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Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

March 2007

Vol 3, No. 6

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher


Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer


Valerie Harris

Contributing Writer


Dale McKee

Graphic Artist

Contributing Writer

Damaris Divito

Photography Stylist

Sales Associate


DJ Design

Dale McKee

Advertising Graphic Art

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography


Welcome to the March edition of The Spectrum

Magazine. This month’s stories and photos celebrate

a wide variety of people and organizations in

our community.

Starting off, our cover story is on the Kainos Home and

Training Center. This active organization has been in our

community for 33 years and provides adults with developmental

disabilities the opportunity to participate in society

naturally and skillfully.

Publisher Steve Penna discusses the downtown parking

meters, getting a traffic ticket, taking a stress test in his column,

“As I Was Saying….” It is hoped that his candid views

and opinions will provoke some conversation around town.

Our student writer from Woodside High has a story on

Principal Linda Commons. We also have a business profile on

Redwood Massage and Sauna. Their “strong hands, gentle

touch” motto has been comforting clients for over 20 years.

Our story will explain why.

We also have local news and updated cultural and nonprofit

events as well as stories on a local businessman’s lawsuit

against the city, the Sequoia Award honorees and a celebration

of “all things odd.”

If you have a story idea please contact us at (650) 368-2434

or The Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA

94064. You can also comment or view missed copies of our

past issues by visiting our Web site at www.spectrummagazine.net.

We encourage you to support community news by filling out

our subscription form on page 36 and have The Spectrum

mailed to your home each month. We also would like to

thank our loyal advertisers for supporting community news

and we encourage you to support them by patronizing them

when you can.

Until next month, The Spectrum staff and contributors want

you to know that we are out in our community, bringing you

real community news and features. We cannot do that without

your support and we are thankful for it.

INSIDE THE SPECTRUM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

REDWOOD MASSAGE &SAUNA . . . . . . . . . .5

CULTURAL EVENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

“AS I WAS SAYING...” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

LOCAL INTEREST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

COVER STORY:KAINOS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20

HIGH-RISES ON HORIZON . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

BRYANT LAWSUIT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

NEWS BRIEFS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27

NONPROFITS IN ACTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28

FINANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~



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

Advertising and subscriptions:

(650) 368-2434

E-mail: ads@spectrummagazine.net

Published the third week of each month.

Periodical rates paid at Redwood City,


Subscription rate: $30 per year in

Redwood City, San Carlos and Menlo Park

($60 all other cities); $24 for seniors (any

city). Not responsible for the return of

unsolicited material.



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Inside The Spectrum:

Our Cover Photo Shoot


After a few miscommunications and rescheduled appointments, The

Spectrum’s special assignment writer Valerie Harris set up this month’s

photo shoot for Thursday, March 15, at 3 p.m. at Kainos Vocational

Services on Middlefield Road.

Cover Story Photographer James Kaspar arrived first and was soon joined by

Publisher Steve Penna. Stylist Damaris Divito could not attend, as she was

rehearsing at a theater in Half Moon Bay for a play she was cast in. Break a leg!

Harris was to join the group and interview Executive Director Andy Frisch during

and after the shoot. However, she was running late due to a friend’s funeral and

the shoot began without her.

Penna and Kaspar were greeted by Vocational Services Manager Bert Vergara and

Rehabilitation Coordinator Jan Beban and were later joined by Frisch as they all

toured the spacious two-story work facility and photos were taken.

It was easy to capture on film these hardworking adults who feel very comfortable

in the supportive working environment provided. Kaspar and Penna interacted

with the group and got a sense of the pride that is taken in each and every work


Penna reluctantly had to leave after about an hour. Kaspar continued shooting and

was later joined by Harris, who felt as though she “had been to church” after meeting

the staff workers.

The shoot and interview were completed in about two and a half hours. Needless

to say, The Spectrum staff could have stayed all day and night just to feel the emotional

support and desire to change one’s life that is felt throughout the facility.

Photographer James R. Kaspar ‘s closeup of a Kainos worker.

The Spectrum joins our community in celebrating the efforts, accomplishments

and successes of the Kainos team and those they serve. Not only do the adults

working and living with the organization benefit, but so does our community as a

whole. We are proud to bring you this story!


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Dale McKee

When I recently visited Redwood Massage

& Sauna, I wasn’t quite sure what to

expect. It has been voted the best massage

in Redwood City many years in a row, so I suppose I

expected a lot of marble, fountains, green growing

things, maybe the chirping of birds.

There was none of that, except for the chirping of

birds — a lovely back patio area was open, and outdoors

has a way of permeating. But none of the glistening

trappings of an elite “day spa” and no elves,

fauns or unicorns either. Instead, a cozy, homey

ambience evoked memories of a family doctor or a

friend’s apartment. It had a warm, welcoming feel to


Equally warm and welcoming was owner and massage

therapist Beverly May. Originally hailing from

the East Coast, with a trace of it still in her voice,

May has over thirty years of experience in massage

therapy and spent 18 of those working in just that

capacity at Redwood City Athletic Club (now Gold’s

Gym). May has a warm smile and a genuine, disarming

personality that made striking up a conversation

pleasant and easy. She gave me a tour of the

facility, showing the several massage rooms and

saunas. I had to ask — being somewhat unfamiliar

with these things — the difference between a sauna

and a steam room. Sauna, it turns out, is dry heat —

hot rocks, with a touch of water or eucalyptus for

moisture — whereas a steam room is just that, 100

percent humidity. May said they don’t have a steam

room yet but are hoping to develop one in the near


All of the rooms had a pleasant, comfortable feel to

them and were clean and welcoming; nothing made

me think I should have dressed up to come in. After

the tour, we settled in to talk, May perching comfortably

on a massage stool while I sank back on a

cozy couch.

Of the services offered, massage is more popular

than sauna, although many people come in for both,

May said. She has seven massage therapists working

for her at the present time. In the morning, she typically

has two people working, adding more as the

day goes on so that there are four by late afternoon

— typically the busiest time of day.

“I’ve been a massage therapist for 33 years,” May

said, “and I’ve always seen a certain pattern in busy

times — busy times of the day, busy times of the

year. Since I took over this place in 1999, there’s no

rhyme or reason.” On a really hot day, she explained,

you wouldn’t think someone would want to come in

to use the sauna, but they do. “Which makes marketing

really difficult,” she said, laughing.

“This is the kind of work where you have to really

like massage, like people, like touching … because

physically, it’s pretty challenging, pretty intimate. …

Not everybody’s going to lie on your table and think

you’re the best massage therapist in the world. Some

people are going to be physically difficult; some people

are going to be grouchy. They don’t always

express what they like.” Sometimes it takes a while

to learn how to meet their needs, she said. If you

don’t like your work, you’re not going to last, she


After working for 18 years in the women’s section at

Redwood City Athletic Club, May got an office in

San Carlos with two other massage therapists, where

she stayed for three years. But “I missed having the

showers and the saunas for the clients,” she said, “so

I kind of kept my eyes and ears open for someplace

that had showers and saunas. And then this place

came up.” Prior to that, May had worked out of her

home, putting herself through college doing massage.

“That was difficult,” she added, “because I had some

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wonderful clients, but I also hit more of the misperceptions

of what massage is. … So when I had the

opportunity to go into the health club and only massage

women, it was just perfect.”


When asked what is the most common thing bringing

clients her way, May replied, “Surprisingly to me

… most … said these massages are for stress, for

relaxation. Even the ones that came in for injuries.

That’s why my motto here is ‘strong hands, gentle

often a challenging proposition. You have to run the

business, manage people and market the business.

May got into this business out of a love of massage;

at one point, recently, she tried stepping back from

the massage aspect to concentrate on the business

end, but she found it left her unhappy and frustrated.

“I went through a lot of grieving,” she explained.

“Clients had mixed feelings about losing me. …

Overall, with what I’d have to do to run ‘that kind’

of massage business … it’s not in me.” May prefers

to keep her hands, literally, on the job. “My family

were Eastern European migrants. … We grew up on

the East Coast, and one of my earliest memories was

my grandfather always having one of us across his

knee to massage our backs. As much as possible, I

made sure it was me. And then setting up little massage

trains for the kids on the block, just massaging

each other.” Growing up, she had a lifelong love of

massage and touch that carries over to this day,

something she enjoys sharing.

“Here, we’re so afraid of touch. We’re afraid of lawsuits;

we’re afraid of offending people,” she went on

to say. “I hope to encourage people to be more comfortable

in their bodies, more comfortable with


That’s just the touch of trust — or trust of touch —

that May promotes through her daily work. She

makes a point of working with her clients’ comfort

levels, communicating and providing a serious,

meaningful massage.


And let’s put a name to the 800-pound gorilla in the

room: A common perception regarding massage ties

it in with the sex industry. “There is still that legitimate

association,” May admits. “There are still

places around that offer that, that advertise as massage

because they can’t advertise as sex. Some don’t

offer any massage at all, some offer massage and sexual

services. For me, I can pretty much always tell

from the ad, but consumers can’t always tell.”

There’s one place in San Mateo, for example, advertising

pretty, young masseuses and a private VIP

room. Sounds a little fishy. Do these kinds of places

represent a stigma to be overcome?

“For me, personally, because I have a good reputation

here in the community for so many years … by the

time I came here, I was able to draw on my clients.

… A lot of people came because I was here, or [they

were] referred. But it is always a stigma,” she admits.

May added that the neighborhood, being semiindustrial,

sometimes carried a stigma as well.

Despite any stigmas, May has overcome these obstacles

and Redwood Massage & Sauna has gone on to

be voted the best massage in Redwood City, booming

into a thriving business. May is very politically

active in the profession and in Redwood City, giving

back and getting involved. Like so many of the business

owners I’ve interviewed in Redwood City, she

believes in being good to the city that has been so

good to her. It’s part of what makes Redwood City a

great community in which to live and work, and May

is a classic example. The quality and care she projects

onto her business carries through in the way she

speaks about it and in how she handles her clients.



touch.’ Most people want a massage to be firm, so

that they feel it, but they also want it to be relaxing.

“Most people come in as part of their health maintenance,”

she added. The average customer comes in

once a week, she said, although there are many that

come once per month as well. “I still have clients

that I’ve been massaging every week since I started

[at Redwood City Athletic Club],” she said. “That’s

24 years.” That kind of long association forms bonds

and friendships. “You end up massaging family, also,”

she added. “Going to weddings. … In a way, like the

old-time doctors, you

become a part of the family.”

The age range of May’s

clients averages between

40 and 70, but there are a

number of clients older,

some of whom have been

coming since the original

owners opened in 1964.

When May bought the

business in 1999, she had

a lot of renovating to do,

which shows in the colorful

decorations, paneling

and modern massage

tables. The original owners

were more “old

school,” whereas May has

brought the business up

to date.

Being a business owner is

The goal of massage is to get people more comfortable

in their bodies, more aware of their health,” she

said. Teaching that self-awareness of how and where

we carry our stress can help prevent serious health

problems down the line. “Also, to get people comfortable

with touch and care and giving.”

If you’re looking for a day spa to be pampered and

fawned over, with all the fancy trappings involved,

Redwood Massage & Sauna probably isn’t for you.

But if you want a genuine, serious therapeutic massage

— either for stress or injury — from a professional

and caring massage therapist, don’t overlook

Beverly May’s spa. Located at 797 Arguello Street,

just blocks from downtown, it is clean, comfortable

and unpretentious. You might arrive stressed or

cranky, but you won’t leave that way.


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(650) 701-1018


There will be a moment of peace as well

as the harmony of fanciful animals at

The Main Gallery as painter Liz

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Elizabeth Noerdlinger:

Weed In A Pot, 24" x 26", oil on canvas, 2006

Marianne Schlumberger:

Landscape I, 16" x 11", monoprint, 2006

Marianne Schlumberger present their

new works in a show running from

March 21 to April 22.

Schlumberger’s animal prints are an

expression of childhood memories that

are vividly depicted with bright colors

and strong lines. Bird imagery, associated

with freedom from the chains of our

personal and collective existence, reappears

to express the feeling of freedom

through art.

Noerdlinger’s newest landscape oil

paintings describe the moments of stillness

and beauty that are often invisible

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Games Galore at History Museum

The San Mateo County History Museum

will present “Games Galore” March 31,

1–4 p.m., as part of its Family Past

Times series. The Ohlone Indians

played a staves game with sticks from

elderberry trees. Children will decorate

sticks to use for playing this game.

During California’s Mexican period, special

eggs called cascarones were filled

with confetti and cracked over friends’

heads at a fandango, or party, at ranches.

Children will make a cascarone to

take home. In the Victorian Era, kids

played a game with hoops called

Graces. Participating children will wrap

a hoop in colorful ribbons and learn how

to play Graces. Sipa is a Filipino game

similar to hacky sack. Children will make

a sipa toy to use in this game by wrapping

a coin in colorful fabrics or paper

and cutting the edges into fringe.

Special Exhibit

Precious Cargo (through May 1) — The

exhibit features cradle baskets in their

cultural context through direct collaboration

with contemporary California Indian

weavers. Learn about traditional beliefs

concerning childbirth and the use of cradle

baskets among Pomo and Western

Mono peoples. The exhibit includes

additional material from 28 other tribal

regions throughout California. $2–$4,

children ages 5 and under free.

Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Holocaust Program

The San Mateo County History

Museum, the Bay Area Holocaust Oral

History Project and the Holocaust

Center of Northern California present a

lecture by author Helen Farkas of

Burlingame on April 12 at 2 p.m. during

Holocaust Remembrance Month.

Farkas will speak of her experiences as

a Holocaust survivor. After being forced

to move into a Jewish ghetto, Farkas

and her family were imprisoned at the

infamous concentration camp at

Auschwitz. Copies of her book,

Remember the Holocaust: A Memoir of

Survival, will be available for purchase.

Stories from the Past

April 13, 2–3 p.m. — The San Mateo

County History Museum presents a

reading for children of Ugly Vegetables

by Grace Lin. This Chinese immigrant

story celebrates gardening and the

earth. After the reading, only nine days

before Earth Day, children will be invited

to explore the museum’s “Nature’s

Bounty” and “Living the California

Dream” exhibit galleries, where they will

create a paper, World War II era victory

garden to take home.

These programs are free with the price

of admission to the museum ($4 for

adults and $2 for seniors and students).


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Ticket purchase and info (650) 369-4119

Tickets also available online at

foxdream.com and at the Fox Theatre

Box Office

Booker T. Jones

plus Ron Thompson

Sunday, April 1, 7 p.m.

$18 adv./$20 door

This legendary performer, producer and

songwriter is perhaps best known for the

million-selling instrumental “Green

Onions,” recorded by Booker T. and the

MGs. Long ago inducted into the Rock

and Roll Hall of Fame, Jones was

named as a 2007 Lifetime Achievement

Grammy Award recipient for his work

with the seminal instrumental group. His

career highlights also include recording

with everyone from Otis Redding, Ray

Charles and Wilson Pickett to Bob Dylan

and Boz Scaggs.

An Evening With LUCE

Friday, April 6, 8 p.m.

$14 adv./$16 door

Whenever LUCE plays the Little Fox,

the best bet is to buy your tickets early

because they’re usually sold out by

showtime. The venue gives LUCE and

their fans a home field advantage, so to

say, for the Bay Area band has broken

nationally during this decade. LUCE

favorites like “Good Day,” “Buy a Dog,”

“Worth the Wait” and “Acid Rain” keep

the party groovin’ long into the night. The

band is currently creating its third album

for release this year.

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porarily closed and reopened by the Defense

Department in 2001 under the new name.

The school’s alumni include dictators known for violence,

such as Manuel Noriega of Panama, as well as

others linked to massacres and murders throughout

Latin America, according to School of the Americas


After his arrest he told a local newspaper he had discussed

the decision to cross prior to arrival and had

wanted to take the step “for a long time.”

Crossing the line literally requires protesters to

squeeze through a gap in the wire fence around the

school. The barrier was erected after Sept. 11, 2001,

to replace a line painted on the ground.


Michael Vosburg-Casey, fourth from left, and the rest of

this group were arrested for trespassing at the School of the


Michael Vosburg-Casey spent his primary

school years in Redwood City but the 32-

year-old human rights activist received his

latest lesson in the limits of free speech at a different

institution: the School of the Americas.

Vosburg-Casey, of Atlanta, was sentenced earlier this

month to 100 days in federal prison for misdemeanor

trespassing after his Nov. 16 arrest at an

annual protest of the military training school in

Columbus, Ga. The demonstration at the Army’s

Fort Benning, the home of the renamed Western

Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation,

draws thousands who believe the school is to blame

for ongoing human rights abuses in Central and

South America.

The School of Americas has a history of teaching

torture and other extreme measures of counter-insurgency

and interrogation,” Vosburg-Casey said in his

statement to the court. “And so when soldiers are

around those trained in these tactics we can see how

the spiral of violence comes home to roost.”

Since its organization 17 years ago, the annual

protest commemorates six Jesuit priests killed with

their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador in

1989. Some of the killers attended the school, which

moved to Fort Benning from Panama in 1984, tem-

Last November, more than 20,000 descended on the

school for four days of marches, readings and vigils.

Vosburg-Casey was one of the 16 protesters who

received prison terms ranging from one to six

months for trespassing. The demonstrators were a

mixed bunch, including a 70-year-old Catholic nun,

a 70-year-old retired school superintendent from

Prescott, Ariz., a clergyman from Chicago, a grandmother

of 17 grandchildren from Indiana, a mother

of five young children from Missouri, and five college

students. A 17-year-old Indiana protester

received a probationary sentence.

The group also included Vosburg-Casey, a selftrained

piano tuner, amateur chicken farmer and

husband whose parents, Betty and Tom Casey, still

call San Mateo County home. In fact, Betty Casey is

the principal of White Oaks School in San Carlos,

while her husband has served the county as its counsel

for 20 years. Both recently announced their

retirements this summer, a break which will give the

chance to visit family including Vosburg-Casey.

Vosburg-Casey’s Jan. 29 trial also gave his father a

chance to sit at the defense table.

Vosburg-Casey was born and raised in Redwood City.

After college he headed to Atlanta in 1999 as part of

the Jesuit Volunteer Corps working with the homeless

and incarcerated. Although the protest was his

first brush with being behind bars himself, Vosburg-

Casey has crossed paths with the military before. He

and three others received “ban and bar letters” from

the United States government after previous

protests. The letters warned the four against crossing

the line into Fort Benning — the exact action for

which he and the others were arrested.

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

Journal newspaper.



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As I Was Saying...

As I Was Saying...


Steve Penna


With less than eight months until this

November’s City Council election, no

one has yet to come out of their shell to

announce taking on incumbents Alicia Aguirre,

Ian Bain, Rosanne Foust or Barbara Pierce — all

four are running for re-election. Possible candidates

include Adrian Brandt, Hilary Paulson, Nancy

Radcliffe and Janet Borgens. All have impressive

community participation and support, but from

what I am hearing, none will run this time. Maybe

they will wait until the 2009 election, when current

council members Jim Hartnett and Diane Howard

will be termed out and two wide-open spots will be up

for grabs? One person who has not officially declared

his candidacy but is working on gathering support is

Housing and Human Concerns Committee Chairman

Kevin Bondonno. He graduated from Sequoia High

School and is a lifelong resident of our community.

When the official announcement comes, he better get

out there soon, because as far as I can remember there

have been only four incumbents that have lost re-election

bids in the past 30 years. Fernando Vega and

Bain lost after being appointed to the council; Paul

Sanfilipo lost in 1995 after being elected to a fouryear

term, as did Matt Leipzig.

Of the four incumbents this year, it seems Aguirre and

Bain are the most vulnerable. Both are serving our

community well, given the issues that have upset residents

in the past couple years, but they will have to

work hard to gain re-election. So we will have a campaign

and election, which is great for our community.

Let’s see who else steps up to the plate, joins the race

and gives us even more choices.

* * * * *

Last month I wrote about the stress involved in high

school reunions. Well, this past month I experienced a

different kind of stress. I recently had my annual physical,

which I was not looking forward to, considering I

have gained almost 35 pounds, okay 40, over the past

year, have been involved with some stressful personal

issues and am running a business, etc., etc., etc.

I met with my doctor and all went well except for the

fact that when we reviewed the blood tests I had taken

in preparation, my cholesterol level was high. He

talked about good and bad types, but it was all foreign

to me. Bottom line: He was concerned and put me on

a medication to help bring the levels down.

Considering the fact that my father passed away

because of a heart attack, as well as my family’s history

of high blood pressure and high cholesterol, my

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21st Annual

Redwood City Police Activities League

Invitational Golf Classic

Friday, June 1st 2007

Crystal Springs Golf Course

6650 Golf Course Dr.


1pm Shotgun start

Check-in begins @ 12:00

6:00 dinner program

Cost: $125

Includes golf, cart, team photo, Golf Cap

tee prizes, dinner

$30 dinner only


The Redwood City Police

Activities League Programs

*Scramble Team Format,

Prizes for top teams in

Three Flights

*Closest to the Pin*

*Longest Drive*

*Putting Contest*

*Closest to the Cooler*

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1301 Maple St

Redwood City, CA 94063

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Local Interest





Free stop-smoking classes in April for San Mateo

County residents who smoke and want to quit.

Breathe California and the San Mateo County

Health Department announce classes to be held

in San Mateo, South San Francisco, Daly City

and Redwood City. Check class dates and times

at www.ggbreathe.org. Register by calling (650)


California residents can also call 1-800-NO-

BUTTS for free phone counseling.




Fitness Balls How-To

Saturday, March 31, 10–10:45 a.m.

Workshop fee: $15

What can you do with fitness balls? Why are

there so many different sizes? This workshop

gives an overview of all the great ways you can

use balls for improved stability, muscle tone and

balance. Join us for this fun and informative


“Space to Claim” — A Workshop for Women

Wanting to Claim Their Bigger Self

Monday, April 23, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Workshop fee: $35

When was the last time you checked in on who

and where you are right now in your life? This

interactive workshop is for women who are

courageously willing to step up and take charge

of their lives and dive into discovery around what

makes them tick. Get back in touch with your

personal or professional goals and dreams, discover

and clarify what inspires you to live a life

that is personally and uniquely fulfilling, learn

how to get unstuck from the “status quo” and

begin seeing and creating open doors for all that

is possible, and claim your commitment to stepping

into your bigger self by moving forward

from intention to action in your life.

Pre-registration recommended for all workshops.

For more info or to register, call (650) 364-9194

or e-mail info@everywomanhealthclub.com.

Every Woman Health Club, 611 Jefferson Ave.,

Redwood City, www.everywomanhealthclub.com.




When ground broke Feb. 24 on the long-planned

library in Redwood Shores, it was a golden shovel

moment many years, multiple bids and millions

of dollars in the making.

This milestone comes over budget and behind

schedule, but for those who began planning the

library four years ago, the money and time is well

worth what will be the first branch in Redwood

Shores and the first in Redwood City since the

Schaberg Community Library was built in 1957.

“This is going to be a fantastic addition to the

Redwood City library system, said Mario

Rendon, president of the Redwood City Library

Foundation. “As one person put it to me, it is the

last piece of the puzzle for Redwood Shores.”

The community, which adjoins Redwood City,

recently garnered its own fire station and is

poised to get a new school. A library, Rendon

said, is one of the remaining community

resources the area needs. Redwood Shores residents

currently obtain their library services

through the Sandpiper Community Center.

The single-story, 22,558-square-foot library is

expected to offer users not just services but also

meeting space, waterfront views, Internet workstations

and a cafe with outdoor seating. There

will also be a storytelling area for young readers

and an interactive interpretative center focused

on the bay.

“Its innovative and very friendly, inviting design

will make it a great destination for not only

Redwood Shores residents but people from

throughout the Redwood City community,” Vice

Mayor Rosanne Foust stated in announcing the


If construction stays on course, the library will

open its doors in summer 2008. Originally, plans

were for its opening in fall 2007.

Since its conception and successful application

for a $10.1 million state grant, the library has

been a labor of love for tireless fundraisers and

city officials faced with increased material costs.

The last hurdles happened in September when

the city rejected all construction bids as too high

and solicited five new estimates the following

month. The three months of delays tacked the

extra $500,000 onto the library price tag but the

City Council ultimately gave unanimous

approval to a $14.4 million proposal from Sausal

Corporation of San Leandro. Out of the five

received, Sausal was the lowest although still 26

percent above the initial $11.5 million budget


The alternative was finding an extra $5.3 million,

limiting funds for other projects or redesigning

the facility. The city had $13.6 million available

for a new branch library, causing the council to

make up the $3 million difference in general fund

money and contributions from the community.

So far, the library foundation has raised

$850,000 for the opening day collection of

books, DVDs and assorted materials, Rendon


The total includes $350,000 from major donors

like Oracle and the Palo Alto Medical


Foundation and nearly $160,000 from the public

fundraising phase. Through the month of

December, all donations were matched up to

$1,000 by the Redwood Shores Community

Association. The RSCA presented its $52,000

fundraising check at the groundbreaking.

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

Journal newspaper.



Downtown Redwood City is coming alive, and its

online presence is better than ever, too! An exciting

new downtown promotional video produced

by Peninsula TV is now available for online viewing.

Also, the community can now shop for an

incredible array of downtown-branded merchandise

online! It’s all right there at www.redwoodcity.org/downtown,

along with other information

about downtown projects.

Peninsula TV (www.pentv.org) kindly produced a

wonderful seven-minute video that’s all about

the renaissance of downtown Redwood City. It

features great music, lots of excited people,

scenes from Courthouse Square, Theatre Way,

Broadway and more. Anyone who wants a fast

overview of the exciting things happening downtown

can take a look — and then come downtown

to enjoy the real thing.

Redwood City also announces the grand opening

of an online store selling downtown-branded

merchandise, from T-shirts, sweatshirts, coffee

mugs and tote bags to aprons, hats, clocks, calendars

and more — even baby bibs and doggy T-

shirts! These fun items are printed with Redwood

City’s downtown logo and/or one of the other

exciting original graphic images currently seen

downtown. Go to www.redwoodcity.org/downtown,

or look at the lower right corner of the

front page of Redwood City’s Web site for the

“Buy Cool Downtown Stuff” link. The direct

link to Redwood City’s online store is www.cafepress.com/redwoodcity.

Any of these items can

also be purchased through a toll-free number —

(877) 809-1659. What a great way to show pride

in Redwood City!

All proceeds from sales of these unique and very

special downtown-branded items go to the

Redevelopment Agency’s downtown promotion

fund. But even more importantly, these very

fashionable and fun items help to remind people,

in our own community and in other cities, that

downtown Redwood City is coming alive!

Visit Redwood City’s award-winning Web site at

www.redwoodcity.org for information about the

city and its services, the community, recreation

programs, education, city government and local

business. Take a look at the variety of city webcams

at redwoodcity.org/webcam and subscribe

to Redwood City’s e-mail newsletter or other

documents by visiting www.redwoodcity.org/egov.



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Candace Joy and Lizbeth Mendoza, two Redwood

City students who had to overcome long odds to succeed

academically, have been selected for the 2007

Phi Theta Kappa All-California Academic Team. Phi

Theta Kappa is the national honor society for twoyear


Both students have been invited to attend a luncheon

in Sacramento on March 29 where the state’s

top two-year scholars will be formally recognized.

Mendoza immigrated to California from Mexico

with her parents after she graduated from high

school, but she couldn’t speak English. She enrolled

in Cañada’s Community-Based English Tutoring program

in 2002 and eventually went through the

English as a Second Language program before

enrolling in college-level coursework. Today she is

earning straight A’s as a civil engineering major and

is tutoring other students in math and ESL. She does

all of this while playing for the school’s volleyball

team and caring for her 4-year-old son. Last year

Mendoza was awarded a $1,000 Coca Cola

Scholarship, and she plans to transfer to Cal Poly

San Luis Obispo.

Joy arrived at Cañada after struggling with drug

addiction during her teen years. She failed to graduate

from high school but has been a straight-A student

at Cañada and is currently serving as president

of the school’s honors

club. “Cañada

really helped me turn

my life around,” Joy

said. “My professors

convinced me that I

had potential and

they would not

accept any excuses.

They wouldn’t allow

me to get a B. It wasn’t

easy, but because

they pushed me I

have been a successful

college student.”




Joy is studying political science and has applied to

Santa Clara University and the University of San

Francisco. She wants to study international relations.

The All-USA Academic Team program annually recognizes

60 outstanding two-year college students

and is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today

and the American Association of Community

Colleges. To be eligible, a student must post a minimum

3.25 cumulative GPA and be eligible to graduate

with an associate’s degree.





Nick Markwith, Student Writer

Many wonderful Woodside High School teachers

and faculty grace the students with their presence

every day. They are enthusiastic, ready to teach and

fill our noggins with whatever they can. However,

the staff blames only one person for their desire to

educate the youth with such a passion. Principal

Linda Common is the cause of that inspiration.

Common was born in Sacramento to two amazing

parents. As a child, her parents pushed her to be the

best she could be and to never give up. Common

explains that they “had that kind of attitude that

always made me want to do my best. I always felt

supported in whatever I did.” At that time, she wanted

to be a first grade teacher. Her first grade teacher

“was just amazing,” she says. She had such a great

time in that class, it became a dream of hers.

Common attended high school in Sacramento,

where she was an athlete and a scholar. Again, another

of her teachers, her English teacher, inspired her.

Common attended many colleges. And when I say

many, I mean it. She holds an impressive list of over

a handful, including Santa Clara University. Each

university she attended granted her another degree.

Her many degrees are in areas such as bilingual studies

and special education, which allowed her the

opportunity to experience all facets of the teaching


During her college years, Common began working as

a first grade teacher, accomplishing her childhood

dream. However, paths in her life led her astray and

she found herself vice principal at a high school. For

the next eleven years, she saw quite a few principals

pass through but never thought about taking charge

herself. Finally, someone offered Common the principal

vacancy at Aragon High School and she took it.

At that time, if “someone asked me what my profession

is and I said dean of students, they would smile

and say ‘Oh, an all-girls’ school,’” she explains. “But

I couldn’t let that affect me, otherwise I would never

have the success that I do now.” Despite remarks,

Common remained strong and committed. She

spent a year at Aragon before moving to her current

position at Woodside High School as a wildcat.

Common’s administrative beliefs relate to her family.

She sees Woodside as more than a job, as a family

with her as the mother. And because of this, she

deals with discipline as if with her own child. “I

think I treat each and every student from a mother’s

approach … in the areas of discipline and support,”

Common reveals. She believes that every student

needs nurturing and guidance at school, especially

when students come from broken homes. She wishes

to reach out to those students and make sure they

lead a successful life.

Since Common has been principal at Woodside, she

has helped improve life and leisure. Woodside had

not had any construction since originally built in the

1950s. But Common changed that quickly as she

brought about, with the help of anonymous donors,

the construction of the still-quite-new Performing

Art Center, a gym and a pool. She has also updated

and furnished classrooms to further the education of

her students.

In the future, Principal Common hopes to implement

a program in which students can have internships

at local businesses and hospitals. Since not

every student attends college, she wants to help

those who do not see college in their future by furthering

their aspirations in the career of their choice.

“Just imagine it, two hundred students working at

the three hospitals only a few miles away from

Woodside. So much good can be done,” says

Common of her dream.

For those of you who plan on attending Woodside

High School in the near future, your future principal

has some words of advice. “Prepare to work hard,

learn and be successful. You’re a wildcat now,” she

says. And for those of you leaving Woodside this

year or in years to come, she has another recommendation:

“Stay positive, and always believe in


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Local Interest



Below: Sequoia High School teacher Ron Gordon and

his family celebrated the last odd day on Jan. 3, 2005,

by holding root vegetables in honor of Square Root Day

on Feb. 2, 2004

Not everyone celebrates oddities, but that’s the

whole point of 03/05/07, dubbed “Odd Day” by

Sequoia High School teacher Ron Gordon, who

noticed the rare occurrence of consecutive odd

numbers in a date — an occurrence that happens

six times near the start of a century.

Gordon declared 01/03/05 as the first Odd Day

— a date he noticed when giving his students the

due date for an assignment. In honor of all things

odd, Gordon is asking people to send descriptions

and pictures of odd events and people dealing

with odd numbers. The last winner was a

group of Gunn High School students led by

Elissa Brown, a senior at the time, who dressed

up silly and paraded around town. Their entry

included photos and a parade route.


First prize is $135.79. Third prize wins $1 + $3

+ $5 + $7 + $9, totaling $25. Fifth place will

take home $1.35.

“It’s like a calendar comet — suddenly it’s here to

brighten your day and then it’s gone for 80

years,” he said.

Gordon just finds the idea to be an easy, fun way

of celebrating all things

different. It’s not the only

number-based holiday

Gordon celebrates. Square

Root Days like 09/09/81,

02/02/04 or the next one

on 03/03/09 are celebrated

with things like root vegetables.

Gordon doesn’t

encourage celebrating

Even Day, however — he

doesn’t want to be held

responsible for people getting


Contestants have a 357-

hour window — between 3

a.m. Feb. 18 through 9

p.m. March 20 — to complete

or make their odd

entry. The entry must be

submitted within 135

hours of the March 20 deadline — in other

words, entries are due by Monday, March 26, at

3:15 a.m. to be considered.

Gordon put together some suggestions for celebrating

the odd season, such as “figure out why

odd has an odd number of letters and even has

an even number of letters” or “look for sea odders”

or “odds ’n’ ends.”

Currently, Gordon’s three children have a consecutive

odd connection since they are 13, 15 and

17 years old. He was taken aback when the odd

sequence was pointed out.

They weren’t born odd. I wonder if it’s genetic

or just a function of the calendar,” he said.

Four consecutive odd dates remain in this centu-


ry. The next odd day will occur May 7, 2009, followed

by July 9, 2011, then Sept. 11, 2013, ending

with Nov. 13, 2015. There’s an 80-year break

at that point before such a “holiday” will happen


“Our son Kyle wanted to know why they didn’t

get Odd Day off from school,” Gordon said with

a laugh.

His middle child, Tyler, described the holiday —

and his father — as the edge of goofy pushed to

the limit.

Send entries to rgordon@seq.org or to Ron

Gordon, P.O. Box 5133, Redwood City, CA

94063. For more information call (650) 364-


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

Journal newspaper.

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Shop Redwood City - and Keep

our sales Sales tax Tax dollars Dollars local! Local!


The Spectrum Magazine has been out in our community, using

businesses that not only provide excellent service but also contribute

to our community. Shouldn’t you make the commitment to shopping

locally? Check out our Best of the Best selections.


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. Redwood General Tire

was founded on the premise that good customer service and

quality products at fair prices will succeed in the marketplace.

They continue to follow this philosophy today and expect it to

guide them into a successful future. 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.


Canyon Inn — 587 Canyon Road — You will find everything

at this Redwood City favorite. The Canyon Inn is nestled in

the small, quiet neighborhood of Emerald Hills. It’s a popular

stop for bicycle touring clubs and local sports celebrities such

as members of the San Francisco 49ers. But the reputation

draws celebrities and personalities from all over the world.

The restaurant is noted for its burgers and beers, most

notably the Hacksaw Burger, a big double cheeseburger

named after Jack “Hacksaw” Reynolds. The Canyon Inn also

offers hot and cold sandwiches, hot dogs, fish and chips,

spaghetti, ravioli, lasagna, tacos and quesadillas. If you cannot

make it to the site, they cater all types of parties from

business events to home-style barbecues.

Diving Pelican Cafe — 650 Bair Island Road, Suite 102 —

This restaurant may be the best-kept secret in Redwood City

and provides the perfect atmosphere for get-togethers of any

kind. They offer a variety of specialty items, including eggs

Benedict with fresh crab and homemade hollandaise sauce.

They also have beer and wine, and espresso drinks available

to go. For your convenience, they have outdoor seating that

overlooks the water. Conveniently located half a mile from

the freeway, it’s easy to stop by and visit. Try the famous

pear, walnut, gorgonzola and grilled chicken salad. It is so

delicious that people come from all over to enjoy it! They also

have a seasonal specialty, which is mango pasticcio and feta

salad with grilled chicken. People tell us that they want to

keep the cafe a secret, because it is such a nice location with

outstanding food. We won’t tell anyone?

Encore Performance Catering — 2992 Spring St. — Owner

Dave Hyman’s menu goes on for eight pages of mouthwatering

suggestions for everything from continental breakfasts

to formal dinners. Despite an entire page devoted just to

warm appetizers, these are mere suggestions, and Hyman is

quick to offer additional possibilities to fit any occasion. He

also has a strong sense of community and participates in

many community-oriented events. Additionally, Hyman is

proud of the fact that his business products are nearly 100

percent recyclable, and they contribute their leftovers to St.

Anthony’s Padua Dining Room in Redwood City. Need a

caterer for that party or event? Call Dave at (650) 365-3731.

Little India — 917 Main St. — This stylish Indian restaurant

features a reasonably priced all-you-can-eat buffet for both

lunch and dinner. The home-style food is mainly from the

northwest region of India, and items from other regions of

India are also featured. The food is low in fat and sodium.

You can dine in or take out. Senior citizens receive $1 off and

children (under 12) dine at half price. Bring your appetite,

because you will want to try everything!


Arthur Murray Dance Studio — 2065 Broadway — Put a little

fun in your life; try dancing! Whatever your goal — meeting

people, gaining confidence or preparing for the first

dance at your wedding — the expert instructors can design a

customized program that’s just right for you! One strength of

the Arthur Murray system is the wide variety of dances you

can choose from: foxtrot, merengue, waltz, swing, hustle,

rumba, cha-cha, tango, salsa and many more. You can hire

genuine Arthur Murray professionals to teach and dance at

your special event. For weddings, hire dance hosts to come

and dance with your guests. For birthday parties, have a

group lesson. Go with the era of your choice for anniversary

parties. At business parties, they will teach your group with

fun and flair. For holiday parties, they will prepare your crowd

for the festivities. Hire someone to teach at your ’50s party,

’70s party or at the theme party of your choice. Take the first

step to years of fun and confidence on the dance floor.

Contact Arthur Murray to get started today. And your first lesson

is always complimentary!


American Coast Mortgage — Whether you need to purchase

property, refinance or obtain a home equity loan, for

over 25 years owner Paul Sanfilipo has been helping thousands

do just that. Call (650) 365-2144 now for your complimentary

mortgage consultation.

Capital Mortgage Lending — 805 Veterans Blvd., #202 —

Lourdes Carini and her team of dedicated loan agents focus

on residential lending, including purchases and refinances.

As a mortgage company, they deal with a large assortment

of lenders, allowing them to research the best financing to

meet each client’s individual needs. Carini has over 25 years

experience in the Bay Area financial services industry. The

company’s success is based on referrals, its track record and

being accessible to clients. So if you have a mortgage loan

need or question, please pick up the phone and call (650)


Edward Jones — 702 Marshall St., #515 — For decades,

Edward Jones believed in building relationships through

face-to-face interaction and adherence to a strategy of recommending

quality investments that have proven themselves

over time. So does Investment Representative David

Amann, who manages the Redwood City office. He understands

that this approach might be considered unfashionable.

But if it means helping his clients achieve their goals,

whether for retirement, education or just financial security, it’s

an approach he plans to stick to. Create your financial portfolio



Re:Juvenate Skin Care — 805 Veterans Blvd., Suite 140 —

Treat yourself, you deserve it! Re:Juvenate is owned and

operated by Sherna Madan, M.D., and Linda S. Moore, R.N.

Together they have more than 50 years in the health care

industry and over 10 years in the field of aesthetics. Both

have lived and worked in the community for the majority of

those years. When a consumer is looking for a facility that

offers a list of services that are so personal, name recogni-

tion and reputation are of the utmost importance.

Relationships are formed quickly, and trust is a huge part of

the equation. Whether you are seeing a Re:Juvenate clinician

for acne, sun damage, skin tightening, wrinkle reduction

or laser hair removal, the process starts with a complimentary

consultation with a member of the aesthetic staff. Call

(650) 261-0500 and mention The Spectrum Magazine.

Warren Street Chiropractic — 520 Warren St. — Warren

Street Chiropractic Wellness and Injury Center was formerly

Lease Chiropractic Offices, owned and operated by Timothy

H. Lease, D.C. Dr. Lease is beginning his 22nd year of practice

and has a very broad patient base, from infants to folks

in their 90s. Cases include work injury (workers’ compensation),

personal injury (car accidents, slips and falls, bicycle

and pedestrian accidents), carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar

fasciitis, headaches, neck pain, back pain and leg and arm

pain. He has a working network of other doctors and therapists,

so he is able to refer for second opinions or other therapy

if appropriate. The office has six spacious exam rooms,

including a massage room.


Lulu’s — 846 Main St. — Lulu’s is the latest and most unique

gift store to open in downtown Redwood City. Owner Nancy

Radcliffe has taken 24 years of design experience to create

a collection of cards and gifts intermingled with eclectic

antique pieces, all affordably priced! In addition, Lulu’s carries

everything from baby gifts that put a smile on your face

to whimsical candles. Pamper your dog or cat or find that

perfect hostess gift.

Shadzz — 960 Main St. — Visit this unique card and gift boutique

on Main Street. Their fashions range from vintageinspired

to fun and funky. They feature Pandora silver beaded

bracelets you design yourself, Kokojoi Swarovski crystal

ear threads and ShaDazZle, their exclusive line of fun jewelry.

If it sparkles, you will find it at Shadzz. Best-sellers include

hand-painted martini and wine glasses, trendy reading glasses,

faux diamond key rings and enamel and crystal pillboxes.

Come in and sample the latest from Burt’s Bees and pamper

yourself with Camille Beckman hand therapy. And they just

introduced a new section: Shadzz Girlz. Make custom necklaces,

bracelets and key chains or bling your cell phone. For

the men, there are 49ers, San Francisco Giants and Reyn

Spooner shirts. There is something for everyone at Shadzz,

Redwood City’s best-kept shopping secret.


Lewis Carpet Cleaners — 1.800.23.LEWIS — Founder

Rick Lewis started his business in 1985 out of his home,

using a small, portable machine. Today, Lewis successfully

operates and manages an office/warehouse of six employees

and has five working vans, with future plans for expansion

and growth. Lewis moved his business from San Mateo

to Redwood City in 1995. The Lewis family works and lives

in Redwood City and has truly made this town their home.

They are committed to the vision and success of our community

and with relentless effort will continue to support the

community, devoting time, energy and services today and in

the future. Call and ask about their Spectrum special. You

can get 100 square feet of carpet cleaned for absolutely

nothing. Call today and make your house or living space luxurious!


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The Sequoia Awards were established in 1990

for the purpose of recognizing outstanding volunteerism

in our community among students,

individuals and businesses. This year’s event

was held on March 8 at the Hotel Sofitel in

Redwood City. Below is a list of the award

recipients and their accomplishments.

Citizens of the Year

Georgi LaBerge and Warren Dale

A dynamic duo of outstanding leadership and tireless

community volunteerism in Redwood City

Unless you are really entrenched in every facet

of Redwood City, you would never dream of

how much LaBerge and Dale have done for our

community, both individually and as a team.

Through their professional work and their volunteer

efforts, almost every great thing about

this town has somehow been touched by them.

We are proud to award them this year’s

Sequoia Award for volunteerism by an individual

or team.

Former Mayor LaBerge served three terms on

the Redwood City City Council. She helped cofound

the Redwood City Library Foundation, is

an active board member of the Historical

Association and is now the executive director of

the San Mateo County Community Colleges

Foundation. The foundation provides student

scholarships and grants for program needs at

Cañada, San Mateo and Skyline colleges.

Dale has made great use of his many skills in

contributing to the Redwood City community:

conflict resolution, community building and

trauma recovery. A leader of the Peninsula




Conflict Resolution Center

(PCRC), he helped to lay a

foundation of state-of-theart

mediation, community

engagement and community-building

services. He

has also offered his muchneeded

skills to assist in

recovery and community

rebuilding in Bosnia,

Kosovo, El Salvador after

their earthquake, and

post–9/11 New York; in

South Africa’s sexual

assault task force; in

Romania’s domestic violence

prevention program;

in Angola’s Street Kids and

Child Soldiers Healing

projects; and, more recently,

in post–Hurricane

Katrina and Rita areas.

The duo is quite celebrated around town, and

deservedly so.

Business of the Year

Oracle Corporation

Business of the Year was awarded to the welldeserving

Oracle Corporation. One of the

largest companies in the Bay Area, Oracle

works actively to address community needs and

strives to improve the quality of life in local

communities. The company has made a commitment

to focus on positive change in four key

areas: education, giving, community partnerships

and volunteerism.

Oracle attributes its success directly to the

efforts of a talented, motivated and creative

work force. Oracle employees are willing to do

more, go further and give more. In addition to

their busy schedules, many Oracle employees

seek ways to share their time and talents with

those in need and touch a great many people

and organizations every day. They have made

Oracle a true catalyst for positive, progressive

change in the world. Setting a good example for

large companies anywhere, we are proud to

award the volunteer Business of the Year to



For nearly a decade, the Sequoia Awards scholarship

program has awarded hundreds of thousands

of dollars to outstanding high school seniors

who have performed extraordinary, uncompensated

community service. Awards range

from $2,000 to $5,000. All students must live

or volunteer in Redwood City.

Below is a list of the local scholarship winners

and the high school that each attends.


Viral Shah (Sequoia), Rachel Gordon

(Sequoia), Tyler Anthony (Serra), Brieanna

Wright (Woodside). Chris Miller (Woodside),

Wendy Renderos (Sequoia), Jessica Brandt

(Woodside) Johanna Calvillo (Sequoia),

Manuel Castro (Woodside), Megan Claire

(Notre Dame), Jayne DeBattista (Sacred

Heart), Max Schneider (Woodside), Janet

Girardot (Woodside), Nicole Greco

(Woodside), Andrea Gutierrez (Woodside

Priory), Kelsey Haynes (Carlmont), Chen

“Dawn” Ling (Carlmont), Teagan Lazzarotti

(Carlmont), Richard Holmes (Menlo-

Atherton), John Kaufman (Carlmont),

Natasha Lahlouh (Sacred Heart), Jennifer

Bernard (Sacred Heart), Kara Mantani

(Woodside), Nicolas Mantani (Woodside),

Sterling Sullivan (Serra), Nikki Ellis

(Woodside), Lupita Zamudio (Woodside).



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Judy Buchan, Contributing Writer

graced George Solari’s residence and vegetable garden.


all I have to do is raise $20,000,”

sighed Jeri Joseph-Hover. After a


moment of silent reflection, the energetic

Parks and Recreation commissioner decided her

task, raising funds to help relocate the Solari

Windmill to Union Cemetery, was a piece of cake.

“I can do that,” she exclaimed. Don’t doubt her for

a minute.

A treasured part of Redwood City’s agricultural history,

the century-old Solari windmill and water tank

now sits in the city’s Public Works Services yard,

waiting for restoration and relocation at Union

Cemetery. On March 6, the Planning Commission

gave its unanimous approval to the project, and the

windmill is scheduled to be in place in time for the

annual Memorial Day observance on May 28.

Nancy Radcliffe, planning commissioner and member

of the city’s Historic Resources Advisory

Committee, said the windmill’s move to Union

Cemetery is “absolutely delightful.” She recalled

when the windmill was located on

Manzanita Street, adding that “now

everyone in Redwood City will be able

to see it.”

Many residents recall the windmill as

being the focal point of the Solari farm

that operated on the site now occupied

by Costco. But one resident, and a Solari

family member at that, says the windmill

first held sway on the farm that was

located in what is now the alphabet


Leo Solari, great-nephew of George

Solari and owner of Redwood City’s

Able Tow, cites a 1988 interview with

George Solari by Louis Dematteis and

Ted Cole in which Solari stated that his

family arrived in Redwood City in 1878.

And the windmill first was located on a

vegetable farm in the vicinity of

Whipple Avenue (once known as Rogers

Street). According to Solari, the ranch

was “between Stafford Street by the railroad

down to the marshlands.”

Anecdotal accounts report that it was a

true working windmill, with a 10-horsepower

motor that pumped water out of

a well for irrigation.

George Solari recalled that it was a busy

farm. “And up to about 1890 they ran

five wagons on there.” Wagons ran to

San Mateo, Woodside, Redwood City

and Menlo Park.

Leo Solari’s family history then notes

that the windmill was eventually moved

in 1913 to 1578 Manzanita, where it

When George Solari passed away and the farm was

sold, new owners attempted to demolish the windmill,

only to be met by strong community concerns

for historical preservation. In 1991, the windmill

was moved to Garfield School, where it was planned

for use in the school’s gardening program.

As it turned out, the orchards behind the school were

turned into playing fields, and the move toward

demolition arose again. Jean Cloud of the Historic

Resources Advisory Committee stepped in and went

to the Parks and Recreation department for help.

Joseph-Hover immediately signed on, the city

offered $30,000 to help get the $75,000 project

underway, and the windmill was moved to the Public

Works Services yard.

Now the true restoration work begins, according to

Joseph-Hover. The wood-shingled windmill is 32 feet

tall and houses a water tank and a small office. The

Native Sons of the Golden West has volunteered to

help restore the shingled part of the windmill tower.

The Historic Resources Advisory Committee has

also volunteered to help.

The lower portion of the windmill will be reconstructed

as closely as possible to the

original structure. In addition, the upper

portion will be restored and the pinwheel

will be operational and maintained

by the city. Water storage and

pumping will not take place. The windmill

will be placed at the northernmost

corner of the Union Cemetery historic


“This is a wonderful part of Redwood

City’s history that needs to be preserved,”

said Joseph-Hover. “It’s important

for us to remember our agricultural


So if you’re driving on Woodside Road

sometime next month, don’t be surprised

if you see the windmill top being

transported to Union Cemetery by a

flatbed truck bearing the name Able

Tow. Leo Solari will be in the driver’s

seat, helping to preserve part of his family’s

history and our city’s history as


And come to Union Cemetery on

Memorial Day to shake the hands of all

who helped to make it happen. The guy

with the baseball cap and big smile will

be Leo Solari. The blond dynamo will be

Joseph-Hover. You won’t miss ’em.

Author’s note: Readers can help Joseph-

Hover reach her $20,000 goal by contacting

her at (650) 369-9010 or BrightonRWC@aol.com.

Thanks to Leo and Debbie Solari for their

wonderful family history and to Jeri Joseph-

Hover for the photos and other valuable



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Valerie Harris, Special to The Spectrum

One of Redwood City’s best-kept secrets is an

organization called Kainos. Kainos, from the

Greek word meaning “new beginnings,” is a

center that assists clients with developmental disabilities.

The plight of individuals with developmental disabilities

dates back to the beginning of recorded history.

Developmental disabilities can be found as far

back as around 1500 B.C. in the therapeutic papyri

of Thebes (now Luxor) in Egypt. These documents

clearly refer to disabilities of the mind and body due

to brain damage.

In ancient Greece and Rome, society dealt with disabilities

through infanticide. In Sparta, if a neonate

were suspected of being defective, the infant was

thrown from a cliff to its death. During the Roman

Empire, individuals with disabilities were frequently

sold for entertainment or amusement. The age of

Christianity advocated more humane treatment for

the developmentally disabled and infirmed.

In 1690, John Locke published “An Essay

Concerning Human Understanding,” stating his

belief that an individual was born without innate

ideas, a blank slate. His ideas profoundly influenced

the approach to the care of individuals with mental

disabilities. Locke distinguished differences between

mental retardation and mental illness.

In France in the 1800s, Jean-Marc-Gaspard Itard of

the Institutes for Deaf-Mutes worked with a boy

named Victor. Itard created a novel educational program

for Victor to develop his senses, intellect and

emotions. A new awareness was born, ushering in a

new era in the way society treated people with developmental

disabilities. However, society still had a

long way to go.

President John F. Kennedy, in a special message to

Congress on Feb. 5, 1963, said, “I recommend a farreaching

program designed to end our national neglect

of the mentally retarded. The full benefits of our

society belong to those who suffer from such disabilities,

and the mentally retarded should be encouraged

to participate in the productive life of their

communities. This will require strengthened educational

and rehabilitation programs and, ultimately,

meaningful employment.”

their families or alone. It proved less expensive and

more compassionate than putting them in state hospitals.

This legislation chartered the funding for Kainos.

Funds are distributed through the Golden Gate

Regional Center, the local agent of the California

Department of Developmental Services, which is

responsible for funding adult community services for

people with developmental disabilities. Kainos also

partners with local organizations, Rotary Clubs and

the Chamber of Commerce to actively raise money.

Kainos Executive Director Andy Frisch explained

that at Kainos, “We help people with work and help

people find a place to live, provide housing for people

who couldn’t afford to live here and also support

whatever they need. Our housing ranges from 24-

hour (around-the-clock) group homes for people who

need supervision all the time, with cooking and taking

care of their rooms. We assist from that level all

the way to total independent living.”

Frisch continues, “We can also help people find their

own home, and then we go and visit them three to

four times a week. We check the menus they have

planned, to ensure they are getting proper nutrition.

We are there wherever they need support. We tailor

their plans to their individual needs. If someone

needs support five days a week, we will be there five

days a week.”

Kainos was founded in 1974, and then the work and

vocational rehabilitation branch was founded in

1977. Kainos has built six homes since then and has

one in-house work facility in Redwood City.

Frisch says, “Fifty people a day come to learn work

skills, depending on their skill ability and work ability.

They come for training and skills. They are doing

productive work in the meantime.”

One contract, from Network Video Technologies in

Menlo Park, uses Kainos clients to clean and relabel

parts bins for electronic parts. Another contract consists

of repackaging dental floss with shrink-wrap.

Another consists of packing corkscrews and information

on wine into boxes for shipment. Companies

that contract with Kainos find that it is extremely

cost-effective for jobs such as mailings. This service

lends itself well to processing shipments for sellers

(or resellers) on Internet sales sites such as eBay,

Yahoo or craigslist.

During a recent visit, three of the production supervisors

— Chris Bergeson, Leaharay Smothers and

Sandy Turner — were just finishing up their shift for

the day.

Turner obtains job contracts for Kainos. She says,

“My job is getting contracts, to look at possible business

and to contact businesses. People are very supportive

in the community. For example, over there is

a job from a company called Busy Bunny. They supply

small wooden sculptures that bunnies need in

order to keep their teeth sharp. We pack them in

boxes. Busy Bunny has been in business 21 years.

We do all their tagging and then deliver it to their


Turner continues: “Right now in-house there are

eight contracts for about 55 clients. They show up

on regular business hours, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The

rest of the staff is here from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We give

our clients safety training and job skills.”

Participants may stay as long they like, to ensure

they have the necessary skill levels and the confidence

needed to find work in the community if they

so desire. Frisch says, “Our programs are all individualized.

Some clients come here and simply ask us to

find them a job. It’s also a developmental facility for

all their needs. It’s all for adults. We provide vocational

training. The clients work a normal day. They

bring their own lunch. The whole focus of this building

is a job shop. Here, we provide work for 55

clients. We have another 55 clients who work at

Albertsons, Kohlweiss Auto Parts and the Boardwalk

From that point on, the onus was on federal and

state governments to provide care and training for

people with developmental disabilities. Most of this

care, however, was administered through confinement

in deplorable state hospitals.

California’s legislation took a huge leap forward,

when Republican Assemblyman Frank Lanterman

persuaded Gov. Ronald Reagan to sign the

Lanterman Act in 1969. Lanterman, the son of a

wealthy Los Angeles County physician, was horrified

that over 30,000 people with developmental disabilities

were interned in state hospitals. His legislation

guaranteed that the developmentally disabled would

have a right to social services to assist them to live

the most independent and productive lives possible

and that the disabled would be allowed to live with




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Auto Center. Those clients are paid employees. We

help them find those jobs, and then we support them

in those jobs. So it’s a range of services we offer. If

you come and say, ‘I’m ready for a job in the community,’

we will help you find that job. You might

come here for a short period of time to get yourself

ready for a job in the community, or your disability

might be such that you need a significant amount of

time getting ready for a job.”

What do businesses get when they hire Kainos

clients? They get tax incentives, but, more importantly,

they get a dedicated and reliable entry-level

work force. Frisch elaborates: “When you go to the

supermarket, the courtesy clerks are usually

teenagers who see this as a first job, and they are not

too interested in a long-term career path. The teens

come and they go; most don’t take pride in it. Our

clients are thrilled to get these jobs and they see it as

a long-term career. Plus, there’s pride from the business’

perspective in knowing that they are part of an

inclusive community.”

One of the big success stories from the Kainos facility

is Thurman Nichols, who just celebrated his 15th

anniversary with Albertsons as a courtesy clerk at

the Woodside Plaza store. Nichols lives in his own

house with friends. He wanted to live and work independently.

Through Kainos, Nichols achieved his


The minimum age requirement is 18, but most

clients are 21 or older. Referrals come from the

Golden Gate Regional Center, or families seek out

the organization. Kainos covers the area from East

Palo Alto to Belmont to San Mateo, mostly in southern

San Mateo County. Most clients are taught how

to shop, budget and schedule medical appointments.

Kainos has two licensed group homes, one in

Woodside and one in Redwood City; three independent

living homes in Redwood City and an independent

living home in Belmont. Kainos has no

upper age limit for clients.

Frisch left his home on Long Island, N.Y., to attend

Stanford University, majoring in psychology and

feminist studies. He joined

Kainos straight out of

school. His first job was to

help run a group home.

Frisch knew he wanted to

work in a nonprofit field,

plus he had experience with

state hospitals in New York

and he also volunteered for

Special Olympics. Kainos

was perfect. Frisch and his

wife, Ginny, have two children:

Josh, 12, and Ben, 14.

Frisch has been with Kainos

for 20 years. He started as

an assistant manager, then

manager, and was finally

promoted to executive

director by founder

Dorothy Philbreck.

Vocational Services Manger

Bert Vergara has been with

Kainos one year. Born in

Oakland, Vergara grew up

in Oakland and Concord. At 16, he worked with

people with disabilities at summer camps and truly

enjoyed the experience. He spent the next several

years working in an intermediate care facility for the

deaf and hearing impaired, at a San Francisco agency

supplying housing and in-living services, in vocational

rehabilitation and job development, and then

in management. Vergara and Frisch knew each other,

and Frisch offered Vergara a position with Kainos.

Vergara now runs all vocational training programs.

Part of the job is to get contracts. Individuals come

to him looking for a part-time job program, and

Vergara does an assessment of their needs and work

services and decides whether the client is better suited

for work at group sites or at individual jobs in the

community. He identifies the clients’ skill sets and

places them accordingly.

Group sites include local YMCAs and companies like

Deeelish, where customers build their own meals —

a gourmet TV dinner. A number of Kainos clients

work on-site with a supervisor. Vergara sets up the

contract with the company and supplies someone to

supervise to ensure the quality meets the company’s

expectations. The supervisor also provides on-thejob


Vergara says, “Sometimes a client doesn’t work out

at a particular job, and it

gives us a chance to

reassess and learn about

our process, learn from

our mistakes and improve

the system. Sometimes all

we have to do is supply

more training to ensure

the client is ready the next

time. They all do need

some help and support.

Learning the culture of

the job, or to problem

solve, invokes all the

other elements that are

involved with our program.”

Frisch chimes in: “It’s our job to stay creative here

and stay one step ahead of the challenges that may


One thing is for certain, working for Kainos yields a

tremendous amount of job satisfaction. A visit to the

facility can be likened to a visit to a holy place. Not

only are the clients improving the quality of their

lives, Frisch likens it to peeling away layers of an

onion. He says, “Secondarily, families are so grateful

we exist. We are a unique community in Redwood

City, diverse and inclusive. Our clients are also volunteering.

They clean the wetlands; they help with

the Fourth of July parade. Community leaders are

proud to embrace all elements of the communities.

It’s all part of the fabric of the community. The city

is better off for being inclusive.”

Frisch concludes: “We are a community resource. We

are out there for businesses; we are out there for residentials.

We are a community asset.”

On March 30 at 6 p.m., Kainos is having its annual gala

recognition dinner and staff-of-the-year honors at the

Crowne Plaza Cabaña in Palo Alto. To purchase tickets,

contact Kristen Uthman at (650) 363-2423. Tickets are

$45. Everyone is welcome.

On Sept. 29, Kainos will have its Achievement Challenge

Pageant, a client recognition dinner, at the Crowne Plaza

Hotel in Foster City. Call Kristen Uthman at (650) 363-

2423 for more information.

For more information, to volunteer or to donate, please contact:

Kainos Home and Training Center

3631 Jefferson Ave.

Redwood City, CA 94062

Phone (650) 363-2423

Fax (650) 363-2082


Kainos Vocational Services

2555 Middlefield Road

Redwood City, CA 94063

Phone (650) 361-1355

Fax (650) 361-1616




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Redwood City’s precise plan calls for high-density

housing in downtown and along El Camino Real

The long-awaited plan to improve housing,

entertainment and scenery in downtown

Redwood City seems to be precisely

what the doctor ordered for everyone in the

community — except one longtime property


The Precise Plan would establish guidelines for

new development in the city’s core area from El

Camino Real to Veterans Boulevard. The plan

would set up a wedding-cake–like arrangement

with the tallest structures standing 12 stories

around the heart of downtown, gradually

descending to the smallest buildings around the


At least one property owner is upset with the

project, however. Joseph Carcione, who owns a

law office on the edge of the proposed development

area, filed an appeal against the project’s

environmental report, claiming that shadows

from the taller buildings will be cast upon his

office all day.

The construction will include 2,500–3,700 new

residential units that will be installed downtown

after approval of the plan, which would

change zoning laws for some of downtown’s

districts from commercial only to commercial

and residential zones. Additionally,

275,000–600,000 square feet of office space,

221,000–295,000 square feet of retail space

and 200 more hotel rooms will be added.

The plan also aims to provide a park-your-caronce

experience in which pedestrians will flood

the area, integrating transit from all areas of

downtown to nearby Sequoia Station and

improving the area’s ambiance by presenting a

purely urban setting. Years from now, city plan-

ners envision Redwood City being one of the

premier entertainment destinations of the mid-


The goal is to make an exciting and vibrant

downtown where people can live, work and get

entertainment 24 hours a day,” said Tom

Passanisi, community development services


Developers have been licking their chops for

the Precise Plan to be approved so they can

begin constructing residential complexes on the

property of six buildings that have been vacant

for three to eight years. Housing is so much

more profitable than commercial buildings, it

would be more cost effective to wait and build

rather than rent out current apartments and

buy out residents before expanding. The buildings

have gone wasted for years awaiting

approval of the plan, said John Anagnostou, a

major player in Redwood City development.

Anagnostou predicts that at least six cranes will

appear downtown in the next year and a half to

build high-rise buildings on the vacant buildings’

properties. The only confirmed bid is the

Renaissance Project, an eight-story residential

development. Once the Precise Plan is

approved, developers will be lining up to submit

plans to expand upon at least 12 different

buildings total, Anagnostou said.

There’s a quiet before the storm right now,”

Anagnostou said. “The Precise Plan is a wonderful

planning tool to help take the town to

the next level, and not just on the physical level

— I mean quality of life, prestige, coolness factor.”

Carcione maintained that the constant shadows

would negatively affect his property but

the City Council denied his alternative plan

Feb. 26 that would have changed the nearby

setup so shadows would hit an area across the

street from his office. Carcione said the battle

isn’t over and that a lawsuit is a possibility.

Carcione spent $10,000 for a shadow study

that he said “fell on deaf ears” of the council.

He has owned property in Redwood City for 30

years and has donated so much money to the

community that his name appears inside historic

Courthouse Square. He made clear that he

thinks the plan will progress the city as a whole

but doesn’t want his personal rights as a property

owner to be impinged upon in the process.

The ends don’t always justify the means and

right now my name happens to be the means,”

Carcione said. “They’re kind of stepping on me

a little bit. [Being in the shadows] is a terrible

place to be. We have windows for a reason, to

let the sunshine in.”

The city didn’t see it as such a big problem.

“City staff believes shadowing does not have a

significant impact and that you are going to

have shadows in a downtown regardless [of its

planning],” Passanisi said.

Because the Carcione property’s zoning area

will allow residential development when the

plan is approved, he believes his law offices will

eventually become apartment buildings

because they are more profitable.

To make the buildings more attractive from a

pedestrian standpoint, regulations will be made

for how wide storefronts can be. Facades will

also have to be up to code and street walls will

have to be in 100-foot increments to keep a

rhythm among the buildings. Clearly definable

gateways — or downtown entrance points —

will also be added. The design is meant to tailor

to the urban settings in major metropolitan

areas while still relating to the fabric of the

downtown’s history, said Charles Jany, project

planner for Redwood City.

The plan promotes an urban environment,”

Jany said. “It’s not a suburban model; it’s a traditional

urban environment that has buildings

that have traditional forms of architecture and

bring back the feeling that Redwood City is the

capital of the region.”

Other than the funding for constructing the

actual plan, the long-term effects from the construction

won’t cost the city any money,

Passanisi said. He added that no specific construction

plans will be named until at least midor


“This is a dream come true to have this Precise

Plan,” Anagnostou said. “It’s going to really create

an interesting skyline in our downtown. I

want to live there and I want to see great musicians

and successful entrepreneurs living there


Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the

Daily Journal newspaper.



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One month stands between a proposed charter school specializing

in helping teens with substance abuse problems

and the decision for it to open this September.


dependency problems but would also receive the core classes


The plan is to develop a whole new outpatient school open

to students not in the Daytop program, said Daytop

Executive Director Orville Roache.

Daytop teachers, past and present, were on hand to discuss

the positive influence they’ve witnessed.





Daytop Village, Inc. petitioned the Sequoia Union High

School District for a charter with plans to open a 58-student,

three-classroom school by September after being

denied by the County Office of Education last year. The

denial forced Daytop to reconsider and rework a proposal,

the product of which was part of a public hearing last night.

Supporters of the school showed up to share stories of the

safe, successful environment Daytop offers.

“We get wrapped up in the political things and we forget

the whole objective. We need to help the kids,” said

Carolyn Hoskins, who works with the NFL Alumni Drug

Prevention Program. Hoskins added students need a safe

environment to learn and grow.

Daytop in Redwood City began serving students in 1988,

in addition to the substance abuse and therapeutic services

offered. Daytop was originally run by the county before

becoming a nonpublic school in 2003 — which means the

school is publicly funded but students must be referred. All

students who attend the school would need help with

“In all my years working with at-risk youth, I’ve never seen

a program as truly effective in not only substance abuse but

with education and family issues,” said former teacher

Deborah Budesa.

Currently, many students with addiction problems end up

attending public school then treatment. This setup is problematic

for most students, who can be treated differently at

school, said Roache. The proposal would give students a

clean and sober environment. Students could volunteer for

the program or be recommended for it.

Treatment would be included in a portion of the day-to-day

activities, such as drug and family education. A majority of

the treatment activities would be offered after school to

both students and their families.

The district will examine the new petition and recommend

a course of action to be voted on Wednesday, April 18, said

Superintendent Pat Gemma.

Redwood City firefighters held a birthday party

for Abigail Mendoza, with hose, and her friends

on Sunday. Mendoza was recently diagnosed

with an inoperable cancerous condtion.


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Bob Bryant inside his coffee shop on Broadway

Bob Bryant, owner of Bob’s Court House Coffee

Shop, filed a lawsuit against Redwood City that

seeks damages for the loss of business and property

damage as a result of the 18-month construction of

the city’s new movie theater and courthouse square.

The lawsuit was filed by Bryant’s attorney. It claims

the theater project was delayed for nearly a year due

to the city’s “inadequate planning, sporadic performances

of work and substandard work” that

resulted in the prolonged closure of Broadway,

Marshall Street and Middlefield Road. The street

closures affected both employee and customer parking,

according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for repairs to

the building, injury to business good will, loss of

profits and expenses incurred by Bryant as a result of

the construction.

City Attorney Stan Yamamoto said his office has not

yet been served with the lawsuit. Bryant has 30 days

to serve the city with official notice of the lawsuit,

Yamamoto said.

It is no secret Bryant was one of the top critics of the

development process. His shop is directly across the

street from the new 20-screen theater and the

Courthouse Square. He saw business dwindle as construction

lagged for nearly two years.

“We lost 75 percent of our business. We’re just now

getting it back,” Bryant said.

The Redwood City City Council approved the theater

project in 2002, executed a development agreement

in 2003 and began construction later that year.

At that time the city closed Middlefield Road from

Jefferson Avenue to Broadway. The streets remained

closed until August 2006, according to the lawsuit.

The delays of construction caused the obstruction of

access to Bryant’s business, crowded out parking,

destroyed the “good will of the business” and prevented

Bryant from generating revenue.

Constant construction also damaged the building’s

foundation, causing cracks in the tiled floor. Bryant

said the city promised to fix the problem but never


Approximately 60 percent of the business returned,

but the rest depends on the success of the downtown

development and how many visitors it attracts.

The project will be good if we ever get off the

ground,” Bryant said.

The city unveiled its newly made-over downtown

late last year, complete with a long-anticipated 20-

screen theater/retail complex on Middlefield Road

and a facelift of its historic courthouse on Broadway.

The area sits behind Sequoia Station, near the

Caltrain stop, and was built with high hopes of drawing

visitors and their money.

The theater project was sponsored by the city — as

opposed to a private developer — and is the first part

of a larger plan to redevelop downtown into a highdensity

urban core with more mixed-use buildings.

It has not been without roadblocks. Property owners

whose land was seized by eminent domain sued the

city a couple of years ago, claiming they were not

paid the fair market value. The city ultimately settled

with the property owners.

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

Journal newspaper.


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News Briefs




Three juvenile gang members accused of

participating in the fatal gang-related shooting

of a 31-year-old Redwood City man two

years ago along with two others charged as

adults were convicted of first-degree murder,

likely sending them to the California

Youth Authority until age 25.


Petitions were sustained — the juvenile

court equivalent of a conviction — against

Edgar Alvarez, 16, Juan Orozco, 15, and

Daniel Vargas, 16. The names of minors

accused of crimes are released when they are

charged as adults or convicted of certain

serious crimes. Orozco is the younger brother

of Josue Orozco, 16, who is currently the

youngest person ever charged with murder

as an adult in San Mateo County. Orozco

and Faustino Ayala, 22, are scheduled for

trial in July.

The three boys’ juvenile trial actually

occurred last fall but unlike in adult proceedings

closing arguments and verdicts are

not required to follow immediately. More

than six months after hearing the evidence,

Judge Norman Gatzert found them guilty of

murder and belonging to a street gang.

They return to court May 18 for sentencing

and face a maximum term of incarceration at

CYA until age 25.

On July 12, 2005, according to the prosecution,

the five Sureño defendants encountered

Francisco Rodriguez near his apartment carport

at 475 Redwood Ave. Orozco, then 14,

allegedly got out of the car, covered his face,

pulled a gun from his waistband and, as

Rodriguez turned, fired a shot. Ayala is

believed to be the getaway driver.

The five were arrested less than 24 hours

after the shooting and Orozco allegedly confessed.

Prosecutors used California’s Proposition 21

to charge Orozco as an adult. His defense

attorney has tried repeatedly since to have

his client’s case moved back to juvenile


Unlike the juvenile defendants just convicted,

Orozco faces life in prison without the

possibility of parole unless a judge throws

out the special gang allegation. Prosecutors

chose not to pursue the death penalty for

Ayala and minors cannot face capital punishment.

Under a bill recently proposed by state Sen.

Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo),

even Orozco would have a chance at eventual

freedom. Yee’s bill would cap the maximum

penalty at 25 years to life in prison for

all juveniles tried as adults.

All defendants remain in custody on no-bail




The San Mateo County Coroner’s Office has

identified a passenger killed in a solo-vehicle

crash in Atherton March 16 as Eduardo

Agustin Reyes, 18, of Redwood City, Senior

Deputy Coroner Kristine Gamble reported.

Gamble said an autopsy of Reyes’ body was

being performed as The Spectrum went to


San Mateo County Sheriff’s Capt. Don

O’Keefe said the incident began in unincorporated

Redwood City when deputies spotted

a 2002 Ford Mustang weaving erratically

while traveling eastbound on Fifth

Avenue toward Semicircular Road.

Deputies tried to pull over the Mustang,

which was traveling between 25 and 30

mph, by turning on their flashing lights. At

first it appeared the suspects were going to

pull over, but when the deputies sounded

their siren, the Mustang sped away southbound

on Middlefield Road, O’Keefe said.

The driver traveled into the oncoming lane

at a high rate of speed to pass a bus and a car,

and deputies decided against a pursuit,

O’Keefe said.

They felt the guy was drunk anyway and

didn’t want to cause an accident by chasing

him like that,’” he said.

The deputies came upon the accident about a

half-mile away, at the corner of Middlefield

Road and Heritage Court in Atherton.

Atherton police, who are investigating the

incident jointly with the San Mateo County

Sheriff’s Office, said it appears the Mustang

was trying to negotiate a bend in the road

near Holbrook Lane when it crossed over to

the opposite shoulder and struck two trees.

The driver, a 27-year-old Redwood City

man whose name police have not released,

ran from the scene and was quickly taken

into custody by deputies, O’Keefe said.

Investigators believe drunken driving and

excessive speed were to blame for the crash.

The driver’s breath smelled of alcohol and

empty alcohol bottles were found inside the

car, O’Keefe reported. Reyes, a passenger in

the rear of the car, died at the scene, authorities


The driver and a second passenger suffered

moderate injuries and were both taken to

Stanford Hospital. “It sounds like they

weren’t seat-belted and were thrown around

the car,” O’Keefe said.

The injured passenger refused to identify

himself to authorities Friday morning,

O’Keefe said.

The driver will be booked into San Mateo

County Jail when he is released from the

hospital. “He’ll be arrested on felony DUI

and manslaughter charges,” O’Keefe said.



Redwood City teachers will receive a 6.11

percent increase in total compensation this

school year under a tentative three-year contract

announced by the Redwood City

School District.

In making the announcement, District

Superintendent Jan Christensen said the

increases may require cuts in other areas to

ensure a balanced budget.

The multi-year agreement will give teachers

a 4.5 percent salary increase retroactive to

July 1, 2006, with an additional increase to

begin this month — a total of 5.26 percent

increase for this year and an ongoing

increase of 6.5 percent.

In addition, the district reported it had

already increased health benefits by 0.8 percent

in July. After July 1, 2007, the value of

the compensation package goes up to 7.35

percent. The third year compensation will be

negotiated later, according to the district.

Teacher salaries will range from $41,544 to

$80,851 plus the health package, according

to the district.




Residents of a Redwood City home were

robbed at gunpoint late by three masked men

who escaped with a large sum of money,

Redwood City police reported.

According to police, the victims, who live in

the 800 block of Palm Avenue, answered a

knock on their door at about 11:30 a.m.

Three men wearing ski masks and armed

with guns then forced their way into the

home and ordered the victims, two adults

and a youth, to the floor, police reported.

One of the suspects removed a safe containing

“a large amount of cash” from the back

bedroom, and all three then fled by car,

according to police.

The three suspects are described as Hispanic

men, one a heavyset man.

The escape vehicle reportedly was an early

’90s black Jeep Cherokee with a gold stripe.

The vehicle was last seen heading north on

Hudson Avenue.



A Redwood City man convicted of shooting

at the home of an officer who gave him a

parking ticket four years previously could go

to prison for five years if a judge finds he

violated his probation for a third time.

Eric Douglas Chaney, 38, pleaded not guilty

to the violation charge and returns to court

April 17. The probation department recommends

Chaney’s original five-year sentence

be imposed, unlike previous violations in

August 2004 and November 2006, which

have brought only more probation time.

In April 2003, Chaney was charged with a

felony count of making a criminal threat and

two misdemeanor counts of driving under

the influence. Chaney was angry over a

1991 traffic ticket and began a harassment

campaign, including shots fired at the officer’s

home, according to the District

Attorney’s Office. On April 25, 2003,

Chaney called Detective Mark Pollio and

threatened to kill him, his wife and his children.

An hour later, he drove while intoxicated

to the police station, according to the

District Attorney’s Office.

His recent probation violations involve not

alerting his officer to where he lives, according

to prosecutors. Chaney remains in custody

on no-bail status.



A 35-year-old man with a history of manufacturing

phony identification and false citizenship

paperwork was immediately sentenced

to 16 months in prison after pleading

no contest to a new charge of offering a

police officer false documents.

Ivan Ornelas changed his plea on the single

added charge at a pretrial conference rather

than stand trial on multiple counts of false

representation and being under the influence

of drugs. Ornelas waived his right to a presentencing

probation report and was immediately

sentenced. He receives credit for 93

days against his term and must also pay standard

restitution and security fines.

On Jan. 2, according to the Sheriff’s Office,

Ornelas was contacted by a deputy sheriff at

Chavez Market in Redwood City. As the

deputy approached, Ornelas reportedly

walked behind a car and dropped fake resident

alien cards and U.S. Social Security


The sheriff’s deputy said Ornelas gave him a

fake name and was under the influence of

drugs at the time. Ornelas has a prior 2004

conviction for possession and manufacturing

of phony identification. He was still on

probation at the time of the most recent




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Nonprofits in Action




Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop

communication and leadership skills.

The club meets on Wednesdays

12:30–1:30 p.m. in the Council

Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield

Road. Call Manny Rosas at (650) 780-

7468 if you would like to check out a

meeting or just stop in. Visit www.toastmasters.org

for more information about

the Toastmasters public speaking program.



Looking for a dependable source of

skilled, reliable workers? Family Service

Agency of San Mateo County provides

employers with mature, ready-to-work,

experienced workers who are 55 years

and older. Employers contact the service

because they appreciate the superior

work ethic and the commitment to

quality that mature workers possess.

There are no fees for hiring candidates.

Contact Barbara Clipper at (650) 403-

4300, ext. 4368, to place your job order.

For those looking for work, Family

Service Agency provides a range of

services for those who are at least 55

years of age, including referrals for

classroom training, vocational counseling,

job referrals and on-the-job training

for qualified participants. Contact

Connie Tilles at (650) 403-4300, ext.

4371, if you are looking for work.





Hearing Loss Association is a volunteer,

international organization of hard-ofhearing

people, relatives and friends.

The nonprofit, nonsectarian, educational

organization is devoted to the welfare

and interests of those who cannot hear

well but are committed to participating in

the hearing world.

A day meeting is held on the first

Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the

Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455

Madison Ave. We provide educational

speakers and refreshments. A demonstration

of assistive devices is held on

the first Wednesday of the month at

10:30 a.m. in the second floor conference

room at the Redwood City Public

Library, 1044 Middlefield Road. Please

call Marj at (650) 593-6760 with any




Nursing Mothers Counsel, a nonprofit

organization since 1955, provides free

breastfeeding education and assistance

by highly trained counselors (moms who

breastfed for at least six months). To

speak with a counselor (no fee), call

(650) 327-MILK (327-6455).

NMC also offers free breastfeeding

classes. Moms (including babies), dads,

grandmas and friends are welcome.

Free breastfeeding classes are held the

first Saturday of each month at Mills

Hospital in San Mateo from 10 a.m. to

noon. Call (650) 327-MILK (327-6455)

to RSVP.

NMC also has breast pumps and breastfeeding

supplies available for purchase

and rent. Call (650) 364-9579. If you’d

like to become a trained counselor, call

(650) 365-2713. Visit their Web site at




In addition to sheltering and finding new

homes for stray and unwanted animals

(100 percent placement for healthy dogs

and cats since 2003!), PHS/SPCA has

vital programs for people. New in 2006

and beginning with the North Fair Oaks

community, the shelter began driving its

mobile spay/neuter clinic into lowincome

neighborhoods, offering owners

free “fixes” for their pets. PHS/SPCA

also provides a free animal behavior

help line in English and Spanish. Call

(650) 340-7022, ext. 783 or 786. And

domestic abuse victims who wish to

leave their abusive situation but are

fearful of doing so because they have

pets can receive temporary sheltering

for their pets through PHS/SPCA. Call

(650) 340-7022, ext. 330.



Peninsula Hills Women’s Club meets the

third Wednesday of each month at the

Community Activities Building, 1400

Roosevelt Ave. For more information,

call (650) 366-6371.



The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was

chartered in April 1988. In the years

since that time, the club has met weekly

at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast and to hear a

speaker at the Waterfront Restaurant at

Pete’s Harbor in Redwood City. The

club, with 22 members, has frequently

been honored as an outstanding small

club by Rotary District 5150, which

includes San Mateo, San Francisco and

part of Marin counties. For more information

or to join, call Fred Wolin at (650)




This group is small but has a growing

membership. All members either live or

work in our community and share a common

goal of making our city a better

place to live. This club is one of over

44,000 Lions Clubs in 199 nations.

Chartered in 1966, this club has been

vigorously active helping eyesightimpaired

youth in our schools and seniors

who are hearing-impaired.

Join them for breakfast! The Lions meet

every Wednesday at Bob’s Court House

Coffee Shop, 2198 Broadway, beginning

at 7:15 a.m. Call Bill Gibbons at (650)

766-8105 for more details.



Redwood City Women’s Club meets at

the clubhouse, 149 Clinton St., the first

Thursday of each month September

through June. Social at 11:30 a.m. and

lunch at noon, followed by meeting and

program. For information call Loretta at

(650) 368-8212 or visit RWCWC.com.


Redwood City Rotary serves the community

by raising $60,000 or more each

year through its July Fourth car raffle to

fund college scholarships, support local

charities and provide international relief

aid. In addition, club members volunteer

at a host of local events and meet in fellowship

each Tuesday at 12:15 at the

Sequoia Club, 1695 Broadway, to hear

from a variety of interesting speakers.

For more information about joining,

please contact Roland Haga at (650)




The group meets the fourth Tuesday of

each month at the Sequoia District

Board Room, 480 James Ave., at 7 p.m.

All alumni and friends of Sequoia are

welcome to attend. For more information

call Nancy at (650) 592-5822, visit the

Web site at sequoiahsalumniassoc.org

or e-mail sequoiaalumni@earthlink.net.

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Judy Buchan, Contributing Writer


thankful that he was home and thankful that the lessons he’d been taught since

childhood about caring and helping other people had made their mark on his character.

That memory came to mind today as I stood in line at Orchard Supply Hardware.

While waiting to buy a pink geranium and hanging pot (spring weather brings out

the planting instinct), I saw an elderly man trying to carry a shovel and rake to

the checkout stand. Actually, he was dragging the tools and staggering a bit as he

tried to keep his balance. The other folks in line with me insisted that he go ahead

of us, and he gratefully obliged.

Those of us who reached our teenage years back in the days before cell phones

knew that we had to find a phone and call if we were out and going to be late coming

home. In our house, just considering the consequences of not following that

directive was enough to keep us on the straight and narrow.

So, it was a bit surprising one night when my brother, Bill, didn’t come home for

dinner at the usual hour and failed to call home. Granted, he was a full-time student

at CSM in the late 1960s and working part-time as a chicken delivery guy,

but he usually would let someone in the family know if he was running late.

Besides, we assumed he would not want to face Mom with an implausible explanation

for his tardiness.

As the dinner hour came and went that evening, Mom’s concern for him started

to grow into those imagined consequences that none of us wanted to consider.

When he finally arrived, all in one piece, Mom let him know that she was worried

and darned annoyed that he had not called.

After letting Mom have her say, Bill explained in quite a calm fashion that he was

driving home on 101 when he saw a woman (“elderly, about your age, Mom” —

THAT went over real well) pulled over on the side of the freeway, trying to change

a flat tire. He stopped, changed the tire and helped her to get back on the freeway

in busy oncoming traffic. Bill’s unspoken assumption was that helping the stranded

motorist was something that he would be expected to do.

Another checkout stand opened, and I was summoned by the cashier. I paid for

my pink geranium and headed for the exit. As I walked by the checkout stand

where the elderly man had finished his transaction, something told me not to

assume he could get his tools to his car by himself. I asked him if he needed help,

but he assured me that he was just fine. I went on my way.

And that something that told me to check on the elderly man at Orchard? I have

no doubt it was my little brother, Bill, who lost a seven-month battle with

melanoma on February 28. He gently reminded me that the pre–cell phone generation

in Redwood City was raised to care and help other people. Just because our

hair is thin and gray, and we have to take our glasses off to read, doesn’t mean we

should assume that our help isn’t needed, that there’s always another day to lend

a hand, that we shouldn’t care.

What strikes me most about Bill’s passing is simply that I always thought he, my

sisters and I were invincible. I assumed that we’d have so much time to grow old

together, share the joys of family and let each other and our community know how

much we care.

So do yourself a big favor — never assume anything. Never think for one minute

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And never assume there’s plenty of time.


Then he apologized for not calling. Quite humbled, Mom fixed dinner for him,

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The Soroptimists invite you to become a

member of Soroptmist International, the

largest service organization for business

and professional women in the world,

where “improving the lives of women

and children” has been their mission

since 1921. Soroptimists work through

service projects to advance human

rights and the status of women locally

and abroad. Soroptimist International of

South Peninsula needs and wants you

as a member. While helping women’s

and children’s causes, you will enjoy fellowship

and lasting friendships. They

meet the second Thursday of every

month. For more information, please call

their president, Maria, at (650) 366-

0668, Monday–Friday between 9 a.m.

and 5 p.m.



The Optimists invite you to become a

member of Optimist International, one of

the largest service organizations in the

world, where “bringing out the best in

kids” has been their mission for over 80

years. Whether you’re a club officer or a

club member who enjoys the fellowship

and friendship of others with a common

greater good, Optimist International

needs and wants you as a member.

The Optimist Club of Redwood City

meets every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. at

Bob’s Court House Coffee Shop at

Middlefield and Broadway. For more

information please call their president,

Steve, at (650) 365-8089 or their secretary,

Ted Cole, at (650) 366-1392. Or

come join them for lunch to learn more

about how you can make a difference.



This is a unique club made up of senior

citizens who want to stay involved. Most,

but not all, come from the residence at

Woodside Terrace. The club is open to

all of the community and provides an

opportunity for seniors to be useful.

The club’s funds are raised by a card,

candy and necklace sale held on the

fourth Wednesday of each month in the

main lobby at 485 Woodside Road,

open to the public. All greeting cards are

a dollar each. They sell See’s and other

candy bars and hold a See’s fundraiser

for holidays. One of their members

makes beautiful necklaces and sells

them for $10 or more if one wishes to

make a larger donation to the club.


The club has a tutoring project at Taft

School and has contributed to school

libraries, the Children’s Cancer

Campaign, the Optimist Volunteers for

Youth Camp near La Honda for needy

children, the Optimist Jr. World Golf program,

Challenge Day and many other

programs for kids.

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

the second and fourth Wednesdays of

each month in the Assisted Living Dining

Room at Woodside Terrace. Guests are

welcome. Please call President Jack

Murphy at (650) 780-9891 or Millie Cole

at (650) 366-1392 for reservations.



Since October 1956, the Woodside

Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club and its precedents

have been devoted to community

service in Redwood City. Through the

decades, they have provided funds to

help many worthy community programs

and continue to add more community

projects. The Key Club of Sequoia High

School, sponsored by the Woodside

Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club, was chartered

in 1994 and has been involved in

raising money and donating time and

effort to many programs.

The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis

Club meets every Wednesday morning

7:15–8:30 a.m. at the Waterfront

Restaurant, 1 Uccelli Blvd. (at Pete’s

Harbor). They invite you to come to their

meetings and check out the club’s Web

site at www.agencyinfo.org/kiwanis.

Editor’s note: If you are connected with

a nonprofit organization and want your

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send it to writers@spectrummagazine.net

or The Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box

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community know your contributions and

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David Amann, Special to The Spectrum

Now that April is here, you might decide to

spruce up your home, both inside and out.

But you also may want to do a little “spring

cleaning” to help keep your financial house

in order.

What steps should you take to tidy up your

financial situation? Actually, some of the

moves are the same as those you’d use to

reinvigorate your house and yard. Consider

the following:

Get the clutter out. When you open some of

your closets, you probably ask yourself,

“Why on earth do I need that?” Strange as

it may seem, when you open your investment

portfolio for examination, you might

have similar thoughts. Perhaps you’ve had

some investments for so long that you no

longer remember why you bought them. If

you aren’t sure why you own a stock, bond

or other type of security, you might want to

sell it and use the proceeds to invest in

something else that might be more useful in

helping you meet your goals.

Rearrange the furnishings. Over time, and



S P R I N G C L E A N I N G ?

almost without your being aware of it, the

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Perhaps you have too many chairs in

one corner, or maybe your new entertainment

center is crowding out a couch.

Usually, with a little rearranging, you can

get things back in order. And the same is


true with your portfolio: Over time, it might

have become unbalanced, with too much

of one investment and too little of another.

This situation could prove hazardous to your

financial situation, especially if the imbalance

means you are taking on too much

risk or, conversely, if your holdings have

become too conservative to provide the

growth you need. A well-balanced portfolio

can help you achieve your long-term

goals and accommodate your individual

risk tolerance, but it won’t assure you of a

profit or protect against a loss in declining


Update your home’s look. If you’ve lived in

a place for a long time, the rooms and

even the landscaping can start to look a little

frumpy. Perhaps the way you lived in

1997 isn’t quite the way you’d like to live in

2007. So, you make some changes. And

when you look at your investment portfolio,

you might also think that some elements


aren’t reflecting new realities of your life,

such as marriage, divorce, a new child, a

child going off to college or impending

retirement. If this is the case, you may need

to adjust your holdings.

Check your security system. It’s always a

good idea to check your smoke detectors

and alarm systems to make sure they are

functioning properly. And, just like your

home’s security features, your life insurance

needs to be checked periodically. If you’ve

moved to a more expensive home, or if

you’ve added a child to your family, is your

insurance still sufficient? Or, if you have

recently remarried or divorced, have you

changed your beneficiaries?

As you can see, you can gain a lot of benefit

from a financial spring cleaning. Get

started soon.

Editor’s note: David Amann is one of the

Redwood City community members who contributes

to The Spectrum. If you have any questions regarding

investments please send them to writers@spectrummagazine.net

or The Spectrum Magazine,

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



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doctor instructed me to take a stress test to evaluate

my heart functions. Guess what? I started

stressing about my stress test and it was two weeks

away. In fact, it was all I could talk about, and my

family, friends and co-workers were getting annoyed

at my stress level. Is this what it is like to grow older?


So the big day came, and when I arrived at the clinic

— I had called twice, okay three times, the prior

week to ask questions about the test — the nurse was

familiar with my name. I was told I needed to take

some more blood tests, meaning I had to get blood

drawn — stress. I went into what I call the “bloodsucking

area” of the clinic and the process started. Of

course, once I was seated and strapped in, the vampire

missed the first vein on my right arm — that has

never happened before — so she had to get it from

the other arm. That went fine and once it was completed,

I was led to the treadmill area with bandages

on both arms — that has got to affect the results of

the stress test, right? They said no.

First, one of the two women administering the test

asked why I was there. Well, I have started a new

exercise program, am overweight, have high cholesterol,

have a family history of heart disease, am

stressed, should I go on? She got the picture. First

they took my blood pressure and were concerned it

was too high — try the large cuff and see if it makes

a difference. It did, and then they explained the test

procedures, stripped me of my shirt — god, I hope

they’re not looking — strapped all these wires and

suction things to my body, and we were good to go.

I started walking at a slow pace and they took my

blood pressure after each level I completed. I felt

good. Actually, I was thinking if we stayed at this

pace I could get a short workout and not have to go

to the gym later. Then, as I completed each level and

moved on to the next, I had to start running, until it

was too much — I mean, I was running in high

mode. She asked if I could go on (whether I was able

to complete the test). I was like, hell no, gals, I am

not a sprint runner, good lord! I am done.

Then they instructed me to immediately step off the

treadmill — no problem — and lie down on the table

so they could take an EKG. I was sweating all over

the place, with two bandages on my arms and my

excess waist skin hanging everywhere, my heart

pumping as if I had just run a marathon, and they

started to put this scope thing around the outside of

my heart. I just wanted to go home and write as I listened

to what I interpreted as my heart muscles

pumping extremely fast and hard — and it actually

felt good.

After the test had been completed, a quiet fell over

the room, as if they were looking at the results and

saying, “Poor guy is going to die,” or something. Of

course they could not tell me any of the results, even

after I said that I am not the type of person who can

wait for anything, let alone results of tests that could

determine my future. Then one of them said that if

there was any problem someone would call me

tonight or tomorrow, after the cardiologist looks at

the results — STRESS! Needless to say, I kept my

cell phone with me at all times and even heard it ring

when it hadn’t. Thankfully, I have call waiting,

because if I did not I would not have talked to anyone.

I so hoped they would not call; if they had, I would

probably have had a heart attack on the spot. I even

called the clinic to make sure they had my correct

number, but I heard nothing. Until my doctor’s

nurse called two weeks later to tell me he wanted to

schedule an appointment to go over the tests. What

does that mean? Is there minor damage that the test

showed? Or did they not notice something major? To

make matters worse, he could not see me until the

end of March — can I wait that long? I can, and I

will not talk to anyone about it.

Regardless, the whole experience was a WAKE-UP

CALL for me. So I am on a mission now. I need to

concentrate on myself and do as much for myself as

I do for others. At least, that is what people tell me.

Lose some weight, step up the exercise even more

and make this a life-changing experience, as it would

have been had there been a problem. I now have

peace of mind, knowing that I have a healthy heart,

and that was worth any stress I went through.

Maybe it will be so for you too?

* * * * *

I recently ventured into San Carlos and was pulled

over in my Jeep — didn’t they know I had just had a

stress test? — by what I found out was one of the

city’s traffic officers. I wondered why I had been

pulled over. I wasn’t speeding, I waited for the light

to turn green and, once it did, the red lights were

flashing in my rearview mirror. I found out that my

license plate light was burned out. Are you kidding


So to make a long story

short, I fixed the light, had

the ticket signed off by one

of our finest and proceeded

to traffic court to turn it in

and pay a $10 processing

fee. Once I got there, of

course there was a line, but

I had made time for it, so I

did not mind. Looking

around, I was greeted by an

active business owner in

our community as well as

by an elected official. Yes,

they really do have to follow

the laws and procedures

just like we do.

Why is it that when you

talk with anyone in traffic

court, they consistently

inform everyone of how it

was not their fault? As if

there is a conspiracy to give

them a ticket. I mean, it’s

not a stress test! Get over

it, see the judge, pay the

fine and move on with your

life, people. Don’t bother

me when I’ve got so much

on my mind — I could be

dying and not even know

until I see my doctor. It’s

all about perspective,

wouldn’t you say? I think it

was the first time I actually

did not mind paying and

waiting in that wretched


* * * * *

To say that the new parking meters in the downtown

area are causing confusion and frustration is a total

understatement. In fact, it is downright detouring

many from visiting our community and providing

some much-needed sales-tax dollars, let alone spending

money at a business or two. The system itself is

very easy and convenient to use, but you would not

know that by the long lines and comments heard

from users every day since they have been installed

and activated.

City staff will tell us to hang on, that this is just customers

getting used to the new system, and that all

will be fine once they learn how to use the meters.

Maybe so, but after people realize that the parking

tickets have increased from $25 to $35, that not all

lots are designated the same hourly pricing, and that

it is almost impossible to park during the day in any

of the parking structures that can be validated by a

business, things will change. Unfortunately, I fear the

change will be that visitors will reject the parking

system and go elsewhere. Will this ever end?

* * * * *

Thankfully, I did not have to pay for parking when I

was visiting the clinic for my stress test.

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World Premier Tour

Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks — A Salute

to the Folk Years

plus Joe Craven

Saturday, April 7, 8 p.m.

$25 adv./$27 door

The Folk Years refers to that period in

the early ’60s (and late ’50s) when

something called the “folk craze” or “folk

boom” was happening. Everyone was

picking up the guitar or banjo and learning

folk songs or listening to them at parties

and coffee houses. Dan Hicks & the

Hot Licks’ salute to the Folk Years will

include selections from the artists that

became nationally famous and made

this music the phenomenon that it was.

Sponsored by Gelb Music

Redwood City Blues Jam

Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m.

Free admission!

Join Rene Solis for an evening of quality

blues music from the area’s best

musicians, where audience blues musicians

are invited to jam on stage. The

music is real, the mood collegial and the

doors open to the community to enjoy

this uniquely American music. The Jam

meets on the second, third and fourth

Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m. to 11

p.m. Bring your friends!

Mythbusters Party!


Thursday, April 12, 8 p.m.

$12 adv./$14 door

Join the Bay Area vocal group Hookslide

with a party to celebrate their appearance

on Discovery’s “Mythbusters.”

Tune in to the Discovery Channel on

April 11 at 9 p.m. for Hookslide’s national

TV debut and discover if they confirm

or bust the myth that you can put out a

fire with the human voice. Then come

out to see them live and up close on

April 12 and find out for yourself! This is

going to be one hot show!


Mumbo Gumbo

plus Point Of Order

Friday, April 13, 8 p.m.

$16 adv./$18 door

As the name Mumbo Gumbo implies,

there’s original New Orleans second line

and rhythm and blues involved. But also,

there is driving rockabilly, James

Brown–inspired funk, edgy blues rock,

Afro-Cuban trance singalongs and

conga line–inspiring rhumbas. The

group’s increasing stature is rooted in

two distinctive traditions that are as old

as the rock era itself: the journeyman

roadwork ethic that produced the

Beatles and the freeform dance party

lifestyle that produced the Grateful


Aja Vu Plays the Music of Steely Dan

plus the Duotones

Saturday, April 14, 8 p.m.

$12 adv./$14 door

San Francisco–based Aja Vu won last

year’s KFOX Last Band Standing competition

on the Bay Area’s No. 1–rated

Greg Kihn Show. Aja Vu performs the

music of Steely Dan, from “Hey

Nineteen” and “Reelin’ in the Years” to

“Rikki Don’t Lose That Number.” You

can buy a thrill when you hear the tight,

chunky horns, vocals and solos note for

note and phrase for phrase, backed up

by an unparalleled rhythm section!

Sponsored by Bobby G’s Pizzeria

Redwood City Blues Jam

Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m.

Free admission!

Join Mark Hummel for an evening of

quality blues music from the area’s best

musicians, where audience blues musicians

are invited to jam on stage. The

music is real, the mood collegial and the

doors open to the community to enjoy

this uniquely American music. The Jam

meets on the second, third and fourth

Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m. to 11

p.m. Bring your friends!

Ledward Kaapana & Mike Kaawa

Thursday, April 19, 8 p.m.

$18 adv./$20 door

Led Kaapana is nearing his 40th year as

a professional musician. His mastery of

stringed instruments, particularly slack

key guitar, and extraordinary baritone

and leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) voice have

made him a musical legend. Chet Atkins

and Bob Dylan have both stated that the

2006 Grammy Award winner is simply

the best musician alive in Hawaii.

Kaapana has recorded with Ricky

Skaggs, Alison Krause, Jim Messina,

Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal and George


Kinky Rock ’n’ Reggae Party

Indubious, The Get Down, DJ Logical

plus Special Guest TBA

Friday, April 20, 8 p.m.

$12 adv./$14 door

What happens when you throw Primus

in a blender, add a little Medeski Martin

and Wood, toss in some Sublime with

just a hint of the Beatles? The result is

Indubious, a Bay Area genre-bending

power trio, pumping a positive message

and wielding impressive instrumental

skill. Their new approach to reggae, funk

and acid jazz is already attracting fans in

the San Francisco area and finds them

playing to sold-out venues across the



The Sun Kings — A Musically

Remarkable Tribute to the Beatles

Saturday, April 21, 8 p.m.

$15 adv./$17 door

Ever wonder what the Beatles might

have sounded like had they reunited?

For five years the Bay Area’s own Sun

Kings have been thrilling packed clubs

around Northern California with their

musical tribute to the Beatles. Their

attention to detail is uncanny and their

energy reminiscent of the joy and excite-

ment felt at a real Beatles concert. Every

member of the Sun Kings has been a

huge Beatles fan since childhood.

Sponsored by Gelb Music

Redwood City Blues Jam

Wednesday, April 25, 7 p.m.

Free admission!

Join Kenny “Blue” Ray for an evening of

quality blues music from the area’s best

musicians, where audience blues musicians

are invited to jam on stage. The

music is real, the mood collegial and the

doors open to the community to enjoy

this uniquely American music. The Jam

meets on the second, third and fourth


Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m. to 11

p.m. Bring your friends!

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A Minute With...

What is the most important aspect of

the Housing and Human Concerns


To monitor changing needs in the community

and take action.

What excites you about the governmental


To hear many voices and the positive change

it can lead to.

Is there a housing project you are excited

about in Redwood City’s future?

Watching the Villa Montgomery project come

to completion, which will start the Habitat for

Humanity project.

What historical figure do you most identify


Daniel from the Bible.

What living person do you most admire?

My father, Robert.

Who are your heroes in real life?

People who can stick up for others and foster


Favorite song?

“Hip to Be Square” by Huey Lewis and the


What is your most treasured possession?

My family.

What talent would you most like to have?

To be able to play any musical instrument.


Kevin Bondonno

Kevin Bondonno was born in San Carlos and has lived most of his life in Redwood

City. He and his wife, Cheri, have three children: Robert, Katherine and Brian. He

is an alumnus of Sequoia High School (class of 1987) and graduated from Chico

State. He was appointed to the Redwood City Housing and Human Concerns

Committee, where he sits as chair. He was first appointed in August 2002, then reappointed

in May 2006. His current term will expire in May 2010. By trade, he is a

senior sales engineer with Antenna Software.

Something no one knows about you?

Took me five years to get through college.

If you could change one thing about yourself,

what would it be?

Not to procrastinate.

What words or phrases do you most overuse?


If you could choose what to come back as,

what would it be?

The windshield and not the fly.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being where I should be, doing what I should

be, with the people I am supposed to be with.

What do you consider your greatest


Marrying my wife and raising three lovely children.

What is your greatest regret?

Not enough time in the day to do even more.

What or who is the love of your life?

My wife.

What is your motto?

Faith, integrity and happiness.


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