Here's - The Spectrum Magazine

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70 years of leadership, developing life skills and having FUN!



& “As I Was Saying…”

The Spectrum.MAY.2013

Table of Contents

Inside The Spectrum – 4

RCSD Corner – 5

“As I Was Saying...” – 6

“Coach Bear” Barrett:

Paying It Forward With a

Very Kind, Optimistic and

Generous Spirit – 7

Cultural Events – 9

Shop Redwood City – 12

Burning to Be Leaders:

Troop 149 Celebrates

70 Years of Community

Leadership – 14

Community Interest – 17

Sequoia High School Wins

National Cheer Title – 19

Insurance Tips:

The Why and How of Keeping

a Medical Log – 25

Senior Activities – 25

A Minute With

Arnoldo Arreola – 26


e are very excited to present the May 2013 edition of The Spectrum Magazine

to our readers. We have several stories and features that will make you even

more proud of our community.

This month, contributing writer Julie McCoy tells the story of Boy Scout

Troop 149. This group has a rich history in Redwood City. In early March,

current and former scoutmasters, scoutmaster assistants and Scouts with Troop 149 gathered

at the Elks Lodge in Redwood City to celebrate the organization’s 70th anniversary. After

reading this story, you will see what has made them so successful.

We also have stories on the accomplishments of the Sequoia High School cheerleading squad

and a popular businessman, Eric Barrett.

Then we bring you our regular features on senior activities, items of community interest,

cultural and entertainment events, insurance tips from Hector Flamenco, information from the

Redwood City School District and the popular feature “A Minute With.”

And if that’s not enough, Publisher Steve Penna writes about the upcoming November City Council

election, Stanford University trying to come to our community and the recent Chamber of Commerce

Progress Seminar in his column, “As I Was Saying….”

The Spectrum encourages you, our readers, to support our valuable business advertisers by

using their services when you are out shopping, dining or enjoying yourself in our community

with friends and family. Many of them have special offers for you to cut out and present, including

discounts on services, food and beverages, so please take the time to look over their ads

this month and use their coupons and discounts. They want you to visit them. Businesses

in our community are an important component because they create sales tax revenues that

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Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Dale McKee

Julie McCoy

Nicole Minieri

Contributing Writers

James Massey

Graphic Designer

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

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Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot

This month’s cover photo shoot was arranged through email

correspondence between Spectrum Publisher Steve Penna and

one of the parents involved with Boy Scout Troop 149. The

target date of Saturday, April 20, at some time in the morning

was planned.

The reason a place and time for the shoot was not defined

ahead of time was because the troop members and leaders were

participating in a CityTrees event and would not know where they would

be scheduled to help until after the morning briefing. Once that had been

determined, Penna was informed and he arranged to meet cover photographer

James Kaspar and at 11 a.m. near Henry Ford School.

Penna arrived at the shoot first and was quickly joined by Kaspar. They

drove around the neighborhood and located the Scouts planting trees on a

nearby street. They were greeted by Pat Black, a friend of Penna’s who was

instructing the boys and other CityTrees members on what to do.

Originally, Penna wanted the troop members to be photographed in

their official Scout uniforms but then decided that in today’s culture it was

beneficial to show them in a natural setting in “work” clothes.

The entire shoot took about 30 minutes.

Any organization that works in our community to improve the lives of

others, especially our youth, should be commended. And to have been

successful for 70 years, they should be honored and celebrated.

The Spectrum Magazine is proud to do so this month. We commend the

Boy Scout Oath or Promise:

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

The three promises of the Scout Oath — duty to God and country, duty

to other people and duty to self — are something to be proud of. Here’s to

another 70 years.

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RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District

Lights, Camera, Action:

Roosevelt School Teacher Uses Drama to Help Students Learn Vocabulary

Memorizing a dictionary entry may give students

the ability to recite a word’s definition, but how

do students develop an in-depth understanding of

what a word means? Teacher Gillian Parkhurst at

Roosevelt School in Redwood City found a creative

and engaging way to capture the interest of her

third-grade students each time she introduces

a new set of vocabulary words. She challenges

students to work together in teams and create skits

depicting their chosen vocabulary word.

Students have fun with their classmates while

learning new words as they craft vignettes, using

dialogue and gestures. Each member of the team

comes up with an idea for the skit that illustrates

the definition behind the selected word. When

performing, the third-grade audience watches

their classmates act out their interpretation of the

meaning of the word. The students in the audience

must be alert to the nuances of the performance,

always cognizant of the “vocabulary list of words”

from which they will choose.

Throughout the year, new vocabulary words

are introduced every two weeks and are linked

to their reading series. Students eagerly await

the preview of the new vocabulary and their new

team assignment. During the first week, students

are introduced to their new vocabulary words and

learn about them through a variety of classroom

activities. In the second week they get ready for

their performance by working with other students

in a group. During the performance, all students

play an active role and other students in the class

guess the meaning of the word.

By the end of the two-week unit of study, all

Parkhurst develops students’ love of language through this playful,

performance-based activity.

word and looks for clues in order to guess which

word is being presented.

Learning vocabulary through skits builds students’

academic and content vocabulary and supports

their reading comprehension so that all students

become proficient readers.

Parkhurst develops students’ love of language

through this playful, performance-based activity.

Students are highly engaged and develop a love

of language. Public speaking and acting out the

vocabulary solidifies students’ knowledge of the

students in the classroom have mastered the vocabulary.

This improves their self- confidence as well as

helps to increase their reading levels.

As the year progresses, students become more active

participants, developing their oral language skills

as well as comprehension linked to the vocabulary

being taught.

Editor’s note: Roosevelt Principal Trish Girardi and

Roosevelt parent Trish Taylor wrote this article.

Left, clockwise from top left: Working together to create

the skit using movement. Students discuss how to act

out their vocabulary word. Students raise their hands

to guess the vocabulary word being acted out by their

classmates. Above: Teacher Gillian Parkhurst introduces

vocabulary words on the Focus Wall in week one.

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As I Was

Saying… Publisher

| Steve Penna

The November City Council race just got a little

more crowded and a little more familiar as former

mayor and 16-year council veteran Diane Howard

officially threw her hat into the ring and is running.

She served four consecutive four-year terms until

she was termed out in 2009. She points to her

experience as the main reason for jumping in.

The race has three seats up for grabs with Vice

Mayor Jeff Gee and Councilman John Seybert

running for re-election. Councilman Jeff Ira is

termed out and cannot run again. Even though

Howard was just termed out four years ago, she is

eligible to run again according to the city charter.

There are already two strong challengers,

small businesswoman/owner Corrin Rankin and

Planning Commission head Ernie Schmidt.

Both are campaigning hard and have gained an

early impressive list of endorsements. Rankin’s

endorsements include County Sheriff Greg Munks,

Undersheriff and former Redwood City Police

Chief Carlos Bolanos, County Supervisor Don

Horsley, Department of Veterans Affairs manager

Derrick Felton, former Atherton Police Chief

Glenn Nielsen and business and community leader

Alpio Barbara.

Schmidt has the support of County Supervisor

Warren Slocum; former Mayor Dani Gasparini;

Planning Commissioners Kevin Bondonno, Janet

Borgens, Rachel Holt, Ralph Garcia and Nancy

Radcliffe; and community leader Jack Castle.

One potential candidate, Highway Patrolman

Paul McCarthy, who collected 12.66 percent of

the vote when he ran his first campaign in 2011

against three incumbents, is not running in this

election due to increased job responsibilities. He

has thrown his support behind Rankin.

It must also be noted that Borgens ran for one of

these seats four years ago and lost to Seybert by

only 857 votes. Her support and campaigning for

Schmidt will be valuable.

Given that this year’s election is in an off-year,

meaning no other major races are being decided at

the same time, voter turnout is expected to be low.

The last time Howard ran was for this same seat in

2005, and she was the top vote-getter with 25.55

percent. That means she has been away from voter

recognition for eight years. That is a long time in

politics, and though she has stayed involved, to

what degree that will matter remains to be seen as

the campaign continues.

One of the key elements of this election for the

challengers is going to be how to attract younger

voters to step up and look beyond the status quo in our

community. To entertain new ideas (their ideas)

and to provide new, diverse faces that reflect the

population and diversity of our community, new

blood if you will, are the messages needed.

Gaining early endorsements and support is a

must for any challenger, and the early momentum

these two candidates have is clearly defining this

election as an “old blood” versus “new blood”

campaign. Considering the four council members

not up for re-election this year — Ian Bain,

Barbara Pierce, Rosanne Foust and Mayor

Alicia Aguirre have a combined 46 years on the

council — many in our community point to “new

blood” being needed to complement the existing

experience on the council.

But how do candidates attract these voters or

even engage them? In last year’s presidential election,

there were 352,197 registered voters in San Mateo

County. Of those, 86,411 were between the ages of

18 and 35. But here is the fascinating thing, only

1.5 percent of those voters have turned out in the

past five elections. So how do you attract them?

Here’s how: social media. Using mobile phones,

laptops, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, websites

and all others. Both of the current challengers,

Rankin and Schmidt, started Facebook campaign

pages. At the time of this writing, Rankin had 213

likes, which means people have viewed her page

and liked it. Schmidt had 60 likes. By all accounts,

both of those numbers are good for the beginning

stages. The other three candidates do not have

campaign Facebook pages yet.

It is an absolute must for the two challengers to

attract those young voters, and they will make a

difference in this race just as seniors will for the

incumbents and Howard.

All the candidates have websites. Gee’s is www., Howard’s is,

Rankin’s is, Schmidt’s is and Seybert’s is www.

It is way too early to tell if any others will join

the race, but I would expect at least five others

to do so. Of them, I don’t know if any will be

considered to be strong ones. The deadline to enter

the race is not until August.


You may remember I wrote recently about the

Redwood City–San Mateo County Chamber of

Commerce and its annual Progress Seminar that

is held in Monterey. I expressed my opinion about

the location and the concerns I have about taking

sales tax dollars from our county’s business and

political community and giving them to another. In

my opinion, it is not the right thing to do, especially

when those tax dollars are much needed here.

Anyway, I decided to make the trip down to the seminar

and see for myself 1) whether it is beneficial to

attend and 2) whether it is beneficial to have it

held out of the area. Of course, 3) I also wanted to

have some fun. Here is what I figured out.

Let’s start off with who was there. State Sen.

Jerry Hill. Assemblymen Rich Gordon and Kevin

Mullen. County Supervisors Don Horsley, Carole

Groom and Warren Slocum. County Treasurer/

Tax Collector Sandie Arnott. County Sheriff Greg

Munks and Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos.

Redwood City Mayor Alicia Aguirre, Vice Mayor

Jeff Gee and council members Ian Bain, Rosanne

Foust, Barbara Pierce, and John Seybert. City Manager

Bob Bell. City Council candidates Diane Howard,

Corrin Rankin and Ernie Schmidt. Former Mayors

Jim Hartnett and Dani Gasparini.

Council members and/or staff from the cities of

Colma, Half Moon Bay, San Mateo, Foster City,

Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Millbrae, San Carlos, San

Bruno and Burlingame.

School district elected officials Carrie Du Bois,

Rhonda Ceccato, Chris Thomsen, Olivia

Martinez, Shelly Masur, Alan Sarver, Hilary

Paulson, Dennis McBride, Maria Diaz-Slocum,

Ted Lempert and Richard Holober and Superintendents

Jan Christensen and Jim Lianides.

Representatives of the business community from

San Mateo County Association of Realtors, Facebook,

Oracle, PG&E, San Mateo Credit Union, Recology,

Kaiser Permanente, Sequoia Hospital, County of San

Mateo, Cargill, DES Architects, Port of Redwood

City, Seaport Industrial Association, DPR Construction,

WL Butler Construction, Sequoia Realty, United

American Bank, First National Bank, Wells Fargo, Beals

Martin Inc., Provident Credit Union, and on and on.

Needless to say, all of those, combined with the

others who attended, make up an impressive group

that represents virtually our entire county in one

way or another.

Now let’s get back to the summary. Although I

had committed to go, I was resenting the fact that I

would have to go away to basically do what a large

portion of my job requires me to do every day here:

interact and socialize with elected officials and politicos.

But I decided to take one for the team and off I went.

The seminar was held at the Hyatt Regency

Monterey and, as with all similar events, the

chamber had arranged special room pricing for

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“Coach Bear” Barrett

Paying It Forward With a Very Kind, Optimistic and Generous Spirit

By Julie McCoy, contributing writer

For 25 years, Eric Barrett has helped people in Redwood City and surrounding areas

with their insurance needs. He is a go-to guy for those who need health insurance,

life insurance, disability insurance and long-term care insurance. Barrett also

assists people with investments and annuities.

Majority of business comes from selling health insurance

About 75 percent of Barrett’s business comes from assisting people with

health insurance, he said. He is a broker for top companies such as Blue

Shield, Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net and Kaiser. He prefers PPOs over

HMOs because PPOs provide access to a wider selection of doctors, he said.

Barrett is a good resource regarding the health care changes that will

take place next year under the Affordable Care Act, and he can help people

navigate through the changes, he said.

Long-term care insurance helps those with elderly parents

If you have elderly parents and are unable to care for them, the long-term care

insurance that Barrett sells will take the burden off you and enable someone

else to provide the care.

“I have a lot of [people] buying it for their parents,” he said. “Rather than

having to be caregivers themselves, they can come in and afford to have

someone else help. You have your own life. You have your own kids and your

own responsibilities.”

A genuine desire to help people

For Barrett, the most rewarding part of his job is being able to help people. “I

just love helping people,” he said. “Sometimes it’s helping people save money

or increase their benefits. Sometimes it’s a matter of them continuing their

relationships with their physician.”

Many of his clients are self-employed

Many of the people Barrett works with are self-employed. He works with a

lot of real estate agents, he said, noting that “They need everything I’ve got.”

Former neighbor introduced him to the insurance field

How did Barrett get started in insurance? A former neighbor, Jack Healey,

introduced him to New York Life and it turned out to be a good fit. “He was

a mentor,” Barrett said. “He mentored me when I was a new rookie agent. He

showed me the ropes.”

Member of the Million Dollar Round Table

Barrett is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table, which is

awarded to an agent who has achieved a place in the top 1 percent of all

insurance advisors. “It’s a real honor,” he said. “It just shows that all of my

hard work is paying off and the industry is recognizing my efforts.”

Key to success is putting clients first

What’s the key to success in the insurance business? “Put your clients’

interests first and you’ll never have to worry about anything else, really,”

Barrett said.

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Cultural Events

Fox Theatre and Club Fox

2209 Broadway, downtown Redwood City

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Club Fox

• Frank Bey (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 1. $5.

• Hookslide — The Hard Rockin’ Cool Groovin’

Vocal Revolution. 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2. $10.

• Pop Fiction. 9 p.m. Friday, May 3. $13.

• Cinco de Mayo Celebration with Los Cochinos

and Lumbre. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4. $12

• Steve Freund (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8. $5.

• Laurence Juber. 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9. $18.

The Sun Kings — A Beatles Tribute As Nature

Intended. 8 p.m. Friday, May 10. $18.

• Slightly Left and The Quart of Blood

Technique. 9 p.m. Saturday, May 11. $10.

• Cold Feat (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 15. $5.

• David Knopfler (of Dire Straits) and Harry

Bogdanovs. 8 p.m. Thursday, May 16. $22.

• Pride & Joy. 9 p.m. Friday, May 17. $18.

• Jackie Payne (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22. $5.

• Windy Hill Bluegrass. 9 p.m. Friday, May 24. $10.

• RebelYell ’80s Dance Party. 9 p.m. Saturday,

May 25. $13.

• Live Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Cha Cha

Cha with N’Rumba. 9 p.m. Friday, May 31. $15.

San Mateo County

History Museum

2200 Broadway St., Redwood City


Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

$5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students,

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.

Free First Fridays Program June 7

The San Mateo County History Museum

continues its “Free First Fridays” program on

June 7. Not only is admission free the entire

day (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), but two programs are

planned for the public without any fees. At 11

a.m., preschool children will be invited to learn

about ocean life. They will make an “ocean in a

bottle” to take home. An “ocean in a bottle” is a

craft in which kids recreate an ocean environment

in a plastic water bottle. The museum staff will

conduct a special program in the “Mavericks” big

wave exhibit area. Here the youngsters will hear

the story Way Down Deep in the Ocean Blue Sea.

At 2 p.m., museum docents will lead tours of the

museum for adults.

Ongoing Exhibits:

“Honoring Steve Jobs.” A new addition to the museum’s

permanent exhibits honors the late Steve Jobs

with displays featuring an original 1988 NeXT

computer, part of the company that Jobs founded

in Redwood City when he left Apple in the 1980s

for a time. A variety of other objects, including

books, brochures and more, are also on display.

“Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience

in San Mateo County.” This exhibition tells

the stories of the diverse people who came to the

area. It highlights the experiences of the early

immigrant groups — Chinese, Japanese, Irish,

Italians and Portuguese — in the late 1800s.

“San Mateo County History Makers:

Entrepreneurs Who Changed the World.”

Visitors are invited to review biographies of such

innovators as A.P. Giannini (who created the Bank of

America and lived in San Mateo) and other entrepreneurs

whose innovations have left a substantial impact.

50th Annual Redwood City

Spring Art Show

The Sequoia Art Group of Redwood City will be

presenting its 50th annual Redwood City Spring

Art Show on Saturday, May 18, from noon to 5

p.m. at the Community Activities Building, 1400

Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City.

This juried show showcases over 125 adults’

paintings and photographs, plus over 150 middle

and high school art works and photographs.

Painting demonstrations will be held throughout

the show and admission is free to all. This cultural

event is sponsored by the Redwood City Civic

Cultural Commission and the Redwood City Parks

and Recreation Department with additional cosponsoring

from the Port of Redwood City, San

Mateo Credit Union, Redwood City Nursery, the

Canyon Inn and Adams Broadwell Joseph & Cordozo.

Artists, photographers and students living

within the boundaries of the Sequoia Union High

School District are eligible to enter. Entry forms

are at the CAB Building and the downtown

Redwood City library or can be obtained at www. under the ART SHOW

menu tab. Entries are from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on

Thursday, May 16, at the CAB Building. Student

entries are free, and there is an entry fee per

painting for adults.

Society of Western Artists

2625 Broadway, Redwood City

The Society of Western Artists’ current exhibit

runs until May 31 at the SWA Headquarters

Gallery, 2625 Broadway, Redwood City, CA.

The gallery is in the first block off El Camino;

check our website for directions at www. The gallery is open

Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Berni Jahnke (SWA), Laura Johnson (SWA)

and Olga Parr (SWA) judged the Society of Western

Artists spring show. The first-place award went

to Anneliese Drbal for her oil “Coyote Point Park,”

second place went to Victoria Chiofalo (SWA) for

her watercolor “Winter Harvest” and third place

went to Ellen Howard for her oil “Bay Reflections.”

Honorable mention was awarded to Anne

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Cultural Events (Continued from previous page)

Oseberg for her watercolor “Voyage of the Sea.”

Other participants in this show were Edna Acri,

Alisan Andrews (SWA), Tomiko Bailey, Diana

Potter Burnell (SWA), Elizabeth Chalmers, Tom

Chapman, Duke Collins, Joe Crosetti, Catherine

Streets Delfs, Carrie Drilling (SWA), Shirley

Green, Diana Jaye (SWA), Laurie Johnson, Eva

Klinger, Iain Neilands, Marie Pinault, Camilla

Roos, Barbara Todd and Akiyo Walker.

Peninsula Symphony Closes

Season on May 17 in

Redwood City

Friday, May 17, 8–10 p.m. Fox Theatre, 2215

Broadway St., Redwood City

Student/youth $20, senior $35, regular

$40 for single tickets

The acclaimed Peninsula Symphony Orchestra

and Music Director Mitchell Sardou Klein will

close a spirited 2012–13 season of firsts with

the world premiere of composer Lee Actor’s

Piano Concerto with soloist Daniel Glover in

two performances: Friday, May 17, at 8 p.m. at

the Fox Theatre in Redwood City and Saturday,

May 18, at 8 p.m. at the Flint Center/DeAnza

College in Cupertino. In addition to the premiere,

the concert will feature Beethoven’s “Pastorale”

Symphony No. 6 and Mendelssohn’s “Calm Sea

and Prosperous Voyage.”

Art on the Square

Call for Artists and Crafters for June–

August Shows

Art on the Square features the best in fine arts and

crafts each month between June and August at

Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City.

Complementing Music on the Square and the

PAL Blues Festival, AOTS showcases original

painting, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics

and more at prices for every budget. Plus, Jewelry

on the Square (JOTS) will return in July. Monthly

jurying until each show is filled. Apply today at For more information,


Art on the Square 2013

dates & times

Friday, June 14, 5–8:30 p.m. with

Music on the Square

Friday, July 12, 5–8:30 p.m. Jewelry on the

Square with Music on the Square

Friday, July 26, 5–8:30 p.m. with Music on the Square

Saturday, July 27, 12–8 p.m. with the PAL Blues Festival

Sunday, July 28, 12–5 p.m. with the PAL Blues Festival

Friday, Aug. 24, 5–8:30 p.m. with Music on the Square

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Persian food. We tried the chicken kabob and Pollo

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Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road – Tim Harrison

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their famous hamburgers to pizzas, all kinds of

sandwiches and pastas, and South-of-the-Border

specialties while various sports play on the big,

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D. Tequila Lounge and Restaurant – 851 Main St.

– “We went there and it was fabulous! We were

impressed by their food menu, and the burger I

had was tasty. They have 21 big-screen TVs for

watching your favorite sports team, having a

drink with friends or dancing the night away.”

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

restaurants. There are bad restaurants. There

are OK restaurants. Then there are those places,

the magic ones. You come back again and again

because the food doesn’t just taste good and

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

Senior citizens receive $1 off and children under

12 dine at half price.

The Sandwich Spot – 2420 Broadway – With

a motto promising to change your life “one

sandwich at a time” and a menu and atmosphere

that has already made it a popular spot in

downtown Redwood City, the Sandwich Spot will

have you wondering where this place has been all

your life, and whether or not you can get some of

their signature Bomb Sauce to go.

Financial Institutions:

San Mateo Credit Union – Three Redwood City

locations – As a member-driven organization,

SMCU 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 to learn the

advantages of membership banking.

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! Get

your home ready for entertaining during the year.

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.

Real Estate:

Michelle Glaubert

at Coldwell Banker –

650-722-1193 – Michelle has

been a full-time, top-producing

real estate agent since 1978. With

a proven track record, she has

helped buyers achieve their

dreams of home ownership and sellers make

successful moves to their next properties. The

majority of her business is garnered through referrals

from her many satisfied clients. Living in Emerald

Hills, she knows the area well and is involved

in the community. Count on Michelle’s years of

experience to guide you through your next real estate

transaction. Visit her online at

John Nelson at Coldwell Banker – 650-566-5315

– John has been a resident of Redwood City for

21 years and has been a real estate agent for 18

years. He is known for doing his clients’ legwork,

keeping them up to date with new listings and

conditions as they impact the market. He will make

the process as pleasurable and stress-free an experience

for you as he can. Let John guide you through the

complexities of buying or selling your home,

eliminating hassles and stress. Visit him online at

Vicky Costantini at Sequoia Realty –

650-430-8425 – Born and raised in Redwood

City, Vicky is known for her honesty and

availability. She believes those qualities foster

strong working relationships with her clients.

In turn, those same clients have referred her to

countless friends and relatives. With an approach

that is simple yet effective, she treats every listing

as if it is her first, and her clients know that they

will get the very best effort as they enter into the

purchase or sale of a home. Visit her online at

Specialty Businesses:

Davies Appliance – 1580 El Camino Real –

“Davies helped me with my appliance purchases

and they know what they are doing. All they

carry is appliances; you don’t have to worry about

anything else. Leave it to them to assist you with

your kitchen remodel and you will be very happy.

I recommend Davies to anyone who is interested

in great pricing and even better service. The focus

is appliances and service.”

Every Woman Health Club – 611 Jefferson Ave. –

A women-only, body-positive fitness center in downtown

Redwood City. Services include classes, weight and

cardio equipment, personal training, therapeutic

massage and skin care. Flexible pricing, with

several options available for members and

nonmembers. Visit www.everywomanhealthclub.

com or call 650-364-9194 to get started.

Hector Flamenco Insurance (State Farm) – 956

Main St. – Hector has been in the insurance

business and with State Farm for 20 years. He

specializes in auto and business insurance. A local

resident, he also provides servicio en español!

Visit his website at

Saf Keep Storage – 2480 Middlefield Road – The

friendly and reliable team at Saf Keep is ready

to assist you with a variety of storage products

and services to suit all your storage needs. Visit

their website at to see

exactly what products and services are available.

Compare them to other facilities and you’ll see

why their service makes the difference.

St. Regal Jewelers – 850 Main St. – “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.” Whether you are

looking for men’s or women’s quality jewelry,

shopping local does not get better than this.

Woodside Terrace – 485 Woodside Road, 650-

366-3900 – Woodside Terrace understands that

in choosing a senior living community, residents

are looking for much more than a comfortable

living environment to call home. Brookdale

Living’s Redwood City community delivers

inspired independent living with the promise of

exceptional experiences every day. As residents’

needs change, they are provided with a variety of

ancillary services and a personalized assisted living

environment that encourages them to continue to

live as they please.

Events Around Town

Chamber of Commerce Mixer Hosted by The Spectrum Magazine and Spa Luxe

A fun time was had by all at Spa Luxe in Redwood Shores, which hosted last month’s chamber mixer with The Spectrum Magazine. From top left: Dr. Steve Sprague and Zareh Samurkashian

spread the chamber cheer. Nina Kadera, Roger Spring, Sky Hill and Gino Gasparini. San Mateo Credit Union President and CEO Barry Jolette with chamber CEO Amy Buckmaster.

Businesswomen Lilia Ledezma and Corrin Rankin. Mark Charles, Ed Friebertshauser and Barry Taleghani have networking fun. Vice Mayor Jeff Gee and former Mayor Georgi LaBerge.

Burning to Be Leaders:

Troop 149 Celebrates 70 Years of Community Leadership

By Julie McCoy, contributing writer

Boy Scout Troop

149 has a long, rich

history in Redwood

City. In fact, in early

March, current and

former scoutmasters,

scoutmaster assistants

and Scouts with Troop

149 gathered at the Elks

Lodge in Redwood City

to celebrate the troop’s

70th anniversary.

Scoutmaster Jeff

Gray, his son Josh and

another Scout, Chase, helped put together a slide

presentation. The show featured pictures from

different camping, hiking and service projects

the troop had done within the past year and was

accompanied by music.

“It’s pretty high-quality,” Gray said. “I told

them [Josh and Chase] what I was looking for.

I let them choose the slides and the music and

checked it for appropriateness.”

Gray estimated he, Josh and Chase spent 18

hours over the course of three months putting the

video and music together.

Also as part of the 70th anniversary celebration,

each scoutmaster did a “Scoutmaster Minute” in

which they told a story.

“It’s almost like a reflection,” Gray said.

“You’re trying to provide the Scouts with

something to think about.”

The “Scoutmaster Minute” tends to be very

serious in nature. Gray read a poem about a boy

who wanted to become a Scout, achieved his Eagle

rank, went into the Army and unfortunately got

killed abroad. “It was kind of a touching deal,” he said.

with the group that is associated with safety,” he

said, noting that the focus is on prevention. “We

all want the Scouts to have fun, but at a certain level.”

Gray does a lot of leading by example. “I live my life

as a Scout now as opposed to a parent,” he said.

In addition to being a scoutmaster, which he

does on a volunteer basis, Gray operates Gray’s

Paint and Wallpaper in Redwood City. “It’s a

balancing act, there’s no question about it,” he said.

Community service

Troop 149 does at least one community service

project per month, according to Gray.

Every Memorial Day, the troop goes to South San

Francisco and puts flags on military gravesites.

In February, Troop 149 helped the Redwood

City Optimist Club, which sponsors the

organization, with its fundraising dinner. “In

this case, they were well-overbooked and really

needed the Scouts’ help,” Gray said, noting that

the Scouts helped serve food and clean up after

the fundraiser.

At the end of last year, Troop 149 also did a

beach cleanup at San Gregorio Beach, which is

south of Half Moon Bay. “You get 20 of these

Scouts out there with their plastic bags in their

hands and they all come back full,” Gray said.

“All of this stuff makes the time and effort they

put into it completely worthwhile.”

Camping trips

Most Boy Scout troops have one camping event

per summer, but every summer Troop 149 holds

two camps.

Camp Royaneh, located in the coastal redwoods

area near Cazadero in Sonoma County, is the

easier, less rigorous of the two camps.

This year, 25 Scouts and about five Scout leaders

are going to Royaneh.

“It’s easy to get to,” Josh Gray said. “It’s fairly

inexpensive. It’s more oriented toward younger

Scouts, 11- to 12-year-olds. It’s a four-hour drive.”

Activities at Camp Royaneh include a Challenging

Outdoor Personal Experience (COPE) course set

high amongst the redwoods; swimming in an

Olympic-size pool; archery; rifle, shotgun and

black powder shooting in the Mountain Man area;

campfires; and programs at a lighted amphitheater,

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“I’ve learned to become a leader. I’ve

learned lifesaving skills and first aid.”

About Troop 149

Troop 149 currently has about 50 active Scouts

who range in age from 11 to 17. The majority live

in Redwood City, while the remainder live in

other nearby towns and cities, such as Woodside

and San Carlos.

Learning leadership and life skills

The Scouts learn leadership and life skills by

running group meetings at the Elks Lodge every

Monday night and by participating in outdoor activities.

They plan the meals they eat while they’re out

exploring the great outdoors. “They basically

determine what they want to eat and how it’s

going to be prepared and cooked,” Gray said.

Gray noted, “Scouting is very much about leadership

and developing life skills of Scouts. That’s what I

get out of this. We’re providing a path, but we’re not

standing next to the Scouts but behind them. The

idea of Scouting is to give them the opportunity to

see their successes and realize their mistakes.”

The ideal situation is to have Scouts achieve

the rank of Eagle well before their 18th birthday,

Gray said.

Scoutmaster handles any problems

that arise, ensures safety

As a scoutmaster, Gray lets the Scouts lead but is the

go-to person if a problem arises. He also ensures

the Scouts’ safety.

“I’m in charge of pretty much anything that happens

Top right: Troop 149 Assistant Scoutmaster Laura Hovden, committee Chairman

Farzin Hatami and Scoutmaster Jeff Gray presenting a certificate of appreciation to

John Butterfield of Redwood City Optimist Club (Troop 149’s chartered organization).

Above: BSA (Pacific Skyline Council, Redwood District) district executive Steven

Aguirre, Hatami and former Troop 149 Scoutmaster John Wise.

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Burning to Be Leaders: Troop 149 Celebrates 70 Years of Community Leadership

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according to the San Francisco Bay Area Council

of Boy Scouts of America. The Diamond R corral

also offers an outstanding horsemanship program

and trail rides. Additionally, Camp Royaneh

boasts a diverse ecosystem for nature study,

including oceanography.

Every year, in addition to Camp Royaneh, some

Scouts in Troop 149 also attend a more arduous

camp. This summer, that camp is the Philmont

Scout Ranch, a 12-day high-adventure camp

situated on more than 214 square miles of rugged

wilderness in northern New Mexico in which

Scouts backpack from one campsite to the next

with activities at each site.

“You literally camp from one campsite to the

next,” Gray said. “It is considered by most who

have done it as a life-altering experience.”

The camp is at a much higher elevation than

the Scouts are used to, Gray pointed out. “You’re

taking Scouts that are used to being 50 feet above

sea level and strapping a backpack to them,” he noted.

Most Scouts attend the Philmont Scout Ranch

only once in their scouting career, and they train

beforehand to make sure they’re prepared.

Learning everything

from cooking to boating to

public speaking

Gray’s son Josh, a freshman at Woodside High

School who turns 15 this month, has been involved

with Troop 149 since 2009.

He’s learned things that are handy in the home,

such as how to cook, he said. He’s also learned

how to tie knots and how to sail small boats that

are 15 to 20 feet in length.

Additionally, he’s become a better public speaker.

Public speaking for him used to be nerve-wracking,

but now he is more confident and less nervous.

“I’ve gotten much more confident in front of

crowds,” he said.

Sean Clark, who is in eighth grade at St. Pius

School in Redwood City, has been involved with

Troop 149 for about three years.

“I’ve learned to communicate with people and

learned outdoor skills I would need if I was in a

dangerous situation, like out in the woods,” he said.

“I’ve learned to become a leader. I’ve learned

lifesaving skills and first aid.”

He started off as a Cub Scout and then became

a Boy Scout, just like his dad did.

“I think anyone who has been in the Boy

Scouts won’t regret that they were part of the Boy

Scouts,” he said.

Rewarding to see Scouts mature

Ed Slintak has held a variety of roles with Troop 149,

including assistant scoutmaster and scoutmaster.

He’s currently a unit commissioner official and

serves as a liaison between the troop and the local

Boy Scouts council.

Slintak, who is a civil engineer, said it is

rewarding to see young boys come in fairly

immature and leave as Boy Scouts able to take

responsibility and accept leadership roles. “These

young men are burning to be leaders,” he said.


Boy Scout Troop 149 meets

every Monday night at 6

p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 938

Wilmington Way, in Redwood

City. The group can be

contacted at

Above left: Troop 149 committee Chairman Farzin

Hatami and Scoutmaster Jeff Gray. Hatami and Assistant

Scoutmaster Laura Hovden.

Community Interest

Revisit Wyatt Earp, Pioneers, Civil War, Wells Fargo

Express and More During Historic Preservation Month

in Redwood City

People in Redwood City will join thousands of individuals around the

country as part of a nationwide celebration of the annual National Historic

Preservation Month during May.

“See! Save! Celebrate!” is the theme of the monthlong celebration sponsored

by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and locally by Redwood

City’s Historic Resources Advisory Committee. This special event spotlights

grassroots historic preservation efforts in America, celebrates the diverse

and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states, and enables more

Americans to become involved in the growing historic preservation movement.

Here in Redwood City, observation of Historic Preservation Month 2013

started with a proclamation from the City Council on Monday, April 22,

followed by a Downtown historic walking tour on Sunday, May 5, a Union

Cemetery Historic Site tour on May 18, and a field trip for seventh-graders to

three downtown buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

And, the city’s self-guided Path of History walking tours are another great

way to celebrate our local history.

• Downtown Historic Walking Tour, Sunday, May 5, 10:30 a.m.: Tour

meets in front of Lathrop House at 627 Hamilton St. The tour will

last approximately 1.5 hours and will include most of Redwood City’s

historic commercial buildings as well as some historic residential

properties. Walking tour participants will see where Wyatt Earp

occasionally came for a drink, where a Wells Fargo Express Office

operated in 1875, Redwood City’s first new car showroom salon and

auto repair garage, the finest theater on the Peninsula in 1896, the

former homes of prominent pioneer citizens and much more.

• Union Cemetery Historic Site Tour, Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.: Tour

meets at the 1859 cemetery, located on Woodside Road near El Camino

Real. The Union Cemetery serves as a permanent archive of San

Mateo County’s history. Recorded on stone are the rich and colorful

lives of many pioneer families — including more than 40 Civil War

veterans who are buried in the old soldiers’ plot established by the

Grand Army of the Republic.

• Seventh-grade field trips: Taking place on May 15, 20, 28 and 29, the

field trips led by local volunteers will bring hundreds of students to

the restored 1863 Lathrop House, the Old County Courthouse (home

of the San Mateo County Historical Association and Museum) and the

historic Fox Theatre.

• Path of History: Redwood City’s historic informational kiosk and

commemorative sculpture/plaque are located at the corner of Main

Street and Broadway, near the site of the Wells Fargo express service,

where visitors can pick up a brochure and take a self-guided tour

of historic landmarks in downtown Redwood City — the “Path of

History.” Historic plaques are located throughout the Downtown area.

Business, community and civic sponsors and participants for the school

tours include the City of Redwood City and its Civic Cultural Commission

and Historic Resources Advisory Committee, Fox Theatre owners Eric and

Lori Lochtefeld, the San Mateo County Historical Association, the Redwood

City Heritage Association, the Karen P. and James W. Gernand Family Fund,

attorney Michael Bursak and the Redwood City Optimist Club.

The Historic Resources Advisory Committee is an advisory committee

to the Redwood City Planning Commission regarding the implementation

of the city’s historic preservation ordinance. The committee recommends

historic designation of local landmarks and districts, performs design review

of changes to historic buildings and is involved in other historic preservation

related activities.

Redwood City Parks Department and Redwood City

PAL Win Stanford Community Partnership Award

The Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department

and Redwood City Police Activities League have won a prestigious

Community Partnership Award from the Stanford University Office of Public

Affairs. This award recognizes the partnership with Stanford GOALS, a

community-based approach to addressing childhood obesity. The partnership,

which also includes the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, is being

honored for its work in engaging our community’s youth in developing

healthy lifestyles.

The Parks Department’s role includes providing Stanford with access

to selected after-school programs to identify and engage youth at risk of

obesity for participation in this program, and providing targeted athletic

programming in support of Stanford’s work. As a key partner, PAL provides

one of its Community Center classrooms daily for the GOALS after-school

educational program, to conduct assessments to qualify families and youth

for the program and to host evening family nutritional education and

recreation programs.

The partnership programming, which builds upon existing after-school

programming, also included site visits from the Stanford student-athletes,

visits to campus for mentoring programs and on-campus field days. The

partnership received the award at a recognition luncheon in Palo Alto on

April 11.

Stanford GOALS is a multiyear Stanford Prevention Research Center

program to evaluate an innovative, community-based approach to addressing

childhood obesity. Stanford’s partners, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the

Peninsula, Redwood City PAL and Redwood City Parks, Recreation and

Community Services Department, work with Stanford to identify youth at

risk for obesity and engage them in developing healthy lifestyles. Students

enrolled in GOALS participate in a health education program or an active

intervention, which includes a team sports program, home visits to reduce

screen time and improve the home food environment, and primary care

provider follow-up.

“Stanford GOALS is very appreciative of the outstanding support and

advocacy of the Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Department and Redwood City PAL,” said Dana Weintraub, M.D., and Kelly

Burke, of Stanford GOALS. “Through these partnerships, together we are

helping promote health and wellness for the community of Redwood City.”

Stanford’s Office of Public Affairs initiated the awards program to honor

the valuable partnerships that exist between Stanford and its neighbors and

to celebrate community efforts that successfully tackle real world problems

and advance the public good. The partnership including Redwood City Parks

and Redwood City PAL was selected based on their initiative, leadership and

involvement in projects that embody the spirit of genuine partnership and

benefit the overall community.

More information on the Stanford GOALS program and the 2013

Community Partnership Award is online at


The Redwood City Police Activities League (PAL) is a nonprofit, communitybased

organization providing intervention, prevention and alternative programs

to at-risk and economically challenged youth in Redwood City. PAL works

to build partnerships between youth, police and the community through

educational, cultural, recreational and outreach programs to help youth reach

their full potential. Its programs strive to help youth assimilate honest values,

assets and skills. The PAL website is


The Poker Run on May 11.

See Page 18 for details.

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Sequoia High School Wins National Cheer Title

Cheerleading isn’t traditionally

thought of as a sport for guys,

but two Sequoia High School

juniors found themselves loving

the spirited group.

Sequoia High School’s cheerleading squad took first place

in the United Spirit Association High School Nationals

competition in the co-ed division.

This season, the Cherokees team took first place

in the United Spirit Association High School

Nationals competition in the co-ed division, which

requires two or more guys to be on the team. The

competition, which happened last month, was the

icing on the cake for two guys — 18-year-olds German

Barajas and Lorenzo Bruni — who decided to give

cheerleading a chance this year.

“Cheering’s a family,” said Barajas. “I can’t live

without it. All the girls are like sisters.”

Bruni, an exchange student from Italy, agreed.

A gymnast, Bruni joined the team in the fall in

hopes of continuing to practice. Since joining, he

said he formed stronger bonds, participated in a

sport that doesn’t exist in his home country and

got a chance to practice his English.

Adding guys onto a squad often enhances the

stunts. Last year, Sequoia’s squad had one guy, not

enough to move the team into the co-ed division. Barajas

took that spot and has enjoyed the challenges.

When Bruni came on, the team entered a new

division. Sequoia’s competition squad is made up

of members from both the junior varsity and varsity

squads, said coach Stacy Morell. This year’s routine

was choreographed over the summer, before the

squad knew they would be competing in the coed

division. As a result, it didn’t really highlight

the boys, said Morell. Now the team is hoping to

continue to grow the number of guys and become

a stronger force in the co-ed division, she said.

Being that Barajas and Bruni were both new,

neither knew what to expect when taking the

nationals stage in Southern California last month.

There was a team with seven guys, which both

boys mentioned intimidated them. But the win

despite having fewer guys enlivened both juniors.

“I’m excited for the whole team,” said Barajas.

Bruni, who will be returning back to Italy, can’t

continue on the team next year. Despite that, he

thinks more guys should give it a try.

Editor’s note: This article, written by Heather Murtagh,

appeared first in the Daily Journal newspaper.

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Wife works part-time in the office

Barrett’s wife, Katia, a retired firefighter, works part-time in his office as an

administrator, doing data entry, filing and faxing.

“She’s my rock,” Barrett said. “She’s my biggest supporter and my biggest

fan. She makes me look good.”

Two teenagers in the house

The couple, who have been married for 23 years, have two children. Their

son, Jackson, 15, attends Serra High School in San Mateo, where he is getting

straight A’s in all-honors classes and currently plays junior varsity volleyball.

Their daughter, Brenna, 13, is in seventh grade and on the honor roll at St.

Pius School in Redwood City, where she received a merit award for good

conduct. She currently plays softball in San Carlos and is hoping to attend

Notre Dame High School in Belmont.

Graduate of Serra High, Santa Clara University

Barrett, who was born and raised in San Mateo, attended St. Catherine’s Grammar

School in Burlingame, Serra High School in San Mateo, where he was valedictorian,

and Santa Clara University, where he graduated with a finance degree from

the School of Business.

Close to his mom

Barrett has a close relationship with his mom, Laverne, who lives in the Wine

Country area. “She has always been there for me,” he said. “She is the kindest,

most generous, loving, wonderful woman in my life, next to my wife, of course.”

The Barrett family has a second home close to where Barrett’s mom lives

so that they can visit her frequently.

His dad, Jack, died when Barrett was about 17 years old, and his seven

siblings were very supportive, he said.

Passionate about athletics, too

Barrett is passionate about sports. Last year he coached junior varsity football

and junior varsity and varsity basketball at Sequoia High School. He will coach

basketball at Sequoia High School this fall. The kids he coaches and even other

coaches call him “Coach Bear” because he is tall and his last name is Barrett.

A self-described “huge 49ers fan,” Barrett has six autographed, framed

jerseys of former 49ers players in his San Mateo office. He also has an

autographed, framed jersey of Tom Brady, a quarterback for the New

England Patriots, who went to Serra High School.

Strong community involvement

Barrett is very involved in the local community. For five years he has

served on Redwood City’s Police Activities League (PAL) — a nonprofit,

community-based organization that provides intervention, prevention

and alternative programs to at-risk youth and youth from economically

challenged families in Redwood City.

Additionally, he has been involved with the San Mateo Rotary Club for 25

years. “They’re the finest group of people I’ve ever had the privilege of being

associated with,” he said.

Jim McGovern met Barrett through the San Mateo Rotary Club about 10

years ago, and the two have been friends ever since.

“He is very successful in his New York Life business and very good at it.

He’s a strong Rotarian,” McGovern said. “He’s a great guy.”

McGovern noted that Barrett is a wonderful and very devoted father. “He is

one of the best fathers I have ever met. … That’s how you can tell the quality

of a good man, if he pays more attention to his kids than his buddies. He does

100 percent of the time. He is not rude to anybody, but his kids come first.

Basically work and family is what he does. He does both of them very well.”

Gets along well with others, makes the most of every moment

Kevin Yapp, of Woodside-based Yapp Construction, has known Barrett for

about 15 years. Yapp speaks with Barrett every other day by phone, and they

get together at least once a week for lunch.

“We get along great with people,” he said. “We have people skills. He is the

real thing, the real deal. He’s not going to lead you down the wrong road.”

Barrett makes the most of every minute, Yapp said. “You don’t catch him

just sitting around. He’s not a sit-around guy. He’s always moving.”

Yapp said Barrett is one of those people who tells it like it is. “If something

is wrong, he’s going to let you know,” Yapp said. “He’s a straight shooter.

There’s no bones about it.”

Yapp and his wife, Terri, have the Barretts over for dinner, and they go to

the Barretts’ house for barbecues. “They’re just good family people,” he said.

They’re straight shooters.”

Always putting others first

Rick Carbonneau, lead pastor at Redeeming Grace Church in Redwood

City, has known Barrett since 2007. At that time, Barrett was sponsoring a

Little League team and Carbonneau was the team’s manager. Barrett asked

Carbonneau if he needed any help, and that was the beginning of their friendship.

The two have coached together at Sequoia High School and worked together

on forming the Redwood City Rays, a competitive baseball club for youth.

“He is one of the friendliest people I know,” Carbonneau said. “He doesn’t

talk about himself but asks questions about your life and what’s going on.

[He’s] a very kind, optimistic and generous spirit. He always puts other

people ahead of himself. He basically lives his life on the philosophy of pay it

forward. He has been so blessed and now he wants to help others.”

Carbonneau added, “He knows everybody. It just amazes me how many

people he knows. He’s always very jolly, greeting everybody and hugging

everybody. [He’s] very affectionate with people. He’s got great kids and a

great family. For him, it starts in the home. He volunteers for a lot of different

activities. I don’t think he has any enemies. He’s just very likable. We need

more people like him.”

Optimistic and inspirational

Roy Brazil, assistant chief corrections officer in San Mateo, met Barrett a

year ago when he did a tour of juvenile hall, and the two have been friends

ever since.

“He came in because he had an interest in youth and how we run the place

and all that,” Brazil said. “After I met him, I thought I was talking to Tony

Robbins, that motivational speaker.

“It’s hard to remain upset or depressed, or look at the glass as half empty,

when you have regular contact with Eric. He’s inspirational. … [After

meeting with him] it’s hard not to feel like I can do anything. … It’s easy to

want to be around him because you feel inspired.

“I’m aware of his community work, and I commend him for that and I

applaud him for that. He has the same time commitment I have. He doesn’t

tell me but I’m sure he does. He still manages to do the community work.

I don’t know how he manages to get the time and energy. His energy is

contagious. I look forward to talking to him.

“If your head is hanging just a little bit, you’re always holding it a little

higher after talking to Eric. You go away feeling pretty good. It seems to

flow from him easily. He’s been in sports all his life. He’s humble. He’s

approachable. He’s a good listener. You meet a lot of people in your life. A

few people stand out and you know you’re going to remember them for the

rest of your life. This guy is going to be one of the people I remember.

“He’ll talk to anybody from any walk of life and make them feel good

about their lot in life. Positive mental attitude is 90 percent of what you need

in life, and he has it. He’s over the top. If he wanted to, he could have his own

motivational show. If he had his own motivational show, I would watch it. He

calls me his Portuguese brother from another mother. Meeting him and being

exposed to him is just enough to get me over the finish line to retirement. His

real value is his character. What he brings to the table is his character.”

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As I Was Saying… (Continued from page 6)

attendees. I had a pleasant ride down with a friend

of mine and his wife (many attendees carpool

because one does not really need a car once there)

and arrived around 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

I checked into my room, which was directly across

from where all the activity would be happening.

The first event was the “welcome networking”

reception at 6 p.m. I took the time between arriving

and then to kick back and watch a movie, which I

have not done for some time. I ended up enjoying

my “me time” so much, I thought maybe I would

just pass on the event and order room service and

beverages. But off I went anyway.

The reception was very low key with beverages

and light appetizers. The mood in the room was of

excitement and anticipation and was refreshing.

Sometimes when you attend similar events here,

people are not as relaxed or social because everyone

is always doing so much and thinking of what they

have next to do. I made some reconnections with a

few people I have not seen in a while and really miss.

Once that was over, which, to tell you the truth,

disappointed me because I was really enjoying

myself, people more or less broke off into groups

for dinner or other activities. This atmosphere

lends itself to the opportunity for groups, organizations and

businesses to have private or hosted gatherings so

they can get to know each other better or to thank

them for their service or whatever.

Since I was not a part of any of those categories,

I gathered with a group of friends to have a nice

dinner at the hotel restaurant (as did many other

groups) and then went into the pub to finish off the

night of socializing. Day one down, I was looking

forward to a good night’s sleep.

Day two (the bulk of what the seminar is about)

started with registration (7 a.m.) and the opening

general session (7:30 a.m.), which had Horsley

(State of the County address) and Diana Dooley

(“Better Health, Better Care, Lower Cost”) as keynote

speakers. Now, those who are familiar with my

daily schedule know that as a writer I am usually

up until at least 1 a.m. working and cannot remember

the last time I went to bed before that. Given that,

I rise and shine every morning at 8:30ish.

Needless to say, I missed that portion and

arrived for the breakout sessions at 8:45 a.m. That

portion consisted of five topics of discussion: 1)

“Our Crumbling Infrastructure — How to Fix It

Before It’s Too Late.” 2) “OMG! They R HERE!

Engaging Generations X, Y & Z.” 3) “Health

Care Reform 2013 — Here, Now, Deal With It!”

4) “Why Is It So Outrageously Difficult to Build

Anything Here? Improving Project Delivery.”

5) “Roundtable Dialogue With Your Elected

Officials” (Hill, Gordon and Mullin).

Of those sessions, I was most interested in the

“OMG!” and, of course, the elected officials ones.

The elected officials session was casual and direct

given the time restraints. I personally know each

of the members on the panel and like each of them

for different reasons. I am the closest to Hill, as we

have known each other for the longest and have

socialized more together and with his wife, Sky.

They each bring unique qualities to their positions

and to our community.

Hill and Gordon, of course, are the more seasoned

politicians as Mullin was just elected to the Assembly

in 2012 and still has that fresh excitement about

him, which I absolutely like. Not to say that all three

are not excited about their jobs. I think after serving

a while, you learn how the political game is played

and try to accomplish what you want in a different manner.

The session was a little boring (that could have been

just because I have heard a lot of it before) but still

informative. They touched on the topics of term

limits, the modernization of our tax codes, possible

school district consolidation and construction

management. They were open and receptive to all

questions from the attendees, and there were some

lively questions and answers. All in all, it was good.

My favorite session was “OMG!” The panelists

for the session were Stuart from Facebook and

David Latterman, who is a public research associate

and professor at the University of San Francisco.

They both are obviously experts in their respective

fields, and the information given was captivating

for me, about how housing availability and transit

will severely affect younger workers coming to

our community.

Here is some of it. San Mateo County has 376,300

employed. Out of that, 41,700 are in Redwood

City, which has an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent.

Where we are: San Mateo County is going to add

200,000 jobs from 2010 to 2020. Most of San Mateo

County is currently employed, so new workers have to

come mostly from somewhere else, so we will need to

add housing and office space to accommodate that

increase. If not, people will move to San Francisco

and the South Bay and will eventually look for job

opportunities closer to home.

How do we attract or accommodate younger

workers? Transit — If workers live in San

Francisco or the South Bay (or within San Mateo

County), we need better transit. Climate change

will deprioritize roads eventually. Culture — Will

young workers want to “hang out” in San Mateo

County and spend much-needed sales tax dollars?

What does housing look like?

The current housing growth in San Mateo County

is 2,153 units in Redwood City, about 250 residential

units and a lot of office space in South San Francisco,

a perceived need of 700 units after 2009 in Daly

City, Baylands in Brisbane and Bay Meadows in

San Mateo. Still, this is probably not enough, even

without the NIMBYs who are anti-construction.

Some of the conclusions offered by Latterman

were: A) While a lot of new jobs will be tech, it

won’t be all of them. So while we might focus

on young techies, don’t overthink them. B) Most

new jobs will have young people coming from

without. So there better be housing for them and

things to do. C) Moreover, there should be housing

families can grow into. And easy commutes. D) San

Francisco is always looking to poach these people.

As is Silicon Valley. What does San Mateo County

offer? Definitely questions that need to answered

sooner rather than later.

Would anyone ever start the conversation of

extending BART to the Peninsula from Millbrae

and have it loop around the bay as it should have

done in the ’70s? Fat chance for sure.

In the big public policy picture, the aging workforce

is going to swamp any Gen X/Y issues. If we care

about retaining younger workers, then we need to make

an argument as to why they should get priority over

the older residents. That means additional property

taxes, sales taxes and convenience.

After the conclusion of all sessions, we were

treated to an inspiring keynote presentation by Stanford

University’s director of women’s basketball, Tara

VanDerveer. She was an absolute perfect ending

for the day. Very candid, poised, funny, sincere

and, most of all, inspiring. That alone was worth

the whole weekend for me.

Later that night, after I got in a nice, long cardio

workout, there was another networking reception,

which was even better than the last one. Then

there was a dinner/dance hosted by one of the

businesses, which I completely enjoyed. It was

held at the military base close to the hotel, a fabulous

setting with old buildings and great gardens. I want to

go back to tour the facility and see it during the day.

The rest of the night was obviously all socializing,

which is another important component of the seminar.

The final event was the closing general session

held Sunday morning starting at 9 a.m. The keynote

presentation was a conversation between nationally

known attorney James M. Wagstaffe and Jim

Hartnett. It was labeled “from the Supreme Court

to the basketball court.” It was worth staying

until the end, and the insight that was given into

Wagstaffe’s experiences as a media attorney was

very interesting to me. I also enjoyed Hartnett’s

interviewing skills and the obvious research and

knowledge he presented. After that, we adjourned.

So now you expect me to reflect on my three

objectives for coming. OK, let’s go. 1) It is very

beneficial to attend the seminar for so many different

reasons, and they all are intertwined. Most of all,

the seminar was informative and objective and

provided a great opportunity to share information

with attendees, network and feel a part of a larger

community, and I realized that no matter what

your objective, there was an outlet for it.

2) I think there is an argument for holding the

seminar at either location. The main argument for

holding the seminar outside of San Mateo County

is to give the opportunity for attendees to focus on

all the events and not just a few. Otherwise, would

someone attend all events if they had to, let’s say,

run home and feed a pet, or do an errand, etc. That

is a legitimate argument. I think my objection in

concern of losing revenues for local businesses

could be overcome with evidence of successful

partnerships or opportunities that have resulted

through attending the seminar.

(continues on page 26)

Insurance Tips: The Why and How of Keeping a Medical Log

By Hector Flamenco, Special to The Spectrum

Whatever health insurance plan you have, it is important to keep a personal

medical log. Keeping a medical log of things such as conversations with your

physicians, different procedures and surgeries performed, and prescription

drugs prescribed is a way for you to be a proactive participant in your HMO

or other health insurance plan. Besides having a better understanding of your

own health through a personal medical log, you will also benefit by having an

accurate account of what exactly was prescribed and performed just in case

your doctor makes a mistake when insurance is billed. Mistakes in insurance

billing can happen, and if you have forgotten exactly what took place in your

medical care or have no personal documentations, then it may be harder for

you to challenge your insurance company if needed.

There are three main reasons to keep a personal diary

of your medical history and procedures:

1. Currently there is no database where a physician can obtain all your medical records.

2. If you need to challenge your insurance company’s decisions, you will

have a handy record of all procedures performed.

3. Keeping a medical log is a way to personally take charge of your health

care, which will help you better understand your own health and remind you

of prescription drugs prescribed and procedures performed.

Starting your own personal medical log will take just a few minutes. You will want

to start with an outline of the things you will need to keep track of. Once you

have your medical log outline, you can simply store your log with your other

insurance documents and will be able to easily fill in any needed information.

To start your medical log outline, take a sheet of paper and write down all the

things you will want to keep track of (see example below). I would suggest

keeping your medical log in a large envelope or binder where you can also

keep your other health insurance information, bills and any additional medical

written correspondence. A typical medical log may look similar to this:

My Vital Statistics (update regularly and include date with updates)

Blood type:


Blood pressure (include time of day and how taken):

Cholesterol and additional blood vitals:

Current prescribed medications:

Treatments currently undergoing:

Doctor Visits


Reason for visit:

Tests/screenings/procedures performed:

Referrals/medications prescribed:

Comments/diagnosis/next visit:

Medical-Related Phone Calls and Correspondence

(In this section keep a written record of all phone calls you have made to any

doctors or nurses or any other medical-related phone calls. Also, keep copies

and/or attach all documentation and correspondence from and to you by any

medical professional, including doctors, nurses, laboratories, pharmacists and insurance

companies. Don’t forget to include the names and dates of all correspondence.)

Editor’s note: Please note that this article is for general information only and is not a professional

consultation. Always seek specific information from a licensed insurance professional. Hector

Flamenco is an agent with State Farm Insurance. Visit his website at

Senior Activities

The Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City, is providing

the following activities that are open to the public during the month of May.

Friday Movies for Everyone

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

Come to the Veterans Memorial Senior Center for a free feature movie in our

state-of-the-art movie theater! Please note: Movies may be changed at any

time due to availability.

May 3: “Skyfall”

(This film has been rescheduled due to technical difficulties in March.)

May 10: “Chasing Mavericks”

May 17: “Lincoln”

May 24: “Parental Guidance”

Now Bingo Every Wednesday Evening

Wednesday-only buy-in: 1-6 packs $20 for $250 payout. Special 4-5-6 game

pays $400. For players we have free coffee, tea, a muffin and player’s choice

of a hot dog or nachos. Come join the fun! We do need more volunteers. For

more info or to volunteer, please call 650-780-7381. Regular Sunday Bingo

will continue to be held under the regular schedule.


Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon, Redwood Room, $5

Our new chef, Gavin Gonzado, executive chef at Portobello Grill here in

Redwood City, is now cooking on site and our diners rave about the meals

he’s preparing. Our meals always include soup, an entrée, dessert and

beverages: coffee, tea, milk and water. Make your reservation for Tuesday,

Wednesday or Thursday at 650-780-7259.

Blood Glucose Screening

Wednesday, May 8, 8:30–10 a.m.

Adaptive PE Room, Wellness Building

Did you know you can get a free blood glucose screening here at the center?

Well, you can! A four-hour fast is necessary for the screening; however, water

and medications are OK. Please call 650-368-7732 to make your appointment

or for more information. An appointment is necessary. This screening is

provided by Sequoia Health & Wellness Center.

Craft Social Club

Mondays, 1–3 p.m.

Sunset Room, Main Building

Bring your arts, crafts or hobby projects to the VMSC. This is an opportunity

to work on your project, demonstrate your skill and socialize with new

friends. Everyone is welcome.

Annual Memorial Day Celebration

Thursday, May 23, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., $8

We will have a special barbecue. There will be a guest speaker and

opportunity drawing. Free lunch and opportunity drawing ticket to all

veterans wearing their uniform.


Bingo, Bunko & Bridge

June 22, 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m., $35/person

Sponsored by the Peninsula Hills Women’s Club, this event will be held to

raise funds to support families of veterans in recovery at Fischer House in

Palo Alto. Lunch will be included in the price of your ticket.

To learn more about the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, call 650-780-

7270. Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department

provides recreational facilities and activities for all ages and interests, and

supplies building and custodial services for city buildings. Redwood City

Parks also operates the Veterans Memorial Senior Center and the Fair Oaks

Community Center, providing social, educational and cultural activities, as

well as information, referral and counseling services to persons living in

Redwood City and neighboring communities. Redwood City Parks is more

than you think! Its website is located at

The Spectrum 25

A Minute With Arnoldo Arreola

Arnoldo Arreola was born in Aguililla, a city in the Mexican state of Michoacán.

He moved to Redwood City in 1965.

He attended Washington Elementary School and Hoover Junior High. He

then moved back to Mexico for five years. Upon returning to Redwood City, he

attended the College of San Mateo and studied general education.

In 1978 Arnoldo received his real estate license and worked with Ruiz Realty.

He then went to Remax Realty in 2003. He currently works at Remax in

Redwood Shores.

He married his wife, Maribel, in 1985. They have two children: a son, Arnold,

and a daughter, Danielle. He also has a daughter, Tiffany, from a previous


Arnoldo is a member of the Latino Leadership Alliance, Latino Community

Council in Redwood City, the Bay Area Gardeners Association, Latino

Leadership Council, North Fair Oaks Library Foundation, SAMCAR and

Redwood City–San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce. He also participated

on the Climate Change Committee for the City of Redwood City

His hobbies include golf, community work, camping, picnicking and volleyball.

The real estate market in Redwood City is?


Volunteerism in Redwood City?

Very rewarding.

What is one thing you could tell us about

yourself that others would be shocked to know?

I am sentimental.

Who did you wish you were when you were a kid?

A singer.

What phrase do you most overuse?

To my kids: Be careful wherever you go.

Memorable moment?

My dad’s last Father’s Day.

What is your motto?

Whatever comes your way, deal with it.

You are inspired by?

By our youth.

What is a dream you have or something you’d

like to accomplish in your life?

To see my kids grow into adulthood.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Enjoying your health.

If you’re happy and you know it?


When you die, what would you like to come back as?

A bird.

As I Was Saying… (Continued from page 24)

For me, after attending, I can see both sides now. Far be it from me to tell

anyone what is best anyway. Oh, and 3) I had Fun! Fun! Fun!

My column went a little long this month with these two topics, but I also want

to inform you of Stanford University’s plan to move to Redwood City out by

where the old Ampex buildings were. Given the fact that there is a major need

for office space and housing not only in Redwood City but throughout our

county, is it in our best interest to accommodate an organization that will bring

in no property or sales tax for our community?

This is a topic that is starting to be discussed seriously by the Planning

Commission and City Council, and I don’t know if all options have been

explored about what is best for our community and, more importantly, for the

Friendly Acres community that still experiences major flooding most winters.

I will make sure I write about the situation next month.

Until then, Redwood City, stay informed!

As I was saying…




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