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Redwood City's


Our annual edition


pulling the wool

over our eyes?

In bed with your daughter

in "As I Was Saying . . ."

who's next?


Do you know what

your kids are saying?

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

February 2006

Vol 2, No. 5

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

Valerie Harris

Contributing Writer

Robby Schumacher

Contributing Writer

Katherine Ehat, Nick Markwith

Student Writers

Dale McKee, Damaris Divito

Graphic Artists

Clayton Shyne Ramos

Sales Associate

DJ Design

Advertising Graphic Art

James R. Kaspar

Special Assignment Photography

Welcome to the February issue of The Spectrum

Magazine. We have an exciting and informative

issue for you this month and hope you will enjoy

the read.

We are excited to bring you our annual People With Pull

issue. The Spectrum staff contacted several people in our

community and asked for nominations and then met and

came up with the top list. Although it may not surprise most,

the list contains those who dedicate themselves to our

community, paid or not.

With all the excitement generated throughout our community

for the downtown cinema project heading towards completion,

many were shocked to hear that the Century Theatre

group plans to keep the 12-theater complex on the other side

of Highway 101 open. Is this a power play so they can get the

permits needed to develop their land?

The Web site has been generating national

attention as several youths on the site have been “connecting”

with older persons and developing relations with them.

Is this Web site an innocent place where our youth can

express themselves and meet new friends or a breeding

ground for something sinister?

In Publisher Steve Penna’s column, “As I was Saying . . .” he

writes about an issue that is rarely talked about – teens who

are dating and one who spends the night at the other’s family

home. Is it a new fad or just irresponsible conduct?

Our youth writer from Sequoia High School informs our

readers of the reaction to the recent elimination of their varsity

basketball team from league play. Is the community

pulling together or pointing fingers?

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Inside The Spectrum:

Our cover photo shoot

5:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

The Spectrum’s special assignment photographer, James Kaspar, arrived with The

Spectrum’s stylist, Damaris Divito, an hour early to set up and make sure the

shoot would go smoothly. Penna arrived shortly after.

Sheriff Don Horsley arrived on schedule 15 minutes before everyone else so we

could shoot his individual photos because he had to attend an event and leave by

5:10 p.m. Yeah, right!

Attorney Ted Hannig arrived next, as he was having dinner with his sweetheart at

5:30 p.m. and had to leave, so we thought we would shoot his solo before as well.

Next, Councilwoman Diane Howard arrived and, as always, brought that special

smile that has smoothed some rough times at City Hall. She was impeccably

dressed and would be having dinner with her husband, Steve, once the shoot was


City Manager Ed Everett arrived next and, in his usual style, greeted everyone in

the room and instantly began talking with each person as if they were the only

person in the room.

Photographer James Kaspar with cover subjects Ed Everett, Ted Hannig, Don

Horsley and Diane Howard.

It does not get any better than this! Four of the most influential/powerful/

community-minded people in the same area being photographed together and

loving the experience.

The Spectrum’s publisher, Steve Penna, called each of the five cover subjects and

quickly found out that arranging the shoot to fit any kind of schedule was next to

impossible. But we did it!

The mood in the room was very light-hearted. You could tell by their interactions

that all were enjoying each other’s company as they kidded and interacted with

each other.

The entire shoot took about 45 minutes and the only thing that did not go as

planned was that our fifth cover subject, Redevelopment Manager Susan Moeller,

did not make the shoot, as she was attending a conference in San Francisco and

got delayed with meetings and traffic.

We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoy presenting them to our


The photo shoot was scheduled for Tuesday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day), at


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By Robby Schumacher, Contributing Writer

Photos from

Are our children in serious danger? Little girls and boys all over Redwood

City were found on the popular Web networking site called

Within five minutes of research, hundreds of photos and personal information

was found on children between the ages of 11 and 18 years old who live in

our city. Some photos suggested that the ages posted were not exactly

truthful. Children appearing to be 11 and up are being found

on this site daily. Some are even being found in provocative positions

with highly suggestive material within their profiles. If you

think you or your friends and loved ones are immune, you're


Since gaining popularity, has become one of the

fastest growing sites on the Internet. From elementary-aged children

to seniors, the site is home to millions of photos, profiles,

names and information about people all over the world. The

youngest age posted is supposed to be 14 but that rule is not

enforced, as many pre-teens are found on the site. Many will

reveal their younger ages within their profiles. Some don't. What

started out as a well-intentioned site for finding friends, networking,

communicating and romance has turned into an ocean of perilous

gateways for pedophiles, murderers, rapists and criminals to

tap directly into the minds and worlds of our children. Redwood

City alone has a huge network of information floating around the

world, just waiting to fall into the wrong hands.

Parents and children don't seem to realize that the posted photos

become public and can be downloaded by anyone and used for

other purposes. Millions of viewers have access to them. One

Redwood City mother found out about and was surprised

at what she found. Patty Carini has a 12-year-old son who wanted to communicate

with his father through the Internet. A friend of his helped build a profile

for him and when Carini logged on to see it, she was shocked. Her son had

posted himself as being 16 instead of 12, had Playboy bunny icons and cartoons

on the site, used words and phrases such as “I like hot girls” and “I am a playa”,

and was listed as a resident in Redwood City so others knew where he lived.

Carini said, “I couldn't believe what I saw and had no idea he would ever talk like

that or post that sort of thing. I had it removed right away. As parents it is our

duty to look at everything our children are involved in. We have to be more careful

than ever and check in with our children's activities

often. So much can be prevented if we educate them

on the dangers and set boundaries right away. If someone

doesn't know how to check it out on the computer

they can ask neighbors or friends to help them look

things up. We have to do anything we can to keep

them safe. It only takes two minutes to check the site

and see if your child or your friends’ children are on it.

Two minutes is not much, even for the busiest people.

It is so important!”

It is no secret that the Internet has played its part in

criminal activity for a long time. Between pornographic

sites, violent cartoons/games, chat rooms and cybersex,

the list grows bigger all the time, but

is just now being recognized for its part in recent

crimes. What is it going to take to wake people up?

How many murders and horrid crimes do our communities have to learn of before

something is done about it? Children are being raped, murdered, molested and

kidnapped, yet some parents still fail to monitor their children's Internet activity.

Kids are jumping online at friends' homes, neighbors’ computers, public libraries,

their own schools and even coffee shops to explore the secret world of connections

so readily available. It's even happening right in their own households where

parents are absent, taking no notice, or technologically challenged. In some cases,

pictures of the family, the family pet(s), the home, bedrooms and

other information-giving photos are being posted with no consent. You could be

pictured online and not even know it. Children are also sharing addresses, cell

phone numbers and after-school schedules on their sites.

Filling out a few questions will get you a membership. You don't even have to be

a member to look through all the photos and profiles. Being a member allows

communication to take place but is unnecessary to track down and harm someone

from the site. The sickening display of photos, profile statements

and comments that were found all over our Redwood City children's

sites was enough to make any parent's blood boil. It took

less than 10 minutes to find three different sixteen-year-olds (or so

they claimed) in “less than innocent” poses, with statements about

“loving hot guys,” what schools they attend, the towns they live

in, who their friends are, and, in one case, exactly where she would

be the following night. This young teen, perhaps innocently,

shared her school spirit by announcing and cheering for Sequoia

High over Woodside, saying she'd be at the game. She posted the

game time next to her name, photo and other revealing information.

Given that her Sequoia High School friends were on her site

as well, it would take no time to show up at the game, ask around

for the group of girls by name, lie about who you are, and track

them down within the hour. Worse yet, they could be followed

home, where siblings and others may also be found.

The mind of the pedophile and violent criminal lacks consciousness

at the level of normally functioning individuals. If a person

set out to track someone and harm them, it would not take long. is used like a catalogue for them. Photos reveal significant

information, let alone the outright and alarming amount

of information given by the child. Names, birth dates, signs,

schools, friends, family members, events, hang-out spots, parties,

ages (true and false), multiple photos, and access to speaking with

and perhaps meeting these children is a click or two away. Can you say for certain

your child is NOT on this site or one like it? They are free to join, easy to lie on,

easy to operate, and viewed publicly on a constant basis.

The longer a person cruises the site the more foul language the very young users

are found to be using. References to murder, suicide and hate are everywhere, and

disturbing messages are passed back and forth among members. One Redwood

City child who appeared to be around 12 or 13 years old was even being bullied

on the site. One comment read,

“waz up its Alejandro From ur skool

U suk and u look funny in all ur



Another profile of a 16-year-old Redwood City girl

said, KEEPiN` iHT REAL;

--- simply known as Denise or you can be cool& call

me Nee-Cee x). you better not forget to cake me on

november30 th. right now I am sixteen years young, &

I am a sophomore at .high tech high bayshore Grr..!!

??. i`m a shortie at the height of 5 foot 4. I love to eat

everything&anything. can`t get enough food. I like to

sing in the shower & I dance in my pajamas when no

ones looking.. it just makes me all happy inside so if

you think im weird bite me ;D. normal is boring so be

crazy all you can. I love my bestfriiends& have had so

many fun times. we've been through everything together.

I have a little disney obsession. I love anything disney I like to hangout at the

mall even if I don`t have money; I ?? the colors pink; greenblack;& red I love animals&

I hate people that abuse them; I can be really shy at times but you don`t

even know me until you've been my friend. i`m a hyper-maniac. i`m scared of spiders.

even the littlest ones freak me out so can try& call me names or try

to bring me down.. but it won`t phase me because I know you don`t know me&

so that means you have no

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Community Rallies in Basketball “Truth”

By Katherine Ehat

Student Writer

The recent news about the Sequoia Boys Varsity Basketball team has been widely

publicized. There have been many versions of the story circulating and everyone

thinks they have the inside sources and the foolproof story. But the truth is, the

story is different depending on which basketball player, which administrator,

which friend, or which student you talk to. The other “truth” is that this event has

left the Sequoia community with many questions. This event has left the Sequoia

community saddened and bewildered. The sudden end to the Sequoia Boys Varsity

Basketball season left the community up in arms. Everyone was shocked, confused,

angry and speechless. Everyone wanted to take some action yet was left

helpless in the presence of rules, regulations and decisions that had to be made.

The season came to an abrupt end following the information that two players were

considered to be ineligible. The reason includes a question of residency and a question

of CCS recruitment violations. The details then become a bit confusing. The

rules and regulations that defined the outcome seem to be a little broad and leave

the students with many more questions. One thing definitely happened ... the

team, minus two players and the head coach, played out the remaining two games

of the season with the same demonstration of skill and team focus that they played

their first twenty games. It was the team members who wanted to be able to play

the remaining games and had the decision to end the season early reversed. They

overcame their disappointment and demonstrated the strength of character that

has been present in this team all season.

What should not be forgotten is that this team has had an incredible season. The

members of this team are dedicated, smart, skilled and responsible. They work as

a family and are intensely loyal to each other and their coach. They have shown a

dedication to their team and to hard work. They happen to be good students also.

The fact that this team has played with the success that they have shown cannot

be taken away from them. Each basket was earned and deserved. Point by pointno

matter what address is shown, no matter who knew whom at what point in

time - these young men exemplified a good (great?) team, based on their abilities.

One thing that did come out of this dreadful ordeal was the connection and support

within the Sequoia student body. The moment the news reached the students,

they rallied around the team, cheering them on with support. Everyone wanted to

show support and school spirit. One example of this support was shown by a group

of seniors who had T-shirts made to show their belief in their team and to demonstrate

the only means of protest that they felt was possible. T-shirts were made to

be worn at the upcoming game between the new first-place contenders and for the

remaining Sequoia games.

This upset has left so

many questions lingering

in everyone’s minds.

If recruitment was the

real issue in this situation,

then what is classified

as recruitment? It

seems as though academic


occurs on a regular

basis. Any visit to a

school to help with

choosing which school

to attend involves persuasion

by counselors or

tour leaders. Is it not a

form of recruitment that

takes place with Sequoia’s

International Baccalaureate program (a reason why many students choose Sequoia

over other district high schools) being promoted? Why are there different standards

at the high school level for the athletic programs than other programs? And,

what about the abundance of year-round sports programs in this area with overlapping

contact between the youth and adult participants. Are there not coaches

in community-based teams such as Pop Warner, Little League, AYSO, club volleyball

teams, year-round swim teams, and summer or club basketball that also are

involved with the high school teams? The coaches and players certainly overlap in

community-level sports and high school sports. Where do the rules apply, and are

they equally applied?

A Leader Discovered at Woodside High School

By Nick Markwith

Student Writer

Woodside High School does not have many leaders lurking in its corridors. Very

few people have the determination needed to take charge over issues important to

students. Many students are not brave enough to stand up in front of teachers and

demand a change on behalf of the students. Nor are there many students who lead

the student body, participate in a variety of sports and extracurricular activities,

and still find time to receive over a 4.0 GPA. However, there is one student who

excels at all this and more. Her name is Kara Mantani.

Kara Mantani, a junior at Woodside High School, has done many things in and

out of school; sports was just one of them. This year for Woodside, she plays tennis

in the fall, basketball in the winter, and softball in the spring. She has played

other sports too, including volleyball, soccer, and “little league baseball with all the

boys,” commented Mantani. This is Mantani’s first year playing tennis instead of

volleyball. She switched sports because “I’ve always wanted to learn to play tennis

and it seemed like good time to learn while in high school because there’s coaching,”

explained Mantani. In her second year on varsity basketball, she proves to be

a force to reckon with while she helps push her teammates to do their best.

Leadership from her and her other teammates caused the Woodside varsity girls

basketball to reach the Central Coast Section playoffs in a very competitive league.

Not only an all-around good player on the sports fields, Mantani has done a lot

for Woodside and its students. As the junior class treasurer, she is automatically

put into a leadership class. Everyone in leadership is required to do a minimum of

40 hours of community service per semester, 80 hours in a school year. These students

also help plan and organize dances at Woodside by fundraising and reserving

specific places. This is only one requirement forced onto the leaders of

Woodside. Leadership students are a part of the committees at school. Mantani is

part of the school site council and the shared decision-making council. The school

site council consists of teachers, students, principals and parents. They discuss the

issues at school and how to solve them. Mantani is also on the student advisory

council, which is students from the four high schools in the district gathering

together to talk about their school problems and how they could be solved.

Leadership requirements are not the only community service Mantani does. She is

part of the Octagon Club, a school club promoting community service by organizing

community beneficial activities. Besides the Octagon Club, Mantani can be

seen in the library tutoring other students in a variety of subjects.

On top of all her leadership and sports activities, Mantani is taking an impressive

amount of difficult classes for being so busy. She has two AP classes on her class

schedule, which, she admits, is a handful for having so many responsibilities.

Woodside’s crowded hallways and quad have found a leader to guide the students.

Kara Mantani provides hard work with determination as she walks the halls,

making Woodside High School a better place for teachers and students.


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Many questions were left unanswered

at the Redwood City

Downtown Business Group

meeting on February 7, 2006. The

Century Theatres project discussion

started out with a bang and ended up

throwing some hard, fast curve balls at

attendees. With each surprising new twist

or shocking revelation, the general “feel”

of the room quickly went from curious

excitement to bewilderment and, at

times, even anger.

By Robby Schumacher

Contributing Writer

Elizabeth Puccinelli, Senior Vice

President of Communications for

Century Theatres, opened the discussion

with enthusiasm as she shared some of

Century Theatres’ history. According to

Puccinelli the company began in the

1940s. “ It is a family-owned and ran

business of which the second generation

continues to operate today. We started in

Vallejo, California, so we really are a Northern California company. For many years

we were located in San Francisco and we've now grown and spread into 12 other

states. Century Theatres can be found as far

east as Chicago and have doubled in numbers

over the past decade. There are currently

1,000 screens and the company remains very

financially strong. We are maintaining an

intense focus on the Peninsula area as

Northern California is considered our


Alice Louise

Puccinelli confidently stated, “The company

is thoughtfully ran. We are very excited about

the new facility and feel it was a good business

decision to come to Redwood City. We

are confident of the long-term strength too. It

is a large investment and an expensive building

but we know we'll all see how the community

will benefit once things are up and

running so it's a good investment. The community

will build upon itself.”

She went on to describe the state-of-the-art building that will house all 20 screens

and 4,200 seats. “There will be elevators, escalators, 40-foot-high ceilings, a lot of

granite and stone materials, and a huge

100-by-100ft impressive lobby that will

dazzle moviegoers. The concessions will

have the highest per capita revenues and

people can be served or serve themselves

if they'd like. There will be real butter on

the popcorn, a Starbucks for coffee

lovers, ice cream, pastries and more. We

want our guests to have an exciting and

positive experience. This will really make

downtown a more lively place and will

complement and coexist with the Fox

Theater and restaurants in the area to

give the nighttime an added element.”

Puccinelli continued to paint the positive

picture adding that “George Lucas himself

came up with the standards and we

met his criteria for presentation. There

are big wide-screens, comfortable chairs

that rock, and we'll be able to have a wide variety of movies. Redwood City will be

the place to go for movies and this area will appeal to a wide range of films, both

art films and Hollywood alike.”

This is where the discussion took its

turn. In all her enthusiasm and the pretty

picture that was being painted, a

bombshell was dropped most unexpectedly.

Much to the surprise of the attendees,

as Puccinelli continued her speech

she nonchalantly mentioned there would

be about 150 employees and 32 screens

between the two facilities. As if it had

almost “slipped out,” she quickly recovered

by discussing the wide range of films

again, the spillover to merchants, and

when the facility would be open. “Now

that the bad weather is behind us,” she

said, “we can continue with the construction

and we should be opening this

summer!” Whether intentional or not,

the quick-paced redirection didn't hold.

Before one could say “oops,” a hand was

in the air. A bewildered crowd listened

intently as one resident asked the

inevitable question, “You mean you are keeping the other theater open?” Puccinelli

did not answer. She asked that the questions be held until she finished. Keeping

good composure, she wrapped things up and

opened the floor for discussion.

Again, it was asked, “I heard that when this

facility opened, the one across the freeway

would be closing. Are you now saying that

you're keeping them both?” Stammering,

Puccinelli said, “Well um, you know, right

now, um, the existing theater is, uh, a retail

zone property and if the zoning were to

change they might develop it into something

else but right now, um, that's the situation.”

Whispers grew louder and the resident said,

“So it's your intention to operate both facilities

then, correct?” Puccinelli said, “Yes, that

may change in the future but for now, yes.

What you may have heard might have been

different but as we get closer to opening, new

things come up. Our intention was to close

Dan Zack

the other site but the reality is now that we've

gotten closer to the end, we've decided to keep it open. We still have X amount of

months left so I can't say whether that will

change but for now all I can tell you is

that's the best information we have.”

The discussion went on to topics such as

getting art films rather than just blockbusters,

which was also met with some

vague answers. It was stated that it would

be a surprise if independent art films

weren't shown, but it is up to theater

bookers to designate those things. The

question/answer portion continued this

way for quite some time. The most direct

answers were about the building itself,

and a sense of frustration began to pulsate

through the room. From “What is

the visitation at Century 12 across the

freeway?” to “Would the restaurants be

open later?” and “How will safety precautions

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As I Was Saying...


Steve Penna


City Council watchers are wondering if the

recent friendship between member Jim

Hartnett and Vice Mayor Roseanne Fouts

will result in some sort of block voting on issues

that come before them. When I first heard about

this concern, I immediately thought it was no one’s

business whom council members are friends with

let alone to speculate on whether ones are dating.

There have been council members through the years

that have had fantastic friendships – Dick Claire and

Judy Buchan, Claire and Hartnett, Colleen Jordan

and Matt Leipzig, Diane Howard and Barbara

Pierce, Bob Bury and Bill Stangle, Georgie LaBerge

and Jack Greenalch, and given that I never heard anyone

question the issue of block voting with them, it left

me wondering, why now?

If you look at their voting records you will find that

since Fouts joined the council in 2003 she and

Hartnett have over 90 percent of the time voted in unison.

I would imagine that they did so because they

agree on the direction they must take to improve the

quality of their community’s lives. Nothing more,

nothing less.

So why am I writing about this issue? Because given

the fact that there is concern, no matter how small it

is, the issue needs discussion. But as far as I am

concerned, given the two persons involved, our

community should rest assured that they will continue

to be individual voices/votes on the council and any

concerns that suggest otherwise, no matter how well

intended they are, should be put to rest.

* * * *

There is a behind-the-scenes effort being waged to rally

the City Council and have the community square in

front of the Old County Courthouse (or another

appropriate venue) named Uccelli Square in honor of

Pete Uccelli who passed away late last year. A group of

community-minded persons – which I am proud to be

a part of – has been meeting and gathering support

and will approach the City Council in the next couple

of weeks to present the idea.

But I am hearing chatter that the city might be looking

for that big donor to name the square after. Consider

the possibilities – Oracle Optical Square? Electronic

Arts (Electric Center)? Starbucks Coffee (Caffeine

Circle)? All seem quite ridiculous and naming the

square after anything besides someone who has given

to our community is too.

* * * *

As we went to press, the Planning Commission was

holding a public hearing about revamping the zoning

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also contribute to our community. Check out our “Best of the Best” selections.

Auto Care:

Redwood General Tire: 1630 Broadway – Whether you are looking for a new set

of tires or need to tune 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.

Winter is here, maybe you should give them a call.

Eating and Catering:

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 the

Emerald Hills region bordering Woodside and Redwood City. It is a popular stop

for bicycle touring clubs and local sports celebrities, such as members of the San

Francisco 49ers football team. 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, Mexican tacos and quesadillas. If

you use their coupon in this month’s Spectrum, you can get 10 percent off all

meals; now that’s an offer you cannot pass up!

Diving Pelican Café: 650 Bair Island Road, Suite 102 – This restaurant may be

the best-kept secret in Redwood City. They offer a variety of specialty items,

including eggs Benedict with fresh crab and homemade hollandaise sauce. They

also have beer, wine, and espresso drinks available to go. For your convenience,

they have outdoor seating available that overlooks the water. Conveniently located

half a mile from the freeway, it’s easy for you 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 cheese 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 Street – 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. He participates in the City

Trees program, helping to plant and maintain greenery around the area, and works

with other local organizations, such as the Peninsula Sunrise Rotary, the Chamber

of Commerce, and Rebuild Together. He participates in the San Mateo County

Civil Grand Jury. Additionally, Hyman is proud of the fact that his business products

are nearly 100 percent recyclable, and they contribute their leftovers to Saint

Anthony’s Dining Room in Redwood City. Need a caterer for that festive

gathering? Call Dave at (650)365-3731.

Mexquite Mexican Cuisine and Cantina: 2616 Broadway – Formerly OK

Maguey restaurant. Mario Astorga, original founder of Hola! Mexican Restaurant

in Belmont, has joined Jorge Alverez to create a fully remodeled restaurant that is

attracting a new crowd to downtown. They have a menu with varied selections, full

bar and live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Give them a try; we think

you will like it.

Savvy Cellar Wines: 2048 Broadway – One of the newest “hot spots” in town,

they provide daily specials of wine-tasting flights. The specials are rotated biweekly

and all wines are drawn from their retail wine shop inventory. The wine bar is

always open during regular business hours. Sampling wines side by side is a great

way to expand your wine knowledge. All their wines are rated 90 and above. All

bottle prices are $39 or less. They have live jazz once a week and have free wireless

high-speed Internet service. They also provide great food complements to

wine: artisan cheeses, quiche, fresh baguette, olives, chocolates and more. Tuesday

through Saturday (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) they offer a European lunch plate for $11.95.


It includes quiche, cheeses, baguette bread, fruit and a glass of wine. Taste what

you want. Buy what you like.

Financial Institutions:

First National Bank: 700 El Camino Real – In the ever merging world of the

banking industry it’s hard to find places where the consumer or small business

owner’s voice still matters. Independent banks and small local banking chains,

which would take the time to listen, are slowly becoming things of the past. This

is not the case, luckily, at First National Bank of Northern California, according to

Brian Palter. Palter is the branch manager of the Redwood City location. “When

we have a new client and do right by them,” said Palter, “they tell others.” Doing

right by a client, whether old or new, requires taking extra steps in situations that

nationwide chains might not do. Give Brian a call and see what he means!

Edward Jones: 702 Marshall Street #515 – For decades, Edward Jones believed

in building relationships through face-to-face interaction and adhering to a strategy

of recommending quality investments that have proven themselves over time.

So does Investment Representative David Amman, who manages their 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.

Personal Improvement:

Redwood Massage & Sauna: 797 Arguello Street – First opened in 1964 by two

Finnish women, this professional facility is now under the management of Beverly

and Harold May. Ms. May is a full-time massage therapist with almost thirty years

of experience. They pride themselves on having exceptionally talented massage

therapists to care for you, trained in a variety of specialized techniques to improve

your circulation, mental clarity and creativity as well as optimizing your overall

physical health. Your experience at Redwood Massage & Sauna will enhance your

health and well-being naturally in the true Finnish tradition of therapeutic massage

and sauna - amidst a clean, comfortable and serene surrounding.

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 healthcare industry

and over ten 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 recognition 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. You can call (650) 261-0500 and mention The Spectrum Magazine.


Mayers Jewelers: 2303 Broadway – Redwood City’s oldest family-owned jeweler

still sparkles like it did the first day they opened in 1969. They have a large selection

of necklaces, rings and watches. If you cannot find exactly what you want ,

they have personal designs that have kept Redwood City residents frequenting this

fine business for years.

Cartridge World: Sequoia Station – When was the last time you could save

money and improve the environment? Recycle and save at Cartridge World! Just

bring your toner cartridges and fill up at great rates. This business offers expert

advice and quality service and they also offer pick-up and drop-off services for

their clients. From inkjets to laser toners, they do it all. Call for a quote! Owners

Yogeeta and Sunil Bhas are ready to serve you and your company.

Home Improvements:

Lewis Carpet Cleaners: 1.800.23.LEWIS – Rick Lewis, Founder, Lewis Carpet &

Upholstery Cleaners, 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, lives and resides in Redwood City and has truly made this

town their home. The Lewis family is committed to the vision and success of our

community and with relentless effort will continue to support the community,

devoting time, efforts, energy and services today and in the future. Lewis has built

his company on a foundation of integrity, loyalty and communication. Call and

ask about their Spectrum special. You can get 100 square feet of carpet cleaning

for absolutely nothing. Call today!

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truth or right by your words. don`t get on my bad side I wanna

be your friend not an enemy. I love my shoes ?? even thought

I don't have that many. my babyphat are my babiess! ii hate

going to school but I love it because of all my friends ;D I

wanna be a Super Model. I wish I was a smarty pants but I

can be a couch potato most of the time. I love watching

degrassi. my favorite show of all time. I also love talking on

my celly phone with my friends. ;] =P I love Writing poems

and listening to the radio. I love getting new stuff. Christmas

is my favoritest holiday; along with my birthday. I like making

up words. ;D ( &I like guys that are nice& funny. I like

getting notes in class; I love chatting on aim. I love puppies

yet I don`t have one. I love my family&friends. Get at me!”

She also added, “I wanna meet a guy: that would call me

every mornin` just to say wake up my sleepy head` or just

good mornin` baby >;D the guy that will call me out of

nowhere just to tell me he loves me or he misses me. the guy

that would do anythin` just to make me smile. the guy that

likes me for me. the guy that makes me smile just gettin` to

hear his voice. the guy that calls in the middle of night just

`cause he misses my voice. the guy that understands me. the

guy that can stand my bitchy mood swings. the guy that

knows when i`m feelin` down and tries to cheer me up. the

one that will kidnap me away from my pain&sorrow and

hold me in his arms tightly and tell me that he`s always gonna

be by my side. the guy that keeps his pinkee promises and definately his words.

the one that can wipe away my tears. the one that tells me he loves me and actually

means it. the guy that does anythin` just to be with me. the one that`s one

phone call away. my lover&bestfriend”

Much less disturbing profiles have been used to gain access to young teens. Often

the teenagers communicate with their offenders and it is too late once the victims

of these horrible crimes are found. The Internet, television and other media

sources are flooded with incidents. reported, “HARTFORD, Conn.

(AP) - Police are investigating whether as many as seven teenage girls have been

sexually assaulted by men they met through the popular Web site

The girls, ages 12 to 16, are from Middletown and say they were fondled or had

consensual sex with men who turned out to be older than they claimed. None of

the incidents appeared to be violent, said Middletown Police Sgt. Bill McKenna.

He said it was difficult to determine the exact number of victims because some

girls have been reluctant to disclose that they met their assailants online.”

As Riehl World Views reported, “Judy Cajuste: 14 Year Old NJ Girl Found Dead -

- Police have identified the body of a New Jersey girl as 14 year old Judy Cajuste.

left naked, strangled and placed in a dumpster, authorities are looking into her PC

records, as they believe she

may have met foul play as

the result of meeting an

individual through her

MySpace account.”

the popular networking site.

Adam Hunter of MSNBC

reported on another case,

“NEW YORK - Early one

morning a few weeks ago,

Kara Borden, a 14-yearold

from Lititz, Pa., logged

onto MySpace. The

young, bubbly, blondhaired,

brown-eyed home

schooled high school

freshman had a profile on

“Her page was brightly colored with pink-lined black boxes listing her friends and

hobbies, a rainbow striped white background and a picture of her in a pink top,

smiling with lips closed to hide her braces. She listed her interests as soccer, talking

on the phone, the beach and partying. ‘Books are gay,’ she wrote. She lied

about her age, listing it as 17.

“A few hours later she allegedly stood by as her boyfriend, David Ludwig, 18, shot

and killed her parents. David was on MySpace, too.

“Kara's parents were killed on Nov. 13. Just after noon the next day, police tracked

the two teens down in Indiana, capturing them after a high

speed chase. But before that, as the story of the double murder

and the two missing teens hit the news, hundreds of curious,

savvy Web surfers found Kara and David's MySpace

profiles and Xanga blogs. It didn't take long for reporters to

begin doing the same thing. A photo used by numerous news

Web sites was also from the MySpace profile of Kara's best

friend. MSNBC was first to report the teens' interests found

listed online.”

A statement given by said it was committed to

providing a safe environment for its users. The site, which

includes safety tips, also prohibits use by anyone younger

than 14, though a disclaimer says the people who run the

site can't always tell if users are lying about their ages. Other

than that, not much else has been done.

These are just a few reports. The most recent crime related

to is the stabbing in Berkeley. An account

user posted a party they were to have that night. Over a

hundred people showed up and a stabbing took place. You

may also have heard about the murder of 17-year-old Taylor

Behl from Vienna, Virginia. A young college student eager

to learn and make friends posted her profile and photo on while still in high school. It was there she met

a 38-year-old amateur photographer named Ben Fawley.

Fawley used Myspace to portray himself as a dark, romantic, artistic type who was

into Goth culture and studying bones and skulls.

The young girl grew closer to Fawley and became intimate with him on at least one

or two occasions. After one such occasion, she came up missing. It took a couple

of days for her roommates to report her missing but the search was on and the past

of Ben Fawley began to bring up many suspicious signs. Along with several computers

that authorities seized, and many photos of Behl, the police found numerous

convictions and a criminal past that painted many scenes of violent behavior

toward women.

Twelve days after her disappearance, authorities caught a break when an off-duty

officer found Taylor Behl's car. Only six days after that, police arrested Fawley on

unrelated charges. The computers they had seized had 16 counts of very graphic

child pornography movies and photos on them. Some were of children as young

as 24 months old. Further investigation turned up things from Fawley's home,

such as sex toys, whips, chains, a hatchet, a machete and a gun cartridge. Some

photos became a lead and officers eventually found human remains about 70 miles

east of Richmond near the Chesapeake

Bay, where Fawley had taken the photos.

It appeared the body had been

buried and dug up by animals. It took

dental records to confirm it was 17-

year-old Taylor Behl.

Ben W. Fawley later claimed he had

killed Behl accidentally. He was

indicted January 17, 2006, for firstdegree

murder, but the indictment was

amended and he is now being charged

with second-degree murder. His trial

is scheduled to begin May 30.

Stories just like this are growing in

numbers. There are multiple hundreds

of men and women from ages 35 to 65

in Redwood City on the site. There

are also hundreds of registered sex

offenders in the area. The less specific

the search, the more profiles that turn

up. Anyone can post a picture that is not actually them, so children may think

they are talking to another teen when in fact they are making plans to meet with

a sex offender. These prowlers know just how to lure children in and the Web site

information provides everything they need. Also, another disturbing fact is that if

you browse the site there are several pornographic photos throughout the pages.

No matter the age of the child, they can easily catch an eyeful of disturbing images

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Nonprofits in Action


The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered in April 1998. In the 16 years

since that time, the club has met weekly at 7:30 a.m. at Pete’s Harbor for breakfast,

which features various speakers on a wide range of subjects.

It has been named the “Best Small Club” in Rotary District 5150, comprising

Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties.

The club’s major fundraising activity is its annual Irish Night, held at the Senior

Center on Madison Avenue, on a date near to March 17. Another Club fundraising

activity is the Club’s beverage booth at the annual Vertical Challenge air show

at Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos. Funds raised this past year by the 20-

member club provided nearly $46,000 in contributions for community, youth,

international and vocational projects.

This club meets every Tuesday at the Waterfront Restaurant. For more information

or to join them, call Lorianna Kastrop at (650) 299-0303.


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/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 President Steve (365-8089) or Secretary Ted Cole (366-1392), or come

join them for lunch to learn more about how you can make a difference.


Looking for a dependable source for skilled, reliable workers? They provide

employers with mature, ready to work, experienced workers who are 55 years and

older. Employers contact the service to hire workers because they appreciate the

superior work ethic and the commitment to doing quality work that mature workers

possess. There are no fees for hiring candidates. Contact Barbara Clipper to

place your job order at (650) 403-4300, extension 4368.

educational speakers and refreshments.

A demonstration of assistive devices is held on the first Wednesday of the month

at 10:30 a.m. at the Redwood City Public Library, second floor conference room,

1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, California.

An evening meeting is held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at

the Redwood City Public Library, second floor conference room. Please call Marj

at (650) 593-6760 with any questions.

SHHH is the nation’s voice for people with hearing loss. Our members include

people with hearing loss, their families and friends, and caring professionals.

City Talk Toastmasters Club

Join the Redwood City Toastmasters Club to develop your communication and

leadership skills. The club meets on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 in the

Council Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road in the Council Chambers.

Call Manny Rosas at (650) 780-7468 if you would like to check out a meeting or

just stop in. Visit for more information about the

Toastmasters public speaking program.


This community service organization meets the first Thursday of each month at

149 Clinton Street. Social at 11:30 a.m., lunch ($10) at noon, general meeting at

12:30 p.m. Program at 1 p.m. Visitors welcome. For information call (650) 363-1266.

Editor’s note: If you are connected with a nonprofit organization and want your information

printed in The Spectrum, e-mail it to or mail to The

Spectrum Magazine mailing address at: The Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box 862, Redwood

City, CA 94064. Let our community know your contributions and maybe they will want to

join you.

For those looking for work, Family Services provides a range of services for those

who are at least 55 years of age. Services range from referrals for classroom training,

vocational counseling, job referrals and on-the-job training for qualified participants.

Contact Connie Tilles if you are looking for work at (650) 403-4300,

extension 4371.


Since 1956 the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club has devoted itself to community

service and is one of three Kiwanis Clubs in Redwood City. Through the

decades, they have provided funds to help many worthy community programs.

The Key Club of Sequoia High School, sponsored by the Woodside Terrace A.M.

Kiwanis Club, was chartered in 1994 and has been actively involved in raising

money and donating time and effort to many of our programs such as the Special

Game Day, Christmas Wrap, Car Show and even taking pledges for KQED.

They currently meet every Thursday morning at 7:15 a.m. at the Waterfront

Restaurant, 1 Uccelli Drive. Come join them for breakfast. Listen to interesting

speakers from our community. Share in the fun, the laughs, the strength, the drive

and the generosity that makes up the camaraderie of the Woodside Terrace A.M.

Kiwanis Club.

SHHH-Peninsula (Self Help for Hard of Hearing People)

SHHH is a volunteer, international organization of hard-of-hearing people, relatives

and friends. SHHH is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, educational organization

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 Building, 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City. We provide


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Rotary Gives Dictionaries to

Garfield Charter Third-Graders

The Redwood City and Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Clubs presented dictionaries

to all 81 third-graders at Garfield Charter School on Wednesday, January

25, as part of the clubs’ continuing commitment to improve childhood


Rotarians Pete Hughes and Judy Cooper participated in the donation, assisted by Garfield

K-5 Director Alex Hunt (holding dictionary).

This is the first of three dictionary giveaways to Redwood City schools sponsored

by the two local Rotary Clubs. The clubs each donated $1000 to fund the

program. All third graders at Taft and Fair Oaks elementary schools will be presented

dictionaries in the next few weeks.

For more information, please contact: Jill Singleton, publicity director, Redwood

City Rotary.

























Presented by

Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club

Saturday, March 25, 2006

5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The American Legion Hall

651 El Camino Real, Redwood City

plenty of parking!!


Complimentary Wine With Dinner, No Host Bar,

Raffle Prizes, Silent Auction

$40.00 Per Person

All Proceeds benefit community programs and services including a college scholarship program, a computer reuse program

that benefits local students, Special Games for special needs youth, Bike Rodeo/Safety Program, Annual Food & Toy Drive for

local Charities, Sequoia High School Key Club, Senior Tea, Toiletries collection for women in transition, Relay for Life,

Neighborhood Clean Up Days, Books for Raising a Reader program and much more!


Tickets are sold on a First Come First Serve basis, limited to available seating. Once allotment has

been sold, ticket orders cannot be honored. Sorry, no refunds for purchased tickets. Tickets will be

mailed to the person at the address designated below.

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Name_________________________________________Phone #_________________________


Please send ________ tickets at $40.00 each for a total of $_________ (payment enclosed)

Check or money order made payable to WTAM Kiwanis Foundation, mail to Donna Vaillancourt, 15 Pilot

Circle, Redwood City, CA 94065.


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The Main Gallery

invites you to “Hot off the Press: Exploring the boundaries of printmaking” featuring

artists Cindy Blain, Belinda Chlouber, Linda Fillhardt, Barbara Kirst, Kate

Orrange and Judith Serebrin. The show runs from February 15 through March 19,


Located at 1018 Main Street, Redwood City, CA 94063,,

(650) 701-1018. Hours: Wed – Fri 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sat – Sun 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Little Fox

2209 Broadway

Ticket purchase and info number is (650) 369-4119 for all shows at the Little Fox.

Tickets also available online at and at the Fox Theatre Box Office.

Aja Vu - A Tribute To Steely Dan plus Alien Cowboys

Presented by Voices of Latin Rock

Friday, Feb 24, 2006, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

The San Francisco-based Aja Vu band won this year’s KFOX Last Band Standing

competition on the Bay Area’s number-one-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! The Aja Vu show recreates the combination of

rock, jazzy blues and unique storytelling that has made the Steely Dan sound

endure throughout pop culture for 30+ years! Aja Vu has also perfomed with The

Doobie Brothers, Dave Mason, Robben Ford, at Shoreline, at Fresno’s Tower


Alien Cowboys, an instrumental rock quartet on a mission to restore instrumental

rock to the worldwide prominence the genre enjoyed in past decades. The band

features Ralph Perucci on lead guitar, Bruce Stevenson on rhythm guitar, Greg

Jones on bass, and Ian Thomson on drums. All are San Francisco Bay Area inhabitants,

except Ralph, who hails from Manhattan. Since its founding in 1997, the

band has completed three full-length CDs of mostly original material. A fourth

CD, “LIFT,” which many feel is the band’s best effort to date, and animated video

has been released and is available at their Web site.

The Bingtones plus Wendy Waller Band

Arbor Bay School Benefit presented by Voices of Latin Rock

Saturday, Feb 25, 2006, 8 p.m. $16 adv./$18 door

Join Bing and the Bingtones as they perform their style of “Rhythmic Nighttime

Music with a Soul,” reminiscent of the great horn groups of the 70s and 80s, such

as Tower of Power, Sons of Champlin and Cold Blood. Bing, an East Coast native

of New Jersey, is a hopeless romantic who has composed music that richly

describes our life and thoughts from everything from love to our lives since 9/11.

Bing has joined forces with the “Funk Administrator” and co-producer Jerry

Pelizzer to put the heartbeat and soul to Bing’s music. The Bingtones are composed

of veteran musicians who have played with the likes of Malo, Cold Blood,

Santana and Etta James. With such a wide spectrum of experience the Bingtones

have hit the ground running in bringing to life the music that Bing and Jerry have

put together.

Soul music runs in Wendy Waller’s family. The ability to reach down deep to a

sacred place inside herself goes all the way back to Waller’s great-grandfather, who

was a famous cantor in the Ukraine. Her father was a fine trumpet player and

singer. Her mother played viola ... and the list goes on. The point is this classically

trained coloratura soprano was born to sing. That natural ability has served

Waller well. Critics often cite Waller’s ability to use her voice like an instrument.

“Jazz was constantly in my ear,” says Waller. “My dad played lots of jazz around

the house. ... Making up melodies and scatting just came naturally. I improvised

long before I studied improvisation.”

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Arbor Bay School, a Redwood City nonprofit

day school for students who benefit from a multisensory, experiential

approach to learning.

Elana James & Her Hot Hot Trio

Thursday, March 2, 2006, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

Elana James, formerly of Hot Club of Cowtown, in her own words: “Hot Club of

Cowtown has gone on to release five CDs internationally plus two more exclusively

available in Japan. I began 2005 by playing violin/fiddle with Bob Dylan on

his spring tour (with Merle Haggard and Amos Lee), and most recently played on

Bob Dylan’s new song “Tell Ol’ Bill,” which was written and recorded for the

motion picture “North Country” (starring Charlize Theron and Frances

McDormand). In the fall of 2005 I started a new trio, under my own name, with

two of my wonderful and talented cousins: Luke Hill (on guitar) and Beau Sample

(on upright bass), playing hot jazzy tunes, new original songs, western swing, hoedowns,

and gypsy music. I hope you will come out and see us when we come to

your neck of the woods!”

The Heartbeats plus The Houserockers

A Night of Classic Rock & Soul

Friday, March 3, 2006, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

The Heartbeats have been entertaining discriminating audiences from coast to

coast and abroad for over 20 years. The Heartbeats’ riveting stage show takes you

from the Beatles to the Beach Boys, Tom Jones to the soulful sounds of Motown.

Costumes changing, scenes blazing and tightly woven harmonies make this unique

stage presentation of classic rock ‘n’ roll a must-see for audiences of all ages.

One of the hottest and most in-demand bands in Northern California today, The

Houserockers are a 10-piece rock and soul revue out of Los Gatos that plays the

greatest songs ever recorded. The group is known for high-energy, fun-filled performances

that gets everyone up, dancing and singing. Bringing together elements

of classic rock, 60s soul, R&B, swing, blues and pop, we turn every venue into a

party. It’s the best show in town – come and rock the night away with The


Tempest plus Four Shillings Short

CD Release Concert

Saturday, March 4, 2006, 8 p.m. $14 adv./$16 door

Based in Northern California, Tempest is recognized as a driving force in the modern

folk-rock movement. Fusing traditional material with high-energy rock intensity,

the band is renowned for its dynamic and electrifying concerts. The group’s

brand new studio CD, “The Double-Cross,” finds the band in peak form as it

showcases inventive original and traditional material. Tempest’s members hail

from five countries across three continents: lead vocalist, electric mandolinist and

founder Lief Sorbye from Oslo, Norway; drummer Adolfo Lazo from Havana,

Cuba; guitarist Ronan Carroll from Dublin, Ireland; bassist Ariane Cap from

Innsbruck, Austria; and fiddler Michael Mullen from Fresno, California.

Travelling musicians with a carload of instruments is nothing new in the world of

folk music, but what if one of those instruments is a sitar from India or a

Renaissance Crumhorn? Going out on a musical limb is common for the group

Four Shillings Short. With an ever-increasing array of instruments (over 20 at last

count), including hammered dulcimer, mandola & mandolin, tinwhistle & woodwinds,

sitar, banjo, percussion and vocals, their music is always varied and captivating.

In a single night, Four Shillings Short performs traditional Irish tunes and

airs, Indian ragas, folk ballads, old-time songs, medieval & Renaissance

instrumentals and a cappella numbers as well as contemporary folk and original


Redwood City Blues Jam

Wednesday, March 8, 2006, 7 p.m. Free admission!

The popular “Redwood City Blues Jam” has relocated to the Little Fox. Enjoy an

evening of quality Blues music from the area’s best musicians. Kenny “Blue” Ray

hosts the jam and invites audience Blues musicians 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 and fourth Wednesday

each month, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Bring your friends!


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Overseeing an annual budget of

$118 million and 608 officers and

administrators, the county's top

law enforcement officer, San Mateo

County Sheriff Don Horsley, has influence

far beyond what is patrolled by his


Besides coordinating county law enforcement

resources, running the jails and

patrolling the streets, Horsley has built

his department's regional reputation as a

progressive agency that will fight crime

without overly infringing on personal


When first elected in 1993, his department

assisted in bringing the murder rate

in East Palo Alto from 42 the previous

year to two. Horsley won re-election in

1994, 1998 and 2002 and is set to retire

in January of 2007. He has been known

for balancing his budget and fighting for

his department, not to mention his mildmannered,

infectious personality.

Horsley lives in Emerald Hills with his

wife, Elaine. They have three children:

Matt, Chris and David.



Hannig, a founding Partner in the

Hannig Law Firm, received both

his JD and MBA degrees from

Santa Clara University, where he was

Research Editor for the Law Review and

founded the Computer and High

Technology Law Conference.

Hannig serves on the boards of several

nonprofit organizations, including

Kainos Home and Training Center,

Broadway By The Bay, Casa De

Redwood, and The Danford Foundation.

In addition, he is one of the founders of

The Sequoia Awards.

Hannig made headlines for his representation

of Jim and Aida Celotti in their

eminent domain lawsuit against the

City/Redevelopment Agency (RDA). On

May 20, 2004, the courts ruled in favor

of the Celotti family and they received


This decision has set the course for redevelopment

in downtown. Word on the

street is that eminent domain will NOT

be used for a long time, if ever.





Howard was first elected to the

City Council in November 1994.

She was re-elected in 1997,

appointed in 2001 (no election was held

due to a lack of candidates) and was the

top vote getter in November 2005 even

without the Police Officers Association


During her terms she has participated on

the board of Redwood Family House, a

shelter for homeless families in Redwood

City. She is also on the Executive Board

of the Redwood City YMCA, a member

of Redwood City International, and a

member of the Redwood City-San Mateo

County Chamber of Commerce.

Howard is Vice Chair of the Peninsula

Congestion Relief Alliance, and Chair of

the Community Advisory Committee for

the Bay Area Water Transit Board. She

also serves on Redwood City 2020, a

joint venture of County, City, school and

citizen representatives. She is perhaps

best known as Chair of the City's Pride

and Beautification Committee.

Howard and her husband live in the Mt.

Carmel neighborhood. She has one adult son.

Overseeing an annual budget of

131 million dollars, Everett

became Redwood City's city manager

in 1991 after moving over from the

equivalent position in Belmont. Prior

government positions include serving as

a county administrator in Nevada and as

Palo Alto's fire chief.

Since then, he's managed Redwood City's

staff through good economic times and

bad, as well as through some of the

Peninsula city's greatest spurts of development.

He has been praised by some for his leadership

ability and although he answers to

seven council members, criticized by others

for allegedly running the city himself.

Everett lives in the Woodside Road area

of Redwood City.


It has been 12 years since

Hartnett was first elected

to the Redwood City

Council. During that

time, his well-thought-out

opinions have gained him

respect from residents and

colleagues alike.

An attorney by trade, Jim

graduated from Sequoia High

School in 1968 and from Cañada College two years

later as part of the college's first graduating class.

He still lives in the home he was raised in on Grand



Since moving from

Salinas and taking over as

Redwood City's police

chief in 1994, his advocates

say Bolanos has seen

crime rates fall and professionalism


Among Bolanos' initiatives

since taking office

were installing the acoustic

“shot-spotter” system in Friendly Acres neighborhood

and forming a joint anti-gang “crime suppression”

team with the Sheriff's Department.

Bolanos also served as interim fire chief in 2003.




Having one of the most

successful businesses in

Redwood City, Redwood

General Tire Service.

Barbara donates his time

and monies to various

nonprofit agencies.

But his influence stretches

far beyond that as he

serves as the Vice President of the Downtown

Business Group and is an active member in Rotary.

As President of the Police Athletic League's Board of

Directors, the league recently completed the construction

of a new building which provides an after

school facility for youngsters. Activities such as

tutoring, karate, dancing, boxing and computer

access are provided at the new facility.


As the Redevelopment

Manager for the City of

Redwood City, Moeller is

possibly the most pressured

resident of our community.

The success of

failure of the Downtown

Cinema project rests solely

on her shoulders. Should

the project succeed, it puts

her and her department in a position to redevelop

the downtown area block by block.


Active in the community for many years with her late husband, Pete, Paula Uccelli is a mainstay

for stepping up to help those in need. Look for Paula to heal from losing Pete and come

back stronger than ever.


San Mateo County Transit District Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Scanlon is committed to

the community. Since joining the district more than eight years ago, community service has

become a tenet of SamTrans' culture.

Scanlon has led the district's employees in raising nearly $200,000 in charitable contributions

to organizations like United Way and for events like the America Heart Walk. Those close to

him say Scanlon's primary passion will always be providing efficient, effective and safe public

transportation, helping to relieve traffic congestion throughout the county, acting as the mobility manager

for a complex network of shuttles, buses and trains and providing the administration for the Transportation

Authority, the agency tasked with relieving traffic throughout the county through the expenditure of the

Measure A half-cent sales tax receipts.


Making her first appearance on the Redwood City political scene with a first place finish in

the City Council race of 1992, Dani Gasparini has never left the community she loves. She

became Mayor in 1994, and retired from the City Council in 1995.

Dani is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, has served in executive leadership at

Bay Area Bank, and is now the Director of Special Gifts at the Sequoia Hospital Foundation.


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Wine of the Month

Wine & Spirits designated


Winery one of the

Top 100 Wineries and

has rated this zinfandel

94 points!

It is also designated

one of the

top 10 Zins of

2005! This delicious

wine is

from the Dry

Creek Valley of

California, probably

the most

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Zinfandel in all

of California.

Just like an old

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scents of christmas

spices and then it kicks

up the volume with an

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and black berries,

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To finish you

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to be healed with a

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of spicy,

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wanting more. You

will be back next

Sunday for some


Try this zin with

chili, teriaki, bbq,

or even nachos!

Zinfandel also

pairs nicely with

blue cheese. Yum!


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A Hub of Activity and Community

Discovered at Local Shops

By Rose Patterson

Special to The Spectrum

Nestled in Redwood City’s Emerald Hills, a complex of locallyowned

businesses are huddled together in an idyllically quaint

setting. Situated at the intersection just off of Edgewood Road on

Oak Knoll, the complex of businesses serves as a hub where the old natural

charm of Emerald Hills remains intact.

Cielo Salon is situated on the corner, its large glass windows showcasing a

content row of pampered clients from morning to night. Beckoning next

door, with its newly-finished wood flooring and freshly painted walls (and,

on occasion, the lingering aroma of roasting beans), Canyon Coffee

Roastery serves a steady and sometimes hectic slew of customers, both

regulars and enthusiastic newcomers. Next to the coffee shop, a life-sized

wooden statue stands exuberantly guarding Sancho’s Taqueria. Inside, an

eclectic display of authentic Mexican dolls and paintings colors its walls as

customers wait in a clustered line for the chance to request their favorite

taco, burrito or quesadilla.

The businesses are excitingly alive, and their boundaries as neighbors are

charmingly fluid; Cielo’s apron-clad clients pop in next door for a hot chai

to savor over a manicure, and the Sancho’s crew frequent the coffee shop

to deliver hot dishes to customers waiting patiently over a cup of coffee.

Familiarity and friendliness create a local feel unparalleled in today’s fastpaced

world. Running tabs, alphabetized by customers’ first names, attest

to the quaint ambiance of the place. Beyond offering quality food, coffee,

and beauty services, this hub offers a charming experience reminiscent of

“Cheers,” where “everybody knows your name”– as well as your favorite

drink, dish and most recent drama. It is the kind of place where employees

linger at the end of their shifts, where they gravitate even on their days

off, and where locals find peace and joviality at a home away from home.

They are even apt to find a ride back from an errand-bound owner or a

worker just getting off shift.

As a student in need of a break, this corner was the perfect place for me

to find the relief of real community; and for readers and residents of the

Bay Area rushing to make ever-increasing rent (or to study so that one day

they can), this hub of businesses offers a pause to reconnect and to rev up

with a clean trim, a hot latte or a spicy Mexican meal.

Visit Emerald Hills Shopping Center During Our Construction!


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Senior Activities

The Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City,

will be providing many great activities during the month of March. These

activities are open to the public.

Free Tax Preparation Services for Seniors, Wednesdays only, through April

12, by appointment. This program is sponsored by AARP (American Association

of Retired Persons). For more information or to schedule a tax appointment, please

call 780-7264.

“How to Benefit from Mother Nature’s Medicine Chest” Free Lecture,

Wednesday, March 1, 10:30 a.m. Guest speaker is David Stouder, owner of

Apple Health Foods in Redwood City. He is the host of “The Vitamin Shelf,” a

weekly health talk radio program that interviews doctors, scientists, herbalists and

nutritionists (KEST 1450 AM, 7:00 a.m. on Thursdays, and KNEW 910 AM,

9:00 p.m. on Sundays.)

Hollywood Hats, Friday March 3, 1 p.m., Theater. Join us for a unique and

entertaining show about Hollywood, its great stars, and their movies. The program

will feature songs, stories and legends brought to life through a collection of vintage

Hollywood hats actually worn by such stars as Katherine Hepburn, Rita

Hayworth, Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson and more. Cost is $4.

St. Patrick’s Day Party, Friday, March 17, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Redwood

Room. Join the Veterans Memorial Senior Center for a “Lunch and A Bit of the

Blarney.” The celebration includes Irish music and dance, Songbirds Choir, and an

Irish sing-along. Menu: corned beef and cabbage, potatoes and carrots, and a special

dessert. Cost is $8.

Community Services Musical Theatre Trips. All shows take place at the

American Musical Theatre of San Jose. The cost is $65 per person, which includes

round-trip transportation using our City Vans and Orchestra Seating. For more

information about these trips, please contact Michele Venneri at (650) 780-7344.

Friday, March 31 – Gypsy; Saturday, June 17 – Hairspray.

Friday, March 24, 8 - 9 p.m.: Redwood City Accessible Recreation Activities

Program (ARAP) presents its Second Annual SHOWCASE EVENT! Join us for

an evening of celebration as we honor all of our participants in various ARAP programs.

Evening will consist of light appetizers, beverages and the premier of the

ARAP Drama Club Movie Musical! Donations are welcomed and copies of the

ARAP movies will be available for purchase. Please come and support the participants

and the program!

Music Therapy Program ARAP is pleased to offer a new program specialized for

children and teens with special needs. Music therapy groups will feature small sessions

based on age and ability, supportive social and emotional experience, and a

variety of activities including singing, songwriting, drumming, piano, movement

and music improvisation. Cost and times may vary per month. Class is instructed

by Beth Robinson, a Board-Certified Music Therapist. For more information about

this program, please contact Beth at (415) 637-7281.

For more information about Accessible Recreation Activities, call 780-7313 or

780-7344, or visit their website at ARAP is designed to

serve teens and adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities from all over

the Bay Area. All events are held at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center in

Redwood City unless otherwise stated. To learn more about the Veterans

Memorial Senior Center, call 780-7270.

School Move Budget Soars

Estimates for the relocation of Redwood High School into modules on the

Sequoia High School campus and a charter school onto the vacant Redwood

campus will cost four times more than original estimates, jumping from $1.5

million to $6.5 million.

The Sequoia Union High School District decided at the end of last year to move

forward with a proposal to move both Summit Charter and Redwood high schools.

The original plan was to move Summit into portables on the Sequoia campus

would cost between $1.1 million to $1.5 million. The current plan will move

Redwood High School into permanent modulars on the Sequoia campus and allow

Summit to move into Redwood’s old school with a $6.5 million price tag. While

the cost increased significantly from other estimates, district officials said this

change will be better in the long run.

The $1.5 million was for about two years of rentals. That project is not at all comparable

with what we’re doing which is to build a new addition to the Sequoia,

James Avenue property. At one point we were going to rent a bunch of portables

and say good-bye to the money. The current budget for $6.5 million is to put up

a new educational facility at the Sequoia campus. The two projects are completely

different,” said Ed LaVigne, assistant superintendent of administrative services.

Under Proposition 39, the Sequoia High School District must provide facility

space for Summit Charter High by fall 2006, Superintendent Pat Gemma aid previously.

Over the past two years, many ideas were considered with little luck.

With time running out, the decision was made to move the students of Summit

Charter High to Redwood High’s current location at 1968 Old County Road.

Redwood will be moved into modules on top of seven tennis courts at Sequoia

High School.

The money to pay for the move will come from the $70 million Measure H bond

measure passed in November 2004, which had $3.5 million earmarked for

Summit. Instead of using the money for Summit, the district will take advantage

of the leeway in bond money use and allocate $6.5 million in the bond money to

move Redwood. Summit will be completely responsible for any cost needed to

move into the Redwood site.

LaVigne said a majority of the cost increase is for the prep work for the land prior

to placing the portables. The estimate is a conservative one, he said.

This change will not affect the general budget of the district or the projects to be

funded with Measure H money, said board President Gordon Lewin.

The preparation work required for this land is more expensive than was thought

and it has to be done. Obviously that’s why when we developed our construction

budget there was money set aside for contingencies,” he said.

Lewin said the important thing to remember is this change will allow the district

a new permanent addition.

“I think what you’ll have in the end is we’re buying high-quality buildings that will

be attractive. We’re not putting cheap portables here. These will last for years if

we do it right,” said Lewin.

The change is to be complete for both schools by the beginning of the 2006-2007

school year, said LaVigne.

There’s no margin for error. We’re going 100 mph for kids to have what they

need,” he said.

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


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Two Ways to Boost Retirement Income

By David Amman

Special to The Spectrum

If you have several years to go until retirement, now is the right time to determine

about how much annual income you can count on as a retiree. And if it

looks like you might be coming up short, you’ll want to take action soon.

Even if you’ve been investing for many years, you may not be able to count on a

typical portfolio of stocks and bonds to provide you with the income you’ll need

to enjoy a comfortable retirement lifestyle. Consequently, you may want to consider

these two moves: purchasing an immediate annuity and delaying your Social

Security payments. Let’s examine both these options.

Immediate results that last a lifetime

An immediate annuity works pretty much as the name suggests. You make a lumpsum

payment to an insurance company, and you immediately start receiving an

income stream, which can last the rest of your life. Immediate annuities are fairly

low-risk, especially if you buy one from a company that receives the highest ratings

for safety and stability from one of the independent rating agencies. And they

can provide a reasonable amount of income: If you are 65, and you buy a

$100,000 immediate annuity, you’ll receive annual lifetime income of $7,848 if

you are a man and $7,392 if you are a woman (as of August 22, 2005). (These

amounts can vary, depending on the current interest rate environment and the

state in which you live.)

Still, immediate annuities do have a “down” side. Specifically, the fixed payments

you receive each month are subject to inflation. You could easily live another two

or even three decades in retirement; over that time, even a relatively mild inflation

rate can seriously erode the purchasing power of your fixed-income payments.

To combat this problem, you might want to look for an immediate annuity that is

indexed for inflation. Your monthly payments in the first few years might be lower

than those offered by a non-indexed annuity, but each year, your income will

increase along with inflation.

As you might have guessed, another possible drawback to an immediate annuity is

longevity. While you can’t predict the future, you may want to take into account

your family history of longevity before you purchase an immediate annuity. You

also can structure your annuity to “protect” your investment. For example, you

could accept lower monthly payments in exchange for the ability to name a beneficiary

to receive your income stream for a designated number of years.

Delaying Social Security

Another way to boost your retirement income is to delay taking Social Security

payments. Suppose, for instance, that you were born between 1943 and 1954, and

you were eligible to receive $750 each month in Social Security once you reached

62. If you could just wait four more years, until you were 66, you’d receive $1,000

a month. This strategy depends, of course, on whether you’d have sufficient

income to tide you over for those four years – but if you do, it’s something to consider.

And again, if you have concerns about your longevity, this “delaying” technique

may not be right for you.

Buying immediate annuities and delaying Social Security are just two of the ways

you may be able to boost your retirement income. For more suggestions, consult

with a financial professional. But don’t delay: The more time you have on your

side, the better your options.

Editor’s note: David Amman is one of the Redwood City community members who contributes

to The Spectrum. If you have any questions regarding investments please send them

to or The Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box 862, Redwood

City, CA, 94064.
























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News Briefs


A Redwood City man faces up to 16 years in prison when he is sentenced in a San

Mateo County courtroom in February after pleading no contest to molesting his

young niece numerous times over a six-year period Willie Peter Koi, 24, earlier

pleaded not guilty to 22 counts of lewd and lascivious acts upon a minor under

the age of 14. However, at his pre-trial conference, as part of a plea bargain Koi

pleaded no contest to five counts of lewd and lascivious acts upon a minor under

the age of 14, and one count of committing lewd and lascivious acts upon a minor

under the age of 14 by use of force, violence or the threat of bodily harm, the San

Mateo County District Attorney’s office reported. Koi molested his niece from

August 1999, when she was 7 years old, until February 2005, at which time she

was 13, the district attorney’s office reported. The assaults included oral copulation,

sexual intercourse and forcible rape, according to the district attorney’s

office. Of the 22 counts Koi originally faced, 17 of them occurred in Sacramento

County at the victim’s Rancho Cordova home, and the remaining five counts

reportedly occurred in Redwood City. Koi, who is in custody in lieu of $1 million,

was scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 17 at 9 a.m.


A woman who was killed after being struck by a train in Redwood City has been

identified as 58-year-old Bonnie Heitz, San Mateo County Chief Deputy Coroner

Tom Marriscolo said. The collision occurred on the Caltrain tracks at Brewster

Avenue and Arguello Street, adjacent to the Brewster Wash and Dry Laundromat

at 701 Arguello St. Mark Mitsch, who had known Heitz for 35 years, said Heitz

walked across the train tracks where she was struck every day to get to a bus that

took her to her job in San Carlos. According to Mitsch, Heitz’s co-workers at

Kelly-Moore Paint Co. called him after Heitz did not show up for work. They said

“this is not her; this is unusual,’’ Mitsch said. “She always calls if she’s going to be

late.’’ Mitsch said he checked Heitz’s apartment and called Sequoia Hospital for

any sign of her, finding none. When he heard someone had been hit by a train a

few blocks from where Heitz lived, he said he had to check and see if it was Heitz.

Heitz’s body was located about 20 feet from a Caltrain guardrail next to a fence.

Warning signs reminding pedestrians not to cross the tracks are visible from the

scene of the accident. Marriscolo said Heitz’s death is not believed to be a suicide,

though the coroner is still investigating.


Electronic Arts notified 145 of its employees that they are being laid off as the

video game company prepares for the next generation of gaming consoles, spokeswoman

Trudy Muller said. Muller said the layoff affects a “relatively small percentage’’

of the Redwood City-based company’s total workforce. The company

employs close to 7,000 people worldwide from Los Angeles to London and Tokyo.

About 1,600 of those jobs are in Redwood City. Muller said the company is reshifting

its focus during a “hardware transition’’ in anticipation of a “new generation

of hardware consoles.’’ The company is tailoring its workforce to better

accommodate the next phase in gaming technology, trying to find “the right size

and skill mix,’’ Muller said. “Across every division in the coming weeks and

months we’re re-evaluating everything,’’ Muller said. “We’ve done this before.

We’ve always emerged from transitions stronger.’’ The company, which produces

games including Madden NFL, is expected to announce its third quarter earnings

results today.


San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said that a newborn girl found in a

Redwood City trash bin in late November died as a result of a placental infection.

The baby was born septic,” and died very shortly if not immediately after she was

born, according to Foucrault. The infection could have been caused by an amniotic

fluid leak, Foucrault said. Preliminary autopsy results showed there was air in

the lungs of the newborn, according to Foucrault. However, there were no signs of

trauma to the baby’s body. Redwood City resident Hilda Figueroa, 29, who pleaded

not guilty on Jan. 4, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony child

endangerment after she allegedly placed her newborn in a Dumpster. According to

San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, the charges

against Figueroa have not changed in light of the recent toxicology results.

However, since the test results do suggest the baby died as a result of an infection,

there is a greater likelihood that the charge of involuntary manslaughter against

Figueroa could be dismissed. Redwood City police were directed to Figueroa’s

home after she sought treatment at the San Mateo Medical Center on Nov. 30,

saying she had delivered a premature, stillborn fetus at home. According to police,

Figueroa told medical staff she flushed the stillborn fetus down the toilet. The hospital

contacted the Police Department at 12:40 p.m. that same day after a routine

medical examination indicated that Figueroa had given birth to a full-term infant,

police said. Officers found the child wrapped in plastic bags in the trash at

Figueroa’s apartment building in the 600 block of Buckeye Street. Figueroa was

arrested later that day at around 5 p.m., according to police. Figueroa, who was

released from custody on $100,000 bail, will appear in court on March 17 at 9

a.m. for her preliminary hearing.


Witnesses said it looked like it was “raining fire” when a two-alarm blaze in

Redwood City sent 30-foot flames shooting into the air, according to Louis Vella,

Administrative Chief and Fire Marshal for the Redwood City Fire Department.

Firefighters learned about the blaze at 3:35 a.m. and took about 30 minutes to get

it under control, Redwood City fire Capt. Martin Schutt said. The fire was reported

at a residence at 3312 Spring St., but Vella said the blaze started in a backyard

shed that was detached from the main building. One man, who is said to be in his

20s, was transported to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s burn unit after suffering

second- and third-degree burns, Redwood City fire Battalion Chief Geoffrey

Balton said. Witnesses said the injured man was attempting to extinguish the fire

before firefighters reached the scene, according to Balton. When firefighters did

arrive, they found the man “out on the sidewalk in pain and screaming,” Vella

said. Vella said the exact cause of the fire is still unknown, though witnesses said

“they have seen a person that may have been staying or sleeping in the shed.” Vella

said that person is believed to be the injured man. The blaze spread across three

adjoining properties, damaged the roofs of two houses and displaced one family.

The family has already made arrangements to move into a vacant rental property

in an apartment building next to their home, Schutt said. Vella said the damage

to the three properties was “fairly extensive,” but he did not yet have a dollar figure

for the damage.


An alleged Norteno gang member pleaded not guilty in a San Mateo County

courtroom to charges he and several others fired gunshots at two rival gang members

in unincorporated Redwood City. Redwood City resident Olinscer “Pato”

Leyva, 20, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and participation in a

criminal street gang, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s

Office. Shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday February 11, Leyva and several other

Norteno gang members reportedly approached two alleged Sureno gang members

in a parking lot at 535 Oakside Ave. near Hampshire Avenue, the San Mateo

County Sheriff’s Office reported. Leyva and the other Norteno gang members

reportedly yelled out gang identifiers and challenged the two victims to a fight.

One of the victims had a bottle thrown at his vehicle while attempting to flee. The

other victim was chased by the Norteno gang members as he ran toward the fleeing

vehicle. According to the sheriff’s office, three shots were fired from a semiautomatic

pistol in the direction of the running victim. However, he was not

struck by any of the bullets. Following an investigation into the shooting, Leyva,

Redwood City resident Agustin “Oso” Cueavas, 20, and a 17-year-old Redwood

City teen, who is believed to have been the shooter, were taken into custody.

According to prosecutors, at the time of the shooting Leyva was out of custody on

his own recognizance after he was arrested for attempted robbery and residential

burglary. Leyva, who remains in custody in lieu of $75,000 bail, will appear in

court on Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. for his preliminary hearing.


Three teens suspected of participating along with two adult defendants in the

gang-related shooting of a Redwood City man in July are scheduled to stand trial

for murder in April, but their attorneys are asking for more time.

The three boys, one 15 and two 16, are being tried as juveniles in the July 12

shooting of 21-year-old Francisco Rodriguez. The defendants are not being identified

because they are minors. The trio has entered a denial — the juvenile court

equivalent of not guilty — to murder and conspiracy charges and is scheduled for

trial April 24. Defense attorneys indicated a desire to seek more time to review evidence

and a new date may be set Feb. 28.

While the three move through juvenile court, another 15-year-old boy is being

prosecuted as an adult. That boy, Josue Orozco, is the youngest suspect’s older

brother and the county’s youngest adult defendants also face a special allegation

of participating in a street crime. Orozco is presumed the actual shooter with

authorities pinpointing Ayala as the getaway driver.

A judge can still sentence Orozco as a minor and, as a juvenile, would be housed

at the California Youth Authority until he is an adult. In juvenile court, he would

be incarcerated until age 25 — the same maximum faced by the three juvenile

defendants currently. Orozco and Ayala, both alleged Sureño gang members, have

pleaded not guilty and were ordered Friday back to court Feb. 24 to set a preliminary

hearing date.

The five defendants were arrested less than 24 hours after the shooting and

Orozco allegedly confessed. The defendants encountered Rodriguez near his

apartment carport at 475 Redwood Ave. Orozco allegedly got out of the car, covered

his face, pulled a gun from his waistband and, as Rodriguez turned, fired a



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Downtown Redwood City

construction update

Downtown Detours

and Road Closures

The remodeling of Redwood City’s

downtown “streetscape” is moving into the final

stages of street and sidewalk enhancements!

Broadway between Jefferson and Redwood Creek

Crossing will be closed to vehicular traffic for one

week at the end of February while construction is

completed on this section of Broadway. Two lanes of

Jefferson will continue to be closed between Broadway

and Middlefield until the end of March, and then

all lanes of Jefferson will re-open. Meanwhile, work

will continue on the Middlefield side of the retailcinema

complex, and on Broadway between Hamilton

and Jefferson.

After a final layer of asphalt is placed on Jefferson,

Middlefield, and Broadway at the end of April, Redwood

City’s downtown streets will once again be fully

open to motorists. All schedules are weatherdependent.

The City wishes to extend a big “Thank You!” to

motorists, pedestrians, and particularly our downtown

businesses for their patience during the downtown

construction. Be sure to come downtown in

May to enjoy the beautiful new sidewalk and street

pavers, high-quality planter boxes, decorative street

lights, new street trees, and many other beautiful

design details.


All businesses are open

Pedestrian access is available

Vehicular detours are provided

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and loitering be handled?”, many questions were answered with a simple “I don't

know.” Residents showed concern and signs of mistrust over the surprising change

in statements.

the downtown area needs. In essence, it will have its own funding source. Things

like extra clean-up, building repairs, etc., would be paid for with the money from

that fund. This brought some reassurance among community members but some

merchants still expressed their feeling that Century is not showing care or concern

for the well-being of the merchants.

Alpio Barbara, president of the Downtown Business Group, was very glad to see

such a large turnout. “This may have been our largest attendance so far. I think

there were 85 people or so. It was an interesting meeting for sure. We will definitely

be holding a follow-up meeting so the people can continue to voice their

questions and concerns. Validation was a big topic and there will be more discussion

on it. I think once the dust settles it will flow in a much more positive way.”

In general, the attendees expressed support for improving the downtown activity

level but frustration at the inconsistencies and lack of answers during the February

7 meeting. Parking issues, what types of films will be shown, and why the other

theaters are now supposed to remain open were the hot topics of the evening.

Validation concerns and questions about Syufy (the parent company), who

changed the proposed plans for condominium development or auto row development,

were addressed as “best they could be.”

Downtown Business Group Members

Another attendee said, “I heard that part of the selling point on the downtown theater

was the fact that on the east side we have all the auto dealerships and that

whole area was to be developed more as an auto row for car sales. What about that

selling point?” Puccinelli replied, “I don't think that came from Century.” “But

that was the whole original selling pitch. I am quite surprised and furious actually

to hear this new stuff come out,” said the same resident, to which Puccinelli said,

“I'm sorry I can't address that but maybe we can bring someone in, next time, who


Although the positive aspects of the project stood strong and a few attendees

addressed the benefits of the Century Theatres project, the discussion grew more

heated as the meeting continued. At one point, after the discussion turned to parking

issues, a resident angrily said, “People wouldn't have voted if they knew about

the parking issues. The rules are changing! It makes me wonder what will happen now.”

Puccinelli's portion of the meeting came to a quick end when another heated topic

came into question. That topic was the parking plan. Dan Zack, the downtown

redevelopment manager, quickly took over and was prepared with a short lecture

to address many concerns. The number of parking spaces in the new garage numbers

around 590. The plan is to charge a fee of $5 per hour (only at nights and on

weekends) except when validated for certain amounts of time. Some businesses

can validate parking for more time than others. Namely, the Century Theatres.

The primary parking garage will be located under the Century building. The new

parking validation program is said to be “equal and that no businesses will receive

special perks or benefits,” but what about Century Theatres?

It was shown on an overhead projector that businesses will have to spend $616.50

to purchase a validation machine before March 1 and $840 per machine thereafter.

The Jefferson garage (Century's primary parking garage) will validate up to four

hours. The Marshall Street garage will validate for two hours and the Middlefield

Road garage will validate for one-and-a-half hours. Validation can't accrue. Once a

ticket is validated that's it. So, it appears that in order for people to be validated

for a longer term visit downtown, they will have to go to a movie. Those who are

downtown for shopping, dinner, ice cream or a nice walk will likely end up paying

for it unless they find their way to the free parking areas. These areas are seemingly

getting less publicity than the new garage is. One resident suggested the

posters that will be hung in business windows should have a big sign on them to

let people know there is FREE parking in the area as well. Zack nodded in agreement

and said, “That's a good idea.”

When contacted later and asked point blank, “Is Century planning to keep both

complexes open to see which one does better financially, and if so, are they planning

to sell the financially weaker of the two?” Puccinelli said, “No. We plan to

operate both and have no intentions of selling. Once it opens, the residents and

merchants will be happy and the new opportunities will be very beneficial.”

About who put the other proposals on hold for the East Bayshore site, Puccinelli

said, “Syufy didn't put anything on hold. The zoning is what's being waited on and

there are no requirements for Century to close the freeway theater.”

Mayor Barbara Pierce commented, “I was surprised that operating both complexes

was brought up the way it was. Unfortunately it worried people and I feel bad

about that. It is important to remember the Syufy brothers are very successful

operators. Their own money is paying for all the improvements and they are well

aware whether the city can support 32 theaters or not. Yes, though, I would have

to say I was surprised. I hope they change their mind but it isn't zoned for the

condo project. That is just one of the alternatives. There are three potential alternatives

or uses but the city would have to change the zoning.”

The mayor continued, “No specific uses were decided on. I think the Syufy business

men are good at what they do and this is a tremendous investment. Perhaps

if the other theater shows some art films it will meet with greater positive response.

Once things are up and running people will be happy and downtown will benefit.”

About rumors that a group of lawyers who will not get parking validation machines

are planning to sue the city, Mayor Pierce stated, “There is a certain group we have

spoken with. We are gathering information and have an agreement right now with

the group. We are figuring out the data and will make a decision based on cost.

The cost of validation and the impact if it is extended to different groups is being

researched.. We are looking into it and have an agreement in the meantime.” As

usual the mayor was able to shed some light and give some reassurance to the people.

Rumors are flying and so far only part of the truth is clear. Redwood City merchants

and community members have a lot on their minds and until their inquiries

are met with specific answers, satisfaction and ease of mind will remain distant.

People want to know what is going on and why things are changing yet going unexplained.

Has Syufy/Century pulled the wool over our eyes or is the greater good of

Redwood City still the aim here?

Zack addressed many concerns during his presentation. There was talk of how a

flood of new customers would appear and the activity downtown would no longer

be stagnant. With some help from the head of parking development, many questions

were finally answered directly. The sense of panic ceased but the general feel

of mistrust remained.

Some confidence was restored when past projects were discussed. Zack said, “This

will truly bring Redwood City to life. We need this here. It has brought downtown

areas to life from the east to the west coasts. It works, big time, and it's going to

work here too!” He reinforced Puccinelli's statements about the city building upon

itself and maintained an attitude of a positive nature no matter what came at him.

Zack also discussed keeping the prices reasonable and how the surplus that is collected

from the parking fees will go back into the city by helping with whatever


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and other changes related to the regulation of sexually oriented businesses in

Redwood City.

The proposal would require such businesses to be at least 750 feet from “sensitive

uses,” such as schools and churches, and from other like businesses. The businesses

would be allowed in more areas of the city under the new ordinance as long as

they meet the distance requirement. Under the new requirements, the city estimates

about 150 parcels could qualify for adult businesses. Who knew?

* * * *

I recently ran into a young man, “Daniel,” whom I had met years ago through an

advocacy group. He is 19 years old and has had his share of troubles in the past.

I won’t go into detail about it but let’s just say he has taken a few wrong turns on

his life’s journey.

As we caught up he informed me that he was recently asked to leave his family’s

home – not suprisingly since in every home he has lived in he has been asked to

do the same – and that he had been spending some nights at his girlfriend’s house

(whom he had met a few weeks earlier) and others at a friend’s.

My first thought was that is was good that he had found a girl to call his own – he

has never had trouble finding a girl. He is a charmer, a master manipulator, and

attracts those who are weak, naive, dysfunctional (you get the picture), so he

always has someone and smothers them with affection and after mere hours they

are in love – and he does that with every girl he dates.

I had assumed that his girl had an apartment or shared housing with friends. But

as we continued our conversation he informed me that when he stays with her it

is at her family home complete with parents and younger siblings. I am not a

prude, I am not ultra-conservative, but this struck me as unconventional to say the


Regardless of whether they are over 18 or not, since when is it acceptable to sleep

at your girlfriend’s family home let alone in the same bed? Although I would have

not done this myself, if I had, I would have been grounded/disciplined; my friends

would have not seen me for weeks. Are we in a different generation? A time warp

back to the freedom of love?

I questioned how any parent in this day and age would invite anyone to stay

overnight in their home, especially if there are younger children in the household,

without knowing who that person is or what kind of past they have. He just says

it happens, parents are less strict these days.

As children we are always drawn to those households that are less strict then others.

One can always find friends’ homes where anything goes. But what about the

parents who work so hard to instill strong moral values and integrity/respect in

their children and then they meet friends/families that do not have the same

morals or values?

I know – you teach them what you can and they do with it what they will – and

if you teach them well they will resist the temptations. But let’s be frank, what 19-

year-old boy is not going to take that offer and run with it? Or so I thought.

So my curiosity got the best of me and I had to ask several others, young and old,

their thoughts on the issue. When asking, I gave the impression that I felt there

was nothing wrong with it. All just rejected the thought, one even replying with a

“eww,” which means she did not find it acceptable.

But the most interesting response came from a 23-year-old young man who told

me that he once was invited to spend the night in his girlfriend’s room, in high

school nonetheless, at her family’s home and he declined stating he had more

respect for her and himself to do that even with her parents’ consent. She had siblings

also, and he informed me that he did not feel comfortable being a role model

for them in that fashion.

I guess that sometimes it is the obligation of a young person to correct one’s parents

and let them know what is appropriate and what is not?

Daniel could tell that the conversation had left me uneasy so he let me know that

when he stayed at his girl’s she had to ask permission – that is supposed to ease

things? That even made me more perplexed. Can you imagine having to ask your

parents if your current “squeeze” could spend the night? I don’t even want to

know if they have sex, but he did say that they had to leave her bedroom door

open – another thought I did not want to imagine.

Oh, and while we are on the subject – what if the parents are feeling a little frisky?

In need of some intimacy? How odd would it be knowing that your child is sleeping

with their “squeeze” in the next room? I guess some families refer to family

outings in different ways?

In my opinion, this type of unconventional conduct only fosters irresponsible

behavior, a lack of respect and dignity for oneself and their parents, and makes

impressions on the young ones that will continue the cycle of dysfunction.

So as Daniel walks down his path of life, he will always face adults who will guide

him in the wrong direction. Not care enough to sit down and teach him the difference

between right and wrong. Good and evil. Morals and decay.

But Daniel is a strong- willed person, well meaning, kind, and I am confident he

will figure it all out and hopefully he will discard all the influences that have gotten

him to where he is today and rely on those who have his best intentions in


* * * *

Good night John Boy. Good night Mary Ellen.

As I was saying . . .


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even if they aren't within the child's network of friends.

Even more disturbing is the fact

that is just one

in a long list of networking sites

of this sort. Take time to find

out what your kids are doing on

the computer. Search the site

yourself to see if there is anyone

you know participating in

this dangerous game of cat and

mouse. You can log on to and click

“browse” at the top of the page.

You can then type in your zip

code and you will have access

to certain age groups in your

area. You may need to hit on the “18yr old” age group to find your children as

they will be under that listing. It is imperative that we pull together and get our

community members involved. Our town's youth has enough danger to contend

with without being subjected to the prying eyes and minds of millions of strangers.

Getting involved is extremely important in preventing the death or harm of any

child. Take action today, before it's too late. Talk to the teachers and administrative

staff at schools. Find out what is being done to educate the children on safe

ways to communicate on the Internet. Speak openly about the site and talk to

your children about the dangers involved in being a member. You can also write

your city council to see what else can be done in your area. The best prevention

is watching children like a hawk. If you don't, someone else out there might be.

To view information on registered sex offenders in your area go to: and enter your address. To report suspicious

behavior or criminal activity, call your local police department.







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A Minute With...

Pat Miljanich

Pat was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She moved to Redwood City

in 1988. She lives in the Edgewood Park neighborhood. She has four children:

Nicolene, 23; Martine, 20; Peter, 20; and Sophia, 18. She is currently the Program

Coordinator for the CASA Child Advocates program in San Mateo County and an

elected official on the Community College District Board.

The main goal of the CASA program

is to?

Advocate for foster children and youth.

How many children does your

program serve a year?

Three hundred.

If a child is victimized in Redwood

City, do you feel “the System” is

equipped to handle them?


Have you noticed crimes against children

increasing or declining in the

past year?


Favorite movie?

“To Kill a Mockingbird.”


“Imagine,” by John Lennon.

Television show?

“Law and Order,” of course.

What is your idea of perfect


Family. Having my children all around


Which living person do you most


Everyday folks who make a commitment

to children.

Which living person do you most


Any people who hate. I do not like that


Who are your heroes in real life?

My CASA advocates. They inspire me.

What is your treasured possession?

Photographs of my family as I was

growing up.

Which talent would you most like to


To play the piano. I am learning.

Something no one knows about you?

I never wear T-shirts.

In five years from now you will be?

Still kicking – doing what I am now.

If you were to die and come back as a

person or thing, what do you think it

would be?

Harriet Tubman - Underground Railroad

conductor and activist.

What do you consider your greatest


Helping to raise my four children.

What is the love of your life?

My children!


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