Incorrigibly Out of Our League Dennis McBride - The Spectrum ...

Incorrigibly Out of Our League Dennis McBride - The Spectrum ...

Incorrigibly Out of Our League

Dennis McBride

“When You Have a Good Life,

You Have a Duty to Help Others”

Also in this issue:

Preparing Our Community

for a Disaster the “CERT” Way

The Council Race Is On,

Measure J & Cargill Forum

in “As I Was Saying…”

A ShAred ViSion for SAltworkS

DMB’s coMMitMents to ReDwooD city anD its ResiDents

A shared vision has emerged to create a balanced plan for DMB Redwood City Saltworks, and we’re

making great strides towards achieving this common goal.

Most recently, we pledged to the community a series of commitments that will ensure Saltworks

will be a good neighbor to Redwood City, and will reflect the aspirations of Redwood City residents.

Some of these commitments are:

Redwood City


We will continue to work through these and other key planning elements with the Redwood City

community as we move towards defining a bright and better future for Saltworks.

The Spectrum.JAN.08

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

Valerie Harris

Contributing Writer

James Massey

Graphic Designer

Michael Erler

Contributing Writer

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

Happy New Year and welcome to the January issue of The Spectrum Magazine. We begin the year with

several stories and features we know you will enjoy reading.

This month’s cover story is on Redwood City School Board member Dennis McBride. He has been on

the board for over four years now, but his contributions in our community do not end or even start there.

As you will read, McBride’s many talents have possibly affected your life and the lives of your children

in so many different ways.

We also have a great story on the CERT program in Redwood City. The Community Emergency

Response Team program is a vital way for neighbors to join together and prepare for a potential disaster

such as earthquake, major fire or flood. After reading, you may want to join the group and participate


In publisher Steve Penna’s column, “As I Was Saying…,” he starts off the year discussing the upcoming

election and a forum on the Cargill Salt property.

We also have cultural events, news briefs, senior activities, financial advice and details about a

community clean-up in the Redwood Creek area.

As always, we would like to thank our loyal advertisers for supporting our publication, and we

encourage you to support them by patronizing their businesses during the new year. Many have special

offers for you, so please take the time to look over their ads this month and use their coupons and


Thanks to our advertisers and readers, The Spectrum is the most read publication in Redwood City and

we are thankful to be able to bring you community information each month. We all wish you a very

happy new year!

Table of Contents

Inside The Spectrum – 4

Students Hip To Be Square – 5

“As I Was Saying...” – 6

CERT Training Vital For Community – 8

Cultural Events – 12

Community Interest – 13

McBride & Child Education – 16

Nonprofits In Action – 19

News Briefs – 20

Redwood Creek Is Lighter – 23

Shop Redwood City – 27

Finance: A Present With A Future – 28

Handyman Hints – 29

Senior Activities – 29

A Minute With Paula Uccelli – 30


Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot

This month’s photo shoot with our cover subject, Redwood City School Board member

Dennis McBride, was scheduled by publisher Steve Penna for Thursday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m.

We decided to meet at the Sequoia Union High School District building on James

Street because McBride is currently working on the Measure J campaign, which will

bring additional funds to the district if it passes this February.

Cover story photographer James Kaspar arrived first and was quickly followed by

Penna. McBride showed up about 10 minutes later and they were ready to go.

The first part of the shoot was in front of the district board meeting building, which is

in back of the main building on James Street. The morning sunlight was bearing down

on our subject, but we managed to get a few good shots before we moved inside to the

meeting room.

During the shoot, Penna and McBride talked politics, as the two have known

each other for a while. They do not always agree on every issue, so it made for some

interesting conversation for Kaspar to hear.

The inside shots were of a casual nature, as you will see by viewing the middle

section of this month’s issue. The final shots were taken at the old McKinley Junior

High School site on Duane Street that is now the McKinley Institute of Technology.

The entire shoot took about an hour.

McBride not only serves as an elected official, he also volunteers for campaigns and

participates with the Chamber of Commerce, the Sequoia Awards, Woodside High

School and various other organizations and groups.

The Spectrum salutes those in our community who give time and effort to improving

the lives of others. McBride is certainly one of those community members.

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Kennedy Students Are Hip To Be Square

Youth filed in the Kennedy Middle School gym

wearing colorful cowboy hats, braids and bandanas,

bowed to their partners and began dancing while

trying to keep their square intact.

Students promenaded and do-si-do’d in an

attempt to win Square Bowl XIX — the Redwood

City school’s annual square dancing competition.

The evening event is the culmination for sixth,

seventh and eighth grade students finishing a square

dancing unit in physical education class. Judges

watched teams of eight for three to four songs,

looking for symmetry, best dancers and best dressed.

“Students have spent four weeks perfecting what

is essentially a foreign language like do-si-do,”

said physical education teacher Doug Dressler.

The evening began with sixth grade students

performing and the kids got progressively older.

Each group was able to pick its square-mates and

create a costume design. Outfits ranged from

colorful T-shirts with bandanas to traditional hats,

button-up shirts and braids for the girls. A few

guys even donned sheriff stars.

The annual event began as a way to keep the

kids active during times of bad weather, explained

physical education teacher Jim Smith, who has

taught at Kennedy for more than 20 years.

Dressler joked, the kids were always being taken

from physical education, so they came up with a

way to get the kids back into it. When the Square

Bowl began, it was first held during school hours.

This year, the gym was filled with parents and

community members watching the kids sport

their moves.

Although many of the students had no prior

square-dancing experience, they all seemed excited to

perform and continue with the dance curriculum.

The best sixth grade dancing team was square

one, made up of Jolene Torres, Matt Marshall,

Jackson Brown, Connor Swan, Noelle Rubas,

Alana Puerto, Rob Matthews and Claudia Teck.

The team came together about three weeks ago,

Teck explained.

Some of the kids started dancing in December,

said Torres. Others on the team also take music

and needed to pick up the moves, said Rubas.

Practice definitely helped the team get better,

Marshall said.

Confidence about a potential win was split among

the group. Brown knew the team was the best. Swan,

on the other hand, almost had a “heart attack” in

anticipation and Matthews thought he might faint

while waiting for the team’s number to be called.

Brown was particularly proud of his trophy,

with plans to drink from the top cup. He wasn’t

sure what he’d drink, however.

“Even if we didn’t win, we still would’ve had

fun,” Puerto said with a smile.

Next up for the kids is ballroom dancing. That

segment comes to a close on Feb. 28 with the Grand

Ball Bowl, where up to 50 couples from each grade

will dress up and perform classics such as the waltz

and fox trot. All are welcome to attend.

Noelle Rubas, 11, and Jackson Brown, 11, compete in

the Square Bowl XIX, Kennedy Middle School’s annual

square dancing competition. Brown’s and Rubas’ group

took first place in the sixth grade.





Steve Penna

With a little less than two years until the next

city council race, business and community leader

Janet Borgens has jumped out and declared her

candidacy to fill one of the three seats that will be

up for grabs. You may think it is too early, but I

think it is actually a smart move on her part. She

has been a workhorse in our community for years,

so no one will question whether she is doing

something or participating in a group to gain

support or improve her resume. She already has

earned the right to run.

Borgens has served on the city’s Housing and

Human Concerns Committee, the Senior Affairs

Commission and is currently on the Planning

Commission. She is active in the Chamber of

Commerce, the Friendly Acres neighborhood, the

Salvation Army, the Sequoia Awards and the new

Senior Advisory Board.

The council election in November 2009 will

see council members Diane Howard and Jim

Hartnett termed out and not eligible to run again

and Jeff Ira up for re-election — no word on

whether he will run. Kevin Bondonno, Jeff Gee

and Nancy Radcliffe are also expected to run.

John Seybert was rumored to be considering a

run but has recently showed interest in applying

for the vacant seat on the Redwood City School Board.

In a time when a large amount of money is

needed to win a seat, time and energy are really

the only alternatives. I don’t know how much

money Borgens will be able to raise, but starting

off early gives her the opportunity and advantage

to do so over a longer period of time. By anyone’s

estimates, it will take at least $30,000 to win a

seat, and that is if only a handful of candidates

run. If there are more, it could get really expensive.

. . .

A group of Redwood City congregations held a

community forum recently about the future of

the Cargill Salt property. The 1,433 acres owned

by Cargill have been the focus of a debate over

whether the land should be restored to natural

tidal wetlands or developed with housing,

commercial businesses or other uses.

The congregations putting on the event were

the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood

City, First Congregational Church, Temple

Beth Jacob, First United Methodist Church,

St. Matthias Catholic Community, Episcopal

Church of St. Peter and the Muslim Community

Association of the Peninsula.

John Bruno, vice president of DMB, the

company that is doing the community outreach

for the proposed project, was invited to attend but

declined because they have not yet presented a

plan to the community and felt their participation

in such an event would be premature.

The event featured a panel of representatives

from several groups that favor restoring all of the

land to wetlands: Friends of Redwood City, Save

The Bay and the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration

Project. Two nonprofit housing developers,

Eden Housing and the Mid-Peninsula Housing

Coalition, were also represented.

About 200 or more people were there and the

discussion was lively. The audience was clearly

in favor of restoring the property to wetlands and

did not have a problem voicing their approval or

disapproval when another side was presented.

In attendance were council members Diane

Howard and Barbara Pierce, Housing and

Human Concerns Committee members Cherlene

Wright and John Dempsey and a large cross

section of business leaders and residents.

The event was actually very informative and

interesting. The fact that there was no plan to

discuss, agree with or object to was unfortunate

to say the least.

Having said all that, I could not help but wonder

why with all the issues and problems facing

our community today — youth gang violence,

truancy, teen pregnancy, burglaries, bank

robberies, mortgage issues, etc., etc. — this group

of congregations choose to hold a community

forum on this issue? I mean, is it really that big

of a community concern compared to all those

other issues? Is that the type of outreach we

should expect from our religious entities? I for

one expect a lot more and will be looking in the

future to see if these congregations reach out to

our community to show some unity in solving

or addressing real issues that affect our lives

directly. How about you?

. . .

I am having a little bit of a problem convincing

myself to vote yes on Measure J Feb. 5. We all

want to support our schools and the youth in our

community, and there is no better way to do that

than by boosting their educational prospects and


After voters approved bonds twice since

2001 for a total of $158 million, members of the

Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD)

board of trustees are actually asking us to approve

another bond totaling $165 million. And in doing

so they have already started spending the money

on architectural fees for the new projects while

they are $3.15 million short of accomplishing

goals they had hoped to finish using previous

bond money.

The new moneys will go toward, among other

things, adding 60 new classrooms and renovating

30 more; improving the electrical, heating and

lighting systems to be more energy efficient; and

building new career, vocational and technical

education classrooms. It will cost homeowners

an average of $9.73 per $100,000 of assessed

value — not much, but when you consider we are

already being taxed for the other two bonds, it

adds up.

Here is the problem I am having. I was on

the committee for the first bond and worked

quite hard for its passage. I was chairman of the

Carrington Hall committee at the time, and if the

bond passed we would get a good chunk of money

to restore the facility and become a “community”

facility. Since it passed and the project was

completed, I have not seen the “community”

activities that were promised there. Heck, I even

offered to start a performing arts company and

get some activity there as well as financially

support the student programs. But I have not

heard back from anyone and the facility is dark

more than it should be. So I question the process


I also have a problem with the fact that years

ago the district eliminated several “trade work”

programs because they felt that all students

needed to be computer literate and set their sights

on college. Not a bad concept, but not realistic

at all. Now the district sees that was a mistake

— give them credit for that — and wants to

redirect some curriculum toward the “trade” area

again. Should we have to pay because they were

so shortsighted? But then again, the students of

the district should not have to pay the price either.

So I could go on and on, writing about the

failed Redwood City School District bond and

why the SUHSD could not wait until one passed

for the elementary schools before going to us

again. But there are so many benefits for our

community and students if Measure J passes.

Right now, your guess is as good as mine and

I am not making a decision until I really get all

the facts. The voter ballots that were mailed out

earlier this month have some great arguments for

and against the measure. I will be reading those

and talking to everyone I can to decide how I will

vote. Don’t you love elections?

Don’t forget to vote on Feb. 5.

As I was saying…

How High’s the Water, Mama?

By Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

Having tracked weather reports that first week

in January, I believed I was prepared as the

onslaught approached on Jan. 4. Mom’s house,

now cleaned and ready to go on the market,

seemed to be secure. I’d shopped for groceries

ahead of time, picked up a battery-operated radio

(yes, there still is such a thing) at Radio Shack

and stocked up on candles, flashlights and batteries.

Friday morning dawned, and with it the pelting

rain. My first task was to swing by Mom’s house

and evaluate any storm-related damage. Getting

to the house was more of a challenge than I expected,

however, as I traversed high water at El Camino

and Brewster.

By the time I made it to the house at 8:20 a.m.,

the water in the gutter was almost over the curb.

A quick check indicated that all seemed to be

holding well, despite the loss of power in the

neighborhood at 8:30 a.m.

I headed back to my Arch Street apartment

and e-mailed the East Coast branch of the family,

telling them the storm seemed to be living up to its

advance billing as the worst storm in two years.

Maude the dog and I hunkered down to ride out

the rain and wind.

By noon, though, Maudie and I had to take a

quick run outside, where we found the water in

the gutter by my apartment building already over

the sidewalk. Flooding on Arch Street? What

would happen next?

“I try to conduct my life according

to the golden rule and the good

Samaritan law. CERT allows me

another avenue to better do that.”

Fortunately, the water subsided, the power

stayed on, Maude and I stayed nice and warm,

and I realized that I certainly was not as prepared

for this event as I should have been. If I had any

sense, I told myself, I would have gone through

CERT training a long time ago.

The lesson from January’s storm is simple: First

responders can’t do it alone. CERT — Redwood

City’s Community Emergency Response Team

program — is a vital way for neighbors to join

together and prepare for a potential disaster such

as earthquake, major fire or flood.

Participants in CERT are educated on how

best to prepare their households, families and

neighborhoods, as well as how to respond during

the aftermath of a disaster. Community members

are provided with training in basic disaster

response skills, including fire safety, light search

and rescue, team organization and disaster

medical operations.

Should a disaster strike, neighborhoods may be

without basic services like water, gas, electricity

and telephones, or access to stores and other

services for several hours or days. (My old

neighborhood was without power for some 30

hours during the January storm.) Although first

responders will be on the scene after a disaster,

they will not be able to reach everyone right away.

Using CERT skills learned in the classroom

and during hands-on training exercises, team

members can assist others in their neighborhood

or workplace following a disaster when public safety

personnel are not immediately available to help.

The Community Emergency Response Team

concept was developed by the Los Angeles City

Fire Department in 1985 and was adopted by

the Federal Emergency Management Agency

(FEMA) in 1993. Congress has provided funds

for CERT through the Citizen Corps program to

the states and territories. Since coming under the

direction of FEMA, CERT programs have been

offered in 28 states and Puerto Rico. More than

200 CERT programs operate in California.

Statistics, however, don’t tell the real story.

Sandy Paoli, co-chair of Redwood City’s CERT,

is a strong supporter. “It is not if we have a major

disaster but when,” she told me. “In addition,

we are better prepared to help our neighborhood

mitigate problems in advance to prevent

emergencies,” she said.

Paoli chose CERT because “this is personal for

me. I was involved in an emergency event that I

did not feel I responded to effectively. I vowed

then to be better prepared.”

How many people have taken CERT training?

“Since we have 80,000 residents in Redwood City,

not nearly enough,” Paoli said.

“We hold bimonthly meetings with continuing

education and skill exercises,” she continued.

On Jan. 23, the CERT team was scheduled

for a mock emergency situation in triage and

medical treatment. CERT also offers CPR/AED

certification classes, shelter management classes,

guest speakers, search and rescue drills, sandbag

training and more to its members.

“With CERT training, no matter

where you might be when the

emergency [or] disaster happens,

you will be prepared to assist.”

Redwood City CERT members, Paoli noted, all

graduate from a 20-hour course covering topics of

basic preparedness, fire safety, medical treatment,

psychology, terrorism, triage, medical treatment

and light search and rescue.

CERT Training Vital for Our Community

“We also participate in public events in

Redwood City to raise awareness of the CERT

program and emergency preparedness,” she said.

“CERT is a nationally recognized program,”

said CERT team member Janet Borgens. “With

CERT training, no matter where you might be

when the emergency [or] disaster happens, you

will be prepared to assist.”

Paoli’s most memorable moment in CERT came

when her neighborhood finally secured its mobile

trailer. “It was an 18-month goal that took blood,

sweat and tears,” she recalled. The trailer is used

to store disaster supplies.

And Paoli is adamant that CERT must expand.

“Every neighborhood needs a mobile trailer

accessible to them,” she stated. “Redwood City

residents are very capable, resilient and willing

people given the resources they need.”

On a personal note, Paoli told me simply that

“I try to conduct my life according to the golden

rule and the good Samaritan law. CERT allows

me another avenue to better do that.” With CERT,

Paoli believes she is “fulfilling a moral obligation

to my neighbors.”

Special projects on tap for CERT include two

professional videos in production, with estimated

completion this April. One will be dedicated

to marketing the program to groups within the

community; the other is intended for multiple

showings on Channel 27 local public broadcasting

and Peninsula TV.

Naturally, all of this has financial implications,

which the community can help to meet. “Folks

can send donations to the Redwood City Fire

Department earmarked for CERT to further

the program or for the purchase of additional

neighborhood emergency supply trailers,” Paoli

told me.

So are you ready to sign up for CERT? Log

on to

signupforCERT.html. For more information about

CERT classes or disaster preparedness, call 650-

780-7400. Redwood City’s CERT training is open

to young people from age 13 up. Participants

under 18 are required to be with a parent or have

written permission to attend.

The CERT training schedule for March is

shown below. It’s very important to attend all

three sessions in order to obtain full benefits from

the training. All sessions will be held at the Red

Morton Community Center, 1120 Roosevelt Ave.,

in Redwood City.

Thursday, March 6, 6:30–9:30 p.m.

* Welcome and Introductions

* Unit 1: Disaster Preparedness

* Unit 2: Disaster Fire Suppression

Saturday, March 8, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

* Units 3 & 4: Disaster Medical Operations, Parts

1 & 2

* Unit 5: Light Search and Rescue

Saturday, March 15, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

* Unit 6: Disaster Psychology and Team


* Unit 7: Course Review and Disaster Simulation

* Graduation

So here’s to Paoli, Borgens, Ernie Gomez of the

Fire Department, and all the CERT volunteers.

You’ve made a difference in Redwood City by

pulling people together for a common cause.

And you’ve made a believer out of me!

“In addition, we are better

prepared to help our neighborhood

mitigate problems in advance to

prevent emergencies.”

All CERT members have graduated from a 3-20 day course on how to react and handle such situations. Here are some pictures from their exercise.


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Cultural Events

Redwood City Art Center

Art On Broadway Gallery

2625 Broadway

Beadcentric Jewelry will have a jewelry sale on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the

Redwood City Art Center. The Saturday before Valentine’s Day is a perfect

time to get that special gift for that special someone! Gift certificates are now

available in any amount.

Stop by Art on Broadway gallery at the Redwood City Art Center, where

gifts such as handmade purses and exquisite art pieces will be available for

purchase, too. Coffee, tea and cookies will be served. 12–5 p.m.

Celebrate Art

603 Main St.


Celebrate Art provides quality creative art classes for children up to 10 years

old. They also have Family Open Studio Art Days twice a month on the

weekends, where the whole family can make art together and have fun.

The latest addition to the schedule is “Art and a Movie Night.” Parents can

reserve a space to drop off their children from 6 to 9:30 on movie nights. The

adults can go enjoy dinner or a movie downtown while the kids have fun in a

safe environment. Call Director Ginger Lordy for information.

The Main Gallery

1018 Main St.


Wednesday–Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekends 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Inverness Pine.” Etching. By Marianne Schlumberger. 15 x 8. 2007.

“Monterey Cypress at Año Nuevo.” Etching. By Marianne Schlumberger.

15 1/2 x 8 1/2. 2007.

From beneath the ground to the skies above, Marianne Schlumberger

explores with a series of prints the everlasting magnificence of trees.

Titled “Roots,” this show of prints will be exhibited at The Main Gallery

from Feb. 13 to March 6, with a reception with the artist on Sunday, Feb. 17,

from 4 to 7 p.m. The gallery is located at 1018 Main St., in the historic yellow

Victorian at Main and Middlefield Road.

“As I worked for the last year on these prints of trees, I felt connected

[to] the beauty and fragility of the trees we take for granted,” Schlumberger

said. “As we dig huge basements and cover our environment with cement, we

destroy our past, our roots. We need both the movement and excitement of

the future, but grounded in the roots of the past as symbolized by trees.”

Schlumberger, a resident of Menlo Park, did all of her work at the Pacific Art

League in Palo Alto, a setting surrounded by fabulous trees from around the

world. Her works were also inspired by the trees of northern California and a

recent trip to French Polynesia.

All the prints were done on a manual press, etched and inked by the artist.

Schlumberger is especially proud the Art League has a nontoxic print room

where aluminum and copper sulfate is used as the mordant. “All the cleanup

is done with oil rather than mineral spirits,” she explained. “An experienced

printmaker cannot see the difference between our prints and those done with

traditional techniques.”

Little Fox

2209 Broadway

Ticket purchase and info 650-369-4119

Tickets also available at and at the Fox Theatre Box Office.


Caravanserai — A Santana Tribute

plus Mambo Street

Friday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m.

$13 adv./$15 door

Conceived as a fantasy band by lead guitarist Leo Herrera and fueled into

reality by the enthusiasm of friends and family members, Caravanserai is

a 10-year project of love and devotion. Originally a replication of Rock and

Roll Hall of Fame band Santana’s legendary early days, Caravanserai has

grown to include material from all eras of Santana’s 30-year history.

Mardi Gras and CD Release Party

Tom Rigney and Flambeau

plus The Zydeco Flames

Saturday, Feb. 2, 8 p.m.

$13 adv./$15 door

Tom Rigney and Flambeau are one of the hottest bands on the West Coast roots

music scene. Rigney, the fiery, electrifying violinist/composer, has joined forces

with some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians to create a band that generates

enough heat and energy to ignite a dance floor or lift an audience to its feet.

Community Interest

Hartnett to Lead Caltrain Board

Redwood City City Council Member Jim Hartnett has been named chairman

of the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, the body that governs Caltrain.

Hartnett was elected to the position by a unanimous vote of the ninemember

board, which includes representatives from San Francisco, San

Mateo and Santa Clara counties. He replaces Jose Cisneros, the San

Francisco mayor’s appointee to the board.

Hartnett is no stranger to regional leadership positions, having chaired

the SamTrans board and the board of the City/County Association of

Governments in past years. He’ll help supervise a rail line that has seen a 9

percent jump in ridership this year but nonetheless continues to struggle with

budget constraints.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Don Gage was elected vice chairman of the

board at Thursday’s meeting.

Redwood City Education Foundation Provides

Opportunity to Support Public Education

2008 was to be the year of education in California, but early signs strongly

indicate that the current budget crisis precludes any serious changes to school

finance and how the state’s public schools educate our children. It remains

up to local citizens to provide the public school children in their community

with a fully comprehensive, well-rounded education.

In Redwood City, the only organization working districtwide to provide

these important programs to the 8,000 students of the Redwood City School

District (RCSD) is the Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF). The

RCEF has been raising funds to support the district’s elementary through

middle school students since 1983. After two record-breaking fundraising

years generating over $250,000 per year, the foundation is intensifying its

efforts this year with an ambitious goal of raising $350,000 by July 31.

The organization’s annual Benefit for a Brighter Future continues to be a

key factor in the group’s campaign.

This year the event is scheduled for Friday, April 25, at the Pacific Athletic

Club in Redwood Shores. Organizers are excited about the program and the

potential to showcase success stories in the district while reaching out to new


Our theme this year is ‘It All Starts Here — Successful Community

Partnerships’ and for us this really is the message,” explained event co-chair

Sheila Cepero. “We have a great history of local businesses, foundations

and citizens partnering with our schools and the RCEF to help our students

succeed. We know there are many more opportunities for people to connect

with the RCEF so we can really make a difference by restoring many of the

missing pieces from the school day and giving our kids all the advantages of

a well-rounded education.”

At the event, the foundation will also present Oracle with the RCEF

Annual Investor Award. The RCEF encourages Redwood City’s parents,

community members and businesses to fully support this event and partner

with them in providing the city’s public elementary school children with the

education they need to succeed.

For more information, please contact Barry Schnur at 650-941-0898 or, or Sheila Cepero at 650-633-5973. Or visit the RCEF

Web site at

“Sequoia is dedicated to improving the health of those who live in our

community,” said Glenna Vaskelis, Sequoia Hospital president. “Our goal

is to promote physical activity, good nutrition and healthy lifestyles for all

generations, now and into the future.”

The local agencies that Sequoia Hospital has chosen to financially support

through grants are Nuestra Casa: Community of Learners (adult ESL

program in Redwood City), Redwood City Education Foundation (Wellness

Coordinator position), Samaritan House Free Clinic of Redwood City

(diabetes program), Starling Volleyball Clubs USA San Mateo Chapter (a new

team in the Fair Oaks area of Redwood City) and Sequoia YMCA (the Fit

Kids afterschool program).

“Cool Campaign” to Kick Off

The City of Redwood City and nonprofit environmental action group

Acterra will introduce the “Cool Campaign,” a project for the community

to reduce energy use and carbon emissions. The kickoff includes dinner and

an overview of the program. Attendees who arrive via mass transit, carpool

or any other alternative to the single-occupant car will be entered into a


The event is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at City Hall, 1017

Middlefield Road, Redwood City. To RSVP, call 780-5917 or e-mail bross@

Sequoia Hospital Distributes $86,000 in Community


Sequoia Hospital announced the distribution of over $86,000 in community

grants to five local agencies. The selected agencies have a common mission

of identifying health priorities in target populations and creating programs to

address those needs.


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McBride Obsesses Over Your Child’s Education

By Michael Erler

Spectrum Correspondent

— So You Don’t Have To

In life, there are people you think you can be like.

There are people you hope you can be like. There

are people you dream you could be like. And then

there are the chosen few, the ones who are spoken

about only in hushed tones around the office

water cooler, the ones who always seem to inspire

the nodding of heads and the lifting of chins, the

oft-fabled “leaders of men.”

One such person is Dennis McBride.

“Who is he?” you ask. Simply put, he is

out of our league. He’s spent a life diligently

leading every organization he’s worked for to

unprecedented success. He’s overseen a company,

Silicon Graphics, where sales rose from $40

million to almost $4 billion and where 400

employees turned into 11,000 during his decadelong

stint as vice president corporate controller

and one year as senior vice president responsible

for legal, human resources, facilities information

systems and finance for the sales organization.

Before joining Silicon Graphics, he was a

certified public accountant with the Big Eight

accounting firm Haskins and Sells, now Deloitte.

He also spent nine years with Spectra Physics,

which was once a leading laser company that

helped develop the lasers we see at supermarket

checkout scanners. There are resume bullet points,

and then there are resume bullet points.

So yes, Dennis McBride is a very successful

businessman. However, the Bay Area is overrun

with very successful businesspeople, driven and

motivated to get theirs, not to mention yours

and mine as well if we’re not paying attention.

What makes him special, unique? To quote noted

role model Whitney Houston, he believes “that

children are our future” and he’s made it his mission

to “teach them well and let them lead the way.”

Most people who have worked feverishly to

attain the status of Dennis McBride don’t have

the time or energy to raise their own offspring

well, never mind other people’s progeny. McBride,

however, has been an active educational volunteer

for over 34 years, lending not just his name or his

wealth to the cause but assets far more valuable

— his time and experience — to better the lives of

Redwood City youth. It would seem that he’s done

a fair job of raising his own kids as well, as 21-

year-old Cory attends Foothill College and works

at NASA, mentoring the Bellarmine College

Preparatory Robotics Team and a Girl Scouts team,

while 18-year-old Casey attends San Jose State

University and is in the marching and pep bands.

McBride has always been interested in and

inspired by education. The credit for that, he

insists, should go to his family. “I think this

comes from my wife, mother, grandmother,

grandfather, aunt and sister being teachers. When

I watched the positive impact my wife had on her

students it was very inspiring. I also had a very

caring teacher that really made a difference in my

life. I believe that when you have a good life, you

have a duty to help others.”

And to help others, one must first be driven to

have the means to help. For McBride, that meant

attaining his M.B.A. in 1980, taking night classes

at Santa Clara University while simultaneously

putting in grueling 100-hour workweeks. “I

always loved school and felt that to be successful

in my field I would need an M.B.A. It was one of

the most intellectually stimulating things I have

done, but it was really hard,” he recalled.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa., McBride

moved with his family to the Peninsula at age 12,

settling at first in Pacifica until he moved out at 18,

and then making pit stops in Daly City, Millbrae,

Sunnyvale and Santa Clara. While he has been

a pillar of the community for over 25 years,

his residence in Redwood City is a fortunate

confluence of geographical compromise and

commuter frustration. “We moved to Redwood

City in 1979 because my wife, Lori, was a special

education teacher in Daly City and I worked in

Mountain View. We lived in Santa Clara and

Lori’s commute was miserable. Redwood City

was halfway for both of us. It had great weather,

lots of trees, and we liked our neighborhood and

the downtown area. We thought it would be a

good community to raise children in.”

His volunteer work hasn’t always been in

Redwood City and has come about on many

different platforms. “I was involved with Project

Business and Junior Achievement. I was a

member of Roosevelt’s School Site Council

for six years and Kennedy Middle School’s

School Site Council for five years. I was a parent

representative for seven years on Woodside High

School’s Shared Decision-Making Council. From

all these experiences, I gained tremendous respect

for how hard our teachers and administrators

work. They are fabulous and care so much for our

kids. To make a difference in one human being’s

life is a tremendous feeling. Our teachers and

staff make a difference all the time!”

When pressed on whether any volunteer

experience he’s been a part of stood out to him

above the others, McBride hearkened back to his

days in Silicon Valley. “When I worked at Silicon

Graphics, my finance group adopted an East San

Jose high school accounting class that had 18

students who would be the first to graduate from

high school in their family. We worked with the

class for three years. Seventeen of the 18 graduated.

One moved away. Three of them are now CPAs.”

“To make a difference in one human being’s life is a tremendous feeling.”

Now, though, Redwood City has McBride’s

full attention and he’s been a board member of

the Redwood City School District since 2004.

The job came with numerous obstacles, and

while there have been scores of successes, there

have also been some bitter disappointments.

McBride is careful and deliberate, making sure

to be thankful to and appreciative of those

whose work makes the district one of the most

acclaimed in all of the state. “We are very

fortunate in Redwood City that the county board

of supervisors and the City Council are extremely

supportive and collaborative with the Redwood

City School District. Ed Everett, the former city

manager, really understood how important our

youth are. They also provide funding for afterschool

programs. This level of cooperation is

unprecedented in the state. When I am with other

board members from around the state, they are

stunned to hear of our partnerships.”

However, the situation is far from ideal.

McBride doesn’t want kids to settle for ordinary

lives and ordinary expectations of themselves,

and he believes it’d be hypocritical for them to be

told to reach for the stars while having to settle

for educational compromises. “There are not

enough after-school programs for all the youth in

Redwood City You see kids going from Schaberg

Library to the Roosevelt shopping center after

school. If we had money, I’d like to see afterschool

enrichment programs for all students

with music, art, physical activities and study hall

with tutoring available. I’d also like to see those

students in need have mentors to work with them

so they have a positive role model.”

McBride also expressed a desire for

more school nurses and counselors and is

brainstorming ways to get funding for a “Parent

Institute” to help enable parents to be better role

models and advocates for their children.

Being caught up in the bureaucratic red tape

of educational funding is stressful and often

depressing. The people who deny the money are

often the ones who know the least about whom

they’re hurting and how they’re hurting them.

This is why for McBride the most enjoyable yet

bittersweet aspect of his job is visiting schools

and talking to the children. “When you are having

a discussion with eight second-graders who are

so excited to see you, it makes your day. Another

positive is the rewarding feeling that comes with

solving problems that impact our children. As an

elected official, you get to meet and interact with

a lot of very talented and passionate people. But

the biggest challenge all school boards face is that

there is never enough funding to meet the needs

of students, parents, teachers and staff. I feel bad

because I see children harmed by this. The state

always neglects the schools because schools do

not have lobbyists and don’t spend large sums of

money on state representatives’ campaigns,” he

said ruefully.

What puts all of McBride’s lifetime of

experience as a businessman, a public accountant

and a leader to the test is his role in shaping and

stretching the district’s budget. He was called

on to trim $1.5 million in 2007 and he estimates

having to cut another $6.1 million in 2008-2009.

The irony of being put in the position of having

to swing the ax when he, seemingly more than

anyone else, understands the value of education

is not lost on McBride. “When I received my

Masters in Governance from the California

School Board Association, I realized that as a

school board member I have a significant number

of conflicting needs, while a parent has really

only one: their child. You cannot expect the

parents to understand this.”

Nor does he want them to. In fact, he’d

be disappointed if any did. “It is always gutwrenching

when you are starting from a position

of not enough money to begin with, so every

cut is extremely painful. What people do not

understand is when you make a cut, you are not

saying that program being cut is not valuable. It is

the reality of having to get your budget to balance.

Parents need to write their elected representatives

in Sacramento and make it very clear that if they

want to be re-elected, they better quit harming

our children by their actions,” he pleaded.

Still, McBride will continue to fight the good

fight. What else can he do? All he’s ever known

and believed in are the twin principles of good

education and hard work, and he understands

the former is useless if not supplemented by the

latter. The approval of the Peninsula Park Project

by the City Council has heartened him somewhat

and he knows what the prospect of affordable

housing in Redwood City could mean to teachers.

“We will not be successful attracting the best and

brightest to work in our community if they have

to commute from the Central Valley every day. In

addition, at night they go home, so they are not

part of the community,” he warned.

McBride will continue to work on their behalf,

as well as that of the children. He has been

married to his wife, Lori, whom he refers to as

his best friend, for nearly 30 years. She is active

herself in the 17th District PTA and has been

involved in volunteering for the past 16 years.

The McBrides have given back their whole lives

and they know no other way. They are completely,

totally, incorrigibly out of our league.

And that’s probably why we’re in the mess we’re in.

“I’d also like to see those students in

need have mentors to work with them

so they have a positive role model.”

“Another positive is the rewarding

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Nonprofits in Action

Advocates for Children

For as little as 10 hours a month, you could make a lasting difference in the

life of an abused and neglected child.

Each year, 600 to 800 San Mateo County children enter the foster care

system as a result of abuse and neglect. Advocates for Children, CASA of

San Mateo County, is actively seeking caring and consistent adults to mentor

and speak up for the best interests of these children. Over 130 children are

waiting for someone who cares.

If you would like to become a volunteer advocate, or just want to learn

more, please attend an orientation held in their San Mateo office. Visit their

Web site ( or call 650-212-4423 for more information.

City Talk Toastmasters

Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop communication and leadership

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

Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road. Call Manny Rosas at 650-

780-7468 if you would like to check out a meeting or just stop in. Visit for more information about the Toastmasters public

speaking program.


CityTrees is a nonprofit working with the Public Works Department to

enhance and care for Redwood City’s urban forest. They usually plant or

prune on the third Saturday of each month. Check their Web site (www. for a listing of events and dates.

Family Service Agency of San Mateo County

Looking for a dependable source of skilled, reliable workers? Family

Service Agency of San Mateo County provides employers with mature,

ready-to-work, experienced workers who are 55 years and older. Employers

contact the service because they appreciate the superior work ethic and the

commitment to quality that mature workers possess. There are no fees for

hiring candidates. Contact Barbara Clipper at 650-403-4300, ext. 4368, to

place your job order.

For those who are looking for work and are at least 55 years of age,

Family Service Agency provides a range of services, including referrals

for classroom training, vocational counseling, job referrals and on-the-job

training for qualified participants. Contact Connie Tilles at 650-403-4300,

ext. 4371, if you are looking for work.

Friends for Youth

Do you like to play video games, shoot hoops, watch baseball games or just

have fun? Then you have what it takes to be a mentor!

As a mentor, you can hang out with a young person like Reggie. He’s a 12-

year-old who loves pizza, baseball and cars. He lives with his grandmother

and three sisters and would love to hang out with a guy and have fun. There

are 30 boys like Reggie waiting to be matched with a mentor like you. Most

of the boys wait more than a year to meet their mentors.

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 onehour

information session in Redwood City. For upcoming sessions, call 650-

482-2871 or e-mail

Hearing Loss Association of the Peninsula

Hearing Loss Association is a volunteer, international organization of hardof-hearing

people and their relatives and friends. The nonprofit, nonsectarian,

educational organization is devoted to the welfare and interests of those who

cannot hear well but are committed to participating in the hearing world.

A day meeting is held on the first Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the

Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. Educational speakers

and refreshments are provided. A demonstration of assistive devices is

held on the first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the second-floor

conference room at the Redwood City Public Library, 1044 Middlefield Road.

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

Nursing Mothers Counsel

Nursing Mothers Counsel, a nonprofit organization since 1955, provides free

breastfeeding education and assistance by highly trained counselors (moms

who breastfed for at least six months). To speak with a counselor (no fee), call

650-327-MILK (327-6455).

NMC also offers free breastfeeding classes. Moms (including babies),

dads, grandmas and friends are welcome. Classes are held the first Saturday

of each month at Mills Hospital in San Mateo from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 650-

327-MILK (327-6455) to RSVP.

NMC also has breast pumps and breastfeeding supplies available for

purchase and rent. Call 650-364-9579. If you’d like to become a trained

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

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 wants you as

a member.

The Optimist Club of Redwood City meets every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m.

at Bob’s Court House Coffee Shop at Middlefield and Broadway. For more

information please call their president, Steve, at 650-365-8089 or their

secretary, Ted Cole, at 650-366-1392. Or come join them for lunch to learn

more about how you can make a difference.

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club meets the third Wednesday of each month

at the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave. For more

information, call 650-366-6371.

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. New in 2006 and beginning with the

North Fair Oaks community, the shelter began driving 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 Marc Manuel at



News Briefs

DA Clears Officers

The officer who shot and killed a wanted parolee

Jan. 3 received clearance to go back to work

after a preliminary review of the case by the San

Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

A complete autopsy and toxicology report

is pending, but the initial review of the case

indicates the officer likely responded in an

appropriate manner, said Chief Deputy District

Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

The officer, whose name was not released, was

placed on leave pending both review of the case

and his medical status. The officer was shot in the

leg during the incident. He was taken to Stanford

Hospital where he was treated and released the

next day.

The officer is recovering well and remains on

medical leave from work, said Redwood City

police Capt. Chris Cesena.

Edward Reyes, 49, of Patterson, was shot and

killed when police officers attempted to serve

a warrant for his arrest at 1085 17th Ave. at 9:51

p.m. Jan. 2, according to Redwood City police.

As the officers positioned themselves at the

residence, Reyes allegedly opened fire with

a handgun from a garage side door. He hit an

officer in the leg. The officer fired back and killed

Reyes, according to police.

Police Investigate Car Arson

A car was ignited by an unknown culprit and

police are trying to determine who is responsible

for the arson.

Police and fire responded to a report of “an

explosion” and two cars burning at 46 Willow

St. in Redwood City. Arson investigators

determined that someone doused the Ford F150 in

a flammable liquid and set it ablaze. The fire also

caught a nearby vehicle on fire, Redwood City

police Capt. Chris Cesena said.

The owner of the car told police he did not

know who would be so upset at him to torch his

car, Cesena said.

Robe Thief Ties Up Prison Time

A 42-year-old man accused of stealing a yellow

bathrobe from the Grocery Outlet in Redwood

City was sentenced to three years in prison.

Jeffrey Kakar Butron faced up to four years

behind bars under the terms of a plea bargain

reached in October, but Judge Lisa Novak opted

for the middle term of two years on one count of

petty theft plus an extra year for his prior conviction.

Butron does not have to pay restitution to

the store, according to court records clerks. He

receives credit for 259 days against his sentence,

earned while in custody in lieu of $10,000 bail.

According to prosecutors, on Dec. 18, 2006,

Butron was spotted by store security placing the

robe in his car trunk after walking out of the

Broadway store with the item stuffed under his

jacket. He told police he took the yellow robe

into the store to see if he could exchange it for a

different garment.

Butron accepted a plea bargain on the single

count just after jury trial began last fall. He also

admitted one of five prior prison commitments

and prosecutors dismissed the remaining previous

conviction allegations.

Prosecutors declined to let Butron have a previous

offer of a two-year maximum made before trial

began but did dismiss the prior prison term

allegations and set the limit at four years in prison.

Decade Prison for Threats Against

Former Love

A 31-year-old man with a history of domestic

violence convictions was sentenced to more than

a decade in prison for threatening to kill his exgirlfriend

at her Redwood City pizzeria workplace

unless she took him back. Otto Cisneros received 10

years and eight months in prison, the maximum

allowed under the terms of a plea bargain he

accepted the morning of his Sept. 18 jury trial.

In return for the negotiated term, Cisneros pleaded

no contest to charges of threatening bodily harm,

using a firearm and being a felon in possession of

a firearm. He also admitting having one criminal

strike on his record, doubling any potential term.

At the time of his arrest, Cisneros was on

felony probation for former domestic violence

convictions. Cisneros changed his plea in return

for the court’s promise of more than 10 years and

four months in prison.

Early April 23, Cisneros reportedly went to the

scuffle in Redwood City last March pleaded no

contest to various felonies to avoid trial on other

charges, including attempted murder.

Adrian Arceo, 18, and Gabriel Arceo, 23, both of

Redwood City, each changed their pleas during a

hearing to either settle the case or confirm a jury date.

The elder Arceo pleaded no contest to assault

with a deadly weapon and admitted the allegations

of causing great bodily injury and participating

in a criminal street gang. In return, the court

and prosecution agreed to drop other charges,

including attempted murder and another count of

assault with a deadly weapon, and will seek no

more than three years prison.

If the pair had been convicted of the charges by

a jury, each faced a life prison term.

“It was a pretty good deal for them,” said Chief

Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Adrian Arceo pleaded no contest to

participating in a criminal street gang and admitted

the allegation of committing a serious felony. In

return, the court and prosecution also dropped

other charges against him and agreed to seek no

more than one year in jail.

Both men were to return to court Jan. 29 for a

probation report and sentencing.

The sentence comes just more than 10 months

after the incident in question.

At approximately 8:31 p.m. March 22, three men

claiming to be gang members approached the

victim in the 200 block of Harrison Avenue and

assaulted him, according to Redwood City police.

The man ran from Harrison Avenue across the

Whole Foods parking lot and toward the 1200

Redwood City pizzeria where his ex-girlfriend

block of Jefferson Avenue with the three men

works and begged her to take him back. When she

chasing him. The three men caught the victim

refused, he lifted up his shirt to display a handgun

and beat and stabbed him with a knife, according

and threatened her life, according to the District

to police.

Attorney’s Office. Police found Cisneros nearby

Authorities arrived on scene within two

with a .357 in his car and ammunition on his body.

minutes of receiving the call and witnesses

Since his arrest, Cisneros has been in custody

pointed out the direction the men fled. The victim

in lieu of $150,000 bail.

was taken to the hospital and treated for serious

but non–life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Officers arrested the Arceo brothers, but a third

Brothers Plead No Contest in Assault suspect remained at large. The man, described

Two brothers accused of beating and stabbing a as Hispanic, in his 20s, with long hair and dark

man with another suspect during a gang-related clothing, is still outstanding, according to the

District Attorney’s Office.

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Redwood Creek Is 500 Pounds Lighter

Photography by Jeff Carlick

It’s a muddy, backbreaking job, but Redwood Creek sure looks a lot

better afterwards. And it’s a much nicer place for ducks, egrets and fish

without all those plastic bags, foam boxes and paper cups.

Five local volunteers set out on two small boats on Saturday, Jan. 12, to

clean up debris from Redwood Creek and pulled over 500 pounds of litter

from the bay.

Jeff Dunn of Mountain View and Lee Callister of Redwood City, both

members of the Peninsula Yacht Club at Docktown Marina, joined pilot Dave

McCallum, David Bevan and Jeff Carlick, Docktown Marina residents, on

the cleanup excursion.

Armed with buckets and wearing gloves and boots, the volunteers trudged

out of the boats and onto the shores to gather the waterlogged litter and ferry

it back to be weighed and disposed of properly.

The mariners headed under the Bayshore Freeway overpass at Whipple

Avenue, where six tent encampments are sheltered under the freeway, toward

the downtown area where much of the litter is concentrated. A huge amount

of litter gets washed into the bay, particularly after storms, or gets carelessly

tossed away and winds up floating in and out with the tides.

McCallum has been the catalyst for the harbor cleanup project and has

been taking his boat out annually for years. Future cleanup excursions will be

coordinated through the Redwood Creek Floating Community Association

and public involvement will be encouraged.

Top: David Bevan and Lee Callister, both of Redwood City, unload some of the trash they collected from shores of Redwood Creek on Saturday, Jan. 12. Bottom: Lee Callister

plucks trash off the shore of Redwood Creek along with David Bevan and Dave McCallum on Saturday, Jan. 12. The Redwood City residents collected over 500 pounds of trash

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Now that a New Year has begun, shouldn’t you make that 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!

Auto Care:

Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway – This Redwood City institution

has been providing quality vehicle services since 1957, from new tires to

repair work. Redwood General Tire was founded on and continues to follow

the philosophy that good customer service and quality products at fair prices

will succeed in the marketplace. Many of their satisfied customers have been

with them since their founding. They proudly serve the third generation of

many of their first Redwood City


Eating and Catering:

Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road

– You will find everything at this

Redwood City favorite. Nestled in

the quiet neighborhood of Emerald

Hills, Canyon Inn is a popular stop

for bicycle touring clubs and local

sports celebrities. The restaurant is

especially noted for its burgers and

beers, but it also offers hot and cold

sandwiches, hot dogs, fish and chips,

spaghetti, ravioli, lasagna, tacos and


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.”

Encore Performance Catering – 2992 Spring St. – Owner Dave Hyman’s

menu goes on for eight pages of mouthwatering suggestions for everything

from continental breakfasts to appetizers and formal dinners, and he is quick

to offer additional possibilities to fit any occasion. Having a strong sense of

community, he participates in many local events and contributes leftovers

to St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room. Hyman is also proud of the fact that

his business products are nearly 100 percent recyclable. Need a caterer? Call

Dave at 650-365-3731.

Little India – 917 Main St. – This stylish Indian restaurant features a

reasonably priced all-you-can-eat buffet for both lunch and dinner, to dine

in or take out. The home-style food is mainly from the northwest region

of India, though items from other regions of India are also featured. Senior

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

appetite, because you will want to try everything!

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!”


Arthur Murray Dance Studio – 2065 Broadway – Put a little fun in your

life! Whatever your goal — meeting people, gaining confidence or preparing

for the first dance at your wedding — the expert instructors can design a

customized program just for you! Their professionals can also teach and

dance at your special event. Get started today. Your first lesson is always


Financial Institutions:

Business Profile of the Month

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

Re:Juvenate Skincare – 805 Veterans Blvd., Suite 140 – With the myriad

skin care procedures and products available today, isn’t it great to have a

team of experts assist you in choosing the combination that will work best for

you? Your skin will look its best in the shortest time possible and at the least

cost to you.

Treatment options include skin peels for dry, sun-damaged skin, to smooth

surface texture or correct excess oil that is causing acne. Other medical

treatments include Botox, fillers (Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm) and all laser

modalities, including hair removal, vein removal, brown spot removal and

skin resurfacing. Combination procedures can be done with a customized

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Personal Improvement:

Redwood Massage & Sauna – 797

Arguello St. – This professional

facility prides itself on having

exceptionally talented massage

therapists, trained in a variety of

specialized techniques to improve

your circulation, mental clarity and

creativity as well as optimize your

overall physical health. Your experience

at Redwood Massage & Sauna will

enhance your health and well-being

naturally amid clean, comfortable

and serene surroundings.


Lulu’s – 846 Main St. –Owner Nancy Radcliffe has taken 25 years of design

experience to create a collection of cards and gifts intermingled with eclectic

antique pieces, all affordably priced! You’ll find everything from baby gifts

and whimsical candles to perfect hostess gifts.

St. Regal Jewelers – 850 Main St. – “This is a great jeweler! Phil, the owner,

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

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

Home Improvements:

Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1.800.23.LEWIS – Founded in 1985, Lewis Carpet

Cleaners has grown from one small, portable machine to an office/warehouse

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

Redwood City and has truly made this town their home. They are committed

to the vision and success of our community, devoting their time, effort,

energy and services. Ask about their Spectrum special: Get 100 square feet

of carpet cleaned for absolutely nothing. Call today and make your house or

living space luxurious for the New Year!


Finance : This Valentine’s Day, Give A Present With A Future

By David Amann

Special to The Spectrum

Any Valentine’s Day gift is thoughtful. Still, most presents have fairly short

shelf lives — flowers fade, chocolates get eaten and those little candy hearts

that say “Be Mine” get stale. This year, why not give your special valentine a

gift that keeps on giving for years to come?

Specifically, consider making a financial gift. Here are a few possibilities:

Give stocks. You might want to give shares of stock in a company that makes

products favored by your loved one. As an alternative to buying stocks, you

could give some shares of your own. You’ll need to know what you originally

paid for the stock (its tax basis), how long you’ve held it and its fair market

value at the date of the gift. The recipient will need this information to

determine gains or losses when he or she sells the stock. (You’ll also need to

determine if you have to pay gift taxes. You can give up to $12,000 per year,

free of gift taxes, to as many people as you want.)

Contribute to an IRA. The IRA contribution limit for 2008 is $5,000.

Investors who are 50 or older can also make a “catch-up” contribution of an

additional $1,000. So, if your valentine hasn’t fully funded his or her IRA

for this year, you can help. Because of their tax advantages, IRAs are great

retirement-savings vehicles. (Traditional IRAs have the potential to grow taxdeferred;

Roth IRAs potentially grow tax-free, provided the investor has had

the account for at least five years and is 59½ or older.)

Make a charitable gift in your valentine’s name. Your loved one, like most

people, probably supports a variety of social and charitable organizations.

By making a donation to one of these groups in your valentine’s name, you

can add a special meaning to this Valentine’s Day. At the same time, you’ll

be giving yourself a little valentine, because you may be able to claim a tax

deduction for your charitable gift.

Review your estate plans. All right, it doesn’t sound all that romantic, but

if your sweetheart is also your spouse, you’ll certainly be looking out for his

or her best interests when you review your estate plans. If you were to die

without a will, for example, you would cause considerable anguish to your

survivors. And in many cases, a simple will isn’t enough — you may need to

establish a living trust or other estate-planning tool. You’ll also want to go

through your financial assets — including your IRA, 401(k), annuities and

life insurance contracts — to make sure your beneficiary designations are

still accurate. Beneficiary designations supersede whatever instructions may

be in your will, so it’s essential that you update your beneficiaries whenever

your family situation changes. It’s not uncommon for assets to go to the

“wrong” beneficiaries (e.g., spouses from earlier marriages) or to bypass

children born after the initial beneficiary designation was made.

By making any of these gifts, you’ll show your loved one that you really care

— and the results of your generosity will be felt long after Valentine’s Day is over.

Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors are not estate planners

and cannot offer tax or legal advice. You should consult with a competent tax

specialist or attorney for professional advice on your specific situation.

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Handyman Hints : Mother Nature vs. Your House

By August Murphy

Special to The Spectrum

It’s the middle of winter and Mother Nature has already won many battles

against fences, gutters and caulking. With the addition of heavy winds,

rainwater has been pushed into areas that normally don’t see moisture.

Most houses are built to allow water to run down the side of a house. But

strong winds can push water up, sideways and beyond. I’ve heard many

a complaint that “my house has leaks now that it never had before” due

primarily to the heavy winds.

• Replace any cracked window panes. If you end up replacing the entire

window, be sure to prime and paint exposed wood.

• Check all fence posts near the bottom to see if “mushy” and dry-rotted.

If the fence is unstable, consider replacing the rotten posts. If you can’t

fix it right away, brace it before the next storm.

• If paint is peeling, consider repainting.

What to do?

Several things to consider for winterizing your home:

• Caulk around all sides of windows, even below. Inspect exterior for

crevice cracks, any loose or decaying boards, loose bricks or hairline

cracks. If you see exposed entry points around pipes, seal them. Check

flashing to ensure water cannot enter the home. Caulk any gaps you see

under the eaves.

• Replace worn roof shingles or tiles.

• Clean out the gutters and spray water down the downspouts to clear

away debris.

Paint takes a lot of abuse from the sun and elements. Repaint before you

say to yourself, “I should have painted last year.” By then it may be too late.

When you can see exterior paint start to peel or oxidize, it will cost you more

to paint your home than if you had taken preventive action.

We all think we can save a lot of money if we “do it ourselves.” And even if

you are handy around the house, there may be some jobs you just shouldn’t

do. Consider hiring a professional such as Mr. Handyman.

Preventing water damage is far cheaper than repairing water damage.

Don’t delay — putting off small problems now can lead to serious structural

damage later.

• Consider installing leaf guards on the gutters and extensions on the

downspouts to direct water away from the home.

Senior Activities

The Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., provides the

following activities that are open to the public during February.

The Time to Prepare for Disaster Is NOW!

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 1–2 p.m.

The Bay Area is due for a large natural disaster within the coming years, and

there is no greater need for emergency planning than among special needs

communities, including our seniors and individuals with disabilities. Free

presentations include:

• Setting up an emergency support team and emergency plan in case

of disaster

• Completing a personal ability self-assessment list

• Creating carry-on-you, home, bedside and grab-and-go emergency


• Providing forms and explanations to assist in this process

Those attending the presentation will receive a free emergency kit.

Senior Affairs Commission Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 14, 1 p.m.

The City of Redwood City Senior Affairs Commission is holding its Feb.

14 meeting at the Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Road.

The objectives of the Senior Affairs Commission are to encourage, foster,

facilitate, establish and maintain programs for the enhancement of all matters

relating to the social, economic and personal well-being of the city’s senior

population. The public is invited to attend.

Love in the Air Dinner Dance

Thursday, Feb. 14, 6–9 p.m.

Enjoy a wonderful evening complete with a divine meal and dancing with

the Bob Saul Orchestra. A great place to meet new people, dance and enjoy

the spirit of Valentine’s Day. Reserve your tickets by calling 650-780-7259.

Transportation available. $15 per person.

Holiday Closure

Monday, Feb. 18

Veterans Memorial Senior Center will be closed for Presidents Day.

To learn more about the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, call 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


A Minute With Paula Uccelli

Paula Uccelli was born in San Jose and moved to Redwood City in 1952. She is a

graduate of Sequoia High School (class of 1960). She met Pete Uccelli during former San

Mateo County Sheriff Earl Whitmore’s campaign for Congress. Pete and Paula dated for

several years and married in 1986.

Paula is the owner of Pete’s Harbor. Among her many community activities, she is a

founder of the Sequoia Awards and the Peter and Paula Uccelli Foundation, an honorary

director on the Sequoia Hospital Foundation board, and a member of the board of

Redwood City International.

Paula has also received many awards, including the Chamber of Commerce’s Athena

Award and Redwood City Citizen of the Year, and is in the San Mateo County Women’s

Hall of Fame.

The Sequoia Awards are in March. How much

will be given in scholarships?


Are you happy to see the Peninsula Park project

heading for approval?

Yes! They are wonderful neighbors.

One word to describe your life right now?


What historical figure do you most identify with?

I don’t. Don’t feel I am worthy enough.

What living person do you most admire?

People that volunteer and give back to the


We all agree: Measure J

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ElEctEd StatE OfficialS

and lEgiSlatOrS

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

State Senator Joe Simitian

Assemblyman Ira Ruskin

State Superintendent of Schools Jack


cOunty OfficE HOldErS

Mark Church, County Supervisor

Rose Jacobs Gibson, County


Jerry Hill, County Supervisor

Adrienne J. Tissier, County Supervisor

Don Horsley, former County Sheriff

cOunty EducatiOnal


San Mateo College Board

Helen Hausman

Richard Holober

David Mandelkern

Patricia Miljanich

Karen Schwarz

Thomas Mohr, President,

Cañada College

San Mateo County

Board of Education

Jim Cannon

Rod Hsiao

Ted Lempert

Guillermo Morantes

Sequoia Union High School District

Board of Education

Don Gibson

Gordon Lewin

Olivia Martinez

Lorraine Rumley

Sally Stewart

San Mateo County Superintendents

Anne Campbell, Portola Valley

Elementary School District

Jan Christensen, Redwood City

Elementary School District

Patrick Gemma, Sequoia

High School District

Eric Hartwig, Las Lomitas

Elementary School District

Steve Mitrovich, San Carlos

Elementary School District

Emerita Orta-Camilleri,

Belmont Redwood Shores

Elementary School District

Ken Ranella, Menlo Park City

Elementary School District

grOupS & OrganizatiOnS

Carlmont Academic Foundation

Carlmont PTSA

Foundation for the Future,

Menlo-Atherton High School

Menlo-Atherton PTSA

Sequoia District Teachers Association

Sequoia High School PTSA

Sequoia Sports Boosters

Woodside High School Foundation

Woodside High School PTSA

rEdwOOd city

City Council

Alicia Aguirre

Ian Bain

Rosanne Foust, Mayor

Who are your heroes in real life?

I admire people that face adversity and pull

themselves up and improve their lives.

Favorite song?

“Through the Years” by Kenny Rogers.

Favorite television show?

“Dancing With the Stars.”

What is your most treasured possession?

Family and friends.

What talent would you most like to have?

To play the piano.

Something no one knows about you?

I am a frustrated singer and dancer.

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If you could change one thing about yourself,

what would it be?

Spend more time with the people I love.

Jim Hartnett

Diane Howard

Jeff Ira

Barbara Pierce

Brent Britschgi, (former)

Redwood City

Elementary School Board

Maria Diaz-Slocum

Alisa Green MacAvoy

Shelly Masur

Dennis P. McBride

Craig Baker (former)

Lorianna Kastrop (former)

Community Members

John & Diane Agate

Nancy Arbuckle

Blanca Avila

Tina Basler

Kathy Bassett

Keith Bautista

Marshall Burgamy

Jim & Nice Byrnes

Lynn Carteris

Teri Chin

Kathy Christensen

Linda Common

Cedric Crocker

Soco Davenport

Darcy Diaz

Agustin Duran

Nancy & Karl Ehat

Frank & Wendy Enriquez

Dee Eva

Lowry Fenton

Miguel Flores

Sean Foote

Ron & Linda Gordon

Gail Greely

Bob Grubb

Ed Huber

Noreen Huey

John King

Pat Krpan

Eva Lagunas

Donna Losey

Morgan Marchbanks

Lori McBride

Suzanne McElwee

Scott Morton

Anne Palu

Julia Pang

Mike Radoye

Ana Ramirez

Bernadette Serrano

Judy & David Sloan

Mary & Steve Webb

Charleen White

Janet Wilkerson

Kathy Zmay

What words or phrases do you most overuse?

Life changes in a split second.

If you could choose what to come back as, what

would it be?

I am happy with myself. Would not want to be

anyone else.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

I don’t think that anything is perfect.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Working with young people, seeing how they

grow and pass on to others.

What is your greatest regret?

I don’t think of it or waste time with regrets.

What is your motto?

The future is with our youth.

What or who is the love of your life?

Pete Uccelli, of course!


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