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JAMES

FOX

Retiring

BUT STILL READY TO

“COOK”

SOMETHING UP

PREDICTIONS,

THOUGHTS&

much more in

AS I WAS SAYING…

Get ready for some

POPPIN’

THE FOX

is back in

BUSINESS


Environmental Restoration and

Economic Revitalization

Can wE REstoRE long lost tidal maRshlands and

REvitalizE ouR loCal EConomy?

Can wE pRovidE loCal housing foR thousands of

out-of-town CommutERs and REduCE REgional

tRaffiC CongEstion?

Visit the Saltworks Website (www.RCSaltworks.com) to learn more about these

important issues.

Learn about our plans to turn the 1,400-acre industrial Saltworks facility into a 21 st

Century sustainable, transit-oriented community with the largest privately-funded

tidal-marsh restoration project in Bay Area history.

Learn more about our plans to double active park and recreation acreage for Redwood

City’s sports teams and athletes. And see our plan to add 10 miles of new Bay side

biking and hiking trails.

Can we restore our natural environment and revitalize our local economy?

You bet we can.

Saltworks Today Largest Privately-Funded Restoration Transit-Oriented Community

Redwood City

Saltworks

For more information go to www.RCSaltworks.com

Email us at info@RCSaltworks.com

Call us at 650-366-0500

Follow Saltworks on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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The Spectrum.JUN.2010

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

penna@spectrummagazine.net

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

writers@spectrummagazine.net

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

writers@spectrummagazine.net

Nicole Minieri

Contributing Writer

writers@spectrummagazine.net

James Massey

Graphic Designer

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

jkaspar@sonic.net

Contact Information:

Phone 650-368-2434

E-mail addresses listed above

www.spectrummagazine.net

We are excited to bring you the June 2010 edition of The Spectrum Magazine. Much like our

community, the stories and profiles this month are diverse and unique.

This month, contributing writer Nicole Minieri profiles a man who has been serving our

community for over 28 years as county district attorney, Jim Fox. As you will read, he is

respected for his passion for the law and his compassion for rehabilitating defendants. We are

sure you will enjoy this story.

Along with the Jim Fox profile, Minieri brings you the story of the new owners of the Fox

Theatre and their plans to turn the historic and loved community asset back into a top-notch

entertainment facility.

In his column, “As I Was Saying…,” publisher Steve Penna gives his predictions for the

upcoming June election and his thoughts on correspondence from Save The Bay. But that’s

not all; some of his other topics will undoubtedly provoke conversation around town as well.

We also have our regular features on items of community interest, senior activities,

information from the Redwood City School District, events around town, news briefs, cultural and

entertainment events, the popular feature “A Minute With” and insurance tips from Russ Castle.

We encourage you 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, so please take the time to

look over their ads this month and use their coupons and discounts. And when you visit them,

let them know you appreciate their support of our local community publication.

Visit our website at www.spectrummagazine.net for up-to-the-day information on our

community. Thanks for making The Spectrum the most-read publication of Redwood City.

Contents

This Month’s Photo Shoot – 4

RCSD Corner – 5

“As I Was Saying...” – 6

Cultural Events – 9

The People Speak: Letters to the Editor – 11

Terror in Redwood City – 12

James Fox: The DA’s Main Man

Prepares for a New Chapter – 16

Shop Redwood City – 21

News Briefs – 22

Fox Dream Presents Mo’ Music – 25

Meet Our Community-Minded

Realtors of Redwood City – 26

Community Interest – 27

Insurance Tips: Child Auto Safety – 29

Senior Activities – 29

A Minute With James Massey – 30

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Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot

Spectrum publisher Steve Penna coordinated this month’s cover shoot with Pat

Kelly, who is the executive secretary of our cover subject, District Attorney

Jim Fox. The shoot was scheduled for Friday, April 16, at 2:30 p.m. at Fox’s

office downtown in the County Government Center at 400 County Center.

Cover story photographer James Kaspar arrived shortly before Penna, and

both waited in the lobby until Kelly brought them to Fox’s office. Penna and

Kaspar had discussed the theme of the shoot beforehand, so they just needed

to persuade Fox to agree. He was more than accommodating and was his

usual “good sport” when asked to use props.

Because of Penna’s child advocacy and media work, his and Fox’s paths

have crossed many times through the years and they have a mutual respect

for each other, so they seemed comfortable during the process. Kaspar had

worked for the San Mateo County courts before retiring, so he and Fox were

already well-acquainted. Needless to say, the shoot was a friendly one.

They started in Fox’s offices and then moved to a small library on the third

floor. The theme was that Fox is leaving his career behind him and moving

on to “cooking” up other things in life. Thus the law books in the background

and cooking attire.

During the entire shoot, the three exchanged stories and jokes related to

Fox’s career and journeys. The entire shoot lasted about one hour.

The citizens of Redwood City are fortunate to have a police department

that is well-respected and also fortunate to have a prosecutor like Fox who

honors their work by holding accountable those who commit negative actions.

He is also respected for his justified compassion for those people as well.

The Spectrum salutes Fox for all his accomplishments through the

years and his dedication to our community. We are hoping that he will be

“cooking” things up for years to come. Good for you, Jim!

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Providing quality residential, vocational and support services to developmentally

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RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District

Redwood City Teacher Named Teacher of the Year

Shannon Cody, a fourth-grade teacher at Clifford

School in the Redwood City School District, was

selected as San Mateo County’s Teacher of the

Year for 2010.

Cody is recognized as a highly dedicated teacher

who strives to have every student take individual

responsibility for his or her learning and who provides

a positive, nurturing environment within which

they can all make as much progress as possible,

according to a press release by the San Mateo County

Office of Education.

Cody is quick to attribute much of her success

to her close collaboration with her teacher colleagues,

most particularly her fourth-grade teammates —

Linda Costa and Stefanie Tuvignon.

“Each of us teaches language arts and math to

our own class,” she noted, “but on three afternoons

a week we specialize in science, art or social studies

to allow us to focus planning in greater detail on a

single subject area.”

The “rotation” the three teachers have designed

thus allows all students to experience the content

in greater depth and also enables the teachers to

get to know all the students in their grade level.

Cody has chosen to live close to Clifford School,

which allows her to experience the diversity of the

community in other settings and events, such as

sports activities and recitals, in which the students

also participate. Outside of the classroom one of

her greatest passions is running, including both

cross-country and marathons. This allows her to

share with her students the common experience

of training, since many of them also practice and

train for events, and even to switch roles with

them by having them become her supporters as

she strives to achieve a particular goal.

“I cannot count how many times my students

have been my inspiration to run a little faster or

push a little harder, because I want my students

to be proud of me,” she said. “Each day in the

classroom, I try to be the type of teacher who will

motivate them to work a little harder because they

want me to be proud of them.”

Cody began teaching at Clifford in 1997.

During this time she has also served as a member

of the school’s Leadership Team and as vice president

and president of the school site council.

Cody was honored by the San Mateo County

Board of Education May 5. Below is the speech

she gave at the event after receiving the award.

Thank you very much.

Although I greatly appreciate the acknowledgement

this evening, I have to say, it’s hard to be recognized

for this award. It’s hard to be recognized for such

an award when I know I am only one of many,

many dedicated, hard-working, effective albeit

exhausted educators who are out there every day

putting it all on the line. So on behalf of all of us,

who are currently so ready for testing to be done,

thank you!

It would be foolish to stand up here and sing

about how wonderful everything is in education

right now. It would be foolish because I’m quite

sure everyone in this room knows better, and it

would be foolish because anyone who doesn’t know

better needs a serious education! We’re going to

need everyone’s help to get through this battle.

And when I say “we,” I mean “we!” All of us

together.

Because the stakes are high. And the stakes are

sitting in our classrooms and they have big brown

eyes, and big blue eyes, and big green eyes, and

some of them have glasses and some of them need

glasses and some of them have glasses in their

backpacks but forget to put them on even as they

are squinting at us from the front row.

And we all know how much they mean to us.

This crisis is not their fault, and it should not

fall on their little shoulders. So many of those

little shoulders already bear too much. Even with

all their burdens, they’re still there waiting for us.

They’re there to work.

They’re there to learn.

And they’re there to laugh.

And they’re there to heal.

They’re there to make mistakes and to learn

how to keep going.

And they’re there to fall and to learn how to

get back up.

They are there to learn how to push harder

and dig deeper.

They are there to learn how to share, how to

give, how to be generous, patient and kind.

They’re there to create.

They are there to question.

They’re there to discover.

They’re there to discover the world around them.

They’re there to discover who they are.

And they’re there to discover all that they can be.

And we are all here to make sure that even in

these tough times, they have what they need to

make these discoveries.

It’s not about what we want to do; it’s

about what we have to do. We have to make a

difference; we have to make it happen for them.

We have to make a difference because it’s who

we are. We’re educators, all of us, from teachers

to office staff, to principals, to support staff,

to school board members, to administrators,

to county board members, to parents, all of us!

We’re all in this together, and we’re all going to

have to work really hard to make sure these kids

get what they deserve. But, of course, we all know

that already — that’s why we’re here.

So let me say to you, thank you.

Thank you for taking time to acknowledge a

teacher and, through me, all teachers.

Thank you to everyone in this room for all

you’ve done already, thank you all for all you’re

doing now and thank you in advance, because we

have a big job in front of us.

As I’m sure we can all agree, this is a battle we

cannot afford to lose, because those little stakes,

they deserve our best.

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As I Was

Saying…

Publisher | Steve Penna

Behind the scenes in the Save The Bay (STB)

versus Saltworks battle is the issue of whether

councilmember and SAMCEDA CEO Rosanne

Foust has a conflict of interest if she chooses

to participate in the discussion and vote on the

proposed Cargill Salt property development. The

folks at STB think that she does and are trying to

convince her of that.

Recently Foust received an e-mail from

sknight@savesfbay.org, which belongs to

Stephen Knight, the political director of the

STB organization. The e-mail was addressed to

“Council-Rosanne Foust” with the subject line

“Your conflict of interest re: SAMCEDA and the

Cargill proposal.” The letter in the body of the

e-mail, however, was from “Tester” and contained

the return address Tester1 Tester2, 350 Frank

Ogawa Plaza #900, Oakland, CA 94612-2016.

What actually happened was that the letter

was sent out to members of STB by Knight, who

urged them to sign the letter themselves and then

forward to Foust. Many groups do this because

their members are too lazy to write their own

letters and feel comfortable being sheep instead

of leaders. Since this is an important issue, I am

publishing the letter and Foust’s response just to

let you know about the issue and whether you

think there is a conflict or whether this is just

another effort from STB to interrupt the process

and distract Foust.

Dear Councilmember Foust:

As your constituent, I am concerned about

the apparent conflict of interest between your

position as President and CEO of SAMCEDA

and your duties as an elected Redwood City

public official.

As a City Councilmember, you are responsible

for impartially approving or denying the Cargill

development proposal. Yet your new job is to

be the chief advocate for an organization that

has publicly and enthusiastically endorsed this

project. How can these dual roles not be in

conflict with each other?

As a Redwood City resident, I appreciate that

you exercised good judgment to abstain from

voting on this project when it came before the

Chamber of Commerce — and I encourage

you to apply that same reasoning and recuse

yourself from any and all matters related to

Cargill/DMB’s proposed development before

the Redwood City Council. Taking this step will

illustrate your respect for your public position

and those you represent.

Sincerely, Tester

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Foust then fired off an e-mail to several city

elected officials and staff as well as to Knight.

Dear Save the Bay Email List:

It is my understanding that you have received

an email from Save the Bay containing a sample

email that could be sent to me regarding a

potential conflict of interest related to my council

position and my full-time job outside the council.

Some of you chose to send the sample letter

while others personalized it as they saw fit.

When I received the first email from one of you,

I sent it directly to our City Attorney as I felt

the time for a formal response was necessary.

As you are aware, I have been very sensitive

to the potential that some citizens of Redwood

City may think I have a conflict of interest in

the Cargill matter. I have spoken at length

with the City Attorney about the technicalities

of the conflict of interest laws as well as the

perceptions of potential conflicts and he has

informed me that I do not have a conflict of interest.

Nevertheless, I wish to assure you that I

did not participate in discussions or make

recommendations to the SAMCEDA Board of

Directors about the Cargill project. The decision

of the Board to endorse the proposed project

was first made by the Housing & Transportation

committee and then recommended to the

entire Board. The Board also is sensitive to my

position as a City Council Member and has not,

and will not, ask me to represent the Board’s

views on Cargill. Since joining SAMCEDA in

July of 2008 and taking over as President &

CEO on May 1st I have been extremely careful

about this issue and will continue to exercise the

appropriate caution.

If you would like to discuss this matter further,

please send me a number where you can be

reached.

Rosanne Foust

Wow, she did not even sign it “fondly,”

“regards,” “yours truly” or anything like that —

how rude!

.…

Speaking of Foust, at a recent council meeting

she addressed the issue of city staff and whether

there is someone responsible for reaching out to

the business community. Ummm, yes, there is and

she obviously knows this but was in my opinion

being polite. She questioned whether anyone

was “checking in” with business owners, visiting

them, encouraging retention and also attracting

businesses to our community. I think what she was

trying to state is that it is not happening rather than

whether it is supposed to be.

At a time when sales tax dollars are so

important, you would think that this would be a

given and a system would be in place. There is

not. In fact, one of our most popular businesses,

Savvy Cellars on Broadway, recently closed after

opening up a new location in another city. Oh,

and who can forget San Carlos getting a goldmine

when T.J. Maxx moved there? One would have to

think that if someone was “minding the shop” if

you will, maybe, just maybe, relationships would

have been formed and concerns discussed and

ultimately a business saved. There are a lot of

similar stories, but I think you get the picture and

what I think Foust was getting at.

.…

The newly formed Redwood City–Woodside

Democratic Club recently held a “Save Our

Schools Action Meeting” at the Red Morton

Community Center. Those invited were to be

“engaged community members like you, and a

panel of leaders” that included Hema Sareen

Mohan, district director for State Senator

Joe Simitian; Alisa MacAvoy, board trustee,

Redwood City School District; Shelly Masur,

board trustee, Redwood City School District;

Jo-Ann Sockolov, president, Redwood City

Education Foundation; Kay Louie, Redwood

City parent leader; and Jared Boigon, partner at

TBWB Strategies.

The reason for the meeting was “because our

schools are facing heartbreaking budget cuts,

and we as informed citizens have the power to

improve the situation.” It is great that community

groups (even special interest ones) are starting to

discuss this issue and how we are finally going

to unite and pass some sort of tax to help our

elementary schools. What is missing is any real

action. Hopefully someone will decide that it is

time to start the process of putting something on

the ballot soon.

.…

I absolutely engage in any and all elections and

this June is no different. Here are my predictions

for the issues and races Redwood City voters will be

deciding on.

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provides a FREE EXTERIOR PAINT JOB

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Spring is the best time to paint your

home; after winter rainstorms but before

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work. So don’t wait, apply today.

Protect your investment and keep

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Take Advantage of Redwood City’s

Home Improvement Loan Program

Low interest home improvement loans are available to

eligible owners of single-family homes and owners of

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City. Single-family homes include structures of 1–4 units,

one of which must be owner-occupied. Rental property

owners must rent 51% of their units to low-income

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these generous loan terms — 3% interest fully

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Call us for more information: 650.780.7290, or go to www.redwoodcityhousing.org.

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Cultural Events

Sequoia Students Impress in

Art Group Contest

“Looking Through Rose-Colored Glass to the

Stars” will have Master of Ceremonies Louis Van

Amstel from “Dancing With the Stars” (scheduled

to appear) entertaining all.

All proceeds will benefit Pete’s Place, Kainos’

new senior home. The event is Wednesday, June

23, starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Menlo Circus

Club. Tickets are only $75. Please call Kristen

Uthman for reservations at 650-363-2423.

hors d’oeuvres served on trays by hostesses.

During the course of the show, the gallery will be

inviting various groups to utilize the space and

“live” in it for an hour or so, each use creating a

“happening” within the artwork.

San Mateo County History

Museum

2200 Broadway St.

650-299-0104

www.historysmc.org

Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

$2–$4, free for children 5 and under

Jennifer Gruber, 1st Place/Best of Show (Judges Choice)

Christina Dobbins, 1st Place/Best of Show (Public Vote)

Nearly 150 students in the Sequoia Union High

School District competed in the 47th Annual

Redwood City Spring Art Show, which is

sponsored by the Sequoia Art Group (www.

sequoiaartgroup.com), Redwood City Parks and

Recreation Department and the Redwood City

Cultural Commission.

Jennifer Gruber of Woodside High earned First

Place, Best of Show – Judges’ Choice. Christina

Dobbins of Woodside High earned First Place,

Best of Show – Public Vote.

Other winners, whose pieces are posted on

the district website Christina at www.seq.org, Dobbins

include

Joey Marini – First Mixed Media, Alexa

1st Dimmit Place/Best – Second Drawing, of Jason Show- Chandler (Public Vote)

– Second Place Pastel, Faris Barhoum – Drawing,

Belinda Rivera – Third Place Pastel, Inna

Belochapka – Honorable Mention and Izamar

Nieto – Honorable Mention.

Louis Van Amstel From

‘Dancing With the Stars’ to

Appear for Kainos

Get ready for Kainos’ first-ever Fashion Show &

Luncheon hosted by the Kainos Auxiliary Board.

Ted Hannig (far left), Paula Uccelli (far right) and Louis

Van Amstel from “Dancing With the Stars” (center) with

two happy Kainos clients at the show rehearsal

The Main Gallery

1018 Main St., Redwood City

650-701-1018

The Main Gallery, an artists’ cooperative with 23

members, showcases the work of some of the best

local talent in the Bay Area. The gallery is located

in the historic yellow Victorian cottage at 1018

Main St., at the corner of Main and Middlefield.

The gallery is open Wednesday to Friday from

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 3

p.m. For more information, please call 650-701-

1018 or visit www.themaingallery.org.

Living With Art: Transforming

Domestic Life

The exhibition “Living With Art at The Main

Gallery” features six artists: Belinda Chlouber,

Ellen Chong, Cheryl Shepard, Rosemary Di

Nardo, Katinka Hartmetz and Ginger Slonaker.

The show opens on June 2 and runs through July

4. The artists have collaborated on an installation

of a living space, incorporating art into everyday

objects and examining what it means to “live

with art.” The gallery will host a reception for

the artists on Saturday, June 12, from 6:30 to 9

p.m. in conjunction with Redwood City’s Second

Saturday Artwalk.

“For some people, their home becomes their art

‘palette,’ either in their collection of art or their

choice of furniture and colors, which many times

becomes an inanimate reflection of themselves,”

says Chlouber. Thus the idea of examining what

it means to live with art, or what can become art,

grew into a show. When a group of artists, who

often are also art collectors, collaborate and recreate

a living space, the viewer gets a peek into

the “ultimate” use of art in the home and what it

means to live with art.

Come to the opening at The Main Gallery

and meet the artists. It’s a wonderful chance to

ask questions and enjoy a cocktail party–style

reception with swing music, punch, sangria and

Knights of Dunamis

On the Courthouse Docket

Saturday, June 19, 1 p.m.

Upstairs in Courtroom A

$4 for adults, $2 for seniors and students,

free for members and scouts in uniform

On Saturday, June 19, the Courthouse Docket

continues as Boy Scout historian David Miura

provides insight into scouting’s past. The Knights

of Dunamis was a scout honor society that was

founded in San Francisco on April 19, 1925, by

10 Eagle Scouts. Eagle Scouts are boys who are

active in a troop, demonstrate that they live by the

principles of the Scout Oath and Law, earn a total

of 21 merit badges, hold positions of leadership

and responsibility, plan a service project helpful

to the community, take part in a scoutmaster

conference and successfully complete an Eagle

Scout board of review.

The Knights of Dunamis was an organization

for Eagle Scouts who were willing to continue

their service to the community beyond their

achievement of the Eagle Badge. The name

Knights came from the tradition of chivalrous

service begun in medieval times, as in the

Knights of the Round Table. The name Dunamis

is derived from the Greek word meaning “power”

or “spirit.” In 1970, the Knights were merged

into the Boy Scouts of America and became the

National Eagle Scout Association by 1972. Many

of the various regalia of the Knights are very

collectible.

David Miura is a scouting historian and

collector of vintage scouting memorabilia. He

received the Eagle Scout Award in Troop 7 San

Mateo and is currently a member of the Pacific

Skyline Council executive board with the position

of international representative.

Join us in historic Courtroom A at the San

Mateo County History Museum at 1 p.m. for this

presentation. For more information, visit www.

historysmc.org.

The Courthouse Docket is a monthly series

of lectures, presentations and performances

exploring different themes in local history.

The program is held in the San Mateo County

History Museum’s historic Courtroom A. The

2010 Courthouse Docket series is sponsored by

Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation.

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P.S. The People Speak: Letters to the Editor

The easTer cross

Dear Editor:

I can fully understand that the Redwood City Easter Cross on the cover of

the April Spectrum is an inspiring visible symbol of faith, hope and unity

to all Christians who see it. To create an inspiration for real unity among

all people of faith, including those searching for life’s meaning, the Easter

Cross Association might remove the topmost part of the cross, emblazon the

resulting “T” with bold, black symbols of the most popular religions (e.g.,

Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam) and rename it the “Redwood

City Monument to World Togetherness and Peace.”

A symbol of unity?

George Sliter, Redwood City

Dear Editor:

I really enjoyed your cover article by Nicole Minieri about the 300-ton

cross erected in Emerald Hills on the tallest point in Redwood City. The

article’s stance was that this cross “is a community symbol of unity.” I

wonder if the Jews, Muslims and atheists living in Redwood City feel the

same way as they look up and are confronted with a looming, giant cross?

Perhaps this enormous symbol is a divisive element in the landscape. It

begs the question, “Why do Christians feel such a compulsion to shove their

beliefs down everyone else’s throats?”

John Lennon once said, “Imagine there’s no countries, it isn’t hard to do,

nothing to kill or die for, and no religion, too.” I say, “Imagine just some oak

trees, high on the tallest peak, where all of Nature’s creatures, could live and

play in peace.”

My favorite part of the article was the amazing photograph of the cross

surrounded by barbed wire, chain-link fence, water tower and various

cellular phone towers. It makes one wonder which deity, if any, are we putting

our faith in today?

Atherton council disrespectful

Art Sirota, Redwood City

Dear Editor:

The Atherton City Council voted to condemn the Saltworks project.

Yet they hypocritically condemned this project as a regional issue, while

delegitimizing the large crowd of supporters as not being from Atherton. One

council member declared he preferred a complete restoration of the wetlands,

but when asked who would pay for that restoration he did not respond. Dang

those details!

Today’s leading urban planners encourage green housing near mass transit

and workplaces. Just what the Saltworks project enjoys! Yet its opponents

don’t even want an environmental impact report to be done! What are they

afraid of?

In the future, people commuting from outside the valley will become

common if we don’t make smart decisions now. Last year, the citizens of

Redwood City overwhelmingly voted down a measure to kill this project!

Let’s hope our local leaders will listen to reason!

Realtors push Saltworks project

Corrin Trowbridge, Redwood City

Dear Editor:

It is not surprising to see letters supporting agribusiness giant Cargill’s

“Saltworks” scheme to re-zone, fill and pave Redwood City’s salt ponds for a

new subdivision on our bay coming from real estate professionals. But why

do their letters, such as those from Will Richardson or Jim Massey, omit

industry ties? Perhaps they forget that while their council friends and real

estate colleagues know who they are, most readers will not. When praising

Cargill’s plans and the comments of paid Cargill/DMB advisors like Art

Agnos, Realtors could help establish credibility and objectiveness in the

minds of readers who readily understand Realtors are acutely and uniquely

aware of the personal benefits of creating many thousand new homes for sale.

As any Realtor can happily tell you, those new units clustered on our bay

won’t sell themselves.

Sequoia alumni deserve some respect

Adrian Brandt, Redwood City

Dear Editor:

The Sequoia High School class of 1970 is having its 40th class reunion

(the first I will be able to attend) on Saturday, June 19. I thought it would

be nice to be able to walk the halls of the oldest high school in California

one more time. I am bringing some of my children with me. I am now told

that will not be possible because of sue-happy Californians. With school

out and on a weekend, it would cost overtime to open the school. Bunk. We

graduated; now the school does not want us around. I personally am coming

from Bellingham, Wash., about 800 miles away. The principal or one of the

staff could volunteer their time to come allow us access and give us a tour

of the school. We are not asking for access to any of the classrooms, just the

halls and maybe the theater. I feel very upset and disrespected by their lack of

willingness to give us probably our last chance to feel the history that made

us what we are today, proud Cherokees (not Ravens).

What kind of message does this send to the children that attend Sequoia

now? Once you graduate, you are no longer welcome here. One hour, that is

all we ask. I will be on the campus at about 11 a.m. that day to reminisce with

my children how important this school was to me. I hope that around noon

someone shows to let us in. Alumni deserve some respect.

It’s not the issue — it has to be fair for all

Dana Hiler, Bellingham, Wash.

Dear Editor:

Kudos to Mayor Jeff Ira and the entire City Council in Redwood City for

resisting the emotional, high-pressure tactics of Save The Bay to hijack the

planning process upheld by the voters in 2008.

By voting unanimously to proceed with an environmental review, these

leaders have guaranteed that the people of Redwood City and the entire Bay

Area will get all the facts about the proposed development of the Saltworks site.

Whether the review comes back in favor of the site or not isn’t what

matters. The easy thing would have been to roll over in the face of Save The

Bay’s manufactured opposition and professional antidevelopment campaign.

But, for once at least, politicians did the right thing and served the real needs

of their constituents instead of bending with the wind and responding to the

bullying of special interests like Save The Bay.

Let your opinion be heard!

Heidi Sjolund, Redwood City

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Terror in Redwood City?

Emergency Drill Prepares for Terrorist Attack

The explosion

that broke a May

morning’s quiet at

the Port of Redwood

City was little more

than a quick, bright

flash and billowing

plume of black

smoke rising up

beyond a row of trees.

What did not

dissipate quickly,

though, was the

unexplained blowup’s

fallout — firstresponders

staging

areas to assess the injured, hundreds of military

and public safety members trying to contain a fire

and chemical release, and bloodied and battered

people strewn in the mud around the Cemex facility.

Those on the ground didn’t know yet what had

happened — the 10 a.m. explosion was actually

the second terrorist attack, which, coupled with

the first, blew up a ship and collapsed a building

— but they knew they needed help.

A stick piercing Lauren Fehd’s lung left the

18-year-old worried that her 8-month-old fetus

was in distress. Pamela Brown, 25, jumped out

a second-story window to escape the building

but was also wheezing and blistered from the

chemical release. Joan Kyle, 26, was hit on the

head by a rock but, while digging Fehd and Brown

from the rubble, faced an unexpected danger. It

was a snake, which gouged a wound in her arm.

“Wait — you saved us? That is awesome!” said

Brown after hearing Kyle tell her story.

Kyle double-checked her story card on a

lanyard around her neck.

Yep, in the mock terrorism drill, the three

women survived, albeit in need of serious help.

But in helping victims like the trio, emergency

personnel from local, state and federal agencies

were the ones being aided. The simulated

response exercise known as Golden Guardian

was one of several statewide testing local reaction

to terrorist attacks at various ports, including

Redwood City. Past drills have included disease

and natural disasters.

California Emergency Management Agency

Secretary Matthew Bettenhausen said the drills

are also reminders to the greater public to be

prepared for 72 hours following an incident,

including an escape route from the home and

knowing where to find gas and water meters.

The annual event started in 2004 under Gov.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was invited to the

Redwood City exercise but could not attend.

The governor’s absence was barely noticeable

in the sea of roughly 400 participants, including

members of the National Guard, Air Force,

CalEMA and public safety organizations

throughout the Peninsula.

Camouflage-clad soldiers and military vehicles

rumbled down Seaport Boulevard just outside the

Pacific Shores Center. Elsewhere in the state, a

terrorist attack on a container ship at the Port of

Oakland caused a hazardous plume that resulted

in an evacuation. At Pier 48 in San Francisco,

divers worked with the Navy Marine Mammal

Program, which uses dolphins to recover

explosive devices. A dirty bomb and shooters

rocked the campus of California State University

San Marcos and hostages were taken after a

terrorist group took over a Catalina Express ferry

boat moored at the ferry terminal in Long Beach.

Back in Redwood City, though, some of the

affected had concerns other than their immediate

safety — primping. As orange-vested organizers

placed actors and explained nuances of their

individual symptoms — lethargic means tired,

one explained to a woman who wasn’t quite sure

how to act — bandages were adjusted and bruises

touched up. A smiling woman with blood stains

running down her sweatshirt applied blood to the

back of another while one nearby man looked less

successful in surviving the collapse. He had an

angry looking gash across his throat and ghostly

white face.

Paul Cramer, 24, freshened up his injuries with

a spray bottle of fake blood while his roommate

Teddy Vigil, 24, was on the ground with a gnarled

foot underneath a piece of Hertz equipment.

Vigil said he was hit by a car, leaving him

unable to walk and unconscious. Like the others

in the simulation, though, he had been there since

6 a.m. and had been warned to expect an 11-hour

day. The actors had answered casting calls on

Craigslist and the simulation followed three days

of practice, according to Fehd.

Although Tuesday’s drill was simulated,

officials said the scenarios and the actors help

emergency personnel know how to react if a real

situation comes to pass.

“It’s so easy to forget … how important this

is. The events in New York City a few weeks

ago remind us of how important this is,” said

Redwood City Mayor Jeff Ira.

Editor’s note: This article appeared first in the Daily

Journal newspaper.

Photo: Nicholis Brown participated in a disaster

preparedness drill at the Port of Redwood City.

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The DA’s Main Man

Prepares for New Chapter,

But He Will Still Be Cooking Things Up

By Nicole Minieri,

Contributing Writer

For the last 28 years,

the San Mateo County

District Attorney’s

Office has been led

by Jim Fox, a very

calm, cool and candid

district attorney.

Fox, who has prosecuted

numerous high-profile cases

throughout his career,

has also been pivotal as

lead administrator in

the District Attorney’s

Office, making key

decisions daily on criminal

cases, setting policies,

maintaining harmonious

relations among local law

enforcement agencies and

sustaining public safety,

which has been a priority

of his over the last two

decades. But Fox is about to

leave this behind to embark

on a fresh new career in

leisurely living as a retiree, a

position he richly deserves.

And by this year’s end, the

district attorney’s chair will

roll on from Fox to Chief

Deputy District Attorney

Steve Wagstaffe, Fox’s righthand

man since 1992.

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“I kind of have mixed feelings, because I have

thoroughly loved my job,” said Fox when asked

about his thoughts on his upcoming retirement.

“This is now my 28th year as district attorney and

it’s just been a wonderful experience. I have had

an opportunity to do a lot of interesting things.

I have also been active in our state association,

active in the National District Attorneys

Association, and have had the opportunity to go

back to Congress and testify before committees,

such as on the loan relief for prosecutors and

defenders. I have testified for Sen. Feinstein

in support of a gang bill, and I have testified

in regards to funding for the National District

Attorneys Association.”

As district attorney, Fox has made a substantial

impact, particularly as the dominant driving force

in preserving a low crime rate. To guarantee the

well-being of the public, he works closely with

local law enforcement agencies to combat crime

and hold accountable all those who violate the law

or disrupt due process in any way.

“San Mateo County is a very safe place.

However, it would be presumptuous of me to take

any credit for it. It is a combination of several

factors,” said Fox. “Back in 1983 when I first

came in, we were averaging around 40 homicide

cases a year. And, unfortunately, in 1992 East

Palo Alto had 42 homicides just within their city

limits. So we had a lot of very violent crimes.

But that was back in those days, and that doesn’t

occur any more. Last year we may have had 15

total for the county. So I think it is safer. But, as

I said, I am not going to be so presumptuous and

say I accomplished that, because I didn’t. It is a

combination of very cooperative efforts between

law enforcement and our office.”

Fox added, “I remember being asked this one

time by someone who was on the San Mateo

County Board of Supervisors. In fact, it was Tom

Huening, who is now the [county] controller,

saying, ‘Jim, the crime rate is going down. Are

you going to take credit for this?’ And I said,

‘Absolutely not, because crime is reciprocal and I

fully anticipate that at some point the crime rate

will go back up. If I take credit for it now, you will

expect me to take the blame then, and I am not

going to do that!’”

Yet something that Fox might take credit for is

his passion for the law and his compassion toward

rehabilitating defendants. He has a rock-solid

reputation for his prosecutorial discretion and

for his intuition and integrity when prosecuting

criminal cases. “There has been no better district

attorney in the United States, in my opinion,

than Jim Fox,” said Wagstaffe. “He is one of the

greatest, most insightful people that I have ever

met, and especially when it comes to his judgment

and integrity on his cases. Every decision he

makes, it’s because it is right to make. He is never

influenced by anything other than what is the right

thing to do in a case. It doesn’t matter if you are

a prince or a pauper, every decision he makes is

going to be a fair one with no political influence.”

Likewise, some of Fox’s most memorable

career highlights as district attorney have been

in highly visible proceedings, such as the George

Franklin “recovery memory” homicide case,

which received national media attention in 1990.

Franklin was placed under arrest in 1989 for

the unsolved 1969 rape and murder of Susan

Nason, his daughter Ellen’s 8-year-old friend. Fox

obtained a guilty conviction in November 1990,

but in 1995, Franklin’s habeas corpus petition was

granted from the federal district court and the

guilty verdict was reversed. Because of several

circumstances, including new developments

and setbacks from some of the witnesses in the

first trial, Fox was not able to retry the case and

Franklin became a free man.

“San Mateo County is a very

safe place. However, it would

be presumptuous of me to

take any credit for it. It is a

combination of several factors.”

The ‘repressed memory’ case obviously got a

lot of publicity, but we’ve also had a lot of other

cases that got media attention as well. There was

a lot of media coverage on the Eddie DeBartolo

case, where he was accused of assault,” explained

Fox. “But at this point, I have not been in court

for years. I only tell half-jokingly to people that

the real reason I am no longer in the courtroom

is that I take criminal prosecution much too

seriously than to do it myself. I have deputies who

know what they are doing, and they are in court

every day. And now my role as an administrator is

to set policy, and one area in which I make every

decision is with the homicide cases. Decisions like

what is going to happen with these cases, what

offers are we going to make and certainly whether

or not it is a capital case where we would seek

the death penalty. I am actively involved in those

decisions every day.”

Although Fox is gradually transitioning into

his retirement, he still puts in 11-hour work days

seven days a week, interacting with police chiefs,

management and co-workers in the District

Attorney’s Office, and finds time to remain

connected to key district attorney associations. “I

have been very active in the California District

Attorneys Association and have been active in

the legislative committee almost 20 years now,”

said Fox. “I am still active in the National District

Attorneys Association. In fact, I have regular

conference calls involving strategic planning

for that organization. Also, I am a member of

the Judicial Council’s Criminal Law Advisory

Committee since 1994. So I don’t find myself

getting bored.”

A lifelong resident of San Mateo County, Fox

first got involved in public service when he was

21 years old, working for the San Mateo County

Probation Department. Upon graduating from

law school at the University of San Francisco in

1970, he assumed the position of deputy district

attorney in San Mateo County. Fox spent the next

four years in this position before making his way

into private practice; however, he concurrently

worked in public service as Half Moon Bay’s

city attorney from 1974 to 1983. In 1983, Fox

was elected San Mateo County’s second district

attorney since 1953, replacing his predecessor of

29 years, Keith Sorenson.

History is about to repeat itself with the shifting

of power as Fox’s lengthy run as the county’s

district attorney draws to a close and Wagstaffe

gets ready to take the reins. “He has served as

my chief deputy district attorney for the last 18

years, and there is nobody more qualified than

Steve,” said Fox. “I think he is going to continue

the tradition that was started in this county by

Judge Dematteis and then Keith Sorenson, my

immediate predecessor, in 1953. San Mateo

County is unique because of the stability we have

had. The advice that I give to Steve Wagstaffe

is to stay out of politics. Do the job, which is to

prosecute based upon the evidence of the law, and

I have no question that he is going to do it!”

Fox has good reason to have absolute

confidence in his protégé because Wagstaffe has

indeed learned from the finest. “I know they are

going to be enormous shoes for me to fill in order

to measure up to what Jim has done, but I watched

Jim do it when he took over for Keith Sorenson

when he was the district attorney in this county.

Keith was the district attorney from 1953 to

1983, so when Jim stepped in, he had enormous

shoes to fill then. I really watched how he did it,

and that is how I am going to do it. I’m excited,”

said Wagstaffe. “I have worked for Jim Fox his

entire career as district attorney, and every day

it has been a wonderful experience. He is both

my friend and mentor, and I can’t begin to tell

you how much I am going to miss him. And I am

going to miss him being here because whenever I

have a difficult problem, Jim always has the answer.”

(continues on next page)

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(Continued from previous page)

As for his advice to Fox, “When Jim Fox retires,

I would like to see him engage in enormous

activities that involve no stress. I want him to

spend time on what he loves the best, and that

is spending time with his wife, children and

grandchildren.” And that is exactly what Fox and

his wife, Bonnie, are planning to do, in addition

to traveling. “My wife is always complaining that

a lot of the traveling we have done has been for

business, and I always go to all of the meetings,

and therefore it is never a vacation for her. So I

would like to take some time and do that,” said Fox.

With more R-and-R time on his hands, Fox will

be able to indulge more in his favorite pastime,

cooking. That’s right! Most people do not know,

but Fox has serious skills as a gourmet chef. His

family and the District Attorney’s Office have all

been blessed with his specialties. “I’ve always

done the cooking my whole life,” said Fox. “My

mother was a home economics teacher in Half

Moon Bay, and my father did a lot of the cooking

because when he was growing up, his father ran

a logging camp. When my grandmother passed,

my father ended up helping out a lot with the

cooking. So I grew up with that, and my dad

was a fabulous cook who made everything. I

love cooking, and if you ask my employees, they

will tell you about the fudge. I make 100 pounds

of fudge a year, and usually around September

people in the office already start to ask me when I

am going to bring it in.”

All along, Fox has just been a pretty ordinary

person doing an extraordinary job as district

attorney. “I’ve done this for a very long time,”

said Fox. “It’s been a part of my being, but not to

the point that it is who I am. But it’s what I do and

I’ve loved it!” Fox will be genuinely missed by his

peers and the public the day he opens to the first

page of his anticipated new chapter.

Well, Mr. Jim Fox, we the people will never

say goodbye to you, but we will say, “See you

around.” And every September, you’ll be sure

to see Fox and his fudge around the District

Attorney’s Office. But hey, you didn’t hear that

from me!

(See Fox’s bio on page 28)

“This is now my 28th year as

district attorney and it’s just

been a wonderful experience.

I have had an opportunity to

do a lot of interesting things.”

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Check out our Best of the Best selections below. Shouldn’t you make the commitment to shopping

locally today and every day? Whether you are out shopping, dining or enjoying some entertainment,

you will benefit because your sales tax dollars stay local and help us all. These businesses not only

provide excellent service but also contribute to our community.

Auto Care:

Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway – 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. Many

of their satisfied customers have been with them since their founding and

continue to do business with them today. They proudly serve the third

generation of many of their first Redwood City customers. They even have

free Wi-Fi Internet so you can work while you wait for your vehicle to be serviced.

Eating and Catering:

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

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

everything from hamburgers to pizza, all kinds of sandwiches and pastas,

and they even have a South of the Border menu! There’s a Sunday all-youcan-eat

menu and NBA games 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 charge). Why cook when you don’t have to? They do

catering too for any special event!”

Deseo Tequila Lounge and Restaurant – 851 Main St. – “We went there

and it was fabulous! My friends were very impressed by their food menu,

and I have to say the burger I had was tasty. They also have 21 big-screen

televisions to view sporting events and more. This place has it all! I am so

happy that Redwood City finally has such an upscale place for watching your

favorite sports team, having a drink with friends or dancing the night away.

Let’s all get out and support them!” Start booking your holiday events now.

Financial Institutions:

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

organization, SMCU does everything possible to ensure that all of

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

popular offerings include free personal auto shopping assistance, membersonly

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

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

the advantages of membership banking.

Home Improvement:

Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1-800-23-LEWIS – Founded in 1985, Lewis

Carpet Cleaners has grown from one small, portable machine to a company

of several employees and vans. The Lewis family works and lives in

Redwood City and is committed to our community. When you’re choosing

a reputable company, that should make you feel secure. Ask about their

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nothing. Call today and get your home looking great.

Legal Services:

Hannig Law Firm – 2991 El Camino Real – Hannig Law Firm LLP provides

transactional and litigation expertise in a variety of areas. The professionals

at HLF are committed to knowing and meeting their clients’ needs through

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

participating in the communities where they live and work.

Personal Improvement:

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

fitness center in downtown Redwood City offers a variety of 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.

Specialty Businesses:

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

unique business offers auto auctions, consignment vehicle sales, appraisal

services and even ways to donate your vehicle to charity. If you are thinking

of holding an event with a live auction to increase your fundraising efforts,

Frank and his staff are also a one-stop auction team with spotters, clerks,

sample catalogs, bid numbers, etc. Just give Frank a call at 650-363-8055 and

get details on all of their services.

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

independent insurance agency representing a carefully selected group of

financially sound, reputable insurance companies. They provide a wide

range of policies, from renter’s insurance to auto and more. Visit www.

insurancebycastle.com or call 650-364-3664 for a free quote.

Hector Flamenco Insurance (State Farm) – 151 Fifth Ave. – Hector

has been in the insurance business and with State Farm for 20 years. He

specializes in auto and business insurance. A local resident, he also provides

servicio en español! Visit his website at www.hectorflamenco.com.

Saf Keep Storage – 2480 Middlefield Road – At Saf Keep, you and your

belongings are safe and secure. A friendly and reliable team is ready to assist

you with a variety of storage products and services to suit all your storage

needs. Visit www.safkeepstorage.com to see exactly what products and

services are available.

Schoenstein Physical Therapy – 363A Main St., 650-599-9482 – The

clinical approach of this independent, community-based 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. – Listen to what customers are saying about

this fine downtown jewelry store: “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.” Phil has

become an expert in repair service and welcomes your “fix-it” pieces.

Terry Finn and Madonna’s Bail Bonds – 234 Marshall St., Upstairs

#3, 650-366-9111 – Finn and Madonna’s provide bail bonds to any court

jurisdiction, jail or police agency in California and in many other states.

Interested parties representing incarcerated subjects are encouraged to

contact the licensed bail agent on duty at the above office for immediate bail

bond assistance.

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News Briefs

Proper Sentence in Elder Rage

A 71-year-old Redwood City man who allegedly pointed a gun at a motorist’s

head and threatened to kill him because his truck blocked a driveway will spend

120 days monitored at home but does not have to abstain from drinking.

Prosecutors objected to Jimmy Leroy Isaakson serving his term on electronic

home monitoring instead of jail, but Judge Susan Etezadi granted the defense

request. Etezadi also declined a prosecution request that Isaakson abstain

from alcohol while serving his term and three years supervised probation.

Isaakson pleaded no contest in March to felony assault with a firearm in

return for the 120-day maximum and dismissal of other charges, including

personal use of a firearm and brandishing a weapon at a person in a motor vehicle.

According to prosecutors, a 68-year-old man pulled his truck up to an

employee’s residence in Redwood City and partially blocked Isaakson’s

driveway. Isaakson reportedly approached the man inside his truck and

pointed a gun at him, saying, “Move the car or I’m going to shoot you,

mother f---. I don’t like f--- Mexicans.”

After the victim said he was going to call 911, Isaakson said he was the

police, prosecutors said.

Isaakson denied having a gun, but police reported finding one in a dresser

drawer at his home.

Isaakson has been free from custody on a $25,000 bail bond.

Redwood City Makes Pitch for San Carlos Outsourcing

As San Carlos officials wrestle with the idea of outsourcing police services to

either Redwood City or the Sheriff’s Office, councilmembers sought answers

to questions beyond the critical bottom line.

Will the city get the same level of service? Will you reinstate the disbanded

D.A.R.E. program or police activities league? What is your policing philosophy?

What happens if the city has different regulations? How will the new officers

interact with existing neighborhood watch groups?

At a special City Council meeting, both Redwood City and Sheriff’s Office

officials reviewed previously submitted proposals but spent a majority of time

tackling the more subjective impacts of outsourcing a city’s public safety to

another agency.

San Carlos Councilman Omar Ahmad also said there is a reasonable concern

that new officers may not know what cars belong on the street, what kids belong

where or the relationships built on community policing.

Redwood City Mayor Jeff Ira did not rule out the idea of exploring a joint

powers authority approach after the initial two-year contract, calling the lack

of a metropolitan police department “nuts.”

Sheriff Greg Munks fell on the other side.

“A JPA is not something I’d be really interested in,” Munks said. “I just don’t

know how it would work.”

But for now, the issue is outsourcing — an idea San Carlos is also considering

for fire and parks maintenance services as a way to close a $3.5 million deficit

in its $28 million budget. The City Council will likely hold one or two more

meetings specifically on the outsourcing issue to decide first if it wants that

option and secondly who is best suited to provide the service, said San Carlos

Mayor Randy Royce.

The plan is to have those answers in place to coincide with the city’s budget

in June, Royce said.

San Carlos and Redwood City already work together, with three of eight

police beats butting up against the city and San Carlos officers serving on the

Redwood City SWAT team.

“Criminals don’t care where jurisdictional boundaries are,” said Redwood

City police Capt. Ron Matuszak.

Under the Redwood City proposal, police personnel will get higher salaries

but likely be absorbed as new officers regardless of seniority. The initial proposal

offered two options that would save San Carlos roughly $2 million. One offers

a captain and secretary while the other does not, a difference between $5.9

million and $6.4 million. The proposal was amended to reflect an extra 2,000

hours of overtime to meet staffing minimums — an extra $180,000 — and

$150,000 to $200,000 for records. The proposal also does not account for jail

access and laboratory fees.

Munks echoed Redwood City’s position that absorbing San Carlos would

not be a detrimental shakeup to local public safety. Such arrangements are not

untested — the Sheriff’s Office already contracts services to Portola Valley

and Woodside — and will not include uncertainties, unanticipated expenses

or a lack of local control, Munks said.

The Sheriff’s Office proposal would staff a San Carlos bureau with 23

full-time employees, four part-time employees and 20 percent of a sergeant’s

position. Salaries and benefits are calculated at $6,030,000.

The total price tag, including vehicles and associated costs like auto

liability and evidence storage, is $6,772,000, although it does not include

overtime for special details or communications.

An overtime relief factor is already built into the cost, Munks said.

Anything beyond is covered by the Sheriff’s Office.

The proposal also makes a K-9 deputy available, frees the city from

charges for booking, jail access and the crime lab, and makes the SWAT team

available if necessary. Personnel assignments will be reviewed with the city

except in emergency response situations. The Sheriff’s Office will maintain

responsibility for service vehicles, human resources and risk management

services. The city may be credited for vehicles and firearms already in use.

Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos emphasized the office’s resources and

commitment to community policing as reasons San Carlos should contract

with the Sheriff’s Office.

He also cited the employees — 48 percent of whom have prior municipal

policing experience, according to Munks — and significant community

experience through festivals, Fourth of July events and youth programs.

Unlike Redwood City’s proposal, the Sheriff’s Office will offer all San

Carlos police personnel jobs and there will be no probationary period for

employees with at least 18 months at the San Carlos Police Department,

Bolanos said.

Like Redwood City, the sheriff’s proposal starts officers’ seniority at the

time they transfer over.

Bolanos dismissed concerns of layoffs due to the county budget, saying it

has never before happened.

He said the proposal is also good for the city’s safety.

“We believe our proposal has a superior level of supervision,” Bolanos said.

Munks said the Sheriff’s Office would be able to provide programs like

D.A.R.E. to the community.

Although the two agencies offer the city of San Carlos different costs and

levels of staffing to consider, both told city leaders the goal is ultimately to be

one unified law enforcement group.

“In a few years it won’t be us and you guys. It will be us,” said Matuszak.

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Fox Dream Presents Mo’ Music

It’s official, Redwood City, the historical and

recently foreclosed Fox Theatre and its rockin’

companion, the Little Fox, are getting ready for

some more laughin’, singin’ and live music swingin,’

thanks to a handful of new owners who are

promising to refurbish and re-open the doors of the

multipurpose entertainment complex on Broadway

by the end of this summer. The key person responsible

for the rebirth of the landmark venue is local

entrepreneur Eric Lochtefeld, who owns and

operates University of Dreams, a booming

corporation headquartered in Redwood City that

specializes in placing college students in summer

internship programs throughout the world. Lochtefeld

will operate the Fox Theatre venture under the

name of Fox Dream Presents LLC along with

operating partners Pacific Coast Builders owner

Joseph Romeo and his wife, Jennifer, and with

Lochtefeld’s wife, Lori, of Lochtefeld Realty and

Lochtefeld Insurance.

“I’ve put together an all-star team,” said Lochtefeld.

“One of the first things that we are going to do is

get the Little Fox and Big Fox ‘show ready,’ and

that means capable of putting on a concert or a

live entertainment show of any kind. All of the

focus is on that right now, and that will probably

take about three to four weeks because there is

remodeling that needs to be done and there are

also some things that need to be upgraded, and

that is going to take a little time. And, if I am

listening right to the community, people want to

see the Little Fox open as fast as possible, so we’d

like to see that happen, followed by the Big Fox.”

Fortunately for Lochtefeld and his operating

team, pushing toward a speedy venue unveiling

is surely paying off because all of their plans

are moving right along as projected, except for

obtaining a liquor license, which is currently going

through the standard legal process. “The only thing

that will slow us down from operating fully is

the liquor license. It usually takes 90 days and

sometimes it can take up to 180 days,” said Lochtefeld.

“So I am keeping my fingers crossed because there

is nothing that I can do to expedite the process. I

just have to be patient, but we can still put on great

shows and live concerts. Regardless, we are all

working very hard at getting some activity going.”

Lochtefeld’s long-term vision of “activity”

isn’t bound solely to putting on live shows at the

Fox venues; there is much more planned on his

agenda. However, he is not open to disclosing

specific details of his complete vision for the

property at this time. “A very important thing to

realize is that I am just not looking at one element

of the Fox property, because the entire property

is of interest to me. They are also wonderful

retail spaces, so we are very interested in getting

those up and running. We want to get the entire

property generating,” said Lochtefeld. “And

it’s no secret Redwood City is in need of more

traffic. Redwood City can bring the people in, but

you’ve got to give them something that they get

excited about. So I think that is very important,

that if you put a good product out there, people

will come. I think customers are going to be very

happy and really like what we have planned.

Right now my team and I are focusing on trying

to do everything right and being the best we can

be in the community.”

Clearly Lochtefeld couldn’t have chosen a better

time to pursue his lifelong personal dream of

owning a high-performing theater, because it’s

also no secret that the community has longed for a

re-emerging of the historic Fox. “I love it, and I’m

glad that the Fox is planning on opening up again.

I had been to the Redwood City Fox Theatre a

couple of times and thought it was sad when it

folded,” said Redwood City resident Rich Hoadley.

“It’s nice for the community to have something

once again that will revitalize downtown.

Whatever we can do to get people down to take

advantage of Redwood City, then I am all for it!”

This time around there seems to be a great

deal of staying power behind the Little and Big

Fox because the entire property rests within

financially secure hands,

due to the substantial wealth

of Lochtefeld’s corporation

University of Dreams, which

will shortly move in and share

office space directly above the

1,460-seat Fox Theatre with

local Internet company Makara.

“University of Dreams is going to

move into the 9,600-square-foot

building on the second, third and

fourth floors,” said Lochtefeld. It

will be our new headquarters. I

think my company is going to fit

very nicely in there, and this is also

the perfect fit for me because of

my roots in the music industry.”

Lochtefeld walked away from a

lucrative career in event planning,

production and management in

the music industry to launch

University of Dreams after an

enlightening experience in 2000.

“I had been working in the music

industry for about a decade when

I decided to throw on a specialty

event called Business Camp. It

was really about getting college

kids to take a week off, relax,

and I would ask all of my music

industry friends and professionals

to come and teach a curriculum

based on discovering your

By Nicole Minieri, Contributing Writer

passions and following your dreams,” explained

Lochtefeld. “It was a life-changing thing for me to

watch these young kids think, ‘If that guy can do

it, I can do it. I can do anything I want!’ I was so

compelled by this that I left behind a big passion

of mine to follow this dream of inspiring young

people to discover and pursue their dreams. It’s

been an incredible experience and it has been

very exciting, but throughout all of these years, I

have never stopped missing the music industry.”

Lochtefeld added that when he left the music

industry, he had to take numerous steps backward

to become a ‘nobody’ in order to become a

‘somebody’ all over again. Over the last decade

he has risen step by step to become one of the

most accomplished, respected and influential

entrepreneurs in the Bay Area. With field offices

currently in New York, Chicago and Barcelona,

University of Dreams has produced approximately

$50 million in revenue thus far, and continues

to positively impact the lives of 2,000 college

students every year.

“Eric Lochtefeld has a great reputation in

business. He is a very smart businessman, works

hard and has a great attitude,” said Rob Suelflohn,

owner of Powerhouse Gym in downtown

Redwood City. “The Fox building is a great fit for

him and it makes sense with his prior experience

in music. He is not a big talker, thinks things

through, and if he is excited about something, he

is going to see it through and make it work!”

Given his history of building from the ground

floor up, Lochtefeld will make this work, and

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New Fox Theatre owners Eric and Lori Lochtefeld

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Community Interest

Civilian to Head Police League

The Redwood City Police Activities League will hire a civilian executive director

because the police department can no longer pay for an officer in the position.

The PAL board of directors approved the change and wants the new

director to start in July. The police department has funded an officer as the

executive director in the past but cannot continue because of significant

budget cuts throughout Redwood City.

The shift doesn’t mean the police are any less committed, said Police Chief

Louis Cobarruviaz.

The Redwood City Police Department will continue to work hand-in-hand

with PAL,” Cobarruviaz said.

The decision to revise the staffing structure came after a needs assessment

involving nearly 50 members of the community, according to PAL.

The assessment also found PAL needs better outreach to improve the

community’s perception of the nonprofit, make better use of the PAL building

and clarify the police department’s relationship with PAL.

The changes are designed to help PAL maintain ongoing stability and

efficiency as a self-sustaining nonprofit that works with the city and

community, according to Chair Jim Gordon.

PAL is a nonprofit organization offering alternatives and prevention

programs to Redwood City youth. More than 4,000 children and teens are

served annually.

Interesting is applying for the position? Go to www.redwoodcitypal.com.

Saltworks Poll Supports the Process

Developers of the Saltworks site in Redwood City are touting a new poll

that they say shows overwhelming support for moving forward with the

environmental review process.

Of 500 voters randomly queried between April 18 and April 21, 68 percent

support the City Council continuing a full environmental and public review

of the 50-50 Balanced Plan, which calls for a mix of housing and retail on the

site, according to spokesman Pete Hillan.

The poll by firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz and Associates asked

whether the voter supported or opposed three alternatives:

(1) Redwood City raises taxes to purchase the entire 1,400-acre Redwood

City Industrial Saltworks site and restore this land back to the way it looked

100 years ago.

(2) The City Council rejects any development at the Redwood City

Industrial Saltworks site and simply allows salt harvesting to continue at the site.

(3) The City Council conducts a full environmental review of the 50-50

Balanced Plan and then makes final decisions about development of this site

based upon public and community input.

In rounded figures, Hillan said the support showed 14 percent for

restoration, 17 percent for salt harvesting and 65 percent for the EIR process.

Hillan said those polled were asked their opinion on elements of the plan

but not given any information that would otherwise influence their answers.

Numerous cities and leaders have called on the Redwood City City Council

to abandon ongoing efforts to review the plan, arguing development will have

regional impacts.

John Bruno, DMB Redwood City Industrial Saltworks general manager,

said the poll shows strong support for the environmental review and called

avoiding review under the California Environmental Quality Act a poor choice.

“It certainly sets a very bad precedent because CEQA offers the public and

their elected officials the information needed to make important decisions

based upon careful technical and scientific studies,” Bruno said.

David Lewis, executive director of Save The Bay, a vocal Cargill opponent,

had not seen the poll but questioned the veracity of the outcome without more

specific information about the polling process.

Lewis called the poll announcement “desperate spinning to influence the

City Council” but said it was beside the point because a city does not need an

EIR to decide against building on a particular site.

Redwood City Mayor Jeff Ira has said the 50-50 plan will undoubtedly

change before the city is asked to accept it. As proposed now, the plan

calls for 12,000 housing units with the remainder of the land set aside for

restoration and open space.

Tryouts for Local Girls Basketball Club Announced

The Peninsula Division of the Cal Stars girls AAU basketball club is holding

summer tryouts 5–6:45 p.m. on June 14, June 21 and June 23 at the Red

Morton Community Center, 1120 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City.

Interested players may attend one or all open tryout dates, which are open

to girls who are in fourth and fifth grades (2009–10 school year).

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact

Coach Diaz at coachsdiaz@gmail.com or 415-760-3779.

Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club Presents the Second

Annual Green Car Show

The Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club presents their second annual Green

Car Show on Saturday, June 5, in conjunction with the City of Redwood

City’s “World Environment Day” celebrations in downtown Redwood City’s

historic Courthouse Square area on Broadway between Middlefield and

Hamilton. The show opens at 10 a.m. and will feature some of the latest

consumer vehicles and services that support the greening of Redwood City.

The migration to green transportation is a paradigm shift for the

community,” stated Lou Cobarruviaz, Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club

Green Car Show co-chair. “We are extending the definition of green this year

to include any mode of transportation with fuel economy of 35 or more miles

per gallon. In my opinion, by expanding the definition of green, the event will

provide a wider platform for educating the community.”

The event last year was well attended, with many visitors expressing

interest in green cars. This year even more interest is expected in electric

and hybrid cars, electric motorcycles, motor scooters and electric bicycles.

This year the event provides the opportunity for attendees to compare highmileage,

fossil-fuel vehicles to the electric and hybrid vehicles, get financing

information and learn about support services.

The Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club Green Car Show is the annual

fundraising event for the Redwood City Sunrise Lions. Last year’s show

raised funds to support the many charitable programs sponsored by the

club. Although best known for supporting vision care in the community, the

Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club also supports such activities as individuals

and families in need, other community-based nonprofit programs, veterans

programs, the Miss Redwood City/San Mateo County scholarship program,

toy drives and holiday meals.

The Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club meets every Wednesday at 7:15 a.m.

at Bob’s Courthouse Coffee Shop, 2198 Broadway.

Rotary Hands Out College Scholarships

The Redwood City Rotary Club announced the 2010 scholarship recipients,

awarding $14,250 to 10 promising young men and women to assist them in

completing their higher education.

All of the students are Redwood City residents from a variety of

backgrounds. Nine students will receive $1,500 college scholarships and one

student will receive a $750 community college scholarship. The awards were

based on a number of criteria including scholastic ability, community service,

responsibility toward education and financial need.

$1,500 scholarship recipients will attend four-year schools, including Harvard,

Northeastern, Cal State Humboldt, University of Portland, Notre Dame de Namur

and the University of California, Berkeley. They are:

Clarisa Ontiveros (Sequoia High School)

Sarah Ducker (Sequoia High School)

Jennifer Cabello-Chavez (Sequoia High School)

Victoria Tinoco (Sequoia High School)

Elizaveta Novikova (Carlmont High School)

Jessica Thatcher (Notre Dame High School)

Daniel Perez (Woodside High School)

William Roller (Bellarmine College Prep)

Whitney Olson (Woodside High School)

Ann Smith, who attends Redwood High School, received the $750 community

college scholarship and will study nursing at College of San Mateo.

These 10 recipients were selected from among 35 applicants by a

scholarship committee headed by Karen Krueger.

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As I Was Saying…(Continued from p6)

In the race for the 21st District Assembly seat currently held by Ira Ruskin,

the Democratic candidates are County Supervisor Rich Gordon, venture

capitalist Josh Becker and former Palo Alto mayor Yoriko Kishimoto.

Becker could have had a chance because he was viewed as the political

outsider and the other two are seen as establishment, a plus with voters today.

However, he failed to accept campaign spending limits, so his candidate

statement did not appear in voter pamphlets. In my opinion, that is a drastic

campaign mistake and even though voters will see many mailers from Becker,

it is not the same. The two male contenders have virtually raised the same

amount of campaign dollars, leaving Kishimoto (the environmentalist) well

behind. Taking all that and more into consideration, Gordon will win.

The supervisor seat that will be left vacant by Gordon has nonpartisan

candidates San Carlos Councilman Matt Grocott, former sheriff and current

Sequoia Healthcare District Board President Don Horsley, coastside activist

April Vargas, Sequoia Healthcare District Trustee Jack Hickey and Michael

Stogner all vying to get 50 percent plus one vote to avoid a November runoff.

This is a race where every vote really will count.

It will be difficult for any candidate to do that but if you take into

consideration Horsley’s name recognition and respect in the county, he could

pull it off. If not, it will be a November race between him and April Vargas.

Let’s hope this can be solved in June because, regardless of June’s outcome,

Horsley will be elected sooner or later.

The race to take County Treasurer Lee Buffington’s seat has four candidates.

Former Burlingame Mayor Joe Galligan, Deputy Treasurer Sandie Arnott,

investment advisor Richard Guilbault and community college trustee Dave

Mandelkern are all running in the winner-take-all contest.

What has been interesting about this race is reading endorsements

from several elected officials who are backing Mandelkern because his

“background in building companies in Silicon Valley and taking them public,

dealing with investment bankers and managing hundreds of millions of dollars

of shareholders’ money gives him the proper background and experience to

provide the right leadership for the county treasurer’s office.” Say what?

Considering that Galligan is the only candidate who has a college degree in

accounting, is a CPA and has a master’s degree in taxation — and is basically

the only candidate qualified to hold the office — it surprises me that some

would back a candidate who is not qualified to be elected. But the status quo

in our county doesn’t care that the county loss of $155 million in the Lehman

Brothers bankruptcy has led to jobs being lost, budgets being cut and services

eliminated. They will continue to pat each other on the back even if it is not in

the best interest of our county.

Galligan should and will win.

Incumbent County Coroner Robert Foucrault, who is opposed by Stacie

Lynn Nevares, a former office assistant in that office, will easily win.

Not a hard one to predict: Measure G, the $34/year parcel tax for the San

Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD). The measure is

being touted as a way to provide vital funding for San Mateo County’s three

community colleges: College of San Mateo, Skyline College and Cañada College.

This all comes down to accountability and whether voters will open their

tight pockets during tough economic times. Problems: Seventy percent of

the SMCCCD’s total operating expenses are used to pay for staff and faculty

salaries and benefits, and only 38 percent of the budget goes directly to

“instructional activities.” In fact, the SMCCCD has over 160 employees who

make more than $100,000 a year and approximately 135 employees making

$90,000 or more per year. No one has suggested any type of across-the-board

pay cuts, and that is not responsible considering the cuts are being directed at

the ones who will be hurt the most: students.

I have spoken with many voters who have told me they feel enough has

been given to the district and point to all the new buildings at the campuses

and subsidized housing for staff as examples. Unfortunately for the organizers

of this measure, they have not done their job before asking for more. This

measure will fail.

If you have not voted already, do so on Tuesday, June 8. It is so important for

the future of our community.

As I was saying…

.…

James P. Fox Biography – (Continued from page 18)

James P. Fox was first elected district attorney of San Mateo County in June

1982, assumed office Jan. 3, 1983, and has been re-elected every four years

since without opposition. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology

from the University of San Francisco in 1966 and his law degree from the

University of San Francisco in 1969.

He first joined the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office in January

1970. In January 1974, Fox left the District Attorney’s Office for private

practice. In addition to a general practice of law, he served as the city

attorney of Half Moon Bay from January 1974 to January 1983. During his

private practice, Fox served as a member of the private defender panel of the

San Mateo County Bar Association, which, by contract, provides indigent

defense services for the County of San Mateo.

Fox served as a member of the California Bar Association’s Commission on

Judicial Nominees Evaluation from January 1980 to March 1982. He has also

served as a member of several state Judicial Council advisory committees,

including the Criminal Law Advisory Committee from 1994 to the present,

the Court Profiles Committee from 1990 to 2000 and the Ad Hoc Advisory

Committee on Cameras in the Courtroom in 1995–96.

Fox has been active in both the California District Attorneys Association

and the National District Attorneys Association. He is a past president of

CDAA and has served as chairman of the Legislative Committee of that

organization since 1990. He is also a past vice president of NDAA and

current co-chairman of the Legislative Committee of NDAA.

Fox was twice appointed as a member of the California Commission on

Peace Officer Standards and Training, serving as chairman from 1993 to

1994 and for the first six months of 1995.

He has also been active in civic affairs, including serving as a member of

the board of directors of Mercy High School (Burlingame) 1984–90, Notre

Dame High School (Belmont) 1991–97 and Junipero Serra High School (San

Mateo) 2005 to present. He also served as a member of the San Mateo County

Children and Families First Commission (now named First 5) from 1999 to 2003.

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Insurance Tips: Child Auto Safety Is Vital

By Russ Castle, Special to The Spectrum

Fox Dream Presents

Mo’ Music (Continued from page 25)

Many of us have struggled to install

a car seat for our children or

grandchildren. Latches, straps

and bulky plastic combined with

cramped quarters make it hard to

install. But almost two-thirds of

all automobile deaths of children

under age 15 are due to improper

restraints.

Here are some key points for the installation of

car seats and other child auto safety devices that

could help make your family safer:

• Select a car seat with the highest weight limit

(usually 35 pounds) to keep the little one in

the seat as long as possible.

• Pick a car seat with a five-point safety

harness.

• For rear-facing seats, make sure that a

maximum 45-degree lean angle is observed.

• Keep the chest clip at the armpit level, not too

high on the neck or too low on the stomach.

• Make sure all straps fit snugly.

Also, follow these general rules to maximize

safety for older children in your car:

• Children have a much higher rate of survival

during an automobile crash when they are in

the back seat. This is always true for kids 12

and younger.

• Front-facing seating systems should ideally

be used until a child is at least 8 years old or

4 feet 9 inches tall.

More information and detailed steps can be

reviewed online at www.car-safety.org. All of

us here at Castle Insurance Agency wish you

continued health and safety.

Editor’s note: This article was written by Russ Castle of

Castle Insurance Agency, a licensed and experienced auto

insurance resource center fully prepared to help you navigate

through the process of changing or gaining a policy. If you

need insurance help, call him at 650-364-3664.

not just for the benefit to himself and his

operating partners, but mainly for the residents,

business owners, workers, patrons and visitors

to Redwood City. “I love this city and this

community,” said Lochtefeld. “I think Redwood

City has the most potential than any other city

on the Peninsula. I really believe in the potential

here and I believe that the Fox venue is the

centerpiece of the city. I want to encourage

and provide some leadership and concentrate

on what the community really wants, which is

a highly performing live entertainment venue

that the entire community and the outreaching

areas can be really proud of and enjoy. I’ve

got all of the skills to bring to the table, and I

am confident that this is going to go well and

everything will fall into place.”

In the interim, Lochtefeld is having a good

time getting to know the city he is about to serve

and is certainly looking forward to hearing from

you personally. “I would love for people to stop

by the Fox and tell me what kind of music they

like,” said Lochtefeld. “It is important for me

to understand what the community wants and

supports. I really want everyone to be happy and

just have a lot of fun.” So get ready for some

poppin’ beats this summer, because the Fox

Dream team is in the house and they are about to

bring us mo’ music!’

Senior Activities

The Veterans Memorial Senior

Center, 1455 Madison Ave.,

Redwood City, is providing the

following activities that are open to

the public during the month of June.

Friday Movies for Everyone

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

announced)

Come to the Veterans Memorial Senior Center in

June for a free feature movie in our state-of-theart

movie theater!

June 4: “Crazy Heart”

June 11: “It’s Complicated”

June 18: “Invictus”

June 25: “Tenderness”

Diabetes Prevention and

Management Dialogue

Wednesday, June 9, 1–2 p.m.

Sunset Room

Free

A Ravenswood Family Health Center representative

will discuss how to manage diabetes and various

preventative measures that can be taken when

there is a family history of the disease.

Chevys Second Annual Fundraiser

Thursday, June 24, all day

Chevys in Redwood City

Enjoy a delicious meal at Chevys in Redwood

City while helping the Veterans Memorial Senior

Center! Chevys will donate 25 percent of the

proceeds from your meal to the VMSC. You must

bring a special flier on this day to participate in

the fundraiser. Fliers can be obtained by visiting

the VMSC, calling 650-780-7270 or e-mailing

SDouglas@redwoodcity.org.

SAVE THE DATE:

VMSC Patriotic BBQ

Thursday, July 1, 12–2 p.m.

$8

Bring your lawn chairs, flags and dogs for this

patriotic outdoor celebration. Games will be played

and a hot dog/hamburger BBQ will be served on

the grass of the VMSC. This will be a pet-friendly

celebration, so bring those pooches. Optional

indoor dining will also be provided; however,

dogs cannot be accommodated within the Senior

Center. There will be a special demonstration by

the Redwood City Police K-9 Unit.

To learn more about the Veterans Memorial

Senior Center, call 650-780-7270. Redwood City

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Department provides recreational facilities

and activities for all ages and interests, and

supplies building and custodial services for city

buildings. Redwood City Parks also operates

the Veterans Memorial Senior Center and the

Fair Oaks Community Center, providing social,

educational and cultural activities, as well as

information, referral and counseling services to

persons living in Redwood City and neighboring

communities. Redwood City Parks is more

than you think! Its website is located at www.

redwoodcity.org/parks.

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A Minute With: James Massey

James Massey was born at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto. He graduated from

Menlo School in 2001. He continued his education and received his honorary

B.A.I.A. in visual communications from San Francisco State University, after

building core skills in studio art at the College of Creative Arts at UC Santa Barbara.

James currently lives in Palo Alto with his wife, Cristina, and their almost-2-

year-old son, Matteo. By day James is a senior designer for Lifestreet. He is

also the graphic artist for The Spectrum Magazine.

His hobbies include drawing, exercise, traveling and spending time with his family.

How do you like working for The Spectrum?

Love it!

What event are you looking forward to this summer?

Camping with my family.

One word to describe being a father?

Awesome!

Whom do you most admire?

My father, James Massey.

What talent would you most like to have?

Reading minds.

Something few know about you?

I speak Italian.

What phrase do you most overuse?

No problem.

Favorite song?

“Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Favorite movie?

Anything with cool special effects.

What is your motto?

Just go with it.

Anyone you got on your mind?

My family.

Memorable moment?

When Matteo was born.

First word that comes to mind?

OK.

You still can’t believe?

I am a father.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Living stress-free.

What or who is the love of your life?

My wife.

You currently feel?

Content.

You are inspired by?

Life.

If you’re happy and you know it?

Show it!

Never late for the Theatre

when you eat at Little India.

All You Can Eat Lunch

Mon - Fri 11am - 2pm

Regular $9.95 Vegetarian $7.95

All You Can Eat Dinner

Mon - Sat 5 - 9pm

Regular $12.95 Vegetarian $10.95

Little India

Restaurant

917 Main St., Redwood City

650-361-8737 • www.littleindiacuisine.com

10 % off

with your Parking

Valadation!

• Catering

• In-House Parties

Available

• Takeout

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