Who Will Win? - The Spectrum Magazine


Who Will Win? - The Spectrum Magazine

Who Will Win?

City Council Candidates

Ready for election night and beyond!

Also in this issue:

A group that

can mend hearts?

Election predictions and Horsley

questions in “As I Was Saying…”

A community says

goodbye to our Abigail

Listening. We’ve found it’s such a powerful process

that we’re just going to keep on doing it.

Over the past 18 months, the local community was asked to help shape the future of the Redwood City Industrial Saltworks site.

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- Provide a balance of uses, including new homes,

commercial areas and open space

- Restore wetland habitats

- Enhance public access to the Bay

- Focus on walkability and environmental sustainability

- Create new public parks and sports fields

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The Spectrum.OCT.07

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher


Anne Callery

Copy Editor


Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer


Valerie Harris

Contributing Writer


Clayton Shyne

Sales Associate


James Massey

Graphic Designer

DJ Design, Dale McKee

Advertising Graphic Art

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

Table of Contents

Welcome to the October issue of The Spectrum Magazine. This month we have a lot of interesting

community stories and features that we hope you will enjoy reading.

Last month’s issue was one of our most popular. Anniversaries are always joyful, and the

feedback we got from our community was phenomenal. The first part of the story on publisher Steve Penna’s

recent quadruple bypass surgery created conversation around town as he had hoped it would. Many

called or stopped him on the street to share their stories.

Contributing writer Valerie Harris had a busy month. She wrote the second part of Penna’s surgery

story, and what his recovery has brought to him might surprise you. She also brings you the story of the

Mended Hearts organization. This group consoles those who have gone through heart troubles. It’s a

relief to know that groups like this are there when our community needs them.

Penna touches upon various topics in this issue, including next month’s City Council election, the

conversation surrounding the proposed takeover of Sequoia Hospital and the city manager’s replacement,

in his column, “As I Was Saying….”

Sadly, we inform you of the passing of 7-year-old Abigail Mendoza. Last June, with direction from

Redwood City firefighters, our community pulled together and held a fundraiser that generated over

$60,000 to help her and her family. Our hearts go out to the family.

We also have cultural events, community and senior activities, financial advice, news briefs and a couple

of stories on the Sequoia High School football team.

We would like to thank our loyal advertisers for supporting community news, and we encourage you to

support them by patronizing their businesses when you can. They are the real reason you are reading

The Spectrum this and every month.

Thanks for reading The Spectrum, and we appreciate you making us the most-read publication in

Redwood City!

Inside The Spectrum – 4

Cañada Renaissance – 5

Cañada Presents: ‘Twilight: L.A.’ – 5

“As I Was Saying...” – 7

So Now What? – 10

One Heart at a Time – 14

Youth: Sequoia Football – 15

Community Interest – 17

Senior Activities – 18

Council Candidates – 20

Nonprofits in Action – 23

News Briefs – 24

Candidates Square Off at Forum – 27

Pair of Measures on Ballot – 27

Abigail Loses Battle With Cancer – 29

Shop Redwood City – 33

Cultural Events – 34

Finance: Right Investments – 35

Oracle & Gasparini Receive Awards – 37

A Minute With Peter Ingram – 38



November 3rd

December 3rd


Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot

Tracking down political candidates during an election season is really not a hard task. They can be seen

walking neighborhoods, attending forums and even standing on a soapbox or two. When publisher Steve

Penna contacted our cover subjects, the candidates for Redwood City City Council, for this month’s shoot,

it was a breeze to arrange.

All of the candidates except Redwood Shores resident Joneen Nielsen — she was out of town — agreed

to meet at City Hall on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m.

Cover story photographer James Kaspar was first on the scene and began setting up his equipment.

After gathering campaign signs for each of the candidates, Penna arrived shortly after with Spectrum sales

associate Clayton Shyne. The three of them began picking appropriate scenery outside the council chamber.

The event quickly turned into somewhat of a family affair. The first candidate to arrive was Rosanne

Foust along with husband Jim Hartnett and her two daughters. Ian Bain and his two children soon

followed, as did Kevin Bondonno with his wife, Cheri, and their three children. Alicia Aguirre arrived

next, followed by Barbara Pierce and her husband, Jerry.

Like all photo shoots, once everyone had arrived the picture-taking flowed. There was a lot of activity

considering everyone was excited, in great moods and generally appreciative to be in the company of

one another. It was one of those magical times that you look back on and say, “That was a good time!”

Because of the schedules of the candidates, the entire shoot lasted only about an hour. Several of the

candidates left to attend events, walk door to door or grab a quick bite to eat with a neglected loved one

— campaigns are time-consuming.

The Spectrum salutes this year’s candidates for City Council. In a time when most people are skeptical

of politicians, we are lucky to have residents of our community who have stepped up and want to make a

real difference, a positive difference.

We might not always agree with their philosophies or decisions made on our behalf, but given the

quality of the choices we have this year, we can all rest assured that those choices are being made with

the best of intentions. Best of luck to all!

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Cañada Renaissance Benefits Symphony

The concert could have been called “The Return

of the Natives,” as the Redwood Symphony came

back to its cradle venue after being exiled for years

by an inhospitable Cañada Community College


However, with the ascent of Tom Mohr to the

presidency, you have a man who, famed for his

humanity as the superintendent of the San Mateo

Union High School District and realizing an

institution of learning needs to provide food for

the soul as well as for the brain, has begun a

renaissance of the arts at Cañada.

If you believe that where a symphony orchestra

plays does not matter, then I invite you to hear how

much better and more balanced the orchestra sounds

now that it is back in its old stamping ground, the

main theater on the campus in Redwood City.

This orchestra is the baby of its music director,

Dr. Eric Kujawsky, who founded it in 1985 and

has nursed its growth as it became arguably the

most technically proficient nonprofessional

orchestra in the Bay Area.

And I don’t believe it is even arguable that

Kujawsky is one of the best conductors, with an

admirable suppression of ego-driven artistic flourish,

an economical beat and cueing that never

unnecessarily crosses the parameters of need.

The orchestra also eschews that glamorous

affectation. No uncomfortable black ties, dress

suits and formals for them. Good old black skirts

and pants and black shirts and blouses will do to

keep the audience riveted to the most important

thing, the great music itself.

And with Kujawsky, if you arrive an hour before

the concert, you get a two-for-one, when he puts

on his musicologist hat and lucidly explains to all

what they are about to hear and more.

What about the concert on Sept. 30?

One word: powerful

The featured work on the program was my favorite,

“Symphony No. 1 in C Minor,” by Johannes Brahms,

and Kujawsky pulled out all the stops till the

smashing ending.

Rivaling that for power was cello soloist Dahna

Rudin in the “Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major”

by Dmitri Shostakovich. There is no question of

who is the boss, soloist or cello, when Rudin puts

bow to the strings.

She is in complete control. With lyrical mastery

and full, rich tone, she reels off demanding passages

effortlessly and holds to her own artistic pace in

the extended cadenzas. Clearly a first-rate talent

with a great reading of a complex work.

The interior voices of the orchestra had an

opportunity to show how really good they are in

the Shostakovich, because the sparse scoring in

some passages leaves openings yards wide, where

no wind or brass soloist can remain hidden among

the many string players.

Principal clarinetist on this work was Joan

Hebert, and she negotiated some of the most

difficult soloist jumps I have ever heard for

clarinet in any composition. She had me on the

edge of my seat, worrying whether she could get

through all of it without making a squeak or

spraining her fingers. No problem! No sprains. No

squeaks. No sweat.

The Shostakovich work had no brass except

for one French horn, and Jim Millar was simply

outstanding in numerous solo passages.

This was a program in which the French horn

section was called upon more than in any other in

memory. And this section, often the nemesis of

any symphony orchestra, is simply to die for. To

hear a concert in which there is not a single break

in any horn call is a wonder in itself.

Greg White’s extensive solo horn work in the

Brahms was equally outstanding. And we mustn’t

forget the clear, clean work of the other two,

Michael Henry and Mark Nakamura. Wow!

The opening number, directed by Assistant

Conductor Kristin Link, was “Sizzle” by Margaret

Brouwer. And that title quite suits this modern

work composed in 2000. It sizzles!

With some brass playing from the rear of the

auditorium, all kinds of disjointed counterpoint,

rhythms and probably most of the other effects

ever musically conceived by composers left the

audience with the impression of the 21st century’s

race to nowhere. And, it worked! When it was

over, I, for one, was “nowhere.”

Welcome home, wandering minstrels, thee!

Cañada Presents ‘Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992’

The Cañada College theater arts department

presents “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992,” a play

that examines the aftermath of the Los Angeles

riots of 1992.

“It serves us not just as a warning

of the dangers of tribalism, but as

an affirmation of our humanity.”

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Oct.

26–27 and Nov. 2–3 in the Flex Theater on the

Cañada College campus, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd.,

Redwood City. A special matinee will be held on

Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 general

admission and $8 for students and seniors.

Reservations can be made by calling 650-306-3396.

Playwright Anna Deavere Smith interviewed

more than 200 people who were affected by the

riots — from the mayor to the victims of the

violence to the rioters themselves — and used the

verbatim transcripts of those interviews to create

the play. It looks at what happens when divergent

communities (the economically depressed

African-Americans of south central Los Angeles,

the police who patrolled their neighborhoods

and the Koreans who owned businesses) cut

off communication with each other because of

resentments, misconceptions and distrust.

“What happens, of course, is riot and rage,” said

Anna Budd, professor of theater arts at Cañada.

“But you also see redemption, connection and

compassion. It serves us not just as a warning of

the dangers of tribalism, but as an affirmation of

our humanity.”

This will be Budd’s directorial debut at Cañada.

She joined the faculty this fall after working at the

College of the Siskiyous in Shasta.

Actors include Kevin Scott of Millbrae, who

plays several roles, including Jason Sanford, a

Los Angeles actor in his 20s, and Tom Bradley,

the former mayor of Los Angeles. Amber Bruce,

who grew up in San Mateo, plays Judith Turr, a

seasoned news reporter, and, in stark contrast,

she also plays a naive and privileged student at

the University of Southern California. Jonathan

Werden, a native of San Carlos, plays a wide

range of characters, including Stanley Sheinbaum,

the former president of the Los Angeles Police

Commission, and Reginald Denny, the nowfamous

white truck driver who was pulled out

of his truck and beaten by a group of African-

American men.

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Steve Penna

They are off and they are running — just where

they will end up will be decided Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Yes, I am talking about the Redwood City City

Council race. I always love election time because

it gives me the opportunity to put my knowledge

and intuition to the test. This year’s race is somewhat

difficult to predict, but I will give it a go.

Usually when you have four incumbents — Alicia

Aguirre, Ian Bain, Rosanne Foust and Barbara

Pierce — running for four seats, it is a foregone

conclusion in Redwood City that they will be

re-elected. This year we have two challengers

— Kevin Bondonno and Joneen Nielsen.

Bondonno is the better known of the two

challengers, having served on several city and county

boards and commissions. That involvement has

gotten him the support of former Mayors Brent

Britschgi, Judy Buchan, Dani Gasparini and Jeff

Ira. Former Mayor Dick Claire has contributed

financially to Bondonno’s campaign but is not

listed as an endorser in his literature. He also has

the support of several city board and commission

members, who will be campaigning aggressively

for him. That support will undoubtedly generate

votes to his name on the ballot — on which he has

the distinction of being listed first, which will also

generate votes for him. The major factor in his

pulling an upset might come down to the fact

that he is the only candidate running this year

who is an alumnus of Sequoia High School. If my

memory is correct, the last alumnus to lose an

election was Paul Sanfilipo, and that was after he

had already been elected his first run. So given

all that and the high visibility of his campaign

lately, Bondonno really has a shot at unseating an


Nielsen, on the other hand, has little or no chance.

She has been sporadic in her appearances at forums.

She is outspoken on issues such as not wanting

Redwood City to become a sanctuary city, being

against the use of artificial turf on local fields,

and supporting a ferry service for Redwood City.

She is also a proponent of eliminating the parking

meters downtown and is in favor of developing

the Cargill saltworks land with 60 percent family

housing and business. Taking in all that, she appears

to be a strong candidate in her issues and opinions

— most voters, I am sure, agree with her stances.

Only problem is she has no support and no money

to run the type of aggressive campaign that is needed

when running against incumbents. I hope she will

stay involved in the process and get appointed to a

city board or commission.

The incumbents all have their own advantages

and disadvantages. Aguirre is popular in our

community but has somehow been labeled as a

supporter of the sanctuary city philosophy — she

has stated she is not. Also, voters are wondering

if she would actually fulfill her four-year term, as

she is rumored to be interested in running against

County Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson in next

year’s election.

Bain is no stranger to losing an election. After

he was appointed in 1998, he lost his re-election

bid later that year and then won again in 2003. He

is viewed as an outsider among the other council

members and really has not found his area of

expertise in the past four years. He also has some

personal baggage that may or may not affect

voter approval. He does, however, have a large

cross-sectional support base, including union

organizations, all current City Council members

except Jim Hartnett (who has not publicly endorsed

any of the incumbents), other elected county

officials and several city board members and


Foust is considered the front-runner, but this is

the first election since her marriage to fellow council

member Hartnett. Whether that will make a

difference to her support base will be seen on

election night.

Pierce has the distinction of entering the race

as the current mayor. That is a high-visibility

position and will undoubtedly have a positive

effect on her numbers.

So as it stands now, I predict that Foust will be

the top vote-getter, Pierce second, Aguirre third.

The fight for fourth will be between Bain and

Bondonno, and it will be an aggressive one. Bain

will win, as there is no real pressing issue that

voters see to unseat someone. Bondonno will be

in the driver’s seat to win in the next election in

2009. See you on election night.

. . .

Speaking of the council race, the first contribution

report is out, and here are the candidates’ statements.

Redwood City City Council candidate Kevin

Bondonno raised $15,534 toward his election

campaign, including $10,100 in loans to himself.

His contributions include $100 from former Mayor

Dick Claire, and he has so far spent $8,158.88 on

lawn signs, officer services and precinct walking


Councilman Ian Bain raised $6,305, including

a $2,000 loan to himself. Bain’s contributions

include $250 from the Building Trades Council,

$500 from the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union,

$500 from community leader Paula Uccelli, $200

each from County Supervisor Jerry Hill and

Redwood City Councilman Jim Hartnett, $100

from Councilwoman Alicia Aguirre and $250

from Councilwoman Diane Howard.

Councilwoman Alicia Aguirre raised $14,519,

including $4,750 in loans, and has spent $11,494.

Aguirre’s contributions include $500 from Uccelli;

$100 each from former county supervisor and

current Service League Executive Director Mike

Nevin, former sheriff and current Sequoia

Healthcare District board member Don Horsley

and wife Elaine, consultant John Ward, Samtrans

executive Mike Scanlon, Councilmen Ian Bain

and Hartnett, and County Supervisor Hill; $250

each from Sheriff Greg Munks and Undersheriff

Carlos Bolanos and $2,000 from the Plumbers

and Steamfitters Union.

Councilwoman Rosanne Foust raised $15,215 in

contributions, including $500 each from Uccelli,

retired Judge Thomas McGinn Smith and Dr.

Steven Howard; $250 each from Sheriff Munks

and Undersheriff Bolanos; $100 each from former

Sheriff Horsley, former County Supervisor Nevin,

SamTrans executive Scanlon and prosecutor Al

Giannini; $150 from County Supervisor Hill and

$1,000 from the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union.

. . .

In case you have not heard by now, Peter Ingram,

Redwood City’s community development director,

will step in as interim city manager while our City

Council continues the search for a permanent

replacement for Ed Everett. Everett, who extended

his retirement plans by two months while they

searched, steps down Nov. 25. Ingram will fill

in until Everett’s replacement is named. Rumor

has it that the council did have their eye on a

replacement from “out of the area,” but it did not

work out for one reason or another.

Many are hoping that once Ingram is in place,

he will enjoy the position so much he will decide

to fill out an application.

. . .

I recently attended a meeting of the Sequoia

Healthcare District (SHD) and was more than

impressed by the interchange between former San

Mateo County sheriff and current SHD board

trustee Don Horsley and Catholic Healthcare West

(CHW) Executive Vice President Mike Blaszyk.

At issue was Horsley’s desire to ask some pointed

questions that many in our community have been

wondering about. While the other trustees were at

times defensive and, in my opinion, not asking

questions that make sure our tax dollars — let alone

our community asset (the hospital) — are being

protected for us, Horsley raised some valid concerns

about the transfer of Sequoia Hospital to CHW.

Just a reminder: In 1996, CHW began managing

operations of Sequoia. Now, CHW will assume

full responsibility for the hospital. Sequoia

Hospital is rebuilding and retrofitting at an

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“Mr. Penna … Steve … Steve … you need to wake

up, Steve. As soon as you wake up, I can remove

your breathing tube,” the cardiac care unit (CCU)

nurse said. Her job was to bring Steve Penna out

of general anesthesia in the CCU. At each order,

Penna stirred in his bed, eyes rolling, trying hard

to focus on the source of the noise that was

interrupting his blissful escape. Another eye roll,

and his head sank into the pillow, enveloped in

sleep once again. The nurse started again: “Steve

… Steve … you need to wake up, Steve. I need to

make you wake up.” That order prompted another

head roll, a gargantuan effort to focus his eyes on

the disturbance. He focused, frowned, smiled, let

his eyes roll and turned his head into the pillow,

succumbing to sleep again. This process was

repeated over and over every five minutes.

Once Penna was stirring and staying awake for

a few minutes at a time, the desk nurse walked

into the waiting room and notified the friends and

family there that they were now allowed to see him.

Penna’s brother and sister had left, but a close

family friend who had stayed now entered the

room. The tall, striking CCU nurse was gentle as

she continued pestering Penna to wake up. She

encouraged his friend to pester him too. The friend

chimed in, “Steve … Steve … You told me to ask

you two things when you were finally awake.

Number one, do you know who you are?” Penna

nodded groggily and motioned with two thumbs

up. Then he fell back asleep. The friend, once

again encouraged by the CCU nurse, continued,

“Steve … Steve ... Hey, Steve! Do you remember

the second thing you wanted to know? No toe tag!”

Penna stirred awake again and gave a small chuckle.

At that moment, his friend knew that he would

be just fine! Penna actually has no recollection

of that period except for the “two thumbs up”

gesture and how pretty the CCU nurse was.

Penna recalled further, “I vaguely remember

family and extended family, my brother, Gary,

and sister-in-law, Donna. I remember giving the

thumbs up when I emerged from anesthesia. I

remember Bob and Jeannie Lutticken. The

Luttickens told me how I kept saying I was in so

much pain, that I had never experienced so much

pain in my life like this. I don’t remember saying

that, though. I remember seeing Linda Moore,

who used to be a nurse at Sequoia. I woke up a

“She spread her sunshine all over

the place. I then realized I have

nothing to worry about.”

day later in my room. I was coming out of a fog.

I was tired and exhausted. I was told everything

went well. And then that first day [in my hospital

room], I remember the outpouring of support

from everyone. There were 10 bouquets of flowers,

cards, phone calls. Once the surgery was over, I

had my family and friends call and let everyone

know that the surgery went well. Everyone came

to visit. Then, at about 4:30 that afternoon, the

nursing staff had to close my room to visitors.”

Penna had had 25 visitors by 4:30 p.m. The

nursing staff vowed to take care of him, and that

meant allowing him to get as much rest as possible.

He argued that he didn’t want to be rude to the

people who were coming to visit, but the minute

the nurses closed the door, he fell asleep.

It was also on that first day in his room that he

rolled out of bed and started walking. He walked to

the bathroom on his own at 3 a.m. He eventually

started walking up to the door of the room and

back, because the medical staff had told him it

was an important step in healing and pneumonia

prevention. Penna recalled, “When you are in there

[the hospital], you are so isolated and detached

from the world, you want to get out of the room

and experience other people.”

The third day was brutal. Dr. Luis Castro,

Penna’s surgeon, had told him that he would have

one day when the impact of the surgery would

be felt quite intensely. The third day was it. As

the day dragged on, he was really exhausted and

strained. But then his door flew open and, as if

sent by an angel, a ray of sunshine by the name

of Abigail Mendoza bounded in to give him a

big hug. Abigail, a Redwood City celebrity as the

poster child for the Redwood City firefighters’

Create-A-Smile foundation, suffers from incurable

leukemia. Abigail had heard Penna was in the

hospital, and she insisted that her parents take her

to see him! She beamed as she gave him a hug.

After sharing her zeal for life, she left. Penna was

going to get better; Abigail was not. Abigail had

brought him the most precious of gifts: her love

and support. Reminiscing, he said, “God sent her

to my room, and when she came in, she spread her

sunshine all over the place. I then realized I have

nothing to worry about.” That third day wasn’t so

bad after all.

Penna continued his hospital walks, oddly at

3 a.m. Laughing, he recalled, “Yes, it was three

o’clock in the morning! Still trying to party!” His

walks were always planned with enough energy in

reserve to return to his bed. There was no sense

in going farther than the point of no return, a

lesson learned from his disease.

Penna said, “As far as therapy, in the hospital I

was given little exercises to do, although I already

knew most of those. It was more of me getting

acclimated to what had just happened to me. I had

to learn how to roll the right way to get out of bed. I

had to learn how to hold my chest when I coughed

or laughed, using my Mended Hearts pillow,

which I still have to this day and I still use.”

He stayed in the hospital for five days. “The care

I received was superb. The staff, from the doctors

to the food servers, were professional, kind and

supportive. Everyone cheered me on.” He went

home on a Monday and started his recuperation.

Once Penna arrived home, he started walking

more. At first he walked to the end of the driveway.

As days passed, he started walking down the block.

Eventually he made it around the block. It was a

slow process. One of the strange things he noticed

was the fact that there was a philosophical and

spiritual rebirth in him. As he strolled around the

block on his walks, he was stunned at the oblivion

of the others around him. He had been given a


Penna with brother Gary and sister Sue as he was taken into surgery at Sequoia Hospital.

He said, “I have this hat that I had everyone in

the hospital sign. I called Dr. Castro to have him

sign it. His nurse told me to come on in, that Dr.

Castro would love to see me. We sat down and

had a really good chat, and then I pulled out the

hat and told him I saved a spot for him to sign

it. He said, ‘Oh God, I would love to sign it.’ We

continued to talk. I never looked at the hat until I

left and got out to the car. It said, ‘Steve, you have

a beautiful heart.’ I thought to myself, ‘If anyone

knows, he would, literally and figuratively.’ I sat

in my car and cried. This guy saved my life.”

Penna fully embraces life now. Perhaps there is

a wonderful lesson for all of us in this saga. The

Tin Man in “The Wizard of Oz” had it right; all

you truly need is a heart. Penna will tell you how

true that is, straight from his own!

Editor’s note: Little Abigail Mendoza died Oct.

9. In her short time, she really taught us all some

wonderful lessons about life. This little sweetheart

brought Penna moral support when he needed it

the most, and it was given freely with the little bit

of life she had left. We at The Spectrum miss her


Above: Penna with friends at a recent downtown event. Right: Penna

portrayed Leonardo da Vinci at a recent Columbus Day celebration.

second chance at life, and very few of them even

smiled back or answered his hellos. How could

they not know how wonderful this stroll was?

Eventually Penna began to drive and started

going to social functions again. At the four-week

mark, he met with his cardiologist, Dr. Charles

Tucker, for a follow-up visit. He was doing well

physically and would be allowed to enter cardio

rehab, then return to the gym.

“Steve … Steve … you need to

wake up, Steve. I need to make

you wake up.”

Penna described the process: “Cardio rehab

allows me to push myself really hard because

I am on an electronic monitor which measures

my heart rate, blood pressure and the flow of

blood through the heart, things that I cannot

[measure] when I work out at the gym. I go three

times per week at Sequoia Hospital, and beyond

that I work out at the gym. The people in cardio

rehab are really supportive. Everyone else who

is in the classes are a lot older than I am. I work

during the day, so my hours vary. I go to all these

different classes at different times, when others

just get into a routine and go at the same time. I

am lucky; I attend at all the times. I meet all these

fantastic people throughout the day. Everyone

has a unique story to tell. I have gained so much

wisdom, knowledge and admiration for people

who go through this. I pick up something from

every single person I encounter in cardio rehab.

However, the music they play reminds me of

Richard Simmons and ‘Sweatin’ to the Oldies.’

One of these days, I am going to have to bring in

a Nirvana or Madonna CD!”

Penna has become reflective after his ordeal. He

contemplates entering into a long-term relationship

that will lead to marriage, something he now realizes

he had been fearful of in the past. He wants to adopt

a child within the next year or so. “Why should

I deny a child a great father and me a great child

just because I am not married?”

He isn’t sure he wants to continue The Spectrum

Magazine. He feels that there must be more in

store for this rebirth. “The magazine is very

successful, both financially and personally

fulfilling. But there must be something more for

me to do,” he stated. “But then again, I love doing

this so much!”

Penna went on to say that the surgery and recovery

“opens up possibilities you can’t believe. It puts

urgency on things. You don’t want your family or

your friends to leave without you saying ‘I love

you!’ You don’t want a minute to go by without

being the best person that you can be. You want to

achieve things that will not only improve your life

but will improve the other people’s quality of life.

It puts you in an entirely different frame of mind.”

Since his recovery, Penna has changed his

outlook. He has become extremely open and

supportive. After last month’s article on his surgery,

people came up and talked to him about similar

experiences in their lives or their parents’ lives,

and about surgeries of relatives or friends. Even

breast cancer survivors stopped him in the street

and shared their experiences. He is always willing

to stop, listen and share his experiences as well.


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Sequoia and Hillsdale Eclipse 100-Point Mark

No matter the players, no matter the year, when the Hillsdale and Sequoia

football teams get together, fireworks are the norm.

A recent Friday night proved to be no exception. The two teams combined

for 884 yards from scrimmage — factor in three kickoff returns for touchdowns

and that number eclipses the 1,000-yard mark — and 15 touchdowns as they

went over the 100-point barrier in Sequoia’s 60-42 win at Terremere Field in

Redwood City.

Keep in mind the score was 21-7 at halftime in favor of Sequoia. To say

defense was lacking in the second half would be an understatement.

“I think we made it harder on ourselves than we should have,” said Sequoia

coach Sam Lopez. “We always give the fans their money’s worth when we

face Hillsdale.”

Sequoia (2-2, 2-4) had three players rush for over 100 yards — Miguel

Flores led the way with 178 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries.

Jose Ramirez had the best game of his career with 127 yards and two scores

on 16 carries. George Holland added 101 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

Hillsdale (1-3, 1-5) countered with receiver/returner Marcus Dunlap. The

“We always give the fans their money’s worth when we

face Hillsdale.”

senior scored three touchdowns — he had kickoff returns of 95 and 79 yards

for scores and his only reception went for a 70-yard touchdown. Quarterback

Kyle Lau completed only 6 of 14 passes, but he made his completions count.

He threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns. In addition to the 70-yard strike

to Dunlap, he hooked up with Dean Tayara for a 40-yard score.

“Marcus is an unbelievable athlete,” said Hillsdale coach Brad Zucker. “He

single-handedly got us back in the game. We felt like we could move the ball

[in the second half] and it became a shootout. They had more bullets.”

In addition to his two rushing touchdowns for the Cherokees, Flores

threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Ruben Ramirez, who made his second

spectacular diving catch into the end zone on the night. He made a diving

stab of a Bobby De La Cruz pass from an 11-yard score for the Cherokees’

first touchdown of the night.

Flores also added a kickoff return for a score of his own. With 12 seconds

left in the game, he fielded the Hillsdale kickoff at his 25 and ran toward the

right sideline with the intention of running out the clock. When he picked up

some blockers who sealed off the interior, Flores turned it upfield and bolted

75 yards for the final touchdown of the night.

Despite the final score, this was actually a close game midway through the

third quarter. Down 21-7 at halftime, Hillsdale took the second-half kickoff

and needed only two plays to get back into the game when Lau and Dunlap

hooked up for their long scoring pass.

Sequoia responded with Holland’s only score of the game from 4 yards out

which capped a nine-play, 69-yard drive.

Hillsdale struck quickly again, going 64 yards on just four plays with the drive

culminating in the 40-yard strike from Lau to Tayara, cutting the Sequoia

lead to 27-21 with 5:24 left in the third quarter.

By this time, the Sequoia players were snapping and yelling at each other

on the sideline. Despite Hillsdale’s quick-strike capabilities, Lopez said he

was never really worried.

“We had to stay focused. I knew the run game was working,” Lopez said.

Sequoia finally put the Knights away in the fourth quarter, scoring 27 points.

The first half, however, gave no indication of the second-half fireworks as

mistakes, penalties and injuries kept the game from developing any kind of

flow. Hillsdale was especially sloppy. The Knights committed two turnovers

and had seven penalties for 65 yards. They managed only 38 yards of offense

from the line of scrimmage and failed to pick up a first down.

“We were disappointed in the mistakes we made,” Zucker said.

Sequoia, while totaling 260 yards of offense in the first half, was far from

perfect. The Cherokees had eight penalties for 55 yards and a turnover.

For the game, the two teams combined for 23 penalties for 175 yards and

six turnovers.

Sequoia’s Jose Ramirez had the game of his life during the Cherokees’ 60-42 win over

Hillsdale. Ramirez rushed for 127 yards, scored two touchdowns, caught a pass for 36

yards and kicked six extra points.


By Valerie Harris

Special to The Spectrum

After Steve Penna’s quadruple bypass surgery, there was much more to his

recovery. Volunteers from Mended Hearts, a national nonprofit organization

affiliated with the American Heart Association, kicked off his postoperative

support with a small, heart-shaped pillow. “I use this pillow, pressed against

my chest, in [a cross-armed] support of my stitches whenever I laugh or cough,”

Penna said. This organization, however, is involved in much more than just

handing out heart-shaped pillows.

With more than 24,000 members in 257 chapters, Mended Hearts eases the

fears of patients by linking them with people who know matters of the heart.

Almost exclusively, those people are former patients.

According to its Web site (www.mendedhearts.org), Mended Hearts “has

been offering the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and

caregivers for more than 50 years. Recognized for its role in facilitating a

positive patient-care experience, Mended Hearts partners with 460 hospitals

and rehabilitation clinics, and offers services to heart patients through visiting

programs, support group meetings and educational forums.” The organization’s

mission is to “inspire hope in heart disease patients and their families.”

Mended Hearts is made up of people who have experienced heart surgery

one or more times. Caregivers to these heart patients join the organization

too, because their lives are also impacted by heart disease. Members share

their experiences, allay preoperative anxieties and counsel postoperative

patients with advice on diet, lifestyle changes, depression, recovery, drugs

and treatments.

The support from the members goes beyond simple hand-holding. Chapter

meetings usually present guest lecturers such as surgeons, cardiologists,

dietitians and nurses. Renowned local and visiting surgeons give one-hour

presentations along with question-and-answer sessions.

The national organization sets policies for the local chapters. According

to the Mended Hearts Web site, “Annually, Mended Hearts volunteers make

227,000 hospital visits to patients, and 30,000 visits to family members and

caregivers. In addition, Mended Hearts hosts an annual leadership conference

to train volunteers and provide networking opportunities. The national office

also publishes a quarterly magazine, Heartbeat, to communicate valuable

information, chapter news and inspirational stories.”

Chapter 26, the San Mateo chapter, includes Redwood City and the surrounding

area. Chapter 26 currently boasts 150 members, who are ready to assist cardiac

surgery patients at Sequoia Hospital and Peninsula Hospital. The worldfamous

Dr. Vincent Gaudiani, senior cardiac surgeon at Pacific Coast Cardiac and

Vascular Surgeons, serves as the group’s biggest supporter and frequently

lectures at the meetings.

John Herd joined Mended Hearts three years ago. He had quintuple bypass

surgery in February 2000, but he didn’t join the organization. Then, three

years ago, his wife, Hannelore, was diagnosed with cancer, and Herd

accompanied her to chemotherapy treatments. One day, Herd ran into Bill

Quickert, a 25-year Mended Hearts veteran and visiting chairperson. Herd

and Quickert started a dialogue, and Herd joined. This year, Herd is serving

as Chapter 26 president and vice president (until a new vice president is named).

Like Penna, Herd has a family history of heart disease. His mother,

maternal grandfather and two brothers were afflicted with heart disease.

Mended Hearts was there to assist Herd during his surgery, and now Herd is


“giving back” by serving as president. His duties include scheduling meetings,

obtaining guest lecturers, writing a monthly message for the group and

volunteering to help heart patients. “We get most of our money through

grants, and we rarely hold fundraisers. Most of the people who wish to help

give to the American Heart Association,” Herd says.

Bob Murphy of Millbrae joined Mended Hearts after his first quadruple

bypass in 1983. Murphy also has a family history of heart disease, and

his sister died of a massive heart attack in Nome, Alaska, at the age of 63.

She was a schoolteacher and had complained of discomfort; the doctors in

Nome sent her home with a misdiagnosis of indigestion. She died later that

evening at a school recital. Murphy was much luckier. Dr. Ullyot performed a

quadruple bypass, and Murphy was on the road to recovery. When volunteers

from Mended Hearts arrived to answer his questions and quell his fears,

then to offer postoperative support, Murphy became a full-time member.

In addition to volunteering, he started the Chapter 26 newsletter and has

published it monthly for the past 15 years. Currently, the chapter retains 275

newsletter subscribers. Murphy’s newsletter has won several awards. Besides

heart-related messages, the publication includes puzzles and informative

historical background on holidays, such as the origins of Halloween.

If you are interested in becoming a member, the fee is $20 for a single

membership and $25 for a family membership. New members receive a

subscription to the national Mended Hearts newsletter, Heartbeats, and an

insignia pin. All dues are tax deductible.

The next Chapter 26 meeting will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Sequoia

Room at Sequoia Hospital, 170 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City. The

meeting starts at 10 a.m. Sequoia Hospital dietitian Pauline Chau will lecture

and take questions.

The Mended Hearts motto is “It’s great to be alive ... and to help others.”

This group lives its motto in helping people through harrowing times, always

instilling the spark of positive attitude. They know it’s good to be alive, and

they live it!

One Heart at a Time

‘It’s great to be alive ... and to help others’

“Mended Hearts eases the fears of patients by linking

them with people who know matters of the heart.”


Then Sequoia’s Defense Secures Victory

Against Hillsdale, the Sequoia offense had rolled up nearly 600 yards of

offense, but the defense allowed 294 yards and gave up two kickoff returns

for touchdowns in a 60-42 win.

The following week, the offense did just enough and the defense made it

stand in a 20-12 win over visiting Mills, the Cherokees’ second win in a row.

“I thought we made the game harder than we should have, again,” said

Sequoia coach Sam Lopez.

The Sequoia defense allowed 319 yards to Mills — including 177 rushing

yards to Josh Uikilifi — but the Cherokees’ defense made the plays when

they needed them. After giving up 181 yards in the first half, Sequoia held the

Vikings to 137 over the final 24 minutes, coming away with three turnovers

in the process, twice with the Vikings trying to drive for the possible tying

touchdown and 2-point conversion.

Sequoia (3-2, 3-4) took a 20-12 lead with 5:23 left in the game on a Jose

Ramirez 25-yard field, his second 3-pointer of the game. Mills’ Uikilifi

“We’re trying to make winning a habit here.”

took the ensuing kickoff at his own 20 and was finally brought down by the

Cherokees at midfield. Mills (2-2, 2-5) picked up two first downs and drove

to the Sequoia 20 when Uikilifi took a handoff and had the wet ball stripped

from his arm. Dustin Cottrell fell on the loose ball with 2:18 left and it

appeared Sequoia had secured the win.

Not so fast. The Vikings defense stepped up and stopped Sequoia a couple

of inches short of a first down, forcing a punt. The Vikings had one last

chance. They had to drive 64 yards with no timeouts and 1:19 left to play. On

fourth-and-long, quarterback Jimmy Knecht fumbled the snap and Sequoia’s

David Teputepu fell on it to finally give Sequoia the win.

Both defenses had it going in the first half, employing a bend-but-don’tbreak

philosophy. Sequoia turned the ball over on downs on its first two

drives of the game while the Sequoia defense did it once and forced Mills to

punt on its second possession.

The Cherokees finally finished a drive the third time they had the ball,

early in the second quarter. It took all of one play for the Cherokees to take a

6-0 lead. From the Vikings’ 35, George Holland took a handoff and slammed

into the middle of the line. He was met by several Mills defenders just past

the line of scrimmage, but he pinballed off them, using a nifty spin move to

keep his balance, and rumbled 35 yards for the score.

It didn’t take Mills long to respond. On the Vikings’ ensuing drive, Uikilifi

broke off a 45-yard scoring run to cap a three-play, 60-yard drive.

It took even less time for Sequoia to regain the lead. On the ensuing

kickoff, Miguel Flores got a running start, caught the kick at the 20, found a

seam and went 80 yards untouched for his second kickoff return for a score

in as many games. Gustavo Moreno’s 2-point conversion run gave Sequoia a

lead it would not relinquish.

Mills cut the lead to 14-12 on its first drive of the second half, again doing

it in quick-strike fashion. On first down from his own 27, Knecht faked a

handoff but kept the ball, rounded the right side of the line and streaked down

the sideline. Flores used an ankle tackle to prevent the touchdown but it was

only delaying the inevitable. Uikilifi bulled his way into the end zone from a

yard out for the score, but it was as close as the Vikings would get.

The Cherokees were once again paced by the three-headed monster of

Flores, Ramirez and Holland. After all three eclipsed the 100-yard rushing

mark last week, they combined for 222 yards on the ground against Mills.

Flores also caught three passes for 58 yards and Holland hooked up with

quarterback Moreno on a halfback, throw-back pass for 24 yards.

“I’m proud of my boys,” Lopez said. “We’re trying to make winning a habit here.”

Sequoia’s Miguel Flores, left, had 197 all-purpose yards in the Cherokees’ 20-12 win over Mills.

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Community Interest

Cirque D’Oreille —

Redwood City Joins Nationwide

Fight Against Red Light Running

In an effort to reduce collisions and make city

streets safer, Redwood City will install red

light photo enforcement cameras at various

intersections in the near future.

The first intersection is Whipple Ave. and

Veterans Blvd., in the eastbound direction. The

exact date is still uncertain, as construction plans

are in the final stages of approval. If there are no

construction delays, the first photo enforcement

camera could be in place as early as Nov. 1. The

city will advise when the cameras are up and running.

Once the cameras are up, there will be a 30-

day grace period before citations are issued to


Each red light citation will cost the violator $348.

Other locations for the red light cameras are

still in the planning stages, but the city expects to

install the cameras at three additional locations

for a total of four within the city limits.

Redwood City’s red light enforcement program

will be administered by Redflex Traffic Systems,

Inc., an Arizona-based provider of traffic safety

photo enforcement. Redflex is contracted to

provide similar successful programs in other parts

of California, Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina,

Ohio and Oregon.

Redwood City School District

Providing Free Lunch to Fair Oaks


Under a pilot program, Fair Oaks School in Redwood

City School District began providing free school

breakfast and lunch to all kindergarten through

fifth-grade students on Oct. 1.

“Good nutrition provides a foundation for

effective learning,” said District Superintendent

Jan Christensen. “Many of our students at Fair

Oaks already qualify for free and reduced lunch,

and since we know that children do better in school

when they eat healthy meals, we decided to make

free breakfast and lunch available to all students

at Fair Oaks.”

Christensen explained that the program will

be re-evaluated after this school year and will

possibly run for several more years. Lunches in

the Redwood City School District include a choice

of five different entrees, nonfat or 1% milk and a

wide selection of fruits and vegetables. The menu

can be accessed online at Sodexhoeducation.com.

The RCSD operates elementary and middle

schools serving students from kindergarten

through grade 8. The district serves nearly 8,000

students and has 17 schools.

Sequoia Hospital Gets High Marks

Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City received high

marks from HealthGrades, an organization rating

hospital quality nationwide.

Sequoia ranked best in California for coronary

interventional procedures and is a recipient of

2008 HealthGrades Excellence Awards in cardiac

care, cardiac surgery and coronary intervention.

“Our state-of-the-art cath lab and equipment

uses the latest technologies, including robotic

technology, guiding our cardiac program into

the future,” stated Tomoaki Hinohara, medical

director of the cardiac cath lab at Sequoia Hospital,

in an announcement of the honors.

Nominations Now Being Accepted

for Sequoia Award Scholarships

Nominations are requested to recognize a Redwood

City Citizen of the Year and a Business of the Year.

If you think you have to have straight A’s to win

a great scholarship, think again. This award is

based mainly on a person’s level of volunteerism

in the community. To qualify for a Sequoia Award

scholarship, a student must be a resident of Redwood

City and a senior in high school. Winners are given

amounts from $2,000 to $10,000.

Last year a total of 27 scholarships worth $84,000

were awarded to deserving senior high school

students. The winner of the largest scholarship of

$10,000 was Viral Shah from Sequoia High School.

Last year’s citizens of the year were Warren

Dale and Georgi LaBerge, and the business of the

year was Oracle. True examples of giving back

selflessly to the community.

Please visit the group’s Web site at www.

sequoiaawards.org for more information and

to obtain the required nomination forms.

Nominations close at the end of October.

The Sequoia Awards was established in 1990

for the purpose of recognizing outstanding

volunteerism in the community among students,

individuals and businesses. For nearly a decade,

the Sequoia Awards scholarship program has

awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to

outstanding high school seniors who have

performed extraordinary, uncompensated

community service. The Sequoia Awards fund

provides opportunities to dozens of students each

year and is the largest scholarship group awarded

in Redwood City. To date, over $500,000 has been




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A Circus of Sound

The Jean Weingarten Peninsula Oral School for

the Deaf (JWPOSD) presents the 26th annual

“Showcase” benefit on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the

Hayes Mansion in San Jose.

Over 450 guests will enjoy dining, wining

and dancing the evening away as they bid for

exquisite treasures to buy, to give and to share.

All proceeds benefit the children’s education.

JWPOSD is an auditory/oral education program

to promote self sufficiency in deaf children.

The goal is to educate and prepare students to

mainstream into regular classes in their local

schools at their fullest potential, with excellent

speech and language together with superb

academic and social skills.

One of the most powerful forces that enable

early intervention during the first months of a

deaf baby’s life is the cochlear implant. This

rapidly emerging technology is allowing infants

who are deaf to hear! Deafness cannot be cured

(yet), but research strongly suggests that the

earlier deaf children get cochlear implants, the

more likely they are to speak and comprehend

language normally. Over 90 percent of the

school’s children have cochlear implants, 16 with

bilateral implants.

In June, 15 students graduated from JWPOSD

into their local schools to become participating

members of their own communities. This could

not happen without the support and generosity of

many people.

Call 650-365-7500 for ticket information.


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Senior Activities

The following activities at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455

Madison Ave., Redwood City, are open to the public.

Senior Affairs Commission Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m.

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

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

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

population. The public is invited to attend.

Nutrition for Your Heart

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Registered dietitian Brenda Allison-Fay gives a presentation about the effects

of nutrition on your health. Learn the science of fats, cholesterol, sodium,

fiber and alcohol. Which fats increase your good cholesterol? What type of

fiber is better for blood sugar control and which type protects against colon

disease? Come and find out. You’ll also leave with ideas to substitute trans/

saturated fats with healthier foods, and with practical nutrition tips to reduce

your overall health risks. This is a rare opportunity to ask questions of a

registered dietitian!

Thanksgiving Gathering

Friday, Nov. 16, 12–2 p.m.

Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal and all the trimmings with the VMSC

staff. After lunch, dance the afternoon away with Ron Borelli’s Band. Cost is

$7. For reservations please call 650-780-7259.

Holiday Decorating Party

Monday, Nov. 26, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Come celebrate and decorate the Veterans Memorial building while having

fun with your friends! Holiday music, hot coffee, cider and cookies!

Everybody is welcome! Eat, decorate and be merry! For more information

call 650-780-7306.

Jim Dunbar

Thursday, Nov. 29, 1:15– 2:15 p.m.

Join us on the fourth Thursday of every month for this informative and

enjoyable program. Your host is Jim Dunbar, who co-anchored the top-rated

morning radio program for over 25 years. The informal meeting will include

current events and commentary. FREE program — just bring your questions

and thoughts.

Anniversary Gala Building Closure

Please note that the Veterans Memorial Senior Center will be closed at 2 p.m.

on Nov. 29 and all day on Nov. 30 in preparation for our 25th Anniversary Gala.

Save the Date!

25th Anniversary Gala

Saturday, Dec. 1, 7–10 p.m.

You are invited to celebrate and honor the legacy of the many volunteers,

patrons and staff that have served the Redwood City community. For event

and sponsorship info, call 650-780-7264.

To learn more about the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, call 650-780-

7270. Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department

provides recreational facilities and activities for all ages and interests, and

supplies building and custodial services for city buildings. Redwood City

Parks also operates the Veterans Memorial Senior Center and the Fair Oaks

Community Center, providing social, educational and cultural activities, as

well as information, referral and counseling services to persons living in

Redwood City and neighboring communities. Redwood City Parks is more

than you think! Its Web site is www.redwoodcity.org/parks.




City Council

Kevin has played a role in these recent accomplishments: Nine years of service to the community:

Providing additional water supply for smart growth

Member & Past Chairman, Redwood City’s

Balancing the annual HHCC grant budget of $1.5 Million

Housing and Human Concerns Committee

Advocating for affordable housing

Member, Shuttle Stakeholder Group

Affordable housing at El Camino Real & Vera Avenue

Member, Recycled Water Task Force

Habitat for Humanity housing on Lincoln Avenue

Member, Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County

Land acquisition for future senior housing on Bradford Street

Member, San Mateo County HOPE Task Force

Working to address important issues such as water supply,

Volunteer, Peninsula Habitat for Humanity

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Member, Redwood City Chamber of Commerce

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Marc Manuel, Housing & Human Concerns

Dani Gasparini, Former Mayor


Janet Borgens, Planning Commissioner

Bonnie Miller, Housing & Human Concerns

John Seybert, Planning Commissioner


Denise Brosseau, Housing & Human

Jeri Richardson, Housing & Human Concerns

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Will the Incumbents Win or Will Our Community See New Faces?

With two newcomers throwing their hats in the

ring for the Redwood City City Council, the four

incumbents up for re-election are working to ensure

the panel — or at least their individual seats

— looks no different than it does right now.

In the years since Mayor Barbara Pierce, Vice

Mayor Rosanne Foust and Councilmembers Alicia

Aguirre and Ian Bain last ran for office, the city

has seen downtown begin redevelopment with

a new cinema/retail complex and renovated

courthouse, recycled water begin flowing and the

national immigration issue hit home locally.

The four say they are eager to continue their work

on the council, but newcomers Kevin Bondonno

and Joneen Nielsen are ready to give them a run

for their money.

The candidates took time to answer questions

about some of the pressing and anticipated issues

facing the city they hope to represent.

Their responses are listed alphabetically by last


Foust: I am pleased with where it is but want to

see more, especially more retail and housing.

Nielsen: I think they have done some wonderful

things and think it’s exciting. There are some

problems I do have with it, primarily the parking

meters. The other one I have is a big project I hear

they are planning for downtown involving highrises.

That’s not a good idea. It’s called Redwood

City, but really it’s a town, a community. It’s not

San Francisco.

Pierce: Downtown is headed in the right

direction; we have created a community center

with Courthouse Square and entertainment

destinations. There is still more to be done to

attract additional retail, fill empty storefronts,

bring attractive, well-designed housing and continue

to provide more parking and transportation options.

Are the parking meters prohibitive

to drawing crowds downtown?

two feet and complaints of why we have them at

all. For our restaurants and businesses, you need

something like this that will move people around.

My concern is that we have not been proactive

enough in explaining them.

Nielsen: I do think so, because in Redwood City

there is no free parking, so there is no incentive

to go there. I go to San Carlos, for instance.

Logistically, Redwood City is farther away but

there are things that can be done. Two days could

be free, and I don’t understand why we have to

pay until 8 p.m. The meters are also hard to

understand and it’s not that I’m computer illiterate.

Pierce: Parking meters help create always-available

parking for customers, without causing people to

search for an empty spot. Downtown must balance

diverse parking needs for businesses, employees and

residents. Changes to the system have required

adjustments, but we continue to improve the

choices for residents and parking can be found

inexpensively within an easy walking distance

What is your impression of the

downtown redevelopment?

Aguirre: It is ongoing. Businesses want to come

in and set up at that area so we must make sure

when they want permits we make it feasible and

don’t have the hurdles you read about in other cites.

There is still a lot to be done, adding housing

and retail, and it is a process that reinvents itself.

What we do now might not be great in five years,

so we have to constantly keep up.

Bain: I’m very excited with what’s happened.

From the first day the theater opened, there’s

been hundreds of people milling about and I’m

extremely proud of the courthouse plaza. It’s a

work of art. But we’re not where we should be.

We’re moving in the right direction but there are

still empty storefronts. Thankfully, the city is

out there beating the bushes, and I think a lot of

businesses are looking at Redwood City.

Bondonno: Downtown is being redeveloped and

I love what is happening there now. But there is

still work to be done. We need to do what we can

to increase activity and bring in the new retail

that is anticipated. I love the vision; we just need

to polish it.

Aguirre: When we started we assumed a lot of

these things, and the meters didn’t work that way.

Redwood City is unique in that we’ve always

had parking meters, unlike some cities, and as we

go forward we will be making the appropriate

changes. The city is very lucky to have something

innovative like these high-tech meters powered by

solar energy.

Bain: We rushed into adopting a system before

working out the bugs, but we are working with staff

to get it worked out. They are too complicated,

with too many screens. I do think it should have

been worked out first. It might be affecting

downtown. There is just a sense of frustration. I

wish this were a clean victory for us and we could

say hurrah. It’s not a good feeling when you hear

people say on a daily basis they aren’t working.

Bondonno: I hear a lot about the parking from

all sides. I think it can be looked at and refined,

but from both sides I hear both it is a problem and

also it is fine. Some may choose to go other places

because of the parking.

Foust: We’ve always had parking meters. I think

the newness of these ones has been challenging,

but I’ve heard a balance between people who are

loving that they are solar-operated, not every

Redwood City and its surrounding

unincorporated areas have been

drawn into the immigration debate

with the ICE raids this year. What is

your position on what involvement

the county and city should have, if


Aguirre: I’m really disappointed the federal

government wasn’t able to come up with solutions.

Different cities are taking different stands,

positive and negative. In Redwood City, we want

to educate the community. It is an issue that is

very passionate and can be divisive. Mayor Pierce

and I are setting up a forum through the League

of Women Voters, which is the most nonbiased

group, to make sure everybody understands. For

law enforcement, their position is making sure

the people in our community feel safe regardless

of their status. They want to get the trust of the

people, probably by making them feel safe and

not turning them into ICE or prosecuting them for

their legal status.

Bain: My position is that the job of our police

department is to enforce local laws. They do

that. If the federal government asks them for

cooperation, they should cooperate by providing

whatever information they have. It’s ICE’s job,

however, to enforce federal immigration laws. I

support the city’s current policy as written, which

states that our officers shall not arrest someone

solely on the suspicion that they’re an illegal

immigrant. I have no interest in Redwood City

becoming a sanctuary city, and I would never

support any resolution that would conflict with

federal law. Immigration is a federal issue and

needs to be solved at that level of government.

Bondonno: They should not interfere or ignore

federal agents in carrying out their job.

Foust: I am in support of what the League of

Women Voters is doing for educational outreach.

I am not in support of Redwood City becoming

a sanctuary city or getting involved in federal

immigration law. I feel for the families that are

separated; we are all human beings. But I’ve been

very clear with [Mayor] Barbara [Pierce] that to

put a resolution in place that will be overturned

by federal law puts our city at a disadvantage.

Nielsen: I think the police have it right, focusing

on the criminal element rather than those not

we can do. I am pro-environment and it is about

how to sustain it. All the plans sound good.

Bain: I’m trying to keep an open mind. I’ve had

conversations with those folks and the Friends of

Redwood City. A lot have said very loud and clear

they want open space. Right now I’m trying to get

community input and read up on the findings.

Bondonno: There is no actual project yet to critique,

so I’m watching community input right now.

I appreciate what they’ve done for outreach.

I’ve been to a number of the forums and am

waiting to see the summary data. I’ve always

said we have the wonderful opportunity in our

lifetime with so much land. I’d like to see a mix of

different components out there, although I’m not

necessarily ready to say I’m set on these three

components. I’d really like to see a mix.

Foust: I suppose I don’t know yet. I want the

City Council to do its own outreach for the site.

We would be doing a disservice to the residents

otherwise. I appreciate what Cargill is doing, but

we as a council need to take the lead and not just

take their information.

Nielsen: I spoke to the Sierra Club quite a bit

community and interested groups in the discussion.

Bain: I struggled with the issue because it does

impact the nearby neighborhood. I feel it is the

neighborhood’s problem, and we need to look how

to help them.

Bondonno: I didn’t follow it that closely, but I

think I would have supported it.

Foust: I felt we had done outreach to the

community and to the neighborhood. There were

four independent traffic analyses. I am the one

who proposed additional conditions on the use

permit on the project that said we need to review

the traffic data at a year and 24 months. Just to be

cautious, I said let’s build it into the use permit. I

felt we really heard the residents and they wanted

different conditions. On the other side, I asked for

the condition that if they lose the leases for the

additional parking, we be notified immediately.

Not in 30 or 60 days, but immediately.

Nielsen: I would have jumped on that issue in a

heartbeat and would have been against it. There

is a school very nearby, and do we really need

more gas pumps in Silicon Valley? I thought the

point of the bond we passed last November was to

looking for trouble. I think that should remain

their focus. I know it is controversial and I’ve

had several heated discussions about it. But as

a humanitarian and a teacher, I think we need

to understand that so long as the government of

Mexico has an oligarchy actually encouraging

people to come over here, this will continue to

remain a federal issue. But they’ve dropped the

ball, and small communities like ours are forced

to deal with a hodgepodge of policies.

Pierce: Immigration is a national policy and

enforcement issue. I support the plan for the

League of Women Voters to bring informational

forums about immigration to our community.

Redwood City’s police should first and foremost

provide a safe city for all our residents.

What would you like to see at the

Cargill saltworks site?

Aguirre: I’d like to see a combination of things for

the community: parks, housing, trails. We really

need parks, and it’s up to us to do something with

that. Right now, I think they’ve done a good

thing for the community. There is something to

returning it to wetlands, and there are some things

about this, and I suggest a 60/40 split with 40 percent

for open space and 60 percent otherwise. I don’t

support strip malls but think we can use Redwood

Shores as a model of housing. We’ve gotten rid

of affordable housing here, but it would be good

to have it somewhere. There would have to be a

cap on how high the buildings can be and review

by the Army Corps of Engineers to make sure

homeowners can get insurance. I know developers

are excited, but I don’t want to see it paved over.

Pierce: The Cargill Salt land is private land, zoned

for harvesting salt, and has broad environmental

importance. Any change to the zoning will need

City Council approval. I look forward to an open

process involving the community, landowners and

other constituencies. My decision will be formed

after studying all the issues, hearing the public

and understanding the implications.

Do you support the Costco


Aguirre: (asked prior to the EIR appeal hearing)

It is amazing how many e-mails we’ve gotten.

There are more e-mails asking us to do it. Like

the parking meters, it’s important we involve the

wean ourselves off fossil fuels, so this seems like

backward thinking. Traffic is already bumper to

bumper on Woodside, and it is an accident waiting

to happen. It seems it will also bring down the

property values of the neighborhood.

Pierce: I supported the expansion with the

additional conditions and traffic improvements

to Middlefield that were applied to respond to

community concerns.

Is an auto row the best use for the

Century 12 movie theater site?

Aguirre: I think it is the best thing for that area.

There are issues of development, even at the salt

ponds, so we must make sure we look at congestion.

Bain: I think so. The new theater has

transportation and is near the downtown

concentration. The old site doesn’t provide that.

We also need to retain an auto dealership because

it’s a significant source of sales tax revenue. I

don’t think it’s the best site for housing.

Bondonno: I think from the proposals it pretty

much lends itself to such a use. The fact of the

matter is it is bookended by auto dealerships and

we wouldn’t want to wedge something in there

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Nonprofits in Action

Advocates for Children

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

life of an abused and neglected child.

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

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

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

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

waiting for someone who cares.

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

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

Web site (www.AdvocatesFC.org) or call 650-212-4423 for more information.

City Talk Toastmasters

Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop communication and leadership

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

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

780-7468 if you would like to check out a meeting or just stop in. Visit

www.toastmasters.org for more information about the Toastmasters public

speaking program.


CityTrees is a nonprofit working with the Public Works Department to

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

prune on the third Saturday of each month. Check their Web site (www.

citytrees.org) for a listing of events and dates.

Family Service Agency of San Mateo County

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

Service Agency of San Mateo County provides employers with mature,

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

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

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

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

place your job order.

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

Family Service Agency provides a range of services, including referrals

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

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

ext. 4371, if you are looking for work.

Friends for Youth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As a mentor with Friends for Youth, you will have access to group

activities like bowling, miniature golf and camping trips, plus free tickets

to Giants, 49ers, Warriors and Sharks games and more. In just a few hours a

week you can make a difference in the life of someone like Reggie.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, you are invited to attend a onehour

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

482-2871 or e-mail mentor@friendsforyouth.org.

Hearing Loss Association of the Peninsula

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

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

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

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

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

Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. Educational speakers

and refreshments are provided. A demonstration of assistive devices is

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

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

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

Nursing Mothers Counsel

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

breastfeeding education and assistance by highly trained counselors (moms

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

650-327-MILK (327-6455).

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

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

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

327-MILK (327-6455) to RSVP.

NMC also has breast pumps and breastfeeding supplies available for

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

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


Optimist Club of Redwood City

The Optimists invite you to become a member of Optimist International,

one of the largest service organizations in the world, where “bringing out the

best in kids” has been their mission for over 80 years. Whether you’re a club

officer or a club member who enjoys the fellowship and friendship of others

with a common greater good, Optimist International needs and wants you as

a member.

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

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

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

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

more about how you can make a difference.

Peninsula Hills Women’s Club

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

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

information, call 650-366-6371.

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

In addition to sheltering and finding new homes for stray and unwanted

animals (100 percent placement for healthy dogs and cats since 2003!), PHS/

SPCA has vital programs for people. New in 2006 and beginning with the

North Fair Oaks community, the shelter began driving its mobile spay/neuter

clinic into low-income neighborhoods, offering owners free “fixes” for their

pets. PHS/SPCA also provides a free animal behavior help line in English

and Spanish. Call 650-340-7022, ext. 783 or 786. And domestic abuse victims

who wish to leave their abusive situation but are fearful of doing so because

they have pets can receive temporary sheltering for their pets through PHS/

SPCA. Call 650-340-7022, ext. 330.

Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club

The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered in April 1988. In the years

since that time, the club has met weekly at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast and to hear

a speaker at the Waterfront Restaurant at Pete’s Harbor in Redwood City. The

club, with 22 members, has frequently been honored as an outstanding small

club by Rotary District 5150, which includes San Mateo, San Francisco and

part of Marin counties. For more information or to join, call Marc Manuel at


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News Briefs

Father Charged With

Abusing Four Children

A Redwood City father beat his four children

repeatedly with a stick and struck one with a

flashlight after gaining custody following the

death of their mother, according to prosecutors

who charged the 41-year-old man with dozens of

child abuse and assault counts.

Taulanga Tukumoeatu pleaded not guilty to

all charges in Superior Court and was ordered

to stand trial on Feb. 11. He is charged with

child abuse, assault with a deadly weapon and

threatening a witness. If convicted, he faces up

to 15 years in prison, said Chief Deputy District

Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

The four children — ages 10, 12, 14 and 15

— lived with their mother in Hawaii until her

death in 2006. That spring, Tukumoeatu brought

the children to live with him and his wife in a

one-bedroom apartment on Arguello Street in

Redwood City.

Over the course of a year, Tukumoeatu

repeatedly abused the children, including

incidents of throwing a flashlight at one child

and throwing a class cup at his son. The beating

often involved the use of a stick, according

to the District Attorney’s Office. In July, one

child reportedly told his school teacher, who

notified Child Protective Services and the police.

Redwood City police arrested Tukumoeatu and

reported seeing injuries on three of the four

children. His wife was not charged.

Tukumoeatu remains in custody in lieu of

$250,000 bail. He returns to court Jan. 15 for a

pretrial conference.

Baby Beating Defendant

to Stand Trial

The Redwood City man accused of attacking

an 18-month-old with a large rock without

provocation will stand trial on charges of assault

with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury,

felony battery causing great bodily injury and

felony cruelty to a child with great bodily injury.

Jose Rivera Salvador has pleaded not guilty to

all charges but was ordered to stand trial after a

preliminary hearing on the evidence. He was to

return to court Oct. 25 to enter a plea in Superior

Court and set a jury trial date.

The child recovered from his injuries but

appears to still fear adults, screaming and hiding

behind his mother’s leg when a police officer

came to question her about the incident, said

Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

The officer was the sole prosecution witness

and the defense rested without any testimony.

The crime in question allegedly happened April

20. The woman left the Safeway grocery store at

Sequoia Station in Redwood City and was headed

to the SamTrans bus stop with child in hand when


Salvador reportedly approached and hit the child

in the back of the head with a rock.

As the toddler bled and the mother screamed,

Salvador allegedly dropped the rock and silently

walked away. He was later discovered in the

Sequoia Station parking lot and arrested. The

child was treated at Stanford Medical Center and

received extensive sutures.

The hearing was the third attempt at a

preliminary hearing. Other scheduled dates have

either been postponed or temporarily placed

on hold while three court-appointed doctors

determined if he is competent to aid in his own


Competency refers to a defendant’s mental state

at the time of prosecution, while sanity refers

to his or her condition at the time of an alleged


Salvador remains in custody in lieu of $100,000


Fire at Tudor-style House

Displaces 5

A two-alarm fire at a Tudor-style house in

Redwood City left gaping holes in the home’s roof

and displaced five residents, fire officials said.

The blaze was reported at 999 Edgewood Road

near Turnsworth Avenue, according to Redwood

City fire Chief Gerald Kohlmann.

Nine minutes after firefighters arrived on scene,

a second alarm was sounded, Kohlmann said.

The fire appears to have ignited in the attic

and burned across the roof of the two-story

home, although the flames were contained to the

single-story portion of the house where the roof is

extremely steep, Kohlmann said.

Kohlmann added firefighters needed to use

eight ladders to access the rooftop blaze and had

the flames controlled by 11:19 p.m.

Although no living spaces burned in the fire,

the roof is gone in a number of places and much

of the house suffered water damage, Kohlmann


No injuries were reported. The five residents

displaced are staying with neighbors, Kohlmann


The cause of the fire remains under

investigation, although Kohlmann added there are

no indications the blaze is suspicious.

Kohlmann estimated the cost in damage is

approximately $150,000.

Police Detain One in

Connection to Shooting

A man sent to prison last year on

methamphetamine charges was arrested on

parole violations and is considered a “person of

interest” in a shooting that sent two people to the

hospital, said San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office

spokesman Marc Alcantara.

Domingo Molina Jr., 23, was arrested for

violating terms of his parole. He is being

questioned in relation to the shootings but is

not charged with a crime related to that case,

Alcantara said. Molina was sentenced to 16

months in prison on methamphetamine and gang

changes in March 2006.

Deputies were dispatched around to the 200

block of Second Avenue, in unincorporated

Redwood City.

Officers found three victims suffering from

gunshot wounds, Alcantara said.

Two victims were taken to Stanford Medical

Center, and the third had such minor injuries that

he refused medical treatment, Alcantara said.

The Sheriff’s Office is also investigating the

fatal shooting of 23-year-old Taaniela Loni

Maama, an East Palo Alto man who was shot

Sept. 20 in the North Fair Oaks neighborhood.

That investigation is ongoing and detectives are

in the process of interviewing approximately 25

witnesses, Alcantara said.

Coroner: Intoxication Not

a Factor in Acid Death

A young worker who died in a vat of sulfuric acid

at a Redwood City factory in September did not

have any alcohol or drugs in his system at the

time of his death, San Mateo County Coroner

Robert Foucrault said.

Early in the morning on Sept. 23, 18-year-old

Fernando Jimenez Gonzalez, an employee of

circuit board manufacturer Coastal Circuits,

was found drowned in a vat containing a lowconcentration

sulfuric acid solution at the

company’s Redwood City factory at 1602 Tacoma

Way, according to police.

Police reported at the time that Gonzalez was

likely overcome by chemical fumes while dipping

circuit boards into the sulfuric acid, fell forward

into the vat and drowned.

When he did not arrive home, Gonzalez’s father,

who also works for Coastal Circuits, went to

the factory to check on him and found his body,

police reported. Police were called at 1:44 a.m.

Toxicology tests showed Gonzalez was not

intoxicated when he died, and the coroner’s office

has ruled his death an accident and not homicide,

Foucrault said.

Man’s Death Investigated

An investigation is under way into the death of an

89-year-old man who died in a Redwood City care

facility, the Redwood City Police Department


Thomas Phillips died at the adult dependent

care facility. It is unknown whether he died of

natural causes or an accidental overdose. The

police and the San Mateo County Coroner’s

Office are investigating, according to a statement

released by the Police Department.

The department did not release the address or

name of the facility.

Nonprofits in Action : continued from page 23

Redwood City Education Foundation

The Redwood City Education Foundation is an all-volunteer, nonprofit

organization dedicated to providing students in the Redwood City School

District with a strong education that lays the foundation for future success.

They raise private money to provide enrichment programs to all students in

the district. Their funding is focused on academic achievement, music and

art, and health and wellness. They are currently seeking new board members.

Board members are responsible for attending monthly meetings, chairing

board committees, participating in fundraising and outreach activities, and

promoting RCEF in the community. If you are interested in the possibility of

serving on the board, please contact Adam Borison at 650-363-7271 or vp@

rcef.org. For more information on RCEF, check out www.rcef.org.

Redwood City Rotary

Redwood City Rotary performs many service projects, provides college

scholarships and donates to international relief efforts. The 50-member club

meets in a spirit of good fellowship and fun each Tuesday at 12:15 at the

Sequoia Club, 1695 Broadway, to hear speakers and plan community benefits,

including the annual July 4 raffle that raises $80,000 for 12 local charities.

For more information about joining, contact President Alpio Barbara at 650-


Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club

This group is small but has a growing membership. All members either

live or work in our community and share a common goal of making our

city a better place to live. This club is one of over 44,000 Lions Clubs in

199 nations. Chartered in 1966, the club has been vigorously active helping

eyesight-impaired youth in our schools and seniors who are hearingimpaired.

Join them for breakfast! The Lions meet every Wednesday at Bob’s Court

House Coffee Shop, 2198 Broadway, beginning at 7:15 a.m. Call Bill Gibbons

at 650-766-8105 for more details.

Redwood City Women’s Club

Redwood City Women’s Club meets at the clubhouse, 149 Clinton St., the

first Thursday of each month September through June. Social at 11:30 a.m.

and lunch at noon, followed by meeting and program. For information call

Loretta at 650-368-8212 or visit the group’s Web site at rwcwc.com.

Sequoia High School Alumni Association

The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Sequoia District

Board Room, 480 James Ave., at 7 p.m. All alumni and friends of Sequoia

are welcome to attend. For more information call Nancy at 650-592-5822,

visit the Web site at sequoiahsalumniassoc.org or e-mail sequoiaalumni@


Sequoia Stamp Club

This club was established in 1947 and invites community members to visit.

The club meets at the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave.,

every second and fourth Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. There is a program every

meeting and refreshments are served. The dues are only $3 per year. Contact

Hank at 650-593-7012, e-mail sequoiastampclub@yahoo.com or visit the

group’s Web site at www.penpex.org. Sequoia Stamp Club sponsors a free

stamp show at the same location on the first weekend in December.

Soroptimist International of South Peninsula

The Soroptimists invite you to become a member of Soroptmist International,

the world’s largest service organization for business and professional

women, where “improving the lives of women and children” has been their

mission since 1921. Soroptimists work through service projects to advance

human rights and the status of women locally and abroad. Soroptimist

International of South Peninsula needs and wants you as a member. While

helping women’s and children’s causes, you will enjoy fellowship and lasting

friendships. They meet the second Thursday of every month. For more

information, please call their president, Maria, at 650-366-0668, Monday–

Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club

Since October 1956, the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club has been

devoted to community service in Redwood City. Through the decades,

the club has provided funds to help many worthy community programs

and continues to add more community projects. The Key Club of Sequoia

High School, sponsored by the Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club, was

chartered in 1994 and has been involved in raising money and donating time

and effort to many programs.

The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club meets every Wednesday

morning 7:15–8:30 a.m. at the Waterfront Restaurant, 1 Uccelli Blvd. (at

Pete’s Harbor). They invite you to come to their meetings and check out the

club’s Web site at www.agencyinfo.org/kiwanis.

Woodside Terrace Optimist Club

This is a unique club made up of senior citizens who want to stay involved.

Most, but not all, come from the residence at Woodside Terrace. The club is

open to all of the community and provides an opportunity for seniors to be


The club’s funds are raised by a card, candy and necklace sale held on

the fourth Wednesday of each month in the main lobby at 485 Woodside

Road, open to the public. All greeting cards are a dollar each. They sell See’s

and other candy bars and hold a See’s fundraiser for holidays. One of their

members makes beautiful necklaces and sells them for $10 or more if one

wishes to make a larger donation to the club.

The club has a tutoring project at Taft School and has contributed to school

libraries, the Children’s Cancer Campaign, the Optimist Volunteers for

Youth Camp near La Honda for needy children, the Optimist Jr. World Golf

program, Challenge Day and many other programs for kids.

Lunches/meetings are at 12:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays

of each month in the Assisted Living Dining Room at Woodside Terrace.

Guests are welcome. Please call president Jack Murphy at 650-780-9891 or

Millie Cole at 650-366-1392 for reservations.

YES Reading

This local organization is dedicated to empowering students through literacy

and investing community members in underserved public schools. YES

Reading recruits and trains community volunteers to provide one-on-one

tutoring for elementary and middle school students reading below grade

level. The organization partners with historically underresourced public

schools and works closely with classroom teachers to provide curriculumbased,

results-oriented intervention for low-performing readers.

YES Reading operates several reading centers on the Peninsula and in

the South Bay, including a site at Selby Lane School in Atherton. If you are

interested in becoming a reading tutor for a child who needs your help, please

call 408-945-9316 or email info@yesreading.org. Visit the YES Reading Web

site at www.yesreading.org.

Editor’s note: If you are connected with a nonprofit organization and

want your information printed in The Spectrum, send it to writers@

spectrummagazine.net or The Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box 862, Redwood

City, CA 94064. Let our community know your contributions and maybe they

will want to join you.


Council Candidates : continued from page 21

that doesn’t fit with what is around it.

Foust: I would love to see an auto row. Honestly, it is my wish and think it

would be good for the community. I don’t like to drive my vote by economic

decisions, but you do already have auto dealerships there and it is a natural fit.

Nielsen: I spoke to a real estate appraiser who had some good points, and

I know the city gets a lot of tax revenue from car dealerships. But from my

perspective, I wonder why we can’t use that space for the public, something

to benefit the community. It’s right there by Bair Island, so it would be nice

if you had something that plays into that experience. When you drive down

[Highway] 101 and see Redwood City, there is no reason to exit. We need

something visual, something to do with the kids. However, I’m not totally

against [an auto row], and I can see the thinking. I just see car dealerships as

an eyesore.

Pierce: Remember that the Century 12 site is privately owned. I believe

an auto row is an appropriate and allowed use for the site. It would fit the

community’s zoning and general plan. It would benefit the community in

many ways with an increased tax base and closure of the old theater.

What about the Downtown Precise Plan to bring in

additional buildings up to 12 stories high?

Aguirre: I have to be real careful with that because it is under litigation, so it

is probably best I don’t comment.

Bain: I’m very proud of the plan. I’m aware of the Carcione lawsuit, but we

need to look at the bigger picture and how a lot of people will benefit from

the additional foot traffic and affordable housing. What I’m hearing from

people in the community is that is an amazing plan.

Bondonno: I like it. I think it’s good and I’m eager to see the projects that

come about because of it. I like the parameters it deals with, like height, and

am glad it doesn’t come in and suggest a specific density.

Foust: I am disappointed in the litigation. The plan was tweaked and tweaked

again, and the council was accommodating to residents’ concern. I am

disappointed Carcione chose to take that route, because by and large the

residential and development community has been extremely supportive and

loved the idea of not prescribing density. I felt very strongly that we are making

it easier. We created a master [environmental impact review] for downtown.

Nielsen: I have not looked at the plan, to be honest with you, but from what

I’ve heard, I don’t like the sound of it. Redwood Shores has plenty of empty

office space, so from an economic standpoint I don’t see why they don’t use

it instead. But the city can get higher revenue by having businesses in highrises


without me on the council. I also want to make sure we never lose sight of our

neighborhoods. Sometimes in City Hall we get wrapped up in whatever is the

issue of the day and momentarily forget they are the ones who elected us.

Bondonno: The water supply and alternatives. We need to investigate options

like underground well water. That could be a nice untapped resource. Quite

frankly, there also is a lot of talk about downtown, but at the same time I

don’t want to forget about the rest of the city. All neighborhoods need code

enforcement and infrastructure. Plenty of my neighbors need sidewalks

repaired or roads fixed. The entire city is important.

Foust: I want to maintain communication with the community and help them

navigate. I’ll never forget after the cinema and Courthouse Square opened,

residents came up to me and said they weren’t sure at first but now are happy

and think it looks great. It’s that pulse of the community. I want people to see

us not as people up on the dais but as residents. I live here. My children go to

school here. I am as affected as any other resident.

Nielsen: The commuter experience. It remains very hard in this region to get

from point A to point B. There is also a lot of waste, such as buses that are

empty. I’m from New York and it doesn’t have to be that way. I’d like to see

rethinking on this. It is a regional matter, but Redwood City plays a part. I

would also like to see a ferry and get some people out of their cars. You could

park your car at Long’s if we make a deal with them, have a shuttle to the

pier, hop on a boat and off you go.

Pierce: We need to continue to work with community members to make

balanced choices as we plan the future of Redwood City. There are many

pieces to a great community — a strong economy, good schools, safe

neighborhoods, well-maintained infrastructure, healthy environment and

services that enrich peoples’ lives and make them feel a part of a community.

What other issues facing Redwood City are most

important to you in this election?

Aguirre: Protecting the environment is near to me. I sit on the Bay Area

Water Forum and am really concerned about water issues. It is very exciting

to have the recycled water project opening up, and the proposed mayor’s climate

initiative was signed a couple of months ago. After you see what is happening

at a state level, you are intrigued. It’s about regional cooperation, not just

Redwood City. These things affect everyone, and you can’t sit here in a shell.

Bain: Energy efficiency and conservation are very important. The city has

done a lot in terms of energy conservation, and we are working on staff to get

a clear picture of other opportunities, like solar panels on public facilities. I’d

like to see us drastically reduce gas vehicles in our fleet until we progress to

all plug-in hybrids. I want to eventually see the whole fleet converted. I am

also focused on emergency services. I am the one paying the most attention

to it. I’ve also paid a lot of attention to neighborhood issues and have helped

with fundamental change based on neighborhood issues. I’ve also worked

with the mayor to establish a tree task force. That wouldn’t have happened


Pair of Measures on RWC Ballot

If the two measures on the Redwood City ballot don’t pass next month, it

won’t be due to any onslaught of opposition.

Frankly, there appears to be no resistance to either.

Measure D proposes to lower the city’s utility users’ tax by 1 percent and

redefine communications definitions to include modern technology. Measure

E would amend the city’s charter to extend planning commission and library

board member terms from three to four years and reduce port members’

terms from five to four years.

The measures are two of eight countywide on the November ballot.

However, while others — like proposals for school construction bonds and

fire protection district taxes — are eliciting opinions on both sides, the

Redwood City measures are flying fairly under the radar as the focus remains

on the four City Council seats up for grabs among a pool of four incumbents

and two newcomers.

Although neither measure is grabbing much attention, both require

majority approval to pass.

If approved, Measure D will rewrite the tax language to include modern

communication technology, like cell phones, that weren’t in existence when

it took effect in 1983. The tax was applied to electricity, natural gas, cable

television and in-state telephone charges — leaving much of the current

telecommunication services available untaxed and those using the previous

technology inequitably charged.

“Loss of this revenue will affect the city’s ability to finance community

improvement projects or to continue some of our existing popular programs,”

states the in-favor ballot argument signed by City Councilmembers Jim

Hartnett and Jeff Ira, Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman Cheryl Angeles,

Janet Borgens and Daniela Gasparini. The measure, which provides money

for the city’s storm drains, sidewalks and streets from the general fund,

would drop to 4 percent to offset its expansion.

Under current federal law, Internet services and broadband services

providing Internet access are not taxable, and the new definition would not

charge for services like e-mail and downloading games or ring tones, according to

an impartial analysis of the measure by City Attorney Stan Yamamoto.

In a similar review of Measure E, Yamamoto said the proposal is intended

to make all Redwood City board and commission terms for four years.

No arguments were submitted to the Elections Office against either measure.

City Council candidates with their family members and Spectrum staff at the cover shoot

Candidates Square Off at Forum

Development, the economy, renovation of El Camino Real and the Cargill

salt flats were the primary focus as four incumbents squared off with two

newcomers hoping to infuse some new blood into the Redwood City City Council.

Mayor Barbara Pierce, Vice Mayor Rosanne Foust and Councilmembers

Alicia Aguirre and Ian Bain are hoping to retain their seats. Challenging

them are Kevin Bondonno and Joneen Nielsen.

A desire for community input was a common theme throughout the answers

to questions posed at the forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of

South San Mateo County.

The future of the Cargill salt flats, in particular, drew consensus from the

six candidates that a public process full of community input is necessary

before settling on what should be done with the space.

Nielsen offered a slightly different approach, seeking a 40/60 split between

residential and business development and possibly a desalination plant at the edge.

“If anything, we need more water,” she said, adding that a plant could bring

money into the city’s coffers.

Nielsen, a self-professed political novice motivated to campaign by the

installation of artificial turf in parks, also provided another of the evening’s

widely different responses when questioned about her vision for the Grand

Boulevard project — she conceded not knowing what it is. The remaining

candidates agreed the project — a collaborative effort with Santa Clara

County to renovate El Camino Real into an attractive transportation line up

the Peninsula — has tremendous potential for Redwood City. Aguirre also

emphasized it is a “great opportunity to connect on regional issues.”

Nielsen also didn’t shy away from disagreeing with the other candidates

about the downtown precise plan. While the other five alluded to the plan

as a blueprint for future development, Nielsen simply stated that “I think 14

stories is too high.”

In contrast, Foust, who sits on the council that approved it, said the plan was

“based on what the community was asking for” and has turned “Deadwood

City” into a desirable destination.

The only fault, Bondonno said, is that the specific projects the plan will govern

have yet to come before the city. One project Nielsen would like to see is a

way for bicyclists to travel from Redwood Shores over Highway 101.

The widest diversity of thoughts was in ways to generate revenue and keep

a stable economy for Redwood City. Foust highlighted plans to create an economic

development position along with the Chamber of Commerce, while Nielsen

suggested free parking downtown could draw business. Pierce also touched

on downtown, pointing out that it must remain vibrant with quality retail to

maintain the sales tax revenue. Aguirre would expand business and continue

outsourcing city staff to other cities to provide services. Bain wants workforce

housing and the preservation of the city’s diversity, such as auto dealerships.

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Abigail Loses Battle With Cancer

When 7-year-old Abigail Mendoza had a seizure last November, she stole the

hearts of the Redwood City firefighters who came to help.

The little girl had multiple inoperable brain tumors. The Firefighters

Association latched onto the energetic girl, supporting the family with a

special birthday party, a fundraiser and love. At 12:33 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct.

9, however, Abigail lost her battle.

Abigail, previously a student at the San Carlos Charter Learning Center,

wasn’t diagnosed with a tumor right after her first seizure.

Health restraints and necessary hospital visits meant Abigail’s mother,

Deborah, stopped working and her father, Crispin, worked extra hours to help.

At one point, Abigail was experiencing three seizures a day. At the time,

she was with her family in Nicaragua. The day her family was scheduled to

head back home, Abigail woke up with her right arm feeling asleep. By the

end of the flight home, her whole right side was motionless.

An MRI was taken the next day — it had been originally scheduled for that

day anyway, since it couldn’t be fit in during her earlier visit. The very next

day, Abigail was admitted to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford

University. Her biopsy on Jan. 10 confirmed it — she had a brain tumor. The

tumor was inoperable and aggressive, Deborah Mendoza previously explained.

Abigail began a 42-day daily chemotherapy and radiation regimen on Jan.

23. Even before starting treatment, the once-energetic girl had lost her spark.

Doctors thought it would only get worse with treatment. However, Abigail

began having more spurts of energy. She became more talkative, even

announcing to new people she met, with a giggle, her love of talking.

When her hair started falling out, she and her mom cut the rest and donated

it to Locks of Love.

Over the summer, Abigail received chemotherapy treatments at home and

went to the hospital about twice a week for blood work.

The Redwood City Firefighters Association began helping the family

through the Create-A-Smile foundation.

“We feel like we’ve lost one of our members. We lost someone from our

family yesterday,” Redwood City firefighter Jason Fox said. “It’s been hard

for everyone.”

A viewing was held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, at the

Peninsula Covenant Church, 3560 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City. Memorial

services were held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the same location. A

procession to a Los Altos Hills cemetery followed the services.

For more information about Abigail or to leave her family a message, visit

her Web site at www.caringbridge.org/visit/miracle4abigail.

Top left: Abigail pictured on Thanksgiving Day in 2006. Above: Firefighter Justin Velasquez

and Fire Chief Gerry Kohlmann receiving plaque with pictures of Abigail. Below:

Abigail at a family function in February 2007.

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estimated cost of $240 million. Under the proposal,

CHW, SHD, Sequoia Hospital and the Sequoia

Hospital Foundation will all share funding of the

project. The district will contribute $75 million to

the rebuilding project and will be eligible for a

return on its funding over an agreed-upon period

of time. That return will come in the form of a profitsharing

agreement that will have the two groups

splitting the profits of the hospital for 40 years.

If there is no profit, there is no return. CHW and

Sequoia Hospital will contribute at least $150

million to the project, and the remainder will come

from local philanthropy.

At issue for Horsley was: 1) Are we willing

to just give up Sequoia Hospital to a private

company? Is that what we do with community

assets? In the original proposal, CHW would

have been able to transfer ownership at any time

after five years. Horsley wanted 10 years,

and eventually Blaszyk agreed to 7.5 years.

Horsley also does not want CHW to be able to

transfer ownership of the hospital without SHD

approval. 2) What is CHW’s plan for physician

retention and recruitment strategy? What will

be the performance measures? As of now, there

are none, at least none that are viable to the

physicians at Sequoia. 3) Sequoia is currently a

multi-use facility. What is to stop CHW from

making it into a one-use facility — for example,

just cardiac or just birth, etc? Community hospitals

are ones that provide a wide variety of care and

serve the broader community, not just a specific

part. Blaszyk assured Horsley they have no

intentions of doing so, and it would not serve

anyone’s purpose to do so.

Although the two want different conclusions,

the debate was spirited and, at times, had the

two sparring while joking to each other and to

those attending the meeting. I wish more in our

community could have seen their interaction, as it

would have answered a lot of questions lingering

in our minds about the transfer. Horsley wants

what is best for our community and is just asking

the questions we should all ask to make sure that

we do not lose that fantastic facility and, while

doing so, he is trying to protect it at the same time

from future failure. In the end, isn’t that what we

should expect from our elected officials?

Whatever your choice, vote Tuesday, Nov. 6!

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The Spectrum Magazine has been out using businesses that not only provide

excellent service but also contribute to our community. This month, we’ve

added comments from actual clients of our Best of the Best businesses.

Auto Care:

Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway – “Their personal service is a rare

find. I had to fully re-tire both cars, and they were very helpful. I’ve been back

for tire repairs, too. They have a comfortable waiting area with lots of 49ers

memorabilia. They will be my first and only stop when I need to re-tire again!”

Eating and Catering:

Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road – “Lots of different burgers to choose from,

as well as other sandwiches, daily specials, pizzas, etc. The mushroom burger

was very good. Could be some of the best fries I’ve had in a long time. And

I love all of the 49ers and football stuff. Oh, and the bathroom was clean and


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

overlooking the water. Depending on the time of year, you’ll see all sorts of

waterfowl. My favorite is the Mediterranean salad: seasonal greens, a nice

light dressing, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, crispy croutons, freshly grilled

chicken and green chiles. A great breakfast is the Eggs Bennett: freshly

made Hollandaise sauce over two poached eggs with smoked ham on wholewheat

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

friendly place to enjoy a meal.”

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

menu is eight pages of mouthwatering suggestions for everything from

continental breakfasts to formal dinners, and Hyman is quick to offer

additional possibilities to fit any. His business products are nearly 100

percent recyclable and leftovers are contributed to St. Anthony’s Padua

Dining Room. Call Dave at 650-365-3731.

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

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

magic ones. Little India is one of those places. The appetizers are great (the

spicy wings especially). The dal is uniformly excellent. The various curries

are always good. The tikka masala chicken is an all-time favorite. And don’t

forget the mango lassi! Go. Eat. Be happy.”

Lutticken’s Deli and Catering – 3535 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park

– “Absolutely delicious and generous sandwiches. I tried their turkey and avocado,

and boy, was I excited when they used a whole half of an avocado and carved

up an actual oven-roasted turkey!”

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant – 2098 Broadway – “Their chips and salsa

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

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

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

New Kapadokia – 2399 Broadway – “I was amazed at the quality of the

food and reasonable pricing. The service is 5 stars. I decided on a big cup of

delicious lentil soup and the lunch wrap with tahini sauce, onions, tomatoes

and parsley. It was very relaxing to have Turkish coffee after. The waiter also

gave us a taste of the baklava: layers of flaky filo dough filled with crushed

walnuts, baked and brushed with a homemade simple syrup flavored with

lemon. Delicious.”


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Financial Institutions:

Capital Mortgage Lending – 805 Veterans Blvd., #202 – Lourdes Carini

is still closing loans, although it has become a bit challenging as the real

estate market goes through a reality phase. Now more than ever you need an

experienced and reliable mortgage broker who understands what is taking

place. Carini’s ability to place loans with over 50 lenders is the edge you need

in this changing market. Pick up the phone and call 650-362-2700.

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

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

strategy of recommending quality investments that have proven themselves

over time. So does Investment Representative David Amann. He understands

that this approach might be considered unfashionable. But if it means helping

his clients achieve their financial goals, it’s an approach he plans to stick to.

Personal Improvement:

Redwood Massage & Sauna – 797 Arguello St. – “I found that the massage

therapists were knowledgeable and able to address my aches and sore muscles

effectively. The place itself is clean and unassuming. The establishment had

a homey feel. I would recommend this place for anyone who wants a good

therapeutic massage.”

Re:Juvenate Skin Care – 805 Veterans Blvd., Suite 140 – Together, owners

Sherna Madan, M.D., and Linda S. Moore, R.N., have more than 50 years in

the health care industry and over 10 years in the field of aesthetics. Both have

lived and worked in the community for the majority of those years. Whether

you are seeing a clinician for acne, sun damage, skin tightening, wrinkle

reduction or laser hair removal, the process starts with a complimentary

consultation. Call 650-261-0500 and mention The Spectrum Magazine.

Warren Street Chiropractic – 520 Warren St. – Timothy H. Lease, D.C., is

beginning his 22nd year of practice and has a very broad patient base, from

infants to folks in their 90s. Cases include work injury, personal injury,

carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, headaches, neck pain, back pain

and leg and arm pain. He is able to refer for second opinions or other therapy

if appropriate.


Lulu’s – 846 Main St. – Owner Nancy Radcliffe has taken 24 years of design

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

antique pieces, all affordably priced. Lulu’s carries everything from whimsical

candles to baby gifts that put a smile on your face.

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

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

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

Home Improvements:

Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1.800.23.LEWIS – Founder Rick Lewis started

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Cultural Events

Art on Broadway

Group Art Show & Grand Opening

2625 Broadway, Redwood City


Artists’ Reception

Friday, Nov. 2, 6–9 p.m.

Group Art Show

Nov. 1–30

Join in the fun at the grand opening of Art on

Broadway, a vibrant new gallery showcasing

a range of artists and art forms. The gallery is

housed in the Redwood City Art Center. Bring

your family and friends! Enjoy refreshments in

a creative atmosphere of art, music and great


Guest artists: the late Paul Duckworth, June

Diamond, Diane Dunwoodie, James Milton,

Carolyn Jones and David Rose.

About Art on Broadway: The Redwood City

Art Center (www.redwoodcityartcenter.

org) was established in 1993 to support local

artists and foster a greater spirit of creativity

in the community. It supports a working-artist

environment, with all the color, spills and splash

that entails. The center’s first home was at the

Redwood City police station, and in May 1995

it moved to its present location on Broadway —

bringing art to the heart of town. The Redwood

City Art Center has evolved from a cooperative

gallery and five individual artists’ studios to a

center with over 30 artists, in-house art classes

and the newly launched gallery Art on Broadway.

The founding gallery partners are Duke Collins,

Cherry Harborne, Wendy Lee, Linda Roth,

Jeanne Schapp and April Vanderbilt. They work

in a range of media from oils and mixed media

to Chinese brush painting, pastels and jewelry.

Art on Broadway primarily features art from

Bay Area artists including gallery partners,

Art Center members and guest artists. Gallery

hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12 to 5

p.m. and Saturday by appointment. The gallery

is also available as a venue for outside events

and receptions. For more information contact


Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Sequoia YMCA

1445 Hudson St., Redwood City

Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Sequoia YMCA is a branch of the YMCA

of the Mid-Peninsula. Based on the values of

caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, the

YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula improves life

through experiences that enrich spirit, mind and

body for all. Through its programs and activities,

the YMCA promotes the healthy development of

children, builds positive behavior in teens, creates

opportunities for strengthening the family unit

and develops healthy values for self and others.

Sixth Annual Mount

Carmel Holiday Home Tour

Saturday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Join in the excitement of the sixth annual Mount

Carmel Holiday Home Tour, featuring four area

homes splendidly decorated for the holidays.

Refreshments, entertainment and gift boutique at

Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. Tickets ($25)

may be purchased at the school or at Lulu’s, 846

Main St., and Pickled, 2652 Broadway.

Little Fox

2209 Broadway

Info and tickets 650-369-4119

Tickets also available at foxdream.com and the

Fox Theatre Box Office

Caravanserai 10th Anniversary

Concert with special guest

appearance by James Mingo Lewis

of Santana plus 2ENDEAVOR

Friday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m.

$12 adv./$14 door

Join lead guitarist Leo Herrera and his band

Caravanserai — the Santana Tribute — for a

special party celebrating 10 years of performing

the legendary music of Santana together. The

love, devotion and hard work this band has

invested over the years have paid off in a way

rarely enjoyed by tribute bands.

D.B. Walker Band, Blue, Brother


Saturday, Nov. 3, 8 p.m.

$12 adv./$14 door

The Little Fox is proud to present a night of

roots rock, rhythm and blues with three of the

Bay Area’s best “get up and boogie” bands. Put

on your dancin’ shoes and get ready for a redhot

evening. All of the bands contain veteran

musicians of the local music scene from the past

20 years, ready, willing and able to deliver the

musical goods. If you love tight musicians and

three- and four-part harmony, come on down for

the party.

Tiger Club

Sunday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m.

$12 adv./$14 door

Tiger Club is an instrumental pop orchestra made

up of musicians not only from the Bay Area but

also from Los Angeles and Nashville, making

it a truly “national” band. The songs have been

described as “your favorite theme songs to TV

shows and movies that you never heard of.” More

than that, it’s a dynamic showcase of styles from

New Orleans to Mancini, surf to bossa. If you

think you have the idea, you haven’t seen the show!

Sponsored by Gelb Music

Redwood City Blues Jam

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.

Free admission!

Join host Jimmy Dewrance for an evening

of quality blues music from the area’s best

musicians, where audience blues musicians are

invited to “jam” onstage. The music is real,

the mood collegial and the doors open to the

community to enjoy this uniquely American

music. Thanks to its huge success, the Jam now

meets every Wednesday from 7 to 11 p.m. Bring

your friends!

Garrick Davis & His Fabulous Funky

Band plus Bartron Tyler Group

Friday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m.

$15 adv./$17 door

Backed by his hot seven-piece Fabulous Funky

Band, the power of Garrick Davis’ blues/funk/

folk music, through guitar and strong vocal

delivery, gives nods to Hendrix, Muddy Waters

and Richie Havens. Davis’ talent on guitar

is central to his artistry and is demonstrated

masterfully in live performance. With a solid

foundation in blues improvisation, he explores

where his fingers and heart will lead on his

electric instruments.

Aja Vu plays the music of Steely

Dan plus the Mark Gelfand Trio

Saturday, Nov. 10, 8 p.m.

$12 adv./$14 door

The San Francisco–based Aja Vu band won last

year’s KFOX Last Band Standing competition on

the Bay Area’s No. 1–rated Greg Kihn Show. Aja

Vu performs the music of Steely Dan, from “Hey

Nineteen” and “Reelin’ in the Years” to “Rikki

Don’t Lose That Number.” You can buy a thrill

when you hear the tight, chunky horns, vocals and

solos note for note and phrase for phrase, backed

up by an unparalleled rhythm section!

(continued on page 36)


Finance : Make Financial Goals With the Right Investments

By David Amann

Special to The Spectrum

Over the course of your life, you’ll almost certainly have many different

financial goals, and to help achieve them, you’ll need to use many different


How might you target specific investments for specific goals? Here are a few


Saving for a home

When saving for a down payment on their first house, many people set up an

account exclusively for that purpose, keeping the money separate from other

investment accounts. To save for a home, you might want to use certificates

of deposit (CDs) or short-term, investment-grade bonds, both of which can

help preserve your principal.

Saving for retirement

To enjoy a long and comfortable retirement, you’ll need to build a substantial

amount of financial resources. And you’ll help yourself if you can accumulate

those savings in tax-advantaged vehicles. If your employer offers a 401(k)

or similar retirement plan, take full advantage of it. Your contributions are

generally made with pretax dollars, so the more you put in, the lower your

annual taxable income. Plus, your earnings can potentially grow on a taxdeferred

basis, which means your money may accumulate faster than it would

if placed in an investment on which you paid taxes every year. And your

401(k) or other plan may have a dozen or more investment options.

Even if you have a 401(k) or other employer-sponsored plan, you can usually

contribute to an IRA as well. A traditional IRA offers tax-deferred earnings,

while a Roth IRA can potentially grow tax-free, provided you don’t begin

taking withdrawals until you’re 59½ and you’ve had your account at least

five years. And you can fund an IRA with virtually any type of investment:

stocks, bonds, CDs, etc.

Saving for college

You can save for college with a Coverdell Education Savings Account or a

Section 529 savings plan, both of which can provide tax-free earnings as

long as the money is used for higher education expenses. (Your earnings will

be taxable if you use withdrawals for other purposes.) And if you invest in

your own state’s Section 529 plan, your contributions may be tax deductible.

However, Section 529 plan distributions could reduce your child’s ability to

qualify for financial aid. Another possibility to consider is a zero-coupon

bond, typically issued by the Treasury under the name of STRIPS. You buy

a zero-coupon bond at a deep discount; when the bond matures (which,

if you’ve planned carefully, will occur when your child is ready to enter

college), you collect the full face value. However, you may have to pay taxes

on each year’s interest payments, even though you don’t actually receive

them until the bond matures.

Generating income during retirement

You could spend two or three decades in retirement, so you’ll need a

consistent income stream, which you may be able to receive from investmentgrade

bonds. But to fight the effects of inflation, you’ll also need the potential

for rising income, which you may be able to receive from dividend-producing

stocks. (Keep in mind, though, that even stocks that have consistently paid

dividends can decrease or eliminate them at any time without notice.)

Of course, these investments are certainly not the only ones available to you.

But they do help point out the importance of identifying your various goals

— and choosing the right investments to help meet them.


Cultural Events : continued from page 34

Eliza Gilkyson

Sunday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m.

$18 adv./$20 door

The daughter of successful songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza is a thirdgeneration

musician who grew up in Los Angeles knowing that her life

would revolve around music. “I got into it for all the wrong reasons, more

as a survival tool than anything else, but it proved to serve me more than I

dared to imagine.” As a teenager, she recorded demos for her dad, who wrote

the folk music hits “Greenfields,” “Marianne” and “Memories Are Made of

This,” among others.

Peninsula Comedy Festival

Four Fabulously Funny Tuesdays — Nov. 13 to Dec. 4

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m.

$12 adv./$14 door

More info coming soon!

A Benefit for Guitars Not Guns

Girls With Guitars: Groovy Judy, Fontain’s M.U.S.E.

plus Amy Meyers featuring comedian Grace White

Thursday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m.

$12 adv./$14 door

Join comedian and emcee Grace White along with music artists Amy

Meyers, Fontain’s M.U.S.E. and Groovy Judy for a night of spirited, original

music. The proceeds for this event will go toward the Redwood City charity

Guitars Not Guns, whose goal is to stop violence in schools and on the streets

by exposing children and teens to music.


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The Cheeseballs

Friday, Nov. 16, 9 p.m.

$18 adv./$20 door

The Cheeseballs will make you “shake your booty” like it hasn’t been shaken

in years. The band members pride themselves on serving up a helping of

nonstop ’70s disco dance hits and ’80s and ’90s pop classics, performing

songs that you will be surprised to discover you knew all the words to, such

as “YMCA,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “Dancing Queen,” “Le Freak,” “Disco Inferno”

and many more. The result is always an audience dancing and singing along.

Jerry Garcia Band featuring Melvin Seals, David

Kemper, Stu Allen, Martin Holland, Judith Coleman,

Mary Holland

Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 p.m.

$18 adv./$20 door

Jerry Garcia Band was a psychedelic rock band led by Jerry Garcia of the

Grateful Dead. Garcia started on the banjo and piano, then moved on to the

guitar and other stringed instruments. His playing had a number of so-called

“signatures” and, in his work through the years with the Grateful Dead, one

of these was lead lines making much use of rhythmic triplets. Jerry Garcia

Band continues to keep Garcia’s work alive with Melvin Seals.

Women With Strings Attached: Mira Wooten, Lucy

Billings and Deborah Thacker

Sunday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m.

$14 adv./$16 door

If you love beautiful three-part harmony vocals and great original songs,

then you should check out Women With Strings Attached. This trio of three

dynamic Bay Area singer-songwriters and accomplished solo artists — Lucy

Billings, Deb Thacker and Mira Wooten — perform a great show consisting

of mostly original songs and some favorite cover tunes that span the genres of

folk, country, roots and blues.

Two Blazing Blues Nights!

Tommy Castro

Friday, Nov. 23, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 24, 9 p.m.

The Tommy Castro Band is respected by many as a firmly established and

highly acclaimed force in the American roots/blues arena. Tommy Castro’s

prowess as a recording artist is reinforced by a charismatic and powerfully

charged stage performance. Years of touring, writing and recording have

resulted in a masterful blend of the musical genres that he loves: blues, soul

and rock. Carlos Santana, who’s invited Castro to share the stage with him,

said of Tommy, “The blues is in good hands.”



Oracle & Gasparini Receive Leading Citizens Awards for Supporting Youth

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula announced the winners of the 2007

Leading Citizens Awards. This year’s honorees include software giant Oracle


First held in 1969, the Leading Citizens Awards recognize individuals

and entities for their outstanding commitment and support of youth. Past

honorees include numerous business and community leaders. The 2006

recipients included John and Sue Sobrato and family, former Intel executive

Dave House, Comcast and the San Mateo County Office of Education. “Each

of this year’s honorees has a long and impressive track record of doing what

they can do to help children succeed and to improve the community. It is

a privilege for us to pay tribute to them,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of the

Peninsula Executive Director Peter Fortenbaugh.

This year’s honorees were officially recognized and celebrated at the 2007

Leading Citizens Awards gala on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Crowne Plaza

Cabaña Hotel in Palo Alto. There are a variety of opportunities for the

public to support and/or participate in the Leading Citizens Awards event.

Proceeds benefit the club’s ACCESS (All Children Can Engage in Services

Sponsorships) Fund, which helps to ensure that the club can continually serve

over 3,000 youth annually.

Oracle, the world’s largest enterprise software company, most often in the

news for its technology achievements and industry innovation, is this year’s

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula’s Leading Corporation. Oracle has been

a long-term supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs, teaming up with them on a

wide range of organized efforts from Oracle Community Impact Grants and

Oracle volunteer support to education program development and assistance

from the Oracle Education Foundation.

We are delighted to be honored by the Boys & Girls Club,” said Safra

Catz, Oracle’s president and chief financial officer, who accepted the award

on the company’s behalf. “Oracle is committed to making a positive impact

on our local community. We have a long history of employee volunteerism,

charitable giving, and a strong commitment to improving education. Our

work with the Boys & Girls Club is a reflection of this commitment.”

“Oracle is an amazing partner of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula,”

said Fortenbaugh. “Since 2003, the company and its foundation have

contributed approximately $2 million to support the club’s academics

program. They have been very involved in regular program reviews and

even facilitated a comprehensive evaluation of the academic program, which

led to further improvements in the program.” In addition, Oracle employees

regularly volunteer at the clubs, helping children learn to read, teaching them

to use technology and more.

“When we need IT support, office furniture or equipment or even leadership

training, Oracle is there,” said club Operations Director James Harris.

Oracle employee Matt Mayerson sits on the club’s board of directors.

Oracle Chairman Jeff Henley is a past president of the board and continues

to be a strong advocate for the clubs locally, in addition to being a longtime

national trustee for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

The 2007 Leading Volunteer Award was presented to former Redwood

City Mayor Daniela “Dani” Gasparini. Gasparini is a former club board

member who tirelessly contributes hundreds of hours inspiring others to do

what they can. During the 1980s Gasparini was the executive director of the

Sequoia YMCA and later went on to Greater Bay Bancorp, the presenting

sponsor of this year’s awards event. Gasparini readily admits that nonprofit

habits are hard to break. She recently jumped back into public service raising

money for Sequoia Hospital.

When not working or hosting her “One on One” segment on Peninsula

TV, Gasparini is in the trenches, helping the club and other community

organizations including Redwood City Police Activities League, Kainos

Home and Training Center for developmentally disabled adults, Shelter

Network, Cañada College, HIP Housing and the Redwood City–San Mateo

County Chamber of Commerce.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula

For nearly 50 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula has provided

places where all youth are welcome and can belong. Today, through seven

sites — three clubhouses and four Center for a New Generation school-based

locations — more than 3,200 children annually find engaging programs

and caring adults to help them learn and grow. The club’s programs focus

on academics, science and technology, athletics and physical fitness, social

education and visual and performing arts. Its programs are made possible by

gifts and grants from the community.


A Minute With Peter Ingram

Peter Ingram was born in Las Cruces, N.M. He moved to California in 1987 and to an

unincorporated neighborhood of Redwood City 12 years ago. He has been married to

Yvette Pirie for 29 years.

He received his bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon.

Ingram works as Redwood City’s community development director. Before that he

was the director of Public Works Services for 14 years. He will take over as interim city

manager until a permanent replacement is found. He is also on the board of the Friends of

Edgewood Natural Preserve.

What does the community development director do?

Help coordinate and oversee the city’s development

review process and provide guidance to

capital improvement programs.

What is the most important aspect of your job?

Making sure that the department is responsive to

its many customers.

How does it feel to be taking over as interim city


Those are some big shoes to fill! I am honored to

help the City Council through this process.

One word to describe working for the citizens of

Redwood City?


What historical figure do you most identify with?

Frank Lloyd Wright — he was a famous architect.

What living person do you most admire?

Al Gore.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My spouse, poet David Whyte and musician Ry


Favorite song?

“Black and Blue” by Dave and Chris Brubeck (the

1982 Live at Concord version).

What is your most treasured possession?

The wedding band on my left hand.

What talent would you most like to have?

To win a major bike race.

Something no one knows about you?

When I was 10 years old, I used to drive a bulldozer

in the woods and sand dunes in Oregon.

If you could change one thing about yourself,

what would it be?

To win a major bike race.

What words or phrases do you most overuse?

You can’t print that.

If you could choose what to come back as, what

would it be?

A bobcat. I saw one the other day while I was in

the Santa Cruz Mountains.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

More of the same, but to slow down the clock and

the calendar.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Personally, the relationships I have with others.

Professionally, the recycled water project.

What or who is the love of your life?

Yvette, my wife.

What is your motto?

Anything is possible!

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