
person. She is at the beginning of a wonderful
journey of music.”
Ideas often come late at night
Daines’ voice coach, Peter Girardot, added, “She’s
very talented. She’s a great songwriter. She has
these words and they come out of nowhere. That
thought comes to her and she is talented enough to put
them to music. She is very good at songwriting
and singing. She gets ideas late at night and they
stay with her. She continues on in the morning
and tries to put them in a song. It sounds easy, but
it’s very challenging. Then she tries to sing them.”
Girardot, who has worked with Daines for
about a year, noted she has come a long way. “It’s
one of those you’ve always wanted to do it and
you finally say let’s see what I’ve got,” he said.
“She’s stuck to it and she’s worked really hard.”
What Girardot admires about Daines is her
determination. “She realized that singing isn’t as
easy as you might think,” he said. “You have to
work at it. That’s what she did. She has grown so
much and been able to now go out and not get into
too much trouble.”
Strong faith comes through in music
Daines, who attends Sunday Mass at her church,
St. Matthias Catholic Church in Redwood City,
said her religion is important to her. And she
incorporates her strong faith into her music. “I feel
like God has given me a huge blessing in music,”
she said. “My desire is to share it and hopefully
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‘Aye Aye Aye’: the Sweet Sounds of Amanda Sirota
By Julie McCoy, contributing writer
What do you get when you pair a musically inclined
7-year-old — one who loves to sing, comes up with
her own songs and can even write the melodies —
with her father who is a songwriter? The perfect
recipe for children’s music that can be enjoyed by
children and adults alike.
A love of music early on
When Amanda Sirota, a first-grader at Redeemer
Lutheran School in Redwood City, was about 3
years old, she came up with a simple song called
“Aye Aye Aye.” Her dad, Art Sirota, helped write
the verses to the song and thus began what has
become a father-daughter collaboration on the
creation of original children’s music over the last
Starting the new year with a new CD
In January, the Sirotas began the year on a
high note with the release of their newest CD,
titled You Need to Go Live at the Zoo, which
features 12 songs that they created, including
not only “You Need to Go Live at the Zoo” but
also “Senior Moments,” “Sammy the Sloth,”
“A Anna B Anna C,” “Positively Four Balloons
for Mommy,” “The Rainbow’s End,” “The
Piffleofogus,” “The Little Clown Who Moved
Across the Street,” “Halfway to Loopyville,”
“Giddy-Up Cowboy,” “Wish You Coulda Been
There” and “I Wanna Be a Baby Again.”
Every song has a story
Every song has a story that goes with it. For
example, the idea to do the song “Senior
Moments” came when Amanda was going
through the kitchen cupboards one day and
couldn’t remember what she was looking for. “It
dawned on me little kids have senior moments,
too, and how funny is that,” Art said.
Meanwhile, the idea for “Giddy-Up Cowboy”
came when Amanda walked into her dad’s
home office singing the words “giddy-up” with
an accent. It reminded Art of the rodeo and he
couldn’t think of any children’s songs about going
to the rodeo, so he decided to do a song about a
father and his child going to the rodeo from the
perspective of the child.
Amanda came up with the melody to “Giddy-
Up Cowboy” while eating ice cream with her dad.
“She wrote the music to the bridge and I wrote the
words,” Art said.
Another CD on the way
The father-daughter duo is working on a new CD
titled Sand Between My Toes, which Art said they
hope to release this year. “Songwriting is all about
finishing what you started,” he said. “You don’t quit until
you finish it.” Half of the songs on Sand Between
My Toes have already been recorded. One of the
songs is “Distant Star,” which talks about how Amanda
has changed Art’s life. Sand Between My Toes will
also feature Amanda’s favorite song, “Cucko Monkey,”
in which Art makes funny monkey sounds.
First creation was Ladybug in My Soup
The Sirotas’ first CD, Ladybug in My Soup,
released about three years ago, features 16 songs,
including “Mommy Says Yes,” “Ladybug in
My Soup,” “Choo-Choo-Choo to the Park-Park-
Park,” “Up on Daddy’s Shoulders,” “I Wouldn’t
Hurt a Flea,” “Bouncy House,” “Chinese Doll,”
“Washing the Poo-Poo Off,” “I a Big Kid Now,”
“Aye Aye Aye,” “Blame It on the Baby,” “I Don’t
Wanna Stay Inside,” “The Ballad of Black and White
Kitty,” “Pee Pee Poopy Lane,” “No Kicking, No
Screaming, No Crying” and “Mr. Lion Go Away.”
Songs don’t preach, talk down to the kids
The songs the Sirotas have created are simply
meant to be enjoyed. They don’t preach to children
and aren’t belittling to children. “What I strive
to achieve is strong images that do not preach to
the kids,” Art said. “They can paint their own
pictures with the words I supply. I don’t talk down
to the kids. I never talk down to the kids. I don’t
tone it down. The kids will figure it out.”
Always listen to what
your children are saying
Parents should always listen to what their kids say
and not dismiss it as childish, Art said. Kids may
sometimes press their parents’ buttons, but they
can also teach their parents things, he stressed.
Recording done by
The Sirotas work with Rolfe Wyer, who operates
Wyersound Productions out of his Moss Beach
home, to record their songs.
“Amanda has a good time in the studio, as she
understands what happens in the studio and what
Rolfe does,” Art said. He said doing the recording
on his own doesn’t interest him. Wyer “is a better
keyboardist than I am,” he said. “I can’t do it without him.”
CDs sold online,
at My Gym in San Carlos
People can purchase the Sirotas’ CDs, which cost
$10, online at cdbaby.com and at My Gym in San
Carlos. They also can be downloaded from iTunes.
Doing it for all the right reasons
Avi Lewis, owner of My Gym in San Carlos —
who has known the Sirotas since Amanda was about
4 years old and at Redwood Parents Nursery School
— has been supportive of their work and played
their music at his gym. “I thought it was sweet his
daughter, who at that time was 4 years old, was helping
him,” he said. “He is such a sweet guy doing this
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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:
Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road – Tim Harrison
and the staff at Canyon Inn serve everything from
their famous hamburgers to pizzas, all kinds of
sandwiches and pastas, and South-of-the-Border
specialties while various sports play on the big,
flat-screen TVs. Don’t forget to reserve their
closed patio for your next party — it has heaters,
fans and a big-screen TV (no extra charges). Why
cook when you don’t have to? They do catering
too for all occasions!
Restaurant – 851
Main St. – “We
went there and it
was fabulous! We
by their food
menu, and the
burger I had was tasty. They have 21 big-screen
TVs for watching your favorite sports team, having
a drink with friends or dancing the night away.”
Little India – 917 Main St. – “There are good
restaurants. There are bad restaurants. There
are OK restaurants. Then there are those places,
the magic ones. You come back again and again
because the food doesn’t just taste good and
satisfy hunger, but helps heal the heart and soul.”
Senior citizens receive $1 off and children under
12 dine at half price. www.littleindiacuisine.com
The Sandwich Spot – 2420 Broadway – With
a motto promising to change your life “one
sandwich at a time” and a menu and atmosphere
that has already made it a popular spot in
downtown Redwood City, the Sandwich Spot will
have you wondering where this place has been all
your life, and whether or not you can get some of
their signature Bomb Sauce to go.
San Mateo Credit Union – Three Redwood City
locations – As a member-driven organization,
SMCU does everything possible to ensure that
all of your financial priorities are anticipated and
fulfilled. Offerings include free auto-shopping
assistance, members-only car sales, low-rate
home loans and lines of credit. Call 650-363-1725
or 888-363-1725, or visit a branch to learn the
advantages of membership banking.
Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1-800-23-LEWIS – Founded
in 1985, Lewis Carpet Cleaners has grown from
one small, portable machine to a company of six
employees and five working vans. The Lewis
family works and lives in Redwood City and is
committed to our community. Ask about their
Spectrum special: Get 100 square feet of carpet
cleaned for absolutely nothing. Call today! Get
your home ready for entertaining during the year.
Hannig Law Firm – 2991 El Camino Real –
Hannig Law Firm LLP provides transactional and
litigation expertise in a variety of areas. The
professionals at HLF are committed to knowing
and meeting their clients’ needs through long-term
relationships and value-added services, and to
supporting and participating in the communities
where they live and work.
Michelle Glaubert at Coldwell Banker – 650-
722-1193 – Michelle has been a full-time, topproducing
real estate agent since 1978. With a proven
track record, she has helped buyers achieve their
dreams of home ownership and sellers make
successful moves to their next properties. The
majority of her business is garnered through referrals
from her many satisfied clients. Living in Emerald
Hills, she knows the area well and is involved
in the community. Count on Michelle’s years of
experience to guide you through your next real estate
transaction. Visit her online at www.glaubert.com.
John Nelson at Coldwell Banker – 650-566-5315
– John has been a resident of Redwood City for
21 years and has been a real estate agent for 18
years. He is known for doing his clients’ legwork,
keeping them up to date with new listings and
conditions as they impact the market. He will make
the process as pleasurable and stress-free an experience
for you as he can. Let John guide you through the
complexities of buying or selling your home,
eliminating hassles and stress. Visit him online at
Davies Appliance –
1580 El Camino Real
– “Davies helped me
with my appliance
purchases and they
know what they are
doing. All they carry
is appliances; you don’t have to worry about
anything else. Leave it to them to assist you with
your kitchen remodel and you will be very happy.
I recommend Davies to anyone who is interested
in great pricing and even better service. The focus
is appliances and service.”
Every Woman Health Club – 611 Jefferson Ave. –
A women-only, body-positive fitness center in downtown
Redwood City. Services include classes, weight and
cardio equipment, personal training, therapeutic
massage and skin care. Flexible pricing, with
several options available for members and
nonmembers. Visit www.everywomanhealthclub.
com or call 650-364-9194 to get started.
Hector Flamenco Insurance (State Farm) – 956
Main St. – Hector has been in the insurance
business and with State Farm for 20 years. He
specializes in auto and business insurance. A local
resident, he also provides servicio en español!
Visit his website at www.flamencoinsurance.com.
Storage – 2480
– The friendly
and reliable team
at Saf Keep is
ready to assist you
with a variety of
and services to suit all your storage needs. Visit
their website at www.safkeepstorage.com to see
exactly what products and services are available.
Compare them to other facilities and you’ll see
why their service makes the difference.
Schoenstein Physical Therapy – 363A Main St.,
650-599-9482 –The clinical approach of this
independent, community-based physical therapy
practice focuses on thorough physical therapy
assessment, specific treatment strategies and
patient education. Individualized treatment
programs are designed to help meet patient goals
of restoring function, returning to sport or
occupation and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
St. Regal Jewelers – 850 Main St. – “This is a
great jeweler! Phil, the owner, is amazing. He
crafted a ring on time and on budget. He has an
incredible eye for detail. I can’t say enough. I
would never go anywhere else.” Whether you are
looking for men’s or women’s quality jewelry,
shopping local does not get better than this.
– 485 Woodside
– Woodside Terrace
understands that in
choosing a senior living
are looking for much
more than a comfortable
living environment to
call home. Brookdale
Living’s Redwood City
community delivers inspired independent living
with the promise of exceptional experiences
every day. As residents’ needs change, they are
provided with a variety of ancillary services and a
personalized assisted living environment that
encourages them to continue to live as they please.
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RWC Native Suzie Daines Set for Fox Club Show
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make some lives a bit brighter. The gift of music
is just that, a gift. The glory goes to God.”
One of Daines’ favorite places to sing is the
Hiller House in Belmont. “I have made some
incredible friends,” she said. “People with autism,
Down syndrome and other disabilities have shown
me the true meaning of music — to feel. We sing
our hearts out, all of us, to the top of our lungs
and fill our spirits to the brim with happy.”
Daines also has sung in nursing homes in
Redwood City with her nieces and nephews.
“Such a blessing,” she said. “Everyone wins.”
Plethora of accolades
For the past three years, Daines has received
the Best Song award at the monthly West Coast
Songwriters Open Mic competitions with her
songs “Beauty” (2011), “Absolutely Free” (2010)
and “I Give In” (2009). She also received a Best
Performance award from West Coast Songwriters
for her song “One More Day.”
Very giving of her time
Michele Anderson, who has known Daines for
more than 30 years, attended high school with her,
has remained good friends with her throughout
the years and attends many of her West Coast
Songwriters Open Mic competitions.
“It’s great to see someone doing something she
loves and doing it so well. She has put a lot of
work into this CD. She’s very talented. Everyone
is proud of her,” Anderson said. “She is a very
giving person of her time. She’s a religious person.
That shows in her work, her strong faith, in the
type of lyrics she chooses. She’s a very kind soul.
Anderson further added, “I think her voice is
phenomenal. She has a very unique sound to her voice,
very distinguishable. The type of voice I could listen
to all day long. This is her blood, sweat and tears
coming out in one CD. I am so happy for her that
it is completed and that everyone is going to get it.”
Anderson’s favorite song is “Beauty.” She likes
the lyrics and the way it is sung, she said. “It’s
such an emotional song. She [Daines] knows how
much I love it. It’s a phenomenal song.”
Creating first CD late in life
At 48, Danes brings the unique perspective of creating
her first CD late in life. She wishes she had begun
the process earlier but for now is enjoying every
moment of it, she said.
A close-knit family
Daines is very close, both in terms of relationship
and distance, to her parents and siblings. Her parents
and her five brothers and sisters all live just a few
miles away from her.
Married to high school sweetheart for 30 years
Born and raised in Redwood City, Daines
attended San Carlos High School and married her
high school sweetheart, Michael Daines, at 18.
The couple have been married for 30 years and
have three children: Colton, 29, who is a mortgage
broker in Redwood City; Casey, 25, who works
for Strong Mail in San Francisco; and Alexa Rae,
who will graduate from Sonoma State University
in May with a degree in communications.
Enjoying the new role of grandparent
Last year, the Daineses became proud
grandparents when son Colton and his wife, Jeri,
welcomed their son, Brady. “He’s the apple of my
eye,” Daines said. “Literally, I can’t see straight. I
can’t get enough of him.”
Free time spent with grandson, dogs
When Daines isn’t busy with her singing and
songwriting, she loves being a grandma and
babysitting her grandson. She also enjoys walking
her two dogs, one of which is a Dalmatian-Lab
mix and the other that is a mix of several breeds.
But most of her time is devoted to creating music.
“I will continue to write and am really truly
hoping to be out there spreading joy to others
through my music,” she said. “It’s a blessing.”
Interested in going?
What: Suzie Daines release show for
her new CD
When: Saturday, April 21, doors
open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.
Where: Club Fox, 2209 Broadway
St., Redwood City
Cost: $15 ahead/$18 at the door
Tickets can be purchased at: www.
Want to purchase a CD?
Where: Visit www.suziedaines.com
and click on the Facebook link
‘Aye Aye Aye’: the Sweet Sounds of Amanda Sirota
continued from page 17
for all of the right reasons. He loves music. His daughter
loves music. They’re just really sweet people, just loving
what they’re doing. I love supporting people like that.”
The father-daughter duo has played at Café Zoe
in Menlo Park and at Jungle Coffee in Palo Alto.
They hope to play at the Media Center in Los
Altos. Additionally, they have played at Amanda’s
school, Redeemer Lutheran. Amanda said the kids
at school think what she and her father are doing
is pretty neat. “They really like it,” she said.
They will also play at BackYard Coffee Company
in Redwood City on Sunday, March 18, 3–5 p.m.
Not just children’s music
Art, who holds a degree in English literature with
a minor in music from California State University
at Northridge, doesn’t just write children’s music;
he writes other music as well. For example, he produced
a CD called Sky Blue Pony that is for adults.
Sky Blue Pony has 12 songs, including “Little
Seed,” “Sky Blue Pony,” “Big Jake,” “How Would
It Feel,” “Stop and Stare,” “Queen Gabriella,”
“Lightning Man,” “I Don’t Want to Clean Up My Room
Blues,” “Push Me in the Shopping Cart,” “Tommy
Cat,” “Caveman Blues” and “A Windswept Memory.”
Songwriting groups beneficial
By attending songwriting groups, Art has gotten
to meet other people who share his same interest.
“The object is to have fun — I’m in favor of
having fun — and to help each other,” he said.
Extensive music background
Art began playing the harmonica at age 12. Back
then, “you could buy a harmonica for 75 cents,” he
said. “Now they’re like $22.” When he was 17, for
just $1.50 he bought a book on how to play the guitar.
Following in her father’s footsteps
Amanda sings in the bathtub at home, in the car
and at school. She eventually wants to become a
songwriter and produce CDs all on her own, she said.
Music as essential as oxygen
It’s important for children and their families to
experience music, Art said. This is especially true
given that children today have less exposure to
music because so many schools have been forced
to cut music programs due to budget constraints.
“I just think music is beautiful,” Art said.
“Having music in the family is like having oxygen
in the family. You’ve got to have it.”
See Art and Amanda
Sirota perform live!
Sunday, March 18
BackYard Coffee Company
965 Brewster Ave.,
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invited to paint their own transparencies of tug
boats with the effect of creating a stained glass
work of art to take home with them. The children
will be given a special tour of the museum’s
model ships collection and hear the tugboat story
“I’m Mighty!” At 2 p.m., a museum docent will
lead a tour of the museum for adults.
New Exhibit at History Museum
Playing Grown-Up: Toys From the Harry P.
Feb. 14 – Dec. 31
The San Mateo County History Museum opens
a unique exhibit, Playing Grown-Up: Toys From
the Harry P. Costa Collection. Playing Grown-Up
will explore those toys from the 1930s, 1940s and
1950s that allowed children to mimic the activities
of adults. Objects highlighted will include an
antique pedal-car fire truck and airplane, Tonka
work trucks, a fully electric 1929 Lionel stove and
oven, a G-men fingerprint set, a “Miss Friday”
mechanical doll and a working Lionel train, just
to name a few. Objects will be displayed with
a backdrop of images that represent the real
activities of adults that children were mimicking
Carlmont High School’s
Footloose — the Musical
March 8–10 at 7 p.m. and March 11 at 2 p.m.
Carlmont High School Performing Arts
Center, 1400 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont
Appropriate for all ages
$12 children/students/seniors, $15 adults
Order tickets: www.
More information: footloose-carlmont.
Carlmont High School is proud to present Footloose,
the dance musical. Based on the box office hit, the
stage version of Footloose tells the story of city
boy Ren, who has to move to a rural backwater
town in America where dancing is banned. Dancing
is not a crime, but to miss Carlmont’s Footloose
would be. Filled with high-spirited dancing, fun
’80s costumes and a great story about American spirit,
this production is sure to keep you toe-tapping
in your seat. Footloose will be performed by the
Carlmont performing arts department March 8–10
at 7 p.m. and March 11 at 2 p.m. in the beautiful
new Carlmont High School Performing Arts
Center at 1400 Alameda de las Pulgas in Belmont.
See www.carlmontperformingarts.com for ticket
purchase, or purchase tickets one hour before
Society of Western Artists
2625 Broadway, Redwood City
The Society of Western Artists’ current exhibit
through March 23 is worth a visit to the SWA
gallery. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Wednesday through Saturday.
First place went to Anne Oseberg for her
watercolor “The Great Hunter,” second place
to Tom Ayers for his watercolor “Grandfathers
House” and third place to Will Maller for his oil
“Davenport December.” Judges were Carolyn
Hofstetter, SWA, June Levin, SWA, and Lillian
Wu, SWA. Participants: Edna Acri, Alisan
Andrews, John Barrows, Diana Potter Burnell,
Tom Chapman, Lynette Cook, Catherine Street
Delfs, Anneliese Drbal, Jacon Dunn, Shirley
Green, Dmitry Grudsky, Sharon Hogan, Ellen
Howard, Berni Jahnke, SWA, Laurie Johnson,
Evelyn Nitzberg, Carmilla Roos, Linda Salter and
Visit the SWA headquarters gallery at 2625
Broadway, Redwood City. The gallery is in the
first block off El Camino; check our website for
directions at www.societyofwesternartists.com. It
is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to
3 p.m. For additional information, please contact
Judith Puccini at 650-737-6084.
Woodside High School
Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida
March 9–11 and March 16–17
Tickets go on sale to the general public
Purchase tickets: www.
Get ready to be transported to ancient Egypt this
month. Mark your calendar to attend the WHS
theater arts department’s production of Elton
John and Tim Rice’s Aida. It is a contemporary
musical take on a grand classic tale of the timeless
bond between an enslaved Nubian princess and
an Egyptian soldier. As forbidden love blossoms
between them, the young lovers are forced to
face death or part forever. Together, they set a
shining example of true devotion that ultimately
transcends the vast cultural differences between
their warring nations, heralding a time of
unprecedented peace and prosperity.
With a pop-rock score that features stirring
ballads and rousing choral numbers, Elton John
and Tim Rice’s Aida is a modern crowd pleaser.
It won four Tony awards in 2000 including Best
Musical Score. Under the direction of drama
teacher Barry Woodruff and a cast of over 40
students, it is sure to be a hit at WHS.
Beatles vs. Stones Tribute:
Show Settles an Old Score
Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash
Friday, May 4
For decades, the battle has raged: Beatles or Stones?
Through their heyday, fans accused London’s
Rolling Stones of stealing ideas — even entire
albums — from their Liverpool counterparts.
At the same time, the Beatles secretly envied
the Stones’ “bad boy” image and attitude, often
copying their style. Both bands are unmistakably
great, scoring an array of hits that changed
musical history, but only one can be the best. The
most infamous rivalry in rock ’n’ roll never played
out in a public arena until now, as Beatles vs.
Stones: A Musical Shoot Out takes the stage on
May 4 at the Redwood City Fox Theatre.
Will the Stones be yelling for “Help” to fight
the songwriting prowess of Lennon/McCartney?
Or will the Beatles cry “Gimme Shelter” from
the relentless sonic barrage of Jagger/Richards
classics? Witness the epic duel between two rock
giants as both groups demand the ultimate satisfaction!
While fierce competition fueled the creative
output of both bands during the 1960s, tension
between the tribute performers is equally palpable.
“The Beatles cornered the rock market on cute
suits and fluffy hairdos, but then they stood still
on stage and modeled them,” according to Young
Hutchison, who plays a dead ringer for Keith
Richards in both swagger and ability. “The Stones
rocked the stage and worked as hard as the bluesmen they
modeled their stage show after, generating the
smoldering sexuality that came to be a hallmark
of great rock ’n’ roll acts. The Beatles? Well, they
were cute! The Stones were the original punks,
outsiders at best. Beatles took tea with the bloody
Queen — how rock ’n’ roll is that?!”
As for the Beatles’ response? “We got our Sgt.
Pepper jackets made a little long so the Stones
would have no problem riding our coattails!”
mocks drummer Axel Clarke as Ringo. “That
Mick Jagger sure can move! It’s a shame he has to
work twice as hard to be half as good!”
Would you let your daughter marry a Rolling
Stone or your son come home with a Beatle
haircut? This ultimate battle of the bands pits the
mop tops against the bad boys. London against
Liverpool. Guitars will weep and dice will
tumble, and in the end, when the whip comes
down, only one band shall emerge victorious.
Whoever wins, the audience is sure to be dazzled
by an “electrifying show” (O.C. Register), with
fantastic music, iconic wardrobe and spot-on
performances down to the onstage banter, missed
notes and flubs heard on the original records.
Members of both Abbey Road and Jumping
Jack Flash have taken great care to re-create
the experience of seeing these incredible bands
live so as to please casual fans and purists alike.
That “All You Need Is Love” spirit appears to
be lost on Hutchison and Clarke, who continue
trading barbs. “The Beatles wrote ‘Let It Be,’ but
the Stones countered with ‘Let It Bleed’!” snarls
Young. “Listen, mate,” counters Axel. “The song
John and Paul gave to the Stones (‘I Wanna Be
Your Man’ in 1963) was one they let Ringo sing.
That says it all!” Ouch.
Beatles or Stones? You decide!
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the court if any defendant for whom
the bond agent is responsible does
WHO WE ARE: The San Mateo County
Bail Agents Association is comprised
of a group of licensed and experienced
owner operated businesses
in Redwood City and throughout the
County. Members of our association
will ensure you receive professional
and courteous service.
For the past three decades we have
successfully maintained an ongoing
relationship with the San Mateo
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will continue to maintain and
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One costs the public nothing,
the other consumes (much needed)
tax dollars. One system ensures that
their client goes back to court to face
charges, and ensures they commit
fewer crimes while awaiting that court
date. The other option has a poor
track record on both of these counts.
One picks up almost all of its fugitives,
the other seldom, if ever, does.
One works and the other does not.
The system that works is commercial
surety bail (bail agents) and the one
that does not is government-run pretrial
Local law enforcement is strapped for
resources and bondsmen fill the gap
by apprehending absconded defendants.
Commercial bail not only operates more
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taxes to the public, and if it fails, it
pays cash forfeitures to the state.
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only “marginally appropriate” because state responsibilities take priority.
San Carlos officials blamed handshake deals and pushes by the
International Association of Firefighters Local 2400, which had publicly
derided any ideas other than keeping the Belmont–San Carlos agreement
intact. When the Board of Supervisors also passed, Ahmad and Klein said
it was more of the same, and the civil grand jury report concludes based on
interviews that politics was the “deciding factor for Cal Fire.”
But the finance committee said they preferred other options to the San
Carlos proposal. Groom in particular asked for more information on a fivecity
fire service before making a decision, but the fire chief for the San Mateo
and Foster City fire departments neither appeared nor provided an estimate of
up to $16.8 million in combined savings as he had volunteered to do.
Klein said that highlights “the glaring ridiculousness of the whole
situation” in which “as the report points out, the board never talked about fiscal
issues, which is odd for a finance subcommittee. They want to save a million
for fire and we were going to give them $600,000 without doing anything.”
Groom said she didn’t really have an answer as to why no report was ever
brought but called it “a missed opportunity.”
Civil grand jury reports carry no legal weight but recipients must respond
in writing within 90 days.
Grand Jury Applicants Sought
Applications are now being accepted for service on the 2012–13 civil grand
jury. The positions are open to any county resident of more than one year who
is a United States citizen, 18 years or older, of ordinary intelligence, sound
judgment and good character and with sufficient knowledge of the English language. Public
officials are not eligible. After interviews by Judge Richard Livermore, the
appointed grand jury advisor, jurors will be chosen through a random drawing.
Applications are being accepted until April 3 for the term July 1, 2012,
to June 30, 2013. Forms are available from the Grand Jury Clerk, Court
Executive Office, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063 or 650-599-1200.
See www.sanmateocourt.org/court_divisions/grand_jury/ for information
about the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury.
Tax Measure for RWC Schools on June Ballot
A June parcel tax for Redwood City schools will be put before voters after
survey results show support for such a measure.
Results of two surveys of potential voters in the upcoming June and
November elections showed strong support for a Redwood City parcel tax.
Such a measure could create new revenue for school programs. Measures in
the past were unsuccessful — a detail that caused concern for some trustees.
Concerns aside, the board generally seemed to favor a June measure but was
undecided on the amount, said board President Hilary Paulson.
Paulson was encouraged by the results of the most recent survey and noted
an increase in the public perception of the district and support for such a
measure. Those results, she said, pointed to the benefits of the recent outreach
efforts by the district and Redwood City Community for Better Schools.
The board will discuss the details of a possible parcel tax at a meeting in
February. Such a measure requires two-thirds support to pass.
Community phone surveys, lasting 18 minutes each, were conducted by
Godbe Research between Jan. 4 and Jan. 8. Two surveys were taken; 502
likely November voters and 402 likely June voters were interviewed.
Before sharing information about need, people were polled on whether they
would support a $75 parcel tax. Support in both elections was 73 percent or
higher, according to the survey. Support remained at those levels after those
being polled were informed about the district and how the money would support it.
Those surveyed ranked education in public schools as the second most
important local issue and 59 percent responded that the district was providing
quality education. In that same survey, 26 percent had no opinion.
Ultimately, Godbe suggested considering a $75 measure to last no more
than five years and to place it on the June ballot.
Looking for new revenue sources has been a struggle for the district, which
has seen an increase in class sizes and the workload for almost all employees
since the 2007–08 school year. The impacts of all the cuts were at times
delayed because of one-time money from other sources, like federal jobs
money. A parcel tax would provide a new stream of revenue, which is why
district officials have long researched the possibility.
Redwood City has attempted a parcel tax before in 2005 and 2009; both
failed to reach the two-thirds threshold.
More recently, Godbe conducted a survey for the district in December
2010. Since then, the district put together a Parcel Tax Feasibility Community
Committee, which met in January, composed of a cross section of community
members to analyze poll data and discuss other issues that could impact an
election. As a result, Godbe and the committee presented the information to
the school board, recommending the district wait to move forward with an
election. The additional time allowed for more community outreach.
The committee continued to meet and formed an organization called the
Redwood City Community for Better Schools, which has continued outreach
to possible campaign volunteers and raised $30,000 in donations to support
the effort, according to a staff report.
Nonprofits in Action (Continued from page 12)
become a donor or create a donor team; or
contribute to the general fund. Visit www.
peninsulacollegefund.org or contact Charles
Schmuck at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-561-9534.
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 650-556-9380, ext. 3.
Rebuilding Together Peninsula
RTP is a Redwood City nonprofit that provides
free home repair and renovations for low-income
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,
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 centers across
the country to build and provide research on
medical conditions, including heart disease, cancer,
spinal cord injuries, kidney disease, diabetes and
Alzheimer’s disease. They raise millions of dollars
every year to help handicapped kids, uplift the aged
and make life a little brighter for everyone.
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 website at www.foe418.org.
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 email@example.com. For more
information on RCEF, check out www.rcef.org.
Redwood City Orators
Learn effortless public speaking as a beginner
or polish existing skills. Join the Redwood City
Orators Toastmasters Club, a fun, friendly,
supportive and diverse group that meets every
Friday morning from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at St. Peter’s
Episcopal Church, 178 Clinton St. (at Brewster).
Look for their sidewalk sign or check them out at
Redwood City Rotary
Redwood City Rotary performs many service
projects, provides college scholarships and
donates to international relief efforts. The 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 Dr. Paul R.
Piccione at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 650-703-5957, or visit www.redwoodcityrotary.org.
Redwood City Señors Softball Club
These recreational and tournament-level senior
men and women play slow-pitch softball all year
long. Membership is open to anyone at least 50
years old within the calendar year. Many of the
players are in their 60s and 70s and still going
strong. Club members play every Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday morning at Griffin
Field at Red Morton Community Park. For more
information or to join the club, contact Joe Kirby
at 650-366-5299 or email@example.com
(include “Senior Softball Club” in the subject line).
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 Woman’s Club
The Redwood City Woman’s Club, established
in 1909 and a member of the California and
General Federations of Women’s Clubs, meets
at its historic clubhouse, built in 1911, at 149
Clinton St. the first Thursday of each month
from September through June. Typical agenda:
social at 11:30 a.m., lunch at 12 p.m., followed by
meeting and program. Guests and new members
are always welcome. For more information about
membership or clubhouse rentals, call 650-363-
1266, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rwcwc.com.
Sequoia High School
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 sequoiahsalumniassoc.org or e-mail
Sequoia High School
The Sequoia High School Education Foundation
is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving
the high school experience for all students. Their mission
is to support student success by investing in
projects and programs that will have a substantial
impact on the school community. If you applaud
and appreciate Sequoia’s rise to academic prominence,
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Nonprofits in Action (Continued from page 23)
consider a financial contribution that will guarantee
the continuation of the programs and resources
that have made Sequoia a winning school. For
more information, go to www.sequoiahs.org.
Sequoia Stamp Club
This club was established in 1947 and welcomes
all attendees to their bimonthly meetings. The
club meets at the Community Activities Building,
1400 Roosevelt Ave., at 7 p.m. on the second and
fourth Tuesday of each month. 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 www.penpex.org.
Soroptimist International by the Bay
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 contact their president, Teresa, at 650-743-
1073 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sustainable San Mateo County
Established in 1992, this local nonprofit is dedicated to
the long-term health of our county’s environment,
economy and social equity. Programs include
an annual report, an annual awards event with
over 450 attendees, sustainabilityhub.net, green
business workshops and more. If you would like
to volunteer, contact the SSMC office at 650-638-2323
or email@example.com. For more
information, visit www.sustainablesanmateo.org.
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 website at www.wtamkiwanis.org.
Woodside Terrace Optimist Club
This is a unique club made up of senior citizens
who want to stay involved. Most, but not all, come from
the residence at Woodside Terrace. The club is
open to all of the community and provides an
opportunity for seniors to be useful. The club’s funds
are raised by a card, candy and necklace sale held
on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the
main lobby at 485 Woodside Road, open to the public.
Lunches/meetings are at 12:30 p.m. on the
second and fourth Wednesdays of each month in
the Assisted Living Dining Room at Woodside
Terrace. Guests are welcome. Please call President
Jack Murphy at 650-780-9891 or Millie Cole at
650-366-1392 for reservations.
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 website 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 email@example.com or The Spectrum Magazine,
P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064. Let our community
know your contributions and maybe they will want to join you.
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Insurance Tips: California Law on Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements
By Hector Flamenco, Special to The Spectrum
In May 2010, the state of California enacted a law requiring homeowners to
install carbon monoxide detectors in their homes. According to the California
Air Resources Board, 30 to 40 people die each year from carbon monoxide
poisoning. The senate bill, also known as the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Prevention Act, states that those deaths were avoidable. According to the bill,
the California law will help prevent further deaths and increase awareness.
Although the bill was signed into law in 2010, the deadline for California
residents to have carbon monoxide detectors in their homes was July 1, 2011.
This timeline applies only to single-family homes that have appliances that
burn fossil fuels or homes that have attached garages or fireplaces. For all
other types of housing, such as apartments and hotels, detectors should be in
place by Jan. 1, 2013. Types of fossil fuels include wood, gas and oil.
According to the senate bill, the detector must sound an audible warning once
carbon monoxide is detected. It also must be powered by a battery or, if it is
plugged in, have a battery backup. The detector also must be certified by a
national testing lab, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). The packaging
on the carbon monoxide detector will state this. If the CO detector is also
a smoke detector, it must still meet the above standards and must sound an
alarm that is different from the smoke alarm. Carbon monoxide detectors
typically can be purchased for about $20 and up.
Although the law targets units that are occupied by humans, the law exempts
state and local government property, as well as property owned by the
University of California Regents. The law requires local jurisdictions to
comply; however, they may amend their current ordinances to fall more in
line with the law.
California law states that anyone who does not comply with the law may face
a $200 fine. However, residents will receive a notice of 30 days to correct any
violations before they will be fined.
Editor’s note: Please note that this article is for general information only and is not a
professional consultation. Always seek specific information from a licensed insurance
professional. Hector Flamenco is an agent with State Farm Insurance. Visit his website at
The following activities are open to the public during the month of March at
the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City.
Friday Movies for Everyone
Every Friday, 1:15 p.m. (unless otherwise announced)
Come to the Veterans Memorial Senior Center for a free feature movie in our
state-of-the-art movie theater! Please note: Movies may be changed at any
time due to availability.
March 2: “The Big Year”
March 9: “Fireflies in the Garden”
March 16: “J. Edgar”
March 23: “The Way”
March 30: “Tower Heist”
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Luncheon
Thursday, March 15, Noon
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef, cabbage and all the trimmings
at our luncheon. Call 650-780-7259 to make your reservations now!
AARP Driver Safety Renewal Class
Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Wellness Center, Room 20
$12 AARP members, $14 nonmembers
Need to renew your AARP driver safety certificate? If you’ve already taken
the 8-hour class, this is a great refresher course and a way to make sure you
continue to receive an insurance discount. Sign up at the front desk in the
Main Building or call 650-780-7270, press option 2 and leave your name and
phone number. Your call will be returned to confirm your spot. Enrollment is
limited to 20 people, so early registration is recommended.
Understanding Your Blood Pressure
Tuesday March 27, 10–11 a.m.
Wellness Center, Adaptive PE Room
Sponsored by Sequoia Hospital’s Health & Wellness Center. This lecture will
help you understand the importance of knowing your blood pressure and
more. For more info, call 650-368-7732.
How Exercise Can Reduce Blood Pressure
Wednesday, March 28, 10–11 a.m.
Wellness Center, Adaptive PE Room, Free
Presented by the Adaptive PE Program. Learn the importance of exercise in
improving your blood pressure. For more info, call 650-368-7732.
SAVE THE DATE
Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
April 19, 11:30 a.m.
We will have our annual Appreciation Luncheon for our wonderful VMSC volunteers.
SAVE THE DATES
Active Aging Nutrition& Weight Loss
April 24 & 25, 10 a.m.
Free lecture. Call 650-368-7732.
To learn more about the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, call 650-780-
7270. Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department
provides recreational facilities and activities for all ages and interests, and
supplies building and custodial services for city buildings. Redwood City
Parks also operates the Veterans Memorial Senior Center and the Fair Oaks
Community Center, providing social, educational and cultural activities, as
well as information, referral and counseling services to persons living in
Redwood City and neighboring communities. Redwood City Parks is more
than you think! Its website is located at www.redwoodcity.org/parks.
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Some of that information includes: new booster seat laws, food poisoning,
teen pregnancy, quit smoking, etc. All information I would imagine one can
access by doing an Internet search. But, what the heck, they had to spend a
federal grant of $25,000 some way, right?
A spokesperson for the county stated that the new site “will save money as
staff spends less time answering inquiries” about services. The spokesperson
did not, however, tell us what those employees will be doing with fewer
responsibilities. That is the way government works.
Over the objection of hundreds of speakers, many of whom are disabled,
the county supes recently voted to close a Burlingame long-term residential
center. The move will cost 200 jobs and displace 230 patients. Supervisor
Dave Pine stated that the county was losing $9 million on the facility annually.
So it is obvious that the supervisors plan on cutting our services and not making
the cuts that will hurt their relationships with unions. Yes, this board is union driven.
Now, it is nice to deal with financial problems by asking more of your customers
instead of trying to control spending. Most would love the opportunity to live
“beyond their means” and then ask their employer to pay for it. Oh, and while
asking, cut the services they are providing. In reality, it is just unrealistic, to
say the least. But politics is not reality, is it?
So how are the supervisors planning to deal with the budget problems they
created? You got it — tax us more!
As we went to press, the supervisors were planning to vote on approval of
spending $280,000 to place the three measures on the June ballot — $200,000
for the first and $40,000 for each additional.
The U.S. Travel Association asked the supervisors to drop the idea because
it will “punish travelers.”
The taxes include: 1) A transient occupancy tax. The county currently charges
10 percent, and a change to 12 percent would generate an extra $200,000
yearly based on current receipts of approximately $1 million. 2) A 2.5 percent
business license tax on the operators of vehicle-rental businesses would bring
in approximately $7.75 million in general fund revenue annually based on the $310
million in receipts generated in 2010. 3) A business license tax of 8 percent
for operators of commercial parking lots would generate approximately $4.9
The county tried similar taxes in 2008, but those failed with just more than
52 percent voters opposed. These local taxes will not have to compete against
the governor’s November sales tax initiatives.
I don’t know how well this set of taxes will be received by voters, but given
they are directed at out-of-town people, it looks good for a positive outcome.
On the other hand, how much more can we all be taxed? If the taxes are
passed, does that save county programs and services or just go toward future
obligation for employee pensions and benefits?
Given Huening’s report, one can determine that answer.
OK, candidates, do you really want the job?
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A Minute With: Jo-Ann Byrne Sockolov
Jo-Ann Byrne Sockolov was born in New York and moved to Pacifica at the age of 4. She
attended grammar schools there and graduated from Terra Nova High School. She then
studied speech communication at San Francisco State University.
Jo-Ann lives in Atherton with her husband, Rod, and children, Caitlin and Kelly.
She is currently the president of the Redwood City Education Foundation. The organization holds
an annual fundraiser to support Redwood City schools. They raised a total of $243,000 last year.
She also volunteers with the Redwood City Woman’s Club, Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club,
Clifford Parents Club and Project READ.
Her hobbies include Bikram yoga, travel, reading and exercise.
How is the fundraiser “Benefit for a Brighter
Future” coming along?
Great! Getting tremendous community support.
Redwood City schools are?
Redwood City is?
The place with the most heart.
Something few know about you?
I am shy.
Whom do you most admire?
President Abraham Lincoln.
What phrase do you most overuse?
Are you kidding?
Last movie you saw?
Moneyball with Brad Pitt.
What is your motto?
Seek, strive and achieve.
You are inspired by?
The innocence of children.
Having my girls.
What is a dream you have or something you’d
like to accomplish in your life?
Love to make a documentary film on public
What would life be like if you had wings?
The ultimate thrill.
At this time next year, you will be?
Hopefully another year wiser.
If you’re happy and you know it?
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