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For-instances & more in

As I Was Saying

DMB ReDwooD City SaltwoRkS

CeleBRateS at NoRth FaiR oakS FeStival

Business leaders excited about Saltworks Plan

Redwood City Saltworks and Fair Oaks business leaders celebrate the Ninth Annual North

Fair Oaks Festival in a cable car on the parade route on August 22.

Sunday, August 22 was a great day to celebrate the Ninth Annual North Fair

Oaks Festival!

Business leaders from North Fair Oaks and downtown Redwood City in

conjunction with community organizations joined Redwood City Saltworks

members in a cable car ride down the parade route. Soccer balls were handed

out at the Saltworks booth in the display area, while members of FC Gold Pride

autographed soccer balls for local kids. Community members also had a chance

to ask questions about the Saltworks 50/50 Balanced Plan.

New Jobs, affordable homes and Soccer Fields

The Saltworks 50/50 Balanced Plan will create more than 1,000 new local jobs

every year during build-out, provide hundreds of new affordable homes, and

build a giant new 60-acre sports park for local soccer and other athletic teams.

Redwood City officials are now studying the Saltworks 50/50 Balanced Plan

and requesting input from local residents about this proposal. For more

information go to: www.RCSaltworks.com, send email to

info@RCSaltworks.com or call 650-366-0500.

The DMB Redwood City Saltworks folks have

worked closely with the Fair Oaks community

since the day they came to town five years

ago. Their plan will create jobs, expand our

businesses and offer children and families

wonderful new recreational facilities that we

desperately need. Our community needs to

get involved to support this important plan.”

— Rosie Mendoza,

Accountant and Farmer’s Insurance Broker

Redwood City


Follow Saltworks on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


The Spectrum.SEP.2010

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher


Anne Callery

Copy Editor


Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer


Nicole Minieri

Contributing Writer


James Massey

Graphic Designer

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography


Contact Information:

Phone 650-368-2434

E-mail addresses listed above


We are proud to present you with the September 2010 edition of The Spectrum Magazine. This month

we are celebrating our sixth anniversary of publication. We are looking back and looking forward, taking

you with us.

Of course our cover story is an overview of The Spectrum, past to present and into the future.

Contributing writer Judy Buchan interviewed several people in our community and publisher Steve

Penna to help complete the story of our journey.

In his column, “As I Was Saying…,” Penna writes about the upcoming November election, a few forinstances,

a possible conflict of interest and, of course, a look back at the success of The Spectrum.

We have information on the new housing opportunities for faculty at Cañada College, a follow-up on

PAL boxer and Redwood City resident Juan Hernandez as he realizes a dream, and a feature on the

NOH8 information campaign, which started as a reaction to the passage of Proposition 8 and has recently

evolved into an anti-discrimination campaign. The organizers did a photo shoot and video at the Fox

Theatre, and the local connections to this worldwide campaign will amaze you.

We also have our regular features on items of community interest, senior activities, parties around town,

news briefs, cultural and entertainment events, insurance tips from Russ Castle, information about the

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

We encourage you now more than ever 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 one of them, let them know you appreciate their support of our local

community publication.

We invite you to visit our website at www.spectrummagazine.net for up-to-the-day information about

our community. Last but not least, thank you to all our loyal readers for making The Spectrum the

largest publication of any manner in Redwood City. Here’s to another six years and more. Today and

every day, celebrate our community!


This Month’s Photo Shoot – 4

RCSD Corner – 5

“As I Was Saying...” – 6

Cañada Opens New Housing for Employees – 7

Nonprofits in Action – 8

Somewhere2turn Turns to Music – 10

Sequoia Graduate Nuñez-Pereda

Is Our Festival Queen – 12

Cultural Events – 14

The People Speak: Letters to the Editor – 15

Our Community Connection:

The Spectrum -

Six Years and Going Strong – 18

Shop Redwood City – 21

News Briefs – 22

Community Interest – 23

Hernandez Debut Is a Success – 26

Meet Our Community-Minded

Realtors of Redwood City – 28

Insurance Tips: Questions and Answers

About Renters Insurance – 31

Senior Activities – 33

A Minute With James Kaspar – 34

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Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot

James Kaspar and Marisa Henze help with the cover shoot.

This month’s cover photo shoot was done at virtually the last minute. After

several conversations and concepts, it was decided that our sixth anniversary

cover would bear the image of our publisher, Steve Penna. The shoot was

scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28, at 1 p.m., just two days before we went to press.

Penna and cover photographer James Kaspar arrived at the PAL activity

building on Bay Road and were joined by Diego Pettersson and Marisa

Henze, who were helping with the shoot. It was quickly decided that there

would be two themes for the shoot. The first is “pimp publisher” for the shot

that will be added to the NOH8 nationwide campaign website. The other is

“community-minded publisher,” which appears on the cover.

After some discussion about what was wanted, it was decided to

incorporate the NOH8 story that is running this month into the shoot.

The focus of the NOH8 campaign, has been about spreading the word in

opposition to discrimination against gay marriages, but now it is evolving

to be so much more. It’s about urging people to “stop discriminating and

start loving” each other, and there are so many people out there being

discriminated against.

The cover shot uses symbolism as an effect to convey Penna’s message of

community involvement, his own commitment to ending discrimination of

any sort, his religious journey, a celebration of The Spectrum’s anniversary,

his profession as a writer, his belief in freedom of speech and Mayor Jeff Ira’s

volunteer “call to action.”

The shoot went off without any major hitches and after all the ideas were

brought to fruition, it was over in less than an hour.

The number six represents harmony, balance, sincerity, love and truth. Six

naturally reveals solutions for us in a calm, unfolding manner. The mission

of The Spectrum (meaning “a broad range of related values or qualities

or ideas or activities”) Magazine is to foster community involvement and

provoke conversation in Redwood City while informing our readership of the

community activities and political happenings that affect our lives. The two

are perfectly aligned to create unity.

The Spectrum is proud to be the most read publication of any sort in our

community. With over 12,000 monthly readers, we respect that responsibility

and will continue to honor our community each and every month!

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RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District

Behind-the-Scenes Tech Wizards Keep Schools Wired

The fiber optic technology, for example, vastly increased the speed of the

network, so that students and staff can access Web pages much faster, and

send and receive data in a shorter amount of time. The new technology also

allowed the department to centralize the computer equipment in one location

so less time is spent driving to sites for maintenance. A faster network with

vastly more capacity will also allow the district to move to other cost-saving

moves such as paperless meetings, where all documents are accessible via

the Internet, and time-saving measures such as the ability for staff to check

phone voice messages via their e-mail system.

“Saving a few minutes here and there might not seem like a big deal,” said

Siam. “But five minutes a day adds up to two and half work days per year, so

little savings can result in big productivity boosts.”

Before 2000, computers were not an integral part of the classroom

experience in Redwood City. The district has witnessed a revolution in the

array of information now available to students, staff and the community via

computers, but keeping access to the wired world is a continuing challenge

in a time of budget cuts, with more than 80 percent of the computers in the

district being more than 5 years old.

“Despite the challenges, we are excited by the possibilities of how

computers might be used in the near future,” said Siam. “We now have the

tools in place for students to learn digital video journalism, robotics and

scientific research, as well as new technologies we haven’t yet imagined.”

Teaching without computers is unimaginable in this age of connectivity.

Students use computers in the classroom to learn how to research, write

papers, create multimedia projects and connect with the wider world.

Teachers use computers to plan and collaborate, to enhance lessons, to

view training videos and to communicate with parents. District staff use

computers to pay employees, to hire and process new employees, to analyze

student data and to inform staff and parents about important issues and news.

But keeping computers up and running for students and staff on a limited

budget requires skill and imagination. “Supporting 2,700 computers for 9,000

students, 1,000 staff members at 16 schools and 10 district locations, all with

a staff of four full–time and one part-time technician means we have to be

innovative in how we provide support services and maintain equipment,” said

Joe Siam, director of technology for the district. A typical company has a

ratio of about one technician to every 125 computers, compared to about one

technician to every 600 computers in the school district.

The Technology Department has responded to the challenge of limited

resources by streamlining many functions. Recently, for example, technicians

have developed podcasts that demonstrate many technology-related tasks

with how-to videos employees can follow step by step, rather than conducting

separate trainings at each work site. In 2007 the district consolidated all

information technology support staff at the district office, rather than having

a technician at each site. This change maximized efficiency by standardizing

procedures and processes so fewer technicians can serve more staff and

students more effectively.

Since the district purchased its first computer in 1979, the Technology

Department has never stopped evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of

supporting computer use in the district. In 1986, the district introduced the

first e-mail system, and in 1998, the first district website was launched. In

2000, the district opened library media centers at every school, bringing the

ratio of computers from one computer per 20 students to one computer per

five students in a few short years. In 2008, the district upgraded its website to

offer a vastly expanded range of features that make district news and academic

and financial information more accessible to the community than ever before.

“Because technology changes so rapidly it is important to monitor

upcoming trends and plan for the future so that we can remain efficient and

aware of how technology can save us time and money,” said Siam. Siam

explained that the smart use of technology enables efficiency throughout the

district. An example of this is a recent upgrade of the district’s network to a

fiber optic technology that will open the door to the many new practices that

will help the district economize.

night of stars

Wells Fargo Bank


Rotary Club of Redwood City’s

First Annual Night of Stars

Thursday, September 23

5:00pm - 10:00pm

5:00- 6:30pm

Courthouse Square

food & drink Reception



Fox Theater


Victoria Raiser,



Brad Lewis,

Oscar Winning Movie producer

Dean Martin Show


Bob Sarlatte

Matt Helm as Dean Martin

$100 per Person

a benefit for the

Youth Media Center

Fresh Cut Film

For additional information,

call 650-599-1963

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As I Was


Publisher | Steve Penna

The Monday night after the Councilwoman

Rosanne Foust/FPPC conflict of interest story had

hit the news, the City Council nestled in for their

regular meeting. One of the agenda items was the

swearing in of our new port commissioners. One

that attracted my attention was the appointment of

Tom Cronin.

Cronin has served on the Planning Commission

and participated in several other community

activities that make him qualified for the position

and, given his support on the council, a likely choice.

However, he was recently named the new executive

director of the Police Activities League (PAL).

The city has committed $80,000 this year to

sponsor the position, saving taxpayers the cost of

the full-time police officer position that had run the

program in the past. Funding for the position is

guaranteed for one year only and will be reviewed

each year by the City Council to determine whether

they will continue the sponsorship or whether

PAL can become self-sufficient with private

donations as desired. Through his contract with

PAL, Cronin will be paid roughly $60,000 per

year and will also get health and other benefits but

will not be a city employee.

Here’s my question. If it was determined that

Foust could not vote on anything related to the

Saltworks project because of her position at

SAMCEDA (she is a paid employee but does not

sit on their board of directors, just like Cronin

and PAL), should the fact that Cronin’s salary is

indirectly paid for by the City of Redwood City,

which owns the port, be a concern and a potential

conflict of interest? He will be voting and making

decisions as a commissioner that could indirectly

affect his position and salary, just as the FPPC

determined about Foust.

As you may remember, Foust asked for rulings

on her potential conflict on two separate occasions

before taking her position at SAMCEDA, and two

city attorneys ruled there was none. I am sure that

after what happened to Foust, and because of the

sensitivity of the issue, our city manager, new city

attorney and council members must have thought about

this and determined that there was no conflict,

since Cronin was appointed to the commission.

So, no conflict? I have a feeling the FPPC will

be ruling on this in the future, if the city does not,

because the Port Commission is responsible for

bringing much needed revenues to the city. The

Port Commission is considered the second most

powerful commission behind Planning because it

is also seen as a stepping stone for a council seat.

Thus they are governed the same way council

members are.

The city is supposed to protect residents serving

our community from these types of judgments

and conflicts. Even if it is to advise them to not


seek an appointment or job. Foust found out the

hard way that this does not always happen. Let’s

hope Cronin doesn’t have to.


While I am on the subject of politics and city

staff, let me bring forth a few issues I have. I am

one to always question the process; that is my

job. I always ask the question “why?” even when

I think I know the answer, because does one ever

really know? Many find this an annoyance. That

happens when you are not following the flock,

doesn’t it? In politics, following is what usually

happens, and those involved end up patting

each other on the back while the rest of us are

left out and feel our voice is not heard because

our questions go unanswered. Therefore some

subjects of concern are never brought up to our

council members.

For instance — This year the Peninsula

Celebration Association (PCA) canceled the

annual Fourth of July fireworks display due to

lack of funding. There was no effort by the group

to do community outreach to save the event, so

our community was disappointed. Recently, a

group of community-minded people approached

the PCA and asked to help them raise funds to

put on the show next year. That effort will start

soon. The City Council is not responsible for the

fireworks and really should stay out of funding for

them because if they did, they would have to fund

every nonprofit event in the city for groups that

are in financial straits — and that is many.

BUT — Many in our community feel that the

PCA should move the annual parade and festival

back downtown where it was always held. During

the construction of the cinema project several

years ago, the events were temporarily moved

and never moved back. Thus the businesses that

usually benefit from the thousands of visitors

downtown have not, and many have suffered

or gone out of business. Why doesn’t the City

Council require the PCA to move the event

back downtown to create sales tax revenues and

continue the tradition? All they would have to do

is set that requirement during the permit process

and if the PCA did not agree, then maybe the

overtime police services and other city services

that are needed for the events would not be

available to the PCA and they would have to foot

the bills themselves instead of us taxpayers.

For instance — The El Camino Real gateway

project has been and will continue to be a

complete disaster for our community. Not only

did it create insurmountable traffic problems and

delays, lost revenue for businesses in that area

and lost sales tax dollars for the city when they

are needed most, but it appears that once the

rainy season comes, it will create flooding in that

stretch of El Camino due to the road repair not

being properly completed.

Why hasn’t anyone stepped up and warned

other communities that are now or will soon

be going through the same process about the

problems our community experienced? Are we

watching to see how, if the flooding does occur,

the federal government will compensate our

community if our taxpayer dollars are spent to

correct the problems they created?

For instance — I have been following three

unsolved murders in our community, and I

am sure there are more. 1) 47-year-old Alycia

Williams was stabbed to death on Leahy Street. 2)

Thomas Bacon was shot to death while sitting in

his car in a restaurant parking lot at the entrance

to our downtown area. 3) 34-year-old Tim Singer

was beaten to death on the Caltrain tracks near

the Franklin Street apartments.

Police are still working on these cases, and

family and friends of the victims are doing what

they can to keep their names out there through

fliers and the Internet, but more community

involvement needs to happen to find their killers.

I have never heard one City Council member

speak openly to the community about any of these

murders or offer any type of reward to solve these

heinous and violent crimes. There should be a

“this will not happen in our community” type of

response and a large focus on solving them. The

fact that there are people who have committed

murders walking around our community

is something that should outrage us and be

addressed at any cost before another innocent

neighbor is victimized.

For instance — Now that it is acceptable and

even “trendy” to criticize public employees’

salaries and benefits, some City Council members

have openly done the same. What I don’t get is

why they did not speak up before now, when

they were voting “yes” year after year after year

for salary and staff increases, benefit funding

and pension plan increases and contributions

of taxpayer monies? Where was the proactive

leadership when we needed it — before we got

into these financial budget problems?

For instance — “Take home” vehicles

have become an issue in several communities

throughout California. But not here. Why? If

our City Council is now looking at employees’

salaries, etc., why are they not being proactive

and putting an end to the unacceptable practice of

providing vehicles on taxpayer dollars?

(continued on page 30)

Cañada Opens New Housing for Employees

Fifty-four staff members from the three San Mateo

County community colleges were able to move

into some of the 60 new apartments built on the

Cañada College campus in Redwood City, part of a

plan to offer affordable housing to those working

for the district.

It’s been four years since about 40 apartments

at the College of San Mateo were opened for faculty

at below-market value and the district debuted 60

more units only hours before the new residents

were allowed to move in. Cañada Vista is the district’s

second attempt to offer affordable housing to its

employees after demand far outweighed the first

offerings of homes. District officials hope to retain

faculty by offering housing, possibly poising the

individuals to buy in the area down the road.

“This provides the opportunity for staff to have

affordable housing near their work,” said Ron

Galatolo, chancellor for the San Mateo County

Community College District. “There are 60

more one-, two- and three-bedroom units at an

affordable price so people can save to buy their

own house. It’s extremely expensive to live here.”

The units range in size from 800 square feet

to 1,300 square feet, with costs ranging from

$950 per month to $1,300 for the largest threebedroom

unit, said district spokeswoman Barbara

Christensen. The $12 million project was funded

using special financing, similar to a mortgage,

which will be repaid by the rent generated. The

same funding mechanism was used to build the

College Vista site in San Mateo with plans to pay

over 30 years. Christensen added that the project

is not expected to be paid off much sooner.

Overlooking the Bay Area, the development

offers units with balconies, some with garages

and nearly all with a lovely view. The club house

was decorated by an on-campus interior design class.

Karen Schwarz, district trustee and president

of the San Mateo County Colleges Educational

Housing Corporation Board, explained the need

for housing became part of the conversation years

ago when high cost of living began preventing

the district from hiring and retaining employees.

After the San Mateo housing development was

opened, the district quickly filled the spots and

realized a waiting list of more than 100 people

meant the need was not being met, leading to the

second development.

Residents of the San Mateo location have

welcomed eight babies in four years. More importantly,

12 people were able to buy homes locally from the money

saved, said Schwarz.

The original development meant 59 percent of

people were able to walk to work, saving 153,000

commute miles annually, she said.

Residents for the new housing were chosen off

the waiting list that had been previously created.

There was a formula for choosing individuals

that included having a makeup of faculty and

staff equal to that of the district, explained

Christensen. Six units have not yet been filled,

leaving possible openings for new staff.

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


People tour a unit at the Cañada Vista housing development

on the Cañada College campus in Redwood City.

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Nonprofits in Action

Advocates for Children

Advocates for Children, CASA of San Mateo

County, is actively seeking caring and consistent

adults to mentor and speak up for the best

interests of these children. Over 130 children are

waiting for someone who cares.

If you would like to become a volunteer

advocate, or just want to learn more, please attend

an orientation held in their San Mateo office. Visit

www.AdvocatesFC.org or call 650-212-4423 for

more information.

City Talk Toastmasters

Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop

communication and leadership skills. The club

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

Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.

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

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

www.toastmasters.org for more information about

the Toastmasters public speaking program.


CityTrees 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 www.citytrees.org for a listing of events,

dates and how to join.

Family Connections

This nonprofit group is the only parentparticipation

preschool in San Mateo County

focusing on low-income families. Their Redwood

City classrooms offer children through age 5 and

their parents a tuition-free learning environment

that’s supportive and fun. Family Connections

parents stay involved in their children’s education

and, as a result, their children are more prepared

for kindergarten and beyond. They are always

looking for volunteers to play with the children

while moms and dads attend parent-ed classes,

organizers to help coordinate fundraisers,

and people from the business world to initiate

new corporate partnerships. Check www.

familyconnections.org for more information.

Family Service Agency of San

Mateo County

Looking for a dependable source of skilled,

reliable workers? Family Service Agency of San

Mateo County provides employers with mature,

ready-to-work, experienced workers who are 55

years and older. Employers contact the service

because they appreciate the superior work ethic

and the commitment to quality that mature

workers possess. There are no fees for hiring

candidates. Contact Barbara Clipper at 650-403-

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

For those who are looking for work and are

at least 55 years of age, Family Service Agency

provides a range of services, including referrals

for classroom training, vocational counseling,

job referrals and on-the-job training for qualified

participants. Contact Connie Tilles at 650-403-

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


Friends for Youth

Do you like to play video games, shoot hoops,

watch baseball games or just have fun? Then

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

mentor, you can hang out with a young person

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

baseball and cars. He lives with his grandmother

and three sisters and would love to hang out with

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

waiting to be matched with a mentor like you.

Most of the boys wait more than a year to meet

their mentors.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor,

you are invited to attend a one-hour information

session in Redwood City. For upcoming

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


Funders Bookstore

If you haven’t wandered into the Funders

Bookstore, you have missed one of Redwood

City’s hidden treasures. This project is a

volunteer effort by a group of dedicated people

interested in supporting the San Mateo County

History Museum and simultaneously providing a

community bookstore for everyone’s pleasure. A

large collection of hardback first editions, trade

paperbacks, children’s books, cookbooks and

an entire room of $1 paperbacks are featured.

Bookstore hours are Tuesday through Saturday,

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

San Mateo County History Museum at 2200

Broadway, with the entrance facing Hamilton

Street. Stop by for a browse!

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit

organization that seeks to eliminate poverty

housing and homelessness from the world, and

to make decent shelter a matter of conscience

and action. Locally, the Greater San Francisco

affiliate partners with working families and the

community to build affordable ownership homes

in Redwood City. Formed through the merger of

Peninsula Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for

Humanity San Francisco in August 2008, Habitat

for Humanity Greater San Francisco provides a

unique solution to the local housing crisis and

has enabled nearly 150 families to purchase

affordable housing. Contact Jennifer Doettling,

communications director, at 650-568-7335 or

jdoettling@habitatgsf.org. Visit their website at


Hearing Loss Association of the


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

Isn’t it time to get involved?

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 questions.

Nursing Mothers Counsel

Nursing Mothers Counsel, a nonprofit

organization since 1955, provides free

breastfeeding education and assistance by highly

trained counselors (moms who breastfed for at

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

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

NMC also has breast pumps and breastfeeding

supplies available for purchase and rent. Call

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

counselor, call 650-365-2713. Visit their 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.peninsulacollegefund.

org or contact Charles Schmuck at cschmuck@

pacbell.net 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

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

(continues on page 13)

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The Spectrum 9

Somewhere2turn Turns to Music

By Nicole Minieri, Contributing Writer

When Redwood City community outreach project Somewhere2turn

recently partnered with NOH8, a Los Angeles–based nonprofit

organization that fashioned an artistic silent-protest photographic

campaign against California’s Proposition 8, the result was an edgy

photo and music video shoot at the Fox Theatre to promote a homegrown

hip-hop anti-discrimination song. Inspired by the NOH8

concept, this anthem beat titled “One Day” was partially written and

produced by Somewhere2turn pioneer and pillar Diego Pettersson and

Ivan Reyes Martinez of Boys & Girls Clubs and Peapod Academy in

Redwood City. Also contributing to the lyrical content were rappers

Richard Kaho, Diamante Horton and Arthur Renowitzky, who blithely

wrote and rapped their own verse, and local singer Lillianna De Los

Reyes, whose captivating vocals were lent to the intro of the song.

Top: The members of Somewhere2turn during the NOH8 campaign shoot. Bottom: Spectrum Publisher Steve Penna

with members of Somewhere2turn at a recent event.

Keeping his fingers crossed as he awaits

“One Day’s” surge into the music and video

scene, Pettersson recalls the development of this

swift rap song wrapped around a meaningful

message and how he got a lot of help from his

entertainment friends, particularly a “Dancing

With the Stars” veteran. “Basically I was on

vacation with Louis van Amstel from ‘Dancing

With the Stars’ and a couple of friends, and after

talking we became really interested in doing

something with my kids from Somewhere2turn

in Redwood City. Since Somewhere2turn consists

of a very multiethnic group, we thought it would

be a perfect project for myself, as well as for the

people behind NOH8, to get together to make a

song about unity with a matching music video,”

said Pettersson. “Once we made the decision to

move forward, I then approached my friend Ivan

Reyes Martinez, who is a 21-year-old musical

genius from Redwood City, and asked him if he

could take a look at some of the beats that we

had already mixed and mold them into one song

specifically for the NOH8 national project. We

then went into a studio here in Redwood City to

finish and record the song, which took about two

weeks. Once it was a complete production, we

got a hold of Louis van Amstel and the founders of

NOH8, and they came down to Redwood City that

following weekend to do the photo shoot and music

video using the kids from Somewhere2turn.”

The turnout to the Redwood City NOH8 photo

shoot was great,” said NOH8 co-founder Jeff

Parshley. “The kids from Somewhere2turn had

really good energy and were all very excited to

be a part of our campaign.” The NOH8 Campaign

was founded by Parshley and Adam Bouska, an

award-winning American celebrity photographer,

shortly after Proposition 8 was passed in

California on Nov. 4, 2008. What originally

started out as a cluster of snapshots taken of

everyday Californians with duct tape concealing

their mouths and the NOH8 logo painted on

one cheek has now become amplified into an

international online social networking photo

phenomenon encompassing the gamut of human

existence, from me to you to celebrities, artists,

politicians, high-profile personalities, newlyweds,

military personnel and law enforcement, to name

a few. And while the NOH8 Campaign has busted

into primetime and tabloid television, appearing

on popular shows such as “Access Hollywood,”

“Entertainment Tonight,” the “Today” show, “The

View” and on FOX News, this anti-hate crusade’s

message is still the same: raising awareness for

marriage equality and other intolerance issues.

The focus of the NOH8 Campaign has been

on spreading the word about discrimination

against same-sex marriage, but now is becoming

so much more, said van Amstel. “It’s about

‘stop discriminating and start loving each

other’ and there are so many people out there

being discriminated upon,” he said. “This

organization is doing awesome things, yet so

is Somewhere2turn. Diego’s organization is all

about kids doing great projects to stop violence.

And these kids have a lot of things to deal with


in their personal life; they come from drugs and

gang violence. To see these two organizations come

together and collaborate is remarkable. I am really

very passionate about these two organizations

because we all go through a time where we are

being discriminated [against]. Some people

can deal with this, but unfortunately there is a

large majority of people who become depressed

and even suicidal, and that is why these two

organizations are working as one in spreading

the word and spreading the love. I believe that

the Somewhere2turn music video and all of the

photos that were taken that day will be able to

do that. The music video should be ready by

early September and I am hoping before I start

‘Dancing With the Stars’ season 11, the video will

be ready to air so I can push for a lot of publicity.

Actually, what I am really hoping for is the ‘Susan

Boyle’ effect to happen: a worldwide phenomenon

through YouTube.”

But adding to the ever-growing NOH8 online

collage and shooting a music video in support of

a soon-to-be released inspirational hip-hop song

by the next artistic generation were not the only

reasons van Amstel, Bouska and Parshley traveled

up the Pacific coast, along with David Hernandez

of “American Idol” season 7. In fact, they all came

up as a group to add their support at an intimate

poolside gathering held at the home of community

humanitarian Ted J. Hannig, of Hannig Law Firm

LLP in Redwood City, to help build awareness for

the NOH8 movement. The cosmos must have been

in perfect order because that evening was a sheer

success: the weather behaved, there was an open

bar and a delectable smorgasbord of appetizers

and desserts for everyone to enjoy, the crowd mixed

and mingled wonderfully, van Amstel spoke,

Hernandez sang and Hannig unexpectedly raised

approximately $5,000 for the meritorious campaign.

Hannig is also responsible for the fresh growth

spurt of Pettersson’s prized Somewhere2turn in

its first year. “Ted Hannig is one of my biggest

supporters. He has helped us grow from eight kids

in June of 2009 to over 400 kids this past June,

and that’s pretty amazing, that a small town like

Redwood City has key people like Ted that believe

in and help local charities grow,” said Pettersson.

“I’ve worked for Ted for about a year doing his

community relations work, and it’s been an

education of sorts. He is an interesting individual

and someone I’ve definitely learned a lot from.

Especially how to be creative with fundraising

and how to make the most out of your resources.

I’ve watched him work obstacles and make good out

of any bad situation. Ted is the classic community

worker because he always makes a significant

difference with people wherever he can. He is

such a big giver who is always giving to charities,

and I’m very thankful to personally know him.”

Pettersson also expressed plenty of gratitude

toward other outstanding Redwood City

community leaders who quickly move at the

drop of a hat to help others regardless of the

need, including Steve Penna, publisher of

The Spectrum, and Fox Theatre owner Eric

Lochtefeld. “Steve and Eric, who have been

friends for years, were major supporters to the

photo and music shoot,” said Pettersson. “Steve

was able to arrange with Eric on short notice for

us to be able to use the Fox Theatre. They were

both such a great host to us and so unbelievably

wonderful to work with. Eric let us do whatever

we wanted and we were able to stay longer than

originally planned. He was just awesome. And

Steve was amazing too! He made it happen right

away and with no questions asked. I don’t think

that we could have had a better location to do the

shoot. You know when the stars arrange like that,

it is kind of cool and kind of meant to be.”

And Pettersson is confident that he can keep

the stars of fortune perfectly positioned over his

youth coalition. “I am going to continue to run

Somewhere2turn in Redwood City, though I do

plan on expanding the program in the future.

However, we’ve already extended out into Half

Moon Bay and hopefully we can continue to

grow and help more and more counties,” said

Pettersson. “But for now, it’s just about working

with the kids, and the more kids that I can work

with, the better, and the more lives I can help

change through this program, even better! But

then again, it also depends on whether or not I can

keep the program running with the funds that we

have already. Right now we are currently serving

Top: Local attorney Ted Hannig at the NOH8 shoot. Above:

Fox Theatre owner Eric Lochtefeld with van Amstel, Pettersson

and members of Somewhere2turn at the Fox

Theatre. Below: NOH8 co-founders Jeff Parshley and

Adam Bouska.

close to 500 at-risk local kids with free gifts, as

well as art and break dance classes. This program

is designed to help anyone involved steadily grow

and learn. We offer a lot of potential to these atrisk

youths because we bring in various programs

that consistently embrace our mission message,

which is anti–gang violence and anti-drugs, a

message we are all hoping to bring nationally!”

Through its multimedia marriage with the

acclaimed NOH8 Campaign, Somewhere2turn’s

“One Day” has all the main ingredients to

motivate and move well over one million. They

are a fine group of young adults who have

absolutely no problem rapping to the world that

judging others based on their ethnicity, religion,

gender or sexuality is most definitely a cardinal

no-no! And through their growing strength in

photos every day, the NOH8 Campaign will

continue to move forward in their quest for

marriage equality and the abolition of hate of

all genres. Lastly, it is comforting to know that

we have so many good-hearted do-gooders from

and visiting our community, such as Pettersson,

Hannig, Penna, Lochtefeld, van Amstel, Bouska,

Parshley and Hernandez, who willingly go out of

their way to keep us united as one. Amen to that!

Let’s all join as one and snap our fingers to a

feel-good rap in the name of unity, the universal

glue that holds all things together!

To keep up with the latest news on Somewhere2turn’s

“One Day” and other upcoming music/media

projects, add Somewhere2turn to your Page list

on Facebook. To learn more about the NOH8 Campaign

or to become a part of their worldwide photo family,

visit their website at www.noh8campaign.com.

The Spectrum 11

Sequoia Graduate Nuñez-Pereda Is Our New Festival Queen

San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks crowns Maritza Nuñez-Pereda Queen of the North Fair Oaks Community Festival Aug. 22 in Redwood City.

It’s good to be queen and, as of Aug. 22, Maritza

Nuñez-Pereda is rocking the crown.

Nuñez-Pereda was named the Queen of

the North Fair Oaks Community Festival, a

distinction that comes with scholarship money to

help with her plans of becoming a lawyer. Nuñez-

Pereda was one of four girls who benefited from

the scholarship opportunity. She claimed the

largest prize at $5,000.

“I started screaming and jumping on my bed,”

she said, describing when she heard the news

about being chosen. “I ran outside and told my

mom that ‘I’m the Queen. I’m the Queen,’ over

and over again.”

Nuñez-Pereda, 18, learned about the scholarship

opportunity though the career center at school.

As a Fair Oaks resident, the recent Sequoia

High School graduate decided to apply. The

award heavily considers community service —

something of which Nuñez-Pereda was not short.

Starting in sixth grade at Kennedy Middle

School, Nuñez-Pereda joined the Red Morton

Youth Advisory Board. Once at Sequoia, she

volunteered many hours at the Boys & Girls Clubs

and at the Taft homework center.

“I never knew it would help me for college,” she said.

A difficult part for Nuñez-Pereda was selling

raffle tickets, which help raise revenue for the event.

“I would not go up to people to sell tickets

because I thought they’d say no. My little brother

pushed me; he held my hand and dragged me,” she

said, adding she did car washes, wrote letters and

sold tamales to get it done.

“[Maritza is] a fabulous example of youth who

are passionate, who are compassionate. This has

transformed the lives of everyone, not just the

girls themselves, the community that comes into


contact with them. It really is transformative.

It’s so charming to see the transformation,” said

Festival Coordinator Nancy Sanchez.

While this is the fourth annual queen of the

festival, the festival itself has a longer history.

The celebration began as a small community

event taking up less than a block, with about 1,500

people attending, explained Festival Director

Catherine Matsuyo Tompkison-Graham. This

year’s event, which included national advertising

spots, was expected to bring 40,000 patrons.

When it started, the festival was funded

completely by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s

Office, but that was unsustainable. After a twoyear

hiatus, the festival returned five years ago as

a benefit for youth programs offered through the

Sheriff’s Office like athletics, homework clubs,

literacy clubs, anti-drug and gang programs and

other education opportunities. Along with the reemergence

came a public outcry for a queen — a

traditional aspect to such festivals. The idea came

to be one that would also support educational

opportunities for the candidates.

Possible candidates go through a rigorous

selection process that requires maintaining

certain grades, collegiate plans and community

service. Only five young ladies can be chosen

to participate, but numerous applications are


Nuñez-Pereda plans to attend Notre Dame de

Namur University in the fall to study sociology

and later attend law school. Her legal interests

came from personal experiences. Nuñez-Pereda’s

family home has been broken into twice, resulting

in the loss of many of the family’s possessions.

Earlier this year, her cousin was killed — a case

that remains unsolved. Nuñez-Pereda hopes to

enter the legal profession to help people who face

difficult situations like these.

No queen would be complete without her

court. Two semi-finalists were named princesses

— Kenia Cabrera and Marie Koesnodihardjo

— which come with $2,500 scholarships. One

finalist, Victoria Tinoco, will receive a $1,000


“Maritza is a fabulous example

of youth who are passionate,

who are compassionate.

This has transformed the

lives of everyone, not just

the girls themselves, the

community that comes

into contact with them. It

really is transformative.

It’s so charming to see the


For more information about, or to donate to, the

North Fair Oaks Community Festival, visit www.


Editor’s note: This article appeared previously in the Daily

Journal newspaper.

Nonprofits in Action (Continued from page 8)

“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 Brandy Navarro at 650-367-9394.

Rebuilding Together Peninsula

RTP is a Redwood City nonprofit that provides

free home repair and renovations for lowincome

families, seniors and people living with

disabilities throughout the Peninsula. RTP’s

mission is to promote independent living in safety

and warmth through volunteer partnerships

with individuals and groups in the community.

RTP is currently seeking skilled volunteers and

construction captains for its annual National

Rebuilding Day, when thousands of volunteers

and sponsors unite to rehabilitate the homes and

community facilities of our low-income neighbors

and revitalize communities across the Peninsula.

Come see how one day of your time can make a

difference in someone’s life. If you are interested

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

information, visit rebuildingtogetherpeninsula.org.

Redwood City Art Center

The Redwood City Art Center promotes creativity

and community by providing art education,

exhibitions, studio space for artists and outreach

to the local community and schools. The Art Center

has been involved with several local events,

offering fun, creative art projects for children, and

the center hopes this is just the beginning of their

involvement with the community.

For scheduling or donation, contact artreach@

redwoodcityartcenter.org. For more general

information, visit www.redwoodcityartcenter.org

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

Broadway, Redwood City.

Redwood City Eagles #418

The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international

nonprofit united in the spirit of liberty, truth,

justice and equality. They support our police,

firefighters and others who protect and serve. The

Eagles have provided support for medical centers

across the country to build and provide research

on medical conditions including heart disease,

cancer, spinal cord injuries, kidney disease,

diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. They raise

millions of dollars every year to help handicapped

kids, uplift the aged and make life a little brighter

for everyone.

They meet on the second Tuesday of each

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

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

play cards on the third Thursday and would love

to have you join them. For more information,

call President Ryan Herbst at 408-489-6582 or

Secretary David Tomatis at 650-575-3225, or

check out their website at www.foe418.org.

Redwood City Education


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 vp@rcef.org. For more information on

RCEF, check out www.rcef.org.

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 drpaul@

woodsidewellnesscenter.com or 650-703-5957, or

visit www.redwoodcityrotary.org.

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 joekirbyis@comcast.net

(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, e-mail info@rwcwc.com or visit www.


Sequoia High School Alumni


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 sequoiahsalumniassoc.org or e-mail


Sequoia High School Education


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 www.sequoiahs.org.

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 sequoiastampclub@yahoo.com

or visit www.penpex.org.

(continues on page 16)

The Spectrum 13

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 1018 Main

St., 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.

Songs of Silence and Bird Song

The exhibitions “Songs of Silence” featuring

Arup Biswas and “Bird Song” featuring Katinka

Hartmetz, Nina Koepcke, Susan Wolf and Teresa

Silvestri open at The Main Gallery in Redwood

City on Sept. 15 and run through Oct. 17. These

artists have brought their reverence and love for

the natural world into crystallization through

photography, clay, prints and painting, creating

two shows that silently sing. The gallery will

host a reception for the artists on Saturday, Oct.

9, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in conjunction with

Redwood City’s Second Saturday Artwalk — the

last of the 2010 season. Don’t miss it!

In one exhibition gallery, Arup Biswas chose

images he photographed that reveal the feel of

music, radiated by natural landscapes to the

discerning listener. Biswas states, “You have to be

still to listen to these ‘Songs of Silence.’” It takes

him many iterations of the work to print an image

that reveals the feel of these “songs” as he hears

them. The photographs were taken in various

parts of the United States and Canada.

Nina Koepcke, “Two Old Coots,” ceramic, 2010

Nina Koepcke, “Trickster,” ceramic, 2010

Redwood City Rotary Club

Night of Stars

Thursday, Sept. 23, 5–10 p.m.

The Redwood City Rotary Club is pleased

to present the first annual “Night of Stars”

on Thursday, Sept. 23. This event will honor

filmmaker Victoria Raiser and Brad Lewis,

Oscar-winning movie producer. Raiser is the head

of Liria Films, based in Los Angeles and San

Francisco. Lewis produced the Oscar-winning

film “Ratatouille” for Pixar and is a former mayor

of San Carlos.

This event will raise funds for a youth media

center in downtown Redwood City. The center

will be home to Fresh Take Films, a free film

academy for young people 12 to 18. The academy

will offer an intensive 34-week training program

and is designed to set a potential career path for

its students. The center will also feature video

game stations and instruction in video game design.

The center is sponsored by the San Mateo

County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff’s Activities

League in collaboration with Redwood City

Rotary Club, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula

and Redwood City Parks, Recreation and

Community Services.

The “Night of Stars” event will take place in

the Courthouse Square for delights and festive

libations. Then the event will move inside the Fox

Theatre for action and fun!

Tickets to this event are $100 per person.

Complete with cocktails, food stations, live

auctions and the promise of a great night, it is

surely a night to mark on your calendar.

The funds raised will go toward the purchase

of video equipment, student scholarships and

instruction. For information and tickets, please

call 650-771-1237.

Arup Biswas, “Foggy Morning,” 14” x 20”, original

photograph, 2010

Arup Biswas, “Peyto Lake, Canadian Rockies,” 14” x 20”,

original photograph, 2008


Susan Wolf, “Wildbirds,” ceramic with painted

eucalyptus leaves, dried grasses and brass

“Bird Song,” featuring Katinka Hartmetz, Nina

Koepcke, Susan Wolf and Teresa Silvestri, brings

together four artists in the second exhibition

gallery who have found inspiration in the image

and life of birds. Hartmetz’s love for birds led her

to study their individual feathers, then to create

a triptych featuring one enlarged feather painted

on each panel. Hartmetz altered the feathers’ colors

to ensure a more abstracted representation.

The artist states, “They have such a simple yet

complex design; they are ‘light as a feather’ and

yet they are strong enough to support flight. The

patterns of colors, stripes and dots are intriguing

and beautiful. I am constantly fascinated by them.”

Artistry in Fashion

Cañada College

4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City

Sept. 25, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

$10 donation (proceeds benefit

Cañada College Fashion Department)

Free parking • Food available


Over 60 professional designers will be selling

clothing, jewelry and accessories. A fashion

show featuring pattern designer Sandra Betzina

will start at 11 a.m. in the theater. The fashion

department will have an open house 12–3

displaying student work. For more information,

contact Ronda Chaney at 650-306-3370 or


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

A dream fulfilled

Redwood City Police Activities League boxer Juan Hernandez dreamed of becoming

a professional boxer (Spectrum Magazine, August 2010). On Saturday, Aug.

14, shortly before 10 p.m., I attended the match at the San Mateo Expo Center;

Juan’s dream came true. I’m sure Juan dreamed of hearing a hometown

crowd cheering him on to a victory. Sometimes dreams are even bigger.

As Juan walked down the runway toward the ring, you heard the

announcer’s booming voice say, “From Redwood City, in his professional

boxing debut, Juan Hernandez.” The crowd jumped to their feet and erupted

in a deafening roar. Confidently Juan continued his walk into the ring as a

gladiator, wearing a poncho with the design of the Mexican flag.

I was not sure what to expect. Would this be a pugilistic chess match or a

toe-to-toe brawl? The referee called both boxers to the center of the ring for

final instructions. The referee pointed to the center of the ring, stepped back,

and the bell rang, signifying the first of four three-minute rounds.

Juan, with both of his hands in red boxing gloves held close to his chin,

quickly rushed to the center of the ring to meet his 6-foot-3-inch opponent.

Juan, at 5 feet 8 inches, stayed low and immediately went for the body of

his opponent. Juan, being Tysonesque, pummeled the abdomen of the taller

opponent. Juan, with lightning speed and the power of a Mac truck, threw

his right uppercut. The punch landed squarely on his opponent’s jaw, and the

boxer dropped to his knee.

The referee stepped in, directing Juan to a neutral corner. The other boxer

stood up with a glazed look in his eyes and immediately stumbled into the

corner. The referee, fearing a serious injury, immediately stopped the fight.

Twenty-two seconds into the fight, Redwood City PAL boxer Juan Hernandez

was victorious with a knockout.

As the felled boxer was being attended to by the ringside doctor, the crowd

watched the replay on the big screen. The crowd saw, in slow motion, the

devastating uppercut Juan delivered. The crowd moaned as they witnessed

the much taller boxer’s head snap backwards, blood running down his chest

and staining his shorts.

Juan exited the ring with his first professional boxing win. As Juan walked

down the stairs, he was met by droves of family, friends and fans for the

congratulatory walk to the dressing room.

Scott Patterson, Redwood City

To applaud a noble man

On Wednesday, July 14, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service held a

ceremony on Bair Island honoring longtime Redwood City resident Ralph

Nobles and the Friends of Redwood City for their work in saving the property

from development. A representative from U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo’s office gave

Nobles a congressional commendation, and the Fish and Wildlife Service

unveiled a plaque that will mark the Ralph and Carolyn Nobles Trail on the

island. What did the city of Redwood City contribute? Nothing.

Bair Island is an open-space asset in the heart of the city. Once restored, it

will be a convenient destination for student field trips and for all area residents

seeking the respite nature provides. I wish city officials had risen to the occasion

and at least publicly thanked Nobles and the Friends of Redwood City at this event.

Let your opinion be heard!

Mimi Campbell, Redwood City

(continues on page 31)

Send your letters to letters@spectrummagazine.net or

Opinions & Letters, The Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box 862,

Redwood City, CA 94064

Letters to the editor should be no longer than 300 words. Columns should be

no longer than 750 words. Illegibly written and anonymous letters will not be

accepted. Please include a daytime phone number where we can reach you.

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Nonprofits in Action (Continued from page 13)

Soroptimist International of

South Peninsula

The Soroptimists invite you to become a member

of Soroptmist International, the world’s largest

service organization for business and professional

women, where “improving the lives of women

and children” has been their mission since 1921.

Soroptimists work through service projects to

advance human rights and the status of women

locally and abroad. They meet the second

Thursday of every month. For more information,

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

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

Sustainable San Mateo County

Established in 1992, this local nonprofit

is dedicated to the long-term health of our

county’s environment, economy and social

equity. Programs include an annual report, an

annual awards event with over 450 attendees,

sustainabilityhub.net, green business workshops

and more. If you would like to volunteer, contact

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

advocate@sustainablesanmateo.org. For more

information, visit www.sustainablesanmateo.org.

Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club

Since October 1956, the Woodside Terrace A.M.

Kiwanis Club has been devoted to community

service in Redwood City. Through the decades,

the club has provided funds to help many worthy

community programs and continues to add more

community projects. The Key Club of Sequoia

High School, sponsored by the Woodside Terrace

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

has been involved in raising money and donating

time and effort to many programs.

The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club

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

Hofbrau, 1909 El Camino Real (one block north

of Woodside Road). They invite you to come to

their meetings and check out the club’s 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 e-mail info@yesreading.org. Visit the YES

Reading website at www.yesreading.org.

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

organization and want your information printed in The

Spectrum, send it to writers@spectrummagazine.net or The

Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064.

Let our community know your contributions and maybe they

will want to join you.


Parties Around Town

New Kapadokia Anniversary Party

New Kapadokia owners Meral Güvenç and Celal Alpay invited guests to celebrate the downtown restaurant’s seventh anniversary. www.newkapadokia.com. Clockwise from

top left: Planning Commissioner Nancy Radcliffe shows guests how to “shake her groove thing.” Local businessman Keith Kadera gives his best Ricky Martin imitation. New

Kapadokia owner Jay Alpay welcomes his guests. Dr. Timothy Lease and a friend enjoy the night’s festivities. Even the kids enjoyed the evening. City Manager Peter Ingram and

his wife, Yvette, enjoy the night.

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What’s New


Finance for New


City Sued Over

Downtown Plans

And They’re Off:

Council Race Starts

Paul Sanfilipo: A Bulldog After All These Years?

Loans for County Bigwigs, Nude Deputy,

What Is Going On? in “As I Was Saying…”

Counting Money Gets a Lot Easier for

Sheriff’s Office

Can rivals become respectable

work mates?

Election time and a new fire chief?

In “As I Was Saying…”

Will Redwood City become a

“sanctuary city”?

in “As I Was Saying . . .”

in Redwood City's past

A group that

can mend hearts?

Election predictions and Horsley

questions in “As I Was Saying…”

A community says

goodbye to our Abigail

Also in this issue:

Election Night, Paul Dazey

Castle Party, Turkeys of the

Year in “As I Was Saying…”

Saltworks Issue Heats Up

Before It Even Begins

“It’s all about opportunity and

that’s what I want to focus on”

Also in this issue:

Who’s Been Naughty and

Nice, Parties and more in

“As I Was Saying…”

Children’s Authors

and Illustrators Festival

A taste of Oaxaca

in Redwood City




Raegene Castle

Breaks the Silence

Is mail voting a good idea

in “As I was saying . . .”

Does Downtown

need a sign

or two?

Sequoia High

celebrates sports


Emerald Hills

shopping center

to get a facelift

“To Err is Human”

Honorable Richard F. Kelly

Rising to the occasion

Are Day Laborers

pushing businesses out?

Lou Gehrig's cluster

F e e l i n g t h e n e e d

McGarvey residents collaborate with the city

Does your driving affect others?

Our Community Connection:

The Spectrum — Six Years and Going Strong

By Judy Buchan, Contributing Writer

W o r k i n g a n d P L a y i n g T o g e t h e r

It’s a Couples Thing

How Do These Marriages Survive?

Lobster is becoming a

"Maine" meal

in Redwood City

Also in this Issue:

T h e P O A

takes on City HAll

T h e P i e d P i p e r o f R e d w o o d C i t y

C h u c k a s h t o n

Bringing the love of literature

and lifelong learning to

thousands of our children
























The night before The Spectrum

Magazine was born in September

2004 found Steve Penna with a

case of high anxiety. He wondered

if his lifelong dream of a monthly

magazine for and about Redwood

City would come true. Would it

all work? Would The Spectrum be

accepted by the community, proving

the naysayers wrong? As the night

hours wore on, he was nervous and

couldn’t sleep. And he looked back

on the process of how The Spectrum

grew from a concept to the actual

printed page.


When the Redwood City Tribune,

the Peninsula Times Tribune and

the Redwood City Almanac all

succumbed to the perils of the

print media business, Redwood

City residents were left without an

important way to stay connected

with their neighbors and their city.

Penna felt disconnected from his

hometown as well.

“I was working for the Daily

Journal,” he recalled, “for a great

company and great boss. I managed

several sales reps and I was good at

my job. But I didn’t like going in to

work every day.”

He finally realized that his

discontent all boiled down to one

simple fact: “I wasn’t in Redwood

City.” It was critical for Penna, who

was born and raised in Redwood

City, “to be involved, to write about

the people here.”

Though he might not have

characterized it as such at the

time, his dream of establishing a community

connection was beginning to take shape. “I

wanted to let people know all the good, the bad

and the indifferent things that are happening in

our community.”

After getting encouragement and support from

his mother, who was battling cancer, and his

family and friends, Penna began the task of creating a

monthly print magazine that focused on Redwood

City. “I talked with several publishers, present and

former, in our area,” he said, “and asked if they

felt Redwood City would support a monthly magazine.

Each one said, ‘Absolutely not! No way, no how,

not in Redwood City! It will never succeed!’”

Not inclined to take “no” for an answer, Penna

went to people he knew and trusted — his

advertising clients — and asked if they would

support the new venture with “different amounts

of advertising dollars.” They all agreed, and

within five weeks, The Spectrum was in print.

The mission statement made clear what The

Spectrum was all about: “It is the mission of

The Spectrum Magazine to foster community

involvement and provoke conversation in

Redwood City while informing our readership of

the community activities and political happenings

that affect our lives. It is also our desire to

celebrate our community and honor those who

have given of their free will to improve our lives

and encourage community service.”

The September 2004 issue featured “People

With Pull,” highlighting Dick Claire, Rosa Perez,

Georgi LaBerge, Don Horsley, Keith Bautista,

Carlos Bolanos, Ed Everett, Daniela Gasparini,

Jim Hartnett and Lorraine Rumley. Claire,

Horsley, LaBerge and Perez graced the first cover.

Also included were stories on recent winners

of the Mayor’s Beautification Awards, news of

nonprofit activities and what would become a

mainstay of the magazine, Penna’s column, “As I

Was Saying….”

The welcome message in that issue told readers,

The Spectrum will not insult our readers’

intelligence by writing stories that will favor one

side of an issue — we will simply present the facts

and let you decide. However, Penna’s column,

‘As I Was Saying,’ and guest columns will

voice different and opposing opinions on issues

facing our community, as will our editorials. We

encourage our readers to get involved and write

a Letter to the Editor on subjects that you feel

warrant comment and further discussion.”

As it turned out, Penna’s sleepless night was

all for naught. The original marketing plan was

for 5,000 copies to be distributed. That changed

when the response to providing only Redwood

City news was so great that 10,000 copies were

printed. Today, The Spectrum is the largest

distributed paid-subscription publication in

Redwood City with over 1,900 paid subscribers

and a total readership of over 12,000.

One of the most important parts of The

Spectrum’s story is Penna himself. He recently

took the opportunity to reflect on the past and

take a glimpse into the future.

The inaugural issue featured 10 people with

pull; who are the 10 people with pull today, six

years later?

That will be in our annual People With Pull

edition next month. A few surprises in store, too.

You’ve been part of the production process

for other publications; what was it like to

transition to the role of publisher?

Very natural and very easy. I have always been

a person who likes to have control, but also

someone who likes to work with a team. I like to

empower others to take creative freedom, whether

it is a writer, editor, graphic artist, photographer,

they all have a story to tell and I encourage them

to do it. So, getting the right team is essential.

Gary Mora

Sequoia’s Class Clown

Turns Into the “Voice of the Bay”

Also in this issue:

Hartnett & Howard

Proudly ending 16 years of City Council service

The Spectrum turns 5!

Also in this issue:

Dui checkup and election update

in “As i Was saying…”

DnA – finding out who you are

and what you can be

Who Will Taste Victory?

City Council Candidates’ Final Days

Giving the Gift of Education

Michelle Griffith

and Sharing a Hug or Two

Also in This Issue:

Election wrap-up, our next

mayor and scolding in

“As I Was Saying…”

A “Spice Girl” that makes us

feel safe?

The clock is back!

Mount Carmel School

Celebrating 125 Years

Also in This Issue:

Election 2010 and

into the future in

“As I Was Saying…”

National Puzzle Day

is coming. Are you


Redwood City’s go-to

guy is named Smith!

See’s Candies

Employees provide sweets for the sweet

and LOVE living in Redwood City!

Also in This Issue:

El Camino fiasco,

random thoughts and more

in “As I Was Saying…”

Centeno praised as “full of energy,

very warm, and the community

members thought the world of her.”

A Little Nerdy

Ontiveros Named


of the











He is an



As I



Some of our

seniors are












Hail to the Chief…









North Bay’s

Outstanding Teen Is a

Redwood City Girl

Also in this issue:

Gerry Kohlmann

Ensuring help is there when you need it

and creating a smile while doing it

Also in this issue:

Also in this issue:

Ed Everett

Dancing through life

and out of City Hall

Who Will Win?

City Council Candidates

Also in this issue:

Ready for election night and beyond!

A second home for many

Veterans Memorial Senior Center

“When a community really does walk the talk”

A wife, a mom, a mayor!

Rosanne Foust

“When You Have a Good Life,

You Have a Duty to Help Others”

Also in this issue:

Preparing Our Community

for a Disaster the “CERT” Way

The Council Race Is On,

Measure J & Cargill Forum

in “As I Was Saying…”

Also in this issue:

Family Law Facilitator’s Office:

Selfless Dedication, Public Service

And Caring About People

Mayor’s Role in City Hall,

Religion and Handicapped

Parking in “As I Was Saying…”

Sequoia Award Winners

Announced and to Be Honored


Who and What he is



confident & a Kid

The Guy’s Done enouGh…

For our enTire CommuniTy!

“It’s all about opportunity and

that’s what I want to focus on”

Also in this issue:

Who’s Been Naughty and

Nice, Parties and more in

“As I Was Saying…”

Children’s Authors

and Illustrators Festival

A taste of Oaxaca

in Redwood City

A group that

can mend hearts?

Election predictions and Horsley

questions in “As I Was Saying…”

A community says

goodbye to our Abigail

September 2004 • 1

Also in this issue:

Do you know the way to Monterey?

$250K to $6.8 million — Who’s counting?

in “As I Was Saying…”

Tom’s Outdoor Furniture combines

hands, brains and heart to

create an unsurpassed craft

Liebengood documentary to preview,

Relay for Life fights back

and Immigrants Day is near

The Chairman of PCA

Building a Float Festival Fun Parade Riding

Also in this issue: From Beauty School Turning 50 and

To Tasty Food More in “As I Was


Are You Ready

To Show Your

Redwood City Pride?

The Spectrum Turns 4,

Hannig Birthday, Precise

Plan in “As I Was Saying…”

Reveille: “A Privilege to

Serve Men and Women Youth Queen, Football,

Who Have Given So Water Polo, Track,

Much for Our Country” Test Scores and More

Measure E, Gee, PCA pleas

and more in “As I Was Saying…”

Serve the Peninsula

serves our schools

Ice Cream for All! Crabs,

Corned Beef and “Stuff”

In “As I Was Saying…”

Bizzarro’s — Believing in

Redwood City in More

Ways Than One

Gangs Through “White-

Colored” Glasses and

More in “As I Was Saying”

A Visit to Gangland,

RC Style

The Boys & Girls Clubs:

“It was there that I made the

decision to change.”

D.A. Fox to Leave?

Political Maneuverings

And More in “As I Was

Saying …”

Council race already, Honoring those who

giving thanks and more in give without expectation

“As I Was Saying…”

Election winners and

losers, voters like our

current system and more

in “As I Was Saying…”

Carcione wins, “E”

loses, Foust influences

and more in “As I Was


Rekindled Love —

Better the Second Time


Local students


leaving and achieving

Do you know the way to Monterey?

$250K to $6.8 million — Who’s counting?

in “As I Was Saying…”

Tom’s Outdoor Furniture combines

hands, brains and heart to

create an unsurpassed craft

Liebengood documentary to preview,

Relay for Life fights back

and Immigrants Day is near

Schoenstein Physical

Therapy Has Got the


Taking on human

trafficking —

“It’s right here.”

Re:Juvenate —

The Easter Cross —

Representing innovative A symbol of our

procedures and providing strong community!

the best skin care treatments

R e d w o o d C i t y ' s


Our annual edition


pulling the wool

over our eyes?

In bed with your daughter

in "As I Was Saying . . ."

who's next?


Do you know what

your kids are saying?

A book brings

c h i l d c a r e

to the masses

A "Brokeback" date

in "As I Was Saying . . ."

Here she is

Miss Redwood City

and she's a "Valley Girl"

From Sports to Principal

Mike Mancini's

Infectious energy

There is no in-between”

Chuck Smith

Ethics and values with

a w h o l e e f f o r t

A Redwood City youth

triumphs over tragedy

You never know

who will become

your best “FINN”

Politics and reality

in “As I Was Saying . . .”

A quiet downtown revolution

Main Street

R e a d y t o B u r s t ?

PAL Boxers

Punching their

way to the top

Is there really a

judge election?

in "As I Was Saying …

When you started out with The Spectrum, did

you ever think it would become as successful as it

is today?

I thought it would be, but not to the extent that

it is. I mean, over 12,000 readers a month —

WOW! I feel I am really “in touch” with the

Redwood City community and know what the

interests and concerns are. I get out there, talk

with my people in all neighborhoods and am

genuinely interested in what they have to say. I

enjoy telling their story.

What was your most memorable story?

There are so many, because we have so many

fascinating people in our community. I tend

to be drawn to people and stories where

people are going through adversities and

challenges, and what they have done or are

doing to overcome them. I always root for the

underdog; I love to be inspired. Victor Artale,

Abigail Mendoza, Alyn Beals, Raegene

Castle; those are a few that come to my mind.

They have all touched and inspired me in

different ways. Just like the Safeway clerk who

stopped me the other day and asked if I was

“that Penna guy who writes.” (She recognized

my name on my ATM card.) She wanted to

tell me a little about her life and if I knew of

any services that could help her and her child

“make it.” It does not get better than that —

real people!

Have you enjoyed developing your writing

skills over these past six years?

Well, all I can say is, thank God for editors.

Anne Callery is my savior. I have the ideas,

the vision and can write it down, but it is not

always in the correct manner. But, all in all, I

have improved and sure am not timid to state

my opinion. I enjoy provoking conversation,

getting neighbors to communicate, pulling

people together.

Your best moment with The Spectrum was:

The first publication and the day we unveiled

it; it was fun!

A wife, a mom, a mayor!

Rosanne Foust

Who Will Win?

City Council Candidates

Also in this issue:

Ready for election night and beyond!

Who Will Taste Victory?

City Council Candidates’ Final Days

Who Will Taste Victory?

City Council Candidates’ Final Days

“I think The Spectrum fills a void in the community because it focuses

on ‘what is good’ about Redwood City and all that it has in terms

of people, activities, needs, wants and complex — not easy — issues.

Steve and the reporters try to find a balance between highlighting

what needs fixing and highlighting what we should and can be

celebrating.” – Rosanne Foust

The Spectrum is a great local newspaper. Steve and his staff do such

a good job of covering politicians and campaigns, but they also find

people I’ve never heard of and bring them forward so we all know what

they’re doing. It’s great to see what’s happening in the community. Steve

and his staff work hard to bring us positive news in our community.”

– Alicia Aguirre

“I look forward to The Spectrum coming out every month,

anticipating who will make the cover. Steve and his staff do a fabulous

job giving us a glimpse of those people and organizations that make

Redwood City such a great community. I especially appreciate how

The Spectrum highlights the valuable nonprofit organizations in our

community,” – John Seybert

“People look forward to getting their copy of The Spectrum. Steve and

staff do a great job. I was intrigued by the recent issue. I’m so excited by

the return of community theater!” – Georgi LaBerge

The impact of The Spectrum on the community has been to bring a

personal touch to the issues that the community is facing and cares

about via an information vehicle that is available both as a magazine

and an online resource. Steve Penna always keeps us in touch with

the community pulse and hot political issues with personalized

interviews that allow us to meet the folks who make an impact in the

community...” – Maria Diaz Vivian

The Spectrum plays an important role as the only publication

focused on Redwood City. It does a great job highlighting the people

we don’t hear about every day but who make this a great place to live.”

– Ian Bain



Climbing the

Mountain of Life

and Law

Also in this issue:

Working and Living on the Edge

Peter Ingram

Continuing the Journey Forward!

S t a b i l i t y .

P u r p o s e .

D i s c i p l i n e .

P a s s i o n .

L e a d e r s h i p .

Morgan Marchbanks

Leaving Sequoia a better place!

Also in this issue:


and Proud!

“It is really not about you,

but the people you have hurt.”

Also in this issue:


And the Winners Are…

Also in this issue:

Also in this issue:



And the Plan

That Will

Change Our


Also in this issue:


The Year That Was!





(continues on page 24)

Working and Living on the Edge

Peter Ingram

Continuing the Journey Forward!

“Clearly The Spectrum has found and filled a ‘human interest/

positive stories about Redwood City citizens’ niche. I especially value

reading about the unsung heroes and committed, passionate people

doing great things outside of the higher-profile political/city/county

organizations.” – Peter Ingram

Also in this issue:

OVER 4,000

get “SERVED”

at local schools

Also in this issue:

Tim’s life, Tim’s death

Tim’s House

A place of hope and inspiration

Incorrigibly Out of Our League

Dennis McBride

“No” Is Just A Springboard

For A New Approach

Paul Powers

Becoming A Part Of Our Community

Also in this issue:

Families Working and

Growing Together

in the RPNS Community

Carpetbaggers and

Speaking to Seniors

in “As I Was Saying...”

Original World Premier


a Swashbuckling Woman

at Cañada College





A True LeAder

Also in this issue:

The program that has

Mayor Foust exclaiming,

“Wonderful. Positive. It

works!” Cadets!

Telephone calls, who was

there & more in “As I Was


A downtown business

that is a “cut” above the


Also in this issue:

Redwood City’s 3rd AnnuAl PoweRhouses

PeoPle with Pull

From Redwood to

hollywood —

our “ultimate” Star!

Press Releases, ingram

Pleases, hospital teases

in “As i was Saying…”

Redwood City Gets Ready for “Family 4th”

Also in this issue:

North Fair Oaks Festival:

Enjoy your neighbors in a unique,

culturally diverse setting!


“I love my job and believe that

I am there for a special reason.”



Sustainable Redwood City:

Who are they?

What are they trying to do?

The average person’s view of criminals is to lock

them up and throw away the key.”

“A lot of what we get, other people who need it

don’t get.”

Growing Up and Ready to Blow Up!

Lane Four

Also in this issue:

The Spectrum Images of


Redwood City

Our town’s past and an appreciation

for those who came before us

Events Around Town North Fair Oaks Community Festival, Sunday, Aug. 22

In a unique effort of its kind, bringing together the community of North Fair Oaks with local authorities, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office has created a community festival that

becomes more relevant year after year, not just by virtue of the number of participants and attendees, but by the endless benefits this festival has afforded the entire community. Top

right: Councilmen John Seybert (left) and Jeff Gee. Bottom left: Memo Morantes and Gino Gasparini ride on the Recology truck. Bottom center: Festival Director Catherine Matsuyo

Tompkison-Graham with Sheriff Greg Munks.


Shop Local This Summer! – 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? Whether 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 – 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. Many

of their satisfied customers have been with them since their founding and

continue to do business with them today. They proudly serve the third generation

of many of their first Redwood City customers. They even have free Wi-Fi

Internet so you can work while you wait for your vehicle to be serviced.

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

everything from hamburgers to pizza, all kinds of sandwiches and pastas,

and they even have a South of the Border menu! There’s a Sunday all-youcan-eat

menu and sports action on the big flat-screen TVs. Don’t forget to

reserve their closed patio for your next party — it has heaters, fans and a bigscreen

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

catering too for any special event!”

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

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

I have to say the burger I had was tasty and quite possibly the best in town.

They also have 21 big-screen televisions to view sporting events and more.

This place has it all! I am so happy that Redwood City has such an upscale

place for watching your favorite sports team, having a drink with friends or

dancing the night away. Let’s all get out and support them!” Start booking

your small or large special events now.

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

restaurants. There are OK restaurants. Then there are those places, the magic

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

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

$1 off and children under 12 dine at half price. www.littleindiacuisine.com.

Financial Institutions:

San Mateo Credit Union – Three Redwood City locations – As a memberdriven

organization, SMCU does everything possible to ensure that all of

your financial priorities are anticipated and fulfilled. Some of the more

popular offerings include free personal auto shopping assistance, membersonly

car sales, low-rate home loans and lines of credit. Contact them at 650-

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

the advantages of membership banking.

Home Improvement:

Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1-800-23-LEWIS – Founded in 1985, Lewis

Carpet Cleaners has grown from one small, portable machine to a company

of several employees and vans. The Lewis family works and lives in

Redwood City and is committed to our community. When you’re choosing

a reputable company, that should make you feel secure. Ask about their

Spectrum special: Get 100 square feet of carpet cleaned for absolutely

nothing. Call today and get your home looking great.

Legal Services:

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

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

at HLF are committed to knowing and meeting their clients’ needs through

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

participating in the communities where they live and work.

Personal Improvement:

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

fitness center in downtown Redwood City offers a variety of classes,

weight and cardio equipment, personal training, therapeutic massage and skin care.

Flexible pricing, with several options available for members and nonmembers. Visit

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

Specialty Businesses:

Bizzarro’s Auto Auction – 2581 Spring St. – Owner Frank Bizzarro’s

unique business offers auto auctions, consignment vehicle sales, appraisal

services and even ways to donate your vehicle to charity. If you are thinking

of holding an event with a live auction to increase your fundraising efforts,

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

sample catalogs, bid numbers, etc. Just give Frank a call at 650-363-8055 and

get details on all of their services.

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

independent insurance agency representing a carefully selected group of

financially sound, reputable insurance companies. They provide a wide

range of policies, from renters insurance to auto and more. Visit www.

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

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 www.hectorflamenco.com.

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

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

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

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

services are available.

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

clinical approach of this independent, community-based practice focuses

on thorough physical therapy assessment, specific treatment strategies and

patient education. Individualized treatment programs are designed to help

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

maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

St. Regal Jewelers – 850 Main St. – Listen to what customers are saying about

this fine downtown jewelry store: “This is a great jeweler! Phil, the owner,

is amazing. He crafted a ring on time and on budget. He has an incredible

eye for detail. I can’t say enough. I would never go anywhere else.” Phil has

become an expert in repair service and welcomes your “fix-it” pieces.

Terry Finn and Madonna’s Bail Bonds – 234 Marshall St., Upstairs #3,

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

jail or police agency in California and in many other states. Interested parties

representing incarcerated subjects are encouraged to contact the licensed bail

agent on duty at the above office for immediate bail bond assistance.

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News Briefs

Another RWC IPhone Thief Tracked Down

In the ongoing struggle between crime and crime-fighting technology, one

man claimed victory after his iPhone was snatched in San Mateo and then

tracked to the suspected thief’s home in Redwood City.

San Mateo police said the victim’s phone was taken during an auto

burglary on Rhus Street.

The victim was able to track the iPhone using an application installed

on the phone, and directed police detectives to a home on Clinton Street in

Redwood City, police said.

At the home, detectives found the missing iPhone, as well as stolen

property from two other auto burglaries in San Mateo and one in Burlingame.

The suspect, Jonathan Galvin, 19, of Redwood City, was arrested and

booked into San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of burglary and possession

of stolen property, police said.

Man Looking at Water Main Run Over

A contractor for a private business is in critical condition after being run over

by a car while lying down in the street or sidewalk trying to access a water

main at Oak Avenue west of El Camino Real in Redwood City, according to


Redwood City police received numerous calls about the incident. Upon

arrival, officers saw the man in the road with major head trauma and what

were likely internal injuries to his torso, according to police.

The driver was located at the scene and is cooperating. The cause is yet to

be determined, police said.

RWC Firefighters Prevent Flames From Spreading,

Save Kitten

Redwood City firefighters prevented flames from spreading through a duplex

and safely rescued a pet kitten from the smoke before bringing a one-alarm

fire under control, according to fire officials.

Firefighters responded to the reported structure fire at 1134 Junipero

Ave. and found smoke coming out of the front door of one unit of a duplex,

according to the Redwood City Fire Department.

Firefighters were told that one of the home’s occupants had gone back

inside to rescue a kitten, and this individual was found at the front entrance.

Firefighters eventually found the pet kitten and removed it from the

burning home. The kitten was given some oxygen outside and then handed

over to its family in excellent condition.

Flames were located in the master bedroom and quickly extinguished.

Only minor smoke damage was reported outside the bedroom, which

sustained burn damage from the flames.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental. What exactly caused

the blaze remains under investigation. Fire investigators estimated structural

damage to be around $15,000 and damage to the home’s contents to be

around $5,000.

The injured officer was treated at a hospital and released. Mitchell was

treated for minor injuries and arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, assault

with a deadly weapon on a police officer, violation of parole and drug charges.

Incompetent Suspect Committed

A 26-year-old South San Francisco man who claimed to be both incompetent

and insane after being accused of stabbing a Redwood City store clerk two

years ago was formally committed to a state mental hospital.

Kenneth Norman Tuttle III, who previously refused to show up to court,

was committed after he was once again found incompetent to stand trial.

Tuttle was placed at Napa State Hospital and consented to a court order

authorizing involuntary medication as needed, according to the District

Attorney’s Office.

Tuttle could be at the hospital a maximum of three years, said the District

Attorney’s Office. If at that time his competency is not restored, Tuttle’s case

will go to a conservatorship.

Tuttle had previously refused to leave his jail cell for the hearing in which

Judge Susan Etezadi declared him incompetent based on the reports of courtappointed


Tuttle has already spent one stretch at Napa State Hospital but was

returned to San Mateo County for prosecution when doctors there deemed

him mentally fit. Before he could face trial, Tuttle’s defense attorney again

questioned both his competence and his sanity in the 2008 attack.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, on Aug. 1, 2008, Tuttle entered

the Main Street Market and, without provocation, stabbed a clerk in the side

with a kitchen knife before fleeing. The clerk was treated for a four-inch gash.

Redwood City police tracked Tuttle to his mother’s South San Francisco

home, where they reported finding him in the midst of shaving his head.

Tuttle’s mother admitted driving her son to Redwood City that day but

said she knew nothing of the stabbing at the market. She also said her son’s

excessive drug use may have caused ongoing mental issues, according to the

District Attorney’s Office.

Tuttle was charged with attempted murder, the use of a deadly weapon and

causing great bodily injury.

Before Tuttle could be tried, his attorney questioned his mental state

leading to his commitment and forcible medication. After his return,

Tuttle’s defense pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity. The

incompetence finding made those points moot.

Suspected Auto Thief Rams Two Police Cars, Injures Officer

An officer was injured in Redwood City when the driver of a stolen vehicle

rammed two police cars in an alleged effort to escape capture, police said.

Redwood City police and a San Mateo County Vehicle Theft Task Force

unit were conducting surveillance in the 2300 block of Cheshire Way when

a man later identified as Justin Ralph Mitchell, 22, of Redwood City, was

spotted getting into a stolen car, police said.

An additional Redwood City police car arrived, prompting Mitchell to

try to flee, police said. He quickly pulled away from the curb and rammed

a marked police car and an unmarked task force vehicle, injuring an officer,

according to police.

Mitchell then allegedly drove down a cul-de-sac on Oak Ridge Drive and

crashed into a gate, police said. He was taken into custody without further incident.


Community Interest

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Planned

On Saturday, Sept. 11, a special memorial and remembrance of the tragedy

of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 will take place at Oracle in Redwood City,

hosted by the Redwood City Fire Department. This special event is intended

as not only a memorial for the 343 members of the Fire Department of New

York (FDNY) who lost their lives on that day, but also as a recognition and

remembrance for the family and friends left behind.

Firefighters from throughout the Bay Area are registering now for the

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, during which they will carry the names of fallen

FDNY firefighters with them as they enter an Oracle building and climb the

equivalent of 110 flights of stairs — the number of floors in the World Trade

Center. At 8:30 a.m. on that day there will be a brief ceremony and speakers,

followed at 9 a.m. by a moment of reflection accompanied by bagpipes. At

9:05 a.m., the firefighters begin their untimed climb. Family, friends and media

can follow their progress as they exit the building several times to restart climbing

the stairs to accomplish the 110-floor equivalent.

Community members who wish to volunteer can participate by helping to

pass out water to the firefighters, handle preregistration packets and handle

other tasks on that day. Donations on-site can be made to the Redwood City

Create-A-Smile Foundation, with proceeds forwarded to the Widows and

Orphans Fund of the Fire Department of New York.

More details will be provided as the date approaches. In the

meantime, information and firefighter registration is available at www.

redwoodcity911memorialclimb.com or by contacting Redwood City

firefighter/paramedic Michelle Noack at mnoack@redwoodcity.org or 408-205-5521.

RWC Port Eligible for Federal Money

The Port of Redwood City is among the corridors, projects and initiatives

eligible for federal funding as part of the nation’s new push to move more

cargo on water rather than crowded highways.

The piece involving the port is a coalition called the Golden State Marine

Highway Initiative, a joint effort by four California ports to form a 1,100-mile

stretch along the West Coast to move freight more efficiently. The other ports

involved in the initiative are Hueneme, San Diego and the Humboldt Bay

Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District.

Projects that would be developed at the port include construction of a 10-

acre storage and marshaling yard for marine containers and truck trailers,

concrete wharf reinforcement and a 100-ton capacity mobile harbor crane.

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Maritime Administration chose

the projects and initiatives from a pool of 35 submitted by ports and local

transportation agencies.

“Making better use of our rivers, waterways and coastal routes offers an

intelligent way to relieve some of the biggest challenges we face in transportation

— congestion on our roads, climate change, fossil fuel energy use and soaring

road maintenance costs,” Port Chairman Ralph Garcia said in a written statement.

PortFest Set for Saturday, Oct. 2

The first annual Port of Redwood City PortFest is scheduled for Saturday,

Oct. 2, at the Port of Redwood City Marina. It will kick off with a pancake

breakfast at the Sequoia Yacht Club from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., with other public

activities starting about 10:30 a.m.

Event admission, entertainment and parking are free to the public. Food,

beverage, and arts and crafts vendors will have goods available for sale.

Other attractions include public dockside tours of a new high-speed ferry

boat, the kind that likely will be used in the future for port ferry service;

an Oktoberfest Bier Garden featuring German beers; musical groups and

bands; harbor tours aboard a Marine Science Institute vessel, the Brownlee;

historical presentations; children’s activities and “Learn About the Working

Waterfront” bus tours of port businesses.

The purpose of PortFest is to showcase the working and recreational Port

of Redwood City waterfront, according to Port Commissioner Lorianna

Kastrop, who initiated the PortFest idea and has worked diligently to include

several organizations in the community.

Updated information is available at the port’s website, www.


Redwood City Responds to Rail Analysis

Redwood City officials are not happy with the California High-Speed Rail

Authority’s recently unveiled plans to build the system through the Peninsula

on an above-grade system.

“We’re disappointed in the authority’s perspective that other, more

desirable configurations won’t be considered,” Councilwoman Barbara Pierce

said in a written statement.

Pierce sits on the Redwood City City Council’s ad hoc committee on high-speed rail.

Despite the council’s dissatisfaction, it intends to continue working with

the authority on “constructive solutions that will be more suitable for our

community,” Pierce said.

The city plans to launch its own engineering and economic analysis and

suggest its own alternative ideas. Among the issues the city wants to address

are the long-term impact of an aerial configuration on the downtown and

neighborhoods, specifically in the context of the draft Downtown Precise

Plan; how the configuration would intersect with San Carlos, Woodside

Road and Redwood Junction; how the option would affect consideration of a

potential high-speed rail station; alternatives like a trench; and the economic

and community impacts of the aerial configuration versus other alternatives.

An aerial configuration will require a structure approximately 30 feet high

and 80 feet wide to accommodate two high-speed rail tracks and two Caltrain

tracks. City officials say that configuration is at odds with its preference for a

tunnel or trench.

The authority plans two community meetings in September to outline the

general scope of a station in Redwood City and collect community input. After

that pair of meetings, the city plans its own set to discuss the height and station.

Saltworks Developer DMB Praising Public Polls

The latest of a continuous stream of public polls shows 62 percent of queried

San Mateo County voters favor the mix of housing and open space proposed

for the Saltworks site in Redwood City, according to the developer.

Developer DMB has held several surveys and the latest — of 600 voters

between July 10 and July 13 — showed a margin of seven to three in favor of

the so-called 50-50 Balanced Plan, according to Cargill.

The survey also showed 69 percent of those questioned preferring an

ongoing environmental review of the plan before determining its future.

The specific information given survey participants was: “The developer of

the Industrial Saltworks site has filed a plan with Redwood City to redevelop

this 1,400-acre industrial site. The plan is called the 50-50 Balanced Plan. It

dedicates 50 percent of the 1,400-acre site for new parks and recreation uses,

open space and restored tidal marsh areas. The remaining 50 percent would

become a transit-oriented community with a range of housing, new schools

and businesses. The plan would pay for itself with no new costs to taxpayers.”

The survey also asked participants to choose between three alternatives to

the plans, which netted 69 percent in favor of a full EIR and garnering public

input. Eighteen percent said to reject any development and 7 percent chose to

raise taxes to buy and restore the site.

David Lewis, executive director of Save The Bay, which vocally opposes

the development, dismissed the survey as “just the same old desperate PR stunt.”

The land in question is not industrial and the question doesn’t even mention

that it falls on the bay shoreline, he said.

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Our Community Connection:

The Spectrum — Six Years and Going Strong (Continued from page 19)

Your worst moment was:

I honestly cannot think of one.

What’s up for the future of The Spectrum?

That I cannot say for sure. I have other

opportunities I would like to pursue before I

retire, but I do have plans of having a countywide

Spectrum that would come out quarterly. But

the Redwood City edition would still remain a

monthly. Just keep telling our story!

Your story on the DUI checkpoint controversy,

“Police Shut Down DUI Checkpoint,” recently

took first place as Top News Story, awarded

by the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club at

the 33rd annual Greater Bay Area Journalism

Awards. How did that feel?

It was a complete honor. To have others, your

peers, look at your work and say it is the best

— it feels good. For a smaller publication like

The Spectrum, it really was a compliment to our

outreach and credibility.

From Marina Shores to the Battle of the Bay,

city budget woes to downtown parking angst,

highlighting community theater to exploring the gang

culture, business profiles to profiles of people

who quietly make a difference, the renaissance

at Taft School to a Broadway production playing

Carrington Hall, the North Fair Oaks Festival to the

Saltworks debate — The Spectrum has covered it

all, and more.

And the community, from elected officials to

the folks in the neighborhoods, appreciates the

revitalized connection.

Former Mayor and current Council Member

Rosanne Foust told me, “I think The Spectrum

fills a void in the community because it focuses

on ‘what is good’ about Redwood City and all

that it has in terms of people, activities, needs,

wants and complex — not easy — issues. Steve

and the reporters try to find a balance between

highlighting what needs fixing and highlighting

what we should and can be celebrating. I don’t

always agree with what is written but I respect the

conversations that result, and many of the comments,

articles, letters and especially Steve’s column

make me think and make me want to continue

working to make this the best community it can be.”

From her comfortable spot at the Redwood City

Kiwanis Farmers Market, Cheryl Monroe said,

“His column is always entertaining and somewhat

informative. It’s good to find out what’s going on,

to see friends and neighbors spotlighted for what

they’re doing, and to meet new people and see

what they are doing for Redwood City.”

Erin Callaghan was amazed that six years have

seemingly flown by. “It just seems like yesterday

that I saw the first issue!”

Karen Chew, local artist and green building

designer, agreed that The Spectrum has made


its mark on our community. “The Spectrum has

provided us with articles and connections that are

not only timely and pertinent, but they’re also personal

and meaningful, too. We’re able to stay informed

about current affairs, celebrate the community

contributions by our friends and neighbors, and

share the latest at our daily water coolers.”

With a population of 74,508, we may be

considered a city, she continued, “but to those of

us who enjoy this ‘Climate Best,’ the Friday free

concerts or a rigorous political debate, this is our

home, our town and our village. Penna and the

reporters at The Spectrum continue to tell our

stories and they honor us well. Congratulations!”

Vice Mayor Alicia Aguirre agreed. “The

Spectrum is a great local newspaper. Steve and

his staff do such a good job of covering politicians

and campaigns, but they also find people I’ve never

heard of and bring them forward so we all know

what they’re doing. It’s great to see what’s happening

in the community. Steve and his staff work hard

to bring us positive news in our community.”

Council Member John Seybert is one of the

many folks in Redwood City who looks forward

to each new issue. “I look forward to The

Spectrum coming out every month, anticipating

who will make the cover. Steve and his staff do a

fabulous job giving us a glimpse of those people

and organizations that make Redwood City such

a great community. I especially appreciate how

The Spectrum highlights the valuable nonprofit

organizations in our community,” Seybert said.

Speaking of Spectrum cover subjects, former

Mayor Georgi LaBerge joined Dick Claire, Rosa

Perez and Don Horsley on the cover of the very

first issue. “It was wonderful! I have it framed

and hanging in my family room. My kids get a

kick out of it.” LaBerge also noted the important

need The Spectrum meets in Redwood City.

The Spectrum has been a very good tool for

keeping the community connected,” she told me.

“People look forward to getting their copy of The

Spectrum. Steve and staff do a great job. I was

intrigued by the recent issue,” she continued, “I’m

so excited by the return of community theater!”

Community volunteer and activist Maria

Diaz Vivian congratulated The Spectrum on its

sixth anniversary and said, “The impact of The

Spectrum on the community has been to bring a

personal touch to the issues that the community is

facing and cares about via an information vehicle

that is available both as a magazine and an online

resource. Steve Penna always keeps us in touch

with the community pulse and hot political issues

with personalized interviews that allow us to meet

the folks who make an impact in the community,

as well as elected officials and department heads.

Redwood City and the surrounding communities

have been blessed with the voice of The Spectrum

Magazine on a monthly basis.”

The Spectrum plays an important role as the

only publication focused on Redwood City,” said

Council Member Ian Bain. “It does a great job

highlighting the people we don’t hear about every

day but who make this a great place to live.”

City Manager Peter Ingram agreed. “Clearly

The Spectrum has found and filled a ‘human

interest/positive stories about Redwood City

citizens’ niche.” Noting the diversity of people

featured over the years, he added, “I especially

value reading about the unsung heroes and committed,

passionate people doing great things outside of the

higher-profile political/city/county organizations.”

My own most memorable comment on The

Spectrum came some weeks back, after I had

been featured in the “A Minute With” section.

A fellow parishioner at Redeemer Lutheran

Church leaned over the pew and said, “I saw you in

The Spectrum! I like sitting in my recliner and

watching baseball too! But I like the A’s.” We

remain friends despite our different baseball loyalties.


So, Steve, it’s been six exciting years of people,

places, deadlines, photo shoots and doing exactly

what you set out to do. Congratulations on

making your dream come true!



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Hernandez Debut Is a Success

Hernandez and the knock-out punch!

Moments after winning his professional boxing

debut at the San Mateo Event Center, Juan

Hernandez couldn’t help but get emotional.

“When my mom hugged me, she was crying

and I started crying, too,” said Hernandez, who

splits his time training at the Redwood City Police

Activities League center and Undisputed Gym in

San Carlos. The Spectrum Magazine profiled his

story last month.

The 2005 Sequoia High graduate can’t

remember the last time something caused him

to shed tears, but he can easily be forgiven for

needing some Kleenex after his impressive

showing in front of a boisterous hometown crowd.

Hernandez, 24, needed only 22 seconds to knock

out Seth Keeling in their cruiserweight bout.

The knockout came so fast that two of

Hernandez’s three trainers — Rick Nava and

Moises Cabrillo — missed the right uppercut–left

hook combination that sent a bloody Keeling

reeling to the floor.

“I had my head turned away because one of

the officials said I had to sit down [once the fight

starts],” said Nava, who was the cornerman for

Hernandez for the fight. “At the amateur level,

you’re allowed to stand, so for a split second I

forgot the rules were different at the pro level.”

A second was all it took for the 5-foot-9-inch,

194-pound Hernandez to strike and deliver a

decisive blow. Keeling never saw the punches

coming, as Hernandez delivered a vicious right

uppercut that struck flush on Keeling’s chin. A

dazed Keeling was already going down when

Hernandez grazed him with a left hook.

By then, the damage had already been done.

Hernandez then looked into the crowd and saw

his parents, girlfriend, brother and friends in the


crowd, which included five or six members of the

Redwood City Police Department.

“It was very emotional,” Hernandez said.

“Everything went so fast, and [in the post-fight

announcement afterward] I looked up on the big

screen and asked Rick, ‘Is that me?’ He laughed

and said, ‘Yeah, that’s you.’ I couldn’t believe it.”

In the days leading up to the fight, Hernandez

actually had a dream that he would win by knockout.

“I just didn’t dream it would be 22 seconds,” he

said. “He didn’t even touch my face.”

In one night, so much was accomplished.

Hernandez built an impressive resume as an

amateur, winning numerous Golden Glove and

PAL state championships in compiling a 16-2

record. As he walked into the ring, Hernandez’s

insides were churning.

“But I felt very relaxed,” he said.

So relaxed that Hernandez actually took two

— yes, two! — naps in the locker room in the

hours leading up to the fight. The Hernandez-

Keeling match was the seventh fight on Phantom

Promotion’s Fight Night to the Playboy Mansion,

and they didn’t get into the ring until 10 p.m. Hence,

Hernandez needed to catch up on some sleep.

After taking his first nap, Hernandez started

warming up and stretching. When an official

told him his fight was going off after one more

match — roughly 30 to 40 minutes — Hernandez

promptly went back to sleep.

“I was feeling confident, knowing I was

mentally and physically prepared,” he said.

Hernandez wasn’t the only one confident he

would win. When Nava saw his protégé put on

the 10-ounce pro gloves in the locker room, he

knew Keeling was in trouble. Nava said the gloves

amateurs wear are 12 ounces and bulkier, thus

softening a blow to the head. Amateur boxers also

wear head gear.

The 10-ounce gloves are thinner and I knew

Juan’s punches would be felt,” Nava said. “It was scary.”

Nava, who also serves as Hernandez’s manager

and promoter, is making a lot of calls trying to get

his fighter another bout. However, Nava said it’s

hard trying to get promotional companies to put

up one of their own fighters against Hernandez.

“This game is kind of new to us,” Nava said.

“You have matchmakers, promoters and people

under them, and it all seems to be about who

you know [in trying to set up a fight]. Golden

Boy Promotions might take a look at him, and

we hope that happens. But as we go forward, we

want to protect Juan as far as managers go. The

max managers [are allowed to take from a boxer’s

earnings] is 30 percent, and we don’t want to

do that. You take 30 percent off a boxer [who is

trying to rise up through the ranks] and charge

him fees for the gym and equipment, and that’s

why fighters end up with nothing.”

Nava wants to make sure that doesn’t happen

with Hernandez, who, in addition to being an

aspiring boxing star, works up to 50 hours a week

at two different jobs. Although Hernandez takes

a certain amount of satisfaction in his work as a

caretaker and landscaper, his ultimate goal is to

one day make a living through boxing. He knows

it’s a long road, but nothing has deterred him so far.

“I’m going to keep working hard to realize my

dream,” Hernandez said.

The dream is off to a good start.

Editor’s note: This article appeared previously in the Daily

Journal newspaper.

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Meet Our Community-Minded Realtors for Redwood City

Michelle Glaubert

at Coldwell Banker

650-722-1193 – Michelle has been a

full-time, top-producing Realtor since

1978. With a proven track record, she

has helped buyers achieve their dreams

of home ownership and sellers make

successful moves to their next properties.

The majority of her business is garnered

through referrals from her many satisfied

clients. Living in Emerald Hills, she

knows the area well and is involved in

the community. Count on Michelle’s

years of experience to guide you through

your next real estate transaction. Visit

her online at www.glaubert.com.

Jim Massey

at Keller Williams

650-207-5120 – Jim has been

active for over 30 years in business

and leadership in Redwood City.

With that involvement, he has

become a Realtor familiar with our

community, and his clients feel

comfortable knowing he has that

expertise and knowledge to guide

them. Visit him online at


Buying or selling?

Turn to one of these experts!


If you live, work, or play in

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In these tough economic times ‐ for you and

for the City of Redwood City ‐ it’s important that we all work


Here’s a simple suggestion ‐ find something you’re interested in

or passionate about, and get involved:

• volunteer • coach a team • teach someone to read •

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As I Was Saying…(Continued from p6)

For instance — The City Council and city manager are working on a plan

to move the proposed new county jail from the downtown location to several

properties by the police station. Why doesn’t anyone question whether we

need a jail at all? Or ask for reimbursement of emergency services that are

needed by Redwood City each time they are used by the county?

For instance — Last month I wrote about the Downtown Business Group

(DBG) not speaking up to the City Council and weighing in on parking fee

increases that will negatively affect their members. I was quickly informed

afterwards that the DBG had not been told by city staff or council members

that there would be any increase. Where is the communication?

Now the DBG is holding a “Downtown Parking Forum” on Wednesday,

Sept. 8, from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m. in the community room at the Main Library on

Middlefield Road. They are encouraging business owners and the community

to come and voice concerns about the parking meters and rate increases that

will be as much as 75 cents per hour. City representatives will be on hand to

answer questions as to why the changes are needed and the rates increased.

OK, I know you are thinking the same thing I am — Why didn’t the city

do something like this before council discussions? It all comes down to

communication, doesn’t it?

I don’t know if it is realistic to expect a City Council to address all these

issues. Heck, they have so many they are working on, it would be mindboggling

for most of us to imagine. It is, however, expected that residents

who serve our community — whether it be as an elected official, city staff,

board or commission member, member of a neighborhood association or, yes,

even a writer or publisher who should be asking questions and informing our

community — should provoke discussion so results can be completed. So

step up and get involved.

Mayor Jeff Ira has announced a call to arms of sorts and asked us all to

step up by volunteering during these financial hard times, and we should do

so. I feel we have a City Council that listens to us, hears our concerns and

reacts. But they have to be told what those concerns are in order to react. We

should take advantage of that because there have been past councils here and

elsewhere that would not listen and continued on their own course until they

retired and then just got others to continue their journeys. While they do so,

the flocks continue to follow.

It is up to the rest of us to step up and not be afraid to voice our opinions

and concerns. Look what is happening with the Saltworks issue. Wouldn’t

it be nice if those involved in that process would just concentrate on another

community issue and try to make a positive difference? I have now put some

of my issues out there. We can watch what happens with those. What about you?


The candidate list is final and the election is a little more than two months

away, so get ready to hear some campaigning. The main local races that

Redwood City voters will be helping decide include the runoff for county

supervisor between Sequoia Healthcare District President Don Horsley

and political newcomer and Coastside resident April Vargas. Both have

already been out talking to voters and gaining their support and much-needed


The Sequoia Healthcare District Board race has seven candidates vying for

three seats. Incumbents Art Faro and Jack Hickey are running. (Horsley is

not running for re-election because he is running for supervisor.) Opposing

them are business owner and Redwood City resident Alpio Barbara, health

care professional Ruth West-Gorrin, retired engineer Frederick Graham,

physician Jerry Shefren and businessman Michael Stogner.

Hickey is running as a slate with Graham and Stogner. They are seeking

to form a majority on the board so they can abolish taxes going to the district

and shut it down. They argue that taxes should not be collected for the district

now that Sequoia Hospital is privately owned.

You might remember Shefren if you think real hard, because he was

elected to the board in 2002. He abandoned his seat after just four months. It

will be hard for him to convince voters of his dedication this time around.

Barbara is a political newcomer, although he is very well known and

respected for his business ethics and community involvement.

So it seems simple. If you want to dissolve the district, vote for Graham,

Hickey and Stogner. If you want to keep the district, vote for Barbara, Faro

and West-Gorrin.

This will be a fascinating race to watch and could prove to be the end of the

district if voters agree with Hickey.

In the race for county treasurer-tax collector the top two vote-getters in

the June primary will face off. They are Deputy Treasurer-Tax Collector

Sandie Arnott (who was the top vote-getter) and Dave Mandelkern,

community college district trustee. Mandelkern is backed heavily by unions

and was in favor of several tax increases during the past six years. It will be a

competitive race.

I will give a more detailed analysis on these races and more in the next two issues.

As I look back on the past six years of publishing The Spectrum, I am

grateful to have had a hand in presenting some of the most fascinating

and inspirational people, businesses and groups in our community. We

really are fortunate to live in such a diverse community that gives so many

opportunities to its residents.

I would like to thank a few people who have made my job much easier.

Judy Buchan — I am glad you are getting back to something you do so

well. Anne Callery — OK, for real! I don’t know what I would do without

you. James Kaspar — your photographs tell a part of our stories that is so

important. James Massey — all your hard work and dedication really makes

us and our community look good. Nicole Minieri — you have really grown

into such a valuable and quality writer; thanks for all your hard work.

Other people who add to the team: Jeff Day, Devin and Gavin Wright

(getting exercise delivering cannot be that bad), Naomi Hunter and Russ

Castle (for the special feature articles), Joe Ercoli, J. Ennis (Jim) Kirkland,

Dale McKee — all of you have been and are valuable to us for what you do.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank the loyal and remarkable

advertisers in our publication. I cannot think of any of them that do not

contribute to our community through nonprofit groups or just by giving their

time or money. They are a part of our team and we hope you will continue to

support them and tell them you like seeing their ads in The Spectrum.

Thanks to all of the above, to our readers and to those whom I will thank

in private. I would never be able to do this without you and I value your

continued support and work.

Let’s keep the ink flowing.

As I was saying…




Insurance Tips: Questions and Answers About Renters Insurance

By Russ Castle, Special to The Spectrum

In any given year, burglary losses in the United States run

in the billions of dollars. The average residential loss

often exceeds $1,000 (Insurance Industry News).

Many renters do not realize they have so much to

lose, whether it is personal belongings or financial

loss due to legal liability. If you do not already have

renters insurance, you may question its importance

and the coverage it provides. Check out some common

questions and answers below. You might be surprised

to learn just how much you risk losing without proper

insurance for both your personal liability and your

personal belongings.

Q: Why would I need a renters insurance policy if my landlord carries


A: The insurance your landlord carries covers the building structure but does

not cover your personal belongings — your furniture, clothes, appliances,

television — anything that you’ve moved into the building. You need a

renters policy to cover your personal possessions.

Q: Just what is covered by renters insurance?

A: A renters policy covers your personal property at your residence from

theft, fire, smoke, lightning, explosion, riot, vandalism, hail and water

damage from plumbing. In addition, there is personal liability coverage in

the policy for anything you are personally liable for up to the limit of your

insurance policy.

Q: What are the odds of my home/apartment/condo being burglarized?

A: Chances of a burglary in your home are greater than you think. In fact, a

burglary occurs about every 10 seconds. According to recent FBI statistics,

two of every three burglaries occur in homes, condos or apartments, with an

average loss of $1,004 per residence!

Q: What if my child accidentally breaks a neighbor’s window?

A: A renters policy covers property damage caused by you or your family

members (up to the policy limits). This family coverage is automatic in most

renters policies.

Q: How can I determine how much insurance I need?

A: Add up the dollar value of everything you own in your home. Clothing,

furniture, television, stereo equipment, computers, kitchen appliances,

etc. What would it cost if you had to replace everything brand-new? Most

companies have a calculator to help you get in the ballpark, but ultimately it

is your responsibility to determine how much you need.

Finally, as a renter, you face many of the same risks as a homeowner. Some

renters think they can never be sued because they don’t own their property.

What if you are out playing golf or softball with friends and someone gets hit

with a ball, resulting in either bodily injury or property damage? The liability

coverage of a renters policy would defend you and pay any damages up to the

limit that you choose.

Shopping around for the right renters insurance policy is a smart

investment of your time, and purchasing a good policy is a smart use of your

money. Insurance brokers (yes, like Castle Insurance) have made the process

easier than ever, so whether you use our service or someone else, start

shopping today. You may need it sooner than we hope you do.

Note: Renters insurance policies start at as little as $300 per year, depending

on the limits of the policy. You can also save on your auto insurance with

most insurance companies if you also get renters insurance with them. The

savings on your auto insurance can be as much as 25 percent.

Editor’s note: This article was written by Russ Castle of Castle Insurance Agency, a licensed

and experienced insurance resource center fully prepared to help you navigate the process of

changing or gaining a policy. If you need insurance help, call him at 650-364-3664.

Q: Renters insurance covers theft in the home. What if I’m held up while

away from my home or if I’m a pickpocket victim?

A: Renters insurance can provide coverage from theft whether it occurs

at home or away from home. This coverage includes protection against

loss from robbery, pickpocket theft, even credit card loss, forged checks or

counterfeit money.

Q: If my video cassette recorder or stereo were stolen, would my renters

insurance provide coverage to buy a new one?

A: The personal property replacement cost option in a renters policy assures

you that most of your covered property will be repaired or replaced without

deduction for depreciation. For example: if stolen, the items mentioned above

would be replaced with brand-new items.

Q: What is the difference between ACV (actual cash value) and

replacement cost policies?

A: ACV policies are cheaper because they take into account the age of the

item that is lost or destroyed. For example: if your 5-year-old stereo is stolen,

an ACV policy would only reimburse you the value of a 5-year-old stereo

(maybe $100 if you’re lucky). A replacement policy says, “Go buy a new

stereo of like brand, quality and features as the one that was stolen and we’ll

give you the money to buy it brand-new!”

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

(Continued from page 15)

Dear Editor,

I live in downtown Redwood City, and I’ve loved watching the progress of our

downtown area over the past several years. That’s why it concerns me that the

most prominent structure in our downtown may soon be an expanded county jail.

We already have a jail in downtown Redwood City, and over 17,000 former

inmates walk out its doors and into downtown each year. A quarter are homeless,

and more than half will go on to commit another crime. Earlier this year, a

resident of my apartment building was killed outside our building.

To hear that the county is now considering a second jail downtown,

potentially doubling the number of inmates, seems to me a step in the wrong


If we want a vibrant and safe downtown, enriching our city’s cultural life,

we should be focusing on theaters, restaurants, housing and local business,

not a jail. There are viable options in less populated areas, and I hope the San

Mateo County Board of Supervisors decides against establishing the new

jail in our downtown if such an option is presented to them by the Sheriff’s

Department in September.

Jails don’t belong in vibrant downtowns, whether ours or any city’s. It’s true that

the county needs a new jail — but let’s not build it in the heart of our city.

Chris Balme, President, Redwood City–Woodside Democratic Club

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Senior Activities

The Veterans Memorial Senior

Center, 1455 Madison Ave., is

providing the following activities

that are open to the public during

the month of September.

Friday Movies for Everyone

Every Friday, 1:15 p.m.

(unless otherwise announced)

Come to the VMSC in September for a free

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

Sept. 3: “Avatar”

Sept. 10: “Ghost Writer”

Sept. 17: “The Joneses”

Sept. 24: “Date Night”

Information Resource Fair

Wednesday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

The VMSC will be offering an informational

resource fair featuring representatives from

Kaiser Hospital, Medicare and Veterans Affairs,

as well as local businesses and service providers

that assist older adults with staying independent.

A drop-off center will also be available for

discarding unused and/or expired medications.

A lunch will be provided at noon. For more

information about this event, please contact

Anabel Zepeda at 650-995-6484 or anabel@


Retirement Planning Workshop

Thursdays, Sept. 9 & Sept. 16, 6:30–9:30 p.m.

Fulfill your retirement goal! Learn the 10 biggest

investment mistakes, five good strategies to manage

investment risk, 11 ways to save money on taxes

and more! Learn how to determine the savings

you need to retire today or in the future. Course

includes an illustrated workbook with practical

exercises and examples. Course fee is $49 for Redwood

City residents and $59 for non–Redwood City

residents. Participants may bring a spouse or partner

for free. To enroll, please contact the Redwood

City Parks and Recreation Department at 650-780-

7311 and refer to class #25.320.

AARP Driver Safety Renewal Workshop

Saturday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Need to renew your AARP Driver Safety

Certificate? If you’ve already taken the eighthour

class, this is a great refresher and a way to

make sure you continue to receive an insurance

discount. You can sign up at the VMSC front

desk or by calling 650-780-7270 and pressing

#2. Leave your name and number, and a staff or

volunteer will call you back to confirm your spot.

Space is limited, so sign up early! Cost is $12 for

AARP members and $14 for nonmembers.

New & Improved Lunch Program

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 12 p.m.

Carroll’s Meats of Brisbane is now providing

lunches Tuesday through Thursday at the VMSC.

The Carroll family came to San Francisco in the

early 1900s and helped found “Butcher Town.”

The Carroll family brings this history to your

table. Carroll’s products are created using special

marinades. From house-roasted main courses to

gourmet deli meats and side dishes, Carroll’s has

everything you could want or need. The lunch

price will remain the same at $5, but the food will

be cooked on-site. Our current cook, Ruby, will

still be making her famous soups and desserts.

Lunch at the VMSC includes house-made soup,

cooked on-site hot entree and yummy dessert,

along with milk or coffee, all for just $5. It’s the

best deal in town!

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 www.redwoodcity.org/parks.

The Spectrum Mag AD 4/2/08 4:23 PM Page 1

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


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A Minute With: James Kaspar

James Kaspar spent a number of years in the Midwest before his family moved to San

Mateo in the 1950s. He was in the second graduating class at Hillsdale High School. His

college and graduate school studies took him out of California, but he returned to the

Peninsula 38 years ago and has remained here since. He made Redwood City his home in

1988 and has no intention of leaving.

Before becoming The Spectrum Magazine’s cover photographer, James worked for 30

years for the Superior Court of San Mateo County, where he was manager of the Probate

Court Division and chief court investigator. He retired in 2003.

His hobbies include photography, traveling, working around the house and socializing.

Living in Redwood City is?

Celebration of diversity.

Working for The Spectrum means?

Getting to know the community.

One word to describe retirement?


Whom do you most admire?

Dr. Martin E. Marty, a prominent theologian.

What talent would you most like to have?

Playing the piano.

Something few know about you?

I have a master’s degree in theology.

What phrase do you most overuse?

No problema.

Favorite song?

“We Are Family” — Sister Sledge.

Favorite movie?

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

What is your motto?

Life is a journey.

Anyone you got on your mind?


Memorable moment?

Hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak while

only 10 feet away.

First word that comes to mind?


You still can’t believe?

I am fully retired.

You currently feel?


You are inspired by?

Examples of good deeds.

What or who is the love of your life?

Currently it is Libby, my golden retriever.

If you’re happy and you know it?

Share it with others.

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