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A Solution To Regional
Two Million workers commute into San Francisco
and San Mateo Counties every week to local jobs. They
commute from Santa Rosa, Fairfield, Stockton, Livermore,
Gilroy and even Salinas – because there isn’t enough local
housing to accommodate them.
The traffic caused by these long distance commuters is the
main reason why our freeways and bridges are so badly
congested. These commuters are also the number one cause
of air pollution and greenhouse gases in our region.
Redevelop This Industrial Site — Put Workers Near Jobs
Redwood City is now exploring whether to redevelop the
more than 1,400-acre Redwood City Industrial Saltworks
site to permit up to 12,000 new homes to help get long
distance commuters off our freeways and bridges.
This large site presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity
to make major progress toward solving regional problems.
That’s why many major employers in the region are
supporting this smart growth, transit-oriented plan.
we can reduce regional traffic, reduce air pollution,
and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by building new
housing that will allow workers to live nearer to their
jobs. Isn’t this a solution worth considering?
You can read more about the Redwood City industrial Saltworks smart growth, transit-oriented plan by
going to www.RCSaltworks.com. Email us at info@RCSaltworks.com or call us at 650-366-0500.
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Owner and Publisher
James R. Kaspar
Cover/Cover Story Photography
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Welcome to the March 2010 edition of The Spectrum Magazine. This month we have a little bit of
everything. So sit back on the train or at the gym, restaurant or community center, at work or at home,
and enjoy our community news!
This month’s cover subject is the first to not be a current resident of Redwood City. Why was Barry
Jolette chosen to break that barrier? Contributing writer Nicole Minieri will tell why he is considered a
true “Redwood Citian.” He is someone we can all be proud to have in our community.
Publisher Steve Penna touches on the subjects of this November’s election and the list of “boring”
candidates, a letter from our county manager and notes from events and parties around town in his
column, “As I Was Saying….”
We also have stories on a Redwood City teen who was named Youth of the Year, the beginning of a
celebration for the county courthouse’s 100th birthday and an open letter from Redwood City School
District Superintendent Jan Christensen.
Along with all that, we bring you our regular features on community interest, senior activities,
information from the Redwood City School District, parties around town, news briefs, cultural and
entertainment events and the popular feature “A Minute With.” We also have a new advice column from
Russ Castle about insurance topics. We would like to thank David Amann for providing our financial
advice column for many years, and we expect it will show up again in the future.
We encourage you to support our valuable Spectrum advertisers by using their services when you are
out shopping, dining or enjoying yourself in our community with friends and family. Many of them have
special offers for you to cut out and present, including discounts on services, food or beverages, so please
take the time to look over their ads this month and use their coupons and discounts. When you visit
them, let them know you appreciate their support of our local community publication.
We thank our readers for making The Spectrum the most-read publication of our community. We invite you
to visit our Web site at www.spectrummagazine.net for up-to-the-day information on our community.
This Month’s Photo Shoot – 4
RCSD Corner – 5
“As I Was Saying...” – 6
As Courthouse Hits 100 – 9
Cultural Events – 11
Nonprofits in Action – 12
The People Speak: Letters to the Editor – 13
Redwood City’s Blessing:
May the Luck of Jolette Enfold You! – 18
Community Interest – 21
Shop Redwood City – 23
News Briefs – 24
Budget Crisis Puts
Local Academic Gains at Risk – 26
Ontiveros Named ‘Youth of the Year’ – 28
Meet Our Community-Minded
Realtors of Redwood City – 30
Fundraiser to Keep ‘Danny G’ Dancing – 31
Mayor Ira Is ‘Tapping’ Us to Be
Code Enforcement Volunteers – 31
Checking With Your HR Department – 33
Senior Activities – 33
A Minute With Gino Gasparini – 34
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Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot
This month’s cover shoot was arranged by publisher
Steve Penna through e-mail correspondence with
Connie Paniagua, who is an assistant to our cover
subject, Barry Jolette. The time that worked for
everyone was Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. at the
corporate headquarters of San Mateo Credit Union at
350 Convention Way.
Cover story photographer James Kaspar arrived first and waited in the
parking lot for Penna. He began taking shots of the front of the building as
Penna arrived, then both checked in with the front lobby receptionist.
Paniagua welcomed them in the bottom-floor lobby and brought them up
to the administrative offices where they were greeted by Jolette. Because
they are involved with some of the same nonprofit groups, Penna has known
Jolette for several years, so they instantly felt comfortable and exchanged
jokes. Kaspar soon joined in the fun.
The entire shoot was very lighthearted and a complete joy, with all sharing
several laughs. Stephen Tabler, vice president of marketing, joined the group
and added to the camaraderie. They continued to shoot in Jolette’s office, and
that is where the props were staged for the cover photo.
After the session in Jolette’s office was over and goodbyes had been said,
Penna and Kaspar spent a few moments with Tabler discussing SMCU’s
history, since Kaspar has been a member for approximately 35 years. The
entire shoot took about 30 minutes.
When The Spectrum goes through the process of choosing a cover subject,
we do so recognizing that the person or business must epitomize Redwood City.
Although Jolette does not live in Redwood City, he and San Mateo Credit
Union could not be more a part of our community. We are proud to tell
their story and how much they do. We salute their contributions and the
differences they make in so many residents’ lives.
For great fun and bargains join us at
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Luncheon served at noon
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Grand Prize: Purse with $150 cash
Plus many other great prizes
RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District
A Community That Cares About Its Schools
Redwood City students sing thanks to RCEF’s Music for Learning program
Like most public school districts in California,
the Redwood City School District is facing an
unprecedented budget crisis this year. Many positions
and programs were cut last year, and the district
expects to make deeper cuts for 2010–11. The
situation is dismal, but there is one bright spot:
the Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF),
the only all-volunteer, nonprofit organization
that raises money for districtwide programs that
enrich education for our local students.
For the past 25 years the RCEF has reached out
to the community to raise money that provides
critical programs no longer funded by the state.
Programs made possible by the RCEF include:
Music for Learning
With partial support from the city’s Civic Cultural
Commission, the RCEF brings trained music
educators from Music for Minors to all students
in second through fourth
grade. Students acquire a core
body of knowledge and skill
appropriate for their grade
while singing and playing
percussion instruments and
Physical Education in the
The RCEF worked with the
district’s Wellness Committee
and its partners to develop
the FitFun Program for
Better Learning. At its
center is the FitFun Game
Guide, filled with enjoyable,
energetic physical activities
that teachers can use in the
classroom to keep students active, help them
concentrate better, and develop exercise habits
that last a lifetime.
In partnership with Oracle Corp. and the Westly
Foundation, the RCEF brings innovation into the
classroom through its SMART grants for science,
math, technology, literacy and the arts. Individual
schools apply for grants to pay for a program or
need at their school. For example, fourth-grade
students may “work” as marine scientists “in the
field” for an afternoon with the Marine Science
Institute, making firsthand discoveries about
shore animals and their habitats. A school’s
computer lab may be equipped with interactive
whiteboards that allow teachers to access and
control classroom technology from the front of
Key to Excellence in Education:
Greater Community Support
“Student achievement has risen dramatically
in our local schools in the last few years,” says
Jo-Ann Sockolov, president of the RCEF. “State
education funding, however, is at an all-time low.
Our kids need our help more than ever before.”
Unlike nearby districts, which are funded
primarily by property tax revenue and
supplemented by local parcel taxes and donations,
the Redwood City School District relies almost
exclusively on state and federal funding. As a result,
up to $8,000 more per student per year is spent on
students in neighboring districts than in Redwood
City. Volunteers from the RCEF are working hard
to increase the level of local donations to our
schools. Last year the RCEF raised about $300,000,
approximately $34 per student, still considerably
less than the amount raised by neighboring
foundations, which average about $425 per student.
On April 30, the RCEF hosts its major fundraising
event of the year, Benefit for a Brighter Future.
Pacific Shores Center has donated its facility at
1100 Seaport Blvd., and Google and Wells Fargo
have signed on as sponsors. All members of the
community are invited to attend. Tickets are $75
until April 9 and $90 thereafter.
“This benefit is a golden opportunity for
individuals, small businesses, corporations and
foundations to commit to being a ‘can-do, willdo,
make-it-happen’ force that helps to build
a brighter future for our kids,” says Sockolov.
“Despite the enormous budget challenges our
district faces, every contribution does make a
difference, and we hope the community will give
what they can to keep our schools strong.”
To learn more about the event, visit www.rcef.
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As I Was
Publisher | Steve Penna
I know I made some comments last month about
the “beautification” project on El Camino Real
between Broadway and Brewster, but let me just
say: This is a clear example of government at its
worst. Disrupting traffic, practically eliminating
foot traffic, decreasing business and sales tax
revenues and lessening people’s personal incomes
all for the sake of making elected officials feel
good about making our “gateway” look beautiful.
I don’t know about you, but I feel so much
compassion for those businesses affected and
losing so much income. It is just so wrong! You
would think that maybe some government entity
would try to help those businesses with financial
compensation or provide some advertising or
marketing dollars to encourage us all to use those
businesses during this difficult time. But they
don’t, so I will.
I will admit that I do not frequent any of those
businesses on a regular basis and sure do not want
to take any dollars out of the pockets of other
businesses in our community, but let’s all of us
— yes, including you — try to use one of those
businesses during the next month to show them
our support and encouragement and that we hope
they can financially survive this “beautification”
and still be around when it is through. Times are
hard enough right now for all businesses without
having to deal with this “beautification” project
and the negative effects.
Once the “beautification” is complete, you will
see a great big celebration with elected officials
and others involved patting each other on the
back. Let’s just hope it is not in front of any more
Here is a brief update on the races that will
affect Redwood City voters in this June’s and
The race to fill Ira Ruskin’s 21st District state
Assembly seat will have newcomer Josh Becker
facing off against political veterans Palo Alto
Councilwoman Yoriko Kishimoto and San Mateo
County Supervisor Rich Gordon. This will be a
great race to watch if Becker runs the campaign
he needs to as the outsider and newcomer. Voters
are rightfully eating that up right now.
The race to fill Gordon’s county supervisor seat
will see at least five candidates: former County
Sheriff Don Horsley, San Carlos Councilman
Matt Grocott, Sequoia Healthcare District
Trustee Jack Hickey and activists Michael
Stogner and April Vargas. If no one receives
more than 50 percent of the vote in the June
primary, a runoff of the top two candidates will
be held in November. Another good race.
The race to replace retiring county Tax
Collector/Treasurer Lee Buffington could
potentially be a good one with Richard Guilbault
(president of Guilbault Asset Management),
Deputy Treasurer/Tax Collector Sandie Arnott,
former Burlingame Mayor Joe Galligan and
Dave Mandelkern, vice president of the San
Mateo County Community College District,
all announcing their campaigns for the June 8
election. Sparks are already flying in this race and
we haven’t even really begun.
When County Clerk/Assessor Warren Slocum
announced that he would retire instead of running
for re-election, current County Supervisor
Mark Church did what every office-hopping
politician should do and declared he is running to
replace him. Who cares if he will cost the county
hundreds of thousands of dollars to hold a special
election to then replace him? So far there is no
competition against him. Former Redwood City
Mayor Ira Ruskin was rumored to be a potential
candidate, but that is highly unlikely considering
he has his eyes on a Senate seat. Can you say
boring? I am not talking about the race; I am
talking about the candidate.
Stacie Nevares, a former office assistant in the
San Mateo County Coroner’s Office, declared
she will seek to unseat her former boss, Coroner
Robert Foucrault, in the June election. Talk
about a candidate who literally knows “where the
bodies are buried.”
It looks like Chief Deputy District Attorney
Steve Wagstaffe will have no competition
to fill his boss Jim Fox’s seat. Only in San
Mateo County could a high office like that go
uncontested when most likely there will not be
another chance of doing so for some 16 years.
It looks like County Sheriff Greg Munks will
skate through to another four years in office, as no
one is showing any real interest in taking him on.
Several important Superior Court judge seats
are also up, but, as expected, no one seems to be
willing to step up and make a challenge.
I have a lot of candid comments and insights
into several of these races and can’t wait to share
them with you once the candidates have all
qualified and started campaigning.
The San Mateo County Community College
District is considering placing a $34 annual parcel
tax before voters on the June ballot. If they do,
the board of trustees will have to hold a public
hearing, and if they do that, it will be on March
10. I don’t care what any consultant or board
member says, if this goes before voters in June, it
will fail! The district should look at making some
across-the-board administrative salary cuts before
coming back to taxpayers again and again.
The recent retirement celebration to honor
Corinne Centeno was a fantastic event attended
by a who’s who of politicos, citizens and city
staff. In attendance were council members Ian
Bain, Jeff Gee, Barbara Pierce and John
Seybert; former Mayors Dick Claire and Georgi
LaBerge; Diane Howard; County Supervisor
Rich Gordon; City Manager Peter Ingram and
former City Manager Ed Everett; Police Chief
Lou Cobarruviaz and former Chief Carlos
Bolanos; Fire Chief Jim Skinner; city staff
members Bob Bell, Chris Beth, Arnella Bibbs,
Chris Cesena, Chu Chang, Karen Chew,
Teri Chin, Jill Ekas, Ed Hernandez, Debbie
Jones-Thomas, Jane Light, Mike Lynch, Ron
Matuszak, Denise Monroe, Brian Ponty, Beth
Ross, Bruce Utecht, Pat Webb, Susan Wheeler
and Lucas Wilder; community leaders Warren
Dale, Maria Diaz-Slocum, Pete and Ginny
Hughes, Bonnie Miller, Erin Niemeyer, Tamara
Piulle, Bob Slusser, Susan Swope, Paula Uccelli,
Donna Vaillancourt, Shawn White, and Alex
and Cherlene Wright.
It was a great event and a great send-off for
an employee and resident who has been such a
hardworking part of our community. I have a hunch
we have not heard the last of her. Best of luck!
San Mateo County Manager David S. Boesch
recently wrote “an open letter to the San Mateo
County community” to several newspapers and
media outlets. I still do not understand why he
wrote the letter, but let’s just go with it as a gesture
from the county to our community about giving.
In his letter he stated that “This past year has
been a difficult one for many. Unemployment is
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Celebration Begins As Courthouse Hits 100
The historic San Mateo County Courthouse hits
the century mark this summer and, to celebrate,
the San Mateo County Historical Association
recently kicked off a slate of activities to honor
the grand building.
The courthouse — recently renovated and
known for its beautiful stained-glass dome —
houses the historical museum and is even used for
courtroom settings in films.
The building and its adjacent Courthouse
Square plaza form the grand centerpiece of
downtown Redwood City, and the association
estimates tens of thousands of people enjoy it
The courthouse building first opened with a
grand celebration July 4, 1910. The historical
association began calling it home a decade ago.
The celebration kickoff on Jan. 28 included
costumed characters from the Strange Case of
Constance Flood. On Feb. 6, the Boy Scouting
exhibit was opened, commemorating 100 years
of both the courthouse and the Boy Scouts.
Remaining events include:
Saturday, March 6, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: A
children’s craft program featuring the courthouse
building and its architecture.
Saturday, April 24, at 1 p.m.: Children’s
Edwardian Tea Party, a lesson on etiquette of the
Sunday, May 16, from noon to 5 p.m.: Free
admission day for Honoring Our Heritage:
Immigrants Day Festival. The traditional
celebration honors the cultures that have made
San Mateo County their home. Plus, a special
salute to the courthouse as a symbol of American
Sunday, June 6, at 2 p.m.: The San Mateo
County Historical Association’s Annual Meeting
for members. An in-depth presentation on the
construction of the courthouse will be featured.
Friday, June 25: Special release of publication
La Peninsula, dedicated to the courthouse and
featuring articles by those who have worked in the
building, including former U.S. Supreme Court
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Sunday, July 4: Special presentations during
the Redwood City parade and opening of the
exhibit “If These Walls Could Talk.” Participation
by organizations that originally celebrated
the courthouse’s opening in 1910 and family
activities, including Fourth of July crafts with
hand-churned ice cream and distribution of a free
32-page activity book for children.
Sunday, Sept. 12, from noon to 4 p.m.:
Victorian Days at the courthouse with a special
reenactment of the Strange Case of Constance
Flood, which actually took place in Courtroom A
For more information visit www.historysmc.org.
Editor’s note: This article appeared first in the Daily Journal
In period costume, Diane Rummel prepares the
Courthouse Centennial Celebration cake inside the San
Mateo County History Museum. The museum’s 100thyear
celebration will continue throughout the year with
events and new exhibits for children and adults.
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SAN MATEO HARLEY OWNERS GROUP
6TH ANNUAL PAL POKER RIDE
Benifiting Youth of San Mateo County
Saturday, May 8th, 2010
Date: May 8th, 2010
BBQ: At Sparky’s Hot Rod Garage
975 Industrial Way Suite B
Registration: 8:30-9:45am San Carlos, Ca 94070
Early Registration (Prior to April 23rd)
Location: Peninsula Harley
$25 per motorcycle-$30 with rider
380 Convention Way Registration after 4/23-Day of Ride
Redwood City, Ca 94063
$30 per motorcycle-$35 with rider
1 ride patch, T-Shirt, raffle ticket per bike
Ride Out: 10am Sharp
(First 250 Riders)
2nd Rider’s Name
Woodside High School
Performing Arts Center
March 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 8 p.m.
March 7 at 2 p.m.
Tickets available at the door or at
650-367-9750, ext. 4851
Adults $20, seniors $15, students $10
The Woodside High School Performing Arts
Department is very excited to present the
Peninsula premiere of the great big musical
comedy whodunit “Curtains.” This Tony Award–
honored original musical comedy has music and
lyrics by Broadway legends John Kander and Fred
Ebb (creators of “Chicago” and “Cabaret”) and
book and additional lyrics by Rupert Holmes.
“Curtains” is a send-up of backstage murder
mystery plots. Set in 1959 Boston, the musical
follows the fallout when the supremely untalented
star of “Robbin’ Hood of the Old West” is
murdered during her opening night curtain call.
Can a police detective who moonlights as a
musical theater fan save the show, solve the case
and maybe even find love without getting himself
killed? Come find out!
863 Main St.
Downtown Redwood City
Every Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Hosted by Ken Elmore Jazz Quartet
Great jamming session with Ken Elmore, Dave
Weitzman, Fred Paclibon and Alan Harris. Just
bring your instrument and jam. Many of the
musicians who have performed in the past have
ended up playing at the Bell Theatre Room.
Every Thursday, 7 p.m.
George Schoenstein has put together an incredible
jamming session. Besides being a great time,
the Blues Jam is also a great opportunity for the
musicians to become recognized. Many of the
musicians who have performed in the past have
ended up playing at Angelica’s Bell Theatre
Room. Thank you to George Schoenstein for
bringing great blues bands to Redwood City.
Senior Live Karaoke
First and third Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This is a special event we are doing for our seniors.
Come and sing along. Maddaline plays your favorite
old-time songs on the piano! Call for details.
Deseo Tequila Lounge and Restaurant
851 Main St.
Downtown Redwood City
Live music and salsa dancing.
Songwriters Showcase Live
Every Thursday beginning at 9 p.m.
DJ plays until 1 a.m. Come enjoy dining,
entertainment and dancing with family and friends.
DJ Begins Spinning at 9 p.m.
Every Friday and Saturday
Happy Hour 4–7 p.m. Drink specials and free
chips and salsa.
San Mateo County History Museum
2200 Broadway St.
$2–$4; free for children 5 and under
The History Museum is housed inside the historic
1910 County Courthouse. Over 50,000 people
visit the museum each year, and the number of
local residents who hold memberships is growing.
The History Museum teaches approximately
14,000 children each year through the on- and
off-site programs. The museum houses the
research library and archives that currently hold
over 100,000 photographs, prints, books and
documents collected by the San Mateo County
The Great Rotunda. The stained-glass dome
of the rotunda, thought to be the largest in a
Pacific Coast public building, is the architectural
highlight of the museum building.
Courtroom A. The oldest courtroom in San Mateo
County has been restored to its appearance in 1910.
Nature’s Bounty. This exhibit gallery explores
how the earliest people of the Peninsula used
the natural resources of the area and how those
resources were used to help build San Francisco
after the discovery of gold in 1849.
Journey to Work. This exhibit gallery shows how
transportation transformed San Mateo County
from a frontier to suburbs.
Carriage Display. An exhibit of the museum’s 30
Charles Parsons Gallery. An exhibit of the 23
historical model ships created by Charles Parsons
of San Carlos.
Politics, Crime and Law Enforcement. The Atkinson
Meeting Room includes the Walter Moore Law
Enforcement Collection of historic badges.
San Mateo County History Makers: Entrepreneurs
Who Changed the World. The exhibit chronicles
the entrepreneurs who made San Mateo County
Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience
in San Mateo County. The exhibit tells the stories
of the diverse people who came to the area and
explores how different groups faced hardships and
Living the California Dream. The exhibit depicts
the development of the suburban culture of San
Call for Artists
Art on the Square 2010
Art on the Square is a series of juried outdoor
art shows on the streets surrounding Courthouse
Square in downtown Redwood City. Shows are
held monthly from June through September and
feature fine art and fine crafts in a variety of
media at price points for every budget. Art on the
Square is looking for artists who work in painting,
glass, photography, ceramics, fiber and more.
There’s wonderful jewelry at each show, and for
those who can’t get enough of it, we’ve added
Jewelry on the Square on July 9.
Art on the Square 2010 dates:
Art on the Square with Music on the
Square: Friday, June 18
New! Jewelry on the Square with Music on
the Square: Friday, July 9
Art on the Square with the PAL Blues Festival:
Friday, July 23, and Saturday, July 24
Art on the Square with Music on the
Square: Friday, Aug. 6
Art on the Square with the Redwood
City Salsa Festival: Friday, Sept. 24, and
Saturday, Sept. 25
Monthly jurying until shows are filled. Artists can
download an application at www.redwoodcity.
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Nonprofits In Action
Advocates for Children
Advocates for Children, CASA of San Mateo
County, is actively seeking caring and consistent
adults to mentor and speak up for the best
interests of these children. Over 130 children are
waiting for someone who cares.
If you would like to become a volunteer
advocate, or just want to learn more, please attend
an orientation held in their San Mateo office. Visit
their Web site (www.AdvocatesFC.org) or call
650-212-4423 for more information.
City Talk Toastmasters
Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop
communication and leadership skills. The club
meets Wednesdays 12:30–1:30 p.m. in the Council
Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.
Call Manny Rosas at 650-780-7468 if you would
like to check out a meeting, or just stop in. Visit
www.toastmasters.org for more information about
the Toastmasters public speaking program.
CityTrees is a nonprofit working with the Public
Works Department to enhance and care for
Redwood City’s urban forest. They usually plant
or prune on the third Saturday of each month.
Check their Web site (www.citytrees.org) for a
listing of events, dates and how to join.
This nonprofit group is the only parentparticipation
preschool in San Mateo County
focusing on low-income families. Their Redwood
City classrooms offer children through age 5 and
their parents a tuition-free learning environment
that’s supportive and fun. Family Connections
parents stay involved in their children’s education
and, as a result, their children are more prepared
for kindergarten and beyond. They are always
looking for volunteers to play with the children
while moms and dads attend parent-ed classes,
organizers to help coordinate fundraisers,
and people from the business world to initiate
new corporate partnerships. Check www.
familyconnections.org for more information.
Family Service Agency of San
Looking for a dependable source of skilled,
reliable workers? Family Service Agency of San
Mateo County provides employers with mature,
ready-to-work, experienced workers who are 55
years and older. Employers contact the service
because they appreciate the superior work ethic
and the commitment to quality that mature
workers possess. There are no fees for hiring
candidates. Contact Barbara Clipper at 650-403-
4300, ext. 4368, to place your job order.
For those who are looking for work and are
at least 55 years of age, Family Service Agency
provides a range of services, including referrals
for classroom training, vocational counseling,
job referrals and on-the-job training for qualified
participants. Contact Connie Tilles at 650-403-
4300, ext. 4371, if you are looking for work.
Friends for Youth
Do you like to play video games, shoot hoops,
watch baseball games or just have fun? Then
you have what it takes to be a mentor! As a
mentor, you can hang out with a young person
like Reggie. He’s a 12-year-old who loves pizza,
baseball and cars. He lives with his grandmother
and three sisters and would love to hang out with
a guy and have fun. There are 30 boys like Reggie
waiting to be matched with a mentor like you.
Most of the boys wait more than a year to meet
If you are interested in becoming a mentor,
you are invited to attend a one-hour information
session in Redwood City. For upcoming
sessions, call 650-482-2871 or e-mail mentor@
If you haven’t wandered into the Funders
Bookstore, you have missed one of Redwood
City’s hidden treasures. This project is a
volunteer effort by a group of dedicated people
interested in supporting the San Mateo County
History Museum and simultaneously providing a
community bookstore for everyone’s pleasure. A
large collection of hardback first editions, trade
paperbacks, children’s books, cookbooks and
an entire room of $1 paperbacks are featured.
Bookstore hours are Tuesday through Saturday,
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is on the lower level of the
San Mateo County History Museum at 2200
Broadway, with the entrance facing Hamilton
Street. Stop by for a browse!
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit
organization that seeks to eliminate poverty
housing and homelessness from the world, and
to make decent shelter a matter of conscience
and action. Locally, the Greater San Francisco
affiliate partners with working families and the
community to build affordable ownership homes
in Redwood City. Formed through the merger of
Peninsula Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for
Humanity San Francisco in August 2008, Habitat
for Humanity Greater San Francisco provides a
unique solution to the local housing crisis and
has enabled nearly 150 families to purchase
affordable housing. Contact Jennifer Doettling,
communications director, at 650-568-7335 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit their Web site at
Hearing Loss Association
of the Peninsula
Hearing Loss Association is a volunteer,
international organization of hard-of-hearing
people and their relatives and friends. The
nonprofit, nonsectarian, educational organization
is devoted to the welfare and interests of those
who cannot hear well but are committed to
participating in the hearing world.
A day meeting is held on the first Monday of
the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial
Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. Educational
speakers and refreshments are provided. A
demonstration of assistive devices is held on
the first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m.
in the second-floor conference room at the
Redwood City Public Library, 1044 Middlefield
Road. Please call Marj at 650-593-6760 with any
Nursing Mothers Counsel
Nursing Mothers Counsel, a nonprofit
organization since 1955, provides free
breastfeeding education and assistance by highly
trained counselors (moms who breastfed for at
least six months). To speak with a counselor (no
fee), call 650-327-MILK (327-6455).
NMC also has breast pumps and breastfeeding
supplies available for purchase and rent. Call
650-364-9579. If you’d like to become a trained
counselor, call 650-365-2713. Visit their Web site
Optimist Club of Redwood City
Optimist International is one of the largest service
organizations in the world, where “bringing out
the best in kids” has been their mission for over
The Optimist Club of Redwood City meets
every Tuesday at 12 p.m. at Alana’s Cafe, 1020
Main St. For information, visit www.optimist.
org or call President Ed Rosen at 650-366-7589 or
Membership Chair John Butterfield at 650-366-
8803. Or just come join them for lunch to learn
more about how you can make a difference to the
youth in our community.
Peninsula Hills Women’s Club
Founded in 1960, Peninsula Hills Women’s Club,
a member of the General Federation of Women’s
Clubs and the California Federation of Women’s
Clubs, is a philanthropic organization serving the
community through charitable, educational and
service programs. Meetings are held the third
Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. For additional
information, contact PHWC, P.O. Box 1394,
Redwood City, CA 94064.
Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
In addition to sheltering and finding new homes
for stray and unwanted animals (100 percent
placement for healthy dogs and cats since 2003!),
PHS/SPCA has vital programs for people. The
shelter drives its mobile spay/neuter clinic into
low-income neighborhoods, offering owners free
“fixes” for their pets. PHS/SPCA also provides
a free animal behavior help line in English and
Spanish. Call 650-340-7022, ext. 783 or 786.
And domestic abuse victims who wish to leave
their abusive situation but are fearful of doing
so because they have pets can receive temporary
sheltering for their pets through PHS/SPCA. Call
650-340-7022, ext. 330.
Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club
The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered
in April 1988. In the years since that time, the
club has met weekly at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast and
to hear a speaker at the Waterfront Restaurant at
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P.S. The People Speak: Letters to the Editor
Restoration vs. smoke and mirrors?
Media has a charter to do its best in fair and balanced reporting, but it is
up to each individual reader to ask themselves what they really believe to
be the truth in what they see and read. If you are moved by the Saltworks
Development Project, either for or against, please do not rely on statements
from Save The Bay. Nor should one rely solely on accounts coming from
DMB Associates has been very forthcoming and transparent in their
proposal for Saltworks. They have secured water rights and paid for them
so water will not be impacted in Redwood City. They have offered and will
continue to offer site visits to anyone who wants to come out and inspect the
site for themselves.
Furthermore, Save The Bay doesn’t have a plan for the Saltworks site,
yet they call for the full restoration. Apparently, this nonprofit from the
other side of the bay is rich in cash, as it must have the money to purchase
and restore the site. That’s funny, considering I just read that the Fish and
Wildlife Service just issued their Bay Recovery Plan, which has a price tag of
$1.3 billion. The article also went on to say that there is no money currently
available to restore these already publicly owned lands.
As I see it, the Saltworks proposal actually is about restoration, and I’m all
for it. All I see from Save The Bay is smoke and mirrors. Until you have an
actual plan, I suggest you focus on trying to come up with money to restore
the lands already in public ownership.
Praise Save The Bay and Menlo Park
Andrew Lomano, San Mateo resident
Cargill/DMB have been spending lavishly for three years to manipulate
the public in favor of filling the bay, and they have the audacity to claim that
“Save The Bay is trying to corrupt the process.” How about a comparison
of how much the developers have spent compared to what project opponents
have spent. Save The Bay and Menlo Park should be praised for trying to
find a solution that brings more affordable housing without sacrificing our
precious San Francisco Bay.
Michael Dean Hitchcock, Redwood City
Since the Redwood City City Council and their friends, Cargill, are hell bent on
filling in the bay for profit, let us call the new sunken community Atlantis.
When the water rises due to global warming, this future community will
flood like Milpitas.
What do you expect from a company like Cargill that produces bad hamburgers?
Will levees fail?
Raymond DeMattei, San Carlos
Our San Francisco Bay is the vital, defining aspect of the Bay Area, and
it has already shrunk by one-third due to filling and paving. For that reason,
Peninsula leaders should oppose any development on the Cargill salt ponds.
There should be no housing, schools or even businesses out there — behind
levees that could fail. What the community does need are sports fields and
park lands that are accessible to all. Redwood City already spelled out a plan
that includes a huge new city park, protects the port and restores most of the
salt ponds back to the bay where they belong. Why is nobody on the council
speaking up for that positive vision? They seem to prefer to make people
believe that we need to let Cargill build 12,000 homes in the bay in exchange
for a few playing fields. It’s just not true.
The levees and more will be welcomed!
Joan Parker, Portola Valley
The benefits to the community and the region from the Saltworks plan are
clear. We need more housing near jobs. We need parks and public open space
in Redwood City. We need the economic boost, the flood protection and new
transit links that would get people out of their cars and improve traffic flow
along Highway 101.
Experts have concluded that the project is not only feasible; it’s a once-in-ageneration
chance to fix long-standing problems in the city and region.
I live near the Saltworks area and very much look forward to the parks, the
levee and the restored tidal marshland.
This generation needs to get moving and make sure there are no more
delays in the plan’s formal review. It’s time to stop talking and start acting.
For the sake of our region and the next generation, let’s get this project started.
SamTrans makes things less safe
Connie Sadler, Redwood City
A gate connecting Pico Boulevard to Twin Dolphin Drive, which has
for years provided important access for bicyclists and pedestrians to the
Redwood Shores levee trail, has been closed by SamTrans. This gate closure
disrupts bicycle traffic coming from the Whipple Avenue/Shoreway bike
path into Redwood Shores. SamTrans recommends a detour out to Redwood
Shores Parkway, which it claims is safer because it does not go by the yard
entrance. Its suggested route is through the intersection that was recently
the site of a bike fatality. While there is a marked bike path on Redwood
Shores Parkway, bikers wishing to use the levee path must make two street
crossings, for which there is no bike accessible signal control. I feel much
safer riding on Pico than I do on Parkway. It seems to me that this action by
SamTrans is making the situation less safe for bikers and is interfering with
one segment of the Bay Trail bike route.
Let your opinion be heard!
Richard Bitting, Redwood City
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Opinions & Letters, The Spectrum Magazine, P.O.
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should be no longer than 750 words. Illegibly written and
anonymous letters will not be accepted. Please include a daytime
phone number where we can reach you.
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Nonprofits In Action (Continued from page 12)
Pete’s Harbor in Redwood City. The club, with
22 members, has frequently been honored as an
outstanding small club by Rotary District 5150,
which includes San Mateo, San Francisco and part
of Marin counties. For more information or to
join, call Brandy Navarro at 650-367-9394.
Rebuilding Together Peninsula
RTP is a Redwood City nonprofit that provides
free home repair and renovations for lowincome
families, seniors and people living with
disabilities throughout the Peninsula. RTP’s
mission is to promote independent living in safety
and warmth through volunteer partnerships
with individuals and groups in the community.
RTP is currently seeking skilled volunteers and
construction captains for its annual National
Rebuilding Day, when thousands of volunteers
and sponsors unite to rehabilitate the homes and
community facilities of our low-income neighbors
and revitalize communities across the Peninsula.
Come see how one day of your time can make a
difference in someone’s life. If you are interested
in volunteering, call 650-366-6597. For more
information, visit rebuildingtogetherpeninsula.org.
Redwood City Art Center
The Redwood City Art Center promotes creativity
and community by providing art education,
exhibitions, studio space for artists and outreach to
the local community and schools. The Art Center
has been involved with several local events,
offering fun, creative art projects for children, and
the center hopes this is just the beginning of their
involvement with the community.
For scheduling or donation, contact artreach@
redwoodcityartcenter.org. For more general
information, visit www.redwoodcityartcenter.org
or call 650-369-1823. Or visit in person at 2625
Broadway, Redwood City.
Redwood City Eagles #418
The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international
nonprofit united in the spirit of liberty, truth,
justice and equality. They support our police,
firefighters and others who protect and serve. The
Eagles have provided support for medical centers
across the country to build and provide research
on medical conditions including heart disease,
cancer, spinal cord injuries, kidney disease, diabetes
and Alzheimer’s disease. They raise millions of
dollars every year to help handicapped kids, uplift the
aged and make life a little brighter for everyone.
They meet on the second Tuesday of each
month at the Eagles Hall, 1575 Marshall St., at 6
p.m. for a social hour and dinner meeting. They
play cards on the third Thursday and would love
to have you join them. For more information,
call President Ryan Herbst at 408-489-6582 or
Secretary David Tomatis at 650-575-3225, or
check out their Web site at www.foe418.org.
Redwood City Education Foundation
The Redwood City Education Foundation is an
all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated
to providing students in the Redwood City
School District with a strong education that lays
the foundation for future success. They raise
private money to provide enrichment programs
to all students in the district. Their funding is
focused on academic achievement, music and
art, and health and wellness. They are currently
seeking new board members. Board members
are responsible for attending monthly meetings,
chairing board committees, participating
in fundraising and outreach activities, and
promoting RCEF in the community. If you are
interested in the possibility of serving on the
board, please contact Adam Borison at 650-363-
7271 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on
RCEF, check out www.rcef.org.
Redwood City Orators
Learn effortless public speaking as a beginner
or polish existing skills. Join the Redwood City
Orators Toastmasters Club, a fun, friendly,
supportive and diverse group that meets every
Friday morning from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at St. Peter’s
Episcopal Church, 178 Clinton St. (at Brewster).
Look for their sidewalk sign or check them out at
Redwood City Rotary
Redwood City Rotary performs many service
projects, provides college scholarships and donates
to international relief efforts. The club meets in a
spirit of good fellowship and fun each Tuesday at
12:15 at the Sequoia Club, 1695 Broadway, to hear
speakers and plan community benefits, including
the annual July 4 raffle that raises $80,000 for
12 local charities. For more information about
joining, contact Dr. Paul R. Piccione at drpaul@
woodsidewellnesscenter.com or 650-703-5957, or
Redwood City Seniors Softball Club
These recreational and tournament-level senior
men and women play slow-pitch softball all year
long. Membership is open to anyone at least 50
years old within the calendar year. Many of the
players are in their 60s and 70s and still going
strong. Club members play every Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday morning at Griffin
Field at Red Morton Community Park. For more
information or to join the club, contact Joe Kirby
at 650-366-5299 or email@example.com
(include “Senior Softball Club” in the subject line).
Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club
This group is small but has a growing
membership. All members either live or work
in our community and share a common goal of
making our city a better place to live. This club
is one of over 44,000 Lions Clubs in 199 nations.
Chartered in 1966, the club has been vigorously
active helping eyesight-impaired youth in our
schools and seniors who are hearing-impaired.
Join them for breakfast! The Lions meet every
Wednesday at Bob’s Court House Coffee Shop,
2198 Broadway, beginning at 7:15 a.m. Call Bill
Gibbons at 650-766-8105 for more details.
Redwood City Women’s Club
Founded in 1909 as a member of the General
Federation of Women’s Clubs and the California
Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Redwood City
Women’s Club will celebrate its centennial in
September. The club meets the first Thursday
of each month, September through June, at the
clubhouse at 149 Clinton St., Redwood City.
Social at 11 a.m., lunch at noon, followed by a
meeting and program. For information, call 650-
363-1266 or visit the group’s Web site at rwcwc.com.
Sequoia High School
The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each
month at the Sequoia District Board Room, 480
James Ave., at 7 p.m. All alumni and friends
of Sequoia are welcome to attend. For more
information call Nancy at 650-592-5822, visit the
Web site at sequoiahsalumniassoc.org or e-mail
Sequoia High School
The Sequoia High School Education Foundation
is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving
the high school experience for all students.
Their mission is to support student success by
investing in projects and programs that will have
a substantial impact on the school community.
If you applaud and appreciate Sequoia’s rise
to academic prominence, consider a financial
contribution that will guarantee the continuation
of the programs and resources that have made
Sequoia a winning school. For more information,
go to www.sequoiahs.org.
Sequoia Stamp Club
This club was established in 1947 and invites
community members to visit. The club meets
at the Community Activities Building, 1400
Roosevelt Ave., every second and fourth Tuesday
at 7:45 p.m. There is a program every meeting and
refreshments are served. The dues are only $3
per year. Contact Hank at 650-593-7012, e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the group’s
Web site at www.penpex.org. Sequoia Stamp Club
sponsors a free stamp show at the same location
on the first weekend in December.
of South Peninsula
The Soroptimists invite you to become a member
of Soroptmist International, the world’s largest
service organization for business and professional
women, where “improving the lives of women
and children” has been their mission since 1921.
Soroptimists work through service projects to
advance human rights and the status of women
locally and abroad. They meet the second
Thursday of every month. For more information,
please call their president, Maria, at 650-366-
0668, Monday–Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
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Parties Around Town Chamber of Commerce Mixer - Wednesday, Feb. 17
Clockwise, from left: A new chamber member mixing it up. Chamber CEO Larry Buckmaster with Keith Kadera. Vice Mayor Alicia Aguirre and Virginia Balsama of El Camino
Travel. Nancy Barnhart of POS Card Systems. More chamber members sharing in the fun. Memo Morantes with City Manager Peter Ingram.
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Redwood City’s Blessing:
May the Luck of Jolette Enfold You!
By Nicole Minieri
In this day and age
are few and far
City residents can
blessed to have
Barry Jolette as
Mateo Credit Union,
of which Jolette is
president and CEO,
dollars every year to
events and programs.
“San Mateo Credit Union has for
many years played a strong role in
our communities. As a corporate
citizen with a focus on service to
our neighbors, it’s only natural
this aspect would be demonstrated
through staff volunteerism, event
underwriting, sponsorships and
simply maintaining a visible
presence,” said Jolette. “Over
the years, our staff has invested
personal time and contributions
to the American Heart Walk,
the Kainos Home and Training
Center, Rebuilding Together on
the Peninsula and One Warm
Coat.” Jolette went on to add, “I am
admittedly prejudiced, but I believe
San Mateo Credit Union is more
than a financial institution. It is
an organization that demonstrates
through its actions its belief in
‘people helping people.’ And we are
proud to be an active participant
in contributing to make our
community a better place to live.”
The lengthy list of groups and
organizations that receive financial
help from SMCU includes Better
Living for Seniors, Boys & Girls
Clubs, Redwood City’s summer
concerts in the park, the city’s
Community Builders program, the
International Latino Film Festival,
the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom
Festival, the Latino Leadership
Council, Redwood City Education
Foundation, the Redwood City
Library Foundation, Redwood City
Police Activities League, the San
Mateo Historical Association, San
Mateo County Jobs for Youth, the
Sheriff’s Office youth programs,
Woodside Terrace Kiwanis Club,
the Service League, the Redwood
City Fire Department, Little League,
the Redwood City–San Mateo
County Chamber of Commerce,
the city’s Pride and Beautification
Committee, Redwood Shores and
North Fair Oaks annual clean-up
events, Sequoia YMCA, the Sequoia
Awards and the Miss Redwood
City–Miss San Mateo County
Whew! But wait a minute; the
list goes on. At the corporate level,
SMCU functions as underwriter for
several annual events, such as the
Redwood City Rotary Car Raffle
fundraiser, the Blues Festival (which
benefits Redwood City PAL) and
Hometown Holidays. “These are
just a few examples of how San
Mateo Credit Union plays a defining
role in the culture of Redwood
City,” said Jolette.
This March, SMCU will be
recognized as a major donor to yet
another fun and worthy Redwood
City event. “The Irish Night is the
major fundraiser for the Peninsula
Sunrise Rotary,” said Connie
Paniagua, Jolette’s assistant. “San
Mateo Credit Union is a major
underwriter and Barry is a longtime
member of this service club. The
event raises about $30,000, which
the club then distributes to nonprofit
organizations to further their
activities in our community.” SMCU
is also a sponsor for this year’s Miss
Redwood City competition.
It is clear how privileged our
community is to have such a driving
force behind one of Redwood City’s
most successful companies. Jolette
possesses a level of compassion that
has become rare in our society, and
he has no problem spreading his
generosity around. “Barry Jolette
is a longtime supporter to our
low-income housing project, and
every year Barry’s contributions
are large,” said Ginny Hughes,
who works with the Kainos Home
and Training Center, a program
for adults with developmental
disabilities that helps them reach
their full potential in becoming
productive, active members of the
community. “He is one of the nicest,
kindest gentlemen that I have ever
met. Barry is one of our two major
sponsors and he is so instrumental
in helping us out year after year. I
cannot put into words what Barry
Jolette means to the Redwood City
community. He is an absolute gem,”
“He is not only involved in the
community, but he has been a
committed friend to the Police
Activities League. Barry Jolette
has been very good to us and we
really appreciate it,” said George
Schoenstein, who is currently chair
of the PAL Blues Festival and
owns a thriving physical therapy
practice in Redwood City. “For the
last four years, San Mateo Credit
Union has been our sponsor, and if
it weren’t for Barry, there wouldn’t
be a Blues Festival. He has given
a lot to charitable organizations.
People really like Barry because he
is very personable and has a warm
personality. He is also a leader
with the Rotary Club. People like
him make the world go around,
and without him we couldn’t do it.
He is one of the most prominent
gift-givers in the community,” said
Jolette has remained committed
to bettering Redwood City and
the surrounding community since
“I cannot put into words what Barry Jolette means to
the Redwood City community. He is an absolute gem.”
1987, when he first came on board
at SMCU as president and CEO.
Prior to that, Jolette had worked
for the National Credit Union
Administration for 19 years. He
graduated in 1965 with a degree
in business administration and
accounting from St. Norbert College
in his native Wisconsin. While still
in college, he married his wife and
became the proud father of two.
Jolette moved with his family to
Pleasanton, Calif., in 1980 after
living in such places as Michigan,
Illinois, Ohio and Washington, D.C.
When Jolette first joined SMCU,
the company had 15,700 members
with $57 million in assets. Under
his 22-year leadership, Jolette
has grown SMCU to 70,000
members with $600 million in
assets. And the list of his industry
achievements over the years is
impressive: the highest national
honor, the Herb Wegner Memorial
Award for Lifetime Achievement,
in recognition of his outstanding
dedication to credit union values;
the prestigious Leo H. Shapiro
Lifetime Achievement Award for
his continued service of excellence
in the credit union industry; the
California Credit Union League
President’s Award; the California
Credit Union League Distinguished
Service Award in 1997; and the
Unsung Hero and Silent Rotarian
Award from the Peninsula Sunrise
For two consecutive years, SMCU
has been voted one of the best
places to work in the Bay Area by
the San Francisco Business Times
and acknowledged by the Sequoia
Awards as an exceptional workplace
in Redwood City.
So, what’s a typical day like for
the good-hearted chief? “There
is no typical day, as they are all
very different,” said Jolette. “But I
usually start with the commute from
Pleasanton, arriving at my office by
7 a.m. Meetings begin at 9 a.m. and
usually last most of the morning,
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Jolette with his “right hand,” Connie Paniagua
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Redwood City’s Blessing: May the Luck of Jolette Enfold You! (Continued from previous page)
Celebrating the opening of the Fair Oaks branch were former Mayor Jim Hartnett,
Sheriff Greg Munks, Councilwoman Rosanne Foust, Jolette and county board of education
member Memo Morantes.
except for Tuesday mornings when I have Rotary. And then there are days for
breakfast meetings supporting community organizations, or breakfast with
staff members, which I do with all staff at least once a year. And a couple of
nights each week there is some community event to attend. And some days
I squeeze in time for World Council Credit Unions, Credit Union Direct
Lending and Department of Financial Institutions. And in between is the
need to attend [to] staff issues.”
In addition to his daily responsibilities at SMCU, Jolette serves as a
delegate of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). Jolette is also
chairman of the board for the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU),
which represents 59 countries around the world. “Being chairman of
WOCCU is a distinct honor, as only one person in our entire credit union
world has that privilege each year,” said Jolette.
As busy as he is in his credit union career, Jolette still finds spare time to
enjoy with his wife and his interests, which include music, theater, the Green
Bay Packers and recreational reading, “like a good book on a person who
has made a real difference in our world, like Roosevelt, Churchill, Truman
and others in history. And, more recently, a good mystery,” said Jolette. “And
after 47 years of marriage, nothing beats time for just two people, regardless
of what we do!”
Jolette certainly keeps busy operating SMCU in the business world and
impacting various events and programs in Redwood City. His personal
philosophy extends into how he manages his staff. “Live while you are living!
Life is short, so make the most of it while you can. Work hard, play hard,”
said Jolette. “Enjoy your work, as you spend more of your working hours
there [than] anyplace else, but there is more to life than work: it is called
family. Always take time to extend a helping hand to those in need. Look for
opportunities in life where you can make a difference in the lives of others!”
Indeed, Barry Jolette has made a positive change in so many lives in
Redwood City and is committed to continuing to be an active “doer”
within the community. His proven track record demonstrates how much he
truly cares for people. As we move into March, Jolette is already working
his magic to ensure that the Irish Night event will financially benefit our
community. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you, Jolette. And to everyone else,
“May the luck of Jolette enfold you!”
Foust Named to Head SAMCEDA
Gemma Announces Retirement
Rosanne Foust, vice president of
the San Mateo County Economic
Development Association, is taking
over as acting president and CEO
while Dan Cruey recovers from a
recent motorcycle accident.
Cruey stepped down effective
Dec. 31 and the board of directors
appointed Foust to fill in while the
executive search committee looks for
a full-time replacement.
Foust is current vice president,
working on issues of economic
growth, job creation, housing policy,
transportation and government reform.
She serves on the board of trustees
for the Bay Area Council Economic
Institute, chairs the San Mateo County
Transportation Authority and is deputy chair of the Redwood City–San
Mateo County Chamber of Commerce. She sits on the Redwood City City
Council and is the immediate past mayor.
Foust Is Having a Great Month, Named Person of the Year
The Redwood City–San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce named
Redwood City Councilwoman Rosanne Foust its 2009 Person of the Year,
noting her commitment to the group as she juggled duties with the city and as
then vice president of SAMCEDA.
Foust, who served as Redwood City mayor during 2009, was selected by that
year’s Chamber Chair Glenna Vaskelis, president and CEO of Sequoia Hospital.
“When you think about enthusiasm, willingness to say ‘yes’ when asked,
knowledge of the chamber organization, accomplishment, commitment and
dedication, one person’s name bubbles to the top: Rosanne Foust,” Vaskelis
said while presenting the honor during the chamber’s 12th annual dinner and
recognition banquet Jan. 28.
Foust served as deputy chair of the chamber, co-chaired the chamber
membership drive and co-chaired the annual progress seminar. She also
chaired the Program Orientation Day for Leadership Redwood City–
Belmont–San Carlos, created a venue to talk with legislators and headed up
an effort with the San Mateo County Economic Development Association to
coordinate all the individual efforts surrounding high-speed rail.
“Rosanne was instrumental in the success of so many of our chamber
programs last year and certainly exemplifies what this award is all about,”
Sequoia Alumni Looking for a Patriot
The Sequoia High School Alumni Association is looking to honor a Purple
Patriot and is soliciting nominations for its annual Purple Patriot Award,
purple and white being Redwood City’s Sequoia High School’s official colors.
Recipients will receive a framed certificate as well as have their names
inscribed on a perpetual trophy on permanent display at the high school.
The Purple Patriot Award is an annual award instituted to honor both
individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding service or
provided a significant benefit directly to Sequoia High School. Nominees may
be from Sequoia High School or the community at large.
Please indicate the nominee’s individual name or organization name and
state why the nominee should receive this award. Indicate specifically what
role the nominee played in directly providing the service or benefit to Sequoia
High School and explain in detail what the service or benefit was.
Nominations must be submitted in writing to the Sequoia High School
Alumni Association, P.O. Box 2534, Redwood City, CA 94064, or placed in the
Sequoia High School Alumni Association mailbox near the principal’s office, no
later than March 19.
Patrick Gemma, Ed.D., 60, superintendent of the 8,200-student Sequoia
Union High School District, has announced his retirement, effective June 30,
when he completes the term of his current contract.
At the board meeting on Feb. 17, trustees discussed the process for naming
“Dr. Gemma has been an outstanding superintendent and we are very sad
to see him go,” said Olivia Martinez, Ed.D., president of the district’s board
of trustees. “The district has achieved some significant milestones under
his leadership. During his tenure, the district passed two additional bond
measures, which has allowed us to offer students some of the best facilities
and technology anywhere. In addition, the district has recruited and retained
outstanding leaders and some of the best faculty and professional support
staff in the state.
“Dr. Gemma also led a pivotal strategic planning process for the district
that led to development of a new vision and goals for the 21st century,” she
continued. “His leadership will be missed but his legacy will continue for
many years to come.”
Gemma joined the Sequoia district in February 2003 after serving five
years as superintendent of the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District.
Previously, he served as assistant superintendent for curriculum and
personnel in the Piedmont Unified School District, and principal and vice
principal at the high school and middle school levels. He started his career in
public education 38 years ago as a special education teacher.
Gemma, who currently holds the honor of Superintendent of the Year for
the Association of California School Administrators’ Region 5 (encompassing
all of San Mateo and San Francisco counties), is still formulating plans for his
“I’m looking forward to rejuvenating over the summer and spending more time
with my aging father and family, reconnecting with friends and contemplating
which interests and challenges I might like to pursue next,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gemma says he is focused in the months ahead on the budget
planning cycle for 2010–11 and continued work in strengthening efforts to close
the achievement gap, possible expansion of alternative education offerings,
transition to a new student information system, and planning for upcoming
expansion of the district’s career technical education facilities and programs.
“It has been a privilege to have served the Sequoia district and the
community for the past seven years,” he said. “Our schools are such valuable
community resources, and the Sequoia district is fortunate to have an
engaged and supportive community.”
Like school districts throughout the state, the Sequoia district has faced
financial challenges for more than a year.
“Although we’re still experiencing the effects of the state budget crisis and
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the struggling national economy, the Sequoia district is on solid footing —
with a sound recovery plan in place — to continue on our path to fulfilling
our 21st century vision and goals,” Gemma said.
Clinics Get Grant Expansion Money
The Sequoia Healthcare District pledged $4.3 million to help build a new
clinic in the North Fair Oaks area of unincorporated Redwood City.
The district board voted 3-1 to approve the grant request from the countyoperated
San Mateo Medical Center.
Board members Don Horsley, Kim Griffin and Katie Kane approved the
grant request while Jack Hickey voted against it. Board member Art Faro was
not in attendance.
The money will go toward consolidating three clinics the county operates
— Fair Oaks Children’s Clinic, Fair Oaks Adult Clinic and the Willow Clinic
— into one larger facility that will cost about $17 million in total including
construction. The three clinics provide services for the underinsured and
The San Mateo County health system has experienced a 63 percent
increase in enrollment in the Access and Care for Everyone program,
from 12,465 to 20,362 in the past six months, said Dr. Susan Ehrlich, chief
executive officer of San Mateo Medical Center. The system has also seen a 19
percent increase in visits by working but uninsured residents who make too
much too qualify for ACE, Ehrlich said.
Increased demand has highlighted the constraints in physical capacity the
three clinics have in expanding the number of primary care appointments.
There are currently 4,100 people waiting for primary-care appointments
in the county system, with waits being up to four months or longer to get an
appointment. The emergency room at the county-run hospital has seen a 14
percent increase in visits, primarily due to the poor economy.
A larger, modern, efficient facility is proposed to be built in North Fair
Oaks that would combine the services from all three clinics.
Griffin asked how the new facility would actually bring down costs for its
patients from $255 a visit to $227 a visit.
Greater capacity would allow doctors to see more patients, while reduced
administrative costs will help bring down the costs, Ehrlich said.
The consolidation will call for the elimination of at least two full-time
employees due to redundancy.
Total space will increase from 27,500 square feet at the three current
clinics to about 36,000 square feet in the new facility. Exam rooms will increase
from 39 to 52.
Visit volume will increase from 68,989 to an estimated 91,000 visits a year,
Sequoia Healthcare District partners with public and nonprofit community
providers to improve the health of children, youth, adults and older adults in
the southern part of San Mateo County. The district applies public funds to
major health initiatives.
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Sustainable San Mateo County
Established in 1992, this local nonprofit is dedicated to the long-term
health of our county’s environment, economy and social equity. Programs
include an annual report, an annual awards event with over 450 attendees,
sustainabilityhub.net, green business workshops and more. If you would
like to volunteer, contact the SSMC office at 650-638-2323 or e-mail
email@example.com. For more information, visit www.
Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club
Since October 1956, the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club has been
devoted to community service in Redwood City. Through the decades,
the club has provided funds to help many worthy community programs
and continues to add more community projects. The Key Club of Sequoia
High School, sponsored by the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club, was
chartered in 1994 and has been involved in raising money and donating time
and effort to many programs.
The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday evening
6–7 p.m. at Harry’s Hofbrau, 1909 El Camino Real (one block north of
Woodside Road). They invite you to come to their meetings and check out the
club’s Web site at www.wtamkiwanis.org.
Woodside Terrace Optimist Club
This is a unique club made up of senior citizens who want to stay involved.
Most, but not all, come from the residence at Woodside Terrace. The club is
open to all of the community and provides an opportunity for seniors to be
useful. The club’s funds are raised by a card, candy and necklace sale held
on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the main lobby at 485 Woodside
Road, open to the public.
Lunches/meetings are at 12:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays
of each month in the Assisted Living Dining Room at Woodside Terrace.
Guests are welcome. Please call President Jack Murphy at 650-780-9891 or
Millie Cole at 650-366-1392 for reservations.
This local organization is dedicated to empowering students through literacy
and investing community members in underserved public schools. YES
Reading recruits and trains community volunteers to provide one-on-one
tutoring for elementary and middle school students reading below grade level.
YES Reading operates several reading centers on the Peninsula and in
the South Bay, including a site at Selby Lane School in Atherton. If you are
interested in becoming a reading tutor for a child who needs your help, please
call 408-945-9316 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the YES Reading Web
site at www.yesreading.org.
Editor’s note: If you are connected with a nonprofit organization and want your information
printed in The Spectrum, send it to email@example.com or 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.
The Redwood City Community is invited to comment on the
New Downtown Precise Plan
You can help shape our Downtown’s future land use,
urban design, and development - to create a unique and
vibrant Downtown for today and the future.
• Hear an UPDATE on the Downtown Precise Plan:
Monday, March 22, 7 pm (City Council meeting)
• COMMENT on what environmental issues should be evaluated
in the Plan’s Environmental Impact Report:
Tuesday, March 30, 7 pm (Planning Commission meeting)
(Both meetings at City Hall -1017 Middlefield Road)
Written comments may be submitted from March 1 st - April 15 th . For more
information please call 780-7234 or visit redwoodcity.org/preciseplan
Feel Warm During Winter – Shop Redwood City!
Check out our Best of the Best selections below. Shouldn’t you make the commitment to shopping
locally today and every day? Whether you are out shopping, dining or enjoying some entertainment,
you will benefit because your sales tax dollars stay local and help us all. These businesses not only
provide excellent service but also contribute to our community.
Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway – Whether you are looking for
a new set of tires or need repair work on your vehicle, this Redwood City
institution has been providing quality vehicle services since 1957. Many
of their satisfied customers have been with them since their founding and
continue to do business with them
today. They proudly serve the third
generation of many of their first
Redwood City customers. They even
have free Wi-Fi Internet so you can work
while you wait for your vehicle to be
Eating and Catering:
Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road –
“The Canyon Inn has had the same
owner for over two decades and every
year it just keeps getting better. They
serve everything from hamburgers
to pizza, all kinds of sandwiches and
pastas, and they even have a South of
the Border menu! There’s a Sunday
all-you-can-eat menu and NBA games
on the big flat-screen TVs. Don’t forget
to reserve their closed patio for your
next party — it has heaters, fans and a
big-screen TV (no extra charges). Why
cook when you don’t have to? They do
catering too for any special event!”
Deseo Tequila Lounge and Restaurant – 851 Main St. – “We went there
and it was fabulous! My friends were very impressed by their food menu,
and I have to say the burger I had was tasty. They also have 21 big-screen
televisions to view sporting events and more. This place has it all! I am so
happy that Redwood City finally has such an upscale place for watching your
favorite sports team, having a drink with friends or dancing the night away.
Let’s all get out and support them!” They are hosting special events all the
time, so call for details.
Little India – 917 Main St. – “There are good restaurants. There are bad
restaurants. There are OK restaurants. Then there are those places, the magic
ones. You come back again and again because the food doesn’t just taste good
and satisfy hunger, but helps heal the heart and soul.” Senior citizens receive
$1 off and children under 12 dine at half price. www.littleindiacuisine.com.
Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1-800-23-LEWIS – Founded in 1985, Lewis
Carpet Cleaners has grown from one small, portable machine to a company
of several employees and vans. The Lewis family works and lives in
Redwood City and is committed to our community. When choosing a
reputable company, that should make you feel secure. Ask about their
Spectrum special: Get 100 square feet of carpet cleaned for absolutely
nothing. Call today and get your home looking great.
Hannig Law Firm – 2991 El Camino Real – Hannig Law Firm LLP provides
transactional and litigation expertise in a variety of areas. The professionals
at HLF are committed to knowing and meeting their clients’ needs through
long-term relationships and value-added services, and to supporting and
participating in the communities where they live and work.
Business Profile of the Month
Re:Juvenate Skincare Clinic – 1100 Laurel St., Suite F, San
Carlos – With the myriad skin care procedures and products
available today, it’s great to have a team of experts to help you
choose a customized treatment plan!
At Re:Juvenate, your skin will look its best in the shortest time
possible and with the least cost. Medical treatments include
Botox, fillers (e.g., Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm) and laser hair
removal, vein removal, brown spot removal and skin resurfacing.
A new procedure, Body by Thermage, is able to tighten and
contour loose skin in most body areas.
There’s no doubt about it; the better you look, the better you
feel. Call today for your complimentary consultation and let the
professionals at Re:Juvenate Skincare Clinic help you love the
skin you’re in! Visit www.rejuvenateskincare.net or call 650-631-5700.
Every Woman Health Club – 611 Jefferson Ave. – This women-only,
body-positive fitness center in downtown Redwood City offers a variety of
classes, weight and cardio equipment, personal training, therapeutic massage
and skin care. Flexible pricing, with several options available for members
and nonmembers. Visit www.
everywomanhealthclub.com or call
650-364-9194 to get started.
Bizzarro’s Auto Auction – 2581
Spring St. – Services include auto
auctions, consignment vehicle sales,
appraisal services and even ways
to donate your vehicle to charities.
Increase your fundraising efforts with
a live auction — Bizzarro’s is your
one-stop auction team with spotters,
clerks, sample catalogs, bid numbers,
etc. Call 650-363-8055 for details on all
of their services.
Castle Insurance – 643 Bair Island
Road, #104 – Castle Insurance is
an independent insurance agency
representing a carefully selected
group of financially sound, reputable
insurance companies. They provide a
wide range of policies, from renter’s insurance to auto and more. Visit www.
insurancebycastle.com or call 650-364-3664 for a free quote.
Hector Flamenco Insurance (State Farm) – 151 Fifth Ave. – Hector
has been in the insurance business and with State Farm for 20 years. He
specializes in auto and business insurance. A local resident, he also provides
servicio en español! Visit his Web site at www.hectorflamenco.com.
Terry Finn and Madonna’s Bail Bonds – 234 Marshall St., Upstairs #3, 650-
366-9111 – Finn and Madonna’s provide bail bonds to any court jurisdiction,
jail or police agency in California and in many other states. Interested parties
representing incarcerated subjects are encouraged to contact the licensed bail
agent on duty at the above office for immediate bail bond assistance.
Saf Keep Storage – 2480 Middlefield Road – At Saf Keep, you and your
belongings are safe and secure. A friendly and reliable team is ready to assist
you with a variety of storage products and services to suit all your storage
needs. Visit www.safkeepstorage.com to see exactly what products and
services are available.
Schoenstein Physical Therapy – 363A Main St., 650-599-9482 – The
clinical approach of this independent, community-based practice focuses
on thorough physical therapy assessment, specific treatment strategies and
patient education. Individualized treatment programs are designed to help
meet patient goals of restoring function, returning to sport or occupation and
maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
St. Regal Jewelers – 850 Main St. – Listen to what customers are saying
about this fine downtown jewelry store: “This is a great jeweler! Phil, the
owner, is amazing. He crafted a ring on time and on budget. He has an incredible
eye for detail. I can’t say enough. I would never go anywhere else.” Phil has
become an expert in repair service and welcomes your “fix-it” pieces.
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RWC Woman Murdered
The death of a 47-year-old woman whose body was found pierced with stab
wounds in her Redwood City apartment is being treated as a homicide, a
police captain said.
Officers had responded to Alycia Williams’ home at an apartment complex
at 707 Leahy St. after a family member requested a welfare check on
Williams because she hadn’t been seen for several days, Redwood City police
Capt. Ron Matuszak said.
When they arrived, the officers found Williams dead inside her apartment,
according to Matuszak. Police believe she had been dead for more than a day.
Due to “the nature of her stab wounds,” her death has been labeled a
homicide, Matuszak said.
An autopsy was conducted on Williams, and a follow-up autopsy was
scheduled to help determine the official cause of death.
No suspects have been arrested, but Matuszak said police are focusing their
investigation on men who were familiar with Williams.
“She was living at the apartment by herself, and we understand she
associated with several men,” Matuszak said.
Because she was found dead in her apartment, Matuszak said police are
speculating that she may have known her killer.
“Most women who were killed were killed by men,” he said. “And a large
percentage are killed by people who knew them.”
However, the possibility that the suspect was a stranger has not been ruled out.
“There’s no witnesses, no solid suspect information,” he said. “You
shouldn’t rule out anything.”
Not Guilty Plea in Tire Iron Attack
A man accused of attacking another with a tire iron in Redwood City because
the victim was upset he tried to have an affair with his wife pleaded not guilty.
Fortunato Lopez Martinez, 21, of East Palo Alto, is charged with numerous
felonies, including attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. In
Superior Court, Martinez pleaded not guilty to all counts.
According to prosecutors, Martinez and the 38-year-old victim had worked
together as landscapers months before the incident but had a falling out. On
more than one occasion this fall, Martinez allegedly called the man’s wife
and asked her to have a relationship. The woman told her husband, who, after
spotting Martinez on Poplar Street on a Sunday morning, confronted him and
began a physical fight.
After the victim gained the upper hand, Martinez allegedly told him he had
“just dug his own grave” and retrieved a tire iron from an apartment building
and struck the man several times in the head. The victim required 15 stitches.
Martinez surrendered to police Dec. 30. He remains in custody on no-bail status.
Attempted Gift Theft Defendants Plead Not Guilty
Two men accused of trying to steal gifts from an unincorporated Redwood
City house just before Christmas pleaded not guilty and were ordered to trial.
Oscar Roberto Gomez and Jose Luis Juarez, both 18, are charged with
burglary and robbery, and burglary, respectively. A third alleged accomplice,
Herman Mark Anthony Velez, 22, is free from custody on a $50,000 bail
bond while awaiting a preliminary hearing on his burglary charge.
According to prosecutors, on Dec. 22, a homeowner returned to find
Gomez inside his home, a Christmas tree knocked down and gifts strewn
about. Juarez reportedly served as lookout in a car outside while Velez
was in a yard shed. The homeowner threw a rock at Gomez, who allegedly
responded by knocking him down and yelling death threats. Prosecutors say
Gomez and Velez ran down the street and went to an unsuspecting neighbor’s
home, claiming car trouble and asking to borrow the phone. The neighbor
let them inside and volunteered to drive them for help because it was cold,
according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Gomez remains in custody while Juarez is free on a $50,000 bail bond.
Both return to court March 1 for a pretrial conference before beginning jury
trial March 15.
Judo Champ in Train Station Assault Freed
A renowned judo instructor accused, along with a friend, of beating two men
at the Menlo Park Caltrain Station after friendly “horseplay” turned serious,
is free from custody after pleading no contest to felony assault and causing
great bodily injury.
Matthew Walker, 25, of Tacoma, Wash., was sentenced to six months jail
but has credit for 188 days. He must also spend three years on supervised
probation and pay whatever restitution is ordered at a March 16 hearing. Codefendant
Robert Eugene Davis, 22, of Redwood City, did not settle his case
and is set for trial Feb. 16.
According to prosecutors, Davis and Walker began talking to the two
alleged victims Sept. 29 after Walker’s judo jacket sparked a conversation.
Walker is a renowned judo artist who recently placed in a world competition.
The two men began “horseplaying” but the game grew too rough, according
to the District Attorney’s Office.
Davis reportedly took one man’s cell phone after he tried calling police,
and both defendants allegedly attacked the other men. One man suffered
facial lacerations and a broken leg. The other was knocked unconscious and
had facial lacerations. Davis posted a $50,000 bail bond and is free from custody.
Man Who Assaulted RWC Officer Freed
The parolee facing 16 months in prison for assaulting Redwood City police
officers responding to a call for help by his mother is free from custody
because newly implemented sentencing guidelines gave him enough credit
for time served.
David Arreola Torres, 30, pleaded no contest in December to resisting a
police officer and admitted having three prior convictions in return for the
low prison term of 16 months. After asking to move up his sentencing date,
Torres was formally handed the term with credit for 528 days and released.
New state sentencing guidelines give inmates double their earned time served.
Torres returns to court March 9, however, for a hearing on restitution.
Police arrested Torres the afternoon of May 11 after responding to a call
on Buckeye Street from his mother, who said he was on drugs. Torres, who
is 6 feet 5 inches and 280 pounds, threw one officer backward, causing a
concussion, and fought with other officers. Police were unable to subdue
Torres with a baton and pepper spray. He also broke free from a WRAP
restraint but finally passed out.
After his arrest, the District Attorney’s Office reported Torres has a
lengthy drug abuse history and was under the influence of methamphetamine
and cocaine when his mother called.
Milkshake Wife Denied Parole
A Redwood City woman serving a life sentence for poisoning her husband
with an insecticide-laced milkshake and fleeing to Mexico with their son was
denied parole for the first time since her 2002 attempted murder conviction.
Elizabeth Fuentes-Ortiz, 40, was also convicted of concealing a child and
the special allegations of concealing a child, inflicting great bodily injury and
torture. On April 22, 2002, she was sent to prison for life with the possibility
of parole. Her appearance before the Board of Parole Hearings at the Valley
State Prison for Women at Chowchilla was her first, and its members deemed
her unsuitable for release for another five years.
Fuentes-Ortiz’s trial came a decade after she delivered the tainted beverage
to her then-husband, Gilbert Ortiz, at his Toys R Us workplace in Redwood City.
During the 15-day trial, she claimed she feared her husband because he
was abusive and that he raped her the night before the poisoning. After two
days of deliberations, the jury’s verdict showed they believed otherwise.
In 2004, Ortiz appealed the conviction on grounds the jury was not
instructed to consider it an act of self-defense. The three-person state Court
of Appeal unanimously rejected the argument.
“The prosecutor’s questioning effectively pointed out that if she had
actually feared harm at the hands of the victim, reasonably or unreasonably,
she had access to an automobile and had the entire day to take the couple’s
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child and get to a place of safety,” Justice Ignazio Ruvolo wrote in the decision.
Ruvolo added that “the evidence overwhelmingly suggested that the
appellant was simply enraged.”
On March 11, 2002, Fuentes-Ortiz brought her husband the milkshake
laced with Ortho-7 insecticide. She told him it was a protein shake intended
to help him build muscle mass. Gilbert Ortiz testified that the drink tasted
“like chocolate but sour and burning.”
Ortiz fell to the ground in convulsions, slipped into a 10-day coma,
suffered multiple organ failures and a heart attack and was incommunicative.
He testified he has residual health problems from the poisoning.
While her husband was comatose, Fuentes-Ortiz gave Redwood City police
conflicting stories of where the poison originated. Once, she said a masked man
tried to kill her husband; another time, she claimed it was a suicide attempt.
By the time Ortiz could tell authorities who had given him the questionable
shake, Fuentes-Ortiz had fled to Mexico with their 2-year-old son, Jonathan.
She was profiled numerous times on the TV show “Unsolved Mysteries” over
the eight years it took FBI agents to arrest her in the Mexican state of Jalisco.
Jonathan remained missing until Fuentes-Ortiz’s mother brought him to the
county jail to visit his imprisoned mother.
Fuentes-Ortiz told the court that by poisoning her husband she meant only
to incapacitate, not kill him, to escape an abusive marriage that included
“There’s no motive, no explanation for anything other than domestic violence,”
defense attorney Joseph O’Sullivan said during his closing arguments.
Prosecutors argued, though, that the murder attempt was fueled by jealousy
and anger over Ortiz’s long work hours.
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Budget Crisis Puts Local Academic Gains at Risk
A message from Jan Christensen
Test scores have risen steadily at the 17 schools
serving K–8 students in the Redwood City School
District. Enrollment is up, attendance is higher
and parents are more involved than ever before.
The Redwood City Education Foundation serves
the Peninsula, and a vast network of community
volunteers support our schools. The district and
members of its staff have received many honors
and awards in recent years.
This should be a golden time for our local schools.
But despite the tremendous progress made
in recent years, our schools now face the most
enormous challenge in several generations due to
our state’s budget crisis. Unfortunately, the programs
and staff positions that led to unprecedented gains
by our students are now being cut — not because
our school board thinks it is a good idea, but
because we simply have no other options.
During my four years as superintendent of the
Redwood City School District, unrestricted state
funding to Redwood City students has dropped by
17 percent, and the situation is expected to worsen
significantly over the next several years. We have
about the same size budget as when I joined the
district in 2006, but we are educating about 1,000
more students. Per-student funding for Redwood
City has dropped from about $5,500 per student in
2007–08 to about $4,700 in 2009–10.
Last year, we increased class sizes, reduced
library hours and eliminated or reduced important
positions and programs. About $5 million in jobs
and programs were saved by federal stimulus
funds. Now those funds have been used up, the
schools will need to make another round of severe
cuts for next year. Few options remain to reduce
The district is planning to cut $4.7 million to
$10.6 million next year — about 10 percent to 12
percent of our unrestricted general fund. Cuts that
would have been unthinkable just a few years ago
are now under consideration: increasing all class
sizes in all grades to 31 students, shortening the
school year and reducing or eliminating popular
The Redwood City School District is not alone
in the budget problems it is facing. The vast
majority of school districts around the state are
considering similar measures, but the pain from
state budget cuts is not affecting all districts
equally. Due to California’s complicated public
school funding system, our district is surrounded
by school districts funded primarily by local
property taxes, while we rely primarily on state
aid for funding.
For example, even before the budget crisis,
the Redwood City School District received less
than half the amount of unrestricted per-student
base funding as a neighboring school district.
In 2007–08, per-student base funding plus local
support totaled under $7,000 per student in
Redwood City, but over $15,000 per student for a
neighboring district. The steep reductions in state
aid have widened the gap in education funding for
two students who may live only a mile apart from
each other. Not only is this a terrible injustice, but
over time it will lower the economic prospects of
Editor’s note: Community members always have the
opportunity to share their priorities and ideas. Jan
Christensen is superintendent of the Redwood City School
District. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Redwood City Teen Ontiveros Named ‘Youth of the Year’
Clarisa Ontiveros grew up going to her local Boys
& Girls Club in Redwood City.
She recalled looking up to the teens
volunteering and working with her. Ontiveros
would make drawings to give to those teen mentors.
Today, the 18-year-old Sequoia High School
senior receives such drawings from the little
children she works with at the Mervin G. Morris
Clubhouse in Redwood City. Her work giving
back paid off as Ontiveros was recently named the
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula’s 2010 Youth
of the Year. Giving back is not a temporary plan
for Ontiveros, who plans to study communications
and return to help her community.
Ontiveros grew up in Redwood City. The
youngest of three children, she attended Hoover
Elementary and described herself as a little nerdy.
She always worked hard to finish work early and
After school Ontiveros would go to the Boys
& Girls Club just a couple of blocks from her
house. There was a gap in her attendance when
her family moved from the neighborhood to
downtown for a short number of years.
Ontiveros began attending Sequoia High School
and returned to the club, following a family move.
The studious youth was attracted to Sequoia for
its International Baccalaureate program. Entering
it was intimidating to Ontiveros, who was one of
the few Latinas in the program. That intimidation
subsided when Ontiveros realized everyone was
nice and the staff was supportive.
Ontiveros began volunteering at the club after
She has two classes of about 13 children, grades
first through eighth, that meet two times per
week. Ontiveros sees herself as privileged to have
the option to help these youngsters.
Ontiveros was a bit hesitant to go through
the process for the Youth of the Year since
deadlines were about the same as those for college
applications. Going for it meant Ontiveros learned
a valuable lesson: time management.
“I never took it as I need to win. I learned so
much,” she said, noting the opportunity to talk in
front of a crowd and tell her story.
As her high school experience begins to come
to an end, Ontiveros plans to attend a four-year
school to study communications in hopes of
becoming a journalist and returning to Redwood
City to somehow help the neighborhood in which
she grew up. Going to college would be another
accomplishment for Ontiveros, who would be the
first in her family to go to college.
Participating in a variety of Boys & Girls
Clubs programs have helped in that process. But
I enjoy it. When a kid struggles with math,
you help them. And they get so happy when
they get it.”
school. At 16, she was offered a job on the teen
staff. At 17, she was working with kids in the
SuccessMaker course, helping children work
on math and reading skills. She also meets with
parents to give progress reports. When Ontiveros
turned 18 last month, she was offered a parttime
position. She has her own desk and is proud
to be the youngest one at the club offered such
“I enjoy it. When a kid struggles with math, you
help them. And they get so happy when they get
it,” she said.
Ontiveros was quick to note that the staff at the
club, Sequoia High, her family and best friends
have all been supportive in her efforts to be
“We are so proud of Clarisa and look forward
to hearing about her bright future,” said Peter
Fortenbaugh, executive director of the Boys &
Girls Clubs of the Peninsula.
Editor’s note: This article appeared first in the Daily Journal
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Absolutely gorgeous house on a quiet, tree-lined street! Built just
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Meet Our Community-Minded Realtors for Redwood City
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for her honesty and availability.
She believes those qualities foster strong working
relationships with her clients. In turn, those same
clients have referred her to countless friends and
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their next properties. The majority of her business is
garnered through referrals from her many satisfied
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Fundraiser to Keep ‘Danny G’ Dancing
As the stereo played the Frank Sinatra lyrics
“And that laugh that wrinkles your nose,” Danny
Giray touched his nose, a move students on stage
The children went on to wiggle, dance in pairs
and end with a dip and a smile.
Such moves are just a part of the two 30-minute
sessions students at John Gill Elementary School
in Redwood City spend with Giray, or Danny
G, as the kids call him. For 11 years, the dance
program has been part of John Gill. Because of
budget cuts, it’s now one of the few defined times
when students have access to physical education.
Parent donations and fundraising efforts have kept
the program in place. With further cuts hitting the
district, the program is once again in danger.
On Saturday, March 6, the Parent Teacher
Association hopes to raise most of the funds to
keep Danny G working with the children with
“Let ’em dance and sing,” a fundraiser to be held
at Domenico Wines in San Carlos. Last year, the
PTA was able to raise $50,000. This year’s goal is
$30,000. That would not fully fund the program.
In years past, the school was able to use site funds to
cover the rest of the cost, said Principal Amanda
Kemp. With the Redwood City School District
looking at up to $13.7 million in cuts, Kemp is
unsure such an allocation will be a reality next year.
“Any time with Danny is better than no time
at all,” Kemp said, noting that the program may
need to be scaled back in the fall.
Parents are working to save the program
through the fundraiser, the biggest one of the year.
The auction and dinner will be augmented by a
raffle-ticket fundraiser with $5 tickets for three
grand prizes, one of which includes four one-day
park-hopper passes to Disneyland. Organizers are
hoping to sell 1,000 tickets. They estimate the sale
It’s not just about dance. Kemp was quick to
point out the student benefits of working with
Giray. Not only do the units supplement academic
work, the kids learn confidence.
“You can tell my kids; there is not a timid bone
in one of their bodies,” she said.
With so many cuts out of the school’s hands,
holding on to the one program is a glimmer of
happiness the administration and parents hope to keep.
Younger children work with Giray two times
a week for 30 minutes, while older kids see him
once a week for an hour. On Tuesdays, children
file into the multipurpose room ready to play. The
smaller ones are visibly tired at the end of 30
minutes but end up exercising without really noticing
it. Giray works in crunches and sprints, but with
the music as a backdrop, the work goes unnoticed
by the little ones who happily follow his lead.
“I believe we’re building up self-esteem,” said
Giray, who has been working with the school for
Building self-esteem is reinforced by mixing in
academic teaching. Giray leads the children in a
version of the ABCs that includes a slithering “I”
and a jumping “O.” But lessons get more in-depth,
like a movement work that recreates windmills,
originally choreographed a couple of years ago
and reworked by Giray because of student interest
in renewable energy.
Craig Guinasso has a son in kindergarten who
announced he would not do two things when he
started school: dance or sing. Guinasso and his wife
noticed a change of heart when their son started
moving around at home along with his younger sister.
The change was a result of access to Giray’s class.
Many students stay with dance because of
Giray, said Kemp, who noted he maintains the
students’ interest while advancing the difficulty.
“I’m hoping above all hopes to keep this
program intact,” she said.
Raffle tickets are $5 per ticket, five for $20,
12 for $40, or 30 for $100. Auction tickets are
$75. Tickets can be ordered and auction items
previewed at auction.johngillpta.org.
Editor’s note: This article appeared first in the Daily Journal
Danny Giray teaches dance moves to a group of students
at John Gill Elementary School in Redwood City.
Mayor Ira Is ‘Tapping’ Us to Be Code Enforcement Volunteers
Mayor Jeff Ira, seen here helping firefighter Justin
Velasquez during the annual Toy Drive, is encouraging
our community to help with code enforcement.
Redwood City is looking for a few good men —
Actually, the city is seeking anyone wanting to
help keep it clean and up to code as a volunteer
enforcement officer. The program is already under
way, having started in 2008, but the current shaky
economy, including Redwood City’s own bottom
line, sharpened the city’s desire to expand its
“This is a great way for community members
to get involved and help supplement services that
otherwise would be delayed or deferred due to the
city’s budget problems,” said Mayor Jeff Ira.
Even if residents aren’t drawn to code
enforcement, Ira asks that they consider
volunteering in other ways, such as sports,
libraries and nonprofits.
“Everyone can and should do their part to help their
community during this tough economy,” Ira said.
Known as community preservation volunteers,
participants serve as “ambassadors” for Redwood
City’s Building and Inspection Division. The
program already has seven trained volunteers
who’ve collectively spent more than 500 hours
helping out. Now the city is looking for more.
Volunteers help enforcement staff with
community preservation projects, code enforcement
research and visual assessments. Once trained,
they ride along with Building and Inspection
Department staff members and help with specific
cases. The volunteers answer calls about abandoned
cars and cleanup of garbage and work with officers to
enforce sign ordinances. Other duties can include,
as needed, reports of graffiti and shopping carts
and preliminary investigations into non–health
and safety code violations.
Code enforcement isn’t the only place the
city uses volunteers directly for its benefit. The
downtown Volunteers in Policing program trains
people to give the police department extra eyes
and ears during events.
Both programs let volunteers take up tasks that
in turn free up precious staff time that can be
used elsewhere. While helpful, there are limits.
“Any financial savings are small and we can’t
have volunteers doing skilled labor type of work,”
said city spokesman Malcolm Smith.
Rather, Ira, in his recent State of the City
address, urged community members to serve
themselves by finding their passion and getting
involved in whatever is “tapping them on the
shoulder,” Smith said.
As a result, community will be built on a block,
a neighborhood or a larger scale, Smith said.
For more information or to sign up as a
community preservation volunteer, contact Michel
Wayne at 650-780-7357 or mwayne@redwoodcity.
org. Information on other opportunities to get
involved can be found at www.redwoodcity.org/
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As I Was Saying…(Continued from p6)
up. Foreclosures are up. Requests for emergency food and housing assistance
are up. Many families in our community have lost the security of knowing
they can pay their bills, put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads.
Yet these are not hopeless times.”
Who could not agree with that?
“Our local economy is slowly showing signs of a turnaround. And the spirit
of helping others is strong. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ‘Life’s
most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?’”
Sounds logical to me.
He then goes on to inform us that “As an organization, San Mateo County
this year partnered with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to fund
$1 million in grants to community organizations that provide food, shelter,
health care and other needs. Our county has sponsored resource fairs to help
members of our community prepare to re-enter the job market and find social
services. Just this past month the county helped more than 3,000 families
with one-time emergency assistance funds from the American Recovery and
In other words he is telling us that we, the taxpayers, funded all these
wonderful programs and events, not San Mateo County or its employees, as an
organization, as the letter would lead us to believe.
“I’m proud of the work our county government does. I’m also proud of our
collaborative network of nonprofit partners that provide so many vital services
that strengthen our communities.” … “By working together, I am confident
we can provide the resources necessary to support our families and neighbors
through these challenging times.”
Now, get this, he then encouraged all of us “During this holiday season,
[to] please consider volunteering at a charity, donating to a cause and creating
opportunities for others.”
Is he serious? I have never read anything so self-serving and misleading.
Who does he think he is, trying to encourage us to get involved? Us, the
taxpayers who gave the county the money so he can brag about how much
they do for us?
If I could suggest a different tactic for future letters, it would read something
like this: On behalf of the taxpayers of San Mateo County, we (your elected,
appointed and hired staff) are proud to inform you that we have put your hardearned
money to good use to benefit others, blah, blah, blah, blah.
I would also suggest he inform us of what personal donations he has made
and what he has done to volunteer and give back to the taxpayers of San
Mateo County. Oh, and maybe guarantee us that the county will not try to
bring any new business or sales or taxes until we know we can all pay our
bills, put food on the table and keep a roof over our heads.
Oh, he also wished “you and your family the best this holiday season.”
Same to you, David.
According to officials at the Peninsula Celebration Association (PCA), they
do not have the $50,000 needed to put on the annual Fourth of July fireworks
display this year. The PCA also organizes the parade (as it has for 41 years)
According to PCA spokesman Bob Slusser, “The PCA knew as early as
2007 that the weakening economy might put the brakes on the fireworks. The
group continued through 2008 and 2009 by using reserves and other savings,
but after last season informed the Redwood City Council that there might not
be another show.
“This is a very difficult decision for us. We scraped the money together last year
but told the council we couldn’t keep doing this,” Slusser told a local newspaper.
In case you didn’t know, the PCA is a very productive and valuable asset
to our community. They have consistently provided a great Independence
Day celebration for us year after year. But the group has gone and is still
going through some organizational challenges. Many groups go though
similar difficulties when longtime members do not relinquish or alter their
responsibilities and welcome new members to take over. They unintentionally
become exclusive instead of inclusive.
But the biggest challenge the PCA has to overcome is the impression that
they have been very uncooperative in listening to requests from community
members and business owners to move the parade and festival back to the
downtown area where it was held for some 30-plus years. After the location
had been moved during downtown construction, it was never moved back,
and local merchants have complained of lost revenues due to the lack of foot
traffic from having the event by the county parking structure and buildings.
Ultimately, the PCA is going to have to reach out to those dissatisfied to
help raise funds because they can’t look for the City Council to bail them out
and pay for the fireworks. Those funds are dwindling, and once the council
sets a precedent of helping out one nonprofit group like PCA, they will have
every other similar group in our community asking them to do the same for
their financially strapped events.
I suggest they move the parade and festival back downtown, and let’s all get
started on a community fundraising drive to continue the fireworks show. Let’s
turn this into a positive for our community and unite. How about it, PCA?
Here we go again. The Redwood City community is invited to comment on
the new downtown precise plan. Officials say that you and I can help shape
our downtown’s future land use, urban design and development — to create a
unique and vibrant downtown for today and the future.
What do we have to do? Well, first we can hear an update on the downtown
precise plan Monday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at the City Council meeting. Then,
if you want to comment on what environmental issues should be evaluated in
the plan’s environmental impact report, we can go on Tuesday, March 30, at
7 p.m. to the Planning Commission meeting. Both meetings of course are at
City Hall at 1017 Middlefield Road.
This really is an exciting process and hopefully a large portion of our
community will come out and share ideas and thoughts. Remember, you can
always watch at home on cable channel 27. For more information, call 650-
780-7234 or visit redwoodcity.org/preciseplan.
I like channel surfing, but I might just have to attend these meetings. How
often can you say you were actually a part of the future planning of what our
downtown will be? What about you?
As I was saying…
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Insurance Tips: Checking With Your HR Department
By Russ Castle, Special to The Spectrum
The human resources department
at your company is probably pretty
efficient, but no matter how wellorganized
it is, certain questions
are always worth asking yourself at
the beginning of the year.
For example, when was the last time your HR
department took steps to review your company
policies and bring them up to date with the everchanging
Company policies are important enough that
they are typically covered in detail during the
hiring process. However, employees often forget
or become lax with company policies over time.
Here are a few ideas that will help you and
your HR department to reinforce those policies
effectively with your staff:
Lead by example.
If you are bending the rule of a 30-minute lunch
break or using vulgar language with other
employees, it is likely that other employees are not
going to take company policies very seriously. Set
a good example and follow the rules!
Use meetings as a reminder.
You are likely to have most of your staff together
for company meetings, or at least portions of the
staff at different meetings, so use this time to
reinforce policies that you see being abused or
overlooked during the course of the work day.
Discuss before hiring.
New employees should always be adequately
informed of company policies and procedures
upon hiring. Before ending your final interview,
be sure to go over the most essential company
policies, so a new employee knows them before
the first day of work. If you have a company
handbook, make sure that everyone has an
updated and current edition.
Check with your attorney to ensure that your
company policy is up to date.
Have a conversation with your
insurance agent or broker.
Make sure you have the proper insurance
coverage in case a legal action is brought against
you and your company. Prudent business owners
seek to have as much knowledge as possible to
promote and protect their companies. Ignoring or
avoiding this discussion can be disastrous to your
company. Employment-related lawsuits are on the
rise, and the cost to defend claims can easily reach
$100,000 and more.
Be sure you are consistent with how you
handle each employee who does not follow the
regulations of the company. This is essential
to ensure that you do not experience any
unnecessary backlash with regard to the policies.
Editor’s note: This article was written by Russ Castle of
Castle Insurance Agency. If you have any questions regarding
your business protection, call him at 650-364-3664.
The Veterans Memorial Senior
Center, 1455 Madison Ave.,
Redwood City, is providing the
following activities that are open to the
public during the month of March.
Friday Movies for Everyone
Every Friday, 1:15 p.m. (unless otherwise announced)
Come to the VMSC in March for a free featured
movie in our state-of-the-art movie theater!
March 5: “Whip It”
March 12: “My One and Only”
March 19: “The Informant”
March 26: “Old Dogs”
Healthy Aging Lecture
Thursday, March 11, 1–2 p.m.
Dr. Eric Shapira, a clinical gerontologist and
educator, will speak about healthy aging. He will
cover ways to stay healthy and independent, enjoy
life and overcome challenges associated with aging.
St. Patrick’s Lucky Irish Luncheon
Wednesday, March 17, 12–1:15 p.m.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a corned beef and
cabbage lunch and a 50/50-opportunity drawing
to complete this lucky luncheon. Please call 650-
780-7259 to reserve your tickets. Cost: $8.
AARP Driver’s Safety Course
Saturdays, March 13 and March 20, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
This course is designed especially for drivers
age 50 and over. Taking this course may help you
receive a discount from your auto insurance. You
can sign up at the VMSC front desk or by calling
650-780-7270 and pressing #2. Leave your name
and number, and a staff or volunteer will call you
back to confirm your spot. Space is limited, so
sign up early! Cost is $12 for AARP members,
$14 for nonmembers.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Thursday, March 25, 1–2 p.m.
Join Julie Forbes, Ph.D., of Kaiser Permanente
and experience for yourself how stretching and
other relaxation techniques can help you manage
symptoms of stress-related conditions, including
chronic pain, anxiety and depression.
AARP Tax Preparation
Wednesday, Feb. 3, through Wednesday, April 14
Service is provided for the preparation and electronic
filing of both federal and state personal income
tax returns within the scope of the AARP Tax-Aide
program. The service is free and you will receive
one-on-one attention from AARP volunteers who
are trained and certified annually in cooperation
with the IRS. Call our AARP appointment hotline
at 650-489-6023 to schedule your appointment.
SAVE THE DATE
West Bay Community Band
Saturday, April 24, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Enjoy the sounds of spring, compliments of the
West Bay Community Band! Doors will open
at 7 p.m. with a no-host wine/soda bar, and the
concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 at the
door. No reservations or tickets required; pay at door.
To learn more about the Veterans Memorial Senior
Center, call 650-780-7270. Redwood City Parks,
Recreation and Community Services Department
provides recreational facilities and activities for
all ages and interests, and supplies building and
custodial services for city buildings. Redwood
City Parks also operates the Veterans Memorial
Senior Center and the Fair Oaks Community Center,
providing social, educational and cultural activities,
as well as information, referral and counseling
services to persons living in Redwood City and
neighboring communities. Redwood City Parks
is more than you think! Its Web site is www.
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A Minute With: Gino Gasparini
Gino Gasparini was born and raised in Redwood City. He attended Roosevelt Elementary,
Kennedy Junior High and San Carlos High School (class of 1970). After graduating, he went to
work for BFI as a residential collection employee. He stayed there for 32 years before moving
to Norcal Waste Systems, which is now Recology, six years ago.
Gino and his wife, Jenny, were married in 1986. They have four children: Andriana, 19,
Daniel, 18, Michael, 17, and Nicholas, 15.
Gino’s hobbies include hiking and skiing. He is an active member of the Police Activities
League (PAL), the Redwood City–San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce and the city’s
Pride and Beautification committee.
Currently the community affairs manager at Recology, Gino is also a team captain for the
chamber’s current membership drive.
How Irish are you?
Favorite thing to do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?
Every year, I have been skiing.
You love Redwood City because?
Of the people.
Whom do you most admire?
My father and mother.
What talent would you most like to have?
To be a good bocce ball player.
Something few know about you?
I was a two-time nude relay winner when I was at
San Carlos High School. Obviously I cannot run
for political office now.
What word or phrase do you most overuse?
“Stormy Monday” by Lee Michaels.
“My Favorite Year.”
What is your motto?
We can do it!
Anyone you got on your mind?
Always my family.
First child being born and then every other one
First word that comes to mind?
You still can’t believe?
Jenny has stayed with me for all these years.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Family and friends at a barbecue.
What or who is the love of your life?
You currently feel?
You are inspired by?
My mother and father.
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