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John

Bruno

And the Plan

That Will

Change Our

Community

Also in this issue:

Measure E, Gee, PCA pleas

and more in “As I Was Saying…”

Serve the Peninsula

serves our schools


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The Spectrum.MAY/JUNE.09

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

penna@spectrummagazine.net

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

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Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

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Michael Erler

Contributing Writer

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Nicole Minieri

Contributing Writer

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James Massey

Graphic Designer

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

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Valerie Harris

Internet Maintenance

Contact Information:

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Welcome to the May/June issue of Redwood City’s largest and most-read publication. This month we

have more reasons to prove why we deserve that honor.

Over the years, we have received several comments from readers asking why we publish each issue on

the last week of the month named on that issue. We understand that it can be confusing because most

publications distribute the last week of the month for the upcoming month. Even though much of the

information we provide is for the upcoming month, it has been confusing for some of our readers. So we

are changing that with this issue. As noted above, this issue will be for both May and June, and our next

one will be the July issue. So don’t think you missed an issue when you get yours next month — we are

just listening to your suggestions.

Our cover story this month is on John Bruno. Although you may have heard or read his name before,

you might not know that he is in the driver’s seat to change our community forever. With the plans for

development on the Cargill Salt property submitted to the city for review, we thought it was time for our readers

to meet the man behind the developer that hopes to create several new neighborhoods in our community.

We are very proud to bring our readers this month’s story on Serve the Peninsula. This group is doing

so many fantastic things with the schools in our community, and we hope you will want to support their

efforts after reading about them.

In publisher Steve Penna’s column, “As I Was Saying…”, he gives his candid views on the upcoming

Measure E parcel tax, Fourth of July activities downtown and city council candidates’ activities.

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

David Amann, information from the Redwood City School District, a look at Redwood City “Through the

Years,” parties around town, news briefs, cultural events and the popular feature “A Minute With.”

We thank you for your continued support and readership, and we look forward to providing community

information indefinitely!

Contents

This Month’s Photo Shoot – 4

RCSD Corner – 5

Fallen Officer Honored at Courthouse – 5

“As I Was Saying...” – 6

Hansen Named New Sequoia Principal – 7

Cultural Events – 8

Redwood City’s Most Helpful Hand – 10

Community Interests – 13

Through the Years – 14

Bruno “Digs” into Redwood City – 18

Nonprofits in Action – 21

Shop Redwood City – 23

Battle for the Bay Continues – 26

Habitat for Humanity Dedicates 8 Homes – 29

News Briefs – 30

Finance: Investment Ideas for Newlyweds – 33

Senior Activities – 33

A Minute With Shelly Masur – 34

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Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot

This month’s cover subject is one we have been wanting to do for a while. In fact we

had planned to do it last month, but we delayed it when the plans for the development

of the Cargill Salt property were not submitted to the city for review. But what a great

feature Peter Ingram was!

Once we had been informed that the plans were ready, publisher Steve Penna

scheduled the cover photo shoot of subject John Bruno for Friday, May 8, at 2 p.m. at

the Saltworks headquarters at 1700 Seaport Blvd.

Penna showed up about 30 minutes early and was met by Saltworks Director of

Communications Jay Reed, who guided him to a conference room to wait for Bruno to

return for the scheduled appointment.

The rest of the Saltworks staff — Michael Henderson, director of government

relations and community affairs; Jeri Richardson, manager of community affairs; and

Nori Jabba, director of community affairs — were joined by Bruno and made lively

conversation while cover story photographer James Kaspar found the building and

joined the group.

The first set of pictures was taken at the actual Cargill salt flats, where the fantastic

cover photo was taken. They took several shots there over about 45 minutes until Penna

and Kaspar felt they had what they needed.

Once they finished taking pictures at the salt flats, they returned to the office and

were met by contributing writers Judy Buchan and Valerie Harris, who were both

interviewing Bruno for their respective stories this month. The photos continued in

the office area. One shot, showing a reflective Bruno looking out a conference window

toward the salt flats, was one of our favorites.

The entire shoot took just about an hour and a half.

The decision of whether or not development comes to the Cargill area will be up for

debate in our community for years to come. That is for sure. What is also for sure is that

The Spectrum feels that with Bruno advocating for the developer, the best interests of

our community are being considered and taken into account as plans and decisions are made.

Developers are often portrayed as insensitive, self-serving polluters by those who

claim to be the only ones concerned with protecting so-called wetlands. Regardless of

how you feel about development versus nongrowth, a thorough look at the submitted

plans will confirm our statement about Bruno.

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RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District

Redwood City Native Named Principal of the Year — Dramatic Gains at Taft School Cited

When Michelle Griffith began teaching fourth

grade at Taft Community School in 1988, little

did she imagine that 20 years later she would be

named Principal of the Year in recognition of

her strong leadership. Since becoming principal

at Taft in the 2000–01 school year, Griffith

has guided her staff every step of the way as

they took Taft from a struggling school on the

state’s “program improvement” list to a highachieving,

model school in the region. Griffith

was recently named Principal of the Year by

Region 5 (covering San Francisco and San Mateo

counties) of the Association of California School

Administrators (ACSA).

When Griffith took the reins at Taft, the school

was not getting much positive recognition. At

444, the school’s Academic Performance Index

(API) score lagged far behind higher-performing

schools in the district, and parents and staff were

discouraged. Today, Taft’s API score is 774, and

the school was removed from the state’s program

improvement list, a rare accomplishment in a time

when the academic bar set by the state is rising

significantly each year. Last year 900 schools in

the state, including Taft, had been in program

improvement for at least five years. Of these, Taft

was one of only nine schools who made enough

improvement to be removed from the program

improvement list.

More than 75 percent of Taft’s students are

English language learners, and more than 80

percent of Taft students qualify for free and

reduced lunch, but Griffith refuses to use that as

an excuse for low academic performance.

“We need to have high expectations, rigorous

curriculum, focus and engaged students,” said

Griffith. “There is no silver bullet, but there are

better ways to do things. When I came in, I told

staff that we were not operating with a boxed program.

I made it clear that I was not asking them to do

more, or to just go through a checklist, but to be

brutally honest about what we are doing and what

results we are getting. When we need to adjust the

way we teach to get better results, we adjust.”

Griffith believes in a mentoring model.

“I spend a lot of time in classrooms,” she said.

“I am not here to judge my staff, but to support

them and help them move ahead.” Griffith spends

a lot of time visiting classrooms, and uses her

observations to help teachers build on their

successes. To stay in touch with the challenges

her teachers are facing, Griffith continues to work

with students herself.

“I model lessons for teachers, I teach

intervention classes and I teach intersession

classes during school breaks,” said Griffith. It’s

important for me to understand first-hand what is

working and what isn’t.”

Griffith emphasized that Taft’s achievement

is based on collaboration between staff,

administration and parents. “Everyone played a

part in what we were able to do here. Our teachers

have gone above and beyond for the last nine

years, and they’ve done whatever it takes to help

students learn effectively.”

Griffith grew up in Redwood City and attended

Redwood City schools as a child. During her

years of service to the Redwood City School

District, she has worked in a wide variety of

positions that prepared her for the challenges

of leading Taft. In addition to teaching fourth

grade at Taft, Griffith also taught sixth grade at

McKinley Middle School, worked as a curriculum

and technology resource teacher at Roy Cloud,

served in the staff development office at district

headquarters, and was assistant principal at Selby

Lane School just prior to becoming principal at Taft.

“We are thrilled that Michelle is receiving this

honor,” said Superintendent Jan Christensen.

“Michelle has been integral in creating a culture

of academic rigor and high expectations, and has

done so without sacrificing science, music and

art,” said Christensen. “We are very proud of the

standard she has set!”

Taft Principal Michelle Griffith addresses

first-grade students

Fallen Officers Honored at Courthouse Square

Officers from a dozen police departments across

the county, including the California Highway

Patrol, converged on the San Mateo County

History Museum in Redwood City to pay tribute

to the 27 San Mateo County officers killed in the

line of duty since 1888.

Menlo Park Police Chief Bruce Goitia presided

over the ceremonies, calling public service “an

honorable act” and particularly honorable for “the

27 men who made the greatest sacrifice.”

Standing in front of the steps of the former

county courthouse, Goitia read off their names

while officers placed single flowers in a vase

standing in front of the memorial displaying the

names, ranks and departments of the dead above

a folded American flag and a statuette of three

officers. The officers saluted the memorial before

standing in line on the steps. The vase was filled

with flowers by the end of the tribute.

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office honor

guard laid a wreath and stood at attention at the

rear of the ceremony for the duration.

Menlo Park police Chaplain Frank Vanderzwan

delivered an invocation. The tribute ended with

a benediction by Vanderzwan and a rendition

of “Amazing Grace” performed on bagpipes by

Deputy Joe Sheridan of the Sheriff’s Office.

California Highway Patrol Officer Richard Fuentes

said he was honored to be present at the tribute.

The sacrifices made cannot be honored enough,”

he said, referring to officers killed in the line of duty.

Some officers had the March shooting deaths

of four officers in Oakland in mind despite its

happening in a neighboring county.

San Mateo County is “very lucky” to have

relatively rare officer fatalities, Lt. Ken Jones of the

County Sheriff’s Office said, though he added that

what happened in Oakland “could happen here.”

Fuentes said the county is not necessarily lucky,

but fortunate to have had fewer losses than other

jurisdictions, though Oakland is part of same

metropolitan area as San Mateo County and “any

one loss is a tragedy.”

Jones said officers cannot spend every day thinking

about the danger inherent in ground-level police work.

“You make your stops, and if someone wants to

hurt you then they have that opportunity,” he said.

East Palo Alto police Officer Richard May was

shot and killed responding to a disturbance call in

2006. May is the most recent name to be added to

the list.

The tribute was hosted by the San Mateo

County Police Chiefs and Sheriff’s Association

and the county 100 Club.

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As I Was

Saying…

Publisher | Steve Penna

So you, like me, are probably tired of paying taxes

and having more taxes thrown at you because state

and federal legislatures cannot balance budgets

or make cuts that will ensure some sort of fiscal

responsibility. I was one of the several million

who rejected all those ballot measures that were

supposed to “save our state.” Except I did vote in

favor of the one that held “them” responsible for

doing their jobs before giving themselves a raise.

It, of course, passed. Hope they get the message.

It must have had some effect because right after

the election the next thing I heard, Nancy Pelosi

was in China and I don’t think there will be a large

welcome-home party waiting for her at the airport.

Now we are being asked to approve a parcel tax

in our community that is geared at assisting the

Redwood City School District — Measure E on

the special election ballot for Tuesday, June 2.

It is asking property owners in the district to

pony up $91 a year — approximately $7.50 a

month or 25 cents a day — per parcel that would

go directly to the classroom. Measure E would

retain teachers; maintain classroom science and

technology programs; keep school libraries open;

preserve art, music and physical education classes

and continue reading and math tutoring programs.

It is expected to generate $2.3 million in revenue

for five years.

My first inclination is to just continue my

thought process and reject this too. A tax is a tax,

right? So if my readers will indulge me and let me

figure this out with you, or in front of you, I would

appreciate it.

I can understand people like Jack Hickey, who

want us to reject everything. All taxes, all laws

and all rules, if you will. He has brought up some

good points in ads paid for out of his own pocket

to urge us all to vote No on this. But I don’t know

if any relate to the current issue. (1) We have to

tighten our belts during hard economic times. (2)

Charity has its place. (3) Who’s going to bail out

the taxpayers? I agree with all of that!

The arguments and rhetoric I read from

opponents such as Hickey do not really address

or answer any of the real concerns of the issue or

give alternatives to the budget crisis the school

district is in. I think that when challenging

any issue, you have to look at the benefits

the supporters are highlighting and then state

why those are not valid, and they do not even

take those on. They basically just play on my

disappointment in elected officials and urge me to

say No to “them.” But are schools “them”?

I can’t help but ask myself: Do I feel

responsibility to our community at large? (1)

While other surrounding communities have said

Yes to their elementary schools and passed several

taxes, Redwood City has never passed a parcel

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tax for them. In fact, we are the only community

feeding into the Sequoia Union High School

District that does not support our schools in that

way. (2) Compared to surrounding communities,

our property values are lower, and schools are

given as a significant reason for that. Good schools

are important for property values and can be seen

not only as an investment in the community but

also as an investment in your own property. (3)

The district is already considering $4 million to

$6 million in budgetary cuts, with the possibility

of more on the way. (4) With the state budget

a complete mess, local school agencies have to

be innovative and come up with alternatives to

educate our children. A parcel tax is one way.

Combined with the fact that seniors and renters

in our community are exempt, Measure E looks

affordable and supportable. How are you voting?

Please go to www.spectrummagazine.net and let

us know. I will tell you how I voted next month.

.…

The Peninsula Celebration Association (PCA),

who are the organizers of the annual Fourth of

July activities — the parade, festival and fireworks

— are starting to reach out to the community

and encourage financial as well as volunteer

support. Last month we ran an item from the

group appealing to our community. In part, they

stated, “Due to a combination of lower return on

investments and higher overall cost of producing

this citywide event, the Peninsula Celebration

Association is projecting a $30,000 budget deficit

in its 2009 operating budget. Without additional

funding support, the PCA will have some difficult

decisions to make about this year’s events.”

They also warned that “the size and scope of

the parade and festival may be reduced and the

fireworks could be eliminated” if they do not get

that support. Now, if you are not familiar with

this group, they are hard workers. We profiled the

organization last year as a cover story, and I have

observed them over the years. The events they

put on with a small number of core volunteers are

unbelievable. They deserve our support.

Having said that, there are a few items (issues)

the PCA needs to realize and take care of so they

can mend fences and move on. First, if you are

a longtime Redwood City resident, you may

remember that the parade route changed a few

years back when construction was going on for

the downtown cinema project. The change was

supposed to be for only one year but has become

permanent, and business owners and residents

want it back the way it was. That is the biggest

complaint I hear in our community, and I hear

it a lot. The reasons I have been told for it not

being moved back vary depending on who you

talk to, but it seems the main reason is that when

Middlefield Road was redesigned at Theatre Way,

it was made narrower and now floats cannot get

through that area.

Second, the festival was moved off the

Broadway area to over by the county offices, as

was the Kiwanis Carnival. I have no idea why

that action was taken, but I assume it was because

the parade route changed and they wanted these

activities in the middle of it. Makes sense to me.

Again, it was supposed to be only for a year.

Both of those actions have moved everyone

(sometimes estimated at 100,000 people) away

from the downtown area on the biggest visitor day

of the year. That means the restaurants, shops and

everything that the city has asked the taxpayers

to spend millions of dollars to revitalize do not

benefit from the activity. I have also been told that

many businesses used to depend on the revenues

from the Fourth activities for a large portion of

their yearly income. It does not make sense to me

to keep it as it is when there are so many benefits

to changing it back to the way it was.

I hope dialog can begin to bring the events back

to the downtown area because it would be nice to

see everyone rally around the PCA. They mean

so much to our community and should be viewed

as an inclusive, not exclusive, organization. Their

bringing the activity back to the downtown area

would be a fantastic first step toward that unity.

Information about becoming an event sponsor

with the PCA can be found on their Web site at

www.parade.org or by contacting their office at

650-365-1825. Monetary donations can be sent to

Friends of the Peninsula Celebration Association,

P.O. Box 5151, Redwood City, CA 94063-0151.

.…

“Working to make Redwood City better for every

generation” was the theme as current Redwood

City Planning Commissioner and City Council

candidate Jeff Gee held his campaign kick-off

event at the Redwood Shores library. Joining the

75-plus supporters and family members were

Redwood City Mayor Rosanne Foust; Council

members Alicia Aguirre, Jim Hartnett and

Barbara Pierce; board and commission members

Nancy Radcliffe, John Seybert (who is also

running), Rachel Holt and Lorianna Kastrop;

and community leaders Dennis McBride, Memo

Morantes, Cheryl Angeles, Pete Liebengood,

Carol Ford, Pat Dixon, Stacey Wagner and

Jerry Pierce.

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Hansen Named New Sequoia Principal

An educator was the last thing Bonnie Hansen planned to be when she grew up.

As a young girl in Auburn, Hansen was surrounded by education. Both

her parents were teachers; her father went on to be an administrator. Instead,

Hansen planned to be a lawyer and a youth advocate. She spent one semester

in San Francisco working in the juvenile hall. That semester changed her

outlook. Hansen realized what the teens really needed was a strong education

to avoid situations leading to juvenile hall.

Today, Hansen serves as instructional vice principal at Sequoia High School in

Redwood City. After five years in the position, Hansen was selected to take over

as principal beginning July 1, filling the void left by Morgan Marchbanks’

departure. In March, Marchbanks announced plans to step down after nine

years leading Sequoia to pursue a doctorate degree in educational policy and

organizations research at the University of California at Berkeley.

Marchbanks’ departure gave Hansen an opportunity to experience a new

challenge at Sequoia. Hansen, 38, dedicated her life to education after her

experiences in San Francisco.

“We really need good education to level the playing field,” she said of her

insight after working at juvenile hall.

She spent many summers working at summer camps and as camp director

while going through school. Hansen has a master’s degree in education from

the University of California at Berkeley and a teaching credential from the

University of California at Davis. She is nationally board certified in English.

“I loved high school since I was attending one,” she said. Hansen has

focused her educational efforts on the high school level.

She began her student teaching at Grant High School in Sacramento. The

school, located in a high-poverty area, has metal detectors at each entrance

and a guard at every hallway — a stark difference from Hansen’s experiences

in the Sequoia Union High School District.

Hansen started in the Sequoia district as an English teacher at Menlo-

Atherton High School in 1995. She begged Marchbanks to be hired at

Sequoia. Hansen studied an urban education–based program at Berkeley

similar to what she saw at Sequoia — particularly when it came to the small

learning communities.

Hansen pointed to the amazing students as a perk at Sequoia. Even before

becoming an administrator, Hansen noticed students were polite and often

opened the door for her. In addition, she respected the high expectations set

for students and the dedication for allowing teens to focus on education.

Sequoia is one of the few schools in the area that has seen an increase in

enrollment, a change beginning to shift the makeup of the campus. Moving

forward, Hansen sees a challenge in ensuring all students feel engaged.

After-school tutoring, support programs and training will be key to success

in these areas.

Sequoia also offers the international baccalaureate program, a twoyear

preparatory process culminating in exams at the end of the school

year. These tests could mean college credit for students. In addition, many

students attempt to achieve an IB diploma, which requires the student

display mastery in a number of topics, including language, individuals and

societies, mathematics and computer science, experimental sciences, the arts

and a second language. Students must take tests in each subject to earn the

diploma.

But the advanced classes can allow students to excel in areas like art,

performing arts and computers. The key is finding where a student excels,

said Hansen.

Hansen will return to lead Sequoia after spending three weeks in Ethiopia.

It will be her fourth trip in six years to the poverty-stricken country. Hansen

works as an educator who helps professors working in Ethiopia trying to

teach English. The experience also offers lessons to American educators.

Hansen has been married 12 years to her husband, Erik. The pair met

through a roommate and hit it off right away.

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Cultural Events

San Mateo County History Museum

2200 Broadway St., Redwood City

650-299-0104

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Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

$2–$4; free for children 5 and under

The History Museum is housed inside the historic 1910 County Courthouse.

Over 50,000 people visit the museum each year, and the number of local

residents who hold memberships is growing. The History Museum teaches

approximately 14,000 children each year through the on- and off-site

programs. The museum houses the research library and archives that

currently hold over 100,000 photographs, prints, books and documents

collected by the San Mateo County Historical Association.

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 building.

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

to its appearance in 1910.

Nature’s Bounty. This exhibit gallery explores how the earliest people of the

Peninsula used the natural resources of the area and how those resources

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

Journey to Work. This exhibit gallery shows how transportation transformed

San Mateo County from a frontier to suburbs.

Carriage Display. An exhibit of the museum’s 30 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.

San Mateo County History Makers: Entrepreneurs Who Changed the World.

The exhibit chronicles the entrepreneurs who made San Mateo County

internationally known.

Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience in San Mateo County.

The exhibit tells the stories of the diverse people who came to the area

and explores how different groups faced hardships and discrimination.

It highlights the experiences of the early immigrant groups — Chinese,

Japanese, Irish, Italians and Portuguese — in the late 1800s.

Living the California Dream. The exhibit depicts the development of the

suburban culture of San Mateo County.

The Celtic Tiger: The Irish Economic Miracle. The exhibit explores how the

Bay Area has participated in Ireland’s current economic boom.

Redwood City Presents

Music on the Square

A series of free concerts at Courthouse Square

Fridays 6–8 p.m.

May 29: Rodeo House (country rock)

Rodeo House was formed in November 2005 by singers Christina Amato

and Dave Scott. Amato and Scott bring dynamic stage presence and fantastic

vocal range to the fore, and they back each other seamlessly with beautiful

harmonies The band’s distinctive sound is generated by the pedal steel

playing of Chuck Manchester, who has been performing since the 1950s

and gives Rodeo House a sound few bands can achieve. Rodeo House plays

primarily contemporary music of the country genre and brings together a

nice blend of old-time country and western and bawdy blues that makes

for a great show. The members of Rodeo House don’t just play music, they

entertain and have fun!

Upcoming Shows

June 5: Manicato (Latin reggae)

June 12: John “Broadway” Tucker and the Broadway Band (blues and

Southern soul)

June 19: Caravanserai (Santana tribute)

June 26: Livewire (dance party band)

Along with Music on the Square, other exciting free evening events in

downtown Redwood City’s 2009 summer series include Movies on the

Square on Thursdays, Dancing on the Square on Tuesdays, and Jazz on

Main St. on Mondays. Other ongoing events in the coming months include

six special outdoor exhibits featuring Art on the Square, Monday and

Wednesday afternoon performances with Lunchtime on the Square, Sunday

Swing Dancing with Lindy on the Square, as well as weekend Shakespeare

performances, Sunday Target Family Days and Cultural Events. Full details

at www.redwoodcityevents.com.

The Main Gallery

1018 Main St., Redwood City

At the corner of Main and Middlefield, in the historic

yellow Victorian cottage

650-701-1018

W–F 11–4, Sat.–Sun. 10–3, and by appointment

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One artist is outside looking in, while the other artist is inside but not really

showing the whole truth to the outside. And it all comes together in a dual

show at The Main Gallery.

Redwood City artist Diana Herring says she often thinks about other artists

in their studios, and how her life revolves around her studio, so her show is

titled “To the Studio.”

San Mateo artist Ginger Slonaker is fascinated by how what you see in

someone from the outside isn’t always the whole story, so her show is titled

“Partial View.”

The concurrent shows run from June 3 to July 5, with an artists’ reception

on Saturday, June 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. Downtown Redwood City is also

hosting its Second Saturday ArtWalk that night.

Slonaker’s new works on paper, board, canvas and tin are a collection

of imaginary portraits that focus on the parts of us that typically are less

obvious to the viewer.

Slonaker suggests that often our visible selves project a different reality

than what is going on in our inner lives. “One’s outward persona does not tell

the whole story,” Slonaker said.

However, even though the weight of the inner world can’t fully be exposed,

neither can it completely be hidden, and Slonaker’s portraits offer a view into

each character’s “other reality” through expressionistic eyes.

The show’s title, “Partial View,” refers to our being able to see only part of

a person’s reality but also highlights the fact that our bias influences what we

choose to see.

Herring will be showing a selection of her silkscreen and drypoint prints.

The work is playful and contemporary in feel,” Herring said.

A graduate of Stanford, Herring was first inspired to study art by the legends

of famous Bay Area artists of the ’50s and ’60s. She has studied with many

teachers and traveled extensively to view original art in the U.S. and Europe.

As to the title of her show, the artist explained, “I have spent much of my

life either in the studio or thinking about other artists in their studios. Studios

are places of contemplation where all the experiences of an artist’s life

come together. For me, art is an adventure. At first everything feels chaotic,

disorganized. Gradually, an order appears. The most exciting moment comes

when something that was confused becomes simple and clear. I am very often

surprised by my own work.

“Every medium has its own strengths,” Herring continued. “Silkscreen,

done solely with stencil and direct drawing methods, forces me to simplify.

In addition, silkscreen has a tradition of being used in mid-20th-century

advertising, and I find that being relaxed about registration allows “happy

accidents” to occur. Color and shapes then have an unintended playfulness.”

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Redwood City’s Most Helpful Hand

By Nicole Minieri

A grim reality has trickled its way into every

local community: a struggling educational system

that it is slowly sinking and failing. What makes

this nationwide reality even darker is that there

are no apparent quick fixes or any promising

signs that this particular privation is near an end,

especially since the economic cycle is currently

sitting idle. The sufferers: teachers, students and

countless state workers, of course. But through all

of the mounting educational hardships and budget

cutbacks, teachers and students of the Redwood

City School District have been blessed with a very

helpful hand that has been continually fulfilling

their vital scholastic needs.

“Serving Redwood City School District is

something I strongly believe in,” said John Luff of

Serve the Peninsula Inc., a nonprofit organization

since 2006 whose main mission is to partner with

the Redwood City School District and support them in

their ongoing goals of developing a broad spectrum

of developmental provisions that encompass

students’ intellectual, physical, mental and socialemotional

needs, despite budget reductions.

“I have a passion for service, as well as

reaching out to the schools and assisting all of

the facilitators who are responsible for educating

our children,” said Luff. “Our children are what

the future is all about, and Serve the Peninsula is

about trying to help them achieve that success by

partnering with Redwood City school facilitators

and with another community service organization

and however else we can best assist in the mission

of education. Basically, right now we are an

organization that organizes community service

projects for the Redwood City School District and

the Ravenswood School District, and eventually

we would like to expand our services throughout

the Peninsula.”

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The list of services Serve the Peninsula has

provided in Redwood City is quite inspiring,

as well as extensive. They are renowned for

sustaining unparalleled working relations in both

districts. “Much of our success is built on trust,

understanding and having open communication

with the districts,” said Luff. “And that trust

comes from doing what you say you are going

to be doing and not by not causing any more

problems. By working closely with both districts

I have a clear and good understanding on what

their specific needs are. The end result is, we

deliver. We have a track record of delivering on

our promises.”

What is another remarkable aspect about Serve

the Peninsula is that they promise and deliver

in record time. A fine example of how swiftly

they move in and out of each project is a recent

weekend joint venture for Taft School, located on

the border of Redwood City and Menlo Park at

Bay Road and 10th Avenue. The project started

on April 24 and was completed on April 26. Serve

the Peninsula took the wheel in organizing this

collaborative project alongside Verbo Familia

Cristiana, New Hope Peninsula Church and

Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. “There were

200 people that showed up for work,” said Luff.

“This project was completely on a volunteer basis

with all of the churches that participated.”

The sizeable scope of work for the Taft School

weekend project included remodeling numerous

rooms, gardening, landscaping and artistic painting.

The teachers’ break room was remodeled into a

peaceful haven so that all of the teachers and staff

could meet, have lunch and relax during their

work day. The teacher and parent resource room

was transformed from an everyday classroom into

a decorative, multipurpose room, and the front

main office was converted into a workspace that

imparted more efficiency.

The volunteers then moved on to the landscaping

and gardening portion of this project. A vacant

area on the school’s property was altered into

a beautiful, ADA-accessible garden of native

California plants and vegetables. A seating

quarter nestled within the garden was built to

accommodate 20 students. And various sizes

of redwood planter boxes were built and placed

randomly in classrooms throughout the entire

school. If remodeling and landscaping weren’t

enough, volunteers then went on a major springcleaning

spree, thoroughly cleansing and disinfecting

all of the classrooms and the school library. Even

the playground structures and grounds were

cleaned and cleared of all foreign debris.

The final touches to the Taft School project

included the painting of a large, welcoming

mural gracing the front entrance of the school

and gift baskets that were given to school staff

to show appreciation and keep their morale up.

A community barbeque lunch sponsored by

Lutticken’s Deli in Menlo Park was also provided

to all who volunteered on the Taft project.

With a makeover project deadline of 3 weeks

and an overall budget of $107,478, Serve the

Peninsula successfully partnered with the

Redwood City School

District to install both girls’

and boys’ locker rooms for

Kennedy Middle School.

“Kennedy needed to increase

privacy and personalproperty

security,” said Luff.

“We worked together to

remodel the girls’ and boys’

locker rooms. We did the

fundraising to acquire the

new lockers, and the school

district remodeled and

installed the locker rooms. It

was a successful partnership

between us and the director

of facilities of the Redwood

City School District.”

As a trusted partner,

Serve the Peninsula has

successfully completed

numerous Redwood City

school restorations. Some

of the schools that have had

a makeover are Roosevelt

School, Henry Ford School,

Hawes School and Garfield

Charter School. Each of

these projects was completed

within one to two days and

remained within budget.

In a recent statement, Luff

said, “We deliver the service,

program or curriculum

assistance. We will provide

the program and project

management to meet the

need through funding,

material resources and/

or volunteers necessary to

fulfill the need. Through our

network of volunteers, we

are able to provide ongoing

support as necessary,

e.g., through classroom

assistance, office help, tutors

and mentoring.”

More recently, on May 16, Serve the Peninsula

once again served Roosevelt School. “This

project was very similar to what we did at Taft

Elementary School,” said Luff. “We remodeled

several rooms and did landscaping as well. This

project was completed within two days. We also

have other similar projects in the pipeline, but

no specific dates have been set for them. The

projects in the pipeline have been generated

by the Ravenswood superintendent and their

business manager. We are currently planning

and doing all of the fundraising for them.” Those

proposed projects in the pipeline are a teacher

resource room and Cesar Chavez Academy. In

addition to these two projects in the works for the

Ravenswood district, Serve the Peninsula is also

planning another project for the Redwood City

School District: the Taft computer curriculum project.


“We remodeled several rooms and did landscaping as well.

This project was completed within two days. We also have

other similar projects in the pipeline.”

Fundraising has become integral to the overall

continuing success of each school makeover. “We

do all fundraising for our proposed projects,” said

Luff. “Our fundraising is directed toward the

individual to the corporation. We do get a lot of

individuals who are willing to donate, and most

of our support comes from church supporters.”

Church supporters from Menlo Park Presbyterian

Church and Peninsula Covenant Church continue

to give graciously to Serve the Peninsula.

Serve the Peninsula has been extremely

fortunate with church supporters also

volunteering. However, in addition to the

great amount of support already received, the

organization is still seeking more volunteers.

“If anyone wants to volunteer on any one of our

upcoming projects, then they should certainly get

in touch with us,” said Luff. Serve the Peninsula

is currently located on Farm Hill Blvd. in

Redwood City, with Luff being the sole worker.

“I am the only person currently working in the

office,” said Luff. “Everyone else is a volunteer

working from the outside.”

For a small “mom and pop” nonprofit

organization, Serve the Peninsula continues to

show the Redwood City community time and

time again that there is absolutely no beautiful

school makeover project that is too large for them

to handle. Despite the devastating effects of the

recession, Redwood City is very fortunate to have

a helpful hand that always pulls through and is

ready to serve without hesitation.

If you are interested in volunteering or would

like to learn more about the various services

Serve the Peninsula provides, please contact John

Luff at 650-224-2670 or visit their main office at

3560 Farm Hill Blvd. in Redwood City.

John Luff (right) and Taft Principal Michelle Griffith (left)

take a moment to pose with key volunteers.

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Community Interests

A Clean Slate for Probation Department

Taking over the embattled San Mateo County Probation Department is no

small task. The 463-employee department with a $74 million annual budget

received attention last year for the actions of two teenage wards at facilities

for which it holds responsibility.

On Feb. 14, 2008, Josue Raul Orozco, 17, scaled an outside wall at the

Youth Services Center with the help of two 18-year-old wards serving time

for unrelated offenses. Orozco had been housed at the county’s juvenile hall

at 222 Paul Scannell Drive since his arrest at age 14 on murder charges.

Orozco fled the campus and remained at large until being arrested by Texas

authorities on burglary charges. He has since been returned to San Mateo

County and is awaiting a murder trial.

The escape set off a firestorm of criticism and three investigations into

how Orozco was able to slip away unnoticed from the high-tech facility.

The March 7, 2008, report requested by the Board of Supervisors found that

neither of two juvenile hall group supervisors in charge of Orozco’s housing

unit was watching him play basketball when he used his accomplices and

a grip hold on a low halogen light to scale the wall. Despite calls to the

contrary, former Chief Probation Officer Loren Buddress did not address

repercussions for employees involved but called for more training, reinforced

policies and made changes to the lighting and windows.

The escape also called into question disconnects between hall staff, law

enforcement and the public in the wake of the escape because an arrest

warrant was not issued for several hours and neighboring residents were not

notified of the potential security risk.

In August, a 16-year-old boy walked away from Camp Glenwood, a

medium-security detention facility, and was later arrested for allegedly

stabbing a 23-year-old man to death in Redwood City. There have been

numerous walkaways from the facility, and security is an ongoing concern.

Named to lead the department is Stuart Forrest, who has served as deputy

chief since 1998. A search committee of judges Robert Foiles and Marta Diaz

recommended Forrest to the lead position of the department, and he certainly

has his hands full in making sure its reputation recovers. Though the

department may have benefited from outside leadership, Forrest starts with

a clean slate. Let’s hope he makes improvements to the communication and

security of the county’s detention facilities he is now charged with overseeing.

Redwood City Buys $4.45 Million Site

Redwood City plans to buy the former Cemex site on Maple Street for $4.45

million with hopes of eventually using the 9.5-acre parcel to house a threemillion-gallon

water tank, create new park land, build a new corporation yard,

earn money from new commercial property or give the public access to the bay.

The city will use $2.5 million from its Capital Outlay Fund and the

remainder through an interfund loan from the Self-Insurance Trust Fund to

be repaid by June 30, 2013.

No specific use for the property at 1402 to 1405 Maple St. is set, so the

pending purchase doesn’t require any environmental review under the

California Environmental Quality Act.

The Redwood City City Council will consider approving the purchase

from Lonestar California Inc. (a Cemex Corp. affiliate). The city must also

negotiate a lease with the Bair Island Aquatic Center, which sits directly

across from Cemex.

The city has until June 3 to finish its inspections of the property and the

closing date is scheduled for June 11 unless Cemex needs more time to free

up approximately 25 to 30 tenants and subtenants.

If the sale goes through, the city will have “prime bayfront land for public

benefit” and the city will be able to control land uses within and adjacent to

the marina development area, according to City Manager Peter Ingram.

Possibilities Ingram suggested to the council include some combination

of the following: an additional three-million-gallon water tank for the city

drinking water system (the estimated cost for two acres of land is $4.1

million and tank construction is $6.4 million), using the remaining land for

new park space (based on the city’s ratio of park to population, the land could

provide sufficient park space for about 1,000 residents), a new corporation

yard to replace the current facility at 1400 Broadway, public access to the bay

and income property.

Any or all of the uses could offset some of the purchase price by

development fees and charges, according to Ingram.

The property, once a cement manufacturing facility, is currently used by

Frey’s Trucking Company, a trucking and landscape materials business. The

parcels first came to the greater public’s attention last May when the Board

of Supervisors agendized a potential purchase with plans of building a new

jail. Redwood City officials, worried that the land is less than 1,000 feet away

from the already-approved 800-unit Peninsula Park mixed-use development,

publicly called the supervisors out for appearing to make decisions without

input. A month later, the idea was a no-go when Cemex withdrew from

negotiations with the county.

The land later showed up on numerous Redwood City closed session

agendas but officials stayed mum on potential plans other than to say a new

correctional facility would not be considered.

Local 4th-Grade Class Supports Peace Campaign With

SMCU’s Help

San Mateo Credit Union (SMCU) welcomed a fourth-grade class from

Sandpiper Elementary School to its Redwood City branch to support Pennies

for Peace. On May 7, Susan Welter took her class on a field trip to the credit

union, where the students were able to convert their pennies into a check that

they could send to their chosen cause.

The students have been collecting pennies since Feb. 1 in support of the

Pennies for Peace campaign aimed at building a bridge for peace by offering

educational alternatives to 400 mountain villages in remote northern Pakistan

and Afghanistan . Along with collecting the pennies, the students learned about

the cultures of Afghanistan and Pakistan. “Ms. Welter has done a great job

in combining the lessons of philanthropy and saving money,” said Jennifer

Srabian, manager of the Redwood City branch location. “The students expressed

their knowledge of the region and how their pennies make a difference.”

The field trip to SMCU is part of the learning experience to broaden the

horizons of the students’ philanthropic endeavors. “The students came

away with a sense of appreciation for their own education,” said Welter.

The students have learned that pennies collected can add up to make a

difference, providing supplies such as pencils, erasers, notebooks, tuition

and scholarships for students who are on a waiting list, hoping to learn in a

new school. The supplies empower a child to learn to read and write in areas

where terrorist organizations recruit the uneducated and illiterate.

About San Mateo Credit Union: Founded in 1952, SMCU is a memberowned

financial institution that currently serves more than 69,000 members,

who live, work or attend school or church in San Mateo County. Managing

more than $611 million in assets, with six San Mateo County branch

locations, SMCU provides a full range of financial services to its memberowners.

For information or to find the branch nearest you, visit www.smcu.

org or call 650-363-1725 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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REDWOOD CITY

THROUGH THE YEARS

Time Capsules

By Mary K. Spore-Alhadef, Librarian, Local History and Archives Collections, Redwood City Public Library

“Time capsules” are the modern

response to our desire to leave a

memento of our time and society to

future generations. Spurred, perhaps,

by the increasingly sophisticated

work of 20th-century archaeologists

in Pompeii, Knossos, Egypt and

Greece in revealing the way those

societies lived, 20th-century

scholars began to contemplate what

artifacts and writings would explain

this age to future researchers. With

modern technology, they thought about

how to preserve and present the

information they deemed worthy of

preservation.

The first “intentional” deposit

of materials meant to be found

by the people of a future age

was the “Crypt of Civilization,”

the brainchild of Dr. Thornwell

Jacobs, the energetic president of

Oglethorpe University in Atlanta,

Ga., who had re-established the

university in 1915. Writing in

Scientific American in 1936, he

proposed gathering a record of our

civilization, sealing it and storing it

to be opened in 8113. He calculated

that this was the same number of

years in the future as 4241 B.C.,

the date of the establishment of

the Egyptian calendar, was in the

past. Utilizing an abandoned but

watertight swimming pool beneath

Phoebe Hearst Hall on campus, the

university lined it with vitreous

porcelain and set about gathering a

record of modern life for discovery

in 8113.

Dr. Jacobs had engaged the

services of Thomas K. Peters, a man

of varied talents, who had made

the only newsreel footage of the

San Francisco earthquake in 1906,

worked at Luxor and Karnak, and

invented the first microfilm camera

to use 35 mm film. Peters became

the curator of the collections to

be placed in the crypt, storing

everything from dressed dolls and

an electric calculator to the plastic

toys and pop culture artifacts of the

1930s, including a script of “Gone

With the Wind,” and even a sealed

vial of beer, all in glass or glasslined

stainless-steel containers.

Using the new technology of the era,

he had a team of students microfilm

640,000 pages of fiction, classic

literature and scientific works. On

an extensive phonograph record

collection, he gathered the recorded

voices of major world leaders of

the time, from Hitler and Stalin

to Albert Einstein. He included

microfilm equipment, magnifiers

and both an electrical generator

and a windmill-powered generator,

in case electricity was not in use.

Thoughtfully, he included a device,

just inside the door, to teach the

English language should it be

extinct in 8113. After replacing all

the oxygen with nitrogen to prevent

decay, the vault was sealed with

a stainless-steel door, which was

welded shut in May 1940.

During the preparations for the

Crypt of Civilization, another

project that would gain far more

attention was in preparation. While

the planners of the 1939 World’s

Fair in New York City looked

to the future with the Trylon

and Perisphere, they were also

interested in presenting a portrait

of their own time to a future age.

The Westinghouse Corporation, a

major participant, conceived the

idea of burying an intentionally

selected collection of items to

be opened 5,000 years in the

future. The contents were to reflect

both the minutiae of daily life —

eyeglasses, watch, fountain pen,

seeds of common crops — and the

materials of which modern life

was constructed, everything from

metals and plastics to wool and

rayon. The broader social, industrial

and political themes of the era were

preserved on both microfilm and

newsreel, along with a microscope

and instructions for the construction

of the type of microfilm reader used

in libraries.

To house this collection, the

Westinghouse Corporation created a

90-foot-long, glass-lined cylinder of

cupaloy, a nonferrous alloy created

to resist corrosion. The newly

named “Time Capsule” was buried

on Sept. 23, 1938, the autumnal

equinox, under a monument in

Flushing Meadow, the site of the

Fair. To ensure the capsule being

found 5,000 years in the future, a

“Book of Record” was created and

sent to 3,000 libraries, monasteries

and museums worldwide in hope

that at least one of them would

survive across the bridge of time.

The “Book of Record” contains the

precise location of the capsule and

an instructional key on speaking the

English language should it not be in

common usage in 6939, when the

capsule is scheduled to be opened.

The second New York World’s

Fair in 1964–65 also produced a

Westinghouse Time Capsule, buried

with the first one under a granite

monument on Flushing Meadow

and also designed to be opened in

6939.

The traditional, large-scale

memorial building projects in

Redwood City’s history were

undertaken in the era after the 1906

earthquake and with WPA funds

in the 1930s. This was well before

the time when people thought

of including nothing more than

a handful of coins and a daily

newspaper in a new building’s

cornerstone on dedication day. It

was not until 1968, during the

city’s centennial celebration, that

Redwood City gave formal thought

to a time capsule intended for the

citizens of 2068. Historian Richard

Schellens and Dave Schutz, the

Redwood City Tribune editor who

had served as chairman of the

centennial committee, directed

the filling of a specially treated

redwood-and-glass box that had

been donated by the California

Redwood Association. Materials

from the centennial programs, an

outline of the city’s historic walking

trail, a prospectus of Redwood

Shores and a letter from Mayor

Sidney Herkner to his successor in

2068 were all placed in the capsule

casing. The capsule was buried near

City Hall.

Following the construction of the

current Redwood City City Hall

in 1996, it was decided to place a

time capsule in the new City Hall,

to be opened on March 27, 2047.

Probably the most unusual item

placed in this time capsule is then

Council Member Dick Claire’s

Hewlett Packard 10C calculator.

Claire told the writer that he used

this calculator to reconfigure the

construction costs so that the

building could be built with the

quality and beauty the city desired

within the funding available. He

therefore thought it should be in

the capsule because it was the tool

that made the building possible. He

has been quoted as intending to be

present at the opening in 2047 to

reclaim his calculator.

While doing repair work on the

entrance and parking area at the

front of the campus, Sequoia High

School found student-deposited

time capsules beneath many of

the class plaques that have been

a tradition since the school was

relocated from downtown to the

present campus in 1924. The class

capsules have been relocated and

archived in the school library’s care

in the school building.

In the wider world, the fascination

with time capsules has not only

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Cultural Events:

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Redwood City Through the Years:

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More recently, Herring has been doing drypoint prints, using an electric

engraving tool on plastic plates. “I use the new Akua inks, rather than oilbased

inks,” she said.

The plates are printed on an etching press, a method that gives a different

look than that of traditional intaglio prints. “I am able to create printed

images, using line, that feel almost as effortless as pen drawings,” Herring

said. “I create many of these, discarding all but the most successful. Often,

news events or recent personal experiences or long forgotten memories —

such as my love of horses — show up as subject matter.”

“A-huh,” Ginger Slonaker, mixed media, 8.5 x 11

continued but grown. The International Time Capsule Society, begun in

1990 and located at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, exists “to promote

the careful study … and document all types of time capsules throughout

the world.” Founded and run by an international team of historians and

anthropologists, the society’s Web site includes a registry of time capsule

projects throughout the world, instructions on how to construct your own

capsule and a list of “most-wanted” time capsules. These include civic

embarrassments like the Lyndon, Vt., centennial capsule, which has been

missing since the 1890s, and the 17 capsules buried in Corona, Calif., since

the 1930s but never located despite parts of the civic center being dug up. On

a larger scale are the capsule buried under the 36,000-pound lid of the MIT

cyclotron in 1939 and the Bicentennial Wagon Train Time Capsule, which

disappeared from the parking lot while President Gerald Ford was giving the

dedication speech at Valley Forge, Pa., on July 4, 1976.

The proof of our widespread fascination with leaving a record of our time

for the future is the number of companies that exist to facilitate this process.

They range from Time Capsules Inc., whose advertising states that they

are “already part of the tricentennial” and gives an impressive list of the

institutions that have buried their product, and Affordable Time Capsules,

which suggests their product as a wedding gift, noting, “They won’t get

two of these!” Perhaps the most unusual current offering is from Time in a

Capsule, which offers “wilderness time capsules” for your “time-capsule

adventure.” The elaborate directions on their Web site explain how to utilize

their Geocapsule, an artificial rock or log with space created to hide your

small, sealed container. The Geocapsule is then to be taken on a wilderness

trek into the remote public lands of the American West and concealed far

from trails or any evidence of human activity. It is designed to be located in

the future by utilizing a GPS device. They also suggest that you register the

location of your capsule with the International Time Capsule Society, which

has information on 20,000 capsules in the United States and throughout the

world. The Society recommends that capsules not be buried in the ground

because fading memories and other priorities for land use often make the

buried location of a time capsule imprecise, which can result in the loss of

what the originators assumed would be a permanent memorial to a date and

society.

The capsule placed in City Hall in 1997 is easily located in the wall of the

foyer of the City Council Chambers. This follows the suggestions of Dr. Paul

Hudson, who is considered the foremost expert on time capsules, not to bury

a capsule in the ground and to have it clearly marked and set to be opened

within a reasonable span of years. We can only hope that the Redwood City

of 2047 will still be enjoying both the efforts that have gone into historic

preservation and the best climate in the world.

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Bruno “Digs” Into

Redwood City

By Valerie Harris, Special to The Spectrum

As the Redwood City Cargill

salt flats project enters round

two with the recent unveiling

of plans to develop the 1,433

acres of land east of Highway

101 between Marsh Road

and Seaport Boulevard,

developer DMB Associates is

bracing for another backlash

and more brouhaha from

environmentalists. As the two

sides square off, developers

versus environmentalists, one

person stands at the edge of

the vortex: John Bruno, the

spokesman for the joint venture

between Cargill and DMB.

When DMB and Cargill began searching for

a candidate to move their development project

forward, they hit pay dirt with Bruno. He came

with a resume packed with innovative and novel

national and international ventures, a long history

of executive management in Silicon Valley

corporations and the temperament to handle all

facets of this task.

Bruno, the oldest of four children, was born

to parents John Paul Bruno and Maureen Ann

(McCormack) Bruno in Seattle, Wash. When he

was 6, the family moved to San Francisco, back

to Maureen’s home. Maureen is a third-generation

native San Franciscan.

Bruno was always an enterprising child. When

he was 10 years old, he started a paper route. He

was sharp enough as a kid to know that there was

a better way to earn money selling papers, and he

soon ended up selling them at a stand for an extra

nickel a paper.

Bruno attended St. Ignatius College

Preparatory, a private high school in San

Francisco, and then Santa Clara University, where

he majored in economics. After Bruno’s father

died at age 37, Bruno worked to help supplement

the family income and fund his education. He

used his summer breaks to work as a commercial

fisherman in Alaska. Fans of the Discovery

Channel series “Deadliest Catch” will understand

the fortitude necessary to fish in those challenging

waters. Bruno fished those waters for 10

summers. He had been drawn to fishing as a kid

because his grandfather owned a fishing boat.

Bruno’s father had suffered from Type 1

diabetes, and Maureen, a schoolteacher, started

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esearching nutrition and health issues. When

she eventually met and married a medical

supplies executive, Howard Sullivan, she was

already an expert in disabilities and nutrition. In

collaboration with pioneering physician Seale

Harris, she founded the Lite for Life company.

Today Lite for Life has 11 Northern California

locations and is expanding nationwide.

After finishing his Bachelor of Science

in economics, Bruno landed a job as a sales

representative for Xerox Corp. His territory was

the sprawling Lockheed Missiles and Space

Company campus in Sunnyvale. At night, Bruno

continued his studies at Santa Clara University,

where he received his MBA. Bruno stayed with

Xerox from 1980 to 1986.

In 1986, Bruno became managing partner

in the small real estate company of McKay &

Associates, headquartered in Redwood City. This

company was involved in construction, property

management and accounting. Bruno loved this

job. “Once you get a development approved, you

can see all the people you put to work, and help

their economic well-being,” he said.

During the recession of 1991, Bruno left the

real estate office and went to work for Sybase, a

burgeoning database firm. Sybase was expanding

worldwide, and Bruno, as senior director of

worldwide real estate and facilities, was in charge

of site location expansions. One great project

of his was the development of “creative infill”

in Emeryville. (Creative infill is a philosophy

of smart growth in urban areas whereby highdensity

housing is placed near work, shopping

and mass transit, with preservation of open

space.) Emeryville is a small city in Alameda

County, between the cities of Berkeley and

Oakland and extending to the San Francisco Bay

shoreline. Emeryville was home to trucking, paint

manufacturing and Shell Oil research. It was

also a railway hub. In the 1960s, industry started

moving away from Emeryville, leaving the city

financially crippled. When Bruno was tasked with

finding a new campus for Sybase, Emeryville

fit the bill. Rents were low and mass transit was

available, but the city needed a facelift. The

concept for “creative infill” hit big. Railroad

yards were converted to shopping centers, and

warehouses were converted to eclectic and

coveted lofts. Emeryville became one of the “it”

places to live. According to Wikipedia, companies

based in Emeryville now include Pixar Animation

Studios, Jamba Juice, LeapFrog, Sendmail,

MobiTV, Bayer and Novartis.

During his employment at Sybase, Bruno was

tasked with expanding Sybase’s offices in New

Delhi, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Australia,

New Zealand … all over the world. During his

tenure, Bruno learned the universal axiom of

development: “You are only effective if you listen.”

In 1996, Bruno left Sybase and joined Cadence

Design Systems as the vice president of real estate

and operations. Cadence, the world’s leading

electronic design automation (EDA) company,

makes chip and processor design tools. Cadence

was also expanding and needed Bruno’s expertise.

Bruno said, “While at Cadence, I built research

and development campuses on every continent

except Antarctica.” He was responsible for the

management of the firm’s global real estate

“Once you get a development approved, you can see all the people you

put to work, and help their economic well-being.”

portfolio, facilities, procurement, government

relations, community involvement and corporate

security. Bruno thoroughly enjoyed working for

Cadence and stayed with them until 2006.

During a hiatus from Cadence in 2000 to

2001, Bruno started the highly successful

online company Boats.com. Boats.com emerged

as the Internet marketplace for boat users,

manufacturers, yacht brokers, boat dealers, marinas,

boatyards and other marine-service businesses.

Bruno served as the chief financial officer.

After Boats.com, Bruno returned to Cadence.

“Cadence was full of great, smart people. I

returned to Cadence as the vice president of real

estate and operations. I’d still be there today if this

other opportunity didn’t come my way,” he said.

In 2006, DMB partnered with Cargill to

develop the 1,433 acres used to produce industrial

salt. Bruno saw this as great opportunity to

develop an area to meet all the future growth

needs of Redwood City. He was ready for the

challenge. For the past two and a half years,

Bruno has been meeting with members of the

community in an outreach program to glean

information about community needs. “We got

over 10,000 responses from city workers, ball

players and low-, medium- and upper-income

residents about what they would like to see in the

development. We developed a 50/50 plan to fit the

needs of the environmentalists,” he said.

Redwood City Industrial Saltworks has engineered

a plan in which residents can live, work and play

within the same area. Light rail will be developed

for the residents, which will eventually be linked

to downtown and Caltrain.

We will see how Bruno marries the needs

of city development with the desires of the

environmentalists. If anyone is capable of

mediating smart growth on the Cargill site, Bruno

definitely is the man for the job.

Editor’s note: Bruno and his wife, Mary, a San

Francisco native, have two children. Son Johnny

is a student at Santa Clara University and

daughter Janey is a senior at St. Ignatius College

Preparatory. The family resides in San Francisco.

Bruno is on the board of directors of the Redwood

City–San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce,

Technology Credit Union, Housing Trust of

Santa Clara County and St. Ignatius College

Preparatory, and is on the advisory board of

Resource Area for Teachers (RAFT). Bruno’s

sister Katie works in software, brother Chris is

CEO of Lite for Life and his sister Liz is a licensed

family counselor. His mother, Maureen, and her

husband, Howard, still work for Lite for Life.

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MAINTAIN educational essentials:

including K-8 teaching positions, art, music, tutoring,

and science & technology programs to better prepare

our children for high school and future careers.

ENSURE accountability: NO Measure E

funds can be spent on administrators. Independent

Citizens Oversight, financial audits and reports to the

public will ensure transparency and accountability.

PROTECT neighborhood schools:

our kids need stable locally controlled funding

that CAN’T be taken away by the State. EVERY

Measure E penny will stay in OUR community.

Election Day is Tuesday, June 2

Please, vote

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RESPECT our seniors: Senior citizens age

65 years or older will be eligible for a Measure E

exemption to ensure this measure is not a burden

to those living on fixed incomes.

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Nonprofits in Action

Advocates for Children

Advocates for Children, CASA of San Mateo

County, is actively seeking caring and consistent

adults to mentor and speak up for the best

interests of these children. Over 130 children are

waiting for someone who cares.

If you would like to become a volunteer

advocate, or just want to learn more, please attend

an orientation held in their San Mateo office. Visit

their Web site (www.AdvocatesFC.org) or call

650-212-4423 for more information.

City Talk Toastmasters

Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop

communication and leadership skills. The club

meets Wednesdays 12:30–1:30 p.m. in the Council

Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.

Call Manny Rosas at 650-780-7468 if you would

like to check out a meeting, or just stop in. Visit

www.toastmasters.org for more information about

the Toastmasters public speaking program.

CityTrees

CityTrees is a nonprofit working with the Public

Works Department to enhance and care for

Redwood City’s urban forest. They usually plant

or prune on the third Saturday of each month.

Check their Web site (www.citytrees.org) for a

listing of events, dates and how to join.

Family Connections

This nonprofit group is the only parentparticipation

preschool in San Mateo County

focusing on low-income families. Their Redwood

City classrooms offer children through age 5 and

their parents a tuition-free learning environment

that’s supportive and fun. Family Connections

parents stay involved in their children’s education

and, as a result, their children are more prepared

for kindergarten and beyond. They are always

looking for volunteers to play with the children

while moms and dads attend parent-ed classes,

organizers to help coordinate fundraisers,

and people from the business world to initiate

new corporate partnerships. Check www.

familyconnections.org for more information.

Family Service Agency of San

Mateo County

Looking for a dependable source of skilled,

reliable workers? Family Service Agency of San

Mateo County provides employers with mature,

ready-to-work, experienced workers who are 55

years and older. Employers contact the service

because they appreciate the superior work ethic

and the commitment to quality that mature

workers possess. There are no fees for hiring

candidates. Contact Barbara Clipper at 650-403-

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

For those who are looking for work and are

at least 55 years of age, Family Service Agency

provides a range of services, including referrals

for classroom training, vocational counseling,

job referrals and on-the-job training for qualified

participants. Contact Connie Tilles at 650-403-

4300, ext. 4371, if you are looking for work.

Friends for Youth

Do you like to play video games, shoot hoops,

watch baseball games or just have fun? Then

you have what it takes to be a mentor! As a

mentor, you can hang out with a young person

like Reggie. He’s a 12-year-old who loves pizza,

baseball and cars. He lives with his grandmother

and three sisters and would love to hang out with

a guy and have fun. There are 30 boys like Reggie

waiting to be matched with a mentor like you.

Most of the boys wait more than a year to meet

their mentors.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor,

you are invited to attend a one-hour information

session in Redwood City. For upcoming

sessions, call 650-482-2871 or e-mail mentor@

friendsforyouth.org.

Funders Bookstore

If you haven’t wandered into the Funders

Bookstore, you have missed one of Redwood

City’s hidden treasures. This project is a

volunteer effort by a group of dedicated people

interested in supporting the San Mateo County

History Museum and simultaneously providing a

community bookstore for everyone’s pleasure. A

large collection of hardback first editions, trade

paperbacks, children’s books, cookbooks and

an entire room of $1 paperbacks are featured.

Bookstore hours are Tuesday through Saturday,

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is on the lower level of the

San Mateo County History Museum at 2200

Broadway, with the entrance facing Hamilton

Street. Stop by for a browse!

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit

organization that seeks to eliminate poverty

housing and homelessness from the world, and

to make decent shelter a matter of conscience

and action. Locally, the Greater San Francisco

affiliate partners with working families and the

community to build affordable ownership homes

in Redwood City. Formed through the merger of

Peninsula Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for

Humanity San Francisco in August 2008, Habitat

for Humanity Greater San Francisco provides a

unique solution to the local housing crisis and

has enabled nearly 150 families to purchase

affordable housing. Contact Jennifer Doettling,

communications director, at 650-568-7335 or

jdoettling@habitatgsf.org. Visit their Web site at

www.habitatgsf.org.

Hearing Loss Association of the

Peninsula

Hearing Loss Association is a volunteer,

international organization of hard-of-hearing

people and their relatives and friends. The

nonprofit, nonsectarian, educational organization

is devoted to the welfare and interests of those

who cannot hear well but are committed to

participating in the hearing world.

A day meeting is held on the first Monday of

the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial

Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. Educational

speakers and refreshments are provided. A

demonstration of assistive devices is held on the first

Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the secondfloor

conference room at the Redwood City Public

Library, 1044 Middlefield Road. Please call Marj

at 650-593-6760 with any questions.

Nursing Mothers Counsel

Nursing Mothers Counsel, a nonprofit

organization since 1955, provides free

breastfeeding education and assistance by highly

trained counselors (moms who breastfed for at

least six months). To speak with a counselor (no

fee), call 650-327-MILK (327-6455).

NMC also has breast pumps and breastfeeding

supplies available for purchase and rent. Call

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

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

at www.nursingmothers.org.

Optimist Club of Redwood City

Optimist International is one of the largest service

organizations in the world, where “bringing

out the best in kids” has been their mission for

over 80 years. If you enjoy the fellowship and

friendship of others with a common greater good,

Optimist International needs you and would like

you as a member.

The Optimist Club of Redwood City meets

every Tuesday at 12 p.m. at Alana’s Cafe, 1020

Main St. For information, visit www.optimist.

org or call President Ed Rosen at 650-366-7589 or

Membership Chair John Butterfield at 650-366-

8803. Or just come join them for lunch to learn

more about how you can make a difference to the

youth in our community.

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club

Founded in 1960, Peninsula Hills Women’s Club,

a member of the General Federation of Women’s

Clubs and the California Federation of Women’s

Clubs, is a philanthropic organization serving the

community through charitable, educational and

service programs. Meetings are held the third

Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. For additional

information, contact PHWC, P.O. Box 1394,

Redwood City, CA 94064.

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

In addition to sheltering and finding new homes

for stray and unwanted animals (100 percent

placement for healthy dogs and cats since 2003!),

PHS/SPCA has vital programs for people. The

shelter drives its mobile spay/neuter clinic into

low-income neighborhoods, offering owners free

“fixes” for their pets. PHS/SPCA also provides

a free animal behavior help line in English and

Spanish. Call 650-340-7022, ext. 783 or 786.

And domestic abuse victims who wish to leave

their abusive situation but are fearful of doing

so because they have pets can receive temporary

sheltering for their pets through PHS/SPCA. Call

650-340-7022, ext. 330.

Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club

The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered

in April 1988. In the years since that time, the

club has met weekly at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast and

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Shop Redwood City: Now More Than Ever — Shop Redwood City

Check out our Best of the Best selections below — businesses that not only provide excellent service but also

contribute to our community. Shouldn’t you make the commitment to shopping locally? When you are shopping,

dining or enjoying some entertainment, you will benefit because your sales tax dollars stay local and help us all.

Auto Care:

Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway – Redwood General Tire was

founded on the principles of good customer service and quality products at

fair prices. Whether you are looking for a new set of tires or need repair work

on your vehicle, this Redwood City

institution has been providing quality

vehicle services since 1957. They even

have free Wi-Fi Internet hookups so

you can work while you wait for your

vehicle to be serviced.

Eating and Catering:

Angelica’s Bistro – 863 Main St. –

Sit in a cozy alcove and listen to

romantic live music as you enjoy your

meal. Lean at the counter and order a

microbrew beer. Or sit in the garden

among fountains and sculptures

for afternoon tea. Visit www.

angelicasbistro.com for menu and live

entertainment offerings.

Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road –

The Canyon Inn is famous for their

hamburgers, and they also serve pizza,

sandwiches, pastas and South-ofthe-Border

dishes. There’s a Sunday

breakfast buffet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Reserve their closed patio for your

next party — they have heaters, fans

and a big-screen TV, for no additional

charge. They do catering too!”

Little India – 917 Main St. – “There are good restaurants. There are bad

restaurants. There are okay restaurants. Then there are those places, the

magic ones. You come back again and again because the food doesn’t just

taste good and satisfy hunger, but helps heal the heart and soul.” Senior

citizens receive $1 off and children under 12 dine at half price. www.

littleindiacuisine.com.

Financial Institutions:

San Mateo Credit Union – Three Redwood City locations – A memberdriven

organization, SMCU offers services such as free personal auto

shopping assistance, members-only car sales, low-rate home loans and lines

of credit. Contact them at 650-363-1725 or 888-363-1725, or visit a branch for

additional information. Learn the advantages of membership banking.

Legal Services:

Hannig Law Firm – 2991 El Camino Real – Hannig Law Firm LLP

provides transactional and litigation expertise in a variety of areas. The

professionals at HLF are also committed to supporting and participating in

the communities where they live and work.

Personal Improvement:

Every Woman Health Club – 611 Jefferson Ave. – A women-only, bodypositive

fitness center in downtown Redwood City. Services include classes,

weight and cardio equipment, personal training, therapeutic massage and

Business Profile of the Month

Deseo Tequila Lounge and Restaurant – 851 Main St. –

Recent reviewers said, “We went there and it was fabulous! The

food was great, the service was tip-top and the tequila selection

was overwhelming. I have never been to a place that has such a

great selection of tequila: over 800 choices.”

“My friends love the party room we were in, and the DJ was

great. His music selections were enormous. They also have

Happy Hour Monday through Friday, with free appetizers and

discounted drinks. What a great place to unwind after work.”

“My friends were very impressed by their food menu, and I have

to say the burger I had was tasty. They also have 21 big-screen

televisions to view sporting events and more.”

“This place has it all! I am so happy that Redwood City finally has

such an upscale place for watching your favorite sports team,

having a drink with friends or dancing the night away.”

“Let’s all get out and support them!”

skin care. Flexible pricing, with several options available for members and

nonmembers. Visit www.everywomanhealthclub.com or call 650-364-9194.

Re:Juvenate Skin Care – 1100 Laurel St., Suite F, San Carlos – Whether

you are seeing a Re:Juvenate clinician for acne, sun damage, skin

tightening, wrinkle reduction or laser hair removal, the process starts with

a complimentary consultation with

a member of the aesthetic staff. Call

650-631-5700 and mention The

Spectrum Magazine.

Home Improvements:

Lewis Carpet Cleaners –

1-800-23-LEWIS – Founded in 1985,

Lewis Carpet Cleaners has grown

from one small, portable machine

to a company of six employees and

five working vans. The Lewis family

works and lives in Redwood City and

is committed to our community. Ask

about their Spectrum special: Get

100 square feet of carpet cleaned for

absolutely nothing. Call today!

Specialty Businesses:

Bizzarro’s Auto Auction – 2581

Spring St. – Services include auto

auctions, consignment vehicle sales,

appraisal services and even ways

to donate your vehicle to charities.

Increase your fundraising efforts

with a live auction — Bizzarro’s is your one-stop auction team with spotters,

clerks, sample catalogs, bid numbers, etc. Call 650-363-8055 for details on all

of their services.

Castle Insurance – 643 Bair Island Road, #104 – Castle Insurance

is an independent insurance agency representing a carefully selected

group of financially sound, reputable insurance companies. Visit www.

insurancebycastle.com or call 650-364-3664 for a free quote.

Saf Keep Storage – 2480 Middlefield Road – At Saf Keep, you and your

belongings are safe and secure. A friendly and reliable team is ready to assist

you with a variety of storage products and services to suit all your storage

needs. Visit www.safkeepstorage.com to see exactly what products and

services are available.

Michele Glaubert, Realtor at Coldwell Banker – 650-722-1193 – Michelle

doesn’t want to be one of the real estate agents that pass through your life;

she wants to be the only Realtor in your life! “People like my honesty and

my follow-through,” says Michelle. “They know they can count on me and I

absolutely refuse to let them down.” Visit her online at www.glaubert.com.

Schoenstein Physical Therapy – 363A Main St., 650-599-9482 – The

clinical approach of this independent, community-based practice focuses

on thorough physical therapy assessment, specific treatment strategies and

patient education. Individualized treatment programs are designed to help

meet patient goals of restoring function, returning to sport or occupation and

maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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to hear a speaker at the Waterfront Restaurant at

Pete’s Harbor in Redwood City. The club, with

22 members, has frequently been honored as an

outstanding small club by Rotary District 5150,

which includes San Mateo, San Francisco and part

of Marin counties. For more information or to

join, call Brandy Navarro at 650-367-9394.

Rebuilding Together Peninsula

RTP is a Redwood City nonprofit that provides

free home repair and renovations for lowincome

families, seniors and people living with

disabilities throughout the Peninsula. RTP’s

mission is to promote independent living in safety

and warmth through volunteer partnerships

with individuals and groups in the community.

RTP is currently seeking skilled volunteers and

construction captains for its annual National

Rebuilding Day, when thousands of volunteers

and sponsors unite to rehabilitate the homes and

community facilities of our low-income neighbors

and revitalize communities across the Peninsula.

Come see how one day of your time can make a

difference in someone’s life. If you are interested

in volunteering, call 650-366-6597. For more

information, visit rebuildingtogetherpeninsula.org.

Redwood City Art Center

The Redwood City Art Center promotes creativity

and community by providing art education,

exhibitions, studio space for artists and outreach

to the local community and schools. The Art Center

has been involved with several local events,

offering fun, creative art projects for children, and

the center hopes this is just the beginning of their

involvement with the community.

For scheduling or donation, contact artreach@

redwoodcityartcenter.org. For more general

information, visit www.redwoodcityartcenter.org

or call 650-369-1823. Or visit in person at 2625

Broadway, Redwood City.

Redwood City Eagles #418

The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international

nonprofit united in the spirit of liberty, truth,

justice and equality. They support our police,

firefighters and others who protect and serve. The

Eagles have provided support for medical centers

across the country to build and provide research

on medical conditions including heart disease,

cancer, spinal cord injuries, kidney disease, diabetes

and Alzheimer’s disease. They raise millions of dollars

every year to help handicapped kids, uplift the

aged and make life a little brighter for everyone.

They meet on the second Tuesday of each

month at the Eagles Hall, 1575 Marshall St., at 6

p.m. for a social hour and dinner meeting. They

play cards on the third Thursday and would love

to have you join them. For more information,

call President Ryan Herbst at 408-489-6582 or

Secretary David Tomatis at 650-575-3225, or

check out their Web site at www.foe418.org.

Redwood City Education Foundation

The Redwood City Education Foundation is an

all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated

to providing students in the Redwood City

School District with a strong education that lays

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the foundation for future success. They raise

private money to provide enrichment programs

to all students in the district. Their funding is

focused on academic achievement, music and

art, and health and wellness. They are currently

seeking new board members. Board members

are responsible for attending monthly meetings,

chairing board committees, participating

in fundraising and outreach activities, and

promoting RCEF in the community. If you are

interested in the possibility of serving on the

board, please contact Adam Borison at 650-363-

7271 or vp@rcef.org. For more information on

RCEF, check out www.rcef.org.

Redwood City Rotary

Redwood City Rotary performs many service

projects, provides college scholarships and

donates to international relief efforts. The

50-member club meets in a spirit of good

fellowship and fun each Tuesday at 12:15 at the

Sequoia Club, 1695 Broadway, to hear speakers

and plan community benefits, including the

annual July 4 raffle that raises $80,000 for 12

local charities. For more information about joining,

contact President Bob Doss at 650-368-3900.

Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club

This group is small but has a growing

membership. All members either live or work

in our community and share a common goal of

making our city a better place to live. This club

is one of over 44,000 Lions Clubs in 199 nations.

Chartered in 1966, the club has been vigorously

active helping eyesight-impaired youth in our

schools and seniors who are hearing-impaired.

Join them for breakfast! The Lions meet every

Wednesday at Bob’s Court House Coffee Shop,

2198 Broadway, beginning at 7:15 a.m. Call Bill

Gibbons at 650-766-8105 for more details.

Redwood City Women’s Club

Founded in 1909 as a member of the General

Federation of Women’s Clubs and the California

Federation of Women’s Clubs, the Redwood City

Women’s Club will celebrate its centennial in

September. The club meets the first Thursday

of each month, September through June, at the

clubhouse at 149 Clinton St., Redwood City.

Social at 11 a.m., lunch at noon, followed by a

meeting and program. For information, call 650-

363-1266 or visit the group’s Web site at rwcwc.com.

Sequoia High School Alumni Association

The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each

month at the Sequoia District Board Room, 480

James Ave., at 7 p.m. All alumni and friends

of Sequoia are welcome to attend. For more

information call Nancy at 650-592-5822, visit the

Web site at sequoiahsalumniassoc.org or e-mail

sequoiaalumni@earthlink.net.

Sequoia Stamp Club

This club was established in 1947 and invites

community members to visit. The club meets

at the Community Activities Building, 1400

Roosevelt Ave., every second and fourth Tuesday

at 7:45 p.m. There is a program every meeting and

refreshments are served. The dues are only $3

per year. Contact Hank at 650-593-7012, e-mail

sequoiastampclub@yahoo.com or visit the group’s

Web site at www.penpex.org. Sequoia Stamp Club

sponsors a free stamp show at the same location

on the first weekend in December.

Soroptimist International

of South Peninsula

The Soroptimists invite you to become a member

of Soroptmist International, the world’s largest

service organization for business and professional

women, where “improving the lives of women

and children” has been their mission since 1921.

Soroptimists work through service projects to

advance human rights and the status of women

locally and abroad. They meet the second

Thursday of every month. For more information,

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

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

Sustainable San Mateo County

Established in 1992, this local nonprofit

is dedicated to the long-term health of our

county’s environment, economy and social

equity. Programs include an annual report, an

annual awards event with over 450 attendees,

sustainabilityhub.net, green business workshops

and more. If you would like to volunteer, contact

the SSMC office at 650-638-2323 or e-mail

advocate@sustainablesanmateo.org. For more

information, visit www.sustainablesanmateo.org.

Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club

Since October 1956, the Woodside Terrace A.M.

Kiwanis Club has been devoted to community

service in Redwood City. Through the decades,

the club has provided funds to help many worthy

community programs and continues to add more

community projects. The Key Club of Sequoia

High School, sponsored by the Woodside Terrace

A.M. Kiwanis Club, was chartered in 1994 and

has been involved in raising money and donating

time and effort to many programs.

The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club

meets every Tuesday evening 6–7 p.m. at Harry’s

Hofbrau, 1909 El Camino Real (one block north

of Woodside Road). They invite you to come to

their meetings and check out the club’s Web site at

www.wtamkiwanis.org.

Woodside Terrace Optimist Club

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

second and fourth Wednesdays of each month in

the Assisted Living Dining Room at Woodside

Terrace. Guests are welcome. Please call President

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

650-366-1392 for reservations.

Editor’s note: If you are connected with a nonprofit

organization and want your information

printed in The Spectrum, send it to writers@

spectrummagazine.net or The Spectrum Magazine,

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

community know your contributions and maybe

they will want to join you.


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THE BATTLE

FOR THE BAY

CONTINUES

By Judy Buchan, Contributing Writer

“If You Build It …”

Plans for Cargill Site Unveiled

Prologue: Passion Play

Earlier this month, most Redwood City residents

found a surprise in their mailboxes — a mailer

from the Friends of Redwood City group warning

about global warming, flooding and the need to

restore wetlands. Written with the now familiar

passion for the cause, the brochure reminded

residents that the fate of the Cargill wetlands was

“yet to be decided.”

That same intensity was evident when

John Bruno of DMB Associates unveiled his

organization’s site plan for the Cargill salt ponds

to The Spectrum before a public presentation.

The most passionate person about this plan

is me,” Bruno told The Spectrum. “We have

completed three years of community outreach,

with responses from 10,000 residents. It is the

community’s plan.”

Wait Till You Hear My Plan

DMB’s “50/50 balanced plan” proposes a transitoriented

development along with wetlands

restoration on the old salt ponds site. The 1,432-

acre site will include up to 12,000 attached

housing units. Bruno said that the proposed

housing will comprise “four to six product types”

ranging from single family homes to town homes

and apartments. The mixture will include forsale

and rental units. He added that 15 percent of

the housing will be priced below market rate as

defined by the city.

Given that some 40,000 people commute to

Redwood City every day, additional housing

would help meet the regional jobs/housing

imbalance. Bruno cited statistics from the

Association of Bay Area Governments that

show the Peninsula having a shortfall of 240,000

housing units.

Bruno added that homeowners in the

neighborhood who walk to work at nearby firms

may be able to qualify for “location-efficient

mortgages.”

Also included are up to 200 acres of restored

wetlands, nine baseball diamonds, eight full-sized

soccer fields, 10 miles of recreational trails and a

three-mile pedestrian path to be connected to the

San Francisco Bay Trail.

A fire station and five school sites are planned,

along with supporting neighborhood retail. One

million square feet of industrial space is planned

for the portion of the site adjacent to the Port of

Redwood City.

Bruno explained that three outside firms

played critical roles in pulling the plan together.

BioHabitats of Baltimore, Md., has worked

extensively in conservation planning, ecological

restoration and regenerative design. The firm

has directed the revitalization and creation of

thousands of ecosystems throughout the East and

Gulf Coasts and more recently in the western

United States.

Calthorpe Associates has earned international

recognition for urban design, community

planning and regional growth strategies.

Calthorpe has worked in Portland, Salt Lake City,

Austin, the Twin Cities and Los Angeles.

ROMA Design of San Francisco is an urban

design, architecture and landscape architectural

firm that specializes in creating livable waterfront

experiences. ROMA helped with the revitalization

of San Francisco’s Embarcadero district.

Recycled water will be used for irrigation.

The project will also employ green building

technologies such as photovoltaic solar power.

Another benefit of the plan will be much-needed

alleviation of heavy flooding in the East Bayshore

and Friendly Acres neighborhoods. Despite city

engineering efforts in those areas over the years,

flooding can still be a problem. The DMB plan

will help by removing the old levee from the

Cargill site, thus allowing flood waters to drain

directly to the bay rather than backing up in the

Bayfront Canal.

Care was given, Bruno said, to forecasts of sealevel

rise. He assured The Spectrum that the levee

built to protect the community will exceed FEMA

regulations.

The project also proposes to mitigate potential

traffic issues by constructing a frontage road that

will run parallel to Seaport Boulevard, leaving the

existing industrial road for trucks traveling to and

from the port.

Continuing the transit-oriented development

theme, the plan includes ambitious development

of a light-rail system that will link the ferry

terminal proposed for the end of Seaport

Boulevard and the new community on the Cargill

site to the Stanford project, downtown Redwood

City and the Caltrain station.

Bruno told The Spectrum that the formal plans

will be submitted to City Hall this month (plans

were submitted as we went to press). Indications

from City Hall are that the plan will be reviewed

by city staff but that no public process will begin

until the general plan is finished at the end of 2009.

Bruno expected the city review process to

take two years, and the necessary federal and

state permitting process to add another two to

three year before shovels are turned. Should all

approvals fall into place, the seven-neighborhood

project will be built over the next 25 years.

An ambitious project in uncertain financial

times does not concern Bruno. “I believe that

the federal government’s efforts will strengthen

our economy,” he said. “This project makes good

economic sense and should be easily financed.”

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Memories of Measure W

Debate on the Cargill site has percolated for years. Last year, however, the pot boiled over as

Measure W came on the scene. The ballot measure, supported by a number of environmental groups,

would have changed the city charter. Measure V, proposed by the City Council in response, would

have called for a community vote should a project for the site be presented. Both measures failed.

What did John Bruno learn from Measure W?

“Measure W failed by a 63 percent to 37 percent vote,” Bruno said. “The community believes in

their elected officials and the process in place,” he continued. “We have an intelligent electorate.

Measure W was ill-conceived and poorly written.

The community rejected the tyranny of minority rule, of one-third of the population dictating the

rest of the community,” Bruno said.

And the new Friends of Redwood City brochure? “It’s typical of what we would expect,” Bruno

said. “Nothing but scare tactics.”

To the Friends and others who favor wetlands restoration for the site, Bruno cited a wetlands restoration

project in the South Bay that is slated to cost $1.4 billion. Proponents of restoration also need to

remember a salient part of the discussion: “Besides, it’s [the Cargill site] private land,” Bruno added.

“I believe that the

federal government’s

efforts will strengthen

our economy,” Bruno

said. “This project

makes good economic

sense and should be

easily financed.”

Top of the First Inning

So it’s the top of the first inning, and the Friends

of Redwood City pitched their first strike. DMB

has responded with a line drive base hit. What

happens now? A lengthy game, with lots of

promised community outreach, probably lots of

meetings and probably lots of mailers clogging

our mailboxes. That’s okay … that’s just the cost

of freedom.

Ralph Nobles, founder of Friends of Redwood

City, is ready for the project to jump through

the necessary hoops and said, “I’m glad to see it

finally getting started.

Bruno is ready for the long permitting process

as well and joked, “I’ll be a senior by the time this

is all built out.”

Get ready for quite a ball game.

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ANNouNCiNg The

50/50 BAlANCed PlAN

Three years ago the DMB

Saltworks team began

asking Redwood City

residents for their ideas

for future use of the more

than 1,400 acre industrial

Saltworks site.

More than 10,000 Redwood

City residents responded.

About 20 percent wanted the

site converted into an “open

space only” use. About 80

percent preferred a broad

mixture of uses, including:

sports parks, public access to Recent photo of the Saltworks site.

the Bay, housing for working families, restored habitat, open

space, transit facilities, and other uses.

The 50/50 Balanced Plan

The 50/50 Balanced Plan (see illustrative map above) responds

to the input of local residents.

It dedicates 50 percent of the site to permanent open space,

public recreation and tidal marsh restoration. It includes a

50+ acre sports park, more than ten miles of Bayside biking

and hiking trails, water recreation, interpretive exhibits, and

hundreds of acres of restored habitat.

The remaining 50 percent includes a Transit Oriented

Community with 8,000 to 12,000 homes built over the

next quarter of a century. It includes many transportation

and transit improvements such as a vision for a transit loop

connecting the Saltworks site, Downtown, the CalTrain

station, and the proposed ferry terminal.

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This map of the Saltworks site provides an overview of the 50/50 Balanced Plan.

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The 50/50 Balanced Plan will pay for itself and generate

millions of surplus revenues for the City every year.

The DMB Saltworks team would love to hear your comments

and questions about the 50/50 Balanced Plan. You can also

learn more about the plan by going to www.RCSaltworks.com

or calling us at (650) 366-0500.

Next: City Sponsored Public Review and Study

The City will begin its own studies and public hearings on the

50/50 Balanced Plan in the near future. We encourage you to

actively participate in this public review process.

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TomoRRow

Redwood City

Saltworks

1700 Seaport Blvd., Suite 200 | Redwood City, CA 94063

650.366.0500 | info@RCSaltworks.com | www.RCSaltworks.com

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Habitat for Humanity Dedicates 8 Homes on Lincoln Ave.

Assemblyman Ira Ruskin greets the new homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity Greater San

Francisco dedicated eight new homes

in Redwood City as part of Affordable

Housing Week in San Mateo County,

May 10–16. The homeowners who

received the keys to their new Habitat

homes are working families who have

been unable to afford homeownership

in the local market. This marked the

third major development and more

than 50 affordable homes built in

Redwood City.

While housing affordability has increased

somewhat due to the recent housing downturn,

Habitat Greater San Francisco’s service area —

San Mateo County, San Francisco and Marin

— continues to be the most expensive in the

state, where the median home price for an entrylevel

home still requires a minimum income of

more than $100,000. Families with low incomes,

including many local teachers, construction

workers, day-care providers and others, typically

make much less than that, underscoring the

substantial need here for more affordable housing.

Habitat continues to meet this need, with seven

homes currently under construction and many

more in the pre-development stage.

The dedication was held on Saturday, May

16, at 136 Lincoln Ave. in Redwood City. The

event featured speakers Ira Ruskin, California

Assembly member representing District 21, and

Rosanne Foust, mayor of Redwood City.

Affordable ownership housing helps retain

diversity in communities and allows working

families to live near their jobs and contribute

to their communities. For Lincoln Avenue

homeowner Maria, her new home solidifies her

family’s place in the community.

“I feel blessed that we are going to be able to

have our own home and plant our roots,” said

Maria. “I will be able to rest assured that my

children will have the chance to grow up in a

secure home, never having the fear of being

uprooted by life’s circumstances of being a renter.

Finally, stability and safety.”

The Lincoln Avenue development was built on

land donated by Redwood City’s Redevelopment

Agency and brings the total number of homes

built by Habitat in the city to 51. Habitat Greater

San Francisco and Redwood City’s partnership

to provide affordable ownership housing began

in the late 1990s and paved the way for previous

developments on Rolison Road and Hope Court.

The Lincoln Avenue development includes

seven three-bedroom townhomes and one twobedroom,

wheelchair-accessible townhome, all

with two-car garages. The development was

built using “green” building practices, including

solar photo voltaic panels installed on the roofs

to produce clean energy that will help save each

family approximately $500 a year in energy costs.

The solar paneling is provided through a grant

from PG&E’s Solar Habitat Program, representing

an investment of about $15,000 per Habitat home.

The development is also transit-oriented, with

close proximity to the Sequoia Caltrain station

and bus routes.

Habitat provides a hand up, not a handout,

for families in desperate need of improved

living conditions. Habitat homeowners invest

500 hours of “sweat equity” to help build

their own homes as well as additional time for

homeownership training on topics such as home

repair, maintenance and financial literacy. Houses

are sold to partner families at no profit and are

financed with affordable, zero-interest mortgages.

The families selected for the Lincoln Avenue

development all currently reside in Redwood

City, meet Habitat’s income guidelines, have good

credit and are able to make monthly mortgage

payments.

“Our family has been waiting for this moment

for a long time,” said new homeowner Nabil.

“Since we arrived in Redwood City, it was our

dream to have a home here. We have our jobs

here, and our relatives and friends. But it was

impossible to own a home in this area with our

income, even with special programs for first-time

home buyers.”

Construction on the Lincoln Avenue

development started in February 2008 with the

help of more than 3,500 volunteers working

alongside the partner families and providing

more than 90 percent of the labor needed to build

each home — a total of nearly 50,000 volunteer

hours. Habitat relied heavily on grants and

charitable giving from individuals, businesses,

civic organizations, faith groups and private

foundations to make the development possible,

including sponsors such as Coldwell Banker

Residential Community Foundation, Abbott

Fund, Amgen Foundation, Wells Fargo, Lockheed

Martin Employees Foundation, Oracle and PG&E.

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News Briefs

Auto Dealership Manager to Prison

for Embezzlement

A former general manager at a Redwood City car

dealership who took $835,000 by writing himself

unauthorized checks to spend on gambling was

sentenced to four years prison.

Cesar Emilio Caceres, 33, will also be ordered

to pay restitution at a hearing June 16.

Caceres took the money from Putnum Lexus

over a span of approximately eight months

beginning last June, said a spokesperson for the

district attorney’s office.

Caceres had the office manager cut checks

from business accounts by saying they were

authorized by two of the three necessary people,

the spokesperson said.

The loss was reportedly discovered by the

owner while reviewing the auto dealership’s

books. The money was used by Caceres for

gambling, said the spokesperson, although he did

not know what type. It is not apparent whether

any rehabilitation program or services were

offered to Caceres.

Redwood City police arrested Caceres Feb.

26. On April 2, he pleaded no contest to felony

embezzlement and admitted an allegation of theft

of more than $200,000.

Caceres must serve 50 percent of his sentence

before being eligible for parole. He receives credit

for 116 days against the term.

Man Accused of Fighting Officers

Charged

The Redwood City man who injured two police

officers during a brawl after his mother called

for help appeared in court on a slew of charges,

including allegations he was under the influence

of drugs at the time of the altercation.

David Torres, 30, pleaded not guilty to one count

of resisting an officer resulting in serious great bodily

injury, four counts of obstructing an officer in the

performance of their duty and one misdemeanor

count of being under the influence of drugs.

Judge Don Franchi set Torres’ bail at $100,000 and

ordered him back for a preliminary hearing May 26.

Torres was arrested and hospitalized after

confronting officers called to the 400 block

of Buckeye Street by his mother. The woman

reportedly called 911 for an ambulance to

transport her son to the hospital.

Police encountered Torres, listed as 6 feet 5

inches and 270 pounds, and became involved in

a full-out brawl in which a female officer was

thrown to the ground and hit her head and another

officer sustained a hand injury.

Officers got Torres in a wrap device used to restrain

combative suspects, but he broke through it, said a

spokesperson for the district attorney’s office.

The use of pepper spray and a baton were

similarly not effective, he said.

At one point Torres reportedly grew tired

and lost consciousness, at which time he was

transferred to Stanford Medical Center.

At the hospital, Torres tested positive for

methamphetamine and cocaine.

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At the time of the incident, police told the Daily

Journal Torres had prior brain damage due to a

motorcycle crash.

Torres also has a prior criminal history,

including multiple charges of domestic violence,

driving while under the influence and drug

possession, according to Chief Deputy District

Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Acquitted, But Man Must Pay

Restitution

A man who pleaded no contest to assault with a

deadly weapon after his murder trial in San Mateo

County Superior Court resulted in a hung jury

was ordered to pay restitution to the victim’s family.

Samuel Blackmon, 46, was released from jail

in early April following Judge Mark Forcum’s

declaration of a mistrial. Blackmon was accused

of fatally shooting his lover’s husband, Jeffrey

Henderson, on July 6, 2006.

Instead of holding a second trial, prosecutor

Al Giannini and defense attorney Lisa Maguire

struck a plea deal.

On April 1, Blackmon pleaded no contest to

assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced

to two years in prison. With credit for time served

since his arrest in 2007, he was released from jail

that week and placed on parole for four years.

According to Giannini, the trial was based

largely on circumstantial evidence.

Cell phone records tied Blackmon to the area of

the murder in Redwood City when Henderson was

killed, but Blackmon insisted he was in the East

Bay at the time of the shooting, Giannini said.

Blackmon appeared in court dressed in a gray

suit and listened as Judge Forcum told him he

would have to pay restitution of $7,894 to the

State Board of Equalization.

Blackmon was also ordered to pay restitution to

Beatriz Buttler, the woman caught in the bizarre

love triangle, and Joyce Henderson McCloud,

sister of Henderson, in amounts to be determined,

according to a spokesperson for the district

attorney’s office.

Blackmon declined to comment outside the

courtroom.

Couple Take Deal in Auto Body

Fraud Case

The auto body repair shop owners accused of

defrauding car owners and insurance companies

by faking rodent damage with painted dead mice

and droppings could both serve time and pay back

more than $1 million under plea deals reached.

Bita Imani, 35, and her husband, Mehran

Baranriz, 45, owned and ran Group Specialists, a

Redwood City–based Mercedes and BMW auto

service and repair business. Three days into a

preliminary hearing for both, each settled their

cases and agreed to pay full restitution even in the

charges that were dismissed. The amount could

total more than $1 million, said a spokesperson

for the district attorney’s office.

Imani pleaded no contest to tax fraud in return

for no prison and up to a year in jail. Baranriz

pleaded no contest to 10 counts of felony insurance

fraud in return for no more than six years prison.

Both had been charged with 56 counts of

presenting fraudulent claims and five counts of

grand theft by false pretenses.

They return to court Aug. 18 for sentencing.

According to the prosecution, the couple used

dead rodents and droppings to convince customers

they needed $1.2 million in fraudulent repair

between January 2003 and March 2007. The fraud

was uncovered by a State Farm Insurance audit to

determine the statewide average cost of rodent damage.

Baranriz remains in custody in lieu of $1.5

million bail while Imani is out of custody on a

$750,000 bail bond.

Police Arrest Patient

for Leaving Hospital

A 60-year-old tuberculosis patient quarantined

at a Redwood City hospital was arrested for

repeatedly violating a public health order not to

leave while he remained contagious, according to

the district attorney’s office.

Charles Dvorak, 60, of San Mateo, was

admitted to Kaiser Medical Center April 27

and diagnosed with contagious tuberculosis. He

was immediately quarantined in a room with

a specialized air filtration system, but he kept

turning off the equipment and leaving, said Chief

Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

On May 6, the Health Department issued a

formal quarantine order and warned Dvorak that

violating it was a misdemeanor, Wagstaffe said.

However, in the next three days he reportedly

left the room eight to 10 times. On May 8, the

district attorney’s office received a $100,000 arrest

warrant and Dvorak was transported from the hospital

to the Maguire Correctional Facility, where he

was placed in a negative-pressure isolation room.

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that

attacks the lungs and can prove deadly. It is

spread through the air when infected patients

cough, sneeze or spit.

Dvorak was arraigned but did not appear in

court because of his medical state. The court

appointed a private defender and ordered him

back May 14.

Health Department spokeswoman Doris

Estrema did not return a call for comment about

Dvorak’s case and the county quarantine policy.

Wagstaffe said this is the first time he can recall

prosecuting such a case.

The reason for Dvorak’s initial hospitalization

was not released, but prosecutors have deemed

him a “chronic alcoholic” and say he has at least

75 drunk-in-public cases dating back to 1987.

Pedestrian Struck, Killed

A 35-year-old man who was walking on Highway

101 in Redwood City died after he was hit by a

Mazda driven by a San Mateo woman, according

to the California Highway Patrol.

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As I Was Saying…Continued from p6

Gee lives in Redwood Shores with his wife, Judie, and their two children.

He is a vice president at Swinerton Management & Consulting, leading the

Education Division. The focus of his division is to provide program, project

and construction management services to universities, colleges and schools.

His father was the founding district engineer for SamTrans, and his uncle was

Redwood City’s traffic engineer for nearly 25 years.

He has quite an impressive record of civic and private-sector volunteerism,

which includes serving as past president of the Redwood City–San Mateo

County Chamber of Commerce and the Redwood Shores Community

Association, and serving as a member of the Redwood City Recycled Water

Task Force and the Architectural Review Committee.

Among Gee’s campaign issues will be (1) the impact the proposed Stanford

University facility will have on our neighborhoods, streets and roads, (2)

working with Caltrans to “re-vision” Woodside Road and (3) the Cargill

development. He also feels that Redwood City has done more than its fair

share in housing jails and that the proposed new one should be outside of our

city limits.

Gee has not formally announced his list of endorsements but they will

include those who attended the kick-off event (listed above) as well as strong

support from the Redwood Shores and business community. To date, there are

a total of seven candidates for the November 2009 election.

.…

Now that City Council candidates are starting to buy paraphernalia, a few of

them have gotten buttons and supporters have started wearing them around

town. After one candidate saw Gee’s button and noticed it was bigger than

their campaign’s, the candidate exclaimed, “I have button envy.” Two weeks

later, you guessed it, bigger buttons. I think this is going to be a fun campaign.

.…

After hearing several comments from people about my “fries” at City Pub,

I began to wonder what they were talking about. Everyone who knows me

knows I have a serious weakness for the fries there and have been known to

order just that (maybe two portions) for a meal. But I did not know why, all

of a sudden, people were commenting on it. Well, one day I was sitting there

having lunch with a few friends, and owner Paul Dazey came up to me and

asked how I liked the new menu. To tell the truth, I have the menu memorized,

so I usually just skim it to see what might catch my eye and then usually order

the same thing. After we all looked it over, one of us noticed at the top of the

menu: Penna’s Fries at $4.45 (I like the rhyme). Well, I felt like I had won the

lottery. What a compliment! Time to celebrate! We will order two!

.…

Can you imagine if my cardiologist eats there? “I wonder if that is the same

Penna?”

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News Briefs: Continued from page 30

Maria Barraza was driving northbound on Highway 101 north of state

Highway 84 when Rene Linares crossed over the southbound lanes of

Highway 101 and crossed the center divider wall into the center median, the

CHP reported.

After several moments, Linares attempted to cross the northbound lanes of

traffic. Barraza’s 1995 Mazda hit Linares and his body was propelled to the

right shoulder of northbound Highway 101. Barraza then reportedly pulled over.

Linares succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Barraza, 28, was

transported to an area hospital as a precautionary measure.

The CHP temporarily closed the No. 5 lane of northbound Highway 101

following the fatal collision.

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Finance: Investment Ideas for Newlyweds

By David Amann, Special to The Spectrum

June is a popular month for weddings. If you’re

getting married this month, you have a lot to think

about. But after the wedding — well, you’ll have

even more to think about. And one of those topics

should be your investment strategy. In these days

of economic uncertainty, it’s important that you

and your spouse make investment decisions today

that will help you reach your long-term goals.

Of course, the investment process can seem

confusing for just one person, so you might think

it will be twice as difficult for the two of you.

But that’s not necessarily so. You can launch

an investment strategy that can serve you well

throughout your lives together by following these

few basic steps:

Identify your goals. When you start out,

you may have short-term goals, such as saving

enough for a down payment on a house. As you

move through the years, your goals will become

longer-term in nature. For example, if you have

children, you might set a goal of helping them pay

for college. And you will need to establish a goal

of saving for retirement. Your first step toward

achieving all these goals is identifying them.

Commit to regular investing. When

you begin your careers, you and your spouse may

not have a lot of disposable income, but you still

need to commit yourselves to putting aside some

money each month — even if it’s only a small

amount — for investment purposes. If you each

have an employer-sponsored retirement plan, such

as a 401(k) plan, contribute as much as you can afford.

Reconcile your investment styles.

You and your spouse may have different orientations

toward investing. By nature, you might be an

aggressive investor and your spouse more conservative,

or vice versa. This divergence does not have to

be a problem, but you should communicate your

preferences clearly to each other when choosing

investments together. If you and your spouse

each compromise a bit, you can come up with a

joint portfolio that works for both of you. At the

same time, when you each have an account, such

as a 401(k), you may not want them to look alike

by containing duplicate investments. Instead,

consider building portfolios that complement each

other and that can help fill in any gaps that exist

in your joint investment strategy.

Be co-managers. You probably know

many married couples in which one spouse

handles all the finances and investments. This

isn’t necessarily a good model to follow. You and

your spouse will benefit if you both are familiar

with your investment situation and capable of

making decisions. Nobody knows what the

future will hold, and if one spouse suddenly finds

himself or herself in charge of the family finances

with no preparation, it can lead to troubles.

By following these suggestions, you can make

long-term investing a rewarding part of your

marriage. And the sooner you get started, the

greater those rewards can be.

Editor’s note: This article was written by David

Amman of Edward Jones for use by The Spectrum

Magazine.

Senior Activities

The Veterans Memorial Senior Center,

1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City, is

providing the following activities that are

open to the public during the month of June.

Friday Movies for Everyone

Every Friday, 1:15 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

Come to the VMSC in June for a free featured

movie in our state-of-the-art movie theater!

June 5: “Frost/Nixon”

June 12: “Last Chance Harvey”

June 19: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

June 26: “Valkyrie”

Okinawan Long Life and How It’s

Achieved

Thursday, June 4, 1–2 p.m., free

Goldstar Room

Arthur Michaelson will lead a discussion of

the Okinawan lifestyle, including Karatedo

Doshinkan, the ancient martial art that is

practiced there. Arthur is one of the world’s

foremost and most accomplished teachers of this

style of noncompetitive martial art.

Living and Coping With Vision Loss

Thursday, June 18, 1–2 p.m., free

Sunset Room

Representing Vista Center for the blind and

visually impaired, Ms. McGrath will inform

us about the opportunities, some very new and

cutting-edge, for people with vision problems.

She will also tell us about the Vista Center and

the wonderful work they do.

Senior Center Chevy’s Fundraiser

Thursday, June 18, all day

Chevy’s in Redwood City

Enjoy a delicious meal and help support the

VMSC. Chevy’s will donate 25 percent of the

proceeds from your meal on June 18 to our

program! To get credit for your meals, make sure

you present our fundraising flier to the server.

The server will attach it to the receipt and give it

to the manager. At the end of the event, Chevy’s

will count the receipts and figure the amount of

the donation. It’s that easy! Eat well and support a

wonderful cause. To obtain additional fundraising

fliers, please contact Christina at 650-780-7343 or

pick some up throughout the lobby of the VMSC.

Father’s Day Tribute Lunch

Friday, June 19, 12–2 p.m., $10 per person

Redwood Room

Join the Veterans Memorial Senior Center as we

pay tribute to the men in our lives. Fathers, sons,

daughters, grandsons and granddaughters are

encouraged to join us for this special luncheon.

All fathers will receive a special gift. Individuals

are also encouraged to send us photos and stories

of their fathers for a special display in the VMSC

lobby. Please call 650-780-7259 for your lunch

reservations.

New Member/Volunteer Orientation

Thursday, June 25, 7–8:15 p.m., free

Sunset Room

All new and “old” patrons and volunteers are

welcome to join us for a discussion of all our

Center has to offer, a tour of the campus and

refreshments. You will have an opportunity to

speak with staff, board members and chairs of

some of our clubs, as well as get your questions

answered. There is no charge for this event.

Fourth of July Dog Days of Summer

Celebration

Thursday, July 2, 12–2 p.m.

Bring your lawn chairs, flags and dogs for

this patriotic outdoor celebration. Games for

people and dogs will be provided and a hot

dog/hamburger BBQ will be served on the

grass of the VMSC. This will be a pet-friendly

celebration, so bring those pooches and they will

receive a special gift. Optional indoor dining

will also be provided; however, dogs cannot be

accommodated within the Senior Center. Cost: $8

per human. Dogs free!

To learn more about the Veterans Memorial

Senior Center, call 650-780-7270. Redwood City

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Department provides recreational facilities and

activities for all ages and interests, and supplies

building and custodial services for city buildings.

Redwood City Parks also operates the Veterans

Memorial Senior Center and the Fair Oaks

Community Center, providing social, educational

and cultural activities, as well as information,

referral and counseling services to persons living

in Redwood City and neighboring communities.

Redwood City Parks is more than you think! Its

Web site is located at www.redwoodcity.org/parks.

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A Minute With: Shelly Masur

Shelly Masur was born in North Adams, Mass. After frequent family moves to several states,

she graduated from high school in St. Louis, Mo., and from Macalester College in St. Paul,

Minn. After college she moved to Seattle and worked for an insurance company, which

relocated her to Los Angeles and then to New York City, where she met her husband, Josh.

She attended graduate school at Hunter College in New York, where she achieved her

master’s in public health. She and Josh moved to California 10 years ago and to Redwood City

in 2004. They have three children: Julia, Jacob and Knoll.

Shelly is the director of community youth development programs for the John W. Gardner

Center at Stanford. She is also a member of the Redwood City School District board of

trustees, appointed in 2005. Her term expires in 2011. Her current school assignments are

Adelante, Hoover and John Gill.

Shelly also serves on the Sequoia Hospital Community Advisory Council and the Bay Area

Partnership Board, and she is the new president of the San Mateo County School Boards Association.

What do you consider the main responsibility of

a school trustee?

Providing direction and support to the

superintendent and district.

The state of our local schools is?

Interesting.

Measure E should pass because?

Our kids deserve it.

Which living person do you most admire?

Barack Obama.

What is your most treasured possession?

My family.

What talent would you most like to have?

Would like to be a good dancer.

Something few know about you?

I lived a good part of my childhood in Alaska.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Actually.

What is your greatest regret?

I don’t have a greatest regret just yet.

What is your motto?

Commitment to serving my community — don’t

know if it is a motto.

Why do you get up in the morning?

Because the alarm goes off.

In 100 years what will you be remembered for?

Hope I will be remembered for doing good things

for kids.

Anyone you got on your mind?

All of my Measure E volunteers.

Memorable moment?

Day appointed to school board.

First word that comes to mind?

Computer.

What or who is the love of your life?

My family.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A great day is a day that I get to go skiing.

You currently feel?

Happy.

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