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Let’s Talk Solutions

Can ONE project be a catalyst to help solve many existing local problems like PARKS?

The Answer is YES.

Conceptual rendering.

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

of parks.

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

community need.

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.

Redwood City


Follow Saltworks on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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The Spectrum.AUG.2011

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

Jim Skinner:

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

July activities.

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 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

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Dale McKee

Contributing Writer

Julie McCoy

Contributing Writer

Nicole Minieri

Contributing Writer

James Massey

Graphic Designer

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

Contact Information:

Phone 650-368-2434

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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

Dana McDonald

Principal, Selby Lane School

David Paliughi

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

Saying… Publisher

| 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 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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Cultural Events

The Main Gallery

1018 Main St., Redwood City


The Main Gallery, an artists’ cooperative with

23 members, showcases the work of some of the

best local talent in the Bay Area. The gallery is

located in the historic yellow Victorian cottage at

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.”

Club Fox

• Steve Lucky & Carmen Getit (Club Fox Blues

Jam). 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10.

• An Evening of Brazilian-Inspired Jazz With

Ed Johnson, Masha Campagne & Caminhos

Cruzados. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.

• Lovefool: The Quintessential ’90s Band. 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 13.

• Lara Price Blues Revue. 7 p.m. Wednesday,

Aug. 17.

• Sinister Dexter With Rebecca Lipon. 8 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 18.

• Daniel Castro (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 24.

• Trikk Baby. 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26.

• Evolution: The Ultimate Tribute to Journey. 9

p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.

• An Afternoon of Jazz Fusion With Wally

Schnalle’s Idiot Fish and Joe DeRose With

Amici. 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28.

The Kid Andersen Band (Club Fox Blues Jam).

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RWC Students

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.

Maria Espinoza.

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

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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 ~

Veterans Boulevard

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

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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Community Interest

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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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

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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

chief officer.

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.

Tours (ongoing)

• 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

Education Center.

• 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

History Museum

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

Historical Association.

Victorian Days in the Museum

Sunday, Aug. 21, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Live theater performances: 12:30 p.m. and 3

p.m. (free)

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.

Activities include:

• 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

“Peninsula Landmarks”

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,

San Carlos


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,

Redwood City

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 to download an

application now!

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


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Senior Activities

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

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 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

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News Briefs

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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Auto Care:

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.

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.

Financial Institutions:

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.

Home Improvements:

Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1-800-23-LEWIS –

Founded in 1985, Lewis Carpet Cleaners has

grown from one small, portable machine to a

company of six employees and five working vans.

The Lewis family works and lives in Redwood

City and is committed to our community. Ask

about their Spectrum special: Get 100 square

feet of carpet cleaned for absolutely nothing.

Call today! Get your home ready for entertaining

during the year.

Legal Services:

Hannig Law Firm – 2991 El Camino Real –

Hannig Law Firm LLP provides transactional

and litigation expertise in a variety of areas. The

professionals at HLF are committed to knowing

and meeting their clients’ needs through longterm

relationships and value-added services,

and to supporting and participating in the

communities where they live and work.

Real Estate:

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

Specialty Businesses:

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. 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

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 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

her employees.

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

large city.

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?

My mom.

What talent would you most like to have?

Being patient.

Something few know about you?

I lived in a seminary in Lebanon.

What phrase do you most overuse?

Thank you.

What is your favorite book?

Any book on cars.

Favorite movie?

“My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”

What is your motto?

I will survive.

Anyone you got on your mind?


Memorable moment?

First landed in the United States. It was a dream

come true.

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

Redwood General

Tire are involved

in our community

and urge all to be.

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