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The Spectrum.MAR.2012

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

and passions.

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.”

Insurance Tips:

California Law on

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Requirements – 28

Senior Activities – 28

A Minute With

Jo-Ann Byrne Sockolov – 30

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Dale McKee

Julie McCoy

Contributing Writers

James Massey

Graphic Designer

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

Contact Information:

Phone 650-368-2434

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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.

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

the shoot.

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)

Community Center

Kids and



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

Ballet Folklorico

Zumba Toning

Peruvian Folk Dance

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As I Was

Saying… Publisher

| 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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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.,, 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 or visit www.

Event Details

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

your budget.


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(650) 363-1725 |



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 |

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Cultural Events

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.,

Redwood City

Appropriate for all ages

$8–$14 depending on attendee age and

date of performance

Order tickets:

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

Uncle Buffett

Windy Hill

Fox Theatre

• 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.

Club Fox

The Volker Strifler Band (Club Fox Blues Jam).

7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7.

The Peatot Purim Party 2012. 9 p.m. Thursday,

March 8.

• 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,

March 16.

• 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

History Museum

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

April 6

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 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 or 202-390-7555 if you

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

Visit 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. for a listing of events, dates and how to join.

Family Connections

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. 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

Friends of the Redwood City

Public Library

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.

Funders Bookstore

If you haven’t wandered into the Funders

Bookstore, you have missed one of Redwood

City’s hidden treasures. This project is a

volunteer effort by a group of dedicated people

interested in supporting the San Mateo County

History Museum and simultaneously providing a

community bookstore for everyone’s pleasure. A

large collection of hardback first editions, trade

paperbacks, children’s books, cookbooks and

an entire room of $1 paperbacks are featured.

Bookstore hours are Tuesday through Saturday,

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

San Mateo County History Museum at 2200

Broadway, with the entrance facing Hamilton

Street. Stop by for a browse!

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit

organization that seeks to eliminate poverty

housing and homelessness from the world, and

to make decent shelter a matter of conscience

and action. 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 Visit their website at

Hearing Loss Association

of the Peninsula

Hearing Loss Association is a volunteer,

Get Involved!

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

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. 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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Community Interest

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 ( and

Oktoberun 5K and half marathon (, to be held on Oct.

13 in association with the Oktoberfest Festival.

Please contact Jane Taylor for more information: janeyappleseed@, 650-996-2321 or

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

county’s umbrella.

“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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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

several years.

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

Wyersound Productions

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 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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Auto Care:

Redwood General

Tire – 1630 Broadway

Redwood General

Tire was founded on

the principles of good

customer service and

quality products at fair

prices. Many satisfied

customers have been

with them since their

founding. Whether you are looking for a new set

of tires or need repair work on your vehicle, this

Redwood City institution has been providing

quality vehicle services since 1957. They even

have free Wi-Fi Internet hookups so you can work

while you wait for your vehicle to be serviced.

Eating and Catering:

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!

D. Tequila

Lounge and

Restaurant – 851

Main St. – “We

went there and it

was fabulous! We

were impressed

by their food

menu, and the

burger I had was tasty. They have 21 big-screen

TVs for watching your favorite sports team, having

a drink with friends or dancing the night away.”

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

restaurants. There are bad restaurants. There

are OK restaurants. Then there are those places,

the magic ones. You come back again and again

because the food doesn’t just taste good and

satisfy hunger, but helps heal the heart and soul.”

Senior citizens receive $1 off and children under

12 dine at half price.

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.

Financial Institutions:

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.

Home Improvements:

Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1-800-23-LEWIS – Founded

in 1985, Lewis Carpet Cleaners has grown from

one small, portable machine to a company of six

employees and five working vans. The Lewis

family works and lives in Redwood City and is

committed to our community. Ask about their

Spectrum special: Get 100 square feet of carpet

cleaned for absolutely nothing. Call today! Get

your home ready for entertaining during the year.

Legal Services:

Hannig Law Firm – 2991 El Camino Real –

Hannig Law Firm LLP provides transactional and

litigation expertise in a variety of areas. The

professionals at HLF are committed to knowing

and meeting their clients’ needs through long-term

relationships and value-added services, and to

supporting and participating in the communities

where they live and work.

Real Estate:

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

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

Specialty Businesses:

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

Saf Keep

Storage – 2480

Middlefield Road

The friendly

and reliable team

at Saf Keep is

ready to assist you

with a variety of

storage products

and services to suit all your storage needs. Visit

their website at to see

exactly what products and services are available.

Compare them to other facilities and you’ll see

why their service makes the difference.

Schoenstein Physical Therapy – 363A Main St.,

650-599-9482 –The clinical approach of this

independent, community-based physical therapy

practice focuses on thorough physical therapy

assessment, specific treatment strategies and

patient education. Individualized treatment

programs are designed to help meet patient goals

of restoring function, returning to sport or

occupation and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

St. Regal Jewelers – 850 Main St. – “This is a

great jeweler! Phil, the owner, is amazing. He

crafted a ring on time and on budget. He has an

incredible eye for detail. I can’t say enough. I

would never go anywhere else.” Whether you are

looking for men’s or women’s quality jewelry,

shopping local does not get better than this.

Woodside Terrace

– 485 Woodside

Road, 650-366-3900

– Woodside Terrace

understands that in

choosing a senior living

community, residents

are looking for much

more than a comfortable

living environment to

call home. Brookdale

Living’s Redwood City

community delivers inspired independent living

with the promise of exceptional experiences

every day. As residents’ needs change, they are

provided with a variety of ancillary services and a

personalized assisted living environment that

encourages them to continue to live as they please.

Genuine Kindness and Phenomenal Voice:

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.

Very warm-hearted.”

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

and click on the Facebook link

Cost: $15

‘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.”

Live performances

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

3–5 p.m.

BackYard Coffee Company

965 Brewster Ave.,

Redwood City

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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.

Costa Collection

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

through play.

Carlmont High School’s

Performance of

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 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

Rosemarie Willimann.

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 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

Feb. 1

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

Fox Theatre

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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bondsman, is any person or corporation

that will act as a surety and

pledge money or property as bail for

the appearance of persons accused

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completion of a construction project)

such entities are reluctant to put their

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bail bond. Bail Bond agents, on the

other hand, have a standing security

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in which they agree to post an irrevocable

“blanket” bond, which will pay

the court if any defendant for whom

the bond agent is responsible does

not appear.

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

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County Sheriff’s Department. Our Association

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

effectively and safely, but it is a private

enterprise and operates at no cost to

the public. In fact, it pays premium

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 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)

Get Involved!

become a donor or create a donor team; or

contribute to the general fund. Visit www. or contact Charles

Schmuck at 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

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. 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

Redwood City

Education Foundation

The Redwood City Education Foundation is an

all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to

providing students in the Redwood City School District

with a strong education that lays the foundation

for future success. They raise private money to provide

enrichment programs to all students in the district. Their

funding is focused on academic achievement, music

and art, and health and wellness. They are currently

seeking new board members. Board members

are responsible for attending monthly meetings,

chairing board committees, participating in fundraising

and outreach activities, and promoting RCEF in the

community. If you are interested in the possibility

of serving on the board, please contact Adam

Borison at 650-363-7271 or For more

information on RCEF, check out

Redwood City Orators

Toastmasters Club

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

or 650-703-5957, or visit

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

(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 or visit

Sequoia High School

Alumni Association

The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each

month at the Sequoia District Board Room,

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

friends of Sequoia are welcome to attend.

For more information call Nancy at 650-592-

5822, visit or e-mail

Sequoia High School

Education Foundation

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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hassles of home maintenance. You’ll enjoy

great food, great neighbors and great times

everything you may want today or need

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Call now to schedule your personal tour

and ask about our move-in specials!

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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

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

or visit

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

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,, green

business workshops and more. If you would like

to volunteer, contact the SSMC office at 650-638-2323

or For more

information, visit

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

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

Get Involved!

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

are raised by a card, candy and necklace sale held

on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the

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

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

second and fourth Wednesdays of each month in

the Assisted Living Dining Room at Woodside

Terrace. Guests are welcome. Please call President

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

650-366-1392 for reservations.

YES Reading

This local organization is dedicated to empowering

students through literacy and investing community

members in underserved public schools. YES

Reading recruits and trains community volunteers

to provide one-on-one tutoring for elementary and

middle school students reading below grade level.

YES Reading operates several reading centers on

the Peninsula and in the South Bay, including a

site at Selby Lane School in Atherton. If you are

interested in becoming a reading tutor for a child

who needs your help, please call 408-945-9316

or email Visit the YES

Reading website at

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

and want your information printed in The Spectrum, send it

to 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

Senior Activities

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

Redwood Room


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.


Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

April 19, 11:30 a.m.

Redwood Room

We will have our annual Appreciation Luncheon for our wonderful VMSC volunteers.


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

Let your opinion be heard!

Send your letters to or Opinions & Letters, The

Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064

Letters to the editor should be no longer than 300 words. Columns should be

no longer than 750 words. Illegibly written and anonymous letters will not be

accepted. Please include a daytime phone number where we can reach you.

As I Was Saying… (Continued from p6)

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

million annually.

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?





Corrin Rankin

234 Marshall Street #100 • Redwood City, CA 94063

Se Habla Español CA Insurance Lic. #1842835

As I was saying…

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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.

Memorable moment?

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?

Share it.

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