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Tim’s life, Tim’s death

Tim’s House

A place of hope and inspiration

Also in this issue:

Election winners and

losers, voters like our

current system and more

in “As I Was Saying…”

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procedures and providing

the best skin care treatments

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The Spectrum.NOV.08

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As campaign walkers are soon to be replaced by holiday carolers and visitors, we welcome you to the

November edition of The Spectrum Magazine.

Our cover story this month features a life cut way too short and the good that comes from a community

that unites to turn a negative into a positive. Timothy Griffith was born and raised in Redwood City and

tragically was murdered while still living here. In contributing writer Nicole Minieri’s article, you will

follow his story, the aftermath of his death and the legacy that will continue for years to come.

Various topics, including the Measure W outcome, results of election predictions and much more are

written about in Publisher Steve Penna’s column, “As I Was Saying….” Is our community better off after

the election or are we divided again? His views may surprise you.

Our business profile this month is on Re:Juvenate Skin Care. Before moving to San Carlos last month,

they were located for several years in Redwood City and still have a large following in our community.

They continue to dominate and govern the Northern California skin care market and have positioned

themselves as the sole host in representing innovative procedures such as the SmartXide DOT (dermal

optical thermolysis) fractional CO2 laser. The technology and accessibility to it will amaze you.

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

Amann, “Redwood City Through the Years,” information from the Redwood City School District, the

popular feature “A Minute With” and information on how you can get involved with nonprofit groups in

our community and make a difference during the holiday season.

We encourage you to support our advertisers, especially during the holidays, 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, so please take the time to look over their ads this month and use their

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We wish you a happy Thanksgiving and hope you enjoy this month’s edition!

Contents

Inside The Spectrum – 4

“As I Was Saying...” – 6

RCSD Corner – 7

Re:Juvenate Revives Beauty – 10

Shop Redwood City – 12

News Briefs – 13

Redwood City Through the Years – 16

Tim Griffith Shines Through Tim’s House – 18

Cultural Events – 22

Community Interests – 24

Battle for the Bayfront III – 26

Nonprofits in Action – 30

Finance: Post-Election Investments – 33

Senior Activities – 33

A Minute With: Do You Know Your Turkey? – 34

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Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot

Photographer James Kaspar (center, with camera) attends

the opening of Tim’s House.

Pictured on cover, left to right: Stacey Redman (Tim Griffith’s

mother), Mike Nevin (director of the Service League) and

Karen Francone-Hart at the dedication ceremony of Tim’s

House in Redwood City.

Publisher Steve Penna was informed of the ceremony celebrating the opening of Tim’s House for

Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. and asked cover story photographer James Kaspar to attend the event

and take some pictures for the story.

Tim’s House is named in honor of Tim Griffith, a lifelong Redwood City resident who was killed

following a San Francisco Giants baseball game in 2004. Last month, Griffith’s killer was sentenced

to 16 years to life in prison after he was convicted of second-degree murder last May.

After Tim’s death, his mother, Stacey Redman, founded the Tim Griffith Memorial Foundation

to help fund support services like San Mateo County’s Bridges Program, an intensive treatment

program that focuses on helping drug offenders end the cycle of substance abuse and crime, which

Griffith was a participant in.

The opening ceremony, attended by several elected officials, county and city program directors

and community support members, also provided the opportunity for all to reflect on Tim’s life and a

chance for all to celebrate how his legacy will survive to serve so many others. The entire shoot took

around one hour, as did the ceremony.

Penna did not attend the ceremony but did know Tim, whom he refers to as Timmy, and socialized

in the same circles with Tim’s parents and extended family for several years. When asked, Penna

labeled Timmy a “kind-hearted, funny and very likeable young man.” He went on to say, “His death

was such a loss for so many different reasons for so many different people in our community.”

The Spectrum shares in the loss our community feels on losing any young member, especially in

such a tragic manner. We salute the resilience of Tim’s family and friends in making sure he did not

die in vain and that his departure will serve as a welcome mat at Tim’s House for those who will rise

above life’s obstacles and become valuable assets to our community. Something we are sure Tim

would have supported.

Thus carrying on Tim’s smile, laughter and, yes, even pain. We miss you, Timmy!

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Redwood City Police Activities League

Redwood City Police and Firefighters Association

TOY AND BOOK DRIVE 2008

Dear Spectrum Magazine reader,

Thank you for your continued support of the Redwood City Police Activities League,

Police officer and Firefighters Associations Toy and Book Drive. Last year we were

able to provide over 12,000 toys and books to over 500 families. The toys and books

that were brought in were donated to children who would otherwise go without

Christmas presents.

We are currently looking for support for our 2008 Toy and Book Drive. This support can

be in the form of toy collection barrel(s) at your location and/or donations of food or

drinks for our wrapping parties. The donated food is used to feed the volunteers that

wrap the 12,000 presents that we deliver to the families. We also need volunteers and

corporate donations of cash and products. The donated money goes toward buying

many things, such as presents for children and wrapping supplies.

Families receive gifts and books delivered to their house by Santa Claus in police cars

and fire trucks.

If you are interested in having a toy collection barrel, donating food or drink, helping at

our wrapping parties, or making a donation to our program, please fill out the attached

form and mail or fax it to the address on the form. If you need more information, please

call.

Our wrapping party is Monday, December 15 th , 2008 from 5-8pm at Red Morton

Center (1120 Roosevelt. Ave.)

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Thank you for your support,

Officer Dan Smith, Coordinator

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As I Was

Saying…

Publisher | Steve Penna

It is the day after Election Day and I am sitting

at Courthouse Square enjoying the great weather,

working and reflecting on local voting results. The

city seems much calmer for some reason today.

Like it is when a storm is over or, in this case,

after the sounds of gunfire stop at the end of a

battle. I look around and I can see the remnants of

the fight, but the structure has stayed the same and

all is back to normal, at least visually.

In case you have not heard, Measure W

was defeated by an overwhelming majority.

Deciding what side to support in this campaign

was a no-brainer for me. Once I evaluated the

ballot statement and realized how flawed it

was, combined with being informed by our city

attorney and others that my neighbors’ personal

property could potentially be negatively affected

should the measure pass, I had to stand up and be

counted. I am proud to say I stood up and said NO!

It was an intense campaign. With all the other

issues to be decided on the ballot — including

president and state propositions — I, as did so

many in our community, both for and against

Measure W, threw myself into the fight. The

meetings, strategizing, walking, riding, signwaving,

mailings, lawn-sign deliveries, etc.

There is so much going on in the background of

any campaign that most voters don’t even see.

I applaud those who work so hard regardless of

their views and opinions, and I for one love the

process.

So to wrap it all up, here is what went down.

When Save The Bay funded the effort to gather

the signatures needed to put W on the ballot, they

did so without realizing that the words “open

space” included people’s homes and a church

and excluded many parks in our community. Not

surprising, since they do not know our community

and the zoning parameters. It also would have

required that any developments get a two-thirds

voter approval — good lord, isn’t that what stalls

the state budget approval each year? How unfair

would that be? Had they just specified the Cargill

Saltworks property instead of “open space,” I

would not be writing about this at all. So they

gather enough signatures and it goes on the ballot.

Then the City Council takes action and puts up

a counterinitiative stating that any development

on the Cargill Saltworks property must get 50-

percent-plus-one for approval. A callous thing

to do, considering that we should be wanting

to attract development and not discourage it by

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letting potential developers know they will have

to fund campaigns before projects are approved.

Why would the City Council want to take away

power from themselves? Do they not believe in the

current system? Answer is, they were kowtowing

to the property owners for not correcting the fact

that their homes were zoned wrongly in the “open

space” category.

Regardless, both measures were presented to

voters to decide: Should there be a proposal to

develop the Cargill Saltworks property, we should

have “voter approval.” It all comes down to that.

Bottom line, both measures failed and a clear

message was sent by voters that: A) We do not

want to vote on any development on the Cargill

Saltworks property. B) We trust the current

approval system that is in place and that our City

Council, Planning Commission, etc., will do the

proper community outreach and studies to make

sure that our community is protected from less

desirable developments.

Say what you want, but that is the fact of what

voters said. Anyone can interpret the outcome as

they will, and there are those who think voters

are unintelligent and do not know the issues. (Of

course, those are also the ones who think they

know it all.) The vote was clear, and in the future,

if the council or anyone else puts any development

of the Cargill Saltworks property to an election (at

our cost), they are going against what we have told

them we want. That is just wrong and they should

be held accountable if they do so — don’t re-elect

them! Keep an eye out for those who want to play

both sides to appease everyone and won’t listen to us.

So now we move forward with procedures

being as they were. I am happy at that. We have a

system that assures that our concerns and opinions

are heard. That developers are held up to high

standards. That we elect council members who

make sure our best interests are looked after. I

believe in that and I am happy that the majority or

our community does too.

.…

As in all elections, there are winners and losers

and this one was no exception. In the spirit of

fairness, here is my list of such.

Winners: Mayor Rosanne Foust — She

came out strong and stood up for herself against

personal attacks and for our community when

threatened by potential litigation that could have

brought all development in our community to a

complete halt. DMB developers — They have not

even given us a development plan yet, but special

interest groups tried to stop them before they

could do so. They waged a fight for themselves

and those property owners. That and the outreach

they have done in our community has raised their

credibility as a development group that is really

interested in giving our community a quality

project that we can all have input on and feel a

part of the process and decision-making. Cherlene

Wright — She led the small but effective Citizens

to Protect Redwood City (CPRC) group. If she

chooses to run for City Council next year, she

will do so with earned name recognition from this

campaign. Jerry Pierce — Along with Wright,

he started CPRC and in doing so set himself

up as a person to watch. Redwood City–San

Mateo County Chamber of Commerce — They

rallied the troops and ran effective campaign

literature against Measure W. In doing so, they

demonstrated that they have the power to fight for

their membership and community businesses. Pat

Black, Pat Dixon, Nancy Radcliffe and Shawn

White — They were featured in various mailers

and participated in debates. Their visibility and

name recognition increased immensely. How

they will or will not use that is anyone’s guess.

Sustainable Redwood City — Founders Arnoldo

Arreola, Lou Covey and Rich Panelli were very

visible throughout the campaign and in doing so

gave their group awareness and credibility. Nori

Jabba — Although a paid employee of DMB,

she is an active member of our community and

worked hard on community outreach for the

campaign. Her efforts were valuable, and the

votes generated by her efforts were valuable.

Citizens Against Costly Initiatives — Although

funded by DMB, Oracle and big businesses, there

were many community members working hard

for the No side. In particular, Lilia Ledezma led

the volunteer efforts and in doing so showed that

the Hispanic community in our city will make a

difference when called upon.

Losers: The City of Redwood City — Just think

of what funds could have been donated to various

groups and organizations had millions not been

spent on a campaign. Friends of Redwood City

— After the group’s Measure Q win, they gained

awareness and credibility in our community. All

of that was lost in this campaign, and the group

should disband or reorganize because they are now

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RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District

Cross-Country Meet at Stulsaft Inspires Students to Run

Despite grim statistics about childhood obesity and the amount of time young

people spend in front of TV and video screens, middle school students in

Redwood City responded enthusiastically to an opportunity to spend warm,

autumn afternoons running through the streets and parklands of Redwood City.

The First Annual Redwood City Middle School Cross-Country Races,

held in October and November, were jointly organized by the Redwood City

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and North Star

Academy, a third- through eighth-grade school in the Redwood City School

District. Although the races were co-organized by North Star Academy, all

fifth- through eighth-grade students from all public and private schools in

Redwood City were invited to participate. Thirty-five or more students, both

boys and girls, from North Star, Roy Cloud and Kennedy participated in each race.

North Star parent volunteer Rick Hunter, a lifelong running enthusiast,

first had the vision for a middle school cross-country team when he began

attending cross-country meets to watch his older son compete on Sequoia

High School’s team.

“I noticed that students coming from neighboring towns had previous

cross-country experience, and I began wishing that Redwood City middle

school students had an opportunity to run before high school,” said Hunter.

“We’re hoping the strong response to the Stulsaft races this year will be the

start of all schools having cross-country teams that can compete together.”

Hunter started by organizing a cross-country team during the 2007–08

school year at North Star Academy. He was astonished when 25 students

signed up within days and showed up for every practice willing to work hard.

“I imagined starting with a handful of students and coaxing them to run,”

said Hunter. “Instead, I had kids showing up eager to train, and parents ready

to go out and pace them.” This year, sign-ups were even more successful, and

42 students signed up to run. Students met after school three days a week and

trained for about 45 minutes at each practice. A team of parent volunteers ran

with students on neighborhood streets and on nearby trails such as those at

Edgewood Park.

The biggest challenge has been figuring out a way for the students to

compete. Unlike other popular youth sports such as soccer, volleyball and

basketball, there were no cross-country leagues accessible to a Redwood City

team. Complicating it further, cross-country races are run on trails in natural

settings, and attending meets often means traveling significant distances.

Last year the team was able to compete unofficially with an existing league

that holds its meets at a cross-country course in Belmont. The parents knew

that would not be an option in 2008 and brainstormed ideas for a location

where races could be held.

One parent suggested Stulsaft Park, a 42-acre park west of Farm Hill

Boulevard that includes several miles of trails in a beautiful, natural setting.

Hunter approached the Redwood City Parks and Recreation Department and

suggested teaming up to offer several citywide races at Stulsaft Park, which

offers scenic, challenging trails perfect for beginning cross-country runners.

The Redwood City Parks and Recreation Department agreed and worked

with North Star parents to set up a course and publicize the races to local

schools citywide.

“It turned out to be the perfect location — the trails were pretty and challenging,

and the park is easily accessible from many schools in Redwood City,” said Hunter.

North Star parents are hoping the idea takes off so more students can

benefit from positive aspects of running. “It’s very positive,” said Katie O’Hara,

mother of first-time runner Emma. “All you need is a pair of running shoes.”

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Revives Ageless Beauty

Practicing on the primary premise of

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with each and every client” has pushed

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Founded in 2002 by Sherna Madan,

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The services offered by Re:Juvenate Skin

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endocrinology and metabolism. Moore, who

is the clinical director, had over 25 years of

experience as a critical care nurse in intensive

care, emergency room and recovery room before

joining Re:Juvenate Skin Care.

Together, Madan and Moore remain adamant

about hiring only nurses who have broad-based

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of the clinic is the administration division. “The

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With such a solid staff, the Re:Juvenate Skin

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and how it applies to them so that they can

be happy. We are highly focused on client

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their options are. We put together and give them a

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to help them reach their goals.”

As a result of their concern, expertise and

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and govern the Northern California skin care

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fractional CO2 laser. This specialized skin care

procedure is the latest in CO2 fractional lasers

for skin rejuvenation and is used to treat some

of the most common problematic skin care

issues, such as wrinkles, aging skin, brown spot

removal, hyperpigmentation/melasma, skin

resurfacing, uneven skin texture, acne scars and

scar reduction.

The breakthrough technology mastered in the

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Unlike other CO2 lasers, the DOT laser zeroes

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However, the overall, ongoing benefit to the

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We have experienced firsthand the dramatic

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In addition to the SmartXide DOT fractional

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These skin procedures are extremely effective and

Before and 10 days after procedure on 54-year-old client.

safe with low rates of adverse effects. “Clients can

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10 years or more and the beauty of this is that it

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We can’t control the variables, but if the client

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After thoroughly researching the technology,

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Skin Care. “We did a lot of testing before we

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Everything was fully recovered and within six

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Depending on both demographic and

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With remarkable breakthroughs in skin care

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product line is designed to “turn back

the clock” and restore naturally soft, fresh and

clear skin.

“Our focus is always on under-promise and

over-deliver. I’ve had the joy of experiencing

many who have looked into the mirror after a

treatment with tears in their eyes because they

haven’t seen that look in years, and that is a very

gratifying thing,” said Moore. “It is very nice

to know that every day you are working you are

helping by making a big difference in building up

someone’s self-esteem. So far, we have been very

successful in making our clients feel much better

about themselves.”

Part of that ongoing success is based on

Moore’s dedication to furthering her education

in progressive skin care treatments. “I am double

and triple certified in everything that I do,”

said Moore. “Plus, I’m continually educating

myself through on-the-job training and by going

to training courses.” When Moore is not busy

restoring a client’s beauty, she goes to the gym

regularly and takes yoga classes. She indulges in

wine tasting, cooking and listening to all genres

of music. Moore is a firm believer in giving back

to the community and keeps herself heavily

involved with two nonprofit organizations:

Shelter Network, which helps homeless families

and individuals throughout the Peninsula, and a

nursing program that enhances scholarships for

nurses practicing in their country of origin.

“I love what I do and am very grateful to all

of our clients. Hopefully everyone will continue

to come to us and we will definitely be there to

help them,” said Moore. “It makes me very happy

knowing that Re:Juvenate is able to help others

by setting their goals and successfully achieving

them.”

Already featured on KPIX’s “Eye on the Bay,”

which has aired over 200 times, and on a recent

National Health Review PBS series, Re:Juvenate

Skin Care continues to bask in being the local

leader in bringing the newest breakthrough

technologies in nonsurgical curative skin care

treatments and cutting-edge products to Northern

California. For more in-depth information on new

and improved skin care treatments in medical

aesthetics, please visit www.rejuvenateskincare.

net. Or, for a complimentary consultation in a

relaxed professional atmosphere, call 650-631-5700.

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Shop Redwood City: And Look in The Spectrum for Sizzling Coupons!

Shouldn’t you make the commitment to shopping locally? Check out our Best of the Best

selections — businesses that not only provide excellent service but also contribute to our

community. When you are shopping, we urge you to shop local and shop often! You will

benefit because your sales tax dollars stay local and help us all.

Auto Care:

Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway – Redwood General Tire was

founded on the principles of good customer service and quality products

at fair prices. Many satisfied customers have been with them since their

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

on your vehicle, this Redwood City institution has been providing quality

vehicle services since 1957.

Eating and Catering:

Angelica’s Bistro – 863 Main St.

– Located in the back of an antiques

emporium, Angelica’s Bistro feels

like it has been here since the 18th

century. Sit in a cozy alcove and

listen to romantic live music as you

enjoy your meal. Lean at the counter

and order a microbrew beer. Or sit

in the garden among fountains and

sculptures for afternoon tea. Visit

www.angelicasbistro.com for menu

and live entertainment offerings.

Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road

– “The Canyon Inn has had the

same owner for over two decades,

and every year it just keeps getting

better. They have everything

from their famous hamburgers to

pizzas. They also serve all kind of

sandwiches and pastas, and they even have a South of the Border menu. At

the Sunday breakfast buffet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., you can enjoy watching

NFL Ticket games on big flat-screen TVs. Don’t forget to reserve their closed

patio for your next party; they have heaters, fans and a big-screen TV (no

extra charge). They do catering too!”

Diving Pelican Cafe – 650 Bair Island Road, Suite 102 – “Sit on the patio

overlooking the water to see all sorts of waterfowl. My favorite item is the

Mediterranean salad. A great breakfast is the Eggs Bennett: freshly made

Hollandaise sauce over two poached eggs with smoked ham on whole-wheat

English muffins. This is truly a very comfortable, laid-back, warm and

friendly place to enjoy a meal.”

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

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

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

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

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

littleindiacuisine.com.

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant – 2098 Broadway – “Their chips and

salsa are great, and their agua fresca selections are usually really good. Their

taco salads are so ginormous and tasty. But the true standout is the huevos

rancheros. Words can’t do it justice. Huevos en fuego. It’s phenomenal!” As

a special to Spectrum readers, they offer 2-for-1 margaritas during Happy

Hour. Just mention you saw this and enjoy!

Financial Institutions:

American Coast Mortgage – 650-365-2144 – Whether you need to purchase

property, refinance or obtain a home equity loan, owner Paul Sanfilipo has

been helping thousands do just that for over 25 years. Sanfilipo is a registered

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Business Profile of the Month

Encore Performance Catering – 2992 Spring St. – With

holiday parties coming up fast, it is convenient to know that

owner Dave Hyman’s catering menu goes on for eight pages of

mouthwatering suggestions for everything from casual to formal

holiday events. Despite an entire page devoted just to warm

appetizers, these are mere suggestions, and Hyman is quick to

offer additional possibilities to fit any occasion. He also has a

strong sense of community and participates in many communityoriented

events. Additionally, Hyman is proud of the fact that

his business products are nearly 100 percent recyclable, and

he contributes leftovers to St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room in

Redwood City. Need a caterer for that party or event? Call Dave

at 650-365-3731 or visit his Web site www.epcatering.com.

mortgage underwriter, a certified review appraiser, a notary and much more.

Call now for a complimentary consultation.

Edward Jones – 702 Marshall St., #515 – For decades, Edward Jones believed

in building relationships through face-to-face interaction and adherence to a

strategy of recommending quality investments that have proven themselves

over time. So does investment representative David Amann, who manages

their Redwood City office and will help you reach your financial goals.

San Mateo Credit Union – Two 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, members-only car sales,

low-rate home loans and lines of

credit. Contact them at 650-363-1725

or 888-363-1725, or visit a branch for

additional information. Learn the

advantages of membership banking.

Legal Services:

Hannig Law Firm – 2991 El Camino

Real – Hannig Law Firm LLP

provides transactional and litigation

expertise in a variety of areas. The

professionals at HLF are committed

to knowing and meeting their clients’

needs through long-term relationships and value-added services, and to

supporting and participating in the communities where they live and work.

Personal Improvement:

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

fitness center in downtown Redwood City. Services include classes,

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.

Home Improvements:

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

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

of six employees and five working vans. The Lewis family works and lives

in Redwood City and is committed to our community. Ask about their

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

nothing. Call today!

Specialty Businesses:

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

a unique business that offers auto auctions, consignment vehicle sales,

appraisal services and even ways to donate your vehicle to needing charities.

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.


News Briefs

Drunk Incident Could Land

Probationer in Prison

A 47-year-old convicted rapist who served jail

time for holding a 17-year-old runaway against

her will in a Redwood City motel room faces a

return to prison for allegedly drinking and fleeing

from Menlo Park police.

Jerome Sephers was charged with misdemeanor

resisting arrest in the alleged Oct. 18 incident.

Sephers could be found in violation of probation

and a judge would be able to reinstate the full

four-year sentence he escaped by accepting a

negotiated plea bargain.

The new charge also carries up to another year.

Sephers pleaded not guilty to the violation

allegation and was ordered back to court Nov. 25

for a conference. He was also to return Nov. 17 for

a jury trial on the new case.

Sephers was sentenced to 10 months in jail and

is currently on three years supervised probation

for holding the runaway in the motel room.

Sephers pleaded no contest to false imprisonment

in return for the reduced sentence and prosecutors

dropping attempted sexual assault charges. The

negotiated plea also spared him a possible thirdstrike

conviction and mandatory sentence of 25

years to life in prison.

Sephers allegedly met the teenage girl, a

runaway from San Bernardino, in Redwood City

while she was trying to buy drugs. She reportedly

went to his motel room and he gave her beer. The

girl told police he announced his intent to rape her

but she was able to flee the room after passersby

saw her struggling and heard her screaming.

Prior to his arrest, Sephers had a 1990

conviction for forcible rape and a 1982 conviction

for shooting at an inhabited dwelling.

Sentence Begins in Tongan

Royalty Deaths

The Redwood City teen convicted of causing

a crash that killed three people, including two

members of Tongan royalty, was taken into

custody to begin serving two years in prison on

three counts of vehicular manslaughter.

Edith Delgado’s surrender came after Judge

Cliff Cretan first declined to dismiss the time

remaining on her sentence and then denied a

request to let her serve it while on electronic

home monitoring.

The surrender also came more than two years

after the July 5, 2006, crash that killed Prince

Tu’ipelehake, 55; his wife, Princess Kaimana, 45;

and the couple’s driver, Vinisia Hefa, 36. Delgado

was convicted and sentenced last year but has

postponed serving the time while appealing the

verdict.

The First District Court of Appeals upheld the

decision in late summer and while Delgado’s

defense attorney maintains he is seeking

additional review, the now 20-year-old woman

accepted sentencing.

With credit for time served between her arrest

and the conviction, at which time she was released

on $100,000 bail, Delgado has approximately five

months left to serve.

Delgado and an 18-year-old passenger drove

her white Mustang north on Highway 101 until

sideswiping the red Ford Explorer carrying the

victims near Marsh Road. The Explorer’s front

tire turned to the right, causing the SUV to

flip multiple times and killing the three inside.

Delgado and her passenger were unharmed and

the then-teen was arrested at the scene.

A jury deliberated two days before returning

its verdict June 14, 2007, on the lesser charges.

If Delgado had been convicted of felony gross

vehicular manslaughter, the charges filed by the

prosecution, she faced up to eight years in prison.

Instead, on Aug. 24, 2007, Judge John Runde

sentenced Delgado to two years jail with credit

for approximately a year but stayed the term until

her appeal.

Alleged Baby Beater Takes

Child Cruelty Plea Deal

The Redwood City man who once claimed to be

not guilty by reason of insanity for attacking an

18-month-old with a large rock pleaded no contest

to felony child cruelty causing great bodily injury.

In return, prosecutors dropped other charges of

assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily

injury and felony battery causing great bodily

injury against Jose River Salvador. The negotiated

sentence range attached to the plea deal was not

available.

The crime in question allegedly happened April

20. The woman left the Safeway grocery store at

Sequoia Station in Redwood City and was headed

to the SamTrans bus stop with child in hand when

Salvador reportedly approached and hit the child

in the back of the head with a rock.

As the toddler bled and the mother screamed,

Salvador allegedly dropped the rock and silently

walked away. He was later discovered in the

Sequoia Station parking lot and arrested. The

child was treated at Stanford Medical Center and

received extensive sutures.

At Salvador’s preliminary hearing, an officer

testified that the child recovered from his injuries

but appears to still fear adults.

Salvador previously pleaded not guilty to the

charges, then changed his plea to not guilty by

reason of insanity. Had he not withdrawn his plea

and stood trial, a jury would have first been asked

to decide his guilt and then his mental state at the

time of the incident.

Salvador remains in custody in lieu of $100,000

bail. He returns to court Dec. 16 for sentencing.

March Trial for Teen

Murder Defendant

The teenage murder defendant recently

returned to San Mateo for prosecution after

eight months at large following an escape from

the juvenile hall will stand trial in March for

allegedly gunning down a Redwood City man.

While not immediate, the March 2 trial date for

Josue Raul Orozco was welcomed by prosecutors

who weren’t sure if one would be set.

Orozco also faces burglary charges in San

Antonio, where his arrest ended a lengthy flight

from custody, but Texas authorities agreed to let

him stand trial here first.

Orozco was 14 when arrested for the July 12,

2005, fatal shooting of Francisco Rodriguez,

earning him the distinction of being the youngest

person ever charged as an adult for murder in San

Mateo County. On Feb. 14, 2008, while awaiting

trial at the Youth Services Center, Orozco scaled

an outside wall and fled. He remained at large

until September when arrested on suspicion of

home burglaries in San Antonio.

The District Attorney’s Office is still evaluating

whether to charge Orozco in juvenile court for the

escape.

While Orozco was gone, his co-defendant,

Faustino Ayala, now 24, was tried and convicted

of second-degree murder in the same shooting. He

was sentenced to 40 years of life in prison.

Three juveniles — including Orozco’s younger

brother — were also convicted in juvenile court in

March 2007 and are serving time at the California

Youth Authority.

Based on Ayala’s trial, the prosecution believes

Ayala drove a car carrying Orozco and the

others in search of rival gang members to kill.

They happened upon Rodriguez, 21, and Orozco

allegedly fired the fatal shot into the back of his

head as he ran for safety.

Orozco, now an adult, is being housed on nobail

status at the Maguire Correctional Facility.

Alleged Purse Snatcher

Held to Answer

A 23-year-old man accused of snatching an 82-

year-old woman’s purse as she and her daughter

left a Redwood City bank was held to answer on

charges of second-degree robbery and the special

enhancement of a crime against an elderly person.

Quirino Carrera Flores pleaded not guilty but

was ordered to stand trial after a preliminary

hearing with no defense evidence. He returns to

court Nov. 26 for Superior Court arraignment.

According to the District Attorney’s Office,

shortly after noon Oct. 29 the women were

walking home from a bank when Flores allegedly

ran up to the older of the two and pulled her purse

from her arm.

The force cut the woman, leaving her

bleeding “profusely” as Flores fled, according

to prosecutors. A neighbor responded to the

woman’s screams and called Redwood City

police, who found Flores near the scene.

Flores remains in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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San Mateo County Historical Association

Invites you to

Discover an Old Place

in a New World

San Mateo County

HISTORY MUSEUM

Saturday, DECEMBER 6

10 am - 4 pm

HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AROUND THE WORLD inside the Grand

Rotunda will feature hands-on art crafts for kids, handbell choir will

perform holiday music at 12noon. This is held in conjunction with

Hometown Holidays. FREE ADMISSION

Friday, DECEMBER 12

11 am & 2 pm

TOO MANY TAMALES is a story about the Mexican tradition of making

tamales. After the story, children will use clay and cornhusks to make

“tamales” to take home. Part of the STORIES FROM THE PAST Pre-

School Program.

Sunday, DECEMBER 14

10 am—2 pm

MAVERICK’S ADVENTURE EXHIBIT Grand Opening. Bring the entire

family to experience a once-in-a-lifetime surf ride.

Sunday, DECEMBER 14

1 pm

MAVERICK’S, an adventure documentary film screening is on the

COURTHOUSE DOCKET which will be presented by local surfer and

producer, Grant Washburn. His film, Maverick’s, is a classic.

ADMISSION

$4 Adults

$2 Student/Senior

Children 5 and under FREE

Members always FREE

San Mateo County

HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION

2200 Broadway, Redwood City

Tel: 650-299-0104

Web: historysmc.org

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REDWOOD CITY

THROUGH THE YEARS

The Easter Cross: A Redwood City Symbol Still Standing Strong

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

The Easter Cross is

located midway along the

ridge of hills that stands

between Redwood City

and the Coast Range, on

one of the highest points

of land in the city. The first

cross, a wooden one, was

erected in 1926 by the

Eppworth League from

the Methodist Church to

accompany the services

organized by their pastor,

Rev. Aubrey Clark.

By 1929, an 82-foot illuminated

steel cross, with attached lighting,

had been built on the site by public

subscription. The 800 people in

attendance that year also witnessed

the presentation of the title to the

land on which the cross stood to

Rev. Charles Winning, who had

been active in the campaign to

build the cross. Winning then

presented the title to Mayor Henry

Beeger, who accepted it on behalf

of Redwood City. The property

on which the cross and the natural

bowl used for the services stood

was owned by real estate developers

Charles Holt and George Leonard,

who conveyed the deed for the

parcels to the city in 1933. Within

a few years, the crowd attending

the annual Easter service was

estimated at 5,000, and many of the

churches in Redwood City were

involved in the service, with the

church clergy offering the prayers

and sermon, and the music under

the direction of the choir directors

from the churches of Redwood City.

The cross was illuminated nightly

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during Easter week.

By 1947, with the push to

resume normal life after the

privations of the recent war, the

event became more elaborate,

involving the release of homing

pigeons, the sounding of a trumpet

at the opening of the service and

participation of the Sequoia High

School orchestra as well as various

church choirs. With upwards of

2,000 to 3,000 people in attendance,

the participation of the Police

Department (who parked the cars)

and the YMCA and Boy Scouts,

ushering became both necessary

and welcome. In the 1950s, the

program included both the Sequoia

High School Choir and Treble Clef,

their specialty women’s singing group.

The Redwood City Parks and

Recreation Department cleaned and

groomed the bowl area each year

prior to the service. The property

also accommodated several large

water tanks, not visible from the

city below, which supplied water to

the Emerald Hills area developing

to the west of the cross site. With

the population growth came other

problems such as vandalism, which

caused the lights adorning the cross to

be removed between the two holiday

seasons, Christmas and Easter,

when they had been lit before.

In early 1960, the cross structure

was condemned as unsafe. There

was concern that the city workers

who went to the area to inspect and

maintain the water tanks could be in

danger from the teetering structure,

and there were inconclusive

discussions about how to finance a

new Easter Cross. Because of the

danger, there was the possibility

that the cross might not be lit

during the 1960 Easter season, a

problem solved by the ingenuity of

several students at Sequoia High

School who were able to light the

cross from below. The question

of just what to do about the Easter

Cross moved to the center of civic

concern on Oct. 31, 1960, when

vandals knocked it over. It was

quickly realized that the twisted

metal structure was a total loss

and had to be replaced, and within

days a campaign was launched

to raise the funds necessary to

rebuild. The property owner, the

City of Redwood City, made a

claim on their general insurance

policy for the lost structure only to

find the American Civil Liberties

Union protesting the use of public

funds from the insurance claim to

rebuild a structure so identified

with the beliefs of one religion.

The city eventually agreed to not

use the $4,500 insurance money

in the rebuilding effort, which

made the private fundraising effort

the sole source of funds for the

reconstruction of the cross. Over

the winter months of 1961, with

the replacement costs estimated at

$14,500, the construction fund grew.

Several children on Oregon Avenue

who had raised $8.46 only to find

the bank closed when they went to

deposit their donation entrusted the

funds to a police officer, who got the

money to the bank when it reopened.

By mid-March 1961, it was

being noted that the land had

been donated for the purpose of

holding Easter services, and with no

services, the question of possession

of the land could arise. This could

make things very difficult for the

water users of Emerald Hills, whose

city-owned water supply was

standing beside the cross.

One year later, however, the funds

had been raised, and donations

of material and services by local

firms had construction underway in

February 1962. The rebuilt cement

cross weighed over 200 tons, and

at 72 feet was just a few inches shy

of being required to display a red

light for air navigation. The lighting

system, following the inspiration

of the Sequoia High School

students, was ground-based, with 15

spotlights, and removable after each

season’s lighting to cut down on

the disruption caused by vandalism.

The April dedication, in the week

before Easter, drew 300 people and

the actual Easter service 2,500, with

participation from Sequoia and the

San Mateo County Sheriff as usual.

The Sheriff’s Reserves, an unpaid

part of county law enforcement,

had the task of supervising the

parking for over 400 vehicles and

were rewarded only with a very

hearty breakfast at the county work

furlough facility afterward. The

community outpouring that rebuilt

the cross was covered extensively

in the Redwood City Tribune and

eventually won the newspaper first

place for “Excellence in Community

Public Relations” from the Bay

Area Publicity Club. The city and

the ACLU both claimed victory:

The city got a judge to dismiss the

suit as being without merit and the

ACLU was able to prevent the city

from giving the $4,500 insurance

settlement to the rebuilding effort.

On a more practical note, during the

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Tim Griffith Shines Through Tim’s House

By Nicole Minieri

Tim about a month before his death. He had just turned 21.

Having graduated from the first phase of

the San Mateo County drug rehabilitation

program Bridges, 21-year-old Redwood

City resident Tim Griffith was finally

granted permission to leave his house

during evening hours. To celebrate his

sundown freedom and three-month

achievement, Griffith coordinated a funfilled

day on Friday, Sept. 17, 2004. A day

that would begin at a Bridges carwash

fundraiser and end with a trip to the San

Francisco Giants home game against the

San Diego Padres to witness the 700th

career home-run hit of Barry Bonds. But

very sadly, Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, marked

the beginning to the deplorable end for

Tim Griffith.

The day was planned to be perfect,” said

Griffith’s mother, Stacey Redman. “Tim was

really happy that day. He was at Bridges and

they all went to a carwash fundraiser.” She

then recalled a particularly funny moment at

the carwash that depicted Griffith’s persona in

a nutshell. “One of the women who worked for

Bridges said, ‘Tim, would you go outside and

hold up a sign to get more people to come in for

the carwash? And when you are outside, could

you please wiggle your rear end, because you are

just so cute.’ When she turned around and looked

back at Tim, he was actually outside doing just

that,” said Redman. What was even funnier to

Redman was her son’s reasoning: “You’ve got to

give the people what they want!” “But that was

totally Tim,” she said. “Tim was a good-looking,

cute guy and people just gravitated towards him.

He was just a wonderful, funny, fun-loving, great

guy with a great sense of humor.”

However, later in the day, as nighttime neared,

Griffith, clad in a Giants hat and T-shirt, left

Redwood City and headed north with some

friends to meet up with more friends in San

Francisco. Together, they all attended the historybreaking

Giants baseball game with extreme

excitement, even though they were only able

to get standing-room tickets. “It was the game

where Barry Bonds hit 700, and Tim and his

friends were very happy to be there to see it,” said

Redman. “They were all really having a good time.”

Shortly after the game ended at 10 p.m., the

unspeakable was about to happen as Tim and his

friends left SBC Park and made their way back to

their car. Within minutes, an altercation occurred

in a nearby parking lot as a result of Griffith’s

hand smacking the passenger-side window of a

passing car owned by Rafael Cuevas. Cuevas,

along with two other occupants, got out of the car

and a heated argument quickly erupted before

turning into a senseless, fatal tussle. “Cuevas

and his buddies followed them before stabbing

Tim,” said Redman. Griffith sustained multiple

piercing stab wounds to the heart and was later

pronounced dead at a local hospital. One of

his friends was also badly beaten and kicked

unconscious during the fracas when he intervened

to help Griffith.

Recalling being notified of the horrific,

numbing news, Redman said, “It really is every

parent’s worst nightmare to get that kind of a call.

No parent should have to get a phone call like

that.” With deep sadness and disbelief, she added,

“I felt like it just can’t be that he is gone. What

happened to Tim was a horrendous, horrible,

horrible thing. The fact that he disrespected

someone’s car is absolutely no reason to finish off

his life. I mean, he was just a kid that went to a

ball game and ended up getting killed. It is all just

so hard to believe.”

Feeling the painful devastation of her son’s

untimely, tragic death, Redman immediately felt

compelled to somehow keep Griffith’s name alive.

“I first thought to myself, how could anything

positive come out of this?” she said. “And that is

when I decided to start the Tim Griffith Memorial

Foundation, which now assists in funding the

Bridges program. Tim was already in the Bridges

program when he was killed. He had a drug

problem and Bridges helped him so much.”

His tumultuous affliction from attention deficit

disorder led Griffith to a harsh addiction to

methamphetamines as a teenager. In 2004, he

was court-ordered to the Bridges program after

being arrested and jailed for a length of time

on suspicion of burglary and drug charges. He

attended the intensive adult treatment program

during the day and was under house arrest at

night in a clean and sober environment. The

consistent, regimented structure of the program

proved its effectiveness in being able to get

Griffith’s life back on track, as he started to grow

positively and progress.

“At that time, Bridges itself did not have any

type of living quarters, and all the guys who

participated in Bridges lived in halfway houses.

Tim never lived in a halfway house when he

was in Bridges. He lived with me at night in my

Redwood City home. His friends from Bridges

would often come over to my house. One night,

I remember asking him, ‘Why do they live in

a halfway house?’ And Tim said, ‘Mom, not

everybody has a safe place to go to!’ After Tim

died, I thought about what he said, and that is

when I wanted to have Tim’s House, a clean,

sober and safe home where the guys from Bridges

could live.”

But before bringing her vision of Tim’s

House to full fruition, Redman placed all of her

positive energies into the Tim Griffith Memorial

Foundation. “I started the foundation right after

Tim died,” said Redman. Since its establishment

in 2005, TGMF has evolved into a nonprofit

organization that mainly gives generous financial

support to other local organizations, such as

Bridges, Kara, Omega Boys Club, Redwood

City Education Foundation’s Outdoor Education

program and Pets In Need. The TGMF helps these

organizations because Tim had an association

with each of them in one way or another, especially

with Outdoor Education. “All of Tim’s schooling

was in Redwood City, and in elementary school

he loved going to Outdoor Education,” explained

Redman. “So every year, we provide scholarships

to kids who cannot afford to go.”

TGMF branched out to unite with the Service

League of San Mateo County, a local community

service–based organization that solely supports

Hope House, a program for substance-abuse

treatment and residential transitional housing. “I

started to work with the Service League of San

Mateo County as well as Bridges. And I talked

about the fact that Bridges does not have their

own house for the younger guys between the ages

of 18 to 30 to live in, and the real need for such

a house, to Mike Nevin, the executive director

at the Service League,” said Redman. She and

Nevin decided that the Service League, which has

experience managing this type of facility, would

operate the house and TGMF would provide

funding. The residents of the house would be

successful participants in the Bridges program.

After major networking, the TGMF and the

Service League of San Mateo County partnered

with public and private agencies to carefully craft

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Tim’s House, a transitional housing facility that

would serve as a resourceful vehicle in providing

young men with intensive rehabilitation treatment

programs. “The City of Redwood City provided

$500,000 in funding to buy the house for the

Service League,” said Redman. Also contributed

to Tim’s House was $100,000 from San Mateo

County and $50,000 from TGMF, which was

allocated for the house’s operational expenses.

On Oct. 29, Tim’s House officially opened on

Fourth Avenue in Redwood City and everyone

who contributed to this special cause gathered

to celebrate the milestone event. Community

leaders and local nonprofit agencies in attendance

included U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, Redwood City

City Council members, Redman, TGMF, Service

League of San Mateo County, San Mateo County

Bridges program, San Mateo County Board of

Supervisors and the San Francisco Giants.

“Since October, five recovering addicts and

a house manager have been living in the house

and they are very thankful and excited about it,”

said Redman. “It’s a three-bedroom house with a

nice backyard.” The house, which is completely

furnished with modern decor, has hardwood

floors and stainless steel kitchen appliances. “The

house is fairly restricted. The guys have a curfew,

they do their own cooking, purchase all of their

groceries. They go to Bridges Monday through

Friday and there is drug testing on Monday

through Saturday,” explained Redman. “They

do have some free time on Saturday and Sunday

afternoons, but they are also responsible for the

upkeep and cleaning of the house.

“I hope this is the first of a few houses. I think

it would be great if we can also have a house for

women that are in the Bridges program,” said

Redman. “I hope Tim’s House will go on for a

long time.” To assure that Tim’s House will live

on for years to come, TGMF will continue their

efforts in partnering with local public and private

agencies to raise the appropriate funds needed.

“We are already on TGMF’s fourth annual

fundraiser,” said Redman. This fundraiser is

TGMF’s biggest to date and has been tagged “A

Night of Celebration,” scheduled to be held on

Saturday, Nov. 22, at the San Mateo Elks Club.

“Last year we did a golf tournament and had a

day at the raceway,” said Redman. “We have done

all kinds of things to help raise money; even local

businesses have reached out to donate. Employees

at Peet’s Coffee in Menlo Park donated their tips

from Christmas Eve. Last year we raised $90,000

and are hoping we can raise just as much this year.

“I would love to be involved with TGMF as

long as I can. For the future, the foundation

wants to get more involved with anti-violence

education work, because what happened to

Tim should never happen to anyone. I want to

encourage people to do what they can to educate

their kids in making good choices,” said Redman.

The foundation will continue to be 100 percent

volunteer. I have a wonderful group of friends that

are the board of directors, that love this as much

as I do. But I love it most when someone says his

name, and I love it when I see his name!”

When asked about her source of strength,

“Tim!” she responded enthusiastically. “People

that knew Tim knew he had such a huge heart.

Tim was always the person who helped and rooted

for the underdog. One year, Tim’s grandmother

gave him money for Christmas. They spent the

day in San Francisco and Tim ended up giving all

of his Christmas money to the homeless guys on

the street, with tears rolling down his cheek. He

was a very softhearted soul.”

Four long years have already passed after the

horrific incident of Sept. 17, 2004. Since then,

Cuevas has been convicted of second-degree

murder and is now facing 16 years to life in a state

prison. And with strong community backing,

Redman is doing all she can to keep her son’s

legacy alive. “The outcome was OK, but what

happened to Tim was not,” she said. “I wish

everyone could have known Tim.” Unfortunately,

most of us will never get the chance to know Tim,

but we can know his spirit through Tim’s House

and all of the other nonprofit organizations that

continue to carry his cause!

If Tim Griffith could say anything this day, I

am sure he would bend down from the heavens

and whisper into the ears of all who are truly

working on his behalf to say, “Thanks! Job well done.”

The makeshift memorial a few days after Tim’s death.

Below (left to right): Mike Nevin and Stacey Redman

during the event’s check presentation.

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Dear Members of our Community:

These are uncertain and unprecedented economic times. As our country commits hundreds of

billions of dollars to “right” the “wrongs” of Wall St., institutions like WAMU and Wachovia close

one day and open up the next as different banks with different names.

Over the last 45 years, First National Bank of Northern California has been doing what community

banks should do — accepting local deposits and lending those dollars to local businesses and

individuals, throughout San Mateo and San Francisco Counties. No hedges. No derivatives. No

subprime lending.

If you’re looking for a stable, caring community bank that focuses on Main St. instead of Wall St.,

give us a call. We’re here to help just as we have for more than four decades.

Sincerely,

Tom McGraw

Chief Executive Officer

First National Bank of Northern California

If you have any questions about our bank, please feel free to talk with one of our branch managers

or call 650-588-6800.

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Cultural Events

Redwood City’s Ballet

America Presents ‘The

Nutcracker’

Join Redwood City’s own Ballet America for

an exuberant community production of “The

Nutcracker” on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the historic

Fox Theatre at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

This classic, full-length ballet, set to the

beloved Tchaikovsky score, includes a cast of

more than 100 dancers, colorful sets and beautiful

costumes. From the youngest angel to the

professional Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier,

Ballet America’s “Nutcracker” joins dancers

of all levels from the community in a spirited

celebration of the season. The Stahlbaum’s

festive party, the comical sword-wielding mice,

the graceful falling snow and the magical land

of the Sugar Plum Fairy — all are here in this

professional production. Accessible to children

and experienced ballet fans alike, this year’s

production joins students of the Academy of

American Ballet with Bay Area professional

dancers: David Bier, Esther Cardona and Ballet

America Artistic Director Julia Ball-Dugan as the

Sugar Plum Fairy.

Ballet America’s “Nutcracker” is an

entertaining and affordable way to introduce

children to the magic of ballet. Reserved seats

are $18 through $39. Tickets are available through

ticketweb.com and cast members. The Fox

Theatre, a beautifully refurbished art-deco-style

theater, is located at 2215 Broadway in downtown

Redwood City.

Ballet America is a performing group founded

and directed by Julia Ball-Dugan, former

professional dancer and current artistic director

of the Academy of American Ballet in Redwood

City. Its mission is to enhance local appreciation

of the art of ballet through quality productions of

both new and classical choreography.

This production appreciates funding from the

Redwood City Cultural Commission and has

received a grant from Target, which recognizes

Ballet America as a local institution that

“strengthen[s] families and communities.”

You can also visit their Web site at

balletamerica.org.

San Mateo County

History Museum

2200 Broadway St., Redwood City

650-299-0104

www.historysmc.org

Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

$2–$4; free for children 5 and under

The History Museum is housed inside the historic

1910 County Courthouse. Over 50,000 people

visit the museum each year, and the number of

local residents who hold memberships is growing.

The History Museum teaches approximately

14,000 children each year through the on- and

off-site programs. The museum houses the

research library and archives that currently hold

over 100,000 photographs, prints, books and

documents collected by the San Mateo County

Historical Association.

Ongoing Exhibits

The Grand Rotunda is the architectural

highlight of the restored 1910 building. Its stained

glass dome is reported to be the largest on the

Pacific Coast in a public building.

Courtroom A, restored to its 1910 appearance,

features a stained-glass ceiling and is the oldest

courtroom in San Mateo County.

Living the California Dream is an object art

theater exploring the development of the suburban

lifestyle on the Peninsula. Sit down and enjoy the show.

Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant

Experience in San Mateo County features the

cultural groups that formed the county, including

the Irish, Filipino, Portuguese, Mexican, Chinese,

Japanese and Italian.

San Mateo County History Makers:

Entrepreneurs Who Changed the World

follows a timeline of innovation in business and

industry with “touch-and-learn stations” about

computer technology, medicine and finance.

Nature’s Bounty explores how the earliest people

of the Peninsula used natural resources and how

those resources were utilized to help build San

Francisco after the discovery of gold in 1849.

Includes interactive displays for young children.

Journey to Work describes how transportation

transformed San Mateo County from a frontier

to a suburb, with “touch-and-learn stations” and

historical photo opportunities.

Charles Parsons Ships of the World features

24 historic model ships handcrafted by Charles

Parsons of San Carlos. Based on the historic plans

for the ships, each model is completely unique

and intricately pieced together.

San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame honors

athletes who have made significant contributions

to their sport. The exhibit pays homage to John

Madden, Barry Bonds and Tom Brady, among others.

Politics, Crime and Law Enforcement is the

theme of the Atkinson Meeting Room, including

a display of the Walter Moore Law Enforcement

Collection of historic badges.

Special Exhibits

The Celtic Tiger: The Irish Economic Miracle

(ongoing). The exhibit explores how the Bay Area

has participated in Ireland’s current economic boom.

Maritime Day (Nov. 22, 1–4 p.m.). Explore

the interesting world of ships during an

afternoon of maritime activities including a

model-shipbuilding workshop for children and

demonstrations on the International Code of

Flags and how to make a signal flag.

Holiday Traditions Around the World

Family past times program

Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

In the late 1800s, immigrants came to California

from countries around the world. When they

came, they brought with them holiday traditions

from their homeland. On Dec. 6, the San Mateo

County History Museum will explore those

traditions with a variety of craft activities.

Visitors can make an Italian La Befana doll, an

English party favor, a Filipino star lantern, a

German Christmas tree ornament and much

more. Admission to the History Museum is free

for the day. The event is held in conjunction with

Redwood City’s Hometown Holidays celebration.

The Main Gallery

1018 Main St., Redwood City

650-701-1018

Wed.–Fri. 11–4, Sat.–Sun. 10–3, and

by appointment

www.themaingallery.org

Twenty-four local artists at The Main Gallery

offer a unique holiday experience with the eighth

annual “Merry Art at Main” show. The gallery

offers handcrafted and unique works including

a wide range of ceramics, photographs, mixed

media and, of course, paintings, prints and sculpture.

“We want people to come to us first when they

set out to do their holiday shopping,” said Debora

Crosby, a mixed-media artist at the gallery.

“Shopping at the gallery is a culturally sustainable

way to support local artists who contribute to the

cultural fabric and who enliven our community.”

“Merry Art at Main” runs from Nov. 19 to

Dec. 21. The gallery will be open every day in

December 11–4 Monday–Friday and 10–3 on

weekends. The gallery is located at 1018 Main

St. in the historic Victorian home at the corner of

Main and Middlefield. Please visit the gallery’s

Web site at www.themaingallery.org or call 650-

701-1018 for more information.

The gallery will deck the halls of this charming

Victorian cottage with whimsical ornaments,

unique cards, beautifully crafted collectibles and

fine art. So please mark your calendars and make

a trip to the gallery the first and most pleasant

part of your holiday shopping.

“A gift from The Main Gallery is truly a special

one-of-a-kind and out-of-the-ordinary way to

celebrate the holidays,” Crosby added.

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Community Interests

Holiday Train Coming to Redwood City

For the sixth year in a row, a special set of

Caltrain cars will be transformed into the Caltrain

Holiday Train at the Port of Redwood City.

The two historic rail cars to be used, the

Virginia City and the Yosemite Falls, were once

used as private cars for the rich and famous

and have been donated to encompass the

Caltrain Holiday Train, according to Caltrain

spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew.

The train decorations include oversized

snowmen, animated Santa Clauses and giant

candy canes attached to the cars, as well about

40,000 lights strewn across the train, Caltrain

officials said. Volunteers began decorating the

holiday train in October.

The Caltrain Holiday Train generates donations

for the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots

program and Salvation Army’s holiday toy drive.

Those who come to see the train are encouraged

to drop a new, unwrapped toy or book in barrels

at the station stops.

The train will visit nine stations between Dec.

6 and Dec. 7, with a 20-minute show at each stop.

For a complete holiday train schedule, visit www.

caltrain.com or call 800-660-4287.

City May Buy Former Cemex

Cement Factory

Redwood City appears open to the idea of

buying the former Cemex site once considered for

a new correctional facility until negotiations with

the county fell apart.

The land parcels at 1402 and 1450 Maple St. —

the former site of the cement production company

— are on the Redwood City City Council’s

closed-session agenda for a special meeting. The

agenda lists the meeting’s purpose as giving

instructions to City Manager Peter Ingram for

negotiating the price and terms. Few details about

the actual planned discussion were released.

Mayor Rosanne Foust said she isn’t aware of

any pending deal or project proposal but believes

the meeting is more informational in nature.

“Honestly, I think I’ll know a lot more

after Monday. I was just asked to come to the

discussion,” Foust said.

The Cemex parcels first came to the greater

public’s attention in May when they appeared on

a different closed-session agenda — that of the

county Board of Supervisors. The agenda tipped

Redwood City off that the county was looking

beyond rebuilding the women’s jail on the current

Maple Street location. The land is less than 1,000

feet away from the already-approved 800-unit

Peninsula Park mixed-use development, leading

city officials to worry the developer might pull

out of the deal and accuse the county of making

decisions without input from either the council or

the community.

San Mateo County Veterans Service

Office Provides a Host of Services

Veterans Day has come and gone, but the San

Mateo County Veterans Service Office (CVSO) is

actively reaching out to community members to

ask for their help in connecting county veterans

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with services. Over 75 percent of San Mateo

County veterans are 55 years of age and older,

and many have never accessed veterans’ programs

or benefits. Over the last year, the office has

helped more than 2,000 local veterans recapture

$778,000 in retroactive payments and over

$1,200,000 in awards. They have also helped 88

dependents attend college through a fee-waiver

program. But there are many more veterans and

families in need of assistance.

The CVSO — an access point to federal

and state veterans services as well as countyadministered

social services — connects local

veterans with benefits and programs, ranging

from financial compensation from the Department

of Veterans Affairs to locally administered inhome

care.

Most new referrals to the CVSO are not

veterans of engagements in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Instead, they are aging veterans of the Vietnam

War or World War II. The majority of these are

Vietnam veterans who may be unaware that they

can file claims for post-traumatic stress disorder

or that an ongoing medical condition like diabetes

or respiratory cancer can be attributed to Agent

Orange, a chemical defoliant used extensively

during the Vietnam War. Elderly World War II

veterans are the second largest group of service

seekers. Many are either homebound or in longterm

care, entirely unaware of the continuum of

services available to them. In some cases, county

veterans services staff will go to the facility or the

home to ensure that supports are in place for both

the veteran and family.

In addition to serving as navigators, CVSO

staff fill a much-needed advocacy role. They have

helped veterans find the documentation needed

to substantiate a claim, sometimes involving

in-depth research, persistence and interactions

with various entities, from the Department of

Defense to a local doctor’s office. In a recent

case, a CVSO representative called a medical

provider twice a week for six weeks to ensure

that needed paperwork was completed for a 91-

year-old homebound WWII Navy veteran. Last

month, a veteran’s wife contacted the CVSO to

request burial assistance for her hospitalized

husband; she was provided with case management

services that led to not only assistance with burial

arrangements but also aid and assistance for her

husband and a lifelong spousal pension for her.

Veterans of all ages may be eligible for a range

of services and benefits, compensation, pensions

and medical services. They may also receive inhome

care, vocational counseling, home loans

and college fee waivers for their dependents.

To learn more about services and benefits, the

Department of Veterans Affairs offers an online

benefits screener and information clearinghouse

at www.va.gov. To contact the San Mateo County

Veterans Service Office, call 650-802-6598.

Appointments are available Monday–Friday, 8

a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m. at 260 Harbor Blvd.,

Bldg. A, Belmont. The County Veterans Service

Officer is stationed at the Menlo Park Veterans

Affairs Campus, Bldg. 323A, 795 Willow Road,

Menlo Park, on Mondays and at the Peninsula Vet

Center, 2946 Broadway St. in Redwood City, on

Wednesdays.

San Mateo County Parents

Recognized During National

Adoptions Month

When Beth and Bruce decided to adopt a child,

they did not hesitate to contact a public adoption

agency. They reached out to the County of San

Mateo Human Services Agency (HSA), which

offers licensed, accredited adoption services. “We

knew that we wanted to go to a public agency,”

said Beth. “There are so many kids right here in

our community who need homes.” Her husband,

Bruce, added, “The county’s adoption process is

thorough, which we see as a good thing. It means

that every decision is centered around the child’s

well-being. As parents, that’s what we want in an

adoption agency and it also helped prepare us for

the addition of this wonderful little girl.” Beth

and Bruce’s first adoption went so well that they

added another daughter three years later. “We’ve

had no adjustment problems,” said Beth. “Our oldest

daughter can’t stop playing with her baby sister.”

On Nov. 4, in recognition of adoption awareness

and the importance of adoptive families, the

Board of Supervisors declared November

Adoptions Awareness Month and presented a

proclamation to HSA and the adoptive families

they have helped. In California, there are over

85,000 children in foster care; many are waiting

for a permanent connection with a family. HSA

would like prospective adoptive parents to know

that they “can be married or single, homeowner

or renter, straight or gay,” said Beverly Beasley

Johnson, HSA director. “We are looking for

people who can provide a child or children with

love, nurturance, stability and safety. Those are

the qualities that have an enduring positive impact

on a child’s life.”

From July 2007 through June 2008, HSA

facilitated adoptions for 55 children, a record for

the agency.

If you are interested in being an adoptive parent

or would like to attend a biweekly resource parent

orientation, please call 650-595-7615 or log onto

the San Mateo County Human Services Agency’s

Web site at www.smchsa.org.

Holiday Boot Camp

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Dec. 1–19,

6–6:45 a.m.

Every Woman Health Club

611 Jefferson Ave., Redwood City

Series $99 (no drop-ins)

Take the time to stay active this holiday

season. Enlist in Holiday Boot Camp and pack an

intense, total-body workout into 45 minutes, just

three days a week. This three-week boot camp

incorporates cardio conditioning and a variety of

interval training exercises to increase your cardio

endurance, strength, flexibility and balance.

Space is limited! Pre-registration required. For

more info or to register, call 650-364-9194 or e-

mail info@everywomanhealthclub.com.

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The Battle

for the

Bayfront III

Sudden Death Overtime

By Judy Buchan, Contributing Writer

Prologue: Campaigns Past, 1956

I recall a sunny, summer

afternoon when Mom took

us on a walk from our home

near Mezes Park to downtown

Redwood City. Our destination

was the County Clerk’s office,

where Mom planned on

settling a score with Dad.

Seems they had been in yet

another political sparring

match, and she decided that

drastic action was needed.

As our entourage followed

Mom into the office, she

explained that she was going

to change her political party

preference from Republican to

Democrat. “I’m going to cancel

your father’s vote!” she proudly

announced. And so she did.

As that year’s election

approached, the campaigning

intensified and the phone

calls were incessant (yes, there

were telephones in 1956). One

evening, Mom answered the

phone to hear a campaigner

for Dad’s point of view on the

line. Trying to be civil, Mom

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patiently listened to the pitch

until the caller made the

mistake of asking her how she

planned to vote.

“How dare you … none of

your business … secret ballot,”

she sputtered as the caller

quickly retreated.

The next day I was one of a

number of kids during recess at

Monroe School who screamed

“I Like Ike” to anybody who

would listen.

I never told Mom about that…

Not Much Has Changed:

October 2008

On a sunny October afternoon, Maude the dog

and I sat on the lawn in front of our apartment

building, enjoying a bit of a breeze and checking

out the rest of the world. All of sudden, I heard

the familiar ring tone (the chorus from “Aida”) on

my cell phone.

“Hello, I’m calling from the Yes on W

campaign. Have you heard about Measure W?”

Good grief, who hasn’t heard of Measure W, I

thought to myself.

“Yes, I’ve heard of Measure W,” I replied. “I’ve

written about it for The Spectrum.”

“Oh, well, it’s very important, you know.”

“As I said, I’ve written about Measure W for

The Spectrum,” I repeated. “And I’m an absentee

voter, so I’ve already voted by mail.”

“Well, would you tell me how you voted?”

“How dare you … none of your business …

secret ballot,” I sputtered as the caller quickly

retreated.

In a few moments, “Aida” sounded again.

“Hello, I urge you to vote No on Measure W,”

droned the voice on the robo call.

Aaauuugh! Perhaps Mom knew about the “I

Like Ike” thing after all and was paying me back.

Sudden Death

When we talked last month, we were in the last

two minutes of a game that featured phone calls

guaranteed to drive everyone up the wall no

matter what their views might be and campaign

mailers from both sides that displayed the now

familiar warning of “Don’t Be Fooled!” The

question simply became who would score the

winning touchdown and how Redwood City

would be affected by the outcome.

Nobody scored anything, save the voters who

sent the game into sudden death. Measure W

received 37.1 percent of the Yes vote (6,931),

while a whopping 62.9 percent of voters (11,753)

said No. Measure V, put on the ballot by the City

Council, fared a bit better: Yes voters numbered

8,869 (49.4 percent), while the total No vote was

9,082 (50.6 percent). Both measures required at

least 50 percent to pass, so neither will become law.

Readers will remember the city attorney’s

analysis of both ballot measures:

“Measure W would change the City’s Charter to

require two-thirds voter approval of legislative

acts, such as changing the General Plan or

Zoning Code, permitting covered property to

be used for any purpose other than agriculture,

public parks and recreation, restored wetlands,


or certain extractions from San Francisco Bay.”

“Measure V would change the City’s Charter

to require majority voter approval of legislative

acts, such as changing the General Plan or

Zoning Code, permitting Cargill Lands to

be used for any other purpose other than

agriculture, public parks and recreation,

restored wetlands, certain extractions from San

Francisco Bay, or conditional or accessory uses

already permitted.”

Although the Cargill property, east of Highway

101 between Seaport Boulevard and Marsh Road,

was never specifically mentioned in Measure

W, it became quite apparent as the campaigns

progressed that it was the real issue, being one of

the most interesting squabbles about land use in a

long time.

Close to $2 million was spent on campaigning:

Most of the $1.5 million used to fight Measure

W came from real estate development firm

DMB Associates, while Save The Bay, based in

Oakland, contributed the major portion of the

$384,000 for the Yes on W effort.

What happened?

Ralph Nobles, a founding member of Friends

of Redwood City, just one of many groups that

supported Measure W, said that voters were most

likely confused by all the campaign rhetoric. “I

think the message was so confusing that people

didn’t know how to vote,” he said.

“And that was the City Council’s strategy,”

he continued, “to make things confusing for

people.” Residents were concerned about their

homes being affected by what they understood to

be Measure W’s mandate for special elections to

approve development. “That was all nonsense,”

Nobles told me. If he had it to do over again,

though, he would not have included city parks in

the proposed charter amendment.

One part of the campaign message was the

Overtime

Bruno also signaled that the long-awaited

development plan would be sent to City Hall.

Cargill and DMB have publicly proposed a

50/50 concept, which would include housing

and commercial buildings on half of the site.

New playing fields and restored wetlands would

comprise the remaining half.

“We will now return to that community

outreach process. We will reach out our hands to

anyone who is willing to have an open dialogue

about the future of this industrial site,” Bruno

said. “We are optimistic that with the help of

open-minded community members and the most

distinguished group of planners in the world that

we can create a plan for the Saltworks site that

will be a model for every community.”

“I’m disappointed but not discouraged. We’ll

be back,” a defiant Nobles said. Looking ahead,

Nobles commented that the 1,433-acre Cargill

property has no value in its current tidal plan

zoning classification. The city is working on

revising its General Plan, and Nobles expects

potential rezoning of the Cargill land to be a hot

topic. Noting that any change in zoning could be

a “referendable item,” Nobles also stressed that “I

really want to work with the city.”

Nobles won’t have long to wait for the General

Plan process focusing on the bayfront area to

begin. Senior Planner Tom Passanisi reported

that two meetings on the General Plan are coming

up in the next few weeks. First, the Planning

Commission and Port Commission will meet in a

joint study session on Nov. 25 to discuss what are

described as “economic and industrial expansion

issues” related to the bayfront area. On Dec. 9, the

Planning Commission will meet to discuss land

use issues related to the same area. Both meetings

are set for 7 p.m. at City Hall.

just their word!”

David Lewis, executive director of Save The

Bay, noted that Measure W supporters remain

in opposition to plans for bayfront development.

The fight has just begun,” he said.

Mayor Rosanne Foust called for repair

and restoration in a community divided by a

contentious campaign. “We need to bring the

community together,” she said. “We need to

repair a lot of what has gone on the last few

months. Redwood City is stronger than that. It can

bring people to the table.”

“I’m truly relieved that Measure W did not

pass,” added Vice Mayor Diane Howard. “My

feelings were never about the Cargill land,”

she continued. “I was more concerned about

the people who would be impacted — the

homeowners who faced serious consequences

if W had passed. I’m so grateful they aren’t in

jeopardy.” Howard expressed the hope that the

community can now pull together and move

forward in the General Plan process.

That remains to be seen. For now, it’s been

quite a ride since that crisp March morning when

the plan for Measure W was announced. Images

that come to mind of that spring and summer

include exuberant precinct walkers, signature

gatherers in front of Safeway, people on both

sides of Jefferson and El Camino waving their

respective campaign signs, wondering just who

was the real outsider anyway, public tears and

public tempers, and the dear soul who should have

known better than to call me.

And it all ended up on a crisp November

evening in sudden death. How long will the

overtime period last this time? Stake out your

stadium seats now, because another wild

scrimmage is probably in the works.

“And that was the City Council’s

strategy,” he continued, “to make

things confusing for people.”

notion of “outsiders” trying to shape Redwood

City’s land use decision-making process. Nobles

noted that there are more than 700 members of

Save The Bay on the Peninsula, while Cargill is

an international company based in the Midwest.

John Bruno, DMB vice president and general

manager, told The Spectrum, “We are not

surprised at the failures of Measure V and

Measure W. Measure W was a huge waste of

time and money that would have been better

spent trying to solve Redwood City’s crime,

transportation, housing, education and park needs.

The results make it clear that the vast majority

of Redwood City residents do not share the views

of the small group that was behind Measure W,”

Bruno added. “The failure of Measure W is a

clear sign that Redwood City residents are pleased

with the job their city council is doing in directing

the city’s future.”

Reaction from the opposition to Measure

W included an e-mail message to Chamber of

Commerce members from Chairman of the Board

Jeff Gee. “We are proud of our organization for

stepping up to the plate, putting our resources and

time on the line to defeat a measure that would have

significantly damaged our community,” Gee wrote.

In another e-mail posting, former Mayor Brent

Britschgi wrote, “I am holding the City Council

to what I have heard them promise. … If a plan

is submitted to the city and it goes through

regular channels and it eventually gets to the

council for approval and it gets approved, then the

council will ask the citizens to vote Yes or No as

confirmation of the council actions. It is exactly

the same as when we sold Sequoia Hospital to

CHW. By law, the district voters had to confirm

the actions of the board — and they did, 94 to 6

percent! The council action would not be by law,

Close to $2 million was

spent on campaigning:

Most of the $1.5 million

used to fight Measure W

came from real estate

development firm DMB

Associates, while Save The

Bay, based in Oakland,

contributed the major

portion of the $384,000

for the Yes on W effort.

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seen as extremists and lackeys to special interest

groups. Assemblyman Ira Ruskin — When asked

to take a stand on Measure W, he told the Chamber

of Commerce he could not due to political reasons.

Thus, he has lost a lot of local business and

individual support and respect in our community.

The Open Space Vote Coalition (OSVC) — In

what was to be the first of many campaigns on

the Peninsula, the OSVC was handily defeated

and was sent a clear message that they need to do

their homework and know a community before

attacking it. Councilman Ian Bain — Although

hundreds of residents campaigned hard to make

sure that the power of the council and the current

system stayed in place, he could not bother to

attend the Election Night party to thank those who

worked so hard on his behalf. Many saw that as

a slap in the face. Melissa Hippard — As the

spokesperson for the Sierra Club, she was not

effective at forums and debates and lost credibility

for herself and her group by continuing to back

a flawed measure even after realizing it. Ralph

Nobles — He went to the well one too many

times. He should have just let his work over

the years and the Measure Q win be his legacy.

Instead, this will perhaps be the last thing people

will remember. In a recent interview he said,

“This is just the battle; it’s not the war. We’ll be

back.” Which leads us all to wonder if the winat-any-cost

mentality will ever be laid to rest?

Adrian Brandt — Any chance of him becoming

a legitimate candidate for next year’s City Council

race was diminished by his debate performances,

especially the one in Redwood Shores.

.…

The beat goes on. If you want to get a chance to

weigh in on the future of the Cargill property,

there are two meetings that will be devoted to

the portion of the general plan dealing with bayadjacent

areas. The first meeting, a joint session of

the Planning Commission and Port Commission,

took place Nov. 25; another is scheduled for Dec.

9 in the council chambers at 7 p.m. The general

plan is set to be finished by next fall, according

to senior planner Tom Passanisi. Proponents of

Measure W, who blamed the opposing campaign

for confusing voters, also said they aim to be

involved in the general plan process but will

continue to fight against any construction near the

bay. And on and on.

.…

Speaking of winners and losers, I did pretty well

with my election predictions. I predicted that

county measures Q and R would be defeated and

they were. I predicted county Board of Education

members Memo Morantes and Rod Hsiao would

win and they did. In the Sequoia Healthcare

District, I predicted that the two incumbents,

Malcolm MacNaughton and Katie Kane, would

win, but I missed it when registered nurse Kim

Griffin beat MacNaughton. To tell the truth, had I

gone with my gut feeling, I would have gotten that

right too.

Of course, I was right when I predicted that

Anna Eshoo (14th Congressional District), Joe

Simitian (11th Senate District) and Ira Ruskin

(21st Assembly District) would all be re-elected,

and they were.

In Redwood City’s measures W and V, I did

not predict Measure W in my column, but I told

everyone that it would fail. However, I thought

it would not get even 30 percent of the vote — it

got 37.61 percent. I was 100 percent sure of my

prediction that Measure V would not gather the

50-percent-plus-one votes needed to pass, and I

was correct.

OK, I’m done writing about this election.

As I was saying…

.…

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Nonprofits in Action

Advocates for Children

For as little as 10 hours a month, you could make

a lasting difference in the life of an abused and

neglected child.

Each year, 600 to 800 San Mateo County

children enter the foster care system as a result of

abuse and neglect. Advocates for Children, CASA

of San Mateo County, is actively seeking caring

and consistent adults to mentor and speak up

for the best interests of these children. Over 130

children are waiting for someone who cares.

If you would like to become a volunteer

advocate, or just want to learn more, please attend

an orientation held in their San Mateo office. Visit

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

650-212-4423 for more information.

City Talk Toastmasters

Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop

communication and leadership skills. The club

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

Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.

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

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

www.toastmasters.org for more information about

the Toastmasters public speaking program.

CityTrees

CityTrees is a nonprofit working with the Public

Works Department to enhance and care for

Redwood City’s urban forest. They usually plant

or prune on the third Saturday of each month.

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

listing of events and dates.

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.

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As a mentor with Friends for Youth, you will

have access to group activities like bowling,

miniature golf and camping trips, plus free tickets

to Giants, 49ers, Warriors and Sharks games and

more. In just a few hours a week you can make a

difference in the life of someone like Reggie.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor,

you are invited to attend a one-hour information

session in Redwood City. For upcoming

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

friendsforyouth.org.

Funders Bookstore

If you haven’t wandered into the Funders

Bookstore, you have missed one of Redwood

City’s hidden treasures. This project is a

volunteer effort by a group of dedicated people

interested in supporting the San Mateo County

History Museum and simultaneously providing a

community bookstore for everyone’s pleasure. A

large collection of hardback first editions, trade

paperbacks, children’s books, cookbooks and an

entire room of $1 paperbacks are featured.

Bookstore hours are Tuesday through Saturday,

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

San Mateo County History Museum at 2200

Broadway, with the entrance facing Hamilton

Street. Stop by for a browse!

Hearing Loss Association of the

Peninsula

Hearing Loss Association is a volunteer,

international organization of hard-of-hearing

people and their relatives and friends. The

nonprofit, nonsectarian, educational organization

is devoted to the welfare and interests of those

who cannot hear well but are committed to

participating in the hearing world.

A day meeting is held on the first Monday of

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

Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. Educational

speakers and refreshments are provided. A

demonstration of assistive devices is held on

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

in the second-floor conference room at the

Redwood City Public Library, 1044 Middlefield

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

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 offers free breastfeeding classes.

Moms (including babies), dads, grandmas and

friends are welcome. Classes are held the first

Saturday of each month at Mills Hospital in San

Mateo from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 650-327-MILK

(327-6455) to RSVP.

NMC also has breast pumps and breastfeeding

supplies available for purchase and rent. Call

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

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

at www.nursingmothers.org.

Optimist Club of Redwood City

The Optimists invite you to become a member of

Optimist International, one of the largest service

organizations in the world, where “bringing out

the best in kids” has been their mission for over

80 years. Whether you’re a club officer or a club

member who enjoys the fellowship and friendship

of others with a common greater good, Optimist

International needs and would like you as a

member.

The Optimist Club of Redwood City meets

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

Main St. For information, visit www.optimist.

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

Membership Chair John Butterfield at 650-366-

8803. Or just come join them for lunch to learn

more about how you can make a difference to the

youth in our community.

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club

Founded in 1960, Peninsula Hills Women’s Club,

a member of the General Federation of Women’s

Clubs and the California Federation of Women’s

Clubs, is a philanthropic organization serving the

community through charitable, educational and

service programs. Meetings are held the third

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

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

Redwood City, CA 94064.

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

In addition to sheltering and finding new homes

for stray and unwanted animals (100 percent

placement for healthy dogs and cats since 2003!),

PHS/SPCA has vital programs for people. The

shelter drives its mobile spay/neuter clinic into

low-income neighborhoods, offering owners free

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

a free animal behavior help line in English and

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

And domestic abuse victims who wish to leave

their abusive situation but are fearful of doing

so because they have pets can receive temporary

sheltering for their pets through PHS/SPCA. Call

650-340-7022, ext. 330.

Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club

The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered

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

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

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.

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 recently been involved

with local events such as Target Family Day

events, the Fair Oaks Middlefield event, the Pet

Parade, the Salsa Festival and more. They offered


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fun, creative art projects for children who were

visiting the events, and the center hopes this is

just the beginning of their involvement with the

community.

The Art Center also provides ArtReach,

a children’s art program that allows kids to

experience, create and learn about art from

artists at the Art Center. Each two-and-a-halfhour

ArtReach session consists of four handson

projects for 20–25 children. The program is

provided free of charge to students and teachers

and is made possible through a Redwood

City Cultural Commission grant, schools,

volunteers and the Redwood City Art Center.

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. The organization attempts

to make human life more desirable by lessening

its ills and promotes peace, prosperity, gladness

and hope. For more than a century, the Eagles

have had a major positive influence on our

region, nation, world and, most importantly, our

communities.

It was the Eagles who pushed for the founding

of Mother’s Day, who provided the impetus

for Social Security and who pushed to end job

discrimination based on age. The Eagles are

hometown builders. 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.

The Redwood City Aerie was chartered in 1903

and has included members of the community

who have been our mayors, police and fire chiefs,

county sheriff and even a member of Congress.

The Aerie marches and has floats in the Fourth

of July parade, holds holiday dinners, donates to

local charities and schools and sponsors sports

teams. They meet on the second Tuesday of each

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

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

play cards on the third Thursday and would love

to have you join them. For more information,

call President Ryan Herbst at 408-489-6582 or

Secretary David Tomatis at 650-575-3225, or

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

Redwood City Education

Foundation

The Redwood City Education Foundation is an

all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated

to providing students in the Redwood City

School District with a strong education that lays

the foundation for future success. They raise

private money to provide enrichment programs

to all students in the district. Their funding is

focused on academic achievement, music and

art, and health and wellness. They are currently

seeking new board members. Board members

are responsible for attending monthly meetings,

chairing board committees, participating

in fundraising and outreach activities, and

promoting RCEF in the community. If you are

interested in the possibility of serving on the

board, please contact Adam Borison at 650-363-

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

RCEF, check out www.rcef.org.

Redwood City Rotary

Redwood City Rotary performs many service

projects, provides college scholarships and

donates to international relief efforts. The 50-

member club meets in a spirit of good fellowship

and fun each Tuesday at 12:15 at the Sequoia

Club, 1695 Broadway, to hear speakers and plan

community benefits, including the annual July 4

raffle that raises $80,000 for 12 local charities.

For more information about joining, contact

President Bob Doss at 650-368-3900.

Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club

This group is small but has a growing

membership. All members either live or work

in our community and share a common goal of

making our city a better place to live. This club

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

Chartered in 1966, the club has been vigorously

active helping eyesight-impaired youth in our

schools and seniors who are hearing-impaired.

Join them for breakfast! The Lions meet every

Wednesday at Bob’s Court House Coffee Shop,

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

Gibbons at 650-766-8105 for more details.

Redwood City Women’s Club

Redwood City Women’s Club meets at the

clubhouse, 149 Clinton St., the first Thursday of

each month September through June. Social at

11:30 a.m. and lunch at noon, followed by meeting

and program. For information, visit the group’s

Web site at rwcwc.com.

Sequoia High School Alumni

Association

The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each

month at the Sequoia District Board Room, 480

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

of Sequoia are welcome to attend. For more

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

Web site at sequoiahsalumniassoc.org or e-mail

sequoiaalumni@earthlink.net.

Sequoia Stamp Club

This club was established in 1947 and invites

community members to visit. The club meets

at the Community Activities Building, 1400

Roosevelt Ave., every second and fourth Tuesday

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

refreshments are served. The dues are only $3

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

sequoiastampclub@yahoo.com or visit the group’s

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

sponsors a free stamp show at the same location

on the first weekend in December.

Soroptimist International of South

Peninsula

The Soroptimists invite you to become a member

of Soroptmist International, the world’s largest

service organization for business and professional

women, where “improving the lives of women

and children” has been their mission since 1921.

Soroptimists work through service projects to

advance human rights and the status of women

locally and abroad. Soroptimist International

of South Peninsula needs and wants you as a

member. While helping women’s and children’s

causes, you will enjoy fellowship and lasting

friendships. 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.

Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis

Club

Since October 1956, the Woodside Terrace A.M.

Kiwanis Club has been devoted to community

service in Redwood City. Through the decades,

the club has provided funds to help many worthy

community programs and continues to add more

community projects. The Key Club of Sequoia

High School, sponsored by the Woodside Terrace

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

has been involved in raising money and donating

time and effort to many programs.

The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club

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

Hofbrau, 1909 El Camino Real (one block north

of Woodside Road). They invite you to come to

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

www.wtamkiwanis.org.

Woodside Terrace Optimist Club

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. All greeting cards are a

dollar each. They sell See’s and other candy bars

and hold a See’s fundraiser for holidays. One of

their members makes beautiful necklaces and

sells them for $10 or more if one wishes to make a

larger donation to the club.

The club has a tutoring project at Taft School

and has contributed to school libraries, the Children’s

Cancer Campaign, the Optimist Volunteers for

Youth Camp near La Honda for needy children,

the Optimist Jr. World Golf program, Challenge

Day and many other programs for kids.

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.

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Though the Years: Continued from p16

construction effort, local attorney Cuthbert Currie, son of a former Methodist

pastor in Redwood City, had Holt sign a quitclaim deed so that the land

where the cross and water tanks stood would be permanently the property of

the City of Redwood City. The funds raised during the construction made

it possible to light the cross at times of civic distress, such as the Kennedy

assassination, as well as Christmas and Easter. The memories of the services

were what sustained the attendees because the 1963, ’64 and ’65 Easter

services were rained out and had to be moved indoors because the bowl and

approaches were impassable.

The massive publicity effort that rebuilt the cross also brought it to the

attention of other, not religiously inclined members of the public, with

results that ranged from the hilarious to the simply destructive. In December

1963, nearby residents called the Redwood City Police at 3 a.m. when the

sounds coming from the bowl were not of a religious nature. The police

found members of a rock band, the Del Reys, who, out of consideration for

their apartment-house neighbors, sought a more isolated practice venue

before their next gig. The excellent acoustics, well-known to attendees at the

Easter services, also assured that the practice session was heard throughout

the Emerald Lake neighborhood. One resident who called was quoted as

saying “I just couldn’t take it anymore.” More serious and destructive were

the visits from motorcyclists using the bowl, with its terraced incline, to test

their machines. The City Parks workers and their intrepid supervisor, Pasco

Balzarini, tried to keep up with the destruction and erosion caused by both

nature and man.

In 1966, after the many weather-based relocations, the Clergy Association

asked if the service should be held outdoors again and got a resounding “yes”

in response. It was at this time the Kiwanis Club became a sponsor, providing

a public address system, and the nuns at the nearby Mount Alverno convent

began ringing their bells to mark the opening of the service. There were 250

people in the rain at this first renewal of the old tradition. During the 1970s,

the Easter event had wide popularity, with singers from Sequoia High School,

the nuns from Mount Alverno’s choir and local figures like Karl Vollmayer,

the library director, doing the readings in the years when weather allowed the

event to be held outside. Each year there were people who came over the hill

on horseback and sat, mounted, on top of the ridge. In years when the rains

came, the services were held at the larger churches such as Messiah Lutheran

or even the Mount Alverno convent chapel. The problem of vandalism also

continued, with motorcyclists and other off-road vehicles upsetting the

bowl’s neighbors, and experimenters with homemade explosives also using

the area. The difficult era led to an attempt to keep the lights going all year,

which was successful for a few years. The periodic suggestions that the site

be used on other days and for other programs were enthusiastically received,

but there was no way to make this happen. The difficulty over the site was

compounded by both the cost of adequately fencing it and patrolling an area

both remote from town and partially in San Mateo County’s jurisdiction. The

volunteer response in 1980 to an article in the Tribune about soil erosion and

vandalism made it possible for the services to be held, but times were changing.

The passage of Proposition 13 in 1978 eventually forced the Redwood City

Parks Department to make difficult choices, and by 1981 it became difficult

to justify the manpower necessary to maintain the site when other frequently

used parks were also placing demands on the department’s work force. Peter

Griffiths, the director of the Parks and Recreation Department, wanted to

turn responsibility for the task over to the Clergy Association, which was

able to turn out over 40 volunteers for the difficult work of beating back the

grass and reshaping the seating steps. There were reports in the Tribune

that the city was considering selling the bowl site to a developer or building

condominiums itself to offer the management employees as part of their

compensation package. The following year, the Clergy Association rallied

support among the churches and service clubs to cooperate in maintaining

the site for the Easter service, and the city was again considering allowing

concerts (with the caveat that there would be no rock ’n’ roll on Friday

nights). There were, however, no real resources to carry on in the face of

continuing years of bad weather and no ongoing ability to do the kind of

maintenance in the bowl area that both the heavy rain years and the vandals

made necessary.

Today, the city rents a flock of goats periodically to keep the grass in the

bowl area under control, and the area around the cross site is closed to the

public. Rev. Denis Logie, who has been a pastor in Redwood City for many

years and also headed the Clergy Association, spoke to this author of the

heartfelt spirit of interdenominational cooperation that inspired the clergy

who conducted the services. He felt that they were thus acquainted to work in

harmony for other joint projects that benefited Redwood City and its citizens.

Certainly the spirit of cooperation and civic involvement that rebuilt the

Easter Cross in the early 1960s has carried over to other dimensions of life in

the city and inspires events like Memorial Day at Union Cemetery, the July

Fourth Parade and the effort to raise the money that completed the interior of

the new Redwood Shores library.

All photographs from the Redwood City Tribune

Community Interests: Continued from p24

Jerry Hill and Mike Nevin Team Up to Aid Ombudsman

Fundraiser

Jerry Hill and Mike Nevin

Master of Ceremonies Vic Lee of “Channel 7 News” and Tippy Irwin, the

executive director of Ombudsman Services, presided over a gala fundraising

dinner at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club on Oct. 24. Ombudsman

Services is the organization pledged to investigate and eliminate elder abuse

in all of San Mateo County’s 487 long-term care facilities.

The event was a huge success partly because Jerry Hill, member of

the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, and Mike Nevin, executive

director of the Service League of San Mateo County, proved highly effective

and entertaining auctioneers. Together they brought in many thousands of

dollars during a fun-filled live auction of everything from trips to Paris and

London, to a crab cioppino dinner for 10 served by the Ombudsman Board of

Directors at a private Hillsborough home.

In the current economic crisis, the state of California has cut support for

the Ombudsman Services program that provides much-needed advocacy

for the 9,000-plus elder residents of long-term care facilities in our county.

Thanks to the help of Lee, Hill and Nevin and the generous support of local

businesses and individual donors, the Ombudsman will be able to continue to

help those who can no longer help themselves, but the question is for how long.

Each year Ombudsman Services receives over 2,000 complaints made by

or on behalf of long-term care residents in San Mateo County. In the process

of investigating and bringing resolution to these complaints, Ombudsman

volunteers make 6,000 visits to our county’s long-term care facilities.

The senior population living in San Mateo’s long-term care facilities will

double in the next 12 years. The Ombudsman organization must find ways

to expand and meet the county’s future elder needs in light of state cutbacks

and difficult economic times. Community volunteers and contributions are

appreciated. For more information, please contact Executive Director Tippy

Irwin at 650-349-7008.

The organization’s Web site is at www.ossmc.org.

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Finance: Look for Post-Election Investment Opportunities

By David Amann, Special to The Spectrum

Over the past few weeks, the country’s attention

has been riveted on the presidential election.

Of course, we didn’t exactly forget that we’re

in difficult economic times, but we did have

something else on which to concentrate our

thoughts and energies. Now, however, the election

is over, and, for many of us, it’s back to focusing

on the economy and our investments. By taking

a closer look at the current state of affairs, you

may find that the situation is more promising than

you remembered, back before your thoughts were

diverted by polls and prognostications.

To begin with, let’s look at what’s been

happening to an economic indicator that, while

actually quite important, may not be well known

to you or many other investors.

LIBOR (London InterBank Offered Rate) is

the interest rate that banks charge each other for

one-month, three-month, six-month and one-year

loans. This rate is initially charged by London

banks and is then published and used as the

benchmark for bank rates all over the world. The

LIBOR rate can matter to you in several ways.

First, if you have an adjustable-rate loan, such as a

mortgage, and your rate resets, it is usually based

on the LIBOR rate. Even if you have a fixed-rate

loan on, say, a credit card and you pay it off each

month, an increasing LIBOR will affect you by

making all types of consumer and business loans

more expensive. This reduces liquidity, which

slows economic growth.

And that’s why it’s such good news that LIBOR

has fallen steadily for the past few weeks. A lower

LIBOR can significantly ease the flow of credit —

and, as you’ll recall, the frozen credit market was

one of the chief culprits of the financial meltdown.

Apart from a falling LIBOR, what other

positive developments have we seen in the

financial markets? For one thing, talk about a

coming “depression” has largely faded from

the scene. Furthermore, stock prices, while still

volatile, have shown some upward movement in

recent weeks. Before the two-day plunge of Nov.

5 and Nov. 6, the S & P 500 closed 17.7 percent

higher than its low of 848.92, reached on Oct.

27. A 20 percent rise would have technically

marked the end of the current bear market and the

beginning of a new bull market. But even after the

sharp two-day drop, the S & P 500 was up nearly

10 percent from its Oct. 27 low point.

Still, no one can say that the stock market has

already hit bottom. With the economy struggling,

it’s unlikely that corporate profits will be robust

in the months ahead — and corporate profits are a

key driver of stock prices.

But there may be a bright side to this picture:

Based on traditional measures of value, stocks

are now relatively inexpensive. Much of the

poor economic news may already be reflected in

current stock prices, so, based on today’s price

levels, high-quality stocks could well provide

attractive returns in the long run. Over the short

term, though, be prepared for continued volatility,

possibly including large day-to-day price drops.

These are challenging times for investors,

but good opportunities are out there. To take

advantage of them, you need courage, discipline

and patience. Remember, tough times don’t last

— but smart investors do.

Senior Activities

The Veterans Memorial Senior Center,

1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City,

provides the following activities that are

open to the public during the month of

December.

Monday Morning Movie Madness (MMMM)

Every Monday, 10 a.m.–noon

Come to the VMSC every Monday in December

and enjoy the holiday spirit in our state-ofthe-art

movie theater! After the movie, enjoy a

hearty lunch for only $4.50. MMMM, good! Call

Michele at 650-780-7344 for more information.

Dec. 1: “The Lemon Drop Kid”

Dec. 8: “White Christmas”

Dec. 15: “Miracle on 34th Street”

Dec. 22: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Dec. 29: “A Christmas Story”

Friday Movies for Everyone

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

announced)

Come to the VMSC in December for a free

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

theater! Call 650-780-7270 for the most current

movie listing.

Dec. 5: “Get Smart”

Dec. 12: “Made of Honor”

Dec. 19: “Fred Claus”

Dec. 26: Building closed at 1 p.m. — No movie

Wednesday Wii Bit of Fitness!

Every Wednesday, 9:30–11 a.m.

This ongoing program utilizes the latest and

greatest Nintendo technology to help you focus on

your fitness goals while having fun. Check out the

latest craze with the Fitness Wii. Free for all! For

more info, call Michele at 650-780-7344.

Holiday Decorating Party

Monday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m.–noon

Come celebrate and decorate the VMSC! Holiday

music, hot coffee, cider and cookies provided.

Everybody is welcome. Eat, decorate and be

merry! Free.

Medicare Part D

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1–2 p.m.

Medicare’s annual enrollment period for Part D is

Nov. 15 to Dec. 31. During this time, beneficiaries

can join, change or drop their Medicare Advantage

Plan and Part D prescription drug plans. Learn

about the new rules and regulations and get

valuable information from an expert! Free.

Music for All

Thursday, Dec. 4, 1–2 p.m.

Stanford students will play a variety of music for

your enjoyment. This program is sure to uplift

your spirit and soothe your soul. Free.

Holiday Blues with Rev. Tom Harshman

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1–2 p.m.

This season can be difficult for many of us. We

will come together to learn how to keep the

“holiday hype,” loneliness and stress at bay. There

will be an opportunity to share and ask questions.

May this holiday season be a more enjoyable and

less stressful time for us all. Free.

Wind in the Strings Holiday Concert

Thursday, Dec. 11, 1–2 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate this special season with

a lovely flute and harp duo. Enjoy music from

different traditions. Refreshments will be served

and all are welcome. Donations gratefully

accepted.

Holiday Gift Giving Project

Monday, Dec. 15, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

The VMSC is sponsoring our annual “Holiday

Giving” project. We will be providing gift bags

for homebound elders and children in need. If you

would like to make a donation and/or volunteer to

help with this community project, please contact

us at the Senior Services Office, 650-780-7274.

Holiday Singalong and Linda Griffith

Retirement

Thursday, Dec. 18, 1–3 p.m.

Join us for two hours of joy, friendship and

memories of holidays past! Sing old holiday songs

with your friends and enjoy hot cider and treats.

This will also be your opportunity to say goodbye

to Linda Griffith, VMSC manager, who will be

retiring at the end of the year. Free.

To learn more about the Veterans Memorial Senior

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

Recreation and Community Services Department

provides recreational facilities and activities for

all ages and interests, and supplies building and

custodial services for city buildings. Redwood

City Parks also operates the Veterans Memorial

Senior Center and the Fair Oaks Community

Center, providing social, educational and cultural

activities, as well as information, referral and

counseling services to persons living in Redwood

City and neighboring communities. Redwood

City Parks is more than you think! Its Web site is

located at www.redwoodcity.org/parks.

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A Minute With: Do You Know Your Turkey?

Turkey was introduced to the early Pilgrim settlers by the Native American Wampanoag tribe

after the Pilgrims arrived in 1620. The first year for the settlers was bleak, with many dying from

the journey. Their seeds, aside from barley, did not produce any usable crops. The Wampanoag

assisted the settlers, introducing them to native foods such as corn and squash, and showed

them how to hunt and fish. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 at the behest of Gov.

William Bradford, and the Native Americans were invited guests of honor.

Thanksgiving became an official holiday in the United States on Oct. 3, 1863, via proclamation

issued by President Abraham Lincoln. This was largely due to the lobbying efforts of Sarah

Josepha Hale, editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book magazine, who had lobbied for 17 years for the

holiday. The proclamation declared the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

By 1916, Thanksgiving was referred to in writings as “Turkey Day” due to the popularity of the

bird at the traditional feast.

The popularity of wild turkeys nearly wiped them out. The federal government stepped in with

protection in 1991, and wild turkeys are now found in 49 states.

Originally, turkey was mostly associated only with Thanksgiving and Christmas, making winter

the prime season for turkey farmers. In 1935, the per capita consumption of turkey was only 1.7 pounds.

Which living person do you most admire?

The person who started California’s Proposition 2.

What is your most treasured possession?

My beak.

What talent would you most like to have?

To run faster.

Something few know about you?

I have traveled to many states.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Get me out of here.

What is your greatest regret?

Leaving that farm in Gilroy.

What is your motto?

It’s not over until the fat lady sings.

Why do you get up in the morning?

I don’t know.

In 100 years, what will you be remembered for?

My tender meat.

Anyone you got on your mind?

Not really. I don’t think that often.

Memorable moment?

Being on television when they were interviewing

some governor from Alaska. I was next in line

until they stopped working.

First word that comes to mind?

Corn.

You currently feel?

Nervous.

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