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As I Was Saying

The Spectrum.OCT.2010

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

Nicole Minieri

Contributing Writer

James Massey

Graphic Designer

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

Contact Information:

Phone 650-368-2434

E-mail addresses listed above

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. — 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

they are.

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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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

care either.


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

and accessibility.


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

and leadership.

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.”

(continues on next page)

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!”

Cultural Events

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Oct. 21–24

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.

(continues on the next page)

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Cultural Events (Continued from previous page)

Roy Cloud School Presents

‘Willy Wonka Junior’

Nov. 5–6, 7 p.m.

McKinley Theatre

400 Duane St., Redwood City

Tickets $15


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.

Ticket Prices

General: $12 advance/$14 at the door

Thursday and Sunday: Seniors and students $8 at

the door

“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

38”, 2010

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

Canyon trip.”

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

soul journey.”

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

Cañada College

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

Tickets $20.00

Includes Wine, Light Supper & Entertainment

by the Cañada College Theater Arts Students

Entry for Great Raffle Prizes

For information please contact Lourdes Carini

650 823-1463

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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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Come see what all the fuss is about.

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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.

Power Couples

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.

Boiling Under

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

next year.

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

political interpretations.”

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.

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 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.

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

Spectrum special: Get 100 square feet of carpet cleaned for absolutely

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 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 renters insurance to auto and more. Visit www. 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

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 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

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

coffee shop.

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

Steve Wagstaffe.

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.

Community Interest

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

Backpack Drive.

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

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

McMillan’s statement.

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…


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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

another consideration.

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

Journal newspaper.

Senior Activities

The Veterans Memorial Senior

Center, 1455 Madison Ave.,

Redwood City, provides the

following activities that are open

to the public during the month of


SamTrans Trip to Half Moon Bay

Wednesday, Oct. 6

$4. Sign up at 650-575-6940.

The Impact of

Oxidative Stress on Aging

Thursday, Oct. 7

Free lecture.

Free Movie: “Killers”

Friday, Oct. 8, 1:15 p.m.

Italian Dinner and Mandolin Concert

Friday, Oct. 8, 6 p.m.

$20. Sign up at 650-780-7259.

Free Movie: “Letters to Juliet”

Friday, Oct. 15, 1:15 p.m.

Free Movie: “The Karate Kid”

Friday, Oct. 22, 1:15 p.m.

VMSC Halloween Luncheon

Thursday, Oct. 28, 12 p.m.

$8. Sign up at 650-780-7259.

Free Movie: “Robin Hood”

Friday, Oct. 29, 1:15 p.m.

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

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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.

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of Castle Insurance Agency, a licensed and experienced

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

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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

Redwood City?

Big opportunities.

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?

A pleasure.

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?

Lemme see.

Favorite song?

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the “Ode to Joy.”

Favorite movie?

“Star Wars” — the entire trilogy.

What is your motto?

Do your best.

Anyone you got on your mind?

Always my wife.

Memorable moment?

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?

My wife.

When you die, you want to come back as?

A gray fox — fast and fascinating.

If you’re happy and you know it?

Show it!

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