& A Very Likable Person
Let’s Talk Solutions
Can ONE project be a catalyst to help solve many existing local problems like PARKS?
The Answer is YES.
Redwood City has a shortage of active park
and recreation facilities. The city is below statewide
standards for parks, which has forced youth and
adult sports teams to compete over these limited
fields and facilities.
The 50/50 Balanced
Plan will reduce the
shortage of parks and make
Redwood City a leader in
parks and recreation lands
on the Peninsula.
The 50/50 Balanced
Plan includes more than
50 acres of sports fields,
featuring more than a
dozen new soccer/football,
baseball and softball fields and more than 240 acres
This expansion of city park and recreation lands
“We recently had tryouts and once again we
have more kids who want to play than we can
accommodate effectively due to the shortage
of fields. The city understands the need, but has
limited resources. New field space in Redwood
City paid for by a private developer would
really help with the problem.”—Dan Gibson,
Redwood City Resident and Baseball Organizer
will be funded by the 50/50 Balanced Plan – with all
costs borne by the project.
So when groups keep arguing that housing
should be built in downtown or along the El Camino
Real corridor (which we
agree with) where will
other important public
benefits, like parks, be
located? What’s their plan
for addressing parks?
The Saltworks site,
because of its scale, can
satisfy this important
But don’t take our
word for it. See for
yourself. Examine the facts. Ask for a thorough
evaluation of our proposal and the opportunities – all
of the opportunities – presented by the Saltworks site.
Follow Saltworks on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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Table of Contents
Inside The Spectrum – 4
RCSD Corner – 5
“As I Was Saying...” – 6
Cultural Events – 8
Redwood City Students
Preparing for School – 10
Community Interest – 13
Dedicated Fire Chief – 16
Insurance Tips: Top Reasons to
Carry Collision Insurance – 21
Summertime is in full swing and so is the August 2011 edition of The Spectrum Magazine. We
have got some great information for you this month.
Our cover story is on Redwood City Fire Chief Jim Skinner. He has been in the firefighting
field for 30 years, and our new contributing writer Julie McCoy will take you on his career
journey and into the future as he shares his “give back” attitude with you.
We continue to bring you our regular features on senior activities, items of community
interest, news briefs, cultural events and entertainment, insurance tips from Hector Flamenco,
information from the Redwood City School District and the popular feature “A Minute With.”
In Publisher Steve Penna’s column, “As I Was Saying…,” he writes about the selection
process for a new police chief, the November election and retirement. Not his own, of course,
but that of friends around him.
As the November City Council race gets closer, The Spectrum will be giving each candidate
the opportunity to have their announcement or kickoff event covered by one of our writers.
This month, the first candidate to be featured is Vice Mayor Alicia Aguirre. We also have a
story on a local retail outlet helping Redwood City students and a wrap-up of the Fourth of
We want to encourage you, our readers, to support our valuable Spectrum advertisers by
using their services when you are out shopping, dining or enjoying yourself in our community
with friends and family. Many of them have special offers for you to cut out and present,
including discounts on services, food and beverages, so please take the time to look over their
ads this month and use their coupons and discounts. And when you visit them, let them know
you appreciate their support of our local community publication.
If you want to keep up with all the up-to-the-day information about our community, please
visit our website at www.spectrummagazine.net. Until next month, thank you, Redwood City,
and enjoy our community!
Senior Activities – 21
News Briefs – 22
Shop Redwood City – 26
Getting Patriotic in RWC – 28
A Minute With David Kassouf – 30
Owner and Publisher
James R. Kaspar
Cover/Cover Story Photography
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Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot
Spectrum Publisher Steve Penna contacted our cover subject, Redwood City
Fire Chief Jim Skinner, and scheduled our cover shoot for Thursday, July 28,
at 2 p.m. at fire station No. 9 on Marshall Street downtown.
Since it is exciting, even thrilling, for any child to meet and interact with
an actual firefighter, Penna took his 5-year-old twin godsons to the shoot. The
three arrived just before cover subject photographer James Kaspar did, and
after exchanging greetings they all went to the third floor, where department
administration and Chief Skinner’s office is located.
The fire station staff warmly greeted the group and made everyone feel
welcome. Skinner was notified that “The Spectrum is here,” and he came
out into the lobby and led everybody to his office. Penna’s godsons, who are
usually very outgoing and curious, seemed a bit shy and awed, hiding behind
their godfather when first introduced to everyone. A few pieces of candy on
the counter seemed to help them ease into the whole experience.
After taking several shots in Skinner’s office, the group was led to the
second floor, where they could take some pictures of Skinner looking down
from one of the four fireman poles in the station. They were then led into the
engine garage, where all the trucks are housed.
After taking a few group photos with other administrators of the department,
they then took some photos of Skinner with the godsons. The photo that
appears on the cover was not posed and is indicative of how much children
love firefighters. The kids put their arms around each other while keeping one
hand on Skinner. A true symbol of how safe we all feel around firefighters.
The entire shoot took about an hour.
While our community looks back with pride at the department’s 150 years
of service and dedication, we also look forward under Skinner’s leadership
to the possibilities of the future. A partnership with San Carlos is forming,
which will no doubt create other similar opportunities.
The Redwood City Fire Department and our firefighters have an
impeccable reputation throughout the state of being top-notch, highachieving,
dedicated and progressive. The Spectrum is pleased to honor
Skinner and his department for not only being there when needed but also
when we don’t know we need them. Here’s to another 150 years and more!
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RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District
New Principals Hired for Selby Lane, Kennedy Middle Schools
When students arrive for the first day of school at Selby Lane
School and Kennedy Middle School in August, they will
be greeted by a new principal. Dana McDonald is the new
principal of Selby Lane School and David Paliughi is the new
principal of Kennedy Middle School.
“We are pleased to have found two extraordinarily strong leaders for
Selby Lane and Kennedy schools,” said Superintendent Jan Christensen.
“Principals are the instructional leaders of our schools, and both of these
candidates bring a legacy of strong student achievement and effective
leadership from previous positions. We are delighted that they chose to join
the Redwood City School District and are looking forward to working with
them in our mission to educate every child for success.”
McDonald joins the district from Aurora, Colo., where she is currently
principal of an elementary school. McDonald brings to Selby Lane extensive
instruction and administrative experience in K–8 education, with particular
expertise in special education and services for English language learners, gifted
and talented students, and students qualifying for free and reduced programs.
In accepting her new position, McDonald said, “I am honored to be given
the opportunity to join Selby Lane as an instructional and strategic leader. I
look forward to meeting students, staff, families and community members
and to continue great partnerships as well as build new ones. I am committed
to improving student achievement through building relationships with
students, staff, families and the community. Even the most challenging goals
can be met when we work strategically together with unwavering purpose.”
Selby Lane School serves more than 700 kindergarten through eighthgrade
students on a tree-studded campus in nearby Atherton. Instruction
at the school has concentrated on the core academic curriculum of English
language arts, social studies, math and science for all grades. Community
volunteers offer a Partners in Reading program, and the Selby Education Foundation
raises money to provide extra support to Selby Lane students and teachers.
Paliughi, the new principal of Kennedy, most recently served as program
manager and principal at Sanger Unified School District, and prior to that he
was the principal at Wilson Elementary School in Sanger. During the time
that Paliughi served as principal at Wilson Elementary, the school moved
Principal, Selby Lane School
Principal, Kennedy Middle School
from a Year 4 Program Improvement School to a California Distinguished
School and won a Title I Academic Achievement Award. Besides serving as an
elementary school principal, Paliughi has been a continuation high principal,
a guidance learning specialist and a nationally certified school psychologist.
In accepting his new position, Paliughi said, “It is with eager anticipation
that I count down the next couple months until the students arrive at Kennedy
Middle School for the 2011–12 academic year. I am honored to be afforded
the opportunity to lead the Cougars and I am committed to ensure that
student learning occurs for every child every day, whatever it takes. I cannot
wait to meet the students, staff, families and community members with
continued partnerships, as well as foster new relationships.”
Kennedy Middle School is the largest comprehensive middle school in the
district and offers a full spectrum of academic options to meet the needs of
all students, such as high school geometry for advanced math students and
intervention classes for students who need extra help in language arts and
math. Kennedy also offers enrichment classes such as orchestra/band, web
page design and a student-produced morning TV show, and is known for
producing an outstanding musical each spring.
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As I Was
| Steve Penna
And we have a City Council race.
Incumbents beware, you have two
or more potential challengers who
are hoping to fill your seats after
the November election.
Let’s start here: Incumbents Alicia Aguirre,
Ian Bain, Rosanne Foust and Barbara Pierce
are all up for re-election and are running. All have
taken out nomination papers and will file them by
the Aug. 12 deadline.
Stating, “I can’t say I expect to win,” Brett
Garrett has been the first one to officially turn in
his candidacy papers, complete with nominating
signatures. Qualifying signatures are “only a
person who is a registered qualified voter at the
time he/she signs the Nomination Petition.” There
appears to have been a slight problem with the
initial signatures he submitted, so he has until the
deadline to correct the problem.
“I’m the dark horse candidate, but I will do my
best to represent those who oppose the Saltworks
project,” Garrett stated. OK, so he is obviously
running on the platform that the Saltworks project
on the Cargill property should not be reviewed
or an EIR done to see if it is a good fit for our
community. That is what most of the extreme
environmentalists who have weighed in are saying.
On his website, Garrett states, “Stop Saltworks:
Run for City Council! The City Council of Redwood
City should include voices in favor of preserving
the remaining San Francisco Bay wetlands. If you
would like to be one of those voices, now is the
time to step up to the plate.” He goes on to state
that he “would gladly form a coalition or lend my
support to others who share these goals.”
I wonder if that support includes sharing his
money as well. The self-employed website-hosting
executive has contributed substantially ($500 or
more) to the campaigns of Obama for America in
2008, Kucinich for President 2008, Winograd for
Congress in 2010 and the political action website
MoveOn.org. He also endorsed April Vargas in
her run for county supervisor last year.
The council should include different voices
that favor different ideologies. But to suggest,
as Garrett does, that one should include an anti-
Cargill stance is not valid. The voices that should
be on the council are what the majority of the
voters want and not just because one favors the
preservation of wetlands. Although the Saltworks
project is an important one for our community,
other issues of more importance are facing our
community right now.
I have seen candidates who are single-issueoriented
and they are seldom elected. I have also
seen candidates run on a platform — let’s say on
fiscal responsibility — and once elected do little or
nothing to reduce overhead, or vote against their
colleagues to make a statement. So I guess it is possible.
There are incumbents who are running and are
vulnerable. But to unseat one, there would have to
be a candidate running who has the funding and
support to get their message out to voters. Another
method would be a strong grassroots campaign.
That takes serious organization over funding, and
I have seen candidates use it effectively. So it will
be interesting to see how Garrett campaigns and
if the speakers at the council meetings and letter
writers against the Saltworks project deserve a
voice on the council.
As we were going to press and I had to finish
my column, another potential candidate, Paul
McCarthy, took out papers to run. Until he files, I
think I will just let it be. Oh, wrong Paul.
In other races related to Redwood City voters, all three
incumbents on the San Mateo County Community
College District board of trustees — Dave
Mandelkern, Patricia Miljanich and Karen
Schwarz — have now filed to run for re-election.
Only one challenger, Jamie Diaz, has filed to run.
Sequoia Union High School District trustees
Lorraine Rumley and Olivia Martinez have filed
to run for re-election. One seat is up for grabs,
since Don Gibson doesn’t plan to run for a third
term. So far, Menlo Park resident Allen Weiner,
East Palo Alto resident Larry James Moody
and Carrie Du Bois, San Carlos School District
trustee, have filed.
Please note that the candidates for these and all
races will most likely change, as the deadline to
file is Aug. 12, which is after we go to press. But I
will make sure you have all the latest and in-depth
coverage next month.
By the time this column is out on the streets,
the recruitment process for a new police chief
will have begun and prospective candidates will
have started applying. I am expecting that a new
chief will be chosen soon after the November
City Council election. To make the selection
before then would potentially cause a campaign
issue with incumbents running, so it is a safe
Wanting to include their voice in the process,
the Redwood City Police Officers Association
(POA) board and the Chief of Police (C.O.P.) selection
committee recently sent out a survey to the POA
membership, wanting to understand how they feel
about the process to select the new police chief.
According to POA President Mike Reynolds,
the “completely anonymous” survey sent out to all
members was labeled an “opportunity to have a
voice in the very critical C.O.P. selection process,
which will impact all of us one way or another.”
The survey generally asked its members questions
like: a) Should they consider only the internal
candidates or allow any qualified candidate to
apply? b) What is the biggest problem facing the
department today? c) What types of qualities,
virtues or traits should our next chief of police possess?
The survey then went on to ask the members
which interim police chief (Chris Cesena or Ed
Hernandez) they preferred to work under. The
two are sharing duties as chief until a replacement
is made. The survey also asked members whether,
should either interim chief be chosen, the
department would: a) move ahead, b) fall behind,
c) stay the same, d) I don’t know. In other words,
they were polling their membership to see who the
preferred choice is.
OK, I am thinking the same thing you are.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all pick our bosses?
But unfortunately that is not reality. Well, that is
unless you are self-employed, and even then one
does not always like their boss. Regardless, in most
cases that is not a reality, and that includes this instance.
I know that the survey was designed to give
the POA membership a voice. But does it really
work out that way? It seems like a double-edged
sword. We all know the selection process ends
with a decision by City Manager Bob Bell. I
can only assume that when presented with the
survey results, one evaluating them would either
take it as fact and support for one of the interims
or read into that the least favorable one is the
one that holds them accountable and has higher
expectations for the department. Thus, what are
the real effects of the survey results?
I guess only time will tell.
(continues on page 19)
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The Main Gallery
1018 Main St., Redwood City
The Main Gallery, an artists’ cooperative with
23 members, showcases the work of some of the
best local talent in the Bay Area. The gallery is
located in the historic yellow Victorian cottage at
the corner of Main and Middlefield. The gallery is
open Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
and weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Festive! Celebrate at The Main Gallery
This year’s celebration theme for The Main
Gallery’s 11th annual all-gallery show is
“Festive!” The show will run Aug. 10 through
Sept. 11. The reception, serving drinks and hors
d’oeuvres, will coincide with Redwood City’s Art
Walk — Saturday, Aug. 13, from 6:30 p.m. until
9 p.m. Come participate in a fun evening filled
with some extra surprise festivities and meet the
“Festive” means different things to different
people, and The Main Gallery’s artists have
translated their view of what celebrating is
into their own unique visual formats. Here is a
sampling of what to expect.
Irene Carvajal states, “Summer in my garden
attracts all sorts of insects. Flowers bloom, fruit
ripen and in particular the bees start celebrating.
The dancing, flying and buzzing inspired me to
create a series of monoprints entitled ‘The Queen
Bee’s Coronation.’” The monoprints are done
in a square format, which Carvajal feels creates
a symmetry and elegance in their presentation.
The use of different materials, including using
glue for a relief effect and pages out of antique
music books and dictionaries along with royal
reds, makes for an eye-catching lively series of
The ceramics of Doris Fischer-Colbrie relate to
food as being festive: a bevy of “Birdie” birthday
candle holders, a party of cups and a gondolainspired
serving bowl are all on exhibit. Fischer-
Colbrie exclaims, “Of course, to set the stage for
food one also needs flowers, so I have created a
blue sea urchin–like vase, complete with gold
The anniversary show being a celebration
theme, Susan Wolf decided to make a set of
porcelain champagne cups with the top part
representing a shell, the bottom part a wave
pattern, calling the cups Fiesta del Mar
Hula dancers along with a Hawaiian theme
at The Main Gallery’s previous show, “Aloha,
Return to Paradise,” inspired Belinda Chlouber
to create a mixed-media paper piece. Chlouber
states, “I painted the hula dancers in silhouette
and then used a photo of jellyfish that I took from
the Monterey Aquarium for the background, but
you have to look very hard to see the jellyfish! I
hadn’t realized until I juxtaposed the hula dancers
with the jellyfish how similar in feel they were.
The flowers in the foreground are drawn from a
photo I took while we visited Hawaii in April.”
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• An Evening of Brazilian-Inspired Jazz With
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• Lovefool: The Quintessential ’90s Band. 9 p.m.
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• Lara Price Blues Revue. 7 p.m. Wednesday,
• Sinister Dexter With Rebecca Lipon. 8 p.m.
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• Daniel Castro (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.
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• Trikk Baby. 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26.
• Evolution: The Ultimate Tribute to Journey. 9
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Preparing for School
Six-year-old Lucero Perez tries on boots with the help
of Eva Fordham during a back-to-school shopping
spree at the Target in Redwood City
“What is your shoe size?” Eva Fordham asked her
petite shopping companion at the Redwood City Target.
“Thirteen and a half,” 6-year-old Lucero Perez
answered. “It’s on my shoe.”
After knowing the size, the hunt was on for
boots that would work with her school uniform.
The ladies were paired up Tuesday as part of a
back-to-school shopping spree made possible
through a partnership between the Salvation
Army and Target. About 30 Redwood City
students were chosen to participate. Each was
given an $80 gift card to purchase back-to-school
supplies along with a volunteer chaperone to help
with the shopping.
We wanted to give them the opportunity to be
prepared for education, said Salvation Army Capt.
Fordham, financial development director for
the Salvation Army Golden State Division, has
participated in the event for three years. She even
helped Perez’s older sister last year.
“It’s really important. As a kid, we just went
back-to-school shopping,” said Fordham.
Many of these children don’t have the
opportunity to otherwise prepare for school with a
back-to-school shopping trip.
Families are identified through social services
networks and outreach already done by the
Salvation Army, said Capt. Andres Espinoza.
“It’s really exciting,” Espinoza said of the day.
“This is an investment in the future.”
Target partnered with 40 of the Salvation Army
divisions nationwide, donating $1 million for the
sprees. About 500 stores had children shopping
Tuesday as part of the program.
Volunteers and children were given a list as a
guide but ultimately were able to work on their
own to meet each child’s needs.
Perez needed a uniform, including boots, and
a number of school supplies. Thankfully for the
little girl, who is about to enter second grade,
Target had a variety of school items emblazoned
with the face of teen heartthrob Justin Bieber.
Perez chose notebooks, folders and a backpack
with Justin’s likeness included.
“I’m good with Justin Bieber,” Perez said of her choices.
To learn more about local Salvation Army
efforts visit www.salvationarmy.org.
Editor’s note: This article, written by Heather Murtagh,
appeared first in the Daily Journal newspaper.
Redwood City is Working to
Provide the Community with
Smooth, Safe Roadways
Road Repair and Resurfacing
~ July through September ~
East Bayshore Road
Various Neighborhood Streets
As part of its Roadway Preventative Maintenance
Program, Redwood City is working on several major
street repair and resurfacing projects.
This will result in improved roadways for the
community, but will cause some inconvenience to
motorists and some residents and businesses.
Expect periodic lane closures, detours, some dust,
and temporary parking restrictions during
construction. All roadway users are asked to be
particularly cautious during construction and
observe detour and directional signage.
Please see www.redwoodcity.org
or call 650‐780‐5923 for more information
and a complete list of affected streets.
to residents, motorists,
and nearby businesses for your patience as we work
to improve the community’s roadways – and our
apologies in advance for any inconvenience.
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City Celebrates Toddler Playground, Adult Lounge
Spanning the generations, Redwood City celebrated both the grand reopening
of the Fair Oaks Community Center toddler playground and the inauguration
of its new adult activity center lounge.
The new playground was completely redesigned with a new sand area,
a wider area for tricycles, more play space and new play equipment. The
playground is overseen and operated by the Redwood City Child Development
Program and funded with Redwood City capital improvement funds.
The adult lounge was created by converting several units of offices into
a large space with a “living room” feel for older adults. It contains lounge
chairs and sofas, tables for reading or games, brand-new bookshelves stocked
with books, new lighting, artwork on the walls and plants. The lounge
is a partnership between the city, nonprofit Rebuilding Together, Roche
Molecular Systems, Supple Homes Inc., Peninsula Family Service — which
operates the Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center — and a private donor.
The ribbon cutting featured County Supervisor Don Horsley and Redwood
City Vice Mayor Alicia Aguirre, along with adults and toddlers.
Redwood City Hires New HR Head
Redwood City has hired Rebecca Burnside as its new human resources
director, filling the vacancy left when Bob Bell was appointed city manager.
Burnside, who most recently served as director of human resources and
risk management for Foster City, begins with Redwood City Aug. 22. She
will earn an annual salary of $179,724.
Bell lauded Burnside, who he said has a wide range of experience, talent and
knowledge. “I know she’ll excel as a crucial member of our executive team,” Bell
said in a prepared statement. Burnside called Redwood City “a great fit for me.”
Burnside has a law degree from Tulane Law School and a Bachelor of Science
in general management/industrial relations from the University of Minnesota.
The Human Resources Department handles recruitment, organization and employee
development, benefits administration, workers’ compensation, performance
management and personnel systems management among other functions.
City Hires Community Development Director
Redwood City has hired a community development director to oversee
several key functions, helping officials manage land use and balance
increased service demands with dwindling resources.
Bill Ekern most recently served as director of special projects/project
management for the San Jose Redevelopment Agency and has more than 25
years of experience in city management. Ekern’s first day was Aug. 1 and he
will earn $185,000 annually plus benefits.
City Manager Bob Bell lauded Ekern’s experience and said officials are
“thrilled” to have him join the city. Ekern returned the accolades, calling
Redwood City “an unprecedented opportunity for me,” in a prepared statement.
The Community Development Department includes planning, housing,
redevelopment, building, engineering and transportation. Ekern’s role will be
managing development and land use matters. He will also work with the City
Council and Planning Commission, said city spokesman Malcolm Smith.
Although the city created Ekern’s position, it also moved two director jobs
back to division manager level. One department head, Ekern, will be better
able to oversee and coordinate the functions of different divisions involved in
the same projects and initiatives, Smith said.
Ekern has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California
at Davis and a master’s degree in public administration from San Jose State University.
More Street Work Planned for Redwood City
Motorists in Redwood City should prepare for slowed traffic, detours, parking
restrictions and even a little bit of dust as the city embarks on a slew of
neighborhood street improvements through the rest of summer.
The city recently announced grant-funded resurfacing projects on
Veterans Boulevard and East Bayshore Road. This second set of preventive
maintenance is scheduled to begin mid-July and run through September.
If possible, drivers should consider alternative routes to minimize or avoid
traffic delays. They should also expect periodic lane closures, detours and
periods during which no vehicles are allowed. Work hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4
p.m., with streets typically reopened by 5 p.m.
While the city will try to minimize the impact, some inconvenience is
unavoidable, spokesman Malcolm Smith said in a prepared statement.
The work consists of two phases, preparation and either slurry seal or
overlay. Where slurry seal is used, streets may be closed up to four hours to
let the sand and oil mixture dry. During that time, residents are urged to keep
cars, children and pets away as the material can be difficult to remove from
rugs, clothing and fur.
A 2-inch layer of new asphalt laid on top of the existing road will also
require traffic controls.
Streets scheduled for slurry seal are: Blomquist Street from Maple Street
to Seaport Boulevard, Broadway from Hopkins Avenue to El Camino Real,
Broadway from Woodside Road to Charter Street, Canyon Road (off-street
parking areas only), Charter Street from Middlefield Road to Broadway,
Chesapeake Drive from Seaport Boulevard to Saginaw Drive, Galveston
Drive from Pendescot Drive to Chesapeake Drive, Hudson Street from
Whipple Avenue to Woodside Road, James Avenue from St. Francis Street
to Sequoia Station, Maple Street from Highway 101 to Blomquist Street,
Marlin Court from end to end, Marlin Drive from Marlin Court to Redwood
Shores Parkway, Marshall Street from Arguello to Main streets, Middlefield
Road from Woodside Road to Pacific Avenue, Pendescot Drive from Saginaw
Drive to the cul-de-sac, Redwood Avenue from Fairview Avenue to Hudson
Street, Saginaw Drive from Chesapeake Drive to the cul-de-sac, Seaport
Boulevard from Highway 101 to Seaport Court, Seaport Boulevard (two-lane
section) from Seaport Court to the end, Seaport Boulevard (four-lane section)
from Seaport Court to Pacific Shores Center, and Valota Road from Jefferson
Avenue to Woodside Road.
Streets scheduled for overlay work are: Broadway from Chestnut Street
to Woodside Road, Connecticut Drive from Carson Street to Massachusetts
Avenue, East Bayshore Boulevard from Whipple Avenue to Bair Island Road,
Kentfield Avenue from Redwood Avenue to Woodside Road, Laurel Street
from El Camino Real to Hancock Street, McGarvey Avenue from Farm Hill
Boulevard to Roosevelt Avenue, and Westgate Street from Hopkins Avenue to
Alameda de las Pulgas.
Moulton Named New Housing Head
Both the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County and the Housing
Endowment and Regional Trust have named Mark Moulton their new executive director.
The two San Mateo County housing groups share staff but have separate
boards of directors. HEART raises money from public and private sources to
meet housing needs. The Housing Leadership Council works to increase the
housing supply at all levels of affordability.
Moulton is the founding executive director of Redwood City–based Living
City Partners, which builds affordable multi-unit housing for low-income
families, and served more than 10 years as the founding executive director at
Peninsula Habitat for Humanity. While there, the organization grew to a staff
of 15 with a $3.5 million annual budget.
Moulton also volunteers with the Nonprofit Center of San Mateo County,
Sustainable San Mateo County and Concentric Media. He helped found the
Housing Leadership Council in 2001, serving as a past board president and
fund development committee chair.
“[Moulton] combines a deep knowledge of fund development, community
outreach and alliance building with a passion for building affordable housing
for San Mateo County’s young families, workforce and seniors,” said County
Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson, HEART board chair, in a prepared statement.
Andrea Papanastassiou and Melissa Platte, co-chairs of the Housing
Leadership Council, echoed the sentiment and said Moulton will add strength
and growth to their organization.
Moulton fills the vacancy left when Chris Mohr left the position after eight
years to relocate his family to Pennsylvania.
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Date: October 1, 2011
Start Time: 10:00 AM
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Events Around Town Downtown Business Group Monthly Meeting, August
The Downtown Business Group held its monthly meeting at Jigsaw Java on Main Street. From top left: Alpio Barbara and Regina Van Brunt before the meeting. Alisan Andrews, Julie
Goodenough, Beth Mostovoy and Stephen Tabler. Nina Kadera honored for her year as president. Now where is that piece? Mary Albitz and Kadera prepare refreshments. Timothy Lease
gives Mostovoy free relaxing services.
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Jim Skinner: Dedicated Fire Chief
& ‘Just a Really Fun Guy to Have Around’
By Julie McCoy, contributing writer
JMembers of the Redwood City Fire Department administration join Chief Skinner in front of an old Redwood City engine.
im Skinner gets up at 4:15 a.m. and by 5 attended the City College of San Francisco’s fire
he’s doing yoga. By 7, the fire chief for the science program. In 1981, he was hired as a fire
Redwood City Fire Department is already inspector for the South County Fire Authority
at work, ready to tackle whatever may come in San Carlos, now the Belmont–San Carlos
his way. Skinner used to be out in the field Fire Department. He became a firefighter for the
fighting blazes, but now he assumes more of an Redwood City Fire Department in 1982 and then
administrative role. During the day, he interacts climbed the ladder within the department. He was
with staff and meets with department heads promoted to captain in 1990 and to battalion chief
(for example, the parks and recreation director, in 1998. He has held his current title as fire chief
city manager, finance director, human resource since September 2008. Skinner says he loves what
director and community services director) in he does so much that he doesn’t consider it work.
Redwood City and San Carlos. At night, he
attends community meetings (for example, City
Council meetings). It’s all part of the job for the
Fire Department veteran. “My job is to help other
people do their job, give them the tools, support
and guidance they need,” he said. “Every day
is the same, but every day is different. There is
never a dull moment.”
Following in his relatives’ footsteps
Skinner, who has been in the firefighting field
for 30 years, has always had a deep desire to
give back to his local community. His dad was
a policeman, but he couldn’t really envision
himself doing that. His uncle and his cousin were
both firemen, however, and by following in their
footsteps, Skinner found a great fit.
Climbing the ladder
Right after finishing high school, Skinner
An educator, too
In addition to his role at the Redwood City Fire
Department, Skinner has taught in the City College
of San Francisco’s fire science department since
1994. Having come full circle, he currently teaches
in the same classroom in which he was a student
in the fire science program. He also teaches command,
management and prevention classes for California
State Fire Training and is an adjunct instructor for
the National Fire Academy.
Skinner holds a bachelor’s degree in fire science
with a major in fire administration from Cogswell
Polytechnic College in Sunnyvale and is a statecertified
A good sense of humor is key
Being in the firefighting profession isn’t easy, but
Skinner and others in his department maintain a
good sense of humor, which helps reduce stress.
“A good sense of humor helps us get through the
day here,” he said. “We do a lot of laughing. A
good sense of humor helps. It helps with the stress.”
Committed to the city and his department
Armando Muela, former fire chief for the Woodside
Fire Protection District, has known Skinner for
about 20 years. The two first met when Skinner
became an emergency medical technician and
Muela taught the EMT program in which Skinner
was enrolled. They also worked together for
about nine years when both were battalion chiefs.
The two worked on a number of fires together,
including the Main Street fire in 2002.
“He keeps the room very light and jovial but
he has a good balance on what he does,” Muela
said. “Jim has always been a champion of great
relationships and getting the job done. He is able to
analyze the situation and come up with solutions.”
Skinner has been very dedicated to not only
his department but Redwood City itself, Muela
stressed. “His dedication to the fire service
has never been unwavering,” he said. “Jim has
been a real avid champion of customer service.”
Skinner worked on a program to put in automatic
external defibrillators in public places and has
also coordinated and presented Public Safety Day
to participants in the Redwood City–San Mateo
County Chamber of Commerce’s leadership
program. He also has helped the Redwood City
Lions Club raise money.
City Manager Bob Bell, who has worked with
Skinner on variety of issues, said, “He’s very
committed to Redwood City and the [Fire] Department.
He’s a very intelligent, very likable person. He has
a good sense of humor and is very easy to work
with. He’s very highly regarded in his industry.
He is open to new ideas and new ways of doing
things. He’s just a real enjoyable person to be
around. He’s just a really fun guy to have around.”
A vital role in the community
Skinner stressed that his department plays a vital
role in the community. “We are part of the fabric
in the community,” he said. “We take great pride
in that. When people are in crisis, we help them.
When they’re not in crisis, we provide public
education. We’re your neighbor. We’re the Fire
Department. You know us and recognize us, and
that’s what it’s all about.”
A rewarding yet challenging career
What are some of the rewards of leading the
Redwood City Fire Department and what are
some of the challenges? It’s rewarding being able
to touch individuals and help them be better at
what they are doing, Skinner said. The challenges,
on the other hand, are keeping current with
the needs of the community and trying to get
everything done within budget constraints, he
said. The Redwood City Fire Department has a
budget of $15 million.
Time of transition
Skinner is leading the Fire Department during a
time of great transition. The Belmont–San Carlos
Fire Department is dividing, and Belmont will be
on its own while San Carlos will partner with the
Redwood City Fire Department.
The Redwood City Fire Department will provide
administrative duties, fire prevention, and battalion
chief coverage and supervision to San Carlos.
Later, San Carlos will hire its own working staff
to fill vacant positions at its two fire stations.
“We just really want people
to recognize our 150th
anniversary and come out
and have a good time,”
“It’s a great opportunity for both cities,” Skinner
said, noting that the change should not affect the level
of service. “The goal is that the service delivery
level will remain the same,” he said. “It’s a winwin
for everybody, especially the community.”
While the goal is to make the transition as
seamless as possible, Skinner acknowledged there
may be some challenges and glitches. Most people
will keep their jobs, but some jobs may be shed.
Both cities will save a significant amount of
money. In fact, Skinner estimates that Redwood
City and San Carlos will each save $1 million
annually. The money saved has already enabled
Skinner to hire a deputy fire chief.
The transition comes as the Redwood City Fire
Department celebrates its 150th anniversary,
which will be marked with a fundraiser gala
featuring hors d’oeuvres and dancing at the Fox
Theatre on Oct. 22. The hors d’oeuvres will
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Events Around Town Campaign Kickoff for Alicia Aguirre, Sunday, July 24
Redwood City Vice Mayor Alicia Aguirre kicked off her re-election campaign for City Council at her Redwood City home. More than 80 people attended. State Assembly member Rich
Gordon introduced Aguirre as someone who reaches out to the community and beyond, as was apparent by the number of elected officials and community members from throughout
the county who attended her kick-off campaign. “Alicia is not only a leader for Redwood City, but a leader for our region,” Gordon said.
Others in attendance included Council Members Jeff Gee and Ian Bain, Redwood City; Pam Frisella, Foster City; Gina Papan, Millbrae; Bob Grassilli, San Carlos; Kirsten Keith, Menlo
Park; Shelly Masur, Redwood City School District; and Lorraine Rumley, Sequoia Union High School District. Also in attendance were many campaign supporters, including Redwood
City Planning Commissioners Nancy Radcliffe and Ernie Schmidt and community leaders Georgi LaBerge, Hector Flamenco, Melanie Seybert, Paula Uccelli, Warren Dale, Margie
Carrington and Tom Mohr, former president of Cañada College.
Jim Skinner: Dedicated Fire Chief & ‘Just a Really Fun Guy to Have Around’
(Continued from previous page)
start around 7 p.m. and the band, Pride and Joy, will kick off around 9 p.m.,
according to Paul Sherwood, engineer paramedic for the Redwood City Fire
“We just really want people to recognize our 150th anniversary and come
out and have a good time,” Sherwood said. “We’re definitely encouraging the
public to buy tickets.”
Proceeds from the event, which is open to the general public, will go to
the Create-A-Smile Foundation, which was established by Redwood City
firefighters in 1993 to help people who are victims of tragedy, violence and
misfortune and have little to no income. The foundation focuses on helping
children in particular.
In the past, money raised by the foundation has gone toward providing
surgery for children who have a cleft palate, after-school activities, bone
marrow for children and adults, sports equipment, horseback riding lessons
for children with disabilities, and helping families who have lost a spouse in
public service, among other things.
Free time filled with yoga, golf and Giants games
Skinner, who was born and raised in San Francisco, has lived in Millbrae for
13 years. When the 51-year-old isn’t busy running the Redwood City Fire
Department, he enjoys Bikram yoga, which he does three times per week.
He also likes to play golf and attend San Francisco Giants games at AT&T
Park. He and his wife, Becky, also are wine aficionados and make trips to
Napa Valley. The couple have two children, Kristina, 24, who lives in San
Francisco and works for a public relations firm, and Kellie, 22, a recent San
Diego State graduate who works for Marriott Hotels.
While running a fire department can be a very tough, stressful job, at the
end of the day, Skinner can look back and realize he has made a difference.
“I try to mentor people,” he said. “There’s a lot of people who have helped me
throughout the years. I want to be able to give back.”
Community Interest (Continued from p13)
Electronic Arts Q1 Net Income More Than Doubles
Electronic Arts Inc. more than doubled its fiscal first-quarter net income
thanks to higher sales of video games such as “Portal 2,” “Crysis 2” and the
soccer title “FIFA 11.”
The company said that it earned $221 million, or 66 cents per share, in the
three months that ended on June 30. That’s up from earnings of $96 million,
or 29 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier
Revenue rose 23 percent to $999 million from $815 million.
Adjusted, it had a loss of $123 million, or 37 cents per share, the higher end
of its guidance. Its adjusted revenue was $524 million, down 3 percent from
last year. On this basis, analysts expected a larger loss of 40 cents per share,
on revenue of $510 million, according to FactSet.
EA’s adjusted results account for the effects of deferring revenue and the
related cost of sales for games with online components. Like other video
game publishers, the company spreads these out on its books over time, while
the game is played, rather than all at once.
“This was another solid quarter driven by both digital and packaged
goods,” said CEO John Riccitiello in a statement. “We saw strong digital
revenue growth over the prior year. On packaged goods, ‘NCAA’ is off to a
great start and preorders for ‘Battlefield 3’ are tracking extremely well.”
“Battlefield” is EA’s answer to rival Activision Blizzard Inc.’s wildly
popular “Call of Duty” series of military shooters. The company is also
planning to launch a multiplayer online game, “Star Wars: The Old
Republic,” later this year. Like Activision’s “World of Warcraft” games, “Star
Wars” players will pay monthly subscription fees to play.
For the current quarter, EA expects an adjusted loss of 13 cents to 3 cents
per share and adjusted revenue of $925 million to $975 million. Analysts are
expecting EA to break even, on adjusted revenue of $896.8 million.
The company recently announced that it plans to buy PopCap Games, a
maker of casual games such as “Bejeweled” and “Plants vs. Zombies,” for at
least $750 million. EA has been making an effort to grow its digital offerings,
including mobile games and games on Facebook, as more people flock to
playing these types of games.
PopCap will be EA’s largest acquisition to date, but the company said the
deal won’t affect its earnings in the current fiscal year. In fiscal 2013, which
begins next spring, the acquisition will add at least 10 cents to adjusted
earnings per share.
EA expects full-year adjusted earnings of 70 cents to 90 cents per share
and revenue of $3.9 billion to $4.1 billion, up from its previous guidance of
$3.8 billion to nearly $4.03 billion. Analysts expect earnings of 85 cents per
share and revenue of $3.95 billion.
Riccitiello said EA is pleased to see that the NFL lockout has been
resolved. The company makes the popular “Madden” football game series,
which are licensed by the NFL and try to be as realistic as possible. The latest
game launches on Aug. 30.
As I Was Saying… (Continued from p6)
I have just celebrated my birthday and look forward to many more. But as
I do, I can’t help but notice the changes in the lives of some of my close
friends. Well, at least three of them. I recently celebrated, via videotape, the
retirement of one of my closet friends from high school, Dan Horton. He has
left the Redwood City Fire Department after 32 years of service. This comes
approximately a month after another friend (John Coleman) retired from
Key Market and about two years after yet another one (Gary Markwith) also
retired from Key Market.
All three started their careers early. In fact, two while still in high school.
All stayed at the same job and profession for their whole career, and
apparently all reaped the rewards of doing so. Although I wish them all well, I
cannot help but feel a bit envious that they already enjoying retirement when I
can barely enjoy a weekend away. What did I do wrong?
I am not sure that it’s fair to ask myself that since I consider my job one of
the best one could have. Meeting and interacting with the most fascinating
people in our community, and even those who are not, is a complete pleasure
for me. It also gives me the freedom and opportunity to spend time with
family and friends when I want to because I am the boss. But if I had to
choose between the two, I of course would retire. No thought needed. Any
work at all takes one away from the most important things in life.
So what does one do in retirement? Everyone seems to go in different
directions considering what is going on around them. Are they married? Is
their spouse retired too? Do they have younger or older children? Do they own
or rent their home? Of course, how much income you have available and what
you can spend each month can determine your path more than anything else.
I can only fantasize, hope and wish that my own retirement includes plenty
of family, friends, exercise, volunteerism, health, love, sleep, wine and
happiness. So, even as I envy my friends and their new position in life, I look
at mine and what I would want in retirement and realize that the only thing
that is different is that I need the income each month to do what I enjoy. Come
to think of it, I am not in such a bad place at all.
Here’s to retirement. And not!
As I was saying…
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Cultural Events (Continued from p8)
Isabella Worn, laid out the 16 acres of gardens.
Both guided and self-guided tours of the house and
grounds are available from February through October.
• Guided House and Garden Tour – This twohour,
docent-led tour includes both the house
and the gardens. Reservations required.
• Self-Guided Tour – No reservations required
for this tour. A map is available for the selfguided
tour and volunteers are posted in both
the house and the gardens to answer questions.
There is also a continuous 14-minute video on
the history of Filoli available in the Visitor and
• Nature Hike – This hike is available by
reservation only on Saturdays at 10 a.m.
The hike covers roughly three miles of trails
and takes approximately two and a half
hours. Nature docents describe wildlife,
plants, endangered species and the historical
background of the area. Visitors may not hike
without a docent.
• Orchard Tour – This tour is available on
selected days throughout the open season. With
a docent tour of the unique heirloom orchard,
learn about the tradition of the gentleman’s
orchard, and how Filoli is conserving not only
rare fruits but also this defining landscape feature
of the country estate. Reservations required.
San Mateo County
2200 Broadway St.
Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
$5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students,
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
Victorian Days in the Museum
Sunday, Aug. 21, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Live theater performances: 12:30 p.m. and 3
Return to the age of gilded elegance and luxurious
refinement as the San Mateo County Historical
Association hosts Victorian Days in the Museum,
located inside the 101-year-old courthouse.
The Victorian Era was named for Queen
Victoria, who ascended the throne of the United
Kingdom in 1837 at the age of 17 and reigned
until her death in 1901. In America, it was a time
of industrialization: in California, the Gold Rush
and railroad construction; on the Peninsula, the
building of the great estates.
• Create Victorian-Era crafts such as a Victorian
hat, build a steamship, design a piece of stained
“glass” or play with an optical toy called a
• Learn about the following historical groups,
which will be on-site:
• Colma Historical Association, Pacifica
Historical Society, San Andreas Lake Chapter
DAR, San Carlos Heritage Association,
San Carlos Villagers, South San Francisco
Historical Society Museum and historic Union
• In Courtroom A, watch a live theater group
perform “Love & Marriage: Victorian Style.”
It is a play about the marriages of Victorian
millionaires, based on research conducted in
the San Mateo County Historical Association’s
archives. While the characters in the play are
fictional, the couples they discuss actually
lived on the Peninsula in the late 1800s. All
re-enactors in the play volunteer their time to
bring these historical characters to life. Two
show times: 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
• Explore the exhibit “Living the California
Dream” to learn more about the homes in San
Mateo County during the Victorian Era.
• As a keepsake, purchase a set of earrings made
from silver spoons in the Museum Store.
‘First Fridays’ Storytime
From the Garden: Stories From the Past
Friday, Sept. 2, 11 a.m.
Included with museum admission
Come listen to a story about a family tending
to their garden. Listen to the story “From the
Garden” and create your vegetable print to
take home. Then, explore the exhibit “Nature’s
Bounty” to learn about crops that are grown in
San Mateo County.
New Exhibit Opens at History Museum
Saturday, Sept. 10, 6–9 p.m. (free)
The exhibit features four murals by artist Lois
White that highlight buildings, parks and
businesses of historic significance to San Mateo
County. The exhibit opening coincides with
Redwood City’s Second Saturday Art Walk.
The museum will be open free to the public that
evening. “Peninsula Landmarks” will remain on
view through March 31, 2012.
Hiller Aviation Museum
San Carlos Airport, 601 Skyway Road,
Daily, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
$6-$9, free for children 4 and under, with
a paid adult
This museum covers the history of airplanes in
Northern California, from an 1869 unmanned
plane to today’s jets, and also looks ahead to
possible future designs. The museum features
full-sized models, a restoration shop where new
museum acquisitions are being repaired and
preserved for later display, hands-on displays and
an aviation library.
Ongoing Special Events
“Young Eagles.” Kids between ages 8 and 17 fly
free every third Saturday of the month 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
“Soar With Books.’’ A preschool reading program
offered the fourth Saturday of each month at 11 a.m.
Art on the Square
Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway,
For the fifth straight year AOTS will showcase the
best in original fine arts and crafts at Courthouse
Square in downtown Redwood City. Discover
unique paintings, photography, jewelry, glass,
ceramics and more at prices for every budget.
• Friday, Aug. 26, 5–8:30 p.m., with Springsteen
tribute band The Rising
• Friday, Sept. 23, 5–8:30 p.m., with salsa band
• Saturday, Sept. 24, 12–8 p.m. with the Redwood
City Salsa Festival
Artists: There are still spaces available. Go to
www.redwoodcityevents.com to download an
Insurance Tips: Top Reasons to Carry Collision Insurance on Your Vehicle
By Hector Flamenco, Special to The Spectrum
Collision insurance is an important form of auto insurance coverage
that provides a payout when the policyholder’s vehicle is damaged in an
accident. Despite the fact that this essential form of car insurance coverage
offers valuable protection that can save a driver thousands of dollars, many
policyholders opt out of carrying collision insurance.
One of the most important reasons to carry collision insurance is that it
may be required, especially if a vehicle is being purchased through a bank
loan. Banks require collision insurance because it protects their interests;
they’re lien holders, so they need a way to ensure that if a driver’s car is
totaled in an accident, the bank or credit union will still receive the required
funds to pay off the loan. Collision insurance is required by every bank and
credit union that offers auto loans, along with comprehensive insurance
coverage equal to the value of a vehicle. Keeping collision insurance as part
of auto insurance coverage ensures that a driver is keeping up with the terms
of his or her loan agreement, and if a driver doesn’t provide regular proof of
this coverage, the bank has the option to buy the coverage for the driver. This
is usually far more expensive for a driver, as banks don’t look for the best
rates when buying insurance to fulfill the terms of a loan agreement.
Some drivers don’t purchase collision insurance because they drive
infrequently and, as such, they assume that the possibility of a claim is fairly
low. However, most accidents occur within three miles of a driver’s home,
and regardless of the value of a vehicle, collision coverage can save a driver a
tremendous amount of money. A totaled car can stop a driver from getting to
work and earning; a single accident can prevent drivers from making enough
money to get by, leading to a host of financial issues. Liability coverage
isn’t enough. Drivers also sometimes confuse collision coverage with
comprehensive coverage, so they buy only one or the other. Comprehensive
coverage is a separate form of coverage that provides payout when a car is
damaged by something like a falling tree limb or a theft attempt. It’s not the
same as collision insurance, and both forms of coverage are necessary to
keep a vehicle fully protected.
The cost of collision coverage can be high for some drivers, especially
drivers who have made a claim on their auto insurance coverage or drivers
in high-risk groups. Nevertheless, drivers should look into ways to make this
coverage affordable. By checking prices from a few insurance providers and
getting discounts, any driver can afford this essential coverage.
Editor’s note: This article is for general information only and is not a professional
consultation. Always seek specific information from a licensed insurance professional. Hector
Flamenco is an agent with State Farm Insurance. Visit his website at www.flamencoinsurance.com.
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The following activities are open to the public during
the month of August at the Veterans Memorial Senior
Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City.
Friday Movies for Everyone
Every Friday, 1:15 p.m. (unless otherwise announced)
Come to the Veterans Memorial Senior Center in August for a free feature
movie in our state-of-the-art movie theater!
Friday, Aug. 5: “The Lincoln Lawyer”
Friday, Aug. 12: “No Strings Attached”
Friday, Aug. 19: “The Conspirator”
Friday, Aug. 26: “Kung Fu Panda”
SamTrans Mobility Program
Tuesday, Aug. 16
Join the Mobility Ambassadors for a trip to the San Francisco Airport on a
public SamTrans bus. While at the airport, you will visit the International
Terminal, the Airport Museum and the new American Airlines Terminal 2.
Call Donna at 650-369-6650 for information and to sign up. Space is limited.
AARP 746’s Luau Luncheon
Wednesday, Aug. 17
Wear your muumuu or a wild Hawaiian shirt and join the fun. We have
a great meal and entertainment planned. You may even go home with a
pineapple. Call 650-780-7259 for reservations.
Computer Classes for PC Users
We have a selection of computer classes beginning in September. Please
call 650-780-7274 or go online at www.redwoodcity.org/parks/adults50/
computers. Sorry, not for Apple or Mac users.
Adaptive PE Classes
Weekly: Mondays through Fridays
A fitness program for you! Our program is designed for individuals at all
levels of ability, including those with limitations and disabilities. The longterm
goal is to increase the level of function and wellness of all participants.
Come join a great group of people in a great program. Call 650-368-7732 or
visit www.adaptivepevmsc.org for more information.
Save the Date!
Our Annual Italian Dinner
Friday, Oct. 7
This terrific dinner is being held to benefit important programs here at the
Veterans Memorial Senior Center. Watch this space next month for more
information about the night!
To learn more about the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, call 650-780-7270.
Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department provides
recreational facilities and activities for all ages and interests, and supplies
building and custodial services for city buildings. Redwood City Parks also
operates the Veterans Memorial Senior Center and the Fair Oaks Community
Center, providing social, educational and cultural activities, as well as information,
referral and counseling services to persons living in Redwood City and neighboring
communities. Redwood City Parks is more than you think! Its website is
located at www.redwoodcity.org/parks.
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Kennedy Boys Admit to Sex Attack
Three middle school boys admitted to sex-related crimes related to a March
attack on two 12-year-old girls during a school field trip to a Redwood City
Two boys, 13 and 14 years old, admitted to lewd and lascivious conduct,
which could mean up to eight years in a state juvenile detention facility, said
District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. A 12-year-old boy admitted to sexual
battery, which could mean one year in custody. Two other boys were involved
in the incident. All of the boys will be in court again Friday, Aug. 5.
Names of the boys were not released because they are minors.
Four remain in custody while one, one of the three who entered a plea, is
under house arrest.
School district officials said the alleged attack occurred March 4 when 20
Kennedy Middle School students went to the park, chaperoned by a teacher
and an aide. The girls didn’t share details of the assault until June while
talking to a school counselor.
The Redwood City School District is conducting an internal investigation
of the incident and the safety procedures in place.
Attempted Burglar Hit With Bear Spray
A residential burglar hiding in a master bedroom closet of a home on the
3500 block of Bay Road in unincorporated Redwood City fled the scene after
the resident hit him with bear spray, according to police.
The resident found the man hiding and sprayed him. The man then dove
out the window, climbed over the backyard fence and hid. Sheriff deputies
arrested the man, identified as Edgar Aguiniga, 30, of East Palo Alto,
according to police.
Suspected Burglar Arrested
A Redwood City man was arrested for stealing from lockers at the Pacific
Athletic Club in Redwood Shores, according to police.
Redwood City police detectives arrested Jared Beltramo, 39, for burglary,
grand theft and possession of stolen property. A search warrant was served at
his residence on the 600 block of Arlington Road, and stolen property from the
club, along with a residential burglary, was discovered, according to police.
Two Reported With Gun on Sequoia Campus
Redwood City police are on the lookout for two boys, approximately 15 to 16
years old, who were reportedly spotted on the Sequoia High School campus
with a firearm.
A resident reported seeing two white juveniles walking onto the campus
and seeing one pull a firearm out of his backpack and show it to the other
one. The resident also saw the boy take the magazine out of the gun and put it
back, according to police.
The resident followed the two to Broadway and Clinton Street while calling
police. The two could not be located, according to police.
Teen Gets Nine Years for Stabbing
A teen who prosecutors say was urged by two older gang members to stab a
man near the Redwood City train station to “earn his dots” was sentenced to
nine years prison for attempted murder.
Vladmir Ernesto Santos, 17, also admitted six special allegations, including
the use of a knife and committing the crime for the benefit of a street gang.
He was immediately sentenced with credit for 1,012 days earned while in
custody without bail.
He will begin his term at the California Youth Authority and transfer to
prison after turning 18, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
At the time of the Feb. 9, 2009, attack, Santos was 14 years old, which gave
him the dubious distinction of being the second-youngest person ever charged
with a violent crime as an adult in San Mateo County.
According to prosecutors, Santos met up with Norteños Edgar Palomares
and Victor Joseph Sanchez near the downtown movie theater in Redwood
City and was told he could earn his dots — gang tattoos — by attacking a
rival Sureño. The trio spotted the 19-year-old victim walking alone near
Winslow and Hamilton streets at approximately 10:17 p.m. and whistled a call
specific to the Norteño gang. When the man, who isn’t a gang member, didn’t
respond, the three attacked. The older teens, 18 and 19, respectively, kicked
and beat the victim while Santos stabbed him several times with a knife in the
torso, pelvic area and across his face and hands. The man’s lung collapsed.
Two witnesses called Redwood City police, who captured the three
suspects. After the victim, who was laying on a gurney with an oxygen mask,
identified Sanchez, he tried to kick the wounded man and yelled at him not to
speak with police, according to prosecutors.
In July 2010, both Palomares and Sanchez accepted negotiated plea deals
for felony assault with a deadly weapon. Palomares also admitted acting to
benefit a street gang and committing a serious felony. He received four years.
Sanchez also pleaded no contest to making threats against a witness and was
sentenced to seven years in prison.
Santos has been in custody without bail.
Transient Accused of Raping 19-Year-Old Pleads Not Guilty
The transient accused of beating and sodomizing a 19-year-old acquaintance
inside a van parked near the Redwood City library pleaded not guilty to
sexual assault charges that could send him to prison for life.
Corey Lee Bell, 32, returns to court Aug. 17 for a preliminary hearing
on the charges of sodomy causing great bodily injury, assault by force and
making criminal threats.
Bell, who is deemed a habitual sex offender under the law, faces life
imprisonment if convicted because of the state’s one-strike sentencing rule.
Prosecutors say the teen joined Bell to drink in his van May 10 but was
attacked by the defendant and another man.
Bell and the other man, who remains unidentified, allegedly held the teen
down and sodomized him until he passed out. The teen said when he awoke
Bell was the only man with him and the other suspect remains at large.
Hospital staff reported the alleged assault days later after Bell sought medical care.
Bell’s previous convictions, all in 1993 in Santa Clara County, include
forced penetration with a foreign object, forced oral copulation with a minor
under 14, lewd and lascivious act with a child under 14 and forcible sodomy
with a child under 14. He was last released from prison in 2008, according to
the Megan’s Law database.
He remains in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail and a no-bail parole hold.
Man Robs 76 Station at Gunpoint
Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a
Redwood City gas station.
The man entered the 76 gas station at 1603 Broadway, Redwood City police
Sgt. Kevin Dolezal said. He brandished a silver handgun and demanded that
the attendant hand over money from the cash register, he said.
The attendant gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash, and the robber
ran away and got into a small green car, Dolezal said.
Police described the suspect as a Hispanic man in his early 20s who is
about 5 feet 3 inches tall. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked
to call the Redwood City Police Department at 650-780-7100.
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Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway –
Following the principles of good customer service
and quality products at fair prices, Alpio Barbara
and the crew at Redwood General Tire keep
satisfying customers year after year. Whether
you are looking for a new set of tires or need
repair work on your vehicle, this Redwood City
institution has been providing quality vehicle
services since 1957.
Eating and Catering:
Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road – Tim Harrison
and the staff at Canyon Inn serve everything from
their famous hamburgers to pizzas, all kinds of
sandwiches and pastas, and South-of-the-Border
specialties while various sports play on the big,
flat-screen TVs. Don’t forget to reserve their
closed patio for your next party — it has heaters,
fans and a big-screen TV (no extra charges). Why
cook when you don’t have to? They do catering
too for all occasions!
D. Tequila Lounge and Restaurant – 851 Main
St. – “We went there and it was fabulous! We were
impressed by their food menu, and the burger I
had was tasty. They have 21 big-screen TVs for
watching your favorite sports team, having a
drink with friends or dancing the night away.”
Little India – 917 Main St. – “There are good
restaurants. There are bad restaurants. There
are OK restaurants. Then there are those places,
the magic ones. You come back again and again
because the food doesn’t just taste good and
satisfy hunger, but helps heal the heart and soul.”
Senior citizens receive $1 off and children under
12 dine at half price. www.littleindiacuisine.com.
The Sandwich Spot – 2420 Broadway – With
a motto promising to change your life “one
sandwich at a time” and a menu and atmosphere
that has already made it a popular spot in
downtown Redwood City, the Sandwich Spot will
have you wondering where this place has been all
your life, and whether or not you can get some of
their signature Bomb Sauce to go.
San Mateo Credit Union – Three Redwood City
locations – As a member-driven organization,
SMCU does everything possible to ensure that
all of your financial priorities are anticipated and
fulfilled. Offerings include free auto-shopping
assistance, members-only car sales, low-rate
home loans and lines of credit. Call 650-363-1725
or 888-363-1725, or visit a branch to learn the
advantages of membership banking.
Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1-800-23-LEWIS –
Founded in 1985, Lewis Carpet Cleaners has
grown from one small, portable machine to a
company of six employees and five working vans.
The Lewis family works and lives in Redwood
City and is committed to our community. Ask
about their Spectrum special: Get 100 square
feet of carpet cleaned for absolutely nothing.
Call today! Get your home ready for entertaining
during the year.
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 longterm
relationships and value-added services,
and to supporting and participating in the
communities where they live and work.
Michelle Glaubert at Coldwell Banker
– 650-722-1193 – Michelle has been a fulltime,
top-producing real estate agent since
1978. With a proven track record, she has
helped buyers achieve their dreams of home
ownership and sellers make successful moves
to their next properties. The majority of her
business is garnered through referrals from
her many satisfied clients. Living in Emerald
Hills, she knows the area well and is involved
in the community. Count on Michelle’s years
of experience to guide you through your next
real estate transaction. Visit her online at www.
John Nelson at Coldwell Banker – 650-566-5315
– John has been a resident of Redwood City for
21 years and has been a real estate agent for 18
years. He is known for doing his clients’ legwork,
keeping them up to date with new listings and
conditions as they impact the market. He will
make the process as pleasurable and stress-free an
experience for you as he can. Let John guide you
through the complexities of buying or selling your
home, eliminating hassles and stress. Visit him
online at www.johnnelsonhomes.com.
Davies Appliance – 1580 El Camino Real –
“Davies helped me with my appliance purchases
and they know what they are doing. All they
carry is appliances; you don’t have to worry about
anything else. Leave it to them to assist you with
your kitchen remodel and you will be very happy.
I recommend Davies to anyone who is interested
in great pricing and even better service. The focus
is appliances and service.”
Every Woman Health Club – 611 Jefferson Ave.
– A women-only, body-positive 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
to get started.
Hector Flamenco Insurance (State Farm) –
956 Main St. – Hector has been in the insurance
business and with State Farm for 20 years. He
specializes in auto and business insurance. A local
resident, he also provides servicio en español!
Visit his website at www.flamencoinsurance.com.
Saf Keep Storage – 2480 Middlefield Road – The
friendly and reliable team at Saf Keep is ready
to assist you with a variety of storage products
and services to suit all your storage needs. Visit
their website at www.safkeepstorage.com to see
exactly what products and services are available.
Compare them to other facilities and you’ll see
why their service makes the difference.
Schoenstein Physical Therapy – 363A Main
St., 650-599-9482 – The clinical approach of
this independent, community-based physical
therapy practice focuses on thorough physical
therapy assessment, specific treatment strategies
and patient education. Individualized treatment
programs are designed to help meet patient
goals of restoring function, returning to sport or
occupation and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
St. Regal Jewelers – 850 Main St. – “This is a
great jeweler! Phil, the owner, is amazing. He
crafted a ring on time and on budget. He has an
incredible eye for detail. I can’t say enough. I
would never go anywhere else.” Whether you are
looking for men’s or women’s quality jewelry,
shopping local does not get better than this.
Woodside Terrace – 485 Woodside Road, 650-
366-3900 – Woodside Terrace understands that
in choosing a senior living community, residents
are looking for much more than a comfortable
living environment to call home. Brookdale
Living’s Redwood City community delivers
inspired independent living with the promise of
exceptional experiences every day. As residents’
needs change, they are provided with a variety
of ancillary services and a personalized assisted
living environment that encourages them to
continue to live as they please.
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Getting Patriotic in Redwood City
Children pointed as patriotically
dressed people danced, sang,
waved and celebrated during the
74th annual Independence Day
parade in Redwood City.
Nearly 200 groups followed fire trucks from
around the state through the streets of downtown
Redwood City. Onlookers came just as festively
dressed as the performers, donning red, white and
blue clothing and waving flags.
Firefighters were center stage during the annual
parade as this year’s theme was “Redwood City
Fire Department: 150 Years of Service.” This
year’s parade started with a variety of vintage
fire trucks, dating back to the 1930s, representing
departments from San Mateo County and beyond.
Although there was a delay after the trucks
before much of the rest of the parade started,
people in the audience kept busy.
Eight-year-old Annie Stephens from Redwood
City got to the parade an hour early to set up her
lemonade stand. For 50 cents, those watching the
parade could indulge in a glass of her homemade
lemonade. It’s the third year that Stephens has set
up her stand. She sold out last year.
Stephens kept the business a family affair with
her parents, Maureen Kelly and Jack Stephens, as
Many politicians were in Redwood City for the
annual celebration of America.
Vinnie Vierra and 4-year-old Chase Affrunti
drove an exact replica of the Ford Thunderbird
carrying Redwood City Mayor Jeff Ira just behind
them during the annual Fourth of July parade.
As the parade continued, children became
“Look, it’s a decorated car. Look, it’s a clown.
Look, it’s a fire truck,” a little girl said to anyone
who would listen.
Those in the parade were jovial, especially the
Los Trancos Woods Community Marching Band.
The eclectic group of individuals donned red,
white and blue in unique combinations.
Music was a big part of the event, with jams
being pumped out of float speakers and played
by the bands, like the one from the University of
California at Davis, who informally wore T-shirts
and funny hats.
And, luckily for 7-year-old Maia Poltizer, there
were lots of people moving. Dancers in the parade
are Poltizer’s favorite part.
There were square dancers, ladies twirling
batons and little girls from San Mateo Gymnastics
doing flips throughout the Redwood City streets.
The event truly was a community gathering as
Little League teams, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts
and even the Shriners participated.
Editor’s note: This article, written by Heather Murtagh,
appeared first in the Daily Journal newspaper.
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A Minute With: David Kassouf
David Kassouf was born in the city of Zahle, Lebanon. He attended college in Ukraine,
studying computer engineering. He has a master’s degree in computer engineering.
After moving to the United States on April 4, 2001, David worked for a family
business, managing a paint and body shop. All the while, he learned English
through Cambridge University courses. He then worked at various jobs in the
Los Angeles area.
David moved to Redwood City in January 2008 and lives in the Farm Hill neighborhood.
On May 2, David opened the new eatery the Sandwich Spot, on Broadway
downtown. It is his first business venture.
He is a member of both the Downtown Business Group and the Chamber of
David’s hobbies include skiing, camping and basketball. He is also an avid cook.
Why Redwood City?
Reminds me of home. A very small city within a
I love it! It is my hometown now.
The future for downtown is?
If you were stuck on a desert island, which one
book, movie or person would you want to take along?
What talent would you most like to have?
Something few know about you?
I lived in a seminary in Lebanon.
What phrase do you most overuse?
What is your favorite book?
Any book on cars.
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”
What is your motto?
I will survive.
Anyone you got on your mind?
First landed in the United States. It was a dream
You still can’t believe?
That I have my own business. God bless America!
What is a dream you have or something you’d
like to accomplish in your life?
To open more Sandwich Spots.
When you die, you want to come back as?
As myself — and relive my childhood.
What would life be like if you had wings?
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Alpio Barbara and
the team at
Tire are involved
in our community
and urge all to be.