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A book brings

c h i l d c a r e

to the masses

From Sports to Principal

Mike Mancini's

Infectious energy

A "Brokeback" date

in "As I Was Saying . . ."

Here she is

Miss Redwood City

and she's a "Valley Girl"

The Spectrum . Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

Redwood City's Monthly Magazine

March 2006

Vol 2, No. 6

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher


Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer


Robby Schumacher

Contributing Writer


Valerie Harris

Contributing Writer


Katherine Ehat, Nick Markwith

Student Writers


Dale McKee, Damaris Divito

Graphic Artists

Clayton Shyne Ramos

Sales Associate


DJ Design

Advertising Graphic Art

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

Welcome to the March issue of The Spectrum

Magazine. This month we have several stories and

features we know will have you reading and craving


Judging by the amount of correspondence we received, our

readers enjoyed last month's People With Pull issue. Of the

messages we received, many were shocked to hear that the

Century Theatres group plans to keep the 12-theater complex

on the other side of Highway 101 open after the new cinema

project is complete in May. Go figure. Check out publisher

Steve Penna's column, "As I Was Saying ... ," this month for

an interesting update.

The story on the Web site MySpace.com generated talk

throughout the schools, with parents and students alike

becoming informed of the site's possible dangers if not monitored

correctly. This month we have a youth-related story

about author Kristen Anderson's new book, "Planning for

Child Care in California," which provides the opportunity for

readers to help plan for child care.

Our youth writers from Sequoia and Woodside high schools

introduce our readers to two outstanding students who are

making a difference on and off the playing field.

We also have information on the Sequoia Award, the

American Legion award winners, a business profile on Little

India – the restaurant has been a longtime Downtown

favorite even after moving from Broadway to Main Street –

and we introduce you to our new Miss Redwood City, Bridget


As you can tell, month by month our magazine is growing.

We would like to thank our loyal advertisers for that, and we

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Until next month, Redwood City, stay out of the snow and

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

LITTLE INDIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

CULTURAL EVENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

DOWNTOWN REDWOOD CITY . . . . . . . . . . .24

LOCAL INTEREST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

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

FINANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

IRISH NIGHT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34

COVER STORY: PEOPLE WITH PULL . . . . . . . . . .18

NONPROFITS IN ACTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

MISS REDWOOD CITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

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Penna arrived first with Sales Associate Clayton Shyne Ramos and met Mancini;

there is a lot of construction going on the campus site, so they met in his temporary

office. Penna and Mancini’s paths have crossed over the years, so they immediately

began to catch up and talk about Sequoia football, the recent basketball

controversy there, and what each had been doing over the past couple of years.

The Spectrum’s Cover/Cover Story Photographer, James Kaspar, arrived shortly

after and immediately began reminiscing about his days as a minister. He quickly

figured out that he had a lot in common with Mancini.

Inside The Spectrum:

Our cover photo shoot

Photographer James Kaspar with cover subject Mike Mancini

Very seldom does The Spectrum get the opportunity to introduce our readers

to an instrumental figure in the private school system. This month we

are doing just that with our cover story on Redeemer Lutheran School

Principal Mike Mancini.

The Spectrum’s publisher, Steve Penna, called Mancini and scheduled the photo

shoot for Wednesday, March 8, at 10 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran School on Grand


As the shoot began, Penna was getting ready to take some pictures of Kaspar photographing

Mancini for this section when he dropped his camera and the lens

bent. Therefore, the picture you see is just a posed picture that he took with

Kaspar’s camera, and Penna was left to shop for a new camera.

The first shots were taken in Mancini’s office, and then the group moved to the

construction site. The entire shoot took about 45 minutes. After, they all toured

what is to be new classrooms and offices for the school.

We hope you enjoy our story on Mancini. He has been living and working in our

community for over 40 years, and the lives that he has touched and made a difference

in are impressive to say the least. He is passionate and committed to our

community, and we salute his determination and success.





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Head past Downtown and down

Main Street. Work your way past

the construction and the parking

frenzies. This is where a very special place

lies. It’s called Little India, and, like its

owner, chef Manoj Chopra, it is a rare


The first things that struck me when I

entered were the warm, golden colors of

the decor and the wonderful aroma of

Indian spices. The soft, melodious notes

of sitar music welcomed me invitingly.

Just as inviting, Chopra emerged from the

back and greeted me warmly. After introductions,

we sat down and began our


“I do all the work myself,” he said, indicating

the impressive buffet table packed

with delicious-smelling morsels. “I’ve seen cooks

who were with me at school. They don’t involve

themselves that much in cooking. They oversee others.”

By Dale McKee

Contributing Writer

Chopra’s mother was a princess in India, in addition to having a master’s in classical

music. Her father was a prince, a huge land owner in what is now Pakistan.

“When the partition [creating Pakistan] took place, they had to leave everything

and start over again,” he recalled. “Either you lost your life, or you took all your

belongings – whatever valuables you had – and ran.

They came to New Delhi and started over. My dad was a doctor on the railways.

At that time – wartime – he also saw a lot of turmoil and casualties. He had a lot

of stories. In Bombay, he was in charge of a whole hospital. They were very well

brought up.


“I was very good at science

subjects, but I

found the hotel school

fascinating. It was a new

thing in India, to be a

chef.” The school, of

course, was the prestigious

Institute of Hotel

Management, Catering

Technology & Applied

Nutrition, Mumbai.

“So I had a choice; and I

said, ‘Oh, no, I’ll do my

hotel school.’ That’s

what I wanted to do,” he


He completed an extensive three-year program involving practical classes, workshops

and on-the-job training in five-star hotels. He then continued his education

with a one-year postdiploma program in specialized hotel management.

“While I was working, the principal of the college saw me. She said, ‘How about

coming here and teaching? You have the experience.’ I thought this would be a

good thing. And where does she put me? In the quantity food kitchen! I was in

charge of the bulk foods kitchen where students come in and learn how to prepare

banquets for 500. We used to cook for the whole school.”


It was during his teaching stint that he was approached by a Swiss company

involved in construction in Baghdad, Iraq. They wanted him for the job of chef for

their Indian kitchen. Chopra accepted the

five-year mission and was sent to Zurich

for advanced training in European cooking.

Shortly after reporting to Baghdad,

he found himself in charge of both the

Indian and European kitchens.

When his contract was up, he was given

a first-class ticket to wherever he wanted

to go. He chose to visit his brothers and

parents, who were living in Berkeley. He

enjoyed the visit but returned to Bombay

to work with a friend in developing the

Hotel Sands, a five-star hotel. “When the

hotel got completed, my classmate was

the general manager, and I was the food

and beverage manager,” he said. Later,

another job as general manager for a fourstar

hotel outside of Bombay was offered

to Chopra. “My son was just born then,”

he said. “So I took up that offer for him.”

However, as time went on, he found himself

drifting further away from his passion, which is cooking. “I had 180 employees

under me, and I realized I’m not actually doing anything except going to meetings

and being like a politician, almost,” he laughed. “It was not my kind of thing.”

Things were also getting “more crazy” in Bombay, he said, and he wanted to give

his son a better life. So he contacted his family here.

“When I came here, I always had that idea of starting a restaurant myself,” he said.

“I worked for Gaylord in Palo Alto, getting the idea about the business here.” A

change in management gave him the opening he needed to make the leap and start

his own business.

“I started looking in that area, but Palo Alto, Menlo Park … it’s a good market for

Indian food, but there were these posh restaurants, like Gaylord, and they’re like

French-Indian cooking, almost, because they charge so much, you know? I was

thinking of nice, hometype

Indian food at a

good price.” When rents

in that area proved prohibitive,

he looked farther

north and found a

comfortable place in

Redwood City, where he


Taking over the space

vacated by a deli, next to

an Indian grocery, he

opened Little India.

“I could keep my prices

low and do what I wanted

to do,” he explained.


Little India is now celebrating its 15th anniversary in Redwood City: 13 years on

Broadway and two years at its present Main Street location. The move affected

business “a little bit,” Chopra said. “When you’re 13 years in a place, some people

will look around for you, but it takes others a while to catch up. They just think

that it’s gone.

“As soon as this was ready, we closed the other. I was closed a total of four days,”

he laughed.

This was training that would come to serve Chopra well, enabling him to whip up

feasts by himself that would take another restaurant a large staff to manage.

“Some days we get really crowded; some days it’s quiet,” he said, adding that the

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construction downtown had been a problem. “A lot of our customers come from

Foster City, the Oracle complex … all those companies there, when they see construction

going on here, and a little bit of difficulty to park … they go to other

places. But it’ll get better.”

And when the construction is over and the “new Downtown” is done?

“It’ll help, surely,” Chopra said, “because when I had that other place, it was before

Sequoia Station was there. It was very quiet. Once that thing came, foot traffic

started. Very soon, people started walking around, and business picked up.”

Chopra’s wife and son help out with the

restaurant, which allows him to keep his

costs low and maintain his incredible

prices. “It’s all family,” he explained.

“Because we do it ourselves – I’m the chef

– I’m used to 500 meals a day. Cooking is

not a problem.” His son graduated from

Woodside High School two years ago, and

in addition to helping out at Little India,

he’s currently studying at San Francisco

State University in the premed program.

“It skipped one generation,” Chopra

laughed, referencing his father’s medical


In addition to running the restaurant,

Chopra does catering for special events and parties, delivering the food to businesses

in the area, where he maintains his great prices and quality food.

After the interview, I was able to sample some of Little India’s incredible cuisine.

There’s a reason it’s won “readers’ choice” awards in local papers – such as the San

Mateo Daily News, the Examiner and the Independent – three years in a row. The

ground lamb, chicken tandoori, masala … it was all delectable. The quality and the

price are unsurpassed. Redwood City is truly fortunate to have such a rare gem in

its midst.


Cañada College has received the green light from the California Community

Colleges Chancellor's Office to begin a new 3-D animation and video game

art program this fall that will help students gain entry to the Bay Area's

growing video game industry.

It is the only program of its kind offered by a community college in the region. It

provides students a low-cost way to earn an education that can help them begin

work in the animation and video game industry. A new state-of-the-art computer

studio on the Redwood City campus will house the program. Classes will start in

August when the new fall semester begins. "We're very excited about this program,"

said Jeannie Mecorney, professor of multimedia at the college. "We worked closely

with our partners in both the video game and animation industries to develop

the curriculum so that our graduates will have the skills to succeed."

Mecorney said program advisors from Bay Area video game design companies

Electronic Arts and Popcap Games and contacts at PDI/Dreamworks were consulted

from the beginning, as plans for the new program took shape. "We worked

closely with industry experts to better understand the current technology used to

develop 3-D graphics and animations," Mecorney said. "Our program will have cutting-edge

technology and a carefully planned curriculum designed to train our students

for entry-level positions or to transfer to four-year institutions."

Dani Castillo, a multimedia professor at the college, has developed nine new courses

for the program using Alias' Maya software, the industry standard. Castillo

began teaching five years ago after an extensive career in the video game industry.

"We're very excited about this program because students want a career building

video games, and our local companies need skilled workers," Castillo said. "Because

we're a community college, we can provide the same education as many of the forprofit

schools at a fraction of the cost."

The new program joins existing certificates in multimedia, graphic design and Web

design, plus a newly developed digital photography certificate. Students can also

earn an associate degree or earn credits to transfer to a four-year university.

Current and former students have worked with the college to offer input into the

new degree. They agree it will provide the tools necessary to gain access to the


animation and video game industries.

Jeremy Fratkin received his Multimedia Certificate at Cañada College and is now

earning a bachelor's degree in digital visual media at Ex'pression College for Digital

Arts in Emeryville. "What I learned at Cañada made it so much easier when faced

with real-life work opportunities and the rigorous coursework at Ex'pression," he


Current Cañada student R. Anne Hernandez interned at ExpressoFitness this past

summer and said she knows first-hand about the timeliness and importance of the

new program. "The new 3-D animation and video game art program comes at an

exciting time when video games have surpassed the movie industry in revenue,

therefore the demand for talent, skill, knowledge and application in this area is

high," she said. "Many other institutions have courses that teach students what

they need to know but not how to apply it. The strength of Cañada's courses is

that they teach a student how to practically apply the knowledge they've gained in

real world situations."

Mecorney said internships are an important part of the current curriculum and

will continue to play a pivotal role for students enrolled in the new major. The

multimedia program at Cañada College has an advisory committee composed of

industry experts, and Mecorney said students have already begun working for

some of the companies represented by advisory committee members.

Mecorney said community colleges provide a solid connection to the rapidly developing

animation and video game industries because the colleges can adapt curriculum

to quickly changing trends, offer teaching assignments for industry partners,

and have a track record of successful experience with nontraditional students.

"We can even reach those students who spent time playing video games rather

than studying for their SATs," Mecorney said with a smile.

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By Nick Markwith

Student Writer

The consensus of many of the older folks is as follows: Teenagers are notorious

for being rebellious, inconsiderate, out-of-control troublemakers. For the

most part, most teenagers have one or more (usually the latter) of those

characteristics, and adults look down on them for it. But in the mass of teenage

rebellion shines one who transcends all the normal stereotypes. He puts others’

needs before his own and encourages participation in activities designed to help

others less fortunate. This abnormality among teenagers is Woodside High

School’s own Max Schneider.

Although he would not like to brag, junior Max Schneider has dabbled in quite a

few different extracurricular activities. Sports and drama just happen to be two of

them. Schneider began his drama career when he was eight or nine in a small community

theater play called “Toyshop.” “I became hooked,” he said, and since then

he has appeared in a number of other productions throughout the years under the

guide of many talented teachers. Some of the plays he was involved in include

“Annie Get Your

Gun,” “Hello,

Dolly,” “Guys and

Dolls,” “The

Pajama Game,”

“Kiss Me Kate”

and, most recently,

the Woodside

production of

The Wiz.” He

looks forward to

directing an

upcoming show

and performing in

as many shows as

possible. In addition

to his drama

career, he

attempted Little

League and soccer

when he was

younger and even

cross country during

middle school

and his first year

of high school.

These sports, as

he soon found out,

were not for him, and then he tried badminton in the spring of his freshman year.

“That was a mistake,” admits Schneider, as he later decided hitting a birdie with

a very small racket was not for him. It may seem his attempts at sports were futile

by this point, but do not be fooled; he found his true calling in lacrosse during his

sophomore year. As a member of the boys’ junior varsity lacrosse team, he will be

tested, and he hopes his leadership skills will lead the team to victory over the next

few months. Schneider hopes to continue playing this sport later in life because he

“really love[s] the sport,” he explained.

Woodside sports. Schneider plans on taking his journalism career far, to the point

of majoring in journalism. The reason he writes is one passion journalism students

need to have. “I’m really big on bringing the news to people, and I think it’s important,

especially for the people of my high school, to know what’s going on in the

world, my school and all over the place. It’s also fun,” he added.

Already it seems as if Max Schneider has bitten off more than he can chew, but

sports, drama and writing occupy only a part of his life. Another of his hobbies

that he is very passionate about is his membership in the Octagon Club and Junior

Optimist Octagon International. For those who are unaware, the Octagon Club

plans community service projects around the Bay Area to clean up beaches and

parks, work in soup kitchens, and regularly aid worthy organizations that benefit

cancer and AIDS research. Currently, he is the treasurer of his “O Club,” as he calls

it. He also actively participates in a much larger organization, JOOI, which affiliates

itself with the Octagon Club and exists in all fifty states, Canada and Mexico.

He is the secretary/treasurer of the Pacific Central District. Along with the long

name and creative abbreviation, Schneider faces a lot of responsibilities. Every few

weeks, he meets up with other officers of JOOI to plan large-scale community service

projects. “Community service is important not just for school, but to help people

is a much higher cause than anything else.” He thinks. “After you do something

for someone else, you get this feeling that you’re bettering others and yourself.”

Max Schneider is an inspiration as a writer, an athlete and a community service

zealot. It is for this reason that the Octagon Club is the biggest and has the largest

budget. To him, this club means more than many things, so much more that he

squeezes homework assignments from his four advanced placement classes into his

community service schedule instead of the other way around.

“You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do, and I get it done,” states Schneider.

In addition to his involvement in lacrosse and the drama community, Max

Schneider is known to be a great writer for his school paper and other papers. He

has been a part of The Woodside World, Woodside’s newspaper, for two years now.

As a fellow writer, I admire how well he places a variety of words to create something

that surpasses normal news reporting. I may be exaggerating somewhat, but

his use of the English language is awe inspiring to other writers. Schneider’s talent

is not wasted at The Woodside World, as he is the opinionated section editor and

a managing editor. His main forte is writing editorials. When deciding what to

write, “I usually pick something that affects me personally and what I want to see

change,” said Schneider. Even before he started writing for Woodside’s newspaper,

he was a contributing writer to the Almanac the summer before his first year of

high school. To this day, he writes weekly articles about his experiences and


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Steve Penna


Last month The Spectrum ran a story on plans

the Century Theatres group has to keep the

12-theater complex on the other side of

Highway 101 open after the new cinema project is

complete in May. Many in our community saw this

as a pressure ploy to get the city of Redwood City

to zone the property to their liking. Well, now the

City Council has directed city staff to start "real

property acquisition" talks for the property at 567

East Bayshore Road. Guess what property that is?

Yep, where Century 12 is located now. Listed as the

City's negotiator is City Manager Ed Everett (along

with Pat Webb, Brian Ponty and an "expert" in the

auto dealership industry) and as negotiator for

Century 12 is Joe Syufy. The City Council also, in a

closed session, directed Everett to commence discussion

to obtain that property for auto dealerships. There

has been a perception for years that the city was interested

in developing that property as part of an auto

mall concept, and with this action it seems that perception

was correct.

* * * *

As the Downtown cinema project gets closer to opening,

there have been several rumors as to which businesses

are in or out. Here is an update. In: Cost Plus,

Fat Burger, Shoe Pavilion, San Mateo Credit Union,

Marble Slab Creamery, Escape from New York Pizza,

Tacone (sandwiches), Chipotle (Mexican food),

Tandoori Oven (Northern Indian cuisine) and of

course Century Theatres. Out: Pier One Imports and

Chili's. There are still three spaces that need to be

filled. One, at the corner of Broadway and Middlefield,

is two stories and would be perfect for a restaurant

because it has fantastic views of the surrounding areas.

So no matter what you have heard, this is the most

recent and accurate list – I swear!

* * * *

The city of Redwood City has made an agreement with

San Mateo County for use of the county parking structure

for free parking on the nights the Fox Theater is

open. The deal guarantees that some 800 spaces will be

available for 50 nights out of the year, from Friday at 4

p.m. until 2 a.m. Monday morning. Combined with

the efforts that are being made between the city of

Redwood City and SamTrans to provide a shuttle service

between the parking structure and the new cinema

and Downtown, this is great news for those businesses

worried about the lack of parking for the thousands of

new visitors that are expected once the project is complete.

* * * *

My uncle and longtime Redwood City resident Bob

Ayers passed away on March 4 from Alzheimer's.

Uncle Bob was a Sequoia High graduate and a teacher

and coach at Menlo-Atherton High for 25 years. He

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When Bridget Chen was a little girl, she never imagined she might one

day grace a stage with Miss California. “I’m not the stereotypical girl


she said. But,

as of March 5, she

won the chance to

give it a go. Chen

was named Miss

Redwood City

2006, giving her a

$1,000 scholarship

toward her education.

She will head

down to Fresno in

June to represent

Redwood City in

the Miss California


Chen didn’t grow

up in the Bay Area.

In fact, she graduated

from Modesto

High School in

2000. The 24-yearold,



competing in

M i s s


but Chen will

continue to

go to school

and volunteer

as a peer

health educator.




platform is




and healthy

lifestyles. She

seeks to teach

people stress


and healthy

ways to quit

vices such as

smoking. She

isn’t sure

what kind of

medicine she

will ultimately


in. Chen just

hopes to finish at a medical school in the United States. “I didn’t want to make

my parents pay for my education again. They did the first time around, and it was

pricey. I was looking for ways to pay

for school and remembered the

Junior Miss competition from high

school,” said Chen.


valley girl started her college career interested in law. She finished her degree by

attending University of California, Berkeley, and

Cornell University. “I was thinking about going

back to school. I was prelaw and working at a law

firm in San Francisco. I had been working for a

year, and I realized this life sucks. It’s really boring

being a lawyer,” she said. Chen reevaluated her

life and decided she wanted to become a doctor.

The problem was that she hadn’t taken the

required premed classes she needed the first time

around in college. She enrolled in San Jose State

University in 2005 as a postundergraduate student

to fulfill those courses.

She isn’t quite sure what training lies ahead before

Junior Miss is a scholarship competition

for college-bound high school

girls, mostly juniors and seniors.

Chen had won the talent and scholarship

portions of the competition

but said it was a horrible experience.

The violinist wasn’t comfortable or

confident with herself at the time. “I

think it takes a lot of confidence to

go on stage,” she said.

Even while going through the dress

rehearsals for the most recent competition,

Chen doubted herself.

There were so many times where I

wanted to quit during the dress


rehearsals. I thought, ‘I’m not a dancer. MISS SAN MATEO COUNTY, LAUREN NELSON

I can’t do this.’ … It’s like to be confident

you kind of fake it, and eventually you end up being confident. I read somewhere

confidence works better than makeup, and I think it’s true,” she said.


Redwood City Police

Activities League Update

California PAL Northern California Basketball Tournament

Redwood City PAL was represented in the California PAL Northern California

Basketball tournament held in Berkeley February 18-21. The 16-and-under girls’

team took second place and the 12-and-under girls’ team took fourth place.

The 16-and-under team included Brenda Farias, Selena Buenrostro, Felicia

Jimenez, Marissa Christensen, Rachel Prescott, Kendra Serrano and Quira

Richardson, coached by Taja Henderson.

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Upcoming sports

The second- and third-grade Junior. Dribbler basketball league will be accepting

registrations from March 20 through April 14 . Pick up a registration form at the

Red Morton Community Center. The cost is $20.

Redwood City PAL needs a few good stars

Be a star and sponsor a team.

The 12-and-under girls’ team included Rachel Rosas, Regina Fisher, Hayley Parker,

Lilly Anderson, Riley Polek-Davis, Hailey Carrol, Amanda Dames and Claire

Soderer, coached by Steve Diaz.

Redwood City PAL invests in the youth of our community by providing positive

sports programs and positive role models for thousands of young people in

Redwood City. You and your company can help by sponsoring a PAL sports program

or team. If you are interested or would like more information please contact

Officer Chris Rasmussen at (650)556-1650.

Redwood City PAL merchandise

PAL offers a full line of merchandise including T-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, etc.

Please support our programs by visiting our site at www.cafepress.com/rwcpal.


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Police Say Gang Crackdown Is Working

After two murders and $200,000 in emergency funding from the Redwood

City Council, the Police Department is claiming victory in the city's ongoing

battle against gangs. There is still crime, but the violent retaliation

between the Norteño and Sureño gangs has diminished, and police are shifting

their focus from reacting to gang violence to preventing it. In four months, a

beefed-up police force made 86 arrests and identified 68 gang members. Gang hot

spots cooled, but police are carefully watching them to make sure members are not

taking up in new areas of town. To do that, police need residents to call in suspicious

people or activity in their neighborhood, said Redwood City police Sgt. Sean

Hart. "Gangs are getting pushed around," said Hart. "Don't feel like anything is too

small to report."

A key indication of growing gang violence is graffiti. A gang will mark its territory

with graffiti, but trouble starts when another gang "disrespects" the other by crossing

out the graffiti. The tension escalates and usually results in violence. The city's

Street Crime Suppression Team, which consists of city officers and San Mateo

County deputies, effectively pushed some gangs out of town and forced others to

run, Hart said. When the gang starts running, they end up in unexpected parts of

town. That's when residents need to call police to report suspicious activity, Hart


During the city's crackdown, police contacted 287 people and arrested 86. They

also collected 41 weapons and identified 68 gang members. Police met with apartment

owners and succeeded in getting three gang members evicted. Some apartment

owners also agreed to put additional lighting at their buildings. Officers have

also been making presentations at schools and counseling troubled youth, Hart

said. To report suspicious gang activity call the Redwood City police at 780-7100.

To report graffiti, call the graffiti hotline at 780-7304.

The San Mateo County Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Association's countywide gang

task force also reported a successful crackdown on gangs. The task force contacted

647 people and made 194 arrests during its eight-week crackdown that ended

Nov. 18. Law enforcement agents from at least 20 agencies in the county, including

the Department of Justice, participated in the crackdown. The crackdown was

set to continue, but with a temporarily smaller task force, said San Mateo County

Undersheriff Greg Munks.

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



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The museum is located in the old courthouse with its historic dome. Its collections

include horse-drawn carriages, models, railroads from Caltrans and the Ocean

Shore Railroad, relics from San Mateo's past, and lithographic art dating from


Ongoing Exhibits

"The Great Rotunda." The stained-glass dome of the rotunda, thought to be the

largest in a Pacific Coast public building, is the architectural highlight of the museum


"Courtroom A." The oldest courtroom in San Mateo County has been restored to

its appearance in 1910.

"Nature's Bounty." This exhibit gallery explores how the oldest people of the

Peninsula used the natural resources of the area and how these resources were used

to help build San Francisco after the discovery of gold in 1849.

"Journey to Work." This exhibit gallery shows how transportation transformed San

Mateo County from a frontier to suburbs.

"Carriage Display." An exhibit of the museum's 30 horse-drawn vehicles.

"Charles Parsons Gallery." An exhibit of the 23 historical model ships created by

Charles Parsons of San Carlos.

"Politics, Crime and Law Enforcement." The Atkinson Meeting Room includes the

Walter Moore Law Enforcement Collection of historic badges.

Special Exhibit

"San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame," through June 30 in the upper rotunda.

$4 general; $2 seniors and students; free for children ages five and under. Tuesday

through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 777 Hamilton St., Redwood City. (650) 299-

0104, (650) 359-1462, www.sanmateocountyhistory.com.


Art, olives and fun! And it's free! Main campus on Farm Hill Blvd. at Interstate

280, Redwood City. Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, October 1, 2006.

Olive demonstrations; olive products; local artists, musicians and entertainment;

wine provided by local vintners; Kid's Corner and much more! Sponsored by San

Mateo County Community College Foundation, Redwood City Civic Cultural

Commission, and Redwood City San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce. All

proceeds go toward student scholarships. Visit the event Web site at www.olivefest.org.


2209 Broadway, Redwood City

Ticket purchase and info number is (650) 369-4119 for all shows. Tickets also

available online at foxdream.com and at the Fox Theatre box office.

The Groove Kings plus René Solis and Lucky 13

Friday, March 31, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

The Groove Kings hail from the South Bay and boast over 100 years of combined

musical experience. They recently captured the title of Best Cover Band in 98.5

KFOX FM's "Last Band Standing" competition and have performed both in the

United States and internationally. Their repertoire ranges from popular rock 'n' roll

to classic R & B, all designed to get everyone on the dance floor, singing along and

clapping their hands. The Groove Kings honor the legends of rock and soul including

Stevie Wonder, the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations and the

Beatles. Sixties Motown favorites, the best of classic rock, as well as a dose of

eighties "Philadelphia Soul" will keep everyone singing and dancing until the wee

hours. Their ripping version of Sly and the Family Stone's "Dance to the Music"

pretty much states what the Groove Kings are all about.


René Solis is perhaps best know as the guitarist and founding member of the

award-winning band NiteCry, and he is also the mastermind behind the wildly

popular "Blues Guitar Extravaganza." In addition to these amazing credits René is

now proud to present his new band, Lucky 13, a soulful and hard-hitting combination.

His powerful yet smooth guitar grooves and vocals, mixed with a dynamic

group of Bay Area musicians, deliver upbeat, house-rocking music that melds

blues, R & B, rock and soul seamlessly. René pours his heart and soul into each

performance as this new combo allows him to put his fiery guitar work front and

center! www.renesolis.com.

Chris Cain plus opener TBA

Saturday, April 1, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

Chris Cain's jazz-tinged, blues-soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have the

maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. His expressive style

is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery. His

passion and intensity are a blend of his mother's Greek ancestry and his father's

soulful black heritage. Through his guitar mastery and remarkable songwriting


ability, Chris Cain has established himself as a musical force to be reckoned with.

And, as San Jose Mercury News music reviewer John Orr writes, "more than anyone

else, anywhere, Chris Cain represents the future of the blues."


Mimi Fox

Sunday, April 2, 7 p.m. $14 adv./$16 door

Mimi Fox's name has been circulating rapidly throughout the jazz guitar community

for years as a new force in jazz guitar. However, for those who know her better,

it goes beyond the chops; Mimi is a diverse, accomplished and forward-thinking

musician who has taken her love for the jazz language and transformed it into

a vehicle for rich music that pulls from many genres. Growing up with folk and

rock music, Mimi's earthy tone and root approach has been a life in the making,

giving her the ability to spin old standards and original compositions in a unique

and fresh way. "Fox's clean playing incorporates exquisite harmonic constructions,

lightning-fast runs and arpeggios, deft use of natural and artificial harmonics,

tricky rhythmic phrasings, and captivating dynamics into an organic whole." -

Guitar Player Magazine. www.mimifoxjazzguitar.com.

Tainted Love

Friday, April 7, 9 p.m. $16 adv./$18 door

Tainted Love, the seven-piece outfit from San Francisco, brings you back to the

days when keyboards ruled the airwaves, cascading hairdos were commonplace,

and outlandish fashions lit up the pioneering early days of MTV. With a stellar

lineup of three high-energy singers driven by a powerhouse band whose credentials

include Pride & Joy, Super Diamond, Car Wash, Panama, and Yah-Yah Littleman,

Tainted Love delivers a nonstop '80s live show featuring "Hungry Like the Wolf,"

"I Melt With You," "Obsession," "Safety Dance," and many other pop gems from

that deliriously decadent decade. One night of Tainted Love and you'll forget that

disco ever happened! www.taintedlove.com.

The San Francisco Summer of Love Revue

Tribute Performances of The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf, Janis Joplin, The

Mamas & The Papas, and Sonny & Cher

Saturday, April 8, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 door

The San Francisco Summer of Love Revue will take you back to a dance concert

in the late '60s and feature live replica performances of any number of psychedelic

bands that might have taken the stage at either the Avalon Ballroom or the

Fillmore Auditorium. Talented young musicians and actors are learning the most

popular songs from these legends and will recreate their colorful attire, famous

vocal melodies and soaring guitar licks! Guided by the director's own musical experiences,

these players are quickly becoming comfortable in their roles emulating

some of history's most renowned rock pioneers. A multimedia collage featuring the

infamous liquid light shows and historical footage and images that shaped the era

will enhance this fast-moving and highly entertaining revue. www.sfsummeroflove.com.

Redwood City Blues Jam

Wednesday, April 12, 7 p.m. Free admission!

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

evening of quality blues music from the area's best musicians. Kenny "Blue" Ray

hosts the jam and invites audience blues musicians to "jam" on stage. The music is

real, the mood collegial, and the doors open to the community to enjoy this

uniquely American music. The Jam meets on the second and fourth Wednesday

each month 7-11 p.m. Bring your friends!

The Sun Kings plus Tin Man

Friday, April 14, 8 p.m. $13 adv./$15 door

The Sun Kings present an evening of Beatles music that'll send more than one

amazed shiver down your backbone. The music of the Beatles is encoded into their

collective DNA, and they bring the same joy and energy that makes Beatles music

so irresistible to the concert stage. Hailing from Alameda, California, the band's

repertoire contains about 100 Beatles songs played just the way you remember

them. www.the-sun-kings.com.

Tin Man is a five-piece, groove-oriented, classic artists and one-hit wonders cover

jam band, doing the tunes our way. That's a mouthful, but when you hear us, you'll

understand. It's just right. www.tinmanmusic.net.


invites you to “Remnants,” featuring recent photographs by Charles Anselmo and

paintings by Elizabeth Noerdlinger.

The show runs from March 22 to April 23. A reception with the artists will be held

on Sunday, March 26 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Located at 1018 Main St, Redwood City, CA 94063.

Visit www.themaingallery.org or call (650) 701-1018.

Hours: Wed – Fri 11a.m .– 4p.m. and Sat – Sun 10am- 3pm

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Anderson, 58, earned her bachelor's in education from the University of Michigan

and went on to teach early childhood education at Mills College. However, it was

after that – when she left to continue her doctorate at Stanford University – when

she realized she wanted to help people plan for child care instead of provide it herself.

While earning her Ph.D. in early education and child development, she

earned money by watching her friends' children while she was at home raising

three boys of her own. She managed to complete her doctorate in 1981 and was

later hired by the Child Care Council of San Mateo County. In her capacity there,

Anderson helped line up parents with much needed child care. It wasn't enough;

about 20 years ago she began working for Redwood City as its sole child care coordinator,

and 10 years ago they made her a permanent employee with money from

their own budget, not from state or local grants. She helps over 120 licensed family

care homes in the city.



Kristen Anderson knows kids. More importantly, she knows how to make city

planners care about kids, and she is finally getting the opportunity to take

her knowledge beyond Redwood City. Anderson, the only child care coordinator

for any city in San Mateo County, debuted her book, "Planning for Child

Care in California," at Lulu's Gift Shop on Main Street in Redwood City. It took

her just over a year to write, six months to rewrite, and two years to publish. Ask

Anderson, and she'll tell you the book was a lifetime in the making.

In Redwood City, Anderson has the opportunity to offer her opinions about child

care issues to city planners – whether they like it or not, she said. "It hasn't traditionally

been an area that land use planners look at. Partly because 30 years ago

there weren't as many mothers working," Anderson said. Now it's important to

include child care facilities in new developments, not just to provide for the growing

number of families but also to prevent them from causing more traffic by driving

around town. She's currently working with planners to make sure child care

facilities are included in the development of the large Stanford clinic slated for

development at a spot near Highway 101. There are no child care facilities in that

part of town, and if the project goes through without them, employees will be

forced to drive across town to take their children to child care. Developers in

Redwood City must pay a fee to be used to create child care facilities in the city.

That money helps create new buildings that are suitable and safe. Since day care

facilities don't generate a lot of revenue, businesses very seldom have the opportunity

to build responsible facilities. Instead they are stuck in aging retail space or

churches, Anderson said. "Both the City Council and Planning Commission have

become educated over the years," Anderson said. "I don't have to be the only voice

saying, 'Don't forget the childcare.'"

Anderson hopes all her work pays off, and she rearranged her schedule to make

time for a new grandchild expected to arrive this summer. She can't wait to babysit.



Redwood City businesses are

here to serve you!

The Spectrum Magazine has been out in our community using businesses

that not only provide excellent service but also contribute to our community.

We know you are always looking for different places to dine, bank,

invest, shop, work out, or treat yourself. Check out our Best of the Best


Auto Care:

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

of tires or need to tune your vehicle, this Redwood City institution has been providing

quality vehicle services since 1957. Redwood General Tire was founded on

the premise that good customer service and quality products at fair prices will succeed

in the marketplace. They continue to follow this philosophy today and expect

it to guide them into a successful future. Many of their satisfied customers have

been with them since their founding and continue to do business with them today.

They proudly serve the third generation of many of their first Redwood City customers.

Maybe you should give them a call.

Eating and Catering:

Canyon Inn: 587 Canyon Road – You will find everything at this Redwood City

favorite. The Canyon Inn is nestled in the small, quiet neighborhood of the

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

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

Francisco 49ers football team. But the reputation draws celebrities and personalities

from all over the world. The restaurant is noted for its burgers and beers, most

notably the Hacksaw Burger, a big double cheeseburger named after Jack

“Hacksaw” Reynolds. The Canyon Inn also offers hot and cold sandwiches, hot

dogs, fish and chips, spaghetti, ravioli, lasagna, Mexican tacos and quesadillas. If

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

half a mile from the freeway, it’s easy for you to stop by and visit. Try the

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

people come from all over to enjoy it! They also have a seasonal specialty, which

is mango pasticcio and feta cheese salad with grilled chicken. People tell us that

they want to keep the cafe a secret, because it is such a nice location with outstanding

food. We won’t tell anyone?

Encore Performance Catering: 2992 Spring Street – Owner Dave Hyman’s menu

goes on for eight pages of mouthwatering suggestions for everything from continental

breakfasts to formal dinners. Despite an entire page devoted just to warm

appetizers, these are mere suggestions, and Hyman is quick to offer additional

possibilities to fit any occasion. He also has a strong sense of community and

participates in many community-oriented events. He participates in the City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mexquite Mexican Cuisine and Cantina: 2616 Broadway – Formerly OK

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

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

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

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

think you will like it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

want. Buy what you like.

Financial Institutions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

of recommending quality investments that have proven themselves over time.

So does Investment Representative David Amman, who manages their Redwood

City office. He understands that this approach might be considered unfashionable.

But if it means helping his clients achieve their goals, whether for retirement, education,

or just financial security, it’s an approach he plans to stick to.

Personal Improvement:

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

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

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

of experience. They pride themselves on having exceptionally talented massage

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

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

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

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

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

Re:Juvenate Skin Care: 805 Veterans Blvd., Suite 140 – Treat yourself; you

deserve it! Re:Juvenate is owned and operated by Sherna Madan, M.D., and Linda

S. Moore, R.N. Together they have more than 50 years in the healthcare industry

and over ten years in the field of aesthetics. Both have lived and worked in the

community for the majority of those years. When a consumer is looking for a

facility that offers a list of services that are so personal, name recognition and reputation

are of the utmost importance. Relationships are formed quickly, and trust

is a huge part of the equation. Whether you are seeing a Re:Juvenate clinician for

acne, sun damage, skin tightening, wrinkle reduction or laser hair removal, the

process starts with a complimentary consultation with a member of the aesthetic

staff. You can call (650) 261-0500 and mention The Spectrum Magazine.


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

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

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

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

fine business for years.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Home Improvements:

Lewis Carpet Cleaners: 1.800.23.LEWIS – Rick Lewis, founder of Lewis Carpet

& Upholstery Cleaners, started his business in 1985 out of his home using a small

portable machine. Today, Lewis successfully operates and manages an office/warehouse

of six employees and has five working vans with future plans for expansion

and growth. Lewis moved his business from San Mateo to Redwood City in 1995.

The Lewis family works and resides in Redwood City and has truly made this town

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

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

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

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

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

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By Robby Schumacher

Contributing Writer

Picture for a minute a tiny child with thick, Coke-bottle glasses, braces

on his legs, a grin from ear to ear, and all the innocence and gentleness

of a newborn baby animal. Although he has endured some unfortunate

labeling and even some unwarranted stigmatization throughout his

young life, he remains strong in spirit and full of joy. His innocence has gone

untouched, and he is humble and wise beyond his years. He understands

that what is on the inside is what really matters and remains unusually connected

to something that often seems to elude so many others. No matter

the time that passes or the changes that mark the transformations of this

world, he remains steady and loving, just as in the year before. That same

image IS Redeemer Lutheran School.

It is no secret that our society has grown to instantly envision certain things

when it comes to various labels of religions and their practices.

Unfortunately the quick dismissal of great ideas and principles can occur

when they are attached to something we’ve learned to judge. The baffling

thing is that our judgements so often tend to be strongholds of contempt

prior to investigation.

When it comes to the education of children, however, we all tend to want

the best we can get. Personal choice is a great freedom of ours, so we are

lucky to be able to exercise that in America. Another valuable freedom is the

right to acquire knowledge. That is the intention here. It is up to individuals

to choose where they send their children to learn, and no certain place

can be solely marked as better than the other. The purpose here is to inform

you of just one of the options; no more, no less.

Redeemer Lutheran School has been a part of the Redwood City community

for almost half a century. Next year it will celebrate 50 years of service.

One exciting part of its journey is the construction of a new building. For a

very long time now, Redeemer has educated and nurtured children in grades

K-8 in tiny, run-down rooms, where the enthusiasm of students and teachers

remains, but the rest is showing wear and tear. Although the outside

looks a little rough, like the crippled little child with thick glasses, it is what

happens on the inside that has always counted for Redeemer students and


Principal Mike Mancini

encompasses all that

Redeemer stands for and

has a passion for his work

that puts the Crocodile

Hunter to shame. His

energy is infectious and

the students love him. His

attitude toward teaching

as a principal is much like

the great Shakti Gawain’s

when she said, “I teach

not because I have mastered

the information and

I am the teacher and you

are the student, but

because I love to share

myself in this way. This

sharing deepens my own

learning experience.

There is no difference

between learning and

teaching. No difference

between work and play. It

all blends into one totally

integrated, balanced experience.”

Just add his passion

for Jesus Christ, and

you’ll have glimpsed the

big heart of Mike Mancini.

Mancini has a special love and respect for Redeemer. His wife, Lisa Mancini,

is the granddaughter of Redeemer’s founding pastor and a graduate herself.

Being a 40-year resident of Redwood City, Mancini was honored to become

principal after his eight years of teaching. He had previously been teaching

and coaching football at Sequoia High School. He made the switch from

public to private school in 1997, when he felt led to stand for what was in

his heart. He was faced with a tough decision that could affect everything

in his life when a football player said a prayer once before a game. “I had a

great relationship with the kids,” he said. “They respected me and I respected

them. I always wore my emotions on my sleeve, so I would laugh with

them, cry with them, eat lunch and play basketball with them. We’d have a

great time. One day a young boy said a prayer in one of our huddles and I

got some grief from it, which was really hard. That was my first stint at

Sequoia, and I left because they said to me, ‘You can’t do that. You can’t

lead a prayer.’ I understood where they were coming from but told them I

hadn’t led the prayer and that I can’t NOT do what’s right in my heart. I

respected what they were saying, but it was this own boy’s choice. I hadn’t

led it.

They told me next time I needed to ‘hush it down,’ and I said I just can’t

do that. I just can’t. It wasn’t a dismissal or anything; we just had a mutual

understanding after that. It was really tough, but I had to stand up for

something that I knew would affect my wife’s and my lives. Now, when I

look back, I can clearly see how God was walking me down a path!”

Mancini was a punter and participated in the NFL for three years. He

always thought that was his dream. In 1986 he was a free agent and did four

preseason games. He was bouncing around a lot and it was in Green Bay in

1988 when it ended. He remembers saying on his plane ride home, “I don’t

know what you have planned for me, God, but it must really be something!”

When he was given the opportunity to teach later that year, he was shocked.

He was then walked through and, to his surprise, became a sixth- and seventh-grade

combined class teacher. He knew then: “This is what I want to

do!” Mancini went on to get his credential after his degree in communications

and praised God for the incredible journey he was on. He knew he’d

found his calling.

Mancini is both humbled by and proud of the excellence at Redeemer.

Students come back year

after year to talk to the

staff, share their lives,

work for Redeemer, or

speak of their personal

successes. Mancini said,

“I am in contact with a lot

of our kids. It is extremely

important for me.

Redeemer has always

been synonymous with

family since it started in

1957. I think having

small class sizes and being

surrounded by teachers

and staff who graduated

from here makes a huge

difference. Our kids know

that when they graduate

from the eighth grade it is

never over. It’s not just,

‘See you later.’ We want

them to come back and

keep us up to date. We

want them to know there

is always someone here

for them to share with.”

Overall, children who


graduate from Redeemer go on to higher levels of education. Around 80 percent

of students end up in college, with 70 percent in four-year universities.

At the high school level, Redeemer encourages students and parents to go to

the school of their choice. In the last 10 years only two students didn’t get

into the schools of their choice, but even they ended up with their second


Mancini stated, “It is our goal to make sure these kids are prepared and

absolutely ready to achieve at the next level. We hope to give them tools to

be ready for any situation that arises. We want them to remember when

something comes up that we talked with them about how to stay focused

and handle the situation so they maintain self-confidence no matter what


Redeemer is highly praised for the extra things they value in their curriculum.

Not only do they teach the basic courses, but they “care about the full

development of the child.” This care includes the nurturing of each child.

Aside from the loving and personal atmosphere, they continue to work on

the spiritual, academic, physical, social, emotional and character aspects of

each child. Teaching values, morals and principles that contribute to each

child’s success is a marked and noteworthy feature of Redeemer. The quality

Christian education experience proves to make a huge difference in the

lives of these children. Mancini has a list of stories to back this up, as do

many of the staff members and graduates.

An important fact about Redeemer is that families and children can come

from all walks of life. You do not have to be Lutheran to go there. You do

not have to be a member of the church. In fact, only about 30 percent of

kids at Redeemer are members of the church. There is a wide variety of ethnic

backgrounds, socioeconomic backgrounds, religious backgrounds, and

other variances that make up the population of the school. Mancini said,

“It’s about the most public private school I know of.”

Contrary to what some may suspect, the members at Redeemer are not concerned

with turning people into Lutherans. They exercise the freedom to

talk about spiritual things, incorporate prayer and spiritual values, and

hope to touch upon the spiritual aspects of everything that goes on in a

child’s life both emotionally and in daily living. While some teachers in

other schools don’t have that freedom, Redeemer kids enjoy an entire world

of learning that extends beyond just the secular. Their slogan remains: We

are creating the future one child at a

time. Mancini stated, “If you’re going

to have a slogan and put it on paper,

you’d better be ready to live by it! We

don’t just talk the talk here. We model

for our students and do our best to be

examples of everything we teach here.

I personally want to be the principal I

never had but always wanted.

“For us, this is something we are very

passionate about. We want to make

sure every single child is paid great

attention to, loved, nurtured, listened

to, and well educated. We want them

to know that every teacher knows

them, their family, what their personal

life is like, etc. We want them to be

assured that people care! They need to

know someone is going to be there to

see them through tough times. There could be a divorce or a death in the

family, or it may be that they are just feeling overwhelmed. Here at

Redeemer someone is always around to help walk them through those

things. We all need that in life. We purposely keep our class sizes small for

that reason.”

Redeemer has 152 students now. There is an average of about 17 to 18 students

per class. In the new building, they will maintain the small class size.

There will be no more than 25 students per class. Their maximum capacity

will be 222 students.

Although the school is

not opposed to taking

in children with special


they will consistently

stay true to the small

classroom size for

higher quality care

and education. If the

numbers begin to run

too high, they will

have a waiting list like

other parochial

schools. This is to

ensure the quality

Christian education

experience. It has

often been said that

getting back to oldfashioned

values and

class sizes in our

school systems is a

highly sought after

dream, and Redeemer

is staying true to its

roots in this exact


With all of today’s

worries about gangs, drugs and alcohol, violence, oversized classes, guns,

knives, sexual misconduct, discrimination, and less-than-quality care for

our children, it is no wonder that the safety and loving atmosphere of the

private school experience is a welcomed breath of fresh air. Yes, tuition costs

can be a factor, but when seen as an investment into the well-being and safety

of the children as well as an investment in their education and future, the

dollar amount seems the lesser concern. Unlike many private schools,

Redeemer is also not opposed to helping those in special circumstances. It

is comparatively affordable at $6,100 a year instead of the $18,000 to

$20,000 ranges of other private schools. It is also noteworthy that

Redeemer has extended care before and

after school hours.

We are all blessed to have choices.

This is just another option among

many good ones offered in the

Redwood City community. Redeemer

Lutheran School stands on its own.

Like the famous scene in “Forrest

Gump” in which the boy takes off

running and his leg braces fall to the

ground, the spirit of Redeemer has

time and again busted through its

outer braces and taken off in a full run

toward happiness and success. This

grinning child in all his magnificent

sweetness has grown into an openarmed

refuge for those who want

something out of the everyday norm.

It is certainly not for everyone, but it

carries an element of care that can appeal to us all.

For further details and an excellent source of information about the school,

each staff member, homework links (brilliant!), admissions, goals, history

and more, you can visit www.redeemer-school.org.

If you’d like to make an appointment with Michael Mancini or want to tour

the school, you can call (650) 366-3466 or e-mail mmancini@redeemerschool.org.


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Nonprofits in Action

Peninsula Hills Women's Club

On February 25, the American Legion held its annual "Citizen of the

Year" awards banquet. Peninsula Hills Women's Club is proud to have the 2005

recipient, Betty Moran, as a member. Betty has certainly demonstrated the true

meaning of a "citizen of the year" through all her accomplishments and dedication

to making Redwood City the best it can be.

There were five nominees for this award. Three of the five – Betty Moran,

Trynie Hermary and Bonnie Miller – are current members of the club. A fourth

nominee, Georgie La Berge, is a former member. Congratulations to all the nominees.

Peninsula Hills is a member of the Loma Prieta District and the

California Federation of Women's Clubs. The March district meeting includes the

annual children's art contest. Peninsula Hills entered several children's art pieces,

with the winners going on to the state for judging. There were two winners: Ashley

Koenigsberg, Mt. Carmel School, seventh grade (Honorable Mention); and Ariele

Ladabaum, White Oaks School, second grade (Second Place).

This year Peninsula Hills will host the annual Loma Prieta District

Convention April 20-22 at the Hotel Sofitel in Redwood City. The outgoing district

president, Judy Imperiale, is a member of the local club. The California

Federation of Women's Clubs state president, Paulette Meadows, will be the guest


Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the

Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City.

Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club

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

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

breakfast, which features various speakers on a wide range of subjects. It has been

named the "Best Small Club" in Rotary District 5150, which comprises Marin, San

Francisco, and San Mateo counties.

The club's major fund-raising activity is its annual Irish Night, held at the

Senior Center on Madison Avenue, on a date near March 17. Another fund-raising

activity is the club's beverage booth at the annual Vertical Challenge air show

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

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

international and vocational projects.

The club meets every Tuesday at the Waterfront Restaurant. For more

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

City Talk Toastmasters

Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop communication and leadership

skills. The club meets on Wednesdays 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers

at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Rd. Call Manny Rosas at (650) 780-7468 if you

would like to check out a meeting or just stop in. Visit www.toastmasters.org for

more information about the Toastmasters public speaking program.

Redwood City Women's Club

Redwood City Women's Club meets the first Thursday of each month at

149 Clinton St. Attend a luncheon Thursday, April 6, at 11:30 a.m. The $10

admission includes an award-winning performance by the funny and entertaining

Terry Robinson. Wear your Easter bonnet and participate in an Easter egg hunt.

Call Lorretta at (650) 368-8212 for reservations or visit www.rwcwc.com.

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 12:15 p.m.

at Bob's Court House Coffee Shop at Middlefield and Broadway. For more information

please call the president, Steve, at (650) 365-8089 or the secretary, Ted

Cole, at (650) 366-1392. Or come join them for lunch to learn more about how

you can make a difference.

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-towork,

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, extension 4368, to place your job order. For

those looking for work, Family Service Agency provides a range of services for

those who are at least 55 years of age, including referrals for classroom training,

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

Contact Connie Tilles at (650) 403-4300, extension 4371, if you are looking

for work.

Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club

Since October 1956, the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club and its

precedents have been devoted to community service in Redwood City. Through

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

such as the Special Games, Project Read, Hope House, El Centro de Libertad,

Kainos, Fair Oaks Community Center, Habitat for Humanity, Redwood City

schools, the Salvation Army, Second Harvest Food Bank, Service League of San

Mateo County, Shelter Network, Children's Fund of San Mateo County, California

Parks Ministry, Meals on Wheels, the American Diabetes Association, scholarships

and more.

Local community projects include elementary school "bike rodeos" in collaboration

with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office to teach bicycle safety, distribute

new helmets, and hold bicycle raffles; a Fourth of July Carnival; toiletries

for local shelters; cookie wrap and gift wrap for families of Maguire Jail inmates;

Adopt-A-Family; ECL Toy Drive; Total K Day (cleanup of local parks and streets);

a car show; a giant garage sale; a computer award program; college scholarships;

senior teas; and Special Guest Day. The club continues to add more community


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 of our programs such as Special

Game Day, Total K Day, Christmas wrap, and the car show, as well as taking

pledges for KQED.

"Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the

world one child and one community at a time."

The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club meets every Thursday morning

7:15-8:30 a.m. at the Waterfront Restaurant, 1 Uccelli Blvd. (at Pete's Harbor).

They invite you to come to their meetings and check out the club's Web site:


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

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

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

devoted to the welfare and interests of those who cannot hear well but are

committed to participating in the hearing world.

A day meeting is held on the first Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at

the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. We provide educational

speakers and refreshments. A demonstration of assistive devices is held on the

first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the second floor conference room

at the Redwood City Public Library, 1044 Middlefield Rd. Please call Marj at

(650) 593-6760 with any questions.

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

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

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"Havana Nights"

16th Annual Spring Fashion Show

April 1

The Woodside Athletic Booster Club invites you to be part of an exciting

makeover! Our senior fashion show is moving from the multiuse room into our

new Performing Arts Center. This state-of-the-art theater will allow us to take our

show to a new level. The elegant theater seating, professional lighting, sound system

and stage call for a professionally produced program.

Our spring fashion show is the primary fund-raiser for Woodside High

School Athletics. The Booster Club supports the athletic program by helping fund

bus transportation, uniforms, a trainer, safety gear, sporting equipment, tournaments

and awards. Approximately half our student body participates in sports,

inclusive of cheer, dance and hip-hop teams. Statistics show the lessons learned

during athletic participation produce healthier, more productive students as well

as foster a strong school community.

There will be two performances on April 1, bringing approximately 800

residents from Woodside, Redwood City, Portola Valley and Menlo Park into our

new facility. We look forward to your support. Should you have any questions,

please call Diane Carr, Fashion Show Chair, at (650) 207-6277.


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News Briefs


An early morning shooting at a Redwood City apartment complex left one man

dead and put a woman in the hospital with several gunshot wounds, Redwood City

police Sgt. Steve Blanc said. The shooting was reported in the 3200 block of

Rolison Road near southbound U.S. Highway 101, according to Blanc.

Responding officers found Redwood City resident Alejandro Vargas lying in the

carport area of the apartment complex with a gunshot wound to his head. Vargas,

28, was pronounced dead at the scene, the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office

reported. The second victim, a 35-year-old Redwood City woman, was found nearby

suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Blanc said her injuries are non-lifethreatening,

and that she is listed in stable condition at a local hospital. Police

have not made any arrests in connection with the shooting. Anyone with more

information regarding the shooting is asked to contact the Redwood City Police

Department at (650) 780-7118.


A two-alarm structure fire at a residence in Redwood City was brought under control,

according to the Redwood City Fire Department. The fire at 923 Grand Street

was reported and was raised to a second alarm at. The fire departments from

Redwood City and Menlo Park, as well as the Redwood City Police Department,

responded to the fire.


A 29-year-old Redwood City woman accused of abandoning her newborn girl in a

trash bin in late November will appear in a San Mateo County courtroom for her

preliminary hearing. Hilda Figueroa, who pleaded not guilty on Jan. 4, is charged

with involuntary manslaughter and felony child endangerment after she allegedly

placed her newborn in a Dumpster, according to the San Mateo County district

attorney’s office. The charges against Figueroa have not changed in light of toxicology

results that indicated the baby died as a result of a placental infection,

which may have been caused by an amniotic fluid leak, San Mateo County

Coroner Robert Foucrault said. Because the test results suggest the baby died as a

result of an infection, it’s possible the charge of involuntary manslaughter against

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

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

saying she had delivered a premature, stillborn fetus at home and flushed it down

the toilet. The hospital contacted the Police Department at 12:40 p.m. that same

day after a routine medical examination indicated that Figueroa had given birth to

a full-term child, police said. Officers found the child wrapped in plastic bags in

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

Figueroa was arrested later that day. Figueroa, who was released from custody on

$100,000 bail, was to appear in court on Friday March 17 at 9 a.m. for her preliminary



A teenager and one of his alleged accomplices in the shooting death of a man in

Redwood City will appear in a San Mateo County courtroom in May for their preliminary

hearings. Josue Orozco, 15, and Faustino Ayala, 21, are charged with firstdegree

murder and participating in a criminal street gang in connection with the

death of 21-year-old Francisco Rodriguez on July 12. Ayala is also charged with a

parole violation. Three other teenage suspects — including Orozco’s younger

brother — are also charged with homicide and participating in a criminal street

gang, according to the San Mateo County district attorney’s office. Those suspects

will be tried as juveniles. The prosecution has chosen to charge alleged triggerman

Orozco as an adult, making him the youngest person to ever be charged as an adult

in San Mateo County. However, if Orozco is found guilty, the judge would retain

the discretion to sentence him as a juvenile, according to the district attorney’s

office. Prosecutors allege that Rodriguez’s killing was gang-related and that he was

shot because of the color of his clothing. On the day of the killing, Redwood City

police officers were called at 2:22 p.m. to an apartment complex in the 400 block

of Redwood Avenue. Rodriguez was found lying in the rear carport area with a

gunshot wound to the back of his head. He was taken to Stanford Hospital, where

he was pronounced dead. Orozco and Ayala, who remain in custody on no-bail status,

will return to court on May 2 at 9 a.m. for their preliminary hearings. The

remaining suspects will appear in juvenile court on April 5 at 9 a.m.


Two men accused of robbing and pistol-whipping another man in a bar restroom

in unincorporated Redwood City pleaded not guilty in a San Mateo County

courtroom. Gerardo Sanchez, 20, and Rafael Valencia, 22, pleaded not guilty to

robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and use of a firearm in connection with a

robbery at the El Pinito Bar at 836 Fifth Ave. Saturday night. The two men and

another suspect reportedly followed the victim into the restroom and demanded

he hand over a gold chain he was wearing around his neck, according to the San

Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. When the victim refused, one of the suspects hit

him in the eye with the butt of a small handgun, taking the victim’s gold chain,

wallet, $340 in cash and car keys Sheriff’s deputies arrested Valencia on Sunday

shortly after 3 a.m. Sanchez, who reportedly admitted to the robbery on Sunday

when questioned by sheriff’s deputies, was found to be in possession of the victim’s

identification card at the time of his arrest. Sanchez and Valencia, who

remain in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail each, will appear in court on March 27

at 2 a.m. for their preliminary hearing.


A Redwood City man pleaded not guilty in a San Mateo County courtroom to

charges he shot a woman several times after she reportedly rebuffed his romantic

advances. Pablo Ramirez, 40, who was aided by a Spanish-speaking interpreter, is

charged with attempted murder, intentional use of a firearm to cause great bodily

injury, infliction of great bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon, according

to the San Mateo County district attorney’s office. On Jan. 10, Ramirez and

the victim, a 34-year-old Redwood City woman, were having an argument in the

victim’s car regarding the status of their relationship, the district attorney’s office

reported. Ramirez reportedly wanted the victim to be his girlfriend but, on more

than one occasion, she expressed her disinterest in him. The victim reportedly

gave Ramirez a ride home to his Redwood City residence, where he asked her once

again to be his girlfriend, according to the district attorney’s office. When the victim

said no, Ramirez reportedly said to her, “If you’re not going to be mine, you

won’t be anybody’s,” the district attorney’s office reported. Ramirez then reportedly

pulled out a .25 caliber handgun, which he used to shoot the victim four

times at close range in the head, chest and arm. Ramirez left the car, and the victim,

who sustained non-life-threatening wounds, was able to drive herself to seek

assistance, the district attorney’s office reported. Shortly after the shooting, an

officer from the Atherton Police Department saw a person who allegedly matched

Ramirez’s description get into a taxi in unincorporated Redwood City, police

reported. An intoxicated and blood-soaked Ramirez was arrested during a traffic

stop following the sighting, the district attorney’s office reported. Ramirez, who is

in custody on a no-bail status, will appear in court on March 29 at 9 a.m. for his

preliminary hearing.


A gas main break in Redwood City caused the evacuation of about 60 people and

forced others to shelter. The Sequoia residential hotel and some businesses located

along Broadway Street have been evacuated following the gas leak in the 2000

block of Broadway Street, according to Redwood City Fire Chief Gerry Kohlmann.

Kohlmann said a natural gas main was severed in a restaurant that was being built

in a retail space. According to a Redwood City Fire Department dispatcher, the

leak was capped. The dispatcher said he was unsure whether those forced to evacuate

the area have since been allowed to return. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. crews

are at the scene.


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Territo Is a Multiple Award Winner

Redwood City businesswoman Marilyn Territo recently received a Special

Recognition Award at the Isagenix International Top Achievers Conference

in Los Angeles. She was selected for her uncompromising

commitment to mentoring and contributing to the success

of her colleagues within the Isagenix independent distributor

network in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Territo is also the recipient of the 2005 Outstanding

Women of Isagenix Award, which was presented to her at

the company’s annual convention in Phoenix, Arizona.

Territo adds these new recognitions to her collection of 31

other awards for marketing, sales and performance excellence.

She was also selected to be the first consultant to sit

on the newly formed Isagenix Medical-Esthetics Advisory

Board. Territo is a marketing consultant and professional

speaker and writer with over 30 years of expertise in the

fields of alternative health care, wellness and skin-facial fitness.

She recently launched an innovative Health, Wealth & Wellness Business

Program with a group of her Bay Area colleagues. The group contributes free mentoring

services to women and men who want to create a financially stable, homebased

business so they can eventually afford to be stay-at-home parents and personally

care for their children. Territo is a longtime resident of Redwood City and

the sister of Redwood City businesswoman Paula Uccelli, owner of Pete’s Harbor.

Paula Uccelli Named Woman

of the Year

State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, announced that

Paula Uccelli of Redwood City has been named the

11th Senate District's Woman of the Year. A true

mainstay in her community, Uccelli was chosen because of

her tireless efforts to promote education, the arts and volunteerism.

"Paula is an institution in Redwood City. She is a vibrant, warm and wonderful

person who has been doing good work for many years," Simitian said. "What's particularly

impressive," said Simitian, "is the range of Paula's good works."

"I am very excited to be given this unexpected honor," Uccelli said after she

received the phone call from Simitian. "When you volunteer or do something in

your community that touches your heart, you never anticipate receiving something

in return. This is wonderful."

Uccelli is a founder of the Sequoia Awards, which recognize outstanding volunteer

community service in the greater Redwood City area. She is the owner of Pete's

Harbor, built by her late husband Pete Uccelli. She also worked to create Redwood

City International, an organization designed to allow Redwood City community

members to share their ideas with the world.

A member of numerous community groups, Uccelli currently serves as a board

member of the Kainos Independent Living Center for Developmentally

Handicapped Adults. She is an active supporter of Sequoia Hospital, the San

Mateo County Historical Association, Pets In Need, Redwood City San Mateo

County Chamber of Commerce, Peninsula Symphony, Casa de Redwood Senior

Home, St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room, the American Heart Association and

scholarship programs for the San Mateo County 4-H Club.

"I can't think of a better choice than Paula Uccelli for Woman of the Year. Her

enthusiasm, generosity and compassion set her apart," said Redwood City Mayor

Barbara Pierce. "We are fortunate to have Paula so actively involved in our community,

and I join Senator Simitian in celebrating her."

A native of San Jose and a resident of Redwood City for 47 years, Uccelli is the

mother of three children, grandmother of five, and great-grandmother of three.

She will be honored in a formal ceremony on the floor of the State Senate on

March 20 at 10 a.m. A delegation of over 20 family, friends and community members

will accompany Uccelli to Sacramento for the event. A small reception will

follow at the California State Museum.

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Expand Your Stock Ownership... DRIP by DRIP

By David Amman

Special to the Spectrum

At one time or another, you probably wished you could increase your investments

– if only you had the money. And it’s certainly true that investing

can be expensive. However, you might be able to get “more bang for your

buck” – and, over time, significantly increase your holdings – by buying shares of

dividend paying stocks and reinvesting the dividends into the same stocks.

To follow this strategy, of course, you have to find stocks that regularly pay dividends.

Fortunately, by doing a little research, you can indeed locate companies

that have long histories of not only paying, but also increasing, their dividends.

(Keep in mind, though, that stocks are not fixed-income vehicles, and dividends

can be increased, decreased or totally eliminated at any point without notice, no

matter how good their track record has been.)

If you are interested in reinvesting dividends, you might want to look for companies

that offer automatic dividend reinvestment plans, also known as DRIPs.

Typically, you won’t have to pay a fee for a DRIP plan – in fact, if a fee is required,

you might want to look elsewhere. And you don’t have to receive enormous dividends

to participate, either; many DRIPs allow you to send in as little as $10 to

$50 at a time to buy additional shares of stock.

The biggest benefit of DRIPs, of course, is the ability they give you to increase the

shares of stock you own. But you’ll find other advantages, too. Here are a couple

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Investment discipline – To be a successful investor, you need the discipline to

continuously invest, month after month, year after year, in good markets and bad.

Many people lack this discipline and take a “time out” from investing until they

feel they can really afford it. But, as you know, we can all find other ways to spend

money, and investing often gets tossed aside for what appear to be more pressing

needs. However, by taking part in DRIPs, you will invest steadily and with virtually

no effort on your part. And since you never received the dividend checks in

the first place, you won’t really “miss” the money. Remember, though, that a systematic

investment plan does not guarantee a profit and does not protect against

loss in declining markets. It involves continuous investment in the security regardless

of the price of the security. You should continue your ability to invest through

periods of low price levels.

Tax benefits – Until the laws changed a few years ago, dividends were taxed at

your current income tax rate. Now, however, dividends are taxed at a maximum

rate of 15 percent. (This rate is set to expire at the end of 2008, barring congressional

action.) But even this new, relatively low rate can lead to a hefty tax bill for

you if you receive a great deal of dividends. Consequently, if you participate in several

DRIPs, you might want to keep some of your stocks in a tax-deferred vehicle,

such as an IRA.

DRIPs for the long run – Ideally, to use a DRIP, you want to find stocks that offer

attractive current yields and growth potential, and you want to keep adding shares

of these stocks for a long time. Fortunately, you should not find the task too hard,

because the companies that regularly increase dividends are generally high-quality

businesses that actively try to reward their investors. So, work with a financial professional

to identify these stocks, and then turn on the faucet and let the DRIPs


Editor’s note: David Amman is a Redwood City community member who contributes to

The Spectrum. If you have any questions regarding investments, please send them to writers@spectrummagazine.net

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



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Sequoia High School Reunions

TheClass of 1956 is planning a 50th reunion for September 30, 2006. Contact:

Ken Pellizzari at kenpellizzari@squaglia.com or write to SHSAA - 1956 Class

Reunion, P.O. Box 2534, Redwood City, CA 94064-2534.

The classes of 1975 and 1976 are planning their reunions for Saturday, September

30, 2006, at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos. Contact

sequoia7576reunion@gmail.com or call (650) 368-2434.

Mark Your Calendars for Earth Day

Spring Cleanup - April 22

Here’s an early heads-up for the city’s annual Spring Cleanup Day! This year

Redwood City’s Spring Cleanup Day falls on national Earth Day, Saturday, April

22, and focuses on sprucing up Redwood Creek, nearby waterways and the

Historic Union Cemetery. Join in the fun and meet at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April

22, at the city’s Public Works Services building, located at 1400 Broadway (near

Broadway and Woodside Road). After a complimentary continental breakfast,

cleanup teams will move out and descend on this year’s targeted areas: Redwood

Creek and the Historic Union Cemetery. Then, at noon, volunteers will meet for

a special free lunch as a “thank you” for participating in this annual fun project

that helps the entire community. Redwood City thanks the generous sponsors of

the annual Spring and Fall Cleanup Days: San Mateo Credit Union and Norcal

Waste Systems of San Mateo County. Please call (650) 780-7300 for more information.

On the same day, Allied Waste Services will sponsor the Great Compost

Giveaway. On April 22 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can bring two or three

trash cans, bags, boxes or other containers to the Public Works Services parking

lot and load up with free compost – a limited supply will be shared among our

community’s neighbors on a first-come, first-served basis. The compost is generously

provided by Allied Waste Services.

Workshops at Every Woman Health Club

What Women Want To Eat. Saturday, April 8, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Workshop fee:

$15. What do we really know about the influences of foods and supplements on

PMS and menopause? Can good nutrition help optimize energy level and mood,

as well as bone health and heart health? This one-hour seminar will focus on topics

of particular interest to women and how we can eat for good short-term and

long-term health. *** Hand Weights How-To. Saturday, April 15, 10:30 – 11:15

a.m. Workshop fee: $10. Weight training builds bone density and increases muscle

mass and metabolism. Learn the proper use of hand weights to maximize the

benefit to your muscles and prevent injury. *** Self-Defense for Women. Saturday,

April 29, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Workshop fee: $35. This interactive workshop

teaches you what to do if you find yourself in a dangerous situation and helps you

avoid getting into one in the first place. Join us for this informative and interactive

workshop. *** Pre-registration recommended for all workshops. For more info

or to register, call (650) 364-9194 or e-mail info@everywomanhealthclub.com.

Every Woman Health Club, 611 Jefferson Ave., Redwood City. Visit us on the

Web at www.everywomanhealthclub.com

and more. The immediate result is an anticipated annual savings of over 4.6 million

gallons of water! One of the longer-term benefits of the program is to help create

lasting partnerships between local schools and the community while generating

enduring attitude changes about energy and water conservation. This is just

one of many water conservation programs Redwood City is bringing to the community

– go to www.redwoodcity.org/conservation for more information on this

and other water saving programs.

Your Kids Can Reduce

Your Taxes and Get Rich

By Peter B. Diaz, CPA

One often-overlooked tax benefit for business owners is putting their kids to

work in their business.

If you are self-employed, you can take advantage of this by paying your kids

$4,000 each for performing services in your business. The business gets a tax

deduction for the compensation, and that saves taxes on the parent’s tax return.

Also, there is no Social Security or Medicare taxes due on the wages you pay to

your child.

The next step is to open a Roth IRA for the child and contribute the $4,000 to the

IRA. The child may not withdraw this money until age 59 1/2. The earnings and

the amounts contributed grow tax-free and are generally never subject to tax when

withdrawn. On the child’s tax return, he or she gets no tax deduction for the IRA,

but the child may not pay tax on the $4,000 if he or she is at a low enough level

of income.

If you do this for 10 years, from ages eight to 18, and the IRA earns an eight percent

return each year, your child should have around $1.5 million at age 60, and

that should grow to over $2 million by age 64.

If you plan to do this, consult with a professional tax advisor first and be sure your

children are actually performing services for your business. Also, check that the

work is not violating any child labor laws.

Editor’s note: Peter Diaz is a tax advisor in Redwood City and has been practicing tax consulting

for 22 years. He can be reached at (650) 400-2539 or peter.diaz@diazconsulting.com.

Visit his Web site at www.diazconsulting.com.

Redwood City Students Learn to Be

Water Wise

Last month, many local children brought education home – and their families were

delighted when they saw a box packed full of water-efficient products that will help

save water and money, every day. The city has teamed up with Resource Action

Programs to distribute over 500 WaterWise kits to local elementary schools. Fifthgrade

students in several schools throughout the city are spending one week learning

the importance of conserving water and will install high-efficiency water-saving

tools in their homes and learn techniques for saving nearly half the water their

families use. But instead of simply reading textbooks and completing traditional

homework assignments, the students have the opportunity to participate in exciting

activities, games and projects, and have even been given the tools needed to

make changes, turning regular learning into unforgettable conservation knowledge

for the students and their families – the hands-on way! During class, students and

teachers discussed the significance of water conservation by participating in various

activities and assignments. The students were also given a WaterWise

Resource Action Kit to take home that contained a high-efficiency showerhead,

kitchen and bathroom aerators, an energy cost calculator, an interactive CD-ROM,


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About the Sequoia Awards:The Sequoia Awards were established in 1990 for

the purpose of recognizing outstanding volunteerism in the community among

students, individuals and businesses. For nearly a decade, the Sequoia Awards


a thermal-imaging camera for the Redwood City Fire Deptartment. His group was

so successful that they were able to purchase two cameras.

Scholarship program has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to outstanding

Business of the Year: Saf Keep Storage

high school seniors who have performed extraordinary, uncompensated com-

As with most companies, the philosophy of giving back to the community

munity service.This year’s event was held on March 2, 2006, at the Crowne

starts at the top. That is certainly true with Saf Keep Storage and SKS

Plaza in Foster City.

Management Company. Founder Edward Roach and his wife, Jeanette, are

longtime supporters of the Society

Citizen of the Year: Alpio Barbara


for the Prevention of Cruelty to


Animals. Paul Grossberg, President

of SKS Management, is a longtime

One of the most active members

in the Redwood City

a past board president of the Boys &

member of the board of directors and

community is Alpio

Girls Clubs of Oakland. Over the

Barbara. He was chosen as the

Outstanding Citizen of 2005 for the

Sequoia Awards.

When he isn’t working for the community,

Barbara operates Redwood

General Tire, where he became a

partner in 1985 and is now the sole

owner. One reason that he works so

hard for the community is because

he really wants to see youth become

productive, tax-paying members of

our society. His volunteer work and

fund-raising efforts are focused on

keeping kids on the straight and narrow,

out of gangs, and doing what

they are supposed to be doing …

years, Saf Keep has supported many

organizations and nonprofits including

Furry Friends Rescue, Recycling

for Breast Cancer, car washes to benefit

the Boy Scouts and Hurricane

Katrina victims, plus numerous

youth activities.

All of the staff members of Saf Keep

Redwood City have been very

involved in the local community.

Some organizations they have been

affiliated with include the Salvation

Army, Pets In Need, Kainos, YMCA,

Yellow Ribbon Committee, Redwood

City Library Foundation, Whole

Access, Center for Employment

being kids who have a meaning to

Training, Mid County Youth

their lives. “I get involved because

our future depends upon it,” he said.

“It’s all about the kids. We can affect

the future by affecting one child in a

positive way. What if we can help

even more? Imagine a thousand children

becoming successful adults,

each helping just a few more children.

Football, and a Little League team

that they have sponsored for nearly

15 years. Seven staff members have

participated in Leadership Redwood

City, which is sponsored by the

Chamber. Others have served as

Ambassadors for the Chamber and

received the Ambassador of the Year

What kind of world could this

Award. Project Manager Cheryl

be? Working with organizations such

Angeles has served on the board of

as PAL, CYO and Kainos can have a

directors for the Chamber of

huge influence on all of us. So my job

Commerce, Sequoia Awards,

is to raise money locally and give it

ALL back to impact these kids in a

positive way.”

He has served as the chairman of the CYO golf tournament for the past 12 years

and organized the David Checuti Memorial Golf Tournament. Barbara has also

served as a committee member for the Wells Fargo/Redwood City Chamber

Tournament benefiting Kainos. Barbara has served on the Sequoia Hospital

Foundation Board and was on the original Board of Directors of the Sequoia

Awards. He continues to donate a table for the Annual Dinner so that some people

who couldn’t afford to attend can be there, thanks to Barbara.

The fire and police departments are near and dear to his heart. He was instrumental

Redwood City Library Foundation,

and Soroptimist International of

Redwood City. She was awarded with the Athena Award, honoring women in the

business community.

In the 26 years it has been in business, Saf Keep Storage has grown to include 11

self-storage facilities in California. Including its management company, SKS

Management, there are 70 people employed throughout the state by Saf Keep. A

family business, the company is proud of the dedication and loyalty of its staff

members. The Saf Keep organization feels honored to have been given such a prestigious

award and plans on being involved in the community for many years to


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began his teaching career at Sequoia and taught swimming in summer at the Clyde

Devine Swim School. You might also remember Bob's wife, Ester Penna Ayers, as

she worked at McKinley School for several years. She lives in San Carlos, where

Bob passed away. Bob's son Dana has worked in the Sequoia Union High School

District for years and is currently at Woodside High.

* * * *

I join the Redwood City Police Department community in mourning the death of

Captain Dale Switzer, who passed away after a five-year battle with cancer. If you

will remember, Dale was involved in the 1981 gun battle at a Bank of America

branch and received the Medal of Valor, the department's highest decoration.

During his 30-year career – he retired in 2001 – he served as acting police chief

several times and led undercover operations against drug dealers and gangs as a

member of the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force. Dale's brother, Steve

Switzer, is still a sergeant for our Police Department. I had the pleasure of knowing

Dale for several years, and he was not only a great protector of our community

but a fantastic human being. He will be missed throughout our community.

* * * *

I'm hearing that when multiple rounds were fired from an automatic weapon in the

recent Rolison Road shooting, which left one man dead, the gunshot locator system

in the area never picked up the sounds. The shooting took place around 1

a.m., and police did not respond until some 30 minutes later. You may wonder why

the system did not pick up the shots. Well, it is hard to say, but I have been told

that the system is designed to pick up the sound of gunfire in open spaces. The

shots were fired in a carport and, like in a house, the system would not be able to

pick it up. Sad thing was, when the shots were fired, no one called 911 or the

Police Department to make a report. Which makes one wonder, if someone had

done so, would a life have been saved?

* * * *

The City Council has been meeting in closed sessions on labor negotiations with

the Police Officers Association (POA) and with the firefighters (IAFF). The POA

contract expired in September 2005. Sometime in the last quarter of 2004, the

POA sent a letter to Maria Rivera-Peña saying that they were interested in starting

contract negotiations early. Rivera-Peña responded in January with some sort

of noncommittal letter (of course, nobody knew she was planning to leave in May

2005). Then the lead negotiator for the city's firm, (Ms.) Lee Finney of IEDA,

retired and it took time to train her replacement. It appears her replacement did-

n't work out, because Keith Fleming of IEDA is now the negotiator for the city.

Here's what I can figure out. The city has all other bargaining units go two years

without salary increases and wants the same from the public safety side. Will that

happen with public safety? It remains to be seen at this point. But remember that

the firefighters were able to pass Measure R some years ago, which provides for

binding interest arbitration (an outside arbitrator hears the issues on both sides

and makes the final contract decision) in the case of impasse. So if impasse happens

with those negotiations, costly (for both sides) arbitration waits in the wings.

* * * *

A conceptual design plan has been submitted to the city's planning department by

Glenborough-Pauls LLC, the same company that tried to build the Marina Shores

project that voters rejected last year. This time the proposed project is being called

"Peninsula Park." The project is different from the Marina Shores project in various

ways. The maximum building height is 120 feet instead of 240 feet. There will

be 796 homes instead of 1,930; a 200-room hotel; 10,000 square feet of retail

instead of 50,000; and no offices. Should the project get off the ground, it will

need the backing of the planning commission to rezone the property (33 acres) at

650 Bair Island Road from the existing commercial general zone to a precise plan

in order to permit hotel and residential development. No word yet on when the

plan will be reviewed or considered.

* * * *

I have a female friend who, after divorcing, has once again entered the dating

world. We single people often talk to one another and compare experiences on dating

and meeting others, so after she told me about her recent outings, I just had

to share with you. She has been on several dates with one man who has been

divorced about six months, and she enjoys his company. After about eight dates

and very little kissing or any other affectionate offerings from him, she began to

contemplate whether to continue seeing him. She figured that if he was not

attracted to her in that way, they could just be friends. Then he called and asked

her if she wanted to go to a movie. He picked “Brokeback Mountain.” Seems like

an odd choice for a date movie, but maybe he was going to tell her something and

felt the movie would ease him into it? As the movie began and the subject matter

was revealed, he asked her to leave, not alone but together. “Why did you pick this

movie?” she asked. He replied that he liked Westerns and expected a shoot-’em up

movie. He got that but the wrong kind of “shots.” They ended up staying for the

entire movie and both enjoyed it.

* * * *

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Redwood City Schools

Get a New Chief

After months of searching, the Redwood City School District has a new

leader in Jan Christensen, an Alaskan transplant with experience leading a

multicultural school district. "She wants every child to be successful. She

doesn't just care about one API [Academic Performance Index] score. That's great,

but that's not the ultimate goal," said board president Dennis McBride.

Christensen was chosen from a pool of 30 applicants and named as the district's

new permanent superintendent. The district started its search for a permanent

replacement in July, when Ron Crates, the superintendent of 15 years, gave the

board of trustees his resignation in a "mutual" agreement that paid him 18 months'

salary and benefits. He was replaced temporarily by Don Gielow, former acting

superintendent of the Sequoia Union High School District.

Christensen is currently the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction

for the Anchorage School District in Anchorage, Alaska. She has 25 years of

education experience including teaching and acting as vice principal, principal,

and, for four years, assistant superintendent. "I am very excited to be coming to

Redwood City," Christensen said in a prepared statement. "After visiting the area

several times and learning about the district, I am really looking forward to working

with the community, staff and board to make the Redwood City School

District the premier district in the state."

The Anchorage district educates over 50,000 children who speak 93 different languages,

making Christensen a great addition to the Redwood City district, which

has a large Spanish-speaking population and about 8,700 students. While in her

current position, Christensen developed a six-year instruction plan and helped

close the academic achievement gap. Board trustee Shelly Masur said she hopes

for such a plan for the Redwood City district. "It would be a guideline for how

we're going to help our children be successful," she said.

Before Christensen begins on May 1, there will still be one more superintendent

change. Gielow, who is retired from the district, was acting as interim superintendent

with special permission from the state for a six-month period. Normally

someone who is retired is docked if he or she makes more money than a set

amount. The waiver from the state allowed Gielow to be exempt from the rule, but

only for a selective time period, said McBride. The district hopes to have Gielow

remain as the interim superintendent through March. A temporary superintendent

will most likely be named from within the district to fill the time between Gielow's

departure and Christensen's first day, said McBride.

Two community meetings with Christensen will be held in May for the community

to meet and chat with her. Dates will be released later and posted on the district's

Web site: www.rcsd.k12.ca.us.

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Redwood City Police Activities League

2nd Annual Motorcycle

Poker Run

Sunday, May 7th 2006

Sponsored by Redwood General Tire, Small Job Specialties, Kohlweiss Auto, DJ Tile, John

Plane Construction, Ferrari Electrical Contractors, Arlen Ness Custom Motorcycles,

Loral Landscape, Redwood Mechanical, Towne Ford, Wells Fargo Bank

Check-in & Coffee: 9 am

PAL Community Center,

3399 Bay Rd, RWC.

10:30 am Start

Finish, BBQ & Prizes: 2:30pm

Redwood General Tire, 1630 Broadway

“Give a PAL a Ride”

Early Registration (prior to April 21st)

$20 per motorcycle - $25 with rider (double)

Registration after April 21/ Day of Ride

$ 30 per motorcycle -$35 with rider (double)

All riders receive a ride pin, t-shirt, raffle ticket,

and BBQ lunch

Proceeds support the PAL Programs

2nd Rider Name______________________________________

Make all checks payable to the Redwood City Police Activities League

Mail to Redwood City PAL Poker Run

1301 Maple St, Redwood City, CA 94063

For more info call Chris Rasmussen (650) 556-1650

Or email crasmussen@redwoodcity.org



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