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in “As I Was Saying…”
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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
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We wish you a happy Thanksgiving and hope you enjoy this month’s edition!
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
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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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
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
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Our wrapping party is Monday, December 15 th , 2008 from 5-8pm at Red Morton
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As I Was
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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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center of our operation called Toyland.
The wrapping parties turn Toyland into our version of Santa’s Workshop. There is something for
everyone to do from wrapping gifts to inspecting for quality control.
The atmosphere is magical with music playing, food being served, and everyone in the holiday
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Revives Ageless Beauty
Practicing on the primary premise of
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treatments medicine and technology
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complete, open and honest relationship
with each and every client” has pushed
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Founded in 2002 by Sherna Madan,
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a glowing youthful appearance.
The services offered by Re:Juvenate Skin
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and their nonsurgical treatments because the
entire clinical staff is equipped with stellar
medical experience. Medical Director Madan
is a physician specializing in internal medicine,
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
medical experience in critical care. “We have
an extremely phenomenal medical team at Re:
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of the clinic is the administration division. “The
success of our clinic would not be possible
without our administrative staff. Everyone has
been so wonderful and I am thankful to each one
of them,” said Moore.
With such a solid staff, the Re:Juvenate Skin
Care team takes pride in edifying their clientele
as well. “Most of what we do is to educate
because people are inundated with all of this
information. Our job is to help everyone make
sense of the little bits of information they already
have, let them know the reality of the information
and how it applies to them so that they can
be happy. We are highly focused on client
satisfaction,” explained Moore. “Basically, we
listen to what each one of our clients has in mind
as far as a goal and then we let them know what
their options are. We put together and give them a
personalized medical skin care program for them
to help them reach their goals.”
As a result of their concern, expertise and
commitment to client care, Re:Juvenate Skin Care
has helped hundreds of men and women safely
look and feel fabulous. They continue to dominate
and govern the Northern California skin care
market by positioning themselves as the sole host
in representing innovative procedures such as
the SmartXide DOT (dermal optical thermolysis)
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
The breakthrough technology mastered in the
SmartXide DOT fractional CO2 laser therapy
differs from other contemporary laser regimes.
Unlike other CO2 lasers, the DOT laser zeroes
in and targets approximately 10 percent to 35
percent of the skin surface with its thermal blast,
therefore leaving 65 percent to 90 percent of
the skin intact. The intact skin functions as a
bandage, which in return accelerates the healing
process and speeds collagen growth. Not only
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estimated at only a few days of downtime as
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However, the overall, ongoing benefit to the
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“We are elated to be the first in our region to
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We have experienced firsthand the dramatic
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we are actually able to turn back the time for
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geographic factors, this breakthrough treatment
in laser technology usually costs in the range of
$5,000 to $6,000. But, because Re:Juvenate Skin
Care stands behind the beauty of this specialized
treatment, their asking price is only $4,000 with a
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In addition to the SmartXide DOT fractional
CO2 laser treatment, Re:Juvenate Skin Care still
leads in providing platinum-level service with the
more common aesthetic skin treatments. Their
long menu of nonsurgical treatments includes
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And, adding to this list of popular procedures
performed at the Re:Juvenate Skin Care clinic,
are microdermabrasion, scierotherapy, laser hair
removal, laser vein removal, derma fillers, laser
brown spot removal and laser skin resurfacing.
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
expect to see major and lasting changes after any
of our personalized skin care treatments,” said
Moore. “We are trying to give people the most
that they can get for their dollar and help them
“It is very nice to know that every day you are working
you are helping by making a big difference in building up
10 years or more and the beauty of this is that it
is in most cases a one-time treatment. And, if the
client takes care of their ‘new skin,’ it could last
a lifetime. We are saying that it lasts indefinitely.
We can’t control the variables, but if the client
is an individual who is highly motivated to keep
their skin looking great and follows their protocol,
they can definitely experience this fantastic skin
for years to come.”
After thoroughly researching the technology,
Moore has already successfully performed 100
fractional CO2 laser procedures at Re:Juvenate
Skin Care. “We did a lot of testing before we
chose this laser,” said Moore. “So far, we have not
had one person say anything negative. Everyone
has been very happy with the procedure. One
client in particular said, ‘After 35 years of hiking
every summer without the use of sunscreen,
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Everything was fully recovered and within six
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Depending on both demographic and
make the change that they are looking for.”
With remarkable breakthroughs in skin care
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“Our focus is always on under-promise and
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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
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
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
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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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Invites you to
Discover an Old Place
in a New World
San Mateo County
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-
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
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.
Children 5 and under FREE
Members always FREE
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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
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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Parties Around Town
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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
“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
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
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.
The Spectrum 19
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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
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If you have any questions about our bank, please feel free to talk with one of our branch managers
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Redwood City’s Ballet
America Presents ‘The
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
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
San Mateo County
2200 Broadway St., Redwood City
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
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.
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
Wed.–Fri. 11–4, Sat.–Sun. 10–3, and
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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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
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
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
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
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
San Mateo County Parents
Recognized During National
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
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,
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-
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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
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
The next day I was one of a
number of kids during recess at
Monroe School who screamed
“I Like Ike” to anybody who
I never told Mom about that…
Not Much Has Changed:
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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
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.
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@
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
Hearing Loss Association is a volunteer,
international organization of hard-of-hearing
people and their relatives and friends. The
nonprofit, nonsectarian, educational organization
is devoted to the welfare and interests of those
who cannot hear well but are committed to
participating in the hearing world.
A day meeting is held on the first Monday of
the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial
Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. Educational
speakers and refreshments are provided. A
demonstration of assistive devices is held on
the first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m.
in the second-floor conference room at the
Redwood City Public Library, 1044 Middlefield
Road. Please call Marj at 650-593-6760 with any
Nursing Mothers Counsel
Nursing Mothers Counsel, a nonprofit
organization since 1955, provides free
breastfeeding education and assistance by highly
trained counselors (moms who breastfed for at
least six months). To speak with a counselor (no
fee), call 650-327-MILK (327-6455).
NMC also 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
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
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
Nonprofits in Action: Continued
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
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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
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
email@example.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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City,
provides the following activities that are
open to the public during the month of
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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.
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?
You currently feel?
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