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Redwood City’s Monthly Magazine

February 2005

Vol. 1, No. 6

Steve Penna, Publisher

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John Baker, Graphic Arts/Editor

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Nino Marchetti, Michael Fabel and Valerie Harris

Contributing Writers

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Nick Mukhar, Student Writer

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Judy Buchan, Contributing Writer/Editor

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DJ Design, Adevertising/Cover Graphic Art

James R. Kaspar, Special assignment photography

Damaris Divito, Stylist/Special Assignment Assistant

Table of Contents

Inside The Spectrum ........................................................... Page 3

Hughes’ Redwood City spy project ....................................... Page 5

Opinion: Courthouse demolition, legal marraige .................... Page 8

“As I was Saying” by Steve Penna .......................................... Page 9

School Parcel Tax .............................................................. Page 10

Cover Story: “Big Murph,” an RC rapper ............................ Page 14

Youth Sports: Woodside’s winter season .............................. Page 16

Business Spotlight: First National Bank ............................... Page 22

Cultural Events .................................................................. Page 23

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Welcome to the Spectrum!

It seems like we just started but this is The Spectrum magazine’s sixth

edition.

In this edition of The Spectrum, you will learn — among other things —

about a unique youth in our community: Bennett Roth-Newell, or as he will

be known one day, “Big Murph.” We will show you the connection between

this year’s Academy Awards and Redwood City and pay tribute to a fine community

member who passed away recently.

Also, we have a business profile we know you will enjoy reading about.

Remember the days of drive-thru banking? Well, it still exists here.

In Steve Penna’s column, “As I was Saying ... ,” he will present the facts

about a very disturbing case involving a former Redwood City teacher and

her student. We will also explore the upcoming Redwood City Elementary

School District parcel tax.

The Spectrum staff encourages our readers to do business with our valuable

advertisers. We believe that Redwood City residents should shop within

our city to not only support those businesses providing quality services but

to keep our sales tax base solid in these budget challenging times. Please support

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The staff and contributors at The Spectrum look forward to providing

community news for years to come and always welcome your input with story

suggestions, letters to the editor, and comments.























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INSIDE

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This month The Spectrum is excited to introduce you to one of the

many youths in our community that are doing magical things.

Bennett Roth-Newell is an obviously talented young man, but what

we think you will enjoy most about him is his drive and determination to

do good, not only for himself but his community.

The photo shoot took place at the Fox Theater on Thursday, Feb. 10. When

making arrangements, Spectrum publisher Steve Penna called Roth-Newell and asked

him to meet around 3 p.m., but was informed that he did not drive so arrangements

were made to pick him up at Woodside High School.

The Spectrum’s special assignment photographer James R. Kaspar arrived after

Penna and Roth-Newell and just before Spectrum stylist Damaris Divito. They were

met by Fox owner John Anagnostou and entered the theater and the fun began.

The architectural beauty of the Fox was something all wanted to capture while

highlighting our cover subject and the lighting was just perfect to achieve it.

After about an hour, the shoot was moved to the railroad tracks in back of Sequoia

Station where some eye-catching photos were taken with the theme “On the right

track.” Little did we know, it is illegal to be on the tracks for any reason let alone a photo

shoot. So we were asked by police officers to discontinue and remove ourselves and

were then given citations for not knowing the law.

It seems they have a zero tolerance for such behavior even if it is done with innocence.

But nonetheless, we got some great shots to share with you and can inform you of

this law since most do not know.

We applaud Roth-Newell and his drive to achieve all that he knows he is capable

of and then some. Like many of the youth in the Redwood City community, we should

be proud to call Bennett one of our own. He is articulate, soft spoken but powerful,

dedicated, talented and most of all modest. So Redwood City, stand up and give a big

clap for Bennett Roth-Newell and do it now before you have to start paying to do so!

Inside the Spectrum: Our cover photo shoot

Spectrum photographer James Kaspar and cover subject Bennett Roth-Newell soon before

being notified that it’s illegal to stand on the CalTrain tracks. Photo by Steve Penna.

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‘Aviator’ was secret

‘navigator’ of RCbased

spy project

Howard Hughes’ effort to recover sunken

Soviet nuclear submarine began at local port

As Hollywood braces for one of the tightest Oscar races in

years, the emerging leader, with 11 Academy Award nominations,

including Best Picture, is The Aviator, a film about

the life of billionaire Howard Hughes.

But, did you know there is a direct tie between Howard Hughes and

Redwood City?

Born Howard Robard Hughes, Jr., in Houston, Texas, on Christmas

Eve, 1905, to Howard and Allene Gano Hughes, young Hughes was heir to

the Hughes Tool Company’s fortune. Hughes, Sr. amassed a fortune on a

drill bit patent that revolutionized the oil drilling industry. Hughes, Sr. died

in 1924, and after legal family wrangling, a Houston judge awarded Hughes,

Jr. full adulthood, allowing the young Hughes to take over the reins of his father’s company

in December of that year.

Howard Hughes’ paternal uncle, Rupert

Hughes, assisted Hughes, Jr. in the daily operations

of that company. Within two years, and notwithstanding

numerous family quarrels, young Hughes bought

out his family and ran the company on his own, accomplishing

all this at the age of 21.

Over the years, Howard Hughes expanded his

holdings. In the

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1930’s, Hughes ventured

into the film industry.

During the production of Hells Angels, a story

about World War I aviators, Hughes fell in love with

flying, and earned his pilot’s license.

That foray into aviation proved to be pivotal.

In two years, Hughes would form the Hughes Aircraft

Division of Hughes Tool Company. With World War II looming, Hughes and his

company were commissioned to develop military aircraft. It was then that Hughes developed

secret bonds with the precursor of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Presidency

and organized crime.

In the late 1950s the bond between Hughes, the CIA, and Richard Nixon were so

deep that Hughes’ chief of staff, Robert Maheu, was tasked with the plot to assassinate

Cuba’s dictator, Fidel Castro. Maheu operated with the assistance of mobster heads

John Roselli, San Giancana, and Santos Trafficante. Though the plot failed, Hughes’

link with the CIA deepened. Hughes was even given the covert CIA moniker “Stockholder.”

The Hughes Tool Company proved to be a perfect cover for the CIA’s covert

operations. Hughes relished the thrill of dabbling in spy games, and, in turn, Hughes’

corporate finances were hidden from public scrutiny.

On April 11, 1968, a Russian Golf II class submarine sank 600 miles off the coast

of Hawaii. The Russians spent weeks conducting a futile search of the Pacific, but the U.

S. Navy, using an underwater sound detection network, knew exactly where the wreckage

was located. The CIA wanted to seize the sunken submarine, along with its 3 SS-N-

5 nuclear missiles, codebooks, crypto-gear, and radar and sonar technology. Hughes’

Summa Corporation agreed to fund the entire project.

Dubbed Project Jennifer by the CIA in the early 1970s, an exploratory ship, the

Glomar Explorer, was built. The ship was touted as an underwater mining vessel launched

The Glomar Explorer. Photo courtesy of www.the-kgb.com.

FEATURE

to retrieve potato-sized globules of manganese oxide mixed with other raw metals residing

on the ocean floor at depths of 17,000 ft. The Glomar Explorer was designed with

powerful hoisting capabilities, and an immense internal “moon pool” hangar which provided

open ocean access. Simultaneously, a fully-submersible Hughes Mining Barge (or,

HMB-1) was built to house a massive prehensile claw, and to house the salvaged submarine.

The HMB-1 was docked in Redwood City, where the claw was built.

The Glomar Explorer and HMB-1 with its claw, set sail on June 20, 1974. The

expedition arrived at the recovery site on July 4, 1974, and began its submarine recovery

operation. About a month into the expedition, the crew had attached the claw to the

3000-ton sunken submarine. The wreckage

was slowly hoisted from a depth of

almost 3 miles. The entire operation was

proceeding successfully when suddenly part of the claw broke, causing the fragile wreckage

to disintegrate.

Although exact details of the salvaged items are still classified, officials reported

that 38 feet of the bow was recovered, housing the bodies of 8 Russian sailors, two nucleararmed

torpedoes, and some crypto-gear. The Russian sailors were buried at sea.

Continued on Page 10

By Valerie Harris, Special to The Spectrum

Hughes Mining Barge 1 docked at the Lockheed facility at the port of Redwood City in the

1980s. The Lockheed facility was situated on what is now the Pacific Shores office development.

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NEWS

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A minute with ... Alicia Aguirre

Alicia Aguirre was appointed to the Redwood City Council on Monday, Jan. 24, to fill newly

elected Assemblyman Ira Ruskin’s seat. She then resigned her seat on the Redwood City

Elementary School Board.

California’s Latina community college presidents,

chancellors, and educators will meet at Cañada College

March 11-12 for the annual Latina Leadership Network of

the California Community Colleges Conference.

The conference is titled “Latinas: Our Stories, Our

Struggles, Our Successes.” It will be held in the college’s

Main Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City, and

feature workshops on career management skills, technology

in education, leadership development, Latino/Latina culture,

and health and wellness.

But, more importantly, it will offer Latinas involved

in community college education a chance to network. It is

expected to draw approximately 400 Latina educators.

This year’s conference will be attended by all of

California’s Latina community college presidents and chancellors.

It will be the first such gathering.

“California has the largest number of Latina community

college presidents and chancellors in the country. This

is an amazing group of women,” said Rosa Perez, president

of Cañada College.

Perez was named vice president of City College of

San Francisco in 1981, becoming the first Latina community

college VP in California. Perez has been president of

Cañada College since 1999. “This group has had a profound

effect on community college education in California

but also represents a growing influence of Latina leaders at

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How does it feel to be on the Council? Great!

How does it feel to not be on the School Board? Awful!

When you were appointed someone, a male in the audience, yelled “Yay!” Who was

that? I have no idea.

Where do you work? Cañada College but on special assignment with the Sequoia

Union High School District.

What do you do? Oversee reading and English learners programs.

Who are your role models in life? My Mom, Mother Theresa and Princess Diana.

In Politics? Anna Eshoo

Favorite music? Oldies

Favorite Television show? CNN News

Favorite Food? Mexican

Are you excited about the new downtown cinema project?

I am! It’s going to be really great for Redwood City.

Live Theater or Cinema? Live theater.

If I had to do it over again I would have? Started in politics earlier.

If I could I would? Sleep more,

Cañada hosts conference about Latina college officials

a national level,” Perez said.

Lydia Ledesma-Reese, president of Oxnard College,

said the most important contribution made by early Latina

administrators is opening the door for others.

“We are usually the ‘first’ Latina to hold the position,”

Ledesma-Reese said. “We are usually the first to have the

authority in the position to really make a difference in

student’s lives. Latina presidents serve as role models for

students of all color and gender.”

Perez said the changing face of California’s community

college students has arrived at Cañada College where

70 percent of the students are women and 43 percent are

Hispanic. Perez said most are low-income, first-generation

college students. The college is a federally-designated Hispanic

Serving Institution.

These are not traditional college students that can

be served by traditional programs,” she said. “As college

administrators we know their needs because they were the

same needs we had when we were students.”

Perez is organizing a private dinner March 10 for

California’s Latina community college presidents and chancellors.

They will also participate in a panel session during

the afternoon of March 11 in the Main Theater.

More information on the conference is available at

the Latina Leadership Network Website, http://www.latinaleadership-network.org/

.

I want to live to be? Wiser, more understanding and giving.

Cañada College President Rosa Perez


Redwood City news briefs

RCPD seeks suspects in jogger assault

Police are searching for three men suspected of kidnapping and sexually assaulting

a female jogger at gunpoint in Redwood City on Feb. 10.

About 11:15 a.m. Thursday, the 23-year-old woman was jogging in the area of

Massachusetts Avenue and Alameda de las Pulgas when two men forced her into a white,

full-sized cargo van driven by a third man, police said. The woman was sexually assaulted

inside the van and released about one hour later in the same neighborhood,

according to police.

The two men who forced the alleged victim into the van are described as Hispanic

men in their mid-20s. One is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and about 140

pounds. The suspect with the handgun is said to be approximately 6 feet tall with a thin

build. The driver of the vehicle is described as Hispanic, in his mid-20s.

Anyone who recently witnessed suspicious individuals or activity in the neighborhood

is asked to call Detective Eric Acha at (650) 780-7100.

Fire causes $70K in damage, no injuries

A two-alarm fire in Redwood City caused about $70,000 in damage on Jan. 30,

but the blaze did not cause any injuries, according to Redwood City Battalion Chief

Steve Krause.

The fire at 28 Finger Ave. may have started in a tree or shed around 2:35 p.m.

and then spread to the roof of the main house on the property, according to Krause. It

came under control around 3:15 p.m., and caused about $55,000 in damage to the

property and $15,000 in damage to the contents of the home, Krause said.

The house is vacant, and only one person lives on the property in a cottage behind

the house, Krause said.

Applicants sought for Citizens’ Academy

Redwood City is now accepting applications for the spring 2005 session of Partnership

Academy for Community Teamwork (PACT), a nine-week citizens’ academy

to begin in April.

The academy will offer citizens a hands-on overview of Redwood City management

and governance. The goal of PACT is to involve and engage residents in learning

about city government and to improve communication between city government and

those who live or work in Redwood City.

Sessions include information about the City Council, the Fire Department, library

and other departments. Participants will learn how decisions are made, how city

funds are allocated and how city departments work with each other. Participants will

also have an opportunity to speak with City Council members about issues, projects,

politics and plans for the city.

PACT meets each Thursday evening between April 7 and June 2. Enrollment is

limited to 40 people. High school students are encouraged to apply, with permission

from a parent or guardian.

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on March 11, and can be picked up at

in the city manager’s office at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road in Redwood City. Applications

are also available online at http://www.redwoodcity.org. For more information

call the city manager’s office at (650) 780-7300.

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NEWS

Task force makes big Redwood City hashish bust

A mysterious Fed Ex box left at an empty home last week in Redwood City contained

13 pounds of hashish, the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force reported.

Golan Yakobey, 36, of Redwood City, was arrested Tuesday at his residence in the

700 block of Esther Lane. A mysterious package found to contain drugs on Monday was

linked to him, Cmdr. Mark Wyss reported.

San Mateo County Sheriff ’s Deputies received a report of a suspicious package at a

residence on Don Court in unincorporated Redwood City on Monday, Wyss reported.

The package was a large Fed Ex delivery box that had been left at a vacant house. A note on

the door instructed the deliverer to leave the box outside, according to Wyss.

While the deputies were investigating the box, a suspicious vehicle drove by the

house, Wyss reported. When Deputies questioned the driver, identified as Yakobey, he

claimed he was lost. Deputies obtained his identification and let him go.

Sheriff ’s deputies took possession of the package as found property and opened it

to discover a large suitcase, according to Wyss. Inside a false compartment in the suitcase,

deputies found the 13 pounds of hashish with an estimated street value of $60,000 to

$100,000.

An investigation led back to the suspicious vehicle seen in the area, Wyss reported.

The note left on the door of the Don Court residence had left a telephone number that

matched that of the suspicious vehicle’s driver. Based on the information, a search warrant

was issued for a residence in the 700 block of Esther Lane. When the Narcotics Task Force

served the warrant on Tuesday at 5 a.m., they arrested Yakobey for attempting to escape. A

search of his residence also turned up more hashish and $12,960.

Yakobey was charged with possession of concentrated cannabis for sale, importation

of concentrated cannabis, and maintaining a place for the sale of concentrated cannabis.

The package originated out of Anjuna, India, according to Wyss, but the hashish

was made in the Middle East. Details of the investigation have been forwarded to the FBI

Joint Terrorism Task Force.

— Bay City News

Fire displaces more than 30 on Hampshire

A two-alarm fire in Redwood City on Jan. 26 displaced about 32 people from

their homes and caused about $20,000 in damage, authorities report. The residents

live in five units of an apartment building at 629 Hampshire Ave. that were damaged by

the 12:48 p.m. blaze, American Red Cross spokeswoman Sara O’Brien said.

On arrival at the scene, firefighters found a single-car garage on fire, and saw

flames lapping at an apartment directly above the burning garage. Fire personnel

were able to control the blaze by 1:03 p.m., but not before the Pacific Gas & Electric

Co. power line to the building was burned through, causing the live line to drop in front

of the building. PG&E was called to de-energize the power line.

The fire caused about $15,000 in damage to the structure of the building, and

$5,000 in damage to the contents, according to the fire department. No injuries to residents

or firefighters were reported.

—Bay City News

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OPINION

Courthouse demo plans

as slow as molasses

Gather around, children, for another chapter in the story of Redwood

City — a city more than100 years old ... but its exact age depends

on just who gives the birthday party.

Back in the last decade of the previous century, city fathers were deep in the throes

of figuring out what to do about a downtown district that once was the center of community

life but, with the advent of strip malls, had drifted into hard times.

New sidewalks, a new parking garage, and a few “Climate Best” signs didn’t quite

do the trick, so they hit on a pretty nifty idea: removing the concrete annex to the Old

Courthouse built during the WPA heyday and restoring the entrance and plaza to the grandeur

of the good old days.

The County did its part by constructing a new office facility and moving all departments

in the Old Courthouse to a new seismically safe home. The City did its part by

encouraging the County History Museum to relocate in the Old Courthouse. A citizens

committee came together to help raise money for restoration.

Architects drew sketches, workshops were held, study sessions droned on, and the

annex still sits there.

According to recent reports, the latest adventure in trying to settle on a final design

for the Courthouse and plaza found the City Council, Planning Commission, and Architectural

Review Committee struggling over

how much shading should be provided by

planned adjacent pavilions, giving the ax to

what was described as an “interactive” water fountain, learning to live with palm trees, and

sending the designers back to the drawing board to spend another $15,000 or so to show,

among other things, how the much needed centerpiece of downtown might look at night

(all lit up, you know).

In a month or so, yet another meeting will be held where these folks will see revised

drawings and try to agree on how to get a project born in the 20th century completed

Spectrum Letters

Send letters to: The Spectrum, PO Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94063

or e-mail spectrumletters@yahoo.com

Remove “marriage” from the law?

Editor:

As one who attended a Roman Catholic school K-8 in the 1940’s, I came to

understand the Sacrament known as Matrimony. I understand today that those who

receive that Sacrament enter into a contract known as “marriage.” I also understand

that other “religious” denominations engage in the activity of performing marriages,

some including same-sex unions.

Those who would protect the “Sanctity of Marriage” should question how the

term marriage was introduced into law in this country and demand its removal.

In my opinion, removal of all references to marriage in the laws of the

Government(s) of the United States, would resolve the current conflict regarding civil

unions/marriage. Secular Humanists, whose religion can best be described as “stateist,”

would then have no need to demand marital status for civil unions.

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John J. “Jack” Hickey

Chair, Libertarian Party of San Mateo County

The Spectrum invites our readership to participate in community discussion by

corresponding to your community by writing a Letter to the Editor.

You can send letters by e-mail: spectrumletters@yahoo.com or by mail at: The

Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, California, 94064.

By W.M.B. Riggen, Special to The Spectrum

The white Works Progress Administration annex to the downtown courthouse remains ...

years after plans arose for its demolition and the resoration of the original plaza underneath.

Redwood City Almanac File Photo.

sometime in the 21st century.

And the moral of this story? Legend has it that one the many famous characters of

times past who graced Redwood City with

their presence was Wyatt Earp; that’s right,

of OK Corral fame.

Wyatt, wherever you are, come back and light a fire under these “decisionmakers” ...

please.


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COLUMN

As I was saying ...

Former Mayors: Judy Buchan; Bob Bury; Dani Gasparini, elected of

ficials: Pat Milnovich, Dennis McBride,

Memo Morantes, community leaders: Larry

Aikens, Pete and Paula Uccelli, Pete Hughes, Pina

and Vince Trucelli, Susan Keilly, Ralph Nobles, Rudy Luca, Mike Spence,

and Mary Mortenson — all showed up at the Redwood City Council Chambers

to watch Alicia Aguirre win appointment to the City Council (oh, did I

predict that?).

It really was a fascinating process to watch, as so many of the candidates were so

impressive and made me feel that we have so many qualified people really to step up and

serve at one time or another in our community.

I thought that the three-minute presentation presented by Janet Borgens was especially

informative and really showed how much she has done in our community and

her thoughts on issues effecting us all. I was pleasantly surprised by the presentations

given by two candidates who are new to the political scene: Mark Martinho, who was

the best speaker of the night in terms of substance and style, and Bruce Codding who

came across as someone whom you could trust and expect honesty from. I liked

Codding’s speech and both will be viable candidates in the future, should they choose

to get involved. But just going into the meeting you could feel that it is was Aguirre’s

night. Her speech was very similar to a campaign speech, but more effective because she

was surrounded by friends and well wishers.

So after a number of voting processes — so many that councilman Ian Bain wanted

to postpone the final vote for fear that they would never come to a majority (but that fell

By Steve Penna, Publisher

on deaf ears) — Aguirre was appointed with

the full crowd in the council chambers applauding.

Considering that four seats will be up

for grabs this November — those of Jeff Ira,

Diane Howard, Jim Hartnett and Aguirre

— it seems that there will be a crowded field

to replace them. Given the quality of the candidates

for the appointment process, there

will be many qualified candidates to choose from and that is good for our community. I

remember Dick Claire once said that the reason he ran so many times was because there

were never qualified candidates to replace him. Some current council members need

not worry about that in this election.

* * * *

Redwood City had another few minutes of fame last week when Jay Leno told his

Tonight Show audience about former teacher Rebecca Boicelli who gave birth to a

baby fathered by a former middle-school student. Then he added the punch line about

the good ole’ days when an after school special was something you watched on television.

Continued on Page 26

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NEWS

Cari Vallo, mother of a third grader at Redwood

City’s Orion School, shudders at the impact of

$3.5 million in cuts to the Redwood City School

District’s 2005-2006 budget.

“We can’t close the library,” she said. “The parcel tax has to pass.”

Faced with state mandates and dwindling state resources, the Redwood

City School District has cut some $8 million from its budget in the

past five years. Now, with a shortfall of $3.5 million projected for the 2005-

2006 budget, the district’s Board of Trustees, according to Trustee Chris

Bohl, is “backed into a corner.”

So the Board will let the voters decide in May, with a parcel tax placed

on a mail-in ballot. Ballots will be mailed to property owners on April 5 and

the election is scheduled for May 3.

Without the $3.3 million annual revenue generated by the parcel tax,

the Board contends that filling the projected $3.5 million hole could bring

about a bleak scenario:

• Fifty-seven teaching positions will be eliminated along with the small

class size program.

• Classes in all K-3 classrooms will increase from 20 students per

teacher to 29 students per teacher.

• Half of all librarian positions will be eliminated and library hours

will be reduced by half.

• All District music programs and music teaching positions will be cut.

• Positions for reading and math program specialists who help struggling students

will be reduced. These reading and math specialists help English learners by taking students

out of their class one hour a day for two to three days a week and giving them intensive

one-on-one instruction. Should program be reduced in scope, Bohl doesn’t know

“how some of these kids are going to make it.”

Jack Hickey, Chair of the Libertarian Party in San Mateo County, argues the tax is

nothing but a “greedy money grab,” and suggests that “threats by local school officials ...

are just bad taste, and deceitful besides.”

There is no chance whatsoever that District officials would actually fire the best

teachers, adopt an inferior math curriculum,

or throw special needs students out on the

street if you don’t vote for this parcel tax,”

Hickey wrote in his ballot argument against the measure, known as Measure V.

The Redwood City School District receives approximately $180,000 in revenue

per classroom of 23 students per year, funded primarily by steadily increasing property tax

receipts,” Hickey notes in his argument. “That’s enough to pay teachers very good wages

(averaging roughly $60,000 in salary and benefits for a 10-month year), with plenty left

over (roughly $120,000 per classroom) for overhead, building maintenance, and other

goodies,” he continued. “

Drive by our schools, and you’ll see by the luxuriant lawns and unnecessarily expensive

curved roof lines, that the board’s priorities are those of a pricy country club — not a

struggling school system,” Hickey stated.

Proponents of Measure V point to the fact that all school districts from Burlingame

to Mountain View currently have parcel taxes. Amounts range from $75 in the Ravenswood

School District to $498 in Menlo Park.

Hickey cited a similar measure that was put before the voters in 1993 and “failed by

a wide margin.” “Subsequently, revenue grew from $33 million to $68 million (a 71% increase,

after adjusting for inflation. While the number of students attending District schools

fell by 5%, the number of teachers was increased by 37%,” he wrote.

In their ballot argument in favor of Measure V, supporters stated that revenue from

the tax will not be allocated toward facilities, salary increases, or administrators. The tax

will be in place for five years, after which voter approval would be required for renewal.

All residential residential and vacant parcel owners will pay $85 per year. Commercial

parcels will be charged based on square footage: Under 14,999 sq. ft. - $200; 15,000-

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‘Backed into a corner’ or ‘Greedy money grab?’

Redwood City School District

puts parcel tax on May ballot

School district officals state that without added revenue from a parcel tax, children, such as these on the

play equipment at Hawes School, will face reduced library hours and bigger class sizes. Photo by John Baker.

By Judy Buchan, Special to The Spectrum

24,000 sq. ft. - $750; 25,000-44,000 sq. ft. - $1,000; Over 45,000 sq. ft. - $2,500.

Senior homeowners 65 and older may file for an exemption from the tax with the

school district. In addition, an independent citizens ovesight committee, made up of community

leaders and qualified volunteers, would be formed to monitor and audit parcel tax

funds to be sure they are spent in strict compliance with Measure V.

With time running short for a campaign, word has it that parent groups at District

schools are starting to mobilize. The Clifford School parent group has also donated $20,000,

and the parent group at Roy Cloud School Cloud PTA is expected to donate $10,000.

Some 80 percent of the parents at Northstar have voted to have the organization donate

$20,000.

The efforts of the Clifford, Cloud, and

Northstar parent groups have been incredible,”

Bohl said. “They are having to make

the choice of not financing current programs

at their schools in order to help this campaign.”

For supporting information on Measure V, contact Dennis McBride of the Redwood

City School District Board of Trustees at 650-365-2713 or bawsum@earthlink.net. For

opposition information to Measure V, contact Jack Hickey at jackhick@cwnet.com.

Glomar Explorer

Continued from Page 9

Operation Jennifer remained blissfully covert until four burglars broke into

Hughes’ headquarters to steal money. During the robbery, the thieves stole Project

Jennifer files, assuming they were important business documents, hoping to extort

millions for their safe return. The FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department

arrested the culprits and recovered most of the documents, hoping to contain any

leaks. However, the LA Times learned of the burglary, and by February 1975, Project

Jennifer was revealed to the world.

Today, the Glomar Explorer is drilling test oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico.

HMB-1 was later used to “mother-ship” the super-secret sonar-defying Sea Shadow,

also docked in Redwood City. All covert operations were terminated in Redwood

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DOWNTOWN

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businesses are the

place to be!

Redwood City businesses here to serve you now

Isn’t it great to live in a community where businesses not only want your business

but also are truly there to serve you — the customer? There are a lot of Redwood

City businesses that invite our residents to come and see what they have to offer. Restaurants,

retail shops, auto care facilities, financial groups and dry cleaners all say, “We

are the best!” The Spectrum has been out there looking for you and here is our Best of

the Best selections.

Mulligan’s Pub & Grill: 2650 Broadway — Mulligan’s is a favorite spot for

anyone wanting quality large portion meals — and we mean LARGE — at reasonable

prices. They feature burgers, salads, and gourmet pizzas, and also have 24 beers on

tap, a full bar and live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. They are now

accepting private party reservations for 2005, so if you are planning a get-together

with a small or large group, call Jerry at (650) 364-5600 and he will make sure you are

taken care of!

City Pub: 2623 Broadway — We cannot believe that there are any residents of

Redwood City that have not enjoyed “The Pub.” A long time favorite of the brewerytype

beer crowd, City Pub features a wide range of American fare items on its menu

including: starters and soups, burgers and sandwiches, pastas and entrees, and 24

beers on tap, plus other beverages and wine. City Pub also has a kids’ menu and serves

breakfast on Saturday and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They offer daily specials

and feature fish and chips on Fridays.

OK Maguey: 2616 Broadway — Okay, so you want to spend less and get more

in 2005? Redwood City’s newest and best Mexican restaurant is now featuring a lunch

menu starting at $5.95, and they have a full dinner menu of reasonably-priced selections

that will keep you coming back for more. They also feature live music every Thursday,

Friday and Saturday evening to enhance your eating experience.

Bluefin Sushi & Teriyaki Grill: 2327 Broadway — Their sushi is made fresh

daily by experienced sushi chefs, which has made this restaurant a favorite downtown

eating spot. This restaurant is a must try! Whether you dine in or take out you will find

their sashimi, Nigiri sushi, donburi, and bento dishes are irresistible! No MSG and no

chemical additives. Low in cholesterol. Low in calories. Low in sodium. The chicken

curry over brown rice is to die for!

American Capital Financial: 2317 Broadway #200 — They make it easy for

you to bid on a house by having your pre-approval letter with you. Treat yourself to the

ultimate Valentine — a new home! These friendly professionals have the right home

loan for you and your family! Competitive rates: They work quickly to get you the best

rates and explore all the options that fit your needs. Fast pre-approvals: They can have

your pre-approval ready for you in 48 hours or less. So when do you want to close?

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Hair It Is! at Flirts Salon: 2072 Broadway — Mary Mortenson owned the Hair

It Is! Salon on Broadway but recently moved to Flirts Salon when the building she

occupied was sold and is to be remodeled. Now, she is accepting new clients who are

looking to be remodeled with a new image or looking to keep their current beautiful

style. For more than 20 years, Mary has been styling hair for all occasions. Give her a

call and start the year out right!

Little India: 917 Main Street — This stylish Indian cuisine restaurant features

reasonably priced “All You Can Eat” buffets for both lunch and dinner. Their buffets

feature home-style Indian food. Basically, the menu is from the northwest region of

India, but items from other regions are also featured. The food is low in fat and sodium.

You can dine in or take out. Senior citizens receive $1 off and children (below

12 years old) dine at half price. Bring your appetite because you will want to try everything!

Try their catering menu for any occasion, and your guests will be talking about

it for months. You will not be disappointed.

Redwood General Tire: 1630 Broadway — The winter weather is definitely

here and you might need to protect yourself and your family by having your tires checked

and engines serviced, and there is no better place then Redwood General Tire. Their

business was founded on the premise that good customer service and quality products

at fair prices will help them succeed in the marketplace. They continue to follow this

philosophy today and expect it to guide them into a successful future. Many of their

satisfied customers have been with them since their founding and continue to do business

with them today.

Whether you are looking for a new set of tires, or need to tune your vehicle, this

Redwood City institution has been providing quality vehicle services since 1957. They

proudly serve the third generation of many of their first Redwood City customers.

Isn’t it time to start your family tradition of great auto care?

Re:Juvenate Skin Care: 805 Veterans Blvd., Suite 140 — RE:JUVENATE’s

aim is to assist you in choosing the very best options that will find you smiling each

and every time you look in the mirror. Their medical staff is experienced in all of the

known non-surgical aesthetic procedures including: Thermage, Botox, Restalyne, sclerotherapy,

laser treatments for hair, vein, brown spot removal and skin resurfacing,

medical microdermabrasion and skin peels. You can have a complimentary consultation

by calling (650) 261-0500 and mentioning The Spectrum magazine.

1-800-DRY-CLEAN: The Spectrum staff knows that your time is the most important

commodity you posses. Taking your time to drop off dry cleaning at an out of

the way business is just another errand that takes you away form your family, friends

and life pleasures. 1-800-DRY-CLEAN solves that problem by offering door to door

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COVER

Going ‘Big’ in the R-C

Woodside High student gets on the right track by

writing tracks on self-produced hip-hop CD

It’s been said that youth of today are bombarded by more politics, skepticism

and misleading information than ever. Critics state mainstream television

pumps out endless hours of sex-selling videos and gossip, while

breaking news stories highlight tragic accidents, lack of education funding,

unemployment rates, social security and more. Multi-million dollar businesses

target young adults with violent video games and all types of music that advocate

sex, drugs and easy money.

Outspoken young people like Bennett Roth-Newell, a.k.a. “Big Murph,” are able to

see through the media smoke screen and the persuasions of glitz and glamour. Big Murph

isn’t just some ordinary kid; he already knows the meaning of going above and beyond

expectations.

Roth-Newell, who was born in Wisconsin and relocated to Redwood City in 1991

at the age of three, has always been interested in music — its melody, rhythm, beat, instrumentation,

lyrics and messages. At the age of eight, with the support of his parents, Roth-

Newell was introduced to an array of instruments and decided that the piano was it for

him. By the sixth grade at John Gill, Bennett was into writing and received creating writing

awards for his efforts.

While attending Kennedy Middle School, Roth-Newell took classes from music instructor

Elena Mori who described him as a “fun kid with a great since of humor, whom

was very creative.” She stated he came from a “great family” and Roth-Newell was one of

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Bennett Roth-Newell in his “BiG Murph” persona.

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Roth-Newell: “I’m here to stay and I just want to let people know that I’m hungry in this game (

those “super kids.” The admiration works both ways, as Roth-Newell says Mori “has a

good spirit.”

Roth-Newell now plays jazz piano for his school band at Woodside High School

while participating in basketball and working part time.

In Fall 2003, Roth-Newell joined The Riekes Center for Human Enhancement. The

Riekes Center is a mentoring-based facility that borders Redwood City and Menlo Park,

offering nature studies (nature awareness, expeditions, natural history, etc.), creative studies

(singing lessons, recording services, audio services, etc.), physical fitness programs and

more.

Roth-Newell initially joined the Riekes Center to strengthen and condition himself

for the upcoming basketball season with the Wildcats, but it didn’t stop there. He found

his way to the Riekes Center recording studio where he took interest in the creative arts

program.

“It all started at the Riekes Center. That’s where I met my manager/mentor Shamako

Noble and my executive producer/mentor BJ Alexander, a.k.a. B-Jada. They’re apart of

the hip-hop program. They propelled me and helped broaden my spectrum on things,” an

enthusiastic Roth-Newell said, noting he also attributes his success to long time family

friend and trumpet player, Geechi Taylor.

Roth-Newell admires rappers such as The Roots, KRS One, Nas, The Game, and

Tupac Shakur.

“I like to listen to any type of music that’s down to earth and touches the community.

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Roth-Newell then goes onto say, “Where’s the love, not here, it’s been gone for a

while, this town’s got problems, it needs to stop living in denial.”

Big Murph hasn’t had it easy since coming across this new form of expression. He’s

white, an affliction that doesn’t make it easy to be appreciated or respected in the hip-hop

arena. Roth-Newell says he supports people no matter what they do and just wants the

same in return. Roth-Newell has had to deal with racism and has dedicated a few lyrics in

his music to combat it. One verse goes, “I’m stared at, ya’ll look at me funny, I get dissed

and I ain’t hurt nobody, you think I’m a pervert, you think I hate being white, but forget

that, you haters are far from being right.” Roth-Newell also mixes in humor and has fun

with his debut album.

Big Murph knows his music isn’t for everybody and he confirms this by stating, “I

speak the truth,

but I might not be

able to set you

free.” His use of

similes and metaphors

helps bring

a deeper and

“Where’s the love, not here, it’s been gone for a while, this town’s

got problems, it needs to stop living in denial.”

— Bennett Roth-Newell

AKA “Big Murph”

clearer understanding of his everyday situations. Roth-Newell also likes to compare and

contrast, which gives the listener an edge in truly seeing his perspective, that’s if you want

to make the effort.

Roth-Newell anticipates completing another album by the end of 2005 and expects

to have between 10-15 tracks of new material. “ I’ve been writing like crazy lately,” he

exclaimed. He assured his audience that he’s going to stay focused, work harder, and get

better with his word play. Big Murph has received overwhelmingly positive feedback thus

far and is just grateful to be reaching people with his music. He also knows that his critics

aren’t far behind, and that he has to take the good with the bad.

Roth-Newell spends a lot of time at the Riekes Center making beats on the Yamaha

Motif, writing raps, and giving piano lessons. He’s determined to give his fans more this

next time around.

Big Murph knows that education is very important and he currently holds a 3.5

grade point average. He plans on attending The University Of The Pacific, where he intends

to further his musical studies.

Although music is top priority, Roth-Newell is also interested in broadcast communications

and becoming a radio disc jockey.

hip-hop music).”

I also appreciate spirituality in music,” he said. “I’m here to stay and I just want to let

people know that I’m hungry in this game (hip-hop music).”

Now 16, Roth-Newell released his first hip-hop album, The Unexpected, in October

2004 and has sold more than 70 copies to date. He had a record release party at the

Riekes Center on Jan. 15 and on Feb. 11 he participated in Woodside’s African American

Festival.

The Unexpected contains five tracks, and listeners can expect to hear, “a West Coast

Style Delivery (a smooth/easy to hear pace), hard baselines (steady beats) and distinct chords

(such as a piano or keyboard).”

When it comes to his content/messages/lyrics or what he likes to call his “hip-hop

craft,” it’s all about what Roth-Newell sees and what he’s had to deal with thus far in his

life. “Big Murph” isn’t interested in rhyming about jewelry, fast cars, or weak, waste-oftime,

misleading topics. As a matter of fact he’s interested in expressing his outlook on real

issues such as racism, housing costs, and other social problems he sees around Redwood

City.

Big Murph seems to be concentrated on progression and doesn’t focus on trying to

represent Redwood City, but more importantly, points out the things that have to change

within it. On track five, “I Hate to Rep it,” he hits you with, “A millionaire can barely afford

a two-bedroom, one-bath, a lot of kids in summer school and the district loves it, so they

can wear-out students and still slash the budget. It’s a shame there’s people waitin’ on the

blocks to be employed, get in a pick-up truck to work on property they can’t enjoy.”

Jr., Special to The Spectrum

es R. Kaspar

“Big Nurph’s” first album cover.

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SPORTS

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Winter Sports coming to close at Woodside

As we wrap-up the winter sports season at Woodside High and look

ahead to the spring, there are teams that are experiencing very exciting

finishes.

As expected, the Wildcats’ boys basketball team is headed into Central Coast Section

playoffs after a sound regular season. However, the Wildcats fate in the post-season

will not lie upon the performance of senior guard Justonn Smith, who is out indefinitely

with a sprained ankle.

“We’ve played well all season and one player is not going to stop our run,” said

sophomore Matt Pelasasa.

Woodside is 17-5 overall and in first place in their division. Even more impressive

than their near certain No. 1 seed in the playoffs is their current 10-game winning streak,

during which they have won six on the road against Aragon, Hillsdale, Sequoia, San Mateo,

Mills, and Carlmont.

“I think we are so dangerous come playoff time because we have proven that we can

play great basketball away from Woodside and all of our fans,” said head coach Darrell

Barbour. As for the impact of the loss of Smith, Barbour said, “we’ll just have to wait and

find out.”

On the girls

side, it has been a By Nick Mukhar, Student writer

roller coaster of a

season. The ’Cats

followed up their season high three-game winning streak with a three-game losing streak

that included home games against Carlmont and Aragon. With an 8-6 record going into

their final four games of the scheduled season, the girls are going to have to make a significant

run if they expect to be playing into late February.

“We understand what is at stake during these final four games, and we are planning

on getting the job done and moving on,” stated senior Jasmine Lewis. The rest of their

season entails games on the road against Capuchino and San Mateo, and the final game of

the season at Menlo-Atherton.

With a dismal end to the girls’ soccer season at Woodside, the boys are trying to give

soccer fans something to cheer about. Still, they are going to have to kick things into gear,

literally, if they hope to make their second CCS tournament appearance in as many years.

The Wildcats have not scored more than 3 goals in a game all season, and had not scored

more than two until their 15 th game of the season.

“We have to be more aggressive and play with more intensity if we are going to score

more and win more games,” said senior Jared Tondino who is a four-year player and leader

on this team. Their final games, at home against Carlmont and their season finale on the

road against El Camino, will determine the fate of this determined group.

Editors note: Nick Mukhar is a Senior at Woodside High School. He is one of the

student writers for The Spectrum this year and will be writing articles about sports each

month.

























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Miracle win by Redwood NJB All Net team

With a packed to capacity crowd at Paye’s Place Gym in San Carlos

under a March Madness-type atmosphere, the Silicon Valley’s

two premier 5th Grade NJB All Net (National Junior Basketball)

teams, Palo Alto NJB and Redwood NJB squared off for a battle between the

undefeated.

With just over two minutes in the game, Palo Alto had a commanding lead, 45 to

35. But within a 30-second span, a long bucket from the side by Christian Perkins, a steal

for another two points and then a quick jumper off an inbounds play, also by Perkins, cut

the lead to 4 and Redwood NJB was back in the game.

A basket and free throw by Cole McConnell, two more free throws that were drilled

by Josiah Paye and two more free throws that were all net by Miles Weiss solidified this

miraculous, come-from-behind win. The final score was Redwood NJB 50 and Palo Alto

NJB 47.

Redwood remains undefeated with only seven more games to go before the March

Tournament, where these two teams will no doubt meet again.

Other team members who contributed to this amazing team win were Jesse Perkins,

Ricki Hoffer, Sam Carver, James Shaw, Zachary Thomas and Richard Harris.

The games were played in Paye’s Place Gym located at 595 Industrial Road, San

Carlos and the team is coached by local sports icon, John Paye.

RC PAL seeks basketball coaches

The Redwood City Police Activities League is seeking basketball coaches for its

upcoming season with 7th and 8th grade boys and girls.

Games and practices will be held at Red Morton Community Center, the Peninsula

Boys and Girls Club or Garfield School Monday through Thursday. Most teams will play

two games a week and practice once a week.

Interested citizens must complete a registration form and be cleared through a fingerprinting

process. The season runs from March 3 through April 21.

For more information contact Chris Rasmussen at (650) 556-1650 or visit http://

www.redwoodcity.org.

Picture: Pictured here for Redwood NJB All Net 5th Grade are (left to right) Cole McConnell,

Christian Perkins, Josiah Paye, Sam Carver, James Shaw, Jesse Perkins, Zachary Thomas and

Richard Harris. Front Row, Ricki Hoffer and Miles Weiss. Back row coaches are David Carver

and head coach John Paye.

North Star Elementary in Redwood City is putting on Disney’s “Beauty and the

Beast.” The play promises a colorful cast of endearing characters for a fun and uplifting

time. The musical is playing at 7 p.m. on March 18, 19, 24 and 25. Tickets are $10 and will

go toward production costs and to the school. For more information call 482-5980 or drop

by the Academy office at 400 Duane St.

School news

Congratulations to Woodside High School for being recognized as a Parent Involvement

School of Excellence by the National Parent Teacher Association. The school’s

principal, teachers, parents and students were judged on communicating, parenting, student

learning, volunteering, school decision-making and advocacy.

Woodside has more than 250 parents participating in the PTSA’s Back-to-School

activities and helping in the school’s offices and other events.

Between the Shared Decision Making Council, School Site Council, Parent Advisory

Groups, Drama Boosters, Band, athletics, and Fashion Show groups, Woodside stands

out for its many avenues of involvement.

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EVENTS

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Redwood City Women’s Club

Luncheon/meeting March 3 at 149 Clinton Street, Redwood City. 11:30 AM social,

lunch at noon ($10.00) 12:00 meeting, 1:00 program. Shop for Valentine’s Day and Easter

at “Shop Till U Drop” and bring photos for a hands on, do-it-yourself workshop, “All

About Photos”. For information call: 363-1266.

City Talk Toastmasters Club

Join the Redwood City Toastmasters Club to develop your communication and leadership

skills. The club meets on Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 in City Hall at 1017

Middlefield Road in the Council Chambers. 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.

No-host cocktails start at 6 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m.

The HOF inductees are: Patricia “Pat” Ann Giosso, Andrea Jenoff, Barbara Kuehn,

Nancy Torres, and Constance “Connie” Zakos. The two Young Women of Excellence are:

Marina Alanna Gatto and Marcella Rose Padilla.

Reservation deadline: March 10. Make check payable to: Commission on the Status

of Women of San Mateo County and mail to same at: 455 County Center, 5th floor, Redwood

City, CA 94063. Invitations can be downloaded from the CSW Web site at:

www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/eps/csw or phone CSW office at 363-4872.

Chamber of Commerce

The Redwood City Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting new members

during its membership drive. The Chamber is the third largest in Northern California and

currently has over 1,200 members. Benefits include: unlimited networking, monthly connections,

and the ability to join committees that improve our community. If you have a

business and would like to join, call 650.368.2434 for more details.

Optimist Club Crab and Shrimp feed

The Optimist Club of Redwood City will be hosting their 15 th Annual “All you can

eat” Crab and Shrimp Feed on Saturday March 12 at the Community Activities Building,

1400 Roosevelt Avenue, starting at 6:00 p.m. The fundraiser to help community activities

will have dinner, raffle and door prizes. Tickets for this event are only $35.00 and can be

purchased by calling Ralph Garcia at 650.368.2841. The event sells out every year so call

ASAP.

Eighth annual Arts and Olive Festival

Cañada College’s annual Arts and Olive Festival will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2,

2005 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If you are interested in participating in this outstanding community event, applications

will be available at www.olivefest.org or by contacting Julie Mooney, Vendor Coordinator

at olivefest@smccd.net - Ph: 650.306.3428 or Fax: 650.306.3445.

Celebrate Women’s History Month

The first San Mateo County Women’s Day Conference, “Women Seeing Beyond

Today,” is being held March 5 starting at 8:30 a.m. at the South San Francisco Conference

Center.

The not-for-profit, all-day event will celebrate Women’s History Month and will

feature speakers and moderators, workshops, and opportunities for an expected attendance

of hundreds of women to meet and learn from each other.

Three keynote speakers already lined up are: state Senator Jackie Speier, San Mateo

County Supervisor Adrienne Tissier, and Dr. Marla Lowenthal, professor of Mass Communications

at Menlo College.

There will be 24 workshops, a raffle for prizes, exhibitors, and a reception will follow

at 5 p.m.

The cost of $99 includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and the reception.

To register, visit: www.womenseebeyond.org or e-mail Jane Hillhouse, registration

chair, at registration@womenseebeyond.org or call Pat Obuchowski, conference chair, at

245-0321. You can also pay at the door.

Conference proceeds will benefit the Women’s Recovery Association

(www.womensrecovery.org) in Burlingame. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Sponsorship, raffle prizes, and exhibitor opportunities, which create a high-level

visibility and serve as an excellent marketing tool, are still available. For more details, call

Pat Obuchowski or e-mail: www.womenseebeyond.org.

Women’s Hall of Fame dinner

The 21st Annual San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame, presented by San Mateo

County Board of Supervisors and the Commission on the Status of Women, is March

24 at the South San Francisco Conference Center, 255 So. Airport Blvd. Cheryl Jennings

and David Louie, both from ABC-KGO Channel 7 News, are emcees.

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The Brazilian dance troupe Sambão was be featured at last year’s Cañada College Arts and

Olive Festival. This year’s edition of the festival will be onb Sunday, Oct. 2.

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There will be an odd, hollow feeling this coming fall when youth foot

ball season rolls around in these parts.

Kids will still climb into shoulder pads and put on cleats, but it won’t be the

same. The grass will seem a little less green, the air a little less clear, the world a bit less

full of possibilities.

But we’ll soldier on and give it our best, because Frank Guida would have wanted

it that way.

Guida, known as “Coach” to four decades’ worth of youth football players on the

mid-Peninsula, passed away at the age of 85 on Saturday after a short battle with cancer.

It was the only major battle he ever lost.

He was a World War II veteran who won the Purple Heart, escaped from a German

prison camp and met Gen. George Patton. Yet Guida saved his boasting for the

exploits of his youth football teams. He was famous for referring to each of his players as

“champ.”

“I call them champ so I don’t have to remember all those names,” he once said.

“But really it’s to remind me of why I keep coaching year after year. My kids are all

champs to me.”

His devotion to the community is legendary. In addition to co-founding youth

football in Redwood City, he was involved in Little League baseball, Indian Guides,

Cub Scouts and the PTA — the latter organization which named him “Mother of the

Year” in 1967. He was President of the Board of Realtors, won Redwood City’s Outstanding

Citizen Award in 1996, and was named National Pop Warner Coach of the

Year in 2004. He

coached youth

football for 41

years (retiring in

2004), and is a

member of the

Pop Warner National

Hall of Fame.

“What makes Frank Guida special?” asked longtime friend and fellow youth coach

Larry Howard. “What makes people go to New York and see the Statue of Liberty? He’s

a landmark.”

Guida raised threes sons and a daughter,

all three boys having played football for

him in the Pop Warner program, which he helped organize in 1963. Coaching primarily

at the junior midget level (11-13 year-olds), his teams collected 30 division titles, 15

conference crowns, eight regional titles and one national championship (the Ray Lockettled

1985 team). Former players include

Milo Lewis (University of Alabama)

Ronald Nunn (USC), Charles Tharp (Illinois)

and Chris Ricardi (University of

Hawaii).

His coaching secrets were a passion

for the game, attention to detail and an insistence

on discipline. His players learned

to work hard and not back down to anyone

— traits that were evident in Guida

even as a young man.

When World War II broke out and

the U.S. seemed to be too slow getting involved,

the Cleveland-born Guida enlisted

in the army in Canada, which had already

entered the fray. Fighting in North Africa,

he was wounded and captured by the German army.

The Germans looked at his papers and asked why an Italian-American was in

the Canadian army,” recounts Guida’s son, Jim. “As my dad tells it, he looked the officer

in the eye and said, ‘So I could go kick Hitler’s ass sooner.’ And knowing him, I believe

he said it.”

During a prisoner transfer to Milan, Italy, Guida escaped, roaming the Italian coun-

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Longtime Redwood City youth football coach dies at 85

“What makes Frank Guida special? What makes people go to

New York and see the Statue of Liberty?

He’s a landmark.”

— Larry Howard

Friend and fellow youth coach

By Rick Chandler, Special to The Spectrum

Frank Guida

Frank Guida wearing his trademark coaching hat

tryside until he was taken in and hidden by a local family. Eventually he made it to an

American base, where, bedraggled and unshaven, he got into a chow line for his first hot

meal in days.

That’s when Patton entered the mess hall for an inspection.

“It didn’t take Patton long to find me,” Guida once recalled. “He looked at me

and yelled, ‘Hey! Who let that Arab in here?’”

Returning to Redwood City after the war, he opened Guida Realty and was active

as a realtor/broker for more than 25 years. Frank Pasquale Guida is survived by his four

children, Carol, Edward, Jim and Bob,

daughters-in-law Pam, Teri and Wendy

Guida, sister and brother-in-law Luisa and

Tudor Bogart, sister Maria Ryskiewicz, sisters-in-law Greta and Frances Guida, many

nephews and nieces, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mid-County Youth Football, c/o

Marianne Pignati, P.O. Box 3541, Redwood City CA 94064, or St. Anthony’s Padua

Dining Room, 3500 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park CA 94025.

A private family service was held last week. An open celebration of Frank’s life

will be held Feb. 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Red Morton Community Center, 1400

Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City.

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SPEAKERS

Barbara Becnel to speak

on death penalty at

Cañada College

Oakland community activist Barbara

Becnel will speak on “What’s Wrong With

the Death Penalty: The Stan ‘Tookie’ Williams

Case,” from noon to 2 p.m., March 9

in the Cañada College Main Theater, 4200

Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City.

The lecture is free and open to the

public.

Becnel has argued that Williams, the

co-founder of the notorious Los Angeles

Crips gang, is innocent and points to his case

as an example of why the death penalty is

wrong. Williams has spent 24 years on death

row at San Quentin after being convicted of

the fatal shooting of Albert Owens, a store

clerk, and the killings of motel owners

Thsai-Shai and Yen-I-Yang and their daughter

two weeks later.

Williams maintains his innocence and

points out that he was convicted by an allwhite

jury; Williams is African American.

His request for a new trial was recently denied

by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals,

despite the objection of nine of the judges,

and his last appeal could be before the U.S.

Supreme Court.

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Back by popular demand!

Dr. John Gray and Marilyn Territo

Redwood City businesswoman and Wellness Lifestyle Coach, Marilyn Territo,

will host an encore presentation by Dr. John Gray, the world-renowned author of the

Mars-Venus book series. Gray will share the latest breakthroughs in wellness, anti-aging,

nutritional supplements, and weight loss featured in his current bestselling book,

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Date: Saturday, April 2, 2005

Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

(Check-in Noon to 1 p.m.)

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Cherokees retire

Johnson’s jersey

When Charles Johnson stepped on the basketball court at Sequoia

High School, he was known as the “The Little Big Man of Penin

sula Hoops.” Johnson was the best basketball player to ever come

out of Sequoia High School.

“CJ” helped Sequoia to three winning seasons in the late 1960s. In his senior year,

the Cherokees reaching the Tournament of Champions.

Johnson’s high school accomplishments will be acknowledged when his number 11

was retired Feb. 11 during the Sequoia/ Carlmont game.

“It is an honor and pleasure, to have something designated as yours. It means something

to me,” Johnson said. “You have a short time on this planet and if you can do something

that leaves a legacy it is amazing.”

Pete Simos, Sequoia’s current head coach, believes Johnson’s jersey retirement is

long overdue.

“When I first came here, I wondered why was his jersey was not retired,” Simos

said. “I know that I have talked to the team about his exploits here and all of the great

things he has done and they will be looking forward to the ceremony.”

After graduating Sequoia, Johnson went to University of California at Berkeley on a

basketball scholarship,

where he

By Lee Hubbard, Special to The Spectrum

played guard for the

Golden Bears.

Johnson was a three-year starter and captain 1969 through 1971. He was drafted by the

Golden State Warriors in the sixth round and he played with the Warriors from 1972-

1978, including the 1974-75 championship team.

“Charles was quite an athlete,” said Joe Ellis, his teammate on the Golden State

Warriors from 1971-1972. “He was able to do whatever he wanted to do on the court, as

he had a nice jump shot and he was excellent defensively.”

After playing for the Warriors, Johnson played his final two years in the NBA with

the Washington Bullets, including the 1977-78 championship team.

Johnson was raised in Redwood City, attended Washington Elementary School,

McKinley Junior High School and Sequoia High School, graduating in 1967. Johnson

was a multi-sport athlete, excelling in both basketball and track and field. He was named

all-Central Coast Section in the long jump, setting a mark of 24 feet, 7 1/2 inches.

It was on the hardwood, however, where he made a name for himself. Starting out,

he did not realize how good he was until he moved up to the varsity team as a sophomore.

“When I was a sophomore they came to me and told me that they wanted me to play

varsity basketball,” Johnson said. “... I did not think I was ready for varsity until I got

involved in the competition. Then I realized that I could compete.”

Once on the team, he excelled. He was a lights-out shooting guard who could defend.

As he got better, his teams got better. His sophomore year, the team tied for third

place in league play. His junior year, the team tied for second and in his senior year, the

team tied for first.

“Each year was like a stepping stone,” Johnson said. “During my senior year, when

we came in first, we played our rivals, Palo Alto, in a one-game playoff. We beat them and

then we moved on to the TOC.”

The TOC, or Tournament of Champions as it is called, was the precursor to the

state championship. Sequoia was matched up against a tough Bishop O’Dowd team from

Oakland. Sequoia lost the game, but Johnson’s play earned him a 10-minute standing ovation.

“It was completely unexpected and it was humbling,” Johnson recalled. “I did not

really understand it at the time or what was going on. I just went out and played the game

as it should be played. I did not even know that these people were appreciating me. But

after that happened, I realized what they were doing.”

Today, Johnson lives in the East Bay, working with various charities.

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in the Daily Journal on Feb. 10.

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BUSINESS

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First National: ‘Doing

Right’ by their clients

The team at First National Bank, including branch manager Brian Palter (far left), believes in going the extra mile for customer service. Photos by Steve Penna.

Emphasis on personal and

community service puts El

Camino bank into top tier

Brian Palter believes in doing right by his clients. Palter, branch man

ager for the past three years at the Redwood City location of First

National Bank of Northern California, believes in the philosophy of

treating each customer with the utmost attention. This individualized approach

is a hallmark of the 11 San Mateo County locations of First National

and has gone a long way in helping keep the bank healthy.

"When we have a new client and do right by them," he said, "they tell others."

Doing right by a client, whether old or new, requires taking extra steps in situations

which nationwide chains might not choose to take. In one particular case Palter cited, a

woman who had difficulty writing a check at a local retailer came into First National upset.

She was comforted by a customer service representative and the issue was resolved. She

later returned with a potted tulip plant and presented it to the bank as a gift of gratitude.

By Nino Marchetti, Special to The Spectrum

ness, can also open checking accounts, obtain credit cards and do their banking online.

First National also offers options like commercial refinancing, construction loans, and business

lines of credit.

None of these services mean anything, however, if the bank doesn't see customers

continuing to come through the doors. First National Bank of Northern California works

Continued on Next Page

First National Bank of Northern California offers a variety of personalized services

for both consumers and businesses. On the consumer side, services include free checking,

debit cards, home equity loans, certificates of deposit, online banking and bill pay.

Business owners, which constitute roughly half of the bank's current overall busi-

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First National Bank is one of the few locally that still offer drive-through banking.


First National Bank

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hard to build its client base by offering personalized service and! participating in a good

deal of community outreach, which Palter says the upper management encourages and

openly supports.

Palter is very involved in the Redwood City-San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce.

He serves as a Chamber Ambassador, greeting new business owners and helping

them become acquainted with the local business community. The Redwood City branch

and others in the First National Bank family have contributed financially to help support

various chambers of commerce on the Peninsula.

The annual American Heart Walk is one of First National's community projects;

Redwood City employees raised $12,000 for this cause last year. Moreover, the Redwood

City branch was a float sponsor in last year's Hometown Holidays parade and is teaming

with Sequoia High School Alumni Association to hand out two scholarships this year to

hard-working students who struggle with financial hardships.

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Palter said that in addition to the financia! l work his bank does in the community,

funds have been directed inward toward modernizing the bank facility. A new color scheme

and signage provide a more pleasant viewing experience for customers as they enter the

building.

The new look doesn't forget the past. Customers will notice a staffed drive-up window,

an extreme rarity in today's banking world these days. And the landmark clock on the

roof has returned.

"It's been here since the building was built in the mid-1970s" said Palter.

When he became manager, the clock had been taken down. When the building was

remodeled, a similar-looking clock which tells the accurate time and temperature was installed.

"People thanked us for putting it back up," said Palter. "It ís a big Redwood City

thing."

The small touches like the clock are another example of First National Bank of Northern

California being true to its mission as a community bank, a place where long-term

relat! ionships are made and respected.

First National Bank of Northen California is located at 700 El Camino Real.

Cultural events in the Redwood City area

Cañada College

“Civil Rights, Then and Now: A Work in Progress,’’ through March 15. A series

of events exploring how the struggle for civil rights has evolved in the United States and

continues today. Feb. 23, 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: A slide show by photographer and

photojournalist Matt Herron about his work in the South in the 1960s. In Building 22,

Room 114. March 3, 11:15 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.: “Bruised But Not Broken: The Cynthia

Foreman Story.’’ A one-woman performance about the life of the former wife of boxing

champion George Foreman. In the main theater, Building 3. March 15, 11:10 a.m. to

12:25 p.m.: “The Meeting.’’ A play about a fictional meeting between Martin Luther

King Jr. and Malcolm X. In the main theater, Building 3.

Free. 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City. (650) 306-3476.

Edgewood Natural Preserve

Friday Weeding, ongoing. The weeding to remove invasive, non-native plants is

done regularly throughout the year. Meeting places vary, so call for information. Bring

sturdy gloves, water and sunscreen. Friday, 8:30 a.m. Bird Walk, ongoing. Audubon

Society docent Lee Franks leads a monthly bird walk. Meet at the kiosk in the Day Camp

parking lot. Last Sunday of the month, 8 a.m.

Free. Edgewood Road and Interstate Highway 280, Redwood City. (650) 361-

1218, (866) 463-3439 or www.friendsofedgewood.org

San Mateo County Historical Museum

The museum is located in the Old Courthouse with its historic dome. Its collections

include horse-drawn carriages, models, railroads from Caltrans and the Ocean Shore

Railroad, relics from San Mateo’s past, and lithographic art dating from 1875. EXHIB-

ITS — “Landmarks of San Mateo County: An Artist’s Perspective,’’ through March 4.

An exhibit featuring over 60 paintings and photographs by Bay Area residents. “Judge

Louis B. Dematteis: An Italian-American Story,’’ ongoing. An exhibit of photographs,

video and legal memorabilia telling a story of his life. In the Lower Rotunda and Hallways.

“Walter Moore Badge Collection,’’ ongoing. On display is the collection of over

300 badges of one of San Mateo County’s most famous lawmen, Walter Moore, including

rare badges like Ocean Shore Railroad and the town of Lawndale. Moore began with

the police department at the age of 28 as the constable of Tunitas Creek. Other historical

pieces belonging to the Sheriff ’s Department will also be on display. “Charles Parsons’

Ships of the World,’’ ongoing. An exhibit of meticulous miniature recreations of 18 ships

of historical note by Charles Parsons including the San Carlos, the first ship to enter San

Francisco Bay.

“Horse and Buggy Days,’’ ongoing. The six carriages on display reflect the variety

of vehicles used by upper-class residents of the county. “Journey to Work,’’ ongoing.

The story of commuter transportation on the Peninsula, why this history was unique in

a variety of ways and how this history helped to shape the built environment of the San

Francisco Peninsula. “The Lure of the Coast: 65 Years of Surfing in San Mateo County,’’

ongoing. San Mateo County is the home of Maverick’s off the coast of Half Moon Bay,

one of the premier surfing locations on the planet. The museum’s new exhibit is a history

of the sport of surfing, its practitioners and their equipment. The exhibit also shows

developments in equipment technology and display artifacts representing seven decades

of surfing. “Historical Lithographs from the Robert Desky Collection,’’ ongoing. An

exhibit of hand-painted lithographs depicting noted sites throughout San Mateo County

from the 1870s, including hotels, private homes and government buildings. In the Rotunda

and First Floor Halls. “Nature’s Bounty,’’ ongoing. Featuring murals of how people

used the local natural resources during California’s early history.

$4 general; $2 seniors and students; free children ages 5 and under. Tuesday

through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 777 Hamilton St., Redwood City. (650) 299-0104,

(650) 359-1462 or www.sanmateocountyhistory.com

The Little Fox

Bonnie Hayes Band, Acoustic Son, Feb. 19, 8 p.m. $10 to $12. Mickey Joseph,

Feb. 20, 7 p.m. $16 to $18. Gypsy Soul, Feb. 24, 8 p.m. $15 to $17. Tainted Love, Feb.

25, 9 p.m. $16 to $18. Mikey Dread, Dub Wise, Feb. 26, 8 p.m.

$14 to $16. 2209 Broadway, Redwood City. (650) 369-4119 or

www.foxdream.com

HOJ Art Gallery named for photographer

The art gallery at the Redwood City Hall of Justice is now the Susan Jean

Caldwell Memorial Art Gallery, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors unanimously

voted on Feb. 15.

Caldwell, a longtime photojournalist on the Peninsula, and her daughter Nina

Garrison were killed in a car accident on Jan. 30.

Supervisors Jerry Hill and Adrienne Tissier proposed the dedication as lasting

tribute to Caldwell’s work.

“She froze moments in time for us. She took the present and made it a gift to

keep forever,’’ Hill said. “She did this with a grace that we should not and cannot

forget.’’

Tissier added, “I’m very pleased that we can do this for the family.’

The gallery that lines the courthouse halls exhibits paintings and artwork

from local artists or groups. Tissier suggested the county collaborate with the Peninsula

Press Club to create a display of Caldwell’s work for the gallery.

Speaker Nancy Mangini, who years ago worked with Caldwell, praised the

supervisors’ decision.

“I’m only sorry that she won’t be here in person to photograph the dedication,’’

Mangini said.

— Bay City News

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REAL ESTATE

During the past four years, America has experienced a real estate market without

precedence. Yes, there were hot markets in the past (for example the mid-1980s) — but

this one seems to be stronger than all others.

Many areas of the country have seen home prices rise more than 10 percent annually

year-after-year. Though some have predicted a “bursting of the bubble,” many economists

feel that the real estate market will stay strong for years to come because of strong demographic

trends.

Many areas in the country cannot keep up with the demand of the growing population,

much of which has come from accelerating immigration. This immigration is coming

from all areas of the world — Asia, Africa, the Middle-East, Europe and Latin America.

The unstable world political situation continues to contribute to this influx as does low

living standards within many countries. As long as the American economy stays strong,

people will want to move here. And there is

nothing that makes our economy stronger

than a robust real estate market. Therefore,

one reinforces the other.

What has been especially unique with regard to this real estate market is that it has

become an ordeal to purchase a home in many areas of the country. The demand is so high

that sellers are besieged with multiple offers — with many over the asking price. In essence,

the homes are sold through bidding wars. It is hard to believe that 10 years ago listings

were languishing on the open markets.

So, the question we will discuss today is — how do you get your offer accepted when

others are bidding against you? While there is no one magical answer, we do have a few

suggestions that may help:

•Start with a pre-approval. Gone are the days when it was acceptable to put a contract

in on a home and then go about applying for financing. Sellers are insisting that their

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Presenting an offer .... and getting it accepted

Tips for a hot real estate market

By Lourdes Carini, Special to The Spectrum

buyers have financing in hand before they make their offer. In this regard, do not confuse a

“pre-qualification” letter with a “pre-approval” letter. A pre-qualification is simply an opinion

offered by a loan officer. A pre-approval is a commitment to lend money which will be

subject to at least three things all of which happen after you find your home: A valid sales

contract; An appraisal validating the sales price; and Locking in a rate on a mortgage program.

The message is clear—meet with your lender well before you start looking for a

house. Get all obstacles out of the way. Doing this will also have the secondary benefit of

making the closing process much easier and less stressful.

• Do your homework up-front. Don’t go looking and then decide what you want.

You must pinpoint your criteria for a new home, including sales price range, size, location,

amenities, style and more. This will make your search much easier and help you eliminate

wasted effort. A good real estate agent should be able to survey your needs so that you are

not guessing at the criteria.

• Make a Decision Ahead of Time. These days you may not have three days — or

even three hours — to make a decision. You

must be decisive. How much are you willing

to bid if the home meets your criteria? You

can see that having the loan and your requirements ahead of time are essential. Now you

must act. Forget the game of negotiating back-and-forth with the owner. You must be decisive

to succeed.

Following these rules may very well mean the difference between home shopping

and home owning!

Editor note: Lourdes Carini is one of the Redwood City community members who will

be contributing to The Spectrum. If you have any questions regarding home loads please send

them to: spectrumtext@yahoo.com or The Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box 862, Redwood City,

CA 94062.

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Three senior principals from BKF Engineers — Gary Wincott, Dave

Evans and Max Keech — retired in January and were honored at a

reception at the San Mateo County History Museum on Feb. 3. Wincott has

been with BKF for 46 years, Evans for 32 years and Keech for 22 years.

Evans and Keech worked in the Redwood City Corporate Headquarters office while Wincott was

the principal at the firm’s Walnut Creek office at the time of his retirement.

BKF Engineers celebrates its 90th Anniversary of civil engineering in the Bay Area and Silicon

Valley this year.

Wincott Evans Keech

Nothing helps a community

like teamwork.

When the people around here work together,

there’s nothing we can’t accomplish. We’re proud

to be part of the local team.

Northern Division Commercial Banking

John C. Adams, EVP • 415-396-2391

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COLUMN

As I was Saying ...

Continued from Page 9

With rumors spreading around our community like wildfire, let’s take a factual

look at this disturbing case and see how it has developed.

Boicelli, a former teacher in the Redwood City Elementary School District, faces

up to five years in prison for having a baby with her 16-year-old student. She has been

charged with, and pleaded not guilty to, one count of statutory rape and three counts of

lewd behavior with a minor.

The case was first called to the attention of the Redwood City Police Department

several years ago — they attempted to investigate claims of unusual behavior by Boicelli

and the middle school student in question and that

they were spending an inordinate amount of time together

at Roy Cloud School, where she was teaching

at the time.

Boicelli reportedly met the boy at Fair Oaks

Children’s Center in Redwood City and a love affair

began to blossom. A fellow teacher alerted police to her suspicions in 2002, but there

wasn’t enough evidence to charge Boicelli with a crime. Instead, “they both got a talking

to” (oh, gee, and a slap on the wrist?).

The boy later left for high school and Boicelli moved to Roy Cloud School, one of

Redwood City’s most prestigious schools.

In March 2004, police received a tip from a fellow teacher there about the inappropriate

relationship. The teacher learned from a custodian who became suspicious

after finding the two together one evening while cleaning rooms.

The police department attempted to investigate, but was not able to develop any

evidence until ultimately Boicelli became pregnant and they were able to obtain search

warrants to do DNA testing for her, the baby and the student.

It is not clear what Boicelli’s professed relationship is with the victim because she

has not spoken to investigators. The victim however, was infatuated with Boicelli and

believed at the time of the search warrant that he was in a relationship with her. He is

reportedly not a willing participant in the prosecution and is not eager to go further with

the prosecution.

She is being held on $500,000 bail and the baby is under the custody of Boicelli’s

parents in Menlo Park. There was also a no-contact order issued between Boicelli and

the victim. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 1.

For credibility purposes, I do have to inform you that I have met Boicelli, her

parents and sibling. All appeared to be fine people, especially her parents. This whole

situation is shocking to me as well. Having said that, let’s take a look at where this case is

going to go — to trial.

Even though the victim in this case is not willing to testify, there is overwhelming

evidence with the DNA and there is no possibility that he is not the father of the child

which was conceived while he was a minor. Case closed!

That is very strong evidence that she was violating the law by having unlawful

intercourse with a minor. Regardless of the silly excuses we will all hear from the defense,

this is an easy case because they have the DNA. Guilty!

I am hearing credible attorneys say that this is a jury nullification case. The kid is

now 18 years old, not a minor and has a kid. What is best for that child? Putting his

mother in jail? Does that not sound crazy to you?

The jury is going to look at this case as a teacher who picked out a kid, had an

affair with him for a couple of years and ended up messing up this kid’s head so badly

that he doesn’t know top from bottom or that it’s wrong for a adult teacher to have a

sexual relationship with a student (or for that matter any minor at all).

There are some saying Boicelli is a sick woman (you think?) who needs treatment

not incarceration. Anybody who molests a kid needs treatment. I DON’T CARE if you

molest a kid because you are sick in the head, you should have gotten treatment beforehand.

Hopefully you will get treatment once you are incarcerated and can not victimize

more once you are released. Take the treatment and enjoy your life later, girl.

What has to happen in this case and others similar, is that a message must be sent

to those persons of authority (such as teachers, priests, law enforcement agents, doctors)

that if you cross the line with a child to unethical and immoral behavior, you are

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“(I remember) ... the good ol’ days when an ‘After-School Special’

was something you watched on television.”

—Jay Leno

On former Redwood City teacher Rebecca Boicelli

going to jail for a long time.

It is disgusting that a child can not feel safe attending and parents can not feel safe

in sending their kids to school. Unfortunately, I have seen the direct effects of similar

situations and it is no badge of honor for a male child to have a sexual relationship with

an adult, even his teacher.

Oh by the way, there are two words that the defense in this case should be fearful

of: Elizabeth Raffaelli, who is prosecuting this case for the District Attorney’s office.

She has a solid reputation for her diligence and high conviction rate. She is the best of

the best. Do I hear plea bargain?

* * * *

Maureen Borland, director of the San Mateo County Human Services Agency

for 13 years, has announced that she will retire in July. If you will remember, Borland

faced severe criticism following the death of an 8-

month-old ward of the county who was killed by his

father during an unsupervised visit over Christmas

2002. Judge Marta Diaz, who handled the case, said

Borland had tried to cover up the facts of the case to

protect the agency’s reputation. The San Mateo

County Board of Supervisors failed to take any substantial

action against Borland and she continued in her job. I guess her announcement

will do what should have been done months if not years ago. Good luck and don’t let the

door hit you on the way out!

* * * *

I want to take this opportunity to say “Thanks” for all the messages, cards, e-mails

etc. sending condolences about my Mom’s passing. The past two months have been

very devastating to my family and I but the support we have been blessed with has made

it more comforting.

* * * *

Be thankful for the past, no matter how bad it may seem now and move forward —

if nothing else but to make Mom proud!

As I was saying . . .


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Last chance to catch Año Nuevo bus and see the elephant seals is Feb. 27

If this is the year you promised yourself that you would make the trip to the Año Nuevo State

Reserve to see the wild and wonderful Northern Elephant Seals, you are running out of time.

The SamTrans Año Nuevo package, which includes round-trip transportation to the reserve

and a reservation for a three-mile guided walk, is only available until Feb. 27. Ample space is available

on Saturday, Feb. 19, and on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 21.

SamTrans leaves from two locations for this special service: Hillsdale Shopping Center in San

Mateo and Albertson’s shopping center in Half Moon Bay.

The two-and-one-half hour walk is conducted rain or shine. The entire trip, including the

ride to the reserve, takes approximately six-and-one-half hours. Visitors traveling to the reserve by

private car cannot use tickets purchased from SamTrans for their tour.

For more information or to request a reservation form, call the SamTrans Año Nuevo hotline

at 650-508-6441. People with hearing impairments may call (TDD only) 650-508-6448. Reservation

forms also are available online at www.samtrans.com

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