Michelle Griffith - The Spectrum Magazine


Michelle Griffith - The Spectrum Magazine

Giving the Gift of Education

Michelle Griffith

and Sharing a Hug or Two

Also in This Issue:

Election wrap-up, our next

mayor and scolding in

“As I Was Saying…”

A “Spice Girl” that makes us

feel safe?

The clock is back!

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The Spectrum.DEC.2009

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher


Anne Callery

Copy Editor


Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer


Michael Erler

Contributing Writer


Nicole Minieri

Contributing Writer


James Massey

Graphic Designer

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography


Valerie Harris

Internet Maintenance

Contact Information:

Phone 650-368-2434

E-mail addresses listed above


Welcome to the December edition of The Spectrum Magazine, our last issue for 2009. We have some

great stories and features to close out the year and move you into 2010.

Our cover story this month is on a “local girl” who has risen through the ranks of the Redwood City

School District and has made a phenomenal impact on the community at and around Taft School.

Contributing writer Judy Buchan brings you the story of Michelle Griffith and her professional

accomplishments. We hope you will enjoy reading about Griffith’s “can do” attitude.

In “As I Was Saying…” publisher Steve Penna discusses the recent elections, scolds the community

for not voting and predicts who our next mayor will be. He also brags a little about the accuracy of his

election predictions.

We have extremely community-oriented small businesses in our city, and Saf Keep Storage is an

example of that. Read about manager Cheryl Angeles and her staff, who are involved and take the

opportunity to improve our community while providing needed services that their clients can depend on

and trust.

You will also find our regular features on community interests, senior activities, financial advice,

information from the Redwood City School District, parties around town, news briefs, community

cultural events and the popular feature “A Minute With.”

Along with all that, we also have stories on the repair and relighting of the Broadway clock, the great

season Sequoia High School’s football team had, and our community Veterans Day celebration.

Now more than ever, we encourage you to support our valuable advertisers by using their services when

you are out shopping, dining or enjoying yourself with friends and family. Many of them have special

offers for you to cut out and present, including discounts on services, food and beverages, so please

take the time to look over their ads this month and use their coupons and discounts. And when you visit

our advertisers’ businesses, them let them know you appreciate their support for our local community


All of us at The Spectrum Magazine wish you the happiest of holidays and are sincerely grateful to you

for making us the most-read and most widely distributed Redwood City publication!


This Month’s Photo Shoot – 4

RCSD Corner – 5

“As I Was Saying...” – 6

Sequioa Ends Historic Season

With a Win Over Scots – 7

Saf Keep Storage Has Some Spice – 9

The People Speak: Letters to the Editor – 11

Cultural Events – 12

Community Interest – 13

Shop Redwood City – 14

Redwood City’s “Can Do” Leader:

Michelle Griffith of Taft School – 16

Lit and Accurate: The Broadway Clock

Is Telling Time Again – 23

New U.S. Citizens Sworn In at Veterans

Day Ceremony – 24

News Briefs – 27

Finance: Changing “Seasons” of Life May Require

Changes in Investment Strategy – 29

Senior Activities – 29

A Minute With Cherlene Wright – 30

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Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot

This month’s cover shoot was arranged by e-mail. Publisher Steve Penna

and our cover subject, Taft School Principal Michelle Griffith, decided that

Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 10:30 a.m. on the Taft School campus would be the best

time for all.

Penna arrived first, followed by James Kaspar, who is our cover story

photographer. The two ran into Griffith in the hallway as she was speaking

with a parent and child. Penna and Griffith have known each other for several

years and quickly exchanged hugs as he introduced her to Kaspar. They then

went to Griffith’s office for the initial photos to be taken.

Griffith is an easy subject to photograph. She is photogenic, natural in her

environment and very cooperative when asked to adapt to different situations

and poses. The three talked throughout the shot and shared a few laughs as

she and Penna caught up on “who’s doing what.”

After the office shots, they all went into one of the classrooms, where

Griffith is most comfortable, around students and teachers. The cover shot

was taken there as the students rushed to give Griffith a welcoming hug.

The last shots were taken in the newly constructed outside garden. There

had been plans to photograph her in the teachers’ lounge area, but Griffith

was called away to assist a student who had a seizure. It was apparent she had

the situation under control, as firefighters and medical help soon arrived.

The entire shoot took about one hour.

In 2002, only 6.8 percent of Taft School students were at the advanced or

proficient level in English language arts. In 2009, 47.6 percent were at the

advanced or proficient level. Similarly, in 2002, 14.2 percent of students were

at the advanced or proficient level in math. In 2009, 66.6 percent of students

were at that level.

A school can achieve accomplishments like those only by working as

a team. Every team has its leader and Griffith has proven that she is a

dedicated, competent and successful one.

Knowing that Griffith is a product of the public school system and a

Redwood City native, The Spectrum salutes her. We also salute the Taft

faculty, students, parents and community for setting their standards high and

meeting them. Our community can be proud of all of them.


RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District

School Families Team Up With Second Harvest to Distribute Healthy Foods

Volunteer at Taft Community School distributes sweet

potatoes delivered by Second Harvest’s monthly

Produce Mobile.

During these tough economic times, many

families whose children attend Redwood City

schools struggle to keep nutritious food on the

table. Families at several local schools have

teamed up with Second Harvest Food Bank to

provide their friends and neighbors with a source

of fresh fruits and vegetables once a month.

Second Harvest sends a Produce Mobile once a

month to Hoover School, Kennedy Middle School

and Taft Community School filled with tons of

potatoes, onions, carrots and other seasonal fruits

and vegetables, and it is up to parent volunteers to

set up tables, unload the truck, hand out the food

and clean up afterwards. By one estimate, more

than 13,000 pounds of healthy food and drinks are

distributed each month at Hoover, Kennedy and Taft.

Families typically receive seven to nine items

such as potatoes, onions, carrots, sweet potatoes,

cabbage, pears and apples. The items vary depending

on what produce is in season. On a recent

distribution day at Taft, a line snaked around the

multiuse building, where the food is distributed,

with families waiting to receive produce.

Each school has a core of faithful volunteers

who show up every month to make sure the

produce gets to families who need it. The

produce distribution is coordinated by each

school’s Family Center, and about a dozen parent

volunteers are needed to make the event happen.

At each of the three schools participants report

that the Second Harvest produce distribution has

not only helped families who need nutritious food,

it has been a community builder.

The Produce Mobile does more than provide

fruits and vegetables to households all over

the county,” said Angelica Resendez, family

engagement specialist at Hoover. “The produce

distribution has strengthened our families, our

school, our community and our relationships

with one another. It provides us with a sense of

community that these days can be very hard to find.”

Volunteers at the recent Taft event handed out

smiles and warm greetings, along with produce.

“It makes me so happy to help,” said volunteer

Luz Ramirez, who works during the day at Taft as

a yard duty attendant and volunteers at the produce

distribution to make sure her students have food

on the table. “I love to see the kids, especially the

little ones, getting good food, but it makes me sad

when there is not enough for everyone.”

Any family in the community, even those

who do not attend Hoover, Kennedy or Taft, can

sign up to receive food from the Produce Mobile

by stopping by the school’s Family Center at

least three days before the event to see if they

are eligible to sign up to receive produce. The

Produce Mobile is staggered so that produce is

available the second week of the month at Taft,

the third week of the month at Kennedy and the

fourth week of the month at Hoover. A family

can sign up for all three schools, though many

families walk to the event, so it is not possible to

participate in all three.

The Produce Mobile was started in 2006 as a

way to get healthy foods out to folks who might

not otherwise have access to them,” said Mark

Kokoletsos of Second Harvest Food Bank. “We

are very lucky to have coordinators at the schools

to make sure school families get food. We also

want to encourage families to call 1-800-984-3663

if they need to find other sources for assistance

with food.”

To sign up to participate in the Produce Mobile,

please call one the three family centers: Hoover

650-482-5925, Kennedy 650-569-3864 or Taft


Important Notice for Redwood City Library Customers:

The Downtown Redwood City Library will be

Temporarily Closed for Major Improvements

from November 30, 2009 – January 3, 2010

We’re sorry for the temporary inconvenience while we install

NEW energy-efficient heating & air conditioning and build a NEW

teen center, THREE NEW study rooms, an EXPANDED Project

READ literacy center, and an UPGRADED technology lab.

• You MAY return books to the drop box

at this library.

• Library materials from this location

can still be reserved ONLINE

• Any materials you have on “HOLD”

from this location can be picked up at

the Schaberg Branch.

Please visit your three branch libraries in

Redwood City:

• Schaberg - 2140 Euclid Ave.

• Fair Oaks - 2510 Middlefield Rd.

• Redwood Shores - 399 Marine Pkwy.

More information: www.redwoodcity.org/library The Downtown Library is located at 1044 Middlefield Rd.

As I Was


Publisher | Steve Penna

There was an election last month in Redwood

City. Where were you? There was a total of

17 candidates in different races that voters in

Redwood City could have elected. Did you care

that they worked their hearts out to gain your

vote? Do you have kids? Did you not think it was

important enough to vote for those candidates

who would balance a budget and secure funds

to educate them? You disappointed the School

District earlier this year too, when you failed to

go vote when they needed you to help them pass a

parcel tax to help educate our children.

Do you live near Finger Avenue? Kentfield

Avenue? Costco? The salt flats? Area H? Even

though you are affected by those who are elected

to our City Council, you stayed home on Election

Day, didn’t you? Did you have something better to

do? I know we are all busy, have careers, families

and responsibilities, and want to enjoy life, but

to not take the 10 minutes to either fill out an

absentee ballot that is mailed to your home or go

to the polls? I don’t understand it on any level.

Were the candidates boring? All status quo? No

issues that interested you? Think that our leaders

are doing a great job? That your voice does not

matter because the same people always win? Just

don’t care in general about the political process?

There are 277,759 registered voters in San

Mateo County. Of those, only 77,340 voted.

That is 27.84 percent. The top vote-getter in the

Redwood City City Council race got only 5,077

votes. There are 36,300 registered voters in

Redwood City. So I am estimating that about 19

percent of those who can vote bothered to do so.

How pathetic is that!

Do you not realize that most decisions that

affect your direct quality of life are made by local

elected officials? That they want you to go to the

polls? Want your input? Better yet, if you don’t

care what they want, go vote and let them know.

But I guess you are just too complacent. You’ve

become too accustomed to having the freedom to

actually have your voice heard.

The next time you are watching television

or reading a newspaper and say “those sons-abitches,”

remember where you were on Election

Day. Then maybe next time you will make an

effort to have “those” hear your voice instead of a

widescreen or paper.


As you know, each election I make predictions

on the outcome. This season I did really well and

was off only on the High School District race. So

what were the results? In the Redwood City City

Council race I predicted that Jeff Ira and John


Seybert would be elected and they were. I did

not predict the outcome of the final seat but was

accurate in my analysis of how Jeff Gee could

and did get elected. The total tallies in the race

as we went to press were Ira 5,077 votes, Gee

4,644, Seybert 3,724, Janet Borgens 2,867 and

Cherlene Wright 2,542.

I was correct in predicting that Measure X

(Library Board) would pass. Yes had 4,353 votes

and No 2,966. Measure Y would have increased

the rates of the business tax for three consecutive

years. I predicted — though many laughed — it

would not pass. And it did not. Yes had 3,415

votes and No 4,049.

In the Sequoia Union High School District race,

I predicted that the winners should have been Virginia

Chang Kiraly and Alan Sarver. Sarver won but

Chang Kiraly did not. Chris Thomsen had 10,872

votes, Sarver 9,719 and Chang Kiraly 8,085.

In the Redwood City School District race, two

seats were up for grabs, with current President

Maria Diaz-Slocum and appointed Trustee

Hilary Paulson on the ballot, running for reelection.

Parent and local business owner Lea

Cuniberti-Duran and Jack Hickey also ran. I

was correct in predicting that Paulson and Diaz-

Slocum would win. Paulson had 5,037 votes,

Diaz-Slocum 4,658, Hickey 2,919 and Cuniberti-

Duran 2,696.

So what does this all mean? First of all, the

status quo in Redwood City is still in control. With

the majority of current and former elected city

and county officials supporting and financially

contributing to the winners, it is apparent the

course our community is on will proceed full

speed ahead.

Second, voters sent a strong message to our

City Council and City Manager Peter Ingram

that solving the current and future budget crises

will have to be done by them and not by taxing

the business community or anyone else. There is

a feeling in our community that it is time for our

council to look out for the best interests of the

taxpayers, the ones who elect them, and make sure

that any cuts needed are not made in services to

our community.

Having stated that, it is apparent that voters have

faith in the direction our council is leading us and

are confident that they will be able to make the

decisions that will keep out streets safe, services

intact and budgets stable through the next couple

of hard years. Congratulations to all the winners

and those who challenged them.


Now, who will be our next mayor? Ready for

another prediction? Those on the current council

who want it badly appear to be Barbara Pierce

and Alicia Aguirre. Pierce will not get it but

might get vice mayor if she pushes hard enough.

But I don’t think that is likely.

The issue I see with Aguirre is the fact that

she has not been vice mayor, and the question is

whether she is ready to take the gavel at a time

when we have so many difficult decisions and

issues ahead of us in the next two years. The

Cargill development, downtown and general

precise plans, budget cuts, the county jail and

various lawsuits are just a few. I would imagine

the feeling is that in all fairness she needs the

two years as vice mayor to prepare her for the

challenges. So she will get that.

That leaves current Mayor Rosanne Foust and

Ira. Whichever one wants it will get it. I would

have to go with Ira. Foust has had a challenging

two years. She has been viewed as a strong leader,

not intimidated to speak her mind, and focuses

on what she envisions our community to be while

building consensus. She does not let her detractors

affect her leadership — something we will need

in the next two years. As her term started, she was

focused and moving forward until she and the

whole city were derailed by the Carcione lawsuit,

the revision of the downtown precise plan, the

Measure W campaign, the Costco appeal and a

few other major issues and lawsuits. I think she

is entitled to a well-deserved rest from the daily

mayoral duties. But she is determined and might

just take a deep breath and say, bring it on!

Ira is just coming off a big election win, has

been in the position before and handled it with

strength. He ran in an unofficial slate with Gee

and Seybert and has the respect and support of

the other sitting council members. So getting four

votes should not be difficult. In fact, I assume

he will get all seven members’ support and go

into the next two years with a united front as our

leader. Best of luck to whoever gets the nod.


Remember in October when the San Mateo

County Board of Supervisors requested and

negotiated a new contract with SEIU union

members to forgo salary and benefit increases until

July 2010 in an effort to balance the budget and

save jobs?

Well, it seems they do not. As of January

2010, supervisors will each get a 5 percent salary

increase, which will raise their annual salaries to

$110,000. That does not include their $12,239

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Sequoia Ends Historic Season With Win Over Scots

The Terremere Trophy is back with the Sequoia High football team.

A year after getting whipped by their rivals, the Cherokees turned the

tables in impressive fashion, coming away with a 26-10 victory under the

portable lights at Carlmont High.

Sequoia’s wild postgame celebration showed just how much this game

meant to the players, coaching staff and fans.

“It means a lot,” said Cherokees running back Josh Lauese, who rushed

for a game-high 189 yards on 21 carries. “We waited the whole year for this

game. All the other games were a warm-up for this one. The trophy is ours

and it’s going to stay with us next year, too.”

With players like Lauese returning in 2010, Sequoia (7-3) has good reason

to feel confident. The Cherokees dusted Carlmont (3-7) with a bruising,

power running game after falling behind early. The Scots, who ended the

season on a six-game losing streak, scored on their first two possessions to

grab a quick 10-0 lead just three and a half minutes into the game.

“We waited the whole year for this game. All the other

games were a warm-up for this one. The trophy is ours

and it’s going to stay with us next year, too.”

Mike Rosenberg put Carlmont up 3-0 with an impressive 52-yard field goal,

and after Sequoia fumbled the ball on its first play from scrimmage, the Scots

capitalized six plays later on Dylan Mendiola’s 16-yard touchdown run with 8

minutes, 31 seconds left in the first quarter.

However, it was all Sequoia after that.

Carlmont never scored again, a combination of the Cherokees controlling

the clock with their run game and their ball-hawking defense suffocating the

Scots time and again. More than any team in the Peninsula Athletic League

and perhaps all of the Central Coast Section, the Cherokees say, Here’s what

we’re going to do and we dare you to stop it.

What the Cherokees do is line up in the Wildcat formation, with Lauese,

Isaias Flores or Frank Mems taking the direct snap. Then the trio — behind a

massive and physical offensive line that opens up huge running lanes — go to

work, bulldozing defenders for extra yardage time and again.

Here’s all you need to know about Sequoia’s dominance. The Cherokees

held the ball for 18:43 out of a possible 24 minutes in the second half, a good

portion of which came when they started a series with 7:45 left in the third


Amazingly, the Scots didn’t get the ball back until the fourth quarter, a

result of Sequoia going on a 14-play, 80-yard drive culminating with a 24-

yard field goal from Alan Narvaez that gave the Cherokees a 19-10 lead

seconds into the fourth quarter.

“If we take care of the ball, we’re hard to stop,” Sequoia coach Rob Poulos

said. “At times this year we were our own worst enemy. We averaged three

turnovers a game, and you can beat some teams doing that, but the good

teams will whack you if you make that many mistakes. When we didn’t turn

it over, rarely did teams stop us.”

Sequoia scored its first points on a Narvaez 32-yard field goal, then

tied things up early in the second on Mems’ sneak from a yard out. The

Cherokees took the lead for good on another Mems’ sneak — this time from

2 yards out — with 4:40 left until halftime.

Then came one of the critical moments of the game. On the ensuing series,

Carlmont marched down the field to set up a first down at the Sequoia 14-yard

line. But three runs went for 1, 1 and a loss of a yard, setting up a fourthand-7

from the 13. Scots quarterback Nick Passanisi was sacked, and the

hosts never came close to scoring again.

Sequoia, meanwhile, put an exclamation point on the win when Lauese

ran around left end for a 47-yard TD to account for the final margin with

1:38 remaining. The play capped an eight-play drive that came after Lauese

intercepted a Passanisi pass at his own 35.

Lauese was so excited afterwards that he abruptly ended an interview

with a reporter to do some more celebrating with his friends and teammates.

Flores was another catalyst to the Cherokees’ attack, finishing with 135 yards

on 18 carries before departing the game with an injury late.

Sequoia averaged 6.9 yards per carry while limiting Carlmont to only 217

yards of total offense, including a minuscule 83 in the second half. Tenshow

Streets led the Scots with seven receptions for 108 yards, and Passanisi

completed 10 of 24 passes for 139 yards. But Sequoia’s defense was simply

too tough, led by Lauese and mammoth tackle Vini Makasini (6-foot-3, 400

pounds), who batted down two passes at the line of scrimmage.

The Cherokees have shown progress the last couple of years and this

season was their breakthrough. Their seven wins represent the most in at

least a decade. Now Poulos and Co. are already thinking about next year and

the tantalizing possibilities that await.

“I wish we had the playoffs but this is a good substitute,” Poulos said. “The

guys are already thinking about next year. I love these guys because they

made it a wonderful year.”

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

Sequoia’s Josh Lauese is one of the main reasons the Terremere Trophy is back in

Redwood City. The sophomore rushed for 189 yards, including a 47-yard scoring run,

during the Cherokees’ 26-10 win over Carlmont.

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Saf Keep Storage Has Some Spice

By Nicole Minieri, Contributing Writer

Cheryl Angeles stands in front of the Saf Keep facility

on Middlefield Road.

Her list of achievements within the Redwood

City community is impressive: Chairman of the

Board, Person of the Year, Business Woman of

the Year, Ambassador for Chamber and Chamber

Spice Girl. That’s right, “Spice Girl,” and Cheryl

Angeles brings plenty of seasoning to her current

role as a top-tier manager for Saf Keep Storage,

a thriving family-owned self-storage solution

company nestled in a visible spot adjacent to

Costco on Middlefield Road in Redwood City.

Having numerous sister locations throughout

the Golden State, the Redwood City branch has

been manned by Angeles for nearly two decades.

“I have been with Saf Keep Storage for the last

19 years, and most of my staff has remained with

me throughout the years,” said Angeles. “The

senior operations manager has been with me for

18 years, I have a supervisor that has been with

me for 15 years, and a maintenance worker who

has been with me a total of seven years. We are

like a little family. Other employees that I have

had throughout the years have been promoted on

to other managerial positions. It’s been such a

wonderful experience to watch your employees

grow and move on.”

The key to the longevity of Angeles’ dedicated,

close-knit staff is her uplifting attitude, one of

the “spices” she brings to Saf Keep Storage. “I

am a good mentor and I love helping people with

potential,” said Angeles. “I really try to inspire

them to be the best that they can be. I am easy to

get along with, yet I do have my moments like

everyone else. But I work hard, play hard and

keep it all positive because to me there is just not

enough room for any negativity.”

Managing a handful of staff is only one part of

Angeles’ overall responsibilities. She also has

to ensure that Saf Keep Storage runs efficiently,

smoothly, safely and profitably while keeping the

facility’s tenants pleased. “There are approximately

35 active tenants, and most of those tenants have

been with us for many years,” explained Angeles.

“We have landscapers, construction crews, a linen

service, interior designers, antique dealers, art

collectors, photographers, and the rest are people

from all different walks of life, which I love. I

have very interesting tenants. I just like people,

and in this business you have to really like people

in order to succeed.”

Saf Keep Storage has open access seven days a

week with convenient everyday office hours to

match. The Redwood City self-storage facility

has many appealing features for its tenants,

including superior customer service, comparable

rates, individually alarmed units, 24/7 video

surveillance, free move-in truck with rental and

drive-up units with lights, plus they sell various

supplies tailored to meet the needs of the individual

tenant. Angeles pays close attention to each of her

tenants at Saf Keep. Their complete satisfaction is

her top priority, along with consistently exceeding

storage rental expectations.

But Angeles also partners with Saf Keep to pay

close attention to the Redwood City community.

“We at Saf Keep are very community-oriented.

We certainly try to donate space whenever we

have the opportunity to do so. I’ve donated

space to the YMCA and Sequoia Hospital. Right

now we are donating space to a school because

they are in the middle of a remodel and need a

temporary storage unit,” explained Angeles. “We

donate space to the Girl Scouts so they have a

place to store their cookies. We have even had a

drive where we collected snacks, comic books,

magazines and other miscellaneous items and

shipped them out. Saf Keep Storage is not a huge

company, but we are always encouraged to do

what we can to help out the community.”

According to Angeles, the major source of

encouragement comes from her boss, the owner

of Saf Keep Storage, Ed Roach. “I love my

boss! I really enjoy working for him. He is a

fabulous man and a great role model,” exclaimed

Angeles. “And he is a fabulous person to work

for. He really cares and supports his community

and his employees.” Roach definitely makes a

difference for his employees, who in return make

a difference for his business.

Not surprisingly, Angeles has had a history of

making that same kind of “difference” in her prior

role as chairman of the board for the Redwood

City–San Mateo Chamber of Commerce in 2007.

“My motto for the year was Shop Chamber,

and Shop Chamber was a program that focused

on referring and keeping business in Redwood

City,” said Angeles. “For example, if I needed

a dry cleaner, then I would look in my chamber

book and choose a local dry cleaner who was a

member. I strived to keep business very active

within the chamber.”

“I was also an ambassador for the chamber

and have now been on the board for 12 years.

Although I am now relatively retired, I am still

on the board and active in the Presidents Club.

It’s a wonderful role to be in because I do not

have the pressure as I used to,” said Angeles.

The chamber is just a fabulous organization

and I am still fortunate to be with a wonderful

group of people.” Angeles has made lifelong

friends through the chamber, namely other Spice

Girls. “They call us the Redwood City Spice

Girls because we are a fun, crazy bunch and do

fun things together,” said Angeles. “We go away

every year and try to do an adventure. It’s a great

time for us to unwind.”

Saf Keep Storage has added a bit of spice to

her life as well. “I met my husband my first day

on the job,” said Angeles. “My husband is a

photographer and kept all of his equipment here.

He walked into the office, but we did not like each

other at first. It actually took 10 months before we

went on our first date. We went out to lunch and

had such a nice time together. My husband and I

have been together ever since. It’s been 16 years now.”

But times have not always been nice as sugar

and spice for Angeles at Saf Keep Storage. The

recent Costco construction imposed compounding

challenges for the manager. “We hung in there. It

was tough because a majority of the construction

was over the summer, which is usually our

busiest time of the year. It did hurt us a little,”

said Angeles. “But I am definitely happy because

Costco is opened now. They are a wonderful

neighbor to have and generate a lot of traffic,

which helps us.”

Through thick and thin, Angeles is committed

to the ongoing success of her employees and

keeping the business flourishing while preserving

the company’s tradition of pampering all of

the storage tenants. And as for her thoughts on

the city that has totally captured her heart, “I

absolutely love Redwood City. It’s a city that is so

unique and diverse. I find the people of Redwood

City to be very open-minded and communityoriented.

They are always trying to make it a

different, better place to live and work.” There is

an old saying that once you get a “spice” in your

home, you have it forever, and Cheryl Angeles,

that is how Saf Keep Storage and all of Redwood

City feels about you. Here’s to another two decades!

For more information on Saf Keep Storage and

their services, you can call 650-249-4942, visit

www.safkeep.com, or visit their location at 2480

Middlefield Road in Redwood City.

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

Saltworks plan can benefit all

Dear Editor:

With any development plan there will be opposition and that is part of a fair

and democratic process. DMB Associates invested an enormous amount of

resources for the benefit of Redwood City before submitting a plan on the

Saltworks site. This has been a diligent process of ensuring public input

into many of the aspects of a development of this magnitude, and I have

participated in this process. Now they have submitted their plan to the City of

Redwood City for review.

Yes, any development brings challenges, such as a strain on resources,

added traffic, pollution, etc. Studies will be conducted under the city’s

management to bring these issues to the surface and discuss benefits and

impacts, and residents will be invited to participate in this process and review.

It is clear to me that we have many needs in Redwood City, including

additional housing, new open space and recreational facilities. We need

more housing near jobs so people don’t have to commute so far. I believe that

taking cars off the road and reducing commute times is one of the best things

we can do for the environment and for our quality of life.

With a concerted effort of community input and professional management

of the review process by the City of Redwood City, we will end up with a plan

that benefits all residents of Redwood City, not just one group or one need.

Robert S. Huibers, President, NAHREP of Silicon Valley

Residents will be heard on Saltworks

Dear Editor:

For the past three years, Redwood City has participated in an open process

about the future of the Saltworks site. The developer, DMB Associates, met

with community groups and individuals to listen to their ideas of how the

property could be used. Literally hundreds of people participated in these


The result was the Saltworks 50/50 Balanced Plan. It includes specific

requests from community residents, including wetlands restoration

and habitat, a sports complex, a transit link to downtown, parks, trails,

pedestrian-friendly design, recycled water and access to the bay. Forum

participants also asked for no high-rises, housing for working families instead

of luxury homes, and schools.

I am pleased that DMB engaged the community before submitting a

proposal. I am also pleased that their proposal addresses a number of

community needs.

Now our city leaders are beginning to study the submitted proposal. The

developer and Redwood City are working through the established review

process. This process has checks and balances, numerous opportunities for

public input, and a complete environmental review. Residents will be heard

and well served by this process and by the smart-growth plan that will result.

As a longtime resident of Redwood City, I am grateful that our community

has a collaborative approach to development.

Georgi LaBerge, Redwood City

Residents voted to allow Saltworks to proceed

Dear Editor:

The problem with single-issue politics and organizations is that, when their

point of view has lost, they don’t have anything else to do but try to force

their will on others. The result in Redwood City, regarding the Saltworks

plan, has been a series of nasty charges being hurled at our city’s leaders, not

one of which has any basis in fact.

These groups don’t seem to care about the people who live here and raise

their families here. They only care about getting their way for their single

issue at the expense of any other needs or issues that also deserve attention.

Sorry. We settled this in the last election, when the residents of Redwood City

voted overwhelmingly to allow the Saltwork’s project to proceed.

We are a diverse community with a wide variety of needs and, fortunately,

our city leaders represent Redwood City as a whole, not just a single group

or issue. They have been willing to listen to all sides and deserve better

treatment than the ugliness coming from those single-issue detractors!

Corrin Trowbridge, Redwood City

Decide: We have got enough Saltworks information

Dear Editor:

How is it that the rest of Redwood City (and neighboring towns up and

down the Peninsula) can smell a bad idea before it’s fully cooked and we’re

forced to eat it, but the Redwood City City Council seems to have their noses

plugged? How many times does the City Council have to tell us they “need

more information” to make a decision on Cargill’s planned new city in our bay?

We’ve got reams of information, more than enough. What are they waiting

for? What is going to tell them that a city of 25,000 built below sea level

makes sense? Well, sorry, that information just doesn’t exist.

Really, what we have here is a group of people who have already made up

their minds but won’t come clean on that score. Actions speak louder than

words — here’s what the City Council has done by giving Cargill/DMB the

green light to go forward: ignored the existing open space zoning, demonized

anybody who expresses the obvious inadvisability of this plan, hired

consultants with previous ties to the developer and, worst of all, collected

paychecks from those who’ve made their support public (the mayor’s day job

with SAMCEDA is no secret).

The only explanation is that the City Council supports the project and is

unwilling to countenance its citizens’ well-documented strong opposition.

Thus they continue to toss out the red herring of “more information” and

pretend to their constituents that they’re still getting to know Cargill/DMB,

when in fact they eloped with them months ago.

Nancy Arbuckle, Redwood City

Let your opinion be heard!

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written and anonymous letters will not be accepted.

Please include a daytime phone number where we can

reach you.

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Cultural Events

The Main Gallery

1018 Main St., Redwood City

650-701-1018, www.themaingallery.org

Wed–Fri 11–4, Sat–Sun 10–3, and by appointment

“Menorahs,” hand-built ceramic, Nina Koepcke

Above left: “Fish Ornaments,” ceramic, Susan Wolf

Above right: “Blue Bird,” print, Jeannine Redon

“Winter,” photograph, Brandy Brune

Merry Art at Main

Annual Holiday Show and Sale

On Nov. 25, The Main Gallery was happy to begin its annual holiday show

and sale, with many unique and interesting gifts for your holiday shopping.

The opening reception will be on Dec. 5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with

refreshments and live music. The show runs through Dec. 24.

If you’re looking for a unique and special gift, be it Belinda Chlouber’s

wine-glass charms to Nina Koepcke’s Hanukkah menorahs, this is the place

to find it! Susan Wolf will have her annual porcelain fish ornaments and angel

tea-light covers, as well as some pieces she is currently working on. The

ceramic bowls, ikebana vases and traditional vases made by Doris Fischer-

Colbrie will add style and character to any room.

The top pieces of Pixie Couch’s ceramic bookmarks are all unique. Some

are seashells and some are faces; all are fired differently and none are the

same. Colorful ribbons are attached to them. She will also have ceramic

boxes and coiled, imprinted vessels.

Wooden triptychs by Ginger Slonaker, as well as Erna Metzger’s collaged

artwork, make for a special and unique artistic gift. And the winter scenes in

Brandy Brune’s photography take us to that special time of year when there

is a chill in the air but warmth in our heart! Come see these and many other

wonderful holiday items!

The Main Gallery, an artists’ cooperative with 23 members, showcases the

work of some of the best local talent in the Bay Area. The gallery is located

at 1018 Main St. at Middlefield, in the historic yellow Victorian cottage.

The gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and

weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, please call 650-701-

1018 or visit www.themaingallery.org.

San Mateo County History Museum

2200 Broadway St., Redwood City

650-299-0104, www.historysmc.org

Tue–Sun, 10–4

$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.

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.

Community Interest

Service League Is Asking for Your Help With Holiday

Season Activities

Sooner than we think, it will be time for the 2009 holiday season activities

sponsored by the Service League. These activities are intended to ease the

stress and disruption experienced by children and families of those in custody

during the holidays.

Your help is encouraged at these activities and behind the scenes to prepare

(e.g., organizing donations of toys and food or coordinating deliveries). These

activities are an excellent opportunity to include others who may share an

interest in the Service League’s services and programs. If you have questions

or want to help, please contact the Service League office at 650-364-4664 or


Wednesday, Dec. 9, 6:30–8:30 p.m.: Holiday Dinner, Women’s Correctional

Center. Volunteers and staff serve donated food and provide entertainment.

Thursday, Dec. 10: Childcare Party, Maguire Jail Lobby. Santa arrives with

gifts for all the children, and volunteers and staff help with refreshments and

craft projects.

Saturday, Dec. 12: Toy Wrap, San Mateo County Center. Based on each

child’s name, gender and age, volunteers select, wrap and tag donated toys.

The toys are distributed to the children’s caregivers from the Service League

office starting on Dec. 14.

Tuesday, Dec. 22: Pack Christmas Cookie Bags, Woodside Road Methodist

Church. Starting in the morning, volunteers fill and prepare for delivery

approximately 1,200 bags with cookies and apples, one for each inmate.

Lunch is provided for volunteers as the work continues to load the truck for

Christmas Day delivery.

Friday, Dec. 25, 7–9:30 a.m.: Deliver Christmas Cookie Bags, Men’s and

Women’s Jails. On Christmas morning, volunteers and staff deliver cookie

bags for each inmate, and those who have been blessed with vocal abilities

sing Christmas carols.

Construction Begins for ‘Grand Boulevard’ Improvements

Redwood City began construction on significant pedestrian, sidewalk and

landscape improvements, as well as a water main replacement, on El Camino

Real between Broadway and Brewster Avenue on Monday, Nov. 2.

This is Redwood City’s first step in the regional collaborative effort

involving 19 cities and two counties to transform El Camino Real into a

“Grand Boulevard” for the length of the Peninsula. Work on this project is

expected to continue through April 2010.

Redwood City has received over $1 million in grants from the American

Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the California Mitigation and

Air Quality Improvement Program to pay for this project.

El Camino Real, Broadway and Brewster Avenue will remain open during

construction. The speed limit has been changed to 25 mph along the tenth

of a mile on El Camino Real between Broadway and Brewster Avenue.

Speed limit and construction signs will be posted, and motorists are urged

to exercise extra caution and be aware of all traffic control devices in this

area at all times. Motorists should expect various lane realignments and turn

restrictions (no left or right turns at certain points). Businesses along that

section of El Camino Real have been informed of this work, and sidewalk

access to all local businesses will be maintained throughout the length of the


Work will generally take place weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There

may be the need for occasional night work on some portions and the

possibility of occasional weekend work.

Port Gets $11M for Jobs, Dredging

The Port of Redwood City is getting roughly 170 jobs and at least a year

of time because of $11 million in federal stimulus funds that mean faster

completion of plans to deepen it by 30 feet.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is spending $11 million in American

Recovery and Reinvestment Act money on two contracts, including one to

Manson-Dutra Joint Venture that began Oct. 19, to dredge 500,000 cubic

yards of bay-bottom sediment at the port. The goal is to dredge to the port’s

authorized depth of 30 feet. Currently, the water depth is 26.5 feet, which

means many of the commercial ships entering the port must arrive “lightloaded,”

limiting commerce, according to Michael Giari, executive director

of the port.

“At 30 feet, we’re maximizing the port’s efficiency in handling cargo

vessels, increasing the port’s potential commercial usage,” Giari said.

The dredged material will be used at the Inner Bair Island and Hamilton

Wetland Restoration Projects.

The funds not only make the full dredging possible but also speed up the

schedule by at least one year, said Corps Project Manager Joel Pliskin.

The Port of Redwood City is the only deep-water port in South San

Francisco Bay.

Pierce Cleared in DUI Catastrophe

A Redwood City councilwoman accused of pushing the police department to

cancel a planned DUI checkpoint in a highly Hispanic area did not violate the

city’s charter by trying to influence events, according to the city manager.

Both City Manager Peter Ingram and Mayor Rosanne Foust consider the

matter closed, said city spokesman Malcolm Smith.

After the July 2 checkpoint in North Fair Oaks was shut down,

Councilwoman Barbara Pierce caught heat for having called Police Chief

Louis Cobarruviaz about its proximity to the Fair Oaks Community Center

at 2600 Middlefield Road. Pierce said she was responding to constituent

concerns but never directed the chief to act. Naysayers said she overstepped

her authority.

Pierce e-mailed the chief after Sheryl Muñoz-Bergman, of the International

Institute of the Bay Area, contacted her about how the checkpoint would

affect the city’s relationship with the community. Pierce passed on the

comments and the department later opted to reschedule the checkpoint.

Following the brouhaha, Foust asked Ingram to investigate the situation.

In an Oct. 16 letter to Foust, Ingram said Pierce’s communication with

Cobarruviaz did not violate the city charter section prohibiting interference

between the council and the city manager, officer or department director.

Army Corps Asked to Review Cargill Plan

Developers of the former Cargill Saltworks say they are asking the U.S.

Army Corps to look at its plans for the site, but bay advocates call the

announcement nothing more than an attempt to look busy.

They’re just trying to show momentum in a period of time when they’ve

lost momentum,” said David Lewis, executive director of Save The Bay,

which opposes development of the Redwood City land.

Lewis believes DMB is trying to gain ground after seeing the Menlo Park

City Council and Palo Alto Councilwoman Yoriko Kishimoto publicly knock

the plan.

But DMB representatives say they are acting, taking the first steps toward a

federal regulatory review of their so-named 50-50 Balanced Plan.

The plan calls for 50 percent of the 1,436-acre site to be preserved for

permanent open space, public recreation and tidal marsh restoration and the

remaining half to be developed into housing, schools, parks and retail and

transit facilities.

Whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has jurisdiction over the land

and must issue a permit for a use change is in question, according to both

Lewis and David Smith, vice president of regulatory affairs for DMB.

Rather than fight for months for an answer, Smith said DMB opted to go

ahead with the review, parallel to other environmental analyses by the state

and Redwood City.

“Our base position is that it is not required to satisfy the legal requirements

but we decided to move forward and let the corps evaluate the impacts to the

site,” Smith said.

The Saltworks site was issued a permit in 1940 for salt harvesting and it

has stood since. The permit is no longer necessary because DMB is looking

at development and also restoration of 400 acres of new tidal marsh habitat,

according to Smith.

Smith said DMB is starting the process now so that if the city makes

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Shop Redwood City: It’s Holiday Time – Shop Redwood City!

Check out our Best of the Best selections below. Shouldn’t you make the commitment to shopping locally

during the holidays? When you are out shopping, dining or enjoying some entertainment, you will benefit

because your sales tax dollars stay local and help us all. These businesses not only provide excellent service

but also contribute to our community.

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. Many satisfied customers have been with them since their

founding. 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:

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.


Deseo Tequila Lounge and Restaurant – 851 Main St. – “We went there

and it was fabulous! My friends were very impressed by their food menu,

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

televisions to view sporting events and more. This place has it all! I am so

happy that Redwood City finally has such an upscale place for watching your

favorite sports team, having a drink with friends or dancing the night away.

Let’s all get out and support them!” Start booking your holiday events now.

Financial Institutions:

San Mateo Credit Union – Three Redwood City locations – SMCU is

member-driven and does everything possible to ensure that all of your financial

priorities are anticipated and fulfilled. Offerings include free auto-shopping

assistance, members-only car sales, low-rate home loans and lines of credit. Call

650-363-1725 or 888-363-1725 or visit a branch for additional information.

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 and get your home ready for the holidays.

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 committed to knowing and meeting their clients’ needs through

long-term relationships and value-added services, and to supporting and

participating in the communities where they live and work.

Personal Improvement:

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

fitness center in downtown Redwood City. Services include classes,


Business Profile of the Month

Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road – “The Canyon Inn has had

the same owner for over two decades and every year it just

keeps getting better. They serve everything from their famous

hamburgers to pizzas, all kinds of sandwiches and pastas, and

they even have a South of the Border menu! There’s a Sunday

breakfast buffet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with NFL Ticket games on

the big flat-screen TVs. Don’t forget to reserve their closed patio

for your next party — it has heaters, fans and a big-screen TV

(no extra charges). Why cook when you don’t have to? They do

catering too for the holidays!”

weight and cardio equipment, personal training, therapeutic massage and

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

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

Re:Juvenate Skincare Clinic – 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. Perfect timing for

a fresh look for the holidays.

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.

Terry Finn and Madonna’s Bail Bonds – 234 Marshall St., Upstairs

#3, 650-366-9111 – Finn and Madonna’s provide bail bonds to any court

jurisdiction, jail or police agency in California and in many other states.

Interested parties representing incarcerated subjects are encouraged to

contact the licensed bail agent on duty at the above office for immediate bail

bond assistance.

Michelle 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.

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

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

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

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

services are available.

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

clinical approach of this independent, community-based practice focuses

on thorough physical therapy assessment, specific treatment strategies and

patient education. Individualized treatment programs are designed to help

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

maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

St. Regal Jewelers – 850 Main St. – As you begin your holiday shopping,

listen to what customers are saying about this fine downtown jewelry store:

“This is a great jeweler! Phil, the owner, is amazing. He crafted a ring on time

and on budget. He has an incredible eye for detail. I can’t say enough. I would

never go anywhere else.”

Election Night


Number to Vote For: 3

Completed Precincts: 43 of 43

Vote Count Percentage

JEFF IRA 5,077 26.9%

JEFF GEE 4,644 24.6%

JOHN SEYBERT 3,724 19.8%

JANET BORGENS 2,867 15.2%

CHERLENE L. WRIGHT 2,542 13.5%

Clockwise from left: Spectrum Publisher Steve Penna and Mayor

Rosanne Foust share a laugh. Jeff Ira, John Seybert and Jeff Gee

react to the positive vote count. Candidate Janet Borgens (left) with

Vice Mayor Diane Howard. Candidate Cherlene Wright keeps the

faith as results come in.

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Redwood City’s ‘Can Do’ Leader:

Michelle Griffith of Taft School

By Judy Buchan,

Contributing Writer

Memories of junior high Girl Scout meetings

came flooding back as I walked into the

multipurpose room at Taft School some 20 years

ago. Those Girl Scout meetings of the 1950s

brought to mind the great east/west divide of

Redwood City and the stereotypes perpetrated

by those who thought they knew better. No

matter, we were Girl Scouts working on our merit

badges, particularly those that rewarded patience,

understanding and good citizenship.

Although merit badges were a thing of the

past, patience and understanding were still

qualities that I needed in my first term on the

City Council. I made it a point to attend as many

neighborhood meetings as possible, to get a sense

of the problems residents faced and help work

on possible solutions. The meeting at Taft was a

homecoming for me; I reconnected with the past

as I tried to help deal with the present. The future

was nowhere in sight — yet.

But I found that the Taft neighborhood had

changed. Many of the parents in the audience

were Spanish speakers, concerned about their

children but unable to understand or communicate

without a translator. Frustration from parents and

teachers was palpable as we identified problems

and tried to figure out next steps.

“That was the beginning of the turnaround here,”

Michelle Griffith, Taft School principal, told me.

We remembered the changes that started to slowly

pull a struggling neighborhood into a community

that learned the meaning of respect and caring.

Community policing officers building

relationships with the neighborhood were an

integral part of the change, along with programs

such as Healthy Start coming to the Taft campus.

It would, however, take more, especially the

“can do” attitude of Griffith.

Born and raised in Redwood City by her

parents, Frank and Violet Frone, Griffith attended

local schools Henry Ford, Hawes and John Gill.

Her family later moved to San Carlos, where she

graduated from San Carlos High School in 1979.

She attended Cañada College, earned her teaching

credential and bachelor’s degree at San Jose State

University, and later received her master’s degree

at San Francisco State University.

Griffith currently lives in Redwood City with

her husband, Josh, who is the principal at Hawes School.

Why teaching? “I started out as a business

major,” she said, “but then I worked at the Sequoia

YMCA in youth camp programs, and I knew I

needed to work with kids.”

She started her teaching journey in Redwood

City at Taft in 1988, and she now recognizes

many parents of current students as her Taft

students from years gone by.

“Taft was a cooperative learning school,

recognizing the importance of professional

development, with supportive staff, and folks

worked hard.”

In four years, Taft became a K–5 school, which

prompted Griffith to move to McKinley middle


school. “I really liked middle school,” but in time

the format at McKinley evolved into what is now

McKinley Institute of Technology. Griffith then

worked as a curriculum resource teacher at Roy

Cloud School for three years before assuming a

staff development position in the school district

office. She became assistant principal at Selby

Lane School, and then was named principal at

Taft in 2000.

Challenges awaited Griffith on her return to

Taft. According to former district board Trustee

Chris Bohl, “Currently, over 85 percent of

their [Taft] families are below the poverty line,

75 percent of their kids start school knowing

virtually no English, and only 5 percent of their

parents have been to college.” The school’s

Academic Performance Index (API) score was a

dismal 444, putting Taft in the lowest 10 percent

of schools in the state. In addition, there was a

large turnover of staff, and the school had five

administrators in six years.

“Stability was needed,” Griffith said.

Her staff now is “young, energetic and bright.”

Griffith told me, “We look into the issues, decide

what needs to be done, and get it done. We

develop strategies and standards for the school.

Do we believe our standards can do it? Yes!”

And the numbers bear her out.

Michelle and her staff have dramatically

increased test scores at Taft,” said District

Superintendent Jan Christensen. “Taft’s Academic

Performance Index (API) score went from 444

in 1999 to 774 today! In 2002, 6.8 percent of Taft

students were at the advanced or proficient level

in English language arts; in 2009, 47.6 percent of

Taft students were at the advanced or proficient

level. In 2002, 14.2 percent of students were at

the advanced or proficient level in math; in 2009,

66.6 percent of students were at the advanced or

proficient level in math,” she continued.

Bohl agrees. “The enormous academic

improvement that has occurred at Taft under

Michelle’s leadership is unique in California. That

is an objective fact based on assessments of the

state of California.”

Christensen agrees. “Michelle and her staff

at Taft accomplished something very few

schools in the state have been able to do. Taft is

a kindergarten through fifth-grade school with

a high percentage of students learning English

and a high percentage of students whose families

qualify for free and reduced lunch,” she told me.

“Until August of last year, Taft had been on the

state’s Program Improvement list for more than

five years, along with 900 other schools in the

state. Last year only nine of those 900 schools

made enough improvement to be removed from

the list, and Taft was one of them!” she added.

One critical part of the Taft endeavor is

community involvement. Taft is now a community

school, with a board made up of members from

various community segments. In fact, one of the

board members is a former community police

officer from the difficult days. Parents and

community members are active in helping to meet

the needs of the school population.

The Taft community has been very supportive.

People have faith in school,” Griffith said.

“We try to build reciprocal relationships in

the community. We understand the value of

community involvement. We always have a ‘can

do’ attitude,” she added.

Community involvement reached its zenith

last April, when some 300 volunteers from

Verbo Cristiana, New Hope Peninsula Church,

and Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, organized

by Serve The Peninsula, conducted a massive

remodeling project on the Taft campus.

Volunteers remodeled the teachers’ lounge;

reorganized the front office and parent resource

room; constructed several redwood planter boxes;

created an ADA-accessible garden with native

California plants and vegetables; organized

spring cleaning in classrooms, the library and the

playground; provided gift baskets for the staff;

painted a large mural on the front of the school

and provided a community lunch.

Michelle has been able to leverage

“She never gives up on a student and tirelessly works so

that all Taft children have a bright and successful future.”

partnerships to bring more resources into her

school, including a thriving garden program by

Hidden Villa,” said Christensen.

A strong partnership also has developed with

the Police Activities League (PAL), and its

headquarters building is on the Taft campus. “We

have a great relationship with Dan Smith of PAL,”

Griffith said.

Smith, current executive director of PAL,

agrees. “I have known Michelle Griffith for

approximately ten years. My experiences working

with Michelle have always been positive, even in

awkward or uncomfortable situations involving

students and parents,” Smith said. “She always

works to find a solution. Michelle truly does look

out for her students and families. The proof is

the improvement Taft School has made over in

the years in academic standings. Taft School is

involved in the community and there seems to be

a large volunteer parent group helping out at the

school,” he added.

Griffith’s “can do” approach is the foundation

for standards, strategies, reaching out and a strong

belief in her staff, her students and the Taft community.

And the praise keeps coming. “Michelle is

extremely well organized, highly focused, goal driven,

with an unlimited capacity for long, hard work,”

Bohl concluded. Griffith remembered that Bohl,

as a board member, called her periodically to

cheer her on and tell her, “I know you can do it.”

Christensen agrees. “One of the biggest myths

in education today is that schools must sacrifice

science and the arts in order to meet academic

standards set by the No Child Left Behind Act,”

she said. “Michelle Griffith has made it possible

for schools to adhere to rigorous academic

standards, close the achievement gap and do it

without sacrificing science, music and art.”

“She is an outstanding principal,” Christensen

continued. “She is a strong leader to her staff and a

strong leader among the principals in the district.

She is hardworking and tenacious, and the most

important key to her success is her belief that

every student can achieve. She never gives up

on a student and tirelessly works so that all Taft

children have a bright and successful future.

We are very fortunate to have Michelle in the

Redwood City School District,” Christensen told me.

Current board member Dennis McBride echoes

other opinions of Griffith. “The teachers have worked

extremely hard to achieve the wonderful results,” he

told me. “Michelle is magical with her students.

You can tell she cares deeply about all children.”

“What is great about Taft is you have existence

theory that all children can be successful!”

McBride said.

So the days of Girl Scout meetings are gone.

The days of neighborhood frustration have turned

into hope and the possibility of a better future,

thanks to long hours of hard work and the belief

that things can change for the better. It’s time for

east-side/west-side stereotypes to become things

of the past as well. In time, I suspect Michelle

Griffith will tackle them too.

We are fortunate to have her!

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Election Night


Number to Vote For: 2

Completed Precincts: 64 of 64

Vote Count Percentage





5,037 32.9%

4,661 30.4%

2,920 19.1%

2,697 17.6%

Top, left to right: School board winners Maria Diaz-Slocum and Hilary Paulson as results come in. Ernie Schmidt,

Arnoldo Arreola, Josie Ramirez, Councilwoman Alicia Aguirre, Lilia Ledezma, Hector Flamenco, Maribel Arreola and

Isabel Jimenez. Jeff Gee, Nori Jabba and Shawn White toast to a great campaign. Bottom: Outgoing Councilmembers

Diane Howard and Jim Hartnett congratulate council winners Gee, John Seybert and Jeff Ira.



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Lit and Accurate:

The Broadway Clock Is Telling Time Again

After more than an estimated 10 years of

telling the wrong time and not being seen

at night, the “post clock” on Broadway at

Jefferson in downtown Redwood City has

been completely revived and runs on time.

The project was a labor of love between community volunteers and the City of Redwood City. The

improvements to the clock began when Joachim Groeger confirmed that the clock had been gutted and

transformed from a mechanical clock to an electrical one. The clock is currently connected to the same

electrical circuit as the Christmas lights on the Broadway street trees. The city hired Al Pacheco to do

the electrical work needed to get the clock running.

The entire project took a skilled team and several weeks to finish. John Gammon of the city’s Public

Works Services department and Groeger spent several days at the Broadway site, and some time at their

shops, cleaning and painting pieces of the clock.

Soon thereafter, Groeger discovered light bulbs inside the clock and replaced the bulbs. The clock now

lights up at night.

Groeger also bought and replaced the clock “crystals,” or shatterproof vinyl panels. He cut the

crystals to shape, removed and prepped the bezels (metallic rings), caulked the rims to the outer bezel

and reinstalled them himself. He also removed and painted the clock hands and changed the electrical

movement of the clock to set the time.

Throughout several visits to the clock (about nine), Gammon and team set up their truck and tools near

the clock. They assisted Groeger by providing a one-man bucket and lifting him up to the clock face.

During those visits Gammon also prepped and painted the entire clock.

Redevelopment project manager for the City of Redwood City Claudia Olalla praised the collaboration

in fixing the clock and stated a huge “Thank you for all involved and caring about Redwood City!” Of

Groeger she said, “You made us open our eyes and see a wonderful jewel in downtown that had been lost

and neglected.”

“You made us open our eyes

and see a wonderful jewel

in downtown that had been

lost and neglected.”

Joachim Groeger and city staff work on the Broadway clock. Great job!

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New U.S. Citizens Sworn In at Veterans Day Ceremony

Sixty-one years ago, San Carlos resident Frank Martinez stood on the steps

of the old county courthouse in Redwood City and enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

On Veterans Day, just feet from where he signed up, he watched as six other

military members from other countries were sworn in as U.S. citizens at the

city’s Veterans Day ceremony.

Martinez, who served in the Navy until 1981, was in both the Korean

and Vietnam wars. He was a deep-sea diver and helped rescue people from

sunken submarines.

Dozens of other veterans and community members joined in reciting the

Pledge of Allegiance after each of the six members of the armed forces took

the oath of allegiance before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Field

Office Director Robin Barrett.

“I feel great,” said Alexander Leo Pummer, who was born in Canada

and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1998 to 2002, after he became a


Pummer said his time in the Marines was the best experience of his life. “I

gained a set of brothers, a second family.”

He said becoming a U.S. citizen was very important to him.

“I served to preserve the freedom Americans have,” Pummer said. “I

wanted to be able to enjoy the freedoms I served for.”

The other military members naturalized today were from Peru, Ireland,

China, Germany and Croatia. Two are still in active duty.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, spoke at the ceremony

about the importance of honoring veterans and active military members,

particularly in the wake of the recent shooting at the Ft. Hood, Texas,

military base that left 13 dead.

“No one likes going to war, and no one wants to die before their time,” she

said. “Yet millions have made those sacrifices over and over.”

She said many wounds inflicted on a soldier from going to war are often

invisible, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. She cited the story of a

young Daly City man who joined the U.S. Marines “to help people.”

When he returned from service, his family and friends noticed that

his “chipper” demeanor was gone, she said. The young man ended up

committing suicide.

Speier concluded her speech with a message to all veterans. “Your

sacrifices will never be taken for granted,” she said. The Veterans Day

celebration was dreamed up by American Legion Post 105 Commander

Romie Bassetto, who wanted to honor war veterans and service members

in a dignified manner. Bassetto hopes the ceremony will become an annual

event. Approximately 300 people attended the event, including veterans from

World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and Iraq. Assemblyman Ira

Ruskin, D-Redwood City, former Sheriff Don Horsley, Redwood City Mayor

Rosanne Foust, Councilman Jim Hartnett and Vice Mayor Diane Howard

also attended.

Martinez, whose daughter and two grandsons attended the ceremony with

him, said he helped organize the event as a member of the American Legion.

While in the Navy, in addition to serving in two major wars, he worked

for the government doing “top secret operations,” he said. He declined to


He said many people he meets are grateful for his service.

“A lot of people say they appreciate what you did,” Martinez said.

He said he doesn’t like to listen to people who are against war. “They have

their own beliefs, I don’t let them talk to me about it,” Martinez said.

He said veterans are encouraged to join the American Legion and may call

650-365-1337 for more information.

From top, left to right: Vice Mayor Diane Howard, Mayor Rosanne Foust, Police Chief

Louis Cobarruviaz and Councilman Jim Hartnett celebrate. Congresswoman Jackie

Speier (center) and Foust pose with a friend in front of a vehicle dedicated to war heroes.

California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman poses with the Martinez and Smith clan.


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News Briefs

Gang Attack Injures Two

Police in Redwood City are investigating a gangrelated

attack that left two injured, one hit with a

shovel handle and another stabbed multiple times.

Units responded to the 500 block of Buckeye

Street where two Redwood City men were

reportedly attacked by as many as four armed

suspects, according to the Redwood City Police


One victim was hit in the head with a shovel

handle and treated at the scene, police said. The

second victim was stabbed several times, once in

the neck and multiple times in the torso. He was

taken to the hospital in serious condition.

The suspects, allegedly armed with a shovel,

glass bottles and a knife or machete, were last

seen running southbound on a footbridge over

Woodside Road, according to police. They were

described as four Hispanic males between 18 and

25 years old. Two were described as about 5 feet

8 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds. One

was wearing a red shirt and red pants; another

wore a black hoodie.

Police are investigating the incident as gangrelated.

Anyone with information regarding the attack

is encouraged to contact Redwood City police at


Man Who Shot Customers at Pizza

Parlor Sentenced

A 23-year-old man who had faced attempted

murder charges for shooting three customers

in front of a Redwood City pizzeria has been

sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading

no contest to lesser charges, escaping a possible

life sentence.

Luis Lombera was sentenced in San Mateo

County Superior Court to seven years in prison

with credit for 485 days served, Assistant District

Attorney Karen Guidotti said.

He had faced 30 years to life in prison if

convicted of attempted murder in connection with

the Sept. 10, 2008, shooting.

Lombera pleaded no contest on Sept. 22 to

being a felon in possession of a firearm and

using a firearm to inflict great bodily injury, in

exchange for the sentence, Guidotti said.

There were significant factual issues with the

case,” she said. “We’re pleased with the resolution

of the case. We think it was a wise way to go.”

The shooting happened after Lombera and

his brother tried to enter Primo’s Pizzeria on El

Camino Real in Redwood City in the late evening

hours of Sept. 10, 2008.

A security guard stopped Lombera and his

brother from entering, claiming the two were

drunk. Lombera and his brother then had to

be forcibly removed from the pizza parlor,

prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said the brothers left but returned

half an hour later with a gun and shot at the

security guard and another worker standing in

front of the restaurant.

The bullets missed the security guard and worker but

struck three customers also standing outside. Two of

the three customers who were shot suffered great

bodily injury, according to the district attorney’s

office. All had to be hospitalized.

Lombera, who prosecutors said fired the gun

and drove the getaway car, was arrested later that

night for attempted murder.

Redwood City Teen Competent for

Murder Trial

The former teenage ward accused of killing a

man last year after walking away from a juvenile

detention camp is competent to stand trial on

murder charges, a judge ruled.

The judicial decision is the exact opposite

conclusion reached by a trio of court-appointed

doctors who in July decided Adrian Sedano was

not able to aid in his own defense. Rather than

accept that outcome, prosecutors sought a trial

on the matter. After a four-day hearing filled

with expert testimony, Judge Robert Foiles found

Sedano competent.

Sanity is a defendant’s state of mind at the time

of an alleged crime, while competency is the

ability to aid in one’s own defense.

Foiles’ ruling means Sedano will stand trial

and face prison rather than be treated at a state

hospital. Criminal proceedings, which were on

hold pending the competency trial outcome, were

reinstated and Sedano was ordered back to court

Nov. 9 to set a preliminary hearing date.

Sedano is accused of fatally stabbing a

23-year-old Redwood City man Aug. 9, 2008,

after walking away from Camp Glenwood, a San

Mateo County honor camp in La Honda for wards

of the juvenile justice system. Although Sedano

was 16 at the time, prosecutors charged him as an

adult on charges of murder and the use of a knife.

The fatal fight allegedly started between a

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

Hess and Woodside roads in Redwood City. The

fight continued to spark during the evening and

resulted in Sedano, co-defendant Christian Lopez

and the victim getting into an altercation in front

of an apartment complex at 551 Geneva Ave. Police

quickly obtained a search warrant for one of the

apartments. Inside, police found Sedano and Lopez

arguing with two girls from the earlier fight.

Lopez, 17, was initially charged with murder as

an adult but prosecutors lowered the charges to

assault with a deadly weapon because he didn’t

wield the knife. Lopez pleaded no contest to the

charge with no promise of a specific sentence.

However, Lopez was immediately released from

custody on his own recognizance pending a Nov.

19 sentencing hearing at which he faces up to four

years prison.

Sedano remains in custody.

Pizzeria Sued for ‘Gross Amount of

Human Hair’

The Chuck E. Cheese pizzeria in Redwood City

served a pizza with “a gross amount of human

hair baked into the crust” to an adult and child

who ate half the pie before discovering the

unexpected ingredient, according to a lawsuit

filed in San Mateo County Superior Court.

The startling find led Jason Lovio, Aracelli

Torres and a minor child to suffer and continue to

suffer severe emotional stress “including but not

limited to shock, worry and anxiety,” according

to the suit filed on their behalf by attorney Leigh


The three visited the restaurant at 2451 El Camino

Real in Redwood City on Aug. 14. After eating

approximately half the pizza, the trio reportedly

found the hair, became ill and were forced to seek

medical help, according to the lawsuit.

Herman did not return a call for comment but in

the court papers filed Oct. 23 said the customers

are seeking damages for medical bills and lost

wages on top of the emotional injuries.

The business and its employees were negligent

because they owed customers the duty “not to

prepare and serve customers food that would

cause them to become ill,” the lawsuit states.

Chuck E. Cheese corporate representatives did

not return inquires for comment.

The case is scheduled for a management

conference March 5, 2010.

Accused Car Thief Waives Hearing

The alleged car thief caught with the book

“How to Be a Successful Criminal” waived a

preliminary hearing on the evidence and heads

straight to trial on charges of vehicle theft,

possession of a stolen vehicle, second-degree

auto burglary, receiving stolen property and

misdemeanor possession of burglary tools.

Brian Winner, 29, returns to court Dec. 2 to

enter a Superior Court plea and set a trial date.

On Oct. 21, Redwood City police located

and arrested Winner after responding to a call

for a suspicious person looking into parked

cars. Winner was allegedly driving a stolen car

containing property taken from multiple victims,

including the book.

Winner remains in custody in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Residential Burglars in Custody

Two Redwood City residents are in custody

following a residential burglary on the 1500 block

of Gordon Street, according to police.

Hugo Farias-Yanez, 21, and Luis Perez, 18, were

arrested after a witness saw the two men climb

through a side window of a residence, Redwood

City police reported.

Police were called to the scene and officers

established a perimeter around the home. Shortly

after, the two men fled the home and a brief foot

pursuit ensued, according to police.

The two men were taken into custody a short

distance from the scene and were positively

identified by the witness.

The men admitted to the crime and items stolen

from the residence were recovered. The two were

booked into the San Mateo County Main Jail for

the crimes of residential burglary and resisting/

obstructing a police officer.

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As I Was Saying…(Continued from p6) Community Interest (Continued from p13)

annual car allowance and their health and dental coverage, which are covered

in full by taxpayers.

In case you don’t remember, the county has a $100 million budget deficit.

There are currently over 1,000 county employees who earn $100,000 or more.

The raises themselves are not the only issue here. I can’t really argue that

the job is worthy of such a salary. It is more about retirement benefits. Take,

for instance, Supervisor Rich Gordon, who terms out next year and will

be running for state Assembly. When salaries are increased, his retirement

benefits will be calculated at the last salary he is earning. He has already stated

he will accept the salary increase and defended it with some lame excuse

about others voting on the increase, even though he was one of those doing so.

It’s all business as usual for elected officials, even though they expect others

to make sacrifices. I am not one who totally supports union and government

high salaries — when was the last time one of them had to produce the

revenues needed to pay their salaries? — but if the salary increase goes into

effect, it is just a slap in the face to those who made sacrifices “for the team.”

Can you imagine being an in-home support-services employee and being

asked to have your salary frozen or decreased from $11.50 per hour? Then you

have to hear about this. Just not fair, is it?

I want to take this opportunity to wish our readers the happiest of holidays! I

feel so fortunate and truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with such

professional and community-minded individuals here. To get the response we

do from our readers is amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

As I was saying…


changes to the 50-50 Balanced Plan as part of its public process, amendments

can similarly be made in the federal review.

But Lewis said DMB isn’t asking for a formal review at all, instead asking

the corps what it thinks while maintaining an ability to claim it has no


In its notice of the federal assessment, DMB officials focused on the

environmental aspects of the planned tidal marsh habitats.

“We believe that this would be the largest private marsh creation effort

ever mounted on the San Francisco Bay,” Bruno said in a prepared statement.

“While government and taxpayer-funded restoration efforts continue to

struggle for funding, we are prepared to privately fund this program and to

commence restoration as soon as the 50-50 Balanced Plan is approved.”

Approval of the plan is far from a given, however.

The City Council — and candidates recently running in the November

election — all agreed the final outcome could likely stray from the current


The city recently opted against including the Cargill property in the

revamp of its general plan, deciding to visit zoning and land use issues later.

The city also hired a consultant to coordinate the review of the 50-50

Balanced Plan to make sure it is a complete proposal before moving to an

Environmental Impact Report.

Happy Holidays from The

Spectrum Magazine



Two vacancies will occur on the Redwood City Planning Commission. The

terms are for two unexpired seats. One seat expires June 30, 2010 and the

other expires June 30, 2012. The Commission regularly meets on the first and

third Tuesday of each month at 7pm, but may hold additional meetings.

Members of the Planning Commission receive no compensation and at

the time of their appointment and continuously during their incumbencies, be

residents and electors of the City. They cannot hold any other public office

or position in the City while serving as members of the Commission.

They also have an annual requirement to disclose Economic Interests.

The general objectives of the Planning Commission shall be:

• To exercise all powers and duties granted to it by ordinance or

resolution of the City Council;

• To recommend to the City Council, for adoption, a comprehensive

long-term general plan for the physical development of the City;

• To exercise such additional powers and duties as may be provided

for by such general laws of the State of California as are not in

conflict with local procedures.

The Commission also plays a role in the administration of the City

Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance.

Please get acquainted with the Planning Commission current topics by

reading prior minutes or reviewing agendas.

The recruitment period is from November 9, 2009 until 5:00 pm

on December 7, 2009. The application is available online at the

redwoodcity.org website and paper copies are available at the Office of

the City Clerk, City Hall 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.

Silvia Vonderlinden

City Clerk

November 23, 2009


Finance: Changing “Seasons” of Life May Require Changes in Investment Strategy

By David Amann, Special to The Spectrum

As we make the transition from autumn to winter,

you may be reminded that seasons don’t just

change on the calendar — they also change in

your life. And as you move from one season of

your life to another, you’ll find that some of your

goals may have changed. Consequently, as time

goes by, you may need to adjust your financial

strategies as well.

To illustrate the “seasonal” nature of your

investment strategies, let’s quickly go through

a typical life cycle and look at the differing

financial goals at each stage:

Starting out

When you are beginning your career, you may not

have a lot of money to invest, but it’s important

to try to put away something each month. If you

have a 401(k) where you work, take advantage

of it. Your money is deducted, pretax, from your

paychecks, so it’s an easy way to start investing.

And at this stage of your life, consider investing

primarily for growth. Of course, when you

invest in growth-oriented vehicles, you typically

assume an above-average degree of risk because

the price of these investments can fluctuate greatly

over time. However, if you buy quality investments

and hold them for many years, you may be able to

overcome the “blips” along the way and benefit

from the growth prospects these vehicles can offer.

Middle years

During this season of your life, things have likely

changed. Your kids may have already graduated

from college or otherwise left home, so you may

need to re-evaluate your life insurance needs.

You’re likely earning more money and have

more available to invest. This means, among

other things, that you should consider “maxing

out” on your IRA and also putting as much as

you afford into your 401(k) or other employersponsored

retirement plan. Because you may have

a decade or more until you retire, you still may

need considerable growth potential from your

investments. At the same time, though, you might

not want to invest quite as aggressively as you did

when you started out, so you may want to increase

the percentage of bonds and other fixed-income

vehicles in your portfolio.

Retirement years

Many people assume their expenses will

drop when they retire. And some will drop,

but others, such as health care, will increase.

Furthermore, it’s not at all unusual for people to

spend two, or even three, decades in an active

retirement, and during those years, inflation

can be a factor. Consequently, even as a retiree,

you’ll find that growth-oriented investments are

important, balanced with others that provide

income. Furthermore, you’ll want to manage the

withdrawals you take from your IRA, 401(k) or

other employer-sponsored retirement plan to help

make sure you don’t outlive your resources. At

the same time, you should consider exploring

estate-planning techniques, such as life insurance

trusts, that can help you leave the legacy you want

without burdening your heirs with heavy estate

taxes. To help you meet these needs, work with

your tax advisor and estate-planning professional.

The seasons of the year change every three

months. The seasons of your life change much

more slowly, but these changes can have a big

impact on your financial situation.

Editor’s note: This article was written by David

Amann of Edward Jones for use by The Spectrum


Senior Activities

The Veterans Memorial Senior Center,

1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City, provides

the following activities that are open to

the public during the month of December.

Friday Movies for Everyone

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


Come to the VMSC in December for a free

featured movie in our state-of-the-art movie


Dec. 4: “The Maiden Heist”

Dec. 11: “The Ugly Truth”

Dec. 18: “Julie & Julia”

Dec. 25: No movie (holiday)

Holiday Gift Bag Assembly

Celebrate the holiday season by helping seniors

and children in need throughout the community.

Sponsor a holiday gift bag for children of lowincome

families and seniors who are homebound

or without family by making a donation to the

Holiday Gift Giving Project at the Veterans

Memorial Senior Center. Donation envelopes and

additional information is available at 650-780-7313.

Beating Those Holiday Blues

Thursday, Dec. 10, 1–2 p.m.

Sunset Room


We are told that the holidays are a time of joy and

happiness. But if that’s the case, how come so

many of us feel blue? This lecture will talk about

the holiday blues and provide tools for working

through them.

West Bay Community Band

Holiday Concert

Saturday, Dec. 12, 7–9 p.m.


$10 early bird reservations / $15 at door

The VMSC is happy to welcome back the West

Bay Community Band for a very special holiday

concert. Enjoy a no-host bar from 7–7:30 p.m.,

with the concert starting at promptly 7:30. To

receive the discounted price of $10, please call

650-780-7264 and your name will be placed on

our VIP Will Call List. If your name is not on the

list, your cost will be $15 at the door.

VMSC Closure Dates

The Veterans Memorial Senior Center will be

closed Thursday, Dec. 24, through Monday, Jan. 4,

for Winter Break. Sunday Bingo will be open on

Dec. 27 and Jan. 2.


Free Home Repairs From

Rebuilding Together Peninsula

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1–2 p.m.

Sunset Room


Rebuilding Together Peninsula rehabilitates

homes and community facilities for senior, lowincome

and disabled homeowners so they can

live independently in warmth and safety. All

services are free. Learn about the program at this

information session.

Valentine’s Dinner Dance

Friday, Feb. 12, 6–10 p.m.

Redwood Room

$20 per person

Love is in the air! Enjoy a wonderful dance with

live music compliments of the Fun After Fifty

Band! Singles and couples alike are welcome. A

three-course dinner will be served and dancing

will follow. Tickets will be available in January.

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.

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A Minute With: Cherlene Wright

Cherlene (pronounced Chair-lean) Wright was born and raised in Redwood City. She attended Garfield Elementary

and McKinley Junior High School, and graduated from Woodside High School in 1987. After that, she attended

Mills College in Oakland. She majored in English with an emphasis in creative writing. She also studied theater.

She met her husband, Alex, in 1988 at Mills College, where his father was her advisor. They are the proud

parents of twin boys Devin and Gavin, who attend Woodside High School.

Cherlene is a probation officer for San Mateo County and is also an independent Avon representative. She

ran for a seat on the City Council this past election and is the only candidate that had not yet been profiled by

The Spectrum in this section. We are honored to do so now.

She started in activism by participating in the student body strike that kept Mills an all-women’s college.

She is currently in her first term on the Housing and Human Concerns Committee and is active in the

Chamber of Commerce, Kainos Home and Training Center, PAL and the Sequoia Hospital Foundation, and

she was the past chairman of Citizens to Protect Redwood City. She is also vice chairman and co-founder of

the Teach for Your Dreams organization.

Cherlene’s hobbies include knitting, reading and volunteering.

One word to describe running for public office?


Worst thing about it?

Seeing behind the curtain.

Best thing about it?

How many people I met and the quality of those

in our community.

Which living person do you most admire?

My husband.

Favorite things about the holidays?

All of it — music, weather, everything!

What talent would you most like to have?

To sing.

Something few know about you?

I have a tattoo.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

I know.

Favorite song?

“Dancing Queen” by ABBA.

Favorite movie?

“My Fair Lady” and “Gone With the Wind” — a


What is your motto?

I can!

Things you cannot handle?

Sympathy — don’t deal with those who are

sympathetic to me. I much prefer humor.

Anyone you got on your mind?

My family because we are preparing for a


Memorable moment?

My wedding day.

First word that comes to mind?


You still can’t believe?

I am a mother to almost-17-year-old twins who are

on the varsity football team.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Entire day with nothing to do but be with my


What or who is the love of your life?


You currently feel?


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