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Get involved! & Events - a December to remember

Let’s Talk Solutions, Not Problems

Can ONE project be a catalyst for helping solve many existing local problems?


The Saltworks project in Redwood City can

help address serious issues in the Redwood City

community, like: Wetlands Restoration.

The current unfunded restoration price tag for lands

already in public ownership around the Bay is pegged

at more than $1.5 BILLION.

“ That’s not going to happen. Trust me, it’s impossible.”

– Senator Feinstein on the prospect of significant federal funding

for wetlands restoration and other Bay-health issues

(San Jose Mercury News, Sept. 7, 2010)

With the Saltworks restoration program, there are

no public acquisition costs (the land is privatelyowned),

there are no public remediation costs

(those costs are borne by the development) and

there are no public restoration costs (those costs

are borne by the development).

The Saltworks Restoration Project will

be the single-largest privately-funded

restoration project in the history of

San Francisco Bay.

In these difficult economic times, when public

dollars are scarce and budgets for important public

service employees like firefighters, police officers and

teachers are being slashed, shouldn’t we be coming

together for collective and collaborative solutions

rather than blind, just-say-“no” agendas?

But don’t take our word for it. See for yourself.

Examine the facts. Ask for a thorough, probing,

and exhaustive evaluation of our proposal and the

opportunities – all of the opportunities – presented

by this site.

Conceptual rendering depicting restored tidal marsh habitat at the Saltworks site.

Redwood City


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The Spectrum.JAN.2011

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

Dale McKee

Contributing Writer

James Massey

Graphic Designer

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

Contact Information:

Phone 650-368-2434

E-mail addresses listed above

What better way to begin the new year than by reading a new edition of The Spectrum

magazine. We are proud to bring you our January 2011 issue.

This month we are forgoing our usual format to focus on volunteerism and organizations that

are doing good deeds in our community. We are publishing our Nonprofits in Action section

(which runs every other month) and an extended selection of “events around town” in the hope

that you will look through these sections and contact one of the groups listed, either to join

or to contribute to one of them. They are all doing fantastic work in our community and are

definitely worthy of your support and membership.

Publisher Steve Penna starts off the new year by writing about the recent “resignation” of

City Manager Peter Ingram and by sharing his opinion on recent activity at the Chamber of

Commerce and Peninsula Press Club in his column, “As I Was Saying….” As usual, he will

provoke some much needed conversation around our community.

We also have our regular features on senior activities, items of community interest, news

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

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

Another focus of our publication is to encourage you, our readers, to support our valuable

Spectrum 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. And when you

visit them, let them know you appreciate their support of our local community publication.

Please visit our website for up-to-the-day information about our community: www. Again, we encourage you to get involved in our community!


RCSD Corner – 5

“As I Was Saying...” – 6

Cultural Events – 7

Nonprofits in Action – 11

Hometown Holidays Comes

to Redwood City – 16

Sequoia’s Impressive Season Ends

Short of a Title – 17

Shop Redwood City – 19

News Briefs – 20

Community Interest – 21

Meet Our Community-Minded

Realtors of Redwood City – 26

Insurance Tips: Be Alert to the

Dangers of Drowsy Driving – 29

Senior Activities – 29

A Minute With Corrin Rankin – 30

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Packing and Wrapping the Night Away for a Good Cause

It was difficult to distinguish the Red Morton

Community Center from the North Pole on Dec.

13. More than 200 volunteers stood in assembly

lines — snipping, wrapping, taping and typing

thousands of gifts that were delivered personally

by police officers, firefighters and Santa Claus

Dec. 15–17.

The Redwood City Police and Firefighters

Annual Toy and Book Drive started over 20 years

ago, according to organizer and firefighter Justin

Velasquez, and continues to grow each year. But

it’s not about the quantity of presents that are

delivered. It’s the personal delivery from Santa in

a fire truck to the children’s homes that sets this

toy drive apart from the rest.

“We couldn’t get the sleigh, but the fire truck is

just as exciting,” Redwood City Police Activities

League Executive Director Tom Cronin said.

PAL has been collecting gifts year-round, said

organizer and police Officer Dan Smith. Many

go to children as the need arises — fire victims,

for example, or patients at the Lucile Packard

Children’s Hospital — but many more are saved

up for the holidays.

“It’s a year-round program; this just caps it,”

Smith said.

Velasquez added, “I’ve helped out at several toy

drives, but I’ve never seen one like this. There’s a

sense of pride and ownership from each volunteer,

knowing that they’re helping those in need.”

The toy drive organizers made sure that the

gift recipients were actually those in need. Parents

had to submit applications through the Fair Oaks

Community Center, where they showed proof of

residency, proof that the children receiving gifts

were theirs and that their household income was 50

percent or less than the median family income,

Smith said.

The rows and rows of tables manned by volunteers

would have given even the elves a run for their

money. Resembling an assembly line, volunteers

were packed into the community center, every

volunteer eager to help out in any possible way.

“I’ve even had to turn some people away because

we just don’t have enough tables,” Smith said.

Though Velasquez called Smith and himself

the “quarterbacks” of the operation, he credits the

event’s execution to the volunteers.

“We couldn’t have done this without the community,”

Velasquez said. “Just look at the crowds of people!

They are absolutely the heart of this event.”

“Store the A bags here and the B bags here!”

Smith directed above the festive Christmas music

and laughter of the volunteers. Each present was

marked with the child’s gender, age, address and

the letter A, B, C or D to denote delivery day. The

entire operation required the effort of volunteers

not only wrapping, but also loading the bags

into the fire trucks while coordinators, or “Toy

Ladies,” instructed everyone.

“We’re just elves!” said “Toy Lady” Carol

Platner. She and fellow Toy Lady Lynn Gardner

were busy shuffling around the community center

trying to provide enough wrapping paper, ribbon

and tape for all the volunteers.

Volunteer Andrea Gallagher said she was

delighted to see the number of people helping out.

“We’re like a well-oiled machine,” she laughed.

Gallagher and her mentee, Lily Chavez, signed

up to volunteer through Sequoia High School’s

Health Academy Mentorship program.

Once the gifts are wrapped, they’ll be

transported to a warehouse, or “Toyland,” as

Smith calls it, and wait to be delivered.

Editor’s note: This article was used with permission of www.

Velasquez with former Fire Chief Gerry Kohlmann.

Members of the local Girls Scouts join the the reindeer fun!

Toy Drive organizers officer Dan Smith and firefighter

Justin Velasquez.

Police Chief Lou Cobarruviaz with officers Angela Wittman,

Carmine Galotta Jr. and Smith, enjoying a break from the


Claudia Dakin and her children joined in the holiday spirit.

RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District

Unsung Heroes: School Office Staff Keep Schools Running Smoothly

John Gill Office Manager Cherryl Morrison (right) and Socorro Contreras

By the time John Gill School Office Manager Cherryl Morrison arrives at

work, the phones are starting to ring with parents calling to report absences,

ask questions or leave messages for a teacher. When Office Assistant Socorro

Contreras arrives 15 minutes later, the office is in full swing.

“We are working with substitute teachers checking in for the day,

talking to parents and students, answering the phone, providing tardy slips to

students who have arrived late,” said Morrison.

Office staff in the Redwood City School District have jobs

that require a varied set of skills and high degree of flexibility. Their

responsibilities run the gamut from putting bandages on skinned knees to

keeping track of official data required by the state department of education. It

is the office staff who make sure that each student’s information is correct in

the district database and that attendance is tracked accurately.

“Many people don’t realize what a critical role school office staff

play,” said Superintendent Jan Christensen. “They are the first employees

who greet parents considering enrolling students in our schools, they provide

a soothing presence to students and they take care of important paperwork

that can affect how much money we receive from the state.”

Christensen shared that office staff played a critical role last year in

ensuring that the district did not lose a large amount of funding as the H1N1

virus hit. Normally, when a student misses school due to illness, the district

loses about $50 per day in state funding, but the state did not want to penalize

districts for absences due to a flu pandemic when it was encouraging parents

to keep children home if they had flu symptoms. The district learned that

if it kept careful track of absences due to flu-like illness, it might be able to

recover lost ADA (average daily attendance) funding from the state.

District administrators worked with the district’s nurses to develop

a tracking system and asked school office staff to compile daily and

weekly logs of absences for nearly the entire school year. As a result of the

meticulous records kept by office staff, the state refunded nearly $700,000 of

ADA funding that would otherwise have been lost.

These employees saved jobs through their hard work and attention

to detail, and this funding will help us to preserve a higher quality of

education for our students,” Corrin said Christensen. Rankin

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excellent staff in their offices. “My office staff makes my job easier by giving

me the peace of mind that if I am visiting classrooms, am at a meeting or get

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As I Was


Publisher | Steve Penna

Let’s start this month with the continuing saga of

the “resignation” of City Manager Peter Ingram.

Anyone who can read between the lines of his

separation agreement from the City of Redwood

City, which will pay him a hefty $208,000 plus

benefits to leave, will come to the conclusion that

he was fired in a closed session and it was related

to his performance review.

We can all speculate however we want,

and council members can give us misleading

statements of the “resignation” because they

are legally bound to (wouldn’t it be better to say

nothing at all and let our mayor speak for them?),

but Ingram is gone and the big question now is

where do we go from here?

City Hall watchers seem to think that one of

the reasons Ingram “resigned” was that he did

not implement some of the changes desired by

Mayor Jeff Ira and some other council members.

Changes that included letting go of city personnel.

Now that he is gone, when are those changes

coming? If appearances are any indication, not

very soon. Well, kind of.

An item approved by the council at a recent

meeting was an allocation of $75,000 to Management

Partners Inc. to study the city organization and

make recommendations on changes. Hmm? I can

think of a few right off the bat and won’t charge

them a penny. So if I interpret this correctly,

the consultants will evaluate all departments

(hopefully that will include the council, board

and commissions) and make recommendations for

changes that will include personnel ones as well.

It is a given that two of the departments that will

be heavily evaluated are the police and planning


But really, isn’t the constant evaluation of city

procedures and policy what the council and city

manager (interim or not) are supposed to be doing

all the time? Why give that fat salary increase

to interim City Manager Bob Bell and then hire

someone to do part of his job?

I understand not wanting to make him the “fall

guy” for changes since he will have to go back to

his duties as head of human resources after they

find a new city manager, but it does not make sense

at all. It is just more, not less, government and $75k

is a lot of money.

So far we have a $208,000 payout to Ingram, a

salary increase for Bell, an allocation of $75,000

for a consultant and no change from Ingram’s

reign. Understand where I am going with this?

On the consent calendar for that same council meeting

was the approval of a new job classification of

Downtown Business Development Specialist. The

position is seen as the “catalyst for Downtown

Redwood City business success.” Not to be pessimistic,

but I have heard that many, many times over the years.

When you read the qualifications for the

position — at a salary of between $86,064

and $103,284 per year plus benefits — you

must ask what the heck the current Downtown

Development Coordinator has been doing for

the past few years. You might also ask how that

position is different from the new position. Talk

about governmental waste and lack of accountability!

We have serious budget cuts, with more on the

way, that have forced fire and police services to

be cut, and we are allocating money for a new

downtown coordinator? It would be interesting

to see if Ingram would have supported the new

position as the council did. Well, at least every

member but Councilman Ian Bain, who voted

against the new position.

Given the tens of millions of taxpayer dollars

that have been spent on downtown development,

has it ever occurred to the council that maybe

they should get out of the redevelopment business

because what they are doing is not working? I

don’t see the same amount of money being poured

into other shopping areas in town, and those

areas are doing just fine. As is the 2600 block of

Broadway, which the council and staff have not

tried to redevelop.

The decline of downtown started in the late ’70s

when the council thought it would be a great idea to

make the downtown somewhat of a walking mall

and put that slight curve on Broadway at Arguello.

Instead of achieving that goal, the council succeeded

in making it more convenient for drivers to go

directly to Woodside Road and away from where

they were supposed to go: downtown. Thus the

Deadwood City image began.

One also has to realize that Redwood City has

the only downtown area in San Mateo County that

is located on the east side of the railroad tracks.

That has never been discussed or brought up by

any council, planner or consultants and, although

I am far from being an expert on the subject, there

must be something to that. The only successful

downtown I have seen on the east side of the

railroad tracks is in Santa Clara County — Palo

Alto. But then, they have a university and welldesigned

housing to support it.

Now our current council is betting on the

downtown precise plan (more on that later) to

save the downtown once again. Let’s hope it does,

because a lot of small businesses and property

owners are losing hard-earned money investing in

that dream and plan. Not to mention us taxpayers.

Which begs an answer to the question that if more

millions of our dollars are going to be poured into

the downtown area, shouldn’t we have some sort

of vote on it?

Well, actually, there is a council election this year

with four seats (apparently all four incumbents

— Alicia Aguirre, Ian Bain, Rosanne Foust

and Barbara Pierce — will be running for reelection)

up for grabs. I have a feeling it is going

to be a competitive and issue-based campaign. As

you can see, there are a lot of issues.


Year after year one of the most prestigious and

honorable awards bestowed on a small business is

the Redwood City–San Mateo County Chamber of

Commerce’s Golden Apple award. It honors one

small and one large business for their contributions

to the education system in our community. The

award was started 15 years ago by the chamber’s

Education Committee to recognize what business

does for the educational community.

Past honorees of the small business award have

been Styles Hair Salon and 1-800-DryClean. This

year the Golden Apple small business award will

go to the Sequoia Healthcare District. There are

so many things wrong with this, I just have to

state a few.

To start with, the health care district is not a

business. It is a governmental body that distributes

taxpayer dollars to organizations it finds worthy

in supporting health care in the district, which

includes Redwood City. Many question whether

the district should even be collecting the taxes

since they are not being used for what was

intended — but that is for another column.

The district does not do any fundraising. All

grants are paid out using taxpayer dollars. Not a

hard task at all. In fact, one has to wonder why

they have a staff that eats up approximately

$575,600 of taxpayer dollars annually to do so.

The award was given to the Sequoia Healthcare

District because its “impact on Student Health

at both the Redwood City Elementary Schools

and the Sequoia Union High School District

has been significant. They started the Healthy

Schools Initiative with a 3 year $5 million dollar

commitment to school health. They fund wellness

coordinators, school nurses, Physical Education

teachers, and Counselors. They have provided

for full-time school health coordinators to work

with the schools as well as providing funding for

school nurses.” All good stuff.

In my opinion, basically what happened here

is that members of the chamber’s Education

Committee — which includes members of the

school districts in our community — voted to

honor the health care district in an attempt to

assure that the funding would continue for years

to come. Pat them on the back and make them feel

good — know what I mean?

(continues on page 27)

Cultural Events

The Main Gallery

1018 Main St., Redwood City


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 in the historic yellow Victorian cottage at

the corner of Main and Middlefield. The gallery is

open Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

and weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New Year, New Work

Left to right: Catherine Merrill, “Portals II,” ceramic

vase. Nina Koepcke, “Duck Spice Box,” ceramic, 2010

Teresa Silvestris, “Golden,” 16”x 20”, watercolor, 2010

Doris Fischer-Colbrie, “Out of the Earth,” ceramic,

ikebana-style vase, 2010

Left to right: Susan Wolf, “LBBs Ascending 2,” ceramic,

2010. Robert Terrebonne, “Royal Palm Tree,” photograph,


David Scouffas, “Oceanscape No. 2,” photograph, 2010

Michael Ruiz, “Luxury,” ceramic vase with terra sigillata

and underglazes, 2010

Please join the Main Gallery artists in celebrating

the new year with a sneak peek at their latest

work. The “New Year, New Work” show opens

Jan. 12 and runs through Feb. 13. The gallery will

host a reception with the artists on Saturday, Jan.

15, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The artists are excited to ring in the new year and

share some of their newest work with you! Here is

a small sampling of some of the work you will find:

Ceramic artists Susan Wolf and Nina Koepcke

are continuing work on various bird themes. Wolf

has expanded her bird theme to making small

flocks rather than single birds. And Koepcke’s

duck on a pedestal with a container on its back

reminds one of how little the birds ask of the

world. Koepcke is also continuing work on her

Judaica theme, exploring ceramic forms mounted

on pedestals. For ceramist Doris Fischer-Colbrie,

vessels for flowers are her inspiration, where one

can find a quiet, peaceful beauty. And Catherine

Merrill is exhibiting a series of figurative vases

painted in majolica glazes on the theme of

“portals.” She states, “In all my pieces, I work

with live models set in a mythical landscape,

exploring ideas of duality and nostalgia for

Arcadia. During these troubled times of global

conflict, my characters have become separated

from their garden of Eden, now seen only through

windows or portals.”

For several years, photographer David

Scouffas has been working on a series of abstract

oceanscapes. Using long exposure times, pareddown

compositions with occasional sequencing

and photomontage, his images make the unseen

visible. Emphasis, in the prints, is on color,

texture and the passage of time. He is showing

a selection of large-scale prints from this series.

Another Main Gallery photographer, Robert

Terrebonne, is known for the colorful prints of

his favorite subjects, such as tropical flowers

and trees. For this show, however, he is trying

his hand at black and white prints. He states, “I

skipped over basic black and white photography

because I wanted to capture the colors of

the natural world, especially in the tropical

climate of Maui, where I began my work as a

professional photographer. I decided to try to

expand my photographic skills and thought that

a show featuring ‘new work’ would be a good

opportunity to do so.”

The oil paintings of small landscapes by Elizabeth

Noerdlinger might be considered a continuation

of previous work, but with these she’s sharpening

the idea of “question.” Noerdlinger states, “I want

them to offer the viewer a question or a surprise

and leave them wondering. There is an element

in each one that offers a contrast to the sort of

dreamy, natural landscapes.”

Teresa Silvestris’ new work is partially a

continuation of her previous work of pet portraiture

and partially a new passion she has developed.

Because most of her work is commission-based

from client photos, she states, “I am rarely able

to exhibit domestic animal original paintings.

However, recently, I am venturing away from the

commission work and have become passionate

about painting all animals, especially farm animals

— basically, any being with fur and four legs and

that captures my heart. Nothing makes me happier

than capturing an animal’s essence and spirit, as

when a client or customer tells me that they can

see the animal’s soul in the eyes I’ve painted.”

For the “New Year, New Work” show, Belinda

Chlouber was inspired to create a series of

“Trophy Pieces,” having long explored humanity’s

relationship with other species and our world.

This is an expansion on that theme. The pieces

are on tree panels, using paper clay to make the

small sculptural heads of animals and people with

some painting on the panel. Chlouber explains,

“Trophy heads, to me, are a strange idea. I wanted

to explore it and question why we do it.”

The year 2011 promises some exciting shows at

the gallery. Following the “New Year, New Work”

show will be the “Mainly Clay” exhibition in

which one of the ceramic artists, Nina Koepcke,

will be showing her sculptures of endangered

and extinct species along with teapots supported

by various birds and animals. The exhibition/

installation “Living With Art 2011,” opening in

June, promises to inspire and provoke the many

ways art can enter our lives.

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Events Around Town

Chanukah Festival

On Dec. 2, the first day of Chanukah, a giant menorah stood proudly next to the Christmas tree in Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City, bringing together the

community to celebrate the Jewish holiday. From top left: Mayor Jeff Ira addressing the crowd gathered for the service. The menorah at Courthouse Square. Rabbi Nathaniel

Ezray of Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City lighting the menorah. Council members John Seybert and Alicia Aguirre with Ira. The crowd at Courthouse Square. Rabbi

Levi Potash of the Redwood City Jewish Center leading the celebration. For more information: Photos by JRK Photography/James Kaspar

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We are an all-volunteer community organization that supports all 9,100 students

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David Amann/Edward Jones

Electronic Arts

Main Street Coffee Roasters

Natalie Salon

PDI Dreamworks


PO Box 3046

Redwood City, CA 94064

Peninsula Symphony

Ralph’s Sewing & Vacuum

Red Lantern

Redwood Massage


Sigona’s Farmer Market

Styles Hair Salon

The Dawg House

Tom’s Teak furniture

Virginia City Rail

Whole Foods Market

Save Our School Music

Campaign Business



Fox Theatre


Audio Production Group

Bigger than Texas Films

City of Redwood City


KC Paving

Miro Cellars

Redwood City Woman’s Club

Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Sequoia Union High School District

West Valley Music


Cafe Barrone

Carroll Custom Homes

The Center for Health & Weight Management

Erika Pretell Market Research

Fable Inc.

Honda Redwood City

Dr. James Killen, DDS

Merce Carroll Design

Mi Rancho Supermarket

NBS Motors

Riches Garden Supply

South Bay Sports & Preventive Medicine Associates

Towne Ford

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood


Sequoia High School Music Program

Woodside High School Music Boosters

Nonprofits in Action

Advocates for Children

Advocates for Children, CASA of San Mateo

County, is actively seeking caring and consistent

adults to mentor and speak up for the best

interests of these children. Over 130 children are

waiting for someone who cares.

If you would like to become a volunteer

advocate, or just want to learn more, please attend

an orientation held in their San Mateo office. Visit or call 650-212-4423 for

more information.

City Talk Toastmasters

Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop

communication and leadership skills. The club

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

Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.

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

like to check out a meeting, or just stop in. Visit for more information about

the Toastmasters public speaking program.


CityTrees is a nonprofit working with the Public

Works Department to enhance and care for

Redwood City’s urban forest. They usually plant

or prune on the third Saturday of each month.

Check for a listing of events,

dates and how to join.

Family Connections

This nonprofit group is the only parentparticipation

preschool in San Mateo County

focusing on low-income families. Their Redwood

City classrooms offer children through age 5 and

their parents a tuition-free learning environment

that’s supportive and fun. Family Connections

parents stay involved in their children’s education

and, as a result, their children are more prepared

for kindergarten and beyond. They are always

looking for volunteers to play with the children

while moms and dads attend parent-ed classes,

organizers to help coordinate fundraisers,

and people from the business world to initiate

new corporate partnerships. Check www. for more information.

Family Service Agency of San Mateo County

Looking for a dependable source of skilled,

reliable workers? Family Service Agency of San

Mateo County provides employers with mature,

ready-to-work, experienced workers who are 55

years and older. Employers contact the service

because they appreciate the superior work ethic

and the commitment to quality that mature

workers possess. There are no fees for hiring

candidates. Contact Barbara Clipper at 650-403-

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

For those who are looking for work and are

at least 55 years of age, Family Service Agency

provides a range of services, including referrals

for classroom training, vocational counseling,

job referrals and on-the-job training for qualified

participants. Contact Connie Tilles at 650-403-

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

Friends for Youth

Do you like to play video games, shoot hoops,

watch baseball games or just have fun? Then

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

mentor, you can hang out with a young person

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

baseball and cars. He lives with his grandmother

and three sisters and would love to hang out with

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

waiting to be matched with a mentor like you.

Most of the boys wait more than a year to meet

their mentors.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor,

you are invited to attend a one-hour information

session in Redwood City. For upcoming

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

Friends of the Redwood City Public Library

The Friends support the mission of the four

Redwood City libraries to fully serve the

community. Through membership and sales of

donated books, the Friends fund a variety of

community programs, including school literacy

outreach at Redwood City grammar schools. The

Friends fund approximately $65,000 in programs

each fiscal year.

Visit their newly expanded bookstore at the

Main Library (1044 Middlefield Road), where

they sell a wide variety of books in excellent

condition and at extremely low prices. Or visit

them at the Redwood City Farmers Market on

Saturday mornings, where they sell books for 50

cents each. When you visit the store, consider

becoming a Friend — support starts at only $10.

Funders Bookstore

If you haven’t wandered into the Funders

Bookstore, you have missed one of Redwood

City’s hidden treasures. This project is a

volunteer effort by a group of dedicated people

interested in supporting the San Mateo County

History Museum and simultaneously providing a

community bookstore for everyone’s pleasure. A

large collection of hardback first editions, trade

paperbacks, children’s books, cookbooks and

an entire room of $1 paperbacks are featured.

Bookstore hours are Tuesday through Saturday,

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

San Mateo County History Museum at 2200

Broadway, with the entrance facing Hamilton

Street. Stop by for a browse!

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit

organization that seeks to eliminate poverty

housing and homelessness from the world, and

to make decent shelter a matter of conscience

and action. Locally, the Greater San Francisco

affiliate partners with working families and the

community to build affordable ownership homes

in Redwood City. Formed through the merger of

Peninsula Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for

Humanity San Francisco in August 2008, Habitat

for Humanity Greater San Francisco provides a

unique solution to the local housing crisis and

has enabled nearly 150 families to purchase

affordable housing. Contact Jennifer Doettling,

communications director, at 650-568-7335 or Visit their website at

Get Involved!

Hearing Loss Association of the Peninsula

Hearing Loss Association is a volunteer,

international organization of hard-of-hearing

people and their relatives and friends. The

nonprofit, nonsectarian, educational organization

is devoted to the welfare and interests of those

who cannot hear well but are committed to

participating in the hearing world.

A day meeting is held on the first Monday of

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

Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. Educational

speakers and refreshments are provided. A

demonstration of assistive devices is held on

the first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m.

in the second-floor conference room at the

Redwood City Public Library, 1044 Middlefield

Road. Please call Marj at 650-593-6760 with any


Nursing Mothers Counsel

Nursing Mothers Counsel, a nonprofit

organization since 1955, provides free

breastfeeding education and assistance by highly

trained counselors (moms who breastfed for at

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

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

NMC also has breast pumps and breastfeeding

supplies available for purchase and rent. Call

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

counselor, call 650-365-2713. Visit their website at

Optimist Club of Redwood City

Optimist International is one of the largest service

organizations in the world, where “bringing out

the best in kids” has been their mission for over

80 years.

The Optimist Club of Redwood City meets

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

Main St. For information, visit www.optimist.

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

Membership Chair John Butterfield at 650-366-

8803. Or just come join them for lunch to learn

more about how you can make a difference to the

youth in our community.

Peninsula College Fund

PCF enables underrepresented graduating high

school seniors from the Peninsula to achieve their

dreams of college education by providing fouryear

mentors, summer jobs and internships, and

critical four-year scholarships. PCF needs your

support. Become a mentor; provide a summer

job or internship; spread the word with your

public relations, marketing or grant-writing skills;

help read applications or interview candidates;

become a donor or create a donor team; or

contribute to the general fund. Visit www. or contact Charles

Schmuck at or 650-561-9534.

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club

Founded in 1960, Peninsula Hills Women’s Club,

a member of the General Federation of Women’s

Clubs and the California Federation of Women’s

Clubs, is a philanthropic organization serving the

community through charitable, educational and

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Get Involved!

service programs. Meetings are held the third

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

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

Redwood City, CA 94064.

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

In addition to sheltering and finding new homes

for stray and unwanted animals (100 percent

placement for healthy dogs and cats since 2003!),

PHS/SPCA has vital programs for people. The

shelter drives its mobile spay/neuter clinic into

low-income neighborhoods, offering owners free

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

a free animal behavior help line in English and

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

And domestic abuse victims who wish to leave

their abusive situation but are fearful of doing

so because they have pets can receive temporary

sheltering for their pets through PHS/SPCA. Call

650-340-7022, ext. 330.

Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club

The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered

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

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

to hear a speaker at the Waterfront Restaurant at

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

22 members, has frequently been honored as an

outstanding small club by Rotary District 5150,

which includes San Mateo, San Francisco and part

of Marin counties. For more information or to

join, call 650-556-9380, ext. 3.

Rebuilding Together Peninsula

RTP is a Redwood City nonprofit that provides

free home repair and renovations for lowincome

families, seniors and people living with

disabilities throughout the Peninsula. RTP’s

mission is to promote independent living in safety

and warmth through volunteer partnerships

with individuals and groups in the community.

RTP is currently seeking skilled volunteers and

construction captains for its annual National

Rebuilding Day, when thousands of volunteers

and sponsors unite to rehabilitate the homes and

community facilities of our low-income neighbors

and revitalize communities across the Peninsula.

Come see how one day of your time can make a

difference in someone’s life. If you are interested

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

information, visit

Redwood City Art Center

The Redwood City Art Center promotes creativity

and community by providing art education,

exhibitions, studio space for artists and outreach

to the local community and schools. The Art Center

has been involved with several local events,

offering fun, creative art projects for children, and

the center hopes this is just the beginning of their

involvement with the community.

For scheduling or donation, contact artreach@ For more general

information, visit

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

Broadway, Redwood City.

Redwood City Eagles #418

The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international

nonprofit united in the spirit of liberty, truth,

justice and equality. They support our police,

firefighters and others who protect and serve. The

Eagles have provided support for medical centers

across the country to build and provide research

on medical conditions including heart disease,

cancer, spinal cord injuries, kidney disease, diabetes

and Alzheimer’s disease. They raise millions of

dollars every year to help handicapped kids, uplift the

aged and make life a little brighter for everyone.

They meet on the second Tuesday of each

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

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

play cards on the third Thursday and would love

to have you join them. For more information,

call President Ryan Herbst at 408-489-6582 or

Secretary David Tomatis at 650-575-3225, or

check out their website at

Redwood City Education Foundation

The Redwood City Education Foundation is an

all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated

to providing students in the Redwood City

School District with a strong education that lays

the foundation for future success. They raise

private money to provide enrichment programs

to all students in the district. Their funding is

focused on academic achievement, music and

art, and health and wellness. They are currently

seeking new board members. Board members

are responsible for attending monthly meetings,

chairing board committees, participating

in fundraising and outreach activities, and

promoting RCEF in the community. If you are

interested in the possibility of serving on the

board, please contact Adam Borison at 650-363-

7271 or For more information on

RCEF, check out

Redwood City Orators Toastmasters Club

Learn effortless public speaking as a beginner

or polish existing skills. Join the Redwood City

Orators Toastmasters Club, a fun, friendly,

supportive and diverse group that meets every

Friday morning from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at St. Peter’s

Episcopal Church, 178 Clinton St. (at Brewster).

Look for their sidewalk sign or check them out at

Redwood City Rotary

Redwood City Rotary performs many service

projects, provides college scholarships and

donates to international relief efforts. The club

meets in a spirit of good fellowship and fun

each Tuesday at 12:15 at the Sequoia Club, 1695

Broadway, to hear speakers and plan community

benefits, including the annual July 4 raffle that

raises $80,000 for 12 local charities. For more

information about joining, contact Dr. Paul R.

Piccione at

or 650-703-5957, or visit

Redwood City Señors Softball Club

These recreational and tournament-level senior

men and women play slow-pitch softball all year

long. Membership is open to anyone at least 50

years old within the calendar year. Many of the

players are in their 60s and 70s and still going

strong. Club members play every Tuesday,

Wednesday and Thursday morning at Griffin

Field at Red Morton Community Park. For more

information or to join the club, contact Joe Kirby

at 650-366-5299 or

(include “Senior Softball Club” in the subject line).

Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club

This group is small but has a growing

membership. All members either live or work

in our community and share a common goal of

making our city a better place to live. This club

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

Chartered in 1966, the club has been vigorously

active helping eyesight-impaired youth in our

schools and seniors who are hearing-impaired.

Join them for breakfast! The Lions meet every

Wednesday at Bob’s Court House Coffee Shop,

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

Gibbons at 650-766-8105 for more details.

Redwood City Woman’s Club

The Redwood City Woman’s Club, established

in 1909 and a member of the California and General

Federations of Women’s Clubs, meets at its

historic clubhouse, built in 1911, at 149 Clinton St.

the first Thursday of each month from September

through June. Typical agenda: social at 11:30 a.m.,

lunch at 12 p.m., followed by meeting and program.

Guests and new members are always welcome.

For more information about membership or

clubhouse rentals, call 650-363-1266, email info@ or visit

Sequoia High School Alumni Association

The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each

month at the Sequoia District Board Room,

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

friends of Sequoia are welcome to attend.

For more information call Nancy at 650-592-

5822, visit or e-mail

Sequoia High School Education Foundation

The Sequoia High School Education Foundation

is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving

the high school experience for all students.

Their mission is to support student success by

investing in projects and programs that will have

a substantial impact on the school community.

If you applaud and appreciate Sequoia’s rise

to academic prominence, consider a financial

contribution that will guarantee the continuation

of the programs and resources that have made

Sequoia a winning school. For more information,

go to

Sequoia Stamp Club

This club was established in 1947 and welcomes

all attendees to their bimonthly meetings. The

club meets at the Community Activities Building,

1400 Roosevelt Ave., at 7 p.m. on the second and

fourth Tuesday of each month. There is a program

every meeting and refreshments are served. The

dues are only $3 per year. Contact Hank at 650-

593-7012, e-mail

or visit

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Events Around Town

SAMCEDA Holiday Party

The San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA) held their annual holiday gathering at their offices in Redwood Shores. From top left: Gino Gasparini

and Steve Mincey, CEO of DES Architects & Engineers. Rich Napier, Jim Hartnett and Bill Nack. JoAnn Kemist sharing a laugh with SAMCEDA president and council member

Rosanne Foust. Kemist looking serious. Joel Butler looking surprised. Gasparini with county Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos. For more information:

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Thank You

for Supporting the

Uccelli Family

Through the Years

We urge you to contribute

and support our local

non-profits who do

outstanding work in

our community.

Peter and Paula Uccelli Foundation


Events Around Town

Farewell to Larry Aikins

After serving our community for 15 years, Port Commissioner Larry Aikins was honored for his service and dedication as he leaves the commission. Top left: Former Port

Commissioner Jack Castle emceed the event. Top center: Port Commissioners Lorianna Kastrop, Ralph Garcia, Dick Claire and Dick Dodge honor Aikins. Top right: Dick Dodge

presents an award from Congresswoman Anna Eshoo. Bottom left: Former state Assemblyman Ira Ruskin presents Aikins with an award. Bottom right: Pat Webb presents a

certificate from the Chamber of Commerce.




San Mateo Credit Union’s On Broadway branch has it all.

Auto loans? We’ve got ‘em. Home loans? We’ve got ‘em. In fact, whatever financial product or service you’re looking for,

the On Broadway branch of San Mateo Credit Union (SMCU) stands ready to meet your needs.

Visit us today at 830 Jefferson Avenue or call us at (650) 363-1725.

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Hometown Holidays Comes to Redwood City

Each year on the first Saturday of December,

Redwood City’s Downtown Business Group

throws a party in celebration of the holiday season!

The event offered the community a chance to

play in the snow, photos with Santa, ice sculpture

demonstrations, a kids’ parade, the City Hall tree

lighting, spectacular fireworks and an outdoor

movie on Courthouse Square.

There were also two stages of live

entertainment featuring professional ballet,

Kirkpatrick’s School of Dance, Woodside High

School Choir, San Mateo High School Advanced

Dance, Sequoia High School Band, Studio S

Broadway, Dance Expressions, Community Street

Jam, Kuk Sool Won Martial Arts and the North

Star Academy Chorus.

For additional information, go to www. Presented by the Redwood

City Downtown Business Group. Diamond sponsors:

Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and

Redwood City Redevelopment Agency.

Photos by Jerry Pierce

Sequoia’s Impressive Season Ends Short of Title

By Zack Farmer, Special to The Spectrum

The Sequoia High School football

team was confident it could claim

the program’s first Central Coast

Section title, but the Cherokees fell

short of their goal. Second-seeded

Sequoia lost 47-14 to No. 4 seed

Willow Glen in the Division II final

at San Jose City College.

They clicked on all cylinders,” said Sequoia

coach Rob Poulos. “Sometimes it’s just your year.”

Willow Glen’s offense came out strong in the

first quarter. On their first possession, the Rams

went 71 yards in three plays to take a 7-0 lead on

a five-yard Mitchell Ravizza pass to Joe Gotelli.

Sequoia (11-1-1) answered quickly. The

Cherokees’ first possession was an eight-play,

56-yard drive that ended on an Abhineet Ram sixyard

touchdown reception.

Willow Glen (11-2) then scored two touchdowns

in a little over a minute. Ravizza threw a 26-yard

touchdown pass to James Aliason and caught a

34-yard strike to give his team a 19-7 lead.

“He’s as advertised,” Poulos said of Ravizza.

“Those guys did a good job of putting heat on

him, yet he’s still finding the gap and dropping on

off and his guys are making plays.”

Sequoia answered back late in the first quarter

with a five-run touchdown run by Isaias Flores

(45 yards on nine carries). But that marked the

Cherokee’s final trip into the red zone.

“[Willow Glen’s defense] did pretty much what

we had seen before but they executed a lot better

than we thought they were going to,” said Sequoia

quarterback James Beekley. “They came out and

did everything right.”

Willow Glen tacked on another touchdown

before halftime.

The finishing blow for the Cherokees came

after Sequoia failed on fourth-and-inches on its

own 29-yard line. Willow Glen turned around

and scored in four plays on a three-yard run by

Ravizza, giving the Rams a 33-14 lead.

Ravizza finished 20-for-30, passing for 283 yards

and four touchdowns, and he added one running

touchdown and a touchdown reception.

The CCS title was the first for the Willow Glen

football team.

The defensive bright spot for the Cherokee was

senior Nick Zmay, who sacked Ravizza three times.

“He’s got a motor and a half,” Poulos said of

Zmay. “It’s hard to get to that kid and I don’t

know if anybody’s hit him that many times.”

Sequoia had about 1,000 supporters at the game

and they screamed and cheered, showing their

appreciation of the team down to the last play.

“[This season] really brought our community

together,” said Zmay. “Everybody rallied — we

all came together as a big family.”

Even though Sequoia’s season is over, there is great

optimism going into next season. Two years ago, the

Cherokees finished 1-9 and a CCS title–game

appearance was the furthest thing from the team’s mind.

With the experience of being in a section

championship game this season, the returning players

look to improve on their 2010 finish.

“I felt we were almost an embarrassment then,”

Beekley said. “It’s a huge step. I feel really proud

of this team.”

After their Peninsula Athletic League Lake Division

title, the Cherokees will be moving up to the PAL

Ocean Division in 2011.

Poulos said, “The goal is to make this not an

anomaly, make this the beginning of consistent

playoff teams.”

PAL Ocean champion Jefferson is moving up to

the Bay Division, leaving a spot for the taking at

the top of the Ocean.

The Cherokees will return Beekley and twoway

star Josh Lauese, among others.

There’s not a team in that division you can’t

take seriously,” Beekley said of the PAL Ocean

programs. “Every game, we have to come in with

the right mindset.”

Editor’s note: This article was used with permission by www.

Photos by Eileen Bray

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Events Around Town

Downtown Business Group Holiday Party

The Downtown Business Group held its annual holiday gathering at the San Mateo Credit Union on Middlefield. From top left: Lori and Eric Lochtefeld, Michael Kastrop, Barry

Jolette and Stephen Tabler. Jay Alpay and Lauren Zobac. Liliana and Carolina Bagnarol, Councilman John Seybert and Jerry Pierce. Diane Cusimano, Regina Van Brunt and

Kastrop. Councilman Ian Bain and daughter. Rey and Karen Garza, James Kaspar (rear) and Pat Black. To join:

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In the New Year! – Shop Redwood City!

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

shopping locally today and every day? 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.

Eating and Catering:

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 hamburgers,

pizza, all kinds of sandwiches,

pastas and they even have a South of

the Border menu. Sunday breakfast

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

NFL Ticket games on the big flatscreen

TVs. 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 all occasions!”

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 personal 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 the new year ahead.

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.

Specialty Businesses:

Bizzarro’s Auto Auction – 2581 Spring St. – Frank Bizzarro’s unique business

offers auto auctions, consignment vehicle sales, appraisal services and even

Business Profile of the Month

Little India

917 Main St. – It has been 20 years since Little India

first opened on Broadway

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.

ways to donate your vehicle to charities. If you are holding a fundraising event

with a live auction, Frank and his staff are also a one-stop auction team with

spotters, clerks, sample catalogs, bid numbers, etc. Call 650-363-8055 and get

details on all of their services.

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

fitness center in downtown Redwood City. Services include classes,

weight and cardio equipment,

personal training, therapeutic massage

and skin care. Flexible pricing, with

several options available for members

and nonmembers. There is not a

better way to begin the new year

than by focusing on you. Exercising

is one way to begin. Visit www. or call

650-364-9194 to get started.

Hector Flamenco Insurance (State

Farm) – 151 Fifth Ave. – 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

Michelle Glaubert, Realtor at

Coldwell Banker – 650-722-1193 –

When you work with Michelle once,

she will do everything in her power

to make you want to come back to

her the next time you need real estate

assistance. Since she works mainly

on referral and repeat business, that

strategy must be working! Visit

Michelle online 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.

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

clinical approach of this independent, community-based physical therapy

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. – Listen to what customers say 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.” Whether you

are looking for men’s or women’s fine quality jewelry, shopping local does

not get better than this.

Terry Finn and Madonna’s Bail Bonds – 234 Marshall St., 650-366-9111

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News Briefs

RWC Teen Imprisoned for Life

The teenager convicted of fatally shooting an unarmed rival gang member at

a party in unincorporated Redwood City more than two years ago sealed his

fate when he stood over the injured victim and continued firing, a judge said

during sentencing.

“With those five shots he condemned himself to life in prison without the

possibility of parole,” Judge Robert Foiles said of Ricardo Garcia.

The order means Garcia, now 19 but 17 at the time of the crime, will die

behind bars for the murder of 19-year-old Solomone Zarate.

Defense attorney Chuck Smith asked Foiles to show a degree of mercy by

striking a special gang allegation that made him ineligible for parole. Instead,

he asked Foiles to impose 60 years to life, a term he said offered “the chance

to live the balance of an old man’s life free.”

But prosecutor Al Giannini insisted Garcia is still a danger to public

safety, and Zarate’s mother and sister said he must pay the consequences for

what they called a cowardly act that devastated their family. Rachael Zarate,

Ricardo’s older sister, said she once wondered how somebody decides to take

another life but realized it doesn’t matter.

Even so, they both offered forgiveness to the boy who killed their son and brother.

“We forgive him and we’re all ready to put this to rest and move on with

our lives,” Zarate said.

Lisa Latusila, Zarate’s mother, said she will “pray for his soul, that he turns

his life around and serves God and others.”

Jurors deliberated less than two days in May before convicting Garcia of

first-degree murder and the special circumstances of using a firearm and

acting to benefit a street gang.

The defense never disputed that Garcia shot Zarate — even as that charge

alone carried 25 years in prison — but argued the killing was a matter of

imperfect self-defense that deserved conviction on a lesser count of voluntary


The prosecution contended Garcia jumped into a fight between his friend

and Zarate outside a Sept. 13, 2008, party on Columbia Avenue because he

wanted to prove he was the “biggest, baddest” member of the Fair Oaks Park

sect of the Norteños gang.

Garcia testified he believed Zarate had a gun because his hand was in his

waistband, but the 255-pound teen was unarmed. Zarate called out Heller

Street, his alleged gang, and Garcia reportedly countered with his affiliation

before firing once into the ground and another into his rival. Zarate stumbled

away and slid down a vehicle on the opposite side of the street. Garcia

followed and fired three more shots before fleeing. He later surrendered

accompanied by Smith.

Jurors listened to a week of testimony in which Garcia proved the sole

defense witness, and the prosecution relied on other partygoers and two

unique pieces of evidence — a photograph taken at the party that showed

Garcia with an arm extended toward Zarate and a written account of the

encounter confiscated from Garcia’s juvenile hall cell while awaiting trial.

The defense said the statement was a way to come clean, written for Bible study.

The prosecution painted Garcia as an active gang member, complete

with Norteños tattoos, who premeditated killing somebody when he

carried a loaded gun, showed it off at the party and interjected himself into

somebody else’s fight. Smith said his client was guilty only of making a

stupid, rash decision and honestly — albeit irrationally — feared Zarate and

his associates. Garcia thought Zarate and his friends were armed based on

photographs posted online in which they bore weapons, according to Smith.

Smith also claimed his client was not an active gang member; he reiterated

the contention when asking Foiles to strike the gang allegation, saying the

evidence in the case didn’t overwhelmingly prove it. He also questioned how

any 17-year-old can carefully consider and premeditate any act, let alone murder.

In Friday’s brief sentencing hearing, Garcia did not address the court but

did submit a letter expressing deep regret.

Foiles acknowledged it and the prior efforts of Garcia’s family to turn him

away from gangs but said in the end it was up to him.

“Ultimately, it was his choice to do what he did,” Foiles said.

RWC Teens Put Off Pleas in Fatal Shooting

Two alleged teen gang members charged in the assault and fatal shooting of a

21-year-old man in Redwood City delayed pleas to murder while investigators

continue looking for several others who may have participated.

Michael Elijah Rodriguez, 18, of Redwood City, and Mario Cazares, 17, of

Palo Alto, appeared in court for the second time since being arrested but put

off pleas until Jan. 11.

Each is charged with murder and a special gang enhancement that carries a

life without parole term. Rodriguez is also charged with being a gang member

using a gun because prosecutors believe he is the one who fired the weapon.

Although Cazares is a minor, the District Attorney’s Office charged him as

an adult in the death of Julio Pantoja Cuevas, 21.

Cuevas was fatally shot several times just before 8 p.m. Nov. 28 at an

apartment complex at 426 Madison Ave. He died at the scene.

Cuevas, clad in a navy blue jacket with the letters “LA” on the back, was

visiting three female friends at the complex when he allegedly exchanged

words with a group of Norteños standing across the street. One person was

on a bicycle.

Authorities say one person began punching Cuevas before Rodriguez

pulled the weapon and fired. Cuevas ran down an alleyway, where he died

while the suspects fled.

Although investigators believe five to eight people were involved in the

crime, only Rodriguez and Cazares have been arrested so far.

The case is still under investigation, said Redwood City police Detective

Ken Cochran.

A motive in the shooting is unknown, according to the Redwood City

police, but it is being investigated as gang-related.

Rodriguez and Cazares are allegedly Norteños but Cuevas’ affiliation, if

any, is unknown.

Redwood City police are asking that anyone with information about the

shooting and possible suspects contact them at 650-780-7100.

Redwood City Man Accused of Stealing $30K From Soldier

Prosecutors are accusing a Redwood City man of stealing more than $30,000

from a soldier who was fighting in the Iraq War.

Authorities say the soldier asked his neighbor, Kenneth McCall, to take

care of his finances for him during his two-year deployment that began

in 2006. The soldier’s wife, who died shortly before the deployment, had

previously taken care of the family’s financial matters.

Authorities say the self-employed bookkeeper used the power of attorney

to take money from his client’s accounts and make purchases at electronics

and other stores.

McCall is charged with one felony count of embezzlement.

His attorney told the San Francisco Examiner that the soldier’s allegations

are not credible.

The case is scheduled for trial next month.

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Gordon Takes the Oath

In a formal ceremony at the State

Capitol, Rich Gordon, D-Menlo

Park, was sworn into the California

Assembly. Gordon was elected

on Nov. 2 to represent the 21st

Assembly District, which includes

much of Silicon Valley, including the

Photo courtesy of Margot Grant communities of San Carlos, Redwood

City, Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola

Valley, Woodside, East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills,

Monte Sereno, Los Gatos and the Almaden Valley.

RWC Urges Public to ‘Keep Our Community Clean’ —

No Illegal Dumping

It’s wonderful that during the holiday season our community always

comes through with donations of clothing and household goods for the less

fortunate, at a number of legitimate donation locations. Unfortunately, during

this season there is also an increase in illegal dumping of such items — often

with good intentions but in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Redwood City’s Code Enforcement staff reminds the community that it is

illegal to dump or leave household goods or clothes, even as a donation, in

a location that does not accept such items or at a time when such donations

are not accepted. These items often do not find their way to those in need,

and they are also an eyesore, foster further unlawful dumping of garbage and

other materials, and create a habitat for rodents and other pests.

For example, the Savers store at 875 Main St. generously accepts donations

from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.

However, there have been many instances of donated items being left there

at other times; they merely pile up and attract illegal dumping of garbage

and debris. It’s important to point out that the donation area behind Savers is

now under 24-hour video surveillance, and violators will be prosecuted. The

Salvation Army, Goodwill and other groups also accept donations during

certain hours. Three other areas that seem to attract dumping are the alleys

on Jefferson Avenue between Fulton and Adams Street, and on Redwood

Avenue and Poplar Avenue between Hudson Street and El Camino Real.

Everyone is responsible for helping to keep our community clean, and the

condition and appearance of our streets reflects on the entire community.

Redwood City Code Enforcement reminds the public to not dump illegally

or drop off donated items outside of the appropriate times. Go to www. for information about how and where to recycle a variety

of materials. Contact Allied Waste at 650-592-2411 or (after Jan. 1) Recology

at 650-595-3900 for information about how to properly dispose of debris or

other nonrecyclable materials. Report illegal dumping to Redwood City Code

Enforcement at 650-780-7350.

Medical Pot Co-Op Drops Plans

The operator of an already approved medical marijuana dispensary withdrew

his business license application just before the Board of Supervisors was set

to discuss reversing an earlier decision to grant it.

Bradley Ehikian, who was poised to operate the Peninsula’s first permitted

dispensary, said San Mateo County’s commitment to providing legal medical

marijuana does not match his own. “The county simply does not have the will

to allow any facility in the county,” Ehikian said.

In October, Ehikian was granted a business license for the Sans Souci

Medical Collective in a 14,000-square-foot building at 2676 Bay Road in

the unincorporated area near Redwood City’s Fair Oaks neighborhood. But

Sheriff Greg Munks, District Attorney Jim Fox and 39 residents who were

worried about the size and location appealed the license board decision to the

Board of Supervisors.

After hours of waiting for other items, Ehikian made the matter moot by ending

an effort he said has taken 17 months and hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Ehikian wanted to honor the memory of his mother and grandmother with

what he said would be a high-standard medical clinic with a research aspect.

Although he and lawyer Ted Hannig said they believe the county’s position

flies in the face of state law, he didn’t want to spend further time in vain.

“We do this because we are committed to the cause but we also know our

commitment is not enough to overcome the lack of commitment on the part

of law enforcement,” Ehikian said.

Munks, speaking after Ehikian’s withdrawal, said the Ehikian family’s intentions

were honorable, but he was concerned future operators may not be as honorable.

Prior to the meeting, Munks and Fox argued that the large-scale scope of

the operation made it unlikely to fit the definition of a legal collective.

Munks calculated the operation could dispense 11.4 tons annually based on

a maximum of two ounces per day for up to 500 members.

While there are few hard and fast rules about the definition of a collective

in a May 2009 county ordinance, it is widely assumed members would

participate in the growing and harvesting in return for use. Sans Souci

anticipated so many members it was unlikely all or even most would do

anything other than collect and use its product, Munks and Fox argued.

Ehikian said he understood the county’s desire to limit “fly by night”

dispensaries but insisted his plan was to offer a vital service to those with

medical, not recreational, need.

Hannig also said the county would be better off with one large high-quality

clinic rather than smaller facilities possibly run by less-scrupulous operators.

Aside from the dispensary itself, Hannig told the board it should consider a

systemic conflict of interest by having Munks weigh in on the license board

vote, act as an appellant and ultimately as a law enforcement official charged

with safety at the dispensary.

San Mateo County and its cities have a mixed approach to medical marijuana

dispensaries. While some jurisdictions such as the county and the cities of

San Mateo and San Carlos regulate them, others have banned them outright.

Grand Opening of New Gymnasium at Sequoia High

on Jan. 12

Starting at 5 p.m. and preceding the first boys varsity basketball game in

the new facility, the opening of the 18,000-square-foot, 1,400-seat spectator

gymnasium will be celebrated with food, entertainment and a short formal

program that includes recognition of athletes who have played on Sequoia

High courts in the past. The community is invited to join local dignitaries

and school and district officials at the celebration.

The new gym features a tournament basketball court, a tournament

volleyball court, two practice basketball courts and eight badminton courts.

Visitors are greeted by new athletic plazas, a glass-enclosed lobby and an

area for food concessions and booster sales.

The new gym meets one of the highest nationally recognized sustainability

standards for green design and features a skylight that runs the length of the

building and floods the space with natural light year-round.

Made possible with bonds supported by the local community, these

new facilities and refurbishing of the existing gyms support the school’s

competitive athletic programs and physical education instruction.

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Events Around Town

Saltworks Holiday Party

DMB/Redwood City Saltworks held their fifth annual holiday party, which included a toy drive, at Deseo on Main Street. From top left: John Bruno, Justin Velasquez and Jeri

Richardson-Daines. Eric Lochtefeld, David Amann and Bruno. Connie Guerrero, Memo Morantes and Lilia Ledezma. Lori Lochtefeld sharing a greeting with Juan Guerrero.

Shawn and Robyn White. Spectrum photographer James Kaspar (center) with the Wright twins, Gavin and Devin. For more information:

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Port Commission Holiday Gathering

The Port of Redwood City and its commissioners held their annual holiday gathering at their offices on Seaport Boulevard. From top left: Janet Borgens with Councilman John

Seybert. Jack Castle and Mike Giari. Dick Claire, former City Attorney David Schricker and Pat Claire. Giari and Justin Velasquez. Memo Morantes, Nathalia Rodriguez, Clem

Maloney and Ralph Garcia. Giari, Velasquez, Raegene Castle and Lorianna Kastrop. For more information:

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As I Was Saying… (Continued from p6)

But in doing so, it is also a complete slap in the face to the small businesses

and individuals who work so hard to give their time and resources voluntarily

to our schools. It absolutely sends the wrong message about what community

involvement and giving is all about.

Those in our community who serve the schools and do not have such

large amounts of funds to throw at them get the message that those smaller

amounts and efforts don’t matter. Take, for instance, the police officers who

respond on campus when needed. Coaches and instructors of sports and

music/drama after-school activities. PTAs. I could go on but you get the

picture. Why are they not honored with a Golden Apple?

You might think that honoring those examples is a far stretch. Well, so is

giving the health care district the award. So let’s break all the rules and give

it to those who contribute their own time and money.

It cannot go without saying that the grants provided by the health care

district and its board members do a wonderful service to our community and

have helped so many worthy groups and individuals. But they should not be

honored with this award. It puts them in a position they did not ask to be in

nor should be in. That rests solely on the shoulders of the chamber and its

Education Committee for putting politics before commerce.

The award, if given as such, should really go to the taxpayers of our

community who provide the funds, elect the board members, pay for their

health care and volunteer on their grant committees. Give me a break!

In total contrast and very deserving of being honored, the large business

Golden Apple award will be presented to DPR Construction. The company is

being recognized for “donating over 100 hours, 50 volunteers, and material

needed to renovate the Family Center at Hoover, a onetime gift of $180,000

from DPR to the Redwood City School District. Hoover Community School

is a K-8 school in Redwood City with close to 900 students.” Now that is the

spirit the award is supposed to project.

Also the Business Woman of the Year award will go to Tammy Del Bene.

Tammy is the recycling manager for Recology of San Mateo County and is a

great example to women and those in business.

The awards will be given at the chamber’s annual dinner at the Rosewood

Sand Hill Hotel in Menlo Park on Thursday, Jan. 27. Registration fee is $95,

not including beverages. OK, I know what you are thinking. Why is the

dinner being held outside of the Redwood City community?

Well, the Redwood City chamber also serves as the San Mateo County

chamber and although most of the members are from Redwood City,

members also come from outside our community, like the Rosewood Sand

Hill Hotel. The chamber already gets flak for holding the annual Progress

Seminar in Monterey, sending over 250 community leaders and their tax

dollars (registration fee alone is $550 per person) to another community.

Many feel they should hold that event at least in San Mateo County so we

shop local, spend local and keep those dollars in our community.

I for one am not pleased that the annual dinner event will be held outside

of Redwood City. I feel it would be hypocritical of me to be constantly

telling our community how important it is to keep sales tax dollars in our

community and shop local and then spend my money elsewhere when there

are facilities that could use our support right now, right here in Redwood

City. So, as much as I would like to go and support my chamber and those

deserving honorees, I will not be attending.


Not to be outdone, the Peninsula Press Club — of which I am a member —

recently named Marshall Wilson, who is the public communications manager

for the San Mateo County Manager’s Office, as president. I am sure you are

thinking the same thing I am. How can someone whose job it is to promote

and influence the “press” on issues be named the club’s president?

Although it is not unethical and does not pose a direct conflict of interest,

why would “we” want someone in that position to be our spokesperson? Regardless

of the fact that Wilson has an impressive resume in journalism, including

being a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Press Club does

allow members in the public relations field, he is not in a position now to be

called a member of the press and therefore should not serve as president.

It is like asking now-Democratic Assemblyman Jerry Hill (who, by the

way, is really doing a great job in his new position) to head up the San Mateo

County Republican Club. Doesn’t work, does it?

What is even more bothersome is that no one objected or brought the matter

up for discussion at the December meeting when he was nominated and voted

in. If we in the press are to hold those we observe accountable, why didn’t

anyone have the ability to at least question what was happening?

The vote happened just after the annual San Francisco Peninsula Press Club

holiday party. The event was co-hosted by the Press Club and San Mateo

County. Members of the press were encouraged to attend and meet the county

and city officials, judges, attorneys and local politicians who were invited as

well. We were to “come and get the scoop from the people who will fill up

your notebooks in 2011.”

Are you kidding me? Is that something I would really want to attend? Just

what I want to do during the holidays. Sit in a messy and cluttered pressroom

with my peers, most of whom will not be here in six months, and some

politicians and government officials whom we have to listen to at endless

meetings and events, to hear them talk about how they believe their own press

releases? I don’t think so.


On a recent Tuesday night I was sitting at home enjoying a nice shrimp salad

and a Diet Coke (bought in Redwood City) after a hard cardio workout (at a

gym in Redwood City) and wanted to watch the Planning Commission meeting.

After many years and lawsuits, they were discussing the downtown precise

plan and ultimately approving it and sending it to the City Council for approval,

so I wanted to report on it. I like the alternative of watching the meetings in

the comfort of my home because attending most meetings in person after as

many years as I have been doing this is sometimes excruciating pain.

The meeting was basically the same as any other, complete with staff

presentations, community feedback, etc., etc. Then they got to the discussion

of the retail-versus-office-space issue and recommended approval of two

alternatives to the downtown precise plan that would increase the amount of

office space and decrease retail space allocations.

The commission recommended that the City Council adopt an alternative

downtown blueprint with 500,000 square feet of office space and 100,000

square feet of retail, compared to 275,000 square feet of office space and

221,000 square feet of retail in the original plan.

The logic was that, according to city staff, there is less demand for retail and

getting more people working downtown would boost business activity. You have

got to be kidding me, right? One commissioner even went so far as to state, “It’s

well known that retail isn’t typically a catalyst for revitalization.” It was then

I realized that I should watch all future meetings at home because in person I

would not be able to throw pillows at them or laugh out loud as I can at home.

What they are doing is just rewarding city staff and those responsible for

attracting new retail and other business downtown for not doing their job and

accepting the logic presented. Just look at any other successful downtown

on the Peninsula, and it is done successfully with a mixture of retail,

entertainment and dining spaces. Housing is the element to bring people to use

the services, not the other way around. If the housing comes before, then you

have owners/renters moving into the downtown to make it more convenient to

visit loved ones in the county jail.

Here is what I don’t get: If the plan is to attract more homes to the

downtown area and revitalize it once again, should retail and not office be

more appropriate? At night when residents are walking around wanting to

shop or eat or take in a movie or a production at the Fox Theatre, instead of

open, vibrant retail spaces they will see closed office spaces. Why doesn’t

anyone question the logic? Why are we not questioning why they are not?

There were maybe a dozen people in the audience at that meeting who were

not there for special interests. Is the interest really there from our community

to keep pouring money and resources into the downtown?

When was the last time a council member or planning commissioner asked you?


As if we are all supposed to be excited about this, the City of Redwood City

recently announced that “each Friday night, beginning on Friday, December

10 th , Redwood City’s Theatre Way will be closed to vehicle traffic from 6 pm

to midnight, making it a more comfortable, inviting area for pedestrians.” In

case you didn’t know, Theatre Way is between Winslow Street/Middlefield

Road and Broadway and is the main entrance to the downtown Century Theatres.

The release continues: “Each Friday evening at 6 pm, special decorative

‘bollards’ (short vertical posts) will be placed at the Winslow Street end of Theatre

Way to divert traffic, thus giving families, kids, and all pedestrians the

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opportunity to freely walk on the street as they enjoy the Downtown attractions.”

OK, that is fine, but what about drop-off locations now that there is none in

front of the theater?

“While the new ‘pedestrian-only Fridays’ starts during the colder holiday

season, it will be particularly enjoyable during the warmer months and will

offer the opportunity for additional events, activities, and gatherings on

Theatre Way. Making Theatre Way pedestrian only on Fridays will also help

to spread the crowds out during that busy evening, to make the sidewalks and

business entrances more accessible and comfortable.”

Just like the Planning Commission is not an expert on downtown retail

zoning, I am not an expert on traffic flow and pedestrian walkways. But it

does not take someone with an engineering degree to conclude that winter is

not the best time to initiate such a change.

When the cinema complex was first designed, it was supposed to have a

drop-off area on Broadway, right in front of the three empty restaurant spaces.

Parking spaces are there now, so where will there be a safe drop-off for

parents and seniors? Talk about making things more inconvenient.

One of the biggest complaints from moviegoers and diners on weekends

is the large groups of teens that gather in front of the theater and surrounding

area to socialize. Doesn’t this just encourage more “socializing” in an area where

more can gather? It might have been better to fill those forever-vacant retail

spaces (or will they be office spaces soon?) at the corner of Theatre Way and

Broadway so there would be more activity there and not just dark emptiness.

“Pedestrian-only Fridays on Theatre Way are expected to continue at least

through summer of 2011 to take advantage of the Downtown’s primary event

‘season,’ during which the City will assess the impact on traffic, as well as the

improvement for pedestrians.”

Possibly a good idea. Poor timing and planning. More frustration for

visitors downtown.

I’m just saying.

As I was saying…


Soroptimist International of South Peninsula

The Soroptimists invite you to become a member of Soroptmist International,

the world’s largest service organization for business and professional women,

where “improving the lives of women and children” has been their mission

since 1921. Soroptimists work through service projects to advance human

rights and the status of women locally and abroad. They meet the second

Thursday of every month. For more information, please call their president,

Maria, at 650-366-0668, Monday–Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Sustainable San Mateo County

Established in 1992, this local nonprofit is dedicated to the long-term

health of our county’s environment, economy and social equity. Programs

include an annual report, an annual awards event with over 450 attendees,, green business workshops and more. If you would

like to volunteer, contact the SSMC office at 650-638-2323 or e-mail For more information, visit www.

Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club

Since October 1956, the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club has been

devoted to community service in Redwood City. Through the decades,

the club has provided funds to help many worthy community programs

and continues to add more community projects. The Key Club of Sequoia

High School, sponsored by the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club, was

chartered in 1994 and has been involved in raising money and donating time

and effort to many programs.

The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday evening

6–7 p.m. at Harry’s Hofbrau, 1909 El Camino Real (one block north of

Woodside Road). They invite you to come to their meetings and check out the

club’s website at

Woodside Terrace Optimist Club

This is a unique club made up of senior citizens who want to stay involved.

Most, but not all, come from the residence at Woodside Terrace. The club is

open to all of the community and provides an opportunity for seniors to be

useful. The club’s funds are raised by a card, candy and necklace sale held

on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the main lobby at 485 Woodside

Road, open to the public.

Lunches/meetings are at 12:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays

of each month in the Assisted Living Dining Room at Woodside Terrace.

Guests are welcome. Please call President Jack Murphy at 650-780-9891 or

Millie Cole at 650-366-1392 for reservations.

YES Reading

This local organization is dedicated to empowering students through literacy

and investing community members in underserved public schools. YES

Reading recruits and trains community volunteers to provide one-on-one

tutoring for elementary and middle school students reading below grade level.

YES Reading operates several reading centers on the Peninsula and in

the South Bay, including a site at Selby Lane School in Atherton. If you are

interested in becoming a reading tutor for a child who needs your help, please

call 408-945-9316 or email Visit the YES Reading

website at

Editor’s note: If you are connected with a nonprofit organization and want your information

printed in The Spectrum, send it to or The Spectrum Magazine,

P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064. Let our community know your contributions and

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Insurance Tips: Be Alert to the Dangers of Drowsy Driving

By Hector Flamenco, Special to The Spectrum

Driving while drowsy is an unnecessary risk you

shouldn’t take. Sleep deprivation has become

widespread in North America as people try to

squeeze more and more activities into each day.

One consequence is that more vehicle crashes are

attributed partly or wholly to sleepiness.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says about

one million crashes a year are thought to occur because of driver inattention

or lapses — and fatigue makes such inattention more likely.

In a survey by the National Sleep Foundation, 57 percent of those

interviewed said they had driven while drowsy and 23 percent admitted to

having fallen asleep behind the wheel.

The NHTSA reports that sleep-induced crashes typically involve a driver

who is alone and driving late at night or in mid-afternoon on a high-speed

road (so the crash is more likely to be serious). Most of the time, it’s a singlecar

crash because the vehicle leaves the roadway.

Leave the driving to those who are wide-awake! In other words, many of us

may be susceptible to driving while sleepy, but there are some things we can

do to avoid it. The National Sleep Foundation and other experts suggest:

Get a good night’s sleep before starting a long drive.

Avoid driving during your body’s natural “down time,” when you’d

normally be sleeping.

• Plan to drive long trips with a companion. Passengers can help watch for

early warning signs of fatigue and can help share the driving. Passengers

should stay awake to talk to the driver.

• Sit up straight while driving; don’t slouch. Don’t stare straight ahead at all

times; scan the road and nearby areas.

• Stop for a rest every 100 miles or two hours.

If you need one, take a short nap. Or get some exercise — run in place or

jump up and down.

• Avoid alcohol and medications that may make you sleepy. Read the label on

the container or ask your physician.

Consult a doctor if you have any symptoms of a possible sleep disorder:

frequent daytime sleepiness, frequent difficulty sleeping at night or loud

snoring every night.

So, before you hit the road, make sure you’ve had a good night’s sleep. Then

you can rest assured you’ll arrive at your destination safely.

Editor’s note: 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 following activities are open to the public at the

Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave.,

Redwood City.

Friday Movies for Everyone

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

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

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

Jan. 7: Winter holiday (the center is closed)

Jan. 14: “Letters to Juliet”

Jan. 21: “The Karate Kid”

Jan. 28: “Secretariat” or call 650-568-0565 for tickets and information.

The center will be closed the first week of January and will reopen on

Monday, Jan. 10. The center will also be closed on Jan. 17 in honor of Dr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Tax Preparation Appointments

By appointment only

Wednesdays, Feb. 9–April 13, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Beginning Jan. 2, you can make an appointment for free tax preparation

assistance sponsored by AARP. Call 650-489-6023 to make your

appointment (appointments can be made only by calling this number).

Save the Date

2nd Annual Hot Rod Bunko Event

Feb. 12, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Event includes Bunko, luncheon, a silent auction and raffle drawings. Kick

back and spend the afternoon with great people having a great time for a great

cause. This fun event will benefit the Redwood City Special Needs program

(formerly the San Carlos Special Needs Program). Bunko is a fun game of dice,

played in rounds. Players take turns rolling the dice and trying to accumulate as

many points as possible to win each round. The game is played at tables of four

in competing teams of two. Please contact Chuck or Anne at acamil1462@

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A Minute With: Corrin Rankin

Corrin Rankin was born at Sequoia Hospital and raised in Redwood City. She attended

local grammar and junior high schools and graduated from Menlo-Atherton High


After she attended technical schools such as Heald College and the Mater Institute

of Technology, she landed a job at Hotmail in its early stages and then at Excite in

Redwood City.

Her father had been a bail bondsman here since 1967 (James Rankin Bail Bonds).

Corrin decided to work for him and is now the sole owner of Out Now Bail Bonds in

Redwood City.

She has three children: Briana, 16, Brittany, 13, and Bianca, 10.

Corrin has been a member of the Bail Bonds Association since 2006. She was named

vice president in 2006 and president in 2010. She is also a member of the Redwood

City–San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce and the state bail agents association.

Her hobbies include working out and spending time with her children.

What are you looking forward to in the new year?

Growing my business.

If people get arrested they should?

Call an attorney or bail bonds.

Redwood City is?

My home.

Whom do you most admire?

My father.

What talent would you most like to have?

To sing.

Something few know about you?

That I have children.

What phrase do you most overuse?


Favorite song?

“Joy and Pain” — Frankie Beverly and Maze.

Favorite movie?

“Goodfellas” — I love Robert De Niro.

What is your motto?

It takes rain and sunshine to make a rainbow.

Anyone you got on your mind?

My boyfriend.

Memorable moment?

Delivery of my children.

First word that comes to mind?

Red, because of your shirt.

You still can’t believe?

That another year has gone by so quickly.

You currently feel?


You are inspired by?

Wiser and older people I can learn from.

What or who is the love of your life?

My children.

When you die you want to come back as?

A dragon — I have always wanted to be one.

If you’re happy and you know it?

Raise your hand.

The Spectrum 31

Alpio Barbara and

the team at

Redwood General

Tire are involved

in our community

and urge all to be.

Happy New Year!

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