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The average person’s view of criminals is to lock

them up and throw away the key.”

“A lot of what we get, other people who need it

don’t get.”

Also in this issue:

From Beauty School

To Tasty Food

Turning 50 and

More in “As I Was


Are You Ready

To Show Your

Redwood City Pride?

Redwood City's New General Plan Community Workshop

Saturday, September 27 th

Drop in any time from 9 am – noon

San Mateo County History Museum &

Courthouse Square

Help create the blueprint for Redwood

City’s future - interactive exercises,

discussions, presentations, refreshments,

displays, activities and fun - yes, we said

FUN – with prizes and giveaways! Bring the

family for kids' activities on Courthouse


You’re Invited to

B e a

P a r t

o f t h e

P l a n !

The City wants to know what you think

about alternative land uses around the Bayfront,

El Camino Real, Woodside Road, and

neighborhood areas – and your thoughts on

other General Plan issues.

Join friends and neighbors to hear about the

new General Plan, visit workshop stations, and

offer your thoughts and comments to City staff

on the new General Plan.


The Spectrum.AUG.08

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

Valerie Harris

Contributing Writer

Michael Erler

Contributing Writer

Nicole Minieri

Contributing Writer

James Massey

Graphic Designer

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

Contact Information:

Phone 650-368-2434

E-mail addresses listed above

As students return to school, summer vacations come to an end and our community gears up for

the November election, we welcome you to another edition of The Spectrum Magazine.

Our cover story this month is on a longtime community nonprofit organization called the

Service League of San Mateo County. This group gives former inmates a chance at “re-entry.”

But, as you will read in this piece by contributing writer Michael Erler, they do so much more,

accomplishing things that make us all better community-minded individuals. After reading, you

might want to help out too.

Our business profile this month is on downtown restaurant La Tartine. Open for about two

years now, they recently added an outdoor dining section that has spruced up Theatre Way. This

former beauty school site now features some of the most beautiful eating in town.

Publisher Steve Penna talks about political conflicts and the media and informs his readers of

his decision to get involved in this November’s election in his column, “As I Was Saying….”

What will he focus on for the next few months?

We also bring you our regular features on community interests, senior activities, financial

advice by David Amann, “Redwood City Through the Years,” information from the Redwood

City School District, popular feature “A Minute With” and information on how one nonprofit

group has made a difference in our community.

We encourage you to support our advertisers by using their services when you are out shopping,

dining or enjoying yourself with friends and family. Many of them have special offers for you,

so please take the time to look over their ads this month and use their coupons and discounts.

Our community has so much to offer its residents. Get out and enjoy some of it!


Inside The Spectrum – 4

The People Speak – 5

“As I Was Saying...” – 6

RCSD Corner – 7

My Favorite Public Servant – 7

Homeless Shelter Kids’ Room – 8

La Tartine Bakery – 10

News Briefs – 13

Redwood City Through the Years – 16

Public Input into Jail Site – 17

Nonprofits in Action – 18

The Service League Way – 20

Nonprofits in the News – 23

Cultural Events – 28

Redwood City Pride – 30

Community Interest – 36

Finance: Balance Retirement, College – 37

Senior Activities – 37

A Minute With John Seybert – 38

The Spectrum

Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot

Fundraisers are always the highlight of any nonprofit organization’s season. They

bring people who care together for a common cause, and that is usually the desire

to help others. We had originally intended the story on this month’s cover subject

— the Service League — as a story to inform our community of its major event this


But after publisher Steve Penna read contributing writer Michael Erler’s story, he

quickly made it the main feature of our August issue. So Penna arranged a cover photo

shoot with KC Clapper, the assistant to the executive director, for Wednesday, Aug. 13,

at 2 p.m. at the Service League office on Middlefield Road.

Penna and cover story photographer James Kaspar arrived at almost the same time

and started shooting pictures of the outside of the building. They were soon met by

program director Mike Nevin, whom Penna and Kaspar have known for years. They

were then joined by Clapper, and the four shot in different areas of the building.

After those pictures were completed, Kaspar and Nevin made a trip to the Friendly

Acres neighborhood, where the Service League’s Hope House is located, to complete

the shoot. Penna had a pressing deadline and could not make it.

Upon arrival, Kaspar and Nevin were greeted by Hope House director Karen

Francone and the residents who live there. There was a lot of laughter while they shot

inside and outside the home. The women seemed to be proud of where they were, and

Nevin and Francone shared the feelings with constant smiles and hugs.

The entire shoot took around two hours, and everyone left inspired and supportive of

each other.

The Spectrum salutes the Service League for not only their commitment to our

community but to the people they provide services for. The Hope House is described as

a residential treatment program for women; that is its crowning achievement. But it and

the Service League are so much more. It is home to so many!

San Mateo County Historical Association

Invites you to

D i s c o v e r

a n O l d P l a c e

i n a N e w W o r l d

San Mateo County


Friday, SEPTEMBER 12


STORIES FROM THE PAST PROGRAM presents a story of Secundino Robles

and his family’s life on a California rancho. Crafts and exhibit tour included.

Sunday, SEPTEMBER 14

Noon—4 pm


A new play set in the 1890’s, Gossip Behind the Gates, is the story about people

who lived their lives “Behind the Gates of the Great Estates.” FREE ADMISSION

Thursday, SEPTEMBER 25


Tribute to the Historic Lane Family of San Mateo County. Gala will be held inside

the History Museum and then screening of film at the Fox Theatre.

All association members are invited.

More than you expec ted . . .

Surprise Yoursel f !


$4 Adults

$2 Student/Senior

Children 5 and under FREE

Members always FREE

San Mateo County


2200 Broadway, Redwood City

Tel: 650-299-0104


P.S. The People Speak: Letters to the Editor

OSV requires a vote for change

Dear Editor,

The Open Space Vote (OSV) initiative has qualified for the ballot and, if

passed, will give citizens the right to vote on any proposal to develop open

space lands, including Cargill’s 1,433 acres of former salt ponds. With over

6,500 Redwood City voters signing the OSV measure, it’s clear this is a vote

that Redwood City residents absolutely want.

Residents should know this vote extends only to changes in open space

zoning or General Plan uses. Legal analysis of OSV clearly states that all

uses allowed under current zoning can be permitted without a vote. For

example, existing uses allow expanding the Redwood Shores wastewater

plant or the Red Morton Park senior center without a vote. OSV cannot

legally take this permitting authority away from the city. OSV requires a vote

only for changes that would allow development of open space inconsistent

with existing zoning.

Lynne Trulio & Judy Serebrin

Redwood City

Open Space Vote protects neighborhood parks

Dear Editor,

Neighborhood parks are constantly being eroded — for a new fire station,

or day care, or a museum. (All apple pie — how can you oppose these!)

However, these take away open space and recreation area forever. Because

park land is “free,” city councils find it easier to use this land to launch

other needed projects. The latest trend is taking park land for developing

“workforce housing.” (Also apple pie!)

Redwood City’s Open Space Vote measure is visionary in that it protects

parks as well as critical baylands. This is why 20 percent of the registered

voters signed the petition in such a short time to put it on the November

ballot. The council should listen to its constituents.

Gita Dev

Cargill’s infamous corporate environmental record

Dear Editor,

Cargill, Inc., a privately held, multinational corporation, which owns 1,433

acres of Redwood City’s baylands, would have us believe they are good

environmental stewards. Their track record says otherwise.

In 1992, the Council on Economic Priorities (CEP) said that the company

had the worst environmental record in the agribusiness industry. Cargill’s

record was tainted by the 1988 spill of 40,000 gallons of phosphoric acid into

the mouth of the Alafia River in Florida, which killed a large quantity of fish.

A subsidiary, Gardinier, paid a $2 million fine.

In 1995, Cargill and other companies agreed to pay for the cleanup of a

Superfund site along the Fox River in Illinois, where toxic chemicals had

been dumped for many years.

In 1997, Cargill’s Ladish, Wis., malting unit paid $450,000 for criminal

violations in connection with the death of a worker who fell from a grain

elevator fire escape.

In 2000, Cargill’s beef, pork and poultry operations in Waco, Texas, had to

recall 17 million pounds of turkey products after an outbreak of listeria.

In 2001, Cargill’s North Star Steel subsidiary paid $7.7 million to settle

allegations that it misled Arizona officials about emissions from the

company’s plant near Kingman.

In 2001, Cargill paid an administrative penalty of $60,000 to Linn County,

Iowa, for failing to file required air pollution control reports.

In 2002, Cargill Pork paid a $1 million fine for illegal dumping of hog

manure at its facility near Martinsburg, Mo.

In 2004, a Cargill fertilizer plant in Hillsborough, Fla., dumped 60 million

gallons of toxic wastewater into a creek that feeds into Tampa Bay and was

fined $270,000.

In 2005, Cargill signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice

and the EPA that settled charges that the company’s plants throughout the

country had violated the Clean Air Act. Cargill agreed to pay a fine of $1.6

million and to spend $130 million on pollution reduction.

In 2006, Greenpeace protested Cargill’s destruction of the Brazilian

rainforest to allow expanded soybean production.

In 2007, Cargill Salt’s plant in Newark, Calif., was the site of a series of

spills of toxic brine into a canal. The company has been fined several times

over the incidents, the latest being a $228,000 penalty.

In 2007, Cargill announced recalls for 2 million pounds of ground beef

after outbreaks of E. coli poisoning. The recalls included beef that had been

treated with carbon monoxide — a process that makes meat look fresher longer.

The Cargill salt marsh lands are our last remaining bayland parcel, which

should be restored to full tidal wetlands like the South Bay Restoration

Project. This area is highly valuable for recreation, flood protection and

carbon sequestration as well as the migrating birds and wildlife.

Voters in Redwood City need to have a say about their future, not just

Cargill and seven members of the City Council.

Cynthia Denny

Redwood City

Not about open space

Dear Editor,

There are a couple of misconceptions in the Redwood City charter

amendment debate that really need clarification. First, some proponents state

that the homes affected by the measure are really “not affected” because

zoning regulations protect them. This would be true if the measure under

consideration addressed zoning. It does not, however. It specifically addresses

the general plan. While the general plan is a foundation of zoning, it is an

entirely different discussion.

The proposed amendment requires a two-thirds voter approval in Redwood

City on building and improvements on hundreds of acres of private property

designated as potential park and open space in the general plan, not land that

has been zoned park and open space.

These letter-writers also claim that the simple fix would be to redesignate

the property in the general plan. However, the amendment locks all that land

into the current designation, so if the amendment passes, redesignation is not


That needs to be clearly stated not only in these letters to the editor but in

your news pages as well. I don’t think it has been clearly reported as such, or

we might not be having this discussion.

Second, the amendment is reported to be a protection of city parks and has

been incorrectly reported as such in the Aug. 11 edition of the Daily Journal

(“County to comment on change”). In fact, it only protects half the parks, and

approximately 90 percent of the land covered is actually private property,

much of which is currently used for industrial purposes.

We need to make those distinctions very clear in this debate. This is not

about open space or parks. Those issues are afterthoughts. This is really

about how the citizens of Redwood City can use their own private property.

Lou Covey

Redwood City

What are we thinking?

Dear Editor,

In reading the newspaper a few days ago, I saw an advertisement for voting

“no” on Measure W, which has to do with the subject of open space in the

city of Redwood City. I saw that the Redwood City Parks and Recreation

Department and members of the Parks and Recreation Commission are

all endorsing and asking voters to say “no” to Measure W and not allow

outsiders like a company and/or group from Oakland to purchase the open

space and maybe build something such as a factory and/or plant that might

(continues on page 23)

The Spectrum

As I Was


Publisher | Steve Penna

I recently celebrated my 50th birthday or, as

everyone seems to refer to it, “the Big FIVE-O.”

Numbers have really never meant that much to

me, and I am not going to freak out because I am

turning a certain age or whatever those people do

who make this number so important and dreadful.

I guess having a major health crisis and lifealtering

surgery a year ago kind of causes one to

want to celebrate no matter what number it is, and

celebrate I did.

I threw a party for 130 of my closest friends,

many of whom were turning “the Big FIVE-O”

themselves this year because they are family and

friends from grade school and high school. I am

fortunate to have a very eclectic and wide-ranging

group of friends. I can easily go from having an

intense conversation with a political figure and

then turn around and have a similar one with a

student volunteer I might be helping out. It is

what I enjoy and keeps me from not feeling 50. So

throwing a party was more about celebrating that

they are special to me.

But the whole number thing has really got me

thinking about the role it/they play in my life.

Take, for instance: I wake up to a number on my

clock, take a certain number of pills each morning

to keep me alive, make sure I am on time for a

meeting at whatever time controlled by numbers,

as is the money I spend, a four-digit number for

my ATM card to work, go to the gym and have

my membership number scanned for entrance,

have to watch my weight so I am controlled by

the numbers on the scale, have to count calories

all day and not go over a certain number of them,

have to have income to pay my bills — both of

which are numbers, driver’s license number, social

security number and then, before I fall asleep, the

last thing I look at is the clock. Get the picture?

No wonder one feels like a number and thinks they

are so important.

Oh, getting back to “the Big FIVE-O.” I read in

a magazine that if a man is not married, which I

am not (at least once, another number) by the time

he is 50, he is either afraid of commitment (oh,

don’t go there; I could talk for days), gay (I know

it is not politically correct to deny such things, but

as far as I can tell so far, I am not) or a “player,”

meaning he has a lot of sexual relationships and

is not content with just one (sounds like fun but

is not my style, at least not at 50). The article did

not mention that the one turning 50 may just be

content with his life and his career and that having

fantastic family and friends is fulfilling. Go figure!

Why would you want someone to feel that way

and not live a stereotypical life of marriage, kids

and things you should have accomplished by 50?

If numbers tend to control our lives, I guess I

can see how a birthday could affect one’s mindset.

I choose not to live in that world anymore and

simply don’t care. I feel great at 50. Yes, I could

lose a few pounds, vacation more, I guess do a lot

more of whatever I am supposed to. But for now

I am content with what I have and whom I spend

my time with. Fifty is not the new 30 or 20 or 40.

It is 50, and thank goodness I am there and feel the

way I do.

I guess it could be worse and expectations

higher. I could be a female turning “the Big FIVE-

O.” Have you noticed all the international press

about Madonna doing so? It is like everyone does

not want her to be successful, healthy and kickin’

ass on the world at 50. “Looks good for 50.” Go

figure! Why would you want someone to feel that way

and not live a stereotypical life? We are not alone.


Now, the number 50 may not mean a lot to me,

but it will to our community in this November’s

election. Undoubtedly you have heard about

the two measures on the ballot concerning our

community and supposed open space. Haven’t

you? Let me bring you up to speed.

After the Open Space Coalition (OSC) gathered

the required signatures to qualify their issue for

the ballot, and the City Council accepted it, it was

given the title Measure W. (Measure W deals with

making a change to our city charter.) Not leaving

well enough alone and going against all political

advice and, to tell the truth, common sense, the

City Council decided to place another on the same

ballot, and it is called Measure V. (Measure V will

require any development on the Cargill Salt land

to be voted on by us.) The latter was seen as a way

to deal with the homeowners in our community

that, according to the city attorney, will be affected

by the first measure, should it pass. Now, because

whichever measure gets 50 percent plus 1 vote of

approval and has more votes than the other, that

measure will go into effect. Confused? Don’t feel

alone, as many in our community are, and that is

what the OSC wanted, and the council gave it to

them. Divide and conquer. Confuse and defuse.

Had there been only one measure on the

ballot, the sides would have been organized and

campaigns would have been waged clearly for us

all to understand. Why confuse the voters with two

when so much is at stake?

Now the groups against Measure W are waging

different fights. Some of the neighbors affected

in Docktown, on Valota Road and in Redwood

Shores have splintered off from the two main

groups — the Citizens to Protect Redwood City

and the Citizens Against Costly Initiatives — and

started their own minicampaigns. So basically you

have the OSC united for Measure W and against

Measure V, while the other groups are divided and

campaigning for different outcomes for V with the

one common thread that they want W to fail.

Got it? So we have a clear fight for and against

Measure W, and the ones for and against Measure

V are coming from both sides. How bizarre

is that? The ones campaigning for W are still

claiming that this is all about open space — it

was but is not now. It is about changing the city

charter and using a new method of government

with regard to development issues. It is not only

about the Cargill property; it is about some parks

and supposed open space in our community, and

it does affect some of our neighbors’ property,

according to our city attorney. Regardless of the

outcome, this is just an attorney’s dream come true.

The ones campaigning against W are touting the

fact that the OSC is led by an “out-of-town” group

from Oakland, the Save The Bay group. They do

not tout that that group has, according to them,

“several hundred” members in our community, as

does the Friends of Redwood City, who defeated

the Marina Shores Measure a few years ago. So

both sides will be issuing statements that are filled

with half-truths and made to draw you to their

side. Get ready; it has already started.

It is going to be a bloodbath of an election with

hundreds of thousands of dollars spent to sway

your vote. That is a fact.


As we all gear up for this November’s election

to change our city charter, I have been conflicted

as to what role I am to play, if any. I was taught

very early in my media career that the relationship

one holds with one’s readers should be of honesty,

integrity and complete openness — I guess it is

like all relationships in our lives.

I have always respected my role and the

relationship I have with my readers. I respect the

fact that you can make your own decisions and

are intelligent enough to dissect dishonesty and

character flaws. That is one of the main reasons

neither The Spectrum nor I have never endorsed a

City Council candidate or city measure or election

(continues on page 35)

RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District

Redwood City Students Gain Math Edge in Stanford Program

When Steven Povedo’s mother first signed him up to participate in the Pre-

College Math Institute (PCMI) a few years ago, run jointly by the Stanford

School of Engineering and the Redwood City School District, he didn’t like

the idea of spending long summer days studying math. But after completing

the program in the summer of 2006, there was no question about how he

would spend the summer of 2007.

“My son kept asking me not to forget to sign him up,” said his mother,

Anna Solorio. “Now my daughter can’t wait for her turn to go, after listening

to her brother talk about the program. Even though she saw her brother

working hard, and doing homework during the summer, she wants to go.”

Steven’s mother added that math is now her son’s favorite class and his

strongest subject.

For 17 years, PCMI has given middle school students in Redwood City

the opportunity to gain up to one year’s growth in math ability during an

intensive six-week program.

The program is the brainchild of Dr. Noe Lozano, associate dean at the

Stanford School of Engineering. In 1992, Lozano and his wife, Vira, who

at the time was a teacher at Hoover School in Redwood City, envisioned a

program that would give local students skills and passion for math, which

opens the door for myriad academic opportunities in high school and beyond.

“We know that the level of math students are at in 8th grade determines

their course of study in high school,” said RCSD Deputy Superintendent John

Baker, who as principal of Hoover School in 1992 worked with the Lozanos

to get the program launched. “If they have completed algebra by the end of

8th grade, they are able to register for honors classes in high school. Without

8th grade algebra, their options are more limited. Dr. Lozano has a passion

for building academic competency through math skills, so that students who

might not otherwise consider a college-prep course of study have the academic

building blocks they need to succeed later.”

PCMI is designed to inspire students who never dreamed they could pursue

a career in math, science or engineering by building confidence in their math ability.

“What we want to do is make students who are just average in math into

math nerds!” said Lozano. He added that for many first-generation Englishspeaking

students, math provides a common language that acts as an

equalizer in academic achievement. “Math skills are tangible and concrete,

and provide the basis for logical thinking in the humanities, as well as

providing the fundamental building blocks for the sciences.”

Stanford student tutors work alongside teachers from the Redwood City

School District in classrooms on the Stanford campus. Math instruction is

combined with special projects such as construction and launching of bottle

rockets and recreational activities such as swimming and walking on the

Stanford campus. Besides learning math, students also work on study skills,

test taking and building a work ethic that will help them succeed in high


Classroom teachers recommend students for the program, and the

students selected are those whose math skills are just under grade level but

who show potential for stronger academic performance. The 130 students

who participated in the program this past year represented a diverse group

of students from many backgrounds throughout Redwood City. Stanford

hosts and provides supplies for the program, which is funded by the school

district’s summer school funds. There is no cost for students to attend.

Over the years, more than 2,000 Redwood City students have completed

the program. Students’ math skills are assessed by a test before they start the

program and another after they complete it. Most students make significant

progress, and some students score as much as 100 percent higher on the postassessment

test than the pre-assessment test.

Lozano has been proven right about inspiring students to dream big.

Over the years, graduates of the program have gone on to attend Stanford,

Berkeley and Ivy League colleges. Several former students have served as

student tutors at Stanford’s PCMI program to a new generation of aspiring

“math nerds” from Redwood City schools!

My Favorite Public Servant: Dewey Duran & Ernie Gomez – Redwood City Firefighters

By Lori McBride, Redwood City resident

As soon as I read the request to submit a story about my favorite public

servant, I knew immediately whom to write about.

In April 1995, my husband, Dennis, took our son Cory, who was almost

9, to story time at Secret Staircase Bookstore, which was in downtown

Redwood City. They read a book about firefighters to the children. Both our

boys loved reading books about firefighters and knew the names of all the

types of trucks, engines and equipment firefighters used.

Two Redwood City firefighters, Ernie Gomez and Dewey Duran, were

there. They spoke with the children about fire safety. Dennis and Cory spent

some time talking with them, and Ernie and Dewey invited them to come

to the main station for a visit. Dennis and Cory headed right over there and

spent four hours (from 1 to 5 p.m.) having a memorable experience. Cory

had a full tour of the fire station, learned about all the tools on the trucks and

engines, got to wear the turnout gear with air pack and got to help shoot water

from the water cannon on the engine. On the way home, he told Dennis,

“This is the best day of my life.” They came home, baked chocolate chip

cookies and took them, along with ice cream, back to the fire station that night.

Since I had been home with Casey (age 5) and missed this experience,

Ernie and Dewey invited us to come the following Saturday, which we did.

For a couple of hours, Cory and Casey had an incredible experience, and

Dennis and I had so much fun watching them. They were shown every

apparatus. They even got to sit in the tiller rig and help spray water!

Dennis and I were impressed with the kindness, warmth, patience and

sense of humor these firefighters had with our children.

We became friends with both Ernie and Dewey, and our sons have many

wonderful memories of visiting the fire station, riding on the historical

engine in the Fourth of July parade, and riding on an engine to deliver

holiday gifts.

Casey decided he was interested in becoming a firefighter and when he

was a senior in high school, trying to decide which path to follow, Ernie

suggested Casey come talk with him at the fire station. We went to visit Ernie

and spoke with him and the other firefighters at the station to get their advice

about pursuing a career in firefighting. Their advice was very helpful in

Casey’s decision about which direction to take with his college career.

In addition to touching our family’s lives, I can only imagine how many

others have benefited from their interactions. They go above and beyond any

expectations the public might have for Redwood City firefighters. We feel

blessed to have them as our friends.

Tell our community what you think!

Express your opinion by writing a “Letter to the Editor.” If you want to

comment on anything in our community, send your correspondence

to The Spectrum Magazine, Letter to the Editor, P.O. Box 862,

Redwood City, CA 94064, or Let your

voice be heard!

Who’s your favorite public servant?

We ask our readers to submit their stories about a favorite Redwood

City public servant in 500 words or less. Do you want to recognize a

police officer, firefighter or any city/county employee who has gone far

and beyond their job responsibilities to assist you or who is making

a difference in our community? Let us know by sending your story to

The Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064, or

The Spectrum

Children’s Room Opens at Redwood City Homeless Shelter

A children’s room designed by experts in early

childhood development and dedicated to a family

who lost their infant son opened at a Redwood

City homeless shelter.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the

Shelter Network’s Redwood Family House

homeless shelter, and the shelter’s children rushed

into the new room, known as Maxwell Soke

Brenner Memorial Bright Space, to explore the

new furniture, books, computers and toys, Shelter

Network Development Manager Amy Wright said.

The whole space just looks so warm and

inviting,” she said.

Wright said Shelter Network runs six homeless

shelters, including four family shelters, in San

Mateo County. The Bright Space at the Redwood

Family House is the first of four that will be

opened at each of the nonprofit’s family shelters.

The spaces are a project by the Bright Horizons

Foundation for Children in partnership with

community agencies across the county.

The foundation was started in 1999 as a way

for Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc.,

which operates hundreds of employer-sponsored

child care and early education centers in the

U.S., Canada and Europe, to serve communities

where its employees work and live, according to

spokeswoman Karin Weaver.

The foundation creates Bright Spaces

— comfortable, welcoming areas for at-risk kids

and families to learn and play — as one of its

programs, Weaver said.

Shelter officials had heard of the Bright Spaces

program, and the foundation was enthusiastic

about Shelter Network’s work and agreed to create

the rooms at its facilities.

The Maxwell Soke Brenner Bright Space is part

of an effort to pay tribute to the family of Susan

Brenner, a senior vice president of operations for

Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Weaver said.

Brenner’s grandson Max was born with a

medical condition that claimed his life when

he was only 3 months old, Weaver said. Bright

Horizons staff raised about $20,000 to open a

Bright Space at the Redwood Family Home in the

infant’s name, she said.

Wright said the child’s parents live in the Bay

Area, providing an opportunity to pay tribute to

them through the Bright Space at the Redwood

Family home.

“It all just kind of came together for them and

for us, and it was just a really great connection,”

Wright said.

Brenner family members traveled from

across the country to attend the ribbon-cutting

Wednesday morning, the culmination of an effort

Weaver said has been “a healing process” for the


The Maxwell Soke Brenner Memorial Bright

Space was designed, as are other Bright Spaces,

by experts to specifically meet the educational

and developmental needs of children of all age

groups, Wright said.

The Redwood Family House, home to nine

homeless families with children ranging from

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“We Really Believe in This Place”:

La Tartine Bakery

By Judy Buchan, Contributing Writer

As I walked into La Tartine Bakery in

downtown Redwood City, my mind flashed

back to at least 40 years ago, when the

Redwood City Beauty School occupied the site.

And I recalled the morning when a budding

student stylist managed to take a small chunk

out of my ear while she tried to cut my hair.

Thank goodness, times have changed.

Walk into La Tartine today and you’ll

find the noise of old-fashioned hood hair

dryers and the smell of peroxide have been

replaced with music and the sumptuous

smell of great food.

“We had a couple of small, Asian-style

coffee shops,” said owner Monique Nguyen.

She and her fiance, Drew Nguyen, whose

family has 20 years of experience in baking,

wanted their next culinary venture to be

along the lines of a European cafe — “nice,

elegant, casual.”

So they traveled to France and came back

with ideas that have been brought to life in

their venue at 830 Middlefield Road.

The richly paneled walls exude the

elegance Monique and Drew were searching

for. Add to that the large windows that open

to Theatre Way and the pleasant outdoor patio,

and you couldn’t ask for more.

La Tartine opened on July 4, 2007, and is

fast becoming a downtown place to be. Their

Peninsula patrons agree. Here’s a sample of

online reviews:

“I love this place and seem to end up

here at least once a week. First perk is that

its open good and late! If you are going

to catch a movie or come out from one at

night, chances are you can get something

sweet from La Tartine before heading home.”


“Great focaccia sandwiches (vegetarianfriendly

options too), yummy soups, delicious

pastries and the coffee is pretty darn good.

Staff is always friendly and efficient. Great

ambiance and convenient downtown RWC

location. I’ve eaten there at least a dozen times

now and never a bad experience.” (San Carlos)

“This is a wonderful place to do my work

on the laptop, as yesterday I was on ATT

G3 laptop support for four hours!” (San


“Moving from SF to the Peninsula has

been hard, but I love love love how much

Redwood City is changing and growing. I

love that there are places like Tartine where

you can sit outside and enjoy the sun, sip

a cafe and [eat] a delicious French pastry!

Tartine won’t kick you out and be rude;

they let you chill out and enjoy. Also, the

food is fantastic; it’s half ambiance and half

wonderful pastries. Go and check it out, but

give yourself time to chill out and chat with

your friends. It’s not fast food!” (Burlingame)

Why Redwood City? “We were looking

for a really good spot,” Nguyen said. “We

were impressed with what’s happening in

downtown, and we wanted to bring a unique

spirit to Redwood City.

“We came from San Jose,” she continued,

and “we’ve found that people in Redwood

City are very genuine. We want this place to

be like family.”

Initial plans called for La Tartine to take a

space in the cinema project. Those plans

eventually fell through, so “we called John

[Anagnostou]. And he said, ‘Do I have a

place for you!’”

Indeed he did, and the past year has

seen the joys and frustrations of getting the

business up and running. “Things [are] not

happening fast enough,” Nguyen admitted.

The Century 12 complex remaining open

and the bugs to be worked out of the new

parking meters and parking plan were two

items of concern.

“We heard a lot of complaints from our

customers about parking. People wondered

why it was being made so difficult,” Nguyen

told me.

In addition, she said it took a year to get

their outdoor patio approved. Theatre Way

pavers had to be cleaned from car oil stains,

and the approval for planters seemed to take

forever. Fortunately, the process was helped

along by Mayor Rosanne Foust. “She really

pushed hard for us,” Nguyen said.

The menu includes coffee, breads,

pastries, soups and sandwiches.

“Sandwiches make up one third of our core

business,” Nguyen told me. “They are really


And ooh la la, the pastries! “We hired a

French pastry chef to design our pastries,”

Nguyen told me. “The French chef trained

our pastry chef.

“Everything is fresh here, with natural

ingredients. We have organic milk and

organic coffee.”

Also on tap are beer and wine, a menu

addition that Nguyen described as “the best

investment we’ve made.”

Nguyen is also proud of La Tartine’s efforts

to go green. “We use all recycled products here.”

One would think that the current

troublesome economy might affect business

at La Tartine, but Nguyen hasn’t seen any

indication of that happening. “There’s

been no drop-off,” she told me. “We are

reasonably priced, right in the middle.”

Of course, it helps to be right across the

way from the Century 20. With late hours

and live music on the weekends, La Tartine

captures moviegoers who need a bit more

great food and nightlife before heading home

for the evening.

La Tartine’s hours: Monday–Wednesday

7 a.m.–10 p.m., Thursday 7 a.m.–11 p.m.,

Friday–Saturday 7 a.m.–midnight, Sunday

7 a.m.–11 p.m. Call 650-298-8278 for more

information, or visit them on the Internet at And be sure to be

put on their e-mail list.

Above all, once you visit La Tartine, you will

soon become part of the family. “We’ve met

so many great people here,” Nguyen said

with a smile.

“We want people to know each other and

build relationships. We are family, and we

want everybody to be family.”

Right now, their advertising is, as Nguyen

put it, “by word of mouth.” You need to

visit them and help spread the word that

the stinky old beauty school has become a

shining gem in downtown.

“We believe in this place — our business

and Redwood City,” Nguyen said with a

definitely positive attitude. With that strong

belief in themselves and in the future of

Redwood City, and knowing that all good

things usually take more time than planned

on, Monique and Drew should have a bright

future ahead.

La Tartine Bakery

830 Middlefield Road

Redwood City, CA 94063

Phone: 650-298-8278

Fax: 650-298-8379

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News Briefs

Escapee Kills Redwood City


A 16-year-old who walked away

from a juvenile detention camp in

San Mateo County was arrested on

suspicion of fatally stabbing a 23-

year-old in Redwood City.

Adrian Sedano, 16, a resident of unincorporated

San Mateo County, and Christian Lopez, 16, were

arrested at approximately 4 a.m. after killing a

23-year-old outside an apartment complex at

551 Geneva Ave. in Redwood City. Both were

arraigned as adults on murder charges.

Sedano is allegedly a recent walk-away from

Camp Glenwood, a San Mateo County honor

camp in La Honda. Law enforcement officials

would not release details of his walk-away or the

crimes that put him there because laws prohibit

disclosure of juvenile criminal records.

This is the second case this year in which

a juvenile escaped from a San Mateo County

detention facility. In February, 17-year-old Josue

Orozco escaped from the San Mateo County

Juvenile Hall, where he was awaiting a murder trial.

Law enforcement was already looking for

Sedano when the incident occurred.

The fight allegedly started between a group

of girls at the 7-Eleven at the corner of Hess

and Woodside roads in Redwood City. The fight

continued to spark up during the evening and

resulted in Sedano, Lopez and the 23-year-old

getting into an altercation in front of the apartment

on Geneva Avenue. Police quickly obtained a

search warrant for one of the apartments. Inside,

police found Sedano and Lopez arguing with two

girls from the earlier fight, said Redwood City

police Sgt. Sean Hart.

A history of run-ins made Sedano a familiar

face to law enforcement. His previous arrests most

recently put him in Camp Glenwood.

Camp Glenwood is a dorm-like facility that

houses up to 62 wards who would otherwise be

shipped off to state facilities for their crimes.

Wards are usually serving sentences for minor

crimes like substance abuse, petty theft or lowlevel

burglaries and “can’t work well” in their

normal environment. They are not there for assault

or battery convictions, said Jim Nordman, deputy

chief of institutions for the San Mateo County

Probation Department.

Sentencing to Camp Glenwood is at the

discretion of the San Mateo County judge

overseeing the juvenile’s case, said Chief Deputy

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

There is no indication what judge sentenced

Sedano to Camp Glenwood.

The camp has one probation employee per 15

wards in addition to other administrative and

service employees, Nordman said.

The low-security camp is located in La Honda

west of Skyline Boulevard and was originally run

as a summer camp. Wards awake every morning to

a series of chores and are placed under a structured

schedule during the day. With good behavior,

wards earn weekend passes home, Nordman said.

However, it is not unusual to have a youth walk

away without permission, Nordman said.

Nordman could not say how often youth walk

away. However, many are caught.

“It’s fairly remote. There is only really one

road to civilization — either over the hill or to the

coast,” Nordman said. “You either have to walk,

hitchhike or have someone pick you up.”

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is

notified when a ward walks away from one of the

two San Mateo County honor camps.

The Sheriff’s Office was notified of such a

situation, said Lt. Ray Lunny.

More information was not available about that

notification, Lunny said.

It is unclear whether Sedano was the same

ward who escaped. Another unconfirmed report

indicated he left the camp in July.

Construction Worker Injured

in 101 Hit-and-Run

The California Highway Patrol is

reporting a hit-and-run collision on

northbound U.S. Highway 101 in

Redwood City that caused moderate

injuries to a construction worker.

According to CHP Officer Robert Haven, a

silver Dodge sedan struck the construction worker,

who was on the highway in an area just north of

the Whipple Avenue exit.

All lanes except for the No. 1 lane were closed

on the highway overnight due to construction,

Haven said. The vehicle apparently swerved

into the construction area and struck the victim,

according to the CHP.

The victim was transported to an area hospital

with moderate injuries, Haven said.

The vehicle that struck the victim is missing a

right side mirror, according to the CHP, which has

no further information about the vehicle.

Drive-By Driver Gets 40 to

Life Sentence

The 24-year-old Sureño convicted

of second-degree murder for

driving fellow gang members to

kill who they thought was a rival

Norteño in Redwood City received

40 years to life in prison.

Faustino Ayala received a sentence of 15 years

to life for the murder plus an additional 25-year

term for the use of a firearm in the 2005 death of

21-year-old Francisco Rodriguez. On June 23,

after a 19-day trial, jurors found Ayala guilty.

Ayala’s defense maintained he didn’t know a

passenger in his vehicle was carrying or planning

to use a firearm. The alleged actual shooter, Josue

Orozco, escaped from the Youth Services Center in

February while awaiting trial and remains at large.

On July 12, 2005, Rodriguez was working in

his carport at 475 Redwood Ave. with his family

just inside when the car driven by Ayala stopped.

A masked passenger in the back, Orozco, then 14,

stepped outside the car and allegedly fired a shot

into Rodriguez’s head while the man, slowed by a

deformed leg, limped away.

After Rodriguez’s shooting, the men stashed

the guns in East Palo Alto but were arrested

within the next day. Prosecutors charged Orozco

as an adult, making him the youngest murder

defendant charged as such in county history. The

three juveniles involved — Edgar Alvarez, 17,

Juan Orozco, 16, and Daniel Vargas, 17 — were

convicted of first-degree murder in March 2007

and sentenced that fall to incarceration at the

former California Youth Authority.

During Ayala’s trial, prosecutor Josh Stauffer

told jurors he had to sanction the shooting as a

so-called made man in the gang and was well

aware of the purpose when the group headed

out. Ayala, according to Stauffer, drove by once,

circled the block and came back again slowly to

accommodate the shooting.

Rodriguez had been a Norteño but since left the

life in 2001 for marriage and family.

Defense attorney Vince O’Malley told jurors

Ayala was intoxicated and thought the gang

wanted a fight. He conceded knowing there was

a baseball bat in the car but was unaware of a

firearm, according to the defense.

Although he didn’t pull the trigger himself, he

was considered equally culpable under the law.

The defense called no witnesses and O’Malley

asked jurors to keep an open mind despite Ayala’s

admitted gang affiliation and prior record.

After Ayala’s arrest, he was also charged with

another crime while at the jail. He and convicted

murderer Brian Dean Hedlin, 26, were charged

with battery and assault for allegedly attacking a

correctional officer in the jail in April 2007. Ayala

won’t be transferred to San Quentin Prison until

after the completion of that trial.

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Ghosts on Wheels

By John Edmonds and the Archives Board of the Redwood City Public Library

John Poole, Civil War veteran, driver for

Knights Stage Line, member Grand Army

of the Republic, Redwood City chapter

Knights stage at Cavello’s, formerly Sears, store in La Honda

The Knights family moved

into their new residence

on Sausal Creek in the

town of Searsville in the

early 1850s. Abel Knights

worked in the lumber

industry, which was the

primary employment in

that area at the time. Abel

and Elizabeth Knights

had a son they named

Simon, who grew up to

be one of the best-known

men in Redwood City and

throughout southern San

Mateo County.

Simon worked, when he became

of age, in the lumber business as

so many of his neighbors did, but

rather than going west when the

timber ran out on the east side of

the mountain, he chose a different


The San Mateo County Gazette

wrote about Simon Knights’ first

efforts on June 29, 1869: “S.

L. Knights has put on a stage

between Redwood City and

the Summit House on the San

Gregorio Turnpike. The stage leaves

Redwood City every afternoon on

the arrival of the first train from

San Francisco and returns from

the Summit House in the morning,

arriving in Redwood City in time

for the 9 o’clock train for San

Francisco. By this arrangement

passengers can make the trip from

the Summit House and Woodside to

the city and back on the same day.”

Simon and his family were still

living in their home at Searsville

when his new career began. He

established an office in the

American Hotel at the foot of Bridge

Street, now called Broadway. A

Street stopped at Redwood Creek

and Bridge Street continued on

the eastern side to dead end at the

American House. Soon Mound

Street, or Main Street, was added in

front of the hotel.

The Summit Springs Hotel

opened in 1868 and became

something of a small city about a

half mile east of the ridge on what

we now call King’s Mountain Road.

The hotel originally opened because

it took all day to cut and mill the

lumber and haul it up from west

of the ridge to the top. The only

way down was on the established

logging road where the hotel was

established. It had a stable, a

Chinese laundry, a saloon and very

nice accommodations.

Simon Knights purchased lots

1, 2 and 3 in the block bounded by

Phelps (Middlefield), Beech, Heller

and Cedar Streets in Redwood

City. It was here that he constructed

his stables and kept a substantial

number of horses and wagons.

Simon Knights’ stage line was

not the first stage line that traveled

from San Francisco to San Jose. The

first was the Whistman, Hall and

Crandall stage line. It drove and

established the route, overcoming

the difficulties of the large number

of creeks that had to be crossed.

The first line started in January

1855, five years after California was

admitted into the union. This route

continued with several different

companies running it until the San

Francisco and San Jose Railroad

was established in 1864.

A poem written by a passenger

describes, to some extent, the

experience that many felt in riding

the stage coach. It doesn’t compare

well with the description of the

experience on Simon Knights’ stage


Creeping through the valley,

crawling o’er the hill,

Splashing through the branches,

rumbling o’er the mill;

Putting nervous gentlemen in a

towering rage,

What is so provoking as riding in

a stage?

Spinsters fair and forty, maids in

youthful charms,

Suddenly are cast into their

neighbors’ arms:

Children shoot like squirrels

darting through a cage —

Isn’t it delightful, riding in a


Feet are interlacing, heads

severely bumped,

Friend and foe together get their

noses thumped;

Dresses act as carpets — listen to

the sage:

“Life is but a journey taken in a


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Public Will Give Input Into Redwood City Jail Site

County staff expect to have a short list of possible

sites for a new jail by the end of the year and hold

at least three different forums in the fall to hear

from the public, many of whom have made it quite

clear they do not want such a facility in Redwood City.

The Board of Supervisors’ recent opposition to

a Redwood City initiative crimping development

on land deemed open space threw a new wrench

into the debate over location. If the county can’t

unload the current jail site on Maple Street in

Redwood City, the supervisors surmised at their

last meeting, the jail will undoubtedly be rebuilt

on the land. The parcel is untouchable as county

land but if sold to another party would be affected

by the initiative if it passes.

As a result, the county fears the land would not

bring in the bids, or the profit, needed to relocate

the jail to a new location.

The argument over the jail location turned into

a public war of words between Redwood City and

San Mateo County. Other issues — particularly

the charter change initiative — have since pushed

it out of public view, but the discussion is very

much alive.

County staff are currently outlining objective

criteria to rank the options and should head back

to the Board of Supervisors later this year with a

winnowed list, Board President Adrienne Tissier

wrote in an Aug. 5 update to the Redwood City


Specific dates aren’t yet set, but the goal is to

set the meeting up in the north, central and south

county, said county spokesman Marshall Wilson.

Any public hearing is expected to be

particularly watched in the southern portion of the

county because that is where the current women’s

and men’s facilities are currently located. Coupled

with the possibility of the Redwood City land

initiative passing, the discussion over the new

jail location could ask residents to prioritize the


Timing is critical to building a new jail because

of rising construction costs. The current $140

million price tag could balloon to $180 million

by 2012 if the county doesn’t act quickly for the

planned five-story building.

The state denied the county’s application for

up to $100 million in funding toward a new

facility, leaving the county faced with traditional

financing options like bonds. Purchasing land

rather than reusing the Maple Street site increases

the price tag.

The push for a jail is not a new issue but took

on new life earlier this year when the supervisors

considered buying the former Cemex parcel

near the current facility. The land, at 1402–1450

Maple St., is less than 1,000 feet away from

the already-approved 800-unit Peninsula Park

mixed-use development. The developer reportedly

grew incensed at the idea of a new multi-story

jail so near and threatened to pull out of the

project. The council in turn directed its wrath at

the county, accusing officials of jeopardizing its

hard-earned redevelopment plans and making

decisions without input from either the council or

the community. A grassroots group of opponents

established and continues

pushing back at the idea of a new or bigger

facility in their backyard.

Ultimately, the negotiations fell through and

Cemex came off the table. The county has since

said it was not trying to make deals without public


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Nonprofits in Action

Advocates for Children

For as little as 10 hours a month, you could make

a lasting difference in the life of an abused and

neglected child.

Each year, 600 to 800 San Mateo County

children enter the foster care system as a result of

abuse and neglect. 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 ( 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 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 ( for a

listing of events and dates.

Family Service Agency of San

Mateo County

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 their mentors.

As a mentor with Friends for Youth, you will

have access to group activities like bowling,

miniature golf and camping trips, plus free tickets

to Giants, 49ers, Warriors and Sharks games and

more. In just a few hours a week you can make a

difference in the life of someone like Reggie.

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@

Funders Bookstore

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!

Hearing Loss Association of the


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 offers free breastfeeding classes.

Moms (including babies), dads, grandmas and

friends are welcome. Classes are held the first

Saturday of each month at Mills Hospital in San

Mateo from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 650-327-MILK

(327-6455) to RSVP.

NMC also has breast pumps and breastfeeding

supplies available for purchase and rent. Call

650-364-9579. If you’d like to become a trained

counselor, call 650-365-2713. Visit their Web site


Optimist Club of Redwood City

The Optimists invite you to become a member of

Optimist International, one of the largest service

organizations in the world, where “bringing out

the best in kids” has been their mission for over

80 years. Whether you’re a club officer or a club

member who enjoys the fellowship and friendship

of others with a common greater good, Optimist

International needs and wants you as a member.

The Optimist Club of Redwood City meets

every Tuesday at 12 p.m. at Bakers Square, 949

Veterans Blvd. For information, call President

Anita-Mae Lollar at 650-366-7515 or John

Butterfield at 650-366-8803. Or come join them

for lunch to learn more about how you can make a


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

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.

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

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Rescue From the Abyss, the Service League Way

By Michael Erler

This is a story about re-entry.

Karen Clapper and Mike Nevin

Karen Francone-Hart

Re-entry is an odd word and an odder concept, far more complex and versatile than

we give it credit for. Ask the average person on the street about re-entry and more

likely than not they’ll talk about space shuttles and astronomy. Perhaps the history or

movie buffs will mention the Apollo 13 mission. Their words will center around the

concept of returning home from the moon, repenetrating Earth’s atmosphere, flying

through the heat and the fire and landing safe and unscathed, good as new.

This story, about a group of women living

in Redwood City and the program and

the people making it possible for them to

do so isn’t about that kind of re-entry, but

perhaps the description isn’t too far off.

It involves a group of people — inmates,

addicts, convicted criminals — who have,

through a series of circumstances, been

jettisoned from the rest of society. They’re

not in outer space per se, yet they exist in a

cold vacuum, adrift and weightless, a void

separating them from us. If they even bother

to scream anymore, they’re certain that no

one will hear; they’ve been ignored for so

long that how can it be any other way?

These women want to return home on solid

ground, to see their loved ones again, to feel

safe and secure, anchored and important.

They yearn to be subject to the rules of

gravity but bosses of themselves. They strive

to be in control of their fates and to pilot

their own lives. Most of all, they want to be

citizens of Earth again, the same as you or me.

All they have to do to get there is to make

it through the fire. That would make Mike

Nevin, in a way, Mission Control.

Nevin is the executive director of the

Service League, a nonprofit agency that’s

been around since 1960 for the purpose

of assisting and rehabilitating inmates,

probation cases and recent parolees of

the local county jails. He’s been on both

sides of the political fence when it comes to

observing and reacting to criminal behavior,

first as an inspector for the San Francisco

Police Department for 27 years and then as

mayor of Daly City between 1984 and 1989,

placed in that seat by his peers after winning

election to the City Council. He has served

on the Criminal Justice Council of San

Mateo County and the Narcotics Task Force,

a subcommittee of the Criminal Justice

Council. He’s forgotten more about the dark

world we see depicted through the soft lens

of TV and movies than we can ever learn. A

life spent in law enforcement has taught him

many lessons, but it hasn’t hardened him to

human nature.

Actually, the opposite happened.

The average person’s view of criminals

is to lock them up and throw away the key,”

Nevin explained from behind his desk at the

Service League offices at 727 Middlefield

Road, his head shaking from side to side.

They want to feel safe. But the average

person in county jail is getting out after six

or seven months. The average person even

in San Quentin is getting out in three to

five years. Whether you like it or not, these

people are getting back out into the street,

so from a safety standpoint and from an

economical standpoint, it makes more sense

to see what we can do to lessen the ration

for aggressive behavior, to lessen the odds

of violence.”

Nevin, long accustomed to public service

and making a difference, joined the Service

League a year and a half ago and has used

his Rolodex and his connections to take the

program to unseen heights.

The majority of our funds come from

the county jail. We have a contract with the

Sheriff department to provide our services

to the jail. We get funds from the county’s

A&D [Alcohol and Drugs] Program. We’ve

gotten more intensely involved in getting

grants. We’re getting now between 1.5 and

2 million dollars in grants. We also get state

and local funding, but very limited federal,

maybe $50,000 in HUD money to help with

the homeless. We have to raise the rest,” he

said, undaunted.

To that end, the Service League is hosting

a fundraising gala, dubbed “An Evening for

Hope,” on Sept. 19 on the campus of Notre

Dame de Namur University in Belmont.

KC Clapper, the assistant to the executive

director, brought into the fold at the Service

League after her success in streamlining

the efficiency of several nonprofits, says

that Ralston Hall will be “a great site for an

event; people love to go there. We’ll have

the Magnolia Jazz Band; the catering will be

done by Continental Caterers; there will be a

light cocktail supper; we’ll have a variety of

raffle items for people to look at; we’ll have a

wine tasting, thanks to a donor, a live auction

with Mike [Nevin] conducting that (he’s very

good at that and we’re looking forward to

being entertained by him ourselves). After

an hour to an hour and a half, the program

will commence in the ballroom, where we’ll

have several speakers. Our target is to raise

$100,000 with that money going toward

supporting our Hope House programs

as well as the purchase of two new Hope


After spending nearly half his life in the

pursuit of rustling up the guilty, Nevin has

grown weary of the never-ending cowboys

vs. Indians game, the pointlessness of it

all. Now he thinks the best way to win is to

discourage the opponents from playing. And

if it means clowning around as an auctioneer

to the amusement of the well-heeled and

bejeweled, he’ll swallow his pride and do it.

“It’s very clear to me that for us to make

our traditional programs and services in

jail work, that most people need help on

the outside when they get out. We can’t

release somebody from jail, put them out

on the street with two bucks in their pocket

and expect them to be all right. That’s not

going to happen,” he explained, unable to

process why something so simple to him is

so complicated for others.

The whole point about re-entry is that

with all the work the Service League does,

both when the inmate is in and out of

custody, it greatly reduces the odds that,

come their first night outside, a person falls

back into the trap of recidivism. California

has the highest recidivism rate in the nation,

about 75 percent of those arrested in

California return to commit another violation

and end up in jail again. So our job is to lift

them up, help them out, help them with job

training, find them jobs, counsel them, house


The biggest challenge for Nevin and his

employees comes from explaining to people

that just because all criminals wear the same

uniforms, it doesn’t make them all alike.

“If your sentence is over a year, you go to

a state prison. If your sentence is less than a

year, you stay in county jail. So we’re dealing

with people who have either committed

minor offenses [or] have not been arrested

several times. We’re getting them at a time in

their lives where there really is a chance for

rehabilitation. The focus is to point someone

in the direction for success, to take someone

that is jobless, who is homeless, who is a

drug addict, an alcoholic, and to turn their

lives around. It’s hard for the public to get

this concept. People have an idea that

everyone who has worn a prison jumpsuit is

dangerous, that they’re violent felons, that

they’re beyond saving or not worth the effort,

and that is simply not the case, especially

with those in county jails. The problem for

us begins in that instead of trying to save

our program as the right thing to do from

a Christian-Judeo perspective, now we’re

trying to hammer through to people and

show people that it makes economical

sense. If someone is getting into trouble

and they’ve been in trouble once or twice,

there is a chance at turning them around. It’s

smart economically, because we’re turning

them into society, into people with jobs who

are back on the tax roll instead of costing

taxpayers money in jail,” he sermonized.

The Service League has many facets,

mostly dealing with inmates still in jail,

helping those interested in reaching out

to and reuniting with their families, or in

achieving personal goals such as learning

how to read, obtaining a GED or even

registering to vote. However, it is Hope

House, a residential treatment program for

women, that is their crowning achievement.

The Residence Treatment Program

includes a full day of classes for all the

women, and they attend class and live in two

houses that are side by side in Redwood

City. Some of the classes include cooking,

nutrition, basic life skills that help them

refocus and be able to function in regular

home life,” explained Clapper.

Sixteen women are currently living inside

the twin houses, sharing in all the chores on

a rotational basis. They lean on one another

for support and companionship, comforted

by the fact that there is always someone

around — an instructor, a counselor — to

listen. Nevin believes the program to be a

more influential form of law enforcement than

anything he did with a badge.

“I was a police officer for a long time in

San Francisco and we went from person to

person and from case to case, but we never

had the chance to interact or help people

on this level,” he recalled. “We never had

The whole point about re-entry is that with all the work the Service League does, both

when the inmate is in and out of custody, it greatly reduces the odds that, come their

first night outside, a person falls back into the trap of recidivism.”

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Rescue From the Abyss, the Service League Way: Continued

the chance to delve into the complexity of

a person’s life. We have alumni nights every

Wednesday for the women at Hope House,

where some of our successful clients come

back and volunteer their time. They mentor;

they give back. When someone completes

their stay with us, we don’t just shake their

hand and say, ‘Have a nice life.’ We stay in

contact with them and make sure they know

we want to be updated on their lives and that

they’re always welcome here.”

One day, while a stranger looked on,

the women in class — mothers and even

grandmothers — were engaged in cognitive

therapy, being taught about personality

types such as directors, socializers and

thinkers, and learning about which molds

they fit in and the positives and negatives

that come with those. Like in a typical

classroom, there are the kiss-ups, the

cutups, the chatty Cathys and the quiet

types. Everyone seems at ease and relaxed

instead of closed off and paranoid. Clearly,

trust has been built here.

“I came here because my life was a mess,”

said a woman named Gloria. “I went to

another program at first, but it wasn’t suited

for me, and a friend of mine told me about

this one, and in three days I was admitted

here. I like that it’s not a lot of people and we

get one-on-one counseling. They’re helping

me understand myself and why I need drugs

and alcohol and get to the root of my problems.”

Ray-Ray, a woman young enough to be

Gloria’s daughter, volunteered that in “other

places you get more freedom and this is

more structured. I prefer the others, but I feel

like I’m getting more out of this one, if that

makes sense. They really help you get inside

your core issues. We have computer classes

like Windows and Excel, in case you want

to be a secretary or whatever, and later they

help you with a job search and they give you

tests to show what jobs you’d be good at.”

Meanwhile, Tracy, a recovering heroin

addict, said, “I told someone the other day

that we’re really lucky. A lot of what we get,

other people who need it don’t get. We get

all these different kinds of training programs,

so we’re very fortunate.”

How fortunate Tracy and those who follow

her, eating in the kitchen where she eats,

sitting in the classes she takes, sleeping

in the beds she makes, continue to be

will depend in part on how successful the

fundraiser is. There are 200 seats, going

for $100 each, and so far half have been

sold. The money won’t do anything one

way or another for these women; they’re

already here, soaring below the atmosphere,

readying themselves for re-entry, to be

counted and counted on, bracing for impact.

The only question that remains is: How

many future lost souls can be saved?

Nonprofits in the News

Rotary Pays Out $72,390 to 10 Local Charities, Hands

$15,000 to Local Realtor

Money flowed into the coffers of 10 Redwood City service organizations

when the proceeds of the sixth annual Redwood City Rotary raffle were

handed out and the $15,000 raffle prize was awarded to local real estate agent

Brad Shepherd.

Since its inception, Rotary’s annual car raffle has netted the local charities


Ten local nonprofits received a share of the proceeds. Once again, the

Police Activities League pulled in the largest share, having sold $25,000 in

tickets. Family Connection and Pets in Need sold more than $8,000 each

and Rotary’s own foundation received $9,400. Other beneficiaries were the

Salvation Army, Kainos Home and Training Center, Boys and Girls Club,

Sequoia YMCA, St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room and Casa de Redwood.

Rotary Club members, along with volunteers for the participating charities,

spend more than half a year hawking raffle tickets. Ticket buyers check a box

on each ticket to determine which organization benefits from their bet.

The real secret to the success of this raffle is our sponsors,” said Rotarian

Pete Hughes, who chairs the raffle each year. “Our sponsors pay all the costs

so that all the proceeds can be given away. It’s a great partnership and they

deserve a big thank you,” he added.

All proceeds of the raffle go directly to the participating charities,

thanks to the generosity of the 19 sponsors, who underwrite all of the raffle

expenses. Sponsors are the Danford Foundation, San Mateo Credit Union,

Peninsula Park, Dooley Insurance, Pete and Ginny Hughes, Strathdee Design

and Development, Bill Nicolet, BKF Consulting Engineers, T&H Building

Supply, Roos Dental Care, Wells Fargo Bank, Boardwalk Auto Center,

Redwood General Tire, Norcal Waste Systems, attorney Wm. R. Conklin,

real estate agent Brad Shepherd, The Baucis Group, Craig Templeton

Insurance, Redwood City Saltworks LLC and Peter Liebengood.

The first year, the raffle netted $38,000, then $56,000, $61,000, $63,000

and $83,000 in 2007.

P.S. The People Speak: Continued

just bring jobs to Redwood City. What are we thinking? Jobs and prosperity

on the Peninsula are unbelievable! Listen, Redwood City residents, we must

progress with the times and let our lovely city grow and allow the building

and transition of growth for companies and businesses that would like to

make their home here in our beautiful city. I hate to remind all of you of

the past, but remember we had the San Francisco 49ers and Marine World/

Africa U.S.A. at one time. But because of our sheer ignorance, we let them

get away. Besides, the Redwood City Parks and Recreation Department and

Commission should stop worrying about the open space issue and instead

concentrate on trying to get the youth basketball leagues and program from

being the worst in the entire San Mateo County to possibly being the most

well-run youth basketball league, like they happen to have in the city of

Burlingame. Because I believe that there should be growth in Redwood City,

I am voting “yes” on Measure W — our city’s future depends on it.

Francisco L. Anton

Redwood City

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Nonprofits in Action: Continued

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 For more information on

RCEF, check out

Redwood City Rotary

Redwood City Rotary performs many service

projects, provides college scholarships and

donates to international relief efforts. The 50-

member 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

President Alpio Barbara at 650-369-0351.

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

Redwood City Women’s Club meets at the

clubhouse, 149 Clinton St., the first Thursday of

each month September through June. Social at

11:30 a.m. and lunch at noon, followed by meeting

and program. For information, visit the group’s

Web site at

Sequoia High School Alumni


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 or e-mail

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 or visit the group’s

Web site at Sequoia Stamp Club

sponsors a free stamp show at the same location

on the first weekend in December.

Soroptimist International 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. Soroptimist

International of South Peninsula needs and

wants you as a member. While helping women’s

and children’s causes, you will enjoy fellowship

and lasting friendships. They meet the second

Thursday of every month. For more information,

please call their president, Maria, at 650-366-

0668, Monday–Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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

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. All greeting cards are a

dollar each. They sell See’s and other candy bars

and hold a See’s fundraiser for holidays. One of

their members makes beautiful necklaces and

sells them for $10 or more if one wishes to make a

larger donation to the club.

The club has a tutoring project at Taft School

and has contributed to school libraries, the

Children’s Cancer Campaign, the Optimist

Volunteers for Youth Camp near La Honda

for needy children, the Optimist Jr. World

Golf program, Challenge Day and many other

programs for kids.

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

second and fourth Wednesdays of each month in

the Assisted Living Dining Room at Woodside

Terrace. Guests are welcome. Please call president

Jack Murphy at 650-780-9891 or Millie Cole at

650-366-1392 for reservations.

YES Reading

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 oneon-one

tutoring for elementary and middle

school students reading below grade level.

The organization partners with historically

underresourced public schools and works closely

with classroom teachers to provide curriculumbased,

results-oriented intervention for lowperforming


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 Visit the YES

Reading Web site at

Editor’s note: If you are connected with a

nonprofit organization and want your information

printed in The Spectrum, send it to writers@ 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.

Redwood City Pride Meets Redwood City Residents

By Nicole Minieri

Thursday, Sept. 4 is the kickoff date

for the acceptance of submissions

to the first annual “Show Your

Pride Redwood City” contest. This

writing and photo contest is both

a creative challenge and an open

invitation for locals to share what

makes this city such an exceptional

place to reside. So ready, set,

go, Redwood City residents! You

have just been given the golden

opportunity to show how much you

have to be proud of living in the

newly restored “climate best by

government test” city.

The writing portion of this contest is open

only to children in grades 6 through 12. Each

contestant is encouraged to write a 400-word

essay or poem on what makes living in Redwood

City so special. People of all ages are welcome

to participate in the photo part of the contest.

Photographs should capture and exhibit the things

around town that make the photographer, whether

novice or skilled, proud. The deadline for all

submissions is Monday, Oct. 20.

The concept for this exuberant and artistic

competition was born on April 3. While speaking

to an audience of business leaders at a Partnership

Academy for Community Teamwork (PACT) City

Hall event, Mayor Rosanne Foust declared that

the theme for her two years as mayor of Redwood

City was “Redwood City Pride.” She then asked

the attending spectators, “Exactly what is it about

Redwood City that makes you proud?”

Upon hearing this query, Dave Karow,

Redwood City native and business owner,

automatically began to think about how he could

find a way to bring Foust’s inspiring words to a

considerably larger audience.

“I thought to myself, Wow, what a great

question. I remember when I first heard the word

‘proud,’ I instinctively visualized writing and

photos that just about everyone in town would

want to share about the city,” Karow said in a

recent interview. “I have always kept myself

very active in Redwood City by centering my

professional and community focuses in and

around town. I also had a developing desire

to take my community service involvement

in Redwood City up a notch, and thought

constructing a creative competition would

definitely have a direct impact on the community

and be fun at the same time. Then I challenged

myself to work overtime and create a tangible

reflection out of Mayor Foust’s words,” he


Within a short time frame, Karow created the

“Show Your Pride Redwood City” contest and

carefully wove together a committed, volunteerbased

staff including Foust, whose main mission

is to bring Redwood City people together,

publicize all of the good things the city has to

offer and cultivate civic pride.

Redwood City is the most vibrant, balanced

community on the Peninsula, and I want people

to stop and notice that, write it down or take

a picture which represents that as well,” said

Karow. “I want kids and adults to get in touch

with their creative side, have fun, get noticed and

maybe experience a little time in the limelight

and win some cool stuff in the process. Plus, I

am very eager to see what today’s kid has to say

about what is so great about Redwood City.”

Foust, who shares the same profound feelings

about Redwood City, added, “This contest is one

more positive effort in building up a strong body

of good people together, and I am here to fully

support that.”

Karow is the founding sponsor of the contest

and continues to work diligently on recruiting

additional contributors. So far, all of his hard

work in drafting potential financial supporters

has paid off. Heading the impressive financial

roster alongside Karow and Foust are several local

Redwood City businesses — such as Redwood

City Funding, Edward Jones, Pete’s Harbor,

Young’s Ice Cream & Candy Bar and San Mateo

Credit Union — with the family foundation of

Dani Gasparini and Alyn Beals rounding off the

monetary roll.

“We really want to make sure that everyone

who enters in the contest will receive a prize

even though they may not be a semifinalist,”

said Karow. “Although the basics for the contest

are still fresh in the planning, we have already

decided that every contestant will be getting

an envelope in the mail from me with a free ice

cream card from Young’s.”

The top three prizes for the contest have

already been determined as well. In each

category, the first-place winner will receive a

generous prize of $500, second place $250 and

third $100. “We have cash prizes at the top and

ice cream at the bottom,” said Karow. “We are

now working on middle prizes, so the need for

more sponsors is crucial. Actually, the contest

committee will remain open to any kind prizes,

donations and financial support right up through

judging at the end of November.”

Contest submissions will be judged during

the month of November and the winners will be

announced on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the annual

Redwood City Hometown Holidays event.

However, a sneak preview of the semifinalists

will be posted on the “Show Your Pride Redwood

City” Web site ( the

week before Dec. 6.

“We are looking for essays and photos that

display creativity, skill, and show the side of

Redwood City that we residents love. We will

have a panel of judges rate the content in those

three areas and then vote on the top three prizes,”

said Karow.

In fact, the most unique prize of all is media

exposure for the semifinalists. Winners of

both contests will be featured on local cable

stations 26 and 27. The contest committee will

be publishing a coffee-table book using the

best writing and photo submissions. “People

who submit to our contest should know that we

could use their material in that book, as well as

material concerning future contests, and possibly

[in] future books,” explained Karow. “We have

a main interest in selling the coffee-table book

to the public. The proceeds of this book will

go to support this contest in the future, and

any additional proceeds will be donated to the

Sequoia Awards and Redwood City PAL.” Karow

has also arranged for the best contest submissions

to be displayed on plasma TV screens at the

library and City Hall, as well as on the “Show

Your Pride Redwood City” Web site.

Intending this creative contest to become an

annual event, Karow is very optimistic about the

anticipated turnout. “I would love to see several

hundred entries and will be extremely thrilled to

see 500 to 1,000. If we have a big turnout, I have

supporters who are already willing to step in and

provide additional funding as needed,” he said.

Karow is also currently seeking people to

volunteer to assist with school outreach. “It is our

goal to reach every middle and high school in

Redwood City, including students in the private

sectors, and encourage participation,” said Karow.

“Right now, one of our main vehicles of reaching

students is through all of the English teachers,

principals and school superintendents by way

of fliers and posters.” For the photo contest,

Karow is relying on the Internet to appeal to

photographers via Flickr.

With Karow as the main mastermind behind

“Show Your Pride Redwood City,” the contest is

destined to dominate in citywide participation. He

and Foust will do whatever it takes to make this

an enjoyable, successful yearly endeavor because

they both strongly believe that people are catching

on to the sentiment of Redwood City pride.

“Life is much sweeter when you live, work

and play with people you know and care about,

and Redwood City is a place where all of that is

really possible. People who live here love living

here,” said Karow. “It is an embracing, closeknit

society, and it often feels like we are a real

democracy making our way forward together.

Many people think Redwood City is a special

place, and this contest is the perfect chance to

show others why!”

Send photo submissions to photo-entries@ Send writing submissions to Alternatively,

mail submissions to Show Your Pride Entries,

Redwood City Funding, P.O. Box 1085, Redwood

City, CA 94064-1085.

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Cultural Events

Kennedy Jr. High Graduate Brad

Wilson to Perform Locally

Saturday, Sept. 27

Broadway Lounge

700 Winslow St. (downtown)


Recording artist Brad Wilson, an award-winning

singer/songwriter/guitarist, and his band will be

performing at the Broadway Lounge in Redwood

City on Saturday, Sept. 27. Wilson is a Kennedy

Jr. High School graduate who still has many

friends in the area.

Wilson’s music has been featured in John

Carpenter’s last two films and soundtracks

(“Vampires” and “Ghosts of Mars”), and the

NBC soap “Passions” has used his music for

years. ABC’s morning show “Live With Regis

and Kelly” played one of Wilson’s songs,

“House of Love,” a fun, summertime song that

has been described as power rock, reminiscent

of Springsteen. Said the music programmer, “I

always try to find new music to play during our

show, and Brad’s music fit the bill.”

He has opened for many top-name artists. Many

of his songs are about his travels on the road; he

has toured throughout the U.S. more than a dozen times.

Wilson and his band play every weekend, over

150 shows a year, appearing at music venues,

clubs, city events, casinos, motorcycle rallies,

fairs and festivals, including the famous Gilroy

Garlic Festival, the legendary Hollister Rally, the

Laughlin River Run, Visalia’s All Music Festival

and the Thunderfest/Bluesapalooza Festival. The

crowds love them. Wilson’s Web site has all his

tour dates:

All Access Music Awards in Los Angeles

voted Wilson “Best Songwriter,” and he’s also

won “Best Blues Band” at LA’s Rock City

News Awards three times. He is a very talented

performer and a crowd pleaser!

San Mateo County History Museum

2200 Broadway St., Redwood City


Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

$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 on- and offsite

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 Historical Association.

Ongoing Exhibits

The Grand Rotunda is the architectural highlight

of the restored 1910 building. Its stained glass

dome is reported to be the largest on the Pacific

Coast in a public building.

Courtroom A, restored to its 1910 appearance,

features a stained-glass ceiling and is the oldest

courtroom in San Mateo County.

Living the California Dream is an object art

theater exploring the development of the suburban

lifestyle on the Peninsula. Sit down and enjoy the


Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience

in San Mateo County features the cultural groups

that formed the county, including the Irish,

Filipino, Portuguese, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese

and Italian.

San Mateo County History Makers:

Entrepreneurs Who Changed the World follows

a timeline of innovation in business and industry

with “touch-and-learn stations” about computer

technology, medicine and finance.

Nature’s Bounty explores how the earliest people

of the Peninsula used natural resources and how

those resources were utilized to help build San

Francisco after the discovery of gold in 1849.

Includes interactive displays for young children.

Journey to Work describes how transportation

transformed San Mateo County from a frontier

to a suburb with “touch-and-learn stations” and

historical photo opportunities.

Charles Parsons Ships of the World features

24 historic model ships hand-crafted by Charles

Parsons of San Carlos. Based on the historic plans

for the ships, each model is completely unique and

intricately pieced together.

San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame honors

athletes who have made significant contributions

to their sport. The exhibit pays homage to John

Madden, Barry Bonds and Tom Brady, among


Politics, Crime and Law Enforcement is the

theme of the Atkinson Meeting Room, including

a display of the Walter Moore Law Enforcement

Collection of historic badges.

Changing Exhibits

Outstanding African-Americans of San Mateo

County (through Oct. 5). View artifacts, photos

and memorabilia from local community members

who have observed the impact of the African-

American people upon this county.

Behind the Gates of the Great Estates on the

Peninsula (through Nov. 9). Enter the world of

refined Victorian mansions, elaborately carved

furniture and formal dining that set the tone for

gracious and elegant living, where good manners

were highly valued while questionable behavior

was not discussed in polite conversation … except

in secret, behind the gates.

Gabriel Moulin’s Photos of San Francisco

Peninsula from 1910 to 1930 (through Nov. 9).

Be transported back to the days of elegant living

by viewing photographs of the great estates in San

Mateo County by Gabriel Moulin (1872-1945),

California’s premier society photographer. The

treasures of his photographs are the most beautiful

mansions we will never see except in rare photos.

It is an era that is gone with the wind.

The City of Redwood City presents

the following summer activities on

Courthouse Square in downtown

Redwood City:

Music on the Square

Free concerts

Fridays 6–8 p.m.

9/5 Evolution

9/12 Aja Vu

9/19 La Ventana

9/26 Unauthorized Rolling Stones

10/3 Ze Bop

Lunchtime on the Square

Free afternoon concerts

Mondays and Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Through Sept. 29

Art on the Square

9/19 La Ventana (with Music on the Square)

9/20 Redwood City Salsa Festival

Visit for more


Angelica’s Bistro

863 Main St.

Downtown Redwood City


Dolly Rappaport Band

Saturday, Sept. 6, 8 p.m.

$5 cover charge, kids free

Dinner with live music and dancing (inside dining

room) For guaranteed seating, call 650-556-1793

and make your dinner reservations

Featuring the music of Dolly and Mitch Rappaport

Dolly Rappaport’s artistry and musicianship have

attracted fans from around the globe. Based in

the Bay Area, Rappaport released her first album,

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Coaches Needed!

Redwood City PAL is looking for enthusiastic community

members to coach in the After School Sports Program!

• 8 Week Seasons-All games in Redwood City.

• Practice times & dates based on coach’s availability.

• 2 games a week. Game times at 4, 5, or 6pm.

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All Applicants must complete a volunteer application

form. All applicants must be fingerprinted and have pass a

background check by Redwood City Police Department.

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Redwood City homeowners, parks advocates and neighborhood activists gathered at Red Morton Park on August 6

to begin an educational drive for a NO vote on Measure W. A committee called “Citizens Against Costly Initiatives” will

be leading a campaign for a NO vote on Measure W. For more information, go to

“Measure W is sponsored by an Oakland–based group

that spent $178,000 to put their proposal on the ballot,” said

homeowner and committee member Jeff Austin.

“It’s disturbing that an Oakland-based group would try to

change our City’s Charter,” Austin continued. “Their real goal

is to take away from our community the ability to make key

planning decisions. Why should a group from Oakland tell us

how to run our city?”

Official records show that 99 percent of the money behind

Measure W is from the Oakland based group.

Pat Dixon is one of hundreds

of Redwood City homeowners

targeted by Measure W.

The definition of

“open space” in

Measure W includes

hundreds of individual

homes, businesses,

a church and other


Why is this important? Because, when a

homeowner wants to make an improvement that

is considered “open space” by Measure W the city

has to hold an election. And the homeowner must

convince TWO of every THREE voters to approve

their home improvement!

Shawn White, Chairman,

Redwood City Parks,

Recreation and Community

Services Commission, asks for a

NO vote on Measure W at rally.

“If your aim is to protect

parks then why not cover

ALL of our parks? The truth

is that Measure W will

make it harder to build

NEW parks and it will drain

away resources we need to

maintain existing parks.”

— Shawn White, Chairman, Redwood City Parks,

Recreation and Community Services Commission*

To learn more, please visit or call (650) 368-3554

The sponsors of Measure W claim they are trying to “protect”

city parks and open spaces from future development. But the

official legal analysis of Measure W tells a very different story.

Measure W EXEMPTS 18 parks in Redwood City from its

“protections.” In fact more than half of the city parks are

exempt from the measure.

Sound ridiculous? You bet. That’s why homeowners and

neighborhood activists all over Redwood City are educating

people about Measure W.

Sound costly to taxpayers? Absolutely. Measure W will cost the

city and the taxpayers millions in lawsuits and election costs.

It will drain money from efforts to fight gang violence, improve

streets and maintain parks.

Join the campaign for a NO vote on Measure W. Sign up at

our website at

Citizens Against Costly Initiatives, No on W, a coalition of homeowners, public safety

leaders, recreation groups, senior citizens, businesses, labor and local landowners,

with major funding by DMB Associates and Oracle USA, Inc.

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Cultural Events: Continued

“Here to There,” which earned critical acclaim

and numerous awards and was the impetus and

inspiration for her subsequent albums. With a rare

combination of an unforgettable voice, worldclass

saxophone and masterful piano highlighting

her live performance, Rappaport’s original songs

glide easily across several genres including pop,

rock and jazz. As a result of her unique blend of

storytelling and spiritual harmony, Rappaport has

been blessed as well with a steady and loyal fan

base, industry support and a fantastic community

of musicians. More than 50 songs are available for

download on iTunes!


Saturday, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m.

$15 cover charge

Dinner with live music and dancing

For guaranteed seating, call 650-556-1793 and

make your dinner reservations

The Brassworks quintet will give you a great

variety of dinner music, from Renaissance,

Baroque and classical to ragtime, jazz, blues,

swing, Motown, R & B and Broadway show

tunes. The Brassworks band consists of the

quintet plus drummer, making it the ideal “little

big band” for after dinner dancing. The band’s

repertoire includes Dixieland standards, classics

from Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and the swing

era, Motown, rock ’n’ roll, waltzes and polkas,

rhumbas, sambas and tangos, and traditional

Oktoberfest music. Float around the dance floor

to romantic Strauss waltzes and tender ballads.

Kick up your heels to quicksteps, polkas, lively

Dixieland and swing. Groove to rock, Motown and

soul music, and heat up with tangos, sambas and

hot Latin numbers!




September 24 – October 14, 2008


While in port, the public is invited to visit the ship for a

walk-aboard, self-guided tour. The ship is open daily

from 9:00a.m.–6:00p.m. Prices are $5.00/adults,

$4.00/senior citizens and $3.00 for students. Children 4

and under are Free. Public parking is Free.

Teachers wishing to schedule a 30-minute guided tour

with a crew member should call the ship directly at

Phone:1-787-672-2152. Minimum group size is 15.

No Maximum. Visit

DIRECTIONS: from Hwy 101, Exit onto Seaport Blvd,

Left turn at Seaport Ct, The Niña is docked at far end of

parking lot.

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Through the Years (continued from page 16)

The east–west route was a

different matter. Since most of the

people lived in Redwood City and

Searsville, and there was substantial

demand for a mail system, the post

office chose the stage company as

their postman. The stage company

decided to purchase two larger stage

coaches and to run to Woodside and

Searsville in addition. They then

decided to extend their route even


The new route went from

Redwood City to Whiskey Hill in

Woodside, then to Searsville. Over

Old La Honda Road to the Weeks

ranch on the La Honda Road, then

west to La Honda, where they

changed horses at the Sears Stables.

Then on to Bell, west of La Honda,

and San Gregorio, then over Stage

Road to Pescadero. The coach

stopped at each of the points listed

and people were able to get out,

stretch and visit the saloon briefly.

Leonard Fisher and Samuel

Murch were expert wagon builders

who had a wide reputation for their

highly competent work. They had a

building on Cassia Street between

Heller and Mound Streets. The

stages were constructed on the

second floor of this large building,

and they were very large coaches

carrying nine passengers inside and

eight passengers outside, behind the

driver. The coaches worked with

four horses in good weather and six

horses in poor weather. The coaches

weighed 1,600 pounds, considerably

less than the burdensome Concord

stages, which weighed 2,200


The only mishap on record

occurred as one of the coaches

caught a rear wheel over the side.

It was immediately pulled up and

nobody was injured, but people

were a bit shaken by the incident.

There are no holdups or robberies or

any other incidents on record. The

new coaches were built by Fisher

and Murch in 1873 and were used

until the motor vehicle came into


When the two new coaches

were put in service, the Gazette

was lavish in its praises: “Daily

connection with Pescadero will

commence on the 26th May.” John

Poole was the regular driver for the

Knights stage line, although Simon

Knights himself often took the reins.

Passengers described the

experience on Knights’ coaches

as “exceptionally comfortable,

very competent drivers and very

reasonable fares when compared

to other stage coaches.” (Redwood

City Democrat, Jan. 28, 1892.)

In 1874 the stage line was turned

into a joint stock company with a

capital stock of $12,000 divided into

120 shares of $100 each, all of which

were taken up by the new board of

directors including Simon Knights,

E. M. Armstrong, Hugh Kelly and

Dr. A. T. McClure.

In November 1875 the entire stage

line went up for auction and was

purchased by a new partnership

of Simon Knights and George


Times and Gazette, June 2, 1877:

Redwood City and Pescadero Stage

Co, Simon L. Knights Proprietor.

Stage leaves the Southern Pacific

Railroad Depot every morning

at 10 o’clock for Pescadero via

San Gregorio Creek Road. The

stage leaves Pescadero at 9 AM

connecting with the 3:49 PM

train for San Francisco. Fare from

Redwood City to Pescadero is

$2.50.” This was the ad that the

stage company placed in the paper.

One of the interesting stories that

comes from the days of competition

between Knights Stages and the

Levy Brothers Stages in San Mateo

is the anxiety that was created when

the passengers from the two stage

lines met in Pescadero, usually at

the Swanton Hotel. It seems that

many passengers got off the train in

San Mateo when the Levy brothers

announced “the quickest and most

reliable route to Pescadero.” The

folks who traveled from Redwood

City spoke of the “beautiful

redwoods, the pleasant stage stops

and the beautiful grassy hills from

La Honda to the coast.” There was

often a very pleasant picnic lunch

prepared in La Honda, and the

passengers were very impressed

with John Sears’ service. Many

returned just to La Honda to stay in

the hotel there several days to enjoy

the fishing and hunting and the

pleasant time in the redwoods.

In the early 1880s the Knights

Stages received the Wells Fargo

contract as well as the mail service,

so the profit margin increased. The

number of passengers increased

again substantially after oil was

discovered in Bell, at the Bell

Ranch, and engineers and others

came over to that location by droves.

The early 1890s were profitable

years, but toward the end of the

century, things were changing.

More people were living on the

coast in places like Purisima,

Lobitas, Pigeon Point and Tunitas.

The Ocean Shore Railroad was

being built. The business of the

stage line dropped off and Simon

was getting older, so he retired. He

turned the stage line over to his son

Walter, who operated it to fewer and

fewer customers before the First

World War.

Simon Knights, Leonard Fisher

and Samuel Murch are buried in

Union Cemetery on Woodside Road

in Redwood City, along with many

other pioneers from the decades

discussed in this article.

Top left: Knights stage with Simon Knights driving in Redwood City. Middle: The American House at the foot of Bridge Street, Redwood

City, c1860s. Above: Fisher and Murch shop on Cassia Street, where the stage coaches where built.

As I Was Saying…

(continued from page 6)

issue. I, and we, would have no credibility with

you if we did. Our stories by our writers have

always reflected balanced coverage and will for

this November’s election as well. In my column,

I just try to be candid and give some opinions

so you can make up your own mind. I have felt

comfortable in that role, as I hope you have.

Other local county publications do endorse

candidates and take sides on most issues in our

community. The fact that those doing so usually

do not live in our community and yet try to tell us

what is best for us when they do not actually know

because they do not experience it on a day-to-day

basis, I think is wrong. If we don’t like outsiders

coming into our community and telling us what to

do, why is that acceptable?

The reason I feel conflicted now is that this

election is so vital to the future of our community

that I feel I cannot do that anymore — not taking

a position and not voicing my opinion. I am a

lifelong resident of this community. Thus I am

going to take an active role in one of the campaign

groups and work as hard as I can to inform my

neighbors and friends of my opinions and how

I feel Measure W will affect our community. I

am not saying whether that will be positive or

negative, or if I will be encouraging a Yes or No

vote. I am just getting involved.

Therefore, I will not be writing in my column

on either Measure W or Measure V until after

the Nov. 4 election. I strongly feel that if I

continued to do so, giving my opinions and

then campaigning for one side, that I would lose

all credibility with you, my readers. You can,

however, expect The Spectrum and our writers and

editors to provide fair coverage of both measures

and to inform you of how both sides state their

cases. We will have special election issues for the

next two months, and I hope you will tell your

neighbors about them because you will not be able

to gather the extensive information we will be

offering from any other source.

I encourage all my neighbors, friends and

readers to get the facts on these measures. The

possible outcomes of the vote going either way

will have dramatic effects in our community for

years and even decades to come. Take the time to

inform yourselves! Most of all, vote on Tuesday,

Nov. 4.

Now I have to find some others things to write

about. This will be fun.

As I was saying…




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Community Interest

Port of Redwood

City Reports Third

Highest Tonnage in

Modern History

Maritime business for the fiscal

year that ended June 30 at the

Port of Redwood City was the

third highest in modern history

at 1,487,064 metric tons, up four

percent from last year. The increase

follows two years of declining

tonnage due to the slump in demand

for building materials.

Port Operations Manager

Don Snaman reported to port

commissioners that the overall

tonnage increase was despite a

significant decrease in imported

cement tonnage from the prior

fiscal year by 205,885 metric tons.

The drop-off was offset by large

increases in imported sand and

aggregates, a combined 424,000

metric ton increase over last year.

This ranks sand and aggregates,

imported from British Columbia,

as the port’s largest volume

commodity at 39 percent of total

tonnage. It is followed by ferrous

scrap metal exports at 22 percent.

Gypsum imports from Mexico

were 211,118 metric tons for FY

06–07, a 23.8 percent decrease.

Pabco Gypsum Company uses the

gypsum to manufacture wallboard

in Newark for the building industry,

and as for cement, the decrease

reflects the decline in the demand

for building materials. Cemex

imported 59,800 metric tons of

cement from Asia during the

fiscal year, a 77 percent decrease

over the previous year and down

dramatically from two years ago,

which was a record 602,000 tons.

Yet other building materials were

up significantly. Imported sand was

up 177 percent to 318,532 metric

tons, bauxite was up 18 percent to

81,888 metric tons and aggregates

were up 423 percent to 272,112

metric tons.

SimsMetal exported 332,595

metric tons of scrap metal to the Far

East during the fiscal year, an 8.2

percent decrease over the prior year.

The scrap metal includes thousands

of abandoned cars that in days gone

by were stored in junkyards or

discarded in local landfills. Fiscal

year 2008 saw 115 ships and barges

call upon the port.

Peter B. Diaz, CPA,

Receives 2008 Best

of Redwood City


Peter B. Diaz, CPA, has been

selected for the 2008 Best of

Redwood City award in the Tax

Return Preparation & Filing

category by the U.S. Local Business

Association (USLBA).

The USLBA “Best of Local

Business” award program

recognizes outstanding local

businesses throughout the country.

Each year, the USLBA identifies

companies that they believe have

achieved exceptional marketing

success in their local community

and business category. These are

local companies that enhance the

positive image of small business

through service to their customers

and community.

Various sources of information

were gathered and analyzed to

choose the winners in each category.

The 2008 USLBA award program

focused on quality, not quantity.

Winners are determined based

on the information gathered both

internally by the USLBA and data

provided by third parties.

The purpose of USLBA is to

promote local business through

public relations, marketing and

advertising. The USLBA was

established to recognize the best of

local businesses in their community.

The organization works exclusively

with local business owners, trade

groups, professional associations,

chambers of commerce and other

business advertising and marketing

groups. Their mission is to be an

advocate for small and medium

size businesses and business

entrepreneurs across America.

Dodge Named

Port’s Chairman for

Ninth Time in 28


Dick Dodge, one of the longest

serving port commissioners

in American history, has been

elected chairman of the Board

of Commissioners for the Port of

Redwood City for the ninth time.

Dodge is in his 28th year as a

commissioner and his current fiveyear

term expires in August 2010,

when he will be in his 30th year.

He is past president of the

Pacific Coast Association of Port

Authorities and has served on the

board of directors and as a regional

representative. He also is a member

of the San Francisco Bay Area

Water Transit Authority Technical

Advisory Council.

In his professional life, Dodge is

president of Redwood City–based

T.H.E. Office City, which he has

grown over the past 30 years from

a one-employee operation to one of

the three largest independent office

product dealers in Northern California.

Dodge earned a degree in

business administration (marketing)

from University of Southern

California. He and his wife of 43

years, Ginny, have three married

daughters and seven grandchildren.

Prior to joining the office

products industry, he was the

western regional manager of

Airborne Express. He oversaw

the company’s marketing and

operations efforts for an area

extending from Alaska to San

Diego and from Denver to Hawaii.


Peninsula 2008


Parents, Healthy


Sept. 27, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Downtown Redwood City Public

Library, 1044 Middlefield Road

Library phone number 650-780-7018

Free to public

About BABI: Bay Area Birth

Information (BABI) promotes

awareness of evidence-based care

and options in order to reduce

unnecessary birth interventions,

improve breastfeeding success

rates and preserve healthy mother/

baby/family attachments. BABI is

a 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization

with chapters on the San Francisco

Peninsula and in the South Bay region.

Please join us for an open house

connecting parents with birth and

parenting professionals, services and

information, covering pre-conception,

pregnancy, birth and parenting.

Connect with products and

services that provide you with factbased

options during pregnancy,

birth and postpartum. Meet with

acupuncturists, chiropractors,

childbirth educators, doulas,

midwives, massage therapists

and others. Learn about healthy

pregnancy, birth and parenting

practices, caring for your newborn,

infant massage, wearing a sling,

soothing your baby, healthy

nutrition, going green for baby, how

to take care of you and much more!

Bring the whole family and

join us for door prizes, personal

consultations, kids’ activities,

refreshments, demonstrations and more.

For more information, contact

Sandy Caldwell at 650-261-9008 or Online

application available at www.

Sequoia Counseling


Informational Fair

Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

165 Arch St., Redwood City

Life is stressful and sometimes

we don’t know where to go to get

the help we need when we need it

most. Sequoia Counseling Services

is sponsoring a free, no-obligation

community service fair designed

to introduce the many forms of

therapy and their usefulness for

various issues. Twenty-minute

demonstrations and presentations

will be held throughout the day in

seven therapy rooms.

For more information, call 650-

363-0383. Visit sequoiacounseling.

com for a detailed schedule.

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club

Multi-family Garage Sale

1686 Carleton Court, Redwood City

September 6th

9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Finance: Strike a Balance Between Saving for Retirement, College

By David Amann, Special to The Spectrum

If you have young children, you

may want them to attend college

someday, and you may want to

help them pay for it. At the same

time, you also need to save for a

comfortable retirement lifestyle.

Are the two goals compatible?

There’s no easy answer to this question. But one

thing seems clear: For many parents, saving and

investing for their children’s future is every bit as

important — and maybe more so — than saving

and investing for their own. In fact, two-thirds

of parents said they would postpone retirement if

necessary to help pay for their children’s college

education, according to a survey by Alliance

Bernstein Investments, Inc.

Parents have good reason to believe that

investing in a college education will pay off for

their children: Over the course of their lifetimes,

college graduates will earn, on average, about

$1 million more than high school graduates,

according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

So, since a college education appears to be

quite valuable, shouldn’t you do everything you

can to help pay for it?

Ultimately, you’ll have to weigh your potential

college contributions against your need to save

for your own retirement. On one hand, you’d

like to help your children as much as possible; as

a parent, you don’t want your children saddled

with enormous debts when they leave college.

But on the other hand, that type of reluctance

may be based more on emotion than on a sound

financial strategy. After all, college graduates

seem to find a way to eventually pay off their

loans. Furthermore, your children may be able

to find grants, scholarships and work-study

opportunities. Many students can earn a decent

amount of money at summer jobs, too.

Nonetheless, you still may feel obligated to

pay something toward your children’s college

education. But if you’re going to help pay for

college, be smart about it. For example, think

twice before borrowing from your 401(k). Such

a move will slow the growth potential of your

retirement funds and it could prove costly in other

ways, too. For one thing, if you leave your job,

voluntarily or involuntarily, you’ll need to repay

your 401(k) loan completely, usually within 60

days. If you can’t, the balance will be considered

a taxable distribution, and you may even have to

pay a 10 percent penalty on it.

Instead of tapping into your 401(k), IRA or

other accounts you’ve designated for retirement,

look for other ways to help build your children’s

college funds. You might decide to open a

Section 529 plan, which offers tax-free earnings

potential, provided the money is used to pay for

higher education costs. You can put whatever

you can afford into a Section 529 plan, along

with gifts from grandparents or other relatives.

Contributions are tax-deductible in certain states

for residents who participate in their own state’s

plan. Please note that a 529 College Savings Plan

could reduce a beneficiary’s ability to qualify for

financial aid. You might also want to consider

a Coverdell Education Savings Account, which

offers another tax-advantaged way to save for


As you already know, much of your life

involves balancing acts of one type or another, so

you should be able to handle one more — college

for your kids against a comfortable retirement for

you. By making the right moves, though, you may

be able to reach an “equilibrium” that works for


Senior Activities

The Veterans Memorial

Senior Center, 1455

Madison Ave., Redwood

City, is providing the

following activities that are

open to the public.

Monday Morning Movie Madness


September is Shirley Temple Month!

Every Monday, 10 a.m.–noon

Enjoy a free classic movie in our state-of-the-art

movie theater! After the movie, enjoy a hearty

lunch for only $4.50. Mmmm good! Call Michele

at 650-780-7344 for more information.

Monday, Sept. 8: “Heidi”

Monday, Sept. 15: “Baby Take A Bow”

Monday, Sept. 22: “Poor Little Rich Girl”

Monday, Sept. 29: “Little Princess”

Wednesday Wii Bit of Fitness!

Every Wednesday, 9:30–11 a.m.

This ongoing program utilizes the latest and

greatest Nintendo technology to help you focus on

your fitness goals while having fun. Check out the

latest craze with the Fitness Wii. Free for all! For

more info, call Michele at 650-780-7344.

National Senior Center Week

Monday, Sept. 8, through Saturday, Sept. 13

Today’s senior centers are evolving to reflect

a new view of aging that empowers the people

they serve. They’re connecting older adults with

meaningful work and volunteer opportunities,

and increasing their access to valuable benefits

and resources. Through evidence-based

programs, they’re helping them manage their

health and finances so they can continue to

live in their homes as long as possible. From

career counseling and financial planning to

tools for staying healthy, there is no doubt senior

centers work. Mark your calendars for all of our

upcoming events commemorating National Senior

Center Week in September! For more information

regarding National Senior Center Week activities,

please contact Merrylen Sacks at 650-780-7320.

Grandparents Day Celebration

Monday, Sept. 8, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Refreshments, music and more.

Let’s Talk Cars

Monday, Sept. 8, 1–2 p.m.

Free lecture in the Sunset Room.

Relief From Shingles

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1–2 p.m.

Free lecture in the Sunset Room.

Medicare Part D

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1–2 p.m.

Free lecture in the Sunset Room.

Nutrition for Your Health

Thursday, Sept. 11, 1–2 p.m.

Free lecture in the Sunset Room.

Walk for the Health of It

Community Celebration

Saturday, Sept. 13, 8 a.m.–noon

Get your walking shoes ready! The VMSC is

proud to host its first annual Walk for the Health

of It Community Celebration. Festivities will

include a community walk (registration begins at

8 a.m., walk begins at 9 a.m.), health and wellness

demonstrations, petting zoo, food and beverages,

music and more! Event is free and open to

everyone. Celebration will be located at Red

Morton Park and the VMSC. No pre-registration

required. Come out and join the fun! For more

information, please call Bruce Utecht at 650-780-7306.

To learn more about the Veterans Memorial

Senior Center, call 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 located at

The Spectrum 37

A Minute With: John Seybert

What is the main purpose of the Planning


To oversee the process of not only the

development of the city’s general plan but its

implementation as well.

What project are you excited about?

The full realization of the Downtown Precise Plan.

Redwood City is?

Headed in the right direction.

Which living person do you most admire?

My mother and father.

John Seybert was born in Concord, Calif. He moved to Redwood City in 1997.

He and his wife, Melanie, have been married for 21 years. They have three

daughters: Jessica, 15, Heather, 12, and Meagan, 9.

Seybert attended college in Texas and Santa Cruz. He is the operations

director at Peninsula Covenant Church on Farm Hill Boulevard, where he has

been employed for 11 years.

Currently in his third term as a planning commissioner (each term is three

years), Seybert is active in the Chamber of Commerce and Juventus Sport Club.

He is a graduate of the chamber’s leadership program, the city’s Partnership

Academy for Community Teamwork (PACT) program and the Citizen’s Police


Seybert is also a member of the Serve the Peninsula organization, whose

primary focus is supporting schools, working with Habitat for Humanity and

bringing churches together for special causes. He also serves on the Sequoia

Union High School District bond oversight committee.

Seybert has announced his intention to run for a City Council seat in 2009.

Something no one knows about you?

When I was 14, I once walked from Santa Barbara

to Tijuana, Mexico, in 10 days. (250 miles.)

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?


What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Three very unequally individual daughters that

have something different to offer the world.

What is your greatest regret?

Not having taken the opportunity to play an

instrument. My whole family plays something.

Anyone you got on your mind?

My wife.

Last person you said “I love you” to?

My daughters when I left this morning.

Do you believe in love at first sight?


Memorable moment?

Childbirth — times three.

First word that comes to mind?


What is your most treasured possession?

My faith.

What talent would you most like to have?

To be musically inclined.

What is your motto?

Fight the good fight.

Why do you get up in the morning?

The chance to do something new every day.

You currently feel?


Sunday, September 7

8:00 A.M to Noon

Broadway at Middlefield



Orange Juice and Coffee

$5.00 “at the door”

Street Chalk Drawing Contest

Age group categories

3-5 6-8 9-10

First Prize winner per category to receive a $10.00 Gift Certificate to Target

Second and Third Prize Winner

Certificate of Recognition

Entry forms available at

Bob’s Court House Restaurant

Broadway and Hamilton

Redwood City

Space is limited, so register early!


Bob’s Court House Restaurant

Redwood City Fire Department

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