PEOPLE WITH PULL
The New Jail
To A DIFFERENT LOCATION?
As I Was Saying
Owner and Publisher
James R. Kaspar
Cover/Cover Story Photography
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Here we go, presenting the October 2010 edition of The Spectrum Magazine. This month we bring you
some fascinating people and issues to read about.
We want to thank our readers for the great response to last month’s anniversary issue. The cover
prompted some conversation and opinions around our town. One reader wrote, “Although the
symbolisms in the cover photo can easily be interpreted, they are not. There is a lot going on there.” We
hope you took time to look at it and discuss the issues publisher Steve Penna was trying to bring forth.
This month, contributing writer Judy Buchan has the distinction of writing our cover story and
presenting our People With Pull. How we determine our list is explained in the story, and we know you
will enjoy reading about each one and the contributions they make to our community. Do you agree with
our list? Let us know by writing a letter to the editor.
Penna writes about the upcoming November election, reaction to last month’s Spectrum and a few other
thought-provoking topics in his column, “As I Was Saying….”
We have an updated story on the location of a new jail in our community and a great profile on Debbi
Jones-Thomas, who is leaving our city after 31 years of service.
We also have our regular features on items of community interest, senior activities, parties around town,
news briefs, cultural and entertainment events, insurance tips from Russ Castle, information from the
Redwood City School District and the popular feature “A Minute With.”
As the holidays approach, 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. Including specials on services, food and beverages, many of them have 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.
When you visit them, let them know you appreciate their support of our local community publication.
As we enter our seventh year of publication, we invite you to visit our website — www.
spectrummagazine.net — for up-to-the-day information about our community. Until next month, get out
there and enjoy our community!
This Month’s Photo Shoot – 4
RCSD Corner – 5
“As I Was Saying...” – 6
Trading One Passion for Another – 10
Cultural Events – 11
Redwood City’s People With Pull 2010 – 16
Shop Redwood City – 19
News Briefs – 20
Community Interest – 21
Meet Our Community-Minded
Realtors of Redwood City – 26
No Jail Downtown, Please – 28
Senior Activities – 28
Insurance Tips: Home-Based Business
Owners, You Need Insurance Coverage – 29
A Minute With Mark Moulton – 30
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Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot
This month’s cover photo shoot was planned just hours after it was determined
who had made the People With Pull list. Publisher Steve Penna e-mailed the
five selected community leaders and scheduled the shoot for Tuesday, Sept.
21, at 1 p.m. at Powerhouse Gym on Broadway in the downtown area.
Penna did not tell any of the cover subjects what the shoot was for or even
that there would be others there. All made themselves available despite
conflicting schedules and responsibilities. All except for developer John
Bruno were able to make it on Sept. 21. He was to be in Arizona on business.
His shots were scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m.
Penna and cover photographer James Kaspar arrived early so they could
discuss locations within the gym to stage the subjects. It was determined to
use one of Penna’s ideas, having the group pose as if they were in a tug-ofwar,
which is the shot used for the cover. Needing a rope or some sort, Penna
walked down to the Fox Theatre and asked his friend Eric Lochtefeld, the
new owner there, to see if he could use the black rope that was on one of the
stanchions. It worked.
The individual shots were taken as each arrived. Mayor Jeff Ira, Councilwoman
Rosanne Foust, attorney Ted Hannig and Paula Uccelli were shot, in that order.
All of the subjects of course knew each other already, and throwing Penna
and Kaspar into the mix led to continuous conversation and many laughs. They
all discussed last month’s cover and the meaning behind the T-shirt Penna wore.
They decided to stage a little mockery of it, which you will see in the center
section this month.
The entire shoot took about an hour.
One of The Spectrum’s missions is to highlight and introduce our readers
to incredible people in our community who are accomplishing great things.
Although you do not need to be introduced to our People With Pull, we definitely
want to remind you of exactly what they do in our community and how valuable
Put aside your politics and your preconceived notions of what and who our
“Pullers” are. We salute each one for their individuality and dedication to making
Redwood City a better living and loving environment for all to grow. Keep Pulling!
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RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District
Teachers, Students Celebrate at Hawes and Henry Ford
students in each subgroup has reached the level of proficient or higher. Under
requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), all students
are expected to be proficient by 2014.
Hawes first-grader hard at work
Teachers, students and parents at Hawes and Henry Ford schools in Redwood
City celebrated on Sept. 13 as they learned that their schools were removed
from the state’s “program improvement” list. Once a school enters “program
improvement” (PI) for not meeting the academic growth required by the No
Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), it is rare to exit. Yet Henry Ford and Hawes
both came off the list this year for meeting or exceeding the adequate yearly
progress targets set by the state for the second year in a row.
“Both Hawes and Henry Ford have made amazing progress in increasing
the academic achievement of their students,” said Superintendent Jan Christensen.
“These are both strong neighborhood schools supported by an engaged group
of parents and students who have worked hard to excel in their studies.”
Lynne Griffiths, principal of Henry Ford, had planned a celebratory
luncheon for her staff to announce the news, and faced a dilemma when
the state delayed release of the news by a few days. Unable to tell teachers
that the school had exited program improvement due to the state’s news
embargo, she threw the party anyway and simply told the staff, “Good news
is coming!” When staff finally heard a few days later, they were overjoyed,
according to Griffiths.
“The teachers here have worked so hard, and this accomplishment validated
everything we are doing,” she said. “We have embraced a strategy called
‘professional learning communities,’ where staff share leadership with a strong
focus on student learning, collaboration and results. Because of this, the staff
has developed a sense of ownership and sense of shared accomplishment!”
The day that the state announced the news about the program improvement
lists, former Hawes Principal Josh Griffith, who moved to John Gill School this
school year, saluted his former staff with an early morning congratulatory
e-mail praising them for their rigorous work and their “genuine caring and
commitment to the children, families and community of Hawes.”
Griffith attributed Hawes’ success to the staff’s work in analyzing student
data and following the district’s achievement plan, as well as working with
community partners such as Second Harvest Food Bank and Serve The
Peninsula to provide a range of services to families that contribute to student
success. Griffith explained that through these partnerships and donations, the
school was able to provide food, clothing, shoes, rental assistance, counseling
and other services that supported students academically.
To put the achievement of these schools in perspective, only 28 out of 629
schools (about 4 percent) in the state of California, including Hawes and
Henry Ford, in their second or third year of program improvement exited in
2010. Because the academic progress targets are rising by about 11 percent
per year, 560 new schools statewide entered their second year of program
improvement, and only 11, including Hawes, exited. A total of 238 new
schools statewide entered their third year of program improvement and only
16, including Henry Ford, exited. More than 3,000 schools statewide are now
in program improvement.
Program improvement is a designation given to schools and districts that
receive federal Title I funds when one or more demographic subgroups fail
to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) — the state’s measure of progress
toward the requirements of NCLB — for two years in a row. A school
also must make AYP for two years in a row to exit program improvement.
In order to make AYP, schools must show that a required percentage of
Fifth-grade students participate in class discussion at Henry Ford
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The Spectrum Magazine
cordially invite you to the
Theater Arts Department
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Thursday, October 21st
5:00 to 7:00 P.M.
Main Theater Foyer at Cañada College
4200 Farm Hill Boulevard
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Includes Wine, Light Supper & Entertainment
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Entry for Great Raffle Prizes
For information please contact Lourdes Carini
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We got a lot of feedback (mostly positive) about
our anniversary issue last month, and I want to
thank our readers for “getting it.” Well, most of
you, anyway. But I came to realize that although
some readers did not interpret the symbolism as
I had intended, it does not make it incorrect, just
like any other issue in our community.
Between you and me, I thought I would have
gotten more comments from council members,
but I really think they did not know what to
say about the issues I brought up. I mean, if
they commented about it, they would have to
do something about it. Go figure. I thought
that bringing up issues that our community is
concerned about — like murder, community unity
and fiscal responsibility — would spark a fire, but
it has not seemed to. So I guess it is up to us to
take on the social issues that need to be addressed
in our community. But how do we do that?
City Council members are basically responsible
for providing us emergency services and street
maintenance (Public Works), and those are our
core services (you will hear a lot of questions about that
when the budget process starts next year) and the
ones we should expect from them. Everything else
they do or involve themselves in is just beyond
core services. Take, for instance, Parks and Recreation,
Planning, Library — they are luxuries and not core
services. So issues like the ones I brought up are
considered those types of issues, ones that “do-gooders”
work on, not elected officials. That is, if you have
elected officials who choose to think that way.
So, in the meantime, I guess I will just keep
writing and hoping that we address issues before
they become out of control, and then elected officials
will have to be reactive instead of proactive.
One issue that did catch the attention of our
new city attorney, Pamela Thompson, was the
potential conflict of interest with Tom Cronin,
who was recently named the new executive
director of the Police Activities League (PAL) and
a Redwood City Port commissioner.
She has ruled that there is no conflict of interest,
stating that the FPPC rules that apply are about
public officials who are making a decision that
would have a financial interest for someone involved.
She stated that there is no decision that Cronin has
an interest in at the port, and if PAL had a project
before the port, there would be a possible conflict
and it would be addressed at that time.
I am sure the scope of that information is right,
but maybe what residents are concerned about
is a “perceived” conflict. As we have found out,
everyone perceives things differently. I guess that
is one of the luxuries of having a city attorney.
As I Was
The City Council recently challenged the
members of the Planning Commission to a rowing
contest and they accepted. After weeks of early
morning training sessions, the event was held as
one of the first events of the Port Fest. OK, I don’t
Speaking of the Port Fest, the event was held on
Saturday, Oct. 2, and although they did not get
the major crowds that port commissioners had
hoped for, they should be praised for their efforts.
Commissioner Lorianna Kastrop was the one
who headed the event and put so much effort into
it. This being its first year, the event should grow
each year and, if given adequate attention, it could
really become a highlight for our community.
It gives an opportunity to see the port in a
different light and not just as an industrial area.
Many are hoping that ferry services will begin in
the port area, and that should boost the visibility
Overheard at Le Boulanger downtown: A group
of people were talking about the recent Heart
Walk, and one gentleman stated that he had
participated in the Heart Walk last year and it
“damn near gave me a heart attack.” Funny stuff.
As you know, I am an election junkie and find
all aspects of campaigns and races fascinating. I
have been attending some candidate forums and
debates and am amazed by the lack of interest of
voters on local issues and candidates.
Many readers have asked me why The Spectrum
does not openly support any candidate or issue
during election seasons. We don’t think it is proper
to insult our readers’ intelligence by telling them
who or what to vote for, so we don’t. It’s that simple.
But I do like to discuss and inform our readers of
what and whom they will be voting on.
One of the local races our community will be
voting on this Nov. 2 is the county supervisor
race between former Sheriff Don Horsley and
Coastside resident April Vargas. I recently
attended a couple of their debates. There is a clear
choice between the two, and it is someone who
lives in Redwood City.
I understand voter apathy, our frustration with
elected officials and politicians and how voters
could just take the DRIP (Don’t Re-elect Incumbent
Publisher | Steve Penna
Politicians) attitude and “throw them all out.”
That includes those who appear to be “status quo”
or part of the system, and Horsley is seen by many
to be in that category. But he is not and neither is
Vargas. So this race comes down to experience
In the race for county treasurer-tax collector,
Deputy Treasurer-Tax Collector Sandie Arnott
and Dave Mandelkern, community college district
trustee, are both waging very quiet and unexciting
campaigns. I don’t expect the excitement of this
race to excel at all.
The race that seems to be attracting the most
attention is the Sequoia Healthcare District Board
race that has seven candidates vying for three
seats. Those running are incumbents Art Faro
and Jack Hickey. Also running are business
owner and Redwood City resident Alpio Barbara,
health care professional Ruth West-Gorrin, retired
engineer Frederick Graham, physician Jerry
Shefren and businessman Michael Stogner.
Hickey is running on a slate with Graham and
Stogner. They are seeking to form a majority on
the board so they can abolish taxes going to the
district and shut it down. They argue that taxes
should not be collected for the district now that
Sequoia Hospital is privately owned.
On the other side, an unofficial slate of Barbara,
Faro and Shefren is trying to keep the district
intact, and knocking Hickey from the board in the
process would be an added plus. They insist that
the money would still be collected if the district
were to be dissolved. Instead of staying in our
community, money collected would go to other
governmental agencies, so the average tax bill
would remain the same regardless of the district’s
existence. So why not keep it here and contribute
here, where it is collected and needed?
This is a legitimate debate for us to be having.
But it seems logical that if the district were to
be dissolved and the money still being collected
would go to, let’s say, the state, then we should
keep the money in our community because it
comes from our community. This is an issue that
we should all be watching.
You may not even realize it but there are a few
local measures on the ballot that need your attention
or we might all be paying a lot more taxes and
giving up some voting rights. Measure U is a
Charter Amendment by the County of San
Mateo that asks whether the San Mateo County
Charter should be amended to require filling of
vacancies on the Board of Supervisors by election
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Trading One Passion for Another
By Nicole Minieri
Within the City of Redwood City, a vital gem of a
department is responsible for administering state
and federal funds for community development
programs and habitation for families from
different walks of life who are in dire need
of a home. This precious stone is the city’s
Housing Department, and although their staff
consists of only three, their accomplishments are
considerable. Leading the Housing Department
for the last 31 years is Housing Coordinator Debbi
Jones-Thomas, who happens to be making way
for something equally important: her retirement.
“When I came to Redwood City, I was only
looking for a five-year job on my resume, and
what I found was my ministry,” said Jones-Thomas.
“I have always been very passionate about my job
in the Housing Department, but now I am getting
ready to leave this position after all of this time
to fulfill my other interests. I’ve made a living
and now I want to make a life for myself. I want
to work on my bucket list because there are some
things that I’ve never had the chance to do before
and the possibilities are endless. I really have a
passion for writing and hope to publish at least
one book in the next couple of years, if not sooner.
I want to travel, and I definitely want to continue
on in public service, so everyone will still get to
see me in the community amongst the nonprofits.”
That community service is on Jones-Thomas’
“live life to the fullest” bucket list should come
as no surprise, since changing people’s lives for
the better has resided at the top of her daily “to
do” list during her lengthy tenure at the Housing
Department, whose main aim is to assist with
housing program objectives that benefit our
neighborhood for the long term.
“We provide affordable housing for people
with low income and for people who have special
housing needs because of developmental and mental
disabilities,” said Jones-Thomas. “Our programs
are continually helping homeless shelters too. We
fund emergency shelters and transitional housing,
help with shared housing and we even intervene
with racial discrimination when people try to
get housing and are treated differently. And the
programs which I have been involved with have
been comprehensive and are based on what is
needed. Most people who need housing really
need it because they lack job skills or have other
types of issues that need to be addressed, so our
full range of services have been very important to
these people. I have also been fortunate to work
with a number of nonprofits that help our services
and who have been so awesome in their ability to
serve the residents of Redwood City.”
As housing coordinator, Jones-Thomas has
excelled at aiding less fortunate families by
providing rental assistance and ownership
housing projects. “I was very instrumental
in starting projects as soon as I first came to
work for the Housing Department,” said Jones-
Thomas. “Actually, my first project was Heron
Court in Redwood Shores. I also partnered with
the nonprofit housing organization Habitat for
Humanity, where we worked on four Redwood
City projects together: a single-family home on
Madrone Street, six units on Hope Street, 36
units on Rollison Avenue and eight units for a
townhome on Lincoln Avenue.”
But that was only the beginning for Jones-
Thomas, as the list of affordable housing projects
she’s worked on has grown since then. To date, Jones-
Thomas has also worked on the development
of the multiconglomerate Kainos residential
housing ventures that are located throughout
Redwood City, plus City Center Plaza, Hilton
House, Berkshire Avenue Home, Oxford Street
Apartments, Casa de Redwood, Pine Shared Home,
Redwood City Commons, Cassia St. Group Home
and Redwood City Commons. Jones-Thomas also
works in conjunction with local nonprofit homeless
shelters, such as the Redwood Family Home, Maple
Street Shelter, Spring Street Shelter and Daybreak
Youth Shelter, to meet the temporary housing
needs of the homeless.
Besides cooperating with approximately 40 local
nonprofit organizations to provide affordable
housing options for qualifying families, Jones-Thomas
is also accountable for other important tasks
on a daily basis. “In addition to administering
contracts for a number of nonprofits, I also work
on purchased units or I work with clients on
negotiating the sale to make it affordable housing
for them. And I’ll work with a new nonprofit to
help them identify a project that we can fund,”
explained Jones-Thomas. “It is a lot of work, but I
absolutely love it. It’s kind of interesting because
my father used to say, if you have a roof over your
head and God in your heart, you can get through
everything else! It’s kind of phenomenal that I
ended up in this particular industry. I love what
I do because it directly changes people’s lives. I’ve
always had a passion for public service and believe
that how you get up in the morning determines
how successful you are going to be that day and
in the days to follow. Basically, at the end of the
day, everybody wants the same thing out of life,
and if you don’t believe that affordable housing
is an important service, then you’ve never been
homeless in life.”
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Jones-Thomas with Redwood City Police Officer Dan Smith, Fire
Capt. Bruce Meisenbach and Sgt. James Stoney.
Sadly, there are roughly 3.5 million homeless
people in the United States, and with the
economic downturn, that number is surely
expected to rise by this year’s end.
Unrelated but similarly bleak: According to the
American Cancer Society, every three minutes
a woman in the United States is diagnosed with
breast cancer, and approximately 40,170 were
expected to die from the dreadful disease last
year. Due to advanced medicine and early detection,
the survival rate for breast cancer is increasing,
and that’s very good news, especially for women
such as Jones-Thomas, who has beat the disease.
“I was fortunate to have breast cancer four
years ago,” said Jones-Thomas. “Through that
experience I learned the real meaning of life, and
that’s why I really want to embark upon the next
chapter in my life and pursue my passions.” And
as Jones-Thomas prepares to leave the Housing
Department, she hopes for one thing: that her
replacement will keep a keen eye on affordable
housing because “it will determine the greatness
of Redwood City as a place to live and thrive.”
Jones-Thomas’ departure from the Housing
Department is obviously going be bittersweet.
It will be heartbreaking for her to leave behind
a position that shaped the course of her calling,
yet she still gets to carry on in her vocation as
a committed ambassador for people who are in
distress in our community. “I want to continue to
advocate for people in Redwood City who have
needs, and change their lives for the better,” said
Thomas. “I think Redwood City is a wonderful
place. When I first came to Redwood City years
ago, I remember the only business open on
Broadway after 5 p.m. was a little place called
MJB Ranch Room. So I have been around for
a long time and have been a part of the entire
Debbi Jones-Thomas through the years.
evolution. And it’s been nice to have been a
part of rehabilitating some of the downtown
properties and changing the lives of a lot of
children and adults. And most people do not know,
but I also staffed the Housing and Human Concerns
Committee and the Home Improvement Loan
Committee. Many of these members went on to
successfully become prominent council people. It
is accomplishments like this that I cherish the most!”
As a high-spirited retiree, Jones-Thomas plans on
spending more time with her son, who is a junior
at the University of Kentucky, gardening, oil painting,
reading, writing and remaining in public service.
Although there will be considerable changes here
and there, Jones-Thomas will begin her mornings
in the same usual manner: putting her best foot
forward as she whispers to herself, “Be at your
best at every moment so you can be your best for
everybody around you!”
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
North Star Academy
Anais Mathes as Titania, Zachary Jagannathan as
Cheerleaders/Fairies (from left) Natalie Finander,
Kemmer Peeples, Gwen Wattenmaker. Noah Dearborn
(standing) as Oberon.
Laurel Nelson (left) and Isabella Yee.
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Cultural Events (Continued from previous page)
Roy Cloud School Presents
‘Willy Wonka Junior’
Nov. 5–6, 7 p.m.
400 Duane St., Redwood City
Clockwise, from left: Isabella Yee, Laurel Nelson,
Michael Ma, Adam Mead.
Thursday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m.
General: $12 advance/$14 at the door
Thursday and Sunday: Seniors and students $8 at
“When ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ meets
‘High School Musical,’ imagine the possibilities!
Even Shakespeare would laugh if he could see his
characters recast as cheerleaders, football players,
drama students, even a team of punk Pucks,” said
Director Neva Hutchinson of North Star Academy
and the Alhambra Youth Theatre.
This play is edited to be family-friendly and 90
minutes in length.
Come enjoy an evening of true love, unrequited
love, hijinks and enchantment with a modern
twist that only Shakespeare can deliver.
North Star Academy is a public school in
Redwood City. It was established in 1997 to serve
the unique needs of high-achieving students in
grades three through eight. It is funded primarily
through the California public school system
while additional funds are raised through the
Parent Club and fundraisers, including a Lap-A-
Thon and annual auction, to provide additional
programs and resources to the school.
North Star Academy’s Shakespeare program is
unique to the area, bringing the study of the words
of Shakespeare to children in third through eighth
grades. This year, as an added bonus, North Star’s
Youth Orchestra will be performing music from
Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
There has been a Shakespeare performance and
curriculum enrichment program for 14 years at
North Star Academy, which earned a California
Distinguished School Award in 2010.
Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the mysterious
candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to
life in this stage adaptation of “Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory.” Songs from the film classic
and some new additions will delight audiences of
all ages. The cast features over 50 fourth- through
eighth-grade students from Roy Cloud School.
The musical combines the elements of the 1971
and 2005 films and the book by Roald Dahl.
The show was adapted by Leslie Bricusse and
Timothy A. McDonald and features music and
lyrics by Bricusse and Anthony Newley.
The show’s director, Maureen McVerry, is
celebrating her 10th year of performances for the
Redwood City School District. A veteran actor
of TV, stage and theater, she has brought Willy
Wonka to us as the perfect start to the holiday
season. Golden tickets and lots of chocolate will
be available at all performances.
All proceeds will benefit the Roy Cloud
student body. This show has been sponsored and
produced by the Roy Cloud PTA and the Roy
Cloud Student Council.
For ticket information, please call Roy Cloud
School at 650-369-2264.
The Main Gallery
1018 Main St., Redwood City
Elizabeth Noerdlinger, “Journey In,” oil on canvas, 28” x
Elizabeth Noerdlinger, “Shipwreck,” oil on canvas, 24”
x 22”, 2010
Brandy Brune, “House Rock Rapid,” original
photograph, framed, 20” x 28”, 2010
Brandy Brune, “A Grand Adventure,” original
photograph, framed, 20” x 28”
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.
A Grand Adventure and Journey
in Two Exhibitions
The exhibitions “A Grand Adventure” featuring
photographer Brandy Brune and “Journey In”
featuring oil paintings by Elizabeth Noerdlinger
open at The Main Gallery in Redwood City on
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Cultural Events (Continued from previous page)
Oct. 20, running through Nov. 21. The gallery, located at 1018 Main St. in
Redwood City, will host a reception for the artists on Saturday, Oct. 23, from
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
In one exhibition gallery Brandy Brune is showing photographs taken
during a two-week kayaking trip to the Grand Canyon. Brune states, “They
say a Grand Canyon river trip will change your life, and I’d have to agree.
I’ve just recently had my life changed again.” Brune did her first Grand
Canyon trip about two and half years ago and her second just last month.
Being a relatively new whitewater kayaker, Brune opted for a commercial
trip but states, “I’ve learned everything about kayaking since my last Grand
Brune says she is personally inspired by desert landscapes and loves rivers,
so the intersection of the two is particularly amazing in her world. She finds
capturing the Grand Canyon as a photographer particularly challenging due
to the scale, but she is certainly willing to give it a try over and over again!
“In fact,” she states, “I first started taking pictures because I was going to all
kinds of cool places where most people don’t get to go and wanted to share
my amazing experiences … and this is a continuation of that process.”
Elizabeth Noerdlinger has been painting since last spring, preparing for the
show “Journey In” in the second exhibition gallery. She is continuing with
a theme of mixing images from photographs she took in Iceland and Cape
Cod. Noerdlinger states, “This work is mostly green in palette, and because
I’m combining scenes and adding elements and working from memory, I’m
looking inward. The act of painting becomes an exploration in my mind, or a
Please join them at the opening reception on Oct. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Meet the artists and enjoy an evening viewing art at The Main Gallery!
San Mateo Credit Union
The Spectrum Magazine
cordially invite you to the
Theater Arts Department
9th Annual Fundraiser
Thursday, October 21st
5:00 to 7:00 P.M.
Main Theater Foyer at Cañada College
4200 Farm Hill Boulevard
Redwood City, California
Includes Wine, Light Supper & Entertainment
by the Cañada College Theater Arts Students
Entry for Great Raffle Prizes
For information please contact Lourdes Carini
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Events Around Town
Peninsula Hills Women’s Club — TRUE ELEGANCE
The Peninsula Hills Women’s Club was thrilled to donate a total of $10,000 in proceeds from the annual True Elegance tea. Redwood City Education Foundation and Shelter
Network were each presented with a check for $5,000. Top, from left: Presentation by Michele Jackson of Shelter Network, Elaine Raines (silent auction chair) with Judy Yoakum
(tea chair) in the background, presentation by Jo-Ann Sockolov of Redwood City Education Foundation. Above left (from left): Jo-Ann Sockolov of Redwood City Education
Foundation, Judy Yoakum of PHWC, Michele Jackson and Judy Wong of Shelter Network. Above right: Members of PHWC working in the kitchen included (from left) Rose
Ferrando, Betty Garcia, Julie Salas (food chair), Kit Fragulia, Nancy Gallagher, Linda Krieg, Nancy Cameron (stooping) and Fran Ferrando.
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Redwood City’s People With Pull 2010
In determining who would be on our list this year, Publisher Steve Penna sent out
questionnaires to 30 people, including readers and involved civic members, asking them
whom they thought should be included on our list. All nominees must live or work in Redwood
City to be considered. Once again, we decided not to include large “corporate” people, like
Larry Ellison, or anyone directly affiliated with our publication.
A “person with pull” is different from a “most powerful person.” Pull can be interpreted in
so many different ways, while power has just financial or political interpretations.
A person with pull can be someone who is an elected official or advocate, who pulls the
community together. Or it can be someone who has influence and therefore pulls in a lot
of money to help others in our community. It can also be someone who possesses both
qualities. Regardless, it is someone who can and does make things happen.
We present to you Redwood City’s People With Pull for 2010.
People With Pull
Ted Hannig – Hannig is a major supporter of a
wide list of charities and social events, including
the Danford Foundation, Sequoia Awards,
Police Activities League and many more. He is
also considered the most influential attorney in
town, having won a multimillion-dollar lawsuit
against the City of Redwood City that basically
stopped the city’s use of eminent domain for
redevelopment projects cold.
Adding the star power of friends like “Dancing
With the Stars” entertainer Louis van Amstel
and the contributions their appearances bring to
our community, Hannig could well be the most
powerful person in our community.
Our People With Pull do a little kidding with Mayor Ira about last month’s Spectrum cover.
Rosanne Foust – The most outspoken and
powerful former mayor/current council member
our community has quite possibly ever had. She
is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in,
even if it drives her opponents to file complaints
with state agencies and to chastise her at council
meetings. If you want anything done in Redwood
City, she will get it done. She is the CEO of
SAMCEDA, is a member of Rotary and has earned
the distinction of being twice named one of the
top “Influential Business Women” in the Bay
Area. A Republican in a historically Democratic
community, Foust could have any elected position
she wanted in San Mateo County, but she seems
content with her work on the City Council.
John Bruno – The enormous amount of money
Bruno has at hand makes him, representing DMB
and the Saltworks project, one of the largest
contributors to charities and social organizations
in town. Not to mention he’s doing this project out
by Seaport Boulevard that will reshape the entire
landscape and financial makeup of our community
one way or another for decades to come.
Jeff Ira – According to some, he has the best
“common sense mind” to be on the council in
years. He is seen as a mayor who views the whole
community but understands that hopes and
dreams need to be financed. Many consider his
leadership in finance to be the reason Redwood
City is so “budget reserve” healthy at the moment.
In his last term in office, he is now, more than
ever, willing to show his strengths and not have
to worry about election time and those he might
upset. He also has a wonderful, self-deprecating
sense of humor.
Paula Uccelli – Although the days of Redwood
City’s old guard may be slipping away and a new
generation taking hold, that new guard doesn’t
take a step without looking to Uccelli to see how
she will react. Uccelli has her hands in every
major issue that faces our city, and everyone
who runs for office still must pay her a visit.
Every nonprofit in the community still longs for
her name on their list of supporters, and every
group trying to raise money for a new church or
a new set of softball uniforms still sends her a
solicitation letter. The Uccelli name is the most
common name on the contact list of every major
endeavor in our community, and if that isn’t pull,
we don’t know what is.
Let’s not forget she is the owner of one of
Redwood City’s most valuable and expensive
properties, Pete’s Harbor, which is one of the
oldest functioning marinas. Its 260-slip bay has
provided storage and amenities to recreational
boaters since the mid-1950s.
Working as individuals or as a team, these couples
combined represent virtually every organization
category in our community. They volunteer,
are elected or appointed and are responsible for
raising and donating millions of dollars annually
to our community. They serve as examples of
what we all should contribute to our community.
Dani Gasparini and Alyn Beals – Him: President/
CEO of Beals Martin Inc., a general contractor,
development and property management firm. He is
also Chamber of Commerce chairman of the board
and just bought the Sequoia Hotel to redevelop.
Her: former mayor, council member and chamber
chairman of the board, Sequoia Hospital Foundation
chair, Rotary member. A go-getter to say the least.
Warren Dale and Georgi LaBerge – Him: pastor
at Woodside Road Methodist Church, helped
found Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, director
of International Trauma Care Services, Civic
Cultural Commission chairman. Her: former
mayor and council member, executive director of
the Redwood City Library Foundation, serves on
board of City Trees and other nonprofits. If your
nonprofit needs money, she will find it.
Eric and Lori Lochtefeld – The new owners of
the Fox venues have the power to make a dramatic
impact in the viability of our downtown area and our
city as a whole. So many in our city are pinning
so much hope on what the Lochtefelds can do,
but it remains to be seen if they can actually pull
it off. Let us not forget the energy that originally
surrounded the last owner of the Fox and the
eventual turn that took. But the Lochtefelds
seem to be doing it right and have assembled an
exceptional team to help them reach their goals.
They have plugged into our community and our
nonprofits and seem to be off to a good start.
Jim Hartnett and Rosanne Foust – Him: former
mayor and council member, former chamber board
member, served on City/County Association of
Governments, San Mateo County Transit District
and the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board.
His legal firm specializes in civil, business and
real estate litigation services. Her: in addition to
everything else she does, she was named 2009
Person of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce.
Although they did not make our top list this
year, these community leaders are the ones
to watch in future years.
Alpio Barbara – He’s one of Redwood City’s
most successful business owners and brings in
hundreds of thousands to city coffers in sales
tax dollars. A great community leader, Barbara
donates to most charities that request his help.
Chamber of Commerce member, former president
of PAL, Rotary Club, Downtown Business Group.
If he wins in his first attempt at public office this
November, his “pull” will surely rise.
Jack Hickey – Like it or not, Hickey is making
waves in the political makeup of San Mateo County
and Redwood City. He was elected and then reelected
to his position at the Sequoia Healthcare
District and received 16,699 votes (16.09 percent
of the vote) in last June’s County Supervisor
election, denying fellow trustee Don Horsley a
victory. If Hickey pulls off a victory this November
and brings his two slate members with him, he
will abolish the Healthcare District for good. One
wonders if that would “pull” him up on our list.
Don Horsley – Still the most recognized name
in Redwood City and quite possibly San Mateo
County, Horsley has been concentrating on his
duties as the Sequoia Healthcare District president
and his bid for County Supervisor. The former
school teacher, police officer and county sheriff is
not on our main list but might return next year if
he “pulls” off a win in November.
Peter Ingram – His first task on joining the
Redwood City organization was to oversee the
reorganization of what was General Services
into what is now Public Works Services. Ingram
subsequently became Community Development
Services director and now serves as city manager.
He is soft-spoken but passionate about his job and
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Events Around Town The Sequoia Hospital Foundation’s Annual Invitational Golf Tournament — Sept. 13
The Sequoia Hospital Foundation’s Annual Invitational Golf Tournament was held on Sept. 13 at the beautiful Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club in Menlo Park. Although final
totals from the event are still being calculated, thanks to the generosity of sponsors, golfers, donors and volunteers, the Foundation raised approximately $125,000 during the day
of golf. Those funds will be matched by the Sequoia Healthcare District’s challenge grant, allowing the Foundation to immediately apply nearly a quarter of a million dollars toward
Women’s Integrated Health at Sequoia. Top, from left: Frank Bartaldo on the Hole-in-One prize Harley-Davidson, Sequoia Hospital CEO Glenna Vaskelis with PGA Tour professional
Nick Watney, Watney in action and in perfect form. Above, from left: Golfers enjoying the spirit of the day; Sequoia Hospital Foundation Board Chair Steve San Filippo; 2010
Tournament Co-Chairs Gregory Engel, M.D., and Beverly Joyce, M.D.; Watney leads a swing clinic prior to the start of the tournament.
Redwood City’s People With Pull 2010
about Redwood City. He controls all the strings in
our community. Watching which way he “pulls”
them will determine if he makes our main list
Nancy Radcliffe – Planning Commission chair,
Chamber board of directors, City Trees board
member, former Downtown Business Group
president and the first person to start the “no more
jails” efforts in Redwood City. She chaired John
Seybert’s City Council bid last year and heavily
supported the other two winners. She could make
the “pull” top list if she wanted to do so but seems
content in the role she currently plays.
John Seybert – Let’s face it; our last election
was won by the candidates who were hand-picked
by our current City Council majority. Many
view Seybert as having the long-term vision and
approachability to fully and strongly represent
our city and all of our constituents. After every
member of our current council, with the exception
of Jeff Gee, has long since termed out, only
Seybert will remain, having no problem winning
re-election in his eventual bids. If he is strong
enough, his will be the leadership that bridges us
from today through the next 12 years when the
DMB project is eventually voted on, the highspeed
rail project is decided, the downtown jail is
built (or not), etc. Let’s also not forget he works for
one of the largest church congregations in town.
Let’s see if all that can “pull” him up on our list.
“A ‘person with pull’ is different
from a ‘most powerful person.’
Pull can be interpreted in so
many different ways, while
power has just financial or
Shop Local This Fall! – Shop Redwood City!
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.
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 sports action on the big flat-screen TVs. Don’t forget to
reserve their closed patio for your next party — it has heaters, fans and a bigscreen
TV (no extra charge). Why cook when you don’t have to? They also 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 and quite possibly the best in town.
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 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 small or large special events now.
Little India – 917 Main St. – “There are good restaurants. There are bad
restaurants. There are OK restaurants. Then there are those places, the magic
ones. You come back again and again because the food doesn’t just taste good
and satisfy hunger, but helps heal the heart and soul.” Senior citizens receive
$1 off and children under 12 dine at half price. www.littleindiacuisine.com.
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.
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
Spectrum special: Get 100 square feet of carpet cleaned for absolutely
nothing. Call today and get your home looking great.
Hannig Law Firm – 2991 El Camino Real – Hannig Law Firm LLP provides
transactional and litigation expertise in a variety of areas. The professionals
at HLF are committed to knowing and meeting their clients’ needs through
long-term relationships and value-added services, and to supporting and
participating in the communities where they live and work.
Every Woman Health Club – 611 Jefferson Ave. – 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.
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 renters 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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Tire Iron Attack Brings Five Years Prison
A man accused of attacking another with a tire iron in Redwood City last
year because the victim was upset he tried to have an affair with his wife was
sentenced to five years in prison for attempted murder.
Fortunato Lopez Martinez, 22, of East Palo Alto, pleaded no contest to the
felony and admitted committing a serious offense in return for five years in
prison. The negotiation plea settlement vacated the jury trial, and prosecutors
also dropped other felony charges like assault with a deadly weapon.
Martinez waived his right to a pre-sentencing report and was immediately
handed the term along with credit for 304 days earned while in custody on
no-bail status. He returns to court Nov. 9 for a restitution hearing.
According to prosecutors, Martinez and the 38-year-old victim had worked
together as landscapers months before the incident but had a falling out. On more
than one occasion, Martinez allegedly called the man’s wife and asked her to
have a relationship. The woman told her husband, who, after spotting Martinez
on Poplar Street on a Sunday morning, confronted him and began a physical fight.
After the victim gained the upper hand, Martinez allegedly told him he had
“just dug his own grave” and retrieved a tire iron from an apartment building
and struck the man several times in the head. The victim required 15 stitches.
Martinez surrendered to police Dec. 30.
Former Dispatcher Arrested Again
The former San Carlos police dispatcher convicted of using friends’ stolen credit
cards on a spending spree of spa treatments and room service is now accused
of forging a judge’s signature on a restraining order against the father of her twins.
The newest charges come while Carolyn Jean Crowley, 39, is on felony
probation for the 2008 conviction of burglary and identity theft.
This time, according to prosecutors, Crowley showed a Redwood City
school an alleged restraining order bearing Judge Beth Freeman’s name to
keep the children’s father from having contact.
At the time of the signature, however, Freeman was in Hawaii on vacation.
Crowley was arrested and appeared in court on felony charges of keeping
children from a custodial parent and forgery. She is being held in lieu of $25,000
bail on the new case and a no-bail hold for allegedly violating her probation.
Before Crowley’s other crimes, she gave birth to twins in 2003. In 2005, their
father learned of the children and obtained visitation. Crowley moved the
kids to St. Pius School in Redwood City without telling him and gave both
him and the school a copy of a restraining order, according to prosecutors.
The father’s attorney contacted the District Attorney’s Office, which in
turn determined the restraining order was a forgery and contained Freeman’s
forged signature, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
The case is the latest for Crowley, who faced up to 58 months in prison
for the credit card theft but instead received eight months in jail as part of a
negotiated plea that dismissed other charges of theft and burglary.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, Crowley called several friends
for help after becoming addicted to drugs. The friends allowed Crowley to
stay at their homes for a few days each.
Prosecutors claim Crowley stole credit cards before leaving each friend’s
home and used them for 20 unauthorized purchases, including stays at the
Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City, prescription medicine, spa treatments,
clothing and meals.
Accused Stabber Charged
A 57-year-old man arrested for allegedly stabbing another man near a Redwood
City Starbucks was charged with assault.
John Roberson, 57, of East Palo Alto, was arrested on suspicion of attempted
murder but charged with assault with a deadly weapon and causing great bodily
injury against a 51-year-old man.
The two men reportedly exchanged words and the victim punched Roberson
in the face before being stabbed once in the torso at Sequoia Station near the
Teenager Indicted for Murder
Prosecutors indicted a teenager extradited from Mexico on murder and knife
charges, saying they were tired of not moving forward with a trial in the 2009
death of a 15-year-old boy who threw rocks at his car.
A criminal grand jury indicted Luis Adolfo Villa, 19, and he will appear in
court for a Superior Court arraignment, said Chief Deputy District Attorney
Villa is expected to enter a plea and set a trial date.
“We needed to make sure this case goes forward. It’s getting older and
older because of his flight,” Wagstaffe said.
The indictment sidesteps a preliminary hearing on the evidence
prosecutors believe proves Villa is guilty of murdering Matthew Johnson.
Unlike in that proceeding, the defense does not participate in the process.
Villa was 17 at the time of the crime but charged as an adult. Another
suspect, Luis Herrera, 21, was also arrested in the attack and last November
was sentenced to time served for felony assault.
Johnson and his alleged killer clashed at approximately 1:20 a.m. Jan. 3,
2009, when authorities say the teen and three friends were throwing rocks at
vehicles in the 100 block of Franklin Street in Redwood City. One reportedly
hit a vehicle carrying Villa and Herrera. The suspects chased Johnson and
his friends down the street and allegedly attacked them. Herrera punched
Johnson while Villa stabbed him several times, according to prosecutors.
Johnson was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Police arrested Herrera at his Hoover Street home four days later. Villa fled
to Mexico where he remained until extradited in early July.
If convicted, he faces 16 years to life in prison. He remains in custody without bail.
Accused Rapist of Vitamin Seller Pleads Not Guilty
A Redwood City man accused of sexually assaulting an acquaintance who came to his
home to sell vitamins pleaded not guilty to several felonies including rape and assault.
Ricardo Zaragoza Mendez, 61, did not waive his right to a speedy trial and
was scheduled for jury trial Nov. 1 on charges including rape, forcible rape,
assault to commit rape, assault and false imprisonment.
Mendez is accused of attacking a 19-year-old woman he knew from an adult
school months earlier. On May 28, the married woman went to Mendez’s
home because he wanted to buy the Herbalife vitamins she sold. After discussing
the items for sale, Mendez allegedly asked her to look at vitamins he already
owned located in his bedroom. Once there, prosecutors say Mendez raped the
woman until she was able to grab a flashlight and strike him several times in the head.
The woman ran to a friend’s residence and contacted police.
Mendez remains in custody in lieu of $200,000 bail.
Not Guilty Plea in Courthouse Gun Case
The man who prosecutors say brought a handgun into the Redwood City
courthouse branch where he was headed to a hearing over child custody
pleaded not guilty to felony firearm charges.
James Douglas Knapp, 45, of Sacramento, is charged with one count of
possessing a firearm in a public building and one count of possessing a
loaded firearm in a public building.
He pleaded not guilty and was ordered back to court for a Superior Court
review conference followed by an preliminary hearing.
Knapp was arrested July 12 after sending a backpack through the X-ray
machine at the security checkpoint at 400 County Government Center in
Redwood City. The center houses county offices, the Sheriff’s Office and
courtroom. Knapp was going to family law court regarding a child custody
issue, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Security guards at the checkpoint reportedly spotted a .45-caliber handgun
in the backpack as it passed through the machine and detained Knapp. Knapp
consented to a search of his car, and deputies reported finding another gun
magazine in the glove compartment.
Knapp reportedly told authorities he had not realized the gun was in his bag.
He remains out of custody on a $50,000 bail bond.
The last similar incident was in September 2007 when Frank Turney of
Pacifica was arrested after trying to walk through the same courthouse metal
detector with a loaded handgun. Turney was going to his son’s arraignment
on assault charges.
San Mateo Credit Union’s Seventh Annual Backpack Drive
For the past seven years, the management and staff of San Mateo Credit
Union (SMCU) have marked the back-to-school season by collecting
backpacks and filling them with school supplies for local students. This year,
employees and members brought in 73 backpacks for the seventh annual
To enhance awareness of the drive, SMCU donated a backpack for every
new youth account opened during the month of August. As a result of these
combined efforts, 121 backpacks were given to school children at Fair Oaks
Elementary, Hoover Elementary and Garfield Elementary — an amount that
nearly doubles the number of backpacks donated during last year’s drive.
“The enthusiasm for this annual event is always so heartening,” said
Richard Villareal, SMCU’s financial education representative. “Employees
from all six of our branches, as well as from the Administrative Office,
jumped in to help, and their contributions enabled us to bring smiles to the
faces of so many children.”
The SMCU Backpack Drive reflects the credit union philosophy of
“People Helping People.” Added Villareal, “Providing young members of
the community with the tools they need to succeed in school benefits the
community at large. Helping to give them a brighter future is a reward that
we all share.”
Community Invited to High-Speed Rail Information
Meetings on Potential Station in Redwood City
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has scheduled two
community information meetings in Redwood City, one each in October and
November. These meetings will focus on the potential for a high-speed rail
station in Redwood City. The first meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 13, 7–9 p.m.,
at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. The second
meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 3, 7–9 p.m., at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.
These meetings comprise a two-part community engagement process
concerning a possible high-speed rail station, and the community is
encouraged to attend both meetings.
During the first meeting (Oct. 13), CHSRA representatives will provide
the community with an overview of considerations, features and potential
impacts of a station option in Redwood City, and will provide ample
opportunity for questions and answers.
The second meeting (Nov. 3) will include a brief summary of the previous
meeting, followed by break-out sessions to give participants an opportunity
for more in-depth conversations around key issues related to the possibility of
a high-speed rail station in Redwood City. Those key issues will include the
scope of questions and concerns raised at the first meeting.
The results of these meetings will provide Redwood City and the CHSRA
with information and public input on the critical issues and concerns that the
community may have about a station in Redwood City. The high-speed rail
project’s environmental review process will analyze all three of the CHSRA’s
mid-Peninsula station options (Palo Alto, Redwood City and Mountain
View) even though only one station (or perhaps none) will be implemented.
The meetings will also provide Redwood City with information about the
community’s desires in regard to a possible station and whether the city
should actively pursue locating a station here.
The CHSRA identified Redwood City as a potential station site early in the
program’s descriptions. Redwood City did not request that it be considered
for a station; rather, the city’s central location on the Peninsula and its
proximity to downtown and multimodal transit options made it a logical
location for consideration of a station, according to the CHSRA.
Without adequate information as yet, neither the community nor the City
Council of Redwood City have discussed or expressed a preference for a
station in Redwood City — this would be the first information provided to the
community by the CHSRA on what a station might encompass in Redwood
City. More information on the city’s perspective on the high-speed rail issues
is on the city’s website at www.redwoodcity.org/HSR.html.
County Counsel Announces Retirement From ‘Dream Job’
San Mateo County Counsel Michael Murphy announced his retirement to the
Board of Supervisors, according to the county. He has held the role of county
counsel since August 2007.
Murphy has been with the County Counsel’s Office for nearly 29 years. He
became one of the office’s two chief deputies in 1998 and became assistant
county counsel in July 2006, Deputy County Manager Mary McMillan said in
a statement. “I considered this a ‘dream job’ when I joined the office in 1982,
and there has not been one day when I didn’t look forward to the challenges
that awaited me when I walked in the door,” Murphy said in the statement.
Murphy, who served as the principal land use attorney for the office for
22 years, was appointed to his current position after the 2007 retirement of
former County Counsel Tom Casey, the statement said. The county Board
of Supervisors selects the county counsel. “Mike Murphy’s dedication
as a public servant should be commended,” Richard Gordon, the board’s
president, said. “His work has not only protected the county, but has also
served the local community in numerous ways.”
Murphy announced his retirement, which is effective in March 2011, to
the board in a closed session in Redwood City, the statement said. Murphy
graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1970
and received his law degree in 1978 from the University of California at
Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, the statement said.
As county counsel, Murphy was responsible for legally representing
San Mateo County, the county courts and the Grand Jury, according to
County counsel also serves as the attorney for all county departments and
agencies and the county’s elected officials, which includes the sheriff and the
district attorney, the statement said.
Additionally, Murphy is responsible for representing 22 of the 24 school
districts in the county — including the San Mateo County Community
College District — as well as the county’s superintendent of schools and
board of education, which are both elected by county voters.
Many governmental agencies located within San Mateo County are also
legally represented by the county counselor, the statement said.
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As I Was Saying…(Continued from p6)
for vacancies occurring on or before Oct. 15 of the third year of the term,
and by election or appointment for vacancies after Oct. 15, and to authorize,
for vacancies in any county elected office, an all-mailed ballot election with
commencement of the process to fill the vacancy on the date a resignation
letter is filed. Would have liked the word “appointment” removed, but this
sounds good to me. Any time voters have a larger voice than politicians do, it
is a good idea.
Measure N is a bond for the Belmont–Redwood Shores School District
that needs 55 percent approval to pass. They say it is needed for elementary
school repairs. Sounds good to me.
Measure M is a vehicle registration fee for the County of San Mateo.
They want us all to pay even more fees “to help maintain neighborhood
streets, fix potholes, provide transportation options, improve traffic
circulation, provide transit options including senior and disabled services,
reduce congestion, reduce water pollution from oil and gas runoff, and
provide safe routes to schools.” To accomplish this, the Congestion
Management Agency for San Mateo County would levy a $10 registration
fee, for 25 years, on vehicles registered in San Mateo County.
Here is what I don’t get. There is severe unemployment in our county,
small business owners and their employees are making less, there have been
increases on everything, and now they want us to approve paying more —
not fair and not a good idea at all! Notice how they throw schools into the
description? This measure just needs a majority approval to pass and I hope
we do not give it to them. Sorry, no way. Can’t do it!
Next week I will have my predictions, and I am really getting good at this.
Who or what do you think will capture voters’ attention and win? Get
As I was saying…
Let your opinion be heard!
P a u l S c h r a g e , C o n d u c t o r
Il Signor Bruschino Overture, Rossini
Piano Concerto no.3, Beethoven
Symphony no.3, Beethoven
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No Jail Downtown, Please!
Redwood City residents rally outside a public jail
planning meeting in an effort to divert a plan to build
another facility in the heart of downtown.
Jail planning and Redwood City officials are
strongly considering an alternative site for a new
correctional facility, but dozens of residents
adamantly against previous plans for a facility
downtown were taking no chances.
Bearing “no downtown jail” stickers and hoisting
signs proclaiming “keep our downtown kid-friendly”
and “we love our downtown,” the crowd gathered
outside a public jail planning meeting to leave no
doubt about their position.
“We need to speak up now. If we don’t, after it’s
built is too late,” said Samuel Gomez.
Gomez, 36, lives less than three blocks from the
proposed site on the current motor pool, near the
existing Maguire Correctional Facility on Bradford
Street. Gomez said he bears no ill will toward those in
jail but, with three young daughters, doesn’t want
to take any chances with their safety. Not only
does Gomez prefer the newly proposed Chemical
Way site on “the fringe” of Redwood City, he
would like to see the city pull up roots on all
correctional facilities and place them out there.
But a new jail won’t replace Maguire. No matter
where it is situated, the new building will replace
the bloated Women’s Correctional Facility on
Maple Street and alleviate overcrowding at Maguire.
All bookings and releases will still happen at
Maguire, and those awaiting court cases will still
be housed there, according to Sheriff Greg Munks.
Moving both to the new facility has not yet
been considered because there is a cost associated
with building the necessary space, said Lt. Debbie
Bazan of the Sheriff’s Office jail planning unit.
Several attendees, however, demanded the idea
be looked at and Munks agreed to hold another
meeting specifically to address that issue.
A new jail would focus on more minimumsecurity
inmates and providing much-needed
space for rehabilitation and education programs.
Inside the meeting at San Mateo Credit Union
in Redwood City, Munks and members of the
jail planning unit revisited the lengthy history of
trying to get a new jail — a series of contentious
exchanges with city leaders and residents, the
narrowing of two dozen possible sites down to
seven and eventually the motor pool preference,
and now the idea that a jail does not have to be in
such close proximity to Maguire.
Chemical Way is on the east side of the freeway
and approximately five acres, which would let the
jail be built out rather than up.
As proposed, the new jail would have 768 beds
and require 145 employees. In downtown, a jail of
that size would be five stories. On Chemical Way,
it would be closer to three, Munks said.
The jail itself is estimated to cost between $150
million and $160 million, but buying the Chemical
Way land would add to that price tag. Munks
estimates needing $18 million more annually in
operating costs although Rich Gordon, president
of the Board of Supervisors, has previously
suggested it be closer to $20 million because of
needs like correctional health and food service.
Sharing those needs, particularly food
preparation, has often been cited as a reason to
build on the motor pool site. Transportation to the
courthouse at 400 County Government Center is
Although the price tag will be steep, the county
“can’t afford not to do it,” Munks said.
Although the Chemical Way site now seems
to be preferred by many involved, nothing is
yet solid. Munks hopes to come before the
Board of Supervisors within October to present
the alternative. Munks previously spoke to
supervisors about the motor pool idea but the
board refused to sign off on the proposal without
receiving more information on the needs.
When asked directly which site he preferred of
the two, Munks said he preferred not to commit
until the process plays out. That said, he is “very
open” to the Chemical Way site if lingering questions
about price and the environment are resolved.
Regardless of the jail site selection, the county
will have the same number of inmates, Munks
said, emphasizing that the desire is not to expand
the population but to free the county from the
“overcrowding crisis” that could place it in danger
of releasing prisoners or being sued.
Several protesters outside the meeting said they
didn’t dispute the need for a jail but simply do
not want it downtown where it can destroy the
area’s recent revitalization, endanger children and
change the business atmosphere.
“It’s not just the jail itself. It’s everything that
comes along with it,” said Anneke Cole, ticking
off possibilities like more bars, bailsmen and
anger management programs.
Redwood City Manager Peter Ingram said
concern about that kind of land use is partially
what drove the City Council’s previous concern
about a downtown jail. The worry isn’t specific
businesses, he said, but in establishing a balance.
Downtown Redwood City already fosters an
unsavory element because of the current jail,
according to one resident who interrupted Munks’
description of the area as safe. She is accosted daily
by people who say they are fresh out of jail, she said.
Both Cole and Gomez cited homeless
individuals as another problem and while they
cannot be certain it is tied to the jail, they did not
discount the possibility.
Editor’s note: This article appeared in the Daily
The Veterans Memorial Senior
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Redwood City, provides the
following activities that are open
to the public during the month of
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Wednesday, Oct. 6
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The Impact of
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Thursday, Oct. 7
Free Movie: “Killers”
Friday, Oct. 8, 1:15 p.m.
Italian Dinner and Mandolin Concert
Friday, Oct. 8, 6 p.m.
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To learn more about the Veterans
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7270. Redwood City Parks, Recreation
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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
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Insurance Tips: Home-Based Business Owners, You Need Insurance Coverage
By Russ Castle, Special to The Spectrum
When you start a home-based
business, buying insurance may
not be your first priority, but you
cannot afford to ignore it either.
When the unexpected happens
— and it will — having insurance
coverage may mean the difference
between the success and failure of
your home-based business.
You may not require all types of insurance
listed here, but taking some time now to consider
your insurance needs can save you money and
headaches in the future. Ultimately, after reading
this article, the best way to determine your
complete needs is to consult with your insurance
agent. Explain the details of your home-based
business and he or she should be able to determine
the best insurance coverage for you (and any
Health insurance should be the first consideration
for yourself and any employees you may have. If
you have just left your current job to start your own
business, you may be eligible for COBRA, which
will provide temporary interim coverage. This will
keep you covered while you search for the best
health insurance policy.
Disability insurance will guarantee that you
have some income should you suddenly become
unable to work because of injury or illness.
Having this extra peace of mind is almost always
well worth the extra money you pay.
Life insurance will help ensure that your
family has the money it needs should you meet
an untimely death. Some lenders require that you
have life insurance before they’ll issue a loan; this
guarantees that the loan will be repaid if you meet
with an untimely end.
Business property insurance helps protect you
against loss of inventory or equipment. If your
business equipment or inventory is damaged in a
flood, fire or other disaster, this type of insurance
will allow you to recoup your losses.
Comprehensive general liability insurance
is necessary for your home-based business if
you plan on having clients or customers visit
your home. Whether you plan to hold meetings,
allow customers to pick up merchandise or have
members of the public enter your home for any
other reason, this insurance will protect you if
someone is injured while on your property. This
insurance will typically pay for your legal defense
should you face a lawsuit as the result of a fall or
other damage that occurs on your property.
Business interruption insurance will help your
business recover from natural disasters. It will
cover you for income lost during the disaster
and will pay for operating expenses that continue to
accrue even when your business isn’t up and running.
Workers’ compensation insurance is an absolute
necessity if you plan on having employees working
out of your home. Without workers’ comp, you’ll be
responsible for any medical expenses arising from
injuries employees sustain while working for you.
Many home-based business owners mistakenly
believe that this type of insurance is only required
by businesses that have a retail or separate
location, but that’s not the case. Another mistake
is assuming that only “dangerous” employers
(such as construction or movers) need this type of
insurance. But what if your employee slips on the
stairs or their chair breaks? While those are both
unlikely, they are possible and the less risky your
business, the cheaper the insurance will be.
These insurance plans can help ensure that you
are prepared to face any eventuality that might
occur while you are running your own business.
Disasters, accidents and crises can strike at any
time. By preparing now, you may be saving you
and your company significant financial loss,
wasted time and difficulty.
Editor’s note: This article was written by Russ Castle
of Castle Insurance Agency, a licensed and experienced
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.
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A Minute With: Mark Moulton
Mark Moulton was born in San Francisco. He is a graduate of Gunn High School in Palo Alto and attended
Harvard University for 1½ years before transferring and graduating from Stanford University with a bachelor’s
degree in studio art.
After graduation, he lived in Palo Alto for 10 years and moved to Redwood City in 1987. He currently lives in
the Emerald Hills neighborhood with his wife, Lisa. Mark has extensive experience working with small teams
to create new businesses, is a consultant, serves as the board president of the Housing Leadership Council
of San Mateo County and is the founding executive director of Living City Partners, a nonprofit housing
Mark has also been involved with the Riekes Center, the Nature Connection Mentoring Foundation and
United Campus Christian Ministries as an organizational and fund development consultant. He is active in the
Redwood City–San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce, the Fund for Peace Initiatives, Concentric Media
and Sustainable San Mateo County.
He has had two books published: “Interstices,” a book of poetry dedicated to his wife, and a book of his
paintings and drawings. His hobbies include walking in the hills, reading and playing tennis with his niece.
How is the affordable housing situation in
How can it change?
By really coming together as a community and
following the leadership of the City Council.
Working in downtown Redwood City is?
Whom do you most admire?
Jack Greenalch, former mayor of Redwood City.
What talent would you most like to have?
Something few know about you?
Family has been in California since 1890.
What phrase do you most overuse?
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the “Ode to Joy.”
“Star Wars” — the entire trilogy.
What is your motto?
Do your best.
Anyone you got on your mind?
Always my wife.
Dedication of the last of the Rolison Road houses
in December 2003.
First word that comes to mind?
You still can’t believe?
That I am 61 years old.
You currently feel?
You are inspired by?
People and possibilities.
What or who is the love of your life?
When you die, you want to come back as?
A gray fox — fast and fascinating.
If you’re happy and you know it?
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